He was recently spotted out shopping by a member of the public without wearing the government’s required facemask.
The Top Gear star recalled: “Last weekend I went to the paper shop and remembered most of the things I now need for such a trip: spectacles, phone, hearing aid, tin of boiled sweets, gazetteer and a list of the papers I like to buy when I arrive. But I forgot my mask.
“In the olden days, when there was Enid Blyton and local bobbies gave apple scrumpers a clip round the ear, people would have forgiven a 60-year-old for making such a mistake. But not any more.
“A man leapt from his 10-year-old Toyota to do some remonstrating. ‘Do you not need a mask because you’re on television?’ he bellowed. And he hadn’t finished.”