Ross Clark has written a brilliant piece for the Daily Mail pointing out the double standards of the people currently demanding Jeremy Clarkson be fired from all his jobs for ‘hate speech’. We never hear a squeak out of Chris Packham, Ayesha Hazarika, Carol Vorderman et al when people on the left say equally nasty things about people they don’t like.
The backlash against Clarkson has also highlighted the monumental and ceaseless hypocrisy of the Left.
For while its commentators, politicians and Twitter warriors erupt into outrage at a columnist in a Conservative newspaper, the truth is that the Left has its own despicable record of making horrible remarks, some of which might be said to verge on incitement to violence.
I am not in any way trying to excuse Clarkson — just pointing out that many of the voices now demanding his head will have been conspicuously silent over even viler comments from the Left.
When they cause offence, they rarely seem to pay a price or even apologise. Different standards seem to apply.
As evidence, here the Mail presents just a small selection of egregious remarks made by Left-wing figures in recent years — and examines what happened afterwards…
ACID REMARKS ABOUT FARAGE
During Britain’s last round of European Parliament elections in 2019, Nigel Farage, then leader of the Brexit Party, had a milkshake thrown over him.
A few days later, comedian Jo Brand said on the Radio 4 programme Heresy: “Why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid.” She followed up her remark by saying: “That’s just me. I’m not going to do it. It’s purely a fantasy, but I think milkshakes are pathetic, I honestly do, sorry.”
In spite of acid attacks being a very serious problem, and the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox three years earlier, the BBC refused to apologise for broadcasting Brand’s comments, saying they were made on a “deliberately provocative” show.
A ‘BAD END’ FOR BORIS
This week, children’s author Sir Philip Pullman described Clarkson’s column as “poison”. Yet in 2019, when the debate over the Brexit Withdrawal Bill was reaching its heated climax, Sir Philip weighed in by tweeting: “When I hear the name ‘‘Boris Johnson’’, for some reason the words ‘rope’ and ‘nearest lamp-post’ come to mind as well.”