'Tough new rules' are just meaningless guidelines

According to a report in today’s Irish Independent:

The days of first-class flights and extravagant stays in five-star hotels are over for globetrotting ministers and senior public servants.

The article goes on:

Under tough new rules, they will instead have to avoid using business and first-class flights and will have to stay in modest hotels instead of running up massive bills at taxpayers’ expense in some of the most salubrious establishments and enjoying champagne travel.

Taxpayers should not, however, get over excited by this alleged reform. The so called new ‘tough rules’ are nothing more than guidelines and corruption fatigued citizens will be only too well aware that politicians, who regularly break the law with impunity, will have no scruples about trampling over some meaningless guidelines.