Guest columnist Roy Bainton says support for Jeremy Clarkson is the symptom of a society gone wrong

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In the early 1850s, an invention was launched which many cooks still use today.

Anyone who bottled last year’s peaches may well have used a Kilner jar—named after John Kilner (1792-1857).

One wonders if during a frustrating period when Mr Kilner was perfecting his jar he lost his temper and started punching and abusing his staff? It wouldn’t be surprising. He was the great-great-great grandfather of Jeremy Clarkson.

Thankfully, there were no Kilner jars to hand at the Simonstone Hotel near Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales.

All Clarkson had with which to allegedly attack his producer, Oisin Tymon, were his fists and a colourful lexicon of high-volume obscenities. The abuse was so loud it was heard in the dining room, the hotel’s bedrooms, and witnessed by other guests.

But it’s ok. This is the unequal Britain of 2015, where the more money and fame you have, the less you need to worry about retribution.

Top Gear, presented by Clarkson and his two infantile schoolboy mates, Hammond and May, surrounded by a studio rent-a-crowd of sheep-like hangers on, earns the BBC an amazing £67million per year worldwide. Clarkson’s salary is £1million, plus substantial income 
from books and other spin-offs.

When you live your life in the malicious billionaire bubble which now governs our lives then, as Matthew 13:12 tells us, “Whoever has will be given more”.

Being stinking rich expands your sense of importance. It allows you to demonise the poor and dismiss those deemed by the Government as “hard-working tax payers” by saying: “They should be taken outside and shot in front of their children.”

Clarkson did, referring to striking, underpaid public sector workers.

Austerity works for the rich, because it gives the well-heeled a comfortable range of targets upon which to practice their misinformed invective.

We face the most crucial UK General Election since 1945. Britain’s working population is labouring under a Westminster philosophy which has the super-rich determined to return the rest of us back to the impoverishment of the 1930s.

So, ask yourself what’s wrong with Britain in 2015? Here’s part of the answer: over one million people signing a petition to ensure a reactionary, insensitive millionaire can have his toys back in his pram and be made even richer.

What did Clarkson’s punched alleged victim get? A barrage of vile abuse and death threats.

Jeremy Clarkson has been sacked.

It doesn’t bother him. He has powerful friends and neighbours. ITV will probably double his salary.

So let’s forget the corporate theft of our NHS, the unfair bedroom tax, zero-hours contracts and food banks. Let’s keep signing petitions to ensure the rich stay that 
way.

Pass me my Kilner jar, I feel sick.