Jeremy Clarkson- Double Standards or what?

As a lawyer I dislike double standards. They violate a basic maxim of modern jurisprudence that all parties should stand equal before the law.

A double standard according to Wikipedia is “the application of different sets of principles for similar situations.”  A double standard may take the form of an instance in which certain concepts (often , for example, a word, phrase, social norm or rule) are perceived as acceptable  when used by one group of people, but are considered unacceptable –taboo-when used by another group.

Another reason for my animosity towards double standards is that they violate the principle of justice- impartiality- which assumes that the same standards should be applied to all people without regard to subjective bias or favouritism based on social class, rank, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age or other distinctions.

Over the years Jeremy Clarkson, the hugely popular presenter of Top Gear has notched up a long list of misdemeanours. In 2013 when in Australia Clarkson yelled at the Paparazzi after they snapped him coming off a boat with Philippa Sage “You can take them out of England but you can’t take the convict out of them.” In France talking about the Renault Clio V6 he said “In typical French fashion it just gives up! A bit like the French did with the Germans.” There were warnings about his behaviour and demands for apologises but only with his latest fracas when he apparently hit a producer for not having dinner ready on time after a long day’s filming has Clarkson finally been suspended.

If a Glasgow youth had whacked someone in the chippie for taking too long to fry his sausage supper criminal sanctions would certainly apply and if a casual sectarian remark is made at a football match and legal action has subsequently been taken, the accused fan might as well be told to remember to bring his pyjamas to court.

The double standard employed by the BBC angers me.  Until now they have applied the “principle” of popular laddish culture to Jeremy Clarkson- he is not really a racist and diplomatic disaster but just a laugh and a bit of a character but now with the imposition of old style moral rectitude on Clarkson’s most recent antics  hundreds of thousands of petitioners  are requesting in outrage his re-instatement.

The optimism I had in the clarity of legal fairness is losing its shine. I want the double standards to stop. I know,I am an idealist.

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About Elizabeth Baker

Elizabeth is our Business Development Manager. She has a degree in both English Literature and Law from Glasgow University. After graduating in 1983 she served her traineeship as a solicitor in Oban. When she was admitted as a solicitor her first job was at Mitchells Roberton in 1985 so she is a well known face. She spread her wings and joined other firms along the way and had a successful law practice under her own name for some years. She returned to Mitchells Roberton in 2011 and works primarily to enhance the marketing of our firm. With her excellent links with small business and the media in the greater Glasgow area, she is well placed in the role and generates a good deal of referrals and new business. Elizabeth is a people person and naturally connects with both staff and clients. Elizabeth has two grown up children and loves walking her dog, travelling and reading literature.

1 thought on “Jeremy Clarkson- Double Standards or what?

  1. Don’t worry you’re not the only idealist. The B. B. C. seems somtimes to put money before ideals. Time will tell if J. C. rises again

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