Unpaid Marshalling at River Pagent

SarahAB writes about reports that marshalling duties at the River Pagent was conducted by unpaid Work Programme ‘volunteers’ who previously were told that they would be paid, only to be told that this pay would be from possible contracts during the Summer Olympics which would be endangered if they declined.

Sarah makes reference to In the Year of the Jubilee by late Victorian social documenter, George Gissing. In 1894, he wrote about the mistreatment and low pay of the wheens of menial workers toiling alongside the River Thames to ensure that Diamond Jubilee celebration went well. Which was precisely the allusion I had been thinking of.

It takes some doing to beat someone else to George Gissing allusions.

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