Archive for December 2010
There are many excellent articles on the topic of corruption and the one which stands out today is this one http://www.oecdobserver.org/news/fullstory.php/aid/233/What_is_corruption_.html
It commences..Corruption is talked about openly in most countries these days and few countries deny they suffer from it. Which is a good thing, since it provides politicians, business and labour leaders, journalists and civil society with a rare opportunity: that of agreeing on the urgency of stamping it out…. more
Now if corruption is a dirty word in New Zealand and people who question corruption risk losing it all, then we are not one of the countries the article refers to.
In reality it is not surprising as New Zealand has not ratified the UN convention against corruption . we don’t have fraud and we don’t have corruption because we simply deny that it exists.. simple end of story.
But is it so we need only look at the news paper articles or worse still try to report fraud to the police and you will become aware just how hopeless your task will be.
In New Zealand we have our heads in the sand , but who are we kidding? When you deny the existence of something as big as fraud and corruption you are giving it invisibility and the ability to grow.
So the question is how big does fraud and corruption need to get in New Zealand before we get angry and call for an independent commission against corruption? Between now and then how many more victims will there be when will we say we have had enough?