Many people will have seen the news today about Tesco's use of free labour. It started with a "job" advert on the government's own website for a night shift worker in Tesco in East Anglia. Pay - "JSA + expenses". Outrage spread via Facebook and other sites. Then Left Foot Forward showed how this was far from a one-off. Guardian journalists had found several similar adverts. Tesco's response fluctuated. First they told people that they were helping young people by taking part in a government scheme; then they said at had been a mistake. Now John Harris has written a considered piece in the Guardian about what he calls the "sinister reality" of such schemes.
I can add little to what has been written. But it will be interesting to see whether the story is taken up by the rest of the media. Newsnight, perhaps? If you're one of those driven to boycott Tesco because of their use of free labour to save on employment costs, bear in mind that Sainsbury's and the Co-op have decided to steer clear of the scheme, and can be patronised with a clear conscience.