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.
I'll be a running a couple of revision sessions for the postgrads and second years who have opted to take the NCTJ production journalism exam on May 25. It's important that you attend both.
The sessions will be on the following dates:
1. 11am on Tuesday 15 May. This will take the form of a mock exam paper.
2. 11am on Thursday 24 May. We'll go through the mock paper from the previous session, and go over some final strategies for the exam.
Remember that there is a piece of coursework to be submitted on the day of the exam, in the form of a finished inDesign newspaper page. The page must have been laid out and sub-edited by you, and should contain stories written either by you or your fellow students. Most of you will already have pages from news days or print assignments from your university modules that will fit the bill - or that can be tweaked to do so. We can discuss these during the session on May 15th.