Jeremy Clarkson: Politician?

Will 2015 be the Hour for this Man? Jeremy Clarkson is weighing up the possibilities of a career in politics.

Will 2015 be the Hour for this Man? Jeremy Clarkson is weighing up the possibilities of a career in politics. [Picture: The Independent]

Start the week with a snigger: Jeremy Clarkson reckons he might try his hand at politics.

He tweeted that he might stand for Parliament as an independent candidate for Doncaster North – Ed Miliband’s seat.

Nobody should need to be told that Clarkson is a huge supporter of the Conservative Party, and is believed to be a friend of David Cameron, who is a neighbour of his in Chipping Norton. Yes, Clarkson is one of the famous ‘Chipping Norton set’.

The tweet reads: “I’m thinking I might stand in the next election as an independent for Doncaster North, which is where I’m from. Thoughts?”

All right, Jeremy, since you ask.

You are known around the world as one of the “three idiots” on the BBC’s Top Gear, which has become a comedy show about petrolheads, rather than a serious motoring show (and extremely watchable as a result). Every week, there is a feature in which you, Hammond and Captain Slow are set tasks and every week you manage to screw everything up somehow with your dunderheaded ideas. Now, I know that it’s just a TV show, but this is the public perception. Why on earth would anyone vote for you, based on that evidence?

Having said that, you are also known as a supporter of the Conservative Party. Standing as an independent would not disguise this fact, so Tories in Doncaster North would be presented with a choice between supporting the Conservative candidate or supporting you – a high-profile Tory. The law of averages suggests some of them would vote for you, so that means you would split the right-wing vote and give Ed Miliband an even greater majority.

On balance, therefore, this left-wing blog tends to support your idea. Go for it.

Better still, why not follow John Prescott’s advice and stand in Chipping Norton, your current home? I believe the Parliamentary seat is Witney. If you split the right-wing vote there, it might give a left-wing candidate a reasonable chance of gaining the seat and giving your friends and neighbours a halfway-decent MP, for a change!

14 thoughts on “Jeremy Clarkson: Politician?

  1. Owen Williams

    …Really? Like, really-seriously really? I should hope not. We’ve got enough stinking-rich idiots infecting our country’s politics with swivel-eyed, brainless ideas, without one of the BIGGEST idiots in our country adding his own nose to the trough. Doesn’t he make enough f*^%ing money making a fool of himself on the BBC without needing to become a bloody politician as well?

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  3. Smiling Carcass

    Reblogged on SMILING CARCASS’S TWO-PENNETH and added-

    “Starting to read this blogpost from Mike Sivier on Vox Political, my first thought was the man’s an asshole (Clarkson, not Mike!); he’s self opinionated, always right and I wouldn’t trust him to stand in line, never mind for parliament!

    He wouldn’t stand a snowballs chance in hell.

    As I read on. I began to realise that he may well attract a number of votes, due to his high public profile.

    But I wish Mike hadn’t pointed out how he might split the Tory/right wing vote and let a decent politician in. My estimation of the man is he’s too thick to realise this possibility. Let him get on and split the damned vote. “

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  5. beetleypete

    I think the ‘three amigos’ format totally ruined Top Gear as a decent motoring programme. But I digress,,,
    I can well remember the idea of Clarkson being the Mayor, when I lived in London. I was appalled to find that he had massive popular support, and might well have won, had he decided to stand. If he stood as an independent in a by-election, I think we should not be surprised to see him take the seat, and with a decent majority.
    He might do better to avoid the (former) industrial North though. Rich twats who live in the Cotswolds, origins or not, are not usually well-received up there.
    Regards, Pete.

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  8. beastrabban

    Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog and commented:
    Mike here discusses Jeremy Clarkson’s declaration that he’d like to stand for parliament against Ed Milliband. Mike points out that as a very well known Tory and the leader of the ‘three idiots from Top Gear’, Clarkson would split the Tory vote, despite announcing that he would stand as an Independent. Probably the best argument against Clarkson standing as an MP is that he and Boris Johnson would together make politics in this country even more farcical than they are already. Clarkson himself has been sent up regularly by a string of comedians and impressionists, including Harry Enfield and Radio 4’s Dead Ringers. One of the best, and most satirically accurate is that of Cassetteboi on Youtube, whose take on the petrolhead motormouth is below.

  9. Samwise Gamgee

    I must confess, I quite like Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear; the whole show is played for laughs, and the three hosts are obviously good sports.

    But as an MP? Errm, no thanks. The only hope if he does run is, as you said he splits the Tory vote enough to help the Labour candidate increase their majority.

  10. Russ Richardson

    Mr Sivier may want to actually learn to write English properly and use grammar before criticising others as “dunderheads” “Now, I know that it’s just a TV show, but this is the public perception” Huh?

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