This rather surprising behavior was a response to a change of the state parliament’s rules of procedure that forbids members to use laptops in plenary. Seriously though, trying to ban representatives from using laptops in plenary is as ridiculous as banning pens and paper. To me, this looks like an attempt to obstruct the Pirate representatives’ work, which was countered with epic trolling. We’ll see how long the ban lasts.
The change of the rules of procedure also makes the discussions in the state parliament’s Council of Elders secret by default, which is not funny at all. The public has a right to know what is going on in parliament.