Last week Guido revealed how bankrupt bloggers Left Foot Forward were in such dire financial straits that they had resorted to advertising for slave labour interns. After managing to raise only a third of their target since the online busking began, a “generous donor” has now agreed to match every pound given in a double-your-money guarantee. Judging by the furious reaction of their readers to the news that they were refusing to even pay for lunch and travel expenses for their unpaid young staff, it’s hardly surprising they are relying on a wealthy individual to keep them afloat. Maybe if they paid their interns people would be more willing to part with their cash…
It might be silly season but this week still saw an impressive 123,957 visitors visiting 308,205 times viewing 528,432 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:
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There was a time when broke blog Left Foot Forward could do no wrong in the eyes of Intern Aware, but the fair pay campaigners have attacked their old friends this morning after Guido exposed their slave labour internship scheme.
“We’re unimpressed. Organisations should live their values even when times are tough.”
This morning the bust progressives sent out their third email begging for money in just a week, but you have to wonder who is going to dip in to their pockets to prop up such rank hypocrisy…
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…
Guido was not surprised to learn that the deficit deniers over at Left Foot Forward have gone into debt themselves, ending up £3,000 in the red this year. They’ve been forced to beg their niche readership for money:
“We’re still £3,000 short of what we need this year. We really need every Left Foot Forward reader to step up, make a small donation today and keep us successful. We now have scores of readers making small monthly payments to Left Foot Forward and hundreds making small donations every year. Can you join them and make a one off donation today?”
Turns out that magic money tree doesn’t really exist…
This week a healthy for silly season 88,114 visitors visited 270,346 times viewing 472,473 pages.
The top stories in order of popularity were:
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You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…
This week 100,816 visitors visited 294,645 times viewing 517,466 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:
- Breaking Video: Jeremy Hunt Hits Woman With Bell End
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You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…
Guido has a sore head from Political Scrapbook’s drinks last night. As revenge he has some bad news for them. They thought they were on to a winner earlier this week with a story claiming that John Prescott was the victim of a vicious Tory smear campaign. It was claimed that a series of questions over Prezza’s use of public credit cards were placed in MPs’ names without their knowledge. However, the Table Office have now conceded that the entire mess was down to a simple admin error by them, as the Tories insisted all along:
Dear Mr Elphicke,
I can confirm that the questions were wrongly recorded as being in the name of Sir Alan Beith due to an administrative error in this office. We took steps to correct this shortly after they were tabled, when we realised the error had been made. Unfortunately, when the questions were answered, some were returned under the original wrong name of Sir Alan Beith, which overwrote our correction. We have since corrected this again and I have just checked the Parliamentary records and confirmed that they all now appear correctly in your name.
I am very sorry for this error and the inconvenience it has caused you – please do get in touch if there is anything further we can do to assist.
Clerk, Table Office
House of Commons
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