“They are renowned for never knowingly missing a perk. Now MEPs have decided that, financial crisis or not, they will snaffle a taxpayer-funded Apple iPad for every member once the latest computer must-have is launched on the European market,” Bojan Pancevksi reports for The Times Online.
“The European parliament’s bureau, its administrative office, has earmarked £4.3m for an ‘IT mobility project,” Pancevksi reports. “Bad as the financial crisis may be, the bureau has decided that all 736 MEPs need to become more ‘connected’ and that the iPad, a portable tablet computer, is just the device to enable them to do more on the move.”
MacDailyNews Take: The fact that there are 736 of them is appalling enough on its own.
Pancevksi reports, “The iPads, likely to cost more than £500 each, will be highly coveted when they are released on to the European market on May 28. Although MEPs have recently been equipped with new Hewlett-Packard laptops, some have told the bureau they find them cumbersome in comparison with the iPad.”
MacDailyNews Take: Gee, no, ya think? Never mind the iPad, an HP laptop is cumbersome in comparison with an anvil.
Pancevksi continues, “The driving force behind the idea is Klaus Welle, the parliament’s German secretary-general, who is known as an enthusiast for the iPhone, already a popular Apple product. The iPad plan was disclosed by a senior bureau source who was too worried to reveal his name… ‘The majority of MEPs have already got iPhones and they are very happy with them. The PC was good for its time but the iPad is a much better device.'”
MacDailyNews Take: The “PC” was never “good for its time,” Dr. Doofenshmirtz. At any time in the dark history of Windows PCs, you could’ve had a superior Mac (and saved beaucoup dinero in the process; please see releated articles below).
Pancevksi continues, “A parliament spokeswoman denied that there were plans to obtain iPads for MEPs in the ‘immediate future’ and said she was not familiar with the bureau initiative.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]