The Brexit Party MEPs have now arrived in Brussels and taken their seats at European Parliament and it's safe to say that they aren't impressed with the benefits that are on offer to them.
In a video released by the party's official Twitter account, various newly elected MEPs talk about how they are 'shocked about what they have found' at the building including a car park full of cars.
One of those MEPs, Annunziata Rees-Mogg, the sister of Jacob, retweeted the video saying that she intends to watch it on her 'shiny new iPad' which was given to her by the European Parliament for 'no very obvious reason' adding:
We need to leave the corrupt gravy train, as we would.
I think I might watch this on my shiny new iPad I was given by the European Parliament for no very obvious reason.… https://t.co/sRKMoP51RS— Annunziata Rees-Mogg (@Annunziata Rees-Mogg) 1560936777
Rees-Mogg who despite being disgusted at the thought of being given an iPad for free has seemingly taken the item but has possibly misunderstood the reason she has been given this snazzy bit of kit.
The European Parliament began giving MEPs iPads in 2010 as part of their 'IT mobility project' in order to 'connect' all the MEPs while they are working together.
It sounds like an expensive way of doing such a thing but it is basically to get people to do their jobs in a more efficient manner (not for playing Candy Crush) and as Politico reported in January, all MEPs have to give back such items when they are no longer a part of the European Parliament.
Rees-Mogg's bizarre complaint was certainly unusual and as you can probably guess many people pointed out that the iPad is so that she can do her job, with Labour MP, Jess Phillips, telling her that this also happens in Westminster.
Assume that you provided your own desk and computer at all previous jobs? Also do you think in the UK parliament p… https://t.co/yF0RqrrBuG— Jess Phillips MP (@Jess Phillips MP) 1560983293
Ah, I think I can explain. You have a hugely important job, representing millions of people to improve their lives.… https://t.co/Y3kD1oI42I— Gabriel Rozenberg 🔶 (@Gabriel Rozenberg 🔶) 1560982620
Well considering you're not planning on doing any work, I guess you won't need an iPad. But other MEPs will need o… https://t.co/WdWChWweCh— Graham Lithgow (@Graham Lithgow) 1560984620
@zatzi Amazing. Annunziata, you obviously don't realise that you're expected to do a shitload of work as an MEP,… https://t.co/Ohqc5Wz3rN— Suffolk 🔶 🇪🇺 #FBPE #BrexitHasFailed (@Suffolk 🔶 🇪🇺 #FBPE #BrexitHasFailed) 1561005759
@zatzi Next they will require you to do crazy things like attend meetings and maybe even read some legislations. Do… https://t.co/zHQVJaeqiF— Chris Wilson (@Chris Wilson) 1560981581
@zatzi Councillors, MPs, teachers are all given ipads. It's not a gift - it's provided for you to do your work on.— Otto English (@Otto English) 1560980997
As some pointed out, she didn't actually need to take the iPad or even stand to be elected, including her fellow MEP Caroline Voaden.
@zatzi You could always stay at home, not take the salary or bother with the iPad. Those of us here to do a job are… https://t.co/mytXgUbnOs— Caroline Voaden (@Caroline Voaden) 1561009662
@zatzi I have a min 6 hour commute. Last trip home took 9. I’ll do it every week. Things like car pick-up at statio… https://t.co/zwBCUIXimn— Caroline Voaden (@Caroline Voaden) 1561011799
@zatzi Imagine being represented by somebody who can't afford their own iPad. Horrendous thought.— Hugo Rifkind (@Hugo Rifkind) 1560982261
Oh and then there is this from Sharon O'Dea, who was part of a team in the UK parliament that gave iPads to MPs and discovered that iPads reduced the amount of paper that was being used and increased efficiency.
@zatzi I was part of the team that led the roll out of iPads at the UK Parliament. Our work showed these have a sig… https://t.co/OWL8JUa5F8— Sharon O'Dea (@Sharon O'Dea) 1561012807
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