Magazine article The Spectator

Portrait of the Week

Magazine article The Spectator

Portrait of the Week

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Theresa May was 'quite likely' to invoke Article 50 in January or February 2017, Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, said she had told him. A Brexit agreement limiting EU people's right to work in Britain would be vetoed by Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, according to Robert Fico, the Slovakian prime minister. At a UN summit, Mrs May said there should be a greater distinction between refugees and people trying to enter a country for economic reasons. Diane James was elected leader of the UK Independence Party. Two men who sold tooth whitener with 110 times the legal limit of hydrogen peroxide at the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells were jailed for 18 months.

Lord Kinnock warned of the disastrous electoral consequences if Labour voted again for Jeremy Corbyn; but supporters of Mr Corbyn took no notice. Some of them launched Momentum Kids for children and their 'carers'. An inquiry led by Sir George Newman, a former High Court judge, called the action by British troops in Iraq in 2003 that led to a teenager, Ahmed Jabbar Kareem Ali, drowning in a canal, 'clumsy, ill-directed and bullying'. Mohammed Hussain Syeedy, aged 21, was found guilty of murdering Jalal Uddin, aged 71, an imam in Rochdale, of whose healing practices he disapproved. Nottinghamshire Police included wolf-whistling in its reporting of 'hate crimes'.

The government approved construction of a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point after imposing 'significant new safeguards', such as limiting the ability of France to sell its interest in the venture. Lauri Love, a man with Asperger's syndrome suspected of hacking into US government systems, was to be extradited from Britain for trial, a district judge ruled; if guilty he might face 99 years in jail for a crime with a maximum sentence of two years eight months in Britain. A giant wasp photobombed the BBC Scottish news.


After the EU summit in Bratislava, Matteo Renzi, the prime minister of Italy, said: 'I cannot hold a press conference with Merkel and Hollande -- I don't agree with their positions on immigration and the economy.' Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, said: 'We agreed that Europe finds itself in a critical situation after Brexit.' Nine migrants were arrested after fire destroyed parts of the Moria refugee camp on Lesbos, from which 4,000 were evacuated. …

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