Corruption

Discussion

Is corruption a problem in your city?

Are the local politicians on the take?

Is the civil service corrupt?

Are the relations between businessmen and politicians suspect?

Can you give details and examples for example:

In my state, the man who owns the largest timber mill is also the Minister for the Environment.

Describe the situation in your area.

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Vocabulary

Sentences

Corruption is rampant.
Corruption is rife.
Corruption is widespread.

Corruption is an ongoing problem.
Corruption is a continuing problem.

Civil servants require a bribe before they will do anything.

All the local politicians are on the take.

The relationship between businessmen and politicians is far too friendly.

Adjective

corrupt public officials
corrupt local politicians
corrupt regional politicians
corrupt national politicians

Verb

The local police have been corrupted.
The entire police force has been corrupted.

Idioms

All of the local politicians are on the take. (corrupt)

Questions

Here are some more questions:

What is the connection between corruption and poverty?

Does corruption cause poverty by robbing the people of good government and fair allocation of resources?

Are public officials corrupt because their salaries are too low?

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