"Scottish politicians have reacted angrily to comments made by Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson about Gordon Brown.
Speaking to journalists in Sydney, the presenter reportedly called the prime minister a "one-eyed Scottish idiot".
Gordon Banks, Labour MP for Ochil and South Perthshire, said the remark was "unforgivable". Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray also criticised Clarkson. "
I don't see the problem, let's check the comment against the facts:
"one-eyed" - Gordon Brown is indeed blind in one eye
"Scottish" - Gordon Brown is undoubtedly Scottish
"idiot" - Gordon Brown is in many people's eyes a complete and utter idiot. After all what else would you call a man who tells the markets that he is going to sell a couple of tons of gold on a certain day? I would say that "idiot" is quite mild.
So "one-eyed Scottish idiot" seems quite a descriptive phrase to use to describe Gordon Brown; I have seen him called far worse...
Where I do take issue with Jeremy Clarkson is in his follow-up comment, apparently he said:
"He keeps telling us everything's fine and he's saved the world and we know he's lying, but he's smooth at telling us."
It's the last part of the sentence, the part between the comma and the full-stop; Gordon Brown is not smooth, Tony Blair was smooth, Gordon Brown is anything but smooth.
An interesting thought: why the fuss over Grdon Brown being called an idiot when week after week after week for the last five or more years George W. Bush has been called an idiot or a moron on the News Quiz and other topical panel shows. The same went more recently for Sarah Palin.