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UK lawmaker resigns after viewing porn in House of Commons

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“Looking at tractors” will become a new euphemism.

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The man is an idiot.

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said he was trying to look at a tractor website, but stumbled into a porn site with a similar name and watched it for “a bit.’’

Am I the only one massively intrigued as to what tractor related words he put into Google to get a porn site?

“My biggest crime is that on another occasion I went in a second time,’’ he told the BBC. “And that was deliberate.’’

Not exactly a crime but to be doing that on the front bench of the house of commons is at least unprofessional.

Neil Parrish is a member of the Conservative party in case anyone hadn't guessed.

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It was a training film on how politicians are supposed to treat their constituents.

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Indian tractor company and possible contender:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escorts_Limited

There is brand of handwarmer called 'Little Hotties'. Perhaps not the wisest Google.

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Probably less offensive than any debate or laws being considered by our "government elites".

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Nobody resigned over lots of cocaine traces found in the houses of parliament’s toilets. That illegal. Porn is not.

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Why was he looking at tractors while at work?

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That's hilarious.

Tractor porn.

And why need to resign over a little accidental porn viewing?

Just a ridiculous scandal by some overweight woman to gain attention .

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Oops! His weaselly excuse has no traction with the public. Like his boss, the scatter-brained, eye-wandering Bojo, he should have contented himself with ogling Angela's legs.

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Such was not an uncommon incident in the House of Commons, or for that matter, among lawmakers in other countries notably the more liberated ones.

Many others would go for real action instead of just watching.

Would the 'clean' ones stand up and be counted..?

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A suitable metaphor for the state of governance in Foodbank Britain in 2022.

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Am I the only one massively intrigued as to what tractor related words he put into Google to get a porn site?

Might it be he googled up the algorithm for that bulky Russian dominatrix built like a tractor who rides roughshod over her wimpy Johns?

Parish claims,"The situation was that – funnily enough it was tractors I was looking at. I did get into another website that had a very similar name and I watched it for a bit which I shouldn't have done. But my crime – biggest crime – is that on another occasion I went in a second time." (in for a penny, in for a pound, innit?)

We do need to get our priorites right, though: for sanctimonious politicians with an authoritarian bent such personal peccadillos are just par for the course and are an occupational hazard which pale in significance when measured against the cruel policies they devise which cause real suffering to others on a massive scale.

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Another Conservative MP charged with hit and run, this one watching porn when he should be working, another making sexist comment, Partygate still ongoing, it's a reflection of this leadership

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Nobody resigned over lots of cocaine traces found in the houses of parliament’s toilets. That illegal. Porn is not.

Nobody said it is illegal. It’s not illegal for a brain surgeon to check his instagram feed during surgery, doesn’t make it acceptable.

Point is he is paid a large amount of money to represent the people who voted for him.

Porn is fine, but not at work. Looking at tractors is fine, he worked for rural affairs committee, but not during a meeting.

That he admits he deliberately watched porn during work hours is unacceptable.

He’s not trustworthy and has to go.

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One commentator noted the similarities between the image the Tories have now and the sleaze-ridden Major government of the 90s.

And why need to resign over a little accidental porn viewing?

He admitted to watching porn in the Commons on two occasions - the first ‘accidentally’ and the second deliberately.

Best to know these things before commenting.

Anyway, more self-inflicted misery for the Tories ahead of the local elections.

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Labour has a bunch of its own that have done far worse

Like who? Let’s keep it in the present like you.

By the way, I have generally voted Labour but have no love for them these days. I’d like to see people who have done ‘far worse’ resign.

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Porn is fine, but not at work. Looking at tractors is fine

you do know there is no difference between porn and tractors right? I live in a place that has many trainspotters. Minus 5 degrees, snow, 36 degrees heat, they are there. They seem to have a special joy when a train comes. Same joy maybe as porn.

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If he had said Ferraris, the gap between tractors and porn would be finally bridged.

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Am I the only one massively intrigued as to what tractor related words he put into Google to get a porn site?

I am also wondering that.

BTW, I discovered totally by accident that Amazon Japan sells sex toys when I tried searching for something completely unrelated!

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you do know there is no difference between porn and tractors right?

You are arguing against a point I didn’t make.

I live in a place that has many trainspotters. Minus 5 degrees, snow, 36 degrees heat, they are there. They seem to have a special joy when a train comes. Same joy maybe as porn.

I’m happy they get so much pleasure from it. Do they watch train videos when they are being paid to work?

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RodneyMay 1  01:10 pm JST

"Porn is fine, but not at work. Looking at tractors is fine"

you do know there is no difference between porn and tractors right? 

Do you think it is universally true that looking at pictures or videos of tractors provokes the same kind of reaction as porn pictures or videos?

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Porn is fine, but not at work. Looking at tractors is fine

you do know there is no difference between porn and tractors right?

You do know you deliberately edited my sentence, right?

“Porn is fine, but not at work. Looking at tractors is fine, he worked for rural affairs committee, but not during a meeting.”

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Bob FosseMay 1  11:41 am JST

Porn is fine, but not at work.

As usual what is overlooked is the effect porn has on the behavior and attitudes of the people who watch it-

[ Long known for its boozy, macho culture, Parliament is now a more diverse place, with women holding almost 40% of the seats in the House of Commons. But lawmakers and staff say harassment and inappropriate behavior are still rampant under a system that largely allows members to police themselves. ]

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Porn is fine, but not at work. 

As usual what is overlooked is the effect porn has on the behavior and attitudes of the people who watch it-

It’s not overlooked, just unproven as in video games, heavy metal, horror movies, Elvis Presley, ankle socks etc.

The overwhelming majority of every man you know or meet watches porn. Those who deny it the most are likely the biggest users. How do you suggest explaining or dealing with that?

Should someone be watching porn at work or where others may unwittingly see it? Absolutely not, obviously.

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The overwhelming majority of every man you know or meet watches porn.

Ah well okay your acquaintances.

Those who deny it the most are likely the biggest users.

You're basing this on...?

And again, as usual side-stepping the inconvenient facts that "lawmakers and staff say harassment and inappropriate behavior are still rampant under" and how porn is related to the relevant attitudes and actions.

It's alright, keep your head in the sand, along with your fellow porn addicts.

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