Africans are the most corrupt peoples on Earth, claim Oxfam and the African Development Bank. Anton du Plessis, writing in the Guardian, also claims the global corporates are complicit in helping cream-off revenue, up to 65% of transactions, to bent politicians and officials. Some £14bn a year disappears into corrupt offshore bank accounts.
This results both in a surge of poor African migrants scrabbling at our door, desperate for a share of our wealth, and feeds anti-Western terrorism. Both outcomes cost us a vast amount of time and money to counter - tax that could be spent on the NHS, or reducing VAT. And because African corruption affects us all in this negative way, argues du Plessis, it violates our Human Rights.
So next time you see an African dictator with a watermelon grin and belly fat as butter, his wives with Cartier handbags and Hermes bling bought with stolen aid and wealth, the bugger is directly violating you. And should be dragged screaming and kicking into an international tribunal, says du Plessis.
Well, I'm a little surprised to find such sound common sense in the Grauniad, but good-oh.