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.
It's the night before Guyfawkes and it was fairly obvious that some accident or other involving fireworks would surface in the papers. The pictures here areÂ the storytellers,Â and this article just goes to show yet another example of the 'troubles'Â still active in Northern Ireland. Luckily for him, Hagan was unhurt, but it begs the question what can be done to alleviate the problem that has not already been suggested?