There may be several Labour MPs who would be tempted to vote for an election and take the payout before another wave of public anger prompts a new Commons reform and robs them of it. Lord Falconer has been talking a lot about assisted suicide recently - and this, in effect, is what the Plaid Cymru motion calling for a general election offers Labour. Labour MPs might be thinking why not have an election now, and guarantee the golden parachute?
The moral of Edgar Allan Poe's short story is that you can't escape the Red Death, no matter how much you may try to pretend it isn't happening. We can see very many Labour MPs coming to this conclusion. As they sit on the terrace bar tonight, crying into their subsidised beer, they could be forgiven for mulling the Plaid Cymru motion and thinking: why not?