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Pickles may be tubby but at least he’s got guts

[5 Aug 2013] Depressing to see Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond, co-hosts of the BBC programme ‘Top Gear’, launch a diatribe about the facial features of the communities secretary, Eric Pickles, last night, in which they compared the Pickles chin to a mini-roundabout and said they could park ten cars on his face.

Tyke-accented and rotund Pickles may be, but he seems to be a comprehensible, plain-speaking and intelligent version of John Prescott without the latent violence.

Top Gear’s attack, thinly disguised as humour, went beyond fair comment and demeaned the assailants far more than their punchbag. It was worse than the much-criticized remarks of sports commentator John Inverdale about Wimbledon singles winner Marion Bartoli. Judge for yourself on I-player until Monday 12 August at 8pm:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0388dsx/Top_Gear_Series_20_Episode_6/

Would Clarkson and his smart-arse sidekicks have had the courage to follow and confront a 15-caravan convoy of 40 travellers as Pickles did recently, when he realized they were heading towards a cricket ground at Montnessing in his constituency? After they’d parked their trucks all over the field, Pickles used the new legislation he'd personally pushed through parliament to get them shifted in double-quick time. [cont]

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