Now we simply waive the rules.
The dripping roast (a.k.a. the taxpayer) that has served our MP's so well through the years by way of sundry expenses will continue to drip for a long time yet.
The new Parliamentary regulator said he was planning to water down the proposed reforms.
But it's not all bad.
Allowing MP's to continue to speculate on first homes, second homes, duck houses and bell towers might just help to kick start the property market.