Clarkson contradicts himself. No he doesn't.
Jeremy Clarkson has ruled himself out of becoming prime minister of Britain because he would be a ‘rubbish leader’.
Fans of the Top Gear presenter believe he would be perfect for the job and there was even a 1,000-strong Facebook group calling for him to run the country.
But when asked about it at the Hay Festival in Powys, he said he could never do it because he keeps contradicting himself.
He said he hated bureaucracy and over-powering safety rules.
‘I have always said the Government should build park benches and that is it. They should leave us alone,’ he said.
If he were to become PM, though, there is one rule he would impose – to make people arrive on time, because he hates bad manners and lateness.
In front of a packed house, Clarkson also revealed a little about the new series of Top Gear.
He said that during filming he raced a bullet train in Japan.
Asked about his responsibility for the influence he has as a journalist, Clarkson said few people took it seriously.
‘When I said that the Ford Orion was the worst car ever, it went on to become a best-selling car,’ he said. ‘Top Gear is just fluff. It is all just entertainment.
‘I enjoy this back and forth – it makes the world go round – but it is just opinion.’
He said the thing that really annoys him on the roads are too many signs.
‘There are too many of them. In Roehampton on the A3 it says "congestion charge in seven miles". So what?’
He said he enjoyed the thrill of working on Top Gear.
‘We live in such an incredibly boring life. I think Top Gear is a relief from that because of the dangerous things we do on it,’ he said. ‘Things are always going wrong and we always show it.
‘We all love it. It's like being a teenager – we are back in the playground. On the show, smoking is compulsory and high-visibility jackets are banned.
‘Alan Yentob said we were the cliquiest television team he had ever come across after he made a recent visit to the show.’
Finally, Clarkson said of co-presenter Richard Hammond’s near-300mph crash while filming:‘He was a lucky boy.’
‘It was a huge heterosexual crash and he survived. If he hadn't, the show would have had to have ended and we would have been out of a job.’