Outspoken columnist and sacked Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has called for Blackpool to be handed over to the fracking industry – because the town is full of: “drunks, drug addicts and Syrian refugees”.
In his weekly column for the Sunday Times, Clarkson said the town’s “disgusting” bedsits and guest houses had been turned into a: “cesspit of awfulness and disease”.
He said those in houses of multiple occupation (HMO) were: “not to be what you’d call house-proud”.
The 55-year-old multi-millionaire – sacked by the BBC from Top Gear earlier this year after hitting a producer who didn’t provide him with a hot meal – described most of the people in HMOs as: “enthusiastic users of heroin or Stella Artois,” who often end up in a “puddle” of their own excrement.
His solution was to hand the resort over to fracking companies, to make the area: “as rich as Saudi Arabia”, given Blackpool’s “good fortune” to be sitting on top of shale gas.
The columnist made his remarks after a BBC programme looked into issues surrounding some of the town’s HMOs.
We’ll have full reaction to his comments later – what do you think?