It Sure Looks Like Members of Parliament and Their Staff Spend a Lot of Time Trying to Watch Porn

Pervy parliamentarians.

"Big Ben"? Get it? (Photo: flickr.com/s_w_ellis/)

“Big Ben”? Get it? (Photo: flickr.com/s_w_ellis/)

Recently, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has been pushing for an opt-in porn filter, in the hopes of saving the Mother Country’s innocent youth from the horrors of online uglies-bumping.

That makes a recently discovery by the HuffPo U.K. especially ironic: Upon filing a Freedom of Information request, the site learned that “MPs, Lords and parliamentary staff have been trying to access porn websites potentially thousands of times.” God save the Queen!

Now, Parliament wouldn’t disclose what counts as pornographic, and there’s quite a lot of variation in the numbers: A mere 15 attempts to access sites classified as pornographic happened in February 2012, but in November 2012, a whopping 114,844 were made. Guess the prospect of Christmas just really stresses some people out.

A no-doubt frazzled spokeswoman denied that MPs and their staffers are looking up naughty entertainment in their off hours:

A House of Commons spokeswoman said the statistics do not prove a user “intended” to access a pornographic website as “a user may access a site that contains optional or automatic links to others, or other “pop-up” arrangements, which are recorded as requests.”

She added, “We are not going to restrict Parliamentarians’ ability to carry out research.” Right.

We’re not sure what’s more alarming: The idea that the U.K.’s leaders are devoted porn-hounds, or the notion that they’re utterly flummoxed by how to use the Internet without clicking on dirty pop-ups.

(h/t the Register)

It Sure Looks Like Members of Parliament and Their Staff Spend a Lot of Time Trying to Watch Porn