It's okay folks. The
Bribery Nothing-wrong-with-the-odd-backhander Act 2010 will limp into effect on 1 July, rather than convert Twickenham rugby stadium into, say, a new experiment in social housing, as feared.
The Ministry of Justice has even produced a helpful guide to Bribery, featuring lots of placatory language and easy talk of "prosecutorial discretion".
They may as well have stood in Parliament Square with a bullhorn shouting: "Get out there and sell UK plc, damn it. We need the spondoolies."
Image from Ministry of Justice web site - no joke.
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