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Polly Toynbee leads Topshop protesters on to picket Guardian office. (Not.)

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By Paul Goodman

According to Guido Fawkes/Paul Staines, who has today issued a blast of the trumpet against the monstrous regiment of looters, the Guardian isn't averse itself to tax avoidance (which of course, unlike tax evasion, is perfectly legal) - see here, here and here.

The man in the basement with a match, a matchbox, a fuse, and limitless supply of gunpowder writes -

"The Telegraph quoted Grant Thornton’s senior tax partner Mike Warburton saying: “Guardian Media Group has enjoyed a tax holiday courtesy of some very helpful rules introduced by their friend Gordon Brown. They are taking full advantage of the relief legally available to them, which all businesses should do. That’s fine, but don’t knock people who do exactly the same.”

Thornton was right - doubly.  Right to say that there can be no reasonable objection to a newspaper planning its tax affairs rationally (whether or not it is owned, as the Guardian is, by a trust originally set up for the same purpose).  And right again to suggest that those in glass houses, etc.

Which is why Polly Toynbee doubtless marched today's Topshop protestors on towards King's Place...