It really is World Toilet day, which means surely it will be a flushing success? Anyhow, the business of toilets is one that comes to mind when we think of politicians. The best political scandal I have seen of late is in Brazil. Brazil, as a any passing reading of an article will tell you, is at the endemic end of political corruption. Something indeed that all the 'BRIC' countries seem to be world leading experts in.
Of particular note is this Mensalao scandal that afflicted the Brazilian Labour party. Though taking place in 2005 the fast movement of Brazilian courts has meant that the trails are stil on-going and indeed have made the news again this weekend as one of the defendants has managed to abscond to Italy to receive a 'fair' trail.
(Italy, that well known home of politically-independent judges and lack of graft....hmm, I guess with only an Italian passport he had no other option!)
The core of the scandal was a nice little merry-go round of public money which ended up in the hands of Left-leaning Brazilian MP's. An advertising company was used as a front and the plan was all the MP's would get a nice £12,000 a month in return for voting with there, er, party and also with the, err, Government of the Left that was in power and led by Lula Da Silva (who is not implicated as this was a party issue in a Presidential system).
So what am I telling you all of this? Well Mr Guido Fawkes has had a rather good run of late exposing our own MP's humble efforts to fill their coffers and that of their party. The expenses claimed for offices rented from Unions is a prime example. The who Grangemouth incident where the plant was nearly closed on the back of Unite Union causing a fight over their rep who was allegedly trying to fix a Parliamentary seat up in Scotland for their candidate. Indeed, Unite having a whole slew of MP's whom it funds directly and even calls Unite MP's.
In Brazil finally, the perpetrators are in court and each getting 10 years each. All complaining of the political motivations, which will be inevitable in any political scandal that mud will be flung at the other side no matter what the truth is. However, our own World Toilet Day Hero, a certain Len McCluskey, remains a free man his union-funding of the Labour party is of course 100% legal.