Magazine article The Spectator

Potrait of the Week

Magazine article The Spectator

Potrait of the Week

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Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, in his speech to the Liberal Democrat conference in Liverpool repeated the phrase 'stick with us', concluding 'Stick with us and together we will change Britain for good. Thank you.' He told party activists: 'If you want Liberal Democrat manifestos, make sure we win the next election.' Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, controversially echoed Adam Smith in saying that capitalism 'kills competition'. A man with no arms or legs swam the Channel from Folkestone to Wissant, near Calais, in 13-and-a-half hours.

David Cameron, the Prime Minister, seeing off Pope Benedict XVI at Birmingham airport after his four-day state visit to Britain, said: 'You have really challenged the whole country to sit up and think.' Predictions of a poor reception for Pope Benedict had proved notably false. Before an open-air congregation of 50,000 he had beatified John Henry, Cardinal Newman. In an address to both Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall he had spoken in favour of 'the legitimate role of religion in the public square' and of 'the public celebration of festivals such as Christmas'. At Lambeth Palace, Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, urged a common 'commitment to the dignity of all human beings, from the beginning to the end of life'. Six roadsweepers arrested on suspicion of a plot to blow up the Pope were released without charge.

The England and Wales Cricket Board threatened to take legal action against Ijaz Butt, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, for claiming England threw the third one-day game at The Oval. The International Cricket Council also examined Pakistan's scoring pattern in the game, in a continuing controversy over claims of bribery in betting deals. Imran Farooq, a founder of the Muttahida Quami Movement party in Pakistan, was stabbed and beaten to death outside his house in Edgware, London.

The British Government committed another £70 million in aid to Pakistan to help with flood relief, bringing its total donation to £134 million. Jonathan Evans, the head of MI5, the security service, expressed concern about the influence of the Yemen-based Islamist cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, whose sermons have featured in more than 5,000 videos on YouTube.


North Korea's ruling party is to hold its first conference since 1980 on Tuesday, perhaps to name Kim Jong-il's third son, Kim Jong-un, as his successor. …

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