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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 3rd Aug - 1:58pm
    Bill le Breton For those of us not on Twitter, what did Jonathan Calder tweet?
  • User AvatarMalcolm Todd 3rd Aug - 1:54pm
    Steve Excellent comment and very useful link. I'd take issue only (partly) with your last sentence: I don't think there's anything wrong with being an...
  • User Avatarpaul barker 3rd Aug - 1:49pm
    Can we get back to the theme of the article. Labour are split with 90% of the MPs on one side & 80% of the...
  • User AvatarBill le Breton 3rd Aug - 1:46pm
    What Jonathan Calder tweeted, but without the question mark ... or the wink.
  • User AvatarMalcolm Todd 3rd Aug - 1:46pm
    Psi I absolutely agree with your comments about the need to look beyond the gates of Calais. However, I fear that for many people (I...
  • User AvatarSteve 3rd Aug - 1:41pm
    @TCO Here's a good article on the subject: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/07/29/calais-migrant-crisis-why-happening-cause_n_7896038.html The top reasons would seem to be language and family/contacts in the UK - those are...