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#1 Feb 07, 2019 12:02 pm

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Corruption double standard

Apologies if I've said this before, but something happened today that brought back the West's whole disgusting double-standard when it comes to corruption. It takes two to tango, or to thief, but somehow the corrupter never gets castigated, only the corruptee:

The South African arms scandal of 1999 severely damaged the ruling ANC government and nearly brought down future president Jacob Zuma. But in France, the country that paid the bribes, the scandal went virtually unnoticed. If it takes two to tango, how come only one of them gets to be corrupt? What about the corruptor, isn’t he just as guilty as the corrupted? Not in France apparently, where corruption is regarded as one of the nobler arts of French statecraft. Corruption in France’s dealings with its ex-colonies is explicitly practiced and implicitly encouraged – it is, quite simply, how France “does the business”.

The French arms company at the heart of the South African arms scandal, Thales, has a long history of complicity in overseas bribery scandals from Taiwan to Saudi Arabia; yet remains immune from prosecution in its home country. France is one of the world’s largest arms exporters, a global industry famous for shady characters, front companies and bribes. Yet France was ranked by Transparency International as the 26th cleanest country in the world in 2014; a lot cleaner than the countries it corrupts, evidently.

In 2001 a former employee of BAE Systems, a British arms manufacturer, notified the Serious Fraud Office that BAE held an alleged £60 million slush fund to bribe members of the Saudi royal family to secure £43 billion dollar deal to sell Saudi Arabia 72 Eurofighter Typhoon warplanes.  No action was taken. Three years later the story blew wide open when the BBC broadcast an in-depth story, including interviews with former BAE insiders giving details on how the arms company paid bribes to Saudi middlemen. Public uproar forced the British government to launch an investigation into the scandal, however it was a sham; in 2006, the government announced that the investigation was being discontinued “on grounds of the public interest”. This wasn’t the end of BAE’s corruption troubles; they were subsequently found guilty in a bribery case in Tanzania and ordered to repay reparations of £29.5m to the Tanzanian people.

Despite these and several other famously proven cases of overseas corruption, Britain like France enjoys a stellar rating in the international corruption stakes, ranking 25th cleanest out of 178 countries worldwide. In the meantime Tanzania, the country that accepted BAE’s generous “gifts” languishes in 116th position.

Do I smell a double standard here?

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#2 Feb 07, 2019 12:16 pm

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Well it sound like double standards, but I tink there are more to these stories.  It sounds almost racist, but ah just doh tink it should be taken at Face value.

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#3 Feb 07, 2019 3:41 pm

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It depends on how you define corruption, doesn't it? If it's legal it's not corrupt, right? Wrong. Slavery was legal, segregation was legal. Switzerland is the joint-third least corrupt nation on the planet - the same Switzerland that keeps billions of dirty money safe for the corrupt. By the way USA ranks at only the 22nd least corrupt country, just 3 places above Barbados. And Barbados certainly isn't "clean"!!

https://www.transparency.org/cpi2018

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#4 Feb 07, 2019 6:04 pm

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If the so called corrupted countries were not functioning like that, then a couple of drinks at the Hilton bar and a handshake would have sealed the deal, but if you are dealing with a "corrupt" Government, and you need to make sales instead of France or Germany, Russia, Israel, or the USA, then you are going to be bloody stupid not to sweeten the deal.

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