It is indeed everywhere Thus. I remember working as a delivery driver for an Indian restaurant a number of years ago, in a conversation with the staff one quiet Tuesday evening, I happened to say Ireland was fairly corrupt, to a man they fell around laughing explaining after the laughter had subsided that Irish people didn't know the meaning of corruption, they explained some of the carry on in India, eye opening stuff indeed.Marseilles has a terrible reputation for political corruption. It seems to be the norm down there, a prime example is was the acquisition of Olympique Marseilles by Bernard Tapie.
But if you're caught up to no good, the consequences could be devastating. In Ireland, many politicians employ family members in assistant / secretarial positions ( whether they actually work is another question).
In France, Francois Fillon who was a favorite to become President of France until the scandal broke of him employing his wife for years in a fictitious position, herself earning upwards of 500k it's believed.
After the election in which he saw a 50% drop in support, he was tried and conviction of 5 years in prison (3 suspended I think) and order to repay 375k back to the French state.
Now he paid the monies in full, but will not do time. He's protected by some law which forbids ex-Presidents or candidates to be incarcerated (unless a capitol offence). A law which Francois Holland was trying to reverse, because he wanted to bang up Sarkozy for mis-appropriation of election funds and Jacques Chirac for what I believe is fraudulently awarding certain public sector contracts to his mates.
I'm not sure what Macron's position on this law is.
But cute hoorism is in fact everywhere, but in Ireland cute hoorisim has replaced the term entrepreneurial, it's worn as a badge of honor and it's more out there and in your face.
Who do you reckon you'd take out Mowl, Brid Smith?
There is huge corruption in many of the ex Soviet states , apparently.
These caricatures of Irish people are now almost a thing of the past thankfully, as is the perception of Anglo Saxon/Protestant good governance thanks to the shysters in the DUP.It seems that linking the Irish to corruption in the US goes back a long way. One method the N,ativists used in the 19th century was to paint Tammany Hall as a corrupt cesspit of Catholic Irish misconduct and misgovernance, detrimental to the Anglo Saxon way of life and concepts of good governance. In US media for the longest time, Police departments and Democrat politicians based in the Northeastern US were painted as a shower of corrupt Hibernian shysters up to no good. Al Smith would suffer an electoral defeat due to the mindset and JFK just about narrowly escaped it's wrath.
The caricature of the Irish stage eejit is still there, though more subtle these days. While 50 or a 100 years ago you'd have blatantly open representations of the Irish as a bunch of foolish and violent drunks, you still get signs of it here and there.
In fairness that's an issue over there anywhere North of Watford!While we have a massive population of cute hoors in the south, I can't help but think of how the loyalist Nordies are viewed by the actual English themselves.
It must grate more than a bit having these pandering fuck-wits demand their Britishness to be recognised even though nobody with even the most basic use of the English language understands a single word they're saying.
'Da hool Norn Iron sit-yee-yay-shun is in dire streets..'
The cruel rulers of the Levant and Turkey used to retire their predecessor Sultans, Viziers and nabobs by having them strangled with bow-strings. Less sniping from the back-benches with begrudgers in the Levantine Dails no doubt.
Bit of a straightforward Change Management Programme.