Saturday, 4 December 2010

Today's protests

Yes, as expected, there were yet more protests today. There were invasions/sit-ins of shops such as Top Shop and Boots, groups outdoors with painted signs saying (for example) "Revolution", and The Guardian's Polly Toynbee (yes, the one with the villa in Tuscany and very well-off in general) was spotted in the thick of it, as the photo here shows.

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...


  1. I thought that all advertising was going to be pulled from the Guardian and relocated to a government website. Has that not happened yet?

    As for La Toynbee, a worse example of champaigne socialism would be hard to find. I wish she would permanently relocate to that vila in Tuscany she hates telling us ordinary folk about and stop bothering us with her crypto communist ramblings.

  2. I don't know if it has all happened yet, though it is on the way. Even so, it is a matter of record that The Guardian has done very well over the years through those two methods (the new rules from Gordon Brown and the advertising), even though the latter is on the way out.

    Oh, and The Mirror's Kevin Maguire, nowadays living in London's Mayfair and being driven around in limo's, is a strong contender for Polly's crown!