Bribery and the UK

Emily Jupp

A new report, published today, ranks different countries in order of how likely their businesses are to engage in bribery.

The survey of 3,000 professionals, from different companies across the world, shows that the UK falls below Germany, Japan, Australia and Singapore in terms of the amount of businesses that bribe politicians, governments and other businesses.

The Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium are the three countries with the least bribery in business. Mexico, China and Russia are the most likely to have problems with bribery between businesses, according to the report, by Transparency International.

The business leaders who were consulted for the report said companies pay bribes to public officials in order to win public tenders, avoid regulation, speed up government processes or influence policy but companies are almost as likely to pay bribes to other businesses. 80 percent of global exports and foreign investment comes from the 28 countries mentioned in the report (equal to around $15,800 Billion).

There is no way to say how much of this was transferred to private bank accounts of corrupt officials. G20 leaders will meet at the Cannes summit today, to recognise steps taken by G20 countries including China, Russia, Indonesia and India in criminalising foreign bribery and implement further measures to prevent businesses from dealing in bribes.

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  • Firozali A.Mulla

    Emily, Alll have been talking being broke not corrupted. Tell me what is is the difference? Both take cash anywaay? Read on flannelmouth
    noun: A smooth-talker, a flatterer, or a braggart.
    Besides the fabric, the word flannel can refer to a washcloth, an undergarment, or trousers, but here we are interested in its metaphorical sense which apparently developed from the soft and smooth texture of the fabric. The origin of the word flannel remains fuzzy. Two possible derivations have been suggested: from Welsh gwlanen (woolen article) or from Old French flaine (a kind of coarse wool, blanket). Earliest documented use: 1882.
    “Democrats are a lot more entertaining, but they suffer from a terminal case of flannel mouth. At the conventions last summer, the partying Republicans in San Diego did everything they could to keep the press away from their fun. By contrast, the Democrats in Chicago were dragging reporters in for drinks.” Nicholas Von Hoffman; Republicans Are From Mars Democrats Are From Venus; Life Magazine; Nov 1996.
    The Potter books in general are a prolonged argument for tolerance, a prolonged plea for an end to bigotry, and I think it’s one of the reasons that some people don’t like the books, but I think that it’s a very healthy message to pass on to younger people that you should question authority and you should not assume that the establishment or the press tells you all of the truth. -J.K. Rowling, novelist (b. 1965) China has refused to give any cash, we cannot go to Saudi, so we are stuck with Greece stuck. What are we doing instead of talking daily, “ We have crises” We know this. Give us some solutions. I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA
    It is better to have useless knowledge than to know nothing.Seneca

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    Former President George W. Bush’s administration signed an agreement in 2008 to withdraw all troops from Iraq by the end of 2011, but policymakers in that administration always expected that agreement to be renegotiated to allow for an extension beyond that deadline, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told The Cable.
    When President Barack Obama announced on Oct. 21 that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq by Dec. 31, his top advisors contended that since the Bush administration had signed the 2008 Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), both administrations believed that all troops should be withdrawn by the end of the year. This was part of the Obama administration’s drive to de-emphasize their failed negotiations to renegotiate that agreement and frame the withdrawal as the fulfillment of a campaign promise to end the Iraq war. “The security agreements negotiated and signed in 2008 by the Bush administration stipulated this date of December 31, 2008, as the end of the military presence. So that has been in law now or been in force now for several years,” Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough told reporters on Oct. 21. “So it’s difficult to rebut the proposition that this was a known date.” Rice, speaking with The Cable to promote her new book No Higher Honor, said today that when the Bush administration signed the agreement, it was understood by both the U.S. and Iraqi governments that there would be follow-up negotiations aimed at extending the deadline — a step that would be in both the U.S. and Iraqi interest. “There was an expectation that we would negotiate something that looked like a residual force for our training with the Iraqis,” Rice said. “Everybody believed it would be better if there was some kind of residual force.” Rice said the Iraqi government, despite SOFA’s Jan. 2012 end date, was not only open to a new agreement that would include an extension for U.S. troops, but expected that a new agreement would eventually be signed. “We certainly understood that the Iraqis preserved that option and everybody believed that option was going to be exercised,” Rice said. It’s been widely reported that the negotiations between the Obama administration and the Iraqi government this year broke down over the issue of immunity for U.S. troops in post-2011 Iraq. The Obama administration had demanded that immunity be granted by the Iraqi Council of Representatives, the country’s primary legislative body, which was unwilling to do so for political reasons. Rice said that she didn’t understand why the Obama administration was unable to reach an agreement on immunity with the Iraqis, considering that the previous SOFA granted immunity to U.S. soldiers and was passed overwhelmingly by the Iraqi parliament at the time. “We did manage to negotiate an immunity clause that was acceptable to the Iraqis and acceptable to the Pentagon. I don’t know what happened in these negotiations,” Rice said. Overall, Rice said that while the Iraqi Army is making progress, it still has flaws that U.S. forces could help remedy, and the wholesale withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq sends the wrong signal to the region. “They continue to need help on the counterterrorism side and it would have been a good message to Iran [to keep some U.S. forces there],” Rice said. “That would have been a preferable option.” AND WE ARE BROKE NOW. DO YOU SEE THIS? I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

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    Emily, Do we to bribe THE CREATOR FOR JOBS? I have no idea but will love to hear from you . In the meantime relax and read this. It may remove cobwebs of today, TOMORROW will be bright, IT IS SATURDAY.Then we will have Sunday to go to Curch and confess all our sins. Anyone would wonder if we heading toward the right course if butting our heads on the broken wall. will solve the solution. It will not. Please leave the idea of the Ostrich. We need a break however, we have this not while we struggle for the economy to rise up and put the smile on us. Catholic Ireland’s stunning decision to close its embassy to the Vatican is a huge blow to the Holy See’s prestige and may be followed by other countries which feel the missions are too expensive, diplomatic sources said on Friday. Organized religion has nothing to do with GOD. Do away with all religions, the world be a more loving peaceful place what is organized these day? I see dark every place I turn to. Do you think I need new glasses?    Is this in the religion? When Noah was told to build the Arc, the Creator, name his what you want, to carry HE and SHE animal so they would mate and multiply but what do we do? Break the 10 + commandments and go try new tricks.   To all atheists on the comment board here, are these: People know what the difference between right and wrong is. Where did they get this knowledge from? Don’t say their parents because where did they get that from? Don’t say our government because how were they able to realize this and who told them to put it in their values? Don’t say philosophers because they start at a fundamental truth and then use logic and intuition to go from there. So where did they get this fundamental truth from? Don’t say people have always had it because how can something always be in existence? Even the universe hasn’t always been in existence. So who could’ve told people what is right and what is wrong?     Its time we Christians become better known for what we are FOR, rather than what we are AGAINST. All areas of are lives are affected by our fallen nature, why would our sexuality be excluded? I used to be very outspoken about my belief that gay marriage was wrong, no longer. Oh, I still believe its a sin, don’t get me wrong, but why are we as Christians focusing on this particular sin? Why not divorce? Or Gluttony? “He who is without sin cast the first stone.” In my ‘new’ favourite verse. I will no longer focus on others sin, instead I will focus on loving others and telling them the “good news” about Jesus. During the time that the plague hit in Europe, Christians stayed behind to help when others fled for safety…the world did not forget. During the AIDS epidemic here in this country, Christians instead of Loving and Helping those in need, expressed judgments and condemnation for the ones suffering….The world has not forgotten. No, I will be judge, no longer. I will hold on to my beliefs, but I will not ‘force’ them on anyone. Please, If you are a Christian and are considering making a hateful comment, ask yourself, “Why am I doing this? Is it to somehow try to feel superior than others who are committing a sin which I don’t personally struggle with?  And we want jobs?  AND we have ready replies too.  This is getting repetitive. The October jobs report, out Friday morning, is very similar to the reports of recent months. Some 80,000 new payroll jobs were created, and the unemployment rate ticked down to 9.0 percent. It highlights a trend of an employment market that’s recovering very slowly, with workers eking out meager gains. Gen. John Allen issued a statement Friday saying that Maj. Gen. Peter Fuller has been relieved of his duties as deputy commander for the Afghan training mission. Who wants to go to Libya, or Egypt? Many. In a recent interview with the website Politico, Fuller characterized Afghan leaders as erratic, ungrateful and isolated from reality. The interview quotes him as saying Afghan leaders don’t fully recognize America’s sacrifices on their country’s behalf.  I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

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    The rich are plundering the poor, you talk of thr prayers. JPMorgan Denies That It’s Holding The Missing MF Millions  Obama ‘We Can’t Wait’ jobs plan has found its next target — naming Virginia’s Fort Monroe as a national park, Naming the park is expected to draw tourists to the site — and create an undetermined number of jobs in the coming years. The White House acknowledges that passing the executive orders are no substitute for passing the American Jobs Act, but the initiatives Obama is acting on are often so small as not to warrant any attention at all. Previous actions were devoted to limiting prescription drug shortages and creating an online portal for businesses to access government services — all in the name of jobs.
    ‘We Can’t Walt’ is Obama’s response to Congress’ refusal to pass his American Jobs Act, and is designed to show him as working to solve the problems facing Americans while Congress sits on the sidelines. But it is hard to see how naming a national park will help Obama convey that message. This is the latest from Obama. Where do we, WE go from here???? I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

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    Emily, The child always wanted to have his way. And if he did not get what he wanted he blew the house down. One day the parent took him to the doctor. The child cried and told the doctor, “I want to eat mosquitoes”. The doctor asked the nurse to get some mosquitoes. Child said, “Please boil these” They were boiled; He picked all except one and threw the rest. In the plate there was one only. He told the doctor to eat the half. Doctor wanting the fees, ate half and. The child screamed, “You ate my half” ooooo   Well, that is what our politicians are. Give they ask for more. Science is hard, and the real world is not waiting for these students with open arms. However, this article was eye opening and has encouraged me to provide a more supportive environment for my undergraduate engineers while they are learning the ropes. No question self-motivation trumps what we as educators do in the classroom or lab, but self-motivation isn’t always enough when the challenges are hard and there is no positive feedback. Yes, our priorities as a country are warped with many of the best and brightest going into money laundering/ finance, following the dollars available. Regardless we do need to do a better job keeping those that remain in engineering/science because the house of cards that is finance is going to crumble eventually and we as a country won’t be left with much else when it does if we don’t do something to help prop up the technology infrastructure. The country as a whole may be willing to throw away a generation of scientists by redirecting dollars elsewhere, but that doesn’t mean we as educators have to be complicit in aiding and abetting this, albeit unintentionally. I for one am going to rethink how I interact with my students because this tough love approach may not be doing us any favours. And to all the perpetual postdoc  PhDs out there, I do understand why you feel you were sold a bill of goods to join the academic science pyramid scheme. However, realize for most of you there are jobs out there, and in science, just not the ones you’ve spent 10+ years training yourself for (i.e. running your own lab), nor at the pay your deserve for the level of training and education you have. While that is by no means fair, the reward for all of us that stay in this endeavour, despite the pull of dollars elsewhere, is that you are doing something more meaningful for yourself, the US, and the world, than all the professional gamblers/money changers out there combined. Remember, a meaningful life is more than the $ amount in your bank account    I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

  • Franglais59

    It is a joke to put Belgium as a country with the least bribery.

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    Emily, Good morning to you It is Sunday if you call this after reading this. But it is Sunday for us. We are the lucky ones. Interior minister ordered an independent inquiry Saturday after the head of the border agency was suspended amid claims guards ceased some passport checks in recent months.   Border chief Brodie Clark and two other officials were suspended after checks for non-EU nationals aimed at stopping suspected terrorists, illegal immigrants and fraudsters from entering the country were reportedly relaxed. Interior minister Theresa May was said to be furious about the claims, which emerged in press reports Saturday, and has asked the chief inspector of the UK Border Agency, John Vine, to investigate. But unions and the opposition Labour party claimed the relaxation of checks had been authorised by ministers and blamed staff shortages caused by cuts at the agency, introduced as part of the government’s austerity drive. “It seems as if what’s happened was that ministers’ advice in July was actually precisely to do that: to cut some corners because there was a shortage of staff,” Labour home affairs spokesman Chris Bryant I read one or two that came by the way, Read on 1) I spoke to Borders agency personnel in July (when I applied for a updated passport) – guess what ……the government had reduced staff numbers by nearly half to save money and were closing hundreds of offices!  please note  I had to travel forty miles, to and from an office, as an White English men to get an interview to confirm I was born, lived in the country and wasn’t buying or lying to get one! 2) When the Bosses told there was longer queues – the Ministers told the staff to be quicker and waive them through – to save time and money! 3) Question, so WHO is telling the Porkies here? Staff, Bosses or Ministers (a.k.a. Politicians)? Answer on a back of a five hundred euro note to; Theresa May ( or May NOT Lie), c/o 10 Downing Street. London England. — it won’t solve the immigration problem but it will help pay off some of the public debts! I love these gateways always They will a rolling time tomorrow Sunday drunk, sleeping in the streets and no one will know who sleep where. Peace peace at last no harassments of any nature. And they do not need money also , The president of North Carolina State employees’ Credit Union isn’t a fan of the event, known as Bank Transfer Day, calling it a “tactical error” because the name suggests that moving money between financial institutions is easy.”You can’t do it in one day. It’s misleading,” says Mr. Blaine, who oversees the Raleigh, N.C., credit union with 239 branches. Mr. Blaine isn’t alone in his misgivings. Other executives of credit unions and community banks are also hesitant about the effort, which encourages consumers to take their money out of big commercial banks and put the funds into small institutions. Anger against big banks has exploded in recent weeks, fueled by plans by some of them to start charging monthly fees for debit cards. The banks have said they need the revenue, in part because a provision in last year’s Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law halved the amount that they are allowed to charge merchants for accepting debit transactions. “We’re doing O.K., even if we’re not doing great. The
    odds of a double-dip recession are lower, at least.”  AUGUSTINE FAUCHER,I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

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