PUBLISHED: 08:47, Sun, Sep 13, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:47, Sun, Sep 13, 2020
Jeremy Clarkson, 60, has weighed in on the government’s new coronavirus restrictions for the UK and how chief medical officer Chris Whitty’s approach of “following the science” when dealing with the pandemic could be a “fool’s errand”. The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? host spoke out about the recent rise in cases of COVID-19, but insisted “there’s no great worry” that the NHS will be overwhelmed because the “number of deaths has dropped dramatically”.
However, he argued that the impact of the public being told to “stay indoors and hide” will cause even more damage to the economy.
Branding restrictions “a load of tripe”, Jeremy said: “The government’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, has your life, your children’s future and Boris Johnson’s testicles in his hands.
“This makes him the most powerful man in the country right now. And, possibly, the most dangerous.”
The former Top Gear presenter continued: “Yes, after a prolonged lull, Covid staged something of a comeback last week, but as the number of deaths has dropped dramatically, there’s no great worry at the moment that the NHS will be overwhelmed or that your fat dad won’t make it to next weekend.
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Jeremy Clarkson blasts Government’s new coronavirus restrictions (Image: GETTY•ITV)
Jeremy Clarkson questioned the government's reliance on 'following the science' (Image: GETTY)
“There is, however, a very great worry that the economy is on the brink of collapse and that if we end up with five million on the dole, there will be some troubling social unrest.”
Addressing health secretary Matt Hancock’s suggestion that the government’s ban on gatherings of more than six people could be in place until Christmas, he added: “Boris, therefore, doesn’t want to cancel Christmas or employ busybodies to make sure their neighbours aren’t having too many friends round.
“Quite the opposite. He wants us all to go to the office tomorrow, and to the theatre as soon as possible.”
“But he can’t say any of that too loudly, because if he does, Whitty will resign, and