Thursday, October 18, 2007
Life in the New Labour Reich (2)
You really couldn't make this up.....
Campaigners are demanding the BBC apologise after Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May (above) appeared to flout the smoking ban on the show.
The pair lit up pipes containing herbal tobacco during the news section of Monday's show. Waverley Borough Council said it was investigating the incident which took place at Dunsfold Aerodrome, Surrey, where Top Gear was being filmed.
Amanda Sandford, spokeswoman for Action on Smoking on Health (Ash), said: "Smoking in a studio is illegal. Anything that causes smoke is prohibited.
"We would hope that programme-makers make some form of apology. It was meant to be a fairly light-hearted part of the programme, but the law is the law and it's not appropriate for the BBC, especially for a programme that's very popular and seen by a lot of young people, to be openly flouting the law."
ps I actually had the "pleasure" of debating with Amanda Sandford on the issue of smoking bans once on Radio 5 Live. "Light-hearted" is not a phrase, I think, that could ever be applied to her.