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Betsan Powys | 12:31 UK time, Tuesday, 5 February 2008

More on the Wilson doctrine and Wales.

Not only can AMs be bugged without offending the doctrine (though it now seems that so can MPs as long as the bugging or tapping isn't subject to approval by ministers) but according to the Counsel General it appears our First Minister can't approve such surveillance either, unlike the First Minister of Scotland who can.

Which now makes it rather appropriate that the man who called the former Prime Minister "Big Brother Blair" when he considered scrapping the doctrine without a vote ... was Alex Salmond.

By the way the 502 error message is back with us as many of you have noticed. That means getting any comments through is almost as difficult as finding work if you're a Lembit Opik look-alike ... but not quite.

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