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        Tuesday, May 23, 2006
        This is to Gordon Brown
        According to the Financial Times, you are going to demand that "developing countries and the companies that do business there should disclose the amount of money paid in taxes to government coffers to help curb corruption."

        Atta, boy!

        From the onset I am going to forward my own demands for your demand (in case you are a blog junkie and end up at my blogsite)

        1. I want this demand to be followed up with some serious action after the meeting.
        2. I really don’t want to see the following words in any documents dealing with the transparency demand
        - not legally binding
        - voluntary
        - non-mandatory
        - exceptions
        - by the year 20XX

        3. I want to see a list of consequences for those who cannot meet the demand.
        4. I want corruption and transparency to be defined by Transparency International, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, will add as I think of others.
        5. I want to see a binding document that will help Transparency International reclaim stolen money from Africa safely deposited western banks.
        6. Extended and unjustified trips, family members tagging along on business trips, any expense under a vague item such as miscellaneous and gratuity should be punishable by law.

        Thank you Mr. Brown, come back and read more of my future demands.
        posted by Fikirte @ 7:33 AM   Digg!
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          At 4:27 PM, Anonymous vry said…

          This is the Mr Brown who is proud of colonialism.
          Everything he does and says is for his home audience.

           
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