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Published 06/04/2015 | 02:30

Jeremy Clarkson. Photo: Matt Crossick/PA
Jeremy Clarkson. Photo: Matt Crossick/PA

The concept of celebrity tends to subvert our basic sense of proportion. Unwittingly, we assign almost godlike stature to those who acquire celebrity status. In so doing, we demean ourselves and distort the notion of what is really worthwhile achieving in life, giving our young people false hopes and dreams, distracting them from what counts for most in a human life, namely to love and be loved.

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I accept that we all need to be a somebody in life. The desire to be a cause, to have an impact on the world is at the heart of all our endeavours. In the case of Jeremy Clarkson, however, the need for applause, recognition and celebrity became the over-riding, driving force of his work. Being outrageous amplified his notoriety.

The music world is the most effective breeding ground for celebrity and shattered dreams. A tiny proportion that sets out on the path to fame, fortune and notoriety soon find themselves in a world where a few moguls exercise their power to adopt them or ditch them at will.

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