Boris Johnson addresses Jeremy Clarkson’s rejected restaurant plan
Boris Johnson has responded to Jeremy Clarkson’s plea for more support for farmers in a public video, and in a surprising twist, the PM also addressed the former Top Gear host’s failed plans for a restaurant at his West Oxfordshire farm. The video was posted to the Prime Minister’s official Twitter account on Monday (June 13). In it, Mr Johnson can be seen wearing a high-vis jacket and stood in a field.
Addressing the camera, he says: “Hi Jeremy, it is Boris here, I hope very much that you’ve had a chance to have a look at our food strategy and a lot of that is about backing British farming, backing our own domestic food production, eating more of what we grow here and of course, growing much more. READ MORE: Inside Jeremy Clarkson’s showdown meeting with council over farm restaurant
“We can do it.
What we want to do is back farmers in all sorts of ways, particularly making sure they have access to the labour they need but also supporting them when it comes to things like their fuel costs, their fertiliser costs, but supporting them also with innovation, and we’re putting a lot of money into new technology. I have just been looking at a machine that can plant 150,000 cabbages Jeremy, every day.” Then, the Prime Minister moves on to Clarkson’s rejected plans for a restaurant on Diddly Squat Farm.
Johnson says that the government is looking “in particular to ensure that farmers can “develop their property“, adding that he knows Clarkson “cares about this a lot”. He then delves into even more detail saying that when farmers “want to turn a barn into a bistro“, the government will make sure “the computer does not say no”. This is a direct reference to Clarkson’s desire to turn his lambing shed into a 60-seat restaurant – the plans for which were rejected by West Oxfordshire District Council.
The Who Wants to be a Millionaire host called the Prime Minister’s pledge “excellent news” and said he hoped that it meant the “district councils and the silly red trouser people now back down”. The video response from Number 10 was sparked by a string of tweets posted by Clarkson highlighting the importance of farming in Britain. In one tweet, shared with his 7.7 million followers, he wrote: “You can live without heat and clothing and even sex.
But you cannot live without food. Please support British farming.” Read more
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