Magazine article The Spectator

Portrait of the Week

Magazine article The Spectator

Portrait of the Week

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Selkirk Sheriff Court dismissed a case brought against a man accused of selling beef on the bone. It ruled that the Beef Bones Regulations 1997 were defective because they were nonsensically allembracing; the government said mysteriously that this did not matter. Mr Tony Blair, the Prime Minister, made a secret arrangement with President Bill Clinton of the United States to import 10 lbs of highly radioactive uranium from the former Soviet state of Georgia to Dounreay. The ruling council of the Ulster Unionist party voted by 540 to 210 to support the Stormont agreement after Mr Blair assured its leader, Mr David Trimble, that he would keep an eye on what the Irish Republican Army did with its arms. A Catholic taxi-driver was shot dead in Andersonstown, west Belfast. Another Catholic, a council worker, was shot dead in Portadown. Mr Blair invited Mr Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel (whom he addressed as Bibi'), to talks on peace in the Middle East, to be held in London in May; President Yasser Arafat of the Palestinian Authority agreed to join them. Mr Donald Dewar, the Secretary of State for Scotland, told Dr Ian Oliver to resign as Chief Constable of Grampian after a public inquiry criticised his Force; Dr Oliver said he was due to retire in six weeks anyway. British Steel decided to pay some of its British, Australian and Brazilian suppliers in euros. Sheikh Mohammed decided to train 120 of his horses in France. The Right Reverend Trevor Huddleston, the anti-apartheid campaigner who became Archbishop of the Indian Ocean, died, aged 84. Lord Howell, formerly Denis Howell, a sports minister and, memorably, the minister with responsibility for the drought of 1976, who made it rain within two days of his appointment, died, aged 74. Sir Ronald Millar, the playwright and speechwriter who came up with Mrs Thatcher's little joke, `The Lady's not for turning,' died aged 78. …

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