A Sainsbury’s potato buyer accepted £5 million in corrupt payments from a key supplier, staying at Claridge’s and taking luxury holidays in return for a lucrative contract.
I have worked in parts of the world where this is actually the point of contract negotiations. Who gets what slice in the middle. This is actually what takes all the time and effort, not whether to be corrupt but how to be so.
I\’ve also worked in the UK and the subject has never even raised its head. Not even working with advertising companies which, as we all know, are staffed with the scum of the Earth.
I have a very strong feeling that there are many who don\’t realise quite how lucky and unusual we are with the business culture in the UK.
In at least one country I can think of those in business reading the Sainsbury\’s story will be wondering whether they\’re nicking enough themselves. Almst everyone in British industry will be horrified that it was happening in our green and pleasant land.