The Guardian to investigate offshore tax status of The Guardian

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The Guardian is to run a ‘hard hitting’ expose of The Guardian after discovering it is owned by a shadowy company in the Cayman Islands.

The paper has been at the forefront of the campaign against the use of tax avoidance by shell companies in tax havens, and plans a huge splash on the fact the paper is owned by a shell company in a tax haven.

The cosy and secretive arrangement for an organisation calling itself the ‘Scott Trust’ allowed The Guardian to avoid paying a penny of UK Corporation tax on over £300m in profits.

Investigative journalists at The Guardian are understood to have pored over thousands of pages of obscure legal documents revealing The Guardian’s affairs and are now putting the finishing touches to a front page story that will blow The Guardian right open any second now.


Columnist Polly Toynbee criticised Chancellor George Osborne for not clamping down of The Guardian, insisting it was one rule for ordinary, hard-working families and another for strident, campaigning left-wing newspapers.

“Allowing people like us to get away with this sort of legal tax scam just shows the Chancellor is out of touch. Why won’t he stop us?” she wrote.

“Osborne should get serious in tackling The Guardian,” she urged.

However, editor Alan Rusbridger was defiant.

“Fuck you”, he told us. “It’s different when we do it because we’re the goodies and you’re the baddies.”

“Do as I say, not as I do”, he added.