August 9th, 2012

Bankrupt Bloggers Resort To Slave Labour

Bankrupt lefty bloggers Left Foot Forward are in such dire financial straits that they have resorted to advertising for slave labour interns. They’ve spent too much and are running a deficit – you couldn’t make it  up.

Back in 2011 the blog was among the fiercest critics of unpaid internships, jumping aboard the Intern Aware campaign lobbying the government to ban the practice. It ran posts including one titled “Unpaid Internships Are Wrong“, which suggested that offering young people jobs with no pay could be illegal and even asked for readers undertaking unpaid internships to contact them in confidence. Left Foot Forward also set up a “Living Wage Appeal“, part of which involved them promising to pay their interns. Their position was crystal clear.

Their stance hadn’t changed earlier this year either when they waded into the great workfare debate, arguing that: “The claim that it is aimed towards providing useful work experience that will lead to jobs is demonstrably untrue…Not only is it wrong, but it may actually reduce young people’s job prospects“. Pretty damning stuff…

Imagine Guido’s surprise, then, when he saw that the very same Left Foot Forward were advertising for an editorial intern to work in a “voluntary” capacity, without pay. Candidates are required to have “knowledge of HTML; picture editing; data analysis and presentation; journalistic experience; and a knowledge of progressive organisations”. Sounds like a real job to Guido, and they aren’t even paying travel expenses. Judging by the furious reaction in the comments, Left Foot Forward readers don’t approve of their new policy on slave labour. Guido is happy to report that he always pays his interns…


105 Comments

  1. 1
    HA HA HA HA HA says:

    See above!

  2. 2
    Ah! Monika says:

    They are not alone

    UK trade deficit figures hit record high in June of £4.3bn, the largest since records began in 1997

    • 7
      Baronet Gideon says:

      Ah yes, but that’s 110%! The real figures are, wait a minute, I’ll get a calculator. A 2:2 in history from Oxbridge doesn’t qualify one to divide by eleven and multiply by ten, what!

    • 34
      The ‘PR’ Prat Posing as PM says:

      I can tell straight away that is wrong! That is because the wrong language has been used – see it takes a PR expert to spot that!

      The announcement should be written thus:

      UK trade SURPLUS figures hit record high in June of £4.3bn, the largest since records began in 1997

      I give you my word – and I think you can trust me by now!

  3. 3
    Looney Left says:

    A fair days wage for a fair days communist propaganda!

    • 60
      Penfold says:

      Or, as the East Germans used to say;
      “They pretend to pay us, we pretend to work”.

    • 102
      Union Modernisation Fund says:

      Hasn’t Left Foot Forward yet found a way to tap into the BBC for life support, like most other lefty parasitic outfits?

  4. 4
    tangentreality says:

    Brilliant. You couldn’t make this stuff up!

  5. 5
    GoodpointJim says:

    Vote ukip

  6. 5
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    The Slave Labour Party, the perfect name to replace New Labour.

    Hypocritical lefty wankers.

  7. 9
    Boo hoo says:

    Amy Winehouse’s ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil is in a coma fighting for his life following an apparent drink and drugs binge

  8. 10
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Sums up The Lefties all too well, bankrupt of ideas, bankrupt of principles, and want others to work for them for nothing.

    That rules out kids without trust funds, and connections to the Labour leadership.

  9. 11
    Popeye says:

    Two faced Socialist scum, “don’t do as I do brigade.”
    Polly Toynbee has nothing to do with this I trust?

  10. 12
    UKIPPER says:
    • 21
      Sir Trev says:

      It’s not so inconceivable! – We couldn’t possibly have imagined Clegg as DPM in April 2010!

    • 23
      Damn says:

      It’d never happen. It’s be too easy to destroy Delingpole’s credibility.

      Same applies to all parties generally, but Labour & Torys have enough brainwashed numptys on side for it to not matter.

    • 27
      Eco LoonsRuS says:

      A bonfire of the windmills sounds attractive.

      • 48
        Ringer says:

        As I have hinted before – necklace the fuckers with all those piles of used tyres.

        Result!

  11. 13
    Mike Oxenfire says:

    Less of putting the Left Foot Forward, more putting the Left Foot In It.

  12. 14
    Andrew Pierce says:

    Thanks for my next “exclusive ” Guido.

  13. 16
    Socialists = SociopathsH says:

    Hypocrisy & Mendacity.

    It’s in Libor’s D-N-A.

  14. 17
    Gordon Brown says:

    I want an intern.

  15. 19
    Peter Ould says:

    And now their website is down…

  16. 20
    YorkshireLad says:

    Isn’t the image on the banner at the top of a RIGHT foot?…Just asking

    • 30
      A bore says:

      In the whole thing the left footprint comes after the word ‘forward’ – so it’s in front of the right foot you see in Guido’s truncated thumbnail. Even they aren’t that thick.

    • 31
      A Doctor says:

      Not unless you have your toes on back to front!

    • 51
      smoggie says:

      The purple print is the footprint of a left foot whereas the white image is the view of the actual left foot coming down ……. coming down on the trodden legions of unpaid interns, slaving away in the hitec sweatshops of a socialist blogfactory.

      • 91
        The Paragnostic says:

        Or if you want the true Orwellian horror of socialism:

        If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.

  17. 32
    HA HA HA HA HA says:

    “We used to pay the living wage to interns, on six-month contracts, but we can no longer afford to do this. We now offer much shorter unpaid internships. Unpaid interns do not have set hours and tasks and can work from home to avoid travel costs.”

    “We’d all like to get back to paid internships, we can only do this if we can afford to, by raising enough money through donations.

    Regards,

    Shamik”

  18. 34
    Anonymous says:

    Do as they say not as they do! This sums up the left, total hypocrites!

  19. 37
    Blackadder's codpiece says:

    It’s instructive that the foot image LFF uses in its logo is in fact … a right foot.

    You couldn’t make it up.

    • 90
      A bore says:

      Click on the image and you will see that there is also a left foot in the banner -in Guido’s thumbnail you can only see part of the heel above the second letter ‘R’ in forward.

  20. 38
    Aunty Matter says:

    Are there any Tories that are not gayers?

  21. 39
    Gordo McBroon says:

    Behind my foreskin there’s a strange smells of sugar puffs.

  22. 40
    Twatter says:
  23. 42
    Where's Gordon says:
  24. 45
    smoggie says:

    It is not slave labour – the rightwing Tory Judges and Poundland fatcat executives have already decided this.

    So it’s OK.

    • 56
      will says:

      if you claim the dole, you should be able to work not do some poncy internship in pen musium. Alternatively do what i did when unemployed not claim the dole and no one badgering you about job applications.

      • 103
        Marion the cat says:

        Remember its insurance and we all pay into it when we can. When you can’t it does help to pay the bills, that’s if you are not of independent means though.

    • 73
      UKIP.i.am says:

      It’s only slave labour when businesses that provide real jobs for people and help stimulate the economy by taking on interns. When the loony left and grasping unions do it, in order to destroy the jobs of those they are fighting for, it is acceptable voluntary work. It must be true as it says so in ‘The Dummy’s Guide to Cloud-cuckoo Land’.

    • 97
      Four Eyed English Genius says:

      Whatever today’s judges are, they certainly are not right wing. They are not even right, most of the time.

  25. 47
    BBC says:

    They need an exclusive advertising contract with us.

    • 52
      The BBC - bringing you bullshit and banality every day - using your money! says:

      But we’re doing nicely anyway

  26. 50
    Whippersnapper2 says:

    Socialism of the purest sort. They ALWAYS run out of other people’s money.
    Tough old business isn’t it lads?

  27. 54
    Penfold says:

    Surely the Unions will bail out this struggling bastion of socialist incompetence.

    Have they asked that nice Mr Robinson? or perhaps Eddie and his friends can help?

    Have they asked lovely Vanessa and her luvvie mates?

  28. 62
    Gordo McBroon says:

    They should have bought some of my cheap gold.

  29. 71
    Peter down the Pan says:

    It is so nice to see your comment appear after 24 hours.

  30. 72
    alexsandr says:

    Now I am getting adverts for Islamic Relief on here all the time

    Hmmm

  31. 75
    Labour crimes says:

    An MP has described a rule that forced a party colleague to quit the race to become Avon and Somerset police commissioner as “grossly unfair”.

    Bob Ashford, a former Frome councillor, said a crime he committed in 1966, when he was 13, barred him from standing.

    Bristol East Labour MP Kerry McCarthy said the legislation was “draconian”.

    Kerry knows all about troubles with the law. She got an official warning from police for breaking electoral law in 2010.

  32. 78
    Fearne Cotton says:

    I’m tubbed!

  33. 79
    I was a Tory ,until Dave opened my eyes!!! says:

    What with Dave’s ‘we’re all in this together’ and the labour lot touting for free labour. All these fuc*ing twats are exploiting some vulnerable members of society desperate for some form of work, or using retired people to fill in gaps that should be paid jobs.
    If these twats got their priorities right instead of pouring countless billions down the EU or Foreign Aid drains this money should be spent on the British Economy to relieve some of the deprivation in this country. Maybe if the Indians did launch a moon rocket Messer’s Blair, Brown , Clegg, Cameron & Osborne could take the first one way tickets? Closely followed by the Militwits and the Balls ups!!

  34. 87
    Gordon Brown says:

    ‘Spending too much and running a deficit’ then I must have been running ‘left foot forward’.

  35. 93
    Frightened Inmate #2 says:

    There won’t be any money but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.

  36. 96
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Aha, they’ve been flushed out as total hypocrits, preaching one thing and then when the bust their own budget, doing exactly the opposite of what they say.

    I wouldn’t trust Jack Straw to manage a tombola ticket sale for 10 minutes.

  37. 98
    keredybretsa says:

    That is leftism…do as we say not as we do!!

    • 99
      Wee Will Straw says:

      No but yes but they are working for nothing for a noble cause, so it is OK.

  38. 100
    JH says:

    How much money have they actually burned though?

    A web developer would charge about £1000 to set up that template in WordPress. High capacity hosting would be about £25 a month.

    Then you just need a load of left-wing, whiny, sanctimonious, insidious fifth-column shite to fill it up with – which is worth less than nothing – so I fail to see how they can be in financial dire straights.

    Can’t Daddy Straw fling them some cash?

    • 105
      roger federer says:

      I assume any money that comes in will be pilfered by the lefties working there. They just want someone to work for free so they can get further in the trough themselves.

      If Daddy Straw sold his mansion in the all white country village of Minster Lovell in David Cameron’s constituency and bought a house in the godforsaken shithole he represents in parliament, that should free up a couple of million. Small fry for a socialist.


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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