MPs Can't Stop Trying to Watch Porn at Work

By Tom Pritchard on at

If you paid attention to British politics last year, you'll know all about Damian Green and the accusations that he'd been watching porn at work. Accusations that led to his eventual resignation from the cabinet. Then the new university-watchdog Toby Young drew controversy from an article where he claimed to be a 'porn addict'. Well it looks like those two aren't the only porn-lovers in the government.

Apparently there have been more than 24,000 attempts to access porn from Parliament's work network between June and October last year. That's on the network used my MPs, peers, and Parlimentary staff, so they probably can't go and blame it on any visitors wandering the corridors.

The data comes after the Press Association filed a freedom of information act request, revealing that there have been 9,467 requests from the Houses of Commons and Lords last September.

According to a Parliamentary spokesperson porn sites are blocked on the network, and that most attempts to access porn are not deliberate. It was also noted that these figures cover 'requests' to the site, and not the actual number of visits.

It's also worth noting that attempts to access some smut in Parliament are decreasing, with 213,020 in 2015 and 113,208 in 2016. While figures for January and February 2017 aren't available, apparently due to changes in how Parliament used technology to hold data, there were 30,786 requests filed between March and October. That said, Parliament was dissolved between late April and early June.

So the work network might be blocking the porn in Parliament, it doesn't seem to be stopping people from testing the filters to try and see some naked/semi-naked people on their computers. [The Guardian]


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