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This is to do with that missing witness statement from last week

My @FT piece on that statement: ft.com/content/119832…
@FT As was said at the time, that missing witness statement was akin to Sherlock Holmes' dog that did not bark in the night time

There must have been something - something big - which prevented that witness statement either being signed or put into court
@FT And what makes motion potentially electrifying is that he is using the humble address device

This obliges government to deliver up the specified documents to parliament

It was used for the sector analyses, you will recall

Govt tried to sidestep that, hence why this is specific
Dominic Cummings, *this* is how launch a legal ambush

Not by briefing bullshit to reporters
Presumably, all the relevant messages are in the possession of the government lawyers who prepared the (not sent) witness statement

If so, too late for delete

They are probably even in a form to be handed over readily
An old litigation tactic

Wait until all the documents are in the hands of the lawyers and *then* ask for relevant disclosure

Too late to delete or destroy then
Current status:

Admiring the wording of that motion as one would stare with awe at a beautiful work of art in a gallery

No idea if it will be debated, let alone passed, but I am glad I was alive to see it
And, gosh

Look who is now resorting, like a suspect in a Dirty Harry film, to blathering about "his rights"

For what it is worth

The Humble Address is not in itself illegal, "blatantly" or otherwise

The right to privacy under ECHR is a qualified right not an absolute right, and subject to many exceptions

Dom's got the law wrong, again
There is nothing humble about a Humble Address
Humble address motion approved for debate

Keep watching
Extraordinary moment in Commons

Grieve has been approached by senior public officials on the missing witness statement issue because something smacks of scandal

Brexiters rattled by this motion, and concerted attempts to attack motion and suggesting this is not right vehicle for concerns

Grieve points out the sheer urgency caused by prorogation, so forced to move this motion as not other choice to find out true reason for prorogation.
Difficult if not impossible to rebut Grieve's substance and logic in his speech

There is, on face of it, a scandal over the true reason for prorogation, and this motion only way of addressing it

Powerful stuff
When told that Number 10 sources saying that there will be no compliance at all with the vote...

...Grieve says that, if that was the settled policy view of the government, this would be "a revolutionary situation"
Grieve asked about "private" communications by Attorney-General Cox, Grieve schools Cox on the Civil Service Code and the duties of Crown employees

Cox trying to find technicalities to wiggle out

Sad sight of what A-G reduced to contending
Labour backbencher points out that Cummings himself paid no attention to privacy rights of the employee whose telephone he demanded to look at
Telling that the government supporters reduced to finding technical problems with the terms of the Humble Address, not the substance of the concerns

In particular: if that is Cox's best point, they must be worried

Government looking weak
In thirty years of being a constitutional geek never seen a Commons debate like this

Bloody raw constitutional issues exposed, being picked over

Total collapse of trust and conventions

I think we are now there: we are on the verge of a constitutional crisis
If humble address is passed, and the government does not comply, then there will be a tension

If that tension hardens into a contradiction, because has been no way to resolve situation, then you will have crisis

A serious unstable situation the outcome of which is unpredictable
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