Remember that time you fell asleep during class in high school? Great, you can use that memory to find some sympathy for UK MP Sir Desmond Swayne, who fell asleep during a live Brexit debate yesterday. The conservative politician nodded off during his party colleague Ken Clarke's speech on the EU Bill. At about 43 seconds into the video, he suddenly jerks back awake with a sly smile and tousled hair.
Some Twitterers blamed it on Ken Clarke:
Who can blame him? Whenever Ken Clarke speaks, it's either you fall asleep or you drink anything that will make you!— Jane O'brien (@Jane0brien) January 16, 2018
I think I would listening the bluster of Ken Clarke— OutsideTheVillage #FBPE Full Brexit Pro Exit (@OTVDesk) January 16, 2018
And some looked to other explanations:
Others discussed what the consequences at their jobs would be for dozing off on the clock:
Exactly, he should lose his job anyone falling asleep at their job would probably at least get suspended for sleeping on the job. I mean the guy must get paid a whole load of money.— Love In Love Out (@Love_In_Loveout) January 17, 2018
Overworked or underpaid?
At least Mr. Swayne owned his faux pas:
Finally a straight answer from a politician. Sir Desmond Swayne tells the Mirror: "I just fell asleep. No excuse. Ken was very gracious about it. I apologise unreservedly."— Dan Bloom (@danbloom1) January 16, 2018
Good to have a straight answer but why can’t he stay awake at work? Average worker would be reprimanded. He’s in a very important role - he should make sure he gets a good nights sleep before work.— Matthew Dyson (@MPDyson) January 16, 2018
That's all well and good, but if I fell asleep at work and apologised I'd still be sacked.— Trader (@Gthetrader) January 17, 2018
What do you think? Should he be suspended? Or is he only human? One thing's for sure, just watching the clip had us in a cubicle coma.