Clarkson: People in Blackpool’s bedsits are ‘enthusiastic users of heroin or Stella Artois’

Jeremy Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson

Outspoken columnist and sacked Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has called for Blackpool to be handed over to the fracking industry – because the town is full of: “drunks, drug addicts and Syrian refugees”.

In his weekly column for the Sunday Times, Clarkson said the town’s “disgusting” bedsits and guest houses had been turned into a: “cesspit of awfulness and disease”.

He said those in houses of multiple occupation (HMO) were: “not to be what you’d call house-proud”.

The 55-year-old multi-millionaire – sacked by the BBC from Top Gear earlier this year after hitting a producer who didn’t provide him with a hot meal – described most of the people in HMOs as: “enthusiastic users of heroin or Stella Artois,” who often end up in a “puddle” of their own excrement.

His solution was to hand the resort over to fracking companies, to make the area: “as rich as Saudi Arabia”, given Blackpool’s “good fortune” to be sitting on top of shale gas.

The columnist made his remarks after a BBC programme looked into issues surrounding some of the town’s HMOs.

We’ll have full reaction to his comments later – what do you think?