It needs to be made clear at the start that you are not paying for a bunch of MPs to travel to England to participate in the Parliamentary Rugby World Cup (PRWC) or, as those taking part know it: ‘I Can’t Believe We’re Getting Away With This’.
At least you’re not paying for their fares and accommodation.
You are paying their wages while they are away for nearly two weeks. And some corporate sponsors are also chipping in selflessly with no thought of any return.
The PRWC or ICBWGAWT has a venerable tradition stretching all the way back to 1995 – when someone decided that flying MPs to the location of the real Rugby World Cup at coincidentally the time of the real Rugby World Cup – was just what the world needed.
But this year’s team are only away in a physical sense.
Because Parliament needs a certain number of members to ‘function’ the absentees will be deemed to be present even though they are rolling around in English mud – in the pub carpark after the game.Not for the first time, some sad old men will represent our country in an area where they are completely out of their depth.
But at least at the UN Security Council Murray McCully couldn’t do a lot of real damage – because if there’s one thing the UN is good at – it’s not making a difference.
McCully was a member of that original 1995 ICBWGAWT known – its name being modelled on the Invincibles and the Originals – as the Unspeakables.