No sooner have I finished praising Jack Straw - than along comes the Private Eye and bursts my bubble.
Here's a recent entry about the veteran Labour MP - taken from the latest edition of the satirical magazine.
"In the same week as Milburn's outburst, his former cabinet colleague Jack Staw wrote a Times feature callingon the European Union to 'embrace Turkey ....... it is myopic in the extreme for its leaders to appear to be turning away from the strongest, richest and most powerful democratic state in the Middle East.
Straw omitted to mention that two months ago he and his wife enjoyed a four-day trip to Istanbul and Akara paid for by the Turkish government (total cost £2,910) and that while he was there the Turks also gave him £2,000 for a speech on foreign policy."
How utterly depressing.
Yet another Labour MP and former cabinet minister - hawking himself around the world - while moonlighting from his day job.
No wonder people sometimes get cynical - about the workings of Westminster and its politicians.