UK Corruption

A Window on World Politics in 2014 - Cambodia

Paul Reynolds | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Reynolds

In the often opaque world of international relations, from time to time a situation comes along which, whilst not earth shattering by itself, sheds a spotlight on how the international system works and the need for reform .

Maria Miller Reminds Us That Corruption Is Not the Exception It Is the Rule in Britain

John Wight | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

For a country whose political leaders, intelligentsia, and media commentators have made a habit of pointing the finger at governments, countries, and political systems around the world, adjudging them to be corrupt and morally deficient, the scale of the hypocrisy in this regard is truly astounding.

Football, Fear and Torture in Transnistria: Undercover in a Country That Doesn't Officially Exist

Jim Wickens | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
Jim Wickens

It sounds like a distant planet in a dystopian sci fi movie, and the place itself doesn't disappoint. Welcome to Transnistria, a tiny strip of land measuring less than 15 miles wide. Long linked to organised crime, the government here doesn't take too kindly to journalists, so for a special report with Channel 4 News, we went in undercover.

A Taxi Driver's Guide to Peace in the Philippines

Phil Vernon | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK
Phil Vernon

Taking full advantage of the opportunity for peace in the Philippines will require a sustained effort on the part of central and local governments, by the rebel movements, as well as in civil society and the business community, over many years. Some of the factors they will need to take into account were identified at by our taxi driver last night.

Erdogan Polishes His Iron Fist

Alexander Leivesley | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics
Alexander Leivesley

Right now, Turkey is no place to be an activist - or a journalist. There are currently 50 behind bars for doing their jobs. Last year, it came top of the pile for journalists imprisoned, with Iran and China following close behind (source: Committee to Protect Journalists).

Why the West Was Right to Support Protestors in Ukraine

Dr Andrew Foxall | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Andrew Foxall

If there is any reason to criticise the West for supporting the Maidan protestors, it is that its support did not come early enough.

Tax Evasion: The Main Cause of Global Poverty

Bella Mosselmans | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bella Mosselmans

Just think, if the money lost to tax evasion was available for governments to allocate according to current spending patterns, the amount going towards health services could save an estimated 1.9 million children a year. That's approximately 21 fewer children dying in the time it took you to read this article.

Governance in 2014

Dr Sania Nishtar | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Sania Nishtar

Corruption is not just a cost; it is a curse that deeply affects individuals as well as the state system. It is the single most important obstacle to economic growth and development. It is devastating for investment and growth on the one hand, and denies the poor of equal opportunity and basic services, on the other.

Is the UK Helping Russia Win the Gold Medal for Corruption?

Robert Barrington | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Sport
Robert Barrington

The Olympic Games are meant to embody the Olympic Spirit. However spectacular the sporting endeavours we see at Sochi, they will not erase the stain on the Olympic movement that has been left by corruption at Sochi. In a perfect world, the International Olympic Committee would be willing to say so.

‘Corporations Need To Stop Bribing Public Officials'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics

The fight against global corruption requires the same persistence from countries as combatting climate change, the head of the Organisation for Econom...

The Story of the Lobbying Bill Shows Why So Many People Don't Believe in Politics

Lisa Nandy | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Politics
Lisa Nandy

The controversial Lobbying Bill, which narrowly passed through the Lords on Tuesday, is now almost certain to become law. It's a bill about lobbyists, political campaigning regulation but it matters as much to the people I represent in Wigan as it does to the Westminster bubble because it tells a story of why so many people don't believe in politics.

Ethiopia Has a Terrible Human Rights Record - Why Is the West Still Turning a Blind Eye?

Eleanor Ross | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Eleanor Ross

The world is waking up to Ethiopia's increasingly poor human rights track record and yet the United States hasn't stopped aid flowing to Ethiopia or threatened the country with sanctions. Japan still tries to conduct business with Ethiopia when instead they should be holding Ethiopia to account.

Pakistan: Governance in 2014

Dr Sania Nishtar | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Sania Nishtar

Part - I However, assessing governance effectiveness is a challenging task from an empirical standpoint and often information has its limitations in ...

The Repulse of Wall Street

Sammy Sultan | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sammy Sultan

Perhaps I should've seen another film, if I can't stomach what certain grown-ups do for a living. Maybe I'm an idealist, but I can assure you my rose-tinted spectacles came off for two hours. Never has a film captured the disgusting, murky world of banking so vividly.

A Clean Sweep

Nikita Malik | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nikita Malik

In the past, political culture in India has consisted of deep-rooted and enduring orientations. Movements that mobilized identities have, on occasion, established themselves as national movements, often through electoral mobilization. Yet the AAP represents a shift to movements that engage the state directly.

Stopping the Corrupt: What Should the UK Be Doing to Recover Stolen Assets?

Robert Barrington | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
Robert Barrington

When corrupt politicians, public officials and business people steal public funds, they prefer to keep those funds in safe places. The UK is one such safe place. These funds laundered in and through the UK represent misery for millions of people around the world...

'Say What You See' Is Easier Said Than Done

Matthew Frost | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
Matthew Frost

One of the reasons we've got so used to our car tax discs is that it shows that we've paid our bill. It's evidence that we've paid our dues, and one of many day-to-day demonstrations of transparency that we can take for granted.

A Grieve Mistake

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A Conservative MEP says he has received racist hate mail after a Tory minister said corruption was "endemic" in some ethnic minority communities. S...

Nigeria's Elder Statesman Is Still Centre Stage

Leo Cendrowicz | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Politics
Leo Cendrowicz

By the standards of the grandiose mansions of Abuja, the planned city that became Nigeria's capital just two decades ago, Edwin Kiagbodo Clark's villa in a quiet, narrow, street is modest. The living room is dark and poky, and although large, portraits of Chief Clark, as he is known, are visible, most have yet to be hung up...

Corruption and Immigration in the UK

Robert Barrington | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Robert Barrington

What to make of the Attorney General's comments in The Telegraph? Corruption is certainly a growing problem in the UK - but TI's research has found no evidence to link it to immigrant communities.

Dysfunctional Capitalism - Obscene Wealth and Grinding Poverty Side by Side

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Adnan Al-Daini

You don't have to be a Marxist to feel a sense of outrage at these statistics. I trust that most of us with an ounce of sympathy for the suffering of fellow human beings would sense that the global economic system that engineers such disparity in the way people live is dysfunctional and requires serious reforms.

Plebgate, Mark Duggan and Conservative Hypocrisy

Sam Fowles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

Tories are only too willing to tolerate police corruption, so long as it's people they don't like who are the victims.

Ken Saro Wiwa's Legacy - 'The Ability to Make a Change'

Hannah Gal | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Hannah Gal

An ominous message on environmentalist campaigner Ofir Drori Facebook page today, marks the anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro Wiwa. Eighteen years on, as I finalise an interview with The Rainforest Foundation, I cannot help but despair at the tragic impact corruption continues to have on this planet, where the actions of money hungry, greedy individuals leads to often irreversible destruction.

Can Democracy Defeat Political Apathy?

Robert Barrington | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics
Robert Barrington

Why did the Jeremy Paxman and Russell Brand Newsnight interview go viral last week? Whichever side you take, it is unarguable that Brand struck a chord regarding the public mistrust of Parliament and apathy about politics in general. Can the UK's political class turn this around?

UK Corruption: A Change in the Air?

Robert Barrington | Posted 08.12.2013 | UK Politics
Robert Barrington

This week, the Home Secretary launched the new National Crime Agency, along with a Serious and Organised Crime Strategy. Only last week, Transparency International published the Anti-Corruption Scorecard - an assessment of the UK's performance on a range of corruption indicators. If the Government delivers on its new strategy, the scorecard will soon look dated.