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Govt Gives Confidential Information To Prince Charles

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Revealed: Prince Charles has been sent confidential cabinet documents for decades, secret Government dossier says
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The scale of Government paperwork sent to the Prince of Wales since at least 1992 can be revealed for the first time after a three-year legal battle.

I wonder if the government would be so kind as to send me this confidential information as well, however that won't happen as my family unfortunately has no title and is the wrong birthline, and of course they want to stop me from knowing anything by altering the FOI Act.

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I'd be worried if the future head of state didn't know what was going on.

In Charles' case, I'm still not sure he knows what's going on even after a briefing.

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If we are going to have a constitutional monarchy then the heir needs to be in the loop IMPO. Just as, IMPO, our leaders need some kind of prviate - and secure - jets to fly the world in.

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Yes, but can we trust Charlie's judgement now his personal advisor Jimmy Savile has slipped this mortal coil...?

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If we are going to have a constitutional monarchy then the heir needs to be in the loop IMPO. Just as, IMPO, our leaders need some kind of prviate - and secure - jets to fly the world in.

Perhaps filled with high class escorts and glass tables for entertaining foreign dignitaries.

Might help us secure a few more trade deals with those emerging power houses..

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I'd be worried if the future head of state didn't know what was going on.

In Charles' case, I'm still not sure he knows what's going on even after a briefing.

From the Independent article about this:

The revelation follows the release in May, following another FoI battle, of the so-called “black spider memos” sent by the Prince to ministers over several years. Twenty-seven letters – 10 from Charles to ministers, 14 by ministers and three letters between private secretaries – written between September 2004 and March 2005 were published.

In its letter last night to Mr Cameron, Republic said: “The fact that… Charles has privileged access to Cabinet papers is a further cause for concern as it means he is able to lobby ministers in secret at every stage of policy development process.

It is plainly wrong Charles can lobby on new policy proposals even before the public are aware of the existence of such proposals. Cabinet papers will include market-sensitive information that would enable a person in possession of the information to use it to further their own financial interests.

“He is not just a figurehead, he has become a participant in national debate and there is no control over his lobbying,”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/prince-charles-routinely-sent-secret-cabinet-papers-for-decades-a6774771.html

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Clearly no one in the media has ever read Bagehots standard book on the role of the monarchy in the British constitution. You know the bit about the 'right to be consulted, the right to advise and the right to warn'. Rightly or wrongly the whole point of the monarch is to act as a 'lobby' in the British government system.

In next weeks sensational revelation the Queen as a race horse owner gets inside information on what is likely to win the 3.30 at Newbury.

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If he converts to Islam will he still get briefings

I had a dream that Jack Straw converted to Islam.

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I don't know why anyone should be surprised at this. The Queen is the head of state, and Charles is effectively her deputy. The monarchy here have been clever enough to give the impression they effectively rubber stamp stuff already decided - so hardly surprising that they have a decent say over what's put in front of them to rubber stamp.

Is it right? Of course not. But this country appears to be happy to be subjects of a Queen/King.

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The PM has a meeting with her every week to discuss "matters of state" so it's along the same lines - confidential meetings wherever she is based. Apparently there are meetings with cabinet ministers as well.

It would be interesting to know the portfolio investments though.

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