Shame and disgrace: UK 2nd tier nation on law, corruption
Britain is so far from its own self-image in terms of outright crime and corruption, as well as in relation to the rule of law, that we're close to a joke nation according to international bodies. A 5th of Brits in the relevant category confess to bribing the judiciary; worst record in EU; and in company with Ukraine. UPDATE BELOW ARTICLE
Any Briton who has ever lived abroad for any period of time, or who looks at the smartest, as opposed to fake-ideological (and darkly hilarious), surveys on our National Health Service, knows full-well that Britain has a pretty poor health system by Western standards.
If we still did it, you could get hanged, drawn and quartered for pointing that out in a British media "debate". Suffice to say, the killer point is that if we are the envy of the world, why has absolutely nobody, ever, been dumb enough to emulate us? Rational counter-point, there just isn't.
It is equally depressing when it comes to the Britain-is-the-best-in-the-world line regarding our judiciary, and state corruption.
We don't even make the top 10, despite what we were all brought up to believe, in either the corruption or rule of law indices put out recently by the leading analytical organisations in the world. In some respects, the current reality is truly appalling.
The Transparency International Barometer on corruption in our state systems must (must it?) be wrong in saying that a full 21 percent of Britons who came into contact with the relevant agencies of the state admit that they or a member of their households have paid a bribe to the judiciary in the last 12 months. That makes Britain the worst performer in the EU, and on a par with Ukraine (check out that TI survey; we're not kidding).
Britons just cannot deal with this sort of evidence, so they split it off, and supress it, in denial. We're just the same. We've done it for years.
But in other senses, not necessarily related to bribing the judiciary, we know very well just how bad things now are in Britain, and we've had enough.
In the primary interest of preventing and detecting crime in the Westminster Village (as well as to stop others getting hurt), The Commentator has used its capacities to try and make a difference. Heck. Every little bit must surely help.
While some have spectacularly come through in support of justice, you would be astounded about how many people associated in one way or another with crime, corruption and wrongdoing in the Westminster Village adopt a scornful and defensive stance against our efforts to expose it.
We will prevail. But, to repeat, it isn't, by a long way, just about what we have seen, and what we can prove.
The top bodies in the world have kicked Britain out of the top 10 relating to the rule of law and corruption. We at The Commentator believe the UK would be lucky to be in the top 30 if it wasn't for a confirmation bias relating to Britain's (very positive) reputation abroad.
In the end, the fact that we're no better than Ukraine in terms of bribing judges and their associates is no shame on Ukraine, but it's sure as hell a shame on us.
UPDATE: In response to serious (and, indeed, unserious) questions about Transparency International's methodology, we have sent them a set of questions, which they they will respond to. Our intention is purely to put Britain back where it belongs, at number 1. We also note that there is much nervousness about this piece in the Westminster Village, which, in itself, may be considered supporting evidence regarding the findings of the two major international watchdogs quoted in the article
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