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Want to train at college? Don't be such a snob

It is one thing for the prime minister to defend the practice of unpaid compulsory work experience for the unemployed. That's one terrible, ill- advised thing. It is quite another for him to compare it favourably with learning in college from experienced, trained teachers. Yet that is what he chose to do last week.

"Put a young person into college for a month's learning, unpaid, and it's hailed as a good thing. Put a young person into a supermarket for a month's learning, unpaid, and it's slammed as slave labour," said David Cameron, who inexplicably chose three years at Brasenose College, Oxford, ahead of a stint at Tesco in Thatcham, near his family home in Berkshire. "Frankly, I am sick of this anti-business snobbery."

It is worth taking time to savour being on the side that is accused of snobbery by the Right Honourable David William Donald Cameron, direct descendant of William IV, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and First Lord of the Treasury, and alumnus of the Bullingdon Club. …

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