White-collar crime - Our record is still poor

Denis MacShane

The only way you can assess the value, integrity, or quality of a society is to compare it to another.

Comparisons can be made on many levels and across many societies, as the perfect one is as yet unrealised. One criteria that defines a society is how it deals with white-collar crime, a subject we have had ample opportunity to consider in recent years.

Yesterday, a former British Labour Party minister was sentenced to six months in jail for bogus expense claims amounting to just €15,600. Denis MacShane pleaded guilty to filing 19 fake receipts.

It discredits our justice system and political system, and undermines our sense of self-worth, that our record on confronting white-collar crime is so poor. It suggests a lack of seriousness and commitment on the issue.


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