Jeremy Clarkson, the outspoken host of Top Gear, may be pondering a run at the UK's Parliament, according to a tweet he posted over the weekend. Of course, the note, which has now been retweeted over 4,400 times, comes from a man whose penchant for hyperbole is legendary, so take this musing with the usual grain of salt. There's been no further mention of his political aspirations since the original tweet went up, leading us to assume that it was just idle banter.

Even so, Clarkson has no issue being controversial, but it's where he's apparently thinking of running that's adding fuel to the fire – Doncaster North. Located in southern Yorkshire, the area is currently represented by the leader of the liberal Labour Party, Ed Miliband, according to The Independent. Were Clarkson to depose Miliband, it'd be like Nancy Pelosi losing her seat in Congress to an ornery Jay Leno.

Clarkson's bluntness and utter disregard for decorum - he once called former prime minister Gordon Brown a "one-eyed Scottish idiot" and has a habit of routinely insulting other countries - run counter to what we normally think of when it comes to British politics. But the 53-year-old presenter has never been quiet about his political views, both on Top Gear and in his regular newspaper columns. And as we've shown before, he's quite popular in the UK, having at least one petition started for him to assume the position of Prime Minister. British friends, would you vote for Clarkson as your MP? Let us know in Comments.


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      Jabbit
      • 1 Year Ago
      He just wants more POWERRRRR!!!
      LeeBromley
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just to add. Clarkson was on a TV news quiz - as the guest host. Every time he tried to be witty or smart he was made to look very small and unfunny by the people on the panel. Anyone can look funny and sharp when they're reading from a script. And if you think he writes all his own scripts and columns, think again. Look at someone like the UK broadcaster Danny Baker for a start. He's already admitted that he's done work for them. Sorry to all the Americans who think he's a super-funny car god.
        Rob J
        • 1 Year Ago
        @LeeBromley
        Tell me about it, Every time he is on QI he never has anything interesting to say and all he does on TG is pander to the audience.
        car czar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @LeeBromley
        I don't find him funny or the other co-host of top gear funny. It's their antics that get me laughing. I almost cried laughing when they built that custom train using old campers and it caught fire and burned to the ground. Now that is just classic.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anybody. But. Bush. LOL....whoever the dems put up in 2008 and apparently 2012 and now 2016 wins...
      LeeBromley
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll cut Autoblog some slack because it's American, but here goes. Number 1, I can't believe that AB has created an article out of a joke Tweet. Number 2, Clarkson is a pretty big figure of fun in the UK - nobody takes him seriously and he's probably much, much more popular over in the States than in the UK. 3, If you read the UK press you'll see that his personal life is picked at on a daily basis and it's pretty grubby to say the least, so the press would turn over every stone to reveal all the gory details, and he really wouldn't like that. Finally, he may have been born in Doncaster, but he's spent his entire life distancing himself from the place. He now lives in Chipping Norton and hangs out with his good friend David Cameron (the Prime Minister...) a lot of the time. He's very much a fan of the Conservative party, and the chances of a 'joke' Tory candidate taking the seat of the Labour leader - in a town where all four constituencies are held by Labour MPs - are zero. You may remember him inviting the Labour MP John Prescott onto TG? Clarkson was in his own 'back yard' and had the editing suite at his disposal, and still didn't come out on top when trying to belittle Prescott. He wouldn't last two minutes against current MPs and he knows it. Plus, it would mean the end of his TG career, and he's going to milk that brand until the wheels fall off.
        brandon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @LeeBromley
        From this response it sounds more like you don't like him for his political leanings. Maybe, just maybe he isn't as well liked in the UK as he is here, but I seriously doubt it. Especially when you go out of your way to mention every little detail about how you think everything just makes him "joke".
      Brex
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm obviously in the minority here but I think that a bloated, self-absorbed narcissist would fit right in with Parliament.
      Hoeby
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah why is this even news? Is Autoblog not familiar with Jezza? Sigh.
      TahsinZ
      • 1 Year Ago
      What could possibly go wrong?
      ctsmith1066
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah, because what the Tories need is another rich pompous blowhard in Parliament. That'd go over well. Seriously, though, Clarkson is good at two things: talking about cars, and making fun of Hammond and May.
      brandon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I say we amend the constitution so he can run here for any position he would like. Including, but not limited to, the presidency.
      gooseman
      • 1 Year Ago
      I vote for President of the world! (With the obvious exception being Texas. We good.)
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gooseman
        As much as Rick Perry is unfit to wield any power, I suppose I kind of prefer him. He is sometimes more entertaining than Clarkson, albeit unintentionally.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
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          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          @Raz If a job is "created" while both Rick Perry and The President (or any other politician, for that matter) are in office, who deserves the credit?
          gooseman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          It's cool. Still have Ron Paul and Kinky Friedman.
      Kent Kangley
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll watch his TV show, but I would never vote for him.
      SFGiantsFan35
      • 1 Year Ago
      How hard could it be?
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