Popular block-matching puzzle game Candy Crush Saga has hit the headlines again this week, after British politician Nigel Mills was filmed playing the game during a Commons committee hearing.
He was actually filmed playing the game on a tablet during a parliamentary session on work and pensions, so it’s fairly understandable that he felt in need of a little distraction.
The incident came to light after the pictures were published in British newspaper The Sun, who said Mr Mills had told them he would “try not to do it again”, as well as an apology to his constituents.
MP plays Candy Crush to relieve boredom
Witnesses said he had been playing the game for more than two hours, probably due to boredom.
In a statement on Monday, the MP said: “I apologise unreservedly for my behaviour at the committee meeting and realise it fell short of what is expected of a member of parliament. I guarantee it will not happen again.”
According to the newspaper, the House of Commons has taken it so seriously that they’ve actually launched an investigation, but it seems that’s more to do with the fact that the photos of him breached parliamentary rules, rather than the fact that he was playing a game. Whoever took the photos may well be banned from the Houses of Parliament.
A “hard working” MP
Fellow Conservative MPs have jumped to Mr Mills’ defence, with the British Prime Minister David Cameron saying that he’s a very hardworking MP, and Sir Edward Leigh stating that he recalled those long boring sessions when he was chairing Commons committees.
“I would say get a life. I survived nine years as chairman of the Public Accounts Committee and I just about managed not to go to sleep and not to play computer games but my god, it was boring! So if Nigel has to keep himself awake by playing computer games, good on him,” he said.
So far, the makers of Candy Crush – King.com – have not issued a statement, but as they say no publicity is bad publicity.
Candy Crush Saga is currently the third highest-grossing app in the Apple App Store. The related title – Candy Crush Soda Saga, occupies the number two slot behind Clash of Clans.