Nigel Farage refuses to join 'Bring Back Clarkson' campaign

The Ukip leader has decided not to jump on the bandwagon - unlike David Cameron, who heartily endorsed the controversial presenter

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Jeremy Clarkson has not got a supporter in Nigel Farage.

The Top Gear presenter - allegedly suspended over a 'fracas' with a producer for not being allowed to have steak - has earned the support of hundred of thousand of people on a Change.org petition. However, Farage will not be adding his signature any time soon.

He told the Telegraph, that while he is a "fan" of Clarkson, he thinks that "punching" somebody was fair grounds for suspension. "I haven’t signed the Clarkson petition," Farage said. "It seems to me that as boss of Ukip, if I punched one of our press office – it’s tempting at times, I have to say – but I’d be in very, very hot water indeed and I would without doubt be suspended for a period of time pending a disciplinary hearing.

"So I think people signing up online saying Clarkson should be re-employed are doing so really without any knowledge of what went on or whether there’s any history there, so as far as I’m concerned the jury’s out, but I’m not going to worry too much for Jeremy Clarkson. If he falls out with the BBC I’m sure other broadcasters will have him."

Prime Minister David Cameron, on the other hand, felt comfortable backing Clarkson.

"I don't know exactly what happened. He is a constituent of mine, he is a friend of mine, he is a huge talent,” Mr Cameron told BBC Midlands Today.

http://ind-appweb2-migr:6085/migrator/ws/publication/independentLondon/resource/binary/648907 "I see that he said he regrets some of what happened. All I would say - because he is a talent and he does amuse and entertain so many people, including my children who'll be heartbroken if Top Gear is taken off air - I hope this can be sorted out because it is a great programme and he is a great talent."

Farage has been in "hot water" himself this week, after saying that laws preventing racial discrimination "would probably have been valid" 40 years ago, but no longer were.

He added that he would scrap "much of" current legislation.

Labour called the remarks "shocking", but Farage insists his views have been misrepresented.

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