Jeremy Clarkson makes feelings clear on Hunt's Budget as he addresses new measures after launching brewery

Jeremy Clarkson makes feelings clear on Hunt's Budget as he addresses new measures after launching brewery

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Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 06/03/2024

- 16:00

The Clarkson's Farm host started his own beer brand in 2021

Jeremy Clarkson and the team at his beer brand Hawkstone have spoken out following Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's Budget on Wednesday afternoon.

Hunt unveiled a number of new measures to be implemented by the government - including a National Insurance slash and child benefit boost - but it's the freeze on alcohol duty that appears to have caught Clarkson's eye.

The Chancellor extended the freeze in alcohol duty until next year, despite it initially being planned to end August 2024.

Hunt said it showed the Tories were "backing British pubs" as approximately 38,000 establishments stand to benefit from the measures.

The duty will be frozen until February 1, 2025 and the news will undoubtedly be well-received by owners of nightclubs, bars, pubs, distilleries, restaurants and - of course - breweries.

One such brewery owner clearly pleased with Hunt's decision is Clarkson who was part of a social media post on his beer brand Hawkstone's Instagram page following the Budget.

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Clarkson can be seen holding a pint of beer aloft, emblazoned with the Hawkstone logo, in the post.

"Cheers to that," the accompanying caption from team Hawkstone began.

It continued: "38,000 of our great British pubs have had duty frozen till 2025 giving some much needed relief to our beloved institutions! #budget."

When he delivered the news on alcohol duty, Hunt told the House of Commons: "In the Autumn Statement, I froze alcohol duty until August of this year.

"Without any action today, it would have been due to rise by three per cent.

"This benefits 38,000 pubs all across the UK – and on top of the £13,000 saving a typical pub will get from the 75 per cent business rates discount I announced in the autumn.

"We value our hospitality industry and we are backing the great British pub."

As well as celebrating the good news for his beer brand, Clarkson also hit headlines earlier this week for his take on today's politically correct world.

Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson has had his say on Jeremy Hunt's Budget


Writing in his Times column, Clarkson unleashed a blistering take on wokery and why all-male competitions centred around brute strength and "pointless" tasks would never work.

He's also been on screens in the latest season of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - although that too hasn't been without its controversy.

Clarkson had to clear up confusion after telling an ITV contestant he didn't know who Mark Drakeford, the First Minister of Wales, was.

Fans quickly picked up on the moment after Clarkson had taken aim at Drakeford in a social media post slamming the Welsh minister's new measures for farmers.

However, Clarkson quickly pointed out the episode in question was filmed over a year ago.

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