Taking Stock: Tax, Twitter, Candy Crush…and Margaret Hodge

IT’S BEEN QUITE A WEEK for MPs and their relationship with technology.

First, Tory MP Nigel Mills was caught playing Candy Crush on his iPad during a committee hearing, something he made a mealy-mouthed apology for after footage of his lack of interest was revealed to the public.

Then, yesterday, during a Public Accounts Committee hearing over companies’ tax structures in Luxembourg, chairwoman Margaret Hodge ostensibly tweeted commentary during the session, yet if one examines the footage, it’s difficult to see when, given she is not seen using a smartphone, tablet or laptop at any point in the evidence-gathering hearing.


The only conclusion TS can draw is the tweets were pre-timed or she had a faithful assistant draw them up. We’ll leave that one to you.

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