What do you say to a guy who received a peerage thanks to a Labour prime minister, and then vowed to leave the country if another Labour leader gets to become PM?
Lord Sugar found out over the last few days – and wasn’t very happy about it.
Here’s the tweet that set him off:
Another good reason to #VoteLabour: @Lord_Sugar confirming he'll leave the country if @jeremycorbyn becomes PM. All without any argument, of course: just personalised nonsense. What a relief that people like Sugar aren't given gongs or made 'Enterprise Tsars' by @UKLabour anymore pic.twitter.com/4V2QS2cc3V
— Red Labour (@Redlabour2016) December 13, 2018
This Writer’s first instinct, on watching the clip, was that Sugar had bought into all the nonsense about Mr Corbyn, the Labour Party under him, and anti-Semitism (for the record, anti-Semitism in Labour was low when Mr Corbyn became leader and has diminished since; it is far more prevalent in right-wing parties like the Conservatives). But it seems I need not have worried as his words imply he was suggesting the economy would fall off a cliff.
And that’s odd – hasn’t he noticed what’s happening anyway, due to eight years of Tory failure – and Theresa May’s Brexit?
Lord Sugar spotted the Red Labour tweet and responded – and this is where the story really starts:
Sour grapes you bunch of jealous anti enterprise anarchist losers. You have not achieved anything in life but like to criticize those who have. I paid a personal tax bill last year of over £50m enough to build a hospital. You find the taxes in future I'm off #corbynout https://t.co/yHBeXat0BI
— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) December 13, 2018
Jealous? Anti-enterprise? Anarchist? Losers?
How does he know what these people have achieved?
As for his tax bill – yes, very large, but does he not understand that many, many other citizens of the UK have been held back from reaching the higher pay grades that would make a higher tax bill possible, because of the repressive political philosophy championed by the Conservatives, which is about making the poor poorer and keeping all the privilege for those who already have it?
Is it any wonder the Twittersphere yelled at him? Check out these responses:
Alan Sugar enjoys labelling people who aren't rich as "losers" & "failures" however its those "losers" (whether cleaners, bus drivers, nurses etc…) who keep the country running and lets face it, they're far more valuable to society than Corporate-Oligarchs like Sugar
— The Pileus (@thepileus) December 15, 2018
Bye. It's not sour grapes, btw. I've achieved a lot that I'm proud of in my life. A lot of which you can't count out in pounds. Who are you to judge other people's lives? You can't even practice basic courtesy, manners and a little good will.
— Revolution Breeze #PCPEU (@suejonessays) December 15, 2018
Don't you dare claim that teachers and nurses and road builders and factory workers and farm labourers haven't achieved anything in life just because they haven't made skip loads of money. You wouldn't have made jack shit if it weren't for them, you selfish, shallow charlatan. https://t.co/slE1vfjYJC
— Jon Goulding (@jongoulding) December 14, 2018
I've been a professional Firefighter for 23yrs. I support Corbyn. My achievements stand up against yours Alan. I'd argue I benefit society more.
— Mr Mojo Risin (@dingabell999) December 14, 2018
If anyone complains about the spelling in the next one, you need to get a sense of perspective:
I am not a looser I am a woman who worked as a carer and spent many hours holding peoples hands as the passed away. I am a woman who became very ill and disabled and find myself in a horrific situation and my country doesn’t care. We need a country that cares and protects 😞
— FIGHTING THE BATTLE UK (@kandisholland18) December 14, 2018
1) you don't know what an anarchist is
2) off you pop, send us a postcard.
3) it's sad that you measure your worth by the size of your bank balance.
— DarkestAngel (@DarkestAngeL31) December 14, 2018
Well I had a personal tax bill of £4.5k. I'm staying and I'll pay my share because the UK is my home no matter who is in Government.
— Sue Barnish 🌹#GTTO (@SueBarnish) December 14, 2018
Work out the 50M as a proportion of your income, then do the same for the tax/income of your lowest paid employees and the penny might start to drop. Also, your money ain't built any hospitals, has it? So enough with that patter. In summary, ta ta.
— Michael Feeley (@Feeley72) December 15, 2018
"Money doth not maketh the man"……no jealousy here, just a grafter, not an anarchist either and most Def NOT a loser, and have achieved a lot in life, happiness fulfillment marriage children freinds love and a cycling proficiency badge (1977). Have you not left yet? #yourfired
— Warrior (@weegielad911) December 14, 2018
Thanks for proving that being rich has nothing to do with having character or intelligence. And for proving that I feel richer than you any day.
— Laura Bee (@mevrouwbee) December 14, 2018
All good points, I’m sure you’ll agree. And only a few (there are many, many more such tweets) descend to Lord Sugar’s level.
The chances are he won’t leave, of course.
The guys who make such threats are always determined that we’ll do worse without them – and they’d never follow through on those threats in case we don’t.
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