Digby Jones fights back after digging into Alex Scott’s pronunciation – .

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Digby Jones fights back after digging into Alex Scott’s pronunciation – .


Lord Digby Jones hit back after his digging into Alex Scott’s pronunciation sparked a wave of criticism and abuse on social media – and prompted the BBC star to deliver a retaliation last night.

The former government minister suggested the presenter needed ‘speaking lessons’ as she failed to utter the letter g while advertising sports such as fencing and kayaking while covering the Olympics. by the BBC.

And last night, the former soccer player doubled her pronunciation, rolling out a series of events such as running, shooting and kayaking without uttering the last letter.

It came after she hit back on Twitter earlier on Lord Jones, saying she was proud to come from a working class family in East London.

Lord Jones tweeted yesterday: “Enough! I can not stand it anymore !

‘Alex Scott spoils a good job of presentation on the BBC’s Olympic team with his very noticeable inability to pronounce his’ g’ at the end of a word.

“Competitors are NOT participating, Alex, in fencin, rowing, boxing, kayaking, weightlifting and swimming. “

Lord Digby has since revealed that he has been the victim of a barrage of online abuse, telling LBC: “I wish people could criticize in a free democracy and understand that I have a point of view that does not mean not that I should be canceled. “

Lord Digby Jones fought back after his dig into Alex Scott’s pronunciation sparked a wave of criticism and abuse on social media

Speaking to host Andrew Castle earlier today, Lord Digby defended his position, saying: “It has nothing to do with his upbringing. It’s not about accents.

‘It’s about the fact that she’s wrong. You don’t pronounce the English language ending in a ‘g’ without the ‘g’ and I don’t want her to be a model – and she is, and a good one – to influence [people] to think it’s very fashionable to drop your ‘g’. ‘

He said he did not specifically target Ms. Scott and also criticized journalist Beth Rigby and Home Secretary Priti Patel.

He said he spoke “on behalf of a very large number of people”, adding: “I received 50% support and 50% criticism.”

When asked if he thought it would have caused such a storm, Lord Digby said: ‘Never in my wildest dreams. I don’t regret it for a second because I have a point – and I think I’m right. But I didn’t think for a minute that it would cause that kind of storm, really not.

The former government minister had suggested the presenter needed

The former government minister had suggested the presenter needed “speaking lessons” after speaking in her London accent during BBC coverage of the Olympics.

He then criticized Gary Lineker for calling him a “snob” and said he “strongly objected” to Ms Scott “playing the class card” in his response, adding: ” Very humble beginnings in Birmingham, my parents could never have allowed me to send to the school I attended – I got a scholarship.

“I became a minister in Gordon Brown’s government and that’s why I entered the House of Lords.

“I’m not someone born with a silver spoon in their mouth and standing here like a snob. ”

It comes after Ms Scott, who received an MBE in 2017 and racked up 140 caps for England, shrugged off the attack and said the negative tweets only encouraged him.

Lord Digby Jones

Alex Scott MBE

Football specialist Alex Scott (right) hit back at Lord Digby Jones (left) after claiming she needed speech lessons and was ruining BBC Olympics coverage because of her accent

It comes after Ms Scott, who received an MBE in 2017 and racked up 140 caps for England, shrugged off the attack and said the negative tweets only encouraged him.

It comes after Ms Scott, who received an MBE in 2017 and racked up 140 caps for England, shrugged off the attack and said the negative tweets only encouraged him.

She said: “I come from a working class family in East London, Poplar, Tower Hamlets and I am PROUD.

“Proud of the young girl who overcame obstacles, and proud of my accent! It’s me, it’s my journey, my courage.

She then urged young children “who may not have some type of privilege in life” to never let judgments about class, accent or appearance hold them back and added, “Use your story to write your story. Keep striving, keep shining, and don’t change for anyone. ‘

The 36-year-old concluded: “Tweets like this just give me the energy to keep going. See you tomorrow… live on BBC baby. ‘

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