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James Bloodworth is an English journalist and writer.

A former member of the Trotskyist group Alliance for Workers' Liberty,[1][2] he edited the left-wing blog Left Foot Forward from 2013 until 2016. Bloodworth writes a weekly column for the International Business Times[3] and wrote for The Spectator's Coffee House blog from 2013 to 2015.[4] His work has also appeared in The Guardian,[5] The Independent,[6] and The Wall Street Journal.[7] He now also writes regularly for the website Unherd.[8]

Bloodworth is the author of The Myth of Meritocracy: Why Working-Class Kids Still Get Working-Class Jobs (Biteback Publishing) which was published in 2016.[9][10][11]

Bloodworth's Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain (Atlantic Books) was published in March 2018. To research the oppressive conditions faced by those working in low-paid and minimum-wage jobs, the author spent six months employed in such posts. This included periods working as a care worker in Blackpool,[12] an Uber driver and in the UK packaging warehouse of Amazon. According to one review the book has been praised "across the political spectrum". [13] In September 2018, US Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted out a video in which Bloodworth drew on his book to criticize Amazon, as part of Sander's push to introduce a bill that would charge large companies such as Amazon for the federal welfare programs that subsidize their low-wage workers.[14]


  1. ^ "James Bloodworth: A left-wing case against Comrade Jeremy Corbyn". International Business Times UK. 4 August 2015.
  2. ^ "James Bloodworth is wrong about Jeremy Corbyn - Workers' Liberty".
  3. ^ "James Bloodworth". International Business Times. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Author: James Bloodworth | Coffee House". The Spectator. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  5. ^ "James Bloodworth". the Guardian. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  6. ^ "James Bloodworth". The Independent. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  7. ^ Bloodworth, James (12 February 2015). "The Race for Britain's Youth Vote". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  8. ^ "James Bloodworth, Author at UnHerd". UnHerd.
  9. ^ Wigmore, Tim (10 July 2016). "Does The Myth of Meritocracy show us how to alleviate inequality?". New Statesman. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  10. ^ Patrikarakos, David (14 July 2016). "The Myth of Meritocracy: 'Why Working-Class Kids Still Get Working-Class Jobs' by James Bloodworth". Prospect. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  11. ^ Burchill, Julie (11 June 2016). "Tony Blair is top rotter in James Bloodworth's The Myth of Meritocracy". The Spectator. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  12. ^ Bloodworth, James (20 February 2017). "All the horror stories I came across as a care worker were about employers | James Bloodworth". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  13. ^ Cohen, Nick (11 March 2018). "Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  14. ^ Burke, Michael (10 September 2018). "Bernie Sanders renews attacks on Amazon, shares video accusing company of 'Orwellian language'". TheHill.