Saturday, 4 December 2010
Altogether a fun day, except for those with legitimate business in these places who were excluded by the selfishness of the protesters (a.k.a. Rent-A-Mob).
Apparently, today's main theme was tax avoidance (which is perfectly legitimate and is why businesses pay accountants for more than just compiling the annual accounts), though this is often confused with tax evasion (which is illegal) by those not bright enough to understand the difference.
Of course, for splendid examples of tax avoidance Polly's employer, The Guardian, is a prime example, having been able to avoid paying any significant level of tax for years under special rules seemingly introduced for that specific purpose by Gordon Brown. The Guardian is also subsidised from the public purse in a second way, by having almost all public sector jobs advertised exclusively or primarily there. Polly benefits from all of that by being able to be paid a six-figure salary that wouldn't have been affordable otherwise.
Hypocrisy by Ms Toynbee? Surely not!
Oh, and Ed Miliband's family home was moved around in its official ownership so that the family could avoid paying certain substantial taxes on the property...