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Anti-bike Hamilton backtracks

Published: 09 March 2007

Christine Hamilton has admitted claims she made about motorcyclists on national radio were “total generalisations”.

The publicity hungry “author and broadcaster” said on the Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show on Monday that motorcycles were “noisy, unnecessary, aggressive and menacing” She said: “They think they’re the goddamn kings of the road. And that leather clad nonsense. Are they all perverts? Drive a little slower and you won’t need all that kinky protection.”

But yesterday, in an email to the Motor Cycle Action Group, she said: “Of course it was a total generalisation - meant in the spirit of the programme - hope no offence taken -  many motorcyclists are far more responsible that some car drivers!” She signed off: “Best wishes and happy cycling!”

Hamilton’s on-air comments were intended to encourage votes for motorcycles in a week long phone-in poll asking listeners what vehicle they would most like banned from the roads – which bikes were winning. She acknowledged accidents weren’t necessarily our fault but said: “If they weren’t there it wouldn’t happen.” 
She told listeners: “Let’s give two fingers to the two-wheeled menace and boot them back to the race track where they belong.”

MCN has a message for Hamilton: We think self-styled authors and broadcasters who will say anything for publicity are a waste of human organs. Of course we’re generalising. We hope no offence is taken!

Help make sure bikes don’t win Vine’s poll - by voting now for cars. For details, visit www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/vine

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