Lazy politicians

Lazy politicians

The media plays an important role in democratic societies. It should make sure that politicians are acting in our best interests. However, we can't always trust everything that is reported. In Britain, one newspaper published a list of the "laziest" members of parliament (MPs), the equivalent of Legco members in Hong Kong.

Curiously, the list contained the name Lucy Powell, a Labour Party MP who was on maternity leave while expecting her son in May. Although Powell continued to work from home during her absence, the list was based on attendance and voting records in parliament. Living a long way from London, it was not possible for Powell to attend every vote. The newspaper has since tweeted an apology but this story teaches us to look at the details of reports, not just the headlines.

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