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Robert Barrington

Robert is TI-UK's Executive Director. You can view his full bio here, and tweet him @TIukED.

Thursday, 25 January 2018 01:52

What does the UK’s Anti-Corruption Champion do?

The UK has had an Anti-Corruption Champion since 2004.  There have been seven: Hilary Benn, John Hutton, Jack Straw, Ken Clarke, Matt Hancock, Sir Eric Pickles and – appointed in December 2017 – John Penrose.  The brief started off as attached to a Cabinet Minister;  moved to someone who attended Cabinet, and thence to a

Monday, 22 January 2018 02:39

Do we still need auditors?

Robert Barrington. Executive Director of Transparency International UK,  was invited as a non-accountant to make provocative remarks to a group of auditors on the nature of fairness and audit.  The location was the Audit Quality Forum, in the Mansion House on November 28th 2017.  A video of the full debate is available here. As an anti-corruption

In the slow car crash of the corruption saga involving South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family, yet another British company has been accused of complicity. In this case, it is London law firm Hogan Lovells, accused by Lord Hain of producing an ‘incomplete, fatally flawed whitewash of a report’ into corruption at

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) recently announced the results of its enquiry into funds lost due to fraud and corruption during the 2014-16 Ebola crisis in West Africa. From a total budget for these activities of $100mil USD, approximately $5mil USD went astray. Transparency International’s Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Programme

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 03:44

Corruption and the Commonwealth Summit

Next year, the UK will host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), re-branded as the Commonwealth Summit.  So what? With the UK Government looking around the world for new trading relationships post-Brexit,  its attention naturally turns to those countries with which there should be obvious synergies: a broadly common legal system, language, and state institutions. 

As some of the UK’s Overseas Territories face up to the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma, is it right that conditions should be placed on aid? In a humanitarian crisis, immediate aid for the victims must be the first priority.  That should certainly be the case, without conditions, for the UK’s Overseas Territories affected by

Like most investigations into corruption, the independent reports into the Bell Pottinger case have lifted the lid on the dark underside of a company and industry that like to present themselves as highly respectable and making a valuable contribution to the UK’s economy. Let me start with a caveat to what follows.  Many communications professionals are

Tuesday, 04 July 2017 01:23

Corruption and Grenfell Tower

There has been much talk of corruption in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.  Could corruption have played a part in the alleged catalogue of errors and shortcuts that led to so many lives being lost? 

Surveys show that the British public believe our politics and politicians to be corrupt. But politicians don’t believe it, and all too often act in ways that seem to feather their own nests while ignoring the public interest.

This week, the OECD held its annual Integrity Forum – where a collection of experts from governments, inter-governmental organisations, business and civil society gather to discuss corruption. Robert Barrington discusses some of the key themes from this year’s meeting.

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