Magazine article The Spectator

Potrait of the Week

Magazine article The Spectator

Potrait of the Week

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David Cameron, the Prime Minister, made a joint statement on Libya with President Barack Obama of the United States and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, saying that 'so long as Gaddafi is in power, Nato and its coalition partners must maintain their operations'. British and French military officers were being sent to Libya to train opposition forces. The frigate Cumberland, which had evacuated hundreds of people from Libya, arrived at Devonport to be decommissioned. The Ministry of Defence posted on the internet secret information about Britain's nuclear submarines, by not properly blanking out sections of the documents. The Commons Education Committee recommended that Ofsted should be split into two inspectorates, for education and children's care. Among the 36,500 runners in the London Marathon, Jon Morgan, aged 43, finished as the fastest cartoon character, dressed as Fred Flintstone, in 2:46.59.

Ed Miliband, the leader of the opposition, appeared on a platform with the Lib Dem MP Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, arguing in favour of the alternative vote. Mr Cable said that a speech on immigration by David Cameron had 'risked inflaming extremism'. Mr Cameron had said that recent numbers of unintegrated immigrants had 'created a kind of discomfort and disjointedness in some neighbourhoods'. He said that 'migrants are filling gaps in the labour market left wide open by a welfare system that for years has paid British people not to work'. Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, floated the idea once again of changing the law on royal succession to overturn male primogeniture.

Catherine Middleton was granted a coat of arms: Per pale Azure and Gules a Chevron Or cotised Argent between three Acorns slipped and leaved Or.

Glencore, the Swiss-based commodities company, was floated on the London Stock Exchange and declared that it controlled 60 per cent of the world's third party zinc market and 50 per cent of the copper. Seven miles of the M1 were closed for three days after a fire, apparently started deliberately, in a scrapyard at Mill Hill under a bridge carrying the motorway. Wakefield and District Housing said that an electrician had breached its policy by putting a palm cross on the dashboard of his van.


Misrata, in western Libya, continued be shelled by forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi. …

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