If you ever wanted proof that making lots of money turns you into a wanker then just spend some time listening to Alan fucking Sugar. Just days after a Kensington millionaire newspaper columnist declared there is no housing crisis in the UK, Sugar has gone one step further and said there’s no poor people as well.
The reason for his insight is that some people have mobile phones and microwaves and this means they can’t be really poor, like he was before these things were invented. Which is like somone from the middle ages saying that Alan Sugar can’t have been properly poor growing up because his house was made of bricks. It’s a fucking stupid thing to say but then what do you expect from a demented cumstain in a posh suit who sits behind a desk too big for him all day doling out what he thinks is wisdom and gets paid, by us, for doing it.
You can buy a mobile phone for two quid on ebay. Give the Jobcentre enough shit and they’ll probably buy one for you*. It doesn’t mean you’ll be able to afford any credit for it and actually be able to use it. But it does mean you’re not poor anymore according to Baron fucking Sugar.
Sugar made his comments on ITV’s This Morning where he said that he was properly poor growing up because you needed to put a shilling in the electric metre. Yet there will be children in cold and dark flats right now because the pre-pay meter has run out, and unlike in Sugar’s day, it now costs the best part of a tenner to get the heating back on. These out of touch comments are an obscene insult to the hundreds of thousands of people who have been left with little more than nothing after over a decade of social security cuts, soaring rents and shrinking wages. In 2013 the number of households claiming housing benefit – paid only to tenants with a low income whether in work or not – hit five million for the first time and it has more or less stayed there. There are more people who are poor in the UK now than at any point since before the war. Sugar grew up in an age that was far from perfect but there were more jobs, houses were cheaper, benefits more generous and higher education was free. It is unlikely a young person today from his background would be able to save the £50 (£810 in today’s money) that he claims he used to set up his first business.
People who have had their benefit sanctioned are expected to survive on Hardship Payments of just over £40 a week, and that’s only if they qualify and someone at the Jobcentre bothers to tell them they exist. These payments are now being coverted into loans meaning sanctioned claimants have no money at all, just an ever increasing debt. You can’t really be poorer than that Alan. You fucking tool.
Like many of the super rich Alan Sugar mistakes people sucking up to him for admiration when in fact they just want some of his money. That’s why he thinks he’s so clever. He has no idea that most people think he’s a dick because no-one ever tells him he’s a dick. At least not anybody he considers worth listening to, and the only people he thinks are worth listening are the people who suck up to him because they want some of his money. He’s no different to the deluded, self-important knobends he humiliates on The Apprentice. Who also just want some of his money.
The capitalist class would have us all behaving like those on his television show, fucking each other over in the hope of a pat on the head from the rich. But who really wants to be like those wankers? Why should we tolerate a world in which the only route to any kind of prosperity is to either be born with a silver spoon in your mouth or to spend your life exploiting the people you were born and brought up with. Greed, selfishness, arrogance – are these really the values we want to base our society on? They are the values of cunts.
The tragedy is that due to technology we could all live in the world Alan Sugar has invented in his head. There is no reason at all for poverty in the UK, or anywhere else for that matter. It is not that there isn’t enough to go around, there is more than plenty. It is that some people have too much. People like Alan Sugar. So the very least he could do is keep his pampered fucking mouth shut.
*blaggers take note – the key words are Flexible Support Fund.
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