The news that the Liberal Democrats are to boycott the Speaker's Committee of seven senior MPs to look into aspects of the Damian Green affair will set the cat among the pigeons.
But it can't come as a surprise to the government, which is doing all it can to neuter such a committee and shorten Monday's debate as much as possible. The Committee will, according to Harriet Harman reflect the membership of the House. This means that it is likely to have 4 Labour members, 2 Conservatives and 1 LibDem. The minority parties are likely to be unrepresented. If the LibDems boycott it, their place may go to one of them, I suppose, or more likely Labour will take it themselves.
But the main issue is that it will not meet until any action against Damian Green is complete. So if he is charged and it goes to trial, the Committee might well not meet until after the General Election. Does Harriet Harman think we are stupid? This committee can meet without even ever mentioning the words 'Damian' and 'Green' in its proceedings. It is there to ensure that such a situation and never reoccur and to establish what went wrong.
Unless the Government backs down I would urge the Conservatives to join the LibDems in boycotting this Committee, which is clearly not a Speaker's Committee - it is intended to be a Committee of government lackeys.