The wires have been buzzing with tales of suitcases, and silly as they are I think I should blog about them. As I am currently in Glasgow, the first story concerns the celebrated Scottish/bangladeshi chef - Tommy Miah. It transpires that he is a good mate of Tareq Zia’s right hand man and one of bangladesh’s principal ‘godfathers’ - Mr Giasuddin Mamun. Now apparently Tommy visits Dhaka every month.  So do a lot of people including my goodself. Nothing amazing there.  However whilst I only ever have cabin luggage, Tommy regularly comes back with 5-6 packed suitcases. Garam masala, I suspect you are muttering? Not according to the Weekly Blitz. They reckon green stuff. And I don’t mean saag or other exotic vegetables for his Edinburgh restaurant.  They reckon these cases were stashed with foreign currency notes supplied by the slippery Mamun.

The next story also in the Weekly Blitz concerns the mystery of 453 missing suitcases. Our ex-PM, Khaleda Zia, went to do Umrah ( a cut down version of hajj) and she and her small entourage travelled to Saudi Arabia with 480 suitcases and trunks. Upon her return, KZ et al.  only had 27 cases with them. Talk about missing luggage! Except, according to the gutter Weekly Blitz, these weren’t missing at all. These were probably used to carry the green stuff to Saudi and then deposited in banks there.

The final story concerns the bangladeshi New York cabbie, Osman Chowdhury, who found a case of diamonds in his boot, and then made strenuous efforts to return them to the owner. His behaviour was exemplary and professional. And he fully deserves the praise being heaped upon him. His behaviour was however entirely rational. CCTV, taxi-fare logging and other tecchie related developments pretty much ensure that it would have been foolish of him to do a runner with the case of jewels. So game theoretically it was the correct thing to do. Emotional bangladeshi bloggers have taken his behaviour to the next level and started comparing it to the self-seeking behaviour of bangladeshi politicians at home. To these bloggers, corruption is all about individual pathology. Correct yourself and all will be ok. Honest individuals is what it is about.  In their naivete they fail to look at the structural causes of corruption in Bangladesh and indeed throughout low income countries, and the politics that develops as a result. Not to mention the assurance problem which affected the cabbie but would not have affected corrupt behaviour in Bangladesh. And this is of course dangerous. Because these bloggers would be the first to welcome the current goings on in Bangladesh and believe that corruption is being sorted out. Without a doubt some positive changes might be enacted, but to think that governmental fiat  is all that is required along with a few thousand arrests…well dream on.