Probably everyone knows about this by now, as it was released by the Guardian last night, and, quite rightly, many bloggers have written about it.
Close Protection UK was paid £1.5 million by the Home office, DWP and DCLS, to provide stewarding services for the boat thing on the Thames with the Queen and royal family, which was staged on Sunday. Instead they used unpaid labour.
Worse still the unpaid labour wasn't informed that they were not to be paid until they were being coached in from outside London; they were left to sleep on concrete under London bridge in the wet and the cold; there were no toilet facilities and they had to get dressed in their uniforms with no privacy at all.
I wonder if Mr Cameron and his rotten DWP ministers Duncan-Smith and Grayling are proud of the fact that they are paying out £1.5 million to a company which uses slave labour instead of using taxes to actually pay its staff.
The firm has issued "sincere apologies" for what it called the "London Bridge incident", but insisted that it had not been exploiting individuals, but providing work experience.
Aye, Close Protection... tell that to William Wilberforce.
Although I'm a republican and consider the amount of money spent on this jubilee to be excessive, and I wish it hadn't been rammed down my throat so much, I am perfectly happy that people who like that kind of thing, have enjoyed a little break from work, and a bit of humbleness before their betters. Quite genuinely I am saddened that it has been spoiled in this way typically by a government which seems to think that everything has to be farmed out to chiselling, cheating, lying scum bags, namely their friends, so that they can make money out of providing a second rate service.
Slavery goes a tad too far though, even for Cameron's despicable crew.