The readership of this blog does skew to those who have good experience of the rest of the world so most of us already know this. Britain is a remarkably uncorrupt place:
Less than one per cent of Britons, five people out of the 1,115 surveyed by the commission, reported that they had been asked for a bribe, the “best result in Europe”.
In contrast between six to 29 per cent of people in Croatia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece said they had been expected to pay a bribe.
I’ve said it before and entirely happy to point it out again: I’ve paid bribes before now. Hefty ones too. On the basis that at the time that’s just how you did it in foreign.
I’ve also never even thought about paying or asking for a bribe in the UK. I wouldn’t even know how to raise the subject itself. It’s just not one of the things that you think about as a viable tactic.
This doesn’t stop the EU having a go though:
Britain was among countries criticised for failing to clean up and regulate the financing of political parties, a problem that the commission defined as a major factor in corruption.
In non-binding recommendations, the UK was asked to “cap donations to political parties, impose limits on electoral campaign spending and ensure proactive monitoring and prosecution of potential violations”.
So we’re the least, or near the least, corrupt place on the planet so we should bring in the rules that exist in more corrupt places so as to….what, increase the opportunities for corruption?