Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Penny dreadful

Jonathan Calder has reaped a whirlwind of hostile comment by remarking on the case of left-wing writer Laurie Penny's attempts to recruit an researcher at below the minimum wage.

I don't have a problem with Penny's privileged background. Well and good if someone's views are not conditioned by their upbringing.

But her prose style, consisting largely of student union style rants, is certainly tiresome. So it would take a heart of stone not to feel a sense of schadenfreude at a member of the sanctimonious left being caught using a variation on the intern system, which is at once exploitative and likely to give the already privileged a further advantage.

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