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Will Jeremy Clarkson be the next CTC president?

Postby Philip Benstead » 1 Apr 2015, 8:30am

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Will Jeremy Clarkson be the next CTC president?

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By SamJones on 1 April 2015
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As part of CTC’s ongoing development plans as national cycling charity, former Top Gear presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, is considered the front runner to replace Jon Snow as President.
Bealnach na Ba Pass Scotland - the Great Tour
CTC hopes Clarkson will lead the Great Tour up iconic routes such as the Bealach na Ba Pass. Photo by Englishpointers (Hate Sleep Apneoa) (cc)
Today CTC confirmed rumours that it is considering TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson as a potential candidate for its president.

Clarkson famously presented BBC 2’s flagship show Top Gear until recently when he left under a shadow of controversy. He is now understood to be looking for a new job and direction in his future career, with current propositions including working for the Russian armed forces TV.

CTC Chief Executive Paul Tuohy, recently explained in his spring update that the national cycling charity is looking at its brand and image, and how to communicate what it is and does to support cycling for all.

Part of this process, following CTC’s announcement of Clarkson's candidacy for new president, now appears to be looking into who would replace the well-known cycling champion and Channel 4 news anchor, Jon Snow.

Working with the UK’s leading cycling charity could present an ideal shift in direction for Mr Clarkson."

A CTC spokesperson said: “We’d like to remind the UK public that bikes have ‘top gears’ too and working with the UK’s leading cycling charity could present an ideal shift in direction for Mr Clarkson.

“CTC believes his unique style would resonate with our current membership, and that under his presidency we could reach a new and hitherto unreached audience for our leading campaigns, Space for Cycling and Road Justice.”

Now that Mr Clarkson is likely to be free over the summer, CTC hopes that he might also lead all 64 stages (6,800 km) of The Great Tour, for which the charity is lead sponsor.

It appears CTC sees Clarkson and his affiliation with the wider motoring public in the UK and globally, as a perfect means to convey its messaging on the need for national design standards in cycling infrastructure, ambitious targets for cycle growth and funding of at least £10 per head as outlined by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s Get Britain Cycling inquiry.

Not all CTC members are happy about replacing Snow for Clarkson, with one member quoted (under condition of anonymity) as saying: “I know that he has the ear of Cameron and has shown he can cycle, but surely this is some kind of joke?”

You can make your views known on this suggestion and wider issues relating to cycling by writing to your prospective parliamentary candidate at: www.ctc.org.uk/clarkson-for-president.
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Re: Will Jeremy Clarkson be the next CTC president?

Postby greyingbeard » 1 Apr 2015, 9:02am

good for publicity but I wouldnt want a charity to pay his fee
If he does it for free out of decency etc then go for it
Has anyone asked him !

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Re: Will Jeremy Clarkson be the next CTC president?

Postby rabmania » 1 Apr 2015, 9:17am

Date.

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Re: Will Jeremy Clarkson be the next CTC president?

Postby Norman H » 1 Apr 2015, 11:02am

He's particularly anxious to address motorist's attitudes to cyclists. Apparently Jeremy's change of heart was prompted when his friend Oisin Tymon was the victim of a left hook manoeuvre.

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Re: Will Jeremy Clarkson be the next CTC president?

Postby TonyR » 1 Apr 2015, 11:26am

I hear that part of the proposal is to rebrand the CTC as "Top Tube" with an on-line weekly video show.

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Re: Will Jeremy Clarkson be the next CTC president?

Postby horizon » 1 Apr 2015, 11:31am

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TonyR wrote:I hear that part of the proposal is to rebrand the CTC as "Top Tube" with an on-line weekly video show.
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Re: Will Jeremy Clarkson be the next CTC president?

Postby greyingbeard » 1 Apr 2015, 11:41am

Never mind the date, Ive been thinking about this for days.
Jezza the London cycle user would be as good for the staid image of CTC as Bear Grills is as Chief Scout.

[ Best not to mention gender-attraction-related-issues here, cos we are hot on political correctness. Graham :wink: ]
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Re: Will Jeremy Clarkson be the next CTC president?

Postby Edwards » 10 Apr 2015, 7:50am

greyingbeard wrote:[ Best not to mention gender-attraction-related-issues here, cos we are hot on political correctness. Graham ]


Graham does this mean somebody actually fancies Clarkson? :shock:

I loved the opening post and wish I had spotted it earlier. Thanks for the laugh.
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Re: Will Jeremy Clarkson be the next CTC president?

Postby TonyR » 10 Apr 2015, 8:04am

greyingbeard wrote:Jezza the London cycle user would be as good for the staid image of CTC as Bear Grills is as Chief Scout


Yes, we could have footage of him decking a London cabbie, blowing up an HGV and riding a rocket propelled bike down The Mall before cutting to "Star on a reasonably priced bike" racing round the Elephant & Castle.

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Re: Will Jeremy Clarkson be the next CTC president?

Postby JohnW » 25 Apr 2015, 11:37pm

This is a very sick joke.
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Re: Will Jeremy Clarkson be the next CTC president?

Postby gaz » 26 Apr 2015, 11:03am

Philip Benstead wrote:... By SamJones on 1 April 2015 ...
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Re: Will Jeremy Clarkson be the next CTC president?

Postby JohnW » 26 Apr 2015, 12:49pm

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gaz wrote:
Philip Benstead wrote:... By SamJones on 1 April 2015 ...


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Re: Will Jeremy Clarkson be the next CTC president?

Postby TonyR » 26 Apr 2015, 1:23pm

....and the conversion of JC would have a bigger impact on the petrolheads than 100 Chris Boardmans.

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Re: Will Jeremy Clarkson be the next CTC president?

Postby Psamathe » 26 Apr 2015, 2:32pm

TonyR wrote:....and the conversion of JC would have a bigger impact on the petrolheads than 100 Chris Boardmans.

A good point. Clarkson has it easily within his power to really make a difference. All he has to do is a brief thing about how bad drivers are with regard to vulnerable road users. sort of "Come on guy's, if you can't give a cyclist decent space when overtaking you really should not be driving ...". His audience would suck it up and undoubtedly follow his "guidance". So it just a few minutes at no cost to himself nor real effort he will have saved quite a few lives and injuries, made a real difference and done some real good.

But does he bother ... ?

Ian

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Re: Will Jeremy Clarkson be the next CTC president?

Postby TonyR » 26 Apr 2015, 2:51pm

Psamathe wrote:
But does he bother ... ?

Ian


I think we're discussing Porcine Airlines hypotheticals.