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Is it ever OK to play Candy Crush in a meeting?

09 Jan 2015
Running rings around their components must surely be in a politician's job description, it's my opinion that every meeting Politicians have, they play games... but recently MP Nigel Mills was been caught playing the addictive game Candy Crush in Parliament and this has opened a can of worms.

Even though Mills insists he was "fully engaged” the pictures that national newspapers published suggest otherwise and have led to the Houses of Parliament investigating the matter. It has been alleged that he was playing Candy Crush for two and a half hours, perhaps he thought he might look like he was busy taking notes.

We are all guilty of using our phones in a work environment, whether it is checking emails, taking a personal call or seeing what people are saying on Facebook, but should an MP really be playing a game, and more importantly whilst he is meant to be representing his constituency? Doesn't it suggest that he was bored during the work and pensions committee meeting and he was more interested in getting his "Top score” than listening to the people of the committee.
 
The Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014 that came into force in August expressly permits any person who attends a meeting to use any communication method to report on the meeting. "Reporting" includes photographing or making a video or audio recording of proceedings at a meeting and providing written commentary on proceedings using social media.

It's not like he was leaking information, but how were his colleagues to know that he was playing a game?

Do you check your phone during meetings or does it really annoy you that your colleagues are distracted? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below...
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