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The Max Edwards Internship - apply now for 2 weeks' paid work experience in Ed Miliband's office

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JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 03-Oct-17 13:24:43

I was lucky enough to know Max Edwards - he was my Godson and a truly lovely boy. He was diagnosed with spinal cord cancer at age 16 - which he wrote about very movingly in the Guardian. Prior to being diagnosed he started a blog called the Anonymous Revolutionary which reflected his passion for Marxist politics - for his 16th birthday he asked me for the Complete Works of Lenin smile - and he continued writing his blog until his death in March 2016. Before Max died he met Ed Miliband, who was very taken with him, as were most who met him, and who's set up a two-week paid internship in his memory. It's a fantastic opportunity for a young person who's interested in politics and the power of politics to help people, to get exposure to a field they might not otherwise be able to access. Please do spread the word encourage anyone who might be interested to apply - there's more detail here. Many thanks.

cowgirlsareforever Tue 03-Oct-17 14:39:58

I've just read about the internship and some of Max's blog and all I can say is what a wonderful opportunity and more importantly, what a wonderful boy.
I have a politics mad ds who also blogs about politics. He also adores Jeremy Corbyn and follows him around like other kids follow pop groups. He's too young for the internship but I will definitely mention it to him as something to aspire to when he's a few years older.

cowgirlsareforever Tue 03-Oct-17 14:57:06

The article he wrote for the Guardian is absolutely incredible. He describes his life as being a 'moderate success' but I respectfully disagree with him on that.

Horsemad Tue 03-Oct-17 17:13:47

What a truly inspirational young man, he wrote with such maturity.

Incitatus Tue 03-Oct-17 20:38:18

I’ve sent a link to ds1. He lives for politics and has just started his PPE degree.

Rufustherenegadereindeer1 Wed 04-Oct-17 20:20:41

Sounds really interesting

I have just sent the information to ds1 as well smile

SleightOfMind Wed 04-Oct-17 20:57:05

DS too young but thank you Justine, He can try next year.
What a bloody loss. Incredibly cruel age to lose someone.

theresamustgo Wed 04-Oct-17 22:02:18

Such a sad loss.....as a fellow Marxist, I would have loved to see Max develop. Great opportunity for someone...my DD would definitely be up for it in a few years. Hope whoever gets it takes Ed to task for not even being a radical as his father!

LadyWithLapdog Wed 04-Oct-17 23:20:01

I remember reading Max's blog at the time.

gillybeanz Thu 05-Oct-17 21:17:11

Aw, I've sent this to a work colleague just starting a degree, already met and done some work experience for Dave Cameron, comes from a hugely disadvantaged area and background.
Many thanks.

WorkingItOutAsIGo Thu 05-Oct-17 23:41:06

Oh Justine: so sorry for your loss and for Max's family. Thinking of you all and what a wonderful memorial.

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 06-Oct-17 07:21:59

Thanks WorkingItOutAsIGo

Copperkettles Fri 06-Oct-17 13:06:40

What a great thing. It'll make such a difference to someone.
Max was clearly wonderful. So sad he died.

Vonklump Sun 08-Oct-17 20:29:27

I hadn't come across the article before. It's beautifully written, and a very adult perspective on life and death.
The internship is a great memorial.

MiniTheMinx Mon 09-Oct-17 18:21:02

I have just drawn my son's attention to this. It sounds like a great opportunity. Like Max, my son is also a Marxist (it runs in the family!). Such a talented and clever young man, it really is such a shame that he will not get to develop his ideas and get to make more lasting contributions to Marxist theory and politics.

ssd Wed 25-Oct-17 18:13:31

just seen this, so sorry to his family and friends for his loss, what a bloody shame.

will show ds this, he would love this.

thanks.

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