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Lord Sugar vs Quentin Letts

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Matthew Parris lets rip!

I am reproducing the former Tory MP’s article in full below following the outrageous decision by the interrogator of apprentices to sue Letts.

This is outrageous. What a prat. What a dipstick. What a wally.

Alan Sugar is threatening to sue my former fellow-sketchwriter, Quentin Letts. A letter to The Spectator this week, to which I have just added my name, protests that the libel lawyers Herbert Smith have written to Mr Letts complaining that on LBC radio he called their client a telly peer who doesn’t seem to have an enormous intellect; and that a writ will follow unless he pays Lord Sugar’s legal costs to date, donates an undisclosed sum to charity and gives a written undertaking never to criticise their client again.

Find me a bucket, I feel sick.

This from a delicate flower who has made his media career verbally humiliating people. The letter adds that (contrary to usual practice) he is not suing the broadcaster, just Letts.

Why not LBC? Does Sugar think it has deeper pockets and can better afford to fight?

Don’t roll over, Quentin. I’ll join any whipround. I’d love to see this go to court: the whole nation would.

Over the years I’ve called Tony Blair a mad, delusional cheat, and Margaret Thatcher blinkered, brutal and imaginatively stunted; mocked John Major as Mr Pooter, called David Cameron a podgy puffball, sneered at Neil Kinnock, cast John Redwood as an emotionally illiterate Vulcan and described Tory Europhobes as swivel-eyed lunatics, John Prescott as virtually incapable of speech, the Lib Dems’ Chris Huhne as indefinably ghastly and Mr Speaker Martin a drongo.

And never a writ. Politicians may dish it out, but they do take it.

So welcome to politics, Lord Sugar. Ever heard of common abuse, you pathetic ninny?

This should serve as good advice to all politicians including local councillors up and down the land, once you become a public figure in politics you have to learn to take the knocks as well as the bouquets, you need to grow a skin as thick as a rhino’s and take criticism, ribbing, and general abuse and piss taking in good grace and with a little humility and humour. Your first defence should be your policies, (and if you have none, then your gratified constituents), it should not be your legal team.

Unless Letts’ position is defended this behaviour will spread like a contagious disease. There has been a letter in The Spectator highlighted by Red Box signed by a number of outraged commentators (including Guido) appealing to Sugar to back down.

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Written by curly

August 7, 2009 at 10:22 am

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  1. I can think of one local councillor who seems to be very quick off the mark to send out letters from his London-based solicitor. Perhaps he will read the penultimate paragraph at least twice.


    August 7, 2009 at 11:04 am

  2. Well publish and be damned. If he said the wrong thing then he can be sued. That is the law.

    kensington and chelsea

    August 7, 2009 at 11:32 am

  3. Trigger, I could name a few (who sometimes like to band together) they are devoid of humour, I have the letters as proof!


    August 7, 2009 at 1:36 pm

  4. Curly its high time that a few local people got together and sued some politicians about the outright damned lies that they print on the leaflets. time they had a bit of their own medecine.

    Jonathan Smith

    August 7, 2009 at 1:40 pm

  5. Well said Jonathan!! That is one of the best ideas I have seen thrust into the political arena in my life (and I am cracking on towards 80)!!


    August 8, 2009 at 8:52 am

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