Cameron must be questioned by Parliament sleaze watchdog, Corbyn says
Everyone involved in public life should be made to publish their tax return, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has suggested - as he called for David Cameron to be questioned by Parliament’s sleaze watchdog. In his first major intervention in the Panama tax row, Mr Corbyn said the Prime Ministe…
Worthless currency is not necessarily useless. It can be a pointed way of shaming someone who asks for a bribe. That is the thinking behind zero-rupee notes, an Indian anti-corruption gimmick now attracting worldwide interest. They look roughly like 50-rupee ($0.80) notes; people are encouraged to hand them to corrupt officials, signalling resistance to sleaze http://econ.st/18UiauR
THAT a company can conceal who really owns it is a longstanding privilege in many countries. This is not just convenient for the shareholders. It makes money for the authorities that register such firms and for the lawyers who handle the details.
But it incenses crimefighters and sleazebusters. A World Bank report last year, “The Puppet Masters”, investigated 150 big corruption cases. Almost all involved the misuse of corporate vehicles, such as companies and trusts, to the tune of $50 billion. The Obama Administration’s action plan for open government calls for “meaningful” information about beneficial ownership to be recorded at the time of incorporation. Britain’s Financial Services Authority says concealed ownership is a big feature of money-laundering.
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Inside Europe | 27.03.2010 | 07:05
Another sleaze scandal hits Britain
Former Defense Minister Geoff Hoon, Stephen Byers and Patricia Hewitt were caught on film during a meeting with a reporter who was posing as a lobbyist. All three appeared ready to influence government policy or provide other lobby work in exchange for cash. Byers, the former transport secretary, even described himself as a cab for hire for up to 5,000 pounds a day. The incident constitutes a severe setback for Gordon Brown's Labour Party and comes just ahead of the general election in May. Neil King asked Phil Webster, the election editor of The Times newspaper, just how damaging this fresh scandal might prove to Labour's campaign and UK politics in general.sleaze (slēz) n.
Pronunciation: /sliːz/Translate sleaze | into French | into German | into Italian
noun[mass noun] British
verb[no object, with adverbial] informal
Origin:1960s: back-formation from sleazy
A sleazy condition, quality, or appearance: "His record of public service is untouched by any stain of shadiness or sleaze" (James J. Kilpatrick).
Meaning #1: tastelessness by virtue of being cheap and vulgar
Synonyms: cheapness, tackiness, tat
[Back-formation from SLEAZY.]
a sleaze factor
adj., -zi·er, -zi·est.
- Shabby, dirty, and vulgar; tawdry: "sleazy storefronts with torn industrial carpeting and dirt on the walls" (Seattle Weekly).
- Dishonest or corrupt; disreputable: Some sleazy characters hang around casinos.
- Made of low-quality materials; cheap or shoddy.
- Thin and loosely woven; flimsy: The coat has a sleazy lining.
[Origin unknown.]sleazily slea'zi·ly adv.
sleaziness slea'zi·ness n.