The Welsh Grand Committee - a toothless body including all Welsh MPs and a few representing English constituencies - was meeting in Wrecsam's Guildhall today.
They were met by campaigners opposed to Tory plans to cut 120,000 public sector jobs while also cutting the 50% tax rate for the rich.
Among those confronted were Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan, who oozed patronising sympathy, and her fellow Tory minister Chris "Grey" Grayling. This is a man so grey that he could barely look the protesters in the eye as they asked him to tax the rich not cut jobs.
But the best fun was had with the appearance of Michael "No it's not a wig" Fabricant, Tory rightwinger and MP for Lichfield.
Why was he there claiming expenses on a trip to Wrecsam? What could he possibly know about Wales?
Well, Michael got on his high horse very quickly and said: "My mother is from Wales and I own a house in Wales. And I probably speak very good Welsh."
Stop digging please, Michael.
At a time of pay freezes, pension cuts and job losses for public sector workers, how much is this grand committee costing us? It won't be cheap if you factor in all the travelling and accommodation costs for the MPs and the penguin-suited minions (see below). The archaic trappings of Westminster belong to a different age as well as a different country.