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.
A reminder that first years, second years and MA students have until Friday 16 May to complete their portfolios for Convergent Journalism and Practical Multimedia Journalism modules.
For most of you this means you need to do a second blog post on this site (the first should have been done in the autumn term), and submit one other piece of journalism from any medium. This could be from your forthcoming work placements, from a CfJ news day, something you did for Medwire - or any other piece of journalism that hasn't previously been assessed.