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.
In America, The National Enquirer is getting a lot of flak after its admittedly rather tasteless front page on Wednesday, featuring a photo of Whitney Houston in-casket, which was subsequently republished by Fox News and gossip site Jezebel. The Washington Post didn't publish it, but gave directions to where it was published under the banner 'If you’d like to see the photo to gain context'.
On this side of the pond, though, even the Daily Mail and the Mirror declined to publish the picture in full, instead using pixelated versions - perhaps surprising when you cast your mind back to the front pages of October 21st last year, which simply weren't mirrored in America.
Indeed, to get an intact copy of the Whitney image for this post I HAD to look through American sources - there is simply no full reproduction of it in a UK media outlet that I have found.
Is our press guilty of double-standards then, content to publish gory photos of a deceased dictator but not to reprint less gory ones of a celebrity?
When it comes to showing dead people in newspapers, should the barometer be gore or fame, offence or decency?
Would this picture be OK if Whitney had been a tyrant? Would Gadaffi's be unacceptable if he'd done a bit of charity work?