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Via the London Sunday Times: “Genys Kinnock, champion of the Third World poor, is to lead 70 members of the European parliament to a Barbados resort for a conference debating development and deprivation. During the five-day trip, costing taxpayers more than £200,000, the MEPs will meet politicians from some of the world’s poorest nations. The official agenda is to address water shortages, aid and EU trade policies, but away from the conference hall delegates will indulge in some of the island’s luxurious recreations. Kinnock, who co-chairs the African Caribbean Pacific-EU (ACP-EU) joint parliamentary assembly, will be offered accommodation in the island’s exquisite hotels, including the Amaryllis Beach, Tamarind Cove and Turtle Beach. Many MEPs will be “slumming it” in the Colony Club, a luscious resort that offers poolside suites with four-poster beds and four freshwater lagoons….”

Naturally, full details of the hospitality program are not to be disclosed lest “it give the wrong impression.” We are also to be told nothing about the junket’s “carbon footprint.”

Funny that.