LORD Mackay's problems from within his own political party seemed to return last week, when he took an unprecedented step over another unprecedented step later revealed to have never occurred at all.
The Daily Telegraph's front page splash last Thursday asserted: "Lord Mackay, the Lord Chancellor, is to take the unprecedented step of reminding judges that the courts are not superior to Parliament."
Mackay's alleged message, in a story headlined "Judges warned to keep in line", was due to be delivered in a speech on Thursday evening at the Guildhall.
There were minor, and probably unprecedented, errors, which Mackay explained in his certainly unprecedented open letter to the paper. Namely, that it was factually untrue.