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.
Stephanie Flanders, Economics Editor of the BBC will deliver the annual Bob Friend Memorial Lecture in the Pilkington Lecture Theatre at 7pm on Thursday, 28 February, i.e. this Thursday. Before Stephanie speaks, Neil Dunwoodie of Sky News will award the 2013 Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship to this year's scholar, Georgia Fry. Previous Bob Friend Scholars will also be in attendance. This is the most important public event in the Centre for Journalism’s calendar. Our established tradition is that every student, undergraduate and postgraduate, should attend. Dress code is smart/formal (i.e. as you dress for news days). I look forward to seeing you there to celebrate and share in Georgia’s success and show our gratitude to Sky News and the Friend family.