January 11th, 2013

Guardian Fails to Pay Blogger Attacking Unpaid Internships

Good on the Guardian for joining the fight against unpaid internships by publishing a blog post by student Libby Page last month. Libby bravely told how:

“A big step for me was finding the confidence to value myself enough to warrant a wage. Although we all feel grateful for experiences gained within companies, we shouldn’t underestimate the work we do there, or what we have to offer.”

Quite right too. Of course the Guardian would certainly be paying Libby for her work, wouldn’t they? Surely they could not be so cynical as to run a blog by a student attacking unpaid work and then not pay her? Alas not. Press Gazette reports that Libby was in fact not paid a penny by the Guardian for her piece, as she revealed on Twitter:



  1. 1
    Dire straights says:

    Money for nothing and your chicks for free.


    • 7
      Old Salt says:

      FFS Guido no one gives a shit about spotty yoofs on job experience in the world of politics. It’s not as if they actually do any hard work or their lives are at risk and they look foreward to the life of riley sucking off the public teet.

      What’s more no one is forcing them to do it. Sometimes, many times in life we all do things without payment realising this may get us promotion, a foot on the ladder or open a door.

      Now stop worrying about young guys and gals having a jolly good time and concentrate on things that matter.


  2. 2
    Steve Miliband says:

    The Guardian and Observer Free Weekend


  3. 3

    You can download the Guardian Hypocrisy style guide here:



  4. 4
    Damned Impertinent Questions says:

    Modern slavery then. Why do the tree huggers still buy this rag?


  5. 5
    Some Twat up North says:

    Breaking news!!!

    Government plans to re introduce chimneys to all new houses being built.

    This will create 4,377 new jobs for school leavers.


  6. 6
    Operation Crossbow says:

    Why would the Guardian pay her? They need all their cash to pay fat Polly


  7. 8

    Yet another warning today about what will happen if we leave the EU.

    This time the warning comes from the aviation industry.

    No planes will be allowed to land here any more from any where in the world. This will really cut us off trade wise, and we really can’t allow this to happen.

    It’s dreadful, life as we know it in the UK is really at stake. A return to the start of the 20th century living standards is forecast too. How can we let this happen? All the rich will leave and so will all the companies too. We will be left with nothing and have to go cap in hand to the IMF and previous Commonwealth countries to beg for help.

    So let’s make sure there is no referendum or talk of renegotiation or exit of the EU.


    • 16
      Raving Loon says:

      Next they will tell us that if we leave the EU our first born sons will die and the rivers will run red with blood.

      Or life will go on as normal, but we get to keep the payments we make to the EU. Whatever.


  8. 9
    Thatcher's currently lying in her own faeces and not even her own children visit her anymore says:

    Does Guido pay his interns in vodka?


  9. 11
    JH230923495834 says:

    They could have chucked her £100 for her trouble.

    The difference between losing £50,000,000 and £50,000,100 per year is not that great, surely.

    How about Polly forfeiting one months pay to cover 1000 articles by budding journalists, who might actually have some merit?


  10. 12
    Moussa Koussa Mark 4 says:

    The Daily Mong, Daily Wan*kpress and Telegraph will be wa*nking themselves off vigorously this morning

    “””The first official painting of the Duchess of Cambridge has been unveiled””””


  11. 13
    Lavender Tories says:

    Why is Liam Fox opposed to gay marriage? Does Adam Werrity know about this?


    • 17
      Cwispy pants Bwyant says:



    • 20
      Raving Loon says:

      People aren’t against 2 adults forming a union with all the legal entitlement of marriage, they’re just against changing the meaning of words and the state interfering in private religious matters. As for what Mr Werrity knows, I cannot say unfortunately.


      • 48
        Anonymous says:

        “As for what Mr Werrity knows, I cannot say unfortunately.”
        The connection between your speech impediment & Mr.Werrity’s knowledge escapes my understanding.
        However, the impediment can be cured without recourse to the NHS by placing a comma between the words “say” & “unfortunately”.


  12. 18
    Moussa Koussa Mark 4 says:

    Guido’s obsession with interns, specifically those at companies, organisations or publications he doesn’t like , is becoming wearisome.

    Someone gaining a few weeks or months experience as an unpaid Intern isn’t that big a deal. If they get some travel expenses, and the odd lunch – seems perfectly OK to me.

    BUT – and here is the problem. Guido isn’t concerned about internships…He is only obsessed with interns at the Guardian, which is another issue, and something he may need to bring up at his next therapy session.

    PS Gideon Osborne WAS an intern for the GW Bush Election campaign in 1999…FACT.


  13. 24
    Raving Loon says:

    Guido, you may know this. Based on current trends, how long will it take The Guardian to go bust? Should be not have some sort of doomsday Guardian clock?


    • 27
      Moussa Koussa Mark 4 says:

      ALL UK Newspapers will be gone…..within 10 years.


    • 29
      JH230923495834 says:

      I think they will be de-facto digital only by 2015.


      • 37
        JH230923495834 says:

        They may maintain a token print presence so they can continue to call themselves a ‘newspaper’.


    • 30
      Gordon Brown says:

      I wont allow The Guardian to go bust, in 2008 i had the Treasury set aside millions to give to the BBC, so they can buy more copies. Consider it backdoor nationalisation. I have the people of Britain at heart, as always. See you next year! (maybe)


  14. 38
    Some Twat up North says:

    Don’t believe what you read in the papers our car industry is alive and well


  15. 43
    Frightened Inmate #2 says:

    Journalism has an associated glamour. The reason they can get away with not paying interns is that there’s an inexhaustible supply of wannabes willing to work for free for a sniff at landing their dream job. The problem is that it’s not a difficult job. Anyone with a moderate level of intelligence and education can churn out articles. I’m doing it now with this post. With absolutely no training or experience I can write as well as most journalists. It’s easy!

    Of course “real” journalism actually involving some leg-work, interviewing people, uncovering stories people don’t want to get out, or covering nasty conflicts at considerable personal risk, is hard. But that’s not what fills the papers. It’s trivial articles on various annoyances or iniquities of modern life. Happily these require no research, just a sense of grievance.

    If you offered graduate jobs in, say, agricultural machinery, textile manufacturing, quantity surveying etc you don’t get thousands of dreamy-eyes idealists applying. Anyone with sufficient interest in working in those fields can probably land a job. Until journalism loses this perception of glamour interns will continue to be exploited.


  16. 46
    Anonymous says:

    Why would an intern want to work for a paper that no-one reads?


  17. 51
    Jimmy says:

    I read somewhere that in spite of recent boasts and taunts Guido interns do not in fact receive minimum wage. Surely this is a vile smear?


  18. 52
    Sweary Chap says:

    Fucking socialist rag not even paying the minimum wage
    the utter fucking hypocrites
    may their toast always fall butter side down


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