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.
Professor David Nutt, the UK's former leading government adviser on drugs who was sacked by the government in 2009 after making controversial claims about the risks of ecstasy, LSD and cannabis, is to give a lecture at Canterbury from 6pm to 7pm on Wednesday, January 25. This would be a fascinating event to cover, and could be particularly useful for those of you looking for an issue to cover for the Public Affairs feature in your NCTJ portfolios. He will be talking specifically about the clash between science and politics in the formulation of drug policy and laws. More details here. And it coincides nicely with the publication of new sentencing guidelines for drug offences.