Squash these corrupt mozzies or they’ll be the death of us

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Squash these corrupt mozzies or they’ll be the death of us

Once you cross the line it’s hard to come back. There is no more welcoming a club than a den of thieves

Mark Barnes

There can be no doubt that the state is a critical player in any economy. That is why it is important that it needs to be elected, not ordained. That is why we need limited terms and regular checkpoints.

If you see a street urchin scurrying out of the corner cafe, clutching a fistful of lollipops, that’s petty theft. That can be fixed. If, on the other hand, the supplier of the lollipops only gets to keep that contract if he siphons off some free lollipops to the shopkeeper’s cousins every month, that’s cafe capture.

At an individual level, corruption usually starts with something small, something apparently inconsequential, such as a whispered piece of inside information giving unfair advantage, or a little economic incentive here or there among friends...

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