Archive for January 23rd, 2013


Jagland on corruption within Council of Europe members

January 23, 2013

Thorbjorn Jagland stating the obvious.

Now having read his statement of the obvious, I await to read his detailed proposed solutions –  After all, a large degree of corrupt practices occur within the band-width of immunity and impunity granted to, maintained and utilised by, the revolving national leaderships of nations he and his organisation have personal and direct contact with.

In short, within the vacuum of one law for “us” (the hoy polloi) and one law for “them” (those who can and do act with immunity and impunity) corruption positively flourishes at national and international levels across the entire gloablised spectrum.

It is not as if there is a shortage of information or suggestions on how to deal with corruption in existence.

Anyone can Google “World Bank”, “Transparency International” et al, together with the word “corruption” to find the Internet is replete with reports, case studies of successes and failures, policy suggestions and implementation strategies etc. in the public domain.  Behind academic Internet walls that not everybody can access, vast numbers of weighty tomes also exist on this very subject and are well worthy of note.

Thus it would be very interesting to read the detailed proposals and policy solutions that the Council of Europe has, or will arrive at, in order to address this issue – more so, how the Council of Europe policies and proposed solutions differ from the plethora of those already in existence within or without the public domain, within or without organisations such as the World Bank, the EU, the EBRD, the EIB etc – or whether as with the EU, it will be perceived more and more as a bureaucratic appendage divorced from the citizenry and incapable of correcting its own internal failings.

The problem has been long identified before Mr Jagland made his statement.  Some good, bad and indifferent solutions have been not only muted, but published – and yet the problem not only still exists, it seemly has not decreased but increased on a global scale.  It therefore remains to be seen just how effective the Council of Europe can or will be amongst its 47 nation membership and 800 million populous when it comes to effectively tackling corruption.

Is there any reason to believe it will be more effective than any other supra-structure?

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