Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley has branded MPs as ‘deliberately antagonistic’ towards him. Pot, kettle, black? [Image: Martin Rickett/PA].

Earlier this week, This Blog accused the government of double standards, in threatening to charge Mike Ashley with contempt of Parliament for failing to give evidence before a Commons committee.

(Ashley wanted a private meeting instead, which is inappropriate.)

That does not mean that This Blog has any sympathy for Mr Ashley. His latest move seems to indicate he thinks he can do whatever he likes.

Iain Wright should have him arrested and brought to Westminster in chains.

If he won’t come willingly, let him be dragged in. Perhaps then he’ll learn some humility – or at least some respect.

Sports Direct’s founder, Mike Ashley, has accused MPs of being “deliberately antagonistic”, claiming they were abusing parliamentary procedure by trying to force him to give evidence to a committee.

In a letter to Iain Wright, the chairman of the business, innovation and skills committee, Ashley said he was disgusted by the MPs’ approach. On Wednesday, the committee warned Ashley publicly that he risked being in contempt of parliament if he failed to appear.

Ashley wrote: “I was disgusted to learn that you have adopted a stance that is deliberately antagonistic.” He accused Wright of trying to create a media circus by summoning him.

“I believe you are abusing parliamentary procedure in an attempt to create a media circus at Westminster, which is not in the best interests of any of the people who work at Sports Direct.”

Source: Mike Ashley berates MPs over summons to give evidence | Business | The Guardian

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