UK Corruption

In Defence Of Institutions: The Danger Of Losing Faith In Sporting Organisations

James Fenn | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK Sport
James Fenn

The huge global events that are so irresistible can't exist without international bodies that can bring together all parties to bring out the best in the game. If we lose faith, we risk losing these bodies, and the value they bring to our sport. So for the sake of sport's future, we must remain sceptical, remain inquisitive, but not lose our hope, not give in to cynicism. Sometimes having faith is more important than having doubt.

In Searching For Peace, Let's Not Ignore Crime's Impact

Yury Fedotov | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK
Yury Fedotov

Conflict remains the world's greatest problem; conflict prevention our biggest hope, but if we do not face down crime and uphold justice, we simply ri...

Barclays And The SFO: The Importance Of Independence

Robert Barrington | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Robert Barrington

The Serious Fraud Office investigation into Barclays has rumbled on for some years, and it has now finally been announced that charges have been broug...

FIFA: The Organisation That Never Learns

Dan Hough | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Sport
Dan Hough

Cultures change only slowly and incrementally. They can't be swept away overnight. With that in mind no one expected FIFA to bounce back from its scandal-plagued recent history and to suddenly be whiter than white.

Is It Reasonable To Appeal To The Conscience Of Corrupt Officials And To Dream Of Having Honest Political Leaders?

Karmak Bagisbayev | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Politics
Karmak Bagisbayev

In robbing their own people, corrupt presidents, ministers and officials are fulfilling the instinct of gene preservation which is inherent in human nature, i.e. they are taking care of their own children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. It is reasonable to appeal to the conscience of corrupt officials and to dream of having honest political leaders?

May We Have A Word, Mr Trump?

Daniel Weeks | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Daniel Weeks

It's been seven years since the legendary American reformer, Doris "Granny D" Haddock, passed away at age 100, but at such a time as this, she would most certainly have something to say. After living through two world wars and the threat of nuclear annihilation - and then walking across America for democracy in her ninetieth year, undaunted by arthritis and emphysema - Granny D knew what she stood for and wasn't afraid to speak.

DFID's Efforts Undermined As The Government Stalls On Anti-Corruption

Stephen Twigg | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Twigg

DFID's support for efforts to tackle corruption in developing countries will fall flat if the wider Government does not continue to push for global advances on tax avoidance and tax evasion. If corporations are allowed to continue profiting from the poor, and stashing the proceeds elsewhere, developing country governments will remain unable to provide basic services and their citizens will be forced to engage in petty corruption in order to survive.

If We're To Truly Beat Corruption, We Need To Instil A Culture Of Lawfulness Today

Yury Fedotov | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Yury Fedotov

Each year, on 9 December, the world marks International Anti-Corruption Day. We treat this not only as a means to raise awareness, but also as an opportunity to showcase innovative ways that people and organizations can work together to counter this scourge.

Who Are The Enemies Of The People?

Robert Barrington | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Politics
Robert Barrington

Brexit need not be a failure for the UK. Brexit need not open the door to corruption. But if attacks on key institutions are allowed to go un-checked by those in power, the future could be a lot worse for the people of Britain. We have already had the Governor of the Bank of England cast as one enemy of the people. Now our senior judges. Who next, and with what consequences? This sad episode should act as a warning.

UK Development Aid: Money (Literally) Well Spent

Alistair Burnett | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK
Alistair Burnett

Since taking up her post a few months ago, Britain's new International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, has been talking up how she's going to crackdown on waste and fraud in the way her budget is spent. In her first speech to a Tory party conference as Secretary of State at the weekend, she continued in this vein, promising to "follow the money" to root out waste and corruption. A laudable ambition which no one can argue with. But what constitutes "waste" seems to depend quite a bit on your overall view of aid.

Smoke And Mirrors: Climate Negotiations And The Fossil Fuel Industry

Bex Dawkes | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK
Bex Dawkes

Imagine this. The government are reviewing the national guidelines on sugar consumption. You would think that this decision would be made by a group of experienced, intelligent and nonpartisan professionals. Unbeknownst to us, 'industry bodies' and 'corporate sponsors' are ushered into the conversations. Therefore, in amongst the doctors, politicians and health professionals, representatives from Coca Cola, Nestle and Kraft appear.

Sierra Leone Calls Time On Petty Corruption

Memuna Forna | Posted 03.09.2017 | UK
Memuna Forna

Reducing corruption...would represent a significant and direct benefit for a substantial number of Sierra Leone's people - more money in their pockets, improved access to services that are vital in the literal sense of the word, and the satisfaction of knowing they can be part of the solution to the problem.

As We Begin to Exit the European Union, the Government's Commitment to Fighting Corruption Must Not Take Its Leave as Well

Jon Ashworth | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

If Theresa May is serious about her promise of the UK remaining an "outward-looking and globally-minded and big-thinking country", it is vital that we continue to play a leading role in fighting corruption across the world. But we've had early warning signs that the Government's previous commitment to tackling corruption might be on the wane.

A Genius Has Left the Building

Matt Hardy | Posted 09.07.2017 | UK Sport
Matt Hardy

At the age of 51, Kieren Fallon has retired from race riding and closed an umpteenth chapter in his remarkable life.

Government Employs Just One Person To Work On Flagship Anti-Corruption Initiative

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Politics

Just one person will be employed by the Government to work on a key part of its efforts to tackle international corruption, it has been revealed. Last...

My Country Cannot Become a Safe Haven for the Deadly Virus of Corruption

Isha Johansen | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Sport
Isha Johansen

It is in all our interests to find a cure for corruption in sports and in the wider world. If we fail to act as decisively as we need to, we will watch as it spreads, infects and destroys like a deadly virus.

For the World's Wildlife the Clock Is Ticking, But Is Anyone Listening?

Yury Fedotov | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK
Yury Fedotov

UNODC's report provides a solid understanding of the scope and scale of the problem, but realisation needs to become action if we are to help the world's animals and plants. The clock is ticking, but is anyone listening?

Was the Anti-Corruption Summit a Game-changer? Not Likely

Dan Hough | Posted 13.05.2017 | UK Politics
Dan Hough

It is easy to be critical of summits and the communiques that come out of them. There is always lots of politics involved, as different agendas meet and different expectations clash. Perhaps the 2016 Anti-Corruption Summit really will be the start of something new. But given what the leaders have been able to agree on, it might make sense to keep the bunting on hold for just a little while longer.

Anti-Corruption Summit Should Go Beyond Lip Service and Provide Room for Civil Society to Function in the Most Affected Countries

Donald Mogeni | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK
Donald Mogeni

David Cameron will today be smarting from the faux pas of making an acutely embarrassing indiscretion under the glance of cameras. Just days before the 2016 anti-corruption summit, the UK Prime Minister will be hosting, he was caught on camera in discussion with the Queen and the Archbishop of Canterbury, describing two of the countries sending delegates to London as "fantastically corrupt countries".

Time to Tackle the UK's Tax Havens

Charlie Matthews | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK
Charlie Matthews

Today's Anti-Corruption Summit in London is a golden opportunity to deliver on promises the Prime Minister made in 2013, and open up a new era of transparency and openness, with the UK at the forefront. Unfortunately, it looks as though what we will see instead is business as usual...

Brazil's Corruption Scandal: Part Real, Part Conjuring Trick

Alistair Burnett | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Alistair Burnett

Brazil doesn't do things by halves. Three years ago, visiting the country you could still sense the optimism about the future, but now the country is...

Why Britain Should Scrap Democracy in Favour of Sortition

Oliver Norgrove | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Norgrove

If campaigning for a Brexit with Vote Leave has taught me anything this year, it is that democracy isn't all that it is made out to be. Horse-shoein...

The Deck-chairs May Be Shuffled but the Culture of the Organisation Remains Deeply Insular

Dan Hough | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Sport
Dan Hough

Fifa, football's world governing body, will once again be meeting in Zurich this week. Following eight months of drama, intrigue and, at times, outright absurdity, the organisation is hoping both to elect a new president and agree a new package of reforms. Indeed, it's hoping to draw a line under the most tumultuous period in its 112 year history.

Why I (Somewhat Reluctantly) Like Vladimir Putin

Oliver Norgrove | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Norgrove

Tyrannical and thoroughly disagreeable though he is, Mr Putin stands for nationalistic pride, a crucial buffer against the perils of American foreign policy and a determination to defend a revived Russia on the world stage, and her citizens abroad. Three things I respect, and three things a shrinking world desperately needs.

Latest Scandals Show We Have to Get Serious About Sports Crime

Damian Collins | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

The truth is that in tennis, and most other major sports, only a small amount of resource is invested in fighting corruption. They are simply no match for the organised crime gangs, international gambling syndicates, and greedy dishonest officials. Sports governance has become a wild west, but we need more than a lone ranger to combat it.