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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 AvatarHelen Dudden 5th May - 12:54pm
    But Nick Cleggs MPs have no interest in the laws when it's not working. You either do what I did get the textbooks out or...
  • User AvatarCaron Lindsay 5th May - 12:52pm
    Oh, I think efforts will be made in that direction!
  • User Avatarmatt (Bristol) 5th May - 12:47pm
    Hrrmph. .
  • User AvatarWilliam Hobhouse 5th May - 12:46pm
    I'd say a Lab-Con coalition would provide a stable government (a big majority) and would allow the Lib Dems to rebuild in opposition. When all...
  • User Avatarmatt (Bristol) 5th May - 12:43pm
    I am genuinely trying to keep an open mind, but I distrust the apparent unity of the Tories during this election and feel it will...
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 5th May - 12:33pm
    Great reply. Even better that Liam's note to Danny and his reply. However, to have real effect it needs to get in the national news...