Jeremy Clarkson, 59, has questioned what Boris Johnson “thought would happen” after he issued his orders for the public to stay home due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Grand Tour favourite spoke out about the UK Government’s lockdown rules and argued “everyone thinks their job is important” after the Prime Minister instructed people to stay home unless their line of work is “absolutely essential”.
He wrote in his latest column for The Sun: “This week Boris Johnson ordered us all to stay at home unless our work was ‘absolutely essential’.
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“I wonder what he thought would happen. That we’d all wake up and think: ‘Nah. My job’s not important at all. I’ve been wasting my life really, so I’ll stay in bed.’
“Everyone thinks their job is important, so everyone went to work, and this meant that in London especially, the public transport system was rammed full of commuters.
“This made everyone very angry,” he added.
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However, Jeremy insisted he “doesn’t want to blame anyone” after some members of the public ignored the guidelines.
He continued: “I don’t want to blame anyone for what’s going on.
“If you shut a country down overnight there are bound to be issues. It’s no one’s fault.”
The former Top Gear host went on to suggest key workers should avoid public transport and use their cars to stay safer during the pandemic.
He added: “I do, however, have a helpful suggestion for people who really do need to get to work.
“A suggestion that no one will have considered. It’s a means of transport that’s virus proof.
“You can’t be infected when you’re inside it and you can’t pass your infection on to anyone else. It’s called the ‘motor car’.”
Government guidance says people should only leave their homes for food shopping, one form of exercise a day, any medical need and travelling to and from work where absolutely necessary.
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Elsewhere, Jeremy issued a plea to “save” his co-star James May, 57, by following the Prime Minister’s orders to self-isolate.
The presenter addressed the situation from an area of his house, which is currently being built, surrounded by scaffolding.
Jeremy quipped that if the public go outside at this time, they could risk infecting “someone who is old and frail like James May” with the virus.
He said in an Instagram video: “Normally when I’m told to do something I react by doing the exact opposite, I’ve done that all of my life, but on this occasion, no.
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“I have been asked to stay at home and even though this is my home and it’s got holes in it and it’s very cold at night and there’s only one chair, I am doing what Mr. Johnson has asked me to do.
“Because the thing is, if we go outside, there’s a chance, a good chance, that we’ll infect someone who is old and frail, like James May.”
Jeremy continued: “And do you want to have James May’s death on your conscience? No you don’t.
“So come on, please, everyone, let’s just sit it out. It could be worse, you could be me.”
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