Jeremy Clarkson slams statue toppling ‘muddle-headed lefties’ in rant over British history

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Jeremy Clarkson, 60, has launched a tirade against those who toppled the statues of British historical figures and waged war against the UK. It comes after the likes of slave trader and charity mogul Edward Colston’s statue was thrown into the harbour in Bristol during the Black Lives Matter protests last year.

That’s not something you’ll hear in many classrooms

Jeremy Clarkson

But the broadcaster believes that “muddle-headed lefties” would rather ignore Britain’s fight to free slaves and focus on hating the UK instead.

In his column for The Times, Jeremy wants stories such as the Royal Navy’s West Africa Squadron, which was formed in 1808 – a year after Britain abolished the slave trade, to be taught in schools.

He wrote: “The squadron saw 2,000 Royal Navy sailors give their lives while capturing 1,600 slave ships and freeing 150,000 slaves.”

“It had been a huge operation, swallowing up 13% of the navy’s manpower.

“And it’s reckoned that it cost far more than Britain earned from its earlier slaving enterprises. That’s not something you’ll hear in many classrooms.”

He added: “I guess that muddle-headed lefties really don’t like the idea that for nearly a hundred years, and at vast expense, the country that they hate waged easily the most morally just war of all time.”

The outspoken TV star’s comments come as a summit to “defend our history” begins this week, attended by 25 of the country’s leading heritage bodies.

The National Trust, Historic England and the British Museum are among the institutions who will be sitting down with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, where they will be warned against attempts to rewrite Britain’s history over concerns that a “noisy minority of activists” are trying to “do Britain down”.

Dowden recently said: “Whilst I agree that we should use heritage to educate people about Britain’s rich and complex history, this work should never be driven by ideology.

“Proud and confident nations face their past squarely; they do not seek to run from or airbrush the history upon which they are founded.”

His remarks have caused a stir among academics, who believe it would be “inappropriate” for ministers to dictate how experts are allowed to interpret history.

Elsewhere, the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? host revealed he had received threats and letters after “squaring up” to local bin men.

Jeremy admitted he’s still unsure about which items go in what bin and insisted he doesn’t have time to figure it out, querying which bins the likes of carrot peelings and wine bottles go into.

He said: “I have children and a job and, even in lockdown, a life.

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“So I really don’t have time to do a full CSI job on my rubbish just to make life simpler for the people I pay to sort it out.

“And what makes it all worse is that when I square up to the bin men, they come round at the crack of dawn, before I’m up, and fight back with letters and threats and rules.”

He added: “Already, they won’t come up the farm drive to collect my refuse, which means that on a Sunday night, I have to get three wheeley bins to the gate which is more than half a mile away.”

Jeremy went on to say the bin men had put a sticker on his bin recently to tell him it hadn’t been emptied.

He added in his column with The Sun: “I couldn’t help thinking, ‘In the time it took you to apply the sticker, you could have emptied the damn thing’.”

The ex Top Gear star said he was left with the rubbish as he queried further: “What am I supposed to do?

“I can’t dump it in an old quarry on the farm because it might cause injury to a family of badgers, and I can’t burn it because of some eco-regulation about the sky.” has contacted a representative for Chipping Norton council for comment.

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