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BUDGET 2017
SPECIAL EDITION
Hammond’s
hard hat
Budget
THURSDAY
23 NOVEMBER 2017
Number 2,184
News.co.uk
P19
Jubilant crowds
welcome the
‘Crocodile’ who
ousted Mugabe
Ashes 2017
How England can
avoid ‘Gabbatoir’
heartbreak P58
» Stamp duty boost for first-time buyers set to kick-start housing market
» Plan will drive up prices and benefit existing home owners, watchdog warns
» Dismal growth forecasts and productivity suggest challenging years ahead
» Chancellor loosens purse strings with £25bn extra public spending, including
£3bn for Brexit, £7.5bn for NHS – but no guaranteed pay rises for public sector
» Britain pushes for electric cars, as new diesel owners are hit by higher taxes
» Recruitment drive for maths and computer science teachers
WHAT THE BUDGET MEANS FOR YOU PAGES 4 – 17
My grandfather’s
Blitz campaign for
the welfare state
by Simon Calder
P35
Olaf the snowman
I was going to become
a laywer until ‘Frozen’
changed my life
P42
PLUS GAMES & PUZZLES P50
● A RADICAL IDEA FOR
BRITAIN’S SCHOOLS P21
● UNITED’S SWISS SLIP-UP P62
The
News
Matrix
WHITEHALL
Which royal
might you
hear on the
wireless this
Christmas?
See p.29
The day at
a glance
POLICE
CRIME
Hacker ‘taunted HBO Spacey investigated
in extortion attempt’ over second assault
23
NOVEMBER
Quote of the day
An Iran-based hacker plotted to
extort HBO out of $6m (£4.5m)
by threatening to release stolen
episodes and scripts of hit shows,
such as Game of Thrones. At one
point Behzad Mesri taunted the
network with a twist on a catch
phrase from that series: “Winter is
coming. HBO is falling.” AP
TECHNOLOGY
Climbing robot may
supplant sailors
Nothing in the world is
more dangerous than
sincere ignorance and
conscientious stupidity
MARTIN LUTHER
KING JNR
A flexible, multi-functional robot
that can climb walls, cross over
obstacles, and stick to surfaces
has been developed by Chinese
scientists. The robot – which is
expected to go on the market next
year – can be used to carry out
monitoring tasks on the surface of
ships, its developers say.
The Hollywood star Kevin Spacey
is being investigated by the
Metropolitan Police over a second
alleged sexual assault. They are
looking into claims the House Of
Cards star sexually assaulted a man
in Lambeth in 2005. Police were
already investigating an alleged
assault in the same area in 2008.
TECHNOLOGY
THURSDAY
The Government has created 3,000
civil service roles to work on Brexit,
of which 2,000 have been filled,
a minister has revealed, after an
SNP MP said the process was a
“shambles”. Caroline Nokes said the
Government was planning for an
“orderly” EU exit.
UNITED STATES
SCIENCE
Man wrongly jailed
is awarded $15m
Cloned Dolly ‘did
not suffer arthritis’
A US federal jury has awarded
$15m(£11.5m) to a man wrongfully
convicted. Sabein Burgess spent
nearly two decades in jail for
supposedly killing his girlfriend,
prompting him to sue Baltimore
police and two detectives. The sum
is one of the largest ever awards for
wrongful conviction in America.
Fears that cloning may have given
Dolly the sheep arthritis were
unfounded, say scientists.
Dolly, born at the Roslin Institute
in Edinburgh in 1996, was the first
mammal to be cloned from an adult
cell. She died in 2003. A new X-ray
examination of her skeleton has
found no abnormal osteoarthritis.
HEALTH
Getting the no-sleep blues
The decline in average sleep duration and quality has
been attributed to the use of light-emitting electronic
devices such as smartphones in the hours before falling
asleep. A study found the blue light halted and reduced
the production of melatonin, a naturally occurring
hormone that induces sleep.
Longest-surviving
transplant patient
A woman who is believed to be the
world’s longest surviving heart
transplant patient is celebrating 35
years since her life-saving operation.
Sandy Law, 62, of Hertfordshire, was
27 when she was given a new heart
at Papworth Hospital. “It makes you
live for the day and gives you such a
positive outlook,” she said.
ARCHAEOLOGY
Birthdays
Kelly Brook, presenter/
model, 38; Kayvan Novak,
actor, 38; Nicolás Maduro,
politician, 55; Zoë Ball,
presenter (below), 47; Kirsty
Young, journalist, 48;
Miley Cyrus, pop singer, 25
Brexit creates 3,000
jobs in civil service
Bones found under
Aldi ‘may be human’
The List
Top 10 places Britons
would emigrate
Canada and New Zealand are
the most appealing countries for
Britons thinking about emigrating,
a YouGov survey has found. These
are the top 10 destinations Britons
would consider moving to if the
opportunity arose:
Canada (below) 67%
New Zealand 64%
Sweden 52%
Netherlands 51%
Switzerland 51%
Italy 50%
USA 50%
Ireland 49%
Denmark 47%
Spain 47%
10 mins
The study found that
after reading an eBook
it took 10 minutes
longer to fall asleep
than after reading a
print book.
75%
Credit: YouGov
Scientists warn the powerful light emitted
from screen devices can trick the brain into
thinking it’s day, discouraging the
light-sensitive gland in the brain from
releasing crucial sleep-inducing melatonin,
making it much harder to get to sleep.
20%
eBook readers had 75%
less rapid eye movement
(REM) sleep than print
book readers.
Further health risks in disrupting
the production of melatonin
Insomnia has a knock-on effect on the levels of
hormones that control hunger and can
potentially increase the risk of becoming obese,
or developing prostate and breast cancer.
WORDS: VALERIE BROWNE
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
Workmen have unearthed
suspected human bones beneath
a car park outside a branch of
Aldi in Stalybridge, Greater
Manchester. The car park is
believed to be on the site of an old
chapel, although witnesses from the
site say the remains were buried
face down.
Decrease in the
production of
melatonin for
eBook readers,
where print book
readers showed no
suppression from
normal levels.
1:30
The onset of
melatonin took
1hr 30mins longer
to be triggered in
the body than the
print book
readers.
SOURCE: PNAS
NATURE
Colder incubation
makes lizards clever
Bearded dragons hatched from
chilled eggs grow up cleverer
than lizards born in warmer
temperatures, research has shown.
Scientists tested the social learning
abilities of dragons whose eggs had
been incubated either at 30C or 27C.
Those from the colder environment
were quicker to pick up new skills.
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NEWS
2-35
ThePage3Profile
RYAN COLCLOUGH
FOOTBALLER FATHER
A day to remember …
Wigan Athletic footballer, Ryan Colclough,
will never forget the day he scored two
goals before dashing off the pitch mid-game
for the birth of his son. He told the BBC: “I
got there just in the nick of time.”
A spectacular win?
Glorious. The 22-year-old winger was
instrumental in Wigan’s 3-0 win over
Doncaster in League One on Tuesday.
Minutes after he scored the second goal,
his family watching in the stands told him
his partner’s waters had broken. He made a
quick celebratory gesture to the crowds of
cradling a baby (below) and raced off.
Cutting it close...
He got to the birth of his second son with
30 minutes to spare. Harley Thomas
weighed in at 8lb 6oz. Colclough said: “It
was a great feeling.”
The perfect hat-trick?
Yes and out of the blue. The winger said he
didn’t expect his son to be born that night.
Midwives had told him and his partner they
thought they were at least a couple of days
away from labour because the baby “was
still very much tucked up” during a scan
earlier in the day.
A Wigan FC celebration?
Wigan chairman David Sharpe tweeted:
“Congrats to Ryan Colclough who scored
a brace tonight in our win before being
substituted to make it in time to see the
birth of his son.” Colclough said: “I am
overwhelmed with a great night, both on
and off the pitch”.
Valerie Browne
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23 NOVEMBER 2017
PEOPLE
Streisand gets
Modigliani for a song
Hollywood legend Barbra Streisand
has revealed she only embarked on
her tour last year to raise the money
for an Amedeo Modigliani painting.
Ms Streisand, 75, who had not
toured for 27 years, said this week:
“I’m a big fan of Modigliani, and
there was a painting [of his] I really
wanted, but I had to save up for it.”
UNITED STATES
Rocket man aims to
show world is flat
A flat-Earth theorist plans to take off
in a home-built rocket to prove the
world is not round.
Californian Mike Hughes claims to
have built a steam-powered missile
using scrap metal, for $20,000
(£15,000), and plans to travel for
about a mile at around 500mph in
the sky above the Mojave Desert. “I
don’t believe in science,” he said.
GERMANY
Punk says Merkel’s
career is not dead
German rock star Campino,
frontman of punk band Die Toten
Hosen, has thrown his support
behind Chancellor Angela Merkel,
calling on her to “hang in there” after
talks to form a new government
collapsed. He said replacing Merkel
“would be a sign that Germany
wants to deconstruct itself”.
POLITICS
‘Grangela’ becomes a
grandmother at 37
Shadow education secretary Angela
Rayner has become a grandmother
at the age of 37. The Ashton-underLyne MP announced the birth of her
first grandchild in an early-morning
tweet in which she gave herself the
new nickname Grangela. She had
her first child when she was 16.
3
Letter from
the Editor
Oliver Duff
i@inews.co.uk
Phil avoids the sack
– but needs bravery
This was a very unusual Budget
for the first year of a new
parliament. Normally, a
chancellor and prime minister
use the first Budget of their
administration to push through
tough decisions, knowing that
they still have years ahead to
sweeten the pill.
Instead, Philip Hammond took
his happy pills, loosened his belt
a little and is going to spend an
extra £25bn to try to stimulate
the economy.
This is not to be sniffed at, and
shows the pickle in which he, the
PM and the UK find ourselves. It
would be wrong to interpret this
as the end of austerity, though.
Austerity is a social condition,
as well as a fiscal rule, and with
lamentable growth forecasts,
appalling national productivity – a
challenge perhaps more profound
than Brexit – and sluggish wage
rises, people feeling the pinch
cannot yet skip down the road.
Mr Hammond is no longer
in peril of losing his keys to
11 Downing Street.
He didn’t have much wriggle
room. With concessions to
Tory backbench critics on
universal credit and to
Brexiteers, some new NHS
money (but nowhere near the
sum health service chiefs say
they need to avoid cuts) and his
stamp duty gambit, the
Chancellor has done enough to
see off the dogs, without offering
any radical ideas to stimulate
growth, or on how to reach the
millions of people around Britain
who are struggling to get by.
Braver policies will be
needed if Mr Hammond and
the PM are to truly transform
life chances and aspirations,
and to take the fight to
Jeremy Corbyn.
Twitter: @olyduff
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NEWS
Budget At a glance
State of the economy
The Office for Budget
Responsibility slashed its forecast
for growth over the next year. It
suggests the UK economy will
grow by just 1.5 per cent this year,
and 1.4 per cent next year.
Housing
Stamp duty is scrapped for firsttime buyers on homes worth
up to £300,000 and, in London,
on the first £300,000 on homes
costing up to £500,000.
Personal finance
The income tax-free personal
allowance will rise to £11,850
and the higher-rate threshold to
£46,350 next year. The national
living wage will rise by 4.4 per cent
to £7.83 an hour from April.
Business
The threshold at which small
businesses start paying VAT will
be kept at £85,000. A change to the
way business rates are calculated
will be brought forward, saving
companies £2.3bn over four years.
Education
The Chancellor will make £40m
available to train maths teachers
and the number of trained
computer science teachers will
be tripled to 12,000.
Technology
A “world’s first” national advisory
body to carry out research
into artificial intelligence (AI)
will be created, with £500m of
investment into the development
of other technologies.
Health
Mr Hammond pledged an extra
£2.8bn for the NHS in England,
with £350m to be provided
immediately to allow hospital
trusts to plan for this winter.
Environment
Taxes could be levied on single-use
plastics to help the UK lead the way
on tackling “the scourge” of plastic
littering the oceans.
Alcohol, tobacco and fuel
Duty will be frozen on wine,
spirits, beer and ciders other than
high-strength, low-quality alcohol.
The tobacco-duty escalator will
continue at inflation plus 2 per
cent, with an extra 1 per cent duty
on rolling tobacco this year. Plans
to raise duty on petrol and diesel
are scrapped.
Tax avoidance
Online marketplaces will be jointly
liable with sellers for VAT in order
to address online VAT fraud, which
costs the taxpayer £1.2bn a year.
Digital giants such as Google and
Apple will have to pay income
tax on royalties relating to UK
sales even when they are paid
to a low-tax jurisdiction, raising
£200m a year.
Universal credit
Reforms to universal credit will
remove the seven-day waiting
period and ensure that any
household needing an advance
can access a full month’s payment
within five days of applying.
BUDGET 2017
COVER STORY
£25bn boost for ailing
economy as Hammond
goes on spending spree
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
The Chancellor Philip Hammond
loosened the purse strings as he set
out plans to spend more than £25bn
to boost the economy and cushion
Britain from the impact of Brexit
in 2019.
He put tackling the housing crisis
at the heart of the Budget, pledging moves to build more homes and
to help more young adults on to the
property ladder by cutting stamp
duty for first-time buyers. He set
extra cash aside for spending on hospitals, transport and research and
development, and bowed to pressure
to ease the impact of universal credit.
The spending plans came against
a gloomy economic backdrop with
projections revised downwards for
growth, investment and productivity
and with inflation creeping upwards.
They also marked a change of political direction after years of bearing
down on spending through austerity
measures.
Opposition parties protested that
the package did nothing to relieve the
strain on public services or to help
working people facing a squeeze on
their living standards.
Nor was any extra money specifically allocated for pay rises above the
public sector salary cap.
But the Budget measures –
particularly the stamp duty announcement – were received with
noisy approval on the government
benches and eased the pressure on
Mr Hammond among Tory rightwingers who suspect him of trying to
undermine Brexit.
The Chancellor announced a
£7.5bn rise in National Health Service day-to-day and capital spending
across the UK, allocated £2.3bn for
research and development and set
aside £1.5bn for cutting waiting times
from universal credit claimants.
He also earmarked another £3bn
for preparations for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union
in addition to £700m already in the
pipeline.
The £25bn boost is spread over
the next five years, but will come to a
head in 2019-20, the year after Brexit,
Drinkers and smokers
Breathe a little easier
A rise in “sin taxes”, the traditional
soft option for chancellors, has
largely been avoided.
It is a clear sign that Philip
Hammond, mindful that his party
does not have a parliamentary
majority, has gone out of his way not
to upset too many voters.
The vast majority of drinkers were
spared any pain, with duty on beer,
wine, spirits and most ciders frozen,
equating to 1p off a pint of beer, 6p off
a typical bottle of wine and £1.15 off
a bottle of Scotch. Only high-strength
cider drinkers face a price rise.
Pub owners and landlords will
also celebrate the scrapping of the
“staircase tax”, which levied a £5,000 a
year charge on offices and businesses
that have more than one floor.
Smokers are to see 28p go on the
price of 20 cigarettes, with rollyour-own smokers facing a rise of 3
per cent above inflation.
when the Treasury will pump almost
£10bn into the economy.
Treasury aides insisted Mr Hammond had not forfeited the right to
the nickname “fiscal Phil”, as the
£25bn spending had been funded
from the “headroom” he had built up
in the nation’s finances.
Mr Hammond was desperate to
avoid a repeat of his March Budget
disaster when he was forced to abandon moves to raise national insurance rates for the self-employed.
He avoided similar bear-traps this
time as he retreated from plans to
lower the VAT registration threshold for small businesses and increase
the levy on diesel fuel. Both moves
had been seriously considered by the
Chancellor, but were abandoned in
the face of concerted lobbying.
The Chancellor raised the tax-free
personal allowance to £11,850 and
higher-rate threshold to £46,350 in
April 2018.
He insisted that the Government
would “look forwards not backwards” as the UK economy embarks
“on a path to a new relationship” with
the EU which will be “full of new challenges and new opportunities”.
But Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour
leader, said Mr Hammond was presiding over a “record of failure with
a forecast of more to come”.
The Liberal Democrat leader Sir
Vince Cable said: “£3bn of taxpayers’
money is disappearing down a Brexit
black hole.
“It tells you everything you need
to know about this government’s priorities that more funding has been
found for Brexit than for our struggling NHS, schools and police.”
HEALTH
Philip Hammond with his
Treasury team outside
No 11 Downing Street
yesterday YUI MOK/PA
WELFARE
NHS leaders say £2.8bn cash is
not enough to plug funding gap
followed by the remaining £0.85bn
the following year.
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh,
NHS leaders in England
outgoing medical director for
welcomed the extra £2.8bn the
NHS England, said the money
“under pressure” health service
would not plug the funding gap
will receive for day-to-day
in the health service but
spending over the next
would “force a debate
three years – but
about what the public
warned it was still
can and can’t expect
not to enough to
from the NHS”. He
keep on top of rising
warned longer waits
demand.
for care seemed
Amount pledged by
NHS England
“likely”. Sarah
Philip Hammond
chief executive
Jane-Marsh, of
to
ease
‘winter
Simon Stevens
Birmingham Women
pressures’
had called for an
and Children’s
immediate cash
hospitals’ trust, echoed
injection of £4bn, but
many NHS leaders, saying
Philip Hammond pledged
her reaction was “one of
just £350m straight away to help
extreme sadness”. She said she
“winter pressures”. The NHS
would have “some very difficult
will get another £1.6bn in 2018-19,
conversations” with her staff
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
£350m
and patients as a result. Rachel
Power, of the Patients Association,
said: “The Treasury appears to
be demanding the NHS return to
meeting the four-hour A&E target
and reduce its waiting lists in
return for the extra funding. This
is fantasy.” Meanwhile, nurses and
other NHS staff will have to wait
even longer for the seven-year
public sector pay cap to be lifted.
Mr Hammond raised the
prospect of increases but only if
productivity improved.
Janet Davies, of the Royal
College of Nursing, said:
“Promising the NHS additional
money for nursing pay is welcome,
but Philip Hammond must make it
a meaningful pay rise.”
But unions criticised him.
Unison general secretary Dave
Prentis said: “Hopes of NHS staff
may have been raised slightly,
but there’s no actual money on
the table. This is still a long way
from the across-the-board pay
rise needed.”
Universal
Credit given
waiting time
overhaul
By Paul Gallagher
Changes to universal credit will be
made after strong criticism that
low-income families which rely on it
are suffering.
The Chancellor announced the
wait for the initial payment for
claimants on the Government’s
flagship welfare scheme will be cut
from six to five weeks.
MPs, unions and charities have
been warning that the six-week
wait for claimants before receiving
their first payment is unfair and has
caused hardship.
Mr Hammond told MPs he had
earmarked a £1.5bn package to cut
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HOUSING
Stamp duty
bonanza set to
drive up prices
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
A key measure to fix Britain’s “broken housing market” by abolishing
stamp duty for first-time buyers
could backfire by inflating property
prices, the Government’s economic
watchdog has warned.
Philip Hammond set out a £15bn
package of policies to increase the
number of houses built annually
from 217,000 last year to 300,000
by the mid-2020s. “This is our plan
to deliver on the pledge we have
made to the next generation that
the dream of home ownership will
become a reality in this country
once again,” he told the Commons.
He won cheers from Tory MPs
for scrapping stamp duty for firsttime buyers of homes costing up
to £300,000. It is also being axed
on the first £300,000 of a purchase
price up to £500,000 in hotspots.
The Treasury said the measure,
which will cost more than £3bn by
2023, would benefit 95 per cent of
first-time buyers, saving them an
average of £1,160 on their purchase.
But the shine was taken off the
move by the Office for Budget
Responsibility, which predicted it
would push up prices by around
0.3 per cent, leaving many firsttime buyers paying more than they
would have done without the relief.
It said the policy could result in as
few as 3,500 extra home purchases
a year. “The main gainers from the
policy are people who already own
property, not the first-time buyers
themselves,” it added.
The Chancellor put action to
increase the supply of affordable
housing at the heart of his Budget.
Hammond targets Brexiteers
with £3bn funding boost
By Richard Vaughan
An extra £3bn will be set aside
to prepare the UK for Brexit,
regardless of whether a deal is
secured with Brussels.
The Treasury has already
promised £700m to help the UK
gear up for Brexit and, under
plans announced yesterday, a
further £1.5bn will spent for the
next two years in preparation for
leaving the bloc.
The commitment was the first
to be made by the Chancellor
yesterday, as he sought to silence
some of his biggest detractors
among pro-Leave MPs. Philip
Hammond said he stood ready to
allocate further Brexit sums “if
and when needed”. “No one should
doubt our resolve,” he said.
Theresa May has faced calls
200k
190,900
162,704
150k
100k
50k
2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016
Average UK house price
2017: £211,672
200k
150k
100k
50k
1955 1965 1975 1985 1995 2005 2015
SOURCES: UK FINANCE, HALIFAX, NATIONWIDE
His new plans involved around
£7bn of investment, as well as a
promise to underwrite loans to
private house builders to the tune
of £8bn.
Mr Hammond said the new
money would bring total support
for housing to at least £44bn over
the next five years.
The Chancellor also announced
a review of land banking, which will
be conducted by Oliver Letwin.
The former cabinet minister will
be asked to provide a solution to
the problem of builders acquiring
sites but delaying development
in expectation of the land gaining
in value.
Business, page 46
EMPLOYMENT
EUROPE
the waiting period for payments. He
said he would remove the seven-day
waiting period so entitlement for
universal credit starts on the day of
the claim, adding that any household
needing an advance can access a full
month’s payment within five days
of applying.
Mr Hammond said the repayment
period for these advances –
effectively a loan for struggling
claimants – will also be extended
from six to 12 months. The Work and
Pensions Secretary David Gauke
will announce further changes to
the welfare policy today. “Universal
credit delivers a modern welfare
system, where work always pays and
people are supported to earn,” he
said. “But I recognise the concerns
on both sides of the House about the
operational delivery of this benefit.”
Frank Field, the Labour MP
who chairs the Work and Pensions
Committee, said: “These are the
beginnings of a rescue package for
universal credit. But by God does it
need a rescue package.”
Number of first-time buyers
is lower than 10 years ago
from members of her own Cabinet
to sack Mr Hammond in favour
of a Brexiteer, such as Michael
Gove. But in response to the
speech, Boris Johnson, one of the
chief campaigners for leaving the
EU, tweeted:“Tories continue
to be party of homeownership
with stamp duty cut and £44bn
for house building plan, while
maintaining strong public
finances. Great Budget from
Philip Hammond.”
Treasury aides said Mr
Hammond had arrived at the £3bn
figure in response to requests
from departments. Departments
receiving the cash will include
HM Revenue & Customs, the
Home Office, Environment and
Transport – but no announcement
has yet been made on exactly how
it will be shared out.
Low-paid to benefit as
minimum wage rises
By Alan Jones
The national living wage is to increase by 33p an hour to £7.83 next
April for workers aged over 25.
Statutory rates for 21- to 24-yearolds will go up by the same amount
to £7.38; for 18- to 20-year-olds
the rate will rise 30p to £5.90;
and for 16 and 17-year-olds the
rate will increase 15p to £4.20, the
Chancellor announced.
The rate for apprentices aged
under 19 or in the first year of an
apprenticeship will increase by 20p
to £3.70.
The new national living wage will
still be lower than the voluntary
“real” Living Wage of £10.20 an
hour in London and £8.75 outside
the capital.
Bryan Sanderson, chairman of
the Low Pay Commission, whose
recommendation on wages was accepted by the Government, said:
“The recommended rate of £7.83
is in line with the indicative rate of
£7.85 that we set out last October.
“This is good news for the millions of low-paid workers who are
paid at the minimum rates.”
ON OTHER PAGES
Maths the winner inlimited
help for schools
P6
Growth forecast amid fearsof
weaker investment
P9
Hamish McRae
P10
Elizabeth Anderson
P11
Corbyn attacks ‘uncaring,
uncouth’ Tories
P12
How the Budget affects
you and yourfinances
P16
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NEWS
BUDGET 2017
EDUCATION
Sums don’t add up for hard-up headteachers
By Richard Vaughan
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
Maths and computer science were
the biggest winners in what was an
otherwise limited package of funding
for schools.
Education pledges barely made
a single side of A4 in the 87-page
Budget red book, which sets out the
Government’s economic policies for
the year ahead.
Headteachers and parents have
been urging the Chancellor to turn
the spending taps on and increase
school funding by around £2bn.
But their pleas have fallen on deaf
ears as schools will have to make
do with a more than £200m pot of
funding to increase the take up of
maths, and to boost the number of
qualified computer science teachers.
Under the changes, schools will
receive an extra £600 for every extra
pupil who decides to study maths,
further maths A-levels or core maths
via a £177m programme.
Philip Hammond also expanded
the Teaching for Mastery maths
programme to a further 3,000
schools, at a cost of £27m, with £40m
earmarked to train maths teachers.
SCIENCE
£400m to be spent
on charging points
for electric cars
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
The Government has thrown
its weight behind electric and
driverless vehicles by announcing a
£400m fund to establish a network
of charging points across the UK.
T h e C h a n c e l l o r, P h i l i p
Hammond, highlighted the need for
electric vehicles to pave the way for
driverless ones, which he hopes will
hit UK roads by 2021.
An additional £100m will go to a
plug-in-car grant, which reduces
the price consumers pay for brand
new electric and hybrid vehicles,
and £40m to charging-point
research and development.
But Mr Hammond failed to
announce expected regulatory
changes necessary for wider
testing of driverless cars on
UK roads, opting to back more
easily attainable electric-car
infrastructure. “Our future vehicles
Diesel cars which do not meet new
rules on emissions will be taxed at a
higher rate from next April
will be driverless, but they’ll be
electric first, and that’s a change
that needs to come as soon as
possible,” he said.
While experts hail the many
benefits driverless cars could bring,
obstacles must be overcome before
they can become commonplace
on the roads. Much of the UK
lacks the infrastructure required
for self-driving cars to navigate,
while public unease and fear over
the potential impact on the jobs of
human drivers remain.
The law will also be clarified to
ensure employees who charge their
electric vehicles at work will avoid
a benefit-in-kind charge from next
year, the Chancellor said.
Officials estimate that the
driverless car sector will be worth
£28bn to the economy by 2035 and
could support 27,000 jobs.
New diesel vehicles which fail to
meet the latest real-world emissions
standards will incur a rise in vehicle
excise duty from April 2018, but a
widely expected fuel-duty increase
did not materialise.
Instead, the fuel-duty increase on
petrol and diesel planned for April
has been scrapped.
Non-conforming diesel cars will
be pushed up by a tax band, while
company-car tax will increase from
3 per cent to 4 per cent.
Mr Hammond was at pains to
make clear that the measures
were diesel-only. “No white van
man or woman will be hit by these
measures,” he said.
Mr Hammond told MPs that he
would invite applications for more
specialist maths schools,
to “release the potential
of highly talented
mathematicians”.
“More
maths
fo r eve r yo n e,” t h e
Chancellor quipped.
“Don’t let anyone say I
don’t know how to show
the nation a good time.”
The Government will also
give £84m to be used to triple the
number of fully qualified computer
science teachers to 12,000, Mr
Hammond said, to ensure that all
secondary school pupils can study
the subject, adding that the
Government also plans to
work with industry to
create a new National
Centre for Computing.
A further £20m will
be given to FE colleges
to deliver the new
technical qualifications,
dubbed T-levels, while
£30m will be spent on a
National Retraining Scheme,
which will develop “digital skills
distance learning courses”.
However, the promises failed
to impress headteachers. Paul
Whiteman, the general secretary
of National Association of Head
Teachers warned: “It will now be
impossible for many schools to avoid
making redundancies, to continue
to keep class sizes at an acceptable
level, and to offer a full and rounded
curriculum to all pupils.”
Geoff Barton, the general
secretary of the Association of
School and College Leaders, said
the Budget did not meet “the urgent
need for a significant improvement
in education funding”.
The pensioner
‘I didn’t think there was an awful lot in it’
STEWART DEAS, 68, is a retired
college manager from Newcastle
Stewart Deas was unimpressed
by the Budget. The pensioner,
who lives with his partner Sarah
Binns, said: “It felt fairly sort of
neutral. I didn’t think there was
an awful lot in it.”
After a career first in teaching
and then college management, he
welcomed the extra cash being
spent on further education but he
would like to have seen it without
any strings attached.
Mr Deas said: “Further
education is one of the sectors
which is key to the regeneration
of the economy. The £20m [for
further education colleges] is
good news but introducing new
qualifications is not good news.”
Mr Deas was pleased by the
investment in Newcastle’s
Metro rail system, but he was
less enthusiastic about the
investment being made in electric
cars as “they don’t contribute
to protecting the environment
if they are using electricity
generated by fossil fuels.”
With two grown-up children,
his greatest concern was about
the lack of social housing. “I
would have liked to see a cap on
the private rental sector so young
people don’t have to spend so
much money on rent that they
can’t save to buy a house.”
The jokes Chancellor shows he’s a stand-up guy
Dubbed “Spreadsheet Phil” for
his powder-dry demeanour, the
Chancellor played the joker during
his 62-minute speech, peppering his
announcements with a few spiky
gags and even including the Prime
Minister in his opening stunt.
Referencing Theresa May’s
struggle with a cough during her
speech (inset) at the Tory conference,
he said: “I did take the
precaution of asking my
right honourable friend to
bring a packet of cough
sweets just in case.” Mrs
May then brandished a
packet of lozenges.
Mr Hammond also
poked fun at his Cabinet
colleague Michael Gove, the
Environment Secretary, who
was accused last week of
“auditioning” for the role of
Chancellor by using “long
economicky words” in
Cabinet meetings.
The Chancellor said:
“Mr Deputy Speaker, I shall
first report to the House on
the economic forecasts of the
independent OBR. This is the bit with
the long, economicky words.”
The news that Kezia Dugdale,
former leader of the Scottish Labour
Party, has gone to the Australian
jungle to join ITV’s I’m A Celebrity...
Get Me Out Of Here! did not escape
his attention. He said: “Mr Speaker,
if they carry on like that, there’ll
be plenty of others joining Kezia
Dugdale in saying: ‘I’m Labour... get
me out of here!”’
Mr Hammond used his
announcement on maths teachers
to make light of his “Spreadsheet
Phil” reputation. “More maths for
everyone. Mr Speaker, don’t let
anyone say I don’t know how to show
the nation a good time.”
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ENVIRONMENT
Plastic and diesel
taxes are given a
cautious welcome
by green activists
By Tom Bawden
ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT
Campaign groups welcomed Mr
Hammond’s widely trailed plans to
tackle air and plastic pollution – but
said they failed to go far enough.
The Chancellor announced a
£220m clean air fund, generated by
tax increases on diesel engines, to
help finance local authority plans
to tackle traffic pollution. However,
campaigners said more money was
needed to deal with diesel and other
traffic fumes – which contribute to
the 40,000 early deaths in the UK
each year caused by air pollution.
“Tough action is needed to deter
new diesel sales in order to protect
public health,” said John Sauven,
of Greenpeace. “Increasing vehicle
excise duties on new diesel cars is
a good start. Increasing the cost by
one band won’t make enough of a
dent in diesel’s market share or the
air pollution crisis.”
Takeaway boxes, straws and
coffee cups face being “taxed” in a
similar way to plastic bags – a move
which was widely welcomed.
“We are delighted to see a
commitment from the Government
to look for ways to discourage the
use of single-use plastic – 700,000
plastic bottles are discarded every
day in the UK alone, contributing
to the pollution of our ocean and
killing marine life,” said Dominic
Jermey, director general of the
Zoological Society of London.
However, campaigners were
quick to criticise the Budget’s
overall environmental benefit.
“This was one of the least green
Budgets ever, because there will be
no new money for renewables until
at least 2025,” added Mr Sauven.
“This is the death knell for new
renewable energy like tidal, wave
and geothermal technology despite
the huge economic opportunities
they could bring.”
Gareth Redmond-King, the
WWF’s head of energy and climate,
said: “This Budget shows confusion
at the heart of the UK Government.
Plans to tackle
single-use plastics
were welcomed by
green campaigners
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While support for electric vehicles
and promising to tackle singleuse plastics is very much to be
welcomed, other measures point in
the opposite direction.
“Most striking is the lack of any
new money for renewables until
2025 whilst giving fossil fuels an
easy ride by slashing taxes for
North Sea oil and gas.”
TECHNOLOGY
INVESTMENT
AI and 5G networks to
share £500m funding
‘Fire sale’ of
RBS shares
attacked as
‘desperate’
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Artificial intelligence, 5G and fullfibre broadband will receive £500m
in funding in a bid to secure the
UK’s future at the forefront of the
global economy.
Investment in the digital and
technology-led initiatives will help
to turn untapped potential into the
“high-paid, high-productivity jobs
of tomorrow,” the Chancellor said.
“Others may choose to reject the
future, we choose to embrace it,”
he added. “A new tech business is
founded in Britain every hour, and I
want that to be every half hour.
“We have some of the world’s
best companies, and a commanding
position in a raft of tech and digital
industries that will form the
backbone of the global economy of
the future.
Philip Hammond has pledged
£20m towards supporting
businesses developing artificial
intelligence (AI) technologies,
with £45m allocated to increasing
the number of AI-focused PhD
students to 200 a year.
The UK has played a vital part
in the development of AI, from the
creation of Alan Turing’s Turing
Test to determine whether a
machine was capable of thinking,
to the start-up DeepMind –
widely hailed as one of the most
By Paris Gourtsoyanis
The Chancellor pledged £20m to
support firms developing artificial
intelligence technologies
advanced AI firms in the world.
An additional £9m will be used to
fund an AI advisory body in the
UK. Tech leaders including Tesla
founder Elon Musk have warned
of the importance of advisory and
ethics boards to help govern AI
development and avoid a “third
revolution in warfare”.
Mr Hammond set aside £160m
to establish 5G networks – the
successor to the current 4G
data connection – and full-fibre
broadband across the country, but
did not go into detail about how the
money would be spent.
A new geospatial data
commission will be created to
harness the Government’s location
data and use it to support economic
growth, he added. The commission
will identify uses for the data, which
could be sold on to businesses.
Philip Hammond has been accused
of mounting a “fire sale” of RBS
shares to pay for Brexit preparations and investment aimed at
shoring up the UK’s flagging economic growth.
The Treasury revealed plans to
raise £15bn by selling off two -thirds
of its stake in the bailed-out bank,
despite RBS’s share price sitting
at half the value the Government
paid. Revenue from the sale represents almost two-thirds of a £25bn
stimulus package announced by
the Chancellor, as he loosened the
purse strings to combat data showing Brexit will wipe a quarter off
growth rates in the next five years.
The SNP’s Westminster leader
Ian Blackford said it was the wrong
time for a “fire sale” of the public’s
share in RBS, and the Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable called
the move “rather desperate”.
It comes just eight months after
the Government said it was too
soon to sell off more shares in the
bank because RBS was still dealing with “legacy issues”. Shares
will start being offloaded by March
2019. At current prices, the Government would make a £26bn loss on
its 71 per cent shareholding.
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REGIONS
£600m deal for North East will
create new devolved authority
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
The Conservatives sought to
put their Northern Powerhouse
ambitions back on track with the
Chancellor announcing a major
devolution deal for the North East
of England.
Mr Hammond said the £600m
“North of the Tyne deal” agreed
with councils in Newcastle,
No r th umbe rla nd and No r th
Tyneside would boost economic
growth in a region of 815,000 people.
The agreement will lead to
the creation of a new combined
authority led by a directly elected
mayor just five years after voters in
Newcastle rejected the idea.
Last year, the Communities
Secretary, Sajid Javid, called a
halt to a wider £900m North East
devolution deal when four councils
south of the River Tyne said that
they were unable to accept the
terms of the agreement.
The Chancellor has announced a
second devolution deal for the West
Midlands that will give the region’s
elected Conservative mayor, Andy
Street, funding for a task force to
HOUSING
Oxfordshire agrees to growth spurt
By Dean Kirby
One million homes will be
built on the Cambridge-Milton
Keynes-Oxford corridor by 2050,
as part of Philip Hammond’s
housing pledges.
The Chancellor said the
Government would work to
create a “dynamic new growth
corridor.” As a “down payment”
on the plan, he has agreed a
housing deal with Oxfordshire to
build 100,000 homes by 2031.
He also said the Government
will use the New Town
Development Corporations
to kick-start five new “garden
towns” in areas of “high demand”
including the South East.
build homes and a radical “housing
first” pilot to reduce rough sleeping.
Mr Hammond said: “Today we
back the Northern Powerhouse,
the Midlands Engine and elected
mayors across the UK.”
Jeremy Corbyn claimed the
Government’s “continual preference
for spin over substance” meant the
words Northern Powerhouse and
Midlands Engine “are now met
with derision”. But the leaders
of the three Labour councils that
have signed the North of the Tyne
devolution deal said the agreement
marked a “once -in-a-lifetime
opportunity” for the region.
Mr Hammond also announced
plans for transport infrastructure
including a £1.7bn fund to boost
links between prosperous city
centres and struggling suburbs. It
also included money for Greater
Manchester’s 2040 transport
strategy and the replacement of the
Tyne and Wear Metro.
Ed Cox, director of the Institute
for Public Policy Research North
think-tank, said: “Nothing the
Chancellor has announced will
bring transformational change the
northern economy needs to see.”
The millennial
‘The widening
wealth gap in
Britain is very
concerning’
GRACE DALTON, 25, is a millennial
voter from west London
Grace Dalton has Asperger’s
syndrome and anorexia,
and is trying to get a job.
She lives at home with her
parents and receives benefits
in the form of personal
independence payments.
She hoped the Budget would
help those with disabilities who
are trying to find employment.
The 25-year-old, who studied
biomedical sciences at University
College London, said: “I’m
desperately trying to find a job.
The Government should be doing
more to help those who are housebound to get a job.
“There ought to be a system
where the Government works
with employers to make more
jobs available to people with
disabilities to work remotely.”
She added that she was “baffled
and frustrated” that the very
wealthy were not going to be
taxed more heavily. “It’s very
concerning to me that the wealth
gap is widening,” she said.
Ms Dalton felt there was
little offered in the Budget in
terms of affordable housing. “Of
the 300,000 homes to be built,
only a small percentage will be
affordable,” she said. “People on
low salaries are having to pay
more and more in rent and they
can’t afford to buy. It’s a vicious
circle of poverty.”
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Britain’s economic growth will be
slower than expected in each of the
next five years and the deficit will not
be eliminated until 2031 – 16 years
later than planned – according to the
country’s fiscal watchdog.
The bad news came despite
Philip Hammond claiming that
the UK economy had managed
to “confound those who seek to
talk it down” by creating jobs and
continuing to grow.
In its independent forecasts, the
Office for Budget Responsibility
(OBR) downgraded gross domestic
product (GDP) growth forecasts
from 2 per cent to 1.5 per cent for this
year as the UK looks set to struggle
with “stubbornly flat” productivity
and weaker business investment.
It also cut the GDP outlook from
1.6 per cent to 1.4 per cent in 2018;
from 1.7 per cent to 1.3 per cent in
2019; from 1.9 per cent to 1.3 per cent
in 2020; and from 2 per cent to 1.5 per
cent in 2021, before expanding by 1.6
per cent in 2022.
The stark decline was put down
to public spending cuts and Brexitrelated uncertainty continuing to
bear down on activity.
The OBR’s growth forecasts have
been overly optimistic for several
years – and much still depends on
how the Brexit negotiations turn out.
Itpredictedsometimeagothatreal
BUDGET 2017
2.9 % of GDP
2.0
1.9
1.5
1.4
1.5
1.3
1.6
1.0
1.7
1.6
Autumn Budget 2017
1.9 1.9
Autumn Budget 2017
Spring Budget 2017
Spring Budget 2017
2.4
Forecast for GDP growth
2.0
‘I feared a
cheap shot
against the
little guys’
Forecast for public sector net borrowing
The economy
1.5
0.9
1.3
1.1
0.7
1.6
2017-18
1.3
2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
2021-22
2022-23
Forecast for public sector net debt (% of GDP)
90
88.8
86.6
85 86.5
80
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022
75
88.5
86.4
86.9
86.1
Spring Budget 2017
83.0
Autumn Budget 2017
2017-18
2018-19
2019-20
79.8
83.1
79.3
79.1
2020-21 2021-22 2022-23
SOURCES: OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS AND HM TREASURY
GDP growth would slow noticeably
this year: the fall in the pound that
followed the EU referendum has
pushed up consumer price inflation
and squeezed households’ real
incomes and spending.
The surprise came with the
slowdown starting in March, slightly
earlier than it expected. As a result,
the 0.9 per cent increase in real
GDP between the end of 2016 and
the third quarter of 2017 was 0.2
percentage points weaker than the
OBR had initially pencilled in. The
OBR also rejected Mr Hammond’s
claim that he was still on course to
balance the books by about 2025 as
increasingly “unlikely”.
It suggested that the most likely
year was 2030-31 – warning it could
be even later, as Britain’s ageing
population piles more pressure on
the NHS.
The cause was an economy
“weaker” than the OBR forecast just
nine months ago, with growth and
productivity growth shrinking and
borrowing set to rise as a result.
There was some good news.
Before the Budget, the European
Commission said it will be taking the
UK off the list of countries with toolarge spending deficits.
Pierre Moscovici, the EU finance’s
commissioner, said the UK had
“durably” reduced its deficit.
REVENUE
Tech giants face tax crackdown on sales royalties
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Technology firms will be forced to
stick to new rules in a bid to prevent
them from avoiding contributions to
income tax in the UK.
While the rise of digital businesses
has encouraged innovation and
growth, it had also posed significant
challenges to the fairness of the UK’s
tax system, Philip Hammond said.
From 2019, UK income tax will
be applied to royalties linked to UK
sales, a change predicted to generate
around £200m annually.
“Multinational digital businesses
pay billions of pounds in royalties
to jurisdictions where they are not
taxed, and some of these royalties
relate to UK sales,” the Chancellor
said. “So from April 2019, we will
apply income tax to royalties relating
to UK sales, when those royalties are
paid to a low tax jurisdiction.”
The rules will apply even if the
royalties fail to fall within current tax
rules in the UK, he added. “This does
not solve the problem, but it does
send a signal of our determination,”
said the Chancellor. “We will
continue work in the international
arena to find a sustainable and fair
long-term solution that properly
taxes the digital businesses that
operate in our cyberspace.”
While Mr Hammond did not name
and shame specific companies, tech
giants including Facebook, Amazon,
Apple and Google are regularly
chastised over the low rates of tax
they pay abroad. Additionally, all
online marketplaces will be jointly
liable for VAT in the same vein as
traditional retailers, in a move to
combat online VAT fraud which
costs the UK taxpayer £1.2bn a year.
The changes target sellers
including eBay and Amazon, which
will be required to pay 20 per
cent VAT on behalf of their
overseas sellers.
Comment
“T
his Budget has got to
be big, it’s got to be
powerful, it’s got to be
revolutionary.” That
was the view of an anonymous
“senior Government source”
quoted in Sunday’s papers.
The sentiment voiced wasn’t
entirely wrong. The country really
does need a bold new approach to
taxation and spending in order
to help deliver a more equitable
and productive British economy.
Public services really are under
severe strain after years of cuts
and urgently need relief. And polls
show that most people are willing
to bear tax increases to pay for it.
So how did Hammond’s efforts
yesterday measure up? On the
big structural problems, such
as expensive housing and low
productivity, Hammond delivered
little more than tinkering, some
of it counterproductive. Reducing
stamp duty for first-time buyers
is no solution to what even the
Conservatives now say is a
housing “crisis”. The Chancellor’s
reticence on expanding capital
expenditure is, in part, that he is
hemmed in by his self-imposed
fiscal mandate. Most experts agree
it is foolish not to carve investment
out from fiscal targets as it can
bias politicians against spending
on capital projects even when they
will enhance the economy.
Sticking to a badly designed
fiscal rule is not wise and it
doesn’t build fiscal “credibility”
in financial markets. This Budget
was no disaster. But it was small
and stubborn.
ADRIAN BUNN, 57, is a self-employed
financial consultant
His greatest concern ahead of the
Budget was any tax changes for
freelance or contract workers.
“There was always a risk they
would take a cheap shot and go
for the little guys.
“I would have been really
hacked off if that had happened.
But I am cautiously pleased I
have not seen anything like that.”
As a small business owner in
Norwich, Norfolk, he would have
liked to see a cut in corporation
tax for small businesses.
“As a company, we pay 20 per
cent corporation tax. I’m pleased
not to see it go up. But it is still
quite a burden.”
The father-of-two
(inset) welcomed the
spending on maths
and IT skills in
education.
“The people
I work with,
from all over
the world, have
far better IT and
maths skills.
“I feel like we are
falling behind,” he said.
However, he was concerned
the investment in the NHS could
cause resentment and ultimately
strikes from other areas of the
public sector.
He said: “The pay rises are good
for the health service but maybe
not so good for the rest of the
public sector.
“The Government could have a
lot of strikes on its hands.”
And he referred to the abolition
of stamp duty for first-time
buyers as a “token gesture”.
He would have liked to see
more done to curb the corporate
buy-to-let economy.
“It’s just pushing up house
prices,” he added.
Summing up, he said: “It’s not
a courageous Budget but all he
could do in the circumstances.”
Across
Chancellor hemmed in by own fiscal mandate
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ECONOMY
Never mind the words, it’s
the numbers that count
Hamish
McRae
T
he trick to understanding
British Budgets is to look at
the numbers, rather than
listen to the words.
First, the economy. The growth
projections from the Office for
Budget Responsibility (OBR) are
now towards the bottom of the
range, the prime reason being they
assume that while productivity
will rise a bit, it will not recover to
pre-2007 levels.
The elephant in the room is that
we are due for another cyclical
global downturn. That does not
mean we will have one – just that
this current expansion is already
eight years old …
The thing to be clear about is
that changes in the Budget are,
in financial terms, marginal.
When you add everything up, the
numbers are tiny. They range from
an easing of £2.7bn next financial
Protesters dressed as ‘Maybots’
demonstrate at Downing Street
before the Chancellor’s speech
year, to £9.9bn the year after and
£3.6bn the year after that. To put
these numbers in perspective, total
government receipts this financial
year are projected to be £745bn.
That is not to make a judgement
about the detail, for the changes
may be clever, long-awaited,
damaging or pointless, depending
on your perspective – but in overall
terms they are irrelevant.
Will the Government succeed in
getting the deficit down below 2 per
cent of GDP by 2020-21 as planned?
The OBR thinks it has a very good
chance of doing so. Given that this
year it looks like getting it down
to 2.4 per cent of GDP (against
2.9 per cent expected in the spring),
it should get there early.
Beyond that, who knows? But I
think the general message is that
the Government is being reasonably
cautious. If we do go into a recession
in a couple of years’ time, our fiscal
deficit will be a lot lower than it was
when we went into the last one, but
our overall national debt level will
be a lot higher.
In that regard, we are in a similar
position to most other developed
countries: deficit under control,
but debt too high. Among the large
developed countries, only Germany
(which is running a fiscal surplus)
has really secure national finances,
and it has other problems.
We don’t have much of a cushion
if things go wrong – and that must
be a concern. Forget all the gloss
put on the story by the Chancellor.
The numbers are slowly getting
better, but they absolutely need to
go on doing so.
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for women,
especially on
low incomes
Frances
Coppola
F
or women, particularly
those on low incomes, there
is not much to enjoy in this
budget. The personal tax
allowances have only been uprated
in line with inflation, so will make
no difference to living standards
for women earning enough to pay
tax. For the thousands of women
who don’t earn enough to pay tax,
because they are working part time
for low pay, the minimum wage is
of more importance. The national
living wage has been raised from
£7.50 to £7.83 per hour.
Women are particularly badly
affected by universal credit. The
Chancellor has addressed some of
the criticisms around it,including
the long waiting times for benefits
that result in some people facing
eviction and others resorting to
foodbanks. The seven-day wait at
the start of a claim will be ended.
It will also be easier for people
to obtain an advance on their
payments, with a longer period
to repay it, and the advances will
be bigger.
But these concessions are
small beer. When fully rolled out,
universal credit will still leave one
million families on average £2,800
worse off and unfairly penalise selfemployed people whose earnings
fluctuate. Single parents – a large
proportion of whom are women
– will be particularly hard hit,
especially if their children are very
young. And low-income families still
face uncertainty over the future of
free school meals.
For older women, there is a
welcome announcement. The
triple lock has been maintained,
and importantly, it will now apply
to pension credit as well as the
state pension. This will benefit
the poorest pensioners, a high
proportion of whom are women.
Secondly, the marriage allowance,
which transfers up to 10 per cent of
an unused personal tax allowance
to the spouse, can now be claimed
for a spouse who has died. Claims
can be backdated for four years.
But there is nothing to address
the utterly inadequate social care
provision that forces many people,
especially women, to give up work
to care for elderly relatives. Carers
remain unrecognised and largely
unsupported.
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STAMP DUTY
Pensioners
miss out on
first-time
buyers’ bonus
Elizabeth
Anderson
T
his was tipped to be a
Budget for young people,
and the announcement
of a stamp duty cut for
first-time buyers will certainly
be welcome news for aspiring
homeowners. Many first-time
buyers forget stamp duty when
they calculate how much they
need to save for their first home.
The oversight can mean a
nasty shock later.
In London, where the
average first home costs
nearly £410,000, a
typical stamp-duty bill
is £10,490
– on top of a deposit
running into the tens of
thousands of pounds.
The stamp-duty relief
applies only to homes costing
under £300,000. For buyers in
London, where a first-time home
can cost up to £500,000, buyers
will get the tax break only on the
first £300,000.
Overall, the changes could cut
stamp-duty bills by up to £5,000.
Anyone buying a home worth
£243,945, the average price of a
house in England, will save £2,378.
It’s a welcome boost to people’s
savings that could be used towards
furniture or to increase the deposit
to get a better interest rate.
However, not everyone is
enthused by the giveaway. Critics
say cutting stamp duty only benefits
those in a position to put down the
large sums needed to buy their own
home. Andrew Lymer, a professor
in taxation at the University of
Birmingham, says the social
rent sector should have been the
Government’s focus for change
and that the balance is too skewed
towards home ownership.
Let’s not forget, too, that the tax
break will not apply in Scotland,
where house purchases are subject
to land and buildings transaction
tax (LBTT) instead of stamp duty
land tax (SDLT). However, the
Scottish Budget takes place on 14
December, and Holyrood may well
implement this cut.
There has also been criticism
that the tax cut could boost demand
for homes at a time when the
UK is struggling with a chronic
housing shortage. The Resolution
Foundation forecasts the relief will
be directly responsible for a 0.3
per cent rise in house prices, the
equivalent of around £600.
Many in the housebuilding
industry were surprised no
incentive was announced yesterday
for people to downsize. A recent
survey by the housebuilder
McCarthy and Stone indicated that
half of Britain’s 11.5 million
pensioners are considering
moving to smaller homes,
and a stamp-duty break
could encourage them.
This would free up
more family homes.
One pensioner told me
last week she had no
intention of handing over
thousands of pounds to the
Treasury and would rather
stay put in her five-bedroom house,
despite regularly using only two of
the bedrooms.
Others will not be happy until
stamp duty is abolished altogether,
with the Institute of Economic
Affairs calling it a “pernicious tax
which clogs up the market, stopping
people from moving when they
want or need to, such as for a new
job or to downsize”.
Still, around 80 per cent of firsttime buyers in England, Wales and
Northern Ireland will now pay no
tax at all when buying a property.
The change will be rolled out
straight away, benefiting those
currently in the process of buying
a property.
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CONSERVATIVES
Hammond may have bought
time but he is still vulnerable
Andrew
Grice
W
hen he began his
Budget statement,
Philip Hammond
might well have been
pondering the old political maxim:
your opponents are in front of you
but your enemies are behind you.
Rarely has a chancellor gone
into a Budget with so many MPs
on his own side willing him to fall
flat on his face. His Conservative
detractors claim Hammond is too
cautious and lacks a sure political
touch; what they really dislike is his
drive for a softer, slower Brexit.
He knew another badly received
Budget would allow Theresa May
to move him from the Treasury, as
she would have done if she had won
a big majority in June.
Despite having little cash to
splash and no Commons majority
to force through controversial
Watch out behind you: many
backbench Conservative MPs were
willing Philip Hammond to fail
measures, Hammond may have
prolonged his own shelf life. The
little money allowed by his fiscal
targets seems to go a long way.
He needed a “rabbit” and the
abolition of stamp duty for firsttime buyers purchasing a home
worth up to £300,000 at least
addressed the Tories’ lack of
support among under-40s in June.
The pledge to spend £44bn
over five years on housing is less
generous than it sounded; part
of it will be loan guarantees. The
target of 300,000 new homes a year
is not due to be achieved until the
mid-2020s. Such goals have been
set by successive governments and
missed. This probably will be too.
Although Hammond found
£2.8bn for the NHS, he made no
commitment to pick up the bill for
public sector pay rises when the
1 per cent cap is lifted next April.
This means that many services
will have to fund wage increases
through yet more cuts. Austerity is
being eased, but is far from over.
Cuts already in the pipeline, such
as the four-year freeze on workingage benefits, wage stagnation
and an economy slowing under
Brexit, will leave many families still
struggling to make ends meet.
There was real tension between
Hammond and May in the run-up
to this Budget. May wanted
Hammond to think bigger, notably
on housing. She would probably
like to relaunch her Government
in the new year with a reshuffle. If
she is strong enough to do so, then
Hammond could still be vulnerable.
THE INDEPENDENT
EDUCATION
A buried pledge that will help our children
Russell
Hobby
I
n a Budget promising jobs for
the future, it was unsurprising
that science, technology,
engineering and maths
subjects took top billing. Policies to
encourage young people to pursue
maths and computing will go down
well with businesses anxious about
future talent. However, we also
need more teachers to thrive and
deliver great lessons. So I was
pleased to see that buried away in
the statement was a £42m teacherdevelopment premium for those
teachers in the parts of the UK
where they are needed most.
Despite efforts over the years to
close the education gap between
children from the poorest and
wealthiest backgrounds, how
much your parents earn is still
the greatest determinant of your
life chances. There are so many
talented young people whose
lives could be turned around by a
brilliant teacher. A commitment
of £1,000 for teachers in areas that
have fallen behind to pursue highquality professional development
is vital if we are to not only attract
great people to schools, but also to
keep them.
Russell Hobby is the chief executive
of the social enterprise Teach First
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BUDGET 2017
OPPOSITION
Corbyn savages ‘uncaring, uncouth’
Tories for hurting living standards
By Richard Vaughan
A furious Jeremy Corbyn blasted
the “uncaring, uncouth” attitude
of Conservative MPs as he gave a
blistering response to the Budget.
The Labour leader dismissed
the measures spelled out by Philip
Hammond, claiming they fell
“well short” of what was needed to
alleviate poverty and improve public
services across the UK.
Tory MPs have been told to target
Mr Corbyn during his speeches in
the Chamber in an attempt to put
him off his stride and he was soon
provoked into shouting across
the despatch box about
social care.
“Over £6bn will have
b e e n c u t f ro m t h e
social care budget since
March,” he said. “I hope
the honourable members
understand what it’s like to
wait for social care stuck in a
hospital bed, while other people
have to give up their work to care for
them,” he said.
And he yelled: “The uncaring,
uncouth attitude of certain members
opposite should be called out.”
Mr Corbyn warned
t h a t t h e l o n g- t e r m
economic plan set out
by Mr Hammond was
translating into “longterm economic pain –
and the hardest hit are
disabled people, single
parents and women”.
“The Chancellor has not
been clear today – not for NHS
workers, our police, firefighters,
teachers, teaching assistants, refuse
Tory praise Backbenchers applaud Chancellor
Conservative MPs rallied round
Philip Hammond, who has faced
criticism from many on his own side
for his fiscal caution and his failure
to show more enthusiasm for Brexit.
The former Welsh Secretary
John Redwood hailed the economic
forecasts as more “realistically
optimistic” about the benefits of
Brexit and praised moves to get
young adults on to the housing
ladder: “It is one of the big social
problems of our day that many
people under the age of 35 are unable
to afford their first home,” he said.
Nadine Dorries praised the
Chancellor’s “exciting” stamp duty
announcement. “We must accept
that we have reached a point at which
we need to build more homes, and
now is the time to do so,” she said.
Nicky Morgan, the former
Education Secretary, said he had
taken “a common sense approach”
and praised “concerted efforts by
Conservative-led governments
to reduce the deficit and restore
credibility to the public finances”.
Maria Caulfield, MP for Lewes,
said: “He didn’t have a huge amount
of leeway to go on a big spending
spree but he’s done enough for
people who are working hard
and finding things tough. The
announcements around universal
credit are all very welcome indeed.”
collectors, tax collectors or armed
forces personnel.
“Why does the Government think
it’s OK to underpay, over-stress and
underappreciate all those that work
within our NHS?” he asked.
AndinajibeatanumberofCabinet
members whose departments did
not receive the funding boosts they
might have hoped for, he said: “The
Communities Secretary [Sajid
Javid] called for £50bn of borrowing
to invest in house building –
presumably the Prime Minister
slapped him down for wanting to
bankrupt Britain.
“The Health Secretary [Jeremy
Hunt] said the pay cap is over.
But where is the money to fund the
pay rise?”
Concluding his speech, the Labour
leader (inset) said: “People were
looking for help from this Budget and
they have been let down: let down by
a G overnment that, like the
economy they have presided over, is
weak and unstable and in need of
urgent change.
“They call this a Budget fit for
the future, the reality is this is a
Government no longer fit for office.”
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ANALYSIS
Schools, students and
savers left disappointed
By Padraic Flanagan
While headlines about giveaways
to first-time house-buyers may
dominate, the bigger story could
well be what Philip Hammond left
out of his speech.
STUDENTS
There was no mention of help
for students, despite widespread
speculationaboutactionagainstloan
overpayment. Calls by Conservative
think-tanks cautioning against
interest-rate cuts on loans appear
to have been heeded.
the category of “just about
managing”, one of those whom
Theresa May pledged to help
when she took office.
But Ms Bentley described
yesterday’s Budget as a
“non-event”. She said: “I didn’t
see anything to do with tax credit.
There was nothing really that
would affect me.”
The mother of twins, Harris and
Kitty (above), who works parttime as a PA and runs a tourism
website, would have liked more
focus on the NHS, education,
housing and living standards.
“People need the NHS, education,
a roof over their heads and food
in their bellies. Do we really need
driverless cars?” she said.
She welcomed giving councils
powers to charge a 100 per cent
council tax premium on empty
properties. “Holiday houses are
at least drawing people to the
community,” she said.
school funding issues. Geoff Barton,
of the ASCL union, said the £600
cash for each pupil taking A-level
maths was a “drop in the ocean” and
that schools now face making realterms cuts.
PERIOD POVERTY
There was nothing on an issue
opposition parties claim can be
solved with £10m – free sanitary
products in English schools.
SOCIAL CARE
The lack of additional funding here
triggered a furious onslaught from
SAVERS
Prudent Britons hoping for some
cheer were left disappointed, with
the official 86-page document
carrying no mention of the word
“savers”. Isa allowances will not
even rise with inflation in April, with
the tax-free limit frozen at £20,000,
although Junior Isas will be CPI-uprated to £4,260.
EDUCATION
School leaders insist that the
Chancellor failed to address urgent
Jeremy Corbyn in Parliament, while
other groups claimedthat help for
the disadvantaged was ignored.
The Alzheimer’s Society charged
Mr Hammond with “ducking an
opportunity” to provide better state
support for vulnerable people.
PUBLIC SECTOR PAY
Public sector workers have no
guarantee of a pay rise after years of
below-inflation increases, although
nurses were assured that if future
pay rises are recommended by
an independent review body, the
Chancellor will find new money to
fund them.
RENT
Reform of the private rented sector
was avoided.
SECURITY
The London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, said
it was ‘beyond belief’ that the Budget
did not address security concerns
Security concerns remained
unaddressed in this Budget.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said
it was “beyond belief ” following
terror attacks on the capital and
Manchester, claiming bluntly that
“Tory government cuts are making
us less safe.”
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BUSINESS
Entrepreneurs
cheered after VAT
‘tax grab’ vanishes
By Elizabeth Anderson
BUSINESS EDITOR
Small businesses breathed a sigh of
relief after the Chancellor announced
that he would not lower the threshold
at which companies begin to pay VAT.
Firms with an annual turnover
of less than £85,000 do not pay the
tax, and there had been concern the
Government would lower this figure.
The threshold will be frozen for
two years while Philip Hammond
considers whether a reduction would
be beneficial to the economy.
Business lobby groups had warned
that lowering it would deter fledgling
companies from expanding and
saddle them with added bureaucracy.
“Overall, this is a business-friendly
budget. Around 1.5 million modestearning small firms and the selfemployed will be relieved that we
have seen off a VAT tax grab that
would have caused huge economic
damage,” said Mike Cherry, the
national chairman at the Federation
of Small Businesses.
In a boost to retailers and other
businesses, the Government also
announced that it would lower
increases in business rates bills by
bringing forward the switch from
the retail price index (RPI) to the
consumer price index (CPI).
Increases in business rates – a
tax on commercial premises – are
currently calculated using the
RPI measure of inflation, which is
typically higher than the CPI rate.
The Government had planned to
switch to CPI in 2020 but is bringing
this forward to 2018.
“This will save business an
estimated £2.3bn over the next
four years,” said Phil Vernon,
a business rates specialist at
PriceWaterhouseCoopers. “However,
this will still mean an increased rate
bill of 2.8 per cent for many due to
rising inflation.”
Business rates for 2016-17 are
were expected to bring in £29bn for
the Treasury. But some critics said
Mr Hammond had not done enough
to support growth among small
businesses, which employ about half
of the UK’s workforce.
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Budget in brief
A further £28m has been
earmarked to help with the
aftermath of the Grenfell Tower
fire, with additional funding for
mental health and counselling
services, regeneration in the
neighbourhood around the flats in
Kensington, west London, and a
new community space. The fire at
the 24-storey block in June left 71
dead, hundreds homeless and many
more requiring support for trauma.
‘We need help with business rates’
ERIKA NILSSON-HUMPHREY, 38,
owns a small business in London
She was hoping to see the VAT
threshold raised as she tries to
build up her company, Dappad
Ltd, which offers an online
styling service for men.
“VAT is quite punitive. Our
business is young and we are
investing a lot of money in
it. I would have liked to see a
threshold of £200,000 before
you have to pay VAT,” she said
– but the VAT threshold remains
at £85,000 for small businesses
for the next two years.
Ms Nilsson-Humphrey, who is
originally from Sweden, would
also have liked to see “more
help in terms of business rates.
It would have been good to get
some sort of subsidy.”
Dappad is currently based
in the City but will soon be
moving to Camden to be closer
to her home and her daughter’s
nursery. She said the stamp duty
changes did not go far enough to
help families in the capital.
The devolved Welsh Government
is to receive a £1.2bn increase
to its budget in an attempt to
attract investment and maintain
public services, and its block
grant will increase in real terms
to 2020. From next year, collection
of stamp duty on property and
landfill taxes will be devolved to
the Welsh Assembly, providing it
with the power to generate revenue
worth more than £250m.
Rail industry insiders are furious
that the trial of a new railcard was
presented by the Chancellor as his
initiative and a fait accompli. Philip
Hammond told MPs: “I can announce
a new railcard for those aged 26 to
30, giving 4.5 million more young
people a third off their rail fares.”
With fears about ticket revenues
and overcrowding, no decision was
supposed to have been made until
after a trial in East Anglia.
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BUDGET 2017
Personal finance
Stamp duty
aside, not
too many
giveaways
T
he Chancellor sensibly decided not
to make significant tax changes as he
seeks to ensure that the country “is
prepared for every possible outcome”
as the Brexit negotiations continue.
There was the much-anticipated reduction
in stamp duty aimed at first-time buyers but
otherwise the Budget was lacking in giveaways
and continued to target reducing tax evasion.
n Stamp duty scrapped for first-time buyers
The relief is generous and has immediate effect
for purchases up to the value of £500,000. There
will be no stamp duty on the first £300,000 and 5
per cent on the next £200,000. This represents a
real saving of up to £5,000 for first-time buyers
and will be welcomed. However, any property
valued over £500,000 will not qualify at all for any
element of this relief, which creates a “cliff edge”
at £500,001 that could lead to price distortion in
the housing market.
Joint buyers will also have to watch out as both
need to be first-time buyers to qualify for the
relief. Relief will also be denied for those buying
their first house in the UK if they have previously
owned property abroad.
In addition, certain reliefs have been
announced with immediate effect in response
to the criticism the Government received of the
complexity surrounding the higher rates of stamp
duty which apply for the purchase of a second or
subsequent residence.
The reliefs announced apply, for example,
where a court order on a divorce prevents an
individual from disposing of their interest in a
main residence, a spouse buys a property from
their spouse, a purchaser increases their interest
in their main residence, or a person buys a
property on behalf of their child in their capacity
as a deputy of their child.
MARRIED COUPLE, TWO EARNERS, TWO CHILDREN
Gross Earned
Income
Net Income
post-Budget
2017/18
Net Income
post-Budget
2018/19
£10,000
£15,000
£20,000
£25,000
£30,000
£35,000
£40,000
£45,000
£50,000
£60,000
£70,000
£80,000
£90,000
£100,000
£125,000
£150,000
£175,000
21,206
23,936
26,349
28,212
29,895
32,148
35,548
38,948
42,348
49,148
55,781
61,319
66,259
72,393
87,726
102,559
113,726
21,206
23,967
26,457
28,340
30,035
32,314
35,751
39,151
42,551
49,351
56,119
61,656
66,597
72,730
88,063
103,032
114,198
MARRIED COUPLE, ONE EARNER, TWO CHILDREN
Monthly
gain/loss
2018/19
+0
+3
+9
+11
+12
+14
+17
+17
+17
+17
+28
+28
+28
+28
+28
+39
+39
Gross Earned
Income
Net Income
post-Budget
2017/18
Net Income
post-Budget
2018/19
£10,000
£15,000
£20,000
£25,000
£30,000
£35,000
£40,000
£45,000
£50,000
£60,000
£70,000
£80,000
£90,000
£100,000
£125,000
£150,000
£175,000
£20,986
£22,866
£24,216
£25,566
£26,916
£29,098
£32,498
£35,668
£38,568
£42,580
£48,380
£54,180
£59,980
£65,780
£75,680
£90,180
£103,430
£21,017
£22,974
£24,324
£25,674
£27,024
£29,207
£32,607
£35,770
£38,805
£42,816
£48,616
£54,416
£60,216
£66,016
£75,776
£90,276
£103,526
Monthly
gain/loss
2018/19
+3
+9
+9
+9
+9
+9
+9
+8
+20
+20
+20
+20
+20
+20
+8
+8
+8
n Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS)
The EIS brings good news for investors as the
amount that can be invested into qualifying EIS
companies which are “knowledge-intensive”
has been increased from £1m to £2m, and will
be available from 6 April 2018. A qualifying
EIS investment attracts income tax relief at 30
per cent and if income tax relief is successfully
claimed, a future sale of the EIS shares is free of
capital gains tax. EIS relief also extends to capital
gains deferral, making EIS investments highly
attractive to certain taxpayers with the required
risk appetite.
n Offshore trusts
The final hot topic was offshore trusts, possibly
responding to public and media pressure
following the latest Paradise Papers leak. On
this front, it has been confirmed that the draft
legislation released on 13 September 2017 will
become law from 6 April 2018. This legislation
introduces further anti-avoidance rules targeted
at ensuring that distributions from offshore trusts
ultimately passed to UK resident individuals are
subject to UK tax. Trustees of offshore trusts
with UK resident settlors and/or beneficiaries are
encouraged to review their affairs in advance of 6
April 2018.
By Caroline Le Jeune, partner and head of private
client tax at Blick Rothenberg
ILLUSTRATIONS BY BEUGISM
SINGLE PERSON, NO CHILDREN
SINGLE PERSON, ONE CHILD
Gross Earned
Income
Net Income
post-Budget
2017/18
Net Income
post-Budget
2018/19
£10,000
£15,000
£20,000
£25,000
£30,000
£35,000
£40,000
£45,000
£50,000
£60,000
£70,000
£80,000
£90,000
£100,000
£125,000
£150,000
£175,000
£11,082
£13,480
£16,880
£20,280
£23,680
£27,080
£30,480
£33,880
£36,780
£42,580
£48,380
£54,180
£59,980
£65,780
£75,680
£90,180
£103,430
£11,113
£13,581
£16,981
£20,381
£23,781
£27,181
£30,581
£33,981
£37,016
£42,816
£48,616
£54,416
£60,216
£66,016
£75,776
£90,276
£103,526
Monthly
gain/loss
2018/19
+3
+8
+8
+8
+8
+8
+8
+8
+20
+20
+20
+20
+20
+20
+8
+8
+8
Gross Earned
Income
Net Income
post-Budget
2017/18
Net Income
post-Budget
2018/19
£10,000
£15,000
£20,000
£25,000
£30,000
£35,000
£40,000
£45,000
£50,000
£60,000
£70,000
£80,000
£90,000
£100,000
£125,000
£150,000
£175,000
£17,493
£19,143
£20,493
£21,843
£24,756
£28,156
£31,556
£34,956
£37,856
£42,580
£48,380
£54,180
£59,980
£65,780
£75,680
£90,180
£103,430
£17,524
£19,244
£20,594
£21,944
£24,857
£28,257
£31,657
£35,057
£38,092
£42,816
£48,616
£54,416
£60,216
£66,016
£75,776
£90,276
£103,526
Monthly
gain/loss
2018/19
+3
+8
+8
+8
+8
+8
+8
+8
+20
+20
+20
+20
+20
+20
+8
+8
+8
Assumptions used in the tax tables published here, which have been provided by London chartered accountants Blick Rothenberg 1) Where both members of a
couple earning, the income is split two thirds to one third. 2) All earners work 30+ hours. 3) No investment income received. 4) All children under 16.
5) Tables include tax credits (Working and Child tax credits and Child Benefit where applicable). 6) No pension contributions or Gift Aid payments.
7) Tables do not include blind person’s allowance. 8) Transferable allowance only available to married couples and civil partners who are not in receipt of married
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Analysis
This year’s
winners
and losers:
who will be
better off?
WINNERS
First-time buyers
PENSIONER COUPLE, MARRIED, BORN AFTER 1935
Gross Earned
Income
Net Income
post-Budget
2017/18
Net Income
post-Budget
2018/19
£10,000
£15,000
£20,000
£25,000
£30,000
£35,000
£40,000
£45,000
£50,000
£60,000
£70,000
£80,000
£90,000
£100,000
£125,000
£150,000
£175,000
£10,000
£15,000
£19,863
£24,197
£28,530
£32,600
£36,600
£40,600
£44,600
£52,600
£60,267
£66,933
£73,600
£80,267
£96,933
£112,600
£124,267
£10,000
£15,000
£19,940
£24,274
£28,607
£32,703
£36,740
£40,740
£44,740
£52,740
£60,677
£67,343
£74,010
£80,677
£97,343
£113,280
£124,947
SINGLE PENSIONER
Monthly
gain/loss
2018/19
+0
+0
+6
+6
+6
+9
+12
+12
+12
+12
+34
+34
+34
+34
+34
+57
+57
Gross Earned
Income
Net Income
post-Budget
2017/18
Net Income
post-Budget
2018/19
£10,000
£15,000
£20,000
£25,000
£30,000
£35,000
£40,000
£45,000
£50,000
£60,000
£70,000
£80,000
£90,000
£100,000
£125,000
£150,000
£175,000
£10,000
£14,300
£18,300
£22,300
£26,300
£30,300
£34,300
£38,300
£41,300
£47,300
£53,300
£59,300
£65,300
£71,300
£81,700
£96,700
£110,450
£10,000
£14,370
£18,370
£22,370
£26,370
£30,370
£34,370
£38,370
£41,640
£47,640
£53,640
£59,640
£65,640
£71,640
£81,900
£96,900
£110,650
Monthly
gain/loss
2018/19
+0
+6
+6
+6
+6
+6
+6
+6
+28
+28
+28
+28
+28
+28
+17
+17
+17
The new Stamp Duty Land Tax exemption for
first-time buyers is worth up to £5,000 in cash
terms for all those buying at or below £500,000.
Investors (and technology businesses)
Reforms to the Enterprise Investment Scheme
and Venture Capital Trust rules will encourage
more private investment in innovative, highgrowth firms. From 6 April 2018, an individual
investor could enjoy up to £600,000 of tax relief
a year through the doubling of the current limits.
However, the Chancellor could have done more by
increasing the associated tax relief to 45 per cent
(from the current 30 per cent).
Individual taxpayers
Most individuals will benefit as the personal
allowance – which is the amount of income on
which no tax is due – is increased by £350 to
£11,850 in April 2018. The threshold for higher
rate taxpayers, who pay tax at 40 per cent, will
also increase from £45,000 to £46,350. However,
the basic rate tax band will still be £100 lower
than it was more than 10 years ago.
Those saving for retirement
The pensions lifetime allowance – the amount an
individual can build up in tax-relieved pension
savings – will increase to £1,030,000 in line with
the Consumer Prices Index (CPI). This follows
previous Budgets where pensions allowances
were reduced.
LOSERS
Companies
Companies will not be able to benefit from an
inflation relief when they make a capital gain.
Individuals have not been able to benefit from the
indexation allowance since 1998.
VAT fraudsters
SINGLE PERSON, SELF-EMPLOYED TRADER
Gross Earned
Income
Net Income
post-Budget
2017/18
Net Income
post-Budget
2018/19
£10,000
£15,000
£20,000
£25,000
£30,000
£35,000
£40,000
£45,000
£50,000
£60,000
£70,000
£80,000
£90,000
£100,000
£125,000
£150,000
£175,000
£10,989
£13,537
£17,087
£20,637
£24,187
£27,737
£31,287
£34,837
£37,737
£43,537
£49,337
£55,137
£60,937
£66,737
£76,637
£91,137
£104,387
£11,007
£13,625
£17,175
£20,725
£24,275
£27,825
£31,375
£34,925
£38,000
£43,800
£49,600
£55,400
£61,200
£67,000
£76,760
£91,260
£104,510
HMRC’s powers have been extended to ensure
both overseas and UK online retailers pay their
fair share of VAT. A domestic “reverse charge”
VAT scheme for construction services will also be
introduced, effective from 1 October 2019.
UNMARRIED COUPLE, BOTH EARNING
Monthly
gain/loss
2018/19
+2
+7
+7
+7
+7
+7
+7
+7
+22
+22
+22
+22
+22
+22
+10
+10
+10
Gross Earned
Income
Net Income
post-Budget
2017/18
Net Income
post-Budget
2018/19
£10,000
£15,000
£20,000
£25,000
£30,000
£35,000
£40,000
£45,000
£50,000
£60,000
£70,000
£80,000
£90,000
£100,000
£125,000
£150,000
£175,000
£11,302
£14,780
£19,013
£22,926
£26,659
£30,359
£33,759
£37,159
£40,559
£47,359
£53,993
£60,126
£66,259
£72,393
£87,726
£102,559
£113,726
£11,302
£14,811
£19,114
£23,047
£26,792
£30,525
£33,962
£37,362
£40,762
£47,562
£54,330
£60,463
£66,597
£72,730
£88,063
£103,032
£114,198
couple’s allowance, and only where a spouse or civil partner has not used all of their personal allowance and their
partner is not a higher or additional rate taxpayer.
Tables completed by Paul Haywood-Schiefer ATT, Blick Rothenberg
Monthly
gain/loss
2018/19
+0
+3
+8
+10
+11
+14
+17
+17
+17
+17
+28
+28
+28
+28
+28
+39
+39
The environment
This was not a budget for the future, as promised.
Instead we received a derisory one-band vehicle
excise duty increase on new cars and only another
consultation into single-use plastics.
Tax dodgers
In the wake of the ‘Paradise Papers’, 18 measures
to tackle evasion and avoidance were announced,
which the Government says will bring in £4.8bn
between now and 2022-23.
Nimesh Shah is a partner at Blick Rothenberg,
accountancy, tax and advisory specialists
To find out how your earnings
will be affected in our
handy tax calculator, visit
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ZIMBABWE
Ecstatic crowds greet new leader as
he promises jobs and democracy
By Kim Sengupta
Mr Mnangagwa met
with the South African
President Jacob Zuma in a jovial
“courtesy call” before taking a
private jet from Johannesburg to
Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.
DIPLOMACY
African
leaders
‘wanted
Mugabe out’
By Ed Cropley
IN HARARE
Zimbabwe’s incoming leader, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has said his
country is witnessing a “new and unfolding democracy” in his first public
speech since returning from South
Africa to replace Robert Mugabe.
Addressing a huge crowd outside
the ruling party headquarters last
night, the 75-year-old former vicepresident, said: “The people have
spoken. Today we are witnessing the
beginning of a new and unfolding democracy. I pledge myself to be your
servant... no one is more important
than the other. We want to grow our
economy, we want peace, we want
jobs, jobs, jobs.”
But switching from English to
Shona, Mr Mnangagwa also made
more ominous comments, with a furious attack on his political opponents,
comparing them to dogs.
He said: ‘Those who oppose us will
bark and bark. They will continue to
bark but the Zanu-PF train will roll
on, ruling and ruling while they bark.’
There were roars of approval
when, flanked by several bodyguards,
he referred to Mr Mugabe, the man
he has usurped, as “the former President Mugabe of Zimbabwe”.
Mr Mnangagwa will be sworn in
tomorrow following Mr Mugabe’s
resignation after 37 years in power.
Mr Mnangagwa had fled Zimbabwe after Mr Mugabe fired him this
month, leading the military to move
in and start the series of extraordinary events ending in the president
stepping down on Tuesday.
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IN JOHANNESBURG
Emmerson
Mnangagwa’s
supporters greet
him in Harare
yesterday AP
Hundreds gathered in anticipation
of Mr Mnangagwa’s arrival. One man
in the crowd, Godwin Nyarugwa, said
he was “very ecstatic” and that “we
need change in this country” after
years of economic crisis. He said he
had several university degrees but no
job, a common theme in Zimbabwe.
Human rights activists are
warning it will take more than replacing Mr Mugabe to change
Zimbabwe’s fortunes.
Maureen Kademauga, an activist,
said: “Mugabe the infrastructure,
Mugabe the ideology, Mugabe the system – what I call Mugabism – is still
there.” Zimbabweans are still reeling
from Mr Mugabe’s resignation.
They danced in the streets of
Harare on Tuesday, thrilled to be
rid of a leader whose early promise
was overtaken by economic collapse,
government dysfunction and human
rights violations.
REACTION
‘Change will count for little if Zanu-PF fails to reform’
By Charlie Wood
Commentators inside and outside
Zimbabwe suggest the downfall
of Robert Mugabe will ultimately
count for little if the political
edifice that enabled his tyranny
fails to fall with him.
An article in the key opposition
paper in Zimbabwe, NewsDay,
condemned Mr Mugabe and
his cronies, but it was also
critical of the ruling Zanu-PF
party, warning that “greed,
discrimination, corruption,
selfishness, incompetency,
vindictiveness, etcetera will
trigger another coup within the
party if it does not reform”.
The prominent South African
newspaper Mail & Guardian says
that there are lessons from the
Mugabe affair for its longtime
president, Jacob Zuma, who faces
corruption charges. It says that
even for national leaders “it is
always possible that the blade
of the guillotine is just around
the corner”.
The US Secretary of State, Rex
Tillerson, said Zimbabwe had
“an extraordinary opportunity to
set itself on a new path”, perhaps
raising the possibility that tough
US sanctions against Harare
might be cancelled. “We urge
Zimbabwe’s leaders to implement
much-needed political and
economic reforms,” he said.
Opposition leaders and downtrodden Zimbabweans were not the
only Africans desperate to see
the back of ousted despot Robert
Mugabe, according to leaked diplomatic document that suggests
much of the continent wanted
him removed.
African leaders were so embarrassed by Mr Mugabe that they
were encouraging him to step
down before the army
began moves last
week to oust him,
according to a
secret Zimbabwean intelligence cable.
The cable,
dated 23 October and written by someone
within the Central
Intelligence Organisation (CIO) to an unknown
recipient, also says Mr Mugabe
spoke to South African President
Jacob Zuma about his rivalry with
Emmerson Mnangagwa (inset),
the vice-president whose sacking
by Mr Mugabe prompted the army
to take action.
The cable described intelligence
officials warning Mr Mugabe he
would face “fierce resistance from
the military” if Mr Mnangagwa
was removed.
The cable said the 16-country
Southern African Development
Community, led by Zuma, was
pressuring Mr Mugabe to resign
and Mr Zuma had suggested offering him a senior African Union
role to ease him out.
Mr Zuma’s spokesman, Bongani
Ngqulunga, dismissed the account
as “completely untrue and scandalous”. REUTERS
Comment
Zimbabweans worry that army will not retreat from politics
Sam Masters
T
he euphoria that greeted
Robert Mugabe’s removal
from power has begun
to give way to fear that
neo-President Emmerson
Mnangagwa will only consolidate
the power of the ruling elite who
prospered under “Comrade Bob”.
So can Zimbabwe shed its status
as a one-party basket case?
It remains a nation in economic
ruin, where public sector wages
go unpaid for months and only
one in 10 has a full-time job.
Mr Mnangagwa’s first
priority will be to attract the
international investment
that has for many years been
absent. He is likely to announce
a war on Zimbabwe’s endemic
corruption. The man nicknamed
“the Crocodile” will also
trumpet economic reforms
as a means of generating
international legitimacy and
reviving agriculture.
But he will also have to
address the question of elections
due between July and August
next year under the current
constitution. Already, thousands
have begun registering to vote in
polls that will for the first time
use biometric technology to
reduce fraud.
Worryingly, the coup that
removed Mr Mugabe has
further secured the power of
Zanu-PF. Zimbabwe’s opposition
is divided and poorly funded,
made up of isolated politicians
and activists.
Morgan Tsvangirai, the
charismatic but ailing leader
of the main opposition party,
the Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC), has returned to
Zimbabwe from South Africa in
recent days.
He is believed to have taken
part in negotiations over the
ousting of Mr Mugabe, against
whom Mr Tsvangirai stood for
election in 2013.
A ceremonial position for Mr
Tsvangirai, 75, in a “government
of unity” would secure the
backing for Mr Mnangagwa
of millions of MDC voters who
remain wary of Zanu-PF.
Mr Mnangagwa can create
an inclusive government with
space for opposition figures like
Mr Tsvangirai or exploit the
fractured opposition and rush to
elections as soon as possible. In
both cases, Zanu-PF would be the
likely winner.
Already there are rumours
circling that Mr
Mnangagwa will
reward the military
for its role in the
coup. “I think the
elephant in the
room is... the danger
that the military
gets more invested
in politics,” said
Nic Cheeseman,
an Africa expert
and professor
at the University
of Birmingham. Speaking from
Harare yesterday, Professor
Cheeseman asked: “Will a certain
number of MPs’ positions be
reserved for the military? A lot of
people are worried that the army
will not go back to the barracks,
but will stay in politics.”
Mr Mnangagwa must secure
international investment
but dares not risk political
upheaval that could fracture
Zanu-PF’s broad support
base. He is also beholden to
the military that secured his
return to Zimbabwe.
“People are beginning to
ask what this new country
will look like, given that
the new guys running it
look just like the old guys,”
Professor Cheeseman said.
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PAYMENTS
ZIMBABWE
REJOICES
ANGELA
MERKEL
ANIMAL
SENTIENCE
THE CROWN,
SEASON 2
Enough to get
the young
on board?
Capitulating
now was
a mistake
What comes
next can’t
be worse
Opportunity
amid the
chaos
Animals do
feel pain – we
can see it
A rocky start
for Queen
Elizabeth
Daily Express
The Times
TheNewYorkTimes
New Statesman
Radio Times
BBC News
It wasn’t a drama - it
wasn’t a Budget that
would inspire queues
at the box office.
What he tried to do
was to act on concerns
expressed at the
general election and
by rebels on the Tory
backbenches as well as
Labour. But he made a
bigger than expected
move to “revive the
home-owning dream”.
(Laura Kuenssberg)
The Daily Telegraph
We are now in the
perverse position of
relentlessly cutting
the things the state is
supposed to provide,
while parties vie to
promise more people
more things they
could and should do
for themselves.
(Philip Johnston)
The real issue here
isn’t even the political
madness of handing
over such vast sums at
a time when the rest of
us are watching every
penny. The real issue
is that in the stand-off
over Brexit we will
have blinked first. We
will have caved in and
shown Brussels that
when push comes
to shove, we won’t
stand firm.
(Stephen Pollard)
The Guardian
The best that can be
said is that it is better
to have decided to
increase the payment
than to have refused
to do so. The most
that the decision
deserves is a cautious
sigh of relief.
(Editorial)
Quote of
the day
Reporters lucky
enough to have been
there will remember it
as another generation
remembers the
fall of the Berlin
Wall. Now, as then,
an overwhelming
majority is united
in the belief that
whatever lies ahead
cannot be worse than
what has gone before.
(Editorial)
The Spectator
The honeymoon
period is likely to
be short: the new
president looks set to
be sworn in this week.
This gives whatever
government comes in
very little breathing
space before it must
face up to tough issues
facing Zimbabwe.
(Eddie Cross)
Merkel has delivered
an opportunity for
leaders in Germany
and in the wider
West to learn from
her mistakes. The
custodians of the
liberal order still
have an opportunity
to show that their
worldview is more
adaptable to changed
circumstances than
it has seemed.
(Ross Douthat)
Michael Gove’s new
policies – including
a ban on ivory sales
and CCTV in slaughter
houses – have
been welcomed by
environmentalists
and campaigners. But
they are not enough
to allay wider doubts
over the Government’s
commitment to
animal welfare.
(India Bourke)
Daily Mirror
I’ve seen first-hand
that animals feel
pain, emotions and
experience stress.
They are sentient
beings that deserve to
be treated with at least
cursory compassion,
before they’re
slaughtered and end
up roasted or pan-fried.
(Max Channon)
Were Merkel to
depart as Chancellor,
the UK would lose
a key ally in Brexit
negotiations. She has
been instrumental in
persuading colleagues
not to push Theresa
May towards a
hard Brexit.
(Jason Beattie)
Plymouth Herald
The thing that elevates
The Crown beyond
a by-the-numbers
historical drama is its
honest portrayal of
complex relationships,
so showrunner Peter
Morgan gets right
down to business in
the opening episodes.
There’s no soft start.
(Eleanor Bley Griffiths)
Metro
A particularly rocky
first episode doesn’t
help quell doubts that
the show is struggling
to find its footing
after completing
Elizabeth’s rise to
reluctant power.
While it lacks cohesion,
Claire Foy’s career-best
performance is enough
to carry you through
the rough patches.
(Adam Starkey)
LifeInBrief
AZZEDINE ALAIA FASHION DESIGNER
I hope it won’t
take 650 years
before the
Labour Party
has a female
leader
Theresa May
The Prime Minister
responds after
Jeremy Corbyn
praised the
appointment of
the first female
Black Rod
Tunisian-born fashion designer
Azzedine Alaïa, an iconoclast who
dressed famous women from
Hollywood to the White House, has
died aged 77.
Known as a secretive fashion rebel,
Alaïa was based in Paris for decades but
did not take part in the French capital’s
seasonal fashion frenzy or flashy
ad campaigns. Instead, he showed
privately on his own schedule.
He was dubbed the “king of cling”
for the form-fitting designs he first
popularised during the 1980s and
updated over the decades.
Naomi Campbell was a favoured
model, and Michelle Obama wore his
designs during her time as first lady.
“Azzedine Alaïa was a true visionary,
and a remarkable man,” said Vogue
editor-in-chief Edward Enninful. “He
will be deeply missed by all of those
who knew and loved him, as well as by
the women around the world who wore
his clothes. The generosity of his spirit
and genius of his designs will never
be forgotten.”
Nina Garcia, the editor in chief of Elle
magazine, described Alaïa as a “legend
and true original”. “We will miss this
creative genius,” she added.
Born to wheat farmers in Tunis in
1940, Alaïa said his love of couture was
inspired by his glamorous twin sister.
He read Vogue as a child and later lied
about his age to win a place studying
sculpture and the human form at the
Tunisian capital’s Institut Supérieur
des Beaux Arts. “When I realised I
couldn’t be an amazing sculptor, I
changed direction,” he said in 2015.
He segued into fashion, assisting a
dressmaker, before moving to Paris in
1957 where he landed a job as a tailor
for Christian Dior, just as the Algerian
war intensified. Fresh off the boat, he
was dismissed five days later for having
incorrect immigration papers.
Alaïa then worked for Guy Laroche
for two seasons, taking up residence
with the first of a series of high-society
patrons, the Comtesse de Blégiers,
who offered him a temporary home in
exchange for services as dressmaker
and occasional babysitter. Alaïa later
said: “From two seasons at Guy Laroche
I learned how. From the last elegant
women in the world, I learned what.”
Alaïa dressed the demanding clients
of French haute couture – Picassos,
Rothschilds, Mitterands – as well as
Hollywood stars such as Greta Garbo.
His first ready-to-wear collection in
1980 was a smash hit and his business
would grow to an annual turnover of
£40m a year. But he did not consider
himself a part of the fashion industry
and rejected the idea of seasons.
“I always feel free – I feel really free,”
he said. ”When I don’t want something,
I don’t make it. Even if there’s finance
behind it, if I don’t feel it, I don’t do it.
I always feel free, this is my strength.
Truly, I don’t need much to live.”
THE INDEPENDENT
Born 1940
Died 18 November 2017
Chris Baynes
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A radical idea for Britain’s schools
Our lives can be transformed if we are taught early on how to manage cash
I
f I look back at my schooldays,
I can think of a few things
which have prepared me well
for being a grown-up.
Learning that blagging it
through exams can only get
you so far, for example. And that
what you invest in something will
ultimately reflect the outcome.
Learning that if you ignore people
who know more than you, for
example, chemistry teachers, you
will get burnt fingers – literally and
figuratively. Finally – and definitely
most importantly in the Great
Book of Pedantry – learning that an
apostrophe does not simply mean
“here comes an S”.
There are also plenty of other
things I learnt (algebra, cloud
formations, whether Lee Harvey
Oswald shot JFK, Lennie wasn’t
the full shilling in Of Mice and Men),
that have had little impact on my life
beyond the exam room.
But looking back, there’s a void
when it comes to an essential skill of
life: namely, education about money,
and how to cope when it runs out.
We were also never taught
about the impact money (or lack
of it) can have beyond your bank
balance. How it can play into mental
health issues such as depression,
anxiety and stress. None of this
was explained when we were at our
most impressionable, and when we
were just years, or months in the
case of sixth-formers, from going
out in the big scary wide world and
learning for ourselves – often, the
hard way.
I’m under no illusions that
problems I had with money
management, and the sheer terror I
felt about it contributed enormously
to my own mental health and,
arguably, with the alcohol
dependency which accompanied it.
I drank myself to sleep sometimes
as there was no other way to make
my head quieten down and stop
thinking about money I didn’t have,
and debts that I did.
My time in Brighton exemplifies
this. I moved there to work in
a record shop but after several
months got the chance to work
for a (now defunct) music festival
based in the city. Having run record
shops before and promoted live
music, this was a dream come true,
and when the opportunity cropped
up to go full time at the festival I
jumped at it.
I’d be paid a small weekly figure,
with a decent-sized bonus arriving
once the festival had taken place
and the ticket money had come in,
and we’d made a tidy profit. This
I dealt with
my debt as best
I could – by not
opening my post
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bonus was in the thousands (enough
to get a bright-eyed 23-year-old very
excited). As the weekly amount
was slightly lower than I needed to
get through, especially given my
problems with drink, I went to the
bank and took out a loan against
future earnings, ie the bonus.
This proved a mistake. The
festival went bust, my bonus
never arrived, and I had a £4,000
debt around my neck. It’s only in
hindsight that I realise what an
insignificant figure this is. After
all, postgrads are coming out of
university with multiples of this.
But, at the time, for someone
earning £200 a week, it was an
unimaginable size.
So I dealt with it as best I could.
By not opening my post. By ignoring
the calls which slowly started to
come in from the bank. By not
answering my phone to my family
as my mental health problems and
my drinking spiralled.
My head was such a noisy,
panicked mess with this
insurmountable figure whirling
around it that I couldn’t sleep. As
the festival was no longer, I then
worked as a data entry bod for a
local pensions company, but my
anxiety was so bad – and my sleep
so disrupted – that I couldn’t hold
a pen without shaking. I couldn’t
look people in the eye. The shame
of this hidden debt was too much to
address.
Eventually, my family became so
concerned for me that one evening
my brother drove to the seaside,
picked me up and drove me home,
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worried that the drunken texts
and forlorn messages from his
little brother were a sign of more
damaging things to come. I moved
in with my folks and spent a year
trying to get my head straight,
again, working as administration
support doing non-stressful work.
But I couldn’t open up about this
debt. I felt too ashamed. I couldn’t
walk past the bank in my village
without getting a cold sweat. I
thought they’d haul me in.
Eventually and rightly, after
months of patiently letting me
nip out for a quick pint and arrive
hours later and sneak to bed, my
dad cornered me and asked about
my money situation and how much
the debt to the bank was. My dad
is one of the kindest, most gentle,
and finest men I know and I felt
ashamed to have let him down. But I
told him. I told him I owed the bank
£4,000, expecting the worst.
He just sighed. He wasn’t angry
or disappointed. He was just a bit
sad that I’d let myself spiral so
much and get into such a dangerous
health situation over such a small
sum. He paid the debt off the next
day. I was very lucky.
Moving to London a year
later, once I felt better, the
money situation slowly got out
of hand (again, fuelled by alcohol
dependency – you’ll be hard pushed
to find a better way to lose money
than addiction). I’d ring up toward
the end of the month and ask for
a bridging loan to get me through
to payday. I’d borrow money from
friends in the pub and pay them
off when I got paid myself – a
negative feedback loop that is
tricky to escape.
I only truly got in control of my
finances when I sobered up. It’s
also when I started opening my
bank statements, and checking my
balance on cash machines, having
spent the previous several years
playing cash-card-roulette – will I
be able to draw out £30, or do I not
have enough left in my account?
There are very few fears out there
as terrifying as realising you have
no money. Nothing.
Now, I’m in my late thirties,
married and with a kid on the
way. Recently I had a private
meeting with my bank manager
as I’m now one of her private
clients given my salary, money
management, and nominal
outstanding credit (mortgage aside
– wow, I have a mortgage).
It’s a far cry from the 24-year-old
me who couldn’t even walk into a
bank, open their post or answer
their phone calls. It’s something I’m
proud of – and told my dad about as
soon as it happened.
However, I can’t help but wonder
what might have been different if
we’d been taught about debt, money
management, and what to do if you
get into problems at school.
I didn’t know you could go to
the bank and say “I’m in trouble”
without them hauling you into a
back room and sending you to a
debtors’ prison. Debt is a part of
life, money is an intrinsic part of
Western culture, and yet – we’re
not taught it. Reading sheet music
takes precedence.
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I agree with much that
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
says, in particular the
equality of women and
men, but I have reservations about the “separation of state and faith” (i,
22 November). It seems
to me that people of all
faiths in the UK have a
wide spectrum of political opinions, and that
freedom of religion is
as much a fundamental
of British democracy as
freedom of speech.
Questioning primary
schoolgirls in headscarves may be appropriate when they have
reached the age when
they can make their own
decisions, but it seems
premature to urge children of 11 and under to
defy their parents’ beliefs.
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The way to
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The problems associated with alcohol
consumption are well
documented and it’s a
sad fact that we Britons
either don’t know or care
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Brief, and to
the point
Roderick Slater (Your
View, 22 November)
remembers a colleague
using only a three-letter
word as a school report
40 years ago. Around the
same time I was teaching
in London and a colleague
offered a single exclamation mark as his report
on one student. The same
colleague also wrote
about another student:
“I have no idea who this
boy is. This is perhaps a
reflection on both of us”.
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Jenni Murray
on Europe
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I found myself identifying with every
word Jenni Murray
wrote about Europe
(i, 21 November). We
are the same age and I
remember my mother
telling me of watching
Manchester burn in
the Blitz and of her
making her way there
the following morning
to find it still ablaze. She,
Our commitment
too, lost a fiancé, in the
aftermath of D-Day.
I, like Jenni, remember
vividly when we went
decimal and when we
joined the Common
Market. I, too, have two
sons who have are absolutely Europeans – one
works for a German
company, the other lived
and worked in France for
several years. And I, too,
was devastated when the
referendum result was
declared. Nothing I have
read, seen or heard since
has changed my mind.
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ST ALBANS
Jenni Murray
perpetuates the myth
that membership of
the EU has prevented
another war in Europe.
What has actually
prevented war is the
nuclear deterrent and
the certain knowledge
that it would be suicide
for all involved.
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LINCOLN
Housing is a
buyers’ market
Why is it that housing
policy is directed
towards the property
market where individuals buy a property?
Why is no consideration given to those who
are paid the minimum
wage or employed on
zero-hours contracts and
who will never be able to
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gender war
I guess I must be one
of those male “dunderheads” whose stubborn,
chauvinistic refusal
to don the hair shirt
in response to the
avalanche of sexual
abuse allegations
provides such a rich
vein for commentators
such as Grace Dent (i, 21
November).
Or maybe I’m just
a little wary of the
anti-male narrative
accompanying this
furore which has turned
the presumption of
innocence on its head; a
narrative which demands
that because we share
our gender with the
perpetrators, we must
take all such allegations
as fact-based from the
word go.
A serious issue?
Most definitely: a female
relative of mine was
regularly groped by a
male work colleague
40 years ago, and is still
angry about it.
An excuse for an
assault upon an entire
gender? Certainly not.
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Hilton takes
credit for
‘the selfie’
Paris Hilton has this week
claimed that she – along with
Britney Spears – invented the
selfie whilst playing around
with a handheld camera
in 2006.
The socialite (inset)
definitely
pioneered
reality
television
with her
series The
Simple
Life, but the
selfie has far
more history than
Hilton gives it credit for.
Frank Sinatra took one
in 1938, Salvador Dali was
a fan, as was Andy Warhol.
In fact, the first selfie has
been officially credited to
photography pioneer Robert
Cornelius in 1839. So only 167
years out, Paris.
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The Queen
still rules
The Crown
Claire Foy and Matt Smith
have shot their final scenes
as the Queen and the Duke of
Edinburgh in The Crown, and
celebrated at the premiere of
the second series in London
on Tuesday night.
The Netflix series will
begin by fanning the flames
of controversy. In the first
episode the Queen becomes
jealous of Jackie Kennedy,
the US First Lady, when she
visits Buckingham Palace with
her husband John F Kennedy
(Michael C Hall). Mrs Kennedy
(Jodi Balfour) flirts openly
with the Duke of Edinburgh,
who turns to his wife to tell
her that she has asked him to
show her around the palace,
the Queen replies firmly: “It’s
my house, so I’ll do it.”
While the Kennedys did
visit Buckingham Palace in
1961, there’s no suggestion
that this torrid turn of events,
ever actually took place –
scriptwriter Peter Morgan
has instead employed a bit
of artistic licence. Unless he
knows something the history
books don’t.
As independent films begin
to win as big as major studio
productions during awards
season, The Independent
Spirit Awards have become
just as star-studded – and
relevant – as
the Oscars.
This year’s
nominations
were
announced
on Tuesday
night by Lily
Collins and
Tessa Thompson
(pictured) who
praised the diversity of the
films across race and gender.
They hint at big things for
Greta Gerwig’s directorial
debut Lady Bird (it has four
nominations), James Franco
and his film The Disaster Artist
and Luca Guadagnino’s gay
coming of age drama Call Me
By Your Name, which has five
nominations.
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Kelner
F
ew businesses have
continued to divide opinion
while simultaneously
suffering a series of PR
disasters quite like Uber.
The ride-hailing app has admitted
it paid two hackers $100,000
to delete the stolen personal
information of 57 million customers
and drivers last October, and what’s
more, covered it up.
Stolen details included customer
names, email addresses and phone
numbers from around the world
(though luckily not credit card
details), meaning if you were an
active Uber user last year, your
information could well have been
included. The driver licence
numbers of around 600,000 drivers
in the US were also compromised.
It’s bad enough that a company
as large as Uber didn’t have the
necessary security in place to
prevent the hackers from getting
their hands on the data, or went
against the advice of security
experts and paid the ransom.
But the real kicker here is that
then-chief executive Travis Kalanick
(inset) and chief security officer Joe
Sullivan made the decision to
sweep the breach under
the rug. They knew
how grave the theft’s
implications were –
namely the possibility
of identity theft,
leaving customers
open to blackmail
– and came to the
conclusion the risk to
the company’s reputation
was more important than
informing users.
To be fair, the stolen data wasn’t
used, to Uber’s knowledge. But the
whole sorry saga demonstrates
just how close Kalanick’s maverick
leadership came to running the
world’s most valuable start-up into
the ground.
Uber’s past is a checklist
of disasters: claims of sexual
harassment, a toxic work
atmosphere, controversial
software which tracked users and
an abundance of legal cases. The
breach is just the latest in a long line
of serious errors in judgement.
So, where from here? The breach
only came to light due to new chief
executive Dara Khosrowshahi’s
commitment to detoxify the
brand’s image. “None of this should
have happened, and I will not
make excuses for it,” he said in a
statement. He says the company
is now seeking to “earn the trust
of our customers” with a new focus
on integrity. “Winning gave some
excuses for bad behaviour,” he
said after his appointment
at the end of August.
“Don’t tell me what
happened; just tell
me what we’re going
to do.”
Swift decisions to
push the company
in an accountable,
respectable direction
included reconstituting
Uber’s board (of which
Kalanick is still a member),
reconfirming its commitment to
inclusivity and diversity for women
and minorities, and steering it
towards a long-awaited initial
public offering. How big a thorn in
Khosrowshahi’s side Kalanick will be
remains to be seen – publicly outing
the handling of the breach a year
ago could be a calculated move to
wrestle power away from Kalanick,
and further damage his reputation.
Khosrowshahi’s leadership style
served him well in his previous role
at Expedia, but there’s no doubt
the latest revelations will have him
despairing over whether any other
skeletons lurk in Uber’s closet.
EMPLOYMENT
merrily abuse our bodies with no
thought for the future. The ashtray
was a standard component of the
workstation and a cloud of smoke
around your head only signified you
must be concentrating extra hard.
We ate without a care and drank
liberally, with no worries about the
effect it might be having. Late nights
and bad nutrition were the order
of the day and our main source of
exercise would have been dancing
till dawn and walking to work when
we couldn’t afford the bus.
“Wellness” did not exist in
the 1970s, in the same way that
there were different attitudes to
discrimination, sexual harassment
and respect in the workplace. There
was no mental health awareness
and, I realise now that a lot of those
“weird “ people in the office were
probably suffering in silence.
Employers took no responsibility
towards helping their staff to be
their best – and that is where the
difference lies. Companies like
Google and FedEx have led the
way in providing different working
environments and attitudes to help
their staff be happy and healthy,
both at work and in their home lives.
It is now much more widely
recognised that monetary reward is
not the prime motivating factor in
people’s work lives. The raised level
of awareness around health and
fitness in the younger generations
is amazing to me. Many companies
have wellbeing days, provide fresh
fruit in the office and create a
culture where fitness – both mental
and physical – is valued.
Bette
Smith
Bosses value
a healthy
workforce
A
survey out this week
shows that almost
two-thirds of employees
feel uncomfortable talking
about their mental health with their
employers. It’s a number that should
be lower but, as a woman in my
sixites, I can appreciate how much
better things are now than when I
started out.
My free gym along with tailored
training plans, a private health
policy, a running group and
mindfulness sessions all contribute
towards my happiness in the
workplace. Companies have been
discovering that this leads to
workforce engagement, meaning
that staff are passionate about their
jobs and loyal to their companies –
and it certainly works for me.
I was part of a generation who
didn’t place much emphasis on
health. When I was younger, it
was normal amongst my peers to
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Writer wins battle with ex-lover for film earnings
By Jan Colley
A writer has won a High Court
case over the authorship of
the screenplay of the hit film
Florence Foster Jenkins.
Nicholas Martin sued his
former girlfriend, Julia Kogan,
over the 2016 comedy-drama,
starring Meryl Streep and Hugh
Grant, which was based on the
life of the New York heiress, who
Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ NICK WALL/PATHE UK
TECHNOLOGY
Uber paid off
hackers who took
customers’ data
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Uber paid two hackers $100,000
(£75,000) to delete the stolen personal information of 50 million customers and seven million drivers last
October, the company has admitted.
Stolen details included customer
names, email addresses and phone
numbers from around the world,
although credit card details, bank
account numbers and dates of
birth were not believed to have
been accessed.
The then-chief executive Travis
Kalanick and chief security officer
Joe Sullivan made the decision
to pay the hackers and keep the
breach a secret from its customers
and drivers, according to The New
York Times.
The driving licence numbers of
around 600,000 drivers in the US
were also compromised.
Mr Sullivan has been fired, and
while Mr Kalanick resigned as
chief executive in June following
reports of a toxic work environment,
sexual harassment allegations
and controversial decisions to
track users, he remains on the
company’s board of directors. Dara
Khosrowshahi, who replaced Mr
Kalanick in August, made details of
the leak public, adding: “None of this
should have happened, and I will not
make excuses for it.
“While I can’t erase the past, I
can commit on behalf of every Uber
employee that we will learn from our
mistakes. We are changing the way
we do business, putting integrity at
the core of every decision we make
and working hard to earn the trust of
our customers.”
At the time of the incident,
Uber approached the two hackers
and “obtained assurances that
the downloaded data had been
destroyed”, and upped the security of
the third-party cloud-based storage
account they had accessed, he added.
The news is the latest in a long line
of scandals at the company, which is
the world’s most valuable start-up.
Transport for London
denied Uber’s request
for a new licence in September,
declaring the firm was “not fit and
proper” to operate in the capital.
HEALTH
Boy, 3, died while waiting at A&E
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
The father of a toddler says his son
died in his arms while waiting for
longer than an hour in A&E.
Basil Mohammed, three, died in
the waiting area at Birmingham
Children’s Hospital last week. He had
Wolcott–Rallison syndrome, which
can lead to kidney or liver failure. His
father, Muawai, is questioning why he
did not receive urgent care.
A review is being conducted by the
hospital, which has offered its “deepest condolences” to Basil’s family.
Mr Mohammed said his son was
seen by a triage nurse within about 25
minutes but was then left in the waiting room “for more than an hour”.
Dr Fiona Reynolds, chief medical
officer at Birmingham Women’s and
Children’s NHS Foundation Trust,
said: “We would like to offer our sympathy and deepest condolences.
“When any child dies in our care
we carry out an investigation to fully
understand the circumstances.”
died in 1944. Ms Kogan and Mr
Martin were living together
when the idea for the film arose
and when early drafts of the
screenplay were written.
Mr Martin, a scriptwriter,
claimed he was the sole author of
the final draft used for shooting,
while opera singer Ms Kogan said
she was joint author.
Since April 2014, she has
been seeking a proportion of Mr
Martin’s income from the film,
which took £33m at the box office.
Judge Richard Hacon ruled
in favour of Mr Martin, saying:
“The textual and non-textual
contributions made by Ms Kogan
never rose above the level of
providing useful jargon, along
with helpful criticism and some
minor plot suggestions.
“Mr Martin was the
sole author.”
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Great talent and a complicated life:
1970s pop idol Cassidy dead at 67
Hero driver
crashed to save
passengers
Tributes for star
who ‘brought
joy to millions’.
By Padraic
Flanagan
A heroic bus driver was killed when
he deliberately drove into boulders
on a narrow mountain road to try
to save his passengers when the
brakes failed, an inquest heard.
Maurice Wrightson, 63, from
Ashington, Northumberland, was
driving along the D211 from the
Alpe d’Huez French ski resort with
a coach full of British resort staff, on
16 April 2013.
As he approached the 21st hairpin bend, he became aware that the
brakes had failed and decided to
smash into the mountainside rather
than attempt the corner.
Flames quickly engulfed the
County Durham-based Classic
Coaches vehicle, with passengers desperately trying to escape
through the broken windows and
one woman being set on fire.
French investigators concluded
Mr Wrightson had “undoubtedly prevented” the more serious
consequences of the vehicle leaving
the road. The inquest heard that the
investigators blamed the “poor condition of the hydraulic retarder” for
damage to the brake pads.
The inquest, at Berwick coroner’s
court, continues.
D
avid Cassidy, the 1970s
pop idol who at the peak
of his fame received
25,000 letters a week
from besotted teenage
fans, has died aged 67. His death
on Tuesday, in hospital in the US,
came after several years of living
with dementia.
The singer-actor’s publicist,
Jo-Ann Geffen, said: “David died
surrounded by those he loved,
with joy in his heart and free from
the pain that had gripped him
for so long.”
Cassidy’s nephew, Jack Cassidy,
tweeted: “I can’t help but thank
God for the joy that he brought to
countless millions of people.”
Despite the fame he gained
playing Keith Partridge in the
hugely popular musical sitcom The
Patridge Family – merchandise
featuring his image was reputed
to have netted his handlers $500m
(£377m) – Cassidy always hated his
superstar status.
The popular ABC series ran
for four years from 1970, and was
syndicated widely. It also spurred
several pop hits, including the No 1
single “I Think I Love You”, which
Pop star David
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featured Cassidy on lead vocals,
and sold five million copies. The
songs “Doesn’t Somebody Want
to be Wanted” and “I’ll Meet You
Halfway” also went to the top. When
the show ended, Cassidy continued
in television and launched a stage
career in Las Vegas.
Cassidy was married three times:
in 1977 for five years to Kay Lenz,
in 1984 for four years to Meryl
EDUCATION
Tanz and in 1991 to Sue Shifrin, a
songwriter. He and Shifrin had a
son, Beau, and he had a daughter,
Katie, with Sherry Williams,
a model.
His last decade was punctuated
with problems caused by
alcoholism. From 2010 to 2014 he
was arrested three times for drinkdriving and he was sentenced to 90
days in rehab after the 2014 offence.
POLICE
Graduates don’t rate their degrees Café voyeur films
By Alison Kershaw
More than a third of recent
graduates do not think their
degree was good value for
money, according to a poll.
It also suggests that
many adults who have
been to university say
they would be unlikely to
make the same decision
under the current funding system. The Edge Foundation, which
commissioned the survey in England
and Wales, argued it was no longer
the case for many young people that a degree was a passport to a good job.
Alice Barnard, chief executive of the Edge, said:
“All degrees are marketed
as the passport to career
progression and a high salary, but the reality for many
is low-skilled employment and
over £50,000 of debt.”
himself by mistake
By Helen Chandler-Wilde
A voyeur who installed a hidden
camera in a Starbucks toilet
apparently captured himself on
film in the process.
The device was seized by
police in a Starbucks in Vauxhall,
south London, close to the
headquarters of MI6, after a
member of the public discovered
it in a ceiling grate.
Tributes poured in from fans and
fellow celebrities after his death.
The Beach Boys musician Brian
Wilson tweeted: “I’m very sad to
hear about David Cassidy. He was a
very talented and nice person.”
Television and radio host Larry
King tweeted: “Sad to learn David
Cassidy has died. Like his father,
Jack, he had great talent, and a
complicated life.”
By Tom White
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TRANSPORT
Commuting ‘can make you deaf’
By John von Radowitz
Travelling to work on public transport or by bike could be making you
deaf, say scientists.
A study found that regular exposure to the noise of tube trains and
traffic can induce hearing loss over
time. The Canadian researchers
called for more to be done to control
commuter noise.
Members of the team measured
noise levels on subways, trams and
buses in Toronto. They also recorded noise exposure while travelling
by car, cycling or walking.
Cycling was shown to be a particular hearing hazard.
The lead scientist Dr Vincent
Lin, from the University of Toronto, said: “We were surprised at
the overall average noise exposure
commuters experience on a daily
basis.” The findings appear in the
Journal of Otolaryngology – Head &
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usual patterns of consumption”,
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The study, in The British Medical
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“slightly higher risk” of heart failure, the experts found.
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A short history of
wasted time: does
dark matter exist?
By Padraic Flanagan
A Swiss scientist has questioned the
existence of dark matter and dark
energy – mysterious phenomena
that explain the expanding universe –
with a new theory that could explode
existing space science.
André Maeder, honorary professor
in Geneva University’s astronomy department, claims to
have created a model for
the expansion of the universe since the Big Bang
that can be explained
without dark matter and
dark energy.
In one of the most surprising discoveries of the
20th century, the visible universe – including Earth, the Sun
and other stars and galaxies – was
found to make up less than 5 per cent
of the mass of the universe.
The rest of the universe, according to the accepted theory, appears
to be made of a mysterious, invisible substance called dark matter, at
25 per cent, and a force that repels
gravity known as dark energy that
Mysteries of astrophysics
Scientists have yet to observe
dark matter directly, but they are
convinced it exists because of the
gravitational effects it appears to
have on galaxies. For instance, stars at
the edges of a spinning, spiral galaxy
should travel more slowly than
those near the centre, where
a galaxy’s visible matter is
concentrated.
But observations show
that stars orbit at more
or less the same speed
regardless of where they
are in the galactic disk.
This puzzling result only
makes sense if one assumes
that the boundary stars are
feeling the gravitational effects of an
unseen mass – dark matter – in a halo
around the galaxy.
makes up the remaining 70 per cent.
Despite repeated experiments, including attempts by scientists at the
Cern laboratory near Geneva, dark
matter has never been observed.
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Prince Harry to guest edit ‘Today’ show
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Prince Harry and “Artificial Intelligence” (AI) have been confirmed
as guest editors of Radio 4’s Today
programme over the festive period.
A spokesman for Kensington
Palace said the Prince (inset) would
use his edition to “shine a spotlight
on a number of issues that are close
to his heart. He is working closely
Professor Maeder said:
“The announcement of this
model, which at last solves two of
astronomy’s greatest mysteries,
remains true to the spirit of science: nothing can ever be taken
for granted.”
It can only be detected from its
gravitational effects.
But in new research published in
The Astrophysical Journal, Professor
Maeder claims that his theory can
explain the expansion of the universe
after the Big Bang without dark matter and energy through the concept
of “space invariance”.
“The way we represent the universe and its history are described
by Einstein’s equations of general
relativity, Newton’s universal gravitation and quantum mechanics,” said
the professor. “In this model, there is
a starting hypothesis that hasn’t been
taken into account. By that I mean the
scale invariance of the empty space;
in other words, the empty space and
its properties do not change following
a dilatation or contraction.”
When Professor Maeder carried
out tests on his new model, he found it
predicts the accelerated expansion of
the universe without having to factor
in any particle or dark energy.
“In short, it appears that dark energy may not actually exist since the
acceleration of the expansion is contained in the equations of the physics,” the research notes.
Professor Maeder claims his discovery paves the way for a new conception of astronomy.
TRANSPORT
New London
rail service
‘delayed by year’
By Neil Lancefield
The full introduction of new rail
services to ease north-south
travel through central London has
been delayed by up to a year.
A metro-style timetable of up to
24 trains per hour at peak times
was scheduled to be in place by the
end of next year, but the National
Audit Office (NAO) revealed this
has been delayed. Thameslink
services will step up to 18 trains
per hour in May and 20 per hour
in December 2018, with the
full increase to 24 per hour not
reached until December 2019.
The decision was taken after
the Department for Transport
(DfT) and Network Rail failed to
make adequate arrangements
to manage the launch of the new
services, the NAO said.
The DfT approved a proposal
it had requested from Govia
Thameslink Railway – which
operates trains on the affected
routes – to increase services more
gradually in order to “manage the
risks of each service change”.
There has been a £474m
increase in the total budget for
Network Rail’s infrastructure
works to £5.5bn as part of the £7bn
Thameslink programme.
with Today’s team to produce segments on a range of topics,
including youth violence,
conservation, and mental health.”
The AI programme
“will bring together a
cast of world experts
to explore how far artificial intelligence has
infiltrated the home and the
workplace”. It will also ask whether
AI can “enhance the Today programme itself, and remove
all trace of human error”.
The 95 year-old Baroness Trumpington,
who retired from the
House of Lords, ballet
dancer Tamara Rojo
and author Ben Okri
will also take the reins for
the programmes between
Christmas and New Year’s Day.
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charges of genocide and other
crimes during the Yugoslav wars in
the 1990s.
They included slaughtering 8,000
Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica
and the bloody, four-year siege of the
EUROPE
Berlusconi wants ban on
holding office overturned
By Gavin Jones
IN ROME
Lawyers for Silvio Berlusconi have
argued in front of the European Court of Human Rights
against his ban on holding
public office, hoping for a
green light that will allow
him to run for premier at
Italy’s election next year.
The disgraced threetime prime minister (inset)
appealed to the Strasbourg
court in 2013 after a criminal
conviction for tax fraud triggered his
expulsion from the senate and a bar
from office until 2019.
The billionaire media tycoon, 81,
was widely written off after he quit
as prime minister in 2011, amid sex
scandals and pressure on the Italian
economy from the debt crisis.
The court is not expected
to issue a verdict for many
weeks or even months and
even if it decides in favour
of Berlusconi the ruling
may not come in time for
him to run in the election,
which must be held by
May next year. Berlusconi
argues that because the tax
fraud took place many years before the 2013 Italian law that bars him
running for office was passed, the legislation is being applied retroactively
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People in Srebrenica
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Bosnian capital Sarajevo, when more
than 10,000 civilians were killed.
“The crimes committed rank
among the most heinous known to
humankind,” the presiding judge Alphons Orie said. “Without him, the
crimes wouldn’t be committed
as they were.” Mladic (inset)
was arrested in 2011, after
16 years on the run. He
had pleaded not guilty
to all charges. His legal
team said he would appeal against the verdict.
He was the military
chief of Radovan Karadzic, the wartime Bosnian Serb
president, who was handed a 40year jail sentence last year at a neighbouring ICTY courtroom on similar
charges of ordering Serb atrocities.
Before that, the former Serbian
President Slobodan Milosevic died
in custody in 2006.
Dubbed the “Butcher of Bosnia”
Mladic did not show any remorse
during his trial. At one point yesterday his lawyer attempted to delay the
reading, claiming his client was suffering from high blood pressure that
could prove fatal. The request was
denied, prompting Mladic to stand
up and shout: “This is all lies, you are
It remains the darkest episode in the
history of post-war Europe. Serb
troops under the command of Ratko
Mladic marched into Srebrenica, a
sliver of land in eastern Bosnia. They
captured and executed some 8,000
Muslim Bosniak men and boys.
All the male members of countless
Srebrenica families perished in the
massacre. Some of the victims were
literally wrested from the hands of
their mothers. Women, small children
and the elderly were packed on to
buses and expelled.
The remains were later dug up
and hauled away in trucks to be
better hidden from the world in
more remote mass graves. More
than 6,900 victims have since been
identified by DNA tests.
The massacre was the grim
culmination of a conflict in which
Mladic had pounded Sarajevo daily
with the entire Bosnian Serb arsenal,
killing more than 10,000 people. AP
all liars”. Security guards led him
away, and he watched the verdict in
a separate room.
For Serbs, many of whom still revere Mladic as the nation’s protector, the trial could help them come to
terms with the country’s recent
past. The Serbian President,
Aleksandar Vucic, said he
“respects the victims”
while calling on the
region “to start looking into the future and
not to drown in tears of
the past”.
Amnesty International’s
Europe director, John Dalhuisen, said: “This landmark verdict
marks a significant moment for international justice and sends out a
powerful message around the world
that impunity cannot and will not
be tolerated.”
The verdict was also
welcomed by Nato. “This
shows that the rule of law is
working and those responsible for war crimes are held to
account,” said Nato SecretaryGeneral Jens Stoltenberg.
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A woman whose boyfriend died
from a meth-laden kiss after a
prison visit has been sentenced to
two years behind bars.
Melissa Ann Blair and Anthony
Powell shared a long kiss at the
end of a visit last year at the
Oregon State Penitentiary and
she passed seven tiny balloons
filled with methamphetamine into
his mouth. Two of the balloons
ruptured in Powell’s stomach
a short time later and he died
of methamphetamine toxicity,
prosecutors have said.
Judge Marco Hernandez said
Blair’s actions were part of a
scheme devised by Powell and
others to get drugs inside the
prison. There was a dispute as to
whether Blair participated of her
own free will, but Powell shared
responsibility for his own death,
Mr Hernandez said.
“It was tragic and sad but he
shares responsibility for what
happened,” the judge said.
The 41-year-old was serving
a life sentence for aggravated
murder in the stabbing death of
his mother-in-law, according to
court records. Blair felt coerced
by Powell even though he was
behind bars, her lawyer John
Ransom said outside court. AP
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Football match
fixing arrests
Journalist’s
family to sue
Five players and two officials
from Thailand’s top-flight
football league are among 12
people arrested for alleged
match fixing.
The Thai Football
Association’s president,
Somyot Poompanmoung, said
an investigation was under way
into the results of a match in
July and three in September.
Police reported that four
players from the Navy club and
one from Nakhon Ratchasima
were allegedly paid up to
200,000 Thai baht (£4,600) to
manipulate results. AP
The family of the murdered Maltese
journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, a
relentless critic of corruption in the
country, is taking legal action against
the police force for allegedly failing
to ensure the investigation into her
killing by a car bomb on 16 October is
impartial and independent.
The family is reportedly suing
Malta’s police chief amid claims
the investigation is being overseen
by a senior officer, Silvio Valletta,
who is married to a top government
minister and who was himself the
focus of a critical report by the
journalist. They want the police chief
to remove Mr Valletta from the case.
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IN TOKYO
A US Navy transport aircraft
carrying 11 people crashed in
the Philippines Sea south of
Japan yesterday on its way to the
aircraft carrier the USS Ronald
Reagan. The US Seventh Fleet
Australia
Travelling Down Under ain’t
what it ought to be. Hundreds
of young adults from the
UK and Ireland are being
subjected to widespread
exploitation in Australia.
A third of seasonal migrant
workers are paid around half
the minimum wage, according
to a survey. The exploitation
of foreign labourers was
described as “endemic and
severe” in a report by the
University of New South
Wales and the University of
Technology in Sydney.
The report’s co-author,
Laurie Berg, said backpackers
encounter conditions that
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said eight people were rescued,
and the remaining three were
unaccounted for.
A spokesman for the US Navy
in Japan said that it had no
information on whether anyone
on board had been picked up.
“USS Ronald Reagan is
conducting search-and-rescue
operations. The cause of the
crash is not yet known,” it said.
The Japanese defence
minister, Itsunori Onodera,
said the US Navy had informed
him that the crash may have
been a result of engine trouble.
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“may constitute criminal
forced labour”. The team
surveyed 4,322 temporary
migrants from 107 countries.
Ninety-one respondents had
their passports confiscated by
employers, 173 were required
to pay $1,000 (£570) upfront
to secure a job and 112 were
asked to pay money back to
their employer in cash after
receiving their wages.
The study also found 44 per
cent of overseas workers were
paid in cash, including two-inthree waiters, kitchen hands
and food servers. Half never or
rarely receive a payslip.
In the first year of their
trips, many backpackers
choose to do 88 days of rural
work, usually agricultural, to
get a visa to stay in the country
for a second year.
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Blow for Saudis as PM
backtracks on resignation
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad
Hariri has said he is not quitting, in
a stunning reversal and a major embarrassment for Saudi Arabia, which
was widely seen as having orchestrated his resignation.
In surprise conciliatory comments
from the presidential palace,
Mr Hariri said yesterday he was
putting Lebanon’s interest first
and was looking forward to a “real
partnership with all political forces to
put Lebanon’s higher interest before
any other interests”.
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resignation to President Michel
Aoun at the presidential palace, but
then responded to his request to take
more time for consultations, “hoping
it will constitute a serious opening for
a responsible dialogue”.
He reiterated the need for Lebanon
to remain neutral on regional
disputes and conflicts.
His shock resignation had been
seen as part of yet another proxy
battle between Iran and Saudi
Arabia, with the latter targeting what
it saw as the powerful influence of the
Tehran-backed Hezbollah terrorist
group in the Lebanese government.
Mr Hariri’s volte face represents
the latest Saudi foreign policy
overreach under its young Crown
Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, who
is seen as the man behind most of the
country’s major decisions. AP
Rulers’
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Supporters of India’s
ruling Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP)
in Ahmedabad pose
beside a map of Gujarat
made from candles,
during the election
campaign for the
state’s legislative
assembly. The vote will
be held in December.
The BJP won 115 out
of 182 seats in the last
election AMIT DAVE/
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NORTH KOREA
Border guard pursuing defector crossed into South
A North Korean border guard
briefly crossed the border with the
South in the chase for a defector last
week – a violation of the ceasefire
accord between North and South,
a video released yesterday by the
UN Command in Seoul showed.
The North Koreans were only steps
behind the young man when they shot
him at least four times as he made his
escape on 13 November. The video
was filmed as the defector drove an
army truck through the demilitarised
zone and then abandoned the vehicle.
The defector, identified by a
surgeon as a 24-year-old with the
family name Oh, was flown by a US
military helicopter to a hospital in
Suwon, south of Seoul.
Doctors say he has regained
consciousness, having had two
operations to extract the bullets,
and his breathing is now stable and
unassisted. REUTERS
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Abusive virginity Islamist leader’s Growth ‘should
tests still used
release ordered be a priority’
Indonesia’s military and police
continue to perform abusive
virginity tests on female recruits
three years after the World Health
Organisation declared they had no
scientific validity.
Human Rights Watch said
yesterday police and military
officers had admitted that
security forces still impose the
tests, carried out under the guise
of psychological examinations,
for morality reasons. AP
A court has ordered the release from
house arrest of an Islamist leader accused by the US and India of masterminding attacks on the Indian city of
Mumbai in 2008 in which 166 people
were killed, a prosecutor said.
Hafiz Saeed was put under house
arrest in January after years of living
freely in Pakistan, one of the sore
points in its fraying relationship with
the United States. His freedom had
also infuriated Pakistan’s arch foe,
India. REUTERS
The European Union’s executive
has called on the bloc to prioritise
economic growth next year.
In its look-ahead to the coming
year’s policy priorities, the
European Commission said
yesterday that while the economy
is growing, wages are rising slowly
and some states are struggling
with high debt. It added that
Italy’s debts are a concern and
that France is moving too slowly
in reducing its deficits. AP
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The story
behind the
Christmas
‘Fairytale’
How did The Pogues write a
festive classic that captured the
nation’s heart? By Serina Sandhu
E
very year, the Christmas
song list is predictable
– but the big debate
is over when it is
acceptable to play the
tunes for the first time. Whether
it’s the unforgettable raspy-voiced
shriek at the beginning of Slade’s
“Merry Xmas Everybody” or
Bing Crosby’s super smooth
“White Christmas”, most of the
classics are upbeat tributes to the
Christmas spirit.
But one song shunned this,
and 30 years after its release
it is still an unlikely perennial
hit. “Fairytale of New York”, by
Celtic punk band The Pogues,
was released as a single on 23
November 1987 and tells the
story of a love gone sour as
the two narrators bicker on
Christmas Eve, resentful of their
broken dreams.
It was the decision to ignore
the usual Christmas spiel that has
perhaps cemented the song’s place
on radio playlists for the past three
decades, according to musician
Jem Finer, who co-wrote the song
with Shane MacGowan.
“It’s not a vacuous celebration
of fun and overconsumption,
rather a human story that many
people can probably relate to,” he
tells i. “There is nothing about it
musically to date it. It’s timeless.”
The details of how the song
came about are hazy. MacGowan,
The Pogues’ lead singer, has his
own memory: he maintains Elvis
Costello, who produced The
Pogues’ album Rum Sodomy & the
Lash, challenged him to write a
Christmas song.
But according to Finer, he
and MacGowan began writing
“Fairytale of New York” in the
autumn of 1985, when they
were supposed to be covering
a Christmas song by The Band.
“Shane and I thought: ‘Sod that,
let’s write our own’,” Finer says.
What is well documented,
however, is that two Christmases
came and went before “Fairytale
of New York” was ready. Finer
puts the delay down to “the
ambition of what we were trying
to do”. He says the storyline of
a couple, finding themselves in
hard times and coming to resent
one another, came from his wife,
Marcia Farquhar.
MacGowan then transposed
the narrative from London to New
York and “rewrote it in his
own inimitable style”, according
to Finer. It was dubbed
“Fairytale of New York” after
the Irish-American author JP
Donleavy’s novel A Fairy Tale of
New York, a copy of which was
lying around at the time.
“Musically it was a meeting
of various melodies we’d both
written. And then it took a couple
of years to get it right,” Finer
says. “Shane worked a lot on the
lyrics and we kept tweaking the
arrangement. And we probably,
as a band, weren’t quite good
enough to carry it off when we first
started trying.”
Until its release in 1987, the
band tried recording the song on
a number of occasions but part of
the problem was that they didn’t
have a female lead. Then singer
Kirsty MacColl, wife of the song’s
new producer Steve Lillywhite,
took on the female vocals. “It
never worked. Eventually, it did,”
Finer says.
For many, the song is the
starting pistol to mark that
Christmas is well and truly on its
way. “It’s got so much going for
it – great lyrics, a great melody,
themes of nostalgia and regret,
love and dissolution,” Rob Hughes,
a journalist and BBC 6 Music
contributor, says.
“There’s enough romantic allure
EMPLOYMENT
‘The latest offer – of an extra
1p an hour – is insulting’
Arriva North West’s bus drivers will be striking in the
run-up to Christmas. Here, one of them explains why
A
s an Arriva North West
bus driver, I am out in
all weathers, delivering
passengers safely to
their destinations. I
am happy with my job, which I
have been doing for a number of
years. But what I am not happy
about is working for an employer
which does not seem to care about
its staff, where the workforce
is not valued and where we
appear to be just cogs generating
shareholder profits.
The reason we are striking up to
Christmas is over pay, but brewing
away in the background there are
a number of smaller – but just as
important – issues that have slowly
ground us down.
There is a strong feeling that the
German transport giant Deutsche
Bahn AG, which has huge financial
resources and owns Arriva
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HISTORY
From the Blitz to
a fairer Britain
Simon Calder reveals his grandfather’s
wartime campaign for the welfare state
O
Bah scumbag: Kirsty
MacColl and Shane
MacGowan singing
the unlikely festive hit
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to make it a wistful Christmas song,
even though, essentially, it charts
the highs and lows of a turbulent
relationship. Christmastime is
secondary to the story, rather than
its primary thrust.”
He tells i that “Fairytale of
New York” appeals to Britain’s
“immovable national trait” of
“inherent cynicism”, adding: “What
other Christmas song (or regular
duet, for that matter) would dare
go for lines like ‘you’re an old slut
on junk’ or ‘happy Christmas your
arse, I pray God it’s our last’?”
Indeed, the only thing that does
date the song is some of the lyrics.
BBC Radio 1 attempted to ban
the words “faggot” and “slut” in
2007 but the station relented after
widespread uproar. And after such
a long creative process to finish
the song, it’s unsurprising Finer
views any attempt at censorship as
“absolutely ridiculous”.
Since founding The Pogues along
with MacGowan, Peter “Spider”
Stacy and James Fearnley in the
early Eighties, Finer has led a
varied career including composing
“Longplayer”, a piece of music
lasting 1,000 years.
Does he ever get annoyed to
be asked continuously about
“Fairytale of New York”? “No,”
he answers. “I think if what you
do finds such popularity then you
should be very happy about that.”
In 1987, Finer never thought
the song might become so loved.
“I don’t think one thinks like that
when one writes a song –
I certainly don’t. When it was
released, expectations were on a
more day-to-day basis – will it get
played on the radio? Will it make
the top 40? – rather than will it still
be played in 30 years.”
It reached No 2 in the UK Singles
chart in 1987, and every year since
2005 it has scored a place in the
20. Various polls have named it
the best Christmas song all time.
Regardless of whether Finer thinks
it’s the best, it’s his favourite. “But
I like the one about a mummy
kissing Santa Claus, too,” he adds.
North West, does not care about
its bus staff. We feel as though
we were purchased by mistake
and that we are being left to run
ourselves down.
The latest offer of
1p extra an hour is
insulting, given that
inflation hit 3 per
cent in October.
Our members
are struggling
to pay their
household bills.
This is alarming,
as many of us see
this as our career
and have built up close
friendships within the 11
depots. We have structured
our home lives around the shift
patterns we are expected to work.
We have had the allotted time
we get to complete our journeys
slowly chipped away in cost-saving
exercises over the last few years,
which puts extra stress on to an
already extremely stressful job. We
have written agreements
with regards to delay
time payments –
money for finishing
your shift late if
stuck in traffic –
but we are often
forced to beg for
it (often as little
as £3) from our
supervisors. This
is demeaning for
professional drivers.
Arriva also owns
buses in Holland, where the
drivers earn about £400 a month
more than we do. This disparity
is glaring. I really do not think we
would have come this far without
all these factors in play and we do
appreciate that nine new strike
days in December will cause
inconvenience to the travelling
public. It is about pay, but that
has been the kindling that has
sparked this fire, which is about our
employer showing no respect for
the staff.
It is time for the Arriva bosses
to come to the table and negotiate
constructively. We just want to be
treated with dignity and not be
made to feel as if we should beg for
our wages, as in Victorian times.
This bus driver wishes to remain
anonymous but is represented by
Unite. Read more at inews.co.uk/
opinion/comment/bus-driverextra-1p-hour-insulting-beggingwages-victorian-times
n Saturday 7 September
1940, the Blitz began.
Wave after wave of
Luftwaffe bombers flew
in over the North Sea
and Essex. They swooped down over
east London to unleash their deadly
cargo on the docks, where much of
the Second World War logistic effort
was concentrated.
Besides ships and supplies,
London’s Docklands was home to
hundreds of thousands of people
who kept the Empire’s lifeblood
pumping. On “Black Saturday”, as
it came to be known, East Enders
found themselves living beneath the
bombsights of Dornier, Heinkel and
Junkers aircraft.
Just before 6am on Sunday, a
bomb fell through the roof of 8
Martindale Road in Canning Town.
It failed to explode. But as a BBC
Two documentary shows with
first-hand testimony, news cuttings
and some meticulously kept official
records, tragedy was soon to follow.
As the dust settled, my
grandfather, Ritchie Calder, took a
taxi to the scene to see the damage.
He was a 34-year-old journalist for
the left-wing Daily Herald.
“Many services and preparations
which could have been foreseen
had to be hastily improvised while
bombs were dropping and people
were suffering,” he wrote.
The government, shamed
into fresh thinking, created
the foundations of a welfare
state on the East End rubble
Many residents survived the
air raids, but had their homes
destroyed. No 8 Martindale Road
became the location for a terrifying
amount of high explosives.
The occupants became, in official
parlance, refugees. But rather than
being evacuated from the danger
zone, they were taken to a school a
few streets away, in the area taking
the brunt of the bombing.
In the early hours of Tuesday
morning, 10 September, what
Ritchie Calder described as a
“calculable certainty” came to pass.
“Major occurrence 0349
West Ham at South Hallsville
School,” read the first despatch.
“Badly damaged. 600 refugees
accommodated here. Stated to be in
panic. Casualties unknown.”
The next despatch attempted
to put the first figure on that
“unknown”; “at least 200, mainly
children”. A message sent by rescue
workers on the scene was blunt:
“Cancel the buses. Send us morgue
vans and ambulances.”
Ritchie had grown up with war.
He was eight when the Great War
began, 12 when it ended, and 33
when the Second World War started.
Yet the nation was pitifully
unready for the onslaught. The
Ritchie Calder (second from left) at
a ‘ban the bomb’ march GETTY
authorities had prepared for the
wrong war. They anticipated
that chemical weapons would
be unleashed on civilians. But
Hitler’s preferred weapons of mass
destruction were high explosives
and incendiary bombs.
As politicians dithered,
officialdom only intensified the
suffering of survivors who had lost
everything. Refugees had to navigate
a tangle of red tape that must have
seemed impenetrable, visiting a
succession of offices to procure
everything from new identity cards
to government-issue clothing.
Ritchie paced out the painful
journey that the destitute had to
make, and recorded the walking
distance as eight-and-a-half miles.
He was an avowed patriot –
though some disputed his profound
belief in Britain as he raged against
the system. “It has been my job to
expose the faults and to discover the
remedy, and in that capacity I have
been a constant and often violent
critic,” he later wrote.
The government, shamed into
fresh thinking, began to create the
foundations of a welfare state on the
rubble of East End terraces. Soon,
bombed-out civilians were able to
start reassembling their lives at
hurriedly established bureaux.
By the time the military tide had
turned and it seemed that liberty
would prevail, plans for a National
Health Service had emerged.
By then, Ritchie had been
recruited for the war effort, and
he was invited to head the Political
Warfare Executive. He wrote Carry
on London a morale-boosting book,
and delivered compelling messages
to the Home Front, the Armed
Forces serving abroad, and the
enemy – who promptly responded by
bombing the Calder family home.
But no one knew better than
Ritchie how to start again.
‘Blitz: The Bombs That Changed
Britain’ is a four-part series which
begins on BBC2 at 9pm tonight.
Television Thursday 23 November
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Blitz: The Bombs That
Changed Britain
9pm, BBC2
There are echoes of two other BBC
series, Who Do You Think You Are?
and The Secret History Of Our Streets,
in this new one, which tells the story
of the devastation wrought on just
one street during the Blitz of
1940-41. More than 450,000 bombs
were dropped on Britain, but in the
very first raid one hit Martindale
Road in the East End of London,
causing ripples that led to the
founding of the welfare state, it is
convincingly argued, after left-wing
journalist Ritchie Calder (grandfather
of i travel columnist Simon, pictured
left) visited the wreckage and
highlighted the lack of government
provision for displaced civilians.
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Harry And Meghan: A Royal
Revolution? Tonight
7.30pm, ITV
The last time an American divorcee
threatened to marry into the royal
family a fully-fledged constitutional
crisis ensued. Prince Harry is not, of
course, a reigning monarch, and
anyway, times have changed as
rumours persist that the Prince will
soon be going down on bended knee
and asking Meghan Markle to be his
wife. Fiona Foster reports, adding to
a welter of TV programmes on the
Harry-Meghan relationship.
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Trump: An American Dream
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Love, Lies & Records
credits than most writers manage in
a whole episode (or, in some cases, a
whole series), as this week she
follows the fallout from Kate and
colleague Rick (Ashley Jensen and
Kenny Doughty) being caught in a
clinch on CCTV. Needless to say,
resentful Judy (Rebecca Front) has
the footage and is using it as
leverage in her efforts to hijack
Kate’s promotion. Elsewhere James
continues his transitioning into
“Jamie” by bathroom-blocking at
Kate’s busy family home, and
teenage daughter Lucy goes missing.
9pm, BBC1
Kay Mellor packs in more
storytelling before the opening
9pm, Channel 4
It’s now the 1990s in the series that’s
shedding light (for many British
viewers) on the current President.
6.00 Island Parish Sark
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Claimed And Shamed (R)
(S). 7.15 Royal Recipes (R)
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Giving Back (R) (S). 3.00
WPC 56 (R) (S). 3.45 Oxford
Street Revealed (R) (S).
4.15 Wartime Farm (R)
(S). 5.15 Put Your Money
Where Your Mouth Is
(R) (S).
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Show (S). 10.30 This
Morning (S). 12.30 Loose
Women (S). 1.30 ITV News;
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Chase (S).
6.20 The King Of Queens
(R) (S). 7.35 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R)
(S). 8.00 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R) (S).
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Raymond (R) (S). 9.05
Frasier (R) (S). 9.35 Frasier
(R) (S). 10.05 Ramsay’s
Kitchen Nightmares USA
(R) (S). 11.00 Undercover
Boss USA (R) (S). 12.00
Channel 4 News Summary
(S). 12.05 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 1.05 Kirstie’s
Handmade Christmas (R)
(S). 2.10 Countdown (S).
3.00 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (S). 4.00 Coast
Vs Country (S). 5.00 Four
In A Bed (S). 5.30 Come
Dine With Me (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 The
Wright Stuff 11.25 FILM:
Christmas In Homestead
(Steven R Monroe 2016)
Romantic drama, starring
Taylor Cole and Michael
Rady (S). 1.05 Access (S).
1.10 5 News Lunchtime
(S). 1.15 Home And Away
(S). 1.45 Neighbours
(S). 2.15 NCIS (R)
(S). 3.15 FILM: The
Christmas Bunny
(Tom Seidman
2010) Family drama,
starring Sophie Bolen
(S). 5.00 5 News At 5 (S).
5.30 Neighbours (R) (S).
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Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
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6.30 Strictly Come
Dancing – It
Takes Two
Examining
the training
footage (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
(S).
6.30 Hollyoaks
A familiar
face returns
for Frankie’s
funeral (S).
6.00 Home And Away
Justin demands
Scarlett choose
between him
and Caleb (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 Celebrity
Antiques Road
Trip John
Sergeant and
Peter White
search Surrey
for antiques (S).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 Harry And
Meghan:
A Royal
Revolution?
Tonight (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7pm
7.00 The One Show
(S).
7.30 EastEnders
Ben makes
a worrying
discovery about
Luke (S).
8pm
8.00 DIY SOS: The
Big Build
Transforming a
West Yorkshire
home for a man
with limited
movement (R).
8.00 MasterChef: The
Professionals
The third
quarterfinalists invent
something
using citrus (S).
8.00 Emmerdale
Bernice sets a
plan in motion
(S).
8.30 Coronation
Street Dev gets
a shock (S).
9pm
9.00 Love, Lies &
Records Kate is
forced to step
down from her
promotion (S).
9.00 Blitz: The
Bombs That
Changed Britain
New series.
The stories of
bombs dropped
on Britain (S).
10pm
10.00BBC News (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 Question Time
Debate from
Colchester (S).
10.00MOTD: The
Premier League
Show Magazine
programme (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
11.45 This Week The
past seven days
in politics (S).
11.15 David Gilmour:
Live At Pompeii
Highlights of
the guitarist’s
solo concerts
from July 2016
(R) (S).
12.40 BBC News (S).
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(R) (S). 1.15 Sign Zone: This
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Claimed And Shamed (S).
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3.45 Royal Recipes (S).
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11pm
Late
Trump’s business dealings weren’t
going well, wife Ivana had found
out about his affair and was seeking
a vast divorce settlement, and the
man with the Midas touch had
become a national joke. How did it
all go right? That’s for next week.
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The Search For A Miracle Cure
10pm, Channel 4
Lawyer Mark Lewis led the hacking
damages claims against News
International that led to the
temporary humbling of Rupert
Murdoch, and when an Israeli clinic
trialling a possible new cure for
multiple sclerosis put out a call for
volunteers with the right (ie unlikely
to give up easily) mindset, Lewis was
an obvious candidate. For he is an
MS sufferer, now barely able to walk
Mark Lewis puts a new
treatment to the test
10pm, Channel 4
Prince Harry’s
relationship is the focus
of ‘Harry And Meghan:
A Royal Revolution?’
7.30pm, ITV
Kate’s in hot water in
‘Love, Lies & Records’
9pm, BBC1
7.00 UK’s Strongest
Man 2017
Action from
the semi-finals,
staged in
Belfast (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Great
Continental
Railway
Journeys (R) (S).
7.10 FILM: The Cold
Light Of Day
(Mabrouk El
Mechri 2012)
Thriller, starring
Henry Cavill (S).
8.00 Ugly House To
Lovely House
With George
Clarke A
couple’s home is
given a radical
revamp (S).
8.00 BargainLoving Brits
In Blackpool
Claire and Mark
await a mystery
celebrity guest
at their B&B (S).
8.00 SAS: Rogue
Warriors The
story of two
SAS members
who outran
their German
pursuers (R) (S).
9.00 I’m A Celebrity…
Get Me Out
Of Here! The
highs and lows
from the past
24 hours in the
jungle (S).
9.00 Trump: An
American
Dream The
problems facing
Donald Trump
in the 1990s (S).
9.00 FILM: Wild Card
(Simon West
2015) Action
thriller, starring
Jason Statham
(S).
9.00 Horizon: How
You Really
Make Decisions
The conflict
between
intuition and
logic (R) (S).
10.00ITV News;
Weather (S).
10.30 Regional News;
Weather (S).
10.45 Uefa Europa
League
Highlights (S).
10.00The Search For
A Miracle Cure
Mark Lewis
joins a trial
searching for a
cure for MS (S).
12.00 The Jonathan
Ross Show (R) (S). 12.50
Jackpot247 3.00 Harry
And Meghan: A Royal
Revolution? Tonight (R)
(S). 3.25 ITV Nightscreen
5.05 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (R) (S).
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Dinner Date (R) (S). 7.35
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.00
Coronation Street (R) (S).
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DeGeneres Show (R) (S).
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10.50 I’m A Celebrity…
Get Me Out Of Here! (R) (S).
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6.00 I’m A Celebrity…
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7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
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8.00 Two And A
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chemistry tutor
takes a shine to
Walden (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
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3 (Olivier
Megaton 2014)
Action thriller
sequel, starring
Liam Neeson (S).
10.00Britain’s
Greatest
Pilot: The
Extraordinary
Story Of
Captain Winkle
Brown (R) (S).
9.00 Family Guy
Brian and Peter
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to find a new
turkey (R) (S).
9.30 Family Guy (R)
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10.00I’m A Celebrity:
Extra Camp
With Carol
Vorderman (S).
11.00 Gogglebox
The households’
opinions on
Strictly Come
Dancing and
Gone To Pot
(R) (S).
11.05 FILM: Safe
(Boaz Yakin
2012) Action
thriller, starring
Jason Statham
(S).
11.00 Operation
Jericho A
Second World
War mission
to free French
Resistance
fighters (R) (S).
11.15 FILM: Limitless
(Neil Burger
2011) Sci-fi
thriller, starring
Bradley Cooper
and Robert De
Niro (S).
11.00 Family Guy Lois
encourages
Brian to submit
a script for a TV
pilot (R) (S).
11.30 Family Guy (R)
(S).
12.05 Random Acts
(S). 12.35 Violent Men:
Behind Bars (R) (S). 1.30
British Workers Wanted
(R) (S). 2.25 FILM: Bhaag
Milkha Bhaag (Rakeysh
Omprakash Mehra 2013)
(S). 5.30 Countdown (R) (S).
12.40 SuperCasino (S).
3.10 Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit (R) (S). 4.00
Now That’s Funny! (R) (S).
4.50 House Doctor (R) (S).
5.10 Divine Designs (R) (S).
5.35 Nick’s Quest (R) (S).
12.00 B Is For Book (R)
(S). 1.00 SAS: Rogue
Warriors (R) (S). 2.00
Britain’s Greatest Pilot:
The Extraordinary Story
Of Captain Winkle Brown
(R) (S). 3.00 Horizon (R) (S).
4.00 Close
1.20 FILM: Suntan (Argyris
Papadimitropoulos 2016)
Greek drama, starring
Makis Papadimitriou (S).
3.30 Close
12.00 American Dad!
(R) (S). 12.30 American
Dad! (R) (S). 1.00 Release
The Hounds (R) (S). 2.00
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 2.25
Teleshopping 5.55 ITV2
Nightscreen
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without the assistance of partner
Mandy, and director David Modell
accompanies the couple as they fly
out to Jerusalem to receive this
potentially life-changing
stem-cell therapy.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
Britain’s Greatest Pilot: The
Extraordinary Story Of
Captain Winkle Brown
10pm, BBC4
This 2014 documentary recalls the
eventful life of the pilot who flew an
incredible 487 different types of
aircraft, attended the 1936 Berlin
Olympics, survived his ship being
sunk, helped to liberate Belsen,
interrogated Goering, and made the
first jet landing on an aircraft
carrier. Brown died just last year,
at the age of 97.
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FILM OF THE DAY
===
10.50pm, TCM
(Quentin Tarantino, 2003)
Whereas he’d previously reinvented
genre cinema, Kill Bill marked the
stage in Tarantino’s career when he
began to merely immerse himself
in it. So it’s only a one-dimensional
martial arts movie, with the barest
skeleton of a revenge plot and scant
characterisation. But the action
sequences are choreographed by the
great Yuen Woo-ping and filmed with
spectacular verve; the soundtrack and
score, compiled with the help of the
Wu Tang Clan’s RZA, is impeccably
cool; Uma Thurman’s character, the
Bride, is a fearsome, badass heroine
but fights with natural grace – and for
fans of Asian action cinema, it is all a
thrilling, unalloyed pleasure.
10pm, ITV4
(Ridley Scott, 2007)
Denzel Washington is Frank Lucas, a
real-life character who amassed an
empire smuggling heroin in the 1960s
and 1970s, and got away with it for so
long in part because neither the Mob
nor the racist police imagined a black
man capable of such a feat.
Kill Bill: Vol 1
American Gangster
===
Suntan
1.20am, Film4
(Argyris Papadimitropoulos, 2016)
This sunny but bleak tragicomedy is
about a dumpy 40-something in his
first year as the GP on a Greek island,
who becomes obsessed with a blithe
20-year-old: sweetly at first, then
embarrassingly, then dangerously.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
6.55 Heartbeat (R) (S). 8.00
Wild At Heart (R) (S). 8.55
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.25
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.50
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.20
A Touch Of Frost (R) (S).
12.35 Wild At Heart (R)
(S). 1.40 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 3.45 A Touch Of Frost
(R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
7.00 Charmed (R) (S). 8.00
Charmed (R) (S). 9.00 Rules
Of Engagement (R) (S).
9.30 Rules Of Engagement
(R) (S). 10.00 Black-ish
(R) (S). 10.30 Black-ish (R)
(S). 11.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 11.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 12.00 New Girl (R) (S).
12.30 New Girl (R) (S). 1.00
The Big Bang Theory (R) (S).
1.30 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 2.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 2.30 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 3.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 3.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R) (S).
4.00 New Girl (R) (S). 4.30
New Girl (R) (S). 5.00 The
Goldbergs (R) (S). 5.30 The
Goldbergs (R) (S).
8.55 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 10.00
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 10.30
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 11.05
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 11.35
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.10
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.45
A Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (R) (S). 1.50 A Place In
The Sun: Winter Sun (R)
(S). 2.50 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 3.50 Time Team
(R) (S). 4.55 Time Team (R)
(S). 5.55 The Secret Life Of
The Zoo (R) (S).
6.00 Monkey Life (R) (S).
6.30 Monkey Life (R) (S).
7.00 Animal 999 (R). 7.30
Animal 999 (R). 8.00 Send
In The Dogs (R) (S). 9.00
The Dog Whisperer (R) (S).
10.00 Monkey Life (R) (S).
10.30 Monkey Life (R) (S).
11.00 Modern Family (R)
(S). 11.30 Modern Family
(R) (S). 12.00 NCIS: Los
Angeles (R) (S). 1.00 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 2.00 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 3.00 NCIS:
Los Angeles (R) (S). 4.00
Stargate SG-1 (R) (S). 5.00
The Simpsons (R) (S). 5.30
Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 Richard E Grant’s
Hotel Secrets (R) (S). 7.00
Urban Secrets (R) (S). 8.00
Fish Town (R) (S). 9.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 10.00
The West Wing (R) (S).
11.00 House (R) (S). 12.00
House (R) (S). 1.00 Without
A Trace (R) (S). 2.00 Blue
Bloods (R) (S). 3.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 4.00
The West Wing (R) (S). 5.00
House (R) (S).
6.00 Heartbeat
Tensions mount
as the annual
fox hunt gets
under way (R)
(S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory The
friends compete
in a scavenger
hunt (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
A Staffordshire
bull terrier
puppy receives
treatment for a
badly deformed
elbow (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama (R)
(S).
6.30 The Simpsons
The family is
sent to Alcatraz
(R) (S).
6.00 House The
doctor uses
a dangerous
method to solve
a mystery (R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
investigates
a death in a
convent (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks
Frankie’s wake
descends into
chaos (S).
7.30 First Dates
Abroad (R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
Progress on a
ship-themed
home standing
on stilts over a
marsh (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Reports of Mr
Burns’s death
provoke a media
storm (R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
Part two of two.
A decomposed
body is found in
a bath (R) (S).
8.00 Arrow Oliver
leads the team
into battle
against the
Dragon (S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Diplomatic
immunity
complicates a
child abuse case
(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
Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Greg James 7.00 Annie
Mac 9.00 The 8th With Charlie
Sloth 11.00 BBC Radio 1’s
Residency – Eats Everything
12mdn’t BBC Radio 1’s
Residency – Metrik 1.00 Toddla
T 3.00 Radio 1’s Artist Takeover
With Bugzy Malon 4.00 Jordan
North
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am A.Dot 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 Mixes 4.00 Seani B
BBC Radio 2
8.00 Doc Martin
Louisa arranges
for Martin to
take James to
playgroup (R) (S).
8.00 The Big
Bang Theory
Sheldon and
Wil Wheaton
compete (R) (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (S).
9.00 Endeavour
A boy from a
broken home
is reported
missing (R) (S).
9.00 2 Broke Girls
Earl’s long-lost
sweetheart
visits (S).
9.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
9.00 Great Canal
Journeys
Timothy and
Prunella
explore the
Marne-Rhine
Canal (R) (S).
9.00 Living The
Dream Troy’s
former
wrestling
rival turns up
demanding a
rematch (S).
9.00 Olive Kitteridge
Drama based
on Elizabeth
Strout’s novel,
starring Frances
McDormand
(R) (S).
10.00The
Inbetweeners
(R) (S).
10.35 The
Inbetweeners
(R) (S).
10.0024 Hours In
A&E A 64-yearold man is
brought to St
George’s in an
induced coma
(R) (S).
10.00The Russell
Howard
Hour Topical
comedy and
entertainment
show (S).
10.10 Vice Principals
(S).
10.45 Room 104 An
ageing tennis
player reveals
memories of his
past (S).
11.05 Blue Murder
A suicide case
takes a complex
turn (R) (S).
11.10 The Big Bang
Theory An
invitation
causes conflict
(R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.05 The Handmaid’s
Tale The
Commander
reveals a secret
to Offred (R) (S).
11.00 The Simpsons
Homer crashes
the car but lets
Marge take the
blame (R).
11.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
11.20 Curb Your
Enthusiasm
Bridget asks
Larry for a
favour on behalf
of her son (R) (S).
12.35 A Touch Of Frost (R)
(S). 2.30 Teleshopping
12.00 Rude Tube (R) (S).
1.05 Gogglebox (R) (S).
2.05 First Dates (R) (S).
3.00 2 Broke Girls (R)
(S). 3.25 Rude Tube (R)
(S). 3.50 Black-ish (R) (S).
4.10 Black-ish (R) (S). 4.35
Charmed (R) (S).
12.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.05 Great Canal Journeys
(R) (S). 2.05 24 Hours In
A&E (R) (S). 3.10 8 Out Of
10 Cats Uncut (R) (S). 3.50
Close
12.00 A League Of Their
Own (R) (S). 1.00 The Force:
North East (R) (S). 2.00 Brit
Cops: War On Crime (R)
(S). 3.00 Brit Cops: Law &
Disorder (R) (S). 4.00 Stop,
Search, Seize (R) (S). 5.00
The Dog Whisperer (R).
12.00 FILM: Hello Ladies:
The Movie (Stephen
Merchant 2014) Comedy
(R) (S). 1.40 The Wire (R) (S).
3.00 Californication (R).
3.35 Californication (R).
4.10 The West Wing (R) (S).
5.05 The West Wing (R) (S).
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Bob Harris Country 8.00
Jo Whiley 10.00 The Radio 2
Arts Show With Jonathan Ross
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. Hosted by
Clemency Burton-Hill. 9.00
Essential Classics. 12noon
Composer Of The Week: Monk.
The jazz star’s growing success
from the late 1950s to the
1970s. 1.00 News 1.02 Radio
3 Lunchtime Concert. Cello
sonatas by Beethoven and
Brahms as part of this year’s
Lammermuir Festival. 2.00
Afternoon Concert. Donizetti’s
Lucrezia Borgia, performed
at the Salzburg Festival. 5.00
In Tune. Katie Derham talks to
pianist Imogen Cooper. 7.00 In
Tune Mixtape. An imaginative,
eclectic mix of music. 7.30
Radio 3 In Concert. Tomáö
Hanus conducts the Welsh
National Opera in Mahler and
Shostakovich, live from Cardiff.
10.00 Free Thinking. Religious
belief and the arts. 10.45 The
Essay: Desperately Seeking
Eternity. 12.30am Through
The Night. From the 2014 BBC
Proms.
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 In Our Time
9.45 Living With The Gods
10.00 Woman’s Hour 11.00
Crossing Continents 11.30
Where Are All The Working
Class Writers? 12noon News
12.04 Home Front 12.15 You
And Yours 12.57 Weather
1.00 The World At One
1.45 Book Of The Week: The
Vanity Fair Diaries 2.00 The
Archers 2.15 Drama: General
Mladic Is Waving 3.00 Open
Country 3.27 Radio 4 Appeal
3.30 Open Book 4.00 The
Film Programme 4.30 BBC
Inside Science 5.00 PM 5.57
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ONDEMAND
She’s Gotta Have It
Netflix
Spike Lee serialises his 1986
movie debut about a Brooklyn
woman and her various lovers.
Timeshift: Roof Racks
And Hatchbacks
BBC iPlayer
Charmingly nostalgic look back
at British family cars.
Mr Avila
All4/Walter Presents
Mexican drama in which the
eponymous life insurance
salesman is also a mafia hitman.
Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock
News 6.30 Alexei Sayle’s
Imaginary Sandwich Bar.
7.00 The Archers. The results
are in at the Parish Council
Election. 7.15 Front Row. Arts
programme. 7.45 Living With
The Gods. Neil MacGregor
explores how gods can reach
new communities. 8.00 Law
In Action. Legal developments.
Last in the series. 8.30 The
Bottom Line. Business issues
that matter. Last in the series.
9.00 BBC Inside Science.
Presented by Adam Rutherford.
9.30 In Our Time. The Greek
city of Thebes in myth, drama
and history. 10.00 The World
Tonight. With Razia Iqbal.
10.45 Book At Bedtime: Exit
West. By Mohsin Hamid. 11.00
The Absolutely Radio Show.
An actor becomes concerned
at the length of his co-star’s
credits. Last in the series. 11.30
Today In Parliament. Presented
by Susan Hulme. 12mdn’t
News And Weather 12.30
Book Of The Week: The Vanity
Fair Diaries 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
8am Today 8.30 Yesterday In
Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
5.54 Shipping 11.30 The Ashes.
Australia v England. 1am
The Ashes 5.30 The Ashes
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am Rogue Male 6.30 Alice’s
Restaurant 7.00 Double
Income, No Kids Yet 7.30 Alexei
Sayle’s Imaginary Sandwich
Bar 8.00 Not In Front Of The
Children 8.30 The Goon Show
9.00 Counterpoint 9.30 HR
10.00 Plantagenet 11.00 No
One Belongs Here More Than
You 11.15 The Man Who Came
Back 12noon Not In Front Of
The Children 12.30 The Goon
Show 1.00 Rogue Male 1.30
Alice’s Restaurant 2.00 Gilead
2.15 Cosmic Quest 2.30 An
Expert In Murder 2.45 The
Black Count 3.00 Plantagenet
Pick
ofthe
day
Where Are All
The Working
Class Writers?
11.30am,
BBC Radio 4
Author Kit de Waal
(above) investigates
why working-class
novelists are in the
minority, talking
to a range of such
scribes to learn the
barriers they face.
4.00 Counterpoint 4.30 HR
5.00 Double Income, No
Kids Yet 5.30 Alexei Sayle’s
Imaginary Sandwich Bar
6.00 The Voice Of God 6.30
Great Lives 7.00 Not In Front
Of The Children 7.30 The
Goon Show 8.00 Rogue Male
8.30 Alice’s Restaurant 9.00
No One Belongs Here More
Than You 9.15 The Man Who
Came Back 10.00 Comedy
Club: Alexei Sayle’s Imaginary
Sandwich Bar 10.30 Recorded
For Training Purposes 11.00
And Now In Colour 11.30
The Masterson Inheritance
12mdn’t The Voice Of God
12.30 Great Lives 1.00 Rogue
Male 1.30 Alice’s Restaurant
2.00 Gilead 2.15 Cosmic Quest
2.30 An Expert In Murder
2.45 The Black Count 3.00
Plantagenet 4.00 Counterpoint
4.30 HR 5.00 Double Income,
No Kids Yet 5.30 Alexei Sayle’s
Imaginary Sandwich Bar
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00 5
Live Daily With Emma Barnett
1pm Afternoon Edition 4.00
5 Live Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport
7.30 5 Live Sport: 5 Live Rugby
8.30 5 Live Formula 1 9.00 5
Live Sport: Rugby League 9.30
The Ashes 10.00 Question
Time Extra Time 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 The
First Time With Bob Geldof
2.00 The Story Of The New
Romantics 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. The Mozart family’s
tour of Europe. 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 With Micky Quinn
10.00 Jim White, Tony
Cascarino and Bob Mills 1pm
Hawksbee And Jacobs 4.00
Adrian Durham And Darren
Gough 7.00 Kick-off 10.00
Sports Bar 1am Extra Time
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Justine Greening poses for a
selfie with pupils at Oakwood
High School in Rotherham
THE YORKSHIRE POST
Education
A great
J
teacher’s
legacy
Justine Greening revisits the
school that first set her on the
road to becoming Education
Secretary. By TomRichmond
Pedants’
Corner
BY JEFF ROBSON
TURNING OF THE YEAR
Several readers have
written in to highlight
the logical impossibility
of something happening
“between 2016 and 2017”.
As Lawrence Cox put it:
“As far as I can see there
is not even a second to
spare between those two
dates”. The OED defines
“between” as “the period
separating two points”. The
correct phrasing would be
“between the end of 2016
and the start of 2017” or
“during 2016 and 2107”.
‘MIGHT’ MAY BE RIGHT
Another common
complaint is the
interchangeable use
of “may” and “might”.
Although the OED says
ustineGreeningisstopped
in the school corridor
by a student asking for a
selfie. “Of course,” replies
the Education Secretary
with cheery good humour. Then
other pupils hurriedly join the
impromptu line-up. “They never
want a selfie with me,” says
headteacher David Naisbitt.
The students head off to
their lessons and Ms Greening
heads towards London. “It’s
been way too much fun,” she
says. She means it. This has
been no ordinary ministerial
visit. She has spent the morning
revisiting Oakwood High School,
the impressive Rotherham
comprehensive that inspired
her career in economics,
business and now politics.
Ms Greening is
immensely proud of
her roots and is the first
member of her family to
attend university.
Appointed in July
last year when Theresa
M ay b e c a m e P r i m e
Minister, she is the
first Education
that “the distinction is
rarely observed today”, our
style book specifies that
“may” should be used to
specify a possibility in the
present tense (“I may have
some dessert if I’m still
hungry”; “the Chancellor
may introduce new tax
measures in the Budget”)
and “might” to express it in
the past tense (“the victim
might have known her killer;
Napoleon might have won
the battle of Waterloo if
he had sent in the Imperial
Guard sooner”).
HOMOPHONE CORNER
Another maritime example
to follow the “hoard” of
Portuguese men o’ war
She describes
her role as the ‘most
important’ job in
government
Secretary to have been taught at
a comprehensive school.
Ms Greening describes
the role as not only “the best
job” in government but the
“most important”, because the
future of young people hinges on
her decisions.
The 48-year-old politician who
charmed Oakwood students
could not be more different from
the small, shy and diffident
youngster (inset) who
walked through the
gates for the first time
in 1980. She had few
friends – her primary
school classmates lived
in a different catchment
area – but was fortunate
to have teachers
who created a lasting
impression.
surfaced in the 9 November
issue, where Brexiteers
were observed indulging in
“naval-gazing”.
ALL IN A FERMENT
Several readers questioned
the use of the phrase
“fermenting military
conflict” in the story on
page 7 of the 14 November
issue (“Putin’s charge
sheet”). We have a little
wriggle room, in that the
OED gives “incite or stir
up trouble or disorder”
as a secondary meaning
after the more common
brewing-related one. But
the word which has this
definition as its primary
meaning is “foment”.
“Mr Tranter was my French
teacher,” she recalls. “He was
just a brilliant teacher. He was
so good at teaching French that,
by the time my role moved to
Switzerland for two years, 10
years after he taught me, I could
remember a huge amount …No
one forgets a great teacher.”
She thinks she achieved an A
grade at O-level in French, but
she knows her German exam
was “a disaster” because the oral
test was on the same day and she
couldn’t switch between the two
languages. All that matters was
that the grades were good enough
to secure a place down the road
at Thomas Rotherham College,
before a chance conversation
with a careers adviser piqued her
interest in economics – which she
went on to study at Southampton
University – and changed the
course of her life.
“I was doing maths and physics
[A-levels] definitely and then the
careers teacher said to me: ‘What
else are you interested in?’ I really
remember it clearly. ‘I don’t know.
Current affairs?’ I said. He said
I might like economics. I was
already interested in business
and thought this business world
looks interesting and exciting. I’ll
do economics. That turned out to
be the thing I was really good at.”
The first to admit that “we’ve
got to do much better on careers
advice”, Ms Greening had no
hankering to become a politician
while she was at school, or
even when the accountancy firm
she worked for moved her back
from Switzerland to London. She
became involved with her local
Conservative party and “things
spiralled out of control” before
she was elected to represent
Putney in 2005. Describing
herself as a “people person”, she’s
a woman on a mission.
“I passionately believe every
country’s greatest asset is its
people and I have a role that can
help build up our people and be
the best versions of themselves.”
Perhaps one of the students,
she met at Oakwood High School
will follow her example and
who knows, one day, become
a Cabinet minister. Or even
Prime Minister...
IT’S GREEK TO US
The use of the phrase
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apostrophe. The heel, of
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was not washed by the
magical waters of the river
Styx, into which his mother
plunged him, holding
him by the heel, to make
him invulnerable.
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phrase is now used only as
an abstract concept it is not
strictly possessive. But our
style guide retains it and so
using the phrase without
one is our Achilles’ heel.
BIOLOGY LESSON
A common readers’ gripe
which is proving hard to
eradicate made another
appearance on page 31
of the 9 November issue,
where Staphylococcus
aureus was described
as “a common bacteria”.
As “bacteria” is a plural
that particular strain is a
common bacterium.
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Chocolate advent
calendars
Let the children count down to Christmas with
a daily tasty treat, writes Elisa Bray
into festive penguins, Santas and
Christmas trees. The adults might
be tempted to tuck in, too.
£14.95, paul-uk.com
{1} CHOCOCO CHOCOLATE
ADVENT TREASURE HUNT
The most original chocolate
offering we’ve found for children
turns the traditional advent
calendar into a treasure hunt.
You get a hessian bag full of
24 numbered packets, each
containing two chocolates – ideal
if you have two children – in
festive shapes such as snowmen,
Santas and Christmas trees.
There’s also a festive joke for each
day. The 43 per cent Venezuelan
milk chocolate is a delicious
combination of sweetness and
intensity and the treasure hunt
idea is a way to ensure that it won’t
all be gobbled up on the first day...
£16.95, chococo.co.uk
{9} REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER
CUP ADVENT CALENDAR
An American favourite, Reese’s
famous peanut butter cups are the
treat – in miniature – for 23 days.
And for the final countdown to the
big day, they’ll be treated to two
full-sized, fully indulgent white
Peanut Butter Cups.
£4.99, bmstores.co.uk
{2} HOTEL CHOCOLAT UP
TO SNOW GOOD
A new addition to the plush
chocolate-maker’s stable of
delicious calendars is Up To Snow
Good. Behind the doors of the fun
snow scene, you’ll find 24 cute
chocolate penguins, Santas and
snowmen. At 40 per cent, these
milk chocolates are of the rich, high
quality the brand is known for.
£8, hotelchocolat.com
{3} PAW PATROL
ADVENT CALENDAR
Children will love seeing their
favourite canine characters from
the popular television series on
their advent calendar. And the
sweet milk chocolates (of which
there are 24) with festive designs
will keep them happy and looking
forward to the next day’s treat. It’s
one of the best value calendars on
our list, costing less than a quid.
£0.95, wilko.com
{4} LINDT TEDDY CHOCOLATE
ADVENT CALENDAR
The full-sized, foil-wrapped 100g
hollow teddy at door 24 is the
centrepiece of this calendar, which
manages to pack in a generous
250g of chocolate. Mini bears,
reindeer, Lindor’s famous meltin-the-mouth truffles, “snowballs”
and “napolitains” are the tasty
treats behind the windows of the
festive snow-covered house.
£10, lindt.co.uk
{5} WHITE CHOCOLATE
SNOWMAN ADVENT CALENDAR
What children really like best
is the sweetest chocolate, and
it doesn’t get any sweeter than
Thorntons’ white chocolate. There
are 24 delicious white chocolates,
plus a white chocolate plaque that
Thorntons can personalise with
your child’s name.
£5, thorntons.co.uk
{6} MOO FREE DAIRY FREE
ADVENT CALENDAR
Children who are intolerant to
dairy, lactose, soya and gluten, or
who are living a vegan lifestyle
need not miss out on the fun.
This calendar, from one of the
best known names in dairy-free
chocolate, packs in 24 organic
treats, made from cocoa, sugar
and rice. The chocolate itself
doesn’t taste exactly like its milky
counterpart, but is certainly a
sweet, flavoursome offering.
£4.95, ethicalsuperstore.com
{7} DIVINE FAIRTRADE MILK
CHOCOLATE ADVENT CALENDAR
This calendar, from the 100 per
cent Fairtrade chocolate-maker,
is good for reminding children of
the meaning of Christmas. Each
window reveals a portion of the
story – and, crucially, a creamy
milk chocolate heart. Five per cent
of sales go towards empowerment
initiatives for the women cocoa
farmers of Kuapa Kokoo in Ghana.
£3.99, oxfam.org.uk
{8} PAUL’S ADVENT CALENDAR
The French artisan bakery and
patisserie’s calendar is the
perfect size for small hands
and is beautifully illustrated.
Chunky, sweet milk chocolates
are decorated with a mix of milk
dark and white chocolate, shaped
{10} GAIL’S BAKERY
ADVENT CALENDAR
This one is for all the family. It may
be for just 12 days of Christmas
rather than the traditional 24,
but the contents more than make
up for this. Children will love
the bespoke chocolates made
in collaboration with London
chocolatier Alex Mariz and
inspired by and using classic Gail’s
breads and ingredients, such as
tiny, glittery festive figurines,
a marzipan loaf of bread and a
chocolate Christmas pud. Parents
will appreciate the accompanying
gift certificate that they can
redeem for an additional treat at
any one of the bakeries – from a
coffee to a pair of mince pies.
£30, gailsbread.co.uk
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Comedian
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and Zoe Kazan star.
I
t is a freakishly hot autumn day
in Los Angeles when I meet the
world’s most famous snowman,
or rather the voice of said
snowman, Josh Gad.
“I’d be melting out there,”
cracks the bespectacled actor who
had carved out a respectable stage
and screen career when, four years
ago, he was offered a voiceover
job for an animated Disney movie
called Frozen.
To Gad, who was still basking in the
afterglow of his Tony-nominated turn
as Elder Cunningham in The Book of
Mormon on Broadway, it just sounded
like just another gig.
But Frozen would become a
behemoth, taking home two Oscars
and more than $1.27bn (£906m) at
the global box office. As Olaf, Frozen’s
lovably naive snowman, Gad melted
the hearts of millions of movie-goers.
Yes, the little girls went crazy for the
Anna and Elsa princess costumes,
He’s the voice of the
most famous singing
snowman in the
world but Josh Gad
nearly gave it all
up to become a
lawyer, he tells
Gill Pringle
but Olaf was the goofy favourite – and
he is now the star of his own minimovie, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.
“If I had to be remembered for
one character, then Olaf would be
fine by me,” says Gad, 36, though he
does wish that his alter-ego didn’t
have such a high-pitched singing
voice. “Olaf’s got the biggest heart
in the world even if technically he
doesn‘t have one. He lives to
love. Olaf was created by
Elsa, and he’s so full of
joy. With that kind of
naivety, your sandbox
is endless.
“You can do things
that you couldn’t
otherwise get
away with if you
were playing the
straight character.”
The youngest of
three brothers and
raised by a single
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Josh Gad (below) is
the voice of Olaf the
snowman (main); in
‘The Book of Mormon
on Broadway (right) and
‘Beauty and the Beast’
(inset) GETTY; DISNEY; AP
BERNADETTE MCNULTY
A Western with a touch
of class – if you can see
through the gloom
» Godless Netflix, available now
» Mary Berry’s Country House Secrets BBC1, 8pm
You can
do things
you couldn’t
get away
with if you
were playing
it straight
mother, Gad was a precocious child.
He found his voice early, winning
three national speech tournaments
while in high school. “I definitely
peaked in the 1990s,” he says. “Speech
is an amazing opportunity as a youth
to refine your skills – all while you’re
trying to figure out what the hell you
want to do with your life.”
Growing up in Florida, he didn’t
see his first snow, let alone build a
snowman, until he was 15 years old.
“I felt robbed of winter, so by the time
I was making college choices, I was
desperate to be surrounded by snow.”
Majoring in drama at Carnegie
Mellon University in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, he got his wish.
Three years after graduation,
however, he had barely worked
and was about to quit and join his
brothers, both successful lawyers. “I
felt like I was running in circles
and doing nothing with my
life so I thought I should
get a law degree,” he
recalls. “I called my
mom expecting her
to be very happy
and instead she was
angry, telling me
how I’d spent 15 years
dreaming of doing
this and only three
years trying to live out
that dream.
“My mother is an exceptional
human being; a single mother raising
three kids working endless hours [as
an estate agent]. I will never, ever be
able to thank her enough for the gift
she gave me.”
His mother’s conviction paid off in
unexpected ways, and months later
he landed a part in a David Ives play
in a small Santa Monica playhouse
where he met his future wife, the
actress Ida Darvish.
“We were playing a married couple
and I fell head-over-heels for her. At
the time she was 29 and I was 23,
and we were both shocked when we
learned the other person’s age. It was
one of those things where it was just
kismet and we’ve been together ever
since.” They have two daughters and
have set up a production company,
Angry Child, together, “to create
content that we both believe in”.
They are currently co-producing
Toy Wars, a real-life drama about the
battle between toy manufacturers
Hasbro and Mattel, co-written by
Gad, which will screen on Amazon
next year. “I’m a disciplined writer
so long as I turn off Twitter,” he says.
This year he has starred in
four films, including a stand-out
performance as a campy LeFou in
Disney’s live-action version of Beauty
and the Beast and as an out-of-hisdepth Jewish lawyer in the civil rights
biopic Marshall. He is currently on
screen in Kenneth Branagh’s allstar Murder on the Orient Express: “I
would follow that man to the ends of
the Earth; I just think the world of
him,” he says of Branagh, whom he
met five years ago when he was still
on Broadway in The Book of Mormon.
“A large part of my education
was spent watching the work of
Kenneth Branagh,” he says. “He is an
exceptionally talented human being.”
If many actors – Branagh
included – have lofty ambitions to
play Hamlet, then Gad has more
humble aspirations. “I’m definitely
a sucker for musical theatre. There
was a production of A Funny Thing
Happened on the Way to the
Forum that I vividly recall
seeing in the mid-90s
with Nathan Lane. I
remember saying to
myself: ‘Man, I want
to do that one day,’
and I still do.”
In terms of the
classics, his dream
is to play Falstaff. “Its
an incredibly rich role;
I would love to try my
hand at that.” And he longs
to perform in London. “To play at
the National would be a dream come
true.” Gad enjoyed taking his eldest
daughter to West End musicals while
filming Orient Express.
He would also like to explore his
roots further. His parents divorced
when he was an infant, and he
describes himself as “the happy
accident”, born 10 years after his
eldest brother. “My dad was born in
Afghanistan and my grandparents
on my mother’s side were both in the
Holocaust. There’s many mysteries
there, so I have a lot of baggage to
uncover,” he says.
If most public figures return home
to blissfully unaware offspring,
then Gad’s own daughters can’t
get enough of his alter-ego. “I was
at a school parents’ night with my
youngest daughter, Isabella, where
one of the kids was like: ‘My daddy is
a doctor’; and another one says: ‘My
daddy is a lawyer’. And Isabella goes:
‘My daddy is Olaf!’ And all the other
kids were like: ‘Wow, that’s so cool’.
“Naturally, I was mortified.”
‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ will be
screened before ‘Frozen’ in cinemas
on 25-26 November
D
o not adjust your set. If
you thought the candle-lit
gloom of Wolf Hall or Tom
Hardy’s Taboo was hard
to watch on the small screen, the
opening sections of Netflix’s new
Western, Godless, will have you
reaching for a torch. The seven
days of creation appear not to
have begun yet as a man on a horse
rides through dust and darkness
to discover a scene of hellish death
and destruction. A lone grieving
siren clutches a lifeless body,
singing a heartbroken folk song.
It’s not the dawn of time, though,
but 1884 in the still wild West, or
Colorado to be precise. The town
of Creede has been devastated
by a band of outlaws in revenge
for a heist that has gone wrong.
Meanwhile, their target, Roy
Goode, seeks refuge at a lonely
ranch owned by a widow, Alice
Fletcher, who puts another bullet
in him before deciding to get her
Native American mother-in-law
to nurse him reluctantly back
to health.
Westerns have been given a new
lease of life by in the last few years
by series such as Westworld and
Deadwood, updating the classic
tropes with more modern sci-fi
inflections. Godless is Netflix’s first
foray into the genre, and comes
with the classy stamp of Hollywood
executive director Steven
Soderbergh and screenwriter,
Scott Frank, who together made
the 1998 film Out of Sight.
Will modern
audiences have the
patience to wallow in
these dark worlds?
This seven-part series feels
as if it has a foot in both film and
TV camps. That lighting, and the
slow pacing, are straight out of the
cinema, invoking the grandiose
visions of the master, John Ford.
Words are at first barely spoken,
with looks more often conveying
emotion and menace. When the
light does come, it reveals great
vistas of open plain, dust flying
among the green hills.
But there’s enough to interest the
modern TV viewer. The next target
for the bandits is the town of La
Belle, where a mining accident has
killed off most of the men, leaving
the women to rule the roost and
– in the case of the sheriff’s sister –
wear the trousers.
There are even a couple of those
upstart Brits in it. Downton’s
Sam Waterson as Marshal John Cook
in ‘Godless’ JAMES MINCHIN/NETFLIX
Michelle Dockery plays the
widow Fletcher with her usual
dark-eyed watchfulness while
Jack O’Connell brings some Paul
Newman-ish swagger to the role
of Goode. It’s certainly satisfyingly
well-made and mercifully free of
the kind of cartoonish mania that
seems to drive most new dramas.
Having said that, whether modern
audiences have the patience
to wallow in these dark worlds
remains to be seen.
Of course there isn’t a moment of
gloom or misery in Mary Berry’s
Country House Secrets. Even
sporting a full-length sequined
gown for a grand dinner with
guests including Alan Titchmarsh
and someone dressed as Frida
Kahlo, Berry out-sparkled
everyone with her impish delight.
Having left the new incarnation
of Bake Off, Berry has sportingly
donned her fedora for a jaunt
around Britain’s stately homes.
Her first stop is of course,
Highclere Castle, or what is now
better known as the real Downton
Abbey. Three years ago the
temporal collision of these two TV
giants in their prime would have
caused a meltdown. Now it felt a
little as if both were at a loose-end,
and trying to make the most of it.
In Highclere’s case this
necessitates hiring itself out for
weddings and pheasant shoots.
In Berry’s case it involves being
fascinated by how on earth the chef
keeps the food warm in the long
walk from the kitchen to the dining
room, while casting an admiring
eye over the storage space. Both
were lovely to look at, but felt
a little underemployed.
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Arts
John McCrea
brings ‘the
right mix
of sass and
sensitivity’
to the role
of Jamie
ALASTAIR MUIR
Arts
reviews
THEATRE
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
APOLLO THEATRE. LONDON
HHHHH
It’s no wonder that everybody’s
talking about Jamie. This show
– which premiered in February
at the Sheffield Crucible – is
irresistible: a joyous, life-affirming
Billy Elliot for an age negotiating
the fluidities of gender identity.
CLASSICAL
Stimmung
BARBICAN, LONDON
HHHHH
Three men and three women, each
with a microphone, seated in a
semicircle round a table; seven
ascending notes, and a seemingly
endless array of musical patterns
conjured up – the ingredients
for Karlheinz Stockhausen’s
Stimmung could not be more
basic, nor could the effect be
more resonant.
This piece is based on the
harmonic overtones which every
note carries, like its personal
ladder to heaven. Premiered
40 years ago, this classic piece
of Modernist minimalism was
presented by the Singcircle
ensemble and their director,
Gregory Rose.
Much of the time, over a gently
insistent pulse, the mood was
impersonal; but Stockhausen’s
text consists of his intimately
anatomical German love poems
to his wife, thus creating an
underpinning of ecstasy.
After a while I let the music
work on me subconsciously while
my conscious brain travelled
where it chose. A most unusual
encounter with musical beauty.
MICHAEL CHURCH
THE INDEPENDENT
It was inspired by a 2011
BBC documentary about
Jamie Campbell, a 16-year-old
County Durham schoolboy with
ambitions to be a drag queen.
The musical shifts the story to a
council estate in Sheffield and
to Jamie’s comprehensive where
his class mates fling themselves
round the desks with meticulous
hip-hop agility as a fantasy backing
group. Kate Prince’s witty S Club
choreography is superb.
Jamie has been identified as a
potential fork-lift truck-driver.
What we have here, though, is not
a conventional coming-out story.
Jamie has never really been in. For
his 16th birthday, his mum bought
him some shiny red stilettos.
Nonetheless, he’s anxious about
revealing that he has his heart
set in going to the school prom
wearing a dress. John McCrea’s
performance is extraordinary. He
has exactly the right mix of sass
and sensitivity and strength. Josie
Walker is excellent in the part of
Jamie’s dedicated mother.
Dan Gillespie Sells, frontman
of The Feeling, has written an
immensely attractive score that
rises to the emotional occasion
with some eloquently poignant
power ballads. The lyrics are by
Tom MacRae – who also wrote the
gritty, humorous book.
It would, no doubt, be better
as drama if Jamie had stiffer
opposition to overcome and
if his father were a stronger
presence than he is in this piece.
But Jonathan Butterell, who was
first to see the musical potential
in the documentary, directs a
beautifully cast production that
brings out all the affectionate
comedy and fellow-feeling
in the show’s approach to the
support network.
Phil Nichol is lovely as Jamie’s
mentor Hugo, a drag dress
supplier who comes out of
retirement as “Loco Chanelle” to
give him the prod and the padding
he lacks. Mina Awar is hilarious
as Ray, the staunch “auntie” from
next door who showers Jamie
with the dodgy bargains and
novelties she can’t resist.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
won a string of awards for its
first airing in Sheffield; I reckon it
might pick up a few more during
this jubilant London run.
To 21 April (0330 333 4809)
PAUL TAYLOR
THE INDEPENDENT
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TATE MODERN, LONDON SE1
Visual memorabilia from the
February Revolution to the death
of Stalin, telling the story of how
the Soviet Union tried to create a
new visual identity in the service
of the revolution. Artists and
designers such as El Lissitzky
and Rodchenko put their talents
to the service of what they hoped
would become a transformative
collective endeavour.
(020 7887 8888) to 18 Feb
A Green and Pleasant Land:
British Landscape and the
Imagination: 1970s to Now
TOWNER GALLERY, EASTBOURNE
A free survey of artists who have
shaped our understanding of
the British landscape and its
relationship to identity, place
and time, featuring work by
more than 50 artists, primarily
photographers, exploring how
an artist’s own cultural, political
or spiritual ideologies shapes
their depiction of urban and rural
landscape. (01323 434670) to 21 Jan
Degas: a Passion
for Perfection
FITZWILLIAM, CAMBRIDGE
A free show marks the centenary
of the death of Edgar Degas with
pieces from his entire career,
including paintings, pastels,
drawings, watercolours, prints,
counterproofs and sculptures in
bronze and wax, made up from
the Fitzwilliam’s own holdings as
well as 60 loans from private and
public collections. In a section
exploring his artistic legacy are
Walter Sickert, Pablo Picasso,
Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach,
RB Kitaj and Francis Bacon.
(01223 332900) to 14 Jan
FILM
Royal Blood
Mudbound
ALEXANDRA PALACE, LONDON
15, DEE REES, 134 MINS
HHHHH
Like the royals celebrating their
platinum wedding anniversary on
the night of this gig, Royal Blood
are a devoted couple admired for
their constancy.
Old friends who play their
stark bass-and-drums rock with
minimal outside interference,
the Worthing pair seem to have
soared over the hurdle of the
difficult second album this year,
making a gold seller of How Did
We Get So Dark? – also their
second number one.
At the first of three nights
in this cavernous venue, they
showed that despite their album’s
title, they’re letting a little light
in these days. “She’s Creeping”
brought a touch of funk to their
monolithic sound. Two female
backing singers appeared
occasionally to offer some rare
high notes on newer songs such
as “I Only Lie When I Love You”.
The light show itself was a dazzler,
a colour-changing cage with a big
screen that sank to become a low,
flashing ceiling.
That’s not to say they’ve
softened or developed much.
You’d search in vain for a string
section to suit their sound,
VISUAL ARTS
Red Star over Russia:
a Revolution in Visual
Culture 1905-55
Carey Mulligan and Mary J Blige
star in a stirring drama with an
old-fashioned feel, the kind of film
you could imagine King Vidor
or William Wyler making in the
1940s, the period in which it is
set. It tells stories of two families,
one white and one black, whose
existences become intertwined
as they work on the same soggy
Mississippi land. Limited release
Ingrid Goes West
15, MATT SPICER, 98 MINS
Monolithic sound: singer and bassist Mike Kerr FRAZER HARRISON/GETTY
though bassist Mike Kerr thumped
at a keyboard during “Hole in
Your Heart”, and drummer Ben
Thatcher has bought a gong.
Otherwise, the song title “Ten
Tonne Skeleton” was an apt
description of their music. There’s
not much to it, but all the bruising
riffs blur into one mammoth
beast. Come On Over” also
rumbled energetically, with Kerr
occasionally summoning extra
squeals from his instrument.
The only weak link is Kerr’s
unremarkable singing voice,
incapable of matching the jet
engine roar of his bass. Otherwise,
his punishment of his instrument
and Thatcher’s equally unfriendly
treatment of his drums made for
an evening of primal thrills, dark
but inviting.
Touring until 29 November
(royalbloodband.com)
DAVID SMYTH
EVENING STANDARD
Like a cross between Single
White Female and All About Eve,
this is a mix of dark comedy and
psychological thriller re-imagined
for the WhatsApp generation.
Aubrey Plaza, who also produced,
plays the heroine, a mentally
unstable, social media-obsessed
narcissist fresh out of the
psychiatric hospital who stalks the
seemingly perfect Taylor Sloane
(Elizabeth Olsen) on Instagram.
Limited release
The Florida Project
15, SEAN BAKER, 111MINS
This new feature by the director
of Tangerine is one of the best
films about childhood made
anywhere in recent years. The
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THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
main protagonist is a mischievous
and imaginative six-year-old girl
who’s living with her delinquent,
tattoo-covered, single mom in
a very seedy motel just outside
Walt Disney World in Florida.
Nationwide release
TALKS & POETRY
Hay Winter Weekend
VARIOUS VENUES, HAY-ON-WYE
Owen King opens the festival this
evening, talking about Sleeping
Beauties, a collaborative novel
he has written with his father,
Stephen. Elsewhere at the
festival this year are Owen
Sheers, Gillian Clarke, Robert
Macfarlane, Matt Lucas,
Jeanette Winterson, Jeremy
Vine, Helena Kennedy, Matt Haig,
Isabel Losada and Rob Andrew.
(01497 822 629) to Sun
COMEDY
Rob Brydon
ROYAL & DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON
Panel-show mainstay and serial
Ronnie Corbett impersonator
Rob Brydon offers some welcome
edge (and some choice audiencebaiting) in I Am Standing Up.
(01604 624811) tonight
James Acaster
VARIOUS VENUES
“To err is human; to err enough
to fill a book isn’t” runs the telling
strapline to James Acaster’s
memoir-of-misadventures, Classic
Scrapes, on tour with the comic
here. Colchester Arts Centre (01206
500900) tonight; Engine Shed,
Lincoln (0115 896 0030) Fri
DANCE
Michael Haneke
Men in Motion
The director is joined by
actor Toby Jones for a Q&A
session following a screening
of his new film, Happy End.
(curzoncinemas.com) tonight 6.15pm
Ivan Putrov’s celebration of
the male dancer includes Irek
Mukhamedov in a new piece
by Arthur Pita, plus works
by Mikhail Fokine, Ludovic
Ondiviela and Christopher Bruce.
(020 7845 9300) tonight
CURZON CHELSEA, LONDON SW3
Gordon Brown
LIGHTHOUSE CENTRE, ELY
The former Prime Minister
talks about his memoir of New
Labour and his early political
career, My Life, Our Times.
(01353 645005) today 1.15pm
COLISEUM, LONDON WC2
Sylvia
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON WC2
The Royal Ballet dance Frederick
Ashton’s extravagant tale, with a
pretty Delibes score, a plot full of
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gods and nymphs, and a title role
designed to show off its ballerina.
Marianela Nuñez dances tonight.
(020 7304 4000) tonight
POP
Queens of the Stone Age
USHER HALL, EDINBURGH
After the queasy grind of …Like
Clockwork, Josh Homme’s motorik
groove-rock monsters find their
feet again. Encouraged by Mark
Ronson on production duties, the
Queens come to dance on Villains,
their robo-rock bounce and glammacho flourish pushed to the fore.
(ticketmaster.co.uk) tonight
Wolf Alice
VARIOUS VENUES
Sometimes brawling, sometimes
beautiful, London’s indie-rock
gang fulfil the promise of 2015’s
debut, My Love Is Cool, on the
follow-up. Between two-minute
tornadoes and tenderly smitten
pop, Visions of a Life brims with
dynamic charisma and mosh-pit
fuel. Hippodrome, Kingston upon
Thames (kingstonhippodrome.co.uk)
tonight; Alexandra Palace, London
N22 (seetickets.com) Fri
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new-found tumult of top tunes, but
if you want noise there’s plenty of
that, too, on Strange Peace. Fleece,
Bristol (bristolticketshop.co.uk)
tonight; Brudenell Social Club,
Leeds (crashrecords.co.uk) Fri
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First
Chance
Opening
this week
The Band
VENUE CYMRU, LLANDUDNO
Writer Tim Firth’s piece
about Take That is an infectious
homage to the music of Britain’s
best-loved boy band and the
power of youthful friendship.
The on-stage action never takes
itself too seriously as it journeys
from 1990s suburban teenage
bedroom to the present day.
(thebandmusical.com) to Sat
Poison
ORANGE TREE THEATRE, RICHMOND
The performances in Paul Miller’s
satisfyingly simple production
of Lot Vekemans’ play about the
effects of grief are deeply felt.
It’s set in a sparsely furnished
waiting room where a middle-aged
man is joined by his former
wife after many years apart.
(020 8940 3633) to 2 Dec
DANCE
The Nutcracker
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s staging has
a warm family feeling and handsome
designs. (0844 338 5000) opens Fri
TALKS & POETRY
Buxton Festival Book Weekend
VARIOUS VENUES
With James Hamilton, John Higgs,
Tony Robinson, Vince Cable, Alison
Weir, Simon Heffer and Jeremy Vine.
(01298 72190) opens Fri
COMEDY
Greg Davies
MOTORPOINT ARENA, CARDIFF
More generous tales as the
comedian tours You Magnificent Beast.
(029 2022 4488) opens Fri
King Krule
LEEDS UNIVERSITY
Peckham punk poet Archy
Marshall returns with more
blurry dispatches from the murky
side of south-east London’s nightlife on his second album as King
Krule. Marshall grabs a barstool
somewhere between Tom Waits
and Jamie T on The Ooz, a rich,
heady cocktail of indie-rock, jazz
and dubstep. (luu.org.uk) tonight
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Now melodically enhanced,
Toronto’s post-hardcore power
trio return with their strongest
album yet. The dissonant assaults
of old gain in punch from the
If you only see
one thing today
COMEDY
Sofie Hagen
VARIOUS VENUES
Dead Baby Frog is another
cracking slice of unflinching
storytelling from Sofie
Hagen. It’s the tale of being
brought up in Denmark
under the shadow of a
controlling grandfather
– a former Nazi.
Old Fire Station, Oxford
(01865 263990) tonight;
Artrix, Bromsgrove
(01527 577330) Fri
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MARKETS
House builders’ shares fall
over land-banking review
By Joseph Charlton
Shares in British house builders
tumbled yesterday after the
Government said it would reclaim
land that was not developed quickly
enough, potentially hitting future
profits. Britain’s biggest house
builders, which include Berkeley,
Barratt, Persimmon and Taylor
Wimpey, have been accused in the
past of sitting on land to restrict the
number of properties they build to
drive up house prices.
The Chancellor Philip Hammond
yesterday set out measures to boost
the housing market, including a review of the gap between the number
of planning permissions granted and
the housing developments that begin.
“[It] will deliver an interim report
in time for the Spring Statement next
year,” Mr Hammond told Parliament.
“And if it finds that vitally needed
land is being withheld from the
market for commercial, rather than
technical, reasons we will intervene...
using direct intervention compulsory
purchase powers as necessary.”
In the afternoon trading that followed, shares in the four big builders
fell between 1 and 3 per cent, the biggest fallers on the FTSE 100 Index.
House builders deny sitting on
land, and analysts at Jefferies said
that previous reviews had found socalled land-banking to be a myth.
The 30
Second
Briefing
How did Glasgow-based fashion chain
Quiz defy expectations yesterday by
announcing big revenue returns?
Mostly through phenomenal online
sales, it seems. The Scottish retailer
has 70 stores, and 149 concessions
in the UK and Ireland, but its most
successful marketplace so far has been
the internet. A remarkable 200 per
cent boost in online sales helped the
business to report a 35.2 per cent rise
in group revenue to £56.1m for the six
months to 30 September.
Delivering
road and rail
infrastructure,
and working to
improve phone
signals will
help support
local business
Adam Marshall
Director-general of the
British Chambers of
Commerce on the Budget
Compulsory purchase orders could be
used to kick-start building projects PA
Miliband. The Foreign Secretary
Boris Johnson, London Mayor at
the time, dismissed Mr Miliband’s
warning to property developers to
“use or lose” their land as “[Robert]
Mugabe-style expropriations”.
Connor Campbell, financial analyst at SpreadEx, said: “The threat
that councils will potentially be able
to compulsorily purchase parcels of
land that are being sat on by developers has sent the sector lower.”
ENERGY
QUIZ
CLOTHING
Quote of
the day
Some house builders
have been accused of
sitting on plots of land and slowly
developing the sites, as a way of
only gradually increasing the
supply of new homes.
“We suspect that this one will too; we
suspect that will be confirmed in the
Spring Statement in 2018.”
It had been thought that legislation from the Chancellor, scrapping
stamp duty for first-time buyers on
properties worth up to £300,000,
might stimulate the housing market.
The land-banking review was welcomed by some analysts as a possible
end-in-sight to the national housing
shortage. Russell Gardner, head of
real estate at EY, said of the Chancellor’s announcement: “Time will tell
if we’ve just seen the start of the end
of our housing crisis or the continuation of announcements which fail
to be translated into real action, but
we are optimistic that this feels like a
real commitment.”
The issue of land-banking was
first raised in Parliament in 2013,
by the then-Labour leader Ed
Who’s the owner?
Tarak Ramzan, a Glaswegian, and his
family. His father arrived in Scotland
from Pakistan in 1947, starting a
business making duffle coats and
kilts, which Ramzan then took over.
Quiz was born in 1993, and specialises
in occasion wear, evening wear and
casual wear for “fashion forward
women” in the 16-35 age range.
One to watch in the stock market?
Potentially. What investors will be
particularly heartened by is how Quiz
reinvested the profits from its initial
public offering earlier this year. The
company floated on London’s junior
AIM in July and put the funds into a
company-wide expansion plan that
included its online retail channel. That
looks a smart move as online revenues
have increased 204 per cent to £13.8m.
What next?
The company will be beefing up its
websites and expanding overseas. The
retailer plans to open 20 stores and 20
concessions by July 2019.
North Sea oil
and gas get
longed-for
tax breaks
By Michael Bow
The North Sea oil and gas sector
will get long called for tax breaks
from November 2018 to spur
more investment.
The Chancellor will introduce
transferable tax breaks on old oil and
gas fields sold to new owners, who are
often put off buying them because of
the high cost of decommissioning
when they run dry.
The changes, details of which will
be thrashed out next year, will see the
current owners of oil assets pass on
some of their corporation tax history
on to new owners so they can receive
the tax breaks, making it more
attractive to buy the fields and keep
them running.
Mr Hammond called it an
“innovative” tax policy for the fields,
which still hold 20 billion barrels
of oil. EY’s head of oil and gas tax
Derek Leith said the move was an
“unprecedented” change to UK oil
and gas tax law.
“The proposed changes... have the
potential to revitalise the UK oil and
gas industry,” he said.
The No r t h S e a oi l sect o r,
concentrated in Aberdeen, has seen
a swathe of job losses and company
mergers driven by the global slump
in the oil price since 2015.
“North Sea decommissioning is a
major industrial challenge for the UK
and one that will last for decades,”
AIG Europe’s Gordon Browne said.
“New operators with the skills
and commitment to keep our
energy resources flowing are being
discouraged from entering the
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LEISURE
Prices of foreign holidays
rise faster than inflation
By Simon Calder
Holiday price rises are outstripping
inflation, according to the UK’s
second-largest tour operator.
Revealing its full-year results,
Thomas Cook said that British
holidaymakers this winter were
paying 4 per cent more than a year
ago, while average selling prices for
next summer are up 6 per cent.
A budget off-season break that
cost £500 last winter is £20 more
expensive, while a family summer
holiday priced at £2,500 this year will
cost £150 more in 2018.
The winter rise is attributed to
hoteliers in the Canaries charging
more, while for next summer the
rises are partly due to high prices
for Spanish accommodation,
exacerbated by the devaluation of
sterling after the EU referendum.
Across Thomas Cook’s Europewide operations, revenue was £9bn,
with underlying profits of £330m, up
nine and eight per cent respectively.
But in the UK, after four years of
profit growth, margins fell because
of intense competition, especially for
Spanish holidays. Most summers,
around 30 per cent of Thomas Cook’s
UK passengers go to Spain, but this
year it was 42 per cent.
Neil Wilson, senior market
analyst for ETX Capital, said: “More
expensive hotels, the weak pound and
Give us a break:
a family holiday
will cost around
£150 more next
year GETTY
the overcapacity in the short-haul air
market made Spain a tougher place
to wring a profit.”
In February Thomas Cook
will become the first big UK tour
operator to return to Tunisia after
the nationwide ban on organised
travel to the North African country
was lifted by the Foreign Office.
Fiona Cincotta, a senior market
analyst at cityindex.co.uk, said:
“Strong growth in winter bookings
bodes well for the future, with
demand in regions previously
marred by terrorist activity, such as
Turkey and North Africa, continuing
to improve.”
For the current financial year the
collapse of competitor Monarch will
be positive for Thomas Cook.
Thomas Cook reported
increased demand for
Turkey and Egypt, after a slump
in sales last year caused by
terrorism fears
COURTS
Monarch’s administrators win runway appeal
By Jan Colley
Administrators for the failed airline
Monarch have won their appeal over
“valuable’’ runway slots at Luton and
Gatwick airports.
The airline, which went into
administration in October, wants
Outlook
SIMON
ENGLISH
Data-sharing is
on its way – you
can bank on that
W
e are jumping
10 years into the
future of banking to
discover this: I’ve
just been refused a
Tinder date because my credit score
is too low and my blood pressure is
too high.
David Duffy, the chief executive of
to exchange the slots with other
carriers to raise money for creditors,
but the High Court ruled against
them this month.
In the Court of Appeal in London
yesterday, three judges said:
“Monarch remains an ‘air carrier’
and is entitled to the slots it claimed.”
At the heart of the review action
by Monarch Airlines Ltd (MAL) was
a decision by Airport Co-ordination
Ltd (ACL) not to allocate take-off
and landing slots to the airline for the
summer 2018 season. Administrators
said those slots would represent its
“most valuable asset’’.
CYBG, is laughing at the idea and, fair
enough, it’s not his life. Apparently
this sort of thing is already happening
in Asia, thanks to technology which is
coming this way.
Alibaba, Apple, Amazon and others
double as banks in China and the
amount of information shared across
the platforms is either exciting, if
you’re a banker, or chilling, if you’re
on the wrong side of the numbers
(broke, 55, getting fat).
Duffy’s CYBG – the old Clydesdale
and Yorkshire banks – is ready to
do all this right now, he says. He
just needs the rest of us to catch up,
culturally and technologically.
He says that despite all the talk
of challenger banks and fintechs,
market shares for the big five have
barely shifted. One fallout from the
too-big-to-fail banking crisis was that
the big banks are now even bigger.
Open banking, where we share
our details with financial services
companies who fight to offer us
tailored deals, is his solution. Privacy
is the understandable worry, he
admits, though young folk seem to
worry about it less and less.
“Privacy concerns go back to the
industrial age,” Duffy says. “People
can leave a briefcase on a train and
lose security. We’ve just got to be
brilliant at protecting people.”
He thinks our disquiet at all this
will pass, which is why he has spent
£350m on digitising his computer
As Amazon and Apple
become more and more
like banks, CYBG will
become less like one
systems. One digital platform, iB, will
in time process all CYBG customer
requests whether via mobile, online,
on the phone or in branch.
By making customers’ data
more freely available, with their
permission, CYBG will be able
to launch services that plug into
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ENERGY
Electricity bills
‘to go up by £15’
for new nuclear
power station
By Alan Jones
The average annual household
electricity bill will rise by an
estimated £10-£15 to support Hinkley
Point C power station until 2030,
which could disproportionately
affect the poorest households, MPs
have warned.
The Public Accounts Committee
said consumers had been dealt a
“bad hand” by the Government over
the near-£20bn plant, facing costs
running to many times the original
estimate. MPs also voiced concerns
that consumers were “locked into” an
expensive deal, questioning why the
Government did not revisit the terms
after the original go-ahead in 2013.
The report said no one was
protecting consumer
interests over the
deal on a so-called
strike price
of £92.50 per
megawatt hour
of electricity
from the power
station, which
will be operated
by French energy
giant EDF.
The financial case for
supporting Hinkley weakened after
the Government agreed provisional
terms in 2013, with the business
department forecasting that
consumers will now pay £30bn in
top-up payments over the contract’s
35 years, five times more than the
£6bn expected four years ago, said
the report.
Labour MP Meg Hillier, who chairs
the committee, said: “Bill-payers
have been dealt a bad hand by the
Government in its approach to this
project. Its blinkered determination
to agree the Hinkley deal, regardless
of changing circumstances, means
that for years to come energy
consumers will face costs running to
many times the original estimate.”
the main bank account, like apps
downloaded to a smartphone.
So, just as Amazon and Apple
become more and more like banks,
CYBG will become less like one,
offering us, perhaps, holidays, new
cars or cinema tickets.
For giants such as Lloyds, with
old systems, this future is harder
to reach. “The jury is out on how
quickly we’re going to see radical
change coming from open banking.
We will certainly see ‘aggregation’
services next year,” Duffy says. “More
significant change will probably
take a few years, as consumers take
time to understand the new types of
services on offer and get comfortable
with the idea of their data being made
available to third parties.”
There’s a privacy disaster lying in
wait somewhere, surely. But also an
opportunity finally to improve bank
service, to ditch the old high-street
dinosaurs. They’ve had it coming.
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From the
business
pages
Toshiba bids adieu
to Time Square
The Japan Times
Toshiba Corp will remove
its corporate logo from its
prominent position atop the
One Times Square building
overlooking New York’s iconic
tourist hub as part of costcutting efforts, sources said
yesterday. The company has
also formally decided to end
its sponsor agreement with
two long-running Japanese
television programmes at the
end of March.
Zara tycoon makes
Dublin retail move
The Irish Times
Amancio Ortega, the Spanish
founder of the Zara fashion
chain, is among four bidders
shortlisted to buy a row of
shops, offices and apartments
in Dublin’s South King Street.
Bidding on the investment is
expected to reach around €165m
(£146m) and will include more
than €40m to cover the cost
of redeveloping shops on the
adjoining Chatham Street.
Diageo drops
Ratner’s whiskey
The Los Angeles Times
Brett Ratner’s whiskey brand,
the Hilhaven Lodge, has been
discontinued by spirits company
Diageo following a spate of
sexual misconduct allegations
against the filmmaker. Six
women, including actresses
Olivia Munn and Natasha
Henstridge, had accused
Ratner, 48, of a range of acts of
sexual misconduct, including
harassment and forced oral sex.
Mnangagwa ‘more
open to China’
South African Star
Former Zimbabwean
vice president Emmerson
Mnangagwa, who is poised
to take Robert Mugabe’s
job, is seen as more open
to investment from China,
according to President Xi
Jinping’s advisers. Mnangagwa,
who received military training
in China during the war for
independence decades ago,
proposed in 2015 to have the
Chinese yuan as legal tender in
inflation-prone Zimbabwe.
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Matrix
The day at
a glance
FTSE 100 up 7.7 at 7419.0
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Admiral
Anglo Amer
Antofagasta
AB Foods
Ashtead Group
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Aviva
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BAE Systems
Barclays
Barratt Dev
BHP Billiton
BP
BAT
Berkeley Grp Hldgs
British Land
BT
Bunzl
Burberry
Carnival
Centrica
Coca-Cola HBC
Compass
ConvaTec Group
CRH
Croda Intl
DCC
Diageo
Direct Line Ins
Easyjet
Experian
Fresnillo
G4S
GKN
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RETAIL
UTILITIES
Mone to make
return to lingerie
United warns of
costs struggle
Entrepreneur Michelle Mone is
set to return to the UK’s £2.3bn
lingerie industry two years
after leaving the Ultimo bra
empire she founded. Yesterday,
Baroness Mone tweeted:
“Major business announcement
later.” It is understood she was
referring to Michelle Mone
Intimates, a new retailer she
plans to launch.
United Utilities has warned it
will struggle to keep costs down
over the next two years. The
water company complained
yesterday that Ofwat, the water
regulator, made no allowance
for inflation when it set prices
for households back in 2014.
The business revealed profits
up 10 per cent to £344m in the
first six months of the year.
CONSTRUCTION
DELIVERIES
Countryside’s
profits surge
Royal Mail gets
City trading boost
Housebuilder Countryside
Properties has booked surging
profits after recording a hefty
jump in home completions.
The group said annual pre-tax
profits leapt to £141.7m, up from
£78.7m over the same period
last year. Adjusted revenues
also rose by nearly a third to
£1bn, with completions up 28
per cent to 3,389.
Royal Mail got some cheer from
the City yesterday amid hopes
that its parcels business will
deliver better-than-expected
festive volumes. Morgan
Stanley upgraded its full-year
estimates after “slightly better”
business in recent months. The
bank nudged up its price target
to help the shares increase by 2
per cent, or 8.3p, to 407.6p.
MOTORING
ENGINEERING
Car exports rise
takes up UK slack
‘Optimism’ about
future for BiFab
Car production increased last
month as rising exports made
up for falling demand in the UK.
Just over 157,000 cars rolled off
production lines in October, 3.5
per cent more than the same
month last year, said the Society
of Motor Manufacturers and
Traders. Exports were up by
5 per cent.
There is “every reason to be
optimistic” about the longer
term future of engineering firm
BiFab, Scotland’s First Minister
has said. An agreement was
reached on Saturday that lifted
the threat of administration,
and will see work continue on
the current contract for the
Beatrice Offshore Windfarm.
FURNITURE
EDUCATION
ScS sitting more
comfortably
Engineering ‘still
has male image’
Sofa chain ScS has seen
orders bounce back after a
slump in the second half of
its last financial year and
said it was well positioned to
weather “continued economic
uncertainty”. The group said
two-year like-for-like orders
jumped 8 per cent.
Outdated ideas among
children about engineering are
damaging the industry, it has
been warned. A survey of 1,000
children found most believed
a typical engineer was white,
middle-aged and male. The
survey showed fewer than one
in 10 described one as a woman.
the
markets
JOSEPH CHARLTON
The FTSE 100 Index closed up
7.68 points to 7,419.02, as Londonlisted housing giants dominated
the biggest fallers on the Budget
day market, with Barratt
Developments sinking more
than 3 per cent, or 23.5p, to
610p. The package of housing
reforms in the Budget sent
Berkeley Group and Persimmon
sinking 98p to 3,657p and 51p to
2,624p respectively.
***
The biggest risers on the FTSE 100
were Kingfisher, up 14.1p to 322.6p,
Fresnillo, up 56p to 1,349p, Shire,
up 120p to 3,752p and Standard
Chartered, up 21.1p to 744.1p.
i THURSDAY
23 NOVEMBER 2017
49
EMPLOYMENT
Sellafield workers to
strike over pay disparity
By Joseph Charlton
Workers at the Sellafield nuclear
site in Cumbria are due to stage
strikes in November, December and
January over pay, which will cost
the country “millions in productivity” according to union officials.
The move comes as morale at
the decommissioning plant reportedly deteriorated last month after
figures were published regarding
a disparity in pay levels between
management and workers.
“In the last four weeks it has
come out that senior managers
here are on £28,500 a year in annual bonuses,” Chris Jukes, a representative of the GMB union, told
i. “Just a slice of that expenditure
could settle this pay dispute.”
The 3,000-strong workforce at
Sellafield is due to stage a 24-hour
strike at the site next week, in protest at a 1.5 per cent pay rise which
Mr Jukes described as “absolutely
derisory”. He added: “The budget
Sellafield has is £2bn a year. To impose a 1.5 per cent increase for workers at the bottom is outrageous – it
has caused pandemonium on site.”
More strikes, say the GMB, are
planned for December and January. Over 40 per cent of Sellafield’s
workforce are due to walk out for
24 hours on 29 November, leaving the site at “minimum safety
levels guaranteed”.
Mr Jukes said: “24-hour strikes
equal lost productivity – strikes
cost the plant millions of pounds
per day.”
At a by-election in February
2017, Sellafield’s traditionally Labour-held constituency, Copeland,
became Conservative for the first
time since 1924. Copeland’s Conservative MP, Trudy Harrison, won
the seat again four months later
with a 1,695 majority over Labour.
Mr Jukes speculated that the
pendulum swang in the Conservatives’ favour over the party’s perceived attitude toward nuclear
power, but that its record on workers right in the area was now under
scrutiny. “At the time, which party
appeared more pro-nuclear in its
approach had a big effect on voters
here,” said Mr Jukes.
Wage disparity between
workers is also creating
tensions. A union representative
said old and new workers doing
the same jobs were thousands of
pounds apart on the pay scale.
This Saturday, in
money
business
Generations apart
A father and son compare their
experiences of the housing ladder
Turkey
talks up
the lira
8 days
from on
ly
£899pp
Turkish deputy prime
minister Mehmet
Șimşek yesterday
attempted to talk up
the lira, which has hit
record lows for two
days running, saying
a widening rift with
the US dollar was
temporary. The lira has
lost 17 per cent since
September on worries
about relations
with Washington
and pressure from
President Recep
Tayyip Erdoğan on the
central bank.
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It will cost more than ever to heat your home this
winter, with energy prices now the highest on record,
according to research from energyhelpline.com. It
found energy prices are now 33 per cent higher than
they were six years ago – averaging £1,135 a year for a
typical dual fuel bill.
Energy prices have increased by 9 per cent so far
this year while wages have only risen by 2 per cent.
With inflation running at 3 per cent, many could be
struggling to afford to heat their homes this winter.
***
Home broadband providers must soon ensure that
at least 50 per cent of their customers can achieve
advertised speeds at peak time under a crackdown to
prevent misleading claims.
Current standards allow firms to advertise “up to”
speeds as long as they are available to a minimum
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Hearty mushroom soup
Kakuro
NEW Zygolex® In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 57
RHYME LETTERS
15
6
4
11
CEREAL
9
10
11
19
3
17
24
3
GRIM
4
4
16
6
4
TREES
6
4
PADDLE
22
6
7
6
4
11
11
11
4
4
4
3
17
SERVES 4-6
3
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9 8
4 7
2
4 7
6 5
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9
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PUZZLES
11
16
3
7
7
15
20
CRANIUM
NERD
LETTERS
MEANING
Futoshiki
6 7
23
8
LABEL
∧
How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
each number (1 to 9) only once. The sum of all numbers
contained in a dotted area must match the number printed
in its top-left corner. No number can appear more than
once in a dotted area. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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4
BIRO
RHYME
Killer Sudoku No 1141
9
SKILL
5
TAN
How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Tomorrow
Individual game pies
4
4
Jigsawdoku
Recipe from Lakeland.co.uk
4
4
THAW
ILLUSTRATE
Start by putting the porcini mushrooms
into a bowl with the boiling water and
then leave to soak for 25 minutes.
Set a large pan over a medium heat;
heat the oil, add the onion, carrot, garlic,
rosemary and seasoning. Fry for five
minutes until soft.
Drain the porcini mushrooms,
reserving the liquid on the side, and then
finely chop. Add the porcini mushrooms
and fresh mushrooms to the pan and fry
for another five minutes.
Add the stock, marsala or sherry,
tomato purée, haricot beans as well as
the reserved porcini mushroom liquid.
Cook for 30 minutes, adding extra stock
if the soup becomes too thick.
INQUISITOR
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SHOULD
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The country’s
best barred
crossword
every Saturday
FIR
24
12
25g dried porcini mushrooms
250ml boiling water
2tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, finely diced
2 large carrots, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
Salt and pepper
500g fresh mushrooms, any variety,
roughly chopped
1.2l vegetable stock
5tbsp marsala or dry sherry
2tbsp tomato purée
100g tinned haricot beans, rinsed
MEANING
29
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>
∨
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>
∨
∨
>
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∨
2 <
∨
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Minesweeper
How to play Find all the mines in the grid. Numbers in certain squares indicate how
many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
0
2
1
3
4
3
4 3
2
1
2
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1
1 1
1
2
NEWS
2-35
VOICES
20-24
TV
36-37
IQ
39-45
Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1862
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
tomorrow’s paper, the solution to yesterday’s codeword is on page 57.
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0901 292 5204. Calls cost £1 plus your telephone company’s network access charge
(if you are having trouble with the phone service, call the helpline: 0333 202 3390).
Or text THEI CLUE to 85100 to receive your clues. Texts cost £1 plus your
standard network charge (if you are having trouble with the text service, call the
helpline: 0333 335 3351). Clues change each day at midnight.
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21
DOWN
2 Golf clubs (5)
3 Roman emperor (7)
4 Relation by
marriage (8-2-3)
5 Pointy-toed
shoes (6-7)
6 Muslim religion (5)
7 Antagonistic (7)
12 Punk hairstyle (7)
13 Immoderate (7)
15 Conifer (5)
17 Core (5)
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Maths Puzzle,
Word Ladder, Word
Wheel, Kakuro,
Minesweeper,
ABC Logic, Killer
Sudoku, Futoshiki,
Codeword,
Jigsawduko and
Wijuko created by
Clarity Media.
For more
puzzles,
see clarity-media.
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15
Terms &
Conditions
17
19
21
Solution to yesterday’s Concise Crossword
ACROSS 1 Pork, 3 Hatch (Poor catch), 7 Driving range, 9 Ice age, 10 Aghast, 12 Govern,
14 Mashie, 15 Ounces, 16 X-rated, 19 Putting green, 21 Evoke, 22 Apse.
DOWN 1 Paddington, 2 Raise, 3 Huge, 4 Tea, 5 Hogwash, 6 Lingerie, 8 Attendance,
11 Glad rags, 13 Venture, 17 Twerp, 18 Knee, 20 Too.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 32;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 9; One-Minute Wijuko, page 27
Puzzle solutions See page 57 and minurl.co.uk/i
3
1
8 7 4
6
5
9
6
3
1
6
5
4
5
7
8
3
5
9
7 4 1
4
8 1 6 3
5
9
1
2
4
9
1
7
2
2
8 1 7
4 9 2
7
8
6
3
8
6
5
7
9 2 6 4
Tomorrow: Harder
Concise Crossword No 2184
ACROSS
1 Breathed
wearily (6)
5 Carefully
considers (6)
8 Helpful act (4,4)
9 Final (4)
10 Smart (Informal) (5)
11 Clear (6)
12 Shelf above a
fireplace (11)
14 Hot pepper (6)
16 Snag (5)
18 Blemish (4)
19 Vassal (8)
20 Carelessly (6)
21 Detective
(Informal) (6)
How to play Each numeral from 1 to 9 must
appear (once only) in the squares forming the
red letter i. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Sudoku Easier
21
11
idoku Exclusive to i
HOOF
3
2
B
How to play
Convert the word
at the top of the
ladder into the
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By Jon Freeman
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In a sport notorious for its ups and
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He has been doing it year after
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Foxtail Hill, Splash Of Ginge and
Bristol De Mai have been the recent
headline acts. The first two landed
big Cheltenham handicaps, while the
latter, winner of the Charlie Hall at
Wetherby, is an even stronger favourite for Haydock’s Grade One Betfair
Chase Saturday following the defection of Gold Cup winner Sizing John,
due to the forecast heavy ground.
But Twiston-Davies is also good at
making the most of the lesser lights
in his Gloucestershire stables, a current example being Arthur’s Gift,
making up for lost time after spending almost two years on the sidelines.
Arthur’s Gift turns out for the
188Bet Handicap Hurdle at Market
Rasen this afternoon, just nine days
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EBF NOVICE STAKES (PLUS 10) (CLASS 3) 2YO £12,000
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1
9 BALKHASH C Cox 9 2...........................................................H Crouch (3) 5
2
BELOVED KNIGHT Mrs L Mongan 9 2..............T Marquand 4
3
9 BEST BLUE M Bell 9 2..............................................................S De Sousa 8
4 60751R BLACKLOOKS (BF) I Furtado 9 2............Josephine Gordon 9
5
HASANOANDA J Gosden 9 2................................................N Mackay 3
6
75 MAVERICK OFFICER D M Simcock 9 2..... Martin Harley 7
7
67 NIBRAS GALAXY I Mohammed 9 2 ................................S Levey 11
8
86 NOBLE EXPRESSION R Varian 9 2...............................J Mitchell 2
9
92 BRISCOLA J Gosden 8 11 .............................................................R Havlin 1
10
97 KISS ME DAILY R Beckett 8 11.....................................R Kingscote 6
11
MSAIKAH L Cumani 8 11 .........................................................L Morris 10
- 11 declared BETTING: 15-8 Briscola, 11-2 Blacklooks, 7-1 Noble Expression, 8-1
Nibras Galaxy, Best Blue, 10-1 Hasanoanda, 12-1 Maverick Officer, 16-1
Msaikah, Balkhash, Kiss Me Daily, 33-1 Beloved Knight.
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3 LUCKY DEAL M Johnston 9 2...........................................S De Sousa 3
4
2222 BUBBLE AND SQUEAK S Kirk 8 11 ..................... M Godwin (3) 2
- 4 declared BETTING: 11-10 Wissahickon, 2-1 Bubble And Squeak, 4-1 Lucky Deal,
12-1 Future Score.
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001127 SHADY MCCOY (D) I Williams 7 9 10...................R Kingscote 6
2 708000 STEEL TRAIN (D) D O’Meara 6 9 3...................Martin Harley 1
3 016000 SWIFT APPROVAL (D) S C Williams 5 9 0..........S Levey V 5
4 363309 QAFFAAL (C)(D) M W Easterby 6 8 12.................. S De Sousa 7
5 145959 LOYALTY (C)(D) D Shaw 10 8 11 ................... C Shepherd (3) V 9
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383038 SHYRON (D) G Margarson 6 8 9..................... Jane Elliott (5) 12
7
904215 PEARL SPECTRE (CD) P McEntee 6 8 9 ..Nicola Currie (7) 10
8 363624 RAJAR R Fahey 3 8 9.............................................................P Mathers H 4
9
113223 PASTIME (D) Miss G Kelleway 3 8 8Josephine Gordon 11
10 088832 SHOW STEALER R Guest 4 8 7 ......................................L Morris C 8
11 840709 GENTLEMEN (CD) P McEntee 6 8 6......Hollie Doyle (3) B 3
12 -90890 EMELL (D) T Vaughan 7 8 5.................................................K O’Neill V 2
- 12 declared BETTING: 7-2 Show Stealer, 4-1 Pastime, 5-1 Qaffaal, 6-1 Shady Mccoy,
8-1 Pearl Spectre, 10-1 Rajar, 12-1 Shyron, 14-1 Steel Train, 16-1 others.
7.30
FORM VERDICT
SHADY MCCOY was touched off by a neck in a competitive distance
contest at Doncaster earlier in the month and is expected to remain
competitive off his current mark. He was denied a clear run when last
sighted over 1m at Lingfield but can be given another chance in the
hope he enjoys a better passage this time. Show Stealer was left with
too much to do over 6f at Kempton and is well worth another try over
this longer trip, while Rajar offered more at Wolverhampton last time
and could also take a hand.
1.10
1
2
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4
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6
7
8
9
after his easy Worcester win. The
six-year-old carries a 7lb penalty, but
that’s 3lb less than the handicapper
has raised him for future races.
River Frost was my “One To
Watch” following his pleasing Chepstow comeback last month and I
am loathe to oppose him, but he
may soon find a better opportunity
than trying to give the improving
Arthur’s Gift so much weight.
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Barry Geraghty partners River
Frost and his only other booked
ride at the meeting is Philip Hobbs’
Musical Slave, who looks the one to
beat in the Novices’ Hurdle. This is
his jumping debut, but the J P McManus-owned gelding showed bags
of promise in a big-field Punchestown Bumper last spring.
There are some decent prizes to
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141-72 BURCAN (D)(BF) M Botti 5 9 6....................................... D Muscutt 1
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- 7 declared BETTING: 6-4 Master Singer, 7-2 Burcan, 4-1 Diodorus, 7-1 Rainbow
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2.20
RIVER FROST (D) A King 5 11 12 ..................................B J Geraghty
OH LAND ABLOOM (CD) N King 7 11 3...................... H Teal (7) C
APPLESANDPIERRES D Skelton 9 10 13 .............H Skelton C
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PSYCHEDELIC ROCK I Williams 6 10 8...............T J O’Brien C
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DOVILS DATE T Vaughan 8 10 6................................................A Johns
ARTHUR’S GIFT N Twiston-Davies 6 10 5(7ex)..............................
.....................................................................................................................T Humphries (7)
- 9 declared FORM VERDICT
BETTING: 11-4 River Frost, 9-2 Applesandpierres, 5-1 Psychedelic Rock, The form of the claimer BURCAN was runner-up in here last time
Arthur’s Gift, 7-1 Cake de L’Isle, 8-1 Oh Land Abloom, 12-1 Just Milly, 16-1 received a boost when the third, Fayez, won at Lingfield on Tuesday.
Dovils Date, 33-1 Mister Fizz.
Marco Botti’s charge is only 1lb higher than his last winning mark and
thus appears fairly treated following his recent 3lb drop in the ratings.
FORM VERDICT
RIVER FROST caught the eye when fifth on his return to action in the There is likely better to come from Master Singer, who won a maiden
Grade 3 Silver Trophy at Chepstow last month, a race that has worked here in May and returned to form when striking in a Wolverhampton
out well, and he looks poised to run a big race here. That contest has handicap last month, while Dundalk maiden scorer Diodorus is worth a
since seen Wholestone (fourth) finish second in a Grade 2, Louis’ Vac market check now debuting for a new trainer.
Pouch (fifth) land a valuable handicap at Aintree, Old Guard (seventh)
finish third in the Greatwood Hurdle and Bags Groove (eighth) win at
Aintree and Kempton. Cake de L’Isle was unlucky when unseating his
rider at Cheltenham last time as he was making smooth headway, while 1
Arthur’s Gift could still be ahead of the assessor despite a 7lb rise for 2
his recent Worcester success.
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4
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2
3
4
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LIMITED HANDICAP) (CLASS 3) £12,000 added 2m 5f
1241321-1
11P-F5
336-31
ACTING LASS H Fry 6 11 8 ........................................................N Fehily T
OFFICER HOOLIHAN T Vaughan 7 11 2...................A Johns H,T
BORDEAUX BILL B Ellison 6 11 1...............................................D Cook
WILBERDRAGON (C) C Longsdon 7 10 12........J J Burke C,T
- 4 declared BETTING: 6-5 Acting Lass, 5-2 Wilberdragon, 4-1 Officer Hoolihan, 6-1
Bordeaux Bill.
2.10
NEXT BEST
Burcan
(2.20pm, Newcastle)
Ran well in defeat last time and
preferred to likely favourite
Master Singer.
Barry Geraghty and River Frost (right) could find the going tough against
Arthur’s Gift in the 188 Bet Handicap Hurdle at Market Rasen today GETTY
BEST OF MARKET RASEN
6.30
7.00
BEST BET
Arthur’s Gift
(1.10pm, Market Rasen)
Won easily last week and can
strike again while the iron’s hot.
DAVIS CUP TENNIS AT 188BET HANDICAP CHASE
(CLASS 4) £8,000 added 3m
1
2
131-33 ULTIMATUM DU ROY (CD) A Hales 9 11 12Kielan Woods T
24P1F- SUNNY LEDGEND (C)(D) Andrew Martin 12 11 11.......................
........................................................................................................................ Mr J Martin (7)
3
1164-8 VINEGAR HILL (D) Stuart Edmunds 8 11 9.......B J Powell T
4
363815 THE DOORMAN B Haslam 8 11 6......................R McLernon C,T
5
P3-1PP AMIRAL COLLONGES (D) H Evans 7 11 6.......L Treadwell C
6
34P17- HAVE A GO HERO (D) D L Williams 9 11 5................J Banks V
7
-42311 COPPERFACEJACK (D) P Webber 7 11 1.............. G Sheehan T
- 7 declared BETTING: 11-8 Copperfacejack, 7-2 Sunny Ledgend, 4-1 Ultimatum Du
Roy, 7-1 The Doorman, 12-1 Have A Go Hero, 20-1 Amiral Collonges,
Vinegar Hill.
32RED CASINO MAIDEN FILLIES’ STAKES (CLASS 4)
£7,500 added 1m 2f
EBQAA J Unett 3 9 0 ............................................................................T Eaves 2
LEWINSKY A Brittain 3 9 0.......................................................C Hardie 3
LUNAR MIST E Dunlop 3 9 0.............................................. J Fanning 1
TRANQUIL STAR J Noseda 3 9 0 ...................Daniel Tudhope 4
- 4 declared BETTING: 10-11 Tranquil Star, 7-2 Ebqaa, 4-1 Lunar Mist, 6-1 Lewinsky.
BETWAY SPRINT HANDICAP (CLASS 3) £13,000 added
5f
1
400363 GREEN DOOR (D) R Cowell 6 9 7....Jonathan Fisher (7) V 2
2
988144 EQUIMOU (D) R Eddery 3 9 7...................................................P Makin 1
3 220004 BOWSON FRED (D)(BF) M W Easterby 5 9 4...................................
........................................................................................................................P Mulrennan 3
4
150867 ATLETICO (D) R Varian 5 9 2...........................Daniel Tudhope 13
5
42-970 OLD FASHIONED (D) L McJannet 5 9 1........D Probert T,V 4
6
514228 MEMORIES GALORE (D)(BF) Roger Fell 5 9 1 ................................
........................................................................................................................ T Hamilton C 9
7
110709 RICH AGAIN (CD) J Bethell 8 8 11......................................K Stott B 5
8
333370 FAST TRACK (CD) T D Barron 6 8 11.................G Malune (7) 6
9 541467 DYNAMO WALT (CD) D Shaw 6 8 11 ...........................T Eaves V 8
10 921612 LANDING NIGHT (CD) Rebecca Menzies 5 8 7.................................
.................................................................................................................. R Scott (3) C,T 10
11 26242- ZIGGY LEE (D) L Mullaney 11 8 7.................................... C Hardie 12
12 547051 HILARY J (CD) Mrs A Duffield 4 8 7..................................S Gray 14
13 31-005 JAMEERAH B Smart 4 8 7.........................................J Gormley (5) 11
14 -90108 ROSINA (D) Mrs A Duffield 4 8 7 .............................. J Fanning C 7
- 14 declared BETTING: 9-2 Hilary J, 5-1 Landing Night, 6-1 Bowson Fred, 7-1 Atletico,
8-1 Equimou, 10-1 Memories Galore, Green Door, 12-1 others.
2.55
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73352
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ANTE-POST
Thomas Campbell has been
popular for the Stayers’ Hurdle
since last Saturday’s Cheltenham
win and is now at 16-1.
I especially like the look of Marco Botti’s Burcan in the Betway Handicap
at Newcastle and Gay Kelleway’s
Pastime in the betfred.com Handicap at Chelmsford following recent
good efforts.
FORM VERDICT
LANDING NIGHT narrowly failed to follow up his course and distance
victory when second at Wolverhampton last time and Rebecca
Menzies’ five-year-old looks set for a prominent part once again
here. Atletico has ran with credit in some hot contests and has to be
considered, while Hilary J was a likeable winner over track and trip
last time and has to be considered despite the 6lb rise. Green Door and
Bowson Fred are others to consider.
BEST OF WINCANTON
12.50
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DIRECT GROUP HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 3) £10,000
added 2m 4f
/200-1
202-1
227-08
20P/P21436352-PP
232-44
F/212-
BUCKHORN TIMOTHY (D) C Tizzard 8 11 12M Bastyan (5)
SPRINGTOWN LAKE (D) P Hobbs 5 11 6................... R Johnson
FOU ET SAGE H Whittington 6 11 5.......................... H Bannister
DUBAWI ISLAND Miss V Williams 8 11 5 .......C Deutsch (3)
WINNING SPARK (D) Miss J Du Plessis 10 11 1James Best
DRUID’S FOLLY R Walford 7 10 10..........J Sherwood (3) H,T
VOLPONE JELOIS P Nicholls 4 10 9 ....Stan Sheppard (3) C
MORIANOUR (D)(BF) E Williams 6 10 7........................A Wedge
- 8 declared BETTING: 7-4 Springtown Lake, 10-3 Buckhorn Timothy, 7-1 Volpone
Jelois, 8-1 Morianour, 10-1 Druid’s Folly, Dubawi Island, 12-1 Fou Et
Sage, Winning Spark.
1.25
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CHASE (CLASS 4) £10,000 added 3m 1f
1
2
156P-U DRUMVIREDY Miss V Williams 8 12 1................C Deutsch (3)
9P2-P9 THEGREENDALEROCKET R Woollacott 8 11 12 ..........................
..............................................................................................................................James Best B
3
-21104 JACK SNIPE J Scott 8 11 11........................... Robert Hawker (7) C
4
3P3F-1 WATER WAGTAIL (CD) Miss E Lavelle 10 11 11............................
........................................................................................................................... N Scholfield C
5
6U2-21 CUCKLINGTON C Tizzard 6 11 3................................H Cobden B,T
6
53-31P TRIPTICO A Dunn 11 11 1............................................................A Wedge C
7
3P123- SHANANN STAR (CD) G F Edwards 11 10 13K Edgar (3) C
8
452-P6 HOW’S MY FRIEND J G Cann 12 10 1.........Bryony Frost (5)
- 8 declared BETTING: 9-4 Water Wagtail, 5-2 Cucklington, 5-1 Jack Snipe, 11-2
Drumviredy, 14-1 Triptico, How’s My Friend, Shanann Star, 16-1
Thegreendalerocket.
2.00
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LIMITED HANDICAP) (CLASS 3) £14,000 added 2m
0-11P3
225B-0
2U1-34
5642-5
24-155
34P44011-75
COEUR TANTRE A Honeyball 6 11 8 ....................D G Noonan T
DRUMCLIFF (D) H Fry 6 11 7.........................................N P Madden T
SAFFRON WELLS (BF) C Tizzard 9 11 6...........T Scudamore
ACTION REPLAY (BF) P Hobbs 6 11 4.......................... R Johnson
I SEE YOU WELL (D) J W Mullins 4 11 1.............Jamie Moore
HURRY HENRY (D) Mrs R Ford 8 11 0........................A Wedge T
DREAMCATCHING (C) P Nicholls 4 10 13..................H Cobden
- 7 declared BETTING: 5-2 Coeur Tantre, 11-4 Action Replay, 4-1 Saffron Wells, 5-1
Drumcliff, 6-1 Dreamcatching, 14-1 I See You Well, 33-1 Hurry Henry.
Results service
CHEPSTOW
12.45 1. WESTERN RYDER (R Johnson) 8-13 fav; 2.
Bang On Frankie 9-4; 3. Mahari 8-1. 15 ran. 3l, 21/2l.
(W Greatrex). Tote: £1.50; £1.10, £1.10, £2.90. Exacta:
£2.50. Trifecta: £12.20. CSF: £2.40.
1.15 1. MARLEY FIRTH (Bridget Andrews) 3-1 fav;
2. Doctor Haze 4-1; 3. Holdbacktheriver 7-1. 13 ran.
8l, 6l. (D Skelton). Tote: £3.50; £1.50, £1.50, £2.60.
Exacta: £15.40. Trifecta: £61.60. CSF: £14.87. NRs:
Kiwi Myth, Subcontinent.
1.50 1. SHROUGHMORE LASS (J Sherwood) 3-1; 2.
Llantara 20-1; 3. Drewmain Legend 22-1. 12 ran. 5-2
fav Soiesauvage (5th). 5l, shd. (Henry Oliver). Tote:
£3.90; £1.50, £4.70, £7.40. Exacta: £96.20. Tricast:
£1121.48. Trifecta: £1025.00. CSF: £65.13.
2.25 1. RAMSES DE TEILLEE (T Scudamore) 5-1; 2.
Baron Du Plessis 6-1; 3. Cailleach Annie 16-1. 12 ran.
4-1 fav Nansaroy (Unseated Rider). 17l, 8l. (D Pipe).
Tote: £5.30; £2.50, £2.70, £3.90. Exacta: £37.90. Tricast:
£450.21. Trifecta: £556.70. CSF: £35.52.
3.00 1. DANDY DUKE (A P Heskin) 8-1; 2. For Carmel
8-1; 3. Sahara Haze 16-1. 10 ran. 7-2 fav Alfie’s
Choice (8th). 11l, nk. (T R George). Tote: £6.00;
£2.50, £2.60, £4.20. Exacta: £57.80. Tricast: £998.91.
Trifecta: £772.00. CSF: £69.21. NRs: Ceann Sibheal,
Sam Noir, Who You For.
3.30 1. FLAMING CHARMER (H Cobden) 5-2 fav; 2.
Bradford Bridge 7-1; 3. Auenwirbel 28-1. 11 ran.
6l, 4l. (C Tizzard). Tote: £3.20; £1.40, £2.30, £7.00.
Exacta: £23.00. Tricast: £404.91. Trifecta: £1807.70.
CSF: £21.49. NRs: Chantara Rose, Farm The Rock.
4.00 1. MIXCHIEVOUS (C Deutsch) 9-2 fav; 2. With
Pleasure 8-1; 3. Mondello 5-1. 9 ran. 13/4l, 36l. (Miss
V Williams). Tote: £6.00; £2.20, £2.90, £1.90. Exacta:
£42.80. Tricast: £185.55. Trifecta: £247.90. CSF:
£39.56. NR: Maroc.
Placepot: £271.90. Quadpot: £148.50.
Place 6: £147.51. Place 5: £134.71.
HEXHAM
12.25 1. CORNERSTONE LAD (H Brooke) 2-1; 2.
Eneko 11-10 fav; 3. Level Of Intensity 11-4. 5 ran. 8l,
4l. (M Hammond). Tote: £2.90; £1.50, £1.10. Exacta:
£5.50. Trifecta: £7.60. CSF: £4.80.
12.55 1. CELTIC FLAMES (Derek Fox) 5-2; 2. Charlie
Snow Angel 7-1; 3. Mr Witmore 28-1. 7 ran. 13-8
fav Just Minded (Pulled Up). 4l, 5l. (Miss L Russell).
Tote: £2.70; £1.40, £3.00. Exacta: £19.40. Trifecta:
£160.20. CSF: £19.41.
1.30 1. THE DUBAI WAY (H Bannister) 11-8 fav; 2.
Teescomponents Lad 3-1; 3. Echo Express 2-1. 10
ran. 3/4l, 41/2l. (H Whittington). Tote: £2.30; £1.50,
£1.10, £1.50. Exacta: £6.90. Trifecta: £14.90. CSF:
£6.42. NR: Johnny Pedlar.
2.00 1. LOWANBEHOLD (T Willmott) 6-1; 2. Moorlands Mist 7-2; 3. Shake It Up 9-2. 6 ran. 5-2 fav
Hattons Hill (Pulled Up). 6l, 46l. (Miss S Forster).
Tote: £6.30; £3.50, £1.60. Exacta: £28.50. Trifecta:
£175.00. CSF: £25.24.
2.35 1. CLAN LEGEND (Mr K Alexander) 9-2; 2.
Pistol 12-1; 3. Suprise Vendor 25-1. 10 ran. 4-1 fav
Minella Fiveo (4th). 21l, 11l. (N Alexander). Tote:
£5.10; £2.10, £3.30, £5.20. Exacta: £71.10. Tricast:
£1199.74. Trifecta: £705.20. CSF: £54.77.
3.10 1. VERY FIRST TIME (B Hughes) 1-9 fav; 2.
Mcginty’s Dream 9-1; 3 ran. 31l. (T Easterby). Tote:
£1.10; Exacta: £1.50. Trifecta: £1.40. CSF: £1.63.
3.40 1. WIG WAM WIGGLE (F O’Toole) 5-1; 2. Along
Came Theo 28-1; 3. Bingo D’olivate 13-2. 13 ran. 9-2
fav Wazowski (4th). 13/4l, 8l. (M Hammond). Tote:
£6.40; £2.10, £8.30, £3.10. Exacta: £178.30. Tricast:
£917.50. Trifecta: £3007.50. CSF: £136.52.
Placepot: £47.00. Quadpot: £13.50.
Place 6: £51.42. Place 5: £41.19.
KEMPTON
4.10 1. PEACE AND PLENTY (S De Sousa) 11-4;
2. Hairdryer 5-2 fav; 3. Jive Talking 8-1. 11 ran.
/2l, 21/4l. (W Muir). Tote: £3.90; £1.60, £1.10, £2.30.
Exacta: £9.30. Tricast: £47.65. Trifecta: £37.50. CSF:
£9.94. NR: Solveig’s Song.
4.40 1. ROMAN SPINNER (L Morris) 9-2; 2. Crystal
Casque 14-1; 3. Obrigada 10-1. 11 ran. 11-4 fav
Sotomayor (7th). 1l, 13/4l. (R Guest). Tote: £5.00;
£1.90, £4.30, £2.70. Exacta: £62.50. Tricast: £609.69.
Trifecta: £300.10. CSF: £60.25. NRs: Hurricane Lil,
Kendergarten Kop, Watch Tan.
5.10 1. FLAVIUS TITUS (J Mitchell) 13-2; 2. Salute
The Soldier 11-8 fav; 3. I Can 33-1. 14 ran. 1l, 31/2l.
(R Varian). Tote: £7.60; £2.00, £1.20, £8.00. Exacta:
£20.20. Trifecta: £523.60. CSF: £14.85.
5.40 1. QAYSAR (S Levey) 1-2 fav; 2. Crack On Crack
On 9-2; 3. Employer 7-1. 13 ran. 1l, 13/4l. (R Hannon).
Tote: £1.40; £1.10, £1.80, £2.00. Exacta: £3.60. Trifecta: £11.50. CSF: £2.96. NR: Molliana.
6.10 1. TANSEEQ (J Crowley) 11-4; 2. Savaanah
10-1; 3. Blue Mist 11-8 fav. 14 ran. 11/2l, 11/2l. (W
Haggas). Tote: £3.80; £1.80, £2.80, £1.10. Exacta:
£31.20. Trifecta: £92.70. CSF: £29.30.
6.40 1. SECOND THOUGHT (James Doyle) 5-1; 2. Keystroke10-1; 3.MrOwen16-1. 12ran.11-4 fav Accidental
Agent (8th). 1/2l, nk. (W Haggas). Tote: £6.00; £2.00, £3.70,
£5.20. Exacta: £67.20. Trifecta: £2078.30. CSF: £53.63.
NRs: Home Cummins, Mr Scaramanga.
1
7.10 1. SOLDIER IN ACTION (J Crowley) 6-1; 2.
Lord George 7-2; 3. Royal Reserve 3-1 fav. 9 ran.
1
/2l, 21/4l. (M Johnston). Tote: £6.10; £2.10, £1.50,
£1.60. Exacta: £24.00. Tricast: £74.08. Trifecta:
£125.70. CSF: £26.83.
7.40 1. ENTANGLING (S De Sousa) 6-1; 2. Cliff Face
9-1; 3. Sunblazer 6-1. 11 ran. 4-1 fav Yamarhaba
Malayeen (4th). 31/4l, hd. (C Wall). Tote: £6.50; £2.40,
£2.80, £2.30. Exacta: £57.60. Tricast: £340.48. Trifecta: £465.70. CSF: £58.80. NRs: Angrywhitepyjamas,
Bamako Du Chatelet, Becca Campbell.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £6,091.52 carried over
to Newcastle.
Placepot: £22.70. Quadpot: £6.60.
Place 6: £41.18. Place 5: £28.62.
WARWICK
12.35 1. HAREFIELD (W Hutchinson) 11-8 fav; 2.
Shanroe Saint 20-1; 3. Santo De Lune 5-2. 12 ran.
33/4l, 6l. (A King). Tote: £2.10; £1.40, £4.50, £1.10.
Exacta: £25.60. Trifecta: £85.00. CSF: £33.05.
1.05 1. SPARKLING RIVER (D Crosse) 18-1; 2. Same
Circus 11-2; 3. Sister Sibyl 4-1. 11 ran. 9-4 fav
Indian Native (4th). 3/4l, 11/2l. (Henry Oliver). Tote:
£8.30; £3.80, £2.30, £2.10. Exacta: £132.40. Tricast:
£483.45. Trifecta: £718.80. CSF: £114.43.
1.40 1. MOLLY THE DOLLY (H Skelton) 5-6 fav; 2.
Little Millie 9-1; 3. Inch Lala 8-1. 7 ran. 25l, 10l. (D
Skelton). Tote: £1.70; £1.10, £2.80. Exacta: £10.00.
Trifecta: £32.50. CSF: £8.86.
2.10 1. SCEAU ROYAL (D Jacob) 1-16 fav;2. San Pedro
De Senam 10-1; 2 ran. 21l. (A King). Tote: £1.10;
2.45 1. LADY KARINA (L Treadwell) 3-1; 2. Groundunderrepair 5-2 fav; 3. Shining Romeo 66-1. 8 ran.
3l, 38l. (Miss V Williams). Tote: £3.50; £1.50, £1.30,
£7.70. Exacta: £13.80. Tricast: £384.80. Trifecta:
£173.30. CSF: £11.05.
3.20 1. GOOSEN MAVERICK (T J O’Brien) 6-1; 2.
Dontminddboys 2-1 fav; 3. Backoftherock 9-2. 6
ran. 6l, 28l. (J G Cann). Tote: £7.30; £2.70, £1.70.
Exacta: £19.50. Trifecta: £73.00. CSF: £19.10.
3.50 1. BUILDMEUPBUTTERCUP (G Lee) 4-1; 2.
Cassis De Reine 50-1; 3. Cuckoo’s Calling 6-4 fav.
11 ran. 11/4l, 13/4l. (M Channon). Tote: £5.70; £2.10,
£9.00, £1.10. Exacta: £174.20. Trifecta: £420.40.
CSF: £199.81. NR: Shell Crystal.
Placepot: £26.50. Quadpot: £6.10. Place 6: £13.33.
Place 5: £9.44.
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RUGBY UNION
England players decide not
to donate fees to Samoans
By Jack de Menezes
England’s players have confirmed
they will not donate any of their
£22,000 match fees to this weekend’s
opponents Samoa, despite the visitors’ ongoing financial struggle, after
deciding the situation is “a complex
issue” that they should stay out of.
England take on Samoa in their
final autumn international at Twickenham on Saturday, with the Pacific
Islanders in a serious financial crisis
that threatens the future of their international game.
The Samoan Rugby Union [SRU]
declared itself bankrupt earlier this
month, although World Rugby have
disputed that claim and confirmed
they are withholding a fee because
the SRU are ignoring their recommendations over the appointment of
a head coach.
The Samoan prime minister and
SRU chairman Tuila’epa Sailele
Malielegaoi made the bankruptcy
claim before Samoa’s opening autumn international against Scotland
two weeks ago. A radiothon was held
in an effort to drum up financial support, while a crowdfunding page has
also been set up by former captain
Dan Leo to try to generate money for
the players.
The Rugby Football Union has already confirmed it will give £75,000
to the SRU from funds raised this
weekend, although each England
Test held at Twickenham generates
the union around £10m, meaning
they are donating less than one per
cent of what they could receive.
England prop Mako Vunipola, who
Zach Mercer (left) and Mako Vunipola hoist Sam Simmonds in training GETTY
is of Pacific Island descent as
“As players we feel it isn’t
his father hails from Tonga,
our place to get involved
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in what appears to be a
the squad donating part
complex issue between
of their match fees for
the Samoan union and
this weekend’s Test to
World Rugby,” a statetheir opposition.
ment read. “We are
The RFU will give
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£75,000 to the SRU
– but that is less than
sues that could arise
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NINE-LETTER WORD gallantry
OTHER WORDS alga, algal, all, allay, ally, altar, angry, ant,
antral, any, art, gala, gall, gallant, gantry, gnarl, gnat, grant, lag,
lay, nag, natal, nay, rag, rally, ran, rang, rangy, rant, rat, ray, tag,
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home from
Saints on
dual contract
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ZYGOLEX
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23 NOVEMBER 2017
SCOTLAND
Townsend: We
will suffer if our
players go abroad
By Will Jackson
Scotland head coach Gregor
Townsend admits the national
side could suffer if players continue to move abroad.
Finn Russell has announced his
decision to leave Glasgow at the
end of the season, with Racing 92
the expected destination for the
fly-half.
Russell will join Greig Laidlaw
and Richie Gray in France, while
Sean Maitland is at Saracens
and John Barclay at Scarlets,
although Barclay is set to move
back to Edinburgh.
“The better thing for the
national team is more people playing in Scotland,” he said.
“If more and more players leave
Scotland, it will be much tougher.
A huge reason Ireland have been
successful is their players are in
the same area, playing in Ireland
and building up combinations and
connections.”
Townsend is preparing his side
to take on Australia this weekend
after suffering a narrow defeat by
New Zealand on Saturday.
He made four changes, with
Ryan Wilson, Maitland, Grant
Gilchrist and Simon Berghan
included in the starting XV.
He said: “We play the current
number three team in the world,
and arguably the best attacking
team in the world. If we drop our
standards, we’re not going to win.”
Team to face Australia S Hogg; T Seymour, H Jones,
A Dunbar, S Maitland; F Russell, A Price; D Marfo,
S McInally, S Berghan; G Gilchrist, J Gray; J Barclay,
H Watson, R Wilson.
Replacements F Brown, J Bhatti, Z Fagerson, B Toolis,
C du Preez, H Pyrgos, P Horne, B McGuigan.
WALES
Puzzle solutions
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George North will leave Northampton
at the end of this season and return to
Wales on a national dual contract.
The juggernaut wing, who has won
69 Wales caps and scored 30 tries,
has agreed a deal from next term.
Northampton released their own
statement confirming 25-year-old
North’s departure.
It is not known at this stage which
of the four Welsh regions he will joining up with.
National dual contracts are 60 per
cent funded by the WRU, with the
player’s region paying the rest.
North said to the club’s website:
“Saints have developed me as a player and stuck by me through thick and
thin, so it is with a heavy heart that I
have decided to move on.
“I love playing for Northampton
and am excited by the potential of the
squad that is being assembled but,
George North’s wages will
be 60 per cent funded by the
Wales Rugby Union, the rest
by his region
as a proud Welshman, I felt that now
is the right time to move back home
despite the compelling offer Saints
made me.
“I feel very fortunate to have
had the opportunity to be part of
Northampton the last four years
and I have loved every minute of my
time there.
“I am excited to see what we
can achieve this season and I will
be putting everything I have into
helping the squad fulfil our potential
this year.”
Former Scarlets player North’s
return home is a major coup
for Wales and their head coach
Warren Gatland.
Welsh rugby received two major
blows earlier this season when Dan
Biggar and Rhys Webb both announced they were leaving the Ospreys, to play for Northampton and
Toulon respectively.
Gatland said: “It is fantastic that
George is returning to Wales. At
just 25, George is in the prime of his
career, and signing an NDC, with all
the playing and non-playing benefits
associated with it, will allow him
to flourish.
“It is great for the game here in
Wales to see a player of George’s stature and reputation return home to
play his domestic rugby.”
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Results Service
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP A
Basel (0) ...................................1 Man Utd (0).............................0
Lang 89
CSKA Moscow (1)..........2 Benfica (0)...............................0
Schennikov 13
Att 27,709
Jardel 57 (og)
P W D L F A Pts
Man Utd
5 4 0 1 10 2
12
Basel
5 3 0 2 9 5
9
CSKA Moscow
5 3 0 2 7 8
9
Benfica
5 0 0 5 1 12
0
GROUP B
Anderlecht (0) ..................1 Bayern Munich (0).........2
Hanni 63
Lewandowski 51
Tolisso 77
PSG (4).......................................7 Celtic (1)......................................1
Neymar 9, 22
Dembele 2
Cavani 28, 79
Mbappe-Lottin 35
Verratti 75
Dani Alves 80
P W D L F A Pts
PSG
5 5 0 0 24 1
15
Bayern Munich
5 4 0 1 10 5 12
Celtic
5 1 0 4 5 17
3
Anderlecht
5 0 0 5 1 17
0
GROUP C
Atletico Madrid (0).....2 Roma (0)....................................0
Griezmann 69
Gameiro 85
FK Karabakh (0)...............0 Chelsea (2)................................4
Att 67,100
Hazard 21 (pen)
Willian 36, 85
Fabregas 72 (pen)
P W D L F A Pts
Chelsea
5 3 1 1 15 7 10
Roma
5 2 2 1 8 6
8
Atletico Madrid
5 1 3 1 4 3
6
FK Karabakh
5 0 2 3 2 13
2
GROUP D
Juventus (0) ........................0
Sporting (2)..........................3
Dost 40, 66
Bruno Cesar 44
P
Barcelona
5
Juventus
5
Sporting
5
Olympiacos
5
Barcelona (0).......................0
Olympiacos (0) ...................1
Odjidja-Ofoe 86
W D L
3 2 0
2 2 1
2 1 2
0 1 4
F
7
5
8
4
A Pts
1
11
5
8
7
7
11
1
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Ipswich (0).............................2 Sheff Wed (0).........................2
Garner 48, Waghorn 70 Hooper 64 (pen)
Att 15,702
Nuhiu 90
Middlesbrough (2)........2 Birmingham (0)................0
Assombalonga 10, 41 Att 22,848
Wolverhampton (2)....4 Leeds (0)......................................1
Douglas 15
Alioski 48
Ivan Cavaleiro 26
Att 28,914
Jota 72
Helder Costa 76 (pen)
P W D L F A Pts
Wolverhampton 18 13 2 3 35 16 41
Cardiff
18 11 4 3 25 13 37
Sheff Utd
18 12 0 6 31 20 36
Aston Villa
18 9 5 4 26 17 32
Bristol City
18 8 7 3 27 18 31
Middlesbrough
18 8 5 5 24 15 29
Derby
17 8 5 4 26 20 29
Nottm Forest
18 9 0 9 26 27 27
Ipswich
17 8 2 7 30 26 26
Leeds
18 8 2 8 27 24 26
Sheff Wed
18 6 7 5 23 21 25
Preston
18 6 7 5 21 20 25
Brentford
18 5 8 5 26 24 23
Fulham
18 5 8 5 24 24 23
Norwich
18 6 5 7 16 22 23
QPR
18 5 6 7 20 26 21
Barnsley
17 5 5 7 23 23 20
Millwall
18 4 7 7 19 19 19
Reading
17 5 4 8 20 23 19
Hull
18 4 6 8 30 32 18
Birmingham
18 4 3 11 9 27 15
Burton Albion
18 3 5 10 12 35 14
Bolton
18 2 7 9 15 31 13
Sunderland
18 1 8 9 23 35 11
RUGBY LEAGUE
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP POOL MATCHES:
Australia 88 Canada 0; England 16 Cook
Islands 22; New Zealand 38 Papua New
Guinea 0.
SNOOKER
NORTHERN IRELAND OPEN, WATERFRONT
HALL, BELFAST: Second round: Y Bingtao
(Chin) bt J Curtis-Barrett (GB) 4-0; R Milkins
(Eng) bt O Lines (Eng) 4-1; T Un-Nooh (Thai)
bt C Zifan (Chin) 4-3; M King (Eng) bt A Hugill
(Eng) 4-1; A McGill (Sco) bt A Duffy (Eng) 4-1;
M Xiwen (Chin) bt A Borg (Malta) 4-1; E Slessor (Eng) bt K Maflin (Nor) 4-2; N Saengkham
(Thai) bt Y D Lu (Chin) 4-3; M Williams (Wal)
bt T Ford (Eng) 4-0; N Robertson (Aus) bt
B J Castle (Eng) 4-0; X Guodong (Chin) bt A
Carter (Eng) 4-1; L Haotian (Chin) bt Y Sijun
(Chin) 4-1; R Hull (Fin) bt Z Yuelong (Chin)
4-1; L Highfield (Eng) bt L Wenbo (Chin) 4-1; L
Yuan (Chin) bt Z Yong (Chin) 4-0; R O’Sullivan
(Eng) bt D Jones (Wal) 4-0; A Songsermsawad
(Thai) bt W Yuchen (Chn) 4-3; M Dunn (Eng)
bt M Stevens (Wal) 4-0; K Doherty (Rep Ire)
bt N Zhuang (Chin) 4-1; R Walden (Eng) bt J
Lisowski (Eng) 4-2; M Holt (Eng) bt M Georgiou (Eng) 4-2; S Craigie (Eng) bt B Woollaston
(Eng) 4-2; J Perry (Eng) bt M Selt (Eng) 4-0; J
Robertson (Eng) bt Z Xintong (Chin) 4-3.
TODAY’S FIXTURES
FOOTBALL (8.05pm unless stated)
EUROPA LEAGUE GROUP E
Everton v Atalanta.........................................................................
Lyon v Apollon Limassol..........................................................
GROUP H
BATE Borisov v Red Star Belgrade (6)..........................
Cologne v Arsenal (6) ...................................................................
Also — Grp A: Astana v Villarreal (4.0), Maccabi
Tel-Aviv v Slavia Prague. Grp B: Partizan Belgrade v Young Boys, Skenderbeu v Dynamo
Kiev. Grp C: Braga v TSG Hoffenheim, Ludogorets v Istanbul Basaksehir. Grp D: AC Milan
v Austria Vienna, AEK Athens v Rijeka. Grp F:
Lokomotiv Moscow v FC Copenhagen (6.0),
Sheriff v Fastav Zlin. Grp G: Lugano v Hapoel
Beer Sheva (6.0), Plzen v FCSB (6.0). Grp I:
Konyaspor v Marseille (6.0), Red Bull Salzburg
v Guimaraes (6.0). Grp J: Athletic Bilbao v Hertha Berlin (6.0), Ostersunds v Zorya (6.0). Grp
K: Lazio v Vitesse (6.0), Nice v Zulte-Waregem
(6.0). Grp L: Rosenborg v Real Sociedad (6.0),
Zenit St Petersburg v Vardar (6.0).
CRICKET
FIRST TEST MATCH—SECOND DAY OF FIVE:
Australia v England (Brisbane, 12midnight
tonight).
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CRICKET: THE ASHES
Why the days of
the Gabba’s ability
to induce English
madness may
be on the wane
England’s Ashes defence began last night
at intimidating but crumbling ground.
Jonathan Liew reports from Brisbane
B
risbane, February 1933.
heat and the stillness, the concrete
A heatwave so intense
starkness of Vulture Street and its
the metal girders at the
surroundings, the baying and the
Gabba are on the verge of
hooting of a Queensland crowd, that
melting. Eddie Paynter,
can make an English cricketer feel
the Lancashire batsman, is lying in
very far from home indeed.
a hospital bed with tonsillitis and a
This is, after all, Australia’s
temperature of 102F. Doctors have
fortress, where they have not
told him he will take no further part lost since 1988, and yet England’s
in the Test match. But the wireless
discomfiture dates back well
is on. And Paynter can hear that his
beyond that. There was the famous
team-mates are struggling.
trial against Dennis Lillee and
So, against all the available
Jeff Thomson in 1974-75,
medical advice, he gets
which Dennis Amiss
up, discharges himself,
described as the most
sneaks into a taxi,
frightening spell of
orders it to the
fast bowling he had
ground, makes an
ever seen. There was
Ian Botham’s
obdurate 24 not
1970-71, when the
match-winning
out, and returns to
Gabba groundstaff
score
when
England
hospital after the
cost England a
last won at the
close of play. The
shot at victory by
Gabba in November
following day he goes
“accidentally”
tipping
1986
on to make 83. England
the covers over and
take the match, and with it
allowing rainwater to spill
the Ashes.
onto the playing surface.
All of which should serve as a
There was 1946-47, the first
reminder of Brisbane’s unique
post-war Test, when Don Bradman,
capacity to induce English madness, having refused to walk after
whether it is Paynter striding out
being caught in the gully early in
of hospital in his pyjamas and
his innings, helped Australia to a
dressing gown, or Nasser Hussain
mammoth 645. As they piled on the
putting Australia in to bat in 2002runs, a despairing England captain
03. There is something about the
Len Hutton confided to wicket-
138
Australia celebrate
the dismissal of
Alec Stewart in
2003, during a Test
which England
captain Nasser
Hussain opted to
put the home side
in to bat first GETTY
keeper Godfrey Evans: “I think we
will have to get them in run-outs.”
Yet if Paynter’s story teaches us
anything, it is that Brisbane’s unique
hostility can also provide the canvas
for a very particular sort of English
heroism. England’s last victory here
came in 1986-87 courtesy of Ian
Botham’s last great Test innings,
a brilliant 138 that got his side out
of trouble and paved the way for
an unlikely Ashes triumph. Seven
years ago, meanwhile, Alastair Cook
played a stunning rearguard of 235,
an innings of which even he had
barely considered himself capable.
England came away with a draw
that felt like a victory, and the tone
for a famous tour was set.
The Gabba is in its own
way the most Australian
of grounds, its every detail
designed to intimidate
These have, however, been
very much the exception. From
Hussain’s fatal insertion, to Steve
Harmison’s first ball to second slip
in 2006-07, to Mitchell Johnson’s
one-man bulldozer in 2013-14,
England have come apart at
Brisbane more often than not in
recent years. It is, in its own way,
the most Australian of grounds, its
every detail designed to alienate.
The dressing rooms are beneath
playing level, and so when a new
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Home comforts
Longest Test undefeated streaks by
venue
National Cricket Stadium, Karachi
Pakistan: 34 matches 1955-2000
The Gabba, Brisbane
Australia: 28 matches 1988-2017*
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown
West Indies: 27 matches 1948-1993
Old Trafford, Manchester
England: 25 matches 1905-1954
batsman enters the field he does
so uphill, into a cauldron of noise
and heat. The playing area itself
is compact and claustrophobic.
“Standing on the boundary,” Dawid
Malan observed earlier this week,
“you’re almost in the crowd.” And it
is not a crowd that tends to be shy of
an opinion.
Then there is the surface: quick
and juicy, high in clay content
and therefore conducive to the
express pace bowlers that Australia
seem to produce in much more
abundant quantities than England.
Groundsman Kevin Mitchell Jnr
has prepared every Test strip since
1989, and has prepared a traditional
Brisbane wicket: tinged with green,
offering superior bounce and carry.
Australia are yet to lose a Test with
Mitchell as head groundsman.
Yet the future of the Gabba is not
quite as secure as one would expect.
The thirst for cricket is still high in
this part of the world, with the first
three days sold out despite a rugby
league World Cup semi-final also
taking place in the city tomorrow
night. But the real issue is not so
much that the Gabba is in decline,
but that other venues have stolen a
march.
The Adelaide Oval has invested
millions into its redevelopment,
turning itself into the de facto home
of pink-ball Test cricket. In January
the new 60,000-seat Optus Stadium
will open in Perth. It will replace
the famous Waca as the main home
of international cricket in Western
Australia. Melbourne and Sydney,
meanwhile, remain Melbourne and
Sydney.
And so Brisbane is in danger of
finding itself left behind. The heat
and humidity created by the bowl-like
design may be exhausting for English
bowlers, but it is no more pleasant for
spectators. The demands of playing
Aussie rules football on the ground
in the winter, along with numerous
concerts, is beginning to take its toll
on the playing surface. Next summer
India will play four Tests in Australia,
and unless Brisbane can secure an
increased chunk of government
funding, it may end up missing out on
the marquee series of the summer.
Of course, Brisbane still has one
major factor in its favour: its aura.
As long as Australia keep winning
here, as long as it remains reliably
popular with players, you feel its
status as the traditional curtainraiser of the Australian summer will
be secure. If, however, England can
conquer the heat, the crowds and
their own madness, then Australian
cricket may feel the consequences in
more ways than one.
THE INDEPENDENT
By Jack de Menezes
Arsène Wenger has backed Danny
Welbeck to make the England
squad for the World Cup in Russia,
if he can just stay fit.
The striker is due to return
to the Arsenal team for tonight’s Europa League
game at Cologne, after
playing only once in the
last two months.
Welbeck (right) limped
off against Watford on 14
October and has not played
since. He has not played a full
90 minutes since August and last
played for England in September,
making two late substitute appearances against Malta and Slovakia.
But Wenger is still optimistic
about Welbeck’s season and has
even backed the 26-year-old to
make it into the 23-man squad for
the World Cup in June 2018.
“Danny has the potential to go,”
Wenger said. “If he is fit, he will go, I
am convinced of that.”
But Wenger knows that for
Welbeck to make it back into
Gareth Southgate’s plans,
he has to start playing regularly for Arsenal again.
“The best way to go to
the World Cup is not to
think ‘I have to prepare for
the World Cup’, it is to do well
for club and automatically you
are in the national team,” Wenger
added. “I have a player next to me
[Per Mertesacker] who has over 100
caps for Germany, but he will tell you
the best way to do that is to focus
every day.” THE INDEPENDENT
EUROPA LEAGUE
Everton admit defeat in
battle to appoint Silva
ways adamant that they would not
lose their highly-rated coach halfEverton have given up hope of way through the season and had
persuading Watford to part with no reason to even negotiate with
manager Marco Silva.
Everton.
Owner Farhad Moshiri has
David Unsworth will conbeen trying for weeks to
tinue his stint as Everton’s
sign the Portuguese
caretakermanagerintocoach, who is under
night’s Europa League
contract at Vicarage
home tie with AtalanRoad until June 2019.
ta. It will be his sixth
Point Everton have
But Watford have
game since being
won in their Europa
resolutely insisted
placed in charge
League
group
–
Silva is going nofollowing Ronald
drawing one match
where this season
Koeman’s sacking last
and losing three
and now Everton – who
month.
were willing to pay at
With two Group E
least £10m in compensation
games to go, rock-bottom
– have accepted this as reality.
Everton have already crashed
The view at Goodison Park is that outofthecompetition,butUnsworth
unless Silva resigns there is nothing has vowed to select a “strong” side
more they can do. Watford were al- tonight. THE INDEPENDENT
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
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WEST HAM UNITED
RUGBY LEAGUE
Insolvency concerns
over stadium’s owners
Bennett confident
of fully fit squad
By Ian Laybourn
dium has been dogged by financial concerns as the price tag for
London Assembly members have converting it from an athletics
demanded to see the financial ac- venue to a football ground, and
counts of the company that
vice-versa, has repeatedly
owns West Ham’s London
surpassed estimates.
Stadium home, amid
This has led the
concerns it is heading
assembly’s budget
towards insolvency.
and performance
The centrepiece
committee to take
Amount, in millions
of the 2012 Olymthe rare step of isof pounds, that it
pic and Paralympic
suing a summons
cost to build the
Games is owned by
notice for E20’s
London Stadium
E20 Stadium LLP, a
2016-17 accounts.
joint venture between
In a statement, the
the London Legacy Decommittee’s chairman
velopment Corporation
Gareth Bacon said: “This
and Newham Council.
company spends vast amounts of
Despite having West Ham as public money and we know it is in
an anchor tenant, the £752m sta- financial difficulty.”
By Matt Slater
IN AUCKLAND
Sam Burgess and Kevin Brown
missed England’s first field session
in Auckland yesterday but coach
Wayne Bennett insists they will be fit
for Saturday’s World Cup semi-final.
Second rower Burgess turned an
ankle in last Sunday’s 36-6 quarterfinal win over Papua New Guinea,
while stand-off Brown suffered mild
concussion in that game and was
withdrawn at half-time.
However, Bennett said that both
players will line up in an unchanged
team against Tonga at Mount Smart
Stadium.“I’m extremely confident,”
Bennett said. “We’ll bring another
player in if we have to, but I’m not
planning on that.”
‘Welbeck is certainty for
England – if he stays fit’
England face Kiwis in semi-final
England will play New Zealand
in the semi-finals of the women’s
World Cup, despite a 22-16 defeat
by Cook Islands. England came from
16-0 down to level the scores with
tries from Amy Hardcastle, Emma
Slowe and Kayleigh Bulman, plus
two goals by Claire Garner. They
then conceded a last-minute try
(above) but qualify on points difference. The final is on 2 December as a
curtain-raiser to the men’s version.
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FOOTBALL
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: GROUP E
Did Berizzo reveal his cancer to inspire
fightback? No, it’s fake news, say Sevilla
By Matt Butler
Jordan Henderson is disappointed
with Liverpool’s collapse
Henderson:
We undid all
our hard work
By Carl Markham
and Andy Hampson
Captain Jordan Henderson admits Liverpool let themselves
down by throwing away a victory at Sevilla and squandering
the chance of early Champions
League progression.
Jurgen Klopp’s side led 3-0 at
half time but drew 3-3 in the end,
and Henderson said: “We have let
ourselves down. The performance
in the second half undid all the
good work we did in the first.
“It just felt as though we didn’t
start well in the second half,
straight from the kick-off, and we
didn’t recover. They scored the
first and the crowd got up. They
started to have a good go and it
becomes difficult then.
“They were getting it back
cheaply and it invites pressure. It
doesn’t feel good but at the same
time when we come to look at the
table it is still in our own hands.
We are top of the group, we have
to try and stay positive.”
Georginio Wijnaldum added: “I
don’t think it is a bad result to get
a draw in Seville but the way we
gave it up I don’t think is a good
sign. We have to speak with each
other, lift each other up, put this
behind us and concentrate on
Chelsea [on Saturday].”
Meanwhile, some Liverpool
fans have alleged they were assaulted by Spanish police before
the game.
It would be an amazing story if it
were true: that Sevilla’s second-half
comeback from 3-0 down to draw
3-3 with Liverpool on Tuesday was
inspired by their coach Eduardo
Berizzo announcing at half-time that
he had prostate cancer.
The part about his illness is, sadly,
true. The club confirmed yesterday
that the Argentinian has been
diagnosed with cancer.
But after Guido Pizarro’s dramatic
equaliser, it was reported on Spanish
blogging sites that Berizzo told his
players at half-time of his illness,
with the strong suggestion that his
news provided motivation for the
players to mount a fightback against
Jürgen Klopp’s side.
The story was promptly picked up
by major media outlets – although
Mundo Deportivo couched their
stories in phrases like “it has
been reported...”.
But Sevilla’s president, Jose
Castro, yesterday revealed that the
players already knew of their coach’s
illness before Tuesday’s match.
Indeed, they had been told last
Saturday, after their home win over
Celta Vigo.
Guido Pizarro and team-mates rush to embrace Eduardo Berizzo after their injury-time draw with Liverpool GETTY
The lack of a fanciful comeback
story against Liverpool doesn’t
us on the right path and we are with
“What is really important is that
“Sevilla FC wants to show their
take anything away from the fact
him to the hilt.”
Berizzo is strong and we’re going to
full support for their coach right
that Berizzo is very ill –
Castro said yesterday
see what treatment he undertakes,
now and wishes him a speedy
and his men were clearly
that there was no
although that is a personal matter.”
recovery.” Berizzo was back at work
It was a
playing with him in mind on
question over whether
Earlier, Sevilla had issued
yesterday morning, taking
Tuesday. They all rushed to crazy game.
Berizzo, who was
a statement confirming
training with the players.
their coach after Pizarro’s
appointed
head
coach
Berizzo’s
illness
and
Meanwhile, messages of
We went into
injury-time goal.
in
the
summer
on
a
their
full
support
of
support poured in for the
the changing
After the match, an
two-year contract, would their coach.
48-year-old coach.
rooms
emotional Ever Banega
remain in his post.
The statement
Real Madrid captain
Percentage of
knowing that if He said: “I want to
said: “It was a crazy game.
read: “The
Sergio Ramos posted
possession Sevilla
we tried, then make it clear that he
We went into the changing
medical services
on
social media: “Life
held in each half,
rooms knowing that if we
of Sevilla FC report
yields hard knocks to
we could pull is our coach and that
despite going 3-0
tried, then we could pull it
we cannot imagine a
that the coach
remind us of what really
down before their
it off
off. That’s how we have to
situation in which he isn’t of the first team,
matters, everyone is with
fightback
play every game.
our coach.
Eduardo Berizzo, has
you, Berizzo.”
“We have to go out there with that
“Those at the club will do
been diagnosed with an
Sergi Gomez, who was
attitude, for the fans that always
everything we can with him. We
adenocarcinoma of the prostate.
under Berizzo at Celta Vigo, said:
back us and for the coach who has
are sure that this is something that
“The future examinations will
“You taught us to fight in a thousand
turned this around. [Berizzo] is the
will have a solution. We are going to
determine which are the steps to
battles and never give up. Now it’s
most important of all of us, he has
enjoy our coach for a long time.
follow regarding the treatment.
your turn, coach.”
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GROUP F
Guardiola happy to play anyone as Foden offers glimpse of future
By Tim Rich
In questioning a manager who has
won his last 17 matches, it was hard
to find any negatives to throw at Pep
Guardiola. Then, in the press room
of the Etihad Stadium after victory
over Feyenoord, one was unearthed.
Was it not a bad time for Manchester City to top their group, when they
might draw Real Madrid, Bayern
Munich or Juventus?
Guardiola gave a shrug and remarked that he didn’t mind playing
anyone, given City’s form. However,
statistically, it is wise to win your
group.
Of the last 28 clubs to reach a
Champions League semi-final only
three did not top their group and
that includes 2013, when two of the
semi-finalists, Real Madrid and
Borussia Dortmund, began in the
same group.
It is not a competition in which
teams tend to find form halfway through. Even Chelsea,
whose edge-of-the-cliff
route to winning the
cup in 2012 was said to
be a mixture of nerve
and luck, qualified from
Group E in first place.
Two years ago, City ended
their group stage level on points
with Bayern but with a poorer
head-to head record. In the draw
for the knockout rounds, Bayern
got Shakhtar Donetsk, who they
thrashed 7-0 in the Allianz Arena.
Just as they had the season before,
when they also finished second behind Bayern, City drew Barcelona.
City’s only significant run came
in Manuel Pellegrini’s final season
when they finished a point ahead
of Juventus in their group and
reached the semi-finals. City
drew Dynamo Kiev in the
round of 16. Juventus were
beaten by Bayern.
That was why Raheem
Sterling’s lovely late chip
on the run against a dogged
and resolute Feyenoord,
combined with Napoli’s two
second-half goals against
Shakhtar Donetsk, was
significant. Had the two
games finished goalless, as
they were at half time, it would have
opened the door to Shakhtar to finish top of Group F with a victory over
City by three clear goals in Ukraine
next month.
As it is, Guardiola can keep the
bulk of his first team back to prepare
for the Manchester derby four days
later while giving Phil Foden (left)
and Brahim Diaz their full debuts.
The sight of Foden, the star of
England’s Under-17 World Cup triumph in India, replacing Yaya Touré
The star of England’s
Under-17 World Cup win
replacing Yaya Touré
was a sight that will linger
against Feyenoord was one that
would linger.
For all the money lavished on it,
City’s academy seemed to lack a role
model at a club where so few players
are actually from Manchester. What
chance did a graduate have of firstteam football, when the manager
had unlimited resources to bring in
the world’s finest footballers?
On a rain-blown November night
in Manchester, the academy delivered its answer in the shape of a
17-year-old midfielder from Stockport, who had been part of the club
since he was eight.
Foden’s only regret was that a lack
of a phone signal in the home dressing-room meant he could not ring his
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Qarabag
Rose angered by
his derby snub
but insists there
has been no row
Sehic
Danny Rose admits he was ‘fuming’
after being omitted against Arsenal
Sadygov Rzezniczak
Medvedev
Almeida
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
Danny Rose has admitted he was left
“fuming” by Mauricio Pochettino’s
decision to exclude him from the
squad for Saturday’s north London
derby but insists there has been “no
falling-out” with his Spurs manager.
Pochettino surprisingly left Rose
at the training ground on Saturday,
telling him he still needed to “build
his fitness” as he recovered from 10
months out with a knee injury. Rose
had to do a hard session in Enfield
while his team-mates lost 2-0 at
the Emirates.
Rose believed himself fit enough
to play and was furious not to be
picked. But he was very clear that he
accepted and respected Pochettino’s
decision, and that there is no issue
between them.
“My reaction was I was fuming, I
was angry, but understanding at the
same time,” said Rose. “There’s been
no bust-up, there’s been no argument, there’s been no falling-out.
“The manager just explained that
he thought it’d be better for me to do
a hard session on Saturday, which
I did. I was angry about not being
involved in the squad but, at the same
time, I understand and I respect
his views.”
Rose’s Tottenham future has been
in doubt since he gave an explosive
newspaper interview in August criticising the club’s transfer policy and
wage structure. But he insists that,
for as long as he remains at Spurs, he
wants to win a trophy for them.
“Everyone just needs to understand that me and the manager want
the same thing for this season: we
want to win something,” he said. “So
I’m on the same page. I’m focused on
playing as many games as I can for
Tottenham,contributingtosomething
beautiful, successful this season.”
Rose has played six games for England and Spurs since coming back
from his long absence and is hoping
to compete with Ben Davies through
the busy Christmas period. That was
when he played his best football last
year before injuring his knee, which
has cost him most of 2017.
“There’s a lot of games now over
the next six weeks, and I hope I can
play a part in as many as possible,”
said Rose. “Under this manager,
we’ve always had a good late November, good December, and I hope that
continues and I hope I can be a part
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Guerrier
Agolli
Garayev
Michel
Madatov
Ndlovu
Alonso
Hazard
Willian
Rüdiger
Rodriguez
Zappacosta
Kanté
Fabregas
Luiz
Azpilicueta
Courtois
Chelsea
Subs: Qarabag Diniyev (Madatov, 45), Yunuszada
(Guerrier, 81), Sosa (Ndlovu, 85); Chelsea Cahill
(Alonso, 58), Morata (Hazard, 65), Drinkwater (Kanté,
75). Booked: Qarabag Medvedev, Rzezniczak; Chelsea
Alonso. Booked: None Sent off Sadygov
Man of the Match Willian. Rating 7/10.
Possession: Qarabag 52% Chelsea 48%.
Attempts on target: Qarabag 1 Chelsea 10.
Referee M De Sousa (Por).
Attendance 67,100.
Willian scores Chelsea’s fourth, and
his second, goal against Qarabag in
Azerbaijan last night REUTERS
Conte relief after
Willian’s double
helps seal Blues’
knockout spot
QARABAG
CHELSEA
Hazard pen 21, Willian 36 & 85
Fabregas pen 73
0
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By Matt McGeehan
AT BAKI OLIMPIYA STADIONU
Willian scored twice and was fouled
for two penalties as Chelsea cruised
into the Champions League knockout stages with an easy win over
10-man Qarabag at the Olympic Stadium in Baku.
Two spot-kicks and a first-half red
card for Qarabag captain Rashad
Sadygov helped Chelsea towards a
third win from five Group C games,
securing their qualification ahead of
December’s home clash with Atletico Madrid.
Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas
converted from the spot, while Willian marked his 200th Blues appearance with two sublime goals.
Chelsea have now reached the last
16 in 14 of their last 15 attempts. The
exception was in 2012-13 when they
became the first champions to exit
at the group stage.
Manager Antonio Conte was fum-
ing after the 3-0 loss at Roma which
left Chelsea’s Champions League
status in the balance, but he was
pleased with this response.
“This group is showing great
character,” Conte said. “From the
start we faced a lot of problems this
season. Our answer was positive,
almost always positive. For sure, the
second half against Roma was bad.
“These players show me every day
great commitment, great will, desire
to fight.”
Securing their place in the knockout stages with one match remaining
means Conte can rotate his options
against Atletico next month.
He added: “To avoid Atletico’s
game becoming decisive for us is
very important. It will be a good
chance to have another rotation with
Group C details
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my players.” Conte was reluctant to crossbar after 13 minutes. Richard
single out any one player, despite Almeida sliced the rebound wide.
Willian’s decisive performance.
Chelsea operated without a recog“I did many rotations. To see every nised striker, with Hazard, Willian
single player answer very well for me and Pedro a mobile triumvirate up
is great,” Conte added. “Willian, to front, and they got the breakthrough.
score two goals, is great for him, for
Willian got in front of Sadygov and
his confidence, is great for the team.” was clumsily felled by the Qarabag
The Blues were absent from Eu- captain. Portuguese referee Manuel
rope in winning the domestic title in De Sousa pointed to the spot and disConte’s first season, but continental missed Sadygov for denying a clear
competition has complicated life for goalscoring opportunity.
the Italian, whose side trail
Hazard was made to wait to
Premier League leaders
take the penalty, but he sent
Manchester City by
goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic
nine points ahead of
the wrong way.
Saturday’s trip to
It was game over
Liverpool.
before half time when
Willian scored twice
Conte repeated
Willian was on the end
in a Champions
his complaints
of a fine team move.
League game for
a b o u t t h e P re Fa b r e g a s ’ p a s s
Chelsea for the first
mier League fixwas
flicked by Pedro
time, in his 200th
ture schedule, which
to Willian. The Brazilappearance
means his staff have
ian found Hazard, whose
already begun preparing
return pass was with his heel,
for Anfield and were planning
and Willian made no mistake.
to continue to do so on the five-andSehic saved from Pedro and Haza-half-hour overnight flight back to ard before Alvaro Morata, on for
London.
Hazard, shot wide when he should
The Italian added: “We have to have scored.
work during the flight, to prepare
But Willian then had his shirt
the game against Liverpool. To have tugged by Gara Garayev and Chelonly one day to rest and only one day sea had a second penalty. Fabregas
to prepare this big game is not sim- converted after encroachment led to
ple, is not easy. It’s not right.
the spot-kick being retaken.
“I don’t want to make excuses, but
Sehic again saved from Morata but
this is the reality. Also, when people was then beaten by Willian with a fine
hear the complaints of the coach, shot from the edge of the area as Chelsomeone has to help us – the press, sea completed a comfortable win.
the TV, to underline this strange
situation.”
David Luiz, dropped for the wins
Atletico Madrid kept alive
their slim hopes of qualiover Manchester United and West
fying for the knockout stages,
Brom following the loss at Roma,
after goals from Antoine Griezreturned for last night’s trip but the
defence appeared shaky.
mann and Kevin Gameiro earned
Michel, the former Birmingham
them a 2-0 victory over Roma at
the Wanda Metropolitano.
midfielder, fashioned an opportunity
and struck a shot which rattled the
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RUGBY UNION
England players
decide against
donating match
fees to Samoa
Suchy
By Sam Lovett
Those who cannot learn from history
are doomed to repeat it – it is a wellknown adage that Jose Mourinho and
his men failed to heed last night.
Almost six years on from Manchester United’s ignominious 2-1
away defeat at the hands of FC Basel,
the English visitors once again found
themselves downed by their plucky
and spirited hosts at St Jakob-Park.
Such a result does not spell complete disaster for Mourinho’s side, as
it did for Sir Alex Ferguson and his
men in December of 2011. That defeat
brought to an end the club’s hopes of
Champions League glory, with United being dumped out of the competition in the group stage.
This time, a place in the knockout
stages is still within reach ahead of a
final home game against CSKA Moscow next month. But there will still
be scrutiny and questions as to why
United, who just needed a draw to
not only qualify but secure top spot,
failed to learn the lessons of their past
here and ended up empty-handed.
After a second half dominated by
the hosts, Michael Lang struck the
winner, meeting a low driven ball
across the box in the 89th minute.
United had started the night as
the better team. Mourinho had made
seven changes for the clash, with Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo both
featuring from the off, while Paul
Pogba retained his spot from the recent demolition of Newcastle.
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Serey Dié
Steffen
M Lang
Balanta
Zuffi
Petretta Elyounoussi
Oberlin
Lukaku
Martial
Pogba
Herrera
Rojo
Lingard
Fellaini
Blind
Smalling Darmian
Romero
Manchester United
Subs: Basel Fransson (Serey Dié, 80); Man United
Rashford (Lingard, 64), Matic (Pogba 66), Ibrahimovic
(Martial, 74). Booked: Basel None; Man United
Darmian.
Man of the Match Steffen. Rating 5/10.
Possession: Basel 32% Man United 68%.
Attempts on target: Basel 6 Man United 4.
Referee D Orsato (Ita).
Attendance 36,000.
It was the Frenchman who provided United with their first chance,
threading through Romelu Lukaku
on 12 minutes, only for the forward
to send his shot into the palms of the
outstretched Tomas Vaclik.
Marouane Fellaini’s turn was next.
He rose highest in the box to meet
Daley Blind’s curled delivery from
the left, only for Manuel Akanji to
make a goal-line intervention. The
Belgian enjoyed two more headed at-
tempts in front of goal, the latter of
which struck the right-hand post, but
he could not find the net.
For all their lack of possession in the first half, the Swiss
side still maintained a degree of
determination, especially in the
game’s opening stages. Backed by
their infectiously rowdy home fans,
the hosts looked menacing.
From Mohamed Elyounoussi’s
early sprint down the right to Renato
Steffen’s surging midfield charges,
Basel certainly kept United’s back
line on their toes.
But they were not without their
faults and Dimitri Oberlin – a player
United have supposedly been keeping tabs on – launched his free kick
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Niasse is first to be
banned for diving
Everton striker Oumar Niasse
will serve a two-match ban after
an FA panel found him guilty of
diving to win a penalty against
Crystal Palace. Everton caretaker
boss David Unsworth said: “It’s a
dangerous precedent that could be
set if decisions are given against you
which are debatable.” Niasse is the
first Premier League player banned
under a law that came into force at
this season.
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into the crowd behind the goal minutes before the break, summing up
his side’s half in microcosm.
The visitors had the final say before the interval as Rojo’s driven shot
deflected off Marek Suchy’s head and
onto the woodwork, and Mourinho
Wolves go four points clear at top
Wolves opened up a four point gap
at the top of the Championship
after a 4-1 win over 10-man
Leeds at Molineux.
The home side
were in complete
control at half-time,
thanks to goals from
Barry Douglas and
Ivan Cavaleiro.
Ezgjan Alioski’s fierce
finish pulled Leeds back
into the match just after the
break but any momentum was lost
when Ronaldo Vieira was given a
second yellow. Diogo Jota (left) and
Helder Costa sealed the points
for Wolves.
Middlesbrough lifted
themselves into a play-off
spot after two Britt
Assombalonga goals saw
them beat struggling
Birmingham 2-0.
An injury-time header
from Atdhe Nuhiu saw
Sheffield Wednesday grab a 2-2
draw at Ipswich Town.
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GROUP B
Mohamed Elyounoussi attempts to
burst between Manchester United
duo Daley Blind and Paul Pogba as
Basel push for a winner GETTY
Neymar makes Celtic pay
for Dembélé’s flying start
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Neymar 8, 22; Cavani 28, 79; Mbappé
35, Verratti 75, Alves 80
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Dembélé 2
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PSG
Bayern Mun
Celtic
Anderlecht
By Stephen Halliday
AT PARC DES PRINCES
reflected after the match that his side
should have been 5-0 up at half time.
But it was a very different story in
the second period as Basel took the
game to their visitors. Having failed
to capitalise on their earlier chances, United were made to sweat, and
eventually pay, after the restart.
A probing Steffen delivery from
the right, a venomous, long-range
Geoffroy Serey Die strike, a Lang
header onto the upright – Basel’s
chances came thick and fast.
At the heart of this resurgence
was Steffen, a bundling mass of
energy whose determination and
trickery provided Basel with the
majority of their chances. He came
particularly close in the 63rd minute,
narrowly missing the far post with a
powerful effort.
Sensing danger, Mourinho threw
on the big guns. Marcus Rashford,
Nemanja Matic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were all introduced. But it was
Basel who grabbed the spoils, with
Lang landing the hammer blow with
just one minute of the 90 left.
DOPING
RUGBY LEAGUE
Yarnold ‘happy’ at
latest Russian bans
Lizzy Yarnold has welcomed the
news that four Russian skeleton
sliders have been banned for doping
at the 2014 Winter Olympics in
Sochi. The International Olympic
Committee has stripped Aleksandr
Tretyakov and Elena Nikitina of their
respective gold and bronze medals
and imposed sanctions on Maria
Orlova and Olga Potylitsina. Sochi
skeleton gold medalist Yarnold said:
“We should be happy that the antidoping fight has gathered pace.”
CSKA Moscow ensured
the race for qualification
would go to the final game as they
beat Benfica 2-0 to sit level with
Basel in second. Georgy Schennikov’s strike and a Jardel own
goal handed CSKA the win.
In the City of Light, Celtic were
again confronted by the gloomy reality of the chasm in quality which
separates them from the new elite
of European football.
The Scottish champions were
mercilessly filleted for the second
time by a magnificent Paris SaintGermain side, who followed up their
5-0 win in Glasgow earlier this season with an even more compelling
and deadly display on their own
patch.
Inspired by the brilliance of Neymar, whose double took his tally
against Celtic to seven goals in five
matches, PSG responded in scintillating fashion to the shock concession of a second-minute goal to
Moussa Dembélé.
Dembélé’s goal may have given
the 2,000-strong Celtic support a
moment to cherish but it simply had
the effect of stirring up a hornets’
nest as PSG swarmed relentlessly
over the visitors in a breathlessly
captivating first half.
Just as they did in Glasgow, PSG’s
£400million front three of Neymar,
Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappé
all scored before half-time. Celtic
simply had no answer and by the
end of the evening were fortunate
to ship only seven goals.
The Europa League still beckons,
however, if they can hold off Anderlecht in the final match of this campaign on 5 December to secure third
place in Group B.
Most consolation goals are scored
in the dying embers of a match but
Celtic’s crumb of comfort here came
with less than 120 seconds on the
clock. They were gifted a corner and
took full advantage. Olivier Ntcham
took the corner from the right, picking out the unmarked Dembélé on
the edge of the penalty area. The
striker’s right-foot shot was hit with
decent power.
Celtic, buoyed their early success,
Bennett is open to coaching Kiwis
England head coach Wayne Bennett
has not ruled out returning
to help New Zealand
following their World
Cup nightmare.
The 67-year-old
Australian (right)
was right-hand
man to Stephen
Kearney at the 2008
World Cup when he
played a key role in the
Kiwis’ shock triumph over
Australia. New Zealand missed
out on these World Cup semi-finals
after home defeats by Tonga and Fiji
and Kearney’s successor David
Kidwell is unlikely to be in place
for next year’s tour to England.
Bennett, whose England
contract is up at the end of
the tournament, was asked
if he would be prepared to
assist the Kiwis again. He
replied: “Yeah, who knows? I
enjoyed my time with the Kiwis. It
was a great experience.”
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Neymar celebrates after scoring his
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Paris Saint-Germain
Areola
Dani Marquinhos Silva
Alves
Kurzawa
Rabiot
Draxler
Mbappé Cavani
Neymar
Verratti
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Celtic
Subs: PSG Patore (Draxler, 67) Di Maria (Mbappé, 76),
Lo Celso (Verratti, 76); Celtic Bitton (Lustig, 13) Eboué
(Ntcham, 69), Griffiths (Dembélé, 77). Booked: PSG
None; Celtic Bitton, Simunovic.
Man of the Match Cavani. Rating 8/10.
Possession: PSG 61% Celtic 39%.
Attempts on target: PSG 10 Celtic 1.
Referee T Sidiropoulos (Gre).
Attendance 46,288.
FORMULA ONE
Kubica faces a final
audition at Williams
Robert Kubica will be given one final
chance to stake his claim for a seat
at Williams next year after it was
confirmed he will test for the team
following this weekend’s final race
of the season in Abu Dhabi. Kubica,
the 32-year old Polish driver who has
not competed in a Formula One race
for seven years after a harrowing
rally crash in 2011, will take part in a
two-day tyre test. Williams’ Felipe
Massa will retire from the sport
after the race in Abu Dhabi.
knocked the ball around with composure and confidence.
But it did not take long for PSG to
find their rhythm and in the ninth
minute Adrien Rabiot pounced on
a loose pass from Scott Brown. He
found Neymar on the left of the penalty area from where he guided a low
shot across Craig Gordon into the
opposite corner of the net.
In the 22nd minute Neymar combined sublimely with Marco Verratti
to fire another unerring left-foot
finish beyond Gordon. Six minutes
later Neymar nodded the ball back
across the six-yard box to provide
Cavani with a close range finish.
In the 35th minute Jozo Simunovic
was booked for a foul on Mbappé,
conceding the free-kick which led
to PSG’s fourth goal. Celtic were
unable to clear Julian Draxler’s set
piece and Marquinhos knocked the
ball into the path of the unmarked
Mbappé, whose right-foot shot went
through Gordon’s hands.
Any hopes Celtic would get off
more lightly in the second half were
dashed by the late blitz of goals.
The closing quarter of an hour
was torturous for Celtic. Verratti
drilled home a right-foot shot to
make it 5-1 in the 75th minute. Four
minutes later, number six arrived
when Cavani latched onto Layvin
Kurzawa’s cross and beat Gordon
via the inside of his right-hand post.
A minute after that Dani Alves completed Celtic’s misery.
Corentin Tolisso did
Celtic a favour by scoring
Bayern Munich’s winner in a 2-1
victory over Anderlecht. Sofiane
Hanni equalised for Anderlecht
after Robert Lewandowski’s
51st-minute opening goal.
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Day 1
To Roses
Meet your Tour Manager and the rest of your group at
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and then on to Roses. Check into your hotel upon arrival.
Day 2
Girona
Discover beautiful Girona today, a historical medieval
city of Iberian charm. Your time here is at leisure. Why
not venture into the fascinating Jewish Quarter, an
ancient web of alleys and streets full of elegant old
religious buildings?
Day 3
The Yellow Train of the Pyrenees
Cross over to France today as you travel to the walled
city of Thuir. From here, continue to the village of
Villefranche for your journey on the splendid Yellow
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from the wonderful green hills in its delightful coat of
yellow paint, as it crosses bridges and mountains on a
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Enjoy a day at leisure soaking in the wonderful views of
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The Núria Valley Railway
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peaceful hidden valley, inaccessible by car.
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the Pyrenees. Like its sister train, the Yellow Train, the
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in jolly reds and whites. Enjoy the magnificent natural
beauty of the Pyrenees as well as the tranquil villages
and historical stations.
Day 7
Figueres and the Dalí Foundation
Pay a visit to the town of Figueres today, the birth
town of famous Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí. Here,
venture into the superb Dalí Foundation, a museum and
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3 Sep 18
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£995
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MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
To celebrate the release of the new movie Murder on the Orient Express, Rail Discoveries are offering
you the chance to win a holiday for 2 on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. To be entered into the
prize draw all you have to do is request our latest brochure.#
Book with 100% confidence, flight-inclusive holidays are ATOL protected, non flight-inclusive holidays are protected by ABTA. Dates and prices are subject to availability. Prices shown are per person, based on 2 people
sharing. Prices may change prior to and after publication. Itinerary may differ depending on the departure date you choose. †The balance of the deposit, (which is the difference between the full deposit payable and
the low deposit amount already paid by you), is payable by the date notified to you as well as in the event of cancellation (in which case you may also be liable for additional cancellation and administration charges as
stipulated in our booking conditions). Terms and conditions apply. Please call for further details. #This prize draw is open to participants who request a brochure between 01.09.17 and 30.11.2017. The prize is for the
winner (+1 friend or family member) to receive a complimentary holiday on our 2018 Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSJ18) group tour. The prize is the standard tour (based on
2 people sharing), any upgrades and supplements are not included. This competition is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and ROI, aged 18 and over, one
entry per household. By submitting your details and requesting a brochure you are acknowledging you have read and accepted our Terms and Conditions. This competition is run by
Great Rail Journeys Ltd, of Saviour House, 9 St Saviourgate, York, YO1 8NL. Full T&C’s are available online or on request. Calls will be recorded.
• Visits to Girona, Figueres and
the Salvador Dalí Foundation
Call us now to book or
request a brochure
01904 730332
www.raildiscoveries.com
Our tour advisors are
here 7 days a week
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