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UK strikers should be shot: BBC presenter

Last Updated: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 20:45

London: In a shocking incident, a BBC television presenter said that British public sector workers who took part in a 24-hour strike should be shot in front of their families, forcing the national broadcaster to apologise amid calls for his sacking.

Jeremy Clarkson said public sector workers who took part in yesterday`s strike over pension reforms should be shot in front of their families.

When asked what he thought of the strikers, Clarkson said: "I would have them all shot".

"I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families," the `Top Gear` presenter said in the BBC`s highly-rated on `The One Show`.

"I mean how dare they go on strike when they have these gilt-edged pensions that are going to be guaranteed, while the rest of us have to work for a living?" he said.

Following an outrage over Clarkson`s comments, the BBC issued an on-air apology, saying Clarkson`s comments on The One Show were a misjudged attempt at comedy.

Trade union Unison has called on the BBC to sack Jeremy Clarkson following his "appalling" comments.

The union said it was taking legal advice over comments made by Clarkson, the BBC reported.

Unison said it was considering reporting the comments to the police.

Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, said: "Clarkson`s comments on The One Show were totally outrageous, and they cannot be tolerated.

"We are seeking urgent legal advice about what further action we can take against him and the BBC, and whether or not his comments should be referred to the police."

Prime Minister David Cameron, asked about Clarkson`s comments during an appearance on ITV`s This Morning, said it was "a silly thing to say... I`m sure he didn`t mean it".

Jon Trickett, Labour`s shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, said earlier: "No-one wants these strikes but most of [the] strikers are mums, not militants.

"Clarkson should apologise. And the prime minister should make clear he disassociates himself from the distasteful remarks uttered by one of his friends."

Clarkson`s comments sparked hundreds of comments on Twitter.

Tens of thousands of people joined rallies around the UK yesterday as a public sector strike over pensions disrupted schools, hospitals and other services.

Unions oppose plans to make members pay more and work longer to earn what it says will be smaller pensions.


First Published: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 20:45
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