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.
Because you all love the class so much and because we missed one due to a recent newsday, I am putting on an extra reporter in fiction class Monday December 9, 2 - 3 in G2-03. Alert students will see this is the same room as we normally have. We will have a short (10 min) break at 3.00 as too much literature and poetry can be overwhelming.