PM Is 'One-Eyed Scots Idiot', Says Clarkson; Row: Jeremy Clarkson

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PM Is 'One-Eyed Scots Idiot', Says Clarkson; Row: Jeremy Clarkson


Byline: Sam Reeves

TOP Gear star Jeremy Clarkson came under fire last night after branding Gordon Brown a 'oneeyed Scottish idiot'.

The BBC presenter also accused the Prime Minster of lying, in the comments reportedly made in Australia where he is hosting Top Gear Live, a stage version of the hit TV show.

Mr Brown lost his sight in one eye after an accident playing rugby as a teenager.

Clarkson, speaking at a press conference in Sydney, compared Brown to Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd, after Mr Rudd had just addressed the country on the global financial crisis.

According to The Australian newspaper, he said: 'It's the first time I've ever seen a world leader admit we really are in deep s***.

'He (Mr Rudd) genuinely looked terrified. The poor man, he's actually seen the books.

'We (in the UK) have got this oneeyed Scottish idiot. He keeps telling us everything's fine and he's saved the world and we know he's lying, but he's smooth at telling us.'

Scots politicians last night reacted angrily to the remark. Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray said: 'Such a comment is really a reflection on Jeremy Clarkson and speaks for itself. …

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