I also thought that email sent out by that certain agency was rather funny.
That particular agency has been around for many years, and I think it may be struggling to keep up with other agencies, hence the silly email about accepting lower rates or travelling further!
I stopped using that agency many years ago, as they weren’t very professional and they started to play a lot of games with my bookings.
Over the Christmas period, I tend to take more days off and spend it with friends and family, or go abroad on holiday.
If locums start accepting lower rates then it’s a slippery slope downwards!