Sanctions are a key component of any ethics program. In a corporate setting, unless rule-breakers are made an example of, codes of conduct quickly become ineffectual. Sanctions aren't the only area where the government differs from most other organizations in its attitude to ethics. The government has not gone as far as it can to address the transparency problems that are so obviously at the heart of this matter. There has been no change to the principle of how expenses must be proved. Reputations are much harder to rebuild than to destroy. The only way that British MPs and their EU counterparts can even start to regain public trust is to offer a clear view of their affairs.
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