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.
This message just in from Val Harper, foreign manager at the Sunday Times: On behalf of the Tom Walker Trust, The Sunday Times would like to invite proposals from your journalism students suggesting a foreign news story. They should submit their entry by email directly to me, they can submit more than one idea. The closing date is July 1st, 2010. They also need to attach their CV with their entry. The Tom Walker Trust was started a few years ago in memory of our dear colleague. This special award offers a great opportunity to a student wishing to tackle foreign affairs and to develop his or her own idea for a report in the field. The winner will receive £1,000, four weeks experience on the foreign desk at The Sunday Times and the chance to work with a senior correspondent as well as doing his/her own assignment.
The trustees of the TWT will announce the shortlist of names in July and those names will be invited to attend a final interview here at our offices in July/August. The winner will be announced shortly afterwards.Should you require any further details please do not hesitate to contact me.