UK Corruption

Sex, Lies and Scandal as Fiction and Fact Collide

Endeavour Press | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Politics
Endeavour Press

Blind eyes were turned when paedophile politicians, churchmen and lawyers were allegedly violating children... 'Inquiries were stopped because of potential political embarrassment. Major people with connections (in politics) were dropped out and people lower down carried the can.'

House of Cards: China's Source of Solace

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Preetam Kaushik

Russia may have rejected the show outright. But, the 'House of Cards' has a lot of takers in China. Produced by Netflix and starring Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood, this political drama set in 1990 BBC miniseries is clocking good viewership in the communist China.

The EU Has Had Its Challenges When It Comes to Ethics, But It Is Serious About Addressing Them

Sajjad Karim MEP | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Politics
Sajjad Karim MEP

The notion that the European Parliament is a gravy train riddled with waste and financial scandal is simple to pedal, especially when you need to score easy political points back home. However those that often pedal it, fail to acknowledge the reforms that are quietly taking place.

Fifa Has a Lot to Answer For, But So Do We

Richard Berry | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Sport
Richard Berry

With the football now finally underway, I expect the FIFA corruption stories to disappear from the media for a while. Let's hope this is an opportunity to focus on much bigger scandals, including those closer to home.

If You Want to Understand Pakistan, Talk to its Bus and Ambulance Drivers

Salman Shaheen | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Shaheen

Every day, Zahir braves the bedlam of Karachi's bustling streets, driving one of the city's iconic technicolour busses bedecked with peacocks and Urdu scrawlings. His concerns about the country he's living in and what can be done to fix it are among those told by Asad Anees of the University of Karachi...

Do Investors Know What Shell Is Up To?

Brendan O'Donnell | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Brendan O'Donnell

Business people sometimes think we campaigners are a bit naïve. Our lofty ideals should be accommodated as far as possible, but business is business. We need to be realistic about how the world works. Well, we are idealistic. But that doesn't mean our arguments don't make business sense.

Why I'm Taking on Telecoms Corruption in Bangladesh

Naufal Zamir | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK
Naufal Zamir

Bangladesh needs to be open to the world, and in order to be so, it needs to live up to international standards in business and public life. Britain and the EU need to push Bangladesh to meet these standards; our government must make it clear that if the rule of law is not respected, there will be serious consequences.

The Power of the Pencil and the Whistle

Aaron Vallely | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Politics
Aaron Vallely

Why is it, that here in Ireland we allow our Government to take so much of our money and spend it in ways that not only fail to benefit us, but contribute to the economic inequality of Europe? What do we get for our taxes?

Citizen Empowerment: New Technology Gives a Voice to the Voiceless

Loren Treisman | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Tech
Loren Treisman

While technology is not a panacea for social problems, it has the potential to connect citizens to information on the laws and people that govern them at a lower cost and larger scale than ever before and to make all voices count.

Kris Maharaj Case: Most of Us Fail the Jurors' Test

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK
Clive Stafford Smith

Much has been made in recent months by populist politicians of the 'need' to convict more people for certain crimes. But what this hardline approach ignores is the troubling way in which we judge other people.

The Top 10 Worst Side Effects of Pharmaceuticals Taken Daily in the UK

Rob Blakeman | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Blakeman

In light of this weeks' news that the world's biggest drug company Pfizer is trying to buy AstraZeneca to become one of the ten biggest companies in the world I thought we should take a look at what these pharmaceutical companies get away with daily.

When a Doctor Eats an Apple Does He Have an Existential Moment?

Rob Blakeman | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Blakeman

It's down to you to take care of the health of you and yours and avoid using dangerous medications at all costs. Small changes in our everyday lives can result in big inspiration. Don't forget we are organic creatures so it makes perfect sense that organic products are best for us-not manmade pharmaceuticals.

A Window on World Politics in 2014 - Cambodia

Paul Reynolds | Posted 14.06.2014 | 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 07.06.2014 | 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 01.06.2014 | 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 28.05.2014 | 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 15.05.2014 | 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 06.05.2014 | 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 29.04.2014 | 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 ...