More than one in four business leaders believe bribery and corruption is rife in the UK, according to survey conducted by accountants EY.
Twenty-eight per cent of UK respondents said corruption was widespread – an increase from 18% a year earlier – although lower than the 39% average of respondents to the survey conducted in 62 countries.
There’s definitely areas where what we could call corruption thrives. I would happily call planning gain for planning permission corruption. As I would some of the grant making to publicity outfits.
But actual real corruption? It’s something I’ve actually done (when it was legal for British people to do it abroad). Handing over wedges of cash for some official decision or favour. And as far as I can tell that’s something that simply doesn’t exist in the UK. My general impression is rather the opposite: even polite inquiries about who one should pay in order to get that favour are likely to see you dobbed in for making the inquiry.
One country I’ve worked in your first question is: who do we pay? That’s just not true of Britain.
I have a feeling that people are getting confused in their responses here. What Brits complain about being corruption is not what much of the rest of the world considers it to be.