Jeremy Clarkson’s doesn’t hesitate to let you know what he thinks. It’s because of his sharp wit and perhaps quick moving fists that he has never been short on controversies, and has also been let go by the BBC back in Spring of 2015. In his latest column with The Sun, Jeremy Clarkson rips apart Jeremy Vine’s video, where he captured the road rage of a female motorist, as he was in front of her riding on a bicycle, causing a traffic blockage. We know Clarkson is one to praise all things that create massive POWEEERRRR and belittle those machines that try to save the earth, so this latest column is right up Clarkson’s comfort zone as he presents another side of the argument that’s rarely seen through road rage videos on Youtube.
In case you don’t know Jeremy Vine, he’s a presenter for the BBC Radio 2 program who bikes from his Chiswick home to the Radio 2 Studios in Oxford Circus. He also happens to be a cycling safety campaigner. Vine had uploaded a video to his Facebook page, capturing a motorist unleashing a verbal tirade upon him for slowly traveling down a very tight and packed road in Kensington, West London.
Along with the video Jeremy Vine mentioned:
This happened on Friday. I hate to overload our hard-working London police with footage from my commute, but I feel the person you see on the tape will at some point hurt someone very badly – either with her car or in a direct personal assault. See what you think.
As a response to this apparent motorist witch hunt, Clarkson wrote up an awesome response that presents some of the frustrations felt by fellow motorists that has come across to similar sanctimonious and self-righteous bicyclists. Reading the column below reminds us why Jeremy Clarkson is awesome and deserves all of the riches he’s raking in from Amazon Prime:
LAST weekend, while driving through the Cotswolds, I found myself stuck behind two cyclists who were riding alongside one another.
Of course they were.
Elevated these days to godlike status by modern environmental thinking, cyclists are propelled from place to place on a wave of self-righteousness and a pious belief that they’re the new knights of the road.
Five days later, near the South Coast, the same thing happened again, only this time it was a lone cyclist, his gnarled and nut-brown thighs beating out a Victorian rhythm as he crawled slowly up the hill, proud that behind his wizened, Lycra- clad buttocks there was a queue of cars stretching half way to Dover.
Then in London, we have hundreds of them, ignoring the new multi-million pound cycle lane on the Embankment so they can make a nuisance of themselves on the main carriageway.
There was a time when you could take these morons to task. You could shake your fist and shout and point out that it’s absurd for a fully grown adult to be playing in public on what is a kids’ toy.
But not any more…
Today they all wear helmet cameras to record your rage.
Then, when they get home, they upload it to YouTube and you’re made to look like a short-tempered fool.
Which brings me to the BBC radio presenter, and keen cyclist, Jeremy Vine, who this week uploaded some footage of a woman who’d become frustrated with his slow progress through Kensington, West London.
In it, he can be seen cycling down the middle of the road, deliberately blocking the cars in his wake, and when one gets too close he stops — still in the middle of the road — so he can record the woman driver’s foul-mouthed tirade.The message is clear.
He’s been verbally assaulted while on a noble quest to save the polar bear.
But hang on a minute, Vine. How did you know that the woman in the car behind wasn’t rushing to see her injured child in hospital? How did you know there wasn’t a pregnant girl on the back seat who was about to give birth?
Can you imagine how frustrating it would be to be stuck behind a sanctimonious cyclist when you really are in a genuine, tearing hurry? Vine says he was cycling in the middle of the road because that way he’s unlikely to be hit by people opening their car doors without looking.
Really? Because if safety is your number one priority, why are you wearing a helmet festooned with GoPros?
Are you not aware that it was, in all probability, a camera attached to Michael Schumacher’s helmet that caused his terrible head injuries?
In fact, if safety is your number one priority, why are you on a bicycle in the first place?
Of course, it is not illegal to cycle slowly down the middle of a narrow street. But it is selfish and annoying for everyone else.
How would he like it, I wonder, if I followed him around for a month, blowing gently on the back of his ears?
That’s not illegal either, but after a few days I’m sure he’d turn round and have a strong word.
I may try it.
Clarkson is right here in that tantamount to safety is the ability for motorists and cyclists to respect the rules of the road and to respect each other. It’s unclear what happened right before, during, and after the entire video was recorded, but what is clear is that Jeremy Vine’s sense of cycling and road entitlement has overtaken his ability to exercise common sense and the ability to share the road. While we don’t condone the driver’s behavior in this case either, this entire situation could have been prevented had everyone just worked together instead of acting like entitled jerks.
(Source: The Sun)