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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
Brexit... One
year to go
Britain will leave the EU
on 29 March 2019
What have we achieved –
and what can we expect?
Reports, analysis and comment
P6-10
Victory for
victims of
black cab
rapist
THURSDAY
29 MARCH 2018
Number 2,291
» Parole Board chief is sacked after
decision to release John Worboys
is quashed by the High Court
P28
» Women can now sleep easier at
night, says one of the victims
How I
became
world’s
strongest
woman
» i had revealed sex offenders’
rehabilitation programme
was not fit for purpose
Is your brain
Take our quiz
» Justice Secretary David Gauke
facing calls to quit after he
refused to order official review
P32
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Gone: Nick Hardwick
Going? David Gauke
Deborah Orr Keeping him behind bars is a win for women everywhere
P4
Fertility
problems
linked to
dining
out
Putting on
the glitz
Add sparkle
to your look
Kim in China
Trump hails
North Korean
leader’s visit
Council
tax bills
hiked by
5.1% as
cap goes
P12
P35
P23
P5
PLUS TOP TIPS FOR AVOIDING BACK PAIN
P29
I WEATHER
P47
I TV GUIDE
P30
I PUZZLES
P44
The
News
Matrix
IMMIGRATION
What handy
skill have sea
turtles
developed?
See p.21
The day at
a glance
THURSDAY
29
MARCH
Quote of the day
People need to be
reminded more often than
they need to be instructed
SAMUEL JOHNSON
Birthdays
Sir John Major, politician,
75; Eric Idle, comedy actor,
75; Michael Winterbottom,
film director, 57; Elle
Macpherson (below),
model, 54; Brendan
Gleeson, actor, 63; John
Suchet, newsreader, 74
Anniversaries
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COURTS
NORTHERN IRELAND
SOCIETY
Same-sex marriage
Bill over first hurdle
Tree-felling activists Ant and Dec missing
seek police apology from ‘BGT’ advert
A drink driver was jailed for 13 years
for killing three boys as they walked
to a 16th birthday party. Jaynesh
Chudasama, 28, was more than
two-and-a-half times over the limit
and doing 71mph on a 60mph road
in Hayes, west London, when he hit
the teenagers. He also had traces of
cannabis in his system.
Same-sex marriage in Northern
Ireland is a step closer after a Bill
calling for its legalisation passed the
first hurdle in the Commons. The
private member’s bill was raised by
Armagh-born Labour MP Conor
McGinn. The DUP had blocked
similar legislation at Stormont
before the Assembly there collapsed.
A couple accused of poisoning
workers carrying out tree-felling
in Sheffield want an apology after
police dropped their investigation
into what became known as
“Teagate”. Campaigners Dr John
Unwin and his wife Sue were
accused of giving poisoned drinks to
council contractors doing the work.
Ant and Dec are both absent from
a new Britain’s Got Talent trailer as
speculation grows over the duo’s
future on the show ahead of its
return next month. Ant McPartlin
and Declan Donnelly have presented
the ITV show since its launch in
2007. Mr McPartlin is due in court
on a drink-driving charge next week.
IRELAND
TELEVISION
HERITAGE
PEOPLE
CANADA
Sea attacks taking
toll on old cannon
Assange cut off from
internet and visitors
No papal remorse for First nudist beach for
‘forced Christianity’ those who can ‘bare’ it
Sea spray and salty air are damaging
coastal cannon which once formed
part of the UK’s defences, English
Heritage has warned. It is launching
a fundraising appeal to secure the
future of four cannon in need of
repair, including a Second World
War anti-aircraft gun at Pendennis
Castle, Cornwall.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
has “lost access to the internet and
the right to receive visitors” at the
Ecuadorian embassy in London. He
has been resident there since June
2012. Former Greek minister Yanis
Varoufakis and musician Brian Eno
expressed “great concern” about the
lost access and visitor ban.
Pope Francis will not apologise
to former Canadian residential
school pupils who were taken from
their families, put in government
schools and forced to convert to
Christianity during the 20th century.
The 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and
Metis children were also not allowed
to speak their native languages.
TRANSPORT
The List
Hateful eight of a
holiday with parents
1 The parents’ insistence on
taking lots of photographs
– especially of the children
2 Parental attempts to speak
a foreign language
3 Children being forced to put on
too much sun cream
4 Being prevented from choosing
their own activities
5 Parents spending too much
time on their phone
6 Worrying about work too much
7 Too much time reading
their book
8 Spending too much
time snoozing
index
Crossword.............24
TV & Radio...........30
Lifestyle..................35
Business.................40
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
The Government’s attempt to
crack down on illegal immigration
is “yet to demonstrate its worth”,
inspectors claim. Under the Right
to Rent scheme, landlords must
establish that tenants have a right to
be in the country by taking copies of
documents such as passports.
Drink driver who
killed boys is jailed
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
Easter
ahead
Likely Easter
traffic hotspots
12
13
Millions
Leeds
29
Preston
Liverpool
Nottingham
30
11
Birmingham
Cardiff
9
Taunton
6
7
M4
Bristol
M5
3
1
8
Stonehenge
and M1
2: M3 south-west of London
3: M4 west of London and between
Cardiff and Swansea
4: A23/M23 to Brighton
5: A47 Swaffham to Great Yarmouth
6: M4/M5 around Bristol
7: M5 from Bristol to Taunton
8: A303 Stonehenge
4.45
Saturday
3.18
Easter Sunday
2.86
Apr
4
2
Bank Holiday Monday
1.96
Apr
SOURCE: RAC
9: A30 and A38 Exeter to Cornwall
10: M55 between Preston
and Blackpool
11: A14 between the Midlands and
the coast
12: A66 between M6 and the coast
13: M53 between Liverpool and
Chester
14: A55 North Wales Expressway,
Chester to Bangor
31
1
M25
London
2
Good Friday
Mar
Brighton
Exeter
1: M25 between Gatwick Airport
5
Cambridge
M1
3
3.18
Mar
Swaffham
Swansea
Maundy Thursday
March
Chester
14
Bangor
Easter weekend — planned
total leisure journeys by car
Middlesbrough
10
Going to a beach in Ireland usually
requires clothes – lots of them. But
from next month, people who are
able to stand a bracing wind, can
bare all during their visit. The
island’s first nude beach will open at
Hawk Cliff in Dalkey, south Dublin,
in April following a campaign by the
Irish Naturist Association.
Easter traffic is expected to peak today and tomorrow, with drivers expected
to complete nearly 19 million separate leisure journeys by car over the break.
A study of drivers’ habits by the RAC indicates how many people will travel
and on which days, and where the worst traffic is likely to be.
M6
Blackpool
Holidaying with parents can be
a source of great excitement and
joy for children but, according to
a survey by Marella Cruises, there
are plenty of niggles that have the
power to embarrass or frustrate
the younger generation. Here are
some of them:
Thursday 29 March 1973
Two months after the
signing of the Vietnam
peace agreement, the
last US combat troops
leave South Vietnam as
Hanoi frees the remaining
American prisoners of war
held in North Vietnam.
Right to Rent scheme
for tenants ‘is failing’
Expected peak travel times
Maundy
Thursday
Before 4pm
or after 7pm
Good Friday
Before 10am
and after 4pm
Saturday
Before 10am
and after 4pm
Easter Sunday
Before 10am
and after 4pm
Bank Holiday
Monday
Before 12pm
and after 4pm
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Evening Standard, beyond those
accredited as such.
NEWS
2-29
ThePage3Profile
VOICES
16-20
TV
30-31
IQ
32-39
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-55
COURTS
ROBERT WEIGHTON AND ALF SMITH,
110-YEAR-OLD BIRTHDAY BOYS
Oscar thief sorry for
stealing star’s glory
Old and wise?
They certainly are. Britain’s two oldest
men, Robert Weighton (top) and Alf Smith
(bottom), both turn 110 today. They were
born on 29 March 1908 and although they
have never met, the pair have got to know
each other by exchanging birthday cards
in recent years.
A man accused of stealing Frances
McDormand’s Oscar as she
celebrated at an after-party has
apologised for detracting from her
success. Terry Bryant, 47, appeared
before a judge in Los Angeles
accused of taking the Best Actress
Academy Award at the annual
Governors Ball. The case continues.
They must have seen a thing or two
They certainly have. Robert and Alf have
lived through two world wars and 29
general elections. They have also been
witness to five monarchs, having been
born during the reign of Edward VII –
the eldest son of Queen Victoria and
Prince Albert.
What are they up to now?
A father-of-three with 10 grandchildren
and 25 great-grandchildren, Robert
lives in a flat in a care complex in
Alton, Hampshire, where he enjoys
making miniature windmills and other
ornaments. Before that he spent time
overseas, including Taiwan, Japan and
Canada. Alf, meanwhile, lives hundreds
of miles away in the Perthshire village
of St Madoes. He spent five years living
in Canada before returning to the UK,
where he was in the Home Guard during
the Second World War. He eventually
settled on a farm in Kinfauns, another
Perthshire village, where he raised two
children with his late wife Isobel.
So, what’s the secret to a long life?
For Robert, who was born in Hull and
was an engineer for most of his working
years, it’s all about laughter, eating food
and he enjoys a healthy dose of luck. The
centenarian said he had “done nothing
to deserve or achieve” his old age. In
fact, he said he was just “one of the lucky
ones” who had managed to avoid getting
cancer or being hit by a bus. In Robert’s
eyes, it is “people taking themselves
too seriously” which causes most of the
world’s troubles.
And for Alf?
It’s more simple than you might think
- porridge. That, and “having a job you
enjoy”, he says.
Florence Snead
UNITED STATES
Harvard purges song
line about Puritans
A diversity task force at Harvard
University is removing a reference
to “Puritans” from the college’s
official song. The song known as
“Fair Harvard” ended with the
lines “Be the herald of light, and the
bearer of love, till the stock of the
Puritans die.” Harvard has received
168 suggested line replacements.
THAILAND
‘DiCaprio’s beach’
closed for 4 months
Authorities have ordered the
temporary closure of the Thai beach
made famous by the Leonardo
DiCaprio film The Beach to halt
environmental damage caused by
tourists. Maya Bay, on Phi Phi Leh
island in the Andaman Sea, will be
closed to all visitors for four months
annually starting in June.
SOCIETY
£773.60 to fill World
Cup sticker album
The cost of completing Panini’s World
Cup 2018 sticker book is £773.60.
Mathematician Professor Paul
Harper said this is the cost of filling
the album after the price of a packet
of five stickers increased from 50p
to 80p. With 32 squads of players,
and special stickers, completing an
album comes at quite a cost.
i THURSDAY
29 MARCH 2018
3
Letter from the
Political Editor
Nigel Morris
i@inews.co.uk
Hindsight truly is
a wonderful thing
At 12.20pm on this day one year
ago, Sir Tim Barrow, the UK’s
permanent representative to the
European Union, handed over
a six-page letter changing the
course of British history.
It notified Brussels that the
UK was invoking Article 50 of
the Lisbon Treaty, beginning
the two-year formal process of
Brexit. Minutes later Theresa May
confirmed the move, telling the
House of Commons: “There can be
no turning back.”
The Prime Minister will today
mark the half-way point in the
Brexit timetable by visiting the
United Kingdom’s four nations
with the pledge to negotiate a deal
in everyone’s interest.
As the clock ticks down to exit
day on 29 March 2019, she faces a
formidable set of challenges.
Within months she has to
persuade the EU to sign up to the
sort of trade agreement that has
never been achieved anywhere
in the world. And she needs to
muster a parliamentary majority
– including the warring Tory
tribes – behind any eventual deal
that she strikes.
In retrospect it is hard to avoid
the conclusion that Article 50
was invoked prematurely as
Mrs May was yet to detail her
vision of Britain’s post-Brexit
relationship with the EU.
The Whitehall machine
struggled to get to grips with the
volume of Brexit-related work
it faced and the Government
lost months of preparation as
Mrs May fought her counterproductive general election.
She is now boxed into reaching
an agreement by the autumn to
give Parliament enough time to
ratify it. This day next year, as
Britain goes through the exit door,
Mrs May could rue not giving
herself more time back in 2017.
4
NEWS
VICTIMS
COVER STORY
Parole chief
sacked after
Worboys
court ruling
By Richard Vaughan
The Justice Secretary was under
mounting pressure last night
following his refusal to launch a
judicial review into the release of
the black cab rapist John Worboys.
A decision by the Parole Board
to release Worboys was quashed
by High Court judges yesterday,
prompting the board’s chairman
Nick Hardwick to resign.
Worboys, 60, has served 10 years,
including time spent on remand, of
an indeterminate prison sentence.
The Parole Board’s decision to free
him prompted widespread outrage
and condemnation.
The High Court legal challenge
was brought by two of Worboys’
v i c t i m s , w h o w e r e fo r c e d
to crowdfund the challenge
themselves after the Justice
Ministry initially said it would
intervene but then changed its
mind. They successfully argued
that the Parole Board’s decision
failed to take into account dozens of
alleged offences that Worboys was
not prosecuted for.
In his resignation letter, Mr
Hardwick apologised for “the
mistakes that were made in this
case”. He said he stepped down
after the Justice Secretary, David
Gauke, told him that his position
had become untenable.
However, critics claimed that
Mr Hardwick had been made a
scapegoat and the justice ministry
was equally to blame. Phillippa
Kaufmann, QC, a barrister who
acted for the two Worboys victims,
said the problem did not lie “solely
at the feet of the Parole Board” but
rested with the minister and his
department as well.
Mr Gauke faced heavy criticism
in Parliament yesterday. Labour
MPs demanded that he apologise
to the victims, saying they had been
forced to pursue justice “because
no one else would do it for them”.
Reports emerged of Tory MPs
calling for Mr Gauke to quit, but No
10 insisted that the Prime Minister
had full confidence in the minister.
Mr Gauke told MPs that he had
been given legal advice that if he
had gone to court himself, he could
have reduced the chances of the
victims winning. He admitted that
greater analysis and testing of the
Parole Board’s assessment should
have taken place in Worboys’ case.
He said: “I deeply regret that
that did not happen and I share the
anger that the victims therefore
had to go through this process and
I’m sorry that that happened.”
Zac Goldsmith, the Tory MP
for Richmond, said: “I cannot find
words to reflect my admiration
for the brave victims who had
to face their attacker in court
in order to secure justice. They
should never have had to. This is
a gigantic decision – and it must
provoke reform of a failing criminal
justice system,”
He said the Parole Board had
made “profound errors” in the case.
Deborah Orr, My View, page 17
‘We should
have been
supported’
By Sian Harrison and Cathy Gordon
John Worboys, 60, had served 10 years of an indeterminate prison sentence
before he was considered for release by the Parole Board
Release bid Sex offender programme was discredited
John Worboys tried to secure
his release by taking part in a
now-discredited
treatment
programme for
sex offenders
which may have
done him more
harm than good.
The 60-year-old
undertook the
Core Sex Offender
Treatment
Programme
(SOTP) in October
2016, at a cost of
£8,500, in a effort to convince the
Parole Board he was fit for release.
However, as i reported in January,
Core SOTP was not only ineffective
in prevention, it may have facilitated
further reo
offending, according
to a study released
by the Ministry of
Justice last year.
The study found
t
that
group treatment
p
programmes,
which
u
used
psychological
te
echniques to try to
ch
hange offenders’
th
hinking, could result
in
n “normalising” an
in
ndividual’s behaviour
an
nd offered an
opportunity where
contacts “associated with sexual
offending may be shared”.
One of the women who won a
landmark ruling over the decision
to release John Worboys said she
fought the case because she did
not want others to go through the
same ordeal.
The woman, who can be identified
only as DSD, said that she was
“absolutely thrilled” with the High
Court’s ruling but felt that she and
other women had been “let down” by
the justice system.
She added: “I have always said
one of the reasons I am doing this is
to give women the confidence that
they can come forward and it will be
dealt with. I wouldn’t want another
woman to go through what I have
been through the past 10 to 15 years.
“I want women to be able to go to
the police, report a crime and have it
dealt with adequately.
“It is the whole system that has
failed. I feel like I have been let down
at every step.
“It is wrong that we have been
put in this situation. As victims we
should have been supported and not
having to fight every step of the way
in court.”
Worboys was never prosecuted
o v e r t h e a l l e ga t i o n s m a d e
by DSD, but for a range of
“sample” offences.
The victims’ commissioner,
Baroness Newlove, has said it cannot
be right that victims of Worboys had
to crowdfund their successful legal
challenge against his release.
Responding to the judgment in the
House of Lords, she said: “This has
been a very successful day for victims
and they have received justice.
“But we must not forget how hard
this journey has been for them.
They have had huge pressure on
their shoulders.”
DSD said she was “very grateful”
to members of the public who
crowdfunded the High Court case.
NEWS
2-29
VOICES
16-20
TV
30-31
IQ
32-39
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-55
i THURSDAY
29 MARCH 2018
5
LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Families face steepest council tax rise for 14 years
but to ask residents to pay more
to help balance their books. Lord
Households in England face their Porter, the chairman of the Local
steepest council tax increase in
Government Association, warned
14 years from next month,
that authorities would still
when the average family
have to cut services
will pay £81 a year more.
despite larger council
The inflationtax receipts.
busting 5.1 per cent
“Since 2010,
rise in charges for
council tax bills have
Average
annual
band D properties
risen by less than
council tax bill for
takes the average
inflation and other
band D properties
annual bill to £1,671.
key
household bills,”
in England from
Nearly £2bn extra will
he
said. “But faced
next month
be raised as town halls
with severe funding
take advantage of new
pressures, many councils
freedoms to increase council
feel they are being left with
tax demands by up to 5.99 per cent.
little choice but to ask residents to
Councils leaders said caps on bills pay more to help them try to protect
since the Conservatives took power their local services.
had left them with “little choice”
“The extra income this year will
By Sam Lister
£1,671
Deposits ‘must be capped’
Tenants’ security deposits should be
capped at five weeks’ rent, as larger
sums can cause financial difficulties
for renters, a committee of MPs has
urged. The Housing, Communities
and Local Government Committee
made the comments in a report on
the draft Tenant Fees Bill.
The draft Bill, published in
November last year, aims to make
renting in the private sector fairer
and easier by introducing a ban on
fees imposed on tenants by landlords
and letting agents.
The committee said that with
increasing numbers of people
living in the private rented sector, it
supported the proposed legislation.
help to offset some of the financial
pressures they face, but the reality is
that many councils are now beyond
the point where council tax income
can be expected to plug the growing
funding gaps. This means councils
will have to continue to cut back
services or stop some altogether.
“We have repeatedly warned of
the serious consequences of funding
pressures facing services caring for
the elderly and disabled, protecting
children and tackling homelessness…
and the financial sustainability of
other services councils provide.”
The rise is the highest since 2004,
but the Communities Secretary,
Sajid Javid, insisted that bills were
lower in real terms under the Tories.
In December, he announced a 1 per
cent rise – to 2.99 per cent – in the
maximum council tax increase that
is permitted without triggering a
local referendum.
E n gl a n d ’s 1 52 s o c i a l c a re
authorities – the county and unitary
councils and metropolitan boroughs
which take most council tax – are
allowed a 3 per cent precept on top
to help fund adult care. From April,
148 of these authorities will add some
or all of the 3 per cent precept.
Average band D council
tax bills in shire areas are
the highest and will rise by £86 to
£1,749, according to the Ministry
of Housing, Communities and
Local Government. Londoners
will pay £1,405, a rise of £55.
SALISBURY ATTACK
PEOPLE
Skripals poisoned by
nerve agent found
on their front door
Ambulance
crew sets up
emotional
reunion
By Cahal Milmo
CHIEF REPORTER
The poisoned former Russian spy
Sergei Skripal and his daughter have
only a slim chance of surviving the
attack on them, his niece has said.
Viktoria Skripal spoke as police
investigating the attack revealed
that the Skripals’ first contact with
the deadly nerve agent A-234 was at
their home address in Salisbury.
Scotland Yard said specialists
Russia hits back
Moscow tried to reverse the tide of
international opinion against it by
insisting that it was up to Britain to
prove that its security services were
not behind the poisoning.
In its effort to counter Vladimir
Putin’s diplomatic isolation, the
Russian foreign ministry said that
unless the UK Government provided
proof that British intelligence was not
responsible, Moscow would consider
the Skripal poisoning to be “part of a
large-scale political provocation”.
Meanwhile, the Home Secretary
Amber Rudd said she was considering
a retrospective review of visas
issued to wealthy foreign investors,
including 700 Russians who were
allowed into Britain between 2008
and 2015. Ms Rudd told MPs she
would “see if there is any action that
needs to be taken”. The Government
has faced demands to crack down on
illicit money entering Britain.
had confirmed that the highest
concentration of the military-grade
nerve agent, from a series known
as Novichok, was found on the front
door of their address in Christie
Miller Road.
Deputy assistant commissioner
Dean Haydon, the senior national
co-ordinator for counter-terrorism
policing, said: “We believe the
Skripals first came into contact with
the nerve agent from their front door.
“We are therefore focusing much
of our efforts in and around their
address. Those living in the Skripals’
neighbourhood can expect to see
officers carrying out searches as part
of this, but I want to reassure them
that the risk remains low and our
searches are precautionary.”
Ms Skripal (pictured left) said the
prognosis for her uncle and cousin
“really isn’t good”. The pair remain
critically ill and sedated, and doctors
have acknowledged that their
exposure to the agent may have left
them with reduced mental capacity.
Speaking to the BBC in Russia, Ms
Skripal revealed that her family had
not told Mr Skripal’s elderly mother
about what had happened to her son.
She said: “Out of 99 per cent, I have
maybe 1 per cent of hope. Whatever
it was has given them a very small
chance of survival. But they’re going
to be invalids for the rest of their lives.
“The first priority was to protect
our granny so that she wouldn’t hear
or find out anything.”
Last week, a High Court judge was
told by doctors caring for the Skripals
that they may never fully recover but
that the full effect of their exposure
to the nerve agent remained unclear.
Ross Cassidy, a haulage contractor
who lived next door to the Skripals,
said: “We’ve been told they will be
severely mentally impaired. I don’t
think they would want that. I think
death would probably be merciful.”
By Sam Russell
Hood do you think you are?
Staff from the Royal Collection
adjust Napoleon Bonaparte’s
cloak, which was recovered after
the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, at
a preview of the Prince and Patron
exhibition at Buckingham Palace.
Visitors to the palace this summer
can see more than 100 pieces of
art, and curios such as the cloak,
selected by the Prince of Wales from
the Royal Collection and his own
artefacts. DOMINIC LIPINSKI/PA
An ambulance crew went “above
and beyond” the call of duty to
allow an elderly husband to have
an emotional reunion with his wife,
who has dementia.
The two ambulance workers,
based in Ipswich, Suffolk, were
taking the 92-year-old man from
his home to a hospice when he told
them about his wife.
“His only worry? His 90-year-old
wife was in another hospice and
had dementia and he feared he may
never see her again,” the unnamed
crew member wrote later. “We
both knew what needed to happen.
“We contacted control, who,
without question, allowed us to
make a detour and reunite the
couple for half an hour.
“He was elated. The moment he
saw her, he said ‘Ahh, there she is’,
to which she replied, ‘Well, where
have you been, then?’
“Thankfully, she immediately
recognised him. We sat them
together and they just held each
other and hugged. So frail but
never stronger in love. We and they
knew it may be the last time they
had together.
“It was very emotional to watch
but enormously rewarding.”
The crew member thanked
everyone who helped to make the
reunion happen, adding: “Jobs like
that make it so worthwhile.”
Their act of kindness, which
happened last week, was shared
online by the East of England
Ambulance Service.
An accompanying message
said: “A job in a million. This
wonderful post from one of our
staff demonstrates how one of our
crews in Suffolk went above and
beyond to reunite a patient with his
wife en route to a hospice.”
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May embarks on
24-hour tour of
‘the world’s most
successful union’
and those that had been carried
out were close and come with a
“health warning”.
Theresa May will today mark a year
The Prime Minister will kick off
to go until Brexit takes place by vis- her day in Scotland, where she will
iting all four nations in the United meet textile workers in Ayrshire,
Kingdom in 24 hours.
before travelling to Newcastle to
The whistle-stop tour is intended hear the views of new parents.
to hammer home the message that
She will lunch with farmers
she is aiming for a deal which will near Belfast before flying to Barry,
strengthen the UK’s internal
in South Wales, to host a
bonds and work for people
round-table meeting with
of all backgrounds.
local businesses. She
It comes as the latwill finish her tour by
est polling revealed
having tea with Polish
voters are more
nationals in London.
pessimistic about
Her trip comes
of people indicated
Brexit, but few have
amid tensions belate last year that
changed their minds
tween devolved
they felt the UK
about whether the
administrations in
would get a good
Brexit deal
UK should remain
Edinburgh and Cardiff
part of the EU.
over Brexit and unreThe leading pollster, Sir
solved questions over the
John Curtice, said there is “far
future status of the Irish border.
from sufficient evidence” a second
Cabinet ministers will follow in
referendum would reverse the re- her footsteps in coming weeks.
sult of the original vote. He said the
The Environment Secretary,
country is still “deeply divided”.
Michael Gove, will meet Scottish
Analysis of polling since the 2016 communities angry about governballot shows “increased pessimism” ment compromises over fishing
about the likely outcome of the rights and the Chancellor, Philip
withdrawal talks – but little shift in Hammond, will visit financial cenvoter intentions, according to the tres in Leeds, Edinburgh, Bristol
University of Strathclyde academic. and London. Ahead of her visit,
Sir John cautioned there have Mrs May said: “I am determined
been few polls of how people that as we leave the EU, and in the
might vote in a second referendum years ahead, we will strengthen the
bonds that unite us, because ours is
the world’s most successful union.”
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IMMIGRATION
Borders to be fortified with 1,000 extra staff
By Hayden Smith
and Richard Vaughan
Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced an additional 1,000 border staff are to be recruited to beef
up checks at ports and airports
after Brexit.
The announcement brings to 1,300
the number of additional border officers who are expected to be in place
by the end of the UK’s transition out
of the EU in 2021.
News of the extra staff to help
control UK borders came as it was
revealed that the Home Office has
no record of the departure of more
than 600,000 overseas nationals who
should have left the UK.
In a highly critical assessment, the immigration watchdog revealed
the figure as he accused
the department of “overpromising” when setting
out plans for exit checks.
The Government has
repeatedly trumpeted the
scheme, which was rolled out in 2015,
claiming it will give a much clearer
picture of movements across Britain’s borders. But a review published
by David Bolt, the Independent Chief
Inspector of Borders and Immigration, flagged up a catalogue
of shortcomings that have
blighted the programme.
As of the end of August,
there were around 10 million individuals recorded
on a Home Office system
whose last period of leave
to be in the UK expired in the
preceding two years.
Of those, the database contained
no evidence of departure for 601,222.
This includes 513,088 “non-visa nationals”, citizens from non-EU coun-
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A progress report on
the PM’s 12 priorities
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Shortly before Britain began the
formal process of Brexit, Theresa
May set out 12 priorities for achieving a “new, positive and constructive partnership” with the bloc.
How is she doing against the tests
she has set herself?
1 “Providing certainty” Brussels has
agreed a transition deal to avoid
companies and individuals facing
a cliff edge. But there is little certainty yet over the form of Britain’s
relationship with the EU after the
transition phase ends on 31 December 2020. Progress: (Out of five) 2
2 Regaining control of laws The PM
pledged to “end to the jurisdiction
of the European Court of Justice
(ECJ) in Britain”. Her position
is now more nuanced. Cases will
be determined by UK judges, but
“where appropriate, our courts will
continue to look at the ECJ’s judgments”. Progress: 3
3 Strengthening the Union No clear
tries where there is no requirement
to obtain a visa prior to travelling to
the UK as a visitor and who are typically granted entry for six months.
A Home Office spokesman said:
“Exit checks are helping us focus
operational activity better on those
people who do not comply with our
immigration rules.”
The Home Secretary also admitted that the Cabinet had not held any
discussions on immigration plans
post-Brexit despite it being a key
issue during the referendum.
And Ms Rudd (inset) told MPs yesterday that the Government would
not publish its proposals for immigration after withdrawal until after
a deal on Britain’s future relationship
with the EU was struck.
Giving evidence to the Home Affairs Committee, Ms Rudd declined
to confirm she was still aiming
to cut net annual immigration to
below 100,000.
Committee chairman Yvette Cooper described the Government’s approach to immigration as “baffling”
and questioned whether Ms Rudd
was being “honest and open” with
the public.
Although immigration is expected
to form part of negotiations ahead
of an agreement on future relations
with the EU in October, Ms Rudd
confirmed a White Paper on the Government’s plans would not be published until the end of the year, with
an Immigration Bill following early
in 2019.
resolution is in sight to the future
status of the Irish border. Ministers
remain at odds over devolving EU
powers to Scotland and Wales.
Progress: 1
4 Irish border Avoiding the return of
a “hard border” on the island of Ireland remains a “red line”. But there
is little progress over how that aim
can be reconciled with departure
from the European customs union.
Progress 1
5 Controlling immigration Free
movement of EU nationals will continue during the transition period
and presumably will end in 2021.
There is no imminent sign of the
government setting out its postBrexit migration plans. Progress 3
6 Guaranteeing EU nationals’ rights
EU citizens arriving during the
transition will have the same rights
as those already here. The same applies to British expats on the Continent. Progress 3
7 Protecting EU rights for workers
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The EU (Withdrawal Bill) converts
Brussels legislation on workers’
rights into British law. Progress 4
8 Free trade with Europe This will
be at the heart of the next phase of
Brexit talks. No one can accuse her
of setting her sights low, although it
is hard to see the common ground
between the two sides. Progress 2
9 Freedom to strike other trade
agreements Brussels made a
concession by agreeing to Britain
negotiating trade deals during the
transition period. Progress 4
10 Science and innovation The PM
wants Britain to remain at the “forefront of collective endeavours” from
space exploration to clean energy
to medical technologies. The practical problems in achieving that aim
has been underlined by EU plans
to exclude Britain from the Galileo
satellite programme. Progress 2
11 Co-operating against crime and
terrorism Britain is keen to remain
part of Europol and current extradition arrangements. There will be
goodwill on these issues in Brussels, but very detailed negotiations
lie ahead. Progress 3
12 “A smooth, orderly Brexit” She
has negotiated a 21-month transitional period to avoid a “cliff-edge”
Brexit. Progress 5
DIPLOMACY
What are the pitfalls that lie ahead?
By Nigel Morris
It has taken a huge amount of diplomatic heavy lifting for Theresa May
to get this far in the Brexit process.
Ominously for the Prime Minister,
talks with Brussels are set to become even more fraught.
The question of how Britain intends to avoid the imposition of a
hard border on the island of Ireland
after Brexit is the most immediate
problem facing the negotiators.
Brussels has said it wants the
problem solved by a summit of
EU leaders in June. If a solution is
found, that will lead to an outline
of the comprehensive free-trade
agreement. How she can square her
desire for maximum access to European markets with the determination of Brussels to defend the union’s
integrity is the nub of the dilemma
facing the two sides.
If they can achieve that, a political “heads of agreement” statement
committing the EU and UK to a
close trading relationship would be
approved at a summit in October.
Mrs May would then have to give
MPs and peers a “meaningful vote”
on ratifying a Withdrawal and Implementation Bill. Given her fragile
Commons position, this could be the
moment of maximum difficulty for
the Prime Minister. Pro-EU Tories
could ally with opposition parties to
try to amend the Bill – for instance,
by calling for the UK to remain in a
post-Brexit customs union.
Were the Bill to be rejected outright, she would be in uncharted
territory, leaving Mrs May with the
choice of a “no deal” exit or pleading
with Brussels for emergency talks.
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Priorities Trade continuity. Malta
Flags in front
of the European
Parliament in
Strasbourg
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What do the European Union’s 27
member states want from the split?
‘Divorce’ offers opportunities for some. By Leo Cendrowicz in Brussels
P
lenty of issues still need to
be worked out and agreed
over the next 12 months,
despite progress on the
“divorce deal”. Here is a
rough guide to the positions of the
EU’s 27 member states.
AUSTRIA Joined EU in 1995.
Priorities Around 25,000 Austrian
citizens live in the UK, so Vienna will
be poring over the details of the provisional rights deal.
BELGIUM One of the EU’s six
founder members.
Priorities Ensuring a smooth economic transition, continued intelligence sharing. Belgium is Britain’s
sixth biggest international trade
partner, mainly because of the shipping passing through the ports of
Antwerp and Zeebrugge.
BULGARIA Joined EU in 2007.
Priorities The rights of an estimated 65,000 Bulgarians who live
in the UK, many of them seasonal
workers. The rights of 7,000 Britons
in Bulgaria, many of them retirees.
CROATIA EU’s newest member;
joined in 2013.
Priorities Keeping the UK engaged
on security through Nato to counter
increasing Russian and Turkish
influence in the Balkans.
CYPRUS Joined the EU in 2004
as a whole but EU legislation is
suspended in Northern Cyprus.
Priorities A former British colony
and member of the Commonwealth.
British military bases still cover
about 1 per cent of Cyprus.
CZECH REPUBLIC The “Velvet
Divorce” on 1 January 1993 split
the Czech Republic from Slovakia.
Both joined the EU in 2004.
Priorities Keeping its net funding
in the post-Brexit EU budget; the
rights of 45,000 Czech citizens living in the UK.
DENMARK Joined the-then EEC
with the UK in 1973. Like UK, not
in the eurozone.
Priorities Fishing rights: UK access to the EU parts of the North
Sea fish stocks must be matched
with an equivalent access to
British fisheries.
ESTONIA Joined the EU in the big
enlargement in 2004 following
independence from the Soviet
Union in 1991.
Priorities Estonia has suffered at
the hands of a hostile Russia and
hosts British soldiers as part of a
Nato deployment.
FINLAND Joined EU in 1995.
Priorities While Finland has been
a natural ally of the UK in promoting pragmatic, free and open trade,
it will stick to the EU line about
cherry-picking.
FRANCE Founder member of EU;
vetoed UK membership twice.
Priorities The unity of the EU27:
France takes one of the hardest lines in the exit negotiations.
France is the UK’s fifth biggest
trading partner.
GERMANY Founder member of
EU; eastern and western halves
reunified in 1990.
Priorities Chancellor Angela
Merkel has been the most vocal
proponent of the “no cherrypicking” mantra. Britain’s biggest
trade partner.
GREECE Joined the EU in 1981.
Priorities A marginal player in the
Brexit negotiations, Greece is more
focused on its bailout reforms and
on the EU budget talks.
HUNGARY Joined in the EU’s 2004
eastern enlargement.
Priorities With around 400,000
Hungarians currently living in the
UK, citizen rights are the main issue.
IRELAND Joined with the UK,
in 1973.
Priorities The peace process with
Northern Ireland.
ITALY Founder member.
Priorities A soft Brexit, if possible.
LATVIA Joined in 2004 following
independence from the Soviet
Union in 1991.
Priorities Security – like Estonia
and Lithuania, Latvia feels very
threatened by Russia.
LITHUANIA Joined in 2004
following independence from the
Soviet Union in 1991.
Priorities Security (see Latvia)
and citizen rights – around
200,000 Lithuanian citizens live in
Britain, around one twelfth of the
total population.
LUXEMBOURG Founder member.
Priorities Financial services: Luxembourg wants to seize chunks
of London’s business, but – unlike
France – it also wants to keep the
money flowing. Founder member of
Benelux union.
MALTA Joined EU in 2004.
is a Commonwealth member and
a former colony. Around a third of
the 1.8 million annual visitors to the
island are from the UK.
NETHERLANDS Founder member.
Priorities The post-Brexit EU
budget: the Dutch are net contributors and might have to hand over
more once the UK leaves. The UK’s
third biggest trading partner, after
Germany and the US.
POLAND Joined EU in 2004.
Priorities Citizen rights – Poles
make up the largest group of
EU nationals in the UK, around
850,000 people.
PORTUGAL Joined in 1986.
Priorities Defence is a key issue for
Portugal, a Nato founder member
and staunch British ally. The AngloPortuguese Treaty of 1373 is the oldest active treaty in the world.
ROMANIA Joined in 2007.
Priorities Citizen rights top the list
and Bucharest is ready to take a
hard line to ensure the UK sticks to
its commitments.
SLOVAKIA Joined in 2004. The
“Velvet Divorce” on 1 January
1993 split Slovakia from the Czech
Republic.
Priorities With some 75,000
Slovaks living in the UK, citizen
rights will be at the forefront.
SLOVENIA Joined EU in 2004
enlargement; first Balkan member.
Priorities Slovenia is a net budget
beneficiary, and wants to ensure
funding continuity after Brexit.
SPAIN Joined in 1986.
Priorities Gibraltar is the rock in
the ointment between Spain and the
UK. Madrid takes a hard line on the
British overseas territory, but may
want talks to be negotiated after
Brexit, bilaterally, between London
and Madrid.
SWEDEN Joined in 1995.
Priorities Wants to attract some
of London’s financial services
to Stockholm, fend off Swedish
Eurosceptics, while ensuring that
the cost of Brexit does not end up
with Swedish taxpayers.
THE THREE OTHER PLAYERS
European Commission
Priorities As the head of the EU’s
executive, Jean-Claude Juncker is
supposed to represent “the European interest”. He has been clear
about defending EU unity.
European Parliament
Priorities Preserving the rights of
citizens not just during the transition but after Brexit.
European Council
Priorities Preserving the unity of the
27 member states. President Donald
Tusk, a former Polish prime minister,
has spoken regretfully about Brexit,
but also lambasted claims that the
UK can have its cake and eat it.
Timeline Britain’s EU departure
23 January 2013 Prime Minister
David Cameron says he is in favour
of an in/out referendum if the Tories
win the 2015 election to placate
Eurosceptics and stem Ukip’s
growing popularity.
23 June 2016 The UK holds a
referendum on its membership
of the European Union with 51.9
per cent of the voters choosing to
leave the EU compared to 48.1
per cent who wanted to remain.
to leave the European Union.
May forming a new government.
24 June 2016 Cameron confirms
he will resign as Prime Minister
(pictured right).
29 March 2017 May triggers Article
50 of the Lisbon Treaty on the
European Union (pictured far right).
19 June 2017 The first round of EU
exit negotiations begin.
13 July 2016 Theresa May becomes
the new Prime Minister.
18 April 2017 May calls a general
election to be held on 8 June 2017.
13 July 2017 The Government
introduces the European Union
(Withdrawal) Bill.
2 February 2017 The Government
publishes its Brexit White Paper
setting out its strategy for the UK
8 June 2017 General election ends in
a hung Parliament with the Conservatives winning the most seats and
13 December 2017 Rebel
Conservative MPs side with the
Opposition forcing the Government
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Comment
A Remainer on how Brexit is actually going well
Comment
Anoosh Chakelian
....and a Brexit supporter
on where it’s going wrong
I
n many ways, I am a classic
Remainer. I live in London.
I’m in my twenties. I have a
funny-sounding name and I eat
wasabi peas in pubs that no longer
serve pork scratchings.
But I could see the benefits
of Brexit even on the miserable
morning of the result. As
messages poured in from my
equally dismayed associates –
“Well done, Britain!”; “Can we
make London independent?” – I
felt furious about the hypocrisy of
self-styled liberals writing half the
country off as stupid.
From the financial crisis to the
Leveson Inquiry, it had become
obvious that a lot of the people
running things weren’t doing a
very good job of it. If there’s one
good thing the vote to Leave did,
it was to knock the confidence of
people who had always been – or
were expecting to be – in charge.
A year to go until Brexit, my
feeling that the established
order needed a shake has waned.
With Jacob Rees-Mogg holding
sway over the character of our
departure and clueless ministers
obfuscating and misleading the
public, the future feels uncertain.
Yet because the “Stop Brexit”
lobby of political has-beens
infuriates me just as much, I’ve
been trying to find reasons to stay
positive about Brexit.
First, we have to admit that
things weren’t working for the
vast majority of people anyway.
Yes, forecasts and sluggish
growth suggest Brexit will cost
the country. But try telling those
who haven’t had a pay rise since
2010, or whose high street has
had its shops shuttered one after
the other, or who migrated here
Comment
Building new
trade era in
interests of all
Liam Fox
to guarantee a vote on the final
Brexit deal.
19 March 2018 The UK and the
European Union agree on dates
for a transitional period after
Brexit day, the status of EU citizens
in the UK before and after this
period and fishing policy.
Negotiations continue over the
border between the UK and the
Republic of Ireland.
John Longworth
I
The ‘Stop Brexit’ lobby of political has-beens has been as infuriating to the
writer as ‘clueless’ pro-Brexit politicians misleading the public AFP/GETTY
from other EU countries only to
be paid below minimum wage
and exploited by landlords, that
the existing financial system was
working for them.
At least Brexit is forcing
politicians on both sides to stop
fiddling around the edges of
the tax and welfare system and
rethink how the economy should
work. With the NHS in crisis and
facing a vanishing European
workforce, the Conservatives are
breaking rank on health funding
– including the Health Secretary,
Jeremy Hunt, who’s demanding a
10-year budget deal.
The imminent loss of EU grants
for some of our most deprived
regions puts public spending
back on the agenda – or at least,
F
or hundreds of years the UK
has reached out to markets
in every corner of the globe,
strengthening our economy
as well as the economies of our
partners and allies.
While other priorities have
changed, our commitment to free
trade has remained the foundation
for British economic and foreign
policy. And yet, before July 2016,
we had no dedicated Department
April 2018 The European Union
(Withdrawal) Bill to be discussed at
report stage in the House of Lords.
May 2018 Brexit Bill may “ping pong”
between the Lords and the Commons
if ministers seek to overturn any
Lords’ amendments.
18-19 October 2018 Legally binding
treaty setting out the terms of the
UK’s withdrawal agreement and
a growing number of Tory MPs
are worried about austerity and
the Labour Party’s opposition
to cutting public services is
gaining traction.
Pockets of local government
like Preston City Council are
exploring protectionist models to
keep contracts and spending local.
So no, taking back control of
our laws and seas and bananas
doesn’t do it for me. And the
free trade agreements touted by
Brexiteers sound far worse than
the deals we already have. But I
do have hope that the disruption
caused by leaving will focus the
minds of policy-makers who will
have to plug the gap and build new
structures. Just don’t let ReesMogg anywhere near them.
for International Trade. A strange
state of affairs with a simple cause:
our membership of the European
Union, which restricted our ability
to act independently from Brussels.
In the EU referendum the
British public voted to restore our
sovereignty, and that will require
the restoration of a rich tradition:
to make Britain an independent,
global trading nation once again.
Today, at the midway point of the
n the face of trenchant selfinterest and mean-spirited
punishment beatings
from our so-called friends
in the EU, the Government
has struggled to achieve a
satisfactory Brexit deal. This is
in large part a consequence of
its negotiating position being
undermined by a “fifth column”
of recalcitrant Remainers, not
just in Parliament but by the
likes of the CBI, something
which can only damage
Britain as we leave.
Nonetheless, the
Government could
have done better. A
strong leader would
have correctly defined
success as taking
control of our borders,
laws and money –the
constant mantra of the Leave
campaign during the run-up
to the referendum and, in fact,
what people voted for. The postreferendum naysayers should
have been challenged to dare to
overturn the democratic will of
the electorate as defined above.
Instead, the Government
confused the leaving process
by defining success as a trade
deal with the EU, thus putting
significant power and negotiating
leverage in its hands. Ironically,
in doing this it reduced the
economic benefits we will reap
upon leaving and thrust us into
the position of a vassal state
during the transition.
The transition is effectively
a delay in leaving until 2020,
during which we will have no say
in the EU but will be able to start
trade talks with third countries,
while paying the equivalent of
our Second World War debt –
€40bn (£35bn) – for the privilege.
Think how many nurses and
doctors we could have for that
amount.
But despair not. The money
represents less than four years’
worth of what we would anyway
have paid to the EU (showing
just how expensive our
membership is), and
we will be free of this
in-perpetuity cost to
do with as we please.
We can even avoid
the transition if we
are prepared to quickly
sign up to a Canada-style
deal which the EU is keen
on, covering at least 92 per cent
of agriculture and 98 per cent
of goods. In any event, as long
as our government adopts the
right policies on investment,
tax, regulation, tariffs, trade
and agriculture given our postBrexit freedoms, our economy
will boom, the tax take will rise
and the cost of living for hard
working people will fall.
John Longworth, a former directorgeneral of the British Chambers of
Commerce, is an entrepreneur and
co-chairman of Leave Means Leave
countdown triggered by Article
50, the prospect of an independent
trade policy is within sight for the
first time in more than 40 years.
During the implementation
period that follows we will be able
to negotiate and sign new trade
deals so that businesses get the
certainty they need.
We will be able to set the terms
of trade arrangements so they are
tailored to the unique strengths
of the UK economy, and push the
boundaries of what trade can
achieve for every part of the UK.
As we leave the EU we will
build a new deep and special
partnership with the EU, which
includes a comprehensive freetrade agreement in the interests
of all sides.
the 21-month transition period is
expected to be concluded. EU’s chief
Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier
plans to publish document setting
out an agreement on the shape of a
future treaty on trade, security, aviation and judicial co-operation.
pean Parliament, which holds a veto.
Winter/spring 2019 Ratification of
the withdrawal and transition treaty.
MPs vote on whether to accept the
deal followed by vote in the Euro-
Liam Fox MP is Secretary of State
for International Trade
29 March 2019 UK ceases to be a
member of the EU at 11pm.
2020 Negotiations continue during
transition period over Britain’s
future relationship with the EU
including a free trade deal.
31 December 2020 End of the
transition period.
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Clean, smooth, soft or Hotel California? Those Brexit options in full
In 2016, when the British public
voted to leave EU, it seemed the only
options were “Brexit” or “no Brexit”.
Now, one year into the divorce
proceedings there is a Brexit for
every and any occasion.
Hard or Clean Brexit The Brexiteers’
favourite, championed by Jacob
Rees-Mogg, James Dyson and,
secretly, Boris Johnson. Britain
would cut all ties with the EU
including the single market,
reverting to WTO rules as if it were
any other country outside Europe.
Soft Brexit The Remainers’ favourite,
such as Tory MP Anna Soubry (inset)
and, secretly, Chancellor
Philip Hammond. Britain
would remain part of the
single market and the
customs union, while
paying for access.
Hotel California/Brexit In
Name Only Brexit Where
Britain says it’s checking
out of the EU, but never really
leaves, due to an ever-expanding
transition period.
White, Black or Grey Brexit Back in
the early days of Brexit, Downing
Street officials had dropped
references to hard and soft,
and spoke instead of white
(soft), black (hard) or grey
(something in between)
Brexit. It didn’t catch on.
Red, White and Blue
Brexit In a bid to clear
things up, Theresa May said
she was after a red, white and
blue Brexit. To this day, no one knows
what it means.
Green Brexit Sticking with the
colours, Michael Gove, the Tory ecowarrior and Environment Secretary,
pledged to make Britain greener
post-Brexit by scrapping the EU’s
Common Agricultural Policy and
telling farmers to plant trees, grow
wild meadows and built wildlife
habitats for government subsidies.
Jobs-First Brexit Labour’s
favourite Brexit slogan. It sounds
like a demand – without ever
actually spelling out how it would
be achieved.
People’s Brexit Another Brexit
slogan, oft touted by the unions, that
sounds good until you ask what it
actually means. Effectively it calls
for a socialist Britain after it leaves
the EU.
Smooth and Orderly Brexit
Something that currently only exists
in Mrs May’s dreams. The intractable
problem of the Irish border melts
away… The braying Brexiteers on her
own backbenches disappear in a puff
of smoke and the EU agrees to all of
her demands.
POLITICS
Tony Blair said all MPs needed to vote on Brexit according to what they believe
because it is the most important decision since the Second World War PA
Blair encourages
MPs to defy
Corbyn on Brexit
By Joe Watts
Tony Blair has called on Labour
MPs to vote against Jeremy Corbyn if they believe the party leader
takes the wrong approach to Brexit
in the critical months between now
and October.
In an interview, Mr Blair said MPs
had to vote with their conscience if
they see Labour is abetting Britain’s
withdrawal without fully knowing
what the country’s future relations
with Europe would be.
He said Labour insiders feared Mr
Corbyn is at heart “anti-European
Union” and still has the same negative views on the bloc “that Tony
Benn had 30 years ago”.
The former prime minister acknowledged that Labour MPs today
would find defying the leader as
controversial as it was for those
who rebelled against him over Iraq
and tuition fees more than a decade
ago but urged them to “go with what
they believe”.
He also delivered a message to the
Tory party, warning that by pursuing
Brexit they would prime a political
backlash against their own party that
could deliver Mr Corbyn into Downing Street.
He said: “I think all MPs have got a
responsibility to do what they think is
right and that’s why what I was urg-
ing MPs to do, whether Conservative
or Labour, is vote according to what
you genuinely believe.
“This is the most important decision since the Second World War and
it’s going to decide the destiny of the
country for future generations.”
The idea that Labour would back
Theresa May’s Brexit deal was given
credence yesterday when the shadow
Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry, said an agreement would
probably meet her party’s official
demands, even if it was a “blah, blah,
blah” divorce.
Mr Blair, who has already backed
an un-whipped vote on the final Brexit deal and a second referendum,
acknowledged his party was in a difficult position electorally, in particular
MPs in Labour heartlands that heavily backed Leave.
But Mr Blair explained that the
political challenge for those Labour MPs was not insurmountable.
THE INDEPENDENT
Mr Blair said that if Britain
is going to change its mind
on Brexit, then it would be vital to
do so before March 2019, because
after that time it would be much
harder to return on the same
terms it had pre-referendum.
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POLITICS
By Chris Green
Sheffield’s
mayoral race
sparks civil
war in Labour
Catalan politician attacks ‘distortion
of truth’ after her arrest in Scotland
First Minister Nicola
Sturgeon has also
criticised Spain’s decision
to arrest and imprison
pro-independence Catalan
politicians, but has said ministers
cannot intervene in legal matters.
SCOTLAND EDITOR
A former Catalan minister facing
extradition from the UK to Spain on
charges of fomenting rebellion has
described the claims as a “grotesque
distortion of the truth”.
Professor Clara Ponsati, a former
education minister, is being sought by
Spanish authorities over her role in
the region’s controversial independence referendum last year.
She has since resumed working at
the University of St Andrews in Fife,
but agreed to hand herself in to Scottish police after a European Arrest
Warrant was issued.
Professor Ponsati voluntarily attended a police station in Edinburgh
where she was arrested, before attending an extradition hearing.
Held in front of Sheriff Nigel Ross
at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, the hearing lasted less than 10 minutes and
saw the academic granted bail and instructed to surrender her passport.
The proceedings were watched by
a number of Professor Ponsati’s supporters, including SNP MSPs Mairi
Gougeon, Ivan McKee and Clare
Former Catalan education minister Clara Ponsati, who is facing extradition to
Spain, greets supporters outside Edinburgh Sheriff Court PA
Haughey. Around 150 demonstrators
waving Saltires and Catalonia flags
also gathered outside the court, holding banners accusing Spain of failing
to respect democracy.
Speaking outside court, Professor
HEALTH
Vaping ‘healthier
than cigarettes
but not risk-free’
By Sally Wardle
Doctors should tell patients that
e-cigarettes are less harmful than
smoking but not without risk, according to new national guidance.
The National Institute for Health
and Care Excellence (Nice) said
evidence on the long-term health
Ponsati’s solicitor Aamer Anwar said
the 52-page arrest warrant accused
her of rebellion and the misappropriation of public funds.
The academic denies the charges
and is opposing her extradition to
Spain, where the offences carry a
maximum jail sentence of 33 years.
Another hearing is scheduled for 12
April. “Clara wishes for me to state
that these charges are politically motivated and a grotesque distortion of
the truth,” Mr Anwar said.
“She cannot believe that she is
being held responsible for the violence that took place on the day of the
referendum.
“She believes that the Catalan
people tried to express a democratic
right to decide their own destiny, and
the only people that should be held
responsible for the brutal violence
was the Spanish police.”
An online crowdfunding drive to
raise money for Professor Ponsati’s
extradition defence has already exceeded £174,000.
DEFENCE
implications of vaping is not yet
fully understood.
However, the body said this should
not discourage smokers from switching to e-cigarettes, which it considers
are “likely” to cause less damage.
The new Nice guideline on helping
people quit reinforces current best
practice for health professionals.
It states that smokers using e-cigarettes to stop should be told they are
not licensed medicines but that they
have helped “many people” quit.
Evidence suggests the devices are
“substantially less harmful to health
than smoking but are not risk-free”.
Army chief takes top military role
By Gavin Cordon
The head of the Army,
General Sir Nick Carter, is
to become Britain’s most
senior military officer –
the Chief of the Defence
Staff. He will succeed Air
Marshal Sir Stuart Peach,
who is stepping down in
June to become chairman of
Nato’s military committee.
The Government’s announcement
of Gen Carter’s appointment comes
just two months after he publicly
entered the debate on defence
spending, warning that the
UK was in danger of being
left behind by adversaries
such as Russia.
First commissioned
into The Royal Green
Jackets in 1978, the
59-year-old (left) served in
Northern Ireland, Cyprus,
Germany, Bosnia and Kosovo. He
later commanded UK forces in Iraq
in 2004 and Afghanistan in 2009-10.
By Arj Singh
A civil war has broken out between Yorkshire Labour MPs
and Jeremy Corbyn-backed party
bosses over Dan Jarvis’s bid to
become the county’s first directly
elected mayor.
The region’s group of Labour
MPs has described as “undemocratic, unfair” and “an insult” a
decision by the party’s left-leaning ruling body to force Mr Jarvis
to choose between running for
Sheffield City Region mayor or
continuing in his post as Barnsley
Central MP.
The MPs, Mr Jarvis
(inset) and South
Yorkshire’s four
l o c a l co u n c i l
leaders have
all written to
party chiefs
to oppose the
decision after
members voted
last week to nominate the former soldier as Labour’s candidate
for the mayoral election on May
3, which he is widely expected
to win.
The row broke out after Labour’s National Executive Committee ruled days before the
nomination was announced that
MPs should not hold more than
one full-time elected public office.
But Mr Jarvis has always said
he wanted to combine the two
roles while sacrificing his mayoral
salary, as the devolved post will
initially have “no power and no resources” and he wants to maintain
influence in Westminster to get a
good deal for the area and push for
a Yorkshire-wide agreement that
could make the Sheffield City Region job redundant in 2020.
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Art in
sheep’s
clothing
Dining out linked
to raised risk of
fertility problems
By Tom Bawden
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
Eating out on a regular basis increases the risk of encountering
fertility problems or pregnancy
complications because of chemicals
widely found at restaurants and fast
food outlets.
A study finds that plastic wrapping, cutlery, sandwich-making
gloves and other plastic items used
in the processing, preparation and
consumption of food produced outside the home contains high levels of
the hormone-disrupting chemicals
called phthalates.
This means that people who eat out
a lot have 40 per cent more phthalates in their systems than people
who rarely consume food outside
the home.
“The results highlight a public
health problem. They suggest food
prepared at home is less likely to contain high levels of phthalates – chemicals linked to fertility problems,
pregnancy complications or other
health issues,” Ami Zota, of George
Washington University, said.
The study was conducted in the
US but Dr Zota said phthalate contamination of the food supply also
appears to be widespread in the UK
and Europe.
Julia Varshavsky, of the University of California, Berkeley, said some
groups of the population are more affected by phthalates than others.
“Pregnant women, children and
teens are more vulnerable to the toxic
effects of hormone-disrupting chemicals, so it’s important to find ways to
limit their exposures,” she said.
The study is published in the journal Environment International.
The average Briton dines
out twice a week, with pubs
now the most popular choice of
venue. Chinese restaurants are
the next most popular.
Chiharu Shiota’s
installation, ‘Beyond
Time’, created
using 2,000 balls of
white wool, fills an
18th-century chapel
at the Yorkshire
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WILDLIFE
Beast from north... ‘enormous’ wildcat spotted in Scotland
By Chris Green
SCOTLAND EDITOR
One of the largest wildcats ever recorded anywhere in the world has
been caught on camera by conservation workers in a Scottish forest.
Dubbed the “Clashindarroch
Beast” after the Aberdeenshire forest where it was spotted, the animal
is thought to be 4ft from nose to tail.
The wildcat was recorded by
The wildcat is 4ft from nose to tail
a camera trap set up by Wildcat
Haven, a conservation group which
aims to save the animal from extinction and increase its population.
A series of traps in the area have
been baited with food or scent, with
the camera automatically switching
on when something passes in front
of it. Kev Bell, of Wildcat Haven,
said: “I couldn’t believe my eyes
when I first saw this cat; he is enormous, a magnificent animal.”
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TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Facebook has announced an overhaul of its privacy settings, designed
to give users greater control of their
data and what they share with the
company and with others.
The changes come in the wake of
the Cambridge Analytica data scandal which hit the social network after
a whistleblower claimed the personal
information of 50 million Facebook
users had been harvested without
their consent and used to target them
with personalised adverts using the
2016 US presidential election.
Facebook claimed the updates had
been “in the works for some time,
but the events of the past several
Google has been hit with a
£50m tax bill. It is due to
pay £49.3m in corporation tax
on profits of £202.4m in the UK.
The firm paid £36.4m last year in
the UK, despite estimated sales of
£5.7bn annually.
days underscore their importance.”
Another new feature called Access
Your Information has been designed
as a simplified way to delete bits of
information users no longer want on
Facebook, and has made it easier to
download all of an individual’s data,
the company said in a blog post, adding: “It’s your data, after all.”
“Last week showed how much
more work we need to do to enforce
our policies and help people understand how Facebook works and the
choices they have over their data,”
said Erin Egan, Facebook’s vice president and chief privacy officer.
Damian Collins MP, chair of the
Parliamentary Digital, Culture,
Media and Sport select committee –
which is investigating the allegations
of data misuse – said chief executive
Mark Zuckerberg’s rejection of his
invitation to give evidence before the
committee “absolutely astonishing”.
Mr Zuckerberg has agreed to appear before US Congress over the
Cambridge Analytica scandal, while
the UK-based firm’s suspended chief
executive Christopher Nix is due to
appear for a second time next month.
Youngest ever
councillor dies
suddenly at 21
By Claire Hayhurst
Clarissa Slade was 18 when elected a Conservative councillor in Devon PA
COURTS
CRIME
Irish rugby stars cleared of rape charges
Police arrest
man for Hatton
Garden robbery
By Lesley-Anne McKeown
Ireland rugby internationals Paddy
Jackson and Stuart Olding have
been acquitted of rape after a nineweek trial.
The pair had always denied raping the same woman at a house
in south Belfast in June 2016. Mr
Jackson, 26, from Oakleigh Park in
Belfast, was also found not guilty of
sexual assault.
The jury of eight men and three
women at Belfast Crown Court returned its unanimous verdict after
deliberating for almost four hours.
Not guilty verdicts were also returned for Blane McIlroy, 26, who
was accused of exposure, and Rory
Harrison, 25, who was accused of
perverting the course of justice and
withholding information.
Before discharging the 11-person
jury, Judge Patricia Smyth said the
high-profile trial had probably been
“the most difficult” that any jury in
Northern Ireland “has ever been
asked to adjudicate on”. In brief
Stuart Olding (left) and Paddy Jackson comments outside the court, Mr
leave court in Belfast yesterday AFP
Jackson thanked the judge.
By Margaret Davis
Detectives investigating the 2015
Hatton Garden Safe Deposit theft
have made a fresh arrest.
Officers from Scotland Yard’s Flying Squad held a 57-year-old man in
a raid in Islington, north London, on
Tuesday. The suspect was arrested
at about 7.30am on suspicion of nonresidential burglary, after his house
was searched. Scotland Yard said
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privacy settings
after data scandal
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29 MARCH 2018
Tributes have been paid to Britain’s
youngest councillor following her
death at the age of 21.
Clarissa Slade, who was just
18 when elected a Conservative
councillor for Mid Devon District
Council in 2015, was found dead at
her flat in Winchester on Monday.
Hampshire Police say the death
of Miss Slade, a student at the
University of Winchester, is being
treated as “unexplained”.
Her father Colin Slade, also a
Conservative councillor in Devon
along with Miss Slade’s mother
Elizabeth, said the family were
“still pretty much in the dark” as to
the circumstances.
Mr Slade told the Daily Telegraph:
“She was due to come back to visit
and the first thing we knew was
when she was not on the train.
“She was a very bright young
councillor. She was looking to
possibly pursue a career in politics.”
He added that the family was
waiting to hear from the coroner
regarding the cause of death.
Stephen Walford, chief executive
of Mid Devon District Council,
said: “This will affect all those
who worked with Clarissa and the
community she served.”
“a number of items” had been seized.
The Hatton Garden robbery was carried out over the Easter weekend in
2015, when a gang ransacked 73 boxes
at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit after
using a drill to bore a hole in the wall
of the vault.
Valuables worth up to £29m – including gold, diamonds and sapphires – were taken.
Seven people were convicted and
jailed for their roles in the raid, one of
the biggest in UK history.
Another thief, known only as
“Basil”, is said to remain at large. He
was instrumental in helping the gang
get into the vault in the heart of London’s diamond district.
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TRANSPORT
Grayling accused of
misleading public on
cancelled rail upgrade
By Alan Jones
The Transport Secretary has been
criticised by the public spending
watchdog for failing to give the correct reason for his decision not to
proceed with three major
rail-electrification projects
following an investigation
into the cancellation.
The National Audit
Office (NAO) said Chris
Grayling (inset) had explained that the projects
in England and Wales would
not go ahead because it was no
longer necessary to electrify every
line to deliver passenger benefits.
He said passenger journeys on the
Great Western Main Line in South
Wales, the Midland Main Line and on
the Lakes Line between Windermere
Mick Cash, leader of
the Rail, Maritime and
Transport union, said: “The
failures of Chris Grayling on rail
electrification are laid bare.”
and Oxenholme could be improved
sooner than expected by using “stateof-the-art trains”.
But the NAO said the main reason
for the cancellation was financial. Its
report said: “While the availability
of alternative means of delivering passenger benefits
was important, the major
reason for cancellation
was affordability.”
The NAO said it was
too early to determine
whether the Department
for Transport would still be
able to deliver the benefits of
electrification without these projects.
It also revealed that Theresa May
agreed to cancel the Cardiff-to-Swansea project last July shortly before
Mr Grayling’s announcement.
Mick Whelan, general secretary of
the train drivers’ union Aslef, said:
“The truth is that the Government
didn’t want to find the money and
made up a story.”
A Department for Transport
spokesman said: “We are investing in
the biggest modernisation of our railways since the Victorian era.”
Tatty bye to
Sir Ken Dodd
Thousands of mourners gathered to
say a final “tatty bye” to much-loved
comedian Sir Ken Dodd yesterday.
Stars including Jimmy Tarbuck,
Claire Sweeney and Ricky Tomlinson
joined family including his widow,
Lady Anne (left), dignitaries and fans
at a packed Liverpool Cathedral to
pay their final respects to the comic,
who died at his home in Knotty Ash
this month aged 90.
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BREXIT: ONE
YEAR TO GO
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JEREMY
CORBYN
THE FOURTH
PLINTH
Campaign
has been
vindicated
Manchester
terror victims
were failed
There is still
a lengthy
to-do list
A complete
picture of
who I am
Labour
leader’s lack
of judgement
Not pretty,
but it makes
you think
EveningStandard
Daily Mirror
CityAM
With one year to go,
an acceptable deal
on financial services
looks likely. But it is
vital to consider how
the City’s perspective
has evolved, and what
needs to be done to
ensure that the global
financial services
industry will remain in
the UK come what may.
(Catherine McBride)
The only place there
exists an accurate
picture of who I was is
Facebook. Every little
thing, immortalised
in text. Free for me
to access whenever I
want. It’s the closest
thing you will ever get
to seeing a reflection
of the soul.
(Jack George)
New Statesman
The Guardian
The Daily Telegraph
Daily Mail
IrishTimes
In Facebook’s settings
there’s an option to
download a copy of all
your data. The file can
be a creepy wake-up
call. You, the user, are
part of the reason that
Facebook has become
so good at targeting
ads. Over all those
years, you’ve given
them everything they
need to do it.
(Abby Ohlheiser)
Worboys’ victims
should have been
informed about the
terms of his proposed
release. Too much
weight was given to
his arguments and too
little to the safety and
the feelings of those he
attacked. The campaign
has been vindicated.
(Editorial)
The Independent
The Parole Board’s
decision was a huge
mistake, and it must
never happen again.
Only full disclosure of
the board’s decisionmaking, and evidence
used to help reach that
decision, will ensure
that such an atrocity
will not be repeated.
Victims have been let
down by the system.
(Julie Bindel)
We can’t turn back the
clock and it is right
that we celebrate
heroics which saved so
many. Yet it’s equally
right any valuable
lessons from Bob
Kerslake’s report
are learnt. The last
disaster must always
prepare us to respond
better to the next.
(Editorial)
The chaos and
communication
failures that ensued
after the Manchester
bombing are deeply
troubling. The
response simply
wasn’t good enough.
After all, with Britain
still on terror alert and
further attacks likely,
lives are at stake here.
(Editorial)
Quote of
the day
The Border region
is an area uniquely
exposed to Brexit. It is
the absence of a clear
solution for the Border
21 months after the
UK voted to leave the
political and economic
union that makes life
so difficult for people
in this part of the
island to plan.
(Simon Carswell)
Washington Post
It’s understandable
that some people
jumping to Corbyn’s
defence now do so as a
knee-jerk reaction, as
years of smears have
made them defensive.
This, however, is no
such nonsense. Corbyn
is no anti-Semite, but
he displayed a lack
of judgement and
awareness that he
need to address.
(Michael Segalov)
Haaretz
British Jews charged
into the indifference
of the British public,
accompanied by a pat
on the back by some
60 ostensibly virtuous
MPs who, having shown
their faces, went back to
Parliament expecting
nothing to change.
(Jacob Judah)
Michael Rakowitz’s
The Invisible Enemy is
designed primarily
to make you think.
While the final image
is never more than the
sum of its elements
and doesn’t deliver the
visionary jolt you’d
have hoped for, each
of these is more than
worth pondering.
(Mark Hudson)
TimeOut London
Rakowitz’s ambitious
series isn’t about
doing exact replicas
of these destroyed
and looted items. His
sculpture manages to
draw attention to the
ravages of war, and
the place of Western
countries in that
decimation, in all their
multifaceted misery.
(Eddie Frankel)
LifeInBrief
MARIELLE FRANCO HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST
The anti-Brexit
movement
mustn’t fall into
the trap of saying
the referendum
is ‘invalid’. In
life you have
to fight the
next battle, not
re-fight the last
Lord Adonis
The Labour peer
weighs in on
the Cambridge
Analytica story
One of Brazil’s most promising and
beloved political figures – Marielle
Franco – was murdered in Rio de
Janeiro in what officials have concluded
was a targeted political assassination.
The 38-year-old city councillor died
instantly in a drive-by shooting as she
left an event entitled “Young Black
Women Who Are Changing Power
Structures”. Her driver was also killed.
The assassination took place just one
month after Brazil’s President, Michel
Temer, ordered the military to occupy
the city in order to stabilise security,
the first time since the end of Brazil’s
military dictatorship in 1985 that its
army has “intervened” in a major city.
Ms Franco vehemently denounced
the military intervention and was
appointed to lead a commission
investigating its possible fiscal abuses.
She was raised in one of Rio’s largest,
poorest and most violent slums, the
Maré complex. She became a single
mother at 19, but graduated from
college, obtained a masters degree
in sociology and then became one of
the city’s most effective human rights
activists. She led often dangerous
campaigns against police violence,
corruption and extrajudicial murders
that targeted the city’s poor, black
residents with whom she grew up.
As she became increasingly political,
Ms Franco joined Brazil’s new leftwing party, the Party of Socialism and
Liberty (PSOL), and quickly became
one of its stars. In 2016, she ran for
public office for the first time as a
candidate for Rio city council and was
elected with a massive vote. The results
stunned the city’s political class: as a
first-time candidate, a black woman
from Maré had become the fifth mostvoted-for candidate in the city.
When she took office, Ms Franco used
her new platform to focus on what had
become her life’s work: investigating,
denouncing and organising against
police violence inflicted on the city’s
poor, black residents. Days before her
assassination, she had gone to Acari, a
sprawling Rio slum, to protest against
recent murders by one of the city’s
most notoriously violent and lawless
police battalions.
What makes it difficult to determine
exactly who killed Ms Franco was
precisely her bravery: she was a
threat to so many violent, corrupt,
and powerful factions that the list of
possible suspects, with motives to want
her dead, is a long one.
Not just in Rio de Janeiro but in
virtually every city across Brazil,
tens of thousands of people have
gathered to mourn the loss of such a
virtuous symbol of hope. But they also
assembled to register their disgust
and outrage over Brazil’s political and
economic elites.
Franco is survived by her loving
partner, Mônica, and her 19-year-old
daughter Luyara Santos, who wrote
yesterday: “They killed not only my
mother but also her 46,000 voters.”
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One small victory for women
Keeping Worboys in jail enforces a more decent rule of life
E
very woman in Britain
has reason to feel more
safe and secure today.
This is not just because
an appeal court ruled
that the release from
prison of one particular person,
the notorious serial rapist John
Worboys, must be reconsidered; it
is because every woman in Britain
has reason to hope that if they
too were drugged and raped, this
would be viewed as the crime of an
inherently dangerous predator, not
as the crime of someone who did a
bad thing but promises not to do it
again. In a society that understands
this, all women are more safe and
more secure.
Worboys’ legal representative,
Edward Fitzgerald, QC, argues that
his client should be released because
his continued incarceration is “not
necessary for the protection of the
public”. This view echoes that of the
Parole Board, which announced in
January that he was to be released
on licence. Some of his victims
were not even warned that the
announcement was imminent.
This perspective is quite
staggeringly literal-minded, and
repulsively clueless about what
it is like to live as a woman in a
culture that does not understand
or acknowledge the extreme and
dangerous gender inequality that
rape creates and promulgates.
You do not have to be raped to
understand this. You just have to
live as a person who is much more
likely to be raped. Or at least live as
a person who listens to the people
who are in a position to be able
to explain to you what that’s like.
Being raped is awful. Most people
understand that. What is less well
understood is that fear of rape is
awful too, and far more insidious.
Rape is a crime that could happen
to any woman and does happen to
many women. I have been raped
twice myself, and sexually assaulted
many more times. Yeah. I must be
pretty careless, huh? Or maybe I
just make inadequate men feel very,
very angrily insecure? I favour the
latter, as I do take the necessary
precautions, a lot. We all do.
Women have to take precautions
against being raped as a matter
of course as we go about our daily
lives. We must not walk home alone
on a beautiful summer’s night. We
must not miss the last bus. We
must not, many believe, get drunk
outside our homes (or in them). We
must not, say far too many people,
dress in a sexually alluring way, or
be flirtatious. Letting Worboys out
Taxi driver John Worboys
carried an improvised
‘rape kit’ that he used to
attack his victims GETTY
of jail on parole does not protect the
female public from being obliged to
live in this way. Keeping Worboys
in protects all women because it
enforces a more decent and simple
rule of life, one for men: don’t rape
or sexually assault.
It is quite something, that it took
a case of this magnitude, for such
a simple assurance to women to be
made clear – or clear-ish, anyway.
Worboys was convicted in 2009 of
attacking 12 women, although police
believe there may be more than 100
victims. Fourteen women reported
rapes by him in a period of time
that started in 2002. In 2007, police
believed Worboys when he insisted
that a 19-year-old who accused him
of rape had been drunk and that it
was consensual.
As a London black-cab driver,
he had an easily identifiable
modus operandi, which the police
nevertheless took a long, long time
to spot. Worboys would say to a lone
female passenger that he’d come
into some money. He’d show them
a bag of cash to convince them,
and persuade them to join him in
a glass of champagne. He laced
his victims’ drinks with sleeping
pills, stockpiled from his GP. When
He was
convicted of
attacking 12,
but there may
be more than
100 victims
he was finally arrested, all of this
paraphernalia was found in his car,
along with vibrators, condoms and
plastic gloves. In court, he denied all
23 counts against him. Worboys is
a blatant, brazen liar. All the times
that police chose to believe him
suggest that he is a good liar.
Two victims of Worboys
challenged the Parole Board’s
decision to release the serial rapist
on licence in January. Three judges
have ruled that the Parole Board
should reconsider its decision.
The head of the Parole Board,
Nick Hardwick, has resigned.
But until the Parole Board has
demonstrably seen sense, the
bunting stays in the box in the
cupboard under the stairs.
Worboys’s victims remain
unnamed. This is partly because
being the victim of rape has been
considered a shameful thing for
centuries, probably since the dawn
of womankind. It’s partly because
it has been shown, time and time
again, that there are a lot of folk
who still wish for the victims of
rape to feel shame. The character of
rape victims is still attacked. Their
own sex lives are violated, because
another person committed a crime
against them.
Me? I’m probably not even
allowed to suggest that lying, serial
rapists are 99 per cent certain to
be narcissistic sociopaths, cruel,
totally focused on their own needs,
completely without remorse or
guilt, always certain of their own
victimhood and brilliant at lying
in the cause of that narrative.
Funny old world.
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It is hard work living
up in the North with
southern bias hitting
us, as it did in Simon
Kelner’s column
yesterday (“Restaurant
culture in London and
therefore Britain – is
concerned”, (Voices,
28 March). No, no, no.
Restaurant culture in
the North West is very
different from that in
London, for a variety
of good reasons. Spend
time in the North and
just see how and why.
PAT JONES
PRESCOT, MERSEYSIDE
A lot has appeared lately
regarding restaurants’
declining profitability.
But to what extent are
they responsible for their
misfortunes? I accept
that when eating out the
food has to be purchased,
prepared, served and
cleared up after, but
with many dishes having
an ingredient input of
less than £1 and selling
for £8 to £10 or more,
customers become a
little more choosy.
LAWRENCE COX
HASELBURY
PLUNCKNETT,
SOMERSET
history with its “onehop flight from London
to Australia”. My RAF
pilot’s logbook reminds
me that 55 years ago,
on 9 July 1963, I was the
co-pilot on a Vulcan
of 101 Squadron, and
we flew non-stop from
Lincolnshire to Perth in
18 hours and 15 minutes.
Of course, we used
air-to-air refuelling five
times, which modern
Dreamliner passengers
would find hair-raising.
But the RAF was first.
CANON JOHN HALKES
LERRYN, CORNWALL
Gamesmanship
is old problem
Ball tampering in
cricket is nothing new.
In his autobiography, the
Australian leg break and
googly bowler Arthur
Mailey told how, in the
early 1920s, the England
captain Johnny Douglas
threatened to report him
to the umpire for using
rosin to improve his grip
on the ball.
Mailey’s response was
that if Douglas did, he
would ask the umpire
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the air. Needless to say,
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In the story headlined
“City’s tree saved from
the chop - for now”
in Tuesday’s edition,
we stated that Amey
had a £2.2m contract
with Sheffield City
Council for road and
tree maintenance. The
contract is in fact worth
£2.2bn. We apologise for
the error.
Liquid soaps
waste plastic
find Vladimir Putin’s
crocodile tears for the
unfortunate children
hypocritical when he
happily kills hundreds
of them in Syria with his
country’s bombs.
ANGELA PRICE
DORCHESTER, DORSET
Corbyn is no
Jewish saviour
Jeremy Corbyn is
no champion of
Jewish people. Your
correspondent Sally
Parrott (Your View, 28
March), who claims that
“minorities can have
no better champion to
protect them”, is living in
a fantasy world. I cannot
emphasise strongly
enough the anger, pain
and fear that the Jewish
community feels.
JILL BIRKS
LONDON
Skirting around
uniform issues?
With regard to
schoolgirls who
wear shorts to avoid
“upskirting” (i, 28 March),
perhaps it’s time for
a uniform change. No
skirts, but trousers for
both sexes and shorts in
the summer if desired.
MARGARET RODGERS
Arena attack
response
Your report that
firefighters stayed away
from the Manchester
Arena terror attack for
two hours suggests that
proposals to amalgamate
police and fire services
should be implemented
as soon as possible.
RICHARD CRIDLAND
DESBOROUGH,
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
Calder’s flight
fact was wrong
Simon Calder is wrong
to claim (i, 26 March)
that Qantas made
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plastic packaging
is unnecessary. For
centuries, we had soap
in tablet form. Making
it liquid and putting
it in bottles is totally
necessary and just
another catchpenny, as
my dad would have said.
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Fans find
it’s all
White
on the
night
Jack White kick-started the Easter
weekend early when he played a
free gig in a London beer garden
yesterday afternoon.
The White Stripes rocker was
in town to promote his new
solo album, Boarding House
Reach, when his record label XL
revealed that he would be putting
on the free show at The George,
one of the capital’s oldest coaching
inns, near London Bridge. Within
minutes, hundreds of fans were
queueing for admission on a
first come, first served basis.
White eventually hit the
stage at 5pm and performed a
selection of his hits, served up
alongside pints of his own-brand
beer, Humoresque.
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Angst for the memory at the
‘Dawson’s Creek’ reunion
Fans of the angst-ridden 1990s teen
drama Dawson’s Creek must have
thought they would never see the
cast reunite. The stars of the show
previously poured cold water on a
meet-up, with Katie Holmes, who
played Joey Potter, saying: “I don’t
think we’re going to do a reunion.”
However, they finally gave in
and have just celebrated the 20th
anniversary of the show’s launch in
1998. Holmes posed for pictures for
Entertainment Weekly magazine with
co-stars James Van Der Beek (Dawson
Leery), Joshua Jackson (Pacey
Witter) and Michelle Williams (Jen
Lindley), and reminisced about their
overblown, youthful antics.
Jackson, now 39, said: “I enjoyed
the fact that, being a kid at that time,
playing a kid who wasn’t an idiot or
the precocious one, we never insulted
the audience by dumbing us down in
order to be believable teenagers.”
The four-times Oscar nominee
Williams, 37, explained why she
thinks the show had such as enduring
appeal. “I loved that we were able to
get in there in those formative years
for people. That’s why people, I think,
are so connected to it,” she said.
“When you are so permeable and
open and trying to figure out who you
are and what’s going on, whatever
reaches you in those moments really
becomes part of you.”
Still fans of those deep and
meaningful chats, then.
Singer dresses
as Ed just for the
Sheer hell of it
the real deal – it’s Charli XCX dressed
up as the Suffolk-born crooner. The
British singer, 25, tweeted the image
yesterday and said simply: “Me as Ed
Sheeran. I’ll explain later.”
It turns out that Charli (inset) was
filming for the Comedy Central
show Lip Sync Battle, and
went above and beyond
the call of duty for her
performance of “Shape
of You”. In fact, “Ed” even
engaged in a little bit of
on-stage twerking.
“Why?” questioned one
of Charli’s fans on Twitter. Our
thoughts entirely.
Typical. Just when you
think you’ve got through a
whole day without being
confronted by Ed Sheeran
or his body of work, up he
pops again. Except, has
Sheeran done something
different to his hair?
On closer inspection, this
carrot-topped pop star isn’t actually
“Very good
coverage, goes
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KELNER’S VIEW
Simon
Kelner
W
e haven’t had to wait
very long to find out
exactly what happened
at Manchester Arena
on that terrible night last year. In
the normal course of events, it can
take years to discover the truth
about an incident of this nature,
but the official inquiry into the
bomb attack in which 22 people
died, set up with commendable
alacrity by the city’s mayor, Andy
Burnham, has published its findings
while memories are still fresh and
emotions still raw.
The report, authored under
the chairmanship of former Civil
Service chief Lord Kerslake, makes
disturbing reading, and attention
has inevitably been focused on the
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue
Service, which did not turn up until
two hours after the bombing. The
emergency crews, who were moved
three miles away and watched
events unfolding on television, were
equipped with state-of-the-art
stretchers (designed for the field of
combat), but their non-arrival meant
that rescuers had to carry casualties
out of the arena on advertising
hoardings and railings.
The man ultimately
responsible, fire chief
Peter O’Reilly, took early
retirement in September
on a £100,000-a-year
pension. There is,
however, no appetite to
treat Mr O’Reilly (right)
as a scapegoat. His
successor, Dawn Docx,
said: “We are very much a
learning organisation. We are
not seeking to go down a discipline
route.” While some may feel this
is a weak response – the modern
way is to call for a head on a pole – I
think it is appropriate. Mr O’Reilly’s
principal delinquency was that he
failed to apply common sense to
the prescribed rules of engagement.
He didn’t lie subsequently. He
accepted responsibility.
There are others criticised by
Lord Kerslake who deserve as much
opprobrium as we can muster.
Vodafone, for example. In 2009,
Gordon Brown’s government gave
Vodafone the lucrative contract
to run the National Mutual Aid
Telephony system, designed to
handle calls for police in the event of
a disaster. But a series of technical
difficulties and human shortcomings
meant the system didn’t work, and
communications were seriously
compromised. Relatives of the
dead and injured were reduced to a
frantic search around hospitals to
find out what had happened to their
loved ones. Why such an important
public service should be in the
hands of a firm for whom
profit is the only motive is
a bigger question which
must be answered at
some stage.
And then there
is the role of Her
Majesty’s press corps.
Victims’ families
tell heart-wrenching
stories of being hounded,
of intrusive photographs being
taken, of being informed by a
journalist of a relative’s death before
official notification, of journalists
impersonating police officers on
the phone, of a £2,000 offer for
interview being delivered in a
biscuit tin, of reporters not taking
no for an answer.
The journalists’ anonymity is
preserved by the report, but I don’t
understand why these individual
miscreants cannot be named and
shamed. In other circumstances,
the papers would be clamouring to
expose the perpetrators. Kerslake,
like Leveson, should be a further
watershed for the press.
SOCIETY
founded America’s first women’s
club, Sorosis, in 1868 after being
denied entry to a New York Press
Club dinner honouring Charles
Dickens (they did, however, let her
listen through a crack in the door).
Many have questioned why,
at a time when women are more
empowered than ever, they need
segregated spaces. Surely the idea
of women in business should be that
they are sitting side by side with
men. Yes, yes, what’s good for gander
and all that. But there is a difference.
One member of The Wing said that
the club was a space where she could
take off her hijab. Another told of
how she was followed and harassed
in a mixed-sex workplace. For many
people, the club is not just a place
to get work done: it is a safe space, a
community of like minds where they
don’t have to deal with sexism.
In 2016, the NYCCHR amended
its rules to allow two Brooklyn
pools keep women-only hours, after
its planned crackdown caused an
outcry in the Hasidic community.
Orthodox Jewish women, who are
forbidden from swimming with men,
simply wanted to enjoy a leisure
activity without compromising their
religious beliefs.
If New York’s men feel hard
done by that they cannot be part of
The Wing, they should take heart:
neither can most women. With a
$215-a-month membership fee, it
automatically excludes all but the
elite. There are probably plenty of
women who could do with a safe
space, but can’t afford it. How’s that
for a human rights violation?
Siobhán
Norton
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spaces that
are man-free
I
t’s a strange twist to the tale of
female empowerment: a womenonly members’ club, The Wing, is
under investigation by the New
York City Commission on Human
Rights (NYCCHR). Its alleged
violation? Excluding men.
Under the city’s human rights
laws, most private clubs cannot
discriminate against customers
based on their gender. So it would
appear that The Wing is breaking
the rules: it not only excludes men
from membership, but also bans
them from entering the building.
The whole thing seems a little
ludicrous. What men are outraged
that their human rights are being
violated? These laws, after all, were
conceived for the drive towards
gender equality, in an effort to end to
centuries of exclusionist men’s clubs.
The laws are there to protect women.
Women-only clubs only really
exist because men-only clubs do.
The magazine columnist Fanny Fern
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NATURE
Dig, strike, toss and corral... sea
turtles prove to be quite handy
By John von Radowitz
Sea turtles are adept at using
their flippers as hands despite the
fact that the spade-like limbs only
evolved for swimming.
Scientists who analysed photos
and videos of marine turtles on the
internet found surprising examples
of flipper dexterity. They saw turtles
karate-chopping and carrying
jellyfish prey, rolling a scallop along
the seafloor, grasping coral to eat the
sponge clinging to its surface, and
pushing against a reef for leverage
while ripping loose an anemone.
Different kinds of flipper use to
manipulate prey were categorised
as “holding”, “digging”, “striking”,
“tossing”, “leveraging”, “swiping”,
“corralling”, and “pounding”.
The study’s co-leader Dr Kyle
Van Houtan, from Monterey Bay
Aquarium in California, said: “Sea
Sea turtles are
adept at using
their flippers as
hands PA
turtles do not have a developed
frontal cortex, independent
articulating digits or any social
learning. And yet here we have
them ‘licking their fingers’ just like
a kid who does have all those tools.
It shows an important aspect of
evolution – that opportunities can
shape adaptations.”
The findings, reported in the
journal PeerJ, raise questions about
“nature or nurture” – which traits
are learned and which are hardwired from birth.
Dr Van Houtan added: “We expect
these things to happen with a highly
intelligent, adaptive social animal.
With sea turtles, it’s different. They
never meet their parents; they’re
not trained to forage. It’s amazing
they’re figuring out how to do this
without any apprenticing, and with
flippers that aren’t well adapted for
these tasks.”
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ruling over hearing loss
By Sally Guyoncourt
A leading viola player whose hearing was irreparably damaged by
loud music during rehearsals has
won a landmark case against the
Royal Opera House.
Christopher G oldscheider
claimed he was exposed to such an
unacceptable level of noise while
rehearsing in the pit at the Royal
Opera House in Covent Garden
on 1 September 2012 he suffered
“acoustic shock”.
At the High Court yesterday, Mrs
Justice Nicola Davies ruled in Mr
The Royal Opera House
said it was “surprised and
disappointed by the judgment”
and might appeal. It said experts
believed that damage could not
be caused by one incident.
Goldscheider’s favour, saying there
had been breaches of the Control of
Noise at Work Regulations which,
in turn, had caused injury.
She said: “There is a clear factual and causal link between the
identified breaches of the regulations and the high level
of noise which ensued at
the rehearsal.
“It was that exposure
which resulted in the
claimant sustaining
acoustic shock which
led to the injury which he
sustained and the symptoms which have developed,
from which he continues to suffer.”
She refused the Royal Opera
House Covent Garden Foundation
permission to appeal, although it
can still apply directly to the Court
of Appeal.
Damages in the case are still to
be assessed but Mr Goldscheider’s
claim for loss of earnings alone is
almost £750,000. The ruling could
have repercussions for orchestras
across the country.
The 45-year-old musician from
Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, said he
became unwell after sitting in
front of an 18-strong brass
section during rehearsals
for a performance of Richard Wagner’s (inset)
Ring Cycle.
He claimed he was
exposed to an average
noise level of 91 decibels over a three-hour
period, despite wearing ear
plugs, as the orchestra rehearsed
The Valkyrie.
Afterwards, he began to suffer
pain in his right ear, and experienced dizzy episodes and loss of
hearing . He said he has since given
up playing or listening to music as
a result of the damage.
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Walmart shelves ‘Cosmopolitan’
No ‘Spielburgers’
in Carl’s Jr bun
By Luke Rix-Standing
The US supermarket chain
Wa l m a r t h a s r e m o v e d
Cosmopolitan from its checkouts,
claiming that the magazine’s
content is too sexually explicit.
The retailer said it was primarily
a business decision, but concerns
raised by pressure groups over the
magazine’s contents were heard.
The National Centre on Sexual
Exploitation, a conservative, faithbasedgroupthatcampaignsagainst
pornography, hailed Walmart’s
decision. It said the move made the
retailer a “leader and trailblazer in
corporate responsibility”.
It added: “Cosmopolitan places
women’s value primarily on their
ability to sexually satisfy a man
and therefore plays into the same
culture where men view and treat
women as inanimate sex objects.”
Meggan Kring, a spokesman for
Walmart, said customers would
still find Cosmopolitan in the
magazines section.
By Luke Rix-Standing
Steven Spielberg might be a fan of
burgers served at the US fast-food
chain Carl’s Jr, but he doesn’t want
them named after him.
The company had said it planned
to rename its charbroiled sliders
“Spielburgers” in tribute to the film
director. But Spielberg tweeted
a polite yet firm warning, saying:
“I’m passing. Cease and desist. You
can’t do it. Sorry guys.”
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Weinstein gagging order ‘defrauded’ ex-employee
By Laura Harding
A former assistant to Harvey Weinstein has said she was “defrauded”
by the non-disclosure agreement
she signed when she left his company, Miramax, after alleging he attempted to rape a colleague.
Giving evidence to the Commons
Women and Equalities Committee,
Zelda Perkins, who left the company
in 1998, told MPs she listed obligations in the agreement that
she believed would restrict
Mr Weinstein’s allegedly
predatory behaviour.
Ms Perkins (inset) told
the committee: “I was
unhappy with the entire
process and the entire
agreement and the only
part of the agreement, the
only thing I could do, the only arsenal I had, was trying to make
the agreement restrictive
to his behaviour, as restrictive as it was to our
non-disclosure.
“I believed we had
done the best we could
in terms of stopping his
behaviour. Essentially we
were defrauded. We signed
that agreement with the belief that
Miramax and Harvey Weinstein
would uphold their obligations.”
Ms Perkins said she had asked
that Mr Weinstein go to therapy and
for “a human resources system to
be brought into the company with
three complaint handlers, one of
whom had to be an attorney because
I hoped that meant they couldn’t lie”.
She said: “If a damages claim was
sought in the following two years,
this would either be disclosed to Disney or they would fire Harvey.”
Ms Perkins said she was
advised by lawyers that
the women would be “utterly
crushed” if they tried to take legal
action against Mr Weinstein.
PEOPLE
Mohammad bin Salman will meet US television host Winfrey AFP/GETTY
Crown Prince to meet Oprah
as part of US charm offensive
By Bethan McKernan
IN BEIRUT
Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown
Prince will meet the reigning
queen of US television Oprah
Winfrey as part of his ongoing
tour of the States.
A leaked copy of his itinerary
has revealed how 32-year-old
Mohammad bin Salman, the heir
to the Saudi throne, will meet key
figures from politics, business and
tech, including Vice President
Mike Pence, Elon Musk and Bill
Gates, as part of his two-week
charm offensive.
The meeting with media mogul
Winfrey signals an attempt to
change the image of the country in
the minds of the US public.
“Saudi Arabia has always had a
public image problem in the West
because of the obvious things like
women’s rights and beheadings,”
said Nader Hashemi, a Middle
East expert.
“When you meet with Oprah,
even if you’re not going to be
interviewed, you’re seeking the
approval of an opinion maker.
You’re going into people’s homes
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New galaxy leaves experts in dark
By John von Radowitz
A galaxy far, far away has baffled
astronomers because it contains almost no dark matter, making it one of
the strangest objects in the universe.
Normally the mysterious substance, whose nature is unknown but
which exerts a strong gravitational
influence, dominates galaxies including our own Milky Way.
Until now it was thought to be essential to galaxy formation. Blobs of
dark matter were understood to act
as galaxy “seeds”, gathering in the
normal matter from which stars are
made with their gravity. With virtually no dark matter, scientists cannot explain how the “ghost” galaxy
– known as DF2 – was created.
Professor Pieter van Dokkum,
from Yale University, said: “There is
no theory that predicted these types
of galaxies. It is a complete mystery.”
DF2 is 65 million light years away
and one of a newly recognised family
of “ultra-diffuse” galaxies. They are
thought of as “ghostly” because they
contain so few stars, making them
very faint despite their large size.
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Russia linked to Trump’s campaign
By Sarah Lynch
IN WASHINGTON
A former Russian intelligence officer who worked with President
Donald Trump’s former top campaign officials Paul Manafort and
Rick Gates was communicating
with Gates during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to
court records filed by the Special
Counsel Robert Mueller (inset).
Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) and Kim Jong-un in Beijing AFP/GETTY
US hails Kim’s
China visit as ‘step
in right direction’
By Alan Fram
IN WASHINGTON
President Donald Trump said there
was “a good chance” North Korean
leader Kim Jong-un would “do what
is right for his people and for humanity”, as reports of a meeting earlier
this week between the Chinese President and Mr Kim were confirmed.
In a pair of tweets, Mr Trump said
he received a message from
Chinese President Xi Jinping, saying that the surprise meeting in Beijing
“went very well”, and that
the North Korean leader
“looks forward” to meeting the American president. The White House has
said Mr Trump plans to meet
Mr Kim by May amid nuclear tensions between the two nations.
The US President has agreed to
historic talks after South Korean
officials relayed that Mr Kim was
committed to ridding the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons and willing to halt nuclear and missile tests.
Mr Trump said that until denuclearisation happened, “unfortunately, maximum sanctions and pressure
must be maintained at all cost”.
The Trump administration has
slapped sanctions on companies
across the globe to punish illicit trade
with North Korea. “For years and
through many administrations, everyone said that peace and the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula
was not even a small possibility,” Mr
Trump (inset) tweeted.
“Now there is a good chance that
Kim Jong-un will do what is right for
his people and for humanity. Look
forward to our meeting!”
The language Mr Trump is now
using is decidedly more diplomatic than it was previously.
In September, Mr Kim
branded Mr Trump a
“mentally deranged dotard”, while in January
the US President warned
the communist leader his
“nuclear button” was “much
bigger and powerful” than his.
But a thawing in relations has
seen tentative agreements put in
place for a meeting between the two
leaders. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that Mr
Kim’s visit to China “was a historic
step in the right direction”. AP
It remains unclear if
there has been direct
communication between
Washington and Pyongyang on
the planned Trump-Kim summit.
NORTH KOREA
Concerns over activity at reactor
By Eric Talmadge
IN TOKYO
Increased activity at a North Korean
nuclear site has once again caught the
attention of analysts – and renewed
concerns about denuclearisation
talks as President Donald Trump
prepares for a summit with Kim
Jong-un in the coming weeks.
Satellite imagery taken last month
suggests the North has begun pre-
liminary testing of an experimental
reactor and possibly brought another
reactor online at its Yongbyon Nuclear Research Centre.
Both could be used to produce the
materials needed for nuclear bombs.
The timing is especially sensitive
as the leaders are planing to meet by
May, according to officials.
North Korea tested its biggest
nuclear device last September – an
H-bomb, according to Pyongyang. AP
The link between Gates and
the former intelligence
officer, identified only
as “Person A” in the
records filed late on
Tuesday, is significant because criminal charges against
Gates and Mr Manafort relate only to their
lobbying work for Ukraine
prior to the 2016 US presidential
election and do not delve into their
campaign activities.
Gates pleaded guilty
last month to lying to the
FBI and conspiring to
defraud the US.
The Washington Post
said the Mueller investigation had drawn the
“most direct line to date
between President Trump’s
2016 campaign and Russia”. AP
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Australia’s 200 or so indigenous
languages have been traced back
to a single common tongue.
The languages are all derived
from a mother tongue, known as
Proto-Australian, that was spoken
about 10,000 years ago, according
to researchers. At the time of
British settlement in 1788, more
than 200 languages were spoken.
The research, published in the
Diachronica journal, is the first
to demonstrate that all of those
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universities.
Although an estimated 120
indigenous languages still exist,
only about 20 are actively spoken
today, the researchers said.
They were able to identify
“recurrent” and “systematic”
traits in the sounds of words
among the languages while
“essentially looking for consistent
similarities”, said Mark Harvey,
an associate professor at the
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FRANCE
Day of national
homage for
fallen officer
By Thomas Adamson
The policeman killed in last week’s
extremist attack in southern France
was honoured in a day of national
homage yesterday led by the French
President, Emmanuel Macron.
The coffin of Lieutenant Colonel
Arnaud Beltrame was driven
through the morning drizzle
yesterday in a procession across
Paris from the Pantheon to the Hotel
des Invalides, the final resting place
of Napoleon.
Mr Beltrame symbolised “the
spirit of French resistance” said Mr
Macron, posthumously awarding the
officer the légion d’honneur, France’s
highest order of merit.
The officer died of his wounds
on Saturday, hours after swapping
places with a hostage during a siege
near the city of Carcassonne.
French Republican
Guards and cadets
carry the coffin
of Lt Col Arnaud
Beltrame through
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Louvre not willing to
share ‘fragile’ Mona Lisa
By Luke Rix-Standing
The Louvre museum in Paris has
rebuffed the French culture minister’s call for its most celebrated
painting, the “Mona Lisa”, to be
lent to other galleries.
The minister, Françoise Nyssen,
made headlines earlier this year
when she suggested that the Louvre might send Leonardo da Vinci’s
masterpiece (inset), on a “grand
tour”. The museum, however, has
said a polite but firm “non”.
The painting is going nowhere;
not even downstairs into the big
Leonardo exhibition it plans for
next year, in which Salvator Mundi,
which sold in November for $450m
(£319m), will be the guest star.
Ms Nyssen first suggested the
idea of a “Mona Lisa” tour in January. The mayor of Lens quickly declared that he would be delighted to
welcome the painting to his small
northern city, where the Louvre
has a satellite museum.
On 1 March, the minister said
lending the paiting to other galleries would help fight “cultural
segregation”. When she met the
Louvre’s director, Jean-Luc Martinez, she was told, however,
that the priceless art work
was too fragile to travel,
Louvre sources told the
Art Newspaper.
The last time the
painting travelled was
for a tour to Japan in
1974. Twelve years earlier, it left the Louvre for a
show in Washington, DC, and
New York at the request of Charles
de Gaulle, who wanted to please
President John F Kennedy.
But since 2005, the work has
hung on a concrete wall inside a
sealed, temperature-controlled
box behind bulletproof glass at the
Louvre. Experts say it would be impossible to build a similar safe box
that could travel with the painting.
Meanwhile, the Louvre has
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opened a major exposition of the
work of Eugene Delacroix in a retrospective that goes beyond the
brief years in which he painted his
most recognisable masterpieces,
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postage stamps and
bank notes in France
as well as a Coldplay
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Alongside the
“Mona Lisa”, Delacroix’s famed image of a
bare-chested revolutionary woman brandishing a
flag and bayonet, from 1830, is the
Louvre’s most visited painting.
“Mona Lisa” is thought
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She won the lottery and was
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Ms Lagarde took weeks to decide
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“It’s equivalent to a salary of
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Ms Lagarde said she wanted to
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ISRAEL
Army sent in to
counter Gaza
border protest
By Jeffrey Heller
IN JERUSALEM
PHILIPPINES
PERU
Duterte targets
fake medicines
Maduro banned
from summit
Philippine President Rodrigo
Duterte has opened a new
front in his war on drugs,
targeting fake over-thecounter medicines in an
attempt to stem the spread of
counterfeit paracetamol.
Mr Duterte has ordered the
arrest of those responsible.
“They do not only weaken the
national economy by hitting a
large-scale industry, they also
threaten national security
by endangering the health of
people,” chief presidential
legal counsel Salvador Panelo
said. REUTERS
Peru’s new President, Martin
Vizcarra, will go ahead with plans
to ban his Venezuelan counterpart,
Nicolás Maduro, from attending a
regional summit next month.
The decision to exclude Mr
Maduro from the Summit of the
Americas was taken by the former
Peruvian President, Pedro Pablo
Kuczynski.
However, following Mr Kuczynski’s
resignation last week, as he faced
impeachment, there was speculation
his successor would look to reverse
the decision. Mr Maduro has vowed
to travel to Peru for the summit,
despite the ban. AP
MALAYSIA
PM ‘redrawing
boundaries to
ensure victory’
By Joseph Sipalan
IN KUALA LUMPUR
Malaysia’s prime minister,
Najib Razak, has introduced
a proposal to redraw electoral
boundaries that critics say will
give the ruling coalition an easy
win in forthcoming elections.
Hundreds of Malaysians
marched to parliament ahead
of the bill’s introduction, which
was delayed by about an hour
after opposition MPs objected.
The opposition and critics
say the proposed electoral
boundaries would benefit Mr
Najib’s ruling Barisan Nasional
(BN) coalition, which is facing
arguably its toughest polls since
independence over 60 years
ago, by stuffing large number
of opposition-leaning voters
into fewer seats and dividing
constituencies along racial lines.
REUTERS
The Israeli military has deployed
more than 100 sharpshooters on the
Gaza border ahead of a planned mass
Palestinian demonstration, Israel’s
most senior general has said.
Organisers said they expected
thousands in Gaza to gather in tent
cities in five locations along the border from tomorrow, to demand a
right of return of Palestinian refugees
to what is now Israel.
Chile
Dozens of tourists, armed with
sharp scissors and donning
dusty gloves and aprons, walk
through rows of green vines,
hand-picking dark purple
grapes that will be turned into
Chilean wine.
It’s hard work under the sun
and the professional pickers
watching on grin knowingly.
But the tourists have paid for
the hands-on experience at
Chile’s harvest, which draws
thousands of visitors each year,
so they carefully cut the grapes
in bunches and deposit them
into wooden crates at the Viu
Manent winery.
Chile is the world’s ninth-
largest wine producer, with
an output of about 800 million
litres last year.
It was the world’s fourthlargest exporter by volume,
and the leader among “New
World” producers.
Visitors pay up to £63 for
the tour of Viu Manent, which
includes riding on horsedrawn carriages or bikes in the
Colchagua Valley, one of Chile’s
best-known wine regions.
And they get to enjoy the
grape-picking experience.
While the tourists don’t get
to keep the grapes, they top
off their work with grilled
steak, fermented grape
juice and a glass of Malbec
at the vineyard’s visitor
centre, which this year was
named best in the world by
British magazine Drinks
International. AP
Eva Vergara
Lieutenant-General Eizenkot said
that the military would not allow
‘mass infiltration’ AFP/GETTY
Islamist Hamas movement, which is
dedicated to the destruction of Israel.
Nickolay Mladenov, the UN’s
special co-ordinator for the Middle East peace process, called on all
sides “to exercise restraint and take
the necessary steps to avoid a violent
escalation”. REUTERS
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Demonstrators
confront police as they
try to march on the
Nepalese parliament
in Kathmandu, in a
protest against the
destruction of houses
and seizing of private
property to widen the
capital’s roads. The
protesters accused
the government of
destroying buildings
for unnecessary road
development. AP
JAPAN
Nursing home robots offer comfort to elderly residents
Paro the furry seal cries softly while
an elderly woman pets it. Pepper,
a humanoid, waves while leading a
group of senior citizens in exercises.
Robots have the run of Tokyo’s
Shin-tomi nursing home, which uses
20 different models to care for its residents. Allowing robots to help care
for the elderly may be a jarring idea in
the West. But many Japanese people
view them positively, largely because
they are depicted in popular media as
being friendly.
“These robots are wonderful,” said
Kazuko Yamada, 84, after the exer-
cise session with Pepper, which can
carry on scripted dialogues. “More
people live alone these days, and a
robot can be a conversation partner.”
The Japanese government has
been funding development of eldercare robots to help fill a projected
shortfall of 380,000 specialised workers by 2025. REUTERS
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ITALY
Two journalists
seized at border
Police raid cult Truck attack
member’s home plotter arrested
Two journalists have been
kidnapped near the country’s
border with Colombia.
Interior minister, César Navas,
said the journalists, who work for
the daily newspaper El Comercio,
and their driver disappeared after
passing an Ecuadorean military
checkpoint and being warned of
the dangerous conditions.
The authorities said that
they were in contact with the
alleged kidnappers. AP
Police have raided a house in New
York state connected to a cult
accused of coercing female followers
into having sex with its leader and
being branded with his initials.
The raid at the home of NXIVM
president Nancy Salzman came on
the day the group’s leader, Keith
Raniere, appeared in court in
Texas charged with sex trafficking.
A second New York location was
searched but authorities declined to
discuss what they were looking for. AP
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The Israeli military enforces a “nogo” zone for Palestinians on land in
Gaza near Israel’s border fence.
Lieutenant-General Gadi Eizenkot,
the military’s chief of staff, said it
would not allow “mass infiltration”
during the protests. “We have deployed more than 100 sharpshooters,
who were called up primarily from
the special forces,” he added.
Organisers said the protest, which
is planned to last six weeks, is supported by several Palestinian factions, including Gaza’s dominant
Anti-terrorism police have
arrested an Italian citizen of
Moroccan origin who they said
was an Isis sympathiser planning
a truck attack.
It was the latest in a series of
arrests this month involving
suspected Isis supporters.
Elmahdi Halili, 23, arrested
in Turin, “was studying how to
prepare a truck for an attack”,
Francesco Messina, the city’s
police chief, said. REUTERS
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New Orleans celebrates 300 years with
a leader to challenge Trump at the helm
Mitch Landrieu has helped city move on from Katrina. By David Usborne
T
here is a whole lot of
shouting going on in New
Orleans – some of it out
of despair, but also from
pride. We are used to the
former from the city that suffered
Hurricane Katrina 13 years ago
and has had more than its share of
struggles. But the latter seems like a
bit of a gear change.
With barely 400,000 residents,
the city feels apart from the rest of
America. Everything is more vivid,
including the poverty – particularly
among black men – but also the joy.
Party buses ply the French Quarter,
and I saw my first rolling nightclub,
an open trailer hooked to a SUV
with a porta potty cabin at the back,
pulsing with lights and music.
Yet we are still just scratching the
surface. New Orleans is also in the
midst of throwing a party for itself
for its 300th birthday. Overseeing
a crazed calendar of exhibitions,
lectures, festivals and other events,
ranging – just during April – from
a “state dinner” for mayors from
across the world, a Navy week
with tall ships and a French frigate
docking near the Quarter as well as
a food fair and fireworks, is Mark
Romig, whose normal job is to run
tourism marketing for the city, when
he is not serving as the announcer
for the Saints, its beloved American
football franchise.
“There is still work to do,” Romig
said of the aftermath of Katrina
and the city’s other continuing
challenges. “But if we keep dwelling
on the misery, we’ll never sense that
there’s also huge opportunities.”
He paid tribute to Mayor Mitch
Landrieu (inset), who took the
10th anniversary of the storm in
2015 as the moment to turn the
page and urge residents to “keep
moving forward”.
If New Orleans has it going on
suddenly so, too, it seems, does
Landrieu. Just weeks from the
end of his second and final term,
he finds himself the centre of
speculation about a run for the
Democratic nomination in 2020. The
tricentennial is a help and so is
the national noise he made
last year tearing down a
series of sculptures and
monuments associated
with the Confederacy.
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New Orleans Museum of Art.
Not everyone is impressed. “He’s
despicable – I’d vote for Trump
before Landrieu,” a leading surgeon
told me, decrying the desecration of
what he called civic art pieces as well
as what he considers the Mayor’s
failure to fix the city’s leaking sewage
system and cracking roads.
But Landrieu is on a national tour
to promote a new book inspired
by the removal of the monuments
The city of New Orleans,
renowned for its Mardi
Gras celebrations, is
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called In the Shadow of the Statues,
and is a darling of the talk shows.
He’s coy about running for
president. “You never say never,” he
told one interviewer last week.
That a mayor of New Orleans
could even contemplate competing
for the highest office in the land is
almost jarring. This is the city of
calamity in a state that consistently
ranks at or near the bottom for
everything from education to child
mortality. Yet, here we are. A corner
has been turned. THE INDEPENDENT
Future fete Getting piggy
Mardi Gras is over and Jazz Fest is
still a month away – but New Orleans
was close to a nervous breakdown
last weekend, there was so much
going on.
One event I didn’t make was this
year’s Hogs for the Cause, a barbecue
competition to raise money for
paediatric brain cancer. Next
year, one of the organisers
informed me, the event will
feature a rollercoaster with
little wagons careening
along tracks through hot
coals and smokers, each
carrying a small pig (not
live ones, he clarified).
They also just held the
annual Tennessee Williams
Literary Festival, the highlight of
which is always the STELLA-A-A!
shouting contest, involving men (and
women) dropping to their knees in
the street and re-enacting Stanley
Kowalski’s plea to Stella to forgive
his alcohol-soaked boorishness in A
Streetcar Named Desire.
This year’s winner for the best,
most wrenching rendition was Roger
Bartlett, from St Albans.
David Usborne
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BRAZIL
Ex-president’s
tour buses hit
by gunshots
By Diarlei Rodrigues
IN LARANJEIRAS DO SUL
Gunshots hit two of former president Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva’s
campaign buses in southern Brazil
on Tuesday, officials in his Workers’ Party said. No one was hurt.
Mr Da Silva, known as Lula, was
not in either of the buses – they
were carrying guests and journalists. He was travelling around the
south of the country to rally support for another presidential run
in October. But he has been convicted of corruption, and could be
jailed before the election.
Meanwhile, Dilma Rousseff, a
former Brazilian president and
Lula protégé, has accused TV
streaming giant Netflix of political
bias and character assassination
in its series The Mechanism, based
on the “Car Wash” corruption investigation that rocked Brazil’s
political establishment.
Since its debut last Friday, the
series has enthralled Brazilians
with its dramatisation of the scandal that contributed to Ms Rousseff’s downfall and impeachment
in 2016. AP
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‘People really
don’t like it
when women
lift weights’
From shedding pounds to lifting
them, Sean Cole hears how a
Yorkshire single mother became
the world’s strongest woman
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even years ago, Donna
Moore was listless,
overweight and unhappy.
As a single mother with
two children, life could be
a struggle. A lot has changed since
then. While her days are still as busy
as ever, she’s now happier, healthier
and more focused.
Earlier this month, Donna was
cheered on by thousands at the
Arnold Sports Festival in Ohio as
she set a new world record and
cemented her place as the world’s
strongest woman. She’s embraced a
sport she knew little about, and the
demands of training and competing
have given the 37-year-old a greater
sense of purpose.
“I don’t do an awful lot else apart
from work, look after my kids and
go to the gym,” she says. “I don’t
have time for any other hobbies.
There are a lot of sacrifices to make,
because if you want to achieve
something, then you have to put all
your effort into it.
“I’ve learnt that if you work hard
you can get what you want. I’ve
also learnt to believe in myself and
depend on myself. Hard work does
get you where you want to be. You
have to give up other things but it
depends how much you want it.”
Moore lives in Catterick, North
Yorkshire, with her boyfriend
and two children from a previous
relationship. One is 16, the other 14.
She works as a reablement officer
for North Yorkshire County
Council, helping the elderly to live
as independently as possible. Her
day job is, it’s fair to say, rather
different from her true passion.
Although proud of what she’s
achieved, Moore is modest and
largely keeps things to herself.
Many neighbours,
colleagues and
people she cares
for have no idea
what she does in
her spare time.
It all started in
2011, when she went
to her doctor asking
for help to lose
weight. She was 17 stone, and felt
isolated and under pressure.
Moore, who was then living in
Inverness, joined the gym. At first
she went to classes, which helped
her meet new people and build her
confidence, before progressing to
weightlifting with a bit of coaching
and encouragement. She was then
contacted through social media to
ask if she would like to take part in a
local strongwoman contest.
She took the plunge and has since
become the best in the world.
While attitudes are changing,
Moore still encounters some
residual hostility and old-fashioned
gender stereotypes. “Society doesn’t
really like women lifting weights, to
be honest,” she says. “People find it
uncomfortable. They think: ‘Women
shouldn’t be like that. Women
shouldn’t do things like that.’ Just
because you’re strong doesn’t mean
you’re not feminine.”
However, most people, and
particularly those closest to her,
are supportive of what Moore does.
She experiences some occasional
negativity – mostly online – but she
is secure enough in herself to rise
above it.
“You get the odd few people who
write stuff on Instagram and are just
generally trolling,” she says. “They
can say what they like because what
they say about me has no bearing on
the way I feel about myself. I don’t
care what they say from behind
their computer screens. It
doesn’t matter to me because
I’m happy doing what I’m doing
and I’m happy with myself.
That’s the main thing.”
Moore’s physique has
been transformed and she’s
progressed further than she
could ever have imagined.
The strongwoman scene has
enjoyed a
resurgence, of
which she’s
been at the
forefront.
She has
won
the
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HEALTH
How to get your
back on track
A chiropractor explains some of the
common causes. By Lauren Taylor
P
utting up with twinges
or aches in our backs
seems to be part of life for
many people. Back pain
is very common; around
one in three of us gets it every year,
according to healthcare company
Bupa, with the lower back being
the most affected area.
While many people resort to
over-the-counter painkillers or a
trip to the chiropractor when the
pain becomes unmanageable, Dr
Christian Allard, a chiropractor
who is clinic director of ProBack,
says it’s important to understand
the causes rather than just treat
the symptoms.
“People will treat the pain rather
than the problem,” he says. “And
it’s rare that people act upon
it straight away.”
Here, Dr Allard shares
the common issues around
back problems.
1. YOUR AGE
What causes your back pain often
depends upon your age, and as
people get older, the pain tends to
become more severe.
“A young person usually has pain
caused by a joint, or they’ll have
pulled a muscle,” Dr Allard says.
People will treat the pain
rather than the problem.
And it’s rare that people act
upon it straight away
Donna Moore, who set a new world
record for weightlifting earlier this
month, has bulked out a lot since she
first started training (below)
MICHELE WOZNIAK
World’s Strongest Woman
competition, which had previously
been in hiatus since 2003, two years
in succession.
To prepare for events, Moore
does regular competition-specific
training at a special gym in Consett,
County Durham. It requires a
two-and-a-half-hour round trip from
her home in Catterick, and even
then she still has to improvise as not
all of the equipment is easy to get
hold of. It’s another challenge she
takes in her stride.
“In the run up to the Arnold I was
doing about six sessions a week but
sometimes there’d have to be two in
the same day because on the other
days I’d be at work or I wouldn’t be
able to get there. It’s quite intense,”
she admits.
Until recently, she was entirely
self-funded, but she now has
a sponsor to support her with
travel and accommodation costs.
Competing in strongwoman events
is an expensive business and prize
money is minimal, particularly
compared to what the men earn. It’s
a labour of love – one that has taken
Moore around the world and tested
her to the limits.
At the start of March she flew
out to America to take part in the
Arnold Sports Festival, named after
Arnold Schwarzenegger, which
hosts prestigious weightlifting and
bodybuilding events. She returned
victorious, with $5,000 (£3,500)
for winning the professional
strongwoman class and a further
$5,000 for setting a world record
for lifting the heaviest Atlas Stone
without any grip. It weighed 147kg.
“This was the first year that
women had been featured on the
record breakers stage, the main
stage at the Arnold. All the world’s
strongest men were there as well.
So to be involved in that, with equal
prize money as what the guys were
getting for setting their own records
was quite a big deal. I wanted to put
on a good show and show the world
that we can do this too,” she says.
“It’s a sport that’s growing and
in time it will progress. The more
popular it becomes, the more money
that will be brought in.”
She adds: “It’s the same with a
lot of women’s sports. I’m not
accepting of that, but I understand
that that’s how it is. That’s why me
and all the other ladies who compete
are doing all we can to raise the
profile of the sport.”
“An older person in their
mid-fifties or early sixties will be
more likely to have a disc that’s
degenerated. And eventually, later
on in life, because the spine has
no more suspension, it becomes a
boney pain. Like a toothache.”
2. DISCS, NOT MUSCLES
“When people come to see me they
often say: ‘Oh, it’s muscular’,” says
Dr Allard. “It’s actually really rare
that it’s just muscles, unless it’s
a young person. Usually it’ll be a
combination of things, joints and
muscles, and very often, discs.”
3. AN INJURY
“Most people I see in their
mid-twenties up to fifties will have
one episode in their life where
they’ll have hurt themselves, like
skiing or football,” Dr Allard says.
“After that one episode, they’ll
start to tear discs. It could be
dormant, sometimes for 10, 15, 20
years, but once the pain starts, it
doesn’t go away.”
4. LONG HOURS SPENT SITTING
In the inner part of each of the
discs in our spine, there’s liquid
made up of water and a substance
called proteoglycan. “This is the
food for the cartilage,” Dr Allard
says. “Little cells in the end plates
An injury early in life, such as from
a sporting activity, can lead to back
problems later THREE LIONS/GETTY
secrete the liquid but they’ll only
be activated if there’s movement
between the vertebrae. So if
someone is sitting down on a chair
for eight hours a day, the body will
not feel the need to secrete the
liquid into the discs – the discs will
starve themselves.
“The body will adapt to make
the cartilage weaker, because it
doesn’t need to be strong because
it doesn’t move much. Then,
when a person moves more on
the weekend, and does something
active like gardening, it puts them
at risk of injury.”
5. A BAD SEATED POSTURE
“When somebody sits, they need
to have a good lumbar curve (an
inward curve in the lower back).
If someone sits down at their desk
and they slouch, then that curve
disappears, their spine becomes
straighter and they absorb less
shock when they get up and move,”
says Dr Allard.
6. YOUR PSOAS MUSCLE ISN’T
STRONG ENOUGH
Dr Allard says not many people
know about the psoas muscle,
which connects to the spine. “If
you sit for a long period of time,
the psoas muscle shortens and
when you get up, your vertebrae
pull forward. It often happens
when people sit in a car for a long
time – you might feel slightly bent
forward when you get out, and
the first couple of steps you take
are shorter. The psoas crosses the
joint of the hip, so if it’s too tight for
a long time, it will make the hips
wear too fast.”
7. YOUR MATTRESS
“A mattress has to be firm enough
but not too firm,” Dr Allard says.
“If a mattress is super hard you
might end up with shoulder
problems if you sleep on your side,
or lower back problems if you sleep
on your back. You need something
that takes the shape of your body
but doesn’t let you sink in.”
Television Thursday 29 March
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
Daytime
GERARD GILBERT
6pm
7pm
8pm
9pm
10pm
11pm
Late
PICK OF THE DAY
===
9pm, BBC2
Renaissance Italy is where Kenneth
Clark was in his element, or as
someone once said about the
presenter of the 1969 series
Civilisation, he was “perhaps the only
living individual who could look
entirely at ease alone in the Sistine
Chapel”. All power then to Simon
Schama (left) for taking this
renaissance and showing how it was
not confined to Europe, but was part
of a “supreme, almost sacrilegious
cultural confidence” in Islamic
Constantinople and Mughal India.
It’s a terrific episode, ranging from
Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan and
Michelangelo to Velázquez and
Caravaggio – “a bisexual murderer
with anger issues”.
8.30pm, E4
One of the delights of this spin-off
prequel to The Big Bang Theory is
Lance Barber’s performance as
Sheldon’s long-suffering father
George, tonight asked by his prodigy
of a son whether they can afford a
computer. “You do my taxes – what
do you think?” he replies. Sheldon
(Iain Armitage) wants the computer
so that he can calculate the optimal
height to width ratio for a rocket and
gain his revenge on a patronising
school visitor from Nasa.
Civilisations
Young Sheldon
===
Not Going Out
9pm, BBC1
Lee and Lucy’s rarely glimpsed
children figure prominently in this
latest episode, and I think it’s fair to
say that these child actors aren’t
going to be as stretched as those
from Outnumbered (RIP). Anyway,
their desire for a pet rabbit leads
Lee (Lee Mack) to an animal rescuecentre and the adoption of a hairless
rat described by Lucy (Sally Bretton)
as “a raw sausage with teeth”. Since
part of the bargain was that Lucy
look after the pet, she is not best
pleased to discover that it is
suffering from constipation.
===
The Real Full Monty:
Ladies’ Night
9pm, ITV
It’s the female celebrities’ turn to
divest themselves of their clothing
in a good cause (raising awareness of
breast cancer), with Ruth Madoc,
Victoria Derbyshire, Coleen Nolan
and Helen Lederer among them.
===
Indian Summer School
9pm, Channel 4
Doon School in the foothills of the
Himalayas in India was founded by
old Etonians and Harrovians and has
the ethos to match, plus a 100 per
cent exam pass rate. This new series
sends five white British boys with
just one GCSE between them for a
six-month stay at an establishment
with little time for the vodka
smuggled in by “party boy” Jake or
the nail-varnish worn by Ethan.
Jake reckons his new classmates are
“brainwashed”, while one of the
housemasters is probably not far off
the mark when he suggests that the
newcomers are “a bit pampered”.
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Holding Back The Years
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The Sheriffs Are Coming
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Shamed (S). 12.15 Bargain
Hunt (R) (S). 1.00 BBC
News At One; Weather (S).
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(S). 3.00 Escape To The
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It! (R) (S). 5.15 Pointless
(R) (S).
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(R) (S). 6.25 Money For
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(R) (S). 8.00 Sign Zone:
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Newsroom Live (S). 12.00
Daily Politics (S). 1.00
FILM: Black Narcissus
(Michael Powell, Emeric
Pressburger 1947) Drama,
starring Deborah Kerr (S).
2.40 Blitz Cities (R) (S).
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Is (R) (S).
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(S).
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6.45 3rd Rock From The
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Raymond (R) (S). 8.30
Frasier (R) (S). 9.00 Frasier
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10.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
11.00 Undercover Boss
USA (R) (S). 12.00 Channel
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In The Sun (S). 5.00 Four
In A Bed (R) (S). 5.30 Star
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The Wright Stuff 11.15
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(S). 1.10 Access (S). 1.15
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(S). 2.15 NCIS: Catching
A Serial Killer (R) (S).
3.15 FILM: Buried
Secrets (Monika
Mitchell 2014)
Thriller, starring
Sarah Carter (S). 5.00
5 News At 5 (S). 5.30
Neighbours (R) (S).
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(S).
6.00 Eggheads (S).
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Shop The team
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a much-loved
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News; Weather
(S).
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Marge buys a
tandem (R) (S).
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panics over the
decision about
Tegan (S).
6.00 Home And
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Alive Brody and
Mason initiate a
search (R) (S).
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(S).
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(S).
7.30 EastEnders
Stacey tries to
calm the locals
(S).
7.00 Mountain: Life
At The Extreme
The longest
mountain range
in the world, the
Andes. Last in
the series (R) (S).
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Pete starts a
frantic search
for Ross (S).
7.30 Can Brexit
Fix Britain?
Tonight (S).
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(S).
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Legged Lamb &
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Creatures (R) (S).
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(S).
7.30 Top Of The Pops:
1985 With
Madonna and
The Cure (R) (S).
6.20 FILM: Oblivion
(Joseph Kosinski
2013) Sci-fi
adventure,
starring Tom
Cruise (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
Comical clips
(R) (S).
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Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
8.00 MasterChef The
amateurs make
lunch at London
restaurant
Sartoria (S).
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Maya the
jaguar begins
to explore the
house (S).
8.00 Emmerdale
Ross fights for
his life (S).
8.30 Coronation
Street Gary and
Seb are arrested
(S).
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Allsopp and Phil
Spencer visit
Barry and the
Wye Valley (S).
8.00 Goodbye
Bargain-Loving
Brits In The Sun
Wayne and Des
host a charity
fun day. Last in
the series (S).
8.00 Timeshift:
Hurricanes And
Heatwaves –
The Highs And
Lows Of British
Weather (R) (S).
8.50 Free Fire
Interview
Special With
Ben Wheatley,
Armie Hammer
and Cillian
Murphy.
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Walden
makes a new
friend (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
9.00 Not Going Out
Lee and Lucy
get a family pet
(S).
9.30 Still Game (S).
9.00 Civilisations
How traditions
developed
in the years
following the
Renaissances
(S).
9.00 The Real Full
Monty: Ladies’
Night A group
of female celebs
raise awareness
for breast
cancer (S).
9.00 Indian Summer
School New
series. British
boys spend six
months at an
Indian boarding
school (S).
9.00 Can’t Pay? We’ll
Take It Away
Gary and Cona
try to recover
almost £1,800
in unpaid
parking fines (S).
9.00 The Secret
Science Of Pop
Researchers
analyse more
than 50 years
of UK chart
music (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Die
Hard (John
McTiernan
1988) Action
thriller, starring
Bruce Willis (S).
9.00 Family Guy The
Griffins move to
Texas (R) (S).
9.30 Family Guy
Chris is
expelled from
school (R) (S).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
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News (S).
10.45 Unsolved: The
Man With No
Alibi (S).
10.00MOTD: The
Premier League
Show Magazine
featuring news
and highlights
(S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
10.0020 Kids And
Counting
Documentary
following
Britain’s biggest
family (R) (S).
10.00Do The Right
Thing With
Eamonn & Ruth
Avoiding carbon
monoxide
poisoning. Last
in the series (S).
10.00Britpop At The
BBC A look back
at the musical
genre (R) (S).
11.40 FILM:
Anchorman:
The Legend Of
Ron Burgundy
(Adam McKay
2004) Comedy
(S).
10.00Celebrity Juice:
Easter Special
(S).
10.50 Family Guy
Stewie plans a
trip to England
(R) (S).
11.45 This Week The
past seven days
in politics (S).
11.15 Top Gear Matt
LeBlanc test
drives the
Ferrari 812
Superfast (R) (S).
11.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
11.15 FILM: Kingpin
(Peter Farrelly,
Bobby Farrelly
1996) (S).
11.05 Gogglebox
Reviews of
Seven Year
Switch and
the Winter
Paralympics
(R) (S).
11.05 Undercover
Benefits Cheat
Exposing
people who
falsely claim
benefits (R) (S).
11.00 Sings The Great
American
Songbook With
Shirley Bassey
and Florence
and the
Machine (R) (S).
12.35 BBC News (S).
12.15 Sign Zone:
MasterChef (R) (S). 12.45
Sign Zone: Saving The
British Bulldog (R) (S). 1.45
Sign Zone: Back In Time
For Tea (R) (S). 2.45 This Is
BBC Two (S).
1.15 Jackpot247 3.00 Can
Brexit Fix Britain? Tonight
(R). 3.25 ITV Nightscreen
5.05 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (R) (S).
12.05 One Born Every
Minute 1.00 The Supervet
1.55 Are You Autistic?
2.50 Channel 4 Dispatches
3.20 Thrifty Ways To 3.45
George Clarke’s Amazing
Spaces 4.40 Coast vs
Country 5.35 Streetmate
12.00 SuperCasino 3.10
GPs: Behind Closed Doors
(R) (S). 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).
12.00 Top Of The Pops:
1985 (R). 12.30 Treasures
Of Ancient Egypt (R) (S).
1.30 Timeshift (R) (S). 2.30
The Beauty Of Anatomy
(R) (S). 3.00 The Witness
For The Prosecution (R) (S).
4.00 Close
Idris Elba’s new sitcom
‘In the Long Run’
10pm, Sky One
Victoria Derbyshire is
among the celebs taking
part in ‘The Real Full
Monty: Ladies’ Night’
9pm, ITV
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). 9.25 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show (R)
(S). 10.15 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 10.30 FILM: Spy
Kids 3-D: Game Over
(Robert Rodriguez 2003)
Adventure sequel, starring
Daryl Sabara (S). 12.15
Emmerdale (R) (S). 12.45
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).
Jake attends the ‘Indian
Summer School’
9pm, Channel 4
11.20 Family Guy
Peter searches
for his real
father (R) (S).
11.45 American Dad!
Stan volunteers
at church (R) (S).
1.30 FILM: Metallica:
Through The Never
(Nimrod Antal 2013)
Thriller, starring Dane
DeHaan and featuring
concert footage of the
band (S). 3.25 Close
12.15 American Dad! (R)
(S). 12.40 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S). 1.10 Two And
A Half Men (R) (S). 1.35
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 2.20
Teleshopping 5.50 ITV2
Nightscreen
NEWS
2-29
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In The Long Run
10pm, Sky One
Luther’s Idris Elba created this
sitcom based on his own coming of
age on a multicultural housing
estate in mid-1980s London. Elba
plays Walter, a character not a
million miles from his own father,
who had come to Britain from
Sierra Leone and worked at Ford’s
automotive factory in Dagenham,
while his young son Kobna (Sammy
Kamara) is based on Elba himself.
While not entirely ignoring the overt
racism of the period, this is a warm
and soft-edged comedy in which the
arrival from Africa of Walter’s
charmingly irresponsible brother
acts as the catalyst, while Bill Bailey
and Kellie Shirley play the family’s
next-door neighbours.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
VOICES
16-20
TV
30-31
IQ
32-39
FILM OF THE DAY
===
1pm, BBC2
(Michael Powell and
Emeric Pressburger, 1947)
In what is surely the most distinctive
of all British melodramas, Deborah
Kerr (left) heads a mission to
establish a convent in the Himalayas,
where “there’s something in the
atmosphere that makes everything
seem exaggerated”, and the isolation,
strange customs and suppressed
sexual desire can play terrible tricks
on a nun’s mind. It’s a fabulously rich
and strange film; a dazzling technical
achievement, shot in lush Technicolor
by the great Jack Cardiff, and it could
not have looked any more vivid, nor
the scenery any more spectacular,
had Powell and Pressburger been
able to film on location.
10pm, Gold
(Ben Stiller, 2001)
The Manchurian Candidate meets
Austin Powers in this enjoyably daft
comedy. Ben Stiller plays a vapid
male model brainwashed by a fashion
consortium that wants the president
of Malaysia assassinated.
Black Narcissus
Zoolander
===
Die Hard
9pm, Film4
(John McTiernan, 1988)
The film that upped the stakes for
action cinema in the 1990s is a lean
and perfectly paced siege drama.
Wisecracking cop hero John McClane
(Bruce Willis) is a likeably regular guy
while Alan Rickman is a formidable
adversary. Yippee-ki-yay.
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). 9.20
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.50
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.15
Inspector Morse (R) (S).
12.35 The Royal (R) (S).
1.35 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 3.45 On The Buses (R)
(S). 4.15 On The Buses
(R) (S). 4.50 You’re Only
Young Twice (R) (S). 5.25
Rising Damp (R) (S). 5.55
Heartbeat (R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
visits Amish
country (R) (S).
8.00 Vera DCI
Stanhope
investigates
a murder at a
remote cottage
(R) (S).
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). 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). 5.30 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 Amy
and Sheldon
experiment with
gossip (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Secret Life
Of The Zoo
A pregnant
babirusa is
being disturbed
by a couple of
otters (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama An
alien leader
goes through a
midlife crisis (R)
(S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.00 House The
medic tries
to diagnose a
ballerina whose
lungs collapsed
(R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks Myra
offers Sienna
some words of
advice (S).
7.30 Extreme Cake
Makers (R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A split-level
home on a
hillside in
Belfast (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Santa’s Little
Helper becomes
the Duff Beer
mascot (R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation A
school bully is
murdered (R) (S).
8.00 Arrow Oliver,
Diggle and
Felicity clash
with Rene,
Curtis and
Dinah.
8.00 Blue Bloods
The Reagans
debate how far
they would go
to protect their
family (R) (S).
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory (S).
8.30 Young Sheldon
The genius
tries to prove a
Nasa scientist
wrong (S).
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BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-55
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 David
Attenborough’s Conquest
Of The Skies (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 BBC Radio 1’s
Residency – Maida Vale Special
1am Toddla T 3.00 Radio 1
Comedy – Ray Moss No Stone
Unturned 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 Seani B 1am Toddla
T 3.00 1Xtra Playlists 4.00
Seani B
9.00 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine The
Vulture turns
up to cause
more trouble (S).
9.30 Derry Girls
(R) (S).
9.00 The Good Fight
Diane fears
she might be
the killer’s next
target (S).
9.00 SEAL Team
The unit is
dispatched to
Syria.
9.00 Billions New
series. Chuck
receives a
mandate from
a new boss.
10.00Unforgotten
Cassie
investigates
whether the
suspects could
have been abuse
victims (R) (S).
10.00Five Star Hotel
James’s double
role is revealed
(S).
10.05 999: What’s
Your
Emergency?
The effects of
rising levels of
stress at work
(R) (S).
10.00In The Long
Run New
series. Comedy,
starring Idris
Elba.
10.30 In The Long Run
10.10 Our Cartoon
President
10.45 The Putin
Interviews
(R) (S).
11.00 Unforgotten
Cassie is
unconvinced
by the accuracy
of Sara’s alibi.
Last in the
series (R) (S).
11.05 The Big
Bang Theory
Penny reveals
Bernadette is
pregnant (R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.10 24 Hours In
A&E A 74-yearold man is
brought in after
falling down the
stairs (R) (S).
11.00 Jamestown
Jocelyn makes
an enemy of
Yeardley. Last in
the series (R) (S).
11.55 The Putin
Interviews
Oliver Stone
interviews
the Russian
President (R) (S).
12.05 DCI Banks (R) (S).
1.05 DCI Banks (R) (S). 2.00
ITV3 Nightscreen 2.30
Teleshopping
12.05 First Dates (R) (S).
1.10 Five Star Hotel (R) (S).
2.10 Tattoo Fixers (R) (S).
3.05 Gogglebox (R) (S). 4.00
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (R) (S).
4.20 Rules Of Engagement
(R) (S). 4.40 Rules Of
Engagement (R) (S).
12.15 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.15 The Good Fight (R)
(S). 2.15 999: What’s Your
Emergency? (R) (S). 3.15 8
Out Of 10 Cats (R) (S). 3.55
Close
12.00 The Force: North
East (R) (S). 1.00 Ross
Kemp: Extreme World (R)
(S). 2.00 Brit Cops: Law &
Disorder (R). 3.00 Most
Shocking (R) (S). 4.00 It’s
Me Or The Dog (R) (S). 5.00
Futurama (R) (S).
1.05 Dexter (R). 2.15 Blue
Bloods (R) (S). 3.10 Divorce
(R). 3.45 SMILF (R) (S). 4.20
The West Wing (R) (S). 5.10
The West Wing (R) (S).
BBC Radio 2
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Bob Harris Country 8.00
Jo Whiley 10.00 The Radio 2
Arts Show With Anneka Rice
12mdn’t The Craig Charles
House Party 2.00 Radio 2’s
Tracks Of My Years Playlist
3.00 Radio 2 Playlist: Have A
Great Weekend 4.00 Radio 2
Playlist: Feelgood Friday 5.00
Nicki Chapman
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast 9.00
Essential Classics 12noon
Composer Of The Week:
Gesualdo 1.00 News 1.02
Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
2.00 Afternoon Concert. Alban
Berg’s Wozzeck from Dutch
National Opera, conducted by
Marc Albrecht. 5.00 In Tune.
Sean Rafferty. 7.00 In Tune
Mixtape. Larsson, Telemann
and Higdon. 7.30 Radio 3 In
Concert 10.00 Free Thinking
Festival 10.45 The Essay: Is
Music A Civilising Force?
11.00 Exposure. Experimental
music from Neuadd Ogwen in
Bethesda, Wales. 12mdn’t Late
Junction. A mixtape by folk
singer Alasdair Roberts. 12.30
Through The Night
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 The Long
View 9.42 Voicemail 9.45 The
Channel 10.00 Woman’s Hour
11.00 Crossing Continents
11.30 The Art Of Now:
Guantanamo 12noon News
12.04 Home Front 12.15 You
And Yours 12.57 Weather
1.00 The World At One 1.57
Voicemail 2.00 The Archers
2.15 Drama: My Son The Doctor
3.00 Ramblings 3.27 Radio 4
Appeal 3.30 Open Book 4.00
The Film Programme 4.30
The Brexit Lab 4.57 Voicemail
5.00 PM 5.57 Weather 6.00 Six
O’Clock News 6.28 Voicemail
6.30 The Hitchhiker’s Guide To
The Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase.
Dirk Maggs’ adaptation of Eoin
Colfer’s novel And Another
Thing. 7.00 The Archers. Kate
is furious. 7.15 Front Row. Arts
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Wannabe
BBC iPlayer
Lily Brazier plays a washed-up
pop singer now incompetently
managing a girl group.
The Defiant Ones
Netflix
Documentary about hip-hop
star Dr Dre and label boss
Jimmy Iovine’s partnership.
Trollied
Sky Box Sets/Now TV
Sky’s most successful sitcom,
set in a fictional supermarket,
stars Jane Horrocks.
programme with Stig Abell.
7.45 Judas. By Lucy Gannon.
8.00 The EU After Brexit. The
Bottom Line and The Briefing
Room focus on Brexit. 8.57
Voicemail 9.00 BBC Inside
Science. The latest scientific
research. 9.30 The Long View.
Historical scenarios when
Britons faced a new and
uncertain direction. 10.00 The
World Tonight. With James
Coomarasamy. 10.43 Voicemail
10.45 Book At Bedtime:
Reservoir 13. By Jon McGregor.
11.00 It’s Jocelyn. A spiritual
medium goes over to the other
side. 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
8.31am Yesterday In
Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
5.54 Shipping Forecast 10.30
Test Match Special 5.30am Test
Match Special
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am The Unpleasantness At
The Bellona Club 6.30 Words,
Words, Words 7.00 North By
Northamptonshire 7.30 The
Hitchhiker’s Guide To The
Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase 8.00
Marriage Lines 8.30 The Goon
Show 9.00 Listomania 9.30 HR
10.00 Sons And Lovers 11.00
Man About The House 11.15
Quartet 12noon Marriage
Lines 12.30 The Goon Show
1.00 The Unpleasantness At
The Bellona Club 1.30 Words,
Words, Words 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 Sons And Lovers
4.00 Listomania 4.30 HR 5.00
North By Northamptonshire
5.30 The Hitchhiker’s Guide
To The Galaxy: Hexagonal
Phase 6.00 The Willows 6.30
Great Lives 7.00 Marriage
Pick
ofthe
day
The Long View
9am, BBC Radio 4
With a year to
go until the UK’s
exit from the
EU, Jonathan
Freedland (above)
asks his guests to
consider historical
scenarios when
Britons faced a
new and uncertain
direction.
Lines 7.30 The Goon Show
8.00 The Unpleasantness
At The Bellona Club 8.30
Words, Words, Words 9.00
Man About The House 9.15
Quartet 10.00 Comedy Club:
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The
Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase 10.30
Comedy Club: Sketchorama
11.00 Comedy Club: Masala
FM 11.30 Comedy Club: Bleak
Expectations 12mdn’t The
Willows 12.30 Great Lives
1.00 The Unpleasantness At
The Bellona Club 1.30 Words,
Words, Words 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 Sons And Lovers
4.00 Listomania 4.30 HR 5.00
North By Northamptonshire
5.30 The Hitchhiker’s Guide To
The Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase
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 7.30 5 Live Boxing With
Costello & Bunce 8.30 5 Live
Sport: 5 Live Golf 10.00 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 6.00 Steve
Lamacq’s Roundtable 7.00
Marc Riley 9.00 Gideon Coe
12mdn’t 6 Music Recommends
With Steve Lamacq 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. Catherine
Bott celebrates the New York
Philharmonic Orchestra. 10.00
Smooth Classics 1am Jane
Jones
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 10.00 Jim White, Ray
Parlour And Bob Mills 1pm
Hawksbee And Jacobs 4.00
Adrian Durham And Darren
Gough 7.00 (Except Scotland)
Kick-off 7.00 (Scotland) The
Scottish Football Show 10.00
Sports Bar 1am Extra Time
With Adam Catterall
How
is your brain?
Have you got the mindset to analyse and solve the problems
of today’s ever-changing world, asks Leonard Mlodinow.
Find out by taking this intriguing quiz
Beauty
Putting on the glitz
Glitter will add sparkle
to your look, as well as
put a spring in your step
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Arts
Lily Brazier
The female member of the
‘People Just Do Nothing’
crew on her new sitcom
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Television
Are you autistic?
A revealing show that
explored the lack of
diagnosis for women
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A
lot has been written
about the pace of change
that is transforming our
business, professional,
political, and personal
environments, and the globalisation
and rapid technological innovation
that have fuelled it.
What is not so often discussed
are all the new demands on how we
must think in order to analyse and
solve problems in today’s world. I
call that “elastic thinking”, a concept I explore in my new book, and
you can assess yours with three
tests developed by psychologists.
Today, more than ever, we must
welcome experimentation – and be
tolerant of failure. Psychologists call
that trait “neophilia”. We have a gene
for it, which has been dubbed the “exploration gene”, but like most traits,
our individual differences arise from
many factors. The neophilia test
is designed to assess the degree to
which you welcome novelty.
In a stable world, we can solve
problems by applying the means that
have worked in the past. But a tumultuous world constantly challenges us
to find new solutions. Do we give up,
or are we driven by the determination to achieve? A reward-dependency test addresses the issue of how
strongly you are driven to reach that
“light” at the end of the tunnel.
Finally, paradigm shifts in shared
concepts and assumptions about
the world are also becoming more
common – so we also have a test designed to make you more mindful of
your hidden but strongly-held assumptions – and to provide practice
in challenging them.
agree) and add up your total:
TEST TWO
1. I would like to explore strange
places.
2. I would like to take off on a trip with
no pre-planned routes or timetables.
3. I get restless when I spend too
much time at home.
4. I prefer friends who are excitingly
unpredictable.
5. I like to do frightening things.
6. I would like to try bungee jumping.
7. I like wild parties.
8. I love to have new and exciting
experiences, even if they are illegal.
Total: ___
HOW ‘REWARD DEPENDENT’
ARE YOU?
About two-thirds of people score between 19 and 29. People who score
particularly high are natural explorers. Those who score low are the ones
talented at providing reality checks,
stability, and risk assessment. They
may also be more practical.
Rate each statement, this time from
1 (strongly disagree) to 4 (strongly
agree), and up your total:
1. When I get something I want, I feel
excited and energised.
2. When I want something, I usually
go all out to get it.
3. I will often do things for no other
reason than that they might be fun.
4. When I’m doing well at something,
I love to keep at it.
5. I go out of my way to get things I
want.
6. I crave excitement and new
sensations.
7. When good things happen to me, it
affects me strongly.
8. If I see a chance to get something I
The average result on this assessment
is 41, and about two-thirds of those
tested scored between 37 and 45 (the
maximum is 52). If you scored low, you
are less driven by rewards than the average person and may be more focused
on the journey than the destination.
You are also probably well equipped to
find balance in your life.
If you scored high, you probably exhibit a strong drive to initiate or increase
progress toward your goals. You may
even have built your life around the rewards that come from accomplishment.
That’s good, in that it drives you toward
achievement, but it might mean that you
experience particularly acute emptiness during periods of unemployment.
You may also, on occasion, tend toward
impulsivity and risk-taking behaviour.
And you might tend, in your thinking
and in your decisions, to be overly influenced by the promise of social approval,
sexual pleasure, or monetary gain.
TEST THREE
CAN YOU THINK OUTSIDE OF
NORMAL CONVENTIONS?
To solve these four brainteasers,
you will have to question your
assumptions and alter your
framework of thinking:
TEST ONE
ARE YOU A NEOPHILIAC?
Rate each statement on a scale from
1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly
want, I move on it right away.
9. I’m always willing to try something
new if I think it will be fun.
10. Itwouldexcitemeto winacontest.
11. When I go after something, I use a
“no holds barred” approach.
12. I often act on the spur of the
moment.
13. When I see an opportunity for
something I like, I get excited right
away.
Total: ___
Do you enjoy bungee jumps and exploring strange places? See Test One GETTY
1. A man is reading a book when the
lights go off, but even though the
room he is in is pitch dark, the man
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goes on reading. How? (The book was
not in an electronic format.)
2. A magician claimed to be able
to throw a ping-pong ball so that it
would go a short distance, come to a
dead stop, and then reverse itself. He
added that he would not accomplish
this by bouncing the ball off any object, tying anything to it, or giving it
spin. How could he perform this feat?
3. Two mothers and two daughters
were fishing. They managed to catch
one big fish, one small fish, and one
fat fish. Since only three fish were
caught, how is it possible that each
woman caught her own fish?
4. Marsha and Marjorie were born
on the same day of the same month
of the same year to the same mother
and the same father – yet they are not
twins. How is that possible?
Each of these brainteasers was solved,
on average, by fewer than half of the
subjects. How did you do?
Each of these riddles suggests, in most
people’s minds, a certain picture:
1. A man staring into a book.
2. A man tossing a ping-pong ball on
to a table or the ground.
3. A group of four women.
4. A pair of twins, Marsha and
Marjorie.
These pictures are incorrect interpretations of the circumstances described by
the riddles. To solve the riddles, these
preconceptions must be abandoned.
Here are the solutions:
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1. The man did not require light to
read because he was blind, and was
reading the book in braille.
2. The magician threw the ball upward into the air, not horizontally, so
its motion was reversed by gravity,
not by a collision with the ground, a
table, or a wall.
3. Only three fish were caught because the two mothers and two
daughters constitute only three
women – a girl, her mother, and the
mother’s mother.
4. Marsha and Marjorie did not represent the entire brood – they weren’t
twins, but triplets.
Riddles are difficult because they
are deliberately designed so that the
wrong interpretation will come to
mind automatically. It’s the interpretation our brains deemed the most
likely to be appropriate based on past
experience, a hidden assumption we
are unaware of making – but it is a
picture that is inconsistent with the
novel situation envisioned in the riddle. Like many challenging problems,
the riddles are made difficult not by
what we don’t know, but by what we
do know – or think we know – which
turns out to be incorrect.
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Lifestyle
Made
up
A user’s guide
to the world of
beauty
Ella Risbridger
T
he best thing I read
in all of last year was
a single sentence in a
beauty magazine that I
found at the hairdressers. The sentence was something
like, “2018 is poised to be the year
of glitter”.
I didn’t read any more. I didn’t
need to. I was having quite a horrible 2017, like everybody else,
and I was looking forward to 2018
with a kind of feverish excitement, and this confirmed to me
what I already knew in my secret heart. I wasn’t entirely sure
what it meant, but I knew that I
believed it – and believing it, it
seemed to me, was half the battle.
And so it has proved.
I have moved in – coincidentally – with a person who moonlights
as a singer in a sort of glam-rock
pirate disco band. There is just as
mmuch glitter involved as you im
agine. Possibly even more. Therre
are tiny silver stars down the sid
de
of the sofa and clinging to th
he
Shiny, happy people
You don’t need to be a glam rocker or disco queen to wear glitter
woven fibres of the artful throw.
I am a bit afraid to vacuum, in
case the belly of the Hoover becomes an impromptu mirror ball.
I think that glitter runs through
her veins.
That is the kind of person
who can get away with glitter, I
thought. I am not like this. And
yet, somehow – for I ignore almost all the things beauty magazines say, and I have no concept
of fashion – it stuck with me: 2018
is poised to be the year of glitter.
You can use it
everywhere. Face,
body, hair, wherever.
Wherever you want
It has taken me quite a long
time to be brave enough to even
try a little bit. Happily, however, I
think I have cracked it: glitter for
beginners starts with gold eyeliner. Gold eyeliner is the training
wheels of glitter-wearing: if you
team it with a smudgy black eye
pencil, it sort of tones it down to
just a smidgen of a sparkle, a hint
of a shine.
It’s eyeliner for people who
notice eyeliner, and nobody else.
(My housemate notices at once.)
Mine is a discontinued MAC
line (RIP, Lion Babe!) but I’ve got
my eye on Rimmel InkMeUp Eye
and Body Liner in Gold – which
doubles, says the marketing copy,
as a tattoo pen. But of course.
Start there – gold eyeliner,
toned down less and less with kohl
every day – and move on to MAC’s
new range of glitter. It’s not glitter anything, in particular: it’s just
straight-up little tubs of glitter, in
23 shades. Use good old gold as a
subtle highlighter and work up: I
find myself bafflingly tempted by
a bright, sapphire blue. “You can
use it everywhere,” the woman
in the MAC shop tells me. “Face,
body, hair, wherever. Wherever
you want glitter, really.”
I am starting to wonder if there
is anywhere I don’t want glitter.
There’s something lovely about
the idea of making yourself into
a human mirror, endlessly bouncing reflections back and forth
between you and the world, becoming a living point of light; if
2018 is the year of glitter, maybe
that’s because 2017 was such a
dark year for so many. Maybe
we’ve had enough of darkness.
You can’t be ironically glittery: at
a bare minimum, you can only be
subtly but sincerely in.
There’s something earnest
about glitter, something unafraid
of trying hard, making an effort
and doing your best to have a good
time. We need more of that. So I’m
calling it now: 2018, year of glitter.
Time to go and buy a new eyeliner.
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House of
Beauty
BY MELBA ESCOBAR
The first book
to be published
in English by
the Colombian
journalist. A
beauty salon in
Bogotá links the
recently arrived
beauty therapist Karen
to a cast of characters who
cross age, race and social
boundaries. The intimacy
of the treatment cubicle
leads to revelations,
including one about the
death of a schoolgirl.
DVD/BLU-RAY
Grandpa’s
Great Escape
CERTIFICATE U, 71 MINS
The BBC
adapts David
Walliams’ tale
about a boy
helping his
grandfather
to flee his
nursing home.
Tom Courtenay,
Jennifer Saunders and
Walliams appear.
Lily Brazier, aka
Miche from ‘People
Just Do Nothing’ has
written a new sitcom
about the dark side of
fame. By Alice Jones
‘I want
to create
the most
unlikeable,
painful
women’
E
ight years ago, Lily Brazier
was working as a television
p r o d u c t i o n m a n a ge r o n
documentaries about the
Second World War when her
then boyfriend, Steve Stamp,
asked her to appear in a YouTube comedy
he was working on. A furry gilet, some
fake Uggs and an Argos catalogue of gold
jewellery later, Miche, the hopelessly
aspirational, terminally dim girlfriend of
Grindah in People Just Do Nothing, was born.
Before that, the only thing Brazier had
acted in was The Lion, the Witch and the
Wardrobe at primary school (“I was Susan
so I was a pretty big deal, thank you very
much”). Stamp roped her in because she was
the funniest person he knew – “and because
the boys wanted a girl to be involved” adds
Brazier, who is as shy about her abilities as
Miche is baselessly noisy about hers. She is,
very obviously, a comic natural. “Just lucky
ky,”
y
she mumbles.
“When we did the pilot [for BBC Three in
2012], we were filming in this corner shop.
I went in and there were 20 crew there,
waiting for me to do something. I was just
terrified,” she says. Now, four series – and a
Bafta for Best Scripted comedy – in, she is a
little less nervous. “I don’t really sleep when
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we’re filming. I’ve got so much adrenaline.
I enjoy it more now; the first few series,
I just felt abject fear the whole time.”
PeopleJustDoNothingisaphenomenon.
Producer Ash Atalla spotted the group of
friends – Stamp (Steves), Hugo Chegw
gwin
w
(Beats), Allan Mustafa (Grindah) and
Asim Chaudhry (Chabuddy G) – doing
rough sketches online and commissioned
a full series of their mockumentary set
in Brentford’s Kurupt FM, self-styled
“urban powerhouse slash pirate radio
station slash family unit”.
The most recent series ended with
the wedding of Grindah and Miche less fairytale, more daytime rave - and
Steves under arrest for possession. The
cliffh
fhanger
h
ending suggests a fifth series
is imminent. “Hopefully,” says Brazier.
“There’s more that can be done.”
In the meantime, Brazier, 32, has
created her own sitcom, Wannabe. Where
People Just Do Nothing offers a look at
people who are desperate for fame and
success in the music business, Wannabe
looks at the banal aftermath of that fame
and success. Brazier stars as Maxine,
one-time member of a moderately
successful Noughties girl band, Variety.
Married to her boyband sweetheart
(played, in a brilliant stroke of Noughties
nostalgia, by Nicholas Burns, aka Nathan
Barley), she has remodelled herself as a
music mogul. She now manages her own
girl band, Sweet Gyal, badly.
“Really, she wants to be in the band
herself,” says Brazier. “She can’t let go
of the idea of fame. She wants a Hello!
magazine spread to be her life.”
It’s cringe comedy at its finest, but it’s
also a study in thirtysomething disappointment. While her former heartthrob
husband now makes his money writing
advertising jingles in his shed, Maxine
is struggling to find a meaningful career
now that their twins are old enough for
school. “I think mundane stuff is so much
more interesting than the big stuff. It’s
also about life in suburbia, how to keep
your marriage alive, and about how you
fill your time.”
Brazier wrote the four-part sitcom
with Ben Murray (who also directs, and
directed People Just Do Nothing’s early
webisodes); Stamp was script editor.
Coming from the male-heavy People
Just Do Nothing, was she keen to make
Wannabe a female-led comedy? “Women
aren’t a genre,” she demurs. “I want
everyone represented. It’s not just telling
a woman’s story. Everyone has watched
people fall from grace. Maxine is just a
monster of any gender.”
She is indeed – an unsettling mix of
David Brent and X Factor contestant
in the over-25s category. “I really
want to create the most unlikeable,
undesirable, painful women.”
Brazier grew up in Kent, the
younger of two girls. Her
parents divorced when
she was 12 years old – “so I
guess that has an impact
on themes that interest me,
especially relationships,
and feeling secure or
insecure in them” – and
she was a “standard smalltown” rebellious teenager.
“I never really knew
what I wanted to do,
ever”, she says. After a
degree in media studies
at Sussex University,
she got a job with a
focus group, which
shared its office
with a television
company and she
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BY ELISA BRAY
Lily Brazier
(left); as ex girl
band member
Maxine in
‘Wannabe’
(main image); as
Miche (below) in
‘People Just Do
Nothing’, ADAM
LAWRENCE; BBC/
ROUGHCUT/JACK
BARNES
Women
aren’t
a genre.
Maxine is a
monster of
any gender
started shooting and editing - history
documentaries, backstage footage from
fashion shows, gardening videos for The
Guardian website. She had zero interest
in going in front of the camera or seeking
out stardom.
“Oh no. I still don’t. It’s horrible. I think
that’s why I’m quite obsessed with the
idea of fame and what happens after. It’s
not a magical world where you’re happy
all the time. It doesn’t equate to anything
good in my eyes.”
She and Stamp met at university and
broke up at the end of last year after seven
years together. “It wasn’t dramatic but
our entire relationship has been People
Just Do Nothing. I love working with him.
Yesterday, we were talking about doing
other projects together. It’s a grown-up
break-up; I’m quite impressed.”
Miche has opened doors, too. Last
summer, she filmed Juliet, Naked – an
adaptation of a Nick Hornby novel,
produced by Judd Apatow – in which
she plays “Rose Byrne’s lesbian sister”.
On her second-ever acting job, she found
herself at a script read in New York with
Byrne, Chris O’Dowd and Ethan Hawke.
“It was like I’d won a competition.”
Brazier is not overburdened with
confidence. “This is the whole thing, I
don’t really understand what I’m doing.
Even now, I think I’m just a fraud.” A
BBC sitcom of your own would suggest
otherwise. “Yeah, do you think? I’m
still waiting to feel like that.” She
doesn’t enjoy being recognised on the
street. “I’m terrified of anyone talking
to me. I don’t want to be a
disappointment. I don’t want
to be a shit version.”
Next, she’d like to direct,
“something a bit more
pretentious, maybe”, in the
mould of Greta Gerwig. She
already has the editing
and shooting skills
from her previous
jobs. “If I was
being really
positive, I’d say
all of that stuff
added up and
got me to this
place, but I
don’t know
if that’s true,”
she says. “It’s
more random –
just me wanting to
be with my friends.”
‘Wannabe’ is out as
a four-part box set
on BBC Three from
today, at 10am
Autism, and ordinary
people facing
remarkable challenges
» Are You Autistic? Channel 4, 10pm
I
f you thought autism was a
boys’ club or a condition that
is easily spotted, Are You
Autistic? quickly dismantled
those myths. For a start, this
documentary was presented by
women – “neurotypical” Anna
Richardson (pictured below),
whose nephew was diagnosed
with autism, artist Sam Ahern
and trainee human rights lawyer
Georgia Harper, both autistic
themselves. “Autistic people aren’t
broken or weird or anything to
be scared of. We’re just ordinary
people like you. Our brains are just
wired a bit differently that’s all,”
they stated chirpily.
We learnt that there is a
diagnosis crisis in the UK. While it
was thought that one in 100 people
is autistic, many more of us could
be among a “lost generation” of
the undiagnosed. The results of
expert Simon Baron-Cohen’s study
of 750,000 revealed that not only
did 87,000 score high enough for
diagnosis, but more than half of
those were women. Even BaronCohen was surprised.
It turns out that women are
probably just better at hiding
it. We met one such woman –
the 30-year-old employment
consultant Emily, who was
diagnosed two years ago.
Emily led a group of female
friends on a speed-dating
experiment, masking their
autism so successfully
that they managed to dupe
their dates. Such social
masking sounds like a
great skill, but Emily
revealed that it
takes its toll. All
of these women
are likely to
end a dating
session in a quiet,
dark room with at
least one suffering
“a meltdown”, she said.
These first-hand insights
into living with autism
were fascinating.
The main driving force of
the show saw us following two
people who suspected that they
were part of that lost generation.
JP, a 38-year-old musician, could
hear electricity fizzing through
wires, while Jo, a 35-year-old
mother of three, struggled with
social interaction. We saw her
reluctantly attend a pottery class
and with the mind-numbing
conversation about the weather
that ensued, I couldn’t blame her
for reaching her limit.
Social interaction,
organisation and senses are
the three areas in which autistic
people show traits, so the experts
put JP and Jo through some tests.
Professor Francesca Happe led an
experiment involving actors where
they had to read between the lines.
Professor Liz Pellicano’s test on
organisation saw them taking lunch
orders. All went fine until those
orders were changed, which sent
them into a frenzy of internalised
stress. “I might not show it on
my face, but inside I’m boxing,”
JP lamented. We learnt that the
sensory differences experienced
by 90 per cent of people on the
spectrum have not only cons – the
sensory overload that can lead
to stimming – but also pros, as
researched by Dr Anna Remington
JP and Jo were
to finally find out
whether they were
autistic, or ‘a bit weird’
in her studies of superior abilities
in the autistic. Her experiment saw
the pair score highly in their ability
to identify sounds.
JP and Jo were to finally find out
whether they were autistic, or “a
bit weird”. And I wanted to find
out, too. To the observer, their
symptoms seemed subtle.
When it turned out – after
a diagnostic meeting with
Baron-Cohen – that JP was
indeed autistic, and Jo
had Asperger’s, their
relief was palpable.
“I am autistic!” JP
exclaimed, arms
up high “I feel
overwhelmed
and happy; I know
who I am now.”
Are You Autistic?,
unlike the varying
manifestations of
autism, was far from
subtle. But while the
textbook graphics and
scientists’ research
broken down into
simplistic audiencefriendly experiments at
times felt like watching
a schools’ programme,
this was less about
the experts’ views and
more about those living
with autism. The most
powerful message was
the assurance that being
autistic doesn’t make you
weird, just a bit different.
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Arts
VISUAL ARTS
Arts
reviews
All Too Human: Bacon,
Freud and a Century
of Painting Life
TATE BRITAIN, LONDON SW1
VISUAL ARTS
Nikos
HadjikyriakosGhika, ‘Chairs
and tables by the
sea’, 1948
Charmed Lives
in Greece
BRITISH MUSEUM, LONDON
BENAKI MUSEUM
HHHHH
“Greece,” wrote the painter
John Craxton, “was more than
everything I had imagined and far
more than I had expected.”
Craxton once shared a flat with
Lucian Freud, and the two artists
then lived together in rooms
overlooking the harbour in Poros
in the mid-40s.
As Ian Collins writes in the
excellent catalogue for this
exhibition, Freud stayed “for
barely an autumn and winter”. But
Craxton “was hooked for ever”.
Eventually, he made Crete his
home, and his art and life took a
markedly different path to his
fellow traveller.
This show celebrates different
friendships connected to
Craxton’s adopted home. Nikos
Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, known as
Niko Ghika, was a Greek Modernist
painter with deep connections
to the art scenes in London and
Paris; Patrick Leigh Fermor was a
traveller and writer.
The three struck up lifelong
friendships, deeply invested in
each other’s art and sharing a
love not just of Greece and its
people, but of poetry, history,
architecture and design – and the
good life.
CLASSICAL
Donohoe/LPO/
Orozco-Estrada
SOUTHBANK CENTRE, LONDON
HHHHH
The London Philharmonic are
on a year-long musical journey
through the 20th century, using
Stravinsky as their focus: works
from previous eras are woven in,
insofar as they reflect Stravinsky’s
enthusiasms – hence, in this
concert, Carl Maria von Weber’s
Konzertstück in F minor for piano
and orchestra, whose dandyish
virtuosity he greatly admired.
Peter Donohoe was the pianist
starring here, and one couldn’t
have wished for a better advocate
for this flamboyant work.
He then came back as soloist in
Stravinsky’s Capriccio for piano
and orchestra, which had been the
composer’s tribute to von Weber.
This work took off like a rocket,
with angular outbursts from
both soloist and orchestra which
recalled the German composer,
but inhabiting a sound-world
of super-bright reality that was
Stravinsky’s through and through.
Donohoe then gave an encore:
Stravinsky’s Tango, delivered with
feline force.
MICHAEL CHURCH
THE INDEPENDENT
A 20th-century survey of the
painting of life observed, from fullbreasted mistresses to decaying
squid and dirty city streets,
stretching from Walter Sickert’s
paintings of London nightlife in
the early years of the century,
through to Lynette YiadomBoakye’s evocative, dreamlike
figures. (020 7887 8888) to 27 Aug
China’s First Emperor and
the Terracotta Warriors
WORLD MUSEUM, LIVERPOOL
Objects from the discovery in
1974 of the underground army
of life-sized terracotta warriors
guarding the tomb of China’s
First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang,
form the centre of this exhibition.
(liverpoolmuseums.org.uk) to 28 Oct
FILM
Unsane
15, STEVEN SODERBERGH, 98 MINS
The show is organised
according to the places where they
lived and worked.
Ghika’s family home was on
Hydra. It was a place where the
Modernist intellectuals he became
acquainted with there and in
London met, including his friend
Le Corbusier.
It was the perfect place for
Ghika to develop his interest in
what he called “Greekness” allied
to the Cubist-inspired forms he
developed in Paris. Amid archival
images, letters and objects, we see
the development of Craxton and
Ghika’s painting. Ghika’s landscapes
in the Peloponnese, where Leigh
Fermor had built a house, are his
best later works.
But in Corfu, where Ghika built
his own villa, while he retains the
heat of his earlier work, he loses its
angular dynamism.
Craxton is hit-and-miss, with
moments of great graphic elegance
POP
EVENING STANDARD
‘Nosebleed
intensity’: Ally
Massaquoi of
Young Fathers
Young Fathers
BARROWLAND, GLASGOW
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In 2014, Edinburgh’s Young
Fathers scooped the Mercury
Music Prize to everyone’s
surprise but their own. This
charismatic trio are artistically
fit and they know it, drinking in
a proper Barrowland reception
in the utter confidence that they
have the musical goods to justify
the almost aggressive ardour
coming their way before they have
even triggered a sample.
Their new album, Cocoa
Sugar, is another dense trip into
their taut, dramatic headspace.
The nosebleed intensity of
opening number, “What A Time
To Be Alive”, was typical of
their delivery.
There is not an ounce of fat on
a Young Fathers set, nor a wasted
second as songs were dispensed
like short, sharp explosions.
Their touring drummer Steven
Morrison must take credit for the
sheer momentum of their show,
hammering relentlessly on his
stand-up kit.
He was supplemented by
occasional skin-bashing input
from Ally Massaquoi while
Graham “G” Hastings took care of
the electronic beats and the low
that powerfully unite the ancient
and modern, particularly when he
captures animals, but too often,
especially in the late work, his
studies of people are sentimental.
So while this is a beautifully
curated, fascinating reflection of
deep connections between people
and place, the best art is heavily
weighted to its earliest rooms.
To 15 July (020 7323 8181)
BEN LUKE
FRAZER HARRISON/
GETTY IMAGES
This 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
COMEDY
Tom Stade
SLAUGHTER HOUSE, LIVERPOOL
Tom Stade’s latest show is called
I Swear – so don’t say you haven’t
been warned. Yet there’s more
to him than his prodigious potty
mouth – including, here, great
routines about the generation gap,
religion and (yes) Saudi Arabia.
(0800 177 7575) tonight
DANCE
Manon
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON WC2
The Royal Ballet dance Kenneth
MacMillan’s tale of rags to riches
to rags, with a heroine torn
between love and diamonds in a
ruthless, sumptuous 18th-century
world. (020 7304 4000) tonight
POP
Charlotte Gainsbourg
VILLAGE UNDERGROUND, LONDON EC2
frequency bass pulse which gives
their music such a primal thrust.
Their set pinballed from
the tribal whoop and holler of
“Queen is Dead”, with an exultant
performance from Kayus Bankole,
via the irresistible electro punk
of “Toy,” to the prowling of “Wow”,
a deep cut about egocentricity
with an added layer of weirdness
in Bankole’s unsettling falsetto
declaration “feel so good”.
Hastings saluted the fans’
attempts to mosh along to recent
single “In My View”. How to
respond to such undeniable and
mighty though hardly mainstream
music? Best just to surrender to
their most irresistible, frenetic
mantra “Get Up” or get lost in the
orgiastic, hell-for-leather “Only
God Knows”, which has hopefully
spread the thrill of Young Fathers,
thanks to its appearance on the T2
Trainspotting soundtrack.
FIONA SHEPHERD
Grief and defiance are
the keynotes of Charlotte
Gainsbourg’s latest album, where
the sometime actor breaks with
tradition by writing her own
lyrics. Pivoting on the losses of
her father and half-sister, Rest
explores tumultuous sorrows with
sumptuous electro-pop reach.
(ticketweb.uk) tonight
Friendly Fires
VARIOUS VENUES
St Albans’ joint-jumping guitarfunk gang unpack the cowbell
for the comeback tour. The Fires
have been quiet since the sunshine
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Miller’s revival cherishes its
quirks, deliberately flirting
with cartoonish excess but
achieving warmth and poignancy.
(020 8940 3633) to 14 Apr
If you only see
one thing today
agenda
OPERA
THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
No Age
VARIOUS VENUES
A change, a rest and nappychanging duties work wonders
for LA’s noise-rock duo on their
fourth album. Now both parents,
Randy Randall and Dean Spunt
return with Snares Like a Haircut,
a reinvention charged by a core of
full-bore feeling. Exchange, Bristol
(seetickets.com) tonight; Buyers Club,
Liverpool (seetickets.com) Fri
FOLK & ROOTS
Stick in the Wheel
COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE
With their power-punch of a
new album, Follow Them True,
combining stellar reinterpretations
of traditional songs (including the
medieval “Abbots Bromley Horn
Dance”) with errant electronica and
auto-tuning, Nicola Kearey and co
are among the most distinctive folk
bands. (01206 500 900) tonight
JAZZ
Coraline
BARBICAN THEATRE, LONDON EC2
The Turbans
COLSTON HALL, BRISTOL
Anthony McCall: Solid Light Works
HEPWORTH, WAKEFIELD
Anthony McCall is best known for his large-scale, immersive sculptural
light installations that incorporate the visitor and invite them to become
participants. This is the first major UK exhibition of his art in more
than a decade, exploring all facets of his work and including the British
premieres of three “solid light” installations. (01924 247360) to 3 Jun
Tori Freestone and
Alcyona Mick + Stan
Sulzmann and Nikki Iles
Zhenya Strigalev
As all three members hit the giddy
age of 22, Brooklyn’s Sunflower
Bean mature nicely on their second
album. Twentytwo in Blue is a fullblossom beauty. Wardrobe, Leeds
(seetickets.com) tonight; Gorilla,
Manchester (ticketweb.co.uk) Fri
Two saxophone/piano
collaborations in one concert,
as Freestone and Mick perform
from their first album as a duo,
Criss Cross, and Sulzmann and Iles
from their second album together,
Stardust. (0121 780 4949) tonight
Blues for Maggie is the Russian
saxophonist’s latest album,
dedicated to Maggie Black, a wellknown figure on the London jazz
scene. This launch gig features
Boris Netsvetaev on piano and
keyboards. (020 7254 4097) tonight
SYMPHONY HALL, BIRMINGHAM
WORLD MUSIC
VISUAL ARTS
Sunflower Bean
VARIOUS VENUES
Sian Edwards conducts the
Britten Sinfonia in the Royal
Opera’s world premiere production
of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new
opera, based on the popular
fantasy fable by Neil Gaiman.
(0845 120 7511) tonight 7pm
DARREN O’BRIEN/GUZELIAN
synth-funk of 2011’s Pala, but the
liquid-hipped fluoro-pop rumpus
of old starts again here.
LMUSU, Leeds (gigsandtours.
com) tonight; Waterfront, Norwich
(gigsandtours.com) Fri
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THE VORTEX, LONDON N16
The Turbans are a group of
musicians with roots in Turkey,
Bulgaria, Iran, Greece, Spain,
Tunisia, Morocco and London,
delivering a high-energy blend of
Balkan, klezmer, Gnawa, Tunisian,
and more. Their debut album is out
now. (0117 203 4040) tonight
CLASSICAL
THEATRE
Evgeny Kissin
Humble Boy
BARBICAN HALL, LONDON EC2
ORANGE TREE THEATRE, RICHMOND
Charlotte Jones’s 2001 domestic
comedy fuses Alan Ayckbourn’s
agonising humour with the artful
eloquence of Tom Stoppard. Paul
The virtuosic pianist pairs a
selection of Rachmaninov Preludes
with Beethoven’s monumental
Hammerklavier Sonata.
(020 7638 8891) tonight 7.30pm
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DEFENCE
Melrose ‘stands by its plans’
for hostile takeover of GKN
By Kalyeena Makortoff
Melrose Industries has stressed its
commitment to improving “not only
GKN, but the UK economy” in a lastditch effort to sway investors ahead
of a vote by shareholders today.
The turnaround specialist’s
comments follow an exchange of
letters with the Business Secretary,
Greg Clark, whose calls for “binding”
agreements over its proposals for
GKN had sparked a raft of assurances
from Melrose, including plans to keep
the firm listed and headquartered
in the UK.
“Melrose fully stands behind its
plan to work for the improvement of
not only GKN, but the UK economy
as well,” the company said yesterday.
Melrose said it has offered “a
legally binding commitment to the
Secretary of State to stand behind
its intention to hold the GKN Aerospace business as it delivers the
improvement necessary to unlock its
potential”. It is the latest salvo in a titfor-tat battle over Melrose’s £8.1bn
hostile takeover bid.
GKN investors have until 1pm
today to cast their ballots on the
controversial deal.
Melrose said earlier this week
that it was ready to make a fiveyear commitment to the business,
having agreed with the takeover
panel to maintain its UK listing and
GKN, which traces its
roots back to 1759,
employs almost 60,000 people
and operates in 30 countries. It
once made the Spitfire, and now
supplies parts to planemakers.
headquarters and ensure that a
majority of its directors are resident
in the UK.
It would also make sure that the
Aerospace and Driveline divisions
retain the rights to the GKN name
and maintain GKN’s current level
of research and development
investments. That was alongside
a pledge to guarantee it would not
sell the Aerospace division before
April 2023.
Melrose’s letter responded to a
number of Mr Clark’s concerns; he
also called for GKN to continue as a
UK taxpayer, pay suppliers promptly,
make arrangements for current and
future pensioners, and investment
in the training and development of
the workforce.
Mr Clark also stressed that a
short-term approach would not be
in the best interests of defence and
Shareholders in GKN will vote today
on whether to accept the £8bn bid PA
national security, adding that he
would like Melrose to rule out a shortterm sale of the business, barring
government consent.
GKN responded to the exchange
of letters by highlighting risks the
business would face under Melrose
ownership, including uncertainty
over its Driveline business, which
did not receive any commitments
that were otherwise granted to the
Aerospace division.
PHARMACEUTICALS
Shares at
Shire surge
as Takeda
ponders bid
By Ravender Sembhy
Quote of
the day
route – while some of those tickets
were for stops along the route. “We
considered that those figures did not
represent a significant proportion
of seats being available at the
advertised ‘from’ price for those
routes,” said the ASA.
The 30
Second
Briefing
MEGABUS
It’s not good
enough. We could
and should have
done more. It
shouldn’t have
happened
Richard Flint
The chief executive of
Sky Betting and Gaming
admits the firm could
have done more to stop
problem gamblers
Have you ever managed to get a
Megabus seat for £1?
The coach operator has been banned
from advertising fares “from £1*”
after the Advertising Standards
Authority (ASA) said consumers
should reasonably be able to find
seats at that price. The company
had admitted that only one seat per
coach is available at that price on
some journeys.
What’s the detail?
Megabus’s advertising strategy had
previously focused on the lowest
available prices, with a recent
Aberystwyth to Birmingham route
carrying the “from £1” tag and a
Facebook post promising “day
trips from £1” from London to Bath
(above). In fact, only 4 per cent of the
Aberystwyth-Birmingham seats
were available at that price, and
only 3 per cent on the London-Bath
What now?
Megabus, which is owned by
transport firm Stagecoach, said
the company will no longer focus
specifically on price in future
advertising. Instead, it will place
more emphasis on promoting its
on-board Wi-Fi and plug sockets.
How is the wider business
performing?
Stagecoach is the UK’s secondlargest transport company behind
FirstGroup. The company said
yesterday the “Beast from the East”
storms had dealt a blow to revenue
at the start of the year.
Shares in Irish pharmaceutical
company Shire surged yesterday
after Japan’s Takeda said it was
considering a takeover approach for
the £32.8bn-valued firm.
Takeda said its consideration of
an offer was at a “exploratory stage”,
and that no approach had been made
to Shire’s board.
“There can be no certainty that an
approach, if made, will lead to any
transaction,” the firm said.
The FTSE 100 firm’s shares
rocketed on the news, rising 14 per
cent to 3,500p.
Takeda said a potential transaction
with Shire presented an opportunity
to create a “truly global, valuebased Japanese biopharmaceutical
leader”, strengthening its core
oncology, gastrointestinal and
neuroscience offerings.
In addition, a tie-up would help
realise the Japanese company’s
R&D strategy, drive financial
value and allow it to exploit further
opportunities in the US.
According to UK takeover rules,
Takeda must now either make an
offer or walk away by 25 April.
Shire confirmed that it had not
received an approach from the
Japanese firm.
Takeda, which was founded in
1781 and employs 30,000 people,
has a strong presence in emerging
markets and operates in more than
70 countries.
Shire has annual revenues of about
$3.57bn (£2.5bn). The company
is headquartered in Dublin but
registered in Jersey.
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MEDIA
‘Challenging market’ cuts
DFS profits in half to £7m
Johnston Press
chief aims
to close 15%
gender pay gap
By Caitlin Morrison
By Elizabeth Anderson
Another high street chain reported
profit woes yesterday, with the
furniture retailer DFS reporting that
profits more than halved in the first
six months of its financial year.
However, shares in the company
jumped 8.4 per cent to 184.2p as the
group maintained an upbeat outlook
for the rest of the year.
Group sales increased by 4.1 per
cent to £514m, from £494m this time
last year, while revenue rose 4.3 per
cent to £396m from £380m in the first
half of 2017.
Revenue before the acquisition of
Sofology, which DFS bought for £25m
in August last year, was down 3.5 per
cent to £366.5m. The group said this
reflected “the expected challenging
market environment”.
Profit before tax was £7m,
compared with £16.7m in the first
half of last year. DFS said this dip was
due largely to £4.6m in underlying
costs and the impact of acquisitions,
and was in line with expectations.
The group maintained its interim
dividend at 3.7p per share.
The chief executive, Ian Filby,
said the group had seen “positive
momentum” in trading during the
first half “despite a market that
is continuing to be challenging
and remains susceptible to falls in
consumer confidence”.
Johnston Press, the newspaper
group that owns titles including i and
The Scotsman, has revealed a gender
pay gap of 15.1 per cent.
The gap is about average among
media companies that have reported
so far, and chief executive Ashley
Highfield said a review is now in place
to close the disparity.
The biggest gender imbalance
is among those in senior
positions. Among the company’s
major daily newspaper titles,
including The Scotsman and The
Yorkshire Post, eight out of the 14
are edited by women. Within the
company’s senior leadership team,
there are 59 men and 23 women.
Mr Highfield said that Johnston
Press aims to achieve an equal ratio
within five years.
“The difference in pay by gender
is largely driven by the proportion
Furniture retailer
DFS’s profit before
tax has slumped
A number of retailers are
struggling to stay afloat in the face
of stagnant consumer spending,
with Toys R Us and Maplin recently
collapsing into administration.
Neil Wilson, a senior market
analyst at ETX Capital, said DFS
was insulated from the worst of the
troubles facing the market thanks to
its “scale and flexibility”. “Broadly
speaking, DFS is managing to handle
the broader downturn in retail pretty
well,” he said.
He noted that DFS had been
in tough positions before, having
dealt with recessions and property
market downturns that have stopped
consumers splashing out on big
ticket items like home furnishings.
THE INDEPENDENT
Furniture designer Graham
Kirkham created DFS when
he bought Northern Upholstery
and renamed it DFS Furniture
Company in the 1980s.
BREXIT
EU banks to operate as at present until 2020
By Holly Williams
The Bank of England has confirmed
European banks and finance firms
will be able to operate in the UK
under existing rules until the end of
the Brexit transition deal.
Following the agreement reached
Outlook
JAMES
MOORE
Banks will suffer
from a crisis of
their own making
T
hrough the projects they
fund, banks are some of
the most environmentally
destructive businesses
on the planet. The annual
report by a group of non­profit
organisations makes this very clear.
Banking on Climate Change found
that financing for extreme fossil fuels
last week, the Bank said that lend­
ers and clearing houses will be able
to continue to use existing pass­
port rights to operate in the UK
throughout the transition period,
until the end of 2020. The Bank said it
was “reasonable” for these firms “to
plan that they will be able to continue
undertaking these activities during
the implementation period in much
the same way as now”.
A 21­month transition deal was
agreed at an EU summit this month,
giving firms more time to meet new
rules under Brexit and prepare their
contingency planning.
– the really nasty stuff – surged to a
staggering $115bn (£81bn) in 2017.
It’s all the more disappointing
given that the previous year (2016,
when the Paris Climate Agreement
was signed) had seen progress with
a fall to $104bn from $126bn.
According to the report, “no bank
has yet truly aligned its business plan
with the Paris Climate Agreement,
whose temperature goals require
banks to cease financing expansion
of the fossil fuel sector” despite
many claiming to support its
aims. It continues: “The lack of
comprehensive policies from all
banks on extreme fossil fuels means
that last year’s increase in financing
could continue and even accelerate in
the years to come.”
For the record, the latter includes
tar sands, arctic and ultra­deep
water oil, liquefied natural gas, coal
mining and coal power.
The report was put together by
the Rainforest Action Network,
Banktrack, The Sierra Club, Oil
Change International, and others.
The worst offenders highlighted in
its pages are Canadian, American and
Chinese, banks. But Britain has one
in there too in the form of HSBC (in
seventh). The UK bank with the best
overall grade is Standard Chartered,
which manages a C minus.
Barclays, RBS and HSBC all rate
a D plus. About the only thing to be
said for that is that there are others
In
n pumping money into
destructive industries, they
are acting against their own
long-term best interests
rated as even worse. Four Chinese
banks each get an overall F, and the
same grade in every single individual
category assessed to arrive at it.
The report notes that the UN
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change will publish an assessment
in September summarising
59
men are in the
senior leadership
team at Johnston
Press compared
with 23 women
of males to females in more senior
positions. Our report does not
identify any pay inequality issues.
That said, the gender pay gap is a
concern which we believe must be
addressed and the review group
will make recommendations in this
regard,” he said.
Telegraph Media Group has
the biggest gender pay gap of any
newspaper or broadcaster, at 35 per
cent. The Economist has a gap of 32.5
per cent and Channel 4’s stands at
28.6 per cent.
There is a narrower difference at
Guardian Media Group, with a gap of 11
percent,andChannel5ownerViacom,
which has a gap of 2.8 per cent.
All UK companies with more than
250 employees have to report the
difference in pay between their male
and female staff by 4 April.
the implications of the Paris
Agreement’s more ambitious goals.
A leaked draft, we are told, doesn’t
make for happy reading.
There will inevitably be a business
and economic cost from climate
change, and it will be steep indeed.
It will be made manifest as the
effects of rising global temperatures
become clearer. The best of it is that
banks will suffer from this as much
as anyone, especially those that also
own insurance companies, which are
expecting higher claims to emerge as
a consequence of climate change.
In pumping money into destructive
industries that will exacerbate an
existing crisis banks are damaging
their businesses and acting against
their own long­term best interests.
Their policies need to change.
Their shareholders need to get the
ball rolling by pressuring them
harder to do so. They too will suffer
through what’s happening. We all will.
THE INDEPENDENT
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From the
business
pages
Saudi sign $200bn
solar power deal
The New York Times
Saudi Arabia has signed an
initial agreement with SoftBank
for a $200bn (£141bn) solar
power project in the kingdom,
calling it the largest of its kind
in the world. SoftBank founder
Masayoshi Son said it would
help wean Saudi Arabia off its
dependence on oil for electricity,
create as many as 100,000 jobs
and shave $40bn off power
costs. The total capacity will be
200 gigawatts by 2030.
Stable schedule
‘equals more profit’
The New York Times
In recent years, studies have
shown that erratic work
schedules can take a major
toll on the wellbeing of service
workers. Now a study has
shown that stable schedules can
also boost a company’s profit.
An analysis of 24 Gap retail
stores has found that giving
workers more consistent start
and stop times led to an average
7 per cent sales rise.
Billabong agrees
sale to Boardriders
New Zealand Herald
Billabong shareholders have
approved a takeover by
Boardriders after the owner
of Quiksilver increased its
offer to A$1.05 (57p) per share.
Boardriders is majority­owned
by US investment firm Oaktree
Capital, which already held a
19.3 per cent stake in Billabong.
Australia­based Billabong
reported a A$18.4m half­year
loss in February.
BMW sued for
emissions cheating
Deutsche Welle
BMW is facing a lawsuit in
the US over alleged emissions
cheating. The German
carmaker is facing a class­
action lawsuit filed in a New
Jersey court for allegedly using
illegal software to manipulate
emissions levels. BMW’s X5
model, built between 2009 and
2013, and the 335d model, sold
between 2009 and 2011, emitted
levels of nitrogen oxide “many
times higher than their gasoline
counterparts”, the suit alleges.
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BUSINESS
The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
FTSE 100 up 44.6 at 7044.7
3i Group
Admiral
Anglo Amer
Antofagasta
AB Foods
Ashtead Group
AstraZeneca
Aviva
BAE Systems
Barclays
Barratt Dev
BHP Billiton
BP
BAT
Berkeley Grp Hldgs
British Land
BT
Bunzl
Burberry
Carnival
Centrica
Coca-Cola HBC
Compass
CRH
Croda Intl
DCC
Diageo
Direct Line Ins
Easyjet
Evraz
Experian
Ferguson
Fresnillo
G4S
GKN
Glencore
GSK
868.6
1859.5
1616.8
910.8
2502.0
1938.0
4944.0
497.8
575.6
206.0
532.2
1377.0
471.4
4084.0
3782.0
644.6
225.8
2067.0
1697.5
4548.0
141.4
2583.0
1485.0
2414.0
4545.0
6615.0
2404.5
377.6
1566.0
425.2
1544.5
5440.0
1232.5
246.4
423.0
353.1
1397.4
+0.8
+14.0
-64.2
-37.0
+79.0
-2.5
+78.0
-0.6
+1.8
-0.1
+0.6
-26.0
-4.0
+138.0
+8.0
+6.0
+3.6
+41.0
+27.5
-78.0
+4.0
+50.0
+11.0
+35.0
+38.0
-30.0
+41.5
+3.8
-36.0
-27.4
-1.0
-38.0
-18.5
+4.3
-7.3
-10.3
+46.4
975.0
2184.0
1870.0
1071.0
3387.0
2185.0
5520.0
550.0
682.5
229.0
705.5
1662.4
536.2
5643.6
4270.0
695.0
326.6
2472.0
2024.0
5435.0
220.4
2682.0
1765.9
2955.0
4668.0
7762.5
2735.5
411.3
1698.7
462.6
1708.0
5722.0
1746.0
342.6
449.5
416.9
1724.5
Low
694.0
1766.0
950.1
11.1
2386.0
1476.0
4260.0
482.2
533.5
177.3
6.3
1103.0
436.9
3775.0
3031.0
587.0
216.4
1918.5
1481.5
4452.0
119.7
2011.0
1396.5
27.0
3461.0
6445.0
2186.5
335.0
984.0
169.8
1428.0
4427.0
1150.5
233.8
3.0
270.0
1179.4
Company
Price
Chg
High
Halma
Hargrve Lans
HSBC Hldgs
IAG
Imperial Brands
Informa
IntCont Htls
Intertek
ITV
Johnson Matth
Just Eat
Kingfisher
Land Secs
Legal & Gen
Lloyds Bk Gp
Lon Stock Ex
Marks&Spen
Mediclinic Intl
Micro Focus Intl
Mondi
Morrison (Wm)
National Grid
Next
NMC Health
Old Mutual
PaddyPwrBetfair
Pearson
Persimmon
Prudential
Randgold Res
Reckitt Ben
RELX
Rentokil Initial
Rio Tinto
Rolls-Royce
RBS
Shell A
1160.0
1634.0
669.7
597.0
2407.0
716.8
4344.0
4683.0
145.0
3092.0
692.8
290.5
935.0
257.4
64.9
4129.0
267.2
571.8
981.0
1920.0
208.5
805.3
4832.0
3400.0
237.1
7285.0
751.4
2544.0
1839.0
5830.0
5997.0
1469.0
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INDUSTRY
BANKING
Coca-Cola to close
two UK sites
Nationwide has
eye for business
Coca-Cola has announced plans
to close sites in Milton Keynes
and Northampton, affecting
almost 300 jobs. The company
said it aimed to move at least
half of those affected to other
parts of the business. It said the
decision will allow the business
to improve productivity. CocaCola employs around 4,000
people in the UK.
Nationwide is bidding to move
into business current accounts
for the first time in its 172-year
history. The largest building
society in the UK wants to
take a slice of Royal Bank of
Scotland’s challenger fund.
Nationwide said the UK’s five
biggest banks hold 85 per cent
of all business accounts, stifling
competition in the sector.
AVIATION
INSURANCE
EasyJet touches
base in Bordeaux
Watchdog looks at
Aviva share move
EasyJet has opened its 30th
European base. Three Airbus
A320 aircraft will be based
in Bordeaux, the company’s
sixth base in France. The move
means that 400,000 extra
seats will be available on flights
this summer, creating hundreds
of jobs. The first easyJet flight
to Bordeaux was from Luton
in 2006.
Aviva is facing a possible
inquiry by the City watchdog
over its abandoned and heavilycriticised move to cancel £450m
worth of preference shares. The
Financial Conduct Authority
is considering whether to
launch a formal investigation
following Aviva’s backtrack. The
preference shares pay a fixed
dividend of 8 to 9 per cent.
UNITED STATES
MEDIA
Equality case
costs Uber $10m
Losses increase
at ‘Time Out’
Uber will pay $10m (£7m) to
settle a class-action lawsuit in
the US brought by two female
engineers who accused it of
gender and race discrimination.
The action involves more
than 400 people, who sued for
financial and emotional harm.
It was launched after a blog by a
former employee went viral.
Time Out has fallen deeper into
the red after hefty investment
in its digital business, but hailed
“substantial progress” as online
and food market revenues
surged. The publisher and food
market firm reported pre-tax
losses of £26.3m in 2017 against
losses of £18.8m the previous
year. Revenues rose to £44.4m.
INDUSTRY
INSURANCE
Tesla crash hits
Panasonic shares
Cost cutting helps
LV= back to black
Panasonic shares tumbled
after US authorities launched
an inquiry into a fatal crash
involving a Tesla Model X
in California. The Japanese
manufacturer has a joint
venture with the Californian
electric cars maker to produce
lithium-ion batteries for its cars.
LV= has swung back into the
black, boosted by a cost-cutting
drive and a profits jump from
its general insurance arm.
The group saw booked pre-tax
profits of £122m for 2017, up
from a £49m loss the year
before, as it stripped out £33m
in costs.
the
markets
Pharmaceutical firm Shire gave
London’s premier index a leg
up after shares rocketed on
the prospect of Japan’s Takeda
launching a takeover bid. The
FTSE 100 closed up 44.6 points to
7,044.7 as Shire’s shares jumped
430p to 3,500p.
The biggest fallers on the
index were Evraz down 27.4p to
425.2p, and Antofagasta, down
37p to 910.8p
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On the currency markets, the
pound was struggling against the
US dollar, at $1.41, after figures
showed February and March’s
bitter weather had hit retailers.
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CRIME
Nicky Morgan is
heading an inquiry
into economic
crime AFP/GETTY
MPs to investigate
Russian fraud in
property sales
By Holly Williams
More than £880m of British property
claimed to have been bought by Russians with suspected “dirty money”
is to come under the scope of an MPs’
inquiry into economic crime in the UK.
The Treasury Select Committee
said that it will investigate the scale
of money laundering in Britain following claims that the UK – in particular
the London property market – has
become the “destination of choice” to
launder money.
The news follows recent figures
from Transparency International
estimating that £4.4bn worth of UK
properties may have been bought with
suspicious wealth – with more than a
fifth, or £880m, of these purchased by
Russians. The most popular London
areas for Russians include Chelsea,
Westminster and Mayfair.
Last week, Theresa May vowed to
“bring all the capabilities of UK law
enforcement to bear against serious
criminals and corrupt elites” in response to the attempted murder of
former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and
his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury earlier
this month.
Nicky Morgan, chairwoman of the
Treasury Select Committee, said:
“Given the threats that face the UK,
the effectiveness of the regimes that
we use to protect our financial system
from misuse have never been more important. It has been claimed that the
UK, particularly the London property
market, is becoming a destination of
choice to launder the proceeds of overseas crime and corruption – so-called
‘dirty money’.”
The Commons committee will also
investigate economic crime impacting
on consumers directly, such as the rise
of online fraud and scams. The ONS
has estimated there were 3.2 million
fraud incidents in the UK over the year
to last September.
The deadline for written submissions to the inquiry is 8 May.
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Lemon, honey and garlic roast
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Kakuro
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How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 49
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Killer Sudoku No 1248
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 Find all the mines in the grid. Numbers in certain squares indicate how
many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Futoshiki
How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
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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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FOND
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Tomorrow
Pasta carbonara with
rosy red salad
GAME
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Recipe from aldi.co.uk
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SERVES 4
Pre-heat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas
Mark 5. Cut one lemon in half and put it
in the chicken cavity.
Squeeze the juice from the second, put
in a small saucepan along with the butter,
garlic granules, thyme and honey. Gently
heat through to melt the butter.
Line a roasting dish with some foil.
Put the chicken in and pour over the
warm butter and lemon mix.
Roast in the oven for about an hour,
basting every 15 minutes.
Test the chicken is cooked by inserting
a skewer into the thigh of the bird. If
the juices run clear then it’s cooked – if
not, return to the oven for a further 15
minutes and check again.
Remove the lemon from the bird, allow
to rest for 15 minutes, covered with some
foil, before carving.
To make the stuffing, peel the onion,
halve and chop finely. Tear up the bread
slices. Chop the bacon finely.
Put the onion, bread, bacon and sage
into a food processor, season with a little
salt and some black pepper, and pulse
until well-blended.
Shape the stuffing into eight balls. Bake
in the oven for 15 minutes and serve with
the chicken.
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TOLD
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Whole chicken (about 1.5kg)
2 lemons
40ml squeezy honey
65g salted butter
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp garlic granules
1 small onion
3 slices medium sliced white bread
2 rashers back bacon
1 tsp sage
Sea salt and black pepper
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1969
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.
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ACROSS 1 Musket, 5 Hell (Muscatel), 8 Shedload, 9 Nous, 10 Razor blade, 13 Cattle,
14 Shiver, 15 Profligate, 18 Rook, 19 Criteria, 21 Iron, 22 Yellow.
DOWN 2 Upheaval, 3 Kid, 4 Trouble, 5 Hankering, 6 Laud, 7 Idea, 11 Outspoken,
12 Neutrino, 14 Salsify, 16 Once, 17 Soar, 20 Eel.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 24;
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3 Amuse (6)
8 French country
house (7)
9 Dragonfly larva (5)
10 Unusual (3)
11 Relate (9)
12 Hire (6)
14 Disregard (6)
16 Playwright (9)
18 Body of water (3)
19 Russian
pancakes (5)
20 Type of
photograph (5-2)
21 Thickset (6)
22 Irish Gaelic (4)
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Convert the word
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ladder into the
word at the bottom
of it, using only
the four rungs
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must put a valid
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Blow for UK fans
as Winx is ruled
an Ascot no-show
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Our love affair with Winx must continue to be conducted from afar following the announcement yesterday
that Australia’s adored mare will not
be joining us this summer.
In a long Dear John letter to
Winx’s hordes of Pommie admirers,
trainer Chris Waller ended months
of speculation by confirming what
most of us suspected anyway.
There will be no international
campaign and, more specifically, no
Royal Ascot appearance in June.
Instead, the Aussies’ pride and joy
will stay at home and attempt an unprecedented fourth successive victory in the Cox Plate, one of the most
prestigious prizes Down Under, in
Melbourne in October.
CHELMSFORD
“Thank you for your patience,”
began Waller, well aware of the
clamour to see Winx in the flesh and
the long wait for a decision one way
or another.
“The Royal Ascot carnival is one of
the greatest in the world and would
provide Winx with the opportunity
to be showcased on a global stage.
“But the (joint) decision is not
about us, it must be based on the
best interests of Winx.
“There were a diverse range of
matters to be considered, from
well-being risks associated with
travel to seasonal changes her hormones may undertake.”
Last Saturday, the freakishly talented six-year-old set a world record
of 17 Group One triumphs – overtaking one of America’s greats, John
Henry – when winning the George
TOWCESTER
GOING:STANDARD
TOTEEXACTA PICK THE 1ST AND 2ND FILLIES’ NOVICE
STAKES (CLASS 4) £12,900 added 1m 2f
1
41 LADY PERSEPHONE A King 7 10 7...............................W Carson 4
2
51- ESPADRILLE C Appleby 3 9 1......................................James Doyle 3
3
4922- AMOURICE J Chapple-Hyam 3 8 8.............................L Morris H 7
4
6-9 CATCH THE TIDE H Spiller 3 8 8...........Nicola Currie (5) H 8
5
68- DAWN OF RECKONING J Portman 3 8 8................R Hornby 2
6
DELICE A King 3 8 8................................................................T Marquand 6
7
2-2 HEEYAAM M Botti 3 8 8......................................................... D Muscutt 5
8
4 QUEEN OF CONNAUGHT M Bell 3 8 8......Hayley Turner H 1
9
0-0 STREETS OF JOY H Spiller 3 8 8 ....................... David Egan (3) 9
- 9 declared BETTING: 13-8 Espadrille, 11-4 Amourice, 3-1 Heeyaam, 7-1 Lady
Persephone, 20-1 Delice, Queen Of Connaught, 33-1 Others.
TOTEQUADPOT RACES 3 TO 6 HANDICAP (CLASS 2)
£45,000 added 1m 2f
1
23-531 KYLLACHY GALA (D) M Botti 5 9 10........................G Wood (3) 6
2
6-4335 CALLING OUT D M Simcock 7 9 9................................ O Murphy 1
3
6/64-1 C NOTE Mrs H Main 5 9 7......................................................L Morris T 3
4
5043-2 NOBLE GIFT (CD) W Knight 8 9 6 ..............................C Shepherd 5
5
1325/6 GREATEST JOURNEY M Appleby 6 9 3 ......... A Rawlinson 4
6
2900/7 TENOR (D) J Ryan 8 9 1......................................Nicola Currie (5) T 2
7
314421 NONIOS (CD) D M Simcock 6 9 0(6ex)..................M Harley H 7
- 7 declared BETTING: 9-4 Nonios, 3-1 Kyllachy Gala, 4-1 C Note, 5-1 Noble Gift, 8-1
Calling Out, 14-1 Greatest Journey, 20-1 Tenor.
2.55
3.30
FORM VERDICT
C NOTE took advantage of a falling handicap mark to return to the
winner’s enclosure at Wolverhampton earlier in the month and he can
prove to be competitive once again off a 3lb higher mark. Noble Gift
has been in good heart on his last couple of starts and was only just
touched off over 1m4f at Lingfield last Friday, while Kyllachy Gala looks
best of the remainder.
TOTETRIFECTA PICK THE 1,2,3 HANDICAP (CLASS 4)
3YO £14,100 added 1m
1
231- TANSEEQ (D) W Haggas 9 13.......................................James Doyle 7
2
4-17 BOBBY BISCUIT (D) S Dow 9 6.................................. T Marquand 2
3
2-2236 AMBIENT J Chapple-Hyam 9 6..................................... S Donohoe 6
4
1095-1 POET’S PRINCE (D) M Johnston 9 5 .............................F Norton 1
5
71616- ENZO (D) Ed Walker 9 5...........................................................L Keniry T 3
6
23-321 CRAVING (D) S Crisford 9 5 ...............................................R Havlin H 5
7
37-31 LUNA ECLIPSE (D) A Balding 9 2...................................O Murphy 4
- 7 declared BETTING: 6-4 Tanseeq, 7-2 Luna Eclipse, 5-1 Craving, 6-1 Poet’s Prince,
10-1 Bobby Biscuit, 12-1 Enzo, 20-1 Ambient.
4.05
3.20
BEST BET
Isle Of Ewe
(3.40pm, Wetherby)
Fancied to continue stable’s
fabulous run of form after
promising comeback last month.
NEXT BEST
Glance Back
(3.05pm, Wetherby)
Came good at Leicester last time
and this track should suit better.
Hugh Bowman on Winx (right) wins at Sydney last weekend – setting a record
of 17 Group One victories by the Australian mare GETTY
Ryder Stakes in Sydney for the
third time. It was also her 24th win
in a row, one short of another brilliant Australian mare, the unbeaten
sprinter Black Caviar, who did come
over for Royal Ascot and win, just, in
2012.
“Winx has nothing to prove to any-
GOING:SOFT TO HEAVY
BET ONLINE NOW! STARSPORTS.BET HANDICAP
HURDLE (CLASS 4) £8,320 added 2m
1
5221/7 THATS MY RABBIT (D) Suzi Best 9 12 0 ...................B J Powell
2 460P54 THEYDON PARK M Roberts 5 11 12.........................T J O’Brien C
3
/8P552 THE GREEN OGRE (D) G L Moore 8 11 9.. Joshua Moore B
4
-71274 UNDISPUTED Noel Williams 7 11 7 .............................H Teal (7) H
5
954/ CANDYMAN CAN Miss L Hurley 8 11 5.....................J M Davies
6
U066 DOWNLOADTHEAPP D Bridgwater 5 11 4................. T Phelan
7
U29336 AKULA (D) B Leavy 11 11 0.........................Sean Houlihan (5) C,T
8
4-237F GRAMS AND OUNCES (CD) Grace Harris 11 11 0....L Heard T
9
-27025 LLANTARA T Symonds 7 10 13.............................................. B Poste T
10 -54874 CATCHIN TIME (D) Miss L Hurley 10 10 12 ........................................
................................................................................................Miss Page Fuller (5) C,T
- 10 declared BETTING: 3-1 Llantara, 7-2 The Green Ogre, 5-1 Undisputed, 8-1 Grams
And Ounces, Thats My Rabbit, 10-1 Downloadtheapp, 12-1 Akula,
Theydon Park, 20-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
THE GREEN OGRE returned to form when second at Fontwell behind
a well-handicapped animal last month and he could go one better
for the Gary Moore team. Undisputed showed the benefit of a wind
operation at Huntingdon two weeks ago, when a much better fourth in
a competitive event, while Llantara has been dropped 1lb after being
beaten off her previous mark four times in a row. Thats My Rabbit looks
best of the remainder.
one,” concluded Waller. “She is, and
always will be, regarded as a legend
of the turf.”
Much closer to home, Pat Smullen
will be sidelined for the foreseeable
future after a tumour was diagnosed
during tests for a gallstone problem.
“It’s a new challenge for me and it’s
STARSPREADS.COM HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4)
£10,300 added 2m 4f
LOOKS LIKE POWER Mrs D Hamer 8 12 0(7ex)....T Whelan H,T
INDIAN NATIVE (D) A Hales 8 11 12................ Kielan Woods T
RIDDLESTOWN (CD) C Fryer 11 11 11 ....Mr J Andrews (7) B
FREDDIES PORTRAIT D McCain 9 11 2....Will Kennedy B,T
THE BAY BIRCH (CD)(BF) M Sheppard 7 10 13... S Sheppard (3)
- 5 declared BETTING: 13-8 The Bay Birch, 2-1 Looks Like Power, 4-1 Indian Native,
8-1 Riddlestown, 10-1 Freddies Portrait.
3.55
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HURDLE (CLASS 4) £8,000 added 2m 3f
212217 DR DES (CD) Henry Oliver 7 11 13....................................J M Davies
-23311 PITON PETE (C) O Sherwood 7 11 13 ....................H Beswick (7)
42/P FARE THEE WELL Mrs S Humphrey 8 11 1.............T Whelan
- 3 declared BETTING: 4-6 Dr Des, 11-8 Piton Pete, 20-1 Fare Thee Well.
one I am fully focused on overcoming,” said the 40-year-old nine-time
Irish champion jockey.
“I’ve got tremendous support from
family and friends and I’m very positive about making a full recovery.”
4.15
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3.40
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(CLASS 3) £12,800 added 2m
1
2
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ANTE-POST
Jungle Cat has been backed
into 9-2 to beat favourite
and stablemate Blue Point in
Meydan’s Al Quoz Sprint.
WATCH RACING UK ON SKY 432 NOVICES’ HURDLE
(CLASS 4) £6,900 added 3m
BOB MAHLER (BF) W Greatrex 6 11 2...................R Johnson C
BRASCOE Jonjo O’Neill 6 11 2 .............................................A Coleman
RHAEGAR (D)(BF) K Bailey 7 11 2................................................ D Bass
ROWDY ROBIN Ruth Jefferson 6 11 2............................B Hughes
SHANROE TIC TEC Mrs J Mason 6 11 2.................N Scholfield
STING IN HIS TAIL T Easterby 5 11 2...........................J Hamilton
SUNNY DESTINATION G Bewley 6 11 2................J Bewley (3)
HILLS OF CONNEMARA (D) S Corbett 6 10 9....J Corbett (5) T
- 8 declared GOING:SOFT TO GOOD
BETTING: 8-11 Bob Mahler, 13-8 Rhaegar, 14-1 Rowdy Robin, 20-1
Sunny Destination, 25-1 Brascoe, 33-1 Shanroe Tic Tec, 66-1 Hills Of
SIXT RENT A CAR DRIVE SMUG HANDICAP CHASE
Connemara, Sting In His Tail.
(CLASS 4) £8,800 added 1m 7f
GET DAILY TIPS AT RACINGUK.COM HANDICAP CHASE
(CLASS 3) £12,800 added 3m
1
-41323 CARALINE (C) M Hammond 7 12 3.. Miss Becky Smith (5) C,T
2
1-P234 APPLAUS (C) M Hammond 6 11 12............................. S Quinlan C
1
41256- BLAKEMOUNT (C)(D) Mrs S Smith 10 11 13..................D Cook
3
-21136 LAKE FIELD (BF) K Bailey 9 11 10 .......................................... D Bass T
2
2-28F9 DUELING BANJOS K Bailey 8 11 12...........................Doubtful C,T
4
23-324 CASUAL CAVALIER (BF) G Bewley 10 11 4.........B Hughes C
3
-6562P SILVER TASSIE (D) M Hammond 10 11 9..............A P Cawley
5
512332 UNO VALOROSO (BF) M Walford 10 11 4..............J Hamilton
4
7711-8 GANBEI (D1) M W Easterby 12 11 9..................... H Bannister T
6
122155 ROXYFET M Hammond 8 11 0....................................... F O’Toole (3)
5
20-85P GONALSTON CLOUD (D) N Kent 11 11 7....................A Wedge C
7
67-931 GLANCE BACK Miss E Baker 7 10 9....................J Bargary (3) T
6 -UPP7P GOODTOKNOW (CD) Kerry Lee 10 11 3.................R Johnson B
8
352523 PEMBROKE HOUSE S-J Davies 11 10 1.......C Hammond (7) B
7
02P5-P WINGS ATTRACT (D) D Skelton 9 11 0.........................H Skelton
- 8 declared 8
-84283 NORTONTHORPELEGEND (D) Rebecca Menzies 8 10 9.....
BETTING: 10-3 Glance Back, 4-1 Uno Valoroso, 9-2 Lake Field, 6-1 Casual
........................................................................................................................................B Hughes
Cavalier, 7-1 Applaus, 8-1 Roxyfet, Caraline, 14-1 Pembroke House.
- 8 declared BULLOUGHS CLEANING SERVICES HANDICAP HURDLE BETTING: 3-1 Wings Attract, 7-2 Blakemount, 4-1 Nortonthorpelegend,
5-1
Goodtoknow,
7-1 Silver Tassie, 8-1 Ganbei, 14-1 Gonalston Cloud.
(CLASS 4) £8,320 added 2m 5f
4.55
1
2
3
4
5
1
31-273 DOCTOR HAZE K Bailey 7 12 1 ........................................................ D Bass
2
F0-165 LOUGH SALT (C) R C Guest 7 12 1.........................................S Bowen
3
2/21-6 ISLE OF EWE (BF) Tom Lacey 7 11 12.......................... R Johnson
1
P5112P BURRENBRIDGE HOTEL (D) Henry Oliver 7 11 11...T J O’Brien 4
124342 FREE RANGE D Skelton 8 11 12...................................... H Skelton B
2
-03481 PRAIRIE TOWN (D) A Carroll 7 11 8..........................L Edwards C 5
7-458P FORTY CROWN (C)(D) G Bewley 12 11 10...........J Bewley (3)
3
82313U SAN PEDRO DE SENAM G L Moore 5 11 4..Joshua Moore 6 U87432 STAY IN TOUCH D McCain 7 11 10 ................................B Hughes C
4 851UD1 SKIPPING ON (CD) Laura Morgan 9 10 3..... P Cowley (5) H 7
2-43 RAJAPUR D Thompson 5 11 8...............................N Moscrop (5) C
- 4 declared 8
4241P- ASCOT DE BRUYERE (BF) J Ewart 8 11 8 ...............Doubtful B
33 TRANSPENNINE STAR Jonjo O’Neill 5 11 8........A Coleman
BETTING: 2-1 Prairie Town, 5-2 San Pedro De Senam, 3-1 Skipping On, 9
10 86P534 CASH TO ASH M Walford 5 11 5 .......................................J Hamilton
7-2 Burrenbridge Hotel.
11 -56050 BOUDRY Mrs R Dobbin 7 11 5 .............................................. G Sheehan
FORM VERDICT
12 746-73 TAP NIGHT (D) Miss L Russell 11 11 4 ..B Campbell (5) C,T
C&D winner SKIPPING ON proved to be in rude health when scoring at 13 35PF3P CHRISTMAS TWENTY M Hammond 8 10 13...F O’Toole (3) H
Southwell last time and Laura Morgan’s nine-year-old, who thrives in 14 38-364 ALLFREDANDNOBELL (C) M Hammond 5 10 12.........................
a small field, should be able to play a major role once again. There is
...................................................................................................................................J Colliver V
question marks surrounding San Pedro De Senam’s jumping and he can
- 14 declared play a part if staying on his feet, while Prairie Town enjoyed the switch BETTING: 4-1 Transpennine Star, 9-2 Free Range, 5-1 Isle Of Ewe, 8-1
to fences when winning at Sedgefield and he is another who has to be Doctor Haze, 10-1 Stay In Touch, Tap Night, 12-1 Lough Salt, 14-1 Cash To
considered in a trappy contest.
Ash, Boudry, Allfredandnobell, Rajapur, 20-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
TANSEEQ showed a very respectable level of form as a juvenile and
built on two good efforts at Yarmouth and Kempton to oblige at the
third attempt at the Sunbury venue. Rated 86, he appeals as the type to
make up into a very solid handicapper and can get the better of Bobby
Biscuit, who is a lot better than what he showed last time, and the
improving Luna Eclipse.
top
tips
FORM VERDICT
Tom Lacey has his string in fine form and his mare ISLE OF EWE showed
enough encouragement on her return from a long break last month to
suggest a bold bid is on the cards, providing the bounce factor doesn’t
rear its head. Dan Skelton is always respected when saddling runners
here and his Free Range has risen only a 1lb for a useful second last
time, while Stay In Touch and Transpennine Star both hold solid
claims.
FORM VERDICT
BLAKEMOUNT can go well fresh and the 10-year-old was in fantastic
form towards the end of last season. He filled fifth place in the
Midlands Grand National two starts ago and was sixth in the Scottish
version a few weeks later, leaving this mark 131 look very workable for
the likeable gelding. Ganbei is a threat based on his form from last April
while Silver Tassie warrants each-way consideration.
WOLVES
GOING:STANDARD
BETWAY HANDICAP (CLASS 4)
£9,750 added 1m 1f 104yds
1
7-4223 DUTCH UNCLE (CD)(BF) Archie Watson 6 9 10.............................
................................................................................................................................L Morris B 8
2
35/0-0 ILLUSTRISSIME (D) I Furtado 5 9 9..................P J McDonald 2
3
42120- COPPER BAKED K Burke 4 9 7..............................................C Lee (3) 4
4
122312 KING KEVIN (CD) E Dunlop 4 9 6.............................R Havlin B 10
5
13739- MOUILLE POINT R Hannon 4 9 5...........................T Marquand 6
6 090-54 MANCHEGO (CD) J Osborne 4 9 1.................................. S Levey T 1
7
44567- RUBENSIAN (C) D M Simcock 5 9 1....................... J P Spencer 5
8
12-853 TAN ARABIQ (CD) M Appleby 5 8 10.. Josephine Gordon 3
9
07-821 MY FANTASEA (CD) I Williams 5 8 9............. R Kingscote C 7
10
0146/ WOODUKHELEYFIT (C) S Kirk 4 8 7.........................E Greatrex 9
- 10 declared BETTING: 11-4 Dutch Uncle, 7-2 King Kevin, 4-1 My Fantasea, 5-1
Tan Arabiq, 10-1 Manchego, 14-1 Mouille Point, 16-1 Copper Baked,
Illustrissime, 20-1 others.
7.45
Results service
NEWCASTLE Going: Standard
5.45 1. ESSPEEGEE (Darragh Keenan)
7-2; 2. Good Man 12-1; 3. Hussar Ballad 14-1. 10 ran. 9-4 fav Something
Brewing (5th). nk, 3/4l. (A Bailey).
6.15 1. DREAMOFDISCOVERY (C
Rodriguez) 5-1; 2. Lord Rob 28-1;
3. Nature Boy 9-2. 9 ran. 11-4 fav
Adventureman (8th). 1/2l, 11/2l. (Julie
Camacho).
6.45 1. NEWMARKET WARRIOR
(J Gormley) 15-2; 2. Zabeel Star 5-1;
3. Woody Bay 50-1. 4 ran. 1-4 fav
Harmonica (4th). 3/4l, 13/4l. (I Jardine).
7.15 1. CHERRY OAK (P Mulrennan)
9-2; 2. Mutabaahy 4-1; 3. Furni Factors
17-2. 8 ran. 5-2 fav Carpet Time (5th).
11/2l, hd. (B Haslam).
7.45 1. FOUNTAIN OF TIME (James
Doyle) 4-6 fav; 2. Playfull Spirit 7-2; 3.
Raaqyah 7-1. 11 ran. 2l, 3/4l. (C Appleby).
8.15 1. LORD CAPRIO (P Mulrennan)
5-4 fav; 2. Elixsoft 7-1; 3. Paparazzi
8-1. 7 ran. nk, 2l. (B Haslam).
8.45 1. PEA SHOOTER (D Allan) 20-1;
2. Suwaan 9-2; 3. Presidential 14-1. 10
ran. 7-4 fav Caesar’s Comet (5th). ns,
11/4l. (B Ellison).
Placepot: £597.40. Quadpot: £64.90.
Place 6: £272.86. Place 5: £92.26.
WARWICK
Going: Hurdle: soft-heavy in
places; chase: soft-good to soft
in places
2.10 1. GENERAL CONSENSUS (Mr
J Drinkwater) 14-1; 2. Ocean Cove
13-2; 3. Blue Flight 6-1. 9 ran. 5-6 fav
Tossapenny (4th). 3/4l, 11l. (S Drinkwater). Tote: £20.70; £3.60, £2.20, £1.90.
Exacta: £168.10. Trifecta: £1299.90.
CSF: £99.74.
2.40 1. WHATMORE (R Johnson) 11-8;
2. Higgs 66-1; 3. Captain Jack 7-1. 8 ran.
evens fav Harefield (Fell). 10l, 21/4l. (H
Daly). Tote: £2.30; £1.10, £15.30, £2.40.
Exacta: £133.00. Trifecta: £782.80.
CSF: £88.15. NR: Rebel Royal.
3.15 1. RED INFANTRY (R T Dunne)
4-1 fav; 2. Ceann Sibheal 15-2; 3.
Cadeau Du Bresil 6-1. 8 ran. 26l, 13/4l.
(I Williams). Tote: £3.40; £2.50, £2.20,
£2.10. Exacta: £36.10. Tricast: £166.26.
Trifecta: £134.80. CSF: £31.09.
3.50 1. YOUNG LOU (Miss T Worsley)
25-1; 2. Albert D’olivate 3-1; 3. Fresh
New Dawn 2-1 fav. 8 ran. 13/4l, 4l. (R
Dickin). Tote: £17.20; £2.90, £1.50,
£1.70. Exacta: £90.70. Tricast: £224.57.
Trifecta: £324.60. CSF: £99.24. NR:
Banco De Logos.
4.25 1. ALBERTO’S DREAM (Mr
Thomas O’Brien) 11-4; 2. Fight Commander 2-1 fav; 3. The Last Bridge
3-1. 6 ran. 41/2l, 11l. (Tom Lacey). Tote:
£3.00; £1.80, £1.50. Exacta: £8.30. Trifecta: £16.50. CSF: £8.74.
4.55 1. NOW MCGINTY (T J O’Brien)
13-8 fav; 2. Mahlervous 5-1; 3. Galactic Power 10-1. 10 ran. 20l, 21/2l.
(Stuart Edmunds). Tote: £2.60; £1.10,
£1.90, £2.70. Exacta: £11.00. Tricast:
£60.31. Trifecta: £43.20. CSF: £10.37.
NRs: Corzeam, Paddys Runner, Will
O’The West.
Placepot: £107.10. Quadpot: £5.10.
Place 6: £53.61. Place 5: £9.39.
WINCANTON Going: Heavy
2.00 1. CAPTAIN CATTISTOCK (Mr L
Williams) 15-8; 2. Run To Milan 6-4
fav; 3. Bellamy’s Grey 100-1. 6 ran.
6l, 16l. (P Nicholls). Tote: £2.50; £1.30,
£1.40. Exacta: £5.30. Trifecta: £66.30.
CSF: £4.98. NR: Beyond Supremacy.
2.30 1. DAYTIME AHEAD (N Scholfield) 5-1; 2. Quiz Master 11-4; 3. In-
nisfree Lad 2-1 fav. 7 ran. 12l, 4l. (R
Hodges). Tote: £5.00; £2.30, £2.10.
Exacta: £18.50. Tricast: £34.49. Trifecta: £67.50. CSF: £18.54. NR: Burst
Ya Bubble.
3.05 1. APACHE SONG (T Whelan)
10-1; 2. She’s Gina 9-2; 3. Litterale
Ci 7-4 fav. 8 ran. 3l, 14l. (J Eustace).
Tote: £11.10; £2.40, £1.30, £1.10. Exacta: £52.60. Tricast: £114.89. Trifecta:
£162.80. CSF: £52.48.
3.40 1. SOMCHINE (A Thornton) 6-1;
2. Little Jon 6-1; 3. Some Are Lucky
6-4 fav. 6 ran. 3l, 14l. (J W Mullins). Tote: £5.60; £2.30, £2.80. Exacta:
£30.20. Trifecta: £72.10. CSF: £37.13.
NR: Vivaccio.
4.15 1. CUCKLINGTON (H Cobden)
4-1; 2. Achille 9-1; 3. General Girling
14-1. 9 ran. 7-2 fav The Cider Maker
(Pulled Up). 21/2l, 21l. (C Tizzard).
Tote: £4.90; £3.60, £3.00, £1.80. Ex-
acta: £41.70. Tricast: £445.13. Trifecta:
£537.70. CSF: £37.34. NR: Two Hoots.
4.45 1. UNIONISTE (Mr D Maxwell)
4-7 fav; 5 ran. . (P Nicholls). Tote: £1.40;
£1.40. Exacta: £1.30. Trifecta: £1.30.
NR: Trueflyingcolours.
5.15 1. BLU CAVALIER (S TwistonDavies) 8-13 fav; 2. L’Auberge Du Bois
33-1; 3. Cloudy Glen 2-1. 8 ran. 16l, 21/4l.
(P Nicholls). Tote: £1.50; £1.02, £9.00,
£1.02. Exacta: £33.20. Trifecta: £74.10.
CSF: £33.08.
Placepot: £145.40. Quadpot: £43.80.
Place 6: £85.69. Place 5: £71.47.
WOLVERHAMPTON
Going: Standard
2.20 1. IT MUST BE FAITH (Nicola
Currie) 9-1; 2. Major Crispies 11-1; 3.
Island Cloud 5-1. 10 ran. 5-2 fav Awesome Allan (10th). 2l, nk. (M Appleby).
2.50 1. EMIGRATED (P Mathers) 8-1;
2. Street Poet 7-2 fav; 3. Let Me In 4-1.
10 ran. nk, 1/2l. (D Shaw).
3.25 1. OYSTER CARD (O Murphy)
16-1; 2. Beast 6-1; 3. Koubba 4-1 fav.
11 ran. 11/2l, 3/4l. (M Appleby).
4.00 1. ONE SECOND (J Fanning)
10-3; 2. Sotomayor 3-1 jt-fav; 3. Font
Vert 4-1. 6 ran. 3-1 jt-fav Mouchee
(5th). 13/4l, 2l. (M Johnston).
4.35 1. DARK ALLIANCE (E Greatrex)
15-8 fav; 2. Glory Awaits 11-4; 3. Energia Flavio 5-1. 4 ran. 11/2l, 11/2l. (D
Loughnane).
5.05 1. GONE WITH THE WIND (Daniel Tudhope) 13-2; 2. Noneedtotellme
11-1; 3. Jeremy’s Jet 4-1 jt-fav. 12 ran.
4-1 jt-fav False Id (5th). 1l, nk. (Rebecca
Bastiman).
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £2,476.77
carried over to .
Placepot: £140.00. Quadpot: £13.20.
Place 6: £84.64. Place 5: £20.23.
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BOXING
Trainer ridicules
‘glass jaw’ Joshua
claims in wake of
Klitschko barrage
said, ‘I just need a round off here to
get myself together’. That’s how he
thinks. There was no thought of, ‘this
is going wrong’. He thought he would
get a round in, calm it down a bit and
then he would sort it out.
“That’s the conversation with him
on the stool at the end of round five.
He knew he had a terrible round, but
he had a strategy to have a breather
and get his way back into it.
“Klitschko is a phenomenal
fighter and a phenomenal puncher.
Klitschko was motivated to do that
and a few of his left hooks would put
you to sleep.
“For him to weather the storm, said: “It was a strange one. All the
learn from it and to come back into way through training, he finished up
after training about 17st 9lb or 10lb.
the fight, was quite something.”
So I just presumed he’d
After defeating Klitschko,
come in at 17st 9lb or 10lb
Joshua accepted a fight
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litschko
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with mandatory challenger
hit
him
on
“But it was just the
Kubrat Pulev, only for the
week of the fight, when
Bulgarian to pull out with a the chin with
you ease off a bit, he probshoulder injury, 11 days be- about six left
fore the fight.
hooks... for him ably ate a couple of meals
more than he should have
The veteran Cameroo- to weather
and it was a 6lb difference.
nian-French heavyweight
“It was just taking it
Carlos Takam was brought the storm
easy a bit too much, so
in as a late replacement, but was quite
we’ll be a bit tighter and
Joshua appeared to strug- something
more disciplined the week
gle in the fight, suffering an
of the fight now. We should
early nose injury before winsee him coming in a bit lighter.
ning by way of a stoppage.
“He’s a massive bloke and his
Of the Takam fight, McCracken
By Declan Taylor
Anthony Joshua’s trainer, Rob McCracken, has dismissed claims the
Briton has a glass chin ahead of his
unification showdown with Joseph
Parker, and claimed that few other
boxers would have been unable to
survive the Wladimir Klitschko
onslaught in their title fight last year.
Parker’s camp have made repeated reference to Joshua’s inability to
take a punch, even christening him
‘glass jaw Joshua’ at a controversial
press conference earlier this year.
Much of the logic behind that line
of attack seems to stem from Joshua’s performance against Klitschko
– when he was knocked to the canvas in the sixth round before battling
back to land a famous victory – but
McCracken has argued that the
shots his man weathered would have
knocked out most challengers.
“Here’s the thing, just so we can
clear it up,” McCracken says. “People say ‘oh, he blows’. He got hit with
about 30 sledgehammers in rounds
five and six against Klitschko.
“It’s like being in a car crash.
Klitschko hit him on the chin with
about six left hooks, clean. Normally
he knocks everyone out with
those shots.
“So he’s sat on his stool and he
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wane; case; wand;
base; fade; cake
5-CLUE CROSSWORD
Across: 1 Roll on!, 3 Up-keep, 4 D-rear-y
Down: 1 Ro-tun-d, 2 Numpty*
WORD WHEEL
NINE-LETTER WORD oxidation
OTHER WORDS and, ant, axon, din, dint,
dioxin, don, into, ion, nit, nod, not, onto,
oxidant, tan, tin, ton, toxin
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LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
St Johnstone (1)..................1
Hamilton (0).......................0
MacLean 5
Att 2,037
P W D L F A Pts
Celtic
30 20 8 2 59 20 68
Rangers
31 18 4 9 61 36 58
Aberdeen
30 17 5 8 44 33 56
Hibernian
30 14 10 6 43 33 52
Kilmarnock
30 12 10 8 40 38 46
Hearts
31 10 12 9 32 29 42
St Johnstone
31 10 7 14 31 43 37
Motherwell
30 10 6 14 34 39 36
Hamilton
29 8 6 15 40 51 30
Dundee
30 8 4 18 30 48 28
Partick
30 6 7 17 26 50 25
Ross County
30 5 7 18 33 53 22
BOSTIK PREMIER DIVISION
Billericay 2 Harrow Borough 0.
Leading Positions: 1 Dulwich P 38 pts 78, 2
Billericay (35-76), 3 Folkestone Invicta (39-76), 4
Margate (39-70), 5 Staines Town (38-69), 6 Hendon (38-68).
EVO-STIK NORTH PREMIER
Matlock Town 0 Stourbridge 0.
Leading Positions: 1 Altrincham P 37 pts 77, 2
Warrington Town (37-71), 3 Grantham (36-64),
4 Ashton Utd (37-64), 5 Farsley Celtic (37-60), 6
Witton Albion (37-57).
WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS LGE.-QTR-FINALS, 2ND LEG:
Linköping 3 Manchester City 5 (Manchester
City win 7-3 on agg)-Slavia Praha 1 Wolfsburg
1 (Wolfsburg win 6-1 on agg)-Barcelona 0 Lyon
1 (Lyon win 3-1 on agg)-Chelsea 3 Montpellier 1
(Chelsea win 5-1 on agg).
FA WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE
Bristol City Women 0 Birmingham Ladies 2;
Liverpool Ladies P Arsenal Ladies P (Postponed
- new date to be confirmed); Man City Women
P Chelsea Ladies P (Postponed - new date to be
confirmed); Reading Women 3 Yeovil Ladies 0;
Sunderland Ladies 1 Everton Ladies 1.
Leading Positions: 1 Chelsea Ladies P 12 pts 28,
2 Man City Women (10-23), 3 Arsenal Ladies
(10-20), 4 Birmingham Ladies (12-19), 5 Liverpool
Ladies (11-18), 6 Reading Women (11-16).
CRICKET
MCC CHAMPION COUNTY - Essex v MCC, Barbados: Essex 187 (70.0 overs; R J Gleeson 5-50). MCC
73-2 (28.0 overs).
WOMEN’S T20 tri-series.-Mumbai: England 96
(17.4 overs); Australia 97-2 (11.3 overs). Australia
win by 8 wkts. Final, Saturday: Australia v
England (5.30am).
Anthony Joshua with fans
before his press conference with
Joseph Parker at Sky Sports
Studios in London GETTY
weight can sometimes be misleading, but I just think as long as he feels
good, and he’s sharp in the spars
and he’s doing 12 rounds without too
much difficulty, that tells me he is
where he should be.
“But you are damned if you do and
damned if you don’t because he is
such a huge bloke – it is easy for him
to put three, four or five pounds on in
a meal. He is a giant.
“He was late to the sport, so that
means he is not at his best yet,”
McCracken said.
Joshua ultimately prevailed
against Takam and will be in line to
fight for all four belts if he manages
to defeat Parker on Saturday night.
A fight with WBC belt holder
Deontay Wilder is already in the
works while Tyson Fury also
awaits somewhere along the line,
and McCracken is confident that a
hungry Joshua will only get better.
“It’s funny with boxers – you go
through the start, the middle and the
end. He’s still somewhere in the middle, where he totally enjoys it and it’s
an adventure for him and exciting
for him. The middle of your career
is the best bit because you are just
starting to realise you are not bad
at it.
“I think he is at that phase. He is
not at the latter end, which is ‘oh f***
it, this is a chore’. And he’s not at the
start where he doesn’t know if he is
any good or not.” THE INDEPENDENT
TENNIS
CYCLING
DWARS DOOR VLAANDEREN (Belgium, 181km):
1 Y Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 4h 09m
40s, 2 M Teunissen (Neth) Team Sunweb at 02s,
3 S Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac
p/b Cannondale at same time. Others: 22 L
Rowe (GB) Team Sky 2m 42s, 59 J Dibben (GB)
Team Sky at 6m 47s, 79 I Stannard (GB) Team
Sky, 80 B Swift (GB) UAE Team Emirates at
same time
TENNIS
MIAMI OPEN, MIAMI, FLORIDA: Men’s Singles
Quarter-finals: (14) J ISNER (US) bt (19) H
CHUNG (S Kor) 6-1 6-4. Women’s Singles
Quarter-finals: (6) J OSTAPENKO (Lat) bt (4) E
SVITOLINA (Ukr) 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-5).
FOOTBALL
(Football 7.45pm unless stated)
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Blackburn v Bradford.......................................................................
Gillingham v Milton Keynes Dons........................................
EVO-STIK NORTH PREMIER: Shaw Lane v
Sutton Coldfield Tn.
CRICKET
OTHER MATCH—THIRD DAY OF FOUR: MCC v
Essex (Barbados, 7.30pm).
SECOND TEST MATCH—FIRST DAY OF FIVE:
New Zealand v England (Christchurch, 11.00pm).
DARTS
UNIBET PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS (Belfast,
Northern Ireland).
GOLF
USPGA TOUR HOUSTON OPEN (GC of Houston,
Humble, Texas, United States of America).
LPGA TOUR ANA INSPIRATION (Mission Hills
C.C, Rancho Mirage, California, United States
of America).
RUGBY LEAGUE
BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE (7.45): Wakefield v
Castleford.
RUGBY UNION
NATIONAL LEAGUE 2 NORTH (7.45): Wharfedale
v Sedgley Park.
WRU NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST
(7.15): Blaenavon v Caerleon.
TENNIS
ATP & WTA MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU
(Miami, Florida, United States of America).
Azarenka seals semi-final
spot and return to top 100
By Gareth Cox
Victoria Azarenka set up a semifinal clash against Sloane Stephens
after edging out Karolina Pliskova
7-5, 6-3 in the Miami Open.
The victory guarantees
Azarenka (right) – currently
ranked No 186 – a return to the
world’s top 100. She said:
“It feels really good,”
Azarenka said. “Before
the match I said it was
going to be a great
test for me to see
where my game is at.
I think it gives myself
a lot of positive things to
continue to work on.
“The possibility of winning
[the title] is always in my head.
That’s why I play. I don’t come to a
tournament just to play, you know.
But I’m always taking one match
at a time.”
Stephens is her next opponent
in Miami and the American will
finally break into the world’s top
10 after her 6-1,6-2 quarter-final
thrashing of Angelique Kerber on
Tuesday night.
The US Open champion, who
first reached her current career
high of No 11 back in October 2013,
said: “Finally. Oh, my God! I’m so
tired of them being, like, careerhigh ranking, No 11. Like, finally
I can move in there.
“It’s awesome.
Obviously something
I have wanted to do
for a while, and... it’s
really not easy. Getting
to No 11 was hard, and
so getting into the Top
10 is pretty special. I’m
super excited about that.”
In the third quarter-final,
Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko defeated
Elina Svitolina, of Ukraine, 7-6, 7-6.
Ostapenko will now take on
the winner of the all-American
clash between Venus Williams
and Danielle Collins that was due
to take place in the early hours of
this morning.
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RUGBY UNION
FOOTBALL
left cheek prised apart from the in- plate and then drilled it in. I’ve had
side with an instrument “like a shoe- a lot more painful things happen to
Saracens captain Brad Barritt horn” and a piece of metal inserted. me. It purely felt like a sore tooth.”
laughed off a midweek operation
He had played on after
B a r r i t t d i s cove re d
to insert a titanium plate in his left the incident with Marchsomething was amiss
cheekbone as he declared himself ant, before eventually
when he was with his wife
It was
fit to lead the European Cup holders being substituted due to a much like a
and son last Saturday
into their quarter-final match with neck problem.
blew his nose and
routine tooth night,
Leinster in Dublin on Sunday.
“It was much like a roufound his cheek inflating.
Gruesome photos of the surgery tine tooth operation,” said operation.
“Because it is quite
led club-mate Sean Maitland to de- Barritt, who has earned Regardless, I
close to the nasal cavscribe Barritt as “The Terminator”. a hardman reputation was going to
ity,” he explained, “the
But the 31-year-old centre spoke across more than 200 ap- play whether
air that would normally
nonchalantly of the procedure re- pearances for Saracens in the plate was
pass through your mouth
quired after he took an accidental almost 10 years since he put in or not
fills into a pocket in your
elbow in the face from opponent Joe joined from Natal Sharks.
cheek so that’s how it’s
Marchant during last Saturday’s
“They numbed the side
determined that it [the
Premiership win over Harlequins.
of the mouth, created an incision, bone] is displaced.
Barritt was awake throughout the used what looks like a shoehorn to
“I had a CT scan on Monday and it
25-minute operation under a local pull your cheek back, scraped away was decided that it was the best way
anaesthetic, during which he had his to the bone and put in a vertical forward. Regardless, I was going to
play whether the plate was put in
or not.”
Maitland, Saracens’ Scotland
wing, said: “We couldn’t believe it
when we heard the news and then
saw the photos. The next minute,
he’s back training with the boys
and shows how tough he is – ‘The
Terminator’.”
But with Owen Farrell rated by
Sarries director of rugby Mark McCall “50-50” to play in Dublin due to
the quadriceps injury that kept the
fly-half out of the Harlequins match,
Barritt’s flint-hearted leadership
could be all the more crucial against
Leinster, the top-seeded team in the
last eight.
Saracens will certainly be missing five forwards in the injured
Billy Vunipola, Vincent Koch, Mike
Rhodes, Will Skelton and Calum
Brad Barritt traing with Saracens at their media day yesterday GETTY
Clark. THE INDEPENDENT
Chelsea and City
ensure England
double up in semis
Horror cheek op does not
keep Barritt out of cup tie
By Hugh Godwin
By James Mariner
RUGBY LEAGUE
Koukash
plotting new
club based
in Cumbria
By Ian Laybourn
Former Salford owner Marwan
Koukash says he is “itching” to get
back into rugby league.
The multi-millionaire racehorse
owner experienced a roller-coaster ride with the Red Devils for
five years until he became disillusioned with paltry attendances and
handed over control of the Super
League club to a fans group earlier
this year.
Koukash (right) is maintaining
his interest in Salford by offering to
match the gate receipts from their
Good Friday game against Catalans
Dragons tomorrow, but is now setting his sights on Cumbria, which he
feels is ripe to host a Super League
club once more.
“I am itching to get back,” he said.
“The one thing I can’t afford to do ception where the council leader
is fail the next time. I don’t consider announced the intention to build a
my time at Salford to be a failure new stadium for the 2021 World Cup
but I was not successful. The next and, if it comes off, that would be an
time it’s going to have to
ideal location. Everything
be right.”
hinges on a new stadium.”
I
a
m
still
Ko u ka s h h a s b e e n
In the meantime,
passionate
appointed as lead business
Koukash insists the Red
consultant for Cumbria about Salford. Devils remain in his blood
Lakers, the club that hopes It is in my
and, after buying a season
to re-introduce Super blood. I still
ticket, he will double the
League to the area, and hurt when we takings for the game at the
has held exploratory talks
AJ Bell Stadium.
with Allerdale Council lose and I’m
“I am passionate about
leader Alan Smith over over the moon Salford, “ he said. “It is in
a proposed new stadium when we win
my blood. I still hurt when
in Workington.
we lose and I’m over the
The former Palestinmoon when we win.
ian refugee envisages a
“Every single player and
brand new club playevery member of staff
ing in a state-of-theare friends of mine and I
art 10,000-capacity
want to help as much as
stadium, rather than
I can. I can’t keep donata merger of the three
ing money but, by matchcurrent part-time Cuming the gate receipts, I am
brian clubs, Workington,
hoping it will galvanise fans
Whitehaven and Barrow.
to turn up in numbers.”
“They could never be a
Salford’s new chairman,
Super League club on their own Andrew Rosler, said: “Salford is still
unless there is mega investment, very much in Marwan’s heart – you
but it could happen if the whole can’t put in, both personally and
county gets behind a new club,” financially, what he did without a
Koukash said. “I was at a civic re- lasting attachment.”
England will have two sides in the
last four of the Women’s Champions
League for the first time after Manchester City and Chelsea completed
quarter-final victories last night.
A stunning first-half showing from
Manchester City in Sweden helped
them to a 5-3 win over Linkoping,
completing a 7-3 aggregate victory,
while Chelsea disposed of French
side Montpellier, winning 3-1 at
Kingsmeadow on the night for a 5-1
aggregate success.
Nick Cushing’s City side, who also
made the semi-finals last season on
their debut in the Champions League,
raced into a four-goal lead by halftime at the Linkoping Arena, having
led 2-0 from last week’s first leg.
An unmarked Jane Ross headed
in the opener after 13 minutes before
Georgia Stanway curled home from
outside the area. The 19-year-old
added another from distance just
past the half-hour and Jen Beattie
headed in from a standing position
for City’s fourth on 41 minutes.
Marija Banusic scored twice – the
second a penalty – to salvage some
pride for the Swedes in the opening exchanges of the second half,
but Nikita Parris’s run teed up Izzy
Christiansen for City’s fifth from
close range. Tove Almqvist squeezed
CHAMPIONSHIP
I’m not coming back to save
Sunderland, insists Quinn
Former Sunderland chairman
Niall Quinn has dismissed
reports he is part of a consortium
considering a takeover of the
struggling Championship club.
Quin, 51, who also spent six
years on Wearside as a player,
was said to be fronting a group
which was in talks with Black Cats
owner Ellis Short. However, the
former Republic of Ireland striker
has said the speculation is not
accurate.
“Not true. Sadly someone
jumped the gun there a little bit
and probably felt I was doing
more,” he said, according to Irish
broadcaster RTE. “I was actually
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Ramona Bachmann
celebrates after scoring
Chelsea’s second against
Montpellier GETTY
Semi-final draw
Final 24 May, Kiev
in a third for the hosts but City had
already ensured their place in next
month’s semi-finals.
Their convincing success follows
6-0 and 7-1 aggregate victories in
earlier rounds of the competition and
they will hope to continue the scoring
spree in the last four when they take
on holders Lyon, who put City out
at the same stage 12 months ago en
route to winning the trophy for a
record fourth time.
The French champions, featuring
England’s Lucy Bronze, beat Toni
Duggan’s Barcelona 1-0 at the Mini
Estadi, Eugénie Le Sommer scoring
to complete a 3-1 aggregate victory.
Chelsea, playing in front of a
in Sunderland a couple of times
but it was nothing to do with
football and maybe that’s
where it came from.”
Sunderland, relegated
from the Premier
League last season,
are bottom of the
Championship and
in severe danger of
going down again. Chris
Coleman’s side have
won just one of their last 13
league fixtures.
“I, like everybody else, hopes
record 3,050 crowd, also made a
fast start, Fran Kirby intercepting
possession 30 yards out after four
minutes and racing through to finish
from close range. Sofia Jakobsson
lobbed an equaliser before the break
but Ramona Bachmann restored the
lead after being sent clear by Kirby
early in the second period. Kirby
added a third from the penalty spot.
Emma Hayes’ side will play
Wolfsburg in the last four after
the German side drew 1-1 at Slavia
Prague last night, completing a 6-1
aggregate victory. The only English
winners of the competition were
Arsenal, 11 years ago. Vic Akers’ side
beat Sweden’s Umea 1-0 over a twolegged final in 2007.
England players Lucy
Bronze, Izzy Christiansen,
Fran Kirby, Jordan Nobbs and
Jodie Taylor have been shortlisted
for the inaugural Football
Writers’ Association Women’s
Footballer of the Year award.
the situation gets better there
very quickly,” added Quinn (left),
who was club chairman
between 2006 and 2011.
“There are one or two
people who are meant
to be interested in
buying the club, I hear
all that. I’ve nothing
special to tell you
there, I just hope they
get out of it.
“I’d like to see it turned
around, I just don’t think it’s going
to be me.” PA
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The Upshot
Tim Wigmore
Boom in fantasy leagues highlights
changing face of sports fandom
T
Chelsea v Wolfsburg
Manchester City v Lyon
First legs 21/22 April;
second legs 28/29 April
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o Liverpool fans, Mo
Salah means goals,
showmanship and
dazzling skill. To Martin
Axford, who oversees
the Fantasy Premier League, Salah
means something very different.
“I don’t think we’ve noticed
anyone have as much impact in
a single territory as Mo Salah,”
he tells i. Last season, FPL had
201,000 players from Egypt; this
season, they have 507,000. Fully 85
per cent of those playing in Egypt
have Salah in their team. Thanks
to Salah, more people in Egypt now
play FPL than any other country in
the world outside England.
The Salah effect is a window
into the rise of FPL, the Premier
League’s official fantasy game.
When it was launched, before the
2002-03 season, FPL had 18,000
users, which quadrupled over the
league’s first season – though it
was still puny compared with the
fantasy leagues run in newspapers.
Now, FPL has 5.8 million players
worldwide – a number that has
more than doubled in the past five
years, and has grown 28 per cent
since the end of last year.
There are very typical traits of
FPL players: the majority are males
aged 18-34; indeed, 95 per cent of all
players are male. Yet while the age
and gender of players is relatively
homogeneous, their geography
reflects the Premier League’s global
reach. Since 2014, the majority of
players have been from outside
England. As well as Egypt, the
10 most popular nations for FPL
include Malaysia, Indonesia, India,
the USA, Norway and Australia.
Overall, 70 per cent of users are
now from outside England.
Fantasy sports were born in the
US in the 1950s – because of the
simplicity of its scoring system, golf
is believed to have been the first
sport that had a fantasy game.
Their growth has been
intertwined with the rise of the
internet, and especially social
media, which facilitates instant
conversations between competing
players while watching matches.
“We tend to be the secondscreen experience,” says Jeffrey
Haas, the chief international
officer of Draft Kings, which
has various leagues in
the US and UK.
Thirty years ago,
there were 500,000
people in the USA and
Canada playing these
games, according to the
Fantasy Sports Trade
Association. Fifteen years
ago, there were 15 million.
Today, there are 59
million; the industry
is worth $7bn
(£5bn) a year.
American
fantasy
leagues are
The rise in popularity of Fantasy Premier League
Number of reg
gistered FPL players by season end
SOURCE: PREMIER LEAGUE
helped by gambling being illegal in
assists. We have very clear
all bar four states. Yet the ban does
definitions that we have to protect
not extend to fantasy leagues like
to maintain the integrity.”
Draft Kings – where people pay to
For the Premier League, all of
enter, and either lose their stake
this is much more important than
or win cash prizes – and which
a mere gimmick. Unlike Draft
effectively permit gambling by
Kings and other fantasy games,
another name.
FPL, which is free to enter, does
Fantasy sports in the UK are
not make money. Instead, it is a
far less lucrative, largely
brilliant marketing tool for
because those who
the league.
want to gamble on
“The indications
sports can do so
are that it has been
legally. Yet UK
instrumental in
fantasy leagues are
driving significant
Percentage of the
also dramatically
interest in the
507,000 Fantasy
trending upwards.
Premier League,”
Premier League
players in Egypt
There are 8.5 million
says Axford, who
who have Mo Salah
fantasy players in
is also the league’s
in their team
the UK, according to
head of digital. “That’s
Haas. Remarkably, the
ultimately what the
majority of 20-something
Premier League gets out of it
men in the UK play some form of
– we’re looking to increase exposure
fantasy sport.
to our players.”
Leagues, including the FPL, are
This is the aim that underpins
learning from America’s success.
the FPL: to lead fans to follow
Indeed, partly with the US market
the Premier League itself more
in mind, the FPL draft – where
fervently. “It’s about engagement.
players form a league and have a
It’s really important that we
draft for every footballer, so that
provide a platform that allows
only one person in the league can
people an entry point to enjoy the
sign Salah (below) – was introduced Premier League through a fantasy
this year, mimicking the drafts that
lens,” Axford explains.
are staples of US fantasy sports.
“On a weekend it can make or
The FPL draft game already has
break some people’s days,” adds
800,000 players, separate from the
Axford. “We get people sharing
main FPL game. Next season,
information about points they have
players will be able to make
left on the bench… That can be a
player trades between
source of great pain.”
one another, and even
The ascent of fantasy games
complete mock drafts
reflects, and is accelerating, the
to prepare for draft day. change in how we view professional
For players, it is
sport. Increasingly, sport is
more than just fun
seen less through the prism of
and games. “It’s very
traditional clubs, and more through
important to make sure
that of individual celebrity players;
it’s a credible game in
Cristiano Ronaldo, for example, has
everyone’s eyes,” Axford
more Twitter followers than Real
explains. “We review Madrid and Barcelona combined.
every decision
The inexorable rise of fantasy
very
sports is the perfect emblem for this
carefully
new age, in which the thorny issue
– particof who actually wins and loses a
ularly
match is increasingly marginalised
around
by all the surrounding pizazz.
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Victory a shot in the
arm, says McLeish as
new caps repay faith
By Alan Pattullo
Alex McLeish described Scotland’s
1-0 victory over Hungary as a muchneeded boost following a turbulent
few months for the team.
The ripples are still being felt
after the SFA dispensed with
Gordon Strachan following failure to qualify for the World Cup,
Stewart Regan resigned as chief executive after failing to land Michael
O’Neill, while interim chief executive Andrew McKinlay steps down
at the end of May.
McLeish is well aware he was
second choice and that his appointment was met with coolness by
some fans. Pressure grew following
Friday’s 1-0 defeat by Costa Rica but
there were signs of improvement on
Tuesday and McLeish admitted he
was relieved to have got his reign up
and running.
Jack Hendry can look forward to
many caps under Alex McLeish
“You think I didn’t feel that?” he
said. “I had to stick to what I was
doing. I didn’t have any regrets
about what I’ve done in the last couple of games, bringing a lot of new
faces in.
“What we’ve seen over the two
games is young guys getting blooded and showing that they want to be
a part of it. Now, with the evidence
of winning a game, they will all be
wanting to play. It gives everyone a
shot in the arm.”
He praised his older, more experienced players, several of whom
were key to the victory, and assured
them they still have a part to play
in his plans. “Their careers are not
over,” he said, while hailing the impact of young centre-halves Jack
Hendry and Scott McKenna.
McKenna, 21, won his first cap
against Costa Rica while 22-yearold Hendry’s debut came in Tuesday’s win. “I would love to see these
guys going on to get many, many
caps for Scotland,” said McLeish.
He described Stuart Armstrong
as a “real asset” and praised Callum
McGregor. The Celtic pair’s arrival
against Costa Rica helped change
momentum and they were key
against Hungary.
“He [Armstrong] has played at
a good level for the last couple of
years now and he has grown with
each season at Celtic,” he said. “You
could see the leadership from him.”
As for McGregor, who won only
his third cap on Tuesday, McLeish
said: “He can play just about anywhere. He takes the ball and finds
space where we asked him to
find space.”
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ENGLAND
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
has seized his chance
under Gareth Southgate
REUTERS
Southgate widens options
with progressive thinking
FA will lead abuse enquiries if
club reports not up to scratch Kyle Walker experiment paid off but England
manager must beware setting up too defensively
wants the structured report
within roughly the next month.
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
The Football Association’s
report into historic allegations
of sexua l abuse will assume the
power to lead investigations into
clubs if it does not judge that
those clubs have led adequate
investigations into themselves.
Clive Sheldon QC, leading
the report commissioned by
the FA, has asked clubs to
provide him with a “structured
report” into instances of sexual
abuse. If those reports are not
adequate then Sheldon’s team
of lawyers will conduct their
own investigations.
The news will shine further
light on the clubs who are the
focus of Sheldon’s report, which
is now expected to be completed
by late September.
Sheldon has identified 12 clubs
to focus on specifically for his
report and has written to them
to request information. Sheldon
Chelsea and Manchester City
have launched their own QC-led
investigations into cases of
sexual abuse at their clubs in the
past. Crewe Alexandra, though,
went back on an earlier promise
to lead their own investigation.
Those instances, where there
will not be a sufficient internal
process, are when Sheldon’s
team are set to take over.
The investigation, set up by
the FA in December 2016, has
been in the ‘deep investigation’
phase since May 2017.
They initially wrote to all
65,000 FA-affiliated football
clubs, but they have narrowed
their focus down to 12 case
studies of specific interest.
The finished report will
name clubs and individuals if
it is deemed that they did not
do enough following reports of
abuse. THE INDEPENDENT
Kevin
Garside
CHIEF SPORTS
CORRESPONDENT
G
areth Southgate has
until 14 May to submit his
outline World Cup squad
of 30 and until 4 June to
refine the number to 23.
The focus on individuals perhaps
misses the point since past failures
have not been rooted in the quality
of the players necessarily, but in
the failure to coax from talented
footballers a semblance of coherence.
The most obvious example is the
most recent, against Iceland two
years ago when a team comprised
of luminaries from Europe’s lesser
clubs, including Cardiff, Charlton
and Swansea, blobbed England in
the first knockout stage of Euro 2016.
Southgate has always talked a
good game and under his tenure
recycling the ball successfully
England have been more or less
through midfield. They don’t yet
plausible. Against the Netherlands
score enough but neither do they let
in Amsterdam last Friday, they
many in. The problems come when
gave perhaps their most convincing
Southgate defers to a defensive
display since the match
orientation, which he
against Germany in
did against Italy with the
What’s
March last year which,
inclusion of Eric Dier as
really
paradoxically, ended in
the defensive midfield
defeat, sealed by Lukas
screen, with three at
pleasing is
Podolski’s insane finish.
the back.
they are
The performance
The move is entirely
working and
against Italy, the last of
contradictory since it
solving
this experimental period,
negates the point of
featured five changes from problems
selecting centre-backs
Amsterdam and was not as on the pitch
comfortable on the ball,
persuasive. It followed the themselves
like John Stones, whose
pattern witnessed against
job it is to initiate from the
Spain at home and France
back. With Dier sitting
in Paris, where old failings returned, deep, the gap between defence
particularly in possession.
and midfield becomes too great,
At their best under Southgate,
a disconnection that ultimately
England have demonstrated
spreads up the pitch. As the
familiarity with modern mores, like
midfield gets overrun, as was the
retaining purposeful possession,
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Root desperate to avoid
unwanted Test record
By Chris Stocks
IN CHRISTCHURCH
Second Test details
The stakes for Joe Root and his
(from 11pm BST tonight)
players are high ahead of the final
Probable Hagley Oval teams:
match of a marathon winter as they
New Zealand KS Williamson
aim to avoid recording the worst
(capt), JA Raval, TWM Latham,
away run in England’s Test history
LRPL Taylor, HM Nicholls, BJ
with a series-levelling victory
Watling (wkt), C de Grandhomme,
against New Zealand.
IS Sodhi, N Wagner, TG Southee,
This group of players will claim
TA Boult
that unwanted place in the record
England JE Root (capt), AN
books if they go a 13th successive
Cook, MD Stoneman, LS Livingoverseas Test without a win here in
stone, DJ Malan, BA Stokes, JM
Christchurch. That run stretches
Bairstow (wkt), MA Wood, CR
back to the final match in BanglaWoakes, SCJ Broad, JM Anderson
desh last winter, when they were
Umpires M Erasmus (SA) &
bowled out in a session in Dhaka,
B Oxenford (Aus)
takes in 4-0 defeats in India and AusWeather Staying dry and sunny.
tralia and the innings hammering in
Max temp: 19C
Auckland earlier this week.
TV Sky Sports Cricket, 10pm
Root played his cards close to his
chest ahead of the final Test, England’s captain dead-batting every
Auckland wasn’t
question on selection. Will Mark
Wood play? “We don’t know yet.” dissimilar to playing in
How about Moeen Ali? “We’ll have England. We need to get
to wait and see.” Will Root continue things right – quickly
to bat at three? “Depends on the
side we pick.”
Root’s reticence gave the impres“You go into anyone’s home consion of a captain and a team who ditions these days, it is becoming
don’t know which way to turn to more and more difficult to win,”
change their rotten form. Put sim- said Root. “What was really disapply, England are a bang averpointing in Auckland was
age Test team. Away from
that it wasn’t dissimilar to
home they are worse,
playing in England. We
with five of their last
are asking ourselves
eight defeats coming
questions about
by an innings.
whether we need to
Away Tests played
To become the
do things differently.
by England since
worst England team
We need to get things
they last won one
in overseas Tests,
right – quickly.”
– in Bangladesh in
statistically at least,
Despite the lack of
October 2016
isn’t easy. Just think
clarity over selection, it
of some of the sides that
seems certain Moeen will
stumbled their way through
be taken out of the firing line.
the 1980s and 90s. However, these Expect Liam Livingstone, the young
players have the potential to turn Lancashire all-rounder who hit 88
things around, perhaps just not this during England’s first tour match
week against a New Zealand team in Hamilton, to make his Test debut.
seeking only their fourth Test series
Wood will surely be picked for his
victory against England.
first Test this winter, probably to
12
against Italy, the attack is left
isolated and feeding off scraps.
And so the carousel affected by
England in the Netherlands, with
Jordan Henderson at the base
of the midfield and Alex OxladeChamberlain and Jesse Lingard
linking dynamically in front, was
achieved only fleetingly. England
were dragged into the match by the
reconstituted brilliance of Raheem
Sterling, who ambushed the Italians
with his pace through the middle.
Once he made his presence felt,
Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lingard
came more into play and Dier was
sucked further forward.
When that happens, England
look well-equipped to prosper. Like
Sterling under Pep Guardiola
at Manchester City, OxladeChamberlain has profited since
his move to Liverpool, where
Jürgen Klopp has made good
use of his pace and attacking
instincts in the more central
role he prefers. England’s
best moments have come
with OxladeChamberlain
and Sterling
driving at the
heart of defences.
Italy, as any team
does, looked a
different proposition
under that kind of
sustained pressure.
The deployment of Kyle
Walker (right) on the right
side of defence was further
demonstration of Southgate’s
progressive thinking, perhaps
allowing him to name one less
central defender in favour of the
extra midfield/attacker.
Flexibility is a coach’s best friend
in tournament play. Southgate
summarises the position thus: “In
terms of the last four games, we’ve
played four of the biggest football
countries in the world. They’re at
different levels of progression, we’ve
been competitive in every game.
“I think our patterns of play have
become far clearer to everybody. We
will improve that the more we work
together – we will improve that. And
what’s really pleasing is they are
working and solving problems
on the pitch themselves at
times, changes of formation
from the opposition, patterns
of working their way through
different pressing strategies.
“That’s a real plus,
that they’re taking
that responsibility
and identifying
those things. That
will only improve
the more we
work together, so
I’m really looking
forward to getting
them back together
as a group and the
lead into what is a
fantastic, exciting
tournament for us.”
replace Craig Overton. Somerset
spinner Jack Leach appears likely
to have to wait for his chance, probably in one of the seven Tests against
Pakistan and India this summer.
England have been lucky their
thrashing in Auckland has been
overshadowed by the Australia balltampering scandal in South Africa.
Root was again asked about it but is,
understandably, more concerned
about his own team. “What’s happened in South Africa shouldn’t really affect how we go about things.
“For me, it’s about getting the
result we need to finish off a long
winter and take us into the summer
with pride and momentum.”
But do England have enough left
in the tank? “Yes, there’s a natural
motivation to come back from such
a poor week. We did show a lot of
fight and courage on that last day to
get as close as we did to the draw, but
we know we were way off the mark
in that first innings and it made it
very difficult as well for the bowling
unit when you had such a small total.
“We’ve got an opportunity now, in
a completely new game, new venue,
different conditions, to make sure
we’re far better than we have been
on this trip so far.”
Root did give a partial update on
Ben Stokes’ fitness, indicating the
all-rounder could bowl but is again
likely to be named as a specialist
batsman. “With such a big summer
coming up, it’s really important we
err on the side of caution with him
and make sure we don’t lose him for
a long period of time, which generally come with back injuries,” he said.
“Normally he just wants to run in
and bowl all day and bat for hours
and hours. I don’t think we’ll see
him running in for 30 overs a day but
hopefully we’ll be able to get some
overs out of him.”
New Zealand, meanwhile, are likely to make just one change, spinner
Ish Sodhi coming in for side-strain
victim Todd Astle. THE INDEPENDENT
England
crash to
big loss
England women
suffered a reality check
following their record
run chase against India
as Australia romped to
an eight-wicket win in
Mumbai. England had
already booked their
place in the T20 TriSeries final but limped
to 96 all out yesterday.
Australia were 12
for 2 in reply but
captain Meg Lanning
(left) hit 41 from just
28 balls and Ellyse
Perry smashed 47 off
32 deliveries as they
coasted to victory.
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Warner was ringleader of
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Captain Smith also banned
for a year and cannot lead his
country again until 2020
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Root focused on
ending England’s
dreadful record
away from home
David Warner’s Australia career is
effectively over after he was found to
have been the ringleader in the balltampering scandal which has cast a
shadow over the entire culture of the
national team.
The batsman has been banned
for a year and barred indefinitely
from holding any sort of leadership
position within the national team for
his involvement in the plot to doctor
the ball in the third Test against
South Africa.
While it is conceivable he could
return, the fact that Cricket Australia
has explicitly stated the former vicecaptain is not leadership material
means it would take a seismic shift
of opinion by the governing body – as
well as public opinion – for him to be
welcomed back.
His captain, Steve Smith, has been
banned for a year, while batsman
Cameron Bancroft has been given
a nine-month suspension. The pair
are also barred from being captain of
Australia for at least two years.
Cricket Australia believes the
scandal is an isolated incident but
the governing body’s chief executive,
James Sutherland, said: “If there are
other allegations we will take them
further.”
He added that the players were
“sad and remorseful” but the fact they
had lied about the use of sandpaper
when owning up to tampering on
Saturday was taken into account.
Sutherland said: “This has caused
damage to the game as a whole and
certainly to Cricket Australia. It
has compromised the fans’ faith in
cricket and it’s our responsibility to
reinstate that confidence.
“There was some courage in
owning up, but there was an element
of untruth and that’s something we
took into consideration.”
The
Sport
Matrix
The stories you
need to know
The key findings...
l The section on Warner is the
most damning with the former
vice-captain cast as ringleader
of the ball-tampering plot – he
stands accused of developing and
demonstrating the plan, as well
as instructing Bancroft to carry it
through and then not owning up
to it all afterwards.
l Bancroft is said to have
used sandpaper – not dirtcovered sticky tape as was
previously claimed.
l Smith is accused of knowledge of the ‘potential plan’ and a
failure to stop it.
l The former captain is also
accused of misleading officials
and the public about the incident
in his post-match comments.
l He is further accused of
misrepresenting the number of
people involved in the plot – a
reported cause of some anger in
the Australian dressing room.
l Smith and Bancroft will not be
considered for leadership positions until a year after their bans.
l Warner will never again be
considered for a leadership role
in the Australia team.
The report into the scandal, in
which the three players colluded
and attempted to doctor the ball
was damning. The governing body’s
report singled out Warner as the man
who had developed a plan to alter
the condition of the ball and given
Bancroft advice and a demonstration
how to do so, using sandpaper.
Smith knew of the plan, according
to the report, but failed to take steps
to prevent the implementation of it.
The deposed captain was accused
of misleading officials and the public
about the plan, as he claimed on
Sunday that Bancroft had used
tape to pick up grit from the pitch.
In fact, Bancroft had sandpaper in
his pocket.
Coach Darren Lehmann, who has
been cleared of any wrongdoing, will
lead the team in the fourth Test in
Johannesburg tomorrow. He said:
“The players involved have been
FOOTBALL
‘Racist chants’ aimed at Pogba
Fifa is investigating reports of racist
abuse of France players during
their friendly match with
World Cup hosts Russia
on Tuesday.
The game
took place in St
Petersburg, which
will host six matches
including a semi-final.
Photographers from
news agency AFP said
they heard racist chants aimed
at Manchester United midfielder
Paul Pogba (below) and Barcelona’s
Ousmane Dembélé when they
went to take corners.
A representative of
the Russian Football
Federation was quoted
as telling the country’s
newspaper Sport Express:
“Our services have
not heard or recorded
anything like this.”
Football Against Racism
in Europe (Fare) is preparing to
submit a report to Fifa.
handed down very serious sanctions
and they knew they must face
the consequences.
“They have made a grave mistake,
but they are not bad people.
“There is a human side of this.
These are young men and I hope
people will give them a second
chance. Their health and wellbeing is
extremely important to us.
“I worry about the three guys
immensely. We love all of our players
FORMULA ONE
‘Ferrari copy’ talk is
rubbish, says Haas
McLaren, Red Bull and Force India
want the Haas team’s relationship
with Ferrari investigated after its
surprise Australian Grand Prix
performance. McLaren driver
Fernando Alonso and Red Bull
boss Christian Horner have voiced
concerns but Haas chief Gunther
Steiner rejected accusations that the
team’s car is an illegal copy of last
year’s Ferrari. He told the BBC that
the critics “talk without intelligence
and without knowledge”.
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the botched ball-tampering plot
Aussie opener dreamt of running
T20 team but career is now in ruins
Controversy is
never far away
from Warner but
James Alder
asks if he can
ever come back
from this scandal
J
Steve Smith (white T-shirt)
heading for the departure area
at OR Tambo International
airport in Johannesburg
yesterday AFP/GETTY
and they are going through a really
tough time.
“We understand the enormity of it
and the public perception. We have
to try and win the fans back over and
play the best cricket we can.”
Lehmann added: “The thing for
me would be if we take a leaf out of
someone like, say, New Zealand’s
book, the way they play and respect
the opposition.
“We do respect the opposition
but we push the boundaries on
the ground. So, we’ve got to make
sure we’re respecting the game,
its traditions, and understanding
[how] the game holds itself around
the world.
“The team has been received quite
negatively in recent times and there
is a need for us to change some of the
philosophies about the way we play.
“Previously, we butted heads but
that’s not the way to go forward.”
ust a month ago, David
Warner spoke candidly
about his desire to take over
the reins of Australia’s T20
squad on a permanent basis,
and it wasn’t a ridiculous notion.
“We spoke about one of us in
the leadership group staying back
David Warner faces an uncertain
[in Australia] and leading the
future after his ban by Australia
T20 team, and obviously I put my
hand up for that,” Warner said
in which the destructive opener
in February.
has amassed 12,498 runs across the
After something of an eventful
three international formats. Now, it
few weeks, even by Warner’s
seems, Warner’s fellow players have
standards, talk has now shifted
reacted badly to being implicated
to whether ‘Bull’ has become a
in the ball-tampering plot, with The
scapegoat as Cricket Australia’s
Sydney Morning Herald suggesting
administrators scrambled to
he may have reached the end of the
put their now legendary crisis
international road.
management plans
The pantomime nature
into operation.
of his histrionics with
Bullishness South Africa’s Quinton
Having led Australia to
that embodies de Kock in Durban
No 2 in the International
his approach
Cricket Council [ICC]
was further evidence
T20 rankings in the
of Warner having
has all too
recent series against New often spilt
rescinded his temporary
Zealand, Warner’s career over into
reverential exterior in
seemed still to be on an
favour of what comes
moments
of
upward trajectory.
more naturally to him.
madness, like
However, his 12-month
Since his meteoric
ban and Cricket Australia’s punching Root rise in Test cricket, off
refusal to consider him
the back of blistering
for “any leadership
white-ball form in 2011,
positions in the future” have ended
Warner’s career has followed
his ambition of taking over the
a Jekyll and Hyde pattern. The
T20 team.
bullishness that embodies his
But can he ever come back to
approach has all too often spilt over
Test cricket after the latest scandal into moments of sheer madness,
to dent his reputation? With the
punching Joe Root in 2013 being a
batsman halfway through his 32nd
prime example.
year, the answer is probably no.
At least he need not worry that
Controversy has defined a career
Cricket Australia will refuse him
FOOTBALL
RUGBY LEAGUE
Salah prank leaves
kids speechless
Thorman hit by raft
of Giants injuries
Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah
stunned schoolchildren when he
took part in a prank at Anfield.
Youngsters turned up to take part
in a commentary competition, with
the prize for the best duo a meeting
with Salah. As they commentated on
Liverpool’s 4-0 Premier League win
over Arsenal earlier this season, the
Egypt striker burst through a paper
wall (right), giving them the fright of
their lives. He later tweeted: “Who
says school isn’t great fun?”
Huddersfield caretaker coach Chris
Thorman is grappling with an injury
crisis. Winger Jermaine McGillvary
is set to miss two months with an
ankle injury and stand-off Lee
Gaskell is ruled out of tonight’s
derby with Leeds with an infected
elbow. Second rower Dale Ferguson
and centre Sam Wood also miss out.
The Giants were already without
Jake Mamo, Leroy Cudjoe and
Dale Ferguson.
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the no-objection certificate he
would need to play in the endless
T20 competitions after they said he
and Smith are free to play abroad.
But, while it is not inconceivable
that Warner could walk away from
the Baggy Green for good in favour
of lucrative global alternatives, he
won’t be cashing in this season.
He and Steve Smith became the
highest-paid Australians ever in the
Indian Premier League at the 2018
auction when both were retained by
their franchises for an eye-watering
A$2.4m (£1.3m) apiece.
Warner stepped down as captain
of Indian Premier League side
Sunrisers Hyderabad, while Smith
stood aside as captain of Rajasthan
Royals, but still expected to play.
However, IPL chairman Rajeev
Shukla has banned them from
playing in this year’s competition,
with Sunrisers and Royals due to
sign stand-ins.
“The players that they [Cricket
Australia] have banned, we are also
barring those two players from
this season. The franchises will get
replacements for the players,” he
told the BBC.
Warner’s Cricket Australia
contract is worth more than
A$ 900,000 (£490,000) a year, plus
sponsorships and endorsements.
However, as Ben Stokes found
out after his alleged Bristol affray,
sponsors won’t hang around a bad
smell for long.
A month is a long time in sport.
The last two days have probably
felt like a month for both Warner
and Smith. The deity-like status
both players enjoyed has gone,
with ex-players and fans alike keen
to weigh in on an issue which has
shaken Australia’s national sport to
its core.
It has been universally
recognised as an entirely stupid
and avoidable PR disaster, but
it remains to be seen whether
Warner’s time as an international
man of controversy is done. THE
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