The much-derided "McJobs" – traditionally denigrated as "low-pay, low-prestige, low dignity, low benefit, no-future" – are defended in an article by John Blundell, director-general of the Institute of Economic Affairs. He says we should not mock them, but regard them as "a period of work experience for mostly young people, either students or the unskilled". McDonald's, he adds, invests heavily in training and education – not just in specific skills but also in intangible qualities like self-respect and morale. The fast food chain runs six management-training centres in Britain with 10,000 people attending every year. The Business 02/07/06 page 10