He is a man more associated with horsepower than horticulture. But in a tersely worded statement, Jeremy Clarkson would neither confirm nor deny that he has been carrying the seeds of his own destruction for at least two years.
“I am carrying some seeds around, this is true. But the significance of these seeds is entirely my own business, and I do not intend to submit them to further analysis, botanical or metaphorical. It is a free country and I assert my right to carry whatever seeds I choose within the law,” said a statement issued by his solicitor.
Mr Clarkson is believed to be depressed after his scheme to create St Jeremy’s, described by some as a “Minor public school for grown men” failed. The idea was to create a “fantasy educational environment” for older men who wanted to relive their private school years without the pressure of examinations and the disappointments of sexual frustration. “Anyone educated at one of these places will remember how formative they were,” Clarkson told The Times Educational Supplement at the time. “Nicknames and dormitories and teachers with bad breath who you could tease, and scholarship boys from council estates whose dads didn’t have any sort of car at all! It was great!” The project received the vigorous backing of Education Minister Michael Gove.
But in the development of the school, Clarkson, it’s understood, developed a new found passion for the music of the darkly musical Leonard Cohen and Smokie, and an “unhealthy” interest in biology. The mix turned out to be potentially fatal. Clarkson, it’s alleged, took to habitually carrying seed-specimens which fiends say may be the seeds of his own destruction. He has, according to some sources got them out and shown them to close friends and associates and described them as such. “With his family life in tatters and his TV show increasingly marginalised by a BBC more interested in cookery and violence, these seeds are very worrying” said a friend.