I was sharing a beer with a Papua New Guinean politician not long ago when I casually asked what proportion of PNG members of parliament he reckoned were either corrupt or silent fellow travellers of corruption.
He sat quietly for a while, counting on his fingers. It soon became clear he was tallying up the good guys.
“About 90% – the bad ones or the ones who know a lot and say nothing,” the MP said.
At this time, 15 members of the 111 member national parliament are under investigation for corruption and other ‘white collar’ crimes.
That’s about 13%. But it doesn’t count the ones who say nothing.