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#1 Edited by mandude (2669 posts) -

@Patman99: I agree, but it doesn't necessarily make them all good guidelines. I was mostly joking when I said the index was irredeemable (which I mistakenly thought was pretty obvious), but as someone who has suffered through Irish politics for the past few years, I'm not going to be very quick to trust a list that claims the UK is only slightly less corrupt than Ireland. (Actually, considering that the UK includes Northern Ireland, it's beginning to make sense to me.)

#2 Edited by mandude (2669 posts) -

@Niall_Sg1 said:

@mandude said:

@Niall_Sg1 said:

The United States isn't among the worlds most corrupt governments.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corruption_Perceptions_Index

To be fair, he did say Western Democracies. Even so, by virtue of the fact that Ireland somehow places in the top 20, renders this silly index irredeemably flawed and therefore void.

To be fair if you think the Irish government is that corrupt I think your opinion is irredeemably flawed and therefore void and I think I'll believe the corruption index produced by Transparency international an NGO over the opinion of internet user 'mandude'. No offence intended, clearly.

What is the whole "no offence intended, clearly" thing about? I feel that you are being needlessly aggressive.

Besides, weren't all those scandals, past and present, uncovered in the tribunals they carried out? The last two taoisigh (prime ministers) resigned and were voted out respectively because of certain things pertaining to corruption. Even the government thinks the government is corrupt. It's hardly just the opinion of this lowly internet user.

Even so, it's not as though a high profile source automatically makes something infallible. Hell, the longest section in the article you posted is titled "Criticism".

#3 Posted by mandude (2669 posts) -

@IAmNotBatman said:

I like video-games.

Quite evidently, you're on the wrong website.

#4 Posted by mandude (2669 posts) -

@No0b0rAmA: My point was that the criticism was levelled at something the OP never said.

#5 Posted by mandude (2669 posts) -

@No0b0rAmA said:

@mandude: Western European Governments are Western Democracies.

It still has nothing to do with what I said?

#6 Posted by mandude (2669 posts) -

@No0b0rAmA said:

Look at the Western Democracies in Europe. They're worse than the United States.

Who mentioned Europe? I'm saying that Corruption in America will have a much higher percentile rank when the pool of comparison is limited to Western Democracies (as the OP said), rather than The World (which was the criticism levelled at OP). I also said that the index is bollocks, which is fairly important to consider here.

#7 Posted by mandude (2669 posts) -

@Niall_Sg1 said:

The United States isn't among the worlds most corrupt governments.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corruption_Perceptions_Index

To be fair, he did say Western Democracies. Even so, by virtue of the fact that Ireland somehow places in the top 20, renders this silly index irredeemably flawed and therefore void.

#8 Posted by mandude (2669 posts) -

Even though I don't vote, I probably wouldn't sell it.

But for you, Contrarian, I'd be willing to make an exception, if you made me a cup of tea or something.

#9 Edited by mandude (2669 posts) -

Can one be too many?

#10 Posted by mandude (2669 posts) -

I don't now, and can't imagine I ever will.