Harriet Harman has announced the earliest Christmas recess ever of three weeks from 16th December to 5th January 2010. At 128 days, the current Parliamentary session is the shortest for 30 years.
And we pay them how much?
Our intrepid reporter managed to smuggle out this photo of Gordon Brown in the kitchen of No.10, busying himself with Christmas preparations:
PS Just a reminder of how much we really need 646 'representatives' in Westminster: