December 17th, 2012

New Statesman Internship Auctioned for £1,000
Intern Aware Say Staggers Should be “Ashamed”

At the recent Olympics Ball raising money for Britain’s young athletes, the New Statesman, that paragon of equality of opportunity, auctioned off internships £1,000-a-pop. A great scoop from Dave Lee this lunchtime. “You will have the chance to contribute your ideas and writing to their hugely popular website” gushed Lot 75 with a starting bid of £1,000. Guido is currently trying to find out exactly how much the slave ship ticket actually went for.

Seeing as the Staggers would be getting the free labour from whichever champagne-swilling parent that coughed up for their lucky child’s week of work experience, would they be contributing anything to the deal? “No travel included”.

Last year Helen Lewis gleefully reported on Tom Watson’s attack on the Tories when they tried a similar wheeze:

“The Labour MP Tom Watson told the Mail: “This is a crass example of rich Tories buying privilege. Most young people could only dream of this opportunity. The Conservatives flog them like baubles and fill their coffers with the profits. It is obscene.”” 

Though perhaps it is Laurie Penny, naturally writing in the Staggers, who put it best:

“The Telegraph reports that across the country hundreds of placements are being sold or brokered, often at similar auctions for the wealthy, where the fact that proceeds go to charity gives the new nobility yet another reason to be smug about giving themselves the life chances that previous generations enjoyed for free. For the few of us who are wealthy enough to finance ourselves through work placements, only a firm push is needed to force open the doors of opportunity. Without a co-ordinated effort to reverse this regressive trend, the years to come will be littered with wasted potential and filled with disappointment for young people with nothing to bring to the table but talent, creativity and ambition.”

Intern Aware have slammed the Staggers this afternoon:

“Most people can’t afford to work for free and even fewer people can afford to pay thousands of pounds for the privilege of interning. The New Statesman should be ashamed of operating a practice than puts opportunities out of the hands of hardworking and talented young people.”

They also estimate that “around 1/3 of the editorial staff at any one time are unpaid. Not only do they readily do all the necessary drudgework, they help to depress the wages of paid journalists there.” Shame on them.

Read Dave Lee’s original posting here.

UPDATE: A source tells Guido that the internship went for close to £1,250.


149 Comments

  1. 1
    Bob Crow says:

    Strike!

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  2. 2
    Ken down the Job Shop says:

    FFS. Interns are Americans on work experience.

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  3. 3
    Alan Rusbridger says:

    At the Guardian we charge people just to come and visit and bask in our ethical leftie glow.

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  4. 4
    The Libor party says:

    The & Staggers. Lefties ?? Liars & hypocrites, all of them.

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  5. 5
    Phil says:

    Bastards!

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  6. 7
    Rupert my Hero says:

    A Taxing Question

    This example shows the importance of accuracy in your tax return. The HMRC has returned the Tax Return to a man in Evesham after he apparently answered one of the questions incorrectly.

    In response to the question :

    Do you have anyone dependant on you?,
    The man wrote :

    “2 million illegal immigrants, 1 million crackheads, 3 million unemployable Jeremy Kyle scroungers, i million criminals in over 85 prisons plus 650 idiots in Parliament and the whole of the European Commission”.

    The HMRC stated that the response he gave was unacceptable.

    The man’s response back to HMRC was “who did I miss out?”.

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    • 145
      JabbaTheCat says:

      He overlooked the whole of the tax eating public sector, who have all four trotters and their very fat snout firmly planted in his wallet…

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  7. 8
    Ancient Chinese Proverb says:

    Man who quotes Penny Red to make his case has already lost his case.

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  8. 9
    Crispin Blunt says:

    Why no thread on Bob Blackman’s 11 year affair? Bob Blackman who’s preached the sanctity of marriage. Couldn’t have anything to do with Bob’s campaign to bring back Section 28, which Guido agrees with?

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  9. 10
    Neo Rupert says:

    A Taxing Question

    This example shows the importance of accuracy in your tax return. The HMRC has returned the Tax Return to a man after he apparently answered one of the questions incorrectly.

    In response to the question :

    Do you have anyone dependant on you?,
    The man wrote :

    “2 million illegal immigrants, 1 million crackheads, 3 million unemployable Jeremy Kyle scroungers, i million criminals in over 85 prisons plus 650 idiots in Parliament and the whole of the European Commission”.

    The HMRC stated that the response he gave was unacceptable.

    The man’s response back to HMRC was “who did I miss out?”.

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    • 13
      The BBC are cunts says:

      Us.

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    • 16
      Old Hat says:

      Yes, yes, yes…we heard that one on here a few weeks ago.

      You left out the Royal Family btw.

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      • 23
        Neo Rupert says:

        All countries have a Head of State, we are just Lucky to have the best of the lot,
        just ask the rest of the world….

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        • 28
          Marmite says:

          + a million Neo. These bloody lefties/republicans get right up my left nostril. Have they ever stopped to think how much President Bliar would have cost this country? As it is, he’s cost us plenty, including our ma.im.e.d and de*d service personnel – all for his own vanity.

          Why BLiar & his cronies aren’t in prison I’ll never know.

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          • Anonymous says:

            One reason is because Cameron and his cronies will not do anything about it – rather they will force through secret courts which will ensure that they can get away with whatever they like in future. Madness is we stand for it.

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          • Hank the Cat says:

            President Blair how about President The Maximum Imbecile now that is bloody scary

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          • Fahrenheit says:

            The existence of the Monarchy saves us from constitutional horrors such as a possible President Clegg, or worse, President Brown.

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    • 29
      Living in 96.98 percent white Merseyside says:

      The 2 million illegal immigrants hardly refers to our area.

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    • 98
      CarryHole is a Utter Hunt says:

      About 10 Million pensioners too.

      Loads of taxpayer-wallet Farmers (not just in the U.K. thanks to the EUSSR).

      Lots of Luvvy artistes and unpopular sportsmen thanks to DMCS.

      oh and rich dictators in poor countries too.

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  10. 11
    anusbridger says:

    Harsh, but very fair.

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  11. 12
    Gordon Brown says:

    I should be interned.

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  12. 15
    UKUncut says:

    Keep moving, nothing to see here.
    Anyone fancy a Super Mocha Frappuccino before we start work for the day then?
    (Msg sent via i-Phone5)

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  13. 18
    ¡Viva la Revolución! says:

    ” …I saw a little boy, perhaps ten years old, driving a huge carthorse along a narrow path, whipping it whenever it tried to turn. It struck me that if only such animals became aware of their strength we should have no power over them, and that men exploit animals in much the same way as the rich exploit the proletariat….”

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  14. 20
    NE Frontiersman says:

    Over at NewsThump they must be wondering exactly what they have to do to compete.

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  15. 27
    Moussa Koussa Mark 3 says:

    Shhhhhhhh… Bonkers Boy abandons Bonkers Boris Island Airport Idea.

    Boris now favours Standsted extension, or as it will now be called “”Pfeffel’s Place””

    errrrr is that a U Turn !!!!!

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  16. 30
    B1ll Clinton says:

    I knew an intern. Once.

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  17. 31
    mikis says:

    After he finished Universty (about 12 years ago) my son was an Intern at the NS for about 6 weeks. No fee was charged, and no salary was paid, but my son was informed that he would be paid (think it was £100 per page) if anything he wrote was published in the mag. They did publish a two page article but I was very annoyed that after having had his free labour for 6 weeks, it then took NS two months to pay his for the published article.

    There’s socialists for yer!

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  18. 33
    Och aye! says:

    Three Scottish men are being held in custody in Amsterdam after taking part in an alleged “mini-riot” on a KLM flight from Glasgow. The men are due in court on Tuesday after the on-board incident, which also saw 14 other people arrested.

    They were all part of a 17-strong group, including four women, who were on their way to see a concert by dance band Swedish House Mafia. The group, from Clydebank, who reportedly call themselves the Bundy Boys, were arrested at Schipol Airport on Thursday night after the flight from Glasgow landed.

    While three of the men have been kept in custody charged with offences including threatening crew and groping female flight attendants, the other 14 were released on Friday after being fine £600.

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  19. 35
    Things must be serious says:

    Looks like our monarch is going to observe cabinet meeting tomorrow. That should be fun for her.

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  20. 42
    Don't let the facts get in the way of a good rant says:

    Given the regularity of theories about the BBC being anti-Tory, how do you square that with Bradley Wiggins and Sebastian Coe getting awards last night? Oh, I see how you’ve squared that. A “hilarious” satire along the lines of “sorry for last night’s error”. Such wit. Except that, instead of simply conceding that they didn’t rig the public vote, as usually alleged, some of you still have this bizarre need to find some hidden meaning behind it, rather than the blunt fact he won most votes and they chose to give a special honorary award to Coe.

    Screaming your usual bile about “leftie BBC” when the reality doesn’t even match it is a sign of insanity.

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    • 46
      The Libor party says:

      We don’t like winners.

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      • 85
        Even a worm can turn says:

        It was the BBC’s “diversity, let’s ram it down their throats” episode of Countryfile last night, on just before SPOTY wot swung it. That episode must have have enraged most of White England (not to mention Merseyside and North Wales) to get on the blower and vote for Wiggo.

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        • 115
          Only in the Graun says:

          I know. It was dreadful. Couldn’t quite believe it – it was like a parody.

          My piss was already on the boil after listening to R4 Pick of The Week presented by leftist BBC ‘DJ’ Stuart Maconie. He treated us to a fawning tribute to that sad c unt Morrissey who apparently “emerged under the dark looming skies of Thatcher’s Britain” or some such fucking bilge.

          Oh yes. The BBC is BIASED to the core. My bitch of an ex-wife works for them and I’ve seen it from the inside.

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          • Parry Hotter says:

            Stuart Maconie if he got Alzheimer’s would his career be over? Or was that written about some other presenter whose whole career is based on remembering things he did as a child?

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        • 125

          Voted for by the public, you complete knob head – you know, democracy, something you socialists hate. Either look it up when you next bother to go to a Uni lecture or ask the poor sap with the same degree in History of Art as you who signs you on next week.

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    • 47
      Marmite says:

      What ARE you babbling on about no: 39? The BBC are leftie twonkers and you are just plain bonkers.

      What make of television are you watching? Probably one made in China/Russia.

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      • 65
        Don't let the facts get in the way of a good rant says:

        So you’re saying Wiggins and Coe DIDN’T win last night?

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        • 75
          and Badger says:

          Mashed potato, mashed potato, mashed potato. Yeah.

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        • 105
          Bliar Witch(hunt) Project says:

          Coe only got it for heading up the complete waste of around 20 billion quid that could have been spent on better things, especially given the no money left position of this country, and all the lefty bollox that was the opening and closing ceremonies.

          PS: His wrestling matches also probably were not unnoticed at White City.

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        • 143
          Parry Hotter says:

          Even the leftist twonks could not keep the award away from the rightful winner.

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    • 67
      and Badger says:

      Mashed potato.

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    • 81
      CarryHole is a Utter Hunt says:

      They’re chosen by popular vote.

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  21. 44
    albacore says:

    Did Dave ever graduate from internship
    Or did he give Tory H Q so much lip
    They made him “The Leader” only to be funny
    Bit their lips and carried on taking his money?

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    • 69
      Word on the street says says:

      His 5th cousin apparently put in a word. She’s looking forward to her visit later this week.

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    • 81
      ah! monika's moniker is a gonner says:

      I’ve got a little ditty which I’m having trouble with. It starts :-

      I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
      Just like the ones we used to know

      Stuck!

      Can you help?

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  22. 48
    Moussa Koussa Mark 3 says:

    The Politics of Envy.

    So Borisido Boriswkes….will you be best man at Dale’s future Gay church wedding……LOL

    Like

  23. 49
    Anonymous says:

    Guido

    What’s happening with the Chris Huhne story – now you see it now you don’t?

    http://www.theweek.co.uk/politics/50643/cps-denies-dropping-huhne-perversion-justice-charges#

    Weird!

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  24. 50
    There is Nothing like a Huhne says:

    The Daily mail has taken down its Article about Chris Huhne saying the CPS will be dropping charges.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2248747/New-Chris-Huhne-storm-Lib-Dem-judge-tweets-Prosecution-dropped-month.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

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    • 71
      The bent DPP, I only prosecute the little guys says:

      We cannot possibly prosecute high profile politicians

      Otherwise there would not be many left

      And I would be out of a job

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      • 74
        Tired of crooks says:

        Yes Keir

        What about all those criminals bankers?

        Their banks get fined billions and you never prosecute the people
        who pulled all these scams do you?

        Where is the Rule of Law in the UK?

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        • 87
          CarryHole is a Utter Hunt says:

          It’s the starter of the FSA that needs jailing… He could probably use the Moran defence though.

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          • Even a worm can turn says:

            That’s the problem…they didn’t break any laws in the process of bankrupting the entire economy.

            It’s the essence of la i ssez-faire regulatation aka libertari a nsim/anarchism (anarchism means without rules…for big bussiness).

            Free-markets and democracy are pure shams

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        • 99
          Even a worm can turn says:

          That’s the problem…they didn’t break any laws in the process of bankrupting the entire economy.

          It’s the essence of laissez-faire regulatation aka libertariansim/anarchism (anarchism means without rules…for big bussiness).

          Free-markets and democracy are pure shams.

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  25. 52
    Katie Price says:

    In my day it used to be the intern with the biggest tits that automatically got the job!

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  26. 58
    its bleak in sunderland says:

    Every day that passes comes the news of the lefty scum pulling one stunt or another.

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  27. 63
    Rob says:

    Didn’t Penny herself advertise for an unpaid intern? Does my memory deceive me?

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  28. 64
    Multimillionaire Mike Danson, owner of New Statesman says:

    I made bloody millions in the tech industry

    And sold out at the right moment

    I then bought the New Statesman from tax voiding Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson, infamous for Mandelson scam

    I am anti trade union

    http://liberalconspiracy.org/2009/01/13/more-new-statesman-journalist-face-axe/

    So it is normal that I should not pay interns…

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  29. 66
    its bleak in sunderland says:

    There are many Labour MPS with interns,they dont pay but give them a sandwich and travelling expenses paid of course by the taxpayer just ck out the IPSA webisite.I once rang IPS to ask about the particular expense being paid to a Labour MP the guy who took my query said that shed probably claimed for it as they calaim for everything else his exact words.The time has come to reduce the HOC to half the numbers it has now as for the HOL Icannot see it fufills any other function other than providing failed politicians arse lickers and bishops with a gilt edged pension plan.

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    • 128
      Living in 96.98 percent white Merseyside says:

      About as much chance of that as a branch of Ermenegildo Zegna opening on Fawcett Street.

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  30. 70
    Awful mental image says:

    BoJo in pink mankini.

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  31. 72
    ah! monika's moniker is a gonner says:

    Police re-bail Freddie Starr and Max Clifford.

    Like

  32. 86
    Moussa Koussa Mark 3 says:

    Yawn

    Will Guido be giving up his UK Passport in protest about UK Tax laws..

    whoopssss… sorry forgot, Guido doesn’t have a UK passport….LOL

    Like

    • 107
      Hamster Beaster says:

      Do you have a life on this planet?

      WTF is wrong with being a Bogtrotter?

      I loathe our host, however, he is far more English than most Londonistan residents
      My ancestors came from Ireland and we have all served our country
      You Sir are a tedious Bumhole

      Like

      • 111
        Moussa Koussa Mark 3 says:

        LOL

        He protests about Tax avoiders, yet is one himself.

        He uses gay innuendo to attack his political foes, yet many of his own chums are gay.

        He harps on migrants, yet is one himself.

        He complains about hypocrisy…. LOL

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    • 109
      Hank the Cat says:

      Phuck of and die mousey

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  33. 92
    eadav says:

    ‘…a practice than puts opportunities out of the hands of hardworking and talented young people.’

    Presumably Intern Aware believe that their or their parents’ ability to pay necessarily implies lack of both application and capability. I’d have thought the likelihood was the other way.

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  34. 103
    Max clliford fucked my hamster says:

    To be both a multi millionaire and a socialist is shurely a sign of lunacy

    I dont mind helping people out, I just seriously object to being mugged at gun point
    Thats what taxation is

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  35. 106
    gnom says:

    ‘The New Statesman was created in 1913 with the aim of permeating the educated and influential classes with socialist ideas’ – must be a transposition error?

    Like

    • 108
      Hamster Beaster says:

      Guess the racial profile

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      • 131
        British Bullshite Company says:

        NS is in the London media bubble, no more no less, and are just a bunch of tools like the rest of them. Why don’t they move to Manchester, and pay their taxes.

        Like

  36. 121
    Tom Watson's Brighton fun says:

    Socialists in ‘do-as-I-say-not-what-I-do’ shocker!

    Like

  37. 126
    sir boffton toffton mp - what? says:

    surely these pinko chappies are just following my suggestion to auction off the poor – in order to raise money to cope with the needs of their betters

    Like

  38. 127
    Matthew Robinson says:

    Oh, come on Guido.

    You can’t post a link to the Daily Mail about Huhne’s prosecution being dropped that doesn’t lead anywhere – then mysteriously vanishes from your page.

    Then no further reference whatsoever.

    What’s going on? Surely you haven’t been gagged by Leveson …

    Like

  39. 135
    keredybretsa says:

    Great innit! Wannajob? Well a little beige envelope passed under the table, and it could be yours.

    Like

  40. 141
    Parry Hotter says:

    Last year Helen Lewis gleefully reported on Tom Watson’s attack on the Tories when they tried a similar wheeze:

    “The Labour MP Tom Watson told the Mail: “This is a crass example of rich Tories buying privilege. Most young people could only dream of this opportunity. The Conservatives flog them like baubles and fill their coffers with the profits. It is obscene.””

    But that was so last year Gwido.

    Like


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Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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