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QUA L I T Y, C O N C I S E – T H E F U T U R E O F I N D E PE N D E N T JOU R NA L I S M
Prostate
cancer gene
breakthrough
offers hope
of future
treatments
May takes on her critics:
Syria strikes ‘legally
and morally right’
P7
PLUS
KIM SENGUPTA – MACRON AND TRUMP,
THE NEW SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP? P9
P6
Windrush
scandal
TUESDAY
17 APRIL 2018
We may have been deporting people
in error, British Government admits
Number 2,307
How Man City
can become
even better
by Kevin Garside
P54
» Home Secretary suggests Theresa May’s immigration changes
PLUS
Footballers facing
mental health crisis
by Sam Cunningham
i@inews.co.uk
@theipaper
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are to blame for ‘appalling’ treatment of Windrush children
» Rudd apologises to long-term immigrants from Commonwealth
who arrived 70 years ago and are now told they’re here illegally
P4
Jenny Eclair
Want to look
younger?
Stand back
from mirror
P18
PLUS PUZZLES
P44
Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness
on season 2
of the
heart-warming
hit show
P36
I YOUR NHS PERSONAL BUDGET – EXPLAINED
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
The racism of
Enoch Powell
lives on 50
years later
P15
P13
I THE GLORY OF ANTARCTICA
P33
The
News
Matrix
SOCIETY
Thandie
Newton is
to become the
first what in
‘Star Wars’?
See p.19
The day at
a glance
HEALTH
TUESDAY
17
APRIL
Quote of the day
Natural ability without
education has more often
attained to glory and
virtue than education
without natural ability
CICERO
SOCIETY
Anniversaries
NATURE
EMPLOYMENT
Packham calls for
wildlife ‘bioblitz’
Job hunters ‘drop
ties with co-workers’
Physical assaults on health
workers including nurses and
ambulance crews have increased
as staff shortages create a “hostile”
environment, a study shows.
Research for Unison revealed a
nearly 10 per cent rise in England last
year, with a 21 per cent increase in
hospitals with an A&E department.
TV presenter and naturalist Chris
Packham is calling for a nationwide
“bioblitz” to audit the country’s
wildlife. Packham aims to use the
independent “citizen science” audit
of 50 sites to highlight the extent to
which the nation’s species are under
threat, and that it is “not enough” to
restrict wildlife to nature reserves.
Workers who are considering
quitting their jobs stop supporting
their colleagues, research suggests.
Those on the hunt for a new post
“begin to focus on the benefits of
creating new ties” that might help
them in another job, rather than
their current co-workers, academics
at the University of Exeter found.
Up to half of the millennial
generation could be renting a home
in their forties. The Resolution
Foundation think-tank said that if
home ownership follows the pattern
of the 2000s, up to half of those
born between 1981 and 2000 may
be renting privately or in the social
rented sector in their forties. PAGE 40
POLITICS
ROYALTY
GREECE
SLOVAKIA
Last-minute rush
to register to vote
Wedding tea towel
gets royal approval
Communists attack
Truman statue
Minister quits amid
row over killings
There was a last-minute rush in
applications to register to vote in
this year’s local elections, ahead of
tonight’s deadline. Nearly 60,000
applications were made on Saturday,
and 53,000 on Sunday. Around 4,400
council seats will be up for grabs on
3 May, in the first big test for parties
since the general election.
An official commemorative tea
towel celebrating the royal wedding
has gone on sale. Blue with white
detailing, the £9.95 souvenir was
approved by Prince Harry and
Meghan Markle. The towel features
a gold monogram of the couple’s
initials, tied together with a ribbon
and surmounted by Harry’s coronet.
Communist party supporters tried
to take down a statue of former US
president Harry Truman in Athens
yesterday during a protest against
air strikes on Syria. Protesters used
a metal grinder to try to cut off the
statue’s feet and tug it down with
ropes before riot police intervened
and fired tear gas into the crowd.
Slovakia’s interior minister has
resigned amid a political crisis
triggered by the killing of a journalist
and his fiancée. Tomas Drucker is
the second minister to quit since the
shooting of Jan Kuciak and Martina
Kusnirova on 21 February. He said
he was taking responsibility for not
being able to calm the situation.
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SOCIETY
The List
Historical fiction
shortlist
index
Crossword.............21
TV & Radio...........28
The 10 Best...........35
Business.................40
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
Top 10 bike theft areas in the UK
East London
The shortlist for the 2018
Walter Scott Prize for historical
fiction, worth £25,000, has been
announced. Sponsored by Sir
Walter’s distant kinsfolk, the
Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch,
the prize celebrates quality,
and innovation of writing in the
English language, and is open to
books published in the previous
year in the UK, Ireland or the
Commonwealth.
The six-book shortlist is:
Manhattan Beach
Jennifer Egan (below) (Corsair)
Sugar Money Jane Harris (Faber)
Grace Paul Lynch (Oneworld)
The Wardrobe Mistress
Patrick McGrath (Hutchinson)
Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves
Rachel Malik (Fig Tree)
The Gallows Pole Benjamin Myers
(Bluemoose Books)
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled paper content of UK
newspapers in 2017 was 64.6%
A bicycle is stolen every six minutes in the UK, analysis has
revealed. There have been nearly 100,000 bicycle thefts in
the UK in the past year alone and more than a quarter of a
million since 2015, according to an insurance provider.
Cycle of
crime
Leicester
South East London
2017
2015
3,649
2,646
+38%
Manchester
3,032
2,156
+32%
South West London
+6%
1,920
+34%
2,058
+7%
Birmingham
+30%
6
2,633
2,015
+31%
Nottingham
Cambridge
2,331
2,081
North London
2,733
2,034
3,165
2,427
1,972
+41%
Bristol
3,388
2,571
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Monday 17 April 1758
Francis Williams, a
Cambridge-educated
scholar and poet who
was born to freed slaves
in Kingston, Jamaica,
publishes a collection
of poems in Latin.
Williams was the first
Afro-Caribbean graduate
of any university in the
Western Hemisphere.
Eight out of 10 police officers are
displaying signs of depression or
anxiety as a result of “doing too
much”, the chairman of the Police
Federation has warned. Calum
Macleod said that cutbacks in
welfare departments had depleted
forces’ ability to provide support.
Half of millennials
Assaults on medics
blamed on shortages ‘may still rent in 40s’
Birthdays
Victoria Beckham, fashion
entrepreneur, 44; Eliza
Doolittle, pop singer, 30;
Sean Bean (below), actor,
59; Redman, rapper, 48;
Nick Hornby, writer, 61;
Josie Long, comedian, 36
Eight out of 10 police
suffering anxiety
3,043
+31%
1,973
mins
one bike is
stolen in the
UK every six
minutes
2,283
+16%
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UNITED STATES
JESSIE J, SINGER
U2 stage becomes
plaza at aquarium
BUSINESS SPORT
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A giant metal structure that spent
two years touring the world with
rock band U2 from 2009 to 2011 is
finding a new home at an aquarium
near Salt Lake City, Utah. The
Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
in Draper says the former stage will
be the centrepiece of a new outdoor
plaza at the attraction.
SOCIETY
Braless protest to
highlight ‘sexist rule’
A Florida high school student
who triggered an international
discussion on whether women
should have to wear bras is
organising a braless protest against
dress codes she says are unfair. Lizzy
Martinez’s “Bracott” will take place
at Braden River High. She says a
requirement to wear a bra is sexist.
MUSIC
Preachers’ new
album hard to resist
China in her hand?
Jessie J surprised many
when she entered a singing
competition in China. To
an outsider, it looks like a
disappointing climbdown
from major success in the
US and UK and a stint as a
reality show judge on The
Voice. But it looks like it’s
one of the most remarkable
British musical success
stories of recent times after
the Essex-born singer was
crowned winner.
Isn’t that cheating?
Unlike X Factor, Singer 2018
is intended for professional
singers, so Chinese viewers
were aware that she was
already a star elsewhere in
the world. Jessie J, however,
is the only contestant
to have not had success
in the Chinese-speaking
world before.
Brit triumph – the first
person from outside Asia to
win the competition.
Wow. What did she sing?
Renditions of classic
English-language ballads.
Her performances of
Whitney Houston’s “I Have
Nothing” and Celine Dion’s
“My Heart Will Go On”
received widespread praise,
ranking first in China’s
public vote almost every
week. Videos posted online,
watched millions of times,
show audience members
weeping and gasping as she
belts out the classics.
What does she have to say?
“Last year, I was asked
to compete in a singing
competition in China,
performing alongside the
biggest established singers
and artists across Asia. I was
the first international artist
to ever be asked to compete.
An honour alone.
“Seeing the boundaries
break down and the rules
be shifted made this whole
experience incredible.
“China is an amazing
place. I have never been
made to feel more
welcomed and loved as I
have done here.”
Benjamin Butterworth
That’s a new fanbase, then?
Tens of millions of people in
the world’s most populous
nation tuned in to see the
Welsh rock band Manic Street
Preachers look set to claim their first
UK album chart No 1 in two decades.
Resistance Is Futile, the band’s 13th
album, has been selling briskly
this week, according to the Official
Charts Company. It would be their
first chart-topper since This Is My
Truth Tell Me Yours in 1998.
PUERTO RICO
Baseball team gives
$37,000 for aid work
The Cleveland Indians baseball
team has donated another $37,000
(£26,000) to Puerto Rico. In
September 2017, the team gave away
a play-off bonus to help the island
which was devastated by Hurricane
Maria. The money will go to areas
where Indians’ players Francisco
Lindor and Roberto Perez grew up.
i TUESDAY
17 APRIL 2018
3
Letter from the
Comment Editor
Barbara Speed
i@inews.co.uk
It’s good to talk about cancer
A couple of years ago, my
female friends and I started
getting letters from our
doctors. We were “invited”,
the letter said, to an event
which would take place
every three years for the
next quarter century: our
smear tests.
Cervical screenings,
as they’re more officially
known, have made me and
my peers acutely aware
of our risk of cervical
cancer. So, too, did the
vaccines against the HPV
virus (which can be a risk
factor) now offered to
school-age girls.
Yes, it’s a little
unwelcome to get a letter
about a horrible disease
just after your birthday,
and fears about the test
do put some women off
going. But these days, in
a room of young women,
an “I’m scared to go to my
smear test” is met with a
chorus of “you have to go”,
“I’ll come with you”, “It was
much better than I thought
it would be”. And, since
the 1970s, cervical cancer
mortality rates in women
have fallen by 72 per cent.
Prostate cancer comes
into our consciousness far
less often, even though it
will affect one in eight men,
and one in four black men.
There’s no slang name for its
screening test, which isn’t
reliable enough to be rolled
out nationally and can have
side-effects. As editor Oliver
Duff laid out last week, the
cancer’s symptoms are very
hard to spot.
This is partly why, while
rates of the two most
common cancers – breast
and prostate – are both
going up, deaths from
breast cancer are falling,
while deaths from prostate
cancer are rising. Breast
cancer, like cervical cancer,
is the subject of endless
awareness campaigns. We
know to “look for a lump” –
there is no equivalent for
prostate cancer.
What seems to work
best in driving down the
rates of any cancer is a
three-pronged attack. Key,
of course, is research –
like the news today (page
6) that scientists have
found 80 weaknesses in
prostate cancer that could
be attacked by drugs, or
Theresa May’s new £75m
research fund for the
disease. Then there’s clinical
application: good tests
or preventive measures,
simply explained and
administered to large
numbers of patients.
Then there’s something a
bit fuzzier: the part that gets
the patient to the doctor
in the first place. About 98
per cent of those diagnosed
early with prostate cancer
survive for more than five
years. That plummets to 36
per cent if you’re diagnosed
late. This cuts to a much
wider problem: women visit
the GP more often than
men, not least because they
have a scheduled screening
at least every three years.
Let’s match better tests
and research around
prostate cancer with
more discussion by all of
us – so that men feel more
able to talk about their
health, and the measures
they are taking to protect it,
just as my friends and I talk
about ours.
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NEWS
COVER STORY
UK’s Windrush
deportations a
‘national shame’
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
The “national shame” of members
o f t h e Wi n d r u s h ge n e rat i o n
of immigrants being wrongly
threatened with deportation and
denied treatment on the NHS
after decades in Britain has been
condemned by MPs.
A Home Office minister provoked
anger and confusion after suggesting
that some members of the Windrush
generation – immigrants invited to
Britain from the Caribbean after
the war – could even have been
mistakenly deported because they
lacked the correct paperwork.
Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary,
apologised for their treatment by
her department and suggested
their plight had been caused by
immigration changes ordered by her
predecessor, Theresa May.
Those at the centre of the storm
arrived in Britain as children with
their parents between 1948 and 1971
but are now unable to prove their
formal right to live in this country.
Some have been turned away from
hospitals, lost their homes and jobs
and been detained as a result. One
MP said it was a “day of national
shame” that the Government had
taken so long to intervene to help
them. The immigration minister,
Caroline Nokes, even indicated that
some could have been deported.
Asked whether people who had
been resident in the UK for decades
had been removed, she replied:
“There have been some horrendous
situations which as a minister
have appalled me. I don’t know the
numbers, but what I am determined
to do going forward is to say we will
have no more of this.”
The Home Office said it knew of
no specific cases of people being
removed from the UK in such
circumstances and insisted: “We
have absolutely no intention of asking
anyone to leave who has the right to
remain here.
“If anyone believes that they – or
a family member – have been, they
should contact the Home Office.”
Diane Abbott MP, the shadow
Home Secretary, said: “It is an
absolute scandal that the Home
Office doesn’t even know how many
people they have wrongly deported.”
‘I fell to pieces inside’ A generation failed by the Home Office
Michael Braithwaite (above left),
66, lost his teaching job when his
employers ruled he was in the
country illegally, despite having lived
in the UK since 1961.
His employment as a special
needs teaching assistant was ended
when a routine immigration check
revealed that he did not have an
up-to-date biometric card. He told
the BBC: “I fell to pieces inside.”
Albert Thompson (not his real
name), 63, came to London from
Jamaica in 1973. He has been in the
UK for 44 years and worked as a
mechanic until he was diagnosed
with prostate cancer.
When he went for his first radiotherapy session last November he
was told he would have to pay for
the treatment upfront – a cost of
£54,000 – unless he could prove he
was eligible for free NHS treatment.
Anthony Bryan (top right), 60, has
lived in the UK for more than 50
years and worked as a painter and
decorator after leaving Jamaica.
He lost his job when he was told
that he had no right to be in the UK.
Officials have now acknowledged he
is here legally.
Paulette Wilson (above) 61, moved
to the UK in 1968 when she was 10.
She was sent to an immigration
removal centre in October, but after
publicity surrounding the case, the
former cook was given a biometric
card proving she is in the UK legally.
She will have to reapply in 2024.
attempt to make the UK a “hostile
environment” for illegal immigrants.
People now need certain documents
to prove their right to be in the UK
if they wish to work, rent a house
or access the benefits system. The
Windrush generation are only now,
for the first time, being asked for
official proof of their status.
record of who was granted leave to
remain and did not issue them with
documents. People from Caribbean
countries who arrived as children
are likely to have travelled on their
parents’ passports, so they have no
documentation of their own.
Many may have lost any documents
they had. Due to financial
circumstances, others have never
been able to afford to apply for
a passport.
Windrush What’s the problem and why has it arisen now?
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What is the ‘Windrush generation’?
In 1948, around 500 people boarded
the Empire Windrush, a passenger
liner and cruise ship, in Jamaica
to make the journey to Essex
in the hope of finding work. As
Commonwealth citizens, they were
invited by the British Government to
help with post-war reconstruction
due to a lack of manpower. The
voyage began a wave of migration,
including minors with their parents.
What is the problem now?
Some immigrants from the
Windrush generation have claimed
they are facing deportation, or are
being denied access to healthcare, or
have lost their jobs, because they do
not have official documents to prove
their right to be in the UK.
Why are the problems arising now?
The Government has tightened
immigration controls in an
Jamaicans aboard former troopship
‘Empire Windrush’ bound for Tilbury
docks in Essex in 1948 KEYSTONE/GETTY
Why don’t they have documentation?
The Home Office did not keep a
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COURTS
SCIENCE
‘Ashamed and mortified’ McPartlin
given £86,000 fine for drink-driving
Parents’ diet
casting shadow
over health of
next generation
By Henry Vaughan and Aine Fox
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
TV presenter Ant McPartlin has
said he is “truly sorry” that his
drink-driving crash let down his
family, friends and fans.
The £130,000-a-week star was
banned from the road for 20 months
and fined £86,000 after pleading
guilty to driving while more than
twice the legal limit.
McPartlin, 42, told police he was
“ashamed and mortified” after
crashing his car, with his mother in
the passenger seat.
Wimbledon magistrates’ court
heard that McPartlin had been
seeking help for “alcohol and
emotional issues” at the time of the
crash in Richmond, west London, on
18 March, having recently split from
his partner of 11 years.
Sentencing McPartlin, District
Judge Barbara Barnes told him his
behaviour had left fans disappointed
and stripped him of his former
“exemplary” character.
His £86,000 fine eclipses the
£54,000 imposed on footballer Yaya
Touré for the same offence in 2016,
reported at the time to be the biggest
sanction of its kind in the UK.
Speaking on the court steps
following sentencing, McPartlin
said: “I just want to say I’m truly
sorry for what happened.
“High standards are expected
of me, I expect them of myself. I’ve
let myself down, I let a lot of people
down. And for that I am truly sorry.
“I’d like to apologise to everybody
Ant McPartlin arrives to face Wimbledon magistrates over a three-car collision last month GETTY IMAGES
involved in the crash and I’m just
thankful no one was seriously hurt.”
McPartlin pleaded guilty to
driving with 75 micrograms of
alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
The legal limit is 35 micrograms.
Prosecutor Katie Sinnett-Jones
said his black Mini hit two other
cars after he lost control as he drove
aroundasharpbendat“considerable
speed”. The nine-year-old boy in one
of the cars damaged in the collision
was so alarmed he told his mother,
“I’m dying mummy, I’m dying.”
McPartlin’s barrister, Liam
Walker, said his client had been
seeking treatment for “alcohol and
emotional issues” at the time.
McPartlin appeared on
TV in Britain’s Got Talent’s
pre-recorded audition shows
at the weekend but Declan
Donnelly will host the live shows
without his partner of almost
30 years, ITV confirmed.
COURTS
Detective ‘felt forced’ into telling BBC of raid on Sir Cliff
Too many couples smoke, drink and
eat too much, making them woefully
unprepared for parenthood, new
research suggests.
A UK National Diet and Nutrition
Survey of more than 500 women,
aged 18- 42, fo und many eat
inadequate amounts of fruit and
vegetables and lack sufficient levels
of vitamins and minerals.
Among women aged 26 to 30 – a
fifth of the survey – not one was
getting the recommended one
microgram of vitamin B12 per day
essential to the healthy development
of a baby’s nervous system.
The survey, conducted between
2008 and 2012, found that 40 per
cent of women in this age group were
overweight or obese and 70 per cent
ate less than five portions of fruit and
vegetables per day. This was also true
of 91 per cent of women aged 18 to 25.
Meanwhile, the poor quality sperm
of obese prospective fathers was
thought to increase the chances
of children suffering chronic
disease, metabolic disorders and
neurological and immune system
conditions later in life.
The findings are part of a detailed
assessment of parental diet and
lifestyle published in The Lancet.
HEALTH
Coffee and nuts
‘keep your heart
ticking just fine’
By Tom Bawden
By Sian Harrison and Brian Farmer
A former detective has told
the High Court he felt
“forced” to reveal the
police raid on Sir Cliff
Richard’s home to a
BBC journalist.
Retired Det Supt
Matthew Fenwick said
he believed the BBC
reporter Dan Johnson
would run a story about
South Yorkshire Police’s
investigation into the singer
unless he was told about the search.
Discussing a meeting in July
2014 with Mr Johnson and the
force’s head of corporate
communications, Carrie
Goodwin, Mr Fenwick
said: “I believed the
BBC was in a position
to publish a story
and I didn’t want them
to publish a story at
that stage.
“[Mr Johnson]
said he could and he
would, and we came to an
arrangement that he would
not publish it then but that we would
let him know when we were going
to take further action. I felt that we
didn’t have many options – there was
no option other than to cooperate
with him.”
Sir Cliff (inset) is suing the BBC
for “substantial damages” over its
coverage of the raid at his penthouse
a p a r t m e n t i n S u n n i n gd a l e,
Berkshire, in August 2014 following
an allegation of sexual assault.
The 77-year-old singer claims
the report was a “very serious
invasion” of his privacy and has had
a “prolonged impact” on him. BBC
bosses dispute his claims.
The singer thanked a group of
fans gathered outside the court
as he left after the third day of the
hearing yesterday. He appeared to
pose for photographs and one fan
shouted: “The whole world loves you
Cliff,” as he got into a taxi. Another
supporter said: “Thumbs up,” to
which the singer replied: “Not yet.”
BBC lawyers previously told
the court the raid was a “matter of
legitimate public interest” and its
coverage was accurate and in good
faith. The trial, taking place before
Mr Justice Mann, is expected to last
10 days.
WEATHER
Heatwave to
bring hottest day
of the year so far
By Georgina Stubbs
The UK will bask in sunshine this
week, with the country set for the
hottest day of the year so far.
Alex Burkill, from the Met
Office, said the weather will be
“turning warmer for a little time”
as hotter air is dragged up from
the south, causing temperatures
to rise as high as 25°C in the
South-east by Thursday.
“Apart from a bit of showery
rain across parts of Scotland
perhaps, Thursday is looking
like a dry and sunny day... with
temperatures quite widely
getting above 20°C,” he said.
As the average maximum
temperature in April is 11.5°C,
Mr Burkill said it will be a “good
10°C above average”. He added it
was “not especially” unusual to
see such temperatures, adding:
“Quite often, we would have
already gone above 20°C by this
time in the year.”
Workers eat lunch outside St Paul’s
Cathedral in London yesterday
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SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
Drinking up to three cups of coffee a
day and eating plenty of nuts could
decrease the risk of developing an irregular heartbeat, a study has found.
Researchers have overturned
the widespread belief that high
caffeine intake increases the risk of
developing atrial fibrillation heart
rhythm disorder, which causes the
heart to beat rapidly and skip beats
and can eventually lead to strokes.
Analysis of existing studies
determined that far from increasing
the risk, regular coffee consumption
lowers the likelihood of a person
suffering from atrial fibrillation by
6 per cent.
“There is a public perception that
caffeine is a common acute trigger for
heart rhythm problems,” said Peter
Kistler, of the Alfred Hospital and
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
in Melbourne, Australia. “Our review
of the medical literature suggests this
is not the case.”
The study is published in JACC:
Clinical Electrophysiology. A separate
report, published in Heart, found that
eating several servings of nuts every
week could help to lower the risk of
developing atrial fibrillation.
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NEWS
SCIENCE
Eighty genes could increase depression risk
By Tom Bawden
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
Scientists have identified 80 genes
that could increase the risk of
suffering from depression.
They hope the discovery can be
used to develop drugs to tackle the
problem which affects one in five
people in the UK every year.
Depression is often prompted
by life events such as trauma and
stress but it is not clear why some
people are more likely to develop
the condition than others.
“Depression is a common and
often severe condition that affects
millions of people worldwide.
These new findings help us to
better understand its causes,” said
Professor Andrew McIntosh, of the
University of Edinburgh.
The study is published in the
journal Nature Communications.
It comes as a separate report,
published in the American Journal
of Psychiatry, finds that ketamine
“shows promise” in the rapid
treatment of depression.
The study found that ingesting
the drug through a nasal spray
led to significant improvements
in symptoms in the first 24 hours.
This was found to be effective for
four weeks after which it ceased
to work.
A study has shown why redheads, such as singer Florence Welch, have red hair
SCIENCE
European women
‘twice as likely as
men to be blonde’
By Ross Lydall
The reasons for the variety in
colours of human hair are far
more numerous than previously
thought, academics have revealed.
And European women are twice
as likely as men to be blonde.
A team from King’s College
London and Erasmus University
in Rotterdam discovered that
124 genes – 100 more than
previously thought – had a role
in determining hair colour. This
could help doctors to better
understand conditions linked
to pigmentation, such as skin,
testicular, prostate and ovarian
cancers and vitiligo, which causes
white “patching” of the skin.
It could even assist forensic
scientists in detecting the hair
colour of criminals from DNA
samples found at crime scenes.
Professor Tim Spector from
King’s College said: “Our work
helps us to understand what
causes human diversity in
appearance.”
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Drugs can target
‘weak spots’ in
prostate cancer
might allow treatment to be adapted
to combat drug resistance. A major
hurdle to making progress against
Prostate cancer has dozens of weak prostate cancer is the lack of ways
spots that could be targeted by drugs, to predict accurately how a person’s
scientists have concluded.
disease will progress.
Genetic information from the
“By greatly enhancing our
tumours of nearly 1,000 patients was understanding of the genetics behind
analysed and researchers uncovered the disease, this research edges us
80 potential lines of attack.
closer towards that goal,” said
Prostate cancer is the
Dr Justine Alford, from
most common cancer
Cancer Research UK,
in men – one in eight
which part-funded the
will get it – and it is
study. “If confirmed
now the third most
by further research,
Number
of
common cause of
in the future this
molecular
cancer deaths in the
knowledge could
weaknesses in
UK. The study was the
help
doctors better
prostate cancer that
most comprehensive
tailor
treatments to an
can be attacked
carried out into genes
individual’s cancer, and
by drugs
that drive prostate cancer
hopefully see more people
and scientists hope it will aid
survive their disease.”
the development of new treatments.
The study is published in Nature
T he in te rn ation al te am of Genetics. Professor Paul Workman,
researchers, led by the Institute of chief executive of the Institute of
Cancer Research in London, also Cancer Research, said: “This study
established a timeline of genetic has uncovered a remarkably large
changes in prostate cancer, which number of new genes that drive the
could improve ways to spot the development of prostate cancer, and
disease early. It could also help given us vital information about how
predict the way prostate cancer to exploit the biology of the disease to
evolves in individual patients, which find potential new treatments.”
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
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SECURITY
Russia ‘is embarked on malicious cyber-offensive’
By Gavin Cordon
Britain and America have issued
an unprecedented warning about
“malicious cyber activity” by the
Russian government.
The UK’s National Cyber Security
Centre (NCSC) joined the FBI and
the US Department of Homeland
Security to issue a joint “technical
alert” setting out the threat.
It warns that Russian agents
are using “compromised routers”
to conduct attacks that “support
espionage, extract intellectual
property, maintain persistent
access to victim networks
and potentially lay a
foundation for future
offensive operations”.
A j o i n t U K- U S
statement said “multiple
sources” had reported
such activity to the US
and UK governments.
It said the current state
of US and UK network devices,
coupled with a Russian campaign to
exploit these devices, “threatens our
respective safety, security, and
economic wellbeing”.
The NCSC’s chiefexecutive, Ciaran
Martin, said: “Russia
is our most capable
hostile adversary in
cyber space so dealing
with their attacks is a
major priority.
“This is the first time that
in attributing a cyber attack to
Russia the US and the UK have, at
the same time, issued joint advice to
industry about how to manage the
risks from attacks.
“It marks an important step in our
fight back against state-sponsored
aggression in cyber space.
“The UK G overnment will
continue to work with the US,
other international allies and
industry partners to expose Russia’s
unacceptable cyber behaviour,
so they are held accountable for
their actions.
“Many of the techniques used by
Russia exploit basic weaknesses in
network systems.”
The joint statement said the
targets of such attacks have been
primarily government and privatesector organisations, infrastructure
providers and the internet service
providers (ISPs) which support
these sectors.
Specifically, it said they had been
directed at network infrastructure
devices worldwide such as routers,
switches, firewalls and network
intrusion detection systems (Nids).
PARLIAMENT
May denies following Trump’s
orders as she defends air strikes
By Richard Vaughan
Theresa May defended her decision
to authorise British bombing raids on
Syria without support from MPs and
refused to commit to seeking parliamentary approval for similar action
in the future.
The Prime Minister dismissed
claims from Labour MPs that she
was acting on the “whims” of US
President Donald Trump in launching the attacks, branding the
suggestions “insulting”.
Mrs May went to the Despatch
Box to explain her actions following
demands for a full Commons debate
on the UK’s participation in the USled air strikes.
In her statement, the Prime Minister said the chemical weapons attack
in Douma, Syria, which left 75 dead
and 500 more injured, was a “stain
on our humanity”, adding that the
UK needed to act quickly to prevent
potential further attacks.
“The speed with which we acted
was essential in co-operating with
our partners to alleviate further humanitarian suffering and to maintain
the vital security of our operations,”
she said.
The decision required the evaluation of intelligence “much of which
was of a nature that could not be
shared with Parliament”.
“Very careful scientific analysis
was used to determine where best to
target these missiles to maximise the
destruction of stockpiled chemicals
and to minimise any risk to the surrounding area,” she said.
Mrs May added that it was “legally
and morally right” for the UK to join
air strikes against the Syrian regime
to prevent “further suffering”.
During a gruelling three-hour
debate, the Prime Minister ducked
questions over whether she would
seek parliamentary approval beJeremy Corbyn has forced
a further Commons
debate today on Syria by securing an emergency motion on
whether Parliament should have
the power to authorise military
action in the future.
Mrs May said the military action had been ‘morally right’ and would prevent ‘further suffering’ AFP/GETTY
fore any potential military action in
the future.
It was the first time MPs had the
chance to question Mrs May over her
decision to join the US and France
in attacking Syria due to the Easter
break. Jeremy Corbyn repeated his
assertion that the military action was
“legally questionable”.
The Labour leader, along with several of his backbench MPs, suggested
Mrs May was acting on President
Trump’s instructions, which met with
jeers from the Conservative benches.
Laura Smith, MP for Crewe and
Nantwich, asked: “I wondered,
can the Prime Minister tell us at
what point the President instructed her that military action would
be taken?”
Mrs May said: “At no point at all. I
took this decision because I believed
it was the right thing to do.
“It was in our national interest
and it is a decision that should be, I
believe, supported by everybody who
recognises that we need to re-establish the international norms in relation to the use and the prohibition of
chemical weapons.”
LABOUR
Corbyn demands law to
force vote on military action
By Richard Vaughan
Jeremy Corbyn has demanded
the introduction of new laws to
force the Prime Minister to seek
parliamentary approval before
taking military action.
The Labour leader
called for a War Powers
Act to be established,
which he said would
legally oblige the
Prime Minister to
gain support from
MPs before similar
interventions in the
future. Mr Corbyn faced shouts
of “shame” from Tory MPs after
he claimed the Prime Minister is
accountable to Parliament “not
the whims of the US President”.
Responding to Theresa May’s
statement on Syria in
the Chamber, Mr Corbyn
(inset) said: “We clearly
need a War Powers Act in
this country to transform a
now broken convention into
a legal obligation. Her
predecessor came to this
House to seek authority
for military action in
Libya and in Syria in
2015, and the House
had a vote over Iraq
in 2003.”
The Labour leader
added: “There is no more
serious issue than the life and
death matters of military action.
It is right that Parliament has
the power to support or stop
the Government from taking
planned military action.”
What they said
Key quotes in the debate
Labour MPs lined up to give their
backing to the bombing raid in
Syria following the use of chemical
weapons in Douma.
In a series of interventions,
Labour backbenchers took aim at
Jeremy Corbyn implicitly by
praising the Prime Minister’s course
of action, which they said was
“absolutely right”.
John Woodcock, the MP for
Barrow and Furness, said Britain
should be “proud” of the role it
played in Syria. He added it would
be “shameful” if humanitarian
interventions were abandoned “by
people who would not countenance
intervention in any circumstances”.
Chris Leslie, the Nottingham
East MP who served as a minister
under Tony Blair, said: “Pinpointing
and degrading [Bashar] Assad’s
chemical weapons was necessary
and appropriate, and intervening
to save civilians from future gas
attacks – while not without risk – was
absolutely the right thing to do.”
He also criticised those who
would “turn a blind eye, who
would do nothing in
pursuit of some moral
high ground”.
The long-standing
Labour MP for Ilford
South, Mike Gapes,
listed the military
interventions taken
by the last Labour
government and defended
his party’s “noble
tradition” of supporting
humanitarian intervention.
Jess Phillips (inset), the MP for
Birmingham Yardley, criticised
Theresa May’s decision not to give
Parliament a say on the strikes, but
added: “She would have had my vote,
had I been asked to give it.”
The former attorney-general
Dominic Grieve warned that
Mr Corbyn’s stance on military
action could enable any “tyrant” or
“megalomaniac” with the support
of an “amoral state” within the UN
Security Council to carry out a
genocide with “total impunity”.
But Mrs May was criticised by
former Tory chancellor Kenneth
Clarke for failing to seek a vote from
Parliament. He added: “A widespread
debate was taking place everywhere,
including many MPs in the media,
but no debate in Parliament.”
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SYRIA
Russia accused of blocking access
to site of alleged chemical attack
By Laila Bassam IN DAMASCUS
and Anthony Deutsch IN THE HAGUE
The United States accused Russia
yesterday of blocking international
inspectors from reaching the site of a
suspected poison gas attack in Syria
and said Russians or Syrians may
have tampered with evidence.
Moscow denied the charge and
blamed delays on retaliatory USled missile strikes on Syria at
the weekend.
In the aftermath of the suspected
Syria and Russia deny
using poison gas during
their offensive on Douma,
which ended with the recapture
of the town on 7 April.
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attack in Douma and the West’s
response, Washington also prepared
to increase pressure on Russia, the
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s
main ally, with new sanctions.
European Union foreign ministers
threatened similar measures.
Relief organisations say dozens of
men, women and children were killed.
Inspectors from the Hague-based
Organisation for the Prohibition
of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
travelled to Syria last week to
inspect the site, but have yet to gain
access to Douma, which is now under
government control.
“It is our understanding the
Russians may have visited the attack
site,” the US ambassador Kenneth
Ward said at an OPCW meeting in
The Hague yesterday.
“It is our concern that they may
have tampered with it with the intent
of thwarting the efforts of the OPCW
fact-finding mission to conduct an
effective investigation,” he said.
In France, the conservatives, the
far left and the far right
have all criticised the
strikes. The French
constitution
bars presidents
f r o m go i n g t o
parliament
and President
Emmanuel Macron
(inset) will therefore
not be questioned
directly by politicians.
M e a n w h i l e, y e s t e r d a y M r
Macron clarified comments that
he “convinced” President Donald
Trump to maintain the American
military presence in Syria, a remark
that prompted a rebuttal from the
White House earlier in the day.
Mr Macron maintained that he
“never said” either the US or France
would stay engaged long term in
Syria in a military sense – hours after
saying in a Sunday interview that he
had managed to change Mr Trump’s
mind on withdrawing troops.
Mr Macron said that both French
and US positions were in line and
the main aim in Syria was the “war
against Isis”.
However, Mr Macron said that
Protesters against the
bombing of Syria rally
outside Parliament
yesterday REUTERS
by joining forces with France and
the UK for last Saturday’s air
strikes, the US “fully realised that
our responsibility went above and
beyond the war against Isis and that
it was a humanitarian responsibility
as well on the ground”.
In Germany, the government
rejected suggestions it did not live
up to its responsibilities by not
taking part in air strikes against
Syria. Yesterday, Bild newspaper
ran a full-page article under the
headline: “Why does Germany shirk
the dirty work?”
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s
spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said
Germany had not been asked to make
a military contribution.
He added: “It is nothing special for
Germany to support a deployment
by its allies and friends but not
participate militarily.” REUTERS
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The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey
Lavrov, denied that Russia interfered
with evidence at the site of the
suspected Syrian chemical attack.
“I can guarantee that Russia has
not tampered with the site,”
Mr Lavrov (inset) told the
BBC yesterday .
Echoing his comments
from last week, Mr Lavrov
again insisted that the
alleged chemical attack in
Douma had not taken place.
He said: “I cannot be
impolite with the heads of other
states, but you quoted the leaders
of France and the UK and US and,
frankly speaking, all the evidence they
quoted was based on media reports
and social media. What did take place
was the staged thing.”
Mr Lavrov also questioned why
the US, UK and France had carried out
air strikes before independent
inspectors were able to visit
the site.
Asked whether the state
of diplomacy vbetween
Russia and the West
now reminded him of
the Cold War, Mr Lavrov
said: “I think it’s worse
because during the Cold
War there were channels of
communication. And there was
no obsession with Russophobia,
which resembles genocide
through sanctions.”
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Analysis
Macron, not May, has
the special relationship
Kim Sengupta
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Johnson defends ‘proportionate’ joint strikes
By Sam Lister
Boris Johnson told a summit of EU
foreign ministers in Luxembourg
yesterday that the bombing
of Syria was “right”.
Speaking amid rising
tensions with Russia, the
Foreign Secretary maintained the action was a
proportionate response to
the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.
As he arrived at the summit,
he said: “The action that was taken
by France, by the UK, by the United
States in launching calibrated and
proportionate strikes against Assad’s chemical weapons capabilities,
was entirely right, entirely the right
thing to do – right for the UK and
right for the world. I’m very
grateful for the strong international support that
there has been for what
the P3 – UK, France and
America – have done.”
The Foreign Secretary (inset) stressed it was
“not an attempt to change
the tide of the war in Syria or
to have regime change” and “the
Syrian war in many ways will go on
in its horrible, miserable way”. He
added: “But it was the world saying
that we have had enough of the use of
chemical weapons, the erosion of that
taboo that has been in place for 100
years has gone too far under Bashar
al-Assad.”
The UK’s representative at the
Organisation for the Prohibition of
Chemical Weapons, Peter Wilson,
dismissed as “ludicrous” a Russian
claim that the UK had helped stage
the attack in Douma.
He said: “Russia has argued that
the attack on Douma was somehow
staged, or faked. They have even suggested that the UK was behind the
attack. That is ludicrous.”
RUSSIA
Investigative journalist
dies in fall from window
By Oliver Carroll
IN MOSCOW
A prominent journalist investigating
crime, politics and the war in Syria
has died following a fall from a
window of his fourth-floor apartment
in Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourthlargest city.
Maxim Borodin, 32, was found by
neighbours on the ground outside
his apartment on Friday. He died
in hospital two days later, without
regaining consciousness.
Vyacheslav Bashkov, a local rights
activist, said Mr Borodin had called
him early in the morning on 11 April.
The journalist feared a police raid,
said Mr Bashkov. A group of people
in masks and fatigues had taken up
positions in his courtyard, and he
assumed he was the target
“Any journalist engaged in
dangerous work has a list of numbers
to call should they find themselves in
trouble, and Maxim had mine,” said
Mr Bashkov.
A little over an hour later, the
Maxim Borodin told a friend that he
feared a police raid at his home
journalist called back to say the men
had disappeared, and there was no
longer need for a lawyer.
Mr Bashkov thought nothing
more of it, until two days later, he
read about Mr Borodin’s condition.
THE INDEPENDENT
mmanuel Macron has
declared that he had
persuaded Donald
Trump to limit the
Syria air strikes
to a few targets and avoid a
conflagration. In London the
briefing from officials was that
the US President was, in fact,
wobbling over military action at
the end and Theresa May played
a part in his holding firm.
But in reality it was not
Mr Macron or Mrs May who
effectively decided the scale and
scope of the raids, but General
James Mattis. The American
Defence Secretary, by all reliable
accounts, was key in formulating
the parameters of the mission
– one already handicapped by
Mr Trump’s tweeted boast the
“missiles are coming” – and
saw off the efforts of the new
“superhawk” National Security
Adviser, John Bolton, to widen
operations and hit locations
where Iranians might be present.
But Mr Trump’s threat to
attack was not due to Mr Bolton
or anyone else. The President’s
message, delivered on the social
media, was an instant reaction
after watching images on TV
news. But this one made military
action inevitable even though the
commanders and the intelligence
agencies were still assessing
what happened in Douma.
Mr Trump’s next tweet was: “I
didn’t say when there will be an
attack on Syria. It will happen
very soon, maybe not so soon”.
Then, even more confusedly:
“The US did a great job of ridding
the region of Isis, where is your
‘Thank you America?’”
According to Downing Street
accounts this was when a
subdued President Trump called
Mrs May and the PM’s response
put some ballast in him. There
are echoes in this of Margaret
Thatcher telling Ronald
Reagan to stand firm on nuclear
deterrence talks with Moscow,
but Mrs May is not another Iron
Lady and Mr Trump, most would
say, is no Ronald Reagan.
Despite the supposed “special
relationship” Mr Trump appears
to have built up a stronger
rapport with Mr Macron
than with Mrs May, with the
US President having a fairly
successful, hassle-free visit to
France while one to the UK is
still to take place.
Mr Trump has had two lengthy
conversations with Mr Macron
while Mrs May waited to talk to
him and, according to officials,
the French President urged the
need for air strikes. Mr Macron
also claimed to have persuaded
Mr Trump not to pull out troops
from Syria.
Mr Macron had expressed his
view on coming to power last
year that military action should
follow a chemical attack by the
Assad regime. The French had
taken a tough stance on this
in the past. In 2013, François
Hollande was urging raids
while David Cameron went to
the Commons for authority for
military action and failed to
obtain it, and Barack Obama
desisted from bombing after
accepting Russian assurances
that President Assad would get
rid of his chemical weapons.
It made more sense,
logistically, for the US to liaise
more with France than the UK.
Mr Macron claimed early on that
he had proof of a chemical attack
on Douma. France had more
Mattis decided the scale
of raids, but Trump’s threat
to attack on Twitter made
military action inevitable
military assets to contribute
than the UK and, unlike the UK,
could use warships.
In the end, however, the
difference was relatively slight.
France fired 12 missiles to
Britain’s eight. The heavy lifting
was done by America with 85
missiles. Just how much damage
was done, with the Syrians
evacuating bases and moving
equipment thanks to Mr Trump’s
early warning, remains a matter
of dispute. THE INDEPENDENT
IRAN
EU backs
nuclear deal
with Tehran
By Jane Clinton
The EU has strongly defended
the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran
and declined to impose new
sanctions, despite Tehran’s actions in Syria.
The EU’s foreign affairs chief
Federica Mogherini sought to
draw a clear line between Iran’s
adherence to the nuclear agreement and other actions that the
EU and US find objectionable.
Donald Trump has vowed to
withdraw from the 2015 agreement by 12 May unless US,
British, French and German negotiators can agree to fix what he
sees as its serious flaws.
“One thing is clear to all of us,”
Ms Mogherini said of the 28 EU
nations. “We want to preserve
the nuclear deal with Iran. We
want to see the full compliance
by all to all commitments included in the deal.”
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EU calls for Assad
to join ‘urgent’
peace talks
Abbott attacked
over fake image use
By Jon Stone
IN BRUSSELS
The European Union has said it
“understands” the need for the
US, French and British air strikes
in Syria over the weekend, but
called for the “urgent” resumption
of peace talks to stop the civil war
“spiralling” out of control.
In a joint statement after a Foreign Affairs council meeting of
ministers in Brussels, 28 EU foreign ministers said the strike was
executed with “the sole objective
to prevent further use of chemical
weapons and chemical substances
as weapons by the Syrian regime to
kill its own people”.
Federica Mogherini, the European Commission’s foreign affairs
chief, said member states had
shown “full unity” and called for a
summit in Brussels scheduled for
next week to be used as a stepping
stone to more peace talks.
“There was an unequivocal and
strong wish from all member states
to use the Brussels conference next
week as the opportunity to relaunch
together with the United Nations
the political process to solve the
Syria crisis,” Ms Mogherini said
after the meeting.
She said a worsening of the violence in the country made a political solution more “urgent” and said
groundwork for further talks in Geneva could be laid at the Brussels
meeting next week.
“Conditions are deteriorating,
and we are seeing more violence,
more destruction, we are seeing
more people dying, and it is true
that the solution to the conflict
seems to be more far away than
ever in the last seven years of conflict,” she said. “It is evident to all
that the only way to put an end to
the suffering is to put all the pressure on the parties and namely on
the Syrian regime to come to Geneva with meaningful intentions for
negotiations.” THE INDEPENDENT
Diane Abbott has been criticised
after posting a fake image of a
bombing raid in a social media post
about the Syrian air strikes.
The shadow Home Secretary
used the image in a post hitting out
at the International Development
Secretary Penny Mordaunt, who
was defending the Government’s
refusal to hold a parliamentary vote
before launching air strikes. Twitter
users pointed out that the image
she used was a composite showing
what a fictional Israeli air strike on
Tehran might have looked like.
RELIGION
London priest
defends visit
Fireworks at army celebration
Hundreds of Syrians gathered in
Damascus yesterday in support of
their armed forces, which they say
succeeded in confronting the air
strikes by the West.
State TV broadcast the rally,
dubbed a “salute to the achievements of the Arab Syrian Army”,
from Umayyad Square, showing
protesters waving Syrian
flags, setting off fireworks and
unleashing celebratory gunfire.
Shouts of “Allah, Syria, and only
Bashar”, a reference to the Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad, rang
out. Russian and Syrian officials
have claimed that air defences
intercepted most of the missiles.
A priest from a delegation of
Christian leaders and peers who
visited Damascus in the aftermath of
last week’s air strikes has defended
meeting with Syrian regime officials.
Giles Fraser, from south-east
London, joined the Rev Andrew
Ashdown and peers Baroness Cox
and Lord Dykes on the trip. “This
has been arranged for ages. We
came at the invitation of the Syrian
Orthodox Church. We decided that
it would be wrong if we suddenly
decided we weren’t coming,” he said.
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ENVIRONMENT
Breakthrough in
recycling boosts
war on plastic
By Tom Bawden
ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT
The battle to curb plastic pollution
has received a major boost after
scientists developed a way to make
recycling much quicker and cheaper.
Researchers have created a
chemical that can break down plastic
in hours, not the hundreds of years it
takes to decompose in nature.
This means plastic can be quickly
broken down into its constituent
parts and put back together
to create new products,
making the process
much more efficient.
As a result, far fewer
new bottles and other
plastic items are likely
SOCIETY
One in five of
us don’t use our
reusable bottles
By Emily Beament
A fifth of people do not use their
reusable water bottle or have lost
it and not bothered to replace it, a
survey has shown.
While the BBC’s Blue Planet
II and campaigns by various
organisations have raised
awareness of the problem of
plastic waste in the world’s
oceans, it does not seem to have
translated into action, Keep
Britain Tidy and Brita said.
Only 36 per cent regularly carry
a reusable water bottle, and fewer
than a third (31 per cent) feel
guilty purchasing bottled water.
While 55 per cent said they owned
a reusable water bottle, 17 per
cent of the 2,138 people questioned
by YouGov do not regularly use it,
and 3 per cent have lost it and not
bothered to replace it.
Clean
oceans
to be created since it should become
far more viable to recycle existing
ones, according to researchers from
the University of Portsmouth.
Increasing the volume of
plastic that is recycled
could significantly cut the
amount that finds its way
into the sea – currently
about a truckload every
minute worldwide.
Plastic cannot be
broken down into its
constituent parts at
present, so recycling
involves melting the material
for reuse. But the process is costly
and the quality of plastic deteriorates
considerably every time it is recycled.
By contrast, the new synthetic
enzyme could allow plastic to be
quickly – and endlessly – recycled. “To
find an enzyme that breaks plastic
down so quickly is really exciting,”
said University of Portsmouth
Professor John McGeehan.
“We see an industrial process
where the waste is collected and –
rather than incinerate it or throw it in
landfill, as it often is at the moment –
the enzyme is thrown into a huge vat.
This would get the building blocks for
new plastic, so you don’t need to keep
making more plastic.”
He said the enzyme needs to be
made to act even faster to make
the process commercially viable
but is confident that can be done,
potentially in as little as five years.
The breakthrough was welcomed
by scientists not involved in the
project, although they cautioned that
more research is needed.
The study is published in the
journal Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences.
Queen
goes
green
Buckingham Palace has been illuminated
with a rainforest design, ahead of the ITV
documentary The Queen’s Green Planet with
Sir David Attenborough. The image was
displayed as part of a conservation initiative,
using the palace as a blank canvas to take the
viewer into a forest canopy space. It features
Her Majesty’s Commonwealth Canopy
Project (QCC) logo embedded with a pattern
of foliage and tree silhouettes. PA
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PEOPLE
Markle ‘hugely excited’
by Commonwealth role
By Tony Jones
Prince Harry said Meghan Markle is
“hugely excited” to be joining him in
his Commonwealth work as he paid
tribute to the Queen’s service to the
Family of Nations.
The Prince said his fiancée (inset)
would be by his side in his new role as
Commonwealth Youth Ambassador
– a post bestowed by the Queen.
His comments came as he helped
open the Youth Forum, which
launched the Commonwealth Heads
of Government Meeting week, with
a speech, and the Prince told the
young delegates “it is you who are
going to change the world”.
During his speech, Prince Harry
got cheers and whoops from the
audience when he mentioned
his bride-to-be, who will
join him tomorrow at a
Commonwealth Youth
Forum reception.
He said he looked
for inspiration for
his new role from
his grandmother the
Queen and he highlighted
her famous speech from
1947 where she pledged her life
to the Commonwealth.
Prince Harry’s brother, the Duke
of Cambridge, welcomed delegates
from the 53 Commonwealth
member nations to London for
the Business, People’s, Women’s
and Youth Forums and told them
their gathering represented “a
shared desire to make our world a
better place”.
He said: “The Commonwealth
has rightly been described as ‘the
mother of all networks’.
There is no other
organisation on Earth
that marries politics
with the civil society
and the networks that
the Forums represent.
“ Yo u r w o r k i n
these forums, bring a
world that needs more
communication, not less,
together. What this gathering
represents is a connection based
on empathy, compassion and a
shared desire to make our world a
better place.”
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Kashmiri goats have lived on Great Orme for decades JOHN S TURNER/ GEOGRAPH
very worrying as ticks can cause
health problems.
“We are a school which tries
hard to teach children about
the importance of nature.
But the goats are causing too
many problems.”
Conwy Council said it was
not directly responsible for
the goats. However, it has been
looking to reduce the size of the
herd by moving some of them
– and conducting a trial of goat
contraceptives.
EDUCATION
One in four miss out on first
primary school choice
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
Up to a quarter of children missed
out on their first choice of primary
school in parts of England yesterday.
More than half-a-million parents
of four- and five-year-olds found
out which school they will attend
from September on what is known
as National Offer Day. But while the
vast majority gained access to their
top choice, tens of thousands missed
out on a favoured school.
The competition for places in
some postcode areas is so fierce that
reports emerged of parents faking
marital breakdowns in an effort to
register a child at an address within a
popular school’s catchment area.
The squeeze was most acutely
felt in London, where one in seven
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By Dean Kirby
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School ticked off
at nannies’ state
Goats are causing trouble in a
Welsh seaside town after being
driven from their hilltop home by
rivals and invading a school.
The Kashmiri goats have lived
on the headland since the early
1900s but part of the herd has
been driven down to the edge of
town by rival goats.
Ian Keith Jones, the
headteacher of Ysgol San Sior
primary school, told the BBC:
“My first job when I arrive in the
morning is to chase the goats off
the school grounds.
“We’ve had several children
come to the office having picked
up a tick on the sports field. It’s
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children (14 per cent) failed to gain
entry to their first-choice primary.
Among the worst-affected parts of
the capital were Camden, where
a quarter missed out on their first
choices, with similar numbers
disappointed in Hammersmith and
Fulham and Wandsworth.
Other areas where children were
more likely to miss out on their
preferred school were East Sussex,
where 87.6 per cent got their first
preference, along with 88 per cent in
Leeds and 88.1 per cent in Essex.
This is compared with the likes of
Central Bedfordshire, where 96 per
cent got their top choice, along with
95.2 per cent in Cornwall and 95 per
cent in Lincolnshire.
Primary schools have seen a boom
in pupil numbers in recent years,
prompted by a spike in the birth
rate in the early 2000s. This is now
making its way up into secondary
schools. Official forecasts suggest
that primary school pupil numbers
may start to plateau beyond 2020-21.
Official data shows that last year,
90 per cent of families got their first
choice of primary school.
School standards minister Nick
Gibb said the Government was
investing £5.8bn to create more
“good school places”, with 825,000
already created since 2010.
Paul Whiteman, the general
secretary of the National
Association of Head Teachers,
has called for a national
strategy to guarantee sufficient
places for every child.
T
he expansion of NHS
personal budgets, where
people with complex
health needs are given
funds to pay for their
own healthcare, will “put power
back in the hands of patients”,
according to the Government.
Currently 23,000 NHS users are
granted a personal budget but that
will increase to around 350,000
people under Government plans.
The move is designed to allow
patients with long-term illnesses
such as mental health problems,
dementia or physical and learning
difficulties to tailor their own care
and treatment.
Although they are part of the
Government’s long-term funding
plan, they have proved
controversial as the
money is in the hands of
a patient’s relative or
carer. In the past, that
money has been spent
on holidays, horseriding lessons and
aromatherapy rather
than buying pieces of
equipment, financing
a personal assistant or
enrolling the patient in an exercise
class to help with their condition.
There are certain areas of
NHS care that it does not cover,
such as GP services, unplanned
hospital admission, medication
or operations, and there is a small
list of things that are excluded
completely, for example, alcohol,
tobacco, gambling, debt repayment
and anything that is illegal.
Personal budgets are also optional.
Nobody would be required to
receive their healthcare in this way
if they do not want to.
If an individual does choose to
receive a personal health budget,
and if their doctor believes
it is clinically appropriate,
the individual will discuss a
personalised care and support
plan with their local health team.
Funding would come from the
health and social care budgets in
a bid to get different aspects of
care to work more closely together
and alleviate pressure on the
emergency services and hospitals.
According to Department
of Health data published in
2012, patients with long-term
conditions made up half of all GP
appointments, two-thirds (64 per
cent) of outpatient appointments
and 70 per cent of inpatient bed
delays. The department believes
personal budgets are about using
NHS money that would have
already been spent on an individual
in a different way to meet their
health needs.
In its plans, first published
in a green paper
last summer, the
Government included
the example in a pilot
trial of a 90-year-old
woman who used
her personal budget
to pay for assistants,
osteopathy and respite
care for her daughter and
husband, allowing her to
remain with her family rather than
moving to a nursing home. Those
with the highest levels of need
experienced similar or improved
outcomes when using a personal
health budget, the paper said.
There is no doubt that
campaigners have for years
been calling for a more joined-up
approach between health and social
care, as many areas around the
country, such as Manchester, are
now implementing. Yet some health
experts still believe the plans will
not be enough on their own to meet
the demands of an ageing society.
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GENERATION
GRENFELL
REPORT
MARTIN
SORRELL
ENGLISH
NETBALL
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REVIEWS
We will pay
for our
actions
Prime Minister
has had ample
time to act
We still don’t
know the
true causes
WPP will miss
him when
he’s gone
Historic win
against the
Aussies
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put off by
the title
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The Guardian
Evening Standard
The Daily Telegraph
Sky Sports
Screen Daily
So now we can
expect Assad’s ally
Russia to retaliate.
Our intelligence
services think Putin’s
regime will hit back
with “kompromat”
[compromising
material] on members
of the Cabinet or a
cyber attack on the
National Grid or the
NHS. (Editorial)
The Government has
not acted decisively so
far because it has not
felt compelled to do
so. For many months
now, Guardian reporter
Amelia Gentleman has
trodden a lonely path
in trying to highlight
these stories. This says
some sorry things
about Theresa May
and those who do her
bidding. (Hugh Muir)
Now we know how
it happened. But we
also need to know
why these mistakes
were made. That is a
job for the Grenfell
Tower inquiry and
the ongoing police
investigation. Their
findings cannot come
soon enough.
(Editorial)
Despite his
numbercrunching
image, he was the last
of the old-style admen,
at home in a world of
long lunches and big
budget, attentiongrabbing commercials.
Now the algorithms
have taken over, and
there was no place
for him any more.
(Matthew Lynn)
Netball’s status in the
southern hemisphere
gives women a
platform virtually
unseen in other
countries. Professional
teams, well-paid
players, TV deals and
a place on the last
day of the Games
gives you an idea. The
sport must now build
on this remarkable
achievement.
(Paul Prenderville)
This is British securityblanket film-making
at its finest. Soft as an
over-cooked spud, The
Guernsey Literary and
Potato Peel Pie Society
will find its devotees,
seduced by the vague,
nostalgic idea of how
things were so much
more simple during a
world war in which 50
million people died.
(Fionnuala Halligan)
New YorkTimes
Even more dangerous
is that Israel and Iran
seem to be heading for
a High Noon shootout
in Syria over Iran’s
attempts to turn Syria
into a forward air base
against Israel. In the
past few weeks Israel
and Iran have begun
quietly trading blows
directly in Syria.
(Thomas L Friedman)
Quote of
the day
I hope I might
arrange
a dress
rehearsal
before I go
Sir Ian McKellen
The actor says he
has already planned
his funeral and
memorial service
The Spectator
Ministers have been
caught so badly on the
hop that Amber Rudd
was forced not only to
tell MPs that her own
department wasn’t
working properly,
but also to admit that
she didn’t know how
many people had
been deported.
(Isabel Hardman)
The Times
Labour’s seizure of the
Grenfell tragedy for
political gain does not
only matter in terms
of the local elections.
It is a warning of an
approach that would
be poisonous were the
party ever to return to
government. It insists
that behind every
tragedy is a conspiracy
of greed.
(Clare Foges)
ManagementToday
Sometimes you need
fresh blood. But the
notion that Sorrell
isn’t up to the digital
era verges on ageist.
The man lives on his
mobile – he’s famed for
his near instant replies
to emails – and has
steered his company
at least as ably as his
rivals in recent times.
(Adam Gale)
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The Sun
The Sun congratulates
Tracey Neville on
leading England’s
netball team to a
historic win over
the Aussies. As a
gaffer, she has outdone
her brother Gary,
the ex-Manchester
United ace.
(Editorial)
Do not be put off by
the terribly twee,
tongue-twisting title.
This adaptation of
Mary Ann Shaffer’s
posthumously
published 2008
bestseller is a
very attractive,
accomplished dish of
heartwarming drama.
(Angie Errigo)
LifeInBrief
AHMED JANKA NABAY MUSICIAN
Ahmed Janka Nabay, who has died aged
54, was a Sierra Leonean musician and
major exponent of Bubu, a traditional
style of music played on bamboo pipes.
He was born in the village of Sedu,
in eastern Sierra Leone. His father
was a diamond miner and fish seller of
Mandingo and Temne heritage, and his
mother was Temne.
As a child, Nabay was a keen fan of
Michael Jackson and Bob Marley. As
a teenager, he began to write his own
music, combining Marley’s reggae
style with lyrics in Arabic expressing
his own nascent political beliefs.
However, the songs for which Nabay
will be remembered drew on the
Bubu which he first heard as a child
visiting his grandmother in the north
of the country. The pre-Islamic music,
associated with the Temne people
and traditionally played on holidays,
combines voice, drums and a kind of
bamboo horn that plays only one note.
Several horns, each with a different
note, are played together in sequence
to form a tune.
In the 1990s, Nabay brought the Bubu
sound up to date with an electronic
spin. His modern, eminently danceable
take on the traditional style won him
his first taste of fame on SuperSound,
a competition in the vein of Pop Idol.
He went on to record six albums in
Sierra Leone, singing in Temne, English,
Arabic and the Sierra Leonean official
language, Krio. Sierra Leone’s political
turmoil was a big inspiration for his
work and he criticised the government
and the rebels alike.
Nabay’s message was one of peace,
inclusivity and sexual equality but
during the Civil War, his music was
horribly twisted for political gain. The
New York Times reported that rebel
troops changed Nabay’s lyrics to suit
their own aims and played his songs on
portable stereos to draw civilians out of
their homes to be attacked.
Nabay was drawn further into the
conflict when he and his 11-strong
band were kidnapped mid-tour by
rebel general, Sam “General Mosquito”
Bockarie. They were held for 17 days,
during which time they were forced to
perform for the rebel soldiers.
In fear for his life, Nabay left Sierra
Leone soon afterwards. He headed
for the United States where he was
granted an artist’s visa and settled on
the East Coast. Unable to find work as
a musician, he supported himself by
working in fast-food restaurants, while
occasionally playing to fellow Sierra
Leonean immigrants.
In 2007, however, radio producer
Wills Glasspiegel heard his music while
researching a programme for Afropop
Worldwide. Encouraged by Glasspiegel,
Nabay formed a Brooklyn-based band,
The Bubu Gang, with several indie-rock
musicians. Their EP, Bubu King, was the
first Bubu record to get a commercial
release in the US. The band became a
fixture at festivals and recorded two
LPs for David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label
Nabay died of an undiagnosed
stomach illness. He is survived by his
wife and three children from a previous
relationship. THE INDEPENDENT
Born 5 January 1964
Died 2 April 2018
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Enoch Powell’s racism lives on
The ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech hurts as much today as it did in 1968
I
was at an international
journalism conference in
Perugia when Enoch Powell’s
menacing, dead self returned
to haunt and hurt Britons who
have dark skins and roots in
the old empire.
Last weekend, Radio 4’s Archive
Hour had an actor reading Powell’s
incendiary “Rivers of Blood” speech
in full, for the first time on British
radio. A furore was inevitable.
British broadcasters rang to get my
view. Here it is: However brilliant
and inventive the documentary
was, it was cavalier about the
emotional impact Powell and his
words had and still have on Britons
of colour. It also failed to appreciate
the post-Brexit, scorching antiimmigration context.
Black actor David Harewood
said: “Dear BBC Radio 4. I don’t
need that speech analysed. I know
exactly what it meant because I felt
it. On my way to school, on my way
home, every time I went into town
and basically whenever I went out
in the late Seventies and Eighties.”
After every such speech by
Powell – and he made several
– right-wing papers ran lurid
headlines and attacks on
immigrants followed. Soon after
the April 1968 speech, gangs of
white youths armed with bars
attacked Asian youths outside a
Southall school and also in London’s
East End. In the Seventies, Powell
continued to stir populist violence.
Young black and Asian boys and
men were viciously beaten. Some
died. Pregnant black and Asian
women were also assaulted.
Ambalavaner Sivanandan, the
late, incisive director of the Institute
of Race Relations, observed: “Enoch
Powell… gave a fillip to popular
racism that made the lives of black
people hell. He brought scholarship
and reason to white workingclass fears and prejudices and, by
stirring up the basest emotions
with messianic oratory, drove
London dockers and meat porters
to march on parliament to demand
the immediate repatriation of “the
coloureds”, who were taking their
jobs, their homes, their daughters…
He took the shame out of middleclass racism.”
All around us are powerful people
who extol Powell. Journalist Simon
Heffer is the most shrewd and
unapologetic of the cheerleaders.
Once, in an article in the Daily
Telegraph titled “When will Tories
admit that Enoch was right?” Heffer
wrote: “Powell was as much a racist
as Mother Teresa of Calcutta.” So
Enoch Powell took
the shame out
of middle-class
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when the politician warned black
people would have the whip hand
over whites, that was not racist.
Nor were his calls for “coloured”
repatriation. For his much praised
hagiography, Heffer did not
interview black or Asian people.
I know, because he admitted that
to me on Radio 4.
When we Ugandan Asians with
British passports were given
sanctuary by Ted Heath, Powell
frothed more blood. In a BBC
green room this white nationalist
refused to shake my hand. He really
believed that our presence would
further devastate and contaminate
his nation. Incredibly, even the
ultra right-winger, Jacob ReesMogg agreed that the “Rivers of
Blood” speech was “disgraceful”
because it was “racialist”.
Powell’s defenders point out
that he spoke out against the
white government in Kenya which
authorised the murders of Mau
Mau freedom fighters. He also loved
India and wanted to be its Viceroy.
This does not “prove” his antiracism, only that he had a patrician
view of colonialism and gentlemanly
Nigel Farage
and other
glorified avatars
carry on this
bitter, cruel,
divisive legacy
behaviour. He believed whites, being
superior, had to set an example.
Heath, to his credit, sacked
Powell, but the venom the latter
injected into the body politic could
not be neutralised. It now has the
potency it had back in 1968. British
Asian columnist Kenan Malik wrote
at the weekend that instead of
obsessing about Powell, we should
be focussing on racism today. Does
he not see the threads that connect
that past to our difficult present?
Some commentators have
pointed out that Powell’s imagined
dystopia was subverted. The
UK is indeed irreversibly mixed,
multiracial and mostly cohesive
now. Brits are rejoicing about the
royal wedding, apparently proof of
a “post-racial” nation. It’s a sweet
delusion in an age of fragmentation,
terrorism, bigotry, nationalism and
resurgent white resentment, and
neo-Fascism.
Nigel Farage and other glorified,
heralded avatars carry on Powell’s
bitter, cruel, divisive legacy. Those
dreadful words and sentiments are
normalised; a new realism blithely
accommodates racisms and even
hard-right hatreds. A number of
retired Caribbeans who built and
worked in our public services were
deported, which the Government
now claims was an “error”. The
deportations will have pleased
millions of white Brits who think
Enoch was right, Enoch was a hero.
I raised a glass when Enoch
Powell died. I didn’t know then
that he could never really die.
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people would want the skin
on their butt to be smooth,
glowing, and hydrated. I mean,
I know I do. There are certain
special people that get to see
our butt and you want it to
look its finest.”
Great. As if we didn’t have
enough to worry about
already; now we’re supposed
to ensure our bottoms are
perpetually like a polished
peach too.
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Twitter: @jess_barrett
Madonna gets fully behind
rear beauty treatment
For anyone struggling at work
this week, be thankful your job
isn’t bum facialist (bacialist?)
to Madonna.
The Material Girl revealed
that her all-over body
maintenance includes putting
a beauty mask on her derriere
and – obviously – she employs
someone to do it for her.
She said: “I take the clay
mask and put it everywhere.
Just for fun, I put it on my
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Beyoncé may be queen of
Coachella but Cara won’t go
While we’re all still reeling
from Beyoncé’s performance
at Coachella festival last
weekend, Cara Delevingne
(pictured) has spoken about
why she boycotted the event.
She first wrote on
Instagram about the singer’s
performance: “I am speechless.
That performance made me
burst into tears and sent
shivers down my spine.
ICONIC is an understatement.”
But she then went on to
call out the owner of the
Californian music and art
festival, Philip Anschutz, for
financially supporting antiLGBT and anti-gun control
individuals and organisations.
She explained: “Some
people are commenting on
the fact that I posted about
my anger towards the owner
of Coachella and then about
Beyoncé. I still refuse to go
to a festival that is owned by
someone who is anti-LGBT
and pro-gun.
“I am allowed to shame that
man and the festival and still
show my appreciation of an
artist at the same time. Just
because I love Beyoncé doesn’t
mean I now love Coachella.
I still wouldn’t go. And I will
let nothing stand in the way
of me showing my love or
hate for something. Don’t let
anyone come in between you
and your truth.”
Thanks for
the thong
When Russell Crowe
announced he would be
putting on an auction earlier
this month to clear out items
following his divorce from
Danielle Spencer, it wasn’t
entirely clear who would be
in the market for the
Aussie actor’s
cast-offs.
It turns out
that person
was US-based
TV host John
Oliver, who paid
$7,000 (£4,900)
for Crowe’s leather
jockstrap from 2005
boxing film Cinderella Man.
The comedian (inset)
announced on his Last Week
Tonight show on Sunday that
he would be donating the item
- among others - to the last
remaining Blockbuster video
shops in Alaska, as streaming
services are so expensive in
the state.
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adies, listen up. There’s this
revolutionary new skin cream
which is guaranteed – well, not
quite “guaranteed” – but sort
of promises to take five years off your
hideously wrinkled, old witch face.
Yup, it’s all scientifically proven.
Apparently it’s in the peptides and
fibrillin, whatever they may be.
God, I could yawn so hard I might
crack my jaw because, guess what,
ladies? It won’t shave off the years.
And anyway, who cares?
Believe me, I’ve been around the
block a few times and the only surefire
way of looking younger than your
years is to stand further away. I’m
so tired of all this guff aimed at the
50-plus female market. I mean, how
dare we actually face the world with
our crow’s feet and eye bags, not to
mention our ghastly turkey wattle
throats? Maybe there should be a
curfew so that old women aren’t seen
in public during daylight hours. We
could also turn off the bright lights
in supermarkets where people don’t
want to be put off their dinner, and we
could wear bells around our disgusting
necks to warn people we are coming.
There are possibly hundreds of
thousands of women who are young
and pretty and rather boring, but
the media doesn’t exactly go round
screaming this fact into their faces.
For some reason society isn’t
yelling, “Why don’t you put your
eyebrow pencil down and go and learn
something useful?” or “OK, so you’ve
got a thigh gap, what exactly are you
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to be ashamed of, yet getting older is.
I really don’t get this, because the
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that this country sets little store by
intelligence, knowledge or experience.
Hobbies are sneered at, amateur
enthusiasms are patronised, but a daft
youth who hasn’t done much beyond
fill their phone with selfies is feted for
looking fantastic next to the pool.
I’m not pretending that I’m not vain.
I hold my tummy in for photos, for
heaven’s sake. I bleach my hair, and I
was devastated when I was told, after
being diagnosed with dry eye disease,
that wearing eye make-up would be
very silly. I have since compensated
with blusher and lipstick to the point
where I probably look a bit mad.
I also use skin cream religiously,
morning and night. Without it my face
would turn to bark, but I expect the
product to keep my skin supple, not
turn back the clock.
Anyway, it’s not just your face that
gives your age away: there’s loads of
other stuff. Clicky knees, Pterodactyl
hands, that grunting noise you make
when you get out of a chair and,
possibly the biggest giveaway of all, no
longer being able to giggle in a girlish
way without sounding insane.
Neither are the tell-tale signs of
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more subtle giveaways, including your
favourite Bunty characters, the Blue
Peter presenters (and dog) you grew
up with and the faces of the pop stars
on your teenage bedroom wall.
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home starving from school, and what
your Guides uniform looked like; it’s
the colour of your first nail varnish
(mine was Miners’ murky mauve)
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Vaping?
Don’t get a
dose of the
vapours
I
There are more signs of
ageing than your face
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was on one of those semi
open-air Tube platforms in
London and it was almost
deserted. Nevertheless, this
woman rolled her pushchair from
the far end of it to right where I was
in order to make her intervention.
“You’re not allowed to do that
here,” she said, and sort of glared at
me with her chin sticking out. She
had that peculiar tension in her voice
that suggested she’d been psyching
herself up for a confrontation. I
opened my mouth to respond, but
she turned imperiously away before
I could utter a word and stalked off
– stomp, stomp, stomp – rolling her
progeny farther down the platform,
armed with the brittle righteousness
of a rebuke bravely delivered.
What had I been doing? Vaping.
Was I allowed to? In theory, no. Was
my doing so a health hazard or an
inconvenience to this woman, her
child, or anyone else? The consensus
is that it is not. There no evidence
that secondhand e-smoke, which
is almost entirely water vapour,
poses any significant health risk
to bystanders (and, for the record,
I was not emitting vast billowing
clouds of watermelon-flavoured
smoke such as might have affrighted
the nostrils).
What would I have said? Probably:
“Oh, gosh. Um. Sorry.” What would
I like to have said? That varies.
One version: “According to the
and the first record you ever bought
(Freda Payne’s Band of Gold). It’s how
old you were when you first saw David
Bowie on Top of the Pops and the car
your dad gave you lifts in. It’s in your
conversation, in the hope and fears
for your parents and kids. It’s about
how much time you’ve got left on your
mortgage and how long you’ve been
listening to The Archers.
Your age is ingrained – it certainly
isn’t skin deep or able to evaporate
thanks to phoney science. It’s about
time the cosmetics industry accepted
that and laid off trying to make us all
feel so rubbish. THE INDEPENDENT
rules, you’re right. But you do not
look to me like a TfL official. Why
would you go out of your way to tell
someone off for something that has
no bearing on you at all?” Another:
“Oh, do get bent, you bandy-legged,
busybodying baggage.”
Many public spaces now
maintain a sheeplike ban on “any
form of smoking”, apparently
for no stronger reason than that
e-cigarettes have “cigarette” in
their names.
This not only encourages
busybodies and drives hapless
vapers into smoking areas where
they’ll inhale all the carcinogens
they took up vaping to avoid, but it
accedes to the idea that disapproval
is a sufficient reason to ban things.
Here is the prissy, bossy, petty,
bureaucratic side of our national
character on unattractive display.
And as the history of efforts to win
tolerance for unconventional but
harmless sexual behaviours shows
us, that is not a side of our national
character we do well to indulge.
Your right to swing your arm,
it’s said, ends where it meets my
nose. My right to choff away on my
silly pretend fag does not end when
the blue glow of its tip meets your
disapproving eye, any more than my
bedtime kinks need pass the test of
whether the idea of them makes you
feel icky.
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CONSUMER
Newton is
a first for
‘StarWars’
Pub chain calls
time on social
media presence
By Florence Snead
Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has
closed down the Facebook, Twitter
and Instagram accounts of all 900 of
its pubs, citing concerns over reports
of the trolling of MPs and others.
The company said the move
to quit social media also
took into account fears
over its addictive nature
and the misuse of personal data.
Wetherspoon announced the move on
its official Twitter account, which later became unavailable after it
was closed down.
It said: “In a world of social
media, JD Wetherspoon has decided
to close down all Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram and other social media
accounts for individual pubs and
head office.
“Rather than using social media,
we will continue to release news
stories and information about forthcoming events on our website (jdwetherspoon.com) and in our printed
magazine – Wetherspoon News.”
Wetherspoon’s chairman, Tim
Martin (inset), said: “We are going
against conventional wisdom that
these platforms are a vital component of a successful business.
“I don’t believe that closing these
Star Wars newcomer
Thandie Newton has
said she is the first
woman of colour to
have a prominent role
in the space saga.
The British
actress (left) is in the
forthcoming Han Solo
spin-off film. Little
is known about her
part or the plot but
she has now teased
that her role will be
a significant one,
telling Radio Times
magazine: “I’m the
first woman of colour
to have a prominent
role in the Star
Wars legacy.
“There have been
others with one line
and Lupita Nyong’o
was a computergenerated character
[The Force Awakens
and The Last Jedi],
but you didn’t get to
see the colour of her
skin. I’m the first. I’m
going to have a toy
and everything.”
The Line Of Duty
star will be joined by
Alden Ehrenreich,
Woody Harrelson,
Donald Glover and
Emilia Clarke in Solo:
A Star Wars Story,
due for UK release
next month.
accounts will affect our business
whatsoever, and this is the overwhelming view of our pub managers.
“It’s becoming increasingly obvious that people spend too much
time on Twitter, Instagram and
Facebook, and struggle to control
the compulsion.
“We will still be as vocal
as ever through our magazine, as well as keeping
the press updated.
“We will also be maintaining our website and
the Wetherspoon app
and encourage customers to get in touch with
us via our website or by
speaking with the manager at
their local pub.”
Mr Martin said he took the decision following recent publicity over
the use of social media to criticise
MPs. There was no specific case but
he said he had become increasingly
concerned after reading reports of
minsters being targeted online.
The Wetherspoon chain
had more than 44,000
Twitter followers and more than
100,000 on Facebook before
closing the accounts. Its most
popular posts have received in
excess of 500,000 views.
LAW
Trainee barristers docked points for short skirts and bright socks
By Jane Clinton
Trainee barristers will lose points in
their exams if they wear skirts that
are judged too short.
According to guidance given to
students taking the Bar professional
training course at the private BPP
University, points will be deducted
for the likes of having “too much shirt
undone”, “short skirts for women”
and “colourful socks (inset) for men”.
While men will have one point
deducted for the offending socks,
women will have two points deducted if their skirts are above the knee.
A female trainee showing her bra
or wearing boots with a short skirt
would attract the highest penalty,
losing three points a piece, accord-
ing to the guidance leaked to the blog
Legal Cheek.
These are just some of a list of
infringements in the “offences of
professional misconduct” guidelines
for a mock courtroom assessment
where their legal knowledge and the
appropriateness of their appearance
for court is tested.
At the University of the West
of England, trainee barristers could lose two
points for “unkempt
hair” and five points for
wearing trainers.
Dana Denis-Smith,
founder of the First 100
Years project, which
h i gh l i g h t s w o m e n’s
achievements in law, said
the BPP guidance, while outdated, was not surprising
in the “prescriptive” legal
profession. She said she
knew of women barristers who would not
dare enter court wearing trousers even though
they have been allowed
for the past 30 years.
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SPORT
I’ll learn to love grime, vows Beard
Anyone for £5,618 World Cup tickets?
By Jane Clinton
Classicist Mary Beard has admitted
she is going to have to learn to love
grime music as presenter of the reinvented arts show Front Row Late.
Although she was relatively at
home in the last incarnation of the
programme, she is well aware that
her tastes will have to broaden if she
is to make this version a success.
“In the first series, I fronted an edition where we had David Gilmour,”
she told the Radio Times. “But there’s
also going to be a learning curve for
me. I’m clearly going to have to get
into grime, I know that.”
The BBC2 arts review show’s relaunch earlier this month comes
after a troubled start last year. The
previous presenter, Giles Coren, who
admitted he “didn’t go to the theatre
much”, left in January.
While Beard insisted she does go
to the theatre, she bemoaned the
price of opera, saying she relied on
friends to take her to Glyndebourne
as she “couldn’t afford it”.
By Katie Grant
Mary Beard said presenting the
new version of ‘Front Row Live’ was
‘going to be a learning curve’ GETTY
World Cup tickets are being sold for
almost 40 times their face value – and
football fans who buy them may be
denied entry to the games.
Secondary ticketing sites are
charging fan as much as £5,618.80
each to attend a single game at the
World Cup, which kicks off in Russia
in June, research from the consumer
watchdog Which? has found.
Five websites were found to be listing World Cup tickets for sale in the
UK, despite Fifa stating that all tickets should be sold to fans directly and
exclusively via its own website.
Two tickets for the best available
seats at England’s group-stage match
against Tunisia on Monday 18 June
were listed for as much as £11,237.60.
The tickets were available for £296.35
from Fifa’s website.
Fifa has said is entitled to void any
ticket purchased via unauthorised
distribution channels and warned
that strict admission checks will be
conducted at the tournament.
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School ad
accused
of sexism
Grenfell Tower
‘was safe until
refurbishment’
By David Cohen
There were calamitous deficiencies
in the installation of windows, cavity
barriers and cladding system, and a
failure to meet building regulations
at Grenfell Tower, a report prepared
as part of the police investigation fire
has concluded.
The leaked 210-page interim document, by fire investigation experts
BRE Global, recounts how the original concrete building was turned
from a safe structure into a tinderbox by the refurbishment between
2014 and 2016. It not only finds the
cladding material and insulation was
combustible, but also identifies failings in the design and installation
of the windows and cavity barriers
which helped the fire to spread.
It reveals how in the early hours of
14 June last year, the fire started in a
fridge-freezer in a flat on the fourth
floor, travelled through an open window within a metre of the fridge, and
took hold in the cladding before consuming the 24-storey, 70-metre-high
building, killing 71 people.
The report provides a detailed
explanation alleging how the refurbishment fell short of building regulations, and allowed a catastrophe
to happen. It says the fire would not
have spread beyond Flat 16 – the flat
of origin – and would not have claimed
a single life if the original facade of
the building had not been re-clad. It
states that the 2014-16 refurbishment
failed in several fundamental areas to
meet fire safety standards set out in
the building regulations. Taken together, these areas proved critical for
the rapid spread of flames across the
length and breadth of the building.
Experts writing the report find
that “deficiencies” in the construction of the new facade provided opportunities for the fire to spread.
Among the potential problems
highlighted are cavity barriers which
were too small for the holes they
were supposed to seal. Aluminium
composite material used in the facade is also cited as it had a “highly
combustible” polyethylene core that
“appears to have provided a medium for fire to spread up and across
the façade”.
A Kensington and Chelsea Council spokesperson said: “We think the
public inquiry and the police investigation are the right places for testing
all the evidence as a whole.”
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Investigators are believed
to have downloaded more
than 30 million documents from
the servers of Kensington and
Chelsea Council and the Tenant
Management Organisation.
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A private school
has been accused of
sexism for an advert
showing a boy aiming
to be a lawyer and a girl
hoping to become an
actor. Ardingly College,
near Haywards Heath
in West Sussex, has
been criticised for the
poster that appeared
on county buses.
Headteacher Ben
Figgis said the the tags
were “the personal
ambitions of the
students pictured in
the billboard”.
COURTS
Alfie Evans’ parents lose legal fight
ing in London. The couple, from
Liverpool, had already lost rulings
in the High Court, Court of
Appeal, Supreme Court
and European Court of
Human Rights.
In February, Mr Justice Hayden ruled that
doctors at Alder Hey
Children’s Hospital in
Liverpool could stop
treating Alfie against the
wishes of his parents. Specialists at Alder Hey had said that
further treatment was futile.
By Brian Farmer
The parents of a 23-month-old boy
who has been at the centre of a lifesupport treatment battle have lost
their latest legal fight.
A lawyer representing Tom
Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, returned to the Court of Appeal yesterday to ask judges to rule that
Alfie Evans should be allowed to
travel to a foreign hospital.
Lord Justice Davis, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Moylan
ruled against them after a hear-
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wrong and pointless.
Court of Appeal judges
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PEOPLE
‘Full Metal Jacket’
sergeant actor
dies, aged 74
By Lindsey Bahr
IN LOS ANGELES
R Lee Ermey, a former Marine who
made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men such
as Gunnery Sgt Hartman in Stanley
Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, has died.
Ermey’s manager, Bill Rogin, said
he died on Sunday from pneumoniarelated complications. He was 74.
The Kansas native was nominated
for a Golden Globe Award
for his memorable performance in Full Metal
Jacket, in which he immortalised lines such
as: “What is your
major malfunction?”
Ermey (inset) had
been brought in as a
technical consultant
for the 1987 film, but had
his eye on the role of the
brutal gunnery sergeant and
filmed his own audition tape. An impressed Kubrick gave him the role.
Kubrick said that 50 per cent of
Ermey’s dialogue was his own. “We
interviewed hundreds of guys. We
lined them all up and did an improvisation,” he said. “Lee came up with, I
don’t know, 150 pages of insults.”
A weight off
their minds
Sumo wrestlers pray during a
ritual ceremony at the start of
an annual spring tournament at
the Yasukuni military shrine in
Tokyo, Japan, yesterday. REUTERS
UNITED STATES
MEDIA
Republicans and Democrats unite
around plan to tackle opioid abuse
Weinstein
exposés bag
Pulitzer prizes
By Jeremy White
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
IN WASHINGTON
Deep within US President Donald Trump’s plan to combat opioid
abuse, overshadowed by his call for
the death penalty for some drug traffickers, is a push to expand the use of
medication to treat addiction.
It’s a rare instance in which Mr
Trump isn’t trying roll back Obama
administration policies, and where
Republicans and Democrats in Congress have come together.
Mr Trump declared last month
that “we’re making medically asisted treatment more available and
affordable”, even as Congress was
working to approve $1bn (£697m) for
a new treatment grant programme
for opioids as part of the massive
spending bill to keep the government running.
Failing to offer such treatment for
opioid addiction is like “trying
to treat an infection without
antibiotics”, the Health
and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar (inset),
told the National Governors Association.
Experts have long argued that medication-assisted treatment should be
the standard of care for people
addicted to heroin and other opioid
drugs. But acceptance lags. Cost is
a barrier, as are government regulations. Some of the treatment drugs
are opioids themselves and there’s
no consensus on how long patients
should remain in treatment.
In its final year, the Obama administration pushed $1bn through
Congress for opioid-crisis grants
to states. Of that, $500m was
to be released last year
and the other $500m this
year. States had to show
that opioid programmes
are based on clinical
evidence, so medicationassisted treatment got a
boost. The 2018 spending
bill provides another $1bn
for the initiative.
“The government is talking about
treatment and medication-assisted
treatment in a way that the government has never done before,” said
Tom Hill, vice-president of addiction
and recovery at the National Council for Behavioural Health, which
advocates for mental health and addiction treatment. “This is being addressed as the illness that it is,” said
Elinore McCance-Katz, assistant
secretary of HHS for Mental Health
and Substance Abuse.
“Most definitely the government
is acknowledging the disease of addiction as it pertains to opioids – and
other substances as well – but opioids, of course, are an emergency.”
Overdose deaths
from opioid-class
drugs – which include heroin,
synthetics such as fentanyl,
and prescription painkillers –
reached 42,000 in the US in 2016,
according to the latest statistics.
DIPLOMACY
Russians may have dirt on Trump, says fired FBI chief Comey
By Catherine Lucey
IN WASHINGTON
In his scathing appraisal of the man
who fired him as FBI chief, James
Comey cited “evidence of obstruction of justice” in Donald Trump’s actions and speculated that Russians
might have dirt on the US President.
Mr Comey, in an ABC interview
broadcast the night before, labelled
Mr Trump a liar who treated women
like “pieces of meat” and who was
“morally unfit” for office.
Mr Trump later labelled Mr
Comey “disgruntled” and accused
him and allies of having “committed
many crimes”.
The ex-FBI director, who until his
firing in May led an investigation into
possible ties between Russia and
the Trump campaign, said he could
not discount the possibility that the
President had been compromised.
He had no proof but “it’s possible”,
he told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, referring to a claim that Mr
Trump had had an encounter with
prostitutes in Moscow in 2013 that
was filmed by the Russians.
He also answered “possibly” when
asked if Mr Trump was attempting
to obstruct justice when he encouraged him to close the investigation
into adviser Michael Flynn, who was
suspected of lying to the FBI about
his Russian contacts.
The retired general pleaded guilty
in December and is co-operating
with investigators.
IN SAN FRANCISCO
Exposés on Harvey Weinstein that
helped spark the #MeToo movement and coverage of Russian election interference have earned 2018
Pulitzer prizes.
An investigation of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore’s alleged
pattern of sexual misconduct with
underage women also won America’s
most prestigious journalism award.
The New York Times and the New
Yorker shared the public
service award for parallel
investigations that revealed decades of sexual harassment and
assault allegations
against Mr Weinstein,
the Hollywood mogul
who is being investigated for a string of
sexual assault claims.
Mr Weinstein has denied
sexual misconduct occurred.
The national reporting award went
to The Washington Post and The New
York Times for their reporting on Russian meddling in the 2016.
The fiction prize was won by Andrew Sean Greer for Fearless, while
Kendrick Lamar (inset) won the prize
for music. The US rapper and songwriter, 30, was awarded the accolade
for his fourth studio album, DAMN.
He is the first non-classical or jazz
artist to win the prize.
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Social networking site to end gay censorship
By Yanan Wang
IN BEIJING
One of China’s top social networking
sites announced yesterday that it
will no longer be censoring content
related to gay issues after the plan
triggered a loud public outcry.
We i b o . c o m w a s f l o o d e d
ove r t h e we e ke n d w i t h t h e
hashtags “#I’mGay” and
“#I’mGayNotaPervert” after the
Twitter-like platform said that
cartoons and short videos with
pornographic, violent or gay subject
matter would be investigated over
a three-month period. The microblogging site, whose Nasdaq shares
fell on Friday, wrote in its amended post: “This clean-up of games
and cartoons will no longer target
gay content.”
A company spokesman refused to
clarify how the platform would treat
short videos with gay content.
The investigation will instead “primarily focus on pornographic and
violent material”, Weibo’s statement
read. “Thank you everyone for your
discussions and suggestions.”
The company previously said that
it was acting in accordance with Chi-
na’s cyber security laws. The Cyberspace Administration of China, the
country’s internet regulator, did not
immediately comment.
Regulators have been
ratcheting up control
over Chinese microblogs in recent months.
It was the latest of
new measures imposed by President Xi
Jinping’s government to
tighten control over what
China’s public can see and say
online while still trying to reap the
economic benefits of internet use.
While homosexuality is not illegal
in China and few Chinese have religious objections to it, a traditional,
conservative preference for
conventional marriage and
childbearing creates barriers for LGBT people.
Hua Zile, the founder of “Voice for China
LGBT,” Weibo’s first
LGBT-themed account,
said he was encouraged
by the outrage against the
site’s censorship plan.
“The response shows that we
LGBT people in China are slowly
realising our rights,” he said. “Gay
people who would not have spoken
out years ago are now letting their
voices be heard.”
But sex education in his country
was “a work in progress”, he added.
Following Weibo’s initial
announcement, more than
a million users viewed hashtags
in support of LGBT rights,
with many sharing their own
experiences as an LGBT person
or a parent of one.
MONTENEGRO
AUSTRIA
EU membership
more likely after
pro-European is
elected president
Conchita Wurst
reveals she is
HIV positive
By Jon Stone
Montenegro has continued on
course for European Union membership after the country’s voters overwhelmingly returned a
veteran pro-EU politician as their
new president.
Milo Djukanovic (inset), leader of
the country’s Democratic Party of
Socialists, has declared victory in a presidential election held on Sunday in
the state that split from
Serbia in 2006 following an independence
referendum.
The victory for prointegration forces comes
ahead of a major EU summit in Sofia on 17 May to discuss the accession of the western
Balkan countries to the union.
The Bulgarian-hosted meeting
will bring together the heads of EU
member states as well as the leaders
of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo and
Montenegro to discuss a possible future inside the EU.
Mr Djukanovic, 56, said he sees
the election result “primarily as the
confirmation of Montenegro’s strong
determination to continue on the
European road”.
The politician has previously been
accused of having links to organised
crime, including by the prosecutor’s office in Naples and the Italian
The European
Commission has said that
by 2025 Serbia and Montenegro
could join but dictated that
both would first need reforms
to improve their rule of law
and governance.
By Narjas Zatat
Dominating force
Mr Djukanovic and his party have
dominated politics in Montenegro
for decades. He served as prime
minister from 1991 to 1998, then
president from 1998 to 2002 and
prime minister from 2003 to 2006
and again from 2008 to 2010 and 2012
to 2016. A previous Djukanovic
government oversaw the
country’s independence in
2006, with 55 per cent of
voters saying yes.
In 2007, Montenegro
took its first step
towards European Union
membership by initialling a
stabilisation and association
agreement. The following year
the country presented an official
application for EU membership.
By 2013, the European Parliament
announced that Montenegro was
on track to achieve EU membership,
but called on it to do more to protect
media freedom, women’s rights and
gender equality.
Montenegro joined Nato in 2017.
anti-Mafia commission. He denies
the claims.
A final official ballot count shows
Mr Djukanovic won 54 per cent of the
vote. His closest opponent, Mladen
Bojanic, from the Positive Montenegro party, won just 33 per cent of the
vote. In contrast to Mr Djukanovic,
Mr Bojanic advocates a more proRussian outlook.
The Russian President, Vladimir
Putin, complained last week that the
state of Montenegro–Russia relations under Mr Djukanovic “clearly
does not correspond to the centuriesold traditions of brotherly friendship
and spiritual affinity between our
peoples”. THE INDEPENDENT
Wurst said she decided to share the fact that she is HIV positive after a former
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Conchita Wurst has revealed she
is HIV positive after claiming
that a former boyfriend had
threatened to go public with the
information.
The Austrian 2014 Eurovision
winner, and drag queen alter
ego of Tom Neuwirth, said on
Instagram that she had been HIV
positive for “many years”, but
decided to share this information
only because “an ex-boyfriend”
threatened to go public with it.
She said: “Today is the day
to free me from the Sword of
Damocles for the rest of my life: I
have been HIV positive for many
years. This is actually irrelevant
to the public, but an ex-boyfriend
threatens to go public with this
private information, and I will
not give anyone the right to
frighten me and influence my life
in the future. Since I received
the diagnosis, I am in medical
treatment, and for many years
without interruption under the
detection limit.”
The singer is a staunch
advocate for LGBT+ rights and
once challenged the Russian
President Vladimir Putin to talk
with her about gay rights.
NATURE
Vulture chick raised by gay parents is released
By Jane Clinton
A one-year-old vulture raised by gay
parents has been set free in Sardinia
as part of a conservation drive.
The griffon vulture was one of two
birds released into the wild. They
had been reared for a year at the
Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam. According to the zoo, the egg was given
to the gay couple in an effort to hatch
it after it remained abandoned and
uncared for by the other vultures.
The plan worked, the couple
tended to the egg and a chick was
born last spring making it the first
successful hatching for the zoo in
five years.
“We have had them for some
years,” said the zookeeper Job van
Tol of the gay couple. “They always
build a nest together, bond and
mate together.”
The second griffon vulture that
was released was raised by heterosexual parents which were cared for
in captivity after they were injured
in a road accident in Spain.
Both of the young birds had been
living in an aviary in Sardinia to ac-
climatise to their new environment.
Staff will also continue to feed them
carcasses to help them settle.
The director of the zoo, Rembrandt Sutorius, went to the Parco
Regionale di Porto Conte in the
north-west of Sardinia to release
the birds.
Conservation efforts for European vultures began in the 1970s after
there was a drop in numbers caused
mainly by farmers leaving out poisoned carcasses to kill off predators.
A 2013 census found only 30 pairs
of vultures left on Sardinia.
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PAKISTAN
Human rights
issues ‘not being
addressed’
By Kathy Gannon
IN ISLAMABAD
An independent Pakistani
watchdog criticised the
country’s human rights record
over the past year, saying it
has failed to make progress
on issues, ranging from
Repatriation of Rohingya
family is branded a farce
By Julhas Alam
IN DHAKA
EAST ASIA
Oslo holds talks China talking to
over US Marines Japan again
Norway’s foreign minister said
her government was discussing
whether to ask Washington to
extend the stay of US Marines
in the country, a presence that
has irked Russia.
More than 300 Marines are
scheduled to stay until the
end of the year after they first
arrived in January 2017.
Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide
reiterated that Moscow is not
seen as a threat and that the
chance of war in the Arctic was
“low”. But she said Oslo saw
challenges in the way Russia
was developing. REUTERS
MYANMAR
China and Japan took another step
toward mending their troubled
relations yesterday, resuming highlevel economic talks for the first time
in nearly eight years.
Wa n g Y i l e d t h e C h i n e s e
delegation, becoming the first foreign
minister to visit Japan for bilateral
talks since 2009.
Asia’s two largest economies have
been trying to improve strained
ties, and now have further reason to
co-operate in the face of US moves
to impose tariffs on imports from
their countries and demands that
they open their markets more to
American exports. AP
disappearances, to women’s
rights and protection of religious
minorities.
The damning report from the
Human Rights Commission of
Pakistan says people continue to
disappear because they criticise
the military or they advocate
better relations with India.
The blasphemy law continues
to be misused, especially against
dissidents, it said.
While deaths directly linked
to acts of terrorism declined
in 2017, the report says attacks
against the country’s minorities
were on the rise. AP
Yesterday Bangladesh rejected
a claim by Myanmar that it had
repatriated the first five among
700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees
who fled to the neighbouring country
to escape military-led violence
against the minority group.
A Myanmar government
statement on Saturday said that five
members of a family had returned
to western Rakhine state from the
border area.
The statement said authorities
determined whether the family had
lived in Myanmar and provided them
Denmark’s first
independent coin was
part of a “significant”
trove unearthed by a
13-year-old boy and
a hobby archaeologist
in northern Germany
in January. A dig of
the site started at
the weekend and
discovered objects
linked to King Harold
Bluetooth, who ruled
Denmark from around
958 to 986. AFP/GETTY
MALDIVES
Ex-president’s terror conviction ‘must be quashed’
The Maldives must quash the conviction of former President Mohamed
Nasheed and allow him to stand for
office, including in a presidential election later this year, the UN Human
Rights Committee said yesterday.
The panel of independent experts,
which oversees governments’ compliance with the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,
said that Nasheed’s conviction on terrorism charges was based on vague
laws, contained serious flaws and violated his right to a fair trial.
“Judicial proceedings that vio-
late the right to fair trial can render
the resulting restriction of political
rights arbitrary,” committee member
Sarah Cleveland said.
Nasheed was sentenced to 13 years
in jail but went into exile during a trip
to Britain. He was disqualified from
running in presidential elections for
16 years. REUTERS
GERMANY
THE NETHERLANDS
ETHIOPIA
Auschwitz guard
faces charges
Four men held
Internet restored
over attack plan under new PM
A 94-year-old former SS guard
at the Auschwitz death camp
has been charged with being an
accessory to murder.
Prosecutors in Stuttgart said
the suspect, a German national
born in Serbia, was charged as a
juvenile because he was 19 at the
time of the alleged offences.
He served at Auschwitz in late
1942 and early 1943 and around
13,335 people were sent to the gas
chambers during that time. AP
Dutch prosecutors said yesterday
they had arrested four men suspected
of planning an attack on the Turkish
consulate in Rotterdam.
The national prosecutor’s office
identified the four as MoroccanDutch, and stated evidence of their
plot had surfaced from surveillance
of a different man arrested in 2017.
Three of the men are to be brought
before a judge this week, while the
fourth was arrested in Belgium and
will be extradited. REUTERS
IN GENEVA
Maiduguri
Islamic extremists made
Imana Alhaji Gana’s village,
in north-east Nigeria, too
dangerous for health workers
to vaccinate against polio. Now
that she and her family have
fled to a displacement camp,
those workers want to catch
her children in time.
Here, where thousands of
families seeking safety are
housed, health teams are going
from tent to tent, inoculating
youngsters against the disease.
At first, Gana is afraid to
let the workers vaccinate her
baby. But they persuade her
that the three-week-old is not
too young for immunisation,
which can take place as early
as the day of birth.
The fight against polio is yet
another way extremist group
Boko Haram has disrupted
life in north-east Nigeria,
leaving children vulnerable to
a preventable disease.
“When such children
come to the camps or host
communities, they become
a threat to other children,”
said Almai Some, the field
co-ordinator in Borno state for
the campaign, which is run by
Rotary International.
Some of the families arriving
at the camp come from areas
that polio vaccinators have not
been able to visit for six years.
Nigeria is one of just three
countries where polio is
endemic and has not been
eliminated, along with
Pakistan and Afghanistan. AP
Haruna Umar
with a national verification card. The
card is a form of ID, but does not mean
citizenship – something Rohingya
have been denied in Myanmar.
Trove is
linked to
Bluetooth
Tom Miles
Postcard
From...
A member of the Rohingya family in
Myanmar near the border AFP/GETTY
The statement did not say whether
any more repatriations were being
planned. Bangladesh has given
Myanmar a list of more than 8,000
refugees to begin the repatriations,
but there have been delays due to a
complicated verification process.
Yesterday, Bangladesh’s home
minister, Asaduzzaman Khan, said
Myanmar’s claim that the family had
been “repatriated” was false, noting
that the family had never crossed the
border into Bangladesh.
Mr Khan said Myanmar’s move
was “nothing but a farce”.
“I hope Myanmar will take all the
Rohingya families back within the
shortest possible time,” he said. AP
Internet users in Ethiopia said
yesterday that the government
appeared to have ended a threemonth online blackout, suspected
of being an attempt by the ruling
coalition to stifle unrest by
blocking the spread of news and
organisation of rallies. Mobile
and broadband internet services
have been returning since the
inauguration as Prime Minister
of Abiy Ahmed on 2 April. He had
promised reforms. REUTERS
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VENEZUELA
AUSTRALIA
Why is the country
with the world’s
largest oil reserves
importing crude?
Flesh-eating
ulcer epidemic
worsens
By Alexandra Richards
A flesh-eating disease that originated
in Africa is sweeping across southeastern Australia and scientists have
no definitive way to prevent it.
The number of people affected by
the Buruli ulcer disease in the Bayside
region of Victoria is believed to have
risen by 400 per cent in the past four
years. Elsewhere in the state, 30 people have been affected this year.
The Buruli ulcer disease causes
corrosive lesions of skin and soft tissue and in extreme cases can lead to
disability, amputation and deformity.
The Medical Journal of Australia has
issued a call for an “urgent scientific
response”. According to researchers:
“The community is facing a worsening epidemic, defined by cases rapidly
increasing in number, becoming more
severe in nature.”
State’s production is failing to meet
domestic needs. By Paula Rincon
D
espite having the
greatest oil reserves in
the world, Venezuela’s
government is being
forced to spend millions
of dollars a day importing crude to
prop up its ailing industry.
Petrol remains the only cheap
commodity left in Venezuela amid
the collapse of most of its economy,
but the oil industry is also struggling
to meet basic domestic demands.
Experts say the industry is
operating below 40 per cent of
its potential output. Last month,
the International Energy Agency
reported that Venezuela is and will
probably remain “the biggest
risk factor” in a global
supply crisis that may
soon tip the market
into deficit.
The speed
of decline in
production has been
vertiginous, with
output falling by
100,000 barrels a day
in February, according
to Bloomberg. The Central
University of Venezuela says
production is reaching its lowest
point in 70 years.
Most of the enormous oil reserves
Venezuela has access to – almost
25 per cent of all the oil controlled
by the world’s biggest producers
– is heavy crude, and needs to be
diluted with lighter oil to become a
commercially viable product.
Oil accounts for
90 per cent of Venezuela’s
exports but corruption, lack of
investment and the migration
of qualified staff have left the
industry in ruins.
In 2016, with its own industry failing
to deliver, Venezuela imported
diluents for the first time. In the
two years since, those imports have
grown to as many as 200,000 barrels
a day, mostly from the US, according
to Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in
Latin American energy policy at
Rice University in Texas.
The long queues for food and
medicine in Venezuela are well
documented, but lines of cars
waiting outside petrol stations –
something that would have been
unthinkable a few years ago, when
petrol cost $0.01 per litre – are
becoming more common.
Filling your tank is still
cheaper than drinking
water, but the industry
can no longer meet
domestic demands
– and is having to
put exports first. Mr
Monaldi says that if
production continues
to fall to below one
million barrels, the
consequences could be
catastrophic.
“The domestic consumption
of oil is around 450,000 barrels
and Venezuela needs the exports
to repay its debt with Russia
and China,” he says. “They have
to import for two reasons. One
is the collapse of the refining
infrastructure and the other is that
its oil is naturally heavy so they need
to import diluents to blend with
their oil to re-export it.
“One of the craziest things is that
a part of Venezuela’s imports is for
the domestic market, but given its
price, they practically give gasoline
away for free. They are importing
barrels that cost $80 to $90 and
selling them at $0.”
Mr Monaldi says the only hope
A woman walks
past an oil pump
in Caracas. Petrol
remains the only
cheap commodity
left in Venezuela
but the industry is
still struggling
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things is that
some of the
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the domestic
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given its price,
they practically
give gasoline
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The IMF expects the Venezuelan
economy to shrink by 15 per cent in
2018, and the country is facing the
worst decline of GDP in recorded
history in Latin America.
It estimates that by the end of
2018, the accumulated decline will
be almost 50 per cent from its peak
in 2013.
It is a crisis that has directly hit the
country’s ability to import resources
such as food or medicine.
It is a vicious spiral. It is estimated
that 10 per cent of the population
has emigrated.
Almost two-thirds of all
households have at least one family
member living abroad. Among those,
three million migrants are young and
competent workers.
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is for a major change in politics. He
estimates it would take a decade for
Venezuela to go back to what it was.
The Venezuelan polling group
IVAD suggests that elections next
month are not looking good for
President Nicolas Maduro (inset):
77 per cent of those polled believe
the country needs a change of
government. The main reasons
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for nine months for his
involvement in a ball tampering
incident last month (7,8)
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with black plumage and
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first Inquisitor-General
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in 1977 (4,4,2,2,2)
17 Horse that Bob Champion rode
to victory in the 1981 Grand
National (8)
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the rifting of the Red Sea over
23 million years ago (7,9)
20 Sicilian town that is the site of
six Greek temples (9)
21/28 A direction issued by a judge
requiring a person to do or not
do something (5,5)
22 Seaside resort town in
Denbighshire, Wales, at the
mouth of the River Clwyd (4)
26 See 45
27 La ___, opera by Giuseppe
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after the main character (8)
28 See 21
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31 Welsh singer who had a 2008
number one hit with Mercy (5)
32 George Gershwin’s lyricist
older brother (3)
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sparkling wine (4)
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Hebrides (4)
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series include 20th Century
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with his father Peter (3,4)
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approximately 93
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56 Latin version of Hail Mary (3,5)
57 Leading figure in the Mexican
Revolution after whom a style
of moustache is named (8,6)
59 Comic book character, created
by Alfred Harvey and Warren
Kremer in 1953, whose middle
name is $ (6,4)
60 French dramatist and novelist
whose novels include NotreDame des Fleurs (4,5)
61 Oxford-born actress who plays
Professor Sprout in the Harry
Potter film series (6,9)
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superior in number (9)
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25 San Francisco-based rock
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included White Rabbit and
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northwest County Clare, in the
Republic of Ireland (3,6)
36 1964 musical, based on
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he ruins of a top-secret
Suffolk military site,
where scientists tested
how to trigger an
atomic bomb, could now
be opened up to tourists, Michael
Portillo has suggested.
The former Defence Secretary
believes Orford Ness, a desolate
coastline expanse, long shrouded
in secrecy and described as
“Britain’s Area 51” – a military
testing range in a remote area
of Nevada – could become a
visitor attraction.
He has investigated Orford
Ness, which was abandoned by the
MoD in 1993, for a new Channel
5 series, Portillo’s Hidden History
of Britain, in which the former
politician visits “mysterious
buildings and abandoned locations
that hold the key to some of our
country’s biggest secrets”.
The series marks Portillo’s
arrival as the new, upmarket face
of Channel 5, which is hoping to
persuade viewers that it has more
to offer than Celebrity Big Brother.
The largest shingle spit in
Europe, Orford Ness is studded
with sinister-looking “pagodas”,
disguising laboratories where
ballistics and trigger mechanisms
for atomic bombs were tested. The
land is now owned by the National
Trust but visitor access is limited.
“I don’t think we fully
understand what went on there,”
Portillo tells i. “It was shut down
very peremptorily one day. They
were subjecting hydrogen bombs
to stress tests so they could be
dropped over Kiev. We are told
there was no fissile material
involved but the pagodas show
they were clearly expecting some
kind of explosion.”
The facility treads “a delicate
balance between state secrets and
the right of the citizen to know
what is going on”, Portillo says. But
now it’s time to let the public see
for themselves.
“In the post-Cold War age, I see
no reason why people shouldn’t
be allowed to visit these sites. It
would take a bit of investment but
we should look into it. We were
allowed to film there without any
restrictions.” The new series
reinvents Portillo as a real-life Fox
Mulder, investigating Britain’s
own X-Files. The MoD has finally
opened its files on UFOs and
flying-saucer sightings reported
by the public. But is the truth
really out there? “I did have an
opportunity to look at the papers
held in the national archives for
a programme on state secrets,”
Portillo says. “But I never found
anything that made me believe
in UFOs.”
Another “hidden” site ripe
for further investigation is the
abandoned Imber Village in
Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire. Portillo
learnt how it became a desolate
ghost town overnight in 1943 when
the Army requisitioned the entire
village for training purposes,
ordering the inhabitants to leave.
They were never allowed back
after the war.
Portillo admits: “As a former
Defence Secretary, I’m careful
to make the argument for why
the state would need to displace
an entire village during a
national emergency as well as
understanding how horrendous it
was to be told to leave your home.”
Freed from taking life-anddeath decisions himself, 20 years
after losing his seat in the 1997
Conservative wipeout, Portillo
has reinvented himself as the
BBC’s travel guide across the
world’s railways, while offering his
WELLBEING
Why young Quakers are
sharing the sound of silence
The faith group is reaching a new generation in need
to hope – via podcasts. By Jessica Hubbard-Bailey
I
n February, a small group of
Quakers sat silently in a circle,
as Quakers have for centuries,
and two microphones were
set to record. The result
was a 30-minute broadcast of a
Meeting for Worship, in which
listeners can hear the ticking of
a clock, creaking chairs, softly
turning pages of scripture and a
trumpeting nose being blown.
Quakers are a faith group
founded in the 17th century,
committed to simplicity, peace,
integrity, community and equality.
We believe there is God (or good)
in everyone, and we all have direct
access to the divine – which is
partly why we worship in silence,
with no ministers or creeds.
When a friend suggested that
the Young Quaker Podcast record
a silent Meeting for Worship, I
was intrigued. But given that most
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Top secret Orford Ness
Established in 1954, Atomic
Weapons Research Establishment
Orford Ness was one the few
sites in the UK where purposebuilt facilities were created
for testing the components of
nuclear weapons.
At the height of the Cold War,
Orford Ness was used to develop the
atomic bomb.
Within its stone walls, bombs
would be put through their paces
to test how they would deal with
extreme temperatures, forces
and vibrations.
Although no nuclear material was
used in the testing, it was present
at the site, increasing the risk of
an explosion, which the labs were
designed to absorb.
The AWRE ceased work on the
site in 1971.
Michael Portillo at
Orford Ness, one
of the subjects of
his new TV series
sofa-bound political opinions on
This Week.
“It seems Channel 5 want to get
into fairly serious programmes
and this idea of penetrating closed
doors was a new way of drilling into
history,” he says. “The presentation
is a bit different from BBC2 but it’s
a good effort and I’m delighted to
be doing it.”
In a feature-length documentary
for Channel 5 next year, Portillo
will also chart the history of social
housing, from utopian ideals to
symbols of urban decay, a topical
journey set against the backdrop of
the Grenfell Tower fire.
Hidden History of Britain opens
with an apron-clad Portillo
discussing Jack the Ripper’s
body dismemberment skills as he
makes a torch-clad journey into
the bowels of the Royal London
Hospital in the East End, where the
“Elephant Man” Joseph Merrick
lived. “The bodies of dead patients
were secretly dug up at night so the
medics could learn anatomy. It is
macabre but it also contributed to
medical science.”
The hospital closed its doors in
2013 and is being converted into a
new town hall for Tower Hamlets
council. “We identified a brief
people are not quite so enamoured
with silence as Quakers, I couldn’t
have anticipated the interest and
response that followed.
Today, Quakers’ simple values
and unusual practices
might seem out of date,
but they are more
timely than ever. As
a young adult, I’ve
found a particular
relief within this
community that
values stillness
and calm. My
generation of
“entitled avocado
addicts” are the
children of economic
instability and austerity.
And with so much importance
assigned to our productivity, it’s
unsurprising that many of us feel
almost horrified at the thought of
sitting quietly and doing “nothing”.
But Quakerism has taught me
the power and value of sitting
in silence and made a tangible
difference to the way I move
through the world. I
pause while walking to
really take in the sky;
I listen carefully to
what’s being said,
rather than fixating
on how I will
respond; I try to
extend empathy to
people whose values
oppose mine. And
I’m not alone – young
adult Quaker groups are
springing up all over the UK.
As the stillness of a Quaker
meeting unfolds, it opens up
a space in which we can listen
window of opportunity to make
these programmes before these
buildings are turned into lovely,
bland office blocks. But they can’t
lie abandoned forever.”
Another episode takes the
former cabinet minister to
Shepton Mallet Prison, in
Somerset, once home to the Kray
twins, where a discussion with a
man who served 32 years after
being convicted of killing his
best friend, aged 14, challenges
his views on the “futility of
incarceration as a means to both
punish and reform”.
A second Hidden History series
has already been filmed, with more
to follow “if the public likes them”.
Beyond pronouncing on events on
This Week, the Brexit supporter
has no wish to insert himself into
contemporary politics.
There are still further railway
outposts further afield he has yet
to explore back on the BBC. “In the
last year we’ve filmed Great Indian
Railway Journeys and we’ve been to
Afghanistan, the US and Canada,”
he says. “We’ve now shot 25 hours
of TV. It is very cost-efficient, so do
tell the BBC.
“Japan, China and Australia are
a possibility. But it’s very difficult
to hop back from Australia and
still do This Week so it will take a bit
of juggling.”
‘Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain’
begins Friday, 9pm, Channel 5
and wait – both comfortable and
uncomfortable, holy and ordinary,
still and dynamic. Sitting in
collective quietness with other
Quakers has been profoundly
healing for me. The radically
kind and egalitarian foundations
of Quakerism, coupled with this
weekly practice of stillness, has
sparked a flicker of hopefulness
that I can make a difference, in
whatever small and mundane ways
I am able. That it is OK to rest. That
it is OK to fail. That it will all be OK.
Regardless of whether you are
young or old, atheist or faithful, I
would encourage you to take some
time for silence today.
Jessica Hubbard-Bailey (inset) is the
host of The Young Quaker Podcast
and a member of the Nottingham
Young Quakers
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i TUESDAY
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TRAVEL
The floating
hotel that’s fit
for a queen
This week the ‘QE2’ will open her doors
to guests. Simon Calder charts the cruise
ship’s course over the past 50 years
S
he set sail in 1969 as a
symbol of Britain’s global
aspirations. After almost
four decades of service,
both illustrious and
embarrassing, she was moored,
forlorn, at a dock in Dubai. But
finally the QE2 is to open as a
floating hotel – with bargain rates
over the next few months.
PCFC Hotels, owned by the Dubai
government, has announced a “soft
opening” of the next chapter of the
cruise ship’s extraordinary tale.
Cabins described as “small but
beautifully designed” are available
for less than AED700 (£135),
including breakfast, on the opening
night tomorrow.
A lot of people are going
to be very excited to see her
for the first time, or step back
on board the vessel
Half-a-century ago, the vessel that
would become the Queen Elizabeth 2
was taking shape at the John
Brown Shipyard in Clydebank.
She was the last great ocean liner to
be built in Scotland and her maiden
transatlantic voyage began on 2 May
1969. During a 39-year career for
Cunard, she completed 1,400
more voyages, including
25 circumnavigations. She hosted
2.5 million passengers and sailed
six million nautical miles.
In May 1982, the Government
requisitioned the QE2 as a troop
carrier, transporting 3,000
members of the 5th Infantry
Brigade to South Georgia during the
Falklands conflict.
But she was also in the headlines
for the wrong reasons. In 1992,
she ran aground off the coast of
Massachusetts. Two years later,
“Project Lifestyle” – a much-needed
refurbishment programme in
Hamburg – was botched, and the
QE2 set sail from Southampton for
New York with hundreds of workers
on board valiantly trying to fix
the plumbing.
But she remained the flagship
of the British merchant navy until
2008, when she made a final voyage
to Dubai.
The intention was that she would
swiftly be converted to a floating
hotel, but after several false starts
she has spent most of the past
decade languishing at Port Rashid,
close to the city’s Gold Souk.
Last year engineers were
appointed to begin a refit. While the
official opening will not take place
until October, the soft opening is
taking place in several stages. In the
first phase, five of the planned 13
restaurants and bars will be open.
Non-residents will be able to eat and
drink in The Golden Lion, The Yacht
Club and the Queen’s Grill.
The chief executive of PCFC
Hotels, Hamza Mustafa, says: “To
finally open the QE2 is a dream come
true for my team and I.
“It is one of Dubai’s most highly
anticipated projects and we know
that a lot of people are going to
be very excited to see her for the
first time, or to step back on board
the vessel that created so many
wonderful memories during her
40 years at sea.
“We have dedicated more than
2.7 million man-hours into
transforming this legendary ocean
liner into the multi-faceted tourist
destination that she is today.”
Many of the original features will
be preserved in the 13-deck hotel.
Adjacent to the lobby is the QE2
Exhibition, which “showcases the
QE2 during the 1960s when she
was a pioneer in design, technology
and lifestyle”.
Her sister ship, Queen Mary,
serves as a floating hotel and tourist
attraction in Long Beach, California.
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The ‘QE2’ has a new permanent mooring in Port Rashid in Dubai
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Stephen: The Murder
That Changed A Nation
Top Of The Shop With
Tom Kerridge
Class Of Mum And Dad
9pm, BBC1
It’s 25 years since the fatal stabbing
of 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence
(left) at a south London bus stop, but
the reverberations, which have
included revelations of institutional
racism within the police and a
change to the double-jeopardy law
in murder cases, haven’t stopped
– either with the authorities (the
killing is still being investigated) or
within the Lawrence family. “People
seem to think I’ve moved on and got
over his death… I haven’t,” says
Stephen’s mother, Doreen, in this
three-part documentary, which
begins with the fatal events in April
1993 and Mrs Lawrence wondering
why no arrests had been made.
8pm, BBC2
The word “artisan” may be the most
overused word in the retailer’s
vocabulary, but there is a genuine
groundswell that the term is
reflecting and that is being
celebrated in this new contest. The
basic format is achingly familiar,
from genial host (Tom Kerridge) to
expert judges (restaurateur Nisha
Katona and Alison Swan Parente,
founder of the School of Artisan
Food) starting with the “preserves,
pickles and spreads” category. The
contestants set out their stall
at a farm shop in the Yorkshire
Dales, customers providing their
thoughts (and hopefully cash)
while the judges visit their homes.
8pm, Channel 4
The term is well under way for the
born-again primary school pupils
attending an adjacent class to their
children at Blackrod Primary near
Bolton, and class rebel Jonny is
already chafing at dress code
and not doing his homework.
Meanwhile, the oldest pupil,
70-year-old Bill, explains how he
suffered from a severe stammer
during his own schooldays.
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Paradise Hunters
9pm, Channel 4
Bored with your job and desperate
for something more adventurous?
That’s the case with the two
millennials in this life-swap
documentary. Katie exchanges
her role at a music distribution
company in London for a life on
horseback at a Mexican ranch,
and Charlie leaves his Brighton
call-centre job to work on a
Scottish salmon farm. Will the
reality live up to the dream?
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Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks
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the returning series where
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location being Cookham, the
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(R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Walden
dates Rose,
despite Alan’s
warnings (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: American
Pie 2 (James B
Rogers 2001)
Comedy sequel,
starring Jason
Biggs (S).
11.05 Family Guy
(R) (S).
11.35 Family Guy
Peter becomes
obsessed with
a hit song from
1963 (R) (S).
1.20 FILM: Spirited Away
(Hayao Miyazaki 2001)
Animated fantasy, with the
voice of Rumi Hiragi (S).
3.50 Close
12.05 American Dad! (R)
(S). 12.30 American Dad! (R)
(S). 12.55 Celebrity Juice
(R) (S). 1.40 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S). 2.05 Two And
A Half Men (R) (S). 2.30
Teleshopping
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Cunk On Britain
10pm, BBC2
Given his well-publicised autism,
perhaps Chris Packham was possibly
the least likely of the experts visited
by Philomena Cunk to recognise that
he was being spoofed – but he deals
with Diane Morgan’s faux TV
presenter by treating her ridiculous
questions with the disdain they
deserve (“Why would you want to
change a cow into a pig?” he asks,
after Cunk suggests it as a form of
Darwinian evolution). Cunk is
manhandling the 19th century this
week by way of Captain Cook’s first
ever gap year in Australia (the 18th
century, but never mind) and the
existence of so many books – or, as
she prefers, “primitive paper-free
versions of televisions”.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
FILM OF THE DAY
===
Election
Spartacus
11.40pm, Sky Cinema Comedy
(Alexander Payne, 1999)
Something of a modern classic,
Payne’s film offers up a mordant
satire of the US political process
and an analysis of the American
national character and values, slyly
disguised as a high-school teen
comedy. A young Reese Witherspoon
(left) is perfectly cast as Tracy Flick:
an indomitably perky, entitled and
ambitious straight-A student, who is
determined to become president of
her school’s student body. Matthew
Broderick, also brilliantly cast, plays
Jim McAllister, the liberal middleaged civics and history teacher with
dubious morals and an increasingly
diminished sense of idealism, who
becomes determined to stop her.
7pm, Sky Cinema Classics
(Stanley Kubrick, 1960)
Kirk Douglas is Spartacus, a Thracian
slave and gladiator who leads a revolt
against 1st-century BC Rome. The
battles and the senate politics are
well-handled and, in its scale and
sweep, this is Hollywood epic filmmaking at its best.
===
A Taste Of Honey
9pm, Talking Pictures
(Tony Richardson, 1961)
Nineteen-year-old Shelagh Delaney’s
kitchen sink drama – the inspiration
for a large portion of the Smiths’
lyrics – stars Rita Tushingham as an
unwed pregnant Salford teen with an
alcoholic mother and a gay flatmate.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S). 7.00
Rules Of Engagement (R)
(S). 8.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 8.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R) (S).
9.00 New Girl (R) (S). 9.30
New Girl (R) (S). 10.00 2
Broke Girls (R) (S). 111.00
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (R) (S).
11.30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 12.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 12.30 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 1.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S). 1.30 The Big
Bang Theory (R) (S). 2.00
How I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 2.30 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 3.00 New
Girl (R) (S). 3.30 New Girl
(R) (S). 4.00 Brooklyn NineNine (R) (S). 4.30 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (R) (S). 5.00 The
Goldbergs (R) (S).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (R)
(S). 9.30 A Place In The
Sun: Summer Sun (R) (S).
10.30 A Place In The Sun:
Summer Sun (R) (S). 11.35
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.05
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.35
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 1.05
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 1.40
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 2.10
Come Dine With Me (R)
(S). 2.40 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 3.15 Come Dine
With Me (R) (S). 3.45 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 4.20
Come Dine With Me (R) (S).
4.50 A Place In The Sun:
Summer Sun (R) (S). 5.55
Kirstie And Phil’s Love It
Or List It (R) (S).
6.00 RSPCA Animal
Rescue (R) (S). 6.30 Animal
999 (R). 7.00 Meerkat
Manor (R) (S). 7.30 Meerkat
Manor (R) (S). 8.00
Monkey Life (R) (S). 8.30
Monkey Life (R) (S). 9.00
Motorway Patrol (R) (S).
9.30 Motorway Patrol (R)
(S). 10.00 Road Wars (R) (S).
11.00 Warehouse 13 (R) (S).
12.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
(S). 1.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R)
(S). 2.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R)
(S). 3.00 NCIS: Los Angeles
(R) (S). 4.00 Stargate SG-1
(R) (S). 5.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S). 5.30 Futurama
(R) (S).
6.00 Urban Secrets (R)
(S). 7.00 Richard E Grant’s
Hotel Secrets (R) (S). 8.00
The British (R) (S). 9.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 10.00
The West Wing (R) (S).
11.00 House (R) (S). 12.00
House (R) (S). 1.00 Without
A Trace (R) (S). 2.00 Blue
Bloods (R) (S). 3.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 4.00
The West Wing (R) (S). 5.00
House (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory Amy is
disappointed by
Sheldon (R) (S).
6.55 The Secret Life
Of The Zoo
(R) (S).
6.00 Futurama
(R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
Lisa discovers
Bart’s demented
twin (R) (S).
6.00 House
A children’s
author suffers a
seizure (R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
investigates a
high-society
murder (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks (S).
7.30 Extreme Cake
Makers (R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A house made
from straw
bales and oak
(R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Homer and Lisa
discover they
have hidden
talents (R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
A bus crash
kills nine
people (R) (S).
8.00 Midsomer
Murders Two
couples vanish
from the village
of Monks
Barton (R) (S).
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.00 The Flash
Barry and Ralph
clash over what
it means to be
a hero.
8.00 Blue Bloods
Danny believes
a serial killer
is on the loose
(R) (S).
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R).
6.55 Heartbeat (R) (S). 7.55
The Royal (R) (S). 9.00
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.25
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.55
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.20
Inspector Morse (R) (S).
12.35 The Royal (R) (S).
1.35 Heartbeat (R) (S). 2.40
Classic Coronation Street
(R). 3.15 Classic Coronation
Street (R). 3.45 On The
Buses (R) (S). 4.20 On The
Buses (R) (S). 4.55 You’re
Only Young Twice (R) (S).
5.25 Rising Damp (R) (S).
5.55 Heartbeat (R) (S).
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6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Greg James 7.00 Annie
Mac 9.00 The 8th With Charlie
Sloth 11.00 Huw Stephens 1am
Annie Nightingale 3.00 Movies
That Made Me: Emily Blunt
And Tom Cruise 4.00 Radio
1’s Early Breakfast Show With
Adele Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am Nick Bright 10.00 Ace
12.45pm Newsbeat 1.00
Yasmin Evans 4.00 Sian
Anderson 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
Sian Anderson 7.00 DJ Target
9.02 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 Jamz Supernova 1am
Annie Nightingale Presents
3.00 1Xtra Playlists 4.00 Jamz
Supernova
BBC Radio 2
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Jamie Cullum 8.00 Jo
Whiley 10.00 Blood On The
Tracks 11.00 Nigel Ogden: The
Organist Entertains 11.30
Listen To The Band 12mdn’t
Sounds Of The 80s 2.00 Radio
2’s Folk Playlist 3.00 Radio 2
Playlist: 90s Hits 4.00 Radio 2
Playlist: Wednesday Workout
5.00 Vanessa Feltz
BBC Radio 3
9.00 Gotham Gordon
attempts
to bring in
Jonathan Crane
(S).
9.00 My Floating
Home A duo
attempt to turn
a rusty old oil
barge into their
rustic first
home (S).
9.00 The Blacklist
Liz explores her
darker impulses
in therapy with
Dr Fulton.
9.00 Here And Now
Kristen and
Navid grow
closer.
10.00Scott & Bailey
A wealthy man
leading a double
life is murdered
(R) (S).
10.00Supernatural
New series.
Return of the
fantasy drama.
The Winchester
brothers pick up
the pieces (S).
10.00Millionaires’
Mansions:
Designing
Britain’s Most
Exclusive
Homes (R) (S).
10.00The Late Late
Show With
James Corden:
Best Of The
Week Highlights
of the talk show.
10.10 Divorce
10.45 Crashing Pete
and Ali clash
over the best
strategy to
appeal to a
crowd.
11.00 Scott & Bailey
Murder suspect
Helen (Nicola
Walker) turns
up on Janet’s
doorstep (R) (S).
11.00 The Big Bang
Theory Penny
appears in a
musical (R) (S).
11.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.05 24 Hours In
A&E A 51-yearold man who
has fallen 20ft
from a ladder
(R) (S).
11.00 The Force:
North East
Documentary
shining a light
on modern
policing in the
region (R) (S).
11.20 The Circus New
series. The major
issues of the
2016 presidential
election.
11.55 Our Cartoon
President (R).
12.05 The Street (R) (S).
1.20 The Street (R) (S). 2.20
ITV3 Nightscreen 2.30
Teleshopping
12.00 First Dates (R) (S).
1.05 Tattoo Fixers (R) (S).
2.10 Gotham (R) (S). 2.55
Supernatural (R) (S). 3.45
How I Met Your Mother
(R) (S). 4.05 Rules Of
Engagement (R) (S).
12.10 8 Out Of 10 Cats
Does Countdown (R) (S).
1.15 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
2.15 My Floating Home (R)
(S). 3.15 8 Out Of 10 Cats (R)
(S). 4.00 Close
12.00 Air Ambulance ER
(R) (S). 1.00 Brit Cops: War
On Crime (R) (S). 2.00 NCIS:
Los Angeles (R) (S). 3.00
NCIS: Los Angeles (R) (S).
4.00 The Real A&E (R) (S).
5.00 The Dog Whisperer
(R).
12.30 Our Cartoon
President (R). 1.05 The
Sopranos (R) (S). 2.20
Rampage: Special 2.50
High Maintenance (R) (S).
3.25 Animals (R) (S). 4.00
The West Wing (R) (S). 5.00
The West Wing (R) (S).
6.30am Breakfast. With Petroc
Trelawny. 9.00 Essential
Classics. Suzy Klein is joined
in conversation by Lucy
Worsley. 12noon Composer
Of The Week: Verdi 1.00
News 1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert. Performances by
the Castalian Quartet and Mr
McFall’s Chamber Ensemble.
2.00 Afternoon Concert 4.30
BBC Young Musician 2018 5.00
In Tune 7.00 In Tune Mixtape.
An eclectic non-stop mix of
music. 7.30 Radio 3 In Concert.
Joseph Swensen conducts the
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
at Glasgow’s City Halls. 10.00
Free Thinking 10.45 The Essay:
Secret Admirers 11.00 Late
Junction 12.30am Through
The Night
ONDEMAND
Bosch
Amazon Prime
The hard-boiled detective
returns, this time investigating
the murder of an attorney.
Chef’s Table: Pastry
Netfix
The food series travels from Bali
and Sicily to Spain and New York
in search of perfect puds.
The Funeral Murders
BBC iPlayer
This documentary looks back at
some of the darkest days of the
Troubles in Northern Ireland.
8.00 Russians In Britain: A
Handbook. Lucy Ash explores
the complex communities
of Russians of the UK. 8.40
In Touch. News for people
who are blind or partially
sighted. 9.00 Inconspicuous
Consumption. Aatif Nawaz on
why the analogue clockface
continues to survive. 9.30 The
Long View. Comparing safety
on the railways in the 1830s
to driverless cars today. 10.00
The World Tonight. With Ritula
Shah. 10.45 Book At Bedtime:
Nikesh Shukla – The One Who
Wrote Destiny. By Nikesh
Shukla. 11.00 Richard Marsh:
Cardboard Heart. Will is asked
to help someone break some
difficult news. 11.30 Today In
Parliament 12mdn’t News And
Weather 12.30 Book Of The
Week: Dearest Squirrel 12.48
Shipping Forecast 1.00 As BBC
World Service 5.20 Shipping
Forecast 5.30 News Briefing
5.43 Prayer For The Day 5.45
Farming Today 5.58 Tweet Of
The Day
BBC Radio 4 LW
8.30am Yesterday In
Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
5.54 Shipping Forecast
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am Julie Enfield Investigates:
The Net And The Canal 6.30
Forever 22 7.00 Arrested
Development 7.30 Love In
Recovery 8.00 The Ken Dodd
Show 8.30 The Men From
The Ministry 9.00 The News
Quiz Extra 9.45 Helen Keen’s
It Is Rocket Science 10.00
The Bed-Sitting Room 11.00
Clown’s Shoes 11.15 The New
Look 12noon The Ken Dodd
Show 12.30 The Men From
The Ministry 1.00 Julie Enfield
Investigates: The Net And The
Canal 1.30 Forever 22 2.00
Expo 58 2.15 Shakespeare’s
Restless World 2.30 Tristram
Shandy 2.45 The Love And
Wars Of Lina Prokofiev 3.00
The Bed-Sitting Room 4.00
It’s Not What You Know 4.30
Ballylenon 5.00 Arrested
Development 5.30 Love In
Recovery 6.00 The Man Who
Pick
ofthe
day
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 The Long
View 9.30 Nature’s Great
Invaders 9.45 Book Of The
Week: Dearest Squirrel 10.00
Woman’s Hour 11.00 The
Second Genome 11.30 The
Voices Of 12noon News 12.04
Home Front 12.15 Call You And
Yours 12.57 Weather 1.00 The
World At One 1.45 Chinese
Characters 2.00 The Archers
2.15 Drama: 19 Weeks 3.00 The
Kitchen Cabinet 3.30 Costing
The Earth 4.00 Word Of Mouth
4.30 Great Lives 5.00 PM 5.57
Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 Love In Recovery. By Pete
Jackson. 7.00 The Archers.
Brian hatches a plan. 7.15 Front
Row. Arts programme. 7.45 She
Said/He Said. By Eileen Horne.
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Was Thursday 6.30 Pioneers
7.00 The Ken Dodd Show 7.30
The Men From The Ministry
8.00 Julie Enfield Investigates:
The Net And The Canal 8.30
Forever 22 9.00 Clown’s
Shoes 9.15 The New Look
10.00 Comedy Club: Love
In Recovery 10.30 Comedy
Club: The Hitchhiker’s Guide
To The Galaxy 10.55 Comedy
Club: The Comedy Club
Interview 11.00 Comedy Club:
ElvenQuest 11.30 Comedy
Club: The Lawrence Sweeney
Mix 12mdn’t The Man Who
Was Thursday 12.30 Pioneers
1.00 Julie Enfield Investigates:
The Net And The Canal 1.30
Forever 22 2.00 Expo 58 2.15
Shakespeare’s Restless World
2.30 Tristram Shandy 2.45
The Love And Wars Of Lina
Prokofiev 3.00 The Bed-Sitting
Room 4.00 It’s Not What You
Know 4.30 Ballylenon 5.00
Arrested Development 5.30
Love In Recovery
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00
The Emma Barnett Show With
Anna Foster 1pm Afternoon
Edition 4.00 5 Live Drive 7.00
5 Live Sport 7.45 5 Live Sport:
Premier League Football
2017-18 10.00 5 Live Sport: 5
Live Football Social 10.30 Phil
Williams 1am Up All Night 5.00
Morning Reports 5.15 Wake Up
To Money
BBC 6 Music
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark
Radcliffe And Stuart Maconie
4.00 Steve Lamacq 7.00 Marc
Riley 9.00 Gideon Coe 12mdn’t
6 Music Recommends With
Tom Ravenscroft 1.00 Classic
Albums 2.00 Classic Scottish
Albums 2.30 6 Music Live Hour
3.30 6 Music’s Jukebox 5.00
Chris Hawkins
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast 9.00
John Suchet 1pm Anne-Marie
Minhall 5.00 Classic FM Drive
7.00 Smooth Classics At Seven
8.00 The Full Works Concert.
Jane Jones presents the first of
two concerts celebrating spring.
10.00 Smooth Classics 1am
Sam Pittis
Absolute Radio
6am Christian O’Connell’s
Breakfast Show 10.00 Leona
Graham 1pm Andy Bush 4.00
Dave Berry 7.00 Danielle Perry
10.00 Pete Donaldson 1am
Ben Burrell
The Long View
Heart
9.30pm,
BBC Radio 4
Jonathan
Freedland (above)
compares the
death of William
Huskisson MP on
the opening day
of a railway in the
1830s with a death
resulting from a
driverless vehicle.
6am JK And Emma 9.00 Toby
Anstis 1pm Matt Wilkinson
4.00 Sian And Lucy 7.00 Lilah
Parsons 10.00 Kat Shoob
1am Simon Beale 4.00 Jenni
Falconer
TalkSPORT
6am The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast With Ray Parlour
10.00 Jim White, Micky Gray
And Bob Mills 1pm Hawksbee
And Jacobs 4.00 Adrian
Durham And Darren Gough
7.00 Kick-off 10.00 Sports Bar
1am Extra Time With Adam
Catterall
Meet the
Communists
After seeing one of their former
comrades appointed as Jeremy
Corbyn’s adviser, do Britain’s
hard lefties think their time has
finally come? EtanSmallman
joins a meeting to find out
A
Nature
Antarctic adventure
Visiting the penguins
that could benefit from
new protections
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The new ‘Queer Eye’
Jonathan Van Ness, star
of the rebooted series, on
fame and stereotypes
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n ageing Fidel Castro
peers at us from on high.
Vladimir Lenin, in harsh
profile, looks back at the
Cuban leader. Meanwhile, Karl Marx maintains an imperious stare across the hall.
It is a Thursday evening at the
Marx Memorial Library in Islington,
north London, and a small group of
loyal campaigners are flanked by
photos, murals and busts of Communism’s finest as they stack pamphlets
and unfurl their blood-red hammerand-sickle flags across the tables.
Anyone using Google to seek out
the group – here for a meeting to
discuss “Britain’s road to Socialism” – will already have had to tangle with the mass of similarly named
parties jostling to keep the red
flame burning.
At this stage – sorry, comrades
– one simply cannot fail to think of
Monty Python. In the famous scene
in Life of Brian, Brian’s question “Are
you the Judean People’s Front?” is
met with the response: “F**k off!
Judean People’s Front? We’re the
People’s Front of Judea!”
The UK’s hard left is similarly
a throng of like-minded factions
riven by a word or two. Whatever
you do, make sure you don’t confuse
the Communist Party of Britain
with the Communist Party of Great
Britain – sworn enemies after their
split in 1988, which led to the latter
being dissolved three years later.
Then there is the Communist Party
of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), the
Revolutionary Communist Party of
Britain (Marxist-Leninist) and the
New Communist Party of Britain, to
name just a few.
“Working men of all countries,
unite!” the Communist Manifesto
proclaimed in 1848. So why on earth
are its British adherents of 2018
so fractured?
As we chat upstairs – where an exiled Lenin retreated to edit and print
his journal in 1902 – Robert Griffiths,
general secretary of the CPB, says
candidly: “It’s a result of the lack
of progress, and to some extent it’s
the product of despair and turning
inwards.” But he also dismisses the
rival “outfits” in turn as “Trotskyist
or Maoist or ultra-Leftist” groups
who spend too much of their time “attacking the real Communist Party”.
It is true that the CPB is the largest of the parties, although it is only
able to boast 900 or so members.
Griffiths can also, quite possibly,
claim to be the longest-serving
party leader in this country. In 2018,
he celebrates 20 years in the top
job, a fact he confesses is “a source
of embarrassment”.
The party garnered only 1,229
votes across nine seats in the 2015
general election – far outstripped
by the Monster Raving Loonies and
the Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol
Party. This is not a source of embarrassment. “Vote-winning is not the
main reason we stand in elections,”
Griffiths tells the audience.
The party has been making waves
of late, thanks to Jeremy Corbyn’s
ascendancy. In February, the Labour leader appointed Andrew Murray, previously a member of the CPB
for 40 years, as a consultant. Murray
has questioned why “hack propagandists abominate the name of Stalin
beyond all others” and expressed
“solidarity” with North Korea.
And last month, the University
College London professor Susan
Michie caused a stir when she told
a Communist Party meeting: “Members should absolutely be… working
full-tilt to get Jeremy elected, and
the Labour Party into government.”
This followed the party’s decision
not to field any candidates in the
general election last year, for the first
time since 1920, instead calling “for
a Labour vote in every constituency
across Britain”. Inevitably, the move
proved a gift for Labour’s enemies,
with “Commies come out for Corbyn!” headlines.
As the meeting begins, Griffiths
addresses the poisoning of Sergei
Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. “The Communist Party doesn’t
have any hesitation in condemning
that,” he announces. “Although, of
course, we would have no great love
for a turncoat mercenary spy”.
He goes on to condemn the war-
Why are British
adherents so
fractured? The lack
of progress, despair
mongering “psychosis” of politicians, including many Labour MPs,
and “levels of hypocrisy and hysteria
that would be funny if the situation
were not quite so tragic and serious”.
“What really upsets the ruling
class in Britain about Putin and
his government is that they have
obstructed imperialism’s strategic
plans on the interface between Asia
and Europe,” Griffiths says.
Griffiths, a 65-year-old former
college lecturer, is a daily reader of
the Financial Times (“the voice of
the class enemy”), and owns “a halfshare in a terraced house in Splott, in
Cardiff”. Marx and Engels wrote in
their Manifesto: “The theory of the
Communists may be summed up in
the single sentence: Abolition of private property.” But Griffiths seeks
to reassure me: “Certainly we don’t
think in terms of nationalising everybody’s house.”
The essence of the party’s mission, he says, is to imagine a world
after capitalism, which has “now
outlived its usefulness to humanity
and has shown itself incapable of
solving even the most fundamental
problems of human society. The only
alternative would be a socialist society, based on collective ownership
and control of the great economic,
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Nature
W
e had spent three
days aboard the
Arctic Sunrise,
and still we
hadn’t left port.
I had signed up for a trip on
board the Greenpeace ship, to
find out how the environmental
organisation hopes to support an
EU proposal to create the biggest
protected area on Earth around
the southernmost continent.
I was keen to get to Antarctica
and take photographs to support
the case for the reserve, but
before we could leave, we had
to wait in the waters of Punta
Arenas, in southern Chile, to
test our equipment and conduct
security drills.
To gather evidence for the need
to create a safe haven for marine
life in Antarctica, protecting
creatures here from industrial
fishing, we would be collecting
specimen samples from the sea
floor and sampling surface water
for microplastics.
The proposed Weddell Sea
Marine Protected Area would
cover 1.1 million square miles of
natural habitat for whales, seals,
penguins and many kinds of
fish. It will be considered by the
Antarctic governance body, the
Convention for the Conservation
of Antarctic Marine Living
Resources, at its October meeting
in Australia.
“Antarctica itself is currently
protected under the Antarctic
Treaty, but there is a lot of scope
for abuse of the waters around
Antarctica. It is already dealing
with the issues that are happening
elsewhere in the world, such as
increasing CO2 levels, acidification
of the oceans, and plastics,” says
Tom Foreman, a Greenpeace
expedition leader.
“The chance to protect these
areas, which are so vital to such a
huge number of species in so many
ways, can’t really be missed.”
According to Greenpeace, a key
concern is industrial fishing for
krill. The group recently issued a
report noting that most Antarctic
wildlife, including penguins,
whales and seals, depend either
directly or indirectly on the small
shrimp-like creatures for food.
Humans use krill in Omega-3
tablets and in pet food.
“We are asking all krill fishing
vessels not to fish in any area in
the Antarctic being proposed for
protection,” says Luke Massey, a
spokesman for Greenpeace.
Calm water
off Antarctica
(main);
whales were a
common sight
(inset); an
unforgettable
encounter
with penguins
(right)
REUTERS
AlexandreMeneghini
These
were
possibly
the longest
four days of
my life
When the ship finally left port,
I realised how much I enjoyed the
feeling of being at sea. It provides
a sense of freedom and promise
for the future, the kind you get
when you start a new relationship,
a new job, or a trip to somewhere
that you’ve never been before.
After rounding the archipelago
of Tierra del Fuego, escorted by
dolphins that reminded me of dogs
chasing a car, we reached a spot I
had studied in college geography
classes: the fabled Drake Passage,
the point where the Atlantic
and the Pacific Oceans violently
collide off the southern headland
of South America.
We had been informed the
passage could be rough, so we
started tying everything down.
Pills for seasickness were
handed out and the bathroom
lights were left on to
accommodate those
who handled the ride
poorly. I decided not
to take the pills. That
was a mistake.
It felt like being in
a centrifuge. After
the first few hours of
the passage, I went to
the bridge to ask the captain
how many more hours it would
take to get to calmer waters. “It
can be up to four days,” he said.
He reminded me we were in an
icebreaker, a solidly built ship, but
not designed for a smooth, swift
ride. These were possibly the
longest four days of my life.
When we arrived at the
Antarctic Peninsula, the sea was
again calm, and we could spot
lots of wildlife. Contrary to what
some may think, the Antarctic
is full of life. Penguins, seabirds,
and different species of seals and
whales could be seen at all times.
We went ashore on rubber
boats, wearing survival suits
weighing nearly 10 kilograms.
I packed an extra camera and
a couple of long lenses, too,
adding even more weight to the
already uncomfortable suit. It
would be worth it. I could not
afford to waste a rare chance at
a good Antarctic photo due to a
camera malfunction in a distant
penguin colony.
My encounters
with the penguins
were wonderful
and joined my list
o f u n fo rge t t a b l e
moments. They do
not see humans as
predators and can
surround you for hours
if you do not move much.
Along with my dog, I think
they are the sweetest things in
this world. On these trips ashore, I
generally had a couple of hours to
take photos. On every one of them
I felt like a child in a sweet shop.
I made it on to a helicopter after
several days, when the weather
became clear enough for safe
flight. During three trips over
the peninsula, I saw some of the
most splendid landscapes I had
ever seen. None of my pictures do
justice to the experience of seeing
these places first hand.
Antarctica is remote. But it is
not untouched. We came here
to point out some of the region’s
vulnerabilities, and I hope my
pictures reveal some of the
region’s beauty. REUTERS
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star of Netflix’s makeover
show Queer Eye. Firstly,
words are about to flow at three times
their normal speed. He is boundlessly
upbeat and enthusiastic. Every
sentence ends on an upward inflection,
like a question. And almost everything
is a “she”.
Netflix, the network which has made
Van Ness and his Queer Eye co-stars
2018’s pop culture icons, is a “she”, as
is the forthcoming second series of
Queer Eye. And though, according to
Van Ness, they’re not sure of the exact
details just yet (“Netflix is a gorgeous
creature and she’s elusive with her
details… She can’t help it!”), we will
be getting our second helping in due
course: “She’s very much confirmed.”
This will be music to the ears of
the hordes of viewers who devoured
the first series, which dropped on the
streaming site in February. While
Netflix keeps its viewing figures close
to its chest, analytics company Parrot
Analytics told The Hollywood Reporter
last week that Queer Eye was one of the
most in-demand shows of the last year,
according to its aggregated Google
search data and social media mentions.
Van Ness says their sudden success
is “surreal”. Scrolling through his
social media mentions (he now has
almost a million followers across
Instagram and Twitter), he is
overwhelmed by the love he gets. His
catchphrase “Can you believe?” gets
retweeted “like, a hundred million
times”, he says, while on-brand tweets
like “Yes Queens it’s Friday and we’re
gorgeous!” go viral in minutes.
The Fab Five, as they are known,
is made up of Van Ness, Tan France,
Antoni Porowski, Karamo Brown,
and Bobby Berk. All gay men
with impeccable taste, they are
responsible for refining elements
of their seemingly hopeless clients’
scruffy lives: France does the styling,
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Grooming
experts: the Fab
Five is made up
of (from left)
Karamo Brown,
Van Ness, Tan
France, Antoni
Porowski and
Bobby Berk
NETFLIX
Porowski, a chef, gives them recipes to push any agenda but its approach
to follow, Brown’s category is officially opens up the LGBTQ community to
“culture”, though he does more life those who may not have come into
coaching than theatre bookings, and contact with it before. “While we do
Berk is on interior design.
create levity, it also allows us a point
Van Ness, 31, is undoubtedly the star of entry where conversations can still
of the show. A Los Angeles-based hair be friendly so you can see the light
stylist, he was brought on to the show on both sides. Both sides of these
to oversee the grooming of the subjects conversations 99.9 per cent of people
whose lives they aim to overhaul.
are good people. This show creates a
It’s heartwarming stuff, watching place for that conversation to be had.”
these men who have become so set
While he went through the same
in their ways gradually opening up. huge open casting process as his coOnce the series dropped, word spread stars in order to get the job on the
quickly. There were universal tears show, Van Ness already had a following
at the first episode, in which a self- thanks to Funny or Die series Gay
described “ugly redneck” called Tom of Thrones. The shorts – which have
tried to win back his ex-wife.
been running since 2013 – feature Van
It could have all been a huge Ness giving his unique recaps of the
disaster, of course. Queer Eye is not a previous night’s episode of Game of
new concept but a reboot of the iconic Thrones while styling a client’s hair.
Noughties series Queer Eye for the
Van Ness got his break after a Funny
Straight Guy, which ran for five series or Die producer fell in love with Van
until 2007. When the stratospheric Ness while he was chattering about the
levels of the show’s success are clear HBO show while she was in his salon –
to see, Van Ness says he tries not to which speaks volumes for his way with
dwell on it. Getting bullied for being words. Gay of Thrones was nominated
gay when he was growing up has had for an Emmy in 2016.
a lasting effect on his adult life – even
The adoration Van Ness gets
on his ability to accept the positive doesn’t sit easily with him. “I don’t
reaction to the show.
know if it’s because I was
“I use the power of
bullied so much,” he says.
disassociation both with
“Or if I’d just been in
good and bad things.
entertainment so long, on
hear
I couldn’t have got to
Gay of Thrones, but there
someone
this point if I couldn’t
have been so many times
shout
disassociate some of the
where I thought I’d done
horrific and tragic and
something which was
‘faggot’
on
hard things that I’ve gone
goingtochangesomeone…
the street,
through,” he says, in a rare
I’d just been disappointed
sombre moment. “I have
so many times that I never
I will raise
to protect myself – even if
want to get my hopes up,
my
hand
it’s from praise and from
and I’m always prepared
to deflect
accolades. I can’t think
for the worst.”
about how amazing it is
He adds that accuthe punch
for too long. Because I’m
sations that Queer Eye
just a little boy who grew
perpetuates negative gay
up on a hog farm literally four minutes stereotypes are nothing more than
from the Mississippi river – I have to tedious to him.
remember that.”
“That’s something that I’ve heard
Growing up with Republican from the beginning of my career.
parents who, he says, voted for Trump That I’m too flamboyant, too this, too
has caused frustrating family fallouts.
that. That is something I’ve heard
Van Ness is proud of the political my whole life, I had to walk through
edge Queer Eye demonstrates among halls at school… to this day if I hear
its frivolous piles of grooming someone shout ‘faggot’ on the street, I
products, fedora hats and industrial turn my head and will raise my hand,
chic kitchen equipment.
I’m ready to deflect the punch,” Van
On one episode a police officer Ness says.
appears to pull the crew over while
“Stereotypes – if that’s who you are,
Brown, a black man, is driving them that’s who you are. A lot of the people
along an empty country road in dismissing it as a stereotype are gay
Georgia. It’s all a ruse: the police men, and that to me is internalised
officer turns out to be the nominator homophobia, those people being
who wants them to make over his uncomfortable with their own
colleague. But it’s a chilling moment femininity. And I hope that’s something
to watch because of the obvious fear in they get to address one day, because
Brown’s eyes – he has since said he was wearing a heel and dancing to Beyoncé
“terrified”, adding: “It speaks to the is so fun. It’s SO fun.”
fact that no matter how I identify, me
being a black man always comes first.” Series one of Queer Eye is on Netflix,
Van Ness says the show doesn’t aim series two begins production this year
Forelock tugging as
Attenborough talks
trees with the Queen
» The Queen’s Green Planet ITV, 9pm
» Give It a Year ITV, 8pm
O
bserving how a creature
reacts when suddenly
placed into unfamiliar
surroundings can provide
new insights and observations. But
not always. In The Queen’s Green
Planet, national treasure Sir David
Attenborough is transplanted to
London SW1 and goes walkabout
with the monarch in the gardens
at Buckingham Palace. What
might have been an interesting
documentary on the ecology of
forests around the world – and the
need to protect them – is swiftly
revealed, however, to be an hourlong puff piece for the Royal Family.
Apparently, Elizabeth II
luurrvvves trees so much that she
is endorsing a project to establish
protected forested areas across
the Commonwealth. “It’s called the
Queen’s Canopy, which is rather
nice,” she says.
“Indeed so,” sibilates Sir David,
practically tugging his forelock.
As they consider a pair of
London planes planted by her
great-great-grandparents Albert
and Victoria, HM observes,
neutrally, that she has never
thought of climbing them. Sir
David guffaws appreciatively.
It’s vaguely interesting having a
nosy around the Queen’s backyard.
But after a few minutes that wears
thin. It ain’t the Amazon.
An aeroplane has the temerity to
fly over. “They always do that,” tuts
HM. That sets off Sir David again.
Who knew the Queen did stand-up?
To encourage all 52 other
members of the Commonwealth to
get planting and protecting, high
commissioners are invited to the
palace and given a scroll if their
country has signed up.
The programme -makers,
probably realising how bored we
are by this stage, give a walk-on
part to Boris Johnson. He says
something stupid that involves
stereotyping the Germans.
The programme hints at all the
fascinating Commonwealth forests,
but only at the end does actress
Angelina Jolie offer a fleeting look
at the role of the vanishing trees
of Namibia’s deserts. Sir David
probably knows about that already.
But it’s a pity that he doesn’t get
more time to tell us.
Rather less fawning but
similarly unenlightening, Baroness
Brady, one of Lord Sugar’s
lieutenants in The Apprentice, visits
entrepreneurs with business plans,
dispenses a few pearls of wisdom
and then returns a year later to see
how the businesses have fared in
Give It a Year.
Sarah, from Essex, hires out
3ft-high letters with lightbulbs
inside them for wedding functions
and wants to double her turnover.
The producers, realising that
most of us couldn’t give two hoots,
focus on Sarah’s unusual source
of business advice. She consults
mediums, who have put her in
touch with her dear, departed
granddad. “It makes me feel like
I’ve got someone behind me,
helping me,” she says.
“I don’t think it’s your granddad
[giving you ideas],” says Brady. “I
think it’s you!”
This piercing insight startles
Sarah, who is reduced to tears.
Perhaps it’s not business advice
that’s needed but counselling.
This thought reoccurs when
we meet the next would-be
entrepreneur, Thomas from
Manchester. He plans to sell mugs
with heating elements to keep
drinks hot – for £70 a pop.
He hopes to finance his daft plans
through loans and online gambling.
Brady intones that online poker
might not be the best way.
A year on, he has upped the
prices to £1,000 for a hideous blackand-gold version. But the real laugh
is on the programmes-makers, if
they expect viewers to invest their
time in something so contrived,
mawkish and deadly dull.
Twitter: @michael2day
Sir David
Attenborough
and the Queen
in the gardens
of Buckingham
Palace ITV
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Razzle-dazzle: Cuba Gooding
Jnr stars as Billy Flynn, with
Roxie Hart, played admirably by
Sarah Soetaert
TRISTRAM KENTON
VISUAL ARTS
Surface Work: Abstract
Women Painters
VICTORIA MIRO, LONDON N1 AND W1
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THEATRE
Chicago with Cuba Gooding Jnr
PHOENIX THEATRE, LONDON
HHHHH
It’s a real pleasure to have the old
razzle-dazzle back in town. This
slinky, sultry, sizzling Kander and
Ebb musical about murder as
showbusiness previously ran in
London for 15 years and here it is,
with knees rouged and stockings
down, to appal and delight us once
more. On board this time for the
jazz hands ride is Oscar-winner
Cuba Gooding Jnr as celebrity
criminal lawyer Billy Flynn.
Gooding gives an amiable
enough performance, but he
doesn’t boast a strong or confident
singing voice. Instead the show
belongs, as it must, to those two
publicity-hungry murderesses,
Velma Kelly (Josefina Gabrielle)
and Roxie Hart (Sarah Soetaert),
who vie to outwit each other
when it comes to column inches.
Towering even over them in
the magnificence stakes is Ann
Reinking’s delicious choreography
in the trademark angular blackclothed manner of Bob Fosse.
It’s a constant lithe and limber
delight throughout this slick and
pacey show.
Every number in the
production, based on Walter
Bobbie’s original New York
direction, is vivid and individual.
The lively band, in which
trumpet and trombones play
with particular flourish, takes
up a large chunk of the stage,
but this leads to a stylish
pared-back staging.
“All That Jazz” is the first song
and what a statement of intent
this is, powerfully performed by
Velma, who is still enjoying top
dog status before being usurped
by upstart Roxie. The imperious
Gabrielle and the fizzy Soetaert
make a fine pair, or perhaps that
should be double act.
Special mention must go to
Paul Rider, who gets great mileage
out of Roxie’s downtrodden
husband Amos. Amos’s wistful
solo, “Mister Cellophane”, is
a treat. As, indeed, is almost
everything else. Crime, it seems,
does pay.
Until 6 October
FIONA MOUNTFORD
EVENING STANDARD
A cross-generational group
show across Victoria Miro’s
two London galleries, featuring
more than 50 women artists
who have shaped, and continue
to influence, the language and
definition of abstract painting
during the past century.
(victoria-miro.com) to 16 Jun
Bomberg
LAING ART GALLERY,
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
The gallery marks the 60th
anniversary of David Bomberg’s
death, illustrating the
development in the artist’s own
work as well as his achievement
within British Modernism
through more than 60 works.
(0191 278 1611) to 28 May
FILM
A Gentle Creature
18, SERGEI LOZNITSA, 143 MINS
This isn’t an overtly political film,
but Sergei Loznitsa’s vision of
Russia is bleak in the extreme.
The protagonist is a forlorn young
woman (Vasilina Makovtseva)
whose husband is in prison, far
away, serving a sentence for
murder. The plot revolves
around her efforts to visit him
and to deliver a parcel full of
basic clothes and food stuffs.
In a Kafkaesque world that the
director portrays with very grim
humour, decency and justice are
in short supply and cruelty and
petty corruption are everywhere.
Limited release
120 BPM (Beats Per Minute)
15, ROBIN CAMPILLO, 143 MINS
OPERA
POP
Lady Macbeth
of Mtsensk
Dua Lipa
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON
HHHHH
HHHHH
After 13 years in the wings,
Richard Jones’s Covent Garden
production of this masterpiece
has been dusted off, and
it’s still magnificent. John
Macfarlane’s designs bring it up
to the Fifties, and the worn and
grimy underside of provincial
life in Soviet Russia emerges
with authenticity. Jones’s
direction takes all its cues
from the music: raw, visceral,
and uncompromising.
This revival is strongly cast.
Rosie Aldridge as the gang-raped
Aksinya, John Daszak’s cuckolded
Zinovy, and Wojtek Gierlach’s
Priest compel belief, while Aigul
Akhmetshina makes a vixenish
Sonyetka. The central characters
are transcendently portrayed.
John Tomlinson’s bludgeoning
father-in-law Boris is a huge
and malign presence. Brandon
Jovanovich incarnates the seducer
Sergey with a persuasive tone.
And Eva-Maria Westbroek brings
a hint of Salome to Katerina.
Until 27 April roh.org.uk
MICHAEL CHURCH
THE INDEPENDENT
The wonder of Robin Campillo’s
ensemble drama, a Cannes winner
in 2017, is the sure-footed way it
combines polemics and historical
reconstructions with melodrama.
It tells the stories of a handful of
Aids activists in Paris in the early
1990s, focusing on Sean (Nahuel
Pérez Biscayart), a volatile and
impassioned figure in his mid-20s.
Limited release
SSE HYDRO, GLASGOW
Since her double win at this year’s
Brits, 22-year-old Dua Lipa has
sealed the deal as the pop star du
jour. She’s a sleek and streamlined
machine, generating enough
attitude to appeal to the teens,
sufficient energy for the tots
but wholesome enough to pass
muster with the parents, even
when she’s singing sweary words.
On her first arena tour, it
was apparent that she also has
Beyoncé-style pretensions as
a pop sage, delivering a couple
of portentous voiceovers about
freedom of expression which
were just a fancy way to invite
the audience to have some
fun. She does not yet have the
budget, experience or clout to
follow through with a visual
extravaganza. Hers was a simple
stage show coloured with bright
Eighties graphics, live band
looking (suitably) like refugees
from the Top of the Pops 1985
repeats and a couple of
dancers in their rehearsal
togs with whom Lipa kept
up admirably.
Her music made antiseptic use
of reggae rhythms and the teasing
breakdowns and crescendos of
A Quiet Place
15, JOHN KRASINSKI, 90 MINS
Dua Lipa has
developed a
Beyoncé-style
pretension for her
stadium shows
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GETTY
The director stars alongside
Emily Blunt in this ingenious and
extremely well-crafted horror
film, set in the aftermath of an
alien invasion. The approach is low
key and nuanced, making us care
about the characters, and even
in its noisiest, most outlandish
moments, when the alien
creatures are on the rampage,
it remains totally absorbing as
drama. Nationwide release
TALKS & POETRY
Robert Harris
HATCHARDS, LONDON W1
dance music with some much
needed variety in the form of
pacey pop number “Be The One”,
the PG-rated R’n’B slow jam
“High”, from the soundtrack of
50 Shades Freed, and “Thinking
’Bout You”, a sultry soul ballad
accompanied solely by electric
guitar which showed off the
huskiness in her tone. It’s early
days for Lipa and presumably
her monster hit “New Rules” and
cathartic diss “IDGAF” have bought
her the commercial leeway to
develop a distinct persona which
is so far lacking.
On tour to 20 April
FIONA SHEPHERD
The thriller writer returns to
the milieu of Fatherland with his
latest novel, Munich, set against
the backdrop of the Munich
conference in September 1938.
He talks about the book here in a
session with Simon Mayo, whose
new novel is Mad Blood Stirring.
(020 7439 9921) tonight 6.30pm
NEWS
2-27
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YOU HAVE TO SEE
VOICES
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splenetic rage on last year’s
ballistic debut album, Brutalism.
Pitched somewhere between
Sleaford Mods and Shame on
the state-of-the-now front line,
Idles keep the anger energised
on tour, in readiness for news on
the second album. G2, Glasgow
(seetickets.com) tonight; Gorilla,
Manchester (gigsandtours.com)
Wed; Heaven, London WC2
(gigsandtours.com) Thur
Shame
Elly Griffiths
WATERSTONES, BRIGHTON
In the 10th thriller in the
series, The Dark Angel, forensic
archaeologist Ruth Galloway
travels to Italy to investigate bones
discovered in a tiny hilltop village
near Rome. The writer talks about
the book here in a Brighton Crime
Wave session alongside William
Shaw and Lesley Thomson.
(01273 206017) tonight 7.30pm
COMEDY
Angela Barnes
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
Turning 40 is the jumping-off
point for Angela Barnes’s latest,
Fortitude – but it’s no leap into
midlife crisis cliches. Instead,
we hear about her obsession
with nuclear bunkers, about bad
poetry, and about the Peter Pan
generation. (020 7478 0100) to Sat
DANCE
Cinderella
THEATRE ROYAL, NEWCASTLE
Matthew Bourne reimagines
the fairy tale as a wartime
romance. The prince becomes
a dashing pilot searching for
Cinderella through the rubble of
the Blitz, with swirling fantasy
from Prokofiev’s score and Lez
Brotherston’s brilliant designs.
(0844 811 2121) to 28 Apr
POP
Joan As Police Woman
VARIOUS VENUES
After a few pop-slanted
digressions, Joan Wasser returns
to what she’s best at with her
sixth solo set. Tenderly fraught
torch-soul ruminations on
compulsion and regret dominate
Damned Devotion. As ever, the
hushed elasticity of Wasser’s
voice draws you in deep. Old
Fruitmarket, Glasgow (ticketmaster.
co.uk) tonight; Sage, Gateshead
(sagegateshead.com) Wed; Town
Hall, Birmingham (alttickets.com)
Thur; Howard Assembly Room,
Leeds (operanorth.co.uk) Fri
VARIOUS VENUES
Like fellow south Londoners Goat
Girl, Shame’s tangy debut album
gives guitar-rock renewed bite.
Seething and brawling, Songs
of Praise brims with righteous
melees of cacophonous postpunk and spiky provocations,
spat out by frontman Charlie
Steen with the intent to agitate,
not capitulate. Hare & Hounds,
Birmingham (seetickets.com)
tonight; Electric Ballroom,
London NW1 (ticketabc.com) Wed;
Bullingdon, Oxford (wegottickets.
com) Thur; Haunt, Brighton
(ticketweb.co.uk) Fri
JAZZ
Girl Ray
Bruno Heinen
VARIOUS VENUES
WESTERN HOTEL, ST IVES
The spirits of C86 and singersongwriter classicism merge
nicely on Girl Ray’s debut album,
Earl Grey. Mixing pep and
personality with twists of citrus-y
wit, Poppy Hankin leads the
London trio in flavoursome shows
of DIY charm and heartache-pop
smarts. Deaf Institute, Manchester
(ticketweb.co.uk) tonight; Heaven,
London WC2 (wegottickets.com)
Wed; Haunt, Brighton (seetickets.
com) Thur
Bruno Heinen fronts the Italian
Job trio, with bassist Michele
Tacchi and drummer Riccardo
Chiaberta. (01736 795277) tonight
Idles
VARIOUS VENUES
Bristol punks Idles issued
controlled blasts of smartly
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decide who plays Elizabeth I and
who plays Mary. It’s a remarkably
satisfying achievement.
(0843 208 6000) to Sat
Beautiful: the Carole King
Musical
REGENT THEATRE, IPSWICH
Marc Bruni’s touring production
of the Carole King tribute musical,
with Bronté Barbé in the lead.
This journey through the world
of pop, beginning in 1958, tells a
gripping human story with real
feeling, and has some enjoyable
1960s showbiz moments.
(beautifulmusical.co.uk) to Sat
FOLK & ROOTS
i TUESDAY
17 APRIL 2018
First
Chance
Opening
this week
TALKS
Festival of Debate
VARIOUS VENUES, SHEFFIELD
Headliners include Yanis Varoufakis,
Ed Miliband and Polly Toynbee.
(festivalofdebate.com) opens Wed
THEATRE
Absolute Hell
Kris Drever + Hannah Read
NT: LYTTELTON, LONDON SE1
VARIOUS VENUES
Joe Hill-Gibbins directs Rodney
Ackland’s provocative 1952 play.
(020 7452 3000) opens Wed
Kris Drever celebrates 10 years
of recordings with a “best-of”
tour featuring brand new songs
alongside older favourites, and
with the New York-based Scottish
fiddler Hannah Read in support.
St David’s Hall, Cardiff (029 2087
8444) tonight; Colchester Arts
Centre (01206 500900) Thur;
Union Chapel, London N1
(020 7226 1686) Fri
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VISUAL ARTS
Rationalism on Set
ESTORICK COLLECTION OF MODERN
ITALIAN ART, LONDON N1
An exploration of set designs for
Italian films in the inter-war years.
(020 7704 9522) opens Wed
8 da
half-boys
from onard
ly
THEATRE
£899pp
Mary Stuart
THE LOWRY, SALFORD
A tour of Robert Icke’s
extraordinarily gripping,
edge-of-your-seat Almeida
staging of Schiller’s great play,
with Juliet Stevenson and Lia
Williams, dressed in identical
outfits, flipping a coin at the
beginning of each performance to
If you only see
one thing today
THEATRE
Dubrovnik, Montenegro
& the Dalmatian Coast
Blood Brothers
GRAND THEATRE,
WOLVERHAMPTON
Bill Kenwright and Bob
Tomson’s much-loved
touring production of Willy
Russell’s musical about
twins separated at birth,
with Lyn Paul’s wonderful
voice soaring through it
all, singing out the joy and
pain of mother-love with
a passion. The brilliant
theatrical flow and energy
of this great production
remains as irresistible as
ever. (01902 429212) to Sat
Departures up to October 2018
from a selection of UK airports
Your tour includes...
Guided tour of Dubrovnik the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’
Visit to Krka National Park and its series of stunning waterfalls and lakes
Visit to Mostar, with its iconic bridge
Tour of beautiful, unspoilt Montenegro with visits to the UNESCO-listed
towns of Perast and Kotor
Guided tour of Split including entrance to the Emperor Diocletian’s
monumental palace, one of the greatest of ancient Roman structures
Visit to medieval Trogir, one of Dalmatia’s most seductive old ports
Tour the Dalmatian coastline, studded with Venetian influenced villages
Return flights from a selection of UK airports, plus all hotel transfers
Seven nights’ four-star hotel accommodation, with breakfast and dinner
The services of our experienced and
insightful tour manager throughout
Prices are based on two people sharing and are correct at time of print. Single
supplements may apply. This holiday is operated by and subject to booking
conditions of Riviera Travel, ABTA V4744 ATOL 3430 protected. Subject to
availability. Additional entrance cost may apply. Images used in conjunction with
Riviera Travel. For further information please write to Riviera Travel, New Manor,
328 Wetmore Road, Burton upon Trent, Staffs, DE14 1SP.
For more information or to book,
please call: 01283 523447
www.ipariviera.co.uk
ABTA No. V4744
Business
Business Editor Elizabeth Anderson
+4420 7361 5718
business@inews.co.uk
HOUSING
A third of millennials ‘will
still be renting in retirement’
By Vicky Shaw
Up to half of millennials could still
be renting in their forties and a
third could be “retiree renters”, a
report warns.
The Resolution Foundation thinktank said that if home ownership
growth in Britain follows the “weak
pattern” of the 2000s, up to half
of millennials born between 1981
and 2000 could be renting either
privately or in the social rented
sector in their forties, and a third
could still be renting by the time they
claim their pensions.
A report published by the
foundation for its Intergenerational
Commission said policy has failed to
catch up with the fact that bringing
up children in the private rental
sector has become mainstream.
Private renting has grown
rapidly in recent decades, the Home
Improvements report said. At the age
of 30, four in 10 millennials live in this
way, double the rate at the same age
for Generation X and four times that
for baby boomers born in the 20 years
after the end of the Second World
War. A record 1.8 million families with
children rent privately, up from just
600,000 15 years ago, the report said.
It added that a “rising share of
retiree renters, coupled with an
ageing population, could more than
double the housing benefit bill for
Citizens Advice’s research
also found that 43 per cent
of renters were worried about the
consequences of complaining to
landlords, while 13 per cent paid
for repairs themselves.
pensioners from £6.3bn today to
£16bn by 2060 – highlighting how
everyone ultimately pays for failing
to tackle Britain’s housing crisis”.
Lindsay Judge, senior policy
analyst at the Resolution Foundation,
said: “If we want to tackle Britain’s
‘here and now’ housing crisis we
have to improve conditions for the A record 1.8 million families with
millions of families living in private children rent privately PA
rented accommodation.
“That means raising standards notice without good cause, and added
and reducing the risks associated that an index of rent prices and a
with renting through tenancy reform new housing tribunal could also be
and light-touch rent stabilisation.”
created to help ease the pressure.
The foundation said that, to give
The news comes alongside a report
tenants longer-term stability in their from Citizens Advice that found that
homes, indeterminate tenancies 28 per cent of private tenants feared a
should be introduced as the sole form “revenge eviction” if they complained
of contract in England and Wales, a b o u t h o u s i n g p r o b l e m s t o
their landlord. The charity is calling
following Scotland’s lead.
It suggested that landlords should for the Government to introduce an
not be able to end tenancies at short ombudsman for private landlords.
PHARMACEUTICALS
Shire sells
cancer drugs
business to
French firm
By Laura Onita
Quote of
the day
The 30
Second
Briefing
The severe
weather put
paid to any
glimmer of hope
for an uplift in
shopper activity
Diane Wehrle
The Springboard director
on news that retail
footfall dropped 6 per
cent last month
DIAGEO’S
WHISKY
Diageo, the world’s biggest alcoholic
drinks group, has unveiled plans
to invest £150m in a range of new
whisky visitor experiences.
The initiative means Diageo will
commit to a three-year programme
to boost the UK’s whisky tourism, in
what has been hailed as the biggest
ever commitment to the industry.
What is Diageo paying for?
The £150m kitty will be used to
upgrade 12 existing distillery
centres around Scotland, which
currently attract 440,000 visitors
a year, according to media-shy
chief executive Ivan Menezes. The
centrepiece of Diageo’s efforts will
be a new attraction in Edinburgh
dedicated to the Johnnie Walker
brand (above), which promises to
be an “immersive experience”.
This, in turn, will be linked to four
distilleries elsewhere in Scotland:
Glenkinchie, Cardhu, Caol Ila and
Clynelish. Another £35m has also
been set aside for efforts to reopen
the Port Ellen and Brora distilleries,
as part of plans first revealed by the
drinks giant in October last year.
So it’s just for tourists?
Diageo has also committed more
funding to its “Learning for Life”
training programme, which offered
hospitality training to 1,000 young
unemployed Scots in the past
five years, and says it will start a
scholarship and mentoring scheme
for young entrepreneurs.
Is Scotch big business, then?
Yes, and growing. The Scotch Whisky
Association reports that distilleries
brought in 1.7 million tourists in
2016, spending £53m in total.
And investors were excited?
A mixed reaction. Diageo’s stock
wavered throughout the day,
finishing down 1,3 per cent at 2458p.
The likelihood of a huge deal for Shire,
the Irish drugmaker, by Japan’s
Takeda was diminished yesterday
after Shire moved to sweeten its
returns to shareholders.
London-listed Shire yesterday
revealed it was offloading its
oncology business to the French
pharmaceuticals firm Servier for
$2.4bn (£1.7 bn), and added it might
return the proceeds of the sale to
shareholders though a buyback.
The move could weaken Takeda’s
plans to make a £35bn bid for Shire
as its cancer business was one of the
main attractions, alongside its rare
diseases franchise.
However, others in the City said a
bid could be more likely, with Shire’s
focus narrowed. The Japanese firm
has just over a week to table a final
offer or walk away.
C h r i s t o p h e We b e r, t h e
French boss of Takeda, is lining
up meetings with its biggest
investors, including BlackRock and
JPMorgan, before a potential offer, it
has emerged.
Shire’s chief executive Flemming
Ornskov hailed the sale of its oncology
business as a key milestone, and
added it will “increase optionality”.
Its board of directors had started
looking for suitors in December.
Jefferies analysts said the sale
“should boost Shire’s negotiating
position on asking price in the
current offer period with Takeda”.
Shire, often seen as a likely
takeover target, was nearly bought
by American drugs firm AbbVie four
years ago. EVENING STANDARD
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ADVERTISING
WPP shares fall sharply as analysts
count cost of Sorrell’s departure
By Laurie Havelock
REACTION
Fallout from the resignation of Sir
Martin Sorrell, chief executive of
advertising group WPP, continued
yesterday as the media giant’s stock
price tumbled throughout the day.
Shares in the advertising giant
shed 6.5 per cent of their value by the
close of trading at 1111p.
It has been reported that Sir
Martin could receive a 1.5 per cent
share bonus, worth up to £20m
over the next five years, as part
of a previously agreed retirement
package if WPP meets certain
targets, despite his resignation.
The news also fuelled speculation
that WPP could be broken up, with
various arms being put up for sale.
Experts, including Goldman
Sachs, warned that WPP could
also lose clients to rival firms in the
short term.
Analysts at Goldman said: “We
see a potential risk of disruption to
WPP’s operations in the near term…
especially at a critical time when
WPP is renegotiating its relationship
with its largest client, Ford.”
Earlier this month, the group
announced Sir Martin was under
investigation over allegations of
personal misconduct regarding
company assets, which he
rejected “unreservedly”.
O n S a t u r d a y, S i r M a r t i n
announced abruptly that he would
be stepping down from his post as
the disruption was “putting too
much unnecessary pressure on
‘Make report
findings public’,
Cable urges
Though WPP’s share price
is not the lowest it has
been in 2018 – 40 per cent of the
firm’s value has disappeared since
April 2017.
By Laurie Havelock
The departure of Sir Martin Sorrell could result in WPP’s break up REUTERS
the business”.
Confirming his departure in a
statement to the London Stock
Exchange, WPP said: “The allegation
did not involve amounts that
are material.”
How ex ac t l y t h e co m p a ny
will recover its position remains
uncertain. According to some
reports, a lack of a non-compete
clause in Sir Martin’s contract
means he could be could be free to
start a new advertising venture. The
claim was widely disputed by market
commentators, however.
Analysts at Liberum pointed out
that given Sir Martin’s age – 73 –
and dedication to WPP during his
time there, “he would not want to
do anything that would be seen as
damaging the company”.
Sir Martin has been replaced
in the short term by Mark Read,
chief executive of WPP Digital, and
Andrew Scott, chief operating officer
for Europe.
The leader of the Liberal Democrats,
Sir Vince Cable, has called on WPP
to disclose publicly the details of
the investigation into the alleged
misconduct of the firm’s former chief
executive, Sir Martin Sorrell.
The former Business Secretary
said that the advertising giant was
sweeping claims made against
Sir Martin “under the carpet”
and that there was a “real lack
of transparency” surrounding
the investigation.
Though he conceded that Sir
Martin was a “highly respected
figure” in the advertising and
wider media world, Sir Vince urged
investigators to make any findings
about WPP and its executives public.
A statement issued by the
advertising firm at the weekend,
following Sir Martin’s resignation,
said that an investigation into his
conduct had been “concluded”.
No further details about claims of
personal misconduct or the misuse of
company money were disclosed, and
WPP said it would not be publishing
its findings.
Paul Richards, director in media
research at Numis Securities,
described the premature end to the
investigation as “an ignominious end
to a remarkable career”.
“Perhaps the report would have
cleared his name. As Sir Martin
said, he rejected the allegation
‘unreservedly’,” he added.
Comment
Chief exec’s departure is bad news for shareholders
JIM
ARMITAGE
I
will not be among those
gloating over the demise of Sir
Martin Sorrell. Though many
in the City and advertising
world have been jumping
on the adman’s grave, we should
remember that this is a man who,
through single-minded drive and
ambition, turned a London shell
company into the biggest force of
global advertising.
J Walter Thompson, Ogilvy
& Mather, Young & Rubicam,
Grey Global, all these Soho and
Madison Avenue agencies fell to
his relentless assault. Not only did
Sorrell buy these businesses, but
he professionalised them as well,
ending the industry’s notoriety
in the Seventies and Eighties for
massive egos and expenses funded
by sucker clients. That approach
gained him enemies in the cosy
ad world.
There are also, it should be said,
some in WPP who, particularly
since that outlandish £70m
pay deal in 2015, roll their eyes
when you mention the boss. For
many in the organisation, what
Advertising Age has described
as his “Math Men” rather than
“Mad Men” approach to financial
micromanagement has meant
starving their businesses of
investment, while he creamed off
millions in bonuses for himself.
As one puts it, the only way
to get decent pay at WPP is
to leave WPP. But, though
his micromanagement may
not have been popular, in an
advertising world now dominated
by algorithms that don’t need
expense accounts, his theme
of cost control must have been
positive for adland overall.
Not only did he turn advertising
into a grown-up industry, but he
was also one of the few corporate
chief executives who would
talk publicly, no-holds-barred,
about their world view. From
Brexit, to business, to economics,
Sir Martin opined brilliantly.
When a leader with such
a grip on his hundreds of
businesses quits, the future
is left uncertain
If he was authoritative on the
record, he was spicily witty and
entertaining off it. It was always
striking that the man most
criticised in his own industry for
being a numbers guy rather than a
creative, was actually perhaps the
best corporate communicator of
his generation.
The trouble for investors now
is that, when a leader with such a
grip on his hundreds of businesses
quits, the future is left uncertain.
A break-up is the most likely
option now. Though some may
be excited at the prospect of
unlocking some mystical value in
WPP, I’m not so sure. Hanson and
Williams’ dismantlings may have
been good for shareholders, but
BTR’s and Tomkins’ less so. Then
there are the numbers.
It’s hard to see WPP’s recent
profit warnings suddenly turning
better now Sorrell has gone; if
anything, new management tends
to take a more brutal assessment
than their predecessors. If I were
a shareholder, I’d be worried
there’s worse to come.
Sir Martin never minced his
words, so I won’t either. Sell
the shares.
EVENING STANDARD
From the
business
pages
Companies want to
go green in Spain
El País
Around 30 multinational
firms including Ikea, Ferrovial
and Iberdrola have called on
Spanish politicians to approve
ambitious climate change
laws that would encourage
businesses to transition to using
green energy. The Spanish
Group for Green Growth has
urged the country’s congress
to incentivise decarbonisation
and tax companies that emit
greenhouse gases.
Legal move on
online firms’ tax
The Wall Street Journal
A case passing before the
Supreme Court this week
could mean millions of
dollars’ worth of goods sold by
independent merchants via
online marketplaces become
liable for sales tax. South
Dakota politicians are trying
to overturn a precedent which
blocks the collection of taxes
from companies that lack a
physical presence in the state.
AMP admits false
statements
The Sydney Morning
Herald
Australia’s largest wealth
manager AMP has admitted
its employees ignored legal
advice and lied to regulators
about charging clients’ fees for
financial advice they did not
receive, a royal commission has
heard. The group also admitted
to making 10 false statements
to the Australian Securities and
Investments Commission.
Cronyism scandal
could hit markets
The Japan Times
Strategists at Nomura
Holdings have warned that the
financial risks surrounding
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s
cronyism scandal and friction
around trade with the US
could result in widespread
volatility for Japanese stocks.
Companies that benefit from
domestic demand or that are
likely to profit from Japan’s
aging population could make
gains, a group led by Hisao
Matsuura suggested.
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143.8
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720.8
302.0
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185.5
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19771.5
-67.0
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3970.0
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+60.5
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5313.0
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1817.5
5644.0
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HOSPITALITY
SCIENCE
Whitbread soars
on buyout talk
DNA tester bought
by Prenetics
Shares in Whitbread, the
company that owns Costa
Coffee and Premier Inn, rose
by 238p, or 7.1 per cent, by
close of trading yesterday after
news that activist fund Elliott
Advisors had taken a 6 per
cent stake in the firm. Elliott’s
intervention could mean Costa
Coffee is spun off as a separate
business worth around £3bn.
DNAFit, a UK-based provider of
genetic research kits to inform
a user’s fitness and nutrition,
has been snapped up by a Hong
Kong counterpart in a deal
worth £7m. Prenetics, which is
backed by Chinese e-commerce
giant Alibaba, says the deal
will enable it to extend its DNA
testing service to customers all
around the world.
SECURITY
BANKING
Chinese firm on
cyber blacklist
Barclays boss
wins support
The National Cyber Security
Centre, the UK’s online defence
watchdog, has confirmed that
it has blacklisted ZTE, one of
China’s leading state-owned
firms. It says that using the
company’s equipment or
services could pose a national
security risk. US firms have
also been banned from selling
components to ZTE.
Top shareholder group
Institutional Shareholder
Services has publicly backed
under-fire Barclays boss Jes
Staley despite concerns over
an inquiry into the executive’s
conduct. The bank’s investors
fired a warning shot at Mr
Staley at last year’s AGM when
15 per cent of shareholders
voted against his re-election.
TRADING
MARKETS
Noble Group
soothes investors
Glitch hits stocks
data in Europe
Commodity trader Noble Group
has made an important step
in winning over shareholders
after sweetening the proposed
terms of a debt-for-equity
swap deal. Shareholders will
now get a 15 per cent stake in
the restructurerd firm, while
reappointing founder Richard
Elman to the board.
Investors were temporarily
unable to get a read on Europe’s
benchmarks yesterday morning
after exchange operator
Euronext announced that a
series of technical glitches
would delay data for the Dutch
AEX, Belgian Bel 20 and French
CAC 40, among others. Issues
were resolved by 10am.
EMPLOYMENT
RETAIL
McDonald’s staff
plan walkout
Closures blamed
on rates rises
McDonald’s employees at
stores in Manchester, Watford,
Crayford and Cambridge have
announced strike action to
commence on 1 May. Members
of the Bakers’ Union say they
want a minimum wage of £10
and the end of unfair pay for
younger workers.
Fifteen of the UK’s major
retailers or restaurants have
either gone into administration
or a rescue arrangement in the
year since April 2017, according
to Colliers International.
Researchers say such closures
are down to rises in business
rates, announced last April.
the
markets
The FTSE 100 closed lower
yesterday after weak
performances from commodities
firms and other large constituents,
losing 0.9 per cent – or 66.4 points
- to reach 7,198.2. This was largely
thanks to big losses by Evraz
- down 7 per cent at 365.2p - and
Micro Focus - down 3.6 per cent at
1252p. The index’s highest risers
were Whitbread (up 7.2 per cent
at 4218p) and Smurfit Kappa (up 3
per cent at 3072p).
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The pound made gains against the
US dollar after an early dip, trading
at above $1.43 to reach highs not
seen since the EU referendum.
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BANKING
ECB pushes Deutsche to calculate cost daily
money
of winding down its investment arm
By Ben Chapman
The European Central Bank has
asked Deutsche Bank to work out
howmuchitwouldcosttowinddown
its investment banking operations.
Germany’s largest lender has
been looking into the potential
impact of an exit from investment
banking for some time.
Now officials from the ECB’s
supervisory division have said they
must be presented with forecasts
of how the plan would affect other
parts of Deutsche Bank.
Deutsche is understood to
be the first bank to be asked by
the ECB to undertake the task,
which is expected to take months
to complete.
Modelling for the eventual winddown of viable businesses is a
practice required by regulators in
the US and UK for several years,
said the chief financial officer, James
von Moltke.
“ T h e r e ’s n o n o v e l t y
about the exercise per
se; the novelty is that
we’re doing this with
the ECB,” Mr von
Moltke said. The
exercise will take
several months, being
“broader in scope”
than previous ones.
“The ECB does not
comment on individual
banks,” a spokesman for the
ECB said.
“There are, in general, various
exercises such as recovery plans
which the supervisor asks banks to
provide. In any case, the ECB does
not intervene in any business model
decision of banks.”
The news comes after Deutsche
Bank signalled a change in direction
by naming Christian Sewing,
who was previously
head of the retail
banking division, as
the replacement
for John Cryan as
chief executive.
Mr Cryan was
sacked after three
years of losses at the
lender, with 2017 marked
by a series of sharp drops
in the company’s share price as it
reported falling revenues and plans
to restructure.
Garth Ritchie was named as the
head of Deutsche’s corporate and
investment bank, with the task
of turning it around. In a letter to
staff at the time of his appointment
this month, Mr Sewing said the
bank would consider further
restructuring as it seeks to make
improvements to its business.
“We all know and sense how fast
our industry is changing,” he wrote.
“The time pressure is on
and the expectations are high
from all sides – our clients,
our investors, the regulators,
politicians and the media.”
THE INDEPENDENT
Global regulators have
previously categorised
Deutsche Bank as the most
“systemically important” bank in
the euro zone.
According to Moneyfacts UK Savings
Trends Treasury Report, fixed-rate
savers could get a great deal today,
with rates at their highest point in
over two years.
In particular, the average one-year
and long-term ISA rates are the
highest seen since June 2016, while
equivalent figures for non-ISA rates
have not been so high since May 2016,
even with the threat of a base rate rise
next month still going strong.
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two-year variable rate mortgage,
priced at a sector-low 0.99 per cent
(discounted by 3.96 per cent) available
for customers seeking £80,000£400,000 at 60 per cent LTV.
Fault hits
Boeing
engines
Engineering firm
Rolls-Royce says
that there are more
problems facing the
Trent 100 engines
that power Boeing
787 Dreamliner
aircraft.
A fault with
engine turbine
blades wearing out
prematurely could
mean long-haul
routes over oceans
are banned, with
planes forced to stay
within an hour of the
nearest airport.
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Tomato lunchbox tarts
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Zygolex® In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 49
RHYME LETTERS
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LETTERS
How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
each number (1 to 9) only once. The sum of all numbers
contained in a dotted area must match the number printed
in its top-left corner. No number can appear more than
once in a dotted area. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Futoshiki
How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
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and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Tomorrow
Isle of Wight tomato risotto
HORDE
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Preheat the oven to 190°C. Unroll the
puff pastry and cut into four equal
rectangles. Score a 1cm border around
the edge. Prick the centre of the pastry all
over with a fork, place on a baking sheet
and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
Spread the pesto over the centre
of the pastry, top with the chopped,
slow roasted tomatoes and then the
halved piccolo tomatoes and finally
the mozzarella.
Season with salt and pepper and
drizzle with olive oil. Return to the oven
for 10 minutes. Serve with a few fresh
basil leaves on top.
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375g pack fresh ready-rolled puff pastry
2 heaped tbsp fresh basil pesto
50g slow roasted tomatoes with
garlic, basil and extra virgin oil,
roughly chopped
Two big handfuls of piccolo
tomatoes, halved
100g mozzarella roughly chopped
Olive oil
Fresh basil leaves, to serve
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1985
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
tomorrow’s paper, the solution to yesterday’s codeword is on page 49.
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6 Mood (5,2,4)
9 Lather (4)
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ACROSS 1 Roar, 3 Hied (Rawhide), 8 Acclaim, 9 Rough, 10 Since, 11 Off line,
13 Scintillate, 16 Porcini, 17 Marsh, 19 Ditto, 21 Extreme, 22 Stye, 23 Zone.
DOWN 1 Racing car, 2 Aware, 3 Harmful, 4 Emu, 5 Mass, 6 Immobiliser, 7 Sheen,
12 Interfere, 14 Noisome, 15 Spuds, 17 Motto, 18 Heel, 20 Tot.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 21;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 11; One-Minute Wijuko, page 25
Puzzle solutions See page 49 and minurl.co.uk/i
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Tomorrow: Harder
Concise Crossword No 2307
ACROSS
1 Excursion (4)
3 Check mark (4)
7 Attire (7)
8 London cricket
ground (5)
10 Slightest (5)
11 Drinking vessel (7)
12 Ship’s stopping
places (5,2,4)
17 Livery (7)
19 Arm joint (5)
21 Milky coffee (5)
22 Planet (7)
23 Prepare for
publication (4)
24 In this way (4)
How to play Each numeral from 1 to 9 must
appear (once only) in the squares forming the
red letter i. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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ladder into the
word at the bottom
of it, using only
the four rungs
in between. On
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must put a valid
four-letter word
that is identical
to the word above
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one-letter change.
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i racing
SPORT
top
tips
Kew Gardens gets
chance to show
his star quality
at Newmarket
winning the Derby, the Prix de l’Arc
de Triomphe and just about everything else that year.
There does not appear to be a real
His trainer, John Gosden, now
star in the making in the Feilden runs Msayyan, a horse with the
Stakes at Newmarket this afternoon, same modest form credentials (a
but you never know.
scrambled Nottingham maidGuy Harwood and Green win) as Golden Horn at
ville Starkey won early
this stage, but with the
editions of this Listed
pedigree and physical
prize with luminarscope to warrant a
ies Ela-Mana-Mou
Derby entry, unlike
Number of first
and Kalaglow, both of
his former stableplace finishes for
mate, who had to
whom went on to win
Kew
Gardens
from
the Eclipse and the
be supplemented
five
races
after coming into full
King George VI, Queen
Elizabeth Stakes.
bloom in the Dante
Stakes at York.
And though fashions
change and many of the
But the one to beat today
is, as usual, a raider from Ballymore recent names will be unfamiliar or largely unremembered, the doyle, as Aidan O’Brien lays the first
2015 race was won by Golden Horn of his 2018 Classic cards on the table.
O’Brien said he regarded Kew
and he turned out to be a superstar,
BEST BET
Roller
(4.10pm, Newmarket)
Northern raider; ran well all four
starts last season and has a good
record fresh.
NEXT BEST
Kew Gardens
(4.45pm, Newmarket)
Aidan O’Brien is the man to
follow again with this upwardly
mobile Derby entry.
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
2
EXETER
SOFT
4.10
Ryan Moore rides Kew Gardens (right) to a clear-cut victory in the Zetland
Stakes at Newmarket in October GETTY
produced solid juvenile form at a
high level and is a more than worthy opponent, while Dark Acclaim,
though holding no fancy entries,
is an outsider worth a mention following his pleasing third behind
Gronkowski in a valuable all-weather contest at Newcastle recently.
A big run from Dark Acclaim
Gardens as Derby material after
a clear-cut victory in the Zetland
Stakes here last October.
The form is nothing to write home
about, but it can be almost guaranteed that this son of Galileo will have
improved since then and is likely go
on improving after this as well.
Mark Johnson’s Mildenberger
PLUSVITAL ENERGENE-Q10 HANDICAP (CLASS 2)
£25,000 added 1m
RACING TICKETS GIVEAWAY AT 188BET HANDICAP
HURDLE (CLASS 4) £11,400 added 2m 7f
1
1231-0 FIRE BRIGADE (CD) M Bell 4 9 7.......................... J P Spencer T 1
2
3700-0 WITHERNSEA (D) R Fahey 7 9 4 ................................T Hamilton 9
3
22212- MAFAAHEEM Owen Burrows 4 9 3....................... J Crowley 16
1
-10224 SANDHURST LAD (BF) W Greatrex 7 12 0..... T Greatrex (7) C,T
8066-8 EXAMINER (D) S C Williams 7 9 2...................Fran Berry T 17
2
844311 GARRANE J Scott 6 12 0 .........................................................N Scholfield 4
1436-0 BRILLIANT VANGUARD (D) K Ryan 5 9 1................K Stott C 6
3
97-462 ALBERT D’OLIVATE N Mulholland 8 11 12........N Fehily C,T 5
6
61361PLUTONIAN (D) C Hills 4 9 1................................................... W Buick 5
4
6-3035 INCH LALA J Farrelly 6 11 12 ....................................................T Cannon
12132- ALMOREB (D)(BF) R Hannon 4 9 0................................ D O’Neill 7
5
/7P345 NORSE LEGEND (BF) C Tizzard 7 11 11.................. H Cobden C 7
64516- NOBLE PEACE (D) Mrs L Pearce 5 8 13................. J Haynes 18
6
244222 LERICHI BELLE (BF) M Keighley 7 11 7................H Stock (5) H 8
/768-2 ISOMER (BF) A Balding 4 8 13.......................................O Murphy 13
7
026P6 VANGO DE VAIGE P Hobbs 5 11 7..................................... R Johnson 9
8
/P8667 SKINFLINT D Pipe 6 11 5 ..........................................T Scudamore C,T 10 11306- FRANK BRIDGE (D) Eve J-Houghton 5 8 12 .........C Bishop 4
9
331132 CHEQUE EN BLANC G L Moore 6 11 4 ................Jamie Moore 11 61326- ROLLER (D)(BF) M W Easterby 5 8 11...............S De Sousa 11
10 /2-064 COSTANTE VIA N Twiston-Davies 7 11 4........S Twiston-Davies 12 13404- CHIEFOFCHIEFS (D) C Fellowes 5 8 11.......... S Donohoe C 2
11 0-1453 JULLY LES BUXY K Burke 8 11 4 .................. W Hutchinson C,T 13 050-15 CONSTANTINO (D)(BF) R Fahey 5 8 11.......P Hanagan B 10
12 -P5248 MOUNTAIN OF MOURNE L Blackford 9 10 13........James Best C 14 39040- SINFONIETTA (D) D Menuisier 6 8 11.............R Kingscote 15
13 821265 MINELLA GATHERING (D) P Henderson 9 10 11........P Brennan 15 -18055 LONDON (D) P McEntee 5 8 11 ............ Nicola Currie (5) H 19
14 UF6523 POINT N SHOOT (D) N Hawke 7 10 9.......T Buckley (10) B,T 16 4242-6 THE WARRIOR (D) Mrs A Perrett 6 8 11................J Mitchell 8
15 -U9752 BACT TO BLACK R Walford 6 10 8........................... M Griffiths C 17 46039- RED TEA (C)(D) P Hiatt 5 8 11.............................................L Morris 14
- 15 declared 18 0400-3 SECRET ART (CD) W Knight 8 8 8...................................M Dwyer 3
BETTING: 7-2 Garrane, 11-2 Albert D’olivate, 7-1 Norse Legend, 15-2 19 -08712 GLORY AWAITS (D) D M Simcock 8 8 7 .........W Cox (5) B 12
Sandhurst Lad, 8-1 Bact To Black, 10-1 others.
- 19 declared BETTING: 13-2 Mafaaheem, 7-1 Fire Brigade, 8-1 Plutonian, 10-1 Secret
PRYDIS HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3)
Art, Almoreb, 12-1 Constantino, Roller, 14-1 Sinfonietta, Isomer, Glory
£16,050 added 3m 7f
Awaits, Chiefofchiefs, 16-1 others.
1
-23P55 KNOCKANRAWLEY K Bailey 10 11 13 ...............M Hamill (5) C
BET365 FEILDEN STAKES (LISTED) (CLASS 1) 3YO
2
212846 KRACKATOA KING Kerry Lee 10 11 12........... Jamie Moore V
£40,000 added 1m 1f
3
143P11 WIZARDS BRIDGE (C) C Tizzard 9 11 10 ..............H Cobden B
4
1P6-3P ROYAL PALLADIUM (C) V Williams 10 11 10.. C Deutsch C
1
21216- STAGE MAGIC C Appleby 9 5.............................................W Buick C 8
5
3F1123 BALLYHEIGUE BAY C Gordon 11 11 9.................T Cannon C,T
2
71241KEW GARDENS (C) A P O’Brien (IRE) 9 3...........R L Moore 5
6
7P-584 SPOOKYDOOKY (BF) Jonjo O’Neill 10 11 7...R Johnson C,T
22136- ARBALET H Palmer 9 0 .......................................................J Crowley T 7
7
3-F157 YANMARE (CD) N Twiston-Davies 8 10 8......J Bargary C,T 3
4
4143-3 DARK ACCLAIM M Botti 9 0....................................................A Atzeni 2
- 7 declared 415-38 FORTUNE’S PEARL A Balding 9 0............................... O Murphy 3
BETTING: 9-4 Wizards Bridge, 4-1 Ballyheigue Bay, 9-2 Krackatoa King, 5
6
11313- MILDENBERGER M Johnston 9 0.........................James Doyle 4
5-1 Knockanrawley, 7-1 Spookydooky, 8-1 others.
7
21- MSAYYAN J Gosden 9 0.............................................................. L Dettori 6
FORM VERDICT
8
1- NEW SHOW K Ryan 9 0 ...................................................................T Eaves 1
WIZARDS BRIDGE knuckled down well to get the better of Leo Luna over
- 8 declared 3m2f at Fontwell last time and is expected to remain competitive following BETTING: 2-1 Kew Gardens, 3-1 Mildenberger, 9-2 Stage Magic, 6-1
a 2lb rise for that head victory. Ballyheigue Bay steps up in trip after landing Msayyan, 12-1 New Show, 14-1 Dark Acclaim, Arbalet, 20-1 Fortune’s
minor money over the extended 2m7f at Ascot last time and could play a Pearl.
minor role, though the main danger to the selection may be Yanmare, who is
FORM VERDICT
only 2lb higher than when striking over track and trip in December.
MILDENBERGER ended a juvenile campaign - which saw him win
GOOD TO SOFT
a Listed race at Salisbury - with a third-placed finish in the Group
2 Royal Lodge Stakes over 1m here in September. That form is rock
BRITISH EBF BET365 CONDITIONS STAKES (PLUS 10)
solid with the winner only going down by a neck in the Racing
(CLASS 3) 3YO £15,000 added 7f
Post Trophy a few weeks later, while the second won the Ballysax
1
1413-4 PURSER (D) J Gosden 9 9...........................................................L Dettori 1 at the weekend. Kew Gardens beat a stablemate of the selection in
2
81- ACCESSOR (D) R Hannon 9 6............................................R L Moore 2 the Zetland Stakes here in October but he may be slightly flattered
3
31- GLOBAL HUMOR (D) E Dunlop 9 6...................................G Mosse 3 by a mark of 110 and he has to give the selection 3lb. Stage Magic
4
317- STORMBRINGER K Ryan 9 6................................................M Harley 5 was disappointing when last seen at Chantilly but he did account
5
21- SYMBOLIZATION (D) C Appleby 9 6...............................W Buick 4 for a useful rival in a Group 3 at the same venue the time before
that. John Gosden has won two of the last three renewals of this
- 5 declared BETTING: 15-8 Purser, 9-4 Symbolization, 3-1 Stormbringer, 8-1 race and that makes the Nottingham maiden winner Msayyan of
Accessor, 10-1 Global Humor.
interest today.
2.35
ONE TO WATCH
Vicente, taken out of the Grand
National because of the heavy
ground, now goes for a third
Scottish National win at Ayr on
Saturday.
3.10
4.45
NEWMARKET
3.35
5.20
BET365 HANDICAP (CLASS 2)
£25,000 added 7f
FAIRYHOUSE
ABSOLUTELY SO (D) A Balding 8 10 0 ..... Joshua Bryan (5) 6
MEDAHIM R Hannon 4 9 7.......................................................L Dettori 7
ACCESSION (CD) C Fellowes 9 9 7......................... S Donohoe 17
WHITE LAKE (D) R Varian 6 9 6 ..........................................A Atzeni 8
MJJACK (D)(BF) K Burke 4 9 6............................................C Lee (3) 14
STAMP HILL (D) R Fahey 5 9 4.................................P Hanagan V 4
LOVE DREAMS (D) M Johnston 4 9 4 .............P J McDonald 9
INSHIRAAH (D) G Peckham 4 9 3...................................H Bentley 1
TAKE THE HELM (D) B Meehan 5 9 3.........................................................
............................................................................................ Adam J McNamara (3) 11
10 7080-0 DONNCHA (D) R Eddery 7 9 1 ........................................ J Crowley 16
11 15914- MAZYOUN (D) H Palmer 4 9 0.......................................Doubtful B 3
12 99471- MEDIEVAL (CD) P Cole 4 8 13.................................. R L Moore C 12
13 000-80 GOSSIPING (D) G L Moore 6 8 13 ...................................S W Kelly 5
14 31424- JUANITO CHICO (D) W Jarvis 4 8 12.............J P Spencer H 13
15 09307- ROBERO (D) M W Easterby 6 8 11 .........................S De Sousa 15
16 10968- TAUREAN STAR (D) R Beckett 5 8 10 .................. O Murphy 10
17 303-85 PASTIME (D) Miss G Kelleway 4 8 7.....Aaron Jones (3) C 2
- 17 declared BETTING: 4-1 Inshiraah, 6-1 Medieval, 7-1 Medahim, 10-1 White Lake,
Mjjack, 12-1 Juanito Chico, Take The Helm, Absolutely So, 14-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
04219201348716066/962268-5
8017-0
1306-6
31311142-41
FORM VERDICT
4.40
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
£20,000 added 5f
1
5302-6
2
232913
608/84
/13515
119-37
6
6030-8
7
936-85
8
9066-3
9
5296-0
10 62-444
EVERGATE (D) R Cowell 4 9 7...........................................J Crowley 9
MAJOR JUMBO (D) K Ryan 4 9 6.................Nicola Currie (5) 3
KING OF ROOKS (D) H Spiller 5 9 5.........................Fran Berry 1
STORM OVER (D) R Cowell 4 9 3.......................................L Morris 2
ERISSIMUS MAXIMUS (D) C Dwyer 4 9 1 ..S De Sousa B 4
GEORGE BOWEN R Fahey 6 8 13 ..........................P Hanagan V 6
ORIENT CLASS (D) P Midgley 7 8 13.... Connor Murtagh (5) 8
MOVE IN TIME (D) P Midgley 10 8 8..........................D Probert 5
SUPER JULIUS (D) Eve J-Houghton 4 8 8.... E Greatrex C 7
ARZAAK (D) C Dwyer 4 8 7 ..................Josephine Gordon B 10
- 10 declared BETTING: 4-1 Storm Over, 9-2 Major Jumbo, 6-1 Move In Time, Erissimus
Maximus, 7-1 Evergate, 8-1 George Bowen, 10-1 others.
12311P
4-1
51
31
15
12716
1
FORM VERDICT
Willie Mullins holds a strong hand here saddling four with leading claims, three of
which carry the colours of Sullivan Bloodstock, with preference for the impressive
Gowran winner SAGLAWY. The Youmzain gelding thrived in the mud that day
when 15 lengths clear of a handy yardstick in Icario (has since won at Down
Royal), and he is expected to flourish in similar forecast conditions here.
The Rich Ricci-owned Saldier somewhat let down his lofty reputation in the
Triumph Hurdle when only fifth but has to be respected here, while Gordon
Elliott’s dual C&D winner Mitchouka and Fred Winter winner Veneer Of
Charm make this a Grade Two contest with plenty of depth.
6.50
JOHN & CHICH FOWLER MEMORIAL EBF MARES
CHASE (GRADE 3) (CLASS 1) 33,186 added 2m 4f
183411
146132
1-1212
657580
1F2202
421334
YOUCANTCALLHERTHAT (CD) D Hogan 7 11 5 .....D G Hogan
DINARIA DES OBEAUX (C)(D)(BF) G Elliott 5 11 1.....D N Russell C,T
ASTHURIA (CD) W P Mullins 7 10 11 ...................P Townend H
ELUSIVE IVY (D) G Cromwell 8 10 11.............................A E Lynch
MAGIC OF LIGHT (C)(BF) J Harrington 7 10 11 .....R M Power
WEST BRIDGE (CD) Robert Tyner 7 10 11.......P T Enright T
- 6 declared BETTING: 6-4 Dinaria Des Obeaux, 15-8 Asthuria, 6-1 Youcantcallherthat,
8-1 Magic Of Light, 12-1 West Bridge, 20-1 Elusive Ivy.
FORM VERDICT
ASTHURIA only found the subsequent Cheltenham Festival winner Benie Des
Dieux too good when she was last seen in a Listed race at Naas in February. On
that occasion Willie Mullins’ mare finished in front of Dinaria Des Obeaux and
Youcantcallherthat and she meets those rivals on the same or better terms this
evening. Dinaria Des Obeaux then chased home Youcantcallherthat in a Grade
2 at Limerick but a 4lb swing in the weights can see that form reversed today.
CARLISLE
5.05
FORM VERDICT
Storm Over and Major Jumbo both ended last year on a high and must
be considered on their respective returns, while Move In Time should
go close if reproducing the form of his half-length defeat at Newcastle.
Preference, however, is for the top-rated EVERGATE. He is entitled
to strip fitter for his comeback run at Kempton and will appreciate
swapping class 2 company for a class 3, the same grade in which he was
touched off at Ascot two starts ago.
HEAVY
BOYLESPORTS JUVENILE HURDLE (GRADE 2) (CLASS 1)
4YO 37,611 added 2m
MITCHOUKA (CD) G Elliott 11 3.......................................D N Russell
MSASSA (D) W P Mullins 11 0............................................R M Power
PERCY G Elliott 11 0.........................................................................D O’Regan
SAGLAWY (D) W P Mullins 11 0 ......................................P Townend
SALDIER (D) W P Mullins 11 0 ..........................................D J Mullins
VENEER OF CHARM (D) G Elliott 11 0...............Jack Kennedy
EOLINE JOLIE W P Mullins 10 7...............Rachael Blackmore
- 7 declared BETTING: 2-1 Saglawy, 11-4 Saldier, 4-1 Mitchouka, 5-1 Msassa, 10-1
Eoline Jolie, 14-1 Veneer Of Charm, 20-1 Percy.
INSHIRAAH has a very attractive profile and showed a liking for this
place, albeit on the July course, when notching two wins and a threeparts of a length third last year. Despite being raised a further 10lb for
her latest success, she still looks well enough treated off 96 and gets
the vote to make a winning return. Medahim’s record over 7f reads 223 1
and the first-time gelding should be in the mix again, while Medieval, 2
3
Juanito Chico and Mjjack are others to keep an eye on.
4
5
QUY MILL HOTEL & SPA HANDICAP (CLASS 3)
6
5.55
would give a huge boost of confidence
to the connections of Gronkowski,
who has now been confirmed as an
intended runner in the Kentucky
Derby next month. Jeremy Noseda’s
colt is generally a 33-1 chance, while
O’Brien’s Mendelssohn remains the
firm 9-2 favourite following his hugely impressive Meydan display.
1
2
3
4
5
CHASE: HEAVY; HURDLE: SOFT
188BET.CO.UK HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3) £13,900
added 2m
F24432
-1U455
211311
41P447
F21314
PISTOL PARK (D) B Ellison 7 11 12................................B Hughes T
GREY GOLD (CD) Kerry Lee 13 11 10.........................R Patrick (5)
DICA (D) Paul Collins 12 11 7.............................Ross Chapman (3)
WOLF SWORD (C) Mrs S Smith 9 11 4.................................D Cook
ULIS DE VASSY (D) Laura Morgan 10 10 0...... P Cowley (5) C
- 5 declared BETTING: 6-5 Dica, 2-1 Pistol Park, 13-2 Wolf Sword, 7-1 others.
Results service
KELSO
Going: Heavy-soft in places
2.10 1. CALIX DELAFAYETTE (B
Hughes) 9-2; 2. Sunny Destination
14-1; 3. Johnny Pedlar 40-1. 7 ran.
1-3 fav Delire D’Estruval (4th). 18l,
9l. (J Ewart). Tote: £4.40; £1.50, £3.90.
Exacta: £32.30. Trifecta: £241.40. CSF:
£44.70.
2.40 1. CHICORIA (H Reed) 11-4; 2.
Geronimo 9-4 fav; 3. Forty Crown
16-1. 6 ran. nk, 1l. (Tristan Davidson). Tote: £3.70; £1.80, £1.50. Exacta:
£9.00. Trifecta: £60.10. CSF: £9.50.
NR: Tomkevi.
£257.60. CSF: £51.77.
3.10 1. ALWAYS TIPSY (Lucy Alex-
4.10 1. CHARLIE SNOW ANGEL (J
ander) 14-1; 2. Beau Sancy 28-1; 3.
Havana Jack 7-1. 9 ran. 7-2 fav Voyage
A New York (7th). 1l, 3l. (N Alexander). Tote: £14.90; £4.20, £9.10, £2.80.
Exacta: £453.60. Tricast: £2949.76.
Trifecta: £2336.70. CSF: £280.87. NR:
Dun Faw Good.
3.40 1. LOWANBEHOLD (T Willmott)
5-1; 2. Silver Tassie 10-1; 3. Smuggler’s
Stash 5-1. 9 ran. 11-4 fav Streets Of
Promise (5th). nk, 6l. (Miss S Forster).
Tote: £6.40; £2.20, £3.00, £2.00. Exacta: £55.80. Tricast: £261.58. Trifecta:
Hamilton) 10-3; 2. Halcyon Days 9-1;
3. Mumgos Debut 5-1. 6 ran. 11-4
fav Las Tunas (5th). 21/4l, 11/4l. (Miss
S Forster). Tote: £4.60; £1.80, £4.90.
Exacta: £33.10. Trifecta: £157.10. CSF:
£29.30. NR: Duhallowcountry.
4.40 1. DIAMOND BRIG (Mr T Hamilton) 5-4 fav; 2. Chanceiton 7-1; 3. For
Yes 10-1. 7 ran. 21l, 4l. (Mrs W Hamilton). Tote: £2.50; £1.50, £2.90. Exacta:
£9.70. Trifecta: £47.70. CSF: £11.13.
5.10 1. MAKE IT HAPPEN (B Campbell) 10-3; 2. Lastin’ Memories 3-1 fav;
3. Divine Port 6-1. 8 ran. ns, 7l. (Miss
L Russell). Tote: £4.20; £1.50, £1.40,
£2.30. Exacta: £14.30. Tricast: £55.91.
Trifecta: £90.80. CSF: £14.03.
Placepot: £4,304.70. Quadpot:
£209.50.
Place 6: £783.48. Place 5: £173.76.
WINDSOR
Going: Heavy
2.20 1. MARIETTA ROBUSTI (S De
Sousa) 9-2; 2. Give Em A Clump 4-1; 3.
Billy Booth 8-1. 6 ran. 3-1 fav Mother
of Dragons (5th). 4l, 5l. (M Channon). Tote: £2.60; £1.30, £2.50. Ex-
acta: £12.90. Tricast: £61.93. Trifecta:
£84.50. CSF: £14.56. NRs: G Eye Joe,
Maygold. G Eye Joe was withdrawn.
Rule 4 applies to all bets, deduction
20p in the pound.
2.50 1. BLOWN BY WIND (James
Doyle) 2-1 fav; 2. Awake In Asia 4-1; 3.
Artair 9-4. 7 ran. 31/2l, 13/4l. (M Johnston). Tote: £2.70; £1.60, £2.30. Exacta:
£11.40. Trifecta: £23.00. CSF: £9.76.
3.20 1. SEVENNA STAR (R Havlin)
8-11 fav; 2. King’s Proctor 4-1; 3.
Morning Skye 9-2. 7 ran. 14l, 3l. (J
Gosden). Tote: £1.50; £1.10, £2.00. Exacta: £3.60. Trifecta: £9.10. CSF: £3.64.
3.50 1. NORDIC COMBINED (A
Atzeni) 13-2; 2. Bombero 2-1 fav; 3.
Essenaitch 15-2. 10 ran. 11/4l, 13/4l.
(W Kittow). Tote: £8.10; £2.10, £1.20,
£2.10. Exacta: £22.80. Tricast: £100.44.
Trifecta: £115.70. CSF: £19.54.
4.20 1. MOBSTA (S De Sousa) evens
fav; 2. Glory of Paris 4-1; 3. Bahamian
Dollar 7-1. 10 ran. nk, 1l. (M Channon).
Tote: £1.70; £1.10, £1.70, £1.90. Exacta:
£6.10. Tricast: £19.53. Trifecta: £31.60.
CSF: £4.68. NRs: Major Pusey, Nightingale Valley.
4.50 1. ICART POINT (A Kirby) 11-4
fav; 2. Lady Alavesa 15-2; 3. Unbridled
Spirit 4-1. 9 ran. 21/2l, 33/4l. (C Cox).
Tote: £3.30; £1.70, £2.00, £1.60. Exacta: £26.70. Tricast: £80.47. Trifecta:
£145.90. CSF: £23.17. NR: Mom Said.
5.25 1. BAKHT A RAWAN (S De
Sousa) 4-1 fav; 2. Harlequin Striker
11-2; 3. Caledonia Duchess 12-1. 10
ran. 11/2l, 11/4l. (W Kittow). Tote: £4.80;
£1.50, £2.00, £3.90. Exacta: £31.50.
Tricast: £248.21. Trifecta: £335.30.
CSF: £25.84. NRs: Anif, Wicker.
Jackpot: £4,281.50.
Placepot: £17.30. Quadpot: £3.60.
Place 6: £7.52. Place 5: £2.74.
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CRICKET
Gurney and Ball
rip through Lancs
on ‘extraordinary’
day at Old Trafford
word for it. It was an outstanding
hour of cricket by us. The quality of
Nottinghamshire coach Peter Moores the bowling and the quality of the
hailed his side’s performance as “ex- catching was absolutely fantastic.
“The way Harry Gurney set the
traordinary” after they clinched an
unlikely six wicket victory over Lan- tone; he’s bowled brilliantly all game;
he’s held length and moved the ball
cashire at Old Trafford.
both ways. And Jake Ball did what
The home side lost their last
Jake Ball can do – if he wanteight wickets for 15 runs in 60
ed to make a statement
balls to crash to defeat to
first game of the County
newly-promoted Notts on
Championship then he’s
a dramatic final morning
done it with nine wickets
of the County Championin the game.”
ship Division One match.
At the Ageas Bowl,
The Red Rose were
Fidel Edwards ripped
eventually bowled out for
through Worcestershire as
a second-innings 73 as leftHampshire skittled the newarm seamer Harry Gurney
ly-promoted side for 127 to win
(right) took six for 25 and Jake
their fixture of the season
Ball claimed four for 14.
by 196 runs.
Requiring just 10 to
West Indian pacewin, the visitors still
man Edwards was
managed to lose four
handed his county cap
wickets in the first 25
Wickets fell
before the start of play
balls of their innings
before lunch at Old
before taking three for
before sealing the vicTrafford yesterday
33, including two wicktory at 12.30pm.
ets in two balls, in a
Helping Gurney to
whirlwind morning spell.
conjure this astoundKyle Abbott finished
ing victory was Ball,
with four for 45 to help send
who produced the delivery
of the match to knock out Steven Hampshire top of the table.
Skipper James Vince said: “It is a
Croft’s off stump and finished the
match with nine for 57. Moores said: great start to the season. It wasn’t the
“Extraordinary is probably the right perfect game by any stretch. The way
Markram
shocked by
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finished unbeaten on 52. David Wiese
registered the first championship
century of the season as Sussex’s
rain-interrupted clash with Warwickshire ended in a draw at Edgbaston.
Wiese hit 106 from 105 deliveries
from No 9 as Sussex were all out for
374 and a 75-run first-innings lead,
with Olly Stone claiming a career
best eight for 80 on his first championship appearance for the Bears.
The players shook hands with
Warwickshire on 87 for three in their
second innings.
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we started the game set us up quite
nicely which allowed us to get over par
in the first innings.”
In Division Two, Gloucestershire
wrapped up a five-wicket win over
Kent with two sessions to spare at
Canterbury.
Resuming on their overnight score
of 61 for one and in pursuit of a modest
victory target of 108, Gloucestershire
wobbled slightly in losing four more
wickets – with Matt Henry claiming
three for 37 – before eventually securing the win. Opener Benny Howell
Aiden Markram admitted that he
was left stunned as the Australia
ball-tampering scandal unfolded
in front of his eyes in the Cape
Town third Test last month.
The 23-year-old South Africa
opener and his team-mates found
themselves at the centre of an
international furore during their
3-1 Test series victory which saw
the tourists’ skipper Steve Smith,
David Warner and
Cameron Bancroft
banned for conspiring to alter
the condition of
the ball.
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(right), who will
play in the first
four games of
Durham’s County
Championship season, said: “We were very
shocked. It was tough to see what
the Australians went through.
“You don’t wish that on your
worst enemy. The punishments
were harsh, but having said that,
you also can’t let people get away
with what they did.”
The batsman, who captained his
country to Under-19s World Cup
glory, will now continue his education in the game with a short spell
in the north east at Durham.
He will do so having reached
1,000 Test runs in just 10 matches,
two quicker than revered former
Proteas skipper Graeme Smith.
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PREMIER LEAGUE
West Ham (0)...............1 Stoke (0)............................1
Carroll 90
Crouch 79
Att 56,795
P W D L F A Pts
Man City
33 28 3 2 93 25 87
Man Utd
33 22 5 6 63 26 71
Liverpool
34 20 10 4 78 35 70
Tottenham
33 20 7 6 65 30 67
Chelsea
33 18 6 9 57 33 60
Arsenal
33 16 6 11 62 45 54
Burnley
33 14 10 9 33 29 52
Leicester
33 11 10 12 49 47 43
Everton
34 11 9 14 39 54 42
Newcastle
33 11 8 14 35 42 41
Bournemouth 34 9 11 14 41 56 38
Watford
34 10 7 17 42 60 37
Brighton
33 8 11 14 31 46 35
West Ham
33 8 11 14 41 59 35
Huddersfield 34 9 8 17 27 54 35
Crystal Palace 34 8 10 16 36 54 34
Swansea
33 8 9 16 27 46 33
Southampton 33 5 13 15 33 53 28
Stoke
34 6 10 18 31 64 28
West Brom
34 4 12 18 27 52 24
Vanarama National League North Curzon
Ashton 2 Nuneaton 2.
Vanarama National League South
Chelmsford 3 Wealdstone 0.
Evo-Stik North Premier Stourbridge 2
Workington 3.
Evo-Stik Southern League Premier
Hitchin 0 Slough 1.
Bostik Premier Division Brightlingsea
Regent 0 Leatherhead 7; Kingstonian L
Merstham L.
BASKETBALL
NBA, PLAY-OFFS, FIRST ROUND,
EASTERN CONFERENCE: Boston 113
Milwaukee 107 (Boston lead series 1-0);
Cleveland 80 Indiana 98 (Indiana lead
series 1-0). WESTERN CONFERENCE:
Oklahoma City 116 Utah 108 (Oklahoma
lead series 1-0); Houston 104 Minnesota
101 (Houston lead series 1-0).
CRICKET
Specsavers County Ch’ship - Division One
Hampshire v Worcestershire, The Ageas
Bowl: Hampshire(21pts)beatWorcestershire(4pts)by196runs
Worcestershire elected to bowl
HAMPSHIRE — First Innings 290
(Berg 75no, Vince 75, Leach 4-42)
WORCESTERSHIRE —
First Innings 211 (Cox 65)
HAMPSHIRE —
Second Innings 244 (Abbott 51)
WORCESTERSHIRE —
Second Innings 59-3
Second Innings Contd
D K H Mitchell lbw b Abbott.............................35
J C Tongue c Wheal b Berg ...................................4
T M Head not out.......................................................45
G H Rhodes c Amla b Edwards .........................1
†O B Cox b Wheal.........................................................0
E Barnard lbw b Edwards .....................................4
*J Leach c McManus b Edwards......................0
S J Magoffin c Vince b Dawson ........................6
Extras (lb6 nb2).......................................................................8
Total (49.5 overs)....................................... 127
Fall: 1-4, 2-18, 3-50, 4-67, 5-67, 6-95, 7-96,
8-101, 9-101.
Bowling: G K Berg 13-4-26-1, K J Abbott
17-6-45-4, F H Edwards 11-2-33-3, B Wheal
5-1-15-1, L A Dawson 3.5-2-2-1.
Umpires: Jeremy Lloyds and Martin Saggers.
Lancashire v Nottinghamshire, Emirates
Old Trafford: Nottinghamshire(20pts)
beatLancashire(3pts)by6wickets
Nottinghamshire elected to bowl
LANCASHIRE —
First Innings 158 (Ball 5-43)
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE — First Innings 222
LANCASHIRE — Second Innings 58-2
Second Innings Contd
K K Jennings lbw b Gurney...............................27
*L S Livingstone c Moores b Ball................12
S Chanderpaul c Taylor b Gurney.................0
D J Vilas c Wessels b Ball.......................................6
S J Croft b Ball.................................................................0
J Clark c Nash b Ball....................................................0
T E Bailey c Moores b Gurney ..........................1
J M Mennie c Moores b Gurney ......................0
G Onions not out..........................................................0
Extras (b4 lb4)..........................................................................8
Total (34.2 overs)......................................... 73
Fall: 1-49, 2-51, 3-58, 4-62, 5-66, 6-66, 7-66,
8-73, 9-73.
Bowling: J T Ball 10-5-14-4, L J Fletcher
6-1-16-0, H F Gurney 12.2-5-25-6, S R Patel
6-2-10-0.
Nottinghamshire — Second Innings
*S J Mullaney c Onions b Mennie.................1
J D Libby c Livingstone b Mennie...................4
C D Nash c Hameed b Mennie...........................0
L R P L Taylor c Livingstone b Onions .......0
S R Patel not out ...........................................................4
M H Wessels not out.................................................1
Extras ..............................................................................................0
Total (for 4, 5 overs)....................................10
Fall: 1-1, 2-5, 3-5, 4-9.
Did Not Bat: †T J Moores, L Wood, L J
Fletcher, J T Ball, H F Gurney.
Bowling: G Onions 3-0-6-1, J M Mennie
2-1-4-3.
Umpires: Graham Lloyd and Neil Mallender.
Yorkshire v Essex, Emerald Headingley:
Match Abandoned without a ball bowled
Kent v Gloucestershire, Canterbury:
Gloucestershire(19pts)beatKent(3pts)
by5wickets
Gloucestershire elected to bowl
KENT — First Innings 64
(M D Taylor 4-20)
GLOUCESTERSHIRE — First Innings 110
(Roderick 51, Henry 4-33)
KENT — Second Innings 153
(Bell-Drummond 61, Higgins 5-22)
GLOUCESTERSHIRE —
Second Innings 61-1
Second Innings Contd
B A C Howell not out..............................................52
†G H Roderick lbw b Henry...........................26
J R Bracey c Gidman b Henry............................0
J M R Taylor lbw b Stevens...............................2
G L van Buuren b Stevens....................................9
R F Higgins not out.....................................................0
Extras (b1 lb7 w1 nb4).................................................. 13
Total (for 5, 28 overs)............................... 108
Fall: 1-6, 2-81, 3-81, 4-84, 5-102.
Did Not Bat: K Noema-Barnett, C N Miles,
D J Worrall, M D Taylor.
Bowling: M J Henry 14-3-37-3, D I Stevens
9-1-39-2, G Stewart 2.2-0-10-0, W R S Gidman 2.4-1-8-0, H W Podmore 0-0-6-0.
Umpires: Neil Bainton and Michael Burns.
Division Two
WARWICKSHIRE — First Innings 299
(Ambrose 81, Bell 70, Wiese 4-56)
SUSSEX — First Innings 194-6 (Stone
6-52)
First Innings Contd
*†B C Brown c Ambrose b Barker ..............91
O E Robinson c Ambrose b Barker.............12
D Wiese lbw b Stone...........................................106
I Sharma b Stone........................................................22
S G Whittingham not out......................................0
Extras (b2 lb4 nb8) ..........................................................14
Total (88.5 overs).......................................374
Fall: 1-30, 2-68, 3-77, 4-77, 5-88, 6-166,
7-194, 8-349, 9-361.
Bowling: K H D Barker 25-5-99-2, C J C
Wright 19-3-76-0, O P Stone 22.5-4-80-8,
J S Patel 16-2-64-0, W M H Rhodes 6-049-0.
Warwickshire — Second Innings
W M H Rhodes b Robinson..................................6
D P Sibley not out.....................................................42
I R Bell c Brown b Sharma................................ 10
I J L Trott lbw b Sharma...........................................4
A J Hose not out..........................................................15
Extras (nb10)..........................................................................10
Total (for 3, 35 overs).................................. 87
Fall: 1-25, 2-45, 3-55.
Did Not Bat: S R Hain, †T R Ambrose, K H D
Barker, *J S Patel, O P Stone, C J C Wright.
Bowling: I Sharma 9-3-16-2, O E Robinson
11-1-41-1, D Wiese 10-4-16-0, S G Whittingham 2-0-5-0, L W P Wells 3-0-9-0.
Umpires: Steve O’Shaughnessy and Paul
Pollard.
ICE HOCKEY
NHL, PLAY-OFFS, FIRST ROUND, WESTERN CONFERENCE: Los Angeles Kings
2 Vegas Golden Knights 3 (Vegas lead
series 3-0); Minnesota Wild 6 Winnipeg
Jets 2 (Winnipeg lead series 2-1).
EASTERN CONFERENCE: Philadelphia Flyers 1 Pittsburgh Penguins 5
(Pittsburgh lead series 2-1); Washington
Capitals 4 Columbus Blue Jackets 5
Columbus lead series 2-0).
TENNIS
ATP MONTE-CARLO ROLEX MASTERS,
MONACO: Men’s Singles First round: A
Bedene (Sloven) bt M Basic (Bih) 6-4 7-6
(7-3); (9) N DJOKOVIC (Serb) bt D Lajovic
(Serb) 6-0 6-1; B Coric (Croa) bt J Benneteau (Fr) 6-2 6-3; A Rublev (Rus) bt R
Haase (Neth) 7-6 (9-7) 2-6 7-5; P Herbert
(Fr) bt P Lorenzi (It) 7-6 (9-7) 6-4; (15) A
RAMOS-VINOLAS (Sp) bt J Donaldson
(US) 6-3 6-3; (11) R BAUTISTA AGUT (Sp)
bt P Gojowczyk (Ger) 6-4 6-3;
S Tsitsipas (Gr) bt D Shapovalov (Can)
6-3 6-4; G Muller (Lux) bt F Mayer (Ger)
7-5 6-4; K Nishikori (Japan) bt (12) T
BERDYCH (Cz Rep) 4-6 6-2 6-1; (14) M
RAONIC (Can) bt L Catarina (Monaco)
3-6 6-2 6-3..
TODAY’S FIXTURES
(Football 7.45pm unless stated)
FOOTBALL
PREMIER LEAGUE
Brighton v Tottenham ................................................
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Bradford v Portsmouth.............................................
Doncaster v Bury............................................................
Gillingham v Rotherham..........................................
Rochdale v Oldham .......................................................
Shrewsbury v Charlton.............................................
Wigan v Oxford Utd......................................................
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Accrington v Yeovil.......................................................
Exeter v Chesterfield...................................................
Lincoln City v Wycombe..........................................
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Brechin v Dundee Utd ................................................
Dumbarton v Inverness CT....................................
St Mirren v Falkirk .........................................................
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO
Berwick v Stenhousemuir......................................
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE:
Aldershot v Gateshead, Bromley v
Dagenham & Redbridge, Dover v
Tranmere, Eastleigh v Ebbsfleet Utd,
Guiseley v Barrow, Hartlepool v Leyton
Orient, Maidenhead Utd v Sutton Utd.
NORTH: Blyth Spartans v AFC Telford,
Boston Utd v Harrogate Tn, Brackley v
Bradford P A, Chorley v Stockport Co,
FC United of Manchester v York, North
Ferriby Utd v Gainsborough, Southport
v Salford City, Spennymoor Tn v
Kidderminster. SOUTH: Braintree Tn v
Whitehawk, Concord Rangers v Bognor
Regis Tn, East Thurrock v Dartford,
Gloucester v St Albans, Truro City v
Hungerford Tn, Poole Tn v Hampton &
Richmond.
RUGBY UNION
GREENE KING IPA CHAMPIONSHIP
(7.45): Yorkshire Carnegie v Ealing T.
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FORMULA ONE
TENNIS
Lauda and Vettel call
on Verstappen to
‘sort himself out’
ovak Djokovic won his
first match for three
months yesterday and
said his reunion with
his long-time coach,
Marian Vajda, would be “a fresh
start” following his split with Andre
Agassi. Djokovic, who needed 56
minutes to beat his fellow Serb,
Dusan Lajovic, 6-0, 6-1 in the first
round of the Monte Carlo Masters,
said he was playing without pain for
the first time in two years following
surgery to cure the right elbow
problem which had kept him off the
court for the last six months of 2017.
“It was a great start to the
tournament,” said Djokovic.
“Considering I haven’t played many
matches I thought I played well.”
Djokovic, who said he has no
agreement to continue working
with Vajda after this tournament,
has won only two minor titles in
the last 20 months. He has had a
particularly turbulent time since
parting company with his entire
coaching team, including Vajda,
after this tournament last year. The
former world No 1 began working
with Agassi at last year’s French
Open but was struggling with his
elbow problem and did not play
again after Wimbledon.
On his comeback at the Australian
Open in January, Djokovic suffered
more elbow pain when losing
to Hyeon Chung in the
fourth round. He
subsequently had
surgery, but looked
out of sorts when
he made another
Number of
comeback last
Grand Slam
month, losing to
tournaments
Taro Daniel and
won by Djokovic
Benoît Paire in his
opening matches
in Indian Wells
and Miami.
Djokovic said he had been advised
last year not to have surgery, but it
had become necessary. He admitted
that he might have returned too
quickly following the operation.
“The elbow was not as good as it has
been in the last seven days,” he said.
“After two years I can finally play
without pain.”
Agassi said last month that he and
Djokovic had “far too often found
ourselves agreeing to disagree”.
However, Djokovic was reluctant to
go into details here about reasons
for their split. “We just decided that
it’s better to part ways because both
sides did feel that it was best for me
and for them,” he said.
The world No 13 stressed that
his coaching relationship with
Agassi had never been a formal
arrangement. “We didn’t have
any commitment,” he said. “We
didn’t have any contract. He was
not working with me officially. He
was helping me out. He was really
genuinely wanting to help and to
give me advice and to share his
experience with me.”
Djokovic said he remained friends
with Agassi and Radek Stepanek,
who joined his entourage at the end
of last year. The Serb said that when
they had agreed to part, Agassi said
he should always feel free to contact
him. “I can call him any day to speak
with him, ask for tips and advice, or
share something,” Djokovic said.
“The last eight or nine months
with Andre was just amazing
fault,” said Lauda, Mercedes’ nonexecutive chairman. “When you
compete in more races you should
Three-time world champion Niki get more clever – especially when
Lauda has led the calls for Max you want to win or challenge for the
Verstappen to change his style championship – but he is going the
following the collision with Sebas- other way. He needs to sort himself
tian Vettel in Sunday’s Chinese out. Nobody can help him.”
Grand Prix.
Verstappen may be only
Verstappen’s coming
20, but he has started 63
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aid
to
him
together with Vettel afgrands prix and is a threeforded Lewis Hamilton after: ‘Look,
time winner. This is his
the chance to move to the race is long fourth season.
within nine points of the and you threw
“He is not young,” Lauda
Ferrari driver, despite
added. “He is old in Fora poor weekend for the your podium
mula One now so he is like
away.’ He has everybody else. It is not
reigning champion.
Hamilton finished fifth to change
necessary because it hurts
but was promoted one or it will
him as well.”
place higher after Ver- happen again
Verstappen held his
stappen was penalised 10
hands up for the incident
seconds for running into
and apologised to VetVettel in the closing stages of a fran- tel, but the German has echoed
tic race won by Daniel Ricciardo.
Lauda’s comments, saying: “He has
Ferrari’s Vettel crossed the line to change his style otherwise it will
down in eighth despite being second happen again. I said to him afterat the time of his collision with Ver- wards: ‘Look, the race is long and
stappen. “It was completely Max’s you threw your podium away’.
“It is not a question of age because he has done so many races
now. We are not happy because we
had the car to win.”
Hamilton and his Mercedes team
will be scratching their heads as to
how their early-season advantage
has been wiped out.
Indeed, the 33-year-old Briton
believes Mercedes are now behind
both Ferrari and Red Bull and only
third in F1’s pecking order.
He said: “Who knows what this
season holds? But if it continues this
way it is going to be very tough to
win the championship.
“We underperformed in qualifying and the race was a disaster on
my side of the garage. I need to try
and rectify that.
“We are the second or third fastest team at the moment so we have
Max Verstappen was penalised 10
got some improving to do, but that
seconds after the collision in China
is not impossible.”
By Philip Duncan
IN SHANGHAI
Horner assures Ricciardo:
Red Bull is the place to be
By Philip Duncan
Daniel Ricciardo has been urged to
resist the lure of a dream-team pairing alongside Lewis Hamilton
at Mercedes and instead
fight for world championships with Red Bull.
Ricciardo (right),
who is out of contract
at the end of the season, delivered an overtaking masterclass to
win in China on Sunday.
Valtteri Bottas is on
only a one-year deal at Mercedes, and Ricciardo, 28, has made
no secret of wanting to team up with
Hamilton during his career. Ferrari
could also be an option for Ricciardo
in 2019 with Kimi Raikkonen’s future beyond this year in doubt.
But Red Bull team principal
Christian Horner has called on
Ricciardo to stay put. He said:
“Daniel is happy in our
environment so if we can
provide a car like we did
in China then why would
he want to be anywhere
else? We have got a
very quick car which we
have demonstrated.
“Daniel is absolutely at
the top of his game and he has
been for the last couple of years.
He has that balance of experience
and is one of the best overtakers
in the business. His judgement
is impeccable.”
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Djokovic and
Agassi decided
to part company
after ‘too often
agreeing to
disagree’ but will
stay in contact
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hopes for
‘fresh start’
post Agassi
Finally free of pain, the former
world No 1 makes a good start in
Monte Carlo with old coach back in
his camp, writes Paul Newman
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FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT
Brothers on a mission to give
vulnerable players a voice
L
The last eight or nine
months with Andre was just
amazing, with the amount of
things that I’ve learned
with the amount of things that
I’ve learned, not just about tennis
but life in general. For that I’m
very grateful.”
Vajda started coaching Djokovic
in 2006 before taking a back seat
when the player turned to Boris
Becker. “This is a fresh start for
both of us,” Djokovic said of their
latest reunion. “I missed him. I
have a feeling that he missed
me – or tennis, or both. We’ve
both enjoyed the last 10 days of
practice a lot.
“He knows me better
than any tennis coach
I’ve worked with. He’s a
friend. He’s someone I
can share a lot of things
with, whether it’s
professional or private
life. He’s always there
for me.” Djokovic
(right) added: “We
don’t have any
kind of long-term
commitment with
each other. We just
want to see how it
goes in this tournament. So far there
have been a lot of positive things and
only positive emotions.”
Djokovic looked in good shape
against Lajovic, a Davis Cup teammate. His confidence was evident
in the way he won the second point
with a beautifully judged drop shot.
Having shortened his service
action because of his elbow problems,
Djokovic appeared to be serving with
more freedom. His ground strokes
had power and precision. Lajovic
was outclassed.
The world No 93 won only
eight points in the opening
set and won his only game
at the start of the second.
Jared Donaldson,
meanwhile, was given
a code violation after an
angry confrontation with
the umpire, Arnaud
Gabas, during the
American’s 6-3, 6-3
defeat to Albert
Ramos-Vinolas.
Donaldson screamed
in the face of Gabas
after a dispute
over a line call
and demanded to
see a tour supervisor
after being given
a code violation.
THE INDEPENDENT
ee Richardson’s career as
a player, which included
stints at Oldham Athletic
and Blackburn Rovers,
lasted for 17 years. An energetic
midfielder, he was part of the
Aberdeen side which finished
runner-up to Rangers in all three
of Scottish football’s domestic
competitions in the 1992-93
season.
When his playing days were
over, he moved into coaching and
had a two-year spell as manager
of Chesterfield in League Two.
He also studied for a degree in
psychology and began working as
a psychologist at various football
clubs.
From his experiences in the
game and his studying in later
life, Lee had an idea that – he was
certain – could help footballers
everywhere.
His older brother, Nick,
meanwhile, two years his senior,
also had a successful career as
a midfielder stretching 16 years
Lee Richardson back in his playing days for Chesterfield in 2001 GETTY
and 11 clubs. When he decided to
on behalf of the PFA to players
stop playing, Nick went into IT,
issues and he enlisted the help
across the country. He is also a
trained and became a teacher.
of clinical psychologist Peter
Some 30 years after they
counsellor for footballers and his
Leakey, who eventually had
organisation is inundated with
first started kicking a ball
a role in the creation of the
players – current and former –
professionally, both for Halifax
“Safety Net”.
seeking help.
Town, where they were born,
“Sixty per cent of males don’t
As Lee points out, men are
their individual journeys
like seeking help,”
loathe to discuss their problems
have crossed once again,
Lee said.
Sixty per
and the issue is exacerbated when
reaching the juncture
“In male-dominated
cent of males sports environments
they are thrown into the intense
where their “Safety
don’t like
environment of men’s football
Net” creation – an
that figure is even
seeking help. higher. While we can
– an environment which only
online platform to help
intensifies the higher they climb.
young footballers deal
In sports
encourage players to
But more are coming round
with mental health and
seek
help,
it’s
hard.
I
environments
to the idea that speaking to
wellbeing issues – is
thought
we’ve
got
to
that figure is
someone, or seeking some
being rolled out this week even higher
provide a place where
guidance, can change their life.
to Premier League and
people can get help.”
“People often just see the
Football League clubs all
The PFA backed the
over the country.
brothers financially and money and don’t realise that
football has unique pressures
Lee had the idea, knew what it
a version of the site was trialled
that can cause mental health
looked like in his head and how it
in 2014, although it is virtually
problems,” Lee said.
would work; and Nick used his IT
unrecognisable to what is being
“The pressures of playing in
expertise to create it online. They made available to players aged
front of so many people, the
have always been close; differing
nine to 16 today.
scrutiny, injuries, having
characters with different skillLee and Nick are the
to leave the game at the
sets but unafraid to tell each
closest thing football
end of your career – my
other they’re wrong.
has to Facebook
brother and I both
It has been a long process.
founders Mark
know how hard that is.”
Lee, now also working as a
Zuckerberg and
By making players
psychologist for Lancashire
Eduardo Saverin.
more comfortable with
County Cricket Club, first took
Provided we do not
the concept of mental
the idea to the Professional
later discover, years
health from a young age
Footballers’ Association in 2009.
down the line, that
it should help remove the
“I went to the PFA based on my
the “Safety Net” has
stigma which is softening but
own experiences in football,” Lee, been used to harvest young
49, told me.
footballers’ data and influence an still there.
The chance of players under
“I felt more could be done
American election, this can only
the age of 16, even at the elite
for the general population of
be a very good thing.
clubs, making it as a professional
footballers with mild to moderate
The brothers are tackling a
are incredibly slim and many
mental health problems. I had a
key issue in the game: former
find it difficult to deal with the
clear idea of what it could be: an
Manchester City midfielder
Jeff Whitley (above) told me
realisation that they will not have
online portal.”
about his struggles with alcohol,
a career as a football player.
When he was in charge at
drugs and gambling as a player,
Now – at least – there is a safety
Chesterfield between 2007
and why he now gives talks,
net to catch them, and others,
and 2009 some of Lee’s players
for the Sporting Chance Clinic
should they fall.
struggled with mental health
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Pochettino in hunt
for pre-World Cup
transfer bargains
By Ian Baker
Brighton & Hove Albion
Tottenham manager Mauricio
Pochettino has hinted that his side
Ryan
are set to carry out their transfer business early this summer in
Duffy
Schel tto Dunk
ong
a change to their usual routine.
Spurs believe they can get bargains
if they can bring in players before
Stephens
Kayal Izquierdo
the World Cup in Russia starts on Locadia
14 June. Chief scout Steve Hitchen
Gr s
is working on providing chairman
urray
Daniel Levy with a list of names.
“We are working with Steve,” said
Pochettino. “The World Cup only
Kane
can confirm your idea about a player. It is so dangerous to go and scout
Eriksen
Alli
Son
players in the World Cup because if
a player is good, how after are you
Wanya
De bélé
going to sign him? Sometimes you
need to anticipate and say ‘okay,
Davi
Vertonghen Sanchez A rier
this player can be good for us’ and
then he goes to the World Cup. But
Lloris
you need to sign before the tournament starts because if he is doing
well, then you will have a lot of com- Tottenham Hotspur
petition if they are good.
Probable teams for tonight’s match at The Amex
7.45pm
TV Sky Sports Premier League
“We are thinking and trying to Kick-off
Referee K Friend (Leicestershire)
anticipate because it will be difficult
if not at the World Cup.”
Tottenham may be all-but to Manchester City, who beat them
guaranteed fourth place ahead of easily at Wembley 3-1 on Saturday
tonight’s trip to Brighton but it has and won the title a day later. “Of
been a season in which the
course it is difficult to comteam have not always
pete with City,” Pochettino
lived up to Pochettino’s
said. “It’s not all about
standards. The Armoney in football, that
gentine wants them
is true. But it helps, it
to learn from their
helps a lot.
Tottenham away
mistakes and make
“It’s not that if
wins in the league
a successful start
you’re a billionaire
this
season
–
the
at the new White
you’re going to be
second highest,
Hart Lane though he
happy, but sure that
behind Manchester
is concerned that the
helps
a lot. In football
City
first few away fixtures
it’s the same. Sometimes
of 2018-19 are expected to
there are many questions
be away from home due to the
about how we reach the level of
delay in building work. The big- Manchester City. It is impossible to
gest challenge is reducing the gap answer that.” THE INDEPENDENT
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CHAMPIONSHIP
All-conquering Sessegnon
planning to stay with Fulham
By Giuseppe Muro
Ryan Sessegnon said he wants to
play for Fulham in the Premier
League, after an historic night
for the 17-year-old at the
EFL awards.
Sessegnon (right)
became the first
player to be named
Championship
Player of the Season
and Football League
Young Player of the
Season.
The teenager is
wanted by Tottenham,
Manchester United, Liverpool,
Manchester City and Paris
St Germain but Fulham are
determined not to sell Sessegnon
for at least a year should they get
promoted.
And the club will be buoyed
by his words: “I just want to
play in the Premier League with
Fulham,” he said.
“I have been at the club since
the age of eight. It has been
a dream to play in the
Premier League with
Fulham.
“We are so very
close I just want to
get over the line.
Hopefully, we do it
automatic but if not
then via the play-offs.”
Sessegnon, who has
scored 14 goals
this season and is valued by
Fulham at £50m, beat teammate Tom Cairney and Wolves’
Ruben Neves to win the
Championship Player of the
Season award. EVENING STANDARD
Carroll conjures
a goal out of
nowhere to leave
Stoke well adrift
Peter Crouch puts Stoke ahead,
seizing on Joe Hart’s blunder and
firing the loose ball into the net GETTY
West Ham United
Hart
Rice
Zabaletta
Ogbonna
Noble
Kouyate Masuaku
Fernan
WEST HAM UNITED
Carroll 90
1
STOKE CITY
Crouch 79
1
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
AT THE LONDON STADIUM
Winning this game would have been
a miracle for Stoke City, but not winning it like this was a disaster. After
offering nothing all game, Stoke took
a late lead through Peter Crouch and
were seconds away from what would
have been their first league win in
almost three months. And three
points of incalculable value.
Then Andy Carroll popped up to
equalise in added time and Stoke
were left with one bitter point, leaving them five adrift with four games
left. Drawing 0-0 would have been
one thing, but 1-1 like this was worse.
What was so surprising, given the
stakes, was with how little urgency
Stoke began the game. They have so
few games left this season, and yet
they played here as if they had the
whole season ahead of them to correct a bad start.
No tempo on the ball, no urgency
without it and the bizarre sight of
goal-kicks and set-plays being slowed
down and waited on. Time-wasting
is an unusual way to save yourself
from relegation.
The only player in the first hour
with any interest in making a difference was Marko Arnautovic, who
Stoke sold to West Ham last year. He
has a big job in this West Ham team:
not just the lonely target man but the
only player with any real creativity
or flair. He has carried West Ham at
Cress ell
ario
Arnautovic
Diouf
Shaqiri
Sobhi
Ndi e
en
Piete s Shawcross Martins
indi
Bauer
Z uma
Butland
Stoke City
Subs: West Ham Hernandez (Fernandes, 76), Lanzini
(Masuaku, 81), Carroll (Mario, 86); Stoke City Cameron
(Sobhi, 62), Crouch (Bauer, 70), Ireland (Diouf, 87).
Booked: West Ham Kouyaté, Cresswell; Stoke City
Martins Indi, Crouch, Ndiaye.
Man of the Match Arnautovic. Rating 6/10.
Possession: West Ham 63% Stoke City 37%.
Attempts on target: West Ham 6 Stoke City 6.
Referee M Oliver (Northumberland).
Attendance 56,795.
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NEWCASTLE UNITED
Ritchie hails Benitez as in-form
Toon prove tough nut to crack
By Martin Hardy
Matt Ritchie has praised Rafael Benitez for improving his game and
that of an entire young squad to lead
them to a potential top-10 finish in
the Premier League.
Newcastle were embroiled in a
relegation fight just two months
ago, but Benitez remained true to
his methods and strategy to revive
the club’s season.
Since the new year, newly promoted Newcastle have the fifth best
form in the division and have taken
16 points from the last 21, including
victories against Manchester United and Arsenal.
Ritchie was persuaded to drop
down from the Premier League
from Bournemouth two years ago to
move to St James’ Park. His captain
Jamaal Lascelles has spoken in the
past of the Scottish international’s
desire and how we was calling players out in training from his first session, if they were not reaching the
levels he believed they could.
That relentless desire has enamoured him to Benitez, and the wide
Rafael
Benitez’s
Newcastle
have won 16
of the last 21
points GETTY
midfielder, who scored the winning
goal against both United and Arsenal, said: “Has he made me a better
player? He’s definitely improved me,
yes. There are small details with different managers that you take on
board. Every manager’s got different ideas and ways of playing, but
there are details in my game that I
didn’t have when I arrived.
“Definitely off the ball, I think, and
ARSENAL
Cech at a loss to explain
Gunners’ away-day blues
By James Olley
times recently, not least with his dou- of a game drifting to nowhere. Beble against Southampton last month, cause with 12 minutes left, Stoke
and this was no different.
snatched a lead that came from noAll the moments of any interest where. Xherdan Shaqiri, anonymous
in the first half – and there were not all night, squeezed off a left-footed
many – were down to Arnautovic shot from 20 yards. The ball whistled
alone. He forced a near-post
through bodies, confused Joe
save from Jack Butland.
Hart (below) and he spilled
He nearly got in beit straight out. There
hind Kurt Zouma. He
was Crouch, on as a
played a sharp onesubstitute, to stick out
two with Joao Mario.
a leg and knock the
Crouch’s goal makes
He shot straight at
ball in. It was more
him Stoke’s all-time
Butland from a Pablo
than Stoke deserved,
leading
Premier
Zabaleta cross.
perhaps, having creLeague scorer
But that was pretty
ated nothing all game,
much that, and if you
but then at least they
were here for excitewere opportunistic.
ment, quality, or even for the
The problem was that they
drama of a relegation six-pointer, it did not have the imagination to realfelt as if you had come to the
ise that the same thing could
wrong place.
happen to them at the opAt least in the second
posite end. West Ham
half West Ham were
threw on their own towstarting to get slightly
ering veteran striker,
closer, even though they
Carroll, not seen in these
never had anything to
parts for more than
show for it.
three months.
Twice they had goals
And if Crouch can steal
disallowed: first an offside
a goal out of nowhere, then
Arnautovic headed in Aaron
so can he: Cresswell crossed
Cresswell’s cross; then an offside from deep and Carroll held off two
Arnautovic unsighting Butland from defenders to clip in a finish from the
saving Edimilson Fernandes’ low edge of the box. West Ham even had
shot. Of course knowing what we a winner disallowed, not that Paul
know now, these were crucial mo- Lambert will take much comfort
ments that cost West Ham the win, from that. THE INDEPENDENT
even if at the time they felt like the
slightly more interesting moments Premier League table, p49
44
Petr Cech has admitted Arsenal are
at a loss to explain their dismal away
form. The Gunners suffered their
ninth Premier League defeat on the
road this season with a 2-1 reverse at
Newcastle on Sunday.
Arsène Wenger’s side have won on
four of their six Europa League trips
but have not picked up a point outside the Emirates Stadium in 2018
with three away league victories all
season – at Everton, Burnley and
Crystal Palace. Bottom-club West
Bromwich have conceded fewer
away goals than the Gunners’ 26.
The defeat at St James’ Park
means Arsenal have lost five successive away league matches for
the first time since 1984. Cech said:
“It is very difficult to explain why,
because until last season we were
one of the best teams in terms of
the away record but somehow it
has completely reversed this season and we don’t seem to find the
answer for it. When you commit
so many team mistakes, away or
No getting away from it
Arsenal’s defeat at Newcastle was their fifth
away loss in a row
in the League this
year, making Arsène
Wenger’s team the
only club in England’s
top five divisions without an away point in 2018.
Bournemouth (14/1)
Swansea (30/1)
Tottenham (10/2)
Brighton (4/3)
Newcastle (14/4)
L 1-2
L 1-3
L 0-1
L 1-2
L 1-2
Fewest away points in 2018 in
England’s top four leagues
Arsenal
0
Watford, Grimsby
1
home, you get punished. Of course,
you try to address that but clearly
the same things are happening.”
EVENING STANDARD
more so as a team. You see when we
haven’t got the ball we’re so compact
and hard to break down.
“We’re always hard to beat. We’ve
never been rolled over, not once this
season. We’ve always lost games by
very small margins. We’ve always
been in games. That’s very important at this level.
“Even when results weren’t quite
going our way, we were never rolled
over. It’s always been one-goal margins. We’ve been on the right side of
those one-goal margins in the last
six weeks or so. It’s been a really
good feeling.”
Newcastle’s unity on the pitch has
been notable, especially during a
nine-game run without a win in November and December.
“It comes from everyone working together with the same mentality and same desire,” said Ritchie.
“We’ve got a fantastic group, pushing each other every day in training.
The standards are high and that’s
how it needs to be to get the best out
of each other and as a team. It’s a really positive camp.
“I wouldn’t say it’s about socialising. It’s about on the training pitch
making sure that we’re competitive
and making sure our mentality on
match days is correct. It’s the best
feeling in the world scoring a goal.
“To score an important goal and
help the team is a fantastic feeling.
To have a significant role in three
points is very good and I’m delighted
for that.
“Most importantly, as a team,
we’ve put ourselves in a fantastic
position where, if we apply ourselves as we have done over the last
six weeks, we’ve got a real good opportunity of finishing in the top 10.
“That’s down to us now. We
need to continue to perform as we
have done.”
MANCHESTER UNITED
Mourinho: I can’t pick players for their beautiful face
» Continued from back page
team.”Mourinho was asked to
clarify whether players would be
dropped because of their poor showing against West Bromwich, and he
replied: “Yes. What is the criteria
for a manager to choose a team? “I
only know one criteria. It is the way
they play, is the only way I can select
players. Or do you want me to go for
the price they cost, or their salary, or
their beautiful face? The only way is
to go with performance.”
Mourinho made his remarks after
yet another difficult afternoon for
Paul Pogba, United’s record signing.
Eight days earlier, the midfielder
had scored twice to inspire the
comeback win at the Etihad but his
performance on Sunday was more
in keeping with his recent struggles
and he was substituted before the
hour mark. THE INDEPENDENT
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Magnificent City now set agenda
Kevin
Garside
CHIEF SPORTS
CORRESPONDENT
Culture and identity, two words not
ordinarily part of the football discourse in England. The evolving imprint of Pep Guardiola, the way we
think about the game, the way we
feel about it, and about Manchester
City, is acquiring new meaning, and a
new lexicon to articulate it.
The measure of success is contained not entirely by silverware
but emotion. The beauty of the play,
the pulverising geometry, the movement and speed, has transformed
City from a footballing tragicomedy
condemned to flail in the shadow of
Manchester United, to the club setting the agenda.
Long after Guardiola has moved
on, the memory of this period will be
framed by the sense of exhilaration.
As a long-time observer of football I
cannot recall anything approaching
the aesthetic quality of the product.
We have seen great teams before,
great games, great performances,
a discussion of which recently appeared in these pages, but never
delivered with this intensity or dominance. City have utterly outclassed
United, Chelsea, Arsenal and latterly Spurs on their opponent’s turf.
There was nothing close about
these contests. Spurs are a highclass outfit, good enough to beat Real
Madrid in the Champions League.
City arrived on the back of three
successive defeats, two at home to
United and Liverpool. They were
supposed to be wounded, vulnerable.
Questions were asked about the sustainability of the model.
What happened? Spurs were
schooled with something to spare. It
was a footballing death by triangulation. I’m inclined to side with ex-Kippax hero and City devotee Paul Lake,
who said in response to the 3-1 victory at Spurs: “Over the past week pundits and journos have been too quick
to claim that teams have sussed out
City, but that simply isn’t the case. If
we take our chances, we win.”
The numbers are irrefutable. City
equalled United’s 2001 mark of winning the title after 33 games. They
hold the record of 18 consecutive
league wins, 11 consecutive away
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wins and a club record of 28 matches
unbeaten. Chelsea’s 2005 points total
of 95 is theirs to surpass, as is the 103
goal record also set by Chelsea in
2010. That Guardiola should emulate the Sir Alex Ferguson method of
claiming the title while playing golf
symbolises the shift in hegemony
from one side of Manchester to the
other. Interestingly, Guardiola was
more interested in a Masters Tournament debrief with playing partner Tommy Fleetwood than talking
football. Fleetwood was amazed at
how much Guardiola knew about his
Masters week and his performance
around Augusta National.
Even in repose, enjoying a recreational fourball on a Sunday af-
CRICKET
‘Ibiza’ weather will
save Yorkshire game
Yorkshire are confident Friday’s
County Championship match with
Nottinghamshire will go ahead,
despite their opening game against
Essex being abandoned because of
a wet outfield. Tykes coach Andrew
Gale said: “Someone told me it’s
going to be warmer than Ibiza this
week. That’s the sort of weather we
need to dry the ground off. If that
comes, we’ll be fine. I am confident it
will go ahead.”
» County Championship, p49
ternoon, Guardiola is hungry for
detail. Precision is at the heart of
the enterprise. What appears to be
a game of instinct and creative expression is in fact a matter of design
and organisation. Each player has a
role and a responsibility within the
collective. Do your bit right and the
organism functions as a whole. Any
weakness in any part threatens the
unity of the machine. Thierry Henry,
who was surprised at the systematic
nature of Guardiola’s method when
he arrived at the Nou Camp from Arsenal, where he had a free forward
role, explains it thus.
“He values not conceding a lot.
People always talk about possession,
but when he talks about defending,
he will tell you to stay in your position and not lose the ball. You don’t
hear that often with other managers. When they talk about defending, they talk about shape, how you
set up the line, how high you defend.
Pep says: ‘Do not lose the ball and
stay in your position.’ And you see
that when they play.”
It is also about making better
choices when in possession. Last
year’s erratic decision-making of
We have seen great teams
before, great games, great
performances – but never
delivered with this intensity
Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling
in the final third has gone. The improvement in both is one of the reasons for City’s crushing consistency.
The availability of a fit Ilkay Gundogan has given Guardiola rotational
options in midfield, and post-Christmas the gradual introduction of
Bernardo Silva down the right has
eased the attacking burden on Sterling. The signing of Ederson in goal
has given Guardiola the platform of a
playmaking goalkeeper he so desired
and in Kyle Walker he has the rapierquick, attacking right-back on which
his system so depends. Imagine how
much better City might be when
Walker is mirrored on the left by
Benjamin Mendy, when he returns
TENNIS
GOLF
Evans set for Glasgow comeback
Poulter lets Heritage
win slip from grasp
Dan Evans will make his comeback
from a drugs ban in Glasgow
next week after being
handed a wildcard entry
by the Lawn Tennis
Association.
Evans (right), 24,
who has served a
one-year ban after
testing positive for
cocaine, is set to play
in the qualifying draw
for the Glasgow Trophy, an
ATP Challenger tournament.
LTA performance director, Simon
Timson, said the former British No
2 had passed the LTA’s latest
checks and will continue to
be assessed.
Evans, down to 422 in
the rankings, said: “I have
learned a lot about myself
in my time away from
the game. I’m grateful to
those who have stood by me,
the fans and the LTA for the
opportunity to compete again.”
» Djokovic interview, p51
Ian Poulter allowed the chance of a
second title in three weeks to
slip away in Harbour Town as
Japan’s Satoshi Kodaira claimed
his first PGA tour win in the RBC
Heritage on Sunday night. Poulter’s
win in the Houston Open earned
him a place in the Masters field at
Augusta and the Englishman held a
one-shot lead coming into the final
round in South Carolina. But he shot
a four-over 75, to slip back to a share
of seventh.
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with Europe their final frontier
FRED (Brazilian midfielder, with
Shakhtar Donetsk; age 25)
Plays like Usually plays in
holding role and has been
compared to Fernandinho with
his eye for a pass and ability to
cut out attacking moves.
Price tag In February it was
suggested a £45m deal had been
agreed but recent reports indicate
Manchester United will gazump
City with a £60m offer.
Likelihood of a move: 50-50.
Depends on how much Mourinho
wants him.
TOBY ALDERWEIRELD (Belgian
central defender, with Spurs; 29)
Plays like Cut-price Gerard Pique.
Price tag Around £40m.
Likelihood of a move Quite
possible given his price tag and
City’s defensive flaws.
RIYAD MAHREZ (Algerian winger,
with Leicester; 27)
Plays like Freddie Ljungberg with
added playmaking.
Price tag January deal fell through
because Leicester wanted £90m.
Likelihood of a move Depends on
Leicester.
Riyad Mahrez(Leicester)
KYLIAN MBAPPÉ (Striker, with
PSG; 19)
Plays like Thierry Henry.
Price tag Astronomical.
Likelihood of a move Slim, though
it is said Guardiola really likes him.
Guardiola refuses to compromise
in relentless pursuit of perfection
Jack
Pitt-Brooke
E
nglish football has always
been as anti-intellectual
as any other aspect of our
national life. Pragmatism
and common sense
have been the values. Woe betide
the foreign manager who arrives
talking about a “philosophy” he
intends to implement. Andre Villas
Boas and Louis van Gaal were
always fighting a losing battle, for
the temerity of having an idea.
This is nothing new and nor is
it limited to football: it is part of
who we are. “As Europeans go,
the English are not intellectual,”
George Orwell wrote in The Lion
and the Unicorn in 1941. “They have
a horror of abstract thought, they
feel no need for any philosophy or
systematic ‘world-view’”. Ideas,
especially foreign ones, have never
taken much root.
All of which explains why when
Pep Guardiola arrived in England
in 2016, with his own philosophy,
so many people told him to
compromise. Possession football
might work abroad, he was told,
but England was different. Every
Premier League champion had
power at the core of the team,
as Gary Neville said. The
revelation Guardiola (right)
did not “train tackles” after
his team had lost 4-2 to
Leicester City despite
having 78 per cent
possession was met
with incredulity. Jamie
Redknapp described
it as “one of the most
bizarre statements”
he had ever heard in
football, saying City could
not win this way.
It is a very English
notion that an idea must
be watered down if it is to
work. But that has always
... but history suggests Pep will be moving on
Having won his seventh championship title in nine years of management,
Pep Guardiola’s position at City would seem to be inpregnable. However the­
history of recent Premier League winning managers suggests otherwise
Year
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
Champs
Man City
Man Utd
Man City
Chelsea
Leicester
Chelsea
Manager
Mancini
Ferguson
Pellegrini
Mourinho
Ranieri
Conte
that is difficult to stop: David Silva
been the essence of the criticism of
or Kevin De Bruyne through to a
Guardiola. If he was serious about
wide player, who cuts the ball back
winning the League, he would have
for a simple finish. While the details
to buy a proper holding midfielder,
of how City play have been tuned to
defend deeper, get the ball forward
the players they have, the concepts
quicker and start training tackles.
are how Guardiola has always
But the reality of City’s title win
worked: positional play, dominating
is the opposite. It is not the dilution
the ball, defending high up
of Guardiola’s ideas but their
the pitch, playing out from
maximal implementation
the back. All of them
that has guided the
clearer than ever
side to glory. Just
before.
as City’s average
This City team
possession has
League titles won
is not perfect and
increased from 61
by Guardiola
not unbeatable.
per cent last year
as manager of
The two three-goal
to more than 71
Manchester City,
Bayern Munich and
flurries they suffered,
per cent this year,
Barcelona
against Liverpool and
according to Opta,
Manchester United,
so have their goals,
showed they can briefly
wins and points, heading
lose their heads when things
towards numbers never seen
turn against them. But even that
before in the Premier League.
Of course City do not play like the is a function of their pursuit of
perfection, that they struggle to
Barcelona team that won the 2009
come to terms with anything other
and 2011 Champions Leagues.
than dominance and superiority.
How could they without Lionel
Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta?
While being robust is admirable,
This team plays with wingers,
being brilliant is better.
While the money City spent is
and has found a route to goal
unprecedented, the unprecedented
football they played has justified
It is not the
it. They have not simply been
dilution of
racking up big wins over the lesser
Guardiola’s ideas,
teams, they have dominated their
rivals too. It has been a triumph for
but their maximal
Guardiola and his players but also
implementation
for his principles and his sticking to
that has guided he
them, for the idea of having an idea.
7
from his long spell on the sidelines.
Only Liverpool have shown any appetite for taking on City at their own
game. No surprise, perhaps, that they
are led by a coach who shares Guardiola’s attacking philosophy. Jürgen
Klopp’s high-pressing, high-energy
team, topped by an attacking trident
that matches City’s for goal threat,
showed that City, like any human organism, fall prey to mistakes under
pressure. And with Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane at full
pelt, supported by full-backs arriving at pace, Liverpool had the tools to
take advantage.
Manchester United have the attacking personnel to take it to City
but found the courage to do so only
in extremis, when 2-0 down and facing oblivion. To take on Guardiola’s
teams, you have to match them not
only for talent, but outlook, and that
is a coaching issue.
The auditors will demand that
Guardiola extend his dominance to
Europe, as if somehow he failed at
Bayern Munich when missing out on
the Champions League. The irony is
City blitzed the European competition this term. Their misfortune was
to run into the kind of domestic ambush characteristic of local derbies.
Had City drawn Real Madrid, Barca
or Bayern they might have had a better chance. All conjecture until next
year, of course, when they will remain
the team to beat.
TENNIS
FOOTBALL
FOOTBALL
Rodriguez: I just want to move on
Injured Batshuayi a
doubt for World Cup
Xiyu brings Broady
back down to earth
After winning her first WTA title
a week ago, British No 3 Naomi
Broady was brought crashing down
to earth with a first round defeat
to 17-year-old Xiyu Wang in the
Zhengzhou Open. Broady never got
to grips with her young opponent,
who at 496 is 362 places below her
in the world rankings, and lost 6-4,
7-5. The 28-year-old was victorious
in the Monterrey Open last week,
winning the doubles alongside
Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo.
Jay Rodriguez wants to move on
after a Football Association
charge of racially abusing
Brighton’s Gaetan Bong
was found to be not
proven.
The 28-year-old
played for three
months after being
accused of using
making an comment to
the Brighton defender when
the sides met on 13 January. “I
am always a great believer that the
truth always comes out and it has,”
he said. “Now we can move on and I
can just carry on working hard
for the team.”
Rodriguez (left) made a
statement on Twitter
saying that he had no axe
to grind with Bong but
“was disappointed that he
chose to publicly condemn
me on the platforms of
open media before the
evidence had been presented to an
independent tribunal.”
Manager’s fate
Left club a year later
Retired that summer
Left club two years later
Sacked seven months later
Sacked 10 months later
Expected to leave club
side to glory
Borussia Dortmund striker Michy
Batshuayi, on loan at the German
club from Chelsea, is a doubt for
the World Cup finals after picking
up a serious knee injury. Belgium
international Batshuayi was taken
off on a stretcher late on in the Ruhr
derby defeat to Schalke on Sunday.
The 24-year-old’s season could be
over, while there will also be concern
he could miss the World Cup, with
Roberto Martinez’s side beginning
their campaign in two months.
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Mental health
portal aims
to help young
footballers
By Sam Cunningham
FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT
The Professional Footballers’
Association are launching the
“Safety Net” online to help young
footballers deal with mental health
and wellbeing issues.
The i revealed on Saturday that
there had been a 200 per cent increase in players reaching out with
mental health problems. Professionals can use the PFA’s 24-hour helpline and are eligible for their free
counselling service, but the players’
union are now launching the “Safety
Net” internet portal, available to all
players but specifically targeting
those aged nine to 16 at clubs who
will not become members until they
sign a scholarship deal.
The PFA are contacting every
club across the Premier League
and Football League to roll out the
platform. It provides guidance on
anxiety, panic attacks, depression,
self-harm and suicide; it explains
Sport
Stoke’s Hammer blow
Carroll’s late leveller
puts Potters on brink
how to help a suicidal person or
what to do if the player is feeling
suicidal. It also deals with substance
and behavioural addiction, and offers tips on how to tackle homesickness, bullying, grief and abuse.
The idea was conceived by former
footballer Lee Richardson, and was
built by his brother Nick, who also
played professionally.
Brothers on a mission, p51
West Ham substitute Andy
Carroll (centre) celebrates after
rescuing a point against Stoke
at the London Stadium REUTERS
» Match report, p52
17.04.18
P49
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P50
TENNIS
Djokovic aims
for fresh start
after splitting
from Agassi
Angry Mourinho hints at
big changes for Wembley
United manager ready to omit several senior players for FA Cup semi-final
By Mark Critchley
P54
FOOTBALL
Kevin Garside
on why Europe
is now City’s
final frontier
Jose Mourinho is ready to leave
several senior Manchester United
players out of next Saturday’s FA
Cup semi-final against Tottenham
Hotspur, having insisted he cannot
select them based on “the price they
cost” or their “beautiful face”.
United handed the Premier
League title to rivals Manchester
City on Sunday by suffering a shock
home defeat to the top-flight’s bottom club, West Bromwich Albion.
Jay Rodriguez’s 73rd-minute
header punished Mourinho’s side
and earned West Bromwich their
first win on the road in the league
since August. Mourinho described
his players as “masters of complication” after their limp display.
United return to Premier League
action tomorrow night on the south
coast at Bournemouth, three days
before their Cup semi-final against
Tottenham at Wembley.
Mourinho was expected to ring
the changes for the trip to the Vitality Stadium but when asked whether
he would rotate, the United manager
suggested some of those who played
in Sunday’s defeat would appear
again as they had now lost their
place for this weekend’s semi-final.
“Rotating is not the right word...
because rotating looks like a player
plays against Bournemouth to give
a rest to somebody that is going to
play against Spurs in the semi-final,”
he said. “So the word is not rotation,
it is an opportunity for people, for
some people to play and to try to get
a place in the team for Spurs.
“Some of the guys that played on
Sunday don’t have a place in that
team, they don’t have a place in that
» Continued on p53
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