It is possible to mount some form of defence of the companies supplying (at a price) essays to students who, for whatever reason, would rather not write them themselves. It’s a pretty lousy argument though (simply meeting a market demand just doesn’t seem good enough) and there is really nothing about this sordid business that reflects well on those involved in it. The exploitation of international students is particularly unsavoury.

And it is particularly disappointing that the BBC website is responding so positively to their PR.