Hot on the heels of the implosion of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ) for falsely asserting Conservative peer Lord McAlpine was a paedophile, the Guardian is leading with a story about ‘the existence of an extraordinary global network of sham company directors, most of them British’ citing yet another organisation of ‘investigative journalists’. The Graun goes on to explain:
The UK government claims such abuses were stamped out long ago, but a worldwide joint investigation by the Guardian, the BBC’s Panorama and the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has uncovered a booming offshore industry that leaves the way open for both tax avoidance and the concealment of assets.
Concealing assets if they are subject to taxation is tax evasion, therefore illegal. Fair enough. However once again we see an agenda at work to demonise the perfectly legal and responsible activity of tax avoidance. This is the latest example of outrageous hypocrisy on the part of the Guardian, given that its parent company makes use of offshore arrangements in the Cayman Islands to avoid paying tax in the UK. It even resulted in a protest by Guido co-conspirators outside the Graun’s plush offices in London. Strangely, the piece doesn’t make any mention of Guardian Media Group’s behaviour, let alone criticise it.
So why is the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) focussing on this issue? Could it be because it has a political agenda that ignores the sins of the left and focuses on eeevil capitalists? Of course it could. Here is a little bit of history of the ICIJ courtesy of Gerard Jackson…
The ICIJ is the offspring of the Centre for Investigative Reporting (CIR) which in turn was founded by the notorious Institute for Policy Studies, a Marxist organisation which acted as a front for the KGB during the Cold War.
It’s unsurprising therefore that we see the Guardian’s David Leigh right in the thick of the ICIJ, listed as one of the consortium’s five UK based journalists. He of course denied being part of the BIJ, despite having never corrected his Guardian colleague Roy Greenslade’s long standing claim that he was part of that group. Perhaps Leigh, whose name is headlined as co-author of the Guardian piece, will be content to accept his membership of this particular group of self important hacks. But if he does, it risks opening an old can of worms for Leigh.
Why so? Here’s a name from the past. Richard Gott.
Richard Gott was the Guardian’s literary editor but in December 1994 he resigned after Soviet defector Oleg Gordievsky contradicted Gott’s denial that he was a paid agent of the KGB. In the finest traditions of Guardian weasel words, Gott went on to say:
“I took red gold, even if it was only in the form of expenses for myself and my partner. That, in the circumstances, was culpable stupidity, though at the time it seemed more like an enjoyable joke.”
This seemingly left Leigh looking like an idiot as he had come bounding to Gott’s defence and ranting against the security service after the BBC’s attempt to hire Gott in 1981 was prevented because Gott failed to obtain security clearance. Gordievsky’s subsequent story put that failure into context. But when you consider Leigh is part of an organisation that was itself a front for the KGB, perhaps Leigh knew exactly what he was doing all along and just supporting a comrade in need.
There is something very wrong with the Guardian and the people it hires. Rank hypocrisy, double standards, treachery, deceit, smear campaigns, acting as a mouthpiece for those who despise our country… all are synonymous with the bile-filled ‘progressive’ activists who infest the office in Kings Place. No wonder the KGB loved the Guardian and considered it highly susceptible to penetration. The only surprise is that Guardianista weren’t signing up in their droves to join the Soviet intelligence community.