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So, Top Gear's man of mystery, the Stig, has unmasked himself in order to sell his book. The BBC is objecting to the publication of the book on the grounds that it breaches contractual and confidentiality agreements.

HarperCollins, the would-be publishers of the book, have issued a press release in which they say that they "are disappointed that the BBC has chosen to spend licence fee payers' money to suppress this book".

Remind me again who owns HarperCollins, and why they might want to make political capital at the BBC's expense in the run-up to the renegotiation of the BBC charter, and possible abolition of the license fee.



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If you're taking those three seriously, you've perhaps missed that they don't.

Top Gear's a comedy program hidden beneath a thin veneer of motoring. The worst bit is that it's trying too hard of late and blatantly scripting too many "impulsive" things.

Comedy? So was 'Love thy Neighbour'. Doesn't make it anything other than offensive crap. Doesn't also mean that the hateful prejudice given out there isn't repeated in school yards across the country. Nor does it change the fact that people really are gullible enough to believe that rubbish; you may view it as a comedy, if Clarkson comes out with yet another anti-cyclist rant you can bet it'll be repeated, that very week, at cyclists on the road. Word for word.

Boy, are you ever an irrational ranter—"people really are gullible enough to believe that rubbish"? Citation needed, along with demonstrable evidence that the "sheeple" are more susceptable to Top Gear than, say, actual manipulative or clueless news reporting (such as is provided by our good friends at the BBC). "Anti-cyclist rants being repeated at cyclists on the road"? Oddly enough, as a cyclist on the road, I've not encountered that at all. The worst I've had was a dispute with a taxi driver who was blocking the cycle lane up University Road—which I initiated.

Frankly, I've got a fairly substantial amount of respect for the guys for actually pointing out to a largish audience how much of an absolute sham the Scrappage Scheme was, both in terms of being economy stimulus for car manufacturers, and an absolute environmental disaster. There's also the fact that Clarkson and May both host pretty good historical documentary programmes, which are worth watching if you want a demonstration of how much they're playing up for Top Gear. (Oddly enough, vaguely-sensible Hammond ends up doing Brainiac, an un-science program. Go figure.)

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