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S H O R T L I S T E D
–
N E W S PA P E R
The
family
who
went
plastic
free
Chancellor’s
Spring
Statement
preview
What’s in Phil’s
spreadsheet?
Number 2,276
T H E
Y E A R
Women
only!
London’s
new
members’
club
P21
P10
MONDAY
12 MARCH 2018
O F
P7 & 27
Spy poison
alert: keep calm
but wash
your clothes
» Astonishing government warning to 500 Salisbury diners and pub-goers
a week after nerve agent attack on former Russian spy
» Chief Medical Officer defends delay in advice to Wiltshire residents
» Military on the streets as crime scenes remain closed
» Tories under pressure to return Russian political funding
Bono’s
bullying
apology snub
P8
P4 & 5
Ian Birrell
on sleaze and
hypocrisy in
the aid sector
P26
P15
FASHION
The real Devil
Wears Prada
i@inews.co.uk
@theipaper
theipaper theipaper
INSIDE TRAVEL
Labour funding
pledge
McDonnell
offers Scotland
£70bn economic
boost
SPORT
Doctors fear for
patient safety
P13
P30
I MEDIA
P39
Six Nations
What went wrong
for England?
P56
P6
Football
Big wins for Spurs
and Arsenal
I TV GUIDE
P28
I PUZZLES
China’s Xi can be
President for life
P9
P42
I
RACING
P47
The
News
Matrix
POLITICS
How did making
‘Doctor Who’ a hit
almost destroy
Christopher
Eccleston?
See p.17
The day at
a glance
12
MARCH
Quote of the day
Anything that is too stupid
to be spoken is sung
VOLTAIRE
Birthdays
Liza Minnelli, actress, 72;
Danny Jones, guitarist,
32; James Taylor, folk
singer, 70; Pete Doherty,
musician, 39; Sir Anish
Kapoor, sculptor (below),
64; Lesley Manville,
actress, 62
Anniversaries
Sunday 12 March 1933
Eight days after his
inauguration, US
President Franklin D
Roosevelt gives his first
national radio address or
“fireside chat”, broadcast
directly from the White
House. He began: “I want to
talk for a few minutes with
the people of the United
States about banking.”
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Crossword.............20
TV & Radio...........28
Arts..............................34
Business..................38
Puzzles.....................42
Weather...................46
The Momentum chief Jon Lansman
has pulled out of the race to be
Labour’s general secretary. Mr
Lansman had aimed to challenge
the trade unions within Labour and
pointed out that Jeremy Corbyn ran
for the leadership on a pledge to end
“the old machine politics”.
PEOPLE
SOCIETY
POLITICS
WALES
Caine will not work
with Allen again
Trust’s cream teas
are ‘unacceptable’
Labour MP accused
of bullying at work
Brexit ‘not reason to
roll back devolution’
Michael Caine has said he would not
work with Woody Allen again after
learning of the sexual assault claims
made by his adopted daughter Dylan
Farrow. The actor said: “I can’t come
to terms with it, because I loved
Woody and had a wonderful time. I
don’t regret working with him... but I
wouldn’t work with him again, no.”
A National Trust property in
Cornwall has sparked outrage after
it advertised cream teas for Mother’s
Day with a photograph showing the
cream being spread before the jam.
The advert, from Lanhydrock, was
called “unacceptable”, “shocking”
and “disgusting” for illustrating the
Devon order of jam and cream.
A member of Jeremy Corbyn’s frontbench team has stood aside from
her role while she is investigated
over an “employment issue”. The
issue is reportedly connected to
bullying allegations. Shadow Work
and Pensions Secretary Debbie
Abrahams will be temporarily
replaced by Margaret Greenwood.
The vote to leave the EU was “not a
vote to roll back devolution”, a Welsh
government minister has said.
Mark Drakeford warned that a bill
to convert EU laws into British laws
was “taking away responsibilities
that have been devolved since 1999”.
It follows Welsh accusations of a
Westminster “power grab”.
CRUFTS
ISRAEL
POLITICS
Chief whippet: Tease
wins Best in Show
PM in crisis talks to
avert early election
Exiled Catalan
minister in Scotland
Tease the whippet has been crowned
Best In Show at Crufts. The dog,
owned by Yvette Short from
Edinburgh, won the Hound Group
title before its triumph in the main
competition yesterday. Around
9,000 people crammed into the
NEC Arena in Birmingham to watch
judge Jill Peak announce the winner.
Benjamin Netanyahu is holding
talks with coalition partners to
avert a crisis that may force an early
election. The Israeli government has
been at odds over extending military
draft exemptions afforded to ultraOrthodox men. Religious partners
say they will not vote for the 2019
budget unless the matter is resolved.
A fugitive former member of
Catalonia’s regional government
has moved to Scotland from
Belgium, where she had fled from
a Spanish court investigation into
a secession plot. Clara Ponsati, a
former education chief, has returned
to teaching at the University of St
Andrews in Fife. PAGE 24
The List
SOCIETY
MONDAY
Momentum boss
pulls out of election
What young
people fear
Top 20 consumer
brands in the UK
Mental well-being score for 20 polled countries
Indonesia
India
Nigeria
Israel
China
Turkey
Brazil
Argentina
Italy
USA
France
South Africa
Germany
Russia
Canada
Australia
South Korea
New Zealand
UK
Japan
Toymaker Lego has been voted
the UK’s strongest brand, beating
1,500 companies to pole position
in the annual UK Superbrands
ranking. Global internet
companies Google and Amazon
have both dropped out of the
UK top 20, which this year is
made up of:
1. Lego
2. Gillette
3. Apple
4. Andrex
5. Coca-Cola
6. Disney
7. Marks & Spencer
8. Boots
9. Heinz
10. BMW
11. Cadbury
12. Rolex
13. BP
14. Shell
15. John Lewis
16. Heathrow
17. Jaguar
18. Kleenex
19. Visa
20. Häagen-Dazs
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
The poor mental well-being of young people in the UK was highlighted in
an opinion poll of the priorities, ambitions and beliefs of more than 20,000
15- to 21-year-olds in 20 countries. The study found that young people
have largely liberal values and that their greatest fear is violent extremism.
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What makes young people fearful for the future?
83%
Extremism
and global terrorism
69%
Increasing divide
between rich and poor
81%
Conflict and war
69%
Lack of access to education
for some children
SOURCE: VARKEY FOUNDATION
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54
54
54
54
52
51
51
51
50
50
50
50
49
49
48
48
48
47
66%
Climate change
62%
Risk of global
pandemic
30%
Pace of technological
change
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NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
Letter from the Environment
Correspondent
ThePage3Profile
JOHN FARNWORTH,
FUNDRAISING FOOTBALLER
Tom Bawden
i@inews.co.uk
Cutting out plastic
entirely can be an
expensive task
What’s harder than climbing Mount Everest?
Climbing it while doing keepie-uppies. John Farnworth, 32,
spent 10 days keeping a football in the air all the way up to
Mount Everest’s base camp. He carried out the challenge
to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, in memory of
his grandfather.
So how did he keep it up?
The terrain was varied, so although Farnworth did the majority
of the challenge using his feet, doing kick-ups left to
right while moving forward, there were occasions
where he had to balance the ball on his head
or neck so he could see where he was going.
Farnworth says without his support team it
would have been hard.
Was it a challenge of two halves?
Farnworth struggled with the high altitude.
“The last day was pretty tough,” he told the
BBC, adding that as well as sore legs he had
trouble breathing. “That was the hardest thing, being
out of breath, because your brain doesn’t work. Juggling
a football it is reasonably easy, but when you’ve not got that
much oxygen coming to your brain, it all of a sudden becomes
a lot harder.”
How did he manage?
He dug deep in extra time. “I just slowed right down,” he says. “I’d
just catch the ball on my head, have a rest, have a break, catch my
breath and keep going.”
It sounds emotional
When he reached base camp “I burst into tears. And then I
listened to the Stone Roses and I was all right.”
Chloë Hamilton
TUNISIA
JAMAICA
RUSSIA
TELEVISION
Putin’s grandfather
was cook for Stalin
Last of lottery-scam
fugitives captured
Gellar celebrates
21 years of ‘Buffy’
Tunisian women have demonstrated
to demand equal inheritance rights.
Under a heavy police presence, they
marched to parliament in Tunis to
call for a law guaranteeing equal
inheritance for daughters and sons.
The current system based on sharia
law generally grants daughters only
half the inheritance given to sons.
Vladimir Putin’s paternal
grandfather worked as a cook for
both Vladimir Lenin and Joseph
Stalin, the Russian President has
revealed. In a documentary, called
Putin and posted on the internet, the
president said Spiridon Putin was
a valued member of the wartime
leader’s staff.
The last two fugitives in a Jamaican
lottery scam that cost dozens of
mostly elderly Americans millions
of dollars have been captured. A
Jamaican counter-terrorism and
fugitive apprehension team arrested
Mario Hines and Gareth Billings,
according to assistant US attorney
Clare Hochhalter.
Sarah Michelle Gellar has marked
21 years since the first episode of
Buffy the Vampire Slayer by sharing
behind the scenes snaps from the
show. The actress, who played
the vampire-fighter from 1997 to
2003, included photos with James
Marsters, who played Spike, and
David Boreanaz, who played Angel.
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on n
th ly
co a
nt
ra
ct
Women demand
equal inheritance
12
3
i MONDAY
12 MARCH 2018
BUSINESS SPORT
38-41
47-56
After living in denial for years,
the world is now waking up to the
plastic crisis. But what can we do
about it? We can’t exactly give up
plastic, can we?
Well, in an experiment for i,
Anna and Chris Juniper – and
their three sons – did just that.
Albeit only for a week.
And they fared amazingly well,
finding it considerably easier than
they had expected (page 10).
The family only resorted to
plastic twice, although at other
times they were forced to go
without some products. Chris, for
example, was unable to down his
usual pint while watching his son
play football, because it came in a
plastic glass.
But overall, the family found
that it really wasn’t so bad. So will
they be giving up plastic full-time
from now on?
Absolutely no chance. That’s
because it may have been much
easier than they expected – but it
was still tough and they couldn’t
possibly keep it up for any length
of time.
For a start, they spent an extra
£50 on food that week as they
had to forgo most supermarket
produce, while the extra shop
visits added around an hour and a
quarter to their weekly shopping
time. Plus they had to go without
beloved foods – yoghurt and
cereal in particular – something
that was increasingly difficult for
the children, in particular, as the
week progressed.
In conclusion, cutting out
plastic altogether requires
nothing less than a total rethink
of a retail infrastructure
dominated by plastic – and it’s the
supermarkets that must lead the
way, Anna and Chris contend.
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NEWS
THE SKRIPAL AFFAIR
COVER STORY
Nerve agent warning for
Salisbury residents one
week after poisioning
By Chloë Hamilton
Questions were mounting last
night about why the authorities
waited for a week before telling
hundreds of people who were in
the vicinity of the nerve agent
attack on an ex-Russian spy in
Salisbury last Sunday to wash possessions which may have come into
contact with the chemical.
Public Health England yesterday advised anyone who had been
at Salisbury’s Zizzi restaurant or
The Mill pub after 1.30pm on Sunday 4 March to wash any clothes
they had been wearing at the time
The advice Risk of exposure
Anyone who visited the two locations within
the time frame should:
n Wash the clothing they were wearing in a
washing machine, using regular detergent at
the temperature recommended.
n Put any items that would normally be dry
cleaned in two plastic bags, tied at the top,
and store safely in your own home.
n Wipe phones, handbags and other
electronic items with cleansing or baby wipes
and dispose of the wipes in the bin.
n Wash jewellery and spectacles with warm
water and detergent before rinsing.
n Wash hands with soap afterwards.
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or belongings they had with them.
The advice came after it was revealed that traces of the toxic
nerve agent had been found at
both venues where Sergei Skripal,
66, and his daughter, Yulia, 33, had
been before being found poisoned.
The table they dined at has been
removed and destroyed. Both remain critically ill.
Professor Dame Sally Davies,
the Chief Medical Officer for England, said the risk of harm to fellow
diners was “low”.
She insisted the request followed “rigorous scientific analysis” and that the concern was over
prolonged exposure to small quantities of the chemical. It was, she
said, “not a subject for panic”.
But questions have been raised
about the lack of information relating to the attack. Steve Cooper,
who had been at The Mill pub
with his wife, said he wanted to
know the long-term health implications. In addition, he said
that some of his friends who had
also been at the pub could not remember what they were wearing.
Alastair Hay, professor of environmental toxicology at Leeds
University, said the process of detecting what will invariably be tiny
amounts of nerve agent takes time.
Scientists have to clean extraneous material from the samples before they test them, in order to get
an accurate result.
Dr Andrea Sella, a professor of
inorganic chemistry at University
College London, suggested the authorities did not want the public
to panic. He also speculated the
authorities might want to avoid
letting those responsible for the
attack know how much they knew.
“You buy yourself time to be able
to do further investigation and to
get closer to the source without
letting the perpetrator know the
extent to which you’re on to them,”
he said.
Clockwise from main: military personnel remove a police car in Salisbury;
investigators continue to examine aspects of the attack; Sergei Skripal and
Yulia Skripal at what is believed to be Zizzi in Salisbury in 2016 PA
Matthew Norman, page 26
MILITARY
Troops remove vehicles
in contamination search
By Chloë Hamilton
Specialised military units assisting
in the nerve agent investigation
removed a number of vehicles
from Bourne Hill Police Station in
Salisbury yesterday.
Wiltshire Police informed residents that counterterrorism officers had sought help from the
military to remove a number of
vehicles and objects, and advised
them “not to be alarmed”.
T r o o p s , i n c l u d i n g Roya l
Marines, were supported by firefighters, police and medics at the
police station in the biggest operation of the investigation so far.
Uniformed men put on protective hazmat suits and gas masks
before numbering at least eight
marked police vehicles and civilian
cars with white spray paint.
A military forklift truck is being
used to lift the cars on to the back
of low-loader trucks, where they
are being covered before the military remove them from the scene.
Alastair Hay, professor of environmental toxicology at Leeds
University, said: “The forensic
teams will be testing all possible
locations for the nerve agent.
“The sites may reveal where
the agent was administered but,
less likely given small amounts,
where secondary contamination
may have occurred as a result of
contamination on the clothing of
father and daughter.
“It is important to note that
nerve agents do degrade in the environment, so you want to collect
any evidence as soon as possible.”
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
BUSINESS SPORT
38-41
47-56
i MONDAY
12 MARCH 2018
5
LABOUR
Corbyn resists
calls for ‘Russia
Today’ boycott
By Richard Vaughan
Jeremy Corbyn has rejected calls
from his right-hand man John
McDonnell for Labour MPs to boycott the Kremlin-backed television
channel Russia Today.
The shadow Chancellor said the
assassination attempt of a former
Russian spy and his daughter with
a nerve agent in Salisbury meant he
would no longer appear on the controversial station. There are suspicions, as yet unproven, of Russian
involvement in the poisoning.
Asked whether politicians
should stop appearing on the channel, which has been described as
a “Kremlin propaganda vehicle”,
Mr McDonnell replied: “I think
that is right now and that is what
I will be doing. What we are seeing
from Russia Today sometimes goes
beyond objective journalism.”
But in an immediate rebuff,
Labour said it would not be engaging in a boycott and that it would be
leaving any regulation of the broadcaster to Ofcom.
A party spokesperson added: “As
John said, we are keeping the issue
under review.”
Mr Corbyn has made regular
appearances on the network, now
known as RT. In the lead-up to
LEGAL
SA L I S B U RY
Bourne Hill
police station
CITY CENTRE
The Maltings
shopping centre
Zizzi
restaurant
The Mill pub
River
Avon
200 metres
POLITICS
Tories will not return ‘Russian’ donations
By Rob Merrick
Philip Hammond has refused a plea
by the widow of murdered Alexander
Litvinenko for the Conservative Party
to pay back more than £820,000 donated by Russian oligarchs, insisting
the cash is legitimate.
The Chancellor also denied the
claim that the Kremlin is “laughing
at us” over Britain’s response to the
killing and the suspicion that Russia
was also involved in the poisoning of
double agent Sergei Skripal.
Marina Litvinenko called for the re-
The Foreign Affairs Select
Committee chairman,
Tom Tugendhat, called on
Ofcom last week to remove RT’s
broadcasting licence, accusing
it of being part of the Kremlinbacked “information warfare”.
MEDIA
Hammond hints Litvinenko’s
at US-style
widow: Lesson
sanctions law
was not learnt
Salisbury
crematorium
Skripal’s
home
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s marriage in 2011, he recommended it to a party activist on
Twitter, praising it for being “free
of royal wedding and more objective on Libya than most”.
On Saturday evening, shadow
cabinet member Peter Dowd appeared on the channel to criticise
Theresa May, whom he described
as being held prisoner by factions
within the Tory party.
But Mr McDonnell told the BBC’s
Andrew Marr Show yesterday: “I
have been looking overnight at
some of what’s happening in terms
of the change in coverage on Russian television in particular and I
think we have to step back now.
“We tried to be fair with them and
as long as they abide by journalistic
standards that are objective that’s
fine but it looks as if they have gone
beyond that line, so yes, we will have
that discussion.”
turn of the Russian cash – given since
Theresa May became Prime Minister
– saying: “You need to be very careful
who you are friends with.”
The donations “call into question
how seriously Theresa May will be
willing to challenge Russia’s conduct when her party is literally being
bankrolled by some close allies of the
Kremlin,” Nia Griffith, the shadow
defence spokeswoman said.
But Mr Hammond insisted there
were “very strict rules” surrounding donations, which could only come
from British citizens and were “care-
fully vetted”. He added:“There are
people in this country who are British
citizens who are of Russian origin. I
don’t think we should taint them, or
should tar them with Putin’s brush.”
Ms May promised to distance her
party from Russian donors when she
took office, her allies briefing that she
would “sup with a long spoon” and
reject a “business-as-usual” relationship with Moscow.
The Tories have received more
than £3m from Russian billionaires
and lobbyists for Moscow since 2010.
THE INDEPENDENT
By Russell Parton
By Ryan Hooper
The Chancellor, Philip Hammond,
indicated the Government may
support moves to adopt a US-style
sanctions law targeting Russian
officials in the wake of the nerve
agent attack.
Mr Hammond, speaking on the
BBC Andrew Marr Show, said the
Government was “seeking to reach
an accommodation” with MPs who
want a British version of the US’
so-called “Magnitsky Act”.
Under the 2012 legislation the US can subject foreign officials
involved in corruption and human rights
abuses to asset freezes
and visa bans.
Asked
if
the
Government could back
plans to introduce similar
laws in the UK, Mr Hammond said:
“The Home Secretary already has
a power to exclude individuals
from the UK if she believes their
presence is not conducive to our
national security, or the public good.
“So, it’s not strictly necessary, but
we’re seeking to reach an accommodation with those who have put
this amendment forward.”
The widow of Alexander Litvinenko
has suggested the Government’s response to her husband’s death was
not strong enough, following the
attack that left Sergei Skripal and
his daughter Yulia critically ill.
Marina Litvinenko (inset) told the
BBC’s Andrew Marr Show the lesson “was not learnt”, more than a
decade after Mr Litvinenko, an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin,
was fatally poisoned.
An inquiry concluded
in 2016 that the killing of
the Russian dissident
had “probably” been
carried out with the
approval of Putin.
The then Home Secretary, Theresa May, told
Ms Litvinenko at a meeting
that the Government “must
continue to pursue justice” over
the death to ensure the incident is
not repeated. “But the lesson after
the murder of my husband was not
learnt,” Ms Litvinenko said. “We understand the relationship between
Russia and the UK needs to be at a
high level – but Russia never supported the investigation into the
killing of my husband.”
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NEWS
POLITICS
McDonnell: Labour would
invest £70bn in Scotland
By Chris Green
Mr McDonnell maintained
that the party was
heading back to power in both
Westminster and Holyrood,
highlighting its results in
Scotland at last year’s general
election, when it won seven seats.
SCOTLAND EDITOR
Labour would hand a £70bn economic boost to Scotland if it wins the
next general election, the shadow
Chancellor has promised as he accused the SNP of failing to expand
the nation’s finances.
John McDonnell said Scotland
would receive a “Labour dividend”
of additional investment over the
course of a decade, thanks to the
party’s plans to end austerity and
increase spending across the UK.
Delivering the closing speech to
the Scottish Labour conference in
Dundee yesterday, he pledged to
invest in public services and extend
the HS2 high speed rail link north of
the border.
Mr McDonnell claimed that Scotland’s economy was “stagnating”
under the SNP, accusing the party
of doing nothing to grow the nation’s
finances during its decade in power
at Holyrood.
“Austerity is a political choice, it’s
not an economic necessity. And the
Tories and the SNP, they chose austerity,” he told delegates. “We choose
John McDonnell said Scotland was
stagnating under the SNP REUTERS
socialism, we choose the alternative.”
The shadow Chancellor said
Labour’s plans to increase spending
on reserved areas at Westminster
would result in an extra £3bn a year
going to Scotland through the devolved funding formula.
Over 10 years this would amount
to £30bn, while Labour’s proposed
National Transformation fund
would also lead to £20bn of infrastructure spending north of the border over the same period. The final
£20bn over the decade would come
from the party’s planned National
Investment Bank, which would help
to expand small and medium-sized
businesses with loans.
“Let’s do the sums.Taken together, our commitments over a
decade could mean an additional
£70bn for the Scottish economy,” Mr
McDonnell said.
The Government is in the process of setting up a Scottish Investment Bank, which is due to be up
and running by 2020 and backed by
at least £2bn of public funds in its
first 10 years.
But Mr McDonnell said that
Labour’s UK-wide plans were far
bolder, describing the £340m of
initial capital set aside by Scottish
ministers for the bank as “measly”.
The UK’s fishing communities have been long-term critics of EU policy PA
BREXIT
UK must ‘regain control’ of fisheries
By Hilary Leverton Duncanson
and Jon Vale
Ruth Davidson and Michael Gove
have teamed up to call for the
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European Union.
The Scottish Conservative leader
and UK Environment Secretary
said it is “vital” the country regains
control over its own fisheries management after it has left the bloc in
March 2019.
Chancellor Philip Hammond said
he wanted to ensure “that British fishermen get a better deal in
the future”.
But he also said Brexit talks may
involve negotiating reciprocal access rights for fishermen from the
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There’s ‘light at end of the tunnel’ but
Hammond rules out spending spree
By Richard Vaughan
Philip Hammond said there is “light
at the end of the tunnel” for the
economy after years of austerity but
warned he will not be loosening public sector purse strings.
The Chancellor said the country’s
debt pile remained at “unsafe” levels
and, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s
Spring Statement, said he would continue to take a “flexible” approach to
the public finances. He wants to reduce debt while seeking to support
families and public services.
“There is light at the end of the
tunnel because what we are about to
see is debt starting to fall after it has
been growing for 17 continuous years.
That is a very important moment for
us but we are still in the tunnel at the
moment. We have to get debt down,”
he told the BBC.
“We have taken a balanced approach over the last couple of fiscal
events using flexibility that we had to
continue paying down debt but also
to provide additional support to our
public services, to invest in Britain’s
future, and to reduce taxes for families and small businesses feeling the
pressure.”
Any hopes Mr Hammond would
begin to turn the “spending taps on”
ahead of the local elections in May
were played down.
The Chancellor is facing increasing
demands from his own party to increase spending, with Theresa May’s
former chief of staff Nick Timothy
calling for an end to austerity and
the former minister and Tory MP for
Grantham and Stamford Nick Boles
seeking a “new economic policy”.
Prominent Conservative council
leaders have warned budgets are
close to breaking as they struggle to
meet demands in key areas such as
social care and services.
Paul Carter, the leader of Tory-run
Kent council and head of the County
Councils Network, said: “Eventually
the elastic will break.”
But Mr Hammond warned that
the Government needed to continue
to show restraint. “We have a debt
of £1.8 trillion – 86.5 per cent of our
GDP. All the international organisations recognise that is higher than the
safe level. This isn’t some ideological
issue. It is about making sure that we
have the capacity to make sure that
we can respond to any future shock
to the economy.”
The shadow Chancellor, John
McDonnell, said the Government’s
approach was not working and it
needed to change direction: “Austerity is holding growth back. Wages are
below what they were in 2007-08 so
this isn’t a matter for celebration.”
Mr Hammond is expected
to announce that
government borrowing will be
around £7bn lower than had been
predicted when he unveils the
Office for Budget Responsibility
forecasts tomorrow.
Philip Hammond said
there was ‘light at the
end of the tunnel’ but
that ‘we are still in
the tunnel’ REUTERS
SPRING STATEMENT
Chancellor
gets boost
ahead of
mini-Budget
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
For more than three decades, the
government’s annual spending statement has been a key date in the parliamentary calendar.
Successive chancellors have
altered its timing and name – it’s
been called the Autumn Statement,
the Spring Statement, the pre-Budget report – but all have agreed on
its importance.
They have approached it as a miniBudget, a chance to put the best gloss
on their stewardship of the economy
and win favourable headlines with
voter-friendly policy and tax moves.
All that will change when Philip
Hammond presents his own Spring
Statement tomorrow. According to
the Treasury, it will “no frills”, shorn
of the usual photo-call of Mr Hammond holding his red box and devoid
of the big “rabbit out of the hat” announcements of which his predecessors have been so fond.
Nor will it be accompanied by the
usual publication of hundreds of
pages of documents setting out tax
and spending plans. Instead, he will
deliver a speech lasting around 20 from his own side to ease up on ausminutes, updating MPs on the state terity amid mounting pressure on
of the economy – compared with a hospitals and the social care system.
typical hour-long address on previous
Tory MPs are also well aware of
occasions – followed by a two-hour the effect of the continuing squeeze
Commons debate. Mr Hammond has on town hall budgets. Others also
explained no other major economy believe the time has come after three
has two major fiscal set-piece events years to end the benefits freeze afa year and “neither should we”.
fecting 11 millon families (although
For all his low-key presenthe pain will be eased for some
tation, he faces significant
when the national living
economic, political and
wage rises next month
personal challenges he
by 33p to £7.83 an hour).
will need to address
when he stands up at
BREXIT
Predicted
the despatch box at
He is likely to provide
Government
12.30pm tomorrow.
borrowing in
more detail of how
2017-18, down from
much Britain will pay
previous forecast of
BRITAIN’S ECONOMIC
as the “divorce bill”
£49.9bn
HEALTH
– estimated at around
Mr Hammond has rela£39bn – for leaving the
tively good economic news to
European Union. This is poannounce – a combination of higher- litically sensitive as Eurosceptics can
than-expected tax receipts and im- be expected to bridle at suggestions
provements in national productivity. Britain will be handing over cash to
As a result, the Office for Budget Brussels far into the future.
Responsibility is set to revise its
predicted figure for Government HAMMOND’S PROSPECTS
borrowing in 2017-18 down from its Theresa May was widely expected to
previous forecast of £49.9bn to close be preparing to sack Mr Hammond if
to £40bn. Day to day spending is she had won an election landslide last
now in surplus for the first time for year. Many anti-EU Tories are still
15 years. It gives him unexpected, al- pressing for his removal, suspectthough still relatively modest, breath- ing him of trying to subvert a “clean
ing space in the nation’s finances.
break Brexit”.
But he reinforced his standing in
EASING AUSTERITY
the government with a gaffe-free
Fiscally cautious, his instincts mean Budget in November.
he is opposed to any significant loosBarring unforeseen disasters, he
ening of the purse-strings, preferring should further shore up his position in
to build up reserves against a down- the party thanks to being able to anturn in the world economy and any nounce better economic prospects.
Brexit aftershocks.
However, he is facing pressure Hamish McRae, page 27
£40bn
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HEALTH
Spend Brexit
‘dividend’ on
NHS: Rees-Mogg
By Richard Vaughan
Jacob Rees-Mogg has called on
ministers to spend any “dividend”
from Brexit on the health service,
warning current levels of funding
could not be maintained.
The Tory backbencher (pictured) said there had been a “significantly lower real-terms
increase in health
spending” since
the Tories came
into power compared with the
last time the
party was in
government.
In an interview on ITV’s Peston on Sunday, Mr
Rees-Mogg said it was
“not the time to start spending
money like there’s no tomorrow”.
But he added: “I would like to
see the dividend of leaving the
EU devoted to the health service. I think people felt that was
promised during the referendum
campaign and the figure on health
spending, in real terms since 2010,
is a 1.1 per cent increase.”
Mr Rees-Mogg added that such
increases in health spending were
“significantly lower” compared
with the 3.4 per cent rise under the
1979 to 1997 Tory governments.
BREXIT
Cable calls for
referendum to
end ‘civil war’
By Gavin Cordon
The “toxic” fallout of the Brexit
referendum is fuelling the rise
of the populist right in Britain,
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince
Cable has warned.
Speaking at his party’s spring
conference in Southport, Sir
Vince (inset) said the divide
opened up by the vote had left the
country mired in a
“protracted, nonviolent civil war”.
He appealed
to critics of
Brexit to unite
behind the Lib
Dems’ call for
a second referendum once the
terms of the final
deal were known.
With the Government divided
and confused over what it wanted
to achieve in the negotiations, he
said it was clear the EU would end
up dictating the terms.
“This will, in turn, create the
sense of victimhood Brexiteers
crave,” he said.
“I would go so far as to say Britain is now mired in a protracted,
non-violent civil war.
“It was never a good idea to
leave the EU. To leave it now borders on extreme recklessness.”
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POLICE
Kurdish protesters on the
track force station closures
By Ryan Hooper
Train services at one of the country’s
busiest terminals ground to a halt
yesterday after a protest on the track.
Flag-waving activists, who were
demonstrating against Turkey’s war
with Syrian Kurds, halted services
from Manchester Piccadilly for
three hours.
Pro-Kurdish demonstrators also
caused delays and disruption at
London’s King’s Cross station, which
was temporarily closed. They later
forced the temporary closure of
Oxford Circus tube station.
A spokesman for the British
Transport Police said: “While we
appreciate and respect the right to
peaceful protest, when this compro-
Pro-Kurdish demonstrators on the line at Manchester Piccadilly yesterday
mises public safety and the protesters themselves, any offenders will
attract the full investigative resources of BTP.” He said the activists were
safely moved from the tracks.
Turkey launched a military attack
against the Syrian Kurdish YPG two
months ago to clear them from Afrin
in north-western Syria – described
as ethnic cleansing by Kurdish
sympathisers.
One Manchester activist told the
BBC the protest was about the “British Government’s silence” over the
Afrin region. Another apologised for
the delays but said “innocent people
are being killed”.
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abuse snubbed
By Russell Parton
Former workers at a charity cofounded by Bono who allegedly
suffered bullying and abuse have
snubbed the singer’s offer to
apologise in person, saying it could
be seen as a “PR stunt”.
The group said Bono
(inset) must be made aware
of the “depths of depravity” that went on for many
years in the Johannesburg office of ONE, the
charity he co-founded.
The former employees
are pursuing legal action over
a series of allegations including
that one female worker was demoted
after refusing to “become intimate”
with a foreign government official.
Bono told The Mail on Sunday: “We
are all deeply sorry. I hate bullying.
“The head office failed to protect
those employees and I need to take
some responsibility for that,” the
singer said, adding that he would
Founded in 2004, ONE aims
to tackle “extreme poverty”.
The former PM David Cameron
and Facebook boss Sheryl
Sandberg are board members.
like to meet the victims to say sorry
in person.
But in a statement handed to Ian
Birrell, who writes in today’s i about
the scandal, the former workers rebuff Bono’s offer, saying: “As soon as
the legal processes are concluded, we
will happily meet with Bono. He
needs to be made aware of
the depth of depravity that
went on for many years
in the ONE Africa office.
We are sure even Bono
appreciates that meeting
us right now might just be
seen as a PR stunt.”
The Mail on Sunday said the
charity admitted the issues hours
after it had sent ONE a long list of allegations. It said “historical issues” of
mistreatment emerged in November
when former employees made their
stories public on social media.
“The investigation yielded evidence of unprofessional conduct and,
in particular, what I would characterize as bullying and belittling of staff
between late 2011 and 2015,” the current chief executive Gayle Smith said.
She said the investigation showed
“institutional failure” and that she
had apologised to the former employees who agreed to speak to her.
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The rail minister has given his support to passengers who want to recoup costs such as taxis and hotels
when train services are disrupted.
Jo Johnson acknowledged that they
should “claim accordingly”.
This is despite the Rail Delivery
Group (RDG), which represents train
companies, insisting it is “very unlikely” such claims will be successful.
The Consumer Rights Act, which
came into force for the rail industry in
October 2016, means passengers can
theoretically claim for consequential
losses – additional expenses – when a
train service is not provided with reasonable care and skill. But the RDG
says this is “a very high legal hurdle”.
It took until yesterday for rail firms
to rewrite their conditions of travel
to remove a warning they will not
accept liability for consequential
losses.
Mr Johnson said: “There will be
consequential impacts for passengers in certain circumstances and it’s
right the conditions of travel are now
making that clear to passengers.”
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DIPLOMACY
‘Don’t boo Kim, we have to be very nice,’ says Trump
By Alina Polianskaya
United States President Donald
Trump has said he believes North
Korea’s promise that it will not test
nuclear weapons during a proposed
meeting between himself and his
counterpart Kim Jong-un.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote:
“North Korea has not conducted
a missile test since 28 November
2017 and has promised not to do so
through our meetings. I believe they
will honor that commitment!”
His comments came after he took
many by surprise by accepting an invitation to meet with Mr Kim later
this year at a location yet to be decided. North Korea has indicated it
will refrain from testing missiles and
nuclear weapons during talks with
the US, according to South Korea’s
National Security Adviser Chung
Eui-yong, who was speaking after officials from both Koreas met. North
US tariffs EU and Japan appeal
Trump supporters at a rally on Saturday in Pennsylvania AFP/GETTY
Korea has not demanded that the
US and South Korea stop their joint
military exercises
Mr Trump has repeatedly criti-
cised North Korea for launching a
series of intercontinental ballistic
missiles and conducting nuclear
tests. The two leaders have also
The European Union and Japan
have urged the United States to
grant them exemptions from metal
import tariffs, with Tokyo calling
for “calm-headed behaviour” in a
dispute that threatens to spiral into
a trade war.
On Thursday, President Trump
set import tariffs of 25 per cent on
steel and 10 per cent on aluminium
but exempted Canada and Mexico.
After meetings with US trade
envoy Robert Lighthizer in
Brussels, EU and Japanese trade
officials said negotiations would
continue. REUTERS
regularly exchanged insults, with
Trump once referring to Mr Kim as
“Little Rocket Man” and threatening
North Korea with “fire and fury like
CHINA
President Xi is
granted power
to ‘rule for life’
By Ben Blanchard
and Christian Shepherd
IN BEIJING
China removed presidential term
limits from its constitution yesterday,
giving President Xi Jinping the right
to remain in office indefinitely, and
confirming his status as the country’s most powerful leader since Mao
Zedong died more than 40 years ago.
China’s ruling Communist Party
announced the proposed amendment only last month and there was
never any doubt it would pass as
parliament is packed with loyal party
members who would not have opposed the proposal.
The amendments also include inserting Mr Xi’s political theory into
the constitution, something that was
already added to the party charter in
October. Additionally, clauses were
included to give a legal framework to
a new anti-corruption department.
Only two “no” votes were cast, with
three abstentions, from almost 3,000
delegates. Reporters were briefly
ushered from the Congress Hall in
the Great Hall of the People building
as delegates filled in their ballot papers, but were allowed in to see them
placing the papers into ballot boxes.
Mr Xi cast his vote first, on the podium at the front of the hall, followed
in turn by the other six members of
the party’s elite Standing Committee,
which runs China.
The room erupted into loud applause when the result of the vote was
announced, though Mr Xi did not address parliament.
The limit of two five-year presidential terms was written into China’s
the world has never seen”. Mr Kim
responded by calling Mr Trump
a “dotard”.
Since the summit was announced,
Mr Trump has maintained a positive tone about a potential resolution to the hostilities between the
two nations.
Speaking at a Make America Great
Again rally in Pennsylvania at the
weekend, he urged the crowd not to
boo when Mr Kim’s name was mentioned. When the jeers began, Mr
Trump said: “No, it’s very positive...
no, after the meeting you may do that,
but now we have to be very nice because let’s see what happens.”
Some people were less convinced
that the proposed meeting with Mr
Kim would go to plan, with some
responding to Mr Trump’s tweet
with comments including, “You are
naïve!’’ and “You’re being played”.
It is believed the summit will take
place in May. THE INDEPENDENT
Delegates arrive for
the National People’s
Congress in Beijing
yesterday AFP/GETTY
constitution in 1982 after Mao’s death
six years earlier by Deng Xiaoping,
who recognised the dangers of oneman rule and the cult of personality
after the chaos of the Cultural Revolution and instead espoused collective leadership.
Mr Xi, 64, swiftly consolidated
power after taking over as party chief
in late 2012, and the move to lift the
presidential term limits had been expected. REUTERS
Analysis
The biggest regression in legal system since post-Mao reform
Christopher Bodeen
IN BEIJING
T
he amendment to the
constitution removing
term limits for China’s
leader upends a system
enacted by Deng Xiao­
ping in 1982 to prevent a return to
the bloody excesses of a lifelong
dictatorship typified by Mao
Zedong’s Cultural Revolution.
“This marks the biggest
regression in China’s legal system
since the reform and opening­up
era of the 1980s,” said Zhang
Lifan, an independent Beijing­
based political commentator.
“I’m afraid that this will all be
written into our history in the
future,” Zhang said.
The slide toward one­man rule
under Xi Jinping has fuelled
concern that Beijing is eroding
efforts to guard against the
excesses of autocratic leadership
and make economic regulation
more stable and predictable.
The head of the legislature’s
legal affairs committee, Shen
Chunyao, dismissed such
concerns as “speculation that is
ungrounded and without basis”.
In a sign of the issue’s
sensitivity, government censors
have aggressively scrubbed social
media of expressions ranging
from “I disagree” to “Xi Zedong”.
A number of prominent Chinese
figures have publicly protested
against the move, despite the risk
of official retaliation.
Officials have said the
abolishing of the presidential
term limits is aimed at bringing
the office of the president in line
with Xi’s other positions atop
the Communist Party and the
Central Military Commission,
which do not impose term limits.
While some scholars
questioned the wisdom of the
move, others said they saw value
in sending the message that Xi
would be setting policy for many
years to come.
The move is widely seen as
President Xi Jinping votes to abolish
the limit on his leadership REUTERS
the culmination of Xi’s efforts,
since becoming party leader in
2012, to concentrate power in
his own hands and defy norms
of collective leadership. Xi has
appointed himself to head bodies
that oversee national security,
finance, economic reform
and other major initiatives,
effectively sidelining Premier
Li Keqiang.
It has crushed faint hopes
for political reforms among
China’s liberal scholars and
activists, who fear even greater
repression. China allows no
political opposition in any form
and has relentlessly persecuted
independent groups seeking
greater civic participation.
Leading Chinese officials have
meanwhile repeatedly rejected
any chance of adopting Western­
style separation of powers or
multiparty democracy. AP
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Clean
oceans
Anna and Chris
Juniper with
sons, from left,
Matthew, Louis
and Dylan
MICHA THEINER
B
ritons work their way
through an astonishing
13 billion plastic bottles
and 2.5 billion disposable
coffee cups every year –
many of which end up in the sea.
But while the scale of our plastic
habit is truly alarming, people are
finally waking up to the damage it is
wreaking on nature and many are
asking what they can do to help.
The Junipers from Hampton, on
the outskirts of London, are one
such family. Chris and Anna Juniper
and their three sons – Louis, seven,
Matthew, six, and Dylan, three –
have just given up single-use plastic
for a week.
And to their amazement, they
pretty much managed it, with just
two exceptions. Mr Juniper bought
a plastic-wrapped sandwich when
he was hungry and in a hurry, while
his wife opened a box of risotto,
only to find it was shrink-wrapped
in plastic.
Although they said they found
it tough, it was not as difficult as
they had expected it to be. During
the course of the week, they found
they ate tastier, healthier meals, as
they had less packaged food and
subsequently fewer preservatives.
It did mean some minor
difficulties, however. “We couldn’t
have our usual sliced bread because
that’s wrapped in plastic, so we had
to slice our own – and they were like
doorsteps,” said Ms Juniper.
They also wasted less food
thrown out of the window,” said Mr
because they bought the number
Juniper, an IT analyst.
of items they needed rather than
“If you’re not concerned about
items packaged in bulk by the
plastic, you can just go to a
supermarket.
supermarket and pretty
On the downside,
much get everything
they missed out on
you need there.
some of the foodstuffs
“But if you are
they normally enjoy,
worried about
The
number
of
including yoghurt
plastic, there’s
plastic bottles
and cereals, as
hardly anything you
Britons get through
they switched to
can buy there, so
every year
cardboard-packaged
you’re stuffed.
porridge in place of
He added that in
their regular choice.
order to buy ingredients
They also spent a lot
– that were all free from
more time and money shopping –
plastic packaging – for the
which, over the course of the week,
family’s weekend fry-up, he had to
added £50 and around an hour and
go to three shops.
a quarter of shopping time to their
Ms Juniper said going plasticweekly routine.
free for a week was an interesting
“The convenience factor of
experience that made her more
buying things completely gets
conscious of using less plastic in the
One family’s mission to ditch plastic
for a week: ‘shops don’t make it easy’
There’s hardly anything to buy in supermarkets, the Junipers tell Tom Bawden
13bn
Dear diary Beer and flowers were impossible
Day one (Saturday) Had to go to three
different shops to get all the ingredients for our Saturday fry-up. In
the afternoon, we went to watch the
football at Hampton and Richmond.
Could not buy a beer as they were all
in plastic throw-away pint glasses.
Day two (Sunday) Stopped to get
some flowers in a garden centre.
Impossible task. All the plants and
flowers were in plastic.
Day three (Monday) Drove to a large
supermarket which would have a
cheese counter to buy cheese not
wrapped in plastic.
Day four (Tuesday) Snacks are
often in plastic so the boys had fruit
yesterday and today were treated to
a cake in the bakery as needed to get
another loaf of bread.
Day five (Wednesday) We all had
porridge for breakfast again. There
was a bit of moaning as the boys are
missing their cereals. Due to have
risotto for dinner. Thought it was just
a cardboard box but it was vacuum
packed with plastic.
Day six (Thursday) We may normally
have had some fresh pasta but all
were in plastic. Noticed that the
lasagne sheets in the supermarket
were just wrapped in cardboard so
that made up my mind for dinner.
Sauces and tin tomatoes were free
from plastic and I just needed to
make a trip to the butcher for mince.
Day seven (Friday) In conclusion,
supermarkets don’t make it easy to
buy quickly and efficiently while at
the same time going plastic-free.
future. But she added that there was
a very slim chance of her continuing
to buy products free from single-use
wrapping altogether unless the
plastic-dominated shopping
system changed.
“The boys really missed yoghurts
and cereals,” she said. “I could cope
without having those things for a
week but I couldn’t cope forever –
and I certainly couldn’t cope with
the children not being allowed to
have those things.”
The Juniper family went
plastic-free as part of Sky
Ocean Rescue’s #PassOnPlastic
campaign, which calls on people
to make a personal pledge
to cut down their consumption
of single-use plastic.
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‘It’s incredible how much
food is wrapped in plastic’
By Emily Beament
By Tom Bawden
Previous week’s plastic use
ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT
Supermarkets and manufacturers
must take primary responsibility for
tackling the plastic crisis, according
to Anna and Chris Juniper, who went
plastic-free for a week.
“I’ve been amazed by just how
much plastic there is. It’s quite incredible how much food is wrapped
in plastic when it doesn’t have to be
– even fruit and vegetables are often
wrapped in plastic, which is quite
sad,” said Mr Juniper.
“If you’re on your way home and
go to a supermarket or convenience
store, there’s virtually nothing you
can buy without plastic.
“And the amount of plastic used in
technology products, such as laptops,
Amazon deliveries and anything you
buy really – there are always tons of
cables wrapped in plastic.”
Ms Juniper says supermarkets
could do more to help reduce our
plastic use. “It would be great if, when
we did our weekly online shop,
we could tick a box requesting
7 four-pint milk bottles
4 small plastic drinks bottles
4 coffee cups with plastic lids
4 cereal boxes with inner
plastic wrappers
2 porridge plastic bags
Over 40 plastic covers wrappings
25 yoghurt pots
4 plastic pizza bases
25 plastic boxes for meat, fresh
pasta, veg, etc
20 plastic bags from weekly
online shop
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Feeding the birds can increase risk of disease
Feeding the birds can help
boost populations and see them
through the winter, but can also
put wildlife at risk of diseases at
garden feeders, a study warns.
In Britain, where almost half of
householders are thought to put
out supplementary food for birds,
this has been linked to increases
in populations of some species.
Putting out seeds, nuts and fat
balls for garden visitors such as
songbirds can also improve
people’s well being and
interest in nature.
But the study by the
Zoological Society of
London and the British Trust for Ornithology, which looked at 25
years of data, warned
garden feeding could
promote transmission of
some diseases.
Garden feeders can bring birds
into contact with species with
which they would not
otherwise interact, the
report in the journal
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B warned.
The risk of disease
can be increased if
feeding stations are not
kept clean, so stale food, food
waste and droppings accumulate.
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she said.
She would also like to see much
clearer labelling on packaging to let
customers know whether it contains
any plastic. The supermarkets’ contribution to plastic waste is already
much lower than it was after the introduction of the 5p carrier bag
charge reduced the nation’s throwaway bag
usage by more than
six billion a year.
They are also
reduction in
in the process of
the number of
phasing out the
throwaway plastic
tiny microbeads
bags used after
used to roughen
the 5p charge was
cosmetic products
introduced
such as toothpaste
and face scrubs – while
the Iceland supermarket
group has pledged to eliminate all
plastic packaging from its own-brand
products within five years.
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n Carry a reusable cup in your bag.
n Take a bag to the shops.
n Go to a butcher for your meat. It is
a myth that they are more expensive
and it’s a social experience, too.
n Bring your own lunch to work. It
will stop you buying products with
single-use plastic and it is healthier.
n Buy only what you need. For
example, buy loose fruit and veg,
rather than multiple items wrapped
in plastic. Supermarkets want you to
buy big “value packs” and then go back
for more once the items have gone off.
n Ask for alternative packaging in
shops. At the meat counter, say, ask for
your sausages or bacon to be wrapped
in paper, not plastic.
n Spread the word among friends.
n Tell your children.
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Nearly two-thirds of doctors believe
patient safety has deteriorated over
the past year, the Royal College of
Physicians (RCP) has warned.
It found four out of five doctors
worried about the ability of their
service to deliver safe patient care.
Even more (84 per cent) believe
that the workforce is demoralised by
the increasing pressures on the NHS.
The RCP report, NHS Reality Check
Update 2018, asked 1,500 doctors in
England, Wales and Northern Ireland
the same questions they were asked a
year ago – and their responses indicated that the situation had become
worse in nearly all areas of care.
Doctors’ responses included one
that said: “Staff cannot deliver what
is expected of them under current
circumstances. We are not robots.
We are human beings with limits.”
Another physician said: “I cried
on my drive home because I am so
frustrated and distraught at the
substandard care we are delivering.”
The report found 64 per cent of
doctors believe that patient safety
has deteriorated over the past year –
10 points higher than last year.
The RCP said it wanted the Government to relax visa restrictions for
the healthcare workforce and build
on successful schemes such as the
Medical Training Initiative.
The RCP president, Professor Jane
Dacre, said: “It is extremely worrying
that our doctors have experienced an
even worse winter than last year.”
A Department of Health and Social
Care spokesman said: “We know the
NHS is busy. That’s why we supported it this winter with an additional
£437m of funding.”
The RCP, which has more
than 33,000 members and
fellows, said the picture painted
by those who took part showed a
system pushed to its limit.
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Patient safety
‘has deteriorated
over the past year’
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Teenager Millie Knight
has claimed a second
Winter Paralympics
medal in PyeongChang.
Knight followed up
her second place in the
women’s downhill with
another silver in the
VI super-G, along with
her guide Brett Wild.
She said: “If you’d
said I would have two
medals in two days...
I would have said you
are crazy.” REUTERS
TECHNOLOGY
Politicians have failed to steer tech revolution, says Khan
By Jon Vale
Politicians are guilty of a “dereliction of duty” by failing to ensure
the tech revolution has worked for
everyone in society, the Mayor of
London Sadiq Khan will warn today.
He is expected to urge Facebook
and Twitter to improve their response to criticism, or face further
regulation. Mr Khan (inset) will also
warn tech firms, such as Uber, that
all companies “must play by
the rules”.
Speaking at the SXSW
2018 festival in Texas, he
will accuse politicians and
governments of “sitting on
their hands while the tech
revolution has happened
around them”. “There’s been
a dereliction of duty on the part of
politicians to ensure that the rapid
growth in technology is utilised
and steered in a direction
that benefits us all.”
He will also raise concerns over social media’s
role in influencing elections and referendums,
spreading fake news and
enabling extremists to radicalise and brainwash others.
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If Russia did
it, let’s boycott
World Cup
Progressive
case must
be made
Flipping a
logo is not
enough
Chancellor
should plan
for AI
A brash, noisy
film that has
subtlety, too
Credit where
credit is due
for Trump
The Observer
The Scotsman
Sunday People
The Irish Times
The New YorkTimes
TheSpectator
It is currently
hard to escape the
conclusion that the
UK Government’s
passivity in the
face of Alexander
Litvinenko’s murder
has emboldened
Putin’s friends to carry
out another attack in
Britain. This time it
must be different. The
UK needs to make clear
that Russia will pay
a price for this kind
of behaviour.
(James Forsyth)
Sunday Mirror
If the link to the
Salisbury attacks is
proved, let’s crash the
party and boycott the
Russian World Cup
completely – team and
all – and break off all
links with the country.
(Lord Prescott)
For the left to reassert
itself, it needs to
rethink. Rather
than aping populist
anti-immigration
sentiments, it needs to
stitch together a liberal
case on immigration
with progressive
economic arguments.
(Kenan Malik)
Sunday Telegraph
The globalisation of
labour is seen not
as some beneficent
liberation, but as
a cynical tool of
corporate interests,
which are making
a fortune out of
exploiting cheap
labour that can
now be shunted
around the world to
wherever it suits those
interests best.
(Janet Daley)
Is there anything
more likely to sap
the feminist soul
than the sight of the
McDonald’s golden
arches turned upside
down to form a “W”?
It isn’t merely that the
point of IWD is not to
sell more junk food.
It’s the vacuousness
of inverting a logo
and thinking it
means something.
(Dani Garavelli)
TheSunday Times
So many days, so many
victims, so little time.
Perhaps we could
merge them into a
single bank holiday?
World Metastatic
Colorectal Cancer,
Women, Herpes and
Toilet Day. Would
that suit?
(Rod Liddle)
This is not a
Budget, not even
nearly. The Chancellor
will rabbit for 20
minutes, and there’ll
be zilch tax changes
or public spending
announcements.
Hamfisted could
spend his time more
profitably looking
into the future. And
telling us what he
intends to do to stop
artificial intelligence
wrecking it.
(Nigel Nelson)
EveningStandard
You can bet your
life that even if the
purse-strings remain
closed, the statement
will be scoured for
hints at how he might
spend the money later
this year.
(Russell Lynch)
You Were Never Really
Here is a brash, noisy,
violent picture, but it is
also a subtle, intricate,
thoughtful one.
(Donald Clark)
New Statesman
I am wary of films
that combine acute
violence with a
paedophile plotline:
there’s often a whiff
of prurience, the
suggestion that the
audience gets a free
pass to relish brutality
if it is being meted
out righteously to
appalling people. If
one is to participate
in watching, however,
the writer and
director must at
least make the
circumstances and
characters credible.
(Jenny McCartney)
There is a
misperception that
the North Koreans’
offer of a meeting
is a concession. Not
at all. It’s something
they’ve been seeking
for decades, but past
presidents refused. So
a summit constitutes
a huge gift to Kim, and
it’s puzzling our Great
Dealmaker should give
up so much off the bat.
(Nicholas Kristof)
Sunday Express
Because it’s Trump,
the move is met with
ridicule. He may be
rude and belligerent
but it could be those
qualities that bring Kim
to the negotiating table.
Many may loathe him
but at least give Trump
credit where it is due.
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LifeInBrief
Quote of
the day
The British
people voted
for it
Philip Hammond
The Chancellor
responds to
Andrew Marr on
whether Brexit
was worth it
TREVOR BAYLIS INVENTOR
One evening in the autumn of 1991,
Trevor Baylis sat at home, watching
a documentary about the spread
of Aids in Africa. Learning that one
of the greatest obstacles to halting
the epidemic was the inability to
communicate health education to
poor and remote populations, he set
about developing a radio that would
require neither access to an electrical
grid nor even batteries. His invention, a
radio that could be powered by muscle
alone, changed the lives of millions,
making it easier than ever before to
catch airwaves.
That was the story as Baylis told
it, and as most people know it today.
And it was largely true, except for two
important facts: that he did not develop
the wind-up radio all on his own, and
that the version of it which he did
develop was not much cop at all.
Baylis, who has died aged 80 with
no immediate survivors, was a master
craftsman of practical solutions
to everyday problems, conceiving
hundreds of inventions and swiftly
realising their prototypes.
Trevor Graham Baylis was born in
the London suburb of Hendon the day
after George VI’s coronation, the only
child of Cecil Archibald Walter Baylis
and of his wife, Gladys Jane Baylis,
née Brown.
At school he was thought to be, in his
own words, “dimmer than the blackout”.
Leaving school at 15, he started work at
a firm specialising in site investigations
prior to building work and stayed there
till 1959, when he began his two-year
military service. When he returned to
civilian life, he became a salesman at a
swimming pool company.
His dedication to invention began in
earnest in 1982, during a boozy night
out with friends, he said, when he was
bet £20 that he couldn’t make a gadget
for one-handed use within half an hour.
He emerged from his workshop 35
minutes later with a one-handed can
opener. He had lost the bet – just – but
had gained an exciting new occupation.
Ideas kept coming to him, but it was
nine years before he thought of the
invention that would make his name.
The entrepreneur, Chris Staines, saw
the broadcast and was inspired. With
his friend Rory Stear, who lived in
South Africa, they soon set out to team
up with Baylis. They improved Baylis’s
product and eventually they sold the
radio, with great success, in Africa
and beyond.
Baylis was addicted to bacon
sandwiches and smoked his pipe so
heavily that his moustache turned
from grey to ochre in his later years.
He lived with his dog on Eel Pie Island,
on the River Thames. His messy
workshop, crammed with tools and
various gadgets he made or half-made,
he called “the graveyard of a thousand
domestic appliances”.
A committed self-promoter, by his
own admission, Baylis never declined
an interview. Of himself he said he
was “a bit of a cad” and that, to be an
inventor, one needed “an ego the size
of a truck”. But he had few regrets. Aged
70, he wrote: “Death is my next big
event – but once I had a life and I lived it
to the full.” THE INDEPENDENT
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It’s time Bono changed his tune
The pop star’s aid charity is accused of bullying and hypocrisy
S
unday, bloody Sunday. The
Irish pop star Bono must
have woken yesterday and
thought: “I can’t believe
the news today.” He must
have wished he could close his eyes
and make it go away, to misquote
his most powerful song. For there
was his face, on the front of The
Mail on Sunday. And spread over
three pages inside were hideously
damning allegations – of abuse,
bullying, sexual harassment and tax
evasion – in his ONE organisation’s
African headquarters that were
aided and abetted for years in
London and Washington.
And, yes, how long must we
sing this song? For here was
another aid giant, another group
posing as secular saints while
preaching about social justice,
exposed for grotesque behaviour
towards weaker people. ONE
joins a lengthening list of sleazy
miscreants that includes Oxfam,
Save The Children, World Vision
and the United Nations. Each time
the charges are different, ranging
from sex parties in a disaster
zone to protecting bosses from
harassment claims. But behind
them lie the same issues: abuse
of power followed by desperate
attempts to protect brands that
have grown so valuable in a swollen
industry that achieves so little.
Bono will take much fire, not
least given his past claims to speak
for the voiceless and vulnerable.
And, let’s be honest, many people
find him insufferable. I respect his
desire to do good. But criticism is
inevitable when you harness the
power of celebrity to push your
pet cause, especially if your glossy
organisation then sins.
The singer has said he would
like to meet the abuse victims to
apologise in person. “What will
he do?” asked “Sibu”, the woman
alleging she was offered as bait to
an MP. “Shake my hand and take
selfies with us, and continue to play
the Messiah?”
This woman told me how she is
traumatised by her experiences
working for a group that claims
to fight for female equality. Her
confidence is shattered, her
marriage broken. Like too many
others, she joined the cause full of
excitement and commitment, only
to find her illusions shattered –
along with her career.
Last night, the seven former staff
members suing the organisation
for damages issued a statement
declining the rock star’s invitation
to hook up. “We are sure that even
Bono’s organisation stands charged with hypocrisy on female empowerment, tax fairness and social justice – but these issues go far beyond ONE GETTY
Bono appreciates that meeting
us right now might just be seen
as a PR stunt for ONE to look
good, but without attending to the
compensation of the victims of their
abuses,” they said.
Others at ONE deserve more
ire than its titular head Bono,
including his co-founder, Jamie
Drummond. Yet in his apology, the
singer said that when he learnt of
these allegations, they made him
question what he was doing. Let
us pray that is true. For a start,
he could retire that jaded aid
narrative, not least since he runs an
organisation that, to its credit, relies
on corporate donors. “They are
stuck in the 1970s,” said one former
leading player in ONE, who rightly
argued that aid was corrosive and
increasingly unwanted in Africa. I
gather Bono privately shares such
qualms; in public, he has called
himself an “aid sceptic”.
Then he could stop arguing for
countries to meet the silly 0.7 per
cent aid target. After all, he, his
band and his advocacy organisation
have all been exposed for tax
dodging now. One source told me
a campaign for tax transparency
had to be pulled at the last minute
when Bono’s name popped up in the
Panama Papers.
And it is ridiculous to campaign
for tax fairness with a board
containing the boss of Facebook – a
company that is such a notorious
tax avoider – and a director of
Caterpillar, which is at the centre
of a criminal probe on tax and has
been accused by the US Congress
of gross avoidance.
Such double standards have
ONE is just
one name on
a lengthening
list of sleazy
miscreants, from
Oxfam to the UN
become all too typical in this sector
as it swelled to obese proportions,
assisted by political paymasters
using other people’s money to
look compassionate.
Note again the six-figure salaries,
with ONE’s chief executive
taking home almost £350,000 a
year. Drummond and his wife,
who is ONE’s head of marketing,
collectively pocket even more.
This body held a board meeting
at Claridge’s, one of London’s
most luxurious hotels. The Africa
director took business class flights
on the continent. Clearly, it’s tough
at the top of the poverty industry.
Still, this organisation seeks to
spin out of trouble while talking of
transparency. Internal emails say it
must “own this institutional failure”.
It is trying to dump all blame for
bullying on one woman who ran the
Africa office until 2015 and a chief
executive who has died. But abuse
went on until last year. And the
culture of cover-up went far wider.
They must also resolve painful
questions put forward by distressed
former staffers, who asked if the
abuse would have been permitted
to go on for so long if the victims
were Western. “Heads would have
rolled,” said one. “But it was like we
were meant to be grateful for having
jobs. We were just black Africans.”
Bono’s organisation stands
charged with hypocrisy on core
issues of female empowerment,
openness, tax fairness and social
justice. But the issues raised go
well beyond ONE. This is a sector
filled with charities and firms that
have become arrogant and bloated,
contemptuous of those they claim
to help and dismissive of those that
dare challenge their ideas or idols.
They slot into elites that ignore
the dispossessed and powerless
while promoting their own
interests. They use naive celebrities
as cannon fodder for their cause.
This is not rebel music. If
Bono really wants to help the
world, he should start singing a
different song.
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Threatened
by Russia
Why has it taken over a
week for the authorities
to advise possibly
hundreds of people who
attended pubs and a
restaurant in Salisbury
to wash their clothes
thoroughly, given there
could be long-term
effects on people’s
health? Though it is not
established yet who is
responsible, there is a
suggestion that Russia
may be responsible.
During the Cold War
British citizens were
repeatedly told that
the Soviet state was
a threat to citizens –
no doubt true. But it
appears Russia is a
greater threat now to
citizens in Britain.
TIM BORNETT
OLD BUCKENHAM,
NORFOLK
Russia is no threat to us.
Conversely it is we in the
West who are a threat
to Russia. Unlike Britain
and the United States,
Russia has burdened
itself with a malign,
centralised leadership
that always resembles
a dictatorship.
Russia has an
unjustified chip on its
shoulder and glares
enviously at us. It could
be so different.
DAVE GRIFFIN
ILFRACOMBE, DEVON
The woes of
privatisation
Richard Ingrams
was spot on with his
comments about hard
seats and the infuriating
announcements on new
trains (i, 10 March). The
seats were supposed to
have been chosen after
consultation with a
customer panel. I don’t
believe it. Add all this
to the claustrophobic
effects created on many
existing long-distance
carriages, where the
seats do not line up with
the windows and the seat
backs are excessively
high, and there is no
doubt that passenger
comfort on our railways
was a major sacrifice
to privatisation.
ROY BAKER
BIRMINGHAM
Hospital’s medical
director, it is “due
entirely to the dangerous
overcrowding of the
department”.
His position must now
be untenable since the
trust has said “We don’t
yet know what difference
this [if the patient had
not had to wait so long]
would have made to the
final outcome.”
If the MD has to go
for speaking the truth
out of turn, however,
it would be a travesty.
Management-consultant
inspired “efficiency
savings” have pitched
emergency care into
a dangerous world of
clinical compromise.
COLIN STANFIELD
LONDON
Dangerous
cycling
A Department for
Transport report has
concluded that there
should be tougher
jail sentences for
reckless cyclists.
This is to be welcomed
since Charlie Alliston
knocked over Kim Briggs
while riding a bike with
no front brakes but
was jailed for only 18
months (out in nine).
He was found guilty of
“wanton and furious
driving” which carries a
maximum penalty of two
years – causing death
by dangerous driving
carries a maximum
sentence of 14 years.
Until there is an
identification system,
reckless cyclists will
quickly pedal away and
escape justice. Politicians
must introduce
an identification
system. Will the
Scottish executive or
Westminster be the
first to act?
CLARK CROSS
LINLITHGOW,
WEST LOTHIAN
Plastics in
road repair
Unlike Chris Rutherford
(Your View, 10 March),
I do not consider that
using scrap plastics to
repair damaged roads is a
desirable practice. As the
road surface is gradually
ablated they would be
released to wind and
water and constitute
ever increasing and
enduring pollution.
SIDNEY ALFORD
CORSHAM, WILTSHIRE
The power
of poetry
A precedent for “Mr
Sainsbury’s” use of
“Easter” as a verb (i,
8 March) already exists
Trump’s Nixon
moment
in a poem by Gerard
Manley Hopkins, the
Victorian Jesuit priest
and poet known for
his startling use of
language. In his epic
poem, “The Wreck of the
Deutschland”, he writes:
“Let him easter in us.”
Hopkins’s coinage of
a verbal form nudges the
reader towards a fresh
awareness of Easter,
the feast of Christ’s
resurrection, as power to
break through death and
change lives. Poets and
advertisers have long
used language in ways
intended to provoke and
hook our attention.
JOHN DOUGAN
SOUTH LANARKSHIRE
Tougher
weather
Janet Street-Porter’s
article (i, 10 March) is
spot on. I can remember
journeying to and from
school in London in
the 1963 snowstorms
with hardly a mention
from anyone.
Our house was
unheated until the first
person to arrive home
built a coal fire. If we
were cold, we just wore
extra clothes. If the
young want a mortgagefree home and some
savings in 50 years’
time, they surely have
to live as baby boomers
did, only much less
harshly, going by today’s
standards. Learn to be
resilient, work very hard,
be tolerant of others,
stop spending on trivia
and stop moaning, no
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G BROWN
CHELMSFORD, ESSEX
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calling them colleagues.
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by being referred to
as staff as opposed
to colleagues.
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I have lots of lovely
customers who already
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Overcrowding
in A&E
The death of anyone in
A&E is unacceptable
if, in the opinion of the
[Northampton General]
North Korea may well
be Trump’s first Nixon
moment. Will Mueller’s
Russia inquiries finish
with his second?
ANTHONY HUDSON
LONDON
Let’s hope that this
meeting brings to an end
the antipathy between
the two most dangerous
leaders in the world.
It would mean
all the people in the
countries which would
be affected by a nuclear
confrontation can live
in peace and without
fear, as they did after the
end of the Cold War, no
longer afraid to bring
children into the world,
or to plan for their
future – as we were in
the 1960s, despite the
comfort of television and
The Beatles.
JEFF HANDLEY
GRETNA, DUMFRIES
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How the Doctor exiled
Eccleston from BBC
Christopher Eccleston was the star who launched
the revival of BBC drama Doctor Who in 2005.
He played the Doctor for just one series before
walking away – something he claims almost had
disastrous consequences.
“What happened around Doctor Who almost destroyed
my career,” he says. “I gave them a hit show and I left with
dignity and then they put me on a blacklist... I was told
by my agent at the time: ‘The BBC regime is against you.
You’re going to have to get out of the country and wait for
regime change.’ So I went away to America and I
kept on working because that’s what my parents
instilled in me.
“My dad always said to me: ‘I don’t care what
you do – sweeping the floor or whatever you’re
doing – just do the best job you can.’”
In that time, Eccleston tells The
Guardian that he took well paid jobs
he wished he hadn’t on Hollywood
blockbusters. “Working on something
like GI Joe was horrendous,” he says.
“I just wanted to cut my throat every
day. And Thor? I really paid for being
a whore those times.”
Eccleston is, thankfully, currently a
million miles from that world, starring
as Macbeth in an RSC production in
Stratford-upon-Avon.
Lena’s tweets
put on trial
In the past few months Lena Dunham
has gone from being one of the
biggest success stories of the decade
to a source of endless eye-rolling, as
she bounced from one public gaffe
to the next. Now the Girls creator and
writer says that she has found a way to
prevent any more divisive tweets.
“The way I safeguard is I have about
19 people who are, at any point, about
ready to stop me from tweeting –
many of them paid,” Dunham joked
during an appearance at SXSW
festival in Texas over the weekend.
Dunham has come under fire on
several occasions recently, including
one where she put out a statement in
which she defended a writer on Girls,
Murray Miller, who had been accused
of rape by Aurora Perrineau.
She apologised for that, and
has apologised for several other
misguided comments during
her years in the public eye.
Dunham said that picking
herself up and moving on was
how she was raised, “by a feminist
mother who said, ‘We try and
we fail and we try again and we
rethink the problem from another
angle and we grow.’”
She added, “I have two
modes: I’m either full of shame,
thinking ‘I should have never
been let out of my house in
the first place,’ or, ‘Nobody
even deserves me – they don’t
deserve my truth.’ But it goes
away really fast.”
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IN SICKNESS & IN HEALTH
Rebecca
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In 2014, Rebecca’s husband Nick
was hit by a car and seriously injured.
Here, in one of a series of columns,
she writes about the aftermath of
his accident
I
t turns out that when someone
drives over your foot in an
electric wheelchair, it is really
quite painful – but who cares
whether my toes got squashed. Nick
was piloting his very own power
chair and moving himself for the
first time – bar the 20 minutes when
he tested this chair late last year – in
four years.
We turned up at the wheelchair
centre in the care-home van eager
to receive this longed-for piece
of equipment. I nipped to the loo
while our chaperone from the home
checked in with reception.
I returned to find Nick glowering.
We had been told to turn up to
the centre – but the wheelchair
and the physiotherapist who was
bestowing it had gone to the home
instead. Usually, this sort of admin
error would have had me out for
someone’s blood (especially if I’d
been the one driving us there), but
the promise of the chair was too
great a mood enhancer for me to get
annoyed. Nick pouted all the way
back, but at least he didn’t have to
put up with me hissing and spitting.
It took a good couple of hours
for the chair to be fettled so it
could support Nick properly.
Footplates were tweaked, cushions
attached and backrests arranged.
Two physios set about the chair
with an array of tools, while three
carers hoisted Nick so he could be
positioned on his new throne. I let
them get on with it (his room isn’t
that big) and poked my phone in
the care home lounge until I was
summoned by my husband.
His grin was face-splitting. “Show
them how you can tilt it, Nick,” said
the physio, and he carefully tilted
the joystick so his position shifted.
“Come forwards slowly.” He did so
with delicate precision. “And back.”
All good. It was time to head for the
corridor for a proper test drive. It
felt like a state procession, with Nick
riding forth, albeit slowly because
the speed has been restricted on the
chair for now, while his entourage
of carers, physios and me followed
at a respectful distance. Through
the doors to the corridor, past the
photocopier, a complete 360-degree
turn to show he could do it, and then
a triumphant entry into the dining
room for lunch. Nick was so pleased
he didn’t mind eating at the same
sitting at his sworn enemy, another
care home resident. I was wiping
away happy tears as he proudly
manoeuvred the chair to the edge of
the table.
With a great power chair, comes
great responsibility, so after the
meal he returned to his room (which
is where my foot fell foul of his new
wheels, but due to me being in a daft
place rather than his driving) and
was told about the rules he had to
stick to. No outside jaunts for two
weeks, until he’d been assessed
again. He still had to summon carers
with his buzzer to accompany him
to meals for the next fortnight.
Remember that there are things
behind you. And, I told him privately
later, no attempts to squash his
deadly foe.
As the female physio bade us
farewell, she told me that days like
the one we’d just had were what
made her job so brilliant. No wonder
– not only did she bestow a new
wheelchair upon Nick, she gave him
back independence. And he couldn’t
have been more thankful.
FAMILY
featured a son calling his mother
and saying: “Hi Mum, it’s Alex – I’m
just calling before we pop out to
the cinema.” As the late, great Bob
Hoskins (inset) commented over
footage of Alex’s crestfallen mum:
“Before you say anything else, you
say I can’t talk for long. It’s not on, is
it?” No, Bob, it really isn’t.
At a family wedding in the US
when I was about 30, I learnt that
my married female cousin phoned
her ma every day for an hour “just to
chat”. I was gobsmacked. What on
earth did they talk about? My sister
didn’t do that. I certainly didn’t.
How could Ma understand my life,
and all the nonsense that seemed so
important at the time? The knowing,
silent side-eye from Ma at the
wedding was crushing.
When did I start calling every
day? When I had my own
child – not long after the
“it’s good to talk” ad
launched. With whom
else can you better
share those joys, fears,
highs and lows?
It continues to this
day. We don’t speak
for an hour – but it is
entirely choice, not duty.
It’s as much for me as it is
for her. Just listening is soothing
– even when perfunctory.
A study a few years back said that
“Mother’s voice is the best stress
relief”. It found that young girls’
stress levels were greatly reduced
simply talking to their mums on
the phone, thanks to the release of
oxytocin: “As good as a hug.”
It really is good to talk – for both
of you.
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Mothers
aren’t just for
Mother’s Day
I
am sure you remembered your
mum yesterday – that you put
aside your distaste for
the commercialisation
of Mothering Sunday
to show appreciation:
perhaps flowers – at
least a card. A visit
is best. If that’s not
possible, a phone call.
As a son and parent
myself, it is clear that
the best gift of all is
shared time.
So, what happens the day after
Mothering Sunday? When will you
next make the effort? Not the gifts
but that “quality time” (sorry). In the
run-up to Mothering Sunday, talking
with friends, it surprised me just
how many people do not have any
weekly contact with the woman who
nurtured them. Really?
Remember the old BT ads – “it’s
good to talk”? One, memorably,
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Maiden
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Male and female
empathy genes
are the same
By Tom Bawden
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
Human capacity to feel empathy
for the plight of our fellow beings is
partly genetic – and is governed by
some of the same genes that lie behind autism, a study has found.
Researchers revealed that
around a tenth of our ability to
recognise and respond appropriately to another person’s thoughts
and feelings comes down to our
DNA. They also confirmed what
many may have already suspected
– that women tend to be more empathetic than men.
However, they found no differences in the genes that contribute to empathy in men
and women, meaning that the
variations between the sexes
are likely to come down to factors
such as cultural expectations and,
possibly, hormones.
The study also established that
the genetic variants which tend to
reduce empathy were also linked to
an increased risk of autism.
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The world’s first
robot jockey has been
unveiled in celebration of the Cheltenham
Festival, which kicks
off tomorrow. Made
from lightweight steel,
the prototype robot,
commissioned by
BetBright, is capable of
riding a horse, jumping
fences and can also
communicate with
humans, offering a
glimpse into the potential future of sport. PA
“Finding that even a fraction of
why we differ in empathy is due to
genetic factors helps us understand
people such as those with autism,
who struggle to imagine another
person’s thoughts and feelings,”
said Professor Simon Baron-Cohen,
of the Autism Research Centre at
Cambridge University.
Professor Varun Warrier, of Paris
Diderot University, added: “These
results offer a fascinating new
perspective on the genetic influences that underpin empathy.”
Professor Baron-Cohen added:
“It is equally important to understand the non-genetic factors.” The
study is published in the journal
Translational Psychiatry.
Sympathy is the feeling
of being sorry for
someone’s misfortune and
wishing them well. Empathy
is about taking on someone
else’s perspective, so you feel a
reflection of what they feel.
PEOPLE
ARTS
Culshaw calls for Forsyth statue
West’s delight at rudeness of painter he portrayed
By Russel Parton
The late entertainer Sir Bruce
Forsyth deserves a statue, the comedian Jon Culshaw has declared.
Culshaw was one of many
performers who celebrated Sir
Bruce’s life in a tribute show at the
London Palladium shown last night
on BBC1.
“There really is only one Sir
Bruce. A statue would be an amazing thing. What about a sundial?
Bruce in the thinker pose,” he said.
A statue of the entertainer outside Broadcasting House in London
was said be under consideration,
while there have also been calls for
one in his home area of Edmonton,
north London.
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The Government is to spend
more than £300m on developing technologies to support an
ageing population.
With 10 million Britons currently alive expected reach the
age of 100, ministers say they
need to “revolutionise” the way
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treatments as well as regional
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in genome sequencing to develop
early diagnosis of illness and a new
wave of therapies.
A further £98m will be spent on
a healthy ageing programme to
develop products and services to
help people to live in their homes
for longer. In addition, another
£40m will be going to the UK
Dementia Research Institute.
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back to the stats,” says Jones.
“Fifty per cent of women who leave
education and join the workforce
have ambitions to be in leadership
positions and within two years,
that’s fallen to 16 per cent.”
Gender parity is a way off, she
explains. Currently only one in
six people in senior leadership
positions within corporations
are women and in 2016, only 2.17
of all capital went to female-led
businesses. “The day that we’re
at 50/50 then Debbie and I always
say we’ll hang up our stilettos. But
there’s still a long way to go.”
Men are, however, welcome
at The AllBright as guests. “You
can sign them in and they’re
welcome here and we’ll treat
them with respect and we’ll treat
them with dignity which often
does not happen in other clubs or
CINEMA
Peter Rabbit film critics are snobby, says Corden
By Laura Harding
James Corden has accused those
claiming Beatrix Potter would not
have liked his Peter Rabbit film of
being “snobby”.
The actor and talk show host
lends his voice to the famous
In tomorrow’s
animal in a live action depiction.
It is the first time the Potter estate
has given permission for a film,
but some detractors have said the
author would have been unhappy
with the results.
Asked about the mixed views
on Potter’s opinion, Corden said:
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other spaces – as we saw with the
Presidents Club.” In this respect,
the club differs from The Wing,
a similar women-only venture
in New York, which forbids men.
Ms Jones says The AllBright is
designed to be useful for working
women. If that means inviting
a man in for a meeting or an
interview, so be it.
There is one sticking point.
While cheaper than other
members’ clubs, it will be regarded
by many as pricey - membership
costs £750 a year (£675 if you’re
under 27) plus a joining fee of
£300. Which raises the question
of how diverse it can be if
membership is limited to those
who can afford £750 a year.
“It’s always hard to think about
what the pricing is and how we
wanted to be open and democratic
and want as many people to join
as possible,” she says. “We’ve tried
to pin it to a price of a monthly
gym membership.”
A women’s private members’ club
has big plans. By Chloë Hamilton
that comes back to this idea that
you can’t look pulled together and
polished and be clever and I just
can’t bear that.”
When she and Ms Wosskow
launched The AllBright Collective
in 2016, the intention was to make
the world a better place for female
leaders. The dream? To banish the
old boy network once and for all.
Although the idea for the
club was born before #MeToo,
#TimesUp, and the Presidents
Club scandal in January, there
is evidence the wind of change
is blowing in The AllBright’s
direction. “It is a global
movement,” says Ms Jones who
describes the community as
“galvanized” by recent events.
“We’re thinking about how women
can come together, how we can
celebrate what we do and what
we stand for and how we can help
grow our networks.”
The club’s focus will be on
furthering female careers,
starting female-led businesses and
celebrating successful women.
“Women gain confidence from
seeing other women in positions
of leadership.”
Inevitably, though, there will
be people – of both genders – who
think opening a members’ club for
women only is a bad idea. Why is
it OK for women to have their own
club and not men? “I just come
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Want to end the
old boy network?
Join the club
louds of Chanel No 5
hang in the air and
women in designer
threads are passing
trays of champagne.
This is The AllBright, a womenonly private members’ club billed
as the first of its kind in the UK.
It has 400 founder members –
including actors Naomie Harris
and Ruth Wilson, businesswoman
Martha Lane Fox, and
campaigner Sarah Brown – and
was set up by Anna Jones, former
UK chief of Hearst Magazines,
and Debbie Wosskow, founder and
CEO of home-exchange service
Love Home Swap.
Designed with women in mind,
and open to anyone who identifies
as a woman, it boasts not just the
usual meeting rooms, café, and
bar that might be expected in a
men’s members’ club, but also
a wellness studio and a powder
room which will offer express
beauty treatments.
Ms Jones is unapologetic and
dismisses the suggestion that
including a powder room is
pandering to gender stereotypes.
“Quite often, how you look and
how you feel is your armour,” she
says. “If people want to feel pulled
together so they want their nails
done or their hair straightened
then that’s absolutely fine and I will
never apologise for that because
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“Those mixed views I have never
have understood, really.
“At its core, what the film is
about, aside from all the big
comic set pieces and the brilliant
soundtrack and the animation is
wonderful, what the film is actually
about is acceptance.”
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Relentless bombardment helps
Assad forces to split Eastern Ghouta
By Angus McDowall and
Suleiman al-Khalidi
IN BEIRUT
Forces loyal to the Assad regime
broke apart the rebel enclave in Eastern Ghouta yesterday, cutting off two
major towns from the rest of the area,
state media said, after a fierce battle
waged under cover of an unrelenting
bombardment.
State television broadcast yesterday from Mudeira, which it said the
army had captured to link up with
units on the other side of the enclave.
A military media unit run by
the Iran-backed Lebanese group
Hezbollah, an ally of the Assad
regime, said the army had also
surrounded the town of Douma.
Footage showed several massive
plumes of smoke in the distance
behind a war-ravaged townscape
with big holes in walls and roofs, and
yet more smoke wafting across the
streets. The sound of blasts could
be heard.
More than 1,100 civilians have
been killed in the onslaught on
the biggest rebel stronghold near
Damascus since it began three weeks
ago with a withering bombardment,
said the Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights.
It said there was intense fighting
on several fronts accompanied by
a government artillery barrage,
continuous air raids and attacks
by helicopters.
The advance on Mudeira, after the
capture of the neighbouring town
of Mesraba on Saturday, has driven
a wedge deep inside the insurgent
territory, leaving the major towns of
Douma and Harasta cut off.
Rebel groups in Eastern Ghouta
have vowed they will fight on. A
statement issued by Free Syrian
Army factions there late on Saturday
said they had taken a decision not to
accept a surrender and negotiated
withdrawal.
After the army advances split up
the enclave, Jaish al-Islam emerged
as the strongest group in Douma,
Ahrar al-Sham in Harasta and Failaq
al-Rahman in the new southern pocket of Eastern Ghouta.
Syrian state media also reported
army advances near Jisreen and Aftaris in the south-eastern part of the
rebel-held territory.
An air strike hits
a rebel-controlled
suburb of Damascus
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Activists and fighters in Eastern
Ghouta in recent days have said the
bombardment has included incendiary material that causes fires and
burn injuries.
Local doctors have also reported
several incidents of bomb attacks
followed by the smell of chlorine and
choking symptoms. REUTERS
Defeat in Eastern
Ghouta would deliver
the rebels their biggest blow
since December 2016, when a
government offensive drove
them from Aleppo, their largest
urban stronghold.
RUSSIA
Kremlin hails
test-launch of
‘ideal’ missile
By Chris Baynes
Russia says it has successfully testlaunched a hypersonic missile, one
of a range of new nuclear-capable
weapons that President Vladimir
Putin has boasted could outmanoeuvre any defence system.
Moscow’s defence ministry released footage showing a fighter
jet taking off before the missile
detaches. “The launch was normal; the hypersonic missile hit the
preset target on the test site,” the
ministry said.
Mr Putin described the Kinzhal
missile as an “ideal weapon” when
he announced the new arsenal
of strategic weapons earlier this
month. The missile takes its name
from a double-edged dagger and is
said to be capable of travelling at
10 times the speed of sound.
Speaking in an annual state
address this month, the Russian
leader claimed the missile’s speed
“makes it invulnerable to current
missile and air-defence systems
since interceptor missiles are,
simply put, not fast enough”. The
missile launched from a MiG-31
aircraft in south-west Russia.
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How one sip of water led to a
death sentence for blasphemy
Activists are urging reform of Pakistan’s harsh laws. By Kathy Gannon
O
ne of the most
frightening things
about Pakistan’s
blasphemy law is that
the simplest act can
spiral into charges that can bring
the death penalty. In the case of
Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman, it
started when she brought water to
her fellow workers on a farm.
On that hot day in 2009, Bibi had
a sip and some Muslim women
became angry that a Christian had
drunk from the same container.
They demanded she convert, she
refused. Five days later, a mob
accused her of blasphemy. She
was convicted and sentenced
to death. Later this month, the
Supreme Court is expected to hear
her appeal.
Pakistan is under new
international pressure to curb
Islamic extremism, and activists
at home say one place to start is by
changing its blasphemy law.
In January, the US State
Department cited the law as one
of the reasons as it put Pakistan
on a watch list of countries
accused of “severe violations of
religious freedoms”.
The move comes as the Trump
administration is ratcheting up
pressure on Islamabad, freezing
security aid until it cracks down
on militant networks operating
from its soil to carry out
attacks in Afghanistan.
Moreover, the Financial
Action Task Force, an
intergovernmental
agency that combats
money laundering
and terror financing,
has given Pakistan
until June to show how
it will tackle radicalism or
else be put on a blacklist, a step
that could hurt its international
financial ties.
Opponents of the blasphemy
law say it has turned into a force
corroding Pakistani society, feeding
Protesters in Karachi
denounce the law
that Aasia Bibi
(inset) is accused of
violating AP
extremism, implicating the justice
system in radicalism and ultimately
undermining the rule of law.
Often the law is used to punish
rivals in personal feuds. Just
making an accusation is enough to
convince neighbours that the
defendant is guilty and must
be punished, whipping
up a vengeful anger
even if the courts find
the accused innocent.
Authorities are often
too afraid to push back
against the public fury. In
at least one case, officials
have kept a man acquitted of
blasphemy in prison, fearing riots
if he is freed.
Militant groups have embraced
the law, using it to cultivate support
and attack those who try to break
their power. “It has become much
more dangerous over the last few
years. The reason is that they have
created a sense of fear,” said Zahid
Hussain, a political analyst and the
author of two books on militancy
in Pakistan.
“It has become a ready tool not
only against non-Muslims, but also
against Muslims, who do not agree
with their world view.”
According to the US
Commission on International
Religious Freedom, 71 countries
have blasphemy laws – around
a quarter of them are in the
Middle East and North Africa
and around a fifth are European
countries, though enforcement and
punishment varies.
Pakistan is one of the most
ferocious enforcers. At least
1,472 people were charged under
Pakistan’s blasphemy laws between
1987 and 2016, according to
statistics collected by the Centre
for Social Justice, a Lahore-based
advocacy group. Of those, 730 were
Muslims, 501 were Ahmedis – a
sect that is reviled by mainstream
Muslims as heretics – while 205
were Christians and 26 were
Hindus. The centre said it didn’t
know the religion of the final
10 because they were killed by
vigilantes before they could get
their day in court.
While Pakistan’s law carries the
death penalty and offenders have
been sentenced to death, so far no
one has ever been executed.
A key test will come when
Pakistan’s Supreme Court rules
on the case of Bibi, whose world
was turned upside down after a
mob of villagers accused her of
insulting Islam. AP
PHILIPPINES
New cases of HIV soar as drug-resistant strain hits
By Tom Barnes
A drug-resistant strain of the HIV
virus discovered in the Philippines
has the potential to spark an epidemic, scientists have warned.
The United Nations estimates the
number of new cases of HIV identified in the Philippines each year has
risen by 140 per cent since 2010, at a
time when infection rates across the
world are beginning to decline.
Researchers are concerned a new
drug-resistant version of the virus,
HIV subtype AE, could be fuelling
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the epidemic. The strain is more
aggressive and progresses to Aids
faster than the HIV subtype B generally found in Western countries.
“The HIV virus has the potential
to transform itself into a new and
different virus each time it affects
a cell,” said Dr Edsel Salvana, the
director of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the
University of the Philippines.
“There are nearly 100 different
subtypes of HIV, with new subtypes
being discovered every day.
“Most HIV infections in the West-
ern world are of subtype B. Most of pines were living with HIV in 2006,
the research that we have on HIV
compared with 56,000 in 2016,
is also on subtype B, though
according to the UN.
it accounts for only about
S ome 10,000 new
12 per cent of all global
cases were identified in
HIV infections.
2016, giving the counDr Salvana added:
try the fastest-grow“Those infected by the
ing HIV rate in the
Annual
rise
in
new
HIV subtype AE are
Asia-Pacific region.
cases of HIV in the
younger, sicker patients
Dr Salvana warned
Philippines
who are more resistant
work done to combat
since 2010
to antiretroviral drugs.
the HIV virus risked
We are also seeing a faster
being undone if research
progression to Aids.”
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140%
Skating coach
suspended over
sex ‘misconduct’
By Keith Coffman
A top US figure skating coach
who trained Tara Lipinski to an
Olympic gold medal in 1998 has been
suspended pending an investigation
into decades-old allegations
of sexual misconduct.
An organisation
formed specifically
to prevent sexual
abuse of athletes
will conduct the
investigation, the
sport’s governing
body has said.
Richard Callaghan
(inset), 72, has been barred
from any figure-skating activities authorised by US Figure Skating or the
US Olympic Committee pending the
outcome of an inquiry by the watchdog US Centre for SafeSport.
“US Figure Skating suspended
the membership of Richard Callaghan… in compliance with the
policies and procedures of the US
Centre for SafeSport,” the organisation said. REUTERS
RWANDA
Sixteen killed
as lightning
strikes church
By Russell Parton
Lightning killed 16 worshippers and
injured dozens more when it struck
a Seventh-day Adventist church on
Saturday.
Most of the victims died instantly
when the lightning hit the church in
the Nyaruguru region, local mayor
Habitegeko Francois said.
Two people later died from their injuries, and 140 churchgoers were hurried to hospital and health centres.
The incident occurred in the town
of Gihemvu, in Rwanda’s southern
mountainous region near the border
with Burundi, at around midday.
“Doctors say that only three [more
people] are in a critical condition,”
Mr Francois said.
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SPAIN
Exiled Catalan
minister finds
refuge in Fife
By Hilary Duncanson
A former member of Catalonia’s
regional government has moved
to the UK following her selfimposed exile in Belgium.
Clara Ponsatí revealed
on social media that she has
returned to working at the
Le Pen proposes change of
NF name to National Rally
By Simon Carraud
IN LILLE
UNITED STATES
Nightclub shut Veteran turned
after horse stunt on his carers
A nightclub in Miami has
been shut down and is facing
possible animal cruelty
charges after a woman rode a
horse on the premises.
Video footage at Mokai
Lounge in South Beach showed
a white horse with a woman
sitting on top of it being led on
to the dance floor. The rider is
then thrown off by the animal,
prompting panic from the
dancers, followed by cheering
when the horse is led away.
Miami Beach Police said that
the animal has been inspected
and deemed “healthy and safe”.
FRANCE
The man who killed three women
after a day-long siege at a California
veterans’ home had trouble adjusting to regular life after he returned
from the Afghanistan war and had
been expelled from a treatment programme designed to help him.
Authorities offered little
information about whether Albert
Wong, 36, had targeted his victims at
The Pathway Home.
People who knew the women said
they had dedicated their lives to helping those suffering like Mr Wong, and
would have been in a good position to
assist him had Friday’s hostage situation ended differently. AP
University of St Andrews in
Fife, Scotland.
The former education minister
had been in Belgium following
Catalonia’s unsuccessful bid
to declare independence from
Spain in October. She and three
cabinet colleagues are said to
face arrest if they return.
A post on Ms Ponsatí’s Twitter
account, translated from her
native language, said: “The
Catalan exile arrives in United
Kingdom: enjoying my freedom
of movement as a European
citizen, this week I’ve reinstated
at the University of St Andrews.”
French far-right leader Marine Le
Pen proposed her National Front
(NF) party be renamed the National
Rally yesterday, in a bid to shed a
brand associated by many voters
with racism and anti-Semitism.
Speaking at the party’s congress
in Lille, following her defeat to
President Emmanuel Macron last
May, Ms Le Pen said the party’s
priority should be to gain power,
which could only be achieved through
a coalition with allies.
“Our goal is clear: power,” Ms Le
Pen said. Her speech denouncing
Al-Mokha
It took Seham Ali Ibrahim one
month to make the dangerous
journey from her village near
the frontline to the relative
safety of Yemen’s western
coastal areas, often travelling
by foot across battle lines.
Now, she lives in a straw
hut with three other families,
including nine children,
outside al-Mokha, where many
displaced Yemenis have built
makeshift shelters and rely on
aid provided by humanitarian
organisations and anti-Houthi
coalition forces.
“We walked... We rode
donkeys and cars... We made it
to al-Mokha in a month,” said
the elderly Ms Ibrahim, who
does not know her exact age.
Yemen has been devastated
by three years of conflict in
which President Abdrabbuh
Mansour Hadi’s government,
backed by the Saudi-led Arab
coalition, is fighting to drive
the Houthis out of cities they
seized in a series of operations
that began in 2014.
Al-Mokha, 47 miles north of
the strategic Bab al-Mandab
strait, and al-Khoukha and
al-Heiss are among the few
towns conceded by Houthi
fighters since Yemen’s civil
war started in 2015, after the
armed group forced President
Hadi into exile.
Last month, the UN said
at least 85,000 Yemenis had
left their homes in the area
since fresh fighting erupted
in December. REUTERS
Aziz El Yaakoubi
immigration, globalisation and
a federal Europe, was cheered
by delegates.
“We were originally a protest
Memorial
for quake
victims
Japanese residents
in Natori, Miyagi, fly
dove-shaped balloons
in memory of victims
of the 11 March 2011
disaster in the region.
The magnitude 9
Tohoku earthquake
triggered a deadly
tsunami and nuclear
reactor meltdowns
which devastated the
north-eastern coast,
leaving 18,500 people
dead or missing GETTY
UNITED STATES
Nun in legal dispute with Katy Perry dies in court
An 89-year-old Roman Catholic
nun who has battled pop star Katy
Perry for years over the sale of a Los
Angeles convent collapsed and died
during a court appearance.
Sister Catherine Rose Holzman,
one of two ageing nuns who were
fighting the sale of the eight-acre
convent, died on Friday during
related legal proceedings in Los
Angeles County Court.
“To Katy Perry, please stop. It’s
not doing anyone any good except
hurting a lot of people,” Holzman had
earlier told broadcaster KTTV as she
entered the courthouse with Sister
Rita Callanan.
Perry agreed to buy the property
for $14.5m (£10.4m) in 2015 but the
nuns said they were uncomfortable
selling it to the singer.
The nuns instead sold the property
to a restaurateur, who wanted to
convert it into a hotel. REUTERS
COLOMBIA
SYRIA
IRAN
Former Farc
rebels face polls
US warns over
Turkish jet crash
chemical attacks kills 11 people
Colombia’s former leftist
guerrillas faced their first
electoral test as a political party
yesterday as the country voted
in congressional elections, two
months before the presidential
ballot will be held.
Analysts view the ballot as a
test of the democratic viability of
the Farc, whose fighters laid down
their arms last year. AP
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis
warned the Assad regime not to use
chemical weapons in its civil war
and said the Trump administration
has made it clear it would be “very
unwise” to use gas in attacks.
Mr Mattis said he was disturbed
by reports of civilian casualties
from bombings by Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad’s forces.
“We have made it very clear that it
would be very unwise to use gas” as a
weapon, Mr Mattis said. AP
By Ian Simpson
IN WASHINGTON
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party,” she said. “There should
be no doubt now that we can be a
ruling party.”
The idea of changing the party’s
name was approved by a narrow
majority of NF members, with 52 per
cent backing it, according to figures
provided by the party. They will get to
vote on the new name by post.
Jean-Marie Le Pen, the leader’s
89-year-old father, who founded the
party in 1972, called the name change
“political suicide”.
“The National Front name carries
an epic and glorious history, which
no one should deny,” Ms Le Pen said.
“But for many French people it is a
psychological obstacle.” REUTERS
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A private Turkish plane travelling
from Sharjah in the United Arab
Emirates to Istanbul crashed in
south-western Iran yesterday
killing all 11 people on board,
a spokesman for Iran’s Civil
Aviation Organisation said.
“We can confirm that a Turkish
private jet... while passing
through our airspace disappeared
from the radar and crashed near
Shahr-e Kord,” Reza Jafarzadeh
told state television. REUTERS
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CAMPAIGN
Apprenticeships
are not second
class, pupils told
By Florence Snead
More pupils should consider apprenticeships when they leave
school and be discouraged from
regarding the option as “in any way
second class”, an industry leader
has said.
Christine Hodgson, chairman of
technology services firm Capgemini UK, told pupils at King Solomon
Academy in Marylebone, London,
that apprenticeships could be a
“fantastic alternative” to going
to university.
Ms Hodgson told a group of girls
aged between 11 and 18 that they did
not need to know exactly what they
wanted to do and should instead
focus on gaining transferable skills.
“I’m a boss in a technology company, even though I’m not a technologist – that doesn’t matter,” she
told the pupils.
“What you’re going to find is it’s a
very fast-changing world in which
we live – you don’t need to know
today exactly what you’re going to
do for the rest of your career.
“What you do need is to get some
skills in your armoury so whatever
you choose to do, you can adapt.”
Ms Hodgson, 53, was talking to
the secondary pupils as part of the
Speakers for Schools programme,
which was founded in 2011 by ITV
SPEAKERS
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political editor Robert Peston. The
charity aims to provide state school
pupils with access to influential
people and has teamed up with i for
its Skills 2030 campaign.
She discussed Capgemini’s degree apprenticeship programme,
in which apprentices work at the
company and gain a degree in digital and technology solutions after
four and a half years.
“There are other very good companies that offer apprenticeships
as well,” she told the pupils. “I know
many of you will consider university but also consider apprenticeships because they are a great
alternative – they are not in any way
second class, not at all.”
Ms Hodgson, who also chairs the
Careers and Enterprise Company,
was joined at the talk by Capgemini
apprentice Priyal Bhanderi, 18,
and software engineer Darren
Saram, 22. Mr Saram – who left
university after 18 months to join
the degree apprenticeship scheme
– said he had no regrets as his new
path was debt-free and offered “the
best of both worlds”.
Business leader
Christine Hodgson
talks to students
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Speaking to i, Ms Hodgson said
she loved going into schools to “demystify” the workplace and that it
was important to do so because a
lot of young people were unaware of
the scale of available opportunities.
“There’s lots of information online but that is just overwhelming;
they can get dizzy trying to navigate their way through that.”
Ms Hodgson said that
in her own school days,
careers advice was a case of
“going into a hut at lunchtime
and picking out pamphlets”.
Degree courses to be rated gold, silver or bronze
Students will be able to make comparisons of degree courses under
Government proposals, as subjects
in each university will be given an
overall gold, silver or bronze award,
with details publicly available.
This will enable students to assess
their chances of getting a job after
taking a course, prospective earnings and drop-out rates, according
to the Department for Education.
The rating system is being billed
as a way of providing potential
undergraduates with more information as well as exposing poorquality teaching.
Sam Gyimah, the universities
minister, said it will help to “ensure
more students get the value for
money they deserve from higher
education”. The first ratings would
be published in 2020.
The move is part of the Teaching
Excellence Framework (TEF) – assessing universities on a range of
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silver or bronze badges.
The TEF came in for criticism
from top universities when the first
ratings were published last June
after many leading institutions
failed to achieve the highest award.
Concerns were raised that the
system did not fully measure quality and that potential students
needed clear guidance about what
the results meant and how they
should be used. PA
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he didn’t let me sit…
anywhere.” “We weren’t
paid a cent and we were
manipulated to stay
under the promise of
a real job.” “The office gets us,
the interns, to hand-wash soiled
underwear.”
These are just a handful of
the real life testimonies of what
interns and assistants working
in the fashion industry have had
to go through to edge just a toe
through what is a notoriously hard
door to open.
For those who don’t work
in the fashion industry, their
insight probably comes from
the film The Devil Wears Prada
starring Meryl Streep as a
powerful fashion magazine editor,
rumoured to be inspired by
American Vogue’s Anna Wintour.
Her assistant, played by Anne
Hathaway, endured elitism,
close to unbearable working
conditions and a daily list of
unreasonable tasks.
But that, it seems, was the
just the tip of the iceberg
when it comes to the reality
laid bare on the Instagram
account fashionassistants,
which posts anonymous
messages from interns.
That there are so many
shocking tales in one industry
cannot be pure coincidence. It
is down to the established and
therefore systematic hierarchy in
fashion, some suggest.
“The whole ‘I did it and so
should you’ attitude can be really
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Norman
A boycott is
just the way
to cow Putin
F
or a thumbnail guide to
the gravity of the Russian
spy crisis, consider
this. It has made Boris
Johnson look a bit
muddled. Ordinarily, the Foreign
Secretary is the safest imaginable
damaging,” say its creators, who
want to remain anonymous.
“And some of these huge
stylists and editors who have
been surrounded by yes men
for decades have lost the ability
to recognise when a request or
insult is completely unnecessary
and rude, often damaging to the
person on the receiving end.”
Many of the stories highlight
wholly unreasonable punishments
for little mistakes. One person,
who was an intern with a designer
during fashion week, said she
wasn’t allowed to eat during
the day as a punishment for the
supposed sub-par hanging of
clothes. “It was hell on earth,” the
intern says. Other testimonies
highlight being worked to the bone
and often not being paid.
In fashion, where there are few
jobs and getting hold of one is
difficult, people are more willing
to accept unpaid internships, says
Michael Newman, an employment
lawyer for Leigh Day: “The
barriers are very high, which
means there is a lot of power on
the side of people holding [control
of] the jobs.”
Philip Landau, an employment
solicitor at Landau Law, suggests
pair of diplomatic hands. Whether
reciting colonialist, Buddharidiculing poetry in the Buddhist
temples of Myanmar, or hinting
that British nationals wrongly
imprisoned there were up to no
good in Iran, no one has a more
masterly command of his brief.
Yet the attempted murders of
Sergei Skripal and his daughter
Yulia in Salisbury have left Boris
looking confused about how
precisely to respond.
He definitely wants Britain to be
really tough on Russia, assuming
the Kremlin was behind the
attacks. We know that because
someone or other leaked a snippet
from last week’s cabinet meeting
in which the hardliner Boris
pressed soppy Theresa May to be
really tough.
If she abruptly told him to fall
silent, as reported, small surprise.
Their relationship is directly
modelled on the one between
The Dude’s bowling friends in
The Big Lewbowski. Every time
Steve Buscemi’s Donny opens his
mouth, John Goodman’s Walter
yells “Shut up, Donny, you’re out of
your element.”
But is Boris out of his element,
for a refreshing change, in
identifying this summer’s World
Cup as the mode of retaliation? If
the Kremlin was behind events
in Salisbury, he told MPs: “It is
very difficult to imagine how UK
representation at the event …
could go ahead in the normal way.”
The confusion came when he
later claimed the boycott he had
in mind concerns officials and
dignitaries. But if Boris’s original
idea was to withdraw the England
team, as it appeared, he needs to
do a U-turn on his U-turn and get
back to where he started. Nothing
– literally nothing – would alarm
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there is a culture of “diva
personalities” and “underlying
liberalism that pervades the
industry”. “If this is the expected
norm, then interns and assistants
may be facing the brunt of what is
endemic in the industry, and so the
cycle will continue,” he says.
“Some observers have also
pointed out that the fashion
industry protects those who abuse
their power,” he adds.
Some interns have hit back. In
2014, a former intern for designer
Alexander McQueen sued for
nearly £6,500 in lost wages for four
months’ work. The complainant
accepted the internship because
she saw “almost no other way into
the fashion industry”. After this
case, the fashion house says it paid
all of its interns.
The scale of unhappy interns
in fashion is due to it being a
largely unregulated industry with
creatives not the best people at
tempering their reactions, suggests
Bronwyn Cosgrave, a fashion
historian and journalist who
worked at British Vogue for five
years. Indeed, it was reported that
musician-turned-fashion designer
Kanye West fired his entire staff
after an unsuccessful fashion
Moscow like the notion of a World
Cup without England.
If the Government made that
threat crystal clear, Putin would
confess to the Salisbury business,
and promise never to be so naughty
again. He understands that losing
the country which came so close
to taking Iceland to extra time at
Euro 2016 wouldn’t just rock world
football to its foundations.
Small wonder, then, that
the Labour MP Chris Bryant,
chairman of the all-party Russia
group, advocates a boycott to stop
Putin using the World Cup like
Hitler used the Berlin Olympics.
“Putin loves using these moments
to glorify Russia,” he explains. “It
will be like 1936 all over again.”
Nothing undermines an
argument’s strength like citing
Hitler as the point of comparison,
especially in the context of the
Russia that fought Nazi Germany
He would confess
and promise
never to be so
naughty again
at incomparably greater cost than
any other country.
Despite that, he’s correct to
push for the boycott. The point of
principle – that we never placate
undemocratic, authoritarian
governments that interfere in the
affairs of sovereign nations – is
reason enough on its own.
What’s the point of hammering
the Saudis for their war in
Yemen by selling them weapons
and bowing before their Crown
Prince if we aren’t equally hard on
the Russians?
As for Boris, he must shake off
his own lethargy and force May to
show. Cosgrave does, however,
suggest taking the testimonies on
fashionassistants with a pinch of
salt, saying “there are two sides”
to every story. “There is a feeling
– and it’s a generalisation – that
millennials are quite an entitled
generation,” she says, stressing this
is not her personal view. “There
is this feeling they can go through
university and immediately work
with the top photographers.
“The people I’ve met at the top
are there for a reason. It takes an
intangible blend of talent, creative
vision and tenacity to keep going.
I think a lot of people are frustrated
because there are not that many
positions at the top.”
Cosgrave understands that there
is a certain image of the fashion
industry. She cites Diana Vreeland,
the fashion editor and columnist
who died in 1989, as being wellknown for her imperious manner.
But the industry isn’t all bad, and
because “fashion is a closed world,
people do have this misconception
that it’s run by demonic, irrational,
eccentrically dressed women.”
Fashionassistants’ creators warn
against a “witch-hunt” of fashion’s
most powerful. “People who have
been burnt in the past are eager
to get their revenge or to see the
person fall from grace, and we
get that – we’ve been there.” The
problem needs to be tackled “with
a clear and sensible path in mind”,
they argue.
Cosgrave agrees fashion’s
“old guard” should treat the
younger generation better. “I do
think if fashion is about change...
change usually comes from
younger [generations].”
Amid all the grim stories on
fashionassistants, there are some
positive ones. “In contrast to the
horrible stories from some fashion
shoots, here in the Netherlands
interns and assistants are treated
as equals,” writes one. “Yes, you
sometimes have to run twice as
hard, but your name is always in
the production credits.”
threaten the full boycott even if that
takes his 19th resignation threat
since Christmas. And he needs
to do it this instant, in good time
to sway the Russian presidential
election more conclusively than the
Kremlin influenced Trump’s.
The Russian people have
astonishing powers of endurance,
but they would not brook a home
World Cup without the Goliath
that cemented its footballing
superpower status in the last one
by losing two group games, and
holding Costa Rica to a scoreless
draw in the third.
And do not imagine Putin
isn’t quaking at the thought of
what Boris could do to him. In
the clearest sign of the Kremlin’s
fear and respect, Russian state
television reacted to the boycott
hint by playing footage of his
Olympic zipwire heroics on a loop.
THE INDEPENDENT
IQ
30-37
BUSINESS SPORT
38-41
47-56
i MONDAY
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27
ECONOMY
What to watch
out for in the
Spring Statement
The Chancellor needs to keep an eye
on the wider world. By Hamish McRae
T
omorrow, Philip
Hammond will be able
to declare that he has
achieved a current
fiscal balance for the
Government – that this year will
be the first since 2001-02 that any
British government has covered
current spending by taxation and
only borrowed for investment. That
was Gordon Brown’s golden rule,
though it carried the qualification
that the current balance should be
over the economic cycle, and we may
be fairly close to the top of this one.
(The other rule, that total public
debt would not rise faster than the
economy, has been blown to bits.)
So have public finances been
fixed? Can the Government start
feeding additional money back into
public spending? It is not a Budget
tomorrow, as this new Spring
Statement will simply be an update
on the economy and public finances,
but any indication about future
spending will be very welcome.
The point is a simple one. In the
early days of the squeeze, spending
on public services improved.
Departments and local authorities
found they could do more with less,
and customer satisfaction rose.
Now, while some further cuts are
projected, there is a real struggle
in many departments to maintain
quality of service. So more money
will have to be spent.
Next, look for the economic
forecast from the Office for Budget
Responsibility (OBR). Growth
last year was a little better than
expected in November, 1.7 per cent
rather than 1.5 per cent, and I expect
that will eventually be revised up
further. But this year? One reason
for confidence is that Government
revenues have been quite strong.
That suggests that growth is holding
up, thanks in part to reasonably
strong demand for exports to
Europe, but let’s see if the OBR is
confident too.
The key numbers from the OBR,
as always, will be the budget deficit
for this year and next. The projected
numbers have been bouncing all
over the place. Last year, the deficit
was £47bn, but the OBR thought it
would go up this year. In November
it revised down its projected number
from £57bn to £50bn. Now, thanks to
higher revenues, it may be as low as
£40bn – ie, this year the deficit may
still be coming down, not going up.
To put this in perspective, GDP is
around £2,000bn, so a £40bn deficit
is equivalent to 2 per cent of GDP,
Government revenues
have been quite strong.
That suggests that growth
in the UK is holding up
Philip Hammond will offer an update
on the state of public finances GETTY
which is more or less OK.
Or rather it would be OK, if it
were not for three things. One is
that there is likely to be some cost
associated with Brexit, now little
more than 12 months away, though
we have to regard all projection
as speculation. Two, there are the
long-term pressures from an ageing
population, though the fact that
more and more people of retirement
age are still working helps quite a
lot. And three, the point above, the
squeeze on spending has to be eased.
Now what about the next financial
year, the one that starts next month?
The question here is whether the
number goes up or down. The OBR
will do its best and it is honourable
and measured in the way it makes
its calculations, but it was too
pessimistic about this year. Maybe
because of that it will err the other
way. Or maybe because the economy
has done somewhat better it will
think that we are closer to full
capacity and be more cautious.
Either way, this is really interesting.
Finally, there is the world outside
the UK. This is not directly the
subject of tomorrow’s speech, but it
shapes everything. You can see this in
terms of a global pecking order. This
year, China’s economy will pass that
of the eurozone for the first time. And
India will pass the UK and France for
the first time, in the case of the UK,
since the 1890s – prior to that it was
much larger, though of course it had a
vastly larger population.
As Jim O’Neill, now Lord O’Neill,
the former economics chief at
Goldman Sachs, points out, what
happens to the world economy
is much more important to UK
prosperity that what happens over
Brexit. Will Chancellor take this
opportunity to acknowledge that? I
hope so. THE INDEPENDENT
Television Monday 12 March
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
===
9pm, BBC2
The first film in 10 years by
esteemed documentary-maker
Molly Dineen (Home From The Hill,
The Ark) is a characteristically
intimate portrait of one man,
legendary reggae record shop owner
Blacker Dread, his extended family
and his Brixton community. We first
meet Blacker (left) at his mother’s
funeral, following him for three
years during which he faces his first
prison sentence (for moneylaundering) and his daughter’s
wedding (ironically she works as a
probation officer). And among a rich
cast of characters is Blacker’s best
friend Naptali, a charming and
articulate former armed robber
now struggling to go straight.
6.30pm, BBC2
It’s less the craftsmanship involved,
although that is beguiling in its own
way, but rather the stories of the
objects which are brought in for
repair that make this returning
series such an all-round charmer.
In the first of 15 episodes showing
each weekday evening, the team
tackle a Boulle-work clock that
hasn’t ticked in 15 years, a
threadbare but much-loved toy
elephant on wheels, and a 300-yearold Georgian desk.
Being Blacker
The Repair Shop
===
Jane
9pm, National Geographic
There have been several
documentaries about primatologist
Jane Goodall, but none as loving as
this film culled from 100 hours of
never-before-seen footage of the
young Jane, the London-born
secretary chosen to travel to
Tanzania and observe chimpanzees
by archaeologist Louis Leakey – not
in spite of her lack of academic
qualifications, but rather because of
it. Goodall’s ambition “to be like Dr
Doolittle and without fear like
Tarzan” paid off as the chimps got
used to seeing this “strange white
ape” and gradually (with the help of
countless bananas) came to trust
her. It soon becomes clear, however,
that the camera is more captivated
by Goodall herself than the animals
she is is so focused on – which is
hardly surprisingly, since it’s being
held by her future husband, Hugo
van Lawick.
===
Electric Dreams:
Safe And Sound
10pm, Channel 4
It’s now apparent that the single
biggest weakness of this anthology of
Philip K Dick stories is that the ideas
therein are mostly half-formed.
That’s certainly the case of an
otherwise promising tale set in a
futuristic America divided between
elite coastal cities and “bubbles” (the
Midwest basically) where terrorists
breed. Annalise Basso plays teenager
Foster, who moves from one such
“bubble” to the security-obsessed
city with her activist mother (Maura
Tierney) and discovers that her only
true friend is Ethan, the customersupport operative from the Siri-like
computer inside her head. But is
Ethan a friend, and is he even real?
6.00 Caught Red Handed
(R) (S). 6.30 Coast And
Country Auctions (R) (S).
7.15 Wanted Down Under
Revisited (R) (S). 8.00
Sign Zone: Hugh’s Wild
West (R) (S). 9.00 Victoria
Derbyshire (S). 11.00 BBC
Newsroom Live (S). 11.30
The Week In Parliament
(S). 12.00 Daily Politics
(S). 1.00 Women’s Six
Nations Highlights (R) (S).
1.30 Yes Chef (R) (S). 2.15
Your Home In Their Hands
(R) (S). 3.15 Planet Earth
(R) (S). 4.15 Into The Wild
With Gordon Buchanan (R)
(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 (R)
(S). 3.00 Tenable (R) (S).
3.59 ITV Regional Weather
(S). 4.00 Tipping Point (R)
(S). 5.00 The Chase (S).
6.00 Winter Paralympics
Live Further coverage
of day three from
PyeongChang, South
Korea (S). 8.00 Winter
Paralympics Breakfast
(S). 9.00 Frasier (R)
(S). 9.35 Frasier (R) (S).
10.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
11.00 Undercover Boss
USA (R) (S). 12.00 Channel
4 News Summary (S).
12.05 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 1.05 Posh
Pawnbrokers (R) (S). 2.10
Countdown (S). 3.00 A
Place In The Sun: Summer
Sun (R) (S). 4.00 A New Life
In The Sun (S). 5.00 Four In
A Bed (R) (S). 5.30 Extreme
Cake Makers (R) (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15
The Wright Stuff 11.15
Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It
Away (R) (S). 12.10 5 News
Lunchtime (S). 12.15 The
Gadget Show (R) (S). 1.10
Access (S). 1.15 Home And
Away (S). 1.45 Neighbours
(S). 2.20 NCIS: Naval
Killer (R) (S). 3.20 FILM:
Deadly Daycare (Michael
Feifer 2014) Thriller,
starring Kayla Ewell (S).
5.00 5 News At 5 (S). 5.30
Neighbours (R) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Eggheads Quiz
show, hosted by
Jeremy Vine (S).
6.30 The Repair Shop
New series (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
Bart gets the
chance to save
the school from
closure (R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (S).
6.00 Home And Away
Ben and Coco
search the Bay
for Maggie (R)
(S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7pm
7.00 The One Show
Presented by
Matt Baker and
Angellica Bell
(S).
7.30 Inside Out (S).
7.00 Top Gear
Second-hand
sports cars are
put to the test
during a road
trip across
Japan (R) (S).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street Gemma
and Tyrone
resolve to
forget their
night together.
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7.30 Winter
Paralympics
Today Action
from day three
(S).
7.00 Anglo-Welsh
Cup Highlights
Action from
the semi-final
fixtures (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Great Irish
Journeys With
Martha Kearney
(R) (S).
8pm
8.00 EastEnders
Keegan’s dad
Mitch turns up
in the Square
(S).
8.30 Classic Mary
Berry (S).
8.00 Only Connect
(S).
8.30 University
Challenge
The quarterfinal matches
continue (S).
8.00 The Kyle Files
The effect of the
overstretching
of public
services (S).
8.30 Coronation
Street (S).
8.00 Undercover:
Who’s Policing
Your Bank?
– Channel 4
Dispatches (S).
8.30 Food
Unwrapped (S).
8.00 Extreme Winter
Road Rescue A
heavy recovery
crew frees
lorries that have
got stuck in
snow (S).
8.00 Treasures
Of The Indus
The history
of the Indian
subcontinent (R)
(S).
9pm
9.00 MasterChef
Seven more
contenders
compete in
the cookery
challenge (S).
9.00 Being Blacker
Documentary
about a Brixton
reggae producer
(S).
9.00 Marcella
Phil heads
to Marcella’s
house to exact
his revenge on
her (S).
9.00 24 Hours In
Police Custody
Police search
for the body of
a woman who
disappeared in
2003 (S).
9.00 Panic At 30,000
Feet: Airline
Emergency
Exploring what
happens when
flights lose
control (S).
9.00 The Art Of
Spain Exploring
the history of
Spanish art (R)
(S).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News (S).
10.45 Imagine – Ingrid
Bergman in Her
Own Words (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News (S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 Rachel Nickell:
The Untold
Story (R) (S).
10.00Electric
Dreams: Safe
And Sound (S).
10.00Armed And
Deadly: Police
UK Following
operations
carried out by
the UK’s armed
police officers.
10.00Caligula With
Mary Beard
The life of the
Roman emperor
(R) (S).
11.15 Putin: The New
Tsar The story
of Russian
President
Vladimir Putin’s
rise to power (R)
(S).
11.50 The Kyle Files
The effect of the
overstretching
of public
services (R) (S).
11.00 Winter
Paralympics
Highlights
Further action
from day three
(S).
11.00 The X-Files (S).
11.55 Traffic Cops:
Under Attack A
murder suspect
is pursued
through
Bradford (R) (S).
11.00 Mothers,
Murderers And
Mistresses:
Empresses Of
Ancient Rome
(R) (S).
11.25 FILM: The Guest
(Adam Wingard
2014) Thriller,
starring Dan
Stevens (S).
11.00 Family Guy (R)
(S).
11.30 American Dad!
(R) (S).
11.55 Plebs A crime
wave sweeps
the city (R) (S).
12.15 Odyssey (R) (S). 12.55
Odyssey (R) (S). 1.40 Sign
Zone: Countryfile (R) (S).
2.35 Sign Zone: Royal
Recipes (R) (S). 3.20 This Is
BBC Two (S).
12.15 100 Years Younger
In 21 Days (R) (S). 1.05
Jackpot247 3.00 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
3.55 ITV Nightscreen 5.05
The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S).
12.15 Winter Paralympics
Live (S).
12.55 Britain’s Greatest
Bridges (S). 1.10
SuperCasino (S). 3.10
Cowboy Builders (R) (S).
4.00 Now That’s Funny! (R)
(S). 4.45 House Doctor (R)
(S). 5.10 House Busters (R)
(S). 5.35 Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
12.00 On Camera:
Photographers At The
BBC (R) (S). 1.00 Top Of
The Pops: 1982 (R) (S). 2.00
Fabric Of Britain (R) (S).
3.00 Thomas Chatterton:
The Myth Of The Doomed
Poet (R) (S).
1.25 FILM: You’re Next
(Adam Wingard 2011)
Horror, starring Sharni
Vinson (S). 3.20 Close
12.25 Two And A Half Men
(R) (S). 12.55 Two And A
Half Men (R) (S). 1.20 Ibiza
Weekender (R) (S). 2.20
Teleshopping 5.50 ITV2
Nightscreen
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Holding Back The Years
(S). 10.00 Homes Under
The Hammer (R) (S).
11.00 The Sheriffs Are
Coming (S). 11.45 Caught
Red Handed (R) (S). 12.15
Bargain Hunt (S). 1.00 BBC
News At One; Weather
(S). 1.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather (S). 1.45
Doctors (S). 2.15 Escape
To The Country (S). 2.45
A Service Of Celebration
For Commonwealth Day
(S). 4.15 Flog It! (R) (S). 5.15
Pointless (R) (S).
6pm
10pm
11pm
Late
12.25 Have I Got A Bit
More Old News For You (R)
(S). 1.15 BBC News (S).
Zoologist Jane Goodall
in documentary ‘Jane’
9pm, Nat. Geographic
Annalise Basso moves
to the big city in
‘Electric Dreams:
Safe And Sound’
10pm, Channel 4
6.00 The Planet’s Funniest
Animals (R) (S). 6.20
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 6.45
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 7.10
Who’s Doing The Dishes?
(R) (S). 7.55 Emmerdale (R)
(S). 8.20 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 8.55 Coronation
Street (R) (S). 9.25 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show
(R) (S). 10.20 The Bachelor
(R) (S). 12.15 Emmerdale
(R) (S). 12.50 Coronation
Street (R) (S). 1.15
Coronation Street (R) (S).
1.45 The Ellen DeGeneres
Show (S). 2.35 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (R) (S). 3.40 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
4.50 Judge Rinder (R) (S).
5.50 Take Me Out (R) (S).
Ingrid Bergman is the
focus of ‘Imagine’
10.45pm, BBC1
6.40 FILM: Crocodile
Dundee II
(John Cornell
1988) Comedy
adventure
sequel, starring
Paul Hogan (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
Harry Hill
narrates (R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Zoey and
Walden break
up (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: The
Wolverine
(James Mangold
2013) Superhero
adventure spinoff, starring
Hugh Jackman.
9.00 Family Guy
Brian mutilates
Stewie’s teddy
bear (S).
9.30 American Dad!
(S).
10.00Action Team
Logan is
attacked by an
Abacus assassin
(S).
10.35 Family Guy (R)
(S).
NEWS
2-27
===
Imagine – Ingrid Bergman in
Her Own Words
10.45pm, BBC1
Like Jane (see left), this documentary
about Hollywood legend Ingrid
Bergman makes good use of a wealth
of home-movie footage, along with
diaries and letters (read by Alicia
Vikander) to provide a rich sense of
Bergman’s life away from the movies
– the marriages, the affairs (with
Robert Capa and Roberto Rossellini),
her children (Pia Lindstrom and
Isabella Rossellini both contribute)
and her inner thoughts from her
childhood in Sweden to Hollywood
and beyond. The lack of insight into
her work won’t please cineastes but
otherwise this is a captivating
portrait of an independent woman
determined to live life on her terms.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
FILM OF THE DAY
===
11.15pm, TCM
(Darren Aronofsky, 2008)
Mickey Rourke (left), sporting a
peroxide mullet and a hearing-aid,
gives a career-best performance as an
ageing and battered pro-wrestler still
going through the same old violent
pantomime in New Jersey’s fleapit
theatres and school gymnasiums. He’s
a likeable lunk without any bitterness
or pretensions, and has an easy charm
that may remind you of another
blue-collar sporting underdog,
Rocky Balboa. But in most ways The
Wrestler is the anti-Rocky: a realist
drama about a man blowing what few
chances life gives him. What makes
it so touching is that it makes us
understand how wrestling continues
to seem like the only choice he has.
3.55pm, Sky Cinema Drama
(Peter Weir, 1998)
Released the year before Big
Brother, this poised satire of TV and
small-town America details the
extraordinary lengths to which a
programme goes, so that its audience
can be round-the-clock voyeurs of a
man’s everyday existence.
The Wrestler
The Truman Show
===
The Hills Have Eyes
11pm, Horror Channel
(Wes Craven 1977)
Craven makes a virtue of the low
budget of his second film, devising a
simple scenario – the siege of a family
who break down out in the bit of the
desert where a family of inbred killers
live – then ratcheting up the tension.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 6.50 Heartbeat (R) (S).
7.55 The Royal (R) (S). 8.55
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.25
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.50
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.20
Inspector Morse (R) (S).
12.35 The Royal (R) (S).
1.35 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 3.50 On The Buses (R)
(S). 4.20 On The Buses
(R) (S). 4.55 You’re Only
Young Twice (R) (S). 5.25
Rising Damp (R) (S). 5.55
Heartbeat (R) (S).
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6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S). 6.30
Hollyoaks (R) (S). 7.00
Couples Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 8.00 Baby Daddy
(R) (S). 8.30 Baby Daddy (R)
(S). 9.00 Melissa & Joey
(R) (S). 10.00 How I Met
Your Mother (R) (S). 11.00
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (R) (S).
11.30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 12.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 1.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S). 1.30 The Big
Bang Theory (R) (S). 2.00
How I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 2.30 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 3.00 New
Girl (R) (S). 3.30 New Girl
(R) (S). 4.00 Brooklyn NineNine (R) (S). 4.30 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (R) (S). 5.00 The
Goldbergs (R) (S). 5.30 The
Goldbergs (R) (S).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (R)
(S). 9.30 A Place In The
Sun: Winter Sun (R) (S).
10.30 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 11.35
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.05
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.35
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 1.05
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 1.40
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 2.10
Come Dine With Me (R)
(S). 2.40 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 3.15 Come Dine
With Me (R) (S). 3.50 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 4.20
Come Dine With Me (R) (S).
4.50 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 5.55 A
Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon
receives a
prestigious
prize (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet Dr
Noel Fitzpatrick
treats a puppy
with walking
difficulties (R)
(S).
6.00 Futurama The
Earthicans
receive an
unexpected
windfall (R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.00 House A
patient’s
overly amiable
personality
raises
suspicions (R)
(S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
suffers a
conflict of
loyalties (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks
Sienna ends up
in a dangerous
situation (S).
7.30 My Hotter Half
(S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A couple who
bought an 18thcentury folly (R)
(S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Homer goes
undercover for
the government
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
Grissom tries
to identify a
bomber (R) (S).
8.00 Vera Charred
remains are
found in an
abattoir (R) (S).
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.30 Young Sheldon
The youngster’s
dad is rushed to
hospital (R) (S).
8.00 David
Attenborough’s
Wild City
Last in the
series (R) (S).
8.00 Blue Bloods A
bank robbery
turns into
a hostage
situation (R) (S).
6.00 Monkey Life (R). 6.30
Monkey Life (R). 7.00
RSPCA Animal Rescue (R)
(S). 7.30 RSPCA Animal
Rescue (R) (S). 8.00
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10.00DCI Banks Part
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Travel
essentials
How to get there
Avianca flies to
Cartagena from
Heathrow via the
Colombian capital,
Bogota (avianca.
com). British
Airways/American
Airlines fly from
Heathrow via
Miami (ba.com).
KLM flies from
various UK airports
via Amsterdam
(klm.com).
More information
Hay Cartagena will
take place in
January 2019
(colombia.travel).
Hay Festival
Wales runs from
24 May to 3 June
(hayfestival.com).
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artagena de Indias is a
city roughly the size of
Manchester that sits on
the northern coast of
Colombia. The old town,
a 16th-century citadel based on a
European template, with walls and
battlements around the edge and
a cathedral and open plazas in the
middle, was built on a small peninsula
with views of the Caribbean Sea
along three sides. It is a place of palm
trees, mojitos and tropical sunsets.
Hay-on-Wye, on the other hand,
is a market town on the edge of
the Brecon Beacons. It is similarly
picturesque, but significantly less
tropical. It is a place of bookshops,
cream teas, and unpredictable
weather. In Cartagena de Indias,
annual temperatures fluctuate
between 24°C and 32°C, numbers
that might cause a resident of Hayon-Wye to raise their eyebrows.
Yet in recent years, these two
places have formed an unlikely
transatlantic partnership. Each
plays host to an annual, international
literature festival, celebrating the
diversity of global voices in writing
across a variety of genres, styles, and
tongues. In Hay-on-Wye, the festival
has been running for 30 years. The
Hay Festival Cartagena is now in its
13th year, and I had the pleasure of
being invited this January as one of
its delegates.
While my debut novel, Elmet, has
taken me to the likes of Cheltenham,
London and even an exceedingly
intemperate Boston, Massachusetts,
the prospect of a winter week on the
A literary
landscape
Man Booker Prize-shortlisted writer FionaMozleyvisits
Hay Cartagena, the celebration of words and writing that
decamps from Wales to Colombia in the depths of winter
Caribbean coast seemed almost too
good to be true.
I have travelled previously in South
America, and I lived for six months in
Buenos Aires.
I consequently speak Spanish
with a strong Argentinian accent that
Hispanophones from other nations
find amusing. They are also struck
by my first name, and associate
The decompression
of political hostilities
has seen travellers
flock to Colombia
it only with Princess Fiona of
Shrek fame.
Cartagena has an almost mythic
allure, and it rekindled in my mind
the stories from this part of the
world, particularly Gabríel Garcia
Márquez’s dark visions of lost
utopias. In his best-known work,
One Hundred Years of Solitude,
Márquez traces the history of the
Buendiá family, founders of the city
of Macondo, a dream-like Arcadia
that finally vanishes back into the
land with the last generation. As a
place filled with such imaginative
possibility, Márquez’s city of mirrors
might remind us of Camelot, another
town kept alive only in legend.
These are the sort of romantic
preconceptions it is easy to bring to
this kind of city, and Cartagena, with
its astonishing vistas and glittering
coast, certainly invites them.
Colombia, of course, invites other
associations. During my stay I made
time to take language classes to
brush up on my Spanish conversation
skills. I also thought this might
be a good way of meeting people,
although with the exception of the
teacher, the other students were,
of course, tourists like me. At the
beginning of the class, our teacher
asked us to begin by discussing
what our perceptions of Colombia
had been before we arrived. Some
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and its Clock
Tower; tourists
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depicting the
late Colombian
writer and
Nobel laureate
Gabríel Garcia
Márquez;
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people mentioned coffee; others
thought of the singer Shakira or
famous footballers. Most people,
at some point, made references to
the drugs trade and the notorious
trafficker, Pablo Escobar. At this
the teacher nodded grimly, clearly
disappointed but unsurprised.
The recent demobilisation of
the guerrilla movement known
as Farc has brought peace
to the region, and although
tensions continue to simmer
between the government and
the National Liberation Army
(ELN), Cartagena has the feel of a
tourist idyll far removed from the
disquiet that lingers elsewhere in
the country.
This decompression of political
hostilities has not only seen
travellers flock to Colombia in
their droves, but it has clearly
also encouraged international
partnerships, signalled by events
such as the Hay festival. Slightly
frazzled by the extraordinary
humidity, I participated
in a discussion with the
wonderful Lisa McInerney,
who won the Baileys Prize
in 2016 for her debut novel
The Glorious Heresies, and
has recently published her
sparkling follow-up The Blood
Miracles. I also did a workshop
with a group of talented
Colombian students aspiring
either to be writers or publishers.
At their best, literature festivals
can be hives of cultural exchange
and enthusiastic dialogue,
creating opportunities for
readers to encounter new writers
alongside more established voices.
The Hay Festival Cartagena was
just this kind of lively intellectual
meeting place. Salman Rushdie
and JM Coetzee were milling
around, as were Yaa Gyasi, Sara
Mesa and Michael Pollan.
As a debut novelist, it’s easy
to feel a little overwhelmed in
such company, and I was quite
glad to escape the hubbub for
an afternoon by taking a trip to
Barú island and its National Bird
Sanctuary, home to toucans,
flamingos and glamorous macaws.
I also spent a lot of time in
restaurants and cafés, eating fresh
seafood and plantain. Tourists are
drawn to the waterfront where
The market, Portal de los dulces, in
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they relax with a cold beer later in
the day, watching the sun sink into
the Caribbean. It sounds clichéd,
but it is definitely the most
sensible thing to do on an evening
in Cartagena. The humidity of the
afternoon is eased as the salty air
whips in off the surf – and the beer
tastes all the better for costing a
little under $2.
The travelling I have done
since the publication of Elmet
has prompted me to reflect on
the differences of how novels
are received across the world.
It is certainly strange to think of
a person in Colombia, or even in
the US or Netherlands, reading
about characters living in a small
wood in West Yorkshire. It has
also been valuable to consider
the way a particular theme or
scenario might meet different
responses in different places.
There is a scene in Elmet, for
example, which contains a gun.
For me – somewhat naively – a
gun is almost a fictional object,
like a wand or a lightsabre.
For others, of course, its
resonances are very different.
Likewise, the book deals with
land ownership and political
organisation, which will, again,
read very differently across
the world. I had always thought
of myself as mindful of readers’
responses, but although it seems
obvious now, it was not until I
travelled with the book that I
realised how culturally particular
reading can be.
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L
ast month I lay awake for
most of a Saturday night.
We were staying with
friends and my 22-monthold daughter was “sleeping” between me and my husband,
making repetitive choking noises interspersed with a strange, strangled
cough. I had to stay awake to make
sure I could still hear her, however
tortured she sounded, and while
lying there I decided that the bizarre breathing pattern was caused
by an allergy to my friends’ cats, and
that it was all my fault for having her
by Caesarean section.
I could have done with a copy of
Breaking Mum and Dad: The Insider’s
Guide to Parenting Anxiety to hand
that night. It would have been useful the next day, too, as my husband
pushed the baby far too quickly on
a roundabout, while she giggled and
waved: “Look Mum no hands!”
Breaking Mum and Dad author
Anna Williamson, 36, does not sugarcoat the experience of becoming
a new parent, but her book aims
to guide people through it, shows
them how to ask for help and recommends a number of practical exercises to combat negative feelings.
Williamson was on a low dose
of anti-anxiety medication when
she fell pregnant, which she had
to come off for fear it might cause
growth and development problems
to the foetus. “And there, in that
little clinic, my anxiety was reignited,” she admits. “‘What if I’ve damaged the baby already?’, ‘What if
my anxiety returns?’ Hmm, never
mind the new baby, a whole new
breed of anxiety was born.”
After an unenjoyable pregnancy
and a long and stressful labour, Williamson describes as an “A-grade
shitfest”, she gave birth to baby
Enzo by an emergency C-section
in September 2016. Following the
traumatic birth, she soon realised
she needed to restart her medication and had to stop breastfeeding
after nine days.
The NHS says that more than one
in 10 women experience some sort
of postnatal depression in the year
after giving birth. The National
Childbirth Trust says that the figure
is closer to one in two, and that half
of these don’t find the confidence to
talk to anyone about it. In one fifth of
these cases, the GPs failed to ask the
new mothers how they were feeling.
Williamson already had lots of experience in talking about her mental health. She had previously been
diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder and delivered her first
book Breaking Mad: The Insider’s
Guide to Conquering Anxiety weeks
before Enzo’s birth.
“Don’t suffer in silence however
you might be feeling,” she says.
“You need a label or diagnosis to
be feeling the normal feelings that
come with being a parent and
that’s a parent of any stage of
parenthood.
“Feelings of loneliness, not enjoying motherhood
much, or at all,
having obtrusive
scary thoughts,
perhaps of thoughts
of harming yourself,
crying excessively,
o r w i t h d raw i n g
from people. Just
ask yourself if you
are concerned
Author Anna
Williamson with
husband Alex
Di Pasquale and
son Enzo
Managing the
baby blues
In her new book, Anna Williamson aims
to give new parents practical advice on
coping with anxiety. By SophieMorris
about yourself and be brave to talk
to someone, a friend or professional,
to just check in that whatever you
might be feeling is OK, or if you
might benefit from some extra
help.
Williamson, who is also a television presenter, counsellor and
mental health campaigner, has
written the book with clinical psychologist Dr Reetta Newell, who
stresses that some form of parenting anxiety is normal.
“How high the levels of anxiety
are, how it impacts on your dayto-day life and how long it lasts
for will depend on who you are,
including your circumstances,
coping strategies and support
network,” she explains. “I hope
through reading this book you
can take away the key message:
parenting anxiety is normal, expected and something that we
all experience. Anxiety is every-
where, so the task isn’t to get rid of
it but, like Anna has done, learn to
cope with it.”
Williamson does not look anything like a stressed or anxious
mother. She has television-presenter good looks: long blonde hair, great
skin, enthusiastic smile. “I do juggle
a fair bit,” she says, “but people don’t
see behind the scenes which is when
I really have learnt to shut off. Phone
goes off, it’s all about cooking, family
time and reading. I’ve learnt to manage my anxiety well.”
“Public-facing work can sometimes be a bit ironic as the anxiety
can flutter, but I find it spurs me on
You won’t love
parenting all the
time and that is
completely OK
to talk even more openly and passionately about my experiences as
I get such overwhelming feedback
from others saying ‘thank you’ and
‘that happened to me’. Speaking
about it acts as a kind of therapy.”
The coping suggestions include
writing a letter to mourn your birth
plan. Many pregnant women create
detailed pictures of how they would
like their birth to go, but it’s an unpredictable process which can leave
women feeling battered, physically
and emotionally. Williamson says
that birth trauma, which is suffered
by 200,000 women a year, is similar to PTSD, so recovering from it
should be taken seriously.
She deals with lighter (though not
inconsequential) topics, too, such as
going to the loo in peace and ignoring the, usually older, relatives, who
think you should just jolly well get on
with things.
If you could pick three things you
know now and wish you’d known before having Enzo, I ask, what would
they be?
“Don’t feel any pressure to experience that Hollywood-style dream
moment,” she says. “Be more realistic and looser in your thinking.
You won’t love parenting all the
time and that is completely OK and
no reflection of my capabilities of
being a mum, or any question of
the love I have for Enzo, and how
mental health can take a bashing
after having a baby and how to get
help. Suffering in silence is not fun
or helpful.”
‘Breaking Mum and Dad: The
Insider’s Guide to Parenting
Anxiety’ by Anna Williamson is
published by Green Tree, £12.99 at
www.amazon.co.uk
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BY JOANNA TROLLOPE
The queen of
the ‘Aga saga’
returns with
the story of
Rose, whose
husband, the
doctor father
of their three
adult children, divorces
her in favour of his secret
long-term mistress.
Rose retaliates by setting
her heart on an exciting
new start in London. A
sympathetic take on postdivorce life and the baggage
that comes with it.
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Shot over 90
unexpectedly
tumultuous
days, Greg
Barker’s
revealing
documentary
travels
with President
Barack Obama and his
foreign policy team as
they complete their final
diplomatic missions before
the US election.
Artists’ visuall
responses to
TS Eliot’s
modernistt
poem ‘The
Waste Land’’
cast a new
w
light on a
familiar yett
obscure work,
writes Claudia
Pritchard
On Margate sands
A
sprawling upturned
beetle flails its spindly
helpless legs; a stricken
ash tree reaches for the
sky but is sliced from
twig to root. Nature, in
an innovative new exhibition at Turner
Contemporary in Margate, is fighting
for survival, and none of her creatures
struggles more than Homo sapiens.
Journeys with the Waste Land begins
with sickness. In 1921, TS Eliot, on
medical advice, turned to the Kent
coastal town for a rest cure. Lodged
at the Albermarle Hotel, Cliftonville,
he took the sea air between meals and
worked on what was then called They
Do the Police in Different Voices. A year
later it was published as The Waste
Land, and it would seal his reputation
as a poet. But as he surveyed the North
Sea he was unsure of its progress: “I
have done a rough draft of part III, but
do not know whether it will do, and
must wait for Vivien’s opinion as to
whether it is printable,” he wrote to the
writer and patron of the arts Sydney
Schiff on 6 November. “I have done this
while sitting in a shelter on the front...”
Eliot’s restorative stay in Margate
has prompted the exhibition Journeys
with the Waste Land, which brings
together works directly inspired by the
writer and his work, and others that
are suggestive of the poet’s subjects
and intensely literary source material.
So Philip Guston’s caricature-like
close-up East Coker-TSE (1979) with
its Desperate Dan chin, and cartoonist
Martin Rowson’s comic-book Philip
Marlowe spoof (“Quit the wise guy stuff.
Give me the juice on the Grail...”) rub
shoulders with bleak dystopias in Cecil
Collins’s rudderless voyage The Quest
(1938) and Edward Hopper’s desolate,
post-coital Night Windows (1928).
The loan of the Hopper to Margate
by the Museum of Modern Art,
New York, with the Guston, is all
the more remarkable given the
show’s unusual curatorial approach.
For in collaboration with Turner
Contemporary’s Trish Scott and
curator Mike Tooby, some 30 or so
townspeople, mostly women, and with
input at stages from many others,
Out of
the worst of
circumstances
comes
creativity
have over three years studied The
Waste Land and sourced the artworks
that they believe best represent the
intensely visual poem.
Richly hued (“red rock”, “brown fog”,
“vials of ivory and coloured glass”),
heavy with props (Tarot cards, tinned
food, a gramophone), and washed by
rivers that lurch to the sea, the poem
proved rich in visual possibilities.
What emerges from the project is an
exhibition that manages to rise from the
depths of despair to a heartening sense
that out of the worst of circumstances
comes creativity.
In the mournful first room William
Turnbull’s thrashing beetle Heavy
Insect (1949), juxtaposed against the six
clueless voyagers of Collins’s boat in a
sea of shards, has the spiky pessimism
of Paul Nash’s First World War Western
Front in Wire (1918) and Mark Power’s
photograph of flowers tied to railings
in the Rue Bichat hours after the Paris
attacks in November 2015. Even the
living are entombed in Henry Moore’s
Underground bomb shelter Row of
Sleepers (1941). As if a sequel to Hopper’s
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The weekend’s
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JEFF ROBSON
Didn’t he do well?
A tribute to Brucie
was a bonus for fans
» Sir Bruce: A Celebration BBC One, Sunday, 9pm
» Sneaky Pete Amazon Prime, available now
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Clockwise from
main, John Stezaker’s
‘Mask CCV’; Cecil
Collins’ ‘The Quest’;
Edward Hopper’s
‘Night Windows’; FXP
PHOTOGRAPHY; TATE
IMAGES; MUSEUM OF
MODERN ART, NEW YORK
loveless bedroom tableau, Paula Rego’s
searing trio of Abortion Sketches (1998)
presents a grim choice of terminations.
(“It’s them pills I took to bring it off,” says
Lil, who has “had five already and nearly
died of young George” in “A Game of
Chess”, Part II of The Waste Land. “The
chemist said it would be all right, but I’ve
never been the same.”)
Inspired by the notorious hazard to
shipping in the chilly North Sea – not
far out from the gallery – in William
Lionel Wyllie’s Goodwin Sands (1874),
the ribs of a hulk protrude grotesquely
from its watery grave.
“What are the roots that clutch,
what branches grow/ Out of this stony
rubbish,” asks one of Eliot’s voices.
“That corpse you planted last year in
the garden, Has it begun to sprout?
Will it bloom this year?” And as if
on cue, the exhibition too blossoms
into unexpected humour, affection
and human resourcefulness. Vibeke
Tandberg isolates every single word of
the poem and rearranges them into 36
gentle, minimalist collages, grouping
them alphabetically or in clumps of
repetitions.
Taking Eliot’s own notes, Berny
Tan’s A Visual Guide to References in
TS Eliot’s The Waste Land, 1922 (2011)
draws up a helpfully coloured chart
to the literary allusions: here the Old
Testament, Antony and Cleopatra,
Paradise Lost, there Andrew Marvell,
Verlaine and Webster’s The White Devil.
Peter Blake is characteristically frisky,
too, in Marcel Duchamp’s World Tour:
Playing Chess with Tracey, a riff on the
surrealist’s masquerade of giving up
art to play chess and Tracey Emin’s
Margate childhood.
Henrik Hakansson’s A Tree Divided
(2017) is a solemn memorial to ash
dieback. But John Newling finds new
life in decay. Over a period of months
he shredded hundreds of copies of the
poem and mixed them with kitchen
leftovers – coffee grounds, watermelon
peel – and churned the mixture in a
tumbling compost-maker.
The nutritious earthy matter that
resulted could foster new life – new
watermelons, even, given the weather.
And it could be and was also pressed
into paper and reformed as books. One
of the curatorial team explains: “There
is nothing written on them because the
writing is in the fibre of the paper. It is
still a poem. You can’t see it, you can’t
read it but it’s there.”
Even Eliot, it transpires, could
achieve creative satisfaction. In his
letter to Schiff he adds: “But I have
written, after a fashion, and practise
scales on a mandolin.” His poem echoes:
“On Margate Sands/ I can connect/
Nothing with Nothing...”
In the largely optimistic final room,
Cy Twombly’s four great canvases
blow hot and cold from Autumn to
Spring in his Quattro Stagioni (1993-95),
one of many loans by Tate. Like Eliot,
Twombly works over his underlying
sources, obscuring them from view.
Obscure: it’s one of the words probably
most often associated with Eliot’s
complex, layered and occluded verse.
Journeys with The Waste Land shines
a light into the poem’s dark corners and
illustrates Turner Contemporary’s gift
for making unexpected connections
that show even familiar works anew.
‘Journeys with the Waste Land’, Turner
Contemporary, Margate, to 7 May
(01843 233000)
nyone who thinks the
BBC has become a nest
of lefty metropolitan
hipsters, on a mission to
replace “proper” family shows with
alternative comedy and committeeapproved agitprop, should have
tuned into BBC One last night.
Sir Bruce: A Celebration was an
old-school tribute to an old-school
entertainer who, despite first
making his name in the variety era,
made the move to television and
became a permanent fixture as
the medium entered its heyday.
The opening set the tone, as the
London Palladium was bathed
in bright lights to illuminate a
billboard of Brucie in his classic
Generation Game pose and the
camera tracked a starry (and
cross-generational) guest list
arriving done up to the nines –
everyone from Nicholas Parsons
to Rob Brydon and Fergie (the
royal, not the Black Eyed Pea).
The show itself (filmed the
day before what would have
been his 90th birthday) was
glitzy, spectacular, occasionally
a bit cheesy and sentimental but
committed to offering a bit of
everything in an hour and a bit.
Much like the man himself, in other
words. And as someone who’s
usually pretty averse to these kind
of celebrity eulogies, I have to say it
worked well.
So yes, there were big
production numbers; the likes
of Alfie Boe, Michael Ball and
Alexandra Burke belting out
Brucie’s favourites from the
song-and-dance era; and
a procession of showbiz
pals offering fond
reminiscences.
But some of the clips
and comments were
a reminder of what
a talented television
performer he was. As Ant
(or was it Dec?) shrewdly
observed, his ad-libbing
in The Generation Game
displayed an instinctive
understanding of how
the camera worked and
how to break the fourth
wall, interacting
with millions of
viewers as well as a
studio audience.
Paul Merton’s
Sir Bruce Forsyth
knew how to
interact with
viewers and a
studio audience
GUY LEVY/BBC
memories of his “Play Your Iraqi
Cards Right” star turn on Have
I Got News For You showed that
he knew how to move with the
times and re-invent himself. But
the success of Strictly… proved
that even in the multi-media era
a piece of “appointment TV” on a
terrestrial channel could still draw
millions of viewers – provided it
had a star presenter with the knack
of seeming like one of the family.
To do all that, and be a song-anddance man who (in the words of one
young fan in a “people’s tributes”
clip) was “in the same league as
Sammy Davis Jnr or Dean Martin”
was worth honouring. And it was
worth tuning in just to hear Dame
Shirley Bassey, another veteran of
Brucie’s era, deliver a showstopper
show tune that blew the young
pretenders away.
A world away from all this
bonhomie was the return of Sneaky
Pete on Amazon Prime. The second
Some of the clips
were a reminder of
what a talented TV
performer he was
season opener plunged us straight
back into the sleazy, dangerous
world of Giovanni Ribisi’s smalltime con man Marius – still
impersonating his old cell
mate, this time to get his
hands on the stash from Pete’s
big score, and finding
himself drawn closer
to his extended – and
eccentric – family.
It was edge-ofthe-seat stuff
throughout, as a
new duo of Very
Scary Men applied
the pressure, giving
“Pete” 72 hours
to track down his
mother, who may
hold the key to
where the loot’s
hidden. The twists
and turns as Ribisi
tried to stay one
step ahead of the game
recalled the knife-edge
atmosphere of Breaking
Bad at its best – and a
bleak, shocking climax
was a reminder that any
and every character here
is only one mistake away
from a very grisly death.
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Matthew Needham as
John Buchanan and
Patsy Ferran as Alma in
‘Summer and Smoke’
Arts
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Arts
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THEATRE
Summer and Smoke
ALMEIDA THEATRE, LONDON
HHHHH
Patsy Ferran could probably
stand on stage and read a
bad undergraduate essay on
Tennessee Williams and it would
sound like the most poignant thing
you’ve ever heard. This young
actor is a genuine marvel, as
hilarious as she is heart-breaking.
And as Alma in Williams’ rarely-
OPERA
From the House
of the Dead
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON
HHHHH
Dostoevsky’s memoir From the
House of the Dead was based on
his experiences in a Siberian
prison. Janacek’s opera faithfully
follows suit, but director
Krzysztof Warlikowski thinks of
the prison as being anywhere
where thoughts can be a crime.
An ideological prison, he says,
foreshadows a physical one.
Well, yes, but the imagery he
chooses to project on to a zinc
screen during the overture is
obfuscatingly ideological. Act two
comes prefaced by a projected
interview with a convict on death
row: the shocking genuineness
of this footage serves to upstage
the scene which follows. It’s only
in act three that the opera itself is
allowed to speak untrammelled,
as Siskov (a superb Johan Reuter)
tells his miserable tale of love,
cuckoldry, and murder. But
Warlikowski neutralises what
should be the musical force of this
great opera: he simply doesn’t trust
his material to speak for itself.
To 24 March (020 7304 4000)
MICHAEL CHURCH
THE INDEPENDENT
performed 1948 play, she’s hit a
real high note.
In fact, Rebecca Frecknall’s
whole production seems to
tremble like a sustained high
note: fragile, uncertain, almost
unbearably tense. Music is key in
her pleasingly abstract revival:
nine pianos make a semi-circle,
fronts off so you can see their
anatomy. The cast play Angus
MacRae’s score like a subtext,
amplifying unspoken desires
and fears.
Alma is a young southern
woman, a dutiful minister’s
daughter who’s so nervous she’s
prone to panic attacks. She’s in
love her with her neighbour, John,
a trainee doctor. He mocks her
affected, convoluted speech –
which Ferran mines brilliantly for
laughs, while making clear it’s a
protective suit for a sensitive soul.
He obviously sees something
in her, too, but is busy going off
the rails: drinking every night,
fooling around with the casino
owner’s beautiful daughter
(Anjana Vasan, who at one point
gives a smoking-hot rendition of
Portishead’s “Glory Box”). John is
marvellously played by Matthew
Needham, amused deadpan
mocks giving way to an intense
stare. You never doubt these two
are meant for each other.
Opposites attract, right?
Williams’ play beautifully
pushes this idea to its extremes,
excavating two personalities and
questioning societal assumptions
about what men and women
really want.
We start with a dichotomy:
Alma is the soul, John the body.
She is order, he anarchy. He forces
her to look at an anatomy chart;
she knows it’s missing something.
Why shouldn’t he just give
himself up to physical pleasures,
he growls? Because they could
connect on a much more
profound level, she insists.
It’s about what makes you
vulnerable: he can’t bear to crack
open his heart, she’s too scared to
lift the lid on her physical desire.
Frecknall’s production
has a ballsy confidence in its
non-naturalistic approach,
rescuing Williams’ play from
polite fussiness, but there’s
also delicacy and precision. An
evening that makes a case for
this play, announces Frecknall
as a director of real vision and
confirms Ferran as one of our
finest actresses.
To 7 April (020 7359 4404)
HOLLY WILLIAMS
THE INDEPENDENT
POP
Paloma Faith
HYDRO, GLASGOW
HAYWARD GALLERY, LONDON SE1
The gallery reopens after a
two-year refit with the first
major retrospective in a UK
institution of the German
photographer, featuring around
60 of the artist’s images from
the 80s through to his most
recent work, including Paris,
Montparnasse (1993), an immense
photograph showing a seemingly
endless block of flats, and Rhine
II (1999/2015), a sleek, digitally
tweaked vision of the river as a
contemporary minimalist symbol.
(020 3879 9555) to 22 Apr
A New Era: Scottish Modern
Art 1900-1950
SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY OF
MODERN ART, EDINBURGH
More than 100 paintings,
sculptures and works on paper
charting Scottish modernism,
from the early years of the century
when JD Fergusson and SJ
Peploe experienced at first-hand
the radical new work produced
in Paris by artists such as Pablo
Picasso and Henri Matisse, to the
turn of the 50s, when emerging
Scottish artists such as Alan
Davie, Margaret Mellis and
Eduardo Paolozzi were at the
forefront of contemporary art.
(0131 624 6200) to 10 Jun
FILM
The Nile Hilton Incident
15, TARIK SALEH, 111 MINS
Corruption seeps into every
pore of Egyptian society in Tarik
Saleh’s impressive political
thriller, set in 2011 on the eve of
the Arab spring and taking its
inspiration from Roman Polanski’s
Chinatown. It manages the feat of
remaining an atmospheric private
eye-style mystery while offering
sharp insights into the final days
of Mubarak’s presidency.
Limited release
A Fantastic Woman
HHHHH
Paloma Faith is the caring kind,
sharing with the audience her
concerns for her child in a hostile
world and encouraging them to
join her in spreading an “epidemic
of kindness”. But, equally, Faith
doesn’t care a jot, and that’s one of
her most appealing qualities.
Knowing from her experience
in Aberdeen the night before
this show that passing comment
on our First Minister during
concerts can be a polarising
move, she ploughed straight
back in to the mire and declared
herself a member of the Nicola
fan club.
She celebrated keeping some of
her baby fat as a “souvenir” on “My
Body”, its free-spirited sentiments
simultaneously undermined by
the heavily treated vocals and
celebrated by a hilarious body
conscious dance routine.
Her chatty playfulness was
a welcome diversion from a
mediocre set of palatable but
processed soul pop played by a
capable band which produced
merely tame appreciation for
much of the set until portions
of the audience, perhaps infected
by the Paloma imp, chose
VISUAL ARTS
Andreas Gursky
15, SEBASTIÁN LELIO, 104 MINS
The transgender heroine of this
rousing Chilean melodrama fully
lives up to the film’s title. Marina
(Daniela Vega) is a wonderfully
complex, defiant and passionate
character, as we follow her over
a few tempestuous days in which
she experiences joy and sudden
bereavement – and then fights
with admirable tenacity to be
allowed to grieve properly for her
loved one. Limited release
TALKS & POETRY
Paloma Faith
offered a mediocre
set of palatable but
processed soul pop
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their moment to be vocal – during
“Just Be”, the kind of serious,
sensitive ballad which clearly
had to be delivered by Faith on
top of a piano.
Finally, the crowd made it on to
their feet for “Can’t Rely On You”,
a funky number which suited the
jazzier tones in her voice, and
remained there for a closing run
of catchy if generic dance pop
tunes and bland ballads carried
largely by her personality.
The UK tour continues to 21 March
(palomafaith.com)
FIONA SHEPHERD
Brett Anderson
VARIOUS VENUES
The Suede frontman looks back
on his life in his memoir, Coal Black
Mornings. Town Hall, Birmingham
(020 3206 2690) tonight 7.30pm;
Christ Church, Julian Rd, Bath
(01225 428111) Thur 8pm
Joanna Scutts
VARIOUS VENUES
In The Extra Woman: How Marjorie
Hillis Led a Generation of Women to
Live Alone and Like It, the writer
explores the live-alone movement
of independent working women
in America during the interwar
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and post-war years. She talks
about the book here. Blackheath
Bookshop, London SE3 (020 3409
1463) tonight 6.30pm; Waterstones,
Gower St, London WC1 (020 7636
1577) Thur 6.30pm
COMEDY
Joseph Morpurgo
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
Hammerhead is another feat of
ambitious, multimedia brilliance
from character comic Joseph
Morpurgo, here playing a
wonderfully conceited luvvie
getting bogged down in his own
reimagining of Frankenstein.
(020 7478 0100) to Sat
Good Girl
TRAFALGAR STUDIOS, LONDON SW1
Good Girl is a wonderful mesh of
comedy and theatre – a comingof-age tale in which Naomi
Sheldon lays bare the pressures
of growing up as a young woman.
(atgtickets.com) to 31 Mar
Ari Eldjarn
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
Pardon My Icelandic, begs Ari
Eldjarn, but nothing funny is
lost in translation as this slick
observationalist gets stuck into
rich routines about his frosty
homeland, alien British customs –
and attempting to appease
his despotic toddler daughter.
(020 7478 0100) to Sat
POP
Anna von Hausswolff
DOME, LONDON NW5
After the pipe-organ ecstasies
of 2015’s monumental The
Miraculous, Sweden’s elemental
noise-rock wonder intensifies the
ambition further for her fourth
album. On hair-raising vocal form,
Anna von Hausswolff returns with
the ritualistic doom-drone majesty
of Dead Magic, its organ recorded
in a Copenhagen cathedral.
(wegottickets.com) tonight
Belle and Sebastian
VARIOUS VENUES
Twenty years after their
breakthrough EP series, Stuart
Murdoch’s lit-pop classicists tour
last year’s three-EP collection.
A wistful sense of time’s passage
ripples through How to Solve Our
Human Problems, where B&S
redirect their sweetly wistful
melodic know-how to the tender
tune of midlife regret.
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
(seetickets.com) tonight; Corn
Exchange, Cambridge (seetickets.
com) Tue; Brighton Dome (seetickets.
com) Thur; Troxy, London E1
(eventim.co.uk) Fri and Sat
Sigrid
VARIOUS VENUES
Her rise has been so assured
that even a slot on the Justice
League soundtrack couldn’t stall
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this singer’s momentum, as BBC
Sound of 2018 winner Sigrid
goes on tour. Concorde 2, Brighton
(gigsandtours.com) tonight;
Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
W12 (gigsandtours.com) Wed
Frightened Rabbit
VARIOUS VENUES
Even if you wouldn’t look to
Selkirk’s bleak beauties for
a celebratory tour, this one’s
just that, as the band give the
10th-birthday treatment to
2008’s The Midnight Organ Fight,
a break-up album couched in
stinging specifics. Liquid Rooms,
Edinburgh (ticketmaster.co.uk)
tonight; Cluny, Newcastle (thecluny.
com) Tue; Ritz, Manchester
(seetickets.com) Thur; Forum,
London NW5 (seetickets.com) Fri
JAZZ
Chris Potter’s Underground
RONNIE SCOTT’S, LONDON W1
Described by DownBeat as “one
of the most studied (and copied)
saxophonists on the planet”
and with a quartet honed by
a decade’s work, Chris Potter
fuses everything from Ellington
to Stockhausen. New Scottish
improvisers Trio HLK support.
(020 7439 0747) to Wed
THEATRE
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Of Mice and Men
THEATRE ROYAL, BRIGHTON
Richard Keightley and Matthew
Wynn deliver a beautiful pair of
performances as migrant farm
workers on the road in California
during the Great Depression in
Guy Unsworth’s staging of John
Steinbeck’s 1937 novella and play.
(atgtickets.com) to Sat
Dreamgirls
SAVOY THEATRE, LONDON WC2
Thirty-five years after it opened
on Broadway, this celebrated
musical, loosely based on the
story of the Supremes, is at last
getting a West End run, in Casey
Nicholaw’s full-throttle, fastmoving blast of a production.
(0844 871 7687) to 22 Sept
WORLD MUSIC
Yoruba Women Choir
UNION CHAPEL, LONDON N1
Directed by Funmi Olawumi,
Nigeria’s Yoruba Women Choir
mix the secular and the sacred
into one delicious feast of rousing
harmonies shared between the
10 singers and a six-piece band.
(020 7226 1686) tonight
First
Chance
Opening
this week
VISUAL ARTS
Side by Side:
America and World War I
AMERICAN MUSEUM IN BRITAIN, BATH
How the US and Europe co-operated
during the First World War.
(01225 460 503) opens Satt
TALKS & POETRY
York Literature Festival
VARIOUS VENUES
With sessions by Janina Ramirez,
Simon Jenkins and Lucy Worsley.
(yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk) opens Thur
THEATRE
Macbeth
ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE,
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Polly Findlay’s staging. (01789 403493)
previews from Tue; opens 20 Mar
Travel Offer
Derek Phillips
Girls & Boys
ROYAL COURT, LONDON SW1
Carey Mulligan, who made her
debut at the Royal Court when
she was 19, returns for a project
in which she takes to the stage
alone, in the premiere production
of a show scripted by Dennis Kelly
and directed by Lyndsey Turner.
Mulligan is superb at suggesting a
woman struggling to maintain her
composure, as she narrates the
story of a marriage that unravels.
(020 7565 5000) to Sat
If you only see
one thing today
Ste
day tarm
ip
from
109 pp
£
The Cumbrian Mountain Express
Steam over the Settle & Carlisle Line
Saturday 12th May and 14th July 2018
Departing London Euston 07:10, Watford Jn* 06:40, Milton Keynes 08:00,
Northampton** 07:40, Rugby 08:25 (times approx.)
Take the journey of a lifetime including steam across the challenging Settle &
Carlisle Line and the dramatic Cumbrian Fells. Relax as we head to Carnforth to
meet a magnificent steam loco for an exciting journey up steep gradients to Grayrigg,
through beautiful Lune Gorge and to Shap summit. At ancient border city Carlisle,
stretch your legs with a visit to the castle, cathedral, museum or shops before heading by steam again for the breathtaking Settle & Carlisle Line, passing over the iconic
Ribblehead Viaduct and enjoying magnificent Three Peaks views. Our train will
leave its steam loco at Farington Jn for a fast run home hauled by electric loco.
THUNDERBIRD RELEASING
Price includes:
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✔ First £169pp/£506 family – morning coffee with a variety of tulip muffins and afternoon tea with a savoury of the day followed by a selection of cakes and fancies
✔ Premier £259pp/£780 family – a full English breakfast, light lunch and a four
course dinner silver served at your seat
Enjoy The i £10pp discount when you book using code KWQ
FILM
Sweet Country
15, WARWICK THORNTON, 113 MINS
Hamilton Morris (pictured, with Natassia GoreyFurber as Lizzie) gives a performance of dignity
and wry fatalism in this Australian Western about
an Aboriginal man who has “shot a white fella”
and knows he has no chance of a fair trial. It’s a
film of immense power and pathos, helped by the
presence of such dependable and battle-hardened
old-timers as Sam Neill and Bryan Brown.
Nationwide release
To join our train passengers from *Watford Jn travel to Milton Keynes by service train and passengers from
**Northampton travel to Rugby by service train – fares included. Buffet car available. Junior fares available.
Tables for two can be guaranteed in First/Premier for a £25pp supplement subject to availability. Organised by
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TECHNOLOGY
Rural digital support could
give economy £2.5bn boost
By Graeme Murray
Rural businesses could add billions
to the economy if they are given the
tools to embrace digital technology,
according to a report.
Greater adoption of digital tools
and services by rural firms could
add between £1.2 and £2.5bn to gross
value added (GVA), according to
Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and
Rural England.
Doug Gurr, UK country manager
for Amazon, which commissioned
the report, said: “Over the past 20
years, we’ve seen opportunities for
rural entrepreneurs transformed
through e-commerce, better delivery
services and growing access to
fast broadband.
“But, as the report shows, there’s
much further to go before anyone can
say the rural-urban divide has closed.
“Embracing digital technology
not only benefits the economy; it also
allows rural communities to combine
great quality of life with access to
global opportunities.”
The report found South-West,
Eastern and South-East England,
which have the largest share of rural
businesses in the UK, would benefit
most from greater digital adoption.
Scotland accounts for 9.6 per cent
of all the rural businesses which
could boost the rural economy
if business owners were able to
Scotland’s rural economy
adds more than £30bn
GVA to the UK economy, and
analysis released today says at
least £1.44bn could be added with
better digital connectivity.
access reliable broadband. Dr Jane
Atterton, of the Rural Policy Centre
at SRUC, said: “Rural Scotland is
home to a significant number of
businesses operating across all
economic sectors.
“For the vast majority of these
businesses, access to reliable,
quick broadband is crucial for
sustainability and growth.
She added: “With the right kinds
of support, our report suggests
that there could be a substantial
economic boost, not to mention the
positive impact on the sustainability
of communities including the most
remote rural areas.”
To unlock the billions of pounds
from greater digital adoption in rural
areas, Rural England and SRUC
suggests recommendations for the
public and private sectors.
They include streamlining digital
Rural businesses often face greater
challenges around e-commerce
support services and establishing
digital enterprise hubs in rural towns
which businesses can use or visit for
better connectivity.
The report also recommends
improving retraining opportunities
and ensuring short training courses
and online tools are available to small
business owners.
It calls on businesses using
superfast broadband to champion its
benefits to their peers locally.
PROPERTY
Rental home
sales earn
landlords
healthy gains
By Vicky Shaw
Quote of
the day
It’s very hard to
make money in
the UK
Howard Schultz
Starbucks’ executive
chairman defends the
firm’s tax returns – in
2012 it emerged it had
paid £8.6m corporation tax in 14 years
despite £3bn profits.
The 30
Second
Briefing
magnetically levitating pods
through tubes at roughly 670 miles
per hour, is still being tested in the
Nevada desert, but Musk (above)
has outlined a slightly different
application of the tech on Twitter.
ELON
MUSK
What’s new?
The Boring Company urban loop
system, Musk said, would be a city
transit system using 20-person
pods – in the video Musk posted
to Twitter, these look a bit like
engorged, neon-lit Docklands Light
Railway (DLR) trains – which would
run at 125mph between “thousands
of small stations the size of a single
parking space that take you very
close to your destination and blend
seamlessly into the fabric of a city”.
What’s wacky tech poster-boy
Elon Musk up to now?
He has sketched out his ideas for his
urban mass transit system of the
future, Hyperloop.
Hasn’t he already done that?
The intercity Hyperloop One
project, which promises to fire
Did he say anything else?
Yes. “All tunnels and Hyperloop will
prioritise pedestrians and cyclists
over cars”, which is “a matter of
courtesy and fairness. If someone
can’t afford a car, they should go
first,” Musk tweeted.
Great! So when does work start?
Erm, well, we’ve basically just got
a 26-second video and four tweets.
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Right. How are Musk’s companies
doing?
His electric car manufacturer, Tesla,
recorded its biggest ever quarterly
loss in the fourth quarter of 2017,
losing $675.4m (£488m) compared
with $121.3m the previous year.
The average landlord who sold their
rental property in 2017 did so for
nearly £87,000 more than they had
paid for it and one in seven doubled
their money, according to estimates.
Average gains ranged from
£253,981 in London to £23,874 in
North-East England, according to
the research, which covered England
and Wales.
Landlords in the South East made
the second-most, taking £108,073 on
average, and the east of England’s
average of £84,265 was third highest.
The typical gain was £86,651, with
landlords having owned the property
for just over eight and a half years on
average, according to the calculations
from estate agency Countrywide.
It found 14 per cent of landlord
sellers last year had doubled their
money, rising to 28 per cent in
London. Nearly nine in 10 (88 per
cent) landlord sellers sold their home
for more than they paid for it, the
research found.
Landlords selling in 2017 typically
made slightly less than owner
occupiers, who on average made
£92,886. Countrywide said this is
because owner occupiers typically
stayed in their homes for longer.
Johnny Morris, research director
at Countrywide, said: “House price
growth has driven investor gains.
Landlords selling in 2017 owned their
homes for nearly nine years.
“In eight of those last nine years,
house prices have risen. Even in
areas where price growth has lagged
behind, most landlords have made a
profit from rising prices.”
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Media
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39
on
Monday
IAN BURRELL
The BBC’s flagship news show dominates
the 10pm slot with good reason
S
hortly before Christmas,
Huw Edwards caused
consternation among
viewers of the BBC’s News
at Ten by changing the
stance he habitually adopts at the
opening of the bulletin.
It was the presenter’s riposte to
a Twitter account, @HuwsAtTen,
which is based on the single
observation that Edwards begins
each broadcast with his body
twisted to two o’clock, his right
arm folded on the desk and his
left arm extended outwards. It’s a
journalistic version of Usain Bolt’s
signature “lightning bolt”.
Edwards humorously tweeted
a picture of his alternative frontfacing pose, saying “OK then
@HuwsAtTen what’s it to be?
I sense the winds of change…”
In fact, he understands – as
well as anyone in television – the
importance of consistency and
avoiding unnecessary change for
change’s sake. In a world of great
uncertainties, where extreme
levels of political instability are
exacerbated by an unprecedented
deluge of news from a tap that
never turns off, there is increasing
value in the consistency you get
with News at Ten.
“It is seen by viewers as a
reliable source of news and
analysis delivered by a team of
familiar faces,” Edwards says.
“This bond is essential and is often
under-appreciated.”
The essential role of the Ten,
which is watched by one in three
British adults at least once every
week, has been recognised by
the Royal Television Society
(RTS), which named it Daily
News Programme of the Year for
its “original investigations”, and
Danny
Rogers
on PR and
advertising
High stakes
and budgets
behind Saudi
charm effort
Huw Edwards on ‘News at Ten’, displaying his signature posture to open the programme BBC
“incisive analysis by some of the
best reporters and correspondents
in the business”.
The flagship bulletin is a stage
for the best of BBC journalism.
Edwards has been hosting it
since 2003. He might not have the
young liberal cachet of Jon Snow,
or the friend-of-royalty status of
Tom Bradby, but he is the closest
we currently have to the great
American news anchors such as
Tom Brokaw or Walter Cronkite;
the familiar face you turn to when
the biggest stories break.
The Ten, Edwards says, “is still a
prime destination for viewers and
its value is sometimes overlooked in
the understandable drive to focus
on new platforms”.
The traditional television news
bulletin was supposed to have had
its day in the age of smartphones
and social media. Vice, the digital
media company, has created a news
programme which deliberately
eschews anchors on the basis that
young viewers supposedly don’t
want them. Bloomberg has recently
launched TicToc, a news network
which exists only on Twitter.
Yet News at Ten has increased its
dominance in the late night slot, led
by Paul Royall, who became editor
of the Ten and News at Six in 2013.
While Edwards has remained a
constant, the programme itself has
subtly changed as it seeks to find
new and younger viewers without
undermining its loyal audience;
it has placed added emphasis on
original domestic stories, such as
reporter Ed Thomas’s coverage
from Royal Blackburn Hospital
of problems in the NHS last year,
and special reports on knife crime,
heroin use, homelessness and
domestic violence.
A clear effort is being made to
reflect post-referendum UK from
outside the London bubble, and the
programme is attempting original
and detailed reporting within the
confines of a 30-minute bulletin
You may have noticed the Crown
Prince of Saudi Arabia was in
London last week. Indeed, how
could you not?
And it was not just the
advertising – the billboards on
prime sites around London, the
half-page ads in the Evening
Standard stating: “He is
delivering a thriving Saudi
Arabian economy” – it was also
the PR.
This was a media relations
machine in overdrive. Few news
bulletins last week failed to
mention what Mohammed bin
Salman was up to that day.
There was the cover story
on Times 2 on Monday, and
pictures in the newspapers
showing our hero, in traditional
robes, meeting the Queen, or
strolling through Facebook’s
HQ – sporting jeans and an opennecked shirt – with its chief
executive Mark Zuckerberg.
It all added up to a big and
colourful picture: a dominant
ruler of Saudi Arabia and a
progressive reformer.
We won’t waste time here
testing the validity of the
campaign’s claims, as there were
countless attacks from sceptical
politicians and journalists alike,
all of which helped to keep the
Crown Prince in the news.
But the City editor of the
Evening Standard was clearly
won over. His piece on Thursday
was entitled: ‘We must help the
new Saudi Arabia emerge from
the shadows.’
What I find fascinating is
the effort behind this charm
offensive. Sources estimate that
the ad campaign over the past
week cost at least £1m.
As for who is handling the
extensive PR campaign, the
plot thickens.
We know that Freuds helped
launch Mohammed bin Salman’s
Vision 2030 scheme in 2016
but last September the agency
said that it no longer worked for
Saudi Arabia.
A senior journalist tells
me that Tim Ryan and his
international comms agency,
(Channel 4 News has an hour).
It has also enhanced its foreign
coverage by exploiting the BBC’s
vast global reporting network and
giving airtime to journalists with
intimate local knowledge, such as
Shingai Nyoka in Zimbabwe and
Vladimir Hernandez in Venezuela.
When Royall became editor it was
unprecedented for the bulletin
to use bilingual reporters from
the BBC’s many language-based
services. “That is now a pretty
standard thing,” he says. “We are
making more of the resources that
we have got.”
This approach has given a
platform on the Ten to BBC Arabic
journalist Nawal Al-Maghafi,
named by the RTS as Young Talent
of the Year for her outstanding
reporting from Yemen.
The bulletin’s other core strength
is its line-up of specialist editors
and correspondents, such as
Laura Kuenssberg, Jeremy Bowen,
Katya Adler and Fergal Keane.
The big names fight for space on
the flagship programme and their
frequency of appearance is seen
as a measure of their worth to the
BBC at a time when salaries are
under scrutiny.
BBC News still needs to make
massive financial cuts. But at
least the success of News at Ten
(and other RTS awards that went
to Panorama, Newsnight and the
Victoria Derbyshire programme)
have provided a lift to morale.
It’s also a reminder that today’s
audience wants its news from
people it recognises. “Ask my
friends at ITV what happens when
that bond is undermined by endless
change,” Edwards says. “The Ten
must evolve… but its essential role
must not change.”
Consulum, have been handling
much of this editorial work over
the past week.
Ryan, who set up Consulum in
2013, was previously chairman
of Bell Pottinger, the PR agency
that collapsed spectacularly
in September following
revelations of a campaign for the
controversial Gupta family in
South Africa. (This ran well after
Ryan’s time there, though.)
Such geopolitical marketing is
characterised by high stakes and
high budgets. One suspects such
investment by the “new” Saudi
Arabia is only just beginning.
Danny Rogers is group editor-inchief of Brand Republic Group
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BUSINESS
The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
RETAIL
PROPERTY
CEO says Schuh
still walking tall
New owner for
Manchester Arena
The chief executive of footwear
company Schuh has dismissed
the prospect of the company
being sold off, despite its US
parent facing pressure from
an activist investor. Colin
Temple said: “I’m not nervous
that we will be put up for sale
in the foreseeable future. I
am intrigued about what will
happen but it makes sense to
be part of the organisation.”
An investment firm set up by
property mogul Nick Leslau
has become the owner of the
Manchester Arena following
a £436m spending spree. Mr
Leslau said he is “hugely proud”
to have bought the venue,
operated by US entertainment
specialist SMG. It was acquired
as part of a £224m package of
properties from investment
group Mansford.
WHAT THE SUNDAY PAPERS SAID
Capita ready for
asset sell-off
Men dominate in
highest paid jobs
Outsourcing firm Capita is
reportedly ready to sell off
£700m of assets as well as
putting together a heavily
discounted rights issue to
raise a similar sum on top.
Jonathan Lewis, Capita’s new
chief executive, is thought to be
preparing an aggressive review
which could lead to the sale of
six or seven businesses.
New figures show that there are
almost four times more men
than women in Britain’s highest
paid jobs. Government data
shows that there were 681,000
men earning £100,000 or more
in 2015-16 compared to 179,000
women. In average earnings,
male taxpayers’ median annual
income was £25,700 while female
taxpayers earned £20,300.
Caffè Nero escapes
corporation tax
Industries favour
a quick Brexit
Coffee chain Caffè Nero has not
paid UK corporation tax since
2007, despite of sales of roughly
£2bn in that time. Italian Coffee
Holdings, which controls the
Caffè Nero brand, reported
sales of £288m and a profit of
£26m, but paid no corporation
tax because its parent company
made a loss of £25.5m.
Firms in the aerospace,
hospitality and manufacturing
industries are most optimistic
about the UK economy after
Brexit, a survey by KPMG
found. It surveyed 280
business chiefs from firms
with revenues above £100m.
More than two-thirds of them
favour a quick Brexit.
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+ $0.92
975.0
2184.0
1870.0
1071.0
3387.0
2185.0
5520.0
570.5
682.5
235.3
705.5
1662.4
536.2
5643.6
4270.0
695.0
349.2
2472.0
2024.0
5435.0
225.6
2682.0
1765.9
2955.0
4646.1
7762.5
2735.5
411.3
1698.7
462.6
1708.0
1746.0
342.6
449.5
416.9
1724.5
1341.0
$65.09
High
+16.4
+69.0
+64.6
+51.8
—
+11.5
+49.5
+21.9
+25.8
+5.5
+16.2
+23.2
+14.1
+53.5
+91.0
+10.0
+3.1
+90.0
+33.0
+117.0
+0.4
+154.0
+27.5
+46.0
+176.0
+320.0
+65.0
+16.6
-14.0
-7.3
+60.0
+41.0
+7.9
+15.1
+5.3
+46.0
+46.0
$1,324.2
Chg
922.4
1914.0
1752.2
894.4
2607.0
2010.0
4785.5
519.4
601.8
210.8
548.6
1435.8
478.2
4273.5
3856.0
637.6
239.4
2040.0
1667.5
4738.0
141.8
2518.0
1551.5
2445.0
4632.0
6835.0
2446.5
390.4
1563.0
437.0
1580.5
1238.5
262.2
435.1
369.8
1336.0
1212.0
+ $6.20
Price
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Admiral
Anglo Amer
Antofagasta
AB Foods
Ashtead Group
AstraZeneca
Aviva
BAE Systems
Barclays
Barratt Dev
BHP Billiton
BP
BAT
Berkeley Grp Hldgs
British Land
BT
Bunzl
Burberry
Carnival
Centrica
Coca-Cola HBC
Compass
CRH
Croda Intl
DCC
Diageo
Direct Line Ins
Easyjet
Evraz
Experian
Fresnillo
G4S
GKN
Glencore
GSK
Halma
+ 0.88c
Company
* last week’s changes
OIL
Brent crude,
per barrel
Mail on Sunday
The Observer
The Sunday Telegraph
THE WEEK AHEAD
Morrisons to post
increased profits
FCA to discuss
City and diversity
Morrisons is expected to
report an increase in annual
sales and profits this week as
it continues to outperform its
peers. Analysts forecast the
supermarket will post a 10 per
cent rise in underlying pre-tax
profits to £371m and a like-forlike sales increase of 2.7 per cent
on Wednesday.
The Financial Conduct
Authority (FCA) will today
release a discussion paper
on how the City can change
its behaviour following the
Presidents Club scandal.
Andrew Bailey, the FCA head,
said: “I don’t want to work in an
organisation that’s not diverse,
it just isn’t interesting.”
Fever-Tree results
to show 66% rise
Sales cheer for
JD Wetherspoon
Fever-Tree, maker of premium
tonic water, will report its
preliminary results on Tuesday.
The company has been a keen
investment since floating in
2014, and grew sales by 66 per
cent in 2017 compared with
2016. Revenues in 2017 hit
£169m, and analysts expect to
see further growth.
Pub company JD Wetherspoon
will post an interim report
for the second half of 2017 on
Friday. The company’s last
trading update at the end of
January reported a like-for-like
sales increase of 6 per cent in 12
weeks to 21 January. Chairman
Tim Martin has been bullish
about post-Brexit prospects.
i MONDAY
12 MARCH 2018
41
UTILITIES
Ofwat reviews ‘Beast
from the East’ failures
By Tom Nicholson
Ofwat, the water industry regulator
for England and Wales, has
announced a review of supply issues
that left customers across both
countries without water following
recent heavy snow.
More than 20,000 homes in
London were affected, while
Cadbury and Jaguar Land
Rover shut down their
factories and sent their
workers home.
The review will assess
five areas: what caused
the supply issues, the
water companies’ pre­
paredness in the run­up to
the arrival of “the Beast from
the East”, the quality of support
given to customers, how effectively
companies communicated with
customers, and the adequacy of com­
pensation for affected customers.
The review will be based on input
from households and businesses
affected by supply issues, public
representatives, community
organisations and local authorities.
After the review is published,
Ofwat will consider whether
regulatory action is needed.
Rachel Fletcher, Ofwat’s chief
executive, said: “We’ll find out
where companies did well
by their customers and
where they’ve fallen
short, including the
compensation being
offered to those who
were directly affected.
“Companies should
ensure that compen­
sation adequately reflects
the scale of inconvenience
and distress caused. Com­
pensation should be fair, fast and free
from hassle for customers.”
Ms Fletcher made clear the
regulator’s dissatisfaction with water
companies’ handling of the situation
last week, saying that some had
“fallen well short”.
Gin sales had real festive tonic
Sales of gin hit a record high at
Christmas after consumers bought
the equivalent of a bottle for every
adult in the UK last year. Sales
rose by £104m compared with the
previous year, according to the
Wine and Spirit Trade Association.
More than 16 million bottles, worth
£413m, were sold in the 12 weeks to
the end of 2017.
daily
money
pays out a fixed 5 per cent rate on
its anniversary. It’s a user-friendly
product, with savers needing to invest
between £1 and £250 per month, no
penalties for missed payments and
unlimited withdrawals. You’ll need
to be a Nationwide current account
holder to qualify, though.
***
Virgin Money has increased the
rate on its easy-access Double Take
E-Saver account to 1.3 per cent per
year or 1.29 per cent monthly, which
can be based on investments between
£1 and £250,000. Savers note: only
two withdrawals are allowed a year.
***
Nationwide Building Society’s new
12-month regular saver account
Would-be buyers with a 10 per cent
deposit and a need to minimise
up-front costs will be interested
in the Hanley Economic Building
Society’s new five-year fixed rate
mortgage, which is priced at 2.59
per cent until February 2023. No
fee is payable and overpayments of
up to 10 per cent of the outstanding
balance are allowed. Unfortunately
for Scottish borrowers, Hanley’s
lending area doesn’t extend north of
the border.
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Games&Puzzles
daily recipe
Glazed halloumi pittas
Kakuro
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
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9
21
6
12
4
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10
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4
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KINK
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WRONG
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13
6
17
3
5
1
2 8
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9
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6 5
7
4
9
Killer Sudoku No 1233
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
15
6
12
13
13
16
5
13
5
9
9
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8
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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
14
9
2 <
MEANING
Minesweeper
10
10
WOOD
LETTERS
Futoshiki
9
Tomorrow
Thai sea bass
JINX
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
TONE
GROPE
RHYME
7
5
FLIRT
2 7
5 6
3
COPY
5
4
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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5
3
Jigsawdoku
7
5
4
ADMIT
PIN
Recipe from aldi.co.uk
BRAVE
5
5
28
16
In a bowl mix two tablespoons of olive
oil, honey, lemon juice and zest until
smooth. Cut the halloumi into six
slices and add to the mixture, marinate
for five minutes.
Make the guacamole by smashing the
avocado with a fork. Add the juice of half
a lemon, one teaspoon of crushed chillies
and a pinch of salt then stir.
Make the salsa by chopping the
tomatoes and spring onions very finely.
Press the garlic clove and stir with the
tomatoes and onions.
Heat the remaining two tablespoons of
olive oil in a frying pan. Add the halloumi
and fry for two to three minutes on each
side until golden brown.
Serve the halloumi on warmed pittas
with the guacamole and top with the
tomato salsa.
5
16
16
SERVES 2
1 x 225g pack halloumi
2 tbsp clear honey
4 tbsp olive oil
2 lemons
1 avocado
1tsp crushed chillies
1 x 220g pack piccolo tomatoes
2 spring onions
1 clove of garlic
3 tsp vegetable oil
2 wholemeal pittas
Salt and black pepper
MEANING
11
17
16
RHYME LETTERS
11
2
2
0
2
1
0 0
1
1
3
4
1
2
2 3 5
4
2 2
4 5 5
1
0
1 3
1
3 2 0 0
0
1
1
3
2 3
1
1
3
0
1
1
0
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1954
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 Saturday’s codeword is on page 49.
÷
-
÷
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x
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+
+
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26
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22
20
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12
11
9
3
24
11
16
22
23
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19
16
8
16
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12
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16
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9
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22
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11
8
10
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15
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11
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18
19
20
21
Carried (5)
German songs (6)
Defensive
mounds (8)
A few (4)
Faster than the
speed of sound (10)
Deprive of
weapons (6)
Farewell
(Informal) (3,3)
Planes in
operation (3,7)
Paving block (4)
Airship (8)
Blood vessel (6)
Turning tool (5)
DOWN
1
2
3
4
5
6
10
12
13
15
16
17
Tall fur cap (8)
Tear to pieces (3,2)
Tympanic
membrane (7)
Lariat (5)
Bedroom
bathroom (2,5)
US TV award (4)
Imagine (8)
Friendly (7)
Surgical knife (7)
Agitated state
(Informal) (5)
Group of ships (5)
Aspersion (4)
1
2
4
7
DUOS
5
6
9
10
11
12
13
15
17
18
19
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ACROSS 1 Wholly, 4 Sea (Holy See), 8 Riffs, 9 Chablis, 10 Acceleration, 12 Afresh, 13 Éclair,
16 Somnambulist, 19 Artiste, 20 Unite, 21 Fan, 22 Sevens.
DOWN 1 Workaday, 2 Officer, 3 Listlessness, 4 Salvo, 5 Apse, 6 Scorn, 7 Haute couture,
11 Trotters, 14 Asinine, 15 Amber, 17 Often, 18 Calf.
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Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 20;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 11; One-Minute Wijuko, page 23
Puzzle solutions See page 49 and minurl.co.uk/i
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2
5
3 5 4
1 4 8
7
9
3
7
3 4 9 6 2
8
8
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2
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2 4 8
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Tomorrow: Harder
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Word Ladder, Word
Wheel, Kakuro,
Minesweeper,
ABC Logic, Killer
Sudoku, Futoshiki,
Codeword,
Jigsawduko and
Wijuko created by
Clarity Media.
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puzzles,
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ACROSS
1
5 4 2
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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
Sudoku Easier
16
3
idoku Exclusive to i
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22
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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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2
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21
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7
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A, B and C exactly once in each row and
column. Each row and column has two
blank cells. The letters at the edge of a row/
column indicate which of the letters is the
first/last to appear in that row/column.
Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
A
A
B
C
B
C
B
B
B
B
C
C
A
Word Wheel
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TV
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IQ
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Mullins ponders
Douvan’s Festival
chase options
remain, the chief one being whether
to run Douvan in the Champion
Chase on Wednesday, as seemed to
For many, it will have been a case be the plan, or switching to Thursof dotting the i’s and crossing the day’s Ryanair Chase over two miles,
t’s over the weekend as Chelfour furlongs – half a mile furtenham Festival preparather than he has ever run.
tions are tweaked and
In either case, he will
finalised. Willie Mulbe clashing with a fanlins, though, is still in
cied stablemate (Min
army general mode
in the Champion
Wins in 13 races
on the eve of battle;
Chase, Un De Sceaux
for Douvan – his
moving his troops
in the Ryanair), so
only
defeat
coming
around to where they
the situation isn’t
in his last race, at
can be most effective,
ideal, but this brilliant
Cheltenham 12
sometimes confusing
two-miler
is apparently
months ago
punters and bookmakfit and well again after
ers trying to get a handle on
being sidelined for a year
what runs where and when.
and has to run somewhere.
It’s an enormous logistical
Rich Ricci, who owns both Douoperation for the five-time top Fes- van and Min, explained the possible
tival trainer and some big decisions change of heart. “Douvan coming
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I like to split my horses – why fire two
bullets at the same race if you don’t
have to? Un De Sceaux is a very
worthy favourite and it would still be
a big ask of Douvan.”
Meanwhile, the 2015 Champion
Hurdler Faugheen is one of 13 final
declarations for tomorrow’s main
event and will wear cheekpieces for
the first time as Mullins seeks to rekindle old fire in the now 10-year-old.
With more rain forecast, the Cheltenham going is likely to be more
testing than at any Festival this
millennium when the meeting gets
under way, but Nicky Henderson is
not as worried as he was about the
prospects for Friday’s Gold Cup favourite Might Bite after walking the
course yesterday.
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GOING:STANDARD
BET EXACTA AT TOTESPORT.COM HANDICAP (CLASS
4) 3YO £10,000 added 1m
1
32-1 ARTIESHOW (D) M Botti 9 10..........................M Monaghan (3) 5
2
71-14 SIR HAMILTON (CD) D P Quinn 9 10.............................L Morris 3
3
12246- BOOK OF DREAMS M Johnston 9 6..................P J McDonald 2
4
57-114 CAROUSE (D) J Osborne 9 6........................................................A Kirby 1
5
01-3 SHUHOOD I Williams 9 2........................................................P Mathers 4
- 5 declared BETTING: 11-8 Artieshow, 7-2 Carouse, 4-1 Shuhood, 9-2 Sir Hamilton,
12-1 Book of Dreams.
6.15
FORM VERDICT
ARTIESHOW got off the mark in style when a comfortable threelength winner over this trip at Kempton in January and has scope for
plenty more improvement after only three starts. A mark of 87 looks
workable for Marco Botti’s charge on his handicap debut and he is
taken to stage a follow up, possibly at the main expense of Shuhood,
who was five lengths adrift of the selection at Kempton but reopposes
on much better terms today. Carouse was out of luck when bidding
for a hat-trick latest but is not out of it off a perch of 83 now making
his handicap bow.
BET QUADPOT AT TOTESPORT.COM HANDICAP (CLASS
3) £15,000 added 1m
FIRST SELECTION S Crisford 5 9 12.......................R Powell H 6
TAKE THE HELM B Meehan 5 9 7...............................E Greatrex 9
APEX KING E Dunlop 4 9 6.......................................................A Atzeni 7
LONDON (C)(D) P McEntee 5 9 5...........Nicola Currie (5) H 3
SANDS CHORUS (D) J Given 6 9 4 ...............................B McHugh 2
TOWERLANDS PARK (D) S Durack 5 9 3................M Harley 1
QAFFAAL (CD) M W Easterby 7 9 3.................Nathan Evans 4
BELIEVE IT (D) R Hughes 6 9 2..........................................................................
..................................................................................Stephen Cummins (7) B,T 10
9
-52175 POET’S SOCIETY (C) M Johnston 4 9 1.................... J Fanning 5
10 64-101 ABLE JACK (CD) S C Williams 5 8 13 .............................. S Levey 8
- 10 declared BETTING: 5-2 Able Jack, 9-2 Qaffaal, 5-1 Poet’s Society, 15-2 London,
8-1 First Selection, Apex King, 12-1 Towerlands Park, Take The Helm,
25-1 others.
6.45
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
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6259003-D57
34-554
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FORM VERDICT
A C&D winner in January, Able Jack bounced back to form with a fastfinishing success over the extended mile at Wolverhampton last month
and can make another bold bid here. However, a 4lb rise leave him with
no margin for error and preference is for QAFFAAL, who won this race
12 months ago and has slipped back to the same mark for his attempt to
repeat the dose. He is without a victory since but there were promising
signs when staying on for fourth over an inadequate 7f at Newcastle
19 days ago and he will relish the step back up in trip. Poet’s Society is
another coming back down the weights and is now only 1lb higher than
for his victory here in January.
7.15
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
5-3144
743-73
364-67
-91236
25/580090-5
266-55
12-513
BET TRIFECTA AT TOTESPORT.COM HANDICAP (CLASS
4) £10,000 added 1m 2f
NONIOS (CD) D M Simcock 6 9 9...............................M Harley H 9
RAINBOW REBEL (D) M Johnston 5 9 9......P J McDonald 5
DR JULIUS NO M McGrath 4 9 7..................................S W Kelly 10
THA’IR (D) M Appleby 8 9 7 ......................................................L Morris 3
CRAGGAKNOCK R C Guest 7 9 6 ..............................C Beasley V 1
MANCHEGO J Osborne 4 9 2................................................R Hornby 2
BLUFF CRAG P McBride 5 8 13..................................... S Donohoe 6
CAPTAIN PUGWASH (CD)(BF) H Spiller 4 8 12.............................
......................................................................................................................................L Keniry 7
Willie Mullins says the going at
Cheltenham is better than he’d thought
back at all is a massive ask, particularly in a red-hot Champion Chase,”
he said. “The Ryanair has cut up
fairly badly and we just thought it
was worth considering. It’s no secret
4/7776 ECHO BRAVA Suzi Best 8 8 12...................................... R Winston 4
653-74 INTERMODAL J Tuite 4 8 7...........................Nicola Currie (5) T 8
- 10 declared BETTING: 9-4 Tha’ir, 9-2 Nonios, 11-2 Rainbow Rebel, 7-1 Captain
Pugwash, 10-1 Manchego, Intermodal, Bluff Crag, 12-1 Craggaknock,
20-1 others.
STRATFORD
9
10
FORM VERDICT
Tha’ir is holding his form well enough at present for Mick Appleby and
should go well if he’s turned out quickly following his Wolverhampton
exertions on Saturday. Narrowly preferred, though, is NONIOS, a C&D
winner in January who lost little in defeat when looking to come from
behind off a slow pace here last time. A drop back in trip could help
distance scorer Rainbow Rebel and he is feared most.
PLUMPTON
3.20
1
2
3
4
5
6
GOING:SOFT-HEAVY IN PLACES
188BET HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 3)
£11,000 added 3m 1f
-73F11
-82117
-44551
-04364
3-1022
-2P221
BALLYHEIGUE BAY (CD) C Gordon 11 12 2..H Reed (7) C,T
POP ROCKSTAR Jonjo O’Neill 6 11 12 .....Jonjo O’Neill (7) T
TAMBURA (CD) G C Maundrell 8 11 9.............Mr Z Baker (5)
CLONDAW BISTO (C) Miss S Smith 7 11 1 ...... T J O’Brien B
SANDHURST LAD (C) W Greatrex 7 11 1T Greatrex (7) C,T
AMBERJAM (D) Mrs L Wadham 8 11 0....................................................
.........................................................................................................Maxime Tissier (7) C
- 6 declared BETTING: 11-4 Ballyheigue Bay, 3-1 Amberjam, 9-2 Tambura, 11-2
Clondaw Bisto, 6-1 Sandhurst Lad, 13-2 Pop Rockstar.
GOING:SOFT-HEAVY IN PLACES
ON CHASE COURSE (PREC. INSPECTION 7.30AM)
2.30
1
2
3
4
5
6
DAVID COWGILL MEMORIAL HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS
3) £13,800 added 2m 7f
31-U65
2-3U51
-52542
P-6401
-P841B
61-76P
GREYBOUGG N Hawke 9 12 0 .........................................................D Cook
SHANROE IN MILAN C Longsdon 6 11 12..................B Hughes
PRIVATE MALONE Mrs E Fenton 9 11 11 .........G Sheehan V
AFTER ASPEN (D) Olly Murphy 8 11 8.................A Coleman C
HEY BILL G McPherson 8 11 7..........................................C Shoemark
KINGSTON A Carroll 9 10 13..................................................L Edwards
- 6 declared BETTING: 2-1 After Aspen, 11-4 Shanroe In Milan, 10-3 Private Malone,
5-1 Hey Bill, 8-1 Greybougg, 50-1 Kingston.
FORM VERDICT
SHANROE IN MILAN seemed to get on well with Brian Hughes when
the pair teamed up for success at Doncaster back in January and a
7lb rise seems more than fair for Charlie Longsdon’s gelding. After
Aspen won on his debut for the Olly Murphy yard and could have
improvement to come now switching back to fences, while Hey Bill
was unlucky to be brought down on the bend at Taunton latest and has
to be respected here.
3.00
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
BETVICTOR#PRICEITUP HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 3)
£12,800 added 2m
13-600
2200-9
1311F5
124106
324566
532635
7/35-P
NIETZSCHE (D) B Ellison 5 11 12 ................................................D Cook
BERTIMONT (D) D Skelton 8 11 10..............................D England T
WHATZDJAZZ (D) D Skelton 6 11 10..............................H Skelton
FORM VERDICT
PERUVIEN BLEU (D) N Williams 6 11 9........Lizzie Kelly (3)
BALLYHEIGUE BAY arrives here in excellent form having won two on
SOLSTICE
STAR (D) M Keighley 8 11 8...................T Bellamy T
the bounce recently at both Ascot and over C&D two starts ago. The
SLEEPY HAVEN (D) Jennie Candlish 8 11 6......S Quinlan T,V
manner in which he won last time at the Berkshire venue suggested
TEN TIMES BETTER (D) M Sheppard 8 11 2.......................................
there could potentially be more to come and Chris Gordon has his
.....................................................................................................................S Sheppard (3) T
string in good form at present, with most of them either winning or
440-36 FINAL CHOICE (D) W Greatrex 5 11 1..........Ben Hicks (10) C
hitting the crossbar. Tambura was a winner at Towcester last time 8
9-P42F GREGARIOUS (D) Mrs L Wadham 5 10 12..........L Aspell H,T
and has to enter the reckoning along with Amberjam, who is a resolute 9
10
5-6016
POINTED
AND SHARP (D) P Hobbs 6 10 12.... M G Nolan H
galloper and will appreciate conditions.
11 33-45P VIVE LE ROI (D)(BF) A Carroll 7 10 9............................L Edwards
188BET FALLER REFUNDS AT CHELTENHAM THURSDAY MARES’ 12 252532 MISS ADVENTURE P W Middleton 6 10 7 ....J Bowen (3) V
- 12 declared HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 4) £10,000 added 2m 4f 114yds
BETTING: 5-2 Nietzsche, 4-1 Miss Adventure, 7-1 Peruvien Bleu, 8-1
1
1-6236 LOVES DESTINATION (CD) C Gordon 7 11 12................................... Whatzdjazz, 12-1 Final Choice, Sleepy Haven, Pointed And Sharp, 14-1
..................................................................................................................... Paul O’Brien (5) Vive Le Roi, Gregarious, Bertimont, 16-1 others.
2
21-226 LITTLE MILLIE N King 6 11 11 ..................................................T Whelan
FORM VERDICT
3
2-1831 JUBILYMPICS (D) J W Mullins 6 11 10 ................D Sansom (5)
4
3-9351 ICONIC SKY Mrs L Wadham 5 11 8.....Maxime Tissier (7) C NIETZSCHE has proven to be slightly disappointing in big field
5
1-3237 MOLLY CAREW N Mulholland 6 11 6...................T Scudamore handicap hurdles but, as a result, has dropped 8lb in three runs and
6
165822 DING DING (CD) Miss S West 7 11 6.........................M Goldstein it would be disappointing were he not able to go very close in a race
7
41224P DAYTIME AHEAD R Hodges 7 10 13.....................M Bastyan (5) of this nature. Whatzdjazz should prove better than last time having
8 4644P- AT FIRST LIGHT D Weston 9 10 12......................N De Boinville returned from an absence at Market Rasen, while Miss Adventure
9
P12-77 SNIPPETYDOODAH (CD) M Roberts 10 10 3..................................... could feasibly improve for Phil Middleton who is currently enjoying
.........................................................................................................................T J O’Brien H,T an excellent season.
- 9 declared LENGTHEN THE ODDS WITH BETVICTOR JUVENILE
BETTING: 5-2 Iconic Sky, 4-1 Jubilympics, 11-2 Ding Ding, 13-2 Molly
Carew, 15-2 Little Millie, 8-1 Loves Destination, 14-1 Daytime Ahead, At
HURDLE (CLASS 3) 4YO £12,800 added 2m 3f
First Light, 20-1 Snippetydoodah.
1
DON HERBAGER Miss V Williams 10 12...... Mr H Nugent (7)
FORM VERDICT
2
U5 FIELDS OF FORTUNE A King 10 12..................................T Bellamy
P3 MONSIEUR LECOQ N Williams 10 12..............Lizzie Kelly (3)
Maxime Tissier has been catching the eye in the saddle of late and he 3
4 NEVER A WORD Oliver Greenall 10 12..................D England T
partners ICONIC SKY for his boss Lucy Wadham here. The pair were 4
PIRATE LOOK M Keighley 10 12 .............................................A Tinkler
impressive winners at Market Rasen last time and there should be 5
4 SALIX B Pauling 10 12.............................................................................D Jacob
more to come despite the 5lb rise in the ratings. Molly Carew has 6
ULYSSES F Brennan 10 12........................................................D Crosse C
flattered to deceive this term so the main opposition may come from 7
5 VEILED SECRET David Dennis 10 12..........................B Hughes T
Plumpton specialist Ding Ding, who is sure to be on the premises 8
once again.
- 8 declared -
3.50
3.30
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BEST BET
Wotzizname
(3.40pm, Taunton)
Progressive staying chaser.
Cheltenham maybe doesn’t
suit, but this looks another fine
opportunity.
NEXT BEST
Qaffaal
(6.45pm, Chelmsford)
Won this last year and running
into top form at the right time.
EACH WAY
Imperial Cup third
Whatswrongwithyou has been
backed to make amends in the
County Hurdle (14-1 from 20-1).
“I was expecting worse, so I was
actually very pleasantly surprised,”
the 67-year-old trainer said. “It’s soft,
for sure, but it’s a long way from being
desperate.”
BETTING: 2-1 Monsieur Lecoq, 10-3 Ulysses, 4-1 Pirate Look, 6-1 Salix,
12-1 Fields Of Fortune, 14-1 Veiled Secret, Don Herbager, 16-1 Never
A Word.
FORM VERDICT
SALIX was very disappointing when beaten 86 lengths on his UK debut
by Redicean at Kempton just after Christmas but that performance
came when the Ben Pauling yard weren’t exactly operating at their
peak so he is well worth another look. Monsieur Lecoq shaped with
promise when third behind Night Of Glory at Fontwell and he can
make his mark along with Ulysses, who was third last time to Apple’s
Shakira at Cheltenham.
TAUNTON
GOING:SOFT-GOOD TO SOFT IN PLACES
SOUTH WEST RACING CLUB HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS
3) £15,800 added 3m 4f
1
4-2141 WOTZIZNAME H Fry 8 11 12..................................................N Fehily T
2
71-1PP ASK THE WEATHERMAN (D) Jack Barber 9 11 8..........................
...........................................................................................................................N Scholfield V
3
13F-31 BELLS OF AILSWORTH (C) T Vaughan 8 11 4 .......A Johns T
4 0-3P4P BALLYCROSS N Twiston-Davies 7 11 3.....S Twiston-Davies C
5
2-3912 REGAL FLOW (C) R Buckler 11 11 1............Sean Houlihan (5)
6 P-31FU EMPEROR’S CHOICE (C)(D) Miss V Williams 11 11 1..............
.................................................................................................................................C Deutsch B
7 0-UPP7 GOODTOKNOW (CD) Kerry Lee 10 10 12.............R Johnson B
8
6F3374 THEATRICAL STAR (C) C Tizzard 12 10 10...............H Cobden
- 8 declared BETTING: 9-4 Wotzizname, 3-1 Bells Of Ailsworth, 5-1 Regal Flow,
8-1 Theatrical Star, 10-1 Emperor’s Choice, Ballycross, 12-1 Ask The
Weatherman, 14-1 Goodtoknow.
3.40
FORM VERDICT
Ask The Weatherman has disappointed the last twice since scoring in
an Exeter bog earlier in the season, but the prolific pointer could be
rejuvenated here sporting a visor for the first time. Theatrical Star
is still a consistent performer despite now being a 12-year-old, while
similar sentiments apply to Emperor’s Choice, who will appreciate any
further ease in the ground. However, preference is for WOTZIZNAME,
who has shaped like an out-and-out stayer during his two wins this
season and comes here on the back of a career best having lowered the
colours of Mount Mews last time.
4.10
INVEST SOUTHWEST HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 4)
£9,800 added 2m 3f
1
255475 MAN OF PLENTY Mrs S Leech 9 12 0 ...... Sean Houlihan (5) T
2
-60PP3 LORD BALLIM (D) N Hawke 8 12 0 ........................... C Gethings H
3
4-4334 BOX OFFICE (D) Jonjo O’Neill 7 11 12......................R McLernon
4
44F38/ FIRST MOHICAN A King 10 11 12 ...........................W Hutchinson
5
1221-5 LITTLE MISS POET (D) P Hobbs 6 11 11..................... R Johnson
6
465332 BALIBOUR Mrs E Fenton 6 11 11............................... P Cowley (5)
7
433 NORTH WEST WIND E Williams 5 11 7..........................A Wedge
8
868212 VADO FORTE (BF) Tom Lacey 5 11 6......................R T Dunne H
9
8-1121 DALAMAN N Mulholland 7 11 5 ............................................... N Fehily
10 568594 DOVILS DATE (C) T Vaughan 9 11 4........................................A Johns
11 844157 EXCELLENT TEAM D Skelton 6 11 4 ......Bridget Andrews (3) T
12 88-47P FLO’SBOY SAM C Tizzard 5 11 0..........................................H Cobden
13 179662 DELFACE D Pipe 5 11 0...................................................M Heard (5) B,T
14 241261 TRIPLE CHIEF (CD) J Frost 7 11 0..............Bryony Frost (3) C
15 9-6876 BARATINEUR K Bishop 7 10 13....................................................C Poste
16 F24-P9 MARTABOT D Pipe 7 10 13........................................ D G Noonan T,V
17 -84640 CAVIAR D’ALLEN Christian Williams 6 10 8.......D O’Regan
- 17 declared BETTING: 11-2 Vado Forte, 6-1 Dalaman, 7-1 Triple Chief, 15-2 Balibour,
8-1 Delface, 10-1 Man Of Plenty, First Mohican, 12-1 Little Miss Poet,
14-1 others.
Results service
MARKET RASEN
Going: Soft-heavy in places
2.00 1. FIRST DRIFT (M Kendrick) 6-4 jt-fav;
2. Sizing Cusimano 3-1; 3. Ballyvic Boru 6-4
jt-fav. 5 ran. 8l, 13/4l. (B Case). Tote: £2.20;
£1.10, £1.70. Exacta: £6.00. Trifecta: £8.10.
CSF: £6.58.
2.30 1. FLORRIE KNOX (H Bannister) 11-8; 2.
Rio Quinto 5-6 fav; 3. Hurricane Dylan 15-2. 6
ran. 1/2l, 3/4l. (A Hales). Tote: £2.10; £1.10, £1.10.
Exacta: £2.90. Trifecta: £4.60. CSF: £3.00.
3.05 1. ROXYFET (F O’Toole) 3-1; 2. Las Tunas
2-1 fav; 3. Master Of Finance 3-1. 5 ran. 14l,
8l. (M Hammond). Tote: £2.80; £1.70, £1.40.
Exacta: £7.20. Trifecta: £21.30. CSF: £9.71.
3.35 1. SHANTY TOWN (A Coleman) 6-1; 2.
Mr Love 8-1; 3. The Ogle Gogle Man 10-3. 5
ran. evens fav Iskabeg Lane (Fell). 31/4l, 23l.
(David Dennis). Tote: £6.20; £3.70, £4.90.
Exacta: £45.00. Trifecta: £123.90. CSF: £42.96.
NR: Shockingtimes.
4.10 1. AARON LAD (B Hughes) 13-2; 2. Head
To The Stars 10-1; 3. Malapie 8-1. 13 ran.
5-1 fav Doesyourdogbite (9th). 3/4l, hd. (Dr
R Newland). Tote: £8.00; £2.90, £3.70, £3.70.
Exacta: £77.50. Tricast: £542.65. Trifecta:
£877.70. CSF: £73.42. NR: Polydora.
4.40 1. BRIDANE REBEL (D G Noonan) 11-2;
2. Milly Baloo 7-1; 3. Fille Des Champs 20-1. 8
ran. 15-8 fav What A Diva (5th). 6l, 9l. (Jennie
Candlish). Tote: £7.30; £1.60, £2.00, £6.10.
Exacta: £41.70. Tricast: £716.34. Trifecta:
£1043.30. CSF: £43.50. NR: Vivant.
5.10 1. CALIPSO COLLONGES (Fergus Gregory) 4-6 fav; 2. Pixiepot 4-1; 3. Fort Jefferson
25-1. 7 ran. 41/2l, 35l. (Olly Murphy). Tote:
£1.50; £1.10, £2.50. Exacta: £4.00. Tricast:
£31.53. Trifecta: £33.60. CSF: £4.19. NR:
Morning With Ivan.
Placepot: £616.40. Quadpot: £207.30.
Place 6: £264.86. Place 5: £156.88.
WARWICK
Going: Chase: soft-heavy in places;
hurdle: heavy-soft in places
2.20 1. PITON PETE (L Aspell) 4-11 fav; 2. Cloudy
Glen 28-1; 3. Moonlight Dancer 25-1. 14 ran. 23/4l,
18l. (O Sherwood). Tote: £1.30; £1.02, £6.80, £5.30.
Exacta: £23.70. Trifecta: £192.40. CSF: £22.74. NRs:
Earcomestom, Luma’s Gift, Starcrossed.
2.50 1. TIMEFORWEST (K Moore) 7-2; 2.
Sister Sibyl 5-4 fav; 3. On Demand 5-1. 4 ran.
9l, 31/4l. (Jonjo O’Neill). Tote: £6.20; Exacta:
£16.50. Trifecta: £24.40. CSF: £8.55. NRs:
Marienstar, Midnight Target.
3.25 1. NOW MCGINTY (T J O’Brien) 5-1; 2.
Virginia Chick 5-1; 3. Western Wave 8-1. 10
ran. 5-2 fav Oskar Denarius (Pulled Up). 7l,
23l. (Stuart Edmunds). Tote: £6.70; £2.10,
£1.70, £2.80. Exacta: £35.60. Tricast: £197.55.
Trifecta: £257.30. CSF: £30.53. NRs: Champagne George, Subcontinent.
3.55 1. TALK OF THE SOUTH (P Brennan) 7-4
fav; 2. Muckle Roe 10-1; 3. Capard King 6-1. 10
ran. 1l, 3/4l. (P Henderson). Tote: £2.40; £1.20,
£2.70, £1.80. Exacta: £17.30. Tricast: £90.97.
Trifecta: £87.10. CSF: £19.84. NR: Gamain.
4.30 1. CHIEF BRODY (J Bowen) 9-2; 2. Blue April
7-2; 3. Western Morning 7-2. 8 ran. 3-1 fav Get
Wishing (Pulled Up). 25l, 10l. (W Muir). Tote: £6.00;
£1.80, £1.80, £1.60. Exacta: £22.30. Tricast: £60.33.
Trifecta: £73.30. CSF: £20.83. NR: Royal Escape.
5.00 1. GALWAY JACK (Mr T A McClorey)
11-4; 2. Barrakilla 1-2 fav; 3 ran. 14l. (G Bailey).
Tote: £3.40; Exacta: £4.00. Trifecta: £4.20.
CSF: £4.74. NR: Grandioso.
5.30 1. MILANSTORM (S Twiston-Davies) 6-1; 2.
Nobby 3-1; 3. Imperial Knight 9-2. 7 ran. 5-2 fav
Melchior King (6th). 1l, 3/4l. (N Twiston-Davies).
Tote: £7.20; £3.40, £1.60. Exacta: £25.20. Trifecta:
£100.90. CSF: £23.68. NR: Clondaw Anchor.
Jackpot: £3,655.70.
Placepot: £153.30. Quadpot: £26.10.
Place 6: £144.06. Place 5: £106.14.
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SPORT
CYCLING
RUGBY UNION: IRELAND 28-8 SCOTLAND
Missed chances
frustrate Scots as
Irish romp to title
have shown they have it in them to
shock the big boys but still suffer
A 20-point victory definitely qualifies spasms of naivety at big moments.
as a handsome one but even a success
“It might sound daft because we
by four tries to one can attract talk of lost four tries to one but that mental“fine margins” in top-level sport.
ity, the way we defended, the detail in
Scotland coach Gregor Townsend our game, apart from the finishing, is
was ashen-faced after a similar loss what we need to do to win away from
against Wales in Cardiff on the open- home,” said Townsend. “We caused a
ing Six Nations weekend. On Satur- very good side a lot of problems and
day in Dublin he was bullish, if a tad we asked a lot of our players. From
bewildered, after seeing his players the performance we delivered most
go toe-to-toe with the eventual
of what we wanted from an
champions only to be punaway performance.”
ished for errors at key
The main thing missing
moment and failure to
was those two-on-ones
convert chances.
frittered away with
Some headlines had
the tryline begging by
Tries by Ireland gave
Ireland “thrashing”
Huw Jones, who failed
them a bonus point
the Scots. That was a
to find Stuart Hogg in
that
meant
England
wholly inaccurate acthe first half, and then
would have to do as
count. But it was clear
Hogg himself in the
well in Paris...
when Ireland scored a
second, when he erred
they didn’t
third try at the start of the
doubly by going wide for
second half to move 21-3 up
Kinghorn and missing him
that any hopes Townsend’s men
with the pass.
were going to get that much-craved
Wing Sean Maitland admitted
big win on the road had gone. Even Scotland’s backs had let down the
the unconverted Blair Kinghorn try team by not rewarding a huge forwhich soon followed produced only ward effort with the tries that might
the mildest flicker of any sense that a have changed the game.
miracle comeback could be conjured.
“Obviously Shuggy [Jones], his
Scotland did a lot right and had Ire- form has been first class,” said Maitland genuinely rattled at times but it land. “And Hoggy, you know what you
was a performance punctuated by er- are going to get from him. But they’re
rors and squandered opportunities.
massively disappointed. You could
The label “work in progress” re- tell. The whole back division was
mains firmly attached to a team who massively disappointed. Those guys
By Duncan Smith
Simon Yates missed out on the
Paris-Nice race by four seconds
Twins peak – it’s
joy for Adam but
agony for Simon
By Alasdair Fotheringham
British twins Adam and
Simon Yates ride for the same
Australian team, have both
won the Tour de France’s
“best young rider” award
and physically are almost
impossible to tell apart. But
while Adam had a spectacular
triumph yesterday in one of the
most prestigious stage races
on the cycling calendar, Simon
was suffering a spectacularly
narrow defeat in another.
Leading Paris-Nice after
winning the hardest summit
finish of the race on Saturday,
Simon ended up losing overall
to Spain’s Marc Soler by a mere
four seconds.
Midway through a brutally
tough, rainsoaked final stage
– 36 riders, a third of the field,
abandoned – Soler launched
a long-distance attack,
forcing Simon Yates and his
Michelton-Scott team-mates
on to the defensive.
Dropped from the chasing
group, Yates clawed his way
back into contention on the
waterlogged last descent into
Nice. But sixth place on the
stage, 38 seconds down, left
him second overall.
“It was a really aggressive
race, as we expected,” Yates
said. “I was just empty in the
finale there. Last year I lost
[the Tour of] Romandie on
the last day by 20 seconds and
now I lost Paris-Nice by four
seconds. I’m getting closer.”
Less than an hour later,
in the Tirreno-Adriatico in
Italy, Adam Yates outpowered
the other favourites for a
solo hilltop stage victory in
Filottrano. He is now sixth
overall.
“I was inspired by my
brother’s win [on Saturday],”
he said afterwards. “I tried a
couple of days earlier but came
second, this time it paid off.”
Britain’s Chris Froome,
meanwhile, suffered an
untimely late mechanical
incident and finished more
than eight minutes down. The
race concludes tomorrow.
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are quality players – I’m sure they’ll
bounce back.”
Peter Horne’s needlessly risky long
pass, which was intercepted by Jacob
Stockdale for the first of his two first-
half tries for Ireland, was another
black mark against Scotland.
“We’ve finished pretty well in the
championship and in November but
we didn’t do it today,” said Townsend.
Obree really was superman, not super engineered
A
cycling mystery was
solved on Friday. Nothing to do with Team
Sky, we should add: we
haven’t finally discovered the contents of the fabled Jiffy
Bag delievered to Bradley Wiggins
in 2011, or the reason why Chris
Froome’s salbutamol levels were
approaching that of a wheezy octogenarian that day in last year’s Tour
of Spain.
No, this was a conundrum dating
back to the time of Graeme Obree
and his heroic breaking of the hour
record on a bike which the governing
body swiftly outlawed.
Such quaint times, they were
at the end of the last millennium.
Whereas recently we have had to
put up with Team Sky trumpeting
their marginal gains (other teams
drank orange juice, Sky went for
beetroot; others travelled to Tenerife for winter training, Sky went
to Elevenerife – that sort of thing)
Obree’s method in the early 1990s for
gaining an advantage was to build a
custom-made bike using washingmachine ball bearings and come up
Armchair
Fan
Matt Butler’s
faith in cycling
restored by Old
Faithful
with a revolutionary riding position.
Obree’s feats – breaking the hour
record in 1993 by 445 metres, retaking it in 1994 and winning two
world championships in individual
pursuit – were accomplished by a
combination of grit and innovation:
most notably the tucked riding position which the UCI took umbrage
at, then later the Superman stance
Obree’s success riding
with outstretched arms was
down to superior strength
not aerodynamic gain
which the governing body also disapproved of.
But until now we have been in the
dark as to whether Obree’s riding
positions and engineering skill gave
him an advantage, or whether he
was indeed a tremendous athlete.
But the cycling clothing manufacturer Endura have at last given us
the answer, 25 years later.
Endura paid for Obree to use a
wind tunnel at the Mercedes Formula One team’s headquarters in
Brackley. And the process of testing
the positions on his “Old Faithful”
machine - plus a standard UCIapproved bike from the time the
Scot was competing as a baseline
measure – was captured in a short
film released last Friday.
Obree still looks as fit as a
butcher’s dog at the age of 52 and
his enthusiasm in the film for the
experiment was infectious. “I’ve
never been in a wind tunnel before,”
he said on entering the facility. “It
is very clinical, very scientific. It
really feels like ‘whoo, we are doing
something here’.” The aerodynamicist, Simon Smart, talked Obree
(and us) through the technicalities
of the tests and the results were
eye-opening. The crouch position
was found to be 60 watts more efficient than a standard bike, meaning
Obree had to put less effort in his
first hour record than had he been
riding a conventional bike. He was
a little perturbed. Were his achievements feats of engineering rather
than athleticism?
“Maybe you could say that I wasn’t
as good an athlete,” he said to Smart.
“But how do you equate that with
winning the British time trial in 1997
on a normal tri bike?”
The Superman position – used in
his 1995 individual pursuit win, and
described by a gleeful Obree as “fantastic: like you’re in a Spitfire” – was
found to be advantageous by only a
negligible amount, thus suggesting
that Obree’s success riding with
outstretched arms was down to his
superior strength rather than any
marginal aerodynamic gain.
He was satisfied. We were satisfied. A mystery had been solved. And
unlike so many stories in cycling
these days, it had a happy ending.
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wiched Kinghorn’s fine finish on his
first Scotland start, which came just
after the Hogg blunder. It marked an
eventful afternoon for the 21-yearold, who had time off for a head injury assessment in the first half.
While Townsend was blunt and
honest about his team’s failings, he
was keen to emphasise the positives.
“I thought our forward pack was
outstanding,” he said. “We respect
the Irish forward pack a lot and for
us to do so well against them gives us
lots of encouragement for the future.
I thought Simon Berghan did well.
We now have depth at tighthead.
“And Blair Kinghorn on his debut
was fantastic. Playing Ireland away
from home, with their running
threats and their intricate plays, also
their kicking game, Blair looked confident, made a few breaks and did really well, so that was very pleasing.”
Up front, Scotland showed up extremely well against one of the most
honed and formidable units in world
rugby. Hooker Stuart McInally had
another magnificent game, skipper
John Barclay was tireless, and flanker Hamish Watson never took a step
back against the big men in green.
“You can look at the game two
ways,” added Townsend. “We turned
up, played well, caused a team lots of
problems, put ourselves in position to
win a game. Or we can go right, forget
all that stuff, we didn’t finish off twoand-ones. I’ll watch the game two or
three times in the next few days and I
know it will be frustrating.
“But it’s pleasing to know that this
team can take on the best and cause
them problems. We’re proud of how
we played. We wanted a response
away from home and we got one in
terms of performance. We didn’t get
it in terms of the result and that’s
what we’re here for, but that performance – with finishing a bit better
– will be good enough to beat the best
teams in the world.”
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SECOND TEST MATCH
Australia v South Africa, Port Elizabeth:
Australia 243 (71.3 overs; K Rabada 5-96) &
180-5 (63.0 overs). South Africa 382 (118.4
overs; A B de Villiers 126no, D Elgar 57).
CYCLING
PARIS-NICE, Stage 8, Nice - Nice - 110km):
1 D De La Cruz (Sp) Team Sky 2hrs 53mins
06secs, 2 O Fraile (Sp) Astana Pro Team at
same time, 6 S Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott
at 38secs. Overall: 1 M Soler (Sp) Movistar
Team 30hrs 22mins 41secs, 2 S Yates (GB)
Mitchelton-Scott at 4secs, 3 G Izagirre (Sp)
Bahrain-Merida at 14secs.
TIRRENO-ADRIATICO, Stage 5, (Castelraimondo - Filottrano - 178km): 1 A Yates (GB)
Mitchelton-Scott 4hrs 16mins 35secs, 2 P
Sagan (Slovak) Bora-Hansgrohe at 7secs,
3 M Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky at same
time. Overall: 1 M Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team
Sky 21hrs 31mins 28secs, 2 D Caruso (It)
BMC Racing Team at 03secs, 3 M Landa (Sp)
Movistar Team at 23secs.
GOLF
INDIAN OPEN, DELHI, INDIA, Final Round
(Gbr & Irl unless stated): 277 M Wallace
69 70 70 68 (Wallace won play-off at first
hole); A Johnston 72 66 73 66; 280 S Kim (S
Kor) 70 70 72 68.
USPGA VALSPAR CHAMPIONSHIP, PALM
HARBOR, FLORIDA, Third Round (US unless stated): 204 C Conners (Can) 67 69 68;
205 T Woods 70 68 67; J Rose (GB) 70 69 66;
B Snedeker 70 68 67; 207 S Burns 71 69 67;
P Reed 71 69 67.
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BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE
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F
A Pts
St Helens
5 5 0 0 157 44 10
Wigan
5 4 0 1 136 72
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Wakefield
5 4 0 1 98 66
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Leeds
4 3 0 1 62 62
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Castleford
4 3 0 1 69 84
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Widnes
6 2 0 4 117 109
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Hull
5 2 0 3 103 96
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Warrington 6 2 0 4 76 107
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Huddersfield 5 2 0 3 76 108
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5 1 0 4 68 106
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5 1 0 4 70 122
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Wigan (10) ................ 30 Wakefield (12)............18
RUGBY UNION
NATWEST SIX NATIONS
France (9) ...................22 England (9) ...................16
France: Penalties: Machenaud (4), Beauxis.
England: Tries: May. Conversions: Farrell.
Penalties: Farrell (2), Daly. Att: 78,060.
Ireland (14) ...............28 Scotland (3)..................... 8
Ireland: Tries: Stockdale (2), Murray, S.
Cronin. Conversions: Sexton (4).
Scotland: Tries: Kinghorn. Penalties: Laidlaw. Att: 51,700.
Yesterday
Wales (17)...................38 Italy (7) .............................14
Wales: Tries: Parkes, North (2), Hill, Tipuric.
Conversions: Anscombe (3), Halfpenny (2).
Penalties: Anscombe.
Italy: Tries: Minozzi, Bellini. Conversions:
Allan, Canna. Att: 65,242.
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4 4 0 0 136 67 3 19
Wales
4 2 0 2 105 70 3 11
England
4 2 0 2 87 68 2 10
France
4 2 0 2 95 80 2 10
Scotland
4 2 0 2 72 101 0
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Italy
4 0 0 4 65 174 0 0
ANGLO-WELSH CUP SEMI-FINAL
Yesterday
Exeter (7) ................... 20 Newcastle (17)............ 17
Exeter: Tries: Townsend, J. Simmonds.
Conversions: J. Simmonds (2). Penalties: J.
Simmonds (2).
Newcastle: Tries: Cooper, Hammersley.
Conversions: Flood (2). Penalties: Flood.
TODAY’S FIXTURES
(Football 7.45pm unless stated)
FOOTBALL
PREMIER LEAGUE
Stoke v Man City (8)................................................................
CRICKET
INTERNATIONAL TWENTY20 SERIES: Sri
Lanka v India (Colombo, 1.30pm).
SECOND TEST MATCH—FOURTH DAY
OF FIVE: South Africa v Australia (Port
Elizabeth, 8am).
NETBALL
SUPERLEAGUE: Loughborough Lightning v
Surrey Storm, Wasps Netball v Severn Stars.
Stander fired up for St Patrick’s
Day Grand Slam showdown
By Nick Purewal
CJ Stander says Ireland’s Grand Slam
bid against England on Saturday will
be the biggest game of his career.
The South African-born flanker insists he appreciates the significance of
helping the new Six Nations champions to chase just their third
clean sweep ever, especially
on St Patrick’s Day.
“There’s an opportunity
to create something for ourselves,” said Stander (right).
“We’ve talked to players
and ex-players who won the
Grand Slam. This group, we
haven’t had the opportunity so we
can look back at how they did it and
what it meant to them. We’ve still got
a job to do.”
Ireland’s record 11th consecutive
win, Saturday’s 28-8 victory over Scotland, proved enough to swipe the Six
Nations title a week early as England
lost 22-16 to France in Paris. Victory at
Twickenham would complete the first
Irish Grand Slam since 2009.
Kiwi coach Joe Schmidt has now
guided Ireland to three Six Nations
titles in five years. Munster loose
forward Stander has become a
mainstay in the green with
22 caps since qualifying
on residency and making
his debut in the 2016 Six
Nations.
And he has no regrets
about refusing attempts
by South Africa to convert
him into a hooker, believing
he was too small to cope as a Test
back-row forward.
“I’ve made a lot of sacrifices to be
here but a lot of people stuck their
head out for me and taught me a lot
of the game,” he said. “It’s good to give
them something back.”
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Talking Points
What to take away
from the weekend
BY TEDDY CUTLER
1
Super agent Mendes
still heading for PL
despite Villa loss
Wolverhampton
Wanderers’ Jorge
Mendes (left) clients weren’t good
on Saturday against Aston Villa –
Ruben Neves aside. Villa were far
stronger in the second half but
any talk of the Championship title
is wishful pie-in the-sky. Wolves
will go up as champions. There
lies the problem. The disparity
between the top two divisions
leads teams to break the bank –
as in Villa’s case – or hand their
keys to a super-agent. The system – not the clubs – is at fault.
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Is Woods a nice guy? Doesn’t
matter, he can still play
Tiger Woods’ return to form at
the Valspar Championship highlights how we confuse professional and personal worlds in sport.
Framing Woods’ comebacks
“redemption” lends his efforts at
converting bogeys into birdies a
kind of moral significance that
cheapens them. We don’t know if
Woods (right) is a better person.
The fact he’s just as
good at golf should be
the talking point.
3
At $39m, new cornerback
Sherman is underpaid by 49ers
Richard Sherman, recovering
from a serious Achilles injury,
will earn around $39million over
three years after signing for San
Francisco 49ers. But considering the violence of his sport and
his status as one of the NFL’s
best defensive players, it really
isn’t – comparatively – that much.
Strange as it is, NFL stars are
underpaid.
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Cycling would survive and thrive
without riches of Team Sky
A long-held assumption is professional cycling would struggle
without Team Sky and their
money. Following the zaniness
of Tirreno-Adriatico over the
weekend – a race in which Sky
and Chris Froome have featured
sporadically – I revised that opinion. If Sky did pull out under the
weight of scandals, pro cycling
would continue on a smaller
scale, with fewer partisan observers, more parity – and more fun.
Six Nations
FRANCE 22-16 ENGLAND
From peachy to
pear-shaped –
now Jones must
figure out how
to put it straight
Six Nations table
Hugh
Godwin
Ireland*
Wales
England
France
Scotland
Italy
P
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4
4
4
4
4
W
4
2
2
2
2
0
D
0
0
0
0
0
0
L
0
2
2
2
2
4
F
136
105
87
95
72
65
A
67
70
68
80
101
174
B
3
3
2
2
0
0
Pts
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11
10
10
8
0
In a world full of worrisome woes,
from Brexit to North Korea, the
obesity crisis to what on earth Meghan Markle will wear for the wedding,
* Champions
English rugby supporters thought
RESULTS
they had everything ginger-peachy.
France 13-15 Ireland, Wales 34-7
The Six Nations champions in 2016
Scotland, Italy 15-46 England;
and 2017 were carrying (almost) all
Ireland 56-19 Italy, England 12-6
before them, and Eddie Jones was
Wales, Scotland 32-26 France;
settled nicely in the Twickenham
France 34-17 Italy, Scotland 25-13
England, Ireland 37-27 Wales
house. All was right in the red-rose
Ireland 28-8 Scotland, France 22-16
arena.
England, Wales 38-14 Italy.
Until, that was, the last two weeks.
Then – boom! – Murrayfield hapFIXTURES Sat 17 Mar
pened. Scotland cleaned England
Italy v Scotland (12.30)
out at the breakdown, winning 13
England v Ireland (2.45)
turnovers, the match and the CalWales v France (5)
cutta Cup, 25 points to 13. Followed
by – sacre bleu! – another loss in Paris
on Saturday evening, with another
10 turnovers forced by Mathieu Bas- course, as a jarringly inapt, chilledtareaud and friends and 16 penalties out remix of Bob Marley’s “Sun is
conceded by England as they kissed Shining” played in the background.
adieu to their Six Nations title.
Still, Jones being Jones, he made
Jones’s team now await the visit of several forceful points – summaGrand Slam-chasing Ireland
rised as England needing more
in the fifth and final round
power and a huge improvethis weekend, knowing
ment in their approach
another loss would be
to and reaction to the
their third in a single
breakdown.
Six Nations for the
“Our players tend
Years
since
England
first time since 2006,
to sit back and not go
last lost three games
and invite serious
with the ball-carrier,”
in one Six Nations,
questions over whethhe explained. “We’re
as they are now in
er this is more than an
working hard to
danger of doing
explicable blip.
change that habit. But
again
Jones cut an unusuwhen we’re under presally restrained figure in the
sure it comes back, therefore
Stade de France post-match diswe get a gap between the ball-
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carrier and the second man. I think
we’ve always had that problem, we’ve
always been aware of it, and these
games have exposed it.”
France’s ecstatic reaction at the
final whistle told how much they valued the victory. England, Australia,
New Zealand, South Africa and Ireland had all won in Paris in the past
two years, and this French XV was a
hotch-potch of emerging talent like
the big wing Rémy Grosso, and hitand-hope selections.
But Maxime Machenaud’s three
penalties in the first half kept pace
with the two from medium range by
England’s new captain, Owen Farrell,
and another from inside his own half
by Elliot Daly.
Then there was a crucial, marginal
call against Anthony Watson for a
high tackle on Benjamin Fall that
gave France a penalty try, followed
by another penalty for 19-9. And, belatedly, a nice try for England as Farrell’s long pass was brilliantly batted
infield by Daly for Jonny May to collect his 13th try in 33 Tests.
All the while, the four-try win England knew they needed to keep up
North puts club troubles behind him with classy
WALES
Tries: Parkes, North 2, Hill Tipuric. Con:
Anscombe 3, Halfpenny. Pen: Anscombe
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ITALY
Tries: Minozzi, Bellini. Con: Allan,
Canna
14
By Sam Peters
AT THE PRINCIPALITY STADIUM
George North rounded off a difficult
week in style with two tries as Wales
moved into second place in the Six
Nations table courtesy of a bonuspoint win over rudderless Italy.
The Wales wing, in the middle of a
dispute with his club Northampton,
crossed in each half of a patchy game
which initially promised fireworks
but flattered to deceive in the second
and third quarters before the home
North, who would have claimed a
side powered home towards the end. hat-trick in the dying minutes only
Scarlets centre Hadleigh Parkes for referee Jérôme Garcès to spot a
enjoyed an almost flawless
knock-on, took his internationgame, scoring one try and
al try tally to 34 in 75 Tests
having another disalto prove he is far from a
lowed as Wales claimed
busted flush at the tena bonus-point win
der age of just 25.
which lifts them into
“It was job done,”
Wales
tries
for
second with one game
said Wales head coach
George North, from
left at home against
Warren
Gatland. “We
75 appearances
France next Saturday.
wanted to get that
But it was North who
bonus point so we had
dominated as he looked
our destiny in our own
back to his best after being
hands going into the final
heavily criticised last week by
game.
Northampton’s interim head coach
“I thought George was great. He
Alan Gaffney, who implied he had scored two tries and can’t see where
chosen not to play in the club’s Pre- there was a knock on at the end. You
miership encounter with Sale.
have to accept it. He caused Italy a lot
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of problems with his footwork and the
way he carried the ball.”
North added: “It’s been a difficult
couple of weeks, but it’s been good to
be in camp with a real focus.”
Lock Cory Hill and flanker Justin
Tipuric also crossed for Wales, who
finished strongly against an Italian
outfit which has now lost 16 successive Six Nations games.
Gatland made 10 changes to the
side which lost to Ireland in Dublin.
North was recalled following his
spat with Gaffney, while Scarlets
flanker James Davies was handed his
debut, Liam Williams started at fullback and Taulupe Faletau captained
the side for first time.
Wales opened the scoring four
minutes in when Parkes ran a superb
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England
captain Owen
Farrell suffers
as the French
celebrate in
Paris REUTERS
Three changes Jones must
make to win against Ireland
1. Attitude alert The eyeballpopping aggression shown
when England tore into Wales
at Twickenham on 10 February
needs to return against Ireland
this Saturday or the green
jerseys will have a Grand Slam
procession.
2. Back row shake-up Yes, fine,
but who’s fit? Long-term, a back
row of Sam Underhill, Tom
Curry and Billy Vunipola could
be superb. For now, Exeter’s
power carrier Don Armand gets a
surprise chance to impress.
3. Midfield balance Oh, for a fit
Manu Tuilagi and Jack Nowell.
For now Henry Slade and Elliot
Daly would be gutsy picks at
centre, but a more likely midfield
trio is Owen Farrell, Ben Te’o and
Jonathan Joseph.
their chase of a record third straight
Six Nations title was never remotely
in range.
“It is international rugby and we
know it is a step up from Premiership,” said Danny Care, the England
scrum-half. “At times we did hit some
good holes and we got some good
momentum and I thought we looked
good, particularly at the end of the
game.”
And therein lies the rub. At the risk
of summarising too brutally, England
stopped playing after an excellent
first 20 minutes against Wales in the
Our
players
tend to
sit back
and not
go with
the ballcarrier.
We’re
working
to change
that habit
second round of this Championship,
and only started again in the last 10 at
Stade de France, when Kyle Sinckler
brought a little of the powerful carrying Jones is, err, bigging up now.
Jo n e s , re p o r t e d l y e a r n i n g
£750,000 a year, reined back from
criticising the Premiership, where
tries are often easy to come by. But
is the domestic league on the wrong
track? This newspaper covered the
pre-Six Nations statement that referees would allow greater licence to
“jackalling” players. Maro Itoje and
other England forwards enjoyed last
double
in-out line to burst through opposite
man Tommaso Castello’s attempted tackle and score. Castello was
knocked unconscious in the process.
Gareth Anscombe, playing fly half in
place of Dan Biggar, converted before
Owen Watkin galloped 50 metres to
feed North on his right.
North needed no second invitation
to scream over for his seventh try in
eight starts against Italy.
Anscombe made it 14-0 before
Italy full back Matteo Minozzi evaded Liam Williams’ attempted tackle
before skipping past Gareth Davies
to score in a breathless opening 12
minutes.
Scrum half Davies had a try disallowed and Anscombe added a penalty before full back Williams was
George North scores Wales’ fourth try yesterday PA
season’s laws permitting a degree of
mucking around on the wrong side of
rucks but even before this season’s
altered interpretations, Jones admitted he would love a foraging No 7.
And in that position and several others, you look for English candidates –
within the Premiership, of course, as
anyone abroad like Steffon Armitage
is banned – and find them crashed
out on treatment tables. Billy Vunipola, Ben Youngs, Ellis Genge and
others will make a difference when
they return. Meanwhile, Jones rested
Farrell for two Tests in the autumn,
but mostly the players continue on a
relentless slog – not that the powersthat-be ever do much about it.
As for the arguments over England’s midfield, they go in circles;
some vicious, some virtuous. George
Ford is a lovely fly-half with frontfoot ball, but muted when he is going
backwards. Do you fix the root problem or drop Ford?
And if England’s best creative
backs are Elliot Daly, Henry Slade
and Jack Nowell, where do they fit
in? Most international teams have
one huge centre or wing. Is Ben Te’o
really England’s equivalent of Sonny
Bill Williams? Manu Tuilagi, Denny
Solomona, Gabriel Ibitoye and Nathan Earle are names to conjure with
– but probably not before a very good
Irish team heave into view.
Ireland win title, page 49
sent to the sin bin on the stroke of half
time for a high hit on Minozzi.
It proved Williams’ last act as he
was replaced by Leigh Halfpenny on
50 minutes. “I have no problem with
the yellow card,” Gatland said. “I was
disappointed he went that high. Liam
is such an emotional player. It brings
the best out of him but we could risk
another yellow card.”
Wales went 24-7 ahead shortly
after half time when Hill bundled
over but then lost Davies to the sin
bin when he was penalised for an intentional knock on.
Parkes had a try disallowed on 65
minutes before North and Tipuric
completed Wales’ scoring as Italy’s
defence collapsed.
Wing Mattia Bellini scored a late
Italian consolation try but it couldn’t
mask another utterly woeful display
from Conor O’Shea’s men.
THE INDEPENDENT
PREMIER LEAGUE
Chelsea (2)..................... 2
Willian 25
Kelly 32 (og)
Everton (0)................... 2
Bong 60 (og), Tosun 76
Huddersfield (0) .....0
Crystal Palace (0)..1
Van Aanholt 90
Att 40,800
Brighton (0) ...............0
Att 39,199
Swansea (0)................0
Att 23,567
Man Utd (2)................... 2 Liverpool (0)..............1
Rashford 14, 24
Bailly 66 (og)
Att 74,855
Newcastle (2) ............. 3 Southampton (0)...0
Kenedy 2, 29
Att 52,246
Ritchie 57
West Brom (1)...........1 Leicester (1)................4
Rondon 8
Vardy 21
Att 23,558
Mahrez 62
Iheanacho 76
Iborra 90
West Ham (0).............0 Burnley (0).................3
Att 56,904
Barnes 66
Wood 70, 81
Yesterday
Bournemouth (1)...1 Tottenham (1)...........4
Stanislas 7
Alli 35
Son 62, 87
Aurier 90
Arsenal (1).................... 3 Watford (0).................0
Mustafi 8
Att 59,131
Aubameyang 59
Mkhitaryan 77
P W D L F A Pts
Man City
29 25 3 1 83 20 78
Man Utd
30 20 5 5 58 23 65
Tottenham
30 18 7 5 59 25 61
Liverpool
30 17 9 4 68 34 60
Chelsea
30 17 5 8 52 27 56
Arsenal
30 14 6 10 55 41 48
Burnley
30 11 10 9 27 26 43
Leicester
30 10 10 10 45 43 40
Everton
30 10 7 13 35 49 37
Watford
30 10 6 14 39 50 36
Brighton
30 8 10 12 28 40 34
Bournemouth 30 8 9 13 35 48 33
Newcastle
30 8 8 14 30 40 32
Swansea
30 8 7 15 25 42 31
Huddersfield 30 8 7 15 25 50 31
West Ham
30 7 9 14 36 57 30
Southampton 30 5 13 12 29 44 28
Crystal Palace 30 6 9 15 28 48 27
Stoke
29 6 9 14 28 54 27
West Brom
30 3 11 16 23 47 20
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Aston Villa (1)............4 Wolves (1) ....................1
Adomah 8
Jota 20
Chester 57
Att 37,836
Grabban 62
Bjarnason 85
Burton Albion (0) ..0 Bristol City (0).........0
Att 4,575
Cardiff (3)...................... 3 Birmingham (0)......2
Mendez-Laing 12
Gardner 54 (pen)
Bryson 23
Colin 90
Paterson 45
Att 19,634
Hull (2).............................4 Norwich (3).................3
Irvine 6
Maddison 18 (pen),
Hernandez 41 (pen), 19, 39 (pen)
48 (pen)
Att 15,120
Wilson 71
Ipswich (0)....................0 Sheff Utd (0)...............0
Att 15,152
Middlesbrough (2).3 Barnsley (0)...............1
Ayala 1, Traore 18
Moore 58
Bamford 53
Att 24,917
Millwall (1)...................1 Brentford (0) ............0
Saville 1
Att 13,251
Preston N E (0) .........1 Fulham (0)...................2
Maguire 76
Mitrovic 69, 90
Att 12,970
QPR (0) ............................1 Sunderland (0)........0
Eze 62
Att 14,216
Reading (1)................... 2 Leeds (1).........................2
Bodvarsson 16
Jansson 43
O’Kane 58 (og)
Hernandez 56
Att 19,770
Sheff Wed (0)..............1 Bolton (0).....................1
Boyd 78
Wilbraham 90
Att 26,809
Yesterday
Nottm Forest (0).....0 Derby (0).......................0
Att 29,106
P W D L F A Pts
Wolves
36 23 7 6 63 32 76
Cardiff
36 22 7 7 55 30 73
Aston Villa
36 20 9 7 60 33 69
Fulham
37 19 11 7 64 39 68
Derby
37 16 14 7 55 34 62
Middlesbrough 37 18 7 12 53 35 61
Bristol City
37 15 13 9 53 42 58
Preston N E
37 14 15 8 46 37 57
Sheff Utd
36 17 5 14 49 43 56
Millwall
37 14 13 10 44 37 55
Brentford
36 14 11 11 52 42 53
Ipswich
36 15 7 14 47 44 52
Leeds
37 14 8 15 49 51 50
Norwich
36 12 12 12 37 41 48
Nottm Forest 37 13 6 18 43 54 45
QPR
36 11 10 15 40 52 43
Sheff Wed
37 8 14 15 39 51 38
Hull
36 8 12 16 50 56 36
Reading
36 8 12 16 42 51 36
Bolton
37 8 12 17 32 56 36
Barnsley
36 7 11 18 36 53 32
Birmingham 37 8 6 23 25 57 30
Burton Albion 36 7 9 20 26 62 30
Sunderland
37 5 13 19 38 66 28
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
AFC Wimbledon (1)2 Oxford Utd (1)...........1
Taylor 32 (pen)
Kane 38
Meades 71
Att 4,592
Blackburn (1) .............3 Blackpool (0).............0
Dack 45
Att 13,230
Armstrong 69, 90
Bradford ......................P MK Dons ..................... P
Postponed - due to waterlogged pitch.
Bristol Rovers (1)...1 Northampton (0)...1
Bennett 34
Luckassen 62
Att 9,054
Bury (2)........................... 2 Oldham (1) ...................2
O’Shea 14
Davies 42
Danns 34
Pringle 77
Att 5,904
Fleetwood T (0)........1 Plymouth (1) .............1
Madden 56
Makasi 16
Att 3,079
Peterborough (1)....4 Charlton (0)................1
Hughes 44
Zyro 73
Maddison 58 (pen) Att 6,337
Marriott 81, 84
Portsmouth (1).........1 Gillingham (0)..........3
Lowe 19
Wilkinson 48
Att 18,247
Martin 66, 80
Rotherham (0) ..........0
Att 8,418
Shrewsbury (1) ........ 2
Rodman 6
Ogogo 88
Southend (0) ..............0
Rochdale (0)...............1
Humphrys 67
Walsall (0) ...................0
Att 7,633
Doncaster (0)............0
Att 6,446
Wigan (2)........................ 3 Scunthorpe (2).........3
Dunkley 13
Hopper 16, 45
Grigg 43
Toney 53
Roberts 87
Att 8,438
P W D L F A Pts
Blackburn
37 22 10 5 70 35 76
Shrewsbury
35 21 8 6 47 26 71
Wigan
33 20 8 5 62 23 68
Rotherham
35 19 5 11 58 40 62
Scunthorpe
37 15 13 9 54 44 58
Plymouth
36 15 9 12 44 43 54
Peterborough 35 14 11 10 57 45 53
Charlton
34 14 9 11 44 45 51
Bristol Rovers 36 15 5 16 51 53 50
Bradford
34 15 5 14 48 51 50
Gillingham
36 12 13 11 42 40 49
Portsmouth
36 15 4 17 43 47 49
Southend
35 12 9 14 42 54 45
Walsall
37 11 11 15 47 54 44
Doncaster
36 10 13 13 43 44 43
Oxford Utd
35 11 9 15 50 53 42
Blackpool
35 10 12 13 42 47 42
Wimbledon
36 11 8 17 36 47 41
Oldham
35 10 10 15 50 60 40
Northampton 36 10 9 17 35 57 39
Fleetwood Town 35 10 8 17 46 57 38
Rochdale
32 7 11 14 33 41 32
MK Dons
35 7 11 17 32 48 32
Bury
35 7 9 19 30 52 30
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Chesterfield (1).........1 Lincoln City (1)........3
Coventry (0) ...............1 Barnet (0).....................0
Crawley Town (0)...1 Morecambe (0)........1
Exeter (1).......................1 Carlisle (0)...................1
Forest Green (0)......1 Notts County (1) ....2
Grimsby (0) .................1 Port Vale (1) ...............1
Luton (0)........................1 Accrington S (1)......2
Mansfield (1) ..............1 Colchester (0)...........1
Stevenage (1) ............. 2 Crewe (0)......................2
Swindon (0) ................0 Cheltenham (1)........3
Wycombe (1) ..............1 Cambridge U (0)......1
Yeovil (0)........................0 Newport C (0)...........2
P W D L F A Pts
Accrington S 36 22 5 9 61 39 71
Luton
36 20 9 7 76 37 69
Notts County 37 18 11 8 59 38 65
Wycombe
36 18 9 9 68 52 63
Mansfield
36 16 14 6 55 37 62
Exeter
34 18 5 11 45 38 59
Lincoln City
36 15 12 9 50 39 57
Coventry
35 17 6 12 39 28 57
Swindon
36 18 3 15 55 54 57
Carlisle
37 15 10 12 53 46 55
Newport Cnty 36 13 13 10 46 46 52
Crawley Town 36 15 7 14 42 44 52
Colchester
36 13 12 11 46 42 51
Cambridge Utd 37 13 11 13 37 47 50
Cheltenham
37 11 11 15 52 53 44
Stevenage
36 11 10 15 48 53 43
Yeovil
35 10 8 17 46 57 38
Crewe
36 11 4 21 43 59 37
Forest Green 36 10 7 19 43 61 37
Grimsby
37 9 10 18 31 54 37
Morecambe
35 8 12 15 35 46 36
Port Vale
35 9 9 17 38 50 36
Chesterfield
35 8 6 21 36 64 30
Barnet
36 7 8 21 33 53 29
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Dundee (0)....................0 St Johnstone (2)......4
Att 5,336
Piggott 24 (og)
Kane 37, 66
Alston 64
Hamilton (1)................ 2 Motherwell (0)........0
Ogboe 11
Att 3,182
Templeton 69
Kilmarnock (1)..........3 Ross County (0)......2
Erwin 16
McKay 86
K Boyd 46
Schalk 90
Brophy 74
Att 4,001
Partick (0).....................0 Aberdeen (0)..............0
Att 3,931
Yesterday
Rangers (2)................... 2 Celtic (2).........................3
Windass 3
Rogic 11
Candeias 26
Dembele 45
Att 50,215
Edouard 69
P W D L F A Pts
Celtic
29 20 7 2 59 20 67
Rangers
30 18 4 8 61 35 58
Aberdeen
29 16 5 8 43 33 53
Hibernian
29 14 9 6 42 32 51
Kilmarnock
29 11 10 8 39 38 43
Hearts
30 9 12 9 29 29 39
Motherwell
29 10 5 14 34 39 35
St Johnstone 29 9 6 14 29 42 33
Hamilton
27 8 5 14 38 48 29
Dundee
29 8 4 17 30 47 28
Partick
29 6 7 16 26 47 25
Ross County 29 5 6 18 31 51 21
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Brechin P Dundee Utd P; Dumbarton
0 Queen of South 1; Falkirk 3 Morton 1;
Livingston P Inverness CT P; St Mirren 2
Dunfermline 0.
Leading Positions: 1 St Mirren P 27 pts
60, 2 Livingston (26-49), 3 Morton (27-41),
4 Dundee Utd (23-40), 5 Queen of South
(26-38), 6 Dunfermline (26-35).
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE ONE
Arbroath 2 Forfar 0; Ayr 3 Raith 0; East
Fife 2 Airdrieonians 1; Queen’s Park 1
Alloa 2; Stranraer 2 Albion 3.
Leading Positions: 1 Raith P 28 pts 58,
2 Ayr (27-57), 3 Arbroath (27-45), 4 Alloa
(27-45), 5 Stranraer (28-38), 6 East Fife
(28-36).
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO
Annan Athletic 2 Edinburgh City 3; Elgin
3 Berwick 0; Stenhousemuir 2 Clyde 3;
Stirling 0 Peterhead 1.
Leading Positions: 1 Peterhead P 28 pts
58, 2 Montrose (27-55), 3 Stirling (26-45),
4 Stenhousemuir (26-41), 5 Elgin (26-40),
6 Annan Athletic (28-36).
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
AFC Fylde 7 Aldershot 1; Bromley 2
Guiseley 1; Dag & Red 0 Tranmere 4;
Eastleigh P Dover P; Gateshead 7 Maidenhead Utd 1; Hartlepool 0 Boreham Wood
0; Leyton Orient 1 Ebbsfleet United 1;
Macclesfield 3 Barrow 1; Maidstone Utd 1
Torquay 0; Sutton Utd 1 Solihull Moors 0;
Woking 1 FC Halifax 3. Yesterday:
Wrexham 2 Chester FC 0
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Football
Premier League Saturday action
WEST HAM
WEST BROM 1-4 LEICESTER
Pardew set for talks
with ‘those upstairs’
Alan Pardew will meet the West
Bromwich Albion board today with
his job as manager on the line.
A seventh straight defeat left his
side eight points below the Premier
League safety line and Pardew
(below) admitted: “Will I speak to
those upstairs? Of course I will,
because it’s getting difficult.
“I’m not going to down tools.
But I will get a feeling of what they
think because they might think
a change is a better thing for the
club. I don’t know.”
Chief executive Mark Jenkins,
who returned to the role last
month after the sacking of Martin
Goodman and chairman John
Williams, is back from China
after talks with club owner Lai
Guochuan.
Midfielder Grzegorz
Krychowiak, on loan from
Paris Saint-Germain, reacted
angrily when substituted
during Albion’s
capitulation to
Leicester. And Pardew said: “I do
have a problem with it because I’ve
supported him and played him and
stuck by him when he’s not been
particularly great.”
Salomon Rondon’s early opener
for Albion was cancelled out by
Jamie Vardy’s stunning volley
before Riyad Mahrez, Kelechi
Iheanacho and Vicente Iborra all
struck after the break.
And goalkeeper Ben Foster
said he felt sorry for Pardew. “He
prepares us correctly and at halftime we were well in the game,”
Foster said. “But when heads drop
it’s out of the manager’s hands.”
West Brom have won just
once in 16 Premier League
games under Pardew.
Sacked by Crystal Palace
in 2016 after a run of
one win in 11 league
games, his record now
stands at just seven
wins in his last 34
top-flight matches.
CHELSEA 2-1 C PALACE
NEWCASTLE 3-0 SO’TON
Chelsea warmed up for
Wednesday’s visit to Barcelona by
consigning Crystal Palace back to
the relegation zone.
Having lost four of their previous
five league games, the champions
went two up in the first half
through Willian’s strike and a
Martin Kelly own goal and captain
Gary Cahill admitted: “It was all
about the three points from the
word go, however we got them.”
Former Chelsea full-back
Patrick van Aanholt replied in the
final minute for Palace, who are
back in trouble after going seven
games without a win.
Kenedy’s first
two goals for
Newcastle eased
relegation fears
on Tyneside. But
Matt Ritchie
(left), who got the
third, warned his team-mates not
to take their foot off the throttle.
“We’ve had a few good results
but we need to continue to work
hard,” he said. “Every three points
now is massive.”
Mauricio Pellegrino, whose
Southampton side are in graver
danger, said: “We have to change.
We have to switch on our spirit.”
Champions back Kenedy double
on track in time nets ‘massive’
for Barça trip
win for Ritchie
EVERTON 2-0 BRIGHTON
HUD’FIELD 0-0 SWANSEA
Cenk Tosun (below) sealed
Everton’s victory with a fine
strike off the bar. And boss Sam
Allardyce enthused: “That was
why we brought him to the club.
The contribution Cenk is making,
as well as Theo [Walcott], is
making us better.”
Wayne Rooney
missed a penalty
after Brighton
forward Anthony
Knockaert was
sent off late on.
Manager Carlos Carvalhal said
Swansea might appeal against
Jordan Ayew’s 11th-minute
dismissal for a studs-up challenge.
Huddersfield had 81 per cent
possession against the remaining
10 men but could not find a way
past keeper Lucasz Fabianski
despite making a lot of chances by
playing what Carvalhal described
admiringly as “opera” football.
Home boss David Wagner
admitted frustration but added:
“There were a lot of positives.”
Allardyce gives Ten Swans defy
Tosun the credit Wagner’s opera
‘Toxic’ London Stadium
is a recipe for relegation
Owner David Gold reduced to tears as
aggressive fans vent their frustrations
By Matt Butler
Frank Lampard, a former West Ham
midfielder, called the atmosphere
at the stadium “toxic”. Sir Trevor
Brooking, who is so closely associated with the club that he had a stand
named after him at their old home,
said the club’s future looks bleak as
“there is no way the team will be able
to play and get the points to stay up
under that sort of atmosphere – it’s
impossible”.
The situation is borne of frustration, of a feeling of powerlessness
among fans, of a sense that the owners are just in it for the money.
That of course does not excuse for
a minute the boneheads who thought
it wise to invade the pitch, throw missiles at board members and terrify
right-minded supporters. The full
weight of the book being thrown at
those fans should be the least they
receive.
On the pitch, the club is in trouble,
as they sit three points above the relegation zone. Saturday’s defeat was
their fourth in five matches.
And off the pitch supporters
But the simmering anger that has groups are at each others’ throats
been a hallmark of West Ham games over the club’s ownership and the
at the 2012 Olympic stadium has stadium move. A protest march was
reached breaking point. Fans
called off amid infighting and
did not want to move out of
fears that things could get
Upton Park. They saw it
ugly.
as a move orchestrated
Brooking is right in
by the owners David
saying the protests
Sullivan and David
and pitch invasions do
Gold with the only aim
absolutely no good at
West Ham’s loss
to Burnley on
being to line their own
all – and that if scenes
Saturday was their
pockets – and to hell
like Saturday’s are refourth defeat in five
with history.
peated, it could hasten
matches
And with Saturday’s
the club’s downward
ugly scenes during the
trajectory towards the
Burnley game – which could
Championship.
result in the club being forced to
It is a dark time for the club.
play behind closed doors – the own- Apart from the antipathy and lack
ers were told in no uncertain terms of success on the pitch, they are still
that what they are perceived to be laden with debt. If Gold and Sullivan
doing to the club is not appreciated.
were to leave – and after yesterday’s
The two owners were forced in- chaos, who could blame them? – then
side for their own safety. Gold left the their problems would escalate. Fans
ground in tears. It was a shocking end should be careful of what they wish
to a turbulent week for the club.
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MANCHESTER UNITED
Mark Noble
grabs one of
West Ham’s
fans during
Saturday’s
defeat GETTY
Winning ugly has Mourinho smiling but
Klopp’s stylish Liverpool could laugh last
Kevin
Garside
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‘Coin throwing
forced directors
to seek safety’
» From back page
West Ham people – they’re actually stadium people and sometimes
until they get a job there haven’t
had any experience dealing with
football crowds. They were quite
young and couldn’t deal with the
aggression they were faced with.”
Brooking cut a dejected figure
sitting alone in the directors’ box
towards the end of the match, and
revealed Sullivan and co-owner
David Gold were among those
asked to leave the area for their
own safety.
“A coin did hit David Sullivan,
his glasses,” said Brooking. “I
didn’t see it myself but I did have
that confirmed, which was part of
the reason why the people in the
directors’ box had to go inside to
save any more problems like that.”
Stewarding issues have been
a frequent problem for the Hammers since their move into the
London Stadium and the latest incidents have raised fears that the
club could be punished by having
a play a future game behind closed
doors. West Ham were unavailable for comment yesterday.
The facts are indisputable,
Manchester United will end the
season with more wins, points,
goals than last year, and can point to
home wins against Spurs, Chelsea
and now Liverpool.
Moreover, in patches, United
have belied Jose Mourinho’s
pragmatic nature with eruptions
of slick, attacking play. I give
you Swansea, Watford, Arsenal,
Everton and Crystal Palace on the
road and at home against Chelsea
and Liverpool, the first half of which
was as good as it has been postFergie against a top six-rival.
And yet there remains a sense
of disquiet, expressed by that old
Anfield general, Graeme Souness,
who needed counselling at full time,
not quite believing how United
hung on in the face of Liverpool’s
relentless second-half domination
of the ball and high pressing.
This made Mourinho laugh even
harder. It was all about the win, the
three points, he snorted. “It was a
complete performance by us with
two different halves,” Mourinho
said. “If people don’t think we
deserved it, I don’t care. We got
three points, a very important
victory, I am a bit tired, we have a
match on Tuesday. I don’t care what
people say. The boys are happy, I’m
happy.”
Indeed they were, broadcasting
their celebratory pictures across
myriad social platforms. Mourinho
was, as ever, both right and wrong.
United presented the high point
of the coiled spring strategy, as
they did against Watford and in
the opening 20 minutes at Arsenal,
purposeful, precise and lethal.
But then there was the converse,
the surrender of possession and
momentum in a manner that
threatens to undermine.
On this occasion long balls
Marcus Rashford repaid his recall by Jose Mourinho with two goals GETTY
from the goalkeeper into Romelu
what happend. Instead of piling
Lukaku, at long last the bullying
forward as tradition demands, it
centre forward of Mourinho’s
was Liverpool who set the agenda
dreams, made Dejan Lovren’s life
in the second half, Jürgen Klopp’s
a misery, and created the openings
high intensity version of the game
for Marcus Rashford, who, in his
holding sway.
first start on the year, delivered
That Liverpool largely failed
on the potential first revealed two
to trouble David de Gea was said
years ago against Midtjylland and
by Mourinho to be evidence of
Arsenal.
United’s defensive control.
Back then there was
Souness begged to differ
nothing in his head but
claiming it was more to do
It was
unfettered enthusiasm.
Liverpool who with luck and as a tactical
Here he was a machineplan was both alien to
tooled drill-bit driving at set the agenda the Old Trafford identity
the heart of the Liverpool in the second
established under Sir
half, Klopp’s
defence and finishing in
Matt Busby and continued
high intensity under Sir Alex Ferguson,
the manner that made
Kylian Mbappé the most version of
and unsustainable. United
expensive teenager in the the game
got away with, he said,
world. Juan Mata might
and
if Mourinho believes
holding sway otherwise
have made it three with a
he is fooling
spectacular bicycle kick
only himself. I’m with
after another sweet exchange of
Souness. United did not have the
passes that pulled the Liverpool
answer to Liverpool’s passing and
defence apart.
movement. Liverpool’s pressure
That might have been the signal
induced one mistake, from the
for United to give us something we
otherwise excellent Eric Bailly,
have yet to see under Mourinho.
and, had they enjoyed more luck
The comprehensive swamping
with penalty appeals, particularly
of a major rival. But that is not
the hand ball of Antonio Valencia,
the argument might have ended
differently. Mourinho’s presentation
of the League Cup and the Europa
League as pots worth winning
earned him a reprieve last season
when, aesthetically, United were
thoroughly underwhelming.
United have plausible prospects
this term in the FA Cup, less in the
Champions League and none in the
Premier League.
Should Mourinho end the season
without silverware the justification
of his methods will necessarily lose
force, especially when set against
Manchester City, who, under Pep
Guardiola, are proof that winning
ugly really is not the most effective
way to win the league in this phase
of football’s evolution.
The game has moved on. To
keep pace, to do justice to United’s
traditions, and should he be
minded, to answer the criticisms
of Souness et al, Mourinho must
augment his midfield with world
class additions. Mata is no David
Silva, nor even a Bernardo Silva,
who has been a bench warmer at
City for much of the season.
And, as harsh as this might
sound, Jesse Lingard falls a tad
short of the gold standard required
to contend consistently for the big
prizes, though the lad has had his
moments and merits his place in
the squad.
Liverpool lost here but are closer
to the template rolled out by City,
and are the only team to beat them
in the Premier League this season.
That is a more telling measure,
and suggests that if any team is to
beat City to the title next year, then
Liverpool and not United, are the
better bet.
Sergio Aguero is set
to miss Manchester
City’s trip to Stoke today after
sustaining a knee injury in
training. City’s top scorer, with
30 goals in 37 appearances, hopes
to return at Everton on March 31.
SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Rodgers savours greatest victory for his 10-man Celtic
RANGERS
Windass 3 Candeias 26
2
CELTIC
Rogic 11, Dembele 45, Edouard 69
3
By Alan Pattullo
AT IBROX
Brendan Rodgers saluted his greatest win over Rangers while at the
same time acknowledging Celtic
have taken a major step towards a
seventh successive title.
The Celtic manager has plenty of
options from which to choose when
selecting his favourite moment
against Rangers. Yesterday’s win
was Rodgers’ ninth unbeaten
game against the Ibrox side,
seven of which have been
won.
But he rightly savoured
the latest victory because
of the challenging circumstances in which it came.
Reduced to 10 men as
early as the 56th minute
after Jozo Simunovic’s red
card for an elbow on Alfredo Morelos and with the
score 2-2, Celtic managed
to strike the winning goal
through substitute Odsonne
Edouard after 69 minutes.
Celtic are now nine points
clear of Rangers at the top
of the Premiership and have played
one game less than their rivals, in
second place.
“It’s definitely my most satisfying win [over Rangers],” said
Rodgers. “The odds are against
you at times. That was like
one of those Celtic-Rangers
games you watched growing up when there was lots
of drama.
“It gives me great pride,”
he added. “Not only did
we play well showed that
toughness and character
you need. In fairness to
Rangers, they’ve been in
really good form. They
were at the height of their
confidence levels. It was an immense
performance.
“There was a lot of noise [from
Rangers] coming into this game. But
the guys kept their humility and had
to come back twice from behind. We
were the better footballing team.
When we went to 10 men the players
were calm. We have a plan when we
go down to ten men. They deal with
the final 35 minutes very well. I am
very proud.
“It is a big step for us to go
nine points clear with a game in
hand.”Rodgers was forced to hand
goalkeeper Scott Bain, on loan from
Dundee, a debut in the unforgiving
setting of Ibrox after Dorus De Vries
failed a late fitness test.
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Football
SPORT
PREMIER LEAGUE
Spurs rebound
from Juve loss –
but Kane injury
dampens mood
as well as England coach Gareth
Southgate who announces his squad
for the forthcoming friendlies with
Holland and Italy on Thursday.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Pochettino put on a brave face and
Alli 35, Son 62, 87; Aurier 90
4
said he would await the results of a
scan today. “We need to wait until
By Ian Winrow
tomorrow because we need to make
AT THE VITALITY STADIUM
a scan of his ankle,” the Spurs manager said. “Of course he suffered an
An injury to Harry Kane took the injury that is in the same ankle that
gloss off a victory that moved
he suffered before.
Tottenham Hotspur up
“But we hope that it’s
into third place and
not a massive issue.
helped Mauricio PoHarry has a great
chettino’s side move
character and is alon from their midways positive, happy
Number of goals
week Champions
with the victory for
scored by Son
League exit at the
the team, of course
Hyeung-min in his
hand of Juventus.
disappointed
with his
last four games
Dele Alli struck his
problem. But if you’re
tenth goal of the season
positive you start the
after Junior Stanislas had
recovery from injury from
given Bournemouth an early
now.”
lead before two second half goals
There was little doubt the midfrom Son Heung-min – taking his week defeat had delivered a crushtally to seven in four games – and an ing blow to Pochettino’s side who
added time fourth from Serge Aurier paid the price for failing to respond
completed the win.
to Juventus’s tactical switches in the
The loss of Kane to a first half in- second half at Wembley.
jury to his right ankle, sustained in
Instead of celebrating a place in
a collision with home keeper Asmir the last eight of European football’s
Begovic, gave Pochettino cause premier competition, Spurs had
for concern. The forward, who has been subjected once again to quesscored 35 goals already this season, tions about their ability to take the
was twice sidelined last term after next step and deliver silverware
suffering a similar injury, missing 14 under Pochettino.
games in total. A repeat would mark
In that respect, focus now shifts
a major blow for the Spurs manager, towards next Saturday’s FA Cup
BOURNEMOUTH
Stanislas 7
1
7
sixth round visit to Swansea City.
But a bigger priority is to ensure a
return to next season’s Champions
League.
The incentives were there for
Spurs, but they were initially overwhelmed by Bournemouth’s positive
early start that saw Eddie Howe’s
side quickly expose the visitors’ back
four.
Seven minutes into the game
Adam Smith easily moved past
Danny Rose and directed a deep
cross towards the far post where
Stanislas controlled with his chest
before drilling a low shot past Lloris.
Bournemouth soon found themselves pressed backwards as Pochettino’s side finally got into the game.
Simon Francis’ excellent block
denied Jan Vertonghen’s shot before Kane thought he had put Spurs
ahead when he turned home Christian Eriksen’s cross only for the ef-
empty seats everywhere once again
at the Emirates. This time there
could be no excuse of the thick snow
when they shunned the defeat to
Manchester City in their last home
match. Perhaps Arsenal fans really,
really like their mothers?
This is far worse than simply send-
ing a message by not buying tickets.
Arsenal repeatedly tell us that tickets are sold out, so these fans are
shelling out considerable sums and
still not bothering to turn up. They
were away doing what people do on
Sundays: going for a Sunday roast,
visiting church, sweeping up the
Arsenal show their absent fans and
Deeney they haven’t lost their spirit
ARSENAL
Mustafi 8, Aubameyang 59,
Mkhitaryan 77
WATFORD
3
0
By Sam Cunningham
AT THE EMIRATES
Arsenal remain in firm control of
their one-club race to finish in sixth
place.
Although pursuit of the Champions League via the Premier League
is virtually over, yesterday afternoon’s comfortable victory against
Watford could barely have been
sweeter: three goals, slick ones, at
that, the type Arsenal used to be
known for; and Watford striker Troy
Deeney missed a penalty, much to
the delight of Arsenal’s supporters
who had not forgotten the striker declaring they lacked “cojones” in the
reverse of this fixture last October.
If you are going to make statements such as those – however fun
Arsene Wenger admits he worries
for Arsenal fans over the team’s form
– you really have to demonstrate the
size of your own by sticking in a spot
kick that could’ve got his side back
in the game. Deeney may come to
regret being so outspoken when his
comments fire up a group of players
who have been lacking even a mere
spark for so long. “Of course it plays
a part,” Arsenal manager Arsene
Wenger said. “You cannot be a footballer without pride.”
Are Arsenal, dare we say it, back
again? In recent years Wenger has
reinvented Arsenal over and over
again. From the edge of the precipice
to just squeezing into the Champions
League once more. Two more wins,
against one of Serie A’s finest AC
Milan and a Watford side who not
long ago beat Chelsea 4-1, and all of
their problems are solved. Or is this
just the sequel to the horror show of
before?
Wenger is like a snake who has
slithered out of yet another thick
skin, leaving behind the remains tattered and torn by the beaks of his
many critics as though what he has
just endured never happened at all.
This time patience of supporters
is wearing ever so thin. There were
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Francis
Aké
Daniels
Mousset
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Stanislass
Wilson
IQ
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The stories you
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TENNIS
Indian Wells exit
for rusty Edmund
British No 1 Kyle Edmund exited
the BNP Paribas Open in Indian
Wells as he was beaten 6-4 6-4
in 90 minutes by Israel’s Dudi
Sela. Edmund,23, was far from
his best in his first outing since
reaching the semi-finals of the
Australian Open in January.
The Briton struggled on serve
and his 32-year-old opponent,
ranked 97th in the world, took full
advantage. Edmund will focus on
the Miami Open, later this month.
Eriksen
Alli
Wanyama Dembélé
Rose
i MONDAY
12 MARCH 2018
Vertonghen Sánchez
Aurier
Lloris
Tottenham
Substitutions: Bournemouth King (Mousset, 67); Ibe
(Daniels, 67); Defoe (Stanislas, 76) Tottenham Lamela
(Kane, 34); Trippier (Rose, 81); Sissoko (Alli, 86).
Booked: Bournemouth Gosling; Away club Rose.
Man of the match Son.
Match rating 8/10.
Possession: Bournemouth 37% Tottenham 63%.
Attempts on target: Bournemouth 3 Tottenham 8.
Referee Mike Dean (Wirral).
Attendance 10,623.
CRICKET
RUGBY LEAGUE
Khawaja helps
Aussies recover
Trinity suffer first
defeat of season
AB de Villiers hit an unbeaten
century to put South Africa on the
front foot in Port Elizabeth but
resistance from Usman Khawaja
ensured Australia remained in the
Test. Khawaja hit a patient
half-century as Australia
recovered from 86 for 4 to finish at
stumps on day three with a 41-run
lead, but he was trapped in front
for 75 in the penultimate over by
Kagiso Rabada to give the hosts
the upper hand.
Wakefield lost their unbeaten
start to the season after a 30-18
defeat to Wigan. Ben JonesBishop scored two tries for
Trinity to give them a 12-10 halftime lead, but Wigan scored 20
points after the break to wrap
up the win. In yesterday’s other
Super League match, Castleford
ground out a 22-8 home victory
over Salford at the Mend-a-Hose
Jungle to post their third straight
victory.
Son Hyeung-min lashes home his
second and Spurs’ third goal GETTY
fort to be ruled out for offside. To add
to the striker’s frustration, he was
caught by keeper Begovic as he shot,
forcing the forward out of the game.
Erik Lamela replaced the Spurs
leading scorer and played a role in
Alli’s equaliser. The Argentina international’s pass to Son allowed the
leaves on the front lawn. All things
deemed better to do by thousands of
Arsenal’s supporters than traipsing
to north London to watch their team
contest sixth place with themselves.
“I worry because I want our fans
to be behind the team and happy,”
Wenger admitted.
South Korean to move the ball on to
Serge Aurier whose low cross was
met by Alli six yards out for the 35th
minute equaliser.
Aurier should have done better
when he fired over the bar after Begovic spilled Eriksen’s dipping shot
but the visitors completed the turna-
round shortly afterwards when Son
volleyed past Begovic and while
replays showed he benefited from a
borderline offside call, the goal stood.
Son capped a solo run from halfway with a fine 87th minute finish for
the third and Aurier completed the
win in added time. THE INDEPENDENT
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rounds
Orestis Karnezis and slots home
Arsenal’s second goal GETTY
Arsenal
Those who came were rewarded
with an entertaining game, Petr Cech
becoming the first player to keep 200
Premier League clean-sheets and
his first ever penalty save for Arsenal, in 16 attempts and three years.
Even more than Shkodran Mustafi’s
eighth-minute header, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rounding Orestis
Karnezis for the second or Henrikh
Mkhitaryan tucking in the third, the
biggest cheer heard in these parts
for months erupted when Deeney
had that second-half penalty saved.
Huge boos preceded the spot kick
and Cech, 35, picked the sweetest
moment to make his first penalty
save at Arsenal.
Mohamed Elneny is rarely neither
brilliant nor terrible but yesterday he
was finding the intricate, cute passing that Wenger has been craving.
The Frenchman has been trying to
get his fix from the resurgent Jack
Wilshere, the most potent of players
in that department when not injured,
but he has not quite been hitting the
spot. So much to be positive about,
after weeks of low negativity. And
no-one is catching them in sixth now.
Cech
Maitland- Mustafi
Nile
Holding Kolasinac
Xhaka
El Neny Mkhitaryan
Özil
Iwobi
Aubameyang
Deeney
Pereyra
Richarlison
Femenía
Prödl
‘Crazy’ times as Millie skis to double silver
Millie Knight celebrated her “crazy” achievement in claiming a second
Winter Paralympics medal in as many days in Pyeongchang. Knight, 19,
followed up her second place in the women’s downhill with another silver
in the VI super-G along with her sighted guide Brett Wild. Millie, who lost
most of her vision aged six, said: “If you’d said I’d have two medals in two
days, I would have said you are crazy. Four years ago I was in the crowd
watching Kelly (Gallagher) win gold and now I’ve made the podium.”
RALLYING
Capoue Doucouré
Holebas Mariappa
WINTER PARALYMPICS
Janmaat
Karnezis
Watford
Substitutions: Arsenal Welbeck (Iwobi, 66); Chambers
(Mustafi, 73); Wilshere (Mkhitaryan, 78) Watford
Hughes (Femenía, 62); Okaka (Pereyra, 67); Britos
(Janmaat, 80).
Booked: Arsenal Mustafi, Xhaka; Watford Holebas.
Man of the match Mkhitaryan.
Match rating 7/10.
Possession: Arsenal 60% Watford 40%.
Attempts on target: Arsenal 7 Watford 4.
Referee M Atkinson (Drighlington).
Attendance 59,131
Ogier wins fourth
Mexico Rally
France’s Sebastien Ogier won
the Rally Guanajuato Mexico
for the fourth time to regain
top spot in the FIA World Rally
Championship. Ogier surged
from fifth to first on Saturday by
winning four stages in succession
and eased through yesterday’s
final leg in mountains near Leon
to win by 73.6 seconds in his Ford
Fiesta.
Sport on tv
Cricket: South Africa v Australia
Sky Sports Cricket, 7.55am
Cycling: Tirreno-Adriatico
Eurosport, 11.30am
Tennis: Indian Wells
Sky Sports Arena/BT Sport 1, 6pm
Football: Stoke v Manchester City
Sky Sports Premier League, 7pm
Basketball: Rockets v Spurs
BT Sport 2, midnight
Winter Paralympics: Day four
Channel 4, 12.15am (tomorrow)
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SPORT
West Ham
stadium
security
is ‘out of
control’
By Mark Staniforth
Sir Trevor Brooking has admitted West Ham’s security situation could be “out of control”
after the ugly scenes which
marred the club’s 3-0 home defeat to Burnley at the London
Stadium on Saturday.
The Hammers are facing an
investigation by the Football Association after a series of pitch
invasions and widespread supporter unrest, with Brooking
confirming the club’s co-owner
David Sullivan was struck by a
coin towards the end of the game.
And the former Hammers
player and manager believes the
club’s stewarding – which is provided externally via the stadium
operators E20 – needs a radical
overhaul in order to avoid more
unrest in the future.
Brooking told BBC Radio 5
Live’s Sportsweek programme:
“There weren’t sufficient stewards and they couldn’t really
cope with what was sometimes
going back to the bad old days of
25 years ago.
“The club are obviously going
to have to look at things with the
local police and make sure that
trained stewards and police are
in place – you’re almost looking
at it and saying, ‘this is out of
control’.
“A lot of the stewards who are
on duty on matchdays are not
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World Cup worry
Kane’s ankle injury
a concern for Spurs –
and for
f England
g
» Bournemouth 1-4 Tottenham, match report p54-55
12.03.18
P50
RUGBY UNION
North scores
two tries as
Wales cruise
past Italy
Harry Kane turns
his ankle after going
into a challenge
with Bournemouth
keeper Asmir
Begovic yesterday.
He injured the same
ankle last season
and missed 14
games GETTY
P54
FOOTBALL
Arsenal’s easy
win makes
Deeney eat
his words
My coaching has not been
good enough, admits Jones
By Hugh Godwin
RUGBY UNION CORRESPONDENT
P53
FOOTBALL
Rodgers hails
greatest Old
Firm victory
for his 10 men
Eddie Jones has given Exeter backrower Don Armand a shock chance
to add power to faltering England as
they prepare to meet new Six Nations champions Ireland at Twickenham this weekend.
Jones admitted his coaching “isn’t
good enough” after his side slumped
to a second successive defeat, 22-16
in France on Saturday, and the
Grand Slam-chasing Irish took the
Championship title with one round
to spare thanks to their victory over
Scotland in Dublin.
No r t h a m p t o n f l a n ke r
Courtney Lawes and Wasps
No 8 Nathan Hughes will
miss the Ireland match
with knee injuries, and
Jones is waiting to discover whether captain
Dylan Hartley’s calf
problem has cleared.
The Zimbabwe-born Armand (right) has been ignored
since winning his solitary cap to date
on England’s tour to Argentina last
summer. But the 29-year-old was
included in a 32-man England squad
last night amid public pressure
for changes to Jones’s side.
England are now third
in the Six Nations table
behind Wales, who beat
Italy 38-14 yesterday,
and could finish as low
as fifth if they lose to the
Irish and other results go
against them.
“We’ve got to break old habits and that’s one of the hardest things
in life to do,” said Jones. “A lot of it has
got to do with power. The game has
changed and we’re not necessarily
well equipped to handle it, so we’ve
got to find different ways to handle it.
“Our players are used to playing a
certain way and we’re finding it hard
to change their habits. That’s our responsibility and my coaching is not
good enough.
“It’s better happening now because it gives us a chance to fix it
before the World Cup [in 2019].”
Peachy to pear-shaped, p50-51
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