Boris has received an unlikely endorsement – from hardline Remainer and former Labour peer Alan Sugar. It turns out Lord Sugar will see Boris now – he gets the job as the only candidate who can “stop that Corbyn fellow getting elected” and “grab Brexit by the horns”. He even goes on a rant at Ian King for bringing up the “f**k business” comment. Makes a change from last October when he was calling for him to go to jail over Brexit, it’s not the first time he’s gone on a journey…
If a Leaver had said that…
UPDATE: A Stronger In spokesman condemns Sugar as “Completely unacceptable and inappropriate”
UPDATE II: Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi says the tweet is “disgraceful” and Sugar must “withdraw and apologise“.
5 May 2013: Lord Sugar attacks the EU, says Brussels is an obstacle to his companies’ success:
“When I started my business years ago, to take on the first person, the second, the third, was bad enough – but now we have a further obstacle to worry about: the political correctness of things, the claims culture, and the health and safety. It’s no wonder some small businesses say it is too onerous and they won’t hire anyone. I blame the fact that we are part of Europe. I blame the fact that the Government doesn’t have the guts to say to Brussels: I don’t like it, we should start taking control of our own safety and health regulations and our own claims culture. I’ve been told we can’t because we are in Europe. I say, enough is enough! We are Britain; we were once a great industrial nation and now you’ve turned us into a nation of ambulance chasers and moaners and wastrels.”
25 May 2016: Lord Sugar appointed government’s new business tsar.
31 May 2016: Lord Sugar lovebombs the EU, says Brussels is responsible for his companies’ success:
“I’ve been in business for 50 years. I’ve seen some pretty daft ideas in my time. And I’ll tell you one of them: Britain leaving the EU… When we entered the EU, it was a breath of fresh air for me. It opened up a massive market. I was free to sell to and buy from who I wanted and where I wanted. Honestly, that’s how my companies prospered… So, for the sake of Britain, I hope you trust me and my instincts, and, on June 23rd, vote to remain.”
What changed his mind?
Lord Sugar on Sadiq Khan:
“under Corbyn, the lunatics have truly taken over the asylum. His ambition is to drag Britain back to the 1970s — union blackmail and three-day weeks, when our best and brightest were leaving the country in droves. Militants, Trots, anti-semites and terrorist sympathisers all seem to have been welcomed into Labour with open arms. There is one politician who’s responsible for what’s happened to the party: Labour’s candidate for London mayor, Sadiq Khan… Khan has single-handedly wrecked the Labour party, and now he’s turning his finely honed judgment on the great city of London…”
Lord Sugar on Jeremy Corbyn:
“If they ever got anywhere near electing him and him being the Prime Minister then I think we should all move to China or somewhere like that and let this place just rot.”
Lord Sugar has released a ‘preview’ of The Apprentice 2015:
“Too little, too late.”