Tuesday 24 October 2017

African despots? Our 'rulers' are greedy too

JOHN O'Shea is worried about the opulent lifestyles of Africa's rulers (Letters, July 5). While not in any way condoning the behaviour he describes, I couldn't help noticing the irony of his words, as they could equally apply to the excesses of the "rulers" of Ireland.

While there is not much we can do about the behaviour of foreign despots, there should be a lot we could do about bringing our own "rulers" down to earth.

Let's have a reality check right now, starting at the top. No more expenses. No more free phones. No more state cars. No more government jets. No more per diem pay for turning up for work, work which we already pay them handsomely to do.

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