A Conservative councillor has caused outrage on Twitter after he said he wished "silly old fart" Sir David Attenborough would "take a one-way trip to Switzerland".
He posted the comments after the naturalist said sending food aid to countries enduring famine was "barmy":
I do wish this silly old fart would take a one-way trip to Switzerland. Practice what you preach. http://t.co/1LCknRROJH
Cllr Phil Taylor, who represents a ward in Ealing in west London later blogged that it was "an off the cuff, ironic comment" and "if David Attenborough is unhappy I am sorry."
He added that he was "frustrated" that the broadcaster used his 'national treasure' status to promote controversial views over population control.