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LORD Digby Jones has lived up to his name and kept on digging after being roundly mocked and criticised for some outrageous criticism of sports presenter Alex Scott’s coverage at the Tokyo Olympics.

The former Labour minister and crossbench peer retired from the House of Lords in August last year, narrowly missing out on sharing a chamber with Baroness Ruth Davidson.

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It’s bad enough that Scotland has to endure a Tory government we never voted for – but we don’t even get the illusion of voting for Lords, and it’s worth keeping that in mind as this article continues and we get to see the measure of a man who helped shape the UK’s laws.

This latest embarrassment for Jones all started with a tweet in which he said: "Enough! I can’t stand it anymore! Alex Scott spoils a good presentational job on the BBC Olympics Team with her very noticeable inability to pronounce her ‘g’s at the end of a word.

"Competitors are NOT taking part, Alex, in the fencin, rowin, boxin, kayakin, weightliftin & swimmin."

Scott, a former England international footballer, hit back: “I’m from a working class family in East London, Poplar, Tower Hamlets & I am PROUD.

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

"A quick one to any young kids who may not have a certain kind of privilege in life. Never allow judgments on your class, accent, or appearance hold you back. Use your history to write your story. Keep striving, keep shining & don’t change for anyone."

Praise flooded in for Scott from all corners.

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BBC colleague Eilidh Barbour wrote: “This thread is what makes @AlexScott such a wonderful role model. Keep rising girl.”

Unfortunately, the former peer just doesn’t know when to quit and has now doubled down.

He wrote: “Alex Scott, please don’t play the working class card. You are worthy of much better than that! I admire & often publicly praise the adversity you faced & defeated to achieve all the success you deserve. Not sounding a g at the end of a word is wrong; period. It’s not a question of class, it’s not a question of accent, it’s a question of poor elocution. Don’t let it spoil your otherwise excellent performance.”

Isn’t it convenient that this former Labour minister and crossbench peer's view of the right way to speak sounds extremely similar to Eton-educated politicians?

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At this point, some of our readers may have realised they recognise Jones’s name. He’s had a few greatest hits in his time.

While the UK had the highest coronavirus death toll in Europe in the middle of last year, Jones had a genius idea to cheer everyone up.

He called for £100 million to be spent on a new Royal Yacht Britannia to “boost morale”.

He wanted the bill to be footed by taxpayers, businesses and the National Lottery.

Jones told the Telegraph’s Chopper's Politics podcast that he wanted to see work start next year.

"Why now? [It would be] one of the biggest morale boosts you can have. You'd have it doing tours of Britain, and open days you'd be amazed how many people will come to that,” the peer said.

"And why now? Because the nation is going to come through this in better shape. If we actually believe in ourselves. That's what we need to believe in ourselves...

"We have a damn good chance in this country and a royal yacht at this moment would just be one of those good quality delivery messages."

He also made the headlines when he accused First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of having her hair cut in secret.

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He tweeted in May 2020: “Something that’s concerning me: how come with enforced social distancing, Nicola Sturgeon’s hair is immaculate? All done herself? Always? I think we should be told! C’mon Nicola! All your own work? Surely not! One rule for the rulers...”

Oh, and he described spending £1m to spruce up Boris Johnson's jet with Union flag colours as "tremendous value for money".

Lord Jones is a former director-general of the Confederation of British Industry, and was a Labour transport minister and a member of the House of Lords between 2007 and 2020.

One rule for the rulers…