Jeremy Clarkson may face legal action over call to shoot striking public sector workers

Unison want to refer 'Top Gear' host's comments to police

Jeremy Clarkson could face legal action over his comments on The One Show last night (November 30) about striking public sector workers.

Clarkson sparked outrage by saying he would have strikers killed after yesterday’s walkouts. The Top Gear host said: “I’d have them all shot. I would take them outsider and execute them in front of their families.”

Now, trade union Unison have called for his sacking and are considering reporting the comments to the police. General Secretary David Prentis told the BBC: “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.”


He added:

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. Whilst he is driving around in fast cars for a living, public sector workers are busy holding our society together – they save others’ lives on a daily basis, they care for the sick, the vulnerable, the elderly.

Presenter Matt Baker made an on-screen apology shortly after Clarkson made his outburst.

Asked about the row on an appearance on This Morning today, Prime Minister David Cameron said it was “a silly thing to say… I’m sure he didn’t mean it.”

Jon Trickett, Labour’s shadow minister for the Cabinet Office said: “No-one wants these strikes but most of the strikers are mums, not militants. Clarkson should apologise. And the prime minister should make clear he disassociates himself from the distasteful remarks uttered by one of his friends.”

Around two-thirds of state schools shut and thousands of hospital operations were postponed with unions estimating that up to two million people went on strike in the row over pay freezes and pensions, a figure which the government disputes.