Corruption claims: Roberto Saviano said Britain was the world's most corrupt country at the Hay Literary Festival [Image: Getty Images/David Levenson].

Corruption claims: Roberto Saviano said Britain was the world’s most corrupt country at the Hay Literary Festival [Image: Getty Images/David Levenson].


The Conservatives have been preserving the laws that make such corruption possible, you see.

According to Mr Saviano, this corruption is in the financial system that allows the rich, including criminals, to bank their money offshore.

He said the UK allows it now, and leaving the EU would leave the country even more at risk of being used by organised crime.

Is this why George Osborne started using ‘black economy’ trades such as drugs and sex work in his economic indicators?

Britain has been described as the most corrupt country in the world, according to a journalist and expert on the Italian Mafia.

Roberto Saviano, who wrote best-selling exposés Gomorrah and ZeroZeroZero, made the claim at the Hay Literary Festival.

Mr Saviano told the audience at Hay-on-Wye: “If I asked you what is the most corrupt place on Earth you might tell me well it’s Afghanistan, maybe Greece, Nigeria, the South of Italy and I will tell you it’s the UK.

“It’s not the bureaucracy, it’s not the police, it’s not the politics but what is corrupt is the financial capital. 90 per cent of the owners of capital in London have their headquarters offshore.

“Jersey and the Caymans are the access gates to criminal capital in Europe and the UK is the country that allows it.

“That is why it is important why it is so crucial for me to be here today and to talk to you because I want to tell you, this is about you, this is about your life, this is about your government.”

Mr Saviano also weighed in on the EU referendum debate, warning a vote to leave the union would see Britain even more exposed to organised crime.

Source: Britain is ‘world’s most corrupt country’, says Italian mafia expert | UK | News | London Evening Standard

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