Jeremy Clarkson has detailed his worries over potentially losing his job. Clarkson gained most of his fans from hosting Top Gear. Following his dramatic exit from the BBC, he went over to Prime Video to host The Grand Tour along with James May and Richard Hammond. Clarkson released his separate show Clarkson’s Farm last year. However, Clarkson has mainly referred to himself as a motoring journalist with his Sunday Times column which he has been doing for many years.
In his latest Sunday Times column, Clarkson reviews the Volkswagen T-Roc and discusses his concerns for the future of his job. He explains that with the extreme rise in fuel prices, consumers will not be able to afford to purchase new cars and will in turn lose interest. Clarkson started by sympathising with those writing for the Travel section, which led him to go on to write:
“I’m in an even more preposterous situation.
“I don’t want to talk myself out of a job, but it’s difficult to see why I’m writing a motoring column this morning.
“Because even if you could buy a new car, and you can’t due to the semiconductor shortage, you wouldn’t be able to afford to go anywhere in it.”
“I’m not normally pessimistic, but come the autumn, when people have to switch on their central heating systems and the inevitable food shortage arrives, I fear that cars are going to be filed in your ‘list of important things’ below the wellbeing of your town crier and the fortunes of Plymouth Argyle.
“I may be forced to fill the time reviewing steam locomotives and VHS players instead.”
The cost of living has increased massively this year and with the recent announcement from the Bank of England that interest rates are increasing again, this is only going to get more difficult. The Bank of England are also predicting a 15-month recession as a result of this.
The fuel costs are the main issue for car owners, and we have already seen an increase of sales in the used car market rather than purchasing. However, the increase of used car sales has led to the prices going up there as well.