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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 AvatarMalcolm Todd 27th Jan - 10:51pm
    How very odd. Norman Lamb says, "although there was no evidence to suggest that such practices were taking place in the NHS, I wanted to...
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    Stephen Donnelly, to explain further: "Capital Allowances let taxpayers write-off the cost of certain capital assets against taxable income. They take the place of depreciation...
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    Stephen, I am not confused, if someone buys a new machine it doesn't lose 100% of its value in year one, so why can they...
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    and 100 days to stop the fracking supporting Liberals!
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    @John For once I can't see where you are coming from here. This is not "Genocide Memorial Day"; it is "Holocaust Memorial Day". The Holocaust...
  • User AvatarStephen Donnelly 27th Jan - 9:54pm
    The key thing that Julian recognises is that the tax system needs to be made simpler and more transparent. Eddie seems very confused about capital...