The Mobile Phone; The Ultimate Treasure? | TheCritique Archives

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.

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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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  1. dave wilson

    What the eminent Lord forgets that his favourite government are trying to make all access to benefits digital by default which means the little people must have some sort of mobile device to claim any benefits at all.
    At the moment it is only Universal Credit but it will roll out to the other benefits soon, you can only apply for pip by telephone which makes claiming it difficult. To sum up he is an idiot.

    1. I had to claim my State pension earlier this year (you don’t get it automatically) and I had to do it online, I had to even create a Government Gateway account first. Fortunately I’ve got a PC and broadband account otherwise I’d be stuffed.

  2. Tony Dean

    Someone needs to tell that jumped up barrow boy that the benefits system assumes everyone has a mobile phone, to the point of – in some circumstances – the DWP/JobCentre Plus issuing them one.

    “Digital By Default” Courtesy Of Iain Duncan Smith

  3. I was lucky to get my cute pink Samsung galaxy Y for £25 instead of the normal £53 off Amazon, as for topping it up I spend on average £5 every 2 months with GiffGaff and I am on benefits. Ok for me it is not an essential but I can afford it for now, I have no pricey contract. As long as I top with £5 every 3 months.
    For some jobseekers it is the only way they can contact potential employers.

    I also recall getting a voucher for a mobile phone, when Labour was in power in 2004 from the Jobcentre, when it was more than half full of humans!!!

  4. Christin Bergin

    The only comment I can make is – where ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be wise.
    I am considered poor by some as I haven’t watched telly or owned one for nearly forty years. Dont think I missed much and at least my head is not full of rightwing garbage. Most important I think for myself.

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