Maybe Mark Latham is right: getting involved in the Labor Party is a waste of people's talents and energy. After all, who would bother when a tiny clique of factional warlords and union bosses have all the preselections stitched up for a decade?
Happily, Mr Dick Honan, the ethanol sheikh with "a personal fortune estimated at $230 million" (The Age, 1/10/05), has shown us another way: put failed politicians on the payroll as lobbyists. Former MP Con Sciacca used his friendships in the party to arrange dinners and lunches and, magically, Martin Ferguson flips Labor policy on mandatory fuel ethanol.
This is the worst behaviour by a politician under the influence of ethanol since Andrew Bartlett crashed the Liberal's Christmas party.