17.09.09 by Buffalo Bill
“It was meant humorously but so many cyclists have taken it seriously that I plainly misjudged. I am sorry.”
“What was intended to be a humorous piece was clearly misjudged.”
Which one was written by Matthew Parris, in apparent contrition for calling for cyclist to be beheaded, and which one was written by James Martin, likewise as an act of contrition, for a similarly ill-judged comment?
Twenty minutes into my test drive I pulled round a leafy bend, enjoying the birdsong – and spotted those damned Spider-Man cyclists. Knowing they wouldn’t hear me coming, I stepped on the gas, waited until the split second before I overtook them, then gave them an almighty blast on the horn at the exact same time I passed them at speed.
The look of sheer terror as they tottered into the hedge was the best thing I’ve ever seen in my rear-view mirror. I think this could be the car for me.
The sentence ‘God, I hate those cyclists’ remains, along with a long rant about how much he dislikes their appearance and presence in the country-side.
There was, rightly, a storm of protest about Mr Martin’s comments, from amongst others, Brad Wiggins, the CTC and just about every cyclist in the UK. I guess we should accept Mr Martin’s apology with good grace. In future, as Bradley Wiggins said, James Martin TV chef, the word cock springs to mind, stick to Ready Steady Twat mate.
In the wake of Matthew Parris’ apology, Matt Seaton had this to say:
confronted by a blizzard of complaints, Parris has today offered a grudging and backhanded apology of the “I was only joking” variety, which seems a lame excuse for a prejudiced rant in very poor taste
which could equally apply to James Martin’s apology.
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