Of course, it’s nice to boot a Miliband

But:

The former Labour MP David Miliband is facing criticism after it emerged that the charity he runs, for which he was paid more than £700,000, is offering unpaid internships at its headquarters in New York City.

The British culture is very down on unpaid internships. The American one markedly less so. The argument now being made is that an American organisation should operate by the British cultural rules.

And how colonialist is that? You know, we did try this once and it left boxes of tea floating in Boston Harbour.

17 thoughts on “Of course, it’s nice to boot a Miliband”

  1. So, who exactly is criticising this? Is it anyone we should be listening to?

    ’ Ellie Mae O’Hagan, the director of the thinktank Class (Centre for Labour & Social Studies), said the UK government should not support charities that do not pay everyone who works for them.’

    That’s a big ‘Nope!’ then…

  2. Bloke in North Dorset

    I think they have a point. As CEO he’s in a position to change that policy and as a “progressive” who presumably supports the UK position that interns should be paid he should have done something about it, not least because because they receive money from the UK.

    I also agree with this:

    “It’s time for the UK government to stop supporting charities that don’t pay people for their hard work.”

    Although I’d go a step further and end the sentence after “charities”, although I’d add “international” in front of it.

  3. “The former Labour MP David Miliband is facing criticism after it emerged that the charity he runs, for which he was paid more than £700,000,..”

    How public spirited of him.

  4. “Campaigners calling for the end to unpaid internships argue that they shut many less advantaged young people out of top careers. In London, an unpaid internship costs young people more than £1,000 a month due to rising rents, according to Sutton Trust research.”

    Charities are only “top careers” in terms of either status or fulfilment, not pay. You can go to a dinner party and people will be more friendly towards you than if you’re working for a merchant bank.

    And I think this extends to all internships now. They’re in the arts, politics, journalism, museums, charities. None of these are financially elite jobs now. You don’t get unpaid internships in software, engineering and biomed.

  5. OTOH, The Yanks have a lot of previous for trying to extend their cultural norms, so a bit of sauce for the gander is mildly amusing.

  6. Donate your dosh to a charity – get a virtue status and a virtue ego uplift. Donate your labour to a charity nope can’t be doing that, show us da money beahches.

    don’t get me wrong – i’m not giving out virtue points for this stuff anyway.

  7. Normal for Norfolk

    So did the Guardian choose that photo to prove politics is showbiz for ugly people, because they hate him or both

  8. Was he really paid 700k+ a year, or have they played the usual duplicity of giving a total without the period?

    If the former, seems egregious, and I’d say the real question is wtf ugiv is doing spending taxpayer money on a charity with such insane compensation

    I do suspect the latter though

  9. The banana Miliband is the chap who was was finagled into Oxford by his Marxist father corruptly pulling strings. (I’ve never hear a similar accusation against his brother – the bacon sandwich one.)

    Later banana Miliband wanted to adopt and managed it by using – gasp – privilege, namely that his wife was an American citizen.

    Not exactly pro-meritocracy, the banana man. Why would he be when a fellow with so little merit can pull in a million bucks a year?

  10. I happen to agree with Ellie Mae for once, but with BiND even more.

    Unpaid internships allow the wealthy and powerful to give a leg up to their mates’ offspring. Once the little shits have done a year or so of ‘working’ at Daddy’s expense, they can slide into a nice job, because they’ve racked up a year of experience poorer kids could never get.

    Charities are only “top careers” in terms of either status or fulfilment, not pay.

    The evidence here suggests that is not the case. I doubt Mili is the only cunt on seven figures and I am sure there’s plenty of 3rd sector drones earning six figures for their important work in fleecing taxpayers and enabling nonces.

    And while we’re asking WTF, WTF is the British taxpayer’s extorted hard-earned being funnelled to a foreign charity which pays its chief squanderer $1m?

  11. “for which he was paid more than £700,000,..”

    That’s one way to ensure it’s a ‘not for profit’ organisation.

  12. MC,

    “The evidence here suggests that is not the case. I doubt Mili is the only cunt on seven figures and I am sure there’s plenty of 3rd sector drones earning six figures for their important work in fleecing taxpayers and enabling nonces.”

    That’s $1m for the top guy. The CEO of McDonalds earns 10 times that. Ford also $10m. $20m if you’re the CEO of Disney.

    Charities generally pay less at the lower levels, too. Oxfam offer less for programmers than the market rate. National Trust pay less for project managers.

  13. Oh no – the modern virtue signalling group is all in on paid internships.

    That there are significantly fewer internships available now is quietly ignored.

  14. I do agree with the question as to why the UK government is giving money to foreign charities. After all, if it wants to bribe foreigners, it should use its diplomats to find the appropriate kleptocrat and then put the money in their Swiss bank account (or whatever it is these days) after they deliver the stolen goods.

    Of course I also have doubts about giving it to local charities too. This only creates a local interest group who want to rake off all the non-profits into their own pockets. But you could reasonably argue that if they use the bureaucracy, that’s just another interest group.

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