Jeremy Clarkson has discussed his take on the fact that the four people who had been accused of illegally removing the statue of Edward Colston have been cleared of the charge of criminal damage.
Sage Willoughby, Rhian Graham, Milo Ponsford and Jake Skuse were each charged after the statue of the 17th Century slave trader was pulled to the ground and pushed into the harbour during a Black Lives Matter protest in Bristol. Now The Grand Tour presenter wonders where such a thing will stop.
The argument from those who were charged was that the statue was of someone who sold slaves, which was a “hate crime” itself. Jeremy questions how this logic adds up:
“Four young people were acquitted this week of causing criminal damage, even though they admitted they were involved as the statue of a slave trader ended up in Bristol Harbour.
“They argued the statue itself was a “hate crime” and, obviously, the jury agreed with them.
“This, of course, means the statue of Sir Winston Churchill which stands in London’s Parliament Square will soon be at the bottom of the Thames. And that there’s not a damn thing anyone can do to stop that happening.
“And then what?” Jeremy asked.
“There’s no doubt the Bible has some strong things to say about homosexuality, which means the existence of churches is a hate crime as well.
“So if I go into London tomorrow with a wrecking ball and knock down St Paul’s Cathedral, is that OK?”
He then threw some of this logic at Jeremy Corbyn: “Or what about Jeremy Corbyn?
“Lots of what he says is hateful, so can I push him in a canal?
“Let’s hope so.”