Magazine article The Spectator

Portrait of the Week

Magazine article The Spectator

Portrait of the Week

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The government was defeated in the Lords over its attempt to repeal Section 28 of the Local Government Act, which forbids the knowing promotion of homosexuality in schools. An aeroplane was hijacked in Afghanistan and was brought to Stansted airport, Essex, where more than 150 passengers were held by armed men on board, although four crew escaped by night and the steward was then thrown off. Uncertainty in Northern Ireland continued as attempts were made to extract from the Irish Republican Army some hopeful indication of intent about their weaponry. The so-called Continuity IRA set off a bomb at a hotel at Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh, though no one was injured. The Plaid Cymru candidate won Ceredigion in a byelection and Labour came fourth after the Liberal Democrat and the Conservative candidates. There was separately much murmuring against Mr Alun Michael, the First Minister of the Welsh Assembly, a Labour MP, against whom Plaid Cymru tabled a motion of no confidence for his failure to secure money from the British government to make possible matching grants from the European Union. Mr Tharisse Muvunyi, known in Rwanda as 'The Commander', was arrested at home in Lewisham, south London, on a warrant from United Nations war crimes investigators seeking his extradition. Miss Jennie Page was made to resign as chief executive of the Millennium Dome and replaced with M. Pierre-Yves Gerbeau, a Frenchman who used to work for Disneyworld near Paris. Mr Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, joined Mr Richard Branson in offering to run the national lottery when its franchise comes up for renewal. An 11-year-old boy was arrested after parents of a girl complained of her rape near Skegness, Lincolnshire. A keeper was crushed to death by an elephant at Port Lympne zoo owned by Mr John Aspinall. An Aberdeen-Angus bull, called Jeremy Eric of Bridgefoot, fetched 28,000 guineas at the annual Perth show. …

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