Lord Sugar v Quentin Letts

Lord Sugar is threatening to sue Quentin Letts for calling him stupid and for
suggesting that he only got his peerage and government job because he is a TV personality. Sugar’s lawyers, Herbert Smith, sent Quentin a menacing letter talking about putting the matter before a “jury of his peers”.

The threatened suit is against Letts personally, not LBC (where he made the comments). An interesting little tactic, designed no doubt to frighten other journalists. (Guido is used to this kind of sabre-rattling, dead tree press hacks are more delicate than rough bloggers).

If things do reach court Quentin promises to call as witnesses Brown and Mandelson as the two most likely to know and thus be able to say why Sugar really got his job. Quentin doesn’t think he would have any alternative but to summon them to the witness stand. That should be fun.

Quentin’s sharp tongue does seem to be upsetting politicians, there were calls for him to be thrown out of the press gallery for being rude about MPs. Which is precisely why Guido thinks it is worth showing solidarity with Quentin.

Baron Sugar of Shortarse, you are stupid and the only reason you got your peerage is because you are a telly celebrity. If you weren’t stupid you would realise we all know your chair is raised up in the boardroom so that you don’t look like the chippy, midget tycoon that you really are.

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