One of the most moving descriptions of corruption I have ever read. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/opinion/no-roads-are-straight-here.html?pagewanted=all
Corruption is a topic that is often under-emphasised in GP. It is worth reading and thinking more about corruption because it is a problem that afflicts virtually every country in the world. There is no such thing as a country with zero corruption. Only a small handful of countries – among them Singapore, Sweden and New Zealand – enjoy a nearly corruption-free environment. If you were to live in a country with significant or severe corruption, virtually every aspect of your life would be affected by it: economic, social, environment, healthcare, education, law and order, security and more. Corruption robs billions of people around the world of their resources, their hopes and dreams, even their dignity every single day. It is one of the major contributing factors behind poverty. As long as corruption cannot be tamed, poverty can never be eradicated (this has great relevance to the 2009 A-level GP essay question “Is the elimination of global poverty a realistic aim?”) What causes corruption? Can it be eradicated, or at least well controlled? How did countries like Singapore succeed in preventing corruption when so many other countries have failed? These are all important questions to ponder, and sometimes it is better for a GP student to ponder and research these questions for herself rather than for a teacher to merely give her the answer.
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