Jeremy Clarkson says striking workers should be "executed in front of their families"

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Are you a government employee on strike? Like Top Gear? Here's what Jeremy Clarkson thinks of you: "I'd have them all shot. I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families." Clarkson made the characteristically over-the-top remark on The One Show, a daily, magazine-type program on BBC One.

Clarkson's comment refers to massive striking among public-sector workers in the UK to protest austerity measures, including pension reform, proposed in response to the UK's government debt. The strikes have ignited a public hatefest among government wonks and public figures.

According to reports, approximately two million people walked off the job this week, closing some state schools (the equivalent to public schools in the US) and causing a work slowdown among first-responders. Some ambulance services, for example, are covering only life-threatening emergencies.


Always the provocateur, Clarkson's maybe-ironic-but-maybe-not quote spiked his Twitter trending, and will likely be on the cover of every UK newspaper tomorrow with calls for his sacking from the BBC.

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