Confession. I am one of more than 750,000 fans who have signed an online petition demanding that the BBC reinstate Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson.
Sure, he's a lout. I got that. He's irreverant. Check. He's anything but politically correct. True enough. He's a fossil fueler, a real gear head and a climate change
The carbon footprint of Jeremy Clarkson and his fellow presenters, James May and Richard Hammond, is straight through the roof. They drive an endless array of massively powerful gas guzzlers at insane speeds - and, like the rest of the planet or at least the 300-million of us across 100-countries with TV access, I love to watch.
I will never drive the cars they drive but it makes me happy that they do. I don't want to drive those supercars but I do like to watch.
So he punched a producer. Dock his pay if you like, BBC. Just don't fire the guy. He's been doing Top Gear since 1988 and, by all accounts, this is the first time he's punched out a producer. Hell who hasn't had a co-worker every now and then who needed one upside the head? The Germans even have a word for it, backpfeifengesicht ("a face badly in need of a fist").