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The fight for defence India jail ordeal over Davis cover-up row
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TUESDAY
28
NOVEMBER
Quote of the day
If you can’t get rid of the
skeleton in your closet,
you’d best teach it to dance
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
NATIONAL ARCHIVES
Four-day shopping
frenzy to hit £7.8bn
Yesterday’s retail frenzy looked set
to rival Black Friday as the UK’s
biggest shopping day – with about
21.5 million people looking online
for bargains. Experts predicted that
consumers could spend £7.8bn over
the four-day period including Cyber
Monday, up 7 per cent on last year.
HEALTH
CRIME
Scarlet fever makes
unwelcome return
Man in custody after Amis was spied on
dog thrown off tower for two decades
‘Cotton buds should
not be used in ears’
HEALTH
Cases of scarlet fever reached a
50-year high last year, with 620
outbreaks involving 19,206 cases.
Instances of the disease, which
causes a high fever and bright red
rash and is common in children, had
previously tripled between 2013 and
2014. The disease is also on the rise
in Northern Ireland. PAGE 13
A 19-year-old man has been
arrested on suspicion of animal
cruelty after a dog was reportedly
thrown from a high-rise balcony.
The Staffordshire bull terrier was
found at the foot of an 18-storey
block of flats by officers in Oldbury.
West Midlands Police said a man
was being questioned yesterday.
People should not use cotton buds
to clean their ears. In a new draft
guideline, the National Institute for
Health and Care Excellence said
cotton buds could damage the ear
canal and ear drum, and push wax
further down into the ear. Doctors
should use an electronic irrigator to
remove any build-up of wax.
Kingsley Amis was monitored
by MI5 for more than two decades
after the novelist joined the
Communist Party. The release of
the writer’s security service file
shows that Amis was identified as
a “very promising” Communist
Party recruit while at Oxford
University. PAGE 19
PEOPLE
FINANCE
POLITICS
PANAMA
Toksvig wants less
testosterone on TV
Banks ‘won’t lend to
welfare claimants’
Space tourism
gets £50m boost
Hotel owners want
to dump Trump ties
The QI presenter Sandi Toksvig has
called for more women on TV panel
shows to balance out “testosteronefuelled jokes”. Toksvig, who replaced
host Stephen Fry on the comedy
quiz show, and also became a host of
The Great British Bake Off this year,
told Radio Times: “We do need to
encourage more women.”
Some banks have been told not
to lend money to anyone claiming
universal credit, an SNP MP has
claimed. Philippa Whitford added
that claimants looking for loans
could be driven “into the hands of
payday lenders and loan sharks” if
they could not get the funds from
other sources.
Plans to launch satellites and
tourists into space from the UK
have received a £50m boost from
the Government. The money, part of
the Industrial Strategy announced
by Business Secretary Greg Clark,
will help to fund the technology
and infrastructure needed to make
British spaceports a reality.
Owners of the Trump International
Hotel in Panama are working to strip
President Donald Trump’s name
from the 70-storey building and sack
the hotel management company.
The property paid at least $32m
to associate with Mr Trump. The
tower on Panama’s waterfront has
struggled to attract customers.
Birthdays
Karen Gillan (below),
actress, 30; Sian
Williams, newsreader,
53; Armando Iannucci,
satirist, 54; Martin
Clunes, actor, 56; Lord
Darling of Roulanish,
politician, 64
Anniversaries
Monday 28 Nov 1994
For the second time in
its history, Norway voted
to reject membership of
the European Union. The
referendum result was a
blow for Prime Minister
Gro Harlem Brundtland,
who had made Norwegian
membership of the EU her
main political goal for the
previous four years.
EMPLOYMENT
The List
Cost of Christmas
dinner staples
Full-time gender pay gap per hour
Women
earn more
than men
2017
1 Lidl £25.53
2 Aldi £25.68
3 Iceland £28.12
4 Tesco £28.48
5 Asda £31.17
6 Co-op £33.48
7 Morrisons £36.23
8 Sainsbury’s £36.59
9 M&S £38.43
10 Waitrose £41.47
-5%
0
5%
10%
15%
index
Private sector
SOURCE: ONS
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
Part-time
N. IRELAND
N. IRELAND
WALES
LONDON
SCOTLAND
WALES
NORTH WEST
WEST MIDLANDS
NORTH EAST
SCOTLAND
YORKSHIRE
EAST
ENGLAND
NORTH WEST
EAST
EAST MIDLANDS
SOUTH WEST
ENGLAND
WEST MIDLANDS
YORKSHIRE
SOUTH EAST
SOUTH WEST
EAST MIDLANDS
NORTH EAST
LONDON
SOUTH EAST
20%
2017
Women
earn more
than men
-10%
Full-time gender pay gap by sector
Public sector
1997
Regions and countries ranked best to
worst for 2017 gender pay gap
Women earn less
than men
With the festive season upon us,
many people will be planning
their Christmas menus. Good
Housekeeping magazine has
tracked the price of 11 Christmas
dinner staples sold at 10
supermarkets. Here’s how much
the publication says you can
expect to pay at the retailers to
feed a group of eight:
Subscribe to i at
i-subscription.co.uk
Crossword.............20
TV & Radio...........28
The 10 Best...........34
Business.................40
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
Part-time workers in the private sector have seen the gender pay
gap reverse over the past 20 years, with women out-earning men
by 2.6 per cent. Yet in the public sector, men working part-time
earn 22.3 per cent more than women.
Pay battle
of the sexes
2017
1997
13.5%
13.1%
15.9%
Part-time gender pay gap by sector
Private sector
0
5
2017
10
1997
6.1%
Public sector
23.8%
-5%
1997
Women
earn less
than men
22.3%
2.2%
-2.6%
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NEWS
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CHINA
BETTE NASH,
FLIGHT ATTENDANT
Boys hid under bus
on trip to find parents
Two Chinese boys who travelled
50 miles in the undercarriage of a
bus have sparked an online outcry
about the welfare of the country’s
“left-behind” children. The children,
from a poor village in southern
Guangxi province, had been trying
to reach their parents, who work in
neighbouring Guangdong province.
ZIMBABWE
Mugabe’s birthday to
be national holiday
Zimbabwe has officially declared
21 February to be Robert Gabriel
Mugabe National Youth Day,
thereby making the former
president’s birthday a public holiday.
Most Zimbabweans were delighted
when Mr Mugabe resigned 21
November after nearly four
decades in power. PAGE 23
ISRAEL
Uber lasts less than
month in Tel Aviv
Cabin crew, prepare for take off.
Bette Nash is celebrating 60 years
in the aviation industry. When the
veteran stewardess marked 50 years
in the job, she expressed doubt that
she would still be taking to the skies
a decade later – but Ms Nash, an
American, still isn’t ready to throw in
the hot towel.
How old was she when she embarked
on her career?
Ms Nash, who grew up near
Atlantic City in New Jersey, was
21 when her sense of adventure
led her to leave her job as a legal
secretary and try something with
a touch of glamour.
You mean cramped seats, gloopy
in-flight meals and recycled air?
Back in her heyday, Ms Nash would
serve lobster and carved meats to
her passengers.
How have things changed?
“In the old days, we saw a lot of
mink coats,” The Washington Post
quoted Ms Nash as saying, as she
reflected on the changes she has
observed.“Today, we see a lot of
flip-flops.”
I expect she’s encountered all manner
of situations over the years…
Once, the aircraft on which she was
working experienced such violent
turbulence that a toilet separated
from the floor. On another occasion,
when she was travelling from
Washington to Miami, Ms Nash
endured nine stops from start to
finish. And she is unlikely to forget
the moment when the garter belt
which she wore as part of her uniform
snapped mid-flight.
How long will she go on for?
There is no mandatory retirement
age for flight attendants. Remarking
on the prospect of continuing for
another 10 years, Ms Nash said, “Oh
God, I hope not,” before adding, “You
never know.”
Katie Grant
A court has ordered Uber to stop its
ride-sharing operations in Israel less
than a month after the service was
launched in Tel Aviv. A taxi driver
union and a rival firm petitioned Tel
Aviv district court, claiming Uber
violated an Israeli law forbidding
drivers without taxi licences from
levying fares on passengers.
UNITED STATES
Two charged after
girl, 3, shoots herself
A grandmother and father have
been charged with endangering
the welfare of a child after a threeyear-old girl shot herself in the leg.
The grandmother, 64, was charged
with tampering with evidence after
police claimed that she attempted
to hide the weapon, belonging to the
father, in Philadelphia.
i TUESDAY
28 NOVEMBER 2017
3
Letter from the
Business Editor
Elizabeth Anderson
i@inews.co.uk
Harry and Meghan
aren’t the only ones
I got engaged at the weekend – to
the delight of myself, my partner
and all of our family and friends.
I’m pleased I told everyone
quickly, as by yesterday morning
my news had been upstaged by
the announcement of a royal
wedding. One friend joked
that surely my news was the
announcement the world had
been waiting for, while another
said they hoped I could arrange
for a national bank holiday.
I wish Harry and Meghan
well and hope they have already
started the preparations for their
spring wedding. I have been told
a summer wedding is ambitious.
The scale of organisation involved
in wedding planning is daunting,
and the price tag even more
alarming. An i reader told me he
paid £1 for his wedding licence
45 years ago. If only it were still
so cheap.
One of the first questions a
newly engaged couple is asked is
how the proposal came about.
Prince Harry said his had been
a “romantic proposal”, and that
he got down on one knee while
cooking dinner. My own was
understated, but I hope just as
romantic in its own way.
My partner, Tom, proposed as he
sat next to me on the sofa after
asking me to put my cup of tea
down for a moment.
The ring is also an object of
fascination. Mine, an emerald
with a diamond either side, was
given to Tom by his 97-year-old
grandmother. She had been given
it by her husband in the 1940s
when he returned from the war.
Prince Harry chose two
diamonds from his mother’s
collection. It’s lovely to be given a
ring that has family history.
Meghan aptly summed up the
feeling of every newly engaged
couple by saying: “I’m so happy.”
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NEWS
POLITICS
Charles
II in his
pomp
at the
Palace
I’ll fight for more
money for the
military, vows
Williamson
A portrait of Charles
II was installed
yesterday ahead of an
exhibition, ‘Charles II:
Art & Power’, opening
at the Queen’s Gallery
at Buckingham Palace
on 8 December. It
features more than
220 works from the
Royal Collection, by
artists such as Titian,
Michelangelo and
Leonardo da Vinci, as
well as examples of
silver gilt. PA
By Nigel Morris
pointed after Sir Michael Fallon’s
resignation, inherited a department believed to be up to £20bn in
The new Defence Secretary has the red.
Its budget is being scrutinised as
signalled he is ready to fight for
more money for the armed forces part of a national security review.
to prevent cuts to numbers and
He told MPs that he regarded
equipment.
the Government’s commitment to
Gavin Williamson extended an spend two per cent of gross domesolive branch to Tory MPs threat- tic product (GDP) on defence as a
ening revolt if the Treasury orders minimum figure.
The Tory MP James Gray warned
deep savings to tackle the black
hole in the Ministry of Defence him the Government faced a “very
substantial rebellion” if there was a
(MoD) coffers.
In his first appearance at the further squeeze on the MoD budget.
He urged Mr Williamson to enCommons dispatch box, he made
clear that he wanted his budget to sure Chancellor Philip Hammond
“digs deep in his pockets”.
be increased.
Julian Lewis, the chairman of the
Mr Williamson, who was apDefence Select Committee, said:
“When he does speak to the ChanCuts Services suffer
cellor, will he take the opportunity
of reminding him that in the Cold
Army The Conservatives promised
War years we spent 5 per cent of
in 2015 not to reduce manpower
GDP on defence.
below 82,000, but the latest figures
“Now we spend barely 2 per cent
show the number stands at 77,440.
of GDP on defence, and perhaps a
Navy Two mine-hunting
target nearer to 3 per cent
vessels have been
might prevent our armed
scrapped instead of
forces being further holbeing upgraded,
lowed out?”
Mr Williamson reand the number
of frigates is
plied: “I’ve always
Army’s current
being reduced
seen
2 per cent as a
trained full-time
amid reports that
base as against a ceilmanpower – the
surplus vessels
ing, and I will certainly
Conservatives
could be sold.
be taking on board his
promised at least
Marine numbers
thoughts
and comments
82,000
could be cut.
going forward.”
RAF Plans to buy F35
He added: “I have regular
warplanes could be scaled back,
meetings with the Chancellor. I am
with cuts imposed on air crew.
yet to have a formal meeting with
Britain has already scrapped
the Chancellor, but I am very much
Harrier jump jets and Nimrod
looking forward to doing so to dismaritime patrol aircraft.
cuss our shared future.”
POLITICAL EDITOR
77,440
HEALTH
Obesity could trigger rise in heart attacks
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
The UK has some of the highest levels
of obesity in Europe meaning deaths
from heart attacks and strokes could
soon rise, experts have warned.
Dietary “indiscretions” and physical inactivity are driving the rising
tide of obesity and diabetes in highincome countries, which in turn could
lead to increases in the number of
deaths from cardiovascular diseases,
researchers said.
A new paper examining cardiovascular disease across Europe
states that declines in cardiovascular deaths over the last 50 years are
being “threatened”. The study, published in the European Heart Journal,
saw experts examine cardiovascular
disease across member countries of
the European Society of Cardiology,
as well as some other countries.
The researchers found that the
UK is lagging behind many lowerincome countries in some aspects of
heart disease prevention. It now has
the highest prevalence of adult
obesity in males, with 26.9 per cent
of adult men classed as obese, compared to an average of 21.4 per cent
among 47 countries.
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i TUESDAY
28 NOVEMBER 2017
5
INDIA
Families overjoyed at Chennai Six acquittal
By Graeme Murray
Families of the British men held in an
Indian jail on weapons charges for
four years have spoken of their relief
and said their “dreams had come
true” after all six were acquitted.
The men, known as the Chennai
Six, were first jailed in October 2013
while working as security guards
on a ship to combat piracy in the
Indian Ocean.
The family of Nick Dunn, from
Ashington, Northumberland, gathered together as they awaited news
from the court in India.
On hearing the men had been
cleared, his sister Lisa said: “The
longer it went on, as much as you
still have an element of hope, it does
dwindle after so many setbacks.
“But that hasn’t happened today
and we’ve had the best news ever. It
The Chennai Six are to be released from jail in India. From top left: Nick
Simpson, John Armstrong, Billy Irving, Ray Tindall, Paul Towers, Nick Dunn
will make all of our Christmases, all
of our dreams have come true.”
Mr Dunn’s father, Jim, said: “Absolutely fantastic, the best news in the
world. We haven’t been a full family
for a long time now. Nick won’t fully
realise it’s over until his feet touch
down in Newcastle.”
Customs officials initially boarded the vessel and were said to have
found 35 guns and almost 6,000
rounds of ammunition.
Charges against the British men
were dropped but they were forced
to remain in India while prosecutors
pursued an appeal.
The judge ordered the six men to
be released “forthwith” and their
passports returned to them “unless
their detention is required in connection with other cases”, The Times
of India reported.
The men were Billy Irving, 37, from
Argyll and Bute; Mr Dunn, 31; John
Armstrong, 30, of Wigton, Cumbria;
Nicholas Simpson, 47, of Catterick,
North Yorkshire; Ray Tindall, 42,
of Chester; and Paul Towers, 54, of
Pocklington, East Yorkshire.
Yvonne McHugh, partner of Billy
Irving, said she was “over the moon”
the men had been acquitted. She
added: “We are just waiting to hear
how soon they’ll be home.
“That’s the biggest hurdle we
faced and all of them have been
acquitted.”
Ms McHugh said she had been unable to speak to Mr Irving as he was
not yet out of prison. “We just want
them home as soon as possible.
“I’m absolutely ecstatic and feel
proud we’ve managed to do this after
four years.”
A post on “The Chennai
6” Facebook page said
families were “understandably
delighted” at the news. They are
now waiting to hear when they
will be allowed home from India
to their families.
TELEVISION
Wood’s the
star as BBC
unveils
Christmas
line-up
Victoria Wood (left) is honoured in a Christmas special; Brendan O’Carroll
returns with a brace of ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ PAUL STUART; ALAN PEEBLES
The late comedian Victoria Wood
will be honoured in a special
BBC Christmas programme
remembering her finest and
funniest festive moments.
Our Friend Victoria: Christmas
Special will air on BBC1, fronted
by the actress Anne Reid, a longtime collaborator of the comedian,
who died last year aged 62 .
The show includes footage
of some of Wood’s ironic antiChristmas stand-up, while guests
Dame Julie Walters and Daniel
Rigby remember how much the
star loved the holidays in real life.
Ann Widdecombe will also look
back at the musical sketch Wood
recorded about her.
The BBC’s Christmas line-up
also includes the return of Mrs
Brown’s Boys to BBC1 with two
new specials.
New comedy is a
major feature of the
Christmas schedules,
which no longer
features the Agatha
Christie adaptation,
Ordeal by Innocence.
The drama was
pulled after its star
Ed Westwick faced rape
and sexual assault claims,
which he denies.
Alan Partridge (inset) bounces
back at the BBC, with the Steve
Coogan character fronting a
new special Why, When, Where,
How and Whom? It marks 25
years since the spoof sports
PROPERTY
EDUCATION
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Home prices in popular city
districts outpace London
By Katie Grant
Popular postcodes in Birmingham,
Glasgow and Bradford have overtaken those in London in the annual rate
of house price growth, figures show.
Research published today identifies postcodes from the 20 UK cities
that saw the fastest house price
growth in the 12 months to July 2017.
Property prices in Ladywood in
Birmingham (B16), shot up to £171,121
on average, an increase of 17 per cent,
according to the postcode property
index, compile by Barclays. On the
whole, property prices across the city
increased by 5 per cent in that time.
In both Edinburgh’s EH2 (Holyrood) and Glasgow’s G3 (Finnieston),
prices soared by 14 per cent on av-
erage, while those in Manchester’s
M11 (Open Shaw) and Central Hull
(HU1) rose by 13 per cent. Properties in Barkerend, Bradford (BD3),
increased in value by 11 per cent.
By contrast, properties in the fastest growing market in London – E5
(Clapton) – increased in value by a
modest 5 per cent.
Adamsdown (CF24) is home to
Cardiff ’s fastest-growing house
prices, which have risen by 4 per cent
(£7,000), and in East Belfast (BT5)
properties have increased in value by
7 per cent (£8,000).
reporter earned his own radio
chat show. Coogan is joined
by Armando Iannucci for the
programme which includes
“unseen outtakes” and
archive footage.
The League of
Gentlemen also return
to BBC2 at Christmas
with three brand new
episodes to celebrate
the group’s twentieth
anniversary at the BBC.
French and Saunders
reunite for a 30th anniversary
clip show on BBC1 which also
features some new material.
Peter Capaldi’s regeneration
into the first female Doctor
Who, played by Jodie Whittaker,
promises to bring BBC1 bumper
Christmas Day ratings.
Action against coursework cheats
By Alison Kershaw
Coursework is to be removed from
final GCSE computer science
grades due to concerns about widespread cheating.
Tasks due to be completed as
part of the course have been posted
online, as well as detailed solutions
in many cases, according to England’s exams watchdog, which said
that some posts have been viewed
thousands of times. If action is not
taken, there is a risk that next summer’s GCSE computer science results will not “fairly reflect” every
student’s abilities, Ofqual warned.
It has announced plans to deal
with the issue, including proposing
that students should be required to
complete the work, but it will not
contribute to their overall grade.
Coursework is currently worth
20 per cent of students’ final mark.
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NEWS
ROYAL ENGAGEMENT
COVER STORY
It was love at first sight: Prince Harry
By Padraic Flanagan
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ended months of speculation
yesterday by announcing they will
get married next spring, with the
royal admitting it had been love at
first sight.
As congratulations flooded in
for the couple, Prince Harry, 33, revealed he knew he wanted to marry
the 36-year-old American actress
from the “first time we met” on a
blind date set up by a mutual friend.
In a television interview following the announcement, the Prince
revealed he had proposed while the
couple were roasting a chicken at his
home in the grounds of Kensington
Palace, west London.
Ms Markle said it was “an amazing surprise, it was so sweet and
natural and very romantic. He got
on one knee.” Her fiancé continued:
“She didn’t even let me finish, she
said, ‘Can I say yes? Can I say yes?’
and then there were hugs and I had
the ring in my finger and I was like
‘Can I, can I give you the ring?’ She
goes, ‘Oh yes, the ring’.”
Harry said his fiancée and his
mother, Diana, Princess of Wales –
whose personal jewellery collection
provided two diamonds for the engagement ring – would have been
“best friends”.
“Oh, they’d be thick as thieves,
without question. I think she would
be over the moon, jumping up and
down, you know so excited for me,
but then, as I said, would have probably been best friends – best friends
with Meghan,” he said.
“So no it’s, you know it is days like,
days like today when… when I really
miss having her around and miss
being able to share the happy news.
But you know with the ring and with
everything else that’s going on I’m
sure she’s…”
Ms Markle then intervened to say:
“She’s with us.”
Clarence House announced the
engagement on behalf of Harry’s
father, Prince Charles. The couple
will live in Nottingham Cottage in
Kensington Palace, Harry’s home
where Ms Markle has been a frequent visitor.
The Queen, Prince Philip, the
Prime Minister, Theresa May, and
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader,
were among prominent figures who
offered their congratulations.
The couple’s engagement is certain to prompt a media frenzy that
is likely to further test Harry’s relationship with the press.
But Ms Markle’s background Catholic with an African-American
mother and a white father – was applauded on social media, with many
welcoming the prospect of mixedrace children in the Royal Family.
Ms Markle’s parents Thomas
Markle, a lighting director, and
Doria Ragland, a social worker and
yoga instructor, said in a statement:
“We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry. Our daughter has
always been a kind and loving person. To see her union with Harry,
who shares the same qualities, is a
source of great joy for us as parents.
We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their
future together.”
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, page 18
The happy couple in
the Sunken Garden
at Kensington Palace
yesterday DANIEL
LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/GETTY
In the stars Prince knew
Prince Harry fell in love with
Meghan Markle so quickly it was
proof “the stars were aligned”, he said.
He declared himself to be “thrilled”
and “over the moon” to be engaged to
her, adding: “Very glad it’s not raining
as well.”
Making their first appearance in
public since the announcement of
their engagement, the couple posed
for photographs and spoke briefly
to media in the Sunken Garden
REACTION
Family and world leaders
send their congratulations
By Tony Jones
News of Prince Harry’s engagement
brought a torrent of congratulations
from his family, as well as politicians
and celebrities.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh
said they were “delighted” for their
grandson and his bride-to-be, and
“wish them every happiness”.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said: “We are very excited
for Harry and Meghan. It has been
wonderful getting to know Meghan
and to see how happy she and Harry
are together.”
Prince Charles said the news
was “very good”, before adding:
“Thrilled for them both. They’ll be
very happy indeed.”
Ms Markle’s parents, Thomas
Markle and Doria Ragland, said in a
statement that their daughter was
a “kind and loving person” and they
were “incredibly happy”.
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Life in limelight will
offer a headstart in
way of the Windsors
By Adam Sherwin
Markle’s sparkler
she was ‘the one’
at Kensington Palace in London.
Harry, dressed in a blue suit and
dark tie for the open-air photocall,
revealed of Ms Markle: “When did I
know she was the one? Very first time
we met.”
A beaming Ms Markle, in a white
belted Line the Label coat and dress
by Parosh, said she was “so very
happy, thank you” to be engaged
to Harry. She clutched his hand
with both of her hands as they
fered her “very warmest congratulations”, wishing the couple “great
happiness for the future”, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “I
wish them well, I hope they have
a great time and great fun
together, and having met
Harry a couple of times
I’m sure they’re going to
have great deal of fun.”
The Most Rev Justin
Welby, the Archbishop
of Canterbury, who is expected to perform the ceremony, said he was “absolutely
delighted” to hear the news.
The Israeli President, Reuven Rivlin, was the first world leader to pub-
posed briefly, smiling and giggling
throughout their appearance in the
chill November air.
The pair waved as they walked
away from the cameras arm in arm.
The sunken garden is the site of
the memorial garden created in
memory of Harry’s late mother,
Diana, Princess of Wales, to mark
the 20th anniversary of her death
this year. It was one of the Princess’s
favourite parts of the palace grounds.
Foster’s heir out of place
DUP leader, Arlene Foster, caused a
bit of a stir on social media when
she mistakenly congratulated
Prince William instead of
Prince Harry on the news
of his engagement to girlfriend Meghan Markle.
The Fermanagh and South
Tyrone MLA (left) also
misspelled Ms Markle’s first
name in the tweet. Mrs Foster
tweeted: “Congratulations to
HRH Prince William on his engagement to Megan Markle. Wonderful
news this morning.”
licly send his congratulations – going
as far as to invite the happy couple to
honeymoon in Israel.
“The marriage represents a firstever blending of Hollywood glamour
with the once-stuffy Royal Family,
which has of late seemed less fixed
in its ways,” wrote The Washington
Post, while The Wall Street Journal
said the future wedding was “setting
the stage for a traditional display of
pomp that shows just how much the
monarchy has actually changed”.
The New York Daily News ran a gallery of 27 photographs to mark the
engagement, and said Ms Markle is
“more red, white and blue than your
average blue-blood”.
She is American, divorced,
an actress who champions
humanitarian causes – and
the first mixed-race person
in modern history to marry a
senior British royal. “The Firm”
will never be quite the same
again after welcoming Meghan
Markle into the fold.
A career in the limelight,
negotiating red carpet
appearances and television
interviews has given Ms
Markle, who played Rachel
Zane in US TV drama Suits,
valuable experience of the media
intrusion that accompanies life
as a Windsor.
Raised by her AfricanAmerican social worker mother,
Doria Raglan, Ms Markle, 36,
is known for her intelligence,
as well as her commitment to
gender equality.
The View Park-Windsor
Hills neighbourhood of Los
Angeles, where Meghan grew
up, is a wealthy, largely AfricanAmerican community but it was
close enough to the Crenshaw
district, which had trouble with
gangs, for the future Duchess to
absorb the impact of poverty on
those less fortunate.
Her father Thomas W Markle,
a lighting director on shows
including the sitcom Married
With Children, parked the young
Meghan on television sets, where
she caught the acting bug.
Ms Markle graduated
from Illinois’s Northwestern
University in 2003 with a degree
Meghan Markle and her mother
Doria Raglan GETTY
in communications, just as her
acting career was beginning.
Her screen credits included
episodes of 90210, Fringe and
CSI: Miami, but it wasn’t until
Suits, where Ms Markle played
an ambitious paralegal, that she
found a breakthrough role.
As Suits soared, her marriage
to film producer Trevor
Engelson crumbled and the pair
divorced in 2013.
An encounter with Prince
Harry in London, engineered
by mutual friends last July,
launched the Toronto-based
actress into a media frenzy when
the couple’s burgeoning romance
was revealed months later.
Penny Junor, author of Prince
Harry: Brother, Soldier, Son,
said the union was a breath of
fresh air for the Royals. “Meghan
will bring glamour and she’s
absolutely in the right mould.”
IDENTITY
Embracing ethnicity was
breakthrough for actress
By Adam Sherwin
Meghan Markle has spoken about
her struggle to find her voice as a
mixed-race woman.
Writing in Elle, she discussed the
confusion she felt when a teacher
told her to tick a box marked Caucasian to identify her ethnicity.
“I couldn’t bring myself to do
that, to picture the pit-in-her-belly
sadness my mother would feel if she
were to find out. So, I didn’t tick a
box. I left my identity blank – a question mark, an absolute incomplete –
much like how I felt,” she wrote.
During her career she found that
“I wasn’t black enough for the black
roles and I wasn’t white enough
for the white ones.” But she came
to embrace her ethnicity – “to say
who I am, to share where I’m from,
to voice my pride in being a strong,
confident mixed-race woman”.
Observing the racial unrest in
Ferguson and Baltimore, she wrote:
“As a biracial woman, I watch in horror as both sides of a culture I define
as my own become victims of spin in
the media.”
When Harry stepped in to protect
his girlfriend from a “wave of abuse
and harassment” by the British
media, his press secretary said the
Prince was concerned at the “racial
undertones” of some articles.
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crier Tony
Appleton
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Green
Park near
Buckingham
Palace
after it was
announced
that Prince
Harry and
Meghan
Markle are
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TITLES
HRH the Duchess of Sussex
(aka Princess Meghan)
By Padraic Flanagan
Meghan Markle is expected to be
known as Her Royal Highness, the
Duchess of Sussex, once she marries
Prince Harry.
The 36-year-old actress will almost
certainly be known informally as
Princess Meghan, but royal protocol
prevents this being an official title.
On the morning of their wedding,
the Queen will bestow a title on
Prince Harry and Ms Markle, with
the Duke and Duchess of Sussex the
most likely choice for the newlyweds,
according to royal watchers.
The couple will set up home in
the Prince’s apartment, the twobedroom Nottingham Cottage in the
grounds of Kensington Palace.
They may also be given a country
residence, with Harewood Park, near
Ross-on-Wye, acquired by the Prince
of Wales’s Duchy of Cornwall in 2000,
cited as the most likely choice.
Once married, the couple will be
under pressure to start a family. In
an interview last year, Ms Markle
said becoming a mother was on her
“bucket list”, and her fiancé, a doting
uncle, has also revealed he would love
to have children.
Any children born to the couple
will be a lord or lady rather than a
prince or princess, unless the Queen
steps in to overrule royal protocol as
she did for Prince William’s daughter,
Princess Charlotte.
While Ms Markle has yet to announce her career plans, there is
widespread speculation that she will
quit acting after her wedding. She
is recently believed to have left the
long-running TV legal drama that
made her famous. As fifth in line to
the throne, Harry is unlikely to become king, meaning Ms Markle will
avoid the level of responsibility the
Duchess of Cambridge has as a future Queen. But senior royals are still
expected to carry out official engagements, particularly as the taxpayer
foots the bill for their security, travel
and the upkeep of palaces.
There may be joint overseas tours
for Harry and his new wife as the
Prince helps to take the burden off his
grandmother, the Queen. Ms Markle
is also likely to focus on humanitarian
causes and develop her own portfolio
of charities.
As an HRH, Ms Markle will be entitled to round-the-clock security.
As a celebrity, Ms Markle
is already used to public
speaking. But she will also have to
master the art of small talk with
line-ups of dignitaries, plaque
unveilings and enough tree
plantings to last a lifetime.
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Modern Markle will banish
the ghost of Ms Simpson
Anne Sebba
T
he news that Prince
Harry is to marry Meghan
Markle, an American
actress and divorcée,
shows that the Royal Family has at
last moved into the 21st century.
Eighty years ago Harry’s
great uncle, Edward VIII, finally
married his American lover, the
twice divorced Wallis Simpson
but only after he had abdicated.
Although he was created Duke
of Windsor HRH, his new wife, as
a measure of the Royal Family’s
displeasure, was simply Duchess
of Windsor. A snub that meant the
Duke refused to live in England,
where his wife would be subjected
to the humiliation of not being
curtsied to.
Meghan Markle, however, will
be warmly welcomed because the
Royal Family now understands
the importance of showing they
are in touch.
Meghan will provide an intense
Meghan Markle will be
welcomed by the Windsors
who now understand the
importance of being in touch
gulf stream of fresh air in royal
circles not simply because she
describes herself as “a strong,
confident, mixed-race woman”
whose parentage is Dutch, Irish
and African-American.
She is a global ambassador for
World Vision Canada who, after
she visited India recently, spoke
openly about the heartbreaking
problems of menstrual health
taboos faced by poor girls and
women in India.
As if that weren’t enough she
has worked as a UN ambassador,
is an avowed feminist and
advocate for gender equality.
In 1936 Britain, when Edward VIII
wanted to marry Wallis Simpson,
there was outcry – outcry which
threatened the government.
In modern Britain, with Prince
Harry fifth (and soon to be sixth)
in line to the throne, there will be
far less fuss. However, it will make
the Queen, who lived through
the damage her uncle caused to
the institution of monarchy, even
more popular for showing she is
modern, open-minded and caring
– for embracing her grandson’s
wish to marry the woman he
clearly loves.
Anne Sebba’s biography of Wallis
Simpson, ‘That Woman: The life of
Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor’,
is published by Orion
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Prince Harry
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September PA
Have a great
day – just
don’t put it
on my tab
Sean O’Grady
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PROFILE
Prince’s passions and flaws have
inspired genuine public affection
By Padraic Flanagan
One of the most popular members of
the House of Windsor, Prince Harry
is said to be charming, funny and
brimming with passionate good intentions. He has also been prone to
serious lapses of judgement.
Displaying an independent streak,
as a youth he dabbled in drinking and
cannabis, to the immense embarrassment of his family. When he went to a
fancy dress party as a Nazi, he caused
an uproar.
His reputation for laddish highjinks hit the headlines in 2012 when,
after a raucous road trip to Las
Vegas, photographs emerged of a
naked Harry frolicking with a woman
in his hotel room during a game of
“strip pool”.
But it was his military service,
when he served two tours of duty in
Afghanistan, that appeared to be the
making of the man. After Sandhurst,
he joined the Household Cavalry’s
Blues and Royals in 2006.
He was said to be devastated a
year later when his plans to serve in
Iraq were quashed because of security threats. Later in 2007 he finally
saw frontline action in Afghanistan,
co-ordinating airstrikes against
the Taliban.
Harry trained as an Apache heli-
Royal reporting Media warned not to ‘cross any lines’
Mindful of the media’s hounding of
his mother, the late Diana, Princess
of Wales, Prince Harry last year took
the unprecedented step of warning
“racist and sexist” online trolls to
leave Meghan Markle alone.
Harry also accused mainstream
and social media of “crossing a line”
by introducing “racial undertones”
in reporting his relationship with the
Suits star, insisting: “This is not a game.”
The Prince felt he had to speak out
because “a wave of abuse and harassment” meant “it was no longer tolerable for his voice not to be heard on
this”, according to Palace sources.
Harry was particularly incensed
by “a smear on the front page” of The
Sun which reported that clips of Ms
Markle’s sex scenes from the US legal
drama Suits had been uploaded to a
pornographic website.
He also took exception to an article
published yesterday speculating on the
reasons for his fiancée’s 2013 divorce
from film producer Trevor Engelson.
Among the other articles that
concerned the palace because of their
racial connotations was a piece on
DailyMail.com headlined “Harry’s girl
is (almost) straight outta Compton” in
a reference to the rap record by NWA.
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copter pilot and in 2012 did a second
tour. He revealed he felt far more
comfortable as Captain Wales than
as Prince Harry.
Since leaving the Army he has
thrown himself into charity work,
particularly supporting injured veterans with his Invictus Games, and
children with HIV and Aids – carrying on the work of his mother, Princess Diana.
Her death in 1997 when he was 12
has taken its toll, he admitted in an
interview. He revealed he had been
“very close to a complete breakdown
on numerous occasions” before seeking professional counselling at his
brother Prince William’s urging.
Before encountering Meghan Markle, Harry had long-term relationships with Chelsy Davy and Cressida
Bonas. Both struggled to cope with
the intense scrutiny that came with
dating a Prince so close to the throne.
Now he has found the woman he
wants to marry. They share many
passions for humanitarian causes. It
was their public displays of affection
at the Invictus Games in her adopted
home town of Toronto that triggered
marriage speculation.
Despite his flaws, or perhaps because of them, Harry inspires genuine public affection. That will only
increase with his marriage.
arasite Marries
Scrounger” remains
my favourite
headline for a
royal wedding story, I think
coined by Socialist Worker
to mark the betrothal of
HRH Prince Andrew and
Miss Sarah Ferguson, in
1986. It narrowly beats the
one that ran somewhere in
the revolutionary leftist
press in 1981 when the Palace
announced the Prince of Wales’
ill-fated engagement to Lady
Diana Spencer – “Big Ears to
Marry Noddy”.
I’m not witty enough to
follow that, but you get the idea.
Unlike so many people I don’t
have passionate feelings about
the House of Windsor, and wish
only that it doesn’t indulge
in offensively conspicuous
consumption as it fulfils its
modest constitutional role.
So I find it hard to get worked
up about Prince Harry and
his fiancée, except in one
crucial respect: money. In this
unending age of austerity – for
which I have some sympathy
– it would be sickening if
any public money was used
to subsidise this particular
millennial couple.
However many millions
are going to be blown on the
national celebrations, they
should come out of whatever
counts as the Royals’ private
funds. It’s as simple as that.
Failure to follow this golden
fiscal rule would badly dent the
popularity of the monarchy.
On balance, I reckon it is
worth keeping, so it needs to
command public support.
Prince Harry busies himself,
as far as can be seen, with public
duties and valuable charitable
work. On these grounds he
might be granted a modest
salary from public funds.
What there can be no
justification for is lavish
nuptials – honeymoon included
– with the tab picked up by the
hard-pressed taxpayer. By
paying their own way, Prince
Harry and Meghan can avoid
being labelled scroungers,
parasites or anything similar,
and have a lovely start to their
married life as TRH the Duke
and Duchess of Somewhere or
other. Maybe Windsor, seeing
as that’s been in abeyance and
she’s an American, though it
has a mixed history.
Anyway, I wish them well
– just so long as they don’t send
me the bill for the bar.
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Every mother of stillborn
baby to be offered inquiry
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Women who suffer the trauma of
stillbirth or life-changing injuries to
their newborn babies will be offered
an independent investigation to find
out what went wrong and why, Jeremy Hunt will announce today.
The Health Secretary will also
reveal the Government’s intention
to look closely into enabling, for the
first time, full-term stillbirths to be
covered by coronial law, to help give
parents answers when something
has gone wrong.
There are currently around
3,600 stillbirths in the UK annually, the NHS say. Eleven babies are
stillborneveryday,makingit15times
Dr Clea Harmer of
stillbirth charity, Sands,
said: “Parents must be assured
of a high-quality investigation.
This will require each Health
Board to commit to learning
from every death.”
more common than cot death. From born prematurely by reducing the
April 2018 every stillbirth, early neo- national pre-term birth rate from
natal death and severe brain injury 8 per cent to 6 per cent – around
cases each year will be referred to 10,000 fewer premature babies
the Healthcare Safety Investiga- per year from 2025 onwards; and
training a dozen consultant
tion Branch, the new NHS
physicians to establish
safety investigator.
“networked maternal
“The tragic death or
medicine” across Englife-changing injury of
land for the first time.
a baby is something
James Titcombe,
no parent should
Eleven
babies
a patient safety spehave to bear, but one
are stillborn every
cialist who uncovthing that can help in
day, making it
ered the Morecambe
these agonising cir15 times more
Bay maternity scancumstances is getting
common than
dal after the death of
honest answers quickly
cot death
his son Joshua in 2008,
from an independent
said: “Too often the NHS
investigator,” Mr Hunt will
has responded to tragic cases
say. “Too many families have
been denied this, adding unneces- by, at best, poor investigations that
often fail to identify what happened
sarily to the pain of their loss. ”
The Government will also bring and why, and at worst, cover-ups and
forward to 2025 from 2030 its aim less-than-honest explanations that
to halve rates of stillbirths, neonatal cause considerable further damage
and maternal deaths and brain inju- and harm to the families involved.
“From April 2018, no family will
ries occurring during or soon after
birth – potentially saving more than ever again be left having to fight for
honest answers as to why and how
4,000 lives.
Other new measures include try- their baby died. This is step change
ing to reduce numbers of babies for maternity safety in England.”
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Hynes for Hollywood equality
The English actress and writer
Jessica Hynes attending the
Women and Hollywood Awards
at the May Fair Hotel in London
yesterday. The initiative, started 10
years ago, educates, advocates and
agitates for gender equality in the
film industry. PA
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Davis refuses to release Brexit dossier in full
By Joe Watts
Ministers face a battle after withholding certain elements in a release
of 850 pages of detailed analysis
into the impacts of Brexit on the
UK economy.
Labour said a failure to publish
all of the analysis compiled by David
Davis’s department in full risked
leaving the Government in contempt
of Parliament, which has ordered the
documents’ publication.
But the Government insists it has
a duty to ensure that whatever is
released is not commercially sensi-
tive and does not risk putting the
UK at a disadvantage in Brexit
negotiations.
The transfer of the papers to the Commons
Committee on Exiting
the EU after weeks of
pressure came a single
day before a deadline that
Parliament had set.
The committee was due to
meet today to decide whether to
make public all or part of the documents they have been handed.
The handover to the committee,
chaired by ex-shadow Foreign Secre-
tary Hilary Benn, came after Labour
won a Commons vote on the
issue, pushing the Government to act.
Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer said:
“Parliament was very
clear in its instruction to
ministers. All 58 impact
assessments should have
been shared with the select
committee in full, without redaction and unedited. If the Government
has failed to comply with this ruling
then we will not hesitate in raising
this matter with the Speaker.”
Commons Speaker John Bercow
said at the time that the parliamentary procedure used by Labour has
“traditionally been regarded as binding or effective”, and said he would
be willing to consider an accusation
of contempt if the Government failed
to respond.
But an official at Mr Davis’s (inset)
Department for Exiting the European Union explained the Government
had never had 58 separate assessments as such, but instead had a
broad body of information consisting of all the analysis that the UK
Government had done on Brexit and
issues related to various sectors. To
comply with Parliament civil servants had drawn together 39 reports
totalling 850 pages, documents that
touched upon 58 sectors, the official
said. THE INDEPENDENT
A Brexit department
spokeswoman said: “The
Government has satisfied the
motion, providing the House
of Commons [committee] with
information covering 58 sectors
of the economy.”
ECONOMY
Investment to put UK
‘at forefront of change’
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
A £725m boost for companies involved in cutting-edge research will
help Britain to become the “world’s
most innovative nation” by 2030,
ministers have predicted.
The money includes £170m towards building affordable and
energy-efficient houses and workplaces, and £210m for developing
“precision medicines” and improving
early diagnosis of illness.
The investment was announced as
part of the Government’s long-awaited Industrial Strategy designed to
prepare the economy for Brexit.
Joint deals will be made with firms in
technological industries GETTY
A White Paper setting out the
plans committed the Government to
negotiating joint deals with industry
in the life sciences, construction, artificial intelligence and automotive
sectors. The moves are intended
to tackle Britain’s poor productivity performance, stimulate economic
growth, drive up wage levels and put
the country at the forefront of technological change.
The £725m, which will be spent
over the next three years, comes on
top of a previously announced investment of £1bn.
The White Paper argued that
Brexit would provide Britain with
fresh opportunities, but warned:
“The opportunity to become more
protectionist is not one of them.”
Rebecca Long-Bailey, the shadow
Business Secretary, accused ministers of repackaging “re-announced
policies and old spending commitments, showing once again this is
a government short on details and
new ideas”.
But Carolyn Fairbairn, the CBI’s
director general, said: “We welcome
the recognition that success will require urgent action in partnership
with business. This is the route to
raising living standards in every corner of the country.”
Turkey and Britain talk trade
Britain and Turkey have begun work on a post-Brexit
free trade agreement, the Turkish Prime Minister said.
Following talks in Downing Street with Theresa
May (above), Binali Yildirim said a joint working group
had met for the first time earlier this month and talks
would go on in parallel with the Brexit process. PA
LABOUR
Corbyn confident of gains in Scotland
By Russell Jackson
Jeremy Corbyn has insisted a Labour victory in the next general election is “totally realistic” following
the installation of left-winger Richard Leonard as the Scottish Labour
Party leader
Labour is the third party in Scotland, behind the SNP and the Tories
at both Holyrood and Westminster.
But Mr Corbyn said the party can
now “win the support in Scotland to
win a general election”.
Critics of Mr Leonard’s predecessor, Kezia Dugdale, have claimed the
party would have returned more
MPs if she had given more backing
Jeremy Corbyn with Scottish Labour
leader Richard Leonard yesterday
to Mr Corbyn and his left-wing manifesto. Mr Corbyn said yesterday
that he recognised the party could
have done even better in Scotland in
June’s snap general election, when
it won back six constituencies from
the SNP. “I recognise we could and
will gain more seats across Scotland,” he said. “But we did gain seats
across Scotland and we are going
to be campaigning, Richard and I
together, in Scotland to gain more
seats in the future.”
Asked about party infighting, Mr
Corbyn said: “There’s always been
debate in the party. There’s nothing
wrong with that. We are a very big
party, we have more than half-a-million members across the UK and we
have more than three million affiliated members. Don’t confuse debate
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Women must
take some blame
for harassment,
says Lansbury
By Paul Gallagher
Women “must sometimes take
the blame” for sexual harassment
because they go out of their way to
make themselves attractive, Dame
Angela Lansbury has suggested.
The 92-year-old actress, best
known for her role in Murder, She
Wrote, spoke in the wake of claims
of inappropriate behaviour within
Hollywood and serious allegations
against producer Harvey Weinstein.
She told Radio Times: “There
are two sides to this coin... We have
to own up to the fact that women,
since time immemorial, have gone
out of their way to make themselves
attractive. And it has backfired on us
– and this is where we are today.
“[Women] must sometimes take
blame... Although it’s awful to say,
we can’t make ourselves look as
attractive as possible without being
knocked down and raped. Should
women be prepared for this? No, they
shouldn’t have to be!”
She said sexually inappropriate
behaviour in the workplace “will have
to stop now”, adding: “I think a lot of
men must be very worried.”
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Scarlet fever is spreading across the
UK at a faster rate than at any time
in the past 100 years, and experts are
baffled as to why.
England, Wales and Northern
Ireland experienced an
unprecedented rise in scarlet fever
cases in 2014, after decades of decline.
England alone witnessed a seven-fold
increase in new cases notified in the
past five years.
Using data from 1911 onwards in
England and Wales, public health
Spotting the symptoms
Scarlet fever was a common cause
of childhood death in the 1800s
but is now usually treatable with
antibiotics. In rare cases, the bacteria
can cause pneumonia, sepsis and
liver and kidney damage. Symptoms
include a sore throat, headache and
fever accompanied by a pink-red rash
that feels like sandpaper.
experts found that numbers of
scarlet fever cases tripled between
2013 and 2014, from 4,700 to 15,637.
Cases are also riring in Northern
Ireland. Scotland does not record
equivalent data.
The resurgence of the disease
continued in 2015 and reached a 50year high last year, with 620 outbreaks
involving 19,206 cases, mostly in
schoolsandnurseries.Hospitalisations
almost doubled between 2013 (703)
and last year (1,300).
The highest infection rates in 2015
and 2016 were in the East Midlands,
Yorkshire and Humber, and North
East. The reason for the rise remains
unidentified, the experts admitted in
the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases.
Scarlet fever is spread through
contact with individuals carrying
the organism or with surfaces
contaminated with the bacteria.
Dr Theresa Lamagni, who led the
Public Health England study, said:
“While current rates are nowhere
near those of the early 1900s, the
recent upsurge is greater than any
documented in the past century.”
By Francesca Gosling
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We can’t be like Canada
EU deal being touted in Whitehall is the very worst outcome
I
f you think the Brexit
negotiations are going badly,
you haven’t seen anything
yet. Since Theresa May
delivered her Article 50 letter
to Brussels in March, the
fractious Brexit talks have focused
on the three so-called “divorce”
issues. How will an open border be
maintained between the Republic
of Ireland and Northern Ireland?
Will European citizens living in
Britain, and Brits in Europe, have
their rights protected? And what
financial contribution will the
UK make to the EU to pay for the
liabilities we have incurred?
Until these three issues are
fixed, talks cannot progress to
discussing the future relationship
between Britain and the European
Union, in particular on trade. The
Government has already missed
the original deadline of making
progress in October. It is now
expected that this point will be
reached at the European Council
summit in three weeks’ time.
If so, expect Theresa May to
declare victory and emerge from
the prime ministerial jet waving a
piece of paper. But she will be wrong
to do so. Because once talks move
on to the future relationship, the
Government will have to actually
decide about what form of trade
deal it wants with the EU – and sell
such a deal to the British people.
They could crash out of the EU
with no trade deal at all, devastating
our economy. They could keep us
in the single market, like Norway,
and the customs union – by far the
best option, as it would retain the
closest available trade links with
Europe and do the least economic
damage. The Prime Minister has
been as clear as mud on this subject
– repeatedly ruling out options
without telling us, or Brussels, what
she actually wants.
Whatever ministers might say,
the model being pursued in private
– according to those close to the
talks – is a deal based on CETA, the
EU-Canada free trade agreement.
Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief
negotiator, has said that “from
the moment the UK told us that it
wants out of the single market and
the customs union, we will have to
work on a model that is closer to the
agreement signed with Canada.”
This would be no safe harbour
from the damage which will
follow. It will be dangerous for our
economy, for living standards, and
for our public services. The Canada
deal is nowhere near as good as
our current membership of the
Canadian
Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau
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mounties
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single market and customs union.
On trade in goods and especially
services it is inferior, and contains
worrying provisions that have
left many campaigners worried
about the impact on our NHS.
While CETA has eliminated most
tariffs on goods traded between
Europe and Canada, this is not
the whole story. A Canada-style
deal would entail Britain leaving
the customs union – a Europewide arrangement which means
goods sold between EU countries
do not need to undergo customs
checks at the border. We will face
new red tape, cost and delays at
our ports under a Canadian-style
arrangement on all trade with our
biggest partner. There is also the
logistical problem. If every truck
making its way to the port of Dover,
just as an example, received an extra
two minutes of customs checks,
the queue of lorries would back up
the M20 as far as Ashford. Roads
leading to ports could become
car parks under a Canadian-style
arrangement, and we have seen no
evidence that HMRC will be ready
to deal with this in time for Brexit in
March 2019.
The biggest flaw with CETA
is that it does not cover services.
The UK is a services-dominated
economy, with the sector
accounting for 80 per cent of our
economic output. From the City
of London to regional centres like
Edinburgh, Leeds and Birmingham,
it is in services that Britain really
leads the world. Part of our
success has been membership of
the world’s largest market – the
European Union. Leave with a
We will face
new red tape,
cost and delays at
our ports under
the planned
arrangement
Canada-style deal, and much of
the access enjoyed by these firms
will be lost. Companies are already
triggering their contingency plans
and relocating jobs from Britain
to the likes of Frankfurt, Paris and
Dublin in preparation for a hard
Brexit of this kind. Britain is already
suffering now as a result of the
Government’s decision to leave the
single market and customs union.
Just imagine how much worse it will
be if and when when we actually go.
Ah, say hard Brexiters, at least we
will have our sovereignty back. Not
a bit of it. For CETA, like the onceproposed TTIP deal between the
EU and the US, gives foreign judges
the ability to restrict the freedom
of action of the UK Government.
Many have been concerned that this
investor-state dispute settlement
system could be used to crack open
the NHS for private companies.
If the Government wants a trade
deal with Europe, they will need
to accept this, and we shall remain
influenced by the European Court of
Justice – yet with an inferior trading
arrangement at the same time. The
worst of both worlds.
All this spells real hardship for
British families. Treasury figures
produced last year calculated that
the loss of trade with Europe the
Canada model would cause could
knock 6.2 per cent off our national
wealth. This would mean £36bn a
year less to spend on public services
– that’s a third of the NHS budget.
Ministers will need to confront all
this, and be upfront with the people,
when the talks move on to trade. As
new facts emerge, and as it is clear
that the Government’s drive for hard
Brexit will damage our economy,
voters have the right to keep an open
mind about whether this is really
the best future for our country. A
Canadian style deal is certainly not
what our economy needs.
Chuka Umunna is a Labour MP,
leading supporter of Open Britain
and co-chair of the All Party
Parliamentary Group on EU Relations
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James Cameron makes a valid point
when he remarks that it’s “silly”
that he is still being asked why Jack
couldn’t have survived at the end of
Titanic, 20 years later. Yet, people still
want to know: why couldn’t he have
floated on the wooden door along
with Rose (played by Kate Winslet)
instead of freezing to death in the
water? Cameron stands firm.
“Had he lived, the ending
of the film would have
been meaningless,”
the director insists to
Vanity Fair. “The film
is about death and
separation; he had to
die. So whether it was
that, or whether a smoke
stack fell on him, he was
going down. It’s called art, things
happen for artistic reasons, not for
physics reasons.” Winslet has said
recently that she believes there was
enough room for both of them on the
door. As for Leonardo DiCaprio, who
played Jack? He “really doesn’t care”,
says Winslet. Oh.
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An uncomfortable
fit for Alexandra
It’s only been four years since Alexandra Burke,
currently on Strictly Come Dancing, declared
she would “rather go naked than wear fur” for a
PETA advertising campaign.
That was enough time for her resolve to
evaporate, apparently, because Burke was
spotted wearing a Canada Goose coat:
trimmed with coyote fur and stuffed with
goose down (pictured).
PETA itself has condemned Canada
Goose, explaining that animals trapped
for their fur “may be shot, strangled,
stomped on, or bludgeoned to death” if
they are not already dead when found.
Burke was remorseful, explaining
yesterday: “I’ve just learned the sad
truth of how a coat I wore recently
was made. I am an animal lover, as
most of you will know. I have four
dogs. I should have asked how it
was manufactured and now I know,
I will never wear it again.”
It remains to be seen how Burke
had previously believed that the fur
was manufactured: in a factory run
by fairies, perhaps, where the animals
happily handed their own coats over of
their own free will.
Dinner date for
‘Rose Army’
Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain
and his girlfriend Asia Argento
(above) hosted a special dinner for
two of Harvey Weinstein’s other
accusers over the weekend. Rose
McGowan (pictured), Annabella
Sciorra and Argento have all spoken
out about alleged abuse by the
film producer. Bourdain called the
evening “a meeting of minds” and
activist McGowan described “magical
moments” at the table as the women
(whom she described as the “Rose
Army”) discussed life together.
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W
ell, of course one wishes
the best for Prince
Harry and the beautiful
Meghan Markle. We
remember that bewildered, broken
child made to walk behind his
mother’s funeral cortège, the card
he placed on the sad lilies, how hard
it was for him and William to live
through a painful divorce and witness
their mum’s suffering. My mother,
Jena, always said Diana was like a
heroine in a tragic Bollywood movie,
entrapped, pushed into a marriage
she did not want, persecuted by
dreadful in-laws till she died.
Wherever she is now, Diana (inset)
must be loving this unexpected choice
and the way her boys subversively
upend royal traditions. William finds
himself an aspirational middle-class
lass whose parents sell party goods.
Harry goes further. His fiancée is
not one of those young, aristocratic,
begetters of heirs. Ms Markle, 36, is
older than Harry, an American and
divorcee (echoes of Mrs Simpson).
She is the proud mixed-race daughter
of an educated black mum who has
dreadlocks. She is smart, talented,
confident and concerned about
injustice and deprivation. Some
of my black and Asian
friends are ecstatic. A
real princess of colour!
GB’s multiracialism is
now irreversible! The
kids may have ginger
afro hair! What a blow
for racists! I don’t share
the racial optimism.
Bigoted Brits will be
infuriated and unforgiving.
I am already getting emails about
how the “woman will pollute the
bloodline” and stain national purity.
Excessive surges of happiness on
both sides of the Atlantic may also be
unwise. Naïve citizens of the USA are
absurdly romantic about the Queen
and her clan. They would never
want such a wholly undemocratic
institution in their own land, but
boy do they just lurve it all when
they come across. Now that one of
theirs is to be a princess, millions of
Americans are sure to become even
more maniacally royalist.
This is not a dreamy fairy tale.
Most crowns are made of thorns as
well as diamonds. Raised elsewhere,
Meghan cannot possibly understand
what she is getting into. The
Windsors are a dysfunctional, cold
and unnatural family. She should
read all the books about Diana’s short
life before going ahead. And talk to
Fergie too, who, though seriously
upper class, was never accepted as
one of them. The PR machine will
spin this as further proof that the
young princes are modernising
the old firm. The truth is
that Diana’s sons are being
used by Charles to appeal
to modern Britons
and see off any serious
challenges to the throne
before he sits on it. He
will be king. The wedding
is just what he needs to
pep up his popularity.
Then there’s the timing.
Britons are fearful about Brexit
chaos and economic gloom. Why not
divert them with a big fat wedding,
gold carriages, ringing bells,
pomp and glory? Some conspiracy
theories ring true. In ancient Rome,
Juvenal, a satirical poet observed
how the powerful used “bread and
circuses” to distract and dupe the
populace. Instead of being politically
engaged, commoners were sated
and entertained. The monarchy is
our circus, Meghan their next big
star. Even those who have no bread
will enthusiastically watch the show.
As millions rejoice, I am filled with
foreboding that the lights will go out
sooner than they imagine. For your
sake and ours, don’t do it Meghan.
TECHNOLOGY
output of the British employee has
flatlined since 2008.
Tech is designed to be addictive.
The never-ending newsfeed is the
fruit machine of internet publishing.
YouTube guides you down the rabbit
hole, always suggesting more videos
you should see. And as Facebook’s
ex-president, Sean Parker, said this
month, there is “a social-validation
feedback loop”. A “like” delivers a
dopamine hit – we want more.
Parts of our brains are plastic.
They adapt to environments –
googling appears to be killing off
rote-learning while the GPS-loving
driver may be shrinking their
hippocampus. Tech doesn’t rot
the brain; it reshapes it. But what
happens with a mind that is fed
titbits rather than a proper meal,
a mind that rarely practises
concentrating for long periods?
There isn’t longitudinal data yet
to answer that conclusively, but it’s
Nixon’s proposition that frequent
distractions cause lasting damage to
a worker’s productivity. According
to a UCLA study, even just reading
online rather than in print hurts
your understanding and retention
of information because hyperlinked
texts make your brain flick from
thinking about the words, to
thinking “Should I click?”
There are partial remedies to all
this. The French IT firm Atos said
in 2011 that it was aiming to become
internal-email free. I have also found
my own solution: going semi-Luddite.
My dying iPhone keeps cutting out. I
could get it fixed – but my brain longs
for the reprieve. EVENING STANDARD
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Urwin
Productivity
crisis? Blame
cyber-slacking
I
got distracted 29 times while
writing this column about
distraction. Since I jotted down
every hiatus, next to me now is a
nerd’s version of the Bridget Jones’s
Diary daily tally. Phone checks: 11.
Twitter checks: 4. Email replies sent:
3. Text messages read: 9. Wet noses
on the thigh followed by whimpering
demands for affection: 2.
Bar my canine attention-seeker, it’s
my smartphone that led me astray
or, rather, my compulsive need to be
connected. Tech is turning us into
butterfly brains who flitter from one
time-devourer to the next. Attention
is becoming a scarce commodity.
According to an analyst at the
Bank of England, this is eating into
productivity. Writing on the staff
blog, Dan Nixon claims that “cyberslacking” (using the internet at
work for personal reasons) and the
atrophied attention span that email
checking causes contributes to the
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TECHNOLOGY
‘PokémonGo’
fever ‘led to
‘deaths and
car crashes’
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Pokémon Go has caused deaths, a
spike in car accidents and led to
payments of millions of pounds
in damages, a study suggests.
The augmented reality
app allows players to hunt
for Pokémon characters
such as Pikachu (inset) in
the real world.
The app was hugely
popular in the summer of
last year but has since fallen
out of favour. It has been blamed
for “a disproportionate increase in
vehicular crashes and associated
vehicular damage, personal injuries,
and fatalities in the vicinity of
locations, called PokéStops, where
userscanplaythegamewhiledriving”,
according to the report, Death by
Pokémon Go. Its authors, Mara Faccio
and John McConnell, of Purdue
University in Indiana, US, estimate
that within that state alone, there
were two deaths and damages claims
for an estimated $5.2m (£3.9m) to
$25.5m in the 148 days after the game
was released on 6 July 2016.
Damages incurred as a result of
playing the game across the US could
range between $2bn and $7bn over
the same period, they predict.
The pair examined almost
12,000 police accident
reports in Tippecanoe
County, Indiana, between
1 March 2015 and 30
November 2016, analysing
data including the date
and location of crashes.
They identified a spike
in crashes close to PokéStops,
the real-world locations players are
required to visit while playing the
game in order to replenish supplies.
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Wife of banker murdered in
2004 appeals for answers
By Lucinda Cameron
Alistair Wilson, who was gunned down on his doorstep in 2004, with his wife, Veronica, on their wedding night
SOCIETY
Converting homes for older
people ‘could save millions’
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Councils should make “small
changes” to elderly people’s
homes to relieve pressure on the
NHS and social care and improve
pensioners’ quality of life, a
report recommends.
Installing handrails, ramps and
level-access showers, alongside
carrying out simple home repairs
for people who are losing mobility,
could reduce costs by millions of
pounds each year.
The report, by the Centre for
Ageing Better and the University
of West of England, shows that
difficulties with “activities of daily
living” – washing, bathing, going to
the toilet, dressing and eating – can
be reduced by 75 per cent.
Home aids and adaptations can
also increase people’s ability to
Councils’ legal failings
Councils must better provide and
promote impartial information
and advice to people about
beneficial adaptations and how to
access assessments and funding
– legally required by the Care Act
2014 and not being met in some
areas, the report says. They must
ensure services are available to
provide timely, preventive minor
adaptations and repairs, and there
is sufficient and secure funding to
ensure installation.
The proportion of people
who have difficulty with
at least one daily living activity
increases from 16 per cent at 65
to around half of those aged 85.
EDUCATION
Rewards ‘don’t help children learn’
By Alison Kershaw
Parents may turn their children
off learning if they resort to
rewards and fail to explain why
something is worthwhile, it has
been suggested.
Offering money, treats and
other benefits may encourage
pupils to work to pass a test
but will not help them to stick
with a subject, according to
Julia Harrington, headmistress
of Queen Anne’s School in
Caversham, Berkshire.
She said there was evidence
to suggest that explaining
the long-term benefits of
learning something, such as
an instrument or a language,
to children and tapping into
their natural curiosity and
motivation was more likely to
help them master new skills.
Ms Harrington contrasted
intrinsic motivation, such as
children feeling in control and
wanting to master something,
with extrinsic motivation, such
as promises of rewards.
perform everyday activities by 49
per cent and reduce depressive
symptoms by 53 per cent, it found.
Local services need to make
earlier intervention a greater
priority, the authors write.
Installing home adaptations and
undertaking repairs to reduce falls
on stairs can lead to savings of £1.62
for every £1 spent, they argue.
Installing minor adaptations and
making improvements to housing
could lead to savings of at least
£500m each year for the NHS and
social care services in the UK.
This is through a 26 per cent
reduction in falls, which account
for more than four million hospital
bed days annually in England alone.
There are currently nearly
half-a-million English households
where over-65s with disabilities or
long-term illness do not have the
necessary adaptations.
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The wife of a banker shot on his
doorstep 13 years ago has said that
finding his killer would help the
family to move on.
Alistair Wilson, 30, was gunned
down at his home in the Scottish
fishing port of Nairn, near Inverness,
on 28 November 2004 as his two
young sons were preparing for bed.
His murder is unsolved, despite an
extensive police investigation which
remains live.
His widow, Veronica, said she was
grateful for the work the police had
done but the family needed answers
about who killed her husband.
“As a family, we need to know
why. This is just so senseless. For
two young boys – aged two and four
– to be left without a dad, that can’t
be repaired. A who and why would
make a difference to us being able to
move on,” she told the BBC.
The evening of the murder, Ms
Wilson opened the door to a stocky
man, aged 35 to 40, wearing a dark
jacket and baseball cap and holding
a blue envelope. He asked for her
husband by name.
Mr Wilson spoke to the man
and then went back inside to talk
to his wife before returning to the
door, where he was shot. He died in
hospital that evening.
The gun was found in a drain
near their home 10 days later. The
envelope handed to Mr Wilson was
empty and had the name “Paul” on it.
Ms Wilson said: “It’s harder the
older the boys get. When they were
little, they were just told their dad
had died. They are young men now,
so they just can’t understand it –
why somebody would do it to their
dad, and why somebody has not
been caught.”
Po l i ce u rge d a nyon e w i t h
information to come forward.
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Claire Manera is
an MSF project
coordinator recently
returned from Yemen
“When I flew into Sana’a I was
shocked by how many buildings
were destroyed.
It’s heartbreaking to see a
country that’s already so poor
being blasted to smithereens.
A lot of schools, health facilities and government
buildings have been destroyed. Families have
nowhere to go, especially the poorest.
At night, I could hear the planes circling. It was
awful knowing they were out there, targeting
different areas and dropping bombs. I could hear the
airstrikes when they hit – sometimes it happened
very close to where we were living. Our Yemeni staff
were calling me through the night, saying: ‘There’s
been an airstrike here, we can see it from our house,
there are buildings on fire’. We knew that soon the
casualties would start arriving at our hospital.
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but also from accidental shootings. We treated
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I saw so many children and teenagers with machine
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INDONESIA
Bali on high alert as thousands flee volcano
By Firdia Lisnawati
IN KARANGASEM
Indonesian authorities have ordered
100,000 people to flee an erupting
volcano on Bali, with experts
warning that molten lava is set to
spill downs its slopes.
Mount Agung has been hurling
clouds of white and dark grey ash
about 3,000m into the atmosphere
since the weekend and lava is welling
up in the crater, sometimes reflected
as a reddish-yellow glow in the ash
plumes. Its explosions can be heard
about 7.5 miles away.
Videos released by the National
Disaster Mitigation Agency showed
a mudflow of volcanic debris
and water known as a
“lahar” moving down the
volcano’s slopes.
It said lahars could
increase because it
is rainy season and it
warned people to stay
away from rivers. The
vast dust plume forced the
closure of the island’s airport,
stranding travellers.
Authorities raised the volcano’s
alert to the highest level and
expanded the danger zone to six
miles yesterday, warning that a
larger eruption was possible.
The volcano’s last major
eruption in 1963 killed
about 1,100 people.
Sutopo Purwo
Nugroho, a spokesman
for the disaster agency,
said the extension of the
danger zone affected 22
villages and about 90,000
to 100,000 people.
He said about 40,000 people
had left but others had not, either
because they felt safe or did not
want to abandon their livestock. “If
needed we will forcibly evacuate
them,” Mr Sutopo added.
About 25,000 people were already
living in specially set-up centres
after an increase in tremors from
the mountain in September sparked
an evacuation. Mr Sutopo added
that lava rising in the crater “will
certainly spill over to the slopes”.
T h e U K Fo r e i g n a n d
Commonwealth Office urged
h o l i d ay m a ke rs t o avo i d t h e
exclusion zones, and to contact their
travel company and monitor local
media reports.
Villager Putu Sulasmi said she fled
with her husband and other family
members to an evacuation centre.
“If it has to erupt let it erupt now
rather than leaving us in uncertainty.
I’ll just accept it if our house is
destroyed,” she said. AP
Member hotels of
the Indonesia Hotel
and Restaurant Association
will provide a night’s free
accommodation to people
affected by the airport closure.
ZIMBABWE
Pope in
Myanmar
dilemma
Crisis is over
despite looting,
say forces
The Pope held talks
yesterday with
Myanmar’s military chief,
General Min Aung Hlaing,
at the start of a delicate
visit to a majorityBuddhist country that has
been accused of “ethnic
cleansing” against its
Muslim Rohingya people.
Some papal advisers
have warned the pontiff,
pictured hugging a
girl as he arrived at
Yangon airport, against
mentioning the crisis
lest he turn the country’s
military and government
against minority
Christians. REUTERS
By Farai Mutsaka
IN HARARE
Security forces in Zimbabwe have
reported incidents of looting and
illegal occupation of farms and houses
following the resignation of Robert
Mugabe and the inauguration of his
successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa.
However, the military and police
said in a joint statement yesterday
that the “situation in our country
has returned to normalcy”
after the military staged
a takeover and crowds
demonstrated against
Mr Mugabe, calling
fo r a n e n d t o h i s
37-year rule.
Land is a contentious
issue in Zimbabwe,
w h e r e M r M u ga b e ’s
government, starting in
about 2000, initiated land seizures
and evictions of farmers from the
country’s white minority, which
relinquished power in 1980 after a
guerrilla war.
President Mnangagwa (inset) is
expected to form a cabinet this week,
with all eyes on how much he breaks
with the past. Of special interest
is his choice of finance minister to
replace Ignatius Chombo, an ally of
Grace Mugabe, who faces corruption
c h a rge s a n d w a s ye s t e r d ay
denied bail ahead of his trial on
8 December. AP
FRANCE
Wolf whistling and ‘gender-based insults’ to be made illegal
By Jon Stone
France is to ban gender-based insults
and wolf whistling in the street in a
crackdown against sexism.
President Emmanuel Macron said
yesterday that it was unacceptable
for France to be “one of those
countries where women live in fear”
of “verbal violence”.
“Gender-based insults will be
punishable by law. Offenders will
face a deterrent fine,” the President
(inset) said in an address to mark
International Day for Elimination
of Violence Against Women. “Many
women have said that the first sexist
violence they meet is in the street.”
He added: “And many harassers
practice wolf whistling and other
types of verbal stigmatisation – and
for a long time people reacted with
indifference. This is unacceptable.
Women must feel comfortable
in public spaces. Women in the
republic must not be afraid to
use public spaces.”
During the speech, Mr
Macron, whose
p o p u l a r i ty w i t h
voters has dropped
since his election
in May, observed a
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minute’s silence for the 123 women
killed by their partners or expartners in 2016.
He unveiled a package of
measures, one of which is to make
wolf whistling an offence,
which will “give the
police the right to issue
a fine if there is a verbal
attack on a woman”.
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GERMANY
LEBANON
President begins
talks to revive
government
By Charlie Wood
Lebanese President Michel
Aoun has begun two days of
consultations with the country’s
political leaders over the
government’s future in the wake
of Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s
suspended resignation.
Eastern Europe invited to
be part of ‘new Silk Road’
By Pablo Gorondi
IN BUDAPEST
SYRIA
Markets open a Russian bombs
year after attack ‘kill at least 25’
Traditional Christmas markets
are opening across Germany
amid heightened security,
almost a year after a terror
attack on a gathering in Berlin
killed 12 people.
The interior minister,
Thomas de Maizière, called
on Germans not to stay away
out of fear, saying: “Christmas
markets are part of our life
and culture.” But he added:
“The terror threat is very high.
Anytime. Anywhere.”
The market in Berlin was
due to open last night with a
candlelit ceremony. AP
CHINA
A Russian air strike on a Syrian
village held by Isis has killed at least
25 civilians, activists said.
The Deir Ezzor 24 activist group
blamed Russian warplanes for the
Sunday’s attack on the village of
Shaafa, in the eastern province of
Deir el-Zour.
The village is close to the town of
Boukamal, which Syrian troops and
their allies captured this month.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights gave a higher
death toll, saying that 53 people were
killed, including 21 children.
UN peace talks on Syria resume in
Geneva today. AP
Mr Hariri quit on 4 November
while he was in Saudi Arabia,
throwing his coalition
government into crisis, but
put the move “on hold” after
returning home, to allow talks.
He has demanded his that
coalition ally, the Hezbollah
militant group, removes itself
from regional conflicts in Syria,
Iraq and Yemen. Hezbollah
denies playing a military role in
Yemen but has fighters in Iraq
and Syria. Mr Aoun met the head
of Hezbollah’s parliamentary
bloc, Mohammed Raad, to discuss
“reactivating” the government.
China’s Prime Minister said he would
forge links with eastern Europe as
part of the “new Silk Road” initiative
to boost globalisation that will
unite the two ends of the Eurasian
landmass.
Premier Li Keqiang, attending
a summit with 16 countries from
Central and Eastern Europe in the
Hungarian capital, Budapest, said
yesterday that co-operation between
them was based on “mutual respect
and the ‘win-win’ principle”.
“This kind of co-operation makes
it possible for globalisation to reach
Soldiers with the
Kosovo Security Force
take part in a ceremony
in Pristina yesterday
to mark nine years
since the Republic of
Kosovo was founded.
Kosovo unilaterally
declared independence
from Serbia in 2008,
after years of strained
relations between
its Serb and mainly
Albanian inhabitants.
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PAKISTAN
Islamist protesters stand down after minister quits
Pakistani Islamists have announced
they are disbanding their sit-in near
Islamabad after the country’s law
minister resigned, caving in to the
protesters who have been demanding his ousting in a three-week rally.
After Zahid Hamid’s resignation, the
Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah
party, which is behind the protest in
Islamabad and other cities and towns
across Pakistan, said they were dispersing peacefully.
The developments underscored
how a small Islamist party is able to
pressure government into action.
The party had demanded Mr Hamid’s resignation over an omitted
reference to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad in a parliamentary bill. He
apologised, saying it was a clerical
error that was later corrected.
But the Islamists persisted, taking
to the streets and setting up a sit-in
on the edge of Islamabad. AP
CHECHNYA
NORWAY
INDIA
Leader says he is
ready to resign
Reindeer mown Elephants used to
down by trains clear forest huts
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov
has announced that he is ready to
resign – a move largely perceived
as a publicity stunt.
Mr Kadyrov said in a rare
interview aired yesterday that
it is his “dream” to step down
because he finds the responsibility
of leading the Russian republic too
heavy. His statements have been
widely seen as part of a power play
with the Kremlin for privileges
and extra funding. AP
Freight trains have killed more than
100 Norwegian reindeer in three
days. Torstein Appfjell, a reindeer
herder, said it was “tragic” and
“unprecedented” for so many of the
animals to die in such a way.
He said 106 reindeer had been
killed since Thursday.
The worst accident happened on
Saturday, when 65 animals were
mown down. Mr Appfjell said at least
250 animals had been killed in train
accidents in the past 12 months.
IN ISLAMABAD
Ganyiel
Martha’s fear grows each
morning as her toes touch
the cold and muddy water of
the swamp in a remote part of
South Sudan.
Yet she steps confidently
into the chest-deep marsh, her
clothes drenched and her feet
sinking into the slippery mud
as she holds her schoolbag
above her head to keep it dry.
“I know there could be
crocodiles, pythons and Guinea
worm in here and I’m scared
every day,” says the 18-year-old,
who is one of thousands who
have found safety in Ganyiel, a
rebel-held town in the centre of
the war-torn country.
With 72 per cent of
children out of school,
South Sudan ranks worst in
education among all African
nations, according to the
United Nations children’s
agency (Unicef).
One of the most common
reasons for non-attendance
is the long distance students
have to walk to school,
Unicef says.
“Some of the children in
my village have died in the
swamps,” Martha says, sitting
on a plastic chair outside her
classroom in a spare dry dress
that she carried with her.
But Martha has made up
her mind that receiving an
education is her priority even
though the journey takes four
hours a day, a quarter of which
is spent wading through the
treacherous swamp. REUTERS
Stefanie Glinski
every segment of the world,” he said.
The premier noted that his country’s
global imports would total $8trn
(£6trn) over the next five years.
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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang wants to
promote globalisation AFP/GETTY
China’s “new Silk Road” initiative
to expand trade across Asia, Africa
and Europe is one of the key themes
of the sixth edition of the annual
meeting with the 16 European
countries.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor
Orban, who has closed his country to
most migration from outside Europe,
especially Muslims, said Europe
needed “strong allies” to confront its
“historical challenges”.
“If Europe shuts itself in, it
loses the possibility of growth,” Mr
Orban said. “We 16 have always been
open and would always like to remain
so. We always saw co-operation with
China as a great opportunity.” AP
Indian police yesterday took the
unusual step of using elephants
in an attempt to evict hundreds
of people living illegally in a
protected forest area in the
remote north-east.
Police used bulldozers and the
elephants, and the bamboo- and
tin-hut dwellers responded by
hurling rocks. Five protesters
were injured in a scuffle after
police used tear gas in the
Amchang forest in Assam state. AP
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Scientists breed baby coral
in Barrier Reef breakthrough
A diver filming bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef last year, when 93 per cent was affected AFP/GETTY
Scientists have managed to
artificially breed baby coral
from larvae on damaged
patches of the Australian
Great Barrier Reef in an
environmental breakthrough.
Researchers collected
coral eggs and sperm off the
reef’s Heron Island before
allowing them to reproduce and
mature in tanks.
Professor Peter Harrison of
Southern Cross University in
New South Wales, who led the
project, said it was an “exciting”
development that raised the
prospect of reversing coral
depletion. “The results are very
promising and our work shows
that adding higher densities
of coral larvae leads to higher
numbers of successful coral
recruits,” he added. “It may be
one of the answers to some of the
problems in the Great Barrier
Reef. It’s a glimmer of hope.”
The Great Barrier Reef,
located off the Queensland
coast, is the world’s largest
coral reef system. But climate
change and sea temperature
rises are believed to have led to
widespread coral “bleaching”,
with the reef also under threat
from pollution.
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EGYPT
Village elders ‘had received Isis
threats’ before mosque massacre
By Hamza Hendawi
IN CAIRO
Elders of a village in Egypt’s Sinai
Peninsula where militants killed
305 people in a mosque had been
warned by Isis to stop collaborating
with security forces and to suspend
In the past year, militants
have killed dozens of
Christians. The Isis affiliate is
also believed to have been behind
the 2016 downing of a Russian
passenger jet that killed 224.
rituals associated with Islam’s
mystical Sufi movement, security
officials and residents have said.
The latest warning came as
recently as a week ago, when
villagers in Al-Rawdah were told
not to hold Sufi rituals on 29 and
30 November to commemorate the
birth of the Prophet Mohamed.
Local operatives of the Isis affiliate
in Sinai consider Sufis to be heretics
who should be killed. Ahmed Saqr,
an expert on the Sinai insurgency,
said militants had publicly identified
the mosque, which also serves as a
Sufi centre, as a target months ago.
He wrote on Saturday in a
Facebook post that the selection of
the Al-Rawdah mosque as a target
“raises questions about those who
read, analyse and prepare in our
security agencies” and whether
anything could have been done to
prevent the “untold horrors”.
Mohammed Ibrahim, a university
student from the village, said
militants had warned residents a
few days before Friday’s attack not
to collaborate with security forces.
He said the warning followed
the detention three weeks ago
by villagers of three suspected
militants who were handed over to
security forces.
YEMEN
Meanwhile, a young iman who
survived has vowed to return to the
mosque once he has recovered and
finish the sermon he was delivering
at the time of the attack.
Mr Abdel Fattah is recuperating
in a hospital in the Nile Delta town
of Al-Husayniya and coming to
terms with the tragedy inflicted
on his community. “I was only two
minutes into my sermon when I
heard two explosions outside the
mosque, and then I saw worshippers
running in horror,” he said.
Egypt’s military and security
forces have been waging a tough
and costly campaign against
Ismailia Governor Yassin Taher with
a young victim of the attack GETTY
militants in the towns, villages and
desert mountains of northern Sinai.
Across the country, thousands
have been arrested in a crackdown
on suspected Islamists and other
dissenters and government critics.
ITALY
Food arrives at port after blockade eased Berlusconi backs military general
By Charlie Wood
A UN aid ship carrying food supplies
has been allowed to dock at a rebelheld port in Yemen after the Saudiled coalition eased a blockade that
has lasted for nearly three weeks.
The 5,500-ton shipment of flour
docked at Hodeidah port in the Red
Sea on Sunday.
Saudi Arabia and its allies
closed air, land and sea access on 6
November to stop what it calls a flow
of arms to the Houthis from Iran.
The action came after Saudi
Arabia intercepted a missile fired
towards its capital Riyadh. Iran
has denied supplying the Houthis
with weapons.
Aid agencies said the blockade had
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worsened the crisis in Yemen, where
the war has left an estimated seven
million people facing famine and
killed more than 10,000 people.
Save the Children said an
estimated 20,000 Yemeni children
under the age of five were joining the
ranks of the severely malnourished
every month. The blockade is
aggravating the food crisis, it added.
By Crispian Balmer
Silvio Berlusconi has suggestedthat
a Carabinier general could be Italy’s
next prime minister if his centreright bloc wins national elections
slated for early 2018.
Mr Berlusconi, a three-time prime
minister, is barred from holding
public office because of a 2013
conviction for tax fraud. He is trying
to overturn the ban in the European
courts, but is seeking alternative
candidates if his legal battle fails.
Leonardo Gallitelli headed the
Carabinieri, a military police force
under the control of both the defence
and interior ministries, from 2009 to
2015. He is currently head of Italy’s
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Soundtrack for wash cycle
film is more than just spin
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
The Oscar-winning composer
Michael Nyman has composed a
score to accompany a film showing
the uninterrupted 66-minute
cycle of a washing machine.
Washing Machine, shot
in one continuous take,
will receive a Leicester
Square premiere next
month. The epitome of
“slow cinema”, the film
will be accompanied by a
score worthy of its waterslushing, poetic monotony.
The soundtrack composer, famed
for his use of repetitive musical
sequences, has created a piece
designed to elevate moments of high
drama in the unfolding wash, rinse
and spin cycle.
Nyman, 73, who wrote the film
score for The Piano, said: “I’m
interested in the mechanical process,
the way that I create musical cycles
which are based on repetition and
variation and the correlation between
that music and what happens in a
washing machine process.”
The film is part of a PR
campaign for Samsung’s
new washing machine.
Nyman recorded part
of his soundtrack live in
London surrounded by
TV monitors showing the
wash cycle.
The composer added:
“By coincidence, this new
work comes exactly 300 years
after the 1717 premiere of another
celebrated composition inspired by
the flow of water – German–British
composer George Frideric Handel’s
Water Music.
“So, in some ways, we have come
full circle with Washing Machine
– The Movie.”
‘The longer I am in
the air, the harder
the landing will be’
Watch out, road users – Clarkson, Hammond
and May are back. By Adam Sherwin
W
e have been
summoned to a
pub to hear about
the return of The
Grand Tour, the
motoring show which launched
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard
Hammond and James May back
on to television screens after their
Top Gear pile-up. But the scene
that unfolds is more like an episode
of Casualty, set in the out-patients
department populated by a bunch
of grumpy, middle-aged men who
find the bitterest humour in each
other’s infirmity.
“I’m very sad to have to report
that pneumonia has lost its long
battle with Jeremy Clarkson
and he’s still with us,” announces
the gadget-assembling May,
who diagnosed his colleague’s
hospitalisation in Mallorca during
the summer – where doctors
warned him that he could die – as
merely “malingering”.
“It turned out to be double
pneumonia in both lungs,”
protests Clarkson. “But it was
fine. Rumours of my death were
wildly exaggerated.” However, the
notoriously outspoken presenter
has succumbed to an enforced
lifestyle change: “Life has no
meaning or purpose anymore.
I’ve not smoked since August.
Smoking provides the punctuation
points in my day,” he complains.
Clarkson blames his “bossy
daughter” who “came out to make
sure I didn’t drink or smoke ever
again. When she said ‘but what
about drinking?’ the doctor just
went ‘He is on holiday’.”
However, Clarkson reserves
his scorn for “rural half-wit”
Hammond, who upped the ante
by crashing a £2m ($1.5m) Rimac
Concept One electric supercar,
which then burst into flames as he
filmed scenes in Switzerland.
Hammond, who sustained brain
injuries after a 288mph rocket car
accident in 2006, was airlifted to
hospital after another near-fatal
crash. “How can he be such an arse
to have crashed after the finishing
line?” asks Clarkson. “When I
saw the car upside down and on
fire I thought ‘I don’t want to eat
him. He’d be pretty cooked. He’s
forgotten what it’s like to take his
clothes off himself, he’s so used to
having paramedics cut them off.”
Hammond, who says the crash
footage will feature in the first
episode when The Grand Tour
returns on the Amazon Prime
streaming service next week (“it’s
the elephant in the room”), admits
that his latest brush with death
was “bloody annoying”.
He explains: “The series
director asked for ‘just one more
run’ and I told him, ‘You do realise
I’m going to crash now’. I do
remember thinking ‘the longer I’m
in the air, the harder the landing is
going to be’. Which it was. I heard
ambulances and thought ‘I should
really get out quickly’.”
Hammond took the “precaution
of ringing my wife before the
ambulance helicopter landed” to
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Hammond, Clarkson and May go to
Switzerland for episode one of the
new series ELLIS O’BRIEN; AMAZON
let her know she might be reading
about his latest prang. “My wife is
very understanding but my family
did say ‘That’s two of your three
strikes, mate’.”
He maintains that the team,
who concocted the new series with
former Top Gear producer Andy
Wilman, are “risk-takers who do
everything to mitigate against
things going wrong.”
May is not immune – he went
down with an “unspecified illness”
after the first series and bangs
his arm twice on his pub chair,
exclaiming “ow!” each time. “I
am just a bit more capable than
the others. But that’s a bit like
saying you’re from the posh bit of
Rotherham,” he said.
May admitted the brushes with
mortality “do make me think, we’re
making a TV show, not trying to
break any records. It is a bit of a
wake-up call”.
Amazon responded to the
health crises by announcing that
the studio tent, which travelled
around the world in the first series,
will have a permanent base in
the Cotswolds, given the trio’s
“sore joints, struggling lungs and
combined age of 158”.
Not for the first time, Clarkson
disagrees with his TV paymaster.
“There’s been a lot of bother about
us getting old and we can’t travel
anymore but we’ve toured more
than ever before.”
The hosts agreed that the budget
would be more wisely spent on the
spectacular location films that Top
Gear became famous for instead
of transporting a massive tent
around the globe. “I can now go to
work in my dressing down,” adds
Cotswolds resident Clarkson.
Croatia, Colorado, New York and
Dubai feature in season two along
with a “worthy” environmental
project in Mozambique which May
asserts “would impress Bono and
should win us a medal”.
Is The Grand Tour more
popular than Top Gear, from
which Clarkson was famously
defenestrated by the BBC two
years ago for punching a producer?
“We don’t know our viewing
figures. For all we know 26 people
watched it. I asked Amazon ‘Can’t
you just give us a clue?’ after the
Men only Special guests
A typically male list of celebrity
guests announced for the new series
of The Grand Tour includes:
Luke Evans, Beauty and The
Beast actor
Kiefer Sutherland, star of 24
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey’s
Earl of Grantham
Kevin Pietersen, former England
cricket captain
Dominic Cooper, Mamma Mia actor
Dynamo, TV magician
Rory McIlroy, Open-winning golfer
Michael Ball, musical theatre star
Alfie Boe, tenor singer
David Hasselhoff, ex-Baywatch star
Ricky Wilson, indie singer
Jeremy Clarkson (centre) with
guests Ricky Wilson (left) and David
Hasselhoff ELLIS O’BRIEN; AMAZON
first season. Are the Top Gear
figures really plummeting?”
Clarkson doesn’t watch the
rebooted BBC show, now fronted
by Matt LeBlanc. He’s still sore. “In
the same way that when somebody
has a baby adopted they don’t go
and peer through the window of
their new house. That’s really what
if feels like to me. That was my
baby and it got taken away and I
don’t particularly want to see what
it’s new parents are doing with it.
They’ll probably go and look on the
internet who it’s real father is.”
LeBlanc and co just don’t have
the same commitment as their
predecessors. “You have to be
able to learn how to work 24 hours
a day, seven days a week. You
can’t have another job. It’s bloody
hard work.”
The Grand Tour team are
perhaps a little more open-minded.
Clarkson has test-driven Tesla’s
latest semi-autonomous Model X
for the new series, nine years after
decimating its Roadster in a Top
Gear review which ended up in
court – Clarkson won.
“Nobody is actually fighting the
corner for cars,” claims Clarkson.
“It’s just Gary Lineker and his
mates on Twitter saying isn’t
cycling great and isn’t the air dirty.
Bicycles are something children
have until they’re old enough
to drive. But if you’re lazy and
don’t work very hard, you have
a bicycle.”
Breaking off to scroll through
Lineker’s Twitter feed, Clarkson
proclaims that Twitter itself is
“purely a medium for Gary Lineker.
That’s all you get on Twitter now –
Gary Lineker. He’s a busy man. He’s
got a lot of tweeting to do”.
There is a third series to follow
under the current Amazon deal,
if the presenters can keep body
and soul together. Clarkson wants
to do more shooting in Africa
where “nobody tells you what you
can’t do” – unlike his former BBC
nemesis, the executive Danny
Cohen. “I don’t know where he is
now. Danny used to object if your
shoes weren’t clean.” May has
considered going to the moon. “But
is there a reason? It’s like everyone
being obsessed with going to
Barnsley. Yes, but why?”
Clarkson though has a plan
to stage a diplomatic coup – the
provocateur criticised for mocking
Mexicans, Romanians and Indian
slums is taking The Grand Tour to
Tehran. “When we were on the
BBC we weren’t able to go to Iran
or Zimbabwe. Iran didn’t even
allow Ski Sunday. But we can go
now and Iran is somewhere I really
want to go to,” Clarkson said.
“I’m desperate to go to Iran,”
confirms May. “We’re good at
policing ourselves after 15 years.
We know how to push towards the
edge without going over it. But if
Jeremy brought down a fatwa on
his own head, that’s fine.”
We might be waving goodbye
to The Grand Tour team for a long
time. But as Clarkson asks: “Who
wants to live a pedestrianised life?”
‘The Grand Tour’ season two begins
on Amazon Prime on 8 December
How ‘fake news’
saved the‘Titanic’
from disaster
David Barnett on a new exhibition that
examines the causes of misinformation
W
hen the Titanic hit
an iceberg on the
night of 14 April 1912,
the crew of the ship
used telegraphy
technology not only to call for
help but to provide updates on the
situation in the Atlantic Ocean.
Unverified and unsigned
telegrams were despatched to Fleet
Street. Newspapers duly reported
that everything was under control
and the Titanic, deemed to be
unsinkable, was going to survive its
brush with catastrophe. The press
was unable to keep up with what
was a rapidly developing situation,
going only with the information it
had to hand. The effect was one of
the earliest examples of what some
might call “fake news”.
A new exhibition at the National
Science and Media Museum
in Bradford looks at fake news
in all its forms. It features both
historical instances and up-tothe-minute examples. This month,
“fake news” was named Collins
Dictionary’s word of the year. It
defines the expression as “false,
often sensational, information
disseminated under the guise of
news reporting”. That’s certainly
how US President Donald Trump
Telegrams stating that
all ‘Titanic’ passengers had
been rescued were reported
as fact in newspapers
regularly deploys it, usually to mean
“this news outlet has published
something that I disagree with”.
That is arguably how many of us
use the term.
But fake news is far more nuanced
than that. “What we refer to now as
‘fake news’ has been around ever
since human communication began,”
says John O’Shea, the museum’s
senior exhibitions manager. “We still
talk of ‘Chinese whispers’, when the
meaning of something is altered or
lost through retellings.”
The use of social media, says
O’Shea, has been “mashed up with
some pretty potent political and
social events in the past few years,
which has created what I see as a
perfect storm for fake news.”
The show identifies five factors
that contribute to the spread of fake
news: political gain; misreporting;
going viral; financial gain; and “not
letting the truth get in the way of a
good story”.
The Titanic disaster is a prime
example of misreporting, which
does not have to be malicious in
intent. Telegrams stating that all
the passengers from the Titanic
had been rescued were reported
as fact before the full extent of the
One newspaper headline read: ‘2,000
lives are saved off wrecked Titanic’
NATIONAL SCIENCE AND MEDIA MUSEUM
tragedy came to light. “That was
more than 100 years ago and this
situation has accelerated so much
today,” says O’Shea. He points to
recent tragedies such as the Grenfell
Tower fire or the Manchester Arena
bombing. Social media was abuzz
with theories, witness accounts and
first-hand reports, many of which
were taken up by the mainstream
media but later proved false.
Part of the exhibition will focus
on the story of the Cottingley
Fairies, which took place a century
ago when two young girls faked
some fairy photographs using their
father’s camera.
Their joke got out of hand after
the mother of one of the girls showed
the photographs at a meeting of the
Theosophical Society, from where
they made their way to noted writer
Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of
Sherlock Holmes, and then became
a topic of national debate. Going
viral in the early 20th century took
years rather than seconds but the
principle was the same: people
shared the photographs around, not
checking the veracity of them, either
wanting to believe they were real, or
just because they were a novelty.
The good news is a number of new
media organisations are trying to
encourage us to think about where
news comes from, and who stands
to gain politically, financially or
ideologically by it, before we share it.
But we live in a fast-moving
world, and the emergence of news
platforms where the line between
journalism and people simply
sharing what they believe is – or
want to be – true is blurring so
much that fact and fiction are often
indistinguishable.
‘Fake News’ runs at the National
Science and Media Museum in
Bradford until 28 January
Television Tuesday 28 November
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The Robot Will See You Now
How To Spend It Well
At Christmas With
Phillip Schofield
The A Word
Motherland
9pm, BBC1
Worried that her parents are
starting to pull apart, Rebecca packs
Paul and Alison off for the weekend
in an attempt to make them
reconnect. Back home at the Lakes,
Eddie helps look after Joe, teaching
him how to ride a bike.
10pm, BBC2
With Paul away on yet another
jolly with his mates, Julia is landed
with Paul’s parents (David Calder
and Penny Ryder – both terrific).
This episode feels less focused than
earlier ones, but there’s a very funny
scene in a fish restaurant in which
the aged in-laws are mystified by
the presence of Kevin (Paul Ready),
who’s been drafted in as support by
Julia with his supposed abilities as a
“geriatric whisperer”.
10pm, Channel 4
If you’re already happily asking Alexa
to dim the lights, or Siri to locate
back-episodes of Westworld, then
you might also be in the market for
Jess (left) – or at least you may be
when this latest voice-recognition
digital assistant comes to market.
The brainchild of AI experts
at Manchester and Plymouth
Universities, Jess will use computer
algorithms to offer couples and
families advice on personal
problems including marriage,
divorce, infidelity and obesity.
But can Jess and “her” like ever
replace the wisdom and empathy
of real people, asks this opening
documentary in a Channel 4 season
devoted to artificial intelligence?
8pm, ITV
That mouthful of a title tells you just
about everything you need to know
about this seasonal edition of the
consumer magazine, although the
makers might also have added
Jonathan Ross and Stacey Solomon
as they join Schofield in this guide to
“the must-have festive buys”. So
while Ross delves into the revival of
nostalgic toys, Solomon and her
sons try out the latest board games.
And while forking out £3,600 for an
animatronic unicorn will be beyond
most of us, Schofield relays the
startling news that the average
spend on a 15-year-old’s stocking
is a stonking £120.
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Grand Designs:
House Of The Year
9pm, Channel 4
Kevin McCloud reveals the winner of
the prestigious prize for residential
architecture – that is after he, the
architect Damion Burrows and
magazine editor Michelle Ogundehin
sift the final category from the long
list of minimalist homes.
6.00 An Island Parish:
Falklands (R) (S). 6.30
Claimed And Shamed (R)
(S). 7.15 Royal Recipes
(R) (S). 8.00 Sign Zone:
Great British Menu: The
Finals (R) (S). 9.00 Victoria
Derbyshire (S). 11.00 BBC
Newsroom Live (S). 12.00
Daily Politics (S). 1.00 The
Link (R) (S). 1.45 Terry
And Mason’s Great Food
Trip (R) (S). 2.15 Channel
Patrol (R) (S). 3.00 The
Indian Doctor (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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Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine
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Show (S). 10.30 This
Morning (S). 12.30 Loose
Women (S). 1.30 ITV News;
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Regional News; Weather
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3.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal
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Weather (S). 4.00 Tipping
Point (R) (S). 5.00 The
Chase (S).
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(R). 7.10 The King Of
Queens (R) (S). 7.35
Everybody Loves Raymond
(R) (S). 8.00 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R) (S). 8.30
Everybody Loves Raymond
(R) (S). 9.05 Frasier (R)
(S). 9.35 Frasier (R) (S).
10.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
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USA (R) (S). 12.00 Channel
4 News Summary (S). 12.05
Come Dine With Me (S).
1.05 Kirstie’s Handmade
Christmas (R) (S). 2.10
Countdown (S). 3.00
Lost And Found (S). 4.00 A
Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (S). 5.00 Four In A Bed
(S). 5.30 Come Dine With
Me (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 The
Wright Stuff (S). 11.35
FILM: 40 Below And
Falling At Christmas
(Dylan Pearce 2015)
Romantic comedy,
starring Jewel Staite (S).
1.25 5 News At Lunchtime
(S). 1.30 Neighbours (S).
2.00 FILM: The Christmas
Switch (Paul Lynch 2014)
Fantasy, starring Brian
Krause and Cedric Smith
(S). 3.45 FILM: Snowmance
(Douglas Mitchell 2016)
Premiere. Romantic
comedy, starring Ashley
Newbrough (S). 5.30 5
News At 5.30 (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Eggheads (S).
6.30 Strictly Come
Dancing – It
Takes Two (S).
6.55 MOTD Live
Kick-off is at
7.05pm (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
(S).
6.30 Hollyoaks Myra
promises to
film Neeta’s
memorial for
Hunter (S).
6.00 Neighbours
Paige becomes
concerned
about Mark’s
recent
behaviour (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 Save Money:
Good Food The
team helps a
Rotherham
family (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7pm
7.00 The One Show
Live chat and
reports (S).
7.30 EastEnders The
Carters plan a
party (S).
7.00 Yorkshire: A
Year In The
Wild Balmy
conditions give
the roe deer a
lifeline (R) (S).
8pm
8.00 Holby City In
light of Nina’s
news, Matteo
can no longer
run from their
past (S).
8.00 How To Spend
It Well At
Christmas With
Phillip Schofield
New series (S).
8.00 The Secret Life
Of 5 Year Olds
How five-yearolds recognise
and deal with
risk (S).
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Claimed And Shamed (S).
10.00 Homes Under The
Hammer (S). 11.00 The
Housing Enforcers (R)
(S). 11.45 The Sheriffs Are
Coming (S). 12.15 Bargain
Hunt (R) (S). 1.00 BBC
News At One; Weather
(S). 1.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather (S). 1.45
Doctors (S). 2.15 Armchair
Detectives (S). 3.00
Escape To The Country
(S). 3.45 Royal Recipes (S).
4.30 Flog It! (R) (S). 5.15
Pointless (R) (S).
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9pm
10pm
11pm
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Drugsland
10.45pm, BBC1
Meet heroin addicts Jo and Rich,
lovers who live in a multistorey car
park in central Bristol and make an
Phillip Schofield shows
‘HowTo Spend It Well’
8pm, ITV
6.00 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 6.20 Planet’s
Got Talent (R) (S). 6.45
Dinner Date (R) (S). 7.35
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.00
Coronation Street (R) (S).
8.30 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 9.00 The Ellen
DeGeneres Show (R) (S).
9.50 Dinner Date (R) (S).
10.50 I’m A Celebrity…
Get Me Out Of Here! (R) (S).
11.50 Planet’s Got Talent
(R) (S). 12.20 Emmerdale
(R) (S). 12.50 Coronation
Street (R). 1.20 Coronation
Street (R) (S). 1.50 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show (S).
2.45 The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S). 3.50 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (R) (S). 4.55 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
Penny Ryder causes
trouble in ‘Motherland’
10pm, BBC2
6.00 I’m A Celebrity…
Get Me Out Of
Here! Another
Bushtucker
Trial awaits
(R) (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Christmas
University
Challenge 2015
(R) (S).
6.45 FILM: The
Tourist (Florian
Henckel von
Donnersmarck
2010) Romantic
thriller, with
Johnny Depp (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
Camcorder clips
(R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
8.00 Jo Brand’s Cats
& Kittens The
host meets a
woman who
runs a cat
sanctuary at her
home (S).
8.00 Darcey Bussell’s
Looking For
Audrey The
Strictly judge
explores the
life of Audrey
Hepburn (R) (S).
8.50 The Riot Club
Interview
Special With
Sam Claflin,
Max Irons
and Holliday
Grainger.
8.00 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
Kevin McCloud reveals
the winner of the big
prize in ‘Grand Designs:
House Of The Year’
9pm, Channel 4
9.00 The A Word
Paul and Alison
attempt to
reconnect (S).
9.00 MasterChef: The
Professionals
Challenges for
the six chefs
include making
a filled pasta
dish (S).
9.00 I’m A Celebrity…
Get Me Out Of
Here! Ant and
Dec present
the celebrity
challenge (S).
9.00 Grand Designs:
House Of The
Year Kevin
McCloud
reveals the
winner. Last in
the series (S).
9.00 Ben Fogle:
New Lives In
The Wild The
presenter
travels to
Missouri (S).
9.00 From Andy
Pandy To
Zebedee: The
Golden Age Of
Children’s TV
(R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Taken
3 (Olivier
Megaton 2014)
Action thriller
sequel, starring
Liam Neeson (S)
9.00 Family Guy
Joe quits his job
and takes the
guys on a road
trip (R) (S).
9.30 Family Guy
(R) (S).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 Drugsland (S).
10.00Motherland
While Paul is
away, he sends
his parents to
help Julia (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.05 ITV News;
Weather (S).
10.35 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 On Assignment
(S).
10.00The Robot Will
See You Now
Cameras follow
a robot which
offers advice
to couples and
families (S).
10.00The 90s: The
Most Shocking
Celebrity
Moments
Infamous
incidents from
the 1990s (R) (S).
10.00Arena: Ken
Dodd A 2007
profile of the
comedian (R) (S).
.
10.05 I’m A Celebrity:
Extra Camp
Companion
programme to
the show (S).
11.45 Life And Death
Row A look
at capital
punishment
through the
eyes of young
people (R) (S).
11.15 NFL This Week
Action from the
12th round of
fixtures (S).
11.20 Lethal Weapon
A series of
violent crimes
all connect to a
specific church
(R) (S).
11.05 Gogglebox
I’m A Celebrity,
Get Me Out
Of Here! is
appraised (R) (S).
11.00 A303: Highway
To The Sun Tom
Fort charts the
history of the
A303 (R) (S).
11.15 FILM: 99 Homes
(Ramin Bahrani
2014) Drama,
starring Andrew
Garfield (S).
11.00 Family Guy
(R) (S).
11.30 American Dad!
Stan becomes
addicted to
cocaine (R) (S).
12.50 BBC News (S).
12.05 Extreme Wives With
Kate Humble (R) (S). 1.05
Sign Zone: The Apprentice
(R) (S). 2.05 Sign Zone:
Basquiat – Rage To Riches
(R) (S). 3.30 This Is BBC
Two (S).
12.15 Jackpot247 3.00
Loose Women (R). 3.50
ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.10 Music on 4: The
Great Songwriters (S). 1.05
Kitchen Nightmares USA
(R). 1.55 One Born Every
Minute (R). 2.50 The Search
For A Miracle Cure (R). 3.45
Grand Designs Australia
(R) (S). To 4.40am.
12.00 The Maharajas’
Motor Car: The Story Of
Rolls-Royce In India (R)
(S). 12.55 Revolution And
Romance: Musical Masters
Of The 19th Century (R)
(S). 1.55 Darcey Bussell’s
Looking For Audrey (R) (S).
1.30 FILM: Animal
Kingdom (David Michod
2010) Crime thriller,
starring James Frecheville
(S). 3.50 Close
12.00 American Dad! (R)
(S). 12.30 Plebs (R) (S). 1.00
Plebs (R) (S). 1.30 Release
The Hounds (R) (S). 2.30
Teleshopping
1.00 SuperCasino (S).
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Victims Unit (R) (S). 4.00
Now That’s Funny! (R) (S).
4.45 House Doctor (R) (S).
5.10 Divine Designs (R) (S).
5.35 Nick’s Quest (R) (S).
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astonishing £1,000 per week from
begging, spending virtually all of it
on you-know-what. With police
cracking down on begging and rough
sleeping, the couple are presented
with a choice – either accept the
offer of rehab or face being split up.
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A303: Highway To The Sun
11pm, BBC4
Tom Fort and his travelogues are
often compared to those of Bill
Bryson, and this 2011 documentary
in which he motors from Andover
in Hampshire to Honiton in Devon
in a Morris Minor is vintage Fort.
The A303 is well-known to
generations of West Country-bound
holidaymakers for its infamous
tailbacks and rubber-necking
views of Stonehenge.
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FILM OF THE DAY
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Keanu
Runaway Train
11.15pm, Sky Cinema Comedy
(Peter Atencio, 2016)
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan
Peele (both left) star in this
idiosyncratic and very funny fishout-of-water action comedy, as
regular suburban black men – men
who have George Michael on their
iPods and “talk like Richard Pryor
doing an impression of a white guy”
– who have to act all gangsta when
they get in over their heads in a plot
involving drug dealers and a turf
war. It uses the Keanu Reeves film
John Wick as a basic template and
Reeves briefly cameos as a spirit
animal. Meanwhile, the kitten
who plays Keanu, the innocent pet
who inadvertently incites all the
action, is super cute.
10.50pm, Movies4Men
(Andrei Konchalovsky, 1985)
Hardened lifer Jon Voight escapes
from a maximum security prison in
Alaska with jittery young offender
Eric Roberts in tow, but, of all the
luck, they stow away on a freight
train that’s soon hurtling towards
oblivion with no one at the controls.
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99 Homes
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(Ramin Bahrani, 2014)
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father (Andrew Garfield) is evicted
from his home and, in desperation,
goes into the foreclosure business
with the real-estate mogul who
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We’ll turn
this
campus
blue
At many of Britain’s universities, Conservative
students are vastly outnumbered – and often
despised. But Sean Cole finds Birmingham’s young
Tories determined to make themselves heard
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O
pportunity abounds
for new students at the
University of Birmingham.
It’s time for many to try
something different – and
everything from battle re-enactment to
fetish and nerdfighting is offered by the
three-day Societies Fair, where more
than 300 student groups host stalls
during Freshers’ Week. Even within
this inclusive environment, however,
some interests are more warmly
received than others.
The Conservative Society is in the
corner of a large marquee attached
to the university’s Guild of Students,
canvassing for new recruits. A handful
of committee members in light-blue
jumpers are staffing the stall, taking it
in turns during the five-hour event.
Their area is decked out in Union flags
and posters with the slogan “Building a
society that works for everyone”. There
is also a life-size cardboard cutout of
Margaret Thatcher, which attracts
plenty of attention. Many stop for
selfies with Maggie.
To a n n o u n c e y o u r s e l f a s a
Conservative on campus is a bold step.
University culture leans towards the
liberal and the left, and activism and
idealism dominate. At the last election,
many young people were swept up
in Corbynmania and the promise
of a better, and radically different,
world. Those young people preaching
pragmatism and moderate reform were
vastly outnumbered.
I am handed some promotional
material explaining the society’s
upcoming events – Winston’s Welcome
Drinks (named in honour of Churchill),
Pint and Policy, and Tory Takeover.
There are also leaflets explaining why
socialism works – the big reveal on
the other side is that it doesn’t – and a
postcard with “Greetings from socialist
Venezuela” written on it, outlining the
country’s shortcomings.
These are the handiwork of Joe
Hamblin, the campaigns officer
for the University of Birmingham
William Hague, 16,
addresses a Tory party
conference in 1977,
listened to by Margaret
Thatcher, whose image
adorned the Conservative
stall at Birmingham
freshers’ fair (right)
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I’ve been
spat on. I’ve
been shoved.
It’s just a
hazard of the
job, I suppose
Conservatives. A third-year student of
politics and international relations, he
recently turned 21. “I joined the society
in my first year,” he says. “But in the
first year I didn’t do much with them,
because I also became president of the
Leave Society. For Brexit, we did a lot
of campaigning in Birmingham, in the
campus itself.”
Joe discovered a love of practical,
hands-on politics and took up his
current post with the Conservative
Society ahead of the general election.
Spending plenty of time in the party’s
office in the south of the city, he worked
on boosting volunteer numbers and
bringing youth and dynamism to the
campaign trail. The average age of a
Tory party member is well over 60.
It wasn’t enough to turn the tide:
Edgbaston, Northfield and Selly Oak all
went Labour’s way again. It was a hardfought but ultimately doomed pursuit,
with some hostility along the way. To an
extent, he’s come to expect it.
“Members of the public are usually
totally fine, but occasionally you
get a really angry person,” says Joe.
“I’ve been spat on. I’ve been shoved.
Someone threatened to run me over.
It’s just a hazard of the job, I suppose.
I’m sure right-wing people have done
similar things to left-wing people. This
isn’t an ‘oh, poor Tory’ kind of thing.”
Joe grew up in Hereford. His mother
runs a small cake business and his dad,
an apprentice miner in Nottingham
during the 1980s, runs a college in the
South West and credits the increase in
university grants under Mrs Thatcher
with enabling him to succeed. “I
suppose that’s why I’m a Conservative,”
Joe says, “because what I’ve seen is that
my Dad was given the tools to make
something of himself.”
Entrepreneurship and responsible
capitalism are themes running through
Joe’s account of his life and outlook.
He’s been called “Tory boy” by a
lecturer before and is keen to take his
interest in campaigning further, but
doesn’t hanker for a career in politics.
His parents aren’t especially political
but have influenced his views, which he
acknowledges aren’t the most popular
amongst his peers.
“Unfortunately, there are some
people who do really silly things,”
he says – using the member of the
Cambridge University Conservative
Society who burned a £20 note in front
of a homeless person as an example.
“But I’ve never met someone like that
at Birmingham.”
He adds: “Everyone goes into politics
with the aim of making life better for
people. But with young Conservatives
there’s a belief that the way you do that
is through capitalism, and promoting
prosperity and aspiration, and giving
people the tools to succeed, whereas
with Labour it’s the idea that you need
to redistribute wealth and prevent
people from being exploited. Neither of
those are unreasonable.”
The slate-grey skies and dismal
rain during Societies Fair hasn’t
dampened the mood of Joe or the
other Conservatives. They are
still determined to be the biggest
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political society on campus, reversing
generations of established student
orthodoxy and a continuing drift
towards Labour. In this year’s general
election, 60 per cent of 18- to 24-yearolds voted for Jeremy Corbyn’s party.
Although it may sometimes feel as if
they are an endangered species, these
young Tories are standing tall.
It’s a sad fact that Conservative
youth groups have a troubled history.
More than 20 years after addressing
his party conference as a fresh-faced
Young Conservative, William Hague
was forced to close the group when farright policies and boorish behaviour
made it an embarrassment.
Its successor, Conservative Future,
went down in flames in 2015, as bullying
allegations followed the suicide of one
member, Elliott Johnson. This year,
there were hopes that a new affiliated
group, Activate, could perhaps be built
up to rival Labour’s Momentum. But its
inept early forays into social media soon
made it a laughing stock. Apparent
infiltration by the far right marked the
end, and the organisation went into
swift retreat.
On Friday evening, the Conservative
Society committee is on the bottom
floor of The Duck and Scholar, a dimly
lit bar in a leafy part of campus called
the Vale, welcoming the new members.
It’s a small gathering of 20 or so for
Winston’s Welcome Drinks, but they
are determined to be visible, whatever
the cost.
It’s quite a mix. I meet a former Ukip
supporter who introduces himself as
“the only Tory in Liverpool”, a first
year who said it was harder to come
out as Conservative than as gay, a onetime socialist who’s changed sides, and
a Mexican-American who supports
Donald Trump and is in favour of
building the US border wall.
In amongst the pleasantries, there’s
plenty of talk about the EU referendum
– the vast majority here voted in
favour of leaving – the Conservative
leadership, where people sit on the
political spectrum, and how their views
are perceived by friends and peers.
There’s a sense that there can be some
snide comments and mockery but most
people are fine.
At the bar, one fresher unaffiliated
with the society is quite vocal. “What a
load of wankers,” he declares. A flatmate
had expressed interest in coming along
and joining the Conservatives. “I won’t
be knocking on his door much this
year.” A Labour supporter, he’s been at
university less than a week but the tone
has been set. He promises to snatch the
Thatcher cut-out, which is once more in
evidence, before the night is done.
The following week I meet Maria
Dempsey and Luke Caldecott, the
Conservative Society’s PR officer and
president, in their second and third
years of study respectively, at Joe’s Bar,
choosing an outdoor booth at the back,
sheltered from the wind. The results
are in from last week’s recruitment
drive. There were 90 sign-ups to their
mailing list and 21 confirmed members.
In comparison, the Labour Society had
more than 500 sign-ups. The Jeremy
Corbyn factor has helped to revitalise
student politics despite Labour’s defeat.
The Conservatives had more
interest last year when the party were
performing better in the polls, but Luke
believes that they are now doing more
to engage with those who have signed
up. “When I was elected president that
was something I promised to do – to try
to keep a lot of events going during the
year to try to get more people involved.”
Maria and Luke both feel that there
are plenty of quiet Tories on campus,
unwilling to voice their beliefs too
publicly for fear of being mocked
or ostracised. To combat this, it’s
important for the Conservatives to be
visible. “I think the only way we can
fight the whole left-wing environment
of university is to make ourselves
heard,” say Luke. “I don’t think we
should hide in the corner, which is
what we were doing when I came to
university. I think over the last two
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Members of the
University of
Birmingham
Conservative Society
during the election
campaign in May with
their candidate for Selly
Oak, Sophie Shrubsole
(front row, third left)
I thought the
evil patriarchy
was keeping
me down. Once
I’d let that go, it
was liberating
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years we have got much better. If
we’re a party that prides itself on free
speech, we should be totally open to
criticism, even if it comes in the form of
insults. I remember after our fantastic
victory in the mayoral election [in May
this year] we went to a bar in Selly Oak
wearing our Conservative jumpers
and there were a table of people there
who booed us on entry, which is fine. It
spurred us on.”
Both of them think that women and
people from minority backgrounds are
potentially put off by the perception
of what it means to be a Conservative.
They may share their views but be
fearful of the Tory stereotype – the posh,
white, braying male, the Bullingdon
Club cliché.
“I was quite heartened at the
number of girls who approached our
stand at Societies Fair last week,” says
Maria. “What appealed to me about
the society was that you can say what
you like and express your views. I feel
like there’s an atmosphere of extreme
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censorship on campus generally. The
younger generation have this sense
that there are things you just can’t
talk about, you can’t say. I think you
should be able to say exactly what you
like, and that society will censure you
accordingly. Let society be the judge.
Daylight is the best disinfectant, that’s
my perspective.”
Maria, who was previously quite
a left-wing feminist, started to have
her doubts. What she’d always held
to be true began to be challenged
by Conservative and right-wing
commentators on YouTube such as
Paul Joseph Watson.
“I was living life from the perspective
that it was all the evil white male
patriarchy keeping me down,” she says.
“Once I’d let that go, and realised that
the only thing holding me back was
myself, that was incredibly liberating
for me.”
Steps are being taken to increase
female and minority membership of
the society, with a women’s officer
recently elected, whose remit more
broadly extends to outreach and
inclusion. Despite these efforts, there
are currently just five female members.
Tackling the stigma that surrounds
young Tories remains a challenge,
but one they are embracing. “If young
Tories do something stupid and that
makes a story then that’s on them,”
Luke says. “I don’t think we should all
be tarred with the same brush because
we’re all individuals and we’re all
different in our views.”
Luke, Maria and Joe were heading off
to Manchester for a few days, reassured
by their lecturers that they could learn
more attending the Conservative Party
Conference than observing from afar.
By the time they arrived there was
a “Hang the Tories” protest banner
attached to Salford bridge, along with
two human effigies dangling over the
water by nooses around their necks.
The hostility towards Conservatives,
both young and old, shows little sign
of abating.
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W
e all remember the
story: scientists
find a way to bring
dinosaurs back to
life and populate an
island theme park with the cloned
creatures – but things don’t go to
plan, and before long the prehistoric
beasts are on the rampage.
As well as being great fun, Jurassic
Park offered a warning about the
dangers of being overconfident in
our scientific and technological
abilities. But if you want to know
about how real scientists hope to
bring extinct species back to life now,
it’s not a very realistic guide.
Fortunately, dinosaurs are not
possible to “de-extinct”. That’s
partly because they’ve been gone
for nearly 66 million years, which
is far too long to be able to recover
bits of their DNA to work with. DNA
degrades over time and the oldest
specimen scientists have been able
to recover ancient DNA from is a
700,000-year-old horse.
For more recently disappeared
species, such as the woolly
mammoth, however, de-extinction
has become increasingly feasible.
In 1996, Japanese scientists
Kazufumi Goto and Akira Iritani set
out with Russian partners on a quest
to find frozen mammoth sperm or
intact cells in Siberia, complete
with all their nuclear DNA in order
to clone them back to life. But two
decades have gone by, and though
other scientists in South Korea have
set out on a similar mission, success
has proved elusive.
However, another method, by way
of “gene-editing”, makes mammoth
Wrestling with a
mammoth task
Cloning the prehistoric
beast is a real possibility
but scientists are worried
about what might happen
next, writes BrittWray
The frozen carcass of a 39,000-year-old woolly mammoth on
display in Japan GETTY
de-extinction still plausible. The
Woolly Mammoth Revival is an
ongoing research project overseen
by Dr George Church at Harvard
University. The goal is not to bring
the woolly mammoth “back to life”
but to engineer new mammoth–
elephant hybrids with the “geneediting” technique that imbues
Asian elephant embryos with woolly
mammoth-specific genetic changes.
If they can engineer elephants
that have the woollies’ characteristic
reddish-brown hair, smaller ears,
fatty insulating skin and the capacity
for carrying and releasing oxygen
in blood at freezing temperatures,
then they will perhaps eventually
make animals that can repopulate
the North American and Eurasian
tundra and boreal forests where the
extinct beasts once roamed.
“If we can move over just a few
genes, we might not get a woolly
mammoth, but at least eventually we
might get a cold-tolerant elephant,”
say Dr Bobby Dhadwar, a researcher
on the Harvard team. To his mind, a
“cold-tolerant elephant” would be
enough of a success, because what
they most want these engineered
hybrids to be able to do is restore
the ecological roles that woolly
mammoths once had in the Arctic.
Howeve r, t h e re a re m a ny
complicated issues that their
reintroduction raises that are not
yet well understood. Could the
genetically engineered mammoths
ever become an invasive species,
cause damage to the ecosystem, or
conversely not be able to thrive on
their own and therefore “go extinct
a second time”?
It is crucial that the “de-extincted”
hybrids would be able to manage
their own populations in the wild,
since no one working on creating
them wants the animals to live their
whole lives in captivity, or as some
kind of quizzical oddity in a zoo.
We might not get
a woolly mammoth
but we might get a
cold-tolerant elephant
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A man touches a giant
bronze sculpture of a
mammoth at KhantyMansiysk in Siberia
GETTY
“My nightmare scenario for deextinction would be if we ever bring
back target species so people can
pay money to see them in a zoo,” says
Dr Henrik Poinar, director of the
Ancient DNA Centre at McMaster
University in Hamilton, Ontario.
“I don’t think that the people who
are at the grass roots of this
have that in mind,” he tells
me, “but it is also silly
to think that it won’t
get out of their hands
very quickly. I mean,
all you have to do is
control the patent.
Scientists have seen
that in the past. They
think they have control
of the situation, but it’s
really the people with the
deep pockets that do.”
Due to the high degree of
genetic engineering that
would be required to
make these animals,
in many parts of the
world, including
the United States,
the animals would
likely not be seen as
“a product of nature”
in the eyes of the
law and therefore would
be patentable.
Poinar knows from personal
experience that making money from
de-extinction theme parks isn’t just
material for Hollywood fantasy but
also an enterprising goal for some
people. A wealthy businessman
once tried to lure him away from his
academic position over a lunch that
included a $7,000 bottle of wine and
an offer to join a private effort to
bring the mammoth back to life. The
businessman imagined that revived
mammoths could live in a park north
of Toronto, where he’d bring a slice
of the Pleistocene back to life for
tourists to enjoy.
Nothing went forward with that
plan after Poinar turned him down,
but others have raised the idea
that de-extinction could open up
profitable business opportunities.
Scholars have described the
recent rise of “last-chance” tourism,
where customers pay to visit nearextinct animals and landscapes
before it’s too late. Patrick Whittle,
Emma Stewart, and Davis Fisher
hypothesise that based on the
interest in so-called last-chance
tourism and the public awareness
of disappearing nature that goes
with it, de-extinction could provide
a “first chance” for customers to see
particular kinds of nature appear.
Many conservationists are
concerned that bringing a proxy of
the woolly mammoth to life is not
genuinely about conservation or
environmental restoration, but is a
project designed to satisfy human
curiosity and our attraction to “geewhiz” science. Or, as conservation
biologist Stuart Pimm put it to me,
de-extinction “sounds very sexy,
but also sounds very white-menwearing lab-coats-who-are-goingto-save-the-planet”.
Others are concerned that all
of this science might serve only to
create “charismatic necrofauna” – a
term used by futurist Alex Steffen
to describe the cuddly or majesticlooking creatures people might want
to see reanimated, while preferring
that less charismatic specimens stay
forgotten in their graves.
It’s a bias we can already see
riddled throughout conservation,
where resources are more easily
galvanised to help beautiful
endangered mammals and birds
that can look back at us with a spark
of what we recognise as intelligence,
while less anthropomorphic
threatened species have a harder
time gaining our support.
What’s more promising is that
the tools of de-extinction
may be able to help
endangered species
while they’re being
applied to projects
that focus on species
already lost. Blackfooted ferrets (below,
left), northern white
rhinos, and bats with
white nose syndrome
(left) are all being
considered for a “genetic
boost” that the types of
gene-editing tools used
in de-extinction may
offer them.
In other words, it
may not be an eitheror decision between
seeing mammothlike creatures back in
the world and helping
endangered elephants
do better in the wild. Both
are enabled at the same time.
However, the question now is, just
because both are possible, should
we focus on both? Or, is one more
deserving of our resources and time?
Britt Wray is the author of ‘Rise
of the Necrofauna: The Science,
Ethics, and Risks of De-Extinction’
(Greystone Books, £19.99)
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One can imagine those same
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The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, the
sparkling new comedy-drama
about a female stand-up in 1958
New York from Gilmore Girls
creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.
Airing on Amazon, it stars former
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Brosnahan as Miriam “Midge”
Maisel, whose seemingly charmed
life as a housewife and mother on
the affluent Upper West Side is
contrasted with the smoky milieu
of coffeehouses and jazz clubs
springing up in Greenwich Village.
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whip-crack dialogue makes few
concessions to gentile ignorance.
And the drama effectively kicks
in with Midge splitting from her
husband Joel, when the hack,
would-be comic bombs one night
and admits to an affair.
Drunkenly embracing the
stage herself, baring her soul
and plenty more besides, Midge
inadvertently joins stand-up’s
historical shift from traditional
set-up and punchline gags to
personal anecdotes, the so-called
“sick” comedy that favoured
social criticism, political satire
and sex. And perhaps, given
her painstaking but hitherto
secretive beauty regime, she’ll
even explore moustache
routines eventually.
Although the sexism
is less blatant and more
insidious than in say, Mad
Men, Midge is no protofeminist, happy to have a
“fat” college roommate
who’s no threat to
her boyfriends. A
“product of her time”
who “really enjoys
this performance
of the perfect wife”,
Midge “believes
women have a
certain place”,
admits Brosnahan.
“But as we go
fo r wa rd , s h e’s
noticing the
double standards in
a way she didn’t before
and asking questions
because they don’t make
sense to her logically.”
It’s the way
she tells ’em
Groundbreaking women in comedy are proving
seriously entertaining, as a stand-up drama set in
1950s New York goes to show. By Jay Richardson
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is part
of a revisionist trend in dramas
about female stand-ups that are
smart enough to eschew blatantly
anachronistic enlightened social
opinions, but which imbue
their central characters with
preternatural talent borrowed
from the outspoken confidence
of modern female acts, sort of
“what if ?” parallel histories
where the women get more
screen time than the men.
I’m Dying Up Here returns
to Sky Atlantic for a second
series next year. Based on
William Knoedelseder’s book
about the Comedy Store in
Los Angeles in the 1970s, it
shows male comics constantly
competing in a contest of insult
and one-upmanship, their goal
a spot on The Tonight Show
with Johnny Carson.
Carson found opinionated
female comics “a little
aggressive for my taste”,
stating that “I’ll take it from a guy,
but from women, sometimes it
just doesn’t fit too well”.
Yet in I’m Dying, the plot’s most
consistent through-line is that
of orphan Cassie (Ari Graynor)
and her friction with the club’s
mother-hen proprietor Goldie
(played by Melissa Leo and based
on the Store’s redoubtable owner
Mitzi Shore).
Like her male counterparts,
Cassie never misses an
opportunity to rib another comic
for their failures, even as they
demand emotional support from
her. Yet she’s one of the few striving
to find an authentic voice, aspiring
to turn the death of her parents
into provocative but palatable
material for the male-dominated
main stage and television.
Next year also sees the cinema
release of the gritty UK film
Funny Cow, starring Maxine
Peake as a comic traversing the
working men’s club circuit of
the 1970s, initially absorbing the
prevailing sexism, misogyny and
homophobia of that scene and
never quite leaving it behind, but
ultimately evolving into a more
sophisticated storyteller.
Peake’s character owes a lot
to the circuit slog and combative
one-liners developed by Marti
Caine, while Cassie is essentially
Elayne Boosler, revered by
her peers Jay Leno and David
Letterman, eventually becoming
the first woman to land a televised
stand-up special in 1986, albeit
self-financed. Likewise, Midge
borrows from pioneers such as the
glamorous but waspish housewife
Jean Carroll, and in particular,
Joan Rivers.
As Rivers did, she risks the
displeasure of her privileged
Jewish family after falling into
comedy, attracts unwanted
attention from a Totie Fieldstype, the top female comic of the
time, portrayed by Glee’s Jane
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Lynch,gets early support from
Lenny Bruce, and even winds up on
Carson’s couch, both the making
and ruin of her real-life forebear
after Carson blackballed Rivers
for landing her own chatshow.
There are similarities
Brosnahan acknowledges, in
that “they share a fearlessness
in talking about things that were
taboo and in some ways still are,
what it means to be a woman,
how Joan nearly ended her career
talking about abortion in a way
that today feels so gentle.
“But Joan’s comedy came from
a place that feels like she never
belonged, that she was an ugly
duckling and the darkness lent
itself to her. Midge fitted in better
than anyone. It was only when this
trauma happened that she had to
view the world in a different way.”
Thanks to a writing team that
includes comics Jen Kirkman and
Noah Gardenschwartz, Midge
seems a credible outlier, with her
candid early material veering
towards “prolonged mental
breakdowns”, says Brosnahan.
Crucially though, and unlike her
husband’s, it’s organically personal
and genuinely funny.
S h e r m a n - Pa l l ad i n o, wh o
worked at the Comedy Store and
whose father was comedian Don
Sherman, maintains that “there’s
nothing worse in movies where
they say this person’s a great
artist or a great writer and they
either don’t show it. Or they show
it and you get the feeling it’s not
very good. We really wanted the
audience at home laughing with
the audience in the club.”
Given an unprecedented twoseason order by Amazon, Mrs
Maisel is a rare female-centric
project for the streaming giant,
a “womance” between the
glamorous Midge and toughtalking Susie, suggests Borstein.
Amazon’s existing big hit,
Transparent, also has a female
showrunner and female character
at its heart. But the transgender
Maura was played by Jeffrey
Tambor, until he quit following
sexual harassment allegations. “So
there’s a fun chance that people
with vaginas could be at the centre
of a big show now” she adds archly.
Certainly, Sherman-Palladino
maintains that she’s glad to be
making a show when Eisenhower
and Kennedy were president
because “America is such a
s*** show right now, it’s grim,
grim, grim.” Brosnahan might
diplomatically hope to see a
House of Cards spin-off with Robin
Wright’s Claire taking political
office but Sherman-Palladino
is adamant that “getting rid of
Kevin Spacey and his ilk will not
change anything”.
Amazon Studios’ own head
of film and television, Roy
Price, resigned last month after
accusations of harassment and
ignoring rape claims about
Harvey Weinstein. And ShermanPalladino stresses that “women
need to be higher up, controlling
the money, putting it behind this
project or not behind that project.
It’s all about power, disgusting
unchecked power and all the
power players are men right now.
We use mostly female directors
and female writers, so it’s natural
for us. But to solve this problem
we need more women.”
Brosnahan agrees. “We’re
so used to his homogenised
perspective, where white men
make the majority of projects that
we see and consume.
“This is a project created,
written, directed, produced
and edited by an extraordinary
woman about an extraordinary
woman. We have women behind
the camera. It feels authentic in
a different way because we’re
creating this three-dimensional
woman as collaborators.”
‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’ is on
Amazon from tomorrow
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of a humble Wirral-born baker to
national TV superstar. Hollywood
even returns to the Bake Off tent to
complete a signature challenge, set
by former contestants Selasie and
Val. Luckily his pistachio and rose
petal roulade cuts the mustard.
Aside from swanning about
backstage on set and laughing
around with Prue Leith, Noel
Fielding and Sandi Toksvig,
Hollywood is defensive about his
decision to move with the series
to Channel 4. Those headline
accusations from more than a
year ago still seem as raw as a
soggy bottom. “Three people
walked out of the tent and one
person stayed. Why was I being
called a traitor?” he booms.
Funnier footage shows him doing
his first screen test for Bake Off
with Mary Berry eight years ago.
He says he knew he was picked to
present alongside Berry to provide
a harsher opinion, and a “bit of
rough from the North”. But anyone
who lives in the Home Counties
with an Aga and a kitchen island
Th
hree people walked
out of the tent and one
person stayed. Why
was I called a traitor?
can’t claim to be rough anymore.
His recipe-making scenes are
more questionable. None of the food
he creates seems that delicious,
or radically different. In one bake,
Hollywood cooks a pizza at home
in Kent. The courgette, lemon and
thyme recipe comes from one of
his many sojourns to Italy. “It has
everything you could want,” he
claims as he slides it out of the Aga.
Apart from any tomato sauce.
For more on Hollywood: The
Legend Off Screen, he creates a
glorified barbecue for all of his
racing friends. Amateur car racing
is one of his biggest passions, but
his cockpit burgers presented with
mayonnaise and a bit of onion look
pretty standard.
Hollywood has lived up to the
glitz and glamour of his surname.
Paul Hollywood’s ego rose to the
occasion in a Channel 4 documentary
His life is full of fast cars and media
appearances, and I’ve always
thought he had the ego to go with it.
Unfortunately, Paul Hollywood: A
Baker’s Life only confirmed he has.
Not everyone is lucky enough
to work for their father’s firm (as
Hollywood did, more on that in next
week’s episode). Job searching is
a desperate time, especially if you
are disabled. The new BBC2 series
Employable Me follows disabled
people who are desperate to find
work but can’t. With the help of an
occupational psychologist, they
are brought together in a training
centre in London to equip them
with more skills for their job hunt.
Ryan, 22, who has one of the most
severe cases of Tourette’s in the
country, was the focus of last night’s
first episode. Documentaries about
people with Tourette’s can be prone
to make light of the condition. But
Ryan’s case was portrayed with
much more sensitivity. Fun-loving
and affable, Ryan had a good sense
of humour about his Tourette’s.
A much-needed trait when you
accidentally shout obscenities at a
customer at an aquatic centre.
But his condition involves much
more than swearing and saying
inappropriate things. He speaks
with tics, whistles and unusual
noises, and is prone to epileptic
fits. His physical tics become so
uncontrollable he broke his arm
after smashing it through his
car’s sunroof.
The series is told with such a
healthy dose of non-schmaltzy
empathy that you can’t help
but root for Ryan and his fellow
disabled jobseekers.
Twitter: @daisy_wyatt
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Arts
Arts
reviews
POP
Little Mix
THE O2 ARENA, LONDON
HHHHH
It’s Little Mix’s final show on their
Glory Days tour, but you could
have sworn we had arrived on the
wrong evening. It seems deathly
quiet – just a few people milling
around the arena restaurants.
The moment you get inside,
OPERA
Semiramide
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON
HHHHH
Rossini’s Semiramide is a GothicRomantic fantasy punctuated by
divine interventions, with murder
and incest as its guiding threads;
there are echoes of Hamlet,
Macbeth, and Oedipus Rex.
David Alden’s staging suggests
a huge wrestle to extract meaning
and relevance from it all, and he
only partially succeeds. He has
placed the plot’s original Babylon
in a militarised and Islamised
Middle East. So his female chorus
wave little black books, and his
male chorus enact curious,
regimented knee-shuffles.
It’s the music that makes this
such a stunning show. Antonio
Pappano and his orchestra bring
out all the colour and energy in
Rossini’s score, and three soloists
lift it to stratospheric heights.
Mezzo Daniela Barcellona invests
the Oedipus-like Arsace with
fluent expressiveness, while tenor
Lawrence Brownlee delivers his
high coloratura with ineffable
grace. And in the title role Joyce
DiDonato commands our rapt
attention at every moment.
To 16 December (020 7304 4000)
MICHAEL CHURCH
THE INDEPENDENT
however, and you hear the roars
of thousands of children already
in their seats, as Beyonce’s “Who
Run The World (Girls)” blasts out
to herald the arrival of one of the
biggest pop acts in the world.
Going to a show like this is a
reminder of the joy pop music
following them round on this tour.
And they bring their catalogue of
hits: from the formidable “Power”
to the more sensual “Touch” and
back to “Black Magic”.
Clever use of footage from
backstage is used to sate
impatient fans in between
intervals as they rush back to
change costumes, from leather
and chains to sparkly boots and
feather boas. A catwalk descends
from the ceiling and they stride
across it, followed dutifully by
a few of their dancers. Their
dance choreography is superb; on
“Salute” they strike fierce poses
in between bursts of flame and
move at whiplash speed, yet never
slip up on a note.
It’s surprising that production
for this tour is so muted; aside
from some pyro and a glitter
cannon, things are relatively low
key. There are some shockingly
budget-looking graphics during
the first half on the giant screen
behind them, which improve in
quality about halfway through the
Little Mix offered an set. The huge stage could easily
uplifting reminder of the fit a backing band… although they
joy that pop music can would have to duck during the
bring GETTY hair-flicks.
Still, Little Mix are a force
to be reckoned with in their
own right, stomping in sync for
“Salute” and pushing their “girl
power” message with touching
sincerity. Leigh-Anne Pinnock
seems emotional as she dedicates
“Secret Love Song” to their LGBT
fans. What the group often seem
underrated for, ironically, is their
voices: tonight they’re on superb
can bring. The quartet – the most
form, tossing out Mariah Carey
successful British girl group since
vocal acrobatics on “Wings” and
the Spice Girls and some of the
singing in beautiful a capella
hardest working in the industry
for “No More Sad Songs”. This is
– are hypnotic the moment they
proper, uplifting, empowering
step on stage. They blow kisses to
pop, and it’s impossible to resist.
the crowd and shout delightedly as ROISIN O’CONNOR
they recognise one who has been
THE INDEPENDENT
DANCE
Rambert
SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON
HHHHH
What can you do when the
world is as it is? Ben Duke’s
extraordinary Goat is about not
having the answers. Hilarious
and sad, it lets honesty, anger and
helplessness spill across the stage.
It’s the impressive end to a strong
triple bill, with Rambert’s fine
dancers going from the samba of
Itzik Galili’s A Linha Curva to the
taut lines of Andonis Foniadakis’s
handsome Symbiosis.
Goat, Duke’s first work for
Rambert, mining similar
territory to his Paradise Lost
(lies unopened beside me), blends
speech and dance. This time, it’s
a ritual attempt to cast out the
world’s horrors, a rite of spring
to exorcise the griefs of this
past summer. (Work on Goat
started the day after the Borough
Market attacks.)
Miguel Altunaga is a charming,
clueless commentator, trying
to explain the action to the
audience. Wonderfully, Duke is
also acknowledging the weirdness
of contemporary dance, the
question of how well this art
form communicates. Altunaga
tries to interview dancers who
are twisting through anguished
VISUAL ARTS
Reflections: Van Eyck and
the Pre-Raphaelites
NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON WC2
This fascinating exhibition focuses
on one of the National Gallery’s
greatest treasures, Jan van Eyck’s
“Arnolfini Portrait”, and the
impact this mesmerising work
had on students Dante Gabriel
Rossetti, William Holman Hunt
and John Everett Millais, who a
few years later were to found the
Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
(0800 912 6958) to 2 Apr
Paula Rego: The Boy
Who Loved the Sea
and Other Stories
JERWOOD GALLERY, HASTINGS
At the heart of this show, the
first major exhibition of new
work by Paula Rego in a UK
public art gallery for a decade,
is a set of paintings, drawings
and sculptures inspired by
a 2005 story by Hélia Correia,
“The Boy Who Loved the Sea”.
(01424 728377) to 7 Jan
FILM
Suburbicon
15, GEORGE CLOONEY, 104 MINS
George Clooney’s finest film as
a director since Good Night, and
Good Luck. Co-scripted by the
Coen brothers, this 1950s-set
drama is both wildly entertaining
in its own macabre, violent fashion
and also very perceptive about
racism and hypocrisy in middleclass white America. Julianne
Moore and Matt Damon star.
Nationwide release
Battle of the Sexes
12A, VALERIE FARIS AND JONATHAN
DAYTON, 91 MINS
An entertaining and surprising
film dramatising the notorious
“battle of the sexes” tennis match
in 1973 between ageing star Bobby
Riggs (Steve Carell) and Billie
Jean King (Emma Stone). The
Little Miss Sunshine directors,
working from a screenplay by
Simon Beaufoy, deal with serious
subjects (inequality, homophobia
and addiction) in a light and
playful way. Nationwide release
Jane
PG,BRETT MORGEN, 90 MINS
Rambert’s ‘Goat’
tries to find hope in
a world of horrors
HUGO GLENDINNING
shapes: what is this about? “The
stigma of addiction,” says Hannah
Rudd. “I didn’t really get that,”
he admits.
This struggle for meaning is
set to songs associated with Nina
Simone, stylishly sung on stage
by Nia Lynn. Duke pays tribute to
Simone’s musicianship, activism
and rawness, her openness about
the process of engagement. In one
sequence, Vanessa Kang grabs
the microphone and screams
“My Way”, rage taking over. As
the music lifts into something
upbeat, the dancers start moving
with joyful but nerdy abandon:
there are always gaps between
what they want and how far they
can achieve it. Goat finds its own
kind of hope, but there are no
easy solutions.
Touring to 24 March (rambert.
org.uk)
ZOE ANDERSON
THE INDEPENDENT
Brett Morgen is on the track of
conservationist Jane Goodall in
his extraordinary new feature
documentary, which homes in on
a small section of Goodall’s life,
in the 1960s, when 100 hours of
footage was shot. It’s a fascinating
affair, both as a natural history
film and as a focused study of
a woman who lived her own
real-life version of The Jungle Book.
Limited release
TALKS & POETRY
Brave New World vs
Nineteen Eighty-Four
EMMANUEL CENTRE, LONDON SW1
Which is the most relevant of the
two classic dystopian novels of the
20th century? Debating the issues
are Adam Gopnik and Will Self,
while actors including Tuppence
Middleton give readings from the
texts. (intelligencesquared.com)
tonight 7pm
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THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
DANCE
The Little Mermaid
LYCEUM THEATRE, SHEFFIELD
David Nixon’s new ballet
brings Hans Christian
Andersen’s story to the stage,
with music by Sally Beamish and
sets designed by Kimie Nakano.
(0114 249 6000) to Sat
COMEDY
Margaret Cho
VARIOUS VENUES
The US star arrives on these
shores touting her latest
excoriating routines on race,
sexuality and gender in Fresh
Off the Bloat. St George’s, Bristol
(0845 4024 001) tonight; Glee,
Birmingham (0871 472 0400) Wed;
Lowry, Salford (0843 208 6000)
Thur; O2 Academy, Sheffield
(0844 477 2000) Fri
No Such Thing as a Fish
VARIOUS VENUES
The bookish team behind all
of those curious facts on QI
(and here’s another one: their
all-conquering podcast gets 1.2
million downloads a week) hit
the road with fresh revelations.
De Montfort Hall, Leicester (0116
233 3111) tonight; Grove Theatre,
Dunstable (01582 602080)
Wed; New Alexandra Theatre,
Birmingham (atgtickets.com) Thur
Phil Wang
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
Phil Wang first came to our
notice as one third of sketch
aces Daphne, but he really found
his feet as a solo performer
this year in Kinabulu – a smart
but lightly handled show about
ethnicity and patriotism.
(020 7478 0100) to 9 Dec
POP
Mark Lanegan Band
VARIOUS VENUES
Post-punk reverberations and
pummelling electro-rock add
throbbing currents of intensity
to Mark Lanegan’s rueful fatalism
on Gargoyle, spiked by a wit as
dry as his six-feet-under growl.
Waterfront, Norwich (thewaterfront.
ticketabc.com) tonight; Wulfrun
Hall, Wolverhampton (seetickets.
com) Wed; Boiler Shop, Newcastle
(seetickets.com) Thur; Academy,
Liverpool (seetickets.com) Fri
John Bramwell
UNION CHAPEL, LONDON N1
Having shared many songs
of “drinking and disaster” at
the front of I Am Kloot, John
Bramwell adopts a more reflective
tone on a new solo album. Here,
he showcases the wry, dry and
warm songs of Leave Alone the
Empty Spaces, with classic
Kloot chasers also to hand.
(seetickets.com) tonight
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
Fleet Foxes
For Love of Money
Barrie Rutter, the indomitable
leader of Northern Broadsides,
treads the boards for his final
outing with the company that he
birthed a quarter of a century ago,
in Blake Morrison’s fine updating
of Alain-Rene Lesage’s Turcaret.
(01904 623 568) to Sat
Kelela
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON WC2
HEAVEN, LONDON WC2
This Washington-born singer has
established herself as a fluent
alt-R&B enigma to reckon with.
On her debut, she rises to the
buzz: between its harsh textures
and versatile vocals, Take Me
Apart is a smart, soulful assertion
of future-thinking intent.
(ticketweb.co.uk) tonight and Wed
WORLD MUSIC
Songhoy Blues
VARIOUS VENUES
The Malian four-piece tour
their second album, Resistance,
a follow-up to their electrifying
debut, Music in Exile.
Church, Leeds (churchleeds.com)
tonight; Manchester Academy 2
(0161 232 1639) Wed; Anson Rooms,
Bristol (0117 331 8663) Fri
i TUESDAY
28 NOVEMBER 2017
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-55
Pack bonds strengthened,
Seattle’s harmonies-from-heaven
folk-rock crew return with the
long-awaited third album. The
jazz-folk forays of Crack-Up
might seem ostentatiously
“difficult” at first listen, but
they’re really a testament to
the band’s robust constitution.
De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-sea
(dlwp.com) tonight; Guildhall,
Southampton (seetickets.com) Wed
VARIOUS VENUES
YORK THEATRE ROYAL
Opening
this week
DANCE
Swan Lake/Loch na hEala
OPERA
SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON EC1
Semiramide
Joyce DiDonato stars as the
unknowingly incestuous
Babylonian queen in David Alden’s
new Royal Opera staging of
Rossini’s Voltaire-based epic.
(020 7304 4000) tonight 6.30pm
Welsh National Opera
NEW THEATRE, OXFORD
WNO’s Russian Revolution
season pairs revivals of
James Macdonald’s take on
Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
(tonight and Thur 7pm) and
David Pountney’s production
of Janacek’s From the House
of the Dead (Wed 7.30pm).
(0844 8713012) to Thur
Michael Keegan-Dolan relocates
the ballet to modern rural Ireland.
(020 7863 8000) opens Thur
VISUAL ARTS
Art of World War II:
John Noot Collection
ST BARBE MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY,
LYMINGTON, HAMPSHIRE
Rarely seen war pictures from the
collection of art dealer John Noot.
(01590 676969) opens Sat
JAZZ
José Feliciano with Jools Holland
THEATRE ROYAL AND CITY HALL,
NEWCASTLE
Two nights in Newcastle for José and
Jools. (0844 811 2121) opens Wed
5 days
from on
ly
£ 4 9 9 pp
THEATRE
JERMYN STREET THEATRE,
LONDON SW1
Howard Brenton’s confident and
earthy new adaptation of a muchrevived Strindberg warhorse.
All three performances are
superlative in this razor-sharp
dissection of class, money and the
impossibility of social mobility.
(020 7287 2875) to Sat
POP
The Divine Comedy
VARIOUS VENUES
Six years since Bang Goes
the Knighthood, Neil Hannon
(left) re-embraces founding
principles on his 11th Divine
Comedy album. Strings,
droll historical name-drops,
romantic sweeteners and
plush melodies number
among the many playful
pleasures of Foreverland.
Ritz, Manchester
(gigsandtours.com) tonight;
Eventim Apollo, London
W6 (eventim.co.uk) Wed;
Academy, Bournemouth
(ticketweb.co.uk) Thur;
Dome, Brighton
(brightondome.org) Fri
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one thing today
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ECONOMY
UK property taxes are the
highest in developed world
By Stephen Little
UK residents are paying higher
property taxes than anywhere else
in the developed world, with receipts
soaring past £80bn for the first time,
a survey shows.
The research, which is unlikely to
surprise homeowners or businesses,
reveals that Britain imposes the
highest levies on property, both
as a percentage of gross domestic
product and overall taxation.
Analysis by the Organisation
for Economic Co-operation and
Development (OECD) found that
taxes on residential and commercial
property, inheritance tax and
business rates jumped to £81.4bn in
2016, up from £76.6bn the year before.
This means that revenue receipts
for property taxes have gone up by
£19.9bn since 2010, while property
taxes in other countries have been
falling. The UK’s property taxes
as a percentage of overall taxation
were 12.5 per cent in 2016 – more
than double the OECD average of 6
per cent. This put the UK ahead of
countries including South Korea at
12.3 per cent, Canada at 11.8 per cent
and Australia on 10.7 per cent.
Property taxes are the equivalent
of 4.1 per cent of GDP in the UK,
higher than France’s 4.0 per cent and
Canada at 3.8 per cent.
Property taxes include money
Capital gains tax was
introduced in 1965 and
is levied on gains made after
disposing of assets. The tax
raises around £7bn a year for
the Treasury.
made from council tax, business rates
and stamp duty land tax in England,
Wales and Northern Ireland, and
the equivalent land and building
transaction tax in Scotland.
In last week’s Budget, the
Government announced that it was
scrapping stamp duty for first-time
buyers on properties worth up to
£300,000. The top rate of stamp
duty in the UK, excluding Scotland,
is 12.5 per cent for homes worth more
than £1.5m.
The Treasury is also curbing
rises in business rates by pegging
increases to the Consumer Price
Index (CPI) measure of inflation,
rather than the typically higher
Retail Price Index (RPI) rate.
Alex Probyn, the president of
business rates at Altus Group, said:
“Some property taxes are starting to
go back in the right direction, which
Property taxes are the equivalent of
4.1 per cent of GDP in the UK
is encouraging. Comparing revenue
forecasts from the spring and the
autumn budgets shows tax receipts
from both stamp duty and business
rates falling by £9.5bn over the next
five years, which is a positive.
“[However] there is no denying
the attractiveness of property taxes
for government. Collection rates are
high and they are increasingly hard
to avoid. A building is harder to hide
than a profit.” THE INDEPENDENT
The 30
Second
Briefing
BOOTHS
SUPERMARKETS
A new owner for Booths?
The family-run grocery, known
as “the Waitrose of the North”, is
reportedly up for sale for between
£130m and £150m. The firm has
28 shops in Lancashire, Cumbria,
Cheshire and Yorkshire, and
employs more than 2,800 people.
Quote of
the day
What’s the history?
Booths has been owned by the
same family for five generations.
Tea dealer Edwin Henry Booth
opened the first store in Blackpool
in 1847. The family owns 96 per
cent of the business today, and
staff own the remainder.
The Canadian company Dalradian plans to invest £750m in the Curraghinalt mine in Northern Ireland PA
MINING
Tyrone gold mine could create 350 jobs
By Richard Sherriff
People want to
buy a gift with
a story behind
it, in a world
where so much
of what we buy is
mass-produced
Josh Silverman
The boss of online retailer
Etsy on shoppers’ desire
for unique presents
After years of research, testing and
preparation, a Canadian mining
company has lodged a planning
application for a gold mine in Co
Tyrone which could bring more than
350 jobs to Northern Ireland and an
investment of £750m over 25 years.
In what was hailed as one of the
biggest-ever foreign investments
in Norhtern Ireland, Dalradian
Resources submitted its bid to the
Department for Infrastructure to
extract gold at the Curraghinalt mine
in the Sperrins. If successful, it hopes
to be operational within four years.
The process will create 300 jobs
during the construction phase plus
more than 350 jobs at an average
salary of £40,000 over the anticipated
25-year life of the mine.
The company has also secured
C$78.25m (£46.3m) of financing from
Orion Mine Finance Fund II LP and
Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd, two of the
world’s leading mine finance groups.
“This is an exciting day for
Dalradia n a nd fo r No rt hern
Ireland,” said Dalradian’s chief
executive, Patrick Anderson.
“It is the culmination of seven
years of exploration, engineering
and environmental work on the
Curraghinalt deposit and financings
that have raised more than C$260m
for our work in Northern Ireland. We
have transformed the project from a
small, early-stage deposit to one of
the best gold projects on the planet.”
The firm’s planning application
runs to more than 10,000 pages,
including nearly 40 detailed reports
by independent environmental
consultancies.
Mr Anderson added: “We are
confident that a gold mine in Tyrone
will not be only be economically
transformative for the county
but will help support a range of
businesses across Northern Ireland.
We are proud to be building on
Tyrone’s strong engineering and
manufacturing base.”
Why is it up for sale?
A “difficult” 18 months is believed
to have led led chief executive
Edwin Booth, 62, to call in advisers
from investment bank Rothschild.
Booth’s suffered during Storm
Desmond in 2015, when a number
of branches were damaged. The
grocer made a £6.3m loss in the 12
months to the end of March 2016.
What did Booths say?
A spokesman said the reports of a
potential sale contained a “great
deal of speculation”. He added:
“One of our strengths has been
our ability to adapt to changing
market conditions and, naturally,
we always keep our strategic
options open.” In 2015, the chain
cut 100 jobs to reduce costs.
Are its customers loyal?
Yes. It has a reputation for selling
high-quality food and drink, and
buys much of its produce from
local farmers and suppliers.
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
RETAIL
Patisserie Valerie eyes new
factory as profits rise 17%
By Ravender Sembhy
The owner of Patisserie Valerie said
its full-year sales and profits had
risen after tight cost controls helped
it to overcome soaring inflation – and
it was considering opening a new
production plant in Manchester.
Revenues at Patisserie Holdings,
chaired by the entrepreneur Luke
Johnson, grew by 9.7 per cent to
£114.2m in the 12 months to 30
September, as pre-tax profits rose
by 17.1 per cent to £20.2m.
The company said it had suffered
inflationary pressures on wages and
the cost of ingredients during the
period, although this now appeared
to be “easing”.
British businesses have been
hammered by rising costs following
the collapse in sterling after the
Brexit vote. But Mr Johnson said:
“Our indulgent, affordable treats
remain attractive to customers,
and our flexible business model has
enabled us to mitigate inflationary
cost pressures.”
Patisserie Holdings said it was
reviewing options for an additional
production plant in the Manchester
area with capacity to serve 70 shops,
as well as baking goods within all of its
stores. Currently, goods are delivered
to Patisserie Valerie branches from
a large bakery in Birmingham and
from seven other satellite bakeries.
Patisserie Valerie
has 199 shops and
hopes to open 20
more next year
The company said its engagement
with shoppers via social media had
reaped rewards and online sales rose
by 26 per cent to £4.8m in the period.
Patisserie Holdings, which also
operates Druckers, Baker & Spice
and Philpotts, opened 20 new stores
in the period, including further
forays into Scotland and Ireland. The
company has 199 shops and aims to
open 20 more next year.
Patisserie Holdings has also
entered into a supply-only agreement
with Sainsbury’s and is set to operate
from 18 of the supermarket’s counters
by the end of the financial year.
Patisserie Valerie said it
was shying away from
London because of high rents and
business rates and concentrating
its expansion outside the M25.
CYBG switches from Visa to Mastercard
The owner of Yorkshire Bank has
agreed a deal to exclusively work
with Mastercard, extending its
partnership with the credit card
payments company.
CYBG, which also owns Clydesdale
Outlook
JAMES
ASHTON
Why we need to
bring more cheer
to the high street
T
ake two blue - chip
companies, Marks and
Spencer and Segro. One
is the putative family
favourite, whose clever
adoption of Paddington Bear in
its Christmas commercial should
at least boost in-store marmalade
sales. The other owns giant sheds
BUSINESS SPORT
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EDUCATION
Pearson sells
off languages
teaching arm ‘to
become simpler’
By Ravender Sembhy
BANKING
By Ismail Mulla
IQ
30-39
Bank, will switch its Visa credit
cards to Mastercard as part of
the partnership. The seven-year
agreement will put all of the bank’s
debit, credit and commercial cards
on the Mastercard network.
M a s t e rc a r d s a i d t h e d e a l
represented a significant investment
by both parties and demonstrated its
commitment to increase the issuance
of its cards in the UK.
Mark Barnett, divisional president
for Mastercard UK and Ireland, said:
“CYBG is an exciting and diverse
challenger bank, and already a
valued Mastercard partner.”
on dreary industrial parks outside
London that are piled high with
goods ready for shoppers to order
direct from their smartphone. While
M&S shares have fallen by 15 per cent
this year, Segro stock has soared by
22 per cent and re-entered the FTSE
100 after a seven-year absence.
It says everything about where the
power lies in modern retailing. Forget
bricks, investors want clicks: the
storage facilities and logistics that
lie behind the online shopping boom
trump kerb appeal every time.
Because e-commerce has taken
a 17 per cent share of UK retail
sales, vendors are forced to be more
transparent with their pricing, which
is great for discerning customers.
Another plus comes from the jobs
that have been created by the army of
delivery men and women fulfilling the
orders made online.
But online shoppers should spare
a thought for the stores they are
walking past. Falling footfall is a big
concern for retail chiefs for whom
the Christmas trading season is
too important to be full of festive
cheer. The New West End Company
predicts footfall in the central London
area will be down 3.2 per cent in the
peak period this year.
The success of retail in all its forms
is often taken for granted. That has
much to do with the strength of
consumer spending which continues
to surprise on the upside despite the
Th
he storage facilities and
logistics that lie behind the
online shopping boom trump
kerb appeal every time
squeeze on real incomes and rising
credit card debt.
But getting retail right can often
feed other forms of commerce in
an area. Nearly half of businesses
outside central London are in a high
street, and 1.45 million employees
work on or within 200 metres of one.
The troubled education business
Pearson is to offload its language
teaching unit Wall Street English to
the private equity firms Baring and
Citic Capital for $300m (£225m).
Wall Street English operates 70
teaching centres in China, nine in
Italy and has 321 franchised centres
across 27 territories.
In February, Pearson said it was
exploring strategic options to shift
away from large-scale direct delivery
services. Yesterday, the company
said the sale would lead to a $100m
improvement in its net debt position
because $150m of operating cash will
be retained in the disposed business.
Wall Street English contributed
£175m to Pearson’s revenue last year
and it booked an adjusted operating
profit of £7m. The teaching unit had
about 3,600 full-time employees at
the end of June. The deal is expected
to be completed in the first half of
2018, subject to regulatory approval.
John Fallon, the Pearson chief
executive, said: “The sale of Wall
Street English is part of our
continued effort to focus on a smaller
number of bigger opportunities in
global education and to become
simpler and more efficient.”
The sale follows a string of recent
profits warnings and a record £2.6bn
full-year loss in February for the
former Financial Times owner.
Pearson offloaded a 22 per cent
stake in its publishing unit Penguin
Random House to Germany’s
Bertelsmann for about $1bn last
month. Shares in Pearson fell by 2 per
cent to 694p yesterday.
£175m
The amount Wall Street English
contributed to its parent company
Pearson’s revenues last year
These are the districts that already
feature too many empty units or
row after row of charity shops. Life
threatens to drain away because of a
combination of unrealistic landlords,
rising business rates and a higher
minimum wage. Too little has been
done to preserve the distinctive,
locally owned institutions that are
not easily replaced.
Philip Hammond could have acted
further in last week’s Budget. By
bringing forward the switch from the
Retail Price Index to the Consumer
Prices Index, the Chancellor will save
UK retailers £2bn in business rates
over five years.
A tax on the physical stock
of property, regardless of how
efficiently it is used or how much
revenue it generates, appears arcane
in a digital age when all businesses
are being encouraged to focus on
productivity. More must be done to
preserve our high streets.
EVENING STANDARD
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From the
business
pages
All phone numbers
to have 10 digits
Mexico News Daily
All phone calls in Mexico –
mobile or landline – are now to
be made using 10 digits, with no
prefixes needed. The prefixes
being phased out include the
01 before long-distance calls or
non-geographical numbers, and
044 and 045, used for local and
long-distance calls, respectively,
to a mobile from a landline. A
call from abroad to a mobile in
Mexico will no longer need the
number 1 before the area code.
Headhunting firm
opens Dublin office
The Irish Times
The international headhunting
firm Odgers Berndtson is
opening an office in Dublin as
companies set up businesses or
recuit staff in the city following
Britain’s decision to leave the
EU. Use of the English language
and high levels of education
were among the attractions
of Ireland and the Irish
workforce, said a spokesman for
Odgers Berndtson.
Water collected on
expired permits
Toronto Sun
Ontario is allowing several
bottled water companies to
take up to 7.6 million litres of
groundwater per day on expired
permits, as it gives them time
to amend renewal applications
in light of new rules. Last year,
Premier Kathleen Wynne
imposed a two-year moratorium
on new and expanded permits to
take water for bottling, effective
from 1 January this year.
Household income
dips in South Korea
The Korea Herald
Figures showing a continuing
decrease in South Korea’s
real household incomes have
strengthened calls for balancing
the income-led growth policy
with regulatory and labour
reforms to create jobs. Average
monthly household income
was 4.53 million won (£3,100)
in July to September, up 2.1 per
cent from 2016. Adjusted for
inflation, however, income was
down 0.2 per cent, the eighth
straight quarter of decline.
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Business
Matrix
The day at
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FTSE 100 down 25.7 at 7383.9
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151.2
3019.0
316.9
922.0
265.6
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7383.9
-25.7
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19881.3
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4056.2
-14.0
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1513.4
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5360.1
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SSE
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Vodafone
Whitbread
Ferguson
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WPP
6445.0
1762.0
330.0
3611.0
882.5
267.6
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600.5
809.5
226.8
3430.0
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OIL
Brent crude,
per barrel
COMMODITIES
TRANSPORT
Oil price drops
before Opec talks
Shell signs car
charging deal
The price of oil dropped
yesterday, ending a positive
run ahead of an Opec meeting
in Vienna on Thursday. There
is speculation that major
oil producers will extend
production caps until the end
of 2018. However, investors feel
this has already been priced in,
sending Brent crude down to
around $63 from $64.
Shell has signed an agreement
with high-powered charging
network operator Ionity to offer
electric car charging points
across 10 European countries
at petrol station forecourts.
The deal with Inonity – a
joint venture between BMW,
Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen
– will see Shell offer the services
at 80 highway stations.
ELECTRONICS
FINANCE
Nintendo soars on
console demand
‘Good progress’ on
Worldpay merger
Nintendo’s shares hit a nineyear high yesterday, thanks to
booming Black Friday demand
for its Switch console in the US
(left). The Tokyo-listed firm’s
shares, which have nearly
doubled this year, rose above
¥48,000 (£322) mark for the
first time since 2008. The firm
expects to sell 14 million Switch
consoles this financial year.
Worldpay said its £9.3bn merger
deal with US rival Vantiv is on
track as it reported rising thirdquarter profits. The merger is
making “good progress” and is
slated to complete in January,
pending shareholder approval.
Worldpay’s third-quarter
results saw it book a 3.5 per cent
rise in pre-tax profit to £62.5m
on revenues of £1.27bn.
INDUSTRY
BORROWING
Avon Steel rescue
saves 49 jobs
Pawnbroker’s
profits soar
A family-run steel firm which
had faced potential closure
has been sold, saving 49 jobs.
Avon Steel, founded in 1981,
with sites in Midsomer Norton
and Plymouth, has been
bought by investment company
Breal Capital. Restructuring
specialist Quantuma helped to
achieve the deal.
Ramsdens’ profits rose by
63 per cent as it doled out
bigger loans to customers
of its pawnbroking services.
The pawnbroker, loan and
currency company reported
£5.2m in pre-tax profits for the
six months to 30 September,
up from £3.2m over the same
period a year earlier.
ENGINEERING
TRANSPORT
Recycler to supply
low-carbon steel
Israeli judge
blocks Uber
A company plans to create five
million tonnes of low-carbon
steelmaking capacity over
the next five years. The GFG
Alliance, which runs Liberty
House engineering plants,
plans to recycle much of the 7.2
million tonnes of scrap metal
exported each year from the UK.
Uber has been banned from
operating its car-sharing
service in Israel, local reports
say. A judge has ordered that
Uber’s ride-sharing services in
the country must stop by 10am
local time tomorrow. Uber had
hoped that a trial in Tel Aviv
could be expanded.
the
markets
The FTSE 100 Index closed 25.74
points lower at 7,383.9 points, as
energy stocks took a hit after the
price of oil slipped.
BP and Royal Dutch Shell B fell
by 5.1p to 496.2p and by 24p to
2,361p, respectively.
***
In other stocks, Barclays, Royal
Bank of Scotland and Lloyds
Banking Group dragged on the
market as investors braced for the
Bank of England stress test results
today. RBS was the biggest faller
out of the trio, dropping 3.2p to
267.6p, while Lloyds and Barclays
sank by 0.6p to 65.5p and by 1.9p to
187.5p, respectively.
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28 NOVEMBER 2017
43
AVIATION
BA owner seals deal for
Monarch’s Gatwick slots
By Ben Woods
The owner of British Airways has
snapped up prized take-off and
landing slots at Gatwick airport
put up for sale by the administrator
of the collapsed airline Monarch.
It is understood that
International Airlines Group (IAG)
has secured the majority of the
ill-fated carrier’s slots at Britain’s
second-busiest airport after
tabling a multimillion-pound bid
that trumped rival airlines.
Monarch’s slots at Gatwick and
Luton are worth about £60m,
with the most valuable at the West
Sussex airport.
The IAG chief executive, Willie
Walsh (inset), said last month that
the firm might bid for the slots to
help boost its long-haul budget
airline Level, which was launched
in June.
IAG, which also owns British
Airways, Vueling and Aer Lingus, is
stepping up its position in the lowcost, long-haul market as it looks to
fend off fierce competition from the
likes of Norwegian Air Shuttle.
A string of airlines had
been linked with the
runway slots since
Monarch collapsed
last month, with
easyJet, Norwegian,
Wizz Air and Jet2 all
understood to have
made enquiries.
The administrator
KPMG won a court battle
to sell the “valuable” slots
last week after a High Court ruling
earlier this month was overturned.
The collapse of Monarch on
2 October, which was owned by
the private equity firm Greybull
Capital, led to 1,858 workers being
made redundant and the flights
and holidays of about 860,000
people being cancelled.
Alongside Gatwick, Monarch’s
runway slots at Luton are also
being auctioned off. IAG, easyJet,
Norwegian, and KPMG declined
to comment on any bids they have
tabled. Shares in IAG rose
by 1.3 per cent to 603.5p
yesterday following
reports of the deal.
IAG plans to have
30 aircraft operating
fo r L eve l w i t h i n
five years.
It currently has
two planes in service,
flying from Barcelona
to Oakland and Los
Angeles in California, Buenos
Aires and Punta Cana in the
Dominican Republic.
The collapse of Monarch
cost British taxpayers
£60m, which was mostly made
up from the costs of flying
stranded travellers back home.
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Time Inc, the
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magazines including
NME, is being sold
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Koch brothers.
The US oil magnates
are behind a takeover
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company Meredith,
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The rate of the state pension
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an increase of 3 per cent, the
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daily recipe
Braised lemon sole in a spicy
tomato, garlic and lemon sauce
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 49
RHYME LETTERS
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CRAM
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200g new potatoes, sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, peeled, halved and sliced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
2 celery sticks, trimmed and sliced
1 anchovy (from a tin or jar)
Pinch crushed chillies
400ml passata
200ml white wine
300ml fish stock, made from ½ cube
4 lemon sole fillets, skinned
1 lemon, zest and juice
1 tbsp capers
25g fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
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Killer Sudoku No 1145
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
Tip: It’s easy to make your own passata by
blitzing a can of tomatoes.
Recipe from your.morrisons.com
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In tomorrow’s i
Bacon, potato and leek bake
with carrots and mangetout
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How to play Find all the mines in the grid. Numbers in certain squares indicate how
many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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8
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Minesweeper
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7
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How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
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How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Jigsawdoku
Boil the potatoes until cooked but
still firm, then drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pan
and fry the onion, garlic, celery, anchovy
and chillies, with seasoning, for five
minutes until soft.
Add the passata, wine and stock and
cook for 15 minutes over a medium heat.
Cut the lemon sole fillets in half
and add with the lemon zest and juice
and capers and cook for five minutes.
Sprinkle with parsley to serve. This is
lovely with sourdough and salad leaves.
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1866
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 49.
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ACROSS 1 Ion, 3 Doubt (Ironed out), 7 Bad blood, 8 Bare, 9 Leg-pulling, 12 Asides,
14 Drivel, 15 Forthright, 18 Gash, 19 Umbrella, 21 Korma, 22 Bus.
DOWN 1 In a flash, 2 Nab, 3 Diddled, 4 Unbending, 5 Tarn, 6 Tofu, 10 Godmother,
11 Textiles, 13 Satsuma, 16 Ruby, 17 Cask, 20 Ebb.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 20;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 11; One-Minute Wijuko, page 21
Puzzle solutions See page 49 and minurl.co.uk/i
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Minesweeper,
ABC Logic, Killer
Sudoku, Futoshiki,
Codeword,
Jigsawduko and
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puzzles,
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2 Ill-mannered (7)
3 Wood (6)
4 Section of a
circle (3)
5 Banishment (5)
6 Restrained (8)
7 Dean’s title (4,8)
11 Begin (8)
14 Legendary Arabian
bird (7)
15 Engine part (3,3)
17 Premium Bond
selector (5)
20 Clerical
vestment (3)
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ACROSS
1 Loose scrum (4)
3 Vex playfully (5)
8 Railway station
feature (6,7)
9 Flightless bird (3)
10 Wilful betrayal (9)
12 Alternative (5)
13 Tree (5)
16 Rodents (9)
18 Mineral (3)
19 Gradual return to
health (13)
21 Fix securely (5)
22 Cut severely (4)
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appear (once only) in the squares forming the
red letter i. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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How to play
Convert the word
at the top of the
ladder into the
word at the bottom
of it, using only
the four rungs
in between. On
each rung, you
must put a valid
four-letter word
that is identical
to the word above
it, apart from a
one-letter change.
There may be more
than one way of
achieving this.
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Brain Power
dances to own
tune at Kempton
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Brain Power gave the Irish plenty
to think about with his own special
version of “Riverdance” at Kempton
yesterday. All roads now lead to the
Cheltenham Festival and the Arkle
Trophy after a chasing debut spectacular that left jockey David Mullins awestruck and waxing lyrical.
“He danced like Michael Flatley in
front of a fence,” said the Grand National winning jockey to thrilled connections before telling the Racing
Post: “It was every bit as good as it
looked. He’s deadly. It’s definitely the
best feel I’ve had in a novice chase.”
Footpad, trained by David’s uncle,
Willie, laid down a strong Irish
marker with a deeply impressive
victory on his first outing over fences
at Navan earlier this month and remains a solid favourite for the Arkle.
But Brain Power, described as “a
huge talent” by trainer Nicky Henderson, looks a natural, too – sometimes bold, sometimes clever – and
the bookies were quick to cut him to
10-1 following this demolition job on
LINGFIELD
STONEGATE STANDARD OPEN NH FLAT RACE (CLASS
6) £3,000 added 2m
1
CAVERNOUS B Pauling 4 11 0 ......................................................D Jacob
2
DIDTHEYLEAVEUOUTTO N Gifford 4 11 0................... L Aspell
3
05- FIGHT FOR LOVE Mrs L Mongan 4 11 0................... R Johnson
4
64 HAASAB Laura Morgan 4 11 0.............................................A Wedge C
5
2 IT’S GOT LEGS G L Moore 4 11 0................................Jamie Moore
6
JUST CALL ME BLUE R Teal 5 11 0................................ H Teal (7) C
7
0- OUR YOUNG UN J Gallagher 4 11 0....................................T Cannon
8
5-0 CEARA BE A Hales 4 10 7................................................W Hutchinson
- 8 declared BETTING: 7-4 Cavernous, 11-4 It’s Got Legs, 4-1 Didtheyleaveuoutto,
11-2 Haasab, 14-1 Ceara Be, 16-1 Fight For Love, 20-1 Just Call Me Blue,
100-1 Our Young Un.
STONEGATE HOMES NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS 4)
£8,000 added 2m
1
221-22 AL SHAHIR (D)(BF) D Skelton 5 10 12 ...........................H Skelton
2
687 ASHFORD ISLAND Adam West 4 10 12..........................D Crosse
3
CAPTAIN COCKLE R Teal 4 10 12 .........................................H Teal (7)
4
53 FAIRMOUNT M Keighley 6 10 12...........................................A Tinkler
5
32-63 FENLONS COURT J W Mullins 5 10 12 ...............D Sansom (7)
6
4-4 FIRST FLOW K Bailey 5 10 12........................................................... D Bass
7
10-6U LARRY G L Moore 4 10 12..................................................Jamie Moore
8
LOST HISTORY J Spearing 4 10 12............... Nico De Boinville
9 U34-47 MINELLATILLMORNING N Mulholland 5 10 12T Scudamore
10
MOVIE SET Richard Spencer 5 10 12.......................... A P Heskin
11
93- PADDY’S POEM N Gifford 6 10 12.......................................... L Aspell
12
4022/ REBEL COLLINS N Mulholland 6 10 12........................... N Fehily
13
F RING MINELLA P Henderson 6 10 12.........................T J O’Brien
14
UNDER THE WOODS E Williams 5 10 12.....................A Wedge
15
P- ELOCUTION Miss S West 4 10 5............................ M Goldstein H
16
B MADAME CLAUD M Gillard 4 10 5.........................T Dowling (5)
- 16 declared BETTING: 13-8 Al Shahir, 13-2 Fairmount, 7-1 First Flow, 8-1 Movie Set,
10-1 Paddy’s Poem, Lost History, Rebel Collins, Larry, 14-1 others.
STONEGATE FOUNDATION NOVICES’ HANDICAP
CHASE (CLASS 4) £11,000 added 2m 4f
1
565/4- CHURCH HALL (D) Miss E Baker 9 12 2.........................J Banks T
2
F8-P36 BECAUSESHESAIDSO Miss V Williams 9 11 12C Deutsch (3)
3
64P13- POINT N SHOOT (C)(BF) N Hawke 6 11 11......C Gethings (3)
4
536-55 OAKIDOAKI B Powell 5 11 10..................................................B J Powell
5
4/45-0 RISING TIDE Laura Morgan 6 11 7..................................A Wedge H
6
3P-593 GOWELL J W Mullins 6 11 3......................................Kevin Jones (5)
7
22643- SIR HUBERT R Rowe 7 11 3 .........................................A Glassonbury
8
-P3361 TOUCH SCREEN (CD) M Gillard 7 10 12............T Dowling (5)
9
53/3-P KAVANAGHS CORNER S Earle 8 10 5 ....................C Shoemark
10 020/PP GOODNIGHTIRENE Mrs L Young 7 10 4 ..........James Best H
11 8332P- BOBONYX D L Williams 7 10 0............Mr Shane Quinlan (7)
- 11 declared BETTING: 5-2 Point N Shoot, 10-3 Touch Screen, 6-1 Gowell, 15-2
Becauseshesaidso, 8-1 Sir Hubert, 10-1 Church Hall, 12-1 Others.
THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS’ ASSOCIATION MARES’
MAIDEN HURDLE (CLASS 4) £8,000 added 2m 3f 110yds
1
331/ ALICE PINK P Henderson 7 10 12.................................N Scholfield
2
80539/ GONEINAGLANCE Andrew Martin 8 10 12......M Hamill (5)
3
2-2R MADAME FIONA M Keighley 5 10 12 ...............................A Tinkler
4
32- MISS ADVENTURE P W Middleton 5 10 12 .....C Shoemark
5
3526-3 MISS YEATS Mrs L Mongan 6 10 12.................................T Cannon
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1.30
2.00
2.30
BEST BET
Robbing The Prey
(2.30pm, Sedgefield)
Jumped well and just beaten on
promising chasing bow at the
track.
Brain Power left jockey David Mullins awestruck yesterday GETTY IMAGES
two decent hurdlers, War Sound and
Winter Melody.
Henderson has won three of the
last six Arkles with Sprinter Sacre,
Simonsig and Altior.
Footpad and Brain Power finished
fourth and eighth respectively in last
season’s Champion Hurdle behind
Henderson’s Buveur D’Air, who begins the defence of his crown in the
Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.
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7
8
2346-3 NARANJA J Snowden 5 10 12................................................ G Sheehan
/551P- POPPY HILL G L Moore 5 10 12................................Joshua Moore
0U5 QUEEN OF THE WIND C Tizzard 4 10 12.........T Scudamore
- 8 declared BETTING: 7-4 Naranja, 9-2 Alice Pink, 5-1 Madame Fiona, 11-2 Miss Yeats,
10-1 Miss Adventure, Poppy Hill, 14-1 Others.
DONNCHA MURPHY INTERMEDIATE HANDICAP
CHASE (CLASS 3) £20,000 added 2m 7f 110yds
SOLSTICE STAR (C) M Keighley 7 12 0..............R Johnson C,T
FULL IRISH Miss E Lavelle 6 11 12......................................... L Aspell
SAINT JOHN HENRY (D) D Pipe 7 11 11... T Scudamore B,T
CHEF D’OEUVRE (C)(D) W Greatrex 6 11 10..A P Heskin C
TWO SMOKIN BARRELS (D) M Scudamore 8 11 8...L Treadwell
CRYSTAL LAD G L Moore 5 11 6.................................Jamie Moore
NOBUTTABOY (D) B Pauling 6 11 6....................................D Jacob C
ALLCHILLEDOUT (D) C Tizzard 8 10 6 ...............H Cobden B,T
- 8 declared BETTING: 6-4 Solstice Star, 9-2 Full Irish, 15-2 Saint John Henry, Crystal
Lad, 8-1 Nobuttaboy, Chef D’oeuvre, 14-1 Allchilledout, 16-1 Others.
TEDDINGTON CONSTRUCTION HANDICAP HURDLE
(CLASS 3) £12,000 added 2m 3f 110yds
3.00
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2
3
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NEXT BEST
Molly Carew
(3.30pm, Lingfield)
Ran well for a long way on recent
return and will be match-fit for
this.
426-32
4218-4
75P-1P
41U3-0
1416-9
140-55
136P-4
124P-7
One of his six rivals is the Mares’
Final winner, Apple’s Jade and
there’s another mouth-watering
match-up at Newbury on Friday
between the last two winners of the
Long Distance Hurdle, Thistlecrack
and Unowhatimeanharry.
Thistlecrack hasn’t run since
suffering a slight tendon tear when
touched off by the brave, ill-fated
Many Clouds at Cheltenham last
6
2136-P MASTER RAJEEM (C) Mrs A C Hamilton 8 10 11........................
..................................................................................................................... J Hamilton (3) V
264/43 RED DANAHER (C)(BF) Mrs S Smith 10 10 5...............D Cook
12548- HOUNDSCOURT (C) Miss J Foster 10 10 0.....T Dowson (3) C,T
443-5P NELLY LA RUE V Thompson 10 10 0.....Mr Alex Chadwick (7) C
- 9 declared BETTING: 9-4 Harry Hunt, 10-3 Cabragh, 4-1 Vinnie Lewis, 13-2 Red
Danaher, 10-1 Velvet Cognac, Camillas Wish, 14-1 Master Rajeem, 20-1
Houndscourt, 50-1 Nelly La Rue.
7
8
9
BETFRED RACING ‘LIKE US ON FACEBOOK’ HANDICAP
HURDLE (CLASS 4) £5,000 added 2m 1f
1
2233 HANDY HOLLOW (BF) D McCain 4 11 12..Will Kennedy H
2
6584 STONEBOAT BILL D Carroll 5 11 12...............................R T Dunne
3
363-24 HEAR THE CHIMES (D) S A Harris 8 11 11 ................J Quinlan
4
513P4- SLEEP IN FIRST (CD) J Ewart 11 11 8...............................B Hughes
5 04P6P8 CLONDAW BANKER F Murtagh 8 11 5..................Craig Nichol
6
47-899 HARTSIDE (D) P Winks 8 11 4............................Ryan Winks (5) V
7
7/U76- PERTUIS M Hammond 11 11 1 .......................................F O’Toole (5)
8
41F-83 MITCD (C) G Bewley 6 11 0...................................................J Bewley (3)
9
407 MAIN FACT Mrs D Sayer 4 10 11..............C McCormack (3) H
10 8-2971 LUCARNO DANCER R Shiels 7 10 6.............. C Bewley (3) H,T
11 40-6P6 CHRISTMAS IN USA N Alexander 5 10 6....Mr K Alexander (5) T
1
402-R0 SONG LIGHT J W Mullins 7 12 1.......................Kevin Jones (5) C 12 6P-718 CHERRY PRINCESS Mrs B Butterworth 7 10 5.Sean Quinlan T
2
11421- SPIRITOFTHEGAMES (D) D Skelton 5 11 12...........H Skelton 13 5P0467 MAHLER BAY Kenny Johnson 7 10 0..........Alison Clarke (7)
- 13 declared 3
U18-27 KANSAS CITY CHIEF N Mulholland 8 11 7.....T Scudamore
BETTING: 10-3 Lucarno Dancer, 4-1 Handy Hollow, 9-2 Sleep In First,
4
/833-8 VICENZO MIO C Gordon 7 11 6..........................................T Cannon T
11-2 Mitcd, 8-1 Stoneboat Bill, 10-1 Hear The Chimes, 14-1 Main Fact,
5
25/1- CORLAY Jonjo O’Neill 5 11 3..................................................A Coleman Christmas In Usa, 20-1 others.
6
4017-7 BALLYHEIGUE BAY (D) C Gordon 10 10 10.D G Noonan T
BETFRED ‘HOME OF GOALS GALORE’ CHASE (NOVICES’
7
4114-0 ARDMAYLE (C)(D) A Stronge 5 10 9...................................A Wedge
8
0611-3 MOLLY CAREW (C)(D) N Mulholland 5 10 9.............. N Fehily
LIMITED HANDICAP) (CLASS 3) £10,000 added 2m
- 8 declared 1
59-61P DELEGATE (D) K Dalgleish 7 11 11...............................Craig Nichol
BETTING: 15-8 Spiritofthegames, 5-2 Corlay, 4-1 Molly Carew, 8-1 Song
2
577112 DERINTOHER YANK (D) D McCain 6 11 8Will Kennedy H
Light, 10-1 Kansas City Chief, 16-1 Ballyheigue Bay, 25-1 Others.
3
32-331 CRACKING FIND (D) Mrs S Smith 6 10 12........................D Cook
4
423F-2 ROBBING THE PREY J M Jefferson 6 10 11 .............B Hughes
5
-42111 BARRYS JACK (D) B Ellison 7 10 3..................................... H Brooke
- 5 declared BETTING: 15-8 Barrys Jack, 2-1 Cracking Find, 4-1 Derintoher Yank, 7-1
BETFRED ‘TREBLE ODDS ON LUCKY 15S’ NOVICES’
Robbing The Prey, 8-1 Delegate.
HURDLE (CLASS 4) £5,000 added 2m 1f
BETFRED TV CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ NOVICES’
1
7- ADHERENCE Kenneth Slack 4 10 12.......................C O’Farrell C
HURDLE (QUALIFIER) (CLASS 4) £5,000 added 2m 4f
2
3 BIG TIME DANCER B Ellison 4 10 12 .....................................D Cook
3
338-42 BULKOV M Hammond 5 10 12......................................... Joe Colliver 1
543-21 DIEG MAN N Mulholland 4 11 5..........................................H Reed (6)
4
5 CHARACTER ONESIE D McCain 5 10 12.........Will Kennedy 2
P511-1 FREE RANGE D Skelton 7 11 5 .................Bridget Andrews (3)
5
CHOOKIE ROYALE K Dalgleish 9 10 12..................C Bewley (3) 3
938-88 CHARIN’ CROSS M Hammond 5 10 12.H Thompson Brown (10)
6
34-37 DRUMS OF WAR C Grant 5 10 12........................................ H Brooke 4
00 PC DIXON V Thompson 4 10 12............................................T Dowson
7
74-33 NAASIK J Norton 4 10 12..........................................C McCormack (3) 5
0 ROYAL SUMMIT Mrs A C Hamilton 6 10 12.......J Hamilton
8
OUTBACK BLUE G Bewley 4 10 12.........................J Bewley (3) T 6
7-67 SECRET PASSENGER B Ellison 4 10 12 ..................K Wood (3)
9
9-536 PORTO DU SUD Rebecca Menzies 4 10 12................. T Kelly H 7
1-0 WESTERN MORNING Oliver Greenall 4 10 12..Ross Turner (8) T
10
23/98 RANDY PIKE T Easterby 7 10 12 .......................................K Wood (5) 8 2-04P8 ONCE AN ANGEL M Todhunter 5 10 5............Ross Chapman
11
57-9 RED OCHRE C Grant 4 10 12............................................J Kington (3)
- 8 declared 12
6-548 KICK ON DOTTIE J M Jefferson 4 10 5...........................B Hughes BETTING: 4-7 Dieg Man, 5-4 Free Range, 33-1 Secret Passenger, 66-1
- 12 declared Western Morning, Once An Angel, Royal Summit, 100-1 Pc Dixon,
BETTING: 11-8 Chookie Royale, 3-1 Bulkov, 13-2 Big Time Dancer, 12-1 Charin’ Cross.
Adherence, 14-1 Naasik, Character Onesie, 16-1 Outback Blue, Drums Of
JENNINGS KIA HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 5) £4,000
War, 25-1 others.
added 2m
BETFRED SUPPORTS JACK BERRY HOUSE HANDICAP
1 1U40-U SKY FULL OF STARS (D) J Ewart 7 11 12.................B Hughes B
CHASE (CLASS 4) £6,000 added 3m 2f
2
3B5111 BOLLIN LINE (C)(D) Lucinda Egerton 10 11 12............ T Kelly
1
1P332- CABRAGH (CD)(BF) Sam England 8 12 1................... J England 3
FP-654 BANDOL (CD) S G West 9 11 9.......................................J Kington (3)
2
115150 CAMILLAS WISH M Hammond 8 12 1Miss Becky Smith (7) 4
8565-P ULIS DE VASSY (D) Laura Morgan 9 11 8..........................C Poste
3
893-21 HARRY HUNT G McPherson 10 11 12................ Kielan Woods 5
6466-P ROLL OF THUNDER (D) J Walton 8 11 2.....J Hamilton (3) T
4
342-34 VINNIE LEWIS (BF) H Whittington 6 11 11 ...... H Bannister 6
60-690 ROXYFET (CD) M Hammond 7 11 2..........................F O’Toole (5)
5
2-3424 VELVET COGNAC Mrs L Hill 9 11 0........................ B Hughes B,T 7
2-P1P5 CAPTAIN SHARPE (CD) K Johnson 9 10 12....Alison Clarke (7) B,T
1.50
3.30
2.20
SEDGEFIELD
12.50
2.50
3.20
1.20
ANTE-POST
Blaklion, runner-up to Bristol De
Mai last time, is all the rage (5-1
favourite) for Aintree’s Becher
Chase on Saturday week.
January, but home reports are encouraging as he preps for his major
targets (King George VI Chase, then
the Gold Cup) with this sternest of
tests over hurdles.
8
9
10
8870-4 MONBEG CAVE M Todhunter 5 10 10 ......................H Brooke C
176-76 DUHALLOWCOUNTRY (CD) V Thompson 11 10 7T Dowson (3) B
P425F1 RHYTHM OF SOUND (D) M Hammond 7 10 5..........A P Cawley T,V
- 10 declared BETTING: 11-10 Bollin Line, 10-3 Rhythm Of Sound, 7-1 Bandol,
8-1 Sky Full Of Stars, 14-1 Monbeg Cave, 20-1 Roll Of Thunder,
Duhallowcountry, 25-1 Roxyfet, Captain Sharpe, 33-1 Ulis De Vassy.
SOUTHWELL
12.10
BETWAY HANDICAP (CLASS 5) £4,500 added 1m 4f
1
60-673 SWIFT CEDAR (CD) P Evans 7 9 10 .....................Fran Berry 10
2
-00883 RITE TO REIGN P McBride 6 9 8 .................Rossa Ryan (7) V 2
3 316710 SCRAFTON (C) A Carroll 6 9 3................................Aled Beech (7) 7
4
2-1422 OMINOTAGO (C) M Appleby 5 9 3.................................... L Morris 6
5
807313 RITA’S MAN K Dalgleish 3 9 3.................................................P Makin 1
6
779678 UP TEN DOWN TWO (D) M W Easterby 8 9 0 .... R Timby (7) 9
7
-75566 COUSIN KHEE (C)(D) H Morrison 10 9 0................T Ladd (7) 3
8
255805 SPECIALITY R Beckett 3 9 0 .....................................R Kingscote B 5
9
1-7594 APALIS (D) M W Easterby 5 8 10................................. C Hardie T 4
10 239193 GOOD TIME AHEAD (D) P Kirby 3 8 9 .............J Gormley (5) 8
- 10 declared BETTING: 4-1 Ominotago, 9-2 Swift Cedar, 5-1 Rita’s Man, 7-1 Good Time
Ahead, 8-1 Speciality, Cousin Khee, Rite To Reign, 10-1 Others.
12.40
BETWAY CASINO MAIDEN STAKES (CLASS 5) £4,500
added 1m 4f
1
5 DESHAN T Vaughan 6 9 10 .................................................K O’Neill T 8
2
9 LEODIS T Tate 5 9 10......................................................................A Mullen 4
3
SUMMER NAME Miss R Curtis 5 9 10 ...........T J Murphy T 7
4
672362 EPITAPH M Appleby 3 9 5....................................................L Morris V 5
5
75 MY DISTANT MURPHY Jacqueline Coward 3 9 5C Hardie T 12
6
QASR K Dalgleish 3 9 5 .............................................................P Makin H 3
7
RUN FOR EVA Olly Williams 4 9 5..............................S James H 1
8
4 SEIRIOS J Chapple-Hyam 3 9 5 .........................P Bradley (5) E 6
9 026-00 CHELSEA CORSAGE P D’Arcy 3 9 0..................... E Greatrex 10
10
3 FROWN R Beckett 3 9 0...................................................... R Kingscote 2
11
25224 GAKKU R Varian 3 9 0.........................................................J Mitchell B 11
12 009078 ZARKAVON J Wainwright 3 9 0 ....................................... T Eaves C 9
- 12 declared BETTING: 1-2 Gakku, 7-2 Frown, 10-1 Qasr, 14-1 Epitaph, 25-1 Chelsea
Corsage, Summer Name, 33-1 Seirios, Leodis, Deshan, 66-1 others.
1.10
1
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BETWAY SPRINT HANDICAP (CLASS 6) £4,000 added 6f
958145
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008100
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193496
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ZENOVIA (D)(BF) Archie Watson 3 9 7 .. E Greatrex C,T 11
KOMMANDER KIRKUP (D) M Herrington 6 9 6 ..... T Eaves C 13
MAD ROSE (D) D P Quinn 3 9 5............................D Muscutt B 14
KAABER (CD) M Blake 6 9 5............................M Godwin (3) B,T 9
FORTINBRASS (CD) J Balding 7 9 5.......Ben Robinson (5) 8
LLEWELLYN (C)(D) D Carroll 9 9 4...........Phil Dennis (3) V 1
BOROUGH BOY (CD)(BF) D Shaw 7 9 2...................P Makin V 2
OH SO DANDY D Shaw 3 9 1 ..........................................P Mathers V 5
BINGO GEORGE (CD) M Rimell 4 8 13 ......T Marquand T 12
TASAABOQ (D) P McEntee 6 8 12Josephine Gordon C,T 4
COISTE BODHAR (CD) S Dixon 6 8 10 .........................L Morris 3
YPRES (C)(D) J Ward 8 8 9..................................................A Mullen E 6
SIR HARRY COLLINS M Appleby 3 8 9........................C Hardie 7
KENSINGTON PALACE Mrs M Fife 4 8 8...B McHugh C 10
- 14 declared BETTING: 4-1 Kaaber, 9-2 Zenovia, 13-2 Coiste Bodhar, 10-1 Tasaaboq,
Borough Boy, Kommander Kirkup, 12-1 Others.
Racing results
KEMPTON
Going: Good to soft
12.50 1. MISTER MALARKY (H Cobden) 10-1; 2. Highway One O One 5-2; 3. Potterman 10-3. 12 ran. 13-8 fav
Burrows Edge (4th). 11/4l, 1/2l. (C Tizzard). Tote: £10.50;
£2.30, £1.10, £1.60. Exacta: £35.10. Trifecta: £123.00.
CSF: £35.97.
1.25 1. BRAIN POWER (D J Mullins) 1-2 fav; 2. War
Sound 4-1; 3. Winter Escape 9-2. 4 ran. 28l, 26l. (N
Henderson). Tote: £1.30; Exacta: £2.80. Trifecta: £3.10.
CSF: £2.92.
2.00 1. LA BAGUE AU ROI (R Johnson) 11-4; 2. Jer’s
Girl 5-4 fav; 3. Midnight Tour 4-1. 6 ran. 1/2l, 4l. (W
Greatrex). Tote: £3.50; £1.50, £1.30. Exacta: £7.30.
Trifecta: £14.70. CSF: £6.55.
2.30 1. PLAY THE ACE (Sean Bowen) 6-1; 2. Breath
Of Blighty 9-1; 3. Bishops Court 8-1. 9 ran. 11-4 fav
Favorito Buck’s (Pulled Up). 1l, 21/2l. (P Bowen). Tote:
£6.10; £2.00, £3.20, £2.00. Exacta: £72.80. Tricast:
£429.75. Trifecta: £532.50. CSF: £56.36.
3.05 1. MUTHABIR (D Hiskett) 5-1; 2. Good Man Pat 7-2;
3. Volcanic 20-1. 9 ran. 11-4 fav Right Of Reply (5th). nk,
31/2l. (R Phillips). Tote: £6.10; £1.80, £2.00, £4.20. Exacta:
£27.00. Tricast: £319.95. Trifecta: £320.50. CSF: £23.20.
3.35 1. GLOBAL THRILL (M Bastyan) 9-1; 2. Little
Chunk 7-4 fav; 3. Prairie Town 20-1. 7 ran. nk, 7l. (B
J Llewellyn). Tote: £7.70; £3.20, £1.80. Exacta: £27.00.
Trifecta: £242.90. CSF: £25.15.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £16,336.77 carried over
to Lingfield.
Placepot: £69.80. Quadpot: £21.70.
Place 6: £60.35. Place 5: £30.53.
LUDLOW
Going: Good to soft-good in places on chase
course; soft in places on hurdles course
12.35 1. NEW TO THIS TOWN (R M Power) 4-7 fav; 2.
Awake At Midnight 7-1; 3. Shalakar 33-1; 4. English Pale
14-1. 16 ran. 21/4l, 1l, 12l. (C Tizzard). Tote: £1.40; £1.02,
£2.50, £8.60. Exacta: £6.70. Trifecta: £139.10. CSF: £5.47.
1.05 1. ROCKLANDER (A P Heskin) evens fav; 2.
Bendomingo 20-1; 3. Presenting William 100-1. 7 ran.
53l, 32l. (T R George). Tote: £2.00; £1.10, £4.40. Exacta:
£20.20. Trifecta: £543.10. CSF: £19.63.
1.40 1. ROBIN THE RAVEN (D Bass) 13-8; 2. Crucial
Role 3-1; 3. Colonial Dreams 6-4 fav. 8 ran. 8l, 15l. (K
Bailey). Tote: £2.00; £1.10, £1.20, £1.10. Exacta: £6.00.
Trifecta: £12.40. CSF: £7.53.
2.15 1. ROBINSHILL (Mr Z Baker) 15-8 fav; 2. Pearls
Legend 8-1; 3. Walden Prince 33-1. 8 ran. 5l, 11/4l. (N
Twiston-Davies). Tote: £2.70; £1.10, £2.40, £5.50. Exacta:
£16.00. Tricast: £378.65. Trifecta: £130.70. CSF: £18.14.
2.45 1. GALACTIC POWER (T J O’Brien) 7-2 fav; 2.
Dentley De Mee 4-1; 3. Bright Tomorrow 7-1. 8 ran. hd,
10l. (R Dickin). Tote: £4.40; £1.60, £1.50, £2.30.
Exacta: £20.10. Tricast: £92.86. Trifecta: £159.10. CSF:
£18.67.
3.20 1. THE ARTFUL COBBLER (P Brennan) 7-2 jt-fav;
2. Good Man Vinnie 4-1; 3. Leg Lock Luke 7-2 jt-fav. 7
ran. 11/2l, 10l. (H Daly). Tote: £4.50; £2.20, £2.20. Exacta:
£20.10. Tricast: £52.05. Trifecta: £74.00. CSF: £18.74.
NR: Clondaw Rigger.
3.50 1. SAUCYSIOUX (Mr J J O’Neill) 11-10 fav; 2.
Posh Totty 11-8; 3. Max Dynamo 16-1. 5 ran. 17l, 3l.
(Olly Murphy). Tote: £1.70; £1.10, £1.50. Exacta: £2.80.
Trifecta: £10.60. CSF: £3.22.
Placepot: £27.40. Quadpot: £9.20.
Place 6: £11.69. Place 5: £8.82.
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FORMULA ONE
Hamilton faces uphill struggle to stay in front
Champ won with
some comfort but
there will be stiffer
challenges come
the 2018 season
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Garside
CHIEF SPORTS
CORRESPONDENT
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n the end it looked easy for
Lewis Hamilton, coasting home
in second behind his Mercedes
team-mate in the final race in
Abu Dhabi having clinched
the title two races previously down
Mexico way. But for much of the
season the duel with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was visceral.
Indeed Vettel led at the summer
break and had Ferrari not selfdestructed with a combination
of mechanical issues and driver
error the outcome might have
been different. Vettel (below), to his
credit, was having no excuses.
“In the end you can break it down
to a lot of details, and this and that,
but overall the package wasn’t good
enough. In the end Mercedes was
better, they were faster. Look at the
amount of pole positions, of race
wins. It’s a straight fight and they
just did better.”
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following the regulation changes that
came into force at the start of the
year. The Ferrari engineers made
best use of the wider cars, fatter
tyres and new aero rules to take
the fight to Mercedes, who
were quicker in a straight
line but struggled on slow
speed circuits.
In Abu Dhabi Ferrari
made Mercedes look more
dominant by turning down
the wick to ensure Vettel
secured second place
in the championship.
In Australia, where
Vettel tabled the
Does Mercedes dominance in
Abu Dhabi mean Hamilton
starts favourite in 2018?
Far from it. Ferrari had
the most consistent car
over the first 13 races,
making huge strides
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first of his five victories this year,
expect Ferrari to be on the money
again, especially if they can find a
qualifying edge to match Mercedes.
And the post summer break hike
in Red Bull’s performance suggests
that 2018 might be even tighter still.
Over the final six races of the season
Max Verstappen won twice and was
second only to Hamilton in points
scored, and then the deficit was only
two, 102 to 100.
What are the big technical changes
for 2018?
Here comes the Halo. Reluctantly
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slam; mould;
lean; hole; slim;
hold; dim; dip;
grip; faint; grid;
paint; kid; flint;
grating
5-CLUE CROSSWORD
Across: 1 Cash-ew<, 3 Scam-pi, 4 Sleuth*
Down: 1 Cr-ISIS, 2 Wra-1-th
WORD WHEEL
NINE-LETTER WORD exchanged
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
QPR (0)............................................2 Brentford (0)........................ 2
Smith 90
Vibe 52, 81
Freeman 90
P W D L F A Pts
Wolverhampton
19 14 2 3 40 17 44
Cardiff
19 12 4 3 27 13 40
Sheff Utd
19 12 1 6 32 21 37
Aston Villa
19 10 5 4 28 17 35
Bristol City
19 9 7 3 30 20 34
Derby
18 9 5 4 29 20 32
Middlesbrough
19 8 5 6 24 18 29
Leeds
19 9 2 8 29 24 29
Nottm Forest
19 9 0 10 26 29 27
Ipswich
18 8 2 8 30 28 26
Sheff Wed
19 6 8 5 23 21 26
Fulham
19 6 8 5 25 24 26
Preston North End 19 6 8 5 22 21 26
Brentford
19 5 9 5 28 26 24
Norwich
19 6 6 7 17 23 24
QPR
19 5 7 7 22 28 22
Barnsley
18 5 5 8 23 25 20
Reading
18 5 5 8 20 23 20
Millwall
19 4 7 8 19 20 19
Hull
19 4 6 9 32 35 18
Birmingham
19 4 4 11 10 28 16
Sunderland
19 2 8 9 25 35 14
Burton Albion
19 3 5 11 12 37 14
Bolton
19 2 7 10 16 36 13
FA TROPHY THIRD ROUND QUALIFYING
Stourbridge 2 Bradford P A 1.
ITALIAN LEAGUE
Atalanta 1 Benevento 0.
Leading Positions: 1 Napoli P 14 pts 38, 2 Inter
Milan (14-36), 3 Juventus (14-34), 4 Roma (13-31), 5
Lazio (13-29), 6 Sampdoria (13-26).
SPANISH LEAGUE
Espanyol 1 Getafe 0.
Leading Positions: 1 Barcelona P 13 pts 35, 2 Valencia (13-31), 3 Atletico Madrid (13-27), 4 Real Madrid
(13-27), 5 Sevilla (13-25), 6 Villarreal (13-21).
OTHER WORDS age, aged, cadge, cage, caged, change,
changed, edge, exchange, gad, gene, hag, hang, hanged, hedge,
henge, nag
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NFL: Arizona 27 Jacksonville 24, LA Rams 26 New
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imposition of the new protection
kicking up the biggest fuss. Ferrari’s
device that sits on top of the cockpit. chuntering about walking away
The secondary roll structure is the
is a common refrain whenever
sport’s response to the kind of
Maranello’s heavily weighted
fatal head injury sustained
financial inducements
three years ago by Jules
are threatened. Expect
Bianchi, who collided
more of that in the next
with a recovery
three years as Liberty
vehicle after crashing
thrash out the terms
Grand prix victories
out of the Japanese
of engagement with
by
Lewis
Hamilton
Grand Prix.
the teams for 2021,
in
2017.
Sebastian
The number of
after the present
Vettel had five
engines available
commercial deal has
to teams reduces
run its course.
from four to three per
car, which according to
What might the cars look
Red Bull team principal
like in 2021 when Liberty’s
Christian Horner is
brave new world comes
madness since it will
into force?
lead to even more
Liberty’s sporting
grid penalties and
director, Ross Brawn,
Points separating
drive up costs. The
points to a radical
Lewis Hamilton and
expense incurred
revision of the
Max
Verstappen
in making engines
cars’ architecture,
over
last
six
races:
more reliable offsets
promising a
Hamilton winning
any savings associated
“sensational” look when
102-100
with fewer units, he says.
aero guidelines for 2021
are revealed next month.
How has the change of F1 owner“For 2021 we are going to have
ship impacted thus far?
great looking cars that can race
Liberty Media’s removal of Formula each other,” he said, referencing the
One’s great impresario, Bernie
difficulty the present cars have in
Ecclestone, was the talk of last
overtaking at some tracks, which
winter. Its arrival in the paddock
is a consequence of the turbulence
coincided with a more competitive
created by the wider designs.
season but Liberty has made it clear
With new-look cars powered by
that significant change is coming
cheaper, less complex power units,
aimed at making the racing even
Liberty hope to return the driver
more competitive, with each team
to the centre of the enterprise,
having a notional chance to win.
making the sport less vulnerable
Tentative suggestions as to how
to the inequalities bred by rich
they might achieve that, a more
teams outspending the minnows in
even distribution of prize money,
research and development. In this
more common technology, cheaper
vision Brawn wants the winners to
engines, has already upset the
succeed because “they are the best at
major players with those who have
what they are doing and not because
most to lose, Ferrari and Mercedes,
they have the biggest budget.
V R N U Q
CRICKET
SECOND TEST MATCH
Sri Lanka v India, Nagpur: Sri Lanka 205 (79.1
overs; L D Chandimal 57, F D M Karunaratne
51; R Ashwin 4-67) & 166 (49.3 overs; L D
Chandimal 61; R Ashwin 4-63). India 610-6dec.
(176.1 overs; V Kohli 213, C A Pujara 143, M
Vijay 128, R G R G Sharma 102no). India beat Sri
Lanka by an innings and 239 runs.
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Watford v Man Utd (8).....................................................................
West Brom v Newcastle (8)........................................................
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Derby v Ipswich ....................................................................................
Reading v Barnsley (8)....................................................................
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Blackpool v Blackburn....................................................................
Charlton v Peterborough.............................................................
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Dumbarton v Queen of the South........................................
St Mirren v Livingston...................................................................
Inverness CT v Brechin..................................................................
CHECKATRADE TROPHY NORTHERN SECTION
SECOND ROUND
Rochdale v Doncaster (7.30).......................................................
SOUTHERN GROUP C
Wycombe v West Ham ..................................................................
GROUP D
Exeter v Chelsea, Yeovil v Plymouth.................................
GROUP F
Barnet v Tottenham Hotspur (8.0).......................................
BUILDBASE FA TROPHY
THIRD ROUND QUALIFYING
Bath City v Margate......................................................................... .
THIRD QUALIFYING ROUND REPLAY
Warrington Tn v Tamworth......................................................
Kidderminster v Boston Utd ....................................................
Workington v Glossop North End .......................................
Bognor Regis Tn v Hemel Hempstead.............................
Slough v Hendon.................................................................................
Royston Tn v Eastbourne Borough....................................
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
Bromley v Aldershot........................................................................
BIATHLON
IBU BIATHLON WORLD CUP 1 (Oestersund, Sweden).
SNOOKER
BETWAY UK CHAMPIONSHIPS (York).
‘I partied a lot after winning
title and that caused my dip’
after I won the title in Mexico I partied a lot. That is what you do. I still
drove relatively well, but I would
Lewis Hamilton promised to bring not say I was at 100 per cent like I
his championship-winning form to was during the rest of the season.
the first race of the new season after My sleep and energy has definitely
admitting too much partying con- been different at these last couple
tributed to his end-of-year wobble. of races. I have tried to approach
The 32-year-old Briton had vowed them in the same way, but if you do
to end the season in style after he not prepare in the same way, you do
wrapped up his fourth
not get the right results.
championship with two
“I’m not bothered about
I would not
rounds to spare. But he
that. Next year it will go
say
I
was
at
finished fourth in Brazil,
back to how it was in the
following a crash in quali- 100 per cent – second half of the season.”
my
sleep
and
fying, and was second-best
Hamilton will be forto Mercedes team-mate energy has
mally presented with his
Valtteri Bottas at the sea- definitely been championship-winning
son finale in Abu Dhabi.
trophy at the FIA’s annual
different at
After Hamilton sealed the last couple prize-giving gala in Paris
the championship in 2015,
on Friday. He will see out
he lost the remaining three of races
the remainder of the year
races to Nico Rosberg and
with sponsorship comit was a winning momentum the mitments before officially taking
German would carry into his title- holiday midway through December.
winning year.
He is out of contract at the end
Hamilton had hoped to avoid such of 2018 and is due to hold further
a scenario again but said: “There is talks with Mercedes over a new
zero concern for me. It is clear that deal which could see him become
something happens when you win Formula One’s highest-paid driver
the championship, and in the week on £45million-a-year.
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ON BOXING
Cotto exits with a true boxing
rarity – the dignified farewell
T
his Saturday in the
ancient Madison
Square Garden ring, in
a city he has owned for
over a decade, Miguel
Cotto will fight for the last time
in the type of fantasy departure
that very few boxers have ever
enjoyed.
Cotto will be defending a world
title belt against a man called
Sadam Ali, a decent fighter with
enough brains to understand his
role in the last night of Cotto’s
boxing career. It will be Cotto’s
47th fight, his 26th for a world
title since turning professional
in 2001 and his 10th at the sacred
boxing hall.
The Puerto Rican idol empties
the bordellos of Spanish Harlem
each time he laces his gloves to
fight at the midtown citadel, a
place that becomes a swarming
mass of utter devotion when
Cotto walks to the ring. It is, at
that moment, like no other venue
in the world. On Saturday the
flock will witness his last fight
like joyful mourners at a bizarre
wake: “I’m leaving on my terms,”
Cotto insisted.
He could have wandered into a
break of a year or two and picked
a nice fat payday to finish his
remarkable career, put himself in
the Conor McGregor sweepstakes,
and then, head bowed, tried to
explain how he thought he could
win a fight he lost. The modern
business is rich with men that
took the ugly route to their end,
refusing to quit, not listening
too many boxers devoted to cash.
to friends, loved ones or their
Floyd Mayweather had retired
howling bodies. However, Cotto
without fighting Margarito or
has too much pride and class for
Cotto. Many at the time said it
a regrettable finale and remains
was an unforgivable act: Cotto
a pure fighter, a man that many
met Margarito and it was his first
dearly departed sages admired
loss in 33 fights.
and praised before they died.
In the aftermath there were
There is a list of open
few answers to the questions,
testimony, a rare collection
no clues to why the sickening
in modern boxing, of old
beating had taken place,
men talking wistfully
forcing Cotto to quit
of Cotto’s quality. “He
in tears and blood;
[Cotto] is relentless
the following year
in the way [Marvin]
Margarito and
Hagler was
his coach, Javier
Saturday’s fight will
relentless, and he
Capetillo, were
be Miguel Cotto’s
damages you in the
exposed as cheats,
26th world title
fight
same way Hagler
men that loaded
damaged people,”
the bandages with a
said Manny Steward,
substance like Plaster
arguably the last great
of Paris, transforming
coaching master. Steward
the protective padding into
was talking before the 2008 fight
lethal tools and then enjoying
with Antonio Margarito, a fight
their illegal trade.
that shocked the boxing world
Margarito was forced to change
with its horror.
his padded bandages during a
Cotto, now 37, was in one of
routine inspection in his dressing
the bloodiest, nastiest and most
room before losing to Shane
controversial fights when he
Mosley in Los Angeles, and then
was left on his knee, broken and
had his licence revoked. The pair
in despair in round 11 against
were lucky to escape prison and
Margarito. Cotto had been
the disgrace gave Cotto something
favourite in a fight that was
to finally apply to his soul to heal
considered the salvation of a
his wounds. In 2011 they met again,
sport increasingly at the mercy of Cotto won and left Margarito with
a permanently damaged right eye
in a fight that was cruel.
Cotto is relentless in the
Margarito fighting again
way Hagler was relentless,
divided people, Margarito left
and he damages you in the
legally blind in his right eye was
way Hagler damaged people ignored, accepted as a risk for
his treachery. There is nothing
polite about my business, never be
tricked by Anthony Joshua’s smile
or Amir Khan’s comic innocence
in the Australian jungle.
Cotto kept fighting, winning
and losing titles and gently
adjusting his style to prolong his
brilliant career. He did, finally,
meet Mayweather and lost on
points, one of just five defeats.
There was also a loss to Manny
Pacquiao, but there were great
wins, more belts and glory.
There was the raw night in 2014
when he toppled the powerful
middleweight world champion
Sergio Martinez, dropping him
three times in the opening round,
at the Garden. It was his last night
at the Garden and it felt like the
final party for the Cotto faithful.
This Saturday they will be
back, draped in Puerto Rican
flags, screaming and crying as
Cotto performs the last dance of
a true ring genius in a place he
calls his special home. He is going
on his terms, a rare departure in
the boxing game, and he will be
missed by the sport and, rather
selfishly, by those of us fortunate
enough to have been present
Miguel Cotto after having been controversially beaten by Antonio Margarito in when he slipped through the
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I
t is one of the game’s great
visceral rushes, the sight of
a player leaping to power a
header into the net, but it
could lead to one of the game’s
greatest changes.
The announcement last week
that the Football Association
and the Professional
Footballers’ Association
have instigated a study
into football’s possible
link with dementia has
increased the questions
about heading a football,
and it may become the
next big problem the
sport has to confront.
Alan Shearer’s
realisation and concern
was one of the most
striking aspects of his
recent Dementia, Football and Me
documentary for the BBC.
The film was aired just weeks
after the former Republic of
Ireland international, Kevin Doyle,
announced his retirement citing
medical advice on concussion. At
the start of this year, i revealed the
battle that England World Cup hero
Nobby Stiles was experiencing with
dementia.
Depending on what further
studies find and how the issue
progresses, we may see a situation
in which the entire rules around
heading are altered. In a worst-case
scenario, it is far from
im
mpossible to imagine
a situation in 30 years
in
n which heading is not
just banned from the
sport
s
but people involved
aare amazed how it was
allowed
a
to go on for so
long.
Given that 22 per cent
of Premier League goals
come from headers,
not to mention that
any ban would alter
the dynamics of the game
and the value of winning a corner,
it is easy to see that football would
change dramatically if heading were
outlawed.
Mark Herrick is a former Irish
footballer who was famed for his
heading ability, and he is working
to prevent that scenario – crucially,
through technology that gets on
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Our contention is that
federations, governing
bodies, clubs are all going to
need a policy on heading
Heading
out of
trouble?
With authorities exploring links
between headers and dementia,
Miguel Delaney speaks to a former
player who may have a solution to a
potentially game-changing problem
top of this issue and integrates all
the proper medical and academic
research.
The former Cork City and Raith
Rovers midfielder has founded
Headrite Sports and has developed
a training aid, launched last
weekend, that represents the first
initiative to tackle this growing
problem, and could offer a landmark
“preventative solution” so that
heading remains in the game.
The idea is simple. Having spent
his youth honing his heading by
suspending a ball from a rope,
Herrick realised how valuable this
could be to teach young players how
to do it properly and avoid injury.
He and Headrite co-founder
Liam Frawley have constructed a
sophisticated but affordable version
of Herrick’s childhood contraption.
Children in the United States
up to the age of 11 are banned
from heading balls but Headrite’s
machine could prevent a similar
ban in other territories as it is
designed to minimise the amount
of medium- to high-impact headers
in training. Put simply, players will
be able to train and learn how to
It wasn’t that long
ago, that in cycling or
ice hockey you did not
have to wear helmets
head a ball without the physical
concerns. “It wasn’t that long
ago that in cycling or ice hockey
you didn’t have to wear helmets,”
Herrick says. “I don’t know where
this is going but our contention is
that federations, governing bodies,
clubs are all going to need a policy
on heading. If you go into any
The Headrite training aid. For more information, see headritesports.com
labour-intensive environment, you
do lifting and handling courses. Yet
we’re sending underage players
out, challenging with others, having
never practised heading properly.
“It’s important that there’s a
certain amount of competency with
this skill, because you’re going to be
challenging with others. Certainly,
they could do with some practice,
to be competent and protect
themselves and others.
“This is also an era where we
believe that kids do not practise in
the park as they once did, and with
that we’re saying the only exposure
kids get to heading is through their
club. The clubs are now totally
responsible for bringing the players
up to speed with a skill that’s
important.
“Headrite was born out of
something I’d used in my back
garden. I knew my timing had
improved from this type of practice.
What we’ve done is taken an
age-old training method and added
sophistication and technology to it.
Because you don’t need a heavier
ball, we’re making players more
competent with timing and head
co-ordination.” As well as the extra
sophistication of the aid, and how it
can be easily adjustable for all ages,
they have also developed specific
training drills for the technology.
“With our own club in Oranmore
in Galway, we did this work over
an eight-week period where we
started testing all players between
10 and 18 years of age, with meeting
the ball at a high point, measuring
vertical jump, how they jumped
using our training aid, how the
jump improved, how the timing
improved. This all showed that
this was a skill that deserved more
attention with the way it’s been
practised.
“So, right now, we’re allowing
underage players to make those
[football] mistakes with our system,
to learn the technique, to learn
about jumping and heading, which
is quite different to just heading
and with that their timing improved
and they’re allowed to get more
proficient with their skill.
“With our training aid, we can
control the height of the ball,
more or less the speed of the ball
and certainly the weight of the
ball and prove competency helps
proficiency.”
Herrick and Headrite were
also aware that everything about
this had to be as scientifically
sustainable as possible.
“We knew, when we were
bringing out this product, we
would get eaten alive if we didn’t
do some scientific work behind it,
a safer way to practise it. So we’ve
immersed ourselves in studies,
and are up to date with the latest
literature on impacts on the
head, whether it be CTE [chronic
traumatic encephalopathy]
or other injuries related to
sub-concussive blows.”
Herrick and the team have
spoken with the team at Stirling
University, who featured in
Shearer’s documentary, and
worked extensively studying
impacts with University College
Dublin, who have now committed
a Masters student to working with
Headrite for further research.
Herrick accepts this is far from
the only solution. There may be a
lot to come into the game, and a lot
around heading that needs to be
looked at. This is, however, a first
step, that begins to address key
issues.
“That’s one thing we’re conscious
of and trying to address, arguing
that if we keep this skill, we can
mitigate against some of this,”
Herrick says. “It’s an interesting
place to be because we think we’re
appealing to all the stakeholders
but I’m sure we’ll have opponents.”
They may also have many
supporters. It was telling that
when Herrick first put a link to the
technology on the LinkedIn website,
he had a number of notifications
of users looking at it from Uefa in
Switzerland. This may well be the
start of something, and potentially
be key in any discussion about the
end of heading as we know it.
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PREMIER LEAGUE
Back to square
one: Everton turn
again to Allardyce
for manager’s job
man by the hand and wish him all the
luck in the world.” Asked if the club
Everton have reinitiated contact was in crisis, he replied: “I wouldn’t
with Sam Allardyce in their hunt for use the word crisis. I think we’re in a
a new manager after failing to lure really tough moment. I think we need
Marco Silva away from Watford. to stand firm, we’ve had a lot of away
Allardyce was keen to discuss the games against decent opposition.
vacancy at Goodison Park but the We’ve now got two massive games
Toffees decided to look elsewhere coming up at Goodison and they will
after making contact with the former be key.”
England and Crystal Palace manager
Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson insists
earlier this month.
the players are determined to arrest
The Eagles would be due a com- their slide towards the relegation
pensation payment in the
zone with victories over West
region of £2m if Allardyce
Ham and Huddersfield.
were to become Ronald
The Toffees are two
Koeman’s replacement
points clear of the botas a result of an agreetom three. Sigurdsson
ment made when Palcancelled out Dusan
The number of
ace allowed him out of
Tadic’s opener to give
days since Ronald
his contract in May.
Everton
hope of a rare
Koeman was sacked
David Unsworth
positive result, only
by Everton
has been in interim
for two Charlie Austin
charge since Koeman’s
headers and a late Stedismissal and it was hoped
ven Davis strike to seal a
he could revive the club’s
comfortable win for Saints.
fortunes and perhaps succeed the
Everton are at home to fellow
Dutchman after being promoted strugglers West Ham tomorrow
from the Under-23 job. But results before Huddersfield visit at the
have failed to improve and the former weekend. “All of the players are
defender called for clarity over the determined to turn this around,” Sigmanagerial situation on Sunday urdsson said. “We need a little bit of
after Everton were thrashed 4-1 by luck, we got back into the game but
Southampton.
we need to make sure we take advan“The club need to appoint someone tage of those situations.
as quickly as possible,” he said. “If it’s
“The positive thing is we have two
me, great. If it’s not, I will shake the more games this week. We must go
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Freeman salvages a point
for Rangers in frantic finale
QUEENS PARK RANGERS
Smith 90, Freeman 90
2
BRENTFORD
Vibe 52, 81
2
By Andy Sims
AT LOFTUS ROAD
QPR scored twice in stoppage time
to snatch a point in a thrilling west
London derby. Brentford looked
home and hosed as they led by two
Lasse Vibe goals with 92-and-a-half
minutes on the clock. Then substitute Matt Smith headed in what
appeared would be a consolation for
the home side before Luke Freeman
bundled in the unlikeliest of equalisers a minute later.
The fightback was all the more
remarkable as Rangers manager
Ian Holloway was forced to make do
and mend with a defence shorn of
six specialist centre-halves through
injury. His patched-up side rattled
the frame of the goal as they chased
an equaliser and were denied what
appeared to be a clear penalty. But
just as Rangers stood on the brink
of a fourth straight defeat they completed a stunning turnaround.
Brentford, looking to complete
a Loftus Road double having
thumped their rivals 4-1 in the Carabao Cup in August, immediately set
about trying to expose the makeshift backline. Winger Sergi Canos
almost opened the scoring in spectacular fashion, playing a neat onetwo with Vibe and hitting a curler
which was destined for the top
corner until Rangers keeper Alex
Smithies intervened at full stretch.
After the break, Rangers were
inches from taking the lead when
a half-cleared corner was headed
back into the area by Josh Scowen. Idrissa Sylla nodded the ball
on, only to see it crash back off the
crossbar.
Vibe opened the scoring in the
52nd minute, controlling a Nico
Yennaris cross with his midriff and
swivelling to bury his shot past
Smithies. Shortly after, Smith’s shot
clearly hit the outstretched arm of
defender John Egan in the area but
referee Steve Martin waved away
the appeals.
Nine minutes from time Vibe
grabbed his second, turning in a
cut-back from Romaine Sawyers
to seemingly clinch the points for
Brentford. But Smith had other
ideas and headed in Freeman’s
cross to halve the deficit, before
the latter applied the finish to Jake
Bidwell’s free-kick.
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England Women captain Steph
Houghton (left) shares a joke with
team-mate Millie Bright during
training at St George’s Park
yesterday. Undefeated England
are preparing for tonight’s World
Cup qualifying Group A match
against lowly Kazakhstan at the
Weston Homes Community
Stadium in Colchester.
into the next one with a bit of positivity and try to get something from the
game. We have two very important
games coming up now. We are play-
SCOTLAND
McCulloch criticises Rangers
for ‘hanging Murty out to dry’
By Gavin McCafferty
England prepare for Kazakhs
All of the players are
determined to turn this
around. The positive thing is
we have two games this week
Former Rangers captain Lee McCulloch claims Graeme Murty is being
“hung out to dry” by the board after
the impasse over the club’s managerial vacancy went into a second month.
After winning the first two matches since Pedro Caixinha was sacked,
caretaker manager Murty has presided over Premiership defeats
against Hamilton and Dundee.
Before the defeat at Dens Park,
Murty (right) conceded it would be
better for everyone if an appointment was made. But the club’s development coach again looks set to be in
charge for a double-header against
second-placed Aberdeen, whose
manager Derek McInnes last week
insisted he saw his future at Pittodrie
following weeks of speculation linking him with a return to Ibrox.
McCulloch said: “There’s two
sides of it and I don’t think it’s very
fair on Graeme Murty. All I can say is
Graeme Murty is in a high-pressure
situation just now, he’s a fantastic
coach and he’s someone who has
done well before.
“Yes, the fans are shouting for a
manager to come in and I think there
should be one in, but I also see
it from the other side where
Graeme Murty is sitting in
that high-pressure seat
and being hung out to
dry a bit.
“Graeme is in an awkward situation, but I
think the fans just want
some clarity on who the
targets are, if they have got
any targets, and who they are ruling out. It would be nice if they would
come out and say we are down to six
candidates or four candidates, but it
seems to be all quiet.
Graeme is in an awkward
situation, but I think the fans
just want some clarity on
who the club targets are
“Rangers need to finish the season
well and try to secure second place,
so the quicker they can get a manager
in to give the fans something to look
forward to, I think that is the most
important thing.”
The club’s annual general
meeting is on Thursday
and the board will have to
answer questions about
why it is taking so long
for Rangers to appoint a
manager. Club 1872, the
official Rangers supporters’ group has expressed its
concerns over the situation at
the weekend.
McCulloch said: “Fans are obviously going to be frustrated, especially when you look how far Celtic
are ahead, a fourth major trophy in a
row looking like a runaway train for
the league. It’s the board’s responsibility to sort the club out.”
Former Ibrox manager Alex
McLeish yesterday declared that he’d
had no contact from the club.
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Sigurdsson hit a stunning equaliser at St Mary’s as his effort on the
stroke of half-time hit the crossbar
and both posts before nestling in the
back of Fraser Forster’s goal. But
Everton’s club-record signing admits
he could take no enjoyment from his
first Premier League goal since moving from Swansea in the summer.
“No, we lost the game and lost it
badly,” he said when asked if he took
any consolation from his strike. “It is
hard to look at that when you have
lost 4-1 and the season is going the
way it is going. It is disappointing. I
think we were lucky to get back in
the game. At 1-1 at half-time I thought
we could nick something but the performance in the second half was far
from good enough.” THE INDEPENDENT
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Lamela ready to return after
more than a year on sidelines
complex, with the 25-year-old even
allowed to take treatment from
Erik Lamela has told Mauricio
his former club Roma in January.
Pochettino he is finally ready to
There was also a period in last
make his Tottenham return after
December when he rushed back
more than a year out through
to his native Argentina to attend
injury.
to his brother, who had been
Lamela, who joined Spurs four
unexpectedly taken into hospital.
years ago for a then club record
Pochettino is likely to ease
£30million, has undergone
Lamela back in slowly
operations on each of his
over the Christmas period
hips and not played since
but insists he never had
It is very
25 October 2016.
any doubts that he would
good news.
But after beginning
again.“No, never
After training play
training early last
doubts. We trusted in our
today he said, medical staff and him that
month, Lamela gave
‘OK, I am
Pochettino the green
he’s a very competitive
ready to
light on Monday and is
player, always focused on
now expected to be on the move on and
his recovery,” Pochettino
bench for Tuesday’s game be available
said.
against Leicester. It is
“It’s true that after a
if
you
want’
very good news because
year it’s difficult for a
he is in contention for
player. Always it’s not
tomorrow,” Pochettino said.
easy and the expectations need to
“It’s because after the training
be low. Maybe similar to Danny
today he felt good and said, ‘OK,
Rose, after 10 months or year it’s
I am ready to move on and be
similar. You need to provide them
available if you want’.”
the time to be fit and feel again the
Lamela’s recovery has been
competition.”
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Hazard takes it
easy in training
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‘I wouldn’t play Ball
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play Mason Crane’
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Everton would
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Crystal Palace
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they did appoint
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Eden Hazard has revealed he is
having to take it easy in training at
Chelsea to recover from knocks he
takes in matches. The 26-year-old
midfielder was seen limping towards
the team coach following his side’s 1-1
draw at Liverpool on Saturday.
Hazard had taken a number of
strong tackles, including a bad challenge by Mohamed Salah. It is understood the Belgium international,
who has been the most fouled player
in the Premier League since 2014,
returned to London with his legs
covered in bruises. He said: “Do I
protect my legs in training? Yes, yes,
yes! To be fair, in training I don’t give
everything.
“When we have drills, some people
go crazy, but I don’t want to be kicked
in training. I try to have a break. We
don’t have many breaks in the season, so I try in training to have more
of a rest, and then in the games I give
everything. Do I get a lot of bruises?
Yes. Sometimes I’m feeling a lot. I get
a lot of fouls, a lot on my ankle. When
I’m on the pitch I do receive kicks,
but that is part of football and I’m not
complaining.”
Hazard fractured his ankle during
a training session with Belgium in
June and had to wait until September to start his first game of the season. Hazard is now starting to return
to his best form, having scored six
goals in his past eight appearances.
Liverpool struggled to contain Hazard in the first half but he was more
subdued after Salah’s tackle, from
which he hobbled away in agony.
That incident came a week after
Hazard was left visibly upset following referee Jonathan Moss’s decision
to wave play on after Gareth Barry
had landed his studs on his ankle
during Chelsea’s 4-0 win at West
Bromwich. Coach Antonio Conte
asked referees to give Hazard more
protection following last season’s FA
Cup win against Manchester United,
who had Ander Herrera sent off for
fouls on the midfielder.
Hazard said: “I know my body is
strong and I am working on that.
I’m lucky to have good health, I take
good care of my body the best I can.”
EVENING STANDARD
Eden Hazard has been the most fouled
Premier League player since 2014
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for a couple of days still this Jonny
Bairstow thing so it might actuEngland’s start to the Ashes series ally be a blessing in disguise that the
against Australia has not left many media aren’t actually focusing in on
of their former players impressed the performance in this Test match.”
after the tour got off to one of the
Pietersen took aim at the team
worst starts in recent memory, with selection, and asked what seam
a first Test defeat in which they bowler Jake Ball offered to this Test,
were “absolutely smashed”,
having taken just one wicket
acco rd i n g t o Kev i n
for 115 runs across both
Pietersen, compoundinnings. “There are a lot
ed by the off-pitch
of issues, I’m not going
incidents involving
to stand here and say
Jonny Bairstow and
everything’s bright
Number
of
wickets
Ben Stokes.
and breezy in that
Jake Ball took in the
The Bairstow incidressing room. On
first Test
dent turned out to be
day two, they were
nowhere near as bad
competing up until the
as initially thought, but
middle of day two, but
diverted attention away
they’ve been absolutely
from a 10-wicket defeat, and
smashed,” said Pietersen.
a number of pundits were quick to
“Is Jake Ball any good?” added
turn their criticism back on to the Pietersen. “I don’t think so, not at
game.
this level in Australia from what I
“I think there are bigger issues on have seen, especially with the hype
the playing field that England have leading into this Test match about
got to try and iron out, rather than him having to play.
just the off-field stuff,” said former
“I wouldn’t play Ball in the next
England captain Michael Vaughan Test match, absolutely no chance.
on BT Sport. “Whether it’s been I’d play Mason Crane, I know it’s
blown out [of proportion] or not we’ll under lights but it’s that variation of
have to wait and see but the cricket, a leg-spin bowler. It’s a real, real, real
getting 20 wickets and scoring more concern. The concern is the tail of
runs, that’s more important.”
England, it didn’t wag. The concern
Former Australia skipper, Ricky is the top order, nobody seemed to
Ponting, believes there could be a be able to play the short ball well. If
silver lining for England despite you want to score runs in Australia
the string of setbacks. “One thing you have to play the short ball well.
it might actually help them with is
“There are concerns over
it might actually take away from [James] Anderson producing in this
the performance in this game,” he Test match. Did he? No he didn’t.”
said. “It’s going to be talked about THE INDEPENDENT
By Jack de Menezes
1
The debrief First Test
England’s 10-wicket defeat was
confirmed in little more than an
hour as Australia knocked off the
56 runs still needed on the final
morning at the Gabba. David Warner
(87no, right) and Cameron Bancroft
(82no) took their opening stand to
an unbroken 173, eclipsing
England’s target with
more than two sessions
to spare.
A decidedly onesided outcome here
was not an entirely
true reflection of an
opening contest which
ebbed and flowed through
the first two-and-a-half days.
Since then, however, Australia have
been on an uncompromising victory
surge thanks largely to captain Steve
Smith’s epic 141 not out.
ENGLAND UNDER A CLOUD ON
AND OFF THE PITCH
Reports of an incident in a Perth
bar four weeks ago, in which Jonny
Bairstow may or may not have headbutted Australia opener Cameron
Bancroft, have not made England’s
outlook any easier. The ramifications
are unclear, depending which pundit
or source is most trusted.
SHOT OF THE FINAL DAY
Bancroft did plenty to prove he has
suffered no distractions – including
with a crisp off-drive off Jake Ball for
a four which hastened the end on the
final morning.
STAT OF THE DAY
1-0 ... and counting.
England have not won in
their last eight attempts
in Brisbane. But if they
could have stopped
Australia getting off to a
flier, it would have sown
much-needed belief in the
tourists’ campaign.
MIXED EMOTIONS AT THE GABBA
Australia had a win to celebrate, but
the thoughts of several players were
inevitably also with the late Phillip
Hughes, on the third anniversary
of their former team-mate’s death
after suffering a blow to the neck
from a short ball while batting.
TWEET OF THE DAY
“Brilliant Australia #ashes2017 for
an apparent “worst side ever” you
should be very proud to go 1 up in
the series. You beauty!!” - Mitchell
Johnson @MitchJohnson398.
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CRICKET
THE ASHES
Sport
Root needled as high
farce leaves England
desperate for victory
ENGLAND
302 &
195
AUSTRALIA
Warner 87no, Bancroft 82no
328 &
173-0
Australia win by 10 wickets
Jonathan
Liew
28.11.17
P52-53
FOOTBALL
Calling Big Sam:
Back to square
one for Everton
in manager hunt
P50-51
FOOTBALL
The training aid
that could mean
we’re heading in
the right direction
P49
FORMULA ONE
Why it won’t
be so easy
for Hamilton
next year
AT THE GABBA
Less than a week into what is in danger of being called the “Buttyline”
series, a day of high farce saw Australia’s win in the first Test take a back
seat to one of the more surreal episodes in recent Ashes history. Those
of you who remember The Mung
Bean Curry Scandal (2013-14), The
Leaking Of England’s Bowling Plans
(2006-07) and David Warner Punching Joe Root As A Blow Against Islamophobia (2013) will know what a
cherishably high bar that is.
The fallout from Jonny Bairstow’s
playful headbutt on Australian opener Cameron Bancroft almost a month
ago continued in the aftermath of the
Brisbane Test, as a contrite Bairstow
(right), an exasperated Joe Root and
a bemused Bancroft gave their sides
of the story. No official action will
be taken against Bairstow for what
appears to have been a benign but
highly strange form of greeting,
but public ridicule may yet achieve
what the England management
does not.
Meanwhile, Bancroft was
cross-examined at some
length on the nature of the
headbutt. For a man who
had just scored 82 not
out on Test debut,
this was truly
not the introduction to
Ashes
cricket he
was envisioning.
From England’s side, all
this was merely the Austral-
The
Sport
Matrix
The stories you
need to know
ian media doing their buttmost to un- an Ashes tour. The spotlight is harsh
settle them ahead of the second Test and unrelenting, and occasionally
in Adelaide this Saturday. “It’s come downright duplicitous. “That’s what
up four weeks later, on the first day we’ve got to be better at,” Bayliss
Australia have had a good one on the said. “We can’t put ourselves in these
field,” a quizzical Joe Root advanced. situations, no matter however small
“If it was a big deal, it would have they are. The disappointing thing is
come out a lot earlier.”
that something like this comes up
only a few weeks after the
W h a t h e fa i l e d t o
Bristol incident. There’ll be
acknowledge was that folB
u
t
this
is
another stern talking-to tolowing the arrest of Ben
Stokes in Bristol in Sep- what England night. It doesn’t reflect well
on the image of our side.”
tember, the Australian will need to
Bayliss, like Root before
press has been itching to learn very
him, denied there was a
trigger a similar altercation quickly:
drinking culture in the side.
on their own soil, no mat- everything is
“That’s wide of the mark,”
ter how flimsy the pretext.
he said. “They don’t drink
England’s coach Trevor blown out of
proportion
on
more or less than any other
Bayliss knows this better
than anyone, which may an Ashes tour team I’ve coached.” But
again: the perception matexplain why he appears
ters more here. If they did
to have been angered the
most by all this. “If you put yourself not know it already, England have no
in that situation,” he explained sadly, friends in this country. They get on
well with the Australians off the field,
“you’re fair game.”
Bairstow, for his part, issued a but on it they can expect to be conprepared statement in which he fined in international sport’s worst
explained what had happened with- and most persistent wit warehouse.
out coming close to explaining what Steve Waugh called it “mental disinhad happened. “We were just in the tegration”, which made it sound like
bar, having a good laugh and a good something out of Sun Tzu’s The Art
evening out,” he said. “There was no Of War. In fact, it is the art of sledgintent, nor malice, about anything ing with the quality dial turned down
during the evening. Personally, I so low it takes on the pitch of nails
think it has been blown completely scraping down a blackboard.
And so, in a climate where everyout of proportion.”
Bayliss used that phrase one and everything is out to get you
too: “blown out of propor- who can you trust? Only each other.
tion”. And of course it was. Quite apart from which, there is a
England have agreed Test series to salvage. “The most imon a midnight cur- portant thing,” Root said, “is that we
few on some nights stay strong and tight. For three days,
during the tour, we played some excellent cricket,
but this was not then unfortunately we got into some
o n e o f t h e m . good positions and didn’t quite capiBairstow was talise on them.” And this is the heart
guilty of nothing of the issue. A series-levelling win in
more than being Adelaide would swing the series Enga little awkwardly land’s way. Losing teams are easier
to kick. England are being punished
over-familiar.
But this is what here, but their real crime wasn’t
England will need to drinking, or socialising, or headbutlearn very quickly: ting. It was losing. THE INDEPENDENT
everything is blown
out of proportion on » Ashes reaction, p53
CRICKET
Virdi makes most of
Lions opportunity
Surrey off-spinner Amar Virdi
claimed four wickets for England
Lions as Queensland raced to 396
for eight declared in their three-day
match. The 19-year-old was given
special permission to join the game
after Nottinghamshire-bound Paul
Coughlin injured his hip in the field.
He responded well to take his
opportunity before Lions openers
Nick Gubbins and Keaton Jennings
negotiated a tricky session to reach
19 without loss at stumps.
Bancroft is
star of show
in knockabout
comedy
By Jonathan Liew
The vast majority of cricket press
conferences are humdrum affairs
but every so often you strike gold.
Such was the case with Cameron
Bancroft yesterday. Instead of
being questioned about hitting the
winning runs on his Test debut or
his unbeaten knock of 82, Bancroft
was given an interrogation about
FOOTBALL
Lukaku escapes three-match ban
Manchester United striker Romelu
Lukaku has escaped sanction
for his alleged kick at
Brighton’s Gaetan Bong.
Images appeared to
show the 24-year-old
kicking out twice
at the defender just
before Ashley Young’s
deflected strike secured
a 1-0 win for United on
Saturday.
Retrospective punishment
for violent conduct would have
meant a three-man ban, ruling
Lukaku (left) out of the clash with
Manchester City.
Referee Neil Swarbrick
took no action against
Lukaku at the time and the
incident was confirmed
to have been missed by
officials at Old Trafford.
As a result, a panel
of three former elite
referees reviewed the footage
independently to advise whether
they deemed it a sending off offence.
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Stokes’ Kiwi trip is
not a prelude to
Ashes appearance
By Sports Staff
Ben Stokes is heading to New Zealand to practise and spend time
with his family. The 26-year-old
all-rounder was initially named
in England’s Ashes squad but was
stood down following his arrest on
suspicion of causing actual bodily
harm in Bristol in September.
The ECB said they were aware
of the New Zealand-born player’s
plans to make a “private trip”.
There had been speculation
that he was joining the England
squad after a picture on social
media appeared to show him at
Heathrow airport last night.
Scoreboard
First Test, BRISBANE (Final day of 5): Australia beat
England by 10 wickets
England won toss
ENGLAND — First Innings 302 (Vince 83, Malan 56,
Stoneman 53)
AUSTRALIA — First Innings 328 (Smith 141no,
Marsh 51)
ENGLAND — Second Innings 195 (Root 51)
AUSTRALIA — Second Innings 114-0
Second Innings Contd
Runs 6s 4s Bls Min
C T Bancroft not out
82 1 10 182 209
D A Warner not out
87 0 10 119 209
Extras (lb2 w1 nb1)
4
Total(for 0, 50 overs)
173
Bowling: J M Anderson 11-2-27-0, S C J Broad 10-220-0, M M Ali 4-0-23-0, C R Woakes 11-1-46-0, J T Ball
8-1-38-0, J E Root 6-1-17-0.
Umpires: Aleem Dar and M Erasmus.
Australia captain Steve Smith
laughs as his team-mate Cameron
Bancroft is interrogated by the
media yesterday
REUTERS
his altercation with Jonny
Bairstow in a Perth bar more
than three weeks ago, during
which Bairstow was alleged to
have headbutted him. With his
captain, Steve Smith, alongside
him and unable to keep a straight
face, Bancroft was subjected to
increasingly surreal questions.
Here are the highlights.
Q Cameron, well done on the
innings. But can you talk us
through the incident, from what
you remember? [Laughter]
Bancroft I remember it very
clearly. We’d just won a
[Sheffield] Shield game for WA
[Western Australia]. One of our
values is celebrating success,
so we were, as a team and as a
group. That coincided with the
English team arriving in Perth
for the tour game. It was very
friendly mingling the whole
night... it was great to be able to
meet some of those guys. I got
into a very amicable conversation
with Jonny, and… yeah, like, he
just, um, [chuckles] just greeted
me with… just... a headbutt
kind of thing. I was expecting a
handshake. It wasn’t the greeting
of choice that I was expecting.
That was the way that I took it.
There was certainly no malice in
his action. And we continued on
having a very good conversation
for the rest of the evening.
just... really weird. It was so
random, and I certainly didn’t
expect it coming. As I said, a
handshake or a hug would have
been something that I probably
expected more than a headbutt.
But as I said, there was certainly
nothing malicious about his
action. I just took it as: “Yeah,
I don’t know Jonny Bairstow,
but he says hello to people very
differently to most others.”
sorry. For me personally, it was
Q. Sorry, Cameron. I realise this
probably sounds a bit ridiculous.
Did he headbutt you like that
[motions headbutt], forward?
Or [motions glancing header to
the side]? How did it… we can’t
actually work out what…
Bancroft: Just… I dunno.
Whatever your imagination
RUGBY UNION
Q Did he apologise to you that
night or subsequently?
Bancroft: At the time, he said
RUGBY UNION
FOOTBALL
Teen league hopeful
‘captured’ by Scots
Emenalo in speedy
return, with Monaco
Scotland have made their first
capture in an initiative to unearth
fresh talent by signing up a former
England rugby league Under-16
captain. Callum McLelland, 18, has
signed for Edinburgh after being
tempted from Castleford Tigers.
The SRU launched its Scottish
Qualified programme in October
in a bid to discover players eligible
to represent the national team.
McLelland qualifies through an
Ayrshire-born grandfather.
Monaco have appointed former
Chelsea technical director Michael
Emenalo as their new sporting
director. Emenalo, 52, resigned from
his post at Stamford Bridge this
month and has taken on a similar
role at the Ligue 1 club, to work
under vice president Vadim Vasilyev.
Emenalo said: “Monaco have
shown great progress for several
seasons and I am convinced that the
future will be just as ambitious.”
» Hazard feels thestrain, p51
pictures it as, is probably what it
would be.
Q. Because when we imagine a
headbutt, we imagine… [motions
headbutt] knocking someone
over, you know?
Bancroft: No, he didn’t knock me
over. I’ve actually got the heaviest
head in the Western Australia
squad. It’s been measured.
Q. [England coach] Trevor Bayliss
said that it was a long way from
being a headbutt... so could you
perhaps define, maybe on a 1-10
basis [laughter] how close it was
to a headbutt?
Bancroft: He connected with…
with my head. With a force that
would make me think: “Wow,
that’s a bit weird.”
Dragons move ‘forced’ on Moriarty
Ross Moriarty has completed a
two-year deal to join Welsh
region, the Dragons,
next season. The
23-year-old back row
will leave Gloucester
next summer, in a
move allowing him
to continue his Test
career.
Moriarty (right) would
have been left ineligible
for Test selection under new
Wales Rugby Union policies had
he remained in English club rugby.
The British and Irish Lions tourist
has not signed a National
Dual Contract however,
with the Dragons directly
organising the deal.
“Playing international
rugby is the pinnacle of
every player’s career and
with the new rules, it left
me with no choice but to
move to Wales to further my
international ambitions, especially
with the World Cup ahead,” he said.
Q. Where was it? Was it the top of
his head hitting you in the nose?
Bancroft: Well, headbutts clash
with heads, and when he made
the decision to do that, our heads
collided.
Q. Whereabouts?
Cricket Australia Media Officer: I
think we’ve clarified it now.
Q. No, not really. A headbutt, it
can break your nose. It can put
you in hospital. So where did the
top of his head hit yours?
Bancroft Yeah, it hit my head.
Yeah. Hit me there. Forehead.
Cricket Australia Media Officer:
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