The Grand Tour presenter Jeremy Clarkson has published his opinions on the ongoing pandemic and how the English government is faring. Criticising “those communists at Sage” who are arguing against opening up the regulations and allowing life to return to normal, he reveals his own thoughts on the matter.
Talking to the Radio Times, he asks the question of when we should return to normality, arguing that “if it’s going to be forever, let’s open it up and if you die, you die.”
“When it started, I read up on pandemics and they tend to be four years long,” he said.
“I think the politicians should sometimes tell those communists at Sage to get back in their box. Let’s just all go through life with our fingers crossed and a smile on our face. I can see Boris doesn’t want to open it up and shut us back down again. But if it’s going to be four years … and who knows, it could be 40 years.”
Jeremy suffered from COVID himself over the Christmas holidays. He said the following in a following column:
“Because I am 60 and fat, and because I’ve smoked half a million cigarettes and had double pneumonia, I’d probably die, on my own, in a lonely plastic tent.”
“I took myself off to bed with the new Don Winslow book and a bag of kale to wait for the Grim Reaper to pop his head round the door.
“I’m not going to lie – it was quite scary.
“With every illness I’ve had, there has always been a sense that medicine and time would eventually ride to the rescue.
“But with COVID-19 you have to lie there, on your own, knowing that medicine is not on its way and that time is your worst enemy.”
His partner Lisa Hogan also commented on what it was like watching Jeremy succumb to the virus:
“Jeremy getting Covid was petrifying, but it was thankfully a very light dose.
“We were all really careful, no one from the whole crew or anyone on the farm got it.
“We did have one scenario when we were filming with bees where one of the cameramen had the full suit on and the camera was up to his eyes.
“And I had a stick and I was trying to push forward the bit of his suit because I could see the bees on it.
“The next thing someone was panicking, ‘Two metres, two metres!’ he was yelling at me, I backed off and the cameraman got stung twice on his forehead.”
“But yes, everyone thought at the time that if you got it, you’d end up in a hospital, so we were very aware of that.”