Now, to hear the Unions and strikers talk - and I am neither pro nor con the strikes before you start - they are unhappy with their pensions and what not, and it's their Right and their Freedom to strike to display their pissed-off-ness.
Fair enough - the right to protest is a good one to have. If The Man won't listen, mass as one and see if he listens then. I get that.
Yesterday, Jeremy Clarkson waded in during an interview and suggested that those on strike should be shot in front of their families.
Today, the unions and strikers are up in the air about how he should apologise, that it's disgusting that he should make such comments and yadda yadda yadda.
However. If we have to respect their right to strike, surely they should respect his right to Freedom of Speech? Surely it's a two-way street?
They are demanding an apology. Fair enough. But: are they apologising for shutting a shit-load of schools? Are they apologising for stretching the London Ambulance Service to the very limit (and this isn't a "made up" statement, a very talented Blogger/Tweeter - InsomniacMedic (Twitter Link / Blog Link)- that works for the LAS, was there all day talking about how hard it was, and how 999 really really only needed to be done in a proper emergency).
No, they are not apologising because it's their RIGHT to strike.
Just like it's Clarksons RIGHT to say whatever the buggery he wants.
And let's also not forget - this bloke (and again, I am neither pro nor con or taking sides) is ALWAYS saying stupid things because it gets attention. Lorry drivers murder prostitutes? Him. All Romanians are gypsys? Him. The list is endless.
Surely if they want an apology from him, they should apologise too? Are their freedoms more valid than his?
And before you start banging on in the comments about how what he said was offensive and wrong - I reiterate: It's Jeremy Clarkson. Does that excuse it? No, but does that mean you should expect more from him? Probably not. Just like disrupting the entire country is going to appeal to some and piss off others, just like saying offensive things amuses some and irritates others.