Jeremy Clarkson has courted controversy by apparently criticising the people of Liverpool.
Writing in his Sunday Times column, the outspoken Top Gear host complained that food in the city failed to meet his high expectations.
“For lunch I had a Caesar salad that the menu said was done ‘our way’,” he wrote, adding: “Their way was interesting … It was like eating a docker’s old vest.” He also complained that waiting staff did not know what Tabasco sauce was when asked. Clarkson claims that his comments have been misrepresented by Liverpudlian journalists.
Clarkson’s intervention came just as BBC executives arrived in the city for the BBC Worldwide Showcase 2015, an event to sell BBC shows – including Top Gear – to an international audience. He went on to say: “People up there earn less, die more quickly, have fewer jobs and live in houses that are worth the square root of sod all.”
“For those who live in the south the north has become ‘abroad’. Going up there and sitting about sipping pinkie-up earl grey tea while inquiring of the good man on reception where one might avail oneself of some EM Forster reading material is therefore as offensive as driving through Alabama with ‘Man love rules OK’ on the side of your pick-up.”
The local newspaper the Liverpool Echo reported that ‘the controversial TV presenter, who is in fact a Northerner himself, continued to slate Liverpool’ throughout his article. However Clarkson fired back, claiming that some of his comments had been taken out of context.