Occasionally when you read Early Day Motions you come across one that is actually quite worthy, EDM 993 about the benefits of maggot therapy is such a motion. I shan't reproduce the EDM in full but for anyone who does not know, the use of sterile maggots to treat flesh wounds, especially infected and necrotic wounds is well known to be highly effective.
Essentially, you administer a course of sterilised maggots on to the wound and they eat away the dead flesh etc. Yes, it sounds icky but it really does work. It also could save the NHS literally millions when the cost-benefit analysis is done. It is not particularly common at the moment but the motion calls on the NHS to encourage the treatments wherever possible.
One company that specialises in harvesting sterile maggots is Zoobiotics, who just happen to be based in Bridgend which is also that seat of the MP or tabled the motion represents. There is no evidence of pork barreling - or more correctly, maggot barreling though.
Having said this, if the NHS did take up the practice in a more widespread way, it might provide a sideline work for some of the sterile maggots on the Labour backbenches. Stephen Hepburn perhaps, or maybe Eric Joyce? However, I doubt most Labour backbenchers could be considered "free-range maggots".
Speaking of which, what the hell is a free-range maggot?
I wonder if I will get called a nasty right wing blogger for calling a couple of Labour MPs maggots?