Tuesday, November 17, 2009

"The conclusion - Corruption hurts everyone." "The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) measures the perceived level of public-sector corruption in 180 countries and territories around the world. The CPI is a 'survey of surveys', based on 13 different expert and business surveys." From Transparency International (the 'global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption'). Corruption stats 2009:

LINK to full table.

New Zealand 1st
UK 17th: (no improvement of previous worst ever...)
Spain 32nd (getting steadily worse, this is the 5th year in a row that the perception of corruption has grown: Spain was bettered by two Latin American countries: Chile and Uruguay that were 25th =
Venezuela 162nd!!: most corrupt in Latin America, beaten only by Haiti as most corrupt in The Americas. What will Hugo say about this? I'm sure we won't have to wait long... [BBC Mundo]
Somalia last (180th)

LINK to interactive World map.

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Paul said...

I'm surprised by the States position to be honest because I've heard many stories about palms being greased over there.

Strangely enough, as the BAE case showed recently, you have to be like a dog with a bone to prove real corruption, low level bribery is part of the culture in a lot of non-European countries.

Span Ows said...

Exactly. Lunch, nice hotel, use of our facilities, club memebership, invite you over on our plane, a weekend here, a visit there...it might not be a brown envelope stuffed with notes but it is really the same thing.

Span Ows said...

Anyway, that's what my friend told me...