Thursday, December 11, 2008

What holds Guatemala back: 1 - Carelessness

A new occasional series, and one which comes in no particular order. (Nor is for that matter, necessarily complete!)

No country which loses stuff so easily - public money, automatic weapons...World Cup fixtures, can really aspire to favourable comparisons with some of the world's plucky, high-achieving smaller nations such as Ireland and Finland.

For example, yeserday Guatemala’s director of the National Civilian Police force (PNC), Marlene Blanco Lapola, informed Congress that more than 2,000 automatic weapons have disappeared from her inventory, including AK-47 assault rifles and Israeli-made Uzi machine guns. Oops.

This is however the same Congress which earlier this year lost a substantial part of its annual budget because someone thought it would be a good idea to invest it in an offshore 'growth' fund.

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