The week before last MSP Margo MacDonald presented her End of Life Assistance Bill to the Scottish Parliament.
The normal procedure for such a Bill would be for it to be sent to one of the experienced existing committees such as health or justice.
The Parliament's hierarchy (Bruce Crawford SNP, Paul Martin Labour, David McLetchie Tory, Mike Rumbles Libdem), have sidestepped the normal procedure and now insist instead it should go to a one-off committee with a new membership - designated by party leaders. This action has never been taken before in the lifetime of the Parliament.
Ms MacDonald said she was "mystified and disappointed" by the decision of the business bureau to appoint a new committee to consider her Bill.
"This seems to stink to high heaven because the health committee which everyone expected would handle this Bill is fortunately and randomly better placed than any other committee could be.
"It has two experienced doctors on each side in party terms and a chair who is a qualified lawyer who has agreed she does not know where she stands on the issue but is a good convenor."
It does indeed stink. Robbie Dunwoodie didn't manage to get anyone other than Christine Grahame to make a comment and Ms Grahame stated "it was an attack on Holyrood democracy as a whole".
Time for the hierarchy to explain their reasons or many will be thinking it is indeed a dirty trick.
Editors Note: I'm told by my reader Hythlodaeus that this has occurred before and it's common for Bills which are either highly controversial or require more time than the standing committees can give, to be spun off to a dedicated committee. It appears it has happened 7 times in the life of the Parliament. It's at times like this that I wish I had an inside informant!
Update: Blether with Brian has an interesting PS on his latest post.