Belfast Telegraph

Advice sought on Clarkson comments

A leading union is taking urgent legal advice over "appalling" comments made by BBC presenter Jeremy Clarkson about the huge strike by public sector workers.

Unison called on the corporation to sack the Top Gear presenter, who said on BBC's The One Show last night that the strikers should be "shot".

He added: "I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families."

Unison, which represents more than a million public sector workers, said it was considering whether the comments should be referred to the police.

Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, said: "Clarkson's comments on the One Show were totally outrageous, and they cannot be tolerated. We are seeking urgent legal advice about what further action we can take against him and the BBC, and whether or not his comments should be referred to the police.

"Public sector workers and their families are utterly shocked by Jeremy Clarkson's revolting comments. We know that many other licence fee-payers share our concerns about his outrageous views.

"The One Show is broadcast at a time when children are watching - they could have been scared and upset by his aggressive statements. An apology is not enough - we are calling on the BBC to sack Jeremy Clarkson immediately.

"Jeremy Clarkson clearly needs a reminder of just who he is talking about when he calls for public sector workers to be shot in front of their families.

"They deserve all our thanks - certainly not the unbelievable level of abuse he threw at them."

The BBC issued an apology over the comments, which sparked hundreds of angry comments on Twitter. A spokesman said: "The One Show apologised at the end of the show to viewers who may have been offended by Jeremy Clarkson's comments."

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