I happen to quite like Jeremy Clarkson. No matter that he’s a bit right-wing or that some of his newspaper articles seem to have been cobbled together in a couple of minutes, probably by a ghost writer*.
In person and on tele, he’s entertaining, interesting and his views are slightly tempered by humour.
No wonder some are willing to confess they like him.
All that being equal, some people still don’t like him. So my question today is: Does knowing that his Mum created the original Paddington Bear toy for him make him more likeable?
"Originally made one Christmas as a present for Shirley’s and her husband Eddie’s children Jeremy and Joanna, the bear remains a classic of its kind – one which still gives me pleasure whenever I see it – and it served as a kind of yardstick when judging other products. Some things, like Concorde and the Jaguar XK120, look right from the word go. It was created with love and it was born with that indefinable something known as star quality. You either have it or you don’t."
Michael Bond, author of the Paddington Bear stories
* Although, for the sake of libel writ prevention, let’s say not.