John Prescott Criticizes UK Government Over Exploitation Of Unpaid Jubilee Stewards

Yesterday Buzz Patrol wrote about the complaints made to the Guardian from jobseekers that were bussed into London by the security firm Close Protection UK to work on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Today, former deputy prime minister John Prescott joined in the debate, accusing the government of “exploiting cheap labor” and said that their working conditions were not so far removed from labor camps.

Two stewards complained about to the broadsheet about their treatment, claiming that they had been forced to spend the night under London Bridge in cold and wet conditions, had no access to toilets for 24 hours, some women had to change into their steward outfits in public and after working a 14 hour shift in the pouring rain they were then taken to spend the night on a swampy campsite near the river Thames.

They also claimed that they had been told that they would be paid for the work they were doing, but then once they were on the coach, they were told that they would not be paid and if they did not accept the terms, then they would not be considered for the well-paid Olympics jobs that would become available in the summer. Continue Reading

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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Message

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee message to the British people on Tuesday June 5th, she said:

The events that I have attended to mark my Diamond Jubilee have been a humbling experience. It has touched me deeply to see so many thousands of families, neighbours and friends celebrating together in such a happy atmosphere.

But Prince Philip and I want to take this opportunity to offer our special thanks and appreciation to all those who have had a hand in organising these Jubilee celebrations. It has been a massive challenge, and I am sure that everyone who has enjoyed these festive occasions realises how much work has been involved.

I hope that memories of all this year’s happy events will brighten our lives for many years to come. I will continue to treasure and draw inspiration from the countless kindnesses shown to me in this country and throughout the Commonwealth. Thank you all.

(Via The British Monarchy)

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Even This British Bulldog Was Celebrating The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Isn’t he a cutie?

This British Bulldog was spotted on the street of London yesterday celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I love the heart drawing on top of his head.

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Cassetteboy vs The Diamond Queen

Celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee starts later today and the duo behind Cassetteboy have come up with another fine piece of juvenile piss-takery. This time it is at the expense of the Queen, the Royal Family, the British Prime Minister(s), and the BBC.

Apparently the BBC has had this video removed from Youtube twice. Each time it’s going back up. As Cassetteboy explains:

‘If you’re interested, here’s what happened: Our video was removed by youtube after a copyright claim by the BBC. We then deleted the vid…’

There you go, watch it while you can.

Follow Cassetteboy on twitter @cassetteboy

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