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Today, further economic sanctions on Russia were announced. But what is the value of freezing assets and imposing travel bans as sanctions - and should they be used in fight against corruption too?
Last night, 13 of the more cultured members of Transparency International UK staff (including me, naturally) went on a little excursion to see Richard Bean’s new play at the National Theatre, Great Britain. Fancy. But it wasn’t exactly non-work related – the production is a “grotesque satire” of the phone hacking scandal which exposed the illegal interception of phones by newspapers within the past decade.
Earlier this month, a Cabinet Office spokesman in the Lords said it would be "highly undesirable" for the Iraq Inquiry report to be released in the three months before the general election – meaning the document we have already been waiting three years for may have to wait until the next parliament.
Ken Clarke was the UK Anti-Corruption Champion. Really. In the September 2012 re-shuffle, the government seemed to forget that it had a Champion, and it took several weeks, a Parliamentary Question, a letter to the Secretary of State, and a couple of contradictory responses, before the Champion emerged.
The Government announced last year that it would publish its first-ever National Anti-Corruption Action Plan. Since TI first proposed this idea five years ago, we have been arguing that the Government should draw up such a plan, and we are delighted that it is now happening.
Several incidents in the past week demonstrate the problems that UK politics has with lobbying, conflicts of interest and the revolving door. What will it take for the UK's political class to reform?
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