One of the few traditional Conservatives to have served on the Tory front bench under Cameron, Paterson was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland before being promoted to the more high profile role of Secretary of State for Defra.

Candidate of the day

Owen Paterson

One day to go and Sir John Major has weighed in. “Labour divides to rule. To win votes they will turn rich against poor; north against south; worker against boss." We hope we don't wake up with them on Friday.

Hero of the day

Sir John Major

Another awful Labour woman. The fact Ed Miliband’s carved his pledges in stone doesn't mean he might not break them, campaign chief Lucy Powell has said.

Villain of the day

Lucy Powell

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THE REAL CONSERVATIVE MANIFESTO

Back marriage. Restore grammar schools. Leave the EU.

Reader’s Comment: Unpaid internships smother social mobility

In response to Andrew Tettenborn: Radical changes can make the Tories a real workers’ party, Colkitto03 wrote:

I think unpaid internships should be made illegal. In principle there is nothing wrong with them. But in practice they have just become a vehicle for the sons and daughters of the wealthy establishment elites to scoop up the ultimately lucrative careers and positions.

Especially for the elites that live in London and the home counties. In effect unpaid internships exclude poor working class and middle class kids from opportunities in the MSM, politics and the professions.
It’s one of the reasons social mobility is at an all-time low (a subject the media largely ignore).


  • Agreed. They are just an extremely sly, manipulative way of ensuring that the top jobs remain in the hands of the liberal elite.

    • Boswellox

      Daddy’s Girl

  • Hasn’t this always been so? It’s not what you know but who you know. Just an updated variant.

    • Reborn

      It still stinks.

  • PierrePendre

    Speaking as a father who financed several, I agree that unpaid internships should be made illegal. Worthwhile internships nowadays involve real, productive work and it should be paid.

  • Reborn

    Colkittoo3 is absolutely correct.
    It goes even beyond interns, including, as it does low pay for employees who are highly
    qualified when starting in an attractive career.
    In areas such as show business or the pop world, it has long been the case, & I’m not
    losing any sleep over it.
    However, responsible jobs in London museums, jobs including much foreign travel
    and long hours, start at salaries which could only be undertaken by young people with wealthy
    and very generous parents. I know from the experience of a friend, who, after 10 years of his
    boy’s employment in a major London museum, must continue subsiding the young man,
    now aged over 40.
    How can any young person live in London, even modestly without parental aid ?
    The cost of accommodation, largely driven by immigration, is pricing out educated middle
    class young people from undertaking jobs in nursing, teaching, policing etc etc.

    • RobertRetyred

      Is the young man, now aged over 40, a cleaner or a curator?

      No wonder London is in a bubble of its own.