Most Prime Ministers would want to run a clean, more honest administration with no corruption.
But when someone whispers in their ear:
“I’m prepared to give 25 million pounds to help provide clean water for thousands of people in Africa.
In return I want to be knighted in the New Year honours list.”
The dilemma is:
Can it be so wrong to sell a knighthood when the reward would do so much good?
What to do?
There’s two views on this dilemma:
The reward should benefit many people.
Then the PM should take the bribe.
Due process and the rule of law would stop the PM from taking the bribe.
If the PM refuses he will be accused of being more interested in keeping himself pure then helping thousands of people.
His desire to be moral is actually immoral!
If he took the bribe what other corruptions would follow?
Would he lie to the people and by doing so he can win their support for a war they would otherwise oppose?
If net consequences for bribes are all that matter to politicians how can they stay not corrupt?
Or was it impossible to begin with?