With growing interest in European political circles in the Marek Kmetko story we publish here, with his permission, an article by Dr Denis MacShane, Britain’s former Europe Minister, about corruption in Polish local political, judicial and tax collection circles. It is a review of a book published in the British political and cultural journal, Tribune. The book is an account of the the struggle by a New Zealand citizen to build, open and run a hotel lodge in north Eastern Poland. The New Zealander, Mr John Borrell, met and married a Polish woman in the 1980s when working as a foreign correspondent for Time, the US weekly. He gave up his life as a journalist to build a life in Poland but soon found he faced many obstacles from local Polish politicians, tax police, judges, journalists and others who sought to destroy him. The parallels with the Marek Kmetko story are remarkable. Mr Borrell’s book, The White Lake, is published by the important London publisher Quartet Books. It can be easily ordered from www.amazon.co.uk. It will be translated and published in Polish later this year. Below is Dr MacShane’s review article. Please note it was written for a British political magazine so has references to UK politics in it.