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.
Following an exhaustive ballot, marred only by evidence of fraud, hanging-chads and bribery with menaces, I have selected nine names from among the nine students who volunteered to enjoy a free lunch in the GulbenkianÂ with our distinguished guests Sarah Ivens and Allan Little.Â Rebekah Floyd, Kelsey Williams, Becci Hughes and Nick Poskitt are cordially invited to lunch with Sarah on Friday 7Â November.Â John Saunders, Kathryn Cain, Lucy Ross-Millar, Laura Hartman andÂ Jaak Pardi are equally cordially invited to lunchÂ with Mr. Little on Monday 10 November . Â Â