Sunday, May 16, 2010

Riding The Gravy Train

If you think public trust in British politicians couldn't get much lower, you could always try living in Ukraine. "When I worked as finance minister I sometimes told my ministers, 'Have a conscience. Steal five percent because there is no way you can track this money down, but please, don’t steal 50 percent. Show some conscience,'" Prime Minister Mykola Azarov told the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce in a speech last year. With perks like that, it's hardly surprising that politics remains such a popular career choice in Ukraine. Last week saw the launch of For Fairness and Prosperity - the country's one hundred and seventy ninth political party.

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