Help me solve this problem

I’ve been invited on a press junket. Super.

It’s to a nice place in a nice country to see some reasonably interesting things. And flight, hotel, booze and board all paid for. Couple of days.

If I do go and if I then write up some lovely stuff I’ve no doubt that I’ll then get more such offers of nice little mini-breaks. Which would be great.

But right at the moment I’m doing quite enough travelling. Should I suck up the airportn’hotel thing now, when I’ve a surfeit, for the joys of more to come in the future?

20 comments on “Help me solve this problem

  1. Ask Dearieme to go as you. No one will know. You can paraphrase a few press releases and everyone will be happy. As long as Dearie doesn’t get to the minibar in a serious way.

  2. If you are not sure, call my blue collar, 1 week (unpaid) holiday pa painter/decorator father.

    First world problem. Living the dream my friend, living the dream…

  3. always take a comp. Always.

    the absolute worst that can happen* is that you get arseholes pissed, make a complete fool of yourself and don’t get asked back. Which solves the problem for the future.

    *okay, that’s not the absolute worst. But, you know, in Bayesian terms.

  4. >As long as Dearie doesn’t get to the minibar in a serious way.

    But if he doesn’t get trollied then they might suspect it isn’t Worstall!

  5. Is there being tax paid on this junket? I doubt it. This sounds like yet another way neoliberal baby-eaters legally-but-not-legally-according-to-me avoid paying their fair share by visiting secrecy juristictions. It’s Andorra isn’t it?

  6. If you don’t go they’ll only send some scumbag who’ll write anything instead. You owe it to the general public to go and protect us from the obvious lies if you don’t.
    (There’s a Yes, PM sketch in there somewhere)

  7. It’s a win-possibly win situation. You win by having the jolly (we used to call it technical tourism). You may win by actually being able to write nice things with a straight face. If you can’t then it’s the not-win of having a crisis of conscience (which we all fully expect you can resolve to your own satisfaction).

    So go for it.

  8. My wife usually comes with me on jollies.She scouts out the interesting places while I’m watching awful PPTs, then on the last day takes me (and any other interested delegates) on a whirlwind tour. Usually the only extra cost is the air fare. All sorts of obvious benefits.

  9. Provided it’s not taxpayer-funded (Troughing) and not paid for by an evil capitalist corporation (Captured), then go for it.

    Will Richie be there?

  10. By your description of this ‘nice’ country I presume it’s not somewhere where people don’t get cattleprods applied to their genitals for talking about stuff that El Presidente/Al-Rais/Vozhd doesn’t like.

    And it’s not being funded by the UK taxpayer.

    In which case, go.

  11. Sorry, that was a bit garbled:

    ‘By your description of this ‘nice’ country I presume it’s not somewhere where people get cattleprods applied to their genitals for talking about stuff that El Presidente/Al-Rais/Vozhd doesn’t like’.

  12. Two dimensions to the problem.
    First: is it ethical to do so? Can you justify to yourself going on this junket as either something which will help you process Scandium or write your blogs and/or you will be able to contribute to the discussions and the education of other attendees? I can’t help you with the answer, just the question.
    Second: do you want to go? Does the fun part plus the prospect of future fun weekends make up for the hassle of airports? Also, if not, does the status you will indirectly acquire in certain circles and/or the net benefits of writing it up adequately compensate?
    At your age, based on what I can guess from your post, I should probably say “Yes”. I’m older than you and last night I attended a nice (free) dinner in a Livery Hall, based on something I did in my late 30s.

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