February 28th, 2012

Guardian Slave-Masters Recruiting

According to the Guardian’s Polly Toynbee ‘Workfare is transparently unfair to most people, substituting slave labour for big companies.’ Except when the Guardian do it. “The scheme is unpaid…”


259 Comments

  1. 1
    Steve Miliband says:

    Workfarce

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    • 9
      Lord Wayne of trombone says:

      Editor of Guardian 7% pay increase this year despite falling sales and losses at paper
      Paper avoided £M s of tax that could have been used to pay for hospitals in UK

      what a fucking bunch of hypocrits

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      • 15
        Lord Wayne of trombone says:

        PS

        @GreenJennyJones
        Regret missing the eviction @OccupyLSX Hope all safe? Any complants to be made against police? Can’t evict an idea.

        Like what the fuck?? Some people in Britain actually support the Police – we think they are on our side and work for us.

        This Green idiot should go side by side with the Police for a week. Then she ll shut up already.

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        • 33
          not convinced says:

          easy job – take dna, send out speeding fines and firearms practice – head shots a speciality (after taser training).

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          • sandy says:

            But ‘not convinced’ will be the first to look for police help when he gets mugged or his house gets burgled.

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          • Red Fag Flying High says:

            You could not do it, Not Convinced. You would wet yourself at the first sign of trouble. Oh yes, and picking up body parts after a suicide on the rail lines. Oh wait, did you think it was ‘the state’ that took care of all that?

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          • RunningDog says:

            Red Fag: Suicide most likely caused by police relentless persuing technical offences like the new motoring and green offences relentlessly in order to meet quotas.

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          • Lord Wayne of trombone says:

            not convinced
            It is not out fault you went to a Comprehensive school

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          • Boris's Mum says:

            Stack shelves or work for the Guardian – Hmm! – Hard Choice.

            What does the experience prepare you for in life?

            Do you know why yoghurt does not get stacked next to cheese?

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          • not convinced says:

            been mugged – got the stitches to prove it – no surveillance cameras at the incident, therefore could have been anyone

            been burgled – three weeks later the visit – we have a lot of this – no one hurt, where did you get that? that looks very expensive

            body parts – worked in a hospital in my youth (paid work) – saturday night BIDs – brought in deads

            and finally, nothing to see here, move along now, evening all

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          • Nooly qualified gradrate wiv a dergreee says:

            please Sir, oh Sir please sir! – I know!!!!!

            it’s cos they taste difrant!!

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          • Jar Jar Binks says:

            massa polly gonna take a good care of us!

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          • Plod says:

            “Some people in Britain actually support the Police – we think they are on our side and work for us”

            Not any more, mate.

            Our credo used to be “Fight Crime & Protect The Public”.

            Now it’s “Manage Crime & Control The Public”.

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        • 123
          LeastWorstOption says:

          There are no jobs.

          If you wanted to create a wheeze for the moment, try this:

          Give young people a laptop and access to the nations tax data.
          Give them a bonus when they catch a tax dodger.

          We will be out of recession in weeks.

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          • East India Company wallah says:

            Give young people who are Numerate And Literate a laptop-oh -they’re already working-Doh!

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          • AC1 says:

            You Sir are an idiot.

            Bureaucratic control of the economy is correlated with recession, not anti-correlated as you imply..

            Want to End the recession?

            Raise bank reserve requirements.
            Change taxes to land rights, Copyrights and Patents (and a low tax on bank balance sheets to encourage netting off and thus lowering risk).
            Erase taxes on employment, income, investments and saving.

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          • Mark T says:

            The recession is not caused by not enough taxes but by too much government spending. You can’t tax your way to prosperity when you already have dirigiste lunatics controlling over half of all spending and the state a bigger part of the economy in the North of England and Scotland than it was in Stalin’s Russia

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          • LeastWorstOption says:

            Sorry AC1,

            Only winding you up.

            Take a pill.

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          • AC1 says:

            Yes I really should take a pill. Bad day for me.

            Soz.

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        • 139
          rocknrolla says:

          Strangely I never saw this on the BBC. It totally undermines the argument put forward by the guardian and the layabouts/activists/professional trouble-makers who blocked that Tesco store.

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          • Boudicca says:

            Maybe the Occupy protesters who’ve been removed from St Pauls could head for Guardian HQ to protest against this blatent exploitation by a tax-dodging loss-making organisation that pays it’s bosses ridiculous sums every year?

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          • Pundit Too says:

            Not only are they unpaid ethnic minorities but the Gruniard wants a free editorial from them. Now that is slave labour.

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      • 17
        EdButLookBalls says:

        Face, jackboot, stamp, forever! Words conjured up when I see Rusbridger!! Cnuts

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      • 30
        Chuckus Yamoney says:

        Less than 0.5% of the UK population read the Guardian.

        All serious journalist should want a successful paper on their CV.

        Looks like the program will be stuffed full of Left Wing Activist Politics Graduates looking to be a Future Westminster Candidate

        That should increase the Guardian circulation

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        • 82
          Red Fag Flying High says:

          No, it’s a good scheme. For two weeks the families of the free labour will buy the Guardian to see what their kid did. That should boost circulation by ten per cent for a while.

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        • 180
          AC1 says:

          and they all work at the extortion funded BBC who then ram it through every broadcast.

          End the license fee, get diverse political views in broadcasting (not far left and even lefter).

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        • 189
          Anonymous says:

          Does the Star have an intern scheme ?

          Is it open to those without D Cup mammaries ?

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          • Chuckus Yamoney says:

            No one “reads” The Daily Star

            So why would they need interns to write copy.

            All you need is a dirty photographer and a couple of cut and paste kids for the adverts and blog ripped stories and you too can have a national newspaper with nearly three times as many readers as The Guardian

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          • the stench of hypocrisy says:

            What with Livingstone avoiding taxes and the Guardian employing unpaid interns, the stench is becoming overpowering.

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      • 250
        Wikilurks says:

        I doubt they’ll be employing illiterate school leavers – that would only boost standards at the Grauniad.

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      • 252
        Andrew says:

        7% increase? Don’t you mean a voluntary 10% pay cut? http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/feb/09/guardian-editor-takes-pay-cut

        Yes, I thought so.

        With regard to the story, 2 week work experience placements are common in all industries, and this one is helping target underepresented minorities in the media sector. What the Government were doing was telling unemployed people (like me) that if we didn’t go work for Tesco, a multi-billion profit company, for free, we would lose our benefits.

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        • 255
          Lurcio says:

          ..and the Guardian loses money and is propped up by offshore investments. That’s OK then, totally different.

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      • 254
        TEFLON AL says:

        FUCK YOU BITCH! I LOOK AFTER OLD HORSES AN’ ALL! WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? FUCK ALL, THAT’S WHAT! I’M UNTOUCHABLE!

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      • 258
        Anonymous says:

        Not so. Sales rising. Check your facts and leave your juvenile predjuices to fester in your own dark mind.

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    • 11
      Rage Against the Political Elite. says:

      Wank-rs. Typical, We have 1 media group infiltrating all area’s of public officialdom to Gather intelligence, FOR WHO? What cohersion was used, when the MET discovered some Minister with a few young boys, How did the PRESS use this information, and who is the money behind News internationals Intelligence gathering machine.

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    • 51
      Sir William Waad says:

      Either everybody belongs to a ‘racial minority’ (since no ethnic group accounts for 50% of the world’s population) or nobody does (because the human race is not biologically diverse enough).

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      • 60
        genghiz the kahn says:

        Apartheid as practised by The Guardian.

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        • 86
          Guardian of Tripe says:

          You mean… they have too many white hacks? And they still produce all that crap? Wot about Polly. what shade she?

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          • Dear Pol, Will you be free for QT next week? - Luv Auntie xx says:

            Polly is hideously white.
            Obviously too much sunblock when she’s drinking her socialist champaign by her Tuscan poolside.

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          • Yuk! says:

            Polly can go f&%# herself, no one else will.

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      • 61
        Handycock No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

        I think it is scandalous that these Interns are not paid. I paid Katya, put her up in a luxury flat in London and took her on foreign holidays. That is the proper way to treat an Intern, even if the taxpayer is paying for it all. Boaz.

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        • 71
          Katya's Dad says:

          Yes and you were shagging her as well with an over 40 year age difference, you are old enough to be her grandfather, you Pervert. Just wait till I gate my hands on you.

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          • Katya says:

            Don’t worry Dad. Most of the time I had to strap his cock between two flat wooden lollipop sticks for him to have any chance of penetration.

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    • 94
      Polly's brand of slave labour says:

      To send people to work then tax their earnings & hand it to someone to sit on their arse .
      After that It’s against their human rights to then have to contribute to society

      So who’s the real slave Polly

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    • 129
      Dave Cameron says:

      Look everyone see how cuddly and nice I am.

      I have turned our NHS into the IHS – the International Health Service!

      Even though those nasty English taxxpayers have to pay for everything I am proud to welcome every waif and stray with HIV to our shores for treatment.

      Come one come all to Dave Camerons health free for all.

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      • 143
        Mornington Crescent says:

        …except if you’re British and got one of those nasty cancer-thingies. Ooohh, bit expensive, those drugs. Sorry, old chap, can’t afford that. Toodle pip!

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          Geoff, England (not Britain or 'United' KIngdom) says:

          It’s only people in England who have to go without cancer drugs because the Brit government ‘can’t afford’ them. The devolved admins manage to afford the drugs. Maybe the Brit government should start spending English taxpayers’ money on things the English taxpayers need.

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      • 201
        I Remember You Hoo says:

        Much as I dislike Cameron and Co, thirteen years of ZaNu-Labour utter misrule, opened the doors to benefit and healthcare migration.

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    • 152
      Diane Abott says:

      I applied but they told me I wasn’t b lack enough.

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    • 216
      Anonymous says:

      Assume the scheme for whites pays while the blacks slave away?

      Gotta love The Guardian

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  2. 2
    Grammar School Boy says:

    Not do as I do but do as I say….

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  3. 3
    Sir Tugalot says:

    Guardian Slaves Good – Tesco Slaves Bad

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    • 20
      The Gulagian says:

      Is it becuz I is black?

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    • 182
      Hang The Bastards says:

      Polly is a fucking gobshite hypocritical cow !!

      She should be hauled in front of the people and stoned for trying to stop what is cleary a good attempt at getting the feckless and unfortunate back to work.

      The likes of Polly & co feed of the misery of the poor. They like to keep them there so they can justify their own existance in “standing up for them”..

      I would like to see the MSM vilify her for her deliberate attempts at sabotage.

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  4. 4
    Andrew Efiong says:

    The scheme is for racial minorities too.

    Some might say this was racist slave labour.

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  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Death to all slave traders.

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  6. 6
    Tuscan Tony says:

    Superb. Good spot.

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    G says:

    This is actually work experience though, rather than an internship and is therefore no different to the two weeks most of us did at age 16.

    If this was a longer-term position (ie a month or more) which would end up actually supporting the Guardian’s fundamental work then you might have more of a point.

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    • 21
      Anonymous says:

      2 weeks good 4weeks bad.

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    • 37
      The Central Scrutinizer says:

      The point being made here G (and you seem to miss it by a mile) – is that the Guardian are hypocritical on so many fronts. Tax avoidance (off shore trusts), executive pay (Rusbridgers rise this year), private education for kids (P Toynbee especially), nepotism et al. They screech on their front pages about what they deem to be abuses of the people – then quietly get on with doing it themselves. Yet their one-eyed readers only want to see what they want to see.

      Do yourself a favour and buy both The Guardian and The Telegraph for a couple of weeks. Try and get a balanced view of the world……

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      • 158
        Sir Aston Martin says:

        You are joking about the Barclaygraph, right? Say you are.

        I am losing the will to live.

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        • 204
          The Central Scrutinizer says:

          Go towards the light. It’s your time. Go gently into that good night….. Mothership Earth (Gaia to you) will benefit from one less socialist in the human gene pool….

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    • 46
      East India Company wallah says:

      The entire point is that the Left are institutionally racist in their patronising manner towards those of different skin colour-Black! why you require special help you poor imbecile
      This is simply race industry point scoring,no real care behind it,just perception management.
      It would be interesting to have a racial profile of its staff-lots of white and Indian bedwetters not so many blacks

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    • 97
      Anonymous says:

      Its actually three weeks if you read it… now is that good work experience or bad work experience based upon your criteria?

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  8. 8
    A Doctor says:

    Anyone who thinks this is the same as stacking shelves at Asda unpaid for a few weeks needs their head examined.

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    • 19
      Peter Grimes says:

      But the workshy can give up their Tesco slavery after one week and go straight back to poncing off taxpayers like me. One week!

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    • 24
      The Dignity of Honest Labour says:

      It is worse. Stacking shelves at a supermarket is a service to the public, bringing cheap food to the masses. It should be job which people respect and are willing to pay properly for. Hanging around hypocrits learning how to posture, spin and lie is of little value to anyone.

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      • 48
        East India Company wallah says:

        +1

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      • 80
        Troy Tempest says:

        +2

        How would we be able to buy food without someone putting it on the shelves?

        And how do these hardworking shelf stackers feel now that the left have branded their job as worthless?

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        • 137
          The Unidoctrinated says:

          The bleeding hearts would be the first to bellyache if the shelves were not stacked with humous, lentils and their favourite newspaper.

          Their idealistic utopian brains just cannot cope with the real world.

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      • 122
        Mr Flodgy says:

        Stacking shelves in a supermarket unpaid is a service to a massive corporation. They should pay for it themselves and create jobs rather than doing it at the taxpayers’ expense.

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        • 149
          The Right Not to Work says:

          It’s not about stacking shelves or money.
          It’s about teaching people who have no work experience what work is about. The firms involved would be better off without having to supervise this kind of project but they do it because of their social commitment to the communities they serve.

          Anyone volunteering to go on these courses should only do so if they want work experience and the chance of finding employment, not just a bit of extra short term cash.

          Reality check – not everyone wants to be a journalist, but it would be nice if they would accept native applicants!

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          • Sir Aston Martin says:

            Sir, your post should be tattooed on every socialist’s bum, where the other socialists can read it.

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        • 198
          Troy Tempest says:

          That’s typical left-wing bollocks, we have regulaly had people in for work experience over the last ten years, and I might spend up to 2 hours a day “babysitting” them.

          I don’t begrudge it because I appreciate that people took time to teach me when I started.

          Why do you assume that those two hours of my lost productivity are not costing my employers anything?

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      • 214
        The Golem says:

        +3

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    • 26
      RCE says:

      Perhaps you should begin the examination by explaining the differences to us all?

      (Sits back, runs hands, awaits QED from bigoted, clueless, lefty snob)

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    • 27
      nellnewman says:

      Too true. Good honest work in a supermarket is far superior to trying to sell biased leftist propaganda to what the graudian sees as the unwashed masses.

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    • 68
      sandy says:

      Who’s to say the Guardin wont be using these blacks for menial tasks like sucking off editors?

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    • 77
      A patient says:

      Please explain while you examine my head. Simply saying ‘it’s not the same’ tends to expose the actual force of your argument.

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    • 192
      AC1 says:

      Yeah Terry Leahy is a scrounger unlike Polly Toynbee.

      /sarc (for the benefit of marxists).

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  9. 10
    hair apparent says:

    Are they all required to use / borrow Rusbridgers toupé?

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  10. 12
    Centre Parting says:

    Brilliant:

    1. Guardian breaks law by racially discriminating

    and then

    2. Shows them how to make a big loss………

    Perfect route to becoming a Labour politician.

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    • 55
      East India Company wallah says:

      Surely after all these years of losses despite endless governmental subsidies its accountants should be moved to a home for the bewildered.(Guardian or EU take your pick)

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      • 72
        A lying cheating bullying two-faced liar and sanctimonious git who put Prudence on the streets says:

        Losses? Subsidies? Sounds like a good business plan.

        An’ nuthn’s ma fult ye un’stn!

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        • 172
          Very Wealthy Windfarm Gentry says:

          Subsidy is an excellent way of making useless technology profitable.
          Why without it, where would the likes of me be I ask you?
          Le-ave it to the clever politicians and their friends to sort out and soon, even the most ridiculous ide-as will soar like gold plated e-agles to thier hugely expensive, taxpayer funded nests.

          Subsidy is good, expensive energy is che-ap, unreliable energy is practical, cronyism is not a corrupt swindle.

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      • 179
        Cast-Iron Dave says:

        I give you a cast-iron promise I’ll continue to allow lefties at every level of government to continue funding the Guardian with taxpayer money by placing their adverts in it. I’m a modern man.

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  11. 18
    The Central Scrutinizer says:

    Does anyone fancy turning up at their palatial reception area with a bunch of placards shouting abuse about fair pay?

    Mayeb the Beeb would give it top billing in the news…?

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    • 28
      William Wiberforce says:

      Yes indeed. We should take along anti-slavery placards saying ‘Set my brother free’

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    • 31
      Fabians are Evil says:

      I’m on my way!…………bloody good idea!!!!!

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    • 157
      That's Not a New Concept says:

      Are they really asking black people to work without pay?

      I will be boycotting the Guardian and urge every fair minded socialist to do likewise until they reverse this return to slavery!

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  12. 29
    Anonymous says:

    Typical Pollytwaddle.

    If the cap fits……

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  13. 32
    Sniper says:

    Dat ol’ Rusbridger,
    Dat ol’ Rusbridger,
    He sho’ want something,
    But he don’t pay nothin’,
    He just keeps on bleatin’
    ‘Bout others hirin’ for free.

    Fo’ you an’ me he wants Lefty guilt,
    While Polly done have her villa rebuilt,
    Don’t comment that way, despise that bank,
    Readin’ the Graun is just a lefty wank.

    I gets weary,
    With Lefty whinin’,
    Dey’s all Hypocritties,
    It jus’ leaves me pinin’
    But ol’ Rusbridger he just keeps rollin’ in cash.

    With apologies to Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein et al.

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  14. 34
    I can't be arsed to think up a new pseudonym says:

    Racial discrimination, innit?
    No whites need apply (unless you come from Bradford where you ARE the minority)!

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    • 53
      William Wiberforce says:

      If yo is white you don’t need no job, as long as yo pappy has a trust fund an’ is a liberal and live in Hampstead.

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      • 65
        A Divvy ‘n Equal Titty Ofsah, also da Include, in a Town Hall near you says:

        Dem words ‘bout da Whitey kidz am right on de button brudda

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  15. 35
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha Breaking News from Europe Greece are about to default !

    EU central bank will no longer accept Greek government debt as collateral

    The last 130 billion Euro loan was double insured which means banks who didn’t lend them money will still lose out

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !

    Just what everybody on the planet knew already , with the exception of a dozen EU finance ministers

    Oliver Twistodopolis “Please Sir Can I Have More ?”

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    • 43
      Spartacus says:

      standard and poors have reduced them to (even more) worthless

      i just love the smell of burning euros in the morning

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      • 91
        MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

        Standard and Poors now rate Have lowered Greece’s credit rating to
        “Below Junk” ha ha ha ha !

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        • 186
          Osborne, Cameron and Clegg purveyors of fine wallpaper to the crackhouse in Brussels says:

          It is with full confidence that the UK government will give away as much money as is needed to save the Euro and the PIIGS.
          Now some naysayers have said that the entire situation is beyond saving and that the only workable solution, is a breakup of the Eurozone.
          We say never! Armed with our biggest bazooka’s, fire hoses and boxes full of taxpayers money for our neighbours and friends, we shall prevail, long live the Euro!

          Long live the EU!

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    • 114
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      From the look of the € graphs this morning, the markets aren’t worried.

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  16. 38
    Polly says says:

    It was last year. Things were different then.

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  17. 39
    William Wiberforce says:

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  18. 40
    applic*nt says:

    Pas 2011 job search entry

    Dear Mr Rusbridger,
    Part 1- Current CV- Activist at St Pauls
    Part 2- Short sighted- [This must qualify as minority -focussed]
    Part 3- 400 word feature of interest to Guardian Readers “Polly is a sage, Polly is a sage- [repeat to 400 word limit]
    Yours faithfully……..
    Closing date 3 April 2011????
    Is this is an early April fools joke Arry?

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  19. 41
    Anonymous says:

    Ridiculous comparison – you really are scraping the barrell – slow news day????

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  20. 44
    Displaced Brummie. says:

    Work fair = bad.
    Taking the piss out of ‘black’ people = good.

    Thanks, Polly.

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    • 58
      The Newsroom says:

      Its not just any only black people. It is uppity aspirational educated black people who will have to work for nothing. Here at the Guradian we are still buying our coke from the boyz in da hood at regular street prices.

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  21. 47
    Sir William Waad says:

    Biologically speaking, there are no separate human races. Our DNA is not sufficiently diverse for us to be divided into different races according to normal cladistic criteria – unlike, for instance, chimpanzees or Canada geese.

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  22. 50
    applic*nt says:

    Pas 2011 job search entry

    Dear Mr Rusbridger,
    Part 1- Current CV- Activist at St Pauls
    Part 2- Short sighted- [This must qualify as minority -focussed]
    Part 3- 400 word feature of interset to Guardian Readers “Polly is a sage, Polly is a sage- [repe@t to 400 word limit]
    Yours faithfully……..
    Closing date 3 April 2011????
    Is this is an early April fools joke Arry?

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  23. 52
    JH says:

    You missed out a paragraph:

    We will only consider tame, notionally Westernised blacks who reinforce our rose-tinted, Islington-dinner-party view of ‘diversity’ and ‘vibrance’. Your duties will include having the living shit patronised out of you on a daily basis, and being treated like some sort of pet who should be grateful to their oh-so-enlightened media-class betters.

    Also, while we preach multiculturalism for the horrendously white working class – rubbing their noses in it, as it were – we don’t actually want the jungle creeping up to our door so don’t get any ideas about living in Maida Vale.

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  24. 54
    genghiz the kahn says:

    The Guardian believes that the scheme is open to all members of our diverse community, and that siblings and offspring are under-represented in this multi-cultural dynamic environment. The positions will be available to outstanding school pupils able to work outside term time from July 1st to July 21st only.

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  25. 56
    Uncle Monty says:

    So you can only get a job at the Guardian if you are black or the Editor’s daughter?

    This equality thing get mighty confusing for us simple folk who aren’t told how to think every day by the Guardian!

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  26. 62
    nightwatch says:

    Hypocrisy is a badge of honour on the left, it seems.

    Just as Livingstone’s tax avoidance demeans ordinary taxpayers, The Guardian and Polly Toynbee in particular, deprive other young people of work experience.

    Wonder if the BBC will condemn The Guardian’s ” unpaid slave labour ” with the same passion and bitterness a it damned the government scheme.

    I think I know the answer.

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  27. 64
    FlipC says:

    Because of course being told by a government-funded private company that you have to work for the Guardian for no pay is exactly the same as choosing to work for the Guardian for no pay.

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    • 102
      Uncle Tom's Tuscan Villa says:

      No pay is no pay, something you would know if you had ever worked for no pay and had to live on the proceeds.

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      • 256
        FlipC says:

        So if the results are the same, to you choosing to perform an action is the same as being forced to perform an action?

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  28. 66
    Rufus says:

    Massa Rusbridger I be done sweeping your office. Please can I be allowed to go home now and don’t give me no whippin’.

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  29. 69
    Diane Fatbott says:

    The Gurniad loves playing divide and rule.

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  30. 76
    Barreness Udders, sucking on the Great Socialist Tit says:

    Come on everyone, you look miserable! Let me cheer you up!

    Like to see some photos of my lovely homes?

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  31. 79

    What two-faced, shit-faced, whey-faced, moon-faced, bare-faced hypocrites.

    Should be (but are not) shame-faced.

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  32. 81
    Ex-Tory says:

    When the Guardian were based in Farringdon, I never saw a black face go in their offices, until 7pm, when the cleaners started (I worked opposite). They are fully aware that they are hypocrites because they criticise institutions for not being representative of the wider population, but they are 99% white, middle-class. This move allows them to manipulate their ‘ethnic stats’, without jeopardising Polly, Arabella and Tarquin’s future employment.

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  33. 84
    Diane Abbott says:

    De Guardian iz dividin an rulin de black yoofs.

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  34. 85
    Captain Birdseye says:

    i thought they (whoever the fuck they are)had banned slavery… the rt hon tony blair RIP BA DISHONS

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  35. 89
    Guardian of Tripe says:

    Can’t Polly wear a burqa?

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  36. 92
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    You know, Guido, it might well be worth setting up a “Never wrong when Lefties do it” tag.

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  37. 93
    Andrew says:

    Section 158 does not apply just because the Grauniad says so, and I look forward to seeing them in the Tribunal when some disappointed white and preferably female working class applicant won’t take No for an answer.

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    • 99
      Loungelizard says:

      And Polly and The Socialist Shirkers can trumpet her cause. We can stand back and watch the entire sandal wearing, deodorant free, bean breathed enterprise tear itself to bits.

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  38. 98
    Guardian of Tripe says:

    What happens if no one applies?

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  39. 105
    Loungelizard says:

    Does the Costa Line recruit it’s captains from the ranks of ex Labour ministers?

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  40. 106
    Dudley Zoo says:

    The definition of a racial minority is domain dependent

    I guess the fascist white middle glass Guardian HR department may be referring to none white people

    the phrase “racial minority” is a highly offensive term only used by fascists seeking to control and indoctrinate the wider population

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  41. 108
    cynic2 says:

    They have the cheek to call it “positive action” in just the same way as Labour call bankrupting the country “progressive”

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  42. 110
    Desperate Dan says:

    What else would you expect from the sociably irresponsible Guardian who avoid making contributions to the well-being of the country by the use of tax avoidance schemes.

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  43. 112
    • 120
      Bent City Solicitors says:

      It’s only a question of £500 million in “tax dodging”

      What is the problem ?

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      • 230
        Fish says:

        Can’t wait for the Capital Gains Tax doging Balls and his (‘ I can’t remember what my main residence was’) missus to kick off on this tax avoidance story.

        Show me a socilaist and I’ll show you a hypocrite.

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  44. 113
    Dolly Parton says:

    Does this include white Brits from Inner London?

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    • 131
      Alan Pusskbridger says:

      No. Polly, Ian and I like to feel good about ourselves by being patronising towards people who can guarantee to give us the gratitude we crave.
      And if we’re looking for white Brits, Guardian staff and their friends have enough children to supply our needs. Nepotism is us.

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    • 132
      Synic says:

      No. We live in PC U.K. Only racially disadvantaged lgbt applicants need apply. The sooner the Grauniad ceases publication the better. It represents everything that has gone fecking wrong in this country

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    • 165
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      To attempt to steer this in another direction:

      Unpaid internships for these daft jobs is bad mainly for people outside london, with no family/friends/acquaintances in london, who aren’t rolling in cash. This includes the reasonably well off from cheshire (who I overheard on and on about this one day on a train many many years ago.)

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  45. 115
    Fleas of a Thousand Camels says:

    Not going to learn fuck all about journalism at the Grauniad

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  46. 118
    Jonah says:

    Of course you’re ignoring the whole point of the objection to workfare which is that you’re forced to to it. Which isn’t the case with this placement scheme.

    Nice try with the false equivalence though.

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    • 142
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      Trouble is, in some circumstances young people have to work for free to get their foot into the door. Luckily thats mainly for stupid jobs (media, politics).

      Its when you have to volunteer for internships for shelf stacking jobs that you know an economy is totally buggered. (happens in france)

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    • 150
      Uncle Tom's Tuscan Villa says:

      I object to workfare: it is mainly a subsidy to croney capitalists. I also object to hypocricy, racism and unpaid internships. Nice try, but no cigar.

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    • 156
      JH says:

      You’re not forced into claiming benefits, either.

      Workfare=money in return for work
      Guardian efno-intern = no money, but you get to do the filing for the bien-pensant media class intelligentsia.

      Your preference for the second speaks volumes. Grow the fuck up.

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      • 228
        Jonah says:

        True, you could always choose to become homeless and starve instead of claiming benefits in the absence of paid work. Doesn’t seem like much of a choice to me though. Your mileage may vary.

        And just to correct your definition:

        Workfare = forced labour at below the minimum wage under the threat of destitution

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        • 241
          JH says:

          entitlement, entitlement, entitlement.

          A true child of Blair.

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        • 242
          JH says:

          True, you could always choose to become homeless and starve instead of claiming benefits in the absence of paid work initiative, drive, ambition, nouse and the willingness/ability to do anything other than bugger around in some public sector sinecure.

          Corrected for you.

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    • 161
      sandy says:

      But you aren’t forced to do workfare. It is voluntary. You need to get your facts right. So stop reading the Guardian.

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    • 170
      Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

      Not true. You are not forced to do it.

      Once again, we are back to the entitlement culture. The perpetual mind-set of the Left and the morally bankrupt. Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what you can get out of it for nothing.

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  47. 125
    Craig White says:

    Where’s Ken Bates when you might need him?

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  48. 133
    Order Mr Pipsqueak says:

    Pipsqueak orders Gove to withdraw the verb ” welch ” on the grounds that it might offend the Welsh.
    The origin of the word is uncertain.

    And in Hansard 2002

    “…We should not assume that every employer who runs a pension scheme is going to welch on his promise. We must not assume that every commercial provider is going to indulge in mis-selling. And yet…”

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    • 140
      Ah! Monika says:

      Could it be that Gorbals Mick had a better knowledge of the English Language than does the Window Cleaner.

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  49. 134
    Martin42 says:

    I don’t know about the tax dodging – if true then it is disgraceful and hypocritical. But with regards to the above article; there is a massive difference between workfare on an industrial scale for a supermarket stacking shelves and a couple of internships for a skilled job in a competitive market.

    I am completely against workfare, it is an abuse of the those least able to defend themselves and quite frankly a bloody cheek for huge companies making huge profits to take on free labour when they could be hiring paid employees.

    Having said that I am in the middle of changing careers and have been applying for internships as the short term loss of wages is compensated for by the long-term gain in doubling my salary.

    I do not believe those forced to undergo workfare benefit in a similar way, except possibly the very long-term unemployed, but then they should be sent to work for charities and small local firms who in these tough economic times could probably do with some help.

    A 3 week internship at the Guardian is not workfare, it is an internship, which will benefit the intern more than the Guardian who will have to appoint staff to mentor and guide the intern. Workfare greatly benefits Tescos et al by providing free labour for up to 12 weeks at a time.

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    • 154
      Ah! Monika says:

      Does ‘volunteer’ mean ‘force’ in your dictionary?

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    • 245
      Bob Diamond Geezer says:

      You are of course right but will be a lone voice in the bear pit of brain cell starved comment that is Guido’s (see my inches in the Star this Sunday) blog

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  50. 136
    Polly's twaddle says:

    Why don’t we just call them the Hypocrite Party and have done with it?

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  51. 138
    Steve Miliband says:

    search ‘is workfare voluntary’ and you would be forgiven in thinking that there is a left wing conspiracy against it

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    • 220
      Anon. says:

      The Left do not want people to work. They need those unemployment figures to bash the Govt with. Heaven forbid they should go down. The people of this country are not their priority – it’s regaining power over them.

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  52. 146
    Steve Miliband says:

    Where’s Ed?
    Is he visiting Gordon and become invisible?

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  53. 148
    Hocus_Pocus says:

    You’m payin” dem white guys wiv money.
    An’ all I’s get to is to make dear tea an’ wash their’s automobiles.

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    • 175
      Synic says:

      Keep at it sunshine. You might get lucky with one of the female grauniads desperate for a large insert. Just have a few extra beers beforehand to anaesthetise yourself, otherwise the experience will put you off for life. Canine position will bebest so you can’t see her ecstatic grimaces.

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  54. 151
    Ah! Monika says:

    Who or what does The Guardian guard?

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    • 166
      sandy says:

      He who would hypocrite be ’gainst all disaster,
      Let him in constancy follow the Guardian.
      There’s no discouragement shall make him once relent
      His first avowed intent to be a pilgrim.

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    • 168
      Desperate Dan says:

      Thanks to its cosy relationship with the Met and the Leveson enquiry, it guards phone-hackers and police-bribers if they are employees of The Guardian

      Like

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    Postlethwaite says:

    dont know if anyone has seen this, but grease has been financially downrated to more or less worthless.

    ok probably not important

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  57. 167
    The last Quango in Paris says:

    AAh positive descrimination – what if this advert was for white people only?

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    • 187
      Diane Fatbott says:

      Racist !

      Like

    • 207
      Anonymous says:

      I am wrong in saying that ‘positive action’ is a sad indictment of the recruitment process at the vanguard publication of this country’s multi culti liberal wishy washy North london supper club mentality.

      Why would the Guardian need to advertise for a ‘positive action’ work placement scheme.

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  58. 173
    Desperate Dan says:

    About these parasites who won’t work, have become a burden on the state and are superfluous to the nation’s requirements, it would be a good idea if they were shackled together and made to break rocks. At least then they would serve some useful purpose.

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  59. 176
    Loungelizard says:

    What good would a couple of weeks at the Guardian be. Mention it in an interview and they’d die laughing. Sometimes it’s best not to mention things on your CV…..this is one to miss out.

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  60. 185
    Dick Freeloader says:

    I am going to volunteer to watch TV and go on protests. This is a public service for the good of the country and I expect the taxpayer to pay me for it. I also expect an Arts Council grant because Protesting and Watching TV is Art.

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    • 222
      Anon. says:

      Well done you – you are perfectly entitled to do so. That is the kind of public service this country needs. Or you could do what I do – earn a living out of being a ‘social commentator’, or ‘parasite’ who’s wangled their way onto the BBC payroll because I can convey their socialist agenda to the young people of Britain on every political broadcast they can shoe-horn me into, whilst they pretend to be impartial.

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  61. 193
    Anon E Mouse says:

    I’m guessing that Abu Qatada needent apply on the grounds of not fitting in with their agenda ?

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  62. 194
    Huh? says:

    But no white people need apply?

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  63. 196
  64. 197
    alan burntbridger says:

    Dear Candidate,
    Your application most impressive but the mention of college rugby did not go down too well. The fact that you enjoyed the showers and took needlework as a second subject, I am forwarding your application to the BBC controller who has more openings and thrives on placement for your undoubted qualities.

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  65. 199
    Cameron is a Cunt says:

    “PM meets Tory windfarm critics
    Prime minister is understood to have reaffirmed support for wind power in meeting with backbenchers

    the only wind coming out of cameron is via his arse

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  66. 200
    joescotus says:

    is’nt it wonderful not having that obnoxious fucker hari’s take on workfare

    Like

  67. 206
    Scamp - The Excitable Dog. says:

    Fly on the wall footage from the Guardian office ten minutes ago…

    Like

  68. 211
    Civil Servant says:

    Is it compulsory? Does it provide good experience? Does it replace a paid employee?

    Like

    • 218
      do me a favour says:

      OK for London-based kids from wealthy backgrounds whose parents can afford to support them.
      But a completely unrealistic option for any other kids from anywhere else in the country.

      Like

      • 223
        Civil Servant says:

        I agree. They should be paying expenses, at least. But it’s not a “mandatory work activity,” that’s for sure.

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  69. 219
    How patronizing for BAME backgrounds says:

    “Positive action scheme” eh!
    They can dress it up how they want, it’s still anti-white racism.

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  70. 226
    Calland says:

    Leaving aside facetiousness, and in a genuine desire for clarity, can someone explain how such application criteria are (presumably) legal, whereas any scheme restricted to white, or British, applicants would be (as I understand it) illegal? Serious explanations only!

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  71. 227
    Jimmy says:

    Not at all desperate.

    It’s a placement. No newspaper is going to pay for someone who brings no value to them. Except the Star obviously.

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  72. 233
    richard dawkins says:

    Dere is no god: leas’ways not down here on de ol’ plantation. Carry on whuppin’ dem slaves Eliza.

    Like

  73. 236
    Anonymous says:

    GUARDIAN IN MANDATORY WORK FOR ETHNIC MINORITIES SHOCKER?!
    or
    GUARDIAN IN VOLUNTARY WORK FOR ETHNIC MINORITIES HELPFUL.

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    • 238
      will says:

      its the fact that the guardian is against people working for benefits, but unpiad internships is ok. The only people who will be able to afford this is chukka umma clones who are wealthy, not poor black kids from brixton as they will have to pay fares and fork out for lunch money every day. If the intership paid the minimum wage it would be ok and fair but it does not, all it helps out is middle class ethnic minorities such as dianne abbot child whose mother is in a well paid job and can send her child to public school

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      • 239
        Desperate Dan says:

        Fares won’t use up all their benefits and if they really wanted to do it they’d take a packed lunch. If they were remotely interested in getting on the work ladder instead of buggering about whinging , two months relative hardship to achieve their aim wouldn’t put them off.

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  74. 243
    Guardian v Shelf Replenisher says:

    To be fair, I think most young people would prefer to work for the Guardian for nought than to stack shelves. I would imagine it would be good fun to work at the Guardian and not much fun stacking shelves or flipping burghers for ten hours a day.
    No I don’t buy the Guardian.

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    • 257
      Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

      I would have thought you’d meet a far superior class of person stacking shelves.

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  75. 244
    Synic says:

    Shock Horror! Apparently Gruaniad’s going for Page 3 full frontals of its female ethnic slaves in an effort to boost its flagging circulation.

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  76. 246
    You couldn't make it up... says:

    Typical hypocrisy from the infantile Left.

    The Left and their evident support of neo-slavery: capitalist running dogs of the capitalist international bourgeoise.

    They cannot and must not be taken seriously.

    The rap sheet of New Labour: http://eotp.org/category/new-labour/

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  77. 247
    Anonymous says:

    When you think about it, the Guardian is no better than the thieving bastard Tories, Labour, and Liberals.

    Like

  78. 253
    Teflon AL says:

    Why only visible ethnic minority backgrounds? Fucking outrageous shit from Alan ‘I’m a capitalist shitbag’ Rusbridger. Fuck you Alan and all your bloated speculator friends.

    Like

  79. 259
    Dreggs says:

    Too many posts to go through but isn’t there a world of difference between experience gained at a national newspaper over stacking shelves?

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