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Internships & Work Experience: Slave Labour That Requires a Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage

A minimum wage for interns?

The need to gain work experience and complete internships makes it difficult for many young people to enter their chosen profession. The absence of payment in many positions – especially in politics – forces many young people away from the career they aspire to. Ben Wood cautiously suggests introducing a minimum wage for work experience seekers and interns.  

Work experience and internships are key ingredients in any society, Continue reading

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David Cameron at PMQs – Is the PM losing his mojo?

Losing his gift of the gab?

David Cameron’s performances at Prime Minister’s Questions were better when he was Leader of the Opposition. As Prime Minister, he is alienating back-benchers and coming off second-best to Ed Miliband. Could this work in Cameron’s favour? Asks Ellis Wiggins.

Wednesday, 12 o’clock, and once again the attention of the House of Commons turns to Prime Minister’s Questions. David Cameron rises to the Despatch Box, and in solemn tones recounts the week’s casualties of war. Then, in a single breath, he lists his engagements for the day: the catchphrase of PMQs. With a supplementary of a backbencher easily swatted aside, Continue reading

A Middle Way for the Upper House?

One of the biggest issues currently vexing our Parliament and our politicians concerns the very nature and future of our constitution.Two old warhorses – Lord Ashdown and Baroness Boothroyd – have been wheeled out, each passionately defending their side of the argument. And the cause for which such passion is invested? The House of Lords. With the coalition pressing on in its desire to see genuine and thorough reform of Britain’s Upper House, some of the biggest supporters and opponents of the proposed changes are battling on the front lines of the debate, in an effort to further or defeat the government’s aims.

As a traditionalist, I’ve always been a strong supporter of the House of Lords, never quite able to escape the aura of history which surrounds it. And yet, as Britain heads deeper into the 21st century, it becomes harder to defend a chamber of appointed members, which, in the eyes of many people, is increasingly anachronistic. Continue reading

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