Saturday, June 06, 2009
'A vulgar, sexist bully,' writes Peter Riddell of Alan Sugar. Yesterday even Harriet Harman was rendered speechless by this appointment. The point is that in any sane list of British businessmen worthy to be elevated to this role Sugar would not come in the top thousand. I'm not sure he would appear at all. So he's only there because of The Apprentice. Sheesh! The depths to which Brown is prepared to stoop never cease to amaze. He should also be warned that Sugar is a public relations loose cannon as I discovered when I interviewed him. Brown wouldn't get that, of course, his own nose for public relations was lopped off at birth. His runners - Balls, Alexander etc - were all over the lobby telling hacks there was going to be an election soon after his appointment by coup. This was reported then there wasn't. Now they've done the same, telling everybody Darling was toast. But he isn't. Brown is now a joke even among the Westminster hacks. He is, of course, married to a former public relations executive. But perhaps, like Caroline Flint, she's just window dressing. Anyway, once you've read Matthew Parris, that's all that needs to be said about this great steaming pile of horsehit on this Saturday morning.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 6:37 am