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QUA L I T Y, C O N C I S E – T H E F U T U R E O F I N D E PE N D E N T JOU R NA L I S M
SPRING STATEMENT
46 years
UK will pay
Brexit bill
until 2064
Cheltenham
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PLUS
What the Chancellor’s
plans mean for you…
P46
… and is it the end of
spending a penny?
P9-15
WEDNESDAY
14 MARCH 2018
Number 2,278
No place at
universities
for fat cats
Yasmin
Alibhai-Brown
P17
Cornish
pasties not
safe from
US threat
P22
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May targets
Russians
with wave
of sanctions
» Oligarchs could have their assets frozen as Britain plans
to hit back over Salisbury nerve-agent assassination bid
» Russian embassy says accusations against Moscow are
‘groundless’ and raises concerns about cyber attack by UK
» Nato allies pledge support for UK as Prime Minister seeks
co-ordinated international response against Moscow
P4
Musical pairs
Mystery of the
Sting and Shaggy missing eagles
P21
united P34
MAN UTD CRASH OUT OF EUROPE
P56
I IAIN DALE
P20
A new look for
problem skin
P30
I MATTHEW NORMAN
This is genocide
Patrick Cockburn
in Syria P27
P20
I TV GUIDE
P32
The
News
Matrix
MEDIA
Why are
pork pies
out and
leggings in?
See p.11
The day at
a glance
14
MARCH
Quote of the day
Happiness is good health
and a bad memory
INGRID BERGMAN
Birthdays
Sir Michael Caine, actor,
85; Simone Biles, US
gymnast, 21; Billy Crystal,
actor, 70; Quincy Jones,
music producer, 85;
Jamie Bell (below), actor,
32; Tessa Sanderson,
retired athlete, 62
EDUCATION
COURTS
Schools are urged to
increase integration
‘Unromantic’ couple
can be parents
A limited release of the so-called
“millennial railcard” sold out
yesterday despite a website failure
as rail users scrambled to buy one
of only 10,000 cards on offer. The
£30 travelcard for people aged 26
to 30 offers a third off most fares in
England, Wales and Scotland but no
discounts on season tickets.
Schools whose pupils come from a
single ethnic or religious community
could be required to ensure that
they mix with children from other
backgrounds. The Government’s
plan to encourage social integration
also calls on schools to teach “British
values” and sets out proposals to
boost English language skills.
A lack of romance in a couple’s
relationship is no bar to them being
made a child’s legal parents, a senior
family court judge for England and
Wales has said. Sir James Munby,
president of the Family Division of
the High Court, made a parental
order after analysing the case of
a married couple, one of whom is gay.
UNITED STATES
TRANSPORT
MEDIA
Dog dies in plane’s
overhead locker
Sheffield renews
Uber’s licence
‘National Geographic’
admits past racism
United Airlines has launched an
inquiry into the death of a dog which
was placed in an overhead locker
when a flight attendant refused to
let it travel in the cabin. Passengers
heard barking during the three-hour
flight from Houston to New York but
did not know the dog had died until
the aircraft landed at La Guardia.
Uber has been given a new five-year
licence to operate in Sheffield after
being suspended from the city.
The decision to hand Uber a new
operating certificate was made by
Sheffield City Council yesterday. In
November, the authority suspended
Uber’s licence after it failed to
respond to requests for information.
National Geographic has apologised
for what it described as its historical
racist coverage of the world’s
peoples. Its editor, Susan Goldberg,
said it ignored non-white Americans
and showed different groups as
exotic or savage, propagating “every
type of cliché”. The April edition has
been dedicated to race.
NATURE
WEDNESDAY
TRAVEL
Millennial rail offer
hit by web failure
Hunters’ refuge
Crossword.............26
TV & Radio...........32
Arts..............................34
Business..................38
Puzzles.....................42
Weather...................44
at the prestigious British Press
Awards last night.
Steve Connor, who died in
December, was posthumously
named the Science Journalist
of the Year.
Connor (right) had
spent six years as
i’s Science Editor
and 18 years in the
same role at The
Independent, and
was hailed as “the
best science journalist
of his generation” by
colleagues. His world exclusive
about so-called “designer babies”
appeared on the front page of
i last July.
i columnist
Stephen Bush
(right) was highly
commended
in the Political
Commentator
of the Year
category, while
Kim Sengupta, whose
reports appear regularly in i, was
highly commended in the Foreign
Reporter of the Year category.
The awards were presented
by the Society of Editors at the
London Hilton. Further winners
were being announced as i went
to press last night, and full details
will appear in tomorrow’s paper.
Panthera tigris
IUCN Red
List category: ENDANGERED
Has lost 95 per cent of its
historic range and its numbers
are decreasing, with only
3,000 to 4,500 left in the wild.
Tigers could be rewilded in
areas of Russia, Mongolia,
Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
Cheetah
Acinonyx jubatus
VULNERAB
LE
Possible countries for rewilding
include Angola, Mozambique,
Morocco and even Saudi Arabia.
Wednesday 14 March 1984
The Sinn Féin president,
Gerry Adams, is shot and
wounded in in central
Belfast. He was hit in the
neck, shoulder and arm
as gunmen riddled his
car with 20 bullets. Three
people travelling with him
were also wounded.
index
i achieved a remarkable hat-trick
Tiger
Animals around the world, especially
the top predators, are struggling to
keep up their populations as humans
encroach on their habitats. Many
species have been wiped out in their
traditional strongholds - with some,
such as the Tasmanian tiger, now
entirely extinct - but scientists and
conservationists are determined to
save as many as they can. To that end,
a team of researchers has identified
130 locations where carnivores
could be reintroduced.
Anniversaries
Subscribe to i at
i-subscription.co.uk
i writers honoured
at press awards
Red wolf
Canis rufus
Ethiopian wolf
CRITICALLY
ENDANGERED
The large carnivore closest to
extinction. It has lost more than 99
per cent of its historic range, which
is situated solely in the US.
The only areas suitable for
rewilding are in Florida.
Canis simensis
ENDANGERED
Eurasian lynx
Lynx lynx
LEAST CONCERN
SOURCE: INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF
F NATURE
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
Could be rewilded in
protected areas of Italy,
Bulgaria and Ukraine.
Sloth bear
Potential to reintroduce
into areas of Ethiopia,
as well as in protected
zones in South Sudan.
Melursus ursinus
VULNERABLE
Could be reintroduced into areas of
Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka.
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NORWAY
ThePage3Profile
Ice church forges
cultural links
YAYOI KUSAMA, ARTIST
Chinese artists have created a
giant ice sculpture of a church at
a ski resort in Norway. Specialists
from the Chinese city of Harbin,
famed for their annual ice sculpture
festival, hope to promote cultural
links between Norway and China
with their creation in the town of
Beitøstolen, in Oppland county.
NEW ZEALAND
Message in bottle
travels 11,800 miles
A mother and son received a reply
to a message in a bottle that they
threw into the sea in 2010. The bottle
released by Jana Joy and her son at
Whangarei on New Zealand’s North
Island was found 11,800 miles away,
at Mundaka in Spain, by a German
tourist who added her own letter and
threw the bottle back into the sea.
BELGIUM
Beer bottle mark-up
makes monks mad
Yayoi Kusama with her 2016 work ‘Flowers that Bloom Tomorrow’, and her 2009 creation for car maker Audi (below) AFP
What’s this colourful creation, and
who is responsible for it?
It’s a 2016 work called Flowers That
Bloom Tomorrow by the Japanese
artist Yayoi Kusama, who has been
commissioned to create public art
for London’s new east-to-west rail
route. Her sculpture will be one of a
series along the Elizabeth Line when
the track – stretching 60 miles from
Reading to Heathrow in the west,
through tunnels under central London
to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the
east – enters full service in December.
Should I have heard of her?
Perhaps. Kusama is well known in
the art world for her polka dot-based
works, and is described as the most
important living Japanese artist. This
commission will be the 88-year-old’s
first permanent installation in the
UK. Kusama will unveil her work
Infinite Accumulation at Liverpool
Street station at the eastern entrance
to the Elizabeth Line in Broadgate.
She is one of nine artists creating
work for seven stations on the
route, including the British sculptor
Conrad Shawcross. Shawcross’s piece
Manifold, a bronze work modelled
on a Victorian “harmonograph”, will
be erected outside the Moorgate
entrance of the Elizabeth Line station.
Infinite Accumulation? Sounds like a
Friday night rush-hour from hell…
Now, now. Kusama’s sculpture will
feature flowing, mirrored steel
sculptures, each up to 12m wide and
10m tall, supported by tubular rods. It
is said that the work is a development
of her fixation with polka dots.
What else has she done?
Kusama, who likes to wear brightly
coloured wigs, left Japan at the age
of 27 and moved to the US. She came
to public attention during the flower
power era of the late 1960s when she
organised aseries of “happenings”, one
of which – called Anatomic Explosion
– included naked people sprayed with
polka dots dancing outside the New
York Stock Exchange. She credits vivid
childhood hallucinations of polka dots
as setting her on the path to success.
Jane Clinton
Belgian trappist monks were fuming
when a Dutch supermarket chain,
Jan Linders, began selling their
beer for €10 (£9) a bottle – three
times what they were paid for it. A
spokesman for the Westvleteren
brewery at Saint-Sixtus Abbey said:
“A price of nearly €10 per bottle goes
against our ethical standards.”
ANIMALS
Huck, the hero in a
hard shell, returns
A stolen tortoise was returned to its
home after being dumped in a park.
Huck, a red-footed tortoise who
requires heat lamps and a special
diet, was taken from Edinburgh
Butterfly and Insect World last
month but was found by a dog
walker. The eight-year-old reptile
has now been microchipped.
i WEDNESDAY
14 MARCH 2018
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Letter from the Money
and Business Editor
Elizabeth
Anderson
i@inews.co.uk
Hammond has left
us short-changed
Like thousands of other people,
I spent a fair chunk of yesterday
refreshing my internet browser.
This was because the “Millennial”
railcard was launched nationwide,
giving a third off train fares for
travellers aged between 26 and 30.
But only 10,000 cards were
available at its launch, and the
National Railcard website was
unable to cope with “exceptional
demand”. For many young people
unable to get their hands on one, it
left a sour taste as the Chancellor,
Philip Hammond, began giving his
Spring Statement to MPs.
Anyone hoping for major
money policies to be announced
was left disappointed. In previous
Spring Statements, we have seen
the introduction of pensions
freedoms and generous increases
in the annual Isa allowance.
But yesterday’s scaleddown statement was instead a
preview of policies that could be
introduced in the Autumn Budget,
such as a tax on single use plastics
and the end of 1p and 2p coins.
Significantly, Mr Hammond
gave no progress updates on
issues important to young people,
apart from the railcard. For
example, a ban on letting agents
fees was announced in November
2016 but is still no closer to
becoming law. Some analysts
think that renters will continue
to pay agency fees until at least
the spring of next year. Housing
affordability for first-time buyers
also remains an ongoing problem.
I managed to finally get my
hands on a 26-30 railcard late
yesterday, having taken advice
from others who had got theirs.
A few months ago, Mr Hammond
pledged that the railcard would
help 4.5 million people to save on
fares. But many will be feeling
short-changed today.
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NEWS
SKRIPAL AFFAIR
COVER STORY
May prepares
tough sanctions
against Moscow
over attack
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Theresa May is preparing to announce tough new sanctions against
the Kremlin today following the
Salisbury chemical attack, including possible expulsions of diplomats
in London, freezing of Russian assets in Britain and tighter visa rules
on travellers to this country.
A senior minister said Russia
could face a “whole panoply” of
economic, financial and diplomatic
measures in retaliation for its suspected involvement in the poisoning of former British spy Sergei
Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.
Mrs May is also attempting to
win backing for co-ordinated international moves against Russia.
She gave Vladimir Putin until last
night at midnight to provide a “credible” explanation of how the deadly
nerve agent Novichok, which is only
produced in Russia, came to be used
against the Skripals.
As the deadline approached,
the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, described claims of his
country’s involvement as “rubbish”
and said Britain had turned down
a request for access to samples of
the substance.
Mrs May used the time before the
deadline expired to rally support
from key foreign allies for imposing
fresh penalties on Russia.
There was initial alarm in government circles at Rex Tillerson’s
surprise sacking as US Secretary
of State after he broke from the
White House and blamed Russia
for the attack.
But Downing Street drew com-
fort from a conversation between
Mrs May and President Donald
Trump last night.
A spokesman said: “President
Trump said the US was with the
UK all the way, agreeing that the
Russian government must provide
unambiguous answers as to how
this nerve agent came to be used.”
She also won the support of the
German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. Downing Street said: “They
discussed the pattern of aggressive
Russian behaviour and agreed it
would be important to act in unison
with allies to counter it.”
Mrs May was also assured of
France’s backing in a call to President Emmanuel Macron, according
to Downing Street.
Dominic Raab, the housing minister, said that an unsatisfactory response from Moscow “opens up the
whole panoply of countermeasures
from the economic, financial, diplomatic measures”.
It looks likely that Russian diplomats face expulsion from Britain.
They could include its UK ambassador, Alexander Yakovenko, who had
a frosty meeting with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Monday.
The move would inevitably lead
to tit-for-tat expulsions of British
diplomats in Moscow.
The Government could
use the Criminal Finances
Act to force Russian millionaires to explain how they paid
for expensive British properties, or could act under human
rights legislation.
DIPLOMACY
Russia warns against ‘cyber retaliation’
By Guy Faulconbridge
Russia’s embassy in London said
yesterday it was seriously concerned about reports that Britain
could launch a cyber attack against
Moscow and urged the UK to carefully weigh the consequences of
such action.
“Not only is Russia groundlessly
and provocatively accused of the
Salisbury incident, but apparently,
plans are being developed in the UK
to strike Russia with cyber weapons,”
the Russian embassy in London said.
“Statements by a number of MPs,
‘Whitehall sources’ and ‘experts’ regarding a possible ‘deployment’ of
‘offensive cyber capabilities’ cause
serious concern. We invite the British
side to once again consider the consequences of such a reckless move.”
Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey
Lavrov, indicated that Moscow would
not be responding to the British Government’s midnight deadline in which
it has demanded that Russia explain
how the nerve agent substance ended
up in Britain.
“We have certainly heard the ultimatum voiced in London,” Mr Lavrov
said. “The spokesperson for the foreign ministry has commented on our
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Sergei Skripal and
his daughter, Yulia,
were found next
to a children’s play
area REUTERS
attitude to this,” he added, referring
to Maria Zakharova’s branding of
Mrs May’s appearance in Parliament
as a “circus”.
He added that a case of alleged
use of chemical weapons should be
handled through the proper channel,
the Organisation for the Prohibition
of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) – of
which Russia and Britain are members. “As soon as the rumours came
up... we sent an official request for
access to this compound so that our
experts could test it,” Mr Lavrov
said. REUTERS
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i WEDNESDAY
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SPORT
NERVE AGENTS
England’s trip to
World Cup ‘ought
to be in question’
‘Torture’ of gene-altering toxin
revealed by Russian scientist
By Scott D’Arcy
By Cahal Milmo
England’s participation in this summer’s football World Cup in Russia
“ought to be in question”, a Labour
MP has said, as the Foreign Secretary refused to rule out a boycott.
There have been calls for Theresa
May to consider going further than
Boris Johnson’s suggestion that officials and dignitaries may not attend in the wake of the attack on the
former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, in
Salisbury last week.
John Woodcock, chairman of Labour’s backbench foreign affairs
committee, said England should
immediately rule out sending any
dignitaries or senior politicians to
the tournament, and that the team’s
participation should also be in doubt.
“I think England’s participation in
the World Cup ought to be in question, but certainly there should be no
question of government officials, dignitaries, of senior members of the FA
going over there,” he told BBC Radio
5 Live’s Anna Foster.
The Conservative chairman of the
Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, Tom Tugendhat, raised fears that
football fans travelling to the country
for the tournament may be at risk of
harm if tensions escalate between
London and Moscow.
CHIEF REPORTER
The Russian scientist who exposed
the existence of the ultra-secret
class of nerve agents used to poison
Sergei Skripal and his daughter previously warned that the weapons
have the ability to alter “the genetic
make-up” and cause damage lasting
for generations, i can reveal.
Vil Mirzayanov, who was jailed in
Russia twice for his role in bringing
to light the Novichok substances
developed during the Soviet era,
yesterday likened exposure to the
agents to “torture” with pain that
lasts for weeks and offers little prospect of full recovery.
The research chemist, who spent
26 years working on the Soviet Union’s most sensitive chemical weapons programme and now lives in
America, said Russian teams working in the 1980s had isolated 100
varieties of the “fourth-generation”
Novichok agents, including at least
one for which there was no antidote.
But Mr Mirzayanov also claimed
a further disturbing attribute for
the substances, which are known
as binary agents because they consist of two separate and relatively
harmless chemicals which can be
combined at the last moment to pro-
Police
forensics
work
continues
at Sergei
Skripal’s
house in
Salisbury
yesterday
GETTY
duce a devastatingly powerful toxin.
Speaking in 1993, the scientist said:
“These agents are about 10 times
more effective than the ones that
were previously known. So you can
kill using 10 times less of them. But
their effect doesn’t stop there. They
alter the genetic make-up. The tiniest amounts can cause damage to
future generations.”
The potency and potential continuing effects of the agent raises
concerns both about the chances of
survival and recovery for Mr Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter,
Yulia, who both remain critically ill
but stable.
About 500 residents of Salisbury
who had been in the restaurant and
pub visited by the Skripals on the
day they fell ill this week were ad-
vised to wash their clothes and wipe
down personal possessions.
Public Health England said the
risk to the public remained low and
it was not clear whether the particular Novichok substance used in
Salisbury carried a gene-altering
capability. But the effects referred
to by Mr Mirzayanov explain the
sheer scale of the police and military
operation to scour and then decontaminate all areas likely to have been
visited by the Skripals in the hours
before they were poisoned.
Mr Mirzayanov told the Daily
Mail: “It causes you convulsions and
you can’t breathe, and after that you
die. It’s real torture – it’s impossible
to imagine. Even in low doses, the
pain can go on for weeks. You cannot
imagine the horror, it’s so bad.”
POLICE
Concerns over Russian exile’s death in London
By Cahal Milmo
Counter-terrorism officers were
last night investigating the death
in London of a Russian exile and
close ally of a one-time arch critic
of Vladimir Putin.
Nikolai Glushkov, 69, a former
deputy director of Aeroflot who
had twice faced fraud charges
in Russia, was found dead at his
home in New Malden, south-west
London, on Monday night.
The businessman was a close
friend of Boris Berezovsky, the
oligarch who played a key role
in bringing Mr Putin to power
in 1999, but fell out with him and
fled to London. Mr Berezovsky,
who became Mr Putin’s most
strident critic from abroad, was
found dead in 2013 and a coroner
recorded an open verdict.
Scotland Yard last night said
the death of Mr Glushkov was
being treated as unexplained and
counter-terrorism officers were
leading the investigation.
Without naming the
Russian, police said the step
was necessary because of the
“associations that the man is
believed to have had”.
Nikolai Glushkov had close ties with
Putin critic Boris Berezovsky
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POLICE
Up to 14 deaths on British
soil to be investigated for
potential Russia links
By Cahal Milmo
CHIEF REPORTER
The police and M15 are to review the
deaths of a number of people who
may have been murdered in Britain
because of links with Russia.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced the review after months of
pressure following revelations that
US intelligence officials believed
there have been up to 14 assassinations on British soil linked to Russia.
The deaths include that of Russian whistleblower Alexander
Perepilichnyy, whose fatal collapse
in 2012 was declared non-suspicious
by police. However, it was later discovered he may have had traces of
an unusual poison – previously favoured by Russian and Chinese assassins – in his blood.
Ms Rudd stopped short of saying
that security services and detectives
would review all 14 deaths, saying instead she expected them to look at
“one, or two, or three, or four” cases.
In a letter to the House of Com-
mons Home Affairs Select Committee, which called for the review, Ms
Rudd wrote: “The Government was
aware of these allegations, and takes
seriously any suggestion that a foreign state has engaged in murder on
UK soil.
“In the weeks to come, I will want
to satisfy myself that the allegations
are nothing more than that.
“The police and MI5 agree and
will assist in that endeavour.”
The news came as counter-terrorism officers revealed the operation
in Salisbury following the poisoning of Sergei Skripal could yet take
“many weeks”.
Scotland Yard revealed that the
number of people in Salisbury assessed by medical staff following the
poisoning incident had risen to 38.
Officers said 34 of those had been
given the all-clear.
Assistant Commissioner Neil
Basu, head of the Yard’s counter-terrorism command, said the “prime
focus” was to establish the method
used to administer the military-
grade nerve agent to former Russian
double agent Mr Skripal, 66, and his
daughter Yulia, 33.
It was confirmed for the first time
yesterday that Mr Skripal, who
worked for MI6 before he was imprisoned in Russia and then later
released in a spy-swap, is a British
national. Both father and daughter
remain in a critical condition.
Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey,
who was also exposed during the
initial police response, remains seriously ill but stable.
Mr Basu said: “The public are
going to continue to see a great deal
of police activity in and around the
city, including more cordons being
erected. It may last many weeks.”
Mr Basu appealed for
information from anyone
who had seen Mr Skripal’s red
BMW, which has the registration
number HD09 WAO, between
1pm and 1.45pm on 4 March.
POLITICS
Trump suggests
Russia could be
behind attack
on former spy
By Jane Clinton
President Donald Trump has
finally broken his silence on
the attempted assassination of
the former Russian spy and his
daughter on UK soil, suggesting
that Russia may have been behind
the attack.
But Mr Trump stopped short of
directly condemning the Kremlin.
“It sounds to me like it would be
Russia, based on all of the evidence
they have,” he told reporters outside the White House yesterday.
Referring to the investigation
by British authorities into the attack, which left Sergei Skripal
and his daughter Yulia in hospital,
he added: “I don’t know if they’ve
come to a conclusion.
“As soon as we get the facts
straight, if we agree with them, we
will condemn Russia or whoever it
may be.”
Mr Trump’s response came as
Downing Street confirmed Theresa May discussed the incident
with him last night. A spokesman
said: “President Trump said the
US was with the UK all the way.”
DIPLOMACY
Analysis
Johnson ‘encouraged’ by support of international allies Tillerson’s
Mr Johnson said: “What we’re meantime, what we’ve been doing seems to be moving in this dangersacking will
doing today is giving Russia until is talking to friends and partners, ous and disruptive direction.”
The Foreign Secretary, Boris John- midnight tonight to explain how it explaining what we see as the high
The episode has left Britain’s reonly feed bitter
son, has welcomed international came to be that Novichok was used likelihood of Russian state agency.
lations with Moscow, which were
support over the Salisbury nerve on the streets of Wiltshire. If they
“And I’ve been very encour- already under severe strain, at
infighting
agent poisoning as the deadline for can come up with a convincing ex- aged so far by the strength of the breaking point. Theresa May told
Russia to provide a “convincing ex- planation then obviously we will support that we are getting. I’ve MPs on Monday it was “highly
By Margaret Davis
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co a
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ra
ct
planation” creeps closer.
France, Germany and the US all
gave their backing to the UK after
the Government confirmed it was
“highly likely” Russia was behind
the use of Novichok on UK soil.
want to see full disclosure of that to
the Organisation for the Prohibition
of Chemical Weapons in The Hague.
“If not, then clearly we will want
to be announcing the UK response
and that will come tomorrow. In the
been encouraged by the willingness of our friends to show support
and solidarity.”
Mr Johnson added: “Russia is
a great country. It is a great pity
therefore that the Russian regime
likely” Russia was responsible for
the poisoning. Failure to provide a
“credible” response would lead her
to view the incident as “an unlawful use of force by the Russian state
against the UK”.
Kim Sengupta
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President abruptly
sacks his Secretary
of State via Twitter
Donald Trump
had a fractious
relationship with
Rex Tillerson (left)
AFP/GETTY
By Josh Lederman
IN WASHINGTON
President Donald Trump unceremoniously dumped the oil baron-cumSecretary of State Rex Tillerson
by tweet yesterday and picked the
hawkish CIA director Mike Pompeo
to take his place.
The abrupt sacking ended Mr
Tillerson’s turbulent tenure as
America’s top diplomat and escalated the administration’s chaotic
second-year shake-up.
Mr Tillerson was ousted with no
face-to-face conversation with the
President barely four hours after
returning from an Africa mission.
Citing differences of opinion on
the Iran nuclear deal and other issues, Mr Trump said he and Mr
Tillerson were “not really thinking
the same”.
On Monday night, Mr Tillerson
had offered whole-hearted backing
to the UK in its major diplomatic
spat with Russia over the spypoisoning case – in contrast to Mr
Trump’s uncharacteristic silence.
Mr Trump told reporters: “We
T
he sacking of Rex
Tillerson as Secretary of
State by Donald Trump
was not unexpected. But
it is still a highly insignificant
development in a dysfunctional
and chaotic administration
where a steady exodus of senior
officials had been accompanied
by an unprecedented degree of
infighting and turbulence.
The latest sacking will
continue this bitter vein of
acrimony. Tillerson has not
acquiesced quietly to the move,
publicly stating that he was
“unaware of the reason” for his
departure.
He allegedly found out that he
was fired through a Trump tweet.
Under-Secretary at the State
Department, Steve Goldstein,
said: “The Secretary had every
intention of staying because of
the critical progress made in
national security.”
One of Tillerson’s last
pronouncements on the issue of
security had been about Britain.
He had been the strongest
among international statesmen
in condemning Moscow for
the attempted assassination
of former Russian spy Sergei
Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
He declared that the nerve
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agent used in the attack “clearly
came from Russia” and that there
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In fact, he went further than
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“highly likely” that Russia was
responsible. Russia, charged
Tillerson, was “an irresponsible
force of instability in the world,
acting with open disregard for
the sovereignty of other states
and life of their citizens”.
Trump, who has furiously
tweeted about Muslim terrorist
attacks in the West, had to
be almost dragged to make a
statement on the Salisbury
poisoning, finally saying: “It
sounds to me like they believe it
was Russia...I would certainly
take that finding as fact.”
Will Mike Pompeo be any
tougher on Moscow? Maybe not.
As CIA director, Pompeo
falsely stated that the
agencies had concluded
that the Kremlin’s
actions had no effect
on the final result.
But they have made no
judgement on that.
He had, however,
recently stated that Russia
would probably try and influence
the mid-term election.
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disagreed on things.” It was a diplomatic take on a fractious relationship that included reports that Mr
Tillerson had privately called the
President a “moron”.
The President’s new choice of
chief diplomat, which must be ratified by Congress, will put an ardent
foe of the Iran nuclear deal in charge
of US diplomacy. Mr Trump faces
another deadline in May to decide
whether to remain in the Obamaera nuclear agreement that he campaigned aggressively against.
At the CIA, Mr Pompeo will be replaced by America’s first female spy
chief, Gina Haspel.
The Republican Senator Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate
Intelligence Committee, said he
looked forward to supporting Gina
Haspel’s nomination to be director
of the CIA “ensuring its consideration without delay”.
But her nomination has been criticised by some Democrats and human
rights advocates because of her involvement with controversial CIA
programmes such as a “black site”
detention facility in Thailand. AP
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If confirmed as the next Secretary
of State, Mike Pompeo would have
the confidence of President
Donald Trump and an insider’s
knowledge of Congress.
The 54-year-old (inset) is a
former US Army officer and
Harvard graduate. Some
intelligence officers say he
tends to tell Mr Trump what
he wants to hear rather than
giving him their assessments.
But others have been impressed by
his intellect and advocacy of more
robust covert operations.
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Lecturers to
continue strikes
after rejecting
pensions deal
By Richard Vaughan
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
The bitter pension dispute that has
led to hundreds of lecturers walking
out of universities is set to continue
after union leaders rejected a deal
to end the strike action.
Hopes of a breakthrough
emerged late on Monday
when an agreement appeared to have been
struck between the
University and College
Union (UCU) and representatives for the employers, Universities UK.
But following a furious
response to the offer from
members, the union was forced to
pull the plug on the deal, meaning
industrial action will continue for
the rest of the week.
Union leaders threatened last
Drop in mature students
Ministers must bring back
maintenance grants and improve
financial support to arrest the
“worrying” decline in mature student
numbers, according to a report.
Official figures reveal that the
number of mature students fell
20 per cent between 2011-12 and
2016-17. A report by MillionPlus, the
association for modern universities,
has called for greater incentives for
older students to go to university.
Professor David Phoenix,
chairman of MillionPlus, said: “The
UK faces a daunting productivity
challenge in the decade to come and
in response we need a better and
more flexible offer to those over 21
to ensure that we are able to upskill
and reskill many more people. ”
week to stage another series of
strikes during the important exam
and assessment period in April and
June. Despite describing the offer
as a “good deal” on Tuesday morning, UCU general secretary Sally
Hunt has now called for Universities UK to improve its offer.
“Branches made it clear that they
wanted to reject the proposal,” said Ms Hunt (inset).
“The strke action for this
week remains on and
we will now make detailed preparations for
strikes over the assessment and exam period.
We want urgent talks with
the universities’ representatives to try and find a way to get this
dispute resolved.”
The strikes are now into their
fourth week and had led to lectures
being cancelled in more than 60 universities. The dispute was sparked
by planned changes to university
pensions plans, shifting from a defined benefit scheme, which would
give members a guaranteed income
in retirement, to a defined contribution scheme, where pensions are
linked to the stock market.
Union leaders have warned the
changes would lead to members
losing £10,000 every year of their
retirement. Under Monday’s deal,
staff were to be offered a three-year
interim arrangement, which union
members dismissed as kicking a “serious solution into the long grass”.
Universities UK described the
decision as “hugely disappointing”
adding that students’ education
will be “further disrupted through
continued strike action”. “We have
engaged extensively with UCU negotiators to find a mutually acceptable way forward,” it said.
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HEALTH
HEALTH
Smoking ‘may cause hearing loss’
Menopause drug ‘cuts hot flushes’ YouTube: hate
videos left on site By John von Radowitz
By John von Radowitz
don, said: “We already knew this
sessment of hearing loss, our study
A new class of drug has been developed that promises to end the misery of menopausal hot flushes.
In an early trial, one experimental pill reduced hot flush episodes
by almost 75 per cent in just three
days. The severity of flushes was
also cut by more than a third.
The trial involved 37 women aged
40 to 62 who were suffering the effects of seven or more hot flushes
per day. They were given the drug,
codenamed MLE4901, for one
month and its effects were compared with taking a dummy pill.
Lead scientist Professor Waljit
Dhillo, from Imperial College Lon-
compound could be a game-changer for menopausal women, and get
rid of three-quarters of their hot
flushes in four weeks. But this new
analysis confirms the beneficial effect is obtained very quickly – within just three days.”
Owing to side effects that might
affect liver function, MLE4901 is
not being taken forward into larger
trials. But two similar drugs have
been developed that work in the
same way without this problem.
The scientists, whose findings are
reported in the journal Menopause,
hope the new drugs will provide a
safer alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
By Jemma Crew
The head of counter-terrorism at
YouTube has apologised after four
versions of a National Action video
were found on the site more than a
year after being flagged up by MPs,
vowing it will not remain a platform
for extremist views.
William McCants said he would
make it his “personal mission” to ensure YouTube was rid of content that
promoted hate or violence.
Mr McCants underwent 45 minutes of scrutiny from the Home Affairs Committee at an emergency
meeting yesterday afternoon.
Smoking is not only bad for the lungs
and heart – it can also damage your
hearing, research suggests.
A study of more than
50,000 participants showed
an increased risk of hearing
loss among current smokers compared with people
who had never smoked.
Smoking led to an increased risk of hearing loss
between 20 and 60 per cent.
Lead scientist Dr Huanhuan Hu,
from the National Centre for Global Health and Medicine in Japan,
said: “With a large sample size, long
follow-up period and objective as-
provides strong evidence that smoking is an independent risk factor of
hearing loss.
“These results provide
strong evidence to support
[the fact] that smoking is
a causal factor for hearing
loss and emphasise the
need for tobacco control
to prevent or delay the development of hearing loss.”
Smoking appeared to affect the ability to hear both
high- and low-frequency sounds, but
the association with high-frequency
loss was greater, said the scientists.
Their findings appear in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research.
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Buoyed by improved forecasts, ‘Tigger-like’
Hammond sets sights on increased spending
FORECAST
By Richard Vaughan
Philip Hammond yesterday signalled he was ready to end years of
austerity later this year and spend
more on public services after he announced that the economy was running above expectations.
In a major boost for the Chancellor, the Government’s official
forecaster upgraded the country’s
growth projections, while it predicted inflation, debt and borrowing to
fall in the coming years.
The better-than-expected figures
gave Mr Hammond reason to be
more optimistic about future spending. “There is light at the end of the
tunnel,” he told MPs.
“If, in the autumn, the public finances continue to reflect the improvements that today’s report hints
at then – in accordance with our balanced approach and using the flexibility provided by the fiscal rules
– I would have capacity to enable
further increases in public spending
and investment in the years ahead,
while continuing to drive value for
money to ensure that not a single
penny of precious taxpayers’ money
is wasted,” he added.
Delivering his first Spring Statement in the Commons, Mr Hammond revealed that the Office for
Budget Responsibility (OBR) expects state borrowing to be £45.2bn
this year – £4.7bn lower than predicted in November.
He added that the Government
was due to run a “small” surplus
on day-to-day spending in 2018-19,
meaning borrowing would be only
for capital investment. And the
Government is forecast to hit its
borrowing target for 2020-21 with
£15.4bn headroom. The outlook even
afforded Mr Hammond a chance to
joke at this own reputation in certain
corners in the media, signalling to
the opposition benches: “If there are
any Eey-ores in this Chamber, they
Statement, not a Budget
Philip Hammond’s first Spring
Statement comes after he made the
decision to make any announcements
on major tax or spending changes
once a year in the Autumn Budget.
The Chancellor believed that
having two financial set pieces made
the process overly complicated.
He decided to move the Budget to
later in the year in 2016, giving the
Government more time to explain
any forthcoming changes.
The Spring Statement gives an
update on the overall health of the
economy, while providing a outlook
from the independent Office for
Budget Responsibility. As the Chancellor has stressed, the statement
is not a “fiscal event” and is more a
running commentary on progress
made since the Autumn Budget.
The speech also gives employers
and the wider public an opportunity
to give their views on the changes the
Government is considering when it
comes to the economy.
GDP growth
expected to
rise quicker
than expected
By Andrew Woodcock
Philip Hammond leaves 11 Downing Street to deliver his Spring Statement to the House of Commons yesterday PA
are over there. I, meanwhile, am at
my most positively Tigger-like.”
But the director of the Institute
for Fiscal Studies think-tank, Paul
Johnson, said the public finances
were still in a “dreadful” state compared to before the 2016 Brexit referendum. Mr Hammond would face
a “sharp choice” in November on
whether to ease up on austerity or
make an effort to fulfil promises to
balance the books and was “unlikely
to be able to do both”, he said.
“Not that much to be Tiggerish
about here,” tweeted Mr Johnson.
“Growth forecasts dreadful com-
pared with what we thought in
March 2016, dreadful by historical
standards and dreadful compared
with most of the rest of the world.”
While the OBR upgraded its prediction for GDP growth in 2018 from
1.4 per cent to 1.5 per cent, future
growth was not expected to rise
above 1.5 per cent at any stage over
the next five years.
The OBR expects Mr Hammond
to hit his target of reducing the
structural deficit below 2 per cent in
2020-21 with £15.4bn to spare. Debt
is forecast to be 1 per cent lower than
expected at the time of last autumn’s
Budget, peaking at 85.6 per cent of
GDP in 2017-18 before falling gradually to 77.9 per cent in 2022-23.
A Treasury spokesman later said
the Chancellor was unlikely to use all
of the £15.4bn headroom indicated
by the OBR figures. Priorities for
any spare money would be to “get
the deficit down, keep taxes low and
– if there is still flexibility – he has
indicated that he would be in a position to do more to support public
services”, said the spokesman.
The OECD released figures suggesting the UK will be bottom of the
G20 growth table in 2018 and 2019.
ECONOMY
Treasury examines possibility of
scrapping 1p and 2p coins and £50 note
By George Martin
Britain’s purses could be about to
get a whole lot lighter – and piggy
banks hungrier – as the Treasury
announced it would be reviewing the
use of 1p and 2p coins.
Ministers were keen to
stress that there were no
plans in place to get rid of the
coins as yet – but they could
be dispensed with after a review into their usefulness.
Among the concerns are the
growing cost of handling such coins
and the usefulness of currency such
as the £50 note.
It is inviting comments on the mix
of coins in circulation as consumers move to non-cash payments
such as contactless and digital
spending, the Chancellor, Philip
Hammond, announced.
A document released by the
Treasury suggests 60 per cent of
UK 1p and 2p coins are only used
once before being saved in a jar or
discarded. In one in 12 of these
cases, the coins are simply
thrown in the bin.
“From an economic
perspective, having large
numbers of denominations that are not in demand, saved by the public,
or in long-term storage at
cash processors rather than used
in circulation does not contribute
to an efficient or cost-effective cash
cycle,” the Treasury consultation
document says.
Previously, the Government and
the Royal Mint have needed to produce more than 500 million 1p and
2p coins each year to replace those
falling out of circulation.
However, the coins are now being
used less often and being held in
greater numbers by coin-processing
businesses, as consumers move to
non-cash payments.
In his Spring Statement, Mr Hammond said the Government would
be looking into ways businesses use
digital payments, as well as ensuring
those who still need to pay with cash
can do so.
Over the past two years, the Bank
of England has been rolling out new
polymer £5 and £10 notes to improve
the quality of the money.
On top of this, a new polymer £20
note is to arrive in 2020.
The Government’s official forecaster
has upgraded growth projections and
predicted falling inflation, debt and
borrowing, in a boost for the Chancellor Philip Hammond.
He revealed that the Office for
Budget Responsibility (OBR) has
upgraded its prediction for GDP
growth in 2018 from 1.4 per cent to 1.5
per cent. Growth in 2017 was 1.7 per
cent, compared with the 1.5 per cent
forecast by the OBR last year.
Forecast growth is unchanged at
1.3 per cent in 2019 and 2020, before
rising to 1.4 per cent in 2021 and 1.5
per cent in 2022, the Chancellor said.
The EU enjoyed growth of 2.2 per
cent in 2017 and it is forecast to be 1.9
per cent this year.
State borrowing is forecast to be
£45.2bn this year – £4.7bn lower than
predicted in November and £108bn
lower than in 2010. A “small” surplus
on day-to-day spending in 2018-19 is
expected, with borrowing only for
capital investment. And the Government is forecast to hit its borrowing
target for 2020-21 with £15.4bn headroom. Debt is forecast to be 1 per cent
lower than expected at the time of
last autumn’s Budget, peaking at 85.6
per cent of GDP in 2017-18.
Mr Hammond said the forecasts
confirmed “the first sustained fall in
debt for 17 years, a turning point in
the nation’s recovery from the financial crisis of a decade ago. Light at the
end of the tunnel”.
GDP growth
Forecast changes (%)
Spring
budget
2017
2.0
Autumn
budget
2017
Spring
statement
2018
1.5
1.0
0.5
0
2018
2019 2020
2021
2022
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Britain ‘will continue paying EU for
46 years’ to honour pensions pledge
By Nigel Morris
Leaving payments
POLITICAL EDITOR
Britain will still be paying into European Union coffers for another 46
years as it contributes towards the
pensions of Brussels officials, according to a forecast.
The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) put the final Brexit “divorce
bill” at £37.1bn, in line with government estimates of between £35bn
and £39bn.
It forecast that payments would
continue until 2064 as part of the
UK’s pledge to honour its promises
to pay into EU officials’ pension pots.
Brexiteers pressing for a clean
break with the bloc next March
will probably be infuriated by
the disclosure.
Eloise Todd, chief executive of the
anti-Brexit group Best for Britain,
said: “We already knew that the cost
of Brexit would fall on the shoulders
of our children and grandchildren –
now we’re told that even our greatgrandchildren will have a bill to pay.”
The Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards said the continuing payments
showed it would be better to remain
in the EU.
Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, replied: “There’s a very long tail
of what will be very small payments
Further details were provided by
the Treasury of how some of the
£3bn which has been allocated for
Brexit preparations will be shared
out in 2018-19.
The largest slice, amounting to
£395m, will go to the Home Office,
mainly to prepare new immigration
controls, with £260m for
HMRC, which will be
responsible for
customs controls.
The Department for
Environment, Food
and Rural Affairs,
The year until which
the UK will continue
which will take
contributing to EU
charge of farm
officials’ pensions
subsidies, will
receive £310m.
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which relate to pensions. By their
very nature they will stretch over a
long period.”
The Labour MP Chuka Umunna
said: “The Brextremists promised us
an additional £350m for the NHS paid
for out of our contributions to the EU
yet we now know that if Brexit goes
ahead we’ll be paying money to the
EU until 2064 and there won’t be an
extra penny for our health service.”
The £37.1bn divorce bill – agreed
in principle at a Brussels summit
in December – includes £16.4bn to
cover British commitments under
the EU budget and £18.2bn in outstanding payments at the end of the
budget cycle.
The OBR calculated that the Government will have an extra £3bn to
spend in 2020-21 than if Britain had
remained in the EU, rising to £3.3bn
the following year and to £5.8bn in
2022-23.
The OBR said its figures did not
take into account “the indirect effects of changes in trade, migration
and other policy regimes on the economy and its capacity to generate tax
receipts”. It also said it still lacked a
“meaningful basis to predict the precise outcome of the current negotiations with the EU”.
SOCIETY
‘Earnings won’t reach levels seen before crash until 2025’
By David Hughes
Real earnings are not set to reach the
levels seen before the economic crash
until 2025, according to analysis by
the Resolution Foundation.
The living standards think-tank
said families facing the prospect of
“weak pay growth and more welfare
cuts” will have to wait until the
autumn Budget for any hope of relief
going forward.
While the Office for Budget
Responsibility’s forecasts had given
Chancellor Philip Hammond a shortterm boost, the foundation said the
good news would fade fast.
It pointed out that growth for 2021
and 2022 was revised down by 0.1 per
cent to 1.4 per cent and 1.5 per cent
– with the UK forecast to grow 20
per cent slower than the euro area
between 2017 and 2022.
The think-tank’s prediction that
real earnings will not return to precrisis levels until 2025 means Britain
is barely halfway through a 17-year
pay downturn, the foundation said.
Its director, Torsten Bell, said:
“This is a sugar rush Spring
Statement, with short-term good
news on borrowing and growth
fading fast. The £4.7bn improvement
in Britain’s public finances this
year is welcome, but smaller than
expected, and the Chancellor’s £15bn
of headroom against his main fiscal
rule remains largely unchanged.
“Looking further ahead, the Office
Want to know what the real deal is?
You’ll have to wait until autumn
T
he Chancellor delivered
on his promise of a policyfree Spring Statement.
Coming in at just 26
minutes long, it was about half of
what we’re used to hearing when
Chancellors stand up in the House
of Commons to tell us what the
forecasts are, how they deserve
credit for them (if good) and how
they will fix them (when bad).
Welcome for
productivity
promises
By Padraic Flanagan
Philip Hammond’s focus on productivity and growth was broadly
welcomed by business leaders,
but the Chancellor was warned to
deliver on his promises in the Autumn Budget.
Mike Cherry, national chairman
of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “The Chancellor has
shown he’s on the side of the UK’s
5.7 million small business owners
and self-employed entrepreneurs.
We look forward to his kind words
being followed up by real action.
“It’s good to see a renewed
focus on productivity from the
Chancellor – increasing it will depend on incremental gains among
small firms.”
The Confederation
of British Industry
said the fiscal outlook
meant that it was vital
to secure a Brexit deal
that delivers jobs and
helps transform UK
productivity across
every region.
Rain Newton-Smith (inset),
the CBI’s chief economist, said:
“Many British businesses are at
the cutting edge of innovation, but
others need a helping hand to take
on the tried-and-tested technologies that drive growth.”
Adam Marshall, directorgeneral of the British Chambers
of Commerce, said extra help to
encourage apprenticeships was
welcome, but that “urgent” action
was needed to improve the system, which was currently failing
both businesses and the people
they wanted to train.
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By Chris Green
Comment
Torsten
Bell
for Budget Responsibility offers very
little good news.
“The big challenges facing Britain
of weak pay and productivity growth
remain unchanged. By opting against
any major policy announcements,
the Chancellor has delivered on
his promise.
“But that means families facing
the prospect of weak pay growth and
more welfare cuts next month will
have to wait for the autumn budget
for any much-needed relief.”
RESPONSE
How successful was this
slimmed-down format? Well, that
depends on who you are. For the
Chancellor, it had some big pluses.
He delivered on his promise –
something voters always say
they want from their politicians
– that this wouldn’t be a normal
fiscal event with lots of tax and
spending announcements. And
with some, but not much, good
news on lower borrowing and
higher growth, the format allowed
that news to take centre-stage
without being spread too thin.
Treasury officials will be even
There was some good news, with
higher growth this year GETTY
happier. Not only did they get to
write less but, as this wasn’t a
normal statement, the Chancellor
ignored calls to spend more.
But what about the public? The
whole point of this shorter format
was to encourage a focus on
longer-term challenges, with time
to plan on how to deal with them
ahead of the Autumn Budget. The
bigger concern for the public isn’t
how long the Chancellor spoke for
but the nature of his forecasts –
which can be summarised as slow
growth and rubbish pay packets.
Families looking for relief from
grim economic forecasts will have
to wait until autumn to see if the
Government really has a plan to
deal with the huge challenges laid
out yesterday.
Torsten Bell is the director of the
Resolution Foundation
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Thirteen areas have been awarded a share of £95m to help with
the rollout of ultrafast broadband,
which is currently available only to
3 per cent of the population.
The service delivers internet
speeds of up to 1GB per second
but is more expensive to deploy.
Fibre optic cables are used rather
than copper cables to connect the
buildings to roadside cabinets.
The funding, announced by the
Chancellor in his Spring Statement, is the first wave of the Government’s £190m Local Full Fibre
Network initiative.
The successful bidders are:
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By Richard Wheeler
John McDonnell accused Philip
Hammond of being “cut off from the
real world” as he said that public
sector workers had been “ignored
again” by the Government.
The Shadow Chancellor labelled
Mr Hammond’s “complacency” as
“astounding” during the Spring
Statement, before sounding warn-
ings on the state of the UK economy.
After Mr Hammond’s latest key
financial statement to the Commons, Mr McDonnell said: “We face
in every public service a crisis on a
scale we’ve never seen before.”
He added: “Hasn’t he listened to
the doctors, the nurses, the teachers, the police officers, the carers
and even his own councillors?
“They’re telling him they can’t
wait for the next Budget. They’re
telling him to act now. For eight
years, they’ve been ignored by this
Government and today they’ve been
ignored again. The Chancellor has
proclaimed today that there’s light
at the end of the tunnel. This shows
how cut off from the real world he is.”
Mr McDonnell said the Tories had
added £700bn to the national debt
over the past eight years. He added:
“The reality is that the Chancellor
and his predecessor have not tackled the deficit. What they’ve done
is they’ve shifted it on to the public
services his colleagues are responsible for.”
Mr McDonnell also raised concerns over council funding, schools
and emergency services. He described the statement as “another
missed opportunity”, telling the
Commons: “People know now that
austerity was a political choice, not
an economic necessity.”
Mr McDonnell hit out at
“Tory bully boys”, with
Mr Hammond replying: “This
is the man who still refuses to
apologise [to Esther McVey].”
ECONOMY
The ONS has
removed pork pies
from its typical
‘basket’ of 714
goods and services
Pork pies out, yoga pants in
as shoppers get more active
By Ben Woods
The humble pork pie has been
ditched from Britain’s inflation
basket but women’s exercise
leggings have been added
to the mix.
The Office for National
Statistics (ONS) said
action cameras – such as
GoPros – and children’s
soft-play areas have also
been included in the goods
and services basket it uses to
calculate the cost of living, in a sign
that the population is spending more
on keeping active.
Digital camcorders have been
stripped out because of the rise
of smartphones, while the tech
revolution has also caused TV
receivers to be replaced by digital
media players made by Apple, Google
and Amazon. Philip Gooding,
a senior statistician at the
ONS, said: “Every year we
add new items to ensure
that it reflects modern
spending habits. This year
we changed 36 items out of
a total basket of 714.”
Ras p b e r r i e s , q u i c h e,
ready-made mashed potato,
body lotion and high chairs have also
made their way into the basket.
Edam cheese, peaches and
nectarines, leg waxing and ATM
charges have been taken out.
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et’s step back. What does
the world think of Phillip
Hammond’s not-quite-aBudget? What does this do
to the UK’s standing globally? Are
there wider implications?
I was pondering all this as I was
listening to the Chancellor’s speech
and I noticed, as he was speaking,
that the FTSE 100 index had
suddenly dropped 15 points. Was
this a market reaction to the not
very upbeat outlook from the Office
for Budget Responsibility? Or the
decision not to take advantage of
slightly stronger tax receipts to
loosen the fiscal squeeze?
Er, no. It was Donald Trump’s
decision to sack Rex Tillerson. In
the wider scheme of things, when
a UK Chancellor does something,
it barely registers. And when he
does nothing, it registers not at all.
Yet there is a wider significance
in both the Spring Statement and
the OBR forecasts that I think
will become clearer in the coming
weeks. The overriding point is
that the Government is starting to
have financial options. If it needs
to spend money, it will be able to do
so, which is a good thing because it
almost certainly will.
Take relations with Russia. The
UK economy is roughly double
the size of Russia’s. In 1990, just
before the Soviet Union imploded,
it was less than half the size of the
USSR and smaller than the current
Russian Federation. Having the
UK’s finances in order means if
it has to spend more money on
defence and internal security, it can
choose to do so.
Take relations with Europe.
There are costs associated with
Brexit. Two years ago, the UK was
growing faster than the rest of
the EU; now it is growing slower
than most of it. That discrepancy
is partly cyclical, because the
eurozone was performing well
below its capacity and the UK was
growing at or above it. But part
of the shift may be structural in
that the UK’s capacity to grow
may have been undermined by the
uncertainty over the outcome of the
negotiations. Either way, having a
bit of fiscal leeway is very helpful.
Take relations with the US.
American economic policy is
quite unpredictable and will
remain so. Unlike the eurozone
and particularly Germany, the
UK’s trade with the US is in
rough balance, so it is unlikely to
be targeted by the US whereas
Germany seems very much to be
in the line of fire. But while the
UK remains in the EU, it may get
caught in the crossfire.
Or take the global economic
cycle. One of the most interesting
passages in the OBR report looks
at the possibility of a recession in
the near future. It notes that the
present expansion is unusually long
and that, while none of the
40 forecasters responding to
the Treasury is forecasting
recession this year or next, go
back 10 years and only one out of
34 outside forecasters predicted
recession then.
So there are lots of reasons why
it is a relief that the Government
has got our national finances
under some sort of control. That
buys it a modicum of credibility in
the world of financial markets. It
tells us nothing about the Brexit
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outline of the exit payments to the
EU is sketched by the OBR.
And it tells us very little about
the wider concerns of the British
economy, such as the disappointing
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coincided with the arrival
of new council tax bills. The
contents of that envelope
won’t tell you that the austerity
measures introduced by the
Chancellor’s predecessor, George
Osborne, have turned around the
public deficit. It’s been cut by threequarters, apparently.
Surely, a steady flow of funds
should be forthcoming from the
Government in return for the
efforts made by councils to save
money by cutting services, closing
libraries and ignoring potholes.
Your council tax bill will reveal
more about the perilous balance
sheet of your local authority than
anything Philip Hammond said.
In some areas, a rise of up to five
per cent is expected. In Barnsley
where I live, it will be 4.5 per cent.
Much of the blame can be put on the
cost of adult social care; by 2020,
one council is apparently expecting
all of its budget to be absorbed by
the social care needs of just five per
cent of the local population.
Whilst ministers preach to us
about finding ways to make ends
meet, they preside over a system of
public services which barely exists
hand-to-mouth. The National Audit
Office says grants from central
government to councils have been
reduced by 49.1 per cent in real
terms between 2010-11 and 2017-18.
Increases in council tax and other
forms of revenue have contributed
to councils’ spending power.
However, even this has fallen by
28.6 per cent over the past seven
years. No wonder council leaders
and chief executives despair. In
February, Northamptonshire
County Council effectively declared
itself bankrupt after admitting it
simply did not have the reserves to
carry on delivering its remit.
A brave – and possibly selfsacrificing – Chancellor would use
the Spring Statement to announce
a reform of council tax. It is clear to
everyone that the current system is
no longer fit for purpose.
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he only interesting part of
Philip Hammond’s Spring
Statement was the part
which could have been
said by Gordon Brown. In
fact, that part which was
said by Gordon Brown.
Isn’t it interesting that
Tory austerity
was the declared
strategy of the last
Labour government?
Hammond said he
wanted, over the business
cycle, to have a balanced
budget except for government
investment in the economy.
Gordon Brown’s Golden Rule
was to have a balanced budget,
over the business cycle, except
for government investment in the
economy. It is not obvious that there
is a great difference here.
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The reason for the similarity is
that it is just standard Keynesian
economics. When the economy is
faltering, the government should
borrow to spend in order to boost
it. Once recovery has arrived, the
spending should shrink, or perhaps
just the recovery itself will boost tax
revenues, so the deficit disappears.
Brown (inset) said he would
balance the budget over the business
cycle, Hammond says he is trying to.
We are around what an economist
would call full employment. This
is when we should be cutting that
deficit and, as recently announced,
we have done so.
There is one large difference
though. The usual measure of
government spending is in relation
to GDP. That is, how much of
everything we produce
gets spent through
government? Current
rhetoric from everyone
is that spending has
been relentlessly
slashed. As a matter of
fact, spending is up since
before the recession,
Hammond is disposing
of a greater portion of our
incomes than Brown ever did. Quite
an achievement for a Conservative
Chancellor, to be following the same
basic plan as Gordon Brown, only
taxing and spending even more.
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produces a lot of pollution.
British people get through
an astonishing amount of
throwaway plastic. And air
pollution contributes to
40,000 early deaths.
Small and medium-sized
businesses account for over 99
per cent of all private sector UK
companies. Chief among their
concerns are the general state
of the economy, the inflation
rate and access to finance to aid
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The Chancellor followed through
on his autumn Budget promise
and called for evidence from
all relevant parties into how
taxation may be used to limit our
use of throwaway plastic items
such as takeaway boxes, straws,
cutlery and coffee cups.
The evidence call comes
after the introduction of a 5p
charge on plastic bags across
much of the UK significantly
cut their use – saving more
than six billion plastic bags a
year. Some of the money raised
from any tax changes will be
used to encourage the creation
of new, greener products
and services.
A further £20m from
existing budgets will be given
to businesses and universities
to research ways to reduce
the impact of plastics on the
environment by developing
alternative materials and
improving recycling methods.
On the air-pollution front, the
Government wants to persuade
people to ditch old diesel vans
and has launched a consultation
on reduced vehicle excise duty
rates for the cleanest vans.
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Rail commuters, dogged by
cancellations and strikes, saw
average fares rise by 3.4 per
cent. Motoring organisations
want the insurance premium
tax frozen and greater
incentives for drivers to switch
to greener alternatives.
Demand has exceeded income
across the service for seven
years. Throw in the pay freeze,
the removal of bursaries for
students and Brexit persuading
many EU staff to leave and staff
have been left wondering how
bad things have to get.
Britain is suffering from a
housing crisis, with a lack
of affordable, decent homes
affecting families across the
country. For many, owning a
home is out of reach, with the
average house price now almost
seven times the average income.
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The Chancellor offered business
a defiantly upbeat reading of
the state of the economy. The
Office for Budget Responsibility’s
statement that inflation is to fall
to 2 per cent by the end of the year
will certainly be welcomed.
Mr Hammond is to bring
forward the next business rates
revaluation from 2022 to 2021.
It comes after businesses urged
the Chancellor to create a fairer
regime, that aligns business rates
bills with property values and the
local economy. He also ordered a
review into how to help the least
productive businesses catch
up with the most efficient, and
how to eliminate late payments
to small businesses. There will
also be a consultation on a new
VAT collection mechanism for
online payments.
Mr Hammond said that,
since 2016, he had set out to
“unleash our creators and our
innovators, our inventors and
our discoverers”. He added: “We
choose to champion those who
create the jobs and the wealth
on which our prosperity and our
public services both depend, not to
demonise them.”
Mr Hammond was bullish
about the Government’s record
on transport, claiming it is
undertaking the biggest roadbuilding programme since
the 1970s.
He said that, as Transport
Secretary in 2011, he gave the
green light to fund the new bridge
across the River Mersey which
opened last year. MPs were told
that the largest infrastructure
project in Europe, Crossrail, is
also due to open in nine months
time. He also revealed that
progress was being made on plans
to deliver the Cambridge-Milton
Keynes-Oxford Corridor.
His key announcement on
transport was his invitation to
cities across England to bid for
the first £840m from the £1.7bn
Transforming Cities Fund to
deliver on their local transport
priorities. The West Midlands has
been allocated £250m; Greater
Manchester £243m; Liverpool
£134m; the West of England £80m;
Cambridge and Peterborough
£74m; and Tees Valley £59m. He
pledged vehicle excise duty would
be reviewed for environmentally
friendly commercial vehicles.
Not an awful lot. “Health” was not
mentioned at all by the Chancellor
in his speech. He did, however,
reiterate announcements from
previous Budgets in which, since
the 2016 Autumn Statement, Mr
Hammond has pledged almost
£9bn extra for the NHS and social
care system with “£4bn going
into the NHS in 2018-19 alone”. It
should be pointed out that not all
of this is for the front line. In fact,
£1.6bn will be given to the NHS
in England over the year with
the rest spent on capital estates
and infrastructure.
“Senior sources” were briefing
before the speech that, at the end
of January, the Cabinet discussed
ways of getting more money into
the health service in the long term.
Until the New Year, Theresa May
had insisted the NHS had all the
money – and the extra funds – that
it needed. It now seems there is
a realisation among the Cabinet
that this is not the case.
One thing the Chancellor did
promise was “more to come” for
the NHS, albeit with the caveat
that this management and unions
reaching an agreement on a new
pay deal for nurses.
Mr Hammond has earmarked
more cash for affordable homes,
saying he was committed to
“building the homes that our
people need”. He said the
government was working with
44 authorities who have bid for
a share of the £4.1bn housing
infrastructure fund.
Mr Hammond said he had
assigned an extra £1.7bn in
London, which equates to total
of 26,000 new homes. He said the
extra cash would take the total
planned affordable housing levels
in London to 116,000 by the end
of 2021-22.
Mr Hammond also said that
60,000 first-time buyers had
benefited from the stamp duty
tax relief announced in the 2017
Autumn Budget. He gave an
update on the progress of the Land
Remediation Fund, which opened
last August to let local councils
bid for cash to help unlock land for
housing. The Chancellor said the
LRF has given the West Midlands
council £100m for 215,000 new
homes by 2030-31. The overall
aim was to raise housing supply to
300,000 a year by the mid-2020s,
Mr Hammond said.
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Campaigners said the various
air-pollution measures would
help but questioned why the
Government didn’t introduce
new policies and taxes rather
than just talking about them.
There are concerns that much
wider action is needed to cut
our disposable plastic habit.
By announcing new measures
that seek to boost productivity,
Mr Hammond is likely to be
applauded by the majority
of small business owners.
Likewise, his efforts to tackle
late payments which cause
the closure of 50,000 small
businesses every year.
The scale of Britain’s transport
problems almost certainly
mean most of us forced to travel
by road or rail will remain
unhappy. Zero-emission
vehicles are expensive and even
the prospect of a tax break to
encourage the switch is likely to
provoke a political backlash.
Nothing in the Spring Statement
will help the NHS or social care
system. However, given the
briefings that have emerged
over the past two days, many are
expecting a big announcement
in the Autumn with some
suggesting a pay rise for NHS
staff of up to 6.5 per cent.
While Mr Hammond’s efforts
to overhaul the planning
framework and put more money
into affordable homes will be
welcomed, experts believe that
to properly tackle the crisis,
housing associations need more
land to build on and councils
should be encouraged to build.
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The amount of tax the primarily
US technology firms pay in
the UK has been a source of
contention for years. Facebook
paid just £5.1m in corporation
tax in 2016, while Amazon
slashed its corporation tax bill
in half to £7.4m.
Employers are growing
concerned by the level of
investment in skills as the UK
prepares to leave the EU and
the number of migrants drops.
The Government has pledged to
deliver 3 million apprentices by
2020 to help meet the demand.
For a region that feels generally
starved of government cash,
transport funding is the
most glaring problem. So,
too, is adequate funding for
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Last November, Mr Hammond
addressed the problem of
multinational digital businesses
paying billions of pounds in
royalties to jurisdictions where
they are not taxed, even when
some of the royalties relate to
UK sales.
In his Spring Statement, the
Chancellor said: “From April
2019, we will apply income tax
to royalties relating to UK sales,
when those royalties are paid to a
low-tax jurisdiction.” He suggested
interim measures of taxing digital
businesses on their revenues,
which would target multinationals
while simultaneously protecting
start-ups.
“The current misalignment
between where digital businesses
are taxed and where they create
value threatens to undermine the
fairness, sustainability and public
acceptability of the corporate
tax system,” he added. The
announcement will be a significant
change for the 1.5 million people
who work within the UK tech
sector, which accounted for
£6.8bn of investment in 2016, 50
per cent higher than any other
European country.
In an effort to boost the number
of trainees and to help the
Government to reach its target,
the Chancellor announced an
extra £80m to support small
businesses take on apprentices.
The move acknowledged
concerns among employers that
the levy
vyy was focused too heavily
on larger companies, preventing
small businesses from taking
on more apprentices. “We
recognise the challenges the new
system presents to some small
businesses looking to employ an
apprentice,” Mr Hammond said.
“I can therefore announce today
that the Education Secretary will
release up to £80m of funding
to support small businesses in
engaging apprentices.”
Mr Hammond also pledged to
provide £50m from next month
to help employers prepare for
the rollout of work placements
linked to the Government’s new
technical qualifications, known
as T-levels. As part of the new
scheme, launched last year as
a skills-based alternative to
A-levels, students will be expected
to complete a period of work
experience in industry.
In his 26-minute statement, the
Chancellor mentioned the Northern
Powerhouse only once. In a
passage concentrating on regional
infrastructure, he revealed the
government’s intention to devolve
powers and budgets to elected
mayors involved in the project
launched by his predecessor George
Osborne in 2014.
Despite the low profile of the
former Chancellor’s pet
project, business leaders
and commuters have been
offered something to cheer
with the first allocations
of the Transforming Cities
Fund: transport links in Greater
Manchester and Liverpool will
receive a combined £377m. He
pointed out that he approved the
funding for the new bridge across the
River Mersey in 2011.
The Chancellor said the
government was also undertaking
the largest road-building programme
since the 1970s. The region is also set
to be boosted by the government’s
£190m investment in full fibre
broadband, with Manchester
receiving £23.8m, Blackpool
getting £3m and North Yorkshire
receiving £15.1m.
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The rate at which the tech
sector has grown has outpaced
the tax system, particularly with
regard to the boom in businesses
led by Facebook and Google.
Mr Hammond’s announcement
is a clear delineation of the
UK’s toughening stance towards
big tech.
While employers will be cheered
by the extra investment to help
boost apprentice numbers, the
additional cash is unlikely to
ease underlying worries about
the quality of training on offer,
and FE colleges are growing
increasingly worried about the
lack of clarity on T-levels.
Many will be left feeling shortchanged by the Chancellor’s
apparent lack of focus on the
North. Dan Akers, co-founder
of Leeds-based tech start-up
LightStart, complained “there
was close to zero mention of the
North and the incredible growth
we are seeing in this area”.
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Hammond
gives up the
pretence
A strange
official
response
Did the
punishment
fit the crime?
Contempt
for ordinary
people
In Europe, he
can still play
the hero
Smart new
film is no
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Evening Standard
Daily Mail
The Times
The Tories have given
up trying to balance
the books. Hammond
didn’t announce this,
but he laid out plans
for deficits for years to
come. George Osborne
at least pretended to
be, say, five years away
from eliminating the
deficit. Hammond
has abandoned
the pretence.
(Fraser Nelson)
The official response
has been puzzling. The
counter-terrorism
police took the lead in
the investigation, then
the British Army was
sent in. If there was no
risk to public safety,
images of soldiers
risked looking like
they served a political
purpose by making the
threat seem severe.
(Nick Paton Walsh)
Financial Times
Daily Telegraph
The economic news
from the Chancellor’s
Spring Statement was
not as bad as it might
have been. Growth
is higher and public
borrowing is lower
than had been forecast.
Yet Brexit has taken a
toll. The eurozone
is booming.
(Philip Stephens)
Admitting that Russia
is a serious, long-term
threat to our security
is a painful exercise for
a great many people.
For military planners,
it means nearly 30
years of downgrading
the need for large
conventional forces
has been a mistake.
(William Hague)
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These two incidents
over the weekend
dragged football back
into the gutter and
exposed children to
the horrible side of the
game. The real shame
is that football can do
a lot of good for the
younger generation; it
builds commitment,
discipline and keeps
kids active. (Editorial)
The Sun
He was placed on the
naughty step by a stern
newsreader and forced
to watch footage of
himself spitting out of
a car window. We’ve
moved on since the
days when miscreants
like Carragher were
placed in the stocks.
But not by any
great stretch.
(Dave Kidd)
Vince Cable has tried
to pretend that he
didn’t call older Leave
voters racist. Which
bit of accusing us of
hankering for the days
when “faces were
white” didn’t he mean?
His words show the
contempt in which
the political class
holds those who pay
their wages.
(Richard Littlejohn)
The Guardian
Vince Cable sees
the entire caper as
racist. His opponents
embrace the decision
to leave the EU as
a victory for the
upstanding citizen
against everything:
liberals, experts,
residents’ parking
bays, hummus.
(Zoe Williams)
New Statesman
Although sacked from
his White House gig
last August, Bannon is
not yet an irrelevance.
No doubt Bannon
could fill a hall here,
and perhaps he will.
If so, it would only be
filled out of curiosity.
True Bannonites
wouldn’t fill the
upstairs of a pub.
(Hugo Rifkind)
In Annihilation, Alex
Garland gives film
critics and science
fiction fans what they
say they want: a smart
script, beautifully shot,
with a cast of women
who look, and act, like
real people, with all
their unsympathetic
failings on full display.
(Helen Lewis)
Washington Post
I can only imagine
what it would have felt
like to watch it on the
big screen, but only
two countries in the
world will get to see
it “as it was intended”.
Annihilation was sold
to Netflix, seemingly
in a last-ditch effort by
Paramount Pictures
to salvage what they
clearly saw as a lost
cause. (Rohan Naahar)
The warm reception
in Europe is a change
from the treatment
Bannon has been
receiving at home. Yet
for all the insistence
that “history” is on their
side, Bannon’s friends
in Europe still seem
to find new ways to
turn up at the wrong
end of things.
(Ishaan Tharoor)
Hindustan Times
LifeInBrief
KEN DODD COMEDIAN
I make no
apologies for
subjecting
you to the
grisly details:
the more
familiar they
become, the
less horrifying
George Monbiot
The environmental
campaigner on his
cancer diagnosis
Ken Dodd was the last of the great
stand-up comics of the age where the
theatre had yet to be trumped by TV.
For more than four hours at a time, he
would amaze, amuse, defy and delight
up to a couple of thousand people at a
time with his torrent of tomfoolery.
From his record-breaking twicenightly seasons at the Palladium in
1965 and 1967 to his “one-night stands”
in the 1990s which he played once or
twice a week all over the country, he
broke records every night, not only for
the length of his one-man shows but
also for audience attendance.
He was born into a middle-class
musical family at what many people
supposed to be a mythical northern
town, Knotty Ash, an agreeable
residential Liverpool suburb. His
grandmother was Liverpool’s first
female magistrate, and Dodd’s father
was a coal merchant. Young Ken was
taken regularly to one or other of the
city’s numerous variety halls before the
Second World War; and as a youth took
lessons in ventriloquism.
At the age of eight, with an act which
embraced tap-dancing, the saxophone
and the piano, he made his debut at
an orphanage. At 12, he worked as
props boy at a local pantomime and,
on leaving Holt High School at 16, he
joined his father’s firm as a delivery boy.
At 19, he turned travelling tinker,
purveying pots and potions on
post-war housing estates. In his
mid-twenties, his amateur theatricals
were doing well enough for him to risk
turning professional. He appeared,
quaking, in variety at the Empire,
Nottingham, in 1954. He never looked
back. One of his early billings was as
Professor Yaffle Chuckabutty, Operatic
Tenor and Sausage Knotter.
Doddy’s Here packed the Palladium
for 42 weeks and, for the rest of his
career, he travelled the country in
celebration of a form of theatrical
entertainment which had been on the
decline since he turned stand-up.
One of Dodd’s official ambitions
was to play every theatrical venue in
the British Isles, which led him to play
many a municipal misadventure in
theatrical architecture. “What a thrill,
ladies and gentlemen, to stand here this
evening. Here in this magnificent shed
– no, no, I mean this theatre, this theatre
of the imagination.”
No comedian ever took himself less
seriously or his art more seriously.
Had he taken the Inland Revenue as
seriously as his stage performances, the
events which brought him unwelcome
headlines in 1989 might never have
happened. After he was declared
astronomically in debt, hordes of bank
notes were discovered among the
mounds of scripts at his house.
Dodd pleaded that he had dreaded
poverty ever since his childhood. Later
as a working actor, he had continued, he
pleaded, in fear of failure, unsure where
his next job was coming from.
He is survived by his wife Anne
Jones, his partner of 40 years – the
couple finally tied the knot just two
days before his death. THE INDEPENDENT
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Money trumps morals
Where is the social good in some universities’ relentless wealth drive?
A
few months back,
there was an almighty
ruckus over Dame
Glynis Breakwell,
who, as vice
chancellor of Bath
University, was being paid almost
half-a-million pounds.
She was eventually persuaded
to announce she would step down
in August, but the money will keep
rolling in until February 2019. Now
we learn that vice chancellors in
more universities are being paid
vast salaries, at times triple the
amount earned by top NHS staff,
local authority chiefs, national
politicians and ministers.
Southampton University’s VC,
Sir Christopher Snowden, gets
£423,000 plus perks. Southampton
University, if you please. Oxford,
Cambridge and Imperial VCs get
less than Snowden, but more than
our PM. They all also seem to have
knighthoods and damehoods. Lucky
them. These revelations come as
lecturers go on strike because they
are being offered lower pensions.
Hourly paid academics are joining
the protests as are students. How
did it get like this? Perhaps the
better question is how could it not.
Men and women who decide to go
into the public sector must be paid
fairly and deserve more credit than
they get. Most are motivated by
honourable principles; they are not
in it for themselves or for barrels
of dosh. Britons who use the NHS,
the police service, the education
services, social services, are not
consumers or customers or clients.
We are citizens of a country which
created the welfare state built on
mutuality and co-operation. Those
pioneers believed in inestimably
precious social good. Unlike in the
USA, capitalism and individualism
in the UK were tempered by
socialist virtues.
That fine equilibrium meant
nothing to Margaret Thatcher, a
close ideological mate of Ronald
Reagan. She, and those who
came after her – including Blair
and Brown – introduced market
theologies to the public sector. The
VCs, in that context, are
winners. They embody
the United Kingdom we
now live in: cut-throat,
super-competitive,
venal, narcissistic
and driven.
Higher
education bodies,
like the NHS and
social care, are
now expected to
Millions of
Brits remain
untouched by the
culture of greed
and limitless
acquisition
Dame Glynis Breakwell outearns her counterparts at Oxford and Cambridge as vice-chancellor at Bath GETTY; PA
operate like private companies.
NHS staff have bravely
resisted these demands.
Universities, until now, have
been more passive. Brian
Boyd, Emeritus Professor
of Education at Strathclyde
University, warned five years
back that the Tories were turning
“universities into profit-driven,
elitist institutions”. “If there is no
serious opposition, the effect will be
far more devastating than anything
Mrs Thatcher ever did,” he added.
Read The Great University
Gamble: Money and Markets and the
Future of Higher Education, penned
by academic Andrew McGettigan
in 2013. He details policies and
politics which, in his view, have
led to grotesque priorities. He
compares the changes to when “the
breakaway Premier League and
Sky TV money combined with the
regulatory arbitrage of corporate
restructuring to reroute the
financial circuits of the game”. A
new elite arrived and fitted in nicely
with the profiteering ethos. The
beautiful game became a product.
In universities too, value for
money has replaced moral values
and purpose. Students pay and seek
an education which is not wide and
deep, not about critical thinking
and questioning, but which will
lead to lucrative jobs. You can’t
blame them. They live in that kind
of world.
I am a part-time professor at
Middlesex University, a wonderfully
diverse institution with a large
number of students who are the
first ever in their families to go into
higher education. I too was the first
to get to uni. My family wanted me
to become a lawyer or doctor, or
best of all an accountant. I chose
literature. My students are always
flabbergasted when I tell them I
have followed my enthusiasms,
not money, when making career
choices. And that I have made a
good living as a journalist but I am
not, and really don’t want to be, rich.
It’s like I am speaking to them in
Mongolian or Slovak. One workingclass female student from south
London asked: “What Miss, you
don’t get, like, thousands of pounds,
when you come on TV?” No, I
replied, but I love doing it.
In truth, millions of Brits have
remained untouched by the culture
of greed and limitless acquisition.
We do not need to have our worth
measured in sterling or dollars.
Think of the recently demised
Sir John Sulston, a Nobel Prizewinning geneticist. He stood for
the public good against private
interests, resisted scientists who
wanted to make money out of
groundbreaking genome research
and simply said: “One has the duty
to serve others and do the best one
can in everything.”
Fat cat academic leaders need to
go back to that mission.
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opportunity
Plastic has
its uses
Airport
security?
What a shame that
Chancellor Philip
Hammond has not
taken advantage of the
opportunity to move
more effectively against
plastic pollution.
There should be an
enforced reduction
of all packaging using
non-biodegradable
material. Cease all use of
expanded polystyrene
and bubble-wrap, and
replace, where necessary,
with paper-based
degradable protection.
The Government
should be encouraging
the use of plastics
(recycled, where
appropriate) in
the building and
construction trades,
where its strength
and longevity will be
advantageous.
JETHRO LEE-MAHONEY
I defer to no one in my
rejection of the excessive
use of non-recyclable
plastics in food
packaging. However,
there is no doubt that,
in some cases, its use is
fully justified.
Much fresh food,
whether kept in or out
of a fridge, will lose
its water content over
a period of time and
become unusable. Many
small households may
struggle to use a whole
cucumber within a day
or so. Kept in its plastic,
such a foodstuff will
remain fresh for nearly
a week. Unwrapped, it
won’t survive more than
a couple of days.
Plastic is used by food
retailers to extend shelf
life, so the consumer
may continue to use it.
Lose it entirely without
Every holiday, I, along
with millions of other
innocent tourists, suffer
the inconvenience of
removing my shoes
and belt, and decanting
everyday liquids into
small containers and
plastic bags, when
flying out of, or into,
the country.
However, these
measures obviously did
nothing to prevent a
deadly nerve agent being
brought into Britain,
straight through customs
and on to our streets. No
doubt this fact will be as
apparent to would-be
terrorists as it is to me.
GARETH DAVIES
CARMARTHENSHIRE,
WALES
Sergei Skripal and
his daughter, Yulia,
remain critically
ill in hospital
finding a replacement
with similar qualities,
and the food wastage –
about which writers on
these pages have also
railed – would be even
worse than it is already.
RUSSELL PEARCE
HAYWARDS HEATH,
WEST SUSSEX
Football’s
goading culture
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To see a footballer spit
is hardly unusual –
although in the context
of Jamie Callagher, it was
awful and he was right to
be repentant.
But football culture
itself is the problem.
Goading among players
and supporters is normal
behaviour, foul language
is endemic and abuse of
the referee is tolerated.
It is hard to imagine
that the 14-year-old with
her dad was not familiar
with such goading. Is her
father happy to expose
her to it? Is he setting a
good example? Belittling
and demoralising others
is not exactly virtuous.
Let’s not miss the wood
for the trees.
DAVID BARTLETT
Trouser
inflation
Oliver Duff (Editor’s
Letter, 13 March)
bemoans the losing battle
to do up the trousers of
his university dress suit.
I advise he follows the
course I took. Use a large
nappy pin to bridge the
gap and overlay with a
cummerbund.
One problem – nappy
pins are a thing that
only people of my
age remember.
DEREK BRUNDISH
HORSHAM,
WEST SUSSEX
Oxytocin
parenting
Stefano Hatfield (i,
12 March) reports a
study that “found that
young girls’ stress levels
were greatly reduced by
simply talking to their
mums on the phone,
thanks to the release
of oxytocin.”
I have three daughters
aged between 20 and 30,
and we all text, talk and
video-link regularly, in
good times and bad. They
tell me that they find our
chats reassuring and
calming, as do I.
We must be awash
with oxytocin hugs.
Fathers aren’t just for
Father’s Day, either.
MATTHEW PLANT
CREWE
The pothole
test
My hubby has come up
with a good idea. The
DVLA should introduce
pothole avoidance
manoeuvres into the
driving test.
It might help keep the
cost of insurance down if
we are taught to swerve
round them, thus saving
our cars’ suspension.
Perhaps we can also
learn how to avoid
running into cars coming
the other way.
Let’s face it, we are all
going to come across
potholes on our roads.
LESLEY SKORUPKA
BOOSBECK,
NORTH YORKSHIRE
Syria needs
our support
In an attempt to redress
the balance of male
to female letters in
yesterday’si, I am writing
to discuss the archaic
rules of war.
An ex-Russian spy
and his daughter have
been attacked on British
soil. Surely he knew what
he was letting himself
in for when he became a
double agent?
The hundreds of
innocent children and
their families who are
being killed and injured
in Syria just happened
to be in the wrong
place at the wrong
time. Surely they are
the ones who need our
government’s support?
ROSIE JARRETT
NOTTINGHAM
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Hollywood royalty Oprah Winfrey
graced the streets of Waterloo with
her presence when she arrived at
London’s BFI Southbank for the
European premiere of A Wrinkle in
Time last night.
Winfrey, who plays Mrs Which
in Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of
Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel,
was joined by co-stars Reese
Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling. Don’t
just expect a light-hearted kids’ film:
Winfrey says it’s far more than that.
“[It] is a story that we’re gonna need
until there is no longer a planet Earth,
‘cause the darkness is spreading so
fast these days, we need warriors of
the light,” she explained.
Diaz retirement
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getting a sequel because Diaz (inset)
had retired to enjoy her life with
her husband (which is a perfectly
reasonable suggestion, actually).
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her Twitter followers that she had
simply been “making a joke”.
Joke or not, Diaz hasn’t made a
film since the pallid 2014 remake
of Annie, in which she played Miss
Hannigan. Considering she had
been consigned to playing a
pantomime spinster at the age
of 41, perhaps Diaz, now 45,
hasn’t retired but would just
rather sign up for vaguely less
humiliating roles – of which
there aren’t endless supplies
for Hollywood actresses in their
mid-forties.
At the beginning of the week, it was
announced that Cameron Diaz had
retired from acting. Just two days
later, we learn the news that Diaz
has not retired from acting as
was previously reported (to
focus on her husband, Benji
Madden, if those reports
were to be believed).
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story was Selma Blair,
Diaz’s co-star in The
Sweetest Thing, who had
commented that the
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May should take a leaf out of the Putin playbook
WORLD
Matthew
Norman
W
hen Big Ben chimed
midnight last night,
will the Russian
ambassador have
yielded to the awesome might of
Theresa May, and coughed on his
president’s behalf to the nerve agent
attack in Salisbury?
At the time of writing, the hunch
is that this ultimatum will be treated
like the one given to the German
ambassador in 1939 – a more genteel
11am on a Sunday morning. People
stopped mowing lawns and turned
on the crystal sets to hear Neville
Chamberlain (inset) gravely tell
them that no such undertaking (to
withdraw from Poland) had been
received, and that consequently this
country was at war with Germany.
God knows why May opted for
midnight. Perhaps she wanted
to entrench the story’s darkly
pantomimic flavour with a
Cinderella reference. But she won’t
go as far as Chamberlain in any
broadcast about her revenge plans.
Russia isn’t the Third Reich, Putin
isn’t Hitler, Western democracy
isn’t on the line, Britain would
struggle these days to win a war
with San Marino, and the last
character May wants to
play is Chamberlain.
If she was a bit
appeasy as Home
Secretary in the
aftermath of
Alexander Litvinenko’s
murder, that was then.
Now she wants to style
herself after a different
predecessor.
The last time a beleaguered
female Tory PM had to deal with
a foreign power invading British
soil, it was her salvation. Facing a
Labour leader from the far left at
a time of artificially inseminated
austerity, Thatcher appeared to be
on political death row on the April
1982 day when the Argentines took
Port Stanley. Within weeks, she
was reborn as a Union Jack-draped
Gloriana, sailing serenely towards a
landslide re-election.
Whatever May announces by way
of retaliation – expelling diplomats,
authorising cyber attacks,
tightening oversight of oligarchic
finances, or putting a 3,000 per
cent tariff on beluga caviar – will
be targeted more at her domestic
audience than the Kremlin.
Butch threats can only help Putin.
Talk of reprisals feeds neatly into the
poor, bullied little Russia narrative
that helps sustain him in power.
What May might be able to do is
dip into Putin’s playbook to spark
patriotic fever from a sense of
victimhood. Not only are
those beastly Europeans
ganging up on us in
Brussels, now we’ve got
the wicked Russians
threatening life and
limb in our tranquil
cathedral cities.
For that to have a
chance of working, she
also needs an enemy
within, and Jeremy Corbyn
wasted no time in auditioning.
With the Falklands, Michael Foot
was supportive. Many of his MPs
didn’t like it, but he knew the risk of
allowing himself to be portrayed as
unpatriotic during a conflict.
Corbyn is either braver or more
naive. He offered a gift to the Tories
by calling for more dialogue with
Putin. His argument makes perfect
sense: ever since its invasion of
Georgia in 2008, the West’s endless
demonising of Russia has been a
geopolitical disaster.
But being right and being smart
are not always bedfellows. Corbyn’s
timing gives the Tories and their
media friends a chance to play the
traitor card. THE INDEPENDENT
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wanted to recreate the so-called
“glory days” of the ICF – the Inter
City Firm, a hooligan group who ran
amok in the late 1970s and 1980s.
These men are now in their fifties
and sixties but seem to fancy one
last hurrah. Pathetic.
My heart still lies at the club’s
old stadium, Upton Park. My head
tells me the board made the right
decision to move. Like many other
fans, I genuinely believe the club’s
new home, the London Stadium, is a
fabulous arena.
Yes, when the team plays badly,
the atmosphere stinks. The sound
of 57,000 fans cheering when we
were beating Spurs and Chelsea last
season rivalled even the greatest
night games at Upton Park.
So why are there so many violent
scenes at the London Stadium? We
can blame the players, we can blame
the stadium or we can blame the
amateurish stewarding all we like
but, in the end, grown men have to
take individual responsibility for
their own actions.
Yes, the club have made some
poor decisions, but those who want
Messrs Sullivan and Gold to sell
up should beware. Does anyone
seriously think that a new Chinese,
Azerbaijani or Russian owner is
going to give two figs about the fans?
Yes, they might deliver a short-term
boost, but that’s all it would be. Short
term. Be very careful what you wish
for. EVENING STANDARD
Iain
Dale
Pathetic fans’
abuse will get
us nowhere
I
’ve had a season ticket at
West Ham for 25 years but on
Saturday, I woke up and, for the
first time since Sam Allardyce’s
reign as manager, I decided that I
didn’t want to go to the game.
In retrospect, perhaps I had a
premonition – not about the 3-0
defeat to Burnley, but the terrible
scenes in the second half where
grown men lost their marbles. Four
days later, I still ask how people who
no doubt have perfectly normal day
jobs can be so hate-filled as to want
to hurl abuse at the joint chairmen,
David Gold and David Sullivan.
“Sack the Board” is the usual
chant of the more knuckle-headed
element of any football club’s fan
base. And what does that achieve?
Does it make Mark Noble tackle
harder or Joe Hart play as if he was
ever England’s Number One? No.
On Saturday, it achieved what it
normally achieves. Sweet FA.
There were some who no doubt
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More deterrents needed as
twelfth eagle ‘disappears’
Old wives’ tale of losing a
tooth in pregnancy ‘is a fact’
By Lucinda Cameron
The popular old wives’ tale that
women “gain a child, lose a tooth”
during pregnancy because babies
draw calcium from their mothers
while in the womb appears to be true.
Researchers at Radboud University in the Netherlands have shown
that women with three children had
an average of four fewer teeth than
mums with just two.
A third child after two of the same
sex was associated with significantly
more missing teeth for women, but
Conservationists are demanding
more protection for birds of prey
after the “highly suspicious” disappearance of a tagged golden eagle.
RSPB Scotland says it is the 12th
tagged eagle to go missing in the
“black hole” area of the Monadhliath
Mountains in seven years.
Data from the two-year-old male’s
transmitter showed the bird had
been living in an upland area, mainly
managed for driven grouse shooting,
north of Tomatin, since early last
year. However, in mid-December,
his tag stopped transmitting. A police investigation has not discovered
what happened to the bird.
The young eagle, fledged from
a nest in the Cairngorms National
The Scottish Gamekeepers Association said:
“If it transpires there is evidence
that that harm was the responsibility of an SGA member, they
will be subject to our very strict
wildlife crime disciplinary code.”
Golden
eagles, once
common
across
Britain, are
now confined
mainly to
Scotland
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Park, was paired to a two-year-old
female, also fitted with a transmitter.
Data from her tag shows she left the
same area for several days, possibly
searching for her missing mate, before returning to the territory.
Duncan Orr-Ewing, from RSPB
Scotland, said: “A report published by the Scottish Government
last May… provided unequivocal
evidence that the sudden disappearance of these birds is highly suspicious. This [disappearance] is
entirely consistent with the systematic and ongoing illegal persecution
of eagles in this area.”
Conservationists said last year’s
report vindicated their suspicion
that some gamekeepers killed predators such as eagles to protect their
grouse populations.
The RSPB said current legislation and enforcement was not deterring criminals. Mr Orr-Ewing
said: “Despite public warnings from
the Scottish Government, it appears
that criminals intent on killing golden eagles continue to target these
magnificent birds.
“Patience with self-regulation is at
an end and meaningful deterrents
are now required.”
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By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
not men, if compared with parents
whose first two children were different sexes.
This suggests an additional child
might be detrimental to the mother’s,
but not the father’s, mouth health, according to the study, in the Journal of
Epidemiology and Community Health.
Elsewhere, it predictably found
that tooth loss increased with age,
ranging from nearly seven fewer
teeth for women in their 50s and 60s
to 19 fewer teeth for men aged 80
and above.
But those with a higher education
were at less risk of losing teeth.
SOCIETY
Parents ‘admit having a favourite’
By Florence Snead
Nearly a quarter of parents and half
of grandparents admit they have a favourite child or grandchild.
A survey by Mumsnet and Gransnet revealed 23 per cent of parents had a favourite child, while
42 per cent of grandparents had a
favourite grandchild.
Among parents who admitted it,
56 per cent said they preferred their
youngest child. Among grandparents, 39 per cent favoured their eldest grandchild.
Parents were won over by “easy”
children, with 61 per cent saying
their favourite’s siblings were “tricky
or demanding”. But 41 per cent said
their favourite was “the easy one”.
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Start-up prints 3D homes to tackle crisis
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
A start-up business hopes to address
the global homelessness crisis by 3D
printing homes for less than £3,000.
Texan company Icon, in partnership with San Francisco housing
charity New Story, has developed a
large-scale Vulcan printer, capable
of printing an entire 800sq ft house
in under 24 hours.
A prototype single-storey house
consisting of a living room, two
bedrooms and bathroom was showcased this week at the annual technology festival South by Southwest
(SXSW) in Austin. Its printer, unlike
traditional 3D printers, uses concrete rather than plastic.
The printer dispenses the concrete in inch-thick strips layered on
each other to build floors and walls,
which harden over several days.
The printer itself can be transported from location to location
using a truck, and is estimated to
have the capacity to print up to
1,000 houses.
Brett Hagler, New Story chief executive, told the magazine Fast Company: “Ideally, we can move from
thousands of people to millions of
people around the world by allowing
other non-profits and governments
to use this technology.”
The printer churns out concrete and produces a bungalow in less than 24 hours
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also be replicas of UK favourites.
Survivors and families of those killed
in the Dunblane school massacre in
1996 have written a powerful letter of
support to those affected by a school
shootiong in Parkland, Florida.
On the 22nd anniversary of the
tragedy in Scotland, the letter offers
“deepest and most heartfelt sympathy” on “the most poignant day of
the year for us” while sending the
message to the students and families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas
High School that “change can hap-
pen”. The Florida shooting suspect,
former student Nikolas Cruz, has
been charged with murdering 17
people and injuring 17 others at the
school last month.
Dunblane teacher Gwen Mayor
and 16 of her primary school pupils
were shot dead by Thomas Hamilton on 13 March 1996. The letter
read: “We have watched and listened
with tremendous admiration as you
have spoken out for what you believe
should happen now, a significant
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Palestinian PM
escapes unhurt
from roadside
bomb attack
By Nidal al-Mughrabi
IN GAZA
The Palestinian prime minister,
Rami Hamdallah, has survived an
assassination attempt in Gaza, the
Palestinian Authority said, after a
roadside bomb blast struck his motorcade yesterday.
The attack on the Westernbacked leader, who is spearheading
the Authority’s reconciliation efforts with Gaza’s dominant group,
Hamas, took place as the White
House prepared to hold a
meeting on the humanitarian situation in the
occupied enclave.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the
blast, which injured
six security guards.
A second device failed
to explode. The Authority
and Hamas, which condemned the
attack, said they viewed the incident as an attempt to derail a unity
agreement signed in October last
year that has raised hopes of improving economic conditions in the
territory of two million people.
Minutes after the explosion, the
59-year-old prime minister delivered a speech at the inauguration
of an internationally funded wastewater treatment plant and pledged
to continue to pursue Palestinian
unity. He said three vehicles had
been damaged in the explosion,
which blew out the windows of one
of them. The blast sent debris hurtling dozens of metres away and left
a crater by the roadside.
The Authority said it held Hamas
partly responsible for the attacks.
It stopped short of directly accusing the group of carrying out the assault, but suggested it had failed to
provide adequate security.
“It was a well-planned attempt.
They planted explosive devices two
metres deep,” Mr Hamdallah (inset)
said later in the West Bank city of
Ramallah, where he is based, without pointing a finger at any group.
Hamas, however, said the targetting of Mr Hamdallah’s motorcade
was “part of attempts to damage
the security of Gaza and deal
a blow to efforts to finalise
reconciliation”. Hamasled security forces said
they had launched
an investigation.
Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, led by
the President Mahmoud
Abbas, are still divided
over how to share administrative power in the Gaza Strip under
the Egyptian-brokered unity deal.
Hamas seized control of the territory in 2007 from forces loyal to
Mr Abbas.
“The attack against the government of consensus is an attack
against the unity of the Palestinian
people,” said Nabil Abu Rdainah, a
spokesman for Mr Abbas. REUTERS
After yesterday’s
bomb attack, Mr
Hamdallah repeated a call to
Hamas to hand over control
of Gaza’s police force and civil
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Day of Silence.
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Even Putin can’t shake up Putin’s stroll to victory
By Oliver Carroll
IN MOSCOW
At Vladimir Putin’s recent election
campaign trip to Krasnoyarsk,
journalists stood patiently at the
Siberian city’s new hockey stadium.
All day long, they had been frustrated
by hours of delays, security checks
and zero access. This time, aides
promised, the Russian President
would be available for questions.
But by the time the journalists
Russia’s only independent
polling group, the Levada
Centre, has withdrawn from
the campaign. Last year, the
organisation was labelled a
“foreign agent” and it is now
barred from polling.
were allowed in range, Mr Putin had
gone – back, once again, behind the
glass wall.
Mr Putin has never engaged with
the grime of competitive politics, but
this campaign has been managed
to sterility. It has been conducted
on his terms alone. But after two
decades of fostering cynicism and
apathy, Mr Putin has a problem. He
needs his citizens to rediscover the
interest in politics that he took away.
Not to ensure that he is returned as
President, for he will win without
that, but to receive a resounding
vote of confidence in what might
be his last election as leader. That,
according to multiple sources,
means as much as 70 per cent share
of the vote with a 70 per cent turnout.
To this end, the President’s team
have tried to add the appearance of
competition and intrigue. They have
jazzed up the managed “opposition”
with new faces. Two “opposition”
candidates in particular have stood
out in this otherwise anodyne race.
First is the Communist candidate,
Pavel Grudinin – a smooth-talking,
millionaire, pro-business and Stalinloving collective farm manager.
The incongruity of his politics
might have caused problems
elsewhere, but some Russians have
taken a shine to him.
Then there is Ksenia Sobchak, a
celebrity liberal candidate, former
reality show host and daughter
of the President’s former mentor,
Anatoly Sobchak. Many questions
remain over the events leading up to
her standing. She insists that she did
not co-ordinate her candidacy with
the Kremlin. But her decision to
run has been widely mocked by the
leading Putin critic Alexei Navalny,
Ksenia Sobchak insists the Kremlin
did not manage her candidacy AFP
who has insinuated that it was. Mr
Navalny was barred from running
over a disputed criminal conviction
that the European Court of Human
Rights has described as politically
motivated. He has called for a
boycott and for voters to subvert the
entire election process.
According to Alexandra
Arkhipova, an anthropologist at the
Russian Presidential Academy, this
campaign has been accompanied
by a multitude of “small, disruptive
enterprises” appearing at the
grassroots level.
“There are any number of
initiatives – ranging from writing ‘No
elections’ on posters to producing
fake leaflets, imitating official
election documents,” she said.
Sunday’s election does not
look like it will produce any real
surprises. But if it does, this army of
invisible insurgents may well have
had something to do with it.
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Passengers
leap off wing
in emergency
jet landing
Bride arrested
on the way to
her wedding
By Jane Clinton
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Amber Young is helped into a police car in Arizona after causing a pile-up on the way to her wedding REUTERS
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Scientologists launch ‘candid’ TV channel
By Lynn Elber
IN LOS ANGELES
The Church of Scientology has
launchedaTVchannelwithavowthat
it will be candid about every aspect of
the church and its operations.
“There’s a lot of talk about us.
And we get it,” church leader David
Miscavige said as he introduced the
first night of programmes on Monday.
“People are curious. Well, we want
to answer your questions. Because,
frankly, whatever you have heard,
if you haven’t heard it from us, I can
assure you we’re not what you expect.”
The church, founded in 1954
by the US science-fiction writer
L Ron Hubbard, has about 10 million
members worldwide.
Scientology is an “expanding and
dynamic religion and we’re going
to be showing you all of it”, said Mr
Miscavige. The channel will also
explore the life and philosophy of
Hubbard, who Mr Miscavige called
“a true-to-life genius”.
The channel is available on
DirecTV, AppleTV, Roku, Fire TV,
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Flight attendants were hailed
as heroes after evacuating
passengers from a flight that
made an emergency landing in
New Mexico on Monday night.
Cabin crew sent panicked
passengers leaping from a wing to
the ground, screaming at them to
get away from the aircraft.
A Dallas police officer aboard
the flight reported that flight
attendants “did a great job”.
Southwest Flight 3562 took off
from Phoenix, Arizona, on Sunday
night heading to Dallas, Texas.
But about an hour later the crew
noticed an unusual smell in the
cabin, an airline spokesman said.
Passengers said they could feel
heat from the vents shortly before
the crew said the plane was going
to make an emergency landing.
They were told to brace as the
Boeing 737 landed at Albuquerque
International Sunport.
“I hit the ground really hard
and was just shell-shocked that
I just had to jump off the wing
of an airplane,” said passenger
Brandon Cox.
A video he posted on Twitter
showed people using a slide
connected to another emergency
exit. A crew member could be
heard shouting: “Move away from
the aircraft now!”
Another passenger, David
Fleck, said that he was surprised
to discover there were no
emergency slides over the wing.
“It was dark, cold and rainy,”
he added. “It was disorienting.
[You think], ‘Do I really just
jump down?’”
A bride who appeared over the
drink-drive limit and left a threecar pile-up in her wake missed her
wedding and ended up in a police
car instead.
The young woman, identified as
Amber Young, was photographed
by police in a wedding dress and
handcuffs as she was ushered
into a patrol vehicle in southern
Arizona. Instead of exchanging
vows, she ended up having to give
a blood sample to check whether
she was over the limit.
As for any guests who may
have been wondering why the
32-year-old bride was late, a police
officer involved posted online a
photograph of the scene.
In Arizona, impairment “to the
slightest degree” is likely to result
in punishment.
Sgt Chriswell Scott, of the
Marana police department, said
one person was taken to hospital
with minor injuries. His parting
message, “Don’t drive impaired,
till death do we part doesn’t need
any help”, may have been a quip
too far for the bride.
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By Maya Oppenheim
A Chinese woman who missed out
on a childhood education has reportedly signed up to go to school
with her five-year-old daughter.
Shi Xiaoqin, a mother of two
from Guizhou province in southern China, is believed to have
joined a class of new school students last month. The 31-year-old
said she was not worried what
people thought of an adult woman
going back to school, the South
China Morning Post reported.
“I don’t care what others think
of me. Accompanying my daughter in class not only helps me to
pick up new knowledge but also allows me to better teach my daughter,” she said.
“Once I know how to read and
write, I can help my daughter
learn at home, and when she
grows up, she will have the chance
to get a good job.”
Ms Shi, who said there were a
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Afrin’s Kurds
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A Kurdish woman
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‘Infidels’ are ordered to ‘repent’.
By Patrick Cockburn in Erbil
S
yrian Arab militiamen
leading the Turkish attack
on Afrin in northern Syria
are threatening to massacre
its Kurdish population
unless they convert to the variant of
Islam espoused by Isis and al-Qaeda.
In the past, such demands have
preceded the mass killings of
sectarian and ethnic minorities in
both Syria and Iraq.
In one video a militia fighter
flanked by others describes the
Kurds as “infidels” and issues a stark
warning, saying “by Allah, if you
repent and come back to Allah, then
know that you are our brothers. But
if you refuse, then we see that your
heads are ripe, and that it’s time for
us to pluck them”.
Though the Kurds in Afrin are
Sunni Muslims, Isis and al-Qaeda
traditionally punish those who fail to
subscribe to their beliefs as heretics.
“The video is 100 per cent
authentic,” said Rami Abdulrahman,
who heads the Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights, which released it.
He added that he is very concerned
about the fate of some Yazidi villages
in Afrin captured by the advancing
Turkish forces, saying he has seen
videos taken by the militiamen
themselves in one of which “an
elderly Yazidi man is questioned by
them, asking him how many times
he prays a day”.
Similar interrogations by Isis
often preceded the killings, rapes
and the taking of Yazidi women as
sex slaves when Isis seized Yazidi
areas in northern Iraq in 2014. Mr
Abdulrahman, who is the leading
human rights monitor in Syria with
a network of informants throughout
the country, said he is worried that
international attention is entirely
focused on the Syrian army assault
on Eastern Ghouta and “nobody
is talking about” the potential
slaughter of the Kurds and other
minorities in Afrin.
He said that the two situations are
similar since the Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad’s forces have
taken 60 per cent of Ghouta and the
Turkish President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan’s forces have taken 60
per cent of Afrin. He said that as
many as one million Kurds may
be threatened and added that it is
becoming extremely difficult for
them to escape from Afrin because
Syrian government checkpoints
on the only road leading south to
Aleppo “are demanding bribes of up
to $4,000 (£2,860) per family to let
people through”.
Mr Abdulrahman pointed to
growing evidence drawn from videos
taken of militiamen claiming to be
members of the Free Syrian Army
(FSA) that the units advancing
ahead of regular Turkish troops are
jihadists. A former Isis member said
last month that many of his former
comrades had been recruited
and retrained by the Turkish
military. He said that Isis recruits
had been instructed by Turkish
trainers not to use their traditional
tactics of car bombs because this
would identify them as terrorists.
He suspected that Isis fighters
would be used as cannon fodder in
Turkey’s war against the Kurdish
People’s Protection Units (YPG)
and then discarded.
As the Turkish army closes
in on Afrin and the Syrian army
penetrates deeply into the
opposition stronghold of Eastern
Ghouta, people in both areas fear
that they will be the victims of
Afrin’s fate Done deal?
In the long term – and possibly in
the short term – Afrin may prove to
be indefensible. It is surrounded by
Turkish forces and their Free Syrian
Army allies, who are vastly superior
in numbers and heavy weapons.
None of the foreign players shows
any sign of intervening. The Turks
were able to invade Afrin because
Russia decided it would no longer
defend its airspace. Kurdish leaders
believe Russia and Iran have agreed
that Turkey will get Afrin, possibly in
exchange for the Turks giving up the
remaining anti-Assad enclave in Idlib.
EVACUATION
Civilians bear brunt after assaults on rebels take toll
By Ellen Francis
IN BEIRUT
Sick and injured civilians left a
rebel enclave in Syria’s Eastern
Ghouta yesterday under the first
medical evacuation since one of
the worst assaults of the sevenyear war began last month.
In the north of the country, on
In this Saturday’s
Henry Blofeld on upping
sticks and his love of
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another main front, Turkey’s
military said it had encircled
the town of Afrin, a big advance
in its offensive against Kurdish
fighters. Government forces also
pounded a rebel-held area in the
south for a second straight day.
Meanwhile, Russia’s highestranking defence official said
Russia would respond if the US
launched a missile strike on the
Syrian capital, Damascus.
General Valery Gerasimov said
Russia had “information” that
the US was preparing to “stage”
a chemical weapons attack in
Eastern Ghouta and blame it on
the Syrian government, thereby
creating a pretext for a US
strike on Damascus.
enforced demographic change.
One Kurdish observer in Iraq said
he thought Mr Erdogan, who has
claimed the majority in Afrin is not
Kurdish, will “bring in Turkmen
and others to replace the Kurdish
population”.
Isis is particularly hostile to the
US-backed YPG. a mainly Kurdish
militia in Syria, as its most effective
enemy. YPG drove Isis out of a
quarter of Syrian territory and
captured the de facto Isis capital
of Raqqa last October after a fourmonth siege. The sieges of Afrin
and Eastern Ghouta have much
in common, though the number
of those trapped in Afrin may
be larger.
Nouri Mahmoud, a YPG
spokesman, said the group has
10,000 fighters in the enclave who
would fight to the end. He said that
Kurds are already being displaced
and “in one village alone 600
people were told to go”. He said
that the Kurds feared a genocide
was in the making and complained
that “the international media focus
on Eastern Ghouta has given the
Turks the opportunity to step
up their attack on Afrin without
the rest of the world paying
much attention”.
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SOUTH-EAST ASIA
MOLDOVA
Ex-MP jailed for
handing secrets
to Russia
By Alexander Tanas
IN CHISINAU
A Moldovan court has sentenced
former MP Yuri Bolboceanu to
14 years in prison on charges
of high treason and spying
for Russia.
The ex-Soviet state has long
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Capilla del Señor
Riding a polo horse on
Argentina’s pampas
grasslands, Londoner Martin
Folan swings a mallet in a wide
arc and hits the ball with a loud
clink, slotting it between two
posts to cheers of “Goal!”
Not bad for his first time on
a horse.
Polo has traditionally been
an exclusive, glamorous sport
reserved for the elite. But in
Capilla del Señor in Buenos
Aires province, home to the
world’s top polo players,
tourists can ride horses, learn
from the pros how to hit the
high-impact plastic ball and
even play a match on a real
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GERMANY
A German court has rejected a customer’s demand for her bank to include the feminine form of words
such as “account holder” on forms.
The Federal Court of Justice ruled
that Marlies Kraemer had not suffered any discrimination under German law from her bank’s use of the
“generic masculine” on forms. The
German language adds a suffix to
turn nouns into feminine form. In the
case of account holder, “Kontoinhaber” becomes “Kontoinhaberin”.
In the 1990s, Ms Kraemer did
without a passport until the feminine
form of “holder” was added to the application form. AP
been the focus of a struggle for
influence between Russia and
the West. Its relations with
Moscow nosedived in 2017 after
a series of disagreements that
included tit-for-tat expulsions of
each other’s diplomats.
Bolboceanu was arrested last
year on suspicion of working
for the GRU, Russia’s military
intelligence arm, from October
2016 to March 2017. “He collected
and handed over information of
national interest,” the general
prosecutor said.
Bolboceanu denied the
charges and may appeal. REUTERS
field for less than $200 (£143)
a day.
“It was my first time on
a horse and they’re quite
intimidating for a man
standing on the ground. But
it was fabulous to be trotting
around,” Mr Folan said.
Polo is believed to be one
of the oldest team sports,
recorded as far back as 600
BC in Persia. It then spread
throughout Asia and later
reached Britain through India.
But Argentina, with its rich
culture of horseback riding,
has gone on to dominate
professional polo globally.
Juan Pablo Alessandrini,
spokesman for Argentina’s
Polo Association, said: “Kids
start riding horses at a very
early age and they get to know
polo. That’s a huge advantage
over other countries.” AP
Luis Andres Henao
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AFGHANISTAN
Taliban reconciliation
‘would amount to victory’
The US Defence Secretary James
Mattis has said he believes victory
in Afghanistan is still possible – not
necessarily on the battlefield but in
facilitating a Taliban reconciliation
with the country’s government.
Mr Mattis was speaking shortly
before arriving in Kabul, amid high
security concerns, where he will meet
President Ashraf Ghani and senior
US commanders.
He said “we do look towards a
victory in Afghanistan”. He added
that it would not be a military
victory but “the victory will be a
political reconciliation” with the
James Mattis is not optimistic about a
military win in Afghanistan AFP/GETTY
Taliban, which has battled Kabul
to a stalemate in recent years and
shown little interest in conceding to
the government.
Mr Mattis said getting the
Taliban to reconcile en masse
might be “a bridge too far”. So the
emphasis was on drawing in Taliban
elements piecemeal.
He described this approach as an
effort to “start peeling off those who
are tired of fighting” after more than
16 years of war. “We know there is
interest on the Taliban side,” he said.
He defined victory in Afghanistan
as a political settlement between the
Taliban and the government, and
an Afghan military that is capable
of securing the country largely
on its own. At that point, he said,
Afghanistan would not be “a haven
for attacks internationally”.
Where’s
my
gondola?
St Mark’s Square in
Venice was flooded this
week after high tides
forced locals
and tourists to use
wooden walkways
to cross the historic
public square and
other areas under
water ANDREA MEROLA/
ANSA VIA AP
COLOMBIA
Starving Venezuelan migrants ‘causing catastrophe’
Colombia needs international help as
it struggles with a humanitarian “catastrophe” along its border caused
by a surge of Venezuelan migrants
driven from their homes by hunger, a
senior UN official has warned.
David Beasley, director of the
World Food Programme, said the
reports he heard from Venezuelan
migrants makes raising awareness of
the crisis an urgent priority.
Meanwhile, it has been claimed
that Venezuela needs to dollarise its
economy, seek $15-20bn (£11-14bn) a
year from abroad, and ease oil sector
taxes to reverse the “disaster” of
President Nicolás Maduro’s rule.
“The person who has destroyed
this nation’s economy is Nicolás
Maduro,” said Francisco Rodriguez,
an influential commentator. “He is the
one that has made an economy sitting
on the world’s largest oil reserves into
an economy of hunger.” AP
PHILIPPINES
UNITED STATES
INDIA
By Joshua Goodman
IN BOGOTA
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From...
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By Euan Hammond
Ride-hailing app ‘Feminine’ bank
to offer credit
forms rejected
South-east Asian ride-hailing
app Grab is expanding
into financial services in
partnership with a Japanese
credit card company, hoping
to offer credit to millions of
people without bank accounts.
Grab, founded by Malaysian
businessman Anthony Tan,
said it will use customer data
from the app to measure
creditworthiness of people
outside the banking system.
The World Bank estimates that
more than 260 million people
in South-east Asia do not have
bank accounts. AP
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US cash used for Farmers take to Nine trekkers
drones operation TV for free trade die in forest fire
The United States has handed
over six surveillance drones to
its ally the Philippines as part of
efforts to boost its ability to tackle
a growing threat from Islamist
militants and pirates and to
respond to typhoons, mudslides
and earthquakes.
The money for the ScanEagle
drones came from a $13.7m
(£9.8m) grant from Washington’s
foreign military assistance
programme. REUTERS
An American lobbying group, Farmers for Free Trade, is spending
$500,000 (£370,000) to air television ads on channels near President
Donald Trump’s home in Florida to
encourage free trade, fearing recent
metal tariffs could result in retaliation against US agricultural goods.
Former Democratic Senator Max
Baucus, of Montana, said: “When the
US engages in a tit-for-tat fight with
our trading partners, farmers pay
the price.” REUTERS
Nine people died after a group of
trekkers were trapped by a forest
fire in the Kurangani district of
Tamil Nadu, in southern India.
When the group was surrounded
by flames, it strayed from the path
and huddled in a narrow valley
covered with tall lemon grass,
which also caught fire.
Most of the trekkers are
believed to be from Coimbatore
and Tirupur districts, many of
them students.
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Mature men
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look than an
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“N
ow we find ourselves
nearly drawing
pensions and thinking
what? What now?
Put a cardigan on and
grey shoes? Is there an age when you
think: ‘Oh, I can’t possibly be involved
in fashion now? I must get some old
man kit and plod about in misshapen
anoraks.’ I know I’m not going to
do that.”
This was how Eric, aged 60, an
interviewee in a survey of men aged 50
or older, responded when asked about
his fashion choices.
The last London Fashion Week Men,
in January, saw menswear designers
including Craig Green, Christopher
Ræburn and Astrid Andersen present
their catwalk collections. But despite
an impressive array of idiosyncratic
aesthetics among the looks on show,
there was a notable absence of older
male models.
This is in stark contrast to
contemporary womenswear, where
references to age and ageing seem
omnipresent – from mature models, to
older female consumers getting in on
the fashion conversation.
It’s rare to see ordinary men still
walking the catwalks at the age of
50. This creates an impression of a
disconnect between ordinary older men
and fashion.
Men and masculinity have
consistently been redefined since
the 1990s, via the “metrosexual”
man, followed by his “retrosexual”,
“übersexual” or “spornosexual”
counterparts. Yet nearly all these
definitions seem to apply more to
younger rather than older men and
so, as pointed out by the sociologist
Julia Twigg: “It remains the case that
older men are largely disengaged from
fashion as a cultural field.”
In her 2011 book Fashion and Cultural
Studies, Susan B Kaiser argued that
men’s fashion remains “a space that is
fraught with ambivalence and anxiety”
– and that stereotypical men, especially
older men, are thought not to engage
with fashionable clothing.
But a recently published study
by academics from Coventry and
Nottingham Trent universities
suggests that a segment of older men
challenge this assumption.
The study involved a series of
For many men, fashion
was was closely linked to the
various subcultures they
were part of in their youth
Gary Oldman leads
the line for Prada
while (far right) Buzz
Aldrin models for
Nick Graham AFP
SOCIETY
‘People were tired of being
told acne made them ugly’
A growing social media movement is putting a new
complexion on skin problems. By Prudence Wade
M
any of us will
remember spending
our teenage years
trying to hide
our spots from
view, with some troubled well
into adulthood. But now, there
is a growing “acne positivity”
movement with Instagrammers
posting unfiltered photos of their
skin to show not everyone has a
perfect complexion, and that it’s
nothing to be ashamed about.
Among them is Hailey Wait,
an 18-year-old artist with 135,000
followers. She suffers from
cystic acne, which means she
gets large, painful breakouts
below the surface of her skin. “I
felt discouraged and ugly and
unlovable,” she says, recalling a
particularly bad episode.
Hannah Shields, a 25-year-old
office worker who also posts
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Catwalk gents
Older men remain rare on the
catwalks, despite the ageing Baby
Boomer population.
However, Prada’s autumn show
in Milan in 2012 featured Tim Roth,
Gary Oldman and Willem Dafoe all the other side of 50 - and more
recently, the former astronaut Buzz
Aldrin modelled clothes for Nick
Graham at the age of 88 at New York
Men’s Fashion Week in January 2017.
Mark Hamill and Robert De
Niro also featured in high-profile
autumn campaigns in 2017, Hamill
for Rag & Bone and De Niro wearing
Ermenegildo Zegna.
interviews with white, middle-class,
heterosexual men over the age of
50 who professed a lifelong interest
in fashion. The resulting findings
suggest that, for some men, fashion
remains as important a tool of
self-articulation as when they were
younger.
Fashion was at the forefront of
the cultural ferments of the 1960s,
1970s and 1980s and, for many men
VOICES
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32-33
in this study, this was closely linked
to the various subcultures they were
part of in their youth – as evidenced
via continued interest in their style
and appearance.
Other participants explained
their passion for clothing by citing
influential (and mature) designers
such as Yohji Yamamoto (74), Paul
Smith (71) or Vivienne Westwood
(76) and Jean-Paul Gaultier (65).
One interviewee, Henry, aged
54, explained his early interest
in fashion as a result of imitating
the looks created by Westwood in
the Seventies: “You couldn’t buy
Vivienne Westwood clothes where
I lived [as a teenager]. So I used
to make my own clothing, my own
Vivienne Westwood clothing.”
Now, coinciding with their
transition into retirement, these
men are really indulging in fashion.
Kevin, aged 63, said that while he
doesn’t “subscribe to the idea of
looking ridiculous for the sake of
fashion”, putting the right clothes
together helps him to feel distinctive
and good about himself.
He added: “I still like shopping
for clothes and finding something a
little bit different. I say the happiest
time in terms of wearing clothes
since the 1960s is now. I really like
the clothes that I’ve got.”
What emerges from these
interviews is a particular image of a
mature man who remains interested
in and responsive to fashion – a man
who identifies with a “good look”.
And while this description might be
accurate only to a fraction of older
men, their voice is certainly worth
listening to.
With the projected growth in the
number of men aged 55 and above,
retailers and brands will need to
encourage purchasing by older men.
There is a significant
disconnect between marketing
and older male audiences – but,
with nearly 70 per cent of men
aged 52 to 70 agreeing that
models should reflect their
age group, perhaps it’s timely
for the fashion industry to
make ordinary older men feel
more included.
Ania Sadkowska is a lecturer
in fashion at Coventry University and Katherine Townsend
is a reader in fashion and textile
crafts at Nottingham Trent University. This article was first published by
‘TheConversation.com’
revealing pictures of her skin, has
had acne for as long as she can
remember. “There was never a time
where I wasn’t picking or popping
my latest pimple,” she says. “I
found make-up when I was
around 13 in an attempt
to cover them.”
Wait (inset)
can’t explain
what spurred
her to post an
unfiltered selfie,
but the result was
heartening. “Soon
after I first posted,
I was flooded with
comments about how
brave I was,” she says.
“Some people started
saying it was inspirational, and
that’s when I realised it was bigger
than me. This was something the
world needed to see. People were
tired of being told that acne made
them ugly – which it doesn’t.”
Shields started her blog a year
before her wedding to document
the progress of her acne.
“My skin blog was a
journey to get clear
skin, but it turned
into something
more,” she says.
“The more I
posted, it became
a journey of
acceptance for me
as a whole – not just
my acne.”
Wait adds: “I
have received so many
messages from people all over
the world who were inspired to go
make-up free, and they sent me
their own acne selfies.”
She admits that not everyone
was so positive, but is determined
not to let them get her down. “Some
people didn’t like it, and even
though I was getting so much love
and support, it was hard to ignore
the negativity,” she says.
“I got so much acne advice from
strangers who knew nothing about
me or my skin or the steps I was
taking to get rid of my acne. Some
people said it was just a marketing
ploy, and many people sent straight
up rude and hateful things.”
Though she has far fewer
followers, Shields has been a bit
luckier with the reaction, saying:
“I have only ever received positive
reactions from my skin posts.”
She hopes she can help inspire
others to embrace their “little
quirks that society or social media
tells us isn’t the norm”.
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SOCIETY
To succeed in life,
let’s have a look
at all our failures
Museum curator explains why he wants
us to look at total flops. By Emily Jupp
Y
ou can dress it up by
calling it a pivot, a
test-run or a re-focus,
but all businesses and
individuals fail at some
point. In the UK we might want
to hide or diminish our perceived
failings by sweeping them under
the rug, but in Sweden, instead of
masking failure, there’s a trend for
making failure into an asset. It’s
become so popular that last year
they created a museum devoted
to the whole concept called the
Museum of Failure, in Helsingborg,
and now the owner has found a
second home for its unusual displays
in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
You might think tinsel town
is the home of success, but the
museum’s curator Samuel West
says: “Hollywood is all about failure,
the idea of it being full of shiny happy
people is a thin veneer. For every
successful film or actor there are
thousands of failures, but the good
thing about Hollywood is they still
manage to be positive in the face of
so much failure.”
The museum’s exhibits include
a Trump version of Monopoly,
that West, a clinical psychologist,
describes as: “like Monopoly... but
boring.”
There’s also a set of conjoined
one-handed drumsticks, a lasagne
made by Colgate, and an area where
you can confess your own failures
on post-it notes in a sort of modern
re-interpretation of a religious
confession booth.
“Our society is shaped by artificial
manufactured perfectness so one
of the final outposts of authenticity
is failure,” says West, who wants to
make it more acceptable for people
to admit failure.
Last year I visited the Swedish
museum, where an impish member
of staff grabbed a Crystal Pepsi off
the exhibit and handed it to me,
saying: “drink it!”
She told me she was a psychology
student so this could have been a
test, but I suspect she was just bored
with manning the reception desk
all day.
I took a swig of the transparent
carbonated drink. The clear cola
tasted like normal Pepsi, if a little
flat (Pepsi stopped producing its
transparent carbonated drink
in mid-1990s apart from a brief
re-release in 2017), but it was easy to
see why it failed: it wasn’t brown and
in our collective consciousness, cola
must be brown in order to be cola.
Next she handed me some sweets
Hollywood is all about
failure, the idea of it just
being full of shiny happy
people is a thin veneer
Curator Dr Samuel West poses
among surprising displays AFP
that were like a cross between
chewing gum and marshmallow.
They were pink and shaped like cars.
They were quite nice.
“They are failed marshmallows
called Bilar,” West told me, “but
they got the recipe wrong.” It turns
out that these are one of the most
popular sweets available in Sweden.
In further evidence of the growing
trend for showing off our failures,
the two journalists behind the
Panama Papers, Bastian Obermayer
and Frederik Obermaier, did a series
of talks where they detailed the
many ways in which they could have
handled the data in a better way.
“That’s beautiful,” says West.
“They are superstar hardcore
investigative journalism geniuses,
but to hear about their success
would be super boring, but to talk
about their failures makes them
more genuine and gives it a sense of
authenticity which engages us.”
‘F**k-up nights’ where
entrepreneurs gather to discuss and
dissect their many failings are also
growing in popularity. In Sweden,
they’ve become so popular that it’s
become a perverse badge of honour
to fail.
Elina Berglund, particle physicist,
creator of the fertility app Natural
Cycles and tech entrepreneur told
me last year: “In Sweden in the
tech scene it is seen as a good thing
to fail, because you learn from it.
Every interview I’ve had, they’ve
asked about my failures and so I get
to speak at these ‘f**k-up nights’. It
is almost seen as a bad thing if you
don’t have enough failures.”
West adds: “Most of what we do
intuitively we have learned through
f**king up at some point, it is deeply
rooted in human nature but we are
still so deeply humiliated by it, so
hearing other people discuss their
failures is super instructional to us.”
Television Wednesday 14 March
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
Daytime
GERARD GILBERT
6pm
7pm
8pm
9pm
10pm
11pm
Late
PICK OF THE DAY
===
9pm, BBC1
If our fond self-image is correct
and Britons are the “bulldog breed”,
then as a nation we have serious
problems, including respiratory
difficulties and spinal disease, while
86 per cent of females would have to
give birth by caesarean section.
These are the health issues facing
actual bulldogs, whose popularity
has quadrupled in 15 years. To watch
Catherine Tate surrounded by a
litter of the cute flat-faced pups, it’s
easy to see why. The comedian (left)
investigates the smuggling trade
from unregulated eastern Europe,
and asks breeders and the pedigree
guardians of the Kennel Club if
anything can be done to improve the
dogs’ quality of life.
7.30pm, BBC1
Last week’s attempted nerve-gas
poisoning on UK soil of former
Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his
daughter, Yulia, has given John
Sweeney’s report an added urgency.
He investigates allegations that – as
Vladimir Putin prepares for another
inevitable election victory – the
Kremlin has subverted democracy.
Sweeney speaks to opponents
banned from this month’s election
and activists who have been attacked.
Saving The British Bulldog
Taking On Putin – Panorama
===
The World’s Most
Extraordinary Homes
8pm, BBC2
“I could talk all day about bolts,” says
architect Piers Taylor, although
Caroline Quentin is unlikely to let
him as the duo visit Japan, where all
new builds must be earthquakeproof. They start with a fisherman’s
house that belies such a modest
description and whose exposed bolts
have inspired Taylor’s rhapsodies.
Most astonishing, however, is a
townhouse in Hiroshima, whose
cunning glass wall turns the passing
traffic into mobile, abstract art.
for a few days. Luckily, or unluckily
as it transpires, Miglin’s wife is out
of town for a few days, setting in
motion the killing spree that will
eventually lead to Gianni Versace’s
doorstep. Quite where writer Tom
Rob Smith is going with this drama
is less clear, but for the moment the
storytelling is sumptuously vice-like
and Criss’s performance as Ripleyesque Cunanan horribly compelling.
===
===
9pm, BBC2
The action winds back a couple of
months and relocates to Chicago,
where local property tycoon Lee
Miglin has just received a phone call
from Andrew Cunanan (Darren
Criss) to say that Cunanan is in town
10pm, Channel 4
Slightly underwhelming in its first
series, Jo Brand and her co-writers’
comedy has truly flowered into
something wonderful, unblinkingly
realistic in its depiction of the sorts
of issues faced by social workers,
while maintaining its comic
The Assassination Of Gianni
Versace: American Crime Story
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
(R) (S). 1.00 BBC News At
One; Weather (S). 1.30 BBC
Regional News; Weather
(S). 1.45 Doctors (S). 2.15
A Place To Call Home
(S). 3.10 Escape To The
Country (S). 3.45 Coast
And Country Auctions (S).
4.30 Flog It! (R) (S). 5.15
Pointless (R) (S).
6.00 The Repair Shop (R)
(S). 6.30 Holding Back
The Years (R) (S). 7.15 The
Sheriffs Are Coming (R)
(S). 8.00 Sign Zone: Great
British Railway Journeys
(R) (S). 8.30 Sign Zone:
Grand Tours Of Scotland’s
Lochs (R) (S). 9.00 Victoria
Derbyshire (S). 11.00 BBC
Newsroom Live (S). 11.30
Daily Politics (S). 1.00 Two
Tribes (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
ITV News; Weather
(S). 12.55 ITV Regional
News; Weather (S). 1.00
ITV Racing: Cheltenham
Festival Coverage of
the second day (S). 4.30
Britain’s Best Walks With
Julia Bradbury (R) (S). 5.00
The Chase (S).
6.00 Winter Paralympics
Live Alpine skiing,
cross-country skiing
and wheelchair curling
from PyeongChang (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: Home Or
Away (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 GPs:
Behind Closed Doors (R)
(S). 1.05 Access (S). 1.15
Home And Away (S).
1.45 Neighbours (S). 2.15
NCIS: Naval Killer (R) (S).
3.15 FILM: Framed For
Murder: A Fixer Upper
Mystery (Mark Jean 2017)
Light-hearted mystery,
starring Jewel Kilcher (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 (S).
6.30 The Repair Shop
A broken hand
mirror and a
painting of the
River Thames
are restored (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks
Sienna tells one
of her biggest
lies yet (S).
6.00 Home And
Away Maggie
collapses after
going back to
work (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 The One Show
Presented by
Matt Baker (S).
7.30 Taking On Putin
– Panorama (S).
7.00 Saving Lives At
Sea Following
the Dover
RNLI crew as
they race to
a collapsed
swimmer (R) (S).
7.00 Emmerdale Lisa
takes a turn for
the worse (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street Summer’s
search leads her
into danger (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7.30 Winter
Paralympics
Today Action
from day five
(S).
7.00 FIA World Rally
Championship
Highlights
The Rally
Mexico (R) (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Great Irish
Journeys With
Martha Kearney
Places of power
in Ireland (R) (S).
8.00 DIY SOS: The Big
Build The team
helps a grieving
grandmother
and her family
(S).
8.00 The World’s
Most
Extraordinary
Homes Four
extraordinary
homes in Japan
(S).
8.00 Britain’s
Brightest
Family The
quarter-finals
(S).
8.30 Coronation
Street (S).
8.00 The Supervet
Noel Fitzpatrick
tries to save a
tortoiseshell
cat’s leg (S).
8.00 GPs: Behind
Closed Doors
A teenager talks
to Dr Alison
Bolam about
raised glands in
his neck (S).
8.00 The Secret
History Of
Our Streets A
housing scheme
in Aberdeen.
Last in the
series (R) (S).
9.00 Saving The
British Bulldog
Investigating
health problems
affecting the
British bulldog
(S).
9.00 The
Assassination Of
Gianni Versace:
American Crime
Story (S).
9.50 Live At The
Apollo (R) (S).
9.00 Benidorm
The Dawsons
continue to
speculate about
Cyd’s motives
(S).
9.00 One Born
Every Minute
Parents-to-be
include Ben,
who has had
sympathy pains
and cravings (S).
9.00 Violent Child,
Desperate
Parents Laverne
Antrobus tries
to help parents
struggling with
their son (S).
9.00 The Ruth
Ellis Files: A
Very British
Crime Story
Revelations
about another
man (S).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 A Question Of
Sport (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News;
Weather (S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 Uefa Champions
League
Highlights (S).
10.00Damned Rose
and Dennis
wake up in bed
in Denise’s
house (S).
10.30 8 Out Of 10 Cats
(R) (S).
10.00When Talent
Shows Go
Horribly Wrong
Disastrous
moments from
television talent
shows (R) (S).
10.00Timeshift:
Crime &
Punishment
– The Story
Of Capital
Punishment (R)
(S).
11.15 Film 2018 A
review of Peter
Rabbit (S).
11.45 FILM: The
Artist (Michel
Hazanavicius
2011) (S).
11.15 Amazing Hotels:
Life Beyond
The Lobby
Switzerland’s
Grand Resort
Bad Ragaz (R)
(S).
11.45 Play To The
Whistle With
Andrew
Johnston and
Rob Beckett.
Last in the
series (R) (S).
11.00 Winter
Paralympics
Highlights The
best of the
action from day
five in South
Korea (S).
1.25 BBC News (S).
12.15 David
Attenborough’s Natural
Curiosities (R) (S). 12.45
Sign Zone: MasterChef
(R) (S). 1.45 Sign Zone:
The World’s Most
Extraordinary Homes (R)
(S). 2.45 This Is BBC Two (S).
12.40 Jackpot247 3.00
Tenable (R) (S). 3.50 ITV
Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.20 Winter Paralympics
Live (S). 4.30 Coast vs
Country (R) (S). 5.25 Food
Unwrapped (R) (S). 5.50
Streetmate (R) (S).
1.00 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).
Damned
Vladimir Putin is the
topic in ‘Panorama’
7.30pm, BBC1
Frankie Shaw plays the
single mum of the title
in the promising new
US sitcom ‘SMILF’
10pm, Sky Atlantic
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). 8.55 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold (R) (S). 9.25
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
(R) (S). 10.15 The Bachelor
(R) (S). 12.05 Emmerdale
(R) (S). 1.05 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold (R) (S). 1.35
The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (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).
Dennis courts Rose in
the latest ‘Damned’
10pm, Channel 4
6.20 FILM: The
Karate Kid
(Harald Zwart
2010) Martial
arts drama, with
Jackie Chan (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold A
squirrel steals a
mobile (R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A
Half Men Alan
deliberates
about Lyndsey
(R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Thor
(Kenneth
Branagh
2011) Fantasy
adventure,
starring Chris
Hemsworth (S).
9.00 Hell’s Kitchen
USA The teams
attempt to
build a gourmet
seafood tower
(S).
10.00Hell’s Kitchen
USA Chefs
compete in a
letter lottery
challenge (S).
10.55 Family Guy (R)
(S).
11.00 Blues America
Part one of two.
The early years
of blues music
(R) (S).
11.15 FILM: Legion
(Scott Charles
Stewart 2010)
Action fantasy,
starring Paul
Bettany (S).
11.25 Family Guy
Peter loses
interest in Lois
(R) (S).
11.50 American Dad!
(R) (S).
12.00 Island At The BBC (R)
(S). 1.00 Top Of The Pops:
1982 (R) (S). 2.15 The High
Art Of The Low Countries
(R) (S). 3.15 Confessions Of
An English Opium Eater
(R) (S). 3.45 Sounds Of The
Seventies (R) (S). 3.55 Close
1.15 FILM: God Help The
Girl (Stuart Murdoch 2014)
Premiere. Musical drama,
starring Emily Browning
(S). 3.30 Close
12.20 American Dad! (R)
(S). 12.45 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S). 1.15 Two And
A Half Men (R) (S). 1.40
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 2.25
Teleshopping 5.55 ITV2
Nightscreen
NEWS
2-31
personality. The characters have
evolved, too, not least the unpopular
Nitin (Himesh Patel) who this week
visits a pair of junkies whose young
daughter is living in squalor. On
the more familiar sitcom front,
Rose (Brand) wakes up in bed with
Dennis (Clive Mantle).
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
SMILF
10pm, Sky Atlantic
This nimble comedy about sex and
the single mum, written and directed
by and starring Frankie Shaw (Mr
Robot) aims to enter the title’s crass,
demeaning acronym and explode it
from the inside. The appealing Shaw
plays broke Bridgette, the mother of
a toddler, working in Boston as a
tutor for a rich “yoga mum” who
can’t be bothered to do yoga.
VOICES
16-20
TV
32-33
IQ
34-36
i WEDNESDAY
14 MARCH 2018
BUSINESS SPORT
38-41
45-56
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FILM OF THE DAY
===
11.45pm, BBC1
(Michel Hazanavicius, 2011)
It was said that they don’t make
them like this any more, but the
Oscar-winning The Artist is a good
old-fashioned black-and-white silent
film, with intertitles, a jazzy
continuous orchestral score, and the
almost-square 1.33:1 aspect ratio.
It’s a wittily self-aware Hollywood
romance set around the time of the
arrival of the talkies, with a wealth
of terrific sight gags and perfectly
pitched comic performances by
Jean Dujardin (left) and Bérénice
Bejo, and it is so joyous and
luminously expressive that it
momentarily makes one wonder
if we didn’t lose something in the
transition to the modern film era.
9pm, Film4
(Kenneth Branagh, 2011)
Branagh directs the adventures of
the Norse god and Marvel superhero
with a mixture of mock-epic and
high camp, with the kind of sets you
would’ve seen in Flash Gordon, and
costumes by He-Man.
BBC iPlayer
An intimate documentary
follows South London
celebrity Steve “Blacker
Dread” Burnett-Martin.
===
Jane
The Artist
Thor
God Help The Girl
1.15am, Film4
(Stuart Murdoch, 2014)
Set in the bedsits, gig venues, vintage
clothes shops and mental health
hospitals of Glasgow, this musical
about twenty-something bandmates,
from Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart
Murdoch, is introspective and indie,
almost to a fault.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 6.55 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).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S). 7.00
Couples Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 8.00 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). 12.30 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 Monkey Life (R). 6.30
Monkey Life (R). 7.00
RSPCA Animal Rescue (R)
(S). 7.30 RSPCA Animal
Rescue (R) (S). 8.00
Motorway Patrol (R). 8.30
Motorway Patrol (R). 9.00
Road Wars (R) (S). 10.00
Warehouse 13 (R) (S). 11.00
Forever (R) (S). 12.00 NCIS:
Los Angeles (R) (S). 1.00
Hawaii Five-0 (R) (S). 2.00
Hawaii Five-0 (R) (S). 3.00
NCIS: Los Angeles (R) (S).
4.00 Stargate SG-1 (R) (S).
5.00 The Simpsons (R) (S).
5.30 Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 Urban Secrets (R) (S).
7.00 Urban Secrets (R) (S).
8.00 The British (R) (S).
9.00 The West Wing (R)
(S). 10.00 The West Wing
(R) (S). 11.00 House (R) (S).
12.00 House (R) (S). 1.00
Without A Trace (R) (S).
2.00 Blue Bloods (R) (S).
3.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
4.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
5.00 House (R) (S).
6.00 Heartbeat
Missing
explosives
cause trouble
for Blaketon (R)
(S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet A
Basset hound
has high-risk
surgery on its
vertebrae (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama (R)
(S).
6.30 The Simpsons
Homer is hired
to climb a
mountain (R) (S).
6.00 House Wilson
ends his career
at the hospital
(R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
visits a country
music star (R)
(S).
7.00 Hollyoaks
Nancy
confronts
Darren (S).
7.30 My Hotter
Half Partners
compete (S).
7.55 Grand
Designs The
transformation
of a derelict
mill cottage (R)
(S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Homer and
Marge reignite
their love life (R)
(S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
A showgirl is
killed (R) (S).
8.00 Vera A murder
victim’s
estranged
family
complicate the
investigation
(R) (S).
8.00 The Goldbergs
(S).
8.30 The Big
Bang Theory
Raj faces a
domestic drama
(R) (S).
8.00 DC’s Legends Of
Tomorrow The
team ends up in
1717 on a hunt
for Blackbeard’s
lost treasure.
8.00 Blue Bloods
Danny tries to
juggle work and
romance (R) (S).
6.30am The Breakfast Show
With Nick Grimshaw 10.00
Clara Amfo 12.45pm Newsbeat
1.00 Scott Mills 4.00 Greg
James 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
Greg James 7.00 Annie Mac
9.00 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 Huw Stephens 1am Benji
B 3.00 Radio 1 Comedy – Niki
And Sammy’s Peachy Podcast
4.00 Radio 1’s Early Breakfast
Show With Adele Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am Dotty 10.00 Reece
Parkinson 12.45pm Newsbeat
1.00 Yasmin Evans 4.00
MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
MistaJam 7.00 DJ Target 9.02
The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 1Xtra Residency 1am
Benji B 3.00 1Xtra Playlists
4.00 Melody Kane
BBC Radio 2
9.00 Don’t Tell
The Bride A
groom plans a
funfair-themed
wedding day (S).
9.00 Vet On The
Hill A nervous
border collie
must overcome
his fear of the
vet (S).
9.00 A League Of
Their Own With
guests Andros
Townsend and
Micky Flanagan
(R) (S).
9.00 Save Me
Residents of
The Towers
stage a
reconstruction
of Jody’s
abduction.
10.00Law & Order:
UK A jeweller is
found dead with
his hands and
teeth missing
(R) (S).
10.00Five Star
Hotel Tensions
flare between
Joey Essex
and Spencer
Matthews (S).
10.00The Yorkshire
Dales and the
Lakes Cameras
follow events at
the Dales’ Tan
Hill Inn (R) (S).
10.00Bliss Andrew
runs into one of
Kim’s friends.
10.30 A League Of
Their Own:
Unseen (R) (S).
10.00SMILF New
series. Comedy,
starring Frankie
Shaw (S).
10.35 SMILF
11.00 Law & Order: UK
A psychiatrist
is stabbed to
death (R) (S).
11.05 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.05 8 Out Of 10
Cats Does
Countdown
With guests
Kevin Bridges
and James
Corden (R) (S).
11.00 The Force: Essex
Officers go off
in search of a
bag-snatcher (R)
(S).
11.10 Alan Partridge’s
Scissored
Isle Spoof
documentary,
starring Steve
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12.00 Unforgotten (R) (S).
1.00 Unforgotten (R) (S).
1.50 Judge Judy (R) (S). 2.15
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1.05 Five Star Hotel (R) (S).
2.10 Tattoo Fixers (R) (S).
3.10 Timeless (R) (S). 3.55
Don’t Tell The Bride (R) (S).
4.45 The Goldbergs (R) (S).
12.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.05 Vet On The Hill (R) (S).
2.05 The Good Fight (R) (S).
3.10 8 Out Of 10 Cats: Best
Bits (R) (S). 3.55 Close
12.00 Ross Kemp: Extreme
World (R) (S). 1.00 Brit
Cops: Rapid Response (R)
(S). 2.00 Most Shocking (R)
(S). 3.00 The Force: Essex
(R) (S). 4.00 It’s Me Or The
Dog (R) (S). 5.00 Futurama
(R) (S).
12.10 Here And Now (R).
1.20 Save Me (R). 2.20
Britannia (R). 3.20 Girls
(R) (S). 3.55 The Shape Of
Water: Special 4.10 The
West Wing (R) (S). 5.05 The
West Wing (R) (S).
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright 5.00 Simon
Mayo 7.00 The Folk Show
With Mark Radcliffe 8.00 Ana
Matronic 10.00 Carla Bruni’s
C’est La Vie 11.00 Ken Dodd:
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Playlist: Radio 2 Rocks 5.00
Vanessa Feltz
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Classics 12noon Composer
Of The Week: Haydn 1.00
News 1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert. A recital performed by
Trio Apaches. 2.00 Afternoon
Concert. A live concert from
the BBC Philharmonic. 3.30
Choral Evensong. Recorded in
the Chapel of Eton College. 4.30
New Generation Artists. New
Generation Artists perform
Bach, Jerome Kern and MullovAbbado. 5.00 In Tune. Music
and arts news. 7.00 In Tune
Mixtape. Puccini, Schubert,
and Berlioz. 7.30 Radio 3 In
Concert. Stephen Hough joins
the BBC National Orchestra
of Wales in Mendelssohn’s
Piano Concerto. 10.00 Free
Thinking Festival. Johnny
Mercer, Elizabeth Newman and
Paul Fletcher compare notes
on leadership and teamwork.
10.45 The Free Thinking Essay.
Tom Simpson looks at a study
of suspicion in a 1950s Italian
village. 11.00 Late Junction
12.30am Through The Night
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6am Today 9.00 Only Artists
9.30 You’re Doing It Wrong
9.45 An Alternative History
Of Art 10.00 Woman’s Hour
10.56 The Listening Project
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A white cop runs over a black
youth, leading to a cover-up,
in this tense 10-part drama.
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6.30 It’s Not What You Know
7.00 The Archers. Clarrie has
a visitor. 7.15 Front Row. Arts
programme. 7.45 A Small Town
Murder. By Scott Cherry. 8.00
The Moral Maze. Combative,
provocative and engaging
debate chaired by Michael
Buerk. 8.45 Lent Talks. Rev
Dr Tammy Garrett Williams
discusses alternatives to gun
violence. 9.00 Costing The
Earth. Tom Heap investigates
if the UK can build affordable
and green homes for all. 9.30
Only Artists. Humphrey Ocean
and Mark Alexander. 10.00 The
World Tonight. With Ritula
Shah. 10.45 Book At Bedtime:
The Long Drop. By Denise
Mina. Peter Manuel conducts
his own defence against
multiple murder charges.
11.00 Domestic Science. A
combination of maths, science
and comedy with Festival of
the Spoken Nerd. Last in the
series. 11.15 The John Moloney
Show. The comedian performs
on stage. 11.30 Today In
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8.30 Round The Horne 9.00
Many A Slip 9.30 The Right
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Fitzgerald 11.15 Behind Closed
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Sherlock Holmes 1.30 Hip Hop
China-style 2.00 A Delicate
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2.30 The Old Curiosity Shop
2.45 Perilous Question – The
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On And Off The
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11am, BBC Radio 4
A new three-part
series following
the lives and
stories of those
who live along
the rail network
that fans out from
Cardiff up into
the valleys of
South Wales.
Drama Of The Great Reform
Bill 1832 3.00 The Raj Quartet
4.00 Many A Slip 4.30 The
Right Time 5.00 The Architects
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6.00 Pattern Recognition 6.30
The Tingle Factor 7.00 The
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Fitzgerald 9.15 Behind Closed
Doors 10.00 Comedy Club:
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The Secret World 10.55 The
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Music Therapy 11.30 The
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Sherlock Holmes 1.30 Hip Hop
China-style 2.00 A Delicate
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The Raj Quartet 4.00 Many A
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The Architects 5.30 It’s Not
What You Know
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Emma Barnett Show 1pm The
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Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark
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4.00 Tom Ravenscroft 7.00
Vic Galloway 9.00 Gideon Coe
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1.00 The Radiohead Story 2.00
Higher And Higher – The Life
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5.00 Chris Hawkins
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
9.00 John Suchet 1pm Aled
Jones 5.00 Classic FM Drive
7.00 Smooth Classics At Seven
8.00 The Full Works Concert.
Recordings that illustrate
how the Leipzig Gewandhaus
Orchestra gained its lofty
reputation. 10.00 Smooth
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Breakfast Show 10.00 Leona
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Dave Berry 7.00 Danielle Perry
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Chris Martin
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BY JULIANNE PACHICO
Colombia, 2003.
A teenage girl
stays at home
while her
parents go away
for the weekend.
A strange man
knocks at the
door. When she tries to
call her parents, the line
is dead. She realises that
“something is happening”.
A superbly written set of
stories about Colombia,
drugs and the way the trade
radiates outwards.
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A handsome
drama which
charts a
star-crossed
romance
across class
and cultural
divides
between jobbing actor
Peter Turner (Jamie Bell)
and Hollywood diva Gloria
Grahame (Annette Bening).
An
Englishman
in Kingston
As Sting and Shaggy pair up on a new album,
Chris Mugan explores the rich history of
musical collaborations that make little sense
W
ith the singles
chart full of
“ Fe a t” , “ v s ”
and even “+”,
the honest-togoodness duet
seems like a dying form. Now it is
revived in the unlikely combination
of rainforest guardian Sting and
former Gulf War marine Shaggy.
Judging from lead track “Don’t
Make Me Wait”, we may have to
await their promised album for
a deeper understanding of the
sort of chemistry the pair think
they achieve together. For now,
the former Police singer and the
native Jamaican join the pantheon
of surprising pairings that don’t
quite gel.
Pop history is littered with hookups so strange you wonder how
they came together in the first
place, let alone why anyone thought
they could be productive.
This is not to say the weird can’t
be wonderful – think Sonny and
Cher, Nick Cave seducing Kylie
Minogue on “Where The Wild
Roses Grow” or Dusty Springfield
enjoying a late swansong with
the Pet Shop Boys with the
melancholy grandeur of “What
Have I Done To Deserve This”.
More often than not, though, the
protagonists fail to suggest they
have received much inspiration
from the other.
Given the flexibility of today’s
technology, we don’t expect
duetists to meet in the same
studio any more, but they can
at least respond to what their
partner has laid down first.
That was far from the case
when Happy Mondays remixed
“Lazyitis” with a contribution
from Scottish yodeller Karl
Denver. As I’m sure John Peel said
when he first played it, it sounded
like two records being played at
the same time. Or was that the
sadly deceased Mark E Smith
with Inspiral Carpets on “I Want
You”? That last one seemed to
have come from a more innocent
time, just an excuse perhaps to
sneak The Fall martinet on to Top
of the Pops.
Nowadays when two artists get
together, the cynical view is that
somebody is cooking up lucrative
market cross-fertilisation rather
than audio alchemy, as with
Justin Bieber jumping on the
Latino pop wagon with his
“Despacito” remix.
Now Colombian artist J Balvin
claims the Canadian singer is up
for another Spanish-language
hit. Arguably, such moves have
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SEAN O’GRADY
Six decades later,
Ruth Ellis’s execution
continues to haunt us
» The Ruth Ellis Files: A Very British Crime Story BBC4, 9pm
» 100 Years Younger in 21 Days ITV, 9pm
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improved Bieber’s credibility and
helped the reggaeton-lite scene’s
mainstream incursion. Many other
examples, though, seem to do none
of the participants any favours.
No Christmas hits video package
is complete without David Bowie
paying his “impromptu” visit to
a clearly baffled Bing Crosby on
“Peace on Earth/Little Drummer
Boy”, the Thin White Duke’s
attempt at infiltrating middle
American consciousness looking
more like an alien invasion. Indeed,
intergenerational car crashes have
continued as a recurring theme.
Think Kesha’s attempt to purloin
some rock kudos by persuading
Iggy Pop to appear on the sub-Joan
Jett raunch of 2012’s “Dirty Love”.
His phoned-in performance pales
beside the rabid chemistry on show
on the earlier sleazefest of “Kick It”
with electroclash queen Peaches.
Sometimes there is a sense
of veteran artists tipping a nod
to whoever they see as worthy
successors, as seems to be the
case with Elton John’s occasional
Grammy appearances. This year,
Miley Cyrus was bestowed the
favour of gracing “Tiny Dancer” in a
fashion that highlighted the ballad’s
southern inspiration.
Frieendship appears
to be at the heart
of Sting’s creative
link-up with Shaggy
More surprising was Sir Elton’s
2001 decision to show his support
for Eminem, again at the US
music awards bash, by guesting
on the rapper’s murderous tale
“Stan”, filling in on Dido’s original
chorus. Marshall Mathers had
been receiving flak for perceived
homophobia in his lyrics, something
the elder pop statesman felt was
misguided having listened to his
eponymous album. Afterwards,
the two struck up a deep-seated
relationship that lasts to this day,
with the rehab-acquainted Sir
Elton helping the hip-hop star with
his own addiction.
Friendship also appears to be
at the heart of Sting’s creative
link-up with Shaggy. This pair
were reportedly introduced by a
mutual business acquaintance,
Martin Kierszenbaum, the former’s
manager and the latter’s ex-A&R
man, who suggested Sting guest on
Shaggy’s album. They then bonded
over a shared love of Jamaican
music and culture.
With both characters looking to
work on individual projects, they
chose instead to pool resources,
decamping to a New York studio
along with such luminaries as
Robbie Shakespeare, Shaggy’s longtime producer Sting International
and Daddy Yankee.
On “Don’t Make Me Wait” the
duo swap verses without quite
connecting, though both come
across as respectful to their female
quarry – #MeToo brownie points
all round. The track is proving
timely in other ways: Sting’s profile
is much higher than during the
lead-up to his low-key 2016 release
57th & 9th, itself a belated return
to rock after his varied set of
works for Deutsche Grammophon
(remember him playing “Message
In A Bottle” on lute?) and the
musical The Last Ship. Shaggy,
meanwhile, has a been a stranger to
the Top 10 since 2002. He has been
featuring himself on tracks with
performers of decreasing fame,
until leaping back into the public
consciousness here.
Already the pair have surprised
viewers with their own Grammy
appearance, on a medley of the
current track and Sting’s own
“Englishman In New York”, plus
a Big Apple-themed Carpool
Karaoke skit on the metropolis’
subway with Grammys host James
Corden. There is a feel-good vibe
that may be less to do with the pair’s
liaison than the inspiration behind
it. Recent years have seen the island
sound dominated by dancehall
rhythms, especially when given
the seal of approval of, say, Major
Lazer. For once, a more classic style
is receiving some heat, suggesting
this is a triad rather than a duet,
with Jamaica as the real star.
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Sting and Shaggy’s single “Don’t
Make Me Wait” is out now on
Polydor Records; the album ‘44/876’
is out on 20 April
ou would think that,
after more than 60
years, countless books,
TV documentaries,
memoirs and a feature
film, there isn’t much more to say
about the case of Ruth Ellis. For
the last woman to be hanged in
Britain, there was in 1955, as there
is today, no doubt that it was she
who pumped four bullets into the
body of her lover, David Blakely, a
29-year old amateur racing driver
and scion of minor Bucks gentry.
Ellis confessed to her crime,
and “she did it” – and with a
necessary degree of pre-meditation
and preparation. Under the
conventions of the time, there
was never much doubt she’d be
executed, albeit she was a mother
and it appeared to be a “crime of
passion”. An open and shut case.
Thank goodness, then, for the
persistence and forensic skills of
Gillian Pachter who, in this threepart series reviewing the case in
close detail, sheds what seems to
be valuable new light on the case.
This was much more than an
exercise in applying 2018 morality
and legal norms to a case from six
decades ago. She made a plausible
argument that Ellis shouldn’t
have been hanged under the rules
prevailing in 1955.
Interviewing retired detectives
and lawyers, she demonstrated
that, even by the standards
of the mid-1950s, the police
“investigation” was flawed.
According to Pachter’s work,
there was at least a possibility
that Ellis was accompanied on
her mission to murder Blakely by
another lover of hers, Desmond
Cussen. He may well have supplied
her with the gun. Back in 1955,
the cops never thought to find out
the provenance of the murder
weapon, beyond asking Ellis where
she’d got it, which she evaded
answering. Pachter found out from
the manufacturers that the gun
had been supplied to the British
military in South Africa in 1940,
and that Cussen had been stationed
there with the RAF by 1942. Could
it have been a “joint enterprise”,
and could Ellis have protected
Cussen right to the end?
Overlaying everything was
a degree of prejudice about
Ellis’s working class roots and
her “platinum blonde” look that
prompted the police and medics
to conclude she was some sort of
“hard-faced” femme fatale.
No good came of her execution,
except that the controversy it
generated hastened the demise of
the death penalty around a decade
later. That was at least something
to show for Ruth’s life.
The impressive thing about the
assorted over-50 celebs gathered
for ITV’s 100 Years Younger In 21
Days is that they don’t really need
to go to a “rejuvenation clinic”
in Sardinia, except to get a bit of
sun and have a bit of fun. Take TV
astrologer and panto star Russell
Grant (67), for example. Russell
was continually hustling for
pecorino. This was because cheese
is the most addictive food known
because of a protein called casein.
He was told to lay off it, but he also
told us about a previous addiction
– knocking back a bottle of gin and
bottle of vermouth each a day when
he was in his twenties.
Or take June Brown (90, aka
Dot Cotton from EastEnders)
smoking her way through the
health treatments and mindfulness
sessions. Or Shaun Ryder (55,
Happy Mondays frontman): he
once had a heroin habit. Yet all of
them were alert and sprightly and
their various vices don’t seem to
have done them that much damage.
The real secret of human life is
that elixir doesn’t exist, and getting
old is pretty cool when you consider
the alternative. So cheers to that.
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Scooter
Crick as
Andre and
Emma
Moore as
Ruth in ‘The
Ruth Ellis
Files: A
Very British
Crime Story’
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THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
VISUAL ARTS
Jess Robinson
A show of John Piper (19031992), who drew inspiration from
Britain’s landscape, its buildings
and its monuments, and was a
pivotal figure in the development
of abstract art in Britain.
(0151 702 7400) to Sun
The impressionist brings a host
of female icons to very funny life.
Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea
(01702 351135) tonight; Komedia,
Bath (01273 647100) Fri
TATE, LIVERPOOL
FILM
Sondra Perry’s sublime and gut-wrenching ‘Typhoon Coming On’ at the Serpentine Gallery MIKE DIN
Arts
Joanna Cannon
Sondra Perry/Ian Cheng
VARIOUS VENUES
SERPENTINE GALLERIES, LONDON
HHHHH/HHHHH
Sondra Perry’s exhibition is
named after part of the long title
of a great JMW Turner painting,
known simply as Slave Ship.
It depicts the true story of the
Zong, the vessel whose captain
threw 133 African slaves
overboard in 1781.
The video work, Typhoon
Coming On, fills the Serpentine
Sackler Gallery’s walls, and is both
sublime and gut-wrenching.
It alternates rolling waves
against a purple tint with a
bloody, fleshy spume that turns
out to be the Turner painting’s
surface, manipulated using wavesimulating software.
The effect returns us to the
Zong story’s brutality, while also
reinforcing the elemental, bodily
physicality of Turner’s paint.
The Tate should buy it.
Perry’s other works explore
historical and contemporary
blackness with a hint of the
surreal. You meet her bald digital
avatar, on screens attached to a
cycling machine, as she delivers
a fragmented monologue on
blackness and complacent
“just-world” theories. It’s bold,
brilliant work.
Meanwhile, Ian Cheng has
given birth to a litter of AI
creatures, all called BOB. That
name stands for bag of beliefs,
and the various BOBs are vaguely
horror anime-like organisms with
“bobbles” – ventricle-like forms
which flower or grow heads.
BOB responds to us on a
remote device: it mimics our facial
expressions, though it quickly
tired of me. But apparently it
remembers. And this is the thing:
though it’s in the cool white space,
on screens with a grid which
echoes the gallery’s windows out
onto Kensington Gardens, this isn’t
a looping video installation – it’s
more like a trip to the zoo.
It’s a “living” organism. It
experiences emotions and
memories, and behaves in response
to them. It’s not interactive art,
Cheng says, but “art with a nervous
system”. And I was transfixed.
Sondra Perry until 20 May;
Ian Cheng’s ‘BOB’ until 22 April,
Ian Cheng’s ‘Emissaries’ 24
April to 28 May (020 7402 6075,
serpentinegalleries.org)
BEN LUKE
POP
UK tour arranged in part to capitalise on their last Best Of album.
Following their collaboration
last year on “Kindling”, from No 1
album Little Fictions, Elbow and
singer-songwriter John Grant
developed the relationship further
as the former Czars singer opened
for them.
Having Grant in tow is special,
the American popular enough to
have contributed to ticket sales
for his support slot alone. His
45-minute set , of which a particularly crazed version of “Pale Green
Ghosts” and a stirring “Queen
of Denmark” were the standout
moments, didn’t disappoint.
The main act played from their
seemingly limitless array of
crowd favourites. “Bones of You”,
“Leaders of the Free World” and
“Fugitive Motel” preceded the
mellow and poignant “Fly Boy
Blue” and “Sad Captains” from
2014’s Take Off and Landing of
Everything album.
The powerful “Any Day Now”
from opening album Asleep In
The Back was given a rare outing
before the majestic “The Birds” – a
track, which feels hemmed in on
the album Build A Rocket Boys! –
took on a life of its own.
Always the charmer, Garvey kept
the mood light before closing with
a rousing “Grounds For Divorce”.
Grant returned to join them for
“Kindling” before the band closed
with – you’ve guessed it – “One Day
Like This”. When a song has taken
on a life of its own live, in such a
way and ticks so many boxes every
single time it is played, how could
Elbow wrap up any other way?
PHIL HARRISON
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You would struggle to find a more
charming host for the evening
than lead singer Guy Garvey,
who regularly enquired after his
audience’s wellbeing, in between
asking to “see those hands”.
The crowd’s willingness to
respond was aided by the fact
it was Garvey’s birthday, an
occasion marked with impromptu
audience renditions of “Happy
Birthday”, before Garvey took the
lead himself with a more tonguein-cheek version.
It was a night of celebration, not
just of the lead singer’s birthday
but of the band’s career, the short
The author discusses her
new novel, Three Things About
Elsie. Waterstones, Cheltenham
(01242 571779) tonight 6.30pm;
Waterstones, Liverpool
(0151 709 9820) Thur 6.30pm
POP
Rejjie Snow
ROUNDHOUSE, LONDON NW1
The Dublin-to-Brooklyn
transplant performs tracks from
his debut album, Dear Annie.
(roundhouse.org.uk) tonight
VARIOUS VENUES
Milton Jones
VARIOUS VENUES
In Milton Jones Is Out There, the
comedian calls on his endless
store of daft quick quips.
Weymouth Pavilion (01305 783225)
tonight; Trowbridge Civic
Centre (01225 765072) Thur;
Babbacombe Theatre,
Torquay (01803 328385) Fri
OPERA
Wake
B12 WAREHOUSE, BIRMINGHAM
Graham Vick directs 200
locals and a pro cast in
Birmingham Opera Company’s
peripatetic premiere of Giorgio
Battistelli’s new take
on the Lazarus legend.
(0121 246 6634) tonight 8pm
THEATRE
Legally Blonde
REGENT THEATRE, STOKE-ON-TRENT
Lucie Jones stars in an energetic
production of the legal musical,
based on the 2001 film and telling
the story of how an apparently
air-headed California blonde
goes to Harvard Law School.
(atgtickets.com) to Sat
If you only see
one thing today
EVENING STANDARD
JOHAN PERSSON
FIRST DIRECT ARENA, LEEDS
15, WARWICK THORNTON, 113 MINS
TALKS & POETRY
VISUAL ARTS
Elbow
Sweet Country
Hamilton Morris 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. Nationwide release
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COMEDY
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RETAIL
Black is ‘very nearly’ the new
red for French Connection
By Ben Woods
French Connection claimed
yesterday that it was “very close”
to returning to profit, but it said it
was continuing to close stores and
warned that Britain’s battered high
streets would remain under pressure.
The fashion retailer reported
that its annual pre-tax losses had
nearly halved to £2.3m, from £5.3m
the previous year, after it axed lossmaking branches and overhauled
ranges. On an underlying basis, its
operating losses narrowed to just
£600,000 from £3.7m the previous
year. The company’s shares surged
by 16 per cent after the results.
French Connection’s like-forlike retail sales grew by 0.8 per
cent in the year to 31 January in
what it described a “particularly
challenging” UK market. A year ago,
it reported a 4.4 per cent increase in
like-for-like retail sales.
An 8.6 per cent surge in wholesale
revenues helped to improve overall
group sales by 0.5 per cent to £154m.
French Connection said there
was unlikely to be any let-up in the
tough times facing British retailers.
However, it has put faith in an ongoing
turnaround plan to help it weather
the storm. The chairman and chief
executive, Stephen Marks, said: “Our
goal has been to return the group to
profitability, and I believe we are very
Activist investor Gatemore
Capital Management
called for French Connection to
be broken up and for Mr Marks
to give up his chairman and chief
executive roles last year.
close to achieving that aim, given the
momentum that we are currently
seeing within the business.
“While it is clear that the retail
market in which we are operating in
the UK is unlikely to improve in the
near future, we have clear visibility
on the benefits we will obtain from
the ongoing portfolio rationalisation.”
He also revealed that it received an
unwanted takeover approach from
an unnamed US suitor last year, but
said it did not lead to a formal offer
despite months of talks.
French Connection has closed
11 stores and concessions in the
past year and will continue to axe
unprofitable sites. Its ultimate aim
is to have about 30 full-price stores
running by the end of January 2019,
compared with 65 full-price stores in
2013 and about 36 currently.
Overall, French Connection has 116
French Connection said the UK retail
market remained challenging PA
shops and concessions and a further
212 franchised outlets – a fall of 6.5
per cent and 26 per cent, respectively,
over the past financial year. However,
in November it opened its first new
branch in years – in Manchester –
as part of a strategy to open bricks
and mortar sites in “appropriate
locations” that will “trade profitably”.
Mr Marks founded French
Connection in 1972, a year after the
film of the same name was released.
He still holds a 41 per cent stake and
has been leading the group’s overhaul.
AUTOMOTIVE
VW board’s
pay soars as
it pulls ahead
of ‘dieselgate’
By Ben Chapman
Quote of
the day
The right thing
to do was to put
the SFO back to
what it was meant
to be, an active
enforcement and
investigation
agency
David Green
The director of the
Serious Fraud Office, who
stands down next month
The 30
Second
Briefing
NANDO’S
The peri-peri chicken restaurant
chain, you mean?
That’s the one. The company has
asked Reading-based independent
chicken shop Fernando’s to
rebrand. Nando’s claims that the
Fernando’s name and logo bears
too many similarities to its own
trademarked branding.
What was Fernando’s response?
It suggested that it was being
bullied. Director Asam Aziz said the
television show Take Me Out was the
true inspiration for his restaurant’s
name – the so-called “Isle of
Fernando’s” is where couples from
the show are sent on a date. Mr Aziz
said: “It’s such a worry; I’m just an
independent business owner.”
How do the two firms compare?
Nando’s, which specialises in
Mozambican and Portuguese-style
chicken with various marinades, was
founded in South Africa in 1987 by
Fernando Duarte and Robert Brozin.
It has suggested that the chilli and
cockerel images used on menus and
in store at Fernando’s in Reading
are “highly similar” to the Nando’s
trademarks “Barcelos Cockerel” and
“Peri-ometer”.
Has Nando’s made any complaints
like this before?
Yes. In 2011, it threatened legal
action against a man called Ndinos
Criticos, who was selling a product
called Ndinos Original Peri-Peri
Sauce. The chain’s lawyers said that
the name was too close to Nando’s
and its children’s range Nandino’s.
How is Nando’s doing?
In December, Nando’s Group
Holdings reported a 13.9 per cent
rise in revenue, with UK sales
jumping from £646.8m from £602m
in the 52 weeks to 26 February 2017.
The salary paid to the Volkswagen
chief executive, Matthias Müller,
rose by 40 per cent last year to more
than €10m (£8.9m) as the car maker’s
profits soared, despite the continued
fallout from an emissions scandal.
The German company revealed
yesterday that it paid its nine-strong
board €50.3m in 2017 – 27 per cent
more than the year before. VW has
attracted fierce criticism in the past
from activist investors who have said
that its bosses should be punished for
leading the firm while it cheated on
diesel emissions tests.
Mr Müller took over from Martin
Winkelhorn as VW’s chief executive
a week after the “dieselgate” scandal
broke. Mr Müller had previously
headed the group’s Porsche division
since 2010. He will receive a total pay
package of €10.3m for 2017.
VW changed its executive pay
policies following criticism of the
€63.2m that it awarded its senior
executives in 2016, even as the group
recorded its worst ever annual net
loss, of €1.6bn. Under the old scheme,
Mr Müller would have been awarded
€13.15m last year.
It emerged in January that
Volkswagen and BMW, along with
another German car marker Daimler,
paid for tests in 2014 during which
humans and monkeys breathed in
toxic diesel fumes. The tests, revealed
in The New York Times, were aimed
at disproving allegations that diesel
emissions, which have been linked
to asthma, lung diseases and heart
attacks, were harmful to health.
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TECHNOLOGY
‘Unique challenges’ blamed
for Telit’s profits warning
By Kalyeena Makortoff
Telit Communications has warned
on profits after a raft of “unique challenges” over the past year that included the sacking of chief executive Oozi
Cats amid questions over his identity.
The company confirmed yesterday that it was slashing its
adjusted underlying earnings expectations to between $20m and $23m
(£14.4m-£16.6m) for the last year.
That is compared to guidance put
forward in September which forecast earnings of between $44m and
$48m, with the revisions coming just
weeks before the release of its annual
results in April. Revenues have also
been knocked lower from previous
forecasts of $390m to $400m to between $374m to $376m.
The group said it reflected a “conservative approach” in the preparation of its results, reflecting higher
spending on research and development, “a prudent level of provisions
and other adjustments” and component shortage issues which affected
sales in the final weeks of 2017.
The profit downgrade also comes
in the wake of a difficult year for the
company, with Telit being forced to
formally dismiss its chief executive
Oozi Cats in mid-August amid allegations he was the same man as American fugitive Uzi Katz.
Uzi Katz and his wife Ruth V Katz
Telit
Communications
offers business
service solutions
via IoT [Internet
of Things] GETTY
were accused of wire fraud in connection with a string of property deals
across Boston in the 1990s.
Telit Communications hired the
international law firm CMS to investigate the allegations. The board
initially agreed that Mr Cats take a
leave of absence before he formally
resigned on 14 August.
Chairman Richard Kilsby said:
“The group clearly faced a number of
unique challenges during the course
of 2017 which have unquestionably
affected our financial performance
in the short term. We are resolved to
ensure that the business is placed on
a sustainable footing for the longer
term and the group’s financials are
recalibrated on a prudent and conservative basis.”
An independent review
uncovered evidence that
an indictment was issued against
Mr Cats in the US, which had been
knowingly withheld.
US operation dents Greencore profits
Shares in Greencore plummeted
yesterday after the Irish food-to-go
supplier warned that problems at its
US division would dent profits.
The sandwich-maker flagged the
weak performance of “underutilised”
Outlook
JAMES
MOORE
Tech merger was
Trumped – in
a good way
F
irst it was the imposition of
steel and aluminium tariffs
putting America First. Now
what was to have been the
world’s biggest tech merger
has been Trumped.
America’s bellicose President
has sharpened his nationalist
knife and plunged it into the
proposed takeover of Qualcomm by
BUSINESS SPORT
38-41
45-56
i WEDNESDAY
14 MARCH 2018
BEVERAGES
Low-calorie
boom proves a
tonic for sales
at Fever-Tree
By Holly Williams
FOOD
By Ravender Sembhy
IQ
34-36
US sites, the timing of new business
contributions and the sterling/dollar
exchange rate as having led to a reduced expectation in profit growth.
As a result, earnings per share for
the year are now expected to be between 14.7p and 15.7p, compared with
market expectations of 15.7p to 16p.
Greencore acquired US-based
Peacock Foods in 2016 and is now exploring how to use the manufacturing network of 2.5 million square feet.
As part of a shake-up, Greencore is
set to close the Rhode Island facility,
and chief executive Patrick Coveney
will now spend half his time in the US.
Singapore’s Broadcom.
The $140bn (£100bn) deal would
have created the world’s No.3 chip
maker after Intel and Samsung. The
bell is tolling on it as a result of it
being declared a risk to “the national
security of the US”.
This despite the prospective
purchaser’s plans to re-domicile and
shift its HQ to the US, where it would
be under the American regulatory
thumb as a US company.
Critics, of course, regard the
national security justification as a
convenient fig leaf, as it often is.
Qualcomm is highly regarded
for its willingness to invest in R&D.
Broadcom, however, is one of
those businesses that has grown
by acquisition, gobbling up other
businesses and sometimes selling on
their assets afterwards.
If that, and a reduced flow
of investment dollars, was a
consequence of the tie-up it could be
seen as a threat to America’s position
at, or close to, the top of the global
tech charts in the midst of a cutthroat race to develop and sell 5G
wireless technology.
There is also the question of
it potentially creating space for
Huawei, the Chinese tech and telecom
company. It, and China’s rapid
growth in this area, inspires the sort
of neurosis in some Americans that
was once reserved for the Japanese
when they were the technology kings.
While Trump’s tariffs
are easy to attack, the case
against blocking the deal
is less obvious
The people who, in an earlier era, read
Michael Crichton’s paranoid thriller
Rising Sun, and nodded their heads
in approval, would today substitute
the Japanese corporate baddies it
depicts for Chinese ones.
In blocking this deal, Donald
Trump is singing from a hymn sheet
Strong demand for low-calorie tonic
has helped premium mixer maker
Fever-Tree toast a surge in annual
sales and profits.
The drinks firm said it would
extend its low-calorie mixers across
all its major flavours over 2018 after
seeing sales of its light tonic more
than double, now accounting for 31
per cent of off-trade sales.
This helped pre-tax profits jump 65
per cent higher to £56.4m in 2017 on
sales up 66 per cent to £170.2m.
Tim Warrillow, co-founder and
chief executive of Fever-Tree, said:
“It has been a year of significant
progress. We have continued to
see strong growth across all our
regions with the UK
once again delivering
an exceptional
performance
culminating
i n Feve r-T re e
ending the year
as the leading
mixer brand at
UK retail.”
Annual results
showed sales across
the UK leaped 96 per cent higher,
thanks in part to an impressive
Christmas performance, although
it said all regions globally showed
“impressive” growth and it plans
to focus on expanding in the US
after launching an operation there
in December.
Sales in the US, its second-largest
single market, rose 36 per cent on
a constant currency basis, while
continental Europe revenues rose
37 per cent
As well as boosting its low-calorie
ranges, Fever-Tree also recently
expanded its dark spirits mixing
range, with the launch of Smoky
Ginger Ale and Spiced Orange Ginger
Ale, ahead of what it believes will be
a revival in demand for dark tipples.
that they would recognise.
But while his tariffs, which now
have carve-outs, are both probably
illegal (under WTO rules), and easy
to attack, the case against blocking
the deal is less obvious.
The steel levies threaten to hurt
American industry and consumers
as much as they would help them,
quite apart from the damage caused
to America’s friends and allies
and to its reputation through the
ill-will generated.
But blocking a questionable
mega-deal – it shouldn’t be forgotten
that they frequently fail – with the
aim of shoring up investment and
maintaining competitive position in
a key industry? That’s different.
The whiff of racism that motivates
the paranoia I referred to is ugly,
but the decision could still be said
to be rational, even pragmatic.
Those are not words regularly used
about the Trump administration.
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39
From the
business
pages
Engine defect
grounds 11 planes
The Economic Times
Following an order from the
Directorate General of Civil
Aviation to ground 11 aircraft
due to engine problems, IndiGo
cancelled 48 flights and GoAir
cancelled 18 flights.
The safety defect concerned a
new series of P&W 1100 engines.
All affected passengers have
been given the option to choose
another flight at no additional
cost or cancel their booking for
a refund.
Bank managers
‘accepted bribes’
The Sydney
Morning Herald
The banking royal commission
opened yesterday with evidence
of National Australia Bank
branch managers accepting
white envelopes stuffed with
cash as part of an alleged
bribery ring.
Bankers are said to have sold
loans based on fake documents
and forged signatures to
“smash” their sales targets.
Minister addresses
higher energy costs
NZ Herald
Energy Minister Megan Woods
has told an electricity industry
conference the government is
trying to prevent low-income
consumers paying higher
electricity costs that are inflated
by wealthier people installing
solar power units.
Ms Woods said a sector
review would focus on whether
the regulatory framework
remained appropriate.
Pub chain looks
into flotation
The Irish Times
Press Up Entertainment
hospitality group is considering
a stock market flotation to
help finance its breakneck
expansion, according to
market sources.
The company, which
operates about 30 businesses,
has brought Goodbody
Stockbrokers on board to assess
funding options, including
investor appetite for an initial
public offering of shares,
sources said.
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BUSINESS
The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
FTSE 100 down 76.0 at 7138.8
Company
Price
Chg
High
3i Group
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
898.0
1898.5
1731.6
914.6
2560.0
1999.5
4783.0
514.6
580.8
209.7
540.0
1436.6
474.0
4166.0
3845.0
636.8
227.2
2063.0
1649.0
4755.0
139.2
2520.0
1536.5
2436.0
4580.0
6820.0
2421.0
383.3
1629.5
444.2
1588.5
1227.5
254.0
430.0
376.7
1316.4
1200.0
-25.0
-47.0
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+26.8
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-5.8
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+18.0
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-1.6
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-75.0
+35.0
-42.5
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-21.6
-12.0
975.0
2184.0
1870.0
1071.0
3387.0
2185.0
5520.0
550.0
682.5
235.3
705.5
1662.4
536.2
5643.6
4270.0
695.0
345.8
2472.0
2024.0
5435.0
223.2
2682.0
1765.9
2955.0
4668.0
7762.5
2735.5
411.3
1698.7
462.6
1708.0
1746.0
342.6
449.5
416.9
1724.5
1341.0
Low
694.0
1766.0
950.1
11.1
2476.0
1476.0
4260.0
482.2
533.5
177.3
6.3
1103.0
436.9
4064.0
2889.0
587.0
224.3
1918.5
1481.5
4437.0
119.7
1949.0
1396.5
27.0
3461.0
6490.0
2186.5
332.3
977.4
169.8
1428.0
1174.0
247.8
3.0
270.0
1235.2
956.5
Company
Price
Chg
High
Hammerson
Hargrve Lans
HSBC Hldgs
IAG
Imperial Brands
Informa
IntCont Htls
Intertek
ITV
Johnson Matth
Just Eat
Kingfisher
Land Secs
Legal & Gen
Lloyds Bk Gp
Lon Stock Ex
Marks&Spen
Mediclinic Intl
Micro Focus Intl
Mondi
Morrison (Wm)
National Grid
Next
NMC Health
Old Mutual
PaddyPwrBetfair
Pearson
Persimmon
Prudential
Randgold Res
Reckitt Ben
RELX
Rentokil Initial
Rio Tinto
Rolls-Royce
RBS
Shell A
455.6
1707.0
697.8
630.2
2494.0
713.2
4560.0
4950.0
149.1
3157.0
775.0
354.1
913.2
256.7
66.9
3905.0
278.9
609.2
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1951.0
226.3
776.1
4804.0
3366.0
255.7
7680.0
761.4
2549.0
1825.5
6044.0
5665.0
1492.5
273.6
3715.5
903.4
259.3
2232.5
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-23.0
-7.8
+2.2
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+0.6
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-6.7
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5470.0
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279.9
73.6
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254.4
1174.3
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259.6
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440.2
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618.0
516.0
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624.5
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544.0
285.3
909.3
241.7
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495.4
26.8
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205.0
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3565.0
1726.0
184.2
6572.5
563.0
2046.0
1612.1
5760.0
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221.8
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Shell B
RSA Insur
Sage
Sainsbury(J)
Schroders
Scot Mort Inv Tst
Segro
Severn Trent
Shire
Sky
Smith&Neph
Smith (DS)
Smiths Gp
Smurfit Kappa Grp
SSE
Stan Chart
Standard Life Aber
St James Place
Taylor Wimpey
Tesco
TUI AG
Unilever
United Utilities
Vodafone
Whitbread
Ferguson
WPP
2252.5
629.6
690.0
241.6
3413.0
472.6
604.8
1797.5
3137.0
1319.0
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CONSTRUCTION
EQUALITY
L&G buys out Cala
Homes owners
Microsoft ‘denied
women pay rises’
Insurer Legal & General Group
has bought out the joint owner
of Cala Homes in a deal that
values the housebuilder at
£605m. The acquisition
meant buying up the remaining
52.1 per cent of Cala Homes
that L&G did not already own
for around £315m, having
shared ownership with Patron
Capital Partners.
Women in US-based technical
jobs at Microsoft made 238
internal complaints relating to
gender discrimination or sexual
harrassment between 2010 and
2016, according to court filings
made public this week. The
claimants were suing Microsoft
for denying promotions or
pay rises to women. Microsoft
denies it had such a policy.
TECHNOLOGY
MINING
Larry Page
‘testing flying car’
Antofagasta
triples dividend
Larry Page appears to be a fan
of the film Back to the Future.
A start-up backed by the
Google co-founder has been
secretly testing a flying car in
New Zealand. Silicon Valleybased Kitty Hawk has been
testing its Cora aircraft, which
it hopes will form the basis of
an air taxi service, since late
last year.
The Chilean mining company
Antofagasta reported a strong
rise in full-year earnings due
to higher copper prices. It
said it would nearly triple its
dividend to 50.9 cents per share.
A company statement showed
that its 2017 earnings before
interest, tax, depreciation and
amortisation (EBITDA) rose 59
per cent to $2.6bn (£1.8bn).
MARKETS
ENERGY
Saudi Aramco
listing ‘unlikely’
E.ON to cut 5,000
jobs in asset swap
The chances of Saudi Arabia
picking London or New York
for a stockmarket listing of oil
business Saudi Aramco may
be waning. It was reported that
chances of an international
IPO are hanging in the balance.
Saudi Arabia is thought to be
planning to list as much 5 per
cent of Saudi Aramco.
E.ON said it expects to cut up
to 5,000 jobs as part of a swap
of assets with German utilities
company RWE, involving
Innogy, its renewables and
network arm. The value of
Germany’s three largest utilities
increased by £3.8bn when plans
were announced to divide up
Innogy’s assets.
INVESTMENT
BANKING
Finland buys
stake in Nokia
Tandem buys
fintech app
The Finnish government’s
investment arm has spent
€844m (£747m) acquiring a
stake in Nokia. Solidium said
it bought a 3.3 per cent stake
at the beginning of the year.
The fund also has stakes in
paper business Stora Enso and
telecoms operator Elisa.
Tandem Bank has bought
French fintech app Pariti.
The acquisition comes as
Tandem seeks to challenge
rising competition from
traditional banks that are
taking advantage of new
legislation giving them more
access to customer data.
the
markets
The FTSE 100 tumbled 1.05 per
cent, or 75.98 points, to 7138.78.
The biggest risers on the index
were Antofagasta up 26.8p to
914.6p, Glencore up 7.65p to
376.7p, GKN up 5.9p to 430p,
easyJet up 22p to 1,629.5p and
Ferguson up 56p to 5,308p.
The FTSE 250 also ended down
1.26 per cent, or 254.30 points,
at 19,863.2.
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The pound was up against the euro
to €1.127. News that Donald Trump
had sacked his Secretary of State,
along with US inflation data, sent
the dollar down, leaving sterling at
$1.398, up 0.5 per cent.
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ENVIRONMENT
Retailers sign up to UN
development targets
By Josie Clarke
More than 25 of the UK’s best-known
retailers have signed up to a series of
pledges to take collective action to
tackle environmental issues, inequality and modern slavery.
Household names such as Aldi,
Boots, House of Fraser, Ikea, John
Lewis, Lidl, M&S, Next, Sainsbury’s,
and WHSmith have signed up to a
raft of joint targets based on the UN’s
Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs). The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said its new Better Retail
Better World strategy was one of the
first to see firms agree to shared sustainability goals, commit to jointly
disclosing their progress and promise to share best practice.
The strategy includes a mixture
of specific targets and more general
goals, with deadlines ranging from
2020 to 2030. It addresses five of the
17 goals established by the SDGs,
covering work and economic growth,
reduced inequality, sustainable cities
and communities and responsible
consumption and production, as well
as climate action.
Environmental commitments for
2020 include pledges to publicly disclose a business’s climate change risks
and vulnerabilities, reduce waste sent
to landfill, ensure all operational water
use is measured and develop community engagement strategies.
Other targets include publicly disclosing how retailers are supporting
people from under-represented demographics to progress in employment; embedding a policy that no
worker in the supply chain should
pay for a job; and tackling situations
where low-wage workers borrow
large sums of money to cover recruitment fees, putting them at risk of
exploitation, including debt bondage.
The BRC chairman, Richard Pennycook, said: “This is part of a growing movement for change. It is time
for the retail industry to show what it
can do for the common good.
“We are taking collective action to
build a better, more prosperous and
sustainable world.”
Chinese shoppers flock to UK
Chinese tourists’ UK shopping
spending rose by almost a third
in 2017, figures from tourism tax
refund company Global Blue show.
In London’s West End, Chinese
daily
money
Over-60s are being targeted by
scammers, research suggests.
One in five believe they have been
approached more than 10 times in the
visitors accounted for 25 per cent
of all tax-free shopping, according
to the New West End Company. In
2017, 532,000 visitor visas were
issued to Chinese residents.
past year, according to a Santander
survey of 1,000 over-60s. The average
lost by scam victims was £401.
Santander plans to roll-out a “scamavoidance school” across its branches.
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Notice accounts, where you must give
notice before withdrawing funds, can
pay higher rates of interest than easy
access accounts. Moneyfacts found
the six best all pay higher rates than
the top easy access deals. The top rate
comes from Secure Trust Bank, which
offers a gross rate of 1.65 per cent at
£10,000, with a term of 180 days.
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Trio fish kebabs
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
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RHYME LETTERS
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SERVES 4
1 x 240g pack salmon fillets
1 x 250g pack cod fillets
1 x 220g pack tuna steaks
385g baby potatoes
300g cavolo nero
2tsp pesto
Juice of one lemon
40ml double cream
40ml white wine or vegetable stock
Sea salt and black pepper
A little olive oil
4 x kebab skewers
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FETCH
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Skin the salmon. Cut all the fish into
chunks and divide between the skewers.
Cook the potatoes and then crush them
slightly with a fork.
Chop the cavolo nero into strips, cook
it in salted boiling water for five minutes
and then drain well. Mix the potatoes and
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them warm.
Preheat the grill. Put the fish kebabs
on to a baking tray and drizzle them with
some olive oil. Grill them for 10 minutes,
turning once. While the fish is cooking,
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gently heat it through. Serve the kebabs
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12 Exempt, 14 Scythe, 16 Future perfect, 18 Eaten, 19 Amusing, 21 Recoil, 22 Net.
DOWN 1 Hover, 2 Moa, 3 Prompt, 4 Racing car, 5 Earnest, 6 Chicken feed,
7 Centre stage, 11 Esperanto, 13 Entitle, 15 Sprawl, 17 Edict, 20 Urn.
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7 Shoe repairer (7)
8 Web-footed
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9 Observe (3)
10 Harmless (9)
12 Electric tool (6,5)
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BOXING
Monzon, a timeless
battler – inside
the ring and out
that it is barely recognisable as a
professional sport. He lost three
times on points in a year and then
fought 81 more times without loss
before walking away in 1977. It is
the type of statistic that will never
here was never going to
be equalled in the squeaky clean
be a fairytale end to the
modern business.
life, fights and crimes of
He finally won the world
Argentina’s finest boxer
middleweight title in his 80th fight,
Carlos Monzon.
another boxing stat that will never
In 1988 he fell from a second-floor
happen again, when he travelled to
balcony and injured his arm. He
Rome to fight the Italian playboy
was drunk and holding his latest
and fighting hero Nino Benvenuti,
girlfriend Alicia Muniz as he plunged. Olympic gold medal winner from
She died, an accident he claimed.
the Rome Olympics and a man who
The coroner disagreed and the
is treated like a deity in Italy
following year Monzon was
to this day. It is too easy to
sentenced to 11 years in
dismiss sweet Nino just
prison for her death in
as a playboy, he was
a courtroom packed
far more than that
with a thousand
and, having worked
The number of
people, most weeping.
alongside him at
consecutive fights
Muniz was the
several Olympics, he
Carlos
Monzon
latest woman to
remains a gentleman.
went
unbeaten
make the headlines
It was nasty that
with Monzon. His first
night in 1970 and
wife shot him in the back
Monzon had death in
and his second wife was
his heart after Benvenuti
Argentina’s No 1 actress. He had
pinched his bottom at the
the bullet in his back for the rest of
weigh-in. It was a calculated risk
his life.
and it never worked: Monzon
As a child he was sold for a few
knocked Benvenuti out cold in
pesos for fights in streets, one of
round 12 of 15, a sickening right hand
12 he was silent, angry and poor.
dropping the Italian in a still heap.
Monzon was a troubled boy of 20
He did it quicker six months later
when he turned professional for
in Monte Carlo in his first defence
peanuts in 1963, a dark-haired,
of the title. Monzon would make
sullen scrapper on a circuit so crude 14 defences in total, beating every
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single No 1 contender during a sevenyear reign of utter terror. He was a
rare beast in the ring, a calculating
boxer with enough deception in
his movement to confuse the finest
opponents before ruining their
ambitions. Monzon won 10 of his
15 world title fights by stoppage or
knockout and he was not fed one easy
touch. The Seventies was a truly
unforgiving decade in the ring.
“Monzon destroyed you little by
little,” Angelo Dundee told me once.
“I studied him before the fight and
was confident my guy was slick
enough – I was wrong. Monzon
did a job.” Dundee’s “guy” was
world welterweight champion Jose
Napoles, the fight was near Paris
and Monzon won in six rounds. The
French adored Monzon, even when
he was brutally dismantling their
finest, and he had seven world title
fights there.
In 1974 he was stripped of one
championship belt in an early act of
stupidity by a sanctioning body and
Monzon was a rare beast
in the ring: a calculating boxer then secured his legacy by twice
beating the “other” middleweight
with enough deception to
world champion, Rodrigo Valdes,
confuse the finest opponents in back-to-back 15 rounders in
Results Service
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUND OF
16 SECOND LEG
Man Utd (0)..................1 Sevilla (0) .....................2
Lukaku 84
Ben Yedder 74, 78
Agg: 1-2
Att 74,909
Roma (0).........................1 S Donetsk (0).............0
Dzeko 52
Att 47,693
Agg: 2-2; Roma win on away goals.
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Aston Villa (0) ...........1 QPR (2)............................3
Manning 12, Bidwell 33
Chester 88
Att 30,228
Freeman 82
Barnsley (1).................1 Norwich (0).................1
McBurnie 45
Murphy 71
Att 11,508
Brentford (1)..............1 Cardiff (2) .....................3
Bamba 25, Paterson 45
Maupay 5
Zohore 58
Ipswich (0)....................0 Hull (2) ............................3
Henriksen 18
Wilson 40
Bowen 47
Att 13,031
Sheff Utd (1)................. 2 Burton Albion (0) .0
Stevens 29
Att 24,832
Brooks 64
Wolves (1)...................... 3 Reading (0)..................0
Doherty 40, 73
Att 27,341
Afobe 58
P W D L F A Pts
Wolves
37 24 7 6 66 32 79
Cardiff
37 23 7 7 58 31 76
Aston Villa
37 20 9 8 61 36 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
Sheff Utd
37 18 5 14 51 43 59
Bristol City
37 15 13 9 53 42 58
Preston
37 14 15 8 46 37 57
Millwall
37 14 13 10 44 37 55
Brentford
37 14 11 12 53 45 53
Ipswich
37 15 7 15 47 47 52
Leeds
37 14 8 15 49 51 50
Norwich
37 12 13 12 38 42 49
QPR
37 12 10 15 43 53 46
Nottm Forest 37 13 6 18 43 54 45
Hull
37 9 12 16 53 56 39
Sheff Wed
37 8 14 15 39 51 38
Reading
37 8 12 17 42 54 36
Bolton
37 8 12 17 32 56 36
Barnsley
37 7 12 18 37 54 33
Birmingham 37 8 6 23 25 57 30
Burton Albion 37 7 9 21 26 64 30
Sunderland
37 5 13 19 38 66 28
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Blackpool (0)..............1 Charlton (0)................0
Ryan 90
Att 3,216
Bury (0)...........................0 Peterborough (0) ..1
Marriott 90
Att 2,784
MK Dons (2) ................. 3 Rotherham (1)..........2
Muirhead 35, 57
Ajayi 9
Pawlett 41
Taylor 75
Att 7,327
Rochdale (0)................0 Southend (0)..............0
Att 2,286
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
36 19 5 12 60 43 62
Scunthorpe
37 15 13 9 54 44 58
Peterborough 36 15 11 10 58 45 56
Plymouth
36 15 9 12 44 43 54
Charlton
35 14 9 12 44 46 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
36 12 10 14 42 54 46
Blackpool
36 11 12 13 43 47 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
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 Tn 35 10 8 17 46 57 38
MK Dons
36 8 11 17 35 50 35
Rochdale
33 7 12 14 33 41 33
Bury
36 7 9 20 30 53 30
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Coventry (2)................ 2 Luton (0).......................2
Vincenti 3
Cuthbert 55
McNulty 45
Collins 88
Att 8,863
Exeter (0) ......................0 Yeovil (0).......................0
Att 3,913
Barnet (1) ......................1 Port Vale (0)...............1
Nicholls 4
Forrester 51
Att 1,153
P W D L F A Pts
Accrington
36 22 5 9 61 39 71
Luton
37 20 10 7 78 39 70
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
35 18 6 11 45 38 60
Coventry
Lincoln City
Swindon
Carlisle
Newport C
Crawley Town
Colchester
Cambridge Utd
Cheltenham
Stevenage
Yeovil
Port Vale
Crewe
Forest Green
Grimsby
Morecambe
Barnet
Chesterfield
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THE WILLIAM HILL SCOTTISH CUP
SIXTH ROUND REPLAY
Kilmarnock (0) .........L Aberdeen (0)..............L
O’Donnell 96
McLean 103 (pen)
Att 8,998
Score after 90 mins 0-0 .
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Dumbarton 1 Brechin 0; Dunfermline 1
Inverness CT 0; Livingston 1 Morton 1;
Queen of South 1 Dundee Utd 3.
Leading Positions: 1 St Mirren P 27 pts
60, 2 Livingston (27-50), 3 Dundee Utd
(24-43), 4 Morton (28-42), 5 Dunfermline
(27-38), 6 Queen of South (27-38).
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE ONE
Airdrieonians 2 Stranraer 1; Albion 1
Queen’s Park 1; Alloa 1 East Fife 2; Forfar
2 Raith 1.
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO
Berwick 0 Stirling 1; Clyde 1 Elgin 0;
Edinburgh City 1 Cowdenbeath 1; Montrose 2 Annan Athletic 1; Peterhead 1
Stenhousemuir 2.
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
Bromley P Barrow P (Postponed - new
date to be confirmed); FC Halifax 2 Dag &
Red 1; Gateshead 2 Solihull Moors 2; Leyton Orient 0 Torquay 1; Boreham Wood 1
Maidenhead Utd 1.
Leading Positions: 1 Macclesfield P 36
pts 71, 2 Sutton Utd (37-69), 3 Tranmere
(37-64), 4 Wrexham (37-63), 5 Aldershot
(37-63), 6 Boreham Wood (37-62).
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH
Gainsborough 1 Brackley 2; Kidderminster 2 York 1; Southport 3 AFC Telford
0;Tamworth 0 Darlington 0.
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH
Bath City 0 Eastbourne Borough 1; Havant and W 1 Wealdstone 0.
CYCLING
TIRRENO-ADRIATICO, Stage 7, (San
Benedetto del Tronto (ITT)- 10km):
1 R Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team
11mins 15secs, 2 J van Emden (Neth)
LottoNL-Jumbo at 3secs, 3 J Castroviejo
(Sp) Team Sky at 7secs, 11 C Froome
(GB) Team Sky at 19secs, 13 G Thomas
(GB) Team Sky at 22secs. Overall: 1
M Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 25hrs
32mins 56secs, 2 D Caruso (It) BMC
Racing Team at 24secs, 3 G Thomas
(GB) Team Sky at 32secs, 5 A Yates (GB)
Mitchelton-Scott at 1min 10secs, 34
C Froome (GB) Team Sky at 13mins
31secs.
HORSE RACING RESULTS
Cheltenham Going: Heavy-soft in places
1.30 1. SUMMERVILLE BOY (N Fehily) 9-1;
2. Kalashnikov 5-1; 3. Mengli Khan 14-1;
4. Paloma Blue 14-1. 19 ran. 7-4 fav Getabird (11th). nk, 13/4l, 1l. (T R George). NR:
Trainwreck.
2.10 1. FOOTPAD (R Walsh) 5-6 fav; 2. Brain
Power 14-1; 3. Petit Mouchoir 4-1. 5 ran.
14l, 3/4l. (W P Mullins (IRE) ).
2.50 1. COO STAR SIVOLA (Lizzie Kelly)
5-1 fav; 2. Shantou Flyer 14-1; 3. Vintage
Clouds 7-1; 4. Beware The Bear 14-1. 18
ran. nk, 6l, 23/4l. (N Williams).
3.30 1. BUVEUR D’AIR (B J Geraghty) 4-6
fav; 2. Melon 7-1; 3. Mick Jazz 25-1. 11 ran.
nk, 3l. (N Henderson). NRs: My Tent Or
Yours, Verdana Blue.
4.10 1. BENIE DES DIEUX (R Walsh) 9-2; 2.
Midnight Tour 33-1; 3. Apple’s Jade 1-2
fav. 9 ran. 1/2l, 1l. (W P Mullins (IRE) ).
4.50 1. RATHVINDEN (Mr P W Mullins) 9-2;
2. Ms Parfois 11-2; 3. Sizing Tennessee
8-1; 4. Impulsive Star 25-1. 16 ran. 4-1 fav
Jury Duty (Unseated Rider). 1/2l, 21l, 21/2l.
(W P Mullins (IRE) ).
5.30 1. MISTER WHITAKER (B Hughes) 13-2;
2. Rather Be 12-1; 3. Rocklander 25-1; 4.
Barney Dwan 15-2. 19 ran. 5-1 fav Any
Second Now (8th). hd, 31/4l, 8l. (M Channon). Jackpot: £10,339.20.
Placepot: £22.90. Quadpot: £5.90.
Place 6: £41.19. Place 5: £8.72.
TENNIS
ATP & WTA BNP PARIBAS OPEN,
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA: Men’s
Selected Third round: (1) R FEDERER
(Swit) bt (25) F KRAJINOVIC (Serb) 6-2
6-1; (23) H CHUNG (S Kor) bt (12) T
BERDYCH (Cz Rep) 6-4 6-4.
Women’s Selected Third round: (8)
V WILLIAMS (US) bt S Williams (US)
6-3 6-4; (2) C WOZNIACKI (Den) bt A
Sasnovich (Bela) 6-4 2-6 6-3. Fourth
round: (1) S HALEP (Rom) bt Q Wang
(Chin) 7-5 6-1; (5) K PLISKOVA (Cz Rep)
bt A Anisimova (US) 6-1 7-6 (7-2).
CRICKET
INTERNATIONAL TWENTY20 SERIES:
BANGLADESH V INDIA (Colombo,
1.30pm).
CYCLING
UCI EUROPE TOUR:DANILITH NOKERE
KOERSE (Belgium).
ICE HOCKEY
ELITE LEAGUE: Cardiff Devils v
Sheffield Steelers, Fife Flyers v
Edinburgh Capitals, Guildford Flames v
Milton Keynes Lightning.
TENNIS
ATP & WTA BNP PARIBAS OPEN (Indian
Wells, California.
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FOOTBALL
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUND OF
16 SECOND LEG
Barcelona (1) v Chelsea (1)........................................
Besiktas (0) v Bayern Munich (5) (5).................
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Bradford v Wigan............................................................
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE ONE
Arbroath v Ayr....................................................................
FA TROPHY FOURTH ROUND REPLAY:
Spennymoor Tn v Bromley.
Monaco before retiring in 1977. He
left the sport after 100 fights. His
turbulent private life as Argentina’s
No 1 attraction could now continue
without any interruptions for
training camps.
After he was sentenced for killing
Muniz his notoriety increased
and Mickey Rourke, at the time a
professional boxer, took a film crew
to the prison for a sparring session.
Monzon was 50 when he knocked
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5-CLUE CROSSWORD
Across: 1 Dig-est, 3 C-U-rate, 4 St.-amen
Down: 1 Dis-co.-s, 2 Tavern*
WORD WHEEL
NINE-LETTER WORD fidgeting
OTHER WORDS deign, dieting, dig, digit,
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gifted, gig, gin, ignite, ignited, tiding, tinge,
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SPORT
Min can grab
glory from Altior
and Douvan
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
At last, against most expectations
and all the odds, Altior and Douvan are here at the Festival, ready
to slog it out in today’s Queen
Mother Champion Chase for the
right to be crowned undisputed
king of the two-milers.
Altior has been declared fit to
run following his 11th hour lameness scare, Nicky Henderson
tweeting yesterday morning that
he was “perfectly sound, it’s all
systems go”.
It was Douvan’s owner, Rich
Ricci, who had the late wobble at
the weekend before the Irish star
was committed to the race everyone wants to see by Willie Mullins,
apparently after chatting to Ruby
Walsh, who takes the ride.
So just one question remains:
who’s going to win?
Brilliant though Douvan was
– and Mullins once described the
2016 Arkle Trophy winner as “like
another species” – it is perhaps
asking a little too much of the now
ten-year-old to come back after a
full year off with injuries and various niggles to win the biggest prize
in his calendar.
Altior, last year’s Arkle winner
and unbeaten from seven starts,
has at times been almost as imperious as his older rival, but he, too,
has hardly had an ideal preparation this time, with his breathing
operation and recent alarm, although it has to be said he looked
pretty much as good as ever when
beating Politologue on his comeback at Newbury last month.
The fact that Walsh has chosen Douvan over stablemate Min
seems a big tip in itself, but should
in no way be interpreted as a snub
for Min; he was unlikely to desert
such a precious old friend.
C H E LT E N H A M F E S T I VA L
1.30
BALLYMORE NOVICES’ HURDLE (GRADE 1) (CLASS 1)
£125,000 added 2m 5f
ITV1
1 12P34 AHEAD OF THE CURVE (72) S Corbett 6 11 7....... J Corbett (P,T)
A useful handicapper but he appears to be well out of his depth
in a race of this nature.
9 4-1F1 MONALEE (38) (D2) H de Bromhead (IRE) 7 11 4 ........... N Fehily
Beat a useful field in the Flogas last time out and he warrants a
place high up on the shortlist.
10 13112 PRESENTING PERCY (25) (BF,CD) P G Kelly (IRE) 7 11 4.... D N Russell (T)
Has more than enough stamina for this test and the ground
should not be a problem; strong claims.
2 -3F43 AYE AYE CHARLIE (46) F O’Brien 6 11 7 ........................ C Shoemark
- 10 declared A bumper winner who has yet to get off the mark over hurdles
BETTING:
9-4
Presenting Percy, 3-1 Monalee, 6-1 Black Corton, Al Boum Photo,
and is an unlikely winner today.
8-1 Dounikos, Elegant Escape, 16-1 Ballyoptic, 20-1 Bonbon Au Miel, 50-1 others.
3 9-412 BLACK OP (46) (D) T R George 7 11 7.................................. N Fehily (T)
FORM VERDICT
Ran well here back in January and it would not be the biggest
The two to focus upon are MONALEE and Presenting Percy because their form is
surprise to see him go well.
stronger than the rest. Henry de Bromhead’s gelding just gets the nod following
4 1111 BRAHMA BULL (125) W P Mullins (IRE) 7 11 7......... D J Mullins his win in what appeared to be a strong renewal of the Grade 1 Flogas Novice
Has yet to taste defeat but a career best is required to maintain Chase at Leopardstown last month. The son of Milan made all that day and he did
appear to have more in hand than the final winning distance suggests. Presenting
that record this afternoon.
Percy won the Pertemps Final here last year and he has arguably improved for
5 P1-12 COOLANLY (101) (BF) F O’Brien 6 11 7............................... P Brennan going over fences. That said, he did have a hard enough race behind Our Duke in
Bumped into a useful rival last time out but he has plenty to the Red Mills just 25 days ago. Dounikos may lack the class of the previous pair
find to be successful today.
but the conditions should suit and the step up to 3m is also a positive. Al Boum
6 65122 DIABLO DE ROUHET (9) J Hughes 5 11 7................................. M Grant Photo is another with valid each-way claims.
A winner at Chepstow back in January but he appears to be well
CORAL CUP HANDICAP HURDLE (GRADE 3) (CLASS 1)
out of his depth this afternoon.
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132 DUC DES GENIEVRES (38) W P Mullins (IRE) 5 11 7...... P Townend
Has finished behind a couple of these already and a minor role
awaits based on that evidence.
8
1221 GOWITHTHEFLOW (34) (D) B Pauling 5 11 7 ........................ D Jacob
Should make up in to a nice type in time but this appears to be
a very stiff task for him.
9 -5134 KNIGHT IN DUBAI (36) (D) D Skelton 5 11 7.............. H Skelton (T)
A winner at Warwick earlier in the year but he appears to be
making up the numbers today.
10 -2110 MIND’S EYE (39) (BF) H de Bromhead (IRE) 6 11 7.. D N Russell
Won a competitive handicap hurdle back in December but it is
hard to see him winning this contest.
11 2-111 NEXT DESTINATION (66) W P Mullins (IRE) 6 11 7...... R Walsh
Has won his three starts over hurdles very well and he should
not be underestimated this afternoon.
12 1-111 SAMCRO (38) G Elliott (IRE) 6 11 7 ................................ Jack Kennedy
A very exciting prospect and he is the one to beat based on his
Grade 1 victory last time out.
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31 SCARPETA (48) W P Mullins (IRE) 5 11 7 ..................... D E Mullins
Bolted up at Gowran Park when last seen back in January but
this is a much stiffer test for him.
14 -3421 VISION DES FLOS (31) C Tizzard 5 11 7..................... R M Power (T)
It was not the strongest of races he won last time out but he
could hardly have won it any easier.
- 14 declared BETTING: 8-11 Samcro, 3-1 Next Destination, 8-1 Black Op, 10-1 Duc Des Genievres,
14-1 Vision Des Flos, 25-1 Scarpeta, 33-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
This race revolves around the unbeaten Samcro and it is no surprise to see
him a short-priced favourite following his victory in the Grade 1 Deloitte
Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown back in February. That said, the strength of his
form does not match up with his price and a chance can be taken with NEXT
DESTINATION. Willie Mullins’ gelding won a Grade 1 at Naas last time out and
that followed a Grade 2 success at Navan. The six-year-old has the benefit of
Festival experience, having finished fourth in the Bumper 12 months ago, and
he could upset the favourite this afternoon. It is hard to see anything but the
aforementioned pair winning this contest but Black Op, Duc Des Genievres and
Vision Des Flos should be in the mix for the minor money.
2.10
RSA INSURANCE NOVICES’ CHASE (GRADE 1) (CLASS )
£175,000 added 3m
ITV1
2.50
£100,000 added 2m 5f
ITV1
1 PP-53 DIAMOND KING (73) (CD) G Elliott (IRE) 10 11 12.... D N Russell (T)
Won this prize in 2016 off 4lb lower and did shape more
promisingly at Punchestown in December.
2 21-P1 WILLIAM HENRY (60) (C,D) N Henderson 8 11 10... J Bowen (3) (P)
This has been his target for some time and handy 3lb claimer
rides, but he would prefer good ground.
3 2-F41 TOPOFTHEGAME (39) P Nicholls 6 11 9.. S Twiston-Davies (T)
Struggled over fences earlier this season but impressive over
hurdles latest and of interest here.
4 6F0/4 ABBYSSIAL (25) W P Mullins (IRE) 8 11 6.................... D E Mullins
Has had his fair share of issues but is lightly raced and a decent
effort would be no huge shock.
5 19-5P RIVER FROST (60) (D) A King 6 11 4 ................................ B J Geraghty
Not at his best so far this season and arrives with a point to
prove for his powerful connections.
6 115-0 BLEU BERRY (39) W P Mullins (IRE) 7 11 2................. P Townend
One who won’t be deterred by the ground but struggled at
Leopardstown latest and this looks tough.
7 2-063 BURBANK (53) N Henderson 6 11 2 ............................... J McGrath (P)
Impressive fourth in the Ballymore last season and looks
happier over hurdles. On a fair mark.
8 F2/89 VOIX DU REVE (38) W P Mullins (IRE) 6 11 1 .... D J Mullins (H)
Ran a big race in the Fred Winter two years ago before a fall at
the last, but poor the last twice.
9 P-3P5 ROYAL VACATION (72) (CD) C Tizzard 8 11 1...... H Cobden (B,T)
Might need further than this but has had a wind operation and
his yard are in decent form now.
10 36123 MOUNT MEWS (25) Ruth Jefferson 7 11 1 .......................... B Hughes
Poor over fences the last twice and of interest back over hurdles
and dropped to his preferred trip.
11 F72/9 MAX DYNAMITE (F94) (BF) W P Mullins (IRE) 8 11 0 .... R Walsh
Far from the most fluent of jumpers and this ground must
provide him with major questions to answer.
12 2-127 FIXE LE KAP (25) N Henderson 6 11 0 ........................................ D Jacob
Remains well treated over hurdles off 141 and he will love the
soft ground. Major contender
13 2-224 STOWAWAY MAGIC (25) (D) N Henderson 7 10 13.... N De Boinville
May well have come on for his hurdles reappearance last time
at Ascot but certainly needs to have.
1 5-1F2 AL BOUM PHOTO (38) W P Mullins (IRE) 6 11 4.............. R Walsh
Finished behind Monalee last time out and he may struggle to
reverse that form this afternoon.
14 1-422 AS YOU WERE (45) A Fleming (IRE) 6 10 13..... D O’Regan (P,T)
Lacks the hurdling knowhow required for this and he might just
find the experience too overbearing.
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6/7-1 ALLYSSON MONTERG (31) R Hobson 8 11 4 ... Jonathan Burke (T)
Had been off the track for a long time prior to his win last month
but a lot more is needed today.
15 1F231 SPRINGTOWN LAKE (42) (D) P Hobbs 6 10 12.............. R Johnson
Undoubtedly well handicapped off 139 and he did win on heavy
ground last time out. Each-way player.
3 51241 BALLYOPTIC (39) (D3) N Twiston-Davies 8 11 4....... S Twiston-Davies
A useful sort but it is unlikely that he will be good enough to win
a race as competitive as this.
16 1P-52 LE BREUIL (95) (BF,D) B Pauling 6 10 12.......................... A Coleman
Handed ringing endorsements by his handler in recent times
and no surprise if he is bang there.
4 11211 BLACK CORTON (25) (CD2) P Nicholls 7 11 4 Bryony Frost (T)
Has been rapidly progressive throughout this season but this
may be one step too far for him.
17 -2332 RED INDIAN (34) (BF) B Pauling 6 10 12...................................... D Bass
Third in the Lanzarote at Kempton is the pick of his form and he
should run another honest race.
5 1P-41 BONBON AU MIEL (53) W P Mullins (IRE) 7 11 4 ... P Townend (T)
A winner last time out but he has yet to display the form good
enough to win a race of this nature.
18 -22F3 DUSKY LEGEND (46) A King 8 10 12............................ W Hutchinson
Often difficult to catch right and the suspicion is that she wants
much better ground than this.
6 9-114 DOUNIKOS (38) G Elliott (IRE) 7 11 4........................... Jack Kennedy
Was not far behind Monalee in the Flogas and he has a decent
each-way shout this afternoon.
19 01-2P C’EST JERSEY (24) W P Mullins (IRE) 6 10 12 ......... N Fehily (B)
Let down by his jumping last time but reverts back to hurdles
and drops in class for this test.
7 22121 ELEGANT ESCAPE (31) (D) C Tizzard 6 11 4..................... H Cobden
A consistent performer but he has finished behind a couple of
these already this season; opposable.
20 4-715 THE ORGANIST (60) O Sherwood 7 10 12............................... L Aspell
Connections will not have welcomed the deluge of rain but she
may well enjoy the drop in distance.
8 -4145 FULL IRISH (46) (D) Mrs E Fenton 7 11 4 ................... L Aspell (P,T)
Has been well beaten in a couple of handicaps in recent months
and he is very hard to support today.
21 43541 JEANNOT DE NONANT (17) P Bowen 6 10 12........... S Bowen (P)
Open to improvement on just his third start for this yard and
enjoyed soft ground in victory latest.
i WEDNESDAY
14 MARCH 2018
So impressive at Leopardstown
on Boxing Day, Min is a classy
chaser in his own right and has
youth on his side.
I imagine jockey Paul Townend
will be delighted to be on top again
and I wouldn’t be at all surprised
to see them come home in front of
the big two this afternoon.
Samcro has a lot to live up to
in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle. Gordon Elliott’s gelding has
barely broken sweat to win his
three jumps starts by wide margins and if you believe some, he’s
Arkle, Moscow Flyer and Istabraq
all rolled into one.
To be fair, Elliott and Gigginstown boss, Michael O’Leary have
steered well clear of the propaganda, leaving the horse to walk
the walk.
This is a good renewal – Mullins’
Next Destination, in particular,
is unlikely to be a pushover – but
top
tips
1.30 Samcro
2.10 Elegant Escape (next best)
2.50 Mount Mews
3.30 Min (nap)
4.10 Cause Of Causes
4.50 Nube Negra
5.30 Rhinestone
Samcro, hype or no hype, has the
strongest form already and there’s
surely more to come.
Cause Of Causes has guaranteed his place in Cheltenham folklore by winning three different
races at the last three Festivals
and he may not have finished yet.
Rather boringly, Elliott’s top boy
for the big occasion is now going
for the same race he won last year,
the Cross Country Chase, and I
fancy him to good again when it
matters before going on to Aintree
for the Grand National, in which he
finished runner-up last April.
The Irish look strong, too, in the
RSA Chase with Presenting Percy
and Monalee heading the market after productive winters and
promising preps.
But the home team can have a
big say here. The amazing Black
Corton, who, under Bryony Frost,
has developed from summertime
hacker to Grade One hero, is certainly no folorn hope on this biggest stage of all.
Preference, though, is for Colin
Tizzard’s Elegant Escape, closely
matched with Black Corton on the
best of their form and perhaps better equipped for what is likely to be
a gruelling test of stamina.
22 51119 FLEMCARA (39) Mrs E Fenton 6 10 11 ................. P Cowley (5) (T)
His winning run came to an end there and the suspicion is that
the assessor has caught up with him.
6 417-3 CHIC NAME (31) Richard Hobson 6 11 4 ..... Jonathan Burke (H)
Well beaten at Exeter last time and he looks to have a lot to find
with the leading protagonists.
23 -2342 BARRA (38) G Elliott (IRE) 7 10 10........................ Jack Kennedy (T)
Slightly disappointing over hurdles so far but better at
Leopardstown last time and considered.
7 14553 FEDERICI (21) D McCain 9 11 4................................. Will Kennedy (P)
A consistent enough performer at his level but looks to have
been overfaced against this opposition.
24 -31F5 BASTIEN (32) (D) A King 7 10 10 .................................................. T Cannon
Has winning form on soft but he would probably prefer a better
surface if he is to stay this trip.
8 01104 HURRICANE DARWIN (31) A Fleming (IRE) 8 11 4...... D O’Regan (T)
Seemed to enjoy the experience of the banks at Punchestown
but this needs a bit more improvement.
25 36133 GRACEFUL LEGEND (53) B Case 7 10 9............ M Kendrick (5) (P)
Ran admirably last time against her own sex in graded company
but this looks a far sterner test.
9 62302 JOSIES ORDERS (31) (CD3) E Bolger (IRE) 10 11 4....... Ms N Carberry (P)
Beaten a short head by Auvergnat last time but but whether he
is in the same form remains to be seen.
26 1-680 PROJECT BLUEBOOK (32) J J Quinn 5 10 9 ........................ Doubtful
Never a factor in the Betfair Hurdle last time and this ground
looks less than ideal for him.
27 22220 MISCHIEVIOUS MAX (75) J P O’Brien (IRE) 5 10 8 ........ J J Slevin (3)
Took a backwards step at Leopardstown latest and needs one to
come out to get a run. First reserve.
- 27 declared BETTING: 13-2 Max Dynamite, 7-1 William Henry, 10-1 Topofthegame, Le Breuil,
14-1 others.
3.30
1
BETWAY QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE (GRADE
1) (CLASS 1) £400,000 added 2m
ITV1
111-1 ALTIOR (32) (CD3) N Henderson 8 11 10 .................. N De Boinville
Unbeaten in seven chase starts and would be the one to beat, but
met with a setback in recent days.
2 /4-P3 AR MAD (95) (D3) G L Moore 8 11 10................... Joshua Moore (P)
Has had his fair share of problems and looks held by Politologue
on their clash in the Tingle Creek.
3 F3-44 CHARBEL (95) (D5) K Bailey 7 11 10........................................ D Bass (P)
Still in front when falling two out in the Arkle last year, but
hasn’t run up to that form since.
10 F23-P SAINT ARE (46) T R George 12 11 4.......................... A P Heskin (P,T)
A fantastic servant to connections over the years but the
ground is a huge concern to his chances.
11 0-224 THE LAST SAMURI (46) K Bailey 10 11 4..................................... D Bass
The classiest member of the field who reportedly schooled very
well here the other week. Big chance.
12 P-2P5 TIGER ROLL (89) (C3) G Elliott (IRE) 8 11 4...... K M Donoghue (P,T)
One to fully respect if he is on a going day and this dual Festival
winner has connections purring.
13 351-3 URGENT DE GREGAINE (117) (CD) E Clayeux (FR) 10 11 4..... F de Giles (P,T)
Strong travelling French raider who will be right at home in the
conditions and has a place chance.
14 13P22 URUMQI (24) D Cottin 7 11 4 .......................................... J Plouganou (T)
Steps up markedly in trip for the first time and makes very little
appeal on all known evidence.
15 6-432 VICOMTE DU SEUIL (117) E Clayeux (FR) 9 11 4 ...... C Deutsch (P,T)
Runner-up here in November but that came in a handicap and
he needs to improve a fair bit to go close.
16 63327 BELAMIX DOR (40) P Quinton (FR) 7 10 11 ......... T Beaurain (T)
Beaten 59 lengths on his latest outing at Pau and looks a very
unlikely winner for the raiders.
4 1117- DOUVAN (364) (BF,CD2) W P Mullins (IRE) 8 11 10 ..... R Walsh
- 16 declared First run back since injured in last year’s race, but the vibes are BETTING: 5-2 Cause Of Causes, 5-1 Tiger Roll, 11-2 Josies Orders, 6-1 The Last
Samuri, 7-1 Auvergnat, 8-1 Bless The Wings, 14-1 others.
positive and Ruby Walsh rides.
BOODLES FRED WINTER JUVENILE HANDICAP HURDLE (GRADE
5 53-63 GOD’S OWN (60) (D3) T R George 10 11 10..................... P Brennan
3) (CLASS 1) 4YO £80,000 added 2m
A great servant for connections over the years, but he’s 10 now
and has been beaten on his last eight starts.
1
6311 CASA TALL T R George 11 10..................................................................... J Bowen (3)
112311 MITCHOUKA (D) G Elliott (IRE) 11 10................................................D N Russell
6 1-1D1 MIN (39) (D) W P Mullins (IRE) 7 11 10............................ P Townend 2
3-114 STYLE DE GARDE (D)(BF) N Henderson 11 8 ................. N De Boinville H
Not as many question marks over him as others and demands 3
4
152 ACT OF VALOUR (D) P Nicholls 11 7 ......................................................A P Heskin
respect, despite being overlooked by Ruby Walsh.
5
8-132 MERCENAIRE (BF) N Williams 11 6.....................Mr Chester Williams (7)
7 2-234 ORDINARY WORLD (39) (D2) H de Bromhead (IRE) 8 11 10....... D N Russell 6
512 ESPRIT DE SOMOZA (D)(BF) N Williams 11 6....................Lizzie Kelly (3)
121 NUBE NEGRA D Skelton 11 6......................................................................... H Skelton
Regularly falls short at Grade 1 level and held by both Min and 7
8
212 LOOK MY WAY (D) J J Quinn 11 6.................................................................B Hughes
Special Tiara on Leopardstown form.
9
241 BRAVE DANCING D Cottin 11 5................................................................F de Giles T
8 -1112 POLITOLOGUE (32) (D2) P Nicholls 7 11 10... S Twiston-Davies 10
2113 LISP (D)(BF) A King 11 3...........................................................................W Hutchinson
Brushed aside by Altior at Newbury and Cheltenham hasn’t been 11
34112 PADLEYOUROWNCANOE (BF) C Tizzard 11 3.......................T Scudamore
his favourite hunting ground to date.
12
127 VENEER OF CHARM (D) G Elliott (IRE) 11 0 ..........................Jack Kennedy
4351 EMBOLE D Skelton 11 0...................................................................................D Jacob H,T
9 2-3F3 SPECIAL TIARA (39) (CD) H de Bromhead (IRE) 11 11 10.... N Fehily 13
14 239521 EUREU DU BOULAY Richard Hobson 11 0..................... Jonathan Burke T
A popular winner 12 months ago, but soft ground not ideal for 15
113 SOLO SAXOPHONE (D) D Skelton 10 13..................................P Townend B,T
him and may have a place chance at best.
16
1432 OXFORD BLU (D) Olly Murphy 10 13................................................ R Johnson C
17 5-6113 THE KING OF MAY (D) B Ellison 10 13...........................................................D Cook
- 9 declared 2123 KNIGHT DESTROYER (D) Jonjo O’Neill 10 12................................A Coleman
BETTING: Evens Altior, 11-4 Douvan, 7-2 Min, 12-1 Politologue, 25-1 Special Tiara, 18
19
2241 TURNING GOLD (D) N Twiston-Davies 10 12..................................T Bellamy
33-1 Charbel, 50-1 God’s Own, Ar Mad, 66-1 Ordinary World.
20 616312 MASTERMIND (D) Charles O’Brien (IRE) 10 12......................... R M Power
FORM VERDICT
21
42224 GRAND SANCY P Nicholls 10 12 ........................................S Twiston-Davies H
Altior returned from a wind problem to readily see off two opponents, including the 22 -31341 ERAGON DE CHANAY (D) G L Moore 10 11(5ex).................Joshua Moore
reopposing Politologue, at Newbury last month and he will be fancied by many to
- 22 declared maintain his unbeaten record over fences. However, it was announced on Monday BETTING: 15-2 Act Of Valour, 8-1 Nube Negra, Mitchouka, 10-1 Look My Way, The
that Nicky Henderson’s charge was lame and some puss had been located in the King Of May, Style De Garde, 12-1 others.
frog of his foot, so with his participation hanging in the balance, the vote goes to
WEATHERBYS CHAMPION BUMPER (STANDARD OPEN NH FLAT
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RACE) (GRADE 1) (CLASS 1) £75,000 added 2m
since injuring himself in last year’s renewal of this event, but recent vibes from the
1-11 BLACKBOW (D) W P Mullins (IRE) 5 11 5...........................Mr P W Mullins
Mullins camp have been positive and it speaks volumes that Ruby Walsh has chosen 1
21-11 CAREFULLY SELECTED (D) W P Mullins (IRE) 6 11 5.................R Walsh
to ride him over stablemate Min. The last-named runner arrives having had a much 2
11 CROOKS PEAK (CD) P Hobbs 5 11 5.........................................................R Johnson
better preparation, bolting up in Grade 2 company at the Dublin Racing Festival last 3
1 DASHEL DRASHER J Scott 5 11 5........................................................... M Griffiths
time, and he seems sure to run a big race, while Politologue and last season’s winner 4
5
11 DIDTHEYLEAVEUOUTTO (D) N Gifford 5 11 5...............................M P Walsh
Special Tiara may interest those looking to play each-way.
6
F-44 DOC PENFRO Kevin Frost 6 11 5..................................................................B Hughes
7
1-11 FELIX DESJY (D) G Elliott (IRE) 5 11 5.........................................D N Russell H
GLENFARCLAS CHASE (CROSS COUNTRY CHASE)
8
210 HERECOMESTHEBOOM (CD) F O’Brien 6 11 5...........................A P Cawley
(CLASS 2) £65,000 added 3m 6f
9
11 KNOW THE SCORE (D) D Pipe 5 11 5...............................................T Scudamore
1 2B3F1 AUVERGNAT (31) E Bolger (IRE) 8 11 4............................. M P Walsh 10
1 MERCY MERCY ME (D) F O’Brien 6 11 5............................................P Brennan
Got the better of Josies Orders when they met last time but this 11
215 NESTOR PARK (D) B Pauling 5 11 5................................................................D Jacob
12
212 RHINESTONE (D) Joseph P O’Brien (IRE) 5 11 5...............B J Geraghty T
requires a step up on recent form.
13
1 SEDDON (D) T R George 5 11 5...................................................................A P Heskin
2 11-19 BEEVES (38) Jennie Candlish 11 11 4............................ S Quinlan (B) 14
51 STONEY MOUNTAIN (D) H Daly 5 11 5....................................................A Tinkler
Landed a hat-trick over fences last year and probably needed his 15
11 THEBANNERKINGREBEL (D) J Snowden 5 11 5..........................G Sheehan
return to action at Musselburgh.
16
1-1 THE BIG BITE (D) T R George 5 11 5 ............................................................ N Fehily
331 THE FLYING SOFA G L Moore 5 11 5 .............................................. Jamie Moore
3 6-PP1 BLESS THE WINGS (89) (CD) G Elliott (IRE) 13 11 4 ..... D N Russell (P) 17
1 TORNADO FLYER (D) W P Mullins (IRE) 5 11 5 ........................P Townend
Benefited from a change of tactics here last time and a repeat of 18
19
F-13 COLREEVY (D)(BF) W P Mullins (IRE) 5 10 12...........................D J Mullins
that will see him go very close.
20
11 RELEGATE (D) W P Mullins (IRE) 5 10 12 .....................................Ms K Walsh
2111 ACEY MILAN (C)(D) A Honeyball 4 10 11...................................... A Coleman T
4 2-042 CANTLOW (89) (CD) E Bolger (IRE) 13 11 4 . D J McInerney (P) 21
832 ARCH MY BOY Martin Smith 4 10 11 .......................................................... L Aspell
He has become a standing dish in these races but others have 22
23
1 JAYTRACK PARKHOMES C Tizzard 4 10 11......................................H Cobden
stronger credentials this year.
24
15 VOLCANO (BF) N Twiston-Davies 4 10 11..................... S Twiston-Davies
5 512-0 CAUSE OF CAUSES (38) (CD) G Elliott (IRE) 10 11 4... Mr J J Codd (P,T)
- 24 declared A legend of the Festival having won three different races here BETTING: 9-2 Blackbow, 7-1 Tornado Flyer, Felix Desjy, Acey Milan, 8-1
Didtheyleaveuoutto, Rhinestone, 10-1 Carefully Selected, 14-1 others
and a repeat success in this is likely.
4.50
5.30
4.10
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CHAMPION HURDLE
It’s a clos e call as
Buveur D’Air
gives Henderson
record victory
winners, but that was fun!” said the
legendary gambler. “I was worrying
for a while and knew we had a battle
Buveur D’Air duly won the Cham- on our hands.
pion Hurdle at Cheltenham yester“There was not a lot between
day, a record seventh race triumph them, but there was enough, that’s
for both trainer Nicky Henderson what counts, and I’d say that Buand owner J P McManus, but it was veur D’Air is just about the best
hardly the walk in the park for the around.”
odds-on favourite most anticipated.
Faugheen, a well-beaten fifth, is
Former winner Faugheen didn’t clearly not the brilliant two-miler
fire again, but if one Willie Mullins- he was and likely never will be again
trained hurdler doesn’t get you, an- but Mullins is refusing to give up on
other one might. Stablemate Melon him and has pencilled in a step up to
threw down the serious challenge the two and half miles of the Aintree
and Buveur D’Air needed to pull Hurdle next month and possibly anout all the stops to repel it by
other crack at Buveur D’Air.
a neck.
The next generation of
It was a sweet mopotential champion hurment for Barry Gerdlers had already put
aghty (right), forced to
their markers down in
miss last year’s Festithe opening Supreme
val after puncturing a
Novices’ Hurdle.
lung and breaking six
Favourite Getabird
ribs in a Kempton fall in
quickly put the shortlate February.
priced Yankee players out
“It was a long year last
of their misery – “he was just
year, but it’s been great this
too keen and ran himself into
year and I can’t complain,”
the ground,” said Mullins.
said the jockey, who
But in a time identiadded that he always
cal to Buveur D’Air’s
felt he had matters in
in the main event,
hand on the run for
Tom George’s SumNumber of years
the line, despite Melmerville Boy and
since the last backon’s harrying – “bad
young Amy Murto-back
winner
luck was the only
phy’s Kalashnikov
of the Champion
thing that was going
emerged as real deals
Hurdle: Hardy
to beat him.”
for
the future when
Eustace in 2005
Buveur D’Air is the
fighting out an exciting
first back-to-back winner
finish ahead of what turned
of the Champion Hurdle since
out to be the best of the Irish.
Hardy Eustace in 2004 and 2005
Summerville Boy’s goose looked
and Henderson already has his truly cooked when he blundered
sights set on a third victory next at the second-last and last hurdles,
March to emulate his old star See but he cut down Kalashnikov on the
You Then (1985-87), one of five oth- climb to the line to earn a generous
ers to complete the treble.
20-1 quote for the 2019 Champion
McManus’s familiar green and Hurdle.
yellow silks were carried by the
“He’s a wonderful horse,” said
great Istabraq when he won three rider Noel Fehily. “I thought he was
in a row (1998, 1999 and 2000).
gone at the second-last and I must
“All my winners are special on the have lost five or six lengths, but he’s
day, especially the championship brave and he fought back.”
By Jon Freeman
AT CHELTENHAM
13
Ruby Walsh salutes the Cheltenham crowd after he wins the Arkle Trophy Chase aboard Footpad PA
Heavy mettle: Walsh times Footpad’s
step through the mud to perfection
By Jon Freeman
Ruby Walsh gave everyone a
reminder of just why he has won
more Cheltenham Festival races
than anyone else with a masterful
winning ride, given the circumstances, aboard Footpad in the
Arkle Trophy Chase.
True, he was on the hot favourite against just four opponents,
but when his two main rivals,
Petit Mouchoir and Saint Calvados, went off together and built up
a clear lead, Walsh had plenty to
think about.
Would he sit or would he chase?
The ground was heavy. They were
going too fast. He would sit, 15
lengths back, even after a blunder
at halfway, the first semblance of
mistake in his short chasing career. He would sit and sit.
And then, as Walsh figured,
the picture changed completely
as early exertions took their toll.
Saint Calvados cried enough and
suddenly Footpad was looming up-
sides Petit Mouchoir, Walsh motionless; a flamboyant leap at the
last sealed the deal. Brain Power,
another not caught up in the frenetic pace followed him through
for second, 14 lengths behind.
“They were racing with the
choke out up front, but they are
two very good horses and I was
just hoping I was doing
the right thing,” Walsh
reflected afterwards. “I
thought on this [heavy]
ground they might capitulate up front. And
in the end I was probably in front too soon!”
Walsh has timed his
own comeback to perfection
after breaking a leg last November
and it was pretty much business
as usual on “Ruby Tuesday”, as he
then expertly produced Mullins’
Benie Des Dieux late to land the
Mares’ Hurdle. Mullins went on
to complete a treble when Rathvinden, ridden by his son Patrick,
got the better of a thrilling duel
with the mare Ms Parfois in the
National Hunt Chase.
That was Walsh’s 58th Festival
success and if you want to know
just how it feels to ride just one
winner in front of 66,610 racegoers screaming their heads off, just
ask Lizzie Kelly (left).
Kelly was fairly fizzing after
Ultima Handicap Chase
favourite Coo Star Sivola
held off Shantou Flyer
by a fast-diminishing
neck.
“Oh my goodness,
that’s the longest hill in
the whole world, but we
got there,” she said. “It’s
surreal. I know it’s a cliché,
but I keep thinking I’m going to
wake up in a moment.”
Footpad’s easy win aside, every
finish yesterday was a thriller
with half a length at most in it. The
closest call was in the concluding
Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap
Chase, in which Mister Whitaker
nabbed Rather Be by a head.
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Anderson keeps Stokes out
of England vice-captain role
By David Clough
IN HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND
England have decided to retain
James Anderson as vice-captain
instead of handing the role back to
Ben Stokes for two Tests against
New Zealand.
The evergreen seamer replaced
Stokes for the Ashes once it became
clear the all-rounder would not be
available as he waited to discover
if he would be charged over a latenight incident outside a Bristol bar
last September.
Stokes rejoined England in New
Zealand only once he had indicated
a not guilty plea to affray at Bristol
Magistrates Court last month. He
learnt on Monday that he will face
trial in August.
Speaking after England’s practice
session for two warm-up matches
over the next four days, Anderson
told BBC Test Match Special: “I’m
delighted Joe has asked me to do it
again for this series.”
England’s all-time leading wickettaker stressed that the extra responsibility will have no major bearing
on how he conducts himself. “Being
a vice-captain doesn’t make me behave any differently in the dressingroom or on the field,” he said. “It
Jimmy Anderson is ready to bring
his experience to bear as vice-captain
doesn’t change my role in the team a
huge amount. I see myself as a senior
player and I’m there for people if they
need advice. Certainly, if Joe needs
help on the field, I’m there for him.”
Anderson is the elder statesman
of an England attack which he and
Stuart Broad have led for much of
the past decade. He added: “I know
what my job is for the team – I’ve got
to take wickets with that new ball,
create pressure during the middle
periods, try to take wickets and help
the other bowlers out as well.
“It’s a big group effort when we go
on the field, so it’s important that we
get that right. Again, in the dressingroom, it’s trying to get people relaxed
and ready to play Test cricket.”
He is one of several seniors who
help less experienced players feel at
ease on the international stage.
“It’s not just my job: it’s Joe’s.
Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad
have plenty of experience and the
coaches as well, who have been
around the block. It’s our job to help
out where we can and try to help this
team progress.”
After it emerged that Stokes is
set to miss the summer’s showpiece
Test against India at Lord’s because
it clashes with his trial date, it appears likely Anderson will be reengaged again as vice-captain once
back home.
Asked about that prospect, he said:
“I honestly don’t mind. It’s totally
down to Joe.
“It’s an honour that he’s asked me
[but] I’m not looking further than
these two Test matches.”
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Sky rider Kwiatkowski takes
Tirreno-Adriatico victory
By Sports Staff
Team Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski
secured overall victory at
Tirreno-Adriatico following the
final stage time trial.
The 2014 road race world
champion was the fastest
of the general classification
contenders on the 10-kilometre
race against the clock in San
Benedetto Del Tronto.
Kwiatkowski started the stage
with a three-second advantage
over Damiano Caruso (BMC
Racing) but pushed his overall
winning margin to 24 seconds
with an impressive display.
Caruso held on to second
overall ahead of Team Sky’s
Geraint Thomas, who was 32
seconds adrift of his team-mate.
Another Briton, Adam Yates
(Mitchelton-Scott), moved up a
place from sixth to fifth.
Chris Froome, who was out
of the running in the GC standings after a number of mechanical issues during the week,
finished in the same time as
team-mate Kwiatkowski.
After the race yesterday,
Kwiatkowski responded to Peter
Sagan’s negative comments
earlier in the week about his
racing style.
On Tuesday, the Slovakian
criticised Kwiatkowski’s
performance in winning last
year’s Milan-San Remo.
Sagan said: “If I win like
Kwiatkowski, I’m not happy. I
prefer to make some show for
people. It doesn’t matter if you
win or lose.”
When asked about those
comments yesterday – ahead of
Saturday’s Milan-San Remo –
Kwiatkowski said: “I know how it
is to race with the rainbow
jersey. It’s part of the game that
he says such a thing.
“Sometimes you don’t win the
race by being the strongest – you
need to be the smartest.”
Michael Kwiatkowski stretched his
lead to 24 seconds on the time trial
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Slade axed as Jones
goes in search of quick
fix for England’s woes
Jake Bidwell
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scoring QPR’s
second goal at
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Test matches at Twickenham since
the 2015 World Cup, and although
the chance of hanging on to their
Henry Slade’s hopes of an England Six Nations title went up in smoke
recall were dashed last night as the in Paris, Simmonds said: “We have
playmaking Exeter centre was one a job to do that we owe to ourselves
of three players released from the and our fans.
squad preparing for Saturday’s Six
“We want to keep our record
Nations match against new champi- going and be the dominant force
ons Ireland.
and put our game on this Irish side.
Captain Dylan Hartley and utility
“I assume last year’s Grand Slam
back Elliot Daly kept their places [loss away to Ireland] will be in the
among an unusually large retained back of the guys’ minds a little bit,
group of 29, however, and both play- but it is not at the forefront.”
ers were said to be “progressing” in
Jones has bemoaned the way
their attempts to overcome calf and England were caught out by the
foot injuries respectively.
Scots and French at the breakdown,
But Slade was sent home along and the pacy Simmonds admitted it
with Exeter prop Alec Hepburn was “frustrating” to have jackalling
and Saracens second row
opponents regularly stealing
Nick Isiekwe, thereby
his side’s possession.
losing the chance to
“It is frustrating,
challenge for a midbut that can only be
field spot against
improved from us,”
the Grand SlamSimmonds added.
England have won
chasing Irish.
“We know we have
all 14 of their Tests
S a l e ’s f r e e to be better at it and
at Twickenham
s c o r i n g D e n ny
I think that comes
since the 2015
Solomona and
with your speed into
World Cup
Saracens youngster
the breakdown.
Nathan Earle were kept
“If an opponent is on the
as wing cover for Daly, but
ball you have to smash him off
while Marcus Smith was another
and get there quick enough so the
to be retained it was still under the speed and carries don’t let them do
“apprentice” notation that means it. That will bring an advantage for
the 19-year-old Harlequins fly-half us. It is frustrating losing the ball,
will not feature at Twickenham.
and turnovers do happen. There
England usually confirm their are mistakes, it is just how you react
match squad of 23, plus two re- from that.
serves, on a Tuesday evening and
“It would play on your mind that
dispatch the remainder back to the work we did in the fallow week
their clubs, but the Premiership after Scotland, and then leading up
has agreed greater leeway in a week to France – you could say it didn’t
when there are no league matches. help. But there is no point in [givTwo more Exeter players – Sam ing up after] doing something for a
Simmonds and Don Armand – are week and not getting results.
contenders to start at No 8 for Eng“You have to carry on with it and
land as head coach Eddie Jones we are working towards the goal of
considers his response to the back- being the top team in Europe and
to-back defeats by Scotland and the world. It’s not something that
France in the past fortnight.
will come in a week – we need to
England have won all 14 of their keep at it.”
QPR bring shoddy Villa
crashing back to earth
By Hugh Godwin
RUGBY UNION CORRESPONDENT
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Healy trains after Ireland
deny head injury claims
By Jack de Menezes
Ireland have continued to play
down accusations of mismanagement of one of their players in
last Saturday’s Six Nations win
over Scotland.
Loosehead prop Cian Healy suffered an injury during the first
half and caused concern when he
stumbled around the pitch while
receiving attention. It appeared
that Healy had suffered a blow to
the head.
But when play moved back
towards Healy, who by this time
was receiving treatment from an
Ireland medic, the Leinster prop
got back to his feet to return to the
game and continued until he was
replaced in the 50th minute by
Jack McGrath.
A team update claimed that
Healy, 30, has suffered a “stinger”
injury to his shoulder and that, while
he would be monitored through the
week, he was expected to train.
Ireland assistant coach Geordan
Murphy confirmed that Healy was
able to take part in training yesterday as Ireland prepare for their
Grand Slam finale against England
this weekend, and stressed that
there was no need for concern over
any head injury.
“He’s fully fit, he trained fully,”
said Murphy. “He was assessed by
our medics on the field on Saturday,
he was coherent and he just had a
stinger problem.” THE INDEPENDENT
ASTON VILLA
Chester 89
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QUEENS PARK RANGERS
Manning 12, Bidwell 33, Freeman 82
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By Sports Staff
QPR inflicted a shock defeat on
promotion hopefuls Aston Villa to
record only their third away win of
the season.
There was no fluke about this
rare success, set up in the first half
by Ryan Manning’s first strike of
the season and Jake Bidwell’s first
League goal.
Ra n ge rs co m p l e t e d Vi l l a’s
humiliation when substitute Luke
Freeman scored their third in the
82nd minute before Villa defender
James Chester replied to score for
the third successive game – but it was
mere consolation. From Villa’s point
of view it was a case of “after the Lord
Mayor’s show” following their impressive 4-1 home success over tabletopping Wolves three days previously
– this heavy defeat leaving them seven
points behind second-placed Cardiff.
Rangers obviously enjoy playing
in the Midlands as their only previous away wins this campaign came at
Birmingham and Burton, while they
are also a team for the big occasion –
when the mood takes – as proved by
home wins over Wolves and Cardiff.
They represented a tough test for
Villa, despite having failed to win any
of their previous eight trips to Villa
Park. Well served by talented teenager Ebere Eze, the visitors refused
to be over-awed and stormed into an
early lead.
There appeared little danger when
Bidwell crossed from the left but
Manning was on hand, beating the
slow-moving John Terry to glide his
header past Sam Johnstone.
Villa strived to fight back but Rangers were tenacious, highlighted by a
stirring performance from skipper
Nedum Onuoha in defence.
Rangers struck for a second time
in the 33rd minute as Bidwell gained
possession from Pawel Wszolek on
the edge of the area to hammer a leftfooted shot low into the corner and
reward Ian Holloway’s side for their
courage in an open attacking game.
Alex Smithies made a point-blank
save from Jack Grealish and Villa
went on to dominate spells of the second half but missed the inspiration of
Robert Snodgrass. The introduction
of strikers Scott Hogan and Keinan
Davis, failed to ignite a recovery.
Poor defensive work allowed Freeman to notch Rangers’ third goal with
a low left-footed shot before Chester
produced his late reply.
ROUND-UP
Wolves and Cardiff go clear in promotion slots
By James Mariner
Championships leaders Wolves
got their title charge back on track
last night, beating Reading 3-0
at Molineux thanks to two goals
from Matt Doherty either side of a
Benik Afobe strike.
Nuno Espírito Santo’s side
suffered a second defeat in three
matches last weekend as they
were thrashed 4-1 at Aston Villa
but rediscovered their form on
home ground to maintain a threepoint lead at the top of the table.
Doherty (right) opened the
scoring with a powerful header
after Helder Costa’s cross had
been nodded back by Barry
Douglas. Afobe added a second
after fine work from Costa and
Ruben Neves before Doherty
scored his second.
That triumph kept
Cardiff at a distance
in second place,
Neil Warnock’s side
coming from behind
at Brentford to record
a seventh successive
victory with a 3-1 win.
The Bees went ahead
in west London through an
early Neal Maupay strike but
the Bluebirds hit back before
the break thanks to a fine Sol
Bamba volley and a second from
Callum Paterson. Kenneth Zohore
cemented the win with his third
goal in five games to open up
a seven-point gap over the
chasing pack.
Sheffield United
closed to within two
points of the play-offs
after Enda Stevens and
Billy Sharp earned a
2-0 win over Burton.
Hull moved nine points
clear of the relegation zone
with a 3-0 victory at Ipswich,
although Barnsley remain fourth
bottom after being pegged back in
a 1-1 home draw with Norwich.
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Your relegation
predictor: Who’s
for the big drop?
i’s predicted table
10 Watford
11 Bournemouth
12 Swansea
13 Newcastle
14 Brighton
15 Huddersfield
16 Crystal Palace
17 Stoke City
18 West Ham
19 Southampton
20 West Brom
Louis Doré crunches the numbers
with eight games of the season left
W
e’re reaching
crunch time in the
Premier League:
with only nine
points between the
teams in 10th and 19th positions,
anyone in the bottom half of the
table could still stay up – or go
down. Except West Brom. West
Brom are definitely going down.
Based purely on numbers so far,
form and fixtures, we aim to show
who should be most afraid of the
drop. First, who has the toughest
fixtures? In brief, Brighton. The
Seagulls’ final eight games include
matches against Spurs, Manchester
United and Liverpool. Ouch.
But how’s the form? West Brom
and Crystal Palace have both
performed particularly poorly in
their last five matches, as have
West Ham. With eight games to go,
it is time for a forensic look at all
their prospects.
WATFORD (10TH)
Home games Bournemouth, Burnley,
Crystal Palace, Newcastle
Away games Liverpool, Huddersfield,
Spurs, Manchester United
Avg points of future opponents 44
League form WLWWL
Current points 36
Points above drop zone 9
The Hornets face a
tough run away from
home. However, their
home games should
be more straightforward. They have
scored six in their past
five league games (four
against Chelsea) and conceded six, for a respectable
total of nine points. Expect
them to score when they
need to and push for a
top-half finish.
45 pts
42 pts
42 pts
41 pts
40 pts
40 pts
38 pts
38 pts
34 pts
33 pts
24 pts
than enough of a points cushion – to
stay up.
Likelihood of drop Highly unlikely
BOURNEMOUTH (12TH)
Home games West Brom, Crystal
Palace, Manchester United, Swansea
Away games Watford, Liverpool,
Southampton, Burnley
Avg pts of future opponents: 38.75
League form WLDDL
Current points 33
Points above drop zone 6
Bournemouth are in a slump,
there’s no two ways about it.
Against relatively easy opposition
in their last five games, the Cherries
have secured five points, thanks to
a win over Stoke and draws with
Leicester and Newcastle. A 4-1 loss
at Huddersfield will play on their
minds as they approach their last
eight games. Wins at home against
West Brom, Crystal Palace and
Swansea are essential and they’d
love to pick up points at Watford
and Burnley. They should bounce
back and stay in a lower-midtable
spot, but they’ll need to stop leaking
goals – they’ve conceded 12 in their
last five league matches.
Likelihood of drop Highly unlikely
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NEWCASTLE (13TH)
Home games Huddersfield, Arsenal, West
Brom, Chelsea
Away games Spurs,
Goals conceded by
Leicester, Everton,
Wes t Ham during
Watford
their last five
Avg pts of future
Premier League
opponents 41.13
matches
League form DWDLW
Current points 32
Points above drop zone 5
With eight points from
their last five games,
against tough teams
to boot, Newcastle
Likelihood of drop
are a side on the
Points accumulated
Highly unlikely
rise. Beating Southby Brighton during
ampton 3-0 at St
their
last
five
BRIGHTON (11TH)
James’ Park will do
Premier League
Home games Leicester,
everything for their
matches
Huddersfield, Spurs,
confidence as they face
Manchester United
eight games of medium
Away games Manchester
difficulty. If they can turn
City, Crystal Palace, Burnley,
their home ground into a forLiverpool
tress, they’ll pick up points against
Avg points of future opponents 51
Huddersfield and West Brom, and
League form WDWWL
might fancy some against Arsenal,
Current points 34
too. Their away fixtures are far
Points above drop zone 7
tougher, but having conceded only
Brighton are enjoying a fine run of
five goals in the last five games, they
form – 10 points from their last five
will feel confident. Newcastle will
matches – but Spurs, Leicester and
want to be safe by the time they face
Manchester United all have the
Chelsea on the last day of the seaquality to spoil a party at Brighton
son – and they should be.
and travelling to Manchester City,
Likelihood of drop Highly unlikely
Burnley and Liverpool will not be
easy. They will need to make the
SWANSEA (14TH)
games against Huddersfield and
Home games Southampton, Everton,
Palace count, but they should have
Chelsea, Stoke City
enough about them – and more
Away games Manchester United,
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West Brom’s
Ahmed Hegazi and
Jake Livermore
look dejected
during the defeat by
Leicester REUTERS
West Brom, Manchester City,
Bournemouth
Avg pts of future opponents 43.38
League form DWLWD
Current points 31
Points above drop zone 4
With eight points from their last
five matches, the Swans continue
to enjoy a renaissance under Carlos
Carvalhal. However, with much
tougher opposition to come – especially the two trips to Manchester – they’ll need to pick up points
against Southampton and Stoke.
Likelihood of drop Very unlikely
HUDDERSFIELD (15TH)
Home games Crystal Palace, Watford,
Everton, Arsenal
Away games Newcastle, Brighton,
Chelsea, Manchester City
Avg pts of future opponents 43.88
League form LWWLD
Current points 31
Points above drop zone 4
Huddersfield have picked up seven
points in their last five games, losing only to Spurs and Manchester
United. They’ve beaten the teams
they need to and you’d expect them
to continue that against Crystal
Palace. However, their other remaining games are tough and they
will be flirting with the relegation
zone unless they pick up some unlikely points. They are in a position,
however, where the capitulations of
teams below them are likely to save
their Premier League skin.
Likelihood of drop Not likely
WEST HAM UNITED (16TH)
Home games Manchester United,
Southampton, Stoke, Manchester
City, Everton
Away games Chelsea, Arsenal,
Leicester
Avg pts of future opponents 47.75
League form LWLLL
Current points 30
Points off drop zone 3
West Ham are a club in a relegation spiral and unless they turn it
around fast, their safety margin will
disappear. They have the advantage
of playing five games at home, but
supporters will feel this is likely to
be of little help, especially after the
scenes last Saturday.
An incredibly tough run-in
includes both Manchester teams,
Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton.
Their destiny will be decided by
whether they can pick up points
against Southampton and Stoke.
With a poisonous atmosphere at the
club and dismal form (three points
in five games, 16 goals conceded),
you wouldn’t fancy them to stay up.
Likelihood of drop Strong
SOUTHAMPTON (17TH)
Home games Chelsea, Bournemouth,
Man City
Away games Swansea, West Ham,
Arsenal, Leicester, Everton
Avg pts of future opponents 44.5
League form WLDDL
Current points 28
Points above drop zone 1
Saints are in their worst shape for
years and will have to play on the
road five times. Against moderate
opposition in their last five matches,
they scraped five points. There is a
chronic lack of attacking movement
that needs sorting out in time for
crucial fixtures against Swansea,
West Ham and Bournemouth.
They’ll be hoping for a “bounce”
when their new manager arrives
after they sacked Mauricio Pellegrino yesterday but if they lose these
crucial matches, it is game over.
Likelihood of drop Strong
CRYSTAL PALACE (18TH)
Home games Liverpool, Brighton,
Leicester, West Brom
Away games Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Watford, Stoke City
Avg pts of future opponents 35.13
League form DLLLL
Current points 27
Points from safety 1
Palace are in awful form, with only
one point from five games, but they
were tough (Newcastle, Everton,
Spurs, Man United and Chelsea).
They scored five goals, which is
respectable, and they now look
forward to the easiest run-in of
the threatened teams. Other than
against Liverpool, they have a realistic chance of grabbing points in
every game. Expect their form to
improve and Roy Hodgson to celebrate another escape.
Likelihood of drop Likely but they
have a better chance than most
STOKE CITY (19TH)
Home games Everton, Spurs,
Burnley, Crystal Palace
Away games Arsenal, West Ham,
Liverpool, Swansea
Avg pts of future opponents 42.13
League form LDDDL
Points from safety 1
Stoke have just played some very
tough matches, so take their three
points (and three goals) from five
games with a pinch of salt. However,
they also have a reasonably tough
run-in: matches against Crystal Palace and West Ham are must-wins.
They need to ensure the battle isn’t
lost by the time they face Palace and
Swansea in their final two matches.
They haven’t conceded many recently (six in their last five), so the
foundations are there – they just
need to start scoring again.
Likelihood of drop Strong
WEST BROMWICH ALBION (20TH)
Home games Burnley, Swansea,
Liverpool, Spurs
Away games Bournemouth, Man
United, Newcastle, Crystal Palace
Avg pts of future opponents 44
League form LLLLL
Points from safety 8
Zero points from their past five
games, and 13 goals conceded,
suggest this West Brom side are
already relegated in spirit. With a
tough run-in, expect the Baggies
to be playing in the Championship
next season. With or without Alan
Pardew as manager.
Likelihood of drop A certainty
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SOUTHAMPTON
Saints in talks
with Hughes to
keep them up
By Simon Peach
Mark Hughes is in talks to become
Southampton’s next manager.
With Saints languishing 17th
in the Premier League, having
managed just one win in 17 topflight matches, the club sacked
former Argentina international
Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday.
Southampton are hoping
to have Pellegrino’s successor
in place for Sunday’s FA Cup
quarter-final against Wigan.
Hughes was sacked by Stoke
in January after four-and-a-half
years, having previously managed
Wales, Blackburn, Manchester
City, Fulham and QPR.
Meanwhile sacked manager
Pellegrino posted a message to
fans on the club website. It read:
. “I feel so sorry to leave the club
in this situation. But when you
don’t get results I understand the
decision the club has to take.
“As you know, my period in
Southampton has finished. From
the beginning I tried to do my
best every single day, I tried to
give back to the club and tried to
represent the club with pride.
“Some moments we managed
this, some moments we couldn’t,
but we have been living a difficult
season for many reasons.”
Southampton were thrashed
3-0 by fellow strugglers Newcastle
at the weekend and head to
embattled West Ham on 31 March
in their next league match.
Football
MANCHESTER CITY
Kompany: City
will struggle to
replicate drama
of 2012 title win
While that triumph was achieved
on goal difference in the final seconds
Vincent Kompany believes the of the season, the club’s fifth top-flight
current Manchester City side will league title should be won much more
struggle to top the drama of the comfortably. Even so, the prospect of
club’s 2011-12 Premier League title sealing it by beating United is being
win, though a coronation against relished by fans.
Manchester United early next month
When asked whether next month’s
may come close.
derby could beat Aguero’s
City moved 16 points
2012 strike, Kompany was
clear at the top following
sceptical, but he hopes
their victory at Stoke
City produce the results
on Monday. With 30
that will allow him to
games played and 81
make the comparison.
Manchester City are
points on the board,
“Hopefully we can
closing in on a third
Pep Guardiola’s side
have that conversaPremier League
will be crowned chamtion after the game,”
title in six years
pions if they win their
he said. “Right now,
next two league games.
nothing feels like it can
A trip to Everton follows
top the Aguero moment.”
the international break [31
Despite the permutations,
March] and three points at Goodison the defender is not getting ahead of
Park will give the runaway leaders himself and, with City’s next match a
the chance to secure the title by beat- fortnight away [this weekend’s Preing neighbours and nearest challeng- mier League visit of Brighton being
ers United, at the Etihad, on 7 April.
postponed owing to the Seagulls’ FA
Kompany is a veteran of City’s 2012 Cup commitments], he is keen for the
side and witnessed Sergio Aguero’s squad to stay focused.
late winner against QPR, one of Eng“I’m very specific in saying [the
lish football’s most iconic moments.
title] is not going to be handed to us. If
By Mark Critchley
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Vincent Kompany lifts the Premier League trophy after the dramatic final-day
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anything, that’ll be a harder achievement than anything else this season,”
he added. “I cannot think of a team
as big and with as much quality as
first of all Everton, and then United,
just letting us have a perfect moment.
Usually you want to spoil it with everything you’ve got. That’s what I’d be
feeling if I was on the other side.
“We’ll use these 14 days to get
ready, mentally, to keep the level up,
like we’ve done every single game.”
Following the win at Stoke, City
travelled to Abu Dhabi for a five-day
warm weather training camp, and
Kompany insisted that Guardiola
will not allow his players to treat the
excursion as a holiday.
“The manager said we’ve got stuff
to work on, but just having the sun
feels like a holiday,” he said. “Just a
little bit of sun will do for us. It’ll probably rain when we’re there!
“It’s a great thing because it gives
the lads the chance to clear everything, mentally and physically, and
come back to be prepared to go for
the last push.” THE INDEPENDENT
GERMANY
Guardiola has ‘low self-esteem’, says Bayern doctor
By Sports Staff
Mark Hughes was sacked by Stoke
after an FA Cup defeat at Coventry
Pep Guardiola has been subject to
a damning personal attack from
Bayern Munich’s first-team doctor,
who has described the Catalan as a
“person with low self-esteem who will
do everything to hide it from others”.
Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt,
who has treated a number of highprofile athletes throughout his career,
including Usain Bolt, Darren Gough
and Paula Radcliffe, clashed with
Guardiola during their time
together at Bayern before
the doctor left his position
in April 2015 after the
side’s Champions League
quarter-final first leg
defeat by Porto.
In
his
new
autobiography, which is
being serialised by the German
newspaper Bild, Müller-Wohlfahrt
alleges he was “verbally attacked”
by Guardiola and claims the
current Manchester City
manager (left) was “upset
every time a player had
to come off with a muscle
injury” at Bayern.
The German also
accused Guardiola of
“turning upside down our
tried and trusted medical
preparation programme”.
Having returned to Bayern, the
doctor has now launched a scathing
attack on Guardiola, even taking a
shot at the manager’s personality and
state of mind.
“I consider Pep Guardiola a person
with a low self-esteem, who will do
everything to hide it from others,”
Müller-Wohlfahrt writes in his book.
“He seems to live in constant fear of
losing power and authority, rather
than defeats.” THE INDEPENDENT
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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Onus on Hazard to prove he
belongs in Iniesta’s company
By Matt McGeehan
By Matt McGeehan
Barcelona (1)
IN BARCELONA
Antonio Conte has called on Eden
Hazard to win “important trophies”
to be considered in the same class as
Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta.
Chelsea must score in tonight’s
Champions League last-16 second leg
at the Nou Camp to have any chance
of advancing at Barcelona’s expense.
Iniesta is a doubt with a hamstring injury but Conte waxed lyrical
when asked about the Barcelona and
Spain playmaker.
The Blues head coach was later
asked about Hazard, and, although
insisting they were different players,
occupying different positions, Conte
says the Belgium ace must become
a more prolific winner of trophies to
emulate Iniesta.
“Iniesta won a lot in his career and
Hazard has to start to win important
trophies in his,” he said. “We are talking about two different players.
“Hazard is more a number 10 and
Iniesta is a thinking midfielder. And a
midfielder that thinks, to stay always
in the centre of Barcelona’s play.”
Conte insisted he would not be
happy if Iniesta is ruled out. He said:
“Andres Iniesta is a genius of football.
I like to compare him with Andrea
Pirlo [who played under Conte for
Juventus and Italy].
“This type of game, it’s right to face
the best players. Don’t hope that they
could miss out through injury.”
Hazard, who won the league and
cup double in 2011 with Lille, joined
Chelsea after their 2012 Champions
League triumph, winning the Europa
League the following season.
He has won the Premier League
twice, including last season under
Conte, and also the League Cup, but
has struggled to show his ability at
times in the Champions League.
When outlining Hazard’s positional qualities, Conte spoke of the possibility of the 27-year-old playing as a
“false nine”.
Hazard spoke of his frustrations
playing that role in the recent loss at
Manchester City, but did well as the
Messi is with
Barça for life,
insists Busquets
Ter Stegen
Roberto
Pique
Umtiti
Alba
Rakitic
Busquets
Paulinho
Messi
Suarez
Dembele
Hazard
Morata
Willian
Alonso
Kante
Fabregas
Moses
Rudiger Christensen Azpilicueta
Courtois
Chelsea (1)
Possible teams for tonight’s second leg at the Nou Camp
Kick-off 7.45pm
Television BT Sport 2
Referee D Skomina (Slvn)
Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (left) training at the Nou Camp yesterday REUTERS
focal point of Chelsea’s attack in the tage for Barcelona. We must start
first leg, which was drawn 1-1.
the game with great concentraConte could select Haztion, to stay with our heads
ard in the role again, or
on the pitch in every mouse Olivier Giroud or
ment, to know there will
Alvaro Morata as a
be moments we have to
more conventional
suffer, to be compact.
striker.
“When I speak
Draws for Chelsea
in their last
Whoever plays up
about ‘suffer’, I think
four matches at
front, Conte says his
every team must be
Barcelona
players must be preprepared to suffer
pared to be starved of
possession, because
the ball tonight and make
Barcelona like to try to
the most of any opportunity.
dominate the game.
He said: “The final result for
“And then, when you have the
the first leg gives a greater advan- ball, you must have in your head, your
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heart, the feeling you have to go to try
to take the chance to score.”
Willian has scored five goals in five
games, including the first leg, when
he also hit the woodwork twice.
However, Lionel Messi latched on
to a mistake by Andres Christensen
and scored his first goal in nine appearances against Chelse a.
Willian recalled Chelsea’s memorable display in adversity at the Nou
Camp in April 2012, on their way to
winning the competition.
The in-form Brazilian was asked
about that 2-2 draw yesterday. “This
game already is in the past. Tomorrow will be a new history, new game,”
he said.
“To go through to the next round we
have to do a perfect game tomorrow.”
Willian hinted that Chelsea will
stick to the game plan which almost
gave them victory in London.
He said: “We come here to do exactly the same job that we did at
Stamford Bridge.”
Lionel Messi will never leave
Barcelona as he is perfectly
at home, team-mate Sergio
Busquets has said.
Messi’s first goal in nine
games, against Chelsea in last
month’s Champions League
last-16 first leg, gives Barça
a slender advantage ahead
of tonight’s return at the
Nou Camp.
Asked whether he can
imagine Messi being prised
away from Barcelona by a
Premier League club, Busquets
said the Argentina playmaker
has few reasons to leave.
“I think he feels at home
here,” Busquets said. “This is
a big club, with good players
next to you – you win different
trophies, this is a good project,
economically he’s doing well.
“All of this is positive.
It’s difficult to find this in
other places.
“We know
the Premier
League is a
spectacular
league. We
would like to
play there,
but if you take
all the positives
and all the
negatives, it’s very
difficult to leave Barcelona.
If you feel at home and you’re
from Barcelona, it’s difficult
to change.”
Messi (above) missed the
win at Malaga last Saturday
as he was at the birth of his
third child. Busquets expects
the Argentina playmaker will
thrive against Chelsea.
He said: “He’s going to be
OK and more motivated than
he usually is. He’s going to be
more relaxed. I hope he’s going
to be perfect. He always makes
the difference.”
Andres Iniesta could also
return from a hamstring
injury, which will be assessed
in the hours before kick-off.
54
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SPORT
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Humiliation for
Mourinho as
United are sunk
by Ben Yedder
MANCHESTER UNITED
Lukaku 84
1
SEVILLA
Ben Yedder 74, 78
2
Manchester United
De Gea
Sevilla win 2-1 on aggregate
Valencia
By Mark Critchley
AT OLD TRAFFORD
Bailly
Smalling
Fellaini
Matic
Young
Rashford Lingard Sanchez
Jose Mourinho has rarely been
considered a risk-taking manager,
but his strategy in Seville made this
Lukaku
second leg a wager he had to win.
The gamble did not pay off.
Muriel
Manchester United’s hopes of
progression through the Champions
Correa
Sarabia
Vazquez
League knockout stages were
extinguished and Mourinho’s game
Banega N’Zonzi
plan thoroughly exposed by a
ruthless Sevilla side.
Escudero Lenglet
Mercado
Kjaer
Two second-half goals in the space
of four minutes, both from substitute
Wissam Ben Yedder, turned the
Rico
fears that Mourinho expressed after
a goalless first leg into reality.
Sevilla
Mourinho has only himself to Substitutions: Manchester United Pogba (Fellaini,
blame, however. He asked his players 60), Mata (Valencia, 77), Martial (Lingard, 77); Sevilla
Ben Yedder (Muriel, 72), Pizarro (Vazquez, 87), Geis
to be conservative in Spain, then (Correa,
89).
banked on something other than the Booked: Manchester United Rashford; Sevilla
Banega, Ben Yedder, Correa, Sarabia.
drab, lifeless display they put in here. Man
of the match Ben Yedder.
Some may well blame his team Match rating 7/10.
Manchester Utd 51% Sevilla 49%.
selection. Paul Pogba began the Possession:
Attempts on target: Manchester Utd 4 Sevilla 5.
second leg as he had started the Referee D Makkelie (Neth). Attendance 74,909.
first, sitting on the substitutes’
bench, not deemed fit enough to play
ahead of Marouane Fellaini, a player left alongside Nemanja Matic in
without a start to his name
midfield and could have led
since November.
through early half-chances
The best you could
for Joaquin Correa and
say about the Belgian’s
Franco Vazquez. Luis
first-half display
Muriel went closest,
was that he was
firing wide from a
b u s y. M o u r i n h o
tight angle after one
Minutes it took
Wissam Ben Yedder
appeared to give
of several threatening
to score twice after
Fellaini licence to
counter-attacks.
coming on as a
roam forward, but
Mourinho moved
substitute
his attempts to harry
to the edge of his
the visiting defence only
technical area and did not
caused problems for his
return to the dugout until
own backline.
he was happy that his players
Sevilla easily exploited the gap had regained some semblance
6
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Matrix
The stories you
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CRICKET
Farbrace turns down
Bangladesh role
England assistant Paul Farbrace
has turned down the opportunity
to become Bangladesh’s new head
coach. Farbrace joined England’s
coaching staff four years ago and has
been credited with playing a major
role in their white-ball resurgence.
The 50-year-old has decided, for the
time being, to remain with England
after being offered the chance to
become the long-term successor to
Chandika Hathurusingha.
» Anderson staysvice-captain, p49
of shape. Those Sevilla counters
gradually became less threatening,
but United’s own attacking play
remained ponderous. Sergio Rico,
in Sevilla’s goal, was only tested once
before the break. Fellaini’s powerful
strike, after a neat one-two with
Lukaku, was easily saved.
Sevilla, in fairness, had created
few clear openings but one golden
opportunity for an away goal fell their
way shortly after play restarted.
Correa quite simply should have
scored when Pablo Sarabia’s pass
found him unopposed in the penalty
area, but his miscontrol gave Eric
Bailly the vital seconds required to
steal the ball away with a perfectlyexecuted sliding challenge.
This reprieve seemed to stir
United, who responded with a Jesse
Lingard effort that Rico had to push
wide and Rashford’s centre that
failed to find a connection, but that
ruthless precision in attack against
Liverpool was still missing.
TENNIS
Serena ‘a long way’ from her best
Serena Williams admits she has
“a long way to go” to get back
to her peak after being
knocked out of the
BNP Paribas Open by
sister Venus.
It was Venus’s 12th
victory over Serena
in 29 meetings and
set up a last-16 tie with
Anastasija Sevastova in
Indian Wells.
Serena (above) said: “I
haven’t played in over a year.
[Losing] is definitely not less
disappointing. I wish it were, but
it’s not. But then again, I wish
it wasn’t. Then I wouldn’t be
who I am.
“So I just have a long
way to go, and I’m looking
forward to the journey.”
Venus said: “[Serena’s]
level is super high and it
was very difficult to close
out the match, just getting
one ball back. I have played more
matches in the last year.”
Pogba was introduced on the hour,
for Fellaini, but the sucker punch
soon followed. Eighty-seven seconds
after being introduced, Ben Yedder
was slipped through by Correa. He
stood up Bailly, picked his spot and
found a corner of the net De Gea
could not reach.
Old Trafford was in shock and,
as it began to empty, Ben Yedder
bagged his brace. This goal was far
scrappier, the ball only dropping
over the goalline after De Gea had
FOOTBALL
Spurs accused of
hiding price rises
Tottenham’s headline season ticket
prices at their new stadium are
masking more widespread rises,
the club’s supporters trust has said.
Spurs announced ticketing details for
their new home on Monday, with the
cheapest season ticket coming in at
£795 and the most expensive priced
at £1,995 – comparable to previous
prices. The supporters’ trust say
middle-tier prices are increasing
markedly and they have been given
little time to digest the price rises.
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14 MARCH 2018
Results are the only justification for
Jose’s football and this was a disaster
Tim
Rich
AT OLD TRAFFORD
O
f the men who succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson,
only one can be said
to have met his target
and that man is David
palmed it off the underside of the
crossbar. United’s keeper pushed it
away, but in vain as referee Danny
Makkelie pointed to the centre circle.
Just as the hope seemed to drain
out of the hosts, Romelu Lukaku
made his first major contribution.
Sevilla went to sleep on a corner,
allowing the Belgian to acrobatically
and emphatically volley home.
It would be a mere consolation, and
the only clear chance of the closing
stages was wasted by Ben Yedder,
who spurned the chance to score a
hat-trick when sent through one-onone. THE INDEPENDENT
GOLF
FOOTBALL
Mum (to-be) is the
word for Garcia
Masters champion Sergio Garcia
held the most unusual press
conference of his career yesterday, as
his wife Angela prepared to give birth
to the couple’s first child. Garcia was
due to speak about his title defence
at 8am local time in Austin, Texas,
and kept his word despite doing the
teleconference from a hospital room.
“It’s been an eventful morning,”
Garcia, 38, said. “About an hour and
a half ago Angela’s waters broke, so
we’re at the hospital right now.”
Roma reached the last eight
of the Champions League
for the first time in 10 years as
Edin Dzeko gave them a 1-0 win
over 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Italians progressed on away
goals after the tie ended 2-2.
Moyes.
Manchester United budget to
reach the quarter-finals of the
Champions League and that is a
stage only Moyes has reached. Neither Jose Mourinho nor Louis van
Gaal has come close. Old Trafford
has become a theatre of very thin
dreams.
The only justification for the kind
of football Mourinho offers Manchester United are the results and
the results have been ordinary and
this was not an ordinary result it
was a disastrous one. For all their
failures on the European stage, the
last time Manchester United lost a
European tie at Old Trafford was
five years ago. The man who beat
them was Mourinho.
Real Madrid’s victory in March
2013 was part of a worrying pattern.
Manchester United were starting
to lose to the first decent side they
met in the knockout stages. Now
they have lost to Sevilla who, by the
standards of the Champions League,
are ordinary.
Ten years ago, Manchester
United went to Spain and secured
a goalless draw against Barcelona
and reached the European Cup final
with a fabulously-struck goal from
Paul Scholes. Last night he was
in the BT commentary box at Old
Trafford, increasingly bewildered
by Mourinho’s tactics against a side
that was not spearheaded by Lionel
Messi.
The only justification for the sterile goalless draw Manchester United
had ground out in Andalusia would
have been victory at Old Trafford.
Goalless draws are inherently dangerous. In 1998, a much better Manchester United side than this one
held Monaco to a 0-0 draw and paid
the price. Mourinho acknowledged
as much before kick-off when he
raised the possibility of his players
having to watch the quarter-finals
Leeds owner takes aim at players
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has
publicly criticised the club’s
players following their slide
out of Championship
play-off contention.
Radrizzani (right)
has questioned the
players’ commitment
after seeing a
promising start to the
season evaporate.
The 43-year-old Italian
told TalkSPORT: “We give
them everything possible to just
focus on the football... long-term
contracts, we supported them in
pre-season going on a camp
in Spain. But we didn’t get
back their commitment,
their passion and spirit,
particularly... when we
played really poorly
against Middlesbrough
[losing 3-0 on Teesside].
“It was the bottom of the
season because there was no
commitment, no passion, no spirit.”
» Championship, p50
Marouane
Fellaini failed
to support a
forward line
that promised
more than it
delivered GETTY
on television. They will see some to a treble but he was right when
better football than they would have he remarked that Rashford needed
done had United been involved.
someone other than Mourinho to be
Manchester United, as Scholes his manager.
suggested, were undone by their
Rashford is a young, talented footmanager’s perversity. His faith in baller who grew up in the streets of
Marouane Fellaini’s ability to turn a Northern Moor, an area of Manchesgame was rewarded with one, fierce ter where the local Nisa appears like
first-half shot and a standing ova- Harrod’s. He is loved because to so
tion when he was replaced by Paul many United fans he is one of them.
Pogba.
He made his debut under
In Pogba’s absence a
Louis van Gaal in a EuMarcus
holding midfield of Felropa League game against
laini and Nemanja Matic Rashford is of Midtjylland, an ordinary
proved too stodgy and more value to side from a bleak part of
cumbersome to provide Manchester
Denmark. They had huany kind of real support United than
miliated Manchester Unitto a front four that prom- the isolated,
ed, now Rashford scored
ised far more than they out-of-touch
twice, United hit five. The
delivered.
next match saw him put
figure
of
On Saturday in this
two past Arsenal. He has
same stadium, Mourinho Alexis Sanchez scored twice against Manoversaw the victory that
chester City, against Liverthe red half of Manchester crave pool, against Chelsea.
above all others. Marcus Rashford
HeisoffarmorevaluetoManchesscored twice against Liverpool play- ter United than the isolated, out-ofing on the left. Last night he began touch figure of Alexis Sanchez, who
on the right.
was played where Rashford should
Frank de Boer may have been have begun, through the middle,
the worst manager in the history of behind Romelu Lukaku. As it was,
the Premier League, he may have Rashford provided the only spark,
had a few, tortured months at In- the only electricity in a team whose
ternazionale, a club Mourinho led lights have gone out.
FOOTBALL
Gun-toting PAOK
president apologises
PAOK Salonika president Ivan
Savvidis has apologised for storming
the pitch during Sunday’s clash
with AEK Athens while appearing
to carry a gun in a hip holster.
The Greek Superleague contest
descended into chaos when, with the
score 0-0, PAOK had an 89th-minute
goal ruled out for offside. The game
was abandoned. Savvidis said: “I am
deeply sorry for what happened. I
had absolutely no right to enter the
pitch the way I did.”
Sport on tv
Racing: Cheltenham Festival
ITV, 1pm
Cycling: Nokere Koerse
Eurosport, 2pm
Football: Besiktas v Bayern Munich
BT Sport 2, 4.45pm
Tennis: Indian Wells Masters
Sky Sports Arena, 6pm
Football: Barcelona v Chelsea
BT Sport 2, 7pm
Tennis: Indian Wells Open
BT Sport 1, 8pm
Paralympics: Day six
Channel 4, 12.20am (tomorrow)
D’Air supremacy
Second Champion Hurdle in
bag but favourite made to fight
» Cheltenham Festival coverage, p46-48
Sport
Sevilla’s French forward
Wissam Ben Yedder
(centre) celebrates after
scoring his first goal last
night AFP/GETTY
14.03.18
P49
CRICKET
England stick
with Anderson as
vice-captain
ahead of Stokes
P50
RUGBY UNION
Slade’s recall
hopes dashed
after release from
England squad
Sevilla send dire United
crashing out of Europe
Bad day for Mourinho after sorry loss and ‘blood money’ accusations over RT deal
By Matt Slater and Gareth Cox
P51
FOOTBALL
Going down?
Your guide to the
Premier League
relegation battle
Manchester United were sent tumbling out of the Champions League
last night after suffering a disastrous 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in their
last-16 second leg tie at Old Trafford.
And to cap a miserable day at the
office for Jose Mourinho, the United manager was also on the end of
fierce criticism from MPs over his
decision to work as a World Cup
pundit for Kremlin-backed television channel RT.
Mourinho was announced as the
Russian channel’s main pundit for
Russia 2018 a day after the Salisbury
poisoning attack, but Mourinho has
repeatedly refused to answer any
questions about the role. Rhondda
MP Chris Bryant said: “To my mind,
this is blood money, paid directly
from the Russian state coffers.”
RT, formerly known as Russia
Today, has recently been attacked by
politicians in France and the United
States for pumping out propaganda
in support of Russian president
Vladimir Putin.
Mourinho is not the only highprofile football figure associated
with the controversial channel, as
former players Stan Collymore and
Peter Schmeichel also work for RT.
Bryant’s message was backed by
fellow Welsh Labour MP Stephen
Jose Mourino watches his side lose
2-1 at Old Trafford last night
Doughty. He said: “RT has repeatedly conned viewers with a veneer
of respectability, while taking its orders from the Kremlin.
“Serious questions are already
being asked about participation in
the Russian-hosted World Cup. I
would urge leading football figures to
rethink... whether their punditry on
Putin’s mouthpiece is appropriate.”
On the pitch last night, two goals
from substitute Wissam Ben Yedder
did the damage, while Romelu
Lukaku’s late goal proved little
consolation as United crashed ou 2-1
on aggregate.
» Match report and analysis, p54-55
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