Thursday, 1 October 2009
Robert Peston's article today is about the potential for BAE to be prosecuted over alleged bribery.
The article itself is interesting but the reader comments are what staggers me.
Page after page of comments passionately defend the corruption. "It's just the way things are done"..."do you really think the French and Germans don't do this?"..."it's not as if they were bribing British officials, but foreign ones, which is how you do business in these places".
You need to get through 23 comments defending BAE before finding a single one condemning illegal and immoral actions that hurt millions of desperately poor third world citizens (well done to DrDelbert, PorterRockwell and a few others for having a bit of integrity).
I am left wondering if this is really how the majority of Peston's readers feel...or is it, in fact, an organised campaign?