The UK has had four major corruption scandals in three years! Yet, we look to countries like Russia, China and Iran as the world leaders and dominant forces in such matters of corruption. The media encourages us to look at specific indications of Human Rights violations and government cover-ups in parts of the world that we don’t favour.
We sometimes shake our heads in disbelief at the nativity, perhaps even stupidity, of their peoples. Yet, are these countries really the most corrupt in the world or are the real masters of the dark arts, the countries which are best at keeping their dirty little secrets hidden from the world media and their own people? Is the western media most skilled in the use of re-direction to keep us focused away from true corruption?
All people in the west judge levels of corruption in the most simply terms. We can’t backhand a bit of cash to a traffic warden or slide a brown envelope across the desk of a council planning officer, so we assume our nations are not corrupt. Oh, we are not so naïve to believe corruption doesn’t happen in our homeland on occasion, but we fool ourselves into thinking because we don’t play, there isn’t really a game going on.
The MPs expenses scandal, which in itself, is something that would have had the BBC fanatically delighted in its claims of institutionalised dishonesty had the news emanated from the Middle East countries we revel in bad-mouthing. Now the United Kingdom has been thrown into not one, but two corruption scandals; each one of which dwarfs the MPs expenses scandal on many levels, including size, audacity, outrage, criminality, years of activity and the number of establishments involved. They are like galaxies of corruption, each with a focal point around which smaller scandals orbit.
The ‘Jimmy Savile Scandal‘, a title used for reason of simplicity not accuracy, brings into question predilections of past and present government MPS, policies and procedures of the BBC and whether cover-ups by all strands of the media are still taking place. How strange it is that only Savile, Gary Glitter and Freddie Starr are the names in the mainstream. When Heath and Lord Mountbatten are names that are bandied about on the Internet. Still the established British institutions talk in the vaguest of terms rather than name names; leading to cries of further corruption and continued cover-up.
The ‘Hillsborough Scandal‘, again, a title for ease not accuracy, is a scandal of such shocking heartlessness and cruelty towards the bereaved by the police and media for the last 25 years that nation cannot yet come to terms or hardly believe the truth of such systematic deceit.
The UK is a country whose elected leader meets the unelected head of state for two hours each week; a meeting that is not recorded or minuted and never normally disclosed. Without question, we accept these meetings as cozy, little chats. Yet The UK’s, supposedly, independent state broadcaster had to apologise to the un-elected head of state for accidentally once revealing something of these private meetings. Decade after decade the Brits have never even thought of challenging the structure or ethics of those meetings.
And there’s more…
David Laws, a man who stole more than £40,000 of tax-payers money rather than admit he is gay, is back in government; not only was he never even arrested, his fellow MPs stumbled over themselves in the media to say what a nice guy he is. Now we have Denis McShane, who has resigned after making 19 false accountancy claims. No arrest is likely, due to parliamentary privilege.
The Phone hacking scandal that saw police office accepting money from journalists in exchange for information on celebrities, as part of what was a much bigger scandal.
And what of the corruptions we don’t know about. Why are our businesses allowed to make such huge profits at the cost of the old and poor?
All of these scandals have one thing in common: Support from other British Establishment institutions, to such an extent that its perfectly clear to the world that corruption is integral part of British power.
We live and work in this corruption so much so that it has become part of our lives that we don’t question it in any way comparable with our analysis on China or Iran – or maybe we simply don’t know how to begin to question the corruption. We would need to view each scandal from somewhere far away to comprehend the magnitude and rottenness – perhaps somewhere as far away as China!