The taxpayer is picking up the tab for departing MPs Marian Hobbs, Margaret Wilson, Brian Connell, Katherine Rich and Peter Brown to fly to Europe first class to ... well, no one's quite sure what these not so Famous Five are flying there to do. "I don't know too much about the purpose," says Marian. "I think it's about MMP. I'm not sure." Ah, sweet Marian. All too aware she's getting a payoff for services rendered before she enters the well-deserved oblivion that retirement from parliament will bring her and her fellow five.
Instead of decrying this trip however -- one that takes in the sights of Milan, Krakau, Prague and Budapest -- I'm going to support it. It would be a very small price to pay if more MPs would indulge in junkets like this instead of spending time around parliament dreaming up new means by which to get in our way and piss us off. If the other one-hundred and sixteen MPs would like to join the inFamous Five, it would be money well spent.