One of the worst things a person can be accused of at the moment appears to be a ‘deficit-denier’, as apparently it is irresponsible to think it okay when a Government spends more than it takes in in taxes – even though in fact it is and holding that view is not the same as ‘denying’ that there is a deficit.

I am far more irritated by poverty-deniers. For one reason, they genuinely do deny that the problem of poverty exists when it plainly does. But for another, the specious reasons they come up with to support their view are so shallow that it should hardly be necessary to debunk them.

Now Lord Alan Sugar is the one having a go. He insists that there is no such thing as poverty in the UK, through his shrewd, scientific, in-depth analysis and canny powers of deductive reasoning. Which is to say, he thinks that everybody owns a mobile phone, therefore everybody must be quite well-off.

Now, it is hard for me to establish whether anyone has bothered to tell Lord Sugar yet, but I feel it my duty to point out that the year 1997 ended quite some time ago. Whether or not we really believe that everybody owns a mobile phone – of course it is not true anyway – Sugar’s reasoning is like assuming someone must be happy just because they are capable of smiling.

Source: The Mobile Phone; The Ultimate Treasure? | TheCritique Archives

This Writer was delighted when Lord Sugar joined Labour, giving it credibility among the business community.

That was back in the old days – which is where his opinion on mobile phone ownership belongs.

Avoiding ‘You’re Fired’ references (if possible), along with suggestions that his mind might not be what it once was, is it appropriate to say that he’s had his day?

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