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‘Give teens a
Saturday job
to foster a
work ethic’
BRITISH teenagers should be encouraged to take up Saturday and afterschool jobs to prepare them for the
world of employment, the Work and
Pensions Secretary says today.
In her first interview since being
promoted earlier this year, Esther
McVey says that teenage employment
is important if Britain is to provide
more resilient home-grown workers
after Brexit.
Ms McVey made the comments to
The Daily Telegraph after official research by immigration advisers
claimed earlier this week that Britons
were perceived to be less hard-working than European immigrants and had
far higher levels of absenteeism.
Some employers are concerned that
young British workers are not ambitious or resilient enough to take over
jobs after Brexit that are currently filled
by European immigrants.
In today’s interview, Ms McVey says
she does not regard British workers as
“lazy” but stresses that more could be
done to help prepare youngsters for
the world of work.
“Let’s not put ourselves down, we’ve
got a very hard-working nation, we’ve
now got record numbers of people in
employment and nine out of 10 are UK
nationals doing those jobs, that has increased significantly,” she says. “But
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leaders is to say we’ve got to support
you, we’ve got to make sure we’ve got
the right people you want to employ.
“What you’ve seen from the Eighties, particularly in this country, is far
fewer people doing Saturday jobs and
doing jobs after school. It’s about people understanding what a boss wants
and what you want out of a job and I
think we’ve come a long way in supporting people in that. That’s why
you’ve seen more people getting employed and more British people getting
employment.”
But she adds there has been a “significant decrease” of as much as 60 per
cent in the number of young people
working on Saturdays, explaining that
some of the fall could be down to an increased focus on academia.
The drop means young people do
not have the “soft skills” required for
work, she says, explaining that young
people are turning up for jobs late or
constantly checking their phones,
leading employers to look elsewhere.
The former TV presenter, who lost
her seat in the 2015 general election before returning to Parliament last year,
also indicates that the Government still
has concerns over the inter-generational fairness of the welfare system.
She calls for a debate about whether
the retirement age should continue to
increase and whether pensioner benefits like free bus passes and TV licences
should be reviewed to ensure taxpayers’ money is spent effectively.
The last Conservative manifesto
drew criticism for its plans to meanstest the winter fuel allowance and target elderly people with a so-called
“dementia tax” to fund social care.
Ms McVey indicates today that the
means-testing of universal pensioner
benefits is still on the agenda but that
any changes would only be made after
careful consideration.
Interview: Page 11
Editorial Comment: Page 29
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By Kate McCann
Senior Political correSPondent
British soldier killed as captured jihadi ‘Beatles’ speak out
Alexanda Kotey, right, and El Shafee Elsheikh, members of a brutal Isil group dubbed “The Beatles”, pictured at a security centre in Kobani, Syria, yesterday
By Josie Ensor
Middle eaSt correSPondent
A MEMBER of the British special forces
has been killed by a roadside bomb in
Syria – the first death of a serving UK
soldier in the fight against Isil.
The unnamed man was killed on
Thursday alongside an American special forces trooper when their convoy
hit an improvised explosive device in
the northern Syrian city of Manbij, also
wounding four members of the local
council.
He had been embedded with US special forces overseeing a clean-up oper-
ation in Manbij, which was controlled
by Isil until it was taken by allied Kurdish and Arab forces in summer 2016.
It came as two British Isil fighters being held in Syria gave their first interview since their arrest in January.
Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee
Elsheikh, members of a group of jihad-
RAF chief: We need more money
and crews to deal with Russia
By Ben Farmer
defence correSPondent
THE Royal Air Force needs more
money and airmen if it is to deal with
the challenge from Russia, the head of
the service writes today, as it prepares
to mark its 100th birthday.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier
says the RAF is at its busiest for generations and must modernise if it is not to
lose its edge over other states. Writing
in The Daily Telegraph, he says the RAF
is “hard-pressed” from constant operations, and its air superiority which has
been taken for granted is under threat.
Sir Stephen adds that the RAF remains “at the forefront of the defence
of our nation, not least in the face of an
assertive and aggressive Russian threat
to us, our allies and the international
rules-based system”. His comments
come as the RAF tomorrow commemorates 100 years since it was formed.
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ists thought to have tortured and killed
hostages and dubbed “The Beatles”,
said it would be impossible to receive a
fair trial in the UK because of the media’s coverage of their case.
Manbij, close to the Turkish border,
earned the nickname “Little London”
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Chinese space lab to
give ‘splendid show’
By Our Foreign Staff
“My fortune cookie
just says ‘LOOK OUT!’ ”
A DEFUNCT space laboratory set to
fall back to Earth in the coming days is
unlikely to cause any damage, Chinese
authorities said yesterday.
The country’s space agency said it
would offer instead a “splendid” show
akin to a meteor shower. It said the
eight-tonne Tiangong-1 would re-enter
the atmosphere between today and
Monday, though the European Space
Agency predicted a narrower window
of tonight to late Sunday evening.
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March 2017: ‘corruption at
the bank’
This time last year Mr Mundy
was tricked into transferring
£280,000 to a criminal posing as
a Barclays employee.
The criminals appeared to have an
in-depth knowledge of the banking
system,
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, according
ding to Mr Mundy.
Mundy They
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claimed they’d spotted a number of
suspicious payments on his account.
Mr Mundy confirmed the
transactions, such as £900 spent at
Argos, were not made by him.
A week later Mr Mundy,
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“unusual activity” on his online
account, which was to be frozen as
a “precautionary measure”.
This legitimate communication
from Barclays only made the
fraudsters’ story more convincing,
he said.
On March 13 Mr Mundy received a
call from the criminals explaining a
corrupt staff member had been
identified in a Kent branch of Barclays.
He was advised to keep his money
safe by making 14 bank transfers of
£20,000 each from four Barclays
branches, to accounts held at
Yorkshire Bank, NatWest, RBS, TSB
claiming to be from
fr
Barclays fraud
and HSBC.
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Mr Mundy said some Barclays staff
posing as a BT engineer
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asked him where the money was going
con Mr Mundy out
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but he said he was not warned about
£18,500 from
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hiis bank account.
scams.
Mr Mundy’s family
are concerned
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He told them he was paying it into
his details were shared between
family accounts for inheritance
criminals who see
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reasons, as the fraudster
advised.
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easy target.
Barclays eventually identified the
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This is highly
payments as suspicious and called Mr
Sarah Burns, “Scambassador”
“Scambassador” for
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Mundy into a branch three days later.
National Trading
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The scam was then uncovered.
team, who said that
sucker lists are
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Amy Biddle, Mr Mundy’s daughter,
easily obtained online.
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said the family
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have fallen for sscams before are
for guidance.
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valuable.
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collabo
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trafficking
fraud department and the bank also
these details on the dark web and
failed to explain the next steps in its
trading lists between
bettween themselves.”
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Instead, she said, the manager
Money said it proactively
prroactively hunted down handed Mr Mundy a “book on scams”
protect
these lists to pro
otect customers.
on his way out.
Action Fraud said police would only
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potentia
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Financial scammers are buying
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cam victims are being
targeted multiple times
by fraudsters who
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so-called “sucker lists”
that include their
personal and financial information.
These lists of people who have
previously been conned are
circulated between organised crime
groups and can be bought on the
dark web.
There is no exact figure for how
many people appear on sucker lists,
but Action Fraud, the UK’s fraud and
cyber crime reporting centre,
estimates that the number of
vulnerable consumers whose details
are in the hands of fraudsters is “in
the thousands”.
John Mundy and his family
believe his details were placed on
such a list after he was tricked into
transferring £280,000 into “safe
accounts” last March by criminals
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feed. Bring my children
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where the fun really starts.
At 11, eight and five years old, grace,
Ivy and dorothy all have their own
aprons, slung on the kitchen door next
to an assortment of mine.
each has very different capabilities
in the kitchen. grace, the eldest, likes
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errace house: from two
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clatter as she busies herself with pots
and pans downstairs in the kitchen.
There is always mess, but what she
makes, and the way she will call us into
the kitchen when she has finished,
makes my heart swell.
Ivy is keen on any kitchen tasks
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Comedy star Bill
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Heartbeat actor, has
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1992 and 2000,
died in hospital in
Leicestershire
shortly after
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whose real name
was Walter
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in Oh No, It’s Selwyn
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starred in Carry On
films. He recently
filmed an episode
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celebrated 60 years
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hosted the Middleton family – was present at the wedding of James Matthews
and Pippa Middleton in May 2017.
A Paris judicial official told The Telegraph: “I confirm that David M was
placed in police custody on 27 March at
the Brigade for the Protection of
Minors. Following his arrest, the Paris
public prosecutor’s office opened a judicial investigation, overlooked by an
examining magistrate.
“He was placed under judicial supervision by the investigating judge. The
investigation alleges that the crimes
were committed in 1998 and 1999. The
YORKSHIRE TV
David Matthews
is facing allegations
in France over the
‘rape of a minor’
investigations will now continue as a
judicial investigation and will be led by
an investigating judge.”
A spokesman for Mr Matthews said:
“David Matthews categorically denies
the allegation and unequivocally contests the untrue and scandalous accusation.”
Mr Matthews, the son of a Yorkshire
coal miner, is a self-made millionaire
who rose from his first job as a garage
mechanic to become a racing driver.
In 1971 he won a division of the British Touring Car Championships.
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THE father-in-law of Pippa Middleton
is being investigated by French police
over allegations he raped a female minor. David Matthews, the father of
James Matthews, who married the
Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, was
questioned by police on Tuesday over
an alleged attack and placed under formal investigation by a magistrate.
The alleged rape is said to have happened in 1998-99, and was reported to
police in 2017. Mr Matthews denies the
“untrue and scandalous accusation”.
Under French law, being put under
formal investigation means there is
“serious or consistent evidence” that
points to probable involvement in a
crime. It is a step toward a trial but investigations can be dropped without
proceeding to court.
After questioning, Mr Matthews was
freed but remains under judicial control, meaning prosecutors have attached conditions to his release or
imposed certain limits on who he can
meet or where he can go. A judicial
source told The Daily Telegraph his
“freedom of movement” has not been
restricted, meaning he does not have to
remain in France. Kensington Palace,
which represents the Duchess of Cambridge, did not comment.
The 74-year-old, a millionaire former racing driver who owns the Eden
Roc hotel on St Barths in the Caribbean
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Corden’s father takes
aim at BBC film reviewer
James Corden’s father has complained
to the BBC after a film reviewer said he
was “appallingly irritating”.
The actor voices the protagonist in
the new Peter Rabbit film, in the
character’s first big-screen depiction.
Mark Kermode’s Radio 5 Live
co-presenter Simon Mayo read out a
letter said to have been penned by
Corden’s father, Malcolm Corden.
Quoting the letter, Mayo said: “To
hear you describe our son as
appallingly irritating... was very
difficult to listen to.”
Juror’s online posts are
being investigated
Comments posted on social media by a
juror in the rape trial of two Irish
rugby players are being investigated
by John Larkin, Northern Ireland’s
Attorney General.
He will investigate whether a juror’s
online comments represent a breach
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Under law, jurors are not permitted
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conduct that suggests that they will try
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News
This will raise a few
eyebrows – I visited a
tattoo parlour again
ended to denote “love
reservation intended
thy neighbour”. Saying she has “never
e told The Telegraph in
regretted it”, she
ways been very happy
2003: “I’ve always
o. But back then, only
about my tattoo.
ors and Hell’s Angels
prisoners, sailors
got tattooed.
e madly out of control.
“Now it’s gone
n senators have them.”
Even Republican
Years later, ass tattoos became even
more common, she joked: “I decided
ecause it was the most
to get a tattoo because
shocking thing I could think of doing.
m utterly disgusted and
“And now I’m
Dame Helen did not think
she would go back but the
idea of saving time in the
morning was irresistible
By Hannah Furness
ARTS CORRESPONDENT
Montagu
Montague
mocks cco-host
as she signs
sig off
from Today
To
By Hannah Furness
ARTS CORRESPONDENT
CORRESPONDEN
THEY have spent 18 years rubbing
along in the Today studio in the early
hours of the morni
morning, so it was only
fitting that Sarah Montague’s final
moments on the R
Radio 4 show were
dedicated to merci
mercilessly teasing her
co-host.
Montague, who le
leaves Today to host
The World at One, p
poked fun at John
Humphrys during her
h last moments on
air, telling him she was looking forward to broadcasting
broadcasti
single-handed
and suggesting he ought
ou
to retire.
She made her fin
final appearance as
Today host yesterda
yesterday, celebrating with
a compilation of her best moments and
a visit from the entire
entir programme team
and her own teenage children.
Humphrys, 74, who
wh joined the show
in 1987, told listeners:
listeners “In our own little
world of Today, it’s the end of an era.
She [Montague] is pulling a terrible
face at the idea of this
th being the end of
an era.”
mo
As his co-host modestly
protested at
S
Sarah
Montague,
w
who left Radio 4’s
T
Today programme
y
yesterday after 18
y
years
BACKGRID
NOT long ago, she joked that she was
“utterly disgusted” with her own oncecontroversial tattoo after body art became so “completely mainstream”.
But Dame Helen Mirren has ventured back into the parlour for a good
cause: saving time in the morning.
The Oscar-winning actress, often
lauded for her natural beauty at 72, has
disclosed she has had eyebrows tattooed on in a move she has said makes
a “huge difference” to her appearance.
The increasingly popular tattoos see
individual hair strokes lightly drawn in
semi-permanent ink to give realisticlooking eyebrows to frame the face
without reapplying a pencil, powder or
gel each day. “I’ll tell you what I had
done recently, which I love – I got my
eyebrows tattooed,” Dame Helen reported in a newspaper.
“I was fed up of my brows barely being there and when one of my girlfriends got it done, I thought that they
looked great. They’re very lightly and
delicately done – but it means that
when I get up in the morning and I
have no make-up on, at least I have eyebrows. It’s made a huge difference.”
Dame Helen, face of beauty brand
L’Oreal, has become a prominent advocate for older women, famously insisting her photographs are not excessively
enhanced.
In 2016, she said she had begun to
pay more attention to her eyebrows after playing the Queen on stage in The
Audience. “I don’t think the Queen has
ever touched them,” she said then.
“She’s got quite present eyebrows. So
when I was making myself up as the
Queen I thought, ‘Oh, that’s actually
quite an interesting look’.”
Dame Helen already had one small
tattoo on her hand, a symbol acquired
while “very drunk” with friends during
an acting job on an American Indian
‘I was fed up
of my brows
barely being
there and
when one
of my
girlfriends
got it done I
thought that
they looked
great’
Dame Helen Mirren
insists that her
photographs are
not excessively
touched up but she
is happy to have
had a little help
with her morning
beauty regime
thanks to eyebrows
that are
permanently
tattooed on
use it’s become comshocked because
ream, which is unacpletely mainstream,
ceptable to me.””
oll by the British AssoIn 2015, a poll
y Therapy and Cosmeciation of Beauty
omen spend an average
tology found women
£200 per year on eyebrow grooming.
chniques such as miTattooing techniques
croblading costt hundreds of pounds
uire several sessions to
and usually require
complete. The cosmetic procedure
ts including bruising
has side effects
and swelling.
ach to make-up as she
Of her approach
e Helen has previously
has aged, Dame
e get stuck with a look,
said: “I think we
hen we get older. We
particularly when
u can experiment. It’s
forget that you
he world – you can alnot the end of the
ff again.
ways wipe it off
“The irony is that the older you get,
e. I think, ‘God, when I
the less you care.
d probably had much
was young, and
ouldn’t dream of going
better skin, I wouldn’t
scara.’”
out without mascara.’”
the fuss, he told he
her: “Wait a minute,
don’t interrupt.”
“Bit rich coming from you,” she retorted. “I’m not dying,
dyin I’m not retiring,
I’m only moving a few
fe hours and a few
metres.”
sh was leaving beAsked whether she
cause of “something
“somethin we said”, Montague joked: “Over 18 years? Every
single day.”
s confessed, was
The true reason, she
to experience life with
w
a little more
sleep, working “conventional
“conv
hours”.
re
She added: “It’s really
weird, people
are really nice to you
y
when you say
you’re leaving! You should
s
try it, John.”
Saying she would miss her co-hosts
the most, Montague admitted she was
“quite looking forward
forw
to” presenting
single-handedly.
remain the longest-servHumphrys remains
ing Today host, takin
taking a salary cut after
the BBC talent pay disclosures
d
showed
he was paid between
betwe
£600,000 and
£649,999 in 2016-17.
2016-17 Montague did not
feature in the report,
report meaning she was
paid less than £150,000
£150,0
per year.
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The smiling, chatty pair accused of brutality
Britons said to have been
part of the ‘Beatles’ jihadist
group deny being involved
in killings and kidnapping
By Ben Riley-Smith
Above: Mohammed
Emwazi, Aine Lesley
Davis, El Shafee
Elsheikh, and
Alexanda Amon
Kotey. Kotey, below
left, and Elsheikh
are now detained
in Syria
victed in Turkey. But the fate of
Elsheikh and Kotey is up in the air as
Britain and America debate where the
jihadists should be sent to stand trial.
Both men denied they were part of
the group in the interview – though admitted their allegiance to Isil – and distanced themselves from the killing of
Mr Foley and other victims.
Kotey said that many in Isil “would
have disagreed” with the murders “on
the grounds that there is probably
more benefit in them being political
prisoners”.
He added: “As for my position, I
didn’t see any benefit. It was some-
thing that was regrettable.” Kotey also
blamed Western governments for failing to negotiate, noting that some hostages were released for ransoms.
Elsheikh denounced the chances of
justice being served given the media’s
portrayal of the group.
“No fair trial, when I am the ‘Beatle’
in the media. No fair trial,” he said.
He also commented on the stripping
of the pair’s British citizenship – something widely reported but not officially
confirmed by the British authorities
because of privacy rules.
Elsheikh said the move exposed
them to “rendition and torture” by
“being taken to any foreign land and
treated in anyway and having nobody
to vouch for you”.
He added: “When you have these
two guys who don’t even have any citizenship... if we just disappear one day,
where is my mom going to go and say:
‘Where is my son?’”
The pair dubbed the allegations
against them “propaganda” and said
being stripped of their citizenship was
“illegal”.
Yet the denials clash with claims
from the US authorities who detailed
their alleged crimes when announcing
terrorism sanctions in the past.
Elsheikh had “earned a reputation
‘No fair trial,
when I am
the “Beatle”
in the media.
No fair trial’
for waterboarding, mock executions
and crucifixions while serving as an
(Isil) jailer” since fleeing Britain, according to the US state department.
It was a radical contrast to his early
life as the son of a Sudanese family who
earned a living as a mechanic in White
City, east London. He moved to Syria in
2012.
Kotey was a guard for the execution
cell and “likely engaged in the group’s
executions and exceptionally cruel torture methods, including electronic
shock and waterboarding,” according
to the state department.
Part Ghanaian and Greek-Cypriot,
he had been living in Paddington, London, before converting to Islam in his
20s and joining Isil.
The future for both men now looks
uncertain. America wants home countries to take back their jihadists so they
can be prosecuted in their own courts.
Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, does not want the men back in
the UK – yet British officials also oppose them facing the death penalty in
the United States.
The likelihood of the pair leaving
their capture in northern Syria any
time soon – despite their vehement
denials and engagement with the
media – looks pretty slim.
AP
SMILING and sipping drinks on a
brown leather sofa, El Shafee Elsheikh
and Alexanda Amon Kotey display few
signs of their sinister past.
One dressed in a tracksuit top, the
other in a blue pullover, the men are
seen engaging in conversation and
chuckling in newly released photographs.
It is only in pictures of them handcuffed and with faces covered by rudimentary
masks
while
being
transported that there is a hint of the
pair’s threat.
In fact these young Britons are two
of the country’s most notorious suspected killers, accused of overseeing a
brutal regime of executions and torture
in the name of Islamic State of Iraq and
the Levant (Isil).
They are accused of forming half of
the infamous “Beatles” jihadist group
of UK citizens who fled to the Middle
East, taking up arms in the hope of
forming a new caliphate. The beheadings of David Haines, the British aid
worker, and James Foley, the American
journalist, are among the crimes that
the group is said to have committed.
Yet speaking from a compound in
northern Syria in their first interview
since capture, the two men issued a
string of rebuttals.
They denied any involvement in the
group’s kidnapping or killings, with
one going as far as saying Mr Foley’s
death was “regrettable”.
They hit out at their “Beatles” media
portrayal, claiming the nickname
would undermine the chance of a fair
trial. The jihadists even denounced as
“illegal” reported attempts by the British Government to strip them of their
UK citizenship.
The interview, conducted by the Associated Press, provides a telling insight into the minds of two men
allegedly at the heart of the Beatles jihadist cell.
Mohammed Emwazi, the group’s
leader, dubbed “Jihadi John”, who
often brandished a knife in gruesome
beheading videos, was killed in a drone
strike in 2015.
Aine Lesley Davis, another member
of the cell, is serving seven years in
prison after being arrested and con-
Soldier killed while
The RAF has come so far in 100 years but its
next generation air force must reach for the stars on US forces mission
Commentary
By Sir Stephen Hillier
The Royal Air Force became the
world’s first independent air service
100 years ago tomorrow. Its creation
was more than just recognition of the
revolutionary effect of air power after
nearly four years of bitter fighting in
the First World War. It signalled that
air power’s strength and capability
was outgrowing its original purpose as
an ancillary to land and naval forces.
History has validated conclusively
the vision and judgements of those in
1918 who foresaw its strategic potential
and drove the creation of the RAF.
Today, the RAF remains at the
forefront of the defence of our nation.
Our air defences are on constant alert
in the UK, on Nato duties and in the
Falkland Islands, responding to threats
from states or international terrorism.
Dominance in the air has been a
baseline assumption over the past
three decades. But our control of the
air is now being challenged, as we
have seen with the Russians in Syria
and through other state-based threats.
As others seek rapidly to match or
even surpass our technological edge,
we must modernise our capabilities in
air, space and cyberspace.
The RAF needs to grow the next
generation air force: to fill gaps, such
as with P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft
and in information capabilities; to give
greater resilience and sustainability to
a hard-pressed front line, such as
additional Typhoon squadrons; and to
operate within increasingly contested
air and space environments, with
aircraft like the F-35 Lightning. We
need the resources – money and
people – to make this happen, while
driving modernisation and efficiency.
The RAF will respond to the
challenge. We will continue working
very closely with the Royal Navy and
the Army, the Services from which we
were formed a century ago.
RAF100 gives a unique opportunity
to commemorate our past and
celebrate our successes today. But it
offers much more than that. We can
use RAF100 to inspire young people
and to connect with all parts of British
society. We aim to reach out to up to
2 million young people, inspiring them
through this example and a series of
programmes, apprenticeships and
scholarships, especially in STEM
subjects. Inspiring them towards
technology and innovation not just in
the RAF but across the UK.
The superb men and women who
serve today are the proud inheritors of
the legacy of our first 100 years. We
look forward with pride and
confidence to inspiring the
generations who will take us through
our next 100 years. The sky has never
been the limit for our people: as our
motto, Per Ardua Ad Astra, confirms,
they are reaching for the stars.
Sir Stephen Hillier is Air Chief Marshal,
Chief of the Air Staff
Continued from Page 1
because of the large numbers of British
Isil fighters stationed in the city during
the days of the so-called caliphate.
Since 2014 the US-led coalition
against Isil has provided weapons,
training and other support to Kurdish
and Arab forces fighting jihadists in
Syria and Iraq.
Isil has largely been cleared from
northern Syria, but insurgents are
known to operate around the city and
have carried out a number of attacks in
recent months. While British troops
have been training Iraqi forces, there
has been no official admission they have
special forces on the ground in Syria.
A Ministry Of Defence spokesman
said last night: “It is with regret that we
must confirm that a member of the UK
Armed Forces was killed by an impro-
vised explosive device in Syria yesterday. The individual was embedded
with US forces on a counter-Daesh operation when the incident occurred.
The family has been notified and our
thoughts are with them at this difficult
time.”
Col. Ryan Dillon, a US-led coalition
spokesman, said an investigation was
under way to identify the possible attackers. “We have our initial assessment and thoughts on that but we
won’t provide them until the investigation is complete,” he said.
The incident happened late on
Thursday – the day US President Donald Trump said he would pull out forces
“very soon”, in an impromptu announcement that caught his advisers
off guard. “We’re knocking the hell out
of Isil,” he said.
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News
Why watching
your team win
could give you
a heart attack
DEDICATED sports fans have long
known that passionately supporting
their team through thick and thin can
come at a cost.
But few would have predicted that
doing so might cause them to suffer a
heart attack – particularly when their
team wins.
That, however, is the principal insight of research which has established
a link between a club’s sporting victory
and increased risk of heart attacks
among its fans.
The risk was found to be particularly
strong among men under 55. Female
fans appeared not to be affected.
Scientists have long been aware of
an association between major sports
events and unhealthy behavioural
changes, such as drinking alcohol and
eating fatty foods. For the study, however, they set out to look for evidence
that supporting a team may directly
trigger a medical emergency.
The Montreal Canadiens are the oldest continuous professional ice hockey
team in the world and their fans are renowned for their passion.
Researchers at the Montreal Heart
Institute analysed admissions data for
patients with ST-elevation myocardial
infarction (STEMI) – a serious type of
heart attack – the day after the Canadiens played.
They found that in men under 55, a
home victory was associated with a 40
per cent increase in STEMI admissions.
The association between losing
games and hospital admissions was
found to be not statistically significant
and researchers were unable to explain
why it was the successful matches that
seemed more likely to prompt heart at-
‘Emotional triggers at the
end and/or after the match
might impose a greater risk
for vulnerable populations’
ulations,” the research team wrote in
the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.
“This hypothesis is further supported by the notion that significant increases in STEMI hospital admissions
occurred one day after a game in our
study, while no difference in admission
rates were observed on match days.”
While the research is the first of its
kind to establish an ongoing association between sports results and the
health of its fans, scientists have noticed effects following major one-off
matches in the past.
When the Dutch football team was
knocked out of the 1996 European
championship following a penalty
shoot-out against France, for example,
there was a 50 per cent increase in
deaths of Dutch men from heart attacks
and strokes on the day of the match.
Scientists at the University Medical
Centre in Utrecht blamed stress, high
alcohol intake, overeating and excessive
smoking during the game.
Dance of the cygnets Students of the English National Ballet School are touring My First Ballet: Swan Lake nationally until
May 22, to give children aged three years and upwards their first taste of the magical world of ballet in an adapted version
British woman found after barefoot walk in Brazil jungle
A BRITISH woman who vanished for
five days after walking barefoot into
the Brazilian jungle only wanted “time
alone” to meditate, her mother said, after she was found alive yesterday.
Dr Diane Brewster said her daughter
Katherine called her to say she was
“amazed” to discover how much of a
“fuss” had been made over her welfare.
The 27-year-old had been missing
since disappearing into the wilderness
to meditate at a remote beauty spot.
Police had been looking for Ms
Brewster, from Brighton, East Sussex,
ever since she left a host family on the
outskirts of a hippie commune in Alpestre, in the southern state of Santa
Catarina.
“We are extremely relieved and
thankful,” Dr Brewster told The Daily
Telegraph. “She’s absolutely fine. She
went out on a kind of meditation and
has come back to find it all kicking off.
“She’s been really quite surprised by
it all. As far as she was concerned everything was fine and she’s come back to
find this fuss. I’ve spoken to her on the
phone and she’s fine. She is giving interviews to Brazilian media.” The people of the UniPermacultura alternative
UNIPERMACULTURA/FACEBOOK
By Henry Bodkin
tacks. They noted, however, that other
studies had shown that strong emotional responses may influence heart
attack susceptibility, suggesting that
watching a victory may be more emotionally significant than a defeat.
The fact that women appeared not to
be medically affected by the result of
the game was particularly striking as
previous research had shown that they
were more susceptible than men to
mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia, which can also lead to a heart
attack.
“The fact that game outcomes are
unknown to the spectator until the end
implies that emotional triggers at the
end and/or after the match might impose a greater risk for vulnerable pop-
AMBER HUNT
Researchers show that
the health of passionate
sports fans is more at risk
after witnessing a victory
Katherine Brewster returns to the commune
community reported her disappearance on Tuesday when she left with
only her passport and credit card. Last
night they shared a photograph showing she was wearing the same clothes
she had left in, with her legs covered in
scratches after apparently getting lost
in thick undergrowth.
Neli da Terra, a local, wrote on Facebook that Ms Brewster was “a guest for
a period of 32 days, in search of a contact with earth and nature, always with
a quiet behaviour and relationship and
without causing any damage to the
community and our family”.
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Saturday 31 March 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Politics
Anti-Semitism row ‘stirred
up to attack Corbyn’, says ally
As pressure mounts on
Labour leader, Christine
Shawcroft says complaints
are politically motivated
By Harry Yorke Political
corresPondent and Hayley Dixon
A CLOSE ally of Jeremy Corbyn who
was forced to resign over a Holocaust
row has claimed that Labour’s antiSemitism problem is a ruse “stirred up
to attack” the Labour leader.
Christine Shawcroft, who was forced
to step down as the chairman of
Labour’s disciplinary panel on Thursday, told supporters yesterday that the
allegations against Mr Corbyn “absolutely beggars belief ”.
In comments that also appeared to
undermine Mr Corbyn’s pledge to
clean up his party, Ms Shawcroft
claimed that concerns about anti-Semitism were politically motivated and an
attempt to undermine the party leader.
The row came as an official complaint made against Mr Corbyn by
members of the Jewish community
was last night dismissed by the Labour
Party. The complaint, submitted by the
Campaign
Against
Anti-Semitism
(CAA), alleged that the Labour leader’s
failure to stamp out hatred during the
past three years had brought his party
into disrepute.
The charity lodged an official complaint on Wednesday, but less than 24
hours after its receipt was acknowledged, sources close to Mr Corbyn said
that it had been decided it did not cross
the threshold for investigation.
The CAA, which is organising a mass
protest to demand that Labour take the
issue seriously, is now considering all
‘If somebody does something
as abhorrent as support a
Holocaust denier, you have
got to forget the past’
legal options. Meanwhile, Mr Corbyn
came under growing pressure from his
own MPs to suspend Ms Shawcroft
after she was found to have attacked
Labour Party staff for suspending Alan
Bull, a Peterborough activist, for sharing an article describing the Holocaust
as a “hoax”.
It followed a letter sent to Mr Corbyn
on Thursday evening, signed by 39 Labour MPs and peers, which demanded
that he live up to his promise to purge
the party of anti-Semites and apologists. But in a statement published yesterday morning, Ms Shawcroft insisted
she did not support Holocaust denial.
Referring to Mr Bull’s case, she again
insisted she had not seen his message
and had simply been “trying to support
members affected by all the shenanigans around council selections”.
She later deleted the statement after
an angry backlash, insisting that she
was “deeply sorry for what I did”.
However, her earlier comments reignited calls from Labour MPs that she be
ousted, with prominent backbencher
Jess Phillips stating that she was “sick
to death … of people blaming processes
for not being able to take decisions.”
Siobhain McDonagh, the MP for Mitcham and Morden, demanded that Mr
Corbyn put his party before his friendship with Ms Shawcroft. “I know that
leadership is tough and that they have
probably been friends for 30 or 40
years,” she said. “But when you are the
leader, if somebody does something as
abhorrent as support somebody who is
a Holocaust denier, you have got to forget the past.”
It came as Mr Corbyn faced growing
criticism for his handling of Labour’s
anti-Semitism crisis, with Jewish leaders, MPs and anti-racism campaigners
demanding that he prove his sincerity
by taking immediate action.
They were joined by Tony Blair, the
former prime minister, who, in a veiled
attack on Mr Corbyn, warned that blurring the lines between Israel and Jews
risked taking Britain back to the antiSemitic tropes seen in Nazi Germany
during the 1930s.
Writing in The Daily Telegraph (below), Mr Blair says that politicians “cannot sit back and let extremism and
intolerance become an accepted part of
our public discourse”.
In its annual Passover message, the
Jewish Leadership Council said there
was an “overt groundswell” of Leftwing activists who were unwilling to
accept that their party has a problem
with anti-Semitism.
In his own message to the Jewish
community, published yesterday, Mr
Corbyn admitted that he had struggled
to get a grip on the crisis which is fast
enveloping his party, telling members
that “we all need to do better”.
He said that, while it was easy to “denounce anti-Semitism when you see it
in other countries, in other political
movements … it is sometimes harder to
see it when it is closer to home.
“In the fight against anti-Semitism, I
am your ally and I always will be.”
Is it time for us to stop tolerating intolerance?
Commentary
By Tony Blair and Moshe Kantor
T
he French Enlightenment
thinker Voltaire once said: “I
disapprove of what you say, but
will defend to the death your right to
say it”. This is the liberal ideal upon
which much of Western civilisation
was built. Modern Europe still believes
there is no such thing as too much
tolerance – that freedom of speech is a
basic human right. But immigration,
far-right extremism and anti-Semitism
are testing our values. So how do we
maintain liberal principles without
being tolerant of the intolerable?
One of the fallouts of the financial
crisis was the undermining of a
European identity established on the
pillars of globalisation and open
borders. Politics is often polarised, and
occasionally paralysed, with
politicians who strive for answers
swept aside by those riding the wave
of anger and frustration.
We must protect our freedoms
without leaving ourselves open to
violence and hatred. If we are to
achieve security and protect our civil
liberties, we must re-examine our
attitudes to tolerance, which can no
longer be unconditionally applied to
those who reject open-mindedness.
As a society we must ask ourselves
some tough questions. Should
preachers be allowed to influence our
youth without any checks and
balances? Should criticism (or a
boycott) of Israel be tolerated in
instances that deploy the type of
anti-Semitic tropes seen in the 1930s?
Should women, homosexuals or other
people not deemed sufficiently devout
be vilified and have their rights
restricted? And, crucially in today’s
digital society, to what extent should
technology and media companies,
such as Facebook and Google, take
responsibility for the dissemination of
hatred and fake news?
Unless we are able to change the
discourse about what tolerance means
and how we safeguard it, we risk
losing the very freedoms we are trying
to protect. European society today too
readily turns a blind eye in the name of
free speech. But if we are to protect
our civil liberties, we cannot tolerate
violence, terrorism and those
supporting it. As well as defending
liberal values, we must robustly
confront illiberal ones.
Such is the principle behind the
Kantor Prize for Secure Tolerance, an
initiative launched by The European
Council On Tolerance and
Reconciliation, which offers a
€1 million grant for ideas to help solve
one of the biggest challenges of our
time: preserving and creating free,
open and pluralist societies while
maintaining security.
We can’t sit back and let extremism
and intolerance become an accepted
part of public discourse. We must be
active in preventing radicalisation,
focusing our resources on addressing
the greatest threats to society: hate
speech, political radicalisation and not
integrating diverse communities.
To prompt a generational shift we
must weed out cultural prejudice and
intolerance from education systems or
risk polluting young minds. A response
from the international community is
also necessary, as intolerance is not
confined to our borders. We can only
break the cycle of radicalisation and
extremism if we re-evaluate our
priorities, and think afresh.
Moshe Kantor is president of the
European Jewish Congress
One for the road
Theresa May poses
for selfies with
runners, as she
performs
marshalling
duties during
the Maidenhead
Easter 10 race in
Berkshire
yesterday. In
her hi-vis jacket,
blue beanie hat
and walking boots,
the Prime Minister
directed joggers
at the event,
organised by
Maidenhead
Athletic Club, in
her constituency.
The charity fun run
is a regular annual
fixture in Mrs May’s
calendar and sees
more than 1,000
joggers run the
10-mile course
through country
lanes, pavements
and cycle lanes.
Mrs May and her
husband Philip
wrapped up well
to cheer on the
runners and offer
help, while some
stopped for a selfie
on the way past.
She also handed
out medals to
the junior race
competitors before
the main race
began.
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May stumps up
for portrait that
marks special
moment in time
STEVE PARSONS / PA WIRE
By Harry Yorke
POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
IT WAS the historic moment when
Theresa May signed the Article 50 letter and finally set Brexit in motion.
And now, with just one year to go,
the Prime Minister has sought to enshrine the memory in the form of a portrait.
The Daily Telegraph can reveal that
Mrs May recently paid £110 out of her
own pocket for an oil painting to hang
in her private quarters.
She bought it in December, after it
was given to her by the artist James
Drake, the philanthropist, and Lord
Moynihan, who arranged for it to be
sent to her private office.
The peer, who as Colin Moynihan
was a former Olympic rower and sports
minister who helped organise the 2012
London Games, is one of Mrs May’s oldest friends.
They met at Oxford University in the
Seventies, where the pair were both
active in the Oxford Union and Conservative Association.
Set within a black embroidered
frame, the portrait shows the Prime
Minister sitting at the Cabinet Table in
Number 10, pressing a black fountain
pen onto a letter addressed to Donald
Tusk, the President of the European
Council.
She sits beneath a painting of Sir
Robert Walpole, Britain’s first prime
minister, who took up the office in 1721.
According to a Downing Street official, Mrs May paid £110 for the portrait,
which is now hanging in one of her private rooms.
“She recognised it captured a defining moment in the nation’s history,” the
aide added.
Under the Ministerial Code, gifts
must be declared and held by the relevant department, with ministers required to pay the remaining value of
items worth more than £150 should
they choose to purchase them directly.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph last
night, Lord Moynihan said the painting
was a “remarkable” work which demonstrated “strength, empathy and re-
The portrait of Theresa May signing the
Article 50 letter, painted by James Drake
spect” for the prime minister. “James
Drake is a close friend. [He] approached
me to say he had painted the Prime
Minister and asked me to ensure she
received the painting as a gift.
“I understand she very much likes
the way in which he has captured this
historic moment,” he continued.
Discussing the inspiration behind
the painting, Mr Drake, an academic
and founder of the Future Science
Group, said that he felt “impelled” to
capture the “importance of the moment”.
“That signature encapsulates a series of political events as iconic and
profound as any in my lifetime,” he
added.
“In this case I couldn’t resist recording a historic moment in oils, based on
the striking photograph. I have great
respect for the way the Prime Minister
has handled one the most challenging
episodes in our recent history.”
In the wake of her recent Mansion
House speech and a breakthrough
Brexit deal at last week’s European
Council summit, Mrs May is now enjoying a reverse in fortunes, with recent polls showing the Conservatives
now leading Labour by four points.
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News
Water bottles
to turn cloudy
in drive to cut
plastic waste
By Luke Heighton
WATER bottles will turn cloudier and
“greyish” amid a drive to use more recycled plastic, a major supermarket has
announced.
The Co-op is to switch all of its ownbrand still, sparkling and flavoured
water to 50pc recycled plastic bottles,
in a bid to cut waste. The new bottles
will have a cloudier and greyer appearance than those that do not contain recycled plastic, the supermarket said.
Jo Whitfield, the chief executive of
Co-op Food, said: “Our customers expect us to respond to this challenge and
help them make more ethical choices,
and we’re dedicated to doing just that.
“Making these changes will also create new uses for recycled materials,
which in turn gives our customers
greater confidence in recycling.”
The new bottles, which are 100 per
cent recyclable and sourced in the UK,
will be rolled out to all stores this year,
and will save up to 350 tons of plastic
annually, a Co-op spokesman said.
The supermarket also plans to rid its
aisles of black and dark-coloured plastic by 2020, on the grounds that it is
harder for sorting machines to detect
and it contaminates the recycling
stream, reducing the usefulness and
value of the recovered material.
Iain Ferguson, the Co-operative
Group’s environment manager, said:
“Suppliers are working hard to make
the bottle clearer – and they already
have. In the meantime, our bottles will
wear this greyish colour, which I see as
a badge of honour – we are part of the
market for recycled products and are
proud of that.”
The oceans contain more than
150 million tons of plastic, while more
By Hannah Furness and Joe Shute
THE Duke of Cambridge has paid moving tribute to “one of the true unsung
heroes of conservation”, following the
murder of Esmond Bradley Martin.
Mr Martin, 76, was found at home in
Nairobi in February with a stab wound
to the neck.
The death of the American conservationist, regarded as the world’s foremost investigator into the illegal trade
in ivory and rhino horn, has raised
fears he was killed for his work exposing the illegal wildlife trade.
Three unnamed men have been arrested in Kenya, under suspicion of being “remotely connected to the crime”.
In a statement to The Daily Telegraph, the Duke of Cambridge said:
“The world has tragically lost one of
the true unsung heroes of conserva-
than 100,000 sea mammals and a million birds die from eating or becoming
tangled in plastic waste annually.
The Co-op’s announcement follows
news that Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, is considering a range
of proposals to tackle plastic waste, including introducing charges on bottles
that could then be reclaimed at
“reverse vending machines”, in return
for a small payment.
Dozens of countries already have
versions of a deposit return scheme
system, with costs ranging from around
6p in Australia to 22p in Germany.
The German scheme is credited with
helping the country achieve a bottle recycling rate of more than 90 per cent
since its introduction 15 years ago.
In Britain, by comparison, the figure
is closer to 40 per cent. Mr Gove said:
“We can be in no doubt that plastic is
Esmond Bradley
Martin was known as
the world’s foremost
investigator into the
illegal trade in ivory
and rhino horn
‘Our customers expect us to
help them make more
ethical choices, and we’re
dedicated to doing just that’
wreaking havoc on our marine environment – killing dolphins, choking
turtles and degrading our most precious habitats. It is absolutely vital we
act now to tackle this threat and curb
the millions of plastic bottles a day that
go unrecycled.”
The Co-op said it fully supported
government plans announced this
week for a deposit return scheme to
cut plastic bottle waste.
However Sian Sutherland, one of the
co-founders of A Plastic Planet, an environmental campaign group, told The
Daily Telegraph: “No matter how many
times a plastic bottle is reused or recycled, it will almost always end up in the
environment sooner or later. Instead,
we have to turn off the plastic tap.
“Where is the logic in packaging
something as fleeting as water in something as indestructible as plastic?”
WARREN BAVERSTOCK / SWNS.COM
Co-op says it will wear
greyish hue as a ‘badge of
honour’ as it switches to
50pc recycled material
Duke saddened
by ‘senseless
murder’ of top
conservationist
Dark ending A 13ft high tornado-shaped swirl of plankton is caught on camera at night by
Warren Baverstock, the UK photographer, just before the creatures were eaten by a whale
shark off the coast of Africa. Baverstock hung a light from a boat to attract the plankton.
tion. No one knew the markets, recorded the data or understood how this
sickening trade operated better than
Esmond. I was deeply saddened to hear
of his senseless murder at his home in
Nairobi.”
Charlie Mayhew, chief executive of
Tusk, a conservation charity, said Martin’s monitoring of the illegal trade in
ivory and rhino horn had provided
“irrefutable evidence and effectively
alerted the world” to the scale of the
crisis, with his loss a “massive blow”.
The Duke, who is patron of Tusk, has
previously warned of the risks conservationists are taking to prevent the
slaughter of endangered animals.
Last August, following the murder of
Wayne Lotter, a South African conservationist whose work led to the arrest
of Chinese ivory traffickers, he said:
“Wayne Lotter’s violent and apparently
targeted murder shows just how dangerous the situation has become in relation to the big money associated with
the illegal ivory and rhino horn trades.
“Rangers and conservationists put
themselves in harm’s way every day…
Governments and NGOs must win this
fight for the sake of all of us, especially
those in communities whose livelihoods are being plundered by murderous criminals.”
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News
Wrens fear loss
of memorials
to their fallen
By Tony Diver
By Olivia Rudgard RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS
CORRESPONDENT and Tony Diver
HALFORDS has apologised after it sent
an email to customers which urged
them to “nail their projects” over Easter.
The email was taken by many to be a
reference to the crucifixion of Jesus at
Golgotha, marked yesterday by Christians in Good Friday services around
the country.
One Twitter user described the
email as “in very poor taste”, while another asked if the company would “be
so blunt about Mohammed”.
A spokesman for Halfords said that
the email had been sent “in error” and
that the reference to the crucifixion
had been unintentional.
“We sent an email to our DIY database last week with an inappropriate
title for Easter,” she said. “We did not
intend to cause any offence, and would
like to take the opportunity to apologise for any upset.
“As soon as we were made aware of
the issue, we immediately stopped any
further activity.”
It is understood that the email was
only sent to customers on a database
for promoting the firm’s “workshop”
products, which are for home DIY.
Canon Dr Chris Sugden, who writes
for Anglican Mainstream, a Christian
blog, said it was “good that people spotted a problem with this rather crude
piece of advertising”.
“But Halfords have apologised and
Jesus’ death on Good Friday teaches us
to forgive as we have been forgiven,”
he said.
Halfords’ mistake is the latest in a
series of Easter-related PR controversies. Earlier this week, Sainsbury’s revealed that it preferred the term
“chocolate eggs” to “Easter eggs” on
its packaging.
GETTY IMAGES
Halfords sorry
for ‘poor taste’
Easter message
Easter drama The Wintershall Players perform The Passion of Jesus to 20,000 spectators in Trafalgar Square, London, to
mark Good Friday and the crucifixion. The 90-minute production with 100 actors has been performed annually since 2010.
FOR decades St Mary le Strand has
been the official church of the Women’s Royal Naval Service, with memorials dedicated to lost friends.
However, their history could be lost
as church leaders plan to install a controversial Bible museum founded by a
conservative American evangelical.
The partnership with the American
Museum of the Bible would involve the
temporary removal and storage of the
pews, along with the kneelers made by
former Wrens.
The church in Central London,
which was the official home of the
WRNS, also contains items associated
with the service, including a Paschal
candle, alms dish and altar frontal.
Janet Crabtree, vice-president of the
Association of Wrens, told The Daily
Telegraph: “We have just expressed our
concerns, because it is our church and
because of our memorabilia there… It
is a difficult situation, and we’re not
getting involved in the politics of it.”
Margery Roberts, a former church
warden who resigned over the plans,
said the local parochial church council
was “manipulated and gerrymandered”
after eight priests were appointed late
last year, outnumbering the laity and allowing the plans to go through. She also
accused the diocese of “bullying” lay
members.
The Ven Luke Miller, Archdeacon of
London, said the church had been looking at how to “do better” and stay open
outside of narrow periods for services at
the weekends. But he admitted that the
diocese had licensed eight new clergy,
partly in response to efforts by lay members to block plans to convert part of the
church into a venue for exhibitions.
UK and France play blame game over border delays
Holidaymakers stuck in
their cars for hours as
‘heightened security
checks’ cause traffic chaos
By Anna Mikhailova POLITICAL
CORRESPONDENT and Luke Heighton
A DIPLOMATIC row broke out last
night after Britain and France blamed
each other for chaos to British holiday-
makers trying to cross the Channel.
Hundreds of families faced “appalling
delays” on Good Friday as a result of
“heightened security checks” at the
French border, the UK authorities said.
Last
night,
Stansted
Airport
cancelled all outgoing flights as major
disruption was brought about by a fire
to a shuttle bus outside the main
terminal. No one was hurt.
France denied its border force had
caused the delays and blamed Britain
instead. A French embassy spokesman
said “tightened security by UK forces
on trucks getting out of the UK” caused
the problem, along with long ticket
queues at Dover.
But the Home Office hit back, saying:
“It’s definitely the French’s fault. We
were told on Thursday night their border force would be carrying out 100
per cent checks on all traffic.” The
spokesman said this was “unusual”.
Ferry operators warned their passengers they could be stuck at Dover
for hours. Asked why the French were
‘Everyone who is in the
gridlock deserves an
explanation for these
appalling delays’
carrying out extra checks over the
Easter weekend, a spokesman for the
Port of Dover said: “They can do it at
any point, and they do.”
Charlie Elphicke, the MP for Dover,
said: “The families stuck in long queues
waiting to cross the Channel will
rightly ask why the French brought in
heightened checks on the busiest of
days.” Highways England said roads approaching Dover were jammed as a
knock-on effect. Ferries were held
open for as long as possible, but some
passengers missed their ferries.
Meanwhile, people trying to travel
by car on the Eurotunnel at Folkestone
faced delays of up to an hour due to an
earlier cancellation caused by a technical fault on a carrier.
While those who chose to stay in the
country over Easter will have avoided
the delays, they will have to cope with
another cold snap instead. The Met Office issued yellow warnings for snow
across most of the UK on Friday, with
Scotland, the north of England and areas of higher ground most likely to be
affected over the Easter weekend.
Yellow warnings for rain were issued for south west England, Wales
and the West Midlands, with spray and
risk of flooding affecting journey times.
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The Daily Telegraph Saturday 31 March 2018
Politics
By Kate McCann
senior political correspondent
F
or many around Jeremy
Corbyn, Esther McVey has
acted as a lightning rod for
abuse following the
Conservative drive to bring
welfare spending under
control. The Secretary of State for
Work and Pensions has suffered more
misogyny than virtually any other
politician after John McDonnell
repeated calls for her to be “lynched”
and labelled her a “stain on humanity”.
Now, in her first interview since
being appointed to Cabinet, two years
after losing her Wirral West seat as a
Tory MP in David Cameron’s 2015
election, Ms McVey is determined to
show a softer side to Tory welfare
policy and change the way her
department is perceived.
The former TV presenter, who grew
up in Liverpool, doesn’t flinch as she
describes what it felt like to be publicly
bullied and “demeaned” by the shadow
chancellor, one of Labour’s most
senior figures.
“He’s the only person who still
thinks he shouldn’t apologise,” she
says, explaining his comments helped
foster a culture of online bullying and
misogyny that plagues the Left of
British politics.
“They move to a personal attack
because they don’t have anything to
offer ... it’s about demeaning you in the
eyes of others. No one should look and
seek to denigrate when what the
individual is trying to do is help
people. They are now painting a
picture of themselves and people are
questioning the misogyny within the
party. Other groups are coming out
and saying we no longer feel at home
within the Labour Party because of
how they are portraying themselves
and what they are doing.”
Her words follow a week of
soul-searching for Labour following
claims that Jeremy Corbyn has done
little to stem the tide of anti-Semitism
engulfing the Left.
Ms McVey became the target for
abuse following her defence of the
Government’s decision to cut benefits
and introduce the so-called bedroom
tax in 2013 when, as employment
minister, she said the number of
people using food banks was to be
expected. Since then she has lost an
election, won another in former
Chancellor George Osborne’s old
constituency of Tatton, and returned
to the department where she started
From GMTV
to DWP
Esther’s rise
to power
u Grew up in
Liverpool and
graduated in
law, but joined
the BBC as a
journalist in
1991. She went
on to present
and produce
programmes
including GMTV
and consumer
shows. She has
written a careers
book called If
Chloe can.
u First MP to
employ an
apprentice and
encouraged
Parliament to set
up the scheme.
She has spoken
frankly on how
marriage and
children did not
happen for her.
u Lost her
Wirral West seat
in 2015. Before
that she was
minister for
employment,
where she
defended the
bedroom tax and
welfare cuts.
u Appointed
Work and
Pensions
Secretary in
January 2018.
Before that she
was deputy chief
whip after
winning George
Osborne’s
former Tatton
seat in 2017.
her ministerial career on a mission to
change the way people think about the
Department for Work and Pensions.
“It is important that people realise
what a transformation this department
has gone through over the last seven
years”, she says. “You don’t want to be
portrayed as a department that is just
saying ‘no’ because that couldn’t be
further from the truth. DWP is saying
‘yes’ and how can we help you to
succeed? We are the department for
social mobility”, she says.
“When I came in [in 2013] and you
looked at the enormity of the job we
had to do – under Labour the number
of households where nobody had ever
worked had doubled, youth
unemployment had shot up – and then
what we did turning that around…
Labour said there would be a million
more people unemployed but that
didn’t happen at all. Over two million
more people got jobs and now it is over
three.
“It’s about understanding what we
put in process and how we helped
people and how we’ve made those
seismic changes to get away from that
legacy system.” She continues: “Now
we’ve got back from where we were,
we’ve stabilised and now we’re moving
forward, giving a career path and
direction to people.”
On whether the benefit bill remains
too high, Ms McVey is clear that
although the Conservative
Government will always look to
manage taxpayers’ money as carefully
as it possibly can, she is shifting the
department away from financial
calculations and towards a biggerpicture view. She talks about the need
to understand how much it costs
people to rent or buy homes, and how
much a basket of groceries costs.
Childcare is an important
investment, as is training and work
coaching to help people move on in
their careers, she explains. The DWP is
no longer about just getting people
into any old job, but about what
happens next when they get there.
“That’s the right way to spend
money because it is about what gift we
can give to an individual so they can be
a role model for their children going
forward. If you look at where we were
when we took office, the number of
people who weren’t working in a
household, then you look at the impact
on a child growing up – educational
attainment reduced and five times
more likely to be in poverty – I think in
a caring society people get that if we
have to support those people we will.”
It isn’t hard to understand what
motivates Ms McVey. “When I was
growing up in Liverpool in the Eighties
there was mass unemployment. People
had dreams before that were crushed
and they thought ‘what are the options
HEATHCLIFF O’MALLEY FOR THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
‘Labour move to
a personal attack
because they have
nothing to offer’
Interview
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Esther McVey, the work and pensions secretary, is determined to show critics that her department has a softer side and wants to help hard-pressed families
‘I showed
that if you
have a true
heart and
you truly
believe in it,
you can come
back and
have a
second
chance’
for me’, so in many ways this is my
ideal job,” she says. She hints at
knowing what it’s like when your
parents are struggling and talks about
working for her father, who ran his
own business, when she was a
youngster.
It’s clear she has unfinished business
at the department. “The irony wasn’t
lost on me in 2015 when I went from
minister for employment to
unemployed”, she says. “But I showed
I’ve got resilience, I showed that if you
have a true heart and you truly believe
in it, you can come back and have a
second chance.” It is perhaps
unsurprising then that she doesn’t
agree with critics, including the
Government’s own Migration Advisory
Committee, which concluded earlier
this week that British workers were
lazier than their EU counterparts. But
she concedes that before her
department started to focus on work
experience for young people there
were gaps in expectation between
what teenagers and employers thought
the world of work should entail.
Her enthusiasm is clear as she reels
off pilot schemes, new ideas and
projects she is yet to start in a
Liverpudlian accent that rises as her
excitement grows. Aspiration,
independence, giving people the belief
in themselves so that they can go out
and do a job they really love is what
motivates her to keep going.
There will be challenges. For
example, Ms McVey acknowledges
there is a need to have an “honest
conversation” about how old people
should be when they retire.
The department she runs is the same
size in financial terms as a small
country, “like Portugal”, she explains.
The perfect training ground for
running the country, then?
Ms McVey laughs but doesn’t rule
out a leadership bid. It’s something
many suspect David Cameron was
training her up for in 2015.
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News
By Robert Mendick and
Martin Evans
JOHN WORBOYS could be charged
with further offences if he makes another bid for parole, justice experts
said last night.
The so-called black cab rapist’s release from an indeterminate prison
sentence was blocked this week after
the High Court ruled the Parole Board
had wrongly assessed his case.
The panel made its decision based
on his 19 convictions, rather than the
100 or more offences he is suspected of
committing.
Worboys, 60, is now expected to undergo another parole hearing in the
coming months at which he will try to
persuade officials he is safe to be set
free.
But in order to convince the panel
he is a reformed character, the 60-yearold will have to acknowledge the other
rapes and sexual assaults he has never
been charged with.
It is hoped that any confession he
makes could provide the final piece in
the jigsaw his victims and the police
need to bring more charges against
him.
Harry Fletcher, the former proba-
Worboys’s release was blocked this week
tion union chief and now a victim’s
rights campaigner, said Worboys was
in a Catch-22 situation, which could
scupper any chance of him being released in the near future.
He said: “What the Parole Board will
now have to do, is take into account the
other offences.”
At the hearing Sir Brian Leveson
found there was a huge credibility gap
between what Worboys had been prepared to admit – just the offences for
which he was convicted – and the
nearly 100 further assaults he is
thought to have committed.
“When the panel re-assess him, they
will have to ask him to acknowledge all
of his offending and list the other victims. If he denies those he will have a
problem and they won’t let him out.
“But if he confesses at the next parole hearing to other offences they
could charge him with those.
“Had he been convicted of multiple
rapes he would have got 25 years, similar to the M25 rapist. It’s a complete
and utter mess.”
Prosecutors have insisted that Worboys was charged with every rape
where the evidence had met the
threshold. But his victims have said
that there is already enough evidence
to put extra charges before the courts.
The London cab driver was convicted of 19 serious sexual offences
against 12 women. He has already paid
some of his victims £214,000 in damages after settling a civil claim, but refused to accept liability.
Pressure has been mounting on the
Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to review its decision not to charge Worboys in connection with some of the 83
cases that police passed on to them.
A CPS spokesman has insisted that
every rape allegation that met the evidential test was prosecuted.
A further 19 women came forward
after Worboys’s conviction in 2009
and 10 more went to the police following the Parole Board’s decision.
But no further charges have been
brought to date and the CPS has said it
will only review the cases if new evidence is brought forward.
LORNE CAMPBELL / GUZELIAN
Black cab rapist will be
forced to acknowledge
other attacks to Parole
Board, justice experts say
CREDIT
Worboys faces ‘Catch-22’
threat of charges if he
makes second release bid
Top brass Oliver Gaskell and Anna Mooney of Dobcross Youth Brass Band, West Yorkshire,
tune up before their attempt at a 24-hour rehearsal record for a traditional British brass
band, as 75 musicians take part. The endeavour ends today at 12.30pm.
£1.8m fund to stop
historic places of
worship crumbling
By Christopher Hope CHIEF
POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
VOLUNTEERS will be given
money to keep churches and
mosques in good repair and
preserve them “for future
generations”, ministers say
today.
The £1.8 million fund will
help worshippers of all faiths
take better care of their historical religious buildings.
Expert advisers will work
with listed sites in Manchester and Suffolk to increase
community engagement and
provide maintenance plans.
The projects, due to begin
in the autumn, will receive
funding over the next two
years with eligible buildings
able to access a £500,000
minor repairs fund.
Michael Ellis, the heritage
minister, said: “The costs of
caring for and protecting
many listed places of worship can be prohibitive and
lead many to fall into disrepair. The innovative pilots ...
will
help
unlock
the
community potential of
these buildings and provide
practical guidance so they
can be preserved for future
generations.”
The move comes after the
Taylor Review, published in
December 2017, called for
greater community use of
Church of England buildings
to help congregations pay
for their upkeep.
The projects, which will
involve all faiths, aim to
address routine repairs immediately in the long-term
hope of preventing more
costly problems.
Deborah Lamb, deputy
chief executive of Historic
England, said: “We are delighted that the Government
is funding a new project to
support the volunteers who
care for historic places of
worship.”
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13
News
Skater Elise
loses again
… this time
to a cowboy
By Martin Evans
CRIME CORRESPONDENT
AFTER the disappointment
of her performance at the
Winter Olympics, speed
skater Elise Christie, must
have been looking forward
to getting back home and
taking a well-earned break.
Unfortunately her bad
luck has continued off the
rink, after she was ripped off
by a cowboy builder.
The 27-year-old, who had
been tipped for a medal in
PyeongChang before crashing out of each race, had paid
up front for a major extension to be built. But she was
Elise Christie
took to Twitter
for advice
about her
unfinished
extension
left high and dry when the
builders suddenly disappeared with her money before finishing the project.
Christie, who lives in Nottingham, reported details of
her misfortune to her
44,000 followers on Twitter,
asking them for any advice.
She wrote: “I’ve had an extension built and the people
have run off with my money
and not finished the project!
I was wondering if anyone
knows anyone that could
help out? Thanks guys.”
Television DIY experts
Dom Littlewood and Nick
Knowles were among those
who replied to offer advice.
Littlewood wrote: “Your
local Trading Standards are
the place to start. Good luck
I’ll keep my fingers crossed
for you.” Knowles wrote:
“I’m sure there’ll be someone wanting to help out our
most determined inspirational Olympian to get the
place finished.”
Neighbours also offered to
help with recommendations
for trustworthy builders
who could finish the job.
Christie earned the sympathy of the nation four
years ago at the Sochi games
when she was disqualified
from all three races for
minor infringements of the
highly technical rules.
She almost gave up the
sport following that disappointment, but decided to
persevere and last year became the first British woman
to win a gold medal at the
world championships.
After setting the first
world record in the qualifying event at the PyeongChang games, Christie
looked on course to repeat
the success.
However, she crashed out
of the first two events before
being disqualified in the
third, which left her tearful
and distraught.
Despite her run of bad
luck, the Scottish-born athlete managed to maintain
her sense of humour over
her latest building setback
and joked with one of her
followers that she was
searching for a new builder
rather than a hitman.
Despite all her Olympic
disappointments, Christie,
has vowed to compete at the
Beijing games in 2022.
She grew up in Livingston, West Lothian, before
moving south of the border
just shy of her 16th birthday.
She is now based at the
National Ice Centre in Nottingham with the rest of the
British team members and is
in a relationship with the
Hungarian speed skater,
Shaolin Sándor Liu.
Finger ‘paper cut’ triggers sepsis
A GRANDMOTHER is to
have all of her four limbs amputated after contracting
sepsis from a “paper cut”.
The family of Marguerite
Henderson, 54, from Crosshill near Lochgelly, Fife, was
told to prepare for her death
while she lay in an induced
coma for seven days.
Despite pulling through,
doctors will have to ampu-
tate her limbs as a result of
the deadly infection, which
claims around 40,000 lives a
year in the UK.
Daughter Kim Donnachie
said that her mother had noticed a cut the size of a paper
cut on an index finger.
Within two days Ms Henderson became severely unwell and lost the ability to
walk.
By Henry Bodkin
VCG VIA GETTY IMAGES)
Olympian appeals
for help after rogue
builder makes off
with her money
The pigs that
could provide
Huntington’s
breakthrough
Scientists in the US and China engineered the pigs with the neurodegenerative condition Huntington’s disease, using a gene-editing technique
SCIENTISTS have engineered the first pigs with
Huntington’s disease in a development that could lead to
a breakthrough for humans
with the condition.
The team used a gene-editing technique to introduce
a segment of the human
gene that causes the neurodegenerative disease, which
affects around 5,700 people
in Britain.
The research teams at
Jinan University in China
and Emory University in the
US will now be able to test
whether it is possible to use
the technique to “edit out”
Huntington’s before trying it
on humans.
“We think the pig model
will fill an important gap,”
said Li Shihua, the co-senior
author and professor of human genetics at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
“In pigs, the pattern of
neurodegeneration is almost
the same as in humans.”
The new research is published in the journal Cell.
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News
‘Disturbing’
scale of sexual
harassment of
school staff
By Camilla Turner EDUCATION EDITOR
ONE in five female teachers has been
subjected to either verbal or physical
sexual advances by colleagues, pupils
or parents, according to a poll carried
out by the National Association of
Schoolmasters Union of Women
Teachers.
As well as “upskirting” – where photographs are taken up women’s skirts
without their consent – teachers also
complained of “downblousing” in
classrooms, where photographs are
surreptitiously taken down their
blouses.
Almost a third of those who have
been sexually harassed said they have
received unwanted touching, while
two thirds have experienced inappropriate comments about their appearance or body.
Half said they have been subjected to
inappropriate comments about sex,
while one in five said they have been
sexually propositioned, the survey of
1,290 teachers found.
Some teachers reported being
groped or propositioned by their colleagues while they were trying to teach
a lesson.
“[The headmaster] would send lewd
texts to me. He would visit me often in
my classroom when I was teaching and
grope me in front of students,” one
teacher told NASUWT.
A primary schoolteacher told NASUWT: “I had a little girl sat on my lap as
she was crying; the head came in and
commented he wished he could sit on
my lap, in front of a class of six-yearolds.”
Of those who did report the sexual
harassment, in one in five incidents no
action was taken against the harasser.
Four in 10 said the harasser was spoken
to about their behaviour, but the victim
did not feel this matched the seriousness of the incident.
Another teacher reported that they
had been “slapped on the backside by
several male members of staff ” and experienced “comments about my
breasts, sex life, comments that I need
to ‘go get a ride’ to calm down, comments about how I should go get a man
to go home to rather than staying in
work late to do marking, lesson plans,
etc”
Chris Keates, general secretary of
NASUWT, said: “Too often teachers are
being exposed to sexualised comments
and abuse from colleagues, managers,
parents and pupils.
“While the scale of the sexual harassment is deeply disturbing, equally dis-
‘The head would visit me
in my classroom when I
was teaching and grope
me in front of students’
turbing is the scale of the failure to act
on the incidents that were reported.”
The union, which is holding its annual conference this weekend in Liverpool, is urging the Government to
provide statutory guidance on sexual
harassment in schools.
Ms Keates said: “NASUWT believes
that statutory provisions are urgently
needed to require schools to record all
incidents of sexual harassment and
bullying and to have a policy to deal
with such incidents.”
Dr Mary Bousted, president of the
Association of Teachers and Lecturers
said that the advent of camera phones
is behind the growth in upskirting.
“It is highly unlikely someone would
have bought in a camera and develop a
photo. But with a camera phone you
can just press a button and send it
round,” she said. “It can happen in an
instant.”
MATT CARDY/GETTY IMAGES
‘Downblousing’ is added
to the litany of advances
made on female teachers,
reports a union survey
Master puppet The 37ft (11.2m) Man Engine – the largest mechanical puppet built in the UK – is put through its paces ahead of a tour
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Union attacks Ofsted over hijab stance
NUT vows to challenge
schools inspector for
‘going beyond remit’
over head covering
By Camilla Turner
SCHOOLGIRLS must be allowed to
wear hijabs, the country’s biggest
teaching union has said, as it launches
an attack on Ofsted.
Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of schools, was criticised by teachers for her views on young girls
wearing the hijab in the classroom.
She is accused of overstepping the
mark for comments relating to the
head covering, including suggesting
that inspectors will speak to young
girls wearing it about why they do so.
The executive committee of the
National Union of Teachers (NUT) has
put forward a motion, which will be
debated at its annual conference this
weekend, arguing that Ms Spielman’s
stance on the hijab should be “robustly
challenged”.
It adds that new guidance should be
issued to schools on developing uniform policies.
Ms Spielman has previously suggested that the Government must step
in to set policies on hijabs in schools.’
saying it was “worrying” that head
teachers can be “bullied” by campaigners into changing uniform policies.
Her comments came after she threw
her weight behind the head of an east
London primary school who attempted
to ban pupils under the age of eight
from wearing hijabs.
Neena Lall was later forced into reversing the ban at St Stephen’s School
in Newnham after an angry backlash
‘Our worry
is that
instead of
consultation,
we will find
schools
saying they
are going to
ban the hijab’
from activists who accused her of Islamophobia. She later told MPs that the
events at St Stephen’s School set a “dangerous precedent”, since young girls
wearing the hijab is a “cultural preference” rather than a religious dictate.
Speaking ahead of the debate, NUT
general secretary Kevin Courtney said
he believes “it is a problem that
Amanda Spielman, Her Majesty’s Chief
Inspector, speaks out on this in a way
which I think is frankly very political”.
Mr Courtney said that there is concern about the impact of Ofsted discussing the issue of the hijab.
“People feel so much pressure by
Ofsted, our worry is that instead of consultation we will find schools saying,
‘We are going to ban the hijab’,” he said.
“And we think that would be very damaging to community relations. It’s not a
sensible place to go, so our guidance
will be about how you have dialogue,
respectful dialogue, and dialogue
based on love for one another.”
Mr Courtney said he believes that
Ms Spielman overstepped the mark by
discussing hijabs in schools, adding: “I
think this goes beyond the remit that
Ofsted should have.”
The union’s resolution says that
statements from Ms Spielman “go
beyond the remit of Ofsted” and that
there is no evidence that certain clothing has an impact on a child’s learning
or achievement.
An Ofsted spokesperson said:
“There’s nothing political about ensuring that schools and parents aren’t being subject to undue pressure by
national or community campaign
groups. Head teachers need to be able
to take uniform decisions on the basis
of safeguarding or community cohesion concerns, and Ofsted will always
support them in doing that.”
Pupils told to stop high-fiving lollipop man as they cross the road
By Daily Telegraph Reporter
A LOLLIPOP man has been banned
from giving children high-fives while
crossing the road. Now a petition to
overturn the ban has been launched
after council officials issued the order.
The council said in a school newslet-
which starts at Geevor Tin Mine, Cornwall, today.
Parents having to
help cash-strapped
schools, says NUT
By Camilla Turner
MIKE MARSLAND/WIREIMAGE; INSTAGRAM
A FIFTH of cash-strapped
schools are now asking
parents for money, a survey
by the National Union of
Teachers (NUT) suggests.
Most schools are asking
parents to give what they
can without specifying an
amount, but in some cases
schools ask for a regular
monthly payment.
Almost half of teachers
said their school has asked
parents to pay for particular
items, such as materials for
art of design and technology
classes, according to a poll of
900 in the profession.
Both
primary
and
secondary schools have
started charging parents for
attendance
at
school
concerts and sports days,
teachers said. Some schools
have even started accepting
advertising
on
school
premises, the survey found.
Kevin Courtney, general
secretary of the NUT, said:
“The Secretary of State has
to address this issue with urgency. Parents, teachers,
head teachers or school staff
will not let this issue lie.” He
White knuckle
Broadcaster Jenni
Falconer reveals on
Instagram that she
suffers from
Raynaud’s disease
added: “Ahead of the local
elections,
Government
would do well to remember
the impact school funding
had on the voting intentions
of the public during the
general election.”
Over half (55 per cent) of
teachers said that class
sizes have risen since last
year,
although
some
acknowledged that this was
due to rising pupil numbers.
Earlier this week, MPs
warned that academies are
using taxpayers’ money to
pay “unjustifiably” high
salaries to senior staff. In
some cases, academy trusts
are failing to prove that hefty
pay packages are appropriate, according to the Public
Accounts Committee (PAC).
In a report, MPs argue
that
if
pay
is
left
unchallenged, there is a risk
that high wages become
accepted as the norm, which
will pile more pressure on
school budgets.
Academies
are
state
schools run by trusts. The
PAC report said: “Some
academy trusts appear to be
using public money to pay
excessive salaries.”
ter: “We would also like to point out
that the Road Safety Team from West
Sussex have stated that children must
not ‘high 5’ lollipop man Mr Munnery
whilst crossing the road.”.
“The focus for Mr Munnery is to
concentrate on managing the traffic
and enabling the children to cross the
road safely and the children should be
focusing on crossing safely and
quickly.”
The council has refused to back
down after the move was criticised by
parents at Buckingham Park Primary
School in Shoreham, West Sussex.
Jaye Marie Todd, who has two chil-
‘It’s a little bit
of harmless
fun for the
children’
dren at the school, is lobbying the
council to overturn the ban.
“I feel strongly about this issue because it’s a little bit of harmless fun for
the children,” Mrs Todd said.
A spokesman for West Sussex
County Council called the ban “sound
road safety advice”.
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Buying plants online is dangerous, says Titchmarsh
Presenter warns gardeners
that using the internet
risks bringing ‘devastating’
pests and diseases into UK
By Patrick Sawer
GARDENERS are putting Britain at risk
from “devastating” pests and invasive
diseases by increasingly buying their
plants on the internet, Alan Titchmarsh
has warned. The former presenter of
BBC’s Gardeners’ World criticised the
growing habit among gardeners of
buying from unknown websites offering plants at bargain prices.
He said the unofficial DIY botanical
trade poses a threat to some of the
Britist Isles’ most beloved native species, by introducing deadly pests and
diseases.
“Many trustworthy growers sell via
the internet and it has become the
norm to buy plants in this way,” he said.
“But the internet is also crammed
with ‘bedroom nurseries’ which aren’t
nurseries at all. Anyone with a computer and an eye for a fast buck can set
themselves up as a nursery.
“You will be tempted and you will
buy – we all have – but you may unwittingly be laying not only your own garden open to hitherto unknown and
devastating pests and disease, but also
the entire country.”
He also criticised tourists who bring
back cuttings in the their luggage when
returning from abroad.
“We have plant pathogens which
can be introduced Britain very easily if
people bring plant cuttings back from
holiday,” he said.
“It just takes one pathogen on one
plant and it can spread like wildfire.”
One of the worst diseases which horticulturalists fear will come to these
shores is Xylella fastidiosa, a virulent
bacterium which attacks plants,
scorching their leaves and leading to
their eventual destruction.
The bacterium is already present in
parts of Spain and Italy and is carried
on olive trees, cherries, lavender, rosemary and figs, but has yet to arrive in
Britain. It if does it will pose a threat to
many plant species, particularly the
vines which supply the developing
English wine industry.
Writing in the latest edition of Gardeners’ World Magazine, Mr Titchmarsh said: “We come back from our
holidays with cuttings of this and that
in our sponge bags, unaware that we
may be bringing in a pest or disease
that could devastate the landscape.
“We should be buying only from
trusted sources.”
He also highlights the case of the oak
AGUTTES/SPLASH NEWS
1.7m
processionary moth, which is thought
to have come to Britain as eggs on a single imported oak sapling.
The pest leaves oak trees stripped of
their leaves and leaves humans with
sore throats and skin rashes.
There are currently more than 900
pests and diseases on the UK’s Chief
Plant Health Officer’s Risk Register,
which records and rates the threat to
UK crops, trees, gardens and ecosystems from plant pests and pathogens,
and helps government, growers and
the wider industry tackle the problem.
’Allo
Allosaurus
This
28ft-long
155millionyear-old
dinosaur
skeleton is
up for
auction in
France for
around
£1.4m. The
specimen,
found in
Wyoming,
USA, is
believed to
be a newly
discovered
subspecies
of the
Allosaurus
family
Spending on yogurt goes up; sales go down Climbers asked for cash to clean Snowdon
By Daily Telegraph Reporter
YOGURT sales have slumped as
consumers ditch sugary treats, new
figures have shown.
Research found that in 2017 children
ate 82 million fewer yogurts than in
2016. Although higher prices showed
that the overall amount spent on yogurts was up by 1.5 per cent to £2.6 bil-
lion, volume sales were down 1.3 per
cent. Among the big-name brands, the
decline was by as much as 10 per cent.
Kantar Analysts for the trade journal
The Grocer found that while adults will
eat a yogurt pot in the morning out of
convenience, they would not have one
at lunchtime or after their evening meal.
In addition, a growing move towards
veganism and an increase in lactose
intolerance has seen more people
move towards dairy-free alternatives.
The report said: “Brits consumed
yogurt on 11 million fewer evening
occasions and a whopping 73 million
fewer lunch occasions.”
Bertie Lewis, a Kantar analyst, said:
“Children consuming less yogurts and
chilled desserts presents a challenge
for the market.”
By Daily Telegraph Reporter
WALKERS will be asked to donate
money to climb Snowdon, which will
be spent on a clean-up of Wales’ highest mountain.
Although it is free to climb, those
wishing to scale Snowdon will be asked
for donations in nearby cafés, bars and
hotels. Snowdonia National Park says
that the money is needed due to the
mountain’s growing popularity, with
more than 600,000 people climbing it
each year.
Over 50 businesses in North Wales
will take part in the scheme to raise
money for maintaining mountain paths
and cleaning up litter.
Lyndon Bradshaw, who has used
Snowdon’s Crib Goch and Pyg Track
numerous times, said: “If you can be
assured that the money goes directly
towards cleaning and maintaining the
paths on the mountain I’d have no issue
paying a fiver.”
Helen Pye, a Snowdon warden, said:
“Our job over the next year or so is convincing the people that have the money
that they really need to put it towards
looking after this iconic mountain.”
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News
Women in row
over drag show
as it is declared a
male-only zone
By Steve Bird
AS DRAG queens go, Lacey Lou and
Georgie Bee love nothing more than
dressing up in garish clothes, slapping
on layers of make-up and showing off
to adoring fans. But they are among a
growing number of performers in Britain who are very different to traditional
cross-dressing acts.
Unlike men who work as over-thetop female impersonators, Lacey Lou
and Georgie Bee are actually women
camping it up as women.
There is resistance to this new breed
of live performer. Male drag queens
who fear their female colleagues have
an unfair advantage are citing it as an
example of cultural appropriation.
The world of drag has recently taken
on a new lease of life with RuPaul’s
Drag Race, a US reality TV show in
search of the next drag superstar.
And it was RuPaul Andre Charles
himself who sparked controversy
when he declared that drag is a maleonly sport and women would probably
be barred from competing on his show,
which is also broadcast in the UK.
RuPaul, 57, the programme’s judge,
claims that women drag artists lack
“danger and irony”, in part because
when men dress in women’s clothes
they are openly rejecting masculinity.
Lacey Lou, Birmingham’s first professional female drag artist, says his
comments are an example of misogyny
within the gay community.
“There are a lot of male drag queens
who think drag is only for men. But, it’s
really the idea of playing on gender,”
she said. “There is a lot of misogyny in
the gay community, which I found really surprising when I started working
Service stations
face inquiry
into ‘sky-high’
petrol prices
By Wil Crisp
as a drag queen. You would expect a
suppressed community to understand
what it feels like to be disregarded.
“A person’s biological sex or gender
identity should not prohibit or inhibit
their participation in an art form that
mocks gender.”
Lacey Lou became a drag queen five
years ago. Now aged 26, she runs a
number of drag events in Birmingham.
“When I first started, I looked up to
classic male drag queens. But a lot of
them didn’t understand me becoming
one because they hadn’t seen it before.
They would ask if I was a woman.
When I said yes, they would say: ‘Well,
you’re not a proper drag queen then’.
Telling a woman she can’t play her own
gender is another layer of misogyny.”
Georgie Bee, who in 2016 became the
first female performer to win the Sink
‘They would ask if I was a
woman. When I said yes,
they’d say: “Well, you’re not
a proper drag queen then” ’
the Pink drag competition in London,
is frank about what makes a drag artist.
“If you feel like a drag queen, you are
one. It’s nothing to do with what’s in
your pants. How you choose to perform gender is up to you. Just make it
worth watching,” she says.
Both view RuPaul’s claims as misogynistic. “Everyone looks up to RuPaul,”
Lacey Lou said. “But I think he has sold
out. He hasn’t moved with the times or
paid attention to the community he has
actually fostered.”
Georgie Bee said: “You absolutely do
not need validation from RuPaul.”
Lacey Lou, 26, Birmingham’s first professional female drag queen, accuses American drag star RuPaul of being misogynistic
MOTORWAY service stations have
come under fire after they were suspected of ripping off customers by
charging too much for petrol.
The stations are to be targeted by an
investigation into high fuel prices, after Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, highlighted the issue to the
Government’s competition watchdog.
Mr Grayling said that drivers feel
“exploited” and called for a probe into
Moto, Welcome Break, and Roadchef,
the three biggest service station operators. Currently drivers pay on average
nearly 21p more per litre for unleaded
petrol from these operators, which
control the majority of motorway service stations, compared to supermarket petrol stations.
Due to the higher prices, the additional cost for a driver refuelling at a
service station can exceed £15. Writing
to Andrea Coscelli, the head of the
Competition and Markets Authority,
Mr Grayling said: “I am concerned that
prices which are higher than other
forecourts may exploit users in a situation where there is less choice and
competition and discourage motorists
from stopping and re-fuelling when,
for safety reasons, they should.
“I would welcome a view from the
CMA on whether the three private
companies that currently operate the
majority of MSAs are exercising market
power to the detriment of motorists.”
Service station operators say higher
fuel prices are required to cover their
operating costs. “We operate in a very
different environment to most other
retailers and once you see the costs of
providing the facilities and services,
the prices soon start to make sense,”
Moto said in a statement.
Moto said it incurred extra costs by
staying open 24 hours a day and providing facilities including car parks,
picnic areas and showers.
Motoring groups have welcomed the
inquiry, with the RAC saying that “skyhigh” prices at motorway service stations could not be justified.
Claim to be ‘Glasgow’s oldest pub’ was fabricated to drum up business, admits its owner
By Daily Telegraph Reporter
AN “ANCIENT” pub’s claim to be the
oldest in Glasgow was a lie to drum up
business, its owner has admitted.
A plaque outside The Old College
Bar claims it is “Glasgow’s oldest public house (built circa 1515) – ancient
staging post and hostelry”.
But Colin Beattie, the owner of the
pub in Merchant City, has said that in-
stead of dating back to the 1500s, its
origins only go so far as the 1800s.
Mr Beattie, who has owned the pub
for 20 years, also said that the supposedly “medieval” foundations the pub
rests on are nothing more than the
cobblestones of a Victorian railway
yard.
He said he was told by his predecessor, Ossie Prosser, that the bar was
“Glasgow’s oldest” as a way of boost-
ing trade. Mr Prosser was a long-standing Glasgow publican behind some of
the city’s most famous drinking holes
including The Doublet and The Chancellor in the west end and The Buddies, in Paisley.
Mr Beattie says he kept the pretence
going because he didn’t have the heart
to tell regulars it was a fabrication.
“As the owner of the Old College
Bar, it may be instructive for me to re-
‘It’s a myth confected by
its previous owner, who
revealed the truth to me
as we exchanged the keys’
veal that it’s not, in fact, Glasgow’s oldest pub – or at least there’s no reliable
evidence to support the claim that it
is,” he said. “It’s a myth confected by
its previous owner, the late Ossie
Prosser, who revealed the truth to me
as we exchanged the keys for the
building and he urged me to keep the
‘story’ going because, he said, it was
good for business.”
The publican added: “A spurious
claim that the pub’s foundations date
back to the 16th century is based on
unfounded and unproven speculation
by an anonymous academic said to
have visited the premises. Cobble
stones in the basement, said to be the
remains of a medieval street, are in
fact what’s left of a former railway
yard.
“The current building in which the
bar stands dates to the 19th century
and the reason it’s not listed is, quite
simply, because it meets none of the
requirements for listed building status.”
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The Daily Telegraph Saturday 31 March 2018
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DAVID ROSE FOR THE TELEGRAPH
Health
Smokeless tobacco signals another heated debate
Special
Report
By Joe Shute
in Athens
Cigarette giants attempt to
stub out their past, with a
revolution they say will
change the face of smoking
At the gates of the Papastratos tobacco
factory, a bevy of glamorous hostesses
dressed in identical black and wielding
clipboards usher guests through. A
helicopter whirrs overhead while G4S
security guards line the hill winding
down towards Athens in the distance.
Inside a cavernous marquee filled
with politicians and captains of
industry, André Calantzopoulos, the
chief executive of tobacco giant Philip
Morris International (PMI) is
preparing to unveil the future. “This
revelation will change all that we
know about smoking,” he announces
to the expectant crowd.
The revelation in question is a small
plastic capsule into which tobacco
sticks are inserted and heated to 350C
(662F), allowing users to take puffs. In
theory (according to PMI’s own
research) this reduces the risks of
smoking by up to 95 per cent. What
this means for people’s health in the
long run, however, remains a point of
contention.
Tobacco is gambling big on the rise
in popularity of these devices, known
as IQOS (I quit ordinary smoking). At
the Papastratos factory last week PMI
announced it would become its second
factory to cease production of ordinary
cigarettes and instead churn out only
the IQOS tobacco sticks, known as
HEETS. Since 2008 the company has
spent more than $4.5 billion
(£3.2 billion) on scientific research,
production and development of IQOS
and related products.
Chances are you will never have
seen an IQOS. The crucial difference
between e-cigarettes and the IQOS is
that the former contains no tobacco at
all, while the latter is made up almost
exclusively of it – and offers an
experience far closer to smoking.
As a tobacco product PMI is banned
from advertising it. At present there
are several IQOS stores selling the
devices in Britain, all in London’s
trendier districts. As with their
counterparts in Athens the outlets are
designed more like the Apple Store or
a Nespresso outlet than a traditional
tobacconist. The walls are bleached
wood and customers are encouraged
to “create your own IQOS experience”
with a range of brightly coloured
accessories. In the UK a starter pack
(containing 10 packs of HEETS tobacco
sticks) costs £121.50.
It is difficult not to be left with the
impression that the shops are designed
to position IQOS as a trendy lifestyle
brand. The Athens branch is on a
prestige stretch of high street
sandwiched between shops selling
Rolex and Bulgari watches and staffed
by young trendy millennials.
Tobacco consumption is falling in
Greece but in the latest survey
conducted last year 27.1 per cent of the
population still admitted they were
either regular or casual smokers. By
the end of 2018, according to PMI staff,
HEET sticks, above,
roll off the
production line at
the Philip Morris
factory in Greece
which has stopped
making traditional
cigarettes. Below:
young Greeks try
out the new IQOS
product at the
factory launch
its aim is to produce 20 billion tobacco
sticks a year. PMI – and other tobacco
firms investing in similar technologies
– insist this is all for the common good.
But can the company that once sold us
Marlboro Man really now be putting
public health over profit?
According to Mr Calantzopoulos,
who was appointed CEO in 2013, PMI
and its stablemates deserve the chance
to rehabilitate their reputations. “This
rhetoric goes back to the Seventies and
Eighties,” he says. “I think the world
has changed in 40 years and
companies do change as well. I don’t
ask people to trust. I ask people to
judge on facts and evaluate scientific
assessment of this product.”
So what are the health implications
of a product an estimated five million
people worldwide are already using?
Earlier this month Public Health
England (PHE) published its key
findings on so-called heated tobacco
products: IQOS, Glo, produced by
responsible. They should not be
targeted to under-age individuals,
rather those who are current smokers
and desperately trying to give up but
cannot. They should not be trying to
sell them to naive users.”
Marianna Mattheou, 51, who has
smoked for more than 30 years and
has a 30-a-day habit, hopes IQOS can
cure her habit. She has been smoking
IQOS for a month at the behest of her
14-year-old son but admits it has left
her with a sore throat. “I don’t trust
them 100 per cent,” she says.
Alexandros Chatzopoulos, the
Facts
British American Tobacco, and Ploom
TECH by Japan Tobacco International.
The devices differ from e-cigarettes as
they still use tobacco and therefore in
theory allow the big companies a
greater share of the profits.
The PHE study found that compared
to cigarettes the products were “likely
to expose users and bystanders to
lower levels of particulate matter and
harmful and potentially harmful
compounds”, but the extent of the
reduction varied between studies. It
also admitted a dearth of independent
research on the health impact – out of
20 studies included in its review, 12
were funded by tobacco
manufacturing companies themselves.
In December the committee on
toxicity (an advisory panel to the
Government) released its own
independent findings into heated
tobacco products. The committee
admitted the devices produce “a
number of compounds of concern”,
including some that can cause cancer.
It also expressed concern young
non-smokers might start using the
products and that they could become a
gateway to people smoking cigarettes.
Alan Boobis, professor of toxicology
at Imperial College London and the
chairman of the committee, said that
while they discovered heated tobacco
products reduce known toxic
constituents of cigarettes by between
50 to 90 per cent, any reduction in the
medium- to long-term health impact
of smoking cannot be stated for
certain because of the dearth of
available independent evidence.
He said his committee was also
researching the impact of e-cigarettes
and have provisionally concluded they
are preferable to heated tobacco from
a health perspective.
“The reality is big tobacco has
clearly recognised the future of
cigarettes long-term is very poor and
they are trying to develop strategies to
sell what they grow,” he said. “We have
emphasised the advertising has to be
Number of people
using cigarettes
5m
The number of
heated tobacco
users worldwide
350C
The temperature
tobacco sticks
are heated to
£3bn
The amount
spent by PMI
developing IQOS
£121
Cost of an IQOS
starter pack
including sticks
95pc
Risk reduction
over traditional
smoking,
according to PMI
% change of people
aged 16 and over
2014
2016
+1.6%
E-cigarettes
Cigarettes
-2.7%
SOURCE: ONS
manager of regulatory affairs at the
Greek affiliate of PMI, said the IQOS
stores are steadfast in their refusal to
sell to non-smokers and under 18s.
“We don’t sell to non-smokers,” he
says. “We will send them out and say
this product is not for you.”
Back in London I put this claim to
the test. I wander into the High Street
Kensington IQOS store and tell the
20-something assistant who
approaches me the truth – that I am an
ex-smoker interested in the product.
She reiterates the rule that they do
not sell to non-smokers but still leads
‘I don’t ask
people to
trust. I ask
people to
judge on
facts and
evaluate
scientific
assessment’
me on a tour of the shop, inviting me
to touch the oversized heating blade
on the wall to feel the warmth. At one
point she grows suspicious of my
questions and asks if I work for PMI
who apparently perform spot-checks
to ensure staff follow procedures. At
the end I am offered a brochure and
told if I recommend the device to
friends they will receive a discount.
I am left with the uneasy feeling that
the new wave of smoking devices are
creating regulatory grey areas – and
these are the gaps in which tobacco
giants are used to winning big.
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Cambridge students step up decolonisation campaign
By Camilla Turner EDUCATION EDITOR
A SUCCESSFUL Cambridge University
student decolonisation campaign is to
target even more faculties.
According to a document, more than
30 departments will be targeted in efforts to alter courses that are perceived
to be too dominated by white, male,
Eurocentric perspectives.
Working groups have been set up to
discuss possible changes in a number
of subjects, according to a spreadsheet
seen by The Daily Telegraph. The classics society has had talks on “what decolonisation would look like”, while a
“decolonising physics reading group”
is up and running, the document says.
The geography faculty is described
as being “fairly far ahead” in decolonising its curriculum, while the law, sociology and architecture faculties have
decolonisation working groups.
Chemistry, medicine and engineering are subjects earmarked for future
campaigns, according to the document
which was posted on the Decolonise
Cambridge Facebook group.
The document explains how politics
and international studies students
“managed to get the department to
place decolonisation as core agenda in
the forthcoming changes to the curricula” with a student and staff faculty
meeting due to take place next term.
Decolonisation seminars are due to
run in history and philosophy of science units at the start of next term.
Jessica Tan, the officer for black and
minority ethnic (BME) education at the
university’s student union, said she
plans to set up a team to centralise efforts to decolonise the curriculum
across a range of subjects.
Last year, The Daily Telegraph revealed that English literature tutors
“could actively seek to ensure the presence” of BME writers on their course,
under proposals discussed by the faculty’s teaching forum.
The move followed an open letter,
signed by 100 students, headed Decolo-
nising the English Faculty. However,
other leading universities are resisting
pressure from decolonisation campaigns aimed at statues and building
names as well as the curricula.
Oxford University refused to bow to
pressure from a group calling for a
statue of Cecil Rhodes to be taken
down from Oriel College because of his
links with imperialism.
Meanwhile, Bristol University announced it will not rename the Wills
Memorial Building despite campaign-
ers claiming it was named after Henry
Overton Wills III, whom they allege
was a slave trader.
Ilyas Nagdee, an NUS officer for
black students, said there were many
examples of Britain’s imperial past being “celebrated without context or
challenge from institutions which are
meant to be centres of critical thought.”
He said the campaign was “borne
out of the frustration of students of colour who have not seen their history reflected in their textbooks”.
Manchester fire
crews ‘not at fault’
for late arrival after
arena bomb attack
 A woman has had two boys taken
from her after a family court judge
concluded that she had administered
sedatives when they were aged seven
and three in an attempt to bolster
claims that their father had drugged
the youngsters with the aim of
sexually abusing them.
After analysing issues at a private
family court hearing Judge Jeremy Lea
exonerated the children and found
that any “statements” made by them
were the result of “pressure” from
their mother and maternal
grandmother.
He decided that the two women
irrationally believed that the children
had been abused. The judge concluded
that the youngsters should live with
their father.
Details of the case have emerged
after the woman mounted an
unsuccessful appeal. Two Court of
Appeal judges analysed issues at a
public Court of Appeal hearing in
London.
Lord Justice McFarlane and Lord
Justice Peter Jackson said, in a written
ruling, that they had dismissed the
woman’s appeal bid and refused to
overturn orders made by Judge Lea.
They said that the children could
not be identified.
 Firefighters should not blame
themselves for turning up late to the
Manchester Arena attack on May 22
last year, according to Andy Burnham,
the city’s mayor.
In an open letter addressed to
Manchester firefighters Burnham said
frontline staff did nothing wrong on
the night of the bombing, when 22
people were killed and 500 injured.
“I know you were desperate to help
but were prevented from doing so by
decisions taken above you,” he said.
“The failure is not yours but one of
process, leadership and culture.”
A review published on March 27
found that confusion over whether a
gunman was at large after the
bombing meant specialist firefighters
were not sent to the scene for more
than two hours, despite being
stationed half a mile away.
It concluded that the fire service
was “outside of the loop” and played
“no meaningful role” during a critical
period of the emergency service
response effort.
Several firefighters have asked for
forgiveness and Dawn Docx, Greater
Manchester’s interim fire chief officer,
has also apologised unreservedly,
saying that the service let the region
down in its “darkest hour”.
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Woman drugged
children in effort to
frame their father
for sexual abuse
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More babies being born with syphilis
Mothers’ anger at ‘artificial’ milk notice
Poppi officer becomes chief constable
 The number of babies born with
syphilis is on the rise because of NHS
“complacency” about the risk to
women, a senior doctor has warned.
Between 1985 and 1999 syphilis was
virtually eradicated in the UK, as HIV
encouraged people to adopt safer sex
practices. However, there have been
 A hospital trust has been criticised
after a letter to new mothers referred
to formula milk as “artificial milk”.
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals
NHS Trust wrote that as of May 1 it
“will no longer be providing artificial
milk (formula milk) to new mothers”.
The memo was shared on Twitter,
 A senior police officer criticised by
the official watchdog over the Poppi
Worthington case is formally to
become chief constable of Cumbria
Police this weekend.
Michelle Skeer was criticised by the
Independent Police Complaints
Commission (IPCC) over the Cumbria
three cases of congenital syphilis in
the past year, prompting Dr Patrick
French, a genitourinary consultant in
London, to say: “Some doctors and
nurses don’t know as much about it as
they should”. He added: “We shouldn’t
be complacent about heterosexuals
passing on syphilis”.
leading many users to criticise the
language used. One, Alis Roberts, said
it made her “feel sick to the stomach”.
A trust spokesman said: “We take
the views of our mums and families
very seriously, and will consider
carefully all of the feedback on the
wording of our information.”
force’s response to the 13-month-old
child’s death in 2012.
But John Woodcock, Labour MP for
Barrow and Furness, condemned the
appointment amid calls for a public
inquiry. Mrs Skeer responded by
vowing to restore the “tarnished
image” of the force.
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21
News
‘Goldman Sachs
traders bet they
could gang rape
me’, says victim
By Patrick Sawer
GOLDMAN SACHS has launched an
investigation after a former employee
claimed six of her colleagues tried to
rape her at a client dinner.
The firm has reportedly offered to
meet the former junior associate, who
said the men tried to sexually assault
her in London in March 1994 for a bet.
At the time she made claims accusing the six of inappropriate and sexist
behaviour, leading to three Goldman
Sachs foreign exchange traders being
forced to resign and another two being
disciplined. But she has now come forward with the more serious allegations
of attempted rape, after publicity surrounding the Harvey Weinstein scandal triggered an episode of post
traumatic stress disorder.
The woman, who claims that scores
of former Goldman Sachs employees
are preparing to lodge claims of sexual
harassment against the firm, said: “My
male colleagues would humiliate me
daily. For example, I was bitten and my
name was either slut, mammary or
dusty bin.
“It culminated in a bet to gang rape
me in a private dining room.”
She added: “I only managed to escape after a waiter interrupted the incident. Three of my abusers resigned and
they all went on to prosper at other
banks. I was slut shamed, lost my job
and my mental health.”
The former employee made the
claims in an email to Lloyd Blankfein,
the bank’s chief executive.
In a separate account of her alleged
ordeal published on a website called
Stand Up To Goldman Sachs, she said
she had signed a non-disclosure agreement after her original allegations
were investigated.
But she added: “My career and
health never recovered. When The New
York Times reported the Weinstein
rape allegations in late 2017 I had a
chronic PTSD episode and I knew I
couldn’t stay silent any longer.”
In a series of posts on Twitter she
added: “I have broken my NDA but
have to be fearless. More than 75 for-
mer Goldman Sachs employees allege
sexual assault, conspiracy to rape, harassment.”
The woman also praised a male Citibank employee who rescued her from
the alleged attempted rape, along with
a black cab driver who drove her home
without charge.
The woman described the build-up
to the alleged attempted rape as a series of daily humiliations in a department where she claims she was paid far
less than her male counterparts.
She claimed she was bitten by one
male trader in the months leading up to
the dinner in London and that she was
subjected to sexual harassment, including repeated name calling and
having pornographic material left on
her desk.
The allegations follow a similar case
at Credit Suisse, which is reviewing its
handling of a 2010 assault allegation
from a former female employee.
Goldman Sachs has provided the
woman with its policies on harassment
and has reportedly offered to meet her.
It said it expressed its “sincere regret
at the events that she experienced” and
that the action the firm took at the time
of the original claims reflected the seriousness of the events and “our lack of
tolerance for this behaviour”.
A spokesman for Goldman Sachs
told The Daily Telegraph: “We took the
concerns raised by this individual very
seriously when she first brought them
to our attention in 1994.
“As was reported extensively by the
media at the time, and as the witnesses
interviewed corroborated, she was the
subject of offensive and inappropriate
behaviour. We viewed this behaviour
as completely unacceptable then and
we still hold that view.
“Three of the men involved immediately lost their jobs and two others
were disciplined. Given the seriousness of the allegations and the amount
of time since the events took place, we
undertook a thorough investigation of
our records, which confirmed that
neither she nor her lawyer made any
allegation of physical sexual assault at
the time.”
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Thousands of
suspects being
released with
no conditions
By Martin Evans Crime Correspondent
THOUSANDS of people suspected of
violent and sexual offences have been
released without conditions since
changes to police bail were introduced
last year, it has emerged.
More than 3,000 suspects were released while being investigated over
offences such as murder and rape by 12
police forces over a three-month period, according to statistics.
Among them were almost 1,700 people arrested for violent crime, 768 rape
suspects and 31 murder suspects.
Changes to the way they are dealt
with after arrest were introduced last
April after criticism that they spent too
much time languishing on police bail.
A number of celebrities arrested on
suspicion of historic sexual offences
under Operation Yewtree, including
Paul Gambaccini, the broadcaster,
spent more than a year on bail, before
being released without charge.
As a result of the criticism the system
was changed to introduce a 28-day
limit to pre-charge bail, with forces instructed to use it only when necessary.
Instead, the vast amount of suspects
were Released Under Investigation
(RUI) without conditions attached.
Earlier this month Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary warned
that vulnerable victims, particularly
those who had suffered domestic
abuse, could be put at risk by suspects
who were released without conditions.
A Home Office spokesman said: “Reforms to pre-charge bail balance carefully the interests of victims and
witnesses, those on bail and the police.”
But Kerry Spence, a criminal defence lawyer with the firm, Hodge
Jones and Allen, said far from speeding
up the process, the changes had made
things worse.
She said: “Both suspects and alleged
victims are being left in limbo. At least
with police bail there were specific
dates that we all had to work towards
with a potential to review things. With
RUI you cannot put formal conditions
on the suspect. It has made the whole
situation a thousand times worse.”
u Trivial disputes between children
are escalating to murder “within
minutes” due to the influence of social
media, Britain’s top police officer has
said.
Cressida Dick told The Times that the
internet normalised violence which is
sped up by rivals goading each other on
message boards. It comes amid a recent
spate of stabbings in London.
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Saturday 31 March 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Nigeria’s hunters turn sights on Boko Haram
Dispatch
By Colin Freeman
in Maiduguri
ARMED with ancient flintlocks passed
down by their forefathers, the bush
hunters of north-east Nigeria have
chased big game through the forests
since colonial times, and before.
From gazelles and monkeys to
crocodiles and hyenas, their quarry
used to be as plentiful as any in Africa,
although these days they lament that
some wildlife is largely gone.
There is one particular species,
however, that they are all too keen to
hunt to extinction – the Boko Haram
fighters who have turned their
stalking grounds into a war zone.
Stretching across thousands of
square miles of Sahel, the forests have
become the militants’ main operating
base in recent years, offering the
perfect cover to build training camps
and stage mass kidnappings.
Among the hostages who have
languished here are the Chibok
schoolgirls, whose kidnap in 2014
sparked the global #bringbackourgirls
campaign, and 110 schoolgirls from the
town of Dapchi, released last week
after a month in captivity.
Yet while Boko Haram may know
the terrain better than the Nigerian
army, no one knows it as well as
hunters like Bunu Mustapha Bukar, 47,
who shot his first rabbits here as a
young boy. Hence his decision, along
‘The military
bring us
along
because we
know these
places –
smartphones
and Google
maps are no
use out there’
with other members of his local bush
marksmen club, to join forces with the
army for Nigeria’s biggest and most
dangerous game hunt ever.
The hunters’ front-loading muskets
may be no match for Boko Haram’s
Kalashnikovs, but their ancient
tracking skills and knowledge of every
forest trail can prove as useful for
intelligence gathering as any CIA
eye-in-the-sky.
“The military bring us along
because we know these places well –
smartphones and Google maps are no
use out there,” Mr Bukar told The Daily
Telegraph in an interview at his club
HQ in the north-east’s main city,
Maiduguri, where a trench now rings
the city to fend off Boko Haram
attacks. “But human beings are much
more dangerous to hunt than animals
– you have to be very careful.” Dressed
in a mix of traditional and camouflage
attire, Mr Bukar’s comrade Hassan
Mohammed shows how they blend
historic and modern fieldcraft.
His weapon is a cap-firing homemade musket known as a “Dane Gun”,
named after those brought in by
colonial-era Scandinavian merchants,
while attached to the barrel is a
wolf-claw talisman for good aim.
But along with the peacock feather
in his hat and the snakeskin charm on
his belt – packed with secret herbs said
to make the wearer bulletproof – he
has a USB-powered bike light strapped
GoPro-style to his forehead.
“When you hunt animals it is fun,
but when you hunt humans, anything
can happen,” he said. “One young
Boko Haram fighter tried to stab me,
but he couldn’t cut me because I have
the protection of God.”
Hunters like Hassan
Mohammed, top,
uses homemade
guns; above, a map
of militant positions
Bunu Mustapha
Bukar, centre, and
other hunters are
helping the Nigerian
military operation
The hunters’ role as vigilantes
began centuries ago, when tribal
rulers relied on them to report
sightings of fugitives and robbers
hiding in the forests.
Today, they perform a similar
function in Boko Haram’s main
stronghold in the Sambisa Forest, an
area the size of Belgium that stretches
towards the mountains of
neighbouring Cameroon. Hundreds of
Nigerian troops have died here in
ambushes over the years, and among
the more superstitious soldiers, stories
abound that the place is cursed.
“When Boko Haram attacks in the
Sambisa, any soldier who runs even a
mile away will get completely lost and
not be able to recognise where he is,”
said Mr Bukar. “We often get roped in
to help military officers that have
‘Boko
Haram are
in the bush
all the time
and they
don’t often
wash. Some
of my men
can actually
smell them’
disappeared. We also know all the
bush roads, so the soldiers never have
to take the same route twice. That
makes it harder for Boko Haram to
plant mines or stage ambushes.”
The hunters have quickly adapted
their tracking skills to pursue their
latest prey.
Rather than baboon droppings or
hyena pawprints, they search for
motorbike tracks, man-sized foxholes,
and treetops with broken branches
that have been used as lookout posts.
Other telltale signs include
discarded sim cards – Boko Haram
commanders frequently change their
phones – and empty packs of
Tramadol, a morphine-like drug also
popular with State of Iraq and the
Levant (Isil).
A keen nose also comes in handy.
“Boko Haram are in the bush all the
time and they don’t often wash,” added
Mr Bukar. “Some of my men can
actually smell them.”
Hunting fraternities all over
north-east Nigeria are now helping the
army against Boko Haram. Last year,
some 10,000 of them gathered at an
annual oath-taking ceremony where
they swore to banish the insurgents
from the Sambisa forever.
So far, though, vows have proved
easier than deeds.
Although Boko Haram has been
pushed out of much of its territory in
the past three years, last month’s
kidnapping in Dapchi shows it is still a
capable guerrilla force.
And despite the hunters’ magic
charms, when fighting Boko Haram,
the old jungle law of “kill or be killed”
still holds true.
“We have lost too many men to
count,” said Mr Bukar.
“About 30 hunters I know
personally have died in battles with
Boko Haram – two of them just in the
last fortnight.”
Facebook says leaked memo
‘was intended to be provocative’
By Ben Riley-Smith US EDITOR
A FACEBOOK executive once said the
company’s drive to connect people online was a good thing even if “someone
dies in a terrorist attack” planned
through the website.
Andrew Bosworth, wrote an internal
memo in June 2016 that said the firm’s
“ugly truth” was that it believed in improving connections between people,
whatever the consequences.
The memo, which was made public
by Buzzfeed News, has been dismissed
by senior figures at Facebook, including Mr Bosworth, as not representing
the company’s views.
Mr Bosworth was the vice-president
of Facebook at the time he circulated
the memo. It read: “So we connect
more people. That can be bad if they
make it negative. Maybe it costs a life
Andrew Bosworth
was the vicepresident of
Facebook when he
sent the memo
by exposing someone to bullies. Maybe
someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools.
“And still we connect people. The
ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything
that allows us to connect more people
more often is *de facto* good. It is perhaps the only area where the metrics
do tell the true story as far as we are
concerned.”
It went on: “That’s why all the work
we do in growth is justified. All the
questionable contact-importing practices. All the subtle language that helps
people stay searchable by friends. All of
the work we do to bring more communication in. The work we will likely
have to do in China some day. All of it.”
Mr Bosworth, said after the memo
became public that he “didn’t agree”
with the sentiments at the time and
that he posted them to provoke new
thinking among the company’s staff.
He said: “It was intended to be provocative. This was one of the most unpopular things I’ve ever written
internally and the ensuing debate
helped shape our tools for the better.”
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and
CEO of Facebook, said: “This was one
that most people at Facebook, including myself, disagreed with strongly.
We’ve never believed the ends justify
the means.”
LEKE ALABI-ISAMA FOR THE TELEGRAPH
World news
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23
World news
Purists cheesed off with high-speed Camembert
New method of processing
takes days rather than
months – but opponents
warn of health problems
By Henry Samuel in Paris
FRANCE’S top food body has unveiled
a “revolutionary” laboratory process to
create a range of cheeses that look and
smell like the real thing in “days rather
than months”. But purists warn that the
move could spell “the death of true
cheese”.
Researchers at the French National
Institute for Agricultural Research
(INRA) say they have cracked a way of
massively accelerating the ripening
process normally essential in creating a
cheese with the required texture and
aroma.
Brie and Camembert normally take
about a month to mature, while a mature Comté can take up to three years.
“What nature takes three weeks, three
months or three years to do, we can do
in two to three days using a process
that is far faster and less costly,” Romain Jeantet, INRA cheese expert, told
The Daily Telegraph.
The process, which researchers have
coined From’Innov, involves splitting
the production of the cheese and its
aroma in the laboratory and mixing
them later. “With the same material,
we can thus make a cream cheese on
Monday, a Camembert on Tuesday and
a hard cheese on Wednesday,” said
Gilles Garric, an INRA colleague, who
revealed they were in talks with three
dairy giants over the technique.
The result was similar to traditionally made cheese, the researchers insisted. To make the end product more
nutritious, experts can mix in probiotics – live bacteria and yeasts.
But purists are appalled at what they
see as the latest attempt to kill off a
great French exception – smelly cheese
lovingly made with raw milk on a human scale. “This isn’t cheese at all, it’s
totally synthetic,” said Véronique
Richez-Lerouge, who runs the tradi-
tional cheese defence group Association Fromages de Terroirs and recently
wrote a book called La Vache Qui Pleure
(The Crying Cow).
“Industrial dairy groups have long
dreamed of making cheese with as little milk as possible in as little time as
possible so it costs as little as possible,
with a consensual taste to appeal to the
masses. INRA has made their dream
come true,” she said. “Next they’ll be
adding banana or raspberry aroma.”
She added: “This is yet another step
towards creating dead food rather than
Grace Mugabe
confronts gold
miners as they
seize her farm
Carry on
daughter
Ivanka
Trump
is joined
by White
House
staff as
she walks
across
the South
Lawn,
before
departing
with
President
Trump,
who is
travelling
to Ohio to
deliver a
speech on
infrastructure
before
continuing
on to Palm
Beach
for the
Easter
holiday
weekend.
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By Our Foreign Staff
Brigitte Macron files VIP fraud claim Exorcists training as possessions rise
By Our Foreign Staff
AIDES to Brigitte Macron have
filed a legal complaint for
identity fraud after opportunistic tricksters sent emails in her
name seeking VIP treatment,
her office has said.
The emails sought favours for
people supposedly close to
France’s first lady – free pickup
letting nature run its course. Cheese is
alive and needs to be ripened and matured over a long period, preferably
with live raw milk.
“You cannot create this natural complexity in the laboratory. Humans are
made to eat live food with diverse bacteria, not dead food, which causes all
sorts of problems, such as allergies.”
The new technique for creating
cheese will be on show at the Cheese
Symposium, organised by INRA with
Teagasc and University College Cork,
in Rennes, Brittany, next week.
from an airport in Morocco for
someone posing as her nephew,
for example, or the best table at
a haute cuisine restaurant in
Paris.
The scammer or scammers
used the email address cabinet@
presidence.fr, pretending to be
someone from her office.
Presidence.fr is the website of
the Présidence art gallery in
Paris, which has no connection
with the official website of
President Emmanuel Macron,
Elysee.fr.
“An investigation is under
way,” Mrs Macron’s office said
after the complaint was filed in
Paris. A source close to the first
lady told RTL the emails were “a
very clear attempt to damage
her reputation”.
By John Phillips in Rome
THE Vatican is holding a
training course for exorcists to
help the Roman Catholic church
cope with growing numbers of
people claiming to be possessed.
The number of Italians approaching exorcists has tripled
recently to half a million people,
according to Vatican News.
Father Cesare Truqui, a priest
who learned to cast out demons
from Italy’s most famous
exorcist, Fr. Gabriele Amorth,
told the Vatican Insider that “in
the popular mind, the exorcist is
a sort of good wizard who deals
with the devil”.
He acknowledged that many
who turn to exorcists in reality
have “problems of the family, of
losing work, even girls with
problems of the heart” while
others suffer from “spiritual
deviation”.
However, critics warn that
exorcisms can be a form of “spiritual abuse” and counsel extreme caution when using them.
The Church of England said
medical professionals must be
consulted where appropriate.
ILLEGAL gold miners in Zimbabwe
have seized a farm belonging to Grace
Mugabe, just four months after her
husband, the former president, was
ousted from power.
Local media last night reported that
hundreds of squatters took over parts of
the former first lady’s Smithfield estate
in Mazowe, 25 miles north of the capital
Harare, and refused to move when she
confronted them on Thursday.
Undeterred by the miners, who were
waving shovels and machetes at her,
Mrs Mugabe ordered them to leave, but
they refused, the Daily News reported.
They then uprooted citrus trees and
dug tunnels on the property, vowing to
remain until Mrs Mugabe offered them
work.
“You no longer have any power to
remove us,” one of the miners was
quoted as saying. “This is the new dispensation – and we do what we want.”
Mrs Mugabe reportedly alerted officers, reportedly stating: “I was
shocked to find a group of approximately 400 men busy illegally panning
for gold.”
She added: “I asked them to stop
since I am the owner of the farm. However, the crowd started to shout obscenities at me and continued with
their unlawful activities.”
Robert Mugabe was forced to quit
the political scene he had dominated
since independence from Britain in
1980 when the military stepped in and
ZANU-PF politicians launched impeachment proceedings against their
once beloved leader.
The military moved against Mr
Mugabe after he sacked Emmerson
Mnangagwa, his deputy, apparently to
groom his wife as his successor.
Mr Mnangagwa was sworn in as
president in November.
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Saturday 31 March 2018 The Daily Telegraph
World news
By Steve Bird and Thomas Lowe
THE Russian foreign ministry yesterday gave Britain one month to reduce
its diplomatic staff to match that of Russia’s team in the UK, as the fallout from
the Salisbury poisoning intensified.
The latest development could see
scores of employees in the British embassy in Moscow, and consulates in
St Petersburg and Ekaterinburg dismissed from their jobs. Laurie Bristow,
Britain’s ambassador to Moscow, was
summoned to the foreign ministry yesterday morning and told his staff
should mirror the exact number of
Russia’s diplomatic teams remaining in
the UK. Although the Foreign Office refused to say whether this meant Russia
was effectively increasing the 23 diplomats it had already expelled, a spokeswoman described the move as
“regrettable” but “anticipated”.
In a statement, the Russian ministry
said it had handed the British ambassador a note of protest, adding that Britain’s “provocative actions” had led to
the decision by Western governments
to expel scores of Russian diplomats.
The UK has blamed Russia for the
nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and
his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury – a
claim that President Vladimir Putin
vehemently denies.
Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats, prompting 29 countries, including the US, to expel 145 Russian
diplomats, a move Theresa May described as a concerted effort to dismantle their spy network. In response, the
Kremlin announced it would expel 150
Western diplomats, including 23 from
the British Embassy, and close the US
consulate in St Petersburg.
Yesterday, a steady stream of
ambassadors from Western countries,
including Germany, Poland, Canada,
Ireland and Australia, arrived at the
Russian foreign ministry to be told that
some of their diplomats were being
ordered to leave.
Emerging from his meeting at the
ministry, Mr Bristow refused to go into
detail about the discussions, but said:
“We will study what we have been told
and make our decisions accordingly. It
is important to remember why this
crisis has arisen in the first place. The
use of a chemical weapon on the streets
of the UK has threatened the lives of a
number of people in my country.”
A spokeswoman for the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office said: “Russia is
in flagrant breach of international law
and the Chemical Weapons Convention. Actions by countries around the
world have demonstrated the depth of
international concern.”
In a statement, Russia’s foreign ministry labelled the expulsions of its diplomats as “unjustified”. It said the
number of personnel employed by the
British mission in Russia must be
brought into parity with the number of
employees in the Russian Embassy in
London and its consulate in Edinburgh.
However, the Russian and British
diplomatic missions function very differently. While Moscow only employs
diplomats and people on diplomatic
passports, the UK diplomatic staff work
alongside local Russian employees
who often take on administrative roles.
Consequently, the latest move may not
see more British diplomats expelled
from the country; instead, Russian nationals on the embassy payroll could
lose their jobs or be suspended.
AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Tit-for-tat
expulsions could
hit local Russian
embassy staff
Shoulder to shoulder A group of smartly dressed Russian cadets are pictured proudly marching through the city streets of
Moscow, where the annual cadet schools get-together took place on Friday
45-second Czech anthem too short for us to celebrate say gold medal-winning athletes
By Matthew Day in Warsaw
THE Czech national anthem is facing a
makeover after complaints that it is too
short and insufficiently patriotic.
The Czech Olympic Committee argued that the 45-second anthem’s single verse meant gold-medal winning
athletes have little time to bask in their
glory on the podium.
The lyrics of “Kde Domov Můj?”
(“Where is My Home?”) also focus on
the beauty of the Czech countryside
rather than stirring deeds of patriotic
derring-do.
“Our goal is not to get things changed
by law or to dictate to anybody,” said
Jiří Kejval, the chairman of the committee. “We want to start a discussion
about something new. It is through
sport, after all, that most people hear
the anthem.” Mr Kejval said that Czech
athletes had complained they had too
little time on the podium owing to its
brevity.
“We probably have the second shortest national anthem in Europe,” Mr
Kejval said. “The average is around 80
seconds. It’s a shame athletes don’t
have more time to enjoy their success.”
The committee has also argued that
the lyrics lack self-confidence and patriotism and called for a new version,
‘We probably have the second
shortest national anthem
in Europe. The average is
around 80 seconds’
coinciding with the 100th anniversary
of the founding of Czechoslovakia.
“Where is My Home?” was adopted
as the first part of the Czechoslovak na-
tional anthem in 1918 and for many
years was sandwiched together with
the Slovak anthem “Tatrou sa Blýska”
(“Lightning over the Tatras”). Following the Velvet Divorce at the start of
1993, when Czechoslovakia split apart,
the Czech section was left on its own.
To address the problem the Olympic
committee commissioned a composer
to come up with an alternative, and
longer, arrangement of the anthem,
which incorporates lines from a long
discarded second verse. But so far the
public appetite for change is low.
“I think we have a beautiful anthem
and there is no need to change it,”
said Andrej Babiš, the Czech prime
minister.
An opinion poll on rozhlas.cz, a
Czech news website, also found that 98
per cent disapproved of the new version of the anthem.
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World news
Man Booker bows to China over nominee
By Nicola Smith in Taipei
and Neil Connor in Beijing
ONE of the world’s most prestigious
literary prizes has been dragged into a
diplomatic spat between China and
Taiwan, after it caved in to pressure to
change the nationality of a Taiwanese
nominee on its website.
The Man Booker International Prize
said on Friday that it had changed the
national origin of Professor Wu Mingyi, 46, one of 13 authors on the 2018
longlist, from “Taiwan” to “Taiwan,
The nationality of Wu
Ming-Yi, the author
of The Stolen Bicycle,
was changed from
‘Taiwan’ to ‘Taiwan,
China’
who was nominated for this year’s
prize for his novel The Stolen Bicycle, a
book about Taiwan’s 20th-century history, counts himself among their numbers, and on Thursday he publicly
criticised the decision. “My nationality
on the webpage has been changed
from Taiwan to Taiwan, China, which
is not my personal position on this issue,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
“I will therefore seek assistance in
expressing my personal position to the
award organisation,” he added.
Earlier this month, the author was
hit with a barrage of criticism from China’s nationalist web users when he reportedly posted online that he was
“honoured” that his nationality was initially listed as Taiwan. “We should join
together and ban his books from being
sold on the mainland,” said one commentator on China’s Twitter equivalent, Sina Weibo.
The Taiwanese foreign ministry instructed its representative office in
London to demand a “correction”.
A Man Booker International Prize
spokesman said: “We are currently
seeking clarification from the Foreign
and Commonwealth Office on the UK’s
official position on Taiwan following
earlier advice that ‘Taiwan, China’ was
the correct, politically neutral form.”
Airline’s female flight
staff can wear trousers
Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific will
end its 70-year-old skirts-only rule for
female uniformed staff, after the flight
attendants’ union won the right to
wear trousers.
“We welcome and appreciate the
company’s decision on giving us an
option in choosing uniforms,” said
Pauline Mak, the vice chairman of the
Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Flight
Attendants Association.
She said many colleagues expressed
concern over wearing short skirts,
especially when putting passengers’
luggage into overhead lockers.
Californian coffee ‘must
carry cancer warnings’
Coffee sellers in California have been
ordered to display warnings because
the brew may contain an ingredient
linked to cancer, a judge has ruled.
The culprit – a chemical produced
in the bean-roasting process – has
been at the heart of an eight-year legal
battle. The Council for Education and
Research on Toxics wanted the coffee
industry to remove acrylamide from
its processing or display warnings.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
Elihu Berle on Wednesday ruled in
favour of the council, but allowed the
coffee makers leave to appeal.
Schwarzenegger has
emergency surgery
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the movie
star and former California governor,
has undergone emergency open-heart
surgery, his representative has
confirmed. The operation lasted
several hours and followed surgery to
replace a catheter valve on Thursday,
according to the celebrity website
TMZ. The actor was said to be in a
stable condition after attending the
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los
Angeles, California.
It is not the first time the 70-yearold has undergone heart surgery. In
1997 he had an aortic valve replaced.
PETER HEISTEIN.COM/GRAND RUAHA SAFARIS/VIA REUTERS
Cat on a hot
tin roof
American
tourist Britton
Hayes had a
close encounter
with a cheetah
while on safari
in Tanzania. In
a video shot by
photographer
Peter Heistein,
Mr Hayes, from
Seattle, is seen
trying to
remain still as
the big cat
wanders into
the vehicle he
is travelling in.
The cheetah
then sniffs
around and
nibbles on the
seat next to him
before going on
its way.
China” after it had received a complaint
from the Chinese embassy in London.
China claims the island democracy
as its own territory, which will be eventually be reunited with the mainland –
by force if necessary – and Beijing
lobbies relentlessly to exclude Taiwan
from global forums and undermine its
legitimacy as its own nation.
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s population of
23 million operate their own government, currency, military and foreign
policy, and the majority of its citizens
identify as Taiwanese. Professor Wu,
WORLD BULLETIN
China’s Jack the Ripper
sentenced to death
Malala pledges to return home to Pakistan after graduating from Oxford
By Mohammad Zubair Khan in
Islamabad and Tony Diver
MALALA YOUSAFZAI, the youngest
ever Nobel Prize winner, said yesterday that she plans to return permanently to Pakistan after finishing her
studies in Britain.
Ms Yousafzai, who is known across
the world simply as Malala, was shot in
the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012,
while campaigning for female education in Pakistan.
She said she plans to return in two
years’ time, after finishing her course
in politics, philosophy and economics
at Oxford University. It will be her first
visit to the country since the attack.
“My plan is to return to Pakistan as this
is my country,” she said.
She described herself as “completely
focusing on education” at Oxford, but
said she wanted “to work for the education of children and make it possible for
every girl in Pakistan to receive a highlevel education, to fulfil her dreams and
become a part of society”. While in Pa-
kistan, Malala, now 20, hopes to visit
her home town in the Swat Valley,
around 160 miles (250km) from the
capital, Islamabad.
While many in Pakistan welcomed
news of her return, others were more
critical of her reforming stance and accused her of promoting her own, nonIslamic, values. A group of private
schools declared Friday to be “I Am Not
Malala Day”, for what its spokesman
described as her “anti-Islam and antiPakistan ideology”.
Responding to her critics, she said:
“I am proud of my religion, and I am
proud of my country. I just don’t know
anything I’ve said that makes me antiPakistan or anti-Islam.”
A man described as China’s version of
Jack the Ripper has been sentenced to
death for the rape and murder of 11
women and girls.
Gao Chengyong, 54, was likened to
the notorious killer from Victorian
London due to the way he mutilated
the bodies of his victims, which
included an eight-year-old girl.
He allegedly targeted females
dressed in red during his 14-year
killing spree, which began in 1988.
Gao would follow his victims home,
where he would rape and kill them,
often by cutting their throat.
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World news
At least 16 dead
in Gaza clashes
as Palestinian
protests begin
By Raf Sanchez
Middle east correspondent
AFP/GETTY IMAGES
AT LEAST 16 Palestinian protesters
were killed and hundreds more injured
in clashes with Israeli forces on the
Gaza border yesterday, in the bloodiest
day of demonstrations in several years.
Thousands of Palestinians marched
towards the Israeli fence around Gaza
as part of demonstrations supported by
Hamas, the militant Islamist group that
controls the enclave.
Israel’s military said some demonstrators threw firebombs and burning
tyres at Israeli troops on the other side
of the fence. Soldiers fired live ammunition as well as rubber bullets, and
tear gas was dropped by drones.
The violence comes at the start of a
tense period that will culminate in May
with the opening of the US embassy in
Jerusalem and the 70th anniversary of
what Palestinians call the “Nakba” – the
mass displacement of Arabs during the
1948 war with Israel. Yesterday’s demonstrations were described as the start
of the “Great March of Return”, in
which Palestinian refugees will demand to be able to return to their 1948
homes in what is now Israel.
Hamas said the people killed had
“sacrificed their souls for the sake of
the great revolution which precedes
the great return”.
Meanwhile, Israel said that the
marches were “a dangerous, premeditated provocation meant to fan the
flames of conflict and increase tension”.
A Palestinian farmer was killed early
yesterday morning by Israeli strikes in
Gaza, according to the Palestinian
health ministry. Others were killed in
clashes with Israeli forces along the
border. An Israeli official said at least
two of the dead were known Hamas
operatives.
The UN Security Council was preparing to meet last night to discuss the
What appears to be a tear gas grenade flies towards Palestinian men as they wave flags in Qusra, a village in the West Bank, during demonstrations yesterday
violence at the request of Kuwait.
‘Political life in Egypt has been murdered with a very blunt instrument’
Dispatch
By Raf Sanchez in Cairo
ON THE day that Mubarak’s thugs
charged into Tahrir Square on the
backs of camels, swinging whips and
chains at the protesters, Yasmine
el-Baramawy was arrested.
Ms Baramawy, then a 28-year-old
composer and oud player, had been
carrying bandages and disinfectant to
treat the wounded when she was
stopped on the edge of the square and
driven to an officer’s club being used
as a detention centre.
It was Feb 2, 2011. Neither Ms
Baramawy nor the intelligence officer
interrogating her knew that in nine
days Mr Mubarak would be
overthrown, but both of them sensed
that something was about to change in
Egypt. The officer eventually released
her with a few words of threat.
“We’ll be back,” he said.
Seven years after the Egyptian
Revolution, the officer’s warning has
been borne out. The Mubarak regime
has been replaced by a military
government headed by President
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, which is by many
measures even more repressive and
more authoritarian.
Mr Sisi won a second term in office
this week after all his credible
challengers were arrested or
intimidated out of the race. His
political opponents, including many
of the 2011 revolutionaries, believe
that it is only a matter of time before
he changes the constitution to allow
himself to stay in power indefinitely.
Egypt’s media has been brought to
heel by the state, organised protests
are forbidden, and even what little
space was allowed for political
intellectuals under Mr Mubarak has
been mostly closed down.
“Political life in Egypt has been
murdered with a very blunt
instrument and Sisi is responsible
for killing it,” said Hassan Nafaa, a
liberal political analyst.
Sitting in a downtown Cairo café,
Shady el-Ghazaly Harb, a surgeon
involved in the Tahrir revolution,
said he feared that the crackdown on
peaceful political dissent would push
the next generation towards violence.
“We in the January 25 movement
were always peaceful and this was our
motto and we should stick to it. But
the young people today say: ‘It didn’t
do us any good’. A lot of them are, out
of frustration, being pushed towards
violence,” he said.
Dr Ghazaly Harb warned Western
countries not to convince themselves
that Mr Sisi was a stabilising force
keeping Egypt and its 90 million
population stable, unlike Syria or
Libya. “He is taking the country into
chaos. And if Egypt erupts it will not
just be us suffering but the region and
the world,” he said.
Most opposition activists agree that
there is little chance of scenes similar
to those of 2011 in Tahrir Square. The
Egyptian security services would
stamp out any popular resistance long
‘He is taking the country into
chaos… if Egypt erupts it
will not just be us suffering
but the region and the world’
before it began, they say.
Mr Sisi’s defenders argue that what
many see as political repression is in
fact tough measures necessary to
restore public order.
Gehad Auda, a professor of political
science at Helwan University, argued
that Mr Sisi would allow political space
to open up again once Egypt’s security
situation was stabilised. “You start by
working on a strong public order, then
within framework of public order,
political diversification emerges,” he
said. “Once he achieves the strong
state he cannot continue without
democratisation and a sense of
liberalisation.”
Ms Baramawy, the oud player
arrested at Tahrir Square, is now 35
and performs her music widely across
Egypt. She watched this week’s
election with frustration, but said she
would never believe that the 2011
revolution was in vain.
“The generations who saw the
people revolting in 2011 are growing up
and they learned that they can say no
and they can be heard if they say no.”
She pointed to a recent video about
a school where teachers took five
Egyptian pounds (20p) from each
pupil, promising to put on a Mother’s
Day party with the money. They kept
it instead, a small act of corruption not
uncommon in Egypt.
But the students revolted in protest,
occupying the school courtyard to
demand the money back. Ms
Baramawy watched the video and
swelled with pride. “These are the
lessons of the revolution,” she said.
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Comment
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MELANIE
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H
T
hank God: Lent’s over. There’s
nothing like abstinence to make
the heart grow fonder of sweets,
chocolate and milk in your tea, which
was the sum of my own privations. I
know, it pales by comparison with
Orthodox Christians who go vegan
during Lent, or the Archbishop of
Canterbury who gave up lunch (yes; I
asked him), but really, I didn’t have the
moral fibre to give up drink. Good
Friday yesterday was a proper fast day,
mind you, but now it’s over. We’re
back to normal. Which, in my case, is
Mars bars and tea with milk, prior to
the Easter egg tomorrow.
This is the tradition we’re used to: a
40-day season of abstinence – starting
this year on Valentine’s Day – and
finishing just as spring comes into its
own (supposedly), on April Fool’s Day.
And that feels right. In the Christian
way of doing things, the fasting stops
and the feasting starts when nature’s
burgeoning, there’s new life
everywhere, hens are laying and the
spring lamb is really good, if you like
the milk-fed sort. We give up
abstinence, in other words, at a
psychologically apt moment, when the
days are longer and brighter. You can
only really appreciate Easter – the
culmination of the Christian calendar,
the feast of the Resurrection – if you
have been foregoing things you like
for 40 days.
Compare and contrast, folks, with
the contemporary cycle of the year. In
the modern way of doing things,
fasting happens in the month of
January, often beginning on January 2
(which, incidentally, is bang in the
middle of the 12 Days of Christmas).
That’s when we start either dry
January or Veganuary – or, worse still,
a diet premised on giving up carbs.
Going vegan is what medieval
Christians did when they fasted – they
also replaced meat with fish – and they
had no illusions it was anything but
privation. They ate beans because they
were fasting or because they couldn’t
afford meat or game.
In other words, precisely at the time
when the weather is rubbish and all
you want to do is to curl up round the
equivalent of a fire, you’re expected to
give up all the comforts of the season
and go in for showy abstinence.
January is precisely when you need
your carbs, your puddings, your hot
punch, your saturated fats. It’s cold
out there. The social historian Nick
Groom, in his book, The Seasons,
observes that the reason January and
February now seem so long is that
we’ve changed what used to be a time
for eating and drinking into a period of
privation. It doesn’t really make much
sense.
It’s good for us to fast some of the
time – psychologically and, as we now
know, physically (mice who fast
intermittently live longer, so the
Church’s restrictions make
physiological as well as spiritual
sense).
But it’s even better to do it at the
right time, and Lent happens to be the
best possible season for it. So, Happy
Easter. Time, tomorrow, to get stuck
into the chocolate bunnies. We’ve
earned it.
How on Earth did our civilisation get
from Jesus Christ to Jeremy Corbyn?
We are taught that racism
is evil, yet the reason antiSemitism runs deep in
our history is almost lost
CHARLES MOORE
OORE
J
READ MORE at telegraph.co.uk/opinion
eremy Corbyn and John
McDonnell never tire of
saying that they condemn
racism “wherever it comes
from”. But where does it come
from? Surely – in Western
culture at least – its original, most
enduring and venomous form is
anti-Semitism.
It is true that hating people
because of their race or nationality is
evil whatever that race or nationality
is. If someone hates – to take an
improbable example – all New
Zealanders, he does them as much
wrong as he does to all Jews if he
hates them. If Turks hate Armenians,
or Hutus hate Tutsis, or Serbs hate
Albanians, the deaths of hundreds of
thousands can result – indeed, have
resulted. But anti-Semitism is more
than any of these things. As well as
being a cause of mass murder, it is
a theory, a purported explanation.
It offers itself as a truth – even as
the truth.
I once sat next to a Frenchwoman
at dinner in Paris. “We are not antiSemitic,” she said, “It is all lies. The
newspapers only say this because they
are controlled by Jews.” Her comically
contradictory words encapsulated so
much of the anti-Semitic mind – that
she claimed to be falsely accused; that
Jews do not tell the truth; that Jews
have power. There are a remarkably
large number of people who think this
way, and now, it would seem, plenty of
them are in the Labour Party.
At any one time, many resent their
lot in life. It can be a perverse comfort
to feel that it is someone else’s fault.
To some, it is especially comforting to
be told that it is specifically the fault
of a ruthless, brilliant, conspiratorial
group of semi-aliens who care for no
one but themselves. Social media gives
new life to this old and terrible fiction.
It seems to offer a key that unlocks the
secrets of the world.
The theory presents a problem,
of course. If the Jews control the
world, why did more than a third
of their entire population get killed in
the Holocaust? The anti-Semite has the
answer, though. They didn’t die! They
made it up so that we would feel sorry
for them and let them live in Israel!
Those six million somehow slipped
away and continued – to use the mural
image that Mr Corbyn originally
defended – to play Monopoly on the
backs of the wretched of the earth.
Any reasonable person
contemplating anti-Semitism notices
two things about it – that it is mad, and
that it is powerful. This combination
means it is a prime duty of everyone,
especially leaders, to resist it.
In 1967, the year of the Six-Day
War, my father brought home
some books that Jewish friends had
published, comparing anti-Israeli
cartoons in the Egyptian press with
those of Der Stürmer and other
Nazi publications. The similarities
were absolutely blatant – Jews with
hook noses, Jews with bags of gold,
Jews as rats, Jews as bloodsuckers.
A child of 10 could see it – I know
that, because I was a child of 10 at
the time.
For a great many years, such
portrayals have been endemic in
the Muslim Arab world. They tell
you at a glance that, however real
the grievances of many Arabs, and
whatever mistakes the state of Israel
may have made, something horrible
is entrenched – ever more inflamed
by Islamism – in the politico-religious
culture there. Today, we get some of it
here in Britain.
Why does Mr Corbyn not glance,
then? How did he fail (by his own
admission) to notice what that mural
he was defending depicted? It is
always possible that he is lying about
failing to notice, and that he actually is
anti-Semitic, despite his protestations
to the contrary, and therefore loves
anti-Semitic “art”. But I think there
is a more likely explanation. In his
early years, he adopted a view of the
world that was bound to end up letting
anti-Semitism in.
The main consistent thread of
Mr Corbyn’s beliefs is not so much
socialism, though he is a socialist. It
is that there is a complete explanation
for the evils of the world in the power
of the white, capitalist, militarist,
imperialist West.
Jews are a minority everywhere
but Israel, often a persecuted
minority, so they might be expected
to enlist in Jeremy’s ragged army.
But no, they have a theory and
practice of living successfully in
modern Western democracies. Instead
of joining a rainbow alliance of
grievance to humiliate the dominant
indigenous culture, they flourish
within it. In the Corbyn mindset, this
makes them collaborators with the
enemy. By the same logic, modern
Israel – a democratic, Western state,
with the rule of law, surrounded by
autocracies, dictatorships and semigoverned spaces – is an affront to his
doctrine of victimhood.
So the fierce joke doing the
rounds on Twitter – that the slogan
of Mr Corbyn’s Labour Party is “For
the many, not the Jew” is actually
almost true. He has decided that the
Jews are on the wrong side in his
struggle. From this, it is not such a
big step to hating them, or at least
to working with “friends”, such as
Hamas and Hizbollah, who hate
them quite openly. You don’t have to
be anti-Semitic to dislike Israel and
share the Corbyn world-view about
Western wickedness, but if you are,
it helps. His Labour becomes your
“go-to” party.
Blind Mr Corbyn is an almost absurd
example of a more cosmic problem.
Today is the feast of the Passover.
Jews give thanks that God brought
them out of Egypt, and thus out of
slavery, so that they could receive
their own law and at last reach their
promised land. Theirs is the first
great liberation struggle – the model
endlessly studied and celebrated in the
Western tradition.
Theirs is also the story from which
Christianity emerged. Jesus’s Last
Supper, which was commemorated
on Thursday, was the Passover meal.
In his death the next day, Christians
see Jesus as the Passover (Paschal)
sacrifice. Jesus himself said that he
came not to abolish the law and the
prophets, but to fulfil them.
When a large part of the world
became Christian, people began to
debate this Jewish heritage. Some
thought that because the Jews had
killed Jesus and continued to deny
his divinity, they should be spurned
and punished. Others thought this
crazy. Jesus and his apostles were
Jews, and the religion he founded
did not repudiate Judaism. It
universalised it. It took the story
of God and a people, and made it
the story of God and all people.
To attack the Jews was therefore
not only an unChristian act, but an
anti-Christian one – a form of selfhatred and self-harm.
In theory, this argument was won
by the right side. We have Holocaust
Memorial Day; racism, we are taught,
is the ultimate sin. But in practice,
the wrong side never gave up. And
now that the Christian story is
half-forgotten, that history of antiSemitism, and why it goes so deep,
becomes easier to forget. This makes
the ignorant a prey to the old lies.
You sometimes hear it said that
the Jews are “the canary in the mine”
– their suffering being the early
warning for the rest of us. This may
be true, but I don’t like the metaphor,
because it misses their central role in
our story. It was they who first mined
the seam from which our civilisation
is powered. We and they still work in
the same mine. Mr Corbyn is our first
ever mainstream democratic leader
to reject that civilisation.
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MICHAEL DEACON on Saturday
Easter – the perfect excuse for eggstatic online outrage
M
y family are staunch
traditionalists, and so
this Easter, as always,
we will be observing
one of this country’s
most ancient customs.
Namely: complaining on social media
that Cadbury’s has dropped the word
“Easter” from the packaging on its
chocolate eggs, even though it hasn’t.
It really has become a tradition.
Every single year, the social media
team at Cadbury’s are engulfed by the
same peculiar accusations. Look at
some of the messages they’ve received
in the past few weeks.
“Why have you surrendered to
faceless liberals and removed the word
Easter from your eggs?” demanded
one correspondent. “I hear you’ve
eliminated the word Easter from your
Easter eggs. Bye bye Cadbury,”
growled another. “I heard you’re
taking the word Easter off your
packaging; if you do that I will no
longer buy any of your products,”
bristled a third.
And to each one, a member of
Cadbury’s staff replies, in a polite but
slightly pleading tone, that it isn’t true,
because the word “Easter” absolutely
does remain on the packaging of their
chocolate eggs, if their correspondent
would only care to look.
It’s a fascinating phenomenon, the
annual Easter egg fury: post-truth, in
eccentric microcosm. Rather than fire
off their complaint, any of the
outraged could simply have popped
down to their local supermarket, and
seen with their own eyes that Cadbury’s
chocolate eggs have “Easter” written
on them. But they didn’t.
In fact, it may well be that they
didn’t want to look, because
cause
they didn’t want to find
d out
that it wasn’t true. They
ey
wanted to believe it was.
as.
They actively wanted to be
outraged, and to feel the
he
thrill of righteous victimhood
mhood
surging hotly through their
veins. They wanted to think of
themselves as robbed,
maligned, persecuted by
a shadowy cabal of
cackling elitists,
hell-bent on destroying
g
their way of life.
Ultimately, I doubt the
he
complaints were really
y
about Easter. Cadbury’s
’s
eggs are not holy relics.
s.
There is no mention off
chocolate in the Bible;
Christ did not feed the
5,000 by dividing up the
he
hollow halves of a Dairy
ry
Milk Caramel egg, and the
Holy Chalice was not a
branded mug with “Toffee Crisp”
printed on the side. The first chocolate
egg wasn’t produced until about 1,800
years after Christ’s death.
Yet still the complaints flooded in.
The outrage, I suspect, was its own
reward. It often is, online. Your eyes
narrow, your heart thumps, and
suddenly you feel some
somehow noble,
heroic, ready to fight to the death in
defence of all you h
hold dear.
You’re a warrior, battling
in a just
ba
cause. That, when you get down
to it, is the essential
essentia appeal of
online outrage: it m
makes you feel
good.
I don’t mean to suggest
that I’m
s
above online outrage,
by the
ou
way. I’m as
a susceptible
to it as anyone. Which
is why,
why tomorrow
morning,
my family
morn
and I will get up,
spend
spen four hours
solid
soli haranguing a
leading
lea
confectioner
for
con
something
it
som
hasn’t
done, then
ha
lie back and bathe
in the glow of our
own
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valour.
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Same
Sam time next
year, e
everyone?
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Small children have such
powerful imaginations. So
powerful, in fact, that they frequently
seem convinced that what they’ve
imagined, no matter how outlandish,
is real.
Every so often my four-year-old son
tells me – with an entirely straight
face, and in vivid detail – about a house
he owns. Apparently, this house is
“round the corner, far away”. Each
time he mentions it, he has a
fascinating new aspect to relay. He’ll
tell me, for example, that “it’s got a tall
roof ”, or that in the garage there’s “a
double-decker car”.
He imparts this information
matter-of-factly, even casually, in the
manner of an adult discussing
property at a dinner party. Oh yes,
darling, simply everyone has a tall roof
these days. They’re the latest thing.
We had ours heightened by the most
wonderful little Polish man, would you
like me to give you his number?
Not that everything in my son’s
nearby, faraway house is perfect. It
does have its flaws. In particular, his
bedroom sounds as if it was designed
by a complete cowboy. “I can’t switch
the light on in my room,” he explained
to me ruefully, “because the switch is
on the ceiling, and I can’t reach it.”
Still, he has managed to rectify some
of the house’s problems.
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Fake news: complaints about the removal
of Easter from Cadbury’s eggs are false
“Inside there’s a broken window,” he
told me last weekend, “because a
naughty person fired a snowball at it
with a cannon and they broke it. So I
found the naughty person and I fired
them with a cannon, and now they’re
dead.”
I love it when he talks about his
house. I always make a note of the
things he tells me about it. I like to
think that when he grows up, he’ll be
rich enough to have the house actually
built for him, exactly as he’s described
it to me.
I’d love a ride in that double-decker
car.
Jennie Formby – staunch ally of
Jeremy Corbyn, and now General
Secretary of the Labour party – was
educated at boarding school. Not that
there’s anything unusual about that.
The hard Left seems to be dominated
by people from independent schools.
Mr Corbyn himself went to prep
school. Seumas Milne (Mr Corbyn’s
director of communications), Andrew
Murray (his senior political adviser),
James Schneider (his head of strategic
communications) and Jon Lansman
(the founder of Momentum, the
pro-Corbyn campaign group) also
went to fee-paying schools.
Personally, I have no problem with
it. There’s no reason why the fight
against the one per cent shouldn’t be
led by its own members. On the other
hand, I can see why some parents
might feel concerned. What does it say
about Britain’s independent schools
that they produce quite so many
radical Left-wingers?
If you’re considering having your
child educated privately, do first ask
the school whether they actually teach
history.
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Letters to the Editor
In the Worboys case any element of retribution in the sentencing was sadly lacking
SIR – Nick Timothy (Comment, March
29) is correct in saying that our whole
criminal justice system is flawed, but
he misses one vital point: the need for
retribution.
Today, retribution is regarded as
unacceptable, with rehabilitation the
sine qua non, but any justice system
that ignores this requirement loses
public support.
Our primitive ancestors understood
this. Crime hurts, and the hurt is
doubled if victims see the guilty free
and laughing while their pain persists.
But personal vengeance creates
vicious cycles and destroys
communities. Our ancestors therefore
took from the individual the right to
pursue their own justice in return for a
contract from the community that it
would avenge their hurt.
For decades now, society has
reneged on its side of the contract.
Crimes are left uninvestigated and the
criminals let off lightly, while the
victims’ suffering, and sense of
violation and insecurity persist.
The desire for retribution may be
A kind of heavenly
astonishment
T
he diarist John Evelyn was delighted
to spend four days in 1680 locked up
with Charles II’s library in the private
apartments of Whitehall palace. He
saw paintings there, too, by Raphael
and Titian, but admired none more
than a panel painted by Hans Holbein of Mary
Magdalen encountering Jesus after his Resurrection.
“I never saw so much reverence and a kind of
heavenly astonishment in a picture,” he declared.
We can tell what he means by contemplating the
same picture, which is now on show at the Royal
Academy in London as part of its blockbuster
Charles I exhibition. It is there because it had
belonged to Charles I’s wife Henrietta Maria. A
painting of a modest size, 2ft 6in across, it would
have been easy to accommodate in a private
bedchamber as an aid to devotion. The picture was
added by their son Charles to his own collection
after the Restoration. It now belongs to the Queen.
Even the detail, below, hints at what Evelyn
meant. Mary Magdalen is caught in the act of
turning round, taken by surprise. Her face is half in
shadow for she had come to this place early in the
day, while it was still dark, according to St John the
Evangelist, who gives a narrative as full of feeling
as any painter could wish. She is in a garden, as
indicated by the tree behind her, a hawthorn, as
Evelyn, an expert on trees, would have been able
to tell. In this garden Jesus had been buried the day
before last, in a tomb sealed by a big stone.
Mary is upset. She has been through a series of
bewildering events since the crucifixion of the man
she had learnt to love and follow. Crucifixion, we
need no telling, is
a loathsome and
distressing sight
to witness. But
Mary had come to
anoint the dead
body of Jesus,
which is why she
is carrying the
handsome pot
that Holbein
clearly enjoyed
depicting. Yet she
has found the
stone taken away
from the sepulchre and no sign of Jesus. After
running to tell Peter and John, “They have taken
away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know
not where they have laid him,” she has returned to
the tomb weeping. This time she sees two angels
sitting inside, who ask why she is crying. “They
have taken away my Lord,” she says again. One can
hear her grief and frustration.
It is at this moment, the moment caught by
Holbein, that “she turned herself back” and saw
Jesus standing there, alive. She does not recognise
him at once, taking him for the gardener. It is only
when he speaks her name, “Mary”, that she knows
him and answers: “Rabboni.” It is a word, meaning
master or teacher, that the Evangelist leaves in the
Aramaic in which it was spoken.
Mary Magdalen is the first person recorded to
have seen Jesus alive again after his death on the
cross. As a story it possesses beguiling power. But
Christians, when tomorrow they hear the account
by St John read in church, will take it as more than
a story. For them it is the essence of Easter.
Certainly other tellings of Mary Magdalen’s story
have fallen lamentably short of the Gospel’s force.
Holbein would hardly have been inspired to paint
the Magdalen of Jesus Christ Superstar, or even of
Garth Davis’s new film, let alone the farragoes of
the Dan Brown tendency. It seems the sparer the
narrative, the more space there is for the central
“heavenly astonishment” of the Resurrection to
breath.
For the world that does not believe as Mary
Magdalen did, there are still truths that hold. That
it is good to be a woman who stays bravely when
the men have run away. That it is not hoping
against hope that wins through but doing what can
be done: just bringing a jar to anoint a dead body.
We grow used to the renewal of life in spring and
new generations. We should not grow used to the
idea that horrors such as those of Syria, the prime
example now, can never give way to a resurrection.
If something can be done for its people and
refugees, we must do it, though it is still dark.
Get a real job…
E
sther McVey is right to say that teenagers
should be encouraged to take Saturday and
after-school jobs. Employers often complain
that the skills missing aren’t educational but
behavioural: time-keeping, good manners, hard
work etc. One can probably learn more from
working for a few hours in a corner shop than in
three years of academic study at Oxford.
Of course, politicians must practise what they
preach. Ms McVey is doubtless hard-working and
“in touch”, but can all MPs say the same? Perhaps
they could refresh their own employability by
taking up odd jobs, too, such as a paper round?
If nothing else, it might keep the corrupt and the
adulterous in check.
Appearing on the front page is embarrassing
enough, but having to deliver the news personally
and by hand would be humiliating.
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SIR – Mina Bowater (Letters, March 30)
starts from the wrong premise in
denouncing the proposition that
unprosecuted crimes be taken into
account in deciding fitness for release
in the Worboys case.
The proper starting point is that
Worboys was given an indeterminate
sentence, with a minimum term of
eight years. The question the Parole
Board must answer, at its broadest is:
has he shown that he is fit for release?
In answering this question, there is
no question of him being punished for
crimes that are alleged but not proved.
As the judgment makes clear, what has
to be undertaken is a risk assessment
of the likelihood of re-offending. A risk
assessment, by its very nature, does
not require proof beyond reasonable
doubt.
It is clear from the judgment that
Worboys only latterly admitted to the
crimes of which he was convicted and
sought at all times to minimise the
seriousness of the offences he had
committed. His statement during the
Parole Board process contained
inconsistencies.
Although it did not express it in
these terms, the court found that the
Parole Board had not conducted a
sufficiently thorough risk assessment
in the circumstances of this case and
that the process has now to be
repeated properly.
If he is released, Worboys will
always be liable to be returned to
prison if he transgresses. This,
however, will be scant comfort to any
future victims if he is released but
re-offends.
Andrew Hobson
London SW6
Article (March 29) was wrong to
include “a judiciary that handed out an
overly lenient eight-year tariff, when
one of the offences was rape, which
carries a life sentence”. As Nick
Timothy noted on the Comment page,
the judge overseeing Worboys’s trial
was tough and handed down an
indeterminate sentence with a
minimum of eight years.
The now-repealed indeterminate
sentence in practice meant that the
prisoner served a life sentence unless
and until released by the Parole Board
after the minimum term had been
served. The highly experienced
judge’s sentence was, moreover,
exactly within sentencing guidelines
applicable at the time.
It should hardly need adding that it
could punish Worboys only for the
offences of which he had been
convicted and not have regard to other
like allegations, however serious and
numerous, unless the defendant had
admitted them.
His Honour Peter Birts
London SW6
SIR – In its otherwise fair criticisms of
the justice system, your Leading
Bishop Bell not guilty
Selmayr’s rise
SIR – There should be no cloud, real or
imaginary, over the name of Bishop
George Bell (Letters, March 29), who
has never been found guilty of
anything.
The Diocese of Chichester seems to
want to take the stance that he is guilty
and must prove his innocence. If this
is what it thinks, it should say so.
However, as correspondents have
already pointed out, how can George
Bell do this when he is dead?
John Drysdale
Harpenden, Hertfordshire
SIR – The appointment by Jean-Claude
Juncker of the German bureaucratic
heavy Martin Selmayr as secretarygeneral, the boss of 32,000 EU civil
servants, is a curious story that should
make unaccountable EU institutions a
laughing stock.
The resignation of the previous boss
was kept secret. Mr Selmayr was
initially selected as deputy secretarygeneral and then a few minutes later
appointed by Mr Juncker as secretarygeneral without interviewing any
other candidates.
According to the EU spokesman,
this was all above board and played
according to the rules.
Gerald Heath
Corsham, Wiltshire
SIR – The action of the diocese of
Chichester in running a programme
based on the assumption of the guilt of
the accused is not merely pernicious,
as Colin Bullen says (Letters, March
28). It also wastes parishioners’ money.
I cannot think of any allegation of
sexual and other abuse or neglect
against clergy and other church
officers that is not an allegation of
current or historic crime. According to
the safeguarding training I received
last month as a Reader in Coventry
diocese, it is the duty of the church
authorities to report such allegations
to the police. The police are then
obliged to investigate the allegations
fully, in accordance with the law.
It is therefore not the function of
the church authorities to investigate
such allegations before referring them
to the police, for fear of prejudicing
the criminal investigation. If a core
group investigating such an allegation
obtained an admission of guilt from an
accused who had been told he had to
prove his innocence, his admission
would be inadmissible in a criminal
trial. It would almost certainly cause
the prosecution to be abandoned.
Accordingly, quite apart from its
astonishing disregard for the law of
the land, by running the programme,
the diocese of Chichester is wasting its
parishioners’ money on a pointless
exercise.
His Honour Anthony Nicholl
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Nature’s ice sculpture
SIR – Your picture (March 30) of the
image of a ship’s captain captured in
the clashing waves reminded me of
my Greenland polar bear.
Geoff Milburn
Glossop, Derbyshire
ALAMY
ESTABLISHED 1855
ignoble, but it is human and must be
humanely accommodated. As with
Worboys, our justice system must go
back to asking: has the criminal’s
punishment matched and outlasted
their victim’s pain? If not, why not?
Victor Launert
Matlock Bath, Derbyshire
Wind and fracking
The working replica built by GKN Sankey in 1990 of Trevithick’s locomotive of 1802
Ancestors who built the largest ironworks
SIR – By 1845, following years of
hard work and business acumen,
John Guest and his wife Lady
Charlotte (née Bertie) had created
the largest ironworks in the world,
at Dowlais near Merthyr Tydfil.
Their remarkable story and the later
growth of the business is told in
A History of GKN by Edgar Jones.
As one of their great-greatgrandsons, I trust the Government
will ensure that Melrose honours
its plan to maintain and strengthen
this great firm. It would be tragic if
the many years of endeavour were
to be negated to enable short-term
speculators to make a fast buck.
Jonathan Bertie Guest
Crieff, Perthshire
SIR – Thick. Stupid. Greedy. Selfish.
Untrustworthy. No, not the Australia
cricket team, the GKN stockholders.
If Corbyn gets in and takes it back
for us I shall invite him down for a
drink.
Robin Boon
Sevenoaks, Kent
When inexplicable habits of speech kick in
SIR – When did start become kick start
(Letters, March 30)?
Richard Gray
Marlborough, Wiltshire
SIR – We no longer have resistance, it
has become pushback.
Patrick Brennan
Market Rasen, Lincolnshire
SIR – When (and why) did Sunday, in
the language of weather presenters,
become the second half of the weekend?
John Wainwright
Wakefield, West Yorkshire
SIR – Why did Personnel become
Human Resources?
Alan Shaw
Halifax, West Yorkshire
SIR – When did include become factor
in?
Clifford Baxter
Wareham, Dorset
SIR – When, in almost any type of retail
outlet, did “Hello, may I help you?”
become “Are you all right there?”
Rick Emerson
Bagshot, Surrey
SIR – My pet hate is the use of the verb
grow to mean increase as in “We aim to
grow the sales.”
Mike Chandler
Newport, Isle of Wight
SIR – I still fill forms in, but everyone
else now seems to fill them out.
Dr David Shoesmith
Easingwold, North Yorkshire
SIR – Marie Millar (Letters, March 29)
asks when in the past became back in
the day.
The former is factual, the latter has a
violin player and swinging lamp in the
background.
Stephen Fyles
Watford, Hertfordshire
SIR – Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
(Business, March 29), cogently and
correctly said that offshore wind and
shale gas must be the basis of Britain’s
long-term energy policy.
Energy self-sufficiency is the goal
we must strive for in an increasingly
turbulent world, and wind farms and
shale fracking are clearly the way
forward. Protestors will demonstrate
but they must not be allowed to
endanger Britain’s energy security.
James Allan
Hartlepool, Co Durham
Cheat, blub, sledge
SIR – The Australian cricketing icons
caught bang to rights cheating in an
indisputably premeditated move are
now pictured on television blubbing
like babies.
It’s not great for the image of
Australian manhood, but it could come
in very useful when they next start
sledging.
Vincent Hearne
Nabinaud, Charente, France
SIR – It could just be me but, frankly, I
am more disappointed in the
Australians for the tears than for the
tampering.
Judith A Scott
St Ives, Huntingdonshire
SIR – When can we expect to see
Australian diplomats expelled?
Tim Bradbury
Northwich, Cheshire
SIR – Making new cricket balls rough
on one side and smooth on the other
would save all the bother on and off
the field.
Andrew Baines
Hatherden, Hampshire
Some students even no-platform themselves…
JULIET SAMUEL
MUEL
NOTEBOOK
T
he National Union of Students
doesn’t make it easy for
reasonable people to take it
seriously. This week, though, it set a
new benchmark for folly. Gathered for
the NUS annual conference in Glasgow,
one group of students began to grow
frustrated at what they said was an
inordinately slow pace of debate.
There had been hours of wrangling
over procedure, “in an outrageous
display of manipulation and
bureaucracy”, Cambridge student
Angus Satow told The Tab, the student
tabloid. They were losing precious
time to debate motions that he and his
friends thought important, including
one on abortion in Northern Ireland
and another on student sex workers.
There was, of course, only one
way for these disgruntled students to
express their rage. They decided to
occupy their own conference. That’s
right. The whole thing came to a
standstill for two hours as 150 students
sat on the stage chanting and shouting
in protest at bad timekeeping.
As noted by Tom Harwood, a
bemused Durham student: “I suppose
what happens when you run out of
people to no-platform is that you start
no-platforming yourself.”
Curious, I had a look at the list of
motions that these students wanted to
discuss. To my surprise, the document
listing them runs to 186 pages. I could
not understand why, until I started
reading. Every niche angle on an issue
requires a separate motion. So rather
than holding a comprehensive debate
on the cost of student housing or
degrees’ value for money, the union
holds dozens of debates on niche
angles of similar issues. There are at
least six motions on free speech and
hate speech, five on mental health,
five on housing, six on other degree
costs, six on access and participation by
different minority groups and seven on
procurement or living wage issues.
If and when the conference gets
around to it, these motions are voted
upon by roughly 1,200 attendees, then
trumpeted as representing the views of
seven million students.
Among the other motions on the list
are several complaining that student
unions do not have enough resources
to do everything they want to do. I
wonder why.
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An Assyrian protective deity, or
lamassu, has been installed on
the fourth plinth in London’s Trafalgar
Square. The sculpture of the god,
represented by a winged bull with a
human head, is a recreation of one that
was destroyed when Isil vandalised the
contents of Mosul Museum in Iraq. The
artist, Michael Rakowitz, constructed
it out of 10,000 date syrup cans, in
reference to a once-thriving Iraqi
industry damaged by war.
The sculpture gives a rather garish
impression when you see it, each
coloured tin shining in the London
rain. My instinctive reaction was to
recoil. It’s not half as tasteful as similar
statues made from plain, yellow stone,
which you can see in the British
Museum. Then I reconsidered. This
gaudy apparition is probably much
closer to how the statues would have
looked originally, brightly painted and
positioned imposingly on the walls of
Nineveh. The ancients, from Babylon
to Assyria to Rome, liked bright colours
and gold, rather than the understated
white marble or monochrome that
obsess modern tastes.
I once went to an exhibition in
which a museum had created a replica
of a Greek statue of Diana, the divine
huntress, and then coloured it in
along the lines of how it might have
looked. The effect was rather shocking.
It actually looked vulgar to my
unaccustomed eyes, the colours totally
obscuring the amazing sensitivity of
the sculptor in depicting the softness of
skin and the ripples of muscle that were
apparent in the unpainted version.
I am therefore trying to get used to
London’s new, date-can lamassu. It’s a
reminder not only of Iraq’s destroyed
heritage and humanity’s indomitable
desire to reclaim it from the wreckage
of war, but also of how historical relics
are always coloured by present-day
fads and prejudices. It’s a reminder,
in other words, not to take ourselves
too seriously.
is destroying our ability to remember
things. Actually, it’s not memory
as such that is the problem, but the
fact that we haven’t experienced the
thing we’re photographing in the
first place. Rather than looking at the
object or landscape in question, we’re
looking at a camera lens, and it’s rather
hard to remember something you
haven’t actually looked at.
This plague is everywhere. More
than once at a music concert, I’ve
found my view of the stage cut off by
a forest of smartphones recording
the distant figures. These amateur
videographers almost certainly
remember little of what they’ve
filmed. I myself have been guilty of
taking too many snaps sometimes,
usually featuring impressive holiday
sights that I don’t want to forget. The
focusing and clicking is an effort to
nail it all down, to affix it in time and
in the memory.
A better strategy might be to try
drawing things. I recently came across
the work of an artist, Stephen Wiltshire,
whose phenomenal visual memory
allows him to recreate accurate and
incredibly detailed cityscapes in pen
after just half an hour of observing
them. The resulting drawings are very
impressive – and yet, despite admiring
them, I couldn’t help thinking to
myself: “He could just take a photo.”
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Why are men so
afraid to shed a
tear? Page 33
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Lisa Armstrong
Eight ways Seoul has
become the world’s
style capital Page 34
FEATURE
‘Our liberty is in sight’
Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP for North
Somerset and Brexiteer
Feast, not fuss
Inside the modern
dinner party Page 32
INTERVIEW
GETTY IMAGES; STEVE FINN
Generation Game
Rosemarie Ford on
the beloved show’s
return Page 37
In the year since the Article 50 Bill
was passed, events have waxed and
waned considerably. There was an
initial sense of excitement that a
great and powerful ship had been
launched, one whose maiden voyage
was to the “port of Liberty”… but then
events intervened.
In 2016, the decision to call a
general election seemed a
masterstroke, an opportunity to gain a
large majority that would help ensure
that a strong government could
negotiate effectively with the
European Commission. Alack, alas, the
Gods thought otherwise and a hung
parliament left a weakened Prime
Minister sending off a secretary of
state to Brussels unable to bang
the table.
Theresa May continues to make it
clear that “Brexit means Brexit”, and
has reassured Parliament and the
electorate that, at the end of December
2020, we will leave the single market,
the customs union and the European
Court of Justice. It is a pity that
this is 21 months later than it could
have been, but in the great span
of our island story it is not an
undue delay.
Once we have left, freedom from EU
structures and regulations will
revitalise the UK’s economy.
Politicians can be held to account for
what they do without blaming
Brussels bureaucrats, and we will not
be bound by the statist, mixed
Are we ready for
Brexit?
With less than a year to go until the UK leaves the European
Union, Asa Bennett asks leading voices about their hopes and fears
economy approach that has hampered
our economic growth.
The destination of “Liberty” is
still in sight, even if there have been
some winter squalls. When we arrive,
we will recognise that these were
not significant.
‘We are likely to limp over the
finish line’
Nigel Farage, former
Ukip leader and Brexiteer
We are one year away from a day of
national liberation. It is the day
children will read about in their
history lessons for years to come,
and the day we leave the political
construct of the European Union,
becoming an independent nation
once again.
I have no doubt there will be
repeated attempts by the political
class, their media allies and the
battalions of global business to stop
this liberation from occurring.
They will plot and scheme with
Monsieur Barnier in Brussels and
lobby to get our MPs to reject the
final deal and force a second
referendum.
While I am aware and concerned
about that risk, I do not believe that
when the final deal comes, our MPs
will be stupid enough to deny the will
of the people. If they were to choose
that route, then prepare for a backlash
from a very, very angry public. The
fishermen’s protest on the Thames
would be as nothing if the public felt
genuinely betrayed.
Unfortunately, the historic break
with the European treaties will not
be as a result of a triumphant march
towards independence. We are more
likely to limp over the finishing line.
The huge, unnecessary concessions
that have been made by our Prime
Minister mean that for a further
21 months of transition we will still, in
effect, be a member of the EU, but on
slightly worse terms. Whether our
Points of view: from left,
Nigel Farage, June Sarpong,
Jacob Rees-Mogg, Priti Patel,
Stanley Johnson and Lord
Adonis
GDP gets slightly smaller or bigger is
anyone’s guess, but crucially it is
not the point.
Brexit was not a decision made
on future economic predictions.
This is about our independence,
our democracy and our ties with a
wider world than our European
neighbours.
We have just one year to wait for
that great day to arrive.
‘I’m not tearing my hair out’
Stanley Johnson, former MEP
and Remain campaigner
Much of my professional life
has been spent working in, with,
or for the EU. On April 10 1973, I
joined the staff of the European
Commission in Brussels as one
of that first wave of Brits who
crossed the Channel to start new
lives and new careers. I believed
then, and still believe, in what we
were doing. But this really is the
beginning of the end, and it leaves a
slight bittersweet taste in my
mouth.
So why am I not tearing my hair
out about Brexit? That’s an easy one
to answer. Quite simply, I have
accepted the result of the
referendum. Whatever deal finally
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few weeks ago, I went
to a spectacularly bad
dinner party where two
things were
immediately clear on
arrival. Firstly, the host
and hostess were barely speaking,
presumably having just had an
almighty row, and secondly, they had
severely under-bought on booze.
That wasn’t the worst of it.
After realising he’d forgotten to
buy several ingredients, the hostess
sent the host out into 4ft of snow.
Then, back at the house, he burnt the
starters and accidentally served the
main course upside down at the
table, accompanied by a side of
passive-aggressive bickering.
A frozen dessert followed (it was
sub-zero outside), eaten in a frosty
atmosphere, with everyone
wondering how long the hostess
could go on talking about herself. It
was impressive: almost as impressive
as our attempts to drain that one last
drop of wine from our glasses as she
talked (two bottles between six
having been finished an hour earlier).
‘A great
dinner
party is
about
sharing
food
with no
protocol
or rules’
‘It was so relaxing to
have everything laid
out in front of you in
one opulent spread’
A feeling of being trapped by good
manners is the only way to describe
what such an awful evening feels like,
so it fills me with a degree of horror to
note that the dinner party is back.
But luckily there’s a new rule: feast,
not fuss.
Away with white tablecloths,
multiple separate courses and the
panicked assembling of fussy plates.
This is about huge sharing platters,
throwing everything on the table at
once, and letting the host have a seat
with the guests, rather than a perch in
the kitchen in a haze of Mrs Dallowaystyle worry.
“So it’s just a posh buffet?” my
friend Hannah asks when I invite her
to mine – but that sounds more
funereal than bacchanalian. And it’s
not; what we’re talking about here is
something far more sophisticated.
Tony Kitous, the owner of London
restaurant chain Comptoir Libanais,
has just published a book – which hit
the Amazon bestseller list this week –
showing exactly how to feast.
“Cooking for friends and family is as
personal as it gets,” he says. “It’s how
many people show love. But a great
dinner party is about sharing food in a
very relaxed environment with no
protocol or rules.
“It’s all about being informal and
showing great hospitality. Feasting in
Middle Eastern fashion is perfect for
this because it’s all about generosity,
with a lot of dishes spread over the
table.” His book, Feasts From the
Middle East, explains how to serve
fresh salads, dips, stews, and chicken
and fish alongside each other. Recipes
inspired by Kitous’s childhood are
Lebanese, Moroccan and Egyptian, so
many are vegetarian and vegan.
“In our culture it’s the more the
better – if you eat in a Middle Eastern
home and you manage to finish your
food that means we didn’t give you
enough,” he adds. “It’s still never
happened to me.”
With the number of vegans in
Britain growing every year – almost
Don’t stand on
ceremony: Lucy
Holden hosted an
informal dinner
party for her
friends using
recipes from Tony
Kitous’s new book
80,000 carnivores reportedly tried to
give up meat in January, according to
the co-founder of Veganuary, Matthew
Glover, compared with 23,000 in 2017
– the fashion for lighter, healthier food
could be driving the feasting trend.
But the more you think about it, the
more it makes sense. Once upon a
time, dinner parties were fraught with
rules. As recently as last year, etiquette
experts argued that polite guests
should be careful to abide by a set of
strict protocols; leaving by 10.30pm on
a weeknight and 11.15pm at the
TONY’S MOUDARDARA, GREEN LENTIL AND RICE SALAD
SERVES 6-8
TO SERVE
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INGREDIENTS
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sizzles in it. Carefully
lower half the slices
into the oil and cook
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emerges, my concern now is to help
ensure that the issues that I and so
many others fought for at EU level –
such as the environment – do not slip
through the cracks.
I am encouraged by the fact that
the Withdrawal Bill now under
consideration in Parliament will
ensure that the EU’s existing
environmental legislation will, for the
most part, be transposed into domestic
law. There may even be, as Michael
Gove, the Environment Secretary, has
suggested, a “green Brexit bonus”. The
proof of that particular pudding will
be in the eating.
We may be voting to walk the plank
without actually knowing what awaits
us on the other side. But, at the very
least, let’s not throw out the baby with
the bath water.
‘The public just want it done’
Priti Patel, former cabinet
minister and Vote Leave
campaigner
With a year to go, we must expect the
toughest negotiations as we finalise
withdrawal arrangements and future
trade deals. We must also robustly
reject those who want to talk down
our country and betray our future.
There is an urgency to state a
positive, coherent vision for Britain
beyond Brexit. This is no longer an
argument about whether Brexit was a
ne.
good idea; the public want it done.
Brexit perspective: Vince Cable, the
Liberal Democrat leader, below right,
and Labour’s Gisela Stuart, below
until golden. Spread
out on kitchen paper
to drain while you
cook the remainder
of the onions.
� Heat a little oil in a
frying pan and fry
the aubergine until
golden.
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and rice mixture with
a fork – the liquid
should all have been
absorbed during
cooking – and stir in
the aubergine,
tomatoes, spring
onions and mint.
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onions.
They want to know that their political
leaders will stay true to the promise
made to them, that Brexit means
Brexit. That means delivering a vision
for Britain beyond Brexit and grasping
this national mission to lay the
foundations for Britain to enter a new
golden era of freedom and prosperity.
‘We can still vote to stay’
Lord Adonis, Remainer who
campaigns to reverse the
Brexit decision
We do not have to leave the EU. It is
not inevitable. As we get closer to the
March 2019 deadline imposed by
Article 50, more and more people will
demand the chance to decide on
whatever deal the Government
eventually does with Brussels.
The alleged benefits of Brexit
disappear one by one as the previously
unforeseen or unacknowledged
dangers mount. That is why, one year
on from Article 50, I no longer say that
there is a chance that we could be
given a final vote on the final deal.
Instead, I tell people that it is
inevitable that we will get our say.
‘Some things are more
important than Brexit’
June Sarpong, broadcaster
and Remainer
The whole Brexit process is starting to
remind me more and more of that
famous scene in Fight Club, where
Brad Pitt persuades Edward Norton to
let go of the steering wheel and
plate around the table, muttering:
“Have you tried this?” “Yes, but have
you tried this?” There’s a Lebanese
milk pudding, huge orange cake and
baklava to finish. A week later,
everyone is still raving about it.
“It was so relaxing to have
everything laid out in front of you in
one opulent spread,” my friend Ben
says. “You spend the evening dipping
in and out of the food – not the
conversation, which is often the case
at dinner parties.”
Alex, who once spent an entire
evening next to a man who talked
purely about the A1, agrees. “It’s so
nice to be able to enjoy good
company, including your host’s
when they don’t have to get up to
serve you. You’re removed from the
guilt of not helping them fret and
sweat over the hob or juggle the next
bottle of wine, which helps both the
drink and conversation flow.”
By the end of the night there’s still
a lot of food on the table. No one is
running for the door or stifling a
yawn. Instead, all but two of us go
down the road for a nightcap. And
when two of the three single people
at the table go home together, it must
have been a good evening, right?
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embrace the consequences as
they’re driving down a busy,
rain-soaked motorway. It certainly
doesn’t seem to resemble in any
way the Vote Leave slogan of
“taking back control”.
What Brexit has become, more
than anything else, is a giant
distraction from the very real
problems facing this country, from
housing, to the NHS, to inequality
and to education.
‘To leave now is foolhardy’
Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat
leader and Remainer
The country was evenly divided
down the middle about the merits of
Brexit and Remain. While the
balance of domestic opinion may not
have greatly changed since the
referendum, the world has.
The declaration of trade war by
President Trump is ushering in a
dangerous era of protectionism. I
share Theresa May’s belief in free
trade but for Britain to leave the EU
at this juncture is foolhardy.
The fact that the EU has got the
Trump administration to retreat
from tariffs on EU steel tells us that
EU collective action and the threat of
retaliation are the best defences for a
liberal trading system.
As Martin Donnelly, my former
permanent secretary, memorably
put it: we are giving up a threecourse meal in return for a bag
of of crisps.
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‘After Brexit, Germany will
fa
face tough questions’
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Gisela Stuart, former Labour
M
MP and chair of Vote Leave
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necessary and which may mean we
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broadly
as before, in particular
br
where it is in our common interest
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to do so. The discussions about
our relationship with Russia after
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payments into the EU budget and
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where it won’t be business as
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The EU will have to change, too,
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between Germany and the other
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upon us, says Lucy Holden
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Feast, not
fuss – the
dinner
party gets
a revamp
weekend, refusing coffee and an
aperitif on the way out. Yet, imposing
such rules is a sure way to drain the
fun and spontaneity from a
gathering. They imply that no one is
actually enjoying themselves, and
rules are slightly masochistic.
As host, you are probably going to
burn and cut yourself during the
preparation, and miss all the
conversation by spending much of
the night in the kitchen. Someone
always fails to say “thank you”, brings
a budget bottle of wine, or tries to
bring up Brexit.
Why do it to yourself? Narcissism
is often the answer. We all want to be
seen to be as great hosts; but feasting
is a much easier way to avoid a
car-crash of an evening. To my feast,
I invite seven friends who barely
know each other – the key being that
none are bores – and cover the table
in food. It goes down a storm.
Kitous, who wants to start a series
of supper clubs, helps me serve lots
of hummus, halloumi salad,
aubergine, cauliflower and tahini,
and the most amazing slow-cooked
lamb shoulder. We pass plate after
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�ryony ordon
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Chaps, it’s OK to
cry… about more
than mere sport
of men sobbing? It’s not just
the question mark over the
authenticity of Smith’s tears (by
the way, why is it that the word
“authentic” sounds so… fake?). It
was clear from the unmistakable
redness in Lehmann’s eyes that
he was overcome with emotion,
and nobody seemed to like that
either. The overwhelming reaction
seemed to be: put it away lads,
you’re embarrassing yourselves.
The only time it is acceptable
for a man to cry in public is if his
football team loses an important
match or a loved one dies suddenly.
Otherwise: dry your eyes, mate.
I searched all over the internet
for photographs of men weeping –
I promise, I’m not a pervert – and
the only ones I could find were of
sportsmen (David Beckham, Roger
Federer, Cristiano Ronaldo) or
actors pretending to cry in films.
Do you remember when Paul
Gascoigne broke down and sobbed
on the pitch at Italia ’90? I mean,
it’s still so iconic that it’s almost
more memorable than the pictures
of the England te
team the last time
w the World
they actually won
Cup.
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about feelings
and emotions
again. But I hope you’ll
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me given that,
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Ste Smith and
while Steve
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of the 84
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and every week.
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the age of 45 in this
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country,
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or a gun or a heart
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public.
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Yes,
D
espite the recent horror that
was Married at First Sight, a
Channel 4 show in which
participants tied the knot on
television with people they had
only just met, it seems that the
sanctity of marriage is not dead.
Official figures show that the
number of divorce cases has fallen
by more than a third in 14 years.
Fewer than 110,000 couples began
the legal process last year – a huge
drop from 172,000 in 2003.
The Ministry of Justice figures
show that the number of people
going to court to ask a judge to
divide their property has also
fallen. It seems that people are
more aware of the toll that divorce
can have on families.
Interestingly, the number of
people getting married has only
decreased by 10 per cent. If you
thought that marriage had become
unfashionable, then you’d be very
much mistaken.
People are more
aware of the toll
that divorce can
have on families
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an plays with ball” is
the kind of frontpage news that
‘M
tends to make me
shrug, in much the
same way that the
headlines “Pope is Catholic”, “Bear
defecates in wood” and “Jeremy
Corbyn is deranged” might. Of
course men play with balls! That
is what they have done since they
first discovered rolling objects,
way back when. Honestly, if the
world stopped spinning every
time some bloke cheated with
his balls, nothing would ever get
done. We would simply grind to
a halt, paralysed by the powerful
combination of testosterone and
things that are round(ish).
It’s good to get all the lazy and
toxic clichés about masculinity out
of the way, isn’t it? Here’s another
cliché: men don’t cry, unless it’s
over something involving sport.
The images of the Australian
cricketer Steve Smith – “Captain
Cry Baby”, as one paper described
him – bawling at Sydney Airport
on Thursday have been ripped
al media as crocodile
apart on social
oward, the
tears. John Howard,
alian prime
former Australian
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minister, described
sportsman as “weak” for his
tburst, while
emotional outburst,
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of masculinity.”
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But why do we find
ortable
it so uncomfortable
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to see pictures
Marital bliss?
That comes
long after
commitment
Crying shame: Steve Smith, above, on
Thursday, and Paul Gascoigne, left, at
the World Cup in Italy in 1990
killer of young men in Britain
is suicide. The brilliant but tiny
charity Campaign Against Living
Miserably (Calm) have long been
trying to change this shocking
statistic, and their collaboration
this week with ITV and Mark
Jenkins, the American artist, in
which 84 sculptures of men were
placed on the roof of the network’s
headquarters, has attracted much
attention – not all of it positive.
Some have described the artworks
as insensitive, given the tragic way
in which some people choose to
end their lives. Others said that
they were shocking. Then again,
suicide is.
But the sculptures on top of
the building are not poised to
jump. They are a defiant group,
looking out over the capital in
solidarity against suicide. A short
distance from the sculptures,
you will find Waterloo Bridge, a
notorious suicide spot in London.
In 2008, Jonny Benjamin was
talked down from it by a stranger,
with whom he was reunited years
later. Together, Benjamin and
Neil Laybourn tour the country
educating people about the reality
of male mental health.
The beauty of Jonny and Neil
is that they could not be more
different: Jonny is a gay man with
schizoaffective disorder, Neil a
Jack-the-Lad former personal
trainer from Watford. Together,
they teach people that there is
no one way to be a man – that
masculinity doesn’t always involve
toughing things out and putting on
a brave face. That to be a real bloke,
you don’t have to play with balls.
And if you do, it’s OK to cry – even
if it’s not over the cricket.
Actually, it’s become something
that people take incredibly
seriously – and that few people
want to rush into. It is thought that
with less pressure on young people
to wed, the people who do, tend to
be more committed. I’m noticing
that more and more of my friends
in long-term relationships are
waiting until they are in their 40s
to get hitched. By that point, the
pressure to have a lavish wedding
has disappeared and nobody
expects you to have an over-thetop stag or hen do.
I used to think that, at 33, I was
the last of my mates to make it
down the aisle. But as friends
announce long engagements (my
sister got engaged several years
ago and has only just chosen her
ring), I am realising that I was
practically a child bride.
Marriage hasn’t gone away. It’s
just that now it’s the end of the
journey, rather than the beginning.
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isa �rmstrong
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Welcome to the
city where fashion
is everything
ast year, South
Korea recorded
its lowest-ever
L
fertility rate:
1.05 children per
woman. With
negligible immigration, the
country needs to double that
figure merely to maintain its
51 million status quo.
Is there some kind of hidden
correlation with Seoul Fashion
Week? All I can say is I’ve never
seen such fetishised children
as the ones on the unofficial
outdoor catwalk that leads to
the DDP, the vast, squat Zaha
Hadid government building
where 64 shows took place
last week. Tiny tots, some as
young as three, eyes glazing
behind their Gucci-esque
glasses or firmly fixed on the
prize, are painstakingly styled
by their momagers in the hope
their adorable progeny will be
scouted by professional agents.
What grotesque exploitation,
Miniature models:
South Korean
children, right and
below, are
subjected to
showcasing the
latest fashion
trends
what disturbingly precocious
narcissism, your left brain says,
even while your right brain is
busy composing an Instagram
caption and dumpy bald men
wearing (fake) Vetements
headbands are yelling at you
to get out of their shot.
Needless to say, there aren’t
many legitimate scouts around.
In March, even on sunny days,
the icy winds rampage straight
off the Mongolian plains,
down through China and right
up everyone’s trousers with
markedly less kerfuffle than
Donald Trump. “It’s not usually
this cold in March,” everyone
tells you. Which is what they
always say at every fashion week
anywhere in the world.
Polar conditions
notwithstanding, the wide ramp
is the main show in town, not just
for the under-fives, but for the
slightly less cute teenagers (life’s
cruel when you live by the lens)
who head here at weekends to try
their luck. The shows are open to
the public, so the front rows are
both less glossy and less inhibited
than in the West. Each time a
K-pop star places their foot on
the special VIP-only mile wide,
blue carpeted external staircase,
a wave of screams erupts.
If the K-pop girls are pretty,
the boys are prettier, with
soaring cheekbones and
expensive BB cream habits.
The South Korean male’s spend
on beauty products and plastic
surgery is the biggest in the
world (although the effects are
almost natural looking – no
obvious guy-liner and crude
puffy fillers here). The haircut
is halfway between a Beatles
mop and an Eton crop. “In Hong
Kong, we call it the Seoul Cut,”
one buyer who had his clipped
there just before leaving for
fashion week told me.
Hair is a huge recreational
LISA ARMSTRONG
34
EIGHT TRENDS
THAT CAME FROM
SOUTH KOREA
1 Sheet masks
2 Teeny sunglasses
3 Oil sticks
4 White tanning (all the
benefits of the sun, none of
the tan)
5 Heritage
6 Streetwear
7 Cushion foundations. Even
Dior’s is made in S Korea,
because the latter patented
the technology.
8 BB creams
playground. Pink hair, mauve
hair, Kardashian hair, bobs…
anything that isn’t Kim Jong-Un
hair. It’s a great big, productheavy statement of freedom.
For all the follicle action,
there isn’t much make-up on
the catwalks. Anyone visiting
Seoul’s catwalks in search of
those famous beauty trends
might leave mystified. Partly it’s
because the no make-up look
e’s a
has taken off here. But there’s
sers
more vexing – to the organisers
ke-up
– reason. “The big local make-up
ul
artists don’t want to do Seoul
er
Fashion Week,” one designer
explained. A lot of the local
niffy,
glossy magazines are a bit sniffy,
y
too. But the designers? They
ung
want fame by association. Jung
Kuho, a successful designerr in
le
his own right, who in his role
ut
as executive director has put
Seoul Fashion Week on the
international map, has the
g
unenviable task of whittling
down the number of shows..
The rest of the world,
particularly its closest
neighbours, think Seoul is the
coolest place on the planet,
although one buyer from
London confessed she was a bit
It
disappointed this season. “It
uple
was much more ahead a couple
ts
of years ago. Now I feel it’s
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the same as everywhere else
else.”
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a trend ignites in Seoul, it’s
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as if a government mandate
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has been issued. In a way,
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has; Seoul Fashion Week
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funded by the South Korean
ats,
government. Trench coats,
gà
checks, complex layering
ry,
la Balenciaga, asymmetry,
deconstructed jackets …
these are all popular in
the West. But in Seoul,
both on and off the
e
catwalks, it’s as if they’re
part of a compulsory
uniform. Vetements
and Balenciaga are
ubiquitous – and not
all are fakes. “The
ner
Balenciaga Triple S trainer
consistently sells out on our
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Korean language website,”
ng
says Cassie Smart, buying
hion.
manager of matchesfashion.
com, the London based
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e-tailer. “We launch them
online
at 9.30am and they sell out
within the hour.”
That’s enough about
Western status symbols: whatt
nts?
are the Korean equivalents?
ally
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with Korean labels is
that they tend not to think
e
internationally,” says Caroline
Kim, the Mrs Big of Korean
fashion (she’s COO of Solid
Homme and Wooyoungmi).
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“This is one of the least racially
d.”
diverse countries in the world.”
There are signs of more
internationalism, however.
Korean brands do very well
in Selfridges. Blindness, an
avant-garde Seoul label,
made the prestigious shortlistt
for last year’s LVMH prize.
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Meanwhile, there’s no shortage
of impressive tailoring, even
nc
from young labels such as Blanc
de Noirs and Kumann Yoo
n
Hye Jin. The quality of Korean
workmanship is high – and
cheaper than in the West. When
a label such as Solid Homme
(menswear, but co-opted
by many women) combines
domestic manufacture with
Italian fabrics, it’s hard to beat.
Seoul leads in gender fluidity,
or at least the appearance of
it. When Alessandro Michele,
Gucci’s creative director, talked
to journalists at his recent show
about a post-gender world,
he was met with nonplussed
expressions. At Seoul Fashion
Week, it’s here. On the catwalks,
male and female models wear
interchangeable clothes. You
can’t tell who’s male and who’s
female, what are trousers and
what’s a coat-suit, and you feel
suddenly very old (also, by the
way, your skin looks very old
because the air is incredibly dry:
half your face feels like it’s about
to drop off).
#MeToo is catching, but less
as a statement of feminist intent
in Gangnam, home to Seoul’s
swankiest fashion and beauty
boutiques: Corso Como, Céline,
Armani (the first Western
designer to set up stall here
back in the Eighties), as well as
home-grown concept stores
such as Boon The Shop, which
is packed with labels such as
Erdem
Erdem, Chloé, Stella McCartney
and Al
Alexander McQueen.
Sho
Shop is probably too banal
a word
word. This is where cuttingedge aarchitecture combines
with th
thousands of square feet.
Tambu
Tamburins, a new beauty brand
from tthe brains behind Gentle
Mons (the cult Korean
Monster
sung
sunglasses
line that recently
attr
attracted
€53 million –
£46
£46 million
– investment
from an LVMH-backed
priv
private
equity firm) has five
floo in Gangnam and sells
floors
just three beauty products.
W
What
these retail altars
con
conspicuously
lack is
cus
customers. Last March,
the Chinese government
intr
introduced an “unofficial”
ban on travel to South Korea
whic triggered a 70 per cent
which
‘We launch them
onli
online at 9.30am
and they sell out
with
within the hour’
Fashion frenzy:
catwalks at,
from top, Low
Classic, Blanc
de Noirs,
Minju Kim and
Blindness
and more as an experiment
in public confession. Beneath
the carapace of cuttingedge clothes, this is a deeply
conservative culture. When
two female K-pop stars
recently suggested they might
be feminists (the first was
photographed with a phone
case bearing the legend “Girls
can do anything”, the second
recommended a book by a
sexually forthright, feminist
writer), fans burned their
photos. “You have to remember
where we were until recently,”
Jung Kuho says, “No one ever
talked about sexual molestation
or bullying. This is progress.”
Rents are sky-high, which
doesn’t help (Korean women are
the oldest mothers in the world,
deferring childbirth until 31).
Not that the extortionate prices
deter brands from opening
ever bigger, flashier temples to
Mammon. It’s shoppageddon
declin in tourists spending.
decline
othe countries this would
In other
lead to mass closures, but most
thes showcases are owned,
of these
part owned,
ow
or partly
by Korea’s
com
biggest companies:
Samsung
bega life as a sugar and
(which began
com
textiles company,
now owns
l
35 fashion labels),
Hyundai,
Am
LG and Amorepacific,
which
bea
owns 33 beauty
brands. In
the Nineties and Noughties,
leviat
these leviathans
invested in
K
K-pop and K-movies.
They’ve
th heft behind
since put their
fashion so the stores can
t stand aloof and
afford to
empt – glorious shrines
empty
to Korea’s obsession
w
with style.
Make no mistake,
the
they are obsessed.
The p
physical stores are
empty
empty, but the virtual
ones aare thrumming.
“Sout
“South Korea’s one of our
strong
strongest markets,” says
Cassie Sm
Smart. “Shoppers there
are really innovative and
pioneerin
pioneering of new trends and
brands. Wh
When matchesfashion.
com organi
organised an official ‘fake
garage sale’ in 2015, they sold
12 racks of V
Vetements raincoats
and 700 ho
hoodies in an hour,
despite kee
keeping the location
secret until the last moment.
It’s one o
of net-a-porter.com’s
fastest-grow
fastest-growing markets, too:
“[Korean lab
labels ] PushButton
and We11Do
We11Done are doing so well
– we had to reorder We11done
a week after launch,” says
the company’s retail fashion
director, Lisa Aiken.
“There’s a lot of creativity,”
adds Caroline Kim, “because
the market’s so hungry. Fashion
is everything here – status,
creativity, a way to conform and
a way to stand out…”
Just 35 miles away is North
Korea. No one makes a big
deal about it. But I skipped the
shows one morning to go to the
border. When you peer across
that barbed wire into the bleak
emptiness that eventually leads
to Pyongyang, catching the
tinny sounds of the music each
country blasts at one another at
various points along the border
(K-pop songs from the South;
songs praising their great leader
from the North), you understand
why any expression of choice
and economic success is so
cherished in the South.
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The Daily Telegraph Saturday 31 March 2018
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FEATURES
Former ‘Generation Game’
hostess Rosemarie Ford tells Nick
Harding why the game show’s
return is good for teenagers
I
t is one of the most enduring
television shows of the
modern age – a ratings
juggernaut that ran, in
various guises, for 30 years,
attracting peak audiences
of 25 million. And tomorrow night,
The Generation Game returns for a
modern reboot fronted by, as 2018 all
but necessitates, Mel Giedroyc and
Sue Perkins.
Though the planned four-week
run has already been cut to two,
if successful, a new version of the
prime-time Seventies hit could be
the Beeb’s weekend saviour. With the
exceptions of Strictly Come Dancing
and ITV’s Ant and Dec’s Saturday
Night Takeaway, weekend ratings
winners are proving increasingly
hard to find.
Great British Bake Off duo Mel and
Sue face added pressure to deliver
as not only do they carry the weight
of expectation, they also have big
shoes to fill, given that the show is
synonymous with Bruce Forsyth,
who launched and hosted the original
version in 1971 and returned again
in the Nineties. But one person
t s success is
confident of the reboot’s
me hostess
former Generation Game
ie’s
Rosemarie Ford, Brucie’s
sidekick and dancing partner
during his second stintt on the
nd 1994.
show between 1990 and
0
“It’s been almost 20
ation
years since The Generation
ens,
Game was last on screens,
n
so there is a generation
h
that is unfamiliar with
it,” Ford, 56, says. She
is optimistic that its
n
line in wholesome fun
n
will appeal to modern
n
audiences: “More than
ever, I think people
d.
need to be entertained.
or
There is still a place for
shows that the whole
family sit and watch
ace
together, and still a place
for gentle humour.
e boys
“I have two teenage
who like their Xboxes,,
but they will sit and
watch family shows with
us… programmes like
The Generation Game
‘I never
had a
problem
being the
glam
assistant,
but we
live in a
different
era now’
provide opportunities for families to
sit down together, to be together and
laugh together.”
The choice of a female presenting
duo will also help dampen any
comparisons with Brucie. “It would
have been a huge ask for a male
presenter to follow Bruce,” she says.
“Having a duo works because it
changes the dynamic, and Mel and Sue
are experienced and very warm.”
The Generation Game was based
on a Dutch show called Één van de
acht (One of the Eight) and launched
in Britain as Bruce Forsyth and the
Generation Game. Broadcasters, who
had previously relied on variety
formats for their prime-time slots,
realised that studio-based game shows
were cheaper to produce and just as
popular. The Generation Game’s muchloved format pitted four teams of two
players against each other in a series
of challenges, each team consisting of
family members of different genders
and generations.
In one of the regular segments,
contestants attempted to copy a
professional at a specific task, such
as pottery or bell-ringing; there was
always a set-piece performance of
some description, and the victors
won the chance to watch prizes pass
on a conveyor belt – before recalling
as many as they could in 45 seconds
to win them. One of the rewards
was always a cuddly toy, while
other regulars up for grabs included
such luxuries as fondue sets and
dinner services.
During Bru
Bruce’s reign, the show
averaged aro
around 20 million viewers
a week – in c
comparison, the current
series o
of Ant and Dec’s Saturday
Night Takeaway has averaged
arou
around 7.5 million. Bruce
hos
hosted the show from 1971
to 11977, until presenting
du
duties were taken over by
L
Larry Grayson between
11978 to 1981. Bruce then
p
picked the mantle back
u
up from 1990 to 1994, and
Ji
Jim Davidson hosted from
19
1995 to 2001: when his
co
contract expired, the show
was axed after losing the
ratin
ratings war against ITV’s new
talen
talent show, Pop Idol.
To
Today, the tables have
turne
turned once more; the
music talent show bubble is
musi
defla
deflating, and shows like The X
Facto are losing their primeFactor
time prowess. Executives
will be hoping, then, that
The Generation Game can
rein
reinvigorate weekend
sche
schedules
and inject a little
ANDREW CROWLEY FOR THE TELEGRAPH; BBC
‘There is still a place for family TV shows’
old-school charm back into Sunday
night viewing.
Ford, who is married to actor Robert
Lindsay, agrees. “TV companies find
it hard to find the right formula, so
they probably think, with enough time
passed, it is time to try it again. The
Generation Game is tried-and-tested,
and it is a great show,” she says, fondly.
When the BBC announced the
new shows were being made in July
last year, BBC Studios said audiences
had identified The Generation Game
as “the TV show that viewers most
wanted to see back on their screens”.
It follows the return of a number of
hugely popular series from decades
past, including Porridge and Are You
Being Served?
According to Ford, the key to
‘What’s on the
board, Miss Ford?’:
the former
glamorous
assistant on The
Generation Game
loved working with
Bruce Forsyth, left
The Generation Game’s success
lay in the eccentric behaviour of
the contestants. “You never knew
what would happen until you got
them in,” she recalls. “They were
nervous and were not used to being
on camera, so the results were
unpredictable. That’s where Bruce
was so good because he could adapt
to the unpredictability and use it to
get laughs.”
The show was filmed as live
in front of a studio audience and
mistakes were kept in, forming a
crucial part of the end programme;
that rawness was part of the appeal.
“There was very little editing, it
went out as it happened,” Ford says.
“Whatever went wrong went out
and, although it could be nerveracking, I had a beautiful safety
valve called Bruce whose job was
to make sure it all ran to time. He
was the consummate professional
entertainer. He gave 100 per cent,
he warmed up the audience, he was
full-on and he was out there driving
the whole thing.”
Ford took up the role from Anthea
Redfern, who Bruce was married
to for six years, and Isla St Clair,
who worked with Larry Grayson.
The job changed Ford’s life. “It was
terrifying because it was such a big
show. Suddenly, I couldn’t do all the
regular chorus-line jobs I did before,
and in the first year I was probably
out of pocket. But it led to such great
opportunities. I was incredibly lucky
to have that time and I am privileged
to have worked with Bruce on that
show,” she says. After her Generation
Game turn, she went on to host Come
Dancing for seven years.
She admits that watching the new
hosts will be strange, and hopes that
classic Generation Game staples such
as the cuddly toy and the potter’s
wheel will be included in the new
incarnation. One element she does
think is outdated, however, is the
attractive female hostess role that
she played – a job that she believes
should now be retired.
“The new version has two female
presenters, so I assume there won’t
be a hostess, but I think that was
very much of a time anyway. I never
had a problem being the glamorous
assistant and people still like glamour
if its done in the right way, but we
live in a different era now and, in
light of what is happening in the
entertainment industry and the rest
of the world, we have to be careful.”
The Generation Game is on BBC One
tomorrow at 8pm
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Social news
Birthdays
Today: The Marquess of
Ailesbury is 92; Mr Richard
Chamberlain, actor, 84; Sir
Derek Spencer, QC, SolicitorGeneral, 1992-97, 82; Sir John
Kemp-Welch, Chairman,
London Stock Exchange,
1994-2000, 82; Mr Robert
Winter, Lord-Lieutenant and
Lord Provost of Glasgow, 2007-12,
81; Lord Steel of Aikwood,
Presiding Officer, Scottish
Parliament, 1999-2003, 80; Sir
Nicholas Winterton, former
Conservative MP, 80; Mr Laurie
Holloway, musical director, 80;
Lord Trefgarne, former
Conservative Government
Minister, 77; Sir Paul Lever,
former diplomat, 74; Lord Foster
of Bath, former Coaltion
Government Minister, 71; Prof
Sir Roderic Lyne, former
diplomat, 70; Mr Al Gore,
Vice-President of the United
States, 1993-2001, 70; Sir
William Blair, a former High
Court Judge, 68; Mr Robbie
Coltrane, actor and director, 68;
Mr Tim Burr, Comptroller and
Auditor General, National Audit
Office, 2008-09, 68; Sir Wyn
Williams, President, Welsh
Tribunals, 67; the Marquess of
Aberdeen and Temair 63; Sir
Alan Duncan, MP, Minister of
State, Foreign and Commonwealth
Office, 61; the Earl of Rosslyn 60;
Mr Justice Henry Carr 60; Lord
Justice Coulson 60; Mr David
Isaac, Chairman, Equality and
Human Rights Commission, 60;
Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor of
the University of Reading, 59; Mr
Justice Keehan 58; Mr Roger
Black, former athlete and
Olympic 400 metre medallist; TV
sports presenter, 52; the Hon
Peter Wilson, Ambassador to the
Netherlands, 50; Mr Ewan
McGregor, actor, 47; the Duke of
Hamilton and Brandon,
Premier Peer of Scotland, 40; Mr
Hashim Amla, South Africa
cricketer; former Test captain,
35; and Ms Giselle Ansley, field
hockey player; Olympic gold
medallist, women’s tournament,
Rio 2016, 26.
Tomorrow: Sir William
Macpherson of Cluny, a former
High Court Judge, is 92; Sir
Anthony Gill, Chairman,
Docklands Light Railway, 1994-99,
88; Mrs C.M. Patterson, a former
Chairman, General Council of the
TUC, 84; Dr Richard Repp, Master
of St Cross College, Oxford,
1987-2003, 82; Sir David Davies,
Chairman, Johnson Matthey,
1990-98, 78; Dame Rosemary
Spencer, former diplomat, 77;
Lord Wigley, former MP and AM;
Honorary President, Plaid Cymru,
75; Lord Myners, Financial
Services Secretary, HM Treasury,
2008-10, 70; Mr Leonard van
Geest, Chairman, Littlewoods
Organisation, 1990-96, 68; Mrs
Susan Snowdon, Lord-Lieutenant
for County Durham, 67; the Rev
Norman Drummond, Scottish
Governor, BBC, and Chairman,
Broadcasting Council for Scotland,
1994-99, 66; Air Vice-Marshal
N.D.A. Maddox, Chairman,
Combined Cadet Force
Association, 64; Mr Andrew
Boggis, Warden, Forest School,
Snaresbrook, 1992-2009, 64; Mr
Stephen O’Brien, former
Conservative MP; UN UnderSecretary-General for
Humanitarian Affairs and
Emergency Relief Co-ordinator,
2015-17, 61; Mr David Gower,
former England cricket captain;
broadcaster and journalist, 61; Mr
Chris Grayling, MP, Secretary of
State for Transport, 56; Mr Chris
Evans, radio and television
presenter, 52; Mr Andrew
Johnson, Headmaster, Stonyhurst
College, 2006-16, 51; Mr Stephen
Fleming, former New Zealand
cricket captain, 45; and Miss Beth
Tweddle, former gymnast; three
times World Champion and
Olympic bronze medallist, uneven
bars, London 2012, 33.
Today is the anniversary of the
inauguration of the Eiffel Tower in
1889. It is also the anniversary of
the deaths of John Donne in 1631,
Sir Isaac Newton in 1727 and of
John Constable in 1837.
Mr W.R.H. Douglass and
Miss K.R. Kershaw
The engagement is announced
between William, son of Mr and
Mrs Robin Douglass, of Matfen,
Northumberland, and Kate,
daughter of Mr Mark Kershaw, of
Linkenholt, Hampshire, and Mrs
Susan Kershaw, of East Challow,
Oxfordshire.
Online ref: 551626
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Mr G.A. Adair and
Miss C.M.C. Burton
The engagement is announced
between George, son of
Commodore and Mrs Allan Adair,
of Liss, Hampshire, and Christabel,
daughter of Mr and Mrs Frank
Burton, of Bath, Somerset.
Online ref: 551612
Mr D.W. Fleming and
Miss C.E. Acworth
The engagement is announced
between David, eldest son of Mr
and Mrs Philip Fleming, of Bray,
Co Wicklow, Ireland, and Lottie,
eldest daughter of Major and Mrs
John Acworth, of Norton Bavant,
Wiltshire.
Online ref: 551498
Mr P.A. Michael and
Miss E.P.J. Cousins
The engagement is announced
between Peter Alexander Michael,
of London and Herefordshire, son
of Dr and Mrs Alastair Michael, and
Elizabeth Pamela Julia Cousins, of
London and Kent, daughter of Mr
and Mrs Christopher Cousins.
Online ref: 551492
Mr A.K. Carter and
Miss K.F. Cole
The engagement is announced
between Alastair, son of Mr
Christopher Carter, of Dorset, and
the late Emma Carter, and
Katharina, daughter of Mr Alex
Cole, of Jersey, and the late
Franziska Cole.
Online ref: 551566
Mr J.D. Boukhobza and
Miss L.C. Harding
The engagement is announced
between Jonathan, younger son
of Mr and Mrs Etsil Boukhobza,
of Fleet, Hampshire, and Leila,
younger daughter of Mr and Mrs
Stephen Harding, of Eccleshall,
Staffordshire.
Online ref: 551594
Mr J.R. Cooper and
Miss R.R. Benton
The engagement is announced
between Jacob, only son of Mr
and Mrs R. Cooper, of Lichfield,
Staffordshire, and Becky,
daughter of Mr R. Benton, of
Marlborough, Wiltshire, and Mrs
B. Benton, of Hawkhurst, Kent.
Online ref: 551384
Mr R.C.J. Sladden and
Miss A.M.A. Askew
The engagement is announced
between Rory, youngest son of
Mr Christopher Sladden, of
Southrepps, Norfolk, and Mrs
Nicolette Sladden, of Dunkeld,
South Africa, and Anna, elder
daughter of Mr and Mrs Richard
Askew, of Shotley, Suffolk.
Online ref: 551592
16+ Scholarships:
Sidney Beckles (The Bourne Academy),
Stefan Perry (The Thomas Hardye
School), Sammy Smith (Highcliffe
School), Amy van Wingerden
(Bournemouth School for Girls), Beatrice
Webb (South Wilts Grammar School for
Girls), Charlotte Wittram (Talbot Heath).
13+ Scholarships:
Nina Allan (The Banda School), Mia
Ashby Rudd (Highfield), Katie Battisby
(Castle Court), Oscar Berridge (Dumpton
School), Ethan Bikhazi-Green (Chafyn
Grove School), Hugh Blake (Windlesham
House School), Georgie Boon (Forres
Sandle Manor), Esther Browning
(Dumpton School), Jemima Carrell
(Walhampton School), Conor
Cherrington (St Neot’s), Jocelin Child
(Hazlegrove Preparatory School), Tom
Clark (Rokeby School), Merlin Cork
(Ringwood School), Eliana Covell
(Yarrells), Honoré Cutler (Forres Sandle
Manor), Zack Gadsby (Westbourne
House), Ollie Glen (Castle Court), Charlie
Hallam (Castle Court), Robbie
Hemmings (Dumpton School), Elliot
Hilton (Dumpton School), Rupert
Hutton (Downside School), Max Lockyer
(Castle Court), Nat Merrell (Castle
Court), Piers Middleton (Poole Grammar
School), William Pickard (Dumpton
School), Sophia Russell (Cheam), Rohan
Samra (Castle Court), Charlie Smith
(Highfield), Jessica West (Parkstone
Grammar School), Mia White (Twyford
School), Tom Williams (Castle Court),
Henry Wittram (Castle Court), Imy
Woodcock (St Andrew’s School,
Pangbourne).
The next Open Day will be on
Saturday, April 21, 2018. Further
details at www.canford.com
Bridge news
The Lady Milne will be held in
Scotland in mid April at the
Edinburgh Holiday Inn, writes
Julian Pottage, Bridge
Correspondent. This will be the
fourth event and fourth weekend
of the 2018 Home International
series. So far England has won the
Junior Camrose and the Peggy
Bayer; we do not yet know who
will win the 2018 Camrose. As
hosts, Scotland qualify to have
two teams, thereby ensuring an
even number of teams in total.
The two Scottish teams are as
follows:
Scotland: Abi Wilson and Sheila
Adamson, Liz McGowan and
Fiona McQuaker, Sam Punch and
Paula Leslie, and Non-playing
Captain, Alan Goodman.
Scottish Bridge Union: Anne
Symons and Helen Kane, Lucia
Barrett and Veronica Guy, Laura
Middleton and Julia Palmer, and
NPC Iain Sime.
THE KING’S VISIT TO THE
BATTLE FRONT.
WITH THE TROOPS.
BRITISH ARMY (FRANCE), SUNDAY.
The King has been spending a crowded fifty hours in France, during which time he has moved freely amongst the troops which took
part in resisting the first bull-rush of the German offensive. It was
the wish of his Majesty that his visit should be as quiet and informal
as possible, and to this end he refused to allow any programme to
be pre-arranged.
At 9.30 on Thursday morning the King left Victoria. On
arrival in France his Majesty was met by Sir Derek Keppel and
an aide-de-camp to Sir Douglas Haig. After lunch a start was
made for a town in Northern France. Here Staff officers and
corps commanders were presented to the King. Continuing
their journey the Royal party came quite by accident upon a
resting division and, descending from his car, the King spent
a considerable time in chatting with officers and men.
Proceeding to another town, the King came upon elements of a
division on the move, and they gave a cheer as he bade them Godspeed and good luck.
The following morning the King was early astir, and his first
visit was to the headquarters of Sir Douglas Haig. Here he was
received by guards of honour composed of 17th Lancers and
Headquarters troops.
A SURPRISE FOR THE SCOTS.
The next place of call was the headquarters of the Royal Air Service. The little procession then made its way along by-roads off the
main routes of communication to where troops were likely to be
resting, and came upon a famous Scottish regiment. In a field officers and men were sitting and so unexpected was this Royal advent
that the commanding officer was away at lunch in an adjoining
village. When it really dawned upon the canny intelligence of the
Scots that the central figure of the little red-hatted group was
indeed the King they literally “made the welkin ring.” His Majesty
shook hands with the officers and talked with many of the men.
Motoring along a road, the next halt was abreast of a Labour
Battalion, which was resting after a six-mile march. The King
moved down the companies, talking freely, and giving the
men the latest news from the battle front. They asked him
questions with frank familiarity, which greatly pleased him.
Further down the road a machine-gun company was encountered
standing easy along the roadside, and the astonishment of these
lads at the sight of the Royal Standard on the top of the car and the
sudden emergence of the King was a really diverting spectacle.
“ARE WE DOWNHEARTED?”
On his return journey, the King again came upon these troops. A
mass of men, spying his car, made a rush and surrounded it. The
King descended and laughingly asked “Who are you?” “We are the
----” came the reply. “Oh, we all know the ----” replied the King. But
when, in departing, his Majesty cried out “Are we downhearted?”
such an enthusiastic uproar broke loose that the cattle grazing half
a mile off raised their heads to see whence the noise came.
The afternoon the King spent mainly amongst the wounded.
He first visited two hospital trains which were taking their suffering freights en route for base hospitals. His Majesty proceeded to visit what was formerly a great general hospital, but
which has become a vast casualty clearing station; and here he
walked among stretchers bearing huddled figures, from
which arose many groans and gaspings, and, here and there,
the sobbings and wheezings of men so exhausted that slumber
had overcome pain. The deeply human side of the King came
out as he paused often to speak to those who smiled recognition or to inquire about those who seemed in sad plight. “This
will buck the boys up more than anything I can think of,” said
a chaplain to me. “That poor lad over there has just asked me
what is going on, and when I told him the King had come over
to visit us, he said, ‘God bless his old heart.’” The King spared
himself nothing in this harrowing tour.
Easter Day Church Services
ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL: 5.45 Dawn
Eucharist; 8 HC; 10.15 Mattins, Canon
Pastor; 11.30 Sung Eucharist, Dean; 3.15
Festal Evensong, Rev Helen O’Sullivan;
4.45 Organ recital, Nicholas Freestone; 6
Eucharist.
WESTMINSTER ABBEY: 7.30 Mattins
(said); 8 HC (said); 10.30 Sung Eucharist,
Dean; 3 Evensong and Procession, Rev
Anthony Ball; 5.45 Organ recital,
Benjamin Cunningham; 6.30 Evening
Service, Rev Dr Tony Kyriakides.
SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL: 5.15 Dawn
Vigil and Easter Liturgy with Initiation,
Rev John Bell; 9 Eucharist, Dean; 11
Choral Eucharist, Bishop; 3 Choral
Evensong, Dean; 6 Compline.
ALL HALLOWS BY THE TOWER: 11
Festal Eucharist, Blessing of New Fire
and Renewal of Baptismal Vows.
ALL SAINTS, Margaret St: 8 and 5.15 Low
Masses; 10.20 Morning Prayer; 11
Procession and High Mass, Canon Hugh
Wybrew; 6 Choral Evensong and
Benediction, Rev Julian Browning.
ALL SOULS, Langham Pl: 9.30 and 11.30
HC, Rev Rico Tice; 6.30 Evening Prayer,
Rev Steve Nichols.
GROSVENOR CHAPEL, South Audley St:
6 Dawn Mass, Rev Dr Richard Fermer; 11
Sung Eucharist, Rev Dr Alan Piggot.
HTB Brompton Rd: Informal Services:
9.30 Family Drama; 11.30 Rev Stephen
Foster; 5 and 7 Rev Martyn Layzell.
HTB Onslow Square: Informal Services:
10.30 Family Drama; 4.30 Rev Joel Sales;
6.30 Rev Josh Baines.
HOLY TRINITY, Sloane Square: 8.30 HC;
11 Sung Eucharist and Blessing of the
Easter Garden, Canon Nicholas Wheeler.
ST BRIDE’S, Fleet St: 6 Kindling of Easter
Fire, Egg Rolling in Fleet St and
Breakfast; 11 Choral Eucharist; 5.30
Choral Evensong.
ST CLEMENT DANES, Strand: 11 RAF
Formation 100th Anniversary Service,
Rev David Osborn, Resident Chaplain.
ST GEORGE’S, Windsor: 8.30 HC (said);
10.45 Mattins and Sermon, Dean; 12 HC;
3.30 Evensong.
ST GILES-IN-THE FIELDS, WC2: 9 HC; 11
Sung Eucharist and 6.30 Evensong,
Rector.
ST JAMES GARLICKHYTHE, Garlick
Hill, EC4: 10.30 Sung Eucharist, Rev Tim
Handley.
ST JAMES’S, Piccadilly: 6.30 Easter
Dawn Service in the Garden; 11 Parish
Eucharist, Rev Dr Ivan Khovacs.
ST JAMES’S, Sussex Gardens, W2: 10.30
Procession and High Mass; 6 Festal
Evensong.
ST MARTIN-IN-THE-FIELDS: 5.30
Easter Vigil and Eucharist; 10 Eucharist,
Rev Dr Sam Wells; 1.30 Joint Service in
Mandarin and Cantonese, Rev Paul Lau;
5 Choral Evensong.
ST MARYLEBONE, Marylebone Rd: 8.30
HC; 11 Choral Eucharist, Easter
Ceremonies and Baptism, Rev Stephen
Evans; 6 Easter Carols with Prayers for
Healing.
ST PAUL’s, Covent Gdn: 11 Sung
Eucharist.
TEMPLE CHURCH, Fleet St: 8.30 HC
(said); 11.15 Choral Communion, The
Master.
QUEEN’S CHAPEL, Savoy Hill: 11 Sung
Eucharist, The Chaplain.
CHAPEL ROYAL, Hampton Court Palace:
8.30 HC; 11 Choral Eucharist; 3.30 Choral
Evensong.
QUEEN’S CHAPEL, St James’s Palace:
8.30 HC; 11.15 Choral HC, Canon Paul
Wright, Sub Dean.
CHAPEL ROYAL of St Peter ad Vincula,
Tower of London: 11 HC and State
Parade, Canon Roger Hall.
CHAPEL ROYAL of St John the
Evangelist, The White Tower, Tower of
London: 9.15 HC, Canon Roger Hall.
GUARDS CHAPEL, Wellington Barracks:
11 Choral HC, Band of the Grenadier
Guards, Chaplain.
OLD ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE CHAPEL,
Greenwich: 11 Festal Eucharist, Chaplain.
CROWN COURT (C-o-S), Covent Gdn:
11.15 Communion and 6.30 Rev Philip
Majcher.
ST COLUMBA’S (C-o-S), Pont St: 11
Communion, Rev Angus MacLeod; 5
Easter Evening Service, Rev Andrea
Price.
WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL: Masses:
8, 9, 12.15, 5.30, 7; 10 Morning Prayer and
Solemn Mass; 3.30 Vespers and
Benediction; 4.45 Organ recital, Peter
Stevens.
THE ORATORY, Brompton Rd: Masses:
8, 9; 10; 12.30, 4.30 and 7; 11 Solemn Sung
(Latin) Mass; 3.30 Sung Vespers and
Benediction.
GREEK ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL,
Moscow Rd, W2: 9.30 Mattins; 10.45
DEGLI ALBERTI.—On 4th March 2018
to Alexandra (née Demper) and Nicolò, a
son, Ranieri Rodolfo Duccio Maria.
Online ref: A222952
MITROPOULOS.—On 12th March 2018,
to Anna (née McDonald) and Elias, a
beautiful daughter, Florence Liberty
Jane, a sister for Mable.
Online ref: 551619
Golden Weddings
TOOLE-MACKSON - COOPER.—
On 30th March 1968, at Debden Church,
Saffron Walden, Graham to Clare.
Now in Arundel.
Online ref: A223000
LONDON, 1918
A CROWDED TWO DAYS.
CANFORD SCHOOL
The following scholarships have
been awarded for entry to Canford
in September 2018:
CHOW.—On 22nd March 2018, in
Los Angeles, CA, to the Hon Mrs Julia
FitzRoy-Chow (née FitzRoy) and
Mr Geoffrey Chow, a daughter,
Frances Harriet FitzRoy-Chow.
Online ref: 551518
Tomorrow will be the 100th
anniversary of the formation of the
RAF.
FIRST WORLD WAR
Mr S.J. Tiley and
Miss C.E. Gray
The engagement is announced
between Sub-Lt Steven Tiley, RN,
eldest son of Mr and Mrs
Christopher Tiley, of Taunton,
Somerset, and Charlotte, only
daughter of Mr and Mrs Michael
Gray, of Wick, South
Gloucestershire.
BRAITHWAITE.—On March 13th 2018,
to Alice and Thomas, a daughter,
Beatrice Grace Eloise, a sister for Ava.
Online ref: A223023
Divine Liturgy.
SALVATION ARMY, Oxford St, W1: 11 and
3 Worship and Praise Services, Major
Richard Mingay and Major Caroline
Mingay.
WESLEY’S CHAPEL, City Rd: 11 Morning
Service and HC, Rev Jennifer Potter.
WESTMINSTER CHAPEL, Buckingham
Gate: 11 Howard Satterthwaite.
WESTMINSTER METHODIST
CENTRAL HALL: 11 HC, Rev Michaela
Youngson; 5.30 HC, Rev Tony Miles.
BIRMINGHAM: 7 Easter Liturgy with
Renewal of Bapitsmal Vows; 11 Choral
Eucharist, Bishop; 3.30 Choral
Evensong, Dean.
BRISTOL: 10 Eucharist and 3.30
Evensong, Dean.
CANTERBURY: 8 HC; 9.30 Choral
Mattins; 11 Sung Eucharist, Archbishop;
3.15 Evensong; 6.30 Sermon and
Compline, Archdeacon.
CHELMSFORD: 8 HC; 9.30 Parish
Eucharist; 11.15 Festal Eucharist, Bishop;
3.30 Festal Evensong with Procession.
CHICHESTER: 8 HC; 10 Mattins, Dean; 11
Sung Eucharist, Bishop; 3.30 Evensong.
COVENTRY: 6.15 Service of Light;
Liturgy of Initiation and First Eucharist
of Easter and 10.30 Cathedral Eucharist,
Bishop; 4 Choral Evensong, Margaret
Sedgwick.
DERBY: 8 HC; 9.15 Sung Eucharist; 10.45
Cathedral Eucharist, Bishop; 6 Festal
Evensong, Dean.
ELY: 8.15 HC; 10.30 Festal Orchestral
Eucharist, Bishop; 4 Festal Evensong
and Procession.
GLOUCESTER: 7.40 Morning Prayer; 8
HC; 10.15 Eucharist, Bishop; 3 Festal
Evensong with Procession to the Cloister
Garth, Dean.
GUILDFORD: 8 HC; 9.45 Cathedral
Eucharist, Dean; 11.30 Mattins; 6 Solemn
Evensong with Procession, Canon
Andrew Bishop.
HEREFORD: 8 HC; 10 Cathedral
Eucharist, Bishop; 11.30 Choral Mattins,
Dean; 3.30 Choral Evensong and
Procession.
LINCOLN: 8 HC; 10.30 Sung Eucharist;
12.30 HC; 3.45 Festal Evensong and
Procession.
LLANDAFF: 7.30 Mattins (said); 8 Holy
Eucharist; 9 Procession and Parish
Eucharist, Dean; 11 Procession and
Choral Eucharist, Bishop; 12.15 Holy
Eucharist; 3.30 Solemn Evensong.
NORWICH: 7.30 Morning Prayer; 8 HC;
10.30 Sung Eucharist, Bishop; 3.30 Festal
Evensong, Rev Dr James Hawkey.
OXFORD: 8 HC; 9.45 Choral Mattins,
Dean; 11 Choral Eucharist, Bishop; 6
Choral Evensong.
PETERBOROUGH: 8 HC; 9.15 Mattins;
10.30 Cathedral Eucharist, Dean; 3.30
Festal Evensong.
PORTSMOUTH: 8 HC; 10.30 Eucharist,
Bishop; 6 Festal Evensong, Dean.
ROCHESTER: 5 Easter Liturgy and
Confirmation, Bishop; 8 HC; 10.30
Eucharist of Easter Day, Dean; 10.30
Sunday Club Worship; 3.15 Solemn
Evensong, Procession and Blessing of
the Easter Garden.
ST ALBAN: 8.10 Eucharist to be
broadcast live on BBC Radio 4, Bishop;
10 Combined Eucharist, Dean; 3
Evensong to be broadcast live on BBC
Radio 3.
ST DAVIDS: 8 HC; 9.30 Cymun
Bendigaid; 9.30 Family Eucharist, Sub
Dean; 11.15 Choral Eucharist, Bishop; 6
Choral Evensong, Sub Dean.
ST EDMUNDSBURY and IPSWICH: 6
Dawn Vigil Service with Service of Light,
Easter Proclamation and Holy Eucharist;
8 HC; 8.45 Morning Prayer; 10 Festal
Eucharist, Bishop; 3.30 Festal Evensong.
SALISBURY: 4 Easter Vigil Readings; 5
Easter Liturgy, Very Rev Charles Taylor;
8 HC; 10 Eucharist, Bishop; 3 Festal
Evensong, Acting Dean.
SOUTHWELL: 6 Lighting of the Easter
Fire; Easter Liturgy and Blessing of the
Easter Garden; 7.30 Morning Prayer; 8
HC with Hymns; 9.30 Family Eucharist,
Dean; 11.15 Sung Eucharist, Bishop; 3.30
Festal Evensong and Procession.
TRURO: 5.30 Easter Vigil; 7.30 Morning
Prayer; 8 HC; 10 Solemn Eucharist,
Bishop of St Germans; 4 Solemn
Evensong, Dean.
WELLS: 8 HC; 9.30 Sung Eucharist,
Bishop; 11.30 Sung Mattins; 3 Festal
Evensong, Precentor.
WINCHESTER: 8 HC and Blessing of the
Easter Garden; 10 Mattins, Dean; 11.15
Festal Eucharist, Bishop; 3.30 Evensong.
WORCESTER: 7.30 Morning Prayer; 8.10
HC; 10.30 Sung Eucharist, Dean; 4
Evensong; 6.30 Music and Readings for
Easter, Canon Dr Michael Brierley.
BAILLIE.—Dr Moira Patricia, died
peacefully on 29th March 2018, aged 94
in Eastbourne. Much loved mother of
Peter, Shelagh and John and
grandmother of Rosanne, Sophie,
Charlotte, Jim, Annalisa and Eleanor.
A Service will be held at Eastbourne
Crematorium, BN23 8AE on Monday 9th
April at 3.45 p.m.
Online ref: 551679
BARNES.—Simon James, died
peacefully on Monday 19th March 2018,
aged 70, after a short illness bravely
borne. Devoted husband of Caroline and
greatly loved father of James. A Service
of Thanksgiving will be held at 2 p.m. on
Tuesday 17th April 2018 at Holy Trinity
Church, Westcott, Dorking RH4 3NN.
No flowers please, donations, if wished,
for Anthony Nolan may be sent to
Sherlock Funeral Service, Dorking,
tel: 01306 882266.
Online ref: 551680
CHAUNDLER.—Colonel R.J. ‘Bob’
Chaundler OBE, late Royal Artillery,
passed away peacefully on 23rd March
2018 two days before his 103rd birthday.
Beloved father, grandfather and
great grandfather of two sons, six
grandchildren and 15 great
grandchildren. A Service of
Thanksgiving will be held at Crondall
Parish Church at 2.30 p.m. on Friday 4th
May 2018. No flowers. Donations to the
British Legion should be sent to H.C.
Patrick & Co Funeral Directors, 86/87
East Street, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7TP.
Online ref: A223106
CORNER.—Belinda Mary (née Shaw),
passed away peacefully on 28th March
2018 in Melbourne, Australia, aged 74.
Beloved wife of John and daughter of
the late Michael and Mary, from
Cambridge, UK. Devoted mother of
Andy and Katie; loving grandmother of
Alice, Annabel, Josh, Zach, Will and Ella.
Love and happy memories forever.
Online ref: A223101
CROSS.—Richard Samuel, dearly loved
husband of Pam and father of Susan,
Ruth and Edward, died peacefully
at home on Saturday 24th March, aged
86 years. His Funeral Service will be
held at Flitcham Church on Thursday
19th April, 12 noon. Donations for SOS
Children's Villages c/o John Lincoln
Funeral Director’s, 40 Greevegate,
Hunstanton, Norfolk PE36 6AG.
Online ref: 551640
CURD.—Ronald V. W., Captain, RAOC
(ret’d) died at home on 20th March at the
age of 105. Beloved husband for 77 years
of Dorothy, and sadly missed father,
grandpa and great-grandpa. A service
with friends and family will be held at
12.30 p.m. on 10th April 2018 at Exeter
and Devon Crematorium. Donations
will go to "Help for Heroes".
Online ref: 551667
EVERS-BARNES.—Georgina
(née Butcher) died on 28th March 2018,
peacefully at home in Moffat, formerly
the Lake District residing at Long Close
Farm, Keswick, Cumbria. She wished to
send her friends her love and gratitiude
and for them to know she is happy to
join her beloved husband Clive again in
the Sea of Souls.
Online ref: 551635
EYRE.—John Jeremy, died 24th March,
aged 83. Much loved husband of the late
Rachel, and father of Francis and
Charles. Thanksgiving Service at St
Saviour’s Church, Birkenhead, Friday
20th April, 12 noon. No flowers please.
Donations, if wished, to St John Eye
Hospital. Enquiries to Charles Stephens;
0151 645 4396.
Online ref: A223104
GREASLEY.—George Owen, of
Mountsorrel, Leics, died suddenly in
France, 8th March 2018, aged 78, after
visiting Holnon CWGC. Husband of Ann,
grandfather of George.
Online ref: 551379
HABERSHON.—Jean Mary (née Powell)
from Rotherham, died peacefully on 3rd
March 2018, with her beloved
daughters, Sarah and Kate, at her side.
Wife of late John W. Habershon.
Grandmother to Joe and Charlie. A
Service of Thanksgiving will take place
at 11 a.m. on Tuesday 10th April, at
Whiston Parish Church, St Mary
Magdalene, Rotherham.
Online ref: A223040
HANKEY.—Helen Christine died
peacefully at home on 1st February 2018,
aged 96 years. Widow of Christopher
and beloved mother to Rupert, motherin-law to Maria and grandmother to
Emily. A Funeral Service will be held on
Wednesday 11th April at St Mary The
Virgin, Westerham at 2 p.m. followed by
the burial. Flowers welcome and
donations, if desired, to Macmillan
Cancer Support c/o Ebbutt Funeral
Service, Limpsfield Tel: 01883 713 767.
Online ref: 551587
LINFORD.—David, died on 9th March
2018 after a busy and happy life in the
building and restoration business. The
Funeral will be held on 12th April at
1.30 p.m. in the Lady Chapel of Lichfield
Cathedral.
Online ref: A223080
LITTLE.—Andrew James died
peacefully at home on 22nd March 2018.
Beloved husband of Susie, devoted
father to Mark, Emma and Alexandra,
much loved stepfather to James and
Nicholas and adored grandfather.
Private cremation. Family flowers only.
Service of Thanksgiving will take place
at St Mary’s Church, Chipping Norton on
Monday 30th April at 2 p.m.
Donations for The British Heart
Foundation c/o A L Sole & Son, Bidston
Close, Over Norton, OX7 5PP.
Online ref: 551595
MASSON.—Elizabeth Maud, died 10th
March 2018, aged 87. Much loved sister
to Ann and Alex and the late Sybil, aunt
to Claire and Lynnette, great aunt,
godmother and friend of so many in UK.
Starting work at 14, she became Nanny
to the Galloway family at Chaffyn Grove
Prep School. In the late 1960s, she
became Senior House Matron for
physically disabled children at Charlton
Park School. Elizabeth lived in Charlton
(South East London) for 50 years,
becoming a loved and respected
member of St Luke's Church where she
quietly put her many skills to good use.
Memorial Service on 20th April at 2 p.m.
at St Luke's Church, Charlton SE7 8UG,
then at Charlton House. Commital,
family only, will take place earlier.
Enquiries: Andrew Johnson Funeral
Directors, tel: 0208 854 4544. No
flowers, but donations to The Children's
Society or Embrace (formerly
Biblelands).
Online ref: 551637
CHAPMAN.—A Memorial Service for
Vivian Chapman QC will be held at
Lincoln's Inn Chapel, Lincoln's Inn,
London, WC2A at 5 p.m. on 30th April
2018.
Online ref: A222656
In memoriam
GREASLEY.—Pte George, Royal Gloucs
Regt, originally Royal Leics Regt, died
31st March 1918, buried in Holnon
CWGC, St Quentin. He twice received
illuminated certificates from the Royal
Humane Society for saving men from
drowning at Barrow-upon-Soar, Leics.
His life remembered by his nephews,
George Owen (recently deceased: see
Deaths) and George Derek Greasley.
Online ref: 551380
DAVIES.—David Dunstan.
Remembering our brother on his
birthday, who died tragically at Gangwili
Hospital, Carmarthen, on February 8th
1998. The bereaved can either look to
the past and weep or look to the future
and hope. Llewelyn and late sister Dilys.
Online ref: 551326
MINTER.—Roberta (née CunninghamReid), on March 28th 2018. Dearly loved
wife of Michael, much loved mother and
mother-in-law of Milan, Kat and Max,
dearly loved Granny of Isabella and
Charles, treasured sister and sister-inlaw of Johnny, Charlie, Lennie, Clare
and James. Cremation in Mahon,
Menorca on Thursday 5th April at 9 a.m.
Memorial service in the UK to be
confirmed.
Online ref: A223103
NIX.—Professor John Sydney, on 14th
March 2018. Fellow of Wye College,
University of London. Most treasured
husband of Sue and a very dear father,
grandfather and friend. Loved and
deeply respected by generations of
students, by fellow academics and
throughout the agricultural industry, to
which he contributed so much during
his long and illustrious career. Funeral
Service to be held at the Church of St
Gregory and St Martin, Wye on Friday
20th April at 2.30 p.m. No flowers
please. A memorial service will take
place in London at a later date.
Online ref: 551674
PARR.—Arthur "John", aged 86, on 25th
March. Beloved husband of Sheila and
much loved father of Richard and Helen.
Grandfather to Orlando, Imogen, James
and Tatiana. Private cremation, family
only. A Service of Thanksgiving will be
held on Thursday 12th April at 1 p.m. at
St Mary & All Saints, Haselor,
Warwickshire. No flowers please,
charitable donations through Hemming
& Peace, Alcester.
Online ref: A223082
RIALL.—Georgina Nefert ‘Fisc’, latterly
of Southwell, Notts, died 16th March,
born 11th April 1942 in Cairo, Egypt.
Daughter of the late Major Anthony
Claud Riall, RA, Officer of Legion of
Merit (USA), Croix de Guerre (France)
and Sylvia Lucy Robertson, of Jersey.
Beloved grandmother of James, William,
Fred, Jorge and Isabel, and mother to
George A. Vere-Laurie and Georgina
Hale (née Vere-Laurie). Funeral at Our
Lady of Victories, Southwell on 18th
April at 10 a.m. and after at Carlton Hall,
Carlton on Trent. No flowers please and
any kind donations to St Vincent de Paul
Society.
Online ref: A223083
SMITH.—Margaret Jean (Jane), formerly
Wright, died peacefully in her sleep on
23rd March 2018 in her 95th year. Dearly
loved and loving wife of Dr. Robert G.
Smith (1919-2014) and ever-loving
mother to David, Diana, Julia and John
as well as to eight grandchildren and five
great-grandchildren. Funeral Service at
12 noon on 12th April 2018 at St Patrick’s
Church, Wallington. Family flowers only
but donations, if desired, to Tearfund,
c/o D.A. Lindsay & Sons, 111 Lower
Addiscombe Road, Croydon, Surrey
CR0 6PU or via www.funeralzone.co.uk/
obituaries/44437
Online ref: 551675
THORN.—David Stephen, died on 23rd
March 2018, aged 84 years. Dearly
beloved husband of Biddy, father of
Stephen and Nigel, father-in-law of
Catherine and grandfather of Alexander
and Thomas. Funeral on Monday 16th
April at 12 noon at St Alkmund’s Church,
Duffield, Derbyshire. Family flowers
only, donations in memory of David for
the RNLI may be made directly:
www.rnli.org or tel: 0300 300 9990.
Online ref: 551681
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Obituaries
sacred mysteries
David Cobham
Conservationist and film and television director whose adaptation of Tarka the Otter became a classic
MICHAEL STEPHENS/PA
D
AVID COBHAM, who has
died aged 87, was a film
producer and director,
writer and
conservationist whose
output ranged from
dramas such as an film adaptation of
TH White’s The Goshawk to The
Vanishing Hedgerows, the first
conservation film made by the BBC, a
drama-documentary about Roald
Amundsen, the first man to reach the
South Pole, which won him a Bafta
award in 1976, and children’s television
serials.
From the 1970s Cobham, an active
wildlife campaigner, was the brains
behind numerous television nature
films and for many years worked
closely with David Attenborough for
the BBC’s natural history unit. His
approach influenced younger
conservationists and film-makers,
including the Springwatch presenter
Chris Packham, who described
Cobham as his “hero”.
For his 1976 BBC short The Secret
Life of the Barn Owl, narrated by
Attenborough, Cobham pioneered the
use of hand-held night vision devices
to show birds at night which have
become standard in the wildlife film
repertoire.
In a 2010 interview with
wildfilmhistory.org, he recalled that it
was after seeing the documentary that
the teenage Packham had first
contacted him to ask whether there
might be a pair of surplus barn owls he
could have. Cobham sent the budding
naturalist a pair of young birds which
he and his biology teacher reared and
released into the wild.
Cobham was best known for
directing, producing and co-writing
(with Gerald Durrell), a feature length
adaptation of Henry Williamson’s
classic 1927 novel Tarka the Otter, a
coming of age drama about a young
otter that survives a number of
adventures and brushes with death
before finally confronting his enemy
– an otter hound called Deadlock.
Set in 1920s England and filmed
over two years, it earned critical praise
for capturing the essence of the
English countryside, with stunning
footage of flora and fauna, while
avoiding cloying sentiment, the
climactic confrontation between Tarka
and his canine enemy being
particularly well handled.
Released in 1979, with a narration by
Peter Ustinov, it went on to make it on
to lists of the top 100 children’s films.
David Cobham was born on May 11
1930 in North Yorkshire. His mother, a
keen amateur naturalist, inspired him
with her love of wildlife, and at school
he ran the natural history society.
He went on to read Natural Sciences
at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
At first he wanted to be a bird artist,
David Cobham in
1993 with actress
Liza Goddard, who
became his second
wife, and their dog
Punch; (below
right) the star of
Tarka the Otter
even holding an exhibition at the
Cambridge department store Eaden
Lilley, but soon concluded that he was
not good enough. Instead, inspired by
Arne Sucksdorff ’s 1953 wildlife drama
The Great Adventure, he set his sights
on becoming a film-maker.
With a friend, John Buxton (later a
cameraman with Anglia’s Survival
series), he set to work to make a
wildlife drama about a family of foxes,
building a large enclosure to film them
in at Horsey in Norfolk:
“Unfortunately it blew down and the
foxes escaped. There had been no
foxes at Horsey and suddenly there
were foxes at Horsey which was not at
all popular.”
Cobham had better luck with his
second effort, Bells on Her Toes, a
20-minute short about training a
hawk, made with Noel CunninghamReid, which was accepted by Exclusive
Films and screened at cinemas as a
filler. The BBC, however, was not
interested. Instead, after graduation
Cobham worked at Pearl & Dean
making commercials before setting
out as a freelance documentary maker.
In 1968 a film about Donald
Campbell trying to break the land
speed record brought him an
invitation to meet the BBC producer
Richard Cawston. When Cobham said
that he would like to make a film of TH
White’s book The Goshawk, Cawston
sent him to see David Attenborough,
the controller of BBC Two who gave
him the go-ahead.
The film, about the relationship
between a falconer and his hawk
marked the beginning of Cobham’s
long association with the BBC. First
shown on BBC Two in 1969, it was
nominated for a Bafta award.
Cobham first got to know the author
Henry Williamson after reading an
article he had written in the Sunday
Telegraph bemoaning the impact of
modern farming methods on the
countryside. They agreed to make a
film about vanishing hedgerows for
the BBC which won a glowing review
from Clive James in The Observer and a
clutch of awards at the 1973 Monte
Carlo International Television Festival.
On the last day of filming
Williamson, who provided the
narration, suggested that Cobham
might think of filming Tarka the Otter,
though by the time the project got off
the ground the author had gone into a
retirement home. Coincidentally he
died on the last day of filming – at the
precise moment when Cobham and
his film crew were on the banks of the
River Torridge filming the death of
Tarka, symbolised by three large
bubbles breaking the surface and
floating downstream to the sea: “It
made the hair on my back stand on
end because it was a very spooky thing
to happen but absolutely true,”
Cobham recalled.
Cobham’s other projects for the
BBC included To Build a Fire (1969),
narrated by Orson Welles, based on
Jack London’s story about a man and
a dog trying to survive during the
gold rush; a film in the One Pair of
Eyes series (1970) about the sculptor
John Skeaping, and a series about
Japan, In the Shadow of Fujisan
(BBC One, 1987).
He also directed and produced the
ITV children’s television series
Brendon Chase (1980–81), a wildlife
adventure based on the classic
children’s novel by “BB”; Woof!
(1989-97) based on the book by Allan
Ahlberg about the adventures of a boy
who shape-shifts into a dog; Out of
Sight (1996-98) and Bernard’s Watch
(1997-2005) about a boy who can stop
time with a magical pocket watch.
As a founder member, later vicepresident, of the Hawk and Owl Trust,
Cobham, who lived in Norfolk, played
a huge part in the creation of the
Sculthorpe Moor nature reserve near
Fakenham.
After a pair of peregrine falcons
took up residence on the 250ft spire of
Norwich Cathedral in 2009, he was
largely responsible for securing the
agreement of the authorities to the
installation of a nesting platform on
the spire, along with two webcams.
The birds have successfully fledged
chicks every summer since 2012.
He also published two books. In A
Sparrowhawk’s Lament (2014), he
reviewed the contrasting fortunes of
all 15 species of Britain’s breeding
birds of prey, charting their comeback
following the banning of DDT and the
threats they still face.
Bowland Beth (2017) detailed the life
and death of a female hen harrier
whose short life from hatching in
Bowland Forest in Lancashire to her
death on a Yorkshire grouse moor,
brought to the fore the conflict
between gameshoot management and
harrier conservation.
In 1972 David Cobham married, first,
Janet Wallace, who would go on to
produce Tarka the Otter. The marriage
was dissolved and in 1995 he married,
secondly, the actress Liza Goddard,
whom he first met when she was cast
in Brendon Chase. She survives him.
David Cobham, born May 11 1930,
died March 25 2018
Bill Lucas
Olympic distance runner who won a DFC for his wartime service as a pilot with Bomber Command
B
ILL LUCAS, who has died aged
101, was a long-distance runner
who was expected to bring glory
to Great Britain in the 1940 Olympic
Games in Helsinki. Instead, war
intervened and he spent much of his
twenties flying with Bomber
Command in raids over Germany – a
total of 81 by the time the conflict
ended. As he put it: “Hitler deprived
me of my best athletic years, so what
did I do? I went out and bombed him.”
Eventually his opportunity to take
part in the Olympics came at the
“Austerity Games” in London in 1948.
But by then he was 31, past his prime
and, thanks to postwar rationing,
underfed – he told of how his mother
would get extra rations from the local
butcher to keep his strength up.
The day before his 5,000m heat,
Lucas took part in the opening
ceremony, which involved catching a
bus, a train and two Tubes to
Wembley: “Then back home the same
night and back again the next morning
to compete. We wasted half our
energy getting to the stadium.” He
failed to qualify after being outrun by
Erik Ahldén from Sweden and Emil
Zátopek from Czechoslovakia, who
later won a silver medal in the final.
William Ernest Lucas was born at
Upper Tooting on January 16 1917, the
only child of a bricklayer – also called
William – who had been awarded the
Military Medal during the First World
War and had later worked on
improvements to the Houses of
Parliament, rising to become clerk of
works. His mother, Mabel, was a
seamstress.
He was educated at Hillbrook Road
primary school and the local grammar
school, where he played cricket and
rugby. He qualified for a place at
Christ’s Hospital, but his parents were
unable to afford the ancillary costs and
he instead left school at 15 to start in a
succession of jobs in the City,
including packing parcels for a trading
company.
Before long his mother had secured
an interview for him to be an assessor
with the London and Lancashire, an
insurance company based in
Leadenhall Street. This had a thriving
sports club that attracted the tall and
skinny young man. Meanwhile, in 1936
he joined the Belgrave Harriers, the
country’s biggest athletics club; he
would serve on its committee into his
nineties and remained a member until
his death.
Lucas’s earliest races for the club
Lucas in 2012;
(right), crossing the
finishing line of a
relay race in 1949;
(far right) in 1942,
the year he took
part in the first
‘thousand bomber’
raid
were in the cross country, though he
was soon a regular in the mile. In 1938
he took part in the AAA championship
at White City, being beaten into
second only in the last few strides.
He was called up in 1939, but ruled
out the Navy because he disliked
water and had been turned against the
Army by his father’s tales from the
trenches. He was nearly rejected by
the RAF on account of having an
enlarged heart and an uneven
heartbeat, but convinced the medical
examiner that these were normal
conditions for an athlete.
He trained as a sergeant pilot,
converted to bombers and in August
1941 joined No 9 Squadron to fly the
Wellington. He later transferred to No
15 Squadron and continued to bomb
targets in Germany and the French
Biscay ports. At the end of his tour in
November 1941 he began a two-year
period as bombing instructor. On the
night of May 30 1942 he bombed
Cologne on the first “thousand
bomber” raid. Sir Arthur Harris, the
commander-in-chief of Bomber
Command, could only muster 1,000
bombers by using those on the
bomber training units flown by
instructors to supplement those on his
squadrons.
“I didn’t feel anything,” Lucas said
in 2016 when asked about his
recollections of his bombing mission.
“We had a target and instructions and
you did it. I never thought much about
the people below. You have to adopt a
wartime mentality.”
In October 1944 Lucas converted to
the Mosquito before joining No 162
Squadron of the Pathfinder Force. He
attacked several German cities, many
on the so-called “nuisance raids”.
Small numbers of Mosquitos visited a
number of German cities each night to
drop a few bombs but, more
importantly, to deny the factory
workers their sleep and to keep the
home defences on alert. These raids
were often carried as a diversion while
the main bomber force attacked a
single target.
Lucas attacked Berlin on numerous
occasions and in January 1945 was
Mentioned in Despatches. At the end
of the war he was awarded the DFC.
He left the RAF in January 1946 as an
acting squadron leader to return to his
running and to his career in insurance,
retiring in 1982.
His best year on the track was
probably 1950, when he ran three-mile
race in 14:11.6, coming fourth in the
AAA Championships. He retired from
athletics in 1954 and immersed himself
in the sport’s administration. Three
years later he was the announcer at
White City when David Ibbotson
brought back to Britain the mile
record (Roger Bannister’s famous
sub-four minute mile of May 1954
having been broken six weeks later by
John Landy of Australia).
In later life Lucas served as
president of the RAF Association in
Haywards Heath. Until his death he
was Britain’s oldest living Olympian,
attributing his longevity to a daily
tipple of whisky. But he still yearned
for what might have been. “The
biggest regret of my career is my lost
Olympic years of 1940 and 1944,” he
told Athletics Weekly. “Who knows
what I might have achieved. Fantasy is
a wonderful thing.” In 2007 he was
granted the Freedom of the City of
London and five years later was
thrilled to use his two complimentary
tickets to the London Olympics to
watch Mo Farah win gold in the
5,000m.
Bill Lucas’s first marriage was in
1944; after the ceremony two families
returned to find their homes flattened
by German bombs. His second
marriage, to Sheena Wilcox (née
Robson), was in 1979. She survives him
with two daughters from his first
marriage.
Bill Lucas, born January 16 1917,
died March 22 2018
A trick of old stone
and lichen in sunlight
christopher howse
S
omething that makes
fall.” Elder does have a
the cathedral at
“sickly” tendency to leave
Santiago de Compostela some of its branches thin of
so lovely is the mottling of
foliage or dying back as
its grey granite walls with
crackly wood. But elder also
an orangey lichen. Its name
tends to grow up, as he
is Xanthoria parietina and a points out, where human
visit to the cathedral roof
constructions sicken and fall
provides a good close-up of
into ruin.
its ancient habitat and an
A couple of years after
outing for all the family.
Clare’s death, Longfellow
There have been some
wrote some lines that begin:
scientific studies of the
“I like that ancient Saxon
weathering effect of this
phrase, which calls / The
lichen. It hardly seems to do burial ground God’s Acre!”
any harm to granite, for the
If by “Saxon” he meant the
stone at Santiago on which it language of England before
thrives has been in place for the Conquest, he was
800 or 900 years without
wrong. In reality God’s acre
visible deterioration. This
came into use in English
lichen grows well in Britain
only in the 17th century. It
too, which shares the mild
was borrowed from
dampness of Galicia.
Germany, where, it is true,
“Beauty, beauty!” wrote
Saxons still live.
A C Benson in his diary a
Another bit of confected
century ago. “What is it? Is
antiquity is projected by
it only a trick of old stone
some other lines, from a folk
and lichen in sunlight?” The song known as The Old
question is quoted by Stefan Churchyard (“Come, come
Buczacki, who knows a
with me out to the old
thing or two about the 1,700 churchyard/ I so well know
species of lichen
in Britain. In his
new book Earth
to Earth: A
Natural History
of Churchyards,
he points out
that many a
churchyard
supports more
than 100 kinds
of lichen, some
seldom found in
other habitats.
Lichens can
grow slowly – as Lichen at St Cuthbert’s in Kirklinton, Cumbria
little as a
millimetre a year, and enjoy those paths ’neath the soft
being undisturbed. They
green sward”). This is by the
may escape pollution too in
pleasantly named folk singer
the churchyard, though
Almeda Riddle, and goes
there is even a copperback as far as 1972.
tolerant lichen that grows
A truly ancient word that
near lightning conductors
goes with churchyards is
on church towers.
yew. Dr Buczacki notes that
Dr Buczacki, still best
the oldest known yew in
known to many from his 12
Britain grows in Fortingall
years on Gardeners’ Question churchyard in Perthshire
Time, has put together what and is more than 2,000
might be called a gift book.
years old. So it predates
It has colour drawings and
Christianity. “Whether the
photographs (the locations
planting of yewe in
of which I’d have liked to
Churchyards hold not its
know) and there is a green
originall from ancient
ribbon to keep your place.
Funeral rites,” wrote old Sir
Punctuating his remarks
Thomas Browne, quoted
about moles and birds, slow here, “or as an Embleme of
worms and waxcap fungi
resurrection from its
are extracts of poetry. I
perpetual verdure, may also
enjoyed John Clare’s
admit conjecture.” Just so.
observant transformation of
More surprising is the
Augustan poetic convention, visit recorded here of
when he writes of “where
nesting storks to St Giles’s
the sickly elder loves / To
Cathedral, Edinburgh, in
top the mouldering wall; /
1416. I wish we British had
And ivy’s kind encroaching
storks now, and I wonder
care / Delays the tottering
why we don’t.
***
40
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producers
have much
to fear from
US battle
with China
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Critchlow
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Bitcoin threatens to spread havoc among global currency wars
By Tim Wallace
BITCOIN is threatening to destroy the
ability of governments to manipulate
their own currencies, as the cryptocurrency creates a new way to evade
official controls and move money
across borders.
The loophole could have significant
implications across the world, upending currency wars, hampering efforts
to manage crises and challenging traditional ideas of economic development
– all of which frequently include restrictions on taking money abroad.
As a result, the entire practice of artificially moving exchange rates up or
down to suit politicians or central
bankers could be rendered untenable,
according to research presented by
economist Gina Pieters to the Royal
Economic Society. Cryptocurrencies
can offer drug dealers and money launderers anonymity, allowing them to
keep money out of sight of the authorities, but these features also mean capital controls can be circumvented,
leaving governments struggling to find
a way to stop it.
“Bitcoin can fulfil two functions in
international markets: an alternative
way to obtain a foreign currency and a
way to circumvent capital controls,”
she said. If such controls cannot be enforced, it means money can move from
one currency to another, via Bitcoin,
effectively “eroding a country’s ability
to control their own exchange rates”.
Her study of countries’ official exchange rates compared to the unofficial rates – as seen in the price of
Bitcoin – in nations including Argentina, South Africa and China indicates
this is the case. Analysing the different
rates in this way can also expose potentially illicit behaviour, which was not
previously fully known. For example,
her study of Poland’s currency suggests Bitcoin may be used as a way to
sneak money out of Russia.
It can also indicate pressures building when governments try to manipulate markets. In the months before
China devalued the yuan in 2015, the
Bitcoin exchange rate showed a weak-
ening of the currency – highlighting
the strains mounting against the Chinese authorities, and indicating that
the central bank’s efforts to halt cryptocurrency transactions had failed.
Governments may use controls to
move markets for a range of reasons,
for example propping up their exchange rate, or forcing down the value
of the currency to grant the economy a
competitive advantage.
Melrose in
fresh pledges
to stop deal
being halted
By Ben Marlow
MELROSE could be forced to make
tough new commitments on the future
of GKN after the Government threatened to stage a dramatic 11th-hour
intervention.
While the ink was still drying on its
£8bn takeover of the FTSE 100 engineer, Greg Clark, the Business Secretary, shocked both sides with a promise
to look into whether ministers should
block it on national security grounds.
The late twist, nearly three months
after Melrose first approached GKN,
has been condemned by City sources
who accused the Government of political posturing in the face of calls to protect its independence.
It leaves Melrose scrambling to make
fresh pledges in an attempt to see off
the threat of state interference.
It is now understood that the turnaround outfit could agree to a legally
binding undertaking that requires it to
hold on to GKN’s cherished aerospace
arm for a minimum of five years –
which would go much further than
previous pledges to give the Government a veto on any sale.
The business is involved in some key
UK defence projects and Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, is reported to be concerned that it could
end up in the hands of a foreign buyer.
Mr Clark told MPs this week that he
had four months to assess the situation.
However, in an interview with the
BBC yesterday, the Business Secretary
struggled to make a convincing case
for the deal to be halted.
“I can’t give a view until I have all the
evidence from the key agencies in front
of me, to do so would be to prejudice
that quasi-judicial judgment,” he said.
Mr Clark even praised Melrose for its
earlier commitments on research and
development, among other key issues.
He also rejected calls from critics including Liberal Democrat leader Vince
Cable and former trade secretary Michael Heseltine to tighten takeover
rules. He said: “It is important that we
should continue our long-standing tradition of being a place of competition.
“It’s the case that if you’re a public
company then you’re constantly under
scrutiny by shareholders and by alternative management who say they can
do a better job.
“The approach that we have reinforced in our industrial strategy is not
to have a protectionist approach, not to
pick winners as was done in the past, to
subsidise or protect them. It is to enGreg Clark, the
Business Secretary, is
to review whether
the GKN deal should
go through, citing
security concerns
ALAMY
Turnaround firm may
agree guarantee over
GKN’s aerospace arm to
avoid government veto
sure that our business environment is
one in which there is competition in
which no incumbent is immune from
the challenge of being kept efficient
and strategically focused.”
Despite the backlash, City sources
played down the prospect of any referral on national security grounds.
GKN supplies parts for military aircraft such as the A400M transporter
plane and the F-35. However, few of the
parts that GKN makes are regarded as
highly sensitive. It has also been
pointed out that Melrose was a British
company and GKN had been allowed to
sell its helicopter business Westland to
Italy’s Finmeccanica in 2004.
If Melrose gets the green light, advisers to the two companies will share a
fee jackpot of approximately £250m.
Matthew Lynn: Page 42
High spirits It was a Good Friday for pubs in Ireland as they opened their doors for the first time since legislation came in to
allow drinking on the holy day. Queues formed outside bars from 7am after the 90-year ban on serving alcohol was lifted.
Investors in line for spring payday despite stock market misery
By Tom Rees
EMBATTLED investors will be rewarded with a bumper spring payday
despite the worst quarter for global
stocks in years. Dividends are set to
soar to as much as $400bn (£285bn) in
the coming months, easing the pain
caused by a turbulent start to the year
on markets.
Wall Street analysts estimate that
dividends could climb to a monthly record of $174bn in May.
Payouts are expected to be driven
higher by buoyant global growth and
the savings generated from Donald
Trump’s huge corporate tax cuts. Morgan Stanley calculated $400bn is set to
be paid into investor accounts between
March and May in what is typically a
high season for dividend payments.
The investment bank argued that
the payout will provide “some welcome
(temporary) relief ” for investors amid a
surge in volatility on markets.
A dividend boost will help to bolster
investor returns after the global bull
run struggled to maintain its momen-
tum in 2018. The FTSE 100 suffered its
worst quarter since 2011 in the first
three months of the year, slipping
8.2pc, while the Dow Jones – the US
blue-chip index – snapped a nine-quarter winning streak.
Stocks have tumbled this year amid
fears central banks will tighten monetary policy more quickly than anticipated. The prospect of tit-for-tat tariffs
between the US and its major trading
partners becoming a full-blown trade
war has also made investors nervous.
Stocks came under renewed pres-
sure this week amid fears that the data
scandal engulfing Facebook could trigger a new wave of regulation for the
tech industry.
Leading blue-chip indices across Europe, the US and Asia finished the quarter in the red.
Dividends reached a record $1.25 trillion last year as the economic recovery
hit top gear. Janus Henderson, which
compiled the data, predicted that
global dividends would climb to $1.35
trillion in 2018 despite the recent pickup in volatility.
Clock ticking on BBC’s chance to buy UKTV Google to shine a light on solar potential
By Christopher Williams
THE BBC faces a countdown to a
crunch decision over whether to make
a £500m grab for full control of UKTV,
the commercial broadcasting joint venture behind the Dave channel.
Following the completion of Discovery’s takeover of Scripps, the BBC’s
partner in UKTV, the clock is ticking on
a 90-day call option triggered by the
change of control. The BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, has the right
to buy out the other half of the firm.
Discovery’s $14.6bn (£10.4bn) takeover of Scripps, the US broadcaster of
cable channels such as the Food Network, was completed this month, giving the BBC until the first week of June
to make a decision. The Corporation is
under pressure to increase commercial
income amid a squeeze on the licence
fee. Full ownership of UKTV, which
last year reported a pre-tax profit of
£85m, could boost efforts to fill the
funding gap caused by new burdens on
‘The company wouldn’t do
anything that is not within
an agreed framework for
BBC Worldwide’
BBC finances such as the World Service
and free licences for over-75s.
The decision is complicated by a
£350m cap on BBC debt set by the Government. In order to buy the other half
of UKTV the corporation may require
political support to lift the cap and borrow more, with commercial rivals
likely to raise concerns over BBC expansion in the pay-TV markets. A BBC
Worldwide source told The Daily Telegraph: “The company wouldn’t do anything that is not within an agreed
framework for BBC Worldwide.”
The price it would be forced to pay is
at least predictable and set by a formula
in the UKTV shareholder agreement.
Discovery’s plans for its UKTV stake
are unclear, amid what an industry
source described as a “Mexican standoff ” with the BBC.
The owner of Eurosport is yet to appoint directors to the broadcaster’s
board, which was already undermanned after BBC Worldwide’s appointees quit last year in a row over
alleged conflicts of interest surrounding UKTV’s attempts to secure a new
pay-TV deal with Sky.
By Jillian Ambrose
GOOGLE is planning to use satellite
imagery to map the “solar potential” of
Britain’s rooftops as part of a push into
the renewable energy industry.
The data could be used to encourage British households to install solar
panels on their roofs to help cut energy bills.
Using imagery from the Google
Maps and Google Earth applications,
the tech giant will calculate the total
amount of sunlight that falls on a
rooftop every year by using weather
data, the position of the sun across the
seasons, the size and pitch of the roof,
as well as any shadows from surrounding buildings or trees.
The project also uses machine learning to create a computer tool that can
assess the “solar potential” of a rooftop
in seconds.
Kate Brandt, Google’s head of sustainability, told The Daily Telegraph
that “Project Sunroof ” is set to expand
200pc
The expansion rate of E.On’s solar and
battery business last year, with help
from “Project Sunroof”
through Europe in partnership with
E.On and is likely to map UK rooftops.
The “Big Six” firm’s parent company
plans to roll out the online tool across
the countries in which it supplies energy as part of a multibillion-euro stra-
tegic shift towards household energy
and networks. Outside of Germany, the
UK is E.On’s biggest market by sales.
The partnership with E.On covers
seven million rooftops across Germany
and uses E.On’s solar power and battery product offerings to calculate how
much a specific household could save
by installing panels and a battery pack.
E.On has backed the accuracy of the
project with a promise to guarantee the
savings calculated by Google. Already
Project Sunroof has helped E.On expand its solar and battery business by
200pc last year.
The German energy giant is preparing to embark on a complicated £38bn
asset swap with rival RWE to shrug off
its large-scale power generation assets
in favour of its tighter focus on local
energy.
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Saturday 31 March 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Business comment
Matthew
ew
Lynn
We need
more
raiders like
Melrose
A
259-year-old company torn to
shreds. Britain’s industrial
heritage flogged off to asset
strippers. Thousands of honest
manufacturing jobs put at risk while
the hedge funds make millions. In the
wake of Melrose’s victorious £8.1bn
hostile raid on engineering
conglomerate GKN, the cries of
outrage were so predictable they
almost wrote themselves. Everyone
from Jeremy Corbyn to Michael
Heseltine was outraged. Almost
immediately the Government, which
increasingly has a paper-thin
commitment to traditional free-market
conservatism, said it would review the
deal and may still block it.
And yet that would be the worst
possible response. Melrose won the
battle fair and square. While jobs may
be lost, that is only because the new
managers are good at running
businesses more efficiently. Blocking a
bid on spurious national security
grounds would send out the worst
possible signal about the kind of
post-Brexit
economy Britain
wants to create: it
would look
insular, statist and
protectionist.
In truth, the
FTSE has plenty
of old giants that
have lost their
energy and
purpose. We
should encourage
a few more Melroses, not punish them.
There isn’t much that unites Corbyn
and the Daily Mail. But they both seem
to agree that Melrose’s takeover of
GKN is a very bad thing. The Labour
leader condemned “asset strippers”,
citing a Mail headline on “an abuse of
capitalism” to support his argument.
Heseltine complained that no other
country would allow an industrial
treasure like GKN to be swallowed up
‘In a free
market, the
threat of a
hostile
takeover is
the ultimate
sanction’
by a raider. In response, Business
Secretary Greg Clark promised to
review it on national security grounds.
Could it be blocked? The
Government has limited powers to
interfere in takeovers, but GKN does
enough defence work that national
security could plausibly be used.
From energy prices to minimum
wages, Theresa May’s Conservative
Party has shown it has minimal
interest in free markets. A
paternalistic, statist version of
capitalism has its attractions for a
certain kind of Tory, and blocking this
takeover would be the perfect
statement of that. And yet it would also
be a huge mistake – for two reasons.
First, it would send out precisely the
wrong message about the sort of
economy we want to create. The
specific objections to the takeover are
completely ridiculous. There is little
debt involved, so shareholders were
essentially choosing between two
management teams. There is no reason
to imagine anyone from Melrose will
be on the phone to Vladimir Putin over
the bank holiday inviting him to buy
any tech secrets that might be buried
within GKN. Sure, jobs will probably
be lost, but only because the Melrose
team believe there is room for
improving efficiency. National security
would simply be an excuse for
old-fashioned protectionism.
In truth, if we want a protectionist,
state-dominated industrial economy, it
is probably not a great idea to leave the
EU. As we leave, however, we need to
concentrate on remaining open,
competitive, innovative and dynamic.
A sudden lurch towards industrial
intervention would hardly convince
anyone we planned to be those things.
Next, we need more Melroses, not
fewer. In the last two decades, the
hostile raid has become about as
fashionable as shoulder pads. And yet,
it may well be overdue a revival. Take
a look at the FTSE 100 and there are
plenty of giants that look hopelessly
tired and confused. Such as?
GlaxoSmithKline has been going
nowhere for years. Sir Martin Sorrell
looks increasingly past his sell-by date,
and his WPP empire may well be
better broken up. IAG has allowed the
British Airways brand to go into
miserable decline. Run down the list
and there are lots of huge businesses
that need new ideas and fresh energy.
In a free market, the threat of a
hostile takeover is the ultimate
sanction. Sure, it is great when
companies reinvent themselves. And if
that doesn’t happen, it is even better
when the shareholders get together to
push through a change of
management. In the real world, it
doesn’t always happen like that. A
hostile raid is often the only way to
revive a tired business. Block Melrose?
Forget it. We should be encouraging a
few more raiders to get to work on
British business.
US may find China holds the
cards in a commodity trade war
ANDY
CRITCHLOW
W
C
ommodity producers
quite rightly fear an
escalating trade war
between the US and
China. A full-blown
economic collision
between the world’s top consumers of
raw materials and energy could hit
demand hard for key commodities
such as oil and metals. Even more
chilling for investors and traders
would be a return to resource
nationalism.
President Donald Trump raised the
stakes with Beijing earlier this month
when he proposed tariffs on imports of
steel and aluminium coming into the
world’s largest economy. China was
the target of this legislation with the
country’s overproduction of vital
products in the manufacturing supply
chain, which he blames for weakening
America’s economy long term.
Although the initial impact of these
regulations is likely to be limited, the
raising of new trade barriers and the
winding back of globalisation could tilt
the scales negatively for commodities
markets, which have boomed since
China joined the ranks of the World
Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2001.
Speaking at a recent commodities
event in Switzerland following
Trump’s proclamation, BHP Billiton’s
chief executive Andrew Mackenzie
rightly sounded alarmed. As the
world’s largest producer of
commodities from iron ore, to copper
and crude oil, the mining
conglomerate depends on open access
to markets and commodities still in the
ground.
“Free trade is vital to the health of
the global economy,” Mackenzie said.
“It is our collective responsibility to
champion the virtues of free trade to
make sure we can compete on level
playing fields around the world
because those are the conditions
under which business, countries and
the people who live in them will
prosper.”
China’s impact on commodities
markets has been profound. Beijing’s
economic operating model is brutally
China, with its huge domestic infrastructure, has had a huge impact on commodities
simple: gather up supplies of global
raw materials and turn them into
finished exportable products at
competitive prices, or use them to
build strategically important
infrastructure efficiently and quickly
by utilising its vast pool of labour.
Consequently, demand for almost
every commodity locked underground
has soared.
Take crude oil for example. In 2000,
before China joined the WTO, world
oil demand was stagnating below 80m
barrels per day of crude, according to
BP’s statistics. After 18 years of Chinese
economic growth and an explosion in
the country’s exports over that period,
global consumption is expected to hit
a new record above 100m b/d this
year, according to S&P Global Platts
Analytics estimates.
This growth in demand BP expects
to continue through to 2040, with the
world potentially requiring another
13m b/d of liquid fuel provided China’s
economy performs as expected. But a
protracted and escalating trade war
with the US could fundamentally blow
these forecasts apart. Instead of oil
markets being obsessed about global
oversupply, the balance would then
shift back to concerns over demand.
The International Energy Agency
has already sent the alarm bells
ringing. In response to Trump’s latest
policy edicts the global energy
watchdog warned: “A slowdown (in
world trade) would have strong
consequences for fuel used in the
maritime sector and in the trucking
industry.” Transport dominates oil
‘It is our responsibility to
champion free trade to
make sure we can compete
on level playing fields’
demand with commercial haulage by
road and sea taking up the largest
share of the market.
Ironically, Trump’s attempt to limit
the flow of Chinese products into
America comes as the US sends an
increasing flow of its own oil in the
other direction. China has emerged as
one of the main destinations for US
crudes since President Barack Obama
lifted the ban on crude exports in
December 2015. Last year, almost 40pc
of US crude exports headed to China
compared with around 20pc the
previous year, according to Platts
estimates.
These flows could soon be
increasing despite Trump’s trade
policies. The first supertanker to be
loaded from the Gulf coast’s Louisiana
Offshore Port, known as LOOP, set sail
last month with China the likely
destination. The shipment could signal
a rapid increase in US exports to Asia
once new deep water loading facilities
are ready at Corpus Christi in Texas.
Protectionism could also stoke
resource nationalism. The
Organisation of the Petroleum
Exporting Countries (Opec) was forced
to enter into an unprecedented pact
with Russia two years ago to revive oil
prices. The group of 14 producers may
now want to extend the deal for up to
20 years, which would effectively give
it control over almost half the world’s
crude. This kind of pricing power
could be vital if a trade war between
the world’s top consumers were to hit
demand.
Whereas the US has focused on
boosting its own energy security and
domestic supply, China is trying to
become more independent in the
trading space. The world’s largest
importer of crude has recently
launched a new oil futures contract on
the Shanghai International Energy
Exchange to help it hedge against
future price fluctuations and establish
its own global benchmark behind
Brent and West Texas Intermediate
(WTI). Denominated in yuan, not
dollars, international traders are also
permitted to buy and sell for the first
time.
However, a much bigger jolt to the
greenback’s dominance in the
$14 trillion global oil market could be
on the horizon. Should China also
decide to pay for its crude in yuan this
would signal an even more profound
change ahead for how commodities
and raw materials are traded. In terms
of the market, Beijing increasingly
holds all the cards in any face off with
the US and Trump.
Meanwhile, the outlook for
commodities in general in 2018 looks
bright provided the drawbridge isn’t
raised any more on global trade.
As BHP’s Mackenzie said: “Some of
the key uncertainties that weighed on
business confidence a year ago have
now been clarified. In commodity
markets, we have more evidence on
Opec strategy and on the Chinese
resolve to pursue supply-side reform
and to focus on environmental
concerns.”
Andy Critchlow is head of Energy News,
EMEA at S&P Global Platts
***
The Daily Telegraph Saturday 31 March 2018
Business
‘I fell into the
drinks business
after meeting a
mad scientist’
‘D
id you know gold
isn’t a colour,”
William Storey asks,
pointing to a shiny
motif of a stag’s head
adorning an energy
drink can.
“It’s an amalgam and we went
through about 400 iterations before
we got it right,” the long-bearded boss
of Rich Energy quips.
He spent almost a year finding the
right mix of copper and yellow he
thought was the truest representation
of “gold” for a new brand that he
launched two years ago.
The name “Rich” is short for
Richmond, the company’s base from
which it hopes to topple the giants
that occupy the energy drinks world,
including Red Bull, Monster and
g is an homage
g to
Relentless. The stag
the deer that live in the affluent
south-west London district’s park.
Cracking open a can, he makes
himself comfortable in the bar area of
the posh, boutique Bingham hotel in
Richmond. “It’s definitely better than
Red Bull,” he asserts matter of factly.
“I fell into the drinks business by
accident after meeting this mad
beverage scientist,” he begins. He
bought the rights to a new drink, then
developed it further, alongside the
brand, over six years.
Taking on the likes of Red Bull
doesn’t daunt Storey, a maths graduate
whose colourful CV includes short
stints in the RAF, professional football
and tobacco farming in Zimbabwe.
“I thought it was counter-intuitive
that you couldn’t compete with these
big companies,” he states.
“If you look at what [Sports Direct
chairman] Mike Ashley did, he
realised the competition had a very
soft underbelly.”
At face value, with his ZZ Top style
beard and casual clothes, some might
doubt the 39-year-old’s business
credentials.
But, although Storey talks like a
man who has consumed too many
energy drinks, he mostly speaks in a
considered way. There are
contradictions such as clichéd phrases
like “overheads are the enemy of
business” that are quickly followed by
claims that he decides who to work
with almost based on a gut feeling of
whether he trusts them.
Yet, relying on his intuition seems
to have served Storey well. When
g in Zimbabwe on a tobacco
working
farm, he spotted that a flood of
Chinese businessmen were
descending on the country and
wondered why. He soon discovered
that the value of land had been pushed
artificially low because of
political strife around
controversial land reforms.
“A farmer I knew had a
farm which had been
worth $30m but
was only
team doesn’t seem to daunt the
self-confessed petrol head, who enjoys
two wheels as much as he does four.
Storey, who says he had a regular
upbringing and attended a normal
comprehensive school, believed if he
was to genuinely build a premium
brand, ubiquity in supermarkets was
not the way forward.
“I felt the energy drinks market had
been a race to the bottom, with
companies such as Boost selling their
cans for 49p,” he says. “Boost is a great
company and their strategy has been
successful but we had decided to
launch a premium brand and so I opted
for a price point above Red Bull’s.”
He adds his company is “not
interested in marketing to kids” and
instead is focusing on the alcohol
mixer market and adult energy drink
consumers. He is also unfazed about
the sugar tax, something his high
energy drink won’t be able to avoid.
“The drinks industry has done an
amazing PR job of making people
think it is punitive,” he sniffs.
To get the brand going took a bit of
what even Storey himself suggests was
a “guerrilla” approach, pulling in
favours from his time as a sports
promoter for world-leading
footballers, boxers and tennis players,
and his large network of friends and
‘I’m not going to sell to Red
Bull. Having lots of money
sitting in a bank account
does not do it for me’
JULIAN SIMMONDS FOR THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
The boss behind
Rich Energy’s assault
on rivals Red Bull
and Monster is keen
to talk up its future
– and his F1 venture,
says Bradley Gerrard
William Storey, boss of Rich Energy drinks and one-time tobacco farmer, is hoping to buy the Formula 1 team Force India, below left
worth $2m even though the amount of
money being ea
earned from the sale of
tobacco was va
vastly more than that,” he
remembers.
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invested in the farm –
ownership was
wasn’t possible because of
the reforms wh
which stated landowners
had to be Zimb
Zimbabwean – and has
essentially fund
funded Rich Energy by
“cashing in his chips” in the venture.
And just like Red Bull, Storey is also
hoping to line u
up on the starting grid
of Formula 1. H
He is in late-stage
discussions tto buy the Force India
team from U
UK-based Indian
tycoon Vija
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fighting ex
extradition to India on
allegatio
allegations of money
launde
laundering.
Supp
Supported by a consortium
Older savers took £500 hit from
Bank’s action on financial crisis
By Anna Isaac
NEARLY three quarters of older households lost £500 or more on savings
income due to post-financial crisis
money printing, research has revealed.
That is why older people took the
biggest economic hit from the Bank of
England’s efforts to keep money flowing in the UK economy in order to mitigate the impact of the crisis.
People in retirement with savings
“lost out” on income from these assets
as a result of the central bank injecting
cash into the economy after 2007,
according to its own report.
Close to a third of all households are
estimated to have lost £500 or more on
their savings as a result of the money
printing programme known as quantitative easing.
This figure rises to 70pc when the
head of the household was aged 65 or
above.
The Bank of England’s assessment
said those older households also saw
house prices and the value of their pensions rise. Once these effects were
accounted for, only 10pc lost as much
as £500 or more.
However, including assets such as
housing might not accurately reflect
how well off a household felt.
If someone does not move home,
they cannot easily appreciate the rise
70pc
The proportion of older households that
lost £500 or more on savings interest as a
result of Bank of England money printing
in the value of their property in cash
terms, for instance.
The money printing efforts, one of
the policy tools at the Bank of England’s disposal, did help younger people during the financial crisis, however.
Although younger households, which
Oil price boom and weaker
euro propel Ineos profits
By Jillian Ambrose
BRITAIN’S biggest privately owned
firm has announced surging profits on
the back of the oil price boom.
Profits at Ineos, the chemicals giant
owned by billionaire industrialist Jim
Ratcliffe, grew almost 50pc last year as
the global oil price recovery swept into
the refining sector. The company,
Jim Ratcliffe, the
owner of Ineos, has
seen a billion euros
wiped off the
company’s debt pile,
reducing it to €4.8bn
which owns Scotland’s enormous
Grangemouth refinery, was also able to
knock a billion euros off its debt pile.
Ineos’s annual report laid bare the
full effect of the crude price hike as
pre-tax profits touched highs of €2.3bn
(£2bn), from €1.6bn the year before, in
large part due to its dominance in manufacturing chemicals. The rising value
of oil and gas lifted the market price for
its chemical products too. Mr Ratcliffe’s
global empire of refineries breaks
down hydrocarbons to create the fuels
used by airlines, motorists and the
makers of cigarette lighters, as well as
chemicals such as ethylene, which can
be broken down further to create the
chemical building blocks of most
plastic materials.
Meanwhile, the firm used “intra
group funding” to boost financial income from €291.9m in 2016 to €491.9m
by the end of last year, by taking advantage of the weaker euro currency.
Ineos said foreign exchange gains ballooned to €408.1m for the year, compared to a gain of €84.5m the year
before.
In recent years, Mr Ratcliffe has set
out to gain a tighter grip on the gas the
firm uses as feedstock by snapping up
the North Sea’s most important oil and
gas pipeline system from BP for $250m
(£178m), alongside a flurry of UK shale
gas licences last year.
Despite the industrialist’s 2017
spending spree, which included a
Swiss football team and leather jacket
brand Belstaff, Ineos managed to reduce its net debt by around a billion
euros to €4.8bn.
43
are more likely to be in work, suffered
more in the recession due to higher
unemployment rates, money printing
efforts did lessen the blow overall.
Lower borrowing costs on mortgages were especially helpful for these
people.
In broad terms, the Bank’s work
“acted to reduce the extent to which
younger households were made worse
off ”, the report said.
Low wage growth, which has been
acutely felt due to rising inflation
squeezing household finances in recent years, “would have fallen by much
more” had it not been for the Bank’s
actions, the report also found.
While most households have, once
all factors are considered, been better
off thanks to money printing actions,
they only notice the impact of interest
rate hikes, the report noted.
This makes it all the more important
for the central bank to better explain
the impact of policies on household
prosperity, it said.
Toshiba misses
deadline for sale of
memory chip unit
By Tom Rees
JAPANESE tech giant Toshiba has
missed the deadline to seal a longawaited $19bn (£13.5bn) deal to dump
its flagship memory chip business.
Toshiba hoped to complete the sale
to shore up its finances by the end of
March. But the deal with a consortium
led by US private equity firm Bain Capital is yet to be approved by the Chinese
competition watchdog, delaying its
completion by at least a month.
Some of Toshiba’s activist shareholders have railed against Bain’s controversial swoop, arguing that its bid
undervalues the business.
Investors have also insisted that the
troubled firm’s finances were sufficiently bolstered by a $5.4bn share issue in November.
Toshiba had to put the unit, which
accounts for most of the company’s
profit, up for sale after an ill-fated move
into nuclear energy.
The Japanese firm is also reportedly
considering a stock market float of the
unit in case the Bain tie-up falls
through. It insisted in a statement yesterday that it would go ahead with the
deal as soon as possible.
of investors, whose identity he is
tight-lipped about, Storey is effusive
about the potential of his target which
reportedly has a £200m price tag.
“As a mathematician, I think
statistics are meaningless but if one
that I heard is even half true…,” he
grimaces, arms outstretched. “I heard
40pc of people have heard of a brand
through F1 and even if there is only a
bit of truth in that, it is a very powerful
platform.”
Despite his enthusiasm for the
sport’s commercial potential, he is not
complimentary about its notoriously
poor business acumen.
“If you created F1 from scratch
today, you wouldn’t do it the same
way,” he says. Storey suggests 30pc of
the cost of running an F1 team could
be cut without hitting performance,
such is the “profligacy”. “We will
invest in the team if the deal gets done
but will run it more efficiently,” he
adds. He won’t be drawn on the
minutiae but says it “beggars belief
what is in there”.
With the recent change in
ownership of F1 on the back of the
$4.4bn (£3.1bn) Liberty Media deal in
2016, Storey is more hopeful.
“The guys running F1 now are very
smart but it will be a couple of years
before everyone realises this,” he
suggests. “That’s why we have to take
this opportunity now because even
though it would be better in a couple
of years’ time for us, there won’t be a
team for sale then.”
The prospect of owning a Formula 1
associates in high places.
One example of this is the Isle of
Man’s TT motorbike race, whose
official sponsor is rival Monster. Storey
has managed to secure a sponsorship
deal with one of the most prominent
teams, meaning his brand will get
plenty of exposure for a fraction of the
cost.
He also turned down a deal with
Tesco, just months after Rich Energy
started. While many start-ups would
snap the supermarket’s hand off, Rich
Energy said “thanks but no thanks”.
Storey has also had to negotiate his
way around what he describes as the
“drinks industry cartel”, which he
suggests made it difficult to get
widespread distribution. But using his
own shoe leather, he secured direct
deals with Hilton, Marriott and several
independent pub chains before the
gates opened.
Rich Energy is expecting revenues
of up to £20m this financial year but if
various deals around the world come
off, Storey reckons it could quickly
rise to £150m.
“We’ve gone from calling 100
people and 99 saying ‘no’ to people
calling us,” he remarks.
These people now even include Red
Bull, which he says has contacted him
requesting a meeting. Storey isn’t sure
exactly what his Austrian-based rival is
after but he’s certain about one thing.
“I’m not going to sell the business to
Red Bull,” he frowns. “Having lots of
money just sitting in a bank account
does not do it for me.”
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***
Saturday 31 March 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Weather and crosswords
Weather watch
Snow and daffodils in Stuttgart last week
Once this Easter’s
over, egg-hunting
prospects improve
By Joe Shute
When I scour my mind for memories
of Easter, I always end up in my
grandmother’s garden on Freeston
Road in Boston, Lincs. It wasn’t a
particularly big garden but she tended
it beautifully. I remember charging
across the immaculate lawn searching
for foil-wrapped eggs among the
forget-me-nots and daffodils.
It always seemed to be sunny – even
though most of my memories of
Boston don’t often involve much sun.
How then to explain the Easter
weekend? Rain and showers for most,
turning to snow in the north. Where I
will be, in Inverness, temperatures
will go well below freezing. At my
gran’s we would have been decamped
in front of the electric fire watching
the blue lights flicker beneath papery
coals.
Easter comes early this year but it
has been earlier. In 1818 Easter Sunday
fell on March 22. That will not happen
again until 2285.
While we tend to think of it as a
distinct fixed point in the year, similar
to Christmas, in fact Easter can fall
anywhere within a period of 35 days
because it is calculated as the first
Sunday after the first full moon
following the spring equinox.
Since 1960, the earliest Easter was
over the weekend of March 22-24 in
2008 and the latest was in 2011 when
Easter fell between April 23-25.
I don’t wish to rub salt into the
wound but for Easters which fall in
late April, up to 14 hours of sunshine
has been recorded. On Easter Saturday
on April 23, 2011, temperatures
reached 27.8C (82F) at Wisley in
Surrey.
That said, snow has tended to fall
quite regularly over recent Easters. In
2010, 33cm was recorded near
Inverness. But if the cold is getting you
down, just cast an eye to the future. It
will not be until 2024 before Easter
Sunday falls again in March – so
egg-hunting weather is on its way.
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