Lady Carmichael's reasoning for refusing specification of documents today was highly spurious. Hence why Mr O'neill has sought from her a full written opinion on the subject.
But yet again we saw, the Scottish GOVERNMENT legal directorate, representing the Lord Advocate who was called to represent the Scottish PARLIAMENT (Not Scottish Government) advancing arguments for the Scottish GOVERNMENT in a case where the Scottish GOVERNMENT have withdrawn!
This is totally inappropriate to the separation of powers between Parliament and Government and could lead to accusations of the Scottish Government interfering in a case to which it is no longer a party to those proceedings!
Upward and onward then.

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