November 1st, 2012

Victory: Blair Backs Down and Agrees to Pay Interns

Less than a week after Guido ramped up the pressure on £20 million-a-year Tony Blair over his unpaid interns, the former PM has conceded defeat and agreed to give them the minimum wage.

“Over the past 5 years the Office of Tony Blair has had a small number of voluntary interns gaining work experience in the organisation. The vast majority came to us at their request, unadvertised, for voluntary work. Of those, a number have since become full-time paid employees with us. We have also always acted on legal advice in respect of any intern. 

Nonetheless from now on, if we do have interns for an extended period, i.e. around 3 months, we will pay them the National Minimum Wage.”

Credit should also be given to Graduate Fog, who first uncovered Tony’s minimum wage hypocrisy. HMRC sniffing around might also have had something to do with it…


58 Comments

  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    Its not like he cannot afford it.

    What about Left foot forward Guido?

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    • 21
      Ex Ah! Monika says:

      On the whole I preferred the photos of Kate’s tits. Smaller and firmer.

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      • 25
        V1le Labour ruined my Country says:

        Why isn’t Blair paying the National Living Wage instead of the statutory minimum? Oh I know the peasants have to be kept in their place and know their station in life.

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      • 49
        Anonymous says:

        money grubbing is Bliar’s profession but then it is a global virus.
        now kiddie fiddling in secret is really confined to the english speaking world. most rarefied is the Queen’s English a world where now.

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    • 38
      Jon says:

      Sometimes you baffle me – Interns work well both sides benefit, concentrate on things that matter. So what if he can afford it, less people will get a chance if they all have to be paid (cause they are not worth the money most of the time, but everyone benefits)

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      • 55
        Up the workers says:

        Imagine if a youth from a working class family wanted to be an intern for this odious man, the youth could not afford to do it, but someone like Euan Blair or one of his siblings with pots of mummy and daddy’s money behind them could. Paying the minimum wage would help poor youths from big standard comprehensives getting a job. Maybe Tony don’t like that idea of poor people having a chance.

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  2. 2
    UKIP.i.am says:

    I bet they had to squeeze the money out of his hand.

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    • 16
      Archer Karcher says:

      Minimum wage?

      What a low grade shit Bliar is, he couldn’t even bring himself to pay a decent living wage to ‘a small handful’ of people working to make him even richer. Contemptable.

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      • 47
        His Lordship says:

        But of course the award will be back-dated Labour style to say 4 years ago and all those who have passed through those hallowed portals will be traced nd reimbursed their dues.

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      • 51
        Anonymous says:

        sadly contempt makes us momentarily blind.
        enuf for the lizard to tie yu up. why lose quality energy on low quality.
        bliar is low grade, bit of a plutonium about him. poison.

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  3. 3
    smoggie says:

    Chump change for a millionaire socialist.

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  4. 4
    Cruncher says:

    erm…….and auto pension enrollement I hope

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  5. 5
    Moral Collapse Blair says:

    Guido

    You should know me by now

    http://www.accountingweb.co.uk/article/tony-blair%E2%80%99s-accounts-%E2%80%98massively-opaque%E2%80%99/522965

    Not only am I “massively opaque” but like Mandelon and Brown I ran the biggest Ponzi scheme in financial history

    For which, of course, I will never apologise

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  6. 6
    Lazards says:

    While you are on about tax avoidance

    We want you to know that we are partners of Lord Mandelson

    http://www.lazard.com/PDF/Lazard%20-%20Mandelson%201-21-2011.pdf

    We only avoid tax by being registered in Bermuda

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  7. 7
    E Scrooge says:

    Minimum wage, how generous.

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  8. 8
    Bob Dixon says:

    The legal advice he received was wrong.

    HMR&C will still want to look back to calculate the fines that will be charged.

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    • 15
      Westminster Intern says:

      Im still baffled how MP’s get away with this for months on end without investigation.. This is hardly news though – there have been loads of campagnes. As far as I see it: it’s an investment, like education, to get the CV filled up.

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      • 48
        His Lordship says:

        If you don’t know the difference between ‘campaigns’ and a simple French word it is no surprise you are not paid.

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  9. 9
    Sick of changing monikers says:

    Why didn’t he just invade them?

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  10. 11
    Thomas from Tonna says:

    We are constantly being bullied at work to take school children on for ” work experience ” .

    It is invariably ( but not always ) more trouble than it is worth .

    Are we going to have to pay them the minimum wage now ?

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  11. 13
    Universal Hiss says:

    What that means is we will now invite interns for 2 months & pay them in lunch vouchers & lend them a bicycle.

    Thank-you for your interest.

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    • 18
      Pawn Sandwich says:

      Funny how the people who introduced the National Minimum Wage are also the ones least likely to want to pay it.

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  12. 14
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Hmm. Werritty won’t face charges.

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  13. 17
    Junior Asprin says:

    why doesn’ Blair structure himself as a University?

    once you have public sector status, forget the minimum wage, forget work for free, you can get the young people to pay you fees to let them conduct research that you later sell on for a profit

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  14. 20
    Nonjob says:

    Tony Blair. I wish him happiness.

    And when i say ‘happiness’, i do of course mean ‘death.’

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  15. 22
    Listen up. says:

    Money taken from Blair is tainted. Paid for in the spilled blood of those who were sent to fight an illegal war in Iraq and Aghanistan. How anyone can work for that repulsive Blair creature, and then look at themselves in the mirror??

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  16. 23
    Bob Hold My Dick Diamond says:

    Guido

    I don’t understand why you go on about this tax thing

    I just got Barclays to pay my tax multi-million pound tax bill

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/mar/09/barclays-chief-bob-diamond-pay

    Much simpler

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  17. 24
    A Tony Blair Intern says:

    “Leftie kids work for Mr Tony,
    Leftie kids work and they don’t get paid.
    What does he care, he’s a raging phoney,
    But he sure knows how the game is played…

    “Tote that barge and lift that bale,
    You get a little d*r*u*n*k, and you land in jail…

    “I get weary, and sick of trying–
    I’m tired of living, and scared of dying–
    But Old Man Tony, he just keeps rolling along…”

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  18. 26
    tube_thumper says:

    Look at those tits in that picture.

    Kim kardashian eat your heart out. (while i eat you out)

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  19. 27
    Bob Fleming says:

    Does his money grubbing wife know about this?

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  20. 28
    Man o' the People says:

    ‘We have also always acted on legal advice in respect of any intern.’

    As in the invasion of Iraq? If you don’t like the legal advice get the lawyer to change it.

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  21. 29
    George Gideon Oliver Osborne says:

    Because it’s the right thing to do

    Comet ‘on edge of administration’ – The Comet retail chain is close to going into administration after private equit… http://ow.ly/2sYDvz

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  22. 30
    T Bliar says:

    I saw you coming

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  23. 31
    I hope Blair gets cancer and dies slowly says:

    He’s going to pay them the minimum wage? How generous of the sleazy c-unt.

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  24. 33
    Double Helix says:

    It’s funny is it not, the painfully pious war criminal thinks he is in due course going to heaven, other more reasoned members of the church will hope that he is on course for hell and damnation.

    Followers of Mr Dawkins, putting their faith in reason and science will understand that one day, the poor excuse for humanity that is Blair, will simply cease to be, a bit like a Norwegian Blue.

    They will also understand the utter sadness, that unfortunately for mankind he has already passed on his genetic code for longer term survival.

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  25. 34
    She got the job fair and square says:

    I agree with the Labour spokesman. To suggest that Labour supporting Justine Thornton got a taxpayer funded job representing the Labour Welsh government based solely on the fact she is married to Labour leader Ed Miliband is outrageous. What century are these people living in? Can they not accept it’s a coincidence that Justine is married to the leader of the party which runs the Welsh government that has just appointed her the job of representing them?

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  26. 37
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Well done.

    You flushed out more Labour hypocrisy and had Blair on the run!

    And we know there’s plenty more to come.

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  27. 39
    Col Nut says:

    What an obscenely greedy arsehole he is, and his wife is even worse.

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  28. 40
    Living The Chandelier and Marble Lifestyle at HMRC HQ says:

    ” HMRC sniffing around”

    I think you will find that he is 100% immune from any form of tax investigation.

    Previous top level investigators who dared to dabble in checking any politicians were sacked! Lessons learned about the residual power that goes with having been a PM, albeit a war criminal!

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  29. 43
    Bercow is toast says:

    Are HMRC after him for his JPM bonus paid offshore?

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  30. 53
    A.N. Intern (cap in hand, grovelling) says:

    Why, fank you Mister Blair, fank you sah!

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  31. 54
    Anonymous says:

    Oh dear this could set a disturbing precendent!!

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  32. 56
    Brown out and pay me damages says:

    Victory? The c*nt should be on trial for war crimes.

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  33. 57
    Raymond Hollaway says:

    Where has Blair left his Wonderbra?

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  34. 58
    Anonymous says:

    And who in gods name would want their kid working for someone for nothing?

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