If you thought that yesterday's debates on controversial Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill were difficult to follow, then today's list of Amendments is even more obscure.
What is clear is that since all the Government Amendments were "programmed" or "guillotined" to be dealt with yesterday, somehow, as if by magic, the one Government amendment which we saw as a partial concession, New Clause 26, which would have prevented the Human Rights Act 1998 from being amended or repealed , by Order, and whiich would partially have prevented the new legislation from being used to self-modify itself, has been dropped !
Does this have anything to do with the fact that the Prime Minister Tony Blair came out with a weekend spin and disinformation attack on the Human Rights Act, in response to the tabloid headlines of last week ?
There are some Opposition amendments which would also do prevent self-modificaation and more, however, it would be incredible if the Government preferred these to their own amendments, of which there are at least 75 Government Amendments tabled in the name of Hilary Armstrong. to be considered by the end of today's debate.
None of today's Government amendments provide even the weak constitutional safeguards of the Government's own New Clause 26, which now appears to have been lost.
[UPDATE: the New Clause 26 was passed, but without any word of debate, right at the very end of the debate on Monday see the comments below]
Feel free to double the number of people thinking about this incredibly obscure, yet constitutionally vital debate over at the Save Parliament blog if their "live blogging" thread is up an running today, or comment on it here.