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TUESDAY
5 DECEMBER 2017
Number 2,194
Care homes battle
US vulture fund
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A celebration of
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science journalism
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Good vibrations
The real history
of sex toys
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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
Brexit deal
is done ...
then DUP
says no
» Britain reaches agreement with European Union on soft
Irish border, divorce bill and citizens’ rights
» DUP leader vows to stop Northern Ireland’s special treatment
– because it would ‘separate’ country from rest of the UK
» No 10 and Brussels agree Irish ‘regulatory alignment’ that keeps
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» Scotland, Wales and London demand same bespoke Brexit deal
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The day at
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TUESDAY
5
DECEMBER
Quote of the day
ARNOLD
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EDUCATION
PEOPLE
MENTAL HEALTH
HOSPITALS
Girl, 7, raises funds
in mother’s memory
Depressed children
‘at risk in later life’
NHS jobs to offset
radiology shortage
A teacher at an Orthodox Jewish
school, who was sacked after parents
complained about her living with her
boyfriend, has won a discrimination
claim. Governors at Gan Menachem
Nursery in Hendon, north London,
told Zelda de Groen, 24, that living
with someone outside marriage
would “not be tolerated”. PAGE 13
A seven-year-old girl said she hoped
to make her late mother proud by
raising money for research into
brain tumours as she faces her first
Christmas without her. Phoebe Hope
Vines has become the face of Brain
Tumour Research’s fundraising
campaign. Becky Vines, of Tetford
Lincolnshire, died in June, aged 31.
Children who show signs of mental
illness just once are at greater risk
of being permanently sick at 55,
research shows. The International
Longevity Centre UK monitored
participants in a child development
study which recorded 98 per cent of
births in England, Scotland and Wales
during one week in 1958. PAGE 9
NHS England is to recruit 300 more
radiographers after experts warned
of a staffing “crisis”. A review was
launched after junior doctors at
one hospital were left to read chest
X-rays, including those for suspected
lung cancer. Three patients suffered
serious harm as a result, the Care
Quality Commission found.
GERMANY
A plot to extort money from delivery
firm DHL has German Christmas
shoppers on edge. Suspect packages
delivered to a police station and a
government office produced at least
two false alarms yesterday after a
parcel containing a device made of
wires, batteries and nails was mailed
to a pharmacy in Potsdam.
SOCIETY
What’s on
our minds
British voters appear to be more worried about the
state of the NHS than Brexit. In fact, leaving the EU
ranks only sixth on a list of potential areas of
concern. However, key issues such as inflation and
the economy, which directly affect individuals, are
closely linked to Brexit. Here’s what a survey
suggests we are concerned about as a nation.
Factors concerning UK voters
85%
4%
Health of the economy
The List
Britain’s favourite
first wedding dances
A snapshot of the most popular
“first dance” songs that couples
pick for their wedding receptions
has been compiled from a poll
of 4,000 newlyweds. These are
the top 10 songs that couples
like to dance to together after
tying the knot:
Anniversaries
Tuesday 5 December 1995
Sri Lankan troops drive
Tamil Tiger guerrillas
out of their stronghold
of Jaffna after a 49-day
operation. The deputy
defence minister raised the
Sri Lankan flag in the city,
marking a major success in
the 12-year civil war.
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Ed Sheeran (below) – ‘Thinking
Out Loud’
John Legend – ‘All of Me’
Kodaline – ‘The One’
Christina Perri – ‘A Thousand
Years’
Etta James – ‘At Last’
Lonestar – ‘Amazed’
Elvis Presley – ‘Can’t Help
Falling In Love’
Ed Sheeran – ‘Perfect’
The Waterboys – ‘How Long
Will I Love You’
Al Green – ‘Let’s Stay Together’
MUSIC
64%
9%
Liam Gallagher will be one of the
headline acts at next year’s Isle of
Wight Festival. Depeche Mode, The
Killers and Kasabian will also appear
at the 50th anniversary event in
June. Gallagher said he was “looking
forward to playing the mighty Isle of
Wight Festival”, while Kasabian said
they were “hugely honoured”.
State of the environment
Rising inflation
56%
10%
Funding retirement
54%
16%
Brexit vote
53%
22%
Personal health
44%
21%
Ability to pay bills
38%
29%
FRANCE
Providing care for elderly parents
32%
32%
Cost of raising a child
25%
45%
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
The survival of a North Korean
soldier shot five times as he dashed
for freedom was described as “a
miracle” by rescuers. Oh Chong
Song, 24, was shot by border guards
as he crossed the demilitarised zone
at the South Korean border. He hid in
a pile of leaves for 30 minutes before
an evacuation team reached him.
Gallagher headlines
Isle of Wight Festival
Level of personal debt
SOURCE: HITCHED.CO.UK
NORTH KOREA
‘Miracle’ of defector
shot five times
68%
7%
25%
39%
index
Crossword..............22
TV & Radio...........28
The 10 Best...........34
Business.................40
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
Concerned
Unconcerned
State of the NHS
Birthdays
Little Richard (below),
singer, 85; Eddie ‘The Eagle’
Edwards, skier, 54; Hanif
Kureishi, writer, 63; Lynne
Ramsay, director, 48; Lewis
Pugh, endurance swimmer,
48; Ronnie O’Sullivan,
snooker player, 42
Almost 400 miles of roadworks in
England will be temporarily halted
to ease Christmas journeys. They
will be lifted on motorways and
A roads from 6am on 22 December
until 12.01am on 2 January. Highways
England said 99 per cent of
carriageways would remain open.
Teacher wins claim
for discrimination
Festive shoppers on
DHL ‘bomb alert’
Everybody pities the weak;
jealousy you have to earn
Roadworks lifted to
ease Christmas jams
SOURCE: DELOITTE
Panda cub throws
tantrum at First Lady
France’s first baby panda took an
instant dislike to the First Lady,
Brigitte Macron, when she and
Chinese dignitaries visited Beauval
Zoo, near Paris, for a naming
ceremony. The four-month-old
male cub, calledYuan Meng (above),
started growling and jumped at
Ms Macron as she tried to pet it.
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BUSINESS SPORT
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ARCHAEOLOGY
FATHER CHRISTMAS
Detectorist is quids
in with gold strike
Oliver Duff
A history student who unearthed a
£140,000 gold pendant with a metal
detector will spend his “finder’s fee”
on a deposit for a home. Thomas
Lucking, then 23, stumbled upon an
Anglo-Saxon grave at Winfarthing,
Norfolk, in 2015 and jewellery from a
high-status woman who was buried
in about 660AD. PAGE 21
DUP intransigence is
more political theatre
The holidays are coming...
Father Christmas, known
throughout the year by his
alter ego, Ron Horniblew, is
determined to keep on spreading
the festive cheer after more
than half a century in the job.
The jolly pensioner, who claims
to be the UK’s longest-serving
Santa Claus, has undoubtedly
earned the right to hang up his
sack but has insisted that’s not
on the cards.
TAIWAN
Rainbow ‘lasts for a
record nine hours’
How long has he been sporting
the famous red suit?
Mr Horniblew, 82, first donned
his festive garb for his son in
1964. For the past 53 years, he
has embraced his role as the
world’s most celebrated giftgiver, zooming around the planet
to bring a smile to the faces of
countless people.
Students have recorded what
may be the world’s longest-lasting
rainbow. A class at Chinese Culture
University in Taipei reportedly
observed the phenomenon for
eight hours and 58 minutes last
Thursday. If confirmed, it will
beat the record of six hours set in
Wetherby, West Yorkshire, in 1994.
Where does he live?
The North Pole, obviously. But
he also has a bolthole in Luton,
Bedfordshire, which he shares
with his wife, Betty.
‘Voyager 1’ sparks up
after 37-year hiatus
Two homes? He’s not feeling
the pinch, then?
St Nick has a side job in the
furniture business. But he
doesn’t perform his festive
duties for the money. “If I can
make one person happy and
smiley, then that’s great,” he said.
“[I’ve] no plans at all to retire.”
Nasa has succeeded with an engine
test on a spacecraft 13 billion miles
away. Ground controllers sent
commands to fire back-up thrusters
on Voyager 1. The thrusters had
been idle for 37 years, since Voyager 1
flew past Saturn. To Nasa scientists’
delight, the four dormant thrusters
came alive last week.
SCIENCE
What makes an ideal present?
It needn’t be pricey. In fact, the
twinkly-eyed octogenarian
admitted that he would like to
see a return to the “old days”
when youngsters received just a
few presents rather than piles of
expensive gifts. He revealed:
“I say to parents, if they want a
toy for a baby, the best toy is
a cardboard box with some
paper in it and they will play for
hours with it. Plus, they are using
their imagination.”
Katie Grant
UNITED STATES
Teenager builds his
own roller coaster
A bored teenager surprised his
grandparents by constructing a
9ft-tall wooden roller coaster in their
garden while they were away. Logan
Moore, 16, put to use carpentry skills
he learned at school in Knox County,
Kentucky. He said: “I may redesign
this one, but I will wait just a little bit
because it’s been a lot of work.”
Letter from
the Editor
i@inews.co.uk
Five-star political theatre. Britain and
the EU had finally struck a deal on the
Irish border, divorce bill and citizens’
rights – allowing negotiations to
move on to the vital next stage, our
future trading relations with Europe
– when Arlene Foster intervened.
The DUP leader, who supplies
Theresa May’s Commons majority,
objects to Northern Ireland being
given a bespoke Brexit deal separate
to the rest of the UK. One government
source said last night: “The DUP were
on board… but the language was too
strong for them.” Here we see the
price of Theresa May’s alliance with
the DUP, and of that misjudgement to
go to the polls without a compelling
election campaign.
Civil servants working on the deal
had forecast a DUP outburst. Indeed,
a DUP outburst is essential to the
deal having any credibility among
the cocktail of political interests in
Northern Ireland and the Republic.
It also focuses the minds of Mrs
May’s more truculent backbenchers
(and some Cabinet colleagues) on
the consequences of them sinking
talks. Jeremy Corbyn’s spectre hangs
over Mrs Foster and her unionist
colleagues, as it does the Tories.
For Scotland, the implications of
any bespoke Brexit dealmaking are
profound. Wales, which voted for
Brexit, and London, which did not, are
already pushing for their own deals.
Mrs May’s conundrum is this: Mrs
Foster will not accept any “regulatory
divergence” for Northern Ireland from
the rest of the UK. This suggests that
after Brexit, the DUP wants Northern
Ireland’s proposed alignment with
EU rules to apply across the whole
of the UK… something completely
unacceptable to most Brexiteers.
The answer may come this week,
and, as so often in good diplomacy, be
found in verbal gymnastics – allowing
the DUP to climb down, and trade
talks to start before Christmas.
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NEWS
COVER STORY
Q&A Why the Irish border issue is so important
Why is the border such an issue?
All parties want to avoid a
hard border between Northern
Ireland and the Republic. It has to
operate as a border – to prevent
smuggling for example – but
without the routine hardware of
customs checks which many fear
would undermine cross-border
co-operation enshrined in the
1998 Good Friday Agreement.
What does the EU want?
Brussels insists the retention of a
soft border can only be achieved
if either the whole of the UK, or
just Northern Ireland, remain
either within the single market
and customs union, or a specially
tailored system that complies
with EU regulations.
Why is this such a problem for
the UK?
The Government’s very existence
is dependent on its deal with the
Democratic Unionists. While
56 per cent of the population in
Northern Ireland voted Remain,
the DUP campaigned for Brexit
and is set against anything that
would see the region treated
differently to the rest of the UK.
Could other parts of the
UK have separate trade
arrangements?
Having such a set-up would
mean regions could end up with
a hard border with the rest of
the UK, should it diverge from
existing regulations.
Breakthrough
on Brexit is
sunk by DUP
concerns
By Richard Vaughan
Theresa May’s attempts to make a
major breakthrough in the Brexit
negotiations were scuppered at the
last minute by a furious Democratic
Unionist Party amid concerns about
the Northern Irish border.
The Prime Minister was within
touching distance of reaching an
agreement with the EU’s Brexit
task force on the so-called “divorce
issues” after a frantic day of
negotiations in Brussels yesterday.
But the DUP pulled the plug as it
raised fears that the UK was making
too many concessions when it came
to the Irish border.
According to aleak to theIrishstate
broadcaster RTÉ, the UK was willing
to agree to Northern Ireland having
“continued regulatory alignment”
with the Republic of Ireland to ensure
there was a continued soft border
between the North and South.
Such a move wouldessentially mean
Northern Ireland remained inside the
customs union and the single market,
leading to a potential decoupling from
the rest of the UK. The alternative
would appear to be the rest of the UK
having the same regulatory alignment.
Both options risk alienating large
elements of the Conservative Party
and hard Brexiteers.
Mrs May was forced to break off
her working lunch with the European
Commission president, Jean-Claude
Juncker, to hold crisis talks with DUP
leader Arlene Foster after details of
Mr Juncker said: “I’m still
confident we can reach
‘sufficient progress’ before
the European Council of 15
December... I’m very confident
that we will reach an agreement
in the course of this week.”
the deal came to light. Mrs Foster had
issued a statement warning it would
not accept “any form of regulatory
d i v e rge n c e wh i c h s e p a rat e s
Northern Ireland economically or
politically from the rest of the UK”.
The Prime Minister is reliant on
any support from the party as the
DUP is propping up her government
with its 10 MPs. Mrs May had
travelled to Brussels with high hopes
that a deal could be struck with the
EU and that talks could move on to
the crucial trade arrangements as
early as the new year.
Earlier in the day, the European
Council’s president, Donald Tusk,
tweeted that he was “encouraged”
that sufficient progress was being
made on the key Brexit issues,
following a phone call with the Irish
Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar. But after
her discussion with a furious Mrs
Foster, the Prime Minister was forced
to call off the talks.
Speaking at a press conference in
Brussels with Mr Juncker, Mrs May
said: “We have been negotiating hard.
And a lot of progress has been made.
And on many of the issues there is
a common understanding. And it is
clear, crucially, that we want to move
forward together. But on a couple of
issues some differences do remain
which require further negotiation
and consultation.”
Mr Juncker insisted that a deal
could still be reached this week.
“Despite our best efforts and
significant progress we and our
teams have made over the past days
on three remaining withdrawal
issues it was not possible to reach a
complete agreement today.
“ We n o w h av e a c o m m o n
understanding on most related
issues with just two or three open for
discussion. This will require further
consultation, further negotiation and
further discussions,” he said.
POLITICS
Tusk confident over trade talks
By Lewis Smith
The European Council’s President,
Donald Tusk, spoke of his confidence
that trade talks would be able to
start later this month despite the
breakdown yesterday.
In a message on social media
following a meeting with Theresa
May, he made clear that he had been
preparing to move negotiations on
to the second phase. “I was ready
to present draft EU 27 guidelines
tomorrow for Brexit talks on
transition and future. But UK and
Commission asked for more time,”
Mr Tusk wrote. “It is now getting very
tight but agreement at December
European Council is still possible.”
In a brief appearance before the
cameras after their meeting, Mrs
May and Mr Juncker insisted that
their talks – which extended from
lunch into the late afternoon – had
been “constructive”. Jean-Claude
Juncker, the European Commission
president, was also confident
progress had been made, saying: “We
now have a common understanding
on most relevant issues.”
NEWS
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5 DECEMBER 2017
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NORTHERN IRELAND
We won’t accept
separation from rest
of UK, says Foster
By Richard Vaughan
The leader of the Democratic
Unionist Party (DUP) warned
Theresa May that it would block
any move that separated Northern
Ireland “economically or politically”
from the rest of the UK.
Arlene Foster made her anger
clear in response to reports that
the Prime Minister was willing to
agree to Northern Ireland having
“continued regulatory alignment”
with the Republic of Ireland postBrexit. “We will not accept any
form of regulatory divergence
which separates Northern Ireland
economically or politically from the
rest of the UK,” Mrs Foster said.
“The economic and constitutional
integrity of the UK must not be
compromised in any way.”
She added: “The Republic of
Ireland for their part came to be
Jeremy Corbyn said
the Government was
“completely ill-equipped to
negotiate a successful Brexit
deal for our country”.
guarantors of the Belfast [Good
Friday] Agreement.
“They are clearly seeking to
unilaterally change that Belfast
agreement without our input or our
consent and of course we will not
stand for that.”
Her concerns were echoed by
pro-Leave and pro-Remain MPs
within the Conservative Party.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, one of the
Tories’ arch-Brexiteers, said it
would be “intolerable” for Northern
Ireland to have different trade rules
with the rest of the UK.
Anna Soubry, a leading Remainer
within the Conservatives, added:
“Nobody could want one part of
our country to have a different
set of rules to another part of the
country. On that, Jacob and I are
absolutely agreed.”
But she added: “If we stay in
the single market, that solves
the problem.”
The Labour leader, Jeremy
Corbyn, blamed the collapse of talks
on the Government’s “confidence
and supply” deal with the DUP,
adding: “The real reason for today’s
failure is the grubby deal the
Government did with the DUP.”
REACTION
Rees-Mogg brands possible NI
trade deal as ‘Irish propaganda’
Theresa May
with Donald
Tusk in Brussels
yesterday
By Richard Vaughan
AFP/GETTY
Minute by minute How the deal unravelled
9am Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister,
Simon Coveney, tells RTÉ radio
that the text on a border deal has
been agreed.
11am Theresa May’s spokesman says
talks just a “staging post”, playing
down reports of a deal being secured.
12noon RTÉ reports that it has been
leaked text of the border deal which
states Northern Ireland will have
“continued regulatory alignment”
with the Republic.
1.30pm The SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon,
London Mayor Sadiq Khan and
Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones
call for similar deals.
2pm Arlene Foster vetoes the plans
from the steps of Stormont.
4pm Theresa May and Jean-Claude
Juncker hold joint press conference
announcing no deal has been made.
4.30pm The Irish Taoiseach, Leo
Varadkar, expresses “surprise and
disappointment” at the collapse.
A leading Tory Brexiteer branded
plans to keep Northern
Ireland aligned with EU
trade rules as “propaganda” pumped out by
the Irish government.
Jacob Rees-Mogg,
wh o i s a mo n g t h e
Toriees’ most passionate
advocates for leaving the
EU, made the claim following
a meeting of the party’s MPs on the
Brexit talks. He said any plans to
implement “aligned regulations”
with the EU in Northern Ireland
would lead to similar demands from
London and his own constituency of
North East Somerset.
“The DUP and the
Conservative Unionist
Party are at one on
keeping the UK together,
and Gavin Barwell [the
No 10 chief of staff ]
made that absolutely
clear. And he said we’re
not going to have trade
distinctions between Great
Britain and Northern Ireland. That
would be completely intolerable,”
he said. “We are the Conservative
and Unionist Party after all.”
Analysis
Did the DUP get cold feet – or is there a more Machiavellian possibility?
Sam McBride
POLITICAL EDITOR,
NORTHERN IRELAND
T
here is no question that
the DUP played a role
in the collapse of what
seemed to be a Brexit deal
yesterday; the question is what
that role was and how much the
party knew before yesterday’s
critical leak of the proposed deal.
It is difficult to conceive that
the Prime Minister would break
off from a discussion with JeanClaude Juncker to phone Arlene
Foster in Belfast if the DUP’s
views were not becoming critical
to what was being discussed.
But it also seems hard to believe
that Theresa May would have
failed to consult Mrs Foster ahead
of striking a deal on matters of the
most fundamental constitutional
significance for Northern Ireland.
It seems doubly unlikely that
the Prime Minister would not
bring the DUP with her on an
issue of this importance when she
is running a minority government
dependent on the DUP, which has
been vocally clear about the issue
It seems hard to believe
that Theresa May would have
failed to consult Mrs Foster
ahead of striking a deal
in question. So did the DUP agree
to some wording around the idea
that Northern Ireland could
retain regulatory harmony with
the rest of Ireland, only to get cold
feet once the proposal leaked out?
There is a more Machiavellian
possibility. It could be that the
DUP, knowing that having argued
for Brexit and that because of its
MPs’ leverage it is vulnerable to
being blamed for any deal which
is seen to undermine the unionist
position, has calculated on
something else: a public flexing
of its muscles, allowing it to point
back to how it stopped this deal
if slightly more advantageous
terms can be reached.
And though this doesn’t look
good for Mrs May, she potentially
gains at least one card here: being
able to say to Brussels that the
Northern Irish question is not
as simple as some there have
presented it to be.
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NEWS
SCOTLAND
‘We need same deal
as Northern Ireland’
By Chris Green
SCOTLAND EDITOR
There is “no good reason” why
Scotland should not be allowed to
remain part of the EU single market
if the UK does a special Brexit
deal with Northern Ireland, Nicola
Sturgeon has said.
In a direct challenge to Theresa
May, the Scottish First Minister said
that any compromise deal allowing
Northern Ireland to have closer
ties to the EU must be replicated
in Scotland.
M s S t u r ge o n ( i n s e t ) h a s
consistently argued for Scotland
to be allowed to stay in the single
market even if the rest of the UK
leaves, given that 62 per cent of
voters north of the border backed
Remain. The UK Government
has previously insisted that there
can be no special Brexit deals for
different parts of the country,
but ministers now appear to be
considering making an exception
for Northern Ireland.
Philippe Lamberts, a Belgian
MEP, claimed that Mrs May had
agreed that Northern Ireland could
retain “regulatory alignment” with
the EU to prevent the return of a
hard border with the Republic.
“If the Prime Minister accepts
the idea of Northern Ireland
effectively remaining in the
EU single market after
Brexit, she will face
demands to justify why
Scotland cannot,” Ms
Sturgeon said.
“While
the
p a r t i c u l a r
circumstances in
Scotland are distinct
and separate from
those in Ireland, today’s
developments show very
clearly that if one part of UK can
retain regulatory alignment with
the EU and effectively stay in the
single market, there is no good
practical reason why others cannot
do the same.”
She added that any “special
status” for Northern Ireland
would make a similar solution
for Scotland “even more vital” to
ensure that it did not miss out on any
economic benefits.
“For Scotland to find itself outside
the single market, while Northern
Ireland effectively stays in, would
place us at a double disadvantage
when it comes to jobs and
investment,” she said.
She also welcomed the
idea of a deal preventing
the return of a hard
border between
No r t h e r n Ire l a n d
and the Republic,
describing this as “one
of the most concerning
aspects of Brexit”.
Her view was echoed by
the Scottish Greens, whose
Europe spokesman, Ross Greer, also
said there was now “no good reason”
why Scotland could not keep its
place in the EU single market.
“If these reports are confirmed
it will show that other parts of
the UK can avoid the worst of the
Tories’ hard Brexit disaster as well,”
he added.
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DUP leader, and
colleagues in Belfast
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IRELAND
Disappointed Irish thought
deal on border was agreed
By Padraic Flanagan
The Taoiseach of the Republic
of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, said
yesterday that he was “surprised
and disappointed” that the British
Government was unable to conclude
a deal on the Irish border after Brexit
that he believed had been agreed.
The Irish Prime Minister said
that Theresa May had pulled out of a
possible deal at the last moment after
meeting fierce resistance from the
DUP to proposals that would have
ruled out a hard border and aligned
Northern Ireland’s regulations with
the Republic.
Speaking in Dublin after news
that no border agreement could be
reached, Mr Varadkar said Irish
negotiatorshadreceivedconfirmation
from the British Government and the
European Commission that the UK
had agreed a text on the border “that
met our concerns”. He expressed
hope that the deal could still be
concluded by the end of the week.
Mr Varadkar claimed the UK
had agreed that Northern Ireland
would continue to comply with EU
regulations post-Brexit, permitting
Sinn Féin’s John O’Dowd
accused the DUP leader,
Arlene Foster, of putting her
party’s political needs ahead of
wider border issues.
Leo Varadkar denied pursuing a
united-Ireland agenda REUTERS
the current open border between
north and south. Mrs May’s change
of heart came during lunchtime
talks with the European Commission
president, Jean-Claude Juncker, and
followed a phone call between Mrs
May and DUP leader Arlene Foster.
Mr Varadkar said it was important
that the DUP’s views were heard but
he stressed the need for all opinions
in Northern Ireland to be factored
in. In an apparent reference to the
referendum result in the region,
where 56 per cent voted Remain, he
said it was important the majority
opinion was heard.
He also rejected claims levelled by
the DUP that the Irish government
was using the issue as a means of
pursuing a united-Ireland agenda.
“This is not a new issue nor has
it been given greater prominence
in recent weeks, as some people
have suggested,” he added. “It has
been to the absolute forefront of
Ireland’s concerns since before the
referendum in the United Kingdom.
“I want to offer the reassurance
that there is no hidden agenda here,
our only guiding light is the Good
Friday Agreement, which clearly
states that the constitutional status
of Northern Ireland cannot be
changed without the consent of the
people of Northern Ireland, and this
is fundamental to our position.”
BACKGROUND
DUP deal left May’s hands tied on ‘make or break’ issue
By Richard Vaughan
If nothing else, yesterday’s Brexit
deal drama made clear that the
issue of Northern Ireland could
make or break whether the UK
leaves the EU at all.
When Theresa May called the
snap election back in April she set in
motion the chain of events that now
leaves her hands completely tied
when it comes to Brexit.
After her disastrous performance,
the Prime Minister was forced to
enter a deal with the DUP to ensure
that its 10 MPs at Westminster would
support her through a “confidence
and supply” arrangement.
Had she secured an outright
majority, then it is probable that
she would have agreed to Northern
Ireland having a different set of
trade rules to the rest of the UK.
But the DUP now holds the
key and it leaves Mrs May in an
almighty bind. Having vetoed plans
LONDON
to maintain “regulatory
the Northern Irish peace
a l ignme n t” w ith t he
deal. It means Mrs May
Republic of Ireland on
must commit to the
its own, the DUP has left
entire UK maintaining
Number of DUP
the Prime Minister with
r e g u l a t o r y
MPs that helped
very little choice.
convergence when
Theresa May
The DUP has said it
it comes to EU trade
form
a
government
would prefer a no-deal
or risk seeing her
after the general
scenario and to revert to
government collapse if
election
World Trade Organisation
the DUP pulls its support.
rules. Such plans would be
Such a move would
rejected by MPs and Lords for being effectively mean the UK remains
too damaging to the UK economyand in the customs union and the single
10
NORTHERN IRELAND
Khan calls for bespoke deal Good Friday
accord ‘in peril’
for capital to protect jobs
By David Connett
By Padraic Flanagan
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan,
called on Theresa May to agree a
special Brexit deal for London,
following reports that the
Prime Minister had tabled
a b e s p o ke d e a l fo r
Northern Ireland.
Mr Khan’s comments
came as leaks from
Dublin suggested that
Mrs May was considering
“aligning” Northern Ireland
with the Irish Republic rather
than the rest of the UK.
Mr Khan (inset) wrote on social
m e d i a : “ H u ge ra m i f i c a t i o n s
for London if Theresa May has
conceded that it is possible for
part of the UK to remain within
the single market and customs
union after Brexit. Londoners
overwhelmingly voted to remain
in the EU and a similar deal
here could protect tens of
thousands of jobs.”
Reports from Dublin
suggested that the UK
was set to concede there
would be no “divergence”
on single market and
customs unions rules on the
island of Ireland.
Mr Khan’s latest remarks appear
to be a U-turn after he previously
rejected the idea that London could
receive a different Brexit deal.
The Good Friday Agreement is
facing its most serious threat since
its implementation, a Sinn Féin
politican warned.
Declan Kearney, a member of
the Northern Ireland Assembly
for South Antrim, accused the
DUP and the UK of creating the
continuing political crisis at
Stormont, which is threatening
“the entire basis of the Good
Friday Agreement”.
He said the Tory/DUP alliance
was “based upon a unionist agenda
defined in terms of support for
Brexit, austerity and opposition
to a rights-based framework for
government”. He added: “They
have created the current crisis.”
market – a clear breach of the red
lines set by arch-Brexiteers in her
Cabinet such as Michael Gove and
Boris Johnson.
For many Brexit supporters,
it would be akin to remaining in
the EU. But should the pro-Leave
factions within her own party move
to oust her, the fragile government
could crumple.
It is telling that Ladbrokes has
slashed its odds on a 2018 general
election to 2/1.
POLITICS
Welsh leaders
demand same
treatment as NI
By Lewis Smith
Labour’s leader in Wales has
demanded that Wales be given the
same rights as Northern Ireland if
concessions are made on relations
with the European Union.
Carwyn Jones said it would be
wrong to allow one part of the UK
to get more favourable terms than
others as the country leaves the EU.
A majority of people in Wales voted
last year to leave the EU.
“We cannot allow different parts
of the UK to be more favourably
treated than others,” he wrote on
social media. “If one part of the UK
is granted continued participation
in the single market and customs
Carwyn Jones said that all of the UK
should get the same concessions
union, then we fully expect to be
made the same offer.”
The Plaid Cymru leader, Leanne
Wood, said: “A hard border at
Holyhead would be a disaster for
the Welsh economy… Any special
deal must be available to Wales
and Scotland too. The Welsh
gGovernment must fight for this.”
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INVESTIGATION
What is acceptable?
Officers ‘wrong to
leak porn claims
about Green’
By Shaun Connolly
T h e M e t ro p o l i t a n Po l i ce
Commissioner, Cressida Dick, has
said that former officers were wrong
to make public comments regarding
allegations that pornographic
material was found on a computer at
the House of Commons belonging to
the First Secretary of State, Damian
Green, in 2008.
Ms Dick insisted that the duty
of confidentiality undertaken by
officers continued after they left their
posts. Mr Green, who is the subject of
a Cabinet Office inquiry, has denied
that he downloaded or watched
pornography on the computer.
Theresa May’s spokesman
said: “I have seen the
commissioner’s comments, they
speak for themselves. As for our
own position, we will wait for
this process to be completed.”
Ms Dick told LBC radio: “Police
officers have a duty of confidentiality.
We come into contact with personal
i n fo r m a t i o n v e r y r e g u l a rl y,
sometimes extremely sensitive.
“This is a daily occurrence for any
officer. We all know that we have a
duty to protect that information and
to keep it confidential. In my view,
that duty endures.
“It endures after you leave the
service, so I believe that what this
officer and, indeed, other retired
officers, appears to have done is
wrong and my professional standards
department will be reviewing what
has happened in relation to how
information has been handled and
if any offences are disclosed, we will
investigate them.”
Allies of Mr Green have expressed
concern about comments made
by two former Met Police officers
regarding an investigation into
government leaks when Mr Green
was an opposition home affairs
spokesman nearly a decade ago.
Damian Green has denied downloading pornography AFP/GETTY
Ex-detective Neil Lewis told the
BBC last week that he was shocked at
the volume of pornographic material
found on Mr Green’s computer and
had “no doubt whatsoever” that it
was amassed by the Tory MP.
The allegation echoed claims made
by former assistant commissioner
Bob Quick, who went public last
month with his account of the
material discovered during a police
raid on Mr Green’s parliamentary
office at Westminster.
Ms Dick told the BBC that she
“condemned” the public comments
made by former officers.
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While all workplaces, small or large,
may have unique internet policies
tailored to their organisation, it is
generally accepted that the majority
of employers would consider
watching porn at work “gross
misconduct” and it would probably
be outlined in a misuse of the
internet section.
Gross misconduct effectively
means the actions of the employee
have eroded the relationship
between them and their employer
beyond repair, and it can result in
instant dismissal.
Even if the pornography the
employee was viewing was not in
itself illegal, they may find themselves
without a job if the employer follows
a fair disciplinary process. Employers
also need to bear workers’ rights
in mind as outlined by the Data
Protection Act and, in the public
sector, the Human Rights Act.
Many businesses monitor staff
internet browsing history and include
passages covering misuse of the
internet and work computer or IT
equipment in their internet policies.
However, the outcome is less clear
if an employee is watching porn in
their own time, for example a lunch
break, on their own device. Ultimately,
there is no hard and fast rule for
watching legal porn at work.
While some companies will fire
you on the spot, others may take no
further action.
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HEALTH
Killers
in the
shallows
Depressed
children ‘at
risk of later
job problems’
Killer whales enter
a small bay at South
Africa’s Marion
Island in the subantarctic Indian
Ocean, surprising
a small huddle of
king penguins.
The photograph,
by Nico de Bruyn
and entitled ‘Waiting
in the Shallows’,
has been named
as the winner in
the Ecology and
Environmental
Science category
of this year’s Royal
Society Publishing
photography
competition.
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
NICO DE BRUYN/PA
Children as young as seven who
show signs of depression, worry or
withdrawal are more likely to be
unemployed at the age of 55, two
reports have found.
The research also reveals
that children displaying mental
health problems just once are
at an increased risk of being
permanently sick at 55.
Both reports, published today
by the International Longevity
Centre UK (ILC-UK), include
analysis of the National Child
Development Study, a study of
98 per cent of births in England,
Scotland and Wales during a week
in March 1958, with participants
followed up throughout their lives.
Children reported for
disobedience or
aggression on
at least three
occasions have
an increased
The year in
risk
for
which the
unemployment
National Child
Development
and permanent
Study began
sickness than
other children.
The researchers
also found that those
who have experienced traumatic
events in childhood, such as
physical or sexual abuse, parental
absence or divorce, were also less
likely to be in work at 55, even when
considering other factors such as
gender, mental health, education
and socioeconomic position during
adulthood.
The reports call for mental
health strategies to adopt a “life
course approach”, ensuring
good provision for all ages. David
Sinclair, of ILC-UK, said: “Early
intervention is key if we are to
ensure that people can continue to
work into old age.”
The Government has pledged
a “radical shake-up” of mental
health support in schools.
1958
BUSINESS
Care homes at risk as owner tries
to close deal with US vulture fund
for a nominal fee, to the US “vulture
fund” H/2 Capital, which bought most
of the distressed group’s crippling
£540m debt cheaply and could reap a
£494m profit from selling the group or
its debt on, it was reported yesterday.
But the two sides failed to agree
whether a portfolio of 24 of the
most profitable homes should be
included in the transfer, with Terra
Firma accusing H/2 of ignoring its
requests for talks and “rejecting all
restructuring proposals”.
Te r r a F i r m a , l e d b y t h e
multimillionaire investor Guy Hands,
says the 24 homes were included in
the assets over which H/2 has a claim
because of a clerical error by the
law firm Allen & Overy. H/2 said it
wanted to continue talks to secure
the company’s future ahead of a
£26m debt interest payment due on
15 December.
Four Seasons has said it cannot
make the payment. If so, it could be
tipped into administration. If Four
Seasons fails to make its repayment,
the Care Quality Commission is likely
to step in, potentially preventing
Four Seasons from admitting
any new residents to its homes.
The crisis at Four Seasons, which
employs 26,000 staff and was sold
to Terra Firma in 2012 for £825m,
highlights the precarious state of the
care homes industry, which has been
badly hit by cuts to council funding.
COURTS
PSYCHOLOGY
HEALTH
Hospital trusts face legal
action over amputated leg
Desire to smoke
is ‘all in the brain’
Poor hospital food blamed
for nurses’ high obesity rates
By Paul Gallagher
By Paul Gallagher
Smokers may be predisposed to
the habit because of the
molecular make-up of their brain,
research suggests.
The finding comes from a new
brain map which helps to explain why
certain behaviours are linked with
particular areas of the brain.
Professor Seth Grant, who led the
study at the University of Edinburgh,
said: “This is an important step
towards understanding the
molecular basis of human thought.”
Poor hospital food is to blame for a
quarter of nurses in England being
obese, with rates even higher among
older staff, according to the first
study of its kind.
Obesity was common across all
groups of healthcare workers, with
25.1 per cent found to be obese.
Among other medical workers,
including doctors and dentists,
14.4 per cent were obese.
Unregistered care workers had
the highest prevalence of obesity at
By Padraic Flanagan
A dispute between two private
investment firms over the future of
Britain’s second-largest care homes
operator, which looks after 17,000
elderly people in 343 homes, hit a new
low amid talks aimed at preventing
the firm’s collapse.
The disagreement between Terra
Firma and H/2 Capital over the way
forward for the loss-making Four
Seasons care group could mean that
the firm is forced by the Care Quality
Commission to stop accepting new
residents from local councils.
The private equity investor Terra
Firma, which owns Four Seasons, said
it was willing to hand over ownership,
By Flora Thompson
A woman is taking two hospital
trusts to court over claims that
doctors failed to treat an
ulcer on her foot for nearly
a year which led to part of
her leg being amputated.
Karen Webb, 47, is
seeking compensation
after accusing Brighton
a n d S u s s ex Un i ve rs i ty
Hospitals NHS Trust and East
Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust of
ignoring her concerns about the
How i reported on the lack of funds
last week
ulcer. Ms Webb (inset) alleges health
professionals “consistently” told her
that her foot was not infected.
Lawyers have launched
civil action against both
trusts claiming they
were negligent in their
treatment towards her in
appointments at the Royal
Sussex County Hospital in
Brighton and the Conquest
Hospital in Hastings between
24 March 2014 and the amputation
on 2 March 2015.
Both trusts declined to comment.
The potential collapse of
Four Seasons will be the
heaviest blow to the care homes
sector since the failure in 2011 of
Southern Cross, which was then
the UK’s largest operator.
31.9 per cent. This compared with
23.5 per cent of the wider working
population.
The study, which was published
in BMJ Open, is the first to provide
reliable estimates of obesity
among healthcare professionals
in England.
The co-author of the study,
Dr Richard Kyle of Edinburgh
Napier University, said the obesity
rates pose “a likely future burden
of ill health for the healthcare
workforce” and called the findings
“deeply worrying”.
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Undercover officer’s son wins battle to sue
By Brian Farmer
A 32-year-old man who says he suffered a depressive illness as a result
of discovering that his father was not
a political activist but an undercover
policeman has won the latest round
of a High Court compensation battle
with the Metropolitan Police.
The man sued Metropolitan Police
Commissioner Cressida Dick (inset),
arguing that the force head was responsible for his father and the officers supervising him.
But lawyers representing the
force asked a judge to dismiss the
man’s claim, arguing that there
were “no reasonable grounds” for
launching it.
Mr Justice Nicol refused, saying
the man might win compensation if
he demonstrated that supervising
officers had failed to provide a “duty
of care” they owed him.
Mr Justice Nicol, who analysed
the issue at a High Court hearing in
London in October, has not named
the man in a written ruling. But he
said the man’s father was an undercover policeman named Bob Lambert who used the pseudonym “Bob
Robinson” when working undercov-
er. He added that the man’s mother
had been a political activist.
Mr Lambert pretended to
share the woman’s political views during the mid1980s and “formed a
liaison” which resulted
in the man’s birth.
He “purported to fulfil” a “father’s role” until
1988 when he “pretended
that he had to leave to
avoid prosecution”, said Mr
Justice Nicol.
His son lost contact with him until
his role as an undercover policeman
was revealed about five years ago.
Justice Nicol referred to the man as
“TBS” in his ruling and to the
man’s mother as “Jacqui”.
He said the man’s
mother launched a separate damages claim four
years ago and received
£425,000 following
a settlement.
“The claimant was
born in September 1985,”
said Mr Justice Nicol in
his ruling.
After the ruling, the man said: “I
need some answers. I didn’t want to
go to court, but the police didn’t give
me an option.”
He added: ‘’Now that their attempt to have my case struck out has
failed I hope that they will reconsider
my offer to meet.”
The man says officers
supervising Lambert were
at fault for deploying him as they
did and for allowing his role as
an undercover police officer to
continue after he had fathered
a child.
CULTURE
SCIENCE
The art of
international
espionage is
declassified
Falcons offer
lesson to bring
down drones
By John von Radowitz
By Padraic Flanagan
MI6’s fortress-like headquarters
overlooking the Thames in
London is a postmodernist
symbol of state security.
But its reputation for
impregnability has taken a
slight knock after amateur
sleuths at The Art Newspaper
revealed a glimpse of life for
the intelligence operatives
working within the building at
Vauxhall Cross.
Few buildings in the country
can have tighter security and the
only one of its 2,000 employees
who can be named is its director
– currently Alex Younger – but we
now know which paintings grace
its walls.
By combing the Government
Art Collection’s website, the
newspaper discovered that MI6
has 23 artworks on loan, with
three having a connection to the
Arab world.
There is a portrait of the
Iraqi leader, Faisal I, painted
by Florence Edith Cheesman
in 1921, the year he became
king. Lawrence of Arabia had
pressed Britain to support the
king when Iraq fell under UK
administration.
An Edward Bawden
Florence Edith
Cheesman’s
portrait of FaisaI I
is admired by MI6
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watercolour, Base Camp of the
Anti-Locust Mission, Jedda
1944 records an operation to
destroy a locust swarm of biblical
proportions in the Arabian
peninsula, which threatened
international food supplies.
A more reflective painting is
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Harry Johnston’s Part of the
Garden of the British Consulate,
La Marsa, Tunis (around 1897).
La Marsa was then the summer
coastal retreat of the wealthy.
Other works on loan present
an eclectic mix. They include an
anonymous portrait of Edward
IV (about 1540), Winifred
Nicholson’s Flower Piece (late
1920s), Frederick McWilliam’s
sculpture Figure (1937),
Roland Piché’s screenprint
Bar-B-Q (1972) and an Elizabeth
Blackadder tapestry, Eastern
Still Life (1981).
Peregrine falcons attack their prey
on the wing as if they were air-to-air
guided missiles, a study has found.
Lessons from the birds’ control
strategy could aid the development of
robot interceptors designed to bring
down rogue drones, scientists say.
For the study, researchers obtained a bird’s-eye view of falcons in
flight using miniature video cameras
attached to the raptors’
backs. They also analysed flight patterns
using GPS tracking
devices carried by
the birds.
Eight falcons
were tested with
dummy prey
thrown into the air
or towed behind a remotely controlled drone.
The recordings also showed
opportunistic attacks on live targets,
including five passes at a duck that
was eventually forced to land.
Professor Graham Taylor, the lead
investigator from Oxford University’s Department of Zoology, said:
“Falcons are classic aerial predators,
synonymous with agility and speed.
“Our GPS tracks and on-board
videos show how peregrine falcons
intercept moving targets that don’t
want to be caught. Remarkably, it
turns out that they do this in a similar
way to most guided missiles.”
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Zelda de
Groen said
she was
subjected to a
‘humiliating’
interview in
which bosses
told her that
living having
children
outside
marriage
would ‘not be
tolerated’
Teacher was
sacked for living
with boyfriend
By Tristan Kirk
A teacher at an orthodox Jewish
nursery who was sacked after parents complained she was living with
her boyfriend out of wedlock has won
a discrimination claim.
Zelda de Groen, 24, said she was
subjected to a “humiliating” hourlong interview by her female bosses
who told her that at 23-years-old she
should be married.
They told her that living with
someone or having children outside
marriage would “not be tolerated” in
her workplace, she claimed.
Ms de Groen, who has since married, successfully sued the Gan Menachem Nursery in Hendon, north
London, for religious and sex discrimination as well as harassment.
The nursery denied wrongdoing.
Watford Employment Tribunal
ruled that a male employee would not
have been treated in the same way,
and her bosses, headteacher Miriam
Lieberman and nursery manager
Dina Toron, had told her to lie about
her living arrangements.
Ms de Groen attended a barbecue
with her boyfriend Oz Waknin in May
last year and told parents, teachers,
and the nursery’s founder, Mendy
Freundlich, they were living together.
Some parents complained, including one who suggested pulling their
child out of the nursery if Ms de
Groen continued as a teacher. The
following month Ms de Groen was
taken out of a class to be interviewed,
and was later sacked for bringing the
nursery into disrepute.
Ms de Groen said she did not
know she had fallen foul of the nursery’s “ultra-Orthodox teaching and
rules” when she revealed her living
arrangements.
Giving his ruling, Judge Andrew
Clarke said asking Ms de Groen to
lie was “repugnant to generally accepted standards of morality”.
Compensation and other remedies
will be decided at a later hearing.
EVENING STANDARD
The judge said: “She
was being probed about
her private life in ways which
suggested she was behaving badly
and foolishly. She felt as if she was
back at school or being questioned
by her ultra-Orthodox mother.”
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Crackdown on bitcoin amid crime fears
By Gavin Cordon
The Government is mounting a
crackdown on the virtual currency bitcoin amid rising concerns
about money laundering and
tax evasion.
The Treasury has said it intends
to regulate the digital currency to
bring it into line with anti-money
laundering and counter-terrorism
financial legislation.
Under the EU-wide plan, online
platforms where bitcoin is traded
will be required to conduct due
diligence on customers and report
suspicious transactions.
The move is designed to end the
anonymity that has made the currency attractive to criminals.
Parts of the NHS and other organisations around the world were
brought to a standstill earlier this
year by hackers who demanded
ransoms paid in bitcoin to unlock
their computers.
A Treasury spokesman said:
“We have clear tax rules for people who use cryptocurrencies and
like all tax rules, these are kept
under review.
“We also intend to update regulation to bring virtual currency exchange platforms into anti-money
laundering and counter-terrorist
financing regulation.”
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COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR
Flirting with evil is a dangerous game
The BBC and others are complicit with bigotry in a repeat of the 1930s
W
hat stunning
gladiatorial
spectacle can
we next expect
on the BBC’s
Andrew Marr
Show? When they hosted Marine
Le Pen, howls were heard from
objectors. Job well done. Just what
they wanted: overexcited, affronted
liberals. This week, they had the
ubiquitous Nigel Farage on, this
time defending Donald Trump’s
retweets of Britain First antiMuslim videos. Not as entertaining
as Le Pen, perhaps, but still, sure
to get those weakling do-gooders
choking on their avocados on toast.
Actor and comedian David
Schneider spoke for many of us
when he tweeted: “Today on #Marr:
does the media giving platform to
right wing extremists normalize
them? With Guests [sic] Nigel
Farage, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Marine
Le Pen, all of Britain First, a 1970
skinhead and ghost of Benito
Mussolini”. It may have been a
joke, but Schneider isn’t laughing.
He is disquieted and alarmed that
repellent views are now welcomed
into studios to stir things up and
generate heat.
James Harding, director of BBC
News, defends this “provocative”
cultural shift because “the BBC
should be open to those who
challenge the consensus”. Yet the
consensus is now increasingly
intolerant and nationalistic. The
outsiders, it seems, are those
who hang on to human rights,
the EU, equality, diversities and
internationalism.
Radio 4’s Today programme
got its scoop this week with the
American polemicist Anne Coulter,
who came on to defend Trump’s
anti-Muslim tweet. Coulter
is a savage, hard-right white
woman, who thinks torture works
beautifully and that more Arabs
should have been killed in Iraq.
Meanwhile Jayda Fransen,
deputy leader of Britain First, was
all over the BBC, Channel 4, and
other broadcast and print media
outlets. She who turns up outside
mosques and bullies and insults
Muslims and their faith is now a
global personality. The harrying of
Muslims delivers stardom.
Editors and A-list hacks
arrogantly claim that they expose
such parties and spokespeople by
having them on their shows and
in their newspapers. This is
either a massive delusion or a
dangerous game.
This country marks the two
Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of Britain First, pictured on a march in London in 2007, has basked in the limelight since Donald Trump’s Twitter antics AFP/GETTY
world wars with increasing fervour,
but chooses now to set aside the
lessons of those infernos. Did
you dutifully wear the poppy this
year so that born-again Nazis
and Anglo-Saxon purists would
gain ground? What happened
to “never again”? Hatred of the
other, the outsider, the different
is now considered natural. We
who are daily abused, threatened
and humiliated are told we must
understand those who want to
hurt us, that it is our fault really for
being here, for being too many, for
not being Christian, for having too
many babies, for not knowing our
place, for speaking out against our
foes who want us gone. The media
now allies itself with such bigotry.
It is knowingly complicit.
This same complicity was evident
across Europe in the 20s and 30s.
When Mussolini first emerged to
lead his anti-establishment fascist
insurgency, European and US
journalists were amused, bemused
or neutral. Within two years he was
elected leader for life. Hitler was, to
Newsweek, an ineffectual screecher,
until they finally saw the darkness
befalling Germany. Private Eye
thought it was clever mocking
Idi Amin, leader of Uganda, while
thousands were being slaughtered.
Journalism has a tradition of being
too clever by half, or more seriously,
flirting with evil, which is what is
happening now.
Balance is
important,
but that
doesn’t excuse
platforming
hate speech
Nick Griffin was invited on to
Question Time in 2009. Admittedly,
he was weak and weird, but his
party found a new legitimacy. One
thing led to another. The BNP
became Britain First. Then Ukip
stole BNP voters, as charming
Farage put a tie and bespoke suit
on white extremism and made it
acceptable. In 2013, Jacob ReesMogg made an after-dinner speech
to the Traditional Britain Group,
which has called for “millions” of
immigrants to be “requested to
return to their natural homelands”.
But the BBC put him on Have
I Got News For You, and he was
transformed into an endearing,
authentic chap.
These TV whizzes probably think
it would have been wonderfully
subversive to get Goebbels and
Milosevic on to their irreverent
shows. Fransen would whip up a
great storm. Maybe Katie Hopkins
will get a show on Radio 2, and
Farage will be the common-sense
man on Newsnight. It is all possible.
The click-obsessed British media
seems to have abandoned all moral
sense and social responsibility,
masking the shift in claims of
“neutrality”. Neutrality and
balance in our broadcasters and
especially the BBC is important,
but that doesn’t excuse platforming
hate speech or those who profit
from it. We Britons pay for the
BBC; Channel 4 is meant to stand
up for fairness and justice, and
even commercial media operators
have a duty to public safety and
security. Good people must resist
the new normalcy.
Journalists get extremists on
to programmes and pages and
claim that they are being bold and
uncensorious. They are, in fact,
enabling soft fascism, and must be
called out.
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Am I missing something?
Ireland never had a vote
whether the UK should
remain in the EU or
leave, so why should they
be allowed to interfere in
our negotiations?
Perhaps Ireland should
be the ones asking what
they can do to ensure the
soft border remains.
They also seem to have
short memories. I can
remember when Ireland
wanted a loan from the
EU and were refused, so
who stepped in? The UK.
We borrowed money
and lent it to them at a
cheaper rate than we
borrowed it at.
FRED KENT
PYLE
The sheep of
Christmas
Your writer notes that
they are “not sure what
sheep have to do with
Christmas” in a feature
on Christmas jumpers
(i, 4 December). I suggest
you read Luke, chapter 2,
verse 8: “And there were
shepherds living out in
the fields nearby, keeping
watch over their flocks at
night.” I’m not suggesting
that this was the
intention of the retailer
concerned, but you’ll find
that sheep have more to
do with Christmas than
jumpers decorated with
Santa, reindeer, or multicoloured flashing bulbs.
ALISON DIGHT
GLOUCESTER
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poverty
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government ministers
and spokesmen,who must
all be very well provided
for, pontificating,
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Not quite the
worst team
As a life-long
Sunderland supporter
I take exception to
Teddy Cutler (i Sport, 4
December) describing
my team as the worst in
English league football.
I agree we have been
pretty bad over the last
15 months but they
currently lie 42nd out of
92 English league sides.
SANDY PHILLIPS
BEACONSFIELD
When all else
fails, email
I am largely in agreement
with Brian Davies (Your
View, 4 December) about
handwritten thank-you
notes being preferable to
mobile phones or emails.
I also agree “handwriting
is in serious decline”.
Mine certainly is – thanks
to what the medical
consultant called an
“essential tremor”(though
he failed to say why it
was “essential”when I’d
managed without it for
over 70 years). So now, I’m
grateful that I am able to
fall back on typing letters
and sending e-mails.
NEVILLE DENSON
ST BEES, CUMBRIA
COLLECT WITH YOUR COPY THIS SATURDAY
Revenge on the
ungrateful
How good of Eleanor
Doughty to urge people
to handwrite a thank-you
note on receipt of a gift
(i, 2 December). As a
solicitor specialising
in drawing up wills I
know how many clients
have excluded younger
relatives, friends or
godchildren from their
wills as a result of
the recipient of a gift
(however modest) never
sending a thank-you
note or thanking them
in person. A salutary
lesson, which could be
financially life-changing.
MOIRA PERCIVAL
HALE, ALTRINCHAM,
CHESHIRE
Slow, but steady
progress
In 1974, as part of my
teacher training course, I
wrote an extended essay
on the important role of
the school counsellor. At
that time there were a
few in post. Now, more
than forty years later,
there are proposals to
introduce mental health
support teams into
schools and colleges. I
can’t help wondering
what progress there
might be by 2060,
when my great-greatgrandchildren might be
in education.
CHRIS TOPHAM
SWINDON
What does
Kim want?
In all that has been
written recently
regarding North Korea, I
have been unable to find
any statement defining
what it is that Kim
Jong-un actually wants.
Trump should make it
his priority to discover
what that is instead of
indulging in any more
childish sabre-rattling.
Trump may not be
happy with the idea of
North Korea having
nuclear weapons. I
suspect a growing
number of i readers are
not happy with the idea
of Americans having
nuclear weapons either.
DAVID DIPROSE
THAME
Our real special
relationship
At this time of year we
should think of a country,
not too far away, from
where we have borrowed
many of its festive
traditions. Not only
that, but its people like
drinking beer and tea and
are inclined to reserve.
It’s the place from where
some of our Royal
Family are descended,
and where the early
English language has its
roots. Our natural special
relationship is with
Germany.
MARK CYTERA
BRISTOL
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KELNER’S VIEW
Simon
Kelner
W
hen I was a young adult,
pornography was so
beyond the reach of
anyone other than the
devotees that it basically didn’t exist.
So tame was most of the material
deemed illicit that, today, a cabinet
minister could watch it at work
without the rozzers showing the
least interest. Those were much
simpler, more innocent, times,
before the internet came along.
Now, hardcore pornography in all
its variety is so omnipresent, merely
a couple of clicks away, that it has
almost entered the mainstream.
This makes the forming of moral
judgements on those who view porn
online very tricky indeed. That
which is perfectly legal would be
regarded by the more conservative
among us as downright disgusting.
But the vast majority of the adult,
population has, at some stage,
viewed pornography online. And
for the millennial generations, there
is very little stigma attached to
visiting porn sites. It is regarded as
a part of everyday digital life, much
in the same way as having an eBay
habit, or browsing for videos of dogs
singing Whitney Houston.
A recent study revealed that
14 per cent of the UK’s working
population spend around half their
time at work browsing the internet
for non-essential purposes. A
cursory tour round my office would
see colleagues on Facebook, Amazon
or MailOnline. I have to accept this
as a fact of modern life.
But what would I do if I caught
them watching porn? I’d take a dim
view, for sure, and might admonish
them. But I hope I wouldn’t come
to any wider judgement. After
all, reading MailOnline might be
considered even more injurious.
In this spirit, I am entirely
sympathetic to Damian Green. The
Deputy Prime Minister has broken
no laws, and is being tried in the
court of public opinion on entirely
circumstantial evidence produced
almost 10 years after the event by a
busybody police officer who has no
right to divulge personal information
obtained in the course of an inquiry.
I have no idea whether Mr Green
had thousands of mucky images
on his work laptop, or whether he
viewed them himself. He has denied
the accusations levelled at him,
and it is impossible to verify them
anyway. So all we have is innuendo
and finger-pointing, and a rather
unsavoury case of Her Majesty’s
police overstepping the mark with
an ad hominem attempt to make
public the private behaviour of a
citizen.
But the main point is this: should
we care? Is the viewing of legal
pornography so commonplace that
it is hardly worthy of revelation,
let alone condemnation? Yes, as a
servant of the public, Mr Green must
be governed by different, and higher,
standards, but even so...
No wonder we are finding it
increasingly difficult to attract the
highest quality professionals into
politics. The case of Damian Green,
smeared, and then dragged through
the media over something he may
or may not have done a decade ago,
and which I’d contend was of pretty
minor consequence in any case, is
instructive. If we want truly to be
a mature society, represented by
people of high calibre, then we have
to resist the temptation to prurience,
and reject moral judgements that are
at odds with modern reality.
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meaning “music and fun versus adult
life”. If you are past 30 and can read
that without flobbering both nostrils
you aren’t alive. Rak-Su sounds like
something toxic you would put in the
attic to stop rats eating your wiring –
and that, readers, is the sort of solid
gold Dad Joke that has reverberated
around Britain’s living rooms for the
past few months.
In serious times, The X Factor
remains surface-level serious with
a dark underbelly of silly. It revels in
inviting young, weird, pretentious,
fabulously unpolished regional types
into the nation’s living rooms in
order to make parents furious and
kids ecstatic.
If viewing figures may be petering
out in this multi-platform media
landscape, it’s worth remembering
that The X Factor is still the only
family show on Saturday TV in
Britain attempting to appeal to a
class-diverse, multi-cultural, crossgenerational audience.
Regardless of today’s
kvetching, winners
Rak-Su have still
doubtless woken
yesterday morning
feeling on the brink
of global fame. Or if
they’re being realistic
domestic-based fame.
Or at least a spot in
Westfield shopping centre
on a raised plinth banging
through “Dimelo” as bemused
onlookers scoff sugared giant
pretzels. Sometimes I think the
biggest prize on The X Factor is
getting to the final of The X Factor.
So Rak-Su, you bunch of wonderful,
noisy, bloody idiots, enjoy every
second. This could be as good as it
gets. THE INDEPENDENT
Grace
Dent
Enjoy your
fame while it
lasts, Rak-Su
A
s predictably as Little Mix
cavorting pants-free for
more than a quarter of
their X Factor performance,
last Sunday brought a media postmortem following the ITV show
finale, stating its irrelevance as
a cultural phenomenon. There is
much joy in some quarters
that in 2017, a mere 4.4
million viewers watched
the adorable Rak-Su
beat Grace Davies.
Cowell is kaput. You’ve
possibly heard this
before in 2007, 2008
and each year since.
Trumpeting The X
Factor’s demise while
resenting its stranglehold
on Saturday night TV has been a
part of my family’s weekend routine,
as they snuggle up on sofas fully
enjoying the damn thing, for at least
the past decade.
Meanwhile Rak-Su (inset), with
their song “Dimelo”, have made
terrifically good TV since summer.
The name Rak-Su comes from
the phrase “tracks versus suits”
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Who are you calling bird brain?
Climate change
‘putting British
birds at risk’
By John von Radowitz
Bird-brained pigeons understood
concepts of space and time long
before the birth of Albert Einstein,
scientists have discovered.
But they work out the abstract
ideas using a different part of the
brain than that employed by the
famous physicist and other humans.
In a series of experiments, pigeons
were shown a static horizontal line
on a computer screen and had to
judge its length or the time it was
visible. The birds correctly worked
out that longer lines had a longer
duration – and lines that were visible
for longer were longer in length.
What this means is that pigeons
appear to use a common area of the
brain to judge space and time, and do
not process the concepts separately,
said the researchers.
Einstein also saw space and time
as non-separate, coming up with
the revolutionary notion of a single
space-time continuum.
The lead scientist was Professor
E d w a r d Wa s s e r m a n , o f t h e
University of Iowa, who has spent
four decades studying intelligence
in pigeons, crows, baboons and
other animals. He said yesterday:
“The cognitive prowess of birds is
Pigeons were shown a
horizontal line either 6cm
or 24cm long for either two or
eight seconds. If they correctly
reported the length or duration
of the line – by pecking one
of four visual symbols – they
received food.
Pigeons were
found to be
capable of judging
space and time PA
now deemed to be ever closer to
that of both human and nonhuman
primates. Those avian nervous
systems are capable of far greater
achievements than the pejorative
term ‘bird brain’ would suggest.”
Humans perceive space and time
using the parietal cortex, which
is part of the cerebral cortex, the
brain’s outermost layer.
The cerebral cortex is known
to be the centre of higher mental
processes, including speech and
decision-making.
Pigeons do not have the equivalent
of a parietal cortex, and therefore
must employ other brain regions to
handle concepts of space and time,
said the researchers.
“The task forces pigeons to process
time and space simultaneously
because they cannot know on which
dimension they’re going to be tested,”
said Professor Wasserman.
The findings, reported in the
journal Current Biology, showed
that line length affected the pigeons’
discrimination of line duration, and
vice-versa.
By Hilary Duncanson
A number of declining rare
breeding birds are becoming
increasingly vulnerable to
extinction in the UK as a result of
climate change, a report suggests.
T h e d o t t e re l , wh i m b re l ,
common scoter and Slavonian
grebe are in danger, based on
projections of the impact of global
warming. The Scottish crossbill,
found only in Scotland, is at risk of
becoming extinct altogether.
Some birds were found to have
thrived in the warmer, wetter
climate, which has enabled them to
expand their range further north.
The study was produced by
the RSPB, the British Trust for
Ornithology, the Wildfowl and
Wetlands Trust and other bodies.
It found that climate change is
already affecting bird life because
of the 1°C rise in average summer
temperatures since the 1980s.
“Migratory birds are arriving
earlier and egg-laying dates have
advanced such that swallows, for
example, are arriving in the UK
15 days earlier, and breeding 11
days earlier, than in the 1960s,” the
report warned.
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IN ASSOCIATION WITH
Although VisitBritain does not
collate statistics on the Royal
Family as an attraction, in 2012 it
estimated that those visitors to the
UK who are attracted by British
culture and heritage spend in the
region of £4.5bn annually, out
of a total overseas visitor spend
of £17bn.
Approximately £500m of that
£4.5bn is attributed to attractions
and events connected to the Royal
Family, past and present.
FACT CHECK
Do tourists visit
Britain because of
the Royal Family?
As excitement grows about the royal
wedding, Claire Haven-Tang checks if the
royals really do bring in the crowds?
Whether you are a royalist or not,
it’s hard to deny that the Royal
Family attracts public interest
around the UK and internationally. Visits and tours by the royals
generate extensive media attention
– as well as tourists.
The pomp and pageantry
associated with British royalty is
rarely found in any other country.
These public ceremonies, in
addition to the estates owned by
the Royal Family, are important in
attracting tourists.
When Prince William married
Kate Middleton in April 2011,
the UK’s Association of Leading
Visitor Attractions claimed it saw
an additional 600,000 people
come to London for the weekend,
40 per cent from overseas, and
that these tourists spent £107m.
The association estimated that
the value of the global media
coverage to “brand Britain” was
approximately £1bn.
VisitBritain reported that,
globally, more than two billion
people watched the wedding
ceremony. It was not just visitors to
Good for business? Prince Harry
and his fiancée Meghan Markle
London that increased – the Office
for National Statistics reported
that during April 2011, an extra
350,000 visitors travelled to the UK
compared to 2010. Tourism also
increased by 20 per cent on the
island of Anglesey in Wales, where
the couple lived after the wedding.
The Queen’s official residences
attracted 2.8 million people in
2016, with the top three being
Windsor Castle (1,432,260
visitors), Buckingham Palace
(576,995 visitors), and the Palace of
Holyroodhouse (392,260 visitors).
These statistics corroborate
research by VisitBritain in 2011
which showed that more than
60 per cent of overseas visitors are
“likely” to visit places associated
with the Royal Family.
VERDICT
There is an absence of data as
to whether tourists visit the UK
specifically because of the Royal
Family. However, while tourists
might not be primarily attracted
to the UK by the monarchy, the
spectacle of royal events and
access to parts of the royal estates
enables VisitBritain and other
national tourism agencies to
build on Britain’s appeal which
blends heritage, pageantry and
the contemporary. In this way,
the relationship between royalty
and tourism has an important
economic dimension.
Claire Haven-Tang is a reader
in tourism and management at
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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It is not difficult to agree with the
verdict of this fact check, although,
as it points out, data specifically
identifying “royalty and monarchy”
as the main motivator for travel is
hard to pinpoint.
VisitBritain states that
64 per cent of visitors coming to
Britain plan to visit famous monuments and buildings with over a
third of tourists visiting London
listing a tour of Buckingham Palace
as a bucket-list activity.
In contrast, Republic, an antimonarchy pressure group argues
that other attractions pull in more
visitors. In 2016, for example, the
British Museum was the UK’s most
visited attraction, and according
to data from the Association of
Leading Visitor Attractions, more
people visited Chester Zoo and Kew
Gardens than Windsor Castle.
However, with the current
slump in the pound and the spring
wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan
Markle, it is almost impossible not
to agree that tourists (particularly
those from the US) will be drawn to
Britain in 2018.
Liz Sharples is a senior teaching
fellow in tourism at the University
of Portsmouth
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A weekend hobby has proven lucrative for one student, who is hoping to
buy his first house after discovering
a £140,000 gold pendant while out
metal detecting.
Thomas Lucking was 23 and
studying history when he stumbled
upon a grave in Winfarthing, Norfolk, in 2015. There, he discovered
the jewellery of a high-status AngloSaxon woman, buried between about
650- 675 AD.
The haul includes a necklace made
up of two gold beads and a large gold
cross pendant, which would have
been worn lower down on the woman’s chest.
Mr Lucking was stunned to be told
the pendant was worth £140,000.
“We could hear this large signal,” he
said. “We knew there was something
large but couldn’t predict it would be
like that.”
Norwich Castle Museum wants to
acquire the treasure but Mr Lucking
should get a “finder’s fee”. He said: “It
will probably end up as a deposit on a
house in some way. It’s going to make
things a lot easier.”
The ex-student is now an archaeologist and still uses a metal detector,
mostly at weekends.
The Norfolk haul was one of a
record 1,120 Treasure discoveries
by members of the public last year,
according to the British Museum’s
latest Portable Antiquities Scheme
(PAS) and Treasure annual reports.
The BBC comedy series Detector-
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inspiring amateur treasure seekers. has been displayed across the UK
The vast majority of Treasure finds and in the US.
(96 per cent) and PAS finds (88 per
cent) were discovered by metal-detector users.
Michael Lewis, of the
There were a further 81,914 arBritish Museum, said:
chaeological finds recorded through
“Metal detecting can make
the PAS across England, Wales and
an immense contribution to
Northern Ireland in 2016.
archaeological knowledge, if
Of the 14,000 Treasure finds over
practised responsibly.”
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Buried treasures
One of the largest and most valuable
hoards of ancient artefacts ever
discovered by detectorists was
the Anglo-Saxon gold and silver
metalwork that Tony Herbert
stumbled upon in a field in
Staffordshire in 2009.
The £3.3m Staffordshire hoard
featured a stash of nearly 4,000
pieces of gold and silver, The find
was later bought jointly by the
Birmingham Museum and
Art Gallery and the
Potteries Museum &
Art Gallery.
Equally valuable was the
metal detectorist
Derek McLennan’s discovery of
10th-century Viking
artefacts he came upon
in a field in Dumfries and
Galloway in 2014. The hoard has
been valued at £2m, which National
Museums Scotland is in the process
of raising.
In 2016, a hoard of 2,114 silver
Roman coins (inset) was discovered
in a pottery vessel found in Piddletrenthide, Dorset, The coins dated to
253-296 AD and the later examples
were the earliest products of the
newly established Roman mint in
London. The hoard was found by
detectorist and author Brian Read. It
is being studied by conservators and
archaeologists at the British Museum
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cannabis
users
By Lolita Baldor
IN WASHINGTON
As more US states lessen or eliminate marijuana penalties, the army
is granting hundreds of waivers to
enlist people who used the drug in
their youth.
The number of waivers granted by
the active-duty army for marijuana
use jumped to more than 500 this
year from 191 in 2016, as officials seek
to solve a recruitment problem.
“Provided they understand that
they cannot do that when they
serve in the military, I will waive
that all day long,” said Major-General Jeff Snow, head of the army’s
recruiting command.
Major-General Snow said the figures probably will rise further as
more states legalise or decriminalise marijuana. Eight states – Alaska,
California, Colorado, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon and
Washington – and the District of
Columbia have fully legalised possession of small amounts of marijuana
for adults’ recreational use.
An additional 13 states have decriminalised it, meaning possession
of small amounts is considered the
equivalent of a traffic citation or
a low-end misdemeanour with no
chance of jail.
The army’s most senior officer,
Chief of Staff General Mark Milley,
has insisted the services is not letting standards slip. The allowances
for former pot-smokers, are, however, fuelling concerns that the army
could repeat mistakes made during
the peak of the Iraq and Afghanistan
wars more than a decade ago, when it
hurriedly added soldiers to the ranks
to meet deployment needs.
At the time, the army brought more
recruits in with criminal records and
misconduct waivers. As the years
passed, discipline problems and
other behavioural issues increased
as well. AP
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SPAIN
By Lawrence Hurley
Catalan
politicians’
bail set at
€100,000
Supreme Court backs Trump’s travel
ban on six mainly Muslim countries
WASHINGTON DC
The US Supreme Courtsaidlast night
that President Trump’s controversial
travel ban targeting people from six
Muslim-majority countries could be
fully enforced.
The travel ban had been rescinded
after lower courts ruled the ban could
only block nationals from the six
countries – Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen,
Somalia and Chad – if they lacked a
bona fide relationship with a “person
or entity” in the US.
The ruling covers the third version
of the President’s controversial policy
that he has issued since taking office.
The presidential proclamation also
imposed restrictions on travellers
from North Korea and some
Venezuelan government officials.
In June, the Supreme Court
allowed an earlier version of the ban
to take partial effect. Hawaii and the
International Refugee Assistance
Project had challenged Mr Trump’s
latest ban. Further arguments will
be heard this week by federal courts
in San Francisco, California, and
Richmond, Virginia.
Two of the Supreme Court justices
– Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia
Sotomayor – dissented from the
decision, saying they would have
denied the government’s request.
The lower court bans did not block
By Jessica Jones
IN MADRID
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therestrictionsonVenezuelanofficials
or immigrants from North Korea.
The White House argued in court
papers that “multiple government
a ge n c i e s h av e c o n d u c t e d a
comprehensive, worldwide review
of the information shared by foreign
governments that is used to screen
aliens seeking entry to the US”. It
added: “The proclamation adopts
tailored entry restrictions to address
extensive findings that a handful of
particular foreign governments have
deficient information-sharing and
identity-management practices, or
other risk factors.”
Hawaii’s attorney, Neal Katyal,
said in court papers: “It is difficult
to conceive of a more flagrant
example of discrimination because
of nationality.”
Spain’s supreme court has
set bail of €100,000 (£88,000)
for six Catalan politicians
who were in custody for
their part in the Catalan
regional government’s illegal
declaration of independence.
But the two most prominent
jailed ministers, the former
vice president of Catalonia,
Oriol Junqeras, and the
ex-minister for interior
affairs, Joaquim Forn, were
refused bail. The eight
politicians were arrested on
2 November and are facing
charges of sedition, rebellion
and misappropriation of funds
for the part they played.
Spanish Prime Minister
Mariano Rajoy fired the
Catalan regional president,
Carles Puigdemont, who along
with four of his ex-ministers,
fled to Brussels – where they
are waiting to hear if they will
be extradited to Spain.
Mr Rajoy has also called
new regional elections for
21 December.
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forces had cordoned off an area in
Marsa, a small town close to Valletta, the capital. The arrests, made
in an operation co-ordinated among
Malta’s police, armed forces and security services, were the first known
breakthrough in the investigation of
a murder that has drawn widespread
outrage and condemnation.
Investigators have 48 hours to
question the suspects to decide
whether to seek charges, in accordance with Maltese law.
Ms Caruana Galizia, whose reporting focused heavily on corruption on
the EU island nation, was killed when
a bomb destroyed her car as she was
driving near her home.
Europol, the European Union’s police agency, sent a team of organisedcrime experts to help Maltese police
investigate the assassination, joining
the FBI and Dutch forensic experts.
Just before her death, Ms Caruana
Galizia, 53, had posted on her closely
followed blog, Running Commentary,
that there were “crooks everywhere”
in Malta. The Mediterranean island
has a reputation as a money-laundering blackspot. AP
Faction leader
Saleh killed
By Ahmed Al-Haj
IN SANA’A
Houthi rebels in Yemen have killed
their erstwhile ally Ali Abdullah
Saleh, the country’s former president, as their forces battled for
control of the capital, Sana’a.
The collapse of their alliance
throws the tiny Gulf state’s threeyear-old civil war into unpredictable new chaos. It already faces a
humanitarian disaster.
In recent months Mr Saleh’s
alliance with Houthi forces had
frayed amid suspicions that he
was leaning toward the Saudi-led
coalition they both opposed. AP
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comes to life
By Louis Ashworth
Two doctors in Delhi have been
sacked after they mistakenly
declared that a newborn baby
had died.
The baby was pronounced
dead at the private Max
Hospital hours after his twin
Health risk grows in camps
holding Rohingya refugees
By Tom Allard
EGYPT
Nationalists win UN alarmed at
Corsica election spread of HIV
Nationalists on the French
Mediterranean island of
Corsica swept to victory in the
first round of elections for a
territorial assembly, taking
nearly 45.4 per cent of the vote
at the weekend.
The single 63-seat assembly
is to replace existing bodies as
part of nationwide territorial
reforms. A coalition led by
Gilles Simeoni, mayor of the
northern city of Bastia and a
longtime Corsican nationalist
leader, carried the victory in
Sunday’s vote, according to
final results yesterday. AP
BANGLADESH
The United Nations has voiced alarm
at the spread of HIV in Egypt, where
the number of new cases is growing
by up to 40 per cent a year. Efforts to
combat the epidemic are hampered
by social stigma and a lack of funding
to address the crisis.
The virus that causes Aids is
infecting more young and adolescent
Egyptians than any other age group,
UN officials say.
T h e co u n t r y, wh i c h h a s a
population of 95 million, ranks behind
only Iran, Sudan and Somalia in
the Middle East for the rate at which
the epidemic is spreading, according
to UN figures. AP
was stillborn last Thursday.
The baby’s parents made their
way to the funeral carrying both
twins, who had been placed in a
plastic bag.
As they travelled, one of
the parents noticed that one
newborn was moving inside the
bag. They rushed to a nearby
hospital, where they were
told the infant was still alive,
according to reports.
The incident has prompted
a government inquiry, which is
still ongoing, and led to an outcry
over the quality of often-costly
private care in India.
Bangladesh plans to allocate more
land for camps housing Rohingya
refugees as concerns grow over
a possible outbreak of disease in
crowded, makeshift settlements
c l u s t e r e d a t t h e c o u n t r y ’s
southern tip.
About 625,000 Rohingya Muslims
have fled to sanctuary in Bangladesh
from violence, looting and destruction
in neighbouring Myanmar after
government forces launched a
counter-insurgency following attacks
by Rohingya militants on 25 August.
The swift exodus has taken the
Rohingya refugee population to
Built to mimic
one of the ocean’s
most impressive
inhabitants, the
“Mantadroid” is an
underwater robot
designed by the
NUS Department
of Mechanical
Engineering in
Singapore. It uses
motors and flexible
fins to propel itself
through the water.
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HONDURAS
Thousands protest against presidential vote
Tens of thousands of Hondurans
marched in the biggest protests since
last week’s disputed presidential
election, with anger growing over
an erratic vote count that looks set
to hand President Juan Orlando
Hernandez a second term. The
sound of plastic horns, honking cars,
fireworks and beaten saucepans
echoed over the capital, Tegucigalpa,
challenging a military curfew.
At a giant rally in the capital on
Sunday, Salvador Nasralla, a TV
star-turned-opposition candidate,
called on the armed forces to rebel
against orders to enforce a curfew
and encouraged his supporters to
walk out on a national strike.
Last week, Mr Nasralla appeared
to have pulled off an upset victory
over the US-backed President
Hernandez, gaining a five-point lead
with nearly two-thirds of the votes
tallied. REUTERS
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SOUTH SUDAN
Volcano threat
recedes on Bali
‘WhatsApp’
mayor jailed
Leaders implore
Pope to visit
Ash plumes from Bali’s Mount
Agung volcano have dissipated
into a wisps of steam, officials in
Indonesia said yesterday.
Airlines that cancelled some
flights to the island over the
weekend have now returned to
near-normal schedules.
The exclusion zone around the
volcano still extends six miles
from the crater and alert levels
remain high, but most of Bali is
safe for tourists. AP
A Brazilian mayor who governed her
town via WhatsApp has been jailed
for at least 14 years for embezzling
millions from its education budget.
Lidiane Leite, 27, went on the run
in August 2015 when she was accused
of taking the money from the northwestern town of Bom Jardim.
She directed local officials using
WhatsApp while she lived a life of
luxury in Sao Luiz, the state capital of
Maranhão, 180 miles away. She gave
herself up after 39 days on the run.
The leaders of the Roman Catholic
Church in South Sudan in have
called on Pope Francis to visit the
war-torn nation.
Samuel Abe, secretary-general
of the archdiocese of Juba, said:
“We know his heart is in South
Sudan. My wish is if he comes he
can be a voice for the voiceless.”
Pope Francis had planned to
visit the country in October but
cancelled his trip because of
security concerns. AP
IN TEGUCIGALPA
Laucala Bay
On a muddy beach under the
glaring Fijian sun, villagers
living on the banks of Laucala
Bay in the capital, Suva,
carefully plant neat rows of
mangrove seedlings.
What started as a hobby for
Jim Tuimoce and the small
Korova community has now
become a serious attempt to
guard against rising seas.
The Pacific Island nation is
seen as particularly vulnerable
to climate change, with some
of its 300 low-lying islands
susceptible to erosion.
“The land has been washed
away over the past 20 years.
We plant mangroves here to
protect the soil from eroding
more,” said Mr Tuimoce, 28,
who lives with seven families
in this coastal village that still
uses traditional canoes to fish.
Global attention on
mangroves has grown
because of their effectiveness
in absorbing atmospheric
carbon, one of the main drivers
of climate change, as well
as sheltering fisheries and
protecting against erosion.
Experts say mangrove
ecosystems can store two to
four times as much carbon as
most other tropical forests.
“The mangrove is adapted
to handling the waves. The
roots anchor the plant to the
soil,” said Joeli Veitayaki, of
the University of the South
Pacific, who has studied
mangroves for more than
17 years. REUTERS
Lin Taylor
837,000, making Bangladesh host
to one of the world’s largest, most
crowded settlements of asylum-
Mind
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By Lizbeth Diaz
Postcard
From...
Rohingya Muslim refugees in the
Kutupalong refugee camp GETTY
seekers. More than 60 per cent of
the water supply in the camps is
contaminated as temporary latrines
overflow into hastily built, shallow
wells, a World Health Organisation
survey showed. Faecal sludge in the
settlements goes largely untreated.
“There is a high risk of a public
health event, not just cholera and
acute watery diarrhoea,” said Naim
Talukderk, of the group Action
Against Hunger.
Most refugees live in flimsy
bamboo and canvas shelters in an
area crowded well beyond emergency
standards, said Graham Eastmond,
an official with the International
Organisation for Migration. REUTERS
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WORLD FOCUS
Gay MP proposes during
same-sex marriage debate
By Rod McGuirk
IN CANBERRA
A gay Australian MP has proposed
to his partner while speaking in Parliament’s debate on a bill that is about
to legalise marriage equality across
the country.
Tim Wilson (inset), 27, a member of the conservative coalition government, was
among the first MPs to join
the House of Representatives debate and toward
the end of his speech
popped the question to
his partner of seven years,
Ryan Bolger, who was watching from the public gallery.
“In my first speech I defined our
bond by the ring that sits on both of
our left hands, and they are the answer to a question we cannot ask,”
Mr Wilson said, referring to when he
addressed the Parliament last year.
Senior Congress
party leaders
welcome Rahul
Gandhi (second
left) with flowers
in New Delhi
yesterday AP
Son carries on India’s most
famous political dynasty
Rahul Gandhi wants leader’s role.
By Ashok Sharma in New Delhi
C
ould the most famous
family in India be heading for power once more?
Rahul Gandhi, a member
of India’s Nehru-Gandhi
political dynasty, has submitted
nomination papers to succeed his
mother as president of the main
opposition Congress party.
Although seen as lacking the
charm or skills of his illustrious
predecessors, Mr Gandhi is likely
to be elected on 16 December,
But he faces a challenging task
of reinvigorating the once dominant party, which was ousted
from power by Prime Minister
Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in 2014.
Mr Modi is expected to seek reelection for a second five-year term
in the 2019 national elections.
The task is even more formidable now with the Congress party
suffering humiliating defeats in
recent state elections, notably in
Uttar Pradesh state, despite Mr
Gandhi’s active campaigning there
to win back people’s support.
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh announced Mr Gandhi’s
nomination at party headquarters.
“This is yet another step in quest
for serving the people through the
Congress party,” he said.
However, Mr Modi said Mr Gandhi’s proposed elevation showed
that Congress is a family-domi-
nated party. “We don’t want this
Aurangzeb rule,” he said at a public
meeting in western Gujarat state,
referring to Mughal emperors who
chose their successors.
Rahul Gandhi will be the sixth
member of the Nehru-Gandhi
family to lead Congress. His mother, Sonia Gandhi, has led the party
for 19 years.
His father, Rajiv Gandhi, grandmother Indira Gandhi and greatgrandfather Jawaharlal Nehru
all served as prime ministers
following India’s independence
from British rule in 1947.
Party workers have been demanding Rahul Gandhi’s elevation
since 2013.
His supporters argued that he
was rebuilding the party at the
grassroots level and has taken a
lead in Congress campaigns in
state elections in Uttar Pradesh
and in Bihar in recent years. AP
JAPAN
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Jet crew saw North Korea
missile in flight over Japan
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By Jon Sharman
Crew members on board
a passenger jet saw a
North Korean ballistic
missile re-entering
Earth’s atmosphere
during the repressive
Asian state’s latest
test firing.
Staff on a Cathay Pacific flight said they observed
“what is suspected to be the re-entry” of the long-range missile over
Japan last Wednesday.
The Hong Kong carrier said
that “the flight was far from
the event location,” and
it was not planning to
change its routes.
The airline added:
“We have been in contact with relevant authorities and industry
bodies as well as with
other carriers. At the moment, no one is changing any
routes or operating parameters.
“We remain alert and [will] review the situation as it evolves.”
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“There’s only one thing left to do:
Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry
me?” Mr Wilson added to applause.
The 33-year-old primary school
teacher responded with a “yes”,
which was recorded in the official
parliamentary record.
The House is holding its final session of the year, giving priority to
lifting the ban on same-sex
marriage in Australia. The
major parties want the legislation passed this week
after a majority of Australians endorsed change in a
postal ballot last month.
The Senate last week approved the bill and rejected
proposed amendments to increase legal protections for those who
would discriminate against gay couples on religious grounds. But several
parliamentarians, including Prime
Minister Malcolm Turnbull, intend
to persist with the amendments. AP
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Steve could explain things
that no one else understood
Science journalist
Steve Connor, who
died last week,
leaves an
extraordinary
body of work,
reports colleague
Jeremy Laurance
T
he last major scoop
unearthed by Steve
Connor, the science
journalist who has
died of prostate cancer
aged 62, got him into the fiercest
hot water. It was published
simultaneously in July this year
on both sides of the Atlantic – in
i in the UK and MIT’s Technology
Review in the US.
It revealed that scientists had
successfully used the Crispr
gene-editing technique to alter
the DNA of human embryos,
opening the door to “pick and
choose” designer babies. The
story subsequently made front
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scientists involved from Oregon
University confirmed Steve’s
story in Nature, the world’s
leading science journal.
Nature’s editors were
incandescent that their thunder
had been stolen – by a diligent
journalist who had obtained
the story through old-fashioned
digging, rather than by reading a
press release.
Steve treated the spat with
Nature as a badge of honour. If
you weren’t upsetting someone –
and he upset a few – you weren’t
doing the job. He didn’t cultivate
contacts the way many specialists
do. He went after stories and,
like a terrier, once he got hold
he didn’t let go. He had a rare
tenacity and didn’t care whose
nose he put out of joint. The story
was the thing.
In his 18 years as science
editor of The Independent (and
six years as science editor of
i, before becoming a freelance
correspondent for i and others)
he covered every major science
news event of the time, including
the human genome project, the
discovery of the Higgs boson, the
slow-motion disaster of climate
change, and – a passion of his –
the development of Crispr gene
editing, whose potential he was
one of the first to recognise.
included stints on New Scientist,
The Daily Telegraph, and The
Sunday Times. When The
Independent print edition closed in
2016 he went freelance, and was
loving it.
I sat across the desk from
him for more than a decade at
The Independent and we were
close colleagues. I used him as a
sounding board for stories. He
was always helpful, supportive
– and smart. He could explain
stuff that no one else understood.
What greater value is there in a
science journalist?
He was a private person. We
discussed his cancer several
times over the years but he always
asked me to keep it to myself.
It was typical of the man – he
wanted to be defined by what he
did, not by what afflicted him. (It
turns out quite a few knew, and
had been sworn to secrecy in the
same way.)
Last year, on the announcement
that the print edition of The
Independent was to close, he wrote
to me: “Sad news … but now is
perhaps the time to reinvent
myself before it’s too late!”
Some months later, he wrote
that things were good. “I’ve not
had any need to go looking for
work, it seems to come to me.”
He added that he was on a
miracle drug which had given him
a new lease of life. “My consultant
He collected a basket of awards is astonished (keep that to
for his work and in 2016 was voted yourself, by the way).”
UK science journalist of the year
He had huge scientific
knowledge, rare insight and the
by the Association of British
doggedness necessary to get to
Science Writers. His designer
the bottom of things, allied to
baby scoop for i in July sees him
shortlisted for 2017 Science and
the small boy’s love of chucking
Health Journalist of the Year at
things from the back of the class.
Press Gazette’s British Journalism But he was meticulous, too, and
Awards, which are announced
abhorred hype. The essential
next Monday.
ingredients, in other words, of a
Steve was born in Ormskirk.
brilliant journalist.
His father was a factory worker
Steve is survived by his wife
and his mother a secretary in
Ines, a Russian translator
a bank. He attended schools in
whom he met at a conference in
Bootle, where he acquired the
Moscow, stepdaughter Marsha
Scouser’s toughness and dry wit
and his elder brother, Philip. A
that he never lost.
private family funeral will be
After studying zoology at
held in Oxford on 22 December.
Oxford, he spent more than 35
A memorial service will be
years in science, technology
organised in January at St Brides,
and medical journalism, which
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CRITIC’S
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GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
Extraordinary Teens:
My Gay Life
10pm, Channel 4
“Billy really knows his own mind,”
says his mother, Dee, when asked
how her son could have decided
that he was gay at the age of seven.
Four years later, he was dressing
as Lady Gaga at Brighton’s Gay
Pride, which is where the makers
of this intriguing documentary
discovered him, giving Billy (left)
a camera to record his thoughts
over the coming years. He’s 17 now,
with a boyfriend but estranged
from his father, who argues that he
was trying to protect Billy by
refusing to accept him as gay.
Billy’s having none of it, countering
with: “You think you’re protecting
when you’re not listening.”
===
MasterChef: The Professionals
8pm, BBC2
The start of the knockout rounds for
the remaining dozen chefs sees them
having to prepare “one spectacular
plate of food” in a kitchen that has
been stripped of all modern gadgets.
===
Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas
8pm, Channel 4
While How To Spend It Well At
Christmas With Phillip Schofield (8pm,
ITV) is about buying stuff, Kirstie
Allsopp is all about the making. Well,
it is for Kirstie and her team of
makers, for viewers it will possibly
be more about getting into the
Christmas mood and enjoying the
cosiness of watching others make
“diorama baubles” or potato-print
wrapping paper, curing salmon for
gravadlax or dipping marzipan in
molten chocolate. We’re talking
televisual hygge here, right down to
the crackling log fire that links
the sequences.
===
Rick Stein’s Road To Mexico
9pm, BBC2
There’s a funny scene tonight where
Rick Stein is doing his walkie-talkie,
prod-the-fruit spiel in a market and
a little Mexican girl gives a mock
yawn – not that what Stein has to
say is particularly boring, but all the
same... He’s in Guadalajara, home of
mariachi bands and carne con chilli
(as opposed to the Tex-Mex reinvention chilli con carne) before
hitting the Pacific coast and Puerto
Vallarta, where Richard Burton
6.00 An Island Parish:
Falklands (R) (S). 6.30
Island Medics (R) (S). 7.15
The Hairy Bikers Home For
Christmas (R) (S). 8.00 Sign
Zone: Celebrity Antiques
Road Trip (R) (S). 9.00
Victoria Derbyshire (S).
11.00 BBC Newsroom Live
(S). 12.00 Daily Politics
(S). 1.00 Live Snooker: UK
Championship Coverage
of the seventh day at the
Barbican Centre in York
(S). 5.15 Put Your Money
Where Your Mouth Is (S).
6.00 Good Morning
Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine
(S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S). 10.30 This
Morning (S). 12.30 Loose
Women (S). 1.30 ITV News;
Weather (S). 1.55 ITV
Regional News; Weather
(S). 2.00 Judge Rinder
(S). 3.00 Dickinson’s Real
Deal (S). 3.59 ITV Regional
Weather (S). 4.00 Tipping
Point (R) (S). 5.00 The
Chase (S).
6.20 3rd Rock From The
Sun (R) (S). 7.35 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R)
(S). 8.00 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R) (S).
8.30 Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 9.00
Frasier (R) (S). 9.35 Frasier
(R). 10.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R). 11.00
Jamie And Jimmy’s Friday
Night Feast (R). 12.00
Channel 4 News Summary
12.05 Kirstie’s Handmade
Christmas (S). 12.25 FILM:
A Nanny For Christmas
(Michael Feifer 2010) (S).
2.10 Countdown (S). 3.00
Lost And Found (S). 4.00 A
Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (S). 5.00 Four In A
Bed (R) (S). 5.30 Come Dine
With Me (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 The
Wright Stuff (S). 11.35
FILM: Christmas Angel
(Brian Herzlinger 2012)
Family drama, starring
Della Reese (S). 1.25 5
News At Lunchtime (S).
1.30 Neighbours (S). 2.00
FILM: The Christmas
Apprentice (Fred Olen Ray
2016) Premiere. Comedy,
starring Abigail Hawk (S).
3.40 FILM: Call Me Claus
(Peter Werner 2001)
Christmas family drama,
starring Whoopi Goldberg
(S). 5.30 5 News At 5.30 (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Celebrity
Eggheads (S).
6.30 Strictly Come
Dancing – It
Takes Two (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
An eccentric
loner saves Bart
from the school
bullies (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (S).
6.00 Neighbours
Angie is furious
to find that
Toadie and
Sonya are back
together (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
7pm
7.00 The One Show
Live chat and
topical reports
(S).
7.30 EastEnders
Kathy confronts
Luke and Fi (S).
7.00 Celebrity
Antiques
Road Trip
Paralympians
Danny Crates
and Liz Johnson
take part (S).
7.00 Emmerdale
Leyla makes
her feelings for
David clear (S).
7.30 Save Money:
Good Food (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7.55 The Political
Slot (S).
8pm
8.00 Holby City A
new arrival
in Holby sets
the wheels
of change in
motion (S).
8.00 MasterChef: The
Professionals
The final dozen
chefs compete
(S).
8.00 How To Spend
It Well At
Christmas With
Phillip Schofield
(S).
9pm
9.00 The A Word
Paul’s feelings
about Joe’s
autism emerge
(S).
9.00 Rick Stein’s
Road To
Mexico The
chef explores
Guadalajara (S).
10pm
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 Drugsland (S).
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S).
9.15 Island Medics (S).
10.00 Homes Under
The Hammer (S). 11.00
Claimed And Shamed (R)
(S). 11.45 The Sheriffs Are
Coming (S). 12.15 Bargain
Hunt (R) (S). 1.00 BBC
News At One; Weather
(S). 1.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather (S). 1.45
Doctors (S). 2.15 Armchair
Detectives (S). 3.00 Escape
To The Country (S). 3.45
The Hairy Bikers Home
For Christmas (S). 4.30
Money For Nothing (R) (S).
5.15 Pointless (R) (S).
6pm
11pm
Late
bought Elizabeth Taylor a hotel
which still serves the actress’s
favourite cocktail, chocolate martini.
===
Invasion! With Sam Willis
9pm, BBC4
An exclamation in the title is often a
warning sign of overkill, but this is
actually a measured and rather
fascinating look at the endless waves
of invasion that Britain has
experienced over the millennia –
running in the face of our self-image
as an inviolable isle. The first
invasion was by Neolithic farmers,
who were in turn followed by the
so-called Beaker people from the
Russian steppes, whose DNA still
dominates our own. Presenter Sam
Willis swabs his cheeks as he
investigates his own historical DNA
Kirstie Allsop creates
some Christmas gifts
8pm, Channel 4
Historian Sam Willis
presents a rundown of
raids on our home turf
in ‘Invasion!’
9pm, BBC4
Julia makes a new pal
in ‘Motherland’
10pm, BBC2
7.00 Yorkshire: A
Year In The
Wild Last in the
series (R) (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Christmas
University
Challenge 2015
(R) (S).
6.55 FILM: The Choir
(Francois Girard
2014) Premiere.
Drama, starring
Dustin Hoffman
(S).
8.00 Kirstie’s
Handmade
Christmas
Kirstie Allsopp
features craft
and recipe ideas
(S).
8.00 Jo Brand’s
Cats & Kittens
Inspector
Herchy gets a
call to a multicat household
(S).
8.00 Armada – 12
Days To Save
England The
sinking of the
Spanish Armada
(R) (S).
9.00 I’m A Celebrity…
Get Me Out Of
Here! Celebrity
survival
challenge (S).
9.00 Finding Me A
Family New
series. Cameras
follow adoption
activity days (S).
9.00 Ben Fogle: New
Lives In The
Wild Last in the
series (S).
9.00 Invasion! With
Sam Willis
New series.
The historian
reveals a story
of invasion in
Britain (S).
10.00Motherland
Anne’s new car
propels her into
the limelight (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
10.00Extraordinary
Teens: My
Gay Life
Documentary
following a
young gay boy
growing up (S).
10.00The 00s: The
Most Shocking
Celebrity
Moments Last
in the series (R)
(S).
10.00The Vikings:
Foe Or Friend?
A Timewatch
Guide (R) (S).
11.45 Life And Death
Row A look
at capital
punishment
through the
eyes of young
people (R) (S).
11.15 NFL This Week
Action from the
13th round of
fixtures (S).
11.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
11.15 On Assignment
(S).
11.50 Lethal Weapon
(R) (S).
11.05 Naked
Attraction Two
women look for
new partners (R)
(S).
12.50 BBC News (S).
12.05 Snooker: UK
Championship (S). 12.55
Snooker: UK Championship
Extra (S). 2.55 Sign Zone:
The Apprentice (R) (S). 3.55
Sign Zone: Alan Shearer:
Dementia, Football And
Me (R) (S).
12.40 Jackpot247 3.00
Loose Women (R). 3.50
ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.05 The Great Songwriters
(S). 1.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S). 1.55
The Supervet (R) (S). 2.50
One Born Every Minute (R)
(S). 3.45 FILM: Fill The Void
(Rama Burshtein 2012) (S).
1.00 SuperCasino (S). 3.10
GPs: Behind Closed Doors
(R) (S). 4.00 My Mum’s
Hotter Than Me! (R) (S).
4.45 House Doctor (R) (S).
5.10 Divine Designs (R) (S).
5.35 Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
6.00 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 6.20 Planet’s
Got Talent (R) (S). 6.45
Dinner Date (R) (S). 7.35
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.00
Coronation Street (R) (S).
8.30 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 9.00 The Ellen
DeGeneres Show (R) (S).
9.50 Dinner Date (R) (S).
10.50 I’m A Celebrity…
Get Me Out Of Here! (R) (S).
12.20 Emmerdale (R) (S).
12.50 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 1.20 Coronation
Street (R) (S). 1.50 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show (S).
2.45 The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S). 3.50 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (R) (S). 4.55 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
6.00 I’m A Celebrity…
Get Me Out Of
Here! Celebrity
survival
challenge (R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! At
Christmas
Festive
camcorder
calamities (R)
(S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Jake makes
an important
decision about
his future (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Captain
America: The
First Avenger
(Joe Johnston
2011) Adventure,
with Chris
Evans (S).
9.00 Family Guy
Lois befriends
a local news
presenter (R) (S).
9.30 Family Guy (R)
(S).
10.00Family Guy (R)
(S).
10.30 I’m A Celebrity:
Extra Camp (S).
11.00 The Turner
Prize 2017 (S).
11.30 The Fairytale
Castles Of
King Ludwig
II With Dan
Cruickshank (R).
11.25 FILM:
Contraband
(Baltasar
Kormakur 2012)
Crime thriller,
starring Mark
Wahlberg (S).
11.30 Family Guy
Brian goes
to obedience
classes (R) (S).
12.30 Pappano’s Classical
Voices (R) (S). 1.30 Armada
– 12 Days To Save England
(R) (S). 2.30 Invasion! With
Sam Willis (R) (S). 3.30
Close
1.35 FILM: No Home
Movie (Chantal Akerman
2015) Premiere. Chantal
Akerman’s video portrait
of her mother Natalia (S).
4.00 Close
12.00 Family Guy (R) (S).
12.30 American Dad! (R)
(S). 1.00 American Dad!
(R) (S). 1.30 Plebs (R) (S).
2.00 Plebs (R) (S). 2.30
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(I could have told him there was a
strong Viking strain) as his first
episode also covers the Celts,
Romans, Angles and Saxons.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
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Motherland
10pm, BBC2
At last, the laidback Liz (Diane
Morgan) gets fed up enough to call
out Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin) for
being “forever on the make”. It
follows Julia’s cynical befriending of
the dull Anne (Philippa Dunne) after
Anne buys a people-carrier and
instigates a car-pooling scheme.
Meanwhile, Kevin (Paul Ready)
continues to offer a terrible
advertisement for stay-at-home
dads as he becomes Amanda’s
confidant in another uncomfortable
episode of this cracking comedy.
VOICES
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TV
28-29
FILM OF THE DAY
Captain America:
The First Avenger
9pm, Film4
(Joe Johnston, 2011)
Chris Evans (left) stars as Steve
Rogers, a weedy asthmatic who,
despite his fervent desire to fight
Hitler, is repeatedly rejected by the
US Army draft board. That is until
an experimental serum turns him
into a muscled super-soldier, and
the Allies’ best hope of defeating mad
Nazi scientist Hugo Weaving. Keeping
the character in the 1940s where he
originated, this witty, well-paced
superhero film is one of Marvel’s
most stylish and best. The period
detailing is evocative, the action
coherent, and who doesn’t like a story
about a plucky weakling gaining the
strength to stand up to bullies?
IQ
30-39
===
Children Of Men
8pm, Sky Cinema Greats
(Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)
This thriller, adapted from a PD James
novel, has a superbly realised vision
of England, 20 years into the future:
a grim, fearful place under martial
law. Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and
Michael Caine head the cast.
===
Fill The Void
3.45am, Channel 4
(Rama Burshtein, 2012)
This poised, observant domestic
drama is set among the ultraorthodox Haredi Jewish community
in modern-day Tel Aviv. Hadas Yaron
gives a lovely, subtle performance as
an 18-year-old who is encouraged to
marry her older brother-in-law.
Radio
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
7.00 Charmed (R) (S). 8.00
Charmed (R) (S). 9.00 Rules
Of Engagement (R) (S).
9.30 Rules Of Engagement
(R) (S). 10.00 Black-ish (R)
(S). 11.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 11.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 12.00 New Girl (R) (S).
12.30 New Girl (R) (S). 1.00
The Big Bang Theory (R) (S).
1.30 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 2.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 2.30 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 3.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 3.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R) (S).
4.00 New Girl (R) (S). 4.30
New Girl (R) (S). 5.00 Kevin
Can Wait (R) (S). 5.30 Kevin
Can Wait (R) (S).
8.55 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 10.00
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 10.30
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 11.05
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 11.35
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.10
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.40
A Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (R) (S). 1.40 A Place In
The Sun: Winter Sun (R)
(S). 2.45 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 3.50 Time Team
(R) (S). 4.55 Time Team (R)
(S). 5.55 The Secret Life Of
The Zoo (R) (S).
6.00 Monkey Life (R) (S).
6.30 Monkey Life (R) (S).
7.00 Monkey Life (R) (S).
7.30 Monkey Life (R) (S).
8.00 It’s Me Or The Dog (R).
9.00 The Dog Whisperer (R)
(S). 10.00 Monkey Life (R)
(S). 10.30 Monkey Life (R)
(S). 11.00 Modern Family
(R) (S). 11.30 Modern
Family (R) (S). 12.00 NCIS:
Los Angeles (R) (S). 1.00
Hawaii Five-0 (R) (S). 2.00
Hawaii Five-0 (R) (S). 3.00
NCIS: Los Angeles (R) (S).
4.00 Stargate SG-1 (R) (S).
5.00 The Simpsons (R) (S).
5.30 Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 Richard E Grant’s
Hotel Secrets (R) (S). 7.00
Fish Town (R) (S). 8.00
The Guest Wing (R) (S).
9.00 The West Wing (R)
(S). 10.00 The West Wing
(R) (S). 11.00 House (R) (S).
12.00 House (R) (S). 1.00
Without A Trace (R) (S).
2.00 Blue Bloods (R) (S).
3.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
4.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
5.00 House (R) (S).
6.50 Murder,
She Wrote
The sheriff’s
brother-in-law
is murdered (R)
(S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
A Rhodesian
ridgeback
undergoes
spinal surgery
(R) (S).
6.00 Futurama Part
two of four (R)
(S).
6.30 The Simpsons
Lisa cheats in
an exam (R) (S).
6.00 House Chase’s
personal life is
put under the
microscope (R)
(S).
7.00 Hollyoaks Tony
and Diane
disagree over
Prince’s plans
(S).
7.30 First Dates
Abroad (R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A couple with
a passion for
steam-bending
wood construct
a home in South
Cornwall (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Homer offers to
donate a kidney
to Grampa (R)
(S).
7.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
A juror is
murdered (R) (S).
8.00 The Flash Third
of a four-part
crossover
with Arrow,
Supergirl and
DC’s Legends of
Tomorrow (S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
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A saleswoman shows
women sex toys. Below,
‘Buzz’ author Hallie
Lieberman
AFP/GETTY IMAGES
of sex toys was illegal in five states
in the US.
America’s anti-obscenity laws
are the result of a long-running
puritanical campaign against
pornography, which shaped the
evolution of sex toys, and access
to them. These laws weren’t dormant. People were convicted of
selling sex toys throughout the
1990s and early 2000s, and handed down sentences including 30
days in jail and a $4,000 fine (in
Texas) and two years’ hard labour
and a $1,500 fine (in Louisiana,
later commuted to five years’
probation), all for selling vibrators to undercover cops.
Before she could hold sex
toy parties, Lieberman was
given training on how to sell
vibrators as different types
of “massager”, just as they
were in Sex and the City.
“It was such a weird position to be in,” she writes.
“Risking arrest for selling
dildos. If I lived in a repressive
country under a misogynistic regime, sure, this would be expected. But I lived in America, where
strip clubs abound, binge drinking
is celebrated, and possession of
semi-automatic weapons is legal.
So why the hang-up on sex toys?”
Lieberman has spent a decade
investigating this question. She
struggled to get her PhD adviser
on board with the subject, she
says, and encountered pushback
during her dissertation defence,
from a woman who asked her
whether she thought sex toys were
worth studying. She fought for five
years to get published in an academic journal, and finally gave up.
She eventually had a piece published in feminist magazine Bitch.
It was the story of Gosnell Duncan, a wheelchair user who was
unable to get an erection following an accident, who pioneered
female-friendly sex toys – when
he took up the cause in the early
1970s, vibrators and dildos were
typically of low quality, made
from irritating materials and had
strong chemical smells. They
were also crude models of male
genitalia, an aesthetic which assumed that anyone using a sex
toy was doing so to replace or supplement a phallocentric heterosexual relationship. The truth
was people, especially women,
were learning to enjoy sex in and
of itself, within and outside of relationships, man or penis-like object
notwithstanding.
“There is something strange
about sex toys that are made to
look anatomically like a penis,
when they don’t have to,” says Dr
Kate Lister, a researcher at Leeds
Trinity University who is working
on her own book, The Curious History of Sex, and runs the popular
Twitter account @WhoresofYore.
“Why do we need it to look anatomically correct?” The answer is
that sex aids were only considered
appropriate if they didn’t threaten
man’s role as the provider of female sexual pleasure.
When Gosnell Duncan was
starting out, in the 1970s, it was illegal to send sex toys through the
post, but dildos could be sold legally if they were for heterosexual
couples to use as a medical aid to
assist with penetrative sex.
Surprisingly, the free love
crowd didn’t necessarily approve
of masturbation. Feminists, even
those such as artist Betty Dodson,
who was teaching women about
the liberation of masturbation,
were unsure about sex toys because of the industry’s close links
with pornography, which was seen
as exploiting women.
Thanks to her article in Bitch
magazine, Lieberman attracted
some interest in her book (Lister
has crowdfunded hers with Unbound). The story she tells shows
how a few committed pioneers
laid the foundations for a sex toy
industry based on female desire,
not male genitalia, such as Dell
Williams, who opened Eve’s Garden, the first women-centred sex
shop, in New York in 1974. Other
shops such as Good Vibrations
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and Babeland also provided for
the LGBTQ community.
Here in the UK, the scene was
developing at a similar pace. Ann
Summers, the best-known sex
shop and sex party provider, now
has 138 stores on British high
streets and hosts more than 7,000
parties each year, but retailers
still answer to the Local Government Miscellaneous Provisions
Act (1982), which means that ,
often, shops are located in seedy
or out-of-the-way parts of town,
and large fines can be handed out
if “sex articles” are displayed in
windows.
In 1993, Sh! in London’s
Shoreditch, which had opened a
year earlier, was visited by local
police who advised staff to display dildos laying down instead
of standing up, because display-
Britain’s doing
pretty well. We’re
not as repressed as
we like to think
ing any likeness to an erect penis
was an offence. A year later, Sh!
was taken to court for not having
a sex-shop licence, which then
cost £17,500, because sex shops
are defined by the proportion of
items for sale considered to be
“sexual articles”. Sh! won, thanks
to its lawyer lampooning the idea
that feather dusters might be considered sexual. In the UK a shop
carrying 10 per cent of sexual
products can be called a sex shop,
whereas in the US it’s 50 per cent.
“Ann Summers carries a lot of
lingerie and other products that it
can be argued are not really sexrelated so it is able to put those
into store windows and not black
them out,” explains Lieberman.
“It’s also been able to locate its
stores in better areas because it
doesn’t display a lot of sex toys in
the front of the stores and it puts
them in the back.”
Some aspects of our attitudes
to sex toys can seem retrograde,
but things are progressing. Lieberman wants the US to regulate
sex toys for safety and make them
available on medical insurance.
She also hopes to continue Gosnell Duncan’s work by starting a
non-profit company that creates
sex toys for the disabled.
“Britain’s doing pretty well,”
points out Lister. “We’re not as
repressed as we like to think.
There are places in the world
you definitely wouldn’t talk
about female masturbation and
female pleasure, but we can nip
into Ann Summers and buy anal
beads, rampant rabbits and cinnamon-flavoured lube. It might
raise a few eyebrows, but it’s not
shocking.
“There are countries where
women have their clitorises cut
out and their vaginas sewn shut,
whereas we’re able to have a conversation about female sexual
pleasure and understand that it’s
important, and we should look to
ourselves as world leaders in this,
whether that’s discussing sex toys
or physiology and anatomy.”
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Nature
I once found a
Garden of Eden...
ExplorerRobinHanbury-Tenisonrecalls how
he discovered a network of caves in Borneo’s
Gunung Mulu National Park – a magnificent
place where humans had never before set foot
T
he world is full of little Edens, if you just
take the trouble to
look for them, but
many have been destroyed through man’s greed and
ignorance. Sometimes it feels as
though the whole planet has been
so polluted and ravaged that there
are no Edens left, but they are
there to be found by those who
step off the beaten track. Some
are protected in national parks
and by their inaccessibility. So it
was with mine.
The scientific expedition I was
in charge of was to the newly
gazetted and almost completely
unexplored Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, Borneo.
It is one of the most diverse and
interesting places on earth.
Gunung (Mount) Api, which is
three times the size of the Rock
of Gibraltar, towered over our
base camp. Deer Cave, probably
the largest river passage cave in
the world, was at the southern
end and had already been visited,
but we were to find that the rest
of the mountain contained one of
the most extensive undiscovered
cave systems.
On 8 August 1977, six weeks
after I arrived, my 17-year-old
daughter Lucy and I found a way
through the vast darkness of Deer
Cave and over giant mounds of
guano crawling with insects to
a point where we could see light
ahead. Negotiating steep cliffs
and fording a deep stream, we
emerged into a wonderland of
sparkling brightness filtering
through the foliage to glittering
clear water below. It was like passing through the looking glass.
Although the Berawan people,
who had visited Deer Cave when
hunting, said they had seen light
beyond the darkness, none admitted to having climbed through
and ours may well have been the
first human feet to tread there. We
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named it the Garden of Eden. As
Lucy and I emerged blinking into
the daylight, washed off the guano
in the clear river and lay in the
sun to dry, we saw Prevost’s squirrels playing in the tree above our
heads.
They seemed unaware of us and
we realised that we were in a naive
place, somewhere that had never
been disturbed by humans, so that
animals were not afraid.
We later discovered there was
no other way into the deep valley
formed by the river which disappeared into the mountain, save the
way we had come. The sides are
too steep to climb and so no one
had ever been there to hunt.
As if to prove the point, a troop
of 25 grey leaf monkeys passed
slowly overhead. A large male led
the way, followed by females carrying tiny babies clinging to their
chests. Juveniles leaped noisily
from tree to tree and were clearly
being encouraged by the adults.
They all ignored us, although the
male bringing up the rear paused
to gaze curiously at us for a while.
Eventhefishinthepoolwherewe
bathed gathered in shoals around
us; the scene was from a Rousseau
painting, with lianas looping between the trees and gigantic, lush
ferns and other epiphytes growing
everywhere there was a foothold.
On a patch of soft ground we saw a
lot of catlike footprints, some more
than 10cm across. These may have
been made by one of the extremely
rare clouded leopards.
Having spent several hours
marvelling at this untouched utopia, Lucy and I felt that the time
had come to leave, and we tiptoed
away, although we and most of the
rest of the team were to return
many times.
Two other members of the
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Robin and his young Penan companions NIGEL WINSER
expedition, Henry and Nigel
Osmaston, father and son geomorphologists, had followed the
valley to the top and found there
a magnificent cave which they
had named Green Cave, as the
entrance was so overgrown with
vegetation that the inside was suffused with a green light. They had
dropped down the steep slope into
the darkness, but had not gone far
into the cave itself.
I reached the lip of the cave
and looked through the greenery
into the interior before scrambling down. The Osmastons had
marked the spot they had reached
before turning back, as they had
no torch with them. I had a small
one in my pack and so decided
to be the first to venture into the
intimidating blackness ahead. I
paused for a moment as I suddenly felt very alone and afraid.
I realised that I was in a profoundly privileged position. How
many people get the chance to go
somewhere no one has ever been
before? It was unlikely there was
any real danger in there, but having grown up in a very haunted
old house in Ireland, I was familiar with the sensation of being
watched and the echoing chamber ahead seemed to be holding
its breath, as indeed was I.
I shone the torch down and saw
that I was stepping into a veritable fairyland. Everywhere I looked
the floor of the cave was covered in
exquisite crystal formations, tiny
stalagmites formed by water dripping from the roof high above.
Soon the light behind me faded
and I groped my way along a
stream bed by the rather feeble
light of my torch. I had just a faint
little beam and my battery was
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running low. The thought of being in the world. The Clearwater may
lost in total darkness was fright- have the largest volume of any
ening, but I hurried on and round cave system, having more than
a bend until, when I switched my 130km of known passage.
torch off, there was not the faintThe total for the caves of Mulu
est glimmer. Standing still in ab- is more than 600km, and more
solute pitch blackness, listening is being discovered every year.
to the sounds of the underworld There is a vast amount of fasci– a drip here, a squeak there – and nating life in them, like blind white
wondering what other life there crabs, which evolved more than
might be around me was a mo- three million years ago.
ment of exquisite fear.
My most fulfilling moment was
There is life in these caves, lots when, as we entered yet another
of it, especially near the entrance, undiscovered cave passage, we
and wherever swiftlets and bats came on a sandy beach beside a
fly to roost and nest. Their drop- subterranean river and I walked
pings, which form guano, provide across, leaving footprints. “How
a rich habitat for myriad species long ago was this cave formed?”
of insect. Those which made their I asked my fellow explorer Andy.
presence felt most
“At least three milwere the giant earlion years,” he said.
wigs which normally
Best avoided “So mine are the first
live on the cave roof,
here of
were the main footprints
feeding on the dead
man or beast!” I was
skin of roosting bats. predators:
able to say. “Well, if
Best avoided were fast-running
that’s not true explothe main predators of
ration, I don’t know
this teeming under- centipedes
what is.”
world: large (up to 20 centimetres
Today, the Gunung Mulu Nalong), fast-running centipedes with tional Park is a Unesco World Herextremely long legs and poisonous itage Site, with more than 20,000
claws set below the head.
visitors a year.
Other centipedes produced a
It is a showcase for the richest
bright-green phosphorescent trail environment on earth, and by the
when annoyed, while fearsome time the expedition left in 1978 it
huntsman spiders pursued juicy was the best-researched tropical
crickets which sported antennae rainforest anywhere. As Edens
45cm long. I switched on the torch vanish everywhere, it is vital that
and started to make my way back places like Mulu be protected
to the entrance.
and understood.
Sarawak Chamber, deep inside
Mount Api, is the largest cave This is an edited
chamber in the world that we excerpt from
know of, being 700m long by 400m ‘Finding Eden:
wide and 100m high. This makes it A Journey
the most colossal enclosed space into the Heart
on earth, big enough to hold 10 of Borneo’ by
Robin HanburyWembley Stadiums.
Deer Cave is possibly the most Tenison (£17.99,
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We tried on reindeer, panda and dinosaur
knits – all the better if they had lights,
pom-poms and fur. By Jochan Embly
{1} CHEESY CHRISTMAS
JUMPERS TREE AND
TRAIN LIGHT UP
CHRISTMAS JUMPER
“Hmm, this Christmas jumper
is garish, but quite frankly,
it’s nowhere near garish
enough.” If this thought has
passed through your mind,
jettison that jumper and opt
for this offering from Cheesy
Christmas Jumpers. It has a
colourful Christmas tree and
model train print, flashing
LEDs and real pom-poms.
£49.99,
cheesychristmasjumpers.com
{2} JOHN LEWIS CHRISTMAS
JUMPER PANDA
The panda looks how we
expect to feel after completing
our schedule of indulgence. If
you reckon you’ll feel a similar
way, then this may well be the
knit for you. Coming in muted
but seasonal green, it’s made
of a merino wool blend, which
means it will fit comfortably,
won’t itch on the skin and will
keep you snug.
£45, johnlewis.com
{3} NATURAL HISTORY
MUSEUM UNISEX DINOSAUR
CHRISTMAS JUMPER
We’re not sure how much
dinosaurs have to do with
Christmas – after all, they
did go extinct 65 million
years before the birth of
Christ – but don’t let details
spoil your enjoyment of this
excellent jumper. Designed
in conjunction with clothing
label Worn-By, it brings
together that classic sartorial
combo of Nordic patterning
and the Tyrannosaurus rex.
£50, nhmshop.co.uk
{4} BEYOND RETRO SLOUCHY
CHRISTMAS JUMPER UGLY
Christmas knits have been
around for quite some time,
and this website proves it.
Beyond Retro has thousands
of vintage, festively themed
knits and sweats, ranging
from relatively refined Nordic
numbers to the downright
ridiculous. This one brings the
two together quite nicely.
£21, beyondretro.com
{5} HYMN CARROT
SNOWMAN FACE APPLIQUE
SWEATSHIRT
If the ugly knit is a bit much
for you, go for one of the
more stylish options, such as
this from the London-based
brand HYMN. According to the
brand, the jumper’s print is a
“deconstructed interpretation
of a snowman” – and we think
it looks good.
£50, John Lewis
{6} HOWLIN’ BEFORE THE
SNOWFALL SWEATER
The beauty of this jumper is
that you can wear it for the
entire winter season, thanks to
its refined Nordic-style print
and low-key colours. And at
this price, you can expect it
to last for a fair few winters.
Coming from an Antwerpbased brand, it’s made from
a blend of merino wool
and mohair.
£170, mrporter.com
{7} FUNKY CHRISTMAS
JUMPERS LEGO SANTA
Funky Christmas Jumpers has
a massive range of pullovers
to make you stand out from
the Christmas-jumper-clad
masses – featuring everything
from DJ Jesus on the decks
to a Harley Davidson-riding
Santa Claus. This one features
Father Christmas made of
Lego (because why not?).
£44.99,
funkychristmasjumpers.co.uk
{8} NINTENDO THE LEGEND
OF ZELDA LINK CHRISTMAS
JUMPER
If you’re obsessed with the
Nintendo Switch (or are
buying a gift for someone
who is) then this could be the
ideal jumper for the festive
period. Coming straight from
Nintendo’s store, it features
a retro-looking 8-bit print. If
Zelda isn’t your thing, there
are options featuring Mario
and characters from Pokémon.
£26.99, nintendo.co.uk
{9} BLACK LIGHT-UP
CHRISTMAS POLAR
BEAR JUMPER
Next hasn’t scrimped with the
Christmas sweaters this year,
and this one strikes the right
balance between good taste
and cheesiness. The polar bear
is made of furry fabric and the
antlers actually light up.
£34, next.co.uk
{10} GREEN CHRISTMAS
TREE ROLL NECK
NOVELTY JUMPER
There’s a retro feel to
this polo-neck style from
Burton, and that’s a good
thing. The colour palette is
comparatively restrained
and the rows of Christmas
trees give a nod to the season
without any glitter or Santas.
£19.60, burton.co.uk
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out of Berlin, with help from
a renegade station chief
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“E
xcuse me while I
pour tea and speak,”
says Matt Smith,
ever so politely
interrupting his
flow to tip a china
pot towards his cup. Dressed in
black jeans, boots and a thick woolly
jumper, his hair impeccably swept
back, he sounds awfully regal.
Perhaps two years of playing Prince
Philip on Peter Morgan’s Netflix show
The Crown has gradually begun to
seep in.
For the 35 year-old Smith, it has
been a fine addition to an already
eclectic CV that includes a jump from
playing The Doctor in Doctor Who to a
muscular madman in Ryan Gosling’s
movie Lost River to Bret Easton Ellis’
serial killer Patrick Bateman (in a
stage musical) in American Psycho.
If the last “put the clappers up me”,
Prince Philip was just as frightening.
It was his “alpha maleness” that
Smith responded to. “That conflict
that’s in him,” he explains. “I thought,
‘You know what? I wouldn’t want to
kneel to my wife!’ I wanted to fight
that battle. I get quite defensive over
him nowadays.”
With Morgan once again the
creative driving force, this followup to the Golden Globe-winning
first season spans 1956 to 1964, with
the focus in the early episodes very
much on marital difficulties between
Philip and the Queen (Claire Foy).
Even before the trailer dropped in
August, Morgan hinted that this
season would tackle rumours of the
Duke’s infidelities, noting: “Doesn’t
everyone in Britain know he had
an affair?”
Various books in the past have dug
into the Duke’s alleged trysts with
stage actress Pat Kirkwood and TV
presenter Katie Boyle, among others,
although The Crown prefers to make
what Smith calls “subtle allusions”
Matt Smith (Prince
Philip) returns
with Claire Foy
(the Queen) in the
second series of
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in scenes where the Prince is on his
four-month Commonwealth tour
in 1956 without the Queen or their
children. These include Philip’s
private secretary writing a letter
in the second episode detailing the
widespread “infidelity” of the tour.
But as Smith points out, it’s careful in
what it shows. “I don’t believe we did
see him philander.”
It’s all rather awkward timing,
given that the Queen and Prince
Philip just celebrated their 70th
wedding anniversary, but Smith
praises Morgan for his bravery. “I
think he’s looking at this family in
an unapologetic way. They are the
Royal Family but they are fallible like
any other family, and he [Philip] is a
human being. He has or has not made
mistakes in the past. I don’t think
we’re ever gratuitous or salacious or
explicit about those things… I made
a choice about it as a character, and
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I’m intrigued to see the choice that
people make as an audience.”
W h at The Crown ce r t a i n l y
continues to do is humanise the
Windsors. In one brief scene, Philip
returns to the royal boudoir, tipsy,
kicking his shoes off, before making
his advances on Her Majesty on the
bed (the scene cuts before anything
scandalous is shown). “That’s the
thing, isn’t it?” says Smith. “As
members of the public, we think,
‘Well, the Royal Family don’t do that
[have sex]!’ But they eat, breathe,
shit, sleep like the rest of us. They
are royal but they are a family like
anyone else.”
His early memories of Philip
(who, according to sources, has not
seen The Crown) were watching his
puppet on the satirical show Spitting
Image. He compares him to The
Doctor: both are aliens in their own
way, outsider-rebels who “never ask
Matt Smith (right);
and as The Doctor
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permission”. Season two explores
further Philip’s past, particularly
in the penultimate episode. “He’s
lived through great tragedy. He was
essentially orphaned, sent away and
lived with his uncle. He’s had quite a
tough early life.”
With next year’s third season
due to move on a couple of decades,
Smith, Foy and Vanessa Kirby, who
plays Princess Margaret, will not
return. But Smith can’t wait to see
what Morgan does. “You’ve got
Thatcher to come, you’ve got Diana
and Charles… I think he will approach
Diana from a really interesting place.
You’ve got Blair, you’ve got Iraq. And
then you’ve got Bush, you’ve got
Clinton. There are so many great
characters that come through it.
Essentially, it will bring us right up to
the modern world.”
While Olivia Colman has been
announced as Foy’s replacement,
Smith’s has yet to be revealed
(“I’ve heard a whiff and a rumour,”
he teases). But he has already
moved on, recently finishing a
movie about Robert Mapplethorpe,
the photographer known for his
controversial black-and-white
images including erotica, BDSM and
male nudes. “I didn’t know his work
that much, but when you get into it…
who knew that pictures of penises
were so compelling!” he laughs. “But
they are, somehow they are! You can’t
help yourself.”
Born and raised in Northampton,
where he first started acting after a
serious back injury ruined his early
dreams of becoming a professional
footballer, Smith is clearly not afraid
of a challenge. Every role he wants
to feel “difficult”, he says. “It’s never
an easy thing; I’m not coming home
going, ‘I love it so much.’ It’s always…
it’s a battle for me. When it feels
uncomfortable creatively… in the not
understanding and not knowing, and
feeling slightly unnerved, often that’s
when you’re at your best. The best
season I did of Doctor Who was the
first one, when I felt the most unsure.”
Smith was just 26 when he became
the 11th Timelord, the youngest ever
to play the role, and his casting was
not exactly met with enthusiasm.
“Before I’d spoken a word, I’d walk
down the street and people would
shout things at me – ‘Don’t break
Doctor Who!’ It was tough. It was a
difficult time.” He sympathises with
the incoming Jodie Whittaker,
the first female Doctor, who
has faced similar hostility on
social media. He calls hers a
“brilliant bit of casting”, then
smiles. “I’m intrigued to see
what are the Daleks going to
do with her?” THE INDEPENDENT
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television
DAISY WYATT
A bunch of eccentric
luvvies on tour
makes for great TV
» The Real Marigold On Tour BBC1, 9pm
» Concorde Channel 5, 9pm
A
fter two hit series, The
Real Marigold On
Tour returns with a
new format. Miriam
Margolyes, Wayne Sleep,
Rosemary Shrager and Bobby
George reunite to explore four
different countries to retire in,
starting in China.
The Real Marigold on Tour has
always claimed to be a social
experiment to see whether wellknown British faces would consider
retiring in another country. But the
programme is not really about the
realities of retiring. It’s an excuse
to throw together some old luvvies
whose general eccentricities and
warmth for one another make for
great TV.
If you disagree, you must have
missed Margolyes swearing down a
mega Chinese marble mall dressed
in nothing but her swimsuit. The
new series may as well be called
The Real Miriam on Tour. The
forthright actress dominates from
the get-go as soon as the foursome
touch down in the Chinese city
of Chengdu.
When Margolyes isn’t shouting
“we’re fat, that’s the problem” to
a bus full of Chinese people, or
telling their host “we don’t have sex
between us”, or complaining about
her debilitating bowel movements,
or swearing at a Chinese lifeguard,
she can be found crying at a panda.
The actress was so paralysed by
her paroxysms she could barely
reach out to feed the animal.
This lovable motley
crew enjoy their
travels with such
good humour
When the other celebrities get a
look in, they struggle most with the
Chinese diet. Bobby can’t bear the
tea, although his taste buds may
have been impaired on his recent
dope-smoking adventure on ITV’s
Gone to Pot. Wayne laments the lack
of bean sprouts during their first
meal out, where such delicacies as
“husband and wife lung fill” grace
the menu.
But the fearless foursome throw
themselves wholeheartedly into
their new adventures, dancing in
the park with some fellow Chinese
elders, joining in with a local
singing class and making friends
wherever they go.
Apart from the food – and the
lack of lane swimming – Miriam
finds the lack of alone time in China
the hardest thing to deal with.
The actress Miriam Margolyes
(left) dominates the new series of
‘The Real Marigold On Tour’
It’s just as well she’s signed up for
another week of communal living
with her fellow oldies in Cuba for
the next episode, then.
Aside from enjoying his morning
dose of “Strictly in the park”,
Sleep’s time in China reminds him
that the “show goes on” way past
the age of 70. Watching this lovable
motley crew enjoy their travels
with such good humour gives us
all hope.
Concorde was the travel story
of the 20th century. It held the
country’s hopes and dreams for the
future. As our government teeters
on the edge of collapse in the midst
of a sham Brexit, it’s nice to be
reminded of the old days when
Britain was on the world stage for
good reasons. Thank you, Channel
5 documentary, Concorde.
The Russians had a bash at a
supersonic airline. Unfortunately
the “Concordeski” crashed on
trial during an air show, killing six
people. The Americans also had a
go, but after spending £1.6bn only
got as far as a prototype.
If today’s Brexit wranglings seem
petty, imagine the uproar caused
when British civil servants insisted
the British version of the AngloFrench plane be called “Concord”
without the “e” at the end.
The French word concorde,
meaning alliance and peace,
was an apt word for two nations
who had come together to fund a
technological giant.
Luckily, the then transport
minister Tony Benn saved the day,
insisting the “e” be kept to stand
for “Englishness and elegance”
– although let’s face it, probably
not “EU”.
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Esther Smith is superb
as Kat in James Fritz’s
Bruntwood Prizewinning play
Arts
HELEN MURRAY
Arts
THEATRE
Parliament Square
BUSH THEATRE, LONDON
HHHHH
The question of how far an
individual should take a gesture of
political protest in order to effect
change becomes a burning issue in
James Fritz’s Parliament Square, a
piece that won the Judges’ Award
in the 2015 Bruntwood Prize
for Playwriting. It’s an artfully
structured work that follows the
story of Kat through three phases.
In the first, we watch this young
mother (superbly played by Esther
Smith) who, instead of going
to work one morning, boards a
train for London where she has
POP
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Robert Plant
The Nutcracker
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CLYDE AUDITORIUM, GLASGOW
Robert Plant is making some of
the most satisfying sounds of
his career by combining his love
of folk, blues and other forms
with an interest in mystical
musical traditions, to create a
sound which is warm, captivating
and immersive.
The audience was reeled in
softly with Skin Tyson’s beautiful,
resonant guitar tone and Plant’s
caressing croon, still tempered
with that ragged rock’n’roll
yearning. As he beseeched us to
“Turn It Up”, it was clear that this
was a show of harnessed power as
much as spiritual wanderings.
Special guest Seth Lakeman
added violin drone to the
mesmeric desert rock of “The May
Queen”. The Appalachian song
“Little Maggie” was also given a
Saharan treatment, Tyson playing
banjo like a Tuareg tribesman,
before Lakeman made the Celtic
connection. Led Zeppelin classics
were slipped in seamlessly – a
simple, soulful acoustic “That’s
the Way” and a particularly tasty
“Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You”. This
is how to push forward while
honouring your tradition.
FIONA SHEPHERD
determined to tip a can of petrol
over her body and set herself alight.
It’s never revealed what her
reasons are; for good and ill, this
gives the protest a generic dimension. Instead, we hear Kat in heated
conversation with her inner voice
(Lois Chimimbha) as they struggle
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A Matter of Life and Death
U, MICHAEL POWELL AND EMERIC
PRESSBURGER, 100 MINS
Powell and Pressburger’s classic
tale, in which a downed wartime
pilot appeals for his life in a
celestial court. Opens Fri
COMEDY
Tim Key
ARTS THEATRE, LONDON WC2
Tim Key returns to the stand-up
stage with Megadate, a tale
about a budding romance
drenched (literally) in lager.
(020 7478 0100) opens Wed
WORLD MUSIC
Met Ararat
THE OLD CHURCH, LONDON N16
The Kurdish singer and multiinstrumentalist, with guests.
(theoldchurch.org.uk) opens Thur
VISUAL ARTS
John Piper
TATE LIVERPOOL
The hugely influential John Piper
(1903-1992) drew inspiration from
Britain’s landscape, its buildings
and its monuments – and was a
pivotal figure in the development of
abstract art in Britain. As such, his
work here is placed alongside the
likes of Alexander Calder and Pablo
Picasso. (0151 702 7400) to 18 Mar
Cézanne Portraits
Well-drilled: Anniek
Soobroy and Marion
Rainer as Snowflakes
and Steven Monteith as
Wind BILL COOPER
HIPPODROME, BIRMINGHAM
There have been multiple
versions of the box-office smash
The Nutcracker, but Birmingham
Royal Ballet’s version by Sir Peter
Wright is staunchly traditional,
claiming to restore some of
the original choreography of
Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s
1892 production.
John Macfarlane’s designs are
stunning; his Sweet Kingdom is
a subconscious dreamscape of
quotidian fragments: an edge of a
fan, sunflowers and rug tassels.
Throughout the show there
are moments – including Clara’s
journeys across misted skies
on the back of a large swan –
so visually effective that the
audience gasps
This is a sleek, well-drilled
production, with Wright’s
choreography deeply ingrained in
the company dancer’s bodies.
In Act One, Delia Mathews is
suitably majestic and graceful as
Clara’s mother while Tzu-Chao
Chou’s Jack-in-the-Box dances
explosively, with his elastic limbs
and springing jumps almost
beyond human.
As the snowflakes scatter
across the stage they are rather
between wanting to remain with
her husband and daughter and her
belief that she will be bequeathing
them a better world.
What she hadn’t bargained for
is that there would be a woman
nearby who would put out the
flames. In addition to excruciating pain (communicated with
extraordinary immediacy in
Smith’s performance), survivor
Kat suffers the bitter disappointment of discovering that her
protest has been ignored. Her
distraught husband (Damola
Adelaja) doesn’t want to know
what drove her to this point.
Her mother (Joanne Howarth)
pretends that she did not receive
the explanatory letter posted to
her. The piece is ambivalent about
extreme activism. The mother
talks a lot of good-hearted sense,
mixed with some unidealistic
moments that suggest personal
contentment is paramount:
“Family. Happiness. That’s all that
matters, really. We get a little bit
of happiness and then we die.”
The first section is called
“Fifteen Seconds” followed by
“Fifteen Steps” (a goal in Kat’s
gruelling physiotherapy) and
“Fifteen Years”. Jude Christian’s
production immaculately reflects
this patterning from the gradual
clearance of domestic objects as
Kate prepares to meet a lonely
destiny, to the scenes that rear up
from the darkness with a drum
roll in the middle passages, to the
snatched rhythms of abbreviated
dialogue as the family is gradually
subsumed by affluent detachment. Unpersuasively, it appears
to be a case of all or nothing. You
wind up with niggling questions if
with no nagging doubts about the
dramatic flair of the author.
To 6 January (020 8743 5050)
PAUL TAYLOR
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY,
LONDON WC2
Over a working life of 45 years, the
French painter made almost 1,000
paintings, of which around 160 are
portraits. More than 50 of them are
brought together in the UK for the
first time from collections across
the world. (020 7321 6600) to 11 Feb
FILM
Jane
PG,BRETT MORGEN, 90 MINS
Brett Morgen is on the track of
conservationist Jane Goodall in his
extraordinary new documentary,
which homes in on a small section
of Goodall’s life, in the 1960s, when
100 hours of footage was shot. It’s a
fascinating affair, both as a natural
history film and as a study of a
woman who lived her own version of
The Jungle Book. Limited release
heavy on their feet; however, the
four male “winds” are particularly
impressive, leaping with
synchronic precision.
In Act Two, César Morales as
the Prince brings a meditative
presence to the stage; his
calm demeanour typifying
fantasy dream world nobility.
Momoko Hirata’s Sugar Plum
Fairy resembles a spinning top,
pirouetting with great speed,
while Céline Gittens’s vital
dancing as the Rose Fairy brings
a special type of warmth to
the proceedings.
Less satisfying was Jonathan
Payn’s suburban Drosselmeyer;
he doesn’t quite capture the
otherworldly mystery of the
powerful magician.
To 13 December (0844 338 5000)
ERIN WHITCROFT
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TALKS & POETRY
David Miliband
CAMBRIDGE UNION CHAMBER
The former Secretary of State
for Foreign Affairs and current
president and CEO of the
International Rescue Committee
discusses his new book,
Rescue: Refugees and the Political
Crisis of Our Time. (01223 357851)
tonight 6.30pm
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Masha Gessen
WATERSTONES, BRISTOL GALLERIES
The Russian-American
journalist talks about her new
book, The Future Is History: How
Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia,
in which she charts the lives
of four Russians born as the
Soviet Union crumbled.
(0117 925 2274) tonight 7pm
Jenny Uglow
FABER & FABER, LONDON WC1
In Mr Lear, the writer chronicles
the life of the artist and nonsense
poet Edward Lear, whose humour
and good nature masked episodes
of epilepsy, depression and
loneliness. She talks about the
book here. (faber.co.uk) tonight 7pm
COMEDY
Alternative Festive Comedy
BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE,
LONDON SW11
Kicking off this enticing bash
are Adam Riches with a festive
dose of character chaos in The
Breakington Town Hall Meetings
(to Sat) and ace Bridget Christie
trying out What Now? (Wed to
Sat). (020 7223 2223) to 23 Dec
Daniel Kitson
VARIOUS VENUES
Daniel Kitson – master storyteller,
mellifluous wordsmith, comedy
pioneer – spreads the joy in his
own singular way in A Show About
Christmas. Lyceum, Edinburgh
(0131 248 4848) tonight; Gala
Theatre, Durham (03000 266600)
Wed; Square Chapel, Halifax
(01422 349422) Thur
Wild Bore
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
Adrienne Truscott, Ursula
Martinez and Zoe Coombs
Marr’s gloriously cheeky show, in
which the three performers bare
their backsides – and seemingly
speak out of them – to recall some
of the guff spouted about their
work by critics. (020 7478 0100)
to 16 Dec
DANCE
The Nutcracker
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME
Peter Wright’s production for
Birmingham Royal Ballet is
perhaps the best-loved Nutcracker
in Britain, with a warm family
feeling, splendid transformations
and handsome designs.
(0844 338 5000) to 13 Dec
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Lau
VARIOUS VENUES
VARIOUS VENUES
After the soft-rock of Kaputt and
the expansive reach of Poison
Season, Vancouver’s Dan Bejar
laces electro-pop with biting lyrics
about the dismal state of the now
on Ken. CCA, Glasgow (seetickets.
com) tonight; Cluny, Newcastle
(seetickets.com) Wed; Scala, London
N1 (seetickets.com) Thur
Martin Green (accordion and
electronics), Aidan O’Rourke
(fiddle) and Kris Drever (vocals,
guitars) have dominated
British instrumental folk music
since their inception in 2005,
and continue to enthral with
their invention and finesse.
Philharmonic, Liverpool (0151 709
3789) tonight; Sage Gateshead
(0191 443 4666) Wed; Queen’s Hall,
Edinburgh (0131 668 2019) Thur
Aminé
VARIOUS VENUES
This Portland rapper proves his
break-out hit, “Caroline”, was
no fluke on his debut album.
Brimming with bright hooks and
slick sounds, Good for You is the
best kind of tonic: feelgood music
without the gag reflex. Heaven,
London WC2 (gigsandtours.com)
tonight; Academy, Manchester
(gigsandtours.com) Wed
Benjamin Clementine
VARIOUS VENUES
After 2015’s Mercury-winning At
Least for Now, this former busker
takes a sharp left. A theatrical
concept piece about flies,
geopolitics and refugees, I Tell a
Fly sets vital themes to shapeshifting music. Brixton Academy,
London SW9 (seetickets.com)
tonight; Sage, Gateshead (ticketweb.
co.uk) Wed; Colston Hall, Bristol
(myticket.co.uk) Fri
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THEATRE
Young Marx
BRIDGE THEATRE, LONDON SE1
The Bridge Theatre gets off to
a witty start with a show that
reunites the team behind One Man,
Two Guvnors. Richard Bean and
Clive Coleman have come up with
a wily comedy that presents us
with Marx not as the venerable
economist but as a 32-year-old
refugee, penniless and newly
arrived in Soho. Rory Kinnear
stars. (0843 208 1846) to 31 Dec
Project Polunin
Dave O’Higgins
LONDON COLISEUM, LONDON WC2
VARIOUS VENUES
Fresh from acting in Murder on
the Orient Express, Sergei Polunin
stars in a mixed bill including
his own choreography and a
rare revival of Scriabiniana by
Soviet choreographer Andrey
Kaydanovskiy. (020 7845 9300)
to Sun
The British saxophonist tours
his new album, It’s Always 9:30
in Zog. Western Hotel, St Ives
(stivesjazzclub.com) tonight;
Lovedays, St Austell (01726 67618)
Wed; Albany, Coventry (024 7667
3032) Thur; The Verdict, Brighton
(01273 674847) Fri
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Last
Chance
Closing
this week
VISUAL ARTS
Jasper Johns: Something
Resembling Truth
ROYAL ACADEMY, LONDON W1
Jasper Johns paints objects that we
think we know – flags, targets, maps –
and manages to wrest new meaning
and significance. This retrospective
takes us from his first solo show in
New York in 1958 to the present day.
(020 7300 8090) ends Sun
THEATRE
Mother Courage and
Her Children
SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE, LONDON SE1
Josie Lawrence shines in this revival
of Bertolt Brecht’s 1939 play, in
a production that embraces the
vaudeville character of the play’s songs
and music. (020 7407 0234) ends Sat
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RETAIL
Toys R Us to close 26 stores
and put 800 jobs at risk
By Josie Cox
Toys R Us has announced plans to
close at least 26 stores across the UK,
putting 800 jobs at risk.
In a statement yesterday, the
company said that it plans to revamp
its business in response to “evolving
needs of customers in today’s UK
retail market”.
It said that it would be instigating
a so-called Company Voluntary
Arrangement (CVA) under which it
will seek creditor approval to shut
outlets in order to save costs.
There will be no disruption for
customers shopping through the
upcoming Christmas and New Year
period, Toys R Us added.
In September, Toys R Us filed for
bankruptcy protection in the US, in
what experts at the time described
as one of the largest ever Chapter
11 filings by a speciality retailer. Its
UK unit has also been battling tough
market conditions and waning sales
for some time.
“Like many UK retailers in today’s
market environment, we need to
transform our business so that we
have a platform that can better meet
customers’ evolving needs,” said
Steve Knights, managing director of
Toys R Us in the UK.
He said that the decision to propose
this CVA was a “difficult one” but
that it was deemed “the best path
Toys R Us dates back
to 1948 when Charles
Lazarus opened Children’s
Bargain Town, a baby-furniture
store. He opened the first Toys R
Us-branded shop in 1957.
forward to make essential changes to
the business”.
Andy Brain, head of retail at the
law firm Gordons, said Toys R Us is
further evidence of the devastating
effect that online shopping is having
on high-street stores.
“Like other retailers that have
failed recently, Toys R Us has not
adapted quickly enough to face the
challenge of rivals such as Argos and
Amazon operating through digital
platforms,” he said.
Mr Knights said that many of Toys
R Us small stores were performing
well and that the company’s online
performance was robust. But the bigger, warehouse-style outlets, opened
in the 1980s and 1990s, were now “ too
big and expensive to run in the current retail environment”.
The group said that it had submitted a comprehensive restructuring
Toys R Us currently employs around
3,200 people across the UK
plan to its creditors and would now
seek their approval to implement the
plan over the next 17 days.
If the plan is put into action, at least
26 stores will be shut, with closures
commencing in the spring of next year.
The company currently employs
around 3,200 people across the UK.
It said that redundancies would be
necessary despite all efforts to redeploy team members where possible.
THE INDEPENDENT
ENERGY
SSE’s merger
with Innogy
‘should be
investigated’
By Ravender Sembhy
Quote of
the day
People are going
to be very, very
happy. They’re
going to get
tremendous,
tremendous
tax cuts, and
that’s what this
country needs
Donald Trump
US President announcing
an overhaul of the
country’s tax system
The 30
Second
Briefing
21ST CENTURY
FOX
Walt Disney is back in discussions to
buy a large part of 21st Century Fox.
Haven’t we heard this one before?
Yes. Discussions between the two
sides ended last month but have
started again at the same time as
Fox tries to secure full control of
Sky for the second time in a decade.
Fox now owns 39 per cent of Sky.
If Disney buys Fox, will Fox stop
trying to buy Sky?
Not necessarily. The Fox-Disney
combination would reportedly be
subject to US regulatory review
which would probably overlap
with a ruling on whether Fox can
complete its takeover of Sky.
Sky has said it might close its Sky
News network if the deal with Fox is
not approved. There is no guarantee
that either bid will succeed. The
talks come at an uncertain time
for media takeovers after the US
sought to block AT&T’s takeover of
Time Warner.
Why hasn’t Fox bought up the
remaining shares in Sky already?
The deal has repeatedly fallen
foul of competition rules. Fox’s
proposed deal is currently with the
Competition and Markets Authority
after months of review by Ofcom,
the UK media watchdog.
Why does Disney want Fox anyway?
Disney may be seeking to expand
into markets in Asia and Europe,
where Fox and Sky already have
an advantage. The company would
benefit from expanded TV and film
production with the addition of
Fox’s movie studio, which produced
Battle of the Sexes (above) – the recent
biopic about the tennis player Billie
Jean King.
What happens if it doesn’t
go through?
Britain’s competition watchdog is
being urged to investigate the merger
between SSE and the owner of
Npower amid fears that the deal will
spell bad news for energy consumers.
Rachel Reeves, chair of the
Business, Energy and Industrial
Strategy Committee, has asked
the Competition and Markets
Authority (CMA) to launch a “full
investigation” to see if there is
any risk to competition within the
energy market.
The pair announced last month
that they have reached an agreement
to merge their operations, worth
a combined £3bn, to create a new
energy supplier in the UK.
The deal will see SSE and Npower’s
parent company, Germany’s Innogy,
combine their household energy
supply and services business in
Britain, turning the Big Six energy
suppliers into five.
The MP said in her letter: “The
energy market isn’t working for
consumers. The proposed merger
between SSE and Npower risks
damaging the development of a more
competitive energy market, reducing
consumer choice and threatening to
be a bad deal for energy consumers.
“The CMA needs to look at the
potential impacts of this merger and
launch a full investigation if there is
any risk to competition within the
energy market.”
It comes as Britain’s energy firms
brace for a raft of regulatory changes.
The Government announced this
year that a price cap will be imposed
on poor-value energy tariffs.
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BUILDING
International buyers ‘plan
to invest £40bn in London’
Construction
picks up but
confidence
stays ‘subdued’
By Joanna Bourke
By Ben Chu
International buyers are still aiming
to pump as much as £40bn into
central London property, despite
the shadow of Brexit and new taxes
hanging over the capital.
Commercial property agents said
the majority of demand for West End
and City buildings is from overseas
funds, including Asia and the Middle
East. There is also a queue of private
investors from China, Europe and
the UK.
Plans to invest come despite fears
that Britain’s vote to leave the EU
has forced some businesses to delay
office move decisions.
There are also concerns about
plans revealed in last month’s Budget
to force overseas investors to pay
capital gains tax.
Full-year sales will comfortably
surpass the total £16.96bn spent in
2016, according to Fergus Keane,
a partner at agent Cushman &
Wakefield. He said: “Whilst the recent
Budget changes to commercial real
estate capital gains tax have been
unwelcomed by investors, in reality
it does bring the UK in line with the
majority of other jurisdictions, and it
is expected that London’s appeal will
outweigh these concerns in 2018.”
Mr Keane said London’s safehaven status, legal structure and the
weaker pound since Brexit remain
Fears over Brexit
are not putting
off buyers from
investing in London
properties GETTY
attractive to buyers. Sales agreed
since the November Budget include
a Bond Street retail property being
sold for £140m to Italy’s Maramotti
family, which is behind fashion label
Max Mara.
Brian Bickell, the boss of the West
End landlord Shaftesbury, confirmed
demand is holding up “particularly
for smaller buildings and those close
to Crossrail. They offer security
and long-term growth prospects
and are unlikely to be affected by
Brexit worries”.
Gregor Wallace, of property
investment group Coldwell Banker
Commercial, said: “Worries of
political stability overseas mean that
London is still seen as a safe place to
diversify.” EVENING STANDARD
Year-to-date sales of office
and retail property in the
City and West End have reached
£16.37bn, according to data from
agent Cushman & Wakefield.
AIRLINES
Summer crisis fails to put off Ryanair passengers
By Josie Cox
Ryanair recorded a six per cent
increase in passenger figures last
month, seemingly unscathed by a
staffing crisis that rocked the budget
airline during the late summer.
Ryanair transported 9.3 million
Outlook
JAMES
MOORE
How to fix an
economy stuck
in the slow lane
T
h e C o n fe d e rat i o n o f
British Industry is just the
latest organisation to say
that UK productivity isn’t
likely to improve much
over the next couple of years. But
how do you fix an economy stuck in
the slow lane?
According to the nostalgic
passengers throughout November,
more than the 8.8 million in the
same month in 2016, the
company said.
As a result, the load factor – a
common measure of capacity
utilisation – increased by one
percentage point to 96 per cent.
The airline attributed the jump to
lower fares.
Ryanair endured a turbulent late
summer and autumn. A rostering
debacle led to the cancellations of
around 20,000 flights, scuppering
travel plans of around three-quarters
of a million people. THE INDEPENDENT
Thatcherites driving Brexit, you
start by throwing workers rights
into the fire to make Britain’s
“flexible” labour market look like an
Uber or Deliveroo executive’s best
Christmas present.
You then stir in tax cuts targeted at
wealthy individuals and corporations
that don’t need them, sprinkle
in a bit of Europhobia and NHS
privatisation, put it in the oven and
serve with a little statue of Donald
Trump on the top.
If that sounds to you like the recipe
for dystopia rather than a dynamic
modern economy, you’re not alone.
However, there is an alternative
view. It holds that the way to drive
improvements in the performance of
UK plc is to give workers not fewer
rights but more.
Ewan McGaughey, an academic
at King’s College London, argues in
a blog post for the London School of
Economics that there is “no credible
evidence” that giving workers more
of a voice and ending shareholder
monopolies damages productivity.
He makes a case that it could do
the opposite.
Mr McGaughey says that rapid
changes are possible when people
“participate in deciding what the
change shall be and how it shall
be made”.
This makes all kinds of sense.
Having a say at work makes you
(with apologies for using a slightly
Haaving a say at work
makes you (with apologies
for using a slightly hackneyed
term) a stakeholder
hackneyed term) a stakeholder. You
are thus more inclined to work hard,
and work smart for the business that
employs you.
The Government is trying to
achieve this, but its reforms are tepid
at best. Under planned changes to
the combined code on corporate
i TUESDAY
5 DECEMBER 2017
Construction activity picked up
slightly in November although
confidence among builders remained
“subdued” due to Brexit-related
uncertainty, according to the latest
survey snapshot of the sector.
The Purchasing Managers’ Index
rose to 53.1 in the month, up from 50.8
previously, with any reading above 50
consistent with growth.
Activity in the housing
construction sector improved again.
But commercial construction was
weak and civil engineering activity
fell for the third successive month,
the longest period of decline seen for
more than four years.
IHS Markit, which compiles the
survey, also said that the year-ahead
outlook reported by firms was still
among the weakest since mid-2013,
53.1
The Purchasing Managers’ Index for
November – up from 50.8 previously
with builders citing political and
economic uncertainty.
“Persistent Brexit uncertainty
continues to bite,” said Duncan
Brock, of the Chartered Institute of
Procurement & Supply.
“Concerns over civil engineering in
particular are also prevalent with its
downward course the longest since
2013 and linked to a shortfall of new
tender opportunities.”
A report jointly published by
seven of the construction industry’s
largest trade bodies warned last
week that the decision to leave the
EU had left the UK construction
industry facing a “cliff edge” over its
access to EU workers.
Samuel Tombs, of Pantheon, said:
“We expect the construction sector
to bump along the bottom as long as
a hard Brexit is still one of the options
on the table.” THE INDEPENDENT
governance, companies would
be able to give a compliant nonexecutive director the responsibility
of speaking for workers and then
forget about it.
Mr McGaughey makes the case
that a far better way of securing
improvements is to ensure that
workforces elect at least one
director, and better still, two, with the
involvement of their unions to boot.
Wages in Britain are flat and falling.
Productivity remains in the mire.
The economy is limping along, and
it’s not just the CBI that believes this
is unlikely to change any time soon.
As for the mood of the country? It’s
sullen and unhappy.
Mrs May was on the right track
with her corporate shake up, but
as ever, while she has talked a good
game she has utterly failed to back it
up. There are a few business figures
that see the need to adopt a different
approach. It is time for their voices to
be heard. THE INDEPENDENT
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From the
business
pages
Inquiry into news
role of tech giants
Sydney Morning Herald
Facebook, Google and other
technology giants’ role in
spreading fake news stories
and diverting advertising away
from traditional media, will be
put under the microscope after
the Government ordered an
inquiry into digital platforms
by the competition regulator.
The Australian Competition
and Consumer Commission had
been asked to scrutinise major
digital platforms.
Tycoon buys stake
in Wanda hotels
South China Morning Post
Chinese tycoon Wang Jianlin
is buying a controlling 65
per cent stake in Hong Konglisted company Wanda Hotel
Development for HK$3.67bn
(£350m), the latest step in
the ongoing reorganisation
of his Dalian Wanda Group.
Wanda Investment Holding
has signed a letter of intent
to buy 65 per cent of Wanda
Hotel Development.
Health insurer and
drugstore giant link
The New York Times
CVS Health has agreed to
buy Aetna for about $69bn
(£51bn) in a deal that would
combine the drugstore giant
with one of the biggest health
insurers in the US and has the
potential to reshape the health
care industry. The transaction
reflects the increasingly
blurred lines between the
traditionally separate spheres
of a changing industry.
Store chain to open
24-hour gyms
The Japan Times
Convenience store chain
FamilyMart will start a 24-hour
fitness gym business to tap
consumers’ growing interest
in fitness. Over the next five
years, it aims to open 300
gyms on the second floors of
FamilyMart stores. The first
will open in Tokyo’s Ota Ward
in mid-February. The Fit & Go
gyms will have treadmills and
showers, staff dedicated to the
fitness business, and an app to
help people train.
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BUSINESS
TRANSPORT
SERVICES
Rail woes boost
for coach tickets
Law firms agree
£20m merger
Coaches operator National
Express is on course for a
record-breaking Christmas as
disruption on train lines forces
more people to take the bus.
Advanced seat sales for the
period have drifted past last
year’s tally at this stage, a good
omen for the frenzied period
before Christmas when most
people book.
Two London-based law firms
have agreed a £20m merger.
IBB Solicitors, led by managing
partner Joanna DeBiase, will
join with Turbervilles Solicitors
and the merged firm will have
225 staff and £20m turnover.
“This has cemented our position
as the go-to law firm in the
west London/Thames valley
corridor,” said Ms DeBiase.
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By Ravender Sembhy
Convenience retailer McColl’s has
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slowdown in the fourth quarter.
The group said the acquisition
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sales 19.1 per cent in the year to
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Fourth quarter sales rose 29 per
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McColl’s said “declining traditional
categories and unfavourable
weather” negatively impacted on
the business.
McColl’s, which recently sealed
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up 0.1 per cent.
Chief executive Jonathan Miller
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of more than £1bn, boosted by our
transformational acquisition of 298
high-quality convenience stores
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signed with Morrisons, which will
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ensure continuity of supply to the
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supplied by P&H, within our estate
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tomatoes and anchovies
Kakuro
NEW Zygolex® In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 49
RHYME LETTERS
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MEANING
DAWDLE
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NERD
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BRAG
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How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
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Killer Sudoku No 1151
How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
each number (1 to 9) only once. The sum of all numbers
contained in a dotted area must match the number printed
in its top-left corner. No number can appear more than
once in a dotted area. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Recipe taken from
‘Solo Food’ by
Janneke Vreugdenhil,,
published by HQ on
14 December, £16.99.
Photography by
Floortje Van
Essen IngenHousz
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Minesweeper
How to play Find all the mines in the grid. Numbers in certain squares indicate how
many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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HURRY
VINE
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How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Jigsawdoku
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CRUEL
GREEN
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CRANK
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Preheat the grill of your oven to a high
heat. Heat a small splash of olive oil in
an ovenproof frying pan and fry the
onion with a small pinch of salt and the
oregano over a medium heat for about
eight minutes.
Turn the heat to high and allow the
onion to caramelise somewhat, around
five to seven minutes. Remove from the
pan. Add another small splash of olive
oil to the same frying pan, slide the set
polenta into the pan and fry for two to
three minutes until golden. This is your
pizza base.
Arrange the caramelised onion, olives
and anchovies on top of the polenta, then
add the stem of cherry tomatoes. Drizzle
with a little olive oil and sprinkle with
some salt. Place the pan under the grill
for a few minutes until the tomatoes
start to blister. Sprinkle the pizza with
the basil and a generous grind of black
pepper and serve.
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Olive oil, for frying and drizzling
1 small red onion, sliced into thin
half rings
Pinch of dried oregano
1 portion polenta, cooked as instructed
on the packet, cooled and set
7 black olives
3–5 anchovy fillets (from a tin or jar)
1 stem of cherry tomatoes, on the vine
A few leaves of fresh basil, torn into
smaller pieces if desired
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to season
SHACK
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1872
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
tomorrow’s paper, the solution to yesterday’s codeword is on page 49.
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How to play
Convert the word
at the top of the
ladder into the
word at the bottom
of it, using only
the four rungs
in between. On
each rung, you
must put a valid
four-letter word
that is identical
to the word above
it, apart from a
one-letter change.
There may be more
than one way of
achieving this.
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PUCK
EAST
DOWN
1 Sharp reply (6)
2 Defective (6)
3 Former French
coin (3)
4 Blue dye (6)
5 Mistakes (6)
6 Superficial (4-4)
7 Harassed (11)
11 Advantage (4,4)
13 Layers (6)
14 Box (6)
15 Whine (6)
16 Chap (6)
20 Bashful (3)
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Word Ladder, Word
Wheel, Kakuro,
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ABC Logic, Killer
Sudoku, Futoshiki,
Codeword,
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Solution to yesterday’s Concise Crossword
ACROSS 1 Rubber, 4 Long (Rub along), 7 Doubts, 8 Employ, 9 Pang, 10 Cretonne,
13 Steak and chips, 15 Murderer, 18 Rain, 19 Chubby, 20 Nearby, 21 Chew, 22 Selfie.
DOWN 1 Riot act, 2 Baby grand, 3 Easy chair, 4 Limit, 5 Nylon, 6 Type, 11 Endurance,
12 Other half, 14 Pliable, 15 Much, 16 Rough, 17 Elbow.
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Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 22;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 13; One-Minute Wijuko, page 25
Puzzle solutions See page 49 and minurl.co.uk/i
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How to play Each numeral from 1 to 9 must
appear (once only) in the squares forming the
red letter i. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Tomorrow: Harder
Concise Crossword No 2194
ACROSS
1 Pleated collar (4)
3 Take hold of (5)
8 Torso (5)
9 South American
country (7)
10 Entourage (7)
11 Bet (5)
12 Flightless bird (7)
17 Vagrant (5)
18 Improve (7)
19 Item (7)
21 Umbilicus (5)
22 Irritate (5)
23 Shine steadily (4)
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B
A
B
A
A
B
A
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A
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B
Word Wheel
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F E A T U R E
Royal Wedding Anniversary
celebrated with world first
gold coin: but mintage of
3,999 under pressure and
household limit is imposed.
This year Britain celebrates
a major royal anniversary
- the Platinum Wedding
Anniversary of Her Majesty
and Prince Philip. No other
British monarch has ever
reached this milestone. It is
yet another landmark in an
extraordinary reign, the likes
of which will probably never be
seen again.
NEW COIN FIRST: FEWER
THAN 1 IN EVERY 6,000 UK
HOUSEHOLDS CAN OWN
The anniversary has coin
collectors and gold buyers
excited, as some world first
gold coins have also been
announced to celebrate this
great event.
The limited edition coins,
issued as part of the 2017
anniversary
celebrations,
are the first double portrait
gold sovereigns ever struck and that’s why people are so
determined to get their hands
on them.
IMPORTANT TRIBUTE TO
PRINCE PHILIP
The coin depicts HRH Prince
Philip side by side with Her
Majesty Queen Elizabeth II:
never before has a reigning
British monarch and consort
been depicted this way on gold
sovereign coins. This, in the
year that His Royal Highness
retired after 65 years of public
service, is a profound tribute
to his long and distinguished
career.
The gold sovereign is one o
our greatest national symbols
It was first struck in the
year 1817 and was the basis
of a new coinage that lasted
Britain until the end of the
Gold Standard.
Even today, just the mention
of the word ‘sovereign’ evokes
feelings of pride and security
in the minds of most of us.
STILL MINTED TODAY
Sadly we no longer have
sovereign coins in everyday
circulation. What many people
don’t realise though is that they
are still struck for gold investors
and collectors, and to the very
same purity they have had since
1817 - solid 22 carat gold.
BREXIT UNCERTAINTY
FOCUSES MANY
ON GOLD
Recent uncertainty caused by
the Brexit process has caused
many people to reconsider
gold. It is a truly international
‘currency’ and unlike other
assets that must reside within
a specific geographic territory,
it is portable and also physical.
The gold sovereign is one of
the most recognised gold coins
in the world. It even has a
special status within Britain:
it can be bought without paying
any VAT. This is a coin that
sits beyond the reach of the
Chancellor of the Exchequer!
HOUSEHOLD LIMIT
NOW IMPOSED
These are important gold coins
because never before has a
reigning British monarch and
consort been depicted side-byside on gold sovereign coins.
This is why the slightly smaller
and quarter sovereign - with
an identical mintage to the
sovereign - has already sold
out.
Following on from this a limit
of one coin per household
has been introduced for the
gold sovereign, to ensure as
equitable a distribution as
possible.
The world’s-first double portrait gold sovereign coin has been
struck as part of the 2017 celebrations for the Platinum Wedding
Anniversary of Her Majesty and Prince Philip. Only 3,999 have
been minted, meaning that fewer than 1 in every 6,000 UK
households will be able to own one. With the smaller and lowerpriced quarter sovereign from the same issue already SOLD OUT
a limit of one coin per household has been introduced on this
sovereign coin.
The first of a kind sovereign,
with its mintage restricted to
just 3,999 coins, is the focal
point of the series.
This mintage limitation means
that fewer than 1 in every 6,000
UK households can own one.
Those interested in owning the
sovereign may apply now at
£799 - postage and packing is
provided free of charge, along
with a copy of the book “The
Twelve Greatest Sovereigns”
in which this coin appears.
For those paying with credit
card there is also the possibility
of buying it in two instalments:
£399 is charged when the coin
is despatched and the balance
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i racing
top
tips
Red Rising raises
hopes of another
Rooney winner
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Paul and Clare Rooney’s blue and
yellow silks have become very
familiar on British racecourses in
recent years, both over the jumps
and on the Flat.
The multi-millionaire businessman and his wife have tasted success at Royal Ascot and at the
Cheltenham Festival and were just
six lengths from heaven when The
Last Samuri finished runner-up in
last year’s Grand National.
Their latest dream is to win
another Cheltenham biggie with
top-notch novice chaser Willoughby Court next March, but there’s
plenty going on in the meantime on
the bread-and-butter circuit as the
Rooneys march on towards their
best-ever jumps season.
Red Rising, a lightly-raced sixyear-old they have in training with
Dan Skelton (doing pretty well this
campaign with 107 winners already),
catches the eye in the Staying Hurdle Series Final at Southwell today.
He was a bit keen when third at
2.30
Paul and Clare Rooney have Cheltenham plans for Willoughby Court GETTY
Chepstow last month on his first outing since winning easily at Catterick
in February, but should be ready to
do himself justice now off his attractive handicap mark.
Kim Bailey, who trains The Last
Samuri, has also been in excellent
form in recent weeks and another
win looks on the cards with Station
Master in the Novices’ Hurdle.
The one absolute certainty this
afternoon is that it will be fast and
7
8
LINGFIELD
1
2
3
4
5
BEST BET
Eyesopenwideawake
(12.50pm, Southwell)
Free-running, bold-jumping
chaser may again prove hard to
peg back.
WEATHERBYS ‘BIRDIE’ CALENDAR 2018 HANDICAP
HURDLE (CLASS 3) £10,000 added 2m
4424-5
5111-2
14
143-P7
2/2-04
-02327 BLACK ANTHEM B Barr 5 11 0.................................................D Crosse
07-411 THE GAME IS A FOOT (C) Miss Z Davison 10 10 13..................
...................................................................................................................James Bowen (5)
9
964-53 WESTERN SUNRISE J Farrelly 8 10 10........................T Cannon
10
22/55- HIT THE HEADLINES N Dunger 11 10 0..Mr R Dingle (7) T
- 10 declared BETTING: 9-4 The Game Is A Foot, 4-1 Hadfield, 13-2 Western Sunrise,
8-1 Theydon Park, Delface, 12-1 Yorgonnahearmeroar, Black Anthem, Mr
Fickle, 14-1 others.
SLEEPY HAVEN (D) Jennie Candlish 7 11 12 .. Sean Quinlan
SEA WALL (CD) C Gordon 9 11 7.....................................T Cannon H
MASTER WORK P Hobbs 4 11 7.........................................T J O’Brien
DINSDALE (D) M Scudamore 4 11 4.....................L Treadwell C
CLAYTON (D) G L Moore 8 11 4............................Joshua Moore T
FORM VERDICT
- 5 declared BETTING: 11-8 Sea Wall, 3-1 Clayton, 7-2 Master Work, 6-1 Sleepy Haven, THE GAME IS A FOOT has recaptured his form recently having won
his last two starts, including here over 2m last month, and he looks set
14-1 Dinsdale.
to land the hat-trick with leading conditional James Bowen taking a
FORM VERDICT
valuable 5lb off his back in the plate. Delface looks entitled to improve
This can go the way of course specialist SEA WALL, who ended last from his first outing of the season at Leicester having stopped quickly,
season with three wins and put in a fine effort on his reappearance while Guards Chapel could easily bounce back to form now only 2lb
at Newbury last month, finishing second behind a progressive type. higher than his last winning mark.
He remains on a workable mark of 120 and could have too much for
Clayton, who might need more of a stamina test than this after looking
one-paced over a furlong further at Fontwell two weeks ago. The
unexposed Master Work could prove best of the remainder.
N&L FRANKLIN DEVELOPMENTS CHASE (NOVICES’
SOUTHWELL
3.00
CALL STAR SPREADS ON 0808 2349709 VETERANS’
HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3) £12,000 added 2m 4f
12.50
LIMITED HANDICAP) (CLASS 3) £17,000 added 2m
EYESOPENWIDEAWAKE (CD) H Whittington 6 11 8....H Bannister
CRACKING FIND (D) Mrs S Smith 6 11 7............................D Cook
GRAND VISION C Tizzard 11 11 12.....................................H Cobden
GET RHYTHM (D) T R George 7 11 5............................. A P Heskin
PERSIAN SNOW (D) P Hobbs 11 11 12 .Mr D Maxwell (7) T
CELESTIAL MAGIC (D) R Phillips 5 11 3...............D Hiskett (5)
VINO GRIEGO G L Moore 12 11 10.........................Joshua Moore
BAD BOY DU POULDU G L Moore 6 10 12. Jamie Moore B
CROOKSTOWN (D) B Case 10 11 5...................................... D Jacob V
NIGHTFLY C Longsdon 6 10 6..............................................J J Burke T
CLOUDY BEACH Miss V Williams 10 10 13...C Deutsch (3)
CASTLETOWN (BF) Miss P Robson 5 10 3..........B Hughes B
ALLTHEGEAR NO IDEA (C) N Twiston-Davies 10 10 11.......
- 7 declared ...................................................................................................................................A P Cawley BETTING: 3-1 Eyesopenwideawake, 4-1 Cracking Find, Get Rhythm, 9-2
7
45P7-9 WINGS OF SMOKE (D) T Vaughan 12 10 4.................A Johns T
Bad Boy Du Pouldu, 13-2 Castletown, 8-1 Nightfly, 12-1 Celestial Magic.
- 7 declared BETTING: 9-4 Persian Snow, 7-2 Grand Vision, Vino Griego, 6-1 Allthegear
FORM VERDICT
No Idea, 7-1 Crookstown, 12-1 Cloudy Beach, 16-1 Wings Of Smoke.
CRACKING FIND showed a really good attitude when fending off
An Laoch at Newcastle on his latest start and the handicapper has
FORM VERDICT
Persian Snow had a fruitful spell in hunter chases last season at given him a chance to continue his winning form having only gone
Ludlow when winning two on the bounce for his rider David Maxwell up 2lb for that success. Get Rhythm has been a model of consistency
and a bold bid is expected with many question marks hanging over his throughout 2017 and is entitled to have improved from his recent effort
rivals. Allthegear No Idea was in solid enough form in the early part of at Lingfield which came after a break, while Bad Boy Du Pouldu could
2017 and is one to respect on his return, but a chance is taken with top- take another step forward over fences here after a good second to
weight GRAND VISION as he could easily benefit from a forceful ride Eyesopenwideawake at Kempton last time.
with his stamina coming to the fore.
1
2
3
4
5
6
/312063/1107P1/5
-1U605
141/P6
3233-3
3.30
1
2
3
4
5
6
HAPPY 4TH BIRTHDAY JENSON ROE HANDICAP
HURDLE (CLASS 4) £7,000 added 2m 3f 110yds
3P53-3 HADFIELD N Mulholland 5 11 12 ..........................James Best C,T
5P12-9 MR FICKLE G L Moore 8 11 11....................William Clarke (10)
123-9P YORGONNAHEARMEROAR Henry Oliver 6 11 9 ........................
...................................................................................................................J Sherwood (3) H
901-17 DELFACE D Pipe 4 11 7....................................................T Scudamore C
2U460P THEYDON PARK M Roberts 4 11 6 ...........................T J O’Brien C
7314-8 GUARDS CHAPEL G L Moore 9 11 2.............. Joshua Moore B
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
51-P11
32-331
6-2112
1214-4
371-52
444-2P
764-32
furious in the Novices’ Handicap
Chase. Several in the field like to get
on with it, none more so than topweight Eyesopenwideawake, who
tore off in front and pinged every
fence on his debut over fences at
Kempton last month.
Bad Boy Du Pouldo, closed to
within two lengths in the home
straight and, on paper, has a good
chance of turning the tables at the
revised ratings.
ONE TO WATCH
Master Dancer couldn’t get in a
blow in a slowly-run contest at
Newbury on Saturday, but has
more races in him.
But Eyesopenwideawake has
taken to his new role like a duck to
water and, like his trainer Harry
Whittington (four winners this past
week) looks like he could be on a roll.
FORM VERDICT
FORM VERDICT
ALOOMOMO made a promising return to action when third at Carlisle last
month (a contest which has seen the first and second win since) and the
seven-year-old is entitled to have come on markedly for that first outing
in close to 12 months. This step up in trip looks a positive move and he can
account for Follow The Bear, who was far from disgraced at Cheltenham
in a competitive handicap 17 days ago, and Station Master, who got better
the further he went when claiming the spoils at Warwick last time out.
LANDING NIGHT has been keeping better company than this of late and
although he’s 4lb higher than when winning at Newcastle in October,
he’s considered a danger to all now operating in a 0-85 again. Dynamo
Walt is only 1lb higher than when winning over this trip at Chelmsford
in May and should go well from a low draw, while Always Amazing isn’t
fully exposed and and appreciate the return to the all-weather, having
won over 6f here on debut.
1.50
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANDY HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 3)
£10,000 added 3m
1
2180-P SKIPTHECUDDLES (BF) G McPherson 6 11 12.....Kielan Woods
2
44411- ZERO GRAND J Farrelly 6 11 11...........................................B J Powell
3
1114-P TARA VIEW A King 6 11 9 ...............................................W Hutchinson
4
-34336 NAUTICAL NITWIT (CD) P Kirby 8 11 9...............T Dowson (3)
5
122-57 SOME KINDA LAMA C Mann 6 11 8...........................N Fehily C,T
6
14-114 MON PALOIS (D) K Bailey 5 11 5................................................... D Bass
7
6-268P NO PLANNING (D)(BF) Mrs S Smith 10 11 4.................D Cook
8
2-4597 ROLLING MAUL (D) P Bowen 9 11 3...................Sean Bowen B
9
221-84 BOBO MAC (C) T Symonds 6 11 0.............................Jamie Moore
10 UP0-F2 RAZ DE MAREE (D) G Cromwell (IRE) 12 10 13.D J McInerney (5)
11
77711- GANBEI (D1) M W Easterby 11 10 13................. H Bannister T
12
81/1-3 RED RISING (D)(BF) D Skelton 6 10 11.........................H Skelton
13 -36425 LINGUINE S Durack 7 10 8......................................................H Teal (7) B
- 13 declared BETTING: 9-2 Red Rising, 5-1 Ganbei, 7-1 Mon Palois, Zero Grand, 10-1
Skipthecuddles, Raz De Maree, Some Kinda Lama, 12-1 others.
2.40
-11460 FREDERIC (D) K Dalgleish 6 10 2 ....................................J Fanning 7
248865 START SEVEN (C) J Osborne 5 10 2............................D Costello 5
221823 ROYAL RESERVE (C)(BF) D O’Meara 4 10 0 ......................................
..................................................................................................................... Martin Harley 2
4
/1-871 CAPTAIN NAVARRE C Fellowes 5 9 10 ............ S W Kelly V 1
5 543414 GABRIAL’S STAR (CD)(BF) R Fahey 8 9 7.......J Garritty B 8
6
267120 TAKBEER Mrs N Evans 5 9 3...........................................C Bishop C 6
7
-22461 SILVER LINK (C) M Tregoning 3 9 3..................... B A Curtis C 4
8
224351 STEAMING R Beckett 3 9 1.........................................R Kingscote C 9
9 2P4606 LOST THE MOON M Tompkins 4 9 0........................J Haynes 10
10 -42864 RULER OF THE NILE Robert Stephens 5 8 9.....................................
.....................................................................................................................C Shepherd (3) 3
- 10 declared BETTING: 5-2 Captain Navarre, 5-1 Royal Reserve, 6-1 Silver Link, 13-2
Steaming, 7-1 Gabrial’s Star, 8-1 Frederic, 12-1 Ruler Of The Nile, 14-1
Start Seven, 16-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
This can go the way of ROYAL RESERVE, who has twice recorded solid
efforts in defeat when placed at Kempton recently. A one-length loss
to the progressive Ply was followed by a gutsy display against Soldier
In Action 13 days ago, so the well-drawn four-year-old is fancied to
return to winning ways. Captain Navarre is drawn on the inside of
the selection in stall one and appears a threat, while Silver Link and
Gabrial’s Star are other names to note.
WOLVERHAMPTON
1.10
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
BETWAY DASH HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £7,500 added 5f
541467
2-9709
681435
107096
086417
333700
216125
474570
139
625905
BETWAY STAYERS HANDICAP (CLASS 4)
£7,500 added 2m 120yds
1
2
3
FORM VERDICT
MON PALOIS was deemed good enough to line up in a highly
competitive novices’ hurdle contest at Cheltenham 38 days ago,
and should find this switch to handicap company off a mark of 128
much more favourable. He looked progressive prior to that Prestbury
Park outing and can resume his upwards curve. Raz De Maree is an
interesting Irish raider for the in-form Gavin Cromwell and was farm
from disgraced at Cork last time, while Red Rising was third to a well
treated animal at Chepstow last time out and remains on a fair rating.
DYNAMO WALT (CD) D Shaw 6 9 7.......................P Mathers V 3
OLD FASHIONED (D) L McJannet 5 9 7..... E Greatrex B,T 5
UPAVON (D) S C Williams 7 9 6...........Aaron Jones (3) H,T 9
INDEPENDENT MERCHANDISERS LTD NOVICES’
RICH AGAIN (CD) J Bethell 8 9 5................................J Fanning B 8
HURDLE (CLASS 4) £7,000 added 3m
TILLY TROTTER (D) D Carroll 3 9 4................................T Eaves 10
1
3-1237 FOLLOW THE BEAR (D) N Henderson 5 11 4 Nico De Boinville
FAST TRACK (C)(D) T D Barron 6 9 4......................B A Curtis 1
2
F1-131 STATION MASTER (D) K Bailey 6 11 4................................... D Bass
LANDING NIGHT (D) Rebecca Menzies 5 9 3...P J McDonald C,T 2
3
6/3F-3 ALOOMOMO W Greatrex 7 10 12...................................... R Johnson
UNION ROSE (D) R Harris 5 9 3 ........................... D Probert H,C 4
4
P12-6 PLUS ONE (D) Jonjo O’Neill 5 10 12...............................A Coleman
ALWAYS AMAZING (C) R Cowell 3 9 2....................... L Morris 6
5
2/0-57 JANES BOUTIQUE T Symonds 6 10 5......................... A P Heskin
TOP BOY (CD)(BF) D Shaw 7 8 13.................C Shepherd (3) V 7
- 5 declared - 10 declared BETTING: 15-8 Follow The Bear, 2-1 Station Master, 5-2 Aloomomo, 7-1 BETTING: 7-2 Top Boy, 9-2 Landing Night, 6-1 Always Amazing, Upavon,
Plus One, 50-1 Janes Boutique.
Tilly Trotter, 8-1 Rich Again, 12-1 Fast Track, Dynamo Walt, 14-1 others.
1.20
NEXT BEST
Station Master
(1.20pm, Southwell)
Improved for step up in trip last
time and could have too much
stamina for Aloomomo.
3.10
1
2
3
4
5
6
FOLLOW SUNBETS ON TWITTER CLAIMING STAKES
(CLASS 6) £4,000 added 7f
0-0911
954805
669855
236203
315149
531325
UNFORGIVING MINUTE (CD) J Butler 6 10 0.........A Kirby 5
ATHASSEL (CD) P Evans 8 9 10..Katherine Glenister (7) 1
OUTER SPACE (D) J Osborne 6 9 6 .............................D Costello 3
TATLISU (D)(BF) R Fahey 7 9 4 ..........Sebastien Woods (7) 8
WAHAAB (D) Mrs S Leech 6 9 4...........................J Osborn (7) T 6
MIRACLE GARDEN (C)(BF) I Williams 5 9 0......................................
.......................................................................................................................R Kingscote V 9
7
528107 CORPORAL MADDOX (CD) R Harris 10 8 10L Morris H,C 7
8
-30288 LIGHT FROM MARS (CD) R Harris 12 8 10.....D Probert C 2
9
743707 LATEST QUEST (D) S Kirk 3 8 5......................................M Dwyer 10
10 98897- SERAPHIMA (C) Mrs L Williamson 7 8 0..........R Powell H 4
- 10 declared BETTING: 9-4 Unforgiving Minute, 7-2 Tatlisu, 5-1 Outer Space, 6-1
Athassel, 7-1 Miracle Garden, 12-1 Wahaab, 16-1 Corporal Maddox, Light
From Mars, 33-1 others.
Racing results
FAKENHAM
Going: Soft-good to soft in places
1.00 1. MAMOO (T Whelan) 11-2; 2. Astrum 11-4; 3.
Mullaghboy 11-8 fav. 5 ran. 11/4l, 1/2l. (N King). Tote:
£6.00; £2.50, £1.70. Exacta: £16.50. Trifecta: £47.20.
CSF: £20.40. NR: Elysian Prince.
1.30 1. CODY WYOMING (H Bannister) 9-2; 2. Foundation Man 10-1; 3. Newberry New 11-4. 7 ran. 5-2
fav D’nailor (Pulled Up). 41/2l, 11l. (C Mann). Tote:
£5.10; £2.70, £4.90. Exacta: £36.80. Trifecta: £149.90.
CSF: £41.31.
2.00 1. CLASSIC BEN (C Gethings) 5-6 fav; 2. Ballinslea Bridge 11-8; 3. Craigmor 12-1. 4 ran. 11/2l, 13l.
(Stuart Edmunds). Tote: £1.70; Exacta: £2.20. Trifecta:
£3.20. CSF: £2.36.
2.30 1. SAUCYSIOUX (R Johnson) 4-11 fav; 2. Polarbrook 10-1; 3. Walter Oneeightone 5-1. 5 ran. 14l, shd.
(Olly Murphy). Tote: £1.20; £1.10, £3.90. Exacta: £4.60.
Trifecta: £22.50. CSF: £4.91.
3.00 1. BAJARDO (J Banks) 11-2; 2. Yourholidayisover
6-1; 3. Gin And Tonic 4-1. 7 ran. 5-2 fav Lovely Bubbly
(Pulled Up). nk, 11l. (Miss E Baker). Tote: £4.50; £2.40,
£2.10. Exacta: £16.70. Trifecta: £104.70. CSF: £34.79.
£2.50, £4.40. Exacta: £25.50. Tricast: £259.52. Trifecta:
£228.60. CSF: £29.69.
3.30 1. OXFORD BLU (R Johnson) 9-4 fav; 2. Staff Col-
2.10 1. SOLOMON GREY (H Skelton) 10-11 fav; 2.
lege 9-2; 3. Oceanus 33-1. 8 ran. 20l, 1l. (Olly Murphy).
Tote: £2.70; £1.10, £1.20, £6.60. Exacta: £11.30. Trifecta:
£133.50. CSF: £12.41. NR: Glorvina.
Placepot: £145.00. Quadpot: £9.80.
Place 6: £337.54. Place 5: £130.47.
Knocknanuss 13-8; 3. What’s Occurring 7-1. 10 ran.
11l, 6l. (D Skelton). Tote: £1.70; £1.10, £1.10, £2.40.
Exacta: £2.90. CSF: £2.82.
2.40 1. FRANK N FAIR (T Dowling) 14-1; 2. Amberjam
15-2; 3. Fight Commander 10-3 fav. 9 ran. 5l, 3l. (Miss
Z Davison). Tote: £17.30; £3.50, £2.60, £1.50. Exacta:
£157.80. Tricast: £434.43. Trifecta: £822.50. CSF: £110.80.
3.10 1. OUR MERLIN (H Cobden) 9-4 jt-fav; 2. Kristal
Hart 8-1; 3. Money For Nothing 7-1. 8 ran. 9-4 jt-fav
Be Daring (Unseated Rider). 21l, 2l. (R Walford). Tote:
£2.80; £1.50, £1.90, £1.90. Exacta: £24.10. Tricast:
£106.37. Trifecta: £80.00. CSF: £19.74.
3.40 1. HOOK LANE ROOBEE (J Sherwood) 28-1;
2. Seaston Spirit 5-1; 3. Begbie 7-2. 14 ran. 5-2 fav
Nocturnal Myth (5th). 1/2l, 1l. (Miss S Smith). Tote:
£40.10; £6.60, £2.00, £2.00. Exacta: £267.70. Trifecta:
£3383.80. CSF: £164.67.
Placepot: £11.70. Quadpot: £7.60.
Place 6: £21.74. Place 5: £15.58.
PLUMPTON
Going: Good to soft-good in places
12.40 1. BATTLE OF IDEAS (H Cobden) 4-1; 2. Puppet
Warrior 9-2; 3. Piton Pete 2-1 fav. 11 ran. 11/4l, 11l. (C
Tizzard). Tote: £3.90; £1.40, £1.70, £1.20. Exacta: £22.40.
Trifecta: £51.70. CSF: £21.20.
1.10 1. OPTIMUS PRIME (N Fehily) 8-11 fav; 2.
Shaama Grise 13-8; 3. San Pedro De Senam 12-1. 4
ran. 12l, 21l. (D Skelton). Tote: £1.50; Exacta: £2.10.
Trifecta: £3.60. CSF: £2.37.
1.40 1. JESTER JET (R T Dunne) 11-2; 2. Act Now
9-2; 3. Carnspindle 11-1. 8 ran. 10-3 fav Culture De
Sivola (7th). 33/4l, 2l. (Tom Lacey). Tote: £5.60; £1.50,
SOUTHWELL
Going: Standard
11.50 1. RESTIVE (L Morris) 8-11 fav; 2. Luv U
Whatever 7-2; 3. Percys Princess 33-1. 7 ran. 4l, 1l.
(I Jardine). Tote: £1.30; £1.10, £1.70. Exacta: £3.00.
Trifecta: £28.20. CSF: £3.25.
12.20 1. GHASEEDAH (T J Murphy) 3-1; 2. Ladies First
3-1; 3. Gettin’ Lucky 16-1. 10 ran. 9-4 fav Charlie’s
Dreamer (5th). 5l, 5l. (S Crisford). Tote: £4.00; £1.70,
£1.80, £3.70. Exacta: £16.80. Trifecta: £120.20. CSF:
£12.43. NRs: Caledonian Gold, Holiday Girl.
12.50 1. BREAKING FREE (J Hart) 6-1; 2. Mr Coco Bean
13-8 fav; 3. Quick Monet 40-1. 11 ran. 3/4l, 9l. (J J Quinn).
Tote: £6.60; £1.70, £1.10, £7.20. Exacta: £21.80. Tricast:
£376.10. Trifecta: £414.60. CSF: £15.45. NR: Rosie Hall.
1.20 1. SONNET ROSE (Sebastien Woods) 9-2; 2.
Trois Bon Amis 50-1; 3. Pentito Rap 9-2. 12 ran. 9-4
fav Gatillo (12th). 41/2l, 41/2l. (C Allen). Tote: £5.00;
£1.70, £12.70, £1.80. Exacta: £173.20. Tricast: £1109.11.
Trifecta: £1703.80. CSF: £227.84.
1.50 1. MUJASSAM (P Vaughan) 25-1; 2. Tricky
Dicky 5-1; 3. Treaty Of Rome 15-2. 14 ran. 4-1 fav
Call Out Loud (6th). 1l, 3/4l. (D O’Meara). Tote: £32.90;
£7.60, £2.10, £2.30. Exacta: £236.20. Tricast: £1080.89.
Trifecta: £1666.80. CSF: £140.07.
2.20 1. ARCHIE STEVENS (P Pilley) 22-1; 2. Something Lucky 2-1 fav; 3. Silver Penny 8-1. 13 ran. 1l,
11/2l. (Clare Ellam). Tote: £22.50; £5.30, £1.20, £2.90.
Exacta: £97.70. Tricast: £418.09. Trifecta: £1165.90.
CSF: £62.34. NR: Coiste Bodhar.
2.50 1. BOLD SPIRIT (Phil Dennis) 7-4 fav; 2. Why
Me 2-1; 3. Barista 25-1. 14 ran. 33/4l, 1/2l. (D Carroll).
Tote: £2.50; £1.30, £1.60, £4.10. Exacta: £6.50. Tricast:
£63.03. Trifecta: £66.00. CSF: £4.57.
3.20 1. STAR ASCENDING (J Fanning) 10-3; 2. Lean
On Pete 8-1; 3. Dream Serenade 20-1. 14 ran. 2-1 fav
Siempre Amigos (Unseated Rider). 21/4l, 6l. (Jennie
Candlish). Tote: £4.50; £2.10, £2.40, £4.40. Exacta:
£35.30. Tricast: £473.86. Trifecta: £353.70. CSF: £26.50.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £9,183.12 carried over to
Wolverhampton.
Placepot: £107.50. Quadpot: £31.10.
Place 6: £56.05. Place 5: £48.56.
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GYMNASTICS
WINTER OLYMPICS
Evidence and
pressure mount
up for a blanket
ban on Russia
mised it, the Games themselves were
attacked, and I’m sorry but that’s not
Russia should learn tonight whether acceptable, so you’re out.
their entire team will be exclud“And of course there’s been no
ed from the Winter Olympics in acknowledgement of misconduct at
Pyeongchang in February over rev- all. On the contrary, it’s everybody
elations the country sabotaged the else’s fault, everybody else is pickprevious Games in Sochi with a state- ing on Russia. There’s no contrition
sponsored doping programme.
whatsoever, there’s actually just belThe International Olympic ligerence. I don’t think you can afford
Committee (IOC) has convened to reward that kind of conduct by
an executive board meeting in saying ‘oh well, we’ll let in some of the
Lausanne for today where
good guys’. So I think its imit will hear the findings of
portant for the IOC to take
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ere’s
no
two internal commissions
and maintain the initiative
and make a decision on contrition
at this stage in the process.”
sanctions for Russia. Insid- whatsoever,
The IOC decided against
ers believe the organisation there’s just
imposing a blanket ban on
will seek to take a tough belligerence
Russia ahead of the 2016
stance after several new so I think it’s
Olympics in Rio and, in a
pieces of evidence emerged
move that drew heavy critiimportant
for
last week that all but concism, left the decision to bar
firmed the existence of an the IOC to take any of the country’s athletes
the
initiative
elaborate scheme to cover
to individual sports federaup Russian positive tests at
tions. Such a repeat is unthe 2014 Games.
likely for Pyeongchang with the IOC
Yesterday, Dick Pound, a former largely convinced of the authenticity
IOC vice-president and the founding of the new evidence that has shed sigpresident of the World Anti-Doping nificant light on how Russian athletes
Agency (WADA) said he supported could take a cocktail of banned drugs
calls to hand down a blanket ban to and evade detection.
Russia, as “the Games themselves
Should the country escape a total
were attacked”. Pound told i: “It ban in South Korea, it is widely exwould be the best message to athletes pected that the IOC will keep all refand the world at large for the IOC to erences to Russia out of the Games,
say this is our event, you’ve compro- meaning their athletes could only
Van Hoof faces
‘misconduct’
allegations
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Yelena Isinbayeva (with torch) and Maria Sharapova of the Russian team during
the opening ceremony to the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February 2014 GETTY
compete as neutral athletes under
the Olympic flag in their events.
Russia has continuously denied
all existence of a state-backed drugs
scheme. Their officials have said
competing as neutrals would be tantamount to a complete suspension,
and that they may consider boycotting the 2018 Games.
The late rush to settle on a punishment against Russia so close to the
Games, though, bears an unsettling
resemblance to events ahead of Rio,
Results Service
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S D
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Birmingham (0)........0 W’hampton (1) ..........1
Leo Bonatini 8
Att 19,641
P W D L F A Pts
W’hampton
20 15 2 3 41 17 47
Cardiff
20 13 4 3 30 14 43
Bristol City
20 10 7 3 32 21 37
Sheff Utd
20 12 1 7 33 24 37
Aston Villa
20 10 6 4 29 18 36
Derby
20 10 5 5 30 21 35
Ipswich
20 10 2 8 35 30 32
Leeds
20 9 3 8 30 25 30
Middlesbrough 20 8 5 7 25 20 29
Preston
20 7 8 5 23 21 29
Brentford
20 6 9 5 31 27 27
Sheff Wed
20 6 9 5 25 23 27
Nottm Forest 20 9 0 11 28 33 27
Reading
20 7 5 8 26 24 26
Fulham
20 6 8 6 26 27 26
Norwich
20 6 6 8 18 26 24
Millwall
20 5 7 8 22 21 22
QPR
20 5 7 8 22 29 22
Barnsley
20 5 5 10 24 31 20
Hull
20 4 7 9 34 37 19
Bolton
20 3 7 10 19 37 16
Birmingham 20 4 4 12 10 29 16
Sunderland
20 2 8 10 26 38 14
Burton Albion 20 3 5 12 12 38 14
FA CUP SECOND ROUND
Slough (0).........................0 Rochdale (1) ..................4
Andrew 13
Camps 68
Henderson 90
Done 90
Att 1,950
FA TROPHY THIRD ROUND REPLAY
Melksham Town 2 Bridgwater Town 0.
CRICKET
THIRD TEST MATCH
India v Sri Lanka, Delhi: India 536-7dec.
(127.5 overs; V Kohli 243, M Vijay 155, R
G R G Sharma 65; P A D L R Sandakan
4-167). Sri Lanka 356-9 (130.0 overs; L D
Chandimal 147no, A D Mathews 112).
FIRST TEST MATCH
West Indies v New Zealand, Wellington:
West Indies 134 (N Wagner 7-39) & 319
(K C Brathwaite 91, S O Hetmyer 66),
New Zealand 520-9 dec (T A Blundell
107 no, C de Grandhomme 105, L R
P L Taylor 93, H M Nicholls 67). New
Zealand won by an innings and 67 runs.
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and the IOC leadership will be under
immense pressure to strike a decisive tone tonight.
Among other things, the IOC is
likely to place significant weight on
the diaries of the former Moscow
laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov, which detail the extent of
the Russian government’s involvement in the drugs programme. His
notes specifically refer to discussions
he had about cheating with several
prominent officials.
Eddie van Hoof, the head coach of
Britain’s elite men’s gymnastics
programme, has been suspended for alleged misconduct. The
61-year-old Yorkshireman was
UK Coaching’s coach of the year
in 2016 after the men’s team won
five medals at the Rio Olympics.
Van Hoof (right) also shared
the high-performance
coach of the year
prize with the
Great Britain
para-swimming
squad’s head
coach Rob
Greenwood,
who has since
been accused of
bullying athletes
by an independent investigation for British Swimming.
In a statement, British Gymnastics said: “An independent
investigation is being conducted
into allegations of misconduct relating to Eddie van Hoof, pending
the outcome of which he has been
suspended. The suspension is not
a disciplinary penalty and indeed
does not imply any assumption of
guilt.”
The specific allegations against
the coach, who competed as a
gymnast for Great Britain at the
1984 Olympics, are not known. The
news, however, comes only three
weeks after British Gymnastics’
chief executive Jane Allen published an open letter denying there
was a “win at any cost” mentality
at the sport’s Lilleshall base.
RUGBY LEAGUE
SNOOKER
BETWAY UK CHAMPIONSHIPS, BARBICAN CENTRE, YORK, 2nd rd: B Hawkins
(Eng) bt H Miah (Eng) 6-2; J Higgins (Sco)
bt C Yupeng (Chin) 6-4; A Songsermsawad (Thai) bt M Holt (Eng) 6-4; H Vafaei
Ayouri (Irn) bt A McGill (Sco) 6-5 3rd
rd: G Dott (Sco) bt J Trump (Eng) 6-2; S
Maguire (Sco) bt L Wenbo (Chin) 6-5; L
Haotian (Chin) bt M Fu (HK) 6-4; R Day
(Wal) bt M Williams (Wal) 6-5.
TODAYS FIXTURES
(Football 7.45pm unless stated)
FOOTBALL
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP A
Benfica v Basel..................................................................
Man Utd v CSKA Moscow........................................
GROUP B
Bayern Munich v Paris SG......................................
Celtic v Anderlecht........................................................
GROUP C
Chelsea v Atletico Madrid.......................................
Roma v Qarabag ...............................................................
GROUP D
Barcelona v Sporting Lisbon................................
Olympiakos v Juventus..............................................
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO
Stirling v Peterhead......................................................
FA TROPHY THIRD QUALIFYING ROUND
REPLAY
Margate v Bath City ......................................................
CHECKATRADE TROPHY NORTHERN
SECTION SECOND ROUND
Lincoln City v Accrington .......................................
Port Vale v Shrewsbury.............................................
Scunthorpe v Leicester .............................................
Fleetwood v Chesterfield........................................
Bradford v Oldham........................................................
SOUTHERN SECTION SECOND ROUND
Gillingham v Oxford Utd (7)....................................
Swansea v Charlton (7) ...............................................
Swindon v Forest Green (7.30) ............................
Luton v West Ham.........................................................
Yeovil v AFC Wimbledon.........................................
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
NORTH: Harrogate Tn v Kidderminster.
SOUTH: Oxford City v Truro City.
CRICKET
SECOND TEST MATCH—FINAL DAY:
Australia v England (Adelaide, 3.30am
Tuesday).
THIRD TEST MATCH—FINAL DAY: India
v Sri Lanka (Delhi, 4.00am Tuesday).
Venues jostle for position in
race to host World Cup ties
will close at the end of July next year
with the venues due to be announced in
Organisers have received 39 expres- early 2019.
sions of interest from towns and cities
The 2017 World Cup drew an aggrewanting to act as hosts for the 2021 gate crowd of just over 372,000 for the
World Cup in England. Even before the 28 matches, including five sell-outs,
final whistle was blown on the 2017 tour- which is well short of the 458,463 that
nament, the Rugby Football League was watched the 2013 tournament which
swinging into action as it picked up the helped generate a profit of more than
baton for the 16th World Cup.
£3.7million. The financial return
RLWC2021 chief execuhas yet to be announced for
tive Jon Dutton, who was
the 2017 World Cup but
among the organisers for
officials were delighted
the 2013 event hosted
with a TV audience of 7.2
by England and Wales
million across Australia,
Number of teams
and was among the
with 2.7 million watching
to compete at
40,000 crowd for Saturthe final, well outstripthe 2021 World
day’s 2017 final between
ping the figures for the
Cup – compared to
England and Australia
first day of the second
14 in the last two
tournaments
in Brisbane, said: “Next
Ashes Test going on at the
month we are hosting three
same time. That match also
workshops in Manchester, Leeds
drew an average BBC TV audiand London which will trigger the race ence of 1.5 million, peaking at 2 million.
for towns and cities to put their best
The 2021 World Cup is being expandfoot forward and develop a bid.”
ed to 16 teams, compared to 14 for each
Dutton says the bidding process to of the last two, and all 31 games will be
act as hosts for matches, base camps broadcast live on the BBC. Only venues
and training venues for the men’s, with capacities of more than 12,000 will
women’s and wheelchair tournaments be considered as match venues.
By Ian Laybourn
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RUGBY UNION
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Injured Itoje at
risk of missing
the kick-off
of Six Nations
By Chris Jones
Maro Itoje faces a race against
time to be for the start of the Six
Nations, amid fears he suffered a
broken jaw against Harlequins.
The Saracens and England lock
was hurt in the 48th minute of his
side’s 20-19 defeat at the Stoop
on Sunday when he collided with
Mike Brown’s shoulder.
Itoje was taken to hospital with
blood streaming from his mouth
and Sarries are anxiously awaiting the results of a scan.
A fractured jaw or cheekbone
would make him a major doubt for
England’s Six Nations opener on
4 February against Italy in Rome,
while he will definitely miss the
European Champions Cup double
-header against French champions Clermont Auvergne.
Sarries’ director of rugby Mark
McCall, meanwhile, admits his
side are in “unchartered territory” after suffering a fifth consecutive defeat.
Sarries led Quins 16-8 with 10
minutes of the match to go.
He said: “It’s incredibly disappointing to lose a game that we
should have won. We chucked
it away, to be honest. We gave
away some terrible penalties but
particularly in the last 15 minutes
when we didn’t need to.
“We just needed to be smart in
what we did. We’re okay. We’re
third in the Premiership, top of
our Champions Cup pool and have
big games coming up, starting
with Clermont at Allianz Park on
Sunday.”
Clermont have injury problems of their own, with former
All Black Luke McAlister set to
miss both games against Saracens after suffering a suspected
broken hand in the win over Agen
on Sunday.
Clermont are already without
Lions scrum-half Greig Laidlaw,
who is recovering from a broken
ankle. EVENING STANDARD
England find their voice but must
confront demons before it is too late
AUSTRALIA
Woakes 2-13
ENGLAND
Overton 41no; Lyon
4-60
442-8d &
53-4
227
By Jonathan Liew
AT THE ADELAIDE OVAL
Maro Itoje could miss England’s
Six Nations opener against Italy
Finally, on a chilly third evening by
the River Torrens, England discovered their voice. It most likely came
too late to save them here: in all likelihood, England will lose to go 2-0 down
in the Ashes series. Their task for the
rest of this game is to salvage enough
dignity to convince a sceptical public, a sizeable travelling support, and
themselves, that they are not about to
succumb to yet another humiliating
thrashing on Australian soil.
The spectre of whitewash has
begun to loom over this series like a
filthy cloud, and after being roundly
battered for eight sessions, England
belatedly set about trying to disperse
it. Despite losing four cheap thirdinnings wickets, Australia have more
than enough runs on the board, and
may now get more time to bowl England out. But at least England competed, and threatened, which is more
than they have done previously.
These were their tiny, micropockets of resistance: a wagging tail,
a sturdy debut innings of 41 not out
by Craig Overton, a promising spell
with the pink ball under lights. But
above all, this was another grim day
for English cricket, mitigated only in
part by Australia’s platinum-plated
excellence in home conditions. With
the ball, and latterly with the bat,
England have looked like a team so
paralytically determined to play their
best cricket that they have occasionally forgotten to play cricket at all.
If there is one thing Australia do became a vessel for their demise. It
better than anything else, it is turning showed in their tired, hackneyed shot
up the ambient volume – the sense of selection: James Vince going for a
occasion, the intensity of the
glory-laden back foot swish in
contest, the pressure of the
the second over of the day,
situation, the deeply perJoe Root expansively
sonal nature of the batdriving at the swingtle – to the extent that
ing ball, Moeen Ali’s
you forget about the
slow-motion prod at
Craig Overton
round object hurtling
Nathan Lyon. What
was top scorer
towards you.
linked them all was
in England’s first
England tried so
the total absence of ininnings, on his Test
hard to cope with the
genuity, of intelligence,
debut
pressure that they forof simple cricketing ingot to cope with the ball.
stinct: an overstimulated
The ball became little more
team playing on autopilot,
than a vessel for their emotions,
not through a lack of effort, but beand across 76 tortuous overs, it also cause they have been overstimulated
to the point where this is no longer
simply a game for them.
The spectre of an
Trevor Bayliss, the coach, and Paul
Australian whitewash has
Farbrace, the assistant coach, must
begun to loom over this
now do something that comes natuseries like a filthy cloud
rally to neither of them. They need
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Ashes briefing: Second Test, day three
Too little too late?
The above phrase could equally apply
to England’s first-innings batting
or their improved bowling. They
conceded a deficit of 215 after a flaky
display from the top order and a slow
start with the ball first time round –
in contrast to Broad and Anderson’s
Nathan Lyon takes
a spectacular
caught and bowled
to dismiss Moeen
Ali AFP/GETTY
testing spells when Australia began
again under lights.
Stat of the day
The joint-highest stand in
England’s innings, until
eight and nine Woakes and
Overton joined forces.
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Tweet of the day
“Very very satisfying to watch #ashes
#adelaideoval” Mitchell Johnson’s
bouncers for England are no longer
on the pitch, but the 2013-14 Ashes
hero was clearly enjoying it almost as
much from the sidelines.
Fall: 1-29, 2-31, 3-50, 4-80, 5-102, 6-132, 7-142, 8-208, 9-227.
Bowling: M A Starc 20-4-49-3, J R Hazlewood 16-3-56-1, P
J Cummins 16-3-47-2, N M Lyon 24.1-5-60-4.
AUSTRALIA — Second Innings
Runs 6s 4s Bls Min
C T Bancroft c Bairstow b Anderson 4 0
1 8 11
D A Warner c Root b Woakes
14 0
1 60 89
20 0 3 49 69
U T Khawaja lbw b Anderson
*S P D Smith lbw b Woakes
6 0
1 12 25
P S P Handscomb not out
3 0 0 17 37
3 0 0 10 17
N M Lyon not out
Extras (lb2 w1)
3
Total(for 4, 26 overs)
53
Fall: 1-5, 2-39, 3-41, 4-50.
To Bat: S E Marsh, †T D Paine, M A Starc, P J Cummins, J
R Hazlewood.
Bowling: J M Anderson 11-7-16-2, S C J Broad 7-2-14-0, C
Overton 1-0-8-0, C R Woakes 7-0-13-2.
Umpires: Aleem Dar and C B Gaffaney.
Hales will not face criminal
charges and is clear to play
By Jonathan Liew
to stop focusing on positives. Over
the past two-and-a-half years, their
achievement in creating a harmonious, relaxed dressing room, in which
veterans and newcomers alike feel
comfortable and invested, should not
be downplayed. It has certainly been
the exception, not the rule, in English
cricketing history.
But gradually, it has also created
an environment in which serious
flaws can be elided rather than genuinely addressed. Heavy defeats can
be spun. Systemic issues can be ignored. Difficult conversations can be
avoided. This is fine and desirable in a
club, a friendship group, even a business. But in international sport, there
can be no hiding place.
What might England focus on instead? The negatives, of course. They
need to stop explaining away batting
collapses as a bad day at the office.
They need to stop defending underperformance. Most urgently, they
need to stop swallowing down their
fear as if it doesn’t exist. A little fear
can be no bad thing. A looming humiliation can help sharpen the senses
before it is too late. Avoiding the word
“whitewash” does not make a whitewash go away. THE INDEPENDENT
The England and Wales Cricket
Board have lifted their suspension on
Alex Hales for his part in the Bristol
altercation involving Ben Stokes in
September. Police have informed
the ECB that Hales will face no
criminal charges, and so he will now
be considered for England selection
again, with the one-day series against
Australia in January his likeliest
return date.
The significance of this
move is that it indicates
what is likely to occur in
the event that any case
against Stokes is also
dropped. As soon as they
received confirmation
that Hales (right) would
not be charged, the ECB
board convened via conference
call and decided to lift his suspension,
allowing him to play immediately.
Should Stokes be cleared, he could
therefore be playing for England
within a matter of days.
What complicates the matter is that
Hales is being treated as a witness in
the Stokes case. Because of this, the
ECB’s independent Cricket Discipline
Commission has delayed the start of
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Steve
Bunce
Pugilistic perfection:
Ukraine’s finest versus
the exiled king of Cuba
Adelaide scoreboard
Second Test, Adelaide (Day 3 of 5): Australia are leading
England by 268 runs with 6 second-innings wickets in
hand
England won toss
AUSTRALIA — First Innings 442-8 dec. (Marsh 126no,
Paine 57, Khawaja 53)
ENGLAND — First Innings 29-1
First Innings Contd
Runs 6s 4s Bls Min
37 0 3 90 176
A N Cook c Smith b Lyon
2 0 0 10 63
J M Vince c Paine b Hazlewood
9 0
1 10 22
*J E Root c Bancroft b Cummins
19 0
1 58 89
D J Malan c Paine b Cummins
M M Ali c & b Lyon
25 0 2 57 79
†J M Bairstow c & b Starc
21 0 2 50 61
C R Woakes c & b Starc
36 0 4 62 93
C Overton not out
41 0 5 79 107
3 0 0 17 22
S C J Broad c Paine b Lyon
0 0 0 3
7
J M Anderson lbw b Lyon
Extras (lb15 w1)
16
Total(76.1 overs)
227
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ON BOXING
Overton chose right moment
England’s debutant No 9 (right) had
made scores of nought, nought and
nought in his three attempts in the
pre-series tour matches. But there
was no fluke about his unbeaten 41
at his first attempt in the Ashes – an
innings which suggests he will be
capable of making many more handy
Test runs later in the series.
Shot of the day
It was symptomatic of England’s
faulty innings that it came from
Woakes down at No 8, but his squaredrive on the up for four off Josh
Hazlewood was the work of a frontline batsman.
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any internal disciplinary process until
after the Stokes case has concluded,
in order to avoid prejudicing any
potential criminal trial.
Thus, the CDC will decide on the
fates of both Stokes and Hales at
the same time. And so Stokes is not
guaranteed to be cleared for selection even if charges against him are
dropped, for the CDC could yet decide to impose their own sanction
that would prevent him from featuring in the current Ashes series.
Meanwhile, the ECB has
cleared Hales to play in the
inaugural Ten10 Cricket
League in Dubai from
21 December. Stokes remains in New Zealand as
he continues his return to
cricket with Canterbury,
and could in theory apply for
a No Objection Certificate to
play in this season’s Big Bash, which
begins on 19 December.
But given the potential embarrassment of their best-known player
appearing in domestic cricket in
Australia at the same time as his
team-mates are playing in the
Ashes, it appears unlikely the ECB
would grant any such request. THE
INDEPENDENT
O
ne man became the
story is the failure of Rigondeaux
most expensive smugto make an impact on the boxing
gled cargo in the
world. He is simply too good and
world, the other is sim- he is also troublesome to deal with,
ply untouchable inside
seldom smiling and constantly
a boxing ring and this weekend in
at war with the various men that
the basement at Madison Square
helped smuggle him to freedom.
Garden they meet in a fight that
He has been called ungrateful by
defies category.
the men pursuing him occasionally
Guillermo Rigondeaux is the tiny through the courts and boring
Cuban exile, once Fidel Castro’s
to watch by too many at ringside
favourite fighter, once adored on
who should know better. Cuba,
the streets of Havana but twice a
remember, is not famous for its
defector and now one of the most
clown school.
avoided boxers in the business.
Lomachenko walked to
Rigondeaux is unbeaten in
freedom through a glittering
17 as a professional and
phalanx of back-slapping
lost just 12 times in 475
converts, hailed as the
amateur contests. He
future before his first
won two Olympic gold
professional fight; in
medals, two world
fight number two he
amateur titles, he has
lost for the second time
not lost since 2003
in his career when he
and amazingly starts
fought for a world title
Saturday’s fight as the
against a veteran called
underdog.
Orlando Salido. It was a
Vasyl Lomachenko
shock, but a brilliant
(right) is the Ukraine
victory for the old pro
idol, a man blessed with
They each game. However, in fight
such ridiculous physical
three Lomachenko won
are capable
agility, timing and speed
his world title and in fight
of
perfection
that when he performs his
seven he added a second;
inside
the
ring,
routines in the gym it looks
little Vasyl has now
like sorcery. Lomachenko comfortable
fought 10 times and nine
with taking
has lost just twice in a
have been for a version
total of 412 fights and like risks
of the world title; nobody
Rigondeaux he has also
measured by other than Rigondeaux
won two Olympic titles. He millimetres
has lived a similar,
is naturally bigger, at 29
extreme boxing life.
They meet on
nearly eight years younger,
Saturday for Lomachenko’s WBO
taller, but has a reach disadvantage.
super-featherweight title and
Cuban children are screened and
that means Rigondeaux has to
reach is one of the factors crucial
gain eight pounds to move from
to their confinement inside schools
super-bantamweight, the type
where they are made into boxers.
of substantial weight gain that
In 2007 Rigondeaux (below) went
very few fighters in the last 50
over the wall at a tournament in
Brazil, gloried in his defection briefly years have been comfortable with;
Rigondeaux has taken the fight,
and then went back to Cuba to see
knowing a win changes everything
his family. His public humiliation
for him.
was total, promises were not kept
It is unlikely to be a slugfest
and he lost his right to fight and the
meagre extra rations that come with when the first bell sounds but just
such fame in a country devoted to its the opportunity to watch two men
with a combined record of just 14
boxers. Rigondeaux seethed
defeats in 887 fights, both with two
in private, threatened
gold medals, should be cherished.
to sell a gold medal to a
They each are capable of
holidaying gringo to pay
perfection inside the ring,
for his daughter’s
comfortable with taking risks
birthday party and it
measured by millimetres
was not long before
and the only real edge is
men from boxing’s
Lomachenko’s natural size;
darkest regions
Rigondeaux will have to be
made contact. It was
the fighter we have seldom
very secretive, bundles of
seen, an aggressive,
dollars were left in hiding and
risk-taker and if that
another, far more intricate
transformation
defection was planned. In
happens – we have
2009 Rigondeaux finally
seen brutal glimpses
landed in Miami.
of it – he can win
Rigondeaux has fought
one of the purest
just 17 times in eight
boxing matches
years as a professional,
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The stats suggest FA should hire
a woman to replace Sampson
T
he Football Association’s
stated ambition for the
England’s women’s team,
the rationale behind
pumping millions into
its set-up, is to win a major tournament. This, it is believed, will turbocharge the sport’s development.
So maybe, as executives began
interviewing yesterday for a
successor to Mark Sampson (right),
they should appoint a woman.
This is not to suggest there
are not some excellent male
candidates. Nick Cushing has
committed himself to remaining
at Manchester City but other
options include Geordie John
Herdman, currently with Canada,
Liverpudlian US domestic league
winner Paul Riley, and FA coach
tutor, Watford manager and
ex-international coach Keith
Boanas.
But all the big prizes in the world
game are currently held by women,
and with one exception, women
have been winning all of them since
2000. That year Norway, under
Per-Mathias Hogmo, won the
Sydney Olympics. Since then there
have been four World Cups, four
more Olympics and five European
Championships. All of them have
been won by female coaches except
for the 2011 World Cup, a shock
win for Japan under Norio Sasaki.
The last World Cup, in 2015, was
won by the United States, coached
by English-born Jill Ellis. The
following year’s Rio Olympics were
won by Germany, under Silvia Neid.
This year the Netherlands’ Euros
triumph was masterminded by
Sarina Wiegman.
In addition the only other
continental competition, the
Women’s African Nations Cup,
is held by Nigeria, coached by
Florence Omagbemi. On these
shores the last major honour, the
Spring Series, was won by Chelsea,
under Emma Hayes.
So the FA should hire
current caretaker (and
former FA Cup winning
coach) Mo Marley. Or
Hayes, or US-based
Laura Harvey, or
Sampson’s erstwhile
assistant Marianne
Spacey, or former
manager Hope Powell.
It is not quite as simple as
that, and not just because Hayes
and Harvey have ruled themselves
out and Powell only recently began
work at ambitious Brighton.
While it is often said, with
justification in many industries,
that women need to be twice as
good as a man to give a chance to
succeed, are they really winning
trophies because they are better?
Or is it that those nations prepared
to appoint a women tend to be
those forward-minded liberal
countries who have also invested
in women’s sport creating a viable
career path and thus producing
Results suggest selecting
a woman is not just about
positive discrimination,
it might also make sense
the best players. Most of these
successes have come with United
States or Germany suggesting this
is a factor.
The reality, as usual, is probably
somewhere in between. The likes
of Powell, Wiegman and Marley
were pioneers, gaining their Uefa
pro licences in exclusively male
environments, an achievement
that requires toughness and
determination as well as
knowledge and ability.
In most cases they have
had to have parallel
careers outside the
game (Hayes is in the
family foreign exchange
business, Neid was a
wholesale florist, Wiegman
a PE teacher). Success has been
hard earned.
Women remain in the minority.
At the 16-team Euros Wiegman was
one of six female coaches. Hayes
is one of seven women managers
in the 20-team WSL. Part of the
problem is there are still very few
female coaches, and few emerging
despite FA initiatives at national
and county level.
One reason for this is a lack of
role models which is why Powell
now thinks the job should go to a
woman. She used to believe – like
most current players still do –
gender was irrelevant, just choose
the best candidate. But there
is a bigger picture to consider.
Serendipitously, results elsewhere
suggest selecting a woman is not
just about positive discrimination,
it might also make sense.
An artist’s impression of how Crystal Palace’s new stadium will look
Relegation will be
‘no obstacle’ to Palace
rebuilding stadium
By James Daly
Steve Parish has promised Crystal
Palace fans that relegation from the
Premier League will not stop his
£100 million redevelopment plans
for Selhurst Park. While the Eagles
have improved in the last two months
under Roy Hodgson they remain in
the relegation zone, climbing off bottom spot at the weekend for the first
time since the former England manager took over.
After unveiling his vision for the
future of the 93-year-old stadium in
Thornton Heath at a ceremony at Selhurst Park, in the main stand that has
not seen an upgrade outside of new
cladding and plastic seats since 1924,
club chairman Parish confirmed it
would happen whether Palace stayed
up or not.
“You’ve got to have your long-term
plans,” he said. “You can’t stop doing
everything on Monday morning
because you’re in the relegation zone,
or start doing things because you’re
not in the relegation zone. We’ve got
a plan for every eventuality.
“For the long-term future of this
football, it’s essential we improve this
facility here. It’s essential for people’s
belief system, essential for income,
essential for a multitude of things.
We need to do it. There might be
some things that are easier to do in
the Championship, with the number
of spectators coming in not being as
high, but the financing would be more
difficult. Whatever happens, there’ll
need to be external financing: from
us as shareholders, from pre-selling
debentures or season tickets.
“There will be a range of different ways to get the money. As a club,
we’ve got to get past relegation being
the be-all and end-all. This is a longterm plan for the club.”
The plans include an 8,000
increase in capacity to 34,000, a larger pitch, hospitality for up to 2,500
fans, a club museum and improved
disabled facilities. The open corners
of the ground will also be filled in.
The club said this was the first step
of a process Parish expects to take
two years. Planning permission is yet
to be handed in, with Palace hoping
to do that at the end of January, and
there will need to be consultation with
local residents and Croydon Council. Parish, who had to shelve a plan
to relocate the club back to its spiritual home at the Crystal Palace Park
some years ago, remains confident he
will get his wish this time. “Croydon
Council have been outstanding so
far,” he said. THE INDEPENDENT
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Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish
“does not begrudge” Sam Allardyce
taking Everton’s lucrative offer
last week, six months after
quitting Selhurst Park
saying he was retiring
from management.
A l l a r d y c e ( r i gh t )
walked out on Palace at
the end of last season,
after keeping them in the
Premier League. He said
then that he did not want
another job in club football and
wanted to spend time travelling and
being with his family. But last week
he signed an 18-month, £6m per year
deal to manage Everton. Parish was
asked about Allardyce’s apparent
volte-face. “I like Sam a lot,” Parish
said. “Things have changed for him
since he left us, and the opportunity
is a very, very difficult one for
him to turn down. And he
did turn it down, a couple
of times. I don’t begrude
him.”
Allardyce joined Palace after resigning from
the England job . “From
where he was, after England, with his reputation
somewhat tarnished, unfairly
in my view, I am proud I was part of
picking him up,” said Parish. “He did
a great job for us.” THE INDEPENDENT
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I allowed Spurs
to self-destruct
in vital title game,
says Clattenburg
Arabia’s head of referees, said: “I allowed them [Spurs] to self-destruct
Former Premier League referee so all the media, all the people in the
Mark Clattenburg has controver- world went: ‘Tottenham lost the title.’”
sially claimed that he “allowed TotWhen asked if he had helped to
tenham to self-destruct” when he “script” the game, he replied: “I
took charge of the club’s 2-2 draw at
helped the game. I certainly benChelsea at the end of the 2015efited the game by my style
16 season.
of refereeing. Some refSpurs needed to beat
erees would have played
their London rivals to
by the book. Tottenham
keep the pressure on
would have been down
eventual champions
to seven or eight playLeicester City, but they
ers and probably lost
blew a two-goal lead and
and they would’ve been
had nine players booked
looking for an excuse. But
in a tempestuous affair that
I didn’t give them an excuse,
became known as the Battle of
because my gameplan was: let
the Bridge.
them lose the title.”
After the match, both
Clattenburg also admitsides received fines from
ted that he changed his
T
h
ey
would
the Football Association for
style of refereeing when
failing to control their play- have been
taking charge of European
ers, while Spurs midfielder down to eight matches. He took charge of
Mousa Dembélé (right) but I didn’t
the Euro 2016 final between
was subsequently banned give them an
Portugal and France, as
for six matches after he excuse. My
well as that year’s Chamwas found guilty of poking
pions League and FA Cup
the eye of Chelsea striker gameplan was: finals.
let them lose
Diego Costa.
“The English style of
Speaking on NBC’s Men the title
refereeing is different,” he
in Blazers podcast released
added. I had to referee difthis week, Clattenburg
ferently when I went into
controversially revealed he “went in Europe because none of the top playwith a gameplan” so that he could not ers in Europe would accept some of
be blamed for Tottenham losing the the physical contact that went on in
title.
the Premier League – but that was
Clattenburg, who quit his job as a the theatre, that’s what people loved.
Premier League referee in February They love a tackle, they don’t want it
to take up a lucrative position as Saudi punished.” THE INDEPENDENT
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Bonatini
makes it six of
the best for
Nuno’s leaders
Mark Clattenburg
books Eric Dier
during the Battle of
the Bridge GETTY
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AT ST ANDREW’S
New Year’s Eve derby rescheduled
By Jonathan Hunn
AND Ben Pearce
The London derby between
Tottenham and West Ham has
been moved from New Year’s Eve
to the first week of January to
enable more fans to attend the
game at Wembley Stadium.
Originally arranged for 2.15pm
on 31 December, confirmation of
the fixture was delayed following
safety concerns, largely due to
the fact that tube staff are on duty
until the early hours of 1 January.
The wait caused frustration
for fans of both clubs, who were
unable to finalise festive plans,
but it was announced yesterday
that the match will take place at
8pm on Thursday 4 January.
The change means both
teams will now have six days
off following their Boxing Day
matches.
However, they will then both
have two matches in three days.
Spurs travel to Swansea on 2
January, while West Ham host
West Brom. Both sides will then
be in FA Cup action the following
weekend. EVENING STANDARD
Narcissism of Clatts threatens to pervert game
S
o Mark “Clatts” Clattenburg went into big games
with pre-match plans?
As you might expect for a
top-line referee. And if that
preparation was based around a
value-free approach to officiating,
to making decisions in accordance
with the rules without fear or favour
towards any team, we must applaud
that professionalism.
But not if those plans are designed
to promote an impression of his
choosing, which appears to be
the case in May last year when
Tottenham needed to win at Chelsea
to maintain interest in the title
chase with Leicester. Clattenburg,
now working in Saudi Arabia, told
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NBC’s Men In Suits podcast that he
the Belgian midfielder was given a
had decided to tailor his approach
six-match ban for violent conduct
to absolve himself of any blame
involving an incident with Diego
that Tottenham or their fans might
Costa. The overarching importance
apportion should they lose. “Some
of putting Clattenburg before the
referees would have played
game suggests his narcisby the book; Tottenham
sism went further than a
What
would have been down to
love of personal grooming.
seven or eight players and Clattenburg
While this is not the
probably lost and they
did was allow most pernicious example
would’ve been looking for the political
of bias in the beautiful
an excuse. But I didn’t give situation
game, it demonstrates
them an excuse, because
how susceptible even the
surrounding
my gameplan was: let them
most garlanded officials
the
match
lose the title.”
are to public mood, and
What Clattenburg did, in to influence
how grave matters might
fact, was to allow the politi- his thinking
become were characters
cal situation surrounding
like Clattenburg minded
a match to influence his
to deviate further from the
thinking. Though he brandished 12
straight and narrow.
yellow cards, nine to Tottenham, he
In a confessional in the Sunday
stuck by his intention not to show
Mirror almost a decade ago, Graham
a red. In the case of Tottenham’s
Poll told how pressure was applied
Mousa Dembélé, justice caught up
to ensure that a match between
with him only retrospectively when
Manchester United and Arsenal
in 2005 should pass without
controversy. With Gary Neville
pinned to the tunnel wall by Patrick
Vieira, who was threatening to
break his leg, and Roy Keane poised
to intervene before a ball was kicked,
there was a case for action in the
tunnel. “I could have sent both players off and told the managers to pick
a substitute to replace each man in
their starting line-up. Given what I
had been told when I was handed the
appointment, I decided that the best
thing would be to just get on with the
game,” Poll said.
Action of this sort does not
protect the game, it perverts it. And
by not punishing thuggish behaviour,
Poll condoned it.
More about Clattenburg’s
controversial career at
inews.co.uk/sport
Leo Bonatini reopened Wolves’
four-point lead at the top of the
Championship with the only goal.
The striker’s 12th of the season
sealed a sixth straight victory for
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
Wolves host struggling Sunderland on Saturday as overwhelming favourites to return to
the Premier League for the first
time since 2012. That relegation
sparked a tumble into League
One a year later but it is rivals
Birmingham who need to worry
about that now. Defeat kept Blues,
who had Harlee Dean sent off late
on, in the drop zone on goal difference after a powderpuff performance and they have just one win in
eight games.
After eight minutes, Birmingham gifted Wolves the winner. Jonathan Grounds passed
straight to Ivan Cavaleiro on the
edge of the box and he forced
David Stockdale into a fine save
before the goalkeeper turned
away Diogo Jota’s follow up. But
he could not keep out Bonatini’s
third effort as it crept over the line
despite Michael Morrison’s desperate attempt to clear.
Wolves seized control. Cavaleiro fired over before being denied
by Stockdale’s low save after neat
build-up play carved Birmingham
open. Wolves remained comfortable throughout a first half where
the hosts barely threatened.
Blues improved after the break
and saw more of the ball even if
they lacked punch up front and
Wolves wasted two openings
when Jota failed to find a finish
after he wriggled into the area and
Stockdale was alert to keep out
Helder Costa. Blues failed to seriously test Wolves and their hopes
ended when Dean was dismissed
with seven minutes left, collecting
a second booking for a shove.
Leo Bonatini celebrates scoring
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United’s lack of
defensive cover
leads Mourinho
to target Rose
Heads, you win All five English Premier League sides
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Man City are one of
only two teams with
a 100 per cent win
record so far, PSG
being the other
Spurs’ £50m full-back now top priority
in the January window ahead of Özil
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05.12.17
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Clattenburg’s
gameplan to
allow Spurs to
self-destruct
Jose Mourinho will prioritise fullbacks for Manchester United in the
January transfer window, and is considering acting on the club’s
long-standing interest in
Tottenham’s Danny Rose.
The club have made it
known funds will be more
limited in mid-season,
causing the Portuguese
to reassess his plans as
he considers his side’s attempt to unseat Manchester City from the top of the
Premier League as well as making
Champions League progress. United
welcome CSKA Moscow to Old Trafford tonight with qualification to the
knockout stages all but confirmed.
Mourinho wants to improve his
attacking options, but moves for his
top targets are now set to be delayed.
The United manager greatly admires
Spnaish midfielder Carlos Soler but
it is now more likely any push for the
20-year-old will come at the end of
the campaign, particularly given Va-
lencia’s fine season. Mourinho is also
conscious of his former Real Madrid
player Mesut Özil’s contract situation
at Arsenal, with his deal set to run out
at the end of the season, but it is expected United would wait to
try to sign him in the summer rather than prise him
away in January for a fee.
Mourinho has become
mindful of how thin his
options are at full-back
and left wing-back. While
he has been hugely impressed with Ashley Young’s
adjustment to the position,
with the England international set to
be rewarded with a new contract, the
manager knows it remains a compromise and that needs more bodies.
Rose (above) is the main target and
would cost up to £50m, but sources
say the United hierarchy is buoyed
by the fact that the player has been
in and out of the Spurs team lately.
United confirmed yesterday they
would not appeal against Paul Pogba’s three-match ban for his red card
against Arsenal. THE INDEPENDENT
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Daley Blind scored
his only Champions
League goal during
the game against
Benfica
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Tottenham’s Harry
Kane in this season’s
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England find
their voice –
but is it too late
to save series?
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The English are back. The proof is
in the maths; four home wins in this
week’s final round of Champions
League fixtures will yield a full house
of table-topping qualifiers.
The stat does not include Manchester City, of course, because they
render computation redundant. Five
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straight wins in Europe mirrors 13
on the spin in the Premier League,
ensuring qualification aeons ago.
Perversely, only Everton have put
a dent in them this term, and that at
a time when new gaffer Big Sam’s
only connection with football was
via a big screen on the Costa del Sol,
viewed from a lilo in the pool.
The City revolution under Pep
Guardiola has placed them in a conceptual bracket alongside that other
Gulf state accoutrement, Paris SaintGermain, as favourites to win the
whole shebang. The previous recipients of unconditional Euro love, Real
Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, don’t feature in the hyperbole.
In the case of City the focus is as
much on Guardiola as the petrodollars that fund his team. The return
of 43 points from a possible 45 in the
Premier League speaks for itself,
even if the last three games have
introduced us to an added dimension, the comeback win by a single
goal and running down the clock to
preserve victory.
Gary Lineker, who curates the
broadcast coverage on behalf of
BT Sport, believes Guardiola is by
increments reinventing the wheel
with his philosophical variations and
whirligig formations. “He’s a genius,
I don’t think there is any question
about that in terms of improving
players’ performances, his style, his
philosophy,” Lineker says.
“There were a few doubters last
season, people saying you can’t
bring it out from the back in English
football and all that nonsense. He is
FA CUP
Merseyside derby is pick of third-round draw
Liverpool and Everton face an allMerseyside FA Cup showdown next
month after being drawn out together in last night’s third-round draw.
The rivals, who last met in the tournament in the 2012 semi-final which
Liverpool won 2-1, will play at Anfield
on the weekend beginning 5 January.
Southern Premier Division side
Hereford will welcome 2016 Premier League champions Leicester to
Edgar Street if they win their replay
against Fleetwood, who would face
their most famous old-boy, Jamie
Vardy if they won the replay. Hereford manager Peter Beadle said:
“We’ve got 90 minutes to get through
but if we do, there’s the incentive.”
Brighton and Crystal Palace will
rekindle their rivalry at the AMEX
Stadium after last month’s Premier
League goalless draw marred by
crowd trouble. Potential upsets include West Ham’s trip to League One
high-flyers Shrewsbury, and Championship leaders Wolves at home to
ailing Swansea. Holders Arsenal face
a difficult trip to Nottingham Forest.
FA Cup 3rd round draw: IpswichTown v Sheffield
United, Watford v Bristol City, Birmingham v Burton,
Liverpool v Everton, Brighton v Crystal Palace,
Aston Villa v Woking or Peterborough, Bournemouth
v AFC Fylde or Wigan, Coventry City v Stoke City,
Newport v Leeds United, Bolton Wanderers v
Huddersfield Town, Port Vale or Yeovil v Bradford,
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal, Brentford v Notts
County , QPR v MK Dons, Manchester United v Derby
County, Forest Green or Exeter v West Brom,
Doncaster v Rochdale, Tottenham Hotspur v AFC
Wimbledon, Middlesbrough v Sunderland, Fleetwood
or Hereford v Leicester City, Blackburn Rovers or
Crewe Alexandra v Hull , Cardiff v Mansfield Town,
Manchester City v Burnley, Shrewsbury v West Ham
United, Wolverhampton Wanderers v Swansea City,
Stevenage v Reading, Newcastle United v Luton,
Millwall v Barnsley, Fulham v Southampton,
Wycombe v Preston, Norwich City v Chelsea,
Gillingham or Carlisle v Sheffield Wednesday
(ties to be played January 5-7).
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Cesc Fabregas’s goal
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of two penalties
scored by Chelsea
during the game
Group A
Man Utd
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CSKA
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9 5
9
7 8
9
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CSKA (h)
Group C
Chelsea
Roma
Atletico Mad
Qarabag
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Tottenham
Real Madrid
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Apoel Nic
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Remaining fixtures: Tottenham:
tomorrow night Apoel Nicosia (h)
already proving you can. They struggled last season because they didn’t
find a goalkeeper who really settled
in. [Claudio] Bravo had a tough time
but Ederson looks really good.”
Of the qualified teams only Spurs
are dragging their feet, and that
ought to have changed by the knockout stage in February. A meeting
with Barcelona would represent
emotional value for Lineker, since he
played for both, and given Mauricio
Pochettino’s Real Madrid coup,
Spurs would not be without hope of
ambushing Leo Messi et al.
Chelsea are beginning to resemble
the powerful, organised unit that
won the Premier League and in
this period Liverpool are again, to
borrow from the lexicon of Gary
Neville, serving up some “big
moments”.
So, too, Manchester
United. The results at
Watford and Arsenal
suggest Jose Mourinho
appears to be close to optimising his United side,
which for the pundit is
never a bad thing. “Whoever
United and Jose draw will give
us something to talk about,” says
Lineker (above). “It’s a Jose Mourinho side now. He’s turned them into it.
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Injured Westley
out for 12 weeks
Tom Westley has been ruled out for
12 weeks with the finger injury he
sustained on England Lions duty in
Australia. The Essex batsmanwill
be unavailable for the Lions trip
to the West Indies in February.
“Tom Westley has had successful
surgery in Leeds on the finger injury
he sustained fielding for England
Lions,” the England and Wales
Cricket Board said in a statement.
“The Essex batsman will be out for
around 12 weeks.”
They’re very well organised, they’re
very hard to score against, generally,
and they wear teams down.
“You look at them overall
and they’re probably a little
bit of star quality short
of being a Champions
League winner just yet.
But not necessarily. Chelsea won it without really
playing that well. It’s a
knockout competition.”
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Straight split or else, warns Wilder
Deontay Wilder has reiterated his
claim that he will not sign up
for a world heavyweight
title unification bout
with Anthony Joshua
unless he gets half of
the proceeds. Joshua’s
promoter Eddie Hearn
is targeting a clash with
the WBC champion
next year but said “over
my dead body” when asked
if Wilder would get a straight
split. Wilder (above), who has won
all 39 of his professional fights, is
convinced Hearn is trying to talk
his way out of a showdown.
The 32-year-old said: “We’re
not (going to) chase
anybody. I’m not chasing
Joshua. If he doesn’t want
the fight, then that’s fine.
It is a great fight, it is one
of the biggest fights in the
world and everyone wants it.
(But) it will be 50-50 or else we
don’t see a fight.”
» Steve Bunce, p51
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i TUESDAY
5 DECEMBER 2017
BUSINESS SPORT
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55
Fabregas: I’m a long
way from scrapheap
“Right now I don’t think it’s the
right time. [It’s time] to focus on
Cesc Fabregas believes he has Chelsea and deliver points and troplenty to offer Chelsea and hopes phies for the club. Hopefully it will
to fulfil his dream of winning the be Chelsea’s year [in the ChampiChampions League. Fabregas has ons League]. We’ll try our best to be
won nearly every major honour consistent enough to reach the final
with Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea and hopefully win.”
and Spain, including the World Cup,
Fabregas was out of favour in
but not the European Cup.
Antonio Conte’s first seaThe 30-year-old playson, but now is firmly in
maker is out of conthe starting team. He
tract in June 2019 and
had made only four
Chelsea’s policy is to
appearances at this
offer players 30 and
stage last year; this
Chelsea
older only 12-month
season it is 18. “I
appearances made
contract extensions,
wasn’t really part of
by Fabregas this
but Fabregas is not
[Conte’s] initial plans
season compared to
concerned by that.
and at that point you
four this time
“I am only 30. What
can do two things,”
last year
is 30? Nothing,” he said
Fabregas said. “You can
ahead of tonight’s Chamjust give up and accept you
pions League clash with Atletico are not going to be part of the team
Madrid at Stamford Bridge. “I’m or the club in the future. The other
very young. I really mean it. Es- is what I did, put your head down
pecially how I play, the position I and be humble, show him that he’s
play. You can go [on] for many more wrong, that he can trust you, that
years. I can tell you many cases.
you can play in this time. Every time
“It’s true at the end of the year I I had an opportunity I gave my all.
have a year left, but let’s see what My relationship with the manager
happens. I’m where I want to be. is fantastic. He trusts me.”
I’m enjoying my football. When the
Chelsea are through to the last 16
moment comes to talk about differ- and can finish top of Group C with
ent things I’ll be here, ready for it.
victory over Atletico.
By Matt McGeehan
18
Rodgers urges Celtic to
end campaign on a high
By Ronnie Esplin
Brendan Rodgers is hoping to give
Celtic fans a positive Champions
League send-off by qualifying for
the Europa League against Anderlecht tonight. Celtic go into their
final Group B fixture three points
ahead of the Belgian side thanks to
their 3-0 away win in September.
Anderlecht have to equal or better
that result to take third spot. Paris
St-Germain and Bayern Munich
qualified for the knockout stages.
Anderlecht manager Hein Vanhaezebrouck said: “We’re not even
talking about qualifying, we’re just
talking about making a good result,
that’s the most important thing for
us.” Rodgers is focused on giving
Hoops supporters the first home
FOOTBALL
Rangers appeal
against Jack’s red
Rangers have appealed against
Ryan Jack’s latest red card. Jack
was sent off for the fourth time this
season during his side’s 2-1 victory
over his former club Aberdeen on
Sunday. The midfielder has had two
red cards rescinded already and will
hope a panel overturns the decision
on Thursday to avoid a three-match
ban. Jack faces an extra game on
top of the automatic two-match
suspension because it will be his
second ban of the campaign.
group stage win in his two seasons
as manager. “For us it is 0-0,” said
Rodgers, who confirmed striker
Moussa Dembélé and midfielder Nir
Bitton return to the squad after recovering from knocks. “We want to
win the game but of course you have
to pay attention to a good opponent.
“But we haven’t overly thought
about it, we have been busy with
lots of other games but in this game
we have to be tactically ready and
prepared and we know if we do that
then that can equate to a good result for ourselves.”
Celtic captain Scott Brown will
play his 69th Champions League
game, which breaks the Scottish
record for a player set by former
Celtic and Liverpool striker Kenny
Dalglish.
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