The Grauniad is on a mission this week to expose the shortcomings of the government’s crackdown on unpaid internships. The paper reported that Dominic Raab, the Conservative minister, had advertised an unpaid internship to support his constituency work just hours before the government published its plan to tackle unfair working practices.
Only, Mr S can’t help but wonder whether the paper ought to take heed of the old adage ‘people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones’. After all, the Grauniad is the proud owner of the ‘positive action scheme’ which offers two week placements to BAME candidates… for no money.
‘The scheme is unpaid, though reasonable daily travel expenses will be reimbursed.’
With the scheme currently closed ahead of a new scheme to be ‘updated’ in early 2018, Mr S hopes the paper will finally puts its money where it’s mouth is.