Magazine article The Spectator

Portrait of the Week: Cloning Clinic

Magazine article The Spectator

Portrait of the Week: Cloning Clinic

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Mr Stephen Byers, until then the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, took up the post of Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, from which Mr Peter Mandelson had resigned. Mr Mandelson had admitted little by little that he had borrowed 373,000 from Mr Geoffrey Robinson, the Paymaster General, to pay for a house in London, and that the interest chargeable on the loan was only at Midland bank base rate, and that he had a mortgage on the new property as well; but in his letter of resignation he said: 'I do not believe that I have done anything wrong or improper.' Mr Robinson also resigned, but it had been expected that Mr Tony Blair, the Prime Minister, would get rid of him over Christmas in any case. It later emerged that Mr Robinson was behind the funding of something called the Political Economy Unit, which before the last election arranged work on policies such as the windfall tax. Mr Alan Milburn, a health minister, took his job. Mr Chris Smith, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, took on responsibility for the Millennium Dome. Central Television was fined 2 million for fake footage in a documentary about drug smuggling. Orangemen made sporadic but unsuccessful attempts to march from Drumcree to the centre of Portadown along the Garvaghy Road. General Augusto Pinochet, confined to a house in Sunningdale under his bail conditions, was forbidden from going to church on Christmas Day. Lord Soper, the socialist Methodist, died, aged 95. An attempt by Mr Richard Branson to fly round the world in a balloon failed when he became stuck in a low pressure system half way and had to ditch in the Pacific. Thousands of houses were left for days without electricity as storms swept over the north of Britain.

FEDERAL Yugoslav troops and armed Serbian police attacked the Kosovo Liberation Army, ending a two-month ceasefire by attacking the village of Lapastica with 100 armoured vehicles; the KLA claimed to have destroyed eight tanks. …

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