The rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog are facing in different directions and hoping that no-one will notice today, as they take aim at the Huffington Post, which has committed the cardinal sin of being increasingly successful, and without the prior consent of The Great Guido. The perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his tame gofer, the odious flannelled fool Henry Cole, don’t like this kind of thing at all.
I didn't need to pay tax cos I was pissed, oh shit no, a resident of the pub, sod it, no, of another bar, oh bollocks, country. Where I can get ratarsed more easily, shit, no, do business. Over a gallon, bollocks, no, cup of coffee. And a stiff shot. Oh sod it
On top of all that, the HuffPo gave a berth to Mehdi Hasan, and then failed to sack him even after the Fawkes blog and its Stateside pals launched an all-out smear assault, calling Hasan “the HuffPo house Jihadi” among other selected terms of less than good-natured to and fro. So when the HuffPo mentioned tax avoidance, the Fawkes dishonesty machine had to be brought to bear.
So out came the one about “you can’t report on tax avoidance unless you pay tax where we say you should”, which is usually reserved for the deeply subversive and hated Guardian, or the BBC, on the occasions it gives work to freelancers (remember that Master Cole still hasn’t bothered genning up on how these people work through limited companies).
I can't be a clueless hypocrite, cos I'm on telly!
It’s a particularly draughty glasshouse for the Fawkes folks, because while they’re calling out the HuffPo for being involved with a company in Luxembourg, their own limited company, Global And General Nominees (prop. Paul Staines), is based in the offshore tax haven of Nevis. Thus The Great Guido avoids tax and deters the more litigious from taking him to the cleaners.
And while they’re busy whining about tax avoidance while practicing it themselves, one of the Fawkes rabble has actually proposed that those who don’t pay tax in accordance with his diktat – that would be Cole once more – should not have the privilege of voting in UK elections. So perhaps he would be good enough to tell his boss that he should become disenfranchised.
So far, so hypocritical, but the Fawkes blog has an ace up its sleeve: Richard Murphy, he of Tax Research UK. What’s the connection? Well, it has been asserted by the Fawkes folks that he “writes for ... HuffPo UK”. This may be news to many, because it is total bullshit. Murphy has contributed one blogpost. I’ve contributed seven, but do not claim to write for the HuffPo, because I do not.
“Writing for” means paid copy and/or deadline driven content. Neither Richard Murphy’s post, not those of mine, are in that category. So that’s dishonesty to add to ignorance and a double dose of hypocrisy for the Fawkes rabble. And all in the vain hope that Arianna Huffington might take notice of them (like heck).
Another fine mess, once again.