Jeremy Clarkson

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Jeremy Clarkson on the pandemic and lockdowns: ‘If you die, you die’

Jeremy Clarkson criticised ‘communist’ scientific advisors and suggested that if the pandemic is here to stay society should return to normal.

Jeremy Clarkson

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The always-opinionated Jeremy Clarkson recently criticised England’s response to the pandemic and took aim at “communist” scientific advisors during an interview appearance on Radio Times. Clarkson was interviewed alongside his co-stars Richard Hammond and James May; the trio and their producer, Andy Wilman, were promoting a lockdown special of their Amazon Prime Series The Grand Tour.


During the interview Clarkson offered his opinion on the COVID-19 pandemic and what the country’s next steps should be.

“When it started, I read up on pandemics and they tend to be four years long,” said Clarkson. “I think the politicians should sometimes tell those communists at SAGE to get back in their box.”

SAGE (The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) have offered their scientific advice to politicians to help them make public health decisions during the pandemic.

“Let’s just all go through life with our fingers crossed and a smile on our face. I can see Boris [Johnson] doesn’t want to open it up and shut us back down again. But if it’s going to be four years… and who knows, it could be 40 years.”

Then Clarkson added that if the pandemic is going to “be forever” lockdowns should be a thing of the past and “if you die, you die.”

The interview comes after Clarkson and company finished their lockdown special edition of The Grand Tour, which was filmed during the COVID-19 in Scotland. The cast told the Radio Times that filming on the road was challenging and they had to fashion a portable laboratory so that all 60 crew members could be tested every day. Apparently, a single positive test would have led to the cancellation of the shoot.

According to The Independent, by Tuesday morning, 3 August, some of Clarkson’s comments reached social media and the main reaction was “outrage.”