Apparently because the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland meets tonight as a court of law, the proceedings won't be broadcast on the internet. It is strange then that there will be a public gallery and overflow into the Rainey Hall, so that some people will be able to observe the debate case.
It seems at least possible that the bureaucracy are concerned that whichever way the debate goes, there will be embarassment, hence the lack of broadcast. Maybe they are worried about people walking out? I doubt that very many on either side of the debate will do that.
I note too that mobile phones are to be switched off, which must be designed to stop people using Twitter or blogging. There might also be a possible motion to stop people talking about the subject if some sort of listening commission or study group is set up which will report in two years. In other words, there won't be a lot of transparency evident.
What is it with the Church - why do we feel the need to obfuscate and prevaricate?
Are laptops with mobile connections allowed in tonight's proceedings? If so, will anyone live blog?
Will the overture from Skye and Lochcarron be webcast (assuming of course that it doesn't get torpedoed during the day)?
Update: The Skye and Lochcarron Overture will be webcast though it is likely to be very late in the day, or possibly into Sunday morning?.