We can all recognize that being a politician is largely boring.
Equally, we can all recognize that the iPad exists in order to make our lives a little less boring.
So how can we possibly criticize Italian politician Simeone Di Cagno Abbrescia, who happened to have been sitting in parliament with a few scantily clad ladies on the desk in front of him? Well, to be precise, on the iPad in front of him.
The Telegraph reports that Abbrescia didn't deny the images on his iPad were, indeed, images of ladies who were scantily clad. The paper also reports that he didn't deny that the ladies who were scantily clad were scantily clad on an escort site.
Indeed, the magazine Oggi helpfully identified two of the ladies as Dollyy [sic] and Daisy, and mentioned consultation fees of 400 euros per hour, or the bargain price of 2,500 euros for a weekend.
Abbrescia, however, would like people to understand that he in no way premeditated his viewing of Daisy, or for that matter, of Dollyy. He reportedly said he simply had difficulty getting used to his iPad.
The Telegraph quoted Abbrescia as he outlined some of the horns of his dilemma:
"Normally I use my iPad to keep myself informed and to read the news agencies," Abbrescia said. "But one can end up lingering over these sorts of, let's say, pornographic images, which once in a while appear. It was just curiosity, I've never used the services of escort girls."
I'm sure many of you iPad users have endured these, let's say, pornographic images appearing in a random manner on your new machines. I'm sure you've found it so disconcerting that you've penned e-mails to Steve Jobs, begging him to stick to his promise to outlaw these, let's say, pornographic images.
Perhaps you'll wish to offer stiff criticism of Abbrescia, who, curiously, is a member of the same party as Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, a man with something of a reputation when it comes to the female of the species.
But please remember: It must surely be difficult to listen to a debate about the future of the culture minister while keeping track of whatever important cultural news happens to pop up on your iPad.
Abbrescia should surely pop along to his nearest Genius Bar for a little corrective training.