Lord Digby Jones has hit again after his dig at Alex Scott’s pronunciation unleashed a wave of criticism and abuse on social media – and drove the BBC star to ship an on riposte final night time.
The previous Authorities minister had advised the presenter wanted ‘elocution classes’ as a result of she didn’t pronounce the letter g whereas asserting sports activities equivalent to fencing and kayaking throughout the BBC’s protection of the Olympics.
And final night time the previous soccer participant doubled down on her pronunciation, reeling off a string of occasions together with working, capturing and kayaking with out saying the ultimate letter.
It got here after she earlier hit again on Twitter at Lord Jones, saying she was proud to be from a working class household from East London.
Lord Jones had tweeted yesterday: ‘Sufficient! I can not stand it anymore!
‘Alex Scott spoils a very good presentational job on the BBC Olympics Workforce together with her very noticeable incapability to pronounce her ‘g’s on the finish of a phrase.
‘Rivals are NOT participating, Alex, within the fencin, rowin, boxin, kayakin, weightliftin & swimmin.’
Lord Digby has since revealed he was met with a barrage of abuse on-line, telling LBC: ‘I do want individuals might criticise in a free democracy and perceive that I’ve a viewpoint that does not imply I ought to be cancelled.’
Lord Digby Jones has hit again after his dig at Alex Scott’s pronounciation unleashed a wave of criticism and abuse on social media
Talking with host Andrew Fortress earlier right this moment, Lord Digby defended his place as he argued: ‘This has bought nothing to do together with her upbringing. This isn’t about accents.
‘It’s about the truth that she is flawed. You don’t pronounce the English language ending in a ‘g’ with out the ‘g’ and I do not need her as a job mannequin – and he or she is one, and a very good one – to affect [people] to suppose that it is rather trendy to go round dropping your ‘gs’.’
He stated that it had not focused Ms Scott particularly and had additionally criticsed journalist Beth Rigby and Residence Secretary Priti Patel.
He claimed he had been talking ‘on behalf of an terrible lot of individuals’, including: ‘I’ve had 50 per cent assist and I’ve had 50 per cent criticism.’
Requested if he thought it will have brought about this a lot of a storm, Lord Digby stated: ‘By no means in my wildest desires. I do not remorse it for one second as a result of I’ve a degree – and I feel I am proper. However I did not for a minute suppose it will trigger this kind of storm, I actually did not.’
The previous Authorities minister had advised the presenter wanted ‘elocution classes’ after talking together with her London accent throughout the BBC ‘s protection of the Olympics
He went on to criticise Gary Lineker for calling him a ‘snob’ and stated he ‘objects strongly’ to Ms Scott ‘enjoying the category card’ in her response, including: ‘I got here from very modest beginnings in Birmingham, my dad and mom might by no means have afforded to ship me to the college I went to – I bought a scholarship.
‘I turned a minister in Gordon Brown’s authorities and that is why I went into the Home of Lords.
‘I’m not somebody who was born with a silver spoon in my mouth and is standing right here as a snob.’
It comes after Ms Scott, who was awarded an MBE in 2017 and accrued 140 caps for England, shrugged off the assault and stated detrimental tweets solely spur her on.
Soccer pundit Alex Scott (proper) has hit again at Lord Digby Jones (left) after he claimed she wanted elocution classes and was ruining the BBC’s Olympics protection due to her accent
It comes after Ms Scott, who was awarded an MBE in 2017 and accrued 140 caps for England, shrugged off the assault and stated detrimental tweets solely spur her on
She stated: ‘I am from a working class household in East London, Poplar, Tower Hamlets & I’m PROUD.
‘Happy with the younger woman who overcame obstacles, and pleased with my accent! It is me, it is my journey, my grit.’
She went on to induce younger youngsters ‘who could not have a sure form of privilege in life’ to by no means permit judgements on class, accent or look to carry them again and added: ‘Use your historical past to write down your story. Preserve striving, preserve shining & do not change for anybody.’
The 36-year-old concluded: ‘Tweets like this simply give me the power to maintain going. See you tomorrow.. dwell on BBC child.’