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Jeremy Clarkson Controversy of the Week: Smuggling Immigrants Guide Not a Hit

Another episode has passed and another advocacy group is looking for the limelight, as Kate Gibbs of the Road Haulage Association, talks about the irresponsibility of The Grand Tour in highlighting ways to immigrate people into the country.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Road Haulage Association (it’s in the UK and they sound pretty stuffy) and would like to sign up as an advocate of their cause, this is a brief description from their website:

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) is the only UK trade association dedicated solely to the needs of UK road transport operators. It is the voice of the road haulage profession, a champion of its interests and a respected partner to the broader logistics community.

In case you missed it from Episode 4, Jeremy Clarkson and James May brought in a Audi TT into their studio tent. The crowd from Whitby was challenged by the hosts to go ahead and look for Richard Hammond, who has been strategically placed in the car. The crowd opened doors, looked behind seats and some were smart enough to look in the ash tray, but alas, no Hamster to be found.

“When immigrants try to get into the country they always come in the back of a container lorry and that is the world’s worst game of hide and seek. If you work for Border Force you open the doors and go, “well there you are”. Surely, there must be a better way of getting into Britain. And I think I’ve worked it out.” – Jeremy Clarkson


To be honest, I actually learned something here, so I feel satisfied with the lesson. By no means does this encourage me to smuggle humans across any border and I would doubt anyone reading this would feel compelled to the same in any way.

Ms. Gibbs was not alone in her disappointment as Barbara Drozdowicz was quoted by the Daily Star:

“We are appalled by the portrayal of migrants as an illegal cargo.”

There are more things to be appalled at in this world and I’ll leave it at that.

h/t: Daily Mail

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  1. OK wait a moment here. Clarkson points out a way to circumvent inspections and everyone looses their minds. You know what happens when you point out a flaw in the security in every other industry? You actually fix that flaw. You don’t blame the guy who showed you how to do it. Why do you think there are so many patches to software and virus definition updates in the computing world? They’re fixing the holes… not blaming the guy who found the hole. Guess what, Border Force, LOOK THERE, NEXT TIME! In case you missed it, he’s not TOTALLY hidden under there. A look from the bottom would show a foot or a hand hanging over the cage shelf he’s laying on.

  2. Too right. Those of us that actual like Clarckson, Hammond and May all know what they are like and to be frank, it’s what makes the, so funny. All those people that are appalled by their antics have a choice. Everyone knows what to expect when these three get together, so on that basis why not watch something else? Leave these guys for us that like them to watch and you can go back to your pipe and slippers programmes. I don’t watch programmes that I find boring or un-interesting to me and then complain, I just move on to something I like.

  3. See nobody cares, that’s what BBC never got about TG fans. We do not care about Clarkson’s usually spot-on observations about immigrants. We have more sense than to get offended.

    1. Episode 4. In Whitby. Really? Not a lot of touring going on then. How many episodes did they do in Whitby? I thought Episode 3 – The Grand Tour of Italy was it. But no – all the controversial stuff – Chris Evans joke, Immigrants joke, turn out to be in a so-far-unseen Whitby II – the sequel. Must be like Countdown – they change their shirts and off we go again.

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