It is difficult to fathom why anyone would want to go into politics if Kiama MP Matt Brown's story today is taken at face value.We don't need to remind our readers that Mr Brown is also known as Captain Underpants. Today he issues a strong denial of what reportedly took place at that budget night party with Wollongong MP Noreen Hay. And he speaks of his subsequent (in effect) sacking from the front bench and spiral into depression.There will be some who have little sympathy for him. Others will wonder if Mr Brown is simply trying to put himself back on the public radar. As we revealed in our poll last Saturday, he faces a mammoth task to keep his seat.These matters aside, we are amazed at the unhealthy environment of state politics - a place where power struggles take a heavy toll on reputations, careers, relationships and, it would seem, mental health.And another thing...One of the benefits of globalism is the quick response the international community can make to a tragedy like the earthquake in Haiti. Many countries are sending in medical supplies, aid workers and other relief. While Port-au-Prince is a world away, it is right that Australia extends all the help it can. And we pray that small miracles might emerge from these scenes of total devastation.