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If you've stuck your head outside of the automotive maelstrom for half a second, you've probably caught wind of the fact that the UK is going through a major political shake up right now. Jolly Old has just appointed David Cameron from the Conservative Party as its new Prime Minister, and that means plenty of change is in store.. That also means that a new Transportation Minister is likely to pop up in the near future. According to a new AA/Populous pole, the Brits wouldn't mind seeing Sir Richard Branson or Jeremy Clarkson at the head of transportation.

The survey found that 26 percent of those polled could potentially see the head of the Virgin empire call the transportation shots. Even more surprising, Jeremy Clarkson pulled down 24 percent of the vote. It's hard to imagine a world in which Jezza calls the transportation shots. Caravans, hybrids, bicycles and most American vehicles would be forsaken in favor of Ariel Atoms and a selection of supercar hardware. You know, on second thought that doesn't sound so bad... minus the lack of nice American iron, of course.

The survey asked participants to choose between a list of 15 non-governmental celebrities and business people. While Branson and Clarkson took the lion's share of the votes, poor Jenson Button walked away with less than a six-percent vote of confidence.

[Source: Fleet Directory | Image: AFP/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Jezza for Transportation Minister!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jeez, talk about incisive commentary ... You obviously don't get the implication of Branson *winning*, do you?

      Branson represents public transport. Particularly rail and air.

      Versus the lumbering ape (bless 'im) Clarkson, who's all about *private* transport.
      iJohn
      • 4 Years Ago
      After Jezza becomes the Minister..

      G-whizzes will vanish in to air..

      Topless women holding the Speed Limit..
      • 4 Years Ago
      All gee whiz cars would mysteriously disappear and be found smashed the following day.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "According to a new AA/Populous pole"

      That's poll, not pole. Unless we're talking about pole position ;)

      "You know, on second thought that doesn't sound so bad... minus the lack of nice American iron, of course."

      I think I remember Clarkson having a few nice words about the Jeep Cherokee, not to mention the Chevy Corvette. I think his biggest problem with American cars is when they're not so nice. Americans' obsession with big vehicles, rather than vehicles that are fun to drive, is a typical sticking point. And his arguments regarding truly crappy vehicles like the Chrysler Sebring would be true no matter what side of the Atlantic he's on.

      Although I disagree with him on the Jeep Wrangler. Land Rover fans (and Clarkson is one, if I remember correctly) should at least respect the fact that the original Defender was built off the CJ platform and that the Wrangler is the direct descendant of that line.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Forgive me, non-Brit here.

      What is the transportation minister responsible for? What does he/she do day-in and day-out?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Primarily they look after the country's transportation system.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I could see Clarkson doing well in that job. I think at first it'd start off kinda silly ("Priuses prohibited" signs, a push for VAT only on vehicles making less than 400 hp, etc.), but I think he'd do a good job. I mean, just like any other government job, you need someone with a deep knowledge of the field or industry if they're gonna do it right and make the majority happy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree at first it would be a silly media storm but once that settled down in a month or few afterwards I'm sure he'd do away with a bunch of silly taxes and laws, a common sense house cleaning if you will.

        Hell I'd be tempted to cross over the pond to live in England if it happened haha.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That'd be about as stupid as a state making Jesse Ventura governor.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah my vote for Clarkson. He loves Ford for sure. Modeo, Focus, GT all Jezza approved.
      He really can be a zenophobic asshat sometimes, but heck who isnt?????
      • 4 Years Ago
      Clarkson could do a great job, IF he doesn't kill himself first. My guess is if he had to deal with the political world directly, he'd end up putting a gun to his head in frustration.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's actually a serious problem. Many people go into politics with the best of intentions. As they move up, they find that they're useless, even detrimental, unless they start playing the games. They have a choice of joining the dark side or dropping out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think a few years back someone started a petition or something for "Clarkson As Prime Minister".
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should just put him in charge of writing road signs.
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