The Minister of Health initially assured that he had used his electronic tablet to work during his vacation in Morocco.
The Scottish Minister of Health presented his formal apologies to Parliament on Thursday, November 16 for returning from vacation with a hefty telephone bill exceeding 10,000 euros, the result of a football match watched by his sons on his office iPad.
The affair was becoming increasingly embarrassing for the pro-independence government since the revelation of the bill of nearly 11,000 pounds sterling (12,500 euros) brought back by Michael Matheson at the expense of the Scottish taxpayer.
Holidays in Morocco
He first claimed to have used his electronic tablet to work during his vacation in Morocco at the end of December and beginning of January. But the opposition calculated that it would have been necessary to send more than 8,000 emails to arrive at the amounts owed. Called to resign, Michael Matheson explained to Parliament on Thursday that his teenage sons had watched a football match on the device.
“Mistakes were made, by me, by my family“, he assured, indicating that he finally reimbursed the bill to the government. “I should have paid attention to the SIM card and investigated more thoroughly what happened“. “I recognize it, I accept total responsibility for it and I apologize unreservedly“, he added.
The Scottish Prime Minister Humza Yousaf, whose independence party, the SNP, is weakened by a scandal relating to its financing, estimated that “honest mistakes happen» and reiterated his confidence in his minister.
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