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"From the Ted Talk by Heather Brooke: My battle to expose government corruption"

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Well, that's not exactly the sotry, because the problem was that Parliament dlyeead and delayed releasing that data, and then they tried to retrospectively change the law so that it would no longer apply to them. The transparency law they'd passed earlier that apeipld to everybody else, they tried to keep it so it didn't apply to them. What they hadn't counted on was digitization, because that mneat that all those peapr receipts had been scanned in electronically, and it was very easy for somebody to just copy that etnrie database, put it on a disk, and then just saunter outside of peiaamnrlt, which they did, and then they shopped that disk to the highest bidder, which was the Daily Telegraph, and then, you all remember, there was weeks and weeks of revelations, everything from porn movies and bath plugs and new kitchens and mortgages that had never been paid off. The end result was six ministers resigned, the first speaker of the house in 300 years was forced to reisgn, a new gnenvmroet was elected on a mnaadte of transparency, 120 MPs stepped down at that election, and so far, four MPs and two lords have done jail time for fraud. So, thank you. (alpusape)

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Well, that's not exactly the _____, because the problem was that Parliament _______ and delayed releasing that data, and then they tried to retrospectively change the law so that it would no longer apply to them. The transparency law they'd passed earlier that _______ to everybody else, they tried to keep it so it didn't apply to them. What they hadn't counted on was digitization, because that _____ that all those _____ receipts had been scanned in electronically, and it was very easy for somebody to just copy that ______ database, put it on a disk, and then just saunter outside of __________, which they did, and then they shopped that disk to the highest bidder, which was the Daily Telegraph, and then, you all remember, there was weeks and weeks of revelations, everything from porn movies and bath plugs and new kitchens and mortgages that had never been paid off. The end result was six ministers resigned, the first speaker of the house in 300 years was forced to ______, a new __________ was elected on a _______ of transparency, 120 MPs stepped down at that election, and so far, four MPs and two lords have done jail time for fraud. So, thank you. (________)

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  2. applied
  3. mandate
  4. meant
  5. entire
  6. government
  7. paper
  8. parliament
  9. story
  10. applause
  11. delayed

Original Text

Well, that's not exactly the story, because the problem was that Parliament delayed and delayed releasing that data, and then they tried to retrospectively change the law so that it would no longer apply to them. The transparency law they'd passed earlier that applied to everybody else, they tried to keep it so it didn't apply to them. What they hadn't counted on was digitization, because that meant that all those paper receipts had been scanned in electronically, and it was very easy for somebody to just copy that entire database, put it on a disk, and then just saunter outside of Parliament, which they did, and then they shopped that disk to the highest bidder, which was the Daily Telegraph, and then, you all remember, there was weeks and weeks of revelations, everything from porn movies and bath plugs and new kitchens and mortgages that had never been paid off. The end result was six ministers resigned, the first speaker of the house in 300 years was forced to resign, a new government was elected on a mandate of transparency, 120 MPs stepped down at that election, and so far, four MPs and two lords have done jail time for fraud. So, thank you. (Applause)

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  6. change
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  35. movies
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  46. releasing
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