10 September 2010

A tale of two different countries

Politics - Business - Spys - Money and High Profile Chracters are always good ingredients for a good story.
This week we read of an interesting story of high profile aquisations in Ukraine from former Prime Minister - Yulia Tymoshenko concerning RosUkrenergo and the sum involved is alleged to be approx USD 5 BILLION.

See: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/81809/

Now lets look at the United Kingdom.
Conservative MP Jonathan Djanogly called in a firm of private investigators to find out who was behind an attempt to discredit him after an investigation by the Daily Telegragh newspaper.
The Daily Telegraph became aware of Mr Djanogly’s unusual allowance claims in May last year during the long-running investigation into MPs' expenses . As well as claiming £5,000 for automatic gates to be installed across the drive of his large constituency home in Cambridgeshire, the millionaire MP claimed £13,962 for cleaning and £12,951 for gardening. Invoices showed that Mr Djanogly, 45, had paid his cleaner up to £640 per month.

See: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/7993233/Irritation-that-led-Tory-MP-Jonathan-Djanogly-to-call-in-detectives.html

I cannot help but think that if the second story was in Ukraine, it would never have become a story.

The major difference between our two countries is that in the UK the media are not afraid to investigate. In Ukraine investigative journalism is in its infancy still.

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