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Is there any difference between Irish politicians that place their country in debt to pay and hand it to their masters and politicians in poor African countries doing the same? Should not Ireland then be classed among the most corrupt countries in the world?

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Nov 18th, 2010 at 08:51:18 AM EST
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Ireland has been shown to be as corrupt as Iceland, both quantitatively and qualitatively...

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 18th, 2010 at 09:05:03 AM EST
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They have higher  per capita income flows to play with, and so can spread the wealth around more widely among the political class?

Just guessing, mind.

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by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Fri Nov 19th, 2010 at 01:47:58 AM EST
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The Irish state still pays its civil servants enough that they don't have to resort to more or less veiled extortion of their clients just to make ends meet.

So no, Ireland is not one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Yet. But not for lack of trying.

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Fri Nov 19th, 2010 at 05:12:07 AM EST
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