Mandelson? The Mittal Polish steel contracts affair? Paul Drayson’s government contracts and peerage following his donations to the Labour party? Birmingham postal vote fraud? Allegations of bribery? Ex-Transport Minister Stephen Byers “accidentally misleading” parliament? Capita’s no-bid contracts? High-profile gambling moguls being found to have – shall we say – “connections”? Keith Vaz? Geoffrey Robinson? “Cash for Coronets”? One Lord Chancellor just happening to be the PM’s ex-boss, the next his ex-flatmate (both of whom then just happened to appoint friends to high-powered posts)? Bernie Ecclestone? David Blunkett’s train tickets and nanny visa? Corruption that would “disgrace a banana republic”? The Hinduja passport affair? The executive soliciting party donations from the judiciary? Relatives and ex-employees of ministers working for Private Finance Initiative companies? Dodgy Labour councillors? Public money spent on party propaganda disguised as public information? Using known conmen to help buy flats? Clive Betts MP and his male escort’s immigration papers? The “reworking” of pretty much every means of assessment going, from unemployment figures to hospital waiting lists? Not to mention that 36 of the 71 corporations currently barred from World Bank contracts due to corruption or fraud are British, or any of the other countless bits of petty corruption, lies and sleaze?
If we’re that good in comparison, what the hell’s the rest of the world like?