Top Gear is the most entertaining program on television. I state this with the same degree of conviction that, say, John Calvin articulated the doctrine of predestination. It is a simple, eternal truth.
Top Gear has shunted straight into a row after its series of extravagant stunts in Belfast this week. ... Their madcap stunts included firing a Renault Twingo into the sea, drag racing and hoisting a vehicle to the top of one of Harland and Wolff's famous twin gantry cranes, Samson. ...
Environmental group Friends of the Earth, meanwhile, criticised the Top Gear team claiming it appeared to have gone out of its way to be as crass and juvenile as possible. ... The wrecking of vehicles for the show has not impressed Friends of the Earth campaigner Declan Allison.
“The wanton destruction of tens of thousands of pounds worth of machinery impresses no-one. It’s a wasteful extravagance and, in the middle of a global recession, in very poor taste,” he said.
Here we see Homo Ecomentalist displaying the defining characteristics of the species: Humorless, puritanical, painfully earnest, dour, overzealous, and just plain annoying.
It seems fitting to conclude with a quote from Jeremy Clarkson:
Recently, Boris Johnson jokingly wondered what had happened to all those Trots and Bolsheviks from the 1970s. Boris, my dear chap, they never went away. And now there are many more of them, living among us, posing as normal, respectable members of the human race. It’s just that they’re not called Trots and Bolsheviks any more. They’re called environmentalists and health and safety officers. Think about it. A single health and safety man can inflict more damage on business and industry than an army of Red Robboes. And the goals of an environmentalist far exceed the aspirations of even the most hardbitten 1970s communist.