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Last night, 13 of the more cultured members of Transparency International UK staff (including me, naturally) went on a little excursion to see Richard Bean’s new play at the National Theatre, Great Britain. Fancy. But it wasn’t exactly non-work related – the production is a “grotesque satire” of the phone hacking scandal which exposed the illegal interception of phones by newspapers within the past decade.

Several incidents in the past week demonstrate the problems that UK politics has with lobbying, conflicts of interest and the revolving door. What will it take for the UK’s political class to reform?

This year, TI-UK launched its first infographic competition. The winners were announced at our event Global Corruption: A Russian Perspective last week. Check out their visualisations and the thinking behind them here. 

Why did the Jeremy Paxman and Russell Brand Newsnight interview go viral last week? Brand clearly struck a chord regarding the public mistrust and apathy about politics. But can Parliament turn this around, starting by demonstrating they are representing public – rather than personal – interests?

All governments face hard choices. Transparency International’s new ‘Anti-Corruption Scorecard’ suggests that this Government has some particularly important choices to make on its approach to corruption. But will the Coalition choose to address the red and amber warnings on their anti-corruption record or not?

It has been a year of ups and downs for combatting corruption in the UK. Scandals in several institutions showed that corruption is a much greater problem than recognised and highlighted the UK’s continued complacency to corruption’s insidious threat. However, there have been some successes in the fight against corruption this year, giving hope for continued progress in 2013. Here’s a rundown of some of the best and worst of 2012.

A Parliamentary Committee has recommended that the body which advises ministers on post-government business appointments be abolished

One year after Geoff Hoon spoke those now infamous words to undercover reporters, the former Defence Minister has taken a job with Augusta Westland. Hoon was in charge of the Ministry of Defence in 2005 when it awarded a helicopter contract to Westland worth one billion pounds.

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