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Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) – Corruption

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A major theme of The Beggars Opera is the nature of criminal justice and the differential treatment between rich and poor. Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) offers a contemporary perspective on this issue, suggesting the time is ripe to redraw such an observation and examine the bias towards the rich and powerful in contemporary politics and the criminal justice system.

In particular, this might call to mind the MPs’ expenses scandal. How does the treatment of guilty MPs compare with the treatment of members of the public guilty of over-claiming benefits? Minimum wage jobs dont allow the luxury of a public resignation to private wealth. Or perhaps it might call to mind bankers bonuses. If bankers are heavily rewarded in a time of supposed economic decline, what is the reward incentivising?

Corruption in politics and corruption in business go hand in hand, sometimes they only have one pair. Most MPs are privately wealthy, and have stakes in the business sector. The interests of what should be separate sectors overlap, causing us to question whether the government has our best interests at heart.

Finally globalisation has changed the nature of corruption. Corporations are too big and powerful to be properly subjected to law and morality. Exploitation is outsourced and out of mind in lesser economically developed nations. The greater the power of an organisation, the proportionally less powerful the individual is against them.

– Mike Shepherd, 2014.

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