YOU CALL THAT AN APOLOGY? MOTORMOUTH CLARKSON GROVELS.. 'In Heat of the Moment I Made a Remark about the PM's Personal Appearance for Which, upon Reflection, I Apologise'

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YOU CALL THAT AN APOLOGY? MOTORMOUTH CLARKSON GROVELS.. 'In Heat of the Moment I Made a Remark about the PM's Personal Appearance for Which, upon Reflection, I Apologise'


Byline: By Kevin Schofield

JEREMY Clarkson yesterday issued a halfhearted apology for calling Gordon Brown "one-eyed" - but refused to back down on branding him "a Scottish idiot".

The Top Gear bigmouth's insult to the Prime Minister, who lost an eye in a rugby accident, had been widely condemned as being in bad taste.

And he yesterday issued a statement which said: "In the heat of themoment I made a remark about the Prime Minister's personal appearance for which, upon reflection, I apologise."

But last night there was anger that Clarkson, who made the remarks in Australia as he attacked Brown's handling of the econony, had not withdrawn the rest of his remarks.

Lothians MSP George Foulkes said: "It's a halfhearted apology. He called into question the Prime Minister's honesty, he made disparaging remarks about his nationality, his intelligence and his disability. That is unacceptable."

Gordon Banks, MP for Ochil and South Perthshire, said: "He can disagree with Gordon Brown's handling of the economy but the fact he's Scottish, English or Irish doesn't have relevance."

A spokesman for First Minister Alex Salmond said: "Jeremy Clarkson's remarks were foolish and insensitive. …

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