Tanya Gold's take on the royal family's ability to project an impression of thrift while spending vast sums of public money is, in my humble republican opinion, the most entertaining published response to the appeal court's ruling that Prince Charles's correspondence with Tony Blair's cabinet should be published. The Guardian's leader on the topic of the so-called 'black spider' memos is also a stimulating read. I suspect the attorney general has a real fight on his hands. His argument appears to be that we must not know what Prince Charles's most passionate political opinions are because he is not supposed to have political opinions, and that his correspondence must therefore be suppressed because it might compromise the public's impression of his political neutrality. Convoluted or simply deluded? You choose.
Sky News chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay will deliver the 2014 Bob Friend Memorial Lecture in the Pilkington Lecture Theatre at 7pm on Thursday 27 February. He will also help to present the 2014 Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship to the 2014 scholar, Conor Diggin. Please come along to celebrate Conor's success and hear the lecture. Stuart will speak about his huge experience of reporting from hostile environments.