Op-ed: I rarely watch BBC Parliament these days; since retirement I have the time but not the blood pressure for it.
But on those occasions this woman tunes in however briefly one thing stands out - Ministers spend too much time on cell phones, Ipads and other online devices.
Two images today caught two Tory Ministers who at one point appeared to be texting each other like naughty kids in a school classroom.
This is not a rare occurence or limited to one political party.
Within a few minutes of viewing we spotted a range of MPs using decices offering Internet access.
It could be in some cases they are referencing information but as most MPs still have a mountain of paperwork with them that is a nonsense.
Perhaps Parliament would work better and be less of a public joke if Internet devices were left at the door.
In case it has crossed your mind this woman does not use a cell phone or take her IPad with her when she goes out and that is not only since retirement; it is the norm.
When she goes out the Internet stays home unless she is on vacation for a week or two.
Using such devices in parliament during a debate is many things including silly.
It makes those texting or similar appear distracted rather than paying attention to matters in hand. They often look sloppy as they forget they are on camera. It spreads chinese whispers, gossip and imformation leaks.
Overall it undermines parliament and our democracy.
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