Yesterday I went to London to attend a meeting in Portcullis House where Professor Harrington, the man charged with reviewing the Work Capability Assessment which determines eligibility for incapacity benefit, was being asked questions by various members of the House of Lords welfare committee and miscellaneous others (e.g. me).
The meeting took place under Chatham House rules - which mean that no one at the meeting is allowed to disclose what was said at the meeting or even who attended. The reason for this is because politicians are a paranoid lot and generally refuse to speak plainly unless they can be guaranteed that someone won't quote them in an unfavourable manner.
In this particular case I don't really think Chatham House rules were necessary in this case but the conditions of being invited to the meeting (and I was only there as a guest of the Lib Dem Disability Association) are that you have to follow the rules or otherwise you won't be invited in future.
So, though I can't go into details of the meeting I can say that I left the meeting feeling very optimistic about the future WCA and confident that Professor Harrington is definitely the right man for the job. That's all I can say right now but I should be able to give a bit more detail in two to three weeks time after the DWP has approved a two paragraph summary of the meeting.