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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Perception of corruption low in New Zealand

Idiot thinks a new survey shows New Zealand as one of the 'cleanest countries in the world'.

Let's be clear - this compilation of surveys lumps petty bribes charged by border officials in Indonesia with taxpayer money stolen by, say, a succession of ACC managers in New Zealand:
The CPI [Corruption Perceptions Index] focuses on corruption in the public sector and defines corruption as the abuse of public office for private gain. The surveys used in compiling the CPI ask questions that relate to the misuse of public power for private benefit, with a focus, for example, on bribe-taking by public officials in public procurement. The sources do not distinguish between administrative and political corruption or between petty and grand corruption.
And the survey does not use any empirical data at all:
It is difficult to assess the levels of corruption in different countries based on hard empirical data, e.g. by comparing the number of prosecutions or court cases. Such cross-country data does not reflect actual levels of corruption; rather it highlights the quality of prosecutors, courts and/or the media in exposing corruption. The only method of compiling comparative data is therefore to draw on the experience and perceptions of those who are most directly confronted with the realities of corruption in a country.
I wonder if Idiot considers this corruption, or at least a sign of corruption: the largest financial supporter of the Labour Party received special treatment from the Chinese Communist Party around the time of the initial free-trade negotiations.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 10/19/2005 02:40:00 PM


Blogger darren said...

Isn't it corruption that a Prime Minister can we whisked through the canterbury countryside and get away with it while the police staffers involved get charged.
Isn't it corruption that a Prime Minister tells lies to a Sunday newspaper to get rid of her police commissioner and replace him with a more compliant one.
Isn't it corruption that a prime minister signs a picture in her name but she hasn't painted it.
Isn't it corruption that an associate minister pays illegal immigrants a pittance in exchange for work visas.
Yes, AL, Clark's China connection - "Chinagate" - is corruption. But par for the course with the PM and her government.

10/19/2005 03:09:00 PM  
Anonymous spam said...

I think your headline says it all - "Perception".

Add to Darren's list the likes of the drivers licence scams for immigrants. And was the case of the visa's being issued in the Bangkok embassy corruption or just plain incompetence?

10/19/2005 03:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The biggest corruption was the securites fraud commited by Mrs Peter Davis just prior to the Air NZ purchase (NOTE: Not bailout, rescue etc - it was a purchase!).

In many countries that would have landed the perpetrator in jail!

Also, on reflection it is nice to know we live in a country that can't afford an air force but can afford to purchase a commercial airline.


10/19/2005 03:38:00 PM  
Blogger Jesus Crux said...

is it corruption if the exclusive bretheren fund money for an advertising campaign against the lefties
is it corruption if don brash has e-mails from the Business Roundtable

oh dear!

10/19/2005 07:33:00 PM  

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