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Corruption among members of Brazil's congress is “across the board”

Friday, December 11th 2015 - 07:54 UTC
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Corruption among members of Brazil's Congress is 'across the board', involves most parties and the whole system, and as such the recent beginning of impeachment proceedings against president Dilma Rousseff is no exception. Read full article

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  • Skip

    I'm starting to understand why Brasileiro supports a military coup.

    Dec 11th, 2015 - 08:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    With VERY FEW exceptions, Congress is made up of a bunch of corrupt morons. While they profess morality and condemn the practises of their “noble colleagues” (ironically, that's how they address each other while in session), most of them are being prosecuted (or have been condemned) for something or other...Indeed a circus.
    The punch-up which occurred yesterday is not the first time this has happened, and might be interesting to note, it is a fairly common occurrence in many Legislatures of small towns. It simply reflects the lack of education of those who are meant to represent the people....which are mostly, not much better.
    But one way to avoid getting punched or kicked by a 'noble colleague' because he disagrees with you, is to say , “Noble colleague, why don't you go and f*ck yourself ?”, in a polite, controlled tone of voice.....It's all about not sounding too aggressive, to avoid being accused of lack of (parliamentary) décor.

    @1 Skip
    The BRasshole doesn't REALLY support a military coup....he only prefers it to what he calls a 'right-wing take-over' by the PSDB and parts of the PT's current (but not for long) ally, the PMDB. But the military option might even become reality, depending on the outcome of the impeachment process and the social unrest that could result from it .... unfortunately with only one exception (FHC , from 1995 to 2002), the civilian governments have proved they are not ready for democracy.

    Dec 11th, 2015 - 02:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    I know that Jack. I'm just taking the piss.

    Messy democracy isn't so much the problem. All countries have it to a degree and it isn't always a hindrance to good governments.

    However corruption is. Brazil needs to tackle the ingrained sense of privilege that so many politicians have. Brazil really needs to remove the parliamentary immunity that politicians enjoy. A blanket immunity means they can hide from their crimes or even affect laws to reduce their crimes.

    Thankfully we have parliamentary privilege here. They are only protected from prosecution from things they say while in parliament. But should they commit a crime then they get arrested like any normal person. Attracts a different calibre of representative.

    Dec 11th, 2015 - 09:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @3 Skip,
    For Brazil to get back on track, without a doubt, a “different calibre of representative”, would make a positive difference, but to produce better politicians, one needs a relatively well-educated population. Changing the government system (from Presidential to Parliamentary), accompanied by a complete overhaul of the whole system, would also be necessary ; the problem with Brazil is that it inherited its culture from Portugal, and which, over the years has produced a highly uneven and unfair society, whereby if you know the right people, you can virtually get away with anything......to change all this, a new calibre of politician could do the trick, and would be the natural consequence of having an educated population - but to get an educated population you need better politicians…..bit of a ‘catch 22 ‘ situation…

    Dec 12th, 2015 - 09:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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