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Veto over Prince Charles letters based on value judgment, court told

Posted on February 25th, 2014 at 15:40 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News -- Write a comment


Government lawyers have defended a decision by the attorney general, Dominic Grieve, to block the publication of letters written by Prince Charles to politicians…

The government has spent nine years resisting the disclosure of the letters, which it concedes contain the prince’s “most deeply held personal views and beliefs”…

Grieve’s veto banned the disclosure of 27 pieces of correspondence between the prince and ministers in seven government departments between September 2004 and April 2005…

He said: “This risk will arise if, through these letters, the Prince of Wales was viewed by others as disagreeing with government policy. Any such perception would be seriously damaging to his role as future monarch because if he forfeits his position of political neutrality as heir to the throne he cannot easily recover it when he is king.”

That’s the trouble with a kingdom. If the heir to the throne is a barking-mad loony, and the government is run by mendacious bar-stewards, it gets complicated.

Should we import another Dutch candidate?

  1. I wouldn’t worry, Sue. I believe Elizabeth is determined to outlive her twit son.

  2. @Rob: I’m not actually sure that she wasn’t replaced years ago. (Something like the plot of Bubba Ho-tep.)

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