Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has hit back at Lord Sugar on his weekly LBC radio show after Sugar declared he was an “embarrassment to the coalition” on Twitter over the weekend.
Clegg had suggested that wealthy pensioners should not receive perks such as free bus passes and winter fuel payments.
Lord Sugar disagreed and sent the following tweets expressing his thoughts on Clegg’s ideas:
Clegg is an embarrassment to coalition for his gaffs.I don’t have and don’t want a free bus pass.I pay for my TV Licence as I am 66 not 75
Why doesn’t Cameron silence this idiot Clegg . How many more gaffs can he spout off on TV . Makes the coalition look like a joke
@paulwaugh Calamity Clegg as he should be known is talking rubbish. I don’t have bus pass and I pay for my TV licence like every oneelse
Clegg said of Sugar’s outburst:
“He’s slightly thin-skinned. He drives around in this great big Bentley on primetime television, he wafts around the House of Lords in ermine, and then he seems to be very offended when I point out that he has got a bob or two. I don’t see why someone like him should be entitled to a winter fuel payment.”
Clegg added that now that he’s responded to Lord Sugar, he’s sure he’ll get “another torrent of classic Sugar tweet-abuse this morning.” Sugar has yet to respond.
David Cameron has vowed has said he will keep pensioner benefits in place until 2015.
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