EDITORIAL

Clarkson: Let's Tie Peter Mandelson to a Van

"I think it's a good idea to tie Peter Mandelson to a van," wrote columnist Jeremy Clarkson in a Nov. 8 editorial for the Times of London, which Internet fans claimed was censored by the Times before eventually being put back up on their site. Clarkson, the host of popular car show Top Gear, isn't pleased with the First Secretary of State's approach to governing, saying that he hates Lord Mandelson's "pale blue jeans" and "preposterous mustache." Mandelson's "one-man war on the bright and the witty," writes Clarkson, means that a large portion of his friends are trying to "get out of this stupid, fair-trade... equal-opportunities, multicultural, carbon-neutral, trendily left... hellhole." But where will they move to? Not the U.S., says Clarkson. "We can't go to America because if you ever catch a cold over there, the health system is designed in such a way that you end up without a house. Or dead."