There's nothing so ex as an ex-politician, as the saying goes. But there are consolations - the pay-off from the public purse, the pundit slot on am.pm and...... an invite to Peter Hain's Christmas party.
Last year some invitations to the Cardiff Bay bash went out in the wrong envelopes. This year some have been sent to retired politicians - e.g. Owen John Thomas AM, who stepped down in May.
Invitations have been posted to names on a list that pre-dates the Assembly elections last May.
Perhaps the elections passed the Wales Office by or its Ministers are still in denial about the outcome?