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Saturday 7 April 2018
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B R I TA I N ’ S B E S T - S E L L I N G Q U A L I T Y D A I LY
Police abandon two in three
burglary victims as crime soars
As pensioner arrested over
burglar’s death is set free,
scale of forces’ failure to go
after thieves is revealed
By Martin Evans, Ashley Kirk
and Kate McCann
POLICE are failing to investigate two
thirds of burglaries properly as forces
struggle to cope with the rising tide of
crime on Britain’s streets.
In the last two years the number of
unsolved domestic burglaries has risen
from 47 per cent to 64 per cent, while
in some areas nine out of 10 cases are
written off without any action.
After years of decline, burglaries
have risen sharply in number, with
more than 400,000 crimes recorded
last year, around half of which took
place at people’s homes.
The data emerged as a pensioner
from south London was released
without any action after a career criminal who had broken into his home was
stabbed to death.
Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, whose
wife has dementia, was initially
arrested on suspicion of murder, but
was last night informed that he would
not face any charges.
However, despite the recent surge in
offences, many forces have stopped
routinely attending burglaries, opting
instead to deal with victims on the
In the vast majority of those cases
if there was no obvious forensic
evidence immediately available, or no
CCTV in the surrounding area,
detectives would not spend time
looking for the culprit.
According to official statistics, last
year 127,617 burglary investigations
across England and Wales were closed
without any suspect being identified,
leaving victims without any hope of
justice and often living in fear of
further attacks.
That figure is a rise of more than
35,000 since 2014, when the statistics
were first collected and published.
In many cases the victims were simply informed by police there were no
investigative opportunities available.
Many cash-strapped forces are taking the decision not to respond to nonemergency burglary reports in person.
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Leicestershire Police was criticised
three years ago for only responding
to burglaries at homes with even
Scotland Yard came under fire last
year when it announced it would no
longer respond to many low-level
crimes, including burglary, if the victims were not in danger and no suspect
could be easily identified.
Even when a full investigation was
opened, less than 6 per cent of burglaries resulted in a prosecution, the
lowest figure for more than a decade.
Police leaders have insisted they
continue to take burglary seriously, but
are forced by dwindling budgets to
prioritise more serious matters such as
terrorism, violent crime and sexual
But experts have warned that this
policy is emboldening burglars and is
leading to the surge in offending.
Campaigners for victims have
‘Road rage killer’ Noye tastes freedom
By Martin Evans
Crime Correspondent
POLICE officers are reluctant to use
their stop and search powers because
of the “chill effect” of political
interference, one of Britain’s most
senior officers has said.
Writing in today’s Daily Telegraph,
Sara Thornton, the chairman of the
National Police Chiefs’ Council, urges
officers to have the confidence to use
the powers available to them in order to
respond to a deadly surge in street
violence. Acknowledging that stop and
search is not a “silver bullet”, Ms
Thornton says it remains a vital tool if
used properly. The former chief
constable of Thames Valley Police says
that, while she is not advocating
random stop and search, targeted
patrols of known hotspots needed to be
part of a swift response.
Yesterday a Section 60 order, granting police stop and search powers
across the Borough of Newham, was
announced following an incident in
which a 13-year-old boy was stabbed.
Ms Thornton’s comments also come
as Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, announced that
300 extra officers would be deployed
across the capital this weekend in a
show of force. “We have not lost control of the streets,” she said. “I can understand why some people are very
worried at the moment… We have had
some ghastly homicides, particularly in
the last few days, including those of really young people, and that is bound to
be frightening.
“Just this weekend we have 300 extra officers each day in the areas in the
most significant hotspots where there
have been high levels of knife crime.
“Every police chief would always
want more officers and more resources.
It’s my job to make the case for more
and also to make the best use of what
we’ve got.”
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demanded an end to the apparent
trivialisation of burglary, pointing out
that it remains one of the most
upsetting and traumatising of all
acquisitive offences.
Diana Fawcett, from the charity Victim Support, said: “Burglary not only
robs victims of their physical possessions – it can also rob people of their
sense of security at home, a place
where everyone should feel most safe.
“It’s vitally important that all reports
of burglary are taken seriously and that
victims have access to the support they
need to help them cope and recover.”
Baroness Newlove, the victims’
commissioner, also hit out at the lack of
personal response from the police
when someone is burgled. She said it
was not good enough for the police to
claim they were too under-resourced
to follow up cases.
“Victims want to feel supported, especially by those who are there to protect them. Getting an email or a phone
call is not the same as a face to face
response. It is not just about getting a
Continued on Page 5
Bring back stop
and search, says
police leader
Kenneth Noye, who stabbed a man to death on the M25 in 1996, left prison unsupervised yesterday for a hospital visit. Report: Page 5
Sara Thornton: Page 4
Putin crony’s £1bn London flotation questioned as US freezes his assets
By Ben Riley-Smith, Jillian Ambrose
and Alec Luhn
MINISTERS are under pressure to explain why a crony of Vladimir Putin
was allowed to float his company on
the London Stock Exchange after the
United States accused him of links to
organised crime.
Oleg Deripaska and his firms were
hit with American sanctions yesterday
in a crackdown on “malign” Russian
The energy tycoon, known in the UK
for once hosting Lord Mandelson and
George Osborne on his yacht, was accused by the US Treasury of “directly
or indirectly” working for the Kremlin,
as well as ordering the murder of a
business rival and bribing an official.
His US assets have been frozen and
Americans are barred from doing busi-
ness with his various companies, some
of which are based in the UK.
EN+ Group, a Channel Islands energy company controlled by Mr Deripaska and named in the US sanctions
list, was allowed to float in London in
November. The decision was taken despite the company being part-owned
by a Russian bank subject to EU and US
sanctions. The Daily Telegraph has also
revealed that MI6 had concerns. After
flotation, EN+ raised around £1 billion
in sold shares. Questions are now being
raised about whether the flotation
should have been approved.
The Financial Conduct Authority decides which companies are allowed to
float on the LSE.
The regulator consulted the security
services before approving the move.
The Treasury is also understood to
have raised no concerns, leaving the
matter to the FCA. However, MPs last
night questioned why government
ministers did not do more to warn
against the EN+ flotation given its ties
to Mr Deripaska. Tom Brake, the Liberal Democrat trade spokesman who
raised concerns about the flotation last
December, demanded answers.
Mr Brake said: “They clearly dropped
the ball in this case. I will be asking
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The Telegraph Magazine
7 April 2018
Three years after the launch of shared
parental leave, calls for reform are
growing. SAM MEADOwS investigates
athers must be
given drastically
improved rights or
the Government’s
shared parental
leave policy risks
failing entirely,
experts have
The policy, three years old this
week, is meant to allow fathers to be
more involved in their children’s
early years and mothers to return to
the workplace sooner.
But the latest official estimates
suggest that as little as 2pc of eligible
parents have so far taken up the offer,
with a lack of awareness and equal
pay issues being blamed.
The Government launched a
£1.5m advertising campaign in
February to boost the prospects of a
policy that employment experts say
could help fix the gender pay gap at
many firms.
But the lack of pay parity is being
flagged as a major stumbling block to
the policy’s success.
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d starts
How does it work?
Women in the workplace have the
legal right to 52 weeks of maternity
leave. The first six weeks of this must
be paid at 90pc of their usual salary,
with the next 33 weeks paid at the
statutory level of £145.18 a week. Any
leave beyond this does not have to be
paid, although some employers
provide “enhanced” packages with
better terms.
Under paternity leave, men only
have the right to two weeks of leave
paid at the statutory level.
Shared parental leave gives couples
the right to split the 52 weeks between
them. The mother must take the first
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two weeks after birth
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n take the leave.
either parent can
The pay is at the
he statutory level for
both parents, although
hough the mother can
still take six weeks
ks of maternity pay at
90pc of her salary
salarry before switching.
Parents can take the leave one after
the other, or at the same time. The
right is also extended to same-sex
couples and adopting parents.
Fixing the gender pay gap?
Thousands of companies around the
country have declared their gender
pay gap in the past week. Shared
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European countries, such as Slovenia
and Sweden, introduced similar
policies four decades ago and now
have some of the smallest gender pay
gaps in the world.
Tom McLaughlin, an employment
lawyer at law firm BDBF, said: “If
you take six months off work there
are obvious issues in needing to
hand over client relationships to
others and then pick up your work
again down the line.
“My wife and I did shared parental
leave, we’re both lawyers and it
allowed her to stay in touch better
and come back to work sooner.”
The other obvious benefit is that
fathers can be more involved in their
child’s upbringing.
Francesca Clark, 35, and her
husband Samuel Hutchinson,
39, split eight months of leave
between them after their son, Max,
was born in 2016. Ms Clark, who is
executive producer of HighTide, a
small theatre company, was able to
return to work for a major event the
company holds every year, but Mr
Hutchinson was also able to gain
valuable time with his son.
“It was a really positive experience
for us. Our employers were really
committed to making it happen,” she
said. “I wanted Samuel to understand
what it was like to be at home with a
small child and I think we are both
better parents as a result.”
Sorrel Ashton, 29, and her
husband Dave, 32, also took
advantage of shared leave when their
son, Cooper, was born a year ago.
Mr Ashton said: “Being at home for
three months was brilliant. Sorrel
and Cooper had built a very strong
bond and I was a bit of a third wheel.
I was able to get more involved.”
Why is the policy failing?
Estimates suggest a fraction of
eligible parents have applied while
some studies suggest more than
60pc of British companies have
parental leave is often championed as
never had a request for shared
a way to help fix the issue. This is
parental leave.
because it allows mothers, who could
Nat Whalley, of Organise, the
workplace campaigning site, said:
otherwise fall behind in their careers,
“Shared parental leave is a great
the chance to return to work sooner
after they have children.
policy. But at the moment it’s a
missed opportunity for millions of
According to Dr Jana Javornik, an
academic specialising in family policy
at the University of East London, other Continued on page 2
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Irish plan to sail directly to EU after Brexit
By James Crisp
SHIPPING companies in Ireland are
making plans to bypass British ports
after Brexit and travel direct to the
Continent to avoid new customs checks
and possible tailbacks.
Irish hauliers, who use Britain as a
staging post to travel to Europe, have
brought forward new direct routes, despite promises by the British Government that future trade will be
frictionless, as it is now, and agreement
on a Brexit transition period prolonging the status quo until the end of 2020.
Michel Barnier, the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, has repeatedly warned that frictionless trade
is impossible outside of the bloc’s single market and customs union even if
there is a UK-EU free trade agreement.
CLdN, a shipping company in Luxembourg, has introduced two “mega
vessels” on new direct freight routes
between Dublin and the ports of Zee-
Sports teacher
‘used massage
to assault girls’
will continue to be busy even if the direct routes do lessen the traffic.
Meanwhile, British Brexit negotiators face a race against the clock to convince the EU they can prevent the
return of customs on the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.
An April 18 meeting between Olly
Robbins and Sabine Weyand, top UK
and EU officials, has been identified as
a crunch point in negotiations over the
“so-called backstop clause”.
Theresa May has ruled out a Euro-
pean Commission proposal to keep
Northern Ireland in the single market
and customs union, which would create a new border in the Irish Sea, if Britain’s preferred options of a free-trade
agreement or innovative technical solutions fail.
Britain must find an alternative
before the June EU summit or run the
risk that the Brexit deal will not be finished in time to be ratified by national
governments and the European Parliament before the March 29 deadline.
Black art
Sophie Cooper,
aged 10, from Leith,
inside Event
Horizon, the
balloon sculpture
created by Jason
Hackenwerth, a
US artist, for the
Science Festival.
Made from 30,000
balloons, the
sculpture, which
aims to mimic a
black hole, hangs
from the top of the
National Museum
of Scotland’s Grand
A FORMER Eton and Queen’s Club
sports teacher massaged a pupil’s “virtually naked body” while she was lying
face down on the floor of his locked
study, a court has heard.
Ajaz Karim then turned the 14-yearold girl over and began touching her
inappropriately, a jury at Brighton
Crown Court was told on Friday.
The 63-year-old, of Hammersmith,
west London, denies nine charges of
indecent assault and one of attempted
indecent assault against six girls, aged
14 to 18, at Christ’s Hospital School in
Horsham, West Sussex, between 1985
and 1993. The court heard how he has
also worked at Eton College, Queen’s
Club, the Hurlingham Club, and has
links to London branches of Champneys and Credit Suisse.
Eloise Marshall, prosecuting, said:
“Mr Karim used his position as a member of staff and his role in the sports department at the school to use massage
of these girls as a subterfuge for touching them sexually.
“They didn’t all appreciate at the
time that the touching was sexual but
all say they felt uncomfortable.”
The trial continues.
brugge, Belgium, and Rotterdam. Irish
Continental Group will boost weekly
freight capacity from 120 to 1,155 lorries
between Dublin and the French port of
Cherbourg this summer.
Brittany ferries will this month start
a service between Cork and Santander
in Spain
“In anticipation of Brexit, the shipping community was looking for alternative solutions” CLdN told the
Financial Times.
Freight between Ireland and the UK
Royal Mail sent out
327,000 nuisance emails
Royal Mail sent more than 300,000
nuisance emails to people who had
opted out of receiving marketing
information, the Information
Commissioner’s Office (ICO) found.
The ICO said that on two dates in
July 2017, the company sent emails
outlining a price drop for parcels to
327,014 people who had already asked
not to receive them.
Royal Mail, which has been fined
£12,000, has apologised and said it has
tightened its processes. The ICO
investigated after a member of the
public complained.
Football manager killed
himself after losing job
A football manager killed himself six
months after losing his job, an inquest
has heard.
Dermot Drummy, who left Crawley
Town as the team’s head coach in May
last year, had been seeking counselling
for his “low mood after losing his job”.
The 56-year-old, formerly Chelsea’s
youth’s coach, was found in woodland
in Hoddesdon, Herts, on Nov 27 2017.
Edward Solomons, assistant coroner
for Hertfordshire, recorded a verdict
of suicide.
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The Daily Telegraph Saturday 7 April 2018
Using wet wipes raises risk of childhood food allergies
Leaving soap on baby’s
skin can lead to an
intolerance of certain
foods, US study finds
By Henry Bodkin
AS ANY parent will attest, baby wipes
are the godsend that keeps the mess of
child-rearing almost under control.
But scientists have warned that their
use is increasing the risk of childhood
food allergies.
Researchers have hailed a “major advance” in understanding what causes
allergies after tests revealed links between skin damage and intolerance to
certain foods. They suggest that use of
wet wipes – and an increasing failure by
parents to rinse away soap after washing their babies – may be a contributing
factor to the rise in childhood food allergies.
The top layer of skin is made of
lipids, types of fat, which can be disrupted by soap and soapy chemicals in
wipes, the team at Northwestern University found.
If a child carries genes that predispose them to altered skin absorbency,
contact with these chemicals heightens risk that comes with exposure to
food allergens. The UK has some of the
highest prevalence of allergic conditions in the world, with over 20 per
cent of people affected, while hospital
admissions for anaphylaxis – a potentially fatal allergic reaction – have risen
more than 615 per cent in the last
26 years.
Around eight per cent of British children are thought to suffer from a food
Published in the Journal of Allergy
and Clinical Immunology, the “recipe”
for childhood food allergies was identified by comparing clinical data with
genetic mutations which occur in humans and experiments on neonatal
Allergic reactions
Rise in hospital admissions
It is estimated
that 1 to 2 per
cent of adults
and 5-8 per cent
of children have
a food allergy.
Most children
grow out of an
allergy to eggs,
milk, wheat and
soya by the age
of five. However,
it is rare to grow
out of allergies
to nuts, seafood,
and fish.
According to
NHS Digital,
there were
25,093 hospital
admissions for
allergies in
England in
2015/16, up 36
per cent from
mice involving allergen exposure.
“They [babies] may not be eating food
allergens as a newborn, but they are
getting them on their skin,” said Professor Cook-Mills, who led the research.
“Say a sibling with peanut butter on
her face kisses the baby, or a parent is
preparing food with peanuts and then
handles the baby.”
He advised: “Reduce baby’s skin exposure to the food allergens by washing your hands before handling the
baby. Limit use of infant wipes that
leave soap on the skin. Rinse soap off
with water like we used to do years
The neonatal mice in the experiment
with the mutations had normal-appearing skin, and the dry, itchy skin of
dermatitis did not develop until the
mice were a few months old, the equivalent of a young adult in humans.
After the mice received three to four
skin exposures of food and dust allergens for 40 minutes during a two-week
period, they were then given egg or
peanut by mouth.
They suffered allergic reactions at
the site of the skin exposure and in the
intestine, as well as anaphylaxis.
“This is a recipe for developing food
allergy,” said Professor Cook-Mills. “It’s
a major advance in our understanding
of how food allergy starts early in life.”
A few tips on
how not to give
offence abroad
Royal support
Meghan Markle and
Prince Harry, patron
of the Invictus
Games Foundation,
encourage athletes
during the British
team trials for the
Invictus Games at
the University of
Bath Sports Training
Village. The Sydney
games, following on
from last year’s
successful event in
Toronto, will take
place from Oct 20-27
and see more than
500 competitors
– wounded, injured
and sick servicemen
and women – from 18
nations compete in 11
adaptive sports.
Prince Harry and his
fiancée will marry on
May 19, and the
Sydney games will be
Ms Markle’s first
confirmed royal tour.
By Katie Morley
BRITISH tourists are offending locals
because they are ignorant about how
much they are expected to tip, a survey
has found.
Holidaymakers’ lack of local knowledge means that over the course of a
typical overseas break, the average
family over-tips by £78, according to
the poll of 3,000 holidaymakers.
Fewer than half of people questioned knew that a minimum tip of
15 per cent is expected in the United
States, while only one in five was aware
that they should round up a bar bill in
Norway to the nearest 10.
More than one third admitted to
lacking in confidence on how to tip
abroad, with one quarter knowingly
over-tipping, they told, which conducted the survey. Nearly one in five said being in the
dark over tipping etiquette had had a
negative impact on their trip.
And one in 10 travellers confessed to
being confronted by a local over a tipping faux-pas. Just 16 per cent of tourists knew a 10 per cent tip was expected
for a taxi ride in South Africa, while one
in five knew they were expected to
show gratitude to a taxi driver in
Argentina with a 10 per cent tip.
Fewer than three in 10 knew tour
guides in China rely on tip income,
with an equal number aware you must
tip a concierge at the beginning of a
stay in Morocco to get the best service.
Chris King, of Comparethemarket.
com, said: “It seems millions of Brits
are frequently getting themselves tied
up in currency conundrums.”
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Battle against crime
By Robert Mendick
and Patrick Sawer
SCOTLAND Yard last night defended
its initial decision to arrest a pensioner
for the murder of a burglar after telling
the 78-year-old he would face no further action.
Richard Osborn-Brooks, whose wife
suffers from dementia, was informed
by police yesterday that the case
against him had been dropped. He had
been arrested over the stabbing of
Henry Vincent, 37, a career criminal,
who had broken into his home in
Hither Green, south-east London, on
Wednesday, armed with a screwdriver.
Last night it was unclear when Mr
Osborn-Brooks and his wife would be
able to return to their home after it was
boarded up with metal grilles and
CCTV cameras installed amid fears for
the pensioner’s future safety.
The decision by police not to proceed against Mr Osborn-Brooks followed consultation with the Crown
Prosecution Service. Vincent’s family
have also been given a full explanation.
Mr Osborn-Brooks’ arrest caused a
furore, while David Gauke, the Justice
Secretary, made it clear the Government’s “sympathies” lay with homeowners fighting back during break-ins.
In a statement, police went out of
their way to justify the arrest of Mr Osborn-Brooks following the stabbing on
Wednesday. Scotland Yard explained
that by arresting the pensioner it enabled him to be interviewed under caution with his own lawyer present.
Det Chief Insp Simon Harding, of the
Metropolitan Police’s Homicide and
Major Crime Command, said: “This is a
tragic case for all of those involved. As
expected with any incident where
someone has lost their life, my officers
carried out a thorough investigation
into the circumstances of the death.
“Whilst there might be various
forms of debate about which processes
should be used in cases such as this, it
was important that the resident was interviewed by officers under the appropriate legislation of the Police and
Criminal Evidence Act, not only for the
integrity of our investigation but also
so that his personal and legal rights
were protected.”
Mr Osborn-Brooks had been told he
would remain under arrest until at
least May, but prosecutors reviewing
the evidence with police agreed no
action should be taken.
Vincent, who broke into the house
Richard Osborn-Brooks. Grilles were fitted
to his home, right. Below, Cyril Goodearl
with an accomplice, died after a struggle and is believed to have been killed
with his own screwdriver.
The accomplice fled the scene and is
being sought by police.
Another burglary victim of Vincent
said last night that Mr Osborn-Brooks
had performed a “jolly good job” in defending his home, and said he was
pleased the career criminal had died.
It is alleged that Vincent and his
gang tricked Cyril Goodearl, also 78, in
November, stealing jewellery, including precious personal items, from his
home in Farningham, Kent.
Asked how he felt about the death of
Vincent, Mr Goodearl said: “Jolly good
job. That’s got rid of another bit of
scum. I am all in favour of capital punishment. They should never have let
him out of prison. It’s good riddance
and he got what he deserved.” He
Neighbourhood watch
Surge in new schemes
The recent spike
in burglaries
across Britain
has led to a
surge in the
number of
Watch schemes.
Last month
saw more than
900 new areas
join the scheme
– up from
around 150 in an
average month.
Neighbourhood Watch,
first launched in
in 1982,
ies to
be each other’s
eyes and ears
8.7 million
have now
the UK.
There were
more than
last year.
added: “I would like to shake his [Mr
Osborn-Brooks’] hand. If I was in the
same position I would have done
exactly the same thing.”
Mr Goodearl was the victim of a
planned distraction burglary. A woman
in a distressed state knocked on the
front door of his Georgian home in the
early afternoon and told him she had
been assaulted and was seeking refuge
until a relative arrived.
Mr Goodearl invited her into his
home, where she asked for a glass of
water – only for another member of
Vincent’s gang to steal a jewellery box
while he was distracted. It contained
his mother’s engagement and wedding
rings and his father’s cygnet ring.
Mr Goodearl, a retired hydraulic engineer, said: “I felt sorry for her and I
did what any gentleman would do and
invited her in. We sat down chatting
about this and that for a good half an
hour... She seemed to cheer up somewhat. While we were talking someone
must have walked up the stairs and
taken the jewellery box.
“There was a beep out the front and
she said that was her family coming to
get her. There were two men with
hoods up in the front of a white van. I
didn’t get to see their faces.”
In a move suggesting police may fear
reprisal attacks on Mr Osborn-Brooks’
home, workmen began erecting thick
steel grilles over its windows. Two officers remained on duty at the house
after dozens of forensics officers had
completed their examination.
It also emerged that Mr OsbornBrooks recently paid £900 towards the
cost of erecting nine gates to seal off alho
leyways between homes
on his road
that had previously
crimina to gain
used by criminals
access to properties.
An unnamed cousin of
Vincent said yesterday
w angry
that she was
the pensioner
the father of
thre was a
person and the
kept in custody as police
fo murder.
him for
Pensioner walks
free over burglar’s
death at his home
Reviving stop and search will help us tackle violence
By Sara Thornton
long-term strategy to tackle the
roots of violent crime is
desperately needed – and I hope
that’s what we’ll see next week from
the Home Office’s serious violence
strategy. But when we have children
dying on the streets, the police’s first
priority needs to be what can be done
now to stop this waste of life.
That’s exactly what Metropolitan
Police Commissioner Cressida Dick is
doing. She’s taking sensible, practical
steps that should bear results quickly.
The police response to rising
violence must not just be swift but
sure. While it is the murders in
London that have horrified the public,
the rises in violent crime, knife crime
and gun crime are not restricted to the
capital. Knife crime has increased by
21 per cent and gun crime by 20 per
cent on the previous year across the
country. Our officers must know that
we back them to use their powers
– lawfully and respectfully, but with
confidence. There are two particular
police powers to search for weapons.
Their use has to be part of the police
Chief constables tell me that their
officers have been feeling hesitant
about using stop and search. That
seems to be reflected in the numbers
– with searches under the Police and
Criminal Evidence Act falling by
nearly three quarters in the last six
years from 1.2 million in 2010/11 to just
over 300,000 in 2016/17. This is not a
power exercised by officers at random
but has to be based upon having
reasonable grounds for suspecting that
a prohibited article is being carried.
The reduction in the use of this
power has been impacted by fewer
officers on patrol and a more
intelligence-led approach, but I fear
some of it is down to a chill effect
where officers feel overly cautious
about using a power that has been
subject to so much political debate.
There is also a power under the
Criminal Justice and Public Order Act
1994 which is specifically aimed at
gang violence. It allows a senior
officer, where acts of violence have or
will occur, to designate a specific area
for a limited amount of time in which
any person can be searched for
offensive weapons or dangerous
instruments. The use of this power has
been discouraged and the statistics are
stark. In London alone, the use of this
power has fallen from 1,429 instances
to 23 between 2011/12 and 2016/17 and
nationally the number of stop and
searches as a result has fallen from
46,973 to just 617 in the same period.
This power may have been used too
freely in the past, but the pendulum
‘‘This power may have been
used too freely in the past,
but the pendulum has now
swung too far the other way’
has now swung too far in the opposite
We should also avoid the trap of
creating a too simple distinction
between stop and search targeted at
weapons and drugs, and label one use
of the power good and one bad. When
we know there is a strong connection
between drug dealing and the violent
crime rises we are seeing, it is
legitimate for officers to stop and
search for drug possession – even if in
itself it is not classed as a “priority
crime”. Evidence points to “county
lines” gangs and the distribution of
drugs as playing an important role in
driving up violent crime.
This is likely due to more violent
dealers as well as the psychoactive
impact of drugs like crack cocaine.
The research on police legitimacy
shows that public confidence and
support is significantly affected by the
way in which officers use their powers.
Police training therefore emphasises
the fact that treating those stopped
with dignity and respect is essential.
The increased use of body worn video
by officers on patrol means that many
stop and search encounters can now
be filmed. This, too, will increase the
confidence of the public that powers
are being used appropriately.
I am not advocating random stop
and search, or abusing our powers in
headlining-grabbing crackdowns. I am
advocating policing that we know
works, targeted patrols of hotspots,
with our officers certain we are behind
them to use their judgment and their
powers in the public interest.
Stop and search or arrests are not a
silver bullet, but they are an important
tool in helping to protect the public
from violent crime. Policing has an
important part to play, and we will
play it, but we cannot address the
social conditions that lead to violence
in the first place.
Chief Constable Sara Thornton is
chairman of the National Police
Chiefs’ Council
The Daily Telegraph Saturday 7 April 2018
Beware of burglars
The quiet corner of Surrey
that’s the No 1 target in
Britain for housebreakers
Britain’s most burgled district is in
a quiet corner of Surrey where
wealthy residents have been
blighted by repeated break-ins.
The postcode of GU3, which
includes parts of west Guildford, as
well as the town of Pirbright and
villages such as Fairlands, has
overtaken Redbridge in east
London as the burglary capital.
In Fairlands, a thriving
Neighbourhood Watch scheme has
been launched to try and tackle the
scourge, and a number of residents
have even erected CCTV cameras
around their homes in the hope of
deterring burglars.
Sheila Willis, a former Surrey
Police officer who runs the
Neighbourhood Watch scheme,
said: “There was a break-in in
Fairlands recently where two
burglars smashed in the
conservatory door … and it seems
they may have been monitoring the
family to determine when the
property is vacant.
“The police were called. The
neighbours were very kind and
supportive throughout and it’s
great to have that community
One local burglary victim, who
did not want to be named, said: “It
was a bit ridiculous.
“We found two footprints in the
garden, and they sent some new
officers out. They told us it wasn’t
TV and they couldn’t do anything.”
Martin Evans
Police-recorded burglary and
dwelling burglary offences
England and Wales (per quarter)
Jul-Sept 2016 – Jul-Sept 2017
Burglary in a dwelling
Change in domestic burglary
offences being investigated
Police-record crimes
Investigation complete
(no suspect identified)
The police force thinking on its feet and using
technology to stay one step ahead of the criminals
By Martin Evans
THE police response to burglary is
a mixed picture across the country,
with some forces performing better
than others in terms of driving down
the number of offences.
Even with shrinking resources,
some constabularies have enjoyed
success by combining innovative
detection techniques, cutting-edge
technology and multi-agency initiatives to target repeat offenders.
North Wales Police has seen burglary offences drop significantly over
the past five years, going down from
4,617 in 2013 to 3,716 last year, according to
Detective Inspector Brian Kearney,
of North Wales Police, said the force
had worked hard to spot where
burglaries were likely to take place and
then concentrate its resources in
those areas.
He said: “We can see trends appearing quite quickly. We have had a
number of cases of gangs burgling
houses in order to steal keys for highpowered cars.
“We use predictive analysis software
and once we see a pattern emerging we
will set up an operation.”
Last year, North Wales Police carried
out Operation Vacuous in Wrexham to
target youths breaking into houses to
steal and joyride luxury vehicles.
More than 20 offenders were eventually caught, charged and convicted
of a string of burglary offences.
DI Kearney also said that the force
strived to prevent burglaries happening at all.
He said: “We have done a significant
amount of work to identify areas where
there are repeat offences. We offer
‘Get your
tactics right
and you stop
victims in the
first place’
crime prevention advice to students,
who are often targeted.”
The force worked with other agencies, such as the National Probation
Service and the Integrated Offender
Management team, to ensure prolific
offenders not just released from prison
and left to burgle again, he said.
“It is far more important to get your
prevention tactics right because that
way you stop people becoming victims
in the first place.”
Technology is also helping in the
fight against burglary with predictive
mapping applications – which use
crime data – able to locate accurately
areas and even times when burglars are
likely to strike next.
Police forces are also increasingly
working with planners, property developers and local councils to ensure
that newly built houses are fitted with
the latest home security devices.
How social media is
used to fan flames of
gang culture among
London’s teenagers
Private pages with tens of
thousands of followers
spread messages of
humiliation and retaliation
By Helena Horton
A VIOLENT new music genre and the
trend of filming gang fights in fried
chicken shops are contributing to a
wave of maiming and murder among
teenagers, fuelled by rumour, gossip
and threats on social media.
On the Instagram pages which keep
gangland-culture youths up to date
with all the latest gossip, photographs
of notorious local “celebrities” brandishing their weapons and money are
juxtaposed with jokes about teachers
at school.
These private pages have tens of
thousands of followers, and warn “no
soft guys”, promising explicit content.
Social media, including Instagram, the
photograph sharing website, as well as
videos on YouTube and messages on
Snapchat, the mobile phone app, appears to fan the flames of the violent
gang culture, involving children who
are barely in their teens.
After the death of 17-year-old Tanesha Melbourne in Tottenham, north
London, on Easter Monday, locals
pointed to a much-shared video of a
man being “jumped” in a Tinseltown
milkshake bar by a group of youths,
and speculated that this social media
humiliation had provoked retaliation.
Members of the notorious Northumberland Park Gang took credit for
Tanesha’s death in an Instagram post,
suggesting she was caught in gang
crossfire, writing: “If your chillin with
my ops I ain’t gonna adjust my aim for
you.” The post continued: “We got him
down in Tinseltown & his girl down by
This bragging is not uncommon.
Secret Snapchat pages which people
can only view if they are accepted as a
friend show violent pictures, news and
views from inside London’s gangs.
Some posts from the site are then saved
and shared on Instagram pages, where
many are desperate to show off to their
peers what they know.
The local authorities in Tottenham,
where Tanesha was killed, made it
clear that Snapchat and videos are
hugely significant in stoking up turf
wars, in singling out victims and in
turning small squabbles into large, violent incidents.
Last year, the killer of Quamari Serunkuma-Barnes became enraged after
being repeatedly called a “wasteman”
– waste of space – online. He described
being driven into a frenzy by the insults, which caused him to pack a knife.
Mocking language on social media is
common between rival gangs, and
from the engrossed young audience
watching the violence play out.
“Drill” music, a hugely popular
genre for which its stars accrue millions of views on YouTube, is another
way teenagers try to become influential on social media. The genre was
born in gangland Chicago, but has
been exported to housing estates in
The lyrics are dark, nihilistic and violent, and include threats to rival gangs.
Listening to the music can keep young
people in the know about who has
threatened who, and the words of the
rap songs are mired in local gossip.
Violence is easy to find in the words.
The popular 1011 group raps about
stabbing rivals. One lyric goes: “Blood
on my shank [knife], man keep it, clean
it, use hot water and bleach it.”
Sometimes, the message is hidden.
MizOrMac, from the Harlem Spartans
of Kennington, south London, raps:
Road rage killer’s day
trip from open prison
KENNETH NOYE, one of Britain’s most
notorious gangsters, tasted freedom
for the first time in 20 years yesterday
after being taken to hospital by his girlfriend without any prison supervision.
Noye was pictured leaving Standford
Hill open prison on the Isle of Sheppey
in Kent at just after 9am yesterday.
He was collected by his partner in a
4x4 and driven to a local NHS hospital
for a minor procedure before being
taken back to jail.
The Ministry of Justice confirmed
the scheduled visit was unsupervised
and that Noye did not wear an electronic tag. Noye, now aged 70, was convicted in April 2000 and ordered to
serve a minimum 16 years for stabbing
to death Stephen Cameron in a roadrage attack on the M25 in Kent in 1996.
At the time he committed the murder, Noye was out on licence after serving eight years in prison for his part in
the £26 million Brink’s-Mat gold bullion robbery at Heathrow. He had previously been acquitted in 1985 of the
murder of John Fordham, an undercover detective who was part of a team
investigating the heist. Noye stabbed
Fordham to death in the grounds of his
home, but claimed he thought he was
an intruder.
Last summer, the Parole Board recommended Noye’s transfer to an open
prison, paving the way for his unsupervised hospital visit yesterday.
Stephen Cameron
was stabbed to death
by Kenneth Noye in a
road rage incident on
the M25 in Kent in
After murdering Cameron in a road
rage incident on an M25 interchange in
Kent, Noye went on the run but was
caught in Spain after Danielle Cable,
Cameron’s girlfriend, was flown out by
police and identified him.
Ken Cameron, the victim’s father,
spoke last year of his disgust that Noye
was recommended for open prison. “I
am totally gutted. It’s devastating,” he
said, “I have only wanted justice for
Stephen. And I do not think that man
Gang members
brag about violence
on Instagram,
Snapchat and
‘If your
chillin with
my ops I ain’t
gonna adjust
my aim for
you … We got
him down in
& his girl
down by
“From caterpillars to butterflies, our
drillers, still out swimming, out here
fishing, surviving the rivers, you drown
you ain’t with it.”
To “fish” is to look for rivals to stab,
while the other lyrics are an allusion to
victims drowning in rivers of blood.
MizOrMac, real-name Mucktar Khan,
was sentenced to six years in prison
earlier this year after being caught in
possession of a loaded gun and a sword.
Videos show the music stars invading their rivals’ favoured chicken shops
and urinating on their street signs.
The gang gossip social media pages
are inextricably linked with the “drill”
scene. They allow followers to submit
short videos of themselves performing
drill music, and post it online, for thousands of people to see.
The instant nature of the uploads
and the intense lyrics breed fierce rivalries between groups from different
London postcodes.
These rivalries can sometimes lead
to deaths. One drill rapper “Showkey”,
real-name Leoandro Osemeke, was 16
when he was stabbed to death at a
house party in Peckham which spiralled out of control after “going viral”
on social media.
Some linked his death to the fact he
was due to be a witness in the trial of
three other teenagers who were later
convicted of stabbing his friend, Myron Yarde, aka Mdot, another aspiring
rapper, four months before.
A Snapchat post, which friends say
was from the young rapper shortly before he was killed, read: “If I die, I’m
going to be a f------ legend.”
Those who want to realise their
dream of becoming a drill rap star appear to feel they have to become involved with these tight-knit and often
violent groups, and be in the know
about local tensions, to stand a chance
in the harsh world of social media.
To achieve online fame, young people post pictures of their weapons on
Instagram, where “banter” about
messy bedrooms in the background of
the shot is mixed with dark threats.
The private and self-destructing
nature of Snapchat posts means the
more worrying messages can be easily
hidden from the prying eyes of adults.
‘Not tackling break-ins is like
conceding defeat to burglars’
By Robert Mendick and Wil Crisp
Kenneth Noye pictured in custody at Dartford Police Station on May 20 1999
deserves to be on the streets. He should
die in prison, and I hope he does.”
Yesterday Mr Cameron was too upset to comment.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman
said: “Prisoners in open conditions are
occasionally permitted a short period
of unescorted leave for medical appointments, subject to stringent risk
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crime number,” she told The Daily Telegraph in a recent interview.
The current approach is also deeply
unpopular with many officers, who say
not tackling burglary properly feels
like conceding defeat to the criminals.
Simon Kempton from the Police Federation, which represents rank and file
officers, said catching burglars was
one of the main reasons many officers
joined the force.
He said: “Burglary is such an insidious crime which has a huge psychological impact on the victim. Invariably
they feel like they have been violated
and often no longer feel safe at home.
“The impact on victims is massive,
particularly if the person is vulnerable,
and we should be doing everything
possible to bring burglars to justice.
“Catching burglars is why I joined
the police force and I still remember
17-and-a-half years ago nicking my first
burglar. I felt like I had scored the winning goal in the Cup Final.
“As police officers we want to go out
to everyone who has been burgled,
particularly because we want to help
people, but also because we love nicking burglars, but there is simply not
enough of us. It is soul destroying as a
police officer to feel as if you are letting
people down. Burglary victims often
end up getting dealt with over the
phone, but if someone wants to see a
police officer they should be able to see
one, they pay for us after all. It raises
fundamental questions about what we
want from the police service.”
Even senior officers have expressed
private frustration, with one detective
chief inspector telling The Telegraph:
“If the police are not turning up to burglaries then what exactly are we here
A recent report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire
and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) found
that even where officers did attend
burglaries they were arriving so late
that they were missing crucial investigative opportunities. But in many cases
victims were simply put through to a
call handler who took their details and
supplied them with a crime number.
Zoe Billingham, of the HMICFRS,
said: “Burglary is a totemic type of
crime that is against a person rather
than the property.
“It is a crime that causes immense
psychological harm and chief officers
need to think long and hard about not
sending an officer out.”
Saturday 7 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Skripal off the
critical list as
‘pawn’ niece is
barred from UK
By Jack Maidment
Political corresPondent
SERGEI SKRIPAL is no longer in a critical condition, his doctors announced
yesterday, as his niece was denied a
visa to visit the UK amid concerns she
was being used as a Kremlin “pawn”.
Col Skripal has been in hospital since
March 4 after he was exposed to the
nerve agent Novichok, but Salisbury
District Hospital said the 66-year-old
was “improving rapidly”.
His recovery will raise hopes that he
could give investigators vital clues
about how and why he and Yulia, his
daughter, were targeted.
It came as Col Skripal’s niece, Viktoria, was denied the right to visit her
relatives in hospital after the Home Office refused her visa application on the
grounds that it “did not comply with
the immigration rules”. But Miss Skripal reportedly told Sky News that “the
British must have something to hide”.
Meanwhile, it emerged Col Skripal’s
cat was put down and his two guinea
pigs died after the former double agent’s
house was cordoned off in the wake of
the poisoning. The black Persian cat,
called Nash Van Drake, was reportedly
taken to the Porton Down military laboratory, but was so malnourished that
the decision was taken to euthanise it.
The two guinea pigs were found dead
and all three animals were reportedly
incinerated. A spokesman for the Defence Science and Technology Labora-
tory at Porton Down confirmed the
animals were not tested to see if they
were contaminated. The spokesman
said it was an “operational decision”.
But Moscow questioned why the
bodies of the pets were destroyed because they could have provided investigators with a “crucial piece of evidence”.
Doctors in Salisbury yesterday announced Col Skripal’s condition had improved significantly. Dr Christine
Blanshard, medical director at the hospital, said: “He is responding well to
treatment, improving rapidly and is no
longer in a critical condition.”
The hospital announced last Thursday that Yulia’s condition had improved
to stable. The Foreign Office said the
pair’s recovery was a “tribute to the
hardworking and talented NHS staff in
Salisbury”. The Russian embassy in the
UK described the development as “good
Scotland Yard said Col Skripal and
his daughter first came into contact
with the nerve agent at his home, with
the highest concentration of the substance found on the front door.
The improving condition of Col Skripal and his daughter is likely to prompt
questions about how the pair survived.
Dan Kaszeta, a security and chemical
defence consultant, said: “Nerve agents
only really work quickly when they are
inhaled” while the effectiveness of the
material could have been mitigated by
“human factors” such as washing
hands or rainfall.
Putin ‘crony’
accused of
Mr Deripaska, second from right, and Peter Mandelson, the former Labour minister, right, were among a group who visited Siberia
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parliamentary questions about the reasons why Mr Deripaska slipped
through the net. There have been repeated concerns raised about the activities of President Putin’s closest
cronies in the UK.”
Lord Barker of Battle, the former
Tory energy and climate change minister, sits on the board of EN+ as an independent director. The company had
not been suspended from the LSE last
night, despite the US sanctions. An FCA
spokesman said American actions were
being reviewed.
The US Treasury said: “Deripaska
has been investigated for money laundering, and has been accused of threatening the lives of business rivals,
illegally wiretapping a government official, and taking part in extortion and
racketeering. There are also allegations
that Deripaska bribed a government official, ordered the murder of a businessman, and had links to a Russian
organised crime group.”
Other companies allegedly linked to
Mr Deripaska were targeted – B-Finance Ltd, Basic Element Limited, EuroSibEnergo, Russian Machines, GAZ
Group and Agroholding Kuban.
EN+ did not respond to a request for
comment about the business and Mr
Deripaska himself. Mr Deripaska has
previously denied any wrongdoing.
Basic Element said in a statement:
“The company regrets this development and is currently analysing the situation with its legal advisors.” Number
10 and the Treasury referred questions
about the EN+ flotation to the FCA.
An FCA spokesman said of EN+: “The
prospective listing was reported in the
public domain in April 2017.
“We consulted with the relevant authorities according to the usual protocols. Having done so, there were no
grounds for the application to be refused.”
The oligarch’s oligarch
forever at centre of
intrigue while denying
any dirty dealings
By Roland Oliphant
senior Foreign corresPondent
e is the oligarch’s oligarch: a
self-made man who used
ingenuity, hard work and
doggedness to climb from obscurity to
become a billionaire with unrivalled
political connections.
Oleg Deripaska first hit the
headlines in Britain in 2008 when it
was revealed he had held controversial
undisclosed meetings with both
George Osborne, then shadow
chancellor, and Peter Mandelson, the
New Labour grandee, with a wellpublicised meeting on his yacht
causing a backlash for both politicians.
Now it is his relationship with
Vladimir Putin that is under scrutiny.
Born in 1968 in a region west of
Moscow, and raised mostly by his
grandparents on a farm near southern
Russia’s Black Sea coast, he discovered
a talent for maths at an early age and
went on to study physics in Moscow.
When the Soviet Union collapsed
and academic funding suddenly
vanished, he threw himself into the
metal trading business.
At 25, he acquired control of a
Siberian aluminium plant that would
form the basis of the business empire
now known as Basic Element, a canny,
but dangerous investment.
He soon found himself embroiled in
the “aluminium wars” – a struggle for
control of lucrative former Soviet
metals assets in which 100 people are
believed to have been killed.
He survived and became one of the
country’s richest men. Today, he is
worth $6.7 billion (£4.75 billion).
Mr Deripaska has denied doing
anything illegal himself during that
tumultuous decade. But rumours have
dogged him ever since.
In 2006, his US visa was cancelled
over apparent FBI concern about links
to organised crime (that he denies).
Spanish police once interrogated him
over money-laundering allegations. He
was never charged.
Michael Cherny, a former business
associate, said in court papers in 2012
that Mr Deripaska was part of an
organised crime group. Mr Cherny,
suing Mr Deripaska for $1 billion at the
time, referred to claims the oligarch
had ordered the murder of a rival
Oleg Deripaska
owns the typical
symbol of an
oligarch, a
mega-yacht, here
moored in Antibes.
The 238ft-long
vessel, named the
Queen K, was
custom-built in
2004 and is one of
the most luxurious
yachts in the world
businessman in 1995, bribed a regional
governor to help a business takeover,
and employed former Russian secret
servicemen to gather intelligence.
Mr Deripaska denied the allegation
and accused Mr Cherny of extorting
protection money from him. The case
was settled out of court.
Some put his success down to his
impeccable political contacts. Polina
Yumasheva, his wife, is a daughter of
Boris Yeltsin’s stepdaughter.
And while his relationship with
Vladimir Putin has been strained in
the past, he has also been described as
one of the businessmen the Russian
president trusts most.
Last year, it was reported that he
had hired Paul Manafort, the former
Donald Trump campaign manager, at a
fee of $10 million a year to promote
Russian business and political
interests in the US and Europe during
the mid-2000s. Mr Deripaska sued AP
for defamation, but later dropped the
case. The US treasury announced
sanctions against Mr Deripaska
accused him of “acting ...on behalf of a
senior figure in the Russian
In 2008, it became known that Mr
Mandelson, then European
Commissioner for trade and in charge
of aluminium tariffs, and George
Osborne, then shadow chancellor, had
dinner with him in Corfu.
It was alleged Mr Mandelson had
cut EU aluminium tariffs in ways that
benefited Mr Deripaska’s company and
that Mr Osborne used the occasion to
solicit a donation to the Conservative
party. Mr Deripaska denied any wrong
Last month, it emerged Global
Counsel, Lord Mandelson’s advisory
group, won a contract to advise Mr
Deripaska’s EN+ on climate change
policy. Mr Deripaska was last at the
centre of another influence peddling
scandal in February, when he was
caught cruising the Norwegian fjords
with Sergei Prihodko, a Russian
deputy prime minister, and Nastya
Rybka, an escort (or “sex coach”).
The story took an even more
bizarre twist when Ms Rybka and
Aleks Lesli, her “manager”, fled to
Thailand, were arrested, and claimed
from prison to be in possession of
explosive evidence regarding Russian
meddling in the 2016 US election. That
evidence has yet to emerge.
The Daily Telegraph Saturday 7 April 2018
Playground tree faces axe over fears that ‘falling chestnuts’ could injure children
By Daily Telegraph Reporter
A PLAYGROUND tree may be cut down
by a school over fears that “falling
chestnuts” could injure children.
St John’s Primary School in Knaphill,
Surrey, said it had been forced to close
areas of the recreation space regularly
for more than an hour in the autumn
“to ensure the health and safety of the
children” by sweeping away chestnuts.
Sarah May, the school’s head teacher,
also complained about “very slippery”
fallen leaves that had caused injury to a
member of staff. She added that the
school has “a large number of trees on
site” but that the sweet chestnut’s positive impact had been outweighed by
“the negative impact it has on the
learning experiences of the children”.
She said the tree limited the range of
activities the school can offer to children and said that pupils could not use
bikes and trikes in the area because of
Churchill’s dream of
rearing lost butterfly
may finally take wing
resurrect a butterfly extinct in the UK
in the grounds of his estate was, it is
widely agreed, a disaster.
The project, to which the former
prime minister dedicated a significant
amount of time and energy, was rolled
out with military precision.
While his fellow MPs were immersed
by the threat of war, Churchill was also
absorbed with his grand plan to release
hundreds of black-veined whites into
the gardens of Chartwell in Kent.
Imported caterpillars stuffed in
muslin bags were eventually tied to his
hawthorn hedge, but the project ended
in farce when his gardener misunderstood the instruction to open the bags,
instead of which he removed them
from the bushes and burnt the lot.
Churchill would no doubt be heartened to know that, more than 70 years
later, plans are in place to follow in his
footsteps, albeit in a rather more conventional manner.
Butterfly Conservation has revealed
that a changing climate means conditions may be suitable again for the return of the black-veined white, which
became extinct in the UK in the midTwenties, due to changes in land use
and a few years of bad autumn weather.
It is conducting research to determine whether their reintroduction
may be possible. The first phase has
produced promising results – two recent studies in parts of northern France
that have a similar climate to southern
England found it would be easy to recreate the habitat the butterflies need by
creating field margins rich in wildflowers and patches of scrub.
The species needs warm weather in
late May and early June, with tempera-
‘The blackveined white
is one of the
species. We
are looking
at its habitat
and I think,
so far, it looks
The butterfly so
beloved of Churchill,
taken by nature
photographer Igor
Siwanowicz at his
studio in Munich
tures of 66F (19C) required for the
adults to become really active.
Prof Tom Brereton, associate director
of monitoring at Butterfly Conservation, told The Daily Telegraph: “The
black-veined white is one of the most
spectacular species. We are looking at
its habitat requirements and I think, so
far, it certainly looks promising. The
main concern is the extremes in climate
that we increasingly get now, and that
will form the focus of further research,
as well as extensive data analysis on butterfly emergence across Europe.
“A prolonged cold spell in spring
could cause problems as the species
only flies as an adult for three weeks.”
He said that any potential reintroduction was years away due to the
amount of research still required.
Churchill’s interest in butterflies was
piqued at a young age.
When he was 12, he wrote to his
mother: “I am never at a loss to do anything while I am in the country for I
shall be occupied with ‘butterflying’ all
day (as I was last year).”
Matthew Oates, nature conservation
adviser at the National Trust, previously suggested that Churchill likely
enjoyed the romantic idea of butterflies
flitting around his grounds during his
famous garden parties. He told The
Guardian in 2010 that the politician
and Hugh Newman, a local butterfly
expert who advised him, “got a little
carried away” with their plan to reintroduce the black-veined white.
At the end of the Second World War,
Mr Newman converted the larder at
Chartwell into a butterfly house.
Churchill would sit on the benches and
watch the butterflies emerge from the
chrysalis before releasing them.
Editorial Comment: Page 17
generations before and for generations
after, this tree has and will provide a
valuable educational resource.”
Louise Morales, from the council’s
planning committee, added: “I’ve
googled, I’ve searched, I have not
found a single child who has been actually killed by a falling chestnut from a
tree – it doesn’t happen.” However,
councillors voted down the TPO.
Ms May said: “The plan is to remove
the tree, so that we can enhance the
nursery provision for our children.”
The sweet chestnut – Castanea sativa – produces catkins in the summer,
followed by edible nuts in the autumn.
Stilton’s whiff
of status brings
surge in global
By Katie Morley
CHEESE exports are booming thanks
to a growing demand for traditional
British varieties in the US and Japan.
Producers are rapidly expanding to
cope with the increased demand as
cheeses such as Stilton and red Leicester are increasingly being regarded as a
status symbol abroad.
Cheese producers now send around
a third of their product abroad, with
January seeing a 23 per cent increase in
exports compared with January 2017,
data from Dairy UK shows.
A £25 million expansion is under
Sales of Stilton are
booming, as firms
making traditional
cheeses enjoy a
23 per cent
increase in exports
By Victoria Ward
its size. Woking Borough Council put in
place a tree preservation order (TPO) in
October to protect the 100-year-old,
36ft sweet chestnut after learning that
the school wished to remove it.
A tree officer said: “The concerns
can be resolved by establishing
an appropriate cleaning regime. For
way at one historic dairy in Leicestershire to meet surging overseas demand.
Long Clawson Dairy makes Stilton
and other cheeses, and sends around
20 per cent of its output to 40 countries, including the US, Canada, China
and Australia.
Michael Oakes, the NFU’s dairy
board chairman, said: “There is a growing trend for cheeseboards within fine
dining experiences, particularly in the
US and Japan. A cheese course is typically enjoyed with wine and is very
much a luxury experience involving
high-quality, strong-tasting cheeses.
Diners very much want to see the traditional cheese names like Stilton and
red Leicester, and they want to see the
Union Jack and red tractor logos.
“It’s a similar effect as Belgian or
Swiss chocolate over here, it has that
air of luxury, it is a status symbol.”
Saturday 7 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
8,000 GPs are
warned they are
MORE than 8,000 GPs have been
warned they may be contributing to
the rise of drug-resistant superbugs by
prescribing too many antibiotics.
Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical
Officer, who has previously warned of a
“post-antibiotic apocalypse”, has targeted family doctors in surgeries with
the highest prescribing rates and those
where use of the drugs is rising quickly.
In a letter to GPs, she described antimicrobial resistance, where antibiotics
no longer work for some serious infections, as a “serious and growing threat
to our health and economy”.
The number contacted in 2016-17
marks a 40 per cent increase compared
with a similar exercise the previous
year, as the Government attempts to
tackle antimicrobial resistance, which
is believed to cause 5,000 deaths in
England each year.
GPs have made some progress in reducing their use of the drugs in recent
years. However, last night medical
leaders said a “toxic” climate of litigation was preventing them going any
More than 6,000 GPs, working in
1,414 surgeries, received a letter informing them their practice is in the
top 20 per cent in the country for prescribing antibiotics, even if their rates
have reduced. Meanwhile, a further
2,298 doctors in practices where antibiotic use has risen by 4 per cent or
more have received a warning.
Public Health England said it hoped
the letters “will respectfully support
GPs to improve their antibiotic stewardship”, adding the exercise would
contribute to a “significant reduction”
in the population risk of antimicrobial
Dr Andrew Green, of the British
The number of deaths believed to be
caused by antimicrobial resistance in
England each year
Medical Association, told the Pulse
website: “It is important to realise that
there may be very good reasons why
practices have the prescribing rates
that they do, but it is nevertheless important that practices are aware of any
differences that exist.
However, Dr Zishan Syed, who represents GPs in west Kent, said: “GPs
work in a toxic litigious climate. If a patient develops serious complications, it
is almost certain that an expert witness
will happily blame a GP in their report
for not prescribing antibiotics which
could potentially end that GP’s career.”
By Henry Bodkin
Ban children under
12 from buying
fizzy drinks, says
dental charity
Orchid moment A visitor to the RHS London Orchid Show, south-west London, admires
the rare blooms on display. The show, at Lindley Hall and Lawrence Hall, closes today.
u Fizzy drinks should be agerestricted in order to tackle rising
childhood obesity and tooth decay, a
leading dentists’ charity has said.
The Dental Wellness Trust (DWT), a
British NGO that fights poor dental
hygiene in the developing world, is
calling for a ban on children under
the age of six consuming high-sugar
drinks, and rules preventing them
being sold to children under 12.
The charity told The Daily
Telegraph that, while it applauded the
Government’s long-awaited “sugar
tax”, which came into force yesterday,
further “bold and brave” policies
were needed to improve the health of
British children, one in five of whom
now leaves primary school obese.
The Soft Drinks Industry Levy
imposes a tax of 18p per litre on soft
drinks containing 5g to 7g of sugar
per 100ml, and a 24p per litre for
more than 8g per 100ml.
Milkshakes are exempt, but this
week George Osborne, the former
chancellor, who announced the tax in
2016, backed extending the measure
to sugary milk-based products. Mr
Osborne said he “suspects” the
Treasury will extend the tax, which
he described as one of his proudest
achievements in government.
Dr Linda Greenwall, the founder of
the trust, said: “The DWT believes
now is the time for a bold and brave
evidence-based health policy that
directly tackles one of the biggest
challenges to child health that our
generation has seen.
“An age restriction and ban would
have a fast and effective impact on the
consumption of these drinks,
ultimately helping to improve the
health of our children, not to mention
relieve strain on our health service.”
Matt Kilcoyne, page 16
Church ‘snobbery’ let off abuse priest
Pupils learn empathy from baby visits
Holiday booking fraud rises by a quarter
u A paedophile priest was exonerated
by the Church of England because he
used to work at a private school, a
bishop has argued.
Roy Cotton, who died in 2006 and
was never prosecuted, conspired with
Ifor Whittaker, a fellow priest formerly
known as Colin Pritchard, to abuse a
boy in the Eighties and Nineties.
His case was one of those examined
by the Independent Inquiry into Child
Sexual Abuse, which heard evidence
about abuse in the diocese of
Chichester last month. The current
uBabies are being brought into classrooms to stop bullying and improve
pupil behaviour.
A series of primary schools in
Northampton are taking part in the
Roots of Empathy programme, a Canadian study that started in 2000.
In the project, overseen by the University of Northampton, parents bring
newborn children to schools at various
points during the academic year to
help children develop empathy skills.
“Research has shown that children who have the programme know
uHolidaymakers have been warned to
be wary of Airbnb-style fraud as the
amount of money stolen in holiday
booking scams rose by a quarter last
New data released yesterday
showed that victims of scams lost an
average of £1,500 in 2017. There were
4,700 reported cases in the UK,
involving a total of £6.7 million, up
from around £5 million in 2016.
Fraudsters are tricking people
booking holidays by setting up bogus
accommodation websites, hacking
Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Rev
Martin Warner, said Cotton was a
“highly manipulative offender” who
had been allowed to continue his
abuse because of Church snobbery.
“Factors emerge at an early stage
that might account for why no
effective disciplinary action was taken
against him,” Dr Warner wrote in the
Church Times. “First, academic
snobbery: Cotton was an Oxbridge
graduate. Second, social snobbery: he
worked in an independent preparatory
school before ordination.”
more about emotions and feelings,
are kinder to their friends, are less
aggressive and bully other children
less than those who do not participate
in the programme,” according to the
Dr Eunice Lumsden, the head of
early years at the University of Northampton, said: “Through the baby’s
development, the children learn to
identify and reflect on their own feelings as well as the feelings of others.
“This in turn helps pupils to become
more socially and emotionally aware.”
into legitimate accounts and posting
fake ads on sites like Airbnb.
The most common scams relate to
airline tickets and accommodation
There was a spike in cases during
the summer and in December, leading
experts to believe fraudsters were
targeting peak holiday periods when it
is often harder to find a bargain.
Sporting and religious trips were a
popular target, the Association of
British Travel Agents and the City of
London Police said.
The Daily Telegraph Saturday 7 April 2018
Bake Off pay
for charity
paid more than £100,000 to
appear on charity episodes
of The Great British Bake Off,
it has emerged.
Celebrity contestants who
appeared on the Stand Up To
Cancer specials did not receive a penny as their fees
were donated to the charity.
But presenters and judges
Hollywood, Prue Leith, Noel
Fielding and Sandi Toksvig
all pocketed cheques from
the five special shows.
Channel 4 confirmed that
while the contestants donated their entire fee to the
campaign, the celebrities already under contract on the
long-running show contributed only an undisclosed
portion but declined to say
what percentage.
A source at the broadcaster told The Sun: “It was
up to them to decide what to
donate. The show involved a big time commitment for filming
several episodes and
doing voice-overs.
“Celebrity contestants who took
part, like Alan
Carr and Harry
Hill, weren’t
paid at all.
Bake Off judge
Paul Hollywood
Their fees went straight to
the charity.”
Hollywood, 52, is reportedly paid up to £23,500 per
episode, meaning he received a total of £117,500 for
the shows, which concluded
this week.
During the final episode,
Carr, 41, who was ridiculed
for making a snappable
sponge, said: “At the end of
the day it doesn’t matter if
your cakes taste delicious or
they’re rubbish, we’re all doing it for Stand Up To Cancer.
And 100 per cent of that
money goes to charity.
What’s not to love.”
A Channel 4 spokesman
said: “Our aim is to raise as
much as possible for Stand
Up To Cancer and all contributors donate their fee to
the campaign. Those already
contracted for long-running
series also make a significant
A representative for Hollywood could not be contacted for comment.
Last year, it was
claimed that Prue Leith
was paid £200,000 a series, which was up to
three times more
Berry, a former
which was
said to be
‘Study tubers’ blamed
for exam hysteria
By Camilla Turner
THE rise of “study tubers” is
whipping up hysteria among
children, it is feared.
These increasingly popular YouTube videos show
hours, while sharing tips and
advice about how to revise.
Youtuber Ruby Granger’s
13 million views, and among
her videos are speeded-up
clips of herself revising for
her A-levels in English, philosophy and chemistry for 14
and 15 hours a day.
Meanwhile, Jade Bowler’s
YouTube channel called Unjaded Jade has had 10.3 million views – one of her posts
shows her crying as she tells
how she was rejected by Oxford University – and Eve
Bennett from Revision With
Eve had 12.6 million views.
Chris McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for
Real Education, said that
“study tubers” can offer social support and reassurance
for students who may otherwise feel isolated while revising.
But he added that as there
was “rising panic” among
teenagers about exams, YouTube vloggers could “create
a sense of hysteria, a collective hysteria”.
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of
School and College Leaders,
said that youngsters should
be congratulated for “being
innovative and using technology for something constructive”. But he added that
they must be “protected”
from “setting themselves
unattainable goals” after
watching “study tubers”.
TV abuse shows ‘must
broadcast helplines’
By Olivia Rudgard, SOCIAL
REALITY TV shows featuring abusive relationships
must carry support information, say Women’s Aid.
The domestic abuse charity said storylines in shows
such as The Only Way is Essex
which involve controlling
men should be accompanied
by helpline numbers and information for victims.
One character in the show,
Myles, called his girlfriend a
“f------ slag” for talking to another man on a night out.
Sian Hawkins of Women’s
Aid said: “We would want
any woman watching that
show who sees similarities
in her own relationship to be
able to know where to go
for help.”
A spokesman for the show
said it included “criticism”
between cast members, as
well as “reflection and apologies from those involved”.
By Victoria Ward
Rehab charity
boss hit biker
while on drugs
All aboard Britain is back in the commercial tourism space race after Virgin
Galactic’s first flight since a fatal crash in 2014. On Thursday, the Unity spacecraft
took off with two crew from the Mojave Air and Space port, lifted by the jetpowered mothership Eve. It then powered up for 30 seconds before landing.
THE former chief executive of a drug
rehabilitation charity hit a motorcyclist
while high on cocaine, a court was told.
Stephen Cooke, 57, who ran the Nelson Trust in Gloucestershire for 16
years until he left in 2013, has been
jailed for two years after pleading
guilty to driving dangerously.
Gloucester Crown Court heard that
Cooke “slammed” his car into Matthew
Pierce during a reckless overtaking manoeuvre round a bend on the A46 in the
Tetbury area of Gloucestershire on June
23 last year.
Mr Pierce suffered fractures to his
tibia and fibula and knee, and broke
“many bones” in his foot.
Police accident investigators found
that Cooke was driving at a minimum
of 72 mph.
Mark Hollier, prosecuting, said officers described Cooke as “excited and
buzzing” when they arrived at the
scene. He was found to have 146mg of
benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, in his system.
Sentencing, Judge Ian Lawrie QC
said: “He is a man with many plus
points in terms of work in the past, his
charitable work and helping others
with drug problems.”
However, the judge added, “he
would be more aware than most of the
dangers of drugs and driving”.
Saturday 7 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph Saturday 7 April 2018
Bob Mackenzie,
below, and on the
ground, with his
driver, after the
incident in 2016
right. Catherine
Dodkin at the scene
of the incident near
her home, left
Police investigated Bob
Mackenzie in 2016 over
claims he punched a
woman in street row
By Robert Mendick Chief RepoRteR
THE AA chairman sacked for assaulting a colleague was investigated by police for punching a woman in the face
less than a year before, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.
Bob Mackenzie, who is suing the
AA for £220 million, is alleged to
have struck his female victim in
the face, splitting her lip, before
pushing her against a wall and
causing her head to split
open. Mr Mackenzie
broke his leg during the
incident but did not tell
the AA, claiming he had
tripped on the pavement. In fact, he had
been knocked over
by the woman’s
boyfriend as he
tried to protect her.
Catherine Dodkin, 40, the alleged
victim, told The
Daily Telegraph:
“He [Mackenzie]
was inches from
my face, shouting at me. His body language was so aggressive. And then he
punched me. He smacked me in the
face. That is when my lip split.”
Miss Dodkin alleges that she was
floored by the punch but got back up,
only for Mr Mackenzie to shove her
into a brick wall. Her head hit a corner
and split open, leaving blood pouring
from the wound.
Mr Mackenzie, 65, denied he had
punched Miss Dodkin, but accepted he
had shoved her – but only in self-defence and to protect his wife, Jane, who
was with him.
The father of five has maintained his attack on the AA’s
head of insurance Mike Lloyd,
during an away day at a hotel, was out of character. He blamed the
incident on stress and
exhaustion brought
on by the job, as
well as mixing prescription drugs
with alcohol.
The fracas in
southeast London, took place
in September
months before
his attack on
Mr Lloyd at
Sacked AA
boss ‘hit me in
the face and
cut my lip’
the five-star Pennyhill Park Hotel in
Surrey. He was sacked from his
£1.2 million-a-year job and stripped of a
payout in share options worth as much
as £68 million because he was a “bad
He is suing the AA for £220 million
in a case that is destined for the High
Court. The AA is expected to countersue and demand repayment of £1.2 million in bonuses paid to Mr Mackenzie
owing to gross misconduct, including
the assault on Mr Lloyd and the fracas
involving Miss Dodkin.
Miss Dodkin has offered to testify on
behalf of the AA, giving her version of
the events that led to her and Mr Mackenzie requiring hospital treatment,
Police watchdog to probe missing teen case
By Daily Telegraph Reporter
THE police inquiry into the disappearance of teenager Gaia Pope is to be investigated by the police watchdog.
The 19-year-old, who suffered from
epilepsy, went missing in Swanage,
Dorset on Nov 7 last year. Her body was
found 11 days later on a clifftop after an
extensive search by Dorset Police.
Her family had raised concerns that
a man who had allegedly sexually assaulted her when she was 17, was soon
to be eligible for release from prison.
Marienna Pope-Weidemann, Miss
Pope’s cousin, said: “We have to ask the
tough questions: why did it take 11 days
to find her? Could she have been saved?
Could proper support from mental
health and social services have stopped
this whole tragedy before it started?”
A spokesman for Inquest, the state-
related deaths charity, said: “The Independent Office for Police Conduct
(IOPC) [yesterday] announced their investigation into the actions of Dorset
Police following the disappearance of
Gaia Pope … In addition to concerns
about the conduct of the police, the
family have questions about whether a
lack of support from underfunded
mental health and social services contributed to Gaia’s death.”
‘In his eyes, I attacked him.
He claims he was defending
his wife, but I didn’t go
anywhere near her’
and a police investigation that was
eventually dropped when neither side
wanted to press charges.
Miss Dodkin, who runs a property
management business in Mayfair, central London, had been out for the evening with a friend. She admits she had
drunk about three quarters of a bottle
of prosecco over the course of four
Miss Dodkin was standing on the
pavement outside her house when she
claims a Jaguar sped past, coming close
to her in the process, before turning a
corner. She says she regrets what she
did next – she chased after the car,
which had come to a halt just beyond
the tight bend – to remonstrate.
“It was about 11.30pm and where I
live there is a section of road that is
very narrow,” she recalled, “My boyfriend had just dropped me off. Then
this car went past. I thought it was going too fast and I was concerned because I have seen people nearly taken
out by delivery vans.
“I went to speak to the driver and
knocked on the window and said:
‘Crikey! You were going very, very
Brothers drowned after argument over fishing
By Daily Telegraph Reporter
A PAIR of brothers were drowned by a
freak wave while arguing over a fish
that got away, an inquest has heard.
Dr Robert Allen, 30, and Charles Allen, 21, died after the incident near
Treyarnon Cove in north Cornwall last
The siblings, who were on a family
holiday, were fishing from rocks
with their brother-in-law Andrew
Giving evidence at Cornwall Coroner’s Court yesterday, Mr Thornton, a
joiner, said: “Rob said he had a fish on.
To make sure it didn’t get off the line
we all climbed down.
“Rob blamed Charles because he
took too long getting the net down so
he was ranting and raving about that.
Then the wave came and it hit Rob and
Airlines told to
throw out
plastic cutlery
Six-ton whale
killed by 64lb of
plastic rubbish
in its body
By Jack Maidment
politiCal CoRRespondent
By Hannah Strange in Barcelona
A SPERM whale found dead on the
coast of Murcia in southern Spain was
killed by gastric shock caused by
ingesting 64lb (29kg) of plastic waste.
The stomach and intestines of the
young male were found to contain rubbish including plastic bags, raffia sacks,
pieces of nets and ropes and a jerry can,
marine experts said following a post
mortem examination.
The whale, almost 33ft in length and
weighing more than six tons, was
found dead on a beach in Cabo de Palos
at the end of February. The cause of its
death prompted Murcia’s regional government to launch a campaign against
plastic waste in the ocean.
Consuelo Rosauro, the Murcian director-general for the natural environment, said: “Many animals get trapped
in the rubbish or ingest great quantities of plastic which end up causing
their death.” Experts at Murcia’s El
Valle Wildlife Rescue Centre, which
examined the carcass, said that it had
been unable to either digest or expel
the plastics in its system, and as a result
had suffered a fatal case of peritonitis.
u Customers have threatened to boycott Boots after it refused to stop selling krill oil. Campaigners campaign
fishing for krill damages the seas. Other
companies have stopped selling krill
oil supplements.
Sixty-four pounds
of waste, above,
was found in the
digestive system of
the dead whale,
Snowboarder suffocated after headfirst fall in drift
A BRITISH snowboarder suffocated after falling headfirst into a snow drift in
the Alps.
The 25-year-old man, who was working a season in the resort of Meribel,
was found in an off-piste area of the Allues area.
It is believed he was unable to release himself from his board, and could
have been buried for 30 minutes before he was discovered.
A spokesman for the Alps mountain
rescue service said it was difficult to
say how long he may have been stuck,
but estimated it could have been half
an hour. He said: “The snowboarder
‘He was
spotted by
skiing nearby
who noticed
a snowboard
sticking out
of the snow’
was alone when he fell. He was spotted
by two witnesses skiing nearby who
noticed a snowboard sticking out of the
snow about 20 metres from the piste.
They then realised that someone might
be attached to the board.”
He said the two witness had called
for help before trying to reach the
young man themselves and lift him out
of the snow.
“It was very difficult for them. He
was buried up to his pelvis and the
snow was very heavy, very compacted.”
He added that mountain rescue service had arrived within minutes but by
the time they arrived he was in cardiac
quickly. What were you doing?” The
car, she recalled, had blacked-out windows. “The next thing I know this man
got out of the back and came around
and started shouting at me. I was really
taken aback.”
The passenger being chauffeurdriven was Mr Mackenzie, the chairman and former chief executive of the
AA. He was wearing a black-tie dinner
jacket. He and his wife, Jane, a chartered accountant, had been out to dinner. They were staying at their son’s flat
around the corner from Miss Dodkin.
According to Miss Dodkin’s version
of events, she quickly realised she had
made an error in chasing after the car.
“I was pretty upset because he [Mr
Mackenzie] was shouting at me to ‘go
home to bed, little girl’ and telling me I
was drunk. It was obvious he had been
drinking quite a lot and that is when I
realised he was a little more aggressive
than I had first thought.
“He was in my face; he was inches
from my face. He was much taller than
me. I put my arms up like just to say get
away from me. And then he punched
me. He smacked me in the face. That is
when my lip split. I was in shock.
“He punched me to the floor and he
was stood over me, shouting at me to
shut up. I was screaming ‘help me, help
me’. I got up to my feet and then he
pushed me and my head slammed into
a brick wall. I heard my head crack and
then this wave of nausea hit. I felt physically sick. My head was spinning.”
At that stage, according to Miss Dodkin, her boyfriend, who had been parking the car, arrived after hearing her
screams for help. Miss Dodkin claims
that Mr Mackenzie then “went for” her
partner, who defended himself.
He knocked into Mr Mackenzie, who
fell off the kerb and into the road, slipping behind the car. He broke his leg
and ankle as a result.
Police began inquiries but, without
CCTV, it was not clear whose story to
believe. Mr Mackenzie has claimed
that he and his wife had been attacked
by Miss Dodkin and her partner. It is
understood Mr Mackenzie’s chauffeur,
who was employed by the AA, largely
backs up Miss Dodkin’s version.
Mr Mackenzie last night told The Telegraph: “The woman scratched at my
wife. I tried to hold the woman at arm’s
length. She ripped my hearing aid and
threw it down the road.
“She made a lunge for Jane and I
pushed her. She staggered back and hit
the wall. Then she attacked my wife
again and I pushed her away. I don’t
know how she got the split lip.”
The former AA boss denied any
wrongdoing and said he didn’t press
charges because he “didn’t want the
publicity”. He said he had no contractual duty to inform the AA.
Miss Dodkin said: “In his eyes, I attacked him. But that is a complete lie.
He claims he was defending his wife,
but I didn’t go anywhere near her.”
Miss Dodkin has given a statement to
the AA. “They have said it is highly unlikely but I am prepared to go to court
and testify against him even though it
will be traumatic,” she said.
arrest. He said that the incident was
still being investigated, while an inquest has been opened under the jurisdiction of the nearby town of
In January this year, Oscar Cassagneau-Francis and Rajen Mahendra,
both Britons aged 26, were killed after
falling hundreds of feet in an off-piste
area while skiing in Chamonix-MontBlanc.
In February, another British skier
was killed when he and two friends ran
into difficulty after venturing off-piste
in the Alpe d’Huez ski resort region of
the central French western Alps.
MINISTERS will crackdown on the use
of plastic cutlery on flights under plans
to make the aviation industry more environmentally friendly.
The Government is also considering
measures to reduce the amount of plastic wrapping used on food and drink
products sold at UK airports, and the
introduction of more water fountains
to cut down on the use of plastic bottles.
The moves are part of an attempt to
make the aviation sector “greener” and
to improve the flying experience for
Ministers also want to make the cost
of flying more transparent and could
ask operators to review charges like
booking fees, seat reservations and
extra baggage and to ensure people
know about them at the start of the
booking process rather than at the end.
The measures were set out by the
Department for Transport as it continues work on its new aviation strategy,
which it hopes to finalise next year.
The proposals to cut the amount of
plastic used at airports and on flights
come as the Government attempts to
reduce the amount of the material
which is used and thrown away.
Ministers unveiled plans last month
which could see a deposit return
scheme introduced for plastic bottles.
It follows a ban on the use of plastic
microbeads in cosmetic products and
the 5p plastic bag charge.
Baroness Sugg, the aviation minister, said: “Working with industry, we
want to improve the flying experience
from booking to arrival, ensuring passengers are truly at the heart of the
aviation sector.”
The Government will also look at
strengthening noise controls at airports and the possibility of improved
compensation for people living close to
the transport hubs.
washed him into the sea.” Charles tried
to help save his brother but was hit by
another wave and taken into the water.
He was rescued by a lifeboat crew
and taken ashore. He was then taken to
Royal Cornwall Hospital but was later
pronounced dead.
Dr Allen’s body was not found until
a week later after being washed
ashore a few miles north-east of the
fishing spot.
Saturday 7 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
World news
Israelis shoot
dead seven
By Raf Sanchez in Gaza City
AT LEAST seven Palestinian protesters
– including a 16-year-old boy – were
killed by Israeli snipers on the Gaza
border yesterday, as burning tyres sent
towers of black smoke into the sky.
The deaths mean that 29 Palestinians
have been killed by Israeli marksmen
since Gaza residents last week began
the Great March of Return, a series of
weekly border protests demanding the
right to return to their ancestral homes
in what is today Israel.
Around 20,000 Palestinians flocked
to five protest sites along the border,
according to the Israeli military.
The Gaza Health Ministry reported
that 408 people were taken to hospitals
or medical centres following clashes
with Israeli troops.
Demonstrators burnt hundreds of
rubber tyres all along the Israeli
frontier, creating a wall of smoke which
they hoped would blind the Israeli
snipers. Israeli forces used fire hoses to
try to put out the flames and large
turbine fans to keep the noxious smoke
from blowing into Israel.
The overwhelming majority of the
protesters were unarmed and the small
handful who did carry weapons were
wielding small axes, knives, or heavy
shears to try to cut through the Israeli
fence. The Daily Telegraph saw no firearms in the crowds.
The Israeli military alleged that Hamas operatives had tried to use the
chaos of the riots to damage the border
fence. A spokesman said there were at
least four attempts to throw improvised bombs towards Israeli forces.
No Israelis were killed or wounded
during either yesterday’s demonstrations or the clashes last week.
António Guterres, the UN secretary
general, had earlier appealed to the Is-
‘We are adamant about the
integrity of the fence … it is all
that separates rioters from
the nearest Israeli targets’
raeli military to use “extreme caution
with the use of force in order to avoid
casualties” among demonstrators.
Human rights groups have criticised
the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) for its
policy of directing sniper fire on those
who come too close to the fence, arguing that lethal force is only permissible
to counter an imminent threat to life.
Lt Col Jonathan Conricus, of the IDF,
said Israel was “using less-lethal means
to the greatest extent possible before
using lethal means”. He said Israeli
forces were justified in opening fire to
prevent Palestinians breaking through
the Gaza border fence.
“The reason we are so adamant
about the integrity of the fence is because it is all that separates thousands
of rioters from the nearest Israeli tar-
gets, which could be a kibbutz, or a
farm, or other Israeli communities, or
Israeli soldiers,” he said.
The protests were significantly less
bloody than last week, when 16 Palestinians were killed during the day and
others died later from their injuries.
Palestinians at a protest site east of
Gaza City said the vast plumes of tyre
smoke had also reduced the killings.
“The burning tyres helped us because snipers can’t see us. But also people did not go in as far this week
because they did not want to go past
the smoke,” said one man.
Many women and children stood
amid the crowds at the border and
An injured
protester is
carried by fellow
at Khan Yunis,
Gaza, amid tyre
smoke during
the Great March
of Return. Left,
one tries to pelt
stones at Israeli
security forces
Thousands take part in
Great March of Return,
setting tyres ablaze to send
up huge clouds of smoke
young Palestinians flew colourful kites
into the blackened skies, where they
shared airspace with Israeli surveillance drones.
Israel claims that Hamas, considered
a terrorist group by the US and UK, was
behind the demonstrations. Several
senior Hamas leaders did visit protest
camps yesterday.
But most of the people gathered at
the border said they were not affiliated
with Hamas or any other faction. The
protests are expected to continue every
Friday until May 15, when Palestinians
commemorate “the Nakba”, the Arabic
word for catastrophe, when they were
displaced from their homes in 1948.
Former Korean president Park is jailed for 24 years for corruption
PARK GEUN-HYE, South Korea’s former president, was yesterday sentenced to 24 years in jail after being
found guilty of bribery, abuse of power
and coercion.
She was ousted from office last year
during the biggest political corruption
scandal to hit Asia’s fourth largest
economy in a generation. The verdict
in a court in Seoul, the South Korean
capital, was broadcast live against the
wishes of Park, 66.
It followed a 10-month trial that exposed a shady nexus of big business and
politics. She was also fined £12 million.
“The accused is guilty of abuse of
power,” said Judge Kim Se-yoon, ruling
that Park had forced major conglomer-
ates including Samsung and Lotte to
donate a total of £52 million to two
non-profit foundations controlled by
Choi Soon-sil, her secret confidante.
Park was charged on 18 counts of
corruption, including bribery, coercion, abuse of power and leaking state
secrets. She was acquitted of at least
two of the charges, including abuse of
power relating to forcing the Hyundai
car company to run advertisements for
the company owned by Choi. The televised trial took place roughly a year after her arrest in late March 2017.
The daughter of Park Chung-hee, the
assassinated dictator, Park rose to fame
as the nation’s first female president, but
also became the first elected head of
state to be ousted. It marked a dramatic
downfall for a leader who came to
power in 2013, pledging to fight graft.
South Korea was shaken by allegations
that Ms Choi, 60, exploited her
relationship with Park to extort
donations out of major companies to
foundations used for her personal gain,
and to get her daughter preferential
admission to an elite Seoul university.
Park was accused of taking secret
advice from Ms Choi, who had no
official position, on everything from
North Korea policy to her wardrobe
The scandal prompted millions to
demonstrate and demand the president’s resignation, leading to her impeachment in December 2016.
Park was formally removed from office by the Constitutional Court the following March.
Ghouta under attack again as evacuation stalls
By Our Foreign Staff
DEADLY air strikes slammed into the
last opposition-held town in Eastern
Ghouta, Syria, yesterday for the first
time in over a week, after talks stalled
over a rebel withdrawal.
Backed by Russia, Syrian troops had
captured all of Ghouta, except for the
town of Douma, which is held by the
Jaish al-Islam Islamist faction. Amid
confusion over an evacuation deal for
opposition groups, 4,000 fighters and
relatives left the town on Monday before the withdrawal was halted.
“There have been 24 air strikes on
residential areas in Douma,” said Rami
Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Ob-
Beagle aid After running into a porcupine
this week in New Hampshire, Milo has
been ‘de-quilled’ and is recovering well.
China sperm donors
must be communists
By Neil Connor in Beijing
A SPERM bank in China is
demanding potential donors
be good communists, as Beijing’s campaign to increase
its control over people’s lives
extends to before they are
The Peking University
Third Hospital is asking donors to answer the party’s
call before they hand over semen in a six-week donation
drive launched this week.
Demand for sperm is
booming in China since the
one-child policy was axed in
2016, but there have been
concerns over quality levels.
The Beijing hospital listed
a series of requirements for
potential donors, including
having no serious diseases or
“obvious signs of hair loss”.
It also said that men between the ages of 20 to 45
who wish to donate must
“love the socialist mother-
land, support the leadership
of the Communist Party, be
loyal to the party’s cause and
be decent, law-abiding, and
free of political problems.”
Chinese media said there
were 40 million infertile
women and men in the country. The Global Times said
that the “low pass rate of
quality sperm” is the main
cause of the shortage, with
the Beijing Times saying the
pass percentage in China is 15
to 20 per cent.
Those who pass the tests
at Peking University will be
paid 200 yuan (£22.50) immediately and another 5,500
yuan (£620) when a donation is received.
A doctor indicated to Hong
Kong’s South China Morning
Post that there were no medical procedures for testing
communist credentials.
“It would be fine as long as
you consider yourself suitable,” the doctor said.
servatory for Human Rights, the British-based monitor. He said 32 people,
including seven children, had been
killed and around 50 others wounded.
SANA, Syria’s state news agency, said
Syrian air strikes hit the town yesterday in response to rebel mortar fire
from Douma that had wounded seven
people near the capital Damascus.
The Daily Telegraph Saturday 7 April 2018
World news
Hungarian envoys told to dig dirt on migrants
By Peter Foster
in Budapest
ungarian embassies across
Europe have been ordered to
collect negative stories about
immigration in order to support the
re-election campaign of Viktor Orbán,
The Daily Telegraph can reveal.
The apparent use of state apparatus
for political purposes emerged as Mr
Orbán seeks a third consecutive term
as prime minister at parliamentary
elections tomorrow, with opposition
groups fearing that victory for his
ruling Fidesz party will irrevocably
cement his grip on power. In a highly
rhetorically charged campaign, Mr
Orban has stoked fears over
immigration, attacking Brussels for
enabling what he called an “invasion”
of refugees that threatened to “cast
aside” the bloc’s Christian culture.
In an internal email, obtained by
The Telegraph, a senior official in the
Hungarian foreign ministry requests
European embassies to collect
“negative statements” on immigration
to help support the campaign.
“I need all the specific news and
declarations about the problem of
migration in a given country. If an
official says this – which can also
happen – I need it even more,” wrote
Tamás Menczer, the deputy undersecretary of communication and
parliamentary co-ordination. “You can
send me everything: from integration
problems, no-go zones, educational
difficulties, etc.” Addressed to the
ambassadors and first counsellors of
Hungarian missions in Sweden,
France, Germany, Austria, Belgium
and Italy, the email thanks colleagues
for their previous information, making
clear that this is not the first request.
The apparent use of foreign
ministry resources to back Mr Orbán’s
re-election was condemned last night
in both Brussels and by Hungarian
opposition politicians as an abuse of
political power.
Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the
European Parliament’s main liberal
ALDE group, condemned Mr Orban
and urged other EU leaders to follow
suit. “It’s quite frankly a disgrace that
the Hungarian government is using its
diplomats to conjure up fake news
stories in order to stoke fear about
migration domestically for the benefit
of Fidesz,” he told The Telegraph.
“This is a clear abuse of political
power and I hope it is condemned by
the international community.” A
spokesman for the EU monitoring
group, the OSCE, which is observing
the Hungarian elections, declined to
comment on the email, citing a policy
never to discuss ongoing campaigns.
The OSCE will make a preliminary
statement on the conduct of the
election on Monday and will, as in all
‘This is a clear abuse of
political power and I hope it
is condemned by the
international community’
elections, examine whether state
resources have been misused. The
contents of the email have been passed
to the OSCE by The Telegraph.
Tamás Mellár, a leading economics
professor who chaired Hungary’s
Central Bureau of Statistics between
1998 and 2003 and is running as an
independent candidate against Fidesz
in the city of Pécs, 200 miles south of
Budapest, said: “The government is
clearly using its missions for
unprofessional political purposes in
order to gather frightening examples of
migrants to scare the population. This
is one reason among many that the
Orbán government has to be replaced.”
However, the latest opinions polls
show that Fidesz is on track to retain a
majority in the 199-seat parliament,
despite opposition efforts to use
tactical voting to unseat Fidesz
candidates following a series of
corruption scandals.
Mr Orbán, whose son-in-law has
been named in one scandal, has fought
back with populist economic policies
and attacks on Hungary’s supposed
enemies, including liberal leaders
such as George Soros, the billionaire
philanthropist. Mr Orbán’s brand of
identity politics has seen him make
common cause with like-minded
eastern European leaders such as
Jarosław Kaczyński of Poland, whose
governing Law and Justice party, like
Fidesz, is under fire from the EU over
its refusal to accept migrant quotas.
“We believe Poles and Hungarians
have a common path, common fight
and common goal: to build and defend
our homeland in the form that we
want ... Christian and with national
values,” Mr Orbán said yesterday as Mr
Kaczyński visited Budapest.
Mr Orbán’s anti-immigrant rhetoric
is directed at Fidesz’s two million
strong support base and fuels the
memories of the 2015 migrant crisis
when several hundred thousand
refugees trooped through Hungary en
route to Austria and Germany.
Mr Menczer and the Hungarian
foreign ministry did not reply to a
request for comment.
Additional reporting by Balazs Csekö
France pledges
help for autistic
children after
UN criticism
FRANCE yesterday promised places for
all autistic children in nursery schools
as it unveiled a €340 million (£297 million) programme to improve the way it
deals with the disorder.
Experts and the United Nations recently denounced its approach as woefully retrograde.
France has been accused of being up
to “50 years” behind the rest of the
world in detecting autism, and providing basic education and therapy for
those with the condition.
The UN recently criticised the country for “widespread violation” of its citizens’ rights over its approach, and
France has repeatedly had to pay damages to families for the inadequate care
of autistic children in recent years.
Yesterday, Edouard Philippe, the
prime minister, promised to “make up
for lost time” as he unveiled the fiveyear strategy aimed at making the lives
of autistic children and adults “as normal as possible”.
A 2005 law guarantees every child
the right to education in a mainstream
school, but the Council of Europe has
condemned France for not respecting
it. Only around 20 per cent of French
children with autism go to school,
compared with 70 per cent in Britain.
Mr Philippe pledged that all autistic
children born this year would be admitted to nursery school by 2021,
which his government has made compulsory.
“You are right to be scandalised, I’m
scandalised too,” Mr Philippe told the
grandmother of an autistic child “refused” entry to school. “We have fallen
behind on this issue, which is unacceptable,” he said.
Hugo Horiot, an autistic French
writer, actor and director who recently
released a book, Autisme, J’accuse!,
welcomed the move, but he said the
budget was a drop in the ocean compared with the €7 billion (£6bn) France’s
state auditor recently cited as necessary
to support autism.
By Henry Samuel in Paris
Baroque star After a six-year restoration, the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth, Germany, will reopen on Thursday. Built by theatre architect Giuseppe
Galli Bibiena between 1744 and 1748, it is one of Europe’s few surviving theatres of the period. Its ornate carved and painted wooden features led to it being
designated a Unesco World Heritage site in 2012. Theatregoers can hear acoustics identical to those experienced by audiences more than 250 years ago.
Trump protests innocence over pay-off to porn star
By Our Foreign Staff
DONALD TRUMP has broken his
silence about allegations that he had
sex with a porn star, insisting that he
did not pay her $130,000 (£92,000)
hush money through his lawyer.
After weeks of dodging questions
about the alleged affair, the US president offered a flat “no” when asked if
he knew about the payment made in
the final weeks of the 2016 election.
The actress, Stephanie Clifford –
who goes by the screen name Stormy
Daniels – claims she received the
money to cover up a sexual encounter
with Mr Trump more than a decade
ago. Michael Cohen, the president’s
lawyer, has admitted to making the
payment and has accused Daniels of
breaching a non-disclosure agreement
she signed in return.
Last month, Daniels told 21 million
television viewers that she had unprotected sex with Mr Trump in July 2006,
shortly after Melania, his wife, gave
birth to their son.
While the alleged sexual encounter
was said to be consensual, the payment
to Daniels could constitute an undeclared campaign contribution.
Mr Trump insisted he did not know
why Mr Cohen made the payment.
“You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen. Mi-
Puigdemont freed
Ex-president of
Brazil defies court from German jail
Brazil’s former president
has said that he will not turn
himself over to the police,
despite court orders.
Luiz Inacio ‘‘Lula’’ da
Silva has appealed against a
12-year jail sentence
imposed for his involvement
in the Petrobas bribes
scandal. He is still favourite
to win presidential elections
in October.
Carles Puigdemont, the
former Catalan leader,
walked out of a German
prison yesterday after
posting €75,000 (£65,000)
The Schleswig-Holstein
court will still evaluate
Spain’s extradition request,
but not based on the charge
of rebellion, which was
found to be inadmissible.
Zuma corruption
case is adjourned
‘Catch and release’
ended by Trump
Jacob Zuma, the former
South African president, sat
in the dock of a courtroom
yesterday to finally face
corruption charges.
Mr Zuma, 75, is charged
with 16 counts of fraud,
racketeering and money
laundering over an arms
deal in the Nineties. He was
freed “on warning” by the
judge, and the case was
adjourned until June 8.
Donald Trump yesterday
signed a memorandum
ordering the end of the
policy, known as “catch and
release,” in which illegal
immigrants are freed from
detention while awaiting a
court hearing. Mr Trump
asked Defence Secretary
Jim Mattis to produce a list
of military facilities that
could be used to detain
illegal immigrants.
Stormy Daniels
claims she was paid
‘hush money’ in
chael is my attorney.” Asked if he knew
the source of the money, the president
told reporters on Air Force One: “No, I
don’t know.”
The claim was immediately challenged by Michael Avenatti, Daniels’s
lawyer, who tweeted: “We very much
look forward to testing the truthfulness of Mr Trump’s feigned lack of
knowledge concerning the $130,000
(£92,000) payment.”
The alleged affair and suspected
cover-up presents a legal and political
minefield for Mr Trump, as support
among US evangelical Christians, who
make up 25 per cent of the population,
was pivotal in his election victory.
Sex scandal resignations hit
Nobel Prize-giving body
By Our Foreign Staff
THREE prominent members of the
Swedish Academy resigned yesterday
in protest at close ties between the institution, which awards the Nobel Prize
for Literature, and a high-profile man
accused of sexual assault.
The academy has been reeling since
it was revealed as part of the #MeToo
campaign in November that several
members, as well as members’ wives
and daughters, had allegedly been assaulted by the well-known figure at the
centre of the scandal.
Sweden’s Dagens Nyheter newspaper
broke the news, publishing the testimony of 18 women claiming to have
been assaulted or raped by one of the
most influential figures in Stockholm’s
cultural scene. The academy has since
cut all ties with the man, who has not
been publicly identified. But his identity is widely known by the public due
to his high profile in cultural circles.
The alleged sexual assaults occurred
between 1996 and 2017, according to
the newspaper.
Peter Englund, one of the resigning
members said the scandal had deeply
divided the Swedish literary world.
“Over time, a crack that appeared has
continued to grow,” he said in a letter to
the Aftonbladet newspaper, adding that
Sara Danius, the academy’s permanent
secretary had been subject to “unjustified” criticism.
Along with Englund, members Klas
Ostergren and Kjell Espmark decided
to step down after a meeting of the
‘When prominent members
put friendship ahead of
responsibility and integrity,
I can no longer participate’
group on Thursday. “When prominent
academy members put friendship
ahead of responsibility and integrity, I
can no longer participate in its work,”
Espmark wrote in a letter to the media.
In March, Stockholm’s public prosecutor’s office announced that part of
the investigation, into claims of alleged
rapes and assaults between 2013 and
2015, had been called off as the statute
of limitation had passed or due to lack
of evidence.
Saturday 7 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
World news
Dolce & Gabbana label will die with us, say designers
Italian fashion legends
vow to continue to reject
takeover offers and never
to give away control
By Bethan Holt
DOLCE & GABBANA, the Italian designers, have said their brand will die
with them as they do not want their
business ruined by outsiders.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gab-
bana said they had rejected numerous
takeover offers. “Once we’re dead,
we’re dead. I don’t want a Japanese designer to start designing Dolce & Gabbana,” Mr Dolce told Italy’s Corriere
della Sera.
The pair started the business in 1985,
when they were a couple. Although
they split in 2004, they have continued
to work together, dressing Madonna,
Melania Trump, the Duchess of Cambridge and many more.
“One can have a lot of money but if
you are not free, what do you do with
it?” Mr Dolce, 55, said. In the financial
year ending in March 2017, turnover
rose by 9 per cent to $1.296 billion with
a net profit of £70 million.
“When we split up, we said to ourselves that it was better to divide up
everything, because if I took a blow to
the head the next day he would have
found himself dealing with someone
not involved in the industry, like for example my cousin, who could ruin the
business,” Mr Gabbana said. “We have
created a trust neither of us can touch.”
Famed for their “more is more” ap-
‘Once we’re dead, we’re
dead. I don’t want a
Japanese designer to start
designing Dolce & Gabbana’
proach, Dolce & Gabbana’s repertoire
includes opulent biannual ready-towear shows at Milan fashion week, “secret” shows for their clique of
millennial ambassadors (among them
Sistine Stallone, Gabriel-Kane DayLewis and Lady Amelia Windsor) as
well as a roster of events around the
globe. Five days of parties and shows
kicked off yesterday in New York,
which will take in the unveiling of the
latest Alta Moda and Alta Sartoria collections, their idiosyncratic take on
haute couture.
There are plenty of cautionary tales
which may have persuaded Dolce &
Gabbana that independence should be
a priority. The designer Jil Sander lost
control of her label after Prada acquired a 75 per cent share in 2000 –
since then she has only returned for
two-year stints. Donna Karan resigned
in 2015 from the brand she built. The
following year, LVMH sold the name to
American licensing company G-III for
$650 million (£460 million).
Last month, Stella McCartney regained complete control of her label
after a 17-year partnership with luxury
conglomerate Kering, which also owns
Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Saint Laurent. “It is the right moment to acquire
the full control… This opportunity represents a crucial patrimonial decision
for me,” she said.
Martial arts
star McGregor
charged after
van ‘assault’
By Nick Allen in Washington
By Our Foreign Staff
A COURT in New York has ruled that
two valuable drawings looted by the
Nazis should be returned to a Holocaust victim’s heirs.
In what was seen as a key test case a
London art dealer was told to hand
over the works – Woman In a Black Pinafore and Woman Hiding Her Face – by
the Austrian Egon Schiele.
The drawings were taken by the Nazis from Fritz Grunbaum, a Jewish entertainer who perished in the Dachau
concentration camp in 1941.
Richard Nagy, the art dealer, argued
that he bought the drawings legally after Grunbaum’s sister-in-law sold them
to a Swiss gallery in 1956, and that the
time for relatives to claim them had
long passed.
But Justice Charles E Ramos ruled
that the Holocaust Expropriated Art
Recovery (HEAR) Act, signed into law
in 2016 by Barack Obama, meant the
drawings belonged to Grunbaum’s descendants.
In 2015, the two Schiele drawings
turned up in a booth operated by Mr
Nagy at an art show in New York. Grunbaum’s heirs – Timothy Reif, David
Fraenkel and Milos Vavra – sued to recover them.
Raymond Dowd, their lawyer, said
the case could have wide ranging implications for museums and art dealers.
He said: “This decision brought us a
step closer to recovering all of the culture that was stolen during the largest
mass theft in history.”
In a statement, Thaddeus Stauber, a
lawyer for Mr Nagy, said the decision
would be appealed.
He said the dealer had checked with
“recognised Holocaust provenance experts” all of whom said the works were
“not stolen by the Nazis”. If they had
been, the dealer would have restored
them to the relatives, he said.
CONOR McGREGOR, the mixed martial arts fighter, was released from a police station and driven to a New York
coutroom yesterday, to be arraigned on
charges of assault and criminal mischief after a rampage at an Ultimate
Fighting Championship (UFC) press
event in Brooklyn that was caught on
video, the New York Police Department said.
McGregor, who became the first
UFC fighter to hold two world titles simultaneously when he won the lightweight belt in 2016, turned himself in
to police late on Thursday after the violent incident.
At a UFC media day, McGregor and
Art stolen by
Nazis returned
to Holocaust
victim’s family
Conor McGregor
outside a New York
courtroom yesterday
facing charges of
assault and criminal
Good spirits The Prince of Wales was in a
jolly mood on a visit to the Bundaberg Rum
Distillery and museum in central
Queensland during his Australian tour. The
heir to the throne also had a reunion with
four sisters he hadn’t seen for 52 years. He
stayed at their family’s dairy farm when he
was at Timbertop college in Victoria in 1966.
his entourage entered the Barclays
Center, in Brooklyn, through a side
door and appeared to attack a van in
which other fighters were riding.
A video of the incident on social media showed objects being thrown at the
van, leaving windows smashed and a
number of people injured.
Police charged McGregor, 26, with
three counts of assault and one count
of criminal mischief, according to Lee
Jones, a NYPD spokesman.
Efforts to reach McGregor’s representatives were not successful and it
was not clear who was representing
him at the court hearing.
Dana White, president of UFC, said
the van attack was “the most disgusting thing that ever happened in the history” of the UFC.
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he Government’s new sugary
drinks levy has come into force,
and it’s sharply dividing opinion.
An important measure to tackle the
obesity crisis, or an outrageous assault
on personal choice? The dividing
lines draw themselves. I happen to
think it a fool’s errand. A similar tax
in Mexico reduced consumption by
just 16 calories a day, and it is unclear
whether the change in price will
really stop people from imbibing
sugary drinks or they will just end up
paying more for the same purchases.
But what we can all agree on is that
this new tax is shot through with flaws.
In fact, it’s a case study in the
inconsistencies inherent in so much
government policymaking.
Take the aim: to reduce sugar
consumption. So why is this not
really a tax on sugar at all, merely
a tax on sugary drinks? Cakes,
biscuits, chocolates, smoothies and
even milkshakes are all excluded,
without rhyme nor reason. But the
inconsistencies don’t end there.
The Government is seeking to
vastly reduce sugar consumption in
Britain at the same time as it looks to
expand the country’s sugar industry
for export. The Department for
International Trade is keen to talk
up free trade, and the Government
has been touting the UK’s success
in getting the European Union to
scrap Soviet-style production quotas
and minimum prices for beet sugar,
an industry that currently provides
10,000 jobs in Britain.
When this deregulation happened
last year, the industry expected it to
result in a massive increase in UK
production, as well as falling prices
for consumers. So what is it that the
Government wants? Higher or lower
sugar prices for consumers? I couldn’t
tell you.
Perhaps we shouldn’t be
surprised. It’s not just on sugar that
the Government’s policy is not as
sweetly logical as it ought to be.
Mixed messages are to be found
right across government.
The Prime Minister has extolled
the virtues of the private sector,
for example, once calling it the
“greatest agent of collective human
progress ever created”, but she is
seeking to intervene to cap energy
prices, undermining the attacks
the Tories made against Labour’s
Seventies-style campaign on the
same issue. Mrs May finds herself
inadvertently making Corbyn’s case
for nationalisation for him.
Rightly worried about rising
house prices, meanwhile, successive
governments have perversely
responded by propping them up
through measures such as Help to Buy.
Under Margaret Thatcher, the
Tories understood the importance
of simple and sellable ideas. The
free market; government not doing
what the private market can provide;
increasing choice for citizens; law
and order. There is a reason that
Thatcherism is a word. It stood for
something consistent. Perhaps that’s
something to return to.
In the battle between equality and
religion, must religion always lose?
A conservative, beliefcentred way of life may not
meet ‘British values’, but it
is far from rabid extremism
charles moore
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t any one time, we are
supposed to live by
certain public doctrines.
In our secular age, you
might expect these to fade
away, but actually the
opposite is happening. We live in a
swirl of public doctrine, expressed in
words such as “inclusion”, “diversity”
and “tolerance”. These are commingled
into something called “British values”.
To the untutored eye – by which I
mean the eye of almost anyone – the
meaning of these words is obscure.
Where is the “diversity”, for example,
in banning a male-voice choir in the
police? Where is the “tolerance” in
classifying a speech against
homosexual acts as a “hate-crime”?
Talk of “British values” is an attempt
to synthesise all this stuff, and to
enforce it. In a way, it is an admirable
endeavour to fill a public vacuum. For
too long, groups who hate our country,
its history and culture, have been
allowed to grab the microphone. The
aim of “British values” is to wrest it
back from the maniacs and start
talking about what binds us together.
Unfortunately, confusion can result.
Take schools. After long dispute, it
has at last rightly been recognised that
you cannot prevent violent extremism
without tackling the non-violent
extremism that legitimates it. This
means scrutinising what the young are
taught. In the modern West, it
overwhelmingly, but not exclusively,
means what young Muslims are taught.
Some of this is what used to be
called “civics” – the basics of
democracy, the rule of law, freedom of
speech – with particular applications
such as knowing the National Anthem.
On top of this get piled the doctrines
that are expressed in the nine
“Protected Characteristics” of the
Equality Act 2010. These prevent
discrimination on grounds of race,
religion, sexual orientation and so on.
Once this medicine has been mixed
in the laboratories of power, it is then
administered. The job falls to Ofsted,
the schools inspectorate.
Last month, Ofsted descended on
the Yesodey Hatorah girls’ school in
Stamford Hill, north London. The
school has always been rated “good”
by the inspectorate. Its results put it in
the top 2 per cent of the country for
maths and the top 10 per cent for
English. There is no disciplinary
problem either. The Haredic Jewish
community from which the pupils
come is almost completely free from
gang violence, drugs and teenage
pregnancy. If all schools maintained
Yesodey Hatorah’s standards of
conduct, there would be virtually no
teenage crime in the country.
The inspectors do not seem
interested in this, however. What they
want to know about is sex. They worry
that the pupils are not taught about
sex. It is alleged – though also denied
– that they stopped girls in the
corridors and asked them intrusive
questions about things like internet
dating sites. They raided the library,
and discovered that some of the books
have passages about sex blacked out.
They are angry that the girls are not
taught about homosexuality.
Ofsted’s final verdict has not yet been
pronounced, but the school has
received signals that it will be punished
solely because of the above.
If so, the case will matter in several
ways. First, it will damage the beloved
concepts of “diversity” and “inclusion”.
It was a great breakthrough when
Yesodey Hatorah became voluntaryaided (ie, mainly state-funded) in
2005, because it represented a move,
controversial among orthodox Jews,
away from the very separate life they
had until then lived. If they could
co-operate with the state to produce
what most would recognise as a good
education, this meant that both sides
were opening up. For a refugee people
like the Jews, this sent out a cheering
message that they were accepted in
British public culture. If this message
is reversed, fear replaces trust.
Second, it will damage freedom of
religion. Ofsted cannot now allege that
the Government did not know what it
was taking on. The clue lies in the
school’s name. Yesodey Hatorah
means “the Laws which are the
Foundations of the Torah” (the Torah
is the first five books of the Jewish
Bible that Christians call the Old
Testament). There was never the
faintest chance that a school with that
name would not live by its
interpretations of those laws. These
include conservative views of sexual
behaviour, and of what and when
children should be taught about it.
A further clue can be found on the
school’s website. It says “Our core
values and ethos … discourage the use
of online communication and internet
use wherever possible. This site
therefore holds only statutory and
other basic information about the
school.” It was never likely that many
girls at such a school would have to
navigate the problems of Facebook,
Tinder or of internet pornography.
School, synagogue and parents
combine against this.
If it is being said that such a school
is not worthy of state support, what
does that imply for the other 38 Jewish
Orthodox schools currently in that
situation? What does it imply, come to
that, for our thousands of statesupported church schools if there
comes a moment when their
interpretation of their religion
conflicts with the dogma of the state?
Unlike, say, France, this country has
for centuries supported the idea that
education is one of the prime tasks of
religion, and that for the state to stamp
on this would endanger liberty and
educational quality.
So there is a battle between the
Equality Act’s “Protected Characteristic”
of religion and that of sexuality. Must
religion always lose? If secularists are
allowed to sit in judgment in a kangaroo
court, as appears to be happening in
this case, the answer will always be yes.
Of course it is true – history shows it
repeatedly – that religious fanaticism
can produce violence and bigotry. But
to understand religion’s evils correctly,
it is necessary to understand religion
itself. I wonder how many modern
bureaucrats do. They show little
evidence of it. I can imagine them
hearing of Christians eating “the body
and blood of Christ” and panicking, in
their ignorance, that they are dealing
with a bunch of cannibals.
Religion is, among other things, a
belief-centred way of life. As such, it
will – and sometimes ought to – come
into conflict with the current notions
of the powerful. Throughout their
history, all mainstream religions have
exalted heterosexual married sex over
all other forms. The modern state is
entitled to disagree, but it is most
unwise – not to say intolerant – to turn
disagreement into a showdown in the
name of upholding “British values”. All
it is upholding is the right-on
orthodoxy of about 30 years’ standing.
Besides, such rows are a huge
diversion. The real purpose of
teaching “British values” is to squeeze
out the tendencies that drive the
young to want to destroy the country
in which they live. Age-old force of
circumstance has ensured that Jews
have developed the most careful ways
of living peacefully in host countries
that do not share their faith. If pupils
emerge from Yesodey Hatorah and
start trying to bomb London, I will eat
my kippah (or would, if I had one).
Why make enemies of worthy
fellow-citizens? Ofsted is spoiling for a
fight the Government does not want.
There is a massive – almost absolute
– distinction between conservatism
and extremism in religion. Within
modern Islam, the difference is
literally a matter of life and death. That
is the battle that needs to be fought
and won, not least in schools.
michael deacon on Saturday
ord Adonis is in no doubt.
The BBC’s coverage of
Brexit, says the Labour life
peer, is biased. Hopelessly,
appallingly biased.
Biased, that is, in favour of Brexit.
The BBC, he declares, has become
“the Brexit Broadcasting Corporation”.
He accuses it of devoting insufficient
coverage to anti-Brexit protest
marches, and of running an “internal
system of censorship”, which “vetoes
output likely to offend [the]
Government and [Nigel] Farage”.
Indeed, he explains, Brexit is “largely
the creation of the BBC”.
Of course, Lord Adonis isn’t alone in
calling the BBC’s coverage of Brexit
biased. Lord Tebbit, the Conservative
life peer, has called it biased, too.
Except that he called it biased against
“Quite frankly,” he told the House of
Lords just a few weeks ago, “the BBC
has become the supporter of a foreign
organisation called the European
Sadly, however, Brexit isn’t the only
subject that the BBC is biased both
against and towards. Ever since
Jeremy Corbyn became Labour leader,
his supporters have constantly
accused the BBC of Right-wing bias.
Which must come as a surprise to the
many Tories who have been accusing
it for years of Left-wing bias.
Confusing, isn’t it. We all know that
the BBC is biased. We just can’t agree
which way.
Under attack from all sides of the
political spectrum, the BBC must be
feeling worried about its future.
Luckily, I have a solution.
on. The BBC
already produces separate
rate news
bulletins for different parts of
the country. So why not
produce separate newss
bulletins for different parts
of the electorate?
To Remainers, broadcast
the news that Brexit is
cancelled, and that Farage
rage has
been unmasked as a
secret agent in the
employ of Donald
Trump, Vladimir Putin,
Kim Jong-un and Lord
To Leavers, broadcast
the news that Brexit has
come early, and that ass a
result the NHS is so awash
with cash that every
injection is made using
solid-gold syringe. To the
Left, broadcast the news
that Corbyn has been
elected with a 650-seatt
majority, and that
poverty, injustice, war and Tony Blair
have all been instantly eradicated. And
to the Right, broadcast the news that
Corbyn poisoned the Skripals himself,
with a pot of his home-made jam.
Only then will we be able to call the
BBC’s journalism truly objective.
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Jacob Rees-Mogg
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ordering him to stop
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Yet, in the Beano’s letter to ReesMogg, the word “Softy” doesn’t
appear. The character is referred to
exclusively as “Walter Brown”. And
the letter contains no suggestion that
this Walter is “soft”, unless we’re
meant to count the passing reference
to his “enjoyment of classical music
(because he thinks it makes him
seem clever)”. Walter, it seems, is soft
no more.
Well, I suppose it was inevitable,
really. In this day and age, the Beano
could hardly expect to get away
with the kind of politically incorrect
jokes it published in my day. Every
week, we were being invited to
laugh at a boy for crying, and liking
flowers, and dressing up in girls’
clothes. Rather cruel, now I look
back on it.
Mind you, that was only the 1980s.
Back in the 1950s, of course, he was
called Walter the Fat Disabled Pacifist
Communist Lesbian.
Some of the time, it must be great,
working in a nursery. After all,
you get to spend your day talking to
very small children, and very small
children are much more fun to talk to
than grown-ups. Grown-up
conversation is so repetitive and
predictable (work, feeling tired,
politics, feeling tired, house prices,
We know the BBC is biased – we just can’t agree which way
Brexit balance: the BBC should broadcast
programmes for Leavers and Remainers
feeling tired, Brexit), whereas you
never quite know what a very small
child is going to come out with next.
The other day, for example, my
four-year-old son devised his first ever
riddle. Here it is.
Q. What’s invisible?
A. An invisible dinosaur.
You’ve got to admit, it’s pretty
tough. If the Nazis’ codes had been
written by four-year-old children,
Bletchley Park wouldn’t have had
a prayer.
On the other hand, there must be
times when working with a roomful of
very small children is just a tiny bit
trying. The evening before last, my
son was telling me about “the rules”,
which all the children in his class at
nursery are expected to follow.
According to him, the rules are: “No
running, except in the garden”; “We
don’t say unkind things to our
friends”; “We don’t hit our friends”;
and “No climbing on the teachers”.
“Hang on,” I said. “No climbing on
the teachers?”
“Yes,” said my son simply.
“That’s a rule?”
“Do children climb on the
“Why do they climb on the
“Because they like to.”
“What happens to children who
climb on the teachers?”
“They get put in a ‘time out’. You
aren’t supposed to climb on the
teachers. If you climb on the teachers,
the teachers can get hurt.”
I don’t know what nursery staff
get paid, but I doubt it’s anywhere
near enough.
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The Daily Telegraph Saturday 7 April 2018
Letters to the Editor
Knife crime is out of hand because police have become social engineers Still out of pocket
SIR – Frank Duffy (Letters, April 5) says
there is no place for politics in the
criminal justice system. This is also
true of the police service itself.
Over the past decades politicians
have changed the police service from a
law-enforcement and peacekeeping
service into one largely engaged in
social engineering.
While children and young adults
must be made aware of the effects of
crime on society, this is not the first
role of police, but of social service
agencies and the education system.
There is a gang war about to
explode in London and all we hear
from senior police officers is the need
to educate young people. Little is
being done to deal with the gangs.
As Mr Duffy says, the police should
investigate serious crime, charging
suspects if the evidence is compelling
and acting in the interests of the
victims. At the moment, they seem to
concentrate on looking after the
criminals and prosecuting the victims.
Peter Amey
We need to make the
police effective again
he story of the Derbyshire
Constabulary Male Voice Choir is a
parable for our times. People look to
their police to provide order on the
streets and track down criminals. But
those who run the forces have other
preoccupations, such as equality, inclusivity and
the social engineering demands made of them by
governments. There is nothing wrong with this.
The police should reflect the society they serve, by
including more women and ethnic minorities. But
the primary function of a police force is not to be a
showcase for equal opportunities. In Derbyshire,
however, a male voice choir has had to break ties
with the police because it does not contain women.
It is tempting to dismiss this as a small matter,
the product of a chief constable’s overzealous
interpretation of the equality requirements placed
on his shoulders. But it is emblematic of a bigger
problem – a loss of direction by our police, who
are often expected to be, and see themselves as,
a branch of social services. The danger is that,
when criminals also see the police in this way, they
are emboldened to treat the streets as their own.
The rise in violent crime, especially in London, is
indicative of this phenomenon. There may well
be other explanations – cultural, educational,
generational – but the impression that the police
are losing their grip is a key factor and, unlike the
others, it can be rectified almost overnight.
Public confidence in their local police, once taken
for granted, is at around 50 per cent according to
a 2015 survey. Although he will face no charges,
the arrest this week on suspicion of murder of a
homeowner alleged to have killed a burglar in his
home did not help matters. Nor will the growing
propensity of the police to ignore burglaries, as
we report today. If break-ins are not going to be
investigated, there will be more of them for the
simple reason the perpetrators will not be caught.
It is easy to forget that the primary function of the
police – the first Peelian principle – is to keep order
and prevent crimes. For decades, we were told that
what mattered most was targeting hotspots and
getting officers to crime scenes rapidly, when what
people want is for the crime not to happen at all,
if possible. The efficacy of routine patrols is often
challenged by criminologists; and it is true that
this can never be measured. But police officers on
the streets in high-crime areas provide a deterrent
to offenders and reassurance to the law-abiding
majority. After all, the greatest deterrent is the
prospect of getting caught in the act. It was telling
that, on Thursday evening, protesters in Tottenham,
north London, the scene of a recent fatal shooting,
called for more police on the streets.
There is a certain irony here, since activists in
such areas complain about discriminatory and
heavy-handed tactics, which led Theresa May
when she was home secretary to urge police not
to use stop-and-search powers so freely. This led
to a significant reduction in the number of stops,
which has coincided with the rise in violence. It is
hard to take seriously the protestations of ministers
that there is not cause and effect here. Even when
the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan – whose hapless
response to the crime wave has been shameful – and
Cressida Dick, the Met Police commissioner, both
promised to increase stop and search, officers still
feel constrained in using their powers.
The greater use of body-mounted video cameras,
which record the interactions of officers with
suspects, is intended to encourage police to use
stop and search without feeling they are having
to watch out for a disapproving tut-tut from a
virtue-signalling politician or human-rights lawyer.
It is completely wrong to pick on people because
of their colour. It is irresponsible to hamper the use
of a critical crime-fighting power so that politicians
can burnish their liberal credentials.
On Monday, Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary,
will publish the Government’s new “violent crime
strategy”. What will it contain of any practical
use? Many chief officers say they are hamstrung
by budget cuts, and it is true that the number of
officers has declined. There is a case to be made
for more money for police patrols, not least when
the budget for overseas aid has doubled in a
decade – a set of national priorities that most voters
find hard to understand. But if funding is to be
increased, it must be used in the way that taxpayers
want: for serious offences such as burglary to be
properly investigated; for victims not to be treated
as criminals; and for more police officers to be
deployed routinely on the streets. That is a strategy
the country could support.
Churchill’s butterflies
inston Churchill wrote to his mother: “I
am never at a loss to do anything while
I am in the country for I shall be occupied
with butterflying all day.” He was 12 then, but kept
up his lepidopteral interests through his years of
action in Sudan, the North-West Frontier and
South Africa. His attempt in the Forties to bring
back the black-veined white, absent from England
since the Twenties, ended in something of a farce
when his gardener at Chartwell removed and
burnt in error the muslin bags with promising
caterpillars attached to hawthorn foliage. Churchill
had rival concerns to attend to in those years, but
now a project has been hatched at Southampton
University that could see black-veined whites from
France raised on English thorn bushes. They’re
pretty creatures. Churchill would be pleased.
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SIR – David Lammy MP appears to
have criticised the police by saying
that if the dreadful murders in his
constituency had occurred in the
shires they “would be all over it”.
The question he should be asking is
why gun and knife crime is endemic in
certain parts of London but not in the
SIR – Philip Hammond, the Chancellor,
claims that this week’s increase in
personal allowance means that
everyone will pay less income tax
(report, April 6).
This may be true for those with
earnings and no savings income. The
£70 benefit will be negated should an
individual be in receipt of dividends in
excess of £2,350, because yesterday
saw a reduction in the dividend
allowance. It brought down the
amount of dividends that one may
receive tax-free from £5,000 to
The yield on the FTSE 100, as shown
in your business pages, is 4.02 per
cent. This means that the dividends on
a relatively modest FTSE 100 portfolio
of £58,457 will be enough to wipe out
the increase in personal allowances.
Of course, the reason this allowance
was reduced was to catch small
business owners who pay themselves
dividends rather than salary. So much
for “putting more into working people’s
pockets”, as Mr Hammond claims.
Denese Molyneux
Sidmouth, Devon
shires. He should look at the culture
of his own constituents before
knocking the police.
Malcolm Allen
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire
SIR – Whether or not we need more
policemen on the beat in London
boroughs beset by knife and gun
crime, it might be better if there were
more fathers around.
John Brownjohn
Sherborne, Dorset
SIR – My wife and I were once attacked
by four masked men in our house in
France. We reacted with such ferocity
that we repelled the intruders.
The point is that, confronted with
such unusual circumstances, one
never knows how one will react. Had
I found a knife, I think matters would
have turned very ugly.
Fortunately the only weapons I
could find on the spur of the moment
were two tins of paint.
Peter Horwood
Heathfield, East Sussex
Sugar tax attacks
SIR – The effective tax rate of 62 per
cent at the £100,000 income level
is having a massive effect on
productivity and tax take.
I suggest Mr Hammond revisits the
removal of the personal allowance at
£100,000 as soon as possible. I know
numerous people who are spending
more time with their family rather
than working as a result of this change.
M H Symonds
Lymm, Cheshire
SIR – Forty-eight years ago, your
newspaper kindly published a
letter from me suggesting a tax on
confectionery and carbonated drinks.
My suggestion was followed up
on your women’s page, where I was
criticised for seeking to deprive
children of the pleasure of eating and
drinking sugary products.
I also wrote to every Chancellor of
the Exchequer, from Iain Macleod to
Gordon Brown, only to receive a letter
saying that the then government had
no plans to introduce a sugar tax. So
I gave up.
Now that this Government has
taken the first step towards this tax, it,
too, is being criticised, for penalising
poor children (report, April 6).
Hew Goldingham
St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex
Civil servants’ Brexit
SIR – On Thursday five London
teenagers were wounded by knives.
The appalling fact is that this is not
Am I alone in seeing a correlation
between the growth of knife crime
and the demise of police powers to
stop and search, with only the
suspicion of an offence as justification?
Is it not tragically ironic that the
communities that were foremost in
opposing these powers are now those
most affected by the current malaise?
Police powers to enforce the law
have too often been attenuated by the
path to social acceptance chosen by
their leaders.
Stuart Ashton
Whitley Bay, Northumberland
London Conservatives
You may say I’m a dreamer: Vincent van Gogh’s Noon, or The Siesta (After Millet), 1890
SIR – The news that Conservative
candidates in London are considering
setting themselves up as a separate
party based on the Scottish model
(report, April 5) is disturbing.
London cannot separate itself from
England in the way that Scotland can.
Nobody is likely to take the claims of a
separate London Tory Party seriously.
Besides, the Scottish Tories had it
easy in the last general election. Their
literature focused almost entirely on
the threat from the Scottish National
Party of a second independence
Today, with that threat receding and
the betrayal of Scottish fishermen in
the Brexit negotiations, the Scottish
Conservative leader Ruth Davidson is
set to lose many seats at Westminster
to the SNP at the next election,
according to opinion polls.
Should she flee to Westminster,
Ms Davidson would be a disaster
if ever elected Tory party leader: a
ferocious Remainer and a supporter
of increasing immigration, she would
quickly split the party, which today
needs a convinced Brexiteer to lead it.
Professor Alan Sked
London School of Economics
London WC2
Joint ownership
SIR – The obituary of Ronnie Frost,
the poultry trader and chairman
of the business services group
Hays (March 21), mentions that he
mounted his spare titanium hip on the
dashboard of his Range Rover.
I keep one in the cutlery drawer –
it’s ideal for softening up tough steaks.
Suzy Brooke-Jones
Guildford, Surrey
Sweet dreams of triumph in one’s chosen field
SIR – I learnt, by heart, the second
movement of Mozart’s 18th piano
concerto for my own satisfaction.
One night, in a dream (Letters,
April 6), I played it with full orchestra
in front of an audience. I woke to
rapturous applause. It was wonderful.
Timothy Sharp
Wooler, Northumberland
SIR – Last night I dreamt that there
was not a single mention of Brexit
either in the papers or on the radio.
Please don’t wake me up.
Richard Beaugie
Ashford, Kent
SIR – Six words that you will never
hear are: “Do tell us about your
Audrey Lindsay
Over Peover, Cheshire
SIR – Speaking on behalf of the FDA,
the top civil servants’ union, Victoria
Taylor insists that her members have
delivered a faultless performance on
Brexit (Letters, April 6).
She claims they have demonstrated
the utmost “commitment and skill” to
prepare for the “best possible
outcome” and that every failing is
down to politicians, whereas her
“talented” members have alone
performed “remarkable feats”.
The impression that sometimes
emerges can look a little less
accommodating towards the nation’s
Brexit vote, with seemingly all top
civil servants having enthusiastically
supported Remain.
Olly Robbins and Sir Jeremy
Heywood in particular appear to have
steered a weak Prime Minister towards
a perfect Brexit storm of one-sided
concessions, appeasement,
backsliding and the surrender of tens
of billions in payola.
Martin Burgess
Beckenham, Kent
You needn’t be a pianist to master the organ
Unisex harmony
SIR – As a 22-year-old organ scholar
at Oxford University, I disagree with
Richard Hubbard’s comment (report,
April 2) that you normally need to have
Grade 5 piano to start on the organ.
Any professional organist knows
that the piano and organ are
fundamentally different instruments.
An organ, for example, has a keyboard
played with the feet. I have never
had a single piano lesson and passed
Grade 8 organ with distinction in less
than three years.
Most “church organists” I have
come across turned out to be pianists
with no idea what they were doing at
an organ bench. It’s no surprise that
many churches prefer backing tapes.
Benjamin Maton
Senior Organ Scholar
St Peter’s College, Oxford
SIR – Following the forced re-branding
of the Derbyshire Constabulary Male
Voice Choir (Letters, April 6), will
barbershop quartets now have to
become hair-salon quartets?
Michael Keene
Winchester, Hampshire
SIR – Contrary to the impression given
by previous correspondents (Letters,
April 3), the Royal College of Organists
is heavily involved in work around
the country to attract new people to
the organ and to raise the standard
of organ-playing at all levels. Your
readers may wish to visit the college’s
website for more information.
Martin Baker
President, Royal College of Organists
New Milton, Hampshire
SIR – I will be 74 on Sunday and I had
my first organ lesson last Tuesday.
My only qualification is Grade 1
piano, taken 64 years ago.
Tanya Garstone
Cricklade, Wiltshire
SIR – On Christmas Day, we attended
a service in a North Shields church
where the accompaniment to the
carols was pre-recorded.
To paraphrase Eric Morecambe,
the recordings had all the right notes,
but pieces were not necessarily played
in the same order as the service sheet.
Malcolm Macdonald
Whitley Bay, Northumberland
Rubbish architecture
SIR – Your correspondent Karen
Gallagher (Letters, April 4) asks why
new-build houses tend not to include
back doors.
The reason is simple: the houses are
designed by men more interested in
the visual wow factor than in practical
living accommodation.
My wife and I have been looking at
new-build houses. My first question to
the sale agent is: “Where do I keep my
wheelie bin?” I have never actually
had an answer.
Roger W Powell
Hadzor, Worcestershire
Corbyn’s French-style train plan will hit the buffers
o the barricades, comrades! Or at
least, to the coffee machines! It’s
time for a proper French strike.
Rail unions have decided to shut down
a large part of France’s rail network
for two out of every five days for the
next three months, unless President
Emmanuel Macron backs down on a
plan to cut costs at the state-owned
rail company, SNCF.
It’s hard not to dislike the smarmy,
smug French president, but he does
finally seem ready for his “Thatcher
moment”. His attempt to get a grip on
costs at the monopolistic, state-owned
French railways is long overdue.
He knows that they aren’t ready to
compete with private and foreign
operators who, thanks to EU law, must
soon be allowed to bid for contracts to
run parts of the network.
Per kilometre travelled, France
has the second-highest rail costs in
Europe, according to EU figures.
French passengers pay a little less
than in the UK, but the state pays a
vast amount more. The operating cost
of French rail comes out at €60 per
kilometre, versus a European average
of €30. British services, for all our
moaning, are just under the average
and a large portion of the spending
goes on infrastructure maintenance
and investment.
SNCF is a heavy and growing user
of taxpayers’ money. Its total subsidy
has risen by 80 per cent in nine years.
Payments to pension-holders alone,
who number nearly double its current
employee headcount, cost £3.5 billion
a year. Its 260,000 staff benefit from
jobs for life, retirement at 50 or 55,
and free travel for “family members”,
which in practice extends from
grandparents to the milkman.
This is precisely the sort of system
that Jeremy Corbyn wants to replicate
here. Under his rail renationalisation
plan, in which private companies
would be banned from bidding for
new franchises after theirs expire,
the whole system would revert to
being a state-run monopoly. This,
the Labour leader claims, rather
incredibly, will save so much money
that he’ll be able to cut fares, increase
investment and be more generous to
railway employees. SNCF has achieved
only one of those aims (no prizes
for guessing which) and the cost to
taxpayers has been enormous.
There’s just one problem with
Mr Corbyn’s plan: it wouldn’t be
allowed under EU rules. Pro-market,
pro-Brexit Tories are in the rather odd
position of hoping that, if Mr Corbyn
wins power, our government will still
be subject to constraints imposed by
Brussels. Indeed, the Government
has already signalled that it is willing
to sign up to the EU’s competition
regime, which would make Labour’s
plans rather difficult.
The EU won’t actually stop Mr
Corbyn from nationalising assets such
as rail, water and utilities – but it will
stop him from shelling out unlimited
subsidies and monopoly contracts.
This raises the bizarre prospect
that a Labour government could
spend a fortune re-establishing state
monopolies and then find itself obliged
to open them up to private and foreign
competition. And then, who knows?
Maybe a revamped SNCF under Mr
Macron will be in pole position to
bid for contracts.
British railways are taking cues
from France in other ways. For
12 years, passengers have flocked to
the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
to experience a full-on re-enactment
of Nazi-occupied France. But it’s all to
be stopped, after some bad publicity
made the charity in charge worried
about “causing offence”.
It’s a serious matter to put on a
wartime uniform and start screaming
in German at families on a day out.
Re-enactments ought to observe basic
standards of decency – dressing up as
genocide victims, for example, is most
definitely out. But done sensitively,
re-enactment is a perfectly respectable
way of educating people about history,
much of which is not pleasant.
If the railway is now looking for
another train-friendly re-enactment
to stage, perhaps they could do that
scene with the guy on a horse chasing
a train in Back to the Future, or
something from Hitchcock’s The Lady
Vanishes. These, at least, will offend
no one. They’ll also educate no one.
On the way up to Bakewell
yesterday, to record BBC
Radio 4’s Any Questions, I found the
train rocking back and forth around
corners like a drunk in a cradle. The
East Midlands service is fast and clean,
but by God those swaying trains make
you feel ill. The advice on fighting
off car-sickness is to look out the
window into the distance, but trains
are different. Because they lurch at
an angle to the Earth, looking at the
horizon doesn’t help – it’s constantly
moving. Instead, you’re meant to keep
your eyes off the landscape outside
and look only at objects inside the
carriage. As if we need another reason
to become phone-addicted zombies.
I’ve noticed that I’m guilty
of another bad phone habit:
information overload. A few days ago, I
pressed some button or other and was
suddenly confronted with an option:
“Close 497 tabs?” the phone asked. In
the course of many months’ clicking, I
had opened 497 pages and, having not
finished reading, left them open. They
ranged from achingly long American
magazine features to booking websites
for English cottages, to a short video
of two chickens breaking up a fight
between some rabbits. Rather aghast
at this testimony to my scattered mind,
I boldly chose “yes”, and thus ended
my desperate attempt to hold on to
497 half-read stories. My phone and
my mind felt cleansed, renewed. Not
long later, I dropped my phone in the
sink and it stopped working.
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The Daily Telegraph Saturday 7 April 2018
Lucy Man
The troub
with wome
women and
Page 21
money Pag
are overprotective
and have
turned the
countryside into a
dark, dirty
Kit Hesketh-Harvey
It’s high time
Cambridge Footlights
moved on Page 20
Lisa Armstrong
Should you wear a
trouser suit to a
wedding? Page 22
Packham style:
siblings Chris and
Jenny. Below,
the Duchess of
Cambridge wears
a Jenny Packham
evening gown
The Packhams will
dress you now...
Frank Gardner
‘The abuse of
disabled parking
spaces is rife’
Page 25
After following different careers, naturalist Chris has joined
his sister Jenny in the fashion world, they tell Elizabeth Day
he fashion
designer Jenny
Packham was
about five years
old when her
brother, Chris,
made her eat a
“I have a very
clear memory of the texture in my
mouth,” she says now, some 50 years
later, when we meet in a central
London hotel.
“But maybe I blocked out the
memory of swallowing it. I had that
uneasy feeling of something happening
that I was not that happy with.”
She laughs. Chris, the older by four
years, is sitting opposite her – but
refusing to admit his guilt. Still, he is
not explicitly denying it either. He was
always fascinated by wildlife, Jenny
says, and growing up in Hampshire,
they would spend a lot of time
outdoors “waiting for Chris to climb
up trees and look into birds’ nests”.
Chris, now 56, went on to become
one of Britain’s most respected
natural history television presenters,
making his name on the children’s
programme The Really Wild Show in
the Eighties before going on to present
Springwatch, where he has been at the
helm since 2009.
Jenny, 53, is now a highly acclaimed
designer who specialises in bridalwear and whose clients include
Angelina Jolie and Keira Knightley.
The Duchess of Cambridge
m on both
wore Jenny Packham
occasions when she left St.
Mary’s Hospital afterr giving
n and is a
birth to her children
fan of her evening wear.
Will the Duchess
be wearing one afterr
delivering child number
three later this
month? “I don’t
talk about the
Duchess of
Cambridge, I’m
afraid,” Jenny
says apologetically.
“Anything I say gets me
into trouble.”
han Markle – is
What about Meghan
there any truth in the rumours
that Packham might
designing her wedding
ide what Meghan
“No! I’ve no idea
will wear, which makes it sort of
exciting,” she says. “I’d love
it to be ground-breaking.
And I assume
it will be a
British de
British designer.”
But, un
unusually, we
are not actually
here to
talk not about Jenny’s
dresses – but rather
Chris’s first foray
into fa
fashion. He has
just de
designed a new
range for Cotswold
for naturalists
him whose idea
of a good time is
soggy fields,
picking up
badger sskulls and bird
th end, there are
To this
“wet pockets”
in each
jacket, which can be
remov and washed
tha parents don’t
so that
t complain
have to
about “the smell of
rotten fox” lingering
th little
on their
now, Chris
says outdoor
bee stuck in a
rut made in naff
colours and uncomfortable material.
“When my step-daughter Megan
was about 12 [Packham has been in a
relationship with Charlotte Corney,
the owner of the Isle of Wight zoo
for more than a decade], we had a
terrible job getting her into outdoor
wear. She didn’t like the colours or
the fabric so she’d go out in a normal
coat and get soaked.”
With this in mind, the linings of
the children’s jackets are patterned
with the footprints of various
mammals and birds in order to help
with identification, and there are no
Velcro fastenings because the sound
of it being ripped can scare animals
off. (Megan, now aged 22, approves.)
Chris is passionate about the
need to get more youngsters into
the countryside. Although his own
childhood was full of yomping about
in wellies, he worries this is getting
lost in the age of the smartphone.
“I have an enduring and
expanding concern that children
aren’t accessing the natural
environment,” he says. “They don’t
go out and their parents don’t
take them. I think parents are
overprotective and have turned the
countryside into a dark, dirty place.
“We’re preoccupied with hygiene
and we think the countryside is full
of people who wish to do us harm.
“There are time issues when it
comes to taking children out, too – if
both parents are working long hours,
Continued on Page 20
Saturday 7 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
‘I fear for
the future
of Footlights’
Staying ‘pale, male
and stale’ is killing
the Cambridge
comedy society,
says alumnus
Kit Hesketh-Harvey
rom Peter Cook to
Dudley Moore; John
Cleese and the rest of the
Pythons; the Not the Nine
O’Clock News lot; Fry and
Laurie, and later Mel and
Sue – the Cambridge Footlights has
been the lifeblood of British comedy
for decades. The dominance of
alumni from the university’s
prestigious comedy society, both in
front of the camera and behind, has
never really abated.
I was there from 1976-79, with
great talents like Stephen Fry, Hugh
Laurie and Emma Thompson, as well
as Griff Rhys Jones, Nick Hytner,
Jimmy Mulville and Rory McGrath.
In my entirely biased opinion,
Footlights was truly at its storming
best in the late Seventies. Of course,
when you are living through a golden
age, you rarely have any idea of it.
But golden it certainly was. Now,
though, I can see clearly that the
Student fun: Kit Hesketh-Harvey, right, with his accompanist Richard Sisson
Footlights of old has cast a very long
shadow. It’s why the magnificent old
institution has found itself in its
current predicament.
A row broke out this week when
Ruby Keane, the president, resigned
from her post in protest at the system
for nominating new members and
claiming a lack of opportunities for
aspiring comedians from non-white
She wrote in an open letter that the
committee system (which sees current
members choose new ones) seemed to
be “left over from a time when there
were only around 10 white men who
did comedy in Cambridge”. The
society, meanwhile, claims Ms Keane
was “asked to resign”.
Whatever the circumstances around
her departure, her point is absolutely
sound. Institutions can be great but
they can also become trapped by their
own nostalgia and smugness and
unless they adapt, they die.
While I was at Cambridge, it was
conclusively proven for the first time
that women could indeed be very, very
funny. Watching Emma Thompson’s
performances remain among some of
my best memories of that time. She
was revelatory and revolutionary, with
her fantastic deadpan humour, and
showed women could be screamingly
funny without playing the men’s game.
She (along with Sandi Toksvig and
Jan Ravens) was a mould-breaker;
before that, the Footlights had always
been a place where white men were
amusing about institutions of power –
the Church, Parliament – which were
also dominated by white men.
The targets of their satire were
predominantly masculine – and if a
female part was required, someone
would simply put on a dress.
In fact, Footlights has always had a
very long history of camp humour. We
seemed to spend most of our time in
frocks, having the most fantastic time.
I have a very dear memory of dancing
in drag with Stephen Fry, at one point
or other. The truth is that there was a
time and a place for that brand of
comedy, and the world is very
different now.
That vein of humour endured for
decades after the Pythons had left the
university’s hallowed halls. Its trouble,
I think, has always been that every
generation since Peter Cook has tried,
through its comedy, to hark back to a
time that has passed. Rather than
move with the times, callow
undergraduates have worshipped
their heroes; tending to imitate rather
than revolutionise.
Cambridge is so cloistered and
introspective, it takes a while for the
outside world to filter in. It sends its
alumni out to change the world, but it
takes Cambridge a while to cotton on
to what the world is actually doing. In
the late Seventies, due to the history of
endowments and links to public
schools, it was still a pretty masculine
set-up. The dons were predominantly
men and certainly all white.
Thankfully, these bastions
eventually began to crumble, but it has
taken an awfully long time for them to
be shaken off completely. Indeed, if
this week’s row is anything to go by,
they are still yet to be shaken entirely.
You see that not just within the
Cambridge cloisters, but in comedy in
general. You have only to turn on the
television to see that it is still as male,
pale and stale as ever.
Why? Partly because the graduates
of places like the Footlights go on to
become the commissioning editors.
But if TV networks are still getting it
‘If a female part was
required for a sketch,
a man would simply
put on a dress’
Up in lights: Emma Thompson
(below), Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry
(above). Left: former Footlights
president Ruby Keane
wrong when it comes to diversity,
shouldn’t it be down to the next
generation of students coming
through to bring about real change?
It is sometimes difficult to
acknowledge while you’re there,
having the three best years of your
life, that the world outside bears little
relation to the one you are briefly
inhabiting. Perhaps Cambridge is just
too beautiful and beguiling when
you’re in it; I imagine it’s easy to kid
yourself that as a member of the
Footlights you are supposed to be
continuing this long tradition of
Great British Humour. But you can
only ever do great comedy when you
are also being truthful, relevant and
In the old days, you had Dudley
Moore who was a brilliant pianist,
Peter Cook who was camp and
languid, Alan Bennett who was, well,
Alan Bennett – whimsical and
northern. It was the variation in their
personalities and backgrounds that
made them funny, and they were still
all white men.
If, in 2018, an institution like the
Footlights allows itself to pose
barriers to women and ethnic
minorities, it is missing a huge comic
trick. There is absolutely no question
that anyone can be funny.
So it must evolve or risk vanishing
into its own gravy, with the fat
congealing on the top.
As told to Eleanor Steafel
when can they do it? School visits
don’t happen like they used to,
partly because health and safety
regulations are another thing for
teachers to get through. There’s a
plethora of reasons.”
He recently met some biology
undergraduates “and they can’t tell a
songthrush from a starling”. He gives
a sad little shake of the head, “or an
oak tree from an ash tree.”
The two Packham siblings have
long shared a love both of nature and
the sartorial.
Jenny sewed her first garment
at the age of eight – a navy blue
corduroy skirt, although she cut the
material the wrong way so that one
panel was distinctly lighter than the
Chris became a punk in his
twenties and would save up for
individual items of clothing. He
speaks longingly of a cashmere John
Paul Gaultier coat he bought in Paris
in the Eighties, the hem of which got
burned on a two-bar fire.
His own aesthetic is informed by
the fact that he has Asperger’s – a
condition he was diagnosed with in
2005 and which he has spoken openly
about in the past, both in an acclaimed
BBC documentary and his memoir,
Fingers in the Sparkle Jar.
“I look at things in intense detail
and take it in very quickly,” Chris
explains. “My world is a lot more
visually detailed and I have an ability
to recall that detail… so I see if pockets
aren’t in line or the balance of a
garment doesn’t work in terms of size
or shape. It’s more comfortable for
me if things are symmetrical and in
One of the first things Chris did
before sitting down for our interview
was to identify that all the paintings in
the hotel drawing room were hung on
a slight slant. He notices everything
and stores the information – often for
“I can remember lots of clothes
I should have bought but didn’t – a
brilliant pair of trousers from Brown’s
on South Molton Street 15 years ago,
for example,” he says. Jenny chimes
‘I have always thought that Chris has the ability to change the world’
Packham and Michaela Strachan on Springwatch,
above, and Chris’s clothing range, right
in: “Whereas I can remember all the
clothes I shouldn’t have bought.” She
The pair have a sweetly affectionate
relationship. “I’m impressed and
proud of him,” Jenny says. “His ability
to go the extra mile and really confront
difficult issues is quite incredible.
I have always thought,
since Chris
was very small, that he has the
ability to change
the world
people perceptions of
or people’s
it. Speaking
openly about
his Asperger’s,
I think,
bee very helpful.
has been
People can see that it’s
OK to talk
about your
mental health.”
Chr still gets emails
from parents saying
h has helped
that he
them understand
thei autistic child,
and thinks it’s
that more
i l di members
of the Royal family, have started to
op up about their mental health
in order to reduce the stigma
But, he adds, “We’ve still got a way
to go. A lot of funding has been pulled
ou of mental healthcare and services
are under enormous pressure.
“Individuals with autism can be
an enormously productive part of
society. We need to get them into
employment. I’m fortunate enough
to have found a niche but there
are lots of other people out there
who are not as fortunate. I have a
voice because of broadcasting and
writing, and if you don’t use that
voice for creative change, what’s
the point?”
As we draw the interview to a
close, it strikes me that I have asked
the wrong sibling about Meghan
Markle’s wedding dress.
Chris, after all, is the designer I’m
meant to be interviewing. Might he
be in the running to design it?
He grins. “Now, can you imagine?”
He thinks about it for a few seconds.
“If she’s going on a ramble on her
honeymoon or visiting an RSPB
reserve, she can come to me.”
Chris Packham’s outdoor clothing
range for men, women and children is
exclusively available at Cotswold
Outdoor stores throughout the UK and
The Daily Telegraph Saturday 7 April 2018
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Read more Twitter @LucyMangan Bryony Gordon is away
o be clear. I am
very much up
for gender pay
equality. The
more revealing
reports, the
better. But there are other things
needed too in the push for parity
– salary differentials are the final
stage of a filtering process that
needs to be tackled long before
that point.
What gets overlooked in the
rush to tackle the tangible and
easily measured bits of financial
inequality is how differently
men and women (or boys and
girls) are brought up to consider
the world of money.
My parents opened my first
bank account for me when I was
six. They put in five pounds and
in return I got a green money
box that sorted coins into their
different categories as they
rolled down the slope at the top.
All being well, I saw how every
tower of coins cupped in its
respective semi-circular groove
would rise to the top unhindered
by the need for withdrawal.
If one lived within one’s means
– which at this point meant nine
pence every Thursday to keep up
with Nurse Nancy’s tribulations
in my weekly Twinkle comic
and five pence-worth of cola
bottles – one could deposit the
towers at the bank in full, against
the day when one no longer had
any means at all.
The inaugural hit of
dopamine to my preternaturally
pessimistic juvenile system
provided by this realisation
has yet to be surpassed. I was
reborn. And also, in ways I
was not to appreciate for many
years, unsexed. It sparked,
you see, a strong and enduring
interest in my finances and
in money generally – what it
could be used for, what could
be done with it, how you could
make more of it. My father,
as pathological a saver as my
mother but with more time on
his hands to spell out nebulous
concepts to his daughters,
explained interest to me.
“If you give me a pound,” he
said, “I will use it for a month
as part of my money and then
give it back to you with an
extra 10p.” I did, and he did – a
rate of return, incidentally,
that I have never bettered.
But as my savings accrued,
so did the disapproval. Not
from my family, obviously, but
from the world at large. Just
like they weren’t supposed
to be interested in football,
physics or getting a decent job,
girls weren’t supposed to be
interested in money. Money,
of course, is power.
The disparity between men
and women’s relationship with
We internalise
the belief that
money isn’t
our business
money could be seen in the
reactions to the end of child
benefit for those earning over a
certain substantial amount.
Among the relatively
well-educated, high-earning
(before they took maternity
leave and/or became stayat-home mothers) and, we
might assume, empowered
women, two astonishing notes
of panic were sounded. First,
that child benefit was the only
money that was “theirs” – their
husbands’ income apparently
conceptualised as something he
doled out portions of to his wife
and any children she had.
And second, that it was the
only money they didn’t feel
guilty about spending on coffee
or wine with friends. I have not
time nor patience to unpick all
that is entangled in that little
psychical ball. Suffice to say
that it is not easy to envisage
the same reaction from men.
We internalise the unspoken
but pervasive belief that
money is not really a women’s
business. And of course there
is a small part of the brain that
we don’t talk about at feminist
parties: a certain attraction to
the idea that we won’t have to
take full financial responsibility
for ourselves because a knight
on a fully-diversified portfolio
will, eventually, save us.
Notwithstanding efforts on
the part of websites such as
Holly Mackay’s BoringMoney. to make matters more
accessible to beginners
(among whom women are
disproportionately numbered),
on the most part, those who
might be expected to want to
entice us to take an interest
in financial matters… do
not. Adverts for investment
services are not designed to
appeal to a wide demographic.
They’re mostly men in kayaks,
navigating rapids. I don’t know
why kayaks are such a big
thing in finance – is everyone
invested in Big Paddle? –
but they are.
The language used around
the subject is equally alienating.
As the campaign by Starling
Bank, #MakeMoneyEqual,
pointed out, 65 per cent
of financial writing aimed
at women defines them
as “splurgers” – excessive
spenders who need to “cut back
on coffees” in order to “save for
those Louboutins”.
Meanwhile, 70 per cent of
articles on money in men’s
magazines make it clear that
financial success makes them
more of a man. All these factors
help impoverish women
literally and metaphorically. We
need access not just to money
but the knowledge that tells us
what can be done with it. The
cost otherwise is too high.
The gender pay gap
probably begins with
that first piggy bank
Why Meryl
will always
be the
of method
n an everchanging
world, it is
good to know
that some things
remain constant.
In this particular
case, Streep’s
Law – which
states that
whenever a
prestige project
goes into
Meryl shall have
first dibs on the
part of her
choice. And lo, it
has come to pass!
This is the first
sight of Streep
on the set of Big
Little Lies, which
has just started
filming series
two. She plays
Nicole Kidman’s
who comes to
stay after
husband was
killed, as she is
about the
welfare of her
Does she know
about her son’s
violence? Would
Meryl-in-law: with
Nicole Kidman, and
Cameron and
Nicholas Crovetti,
in Big Little Lies
season two
you trust her?
Does she trust
Nicole? Does she
have a suitcase
big enough
to pack two
grandsons into
and a one-way
ticket to Canada?
But whatever
happens, gird
your loins,
viewers – ’cos
though there’s
no news yet on
the accent, that’s
a method wig
and you’re about
to see how real
acting is done.
What could be nicer than a portable ‘throne’?
had hailed him as a hero
but like most heroes, he
has turned out to have
feet of clay. I am distraught
at the news that the Prince
of Wales has disavowed the
claim in a recent biography
that he takes his own loo
seat with him wherever he
travels. “My own what?” he
replied when asked about
the rumour by a radio
presenter during his tour
of Australia. “Oh, don’t
believe all that c---!”
Whaaaat? I thought I had
found my figurehead. I
thought we all had. Because
really – for whom is
travelling with one’s
own loo seatt not the
dream? If I had the
power, if I were
g – or
literally king
would one day be –
you’d betterr be
re the
damned sure
first thing
I would
would be that
my own
became my
Seat of power:
Prince Charles
debunked rumour
constant comp
companion on
all state (and hell,
ju to be
private too, just
on the safe si
side) visits.
Having access
your own loo is
the difference
livi and
On with
– in – your
ow can
you truly
relax It is
balm ffor the
soul, too,
as we as
as well
everywhere else. Who
hasn’t known their greatest
peace, thought their
profoundest thoughts and
experienced moments of
greatest satisfaction in the
private sanctuary of their
home water closet?
I suspect the denial was
issued out of a desire not to
seem out of touch with the
common man. When in
truth, nothing could forge a
greater bond. Beneath the
skin, we are all the same. We
all just want a sturdy lock on
the door, a trusted place to
rest our weary seats, and
a minute’s peace.
Saturday 7 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
isa �rmstrong
Online Twitter @LisaDoesFashion Instagram @MissLisaArmstrong
Can you really
wear a trouser suit
to a wedding?
he trouser
suit, it’s fair to
say, is having
oment. If
a moment.
ve always
e for your
them (wearing one
oss says
job because your boss
you have to doesn’tt count)
ur eyes,
and are rolling your
stop now, because you
probably haven’t been
wearing the kind off trouser
suits in the sort of shades I’m
talking about.
The 2018 trouserr suit
ptions: from
comes in myriad options:
pastels and brightss to pops of
g or toning
neon, with clashing
sh polka
trims, in discreet-ish
dots (playful), brocades
(for that Miss Havisham
meets Prince look) and
florals (the non-girlish
rs). It
way to wear flowers).
also comes in checks.
Lots and lots and
lots of checks.
Yes, you’re
thinking, but
who’s actually
going to wear
We are.
I write as
someone who has
been observing the
trouser suit warily
for a couple of
years now, as it
trudged its
way from
pipe dream
to serious
but not
Right, Yasmin
Le Bon in
tailored jacket,
£399, and
trousers, £249
Check it out:
Holly Russell
and Elizabeth
von der Goltz,
buyers at
are among the
lovers of the
trouser suit.
Holly wears a
Petar Petrov
gingham wool
suit (blazer
£575) and
wears Gabriela
checked wool
suit (blazer,
£950, all
Left, jacqua
jacquard blazer, £69.99,
and trousers,
actually wear
wearing, except,
occasionally, in the evening.
It’s odd because
I love jackets.
I love trousers.
Hepburn, L
Lauren Bacall and
Phoebe Philo
Ph are up there
on my sty
style goddesses
list. By m
most algorithms,
I qualify as an ideal
trouser suit customer.
The tthing is, until
recently, matching
trouser suits tended
to com
come only in black,
navy or white. As far
as trous
trouser suits were
concerned, we were living
in the Peo
People’s Republic of
Limited O
That sai
said, in smart
evening-appropriate fabrics,
I found th
them perfect for
events tha
that require some
polish and signs of effort,
without b
being remotely
high main
maintenance. No
appointments issues. No
dithering over tights. Just
add jewel
jewelled shoes, major
earrings, good hair – and
in the cas
case of the white
one, mate
mates’ rates at your
dry clean
cleaners. Actually, now
I think ab
about it, a white
one is qu
quite demanding,
especially if you don’t feel
you’re at your fighting
weight. But it doesn’t
look e
effortful or fussy,
and tthat’s often half
the style battle.
Daytime trouser
suits, on the other hand,
seemed high maintenance
(what to wear
underneath?) and also
either too formal, too
corporate, or just a bit
much. Even when I
bought a velvet one I
ended up wearing the
Blazer, £179,
and trousers,
jacket and the trousers to death
– but never together as a suit,
not during the day. (Note to self:
velvet trousers have a much
shorter life expectancy than
any other kind. It’s the knees
– they can’t take the pace.)
With all the patterns, colours
and different silhouettes now
on offer, this is the year it really
will be fine to wear one to all
those dos you’ve always wanted
to, but chickened out because
you worried it might give The
Great Aunts heart attacks.
It’s a big investment though,
so needs to be thoroughly
thought through. Colour’s
a key consideration. Pastels
might make a trouser suit
feel more special than a dark
colour, especially if you’re
planning to wear it to a summer
wedding, but could also limit
its afterlife. A more versatile
choice could be a suit in one of
those inbetween hues – petrol,
teal, sea green. If you’re set on
grey or navy, look for luxurious
fabrications. You could even
risk a subtle sheen (Gabriela
Hearst has several options,
with top-end prices).
You can always pimp
your jacket with a cluster
of brooches, some feathers
(Christopher Kane’s comes
ready-mixed) or a corsage –
either silk, velvet or real. I
love the satin roses in various
hues from Alex Eagle, from
£10 (
Good trouser suit fabrics
should have some drape, a little
give (but very little stretch; no
sausage legs please), be light to
midweight and
Paul Smith’ss A
Suit To Travel
In delivers on
its promise,
despite being
100 per
cent wool –
to do with
a high-twistt
(from £440 for
a blazer, £240
for trousers,
and for the quality
is excellent value.
It has narrow
lapels, so works
best on slimmer
frames. An
angular, wider
lapel is generally
good on all shapes
and, I think,, looks
ove it
dressier. I love
when lapel tips
ops of
graze the tops
the shoulders:
shades of
£36 to make clothes
look like new
an I make one thing clear
before we proceed? I am
not a gadget nerd.
Generally, I go out of my way
to avoid gadget overload. Never
use something connected to a
plug when elbow grease will
do, except when it comes to
laptops (seriously, I couldn’t
do this job with a fountain
pen) and the Vitamix (you try
making ice cream from scratch
without a deep freeze).
Everything else can take a
leap. However, recently I’ve
made an exception with the
Steamery debobbler. The last
time I bought one of these,
things did not end well.
After what initially seemed a
satisfying evening restoring
knitwear, I found I had a bunch
of holey and ruined jumpers.
Turned out the debobbler
was a hooligan. I should have
known from its whiny buzz
and rackety steering (actually
that bit could have been me,
Pilo the fabric shaver, £36
but it really wasn’t a very
sophisticated piece of kit).
This one is far more relaxing
– and I’m not just saying that
because I’ve discovered it’s
Swedish. Superficially it’s all
that I hate in a gadget, i.e. pink,
albeit that fashionable, blush
shade – and there’s a nonelectronic comb alternative.
But this is so much better.
It’s smooth to handle, pleasant
to listen to – the debobbling
equivalent of Kirsty Young.
I’d go so far as to say it would
Amara coat, £399, and dress,
£299 (
f you’re seeking
a sumptuous
occasion outfit
– here it is. Not
cheap-cheap, but
you get what you
pay for in this
department, and if
you want a classic
outfit in a nonsickly colour, here
it is. It comes with
a matching dress
too. You can even
get the same shade
shoes in one shop,
although that could
be overload.
It’s selling
ling out
fast, however
– a sign
n that
Hobbs has
really got its act
er with
this season.
masculine-feminine ambiguity,
in a Helmut Newton way.
Other factors are length: a
jacket that brushes your lower
thighs might seem tempting as
camouflage, but if you’re short,
it can make legs look stumpy.
Better to draw the eye away
from the thighs altogether
by opting for a mid bottom,
hip or even waist length. And
trouser suit jackets don’t have
to be blazers. They could be a
cropped Chanel-esque jacket,
or even a coat.
What’s important is how
it buttons up. I hardly ever
wear shirts or blouses under
jackets – it starts to look fussy
and/or bulky, especially if
you’re wearing a slim fit. A
jacket that fastens high enough
to wear nothing beneath is
a more modern option. It’s
also feminine and seductive
without overdoing it.
There seems to be a belief
floating around that doublebreasted jackets don’t work
with bigger boobs. I have seen
evidence that conclusively
disproves this. It depends on
the tailoring.
Blazé Milano’s jackets, often
spotted on the front row, are
cut loose and relatively straight,
so they work on anyone, with
one caveat: they’re quite
long, so they’re not great if
you’re under 5ft 6in.
One idea worth borrowing
from Blazé is the contrasting
p , which make it easier to
mix and match trousers yet still
look coordinated. You could
pull off a similar trick by
changing the button
buttons on a
in suit to a different
ng colour, or replacing
them with jewelled ones.
Trousers can be
wan – apart
whatever you want
from bulky arou
Sa ties
the waist. Sash
idea Full
are not ideal.
length and flowing
can look elegant,
requir heels
but require
or flatform
flatforms. If
you’re opting
for a slim leg,
it’s important
show som
some ankle
– it counte
any masculine
overtones – and it
showcase shoes,
which throws
up the del
of shoppin
shopping for
Ther are
some. There
so many gorgeous
slingbacks, bows
and embellish
pairs around – and a
lot of them can look
a bit mumsy w
calf length dre
No such problem
if you wear th
with trouser suits.
On my wishl
wishlist are
Aquazzura’s black
jewel buckl
mules whic
which show
bare foot
off lots of b
(£590, aquazzura.
com) – not very
practical, but hell,
the trouse
trouser suit
takes care of that.
be impossible to make h
in your clothes with it. I tried
it on some precious yoga
leggings – the ones that snag
if you so much as rub them
against the hard skin on your
feet, so not actually any good
for yoga. The debobbler did
its thing beautifully. True, it’s
£36, which is very steep, but
it makes clothes look new.
There must be some kind of
financial equation which means
that when you do the maths,
it costs almost nothing.
Steamery makes a travel
steamer, too, also available
on (this is a
brilliant website
by the way,
despite being
full of gadgets,
with a newsletter
written by a former Sunday
Times journalist that’s always
about things you didn’t know
but are glad you do now). In
line with my gadget-phobia,
I’ve never bothered with
steamers, preferring to hang
creased clothes in a hot shower
when I unpack, even though
sometimes they got a soaking
in the bargain. Again, this is so,
so much better. £100. Ouch,
But if you travel often, cheaper
than the hotel pressing service.
There’s probably an equation
for that, too.
The Daily Telegraph Saturday 7 April 2018
Saturday 7 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph Saturday 7 April 2018
‘The abuse
of blue badge
parking is rife’
‘I have not
once seen
out of a
spot who
needs it’
ver the course of his
almost 25-year career
as a journalist and
broadcaster, plus a few
more as an intrepid
amateur adventurer,
BBC security correspondent Frank
Gardner has visited 106 countries
and counting. It’s a passion that’s
seen him squint through desert
winds in Afghanistan, risk frostbite
in the Arctic, sleep under rainforest
canopies in Papua New Guinea, and
dodge deadly snakes in Panama.
So, when it comes to travel, he
says: “I’m used to taking the rough
with the smooth.” Recently, though,
his patience ran out – and he wasn’t
even on foreign soil. Paralysed
from the waist down after he was
shot six times by a gang of al-Qaeda
sympathisers in Saudi Arabia in
2004 (his friend, Simon Cumbers,
died in the same attack), last month
Gardner was left on an empty plane
at Heathrow Airport after landing
from Ethiopia, and forced to wait for
100 minutes while staff “located”
his wheelchair.
“I’ve got to say, I lost my rag and
gave the ground staff a real b---------,”
he says, when we meet over a mint
tea at Broadcasting House in London.
In his exact, officer-like BBC tones,
hearing him say the B-word is odd,
and the idea of him delivering one
terrifying. “I said: ‘Look, it’s now 80
minutes’, then it was 90 minutes,
then 95 minutes. It wasn’t their fault
and the Ethiopian crew were as kind
as they could be, but I had to raise my
voice because it was unacceptable.”
In the moment, Gardner vented
his anger in a series of furious tweets,
shared thousands of times. “I am so
utterly sick of @HeathrowAirport
ground staff ‘losing’ my wheelchair.
When is UK’s premier airport going to
stop treating disabled passengers this
way?” he wrote to 82,000 followers,
many of whom responded with similar
horror stories. It was the “third or
fourth” time he has posted complaints
about disability access on planes at UK
airports: “Believe me, I’m as bored of
writing this as you are of reading it.”
The 56-year-old’s ordeal forced
Heathrow to publicly apologise,
initially in a fairly abject statement
(they were sorry “if ” the service
“fell short” of their supposedly high
standards), then via the airport’s CEO,
John Holland-Kaye, who met with
Gardner and introduced him to the
Heathrow Access Advisory Group, a
panel of seven people with first-hand
experience of disabilities, to share his
thoughts on what needs to be done.
And, it seems, something finally is.
First, Heathrow announced that,
from this summer, they will make it
policy for wheelchairs to be taken to
the door of planes. Secondly, this week
the Department for Transport said it
will be considering a raft of measures
to make flying less miserable for
people of reduced mobility (PRM).
“I don’t know if my tweets have
set this off, but if the net result is
After another travelling nightmare, Frank
Gardner tells Guy Kelly why change for
disabled people is desperately needed
that disabled travellers get a better
deal, I’m delighted to have been a
Last year, Sophia Warner, a
Paralympian with cerebral palsy, was
asked to prove her disability by airport
staff who, according to Warner, said:
“You look completely normal. Why do
you need help?”
There are a number of measures
Gardner would like to see. At the
moment wheelchair-users are almost
always forced to put their chairs in
the hold. And every time it goes in, it
risks being misshapen or crushed. In
2010, Malaysian Airlines wrote off a
£4,000 chair he’d saved for several
years for. It was insured, but he only
received £100 compensation. “This
stuff isn’t baggage, it’s our legs,” he
says. “I would like to see stiff penalties
imposed for damage to chairs. A
Fighting for
change: Frank
Gardner, main, was
left on an empty
plane for 100
minutes, far left,
while airline staff
tried to ‘locate’ his
below, Sophia
Warner, a
buckled wheel is the equivalent of
somebody taking an iron bar to your
limbs. I would advise every PRM to
refuse to get off the plane without
your own wheelchair.”
Once on the plane, via an airport
wheelchair, short-haul flights do not
tend to carry on-board “aisle chairs”
for disabled passengers to move
“That means you don’t go to the
loo on a plane in Europe. So you
either starve yourself, which is what
I do, or risk having an accident. It’s
demeaning and very uncomfortable.
Going to the loo is a basic human right.
Why have millions of people got to be
denied that?” he says. “If you can get a
pram into an overhead locker, you can
get a folding aisle chair into one.”
Things are rarely better long-haul,
where the problem of lifts not turning
up to lower PRM down
when steps are needed
is one of many issues.
Six years ago, Kenya
ner he
Airways told Gardner
e himself
ought to catheterise
before flying. Only when he
complained and attracted
ntion did
British media attention
they change their policy.
e chair,
If there is an aisle
on the other hand, he is
“strapped in like Hannibal
Lecter, and treated like an
immobile lump of meat.
I have full control of my
orked hard
upper body and worked
ore body
to bring back my core
strength, so I don’t like being
grabbed. It’s dehumanising.”
ave been 14 years
In June, it will have
ers were attacked
since he and Cumbers
in Riyadh. Of the six shots fired at
Gardner, four were at point-blank
range. The bullets smashed into his
spinal nerves, pelvis and abdomen. It
took seven months and 14 operations
before he was discharged. The first
trip abroad as a wheelchair user,
in April 2005, was to continue his
recovery in Thailand.
“It was depressing. I wasn’t even
high enough to hand my passport to
the bloke at the desk in Bangkok. I
saw adverts for jungle treks I wanted
to go on, then realised I no longer
could,” he says, before perking up.
“But you know what? You overcome,
you adapt, you improvise.”
Does he give the attack much
thought these days? “No, only when
I’m asked about it. Life moves on.”
Life moves on, but not without
change. When he left hospital, his
occupational therapist took one
look at his Edwardian terrace house
in south London (“all vertical, all
stairs”) and told him it won’t work.
So the Gardner family – Amanda,
his wife, and their two daughters –
moved into an apartment with lifts
and a couple of alterations to make
wheelchair access easier. He learnt
to drive without pedals in a day, and
returned to work as soon as he could.
“The BBC have been very good.
There are some stories I’ve been
unable to do, and that has been
frustrating. Like the Arab Spring.
As somebody who
w speaks Arabic and
lived in Egypt, to miss out on being
in Tahrir Squar
Square was hard, but there
are riots, quic
quick-moving crowds,
and I accep
accept that.”
Has he seen progress when it
comes to disability
access over
the past 14 years? In a word, no.
“There w
was a blip for the 2012
Paralympics, but I’m not sure
the app
appreciation of disabled
athletes has translated.
I’m sur
sure there have been
improvements, but have I
seen any? Not really.
“I drive every day
in L
London, and in 14
years of driving with
wheelchair, I have
not once seen anybody
come out of a disabled
parking sspot who visibly needs
it. I accep
accept there are hidden
disabilities, but the abuse of
blue badge parking is rife.”
When it c
comes to travel,
presumably iintelligent airports,
airlines and staff will spot
Gardner com
coming next time. “Oh,
I hope not. I absolutely do not
want any special
treatment over
what all disab
disabled people get.
If I get good treatment, I want
it across the board. They all
need to rais
need to raise their game.”
Saturday 7 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Court & Social
April 6th
The Prince of Wales this morning
visited the Bundaberg Rum
Distillery, Hills Street, Bundaberg,
Queensland, Australia, and
afterwards joined a Community
Celebration in Bundaberg.
His Royal Highness, President,
The Prince’s Trust Group, this
afternoon attended a Great Barrier
Reef Meeting at Lady Elliot Island.
The Prince of Wales this evening
attended a Reception at
Government House, Brisbane,
given by the Governor of
Queensland and Mrs De Jersey.
The Duchess of Cornwall this
morning visited Orange Sky
Australia, OzHarvest and Mobile
Healthcare at King George Square,
Her Royal Highness, President,
the Southbank Centre’s Women of
the World Festival, later attended a
Reception at the Brisbane
Powerhouse given by Women of
the World.
The Duchess of Cornwall this
afternoon departed Brisbane
International Airport for the United
April 6th
Prince Henry of Wales, Patron,
Invictus Games Foundation, today
visited the Invictus Games Sydney
United Kingdom team trials at the
University of Bath Sports Training
Village, Claverton Down, Bath, and
was received by Her Majesty’s
Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset (Mrs
Richard Maw).
April 6th
The Earl of Wessex this morning
arrived in Melbourne, Victoria,
His Royal Highness, Chairman
of the Board of Trustees, The Duke
of Edinburgh’s International Award
Foundation, today undertook the
following engagements in
The Earl of Wessex this morning
attended a Reception at
Government House for young
people who have achieved the Gold
Standard in The Duke of
Edinburgh’s Award and was
received by the Governor of
Victoria (the Hon Linda Dessau).
His Royal Highness this
afternoon attended a Luncheon at
the Australia Club, 110 William
The Earl of Wessex this evening
attended a Dinner at the Park Hyatt
Melbourne, 1 Parliament Square.
April 6th
The Princess Royal this morning
Mr A.D. Gibson-Watt and
Miss C.L. Tyson
The engagement is announced
between Anthony, son of the Hon
and Mrs Robin Gibson-Watt, of
Llanyre, Powys, and Charlotte,
daughter of Mr and Mrs Graham
Tyson, of St Minver, north
opened the Deveron Community
and Sports Centre, Bellevue Road,
Banff, and was received by Her
Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of
Banffshire (Mrs Oliver Russell).
Her Royal Highness afterwards
visited Duff House, Banff.
The Princess Royal this
afternoon opened the Macduff
Community and Sports Centre,
Macduff, Banffshire.
8od(y: 3r Sir 8-r-nc- H(rri,on,
former company chairman, is 85;
Mr P(u) Kor()-k, architect, 85;
Prof Sir Gr(-m- 3(vi-,,
Vice-Chancellor of the University
of London, 2003-2010, 81; Mr
Fr(nci, Ford oppo)(, film
director, 79; Mr 3(vid Moody,
Lord-Lieutenant for South
Yorkshire, 2004-15, 78; Mr 3-nni,
2mi,,, former England cricketer
and administrator, 75; H-rr
G-rh(rd Schröd-r, Chancellor of
Germany, 1998-2005, 74; Sir
M(r.yn L-wi,, broadcaster and
journalist, 73; .h- 3uk- of
L-in,.-r 70; Mr Luc( um(ni,
racehorse trainer, 69; 3r H-)-n
H(rv-y, Headmistress, St
Swithun’s School, Winchester,
1995-2010, 68; Mr 8ony Li..)-,
Head Master, Eton College,
2002-15, 64; Mr Ju,.ic- Know)-,
58; Mr Nick H-rb-r., MP, 55; Mr
:u,,-)) row-, actor and
producer, 54; 3r :ich(rd Kirby,
marine plankton scientist, 53; and
M(jor 8im P-(k-, astronaut, 46.
8omorrow: Mr Kofi 2nn(n,
Secretary-General to the United
Nations, 1997-2006, will be 80;
Prof Sir John 2rbu.hno..,
Principal and Vice-Chancellor of
the University of Strathclyde,
1991-2000, 79; 3(m- Vivi-nn6-,.wood, fashion designer, 77;
Sir John P(rk-r, Chairman,
National Grid plc, 2002-12;
President, Royal Academy of
Engineering, 2011-14, 76; Prof
hri, 5rr, printmaker, 75; .hMo,. :-v 3i(rmuid M(, RC
Archbishop of Dublin and Primate
of Ireland, 73; Prof hri, :(p)-y,
Director, Science Museum,
2007-10; Director, British Antarctic
Survey 1998-2007, 71; B(ron-,,
Young of 5)d Scon-, Chairman,
Woodland Trust, 70; Sir 2)-x
F-rgu,,on, Presiding Officer,
Scottish Parliament, 2007-11, 69;
Mr, P.E. 3(vi-,, Headmistress,
Wycombe Abbey School,
1998-2008, 68; Mr 3(vid Pick(rd,
Director, BBC Proms, 58; Mr Ev(n
3(vi,, economist and journalist;
presenter, Newsnight, 56; and Mr
2)-c S.-w(r., former England
cricket captain, 55.
Today is the anniversary of the
birth of William Wordsworth in
Tomorrow will be the anniversary
of the signature of the Entente
Cordiale in 1904. It will also be the
anniversary of the death in 2013 of
Baroness Thatcher, Prime Minister
from 1979 to 1990.
Somerset Light Infantry
(Prince Albert’s)
Officers of the Somerset Light
Infantry (Prince Albert’s) and their
guests attended a Regimental
Luncheon yesterday at the Mount
Somerset Hotel, Taunton. Capt
J.S.B. White presided.
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Mr B.E. Burbridge and
Miss V.R. Thyne
The engagement is announced
between Ben, son of Prof Peter and
Dr Veronica Burbridge, and
Virginia, daughter of the late Mr
Willie Thyne and of Mrs Didi
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Mr H.D. Beaven and
Miss H.D.R. Syers
The engagement is announced
between Henry Beaven, of
Hastings, New Zealand, son of
Mr Peter Beaven and Mrs Jane
Beaven, and Henrietta, youngest
daughter of Mr and Mrs Jeremy
Syers, of Ashurst, Kent.
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Mr W.E. Gibson and
Ms S. Ní Riain
The engagement is announced
between William, elder son of Mr
Tony Gibson, of Scarborough,
North Yorkshire, and Mrs Jacky
Bennett-Baggs, of Beverley, east
Yorkshire, and Sorcha, elder
daughter of Mr and Mrs Colm
Ó Riain, of Monkstown, Co Cork.
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The Broxhead Club
The 41st annual dinner of the
Broxhead Club (REME Reserve
Officers’ Dining Club) was held last
night in the Princess Marina
Officers’ Mess, MoD Lyneham. Col
(Retd) George Illingworth presided
and the guests of honour were Col
Ed Heal, Col Paul Johnson, Col
Mark Simpson, Lt Col (Retd) Mike
Tizard, Lt Col Mike Lewin and
Major Andy Robertson.
FI:S8 65:L3 62:
From W. T. Massey. Palestine Headquarters, March 31
General Allenby’s army forced the Turks out of Es Salt, most difficult of access; drove them down the mountain road towards the
Hedjaz Railway, and, before their foot-weary infantry could rest,
the Anzac cavalry and Imperial Camel Corps made them fight at
Amman, an important railway centre. The Anzacs and Camel
Corps, making a stupendous battle against nature, have performed
a sterling military feat by blowing up the railway bridges and culverts north and south of Amman, destroying a considerable section of the line, and cutting off the enemy from communication
with Medina. I cannot speak too highly of our troops operating east
of the Jordan. They have had to manoeuvre in most difficult country, rendered almost inaccessible by a rainfall.
8h- on- .r(ck c())-d ( m-.())-d ro(d i, pr(c.ic())y imp(,,(b)for wh--),. 8h- m(,, of d--p, ,.icky mud w(, )-f. for .hinf(n.ry (nd .r(n,por., whi)- .h- c(v()ry w-n. ov-r moun.(in, ,o ,.--p .h(. .h-r- (r- f-w go(. (nd ,h--p .r(ck,. N-(r)y
()) .h- w(y .h- .roop-r, h(d .o di,moun. (nd pu)) .h-ir hor,-,
(nd mu)-, b-hind .h-m. 8h-y pu,h-d forw(rd h--ding n-i.h-r .h- b(rri-r, which n(.ur- h(d -r-c.-d nor .h- h(rd,hip,
-n.(i)-d by ( coun.ry in which .r(n,por. mu,. b- ,c(n.y (nd
pr-c(riou,. 8h-,- f-))ow, wi.h n-rv-, of ,.--) p-rform-d (
r-m(rk(b)- (chi-v-m-n. during .h-ir d(,hing r(id, (nd,
h(ving go. .o .h- H-dj(z :(i)w(y, .h-ir -ngin--r, m(d- .hmo,. of .h-ir oppor.uni.i-, .o d-,.roy impor.(n. por.ion,,
whi)- .h- .roop-r, -ng(g-d .h- r-inforc-d 2mm(n g(rri,on.
This campaigning in hilly country is a terribly arduous business,
but no trials are too severe for our troops. Nothing has whetted
their military appetite so much as the knowledge that German
troops are in front of them. Not a few men belonging to the 703rd
German infantry have been killed, and we have also taken many
prisoners. The troops who have passed up the flower-strewn gorge
to Es Salt, and those making the long, difficult ascents over the
stony mountain sides have delivered the Turk a much heavier
blew than is indicated by the capture of over 700 prisoners.
The remark of a Londoner, “We ran them off their legs up the hills,”
gives in summary an accurate idea of how we captured Es Salt. The
Turks had no notion of what they had to meet. On March 22 we
crossed the Jordan at Hajlah but could not move from close to the
left bank owing to the jungle and the Turkish machine guns. At
night we widened the bridgehead and the Anzac cavalry crossed,
advanced towards Ghoraniyeh, and forced the Turks back while
bridges were being built there. That was fine work. During the
22nd the Turks shelled the road from Jericho to Ghoraniyeh, but
within eighteen hours wo had got over the swollen stream a number of infantry and guns. By Saturday night the Turks had only
seen one cavalry regiment and two battalions of infantry. The
enemy held strong positions at El Haud, Shunet, Nimrin and Telel
Musta, across the road to Es Salt, about eight mile east of the Jordan. When dawn broke the enemy might have seen troops in wonderful array moving to battle, the Londoners having crossed the
flooded river with many cavalry on their flanks. The enemy left his
fastnesses and made up the mountain road as hard as he could. The
Turkish rearguard at Nimrin suffered severely. The infantry
Lewis-gunned a battery and captured it, and sent the remnant of
the rearguard toiling up the road. Only at one place before Es Salt
did the enemy offer much resistance. They held a pass at Howev,
where there is a road bridge over the Wadi Shaid, but they were
driven from it during the night. When rain was falling heavily, we
halted before Es Salt, which was entered on Wednesday morning.
So pr-cipi.(.- w(, .h- 8urki,h r-.r-(. .h(. .h- -n-my cou)d
no. d-,.roy hi, (mmuni.ion dump,. H- ,--m, .o h(v- ov-rrun hi, d-pô.,, (nd m(y h(v- b--n ,hor. of (mmuni.ion
wh-n h- from E, S().. I c(nno. -,.im(.- .h- (moun.
of m(.-ri() c(p.ur-d bu., judging from .h- d-pô., I h(v,--n, i. mu,. b- con,id-r(b)-. 2no.h-r gun w(, .(k-n (. E,
S()., (),o (bou. .w-n.y G-rm(n )orri-,.
Some Australian Light Horse and New Zealand Mounted Rifles
were working east, while the infantry were penetrating the clouds
near Es Salt, the garrison of which town moved towards the railway. They were hunted, but the cavalry and camelry made a slow
pace, the distance as the crow flies being the probably doubled by
the winding tracks which the mounted men had to use. Only by
strong courage were the mountains conquered. Towards the end
of the journey the country was so terribly rough that some of the
cavalry had to leave horses three miles behind them. The Turks
entrenched at Amman were thoroughly hammered, while the station, with made-up trains in it, was shelled and bombed, the building being damaged. The enemy was in considerable numbers,
reinforced both from north and south, but while we made strong
holding attacks on Amman, some daring demolition parties moved
out on either flank and blew up the two-arch bridge north and
several culverts south of Amman, and one section of the line five
miles long was destroyed. The luck of the weather was against us
again. Two nights ago the cavalry were fighting in rain and mist so
thick that the men could hardly see their comrades next them.
Legal news
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Bridge news
The Easter Bridge Festival in
London, which has now finished,
incorporated a Swiss Pairs played
over 7 matches and a two session
Under 21 Championship Pairs,
wri.-, Ju)i(n Po..(g-, Bridgorr-,pond-n.. Winners of the
London Swiss Pairs are as follows:
1st Peter Taylor and Richard
Hillman, 108 VPs; 2nd Stefan
Skorchev and Peter Ivanov, 107
VPs; 3rd Will Roper and Norman
Selway, 106 VPs; 4th Barbara
Hackett and Anne Gladiator, 102
VPs; and 5th Michael Gromoller
and Helmet Hausler, 101 VPs.
Winners of the Under 21 Pairs
are: 1st Liam Fegarty and Jamie
Fegarty, 62.22%; 2nd Andy Cope
and Oscar Selby, 59.72%; 3rd
Imogen La Chapelle and Megan
Jones, 55.00%; 4th Senthur
Shanmagarusa and Ben Lewis,
Ministry of Healing, Canon Jan Kearton;
3 Choral Evensong.
CHELMSFORD: 8 HC; 9.30 Parish
Eucharist, Rev Kate Moore; 10.30 Choral
Eucharist, Dean, 3.30 Choral Evensong,
Vice Dean.
CHESTER: 8 HC; 10 Cathedral Eucharist,
Canon Jeremy Dussek; 11.30 Mattins;
3.30 Choral Evensong.
CHICHESTER: 8 HC; 10 Mattins,
Chancellor; 11 Sung Eucharist, Canon
Derek Tansill; 3.30 Evensong.
COVENTRY: 8 HC; 10.30 Cathedral
Eucharist, Bishop of Warwick; 4 Choral
Evensong, Canon Precentor; 6 Open Informal Worship for Sunday evening.
DERBY: 8 HC; 9.15 Sung Eucharist; 10.45
Cathedral Eucharist, Sub Dean; 6 First
Evensong of the Annunciation of Our
Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Rev
Adam Dickens.
DURHAM: 8 HC; 10 Mattins, Canon
Simon Oliver; 11.15 Sung Eucharist,
Canon David Kennedy; 3.30 Evensong.
ELY: 8.15 HC; 10.30 Sung Eucharist,
Canon Jessica Martin; 4 Evensong.
Morning Service; 4 Choral Evensong.
GLOUCESTER: 7.40 Morning Prayer; 8
HC; 10.15 Eucharist, Canon Sandra
Millar; 3 Evensong, Canon Celia
GUILDFORD: 8 HC; 9.45 Cathedral
Eucharist, Canon Julie Gittoes; 6 First
Evensong of the Annunciation, Dean.
INVERNESS: 8.15 Holy Eucharist; 9.15
Holy Eucharist and 11 Choral Eucharist,
Very Rev S. Murray.
LINCOLN: 7.45 Litany; 8 HC; 9.30 Sung
Eucharist, Dean; 11.15 Mattins; 12.30 HC;
3.45 Evensong and High Sheriff
Turnover Ceremony, Canon Matthew
CATHEDRAL: 8.30 Morning Mass; 10
Family Mass; 11 Solemn Choral Mass; 1
Polish Community Mass; 3 Choral
Evening Prayer; 7 Evening Mass.
LLANDAFF: 7.30 Mattins (said); 8 Holy
Eucharist, 9 Parish Eucharist and 11
Choral Eucharist, Rev Edward Le Brun
Powell; 12.30 Holy Eucharist; 3.30 Choral
MANCHESTER: 8.45 Mattins; 9 HC;
10.30 Holy Eucharist, Ven David
Sharples; 5.30 Evensong.
NEWCASTLE: 8 HC; 8.30 Morning
Prayer; 10 Sung Eucharist (with Hymns),
Canon Steven Harvey; 4 Evening Prayer.
NORWICH: 7.30 Morning Prayer; 8 HC;
10.30 Sung Eucharist, Canon Andy
Bryant; 3.30 Evensong, Canon Peter
Doll; 6.30 Compline.
OXFORD: 8 HC; 9.45 Mattins (said, with
Hymns), Canon Biggar; 11 Choral
Eucharist, Diocesan Canon Precentor; 6
Choral Evensong.
PETERBOROUGH: 8 HC; 9.15 Morning
Prayer (said); 10.30 Cathedral Eucharist
(said, with Hymns), Canon Sarah Brown;
3.30 Evening Prayer (said).
PORTSMOUTH: 8 HC; 10.30 Eucharist,
Canon Nick Ralph; 6 Choral Evensong,
Canon Chancellor.
RIPON: 8 Eucharist; 9.30 Morning Prayer;
10.30 Sung Eucharist, Dean; 12.30
Eucharist; 3.30 First Evensong of
Annunciation, Mrs Nina Harrison.
ROCHESTER: 8 HC; 9.45 Choral Mattins;
10.30 Cathedral Eucharist, Dean; 3.15 First
Choral Evensong of the Annunciation.
ST ALBAN: 8 Eucharist; 9.30 Parish
Eucharist, Sub Dean; 11.15 Choral
Eucharist, Archdeacon; 6.30 Evensong,
Father Harry Turner.
ST DAVIDS: 8 HC; 9.30 Bilingual Parish
Eucharist and 11.15 Choral Mattins, Canon
in Residence; 6 Choral Evensong, Canon
Dr Daniel Nuzum.
SALISBURY: 8 HC; 9.15 Morning Prayer
(said); 10.30 Eucharist, Acting Dean; 4.30
Choral Evensong to mark the Centenary
of the Formation of the RAF, Canon Ian
SOUTHWELL: 7.30 Morning Prayer and
Litany; 8 HC; 10.30 Sung Eucharist,
Canon Nigel Coates; 3.30 Evensong.
TRURO: 7.30 Morning Prayer; 8 HC; 10
Sung Eucharist, Canon Precentor; 4
Solemn Evensong for the Eve of
Annunciation, Rev Rachel Monie.
WAKEFIELD: 8 HC; 10 Eucharist, Rt Rev
John Flack; 3.30 Evening Prayer (said
with Hymns).
WELLS: 8 HC; 9.45 Cathedral Eucharist,
Precentor; 11.30 Mattins; 3 Festal
Evensong, Chancellor.
WINCHESTER: 8 HC; 9.45 Mattins, Rev
Katie Lawrence; 11 Sung Eucharist,
Canon Sue Wallace; 3.30 Evensong,
Canon Richard Harlow.
YORK: 8 HC; 10 Sung Eucharist, Dean;
11.30 Mattins, Precentor; 4 Evensong for
the Eve of the Assumption, Succentor.
Church services tomorrow
S-cond Sund(y of E(,.-r
Morning Prayer; 11.30 Sung Eucharist,
Succentor; 3.15 Evensong, Chancellor;
4.45 Organ Recital, Charles Tompkins; 6
Mattins; 11.15 Sung Eucharist, Rev Dr
Tony Kyriakides; 3 First Evensong of the
Annunciation of Our Lord to the Blessed
Virgin Mary, Rt Rev Dr Derek Browning;
5.45 Organ Recital, Matthew Jorysz; 6.30
Evening Service, Very Rev Dr Victor
and 11 Choral Eucharist, Dean; 3 Choral
Evensong, Canon Wendy Robins; 6
Service of Light.
Sung Eucharist, Rev Justin White.
ALL SAINTS, Margaret St: 8 and 5.15 Low
Masses; 10.20 Morning Prayer; 11 High
Mass, Rev Michael Bowie; 6 Choral
Evensong and Benediction, Preb Alan
ALL SOULS, Langham Pl: 8 HC; 9.30 and
11.30 Morning Prayer, Rev Dan Wells;
5.30 Evening Prayer, Alastair Gledhill.
HTB Brompton Rd: Informal Services:
9.30 and 11.30 Rev Rich Atkinson; 5
Suzie King; 7 Jess O’George.
HTB Onslow Square: Informal Services:
10.30 Rachel Kitchen; 4.30 Rev Rich
Atkinson; 6.30 Rev Jon Finch.
HOLY TRINITY, Sloane Square: 8.30 HC;
11 Sung Eucharist, Rev Grant
Bolton-Debbage; 6 Choral Evensong and
ST BRIDE’S, Fleet St: 11 Choral Eucharist,
Rector; 5.30 Choral Evensong, Sermon
in Music.
ST GEORGE’S, Windsor: 8.30 HC; 10.45
Mattins and Sermon, Vice Dean; 12 Sung
Eucharist; 5.15 Evensong.
Eucharist and 6.30 Evensong, Rev
Michael Lynch.
ST JAMES’S, Piccadilly: 9.15 Eucharist; 11
Parish Eucharist, Rev Rose HudsonWilkin.
ST JAMES’S, Sussex Gardens: 10.30 Sung
ST MARGARET’S, Westminster: 11 Sung
Eucharist, Most Rev Dr Josiah
Eucharist, Rev Dr Sam Wells; 1 Service in
Mandarin; 2.15 Service in Cantonese; 5
Choral Evensong.
ST MARYLEBONE, Marylebone Rd: 8.30
Holy Eucharist, Ross Marshall; 11 Choral
Eucharist, Rev Andrew Tyler.
ST PAUL’s, Covent Gdn: 11 Sung
Eucharist; 4 Choral Evensong.
SALVATION ARMY, Oxford St: 11 Worship
Meeting, Major Richard Mingay and
Major Caroline Mingay; 3 Worship
CHAPEL ROYAL, Hampton Court Palace:
8.30 HC; 11 Choral Eucharist; 3.30 Choral
QUEEN’S CHAPEL, St James’s Palace:
8.30 HC; 11.15 Sung Mattins, Ven
Elizabeth Adekunle.
GUARDS CHAPEL, Wellington Barracks:
11 Mattins, Countess of Wessex’s String
Orchestra, Rev Nick Todd; 12 HC (said).
Greenwich: 11 Choral Eucharist, Rev Dr
Susan Blackall.
CROWN COURT (C-o-S), Covent Gdn:
11.15 and 6.30 Rev Philip Majcher.
9, 12, 5.30, 7; 10 Morning Prayer; 10.30
Solemn Mass; 3.30 Solemn Vespers and
THE ORATORY, Brompton Rd: Masses: 8,
9; 10; 11; 12.30, 4.30, 7; 3.30 Sung Vespers
and Benediction.
Moscow Rd: 9.30 Mattins - Divine
Liturgy; 12 Vespers of Love for Easter
WESLEY’S CHAPEL, City Rd: 9.45 HC and
11 Morning Service, Rev Jennifer Potter.
CENTRAL HALL: 11 Healing Service, Rev
Peter Edwards; 5.30 Healing and HC,
Rev Peter Edwards and Rev Tony Miles.
ARMAGH: 10 HC; 11 Eucharist, Dean; 3.15
Choral Evensong.
BLACKBURN: 8 HC; 9 Parish
Communion and 10.30 Cathedral
Eucharist, Rev Matt Allen; 4 Choral
Evensong, Rt Rev Philip North.
BRISTOL: 10 Eucharist, Rev Sarah
Evans; 3.30 Evensong, Canon Judith
CANTERBURY: 8 HC; 9.30 Morning
Prayer (said); 11 Sung Eucharist, Vice
Dean; 3.15 Evensong; 6.30 Sermon and
Compline, Vice Dean.
CARLISLE: 10.30 Sung Eucharist with
CLEMENTS.—On April 3rd 2018, at
University College London Hospital, to
Melissa (née Stern) and Jake, a daughter,
Henrietta Audrey Stern.
Online ref: A223258
D'ARCY.—On March 14th 2018, to
Georgina (née Everington) and James, a
daughter, Margot Penelope, a sister for
Online ref: A223235
DARRANT.—On 8th March 2018, to
Katie and Gavin, a beautful son, Franklin
Terence, weighing 7lb 8oz.
Online ref: 551908
GOAD.—On 29th March 2018, to Katie
(née Ratner) and Oliver, a daughter,
Ottilie Imogen Emma, sister to
Online ref: A223199
HODGES.—On 15th February 2018,
at the Rosie, Cambridge, to Julia (née
Walsham) and Marcus, twin sons, Henry
Marcus and Max Edward, brothers to
Online ref: 551820
MILBURN.—On 28th March 2018, in
London, to Marina (née Ralli) and Paddy,
a daughter, Clemmie Alice, a sister for
Archie and Mimi.
Online ref: A223234
PHILIPPS.—On March 31st 2018, to
Lucy (née Carver) and Bruce Philipps, a
daughter Isabella Margot Daphne.
Online ref: A223256
ROBINSON.—On 4th April 2018, to
Lorien (née Emblem) and Adam, a
daughter, Jemima Ann Crawshaw, a
sister for Ted and Rosie.
Online ref: A223230
25th 2018, to Jacqueline and Karl, of
Bishop's Waltham, Hants, a daughter,
Eleanor Jane Højgaard.
Online ref: A223189
TRIGG.—On 28th March 2018, to Emer
and Spencer, twin sons, Jude Ethan and
Hugo James, born at The John Radcliffe
Hospital, Oxford.
Online ref: A223257
TYSON.—On 12th March 2018, to
Katherine (née Patch) and George, a
daughter, Florence Lorna Elizabeth, a
sister for Jemima.
Online ref: A223226
Diamond weddings Sunday
MORRIS - HARRIS.—On 8th April 1958,
at St Mary's Church, Nolton, Bridgend,
Lynn to Elizabeth.
Online ref: 551870
BAGNALL SMITH.—Tony died 28th
March 2018, at home. Loving husband of
Jean, devoted father of Sarah and
Richard. Thanksgiving Service;
2.30 p.m. 26th April at St Giles Church,
Bletchingdon, Oxon OX5 3BX. Family
flowers only.
Online ref: A223269
BOARDMAN.—Frank "Gwyther" of
Thamesfield, Henley-on-Thames,
peacefully at the Chiltern Court Care
Home, on Thursday 22nd March, aged
92 years, after a short illness. Very much
loved husband of the late Elsbeth
Boardman and beloved father of
Christopher and Michael, and dearly
loved grandfather of Georgina,
Alexandra, Arabella and Charlotte
Sophia. He will be sadly missed by family
and many close friends. Funeral Service
at Reading Crematorium, Caversham,
RG4 5LP on Thursday 12th April 2018 at
11.30 a.m. Family flowers only, donations
to Cancer Research UK sent c/o Tomalin
and Son, 38 Reading Road,
Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, 01491 573370.
Online ref: 551977
CANDLISH.—Florence Mary. Passed
away peacefully on 27th March 2018, in
Salisbury, aged 100. Formerly of South
Kensington, London. Widow of Robert
and beloved mother of sons, Raymond
and Graham, also loved grandmother
and great-grandmother. Funeral Service
to be held at Salisbury Cremtorium on
Tuesday 17th April at 12.15 p.m. No
flowers please. Donations, if desired, to
the Royal National Lifeboat Institution
(RNLI) c/o I N Newman Ltd, 55
Winchester St, Salisbury SP1 1HL.
Tel: 01722 413136.
Online ref: 551990
CLARK.—Brian Lawrance, late of HM
Customs & Excise, died on 28th March
after a short illness, aged 78. Funeral
Service at Easthampstead Park
Crematorium, Wokingham RG40 3DW
on Monday 23rd April at 12.45 p.m. No
flowers please, but donations if desired
to Asthma Research Council.
Online ref: A223186
CROMBIE.—David Alan Guillaume,
suddenly on Easter Day at St Clement’s
Church, Burnham Overy, aged 77 years,
of Burnham Market (Reader of the
Burnhams Benefice). Dear brother of
John. Funeral Service at St Mary’s
Church, Burnham Market on Thursday
April 26th at 2 p.m. No flowers by
request but, if desired, donations for St
Margaret’s Restoration Fund c/o S.T.
Sutton Funeral Directors, Burnt Street,
Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1HL. No
mourning please.
Online ref: 551964
DAVIDSON.—Toby John. Died
peacefully 4th April 2018, aged 55,
following a brave battle against cancer.
Much loved son of the late Michael and
Judith, brother to Giles, Antony, Neil
and Fiona. Cricket lover, scorer, Long
Marston legend and friend to all, he will
be greatly missed. Funeral at St Peter
and St Paul's, Tring on 13th April 3 p.m.
No flowers please. Donations to Hospice
of St Francis, Berkhamsted.
Online ref: A223267
DIGBY.—Edward Henry Kenelm Digby,
Twelfth Baron Digby of Geashill and
Sherborne, KCVO, Lord Lieutenant of
Dorset from 1984 to 1999, died on Easter
Sunday aged 93. Greatly loved and
respected husband of Dione for 64 years.
Father of Henry, Rupert and Zara.
Grandfather of Edward, Alexandra,
Arabella, Olivia, Perdita, Hector and
Mimi. Funeral at St. Andrew’s Church,
Minterne Magna on Monday April 16th
(close family only). Service of
Thanksgiving in Sherborne Abbey on
June 1st 2018 at 2.30 p.m.
Online ref: 551934
DONALD.—Bruce R.S. died at home on
1st April 2018, aged 90 years. Will be
sadly missed by his family. Funeral
Service to be held in the Hampden
Chapel, Chilterns Crematorium,
Amersham, Bucks, HP7 0ND on Tuesday
17th April at 9.30 a.m. Family flowers
only donations in memory will go to
Marie Curie Nurses c/o Beacon Funeral
Services, 27 Rose Avenue, Hazlemere,
Bucks, HP15 7PH. Tel: 01494 818181.
Online ref: 551966
DUNFORD.—Stanley Charles, passed
away peacefully in Rochester on 21st
March 2018, aged 89. Much loved and
fondly remembered by his family,
friends, former colleagues and many
more. The Funeral Service will take
place at Medway Crematorium, Robin
Hood Lane, Bluebell Hill, Kent ME5
9QU, on Monday 30th April at 3 p.m. and
afterwards at the White Horse, Borstal,
Rochester ME1 3JS. Family flowers only,
or kind donations to the Alzheimers
Online ref: 551727
FORD-DUNN.—Dulcie May (née Martin)
on 24th March 2018, aged 101. Service at
Worthing Crematorium 12th April.
Enquiries: Chalcraft, Steyning.
Online ref: A223184
GILLING.—Robert Rivers, passed away
on 23rd March 2018, aged 92 years.
Dearly loved father, grandfather and
uncle. He will be sadly missed by all
family and friends.The Funeral Service
will be held at East Devon Crematorium,
London Road, Whimple EX5 2PT on
Friday 13th April at 4 p.m.
Online ref: A223198
GORDON.—Caryl Ramsay LVO - late
Group Captain RAF passed away
peacefully on 27th March 2018, aged 94.
Devoted husband to Gill, much loved
father to Henrietta and Andrew, and
adored grandfather to Rosie, Araminta
and Cecily. Memorial Service to be held
at St Andrew's, Foston-on-the-Wolds,
at 11.30 a.m. on 5th May 2018.
Online ref: A223193
HALLAM.—Lisa (née Oppenheimer)
died on 31st March 2018, aged 90.
Beloved aunt of Anne, Richard, Monica
and Jon. Funeral to take place at 2 p.m.
on Wednesday 11th April at the West
Chapel of the Golders Green
Crematorium, 62 Hoop Lane, London
NW11 7NL. No flowers please but
donations, if desired, to Marie Curie or
Alzheimer's Research UK.
Online ref: A223233
HOLDER.—Robert Woollard (Bob), died
on Easter Saturday aged 93 years. Dearly
loved husband of Margaret and father of
Robert, Simon, James, Charlotte and
Benjamin. Proud grandfather and greatgrandfather. Private cremation. A
Service of Thanksgiving will be held on
Monday 30th April at St Augustine's
Church, West Monkton, TA2 8QT at
2.30 p.m. Donations, if desired, to The
Salvation Army care of Wallace Stuart
Funeral Directors, TA6 6PZ.
Online ref: 551906
IRELAND.—Judith. Formerly of
Kingskerswell, Devon. Judith died
peacefully with her family at her side
on 28th March 2018, aged 82 years.
Beloved wife of the late John and loving
mother of Andrew, Rachel, Henrietta
and Alice. Much loved by her
grandchildren and all the family. All
enquiries to T. & I. Stockman Funeral
Directors 01803 882385.
Online ref: A223218
LEWIS.—Paul died peacefully at home
on 28th March 2018, after a long battle
with lung disease. Deeply loved by and
loving husband of Biddy and adored
father of Fiona, Simon, Joanna and Thea.
His Funeral will be on Monday 16th April
at St. Andrew’s Church, Oxshott at
2.30 p.m. Family flowers only but
donations, if desired, to the British Lung
Foundation c/o Sherlock Funeral
Service, Trellis House, Dorking RH4
2ES, who will also take all enquiries.
Online ref: 551911
MAITLAND.—Barbara Jean Grace, on
27th March 2018, aged 86. Much loved
wife of the late Brodie, mother of Robin
and sister of Richard. Funeral Service
on 23rd April, 12.40 p.m., at Mortlake
Crematorium. Donations, if desired, to
MNDA or the Animal Rescue
Foundation, Herefordshire.
Online ref: A223190
MILTON.—Jane (Nicholas). Formerly of
The Quay, Wivenhoe, died unexpectedly
at Ford Place, Thetford on March 27th
2018, aged 91 years. Much loved by all
her family, she will be greatly missed.
A Service will be held at Earlham
Crematorium, Norwich on May 2nd at
2 p.m. Enquiries to Mark Skinner
Funeral Service on Tel: 01842 752197.
Online ref: A223232
MORGAN.—David William Morgan died
peacefully on April 2nd 2018 in Denver,
Colorado, USA. His children, Helen and
Bruce, his sister Anne Wales and her
family, his brother Chris Morgan and his
family, and his grandchildren David and
Jake survive him. His wife, Sally,
preceded him in death. David was a
lifelong family man, a loyal friend, a
lover of classical music, a choirmaster, a
true train aficionado and, along with his
wife, the ultimate host. His smile and wit
will be sorely missed. Funeral Service
will be held at St Margaret’s Church in
Horsmonden, Kent. Arrangements are
pending and will be posted at when
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NASH.—Margaret Patricia. On Saturday
31st March 2018, Margaret aged 88 years,
died peacefully at home with her family
around her. Loving wife of Norman,
much loved mother of Sall and Simon, a
cherished mother-in-law and a
wonderful “grandsimar” to Lucy and
Scarlett and a good friend to many.
Funeral Service to take place at Burnley
Crematorium on Monday 16th April 2018
at 1.40 p.m. Family flowers only but
donations will be gratefully received on
behalf of Alzheimer's Society. Enquiries
to Holgate Funeral Services, The Old
Schoolmaster’s House, St Anne’s
Church, Fence, BB12 9EE, 01282 616788.
Online ref: 551783
OLIVER.—John, late of Pembridge Road
and Burton Street, London. Died in
Kerala, India on 26th March 2018, aged
82 years.
Online ref: 551858
PARKES.—David, died 2nd April 2018.
Beloved husband of Elva. Funeral will be
held on 21st April at 11.30 a.m., at
Davenham Church, CW9 8NF.
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PERFECT.—Eileen Mary (Tilly) née
Liddall passed away peacefully at home
on 1st April 2018, aged 89. Much loved
wife of the late Geoffrey Perfect,
devoted mother of Anna and Sarah,
loving grandmother and greatgrandmother. Funeral Service at Holy
Trinity Church, Penn, at 12 noon on
Thursday 12th April. Family flowers
only. Donations to Breadline Africa UK.
Enquiries to Arnold Funeral Service, 32
Gregories Road, Beaconsfield, Bucks
HP9 1HQ. Tel: 01494 685000.
Online ref:
PRESTON.—Edmund Standige. Loving
husband of Hazel, much loved father of
Nicholas, Jennifer, and James, and
grandfather of Frederick and Marissa,
Clara and Rosalba, Albert and Max. Died
peacefully at home on Saturday March
31st 2018. Family cremation followed by
Service of Thanksgiving at St. Peter’s
Church, Little Thurlow, Suffolk, on
Friday 27th April at 2 p.m. No flowers
please, but donations, if desired, to
Cancer Research UK, c/o Funeral
Directors H.J.Paintin Ltd, 43, High
Street, Linton, Cambs, CB21 4HS.
Tel: 01223 891226.
Online ref: A223231
RATCLIFFE.—Eileen Mary, died
peacefully on 28th March aged 91 years
at Hatch Mill, Farnham. Beloved wife of
the late Geoffrey Ratcliffe. Devoted and
adored mother to Susan, Linda, Nigel
and Julian. Much loved "Meema" to
Kerrie, Michael, Christopher and 4 great
grandchildren. Thanksgiving Service at
St James’ Church, Elstead, GU8 6LQ on
Friday 27th April 2.30 p.m. No flowers
please. Donations to Muscular
Dystrophy UK or Cancer Research UK
c/o J. Gorringe & Son F/D, Godalming,
GU7 3EF. Tel: 01483 416403.
Online ref: 551963
ROUÉ.—Gillian Kathryn (neé Morgans),
on 31st March 2018. A Memorial Service
will be held at St Mellanus Church,
Mullion on 16th April at 2 p.m. Enquiries
to R.E. Tonkin and Son; 01326 240752.
Online ref: A223270
THORNTON.—Ruth (née Bostock),
much loved wife of Mike and mother of
Luke, Christopher and Rachel, died
peacefully on 3rd April. Service of
Thanksgiving at Birtley House, Bramley
on Tuesday 24th April at 3.30 p.m.
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we do good or evil.
Proverbs 15.3
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VAN OSS.—Caroline Elizabeth (née
Scoggins), died peacefully surrounded
by her family on Friday 30th March,
aged 57. She was much loved and will be
missed by all. Donations, if desired, to
Pancreatic Cancer Action and/or The
Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, in
Caroline’s name. A Memorial Service
will be held at St Mary's Church, Bibury,
Gloucestershire on 17th May at 2.30 p.m.
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VINCENT.—John Anthony, died on
Saturday 31st March 2018. One of the
wealth makers. Worked with Pitchers
Ltd, Pioneer Concrete Ltd, Hyten
Reinforcement Ltd and Parker Timber
Ltd. Funeral Service will be held on 23rd
April 2018 at 11 a.m. at St George’s
Church, Douglas, Isle of Man. All
enquiries please to Eric Faragher Ltd,
Funeral Directors. Tel: 01624 673109.
Online ref: 551967
WHITTAKER.—Pamela Helen Frances
(née Vincent), died peacefully at home
on 22nd March 2018. Much beloved by
her daughters Suzanne, Gay and Jo, and
their husbands, children and
grandchildren. Memorial Service at St
Mary’s Church, Kintbury at 2.30 p.m. on
Saturday 9th June followed by a
reception at Kintbury Coronation Hall.
Donations may be made to Macmillan
Cancer Support. Camp Hopson Funerals,
90 West Street, Newbury, RG14 1HA.
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Choreographer. A memorial service and
celebration will be held at St Paul's
Church, Covent Garden on Thursday
26th April at 12 noon.
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The Daily Telegraph Saturday 7 April 2018
sacred mysteries
Sir William Aldous
Judge and keen equestrian who scotched an attempt to ban a TV interview with Dennis Nilsen
who has died on his 82nd
birthday, was a Lord Justice
of Appeal and a passionate
supporter of equestrian
He enjoyed a long and distinguished
career at the Bar as a specialist in
intellectual property. As a judge of
the Patents Court from 1988 to 1995,
he made headlines in January 1993
when he supported the right of Central
Television to broadcast extracts from
an interview with the serial killer
Dennis Nilsen, over which the Home
Office was attempting to seek an
Nilsen, a civil servant, had been
jailed for life in 1983 after being
convicted of murdering six young men.
In the interview, conducted at Albany
prison on the Isle of Wight, he calmly
described how he had cut up the bodies
and how much he had enjoyed carrying
his victims after he had killed them:
“It was an expression of my power to
lift and carry and have control. The
dangling element of the limp limbs was
an expression of [their] passivity.”
The interview, carried out in the
presence of a clinical psychologist, a
police superintendent and a detective
chief inspector, was to form a sevenminute segment of a documentary,
Murder in Mind, scheduled for
screening on ITV’s late-night
Viewpoint 93 slot.
The Home Office took out a writ,
seeking an injunction banning
screening on the grounds of the
possible distress to victims’ families.
Officials further claimed that
permission had been granted for
Nilsen to be interviewed for police
training purposes only, so to broadcast
it would infringe a section of the
Copyright Act, which says copyright
that resides with those who make the
arrangements. The producers argued
that the Home Office had been fully
aware of their intention to broadcast,
though they had agreed to make the
film available for police use.
In an hour-long judgment, Aldous
admitted that he had personally found
the footage distressing, though he had
not previously thought of himself as
someone with a weak stomach, but
he rejected the argument that the
extracts should be banned because
viewers might be distressed. “There
is a potential educational benefit in
allowing pictures of the interview to
tell the story, rather than the spoken
word,” he said. “I am aware of the
possible distress, but the programme,
having been made, is best seen and
best seen with the extract in.”
Aldous’s judgment, upheld on
appeal, was welcomed by broadcasters
as reflecting a liberalising trend among
judges. But in other judgements,
Aldous made clear that there were
limits to the freedom to publish. In
2000 he was one of three appeal
court judges who ruled against The
Sun, after a company controlled by
Aldous and his
wife, Gill, with the
Blankney Hunt
in 1964. Right, as
a Lord Justice of
Appeal, 1995
Mohamed Fayed brought an action
for breach of copyright following the
publication of photographs of Diana,
Princess of Wales, and Dodi Fayed
showing their arrival and departure
at a Paris villa owned by Mohamed
Fayed on the day before their deaths –
photographs that had been stolen and
sold to the newspaper.
Aldous observed that although
Fayed had given a fabricated account
of the visit in the book Death of a
Princess, there had been no need for
The Sun to publish the photographs
when the information they conveyed
(that the visit had only lasted half an
hour) could have been made available
without infringing copyright. For the
newspaper to describe its action as
“fair dealing” was to “give honour to
dishonour”. The judges held that there
was no statutory defence of public
interest to a breach of copyright.
William Aldous was born in Suffolk
on March 17 1936, the son of Guy
Aldous QC and Elizabeth (née Paul),
and educated at Harrow and at Trinity
College, Cambridge. Called to the Bar
by the Inner Temple in 1960, he served
as a junior counsel on intellectual
property matters to the Department of
Trade and Industry from 1972 to 1976,
when he took silk.
He was head of chambers at 6 Pump
Court from 1980 to 1988, when he was
knighted, elevated to the High Court
and appointed a judge of the Patents
Court. In 1995 he was appointed a
Lord Justice of Appeal and sworn of
the Privy Council. He retired from the
bench in 2003, although he remained
an arbitrator in intellectual property
matters and was a member of the
Gibraltar Court of Appeal until 2013.
Away from his legal career, Aldous
was a keen rider to hounds. At
Cambridge he had been a joint master
of the University Drag Hounds for
two seasons, riding out with them on
Sundays, while hunting on Saturdays
with the Suffolk Hunt.
In a 2015 article in a hunt newsletter
he recalled Boxing Day meets at the
Angel Square in Bury where, on one
occasion, the hounds disappeared into
the large crowd of hunt supporters
to scavenge: “We moved off with no
hounds, but they were all on within
two hundred yards.”
Aldous’s father, also a keen
huntsman, became a Master of the
Essex & Suffolk Hunt in 1967 and
Willie (as he was known to his hunting
friends) went in as a Master to help
him in 1970, serving until 1976. In later
life he regularly followed the Essex &
Suffolk on foot.
Aldous also became involved in
eventing, serving in various posts
including, from 2005, as chairman
of British Eventing, leading the sport
through difficult times as it dealt with
losses incurred at the 2005 Windsor
International Horse Trials.
In 2002 he caused a flurry of
controversy when he said that
he “resented” advice given the
previous year by Lord Woolf, the
Lord Chief Justice, that it would be
inappropriate for judges to take part
in “quasi-political” events such as the
Countryside Alliance march planned
for September in protest against
“prejudiced attacks” on hunting.
While agreeing to follow Lord
Woolf ’s advice, Aldous did not see any
reason why judges should not take
part in a lawful march, adding that he
wanted his friends to know that his
absence would not imply any lack of
support. Besides, he pointed out, as
his views were well known, there was
no chance of his being asked to sit on a
case involving hunting.
In his 2015 hunt newsletter article
he wrote: “I am so pleased to see
hunting thrive in spite of the ban.”
In 1960 he married Gill Henson,
whom he had met at Cambridge. She
was the daughter of Gino Henson,
Master of the Blankney Hunt for many
years, and would go on to serve as the
main organiser of Stratford Hills Horse
Trials. Her brother, Bill Henson, was
for 16 years director of the Burghley
Horse Trials.
She survives him with their son and
two daughters
Sir William Aldous, born March 17
1936, died March 17 2018
Eric Bristow
Swaggering darts player known as the ‘Crafty Cockney’ who dominated the game in the 1980s
RIC BRISTOW, who has died of
a heart attack aged 60, was the
dominant darts player of the
1980s, regarded as the greatest
then seen and instrumental in turning
the game into a mass spectator sport.
In an era when competitors still
smoked and drank on live television,
Bristow, who had been a teenage
prodigy, won the World Championship
in 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985 and 1986. He
also finished runner-up four times in
that period and was victorious on five
occasions at the World Masters.
“When Alexander of Macedon was
33, he cried salt tears because there
were no more worlds to conquer,”
observed the commentator Sid
Waddell of his world title victory in
1984. “Bristow’s only 27.”
Such hyperbole was entirely
apposite to the swagger with which
Bristow carried himself. Undoubtedly
his technique was formidable,
rendered distinctive by his crooking
his little finger while he threw.
Wadell thought, too, Bristow the best
“counter” in the game, able to work
out the combinations he needed to
score without interrupting his rhythm.
Nor did he allow himself more than a
few sips of a pint when at the oche, or
throw line.
Yet what singled Bristow out was
his ability to cope with pressure – and
to pile it on to his opponents, such
as Jocky Wilson, John Lowe, Bobby
George and Cliff Lazarenko, before
seizing the decisive moment. “I have
two bowls of confidence for breakfast
each morning,” agreed Bristow. This
translated into his cocky persona of
the “Crafty Cockney”, a nickname
borrowed from a bar in Los Angeles
that he had visited.
The bar’s commemorative shirts,
emblazoned with a Union flag and
the image of a British bobby, became
his trademark, as did his sunburnt
features – a Greek nose and curled
nostrils not unlike those of Alexander,
his bleached hair and caustic putdowns. Bristow was undoubtedly a
divisive figure, especially early in his
career. Scottish crowds would jeer him
and, showing little thrift, pelt him with
cans of McEwans lager.
All of this, of course, was theatre,
and Bristow’s rivalries made for
compelling viewing at a time when
television was seeking cheap fodder
Bristow: ‘I have two
bowls of confidence
for breakfast
each morning’
for its schedules. Darts took hold of
the public consciousness for the first
time – the Bullseye game show hosted
by Jim Bowen was created because of
the sport’s new popularity – and made
Bristow a fortune.
It therefore came as a shock, not
least to Bristow’s self-esteem, when
at the 1986 Swedish Open he began
to suffer from “dartitis”, the sport’s
equivalent of golfer’s yips, leading to
a player being unable to release his
darts when he wants. Although he
regained his No 1 world ranking for a
record sixth time in 1990, and in 1993
was among those who broke from
the game’s ruling body to set up the
Professional Darts Corporation, he was
never again the same force.
Bristow’s decline was in part selfinflicted. In the mid-1980s he began to
mentor, and to fund, Phil Taylor, who
had decided to give up making chain
handles for lavatories after seeing
Bristow on stage and believing that he
could do better.
Soon he could, usurping Bristow’s
status as the best darts player in
history. He defeated Bristow in
the semi-finals of the 1997 World
Championship, ushering in
Bristow’s retirement from the major
tournaments. The two men hardly
spoke thereafter for some years.
In recent years Bristow had
mellowed, however, enjoying what
his ability and dedication had brought
him. “My philosophy is that you’ve got
to enjoy life while you can,” he told the
Daily Telegraph in 2011. “There’s not
much point in being the richest man in
the graveyard.”
Eric John Bristow was born in
Hackney, East London, on April
25 1957. His father, George, was
a plasterer and his mother, Pam,
worked as a telephonist. He grew up
in Stoke Newington, often making
the pilgrimage with his father to see
Arsenal play at Highbury, though
Eric in fact was a Chelsea fan. His
sporting idol was Muhammad Ali.
Despite being bright enough to win
a place at Hackney Downs Grammar
School, Eric could be a tearaway
and had occasional scrapes with the
police. His father was an avid player
of pub games such as cribbage – Eric
may have inherited his arithmetical
abilities from him – and tried to
interest his son in many different
Then, he bought Eric a dartboard
for his 11th birthday. Soon the
youngster was keeping his parents
up at night with the sound of his
practising. “I thrashed all my mates,
but I didn’t realise how good I was
until my dad took me to the local
pub one Sunday when I was 14,”
he recalled. “I went home with my
pockets full of change.”
His first job, at 15, was as a
proofreader for an advertising agency
in the City, at £14 per week, but he
soon realised that he could make
10 times that by winning darts events
against adults at the weekend. By
1979 he was well-known enough to
be the subject of a short film, Arrows,
released in cinemas to accompany the
Bob Hoskins drama The Long Good
After retiring from competitive
darts in 2007, Bristow became familiar
to a younger generation of darts fans
as a forthright commentator on Sky.
He was a contestant in the 2012 series
of I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!
He was sacked, however, after
suggesting on social media that
victims of the paedophile football
coach Barry Bennell should have
“sorted him out” when they grew up.
“Darts players tough guys footballers
wimps,” he wrote, leading to a storm
of protest.
Bristow subsequently apologised,
telling the Telegraph that it was a
case of “live by the sword, die by the
Yet with his endorsements from
darts manufacturers he made a
good living, though his was not
an extravagant way of life. He
acknowledged that he was a spender
rather than a saver and had just a
modest two-bedroom house near
Leek, Staffordshire.
His indulgence was holidays, often
to Las Vegas, which he visited more
than 50 times and where he once won
$17,000 on a fruit machine. He was
appointed MBE in 1989.
Between 1978 and 1987, Bristow
was in a relationship with Maureen
Flowers, the former leading female
darts player. He was then married, in
1989, to Jane, but they were divorced
in 2005 shortly after he was acquitted
at trial of having punched her in the
face when drunk.
Latterly he had been helping
his girlfriend Becky Gadd to run a
cattery; the pair had met at a Bullseye
He is survived by a son and a
Eric Bristow, born April 25 1957,
died April 5 2018
Primitive power of
water from a corpse
christopher howse
here is more than
meets the eye to a
chant that is sung
during this season of Easter.
It goes with the sprinkling
of the congregation with
holy water. At all other
times, the chant is Asperges
me, Domine, “Thou wilt
sprinkle me, O Lord, with
hyssop and I shall be
cleansed.” But now at Easter
it is Vidi aquam, “I saw
water flowing from the right
side of the temple, alleluia;
and all they to whom that
water came were saved.”
What is all this about?
The sprinkling of water is
a reminder for the people
of their baptism. Baptism, a
ritual submersion in water,
is a mystical burial and
participation in Christ’s
death, from which the
person baptised rises up as a
newly created being
by means of his
That mightt
but the
of ritual
is not by
and rather by
Death, resurrection and
baptism are deeply explored
over the holy days covering
Good Friday and Easter
On Easter day candidates
are baptised and holy water
is blessed at a ceremony that
involves the lowering of the
lit paschal candle into it. The
paschal candle represents
Christ, the light. Five grains
of incense are pinned to
it that represent the five
wounds of Christ, the marks
of which he retained after
his Resurrection.
The chant Vidi aquam is a
derived from the prophetic
book of Ezekiel (chapter
47). The narrator there sees
water coming out from the
south side of the temple,
which faced east. So it
would be the right side for
someone looking out from
the temple, not for someone
outside looking at the front.
The reason that the chant
is taken from this prophetic
vision is that Jesus Christ is
regarded as the new temple.
“Destroy this temple, and
in three days I will raise it
up,” St John quotes him as
saying, adding: “He spake of
the temple of his body.” The
passage from Ezekiel is also
taken as prophetic of the
blood and water that flowed
from the dead body of Christ
on the cross, when it was
pierced with a lance.
No doubt the separation
of red blood and clear
watery fluid was a result of
his death by crucifixion. But
liturgically the water and
blood are emblematic of the
sacraments of Baptism and
the Eucharist.
If the water came from
the right side of the temple,
it would be reasonable
to think it came from
Christ’s right side, to our
left as we face him. That is
how painters such as Fra
Angelico (below), Giotto and
Rubens depict it. But not all
agreed. Some thought that
since the heart is to the left,
i was there that the
must have
St Bede the
it was
that Christ
the marks of
his wounds after his
Resurrection: it showed
that he was not a spirit
without a body.
Bede takes it that Christ
was pierced in his right side.
In early missals containing
the Mass as performed in
Rome, rubrics direct that
the celebrant should, at
the fraction of the host,
break it at the right side. I’m
not sure this clears up the
ambiguity, for the right side,
looking at the consecrated
host, insofar as it represents
the physical disposition of
the body of Christ, would
be his left side.
Because the blood from
Christ’s side symbolises
the Eucharist, artists often
depict an angel collecting
it in a chalice. I see that
the station of the cross in
Westminster Cathedral
which shows the death of
Christ has the blood being
collected as it issues from
his left side. That bas-relief
carving is by Eric Gill,
who represents the same
thing elsewhere. Perhaps
he explained his decision
somewhere, and I’d be
interested to learn if he did.
Saturday 7 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Retailers slip as
analysts advise
investors to swap
bricks for clicks
biggest sandwich maker,
Greencore, has been
targeted by hedge funds
looking to profit from its
troubled attempt to expand
across the Atlantic.
Greencore became the
most shorted stock in
London this week following
a spike in bets against the
FTSE 250 firm in the wake
of last month’s disastrous
profit warning. Greencore
shares out on loan to
short-sellers have surged
from just under 10pc to 15pc
in the three weeks since the
update, with the stake held
by hedge funds betting
against the company now
worth over £140m.
Johnson Matthey
extended its share price
climb, up 58p to £32.09,
despite analysts pouring
cold water on speculation
mooting a break-up of the
chemicals specialist.
Interbroker dealer NEX
dipped 11p to 993p after BNP
Paribas analysts predicted
that the probability of a
counterbid to CME’s £3.9bn
offer was low.
The FTSE 100 survived
the latest escalation in trade
tensions relatively
unscathed, dipping just
15.86 points to 7,183.64, but
the Dow Jones in New York
plunged to close 2.3pc lower
as European markets ended
another rollercoaster week
of trading on the slide.
Markets were rocked by
the US president threatening
to impose a further $100bn
(£71bn) of tariffs on China.
Government officials in
Beijing vowed to retaliate if
the Trump administration
published another tariff hit
list with investors pulling
money out of riskier equities
amid the heightened
On currency markets, the
pound flirted with the $1.41
mark against the dollar after
a monthly US jobs report
failed to meet economists’
lofty expectations.
After a bumper February,
only 103,000 jobs were
added to the US economy
last month, a 210,000-job
pull back.
EMBATTLED high street
retailers endured another
bout of selling after City
analysts urged investors
to switch from bricks to
The double whammy of
inflation-squeezed shoppers
tightening their belts and
Britain embracing the
Amazonification of retail has
hit the high street hard, with
a growing number of
well-known retailers
collapsing under the strain
of sinking sales.
Citigroup analysts
advised clients to dump UK
stores in favour of their
healthier European peers
and sink their funds into
brand names rather than
struggling retailers.
The pressure from online
growth is “mounting” as
e-tailers snap up market
share at an accelerating
pace, it argued.
Next pulled back 49p to
£47.71 after being put on
Citi’s “sell” list, while Marks
& Spencer, which was also
put under pressure by a
bearish note from Goldman
Sachs, weakened 5p to 269p
on a downgrade to “neutral”.
Elsewhere, independent
car dealer Motorpoint
surged 22p to 239p after it
defied the gloomy car
market by tapping sales of
“nearly new” vehicles.
A day after the new car
market recorded its 12th
consecutive month of
decline, Motorpoint told
investors that its full-year
pre-tax profit would hit the
upper end of expectations
with revenue set to climb
18pc. Numis analyst Andrew
Wade told clients that the
figures were impressive
given they were up against
tough comparatives in the
second half of the year and
“cautious used car industry
New short disclosures
revealed that the UK’s
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194⅞ Utilico Emerg
217½* — 3.2
1040½ 782½ Workspace Gp ●
1017 +11 2.3
126 LPA Gp
+¼ 1.3
330¼ Dunedin Ent
— 5.1
952½ Witan ●
1012 -14 2.2 1032
1407½ — 0.8
608 Edinburgh Inv Tr ●
+2 4.0
302½ Witan Pacific
315½ -4½ 1.5
532½ Edin Worldwide
2227⅜ Worldw HealthTr ●
2375 -60 0.9 2361
279 Fenner ●
+3 0.7
1510 Goodwin
1750 +40 2.4
2793½ 821¾ ElectraPrivEq
-11 — 1114
1016 IMI ●
1024* -12 3.8
286 EP Global Opp
+2 1.8
5192⅛ 4392⅝ Jardine Mthsn
1170 European Assets
825 The Europ InvTr
+8 2.6
4396⅛* -33⅝ 2.6
57⅝* +3¼ 5.3
2⅛ Melrose Ind ●
211½* -¼ 2.0 -176.2
352 Fidelity Asian V
— 1.3
52 week
High Low (p) Stock
1916½ -5 2.8
187⅞ Fidlty Chna Sp Sits ● 234½ -5½ 1.1
1684 Mondi
1232½ — 6.3 1210
Media +0.75%
È France
È Germany
Ç Hong Kong
74⅞ Prime People
-2 6.5
145¾ Dixons Carph ●
… 5.7
359⅞ Restore
-6 0.9
503 Dunelm ●
525* -21 5.0
17¾ Rockhopper Exp
150 Findel
232½ +7½ —
22⅛ Share
— 1.5
5¼ Smith (DS)
473¾* -3¼ 3.3
219⅞ Fidelity Sp V
-1 1.8
631 Informa
+7 2.8
1400¼ 1019 Greggs ●
1245 +7 2.6
18 Sinclair Ph
1712¾ Smurfit Kappa
3058 +10 2.5
688⅜ Finsbury Gwth ●
-3 1.9
141 ITV
148⅛ +1⅞ 5.3
305⅜ Halfords ●
342⅜ +7⅝ 5.2
19 SRT Marine Sys
4912 Spirax ●
5645 -50 1.6
553¾ Foreign & Col ●
625* -11 1.7
563 Pearson
+8 2.3
282 Howden Joinery ●
+¼ 2.4
88 StatPro
— 1.8 -45.1
830 Vitec
1185 -15 2.6
299 F&C Cap & Inc
-1 3.4
1399 RELX
1518 +1 2.6
285¼ Kingfisher
294¾ -1½ 3.7
12⅝ Sterling Energy
1958 -47 2.2
133⅞ F&C ComProp ●
+¾ 4.3
3873 Rightmove ●
4421 +11 1.3
78½ Lookers
92⅛ +1¼ 4.2
67 Tribal Gp
+¼ 1.2
175 F&C Mgd G
11⅜ Sky
1315½* +1½ 1.0
262¼ Marks & Spen
-5 7.0
127 F&C Mgd I
132* +1½ 4.2
65¼ Trinity Mirror
83¼ +2¼ 7.0
203¼ Morrison (WM)
-¾ 2.7
115 Walker Green
-4 4.0
1⅞ Xtract Resources
Food producers -0.13%
2386 Ass Brit Fds
307 F&C Priv Eq Ord
639 UBM ●
943½ +13½ 2.5
2495 -14 1.6
1241 F&C Glob SmCo ●
1290 -15 1.0 1336
1074 WPP
1162½ +24 5.2
3565 Next
4771 -49 5.2
233⅛ Ocado ●
518¾ -5¼ —
+⅝ 5.9
118 Carr’s Grp
133 +6½ 3.0
94½ F&C UKHighIncTst
— 5.1
2047 Coca-Cola HBC
2707 +45 1.7
99 F&C UKRealEstInv
103 +1½ 4.9
3497¾ 2524 Cranswick ●
-8 1.7
265 Hend Alt Strat
— 1.8
513 +4½ 4.4
86⅜ Hend Div Inc Tst
+¾ 4.8
950⅛ Anglo Amer
479¾ Dairy Crest ●
Mining -1.73%
108 Saga ●
+⅞ 7.7
1618⅜* -26⅜ 4.5
222⅜ Sainsbury J
246 +1⅞ 3.9
655 Hilton Food
+4 2.3
165 Hend High Inc
173* +2½ 5.5
11⅛ Antofagasta
915⅝ -15¼ 3.9
1635 Smith WH ●
-1 2.4
290¾ REA Hldgs
709¼ Hend Smaller Co
+8 2.2
1662⅜ 1103 BHP Billiton
1388¾ -21¼ 5.2
280¼ Sports Direct ●
371⅝ +4⅛ —
522⅝ Tate & Lyle ●
553¼ +4⅜ 5.1
890 Hend Opp
— 2.1 1168
130⅝ Centamin ●
152⅜* -½ 5.8
165⅜ Tesco
204¾ +1¾ 1.5 -417.8
4014 -16½ 3.1
915 Herald Inv ●
1145 -15 — 1362
169¾ Evraz
450½ +⅛ 9.5
1780* +15 2.6 1881
1150½ Fresnillo
1242 -16½ 2.3
1813⅜ 1476½ HgCapital
133⅛ HICL Infrastructure ● 134
-½ 5.9
270 Glencore
351⅛ -7⅝ 4.0
670 ICG Enterprise Tst
— 2.5
186½ Hochschild Mng ●
-3 1.2
518 Intl Biotech Tst
— 5.1
250 Invesco Asia Trust
-3 1.6
212 Kenmare Res
55¾ Lonmin
6¼ Petropavlovsk
Gas & Water +1.62%
260 Invesco Inc Gth Tr
+1 4.1
74⅝ InvesPerp Enhc Inc 79¼*
+¼ 6.3
157.52 146.14 Treas 4¾% 38
152.09 +0.57 3.12 1.74
129 InvesPerp Bal Rk
716¾ Polymetal ●
167 InvesPerp Sel UK E 173½ +½ 3.7
5546 Randgold Res
General financial +0.03%
75½ Amer Express $
-1⅝ 1.5
-½ 1.6
326¾ -9⅝ 2.1
1476 Ashtead Gp
1976½ +2 1.4
604 Babcock Intl ●
-1 4.2
102½ Chevron $
145¼ BCA Marketplace ●
-2 4.4
36⅛ Coca-Cola Euro $
… 3.1
1918½ Bunzl
2090 +14 2.2
67⅞ Colgate Palm $
-¼ 2.3
83¼ Dr Pepper $
… 2.0
61¼ DowDuPont $
-1⅜ 2.4
219⅝ Charles Taylor
275 +9½ 4.0
72⅛ Exxon Mobil $
-⅞ 4.1
46¼ Communisis
+¼ 4.3
9⅝ Fiat Chrysler $
461 De La Rue
496½ -6½ 5.0
28⅜ Foot Locker $
-1½ 3.0
7762½ 6445 DCC
6645 +125 1.7
12¾ Gen Electric $
-¼ 3.6
414 Essentra ●
424⅜* -2⅜ 4.9
144¼ Home Depot $
175¾ -3⅜ 2.3
143⅝ -2¾ 2.1
— 3.4
4226½ 2882½ Rio Tinto
3560* -85½ 6.0
453 InvesPerp UK Sm Co 484
-4 4.3
688⅝ -17 6.1 -118.3
375.74 354.79 Treas 2½% IL 24 358.38 +0.30 1.97 0.00
312¾ Brewin D ●
350¾ +1¾ 4.3
363½ JPM American ●
378½ -7½ 1.5
381.23 353.66 Treas 4⅛% IL 30 359.19 +0.59 2.34 0.00
308 Charles Stanley
— 2.1
62 El Oro
— 3.6
1649½ -14½ 1.8
1428 Experian
1534½ -10 2.1
122⅜ Honeywell $
-4½ 4.0
4427 Ferguson
5276* -22 —
17⅛ HP $
702 Intermediate C ●
-9 2.8
233¾ G4S
-¼ 3.9
185⅜* -1⅜ 1.8
451¼ Investec ●
-⅜ 4.3
155 Hays ●
81¼ Inger Rand $
-2 2.1
99¾ IP Group ●
125 +4¼ —
571½ Homeserve ●
-9 2.2
33¼ Intel $
-⅞ 2.4
410 Liontrust
570 +10 2.8
52¾ Interserve
-4½ 9.7
49⅝ Intl Paper $
-⅞ 3.6
— 2.6
3919 Intertek Group
4658 +7 1.5
81⅝ JP Morgan Ch $
109¾ -2⅛ 2.0
Great Britain
3160 Lon Stock Ex
4218 +66 1.2
188⅞ IWG ●
-½ 2.5
121 Johnson&John $
128¼ -2½ 2.6
United States
143 Man Group ●
176⅝ +1⅞ 4.5
1⅜ Johnson Serv
139⅝ +2¾ 2.0
97⅛ Manpower $
113¼ -2½ 1.6
5⅝ NEX Group ●
-11 3.1
619 Menzies J
645 +10 3.2
10½ Marathon Oil $
-⅜ 1.2
-4¼ 3.3
146¾ MITIE Gp
162 +4⅜ 0.8
129½ McDonalds $
161⅞ -2⅛ 2.5
The share prices, price-earnings ratios and dividend yields
below are supplied by Interactive Data (Europe) Ltd. The
yields are calculated using historic dividend payments divided
by the closing share price multiplied by 100.
41 Lon. Fin. & Inv.
400¼ Paragon ●
75½ Park Group
2402⅞ 312⅛ Provident Fin ●
Price (p) +/- Yld
238¼ Rentokil
273¾ -1¼ 1.4
52⅞ Merck $
-⅞ 3.6
691 Ricardo Gp
936* -10 2.1
64⅞ Microsoft $
-1⅛ 1.8
2299 Rathbone Bros ●
2374 -30 2.6
380½ Robt Walters
704 +44 1.7
31⅝ Pfizer $
-⅜ 3.8
1870 S & U
-5 4.6
112⅛ SIG ●
140¼ +2 2.7 -13.9
75¾ Procter & Gamble $ 78⅜
-½ 3.5
3032 Schroders
3156* -47 3.6
82¼ Serco Group ●
148¼ Rockwell $
170⅝ -4¼ 2.0
428½ TP ICAP ●
444¾* +4⅞ 3.8
1192 Travis P ●
109⅛ United Tech $
123⅜ -2⅜ 2.3
71⅜ Wal Mart Strs $
-⅝ 2.4
96¼ Walt Disney $
100¾ -1⅜ 1.7
27⅛ Xerox $
… 3.5
Aerospace & defence +0.50%
52 week
High Low (p) Stock
-1 3.8
653⅜ -14⅝ —
533½ BAE Systems
601¾ +5 3.6
162 Chemring
205½* — 1.5
111⅛ Cobham ●
119¼ -1⅝ —
Healthcare +0.02%
422¾* -1⅜ 2.2
334¼ Inmarsat ●
355⅞ +15½ 6.7
85¼ KCOM Group
-⅜ 6.4
1481½ Burberry
1676½ -28 2.4
148¾ McBride
160¾ +2⅝ 2.7
199¾ PZ Cussons ●
227¾* -4¾ 3.6
52 week
High Low (p) Stock
6219 +17 2.6
1563 -13 1.9
1438 Superdry ●
298¼ JPM Asian
59 JPM Brazil Inv
Price (£) +/- Yld
348½ +2½ 4.4
— 1.2
-5 0.6
653⅝ JPM Claverh’se
— 3.9
716½ JPM ElecManGth
775 +7½ 1.5
216¾ JPM Chinese
52 week
High Low (p) Stock
Price(£) +/- Yld
Oil & Gas -0.40%
437 BP
498⅜ -1⅜ 5.7
164¼ Cairn Energy ●
214⅝ -1⅝ —
22½ EnQuest
387⅛ Santander
463⅞ -7¼ 3.3
17⅛ BSD Crown
104 JPM ElecManInc
+1 4.2
376½ Hunting ●
1485¼ Secure Trust Bk
-5 4.1
421 CML Micro
— 1.4
98 JPM ElecManCsh
— 0.3
4¼ Petrofac ●
42¾ Premier Oil
Information technology +1.14%
Straits Times
È Spain
Madrid SE
È Switzerland
SMI Index
678¾ Standard Ch
712½* -7⅝ 1.1
111¾ Laird
-⅜ 0.6
740½ JPM Emerg Mkt ●
-16 1.3
Dow Jones
250¼ Virgin Money ●
259⅜* -5¼ 2.3
283¼ Microgen
— 1.4
334 JPM Eur Sm Cos
-6 1.2
26¾ Micro Focus Intl
1128½ +34½ 6.6
278⅞ JPM Eur Gwth
296½* +1½ 2.3
333 SDL
-9 1.6
145¾ JPM Eur Inc
153½* +1½ 3.8
621 Sage Gp
655⅝ +1 2.4
289 JPM Gbl Gth & Inc
306* -3½ 4.0
1⅛ Spirent
+⅝ 2.4
125½* -1½ 3.9
93¾ JPM GL Conv
Beverages -0.06%
648⅜ Britvic ●
687½ +11 3.9
2492½* -2½ 2.5
-3½ 2.8
2735½ 2186½ Diageo
155½ Stock Spirits
Chemicals +0.37%
Insurance -0.05%
— 4.7
Europeans -0.55%
88⅝ TalkTalk ●
123¼ +5¼ 3.2
71⅝ Akzo Nobel €
+½ 3.2
1035 Telecom Plus ●
1200 -24 4.1
77⅛ BMW €
+¼ 4.5
190⅛ Vodafone
+⅜ 6.5 -10.4
16¼ Carrefour €
-¼ 2.8
186½ Continental AG €
Tobaccos +0.66%
8110⅜ 4973⅜ Reckitt Benck
234½ +2¼ 6.6
209½* -2⅝ 3.1 -20.3
1224* +8 3.8
216⅜ BT Group
177¼ Barclays
per oz
— -4697.5
per troy oz
Banks -1.06%
Telecommunications +0.54%
-½ 2.9
30½ Deutsche Post €
-⅛ 3.2
3956½ 2301 Imp Brands
2554½ +25 6.7
12¾ Deutsche Tele €
… 4.8
Transport -0.05%
657½ -36½ —
2454 Clarkson ●
-¼ 5.1 -88.1
1340 Fisher J ●
290 BBA Aviation ●
79½ Heineken €
+⅞ 1.6
202⅞ LVMH €
262⅝ -1⅞ 1.9
50⅜ LafargeHolcim SFr
-¼ 3.8
14⅝ Lufthansa €
+½ 3.0
3020 -95 2.4
… 4.3
1522* -12 1.9
110⅛ Michelin €
119⅜ +⅛ 3.0
110⅝ Pernod Ricard €
139¾ +⅜ 1.4
+⅛ 2.7
318¾ -1⅝ 3.0
300 Northgate
341⅝ +2⅜ 5.2
2579½ 1982½ Royal D Shell A
2323 -10½ 5.7
367¾ Royal Mail
556⅝ +4 4.2
16½ Peugeot €
2037 Royal D Shell B
2363 -10 5.6
185¼ Wincanton
+1 4.3
29¼ Philips (Kon) €
… 2.5
87⅛ Soco Intl
102⅜ -3¾ 5.1
99¾ Siemens €
-¼ 3.5
41⅞ Societe Gen €
-⅛ 4.9
10⅝ Suez Environ €
+¼ 5.5
83¼ Thales €
100¼ +1¼ 1.7
Travel & Leisure +0.13%
Pharmaceuticals +0.02%
4452 Carnival
4624 -18 2.8
644 JPM Indian ●
4260 AstraZeneca
4990½ -16½ 4.1
1765⅞ 1396½ Compass
1484½ +3 2.3
42¼ Total €
-⅛ 5.3
332 JPM Japanese ●
-2 1.1
540 BTG ●
607½ +15 —
1698⅝ 1009 easyJet
1643 +1½ 2.5
15⅛ UBS AG SFr
-⅛ 3.9
1622 Dechra Pharma ●
2780* +14 0.8
76⅛ FirstGroup ●
128 Volkswagen €
-1 2.4
1190* +10 1.9 1230
1652 Genus ●
— 1.1
889¼ Fullers ‘A’
956 +10 2.0
Price (p) +/- Yld
1766 Admiral
1880½ +25½ 6.1
310½ JPM Japan Sm Cos
482¼ Aviva
488¾* +1⅛ 5.6
955¼ JPM Mid Cap
3461 Croda
4621 -20 1.8
422⅛ Beazley ●
575½ +3 1.9
88 JPM Mlti-Ass
1724½ 1179⅜ GlaxoSmKline
1422⅝* +2⅝ 5.6
1310 Go-Ahead Grp ●
1788* +23 5.7
2681 Johnson Mat
3209 +58 2.4
337⅝ DirectLineIns
346⅞* -1¼ 10.2 10.9
438½ JPM Russian
+7 4.0
814¼ Hikma ●
1204* +19 2.0
710 GVC Hldgs ●
high grade
1826 Victrex ●
2564 -40 2.1
1110 Hiscox ●
1488 +11 1.9
1254⅞ 870½ JPM Small Cos
1097½ -2½ 2.1 1307
246½ Indivior ●
-1¾ —
516 IAG Intl Cons Air
615⅝ +1¼ 3.1
special high grade
1078 Jardine Lloyd ●
1258* -8 2.7
247 JPM US Sml
-½ 0.9
3656 Intercont Hotels
4290* -35 1.7
high grade
542½ Lancashire Hldg ●
574½ +4 1.9 -22.5
109 J Laing Infra ●
110⅜* +¾ 6.4
3708½* +1½ 0.7
99 Mandarin
169* +1¾ 1.3
241⅝ Legal & General
261¾ +¾ 5.9
296 Jup UK Gwth IT
— 2.3
99 Marston’s ●
101¾ +1¼ 7.4
115 Alumasc
129½* +2 5.6
184¼ Old Mutual
235¼* +⅛ 3.0
1633¾ Keystone Inv Tr
-5 3.6 1882
262¾ +4¼ 1.9
per tonne
252½ Balfour Beatty ●
269⅜ -1¼ 1.3
719 Phoenix ●
-4 3.1
Jun settlement
549¾ +5¾ 7.9
1992½ 1612⅛ Prudential
Tourist £1= Sterling £1=
1 Euro =
1 Dollar =
Aus $
Can $
30 Premier Vet
2940½ Shire
768* +3½ 6.5 -22.4
548⅜ Law Debenture
1779* -15 2.6
1390 Lowland Inv
1460* -5 3.4 1554
Property -0.12%
337¼ National Ex ●
401 +1⅝ 3.4
6027⅜ PaddyPwrBet
6970 -25 2.9
56⅝ Assura ●
+⅜ 4.2
2683 Bellway ●
3166 +35 4.2
568½ RSA
652⅜* +9⅜ 3.0
270 Majedie
— 3.4
722 Big Yellow Gp ●
-7 3.4
670 Playtech ●
740¾ +7 4.2
3031 Berkeley Grp
3862 +4 2.8
1279½ 1008 St James Place
1052* -7½ 4.1
222 Mtn Currie Port
— 1.8
589 Brit Land
649¾* -3⅜ 4.6
173⅜ Rank Group ●
173⅜ -6⅝ 4.3
229 Boot H
-1 2.7
349 StndrdLifeAber
365⅜ +1⅝ 5.8
181¾ CLS Hldgs ●
229* -2½ 2.8
229¼ Restaurant Gp
74 Breedon Group
+¼ 6.8
-1¼ 0.6-2680.0
419½ Costain
460½ +½ 3.0
429¾ Crest Nicholson ●
479⅝* +7 6.9
2404* -34 2.5
746½* -4½ 2.1
735 3i
-3⅝ 3.4
201½ 3i Infrastructure ●
27 CRH
Investment trusts -0.64%
52 week
High Low (p) Stock
1807 Mercantile InvTr ●
2075 +5 2.6 2307
450 Merchants Tst
-6 5.3
50 Cap&Regional
-13 0.2
251⅞ Capital&Count ●
124⅜ Stagecoach ●
139¾ +2⅞ 8.5
+5 4.9
2574 Derwent Ldn ●
3129 -11 4.3
83¼ Thomas Cook ●
118¾* +⅝ 0.5
1127 Murray Intl ●
1174* -16 4.3 1134
660 Gt Portland Est ●
692* +4¼ 17.4
1687⅞ 934⅜ TUI AG
1560½ +25 3.6
-2¼ 1.8
62 Northern 2 VCT
— 16.5
243 Grainger ●
297 +1⅝ 1.6
-1⅜ 4.7
88½ Northern 3 VCT
— 11.7
188⅞ Intu Props ●
204⅝ -1⅛ 6.8
681½ Grafton Gp ●
355⅜ Marshalls ●
1005 Morgan Sindall
— 3.8
112¾ Aberdeen Diversified 118
+½ 4.7
64⅝ Nthn Venture
— 16.7
52338 430⅜ Hammerson ●
537¾* -9¼ 4.7
252 Nth Midland Con
-1 1.9
408 Aberdeen New India 435
234 Pacific Assets
-2 1.1
285 Helical
341½ +1½ 2.5
2079 Persimmon
2644 +24 8.9
665 Alliance Trust ●
-7 1.9
1720 Pantheon ●
1905 -10 — 2195
483⅝ H K Land
-¼ 2.9
865 Allianz Tech Trust
329½ Perpetual Inc & Gr ● 346
-1½ 4.0
900¼ Land Secs
953¾* +1⅝ 4.5
740 Bankers Inv ●
-13 2.3
41680 38700 Personal Ass ●
29¾ Local Shopp REIT
650 Biotech Growth
81¼ Picton Prop Inc
87¾ +1¾ 4.0
157¼ LondonMetric ●
66¼ BlackRock Com
+⅞ 5.5
109 PremierGlblInfra
116½ +1½ 8.6
192¼ McKay Secs
303¼ BlackRck Emer Euro 353
-½ 3.0
1812 RIT Cap Ptnrs ●
1890* -12 1.7 1785
471 Mucklow A J
144 BlckRock FroInv
160½ -1½ 3.2
218⅜ Ruffer Inv Pref
-½ 0.8
42⅜ Raven Russia
288 BlckRck Grt Euro
+2 1.7
275⅛ Schroder Asian TR
— 1.4
132 Raven R C R Prf
NZ $
515 Redrow ●
601* +5½ 3.3
173 Taylor Wimpey
188¾* +1¼ 8.0
Electricals -1.04%
1247½ +2½ — 1228
39550* -50 1.4 39042
1225 Arbuthnot
— 2.3
1790 BrooksMacdonald
1840* -2½ 2.3
180⅜* +½ 4.2
+1 3.3
2⅝ Central Asia Met
-9 3.0
— 8.8
3¼ Cohort
— 2.1
+2 0.6
— 5.5
+¼ 7.8
40 Elecosoft
514½* +4½ 2.7
98¾ Finsbury Food
217 discoverIE Grp
+3 2.1
1008 Halma
1164 -11 1.2
185 BlckRck Inc&Grth Inv 190
-1 3.5
325 Scot American
-7 3.2
20⅛ Raven R Wts
676 Oxford Inst
400½ BlackRock Latin
-9 2.0
771 Scot Invest ●
-5 2.5
116⅞ Raven R CnvPref
3024 Renishaw ●
4524* -74 1.2
144 BlckRck NrthAmerInc 147*
+½ 5.4
361⅛ Scot Mortgage
-5⅝ 0.7
31¼ RDI REIT ●
2124 XP Power
3300* -20 2.4
1052 BlackRock Small
-5 1.7 1496
155½ Sec Tst of Scot
159¼* +¼ 3.7
373⅞ Safestore ●
Tourist rates for indication use only.
-5 1.7 -21.3
480 Dialight
+½ 5.2
8⅛ Ceres Power
780 Churchill China
Cambria Africa
+2 4.3
Recent issues
52 week
High Low (p) Stock
101¾ RM ZDP
155 SimplyBiz Grp
160½ +1½ —
15 Polarean Img
AIM +1.15%
1145 +5 1.0
3687 +2 2.6
949 Wetherspoon ●
3499⅞ Whitbread
South Africa
710 Murray Income
628¼ Monks ●
265¾ +5¾ 6.5
1427¼ -9⅛ —
Price (p) +/- Yld
1798⅝ 1253¾ Ryanair
HK $
219⅞ Mitchells&But ●
-½ 3.3 -80.2
3¾ Nokia OYJ €
61⅞ Danone €
6¼ Barratt Dev
-4¼ 5.6
-⅛ 2.0
4311* +25 4.5
per oz
Construction -0.07%
59 Daimler €
5643⅝ 3775 Brit Am Tob
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Should it
use the
option’ and
bring down
the US?
Ballot box
down on
ads ahead
of Congress
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Energy giants poach Dixons chief to lead their £3bn joint venture
By Jillian Ambrose
THE energy supply giant to emerge
from the SSE-Npower tie-up will be
spearheaded by the chief executive
behind the high street mega-merger of
Dixons and Carphone Warehouse.
The “big six” energy suppliers have
poached Katie Bickerstaffe from the
electrical retailer amid an exodus of top
talent from Dixons Carphone, to lead
the £3bn energy supplier, which is expected to begin trading early next year.
Ms Bickerstaffe, the boss of Dixons
Carphone’s UK and Ireland business,
will take up the post later this year. She
is the first to be appointed to the board
of the new venture between Npower
and SSE’s retail spin-off that will supply
around 11.5 million homes across the
UK. She is also the first female chief
executive of a major household energy
supplier in the UK. The new company
will be Britain’s largest electricity supplier, second only to British Gas as the
country’s largest household gas supplier, at a time of rising political pressures facing utility companies.
Alistair Phillips-Davies, the chief executive of SSE, said Ms Bickerstaffe
brings “enormous capacity to unlock
the great potential that exists in combining the experience and insight of
two established players with the agility
of a new, independent company”.
She joined Dixons in 2008 and took a
seat on its board in 2012 before becoming chief executive for the UK and
Ireland business in 2015. Her previous
retail experience has included stints at
Kwik Save, Somerfield, Dyson, PepsiCo, Unilever and on the board of SSE.
Mr Phillips-Davies said the role as
non-executive director of the FTSE 100
energy company has provided an “excellent insight into the challenges of
the retail energy market”.
Ms Bickerstaffe is expected to take
the reins as the Government moves
ahead with legislation to cap standard
energy tariffs to tackle fears that customers who fail to switch to a cheaper
deal are being overcharged.
The move is likely to wipe almost
£1bn in profits from the household
China draws
up plans to
hit back at
Trump tariffs
By Anna Isaac and Neil Connor
RENEWED fears of a trade war
between China and the US sent Wall
Street spiralling lower yesterday as the
two powers continued to exchange
President Donald Trump has declared on social media that China receives special treatment from the
World Trade Organisation and it is unfair to the US, raising questions about
how useful the multilateral organisation will be as a route for de-escalation
in the emerging trade conflict between
the two nations.
“China, which is a great economic
power, is considered a developing nation within the World Trade Organisation. They therefore get tremendous
perks and advantages, especially over
the US. Does anybody think this is fair?
We were badly represented. The WTO
is unfair to US,” Mr Trump tweeted.
His tweet followed a warning from
China that it was prepared to retaliate
in a trade conflict with the US with “any
Gao Feng, a Chinese ministry of
commerce spokesman, added: “If multilateralism and liberal trade are threatened, the economic globalisation will
be ruined and the whole world’s economic recovery will be affected and
threatened severely.”
The remarks followed a threat from
the US administration to place additional tariffs of $100bn (£71bn) on Chinese goods. Should President Trump
follow through and impose these taxes,
that would bring the total toll to $150bn
worth of Chinese imports.
China has so far positioned itself as a
defender of free trade in the row, claiming that it will as far as possible look for
resolution via the WTO, the global regulator for trade between countries.
Mr Gao added that should the new
$100bn of tariffs be imposed, China
had a “fully prepared” plan of retaliation and “will not hesitate to act”.
The form of this retaliation is a major
concern for markets. China cannot easily expand the number of goods it targets much further, as it imports less
from the US than vice versa.
The US blue-chip Dow Jones index
yesterday closed down 572.5 points, or
David Dollar, Chinese economic expert at the Brookings Institution, said
China’s response to US protectionism
was being decided at the highest level.
Mr Dollar said: “President Xi Jinping
cannot appear weak and there is strong
public support for China to take a firm
line in response. China also can make
life difficult for American firms operating in China.
“I doubt that they would manipulate
their currency as part of the response
because that could cause problems
with other trading partners.
“The US dollar may well appreciate if
a full-blown trade war develops because that is the kind of global shock
during which investors usually head
for the safe haven of the US.”
Beijing could up the level of tariffs
from 25pc on the already listed targeted goods. It could also make it hard
for US firms to operate in China.
Other options could include selling
some of its large stockpile of close to
$1.2 trillion in US treasuries. Such action would potentially weaken China’s
currency, however.
Mr Gao said that extra tariffs and the
trade conflict they could provoke were
the US “lifting a rock only to drop it on
their feet”.
Acknowledging that the US might be
harmed in a trade war, Mr Trump told
WABC Radio that it could result in “a
little pain”.
Comment: Page 30
Bestway saves
2,000 jobs in
shops purchase
By Bradley Gerrard
THE jobs of nearly 2,000 workers at
collapsed drinks business Conviviality
look set to be saved as cash and carry
wholesaler Bestway prepares to snap
up the fallen firm’s retail chains including Bargain Booze.
Bestway is understood to be imminently announcing the purchase of the
Bargain Booze and Wine Rack chains,
as well as other Conviviality businesses
Select Convenience and WS Retail.
Conviviality dramatically collapsed last
month after failing to secure rescue
funding from shareholders.
A deal would secure some 2,000
jobs, bringing the total number saved
to roughly 4,000 following the purchase of Matthew Clark and Bibendum
by Magners cider maker C&C.
Bestway, run by Zameer Choudrey,
is thought to have paid roughly £7.5m
Zameer Choudrey
of Bestway: the firm
is to snap up
Bargain Booze and
other Conviviality
retail chains
Wall Street suffers further
sell-off as President’s
announcement raises
tensions over trade
energy market and has already dragged
the share price of British Gas owner
Centrica to a 14-year low.
Meanwhile, the big six energy suppliers continue to lose customers as
new entrants eat into their market.
The SSE-Npower merger is yet to
receive the go-ahead from the Competition and Markets Authority but hopes
to move ahead in the final quarter of
this year or the first quarter of 2019.
A cut above These two flawless white diamonds, each weighing in at over 50 carats, are
expected to fetch more than £10.5m when they are auctioned by Sotheby’s in May. The
51.71-carat round brilliant-cut gem and 50.39-carat oval diamond were mined in Botswana.
for the Conviviality businesses. Conviviality’s administrator PwC declined
to comment. Conviviality ran into trouble last month after a string of profit
warnings and revealing an unexpected
£30m tax bill. It promptly axed its chief
executive Diana Hunter, who had overseen its breakneck expansion since
floating on Aim in 2013.
Last month Conviviality failed in a
last-ditch attempt to raise £125m
from investors, reporting “insufficient
It formally appoint PwC as administrators on Thursday, but excluded the
retail arm. Yesterday afternoon the
company said it was continuing “to
pursue opportunities in respect of the
Conviviality Retail business”.
Earlier this week, Investec resigned
from its role as nominated adviser of
the company, effectively confirming
that Conviviality will not return to
the stock market even though just a
few months ago its value stood at
roughly £800m.
The talks between Conviviality and
Bestway were first reported by Sky
News. The group’s collapse follows a
run of bad news for the high street,
which has seen several restaurant
chains enter into restructurings to
close stores and agree rent cuts.
Noble’s nemesis warns rescue plan will fail Productivity rise insufficient to ease fears
By Jon Yeomans
STRICKEN commodities trader Noble
Group is on the ropes once again after
its nemesis, an anonymous research
group named Iceberg, warned its rescue plan had “zero chance of success”.
Singapore-listed Noble, which ships
metals around Asia, announced a controversial $3.5bn (£2.5bn) restructuring deal earlier this year that would
hand control to some of its biggest
creditors and virtually wipe out existing shareholders, leaving them with
just 10pc of the company.
The plan incited fury because it
would have awarded 20pc of Noble to
existing management.
Under pressure, the plan was later
revised to give management and existing shareholders 17.5pc each. Iceberg
Research, a long-time critic of Noble
that first questioned its bookkeeping in
a series of explosive reports in 2015,
said yesterday: “This plan is absolutely
not viable. In fact, it has zero chance
of success and everybody at Noble
already knows it.”
Iceberg alleges that Noble management wants shareholders to sign up to
the plan simply to give them a protection from future lawsuits. “Accepting
the release clause would be a terrible
mistake,” it added.
Noble is currently seeking shareholders’ approval to press ahead with
its rescue plan, warning it will begin an
administration process in the UK without it.
It is also facing a lawsuit from one of
its biggest shareholders, Abu Dhabibased fund Goldilocks, which has
accused it of inflating its assets. Noble
has denied the allegations.
Yesterday Goldilocks warned the
restructuring plan was “doomed to
fail” and said the company was not
treating all of its shareholders fairly.
The Singapore Stock Exchange
issued a similar warning, urging
Noble’s creditors to reconsider its plan.
It also criticised a plan from Noble’s
creditors, which proposed denying
shares in any new company to investors who voted against the initial
restructuring plan.
Noble was founded in Hong Kong in
1986 by British trader Richard Elman.
He stepped back from the day-to-day
running last year after the scale of its
losses became apparent, and resigned
from the board last month.
Noble Group declined to comment.
By Anna Isaac
PRODUCTIVITY figures released yesterday show a continued improvement
in output per hour in the UK, but
confirm it is still a major problem for
the economy.
In the three months to December,
productivity grew by 0.7pc, according
to the Office for National Statistics
This is a slight downgrade from the
ONS’s so-called “flash” estimate of
0.8pc in February.
It marks a second quarter of growth
above the pre-crisis level of 0.5pc. It is
slightly lower than that seen between
July and September, in which productivity ticked up by 0.9pc.
The UK continues to lag other major
economies, however. In 2016, workers
were 16.3pc less productive, on average, than in other G7 nations.
The increase in productivity levels
seen at the end of last year, as measured
on an output per worker per hour ba-
The rise in productivity during the three
months to December, according to data
from the Office for National Statistics
sis, improved as the average number of
hours worked fell, rather than because
of an improved rate of output for an
identical number of hours.
The figures must also be considered
in terms of the poor performance on
productivity in the first half of the year,
economists warned.
Compared to the same period a year
earlier, growth in productivity in the
final three months of last year was close
to 1pc. That is still half the rate witnessed before the financial crisis, of
2pc per year.
Howard Archer, of EY Item Club,
said: “Part of the UK’s recent poor labour productivity performance has undoubtedly been that low wage growth
has increased the attractiveness of employment for companies.”
Cheap labour helped keep employment levels up during the recession
and may have been “lifted” during 2017
by some UK companies being keen to
take on workers, in response to growing fears of labour shortages, Mr
Archer added.
Saturday 7 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Business comment
taxes are a
breath of
fresh air
f you are Scottish, there was
some bad news this week. It
wasn’t just the weather or
another droning policy speech
from Nicola Sturgeon. It was
this. Your taxes just went up.
From the start of this tax year, Scotland
imposed a new higher rate of 46pc on
its highest-earning citizens. For the
first time, the amount of your monthly
pay packet taken by government will
vary across the different countries of
the United Kingdom.
It is not just Scotland, however. If
you are Welsh, and buying and selling
a property, you will also face a new
form of property tax. Likewise, in
Northern Ireland you may soon have a
different rate of corporation tax.
Piece by piece, tax competition is
arriving between the countries of the
UK. You can debate the pros and cons
of each individual tweak for as long as
you want. But one point is surely
Different taxes for
different parts of
the UK are a good
thing. It will
innovation, force
government to
behave more
responsibly and
make the system
more flexible. The
taxes themselves
might be bad –
but the competition will be great.
The SNP has been arguing for years
that the rich should pay higher taxes to
support more generous public
services. Now it has a chance to put
that theory into practice. From this
week, anyone earning more than
£150,000 a year will pay more in tax
than in the rest of the UK.
It is hard to be particularly
optimistic about the likely results. The
performance of the Scottish economy
is already dismal. Maybe higher taxes
‘We are
towards a
of rates – no
one should
be scared’
on the rich are the way to fix that, but
you wouldn’t want to bet your last
bottle of single malt on it. And yet,
while that might be true, a majority of
Scottish voters clearly support
centre-Left economics, and they are
surely entitled to see if it works.
As are the Welsh. From this month,
the country has its own unique taxes
for the first time in eight centuries. A
land transaction tax and landfill tax
will make a significant difference, with
the regional assembly predicting they
could raise an extra £1bn in revenue.
Likewise, if the original timetable
had been stuck to, Northern Ireland
would have had its own rate of
corporation tax from this week – it
would have been 12.5pc to match the
Republic. That was postponed, but is
still on track for 2020.
We are heading towards a
patchwork of different rates. And yet
no one should be scared of that, even if
it will cause a few headaches for
accountants. In truth, different rates
could be great – for three reasons.
First, it will encourage innovation.
Maybe the Welsh way of taxing land
will turn out to be better than the
system of stamp duties – and given the
way chancellors now change the rates
about as often as their socks it could
hardly be much worse. Perhaps
Scotland will discover that a 46pc top
rate raises revenue painlessly? Maybe
Northern Ireland will find that lower
corporation tax turns Londonderry
into a tech hub? We will find out in the
next few years. The more new ideas
are tried, the better. If they work, the
rest of the country can copy them. If
not, at least we learnt something.
Next, it will make the assemblies
and parliaments more responsible.
There is nothing easier in the world
than spending other people’s money.
As power has been devolved, the
different countries within the UK have
taken far more control of their own
affairs. If they want to spend money,
then they should be raising it as well.
That way, they will have to explain to
their voters what taxes they are
increasing, and how they are planning
to spend the cash.
Finally, it will be more flexible. The
UK has an incredibly varied economy,
from hyper-rich London, to middleincome manufacturing regions, to
relatively poor ones. It may well be
impossible to design a single tax
system that suits all of them. In
London, you could make a case for
higher property taxes; in Lancaster,
less so. Over time, tax rates could be
tailored to local economies.
Lots of countries have flexible rates.
Switzerland has tax competition
between its cantons, and the US
between different states. It may well
have resulted in lower taxes overall.
The taxes the Scots or the Welsh
introduce might be good or bad. But
the competition between the four UK
nations can only be an improvement.
China has the ‘financial arsenic’ to
ruin the US – but dare not use it
hina’s leaders must be
sorely tempted to activate
the “nuclear option” and
punish the capitalist
running dog, the tango
dancer in the White
House. They could at any time start to
liquidate their $1.2 trillion (£850bn)
holdings of US Treasury debt,
switching the proceeds into euro,
sterling, krona, Aussie, or peso debt to
stop the yuan exchange rate soaring.
Even a small dose of this financial
arsenic would – in the minds of
Beijing’s ultra-nationalist faction – set
off a salutary panic. It would crater the
US bond market at the very moment
when Donald Trump’s fiscal depravity
is driving the US budget deficit to a
stratospheric $1 trillion.
The contagion would spread
instantly through US mortgages and
consumer credit, and would detonate
a Wall Street equity crash – the
“Trump crash” in blood and gore.
Timed astutely, it might decide the
midterm elections and deliver a
Democrat Congress, one with control
over the impeachment machinery. The
demise of Trumpism would then be in
sight, either because the Mueller
inquiry establishes collusion with the
Kremlin or because the president
commits perjury in one of sundry
lawsuits ensnaring him.
China need say nothing. Action
would speak loud enough. If pressed
to explain, it could state, with some
justification, that US fiscal policy is out
of control and that the Trump
administration is not a fit custodian of
any country’s wealth.
This drastic possibility is on the
radar screen after China’s commerce
ministry upped the ante yesterday
with talk of “comprehensive
measures”, which appear to go beyond
trade. President Xi Jinping cannot
retaliate symmetrically to Mr Trump’s
new threat to impose tariffs on another
$100bn of Chinese exports. China does
not buy enough imports from the US
to match it.
The Communist Party leadership
will not kowtow to Mr Trump. The
President Xi Jinping is all-powerful in China – but dare he detonate a Wall Street crash?
“opium century of humiliation” at
Western hands is too fresh in the
collective Chinese psyche to yield
to such crude intimidation. Beijing
said yesterday that the nation is
“willing to make any sacrifice” to
uphold its dignity.
The hardline tabloid Global Times
has been writing daily editorials
proclaiming that China is a coequal
superpower with an arsenal of
reserves and limitless tolerance for
pain, so make our day. “To take China
down would mean an unimaginably
cruel battle for the US,” it said.
Yet the nuclear option is in reality
almost useless. “The US Federal
Reserve could counter it easily with
emergency open market operations,”
said Geoffrey Yu from UBS.
If the Fed can buy more than
$3 trillion of US Treasuries and
mortgage bonds under its quantitative
easing programme, it can equally soak
up China’s entire holdings if necessary.
A stroke of the electronic pen would
do the job. Jeffrey Gundlach from
DoubleLine Capital said China cannot
fruitfully deploy its weapon. “It is more
effective as a threat. If they sell, it would
only eliminate their leverage,” he said.
Let us suppose as a Gedankenexperiment that Xi Jinping did succeed
in triggering a US financial crisis by
this method, the consequences would
be deeply destructive for China itself.
The ensuing rout would engulf “risk
assets” across the world, as the
Chinese central bank (PBOC) has
patiently explained to fire-breathers
on the State Council. “It is just not
‘There is little to gain from
irate gestures. Chinese
interests are better served by
seeking out the high ground’
worth the risk,” said Mr Wu.
The global mayhem would violate
China’s solemn pledge to “protect the
multilateral framework” and would
drive away the very allies that it is so
systematically cultivating. It would
undermine the grand plan to steal the
mantle of world leadership from the
US, a fallen Trumpian dystopia that is
abandoning the international system
that Americans built and ran with such
high statecraft for 70 years.
The Chinese equity and bond
markets would crash, triggering a
rerun of the capital flight crisis in early
2016, but this time with greater
intensity. Mark Ostwald from ADM
said it would lead to a worldwide
scramble for US dollars, the reflex
default in times of trouble for an
international financial system that is
leveraged to the hilt on dollar credit.
The dollar would go through the roof.
Never forget that it spiked 53pc
against the euro as the Lehman crisis
The Bank for International
Settlements says offshore dollar debt
has ballooned to $25 trillion in direct
loans and equivalent derivatives. At
least $1.7 trillion is debt owed by
Chinese companies, often
circumventing credit curbs at home.
Any serious stress in the world
financial system quickly turns into a
vast dollar “margin call”. Woe betide
any debtor who had to roll over
three-month funding.
The financial “carry trade” would
seize up across Asia, now the epicentre
of global financial risk. Nomura said
the region is a flashing map of red
alerts under the bank’s predictive
model of future financial blow-ups.
East Asia is vulnerable to any external
upset. The world biggest “credit gap”
is in Hong Kong where the overshoot
above trend is 45pc of GDP. It is an
accident waiting to happen.
China is of course a command
economy with a state-controlled
banking system. It can bathe the
economy with stimulus and order
lenders to refinance bad debts. It has
adequate foreign reserve cover to bail
out its foreign currency debtors. But it
is also dangerously stretched, with
an “augmented fiscal deficit” above
12pc of GDP.
It is grappling with the aftermath
of an immense credit bubble that
has pushed its debt-to-GDP ratio
from 130pc to 270pc in 11 years, and it
has reached credit saturation. Each
yuan of new debt creates barely
0.3 yuan of extra GDP. The model is
China has little to gain and much to
lose from irate and impulsive gestures.
Its deep interests are better served by
seeking out the high ground – hoping
the world will quietly forgive two
decades of technology piracy – and
biding its time as Mr Trump destroys
American credibility in Asia.
The US president is a strategic gift
if handled carefully. He is so ignorant
and fundamentally shallow that
he might even be induced to hand
over Taiwan in exchange for a
face-saving frippery on trade.
That truly would be the “art of the
deal”. For China.
The Daily Telegraph Saturday 7 April 2018
Fidessa delays Temenos takeover vote as rival suitors ready offers
By Lucy Burton
CITY software firm Fidessa has pushed
its vote on a £1.4bn takeover by Swiss
group Temenos to the last possible
moment while it considers potentially
better offers from rivals.
Financial technology companies
SS&C Technologies and Ion Investment now have two weeks to firm up
their separate bids or walk away after
Fidessa said yesterday it would be voting on the Temenos move on April 27,
which was the deadline it had to make
a decision by.
A bidding war for the company,
which is based in London and provides trading and infrastructure software to financial institutions, started
earlier this week when it emerged that
the pair were hoping to gatecrash the
deal. Their last-minute interest meant
that the vote regarding the Temenos
deal, which was originally due to take
place on Thursday, was put on the
back burner.
Shares in the firm rocketed on Tuesday when the new approaches
emerged, but were flat yesterday.
Both firms are eyeing up bids higher
than the amount Temenos put forward, Fidessa said earlier this week,
with Ion Investment offering 5pc
more at £38.297 per share in cash. Ion
Investment’s interest in Fidessa comes
months after it bought a controlling
stake in data provider Dealogic from
private equity giant Carlyle Group and
British media group Euromoney Institutional Investor.
US-based SS&C confirmed the talks
yesterday but said that no terms of any
offer had been discussed with the
company. The takeover battle comes
amid a wave of UK M&A, as well as a
slew of deals in the trading and technology space.
US exchange giant CME Group unveiled a £3.9bn takeover of Michael
Spencer’s London bond trading firm
Nex Group last week.
Meanwhile, private equity giant
Blackstone made a $17bn (£12bn) move
for Thomson Reuters’ financial data
business earlier this year. Fidessa,
Facebook cracks
down on political
adverts ahead of
Congress date
FACEBOOK has launched a renewed
crackdown on foreign attempts to
influence elections, promising strict
controls on who can run political
adverts and manage pages with large
Mark Zuckerberg said the company
would force pages with large followings
to confirm their identity and location,
an attempt to stop foreign agents peddling propaganda to influence votes.
Similar measures will apply to those
who buy political or “issue-based”
adverts, while the adverts themselves
which will carry special labels giving
users information about who has
purchased them.
Facebook has been threatened with
regulation over its advertising empire
and the move marks an attempt to ward
off government intrusion by Facebook
dealing with the problem itself.
It comes days before Mark Zuckerberg is due to give evidence to US politicians following the Cambridge Analytica
privacy scandal. Mr Zuckerberg has
admitted that Russian actors were able
to manipulate the social network during
the 2016 US election and has said he
wanted to prevent the same thing
happening in votes this year.
“With important elections coming up
in the US, Mexico, Brazil, India, Pakistan
and more countries in the next year, one
of my top priorities for 2018 is making
sure we support positive discourse and
prevent interference in these elections,”
he said. “These steps by themselves
won’t stop all people trying to game the
system. But they will make it a lot harder
for anyone to do what the Russians did
during the 2016 election and use fake
Carney welcomes steps
to address climate risks
Mark Carney, the Governor of the
Bank of England, has hailed efforts by
both governments and the private
sector to address climate risks, though
added that investments into long-term
infrastructure would need to roughly
quadruple from the level they are
currently at to allow for an easy shift to
a low-carbon economy. Mr Carney was
speaking at an international
conference on climate risk in
Amsterdam. He said policy
frameworks were being introduced
and firms were allocating capital.
Uber grows UK board
with two non-exec hires
Ride-hailing company Uber has
bulked up its UK board by adding two
new non-executive directors, citing
their experience in “transportation,
working constructively with cities”.
The two new hires are Susan Hooper
and Roger Parry. Ms Hooper
previously served as chief executive of
Acromas Group’s travel division and
currently serves on the boards of Wizz
Air and Rank Group. Mr Parry,
meanwhile, is currently chairman of
YouGov, as well as software group
Oxford Metrics.
AO World shares lifted
by reassuring update
Investors cheered a reassuring update
from electricals seller AO World,
which revealed revenues had grown
around 14pc to £800m in the year to
March, despite reducing its
advertising spending in its core UK
market and noting that trading
conditions were “challenging”. The
Bolton-based firm said revenue was up
around 55pc in the year in its
European unit, which is much smaller
than the UK division. AO World
closed up 13pc at 129.8p. Over the past
12 months, shares are down 3.9pc.
Government to consider
review of airline add-ons
Airlines could be asked to review extra
charges added on to flight tickets at
the end of the booking process.
The Government will today release its
Aviation Strategy Next Steps plan,
covering various things including
disabled access at airports, as well as
how to make the industry greener. But
it will also scrutinise so-called add-on
charges such as booking fees, seat
reservations and baggage charges.
accounts and pages to run ads.”
Mr Zuckerberg said enforcing the
measures would require Facebook to
hire “thousands of more people” in the
coming months.
The news comes amid swirling
controversy over the Cambridge
Analytica data scandal, which saw the
political consultants use data from
Facebook that had been unwittingly
harvested from millions of users.
It emerged yesterday that Facebook
had called off talks with hospitals after
asking for patient medical data, amid
concerns surrounding the company’s
handling of user data. The health
research project for Facebook’s secretive Building 8 department was revealed
after Facebook sent a doctor to ask
several US hospitals if they would share
patient data. The company planned to
combine the anonymised medical data
with its own to try and improve
treatment and care. Facebook admitted
it had held talks with the American
College of Cardiology and the Stanford
University School of Medicine.
“Last month we decided that we
should pause these discussions so we
can focus on other important work, including doing a better job of protecting
people’s data and being clearer with
them about how that data is used in our
products and services,” a spokesman
Yesterday, the Westminster committee investigating Facebook as part of a
probe into fake news said it would
question Mike Schroepfer, a senior
Facebook executive, later this month, as
well as Cambridge Analytica bosses and
Aleksandr Kogan, the Cambridge
academic whose original app was used
to harvest Facebook data.
Growth is
in the bag
Hermes has
opened a
new factory
in eastern
France, near
Mulhouse, as
it expands
to meet
The familyowned
known for
silk scarves
as well as its
Kelly and
Birkin bags,
has tended
to pick sites
in rural areas
for its plants,
locally and
training staff
By James Titcomb and Matthew Field
Samsung reports best quarter ever but warns of chip slowdown
By James Titcomb
BOOMING demand for Samsung’s
memory chips and the success of its
latest smartphone have led the Korean
electronics giant to forecast record
quarterly profits.
However, the company’s buoyant
financials were cancelled out by warnings that the chip boom of the past
18 months is peaking, leading the company’s shares to fall slightly.
Samsung Electronics, the biggest
Co-op back in black
after it ditches bank
By Jack Torrance
THE Co-operative Group’s boss
shrugged off the chaos afflicting Britain’s high streets as the mutual
announced it had returned to the black
after selling its stake in the troubled
Co-operative Bank.
The company, which runs food
shops and funeral parlours, as well as
offering insurance and legal services,
made a pre-tax profit of £72m in the
year to Jan 6, up from a £132m loss the
year before.
Steve Murrells, chief executive,
admitted the high street was in “crisis”
but said the Co-op’s food business had
benefited from its decision to close
large shops to focus on convenience
stores “just around the corner in people’s local areas”.
It also sold 298 very small shops to
rival McColl’s, which left its annual
food revenues flat at £7bn, despite a
3.4pc rise in sales from the remaining
stores. The chain plans to open another
100 shops this year, taking its total
beyond 2,600.
The previous year’s loss came after a
£140m write-down of the group’s stake
in its eponymous bank, which it has
since sold. The troubled lender was
bailed out by US hedge funds four
years ago after it discovered a £1.5bn
hole in its balance sheet. A second rescue deal last year saw the Co-op shed
the last of its holding. Group revenues
were flat at £9.5bn and the company
said it had saved £16m by cutting back
office costs.
Turnover in the Co-op’s insurance
business, its second largest division,
officially fell 25pc because of a new
reinsurance contract that forced it to
change the way it accounts for revenues, but gross written premiums were
up 3pc at £496m.
The Co-op also announced plans to
sponsor 28 academy schools in the next
Steve Murrells, chief
executive at the
Co-operative Group,
has admitted the
high street is in crisis
three years in addition to the 12 it
already has. It hopes to hire 250-300
workers from the schools by 2022,
but Mr Murrells said the move was
based on its aim to “do good in society”
rather than for business reasons. He added: “We are able to bring
Co-op values and principles to these
academies, we are able to bring work
experience and a number of Co-op
employees sit on every governing
board. That allows us to take these
failed schools and turn them around.”
Tata mulling majority stake
in Thyssenkrupp venture
By Hannah Boland
TATA Steel is said to be considering
taking a majority stake in its venture
with Germany’s Thyssenkrupp, in a
move that would provide further proof
of its commitment to the European
steel sector.
According to Reuters, Tata may be
open to taking a larger portion of the
business than the 50pc stake it will
receive under the joint venture, once
the entity is publicly listed.
This will depend on how well its
operations are doing in India and market conditions at the time of the float,
Reuters said.
The deal with Thyssenkrupp, to
merge European assets and create a
£13.3bn-a-year giant, was first announced last September, and was seen
which made £50m in profits last year
and saw revenues rise 7pc to £353.9m,
is based in the City but currently
generates most of its money from outside Europe.
Chris Aspinwall, the Fidessa chief
executive, said earlier this year that
the business had already noticed a
boost in demand as a result of the
changes linked to a sweeping piece of
EU legislation called Mifid II.
as a defensive move by both Tata and
the German firm in the face of fierce
competition from Chinese steelmakers.
However, it had been expected that
the new company, to be called Thyssenkrupp Tata Steel, would eventually
be separated off from the two parent
businesses, either through a sale or a
Tata was thought to be using the
mega-merger in an effort to draw a line
under its foray into the European steel
sector, which has caused it to incur
huge losses and writedowns, while
Thyssenkrupp was understood to be
looking to focus more on its profitable
capital goods operations.
However, sources told Reuters yesterday that “Thyssenkrupp is looking
to exit the steel sector while Tata is
looking to stay and grow”.
and best known part of the Samsung
corporate empire, predicted that operating profits had reached 15.6 trillion
won (£10.4bn) in the first three months
of 2017, up 58pc year on year.
It said revenues had climbed to
60 trillion won, up 19pc. If the figures
are confirmed when Samsung reports
full results later this month, it will be
the company’s most profitable quarter
ever and one of the biggest quarterly
corporate profits of any company ever,
bettered only by its main rival Apple
and the oil giants Shell, Gazprom and
While Samsung is best known for its
smartphones, televisions and household appliances, the firm makes the majority of its profits from the memory
components that feature in billions of
gadgets and computer servers.
Analysts have this week highlighted
rising competition among memory chip
makers, which is likely to lead to lower
prices and means Samsung may struggle to maintain the string of record prof-
its it has recorded in the past year.
Shares fell by 0.7pc despite profits beating expectations.
Its stellar performance has come amid
corporate turmoil. Jay Y Lee, the heir to
the Samsung empire, spent just under a
year in prison for bribery and embezzlement. He was released this year when a
court reduced his sentence, and said he
will appeal again to clear his name.
Samsung released its iPhone challenger, the Galaxy S9, last month. Early
forecasts suggest strong sales.
Saturday 7 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Weather and crosswords
Weather watch
Daffodils in bloom at Warkworth Castle
Shocking sight of
sunshine sends
humans tweeting
AFTER the winter we’ve just had,
which seemed to last for just shy of a
decade, one could be forgiven for
forgetting what sunshine looks like in
this country.
This week, the good people of
Twitter certainly seemed to. As much
of the country enjoyed clear skies and
temperatures nudging through the
teens on Thursday, the hashtag
‘‘#sunshine’’ became Britain’s most
talked-about trending topic for most of
the day.
Blinking into the light, the nation
reacted as if it had made a new
discovery. Even the verified account
for English Heritage – normally such a
bulwark of level-headedness –
appeared thrown.
“We don’t want to alarm anyone but
our sites appear to be covered by a
bright, warm light that seems to be
coming from the sky…” they tweeted,
with a picture of a sun-drenched
The next day, hype had turned to
utter hysteria. “Britain to BAKE in 15C
today as temperatures SKYROCKET
across the country,” reported one
newspaper, inadvertently confirming
it has a poor grasp of baking and
rocket science.
It really happened, though – we did
enjoy the hottest day of the year so far.
Thanks to a charitable jet stream that
pushed warmer air from Spain into
northern Europe, the long-awaited
arrival of the season we once called
spring arrived with some milder
weather this week – and it ought to
continue (albeit with intermittent rain
showers for the unlucky) today and
And should those balmy conditions
lurk into next week, there could be a
frenzy of flowering outside your
Many plants and trees that would
normally have burst into life in a
normal year, from the alders to those
final shy daffodils, may well seize their
moment and burst into character.
Guy Kelly
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