When she is being paid to volunteer.
A couple of days ago I did a post on the part of Ed Miliband's speech about how the Olympics had changed us; the Olympics had made us work together as ONE NATION, just as the war had, etc... You can read it here. He made much of what he called (rather nauseatingly) the "Games Makers"; the volunteers who had made the games the success they were (along with the athletes, troops and all our money, of course).
There was a comment from Anonymous, which had ended up in the spam bin, and which I therefore didn't see until I was doing my now weekly clear out of spam. I thought it was a pity that the blog had moved on since that post and unfortunately no one would be likely to read the comment.
Now, I know that the comment was posted as Anonymous, and that it could just be spam, but there are a couple of people who post here regularly as Anonymous, and I'm assuming it came from one of them. (Please confirm if you are reading this Anon!)
Anyway, I've copied it and reproduced it here for you, because it's a bit of a lulu!
I wonder if Mr Miliband is aware aware of this:
I was standing outside London Bridge station having a ciggie whilst waiting for my train, and got chatting to one of the Olympics 'volunteers'. She was a National Rail employee and was on paid leave for the duration of the games."
Assuming that this is a genuine comment, it seems very unlikely to me that this woman was the only person in that position. So, it appears that some, who knows maybe all, of the volunteers were, in fact, people employed by the government, being paid full wages to be volunteers.
It gives the word "volunteers" a whole new meaning.
I'd be interested in any comments from the Department of Transport in London....Mrs Greening (now at International Development)...anything to add?