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    Alex Scott proud of accent amid criticism from Lord Jones

    Alex Scott proud of accent amid criticism from Lord Jones




    The former Arsenal and England footballer has been presenting the Olympic coverage for the BBC

    BBC presenter Alex Scott says she is proud of her London accent after ex-House of Lords member Digby Jones criticised her pronunciation.


    Lord Jones tweeted on Friday she "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".


    Scott said she was "proud" to be from a working class family in east London.


    The tweets were trending throughout Saturday.

    Lord Jones, Baron Jones of Birmingham, added she was "hot on the heels of Beth Rigby at Sky" and Home Secretary Priti Patel and said they should be given elocution lessons.

    Responding, former Arsenal and England footballer Scott said: "Any young kids who may not have a certain kind of privilege in life" should not allow "judgments on your class, accent, or appearance hold you back".


    Lord Jones later responded that Scott should not play the "working class card" as she was "worthy of much better".

    He added: "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."

    Lord Jones said he was educated at Bromsgrove School, a co-educational independent boarding school in Worcestershire, on a scholarship as he said his "his parents could never have afforded the fees".

    Scott is said to have attended Langdon Park School, a mixed secondary school in Poplar.

    He 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.

    Scott, who has recently been announced as the new host of the BBC's Football Focus, received support from many including colleagues and politicians.



    Lord Jones was educated at Bromsgrove School, a co-educational independent boarding school


    Labour MP Dawn Butler replied telling her to "keep rising" while fellow Labour MP Jess Phillips tweeted that regional accents added "to the joy of the Olympics coverage".


    Golfer Thomas Bjorn, former footballer Micah Richards and ex-rugby international Will Carling added to the many voices of support, while Arsenal Women tweeted: "Keep being you, AlexScott. Forever proud!"

    BBC colleague Eilidh Barbour also defended Scott on Twitter.

    She wrote: "This thread is what makes Alex Scott such a wonderful role model. Keep rising girl."

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-58040793



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    The BBC should assign a hardcore Brummie to the Olympic desk.

    Then see if the snobby twat complain's about the G's.



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    Stay tuned for more Old News From KW

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    "The former Arsenal and England footballer"

    This absolutely flummoxed me to be honest, and, as I had no idea who she was, I had to go and bloody search for her.

    Apparently Arsenal has a women's team (as does England).

    Who knew?

    And the whole thing took 5 minutes of my life that I want back.

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    The irony for those people who try to position this as some kind of class issue is that it used to be the upper classes who were mocked for their "Huntin', shootin', 'n' fishin'."

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Apparently Arsenal has a women's team (as does England).

    Who knew?
    Pretty much everyone who has any interest in English football.

    That you were confused by a woman playing for Arsenal and England and had to google that it was in the women's team...well...LOL.

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    I tracked down a couple of clips of her speaking and, quite frankly, her accent isn't that bad. I was expecting something rapid and almost incomprehensible, but she actually speaks fairly clearly.

    Time to change my vote!

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    All the vote options are negative.

    Well, there's toffees I guess.

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    Can someone post a sample of her speaking

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    You really do struggle with the internet, don't you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    You really do struggle with the internet, don't you.
    Is 'at really what you fink? Are you goin a cry?

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    Your abject stupidity won’t prompt that, no.

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    Harry,Such a working class comment.

    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    The BBC should assign a hardcore Brummie to the Olympic desk.

    Then see if the snobby twat complain's about the G's.


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    Don't shoot the messenger. I think the message is more important. If you can understand it, then the pronunciation shouldn't matter too much imo..especially if it is just not pronouncing the 'g' at the end of words. I mean I've heard worse accents like strong Scottish accents and some Brits speak with worse accents than her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chico View Post
    Harry,Such a working class comment.
    What's up chico, are you afraid of hard work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    What's up chico, are you afraid of hard work?
    Obviously a rhetorical question.

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