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Opinion: Corruption – We can do better than this

The UK is more corrupt than Qatar. That’s not my judgement, but that of the World Bank and their Control of Corruption Index. This places the UK 18th in the world, behind not only Qatar but Iceland, Chile and Liechtenstein.
It’s easy to sound jingoistic with this sort of comparison, and I really don’t mean to. So here’s an even more worrying comparison. In 2010, the latest year the World Bank has collated its figures for, the UK received a control of corruption score of +1.48 (on a …

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Opinion: Let’s talk about Corruption

The latest cash for access scandal may well have highlighted yet again the murky world of party financing and lobbying but overall the UK can pride itself on not being corrupt; Transparency International places it in the least 20 corrupt nations in the World.  How does this tally with opinion polls showing that almost three quarters of the British public think corruption is a serious problem in the UK that many consider has got worse in recent years?

Whether the public perception is wrong, there is a profound gap between public and expert definitions of corruption or if there really …

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A postcard from… Chennai

Here in the LDV office, we’ve received another postcard from Baroness Ros Scott. Typically, she’s arrived long before the postcard did…

The failure of the Lokpal Bill in Parliament is a good example of just how difficult Parliamentary business can be in India. The Lok Sabha is directly elected on a constituency basis, but with regional loyalties such a strong determinant of voting, thirty-four political parties are represented, as well as nine independents.

If you think that two party coalition is tough, consider for a moment the job of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, whose ruling Congress Party governs as part …

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  • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 30th Nov - 1:07pm
    Agree with David Evans29th Nov '15 - 11:19pm and paul barker30th Nov '15 - 12:36pm. One of the questions and its yes/no answer was especially...
  • User Avatarpaul barker 30th Nov - 12:36pm
    Have now donr the survey but felt that some of the questions were confusing so am unsure how clear the results will be.
  • User AvatarMatt (Bristol) 30th Nov - 12:34pm
    There are too many men on this thread for me to feel genuinely comfortable continuing to opionate, but it worries me that there is too...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 30th Nov - 12:31pm
    @ Mick Taylor : Completely agree. The voice of sanity.
  • User AvatarThomas Shakespeare 30th Nov - 12:17pm
    @expats I don't agree. The real risk in forming a minority government was a new election being callled if we tried to block significant legislation....
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    @ Jedi - AIUI Labour moved tampons DOWN from the main rate of VAT (now 20% thanks to the Coalition, but lower then) to the...