Magazine article The Spectator

Portrait of the Week

Magazine article The Spectator

Portrait of the Week

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Diana, Princess of Wales visited Bosnia as part of her campaign to outlaw landmines and to help their victims. At the same time everyone began talking about her friendship with Dodi Fayed, the son of the owner of Harrods, with whom she was shown sunbathing in photographs in tabloid newspapers. Mr Alun Michael, a Home Office minister, announced that the names of some paedophiles might be released by the police `on the basis of the likelihood of the harm which non-disclosure might otherwise cause', drawing on the national register of sex offenders set up under the Sex Offenders Act. About 80,000 students decided not to take a year off between school and university to avoid the tuition fees the government is to impose from next year; the government offered to waive their fees if they undertook voluntary service. People in the north of Britain and in cities have more chance of dying early than those in the south or those living in the countryside; citizens of Glasgow were 66 per cent more likely to die prematurely than people living in rural Dorset, according to a survey by the Joseph Rowntree Trust. Mr Tam Dalyell, the Labour Member for Linlithgow (formerly West Lothian) called `plain silly' support by Mr Peter Mandelson, the Minister without Portfolio, for the government's plans for devolution. Mr Martin McGuinness of Sinn Fein, the political face of the Irish Republican Army, debated on television with Mr Ken Maginnis, the Ulster Unionist, who called him `the leader of the IRA, who has been the godfather of godfathers'. The headline annual rate of inflation rose to 3.3 per cent in July from 2.9 per cent in June; the government's `preferred rate' is 2.5 per cent. Unemployment fell to 1,550,000, the lowest since 1980. Ladbroke's won a licence to open the fifth casino in London near Tottenham Court Road Underground station. Hailstones the size of golf balls fell on Gloucestershire. …

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