Welcome to Corruption UK.
This site is for you. It is crowdfunded and crowdsourced. The stories and research come from you.
Mafia expert Roberto Saviano has stated that Britain is the most corrupt country in the world. We agree. But why? Its press is also the least trusted in the whole of Europe. It is having a disastrous affect on democracy in the UK.
So, how is fraud and corruption exposed? Rarely. You may spend weeks, or months telling your story to an enthusiastic and sympathetic journalist, only for the story never to be published because someone higher up doesn’t want to upset their corporate advertisers, or the government. We will publish these stories, provided they are evidenced. Barristers are terrified of the word ‘fraud’ because it could affect their career. We are not.
We will also post regular links to other stories about corruption in the UK. Your stories will be posted as exclusives.
But this site is for you, to tell your story, your way. We don’t investigate, you do and we fact-check. We will help you if necessary. We will not host advertising or accept corporate sponsorship. All stories are published in good faith. If we make an error we will correct the error in the same format that it was made, and issue an apology.
What Corruption UK is:
- A site for people to expose corruption and fraud in everyday life, including in government or corporate business.
- A site that will let you speak. We will not censor your content. However, all content must be accompanied by verifiable evidence. We may lightly edit your content, or help you compose it, but it is your site.
- We will blog regularly, and post on Twitter about important, current corruption stories and link to their source for further reading, but the site is mainly dedicated to citizen journalists to publish exclusive stories that no one else dare to publish.
- It is funded entirely by you through donations, either as a one off, or a monthly payment. All finances will be revealed. The site will be totally transparent.
- We will include media such as film, short documentaries and interviews.
- We take full legal responsiblity for what is published, we therefore have final say, and there will be no appeal process for that decision. Where practical we will always give a reason why a story will not be published.
What Corruption UK is not:
- It is not a site for conspiracy theories. All stories will be backed up by evidence.
- It is not a site to let off steam. We are all angry at the state of corruption in the UK. This is the place to record it. It is not a campaigning site. We do not do petitions or organise demonstrations etc.
- It is not a site for vendettas or settling scores, or to maliciously target a person or organisation.
- It is not aligned to any political viewpoint, in as much that it will not support any particular political party. There may seem to be a bias in the volume of stories connected to certain political parties, but that will simply reflect where the corruption is.
- It will not be able to cover historic corruption. There are limits! It will concentrate mainly on current, ongoing corruption.
- It is not for personal disputes. If you have a dispute with your bank, disagree with their behaviour and think they’re corrupt, this is not the place for you. However, if that bank’s corruption affects many people, your story must, and will be told on here.
- It is NOT an investigative site, we are not investigative journalists. At present we do not have the resources to investigate stories, but that may change. All stories submitted to us must be fully evidenced, or they won’t be published. If the story is important but there is insufficient evidence, we may still publish the story without naming names. It is likely that investigative journalists will want to investigate stories further, so it is good to get them out there.
- In the Loan Charge scandal we are not aware of any corruption, although it is of course a very unpopular government policy. Please only contact us about the Loan Charge if you are aware of corruption.
What corruption is:
- dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery.
- We would add to that nepotism – the practice among those with power or influence of favouring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs.
- the process by which a word or expression is changed from its original state to one regarded as erroneous or debased
What corruption is not:
- Political policies you don’t like (necessarily)
- Court judgments you don’t like. If a case goes against you it doesn’t mean the judge is corrupt. Although s/he might be.
- Antisemitism or any other hate crime.
- Freemasonry (per se – there may well be corrupt masons)