Blog: Corruption and scams
Dave Leggett | 23 March 2006
The more things change the more they stay the same, as the old maxim has it. Tales of corruption and scams in business around the world abound. It’s a side of human nature that is pretty unpalatable and I guess it will always be with us.
Two sides of the same coin. On the one hand, there are decent people wherever you look who are principled and try to make the world a better place, care about more than just themselves.
Take that group in Iraq who were recently kidnapped, one murdered and three released by their kidnappers today.
A part of me said, are they completely insane, going there with their pious sounding notions of making some kind of difference armed only with their religious convictions and a faith in humanity? But another part said, well, fair play to them, they are trying to do some good, appear to have understood the risks and maybe they can actually make some sort of impact in a mad place where violence and conflict appears endemic. They put themselves, knowingly, in harm's way. And I think they have made an impact through the international media coverage, at least.
But getting back to the other side of the coin and the unprincipled people of the world, there’s a story that has come out of Vietnam that is all too typical (below link). So often, it seems that greed takes over in these situations and people don't know when to stop.
Looks like a Mr Dung is going down and his political boss isn't holding back in pointing the finger as he tries to wriggle off the hook. I just about resisted the temptation to go for a headline reading ‘Dung down the pan’ or ‘Dung hits the fan in ‘Nam’.
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