.... this time from the Council of Europe, an organisation which was originally the idea of Winston Churchill. Its founding document is the Treaty of London signed in 1946 with the aim of upholding democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe post Second World War – what's not to like about that? PS the UK was one of the founding members.
The Council of Europe reported on the UK in 2018 asking for its anti-corruption laws to be strengthened. This new report however finds that just five out of 12 recommendations issued to the UK government in 2018 had been “dealt with satisfactorily”. The Government's standards watchdog is not independent – it can only take action if the Prime Minister approves. There is no effective control on the revolving door between ex-ministers and the private sector. Matt Hancock is excused despite him owning at least 20% of a company which was awarded an NHS contract
The UK got a rating of 42% compliance, its worst rating ever, compared with previous scores of between 75 and 100% compliance.
The report also picks up on the recent scandal of ex-PM David Cameron’s lobbying on behalf of Greensill Capital, where he could have benefited from millions in share profits had the company not gone bust.
Boris Johnson has shown scant regard for honesty and transparency with serious doubts surrounding how his Downing Street flat refurb and previously his luxury Caribbean holiday were paid for.
It certainly looks like the only people who do not see we have a serious problem with our democracy are those currently in power in this country.
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