lunes, 18 de junio de 2012

Inglaterra y las cometas

No, no las de papel, hasta hace poco, como en varios lugares, las comentas que pagaban para engrasar negocios era deducibles de impuestos, y bueno, business are business, pero el primer parrafo con la doble moral es imperdible,

Analysis We used to draw a distinct line between what was acceptable business conduct here at home and what we did abroad with Johnny Foreigner.

Inviting Bertie from your major customer to Henley or the Derby, or waving Cup Final and Olympic tickets in his face was entirely acceptable. Slipping him £500 for an order was bribery and both illegal and immoral.
But what you did abroad was an entirely different matter: bribery was until very recently tax deductible.
The Bribery Act has rather changed this. There's still considerable confusion as to whether, if Bertie is a public servant, you can actually take him on corporate away-days worth thousands. You can most certainly buy him a pint and have no problems, but as with so many new laws this has been written so loosely that many are still a little unsure of where the boundary lies.
Those people selling expensive corporate Olympics packages have complained that this very uncertainty has led to a large fall in demand. If a few thousand quid to take a favoured customer to the, say, men's 100 metres finals can be looked upon as a bribe then who is going to risk jail for that?
Given that we are in the opening stages of the season for corporate jollies it probably is worth having a discreet word with a lawyer who knows - just to be on the safe side.
This is of course very different from the system of old. Which was, essentially, that soft soaping someone with experiences and days out was just absolutely fine while any mention at all of cash was not just legally but also socially verboten.
At home, in Britain, that was. Having worked in some pretty odd and even rough places I've done my share of bribing people, but even so I would be profoundly shocked if I was asked for a bung in Blighty. But the system also most definitely facilitated the payment of bribes to Johnny Foreigner.

el resto?

ah, les traduzco el titulo del articulo, El acta de coimas hundira el comercio exterior

antes que lo digan, no, no me parece que sea bueno ni moral ni honesto la coima, solo trato de ilustrar la doble moral de nuestros paradigmas

1 comentario:

Rogelio dijo...

Incluí un link a este post AQUÍ, punto 2, "Doble Moral".