Finally, a reason for a monarchy

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  1. I’ve just been asked to run 3-hour “ethics” sessions for a major broadcaster’s staff producers. In the first session it was amazing how easily they could be drawn into cheating “for the good of the programme…” I’ve also seen Channel 4’s new “Producer Guidelines” which contains an hilarious paragraph (I paraphrae, but it means exactly this):
    It’s important that no-one on the production feels under any pressure to deliver “results”.

  2. Can’t comment on the film making (hey, I’m a scientist; we can’t (or shouldn’t, at least) spin the message) but your point about the monarchy vs the premiership is well-made.
    Yes, the monarch is a figure-head, and that’s exactly as it should be. Coming from a military background I understand the difference between swearing loyalty to the monarch (== the country) and to the current government.
    *Yes*, the government is the executive arm of the monarchy, but there’s a crucial and useful disconnect there.

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