I've written before about the Wilson Doctrine, which theoretically prevents the Security Service from bugging MPs' communications. After Tony Blair recently announced that the ban would remain, I stopped thinking about it. The admirable Spy Blog didn't, and nor did the Lib Dems.
We have asked questions about whether or not Members of the Scottish Parliament, Members of the Welsh Assembly, Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly, UK members of the European Parliament, or foreign Members of the European Parliament, are or are not covered by the "Wilson Doctrine", which pre-dates all of these institutions
Our questions and the Parliamentary Questions tabled by Liberal Democrat MP Dr. Vincent Cable have, so far, been stonewalled by Tony Blair and the bureaucracy, but they do still need to be answered.
What about the parliament of the Isle of Man, the Tynwald ?
What about the Channel Islands i.e. the States Assembly of Jersey ?
and the States of Deliberation in Guernsey ?
What about the House of Lords in Westminster ?
Good questions all, to which Blair's reply is to refer to his previous statements re-affirming the ban on MPs. In other words, and this is my reading of it, the Wilson Doctrine only applies to the MPs in the Commons, not to peers, MEPs, MSPs, AMs, and the rest. Because peers and MEPs influence policies applied nationally, those two categories of parliamentarians maybe should be included in the ban.