Thursday, 2 April 2009

Young Black Man Guilty of Lying to Judge Over Motoring Charge

Lewis Hamilton and McLaren have been stripped of their podium finish and all points at the Australian Grand Prix.
The sport's world governing body, the FIA, said they were excluded "for providing evidence deliberately misleading to the stewards".
Hamilton was summoned by stewards on Thursday, ahead of this weekend's Malaysian GP, to discuss what the FIA described as "a new element" of evidence.
BBC commentator and former F1 driver Martin Brundle said: "This does not look good for Hamilton or McLaren. They've decided that effectively he was telling fibs."
But let's not be too harsh on Lewis. There is, after all, a fine tradition of British men travelling all the way over to Australia and being economical with the truth.
UPDATE: "I'm not a liar or a dishonest person," said the 24-year-old on Friday. Hamilton also said the debacle was "definitely the worst thing I've experienced in my life". He added: "I could not tell you how sorry I am for the embarrassment. I apologise to the race stewards for wasting their time and making them look silly. This is not an easy thing to do, to step back and realise I was in the wrong. But I was in the wrong, I was misled." So that's an apology, is it?


Bill Quango MP said...

I thought it was going to be this one.

killemallletgodsortemout said...


You can't say coloured. Good grief, no. You can't say darkie either, not that you did. I like the term meself, because that's what my Dad used to say to me if I didn't eat my greens. "Eat 'em up son, or a darkie will come and get you".

No. You have to relate to their preferred skin colour, black. Even though they may not be black, as in Obama, Hamilton etc.

Should you transgress again, I will have to refer you to that Phillips chap for some informal training. Not Leslie Philips, the other one, you know, whatsisname from the Chips on Shoulders Brigade, the Equal Opportunities Place.

idle said...

Oops! And there was I thinking it was the correct term for a man of mixed race, half of which is black.

rvi said...

I understood the correct expression to be "differently hued" - which is not to be confused with "differently hewed" which is something to do with chopping trees. In restrospect, I do not think "differently huen" is quite right either. Ah, the English language... Isn't a "heun" now a new Guido word usually preceded by "lying"?

I'm confused so I'll stop here before the angry brigade aqrrive.

idle said...

killemall has shamed me into changing the title from 'coloured' to 'black'.

Notice terrific example of the modern genre of apology: "But I was in the wrong, I was misled".

Just like Dick "Wanker" Timney, aka Mr Jacqui Smith, saying "I apologise IF I have embarrassed Jacqui".

Scrobs said...

Or like when someone says 'I'm sorry if you're upset', and not saying 'I'm sorry I upset you'.

I got that one off Coronation street about tweny years ago!

Another thing I got off Coronation Street was the stitch from always laughing at Mike Baldwin's arms hanging rather like s Spaniel's ears...

idle said...

Never watched Corrie, scrobs. But I guess you'd have to laugh, or else you'd cry.