Seriously, read what happened. Yeah, BBC has done plenty of bone-headed things in the name of PC. This, however, is not one of those things.
This may not be about PC, in fact I highly doubt it but to say that this isn't politically motivated is bone headed.
Clarkson has been at odds with the BBC's director of TV, Danny Cohen since he became Director of TV. Cohen has been gunning for Clarkson for years but hasn't been able to do anything as Clarkson and Wilman owned a significant part of Top Gear as TG was originally a joint venture between the BBC and Clarksons/Wilmans production company. Months before the "fraccas", BBC acquired Wilmans and Clarksons stake in Top Gear.
However with the loss in revenue the BBC will feel over this and the inevitable failure of the Chris Harris led Top Gear, I suspect that Cohen will be out of a job within a year.
This ended up being about the fact that the same rules need to be applied all through the pay scale.
That's a cop out.
The BBC is not above applying double standards and if this happened at a lower rank, you can bet your arse the person involved would be sent off for "anger management" and that would be the end of it... But as I said, the BBC is not above applying double standards.
if that had happened here in the US, he'd be facing a multi-quintillion-dollar lawsuit already.
Which would be settled for a fraction of a million instead of being the circus that it was in the UK.