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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
Trump tries
to silence
porn star
Pensions:
women
falling
further
behind as
earnings
gap soars
Facebook
shares
plummet as
investigation
starts in US
P15
Vote Leave:
lawyers call
for inquiry
P11
P8
P9
TUESDAY
27 MARCH 2018
Number 2,289
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Russia
warns
the West:
we will
strike
back
Reasons to
be cheerful
about Brexit
Mark Wallace
P20
Labour MPs on
protest against
Corbyn and
anti-Semitism
P10
In praise of
cathedrals
By Sir Tony
Robinson
P26
» US and EU countries show solidarity
with Britain and kick out more than 100
envoys in response to Salisbury attack
SPORT
» As diplomatic relations with Vladimir
Putin plunge to a new low, the Kremlin
warns of retaliation for ‘provocation’
Who needs to
impress
tonight?
England
vs Italy
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» PM welcomes coordinated response
from 23 countries, including expulsion
of 60 intelligence officials from US
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Macaulay
Culkin seeing
the bunny
side of?
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The day at
a glance
TUESDAY
27
MARCH
Quote of the day
There’s no praise to beat
the sort you can put in
your pocket
MOLIÈRE
Birthdays
Jessie J (below), pop singer,
30; Michael York, actor, 76;
David Coulthard, ex-racing
driver, 47; Madeleine
Moon, politician, 68; Tony
Banks, musician, 68
Anniversaries
Monday 27 March 1905
Alfred and Albert Stratton
commit a robbery in
Deptford, south-east
London, during which a
shopkeeper is killed and
his wife fatally injured.
The Strattons became the
first men in Britain to be
convicted of murder based
on fingerprint evidence.
Air pollution may be responsible
for nearly 40 per cent of childhood
asthma cases in Bradford, a study
has claimed. International scientists
used computer simulations to assess
the impact of exposure to irritant
gases called nitrogen oxides in the
West Yorkshire city. PAGE 13
HEALTH
JUSTICE
NHS supports idea
of 10-year funding
Arsonists may face
Staying warm key
tougher punishment to whales’ growth
Arrest after teenage
girl stabbed at school
The chief executive of NHS England
has welcomed Jeremy Hunt’s call for
a 10-year funding deal for the health
service. Simon Stevens told MPs
the plan would enable the NHS to
improve its efficiency. The Health
Secretary said a long-term deal
would allow proper planning to train
the staff that the NHS needs.
Arsonists could face tougher
punishments if their crimes result
in damage to listed buildings
or lead to a major emergency
response. Proposed new sentencing
guidelines say that courts should
take account of the economic or
social impact inflicted by people
deliberately setting fires.
A teenage girl is being treated in
hospital after being stabbed at
school. She suffered a puncture
wound to her abdomen during
the incident at Testwood Sports
College in Totton, Southampton,
yesterday. A 15-year-old boy has
been arrested, a Hampshire police
spokeswoman said.
CRIME
Retaining body heat in the chilly
ocean is the main reason why
whales are so big, research suggests.
Scientists at Stanford University in
the US say their findings contradict
theories about why marine
mammals become so large, such as
not having to support their body
weight in the sea.
POLITICS
PEOPLE
FRANCE
GREECE
Sinn Féin spurns
shadow Assembly
100 attend funeral
of RAF veteran
Killing of woman
may be anti-Semitic
Varoufakis launches
anti-austerity party
Sinn Féin’s Stormont leader has
said her party has no interest in a
“Mickey Mouse” shadow Assembly
to scrutinise decisions taken in
Westminster. Michelle O’Neill said
the proposal being considered by
the Government would represent
an abandonment of the terms of the
Good Friday Agreement.
More than 100 people turned out
for the funeral of an RAF veteran
who died with no known family,
following a social media appeal.
Kenneth White lived in the St Ives
area of Cambridgeshire and was 84
when he died in December. Veterans
Honoured posted an online plea for
mourners to attend his funeral.
French authorities say the killing
of an 85-year-old Jewish woman in
Paris is being investigated as an antiSemitic murder. The prosecutor’s
office said two suspects are in
custody. It said it is asking judges to
charge the pair with premeditated
murder of a vulnerable person for
anti-Semitic motives.
The former finance minister Yanis
Varoufakis has launched an antiausterity party that will run against
the governing left-wing Syriza party
in Greece’s next election. He was
the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s
finance minister in 2015, but split
from the party when Greece signed
up to its third international bailout.
MOTORING
The List
Carpool karaoke: top
road trip anthems
Easter is in sight, and for many,
the break will involve a road trip
to see family or friends – although
the sound of silence may well
be disrupted by impromptu
singalongs in some vehicles.
These are the nation’s favourite
tunes to join in with, according to
an AA poll.
1 Bohemian Rhapsody
– Queen (below)
2 Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
3 Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
4 Dancing Queen – Abba
5 Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
6 I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
7 Wonderwall – Oasis
8 Hotel California – The Eagles
9 Hey Jude – The Beatles
10 Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
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Power shortage
for electric cars
Number of chargepoints by region
SCOTLAND
Many parts of the UK are “falling short” when it comes to providing
charging points for electric vehicles, according to new analysis.
Research by HSBC found there are almost 17,000 public charging
points, with the highest level of provision - 664 points - in the North
East of England, representing one for every 3,931 people.
Total publicly-funded chargepoints
People per chargepoint
NORTH EAST
743
7,127
664
3,931
NORTHERN IRELAND
YORKSHIRE
103
185
51,825
9,789
NORTH WEST
EAST MIDLANDS
WALES
EAST OF ENGLAND
142
244
28,902
31,923
172
31
33,994
98,806
WEST MIDLANDS
LONDON
206
497
17,682
27,549
SOUTH WEST
SOUTH EAST
572
262
15,372
20,382
130,000
number of electric cars
on the road in
the UK in 2017
index
Crossword.............22
TV & Radio...........28
The 10 Best...........35
Business.................40
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
SCIENCE
Air pollution ‘behind
city’s asthma cases’
2040
the year by which the UK
Government wants to phase
out petrol and diesel vehicles
2032
the year by which the Scottish
Government wants to phase
out petrol and diesel vehicles
SOURCE: HSBC, NATIONAL CHARGEPOINT REGISTRY UK, OLEV, SMMT
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
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UNITED STATES
MAHEK VARA,EDUCATION CAMPAIGNER
Backwards runner
wants world record
A Los Angeles lawyer is hoping to
break the world record for running
the fastest marathon – backwards.
Loren Zitomersky, 33, hopes to
better Xu Zhenjun’s time of 3:43:39,
recorded in Beijing in 2004, when
he runs the Boston Marathon next
month. He is raising money for, and
awareness of, an epilepsy cure.
PEOPLE
Cheeky snap by
broadcaster Fogle
Broadcaster Ben Fogle offered
Instagram followers some “Monday
motivation” by sharing a cheeky
snap of him skinny dipping in the
Arctic. Images showed him naked
before taking a dip and leaping in,
captioned “Monday morning skinny
dip in the arctic #mondaymotivation
#brassmonkeys.”
BUSINESS
Oldest US gun maker
files for bankruptcy
A smart cookie?
Indeed. Mahek Vara has helped more
than 70,000 children learn computer
coding – while studying for her
A-levels. The 17-year-old set up a
charity, Code Camp, to help young
people in India pick up the essential
skill after she saw how bad the
computer equipment was in many of
the country’s schools.
I thought teenagers were lazy...
Not this one. She has already helped
1,800 schools in Gujarat, India’s
westernmost state, teach the subject
by recruiting volunteers and training
teachers in providing coding lessons.
Working with the state’s education
ministry, she has plans to expand the
programme even further into the Gulf
region and Sri Lanka.
And she’s doing all that while
preparing for A-levels in maths,
further maths, physics and economics
– which she admits is “tough”.
I bet it is... What made her do it?
The Westminster School student,
who is originally from India, saw that
pupils in state-funded schools there
did not have the same opportunities
as here. She visited the country
regularly and saw how much young
people there could benefit from
learning computer coding skills.
“I realised there was a need for
computer education,” she told
the Evening Standard. “There are
computers in schools but a lot of
technical difficulties. They haven’t
been updated, so if there are six
computers, five won’t work.”
Sounds like a good cause.
Quite. After discovering some young
people in India had to work after
school to make a living, rather than
use the time to develop their talents,
she decided she wanted to make a
difference. She started coding last
year while training for her Extended
Project Qualification and went on
to create lessons for others. She has
since taught children and trained
more than 100 teachers.
Well, I’m impressed.
You should be. She was only 16 when
she launched the charity in April last
year. Now she’s looking to get British
students on board by creating a gap
year volunteering scheme for people
to go to India and teach.
She also wants to get more
girls involved in Stem subjects.
Oh – and she’s planning to head to
university herself, to study maths and
computing. So, not much on then.
Alina Polianskaya
Remington, a company that began
making flintlock rifles when there
were only 19 United States, has filed
for bankruptcy protection. Mounting
debts at America’s oldest gun
manufacturer have snowballed since
the election of President Donald
Trump, who has called himself a
“true friend” to the industry. PAGE 41
RUSSIA
Dash of desert colour
is orange as snow
Orange snow has fallen in Eastern
Europe after a rare meeting
of Siberia and the Sahara.
Meteorologists say the snow from
Siberia collided with dust-filled
wind from the Sahara in Africa. The
orange snow has been spotted on
mountains in Russia’s Sochi region,
in Georgia and in Romania.
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Letter from the
Foreign Editor
Michael Day
i@inews.co.uk
Russia’s behaviour
cannot be ignored
There is no smoking gun, as such,
in the Salisbury spy poisoning
case. It’s quite likely there never
will be conclusive proof the
Kremlin ordered the nerve agent
attack on Sergei Skripal and his
daughter Yulia.
But the Russian government
shouldn’t be surprised that such
an outrageous assassination
attempt, using a Soviet chemical
weapon in a Nato country, has
wrecked diplomatic relations.
After a hesitant initial
Western response, 100 Russian
diplomats to the US and EU are
now being expelled.
Some will say this risks a
return to the Cold War. But this
argument, and the denunciations
of concerted action against the
Kremlin, look even less credible
when you consider who they are
from: thus far, Jeremy Corbyn’s
foreign policy apparatchiks and
the populist crackpots and racists
angling for power in Italy.
If the Salisbury attack were
an isolated incident, they might
have a point. But Russia’s recent
behaviour on the world stage
cannot be ignored. It has poisoned
the former KGB officer Alexander
Litvinenko with polonium,
invaded Crimea, colluded and/or
helped with the barrel-bombing
and poisoned-gas attacks on
Syria’s civilians and interfered
with elections in the US, Germany
and Italy.
It’s worth noting that the
Kremlin’s fake news and
propaganda units may even have
helped bring fringe parties to the
brink of power in Rome. These are
the same unsavoury groups that
were last night calling for the EU
to go easy on the Kremlin.
Failure to draw a line in the
sand with Moscow, will have
grave consequences. Yesterday’s
Western response was justified.
6
NEWS
RUSSIA & THE WEST
COVER STORY
Western nations swing behind Britain
By Cahal Milmo
CHIEF REPORTER
The largest multinational expulsion
of Russian diplomats was unveiled
yesterday as 23 countries declared
their solidarity with Britain over
the Salisbury poisonings by dealing
the biggest blow to Moscow’s foreign intelligence operations since
the Cold War.
More than 100 envoys and alleged
spies in capitals from Washington
to Kiev were told to pack their bags
in a co-ordinated rebuke to Russia
over the nerve agent attack which
places relations between the West
and Moscow at their lowest ebb
for decades.
The Kremlin reacted angrily,
describing the move as “provocative”, warning that the countries
involved in this “notorious solidarity” with the UK could face tit-fortat expulsions. The Russian foreign
ministry said Britain has made
European countries “hostage of its
anti-Russian policy”.
Moscow continues to deny any
involvement in the poisoning of the
former Russian double agent Sergei
Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who
remain critically ill in hospital.
But Theresa May welcomed the
“great solidarity” shown by what
she said was “the largest collective
expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in history”.
She told the Commons: “Together we have sent a message that we
will not tolerate Russia’s attempts
to flout international law and undermine our values.”
The expulsions were led by the
US and the European Union. Washington inflicted the heaviest toll by
expelling 60 “intelligence officials”
based at its Washington embassy
and at the United Nations in New
York as well as ordering the closure
of the Russian consulate in Seattle.
In a statement, the White House
said President Trump had taken
the decision because the Salisbury
attack was “the latest in [Russia’s]
Exodus in numbers
60
Russian diplomats to be expelled
by the United States
23
diplomats expelled by the UK,
announced earlier this month
32
expelled from other European
countries: France (4); Germany
(4); Poland (4); Czech Republic (3);
Lithuania (3); Denmark (2);
Netherlands (2); Italy (2); Albania (2);
Estonia (1); Romania (1); Sweden (1);
Croatia (1); Finland (1); Latvia (1)
13
expelled from Ukraine
4
expelled from Canada
ongoing pattern of destabilising activities around the world”. A total of
14 EU countries joined the mass expulsion, including France, Germany
and Poland, which each expelled
four Russian diplomats. All three
Baltic states, close neighbours of
Russia, made one expulsion each.
Italy, which had not been expected to expel anyone, also declared
two officials persona non grata. Ireland, which had signalled its intention to remove Moscow envoys, said
it could announce its move today.
The co-ordinated riposte, which
also included Canada and Ukraine,
represented a victory for Mrs May,
who has been under pressure to provide a more substantive response
from Britain than that delivered
following the murder of Alexander
Litvinenko, the Russian intelligence
agent poisoned in London in 2006.
The Russian embassy
in Kiev, where Ukraine
is expelling 13
diplomats AFP/GETTY
Cloak and dagger It’s easy to spot the ‘resident spy’ – less so the guy who plays the harp
The practice of sending intelligence
operatives to foreign lands under the
cloak of diplomatic status is as old as
the rules of diplomacy first thrashed
out at the Congress of Vienna over
200 years ago.
As a result, host governments
keep a close eye on the “diplomatic
list” of names of embassy
staff supplied to them by their
geo-political adversaries. It is easy
enough to spot the “resident spy”
or “station chief” who acts as the
representative of his country’s
intelligence services, often under the
title of military attache.
Less easily pinpointed are more
junior envoys.
Among the 23 Russian diplomats
expelled this month as alleged
“undeclared intelligence agents”
for the Salisbury attack was a
musician who had given harp recitals
across Britain.
It also remains the case that the
most sensitive operations carried
out by a foreign intelligence service
are unlikely to involve embassy
personnel, who are too easy to spot
and monitor. Instead, such “illegals”
are normally controlled directly
from abroad by their native country’s
intelligence agency.
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with expulsions of Russian diplomats
RUSSIA
Kremlin
blames US
and UK for
Salisbury
attack
Defence Secretary
Gavin Williamson
visits UK troops
in Estonia
REUTERS
RUSSIA
World’s patience with Putin
is wearing thin – Williamson
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
VICTIMS
Skripals may never recover, MPs told
By David Connett
Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the targets
of the nerve agent attack in Salisbury,
remain critically ill in hospital and
may never recover, the Prime Minister told MPs yesterday.
Mrs May told Parliament their doctors had indicated that the Skripals’
condition is unlikely to change in
the near future, and they may never
return to full health.
She said it was now thought that
more than 130 people in Salisbury
could have been potentially exposed
to this nerve agent.
“This shows the utterly barbaric
nature of this act, and the dangers
that hundreds of innocent citizens in
Salisbury could have faced,” she said.
The world is running out of patience
with Russia and stands united behind
Britain’s stance over the Salisbury
nerve agent attack, the Defence Secretary has said.
Gavin Williamson said the international wave of expulsions of Russian
diplomats represented a defeat for
President Vladimir Putin.
He was speaking during a visit to
the former Soviet republic of Estonia, where he met British troops stationed in a Nato battle group.
The Kremlin has denied any involvement in the poisoning and has
accused Britain of orchestrating an
anti-Russia campaign.
But Mr Williamson said: “The
world’s patience is rather wearing
thin with President Putin and his actions, and the fact that right across
the Nato alliance, right across the European Union, nations have stood up
in support of the United Kingdom...
I actually think that is the very best
response that we could have.
“Their [the Kremlin’s] aim is to
divide and what we are seeing is the
world uniting behind [Britain].
“And that in itself is a great victory
and sends an exceptionally powerful
message to the Kremlin and President Putin.”
Mr Williamson also said he was
disappointed by a report that the
European Union intended to freeze
Britain out of the Galileo satellite
navigation project after Brexit.
“The United Kingdom has been
absolutely clear that we do not want
to bring the defence and security of
Europe into part of the negotiations
because we think it is absolutely vital.
“So I very much hope that the European Union commission will take
the opportunity to see sense, re-calibrate its position and not play politics
on something that is so vitally important, which is European security.”
Analysis
Leaving the hyperbole to others, May’s calm approach paid off
Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
S
ay what you like about
Theresa May, but she
certainly has sticking
power. The Prime Minister
has suffered a dismal 12 months
after she threw away her
Commons majority in a needless
general election.
She has endured endless
speculation about her survival,
been caught up in internal
Tory battles over Europe, and
experienced the humiliation
of losing her voice in her big
conference speech.
But she can allow herself a small
pat on the back for the remarkable
achievement of lining much of the
Western world behind Britain to
take action against Moscow.
That 19 countries have come
together to expel Russian
diplomats in protest over the
Salisbury attack is a tribute
to her patient diplomacy.
Mrs May (inset) also
persuaded the EU
to issue a strongly
worded condemnation
of Russia despite the
reservations of several
nations, including
Greece and Hungary.
Her calm approach,
mixing concrete action with the
threat of further sanctions in
reserve, was in stark contrast
to Boris Johnson’s shoot-fromthe-lip style which led to him
comparing the World Cup in
Russia to Hitler’s 1936 Olympics.
Dealing with the aftermath of
the attempted murder of Sergei
Skripal and his daughter Yulia
has taken up much of Mrs May’s
time and attention as she
briefed world leaders on
the evidence pointing
towards the Kremlin.
Senior officials
backed her up by
sharing sensitive
intelligence material
with nations wavering
over punishing Russia for
its apparent use of a deadly
nerve agent.
Alarm bells rang in Downing
Street when Donald Trump sent
out contradictory signals over
Moscow’s involvement in the
poisoning. Yet the President took
the dramatic step of expelling
60 Russian diplomats from
American soil and ordering the
closure of its consulate in Seattle.
The co-ordinated international
action was at the top end of Mrs
May’s expectations and won her
plaudits as she addressed the
House of Commons, with Tory
right-winger Iain Duncan Smith,
Labour’s Yvette Cooper and the
SNP’s Ian Blackford among those
welcoming the expulsions.
Mrs May should take a moment
to enjoy her diplomatic triumph.
As the really hard choices of
Brexit loom and she attempts to
reconcile domestic pressures with
the demands of Brussels, tougher
times are certainly ahead for the
Prime Minister.
By Cahal Milmo
Russia responded both furiously
and mockingly to the mass expulsions of diplomats which brought
relations with the West yesterday
to their lowest point since the annexation of the Crimea.
The Kremlin described the coordinated expulsion of dozens
of its envoys as a “mistake” and
a “provocation”, adding that the
final decision on the scale of Moscow’s response – almost certainly
a fresh round of tit-for-tat expulsions – rested with Vladimir Putin.
In Moscow, the foreign ministry
told a news agency that “powerful forces” in Britain and America
were behind the Salisbury poisoning. In a statement about the expulsions, the ministry said: “The
provocative gesture of the socalled solidarity of these countries
with London … is a continuation of
the confrontational policy to escalate the situation.”
The decision by the White
House to order the closure of
the Russian consulate in Seattle
prompted Moscow’s Washington
embassy to post an online poll to
decide which American mission
should be shut down. America has
consulates in St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok.
Konstantin Kosachev, chairman
of the foreign affairs committee in
the Russian parliament, described
the expulsions as being part of a
“dirty and mean game that has
no precedent” being played by
the West.
Russia’s ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov, responded to American insistence that
Moscow was behind an unacceptably large espionage operation on
its soil by claiming the expulsions
risked destroying his country’s relations with the US.
Mr Antonov said that “what the
US is doing today is they are destroying whatever little is still left
in Russia-US relations”.
Russia’s embassy in Washington
posted a Twitter poll asking
followers to choose which US
consulate in Russia to close AFP
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NEWS
SOCIETY
Heartfelt
tribute
Gender earnings
gap for pensions
trebles in 10 years
By Alina Polianskya
The gap in earnings between retired
single women and men has almost
trebled in the past decade, research
found. The average single woman
earned £85 less per week than her
male counterpart in 2016-17, up from
a gap of £31 a week back in 2006-07.
Women in this group received a
gross income of £294 a decade ago,
which has risen to £316. Their male
equivalents received £325 back then,
rising to £401 weekly in 2016-17.
This is a 23 per increase for men
in real terms, compared with just
7 per cent for women, based on the
pensions income data released by the
Department of Work and Pensions.
According to analysis by the insurer Royal London, the gap increase
was down to two main factors – earnings and occupational pensions.
Average real earnings for single
men in retirement have more than
doubled to £37 a week, from £17 a
decade ago – but for women, this fig-
ure has dropped in real terms from
£21 to £19 per week.
The increase in occupational pensions has also been much sharper for
single men, who have seen this rise
from £83 per week to £125 over a decade, compared to women’s pensions,
which rose from £58 to £81.
Steve Webb, director of policy at
Royal London, said: “These figures
reveal a shocking surge in the gap between men and women when it comes
to living standards in retirement.
“Much more needs to be done to
tackle the disadvantages faced by
women in the later life jobs market as
well as doing more to ensure women
are building up better pensions in
their own right in the future.”
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Artist James Cochran,
known as ‘Jimmy C’,
puts the finishing
touches to a mural to
commemorate the
victims of the London
Bridge terror attack.
The work features
eight hearts, one for
each of the people
who died. The mural
is located by Borough
Market where the
attack took place on 3
June. JACK TAYLOR/GETTY
BROADCASTING
Radio 4 news presenters to exchange roles
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Sarah Montague will become the
lead presenter of the World at One
whilst Martha Kearney joins the
Today programme as one of its main
presenters, in a Radio 4 job switch,
the BBC confirmed.
The long-mooted transfer had
been held up by wrangling over
salaries. Montague (inset), the only
Today presenter to earn less than
£150,000, negotiated a higher
salary for the lunchtime
role. She sought parity
with Ms Kearney, who
presented the World at
One for a decade, and
earned up to £249,000.
T h e “ge n d e r p ay
gap” on Today has been
reduced by the top earner
John Humphrys, who took
home more than £600,000, agreeing
a further pay cut. The changes
will take effect next month.
The fallout from the BBC
gender pay row means
the Radio 4 presenting
merry-go-round may not
be over.
The BBC is said to be
seeking to cut the pay of the
PM frontman Eddie Mair, who
earns up to £350,000.
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POLITICS
‘Realistic prospects’ of Vote Leave convictions
By Andrew Woodcock
Information from whistleblowers
provides grounds to suspect that the
Vote Leave campaign broke electoral
law during the 2016 EU referendum
campaign, according to a legal opinion obtained by the men’s lawyers.
The opinion said there were “reasonable grounds” for the Electoral
Commission to investigate the possibility of a conspiracy involving two
senior members of the Leave campaign now working as advisers to
Theresa May.
The 50-page opinion obtained
by Bindman’s solicitors, acting on
behalf of Christopher Wylie and
Shahmir Sanni, called for an “urgent
investigation” to establish whether a
prosecution could be brought over
allegations the campaign broke
spending limits.
Vote Leave and its former officials
have denied wrongdoing.
Witness statements and documents provided by the whistleblowers “strongly suggest” that a
donation of almost £680,000 made
by the campaign to a youth Brexit
group called BeLeave was actually
used for the benefit of Vote Leave, to
pay data firm Aggregate IQ for targeted messaging services, said the
legal opinion, prepared by barristers
from Matrix Chambers.
If this cash was recorded as Vote
Leave expenditure, it would take the
Labour ‘would change law to rule out hard border’
Labour has pledged to try to push
through changes to Brexit legislation that would make a return
to a hard border in Northern
Ireland impossible.
The party’s shadow
Brexit Secretary Sir
Keir Starmer (inset) has
insisted such a legal
commitment is needed to
prevent any kind of “checks,
controls or physical infrastructure” at the border.
In a speech in Birmingham, Sir
Keir said an amendment to the
EU (Withdrawal) Bill was needed
because: “This would put in place
a legal commitment preventing a
hard border between Northern
Ireland and the Republic.”
Sir Keir said Labour
changes to the Bill would
seek to ensure there
can be no reduction in
North-South co-operation in Ireland. He added
Labour would also try to
rewrite the Government’s
Brexit legislation to prevent the
UK leaving the EU without a deal if
Parliament rejects any agreement
Theresa May strikes with Brussels.
campaign’s spending over the £7m
spending limit.
There are “realistic prospects” that
the group and official David Halsall
might be convicted, said QCs Clare
Montgomery and Helen Mountfield
and barrister Ben Silverstone.
They said there were “reasonable grounds” for the Electoral
Commission to investigate whether
any offences were committed “with
the knowledge, assistance and agreement” of senior figures in Vote Leave,
includingStephenParkinsonandCleo
Watson, who are now advisers to the
Prime Minister, as well as the campaign director Dominic Cummings.
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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Roaming
after Brexit
may cost
mobile users
By Rob Merrick
The looming return of roaming
charges after Brexit will cost
business people visiting the EU up to
£778 a month, research shows.
The fees for using international
data within the EU – axed under a
Brussels agreement last June – are
set to be brought back after Theresa
May announced the UK would leave
the “digital single market”.
Now House of Commons officials
have helped calculate the cost for
business travellers, if prices return
to the level before roaming charges
were abolished.
The research puts the extra bill
at £195 if foreign mobile companies
exploit their new freedom to ramp
up the price for local
firms to use their
networks.
But the additional charges
soar to £778
The extra cost
if local mobile
per month to
carriers also
business people
push up the
using their
cost for their
phone in Europe
customers to
the maximum allowed before the cap.
The Best for Britain
group, which put together the study
with the help of the Commons
Library, said it showed “the reality
of the decision to leave the European
Union is dawning”.
The expected fees are much
higher than the £61 top-up run up by
holidaymakers before the EU acted
– because business travellers use so
much more data. They consume 4.5
gigabytes (GB) – for a typical six days
abroad each month.
“The cost of a hard Brexit on
British travellers is becoming
abundantly clear,” said Alex Sobel, a
Labour MP and supporter of the antiBrexit Best for Britain group.
Kicking up
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Competitors take part in
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HEALTH
MPs urge NHS to
create long-term
funding plan
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
The NHS will remain stuck in “survival mode” and reliant on shortterm rescue packages to improve
patient care unless a comprehensive
long-term funding plan is created,
MPs warn in a new report.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said the financial position
HEALTH
of the health service remained in a
“perilous state” despite the provision
of an extra £1.8bn funding package
in 2016-17. They concluded it was another example of the Health and Social Care Department, NHS England
and NHS Improvement being “too
focused on balancing the books” and
failing to create a long-term plan to
improve patient services.
Meg Hillier, PAC chair, called for
“fresh thinking”. “Rescue packages
and budget transfers are no substitute for a coherent, properly funded
strategy that enables NHS trusts to
plan, focus on patient care and lay
the groundwork for long-term financial sustainability,” she said.
Viagra to be sold over the counter
By Ella Pickover
Men will be able to buy
Viagra from pharmacies across the UK from
today for just under £5
a pill, its manufacturer
has announced.
In Nove m b e r, t h e
Medicines and Healthcare
products Regulatory Agency
announced that it was reclassifying
Viagra Connect tablets so they could
be sold over the counter.
It was hoped that making the
drug more widely available
would mean that men who
had not previously sought
help for erectile dysfunction would be more
likely to do so. Manufacturer Pfizer said the
tablets will be available
exclusively in Boots for
two weeks before being
rolled out to other pharmacies.
Men can purchase the drug after
answering a series of questions to
help determine if the product is
suitable for them.
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POLITICS
MPs join calls for Corbyn
to combat anti-Semitism
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
More than 20 Labour MPs joined
a demonstration to accuse Jeremy
Corbyn of failing to take decisive action to combat anti-Semitism in the
party’s ranks.
Ahead of the protest outside
Parliament the Labour leader
promised an urgent meeting with
Jewish leaders and apologised for
“hurt and pain” caused by instances
of anti-Semitism in the party.
The rally was staged after the
Board of Deputies and Jewish
Leadership Council claimed Mr
Corbyn had repeatedly sided with
anti-Semites.
Wes Streeting, the MP for Ilford
North, told hundreds of demonstrators they should work with every
“ounce of strength” to “drain the
cesspit of anti-Semitism within the
Labour Party”.
He added: “We know what needs
to be done, we don’t need any more
mealy-mouthed statements from
the leader of the Labour Party.”
The Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger, parliamentary chair
Corbyn on the defensive
“We are totally opposed to antiSemitism in any form within the
party. The very small number
of cases that have been brought
to our attention have been dealt
with swiftly.” – April 2016, after
Ken Livingstone’s suspension for
comments he made about Hitler
“Our Jewish friends are no more
responsible for the actions of Israel
or the Netanyahu government than
our Muslim friends are for those of
various self-styled Islamic states or
organisations.” – June 2016
“Let me be absolutely clear,
anti-Semitism is an evil, it led
to the worst crimes of the 20th
century.” – September 2016, party
conference speech
“I have made my position on
anti-Semitism abundantly clear
on many occasions.” – November
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said: “I tell you that anti-Semitism
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that today.”
A series of MPs also called at a
private meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party for further action
to root out anti-Semitism.
A counter-demonstration organised by Jewish Voice for Labour was
attended by about 30 people.
Mr Corbyn sought to defuse the
row in a letter to Jewish leaders, in
which he also said sorry for questioning the removal of a mural in
east London that appeared to depict
Jewish bankers exploiting the poor.
He wrote: “I recognise that antiSemitism has surfaced within the
Labour Party, and has too often
been dismissed as simply a matter
of a few bad apples.
“This has caused pain and hurt to
Jewish members of our party and
to the wider Jewish community in
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INQUIRY
Trade Commission to investigate
if Facebook engaged in unfair acts
By Alina Polianskaya
Billions were wiped off Facebook’s
share price yesterday after it was
announced the company is being
investigated by the US Federal
Trade Commission (FTC) over its
privacy practices.
Officials in several countries including the US, the UK and Germany, have raised questions about how
the social media firm protects users’
private information, after political
data firm Cambridge Analytica obtained millions of users’ details in an
alleged bid to influence US elections.
The FTC confirmed yesterday it
was looking into whether Facebook
engaged in “unfair acts that caused
substantial injury”.
Facebook reached a settlement
with the FTC in 2011 offering privacy assurances, but Marc Rotenberg,
of the Electronic Privacy Information Centre, claimed Facebook was
in breach of this following the Cambridge Analyitca scandal.
He said: “This is what Facebook
was doing 10 years ago that people
objected to, its what the FTC should
have stopped in 2011.”
Law enforcement officers in 37
US states have demanded Facebook
reveal when it learned of the data
breach, adding that trust in the networking platform is “broken”.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has been invited to testify at
a Senate hearing next month on
data privacy.
German justice minister Katarina
Barley has also demanded greater
transparency about the algorithms
that underpin Facebook’s data
collection. She said that although
the company vowed to prevent
any future breaches, “promises
aren’t enough”.
A #deletefacebook campaign
showed trust in the company had
been swayed after a whistle-blower
claimed Cambridge Analytica harvested 50 millions Facebook users’
data to allegedly target them with
political messages.
Facebook said yesterday
it welcomed the FTC’s
questions and remained
“strongly committed” to
protecting user data.
PEOPLE
Jo Cox’s sister
to take over at
foundation
Protest at
Parliament
Labour MP Luciana Berger speaks during
a protest against anti-Semitism in the
Labour Party in Parliament Square, in which
campaigners criticised Jeremy Corbyn. PA
By Alexander Britton
The sister of the murdered MP Jo
Cox will take a leadership role within the foundation bearing her name
after the resignation of her widower.
Brendan Cox left posts at More
in Common and the Jo Cox
Foundation last month after
admitting “inappropriate” behaviour while he
worked at Save the Children in 2015.
Kim Leadbeater is to
be appointed as an ambassador at the Jo Cox
Foundation and will work on
setting strategy with the board.
COURTS
Southern Health NHS trust fined £2m over deaths
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
A health trust has been fined £2m
after neglect at a care unit led to
the “completely avoidable” deaths
of two vulnerable patients, including an epileptic teenager who
drowned in the bath.
Connor Sparrowhawk, who
was 18 and had learning disabilities, was left unsupervised while
bathing at the Slade House care
and assessment unit in Oxford in
2013. A year earlier, 45-year-old
Teresa Colvin killed herself at the
same facility.
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust admitted two counts
of failing to protect its patients,
although it took what the judge
described as “a time-consuming
and punishing campaign” from
grieving relatives and support-
ers to bring justice. Sentencing at
Oxford Crown Court, Mr Justice
Stuart-Smith said he acknowledged “every pound paid in a fine
is £1 lost from clinical care” but the
case concerned “deep-rooted systemic failings”.
Mr Sparrowhawk’s mother,
Sara Ryan, accused the trust of
“arming itself with a range of legal
weapons and dirty tricks” following the deaths. Dr Ryan added:
“No one should die a preventable
death in the care of the state.”
Roger Colvin, whose wife, Teresa, died in April 2012 following
repeated self-harm attempts,
said after sentencing: “Southern
Health collectively failed her in
several ways.”
The trust’s new chief executive, Dr Nick Broughton, said the
deaths had “served as a catalyst
for change”.
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By Ella Pickover
People at high risk of developing cancer are being denied a
“life-saving” £200 test on the
NHS, a charity claims.
Four in five hospitals across
England are not testing bowel
cancer patients for a condition
called Lynch syndrome – a genetic condition which significantly increases a person’s risk
of the disease.
Testing for the condition
Ms Leadbeater (inset) said: “I owe
it to my sister to make sure Jo’s
legacy goes on and that her
death was not in vain.”
Although condemning
Mr Cox’s behaviour, Ms
Leadbeater told Good
Morning Britain: “Will I
support Brendan as the
father of two children who
have had their mother murdered? Of course I will.”
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‘Scrap grammar schools –
they’re a danger to equality’
By Richard Vaughan
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
Hard times, better pay
Ministers should abolish grammar
schools as they offer no additional
benefit to pupils’ grades and are
a “danger” to equality in society,
according to a major study.
Increasing selection in the school
system harms the majority of students who do not attend grammar
schools – the success of which is
mostly attributable to pupils’ background and prior attainment, Durham University research shows.
Plans to dramatically expand the
number of grammars in England
were abandoned after Theresa May
lost her majority in the election. However, the new Education Secretary,
Damian Hinds, has indicated he will
allow existing grammars to expand.
Now academics are calling on
the Government to “phase out” the
schools because of the impact they
have on the rest of the system.
Report co-author Dr Nadia Siddiqui
said grammar schools prevented surrounding institutions from attracting
the highest-attaining pupils. “In areas
with selective schools, the system
Students who start university in a
recession end up with higher pay
- on average £1,200 a year more than those who begin their studies
when the economy is in good
shape, research shows.
Academics looked at workforce
data between 1998 to 2016
to compare the outcomes of
graduates who enrolled at
university at different points of
the business cycle between 1960
and 2010. It showed that those
who started university in a tough
economic climate were more likely
to earn a bigger salary. The study
suggests this is down to higher
competition for university places
as more choose to study when jobs
are fewer.
The research, presented to
the Royal Economic Society’s
annual conference in Brighton
yesterday, also claimed that
students may worry about their
future employment chances more
during a recession and therefore
study harder.
leads to increased social and economic segregation between schools, which
has consequences for pupils in the
non-selective schools, such as lower
self-esteem, poorer role models... and
a distorted sense of justice,” she said.
The findings show grammar
schools take only a tiny proportion
of pupils on free school meals – an
important marker, as children’s attainment at GCSE drops with every
year they are in receipt of free meals
– forcing surrounding schools to take
on more disadvantaged pupils.
Grammars were also less likely to
have pupils with special educational
needs or English as an additional language. Professor Stephen Gorard,
from Durham University’s School of
Education, said: “The kind of social
segregation experienced by children
in selective areas in England, and the
damage to social cohesion that ensues, is for no clear gain.”
A Department for Education
spokesman said: “We want every
child to receive a world-class education and to give parents greater
choice when it comes to picking the
school that’s right for them – grammar schools are a part of this.”
From one May to another
Queen guitarist Brian May visited
10 Downing Street yesterday to
hand in a petition containing more
than 400,000 signatures urging the
Prime Minister to ban imports of
animal fur. PA
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Scouts pay out £42,000 to settle autism case
By George Martin
An 11-year-old boy has won £42,000
from the Scouts over claims he was
discriminated against because of
his autism.
Ben Gleeson was told by leaders
at his local Scout group in Hertfordshire he was not allowed to attend
camps or do athletics without supervision. Ben’s parents sued the group,
claiming it amounted to a ban.
The Scout Association said it had
apologised and started an inquiry,
and the case was settled out of court.
His parents said they explained his
autism to the Scout leaders and suggested strategies to help calm and
distract him, should he get upset.
They said change made him anxious
and that he needed to know plans in
advance. Unpredictable events could
distress him.
In March 2016, Ben became distressed on a camp and tried to run
away from the rest of the group at an
The Scout Association apologised after the parents of Ben Gleeson (inset) said
the decision to bar him from activities was a ‘complete overreaction’ GETTY
indoor venue after he was asked to
change into a pair of shoes he could
not find. On another occasion, he
said he did not want to join an egg-
and-spoon race because of a phobia
of spoons.
Soon afterwards, the pack leaders
decided Ben should not travel with
the group on the bus or take part in
sporting events. They said the decision had been made for the health
and safety of the whole pack.
Ben’s parents, who are
lawyers, argued that
the decision amounted to a ban, and
called it a “complete
overreaction”.
“Pretty much every
event had to be supervised on a one-to-one
basis, which I felt wasn’t
inclusive,” Ben’s mother, Beverly Gleeson, told the BBC.
“I felt he didn’t need it. He didn’t
have this level of supervision at
school. He’d made one mistake and
then that was it, they wanted to
make the rules and regulations. It
was supposed to be a dialogue.”
The family sued under the Equality Act, and insurers for the Scout
Association agreed to pay the family
£42,000 plus costs.
A spokesman for the Scout Association said: “The handling of Ben’s
case was completely unacceptable. We are very sorry that
Ben and his family were
not supported as they
should have been by
their Cub Scout pack,
and we have made a
personal apology to
them.
“While cases like this
are very unusual, we
know that action must be
taken. We have established
an inquiry to investigate what went
wrong in this case.”
In the UK, 450,000 young
people are involved in
Scouting across five sections:
Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts,
Scouts, Explorer Scouts and the
Scout Network.
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Students’ ‘intolerance poses risk to free speech’
Free speech at UK universities
is being put at risk by students’
“intolerant attitudes” and too
much red tape, MPs and peers
have warned.
A report argues that free
speech on campus is being
hampered by various factors,
such as unacceptable behaviour and a lack of clear guid-
ance from bodies, including the
Charity Commission.
It warns that whole universities cannot be “safe spaces”, arguing they must be places where
unpopular and controversial
ideas can be heard and debated.
The findings, published by
the Joint Committee on Human
Rights, come amid continuing
debate about free speech at universities. Growing numbers of
speakers, debates and organi-
HEALTH
ENVIRONMENT
By Richard Vaughan
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
sations have been opposed or
criticised by student unions or
university societies.
Last month, the controversial
Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg was
caught up in a fracas at the University of the West of England,
when protesters stormed the
university and attempted to stop
him speaking.
The committee chair, Harriet
Harman, said evidence showed
there “is a problem of inhibition
of free speech in universities”.
In its report, the committee
concludes that, in general, there
is support for the idea of free
speech among students. A survey of student union officers
found that most of them said restriction of free speech was not a
problem at their institution.
But the report warns that
“any interference with free
speech rights in universities
is unacceptable”.
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‘major cause’
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By John von Radowitz
Air pollution may be responsible for 38 per cent of childhood
asthma cases in Bradford.
International scientists used
computer simulations to assess
the impact of exposure to irritant gases called nitrogen oxides
in the West Yorkshire city.
The findings, reported in the
journal Environment International, showed that pollution from
road vehicles alone was linked to
24 per cent of cases.
Dr Haneen Khreis, who led the
research while working at University of Leeds, said: “Overall
rates of childhood asthma cases
in Bradford are higher than the
national average. Traffic-related
air pollution is a real concern.”
Childhood asthma rates have
soared in the UK since the 1950s.
Britain has one of the highest
rates of childhood asthma in the
world, with an estimated one in
11 children suffering from it.
Plans to fell
thousands of trees
in Sheffield were
met with organised
protests PA
City’s trees saved from the chop – for now
By David Higgens
The controversial tree-felling
programme in Sheffield which
provoked daily confrontations
between protesters and contractors has been postponed.
Sheffield City Council said
yesterday the vast majority of
the work wil be stopped until a
review is completed by the contractors, Amey. The dispute over
the cutting down of thousands of
street trees has intensified in recent weeks with dozens of police
deployed in some of the city’s
suburbs and a number of people
being arrested.
“The actions of a handful of
people unlawfully entering the
safety zones where tree replacement work is being carried out
has meant it has become increasingly difficult to complete
the programme without danger
to staff and the public,” said the
council. It added that Amey is
“exploring options for completing the work” to be presented to
the council. They said only “dangerous trees” will be worked on.
Amey has a £2.2m contract to
resurface thousands of miles of
Sheffield’s pothole-ridden roads
and is also tasked with maintaining roadside trees.
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Adult film star told to ‘cease and
desist’ over Trump threat claims
By Martin Coulter
Donald Trump’s personal lawyer,
Michael Cohen, has sent a “ceaseand-desist” letter to the adult film
star who was interviewed on US
TV about her alleged affair with the
President and the threats that she
claims she received.
Stormy Daniels told the primetime
CBS show 60 Minutes on Sunday that
she was threatened with violence to
stay silent about her alleged affair
with Mr Trump in 2006.
Ms Daniels, whose real name is
Stephanie Clifford, implied that Mr
Cohen was behind the threat of harm
if she did not “leave Trump alone”,
which was made by a stranger in a
Las Vegas car park in 2011.
A letter sent by Mr Cohen’s
attorney, Brent Blakely, to the lawyer
for Ms Daniels, Michael Avenatti,
soon after the interview, said: “Mr
Cohen had absolutely nothing
whatsoever to do with any such
person or incident, and does not even
believe that any such person exists,
or that such incident ever occurred.”
The letter also demanded “that you
immediately retract and apologise to
Ms Daniels’s lawyer,
Michael Avenatti, said she
would reveal further evidence of
the relationship, adding: “We are
not going to get into the details of
everything we have at this time,
and there’s a reason for that.”
Stormy Daniels, an adult film star and director, is interviewed by Anderson
Cooper of CBS News’s ‘60 Minutes’ programme on Sunday night REUTERS
Mr Cohen through the national media
for your defamatory statements on
60 Minutes, and make clear that you
have no facts or evidence whatsoever
to support your allegations that my
client had anything whatsoever to do
with this alleged thug.”
In her interview, Ms Daniels, 39,
said she was confronted in a car
park by a stranger while her infant
daughter was in the back seat of her
car. She said: “A guy walked up to
me in a parking lot and said: ‘Leave
Trump alone. Forget the story.’ And
then he leaned around and looked
at my daughter and said: ‘That’s a
beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame
if something happened to her mum.’
“Then he was gone. My hands
were shaking so much... I thought I
was going to drop [my daughter as I
was walking].” Ms Daniels said that
although she did not tell police about
the threat, she would “be able to pick
the man out in a line-up”.
Recounting her alleged affair
with Mr Trump, she claimed that
he told her she “reminded him of his
daughter” Ivanka after an encounter
in which she spanked him with a
magazine that had him on its cover.
“I’ll never forget the look on his face,”
she said. “So he turned around and
pulled his pants down a little. He had
underwear on and stuff and I just
gave him a couple of swats.
“He quit talking about himself
and he asked me things and I asked
him things… “He was like, ‘Wow, you
– you are special. You remind me of
my daughter’.”
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By Katie Grant
Starbucks is to pour $10m (£7m)
into creating the world’s first 100
per cent recyclable and compostable
disposable coffee cup.
The coffee chain aims to introduce
the cup to Starbucks stores within
the next three years in what the
company declared a “moon shot for
sustainability”.
Starbucks is responsible for 1 per
cent of the estimated 600 billion
paper and plastic cups distributed
globally every year.
But while we get through 2.5bn
takeaway coffee cups every year
just 0.25 per cent of these cups
are recycled, according to the
Confederation of Paper Industries.
Takeaway cups are difficult to
recycle as they are sealed with a
polyethylene (plastic) lining that is
bonded tightly to the paper – there
are only three facilities in the UK
capable of carrying out the process.
Unveiling Starbucks’ plan to fund
recycling research Colleen Chapman,
a company vice president, said: “No
one is satisfied with the incremental
industry progress being made to
date, it’s just not moving fast enough.”
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Between a
rock and a
hard place
Corbyn’s
apology
came too late
Outing by
the state is
unacceptable
A panicked
government
response
Guns have
become a
voting issue
There are
months of
trouble ahead
Daily Telegraph
Financial Times
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The Times
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Evening Standard
As negotiations
progress, the
Government is boxing
itself into a more
and more difficult
position. It has
accepted a transition
arrangement and an
Irish fallback option
that sign away our
sovereignty. Brexiteers
have been patient, but
could still bring down
the talks later this year.
(Juliet Samuel)
Daily Mail
Perhaps those fighting
to thwart Brexit
need to believe that
some sort of wicked
brainwashing lay
behind the result. The
people’s verdict was, to
them, so incredible and
unbearable that they
can never accept it.
(Dominic Lawson)
There are factors in Mr
Corbyn’s defence. The
Conservatives have
sanctioned atrocious
Islamophobic
campaigns, not least
against Sadiq Khan.
And it is true that some
Jews have conflated
anti-Semitism
with anti-Zionism.
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reverse is also true.
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The perception that it
has taken nearly three
years to drag Corbyn
to apologise for this
specific form
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sight of the leaders
of a major religion
protesting outside
Parliament.
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It is quite something
when it’s 2018 and
the Government
is attempting to
undermine people
because they are gay,
and not just that, but
outing them. Sanni was
not publicly out. This
carries extra import
for him, because he is
of Pakistani heritage, a
country with a culture
that is conservative
when it comes to
LGBT matters.
(Hannah Jane Parkinson)
The Independent
It is unacceptable for
the Government to
out anybody, in any
context. Coming out
is a personal decision,
and taking that
decision away from
someone is a violation.
(Douglas Robertson)
Catalonian
independence is
probably a bad idea,
certainly against the
interests of the wider
Spanish nation and
very probably against
the interests even of
the region itself. In
seeking to portray
strength, Mr Rajoy’s
government instead
looks panicky.
(Editorial)
There are toughminded reasons
to believe that the
cynics are wrong.
These marches finally
established guns as a
voting issue for those
who place the desire
to save innocent lives
ahead of preserving
unlimited access
to weapons.
(EJ Dionne Jr)
Bloomberg
There are no easy
answers. But, when I
am unsure of what to
do, I start by studying
Scripture and leaning
into the wisdom of the
generations. I hope to
teach my children to do
the same – even when
the world requires
clear backpacks as a
safety requirement.
(David Robbins)
The separatists’
problem is that they
keep pushing forward
figures who took an
active part in last
year’s independence
drive. These are
radical politicians
whom Madrid doesn’t
see as potential
negotiating partners.
(Leonid Bershidsky)
Fox News
If sex does do for the
Trump presidency,
that’ll be depressing:
it will tell us that
prurience and
priggishness are more
powerful forces in
modern America than
righteous outrage at
race-baiting, financial
chicanery, political
incompetence
and naked
public mendacity.
(Sam Leith)
CNN
The second TV
interview of a female
Trump accuser in three
days makes it clear
that even if he does
not sustain political
damage, he faces
months of litigation
and public relations
blows from opponents.
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LYS ASSIA FIRST WINNER OF EUROVISION
We must
make sure we
continue to
show people
we are an
anti-Semitic
party
Valerie Vaz
The shadow Leader
of the House
mixes up her
words on Radio 4’s
‘Westminster Hour’
In 2013, at the age of 87, Lys Assia made
a bid to enter the Eurovision song
contest 67 years after she became its
first winner – with a hip-hop band
called New Jack. In the video, her fellow
artists, in between doing backflips and
mid-air corkscrew twists, help her on to
a skateboard.
“You can do what you want, you
can be what you like, if you check in
what’s in your head,” she sings in “All
in your Head” which did not represent
Switzerland that year. It was her second
failed attempt at a comeback as an
octogenarian.
Assia, who has died in Zurich aged
94, was born Rosa Mina Scharer in
Rupperswil, Switzerland. She trained
to be a dancer. In 1940, however, she
unexpectedly became a singer when
she had to stand in for a colleague. Her
last-minute performance was a great
success and her destiny was set.
At the first ever Eurovision Song
Contest, which was held at the Teatro
Kursaal in Lugano, Assia competed for
both Germany and Switzerland, singing
in German and French. It was her
French language song for Switzerland,
“Refrain”, which handed her victory.
By 1956, Assia was already a star in
Germany and Switzerland but 50 years
later, in 2006, recalled how honoured
she was to be asked to represent her
country, saying of the contest: “It was
and still is very important. The idea is
to open the frontiers… After the war, it
was really necessary.”
Assia represented Switzerland
again in 1957, coming seventh.. She
had better luck in 1958, when she came
second. She claimed she lost out on
first place only because the lyrics of the
song contained a pun on polenta that
upset the Italians. She made films and
performed for the Queen, Egypt’s King
Farouk and Eva Peron. Having stepped
back from her career in the Sixties,
Assia returned to the stage after a break
of almost 40 years. In 2011, she made
a bid to represent her country again
at the 2012 contest in Azerbaijan. Her
song, “C’était ma vie”, came eighth in the
national selection round.
Undeterred, at the age of 87, Assia
put herself forward one final time,
hoping to represent Switzerland at
2013’s contest. But though she wouldn’t
compete again, Assia remained
the darling of Eurovision fans. She
attributed her popularity to her
authenticity. “I’m real. I am as I am. I am
a good person. I have a good heart.”
Assia was married for the first time
in 1957, to Johann Heinrich Kunz, but
Kunz died after just nine months.
Six years later, Assia married Oscar
Pedersen, a Danish general counsel
and hotelier. They stayed together
until his death in 1995. Fluent in
eight languages, Assia lived between
Switzerland and Cannes, France,
though ill health meant she spent most
of her time on Zurich’s “Gold Coast” at
the end of her life.
Shortly before she died, she told
the German press: “Life is too short
to spend on unimportant things.
Unfortunately, one notices this but
usually only in retrospect. My life was
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What I’ve learnt about school trips
Coffee and any kind of air fare are definitely out
I
was rehearsing in Clapham
again this week. If you don’t
know the place, it’s leafy and
well-heeled with a Waitrose
and what seems like dozens
of private prep schools dotted
around the common.
Posh schools normally have
uniforms that stand out a bit.
I’m not knocking them – my own
daughter went to a primary school
where they wore conker-coloured
corduroy knickerbockers. Hell, even
my own grammar sported a bowler
hat. So let’s just say Clapham is
awash with caps and kilts and piped
blazers in various shades of red and
green, burgundy and grey and a
rather dashing purple.
I like watching small children
– they are riddled with body
language. I like watching them in
crocodile formation being forced
to hold the hand of someone they
really loathe. Clapham is full of
resentful crocodiles watched over
by attractive, recently graduated
young female teachers, trying to
keep the hysteria out of their voices:
“No Archie, you do like Jemima.”
Anyway, the other day I spied a
large group of kindergarten-aged
kids being herded two by two into
a branch of Starbucks. It was just
before 10am and I couldn’t fathom
what they were doing in there. Is a
mid-morning babyccino break on
the curriculum now?
There must have been 15 of
them, so who was footing the bill?
If I hadn’t been watching through
the window, while I was meant to
be remembering my lines, I’d have
marched up to the teacher and
asked for an explanation. Because
I’m not sure I approve of four-yearolds nipping out for coffee.
I’m not sure I approve of a lot of
“out of school” school activities and
I don’t think I’m alone. Earlier this
week a writer friend tweeted her
despair at her son’s school sending
out invitations offering the chance
of a school trip to Hollywood.
Apparently this jaunt will include
visits to film lots, drama classes and
a private screening at Disney.
Honestly, what’s going on? When I
was at school back in the Seventies,
we went to Fleetwood Docks and
took our own sandwiches.
In my day, school trips rarely
ventured further than a couple of
hours on a stinking coach, journeys
that began with the obligatory fight
for the back seat to get as far away
from the teachers as possible.
Once, when I was about 14, we
visited Ironbridge, aka the home
of the Industrial Revolution, and
School trips to theatres
are to be encouraged
but many activities are
divisive and a waste of
money KEYSTONE/GETTY
when the driver stopped at a pub to
use the toilet some of us begged to
get off the bus for a bit of fresh air.
Fresh air, my foot – we had spied a
crate of lager stacked up in the car
park and by the time the driver had
Jimmy riddled we’d nicked the lot.
We spent the rest of the journey
exposing our breasts to longdistance lorry drivers, but that’s
girls’ schools for you.
I also remember a trip to
Wembley to see one of our school
mistresses play hockey for England,
possibly the last live sporting event
I saw. I spent the entire match
trying to work out how to get from
the stadium to Oxford Street. I
thought I might roll my school skirt
up really short and hitch.
The West End was something
I finally cracked aged 18, when
another school trip to the capital
was organised for the sixth form.
This was ostensibly to visit art
galleries and considering we were
all officially “adults” we were
trusted to see ourselves around
town. All I can recall is buying
When I was at
school, we went
to Fleetwood
Docks and
took our own
sandwiches
a skirt from Topshop with my
birthday money.
I loved Topshop, and although
these days I spend most weekends
in galleries and am regularly moved
to tears by art, my first descent
down Topshop’s escalator is still one
of my most treasured memories.
So I’m not saying school trips are
wasted on the young – I approve
hugely of theatre and gallery trips.
I love seeing kids in museums, even
if it’s obvious most of them are just
itching to get into the gift shop so
they can buy a novelty rubber. It’s
just that I think some school trips
are a waste of parents’ money.
Top of my list of ridiculous trips
in the name of education include
those to ski resorts. Children don’t
need to learn how to ski – it’s neither
vital nor particularly useful, unlike
swimming. Swimming can save
your life and all schools should offer
classes in the local baths where
bloodstained plasters bob about in
the shallow end and there is always
one boy being forced to swim in
his pants.
Anything more exotic is just
showing off. Expensive trips that
involve air fares are offensive and
divisive, because the fact some
children can’t afford to go on a
class outing is horrific.
Anyway, in my opinion, the most
important thing that any child
should learn on a school trip is not
to eat your packed lunch before
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Back to the
drawing board
Squash vs
pumpkin
While I heartily endorse
the points made by
Emma Bridgewater (i,
26 March), it seems to me
that while we continue
to manufacture more
and more goods, no
substantial progress will
be made until we ask the
question: “What are we
going to do with it at the
end of its useful life?”
This needs to be asked
when an item is on the
drawing board – not later,
when confronted with
the problem of disposal.
As long as we continue
to put 99.999 per cent of
our effort into producing
goods and 0.0001 per
cent into what we do
with them when they
are of no further use, we
will continue to destroy
the environment.
R GATTON
OVER, CAMBRIDGE
Dorothy Roberts asks
where to find pumpkin
for last Thursday’s recipe
(Your View, 24-25 March).
You can substitute
butternut squash for
pumpkin, either fresh or
frozen. I even use this
for “pumpkin” pie. It is as
delicious as the original –
and easier to prepare.
MICHELE TABORN
BARNSTAPLE, DEVON
I loved his article (i, 26
March)– but why does
Ian Burrell depend on
Facebook to stay in
touch with his family
and friends? I bailed out
of Facebook ages ago,
when they introduced
the Timeline nonsense.
I have had no difficulty
staying in touch with
Could you
unlock tax-free
money from
your home?
Cumbria is rich in sheep, and socially and politicallly aware inhabitants AFP/GETTY
people – I use the phone,
text messages and email.
The alleged
indispensability of
Facebook is one of their
most cunning tricks (if
you choose to fall for it),
and colleges should know
better. When students
refuse to be contacted in
this way, it will stop.
No one forces you
to be a victim of social
media – you volunteer.
MIKE BERSIN
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not popular with the
electorate as a whole.
We are at a time when
we are in desperate
need of an effective
opposition, which
unfortunately is absent.
As a result, the Tories
will have carte blanche to
pursue their agenda.
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I wonder how many
people read the headline
“More universities urged
to set up specialist maths
free schools” (i, 26 March)
and thought, “I wish I’d
gone to a school like that.
I hated maths”?
SIMON BULLIVANT
LONDON
Useful for
someone
Stefano Hatfield’s
discarded but wearable
clothes (i, 26 March)
could go to charity and
be recycled. In the cluster
of bins in a car park or
lay-by, there is often
one from the Salvation
Army or another charity.
The clothes left there go
directly to those in need.
S LAWTON
KIRTLINGTON,
OXFORDSHIRE
Cumbria
represented
I’m heartened to see how
many i correspondents
are from Cumbria.
Although we have
more sheep than people,
we also have more
socially and politically
aware citizens than most
counties of a comparable
size. Plus, we have a
shedful of intellectuals,
from Lord Bragg to
Rory Stewart.
MICHAEL OVERS
CARLISLE
Labour’s route
forward
It is time for the Labour
Party to go on the
offensive against the
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Jeremy Corbyn’s views
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on nuclear power, Israel
and sacking those who
do not agree with him
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text could set out what
is right and wrong about
Israel; where and how
Zionism is embedded
in the Israeli state;
and where acceptable
criticism of the Israeli/
Zionist polity ends, and
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This would focus
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Isn’t the real issue about
the new blue passport the
fact that it would cost a
British company £125m
more to make them than
a French one? I am all for
using the cheaper option
– but don’t we have to
ask why we are unable to
produce these passports
at a competitive price?
We are talking about a
fellow European country
following the same rules
and regulations as us.
When an economy
is so inefficient and
unproductive, it becomes
irrelevant how many
free trade agreements
are entered into with
the rest of the world.
Whichever markets we
trade with, our future
prosperity will depend
on proper investment in
infrastructure in order to
increase productivity.
With all the hot air
surrounding Brexit, our
basic economic problems
are being ignored. If
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need to get a lot better at
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Culkin’s all ears
for celeb silliness
Del Rey settles
‘Creep’ lawsuit
When we look back on 2018, Macaulay
Culkin launching an online lifestyle site
won’t even be close to being the weirdest
thing to happen.
Bunny Ears is the Home Alone star’s
riff on wellness websites like Gwyneth
Paltrow’s Goop, but all the advice - Interior
Designing for the Cripplingly Depressed,
The Best Jade Eggs for Summoning a Sex
Demon and My Superfood Diet Has Made
Me Immeasurably Powerful And I
Can’t Handle The Responsibility
- is tongue-in-cheek.
He told Dazed magazine
why the internet needs his
site: “‘Need’ is such a loaded
word. What do we really
need? I ‘need’ food. I ‘need’
water. Nobody ‘needs’ us.
There’s a hole in the ‘celebrity
lifestyle’ articles market, and we’re
filling it with fun, unique satire. Long
story short: Buy low, sell high.”
It’s worth a click - especially for an
interview with the swarm of bees that
killed off Culkin’s character in his 1991
film, My Girl. 27 years later, and the grief
is still real. RIP, Thomas J.
Don’t let this year’s
ISA allowance
get away.
LET’S TALK HOW.
Lana Del Rey has announced that her
legal dispute with Radiohead is over in
the most Lana Del Rey way possible:
swearing and taking a big, dramatic drag
of a cigarette on stage.
The singer claimed in January that
the band’s “relentless” lawyers were
asking for 100 per cent of the publishing
rights to her song “Get Free”, which
it has to be said is all but identical to
their 1993 hit “Creep”. She later said she
had offered them 40 per cent, which
had been declined. But all legal woes
appeared to be water under the bridge
as she performed her song at Sao Paulo’s
Lollapalooza festival this weekend, after
which she told the crowd: “Well, f**k.
Now that my lawsuit’s over, I guess I can
sing that song anytime I want, right?”
Perhaps the lawyers have moved on
to singer Sam Smith, whose new song
“Midnight Train” also bears more than
just a passing resemblance to “Creep”.
Artists: there are other
melodies available.
Murray joins
classical bill
Bill Murray will be going on a mini UK
tour in June, performing with classical
musicians Jan Vogler, Mira Wang and
Vanessa Perez.
The Hollywood star released an
album with them in September called
New Worlds, which links spoken word,
singing and music from American and
European literature.
The band performed a first show
together in LA in December, where
Murray deadpanned the West Side
Story classic “I Feel Pretty” over the
strings of his band.
They’ll be mixing up more high and
low culture in the Southbank Centre
on 4 June and Edinburgh’s Festival
Theatre on 18 June.
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Brexit is not poetry in motion, but it will work out
POLITICS
Mark
Wallace
“Y
ou campaign in poetry,
you govern in prose,”
as Mario Cuomo, the
old Governor of New
York, put it, neatly summing up
the difference between life on the
soap box and life in power. The chief
struggle of almost every politician is
in marrying up the two convincingly
– trying to live up to the electorate’s
demand for a compelling vision,
and then fulfilling it in the face of
tiresome practicalities like budgets
and bureaucracies.
Some try to bridge the gap by
simply campaigning in prose, too.
A few years ago it seemed that the
“BoreCons” – stodgy, steady centreright politicians like Angela Merkel,
Canada’s Stephen Harper and New
Zealand’s John Key – were set to
inherit the Earth. By promising
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unexciting, but broadly secure
managerial government, each won
endorsement at the ballot box. They
were uninspiring victories, but
victories nonetheless.
However, that Dawn of the Dull
proved brief. Harper and Key have
since lost power, while Merkel is
suffering a drawn-out death. The
failure of Theresa May’s “Strong and
Stable” campaign underscored the
end of the trend.
At the other end of the spectrum
are politicians who pretend they can
govern in poetry. Jeremy Corbyn
is an example, with “For The Many
Not The Few”, itself borrowed from
Shelley’s “The Masque of Anarchy”,
being slung about as though it
answers all the dull practical
questions like “How are you going
to pay for all this free stuff?”
Being quite romantic creatures at
heart, we often prefer to remember
the high-flown oratory of the
campaign trail. But reality insists on
testing the pledges and predictions
of almost all campaigns whether we
like it or not. That includes testing
the predictions of what will happen if
you vote for the other guy, too, so the
curse afflicts victorious and defeated
campaigns alike.
That testing process is happening
right now over Brexit. The doomladen forecasts of the immediate
impact of voting Leave have already
proved bogus. Happily, we have
gained more jobs and more GDP
since the referendum, rather than
the recession we were supposed to
have suffered by this point.
There were various predictions
on both sides about how the
negotiations would go, too. Some
Leavers thought Brussels would
act solely in its rational economic
self-interest, and therefore wrap
up a mutually satisfactory deal
on day one. Some on the Remain
side thought – indeed, still predict
– that the EU is so strong, and the
UK so irrelevant, that there would
never be any deal at all, short of
total obeisance to anything Michel
Barnier might desire.
The prose of real events has fallen
between those two extremes. Even
though at every stage of talks there
are voices saying that there is no
hope of any advance, no prospect
for flexibility from Brussels, and
that the UK has nothing that the EU
could possibly want, new room for
compromise and progress is found.
Do both sides play hardball at
times? Of course, but bit by bit, point
by point, with a bit of sweat and
elbow-grease, solutions are being
ironed out. While it doesn’t make
great poetry, ultimately that’s the
way our whole world was built.
KELNER’S VIEW
The idea that it’s possible for your
skulduggery to go undetected in a
controlled environment beggars
belief. There is video technology
in cricket to ascertain whether the
ball has deviated by a fraction of a
centimetre off the edge of a bat, so it
doesn’t make sense that the Aussies
would think that no one would spot
one of their players scuffing one side
of the ball to make it move through
the air, and then hiding the evidence
down his trousers.
The wider point is that we should
all act as if our every move is being
recorded. Those in public life can’t
get away with much, and this is
overwhelmingly a good thing. The
Aussies were unbelievably arrogant
to think they were above the law.
The rules of engagement for modern
life are that we shouldn’t say or do
anything that we wouldn’t want
to be in public circulation,
because the chances are
that it will be.
This is true for
private individuals, too
– Facebook posts that
potential employers
can see, injudicious
tweets which may be
later held in evidence,
a visit to a website of a
nefarious nature, and even
our very own thoughts, fears and
hopes. All are captured for posterity.
We are under constant scrutiny,
and the question is whether knowing
this has the effect of making us more
honest. In time, maybe, but for now
people are still surprised when their
actions catch up with them. And as
a group of shamefaced Australian
cricketers now know, if you want to
evade the all-seeing eye, you’ve got
to be a bit cleverer than they were.
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friend of mine, who has run
his own business for more
than 30 years and is having
to adjust to the strictures of
the modern world, put it succinctly.
“The problem these days is that you
can’t get away with anything,”
he said. “Whatever you
say, whatever you do,
wherever you are – it will
all come back to haunt
you.” He’s right, of
course, although some
of us might think that
this transparency is a
blessing, rather than a
problem.
Which brings me to the
case of the Australian cricketers,
the piece of tape and the ball that
was tampered with. It almost
goes without saying that everyone
involved should be drummed out
of the game, but my charge sheet
would start not with the dishonesty,
or the premeditated nature of the
offence, or the fact that they had let
down a proud nation, but with the
stupidity. How did they think they
would get away with it?
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‘Darkest Hour’ mansion needs £200m facelift
By Dave Higgens
A mansion which was Britain’s biggest
private residence could be as wellknown as Chatsworth or Blenheim
Palace in a few years, according to the
charitable trust which is working to
restore it for the nation. But the final
bill to save Wentworth Woodhouse
could hit £200m.
It is a year since the country
house, just outside Rotherham in
South Yorkshire, was bought by the
Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation
Trust for £7m. But the purchase price
is just the beginning of a mammoth
investment needed by the trust to
reverse decades of decay.
The trust’s chief executive, Sarah
McLeod, believes that the total bill
could be between £150m and £200m.
Wentworth Woodhouse’s 606ft
(185m) façade is wider than that of
Buckingham Palace – a building it
stood in for during the filming of
the recent Winston Churchill biopic
Darkest Hour – and its floor area is
about the same as that of the Grand
Kremlin Palace in Moscow.
Wentworth is reputed to have 365
rooms, although no one seems to know
for sure because it has cupboards the
size of an average lounge.
Ms McLeod said: “Occasionally, I
find a new room I’ve not found before.”
The current priority is to make the
nearly four acres of roof watertight –
a job which is being funded by £7.6m
earmarked for it by Chancellor Philip
Hammond in his 2016 budget.
Ms McLeod said the complete
renovation could take more than 20
years but she is confident Wentworth
Woodhouse will become a national
landmark much sooner than that.
She said the trust was taking care
not to blow Wentworth Woodhouse’s
trumpet too early, especially as
she currently has a staff of just 15,
compared with the 1,000 people who
CULTURE
The original Jacobean
house was rebuilt by
Thomas Watson-Wentworth, 1st
Marquess of Rockingham, from
1725 and vastly expanded by his
son, the 2nd Marquess, who twice
served as prime minister.
The renovation of the house, reputed to contain 365 rooms and whose façade
is wider than that of Buckingham Palace, is expected to take 20 years PA
ran the house and estate in its heyday.
She said: “We need to ensure, before
hordes of people come and visit
us, that we’re in a position to really
look after them when they get here.
There’s a lot of groundwork going on
behind the scenes.”
Ms McLeod said the masterplan
for the house’s future was close
to completion. She added: “A big
part of this process is consultation
– talking to the community around
us, talking to the people of South
Yorkshire and finding out what they
want for this site.”
ONLINE
Rising cost of living cuts
museum visitor numbers
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
The number of people visiting
England’s major museums and
galleries is in decline, with squeezed
incomes and high ticket prices to
blame, say researchers.
Visitor numbers to England’s
nationally funded museums fell
from 50.8 million in 2014 to 46.5
million last year, an analysis of
government figures by The Art
Newspaper found.
But foreign tourists, attracted
by a weak pound, visited in greater
numbers. Gabriele Finaldi, the
director of the National Gallery,
which recorded a decline of one
million last year, said the fall
seemed to be driven “from the UK”.
Rising ticket prices were cited as
one factor for the trend, along with
high travel, food and drink costs.
Entry to Tate Modern’s Picasso 1932
show, for example, is £22.
However, Tate Britain enjoyed a
record year in 2017, with a 60 per
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Hockney show was the UK’s most
popular ticketed exhibition.
The Victoria and Albert Museum
in London also achieved record
numbers, welcoming around
770,000 more visitors, while the
Royal Academy’s annual Summer
Exhibition proved a lure, receiving
more than 720,000 visitors in total.
The world’s most popular
exhibition was Japanese artist
Unkei’s Buddhist sculptures at the
Tokyo National Museum, which
attracted 11,000 visitors a day.
Tate Britain’s David Hockney show
was the UK’s most popular in 2017
Unreliable Wi-Fi
speeds ‘wrecking
pupils’ education’
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By Katie Grant
Poor broadband speeds could be
causing more than one million
children to fall behind at school.
One in seven parents believes
that slow internet connections
have negative effects on a child’s
education, according to a poll for
the price comparison website
uSwitch. More than two-thirds
said they believed the internet
was “essential” to education.
British children are given an
average 3.9 hours of homework
a week, with about half that
time – 1.9 hours – requiring
internet access. Pupils are
increasingly required to use
sites such as YouTube to watch
educational channels.
One in three parents said their
child had internet problems
when trying to complete an
assignment, and 15 per cent said
poor internet access at home was
directly responsible for their
child falling behind at school.
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Marathon, billed as North
Korea’s “biggest hit of the year”,
is expected to have half as many
foreign participants as last year,
as political tensions and a ban on
US visitors take their toll.
International tourism to
North Korea dropped last year
as tensions increased over the
county’s testing and development
of nuclear weapons and
intercontinental ballistic missiles.
In July last year, the US banned
its citizens from visiting North
Korea following the death of Otto
Warmbier, an American student
who died after being released
following 17 months of detention
in North Korea.
Tourism numbers have risen
amid an easing in those tensions
over the past few months – driven
by a revival of inter-Korean talks
and a push for a summit between
Pyongyang and Washington –
but that has not translated into
a major turnout for the year’s
biggest tourism event. REUTERS
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SPAIN
ITALY
By Angus Berwick
Parties unite
in effort to
form new
government
Catalan leader Puigdemont appears
in court as Spain seeks extradition
The Madrid government
deemed the October
referendum illegal and took
over direct rule of Catalonia
following a symbolic declaration of independence by the
Catalan parliament.
IN BERLIN
The former Catalan president,
Carles Puigdemont, appeared
before German judges yesterday as
Spain sought to extradite him over
the region’s independence battle.
It followed a night of protests in
Barcelona in which campaigners
clashed with police.
Mr Puigdemont was detained in
the northern state of SchleswigHolstein on Sunday, five
months after going into selfimposed exile from Spain,
where he faces charges
of sedition, rebellion and
misuse of public funds
which could lead to 25
years in jail. He entered
Germany from Denmark
after leaving Finland, where
he attended a conference.
Mr Puigdemont appeared before
a regional court in the town of
Neumünster, where a judge will
decide whether he should remain in
custody. Another court, the Higher
Regional Court in Schleswig, will be
responsible for deciding whether to
grant Spain’s extradition request.
German prosecutors have previously
Pro-Catalan demonstrators clash with police in Barcelona on Sunday over the
arrest in Germany of their former leader Carles Puigdemont (left) AP
suggested that the whole legal
process, including possible appeals,
could take days, if not weeks.
In Barcelona on Sunday night, a
rally by tens of thousands of Catalans
against Mr Puigdemont’s arrest
tipped over into clashes with police.
Outside the central government
offices in the Catalan capital, riot
officers beat flag-waving protesters
By Jennifer Clark
IN MILAN
back with batons, leaving several
with blood streaming down their
foreheads. Three protesters were
arrested and 50 were slightly hurt.
Meanwhile, the Scottish
Government, which advocates
independence from the UK, said it
would co-operate with Madrid over a
request to extradite former Catalan
education minister Clara Ponsati,
who works at St Andrews University,
although it still believed Catalans had
the right to self-determination.
Ms Ponsati’s lawyer said yesterday
she would contest her extradition
and called it “political persecution”.
The drawn-out crisis has also hit
Catalonia’s economy and caused
a business flight. But Standard &
Poor’s upgraded its rating for Spain
on Friday, reflecting a positive
outlook for the economy and limited
impact from Catalonia. REUTERS
Comment
Spanish unionists should not crow too soon
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arrest in Germany on an
international warrant
issued by a Madrid court
for alleged sedition, rebellion
and misuse of public funds. The
Catalan separatist leader has
already abandoned plans to
return to the presidency of the
Catalan regional parliament, let
alone lead an independent nation.
Spanish unionists are loudly
declaring victory. They should not
crow too soon. Madrid’s hardline
stance has helped to buttress the
separatist cause in the recent past,
just when it looked to be fraying.
And there is no certainty
that Germany will extradite Mr
Puigdemont. One sticking point
is that there is no general offence
of “rebellion” in German law and
someone can only be found guilty
of “high treason” if there is the use
or threat of force. His lawyers can
argue that the only violent force
used during the referendum came
from the Spanish state.
It should also be noted that the
Catalan independence movement
is not without sympathy in a
Europe going through transition
and the rise of powerful regional
blocs within member states.
It is highly unlikely that Mr
Puigdemont will be leading his
supporters back in Catalonia
any time soon. But there is a long
while to go yet before the fat lady
sings and the dreams of Catalan
independence are over.
THE INDEPENDENT
Italy took a step closer to getting
a new government at the weekend
when the two winners in this
month’s election – the centreright and the populist Five Star
Movement – joined forces to
appoint leaders of the chamber of
deputies and the senate.
The step paves the way for
Sergio Mattarella, the President,
to start talks on 3 April with all
parties in an attempt to form a
government. But with so many
splits in this parliament, it remains
unclear who could eventually
become prime minister.
However, Italy’s
p a rl i a m e n t h a s
named Five
Star’s Roberto
Fico and Forza
Italia’s Maria
Elisabetta
Casellati (right),
as the presidents
of the chamber of
deputies and senate.
The Five Star group and
the centre right – Forza Italia, the
Lega and the post-Fascist Fratelli
d’Italia – agreed to vote together
as a bloc.
“This does not foreshadow an
agreement to form a government,
but it contributes to calming the
atmosphere,” Silvio Berlusconi
told Corriere della Sera yesterday.
A Lega-Five Star government
would make Italy the first
major country in Europe to be
run by anti-establishment and
Eurosceptic parties.
Both are expected to increase
publi c spe nd i n g, whi ch i s
considered a risk to the country’s
financial stability given its debt is
about 130 per cent of GDP.
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Nearly half of
voters say PM
should resign
By Elaine Lies
IN TOKYO
Nearly half of Japan’s voters
believe that the Prime Minister,
Shinzo Abe, should quit to take
responsibility for a cronyism
scandal and cover-up that
have sent his support sliding,
We are still committed to
joining EU, says Erdogan
By Tom Batchelor
ISRAEL
Rights activist is Netanyahu faces
told to pay up
new graft case
A Thai court has ordered a
British labour rights activist to
pay 10 million baht (£226,000)
in damages to a company which
filed a civil defamation lawsuit
after he helped to highlight
alleged violations at its factory.
The ruling against Andy
Hall is the latest development
involving one of four
defamation suits filed by the
pineapple canning company
Natural Fruit. It employed
migrant Burmese workers who
claimed the firm broke labour
rules in abusing them. Mr Hall
left Thailand in 2016. AP
TURKEY
Police are questioning the Israeli
prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu,
as part of an investigation into alleged
corruption involving the country’s
main telecoms provider.
Media reports said Mr Netanyahu’s
wife, Sara, and son, Yair, were also
being questioned. Two Netanyahu
confidantshavebeenheldonsuspicion
of promoting regulation worth
hundreds of millions of pounds to the
Bezeq company. In return, Bezeq’s
news website allegedly provided
positive coverage of Mr Netanyahu.
Mr Netanyahu, who also faces
corruption charges in two other
cases, denies any wrongdoing. AP
according to an opinion poll
released yesterday.
Suspicions have arisen about
a sale of state-owned land at a
huge discount to a nationalist
school operator with ties to Mr
Abe’s wife, Akie. It is the biggest
political crisis Mr Abe has faced
since returning to power in 2012.
Mr Abe has denied that either
he or his wife intervened in the
sale or were involved in altering
documents related to the deal.
In a survey for the liberal
Asahi newspaper, 48 per cent of
those polled said Mr Abe and his
government should quit. REUTERS
T u rkey i s s t i l l s e e k i n g f u l l
membership of the European Union,
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
said yesterday before a meeting of
EU leaders in Bulgaria.
Ankara wants deeper trade ties
with the soon-to-be 27-member bloc,
as well as visa-free travel to Europe.
Mr Erdogan said he would urge
the EU to remove “political and
artificial” hurdles against Turkey’s
membership and revive stalled
accession negotiations.
A dispute between Turkey and
EU-member Cyprus over energy
exploration in the Mediterranean Sea
Mexico City
Mexico City has existed in
one form or another since the
Aztecs settled the area in 1315,
but the colonial city founded by
the Spanish with a grid system
of streets was born out of the
bloody conquest of 1521.
As those streets, among
the oldest in the hemisphere,
approach their 500th birthday,
two Mexican writers are
trying to peel back the layers of
change that have hidden their
colorful history.
Three years ago, Hector de
Mauleon and Rafael Perez Gay
persuaded the government to
erect plaques on street corners
in the city centre to give
passers-by some description
of famous past residents or
notable events. The plaques
are made of a decorative,
colonial-style pottery known
as talavera and are carefully
affixed to the historic facades
of buildings.
In a metropolis where
so much occurred and still
happens on the streets
– markets, protests, art,
performances – it is a way of
recovering the city’s history.
So far, they have plans to
create 200 of the plaques,
but the process of installing
them is just starting and
may expand to other
neighbourhoods, such as
the southern district of
Coyoacan, where the Spanish
conquistador Hernan Cortes
set up his government soon
after taking over the city. AP
Maria Teresa Hernandez
and the refugee crisis have strained
ties in recent years.
The EU largely depends on
Ankara to curtail the flow of
THE INDEPENDENT
Egyptians
head to
the polls
Egyptian election
officials guide a woman
to a polling station in
Cairo’s eastern suburb
of Heliopolis yesterday
to cast her vote on
the first day of the
presidential election.
The three-day poll offers
voters a choice between
the incumbent, Abdel
Fattah al-Sisi, and the
little-known candidate
Moussa Mostafa
Moussa. AFP/GETTY
COMOROS ISLANDS
Ex-presidents ‘siphoned $100m from passport sales’
A scam to sell Comoros Islands
citizenship to fund development led
to thousands of passports being sold
outside official channels via “mafia”
networks, and up to $100m (£70m)
of revenues going missing, according
to the parliament of the Indian
Ocean state.
Former presidents Ahmed Abdallah
Mohamed Sambi and Ikililou
Dhoinine, who were in power when
the alleged abuses took place, were
“suspected of the embezzlement of
public fund”, a report to MPs said.
The programme was flawed
from its inception and the current
Comoros government should seek
international help to recover the
missing money and take officials
involved to court, the report added.
In a video on Facebook, Mr Sambi
rejected all accusations. Mr Ikililou
said he could not comment on the
report as he had not read it. REUTERS
ETHIOPIA
INDIA
MALAYSIA
Politicians held
for ‘illegal rally’
Forestry plan
causes alarm
PM proposes bill
to ban ‘fake news’
Recently freed politicians and
journalists were re-arrested as
they gathered for a social event
outside the capital, Addis Ababa.
Amha Mekonnen, a lawyer, said
the detainees were rounded up on
Sunday afternoon and accused of
displaying a prohibited national
flag, and of gathering en masse.
Under Ethiopia’s latest state of
emergency, people are prohibited
from such gatherings without the
authorities’ prior knowledge. AP
Campaigners have criticised a proposed new policy for managing
India’s forests, saying it could undermine indigenous people’ rights.
The draft plan suggests allowing
plantations of “commercially important species” such as teak, eucalyptus and bamboo in forests.
Activists fear that could enable
private firms to grow commercial
plantations, which would hurt the
ecology and deprive tribal villages of
their livelihoods. REUTERS
Malaysia’s prime minister, Najib
Razak, has tabled a bill which
would outlaw “fake news”,
promising fines and up to 10
years in jail, and raising concerns
about media freedom in the
wake of a multibillion-pound
corruption scandal.
A general election is expected to
be called within weeks as Mr Najib
faces criticism over the scandal
at a state-owned investment fund
known as 1MDB. REUTERS
By David Lewis
IN NAIROBI
Postcard
From...
Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the hurdles
facing Turkey’s EU membership were
‘political and artificial’ DEPOPHOTOS
migrants into Europe and Turkey is
an important Nato ally. But the bloc
has deep concerns about the state of
democracy and human rights in the
country since the failed military coup
the summer of 2016.
Turkey remains a candidate for
membership – a fact highlighted
by Brexiteers during the EU
referendum – but 13-year-long talks
have ground to a halt. Both France
and Germany have voiced strong
opposition to Turkey’s moves to join
the bloc, with the French President,
Emmanuel Macron, saying in
January that “recent developments
and choices allow no progress”.
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AFRICA
FRANCE
UN: Isis relocation to Sahel may trigger massive migrant crisis
Leftist held over
siege victim tweets
By Rod McGuirk
IN CANBERRA
The relocation of Isis fighters from
the Middle East to Africa could
trigger a massive new migrant crisis,
the United Nations has warned.
David Beasley, the executive
director of the UN World Food
Programme, said many of the
militants who fled Syria amid the
collapse of Isis had ended up in the
Sahel region, a belt of semi-arid
land which is home to 500 million
people. Isis militants are now
collaborating with other extremist
groups, including al-Qaeda, alShabaab and Boko Haram, to create
“extraordinary difficulties” across
the Sahel, Mr Beasley said.
He said he had told European
leaders that they could face a far
larger migrant crisis from the
Sahel than the Syrian conflict
generated if they did not help
to provide the region with
food and stability.
“You are talking about
the greater Sahel region
of 500 million people, so
the Syria crisis could be like
a drop in the bucket compared
to what’s coming your way,” Mr
Beasley said. “What they’re
doing is coming into an
already fragile area, a very
destabilised area because
of climate impact and
governance, and they’re
infiltrating, recruiting,
using food as a weapon of
recruitment to destabilise
so that they can have mass
migration into Europe,” he said. AP
RUSSIA
Fire exits were locked at shopping
centre where 64 died in blaze
By Joe Sommerlad
At least 64 people – most of them
children – were killed by a fire which
tore through a shopping centre in
eastern Russia, disaster officials said
yesterday. Fire exits were locked and
a security guard had switched off the
building’s warning system.
Flames took hold of the four-storey
Winter Cherry mall in the Siberian
town of Kemerovo at about 5pm
on Sunday as parents and children
enjoyed the first weekend of the
school holiday.
The blaze broke out in a part
of the centre that contained an
entertainment complex and cinema.
A further 10 people were still
missing yesterday and 41 children
were feared to be among the dead,
the BBC reported.
Witnesses claimed that fire alarms
did not go off and staff did not arrange
for the building to be evacuated.
Winter Cherry was converted from
a confectionery factory in 2013 and
officials said they had found serious
violations in its construction and use.
The fire was finally extinguished
yesterday morning after burning all
night. Parts of the building were still
smouldering and the floors of the
At least 200 animals
are also believed to have
died in the mall’s petting zoo.
The zoo’s manager told the Tass
news agency that the animals
included rabbits, turtles, pigs,
goats and rodents.
People lay flowers and light candles for the victims of Sunday’s fire at the
Winter Cherry shopping centre in the Siberian city of Kemerovo AP
cinema hall had collapsed in places.
Television pictures showed people
jumping from windows of the mall,
which was engulfed in black smoke.
Alexander Lillevyali said he lost
three daughters – 11-year-old twins
and a five-year-old, who were in
a cinema hall on the top floor. Mr
Lillevyali told the news website
Meduza that one of his daughters had
telephoned him to say that they could
smell smoke but could not get out
because the door was locked.
“I was shouting into the phone,
telling her to get out but there was
nothing I could do – the fire was in
front of me,” he said. Four people have
been arrested over the fire, including
the owners and leaseholders of
outlets inside the shopping centre.
The Investigative Committee,
which handles major crimes, said it
was trying to bring in the centre’s
principal owner for questioning.
It said a fire safety technician at
the complex “switched off the alarm
system” after being alerted about
the fire.
Ye s t e rd ay, t h e P ro s e c u t o r
General’s Office in Moscow ordered
every shopping mall in Russia to be
checked for fire safety precautions.
Kemerovo, a coal-mining centre
which is home to 530,000 people,
lies 2,200 miles east of Moscow. The
shopping centre opened in 2013 and
also included a petting zoo, children’s
centre and bowling alley.
THE INDEPENDENT
By Sylvie Corbe
IN PARIS
A former left-wing parliamentary
candidate has been arrested after
appearing to celebrate the death
of a police officer killed during a
jihadist siege in southern France
last week.
Stéphane Poussier added on
Twitter that the killing in the town
of Trèbes meant one less voter for
President Emmanuel Macron. He
could be charged with apologising
for terrorism, media reported.
Meanwhile, a memorial event
for Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud
Beltrame, who was killed after
swapping himself with a hostage
being held by an Islamic extremist,
will take place tomorrow in Paris.
The ceremony, open to the
public, will be in the courtyard of
Les Invalides. REUTERS
CHINA
Festival removes
gay romance film
By Pei Li
IN BEIJING
A Chinese film festival has pulled
the award-winning gay romance
Call Me By Your Name from its
programme in a move that reflects
China’s difficult relationship with
gay themes in the creative arts.
The film, which won a best
screenplay Oscar this month,
was withdrawn from the Beijing
International Film Festival.
Homosexuality is not illegal
in China, but activists say there
have been occasional government
clampdowns. Last July, an LGBT
conference in the western city of
Chengdu was called off after the
venue cancelled the booking citing
conflicting events. The lesbian
dating app Rela was also shut
down last May. REUTERS
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HERITAGE
In praise of Britain’s
grand cathedrals
Sir Tony Robinson isn’t religious but he still finds
great churches inspiring, he tells Sarah Freeman
S
ir Tony Robinson isn’t what
you’d call a religious man.
However, having spent a
good few months of last
year exploring some of
the country’s most impressive and
important cathedrals, he can see
the advantages of an ecclesiastical
life. “Inside these rather grand
monoliths, the thing that strikes you
instantly is that these are places
where no one will be rushed,” he
says. “In the outside world, people
operate for most of the time at top
speed. Not here. Cathedral deans
don’t pace, they glide serenely
through the aisles, and I rather liked
that. Just being in their company
makes you slow down, and that is a
lovely antidote to modern life.”
Sir Tony, best known for playing
Baldrick in Blackadder and
turning Time Team into an unlikely
television ratings winner, visited
six cathedrals for his new series
Britain’s Great Cathedrals, which
opens with a profile of York Minster.
Although he didn’t find his faith and
he won’t be found kneeling in the
pews any Sunday soon, he admits
that even before filming started he
had a long fascination with the story
of their construction and survival.
“Most people visiting a town pop
inside the cathedral, gasp and then
come back out again,” he says. “It’s
easy to see why. I mean, look at York.
It’s quite awe-inspiring, but what I
really wanted to do was peel back
the layers and discover the people
and the history on which these
places are built.
“My one concern was that we
might end up with six versions of
pretty much the same story, but it
quickly became apparent that while
these great big buildings have much
in common, they each occupy a
peculiar and particular chapter in
the story of Great Britain.”
The UK is home to more than 100
churches of various denominations
that are classified as cathedrals or
have served that role in the past.
Given that they have witnessed
Henry VIII’s Reformation and
Second World War bombing raids,
as well as the ravages of time, it is
a minor miracle that so many have
remained standing at all.
The series opens with York
Minster and lays bare both the lives
Sir Tony Robinson visits
York Minster for ‘Britain’s
Great Cathedrals with
Tony Robinson’
ELEPHANT HOUSE STUDIOS
of the early vicars, who spent more
time in the city’s ale houses than at
prayer, and the succession of more
honest archbishops whose moral
compass was less easily swayed.
“There is a temptation to see
archbishops as being cut off from
the real world, but actually the
best of them are very firmly rooted
in the politics of the day,” says Sir
Tony. “Take Dr Cyril Garbett, who
was Archbishop of York during
the Second World War and one of
the first to speak out against the
Holocaust. He called the massacre
MOTORING
Do you know what the
MOT changes mean
for you and your car?
Roadworthiness test will get a major
revision on 20 May. By Jack Evans
T
he MOT test is undergoing
a major revision on 20
May, bringing in tougher
measures against diesel
cars through a variety
of new defect categories. But what
exactly will change, and how will
it affect you? One of the biggest
edits to the test is the way faults
are classified. These are to be
categorised into “dangerous”,
“major” and “minor”. Minor issues
will be recorded and the vehicle
owner advised to get them fixed, but
the car will still pass its test. These
faults will also be added to the car’s
MOT certificate and online record.
Anything resulting in a dangerous
or major classification will mean an
immediate fail. A minor issue would
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Featured cathedrals
York Minster
Completed in 1472, it features
the Great East Window, an
intricate design of medieval
stained glass the size of a
tennis court.
Canterbury
The building dates back to
1070 and contains the shrine
of Archbishop Thomas Becket,
who was murdered there
in 1170.
Salisbury
The church (inset) was built in
1258. The spire
added in 1549
remains the
UK’s tallest,
at 123m
(403ft).
Durham
Inside the
building,
constructed in
1133, is a historic
library containing three
copies of Magna Carta.
Liverpool
The city’s Anglican cathedral is
the UK’s largest and the world’s
fifth-largest. It was opened in
1978 at a ceremony attended
by the Queen.
Winchester
Built in 1093, it was the venue
for the novelist Jane Austen’s
funeral in 1817.
of Jews in Poland ‘the greatest
crime in history’.”
The most contentious issue
the Minster has found itself at
the centre of in recent years is
the ordination of the first women
bishops. It was January 2015 that
the Right Reverend Libby Lane
walked up to the altar to be made
Bishop of Stockport in front of more
than 1,000 people. The two-hour
service was briefly interrupted by
heckles from the ultra-conservative
cleric Paul Williamson, who had
yet to be convinced that women
should be allowed occupy the higher
orders. “I spoke to the Dean of
York Minster, Vivienne Faull, and
she has some lovely memories of
that day,” says Sir Tony. “Even now
when she talks about Libby Lane,
there is something joyous when she
remembers how struck she was that
she chose to wore stilettos. For those
in the congregation that day who had
waited so long to see the first female
bishop, it was a sign, quite rightly,
she was going to do things her way.”
While Sir Tony, 71, first found
fame as an actor, history is a lifelong
passion which he traces back to his
parents. “On holidays, our family
could generally be found looking
around old Cornish churches and
castles and I loved it,” he recalls.
“I like the stories these places
have to tell. In a few weeks I’m off
to Egypt on a hunt for mummies.
A different country, a different
chapter of history, but for me still
the same excitement.”
be a problem such as oil leaking
from a steering box. However, this
would escalate to a major fault if the
leak was so bad as to be dripping.
The crackdown on diesel car
emissions is evident in the new test
too. That means if your diesel car
puts out any smoke whatsoever, it
won’t pass its MOT examination.
Testers are also being told to do
thorough checks of a car’s diesel
particulate filter (DPF) to ensure
that it has not been tampered with,
or removed entirely. The guidelines
say: “Any vehicles fitted with a DPF
should be checked so that ‘no visible
smoke is emitted from the exhaust
during the metered check’.”
Some diesel drivers remove
the filter to boost performance
and increase miles per gallon, but
since it regulates the exhaust gases
produced by the engine, this isn’t
the most ecological option. It means
that if a car was fitted with a DPF as
standard, its removal would mean
an instant MOT failure. Since some
drivers remove the internals of the
DPF but keep the housing in place,
testers are also being asked to check
for tampering. That means that if
there is any sign that the DPF has
been disassembled and then welded
back together, the car will fail.
Testers are also asked to check
whether or not brake discs are
worn or corroded, while they must
also ensure that they are properly
attached to the wheel hubs too.
Another example of a minor fault is
if a brake hose is slightly damaged.
However, if it is excessively damaged
or twisted, it’ll mean a major fault –
and will cause the car to fail.
There have been calls for the
Government to simplify the way
the MOT test is conducted. Simon
Williams, a spokesman for the RAC
motoring organisation, said: “The
new system creates the potential
for confusion as testers will have
to make a judgement as to whether
faults are ‘dangerous’, ‘major’ or
‘minor’. This will surely be open to
interpretation which may lead to
greater inconsistency from one test
centre to another.
“Motorists may also struggle to
understand the difference between
‘dangerous’ and ‘major’ failures. The
current system ensures that any
vehicle with a fault that doesn’t meet
the MOT requirements is repaired
appropriately before being allowed
back on the road.”
The RAC fears the new gradings
might lead to greater inconsistency
between one test centre and another
‘Britain’s Great Cathedrals With
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8pm on Channel 5
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SOCIETY
For Govan circus
folk, the show
might not go on
Shipyard redevelopment is threatening
an old way of life. By Ian Marland
F
or more than 150 years,
travelling shows have
been a familiar part of
Glasgow’s cultural life,
and the people who run
the traditional fairground rides and
amusements have long called the
Govan area of Scotland’s biggest
city their home. Now, however, the
last remaining show folk living
in this historic part of town say
their way of life is under threat,
after being served with an eviction
notice. The deadline for them to
leave is just weeks away.
The last of the yards that
accommodate the families
and their fairground rides and
amusements are at Water Row
by the River Clyde. The yards
were vacated by the Harland and
Wolff shipbuilders in the 1960s –
and were colonised soon after by
show people.
But the tide of regeneration
has caught up with the former
industrial hinterland, with plans
for new homes and shops.
For the Stringfellow and the
Johnston families, the march of
progress has brought the prospect
of having to move off the land they
call home – and away from Govan.
The Stringfellows tell i that
as things stand, no suitable
alternative accommodation has
been found for the family. About
70 people within the two extended
families live in the two yards,
housed in upwards of 17 caravans
and mobile homes.
Their spokesman, Jimmy
Stringfellow, 69, says: “In Govan,
our heritage goes back many, many
years – to my grandparents and my
great grandparents.
“We want to keep our heritage
alive – because it’s not just our
heritage, it’s everybody’s heritage.
“If you can’t take your children
or your grandchildren to a fair
because there’s no fairs left, then
children will say to you, ‘What’s a
fair?’ or ‘What’s a circus’?”
Over the years, the show people
have received some support
from local politicians including
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First
Minister, and MSP Humza Yousaf.
But the families say their SNP
colleagues in the city’s new council
administration are not for turning.
“They are spending billions of
pounds on the Clyde, on each side
of the river. They’re tidying it up,
they’re putting bridges over it,”
says Stringfellow. “You can’t stand
in the way of progress. But you
We want to keep our
heritage alive – because it’s
not just our heritage, it’s
everybody’s heritage
Jimmy Stringfellow compared his
community’s plight to that of the
Native Americans IAN MARLAND
can’t be bulldozed into things now.”
Scotland has an estimated 4,000
show people – 80 per cent of whom
are in the Glasgow area. If Glasgow
City Council gets its way, the last
two show families in Govan will be
cleared off the site by the end of
April. The families have ties with
nearby Govan Old Parish Church
going back generations. They have
also been represented on local
committees and played a part
in organising events such as the
annual Govan Fair.
But Stringfellow says: “We are
a community that is getting lost
– like the Americans did with the
[Native] Indians. When we got
this yard it was a cowp – a place
where they dump all the rubbish
they don’t want. And this seems
to be happening with show people
all over the country. They used
to put them in a dump, where all
the diseases and rubbish are. So
we cleaned it up and spent a bit of
money on it – and now we’ve been
here for 30-odd years.
“We’ve had I don’t know how
many eviction notices to get off.
And they’ve never improved the
place, they’ve never spent one
penny on the place… We just want
to live like ordinary people.”
A Glasgow City Council
spokesman said the authority was
working with its partners to bring
forward a masterplan for the area.
This would see potential for at
least 130 new affordable homes and
other commercial and leisure uses.
He added: “The council intends
to continue to negotiate with
both families with a view to
finding alternative and mutually
acceptable locations within the
city boundaries.”
Television Tuesday 27 March
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
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GERARD GILBERT
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PICK OF THE DAY
===
9pm, BBC1
There are two sides to every story,
and writer Danny Brocklehurst
intends to tell them both as we begin
with Greg (Christopher Eccleston), a
Northern Irish car mechanic trying
to make sense of why his wife of
19 years, Marie (Paula Malcomson),
has suddenly walked out on him
and their three children (left, with
Eccleston). As Greg juggles work
with raising kids, experiences a
disastrous internet date and begins
an affair with a woman who has a
violent husband, there’s a scene in
which he is reunited with Marie at a
marriage-counselling session and
Marie explains: “There were reasons.”
What those reasons are is the stuff
of later episodes…
7.30pm, ITV
England vs Italy (kick-off at 8pm).
The Azzurri travel to Wembley still
licking their wounds from missing
out on the World Cup finals for the
first time since 1958, a failure that
caused a gnashing of teeth in Italy
and cost coach Gian Piero Ventura
his job. Former Roma and Inter
Milan midfielder Luigi di Biagio is
the caretaker manager – a temporary
position that England boss Gareth
Southgate knows all about.
Come Home
Live International Football
===
The Great Celebrity Bake Off
For Stand Up To Cancer
8pm, Channel 4
With three comedians – Lee Mack,
Griff Rhys Jones and Joe Lycett – in
the tent, there is an extra layer of
competitiveness this week, not least
because making wisecracks is
usually Noel Fielding and Sandi
Toksvig’s job. Anyway, Mack proves
to be entertainingly useless as the
three male contestants, plus Melanie
Sykes, attempt to bake a cake with a
surprise inside it.
Coren of the suitably art-themed,
industrial-chic hotel. “It’s like being
inside a Hoxton restaurant except
massive.” They also get to stay in the
Silo’s sister restaurant, a more
bucolic resting place in the midst
of South Africa’s wine country.
===
10pm, BBC2
It’s Bonfire Night in the final episode
of Stefan Golaszewski’s brilliantly
original comedy, and the burning
question is whether Cathy and
Michael (Lesley Manville and Peter
Mullan) will finally make fireworks,
or whether their unspoken romance
will fizzle out like a damp squib.
But first Reg jigs around the living
room to Cyndi Lauper, Pauline
lectures Derek about white bread,
Amazing Hotels: Life
Beyond The Lobby
9pm BBC2
Giles Coren and Monica Galetti are
in South Africa, checking into the
Silo, a luxury hotel built above a vast
former grain silo that has been
transformed into Cape Town’s
equivalent of Tate Modern, the Zeitz
Museum of Contemporary Art
Africa. “Very hipsterish,” reckons
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Homer and
Marge parody
the film Mr &
Mrs Smith (R)
(S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (S).
6.00 Home And
Away: Buried
Alive (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 The One Show
(S).
7.30 EastEnders
Mitch charms
his way back
into Karen’s life
(S).
7.00 Mountain: Life
At The Extreme
The animals and
people who make
their homes in
mountain ranges
(R) (S).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 Live
International
Football
England vs Italy.
Kick-off is at
8pm (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7.00 Elizabeth: Our
Queen A look at
Elizabeth II’s life
since the start
of the decade.
Last in the
series (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days; Weather
(S).
7.30 Danny Baker
Rocks The
Eighties (A Bit)
(R) (S).
6.45 FILM: Evolution
(Ivan Reitman
2001) Scifi comedy,
starring David
Duchovny (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
Comical clips
(R) (S).
8.00 Holby City Ollie
faces a hard
truth (S).
8.00 Great Indian
Railway
Journeys
Michael Portillo
travels from
Jodhpur to
Delhi (S).
8.00 The Great
Celebrity Bake
Off For Stand
Up To Cancer (S).
8.00 Secrets Of The
National Trust
With Alan
Titchmarsh
The host visits
Cragside (S).
8.00 Immortal Egypt
With Joann
Fletcher How
Egypt’s enemies
exploited its
internal strife
(R) (S).
8.50 Paddy
Considine:
Journeyman
Interview
Special (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Walden
tries to get his
ex-wife to take
him back (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
9.00 Come Home
New series.
Drama,
starring Paula
Malcomson and
Christopher
Eccleston (S).
9.00 Amazing Hotels:
Life Beyond
The Lobby Giles
Coren and
Monica Galetti
visit a hotel in
South Africa (S).
9.15 Seven Year
Switch The
bonds between
the switched
couples
strengthen (S).
9.00 Britain’s Wild
Rivers Cameras
follow some
of the wildlife
that thrive in
wetlands (S).
9.00 How Quizzing
Got Cool: TV’s
Brains Of
Britain (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: The
Bourne Legacy
(Tony Gilroy
2012) Spy
thriller sequel,
starring Jeremy
Renner (S).
9.00 FILM: The
Break-Up
(Peyton Reed
2006) Comedy
drama, starring
Jennifer
Aniston (S).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 This Country (R)
(S).
10.00Mum It is
November and
Cathy is having
a bonfire. Last
in the series (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.15 ITV News;
Weather (S).
10.50 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.20 Gogglebox
Reviews of
Seven Year
Switch and
the Winter
Paralympics
(R) (S).
10.00FILM: Mr & Mrs
Smith (Doug
Liman 2005)
Comedy, with
Brad Pitt and
Angelina Jolie
(S).
10.00The
Prosecutors:
Real Crime And
Punishment
Last in the
series (R) (S).
11.15 Tiredness, Tears
And Tantrums:
Diary Of A New
Mum (S).
11.15 Reggie Yates:
Searching For
Grenfell’s Lost
Lives (R) (S).
11.05 International
Football
Highlights
England vs Italy
(S).
11.25 Before We Die
Blanka finds
the film of a
tortured Sven
on Davor’s
computer. Last
in the series (S).
11.00 Elegance And
Decadence:
The Age Of The
Regency (R) (S).
11.40 FILM:
Tyrannosaur
(Paddy
Considine 2011)
Drama, starring
Peter Mullan (S).
11.10 Family Guy (R)
(S).
11.40 Family Guy
Lois becomes a
sex education
teacher (R) (S).
12.20 BBC News (S).
12.15 David
Attenborough’s Natural
Curiosities (R) (S). 12.45
Sign Zone: MasterChef
(R) (S). 1.45 Sign Zone:
Amazing Hotels: Life
Beyond The Lobby (R) (S).
2.45 This Is BBC Two (S).
12.05 Play To The Whistle
(R) (S). 12.55 Jackpot247
3.00 Loose Women (R).
3.50 ITV Nightscreen 5.05
The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S).
12.35 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S). 1.25
World Of Weird (R) (S). 2.20
Russian Spy Assassins:
The Salisbury Attack (R)
(S). 3.15 The Question Jury
(R) (S). 4.10 George Clarke’s
Amazing Spaces (R) (S).
12.00 Treasures Of Ancient
Egypt (R). 1.00 Top Of The
Pops: 1982 (R). 1.30 Danny
Baker Rocks The Eighties (A
Bit) (R). 2.00 How Quizzing
Got Cool: TV’s Brains Of
Britain (R) (S). 3.00 And Then
There Were None (R) (S).
1.35 FILM: King Boxer
(Chang-Hwa Jeong 1972)
Martial arts action
adventure, starring Lieh
Lo (S). 3.45 Close
12.10 American Dad! (R)
(S). 12.35 American Dad! (R)
(S). 1.10 Celebrity Juice (R)
(S). 2.10 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 2.20 Teleshopping
5.50 ITV2 Nightscreen
12.20 FILM: A Walk
Among The Tombstones
(Scott Frank 2014) (S). 2.20
SuperCasino 4.00 Britain’s
Greatest Bridges (R) (S). 4.45
House Doctor (R) (S). 5.10
Great Artists (R) (S). 5.35
Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
Giles Coren and Monica
Galetti in South Africa
9pm, BBC2
Joe Lycett is among the
celebrity bakers in ‘The
Great British Bake Off
For Stand Up To Cancer’
8pm, Channel 4
6.00 The Planet’s Funniest
Animals (R) (S). 6.20
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 7.10
Who’s Doing The Dishes?
(R) (S). 7.55 Emmerdale (R)
(S). 8.20 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 8.55 Coronation
Street (R) (S). 9.25 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show
(R) (S). 10.20 The Bachelor
(R) (S). 11.15 The Big Soap
Quiz: Coronation Street
V Emmerdale (R) (S). 12.15
Emmerdale (R) (S). 12.45
Coronation Street (R) (S).
1.15 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 1.45 The Ellen
DeGeneres Show (S).
2.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S). 4.50 Judge Rinder
(R) (S). 5.50 Take Me Out
(R) (S).
Will there be fireworks
in the finale of ‘Mum’?
10pm, BBC2
NEWS
4-27
and Kelly tries to imagine the
biggest number she can think of.
Here’s hoping for a third series.
===
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
This Country
10.45pm, BBC1
The vicar’s wayward son returns
from Bristol and Kurtan (Charlie
Cooper) is asked to help him
readjust to village life, while
Kerry (Daisy May Cooper) helps the
vicar with his “tea talk” by visiting a
lonely neighbour. But the episode
begins with a lovely sequence in
which the cousins look on as their
grandfather and Len engage in bin
wars – Kerry and Kurtan having
swapped their recycling bins over to
wind them up. A deserved triple
winner at last week’s Royal
Television Society awards
VOICES
16-20
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
FILM OF THE DAY
===
11.40pm, Film4
(Paddy Considine, 2011)
Considine’s directorial debut is in
that strong British realist tradition
that includes films about social
deprivation and violence directed by
Alan Clarke, Ken Loach, Gary Oldman
and, come to that, its lead actor, Peter
Mullan. But although it is a simple,
even familiar story, its performances
make it extraordinary. Mullan (left)
makes the kind of muttering drunk
whom people would cross the street
to avoid – a man with a long list of
regrets – into a complicated
character with a perverse but
appealing dignity. And Olivia Colman
was a revelation in her role as a
woman with similarly unexpected
depths, in whom he finds solace.
1.50pm, BBC2
(George Stevens, 1939)
Cary Grant and Douglas Fairbanks Jnr
play English officers fighting back the
Thuggee cult in India with the help of
their native water-bearer, Gunga Din.
An enjoyable old-fashioned actioncomedy spectacular, colonialist
attitudes notwithstanding.
Tyrannosaur
Gunga Din
===
There’s Something About Mary
9pm, 5Star
(Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, 1998)
The idea to season a romcom with a
dollop of lowbrow, gross-out humour
was novel at the time, but it’s the
performances of Cameron Diaz and
Ben Stiller that give this Farrelly
brothers hit its lasting appeal.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 6.50 Heartbeat (R) (S).
7.55 The Royal (R) (S). 8.55
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.25
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.50
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.20
Inspector Morse (R) (S).
12.35 The Royal (R) (S).
1.40 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). 4.50 You’re Only
Young Twice (R) (S). 5.20
Rising Damp (R) (S). 5.55
Heartbeat (R) (S).
i TUESDAY
27 MARCH 2018
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S). 6.30
Hollyoaks (R) (S). 7.00
Rules Of Engagement (R)
(S). 8.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 9.00 New
Girl (R) (S). 9.30 New Girl
(R) (S). 10.00 2 Broke Girls
(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).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (R)
(S). 9.30 A Place In The
Sun: Home Or Away (R)
(S). 10.30 A Place In The
Sun: Home Or Away (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). 3.45
Come Dine With Me (R) (S).
4.20 Come Dine With Me
(R) (S). 4.50 A Place In The
Sun: Home Or Away (R) (S).
5.55 Kirstie And Phil’s Love
It Or List It (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon
decides to make
new friends (R)
(S).
6.55 The Secret
Life Of The
Zoo Cameras
follow Chester
Zoo’s Humboldt
penguins (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama
The Professor
invents a
one-way time
machine (R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.00 House The
doctor has a
motorbike crash
(R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote A man
arrives in Cabot
Cove looking for
his daughter (R)
(S).
7.00 Hollyoaks
Glenn gives
Adam a new
order (S).
7.30 Extreme Cake
Makers (R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A project to
build a fourbedroom log
cabin (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
A Hollywood
star visits
Springfield (R)
(S).
7.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
A student is
found dead (R)
(S).
8.00 Midsomer
Murders
A country
magazine
owner is
suspected of
murder (R) (S).
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.00 The Flash DeVoe
goes after the
remaining
metas.
8.00 Blue Bloods
Danny puts
his family in
danger (R) (S).
6.00 The Dog Whisperer
(R). 7.00 RSPCA Animal
Rescue (R) (S). 7.30 RSPCA
Animal Rescue (R) (S). 8.00
Motorway Patrol (R) (S).
8.30 Motorway Patrol (R)
(S). 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 The British (R) (S).
7.00 Urban Secrets (R) (S).
8.00 Richard E Grant’s
Hotel Secrets (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).
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
Jordan North 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Jordan North 7.00 Annie
Mac 9.00 The 8th With Charlie
Sloth 11.00 Huw Stephens 1am
Annie Nightingale 3.00 Radio
1 Comedy – Scott & Chris 4.00
Radio 1’s Early Breakfast Show
With Adele Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am Dotty 10.00 Ace 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 Jamz Supernova 1am
Annie Nightingale Presents
3.00 1Xtra Playlists 4.00 Jamz
Supernova
BBC Radio 2
9.00 Tattoo Fixers:
Most Shocking
Alice helps Amy
say adios to a
preposterous
proposal. Last in
the series (S).
9.00 24 Hours In A&E
Medics treat
three women
who have been
stabbed in a
Surrey car park
(R) (S).
9.00 The Blacklist
Liz unearths
a major clue
about Tom’s
killers.
9.00 Here And Now
Audrey makes
a pitch to a
wealthy friend.
10.00Scott & Bailey
Janet interviews
serial killer
Geoff Hastings
(R) (S).
10.00Five Star Hotel
Spencer and
James lock
horns (S).
10.00Return Of The
Black Death:
Secret History
The deadly
plague of the
14th century (R)
(S).
10.00The Late Late
Show With
James Corden:
Best Of The
Week Highlights
of the talk show.
10.10 Divorce Frances
finds out that
Robert has a
new woman in
his life.
10.45 Crashing
11.00 Scott & Bailey
Andy accuses
Janet of leading
him on (R) (S).
11.05 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.10 8 Out Of 10
Cats Does
Countdown
With Bill Bailey,
Andrew Flintoff
and Roisin
Conaty (R) (S).
11.00 The Force:
Essex A man
threatens
officers after
being thrown
out of a club (R)
(S).
11.20 SMILF (R) (S).
11.55 SMILF Rafi and
Tutu baptise
Larry without
Bridgette’s
consent (R) (S).
12.05 A Touch Of Frost (R)
(S). 2.00 ITV3 Nightscreen
2.30 Teleshopping
12.00 First Dates (R) (S).
1.05 Five Star Hotel (R)
(S). 2.05 Tattoo Fixers:
Most Shocking (R) (S). 3.00
Gogglebox (R) (S). 3.50
First Dates Abroad (R) (S).
4.15 Rules Of Engagement
(R) (S).
12.10 Obsessive
Compulsive Cleaners
(R) (S). 1.15 24 Hours In
A&E (R) (S). 2.15 Ramsay’s
Kitchen Nightmares USA
(R) (S). 3.15 8 Out Of 10 Cats
(R) (S). 3.50 Close
12.00 Ross Kemp: Extreme
World (R) (S). 1.00 Brit
Cops: Law & Disorder (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).
12.30 Dexter (R). 1.45
Dexter (R). 3.00 Without A
Trace (R) (S). 4.00 The West
Wing (R) (S). 5.00 The West
Wing (R) (S).
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Jamie Cullum 8.00 Jo
Whiley 10.00 Blood On The
Tracks 11.00 Nigel Ogden: The
Organist Entertains 11.30
Listen To The Band 12mdn’t
Sounds Of The 80s 2.00 Radio
2’s Folk Playlist 3.00 Radio 2
Playlist: 90s Hits 4.00 Radio 2
Playlists 5.00 Nicki Chapman
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. With Petroc
Trelawny. 9.00 Essential
Classics. Suzy Klein with the
best in classical music. 12noon
Composer Of The Week:
Gesualdo. The life and music
of Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of
Venosa. 1.00 News 1.02 Radio
3 Lunchtime Concert. Malcolm
Martineau, Kitty Whately and
Simon Keenlyside perform
French songs. 2.00 Afternoon
Concert. Fiona Talkington
presents. 5.00 In Tune. Music
and arts news. 7.00 In Tune
Mixtape. Music by John
Adams, Bach and Beethoven.
7.30 Radio 3 In Concert. Live
from the Royal Festival Hall,
the Royal Philharmonic plays
Strauss and Mozart. 10.00
Free Thinking Festival. 10.45
The Essay: Is Music A Civilising
Force? Professor Alice
Roberts examines music as a
humanising force. 11.00 Late
Junction. 12.30am Through The
Night. With John Shea.
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 The Public
Philosopher 9.45 The Channel
10.00 Woman’s Hour 11.00
The Vet With Two Brains
11.30 What A Performance
12noon News 12.04 Home
Front 12.15 Call You And
Yours 12.57 Weather 1.00
The World At One 1.45
Encounters 2.00 The Archers
2.15 Drama: A History Of Paper
3.00 Short Cuts 3.30 Costing
The Earth 4.00 The Funeral
Singer 4.30 A Good Read
5.00 PM 5.57 Weather 6.00
Six O’Clock News 6.30 Love
In Recovery. By Pete Jackson.
7.00 The Archers. Susan is
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ONDEMAND
Santa Clarita Diet
Netflix
Drew Barrymore returns in
the gross-out zombie comedy.
Hap And Leonard
Amazon Prime
A new run of 1980s-set Texas
noir with James Purefoy and
The Wire’s Michael K Williams.
Imagine – Andrew
Lloyd Webber
BBC iPlayer
A highly entertaining
biography of the musical
theatre impresario.
not happy. 7.15 Front Row.
Arts programme, presented
by Samira Ahmed. 7.45 Judas.
By Lucy Gannon. 8.00 The
Brexit Lab. How Britain could
change after Brexit. 8.40 In
Touch. News for people who
are blind or partially sighted.
9.00 Inside Health. Dr Mark
Porter separates medical
fact from fiction. 9.30 The
Public Philosopher. Harvard
philosopher Michael Sandel
asks if a citizen of the world
is a citizen of nowhere. 10.00
The World Tonight. With Ritula
Shah. 10.45 Book At Bedtime:
Reservoir 13. By Jon McGregor.
11.00 Rude Not To. Comedy.
11.30 Today In Parliament.
Presented by Susan Hulme.
12mdn’t News And Weather
12.30 The Channel 12.48
Shipping Forecast 1.00 As BBC
World Service 5.20 Shipping
Forecast 5.30 News Briefing
5.43 Prayer For The Day 5.45
Farming Today 5.58 Tweet Of
The Day
BBC Radio 4 LW
8.30am Yesterday In
Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
5.54 Shipping Forecast
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am The Unpleasantness
At The Bellona Club 6.30
Late Learners 7.00 Arrested
Development 7.30 Love In
Recovery 8.00 The Ken Dodd
Show 8.30 The Men From The
Ministry 9.00 The Now Show
9.30 Turf Wars 10.00 The Great
Scott 11.00 Goodnight, Vienna
11.15 Quartet 12noon The Ken
Dodd Show 12.30 The Men
From The Ministry 1.00 The
Unpleasantness At The Bellona
Club 1.30 Late Learners 2.00
The Norfolk Mystery 2.15
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen’s
History Of Home 2.30 The Old
Curiosity Shop 2.45 Hellhound
On His Trail 3.00 The Great
Scott 4.00 The Personality
Test 4.30 Ballylenon 5.00
Arrested Development 5.30
Love In Recovery 6.00 The
Willows 6.30 Pioneers 7.00
The Ken Dodd Show 7.30
The Men From The Ministry
Pick
ofthe
day
Blood On
The Tracks
10pm, BBC Radio 2
Practically inviting
you to yell at
your radio, Colin
Murray (above)
plays judge and
jury as four music
obsessives debate
and argue about
their favourite
tracks.
8.00 The Unpleasantness At
The Bellona Club 8.30 Late
Learners 9.00 Goodnight,
Vienna 9.15 Quartet 10.00
Comedy Club: Love In Recovery
10.30 Comedy Club: Elvis
McGonagall Takes A Look On
The Bright Side 10.45 Comedy
Club: Richard Marsh: Love And
Sweets 11.00 Comedy Club:
ElvenQuest 11.30 Comedy
Club: Arthur Smith’s Balham
Bash 12mdn’t The Willows
12.30 Pioneers 1.00 The
Unpleasantness At The Bellona
Club 1.30 Late Learners 2.00
The Norfolk Mystery 2.15
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen’s
History Of Home 2.30 The Old
Curiosity Shop 2.45 Hellhound
On His Trail 3.00 The Great
Scott 4.00 The Personality Test
4.30 Ballylenon 5.00 Arrested
Development 5.30 Love In
Recovery
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00
The Emma Barnett Show With
Sam Walker 1pm Afternoon
Edition 4.00 5 Live Drive 7.00
5 Live Sport 8.00 5 Live Sport:
International Football 2017-18.
England vs Italy. Kick-off is
at 8pm. 10.00 5 Live Sport: 5
Live Football Social 10.30 Phil
Williams 1am Up All Night 5.00
Morning Reports 5.15 Wake Up
To Money
BBC 6 Music
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark
Radcliffe And Stuart Maconie
4.00 Steve Lamacq 7.00 Marc
Riley 9.00 Gideon Coe 12mdn’t
6 Music Recommends With
Tom Ravenscroft 1.00 You’ll
Never Be 16 Again 2.00 The
Upsetter – Lee “Scratch” Perry
In His Own Words 2.30 6
Music Live Hour 3.30 6 Music’s
Jukebox 5.00 Chris Hawkins
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
9.00 John Suchet 1pm AnneMarie Minhall 5.00 Classic
FM Drive 7.00 Smooth
Classics At Seven 8.00 The
Full Works Concert. Jane
Jones pays tribute to the Czech
Philharmonic Orchestra. 10.00
Smooth Classics 1am Sam
Pittis
Absolute Radio
6am Christian O’Connell’s
Breakfast Show 10.00 Leona
Graham 1pm Andy Bush 4.00
Dave Berry 7.00 Danielle Perry
10.00 Pete Donaldson 1am
Chris Martin
Heart
6am Jamie And Emma
9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt
Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy
7.00 Sian Welby 10.00 Kat
Shoob 1am Simon Beale 4.00
Jenni Falconer
TalkSPORT
6am The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast With Ray Parlour
10.00 Jim White, Micky Gray
And Bob Mills 1pm Hawksbee
And Jacobs 4.00 Adrian
Durham And Darren Gough
7.00 Kick-off 10.00 Sports Bar
1am Extra Time With Adam
Catterall
Nature
Precious trees
Venturing into Europe’s
last major primeval forest,
at threat from logging
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Arts
‘Ordeal by Innocence’
The BBC’s Agatha Christie
drama airs after all, thanks
to a crafty reshoot
Page 36
Reviews
Richard Alston
The choreographer’s
50-year career, distilled
into a new compilation
Page 38
Some
authors
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After having a baby, Samantha Ellis
decided to immerse herself in the
literature of motherhood. She read
of isolation, bafflement and loss of
self – but ultimately, she found, these
were all books about love
Y
ou either read your way
into life or you don’t.
When I got pregnant
my first instinct was to
find a bookshop. I was
on a Greek island so had to make
do with finding a café with wi-fi
and downloading What to Expect
When You’re Expecting, a book that
told me why I should order a decaff, but nothing about how motherhood would feel. Since then a
raft of books have been published
– memoirs and novels by and
about mothers. I wanted to find
out what stories they were telling,
and why they are telling them now.
I started my book binge hoping
for heroic mothers, like the heroine of Anne Brontë’s second novel,
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, who
leaves her abusive husband to live
as a fugitive in a ruin on the edge
of the moors, to make a living by
painting, and to bring up her son
her own way. Better still, it’s motherhood that makes her heroic; before she has a child, she puts up
with her marriage, but becoming
a mother gives her the courage to
go. I wanted motherhood to empower me, too.
In her luminous, startling 2015
memoir The Argonauts, Maggie
Nelson hopes motherhood will
make her feel “invincible and
ample” but it makes her feel more
fragile. Yet there is strength and
capaciousness to her story of becoming a mother while becom-
ing a stepmother, and while her
transgender partner takes testosterone and has top surgery. She
makes queer family making seem
as pleasurable as it is considered.
Who wouldn’t want, like Nelson,
to “delight in pouring water over
[her baby’s] head with a toy boat
full of holes, wetting his blond
curls, matted with butter from a
plate he recently made into a hat”?
Many of the newer books by
“mother writers”, as Rivka Galchen calls them in her wry 2017
memoir Little Labours, are darker.
I wondered about Nelson’s decision to exclude all but the briefest
mention of the potentially fatal
nerve toxin that strikes her baby
at six months. Did her book shimmer because she pushed darkness
to the edges?
Jenny Offill’s piquant 2014 novel
Dept. of Speculation is full of shadows. When her heroine sacrifices
her dream of being an “art monster” to become a mother, she
becomes unhinged and her marriage shatters. Never named, she
goes from being I to being the
wife. Nameless, too, is the heroine
of Megan Hunter’s lyrical, tender
2017 novel The End We Start From.
As her waters break, a flood begins, and by the time she is out of
hospital, London is underwater
and she is fleeing north.
The End We Start From works
partly as a story about how becoming a parent makes you terrified
about the future of the planet, and
partly as a metaphor for motherhood as apocalypse; Hunter’s
heroine is nearly drowned by
motherhood. And in “Mrs Fox”,
the opening story in Sarah Hall’s
2017 collection Madame Zero, the
heroine metamorphoses into a
vixen. Only later do we realise,
when her husband finds her with
her cubs, that the nausea she felt
before becoming “Mrs Fox” was
morning sickness. Transforming
into a mother has cost her her
name and her words.
Yet Nelson wrote that because
she was an older mother, she
didn’t lose herself; she’d had time
“to become myself before experimenting with my obliteration”.
Offill’s heroine finds a way back to
herself, and Hunter’s novel is full
of hopeful ordinary miracles. She
describes the baby trying to roll
over “like someone trying to turn
over a car with their bare hands.
Impossible”; but he does roll.
Eventually the waters do recede,
or, as Meaghan O’Connell put it
in her memoir And Now We Have
Everything (out in the US this
spring), “the war ends and you
begin reconstructing yourself”.
Most of these books are both
short (mothers don’t have time
to write doorstoppers) and written in fragments, which don’t just
evoke snatched time and constant interruption, but also make
the reader do some of the work
of reconstruction.
Devouring these books with my
baby asleep in my arms, the stories started to blur. Offill fished a
leaf from her child’s mouth, while
Nelson stopped her baby eating
a leaf. Galchen found that nappies didn’t impinge much on her
consciousness, while Hunter’s
heroine came to love the smell of
her baby’s nappies. Breastfeeding inspired ecstatic prose; milk
“billows... like winter smoke in the
bath” in The End We Start From,
while Nelson’s colostrum is “A
bloom of custard-coloured drops”.
Struggling to breastfeed, I had to
go to Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan
books to find anyone writing about
formula. I didn’t feel lost but I felt
split. A year into being a mother,
I found an echo of this feeling
in Jessie Greengrass’s precise,
austere novel Sight (2018), now
longlisted for the Women’s Prize.
After Greengrass’s heroine (also
unnamed) has her daughter she
feels all she can do is “try to turn
myself into the thing she needed”.
To be needed so much can feel
like a trap. Leila Slimani’s knotty,
gripping 2018 thriller Lullaby is,
hands down, the worst book to
read while investigating childcare
options for your baby. It reads
like a cautionary tale. Myriam
longs to escape the “prison-like
happiness” of motherhood so she
returns to work and employs a
magical nanny, a latter-day Mary
Poppins. But she pays the price
when the nanny kills her children.
The scene I found hardest to
read was not the murder scene
but the one in which Myriam’s
mother-in-law castigates her for
being “irresponsible and selfish”
for entrusting her children to a
“fake mother”. Is it ever possible
to reclaim yourself without endangering your child?
Just as provocative is another
book that asks the same question: Lara Feigel’s 2018 memoir
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Free Woman. Feigel urgently reads
Doris Lessing to try to understand
her own need for freedom. Lessing appears in Little Labours, too,
as Galchen starkly summarises
her story: “Left two of her three
children to be raised by their father. Later semi-adopted a teenage girl, a peer of one of her sons.
Said there was ‘nothing more boring for an intelligent woman than
to spend endless amounts of time
with small children’.” For Galchen,
Lessing is one of many women
who has had to choose between
making books and making babies.
She is angry that “Literature
has more dogs than babies, and
also more abortions”, but admits
that she herself didn’t want to
write about motherhood, finding
it “perfectly not interesting” until
her daughter came along. Can you
write if you are a mother? And if
you do write, does it have to be
about motherhood?
Feigel worries that she is happiest in the “abandoned inspiration”
of writing, and in these moments
she feels as though her child
doesn’t exist. She is in conversation with Rachel Cusk, who was
vilified all round for writing her
mother memoir A Life’s Work in
2001. It might be easier to admit to
maternal ambivalence now, but it
is just as hard to accept or understand, and it feels important to try.
Perhaps the logical conclusion
of all this ambivalence is Sheila
Heti’s forthcoming Motherhood,
a novel that reads like a memoir,
about a woman who questions,
exhaustively, whether she should
have a child. While I wish Heti
hadn’t saddled her heroine with
a partner so ludicrously extreme
that he compares babies to lobotomies, I was especially fascinated
by the moment where her heroine decides that her life’s work
might not be motherhood but
telling the story of her Holocaust survivor grandmother.
“A book lives in every person who reads it,” she writes.
“I want my grandmother to
live in everybody, not just
in one body from between
my legs.” This is perhaps
reductive – a baby might
surely grow up to connect with as many people
as a book – but still, Heti’s
heroine succeeds in making something “loving” and
“healed”, not a baby but this
Creative mothers:
(from left) Sarah
Hall, Sheila Heti, Lara
Feigel, Leila Slimani
and Rachel Cusk;
Samantha
Ellis (below)
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When
her heroine
sacrifices
her dream
of being an
‘art monster’
to become
a mother,
she becomes
unhinged
and her
marriage
shatters
maddening yet cathartic book.
Heti also flips the question about
whether you can be a mother and
write by asking if you can write
if you are not a mother: “Could
I ever hope to be a good enough
writer – capture on the page what
being human felt like – if I had not
experienced motherhood?”
This made me think back to
Anne Brontë, who wrote about
motherhood despite neither being
a mother nor having a mother (she
lost hers before she was two). Why
now, 170 years later, has motherhood become an experience that
excludes others and that ironically also isolates mothers?
I was glad to find a more open,
generous vision in two novels
about women who experience
mother love without giving birth.
In Mary Gaitskill’s unsettling
2015 novel The Mare, a damaged
47-year-old artist gets involved
in the life of a troubled child, and
loves her despite people sniping
that she is “play[ing] at being a
parent”, that she should nurture
herself instead, that her love has
a “whiff of addiction”.
In Alice Allan’s captivating 2017
novel Open My Eyes, That I May
See Marvellous Things, a midwife
in an Ethiopian hospital is tasked
with holding an abandoned baby
skin to skin, and finds herself falling in love because, as Allan asks:
“How can you hold a baby next
to your skin without it touching
your heart?” For all the obliteration, war, floods and ambivalence,
every motherhood book I read
was also a love story. And they
were better love stories for
being complicated, for admitting, as Greengrass’s heroine
does, that feeling unwhole, like
“a house with one wall open to the
wind”, full of “something complicated... duty and fear...
gnawing, restless anxiety”
is baffling. At first Greengrass’s heroine “couldn’t
see how all this added up
to love”, but then she realises the love began before
she even met her baby,
when the child was still
inside her, “already going
about its business”.
Samantha Ellis is the
author of ‘Take Courage:
Anne Brontë and the
Art of Life’ (£16.99,
Chatto and Windus)
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The Bialowieza Forest, which covers
more than 3,000 sq km of Poland and
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Nature
Where the
wild things are
Wolves, lynx and
bison roam the vast
Bialowieza Forest on
the borders of Poland
and Belarus, where
thousands of plant
and animal species
are testament to an
ecosystem left alone to
thrive. But can it last,
asks Lucy Jones
Parts of
the forest
have been
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e are looking for wolves
in the Polish part of
B ia łow i eza Forest,
sweeping the wooded
habitat for a glimpse
of something lupine – scat (droppings),
tracks, a fresh kill, yellow eyes peeping
through the stumps. February is a busy
month for wolves. Their breeding activity
peaks on the 14th, apparently. There are
two packs of about five to seven animals
in a forest of 600 square kilometres, so
we would be lucky to see one. But the fact
they are here is a thrill in itself.
We would be even luckier to see a lynx,
another apex predator. Lynx are solitary
cats and hunt roe deer mainly at night,
but, well, one might be sniffing around,
climbing trees or padding through its
territory. I keep my eyes peeled for their
tufty ears. It is freezing cold on the day
we visit the “strict reserve”, the name
given to the ultra-protected area of
Białowieza Forest which you can only
visit with a special permit.
As it is winter, there is barely any bird
song. Occasionally, we hear the call of a
woodpecker or a nuthatch. The cold also
muffles any smells. It is hard to imagine
there are more than 12,000 recorded
species of animals here and 20,000
estimated. It is also home to 400 species
of lichen, 4,000 species of fungi and
more than 260 species of mosses.
Białowieza, which straddles the
border between Poland and Belarus,
is the largest and best-preserved
remnant of unmanaged semi-natural
deciduous and mixed forest in Europe.
It is the final vestige of a habitat
exceptionally rich in biodiversity.
The trees are dripping with lichen,
as if dipped in batter. They may be the
oldest organisms here, for lichen are a
pioneer species, which means they are
the first to grow on rock or other areas
after a landslide or disaster. Most are
sensitive to air pollution, which explains
why there are so many: we are miles
from a major urban area or motorway.
They add colour – ochre yellow, orange,
grey-green, blueish grey – to the wintry
forest. The problem with observing
lichen and fungi is that you might miss
seeing something (a little) bigger. I turn
It is hard to imagine
there are more than
12,000 recorded species
of animals here
just in time to see a bank vole leap, which
is surprisingly reddish in colour. It pops
like a champagne cork around its dead
wood home and vanishes back inside.
The forest is most famous for its
European bison, the world’s largest freeroaming population. Before the First
World War, there were more than 700 in
the forest, but, during the war, German
soldiers exterminated the animals and
the last wild bison died in 1919. Interwar,
campaigners reintroduced breeding
pairs from the 54 which remained in the
world’s zoos and private parks. It was
successful and 17 survived the Second
World War. The forest is now home to
800 animals.
We arrive at a feeding spot to
see 12 bison eating hay. They look
extraordinary, like American football
players with their raised shoulders.
They are huge: 610kg of bulk. More lope
out of the forest until the herd numbers
around 25.
Bison and their primeval ancestors
were here thousands of years ago. They
may have roamed the land with woolly
mammoths, sabre-toothed tigers,
aurochs, and giant ground sloths. The
earliest fossil remains found in eastern
Poland date to the Late Pleistocene age,
around 12,000 years ago.
Back in the forest, foxes, martens,
stoats and hares were hiding from
the cold. Globose clumps of mistletoe
hung from the trees and we saw
the marks of the rare three-toed
woodpecker on spruces. The forest
is a mosaic of tree species: oak, lime,
hornbeam, pine, spruce, alder, ash.
The average age of a tree is 126 years
but there are many much older.
The ecosystems of Białowieza
are complex and built on
a multitude of symbiotic
relationships. On a simple
level, when a tree falls
down, for example, others
will grow into the new
light(right).Thedeadwood
provides a huge number
of ecological niches and
microsites for organisms to thrive.
It sets off a domino effect, with different
organisms benefiting at specific points of
decay. The forest’s life cycle is dynamic
and intricate and better left alone.
Which is where the recent conflict
comes in. In March 2016, the Polish
environment minister modified the
forest management plan and allowed
an increase of logging. Other natural
forest areas have been irreparably
destroyed through the clearing of dead
spruce. The foresters explain the newly
intensified logging as a solution to a bark
beetle infestation, which they said was
ravaging the forest. The ecologists say
this is a lie.
“They want people to think the forest
can’t be left alone, that it has to be
managed,” a local guide told me. Both
sides are now awaiting the final ruling
of the European Court of Justice after
the European Commission took the
Polish government to court for its forest
management operations.
On our return to the guest house, we
see our first great-spotted woodpecker
at the bird-feed table. Apart from
watching a Montagu’s harrier hunt
low above a snow-dusted meadow,
we haven’t seen much bird life. It is a
reminder that so much, if not all, of the
nature we enjoy and have left is managed
by humans – and that this one small,
untouched area of forest in Europe is
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BOOKS
In Extremis
BY TIM PARKS
Tom is about to
give a talk about
how he recovered
from pain to a
group of Dutch
physiotherapists.
He has left his
wife, now lives
in Madrid with his much
younger girlfriend, and
his mother is dying. Just
before the talk, Tom is
suddenly in pain again.
A good novel of anxiety,
embarrassment and the
depths of Englishness.
DVD/BLU-RAY
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CERTIFICATE 12, 115MINS
A big-budget
action
adventure
which invites
Batman,
Wonder
Woman
and others
from the DC
Comics universe to play tag
team against the might of
supervillain Steppenwolf.
Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and
Ciarán Hinds star.
Shot not once,
but twice
T
The BBC’s
‘Ordeal by
Innocence’ was
shelved after its
star was accused
of rape. As it
finally screens,
Sarah Hughes
finds out how it
was brought
back to life
here was a time when
the cast and crew of
Ordeal by Innocence were
unsure if the drama
would ever be seen. The
three-part adaptation
of Agatha Christie’s novel about the
murder of the wealthy philanthropist
Rachel Argyll (Anna Chancellor)
was supposed to air last Christmas.
Then the cast member Ed Westwick,
who played the key role of Rachel’s
adopted son Mickey, was accused
of rape and sexual assault. He has
denied the claims.
Ordeal by Innocence was pulled
from the Christmas schedules and
shelved indefinitely. “This was
in early December and we were
still editing when we got the news
that it wasn’t going to go out at
Christmas,” says the series director,
Sandra Goldbacher.
“We were devastated because it
really seemed as though it might
not be shown at all at that point,
which really would have been souldestroying because so much hard
work had gone into it.”
Instead the decision was taken in
late December to recast Westwick –
he was replaced by Christian Cooke
– and reconvene the starry cast in
Scotland for a 12-day shoot in the
new year. “It wasn’t a decision that
was taken lightly but it was the only
way that the series could be seen,”
says Goldbacher.
“We’d just heard about Ridley Scott
doing the same thing [Scott replaced
Kevin Spacey with Christopher
Plummer on All the Money in the
World] which helped.
“The most incredible thing about
it was how generous the actors were
– Bill Nighy [who plays Rachel’s
husband and family patriarch Leo]
said ‘absolutely’ immediately and
came for five days to reshoot, Anna
Chancellor got stuck in the airport
trying to get to us, Anthony Boyle
flew in from New York [where he
was preparing for the Broadway
production of Harry Potter and the
Cursed Child], Matthew Goode, who
was filming A Discovery of Witches,
drove through the night and gave up
his Saturday.”
In total around 45 minutes of the
drama were reshot. “We were pretty
lucky,” Goldbacher says. “For a start,
the owner of the house we’d originally
filmed in in Scotland liked what the
art department had done so much
that he’d left it pretty much the same.
But the costume designer and props
department had to re-source a lot of
the costumes, many of which were
original 1950s pieces from Rome and
Paris. The fur coat that Anna wears
had been borrowed and it was a bit of
effort to get that back…”
Sarah Phelps, the show’s writer,
admits that while she was desperate
for the drama to air – “because so
many amazing people had put so
much work into it” – she wasn’t sure
how easy it would be to pull off.
“I did keep saying: ‘But, Sandra,
it’s snowing, how’s that going to
work?’ She just said don’t worry.”
Goldbacher says the skeletal trees
actually helped as part of the story is
set in winter.
Cooke, who was offered the role
of Mickey 10 days before Christmas,
says that while he was nervous, he
couldn’t have been made to feel more
welcome. “I wasn’t sure how everyone
would react or what it would be like
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MICHAEL DAY
From the sunbed to a
lack of beds in the
Nottinghamshire NHS
» Hospital BBC2, 9pm
» The Queen: Her Commonwealth Story BBC1, 9pm
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to come late to production,” he says.
“It turned out to be a really great
experience – everyone was very
sensitive and kind, and Sandra was
clear from the beginning that I would
have the freedom to give my own take
on the material and do what I wanted.
There was no sense that I was being
slotted into the role and had to do this
scene this way or that.”
In fact, G oldbacher says it
was interesting to be able to
compare Cooke’s performance
with Westwick’s. “They are both
very good performances but very
different,” she says. “And because
Christian’s responses and reactions
were different, so other people’s
performances changed with him,
which was really interesting to see,
especially in an ensemble piece.”
So what exactly should audiences
expect from this latest Christie,
Phelps’s third adaptation of the crime
queen’s work following acclaimed
takes on And Then There Were None
and Witness for the Prosecution? For
a start, Phelps says, it’s even darker
than her previous two adaptations.
“Ordeal by Innocence is not a
conventional Christie in that there’s
a big event that kicks it off where
a son has been convicted of his
mother’s murder and died in prison
but then somebody turns up and
says, ‘You know how he always said
he was innocent… well he was’, and
everything goes from there,” Phelps
says. “I wanted with this story to
Christian Cooke (centre
and below left) replaced
Ed Westwick in ‘Ordeal
by Innocence’; Crystal
Clarke on set (below right)
MAMMOTH SCREEN
There was
no sense I was
being slotted
into the role or
had to do it this
way or that
write about what it means to be
the perfect mother in this era, the
1950s, when we’re supposed to be
triumphant because we’ve won
the war and now it’s all perfect but
underneath that is this huge strain of
paranoia and fear.
“What would it feel like to present
this perfect brittle façade to the world
and never admit to the darkness
lurking underneath? I wanted to ask:
what’s the secret at the heart of this
family? What has keeping that secret
done to them all? Why does this
woman die?”
Morven Christie, who plays the
Argyll family’s long-serving (and
long-suffering) housekeeper, Kirsten,
says that it’s this understanding of
the dark currents running through
Christie that marks Phelps’s
adaptations apart from previous
takes. “You look at other Christie
adaptations and they’re terribly
mannered and because of that they
date in a way that Christie herself
hasn’t,” she says. “One of Sarah’s
massive strengths as a writer is
her irreverence – she understands
that there’s a dark heart to these
books and doesn’t sacrifice plot for
character or the other way around.”
It’s that darkness, crucially, that
is the main draw for both actors and
audience, adds Luke Treadaway,
who has a key role as Arthur Calgary,
the man who provides Jack Argyll’s
belated alibi. “They’re true to
Christie without feeling like Christie,
which is almost part of the appeal,”
he says. “Ordeal by Innocence is a dark
story and also a complicated one –
all the characters are going through
their own deep-seated trauma and
it’s amazing to me the way that Sarah
has knitted all these different stories
together in a very personal way.”
Phelps herself is cheerfully
unrepentant about her image as the
woman who makes Christie pitch
black. “I always thought I was a quite
a cheerful person but apparently not,”
she says, laughing. “But the thing is, I
might make Christie dark, but she is
dark. These are not straightforward
stories: they’re clever and tricksy
and very subversive at heart.”
‘Ordeal by Innocence’ begins on BBC
One on Easter Sunday at 9pm
ext time you’re trudging
back to the office after 11
carefree days frolicking in
the paradise of wherever
your holiday was, spare a thought
for the NHS bed managers
contemplating their first day back
at work.
In Hospital, we saw Caroline
Shaw, the chief operating officer
of Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical
Centre, slogging, with other
workers, Fritz Lang-style, across
the tunnel bridge into the hospital.
She returned to a war zone.
Accident and Emergency was
a sea of trolleys. In this clinical
purgatory, the groans of people
waiting 13 hours or more to be
moved to a bed threatened to
drown out doctors’ orders.
Winter flu, staffing problems and
NHS under-funding had played
their part. Everyone at QMC
concurred, however, that delayed
discharge was the overriding
problem. More than 200 beds
were occupied by people who
couldn’t leave because there was no
community care for them outside
the hospital.
Fifteen years ago as a Fleet
Street health correspondent, I
remember doctors, managers and
health economists telling anyone
who’d listen that the combination
of run-down social services and
ageing could prove fatal for the
NHS. Social services remain
the Cinderella of the state – the
poor relation.
The groans of people
waiting to be moved
to a bed threatened to
drown out the doctors
So of course, things have got
worse. Hospital bed occupancy
rates above 85 per cent are
considered unsafe. At the start of
January, QMC was at 100 per cent.
It was not alone. Whitehall ordered
it and 23 hospitals to cancel all
non-urgent operations to free beds.
For Ms Shaw, a personable
former midwife, the holiday effect
wore off fast. Within hours she
was barking orders at senior staff:
“Absolutely, I want six people out of
ED [emergency department] by 10
o’clock.”
She said: “I think it got to me
today.” Who can blame her? The
cancelled operations saw surgeons
twiddling their thumbs – and
QMC’s £24m deficit rising by
£500,000 a week. It’s the sick –
that’s all of us, eventually – who
The holiday effect wore off fast for
Caroline Shaw RYAN MCNAMARA
will suffer unless we defuse this
political and demographic
time bomb.
It was a relief to have the Sri
Lankan-born and ex-Ghana and
South Africa resident George
Alagiah present The Queen: Her
Commonwealth Story. Alagiah,
a heavyweight journalist, hailed
her “quiet diplomacy” in guiding
the Commonwealth for over 60
years, but he toned down the
toadying we tend to get from royal
correspondents.
The increasingly improbable
costumes and the presence of
Prince Philip even provided an
(unintentional) element of comedy.
There was footage of the royal
party in Tonga in 1954. They sat
with their host for an extravagant
feast, which looked liked half a
tonne of meat and lobster served
on banana leaves.
Alagiah argued that the Queen
came into her own in 1961, when
against the advice of Harold
Macmillan, she insisted in going to
an unstable Ghana, to shore up
the Commonwealth.
The documentary largely
ignored the club’s lamentable
record on enforcing its members’
commitment to human rights. But
it confirmed the Queen’s status as
an effective and moral operator
behind the scenes in 1986. At
Buckingham Palace she pressured
Margaret Thatcher into accepting
new sanctions on apartheid-era
South Africa.
Critics might dismiss the Royal
Family as an anachronism, but in
important ways, the Queen has
shown herself to be on the right
side of history.
Twitter: @michael2day
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Choreographer Richard
Alston is celebrating
50 years of dance with a
compilation of his work
Arts
CHRIS NASH
Arts
reviews
DANCE
Mid Century Modern
SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON
HHHHH
As he approaches his 70th
birthday, the choreographer
Richard Alston reached another
milestone: 50 years of making
dances. He celebrated with a
programme looking back and
forward. Mid Century Modern
is a compilation of favourite
moments, from the 1970s to the
new solo made for the Indian
classical soloist Vidya Patel.
The whole is a vivid celebration
of Alston’s work: his lyricism, his
musical phrasing and his delight in
the gifts of his dancers.
Alston has been a quietly central
part of British contemporary
dance, whether collaborating with
other companies or founding
his own. Looking back, he saw
himself as “a fierce young man, I
for Integrity on my T-shirt”. He’s
very much a dance-for-dance’s
sake choreographer – never
splashy. That can give his work
an introverted air, but he also has
a glowing pleasure in dance. His
dancers skim across the stage
like birds in flight, with fast, airy
footwork or lucid held poses.
In Rainbow Bandit, performed
in silence, his cast dip and plunge
with speedy precision; it has
powerful momentum and shape.
One of the strongest sections
in Mid Century Modern comes
from Proverb, created to mark the
composer Steve Reich’s birthday
in 2006. The score is both rich and
spare, with sumptuous soprano
voices layering the phrase “How
small a thought it takes to fill a
whole life”. The dancing matches
both the lavishness and the
austerity, with clean lines and a
gorgeous quality of movement.
The new solo Syrinx shows
off Vidya Patel’s authority, the
serene breadth and fluidity of
her movements. Liam Riddick
shines in the quirky solo Dutiful
Ducks. There’s also a welcome
touch of theatre in the swagger of
The Signal of a Shake, the dancers
projecting out to the audience as
well as to each other.
This happy celebration shared a
programme with two new works.
Martin Lawrance’s Cut and Run
is an urgent piece to rattling
industrial music. It has plenty of
attack, but lacks variety.
Alston’s new Carnaval sets
piano music by Robert Schumann,
with dancers evoking the
composer’s inner life, with moody
Nicholas Bodych and sunny Liam
Riddick finding harmony with
Elly Braund’s fleet-footed Clara.
Carnaval could do with more
theatrical framing but there’s a
lovely warmth to Jason Ridgway’s
playing and the dancers’ response.
ZOE ANDERSON
THE INDEPENDENT
VISUAL ARTS
Elizabeth Friedlander
DITCHLING MUSEUM OF ART & CRAFT
A survey of the artist, designer
and typographer Elizabeth
Friedlander (1903-1984), who
escaped to London from Nazi
Germany in the 30s and is best
known for her Penguin book
covers and the Elizabeth
typeface. The exhibition touches
on her work with a British
black propaganda unit in the
Second World War and features
many rarely seen pieces.
(01273 844744) to 29 Apr
Modigliani
TATE MODERN, LONDON SE1
A fabulous exhibition of portraits
by the Italian-Jewish Amedeo
Modigliani, who arrived in Paris
in 1906 with a burning ambition
to be an artist. His works here
range from the wonderful nine
sculptures that he made between
1911 and 1912 to the inexhaustibly
lovely paintings, with their
elongated noses, columnar necks
and unusual intensity of attack.
(020 7887 8888) to 2 Apr
FILM
Unsane
15, STEVEN SODERBERGH, 98 MINS
Steven Soderbergh’s chilling,
darkly funny thriller – shot on
an iPhone 7 – benefits from a
wonderfully fiery performance
by Claire Foy. She plays a
self-reliant businesswoman
who we slowly learn has been
a victim of stalking – and who
suddenly finds herself committed
to a nightmarish asylum,
institutionalising “sane” people for
profit. Nationwide release
The Nile Hilton Incident
15, TARIK SALEH, 111 MINS
FOLK
Joan Baez
Misty
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USHER HALL, EDINBURGH
The standing ovation wasn’t just
for a sterling performance: it was
heartfelt acknowledgment of six
decades of rattling national and
international consciences.
The effortlessly floating quality
that once characterised her upper
register may have roughened
slightly but, at 77, Joan Baez still
challenges a fractured world with
warmth and persuasive authority.
Accompanied by her son,
percussionist Gabe Harris, and
multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell,
she combined recent material
with such favourites as the inevitable Dylan-era numbers; “It’s All
Over Now, Baby Blue”, “Farewell
Angelina”and Baez’s own lyrical
reproach to the wayward bard,
“Diamonds and Rust”.
From her latest album,
Whistle Down the Wind, there
was the Waits-Brennan title
track, and Anohni’s “Another
World”, lamenting current
affairs. But hope and defiance
returned; Dylan’s “Times They are
a-Changin’” preceded “The President Sang Amazing Grace”, Zoe
Mulford’s response to the 2015
Charleston church shooting.
JIM GILCHRIST
Corruption seeps into every
pore of Egyptian society in Tarik
Saleh’s impressive political
thriller, set in 2011 on the eve of
the Arab spring and taking its
inspiration from Roman Polanski’s
Chinatown. It manages the
feat of remaining a moody and
atmospheric private eye-style
mystery while offering real insight
into the final days of Mubarak’s
presidency. Limited release
THEATRE
BUSH THEATRE, LONDON
What is a “black play”? Has any
drama ever been described as a
“white play”? Should it have been?
The hot topics of race and
cultural stereotyping fizz
and dart about this lively and
innovative piece of work, written
by and starring Arinzé Kene,
which is part-play, part-gig and
part-spoken word event. It’s
wholly compelling as, like the
similarly provocative An Octoroon,
it worries at what it means to be a
black playwright today.
The narrative divides, not
always clearly, into two strands.
The first concerns a violent
incident on a night bus and its
unspooling aftermath, complete
with mournful meditation on the
hurtling gentrification of London.
The second, full of pep and
vigour, features Kene’s friends
and family popping up with
doubtful comments on his work.
It’s derided as, variously, a “n****r
play”, a “modern minstrel show”,
“black trauma” and “urban safari
jungle shit”, written to cater to
white expectations of black lives.
Emails from his irate older sister
are read, winningly, by a young
girl in school uniform.
TALKS & POETRY
Daljit Nagra, Emily Berry
and Richard Scott
SECOND HOME, LONDON W11
Arinzé Kene stars
in ‘Misty’, which
is a play, gig and
spoken-word
event all in one
HELEN MURRAY
Form slips and slides around,
anchored only by Kene’s powerful
central performance and two
onstage musicians (Adrian
McLeod, Shiloh Coke), who double
splendidly as Kene’s vexed friends
Raymond and Donna, given the
best line of the evening: “We never
get a cycling-through-the-city
montage in films.”
Omar Elerian’s production
bursts with life, as well as orange
balloons, although occasional
bewilderment sent me scuttling
to the script for clarification.
Misty is surely destined to be a big
popular hit.
To 21 April (020 8743 5050)
FIONA MOUNTFORD
EVENING STANDARD
Three Faber-published poets
come together to discuss poetry
and to read from their verse.
(secondhome.io) tonight 7pm
Robert Goddard
ROSSITER BOOKS, ROSS-ON-WYE
The thriller writer discusses
his new novel, Panic Room.
(01989 564 464) tonight 7pm
Clare Mulley
ST PETER’S CHURCH, BROAD ST, ELY
In The Women Who Flew for Hitler:
the True Story of Hitler’s Valkyries,
the biographer charts the life and
times of two women who fought
convention to make their names
in the male-dominated field
of flight in 1930s Germany.
(01353 645005) tonight 7.30pm
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COMEDY
Joe Lycett
VARIOUS VENUES
Cheeky badinage, daft tales and
hopefully further prank exchanges
with powerful people and
companies, as the comedian gets
going with a tour of I’m About to
Lose Control and I Think Joe Lycett.
City Hall, Sheffield (01142 789789)
tonight and Wed; Harrogate Theatre
(01423 502116) Thur
John Robins
VARIOUS VENUES
John Robins’ The Darkness of
Robins tells the tale of his break-up
with fellow comic Sara Pascoe.
Colchester Arts Centre (01206
500900) tonight; Cambridge
Junction (01223 511511) Wed; ARC,
Stockton-on-Tees (01642 525199)
Thur; Gala Theatre, Durham
(03000 266600) Fri
Bath Comedy Festival
VARIOUS VENUES
Jon Richardson kicks off Bath’s
bash tonight with his typically
curmudgeonly Old Man. Picks
later in the week include Viv
Groskop (Wed), Tony Law (Fri)
and John-Luke Roberts (Fri).
(bathcomedy.com) to 15 Apr
Sara Schaefer
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
The New York comic knows
a thing or two about the
fundamentalism: she was brought
up as a Bible camp-attending
Christian and tales of her
formative years, and the state of
things in the US, fill Little White
Box. (020 7478 0100) to Sat
DANCE
Sutra
SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON EC1
Sculptor Antony Gormley,
choreographer Sidi Larbi
Cherkaoui and 19 monks from the
Shaolin Temple in China created
this hit show. Moving among
21 wooden boxes, the monks
transform them from a fortress
to an opening flower, with
moves that draw on kung fu.
(020 7863 8000) to Wed
POP
Sunflower Bean
VARIOUS VENUES
As all three members hit the giddy
age of 22, Brooklyn’s Sunflower
Bean mature nicely on their
second album. Twentytwo in Blue
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In this Saturday’s
is a full-blossom beauty. Hare &
Hounds, Birmingham (seetickets.
com) tonight; Riverside, Newcastle
(seetickets.com) Wed; Wardrobe,
Leeds (seetickets.com) Thur; Gorilla,
Manchester (ticketweb.co.uk) Fri
Brigid Mae Power
VARIOUS VENUES
After the deep hymnals of her 2016
debut, Brigid Mae Power returns
with The Two Worlds, where she
navigates sweet/stinging extremes
across a set of querulous jazz-folk.
Servant Jazz Quarters, London
N16 (dice.fm) tonight; Colston Hall,
Bristol (seetickets.com) Wed
Jarvis Cocker
VARIOUS VENUES
With a wiggle of a finger and a
shake of a leg, he returns. After
the Pulp reunion, the Chilly
Gonzales team-up and the Scott
Walker tribute, Sheffield’s King
of corduroy and caustic insight
resumes activities with a new
band. Moth Club, London E9
(seetickets.com) tonight;
Ramsgate Music Hall
(ramsgatemusichall.com) Wed
FOLK & ROOTS
Josienne Clarke
and Ben Walker
VARIOUS VENUES
The duo launch their excellent
new album of original new songs,
Seedlings All. They are songwriter
Clarke’s most autobiographical
to date, mixing lyricism and
imagistic panache with an aching
melancholia and some superb
musical settings from Walker.
Rough Trade East, London E1 (020
7392 7788) tonight; Sage Gateshead
(0191 443 4661) Fri
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THEATRE
If you only see
one thing today
Beautiful: the Carole King
Musical
Marc Bruni’s touring production
of the Carole King tribute musical,
with Bronté Barbé in the lead.
This journey through the world
of pop, beginning in 1958, tells a
gripping human story with real
feeling, and has some hugely
enjoyable 60s showbiz moments.
(01227 787787) to Sat
Hamlet
JEFFREY DELANNOY
HACKNEY EMPIRE, LONDON E8
TALKS & POETRY
Irvine Welsh
OH ME OH MY, WEST AFRICA HOUSE, LIVERPOOL
Dead Men’s Trousers, the writer’s new novel, returns again to the
quartet from Trainspotting. He talks about the book here.
(eventbrite.co.uk) tonight 7pm
Ste
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MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY
A vibrant RSC touring production,
by Simon Godwin, set in a modern
African state, and starring Paapa
Essiedu, the first black actor
to play Hamlet at Stratford,
alongside a crack, predominantly
black cast. Essiedu is in thrillingly
unforced command of the role,
radiating the impudent charisma,
energy and wounded idealism of
youth. (020 8985 2424) to Sat
Pinocchio
NT: LYTTELTON, LONDON SE1
This is the first time Disney
has given its blessing to a stage
version of the 1940 movie. John
Tiffany’s production is beautifully
proportioned, always reminding
the audience that, at the heart of
the piece, there’s a simple story
about a wooden puppet’s quest to
be a real boy and find the answer
to the riddle of what it is that
unites people and makes them
human. (020 7452 3000) to 10 Apr
The Dartmouth Express
from
135pp
£
Steam to Paignton & Kingswear with ferry to Dartmouth
Saturday 9th June 2018
Departing Woking 06:50, Guildford 07:05, Reading 7:20, Newbury 07:50, Westbury
09:00, arriving Paignton 12:20 and Kingswear 13:00 (times approx).
An exciting journey by vintage train along a scenic route including the pretty Kennet
and Avon Canal, the Somerset Levels and the dramatic Dawlish sea wall.
At Bristol our train will be joined by a magnificent steam locomotive, scheduled to be
60009 Union of South Africa. Steaming on we will stop at the English Riviera resort
of Paignton where you can spend the afternoon. Alternatively, stay on board for
Kingswear where a ferry (fare included) will take you across the River Dart to picture
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business@inews.co.uk
PROPERTY
Mortgage approvals slide
to lowest level since 2016
By Laurie Havelock
Britain’s new property buyers
could find 2018 a tricky year as the
latest figures from UK Finance
suggest the number of mortgage
approvals dipped significantly
in February.
High street lenders signed off
38,120 home loans in February 2018
– compared with 40,031 in January
– some way below a consensus
forecast of 39,000 and the second
lowest level recorded since August
2016. Approvals have also dropped
7 per cent below 2017’s average and
26 per cent below a 20-year average
of 51,505.
Samuel Tombs, at Pantheon
Macroeconomics, said that this
confirms that “the Chancellor’s
decision to reduce stamp duty for
most first-time buyers in November
has failed to reinvigorate the market”.
Mr Tombs added that mortgage
rates could rise further over the
coming months and, with demand
contracting faster than supply,
predicted that house prices could
flatline in 2018, hitting consumers’
confidence and limiting the Bank of
England to just one 25-basis-point
increase in the base rate this year.
Howard Archer, chief economic
advisor to the EY Item Club, said
that this dip in approvals points
to “limited consumer purchasing
Credit card borrowing
grew 6.3 per cent year
on year in Britain, though the
use of loans and overdraft
facilities continues to fall, says
UK Finance.
power, fragile confidence and the
likelihood for further gradual interest
rate rises”.
Total mortgage lending rose 4.9
per cent in February compared to
the same month last year, however,
indicating that borrowers are eager
to get on the property ladder before
a potential increase in interest rates
could take place.
According to UK Finance’s figures,
lending increased to £19bn last
month, though this figure lags behind
2017’s monthly average of £21.4bn.
Statistics from the Royal Institution
of Chartered Surveyors suggest that
house-purchase demand has actually
softened, with a reported 16 per cent
drop in new-buyer enquiries.
Elsewhere, UK businesses’
deposits have grown by 7 per cent,
while corporate borrowing is up by
0.5 per cent.
High street lenders signed off on
38,120 home loans in February 2018
The news comes alongside reports
that billions of pounds have entered
the UK property market through
foreign companies, pushing up
growth in house prices by more than
a quarter.
A study by King’s College London
shows average prices across England
and Wales rocketed from £70,000 in
1999 to £215,000 in 2014 but would
only have risen to £174,000 without
an influx of foreign money.
RETAIL
JD Sport
agrees to buy
US firm
Finish Line
By Caitlin Morrison
Quote of
the day
I think this certain
situation is so
dire, and has
become so large,
that probably
some wellcrafted regulation
is necessary
Tim Cook
Apple’s chief executive on
personal data following
the Facebook breach
The 30
Second
Briefing
SMURFIT
KAPPA
Sports clothing or little blue men?
Neither. Founded in Dublin in the
1930s, FTSE 100 staple Smurfit
Kappa is one of Europe’s largest
packaging firms and one of the
world’s leading paper-based
packaging companies. It makes
everything from industrial and food
packaging – including pizza boxes
for Dominos – through to cardboard
sales displays and branded
paper bags.
Why is it in the news?
Yesterday the cardboard firm
rejected a fresh offer from
International Paper, a US rival who
has repeatedly approached Smurfit
Kappa’s shareholders for a deal,
claiming it undervalued its business
and did not make “strategic sense”.
Management has urged investors
to take no action in response to the
revised proposal,citing problems in
integrating two firms with distinct
cultures. Shareholders have been
wooed with €25.25 (£22) in cash
per share alongside stock in the
US company.
Will it sell up?
It’s looking increasingly unlikely.
Smurfit Kappa branded previous
approaches as “unsolicited and
highly opportunistic”, while its
board reaffirmed a commitment
to go forward as an independent
company after takeover bids earlier
in the month.
Shareholders could also
be nervous about the risk of
International Paper’s stock, which
represents uncertain value.
Do the markets agree?
Apparently not: at the close of
trading, Smurfit Kappa’s share price
had crashed down 4.12 per cent to
reach 2932p, making it one of the
day’s biggest fallers.
Shares in JD Sport surged before
dropping in value yesterday after the
company announced it has agreed to
buy US retailer Finish Line.
The FTSE 250-listed firm will pay
$558m (£393m) for 100 per cent of
Finish Line’s issued share capital,
the equivalent of a price of $13.50
per share.
Finish Line is one of the largest
retailers of premium multi-branded
athletic footwear, apparel and
accessories in the US, and has an
exclusive deal to supply sports
shoes to the department store
chain Macy’s.
It is expected that the deal will
be completed “no earlier than
June 2018” – pending regulatory
approval – and should make a “small
incremental positive contribution” to
the company’s results and earnings in
the period to 2 February 2019.
According to JD’s chairman, Peter
Cowgill, the deal “offers the company
the opportunity to expand its marketleading elevated proposition into the
most significant global market” as
part of wider plans to turn the firm
into a global player.
Mr Cowgill added: “This is a
landmark day for JD and will be
transformational for the business.”
Finish Line’s executive team will
continue their involvement with the
business following the takeover, the
company said.
Following the announcement of the
deal, JD’s stock was up more than 2
per cent in early trading but finished
the day at 339.2p, down 4.67 per cent.
THE INDEPENDENT
NEWS
4-27
VOICES
16-20
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
MERGERS
GKN suitor’s £100m offer to
fend off hostile Melrose bid
By Michael Bow
GKN’s American white-knight suitor
pledged a £100m sweetener yesterday in a final push to sway wavering shareholders to reject Melrose’s
£8bn hostile offer.
Dana, which wants to buy the
engineer’s car shaft business
Driveline for $6.1bn (£4.4bn),
attempted to clinch support from
a small band of shareholders by
bolstering the cash portion to £1.3bn
from £1.2bn.
The Ohio-based firm, founded in
1904, said the move was in response
to a series of “productive” meetings
with shareholders.
GKN has agreed to sell its
Driveline business to Dana in a cashand-shares deal which will hand 47.25
per cent of the new company to GKN
investors and fend off Melrose.
Shareholders have until 1pm on
Thursday to accept the offer, while
Melrose must win over 50 per cent
of the vote to take control of the
company.
Numis analyst David Larkam said
Driveline is worth £5.7bn against
the £4.4bndeal on offer from Dana
and shareholders should accept the
Melrose offer.
Dana’s move coincided with a fresh
pledge from GKN to funnel £700m
back to shareholders sooner than
Dana has offered
£8bn to acquire
GKN’s car
driveshaft business
GKN MEDIAX
expected if the Dana deal completes.
GKN said the money would be
returned “as soon as practicable,”
and would be followed by a further
£1.8bn within the following 18 months
from a sale of the powder metals unit.
Dana’s promise is the second
change of course to win round
shareholders after caving in to
earlier demands and creating a
secondary listing for new Dana
shares in London.
The firm also said yesterday that
it would double the shares buyback
in a bid to bolster the offer’s appeal.
The battle is evenly split with 10 per
cent supporting Melrose, including
top two activist shareholder
Elliott, and 9 per cent behind GKN.
EVENING STANDARD
As of yesterday, Dana’s
shares have fallen by 4.4
per cent (from $26.20 to $25.10
per share) since the proposed
takeover deal emerged on 9 March
Profits at top 100 restaurant groups fall 64%
Profits for the UK’s top 100
restaurant groups have plummeted
64 per cent in the past year,
research shows.
The largest chains earned pre-tax
profits of £125m between them over
Outlook
JAMES
MOORE
British business
still ignoring the
gender pay gap
D
rinking in the last
chance saloon is how the
Equality & Human Rights
Commission (EHRC)
characterised the
situation facing British businesses
over reporting their gender pay gaps.
Small wonder. It is now mandatory
for all firms with more than 250
i TUESDAY
27 MARCH 2018
TRANSPORT
Uber leaving
South-east Asia
with sell-off
to rival Grab
By Josie Cox
FOOD
By Ben Chapman
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
the last year, down from £345m,
accountancy firm UHY Hacker
Young found.
The report comes as several chains
have been forced to restructure
or undertake large-scale closures:
last week Prezzo announced that
94 branches would close, while
the Casual Dining Group, which
owns high-street chains Café Rouge
and Bella Italia, recently reported
an 18 per cent increase in losses
to £60m.
UHY says over-expansion and
soaring costs have added to the
sector’s woes. THE INDEPENDENT
employees, but fewer than 4,000
of the 9,000 companies with that
distinction have complied with the
requirement as the April 4 deadline
rapidly approaches.
A cynical explanation for what’s
going on might be that some
companies have taken a conscious
decision to leave it late: many have
taken heat for the figures they
submitted early. They may therefore
have reasoned that they risk getting
lost in the rush of those filing on, or
around, deadline day. Handy for
those whose figures look bad.
The law requiring that companies
report is a good one and targets
better gender equality in the
workplace. But it goes beyond that.
The gender inequality that currently
exists harms the British economy:
a study by management consultant
McKinsey found that companies
with better gender equality are more
likely to perform better.
It also estimated that the UK
could add £150bn to GDP if its
performance were to improve. As
such, it might help to mitigate some
of the enormous, and avoidable,
damage being caused by Brexit
and the Government’s disgraceful
conduct of it. Some of the companies
that have reported early – and braved
some negative PR – have sought to
highlight efforts they say they are
making improve the situation.
Boots is an example. The retailer
Some non-reporting
companies are going to
need dragging through a
metaphorical gorse bush
has a predominantly female
workforce, but a gender pay gap
of more than 20 per cent (against
the national figure of 18.4 per cent).
When it published its numbers it
was at pains to stress the initiatives
it has taken to address that, such as
enhancing its maternity offer.
Uber has announced that it is selling
its South-east Asian business to rival
Grab, giving the latter a massive
step up in the thriving region of 620
million people.
Under the terms of the deal, Grab
will snap up all of Uber’s operations
in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia,
Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore,
Thailand and Vietnam, including its
food delivery business UberEats.
Uber will receive a 27.5 per cent
stake of Grab in return, and its chief
executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, will
join Grab’s board. Grab is thought to
be worth around $6bn (£4.2bn).
Pulling out of South-east Asia
gives Uber the opportunity to shore
up its balance sheet
ahead of a planned
initial public
offering on the
stock exchange,
pencilled in
for 2019.
The company
has burned
through more
than $10bn since
it was founded nine
years ago, and since his
appointment to the top job last year
Mr Khosrowshahi has repeatedly
signalled that he is willing to
rationalise Uber’s geographic
presence to safeguard the company’s
financial sustainability.
The move is likely to be particularly
welcomed by SoftBank Group,
which is the largest investor in both
companies and has for some time
been pushing to reduce competition
in South-east Asia.
“Today’s acquisition marks the
beginning of a new era,” Grab’s CEO
Anthony Tan said.
Grab, founded in Kuala Lumpur, is
currently the region’s dominant hailriding service, with over 86 million
app downloads. THE INDEPENDENT
Sadly, the scale of the foot dragging
being witnessed rather suggests
that companies like this are in the
minority and that some are going
to require being dragged through a
metaphorical gorse bush.
I’m told that more than 70 per cent
of eligible companies have at least
registered to upload their figures. On
the other hand, more than one in four
British businesses haven’t even done
that, which is staggering given that
reporting is a legal requirement.
No one has broken any law yet.
But the EHRC, which is responsible
for ensuring compliance, says it will
bring action against those firms that
miss the deadline. It should. A point
needs to be made, and hard.
Given that it might have a busy few
months ahead of it, I’d suggest that
the EHRC focuses its attention on
the biggest recidivists with the most
recognisable names for the purposes
of making an example.
THE INDEPENDENT
41
From the
business
pages
Declining gun sales
hit Remington
The New York Times
Remington, one of the US’s
longest-standing firearm
makers, has filed for bankruptcy
protection thanks to growing
debt and declining sales.
Commentators suggest that
the Trump presidency has
contributed to a sector-wide
decline: in 2013, prompted by
President Obama’s proposed
gun control reforms, Remington
sales surged by 36 per cent to hit
$1.3bn (£920m).
Mega-merger plan
waits for approval
Deutsche Welle
German electronics firm
Siemens and French TGV
manufacturer Alston have
penned a deal to merge their
operations but are waiting on
anti-trust authority approval.
The resulting business,
which Siemens says will be
headquartered in France,
would rival China’s stateowned rail giant CRRC in
terms of size alone.
The rand protects
its credit rating
Business Day
The South African rand has
protected its sovereign credit
rating from ratings agency
Moody’s, which also upgraded
the country’s outlook from
negative to stable – giving
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s
new administration breathing
space until 2019. The country’s
Reserve Bank is expected to cut
the repurchase rate at a policy
meeting tomorrow.
Stocks set to rally
after recent falls
The Wall Street Journal
US stocks are anticipated
to rally from last week’s falls
as the Street’s anxiety over
restrictive trade policies with
China subsides. Opening gains
yesterday for the S&P 500
and reports that the US has
“quietly started negotiating”
to improve access to mainland
markets suggests that any
losses could be recouped. The
US administration is reportedly
“working on a pathway” to new
trade deals.
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Matrix
The day at
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145.2
3038.0
701.6
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1726.0
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6888.7
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19187.1
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3810.8
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-33.2
-132.4
-19.4
1420.7
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23908.0
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+374.8
+33.3
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7088.5
+95.8
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11787.3
-99.0
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5066.3
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30548.8
+239.5
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20766.1
+148.2
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OIL
Brent crude,
per barrel
BUILDING
HOMES
Speedy Hire lifts
expectations
Purplebricks sells
£125m stake
Shares in Speedy Hire soared
by 8 per cent yesterday after
the tool and plant rental firm
bumped up its earning forecasts
for the year. A trading update
suggests that Carillion’s recent
liquidation, combined with a
new focus on SME customers
and services revenues, will see
revenues beat projected figures
by 6 per cent.
Online estate agency
Purplebricks has sold a £125m
stake to German media firm
Axel Springer to help fuel
expansion in the US and other
markets, but its shares fell by
10 per cent after it warned
that revenues for the year
will come in below estimates
because of adverse weather and
“underlying softness” in the UK.
EMPLOYMENT
SOCIETY
Britons ‘don’t put
the office hours in’
Gender bias in
worker anxiety
A Printerland survey into
office worker habits worldwide
estimates Britons work almost
100 hours less a month than the
most hard-working employees
in Europe. Romanians work
the longest days at an average
of nine hours, 45 minutes,
while Finnish and Canadian
employees are only at work for
six hours, 45 minutes a day.
Research conducted by RADA
in Business has found that
male employees are 45 per
cent more likely than women to
feel anxious about socialising
with work colleagues, with
team-building events a cause
for concern for 19 per cent. A
third of women are more likely
than men to experience anxiety
ahead of a job interview.
MEDIA
CONDUCT
‘Telegraph’ admits
pay gap failure
Banker quits over
sex pest claims
The Daily Telegraph’s reported
gender pay gap of 35 per cent
is the highest reported in the
media so far. Chief executive
Nick Hugh admitted that
the figure – almost twice the
national average – represented
a failure despite efforts “turn
things around” in terms of
gender balance.
Harry Keogh, a Coutts
investment banker, has
resigned after facing increased
pressure over accusations of
harassing female colleagues.
An investigation by The Wall
Street Journal alleges that
a group of bankers were
investigated in 2015 over claims
of inappropriate behaviour.
INDUSTRY
MAIL
Engineer shortage
threatens growth
Price of stamps
increased by 2p
Worldwide economic growth
could stall if the growing gap
between demand for and supply
of engineers is not closed, a
study by the Queen Elizabeth
Prize for Engineering has found.
It said 53 per cent of firms have
noticed a demand for skilled
engineers that is not being met.
A 2p rise in the prices of stamps
has taken effect, though those
issued at previous prices are
still valid. Royal Mail says that
recent squeezes to consumer
spending were considered when
setting the new prices – 67p
and 58p for first and second
class stamps.
the
markets
The FTSE 100 finished marginally
down at close of trading after a
0.48 per cent loss throughout the
day. Smurfit Kappa (down 4.12 per
cent) and Micro Focus (down 3.24
per cent) were among the day’s
biggest losers, while silver mine
operator Fresnillo enjoyed the
largest gains (up 4.55 per cent).
***
The Dow Jones industrial average
was up 325 points, or 1.4 per
cent, at 23,856. It lost more than
1,400 points last week as traders
worried that trade tensions
between China and the US
would escalate.
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Household bills ‘rocket
when a baby arrives’
By Laurie Havelock
Though the pitter-patter of tiny feet
is usually the cause for joy, households can expect to shell out an extra
£1,615 a year on energy bills, food and
rent when a new member of the family arrives, according to research by
MoneySuperMarket.
A poll conducted by the price comparison website found that a family
with two children could see their bills
grow by £36,500 per year if car and
house size is also taken into account.
MoneySuperMarket estimates that
a person living alone in the UK needs
around 45 per cent of the country’s average salary (£27,195) to cover £12,114
of annual outgoings. Living with a partner increases this cost to £13,435 – but
potentially split between two salaries.
Adding a new child to a family can
send costs spiralling: adding a room
to a one-bedroom property increases
the average monthly rent from £840 to
£962 and adds an extra £212 on to the
average yearly energy and water bill.
The research estimates that the
average family uses as much as
1,429kWh (watt-hours) of energy in
their household each month.
The report’s authors suggest that
shopping around for energy providers
could reduce outgoings by £250 a year.
Kevin Pratt, consumer affairs expert
at MoneySuperMarket, said: “Starting
or expanding a family is a huge step in
all sorts of ways, and it’s crucial not to
underestimate the impact on household finances.”
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new finance. The firm has reportedly
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on the next steps and has been in
talks with turnaround specialist
Alteri Investors over a £40m
cash injection.
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Kakuro
Zygolex® In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 48
RHYME LETTERS
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SERVES 4
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Base ingredients
2 cooked beetroot
7g sachet dried yeast
500g gluten-free plain flour
1½ tsp salt
2tsp honey
200ml lukewarm water
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many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Futoshiki
Killer Sudoku No 1246
RESIGN
JET
DRAWN
How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
each number (1 to 9) only once. The sum of all numbers
contained in a dotted area must match the number printed
in its top-left corner. No number can appear more than
once in a dotted area. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Jigsawdoku
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Tomorrow
Mascarpone, pancetta
and gorgonzola tart
HALTER
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Recipe taken from aldi.co.uk
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Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/
Gas Mark 6.
Put the water into a small bowl and
sprinkle over the yeast. Wait until it
starts to bubble a little and go cloudy.
Roughly chop the beetroot up and put
into a food processor along with the
honey, salt and yeasty water, then blitz
to a purée.
In a large bowl, whisk the flour with a
balloon whisk. Add the beetroot mixture
and, with your hands, mix until the
mixture comes together. If it’s too dry,
add a little more water. If it’s too wet, add
a little more flour. Turn on to a floured
board and knead for five minutes.
Put the dough into a lightly greased
bowl, cover with cling film and put in a
warm place for about 80 minutes, until
it’s doubled in size.
Divide the dough in half, then roll and
pull the dough into 30cm circles. Lightly
grease two baking sheets. Put the pizza
bases on the sheets.
Top with mozzarella, pesto, chopped
tomatoes, salami, peppers, onions,
asparagus, rocket or whatever topping
you like. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes,
until the edges are browned.
FLOWED
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Toppings
Mozzarella
Pesto
Chopped tomatoes
Salami
Peppers
Onions
Asparagus
Rocket
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1967
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
tomorrow’s paper, the solution to yesterday’s codeword is on page 48.
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8 Take place (5)
13 Sports endurance
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ACROSS 1 Fizz, 3 Hicks (Physics), 7 Scabbard, 8 Numb, 9 Peashooter, 12 School,
14 Titchy, 15 Starvation, 18 Dime, 19 Deed poll, 20 Allow, 21 Plus.
DOWN 1 Face pack, 2 Zebra, 3 Hid, 4 Connect, 5 Some, 6 Bachelor, 10 Outraged,
11 Shingles, 13 Oatmeal, 16 Impel, 17 Visa, 19 Dew.
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ACROSS
1 Revenue (6)
5 Fold (5)
9 Competent (7)
10 Social blunder (5)
11 Normal (5)
12 Entourage (7)
14 One twentieth of
an ounce (11)
18 Immoderate (7)
20 Theme (5)
21 Happen again (5)
23 Demand (4,3)
24 Name (5)
25 Lacking
companions (6)
How to play Each numeral from 1 to 9 must
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Sudoku Harder
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RACING
Cue Card to get
his big send-off
at Sandown
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
“What a day in store at Sandown
Park on the 28th of April. One last day
out, buddy.” Cue Card’s retirement is
not a surprise. But his jockey Paddy
Brennan’s tweet yesterday signalled
news of a glorious send-off planned
for the nation’s most cherished chaser on the final day of the jumps season, four weeks on Saturday.
Sandown’s Bet365 Gold Cup
meeting (better known to many as
Whitbread Day) is the natural time
and place for farewell celebrations.
Cue Card will run in the Grade Two
named this year in honour of another
old jumping friend, Menorah, who
bowed out, still at the top of his game,
after winning what was the Oaksey
Chase for a fourth time last April.
And, of course, this was the day
in 2015 when the 20-time champion
jockey AP McCoy had his leaving
bash with a tear in the eye and a jockeys’ guard of honour in front of a sellout crowd of noisy well-wishers.
Cue Card will wonder what all the
fuss is about, simply looking forward
to his evening grub rather than back
at a nine-season career studded with
nine Grade One successes, including
the King George VI Chase at Kempton (2015) and two wins at the Cheltenham Festival (2010 and 2013).
But everyone else at Sandown will
be cheering him to the echo, including owner Jean Bishop and trainer
Colin Tizzard, hankies at the ready.
There had been the option of Cue
Card signing off in Aintree’s Melling
Chase in a bid to win a 10th Group
One, but Sandown’s sense of occasion
won out, even though the 12-year-old
has never run there. “We just thought
it would suit him because it tends to
be a small field for that race,” said
Bishop. “There will be no going back.
He’s done us proud and deserves a
great reception at Sandown and then
a long and happy retirement.”
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0/7P8- MONET MOOR J Frost 9 10 1............................... Bryony Frost (3)
8
547534 BENNYS GIRL D L Williams 10 10 0.......Mr Shane Quinlan (7)
9 688P0P MOONTRIPPER P C Dando 9 10 0..................Mr B R Jones (7)
- 9 declared BETTING: 6-4 Mrs Burbidge, 6-1 Lady Robyn, Easter In Paris, 13-2
Hepburn, 8-1 Bennys Girl, Armedandbeautiful, 12-1 others.
MYRACING.COM MARES’ HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS
4) £11,800 added 3m 1f 119yds
1
20-92P RUBY YEATS H Whittington 7 11 12....................H Bannister C
2
7FF-32 BRAVENTARA (D) T R George 7 11 12..........Mr N George (7)
3
21-226 LITTLE MILLIE N King 6 11 9.....................................................T Whelan
4
-5252P ACT NOW (CD) A Honeyball 9 11 5............................. N Fehily B,T
5
628531 BRIDANE REBEL Jennie Candlish 7 11 3.......D G Noonan C,T
6
2-2949 MARVELLOUS MONTY J Farrelly 8 11 0.................. R Johnson
7
937U12 DAHILLS HILL G McPherson 6 10 13.................. Kielan Woods
8
45-44P ROYAL CLARET T Symonds 6 10 6........................................ B Poste
9 434014 SAHARA HAZE (D) P C Dando 9 10 6 ..........Mr B R Jones (7)
10 2F1134 FRANK N FAIR (D) Miss Z Davison 10 10 0.......J Bowen (3)
- 10 declared BETTING: 7-2 Bridane Rebel, 9-2 Braventara, 5-1 Dahills Hill, 13-2 Act
Now, 8-1 Ruby Yeats, Marvellous Monty, 10-1 Little Millie, 14-1 others.
2.45
3.15
3.45
4.15
FORM VERDICT
BRAVENTARA is steadily improving up the handicap ranks without
getting her head in front in two outings for Tom George and this homebred mare, out of 2005 Welsh National winner L’Aventure, should
appreciate a further step up in trip. Act Now has first-time blinkers
which could feasibly make more of a difference than cheekpieces have of
late, while Bridane Rebel is respected off 9lb higher than when winning
at Market Rasen earlier in the month.
SOUTHWELL
GOING:STANDARD
BETWAY HANDICAP (CLASS 5)
£7,021 added 6f
1
84419- KATHEEFA Mrs R Carr 4 10 7........................................... J Garritty 6
2 6-4604 SIEGE OF BOSTON D C Griffiths 5 10 7 ...................D Allan T 9
3
022122 CROSSE FIRE (CD) S Dixon 6 10 7....................................L Morris 5
4
095-81 MONKS STAND (CD) J Mackie 4 10 0 ............... S De Sousa C 4
5 663354 RUN WITH PRIDE (D) D Shaw 8 9 8...........................P Mathers 1
6 00854- SPACE WAR (C)(D)(BF) M W Easterby 11 9 6.... H Shaw (7) T 7
7
76-571 BRANSCOMBE (D) M Johnston 3 9 4(6ex) .....P J McDonald B 3
8
242-32 GABRIAL THE DEVIL D O’Meara 3 9 0.........................S Gray C 8
9
449- GLEAMING SUN M W Easterby 3 8 4............Nathan Evans 2
- 9 declared BETTING: 5-2 Branscombe, 4-1 Monks Stand, 9-2 Crosse Fire, 13-2 Gabrial
The Devil, 10-1 Space War, 12-1 Others.
SUNBETS.CO.UK HANDICAP (CLASS 3)
£12,000 added 7f
1
8-1111 MISTER MUSIC (CD) A Carroll 9 10 2(6ex) .......A Beech (7) 5
2
251415 SPARE PARTS (D) P McEntee 4 10 1(6ex) ......Nicola Currie (5) 8
3
0-4111 VOLATILE (CD) J Osborne 4 10 0...................................D Costello 1
4
-26923 HOLIDAY MAGIC (CD)(BF) M W Easterby 7 9 13.....H Shaw (7) 6
5
/390-7 PHILBA (CD) P Evans 6 9 12........................................S De Sousa V 4
6 3-D570 TOWERLANDS PARK S Durack 5 9 10 ......................M Harley 9
7
-71442 HAMMER GUN (CD) D Shaw 5 9 8..........................P Mathers V 3
8
6-3566 FLORENCIO (CD) Roger Fell 5 9 5 .......................T Hamilton C 2
9
73-535 TREATY OF ROME (C)(BF) D Shaw 6 9 0...G Mahon (5) V 7
- 9 declared BETTING: 11-4 Volatile, 7-2 Holiday Magic, 5-1 Hammer Gun, Mister
Music, 10-1 Spare Parts, 12-1 Florencio, 14-1 others.
2.00
BEST BET
Branscombe
(2pm, Southwell)
Bounced back to form in firsttime blinkers last Saturday and
can follow up under a penalty.
Mercedes to
probe glitch
that cost
Hamilton
By Philip Duncan
IN MELBOURNE
Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team
will launch an investigation into
the computer glitch which denied
their star driver the perfect start
to his defence of the Formula One
World Championship.
Hamilton was on course to open his
campaign with the maximum quota
of points at Melbourne’s Albert Park,
only to see rival Sebastian Vettel
snatch victory following a miscalculation by Mercedes.
The mistake afforded Vettel the
chance to leapfrog Hamilton during
a virtual safety car period at the Australian Grand Prix, before he went on
to seal an unlikely victory.
The inquest started at Mercedes’
Oxfordshire base in Brackley yesterday as the sport’s reigning constructors’ champions work to ensure they
do not leave Hamilton exposed again.
“It was clearly a problem on our side
and we need to analyse that to understand what happened and correct it,”
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said.
“Lewis was in control through the
opening stint of the race and then
after his pit stop and looked on course
for a strong victory. It is a tough one
to take but there are lots of lessons
to be learned so we can come back
stronger next time.”
Hamilton will be kept updated
with the investigation after the error
handed Vettel an early advantage in
this year’s championship race.
The Englishman, 33, was magnanimous in defeat but believes he has the
tools to bounce back.
“We have got a great car and we
are still the world champions so with
a couple of adjustments I believe we
can win the next race,” Hamilton said.
“You never know how the season is
going to pan out as you do not get a
good understanding until after four
races, but Ferrari are quick.”
Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate
Valtteri Bottas finished only eighth
after starting 15th, exposing Hamilkton to both Vettel and his Ferrari
team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and the
British driver thinks the title could be
determined by hunting in packs.
“It is not easy to fight against a
team which has two cars in the mix
rather than one,” Hamilton said. “ We
are working hard together and Valtteri will make sure he is up there and
fighting with us.”
Lewis Hamilton was
on course to win until
a computer error
handed Sebastian
Vettel a chance to grab
victory AFP/GETTY
It was clearly
a problem on
our side and
we need to
analyse that to
understand
what happened
and correct it
4.00
FORM VERDICT
top
tips
FORMULA ONE
Volatile has gone up 5lb for scoring over C&D but should give another
good account under conditions known to suit. MISTER MUSIC is turned
out under a penalty after scoring by a neck over C&D last week, though,
and is expected to follow up now eased in grade slightly. Holiday Magic
didn’t enjoy the best of runs when third behind the selection last time
and should also be thereabouts with a 7lb claimer taking over in the
saddle.
NEWCASTLE
GOING:STANDARD
BETWAY HANDICAP (CLASS 4)
£10,600 added 1m 4f
1
-42672 SAM MISSILE (D) J Osborne 5 9 8................Daniel Tudhope 3
2
39000- STIPULATE Sam England 9 9 7 ..........................Jane Elliott (5) 8
3
43207- MISTER BELVEDERE M Dods 4 9 7..................P Mulrennan 4
4
55358- CORTON LAD (C)(D) K Dalgleish 8 9 6.......... R Scott (3) C,T 2
5
295-65 L’INGANNO FELICE (C)(D) I Jardine 8 9 5 .....J Gormley (5) H 6
6 46900- BE PERFECT (CD) Mrs R Carr 9 9 3.......................J Garritty C 1
7
43-736 RAINBOW REBEL (BF) M Johnston 5 9 2.............J Fanning 9
8
32236- JAMACHO B Ellison 4 8 8.................................. Ben Robinson (5) 7
9
51-133 THEGLASGOWWARRIOR (CD)(BF) J Goldie 4 8 6.....................
.................................................................................................................... Phil Dennis (3) 5
- 9 declared BETTING: 3-1 Sam Missile, 7-2 Jamacho, 4-1 Rainbow Rebel, 8-1 Stipulate,
Mister Belvedere, Corton Lad, Theglasgowwarrior, 20-1 others.
6.10
FORM VERDICT
Results service
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
Albania (0).................. 0 Norway (0)..................1
Portugal (0) .............. 0 Holland (3)...................3
Depay 12, Babel 32
Att 20,000
van Dijk 45
Wales (0)....................... 0 Uruguay (0)................1
Cavani 50
China PR (1)................1 Czech Rep (0) ............4
EUROPEAN U21 CHAMPIONSHIP
QUALIFYING GROUP TWO
N Ireland U21 (0). 0 Iceland U21 (0)....... 0
GOLF
WGC - DELL TECHNOLOGIES MATCH
PLAY, AUSTIN, TEXAS: Final: B
Watson bt K Kisner 7 & 6.
HORSE RACING
HUNTINGDON
Going: Good to soft-good in places
on hurdle course
3.05 (2m3f189yds h’cap nov ch):
CLONDAW WESTIE (A Coleman
8-1) 1; Hey Bill (9-1) 2; Leg Lock Luke
(16-1) 3. Minella For Me 7-2JF, Bally
Gilbert 7-2JF. 9 ran. 23/4l, 11/4l. (Mrs
L Hill). 3.35 (1m7f171yds h’cap hdle):
MAQUISARD (Joshua Moore 33-1)
1; Eskendash (9-2JF) 2; Otter Moon
(5-1) 3. Blazon 9-2JF. 13 ran. hd, 31/2l.
(G L Moore). Jackpot: Not won, pool
of £33,407.15 carried over. Placepot:
£65.80. Quadpot: £38.50.
MARKET RASEN
Tennis
ATP & WTA MIAMI OPEN, FLORIDA:
Men’s Third round: (31) F VERDASCO
(Sp) bt T Kokkinakis (Aus) 3-6 6-4
7-6 (7-4); (16) P CARRENO-BUSTA
(Sp) bt S Johnson (US) 6-4 6-4; (17) N
KYRGIOS (Aus) bt (15) F FOGNINI (It)
6-3 6-3. Women’s Third round: (11)
J KONTA (GB) bt (22) E MERTENS
(Bel) 6-2 6-1. Fourth round: (5) K
PLISKOVA (Cz Rep) bt Z Diyas (Kaz)
6-2 2-1 ret; (13) S STEPHENS (US) bt
(3) G MUGURUZA (Sp) 6-3 6-4; (10) A
KERBER (Ger) bt Y Wang (Chin) 6-7
(1-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-3
FOOTBALL
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
Belgium v Saudi Arabia........................................
Denmark v Chile (7)...................................................
England v Italy (8).......................................................
Germany v Brazil.......................................................
Hungary v Scotland (7)..........................................
Montenegro v Turkey (6.10)..............................
Poland v South Korea.............................................
Romania v Sweden (7.30) ....................................
Russia v France (4.50).............................................
Spain v Argentina (8.30) .......................................
LADBROKES CHAMPIONSHIP
Inverness CT v Dundee Utd..............................
St Mirren v Dumbarton .......................................
LADBROKES LEAGUE ONE
Albion v Arbroath.......................................................
Raith v East Fife ..........................................................
LADBROKES LEAGUE TWO
Berwick v Elgin............................................................
Cowdenbeath v Clyde ............................................
Stirling v Edinburgh City....................................
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE:
Eastleigh v Dover, Hartlepool v
Bromley, Macclesfield v Gateshead.
EUROPEAN U21 CHAMPIONSHIP
QUALIFYING, Group Four: Andorra
v Holland (5.0), England v Ukraine
(6.0). Group Five: Israel v Norway
(5.45), Kosovo v Germany (5.45), Rep of
Ireland v Azerbaijan (7.30).
In a race that lacks a standout candidate the marginal preference is for
THEGLASGOWWARRIOR, who won twice over C&D over the winter.
His two subsequent starts suggest that he can win a race of this nature
off his current mark. At the other end of the weights Sam Missile makes
some appeal, especially as he may improve for dropping in trip from 2m.
Mister Belvedere’s last couple of efforts last season were poor but he is
a leading contender based on the pick of his form.
Going: Good to soft-good in places
hurdle course, soft in places chase
course
4.20 (2m3f34yds h’cap ch): MUST
HAVEA FLUTTER (Bridget Andrews
6-4F) 1; Mahlerdramatic (4-1) 2; Las
Tunas (4-1) 3. 6 ran. 7l, 8l. (D Skelton).
Placepot: £38.50. Quadpot: £18.30.
ANTE-POST
Cheltenham GC flop Our Duke is
16-1 to win second Irish Grand
National on Easter Monday.
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3
4
5
32RED.COM FILLIES’ HANDICAP (CLASS 5)
£7,600 added 1m 2f
CE LA VIE K Dalgleish 4 9 9 ...................................................C Beasley 5
MAULESDEN MAY (D) K Dalgleish 5 9 7.............................G Lee 3
AMULETUM P Chapple-Hyam 4 8 11..............P Mulrennan 4
DOSE R Fahey 5 8 4....................................................................... J Fanning 1
ROSIE HALL J Wainwright 8 8 2 ..................................A Mullen C 2
- 5 declared BETTING: 11-8 Amuletum, 6-4 Dose, 6-1 Ce La Vie, 7-1 Maulesden May,
50-1 Rosie Hall.
Going: Soft
3.25 (2m2f40yds h’cap nov ch): ROYAL
ACT (R Johnson 3-1) 1; Lillington (7-2)
2; Kahdian (66-1) 3. Caviar D’Allen
11-4F. 8 ran. 5l, 1l. (S-J Davies). 4.30
(3m4f85yds h’cap ch): CAP HORNER (J
McGrath 9-1) 1; Muffins For Tea (7-2JF)
2; Jepeck (7-2JF) 3. 7 ran. 11/2l, 21/4l. (J CRICKET
W Mullins). NR: Invicta Lake.Placepot: OTHER MATCH (First day of four):
£277.30. Quadpot: £34.40.
MCC v Essex (Barbados, 7.30pm).
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49
BOXING
Parker capable of ruining Joshua’s money dream
by their handlers carefully bearing
the four belts that will be the
secondary prize for the winner.
It will be Joshua’s third
consecutive fight in a stadium,
taking his live numbers to just over
n 1993, an outdoor heavyweight 250,000 people in 11 months. I doubt
title fight in Cardiff was at
any heavyweight champion has ever
the very centre of the boxing
fought in front of more people in
universe when Lennox Lewis
such a short period.
beat the resistance out of a
He enters the ring as the new
bloody Frank Bruno to retain his
saviour of a division he has helped
world title.
drag back from its icy, controlled,
They each staggered from the
often brutal but more often dull
ring in the permanent
exile in Eastern Europe.
drizzle, setting a high
The clinical stranglehold
Joshua
level of expectancy,
of the Klitschko brothers
wonderfully finally ended last April
suffering and humility
silenced those with Wladimir terribly
in championship boxing
for the big lads, and
cut, on the canvas and
doubting
leaving enough behind to his chin and
then retiring from a
guarantee that nobody in desire. But
sport he dominated for a
the crowd of 30,000 will
decade. It was Big Josh
many
forget
ever forget the night. It
in the opposite corner
how
close
he
took place at the National
that night, thrilling
Stadium, since demolished was to defeat 90,000 at Wembley and
to make way for the
recreating a slugfest from
Principality Stadium –
the Seventies or Eighties,
and that is where Anthony Joshua
a period he adores and envies. It
and Joseph Parker will meet on
was less than a year ago, but too
Saturday night.
many have forgotten just how close
Over 80,000 will illuminate the
Joshua was to defeat.
sloping banks at the stadium with
Joshua wonderfully silenced the
their twinkling display of lights when people doubting his chin, desire
unbeaten champions Parker and
and stamina and left the ring a
Joshua enter the ring, accompanied
genuine star that night in what was
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However, Joshua is beatable. “I’m
getting there,” Joshua admitted
last week in Sheffield, which would
look nice as a footnote on one of the
thousands of billboards across the
country with Joshua’s face peddling
a product.
Parker is undefeated in 24 fights,
two years younger, an inch or two
shorter and a few pounds lighter. He
delivers the WBO belt to the table,
which is a belt that meant very little
when Lewis unified the three older,
more established, but by no means
better belts in 1999.
Between now and Saturday’s
first bell, the merchants of hype
will do their best to create future
fights for Joshua. The Cardiff
arrival of Deontay Wilder, the
unbeaten WBC champion, will be
unintentionally comical. Wilder
has come for Joshua but will have
to duck, dive and try to avoid
Brixton’s Dillian Whyte, who is his
outstanding challenger.
Whyte knocked out lumbering
Aussie Lucas Browne in round six
at the O2 on Saturday night to put
extra pressure on Wilder and his
agenda ministers; Browne went
down face first, was out cold and
was then taken to hospital, had
a brain scan and was, thankfully,
cleared. The Whyte wins means
that he is the No 1 contender,
Joshua a champion and Tyson Fury,
expected back in June.
The American broadcasters
HBO, once the undisputed kings
of heavyweight boxing coverage,
sent a full squad to cover Whyte’s
win and in more than 30 years at
ringside I can only remember that
happening a couple of times during
the regal days of Lewis, the great
monarch of British boxing.
Wilder is an American attraction
now, has knocked out 39 of his 40
victims and him fighting Joshua
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SPORT
CRICKET
‘It is inconceivable the
coach would not know’
Lehmann facing scrutiny over his role in Cape Town
» Continued from back page
Warner have lucrative contracts in
the Indian Premier League. Smith
yesterday stepped down as skipper
ofRajasthanRoyals,whileithasbeen
suggested Warner could lose the
captaincy at Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Cricket Australia is fretting that
sponsors may desert the sport in the
light of these incidents. According to
CA’s annual report, the body earned
£185m in “media, sponsorship and
spectator fees” for the year ending
30 June, 2017.
Cricket Australia is also in talks
with media groups about broadcasting rights for the next international
cycle. “Certainly [the sponsorship
deal] is under review as the actions
taken by the team don’t align with
our values. Sanitarium does not con-
done cheating in sport,” Sanitarium, answer amid the scandal involving
a breakfast cereal company, said in a his team. Smith referred to the
statement. Smith is a brand ambas- team’s “leadership group” as being
sador for the company.
behind the plan, not the coaches,
The sentiment was
but Hussain would like
mirrored by almost all of
to hear an explanation
Warner
the sport’s commercial
from Lehmann.
partners in Austral- seems to have
“It doesn’t look good on
ia, including Qantas, a lot to say
Lehmann either way, realTo yo t a a n d b rewe r on a cricket
ly,” Hussain told Sky Sports.
Lion, which owns beer
“If he did know then he’s in
field; in the
sponsor XXXX.
a whole heap of trouble and
last
24
hours
“Like the rest of Auswill not be able to hold his
tralia, we’re deeply the silence
job down if he is condoning
c o n c e r n e d ,” a L i o n has been
cheating and [the] scratchspokesman said. “This deafening
ing of a cricket ball.
is not what you’d expect
“If he didn’t know, then
from anyone in sport at
questions will be asked
any level.”
as to why senior players are going
Meanwhile, former England cap- round not telling the coach exactly
tain Nasser Hussain feels Australia what is going on.
coach Lehmann has questions to
“In the dressing rooms I’ve played
in, it is inconceivable that the coach
wouldn’t know something like this
was being dreamt up.
“The silence has been deafening
actually, not just from Lehmann and
[David] Saker, the bowling coach,
but also from David Warner.
“[He] seems to have a lot to say on
a cricket field; in the last 48 hours
the silence has been deafening.”
Former Australia coach John
Buchanan says it is “unusual” for
a coach not to know what plans his
players have on the field.
Buchanan told BBC Radio 5 Live:
“Generally it will be the coach and
captain, in the last couple of minutes before they go to the field, who
will be saying, ‘These are the sort
of things we want to do and put in
place when we get out on the field’.”
‘Shame’ was the common theme on Australia’s front pages AFP/GETTY
EVENING STANDARD
Explainer
Ball scandal
will not have
any bearing
on Ashes
Richard
Edwards
T
he Aussies are likely
to get away with any
ball-tampering that
took place during the
Ashes, regardless of
whether evidence emerges of
wrongdoing during the Test series.
i understands the window for the
lodging of allegations surrounding
the deliberate changing of the
condition of the ball closed 48 hours
after the end of the Sydney Test in
January. Australia captain Steve
Smith was charged under Article
2.2.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct
for Players and Player Support
Personnel for his team’s actions
against South Africa last week.
That article relates to “all types of
conduct of a serious nature that is
contrary to the spirit of the game”.
Smith accepted the charge after
Cameron Bancroft was
caught red-handed on
the giant screen at
Newlands. According
to ICC regulations,
though, any
retrospective action
over alleged Australian
cheating during the
Ashes would not be
possible.
Article 3.2.1 of the ICC’s Code of
Conduct states that any report of
a Level 1 or Level 2 offence has to
be lodged by an umpire “within 18
hours of the close of the day’s play
in the relevant International Match
or prior to the start of the following
day’s play or the start of the next
relevant International Match,
whichever is sooner”. Fears have
been raised that Australia’s balltampering extends beyond their
recent Test against South Africa in
Cape Town.
That match ended on Sunday,
with Australia skittled for 107 in a
322-run defeat. The result was very
much secondary to the behaviour
of the world’s No 1 batsman, who
yesterday resigned as captain
his Indian Premier League
franchise, the Rajasthan
Royals.
Smith has been
banned for the final Test
of the series and was
relieved of the captaincy
midway through the game
as a result of his admission
of ball-tampering, carried out
on the pitch by opening batsman,
Bancroft (above).
The behaviour of the Australian
players in recent months means
sympathy for their plight will be
in short supply. But it will not be
enough for any Ashes results to be
overturned.
The urn won’t return to England
until next summer at the earliest.
England show
some fight but
their miserable
winter goes on
ENGLAND
Stokes 66, Woakes 52
Astle 3-39
NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand win by an
innings and 49 runs
58
320
427-8
By Chris Stocks
IN AUCKLAND
Battling final-day half-centuries from
Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes were
not enough to save England from an
innings defeat in the opening pinkball Test against New Zealand at
Eden Park.
Joe Root’s side will now head to
Christchurch for this week’s final
Test seeking victory to square the
series and return home from a miserable winter with at least some cause
for optimism. That’s a commodity
that is in scant supply right now for
England, this defeat their fifth in six
Tests this winter and also the fifth by
an innings in eight away matches
While the 4-0 hammering by Australia in the Ashes was more of a slow,
tortured beating, with every match
lasting five days, this Test would have
been over long ago had it not been
for the incessant rain on days two
and three that wiped out 141 overs.
The result of this match appeared
inevitable from the moment England
were bowled out for 58 inside the first
session.
But even a helping hand from the
elements couldn’t deny New Zealand
a deserved victory by an innings and
49 runs that raises their hopes of a
first Test series triumph against England since 1999.
Root and his players will have to
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Todd Astle celebrates
with team-mates after
dismissing England’s
James Anderson to
win the match for New
Zealand REUTERS
dig deep in Christchurch to prevent
that and they at least showed some
resistance on the final day here following their embarrassing firstinnings display. But injuries to Root,
who has bruising on his right index
finger after he was hit by Trent Boult
late on day four, and Stokes, whose
back injury flared up again while batting on this final day, are a concern
for England with just a three-day
turnaround before the final Test.
“I’m a little bit sore, you always
worry about finger injuries but I’ll be
fine for the next Test,” said Root.
On the match, he added: “It’s hard
to look past that first innings, we
didn’t adapt enough to the conditions and we were always battling to
get back into the game.
“We weren’t at our best in all departments if we’re being brutally
honest, we couldn’t take those 10
wickets and it’s important we learn
those lessons quickly as we’ve got another Test match this week and we
want to win it to draw the series.
“Decisions have to be made with
rational thinking and we’ll do that
over the next couple of days.
“I had great belief in the boys in the
dressing-room, I asked them before
the start of play to show how much
it meant to them to play for England.
The Test match wasn’t lost today, it
was lost on day one.”
England had gone into the final
Auckland scoreboard
(Day 5 of 5): New Zealand beat England by an
innings and 49 runs
New Zealand won toss
ENGLAND — First Innings 58 (Boult 6-32, Southee
4-25)
NEW ZEALAND — First Innings 427-8 dec (Nicholls
145no, Williamson 102)
ENGLAND — Second Innings 132-3 (Stoneman
55, Root 51)
Second Innings cont’d
Runs 6s 4s BlsMin
23 0 3 62 93
D J Malan c Latham b Southee
66 0 6 188 266
B A Stokes c Southee b Wagner
†J M Bairstow c Williamson b Astle 26 0 4 72 86
28 0 6 43 39
M M Ali lbw b Boult
52 0 8 118 169
C R Woakes c Nicholls b Wagner
3 0 0 18 18
C Overton lbw b Astle
1 0 0 19 34
S C J Broad not out
1 0 0 5 5
J M Anderson c Boult b Astle
Extras (b8 lb2 w1 nb1)
12
Total(126.1 overs)
320
Fall: 1-6, 2-94, 3-132, 4-142, 5-181, 6-217, 7-300,
8-304, 9-319.
Bowling: T A Boult 27-9-67-3, T G Southee 26-4-861, C de Grandhomme 24-10-40-0, N Wagner 32-1177-3, T D Astle 16.1-5-39-3, K S Williamson 1-0-1-0.
Umpires: P R Reiffel and B N J Oxenford.
England’s away woes
England’s sequence of results
away from home now equals the
worst in their history:
Bangladesh L
India DLLLL
Australia LLLDL
New Zealand L
We weren’t at our best in
all departments if we’re being
brutally honest, we couldn’t
take those 10 wickets
day needing to survive a minimum of
98 overs with seven second-innings
wickets in hand.
At one stage, when Stokes was settled at the crease having brought up
his 13th Test half-century and enjoying a lengthy stand with Woakes, it
appeared as though they might have
a chance of emulating the great Eden
Park escape that occurred five years
ago to the day, when Matt Prior’s unbeaten 110 helped England bat out
143 overs to salvage a draw.
But the loss of Stokes to the final
delivery of the second session pretty much sealed their fate, the allrounder’s gutsy 188-ball innings of
66 marred by a horrible end that saw
him hoick a Neil Wagner bouncer to
Tim Southee at point. It was the third
successive session in which the tourists had lost a wicket in the final over.
Dawid Malan, edging Southee to
second slip 17 minutes into the day,
and Jonny Bairstow, picking out
home captain Kane Williamson at
midwicket, had also been lost in the
first session of this final day.
However, it was the loss of Stokes
that really hurt England and left
them needing to see out the final 31.3
overs to engineer an unlikely escape.
Home captain Kane Williamson
said: “The first innings was the perfect storm. The boys put the ball in a
beautiful area, found the edge and off
stumps.” THE INDEPENDENT
Call to lower legal
height of tackle with
concussion on rise
By Matt McGeehan
World Rugby has been asked to
consider reducing the legal height
for a tackle after a seventh successive season of increased incidents
of concussion in the English professional game. The Professional
Rugby Injury Surveillance Project,
jointly commissioned by the Rugby
Football Union and Premiership
Rugby, reported injury data for the
2016-17 season yesterday.
The report showed concussion
was the most commonly reported
match injury for a seventh straight
year, contributing 22 per cent to
the total. And it suggested a World
Rugby directive – to increase sanctions on tackles and take a zero tolerance approach to contact with the Wales’ George North took five blows
head, introduced in January 2017 to the head over a two-year period
– made “no difference” to the incidence of all injuries and concussion. from different hemispheres, from
RFU medical services director, different competitions and you get
Dr Simon Kemp, said World Rugby a lack of consistency.”
was making its own analysis of
The report, in its 14th season,
data to consider a reduction in the showed concussion cases requiring
legal height of a tackle which RFU more than a three-month absence
professional rugby director Nigel had increased. That was attribMelville said had “become
uted to “a trend to more
a bit of a grey area”.
conservative manage T
h
ere
is
Kemp said: “We would
ment of players who have
like World Rugby to give very little
sustained two or more
consideration to think- margin for
concussions in a 12-month
ing about reducing the error with
period”. For the first time,
legal height for the tackle. the permitted hamstring injuries and
There’s very little mar- height of the
concussion appear alonggins for error with the
side anterior cruciate ligapermitted height of the tackle at the
ment knee injuries in the
line
of
the
tackle at the line of the
top three match injuries
shoulders. It’s for World shoulders
resulting in an absence of
Rugby to consider and we
84 days or more.
know they’re doing that at
For the 2016-17 Premierthe moment.”
ship season, there were 3.8 injuries
Melville added: “It’s become a bit per match (1.9 per team), on averof a grey area at times. What we’re age. Of the 169 concussions reportlooking for is consistency across ed, 22 players suffered more than
the refereeing. It’s challenging for one concussion. One player suffered
World Rugby, with referees coming three and one player four.
McNally buoyant after his
full recovery from a stroke
fully, I had some of the best medical
advice, and it was found I had a hole
Josh McNally says it is “an absolute in the heart, which was the reason
breath of fresh air” to be playing a clot got through. Thankfully, I
again after recovering from a minor got that closed, had a three-month
stroke and corrective heart
recovery period and got back
surgery. The 27-yearon the park.
old London Irish lock
“It was a long procmade a try-scoring
ess, but it feels a bit
return in Irish’s
like a distant memo33-29 defeat against
ry now. I have been
The
number
of
visitors Gloucester
training for a month
points bottom side
on Saturday.
and a half, and it is
London Irish are
“The whole story
good
to be back.”
adrift in the Aviva
of having the stroke
McNally felt unwell
Premiership
and then struggling
after playing against
to find a cause of why I
Saracens last October.
had a stroke was the biggest
“The hole in the heart is
thing,” he said. “If you couldn’t find very common,” he added. “If you
a cause, then you struggle to find are born with it, most people take
anyone to say you are fit to play be- their first breath and it shuts, but
cause it could happen again. Thank- for some people it doesn’t.”
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SPORT
PREMIER LEAGUE
CHINA CUP
West Brom
finances in
‘shocking’
situation
Uruguay
players
celebrate
after Edinson
Cavani’s
winning goal
in China
By Nick Mashiter
West Brom chief executive Mark
Jenkins admits the club have “no
more money for wages” and is
shocked at the state of the Baggies.
Albion are 10 points adrift of the
Premier League safety line with
seven games left and are expected
to be relegated.
Accounts filed up to June
2017 show pre-tax profits leap to
£39.7m from £1m, only for Jenkins
to warn about the future.
Jenkins, who was CEO under
former owner Jeremy Peace, returned to the club to replace the
sacked Martin Goodman when
he was fired along with chairman
John Williams in February.
He appeared to criticise the decisions of Goodman and Williams
and ex-mananger Tony Pulis.
He told the club’s official site: “When I
was on the outside
looking in, for
example, I read
Amount Jonny
the reports
Evans can go for
about the club
in the summer if
operating at the
West Bromwich limit of its short
are relegated
term cost control
(STCC).
“Knowing the business as I did, I thought that was a
negotiating position but I’ve come
back and can assure you that we
are right at our limit on STCC.
There is no more money for wages.
“We have wages, transfer fees
and loan fees running at record
levels and yet we find ourselves
in this position. I’ll be honest I’ve
come back and I’m shocked at
what I have found in some of the
decisions that have been made.”
In January, Albion had little
cash to spend to aid their relegation fight and would have needed
to sell Jonny Evans to bring in
serious reinforcements.
They are now set to lose Evans
for £3m in the summer thanks to
a relegation clause in his contract.
Gareth Barry’s contract expires
at the end of the season along with
James Morrison, who is earning
around £80,000-a-week.
Manager Alan Pardew is also
clinging on to his job having replaced Tony Pulis in November.
AFP/GETTY
£3m
Cavani the cup winner as
Giggs suffers his first defeat
WALES
URUGUAY
Cavani 49
0
1
By Phil Blanche
AT THE GUANGXI SPORTS CENTRE
Ryan Giggs defended Gareth Bale’s
contribution after he suffered his
first defeat as Wales manager to Uruguay in the China Cup final.
Bale has proved the big attraction at this four-team tournament in
he is going to have players around
him, they’re not just going to let him
get it. They recognise the quality he’s
got and make it difficult for him. But I
thought he was a threat all night.”
Wales had first-half chances, Andy
King twice testing Fernando Muslera
and Bale also forcing a fine save from
the Uruguay goalkeeper, but there
was little rhythm to their play after
the break. “Of course, against teams
like that you’re going to ride your
luck but they showed us the utmost
respect,” Giggs said. “We won’t play
against much better teams than that
in terms of experience and talent.
Fabregas, this summer’s tournament
represents a last roll of the dice for
those bidding to reclaim the trophy
lifted with that tiki-taka swagger
in 2010. But could there be room in
the Spanish squad for another figure
from the 2010 final, when Iniesta’s
extra-time goal settled a war of attrition against the Netherlands?
On paper David Villa’s prospects of
going to a fourth World Cup appear
bleak. The former Barcelona and
Atletico Madrid striker has spent the
past three seasons in the questionable competitiveness of MLS. Oh, and
he’s just turned 36.
Although a three-year international retirement came to an end last September when Villa was handed a 98th
cap as a substitute against Italy, there
appeared to be a fair chunk of senti-
ment in that selection, with Spain
already on the verge of qualification.
Yet could there be a fairytale inclusion in Julen Lopetegui’s squad for
Villa? For the player himself, he
clearly wants to be involved.
“I’d be delighted to be part of
the squad. What I will do is play
well and train hard at the highest
level to get the best out of
myself,” he said in January.
Speaking with Villa
(right) at an MLS event
in Los Angeles, he is
wary of answering any
questions on his World
Cup ambitions (which
is a concrete indication
of how much he wants
to be involved for the
neighbourly tussle against
Portugal in the first group game on
15 June). But 64 goals in 96 games for
New York City FC over the last three
years tells its own tale about the remaining power of Villa’s potency.
Spain are not blessed with a
huge depth of striking options.
Setting aside Alvaro Morata
and Diego Costa, Liverpool flop
Iago Aspas and 37-year-old,
Aritz Aduriz, present the
most obvious alternatives
to Villa.
Age shouldn’t necessarily be a barrier towards
selection either. Miroslav
Klose netted his recordbreaking 16th World Cup
goal at 36, back in 2014.
“I’m ready, I’m fit, I’m still
playing. What I did in the
SPAIN
Villa dreams
of one last
World Cup,
aged 36
By Chris Young
IN LOS ANGELES
Jonny Evans has been a target for
Manchester City and Arsenal
Nanning with his every move monitored by the media and his Chinese
fan base. But the Real Madrid star
had to settle for a spot in the shadows as Uruguay pair Luis Suarez and
Edinson Cavani lit up Uruguay’s win.
Suarez struck the post twice
before Cavani, who was named player
of the tournament, marked his 100th
Uruguay appearance with the 49thminute winner.
Asked about Bale’s modest performance, Giggs said: “The pitch had
a big part to play in it as it wasn’t ideal
for dribbling or sticking the pass in.
When Gareth gets the ball of course
“It was a great learning curve for
the players and a great test which
I thought they stood up to. What I
want from my team is to go to the
end and I thought we did. Suarez and
Cavani were going to the end, and we
were still in the game. Ryan Hedges
put in that fantastic cross right at the
end, and on another day we’d have
got someone on the end of it.”
On the tournament, Giggs added:
“We’ve had two very different
opponents and two different performances, but equally pleasing in
many ways. I have learned there is
a fantastic team spirit which I knew
beforehand but then witnessing it
was brilliant.
“There’s also a lot of quality in the
squad, and more that’s been left at
home as well.
“I’m really happy with the young
lads who have come in and done well
and with the squad as a whole.”
A scant crew of aging survivors from
Spain’s golden generation will return
to the World Cup finals bidding to relive the glories of eight years ago.
For Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique,
Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and
possibly Chelsea duo Pedro and Cesc
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McTominay is not
having a change of
heart, insists McLeish
left last night is raring to be a part of
IN BUDAPEST
it. He wants to improve as a player.
He is a very receptive boy. He likes
Alex McLeish says he has no fears to be told what he can improve on.
over Scott McTominay’s commit- We showed him some video stuff and
ment to the Scotland cause after the we will send some stuff down to him
Manchester United midfielder did [at Manchester United] just to imnot travel to Budapest for tonight’s prove his overall awareness. He was
friendly with Hungary. McTominay delighted with that. He was gutted
is suffering with a calf complaint that he was missing [tonight’s] game, he
flared up on Sunday after
said it was disappointing.
he played 57 minutes of
He loved the experience [of
Friday’s 1-0 home friendly
his first cap]. He was itchScott was
defeat to Costa Rica. He gutted he was ing to be involved in the
has joined the injured Grant missing the
second game. He wants to
Hanley and Matt Ritchie in
give everything he can to
next game – he Scotland.”
returning to his club.
McLeish is confident was itching
McLeish will want to
McTominay is not having to be involved avoid becoming the first
second thoughts after the and wants to
Scotland manager since
player’s decision to opt for give all he can Berti Vogts to lose their
Scotland over England. He to Scotland
first two games in charge,
remains eligible for Gareth
albeit in his second spell.
Southgate’s team and will
It does not get easier for
not be locked into Scotland until he McLeish with friendlies against
appears in a competitive fixture.
Peru, Mexico and Belgium before the
The first available opportu- competitive fixtures begin against
nity to tie the 21-year-old down is Albania. Hungary are ranked 50 in
not until a Nations League match the world, 19 places below Scotland.
against Albania at Hampden Park “I guess if we don’t get the right result
in September. McLeish is certain it then I’m a bigger dud than I was on
is not an issue, having spoken of see- Friday,” McLeish said. “I’m going to
ing the player’s desire to represent have to have rhinoceros skin but I’m
Scotland.
pleased with the players and the way
“The boy I spoke to is committed,” they’ve adjusted. Now it is about taksaid McLeish yesterday. “The guy I ing it to the next stage.”
By Alan Pattullo
McTominay
is subbed
by McLeish
on Friday
REUTERS
past, doesn’t matter in my mind,”
Villa told i. “I need to keep going. It’s
not about what I won or didn’t. It’s
about the present and the future.
“I have loved this sport from the
beginning of my life and one of the
many good things about it is that you
can improve day-by-day.
“It doesn’t matter if you are 19, 30
or 36. You can go to the field day-byday and improve. That’s my mentality. That’s going to be my mentality
until I can’t continue playing.”
After deciding to become one of
MLS’ poster-boys three years ago
though, Villa has been one of its principal advocates.
In a competition eager to shed its
reputation as a retirement league, he
is one of the few remaining household
names plying their trade in North
America. During the winter, there
has been a fresh influx of talent from
South America – Argentina, in particular – into MLS, with Villa a firm
believer that the equal financial footing of the clubs actually leaves him
in a more competitive environment
than the top-heavy La Liga.
He added: “I’ve been happy to be
in New York from the very first day.
What the team has done is amazing
and it’s been a pleasure from the beginning. It’s a lot different to La Liga
because there’s so little between the
teams. When I was at Barcelona, you
know you compete with Real Madrid,
but you’re on a much higher level
than the rest of the teams.”
Spain coach Lopetegui will soon
determine whether the New York
derby is any substitute for El Clasico.
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FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT
Curious case of the FA and
Sampson just gets weirder
T
he case of Mark Sampson,
a metal pole and the
threatening of a female
Uefa official gets curiouser
and curiouser.
For a brief précis: former England
women’s manager Sampson was
investigated and banned for three
games by Uefa for verbally abusing
two of its officials, including
threatening one with a metal pole,
as his team were knocked out of
the Euro 2017 semi-final by the
Netherlands last summer.
The story dropped out of
nowhere last Friday, shortly before
the England men’s team were about
to kick off their friendly against
the Dutch. It was particularly
surprising in that this had all been
going on while accusations emerged
from former England striker Eni
Aluko of bullying and harassment,
which remain unproven, and
racism, which were eventually
proven after three investigations by
the Football Association.
It was going on in the build-up
Mark Sampson’s verbal bullying of a Uefa official was revealed last week GETTY
to the FA sacking Sampson for
“inappropriate relationships”
parliamentary hearing – despite
It is, of course, not my job to tell
found in an old safe-guarding
parliamentary privilege allowing
PR people how to do their jobs –
report it had compiled on him. It
anything to be shared.
despite the fact they often feel it is
was all concluded by the time FA
The FA’s argument here is that its their place to tell journalists how
chiefs appeared in front of the
bosses were there to talk about the
to do theirs – but would it not have
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
governance of their organisation.
been in the FA’s interest to drop
Select Committee hearing.
That is true, but the whole thing
Sampson’s Uefa suspension into the
It’s quite the rap sheet
was prompted by their handling of
DCMS hearing, thus steering the
Sampson is compiling: racially
the Sampson affair, which involved
agenda on to him? Instead of the PR
abusing players, inappropriate
a complaint of bullying and
disaster it turned into for them.
relationships with players, now
harassment against a female player.
They had already thrown
threatening an official with a metal
It is conceivable to think that
Sampson under a bus in the
pole while yelling expletives at her.
Sampson having been charged and
manner in which they sacked him.
Curiously, this has only come
found guilty of threatening a female Why not reverse it back over him
out now. To start with, the FA
Uefa official with a weapon might
a few more times, just for good
points out that during the process
be relevant to discussions.
measure? Pull the pin, drop the
of sacking Sampson it was unable
When the FA was called before
hand grenade and watch the media
to say anything publicly
the committee, DCMS
explosion.
about his Uefa charge as it
committee chair
But still we were none-the-wiser
The FA had Damian Collins said:
was still part of an ongoing
that Sampson had been found
investigation.
guilty of these extraordinary
already thrown “Following the sacking
They could, of course,
of the England women’s
allegations. Why, if Uefa banned
Sampson
have just said, as they
coach,
Mark
Sampson,
Sampson on 28 September, was
under the
went into intricate detail
the Football Association
it not announced until six months
bus
when
about his sacking, that he
must explain why it
later? The decision, i has been
they
sacked
was under investigation
took so long to look into
told, was made by Uefa’s Control,
him. Why not issues raised about the
by Uefa. But they didn’t.
Ethics and Disciplinary Body
The FA insists it had no
coach’s past. Why was
(CEDB) at the group’s meeting on
reverse back
idea when it would be
21 September.
over him too? he appointed in the first
concluded. Sampson was
place? Why didn’t senior
There seems to have been some
handed a three-match
officials refer back to this confusion as to who would publicly
ban from Uefa competitions the
information when a player stepped
announce Sampson’s suspension,
following day.
forward with serious allegations?
after Uefa informed the FA on
This was 27 September, last year.
“Players have a reasonable right
9 October. Maybe Uefa thought
Twenty-two days later – 19 October
to expect their concerns will be
it might come out when English
– FA chief executive Martin Glenn,
taken seriously. The committee will football’s governing body appeared
chairman Greg Clarke, technical
ask why senior leadership at the
before MPs. They thought wrong.
director Dan Ashworth and human
FA failed to act without prompting
Every six months the leading
resources director Rachel Brace
from external organisations. This
cases of the CEDB are published
appeared before the DCMS inquiry, raises serious questions about
on Uefa’s website, so Sampson’s
which was exploring “governance
their capacity to run internal
case was included in a report
of the Football Association”.
investigations.”
which went online on 28 February
The FA, i has learnt, was told by
Why did senior leadership at the
this year [2018], and was spotted
Uefa on 9 October of Sampson’s
FA fail to act without prompting
by a reporter last Friday. So it all
suspension. Yet curiously still,
from external organisations? It is a
came out, as these things tend to
it did not come out during the
question that applies, yet again.
eventually.
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Sterling’s progess has
been simplicity itself
Winger explains how Pep talks have guided him forward
By Sam Cunningham
FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT
England
Gareth Southgate has witnessed
Butland
Raheem Sterling score more goals
in training during the past week
than he ever has as England manTarkowski Stones Maguire
ager. The Manchester City forward
has been making noticeably bet- Walker
Young
ter decisions around how to finLallana
Alli
Dier
ish chances and has been taking
up more intelligent positions on
the pitch. Southgate has noticed a
Sterling Vardy
marked improvement in the player
since Pep Guardiola, the most gifted
Immobile
manager currently working, took
over at City.
Insigne
Candreva
Guardiola, Sterling explained, has
awoken in him the primal skills and
Verratti Jorginho Pellegrini
attributes he was first taught as an
eight-year-old. “For me the main De Sciglio
Zappacosta
thing is the simple things,” Sterling
Rugani Bonucci
said. “He makes everyone do the simple stuff. You probably see a lot of us
Donnarumma
passing out from the back. It looks
difficult, but he tells you what he sees. Italy
One-touches. How you turn out with Probable teams for tonight’s match at Wembley
the ball. It makes our football quicker Kick-off 8pm
Television ITV
and makes you think better. It’s what Referee D Aytekin (Ger)
he sees and the attention to detail
on the pitch. Then just doing simple
stuff: pass the ball, set the ball, if you the good old days, Guardiola is also
see a pass two yards, pass it.
unafraid of hammering his players.
“When I used to dribble, I’d be on We have all seen Guardiola in his
the wing and I’d control it with the moments of rage and he is prone to
outside of my foot: it slows the
take the same approach with
ball down. He brings you
his players, if he believes
back to what you used
they deserve it.
to do with the under“He lets you know
eights: open your body
when he’s not happy
up, get the rhythm
with you,” Sterling
going again, it’s little
added. “I remember
Years since Raheem
Sterling’s two
details like that.
coming on against
goals
for
England
“It’s stuff I already
Crystal Palace. I lost
scoring
in
March
and
know. When you’re
the ball three times
October 2015
playing a game you
and I didn’t think I was
probably don’t pick up
going to play until the
on it. Little touches outside
end of the season after he
your foot, trapped under your
killed me in the dressing room.
foot, he’s telling you to get to the A manager like that brings the best
left-back quicker, open your body out of you, he makes sure to tell you
out and take it with you instead of when you’re in the wrong.”
just controlling it and stopping.”
Sterling has scored frequently for
In an age when people often say City this season, helping them to the
managers cannot criticise millen- Carabao Cup, almost to securing the
nial footballers, like they used to in Premier League title and into the
3
Raheem Sterling has grown in confidence under Pep Guardiola AFP/GETTY
He makes everyone do
the simple stuff. He brings
you back to what you used
to do with the under-eights
Champions League quarter-finals,
but it is three years since he netted
for the national team.
Sterling joked yesterday that he
has been restricted for England because Southgate always takes him
off, and he has a tendency to score
at the end of games.
He has born the brunt of criticism
for England’s failings, particularly
after the embarrassing exit against
Iceland in the last 16 of the 2016
European Championship. In some
quarters there were incredibly unfair personal attacks on the player,
who was only 21 at the time.
“If I’m getting judged on my football and doing badly, then OK, I accept that,” Sterling said. “When it’s
anything else, that’s when you probably get more affected.”
Heading into the Russia World
Cup, Sterling is one of the most
confident players in the squad, and
at only 23 he is also one of its most
experienced. “You can see the confidence in him,” Southgate said. “It’s
down to the players to take that on
board [what their manager says].
That’s where Raheem has to take
credit, because if a player isn’t willing to go with that then all of those
messages are wasted.
“You can see the positions he’s
taking up, his belief in front of goal,
he’s scored more goals this week in
training than I’ve ever seen. That’s
not necessarily because he’s technically better, he’s just thinking about
the types of finishes a little bit more.
Not snatching at things. Passing
things into the net. More confident.
More composed. What we’ve got to
do as a team is create more chances,
as he gets at club level. That’s the
next step for us. Improve our attacking play in the final third.”
Southgate has benefited, also,
from Guardiola and the Premier
League’s other leading managers
and it is a marker of his modesty that
he is happy to share credit with them
for England’s recent run of solid form
and five successive clean sheets.
“You can say this for five or six
of the top coaches — you are a fool
if you don’t analyse the way their
teams play,” Southgate added.
“When you visit the training
grounds you sit and have a bit of
lunch; the games are coming thick
and fast. I have got to say that all of
the coaches at all of the clubs are really open. They like to talk about the
players and like to talk tactically.
“It’s one of the real highlights of
being in the role, that you are not a
threat to anybody so you can pick
their brains and they might share a
little more openly — certainly more
than they might with each other.”
JAMES TARKOWSKI
Five players with
something to
prove against Italy
With World Cup starting places still
up for grabs, Oliver Young-Myles
assesses the hopefuls making a late bid
F
ollowing Friday’s 1-0 win
over the Netherlands,
Gareth Southgate has
just tonight’s friendly
against Italy to evaluate
his England options before the
end of the season. Southgate was
pleased with what he saw from an
experimental side in Amsterdam but
there remains plenty of competition
for places ahead of the World Cup.
Fitness permitting, Harry Kane
and Kyle Walker are all-but certain
of starting against Tunisia on 18
June, while John Stones, Eric Dier
and Raheem Sterling are decent
bets to join them. That leaves plenty
of places to fill, and while Jordan
Pickford, Harry Maguire and Jesse
Lingard enhanced their prospects
on Friday, other squad members will
get their chance at Wembley tonight.
Here are five players who will be
looking to press their claim.
Jack Butland
The goalkeeper appeared to be the
front-runner to start for England
in Russia but the performance of
Pickford on Friday has given him
plenty of work to do. Pickford’s
decision to rush from his goal and
play a short pass under pressure
set in motion the move from which
Lingard scored, justifying his
selection in goal.
There is so little to separate
Pickford and Butland’s shotstopping qualities, so other factors
such as distribution become more
important and Butland must show
that he can also kick-start attacking
moves from the back.
Pickford was given 90 minutes
against the Dutch but Butland may
have just 45 minutes to impress
against Italy with Nick Pope and Joe
Hart also in competition. He has to
make the most of it.
James Tarkowski
For better or worse, Southgate
seems intent on playing with three
at the back. Walker’s inclusion
as a makeshift right centre-back
on Friday demonstrated that
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pretty clearly. With Gary Cahill
and Chris Smalling out of favour,
there is a chance for someone to
stake a claim at centre-back and
James Tarkowski (along with Alfie
Mawson) will be looking to do just
that. Tarkowski, much like his
team-mate Nick Pope, has enjoyed
a miraculous rise this season,
establishing himself as a key part of
a Burnley side, seventh in the table.
He would appear to tick all the
boxes that Southgate likes in a
defender; he can bring the ball out
with his feet, he can pass and he
relishes the physical battle. A good
display against a strong Italy attack
including Ciro Immobile and Andrea
Belotti would strengthen his case.
Adam Lallana finds himself on the
outside looking in after a long spell
out injured. But if he can force his
way back into Liverpool’s starting
line-up, Lallana could be a decent
bet to start against Tunisia because
he offers England the guile and
creativity they so desperately lack.
He might be mercilessly mocked
for his penchant for a drag-back,
but Lallana is one of England’s most
technically gifted players. Able to
bob and weave out of trouble with
neat footwork and excellent close
control, possessing an eye for a
pass and being two-footed, a fit and
on-form, Lallana would walk into the
England midfield. He just needs the
minutes.
Lewis Cook
Jamie Vardy
The Leicester striker managed to
not touchthe ball once during 22
minutes on the field after coming
on as a substitute against the
Netherlands. While Vardy, much
like Marcus Rashford before him,
was starved of adequate service,
it did highlight the fact that when
there is nothing to chase in behind a
defence, Vardy offers very little in an
attacking sense.
Clearly, his pace is a major
asset and he has also been in good
goalscoring form of late, but Vardy
is not effective as a link striker in the
manner in which Harry Kane is – he
averages just 12 passes per game in
the league this season. Strangely,
in the more technical world of
international football, that might
not be a huge issue. England should
be geared towards playing counterattacking football this summer
which caters to Vardy’s strengths.
But against Italy, he must show he
can be more than just an impact sub.
LEWIS COOK
Adam Lallana
In some ways the forgotten man
of the England set-up. Once an
integral player for club and country,
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Two games in a day
- on a full English
Bradford fans feared Colin Doyle
would miss the League One visit
of Gillingham on Saturday after
the goalkeeper featured for the
Republic of Ireland in their 1-0
defeat in Turkey less than 24
hours before. The 32-year-old,
however, managed to play in both
games, taking two flights in the
20 hours between matches putting his recovery down to a full
English breakfast. “Need to sleep
now,” he tweeted afterwards.
CRICKET
FOOTBALL
Root saw no sign of
Aussie tampering
Quinn ‘discusses’
buying Sunderland
Joe Root says he saw no reason
to suspect Australia of balltampering during last winter’s
Ashes series. Root’s team lost 4-0
to opponents who have become
mired in controversy after
captain Steve Smith admitted he
and batsman Cameron Bancroft
hatched a plan to tamper with
the ball against South Africa in
Cape Town last weekend. Root
said: “I personally wasn’t aware
of anything going on.”
Niall Quinn has spoken to Ellis
Short about a potential takeover
of his former club, Sunderland.
The BBC report that Quinn
would be fronting a consortium
with an Irish and a North East
businessman. Should talks
progress, it could lead to Quinn’s
return to the boardroom, having
relinquished his role as chairman
in 2011. Short could allow a two
year “grace period” before the
debts owed to him are recouped.
JACK BUTLAND
JAMIE VARDY
While England largely dominated
proceedings in Amsterdam they still
lack something in central midfield.
Neither Jordan Henderson nor
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked
completely at ease when tasked with
dictating the tempo on Friday and
Dier has similar limitations.
England need a metronomic
midfielder who can recycle the
ball across the pitch and with Jack
Wilshere unavailable to face Italy,
Lewis Cook is the best-equipped
to perform that duty. Cook was
the deep-lying playmaker during
England Under-20s World Cup win
last summer and his propensity to
play the ball forward – 70 percent
of his passes in the Premier League
this season have gone forward –
should work in his favour.
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FOOTBALL
Ronaldo and Portugal shocked by Dutch
Portugal suffered a surprise 3-0 friendly defeat to the Netherlands as
their stuttering preparation for the World Cup continued. The European
champions, who required two late headers from Cristiano Ronaldo (above,
in last night’s game) to beat Egypt on Friday, fell behind in Geneva through
former Manchester United striker Memphis Depay after 11 minutes.
Liverpool players past and present, Ryan Babel and Virgil van Dijk,
extended the advantage before the interval for Ronald Koeman’s side, who
were beaten 1-0 by England last Friday. Justin Kluivert, 18-year-old son
of former Dutch international Patrick, made his debut in the second half
after Portugal were reduced to 10 men with Joao Cancelo sent off.
RUGBY LEAGUE
England ask NRL
to support Test
England head coach Wayne
Bennett and his Australia-based
players are lobbying NRL clubs to
support the historic Test match
in Denver. The Rugby Football
League has issued a letter on
behalf of Bennett and the eight
NRL-based internationals urging
their clubs to throw their weight
behind the 23 June fixture,
against New Zealand in Colorado.
Sport on tv
Weightlifting: Euro Championships
Eurosport, 4pm
Tennis: Miami Open
Sky Sports Arena, 4pm
U-21 football: England v Ukraine
BT Sport 1, 5.45pm
Baseball: Red Sox v Cubs
BT Sport/ESPN, 6pm
Football: England v Italy
ITV, 7.30pm
Football: Germany v Brazil
BT Sport 2, 7.30pm
Winter of discontent
England fall to defeat yet again
» Report, p50
Smith set to
be sacked as
captain in
sandpaper
scandal
By Tom Collomosse
Sport
Steve Smith is facing the sack as
Australia captain, after cricket
chiefs flew to South Africa to quiz
him about the cheating scandal
that has shocked the nation.
Smith, vice-captain David
Warner and coach Darren Lehmann all look extremely vulnerable, as James Sutherland, Cricket
Australia’s chief executive, decided to meet them face to face to
conduct disciplinary proceedings.
Cricket Australia is expecting
to deliver its verdict on the balltampering furore by this evening,
although there remained the
possibility that Smith and the
others could fall on their swords
b e fo r e S u t h e rl a n d l a n d e d
in Johannesburg.
Sutherland said: “Iain Roy [CA
senior lawyer] and Pat Howard
[performance manager] arrive in
Cape Town on Monday morning
local time, and Iain will immediately conduct his inquiries around
the ball-tampering incident.
“I am travelling to Johannesburg this evening and will arrive
on Tuesday morning local time to
meet Iain to understand the findings of the investigation to that
point, and to determine recommended outcomes.”
The executives are under
pressure to act quickly from the
Australian government, after
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
called for “decisive action”.
Smith and Warner were stood
down from their roles midway
through the third Test at Cape
Town, after Smith admitted a
group of players had conspired to
alter the condition of the ball during lunch on day three.
Opener Cameron Bancroft was
caught on camera appearing to use
a piece of tape to rough up the ball.
Smith was banned for one Test by
the ICC but the ultimate punishment is likely to be far more severe,
with some in Australia even speculating about life bans. Smith and
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and the metal
pole - it just
gets weirder
James Anderson
lets his pain show
after England were
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RUGBY UNION
Concussion
worries may
force change
to tackle rule
UK’s anti-doping agency
targeted by cyber attack
By Ed Malyon and Andrew Griffin
P49
STEVE BUNCE
Why Joshua
has to take
Parker threat
seriously
The UK anti-doping agency, which
holds thousands of sports stars’ drug
test details and medical records, has
been hit by a cyber attack.
Staff at the agency’s London HQ
were called into a meeting yesterday
morning where they were informed
of the breach and sent home.
Premier League footballers, highprofile cyclists and well-known
Olympic athletes are among those
whose data is held on Ukad servers.
Previous hacks on anti-doping agencies have revealed detailed medical
information of some of the world’s
leading athletes, sending shockwaves through the sport and geopolitical communities.
A Ukad spokesperson confirmed
the agency had been the subject of
a cyber attack but claimed it was
unsuccessful and that they believed
no data had been lost. The agency is
still investigating the matter.
“I got in with the rest of the staff,
and we were told that there had been
a security breach over the weekend,”
an agency source said. “It subsequently came to light that they had
linked it to our servers.
“My interest was piqued by the
fact that our team wanted to get
out in front of the story, especially
in light of Fancy Bears from a few
years ago.”
In 2016, the anonymous cyber
espionage group Fancy Bears leaked
the World Anti-Doping Agency’s
(Wada’s) classified medical records
and drug-testing files of a number
of athletes who had received therapeutic use exemptions, including
the tennis player Serena Williams,
cyclist Bradley Wiggins and athlete
Mo Farah.
Ukad is charged with protecting a
culture of clean sport and is a nondepartmental public body of the
Department for Culture, Media and
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