This from The Ferret.
Prince Charles lobbies the Scottish Parliament.
The heir to the throne, Prince Charles, privately lobbied Alex Salmond when he was First Minister to give money or political backing to an organic food group, his north highland food brand, a stately home, a decaying castle and a series of other old buildings in Scotland.
Details of seven personal letters from the prince between July 2007 and July 2010, and Salmond’s replies, have been released under freedom of information law. Known informally to officials as “black spider memos” because of Charles’s handwriting style, they reveal his secret attempts to influence spending by the Scottish Government.
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