Warning bells should be sounding in Westminster in the run up to Christmas. While the government gears up for the recess and festive celebrations, hard-pressed families across the UK are wondering how they are going to put a turkey on the table this year. What a seriously bleak midwinter for the 2.64million now unemployed and the millions of low paid workers, suffering from pay freezes in the face of high inflation.
At what point, then, did it become an appropriate forum in which to ask Jeremy Clarkson about his views on the Public Sector strikes? Irrespective of whether his remarks were in bad taste, the simple act of asking the question deviated so heinously from the One Show's magnolia-inspired modus operandi that a more poorly thought out line of solicitation would have been harder to find.