Lord Sugar says he would have fired Theresa May after her general election fiasco

Lord Sugar also said Michael Gove and Boris Johnson should be in prison [Image: Jim Marks/BBC].

Lord Sugar has said that if the general election was an Apprentice task, he would fire Theresa May and that Jeremy Corbyn would have won.

In an interview with Emma Barnett on BBC 5 Live, the former Labour peer who supported the Tories in the latest election said Mrs May would have been fired if her election campaign had been a task on his hit TV show.

He said Jeremy Corbyn would have been sent on a “nice little trip” – but couldn’t help adding his own preference, “to Siberia, maybe.”

Ms Barnett herself seemed happy to drop her BBC professionalism and add a swipe at Mr Corbyn of her own, suggesting: “Venezuela?”

Poor show, BBC.

But many will agree with Lord Sugar’s opinion on Boris Johnson and Michael Gove. He said they should be in prison – or at least have criminal records – for their claim during the referendum campaign that £350million a week would go to the NHS post-Brexit.

On whether Boris Johnson and Michael Gove should go to jail, he said: “Absolutely, 100% absolutely. Absolutely. Or at least they should have a criminal record, because the damage that is going to be caused will dawn upon people in two to three years time when they turn to themselves and say ‘I don’t like this being out of the EU business, I don’t know why I voted out of it’.

“If you look at the statistics for who voted for leaving or remaining, it wasn’t exactly a landslide.

“How many of the people who voted believed that lie about the 350million that would stop being paid that would be redeployed in the NHS. If you took the number that voted solely for that reason, we would not be leaving the EU.

“In three to four years time, people will be kicking themselves for leaving the EU. Their lifestyle will change, their total life will change, and that has been caused by a lie!”

Source: Lord Sugar: I’d fire Theresa May and send Jeremy Corbyn on a nice little trip to Siberia

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12 thoughts on “Lord Sugar says he would have fired Theresa May after her general election fiasco

  1. Barry Davies

    Seems the only people who believe that the £350 million suggestion was a lie are remain supporters. It wasn’t the reason I voted leave although some extra money being made available for the NHS once we leave and are not wasting it on a failed political project anymore would be appreciated.. In 3 to 4 years time the losers will still be making things up and claiming we would be so much better off int he corruption riddled democratically deficient eu.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      For goodness’ sake.
      It was a lie.
      No money will accrue to the NHS when the UK leaves the EU. None at all.
      The perpetrators of the lie have admitted it.

      1. Zippi

        I didn’t even entertain the idea, because it is for government to decide how money is spent. That’s the part of this that I don’t understand. It was not a manifesto pledge and there was no accountability, because the two campaigns were merely campaigns. Nobody was in any position to make any such assertion, even if it were not an untruth.

      2. Mike Sivier Post author

        Yet I read a comment on Facebook, a matter of days ago, from a woman who said she wouldn’t have voted ‘Leave’ if not for that “promise”.

      3. Zippi

        Yet who was in a position to make such a promise? This is my point; it was a referendum, not an election; we weren’t voting for somebody who could be held to their word, which is why I said, in a post several weeks since, that Parliament has let us down. The time for setting out the parameters and putting them into law was at the time when the House voted to have the referendum in the first place. What about the £ords? Everybody should have been made aware of what their responsibilities were and who was accountable to whom. I still wouldn’t change my vote but I hold the whole lot of them in contempt.

      4. Mike Sivier Post author

        Perception is everything.
        People thought that those who made the promise were doing so because they could.
        So they voted in support of that promise.
        It was only the day after – when the result was known – that those who made the promise admitted it meant nothing.

      5. Zippi

        You are right, which is why I say that Parliament let us down. Why these things were not set in stone, before the referendum was called, I don’t know. I cannot imagine a scenario in which the safeguards, parameters etc. would not have been agreed and put into law. all of this should have been made clear. All that we were voting for were possibilities; nobody knows, let alone knew, what will happen in the future yet, so many people were talking as though they did; as I said, previously, there were more predictions, during the campaign, than in the whole of Biblical time!
        Perhaps some of the problem stems from the apathy that has been created over the last several years and the general political disengagement and disenfranchisement; how people have been excluded from the political system. I believe that there were many people, well above the minimum voting age, who voted for the first time, in the referendum. If people had a political vocabulary, a greater understanding of politics, perhaps… perhaps, there would have been a little more scrutiny, less acceptance of statements at face value? It used to be that we shouldn’t believe what we read in the papers (how true that turned out to be) so, how is it that people are still sucked in? Do people not question any longer? I have said many times that we are becoming a nation of sleepwalkers but the people do not realise that they are being fed sleeping pills; perhaps, we are already asleep. How to waken the nation?

  2. marcusdemowbray

    It seems very odd for me to be in strong agreement with Alan Sugar, but on May, Boris and Gove, and on lies having swayed the vote to Brexit he is absolutely right

  3. Zippi

    If Mr. Sugar thins that he can do better, perhaps he should stand, instead of criticizing EVERYBODY! Still, he has made a mint so, why should he care?

    1. wildswimmerpete

      Zippi, it’s his job, he presents a TV show. Given his background he’s done very well. He’s elderly so probably won’t want to stand as an MP. Jezza is the same age but he’s been an MP for nearly 40 years.

      1. Zippi

        Aye, he has done well, Pete but times were different back then. Would he do so well today? Somehow, I doubt it. How about, he issues some constructive criticism, if he’s going to be so public, or else, he should just moan in the pub. Unless he has something positive to say, or has some solutions, that are not merely criticisms of things that he doesn’t like, he should, in my opinion, either put up, or shut up. I’m an actor but why should people listen to me, or value my opinion above those of others? With age comes experience and he seems to have a lot to say so, why not stand, if he thinks that he can do better, instead of just the negative criticism? Vince Cable is an old man, too and surely, it would be better to have politicians who have experienced the real world in the House?

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