When directly comparing the United Kingdom with some countries that are more well renowned for being corrupt, it really does pale in comparison. This is particularly evident when looking at far flung countries run by dictators and the like. Examples have included Silvio Berlusconi and Jacques Chirac in more recent times. Similarly in a sporting sense, there are particularly low levels of corruption once again in Britain and so it’s almost not a fair comparison in the slightest. Some examples of the more well known sporting corruption is the alleged match fixing ordeal in Pakistan and their international cricket team. While all of this is true, there is undoubtedly an underlying sense of corruption throughout the British media and generally large swathes of its upper class too. We may not be able to compete with all of the more massive corruption that is present in today’s world, but our media is learning that the public is becoming significantly more aware of its activities behind closed doors.
On the other hand, when not looking at these far flung countries and focusing our attention towards Europe and the EU states instead we can see that our scandals are almost certainly some of the most substantial. In recent years there has been massive leaks of knowledge including various labour, conservative and liberal MPs changing their expenses documents in their favour – Ultimately pocketing themselves a tidy sum of pocket money. Add to this Jimmy Savile’s long standing history of paedophilia and the fact that Frankie Dettori was banned from horse racing for taking performance enhancing drugs too. Similarly, we have seen big companies follow the same path of corruption as these big names have too, one notable example is the Barclays bank that was caught out in the Libor rate fixing scandal.
Furthermore, BAE Systems was also pulled up various times over the past 10 years over arms deals it has been conducting with nations and indeed sects throughout the world. Another key figure that we have seen fallen in relatively recent times, and almost on a continual process is the British police force. There have been cases of policemen, senior ones at that, selling top secret stories to journalists and newspapers. There is corruption at every single level of society and without the public realising this it is difficult for us to see any progress. Unfortunately the media drives this corruption and the average British person does not have interest in joining any form of conquest to stand up against corruption in any sense. Once again, I need to make it quite clear how important it is for us all to stand up against corruption in our world, it is invading our lives and in turn corrupting us with lies and collusion too. This is not something that any of us need and we should all do our part to kick it out, rather than simply sitting back and letting the world tick over.