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24 March 2010

BlackBerrying in the House of Commons

David Cameron condemns the cabinet -- but the Tories are guilty, too.

By James Macintyre

David Cameron, in an amusing initial response to the Budget, with all the usual carping — more gags than substance — has just accused “most” of the cabinet of using their BlackBerrys while sitting in the Chamber.

Sitting with a good view, I can exclusively reveal that Ed Balls was indeed using his, and ignored Cameron’s rebuke.

However, I can also reveal, as I mentioned in my last post, that his shadow chancellor was reading his own BlackBerry closely during Darling’s speech. So, both sides are wrong.

Now hacks can’t complain, as most of us are tapping away in the Press Gallery, in my case to give you this blog. But it has to be said that there is something rather weird about our senior lawmakers doing this during formal proceedings. Hey ho. The modern world.

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