Can we get to grips with this world problem?

Todmorden born author Laurence Cockcroft
Todmorden born author Laurence Cockcroft

A gorgeously sunny afternoon in Todmorden (now how often can you say that?) didn’t deter U3A members from providing a full house at Roomfield Baptist Church for Laurence Cockcroft’s talk to the World Affairs group.

Laurence, a Todmordian by birth, confessed he’d never spoken before in his home town about the topic that dominates his work and thinking: global corruption.

Laurence is co-founder of Transparency International, which in 20 years has spread to work in a hundred countries.

Each national group investigates its own problems, from rulers who make personal fortunes, to the petty bribery that besets daily life in some countries, to the corporate jiggery-pokery that afflicts countries like ours – as evidenced by the enormous fines our banks have paid in recent years to British and American regulators.

Laurence’s talk held us rapt, and he answered a raft of interesting questions from the floor: there’s more detail on the U3A website

Or you can read his book ‘Global Corruption’, which rigorously explores how, even though concern about corruption has increased, the spread of this ‘misuse of entrusted power for personal gain’ has yet to be staunched.