Leah Totton wins the Apprentice

Thank goodness it’s over.

So we get 16 candidates all vying for £250,000 investment and the chance to be Lord Sugar’s business partner.

You’d imagine with this amount of money on offer, and the backing and promise of a business partnership with Lord Alan Sugar, you’d have the best entrepreneurial brains in the country fighting for the loot?

Sadly not.

The 3 finalists business ideas included:

  1. A Property website where you could sell your own house.
  2. A confusing business idea that involved lots of pink branding and sold wholesale products to bakers.
  3. A botox clinic

Can’t say the final had me on the edge of my seat and thank God for Stella Artois or I don’t think I would ever have managed to cringe my way through last night’s 2 hour Apprentice Final.

Even the usually funny Irish Comedian, Dara O’ Briain struggled to make anyone laugh. In fact the only real laugh to be had was on how the BBC managed to hoodwink us all into watching what could only have been described as pure and utter crap.

The winner of this year’s apprentice is Dr Leah Totton whose business plan involves injecting botox into wrinkled faces in exchange for huge wads of cash that will supposedly keep Lord Alan’s fuel-guggling Bentley driving around the block for at least another episode.

Meanwhile, the NHS has lost a recently qualified doctor to ‘business’ while those vain enough to have the equivalent of a 2-in-one sand and cement mix injected into their skin can pay handsomely for Lord Sugar’s treatment.

Clearly it’s of no worry to either Lord Sugar or his new business partner,  recently qualified Dr Leah – that the NHS waiting lists are forever getting longer or that the elderly are stacking up on trolleys in the corridor with an over-worked staff trying to look after their needs.

Both of them talked of course of the ‘ethical’ and ‘morals’ involved with their business.

Lord Sugar declaring that he believed Dr Leah to have impeccable morals.

Previously, he’d declared that ‘actions speak louder than words.’

Clearly this doesn’t apply to morals.

I mean, surely anyone with even the faintest grasp of moral principles would agree that a newly qualified NHS doctor should give some time back to the organisation that trained them?

I mean, could you imagine Leah Totton being interviewed for a possible career in medicine and when asked why she’d like to be a doctor – telling the panel that she’d spotted an opening in the highly lucrative Botox business?

Far from being in any way moral, in my view, she’s a gold digger at heart and that’s what came across abundantly clear in last night’s final.

And if you’re in any doubt about this – Witness her making no secret of her ambitions when she proudly declared her intentions to sell her clinics after only 5 years trading for at least a cool £8 million – even seeing the Botox business as a only a temporary step in her quest for profits.

This supposedly, shy and retiring (this her own description of herself) Dr Leah then drove the point further home by reminding Lord Sugar that he’d have to sell a hell of a lot of ‘edible glitter’ to earn anywhere near the sorts of profits promised by her doshing out Botox injections and cement fillers to those desperate enough to pay anything to avoid having a face resembling Lord Sugars.

This when Lord Sugar was trying to weigh up whether or not he should invest in Dr Leah’s business-in-a-syringe or Luisa’s wholesale bakery business.

As the cameras closed in on Lord Sugar’s face, only a dimwit would have failed to see that he’d made his mind up and the thoughts of a profitable business in a syringe was just too good to turn down.

This whole farcical telly show raises the important question as to why aren’t trainee doctors obliged to sign a contract that at least allows the NHS to recoup their initial investment and enjoy the services of the staff they’ve trained for a little longer than the few months that Dr Leah has given?

My own view is that Lord Sugar should do the decent thing and repay the tax payer for the money that it’s had to invest in training Doctor Leah – after all – it’s he and his business that will now profit from her training.

This would of course be far too sensible an approach and as we know to our cost when it comes to spending the public’s money – any concept of sensibility is lost in a myriad of bureaucracy and self congratulations.

And as Lord Sugar’s search for his Apprentice draws to a close. The hospital where Dr Leah worked as a casualty doctor search for a new one begins.

And the waiting lists in the Casualty department have just got that little bit longer.


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