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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
IVF lottery: couples
welcome today’s
attempt to end
unfair
system
P6
Australia’s plan to ditch
Charles as monarch
House mice
‘spreading
superbugs’
P25
P19
Windrush
apology
WEDNESDAY
18 APRIL 2018
Number 2,308
The airstrikes
will make no
difference –
Assad has
already won
the war
» Prime Minister says sorry to Caribbean leaders for debacle – and
promises that no one will be deported after all
KIM SENGUPTA
P9
» Thousands of landing cards from 1950s and 1960s were
destroyed by Home Office in 2010 despite staff warnings
News.co.uk
P7
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PUZZLES
P44
KATY BALLS
Will sweets
survive
the sugar
wars?
Wage
squeeze
‘nearing
an end’
Amber Rudd’s
impossible
boss
Fur will fly
Controversial
fashion industry
attempts revival
P30
P4
P15
P5
I MANIC STREET PREACHERS ON THEIR NEW ALBUM
P34
I UK TRAVEL
P33
The
News
Matrix
LEGAL
How is
one devoted
Wolves fan
planning to
celebrate
promotion?
See p.19
The day at
a glance
WEDNESDAY
18
APRIL
Quote of the day
Like its politicians and
its wars, society has the
teenagers it deserves
J B PRIESTLEY
CRIME
Parents of Alfie fight
on for treatment
The parents of a 23-month-old
boy at the centre of a life-support
treatment battle are preparing
for another legal fight after
asking Supreme Court justices to
reconsider their case. Tom Evans,
21, and Kate James, 20, are seeking
treatment for son Alfie abroad.
INQUIRY
ICELAND
Stephen Lawrence
police mole named
Whaling company to Man killed after
resume hunting
confronting dealers
Skripal poison
‘was in liquid form’
INVESTIGATION
A police mole who infiltrated a
campaign group which backed
the fight for justice for Stephen
Lawrence has been named.
“David Hagan”, referred to as
HN81, was yesterday named on
the Undercover Policing Inquiry
website as having infiltrated groups
including Movement for Justice.
A whaling company in Iceland
is preparing its fleet to bring
commercial hunting of fin whales
back to the country. Hvalur hf
(Whale Inc.) said yesterday it is
readying two vessels for the 100-day
whaling season that starts in June.
Fin whale hunting stopped in Iceland
in 2015.
The Novichok poison used in the
attempt to assassinate a former
Russian spy and his daughter in
Salisbury was administered in
liquid form. The Department of
Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs said that Sergei and Yulia
Skripal were only exposed to a “very
small amount”. PAGE 10
A youth worker was stabbed to
death after being “taunted” by
teenagers he confronted when he
suspected they were dealing drugs
outside his home, a court has heard.
Omid Saidy, 20, chased two males
from outside his house near Parsons
Green, London, but was knifed in the
neck, the Old Bailey heard.
RUSSIA
COURTS
GERMANY
UNITED STATES
Activists condemn
use of bear at match
Police probe into
Sir Cliff ‘dragged on’
Far-right terror
suspects raided
One person dead in
aircraft emergency
Animal rights groups have
condemned the use of a bear that
performed before a Russian football
match. The routine happened before
a Russia second division match on
Sunday in the city of Pyatigorsk. TV
footage showed the animal being
led to the Mashuk-KMV Pyatigorsk
club’s stadium.
Sir Cliff Richard’s business manager,
Malcolm Smith, said he had
expected a South Yorkshire Police
investigation into Sir Cliff to take no
longer than three months. But he
said it “dragged on” for two years.
TV presenter Gloria Hunniford and
a BBC reporter also gave evidence at
the trial in London. PAGE 11
German prosecutors say special
forces have raided the apartments
of four people who were allegedly
involved in creating a far-right
terrorist organisation. The federal
prosecutor’s office said the raids
took place yesterday morning and
targeted the founders of a far-right
group called Northern Eagle.
One person has died after a US
passenger plane was forced to
make an emergency landing in
Philadelphia. There were reports
that a woman had been “partially
sucked out” of a window when an
engine on the Southwest Airlines
flight ripped off. Seven people were
treated for minor injuries. PAGE 21
Birthdays
Hayley Mills, actress, 72;
Niall Ferguson, historian,
54; David Tennant,
actor, 47; Edgar Wright,
film director, 44; Rosie
Huntington-Whiteley
(below), model, 31; Jane
Leeves, actress, 57
Anniversaries
Thursday 18 April 1996
Seventeen Greek tourists
and an Egyptian tour
guide are killed by gunmen
in Cairo. Another 15 are
injured, three critically,
when the attackers open
fire on a group outside the
Europa Hotel.
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The List
The road to ruin
Waste water with the
most cocaine
The RAC Pothole Index*
Swiss banking hub Zurich has
been named the unlikely party
capital of Europe after the highest
levels of cocaine were found in
its waste water. Samples tested by
the European Monitoring Centre
for Drugs and Drug Addiction on
a weekend last year found Zurich
had almost 1,108.5mg of the drug
per 1,000 people coursing through
the drains.
1 Zurich (below) 1,108.5
2 Barcelona 1,101.2
3) London 999.3
4) Amsterdam 802.5
5) Reykjavik 504.6
6) Valencia 474.1
7) Frankfurt 464.0
8) Ljubljana 450.6
9) Hamburg 445.0
10) Brussels 401.6
3
2.63
of local authorities have cut road
maintenance spending
2.5
2
2017
Using a base of 1.00
established in 2006, the
Index for the first quarter of
2018 stood at 2.63
1.5
According to local authority
guidelines, a hole must be 40mm
– roughly two 20p pieces – deep
before it counts as a pothole.
1
Q2
2014
SOURCE: RAC, RSTA
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled paper content of UK
newspapers in 2017 was 64.6%
53%
A 12-month rolling measure of the share of
RAC pothole fault breakdowns. The higher the
figure, the greater the likelihood of a motorist
suffering a breakdown caused by a pothole
48%
index
Crossword.............20
TV & Radio...........28
Arts..............................34
Business..................38
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
Snow and ice in February and March this year have taken their toll on our
road network and the vehicles using it. The RAC released figures this week
for the first quarter of 2018 revealing the third highest number of
breakdowns caused by potholes since records began in 2006.
ROADS
Q3
2015
Q1
2017
Q1
2018
of car damage claims in the
last year caused by potholes,
according to insurer LV
1 in 6
UK roads need to be repaired
within 5 years
2018
2,830
5,540
times
times
Number of times the RAC was
called to vehicles with faults
probably caused by poor road
surfaces in the last quarter of
2017 and the first quarter of 2018
* Figures are corrected for seasonal weather effects
and improving longer-term vehicle reliability
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ASTRONOMY
SARAH SELLERS, MARATHON RUNNER
Quest for the lost
siblings of the sun
Running into the hall of fame...
Sarah Sellers has hit the headlines
by snatching second place in the
Boston Marathon ahead of the
pack of elite international runners.
She completed the 26.2-mile
course in 2hr 44min 4sec.
All the more remarkable as this
was only the second marathon the
26-year-old nurse had run. The
first, in Huntsville, Utah last year,
she won. It meant she qualified for
the prestigious Boston event.
Speaking about her unlikely
sprint to celebrity status, she told
The Washington Post: “I mean, I still
can’t believe I finished second.
I’m going to wake up and this will
be a dream. Looking at my time
going into the race, I shouldn’t be
on the same page as any of the top
20 women. They’re in a different
league than me.”
Astronomers searching for the
sun’s lost siblings have mapped the
“chemical DNA” of 350,000 stars.
They are looking for the chemical
signatures of stars delivered into
the universe together and then
separated after birth. Every star in
the sun’s birth cluster will share the
same chemical make-up.
ROYALS
William reveals he
is a fan of Nando’s
The Duke of Cambridge may be used
to fine dining but is a fan of chicken
restaurant Nando’s after being
introduced by one of his protection
officers. His admission came as he
attended a joint Commonwealth
Business and Youth forums
discussion at London’s Queen
Elizabeth II conference centre.
Born to run?
She only entered the race because
her younger brother Ryan Callister
had signed up to do it. She had run
only one previous marathon. And
unlike many of the international
competitors, she had no sponsor
and no agent.
But the nurse anaesthetist is
not a complete outsider when it
comes to athletics. At Weber State
University in Ogden, Utah, she
was a promising track runner and
nine-time Big Sky champion at
5,000 and 10,000 metres.
What does the road to success
look like?
A stress fracture and medical
studies had curtailed her training
for a while but in the last two
years she had returned to running.
Working full-time as a nurse at
Banner health Centre in Tuscon,
Arizona, meant Ms Sellers had
to fit in training around her
10-hour shifts.
She would either wake up at
4am to run before work or hit the
road at 7pm after her shift was
over, covering 100 miles a week.
Her coach, Paul Pilkington, who
had trained her at Weber Univer-
SWEDEN
Penis mural covered
up after uproar
A giant mural of a blue penis in
Stockholm is set to be covered up
following uproar from residents.
The owners of an apartment
building in the Swedish capital
where the F**k the World artwork is
daubed decided to remove it amid a
backlash, according to the Swedish
newspaper Aftonbladet.
PEOPLE
sity, told Runner’s World: “I knew
she was in good shape because
her workouts were going so well.
She has persevered through
injuries, graduate school and a
full-time job.”
Where is she heading now?
After scooping the second prize
of $75,000 (£52,500) in Boston
on Monday, she plans to use the
money to pay off her student loan
– and that of her husband, Dr Blake
Sellers, who is a surgeon.
And she will keep on running
with her eye on another marathon
this autumn and, ultimately, the
2020 Olympics. But she won’t
be giving up the day job just yet.
She told The Washington Post: “It’s
really rewarding and gives me
perspective on life.”
Sally Guyoncourt
Hermit ends island
isolation after fall
A woman who is believed to have
been trying to live alone on a remote
island had her isolation cut short
after injuring herself in a fall. The
woman, who was living on Shiant
Isles in the Outer Hebrides, tripped
and injured her head 12 days into her
40-day expedition, but did not call
for help for a further four days.
i WEDNESDAY
18 APRIL 2018
3
Letter from the Editor
Oliver Duff
i@inews.co.uk
The Windrush scandal
was entirely foreseeable
Most responsible, functioning governments
around the world try to manage
immigration, if only to maintain public
confidence in their stewardship of the
country and a changing population.
The Windrush scandal, though, was not
an unlucky turn of events, but a foreseeable
outcome. Indeed, Home Office officials
warned of such an eventuality back in 2010
when the department destroyed Windrush
landing cards from the 1950s and 1960s –
until then a vital resource for checking the
records of Caribbean-born residents who
were in a pickle over their residency status.
Amber Rudd’s Home Office has not
been covering itself in glory. The Home
Secretary’s admonishment of her own
officials over Windrush was extraordinary
– and a refreshingly honest intervention by
such a senior member of the Government:
“I am concerned that the Home Office has
become too concerned with policy and
strategy, and sometimes loses sight of
the individual.”
As Katy Balls writes today (page 15), Ms
Rudd finds it difficult to disown any of the
policies she inherited. Her predecessor,
Theresa May, succeeded in shifting the
onus to people who were lawfully settled
in the UK to prove their right to stay. That’s
difficult if you have never been given
papers, were told 47 years ago by the prime
minister of the time that you had indefinite
leave to remain, and the Home Office has
since burned all the landing cards.
We associate mass deportation with
authoritarian regimes. Many thousands
of people who have lived law-abiding lives
in Britain for half a century, working and
paying taxes, contributing to society, have
been driven to terrible anxiety.
Let us be clear: it is only through
campaigning reporting (from newspapers
across the political spectrum) that
ministers have belatedly been stirred to
action. The Windrush scandal is a shameful
chapter for a Government that wants
and needs to open Britain to the world.
Immigration can never be reduced to
numbers, despite Mrs May’s obsession: it
is about people, and we are a richer nation
for many of those who have chosen to make
their lives on these islands.
4
NEWS
ECONOMY
Wages grow
faster than
inflation as
jobless rate falls
By Ben Chu
Wages grew faster than inflation
for the first time in almost a year in
February – signalling that the end of
the financial crisis could be at hand
and paving the way for an interest
rate rise.
In a further boost for the Government, the number of people in
work reached a record 32.2 million
– the highest number since records
began in 1971, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Weekly average earnings were
up 2.8 per cent in the three months
to February, higher than the 2.7 per
cent rate of consumer price inflation in that month, while the jobless
rate fell to just 4.2 per cent.
“Wage growth has been the missing piece of the puzzle in Britain’s
long, slow recovery from the financial crisis,” said Tom Stevenson, of
Fidelity International.
“With the final piece now in place
the Bank of England now has the
Pay freeze coming to end
How inflation compares to wage growth
Inflation rate (CPI)
Annual % change in average earnings
2.9%
4%
Dec 2017
Feb 2018
3%
2%
2.8%
Dec 2017
Feb 2018
1%
0%
2016
2017
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The employment rate
rose to a new record high
of 75.4 per cent. According to
the ONS, the number of people
in jobs rose by 55,000 over the
period, while the numbers out of
work fell by 16,000.
catalyst to be able to follow through
on its plans to raise interest rates at
the next MPC meeting in May and
start the move back towards monetary normality.”
Others were more guarded in
their optimism.
“Britain has a lot of ground to
make up after an awful decade of
pay squeezes, stagnation and all
too fleeting recoveries. On average,
people are still taking home less
than they did before the crisis,” said
Stephen Clarke, of the Resolution
Foundation think-tank.
And Suren Thiru, head of economics at the British Chambers of
Commerce, said: “The continued
rise in employment, coupled with a
further drop in the unemployment
rate, is further evidence that the UK
jobs market remains in good shape.
“The end of a prolonged squeeze
on real wage growth is an important
moment, although maintaining positive real wage growth could prove
challenging.”
The Work and Pensions Secretary, Esther McVey, heralded the
figures as evidence of the continuing strength of the UK jobs market.
“Day by day we are helping
people turn their lives around by
getting them into employment,”
she said.
Fields burst with daffodils in honour of spring
Mark Beecham makes his way along
rows of daffodils removing any
rogue varieties at Taylors Bulbs in
Holbeach, Lincolnshire.
The family run business plants
over 35 million bulbs every year
and harvest both the flowers and the
bulb. It came as the UK enjoyed its
warmest weather of the year so far.
It could be even warmer today and
tomorrow, possibly as high as 26°C
in the South East, as temperatures
edge up to 10°C above average for
April. But meteorologist Sophie
Yeomans warned: “By the end of the
weekend we could see showers.” PA
Weather, page 47
POLITICS
Labour MP: party is ‘rife with anti-Semitism’
By Richard Wheeler and Jon Vale
Anti-Semitism has become more
commonplace, conspicuous and corrosive within the Labour Party, one of
the party’s Jewish MPs has said in an
impassioned speech urging change.
Luciana Berger was applauded by
MPs from all sides after she spoke
of the anti-Semitic abuse she has
faced, including from those appearing to support Labour leader Jeremy
Corbyn. He was in the Commons
to hear Ms Berger’s remarks, with
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid
accusing the Opposition leader of a
“deeply worrying lack of leadership
and moral clarity” on anti-Semitism.
Shadow Home Secretary Diane
Abbott told MPs that she had en-
tered politics to “fight racism”. She
said: “One anti-Semite in the Labour
Party is one too many.”
Speaking during a debate in the
Commons, Ms Berger said she received her first piece of hate mail
aged 19. She said she has been attacked by the far-right and far-left,
later saying anti-racism is a central
Labour value.
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i WEDNESDAY
18 APRIL 2018
CONSUMER
HEALTH
Anti-fur campaigners release video
of ‘fattened’ foxes ahead of inquiry
New drug
offers hope
to migraine
sufferers
By Katie Grant
The long-running dispute over the
sale of animal fur is set to be reignited
today when the UK fur industry
makes its case at a parliamentary
inquiry into the trade.
As MPs prepared to hear from
industry figures, a fresh video
was released by campaigners that
appeared to show foxes raised for
the fur trade that had been fattened
to the point of gross obesity while
suffering infections and deformities.
Among the issues the inquiry is
addressing is how consumers are
tricked into buying fur. It comes in
the wake of several high-profile cases
of real fur being sold as fake by major
high street and online retailers.
Companies including Missguided
Boohoo and House of Fraser were
found to be selling clothes and
accessories featuring real animal
fur despite labelling stating the
material was synthetic, according to
media investigations carried out in
conjunction with the UK arm of the
animal welfare organisation Humane
Society International (HSI).
All three retailers stressed that
they did not condone the use of fur in
their products and that they would
never knowingly mislead their
customers. They all attributed the
mislabelling to their suppliers and
promised to investigate.
One of the aims of the
inquiry by Efra is to identify the extent to which Brexit
could provide an opportunity for
the Government to reconsider
the rules on the circumstances in
which fur can be imported.
5
By John von Radowitz
Finnish campaign group Oikeutta
Eläimille released the photos from
its undercover investigation
Stella McCartney shows off her fake fur coats at Paris Fashion Week GETTY
MPs on the Environment, Food
and Rural Affairs Committee (Efra)
will hear from representatives from
the British Fur Trade Association
(BFTA) the International Fur
Federation (IFF) and Trading
Standards today.
The IFF chief executive, Mark
Oaten, has claimed that choosing
real fur is a “responsible choice”
because it is natural. Animal welfare
organisations have poured scorn on
the suggestion that wearing real fur
is more ethical.
The footage that emerged
yesterday, appearing to show grossly
obese foxes with infected eyes and
deformed feet in small cages, is said
to show a fur farm in Finland – a
country that exports fur to the UK.
HSI said the video was recorded
last month at a “high-welfare” farm
certified by Saga Furs, a Finnish fur
brand and fur auction house that
states such certification is “the most
important tool in the measurement
of animal welfare”. Saga Furs said
after the release of the footage that
it did not condone the breeding of
oversized foxes and was investigating
the authenticity of the footage.
A self-injected smart drug holds out
new hope for migraine sufferers who
until now have had to grit their teeth
and bear the pain of headaches.
Trial results show that the
antibody drug erenumab can cut
episodic migraine attacks by more
than half in a large proportion of
cases. The drug, administered with a
self-injection device similar to those
used by diabetics, was tested on
patients who had failed to respond to
up to four other treatments.
Trial leader Dr Uwe Reuter
(inset), from The Charite University
Hospital in Berlin, said: “Our study
fo u n d t h a t e r e n u m a b
reduced the average
number of monthly
migraine headaches
by more than 50
per cent for nearly
a third of study
participants.
“That reduction
in
migraine
headache frequency
can greatly improve a
person’s quality of life.”
Migraine is a neurological
disorder marked by headaches that
range in severity from moderate to
blindingly painful.
Other symptoms include nausea
and light sensitivity. Each day, an
estimated 200,000 people in the UK
experience a migraine attack.
People with episodic migraine may
have up to 14 headache days a month.
The findings will be presented
at the American Academy of
Neurology’s annual meeting in Los
Angeles next week.
RSPCA
ENVIRONMENT
TRANSPORT
Cat survives 100ft fall after
being ‘thrown’ from flats
Costa ‘will recycle
every plastic cup
it sells by 2020’
Rail services to be disrupted
over May bank holidays
By Josh Payne
By Josie Clarke
By Neil Lancefield
A cat has survived a fall of around
100ft after reportedly being thrown
from a block of flats.
The young white animal suffered
a broken jaw in the incident in Guild
Close, Birmingham, on 6 April, the
RSPCA said. It was taken to RSPCA
Newbrook Farm Animal Hospital
after CCTV controllers became
concerned she may have been
thrown from the building.
The RSPCA is trying to track
down the owners.
Inspector Mike Scargill said:
“This is a very worrying incident and
the cat is extremely lucky to be alive.
I am appealing to the general public
for any information that might help
me investigate what happened.
“The cat may have slipped and
fallen on her own, but it’s very
concerning to hear that the CCTV
The UK’s largest coffee shop
chain has pledged to recycle as
many disposable cups as it sells
by 2020 in an effort to cut the
number sent to landfill.
Costa Coffee said it will recycle
up to 500 million disposable
coffee cups a year and has urged
other chains to do the same.
The retailer said it was a
“misconception” that the
problem with recycling cups
was because their plastic lining
was difficult to separate from
the cardboard, and was instead
to do with their collection once
customers had thrown them into
recycling bins.
Costa said it will pay waste
collectors a supplement of £70
per tonne of cups they send to
recycling plants.
Getaway plans for May’s two bank
holiday weekends will be disrupted
by rail engineering work.
Network Rail will carry out
more than 820 projects
during the first and last
weekends of the month.
The Governmentowned organisation says
it schedules work for
bank holidays as there
are fewer passengers
than normal on those days.
Between 5 and 7 May,
Liverpool’s mainline services will
be reduced, with some replaced by
buses or diverted via Manchester.
Work in the south of Scotland
between Glasgow and Edinburgh
means East Coast services will
start and terminate at Edinburgh,
while West Coast trains will not run
Lucky to be alive, this young cat
suffered a broken jaw in the fall
controllers think they may have
seen someone actually throw the cat
from the building.
“I am also keen to find the person
who owns this cat. She’s a young
white female, with white patches of
tabby markings on her tail, back and
head. I’m sure being reunited with
her owners will give her a boost.”
north of Lancaster/Oxenholme. Rail
connections to Heathrow will be
severed on 6 May, when there will
also be no trains into Paddington.
Signalling improvements on 26 and
27 May mean trains between
Birmingham New Street
and Coventry will be
replaced by buses.
Trains between Didcot
and Chippenham/
Bristol Parkway will
be disrupted due to
electrification work.
Anthony Smith, chief
executive of watchdog
Transport Focus, said: “Passengers
understand that welcome
improvements will mean some
disruption, but the key thing they
need is plenty of information before,
during and after. They will need to
know how their journeys are affected
and what their choices are.”
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NEWS
HEALTH
Labour MP calls
for an end to
Britain’s ‘IVF
postcode lottery’
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Infertility should be treated like any
other illness with everyone given
equal access on the NHS, according
to a Labour MP who will introduce
a Bill in Parliament today calling for
an end to the IVF postcode lottery
across the country.
Steve McCabe (inset), MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, described the
rationing of IVF treatment, which
means some women can access
fertility treatment on the
health service worth up to
£20,000 and others not
any, as “totally unfair
and arbitrary”.
Fertility problems
are estimated to affect
around one in six couples
in the UK – about 3.5 million people.
National Institute for Health
and Care Excellence (Nice) guidelines state that women under 40
who have failed to get pregnant
after two years of trying should be
offered three full cycles of IVF on
the NHS. However, the recommendations are not binding and it is up
to local NHS providers – clinical
commissioning groups (CCGs) – to
decide what to offer.
As just one full cycle of IVF treatment costs around £7,000, many
CCGs are deciding to restrict fertility treatment or cut it altogether. A
2017 audit of England’s 208 CCGs
by Fertility Fairness shows only 12
per cent now offer three full cycles
– known as “gold standard” areas –
a figure that has halved since 2013.
As health is devolved, Mr Mc-
Cabe’s Bill will call for the equalisation of NHS fertility services across
England in line with Nice guidelines,
as well as the introduction of a national benchmark price to end the
wide price disparity in IVF costs,
which range from less than £4,000
to more than £8,000 per cycle.
Mr McCabe said: “Infertility is an
illness and it’s time we started treating it like one. We currently have a
totally random postcode lottery
system and an unfair eligibility criteria which we wouldn’t accept
with other illnesses. The
World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises
infertility as an illness,
so why isn’t the NHS
treating patients who
suffer from it as they
would if someone has diabetes or epilepsy? It can’t
be right that IVF treatment
is being rationed on the NHS.
How did the Government reach the
decision to give carte blanche for
CCG’s to behave like this?”
Professor Lesley Regan, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, which
is also backing the Bill, said: “A
national commissioning policy is
needed to remove the current variation in IVF funding.”
Almost two-thirds (62
per cent) of CCGs offer
one cycle; 24 per cent provide
two. About 3 per cent offer no
treatment. Scotland offers three
cycles to new referrals, Wales
two and Northern Ireland one.
One cycle failed
How IVF access varies
£3,483
The average cost a
CCG pays for an
IVF cycle
SCOTLAND
Key
0 cycles
1 cycle
2 cycles
3 cycles
NORTHERN
IRELAND
CCGs considering cutting
or decommissioning the
number of NHS-funded
IVF cycles:
Ashford, Canterbury and
Coastal, Dartford,
Gravesham and Swanley,
Medway, South Kent
Coast, Swale, Thanet,
West Kent, St Helens,
Cambridge and
Peterborough, Chorley
and South Ribble,
Morecambe Bay,
Blackburn with Darwen,
Fylde & Wyre, Blackpool,
East Lancashire, West
Lancashire, Greater
Preston
ENGLAND
WALES
‘It feels like
everything is
against you’
SARAH TAYLOR, 36, from Northfield,
Birmingham, and her 39-year-old
husband have been trying for a
baby for five years. They live under
Birmingham South and Central CCG,
which only offers one IVF cycle.
“I have a slightly lower egg count
than average, but our infertility
is diagnosed as ‘unexplained’.
We went through our first IVF
cycle two years ago, but were
unsuccessful. We don’t have
enough money to pay for another
one so we are relying on family
members to help pay for the
next treatment.
“It will cost £6,000 to have
another cycle with the NHS. We
looked at private treatment but
that costs even more: between
£7,000 and £8,000. There’s no way
we can afford any more cycles
after this so it will be our last
chance to have a baby. It’s just
so frustrating and unfair that
someone in another part of the
country can access more cycles.
“It feels like everything is
against you, especially as we’ve
decided this next chance will be
the last. It’s a heartbreaker and
IVF is such an emotional process
to go though, never knowing if it’s
going to work.”
SOURCE: FERTILITY NETWORK UK
Third time lucky
‘I will be forever
grateful for Isaac’
EMMA ASTLEY from Hyde, Greater
Manchester, and her partner,
Stephen Dickson, had access to three
NHS-funded cycles of IVF from
Tameside and Glossop CCG.
“Having tried for a baby for a
long time, I needed intervention.
Without IVF I wouldn’t have my
son, Isaac, as I was infertile.
“It meant the world to myself
and Stephen that we were lucky
enough to access three cycles.
This was a relief both financially
and mentally as it was one less
thing to worry about for us. IVF
is stressful enough without the
worry of where the money will
come from.”
Ms Astley added: “After two
unsuccessful rounds, it was a
case of third time lucky. I’ll be
forever grateful that we got
that opportunity.”
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NEWS
SYRIA CRISIS
POLITICS
Prime Minister wins symbolic vote
on MPs’ consent for military action
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Theresa May won a comfortable victory in a symbolic vote at the end of a
second day of parliamentary clashes
following her decision to launch
British bombing raids on Syria.
Jeremy Corbyn accused her of
sidelining Parliament as he argued
for a War Powers Act requiring governments to win approval from MPs
before ordering military action.
But she retorted that British lives
would be jeopardised and national
security compromised if Parliament
was given a veto on armed intervention overseas.
Labour MPs were whipped to vote
against last night’s emergency motion – that “this House has consid-
Mortgages
you’ll feel at
home with
ered Parliament’s rights in relation
to the approval of military action by
British Forces” – even though it was
in Mr Corbyn’s name.
It was carried by 317 to 256 votes,
a majority of 61. Only 207 of Labour’s
259 MPs followed their leader’s instruction to vote against the motion,
reflecting tensions on the opposition
benches over his response to the
Syria crisis.
Opening the debate, Mr Corbyn
said the Prime Minister’s decision
not to recall Parliament ahead of
Saturday’s air strikes revealed “a
flagrant disregard” for the convention that MPs are consulted on
military action.
He said his proposed Act could
“specify at what point in decisionmaking processes MPs should be involved, as well as retaining the right
of ministers to act in an emergency
or in the country’s self-defence”.
Mr Corbyn was persistently
heckled by Tory MPs, with Andrew
Bridgen suggesting the Labour
leader would not authorise military action even if the Isle of Wight
were invaded.
Mrs May argued that coming
to the Commons before the Syria
bombing raids would have compromised the “effectiveness of our
operations and safety of British
servicemen and women”.
She said a War Powers Act would
mean smaller-scale and targeted
military action such as the strikes on
suspected chemical weapons sites in
Syria “would become unviable”.
Mrs May insisted that a “clear majority” of MPs believed the government had done the “right thing”.
She said: “I realise that for some in
this House, and especially for those
who have not had to do what I have to,
the attractive purity of a democratic
principle that Parliament should always decide may still appeal more
than the practice of how to ensure
an effective military operation
In 2011, the former Foreign
Secretary William Hague
backed giving MPs the right to
veto military action. Yesterday he
said he had changed his mind: “We
quite possibly made a mistake
when we did that.”
that delivers our national interest.”
The SNP’s Westminster leader, Ian
Blackford, said he “deeply regretted”
that MPs were the “only people that
haven’t had a voice”.
He said: “Nobody is talking about
compromising operational activity,
it’s about the principle of Parliament
giving its consent to military action.”
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Tories accused of trying to
manipulate Labour MPs
By Richard Wheeler
Intelligence and security briefings
on Syria have been used by the Government to manipulate Labour MPs,
the Commons has heard.
The SNP’s Stewart McDonald
claimed he was informed by several
sources that the Government had
been “selectively offering” briefings
by the Prime Minister’s national security adviser.
He added that they appear to
have been offered to Labour MPs
who are “sympathetic” to the
Government’s position.
The UK joined the US and France
in launching missile strikes on Syrian regime chemical warfare facilities after scores of people were
thought to have died in a suspected
chemical attack on the rebel-held
town of Douma.
Mr McDonald, raising a point of
order in the House of Commons,
said: “The Government is using intelligence briefings to manipulate
Parliament and to bolster its own
case for its behaviour on the opposition benches – not on security terms,
but on politics.”
Prime Minister Theresa May
later told an emergency debate:
“My understanding is that any intelligence briefings that have been
given have been given to Privy
Council members of this House and
all Privy Council members of this
House have been invited to attend
such briefings.”
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Analysis
The air strikes make no
difference; Assad has won
Kim
Sengupta
T
Members of
the European
Parliament
protest over war
in Syria yesterday
REUTERS
SYRIA
Chemical weapons inspectors reach Douma
By Joseph Charlton
International chemical weapons
inspectors yesterday reached the
Syrian town where a suspected
poison gas attack took place, days
after the United States, Britain
and France launched missile
strikes to punish Damascus for it.
Syrian state television reported
that the experts from the
Organisation for the Prohibition
of Chemical Weapons had entered
Douma, where Western countries
say scores of civilians sheltering
from bombs were gassed to death
on 7 April.
Controversially, journalists
accompanied by officials from the
Assad regime were admitted to
Douma a day before inspectors.
Seth Doane, a correspondent
for the US network CBS, gained
access to the alleged attack site in
Douma on Monday. He reported
speaking to residents of a building
where at least 30 bodies are
reported to have been found.
“All of a sudden some gas
spread around us,” one man said,
according to Doane’s CBS report.
“We couldn’t breathe, it smelled
like chlorine.”
Another resident, who said
many members of his family
were among those killed, showed
CBS a yellow gas canister that
appeared to have punched a hole
in the roof of the building. That
canister looked similar to others
photographed in the wake of other
alleged chlorine attacks.
A Swedish journalist also
visiting the building in Douma
reported, similarly, feeling a
discomfort in his throat and
smelling a strong odour as he
entered its basement.
France’s foreign ministry
yesterday said it is “very likely”
that proof has disappeared from
the location of the suspected
poison gas attack in Syria, adding
that it was essential international
inspectors be given full access
to the site.
“It is very likely that proof
and essential elements are
disappearing from this site,” the
foreign ministry said.
Douma A traumatised city
Civilians sheltering in Douma were allegedly gassed to death AFP/GETTY
The government-organised tour of
Douma on Monday revealed widespread destruction and traumatised
residents who recalled months spent
cowering in underground shelters
infested with lice, with barely any
food or water.
On an Associated Press tour of the
town, hundreds of people could be
seen waiting in long lines for their
turn to get pasta, vegetables and
bread from government trucks.
“This is the first time I will eat
wheat bread in years,” said Naim
Saqour, 18, after receiving a pack of
nine loaves. He said he and his family
had survived for months on olives and
small amounts of barley bread.
Bassem Mroue
he graves were red
mounds of earth, run
into each other by wind
and the rain. There was
a freshly dug set, one of them no
more than four-feet long. It was
of a little girl called Hania, the
youngest of a family of five who
were the most recent to die in
the village.
None of them were killed
by chemical weapons. The
deaths had been delivered by
conventional weapons: missiles,
fired from a Syrian regime
warplane – a fairly regular
occurrence in the area at the
time, adding to the lethal toll of
100,000 in the uprising which
had lasted for two and a half
years at the time.
This was in September 2013
in Aleppo province on the eve
of American air strikes due to
come after Bashar al-Assad had
crossed Barack Obama’s red line
by carrying out a chemical attack
on Ghouta. “The Americans
are going to bomb now because
of Ghouta? What about the
thousands that Bashar had
been killing, my family, so many
other families gone?” asked
Abdurahman al-Shibi, Hania’s
grandfather. But he was glad
something was being done at last.
There was high excitement
among opposition activists and
rebel fighters. The moderates
among them (there were still
quite a few at the time) believed
that the West had seen the
error of abandoning them and
a counter-offensive could be
launched not just against the
regime, but the extremists of
Jabhat al-Nusra and the newly
arrived Isis who were taking
over their revolution.
I recall Jamal Shamoun, a
young commander talking about
how the regime would be forced
to stop its barrel bombing;
foreign jihadists would be chased
out and a settlement reached
among Syrians. He would be able
to return to his former life as an
engineer in Aleppo. I tried to
warn against such expectations
– the air strikes were unlikely to
be followed by anything much
else. But they were convinced
that Western commitment would
change the tide of the conflict.
In the end, of course, there
were no Western air strikes.
The Obama administration
eagerly seized on a Russian
guarantee that Bashar al-Assad
would dispose of his chemical
arsenal. David Cameronhad lost
the Commons vote to authorise
military action. The French, who
had been as vocal about the need
to bomb as they have been this
time after the Douma attack,
prudently decided they would
not go ahead on their own.
The rebels felt betrayed by the
West once again. I recall Yusuf,
a fighter in Jamal’s group whose
father and brother had been
killed by regime forces, in tears
as he vowed to join Isis.
The airstrikes are unlikely to
stop Assad’s ability to carry out
chemical attacks on civilians.
The US military seem to accept
that. The Russians should be able
to persuade the regime to desist,
especially now it has almost won
the civil war. The only rebel-held
place of any note left to take back
is Idlib, where an assault is likely
later this year.
A new Western plan, led by
Emmanuel Macron, is being
formed for Idlib after the last air
strike: a supposed diplomatic
initiative to stop the regime’s
Russian- and Iranian-backed
operation from taking place.
Foreign minister Jean-Yves Le
Drion declared “France is ready
to work towards this… To begin
with a ceasefire which is really
respected this time. The one
blocking the process is Bashar
al-Assad himself, it’s up to Russia
to put pressure on him.”
The regime offensive, backed
by Russia, will almost certainly
go ahead. Syrian rebels in
Turkey show no great inclination
to join in the defence of Idlib –
where rival factions are fighting
each other – as they had done
in Aleppo. The announcement
of yet another Western plan is
greeted with derision by Jamal
and his friends. They had seen
it all before. The killings, they
say, with or without chemical
weapons, will continue.
THE INDEPENDENT
MILITARY
Armed Forces
‘understaffed
by 5.7 per cent’
By Georgina Stubbs
Britain’s Armed Forces are significantly understaffed in critical areas such as intelligence
and engineering, Whitehall’s
spending watchdog has warned.
A report published by the National Audit Office (NAO) states
that as of January this year the
country’s full-time military was
operating at 5.7 per cent below
the current target.
With more than 8,200 regulars needed to meet the requirement, the NAO highlighted how
this is the “largest gap in a decade”. The NAO stressed that
there are “much larger shortfalls in critical skills”.
A MoD spokesman said recruiting and retaining talent is
a “top priority”.
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NEWS
SYRIA CRISIS
INVESTIGATION
Poison used on Skripals ‘was in liquid form’
By Henry Vaughan
The nerve agent used to attack the
former Russian double agent Sergei
Skripal and his daughter was delivered in a “liquid form”, the Department for Environment, Food and
Rural Affairs (Defra) has said.
Only a “very small amount” of
the deadly Novichok substance was
used against Mr Skripal, 66, and
33-year-old Yulia, it is understood.
The highest concentration was
found at Mr Skripal’s home on the
outskirts of Salisbury, with eight
other areas across the city potentially contaminated.
A Defra spokesman said: “In this
instance, direct contact is required
for a person to be poisoned. Only a
small proportion of the material is
transferred in each contact and the
substance is diluted in each secondary or tertiary contact. The class of
nerve agent does not produce significant vapour or gas and can only be
moved between sites by direct transfer from a contaminated person or
by moving a contaminated item.”
Asked what form the nerve agent
was in, the spokesman said: “It’s in a
liquid form.”
Work is set to begin to decontami-
nate nine locations experts either
know or believe to be contaminated.
A multimillion-pound operation,
involving around 190 specialist military personnel, is expected to start
in the coming days, with the process
lasting months.
It will first focus on two areas near
Bourne Hill police station and two
ambulance stations.
The Mill pub and Mr Skripal’s
home, which are still part of the police investigation, will be the last to
be cleaned.
Public Health England
assured resident the risk
to the general public remains low
and that Salisbury remains safe
for visitors and residents.
DIPLOMACY
Saudi Arabia ‘prepared
to send troops into Syria’
By Sarah Dadouch and
Aziz el Yaakoubi
Saudi Arabia would be prepared
to send troops into Syria as part
of a US-led coalition, a minister
said yesterday.
“We are in discussion with the US
and have been since the beginning of
the Syrian crisis about sending forces
into Syria,” the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said in Riyadh.
He said Riyadh had expressed its
readiness while Barack Obama was
US President to send ground forces
into Syria if the US were to add an onthe-ground component to the US-led
coalition fighting Isis insurgents.
Mr Jubeir was responding to a
question about a Wall Street Journal
report that the administration of US
President Donald Trump is seeking
to assemble an Arab force to replace
the US military contingent in Syria.
“There are discussions regarding...
what kind of force needs to remain
in eastern Syria and where that force
would come from, and those discussions are ongoing,” Mr Jubeir said.
Mr Trump wants to bring US
troops home from Syria but has
not set a timeline, the White House
spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said
on Monday, two days after Western
allies bombed Syrian targets over a
suspected chemical weapons attack.
Riyadh has suggested it could help
counter-terrorism operations as part
of a wider Muslim alliance. About 40
Muslim-majority nations met in Riyadh at the end of November to flesh out
details of an alliance first conceived
two years ago that is widely seen as
a vehicle for countering the growing influence of Riyadh’s rival Iran.
REUTERS
Foreign
Minister Adel
al-Jubeir said
Saudi Arabia
is considering
sending troops
into Syria
REUTERS
UNITED STATES
Syrian refugee numbers plummet
By Alexandra Villarreal
The number of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States after
fleeing their war-torn homeland has
plummeted to just 44 since October
– down from around 6,000 in the
same period a year ago, according to
the Refugee Processing Centre, run
by the US State Department.
The US has scaled back its resettlement programme under the
Trump administration. It has wel-
comed more than 20,000 Syrian refugees since 2011, including around 2,000
since Donald Trump took office. Since
November, however, only 11 Syrian
refugees have been admitted.
The decline coincides with Mr
Trump’s stricter security protocols for
refugees. An executive order from last
October imposed restrictions on refugees whom the administration decided
warranted extra screening. It is believed the new procedures affect people from 11 countries, including Syria.
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11
HEALTH
UK ‘world
leader’ in
legal cocaine
and heroin
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Sir Cliff Richard
arrives at the High
Court yesterday
KIRSTY O’CONNOR/PA
It was ‘brilliant but bonkers’: BBC
reporter on raid at Sir Cliff’s flat
By Brian Farmer
A BBC reporter who covered a
South Yorkshire Police search of Sir
Cliff Richard’s home texted a police
press officer about a “bonkers but
brilliant” day, a High Court judge has
been told.
The press officer replied saying
she was getting “lots of grief from
the media” because “everyone
thinks we tipped you off”.
Details of the text conversation
between journalist Dan Johnson
and Carrie Goodwin, head of corporate communications at South Yorkshire Police, emerged as Mr Justice
Mann analysed evidence during the
latest stage of a High Court case
in London.
A barrister leading the BBC’s legal
team outlined the message exchange
as he questioned Ms Goodwin.
Gavin Millar QC, said Ms Goodwin
had texted Mr Johnson a few hours
after South Yorkshire Police officers travelled to carry out a search,
and after the BBC broadcast, to ask
how the day had gone. Mr Johnson
had texted back saying “bonkers but
brilliant”, the court was told.
Mr Millar suggested that the force
had gone “out of its way” to enable
the BBC journalists to report the
search in the way they wanted. Ms
Goodwin denied the suggestion.
During the hearing Gloria Hunniford has told how Sir Cliff seemed
“broken” following the BBC coverage of the police raid.
The television and radio presenter
told Mr Justice Mann that she “en-
countered” a “real emotional and
mental change” in the singer after
he had watched the police searching
his apartment in Sunningdale, Berkshire, nearly four years ago.
Her concerns were outlined in a
witness statement given to the judge
during the trial.
Sir Cliff has taken legal action over
BBC coverage of the police search,
which was staged after a sex assault
allegation, in August 2015, and wants
damages at the “top end” of the scale.
He says the coverage was a “very serious invasion” of his privacy.
The BBC disputes his claims, saying coverage of the search was accurate and done in good faith.
Ms Hunniford said she had
watched the broadcast. “I could not
believe what I was seeing,” she said.
“I was immediately very concerned
for [Sir Cliff]. He is a gentle and kind
soul and I was extremely worried
about how he would be reacting.”
She said her fears were wellfounded. “He seemed utterly
distraught that the search and allegations against him had been broadcast so widely around the world, and
about what everyone must be thinking about him,” she said.
More recently Sir Cliff,
who is 77, seemed more
like his “old self” but he “still
couldn’t stop talking about
how violated and betrayed he
felt”, Ms Hunniford wrote in a
witness statement.
ENVIRONMENT
AUSTRALIA
Sporting events ‘can lead the
way in war on plastic waste’
Oliver’s Italian branches sold off
By Thomas Hornall
The immense influence of sport
should be harnessed in the global
fight to eradicate ocean-toxifying
plastic waste, the Environment Secretary has said.
Leaders from Premier League
football, swimming and ocean sailing will meet Michael Gove today to
discuss ways of reducing waste at
mass sporting events.
High-profile sporting events often
generate up to 750,000 plastic bottles and seven tonnes of waste, the
Department for Environment, Food
and Rural Affairs (Defra) said. It
pointed to the example of this year’s
Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast where it said plastic
balloons were banned and water refills introduced.
The introduction by Twickenham
Stadium in south London of a deposit return scheme, with rugby union
fans paying an extra £1 for a cup and
getting it back upon its return, is an
example for the industry, Defra said.
Bill Bush, Premier League executive director, said: “Pollution affects
us all and our fans expect us to do
what we can to tackle this threat.”
By Helen Cahill
Jamie Oliver is facing more upheaval at his restaurant empire after the
celebrity chef was forced to put
his Canberra restaurant into
administration, leading
to the likely loss of more
than 40 jobs.
In addition, he has
offloaded five of his
Jamie’s Italian restaurants in Australia to
Hallmark Group.
Oliver (inset) bought back
his restaurants in Australia in 2016
when their previous owner, Keystone
Group, went into administration.
Keystone was hit by a change in
alcohol-licensing laws designed to
reduce night-time drinking in Sydney and elsewhere.
A note on the door of the restaurant thanked staff for their
support, with the sign-off
reading: “Big Love Mr O
xxx.” A spokesman for
Jamie’s Italian said the
message was not left by
Oliver himself.
Ben Shaughnessy,
chief operating officer for
the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group, said: “Australia
has and continues to be one of our
best-performing international markets and... we are pleased to be partnering with Hallmark.”
The UK is the world’s biggest exporter of legal cocaine and heroin for
medical use, according to a report.
It is also the world’s largest importer and consumer of legal cocaine, as
well as the biggest manufacturer of
heroin for medicinal purposes, the
UN’s International Narcotics Control
Board has revealed.
The UK imported 330kg, exported
56kg and consumed 90kg of legal
cocaine for medical use in 2016, the
latest figures show. It now accounts
for 86 per cent of global legal cocaine
imports. Some 627kg of heroin was
manufactured here, more than half
the global total of 1.1 tonnes. The UK
was also the largest exporter of legal
heroin during 2016: exporting 534.5
kg, 84.9 per cent of the global total.
In the UK, heroin is is processed
into what is called an “active pharmaceutical ingredient”. Cocaine and
its derivatives are still popular local
anaesthetics in some countries for
ear, nose and throat operations.
Steve Rolles, senior policy analyst
at Transform, the drug policy and law
reform charity which supports the
legalisation of drugs, said: “We know
what effective regulation looks like
– we only have to look at our worldbeating legal industry.”
CULTURE
Tate tries to get
more young at art
with £5 tickets
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
The Tate will offer £5 tickets for
its most popular shows to 16 to
25-year-olds after admitting that its
blockbuster exhibitions are now too
expensive for many young people.
From today, younger art lovers
from around the world can take advantage of the discounted tickets.
Adult tickets for Tate Modern’s
current Picasso 1932 exhibition cost
£22. At present, between six and 10
per cent of visitors to its paid-for exhibitions are under 25, Tate director
Maria Balshaw said.
“There are affordability issues,”
she admitted. “Larger exhibitions are
more expensive to make – and have a
higher ticket price.”
Young people who join the Tate Collective free membership scheme will
qualify for the £5 tickets and be able
to bring up to three friends under 25
to shows, for the same price. Young
members will also get discounts in
Tate’s cafés and shops.
The proportion of under-25s who
come to the gallery’s popular monthly
Uniqlo Tate Lates events, which are
free, is often about 50 per cent.
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By Rhiannon Williams
Government
to challenge
Continuity
Bill in court
‘More than 87 million Facebook
users were affected in data scandal’
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
A whistle-blower has said she believes the number of Facebook users
whose data was harvested by Cambridge Analytica and other unrelated firms is “much greater” than the
87 million previously thought.
Brittany Kaiser, former business
director at the British consultancy
firm, gave evidence to the Digital,
Culture, Media and Sport Committee as part of its inquiry into fake
news and the misuse of user data in
the scandal.
The company has been accused of
wrongly accessing users’ data in an
effort to sway international elections,
including the 2016 US presidential
election and the Brexit referendum.
Christopher Wylie, a whistle-blower who spoke out about Cambridge
Analytica’s data harvesting practices
last month, initially said the number
of affected Facebook users was believed to be around 50 million. Facebook later admitted the number was
likely to reach 87 million.
Ms Kaiser said the number of affected users was likely to be much
Cambridge Analytica held
several “negotiation”
meetings with the SNP, Ms Kaiser
claimed. The SNP denied working
with the company and said there
was only one meeting..
By Chris Green
Ex-Cambridge
Analytica director
Brittany Kaiser
gives evidence
to a committee
yesterday PA
greater, as she was aware of a “wide
range of surveys” conducted by Cambridge Analytica or its partners via
a Facebook log in, including a “sex
compass quiz”.
Damian Collins, chairman of the
committee, asked if the purpose
of the survey was “to gather this
information and that by completing it
with your Facebook login, Cambridge
Analytica also gets access to
your data?”
Ms Kaiser replied: “I believe that
was the point of the quizzes, yes.”
SCOTLAND EDITOR
Ms Kaiser also told MPs that Cambridge Analytica was asked by Arron
Banks, co-founder of Leave.EU, to
create a strategy for the campaign, as
well as for Ukip and Banks’ insurance
business Eldon Insurance.
A communications plan was created for Leave.EU using Ukip’s membership data, she added, saying a
bill for £41,500 went unpaid by Mr
Banks, and that the move was not reported to the Electoral Commission.
“In hindsight, I now think that
there is reason to believe that mis-
use of data was rife amongst the
businesses and campaigns of Arron
Banks,” she continued.
“If the personal data of UK citizens
who just wanted to buy car insurance
was used by GoSkippy and Eldon Insurance for political purposes, people
clearly did not opt in for their data to
be used in this way by Leave.EU. I
have similar concerns about whether Ukip members consented to the
use of their data.”
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MEDIA
Pro-Brexit campaigner admits to using ‘outrageous’ Trump tactics
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
A pro-Brexit campaigner has praised
the “very clever” propaganda techniques of the Nazis, a tape recording
of private comments has revealed.
Andy Wigmore also acknowledged that the Leave.EU group deliberately deployed “outrageous”
and “provocative” tactics borrowed
from Donald Trump to keep immigration at the heart of the 2016
referendum campaign.
Mr Wigmore was the communications director for Leave.EU campaign, which was endorsed by former
Ukip leader Nigel Farage and funded
by businessman Arron Banks.
Damian Collins, chairman of the
Commons Digital, Culture, Media
and Sport Committee, which is con-
ducting an inquiry into “fake news”,
said people would be “very frightened” by the remarks.
In interview recordings Mr Wigmore can be heard discussing Leave.
EU’s contacts with the controversial
company Cambridge Analytica.
Mr Wigmore told Essex University researcher Emma Briant: “The
propaganda machine of the Nazis,
for instance – you take away all the
hideous horror and that kind of stuff,
it was very clever, the way they managed to do what they did.”
He added that Leave.EU “completely” copied Mr Trump’s technique of making controversial
comments. “The only way we were
going to make a noise was to follow
the Trump doctrine, which was, the
more outrageous we are, the more
attention we’ll get.”
The UK Government has been accused of trying to “put Scotland
back in its box” after launching
an unprecedented legal challenge
against its emergency Brexit legislation in the Supreme Court.
The Attorney General and the
Advocate General jointly referred
the Continuity Bill to the country’s
highest court yesterday, 24 hours
before the deadline for lodging
a challenge.
The Supreme Court justices
will now have to rule on whether
the legislation is constitutional
and lies within Scotland’s powers.
If they decide it is not, it could be
struck down as unlawful.
The Continuity Bill, which
was designed to plug any gaps in
Scottish laws on the
day of Brexit, was
passed by MSPs
at the Scottish
Parliament last
month as talks
between the
t w o go v e r n ments stalled.
Scottish ministers pushed ahead
with the Bill against
the advice of Presiding Officer
(PO) Ken Macintosh (inset), who
said he believed the Bill was outside Holyrood’s remit after taking
legal advice.
It is the first time the Scottish
Government has proceeded with
a Bill against the advice of the PO,
and Government legislation being
directly referred to the Supreme
Court is also unprecedented.
The Attorney General, Jeremy
Wright QC, said the Bill risked creating “serious legal uncertainty
for individuals and businesses as
we leave the EU”.
SNP MSP Ivan McKee described the court action as the
“latest cynical attempt by Westminster to put Scotland back in
its box”.
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from the French (6)
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WINDRUSH
SCANDAL
ATTACK ON
SYRIA
ENOCH
POWELL
TRUMP’S
FUTURE
NON-TOUCH
PACKAGING
COMEY’S
NEW BOOK
Immigration
system is
broken
No lasting
damage
to Assad
A politician
who will not
be forgotten
President
keeps making
the rich richer
Don’t want to
touch meat?
Don’t eat it
Do his
opinions
really matter?
Daily Telegraph
The Times
The Guardian
EveningStandard
WashingtonPost
Daily Mirror
The abuse of the
Windrush generation
is a national scandal
and heart-breaking.
Home Secretary
Amber Rudd’s apology
is no substitute for
repairing the damage
inflicted by a Tory
government which
was, at times, guilty of
playing the vile race
card. (Editorial)
Daily Express
What kind of
immigration system
invites in an Islamic
State terrorist who lied
about his age while at
the same time trying
to expel residents
who have since spent
decades working
hard and paying their
taxes? The answer,
depressingly, is our
own. (Editorial)
Corbyn’s objective is
not to codify the rules
for taking military
action but to come
close to preventing
it ever happening at
all; not a vigorous
Parliament but an
impotent Western
world. He is unwilling
to defend the West
and its norms
of behaviour.
(William Hague)
Enoch Powell is not
in danger of being
forgotten. Similarly
meaningless, when
a well-known
controversialist has
half a million Twitter
followers, is the
idea that removing
them from any one
particular university
debate denies them
free speech.
(Hugo Rifkind)
He helped make the
rich richer. It seems
that, as long as Trump
keeps enriching the
powerful, he has carte
blanche to do as he
likes. As has become
clear, constitutional
checks and balances
are nothing compared
to cheques and
bank balances.
(Arwa Mahdawi)
Los Angeles Times
Financial Times
Democrats have been
warning for months
that firing special
counsel Robert
Mueller would be a
point of no return for
Trump. What these
predictions lack is any
attempt to explain
precisely the series
of events that would
be Trump’s formal
undoing. (Jim Newall)
Some have said that
the campaign didn’t
go far enough, and
I’m sympathetic
to that argument.
Empty buildings
are useful targets
to show symbolic
disapproval, but they
didn’t do damage to the
Assad regime.
(Jonah Goldberg)
Quote of
the day
Britain has proved
Powell’s apocalyptic
fears of ethnic civil
war wrong. Yet tens
of thousands of those
who arrived in the
United Kingdom
as Commonwealth
migrants before 1971
now fear deportation
in 2018.
(Sunder Katwala)
Slate
This is more than
just another case
of millennial
snowflakery.
It is a symptom of
a world in which
consumers are ever
more removed from
the origins of what
they buy, use and
eat. And this is not a
phenomenon limited
to the food chain.
Who stitched your
T-shirt, and how were
they rewarded for
their labour?
(Dan Jones)
Metro
Many of us find the
feel of raw meat just
too close to the real
thing for comfort. But
if we aren’t prepared to
touch it, should we be
comfortable eating it?
(Miranda Larbi)
It’s not a surprise that
news outlets would
pick up on the most
dramatic pieces of what
Comey writes.
But his opinions
are just that, opinions.
Everybody has opinions. I may agree with
Comey that Trump
is morally unfit to be
President, but that
doesn’t mean it’s
particularly important
that he thinks so.
(Paul Waldman)
Rolling Stone
The only reason we’re
all reading this story
is because of Trump,
who is mentioned
only late in the book
but whose presence
looms on nearly every
page. It’s obviously a
hurried project.
(Garrett M Graff)
LifeInBrief
MILOS FORMAN FILM-MAKER
I must confess
I was a little
bit grumpy...
in PG
Wodehouse
terms, far
from being
gruntled
Jacob Rees-Mogg
The Tory MP reacts
to being stopped and
searched by police
in London
Milos Forman was the Czech-born
film-maker who left his homeland in the
1960s and became a two-time Oscarwinner as the director of One Flew Over
the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus.
Forman, who has died aged 86, made
several acclaimed films in the 1960s
in his native Czechoslovakia before
settling in the United States after the
1968 Soviet crackdown ended the brief
period of cultural flowering known as
Prague Spring. He was born in Caslav,
Czechoslovakia. His father was a
teacher, his mother a homemaker.
His father was jailed during the
Second World War for distributing
subversive literature, and his mother
was seized soon afterward. Both
parents were nominally Christian but
died in Nazi concentration camps.
Forman graduated from the
Academy of Performing Arts in Prague,
in 1954, where one of his teachers
was the writer Milan Kundera, and he
completed his first feature-length film,
Black Peter, in 1963. His next film, 1964’s
Loves of a Blonde, received acclaim at
international film festivals.
Forman’s next film, The Firemen’s
Ball (1967), included a scene of a house
burning down while the firefighters are
celebrating at a retirement party. The
film was banned in Czechoslovakia, and
Forman was forced to apologise to the
country’s firefighters.
He was struggling to make a living,
with only one US film to his credit –
the box-office bomb Taking Off (1971)
– when he was chosen by producers
Saul Zaentz and Michael Douglas to
direct Cuckoo’s Nest. It was based on Ken
Kesey’s novel, a touchstone of the 1960s
counterculture, about a rebellious
gadfly’s efforts to survive inside a
prison-like mental hospital. It was
filmed at a state psychiatric hospital in
Oregon, with Jack Nicholson in the lead
role as Randle P McMurphy.
When the film was released in 1975,
it was a critical and popular success,
winning five Academy Awards,
including best picture and best director.
With Amadeus (1984), he ventured
into the world of 18th-century classical
music, reshaping Peter Shaffer’s play as
a psychological exploration of genius
and jealousy.
In the film, Forman drew remarkable
performances from the two central
characters, played by two relatively
unknown actors, Tom Hulce as Mozart
and F Murray Abraham as Salieri.
Amadeus swept the 1985 Academy
Awards, taking eight Oscars in all,
including best picture, best actor
(Abraham) and Forman’s second award
as best director.
He had been allowed to return
to Czechoslovakia – still under
Communist control at the time - only
if he didn’t seek out his old friends
among the dissidents. But the symbolic
importance of the native’s triumphant
return could not be escaped. Even
members of Czech security forces got
jobs as extras in Amadeus. “The people
considered it a victory for me,” Forman
said in 2002, “that the authorities had to
bow to the almighty dollar and let the
traitor back.” THE WASHINGTON POST
Born 18 February 1932
Died 13 April 2018
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Amber Rudd and her impossible boss
The Home Secretary must emerge from shadow of controlling May
Amber Rudd
needs to put
her stamp on
the Home Office
which Theresa
May ran for six
years GETTY
“I
t’s like when you’ve sold a
house and you meet the
new owner and you say,
‘Oh but you’ve turned
the blue room red. Did
you think that was a good
idea?’ She does a little bit of that.”
This was how Amber Rudd
summed up being Theresa May’s
Home Secretary in a recent
interview, a job almost as difficult as
being Gordon Brown’s Chancellor.
May remains inordinately proud of
her Home Office record and would,
as Rudd acknowledged, raise an
eyebrow at any deviation from it.
But Rudd must now be wishing
that she had knocked down the
wall, converted the basement
and put in some skylights. For
carrying on with May’s controlling
approach has come close to ending
Rudd’s career with the unfolding
Windrush scandal.
The reason the Government
is in crisis over immigration,
with the Home Office having to
admit it doesn’t know if anyone
has been wrongfully deported
and newspapers from the Daily
Mail to The Guardian slating it for
incompetence, is down in large part
to the sitting Prime Minister.
The “hostile environment” May
introduced for illegal immigrants
has caught legal, long-standing
West Indian immigrants to Britain
in its net. These people have the
right to stay in the country but
weren’t automatically sent the
documents stating that; meaning
they are struggling to meet the
onerous test that May introduced.
As Home Secretary, May
compounded this problem
by not including in her 2014
Immigration Act a previous clause
that protected longstanding
Commonwealth residents of the UK
from deportation.
It’s a sorry state of affairs, but
unfortunately one that fits into a
pattern. During Theresa May’s time
in politics, the view that she appears
to have held the strongest is that
immigration must be cut. At times
the measures she wishes to use to
do this stop just short of draconian.
Rudd cannot
properly defend
herself, as to do
so would be to
turn on her boss
She still wants immigration reduced
to the tens of thousands – a target
few others in the Cabinet back.
But Rudd cannot point all this
out: blaming the Prime Minister
wouldn’t go down well with No 10.
The nearest she has got to hinting
at the problem is a statement in
the Commons on Monday in which
she suggested the “Home Office
has become too concerned with
policy and sometimes loses sight
of individuals”.
Critics were quick to point out
that if the problem is the Home
Office, then logically it is the
Home Secretary’s responsibility.
But in Rudd’s house, the living
arrangement isn’t so simple. With
Rudd being treated more like a
tenant than an owner, she finds
herself having to abide by policies
inherited from her predecessor
– whether or not she agrees with
them. Rudd is now in a difficult
situation where she cannot properly
defend herself, as to do so would be
to turn on her boss.
As May’s hand-picked Home
Secretary, Rudd sees it as her job
to implement and defend these
policies. Just as Rudd has found
herself in the line of fire this week,
she also received flak for the
consequences of May’s decision
to attack the police’s use of stop
and search. Or take the Home
Secretary’s speech at the 2016
Conservative party conference –
her first as Home Secretary under
May – when she struck such a hard
line calling for tougher rules on
foreign workers that her speech
was reported as a “hate incident” to
West Midlands Police. Allies barely
recognised the woman on stage.
It’s a recurring theme: Rudd
taking May’s lead. What makes it
particularly peculiar is that within
the Tory parliamentary party the
pair sit at opposite ends of the
political spectrum. Behind closed
doors, Rudd is a leading light on
the liberal conservative wing – and
widely touted as the Cameron
candidate in the next leadership
contest. Meanwhile, May’s
approach to immigration puts her
in a hardline minority.
With May as her boss, Rudd
repeatedly puts her true politics
aside to toe the Government line.
This approach might have been
understandable, if not praiseworthy,
when May was all powerful and
accompanied by her two uberaggressive chiefs of staff, Fiona Hill
and Nick Timothy, who had been
with May in the Home Office.
But with May’s authority much
diminished after the election, Rudd
should have taken the opportunity
to give the Home Office her own lick
of paint.
She should have become the
voice for the kind of sensible,
liberal immigration policies that
she genuinely believes in. If Rudd
needs inspiration, just look at
how Jeremy Hunt is behaving as
Health Secretary after his refusal
to move in the reshuffle has seen his
department expanded and extra
money promised for it.
Rudd’s allies suggest that she
adopt the same kind of approach.
Continuing on May’s path has
not only created problems on
a day-to-day basis but put a
dampener on any plans to pitch
herself as the leadership candidate
of the party’s liberal wing when
May goes. Incidents such as
Windrush will be remembered by
MPs – and the public.
This is why Rudd must carry
some blame, too, for recent events.
She shouldn’t accept being treated
as a tenant any more. Rudd can
paint the living room whatever
colour she likes, she just needs to
summon the courage to do so.
Katy Balls is political correspondent
at The Spectator
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AND EMAILS
Post wrapped in
plastic is wrong
I find it an insult to injury
when junk mail arrives
wrapped in plastic. And
I am sure that national
newspapers – especially
Sundays – do not need
to shrink-wrap all their
supplements in plastic.
AMANDA TAYLOR
CLIFTON, BRISTOL
Windrush
scandal
After Mrs May’s
inglorious stint at the
Home Office, with its
intimidatory “Go Home”
poster vans and habitual
pandering to antiimmigrant sentiments,
few will believe that
the latest clampdown
and deportations
are some kind of
unfortunate error.
The Windrush
generation contributed
massively to the
post-war reconstruction
of Britain and they
deserve medals,
not oppression.
Our Government’s
behaviour has been
truly disgusting.
T HEWITT
COLCHESTER
Speech was
a disgrace
Having read Yasmin
Alibhai-Brown’s
excellent piece
regarding Enoch Powell’s
“Rivers of blood” speech
(i 17 April), it was with
shame and disbelief
that I then read that Neil
Hamilton (Ukip leader in
the National Assembly
for Wales) had used a
speech in our Senedd to
claim that Powell “had
been proved right”.
Even for a professional
controversialist such as
Hamilton, for anyone
to use a national,
representative body to
propound race hate is
to exceed the accepted
bounds of civil and
political discourse.
The hope is that
Senedd elected members
and officers will censure
Hamilton for this
disgraceful speech.
TIM DAY
CARMARTHENSHIRE
If you want a cycle
in Copenhagen
just shout “that’s
my bike” GETTY
An easy trick to
acquire a bike
Your report on bicycle
theft (i 17 April)
reminded me of how
to obtain a bike when
I lived in Copenhagen.
Stand at some traffic
lights until a collection
of cyclists arrives and
then shout “that’s my
bike”. All the cyclists will
drop their bikes and run,
thus allowing you to take
your pick.
STEVE GLASS
ULVERSTON, CUMBRIA
Why milk is
the culprit
Vape in your
own home
So Sam Leith has been
caught red handed
having a cheeky (and
illegal) vape in a public
space and, like the
proverbial naughty
schoolboy caught behind
the bike sheds, tries to
shift the culpability on to
the petty bureaucracy of
society (i, 17 April).
Technically, he
was in the wrong, so
I’m not sure that the
episode even warrants
a newspaper article.
However, as he is so
indignant at being
caught and reprimanded,
maybe he should keep
his bedtime kinks and his
vaping at home where
they belong and can
harm no one.
The two could be
combined to allow
him the extra time
to write something
more interesting.
DAVID ROBERTS
LONDON
Don’t hand
Russia the keys
UK security chiefs have
warned that British
families’ computers have
been targeted by Russia
potentially paving the
way for a devastating
cyber-attack on banks,
water supplies, energy
networks, emergency
17 April). Might one ask
firstly how many trees he
has actually planted and
how many governments
he has convinced to
set aside large areas
for forest?
PAUL MARSTON
PRESTON, LANCASHIRE
services and even the
armed forces.
Yet another reason
to refuse a smart meter
which has an embedded
computer chip.
CLARK CROSS
LINLITHGOW
Mail should be
a monopoly
To reduce road traffic
and thus energy use,
and to protect universal
mainland UK daily
delivery, I argue that
we should restore the
Royal Mail’s monopoly,
and its ownership to Her
Majesty, the Queen.
What does anyone
else think?
TIM BARTLETT
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
Plight of NHS
cleaners
In response to the article
regarding hospital
cleaners (i, 17 April)
it’s worth noting that
NHS England no longer
employs cleaners and
hasn’t done so for years.
As a cost-saving
exercise cleaning
services have been
sub-contracted out. As
a result, cleaners often
now have zero-hour
contracts on minimum
wage with no job
security. It is interesting
to note that since this
happened there has been
a considerable increase
in hospital infections.
Having spoken often
to cleaning staff I’ve been
told that the amount of
time they are allocated
to clean different areas
does not allow them
enough time. Previously
staff were employed in
the same way as all other
NHS employees and took
pride in their work.
PENNY STEVENS
CORNWALL
discussing trans
subjects. It is the way
they are talked about
that they object to. All
trans people want is to
be accepted for who they
are. Unfortunately, a lot
of people on Mumsnet
treat them as inferior
and some of it borders on
hate speech.
If how some people
treat trans people was
directed at black people
or Muslims the website
would be shut down.
EMILY JULES
NORTH YORKSHIRE
It’s about how
you say it
Show a bit of
respect, please
Roger Slater (Your View,
17 April) is mistaken
about trans people
and Mumsnet. I would
suggest he actually
talks to someone who
is trans and gets to
know the struggles they
go through.
Trans people do
not object to people
Having enjoyed
the television
programme in which
two highly respected
nonagenerians, David
Attenborough and the
Queen talked about
her worldwide forest
programme, I then read
the review by the easily
bored Michael Day (i,
It is highly
commendable that
many environmentally
conscientious people
are thinking up ways of
cutting down on plastic
waste, (Your View,
17 April).
The agonising death
that our marine life
suffers is down to human
greed and ignorance.
However, changing one
milk product for another
in order to eliminate
the plastic bottle used
to transport liquid milk,
doesn’t eliminate one
of the most tragic and
scandalous wastages
of all time... that of the
millions of perfect calves
slaughtered in order
that we can enjoy their
mother’s milk.
JILL DEANE
KENDAL,
CUMBRIA
Getting away
with it
That record-breaking
fine for Ant McPartlin
begs the question: why
do other drink drivers
who try to get away from
the police by driving at
over 90mph through
towns and built up areas
usually with no licence,
no insurance and a
stolen vehicle get away
with a couple of quid fine
and a slap on the wrist?
H A LARTER
IPSWICH
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‘Gavin and
Stacey’ fans
Gavin and Stacey fans will
have their hearts warmed by
the news that Ruth Jones and
James Corden (below) recently
met up to reminisce about their
characters in the BBC comedy.
Jones said during an
appearance on Lorraine that
she and Corden, who now lives
in LA, imagined what Nessa
and Smithy’s child would look
like now.
“James Corden and I were
talking about the characters
and we said we think Neil, [the
baby], is about 11-years-old,”
Jones said. “Nessa is probably
training him down the slots on
how to fix the slot machines
and penny sliders.”
Jones didn’t, however,
confirm if a reunion of the
show, which ended in 2010,
had been discussed, although
Corden said last year that it
was something they thought
about often.
“I think if we did [a
reunion], we’d try and do it
secretly, without any sort of
announcement, and just see if
we can find a story, or if there’s
even time,” Corden said.
“I mean, [Ruth is] so busy and
obviously I live over there. So,
who knows.”
Watch this space.
Harry’s Africa honeymoon
Prince Harry and Meghan
Markle are said to have
chosen Namibia as their
honeymoon destination.
The couple got engaged
in Botswana, and want to
return to Africa once they
are married next month –
An ocean of female talent
Cate Blanchett hopes her
forthcoming all-female
heist movie Ocean’s 8,
(above) will open the
floodgates for more
films with women in the
leading roles.
Blanchett (inset)
appears in the film
alongside (main, from left)
Sandra Bullock, Rihanna,
Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina
Helena Bonham Carter,
Anne Hathaway and
Sarah Paulson in the
spin-off of the Ocean’s
Eleven film series, due in
cinemas in June.
She said of filming with
the female cast: “It’s funny
because you don’t worry
about what you’re missing
until you experience
it. Something that all
of us were saying is
that an all-female
starring cast is
so rare.
“You get maybe
one, two or three
of you – but to get
eight of you that
have all got really
interesting roles
all playing off one
another is very rare.
It’s happened to me in
the theatre a little bit,
but it’s never happened
to me before in film. So
it’s hopefully to be
oft repeated.”
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Up
Bakehuff
“I really miss Mary Berry.
I feel like when the Spice
Girls broke up we were,
like, ready, but ‘Bake
Off’ wasn’t even
thinking about
peaking yet.
They just wet
blanketed
us in such an
unceremonious
fashion.” Jonathan
Van Ness, star of Netflix
show “Queer Eye”, on “The
Great British Bake Off”.
it’s thought they could visit
the Hoanib Valley Camp
near the Skeleton Coast
(sounds romantic).
Hopefully they can avoid
Donald Trump’s gaffe
and refrain from calling
it Nambia.
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“You have to try and
empathise... understand
why people often want
to damage other people
is because they’re
damaged themselves.”
Benedict Cumberbatch
gives advice on bullying.
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the amount per week
earned by Ant McPartlin.
McPartlin was fined
£86,000 on Monday after
he pleaded guilty to drink
driving – less than a
week’s wages.
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doesn’t directly keep a database
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biometric data without prior notice
or consent in the violation of their
privacy rights.” Facebook denies
all wrongdoing.
Under the Illinois Biometric
Information Privacy Act of 2008,
Facebook could be fined between
$1,000 and $5,000 each time a
person’s image is used without their
consent. Consent, incidentally, is
also the key factor in the Cambridge
Analytica scandal.
The tide appears to be turning
on murky data collection practices,
which may be buried somewhere in
the terms and conditions but which
require users to opt out rather
than opt in. Cambridge Analytica
coupled with the forthcoming
GDPR (General Data Protection
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individuals control of their personal
data, not organisations) is triggering
a complete shift in how companies
such as Facebook and Google handle
your information.
While privacy advocates and a
handful of tech experts have been
banging the data protection and
privacy drum for years, real change
only ever comes when the tech
giants feel pressured into making it
– through fear of losing money, users
and public face. Perhaps now they’ll
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It is said an Englishman’s home
is his castle. And that has come to
apply to the various other “castles”
owned by landlords.
But in Germany, Article 14 of the
Federal Republic’s constitution
states: “Property entails obligations.
Its use shall also serve the
public good.” The landlord is
not the tenant’s monarch,
but the tenant’s servant.
A report by the
Resolution Foundation
estimates that,
if current trends
of declining home
ownership continue, up to
a third of millennials will be
“cradle-to-grave” renters.
Perhaps Theresa May’s latest
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an expansion in the supply of new
homes that the ownership rate will
return to the heights of a decade ago.
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similar promises is not encouraging.
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rates and tighter financial controls
on how much people can borrow
to purchase homes, there are
grounds to be sceptical about how
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But must it? In Germany, the
proportion of the population who
own their own home is just 52 per
cent. The rest rent. And, for the
most part, they rent happily.
While most private renters in
the UK aspire to buy, their German
counterparts mostly do not. Why
the difference? The answer largely
lies in Germany’s guarantees of
tenants’ rights.
Indeterminate tenancy
leases in the German
private rental sector
are the norm. That
means that those who
wish to stay in their
rented home for their
whole life usually can.
And since 2015 German
local authorities can cap rent
increases on new lettings if they see
the market overheating.
Compare that with the standard
rental contract in the UK of
“assured shorthold tenancy”, which
gives landlords the right to remove
tenants at two months’ notice. And
think of the avalanche of opposition
when Ed Miliband suggested a
modest rent increase cap – an idea
since taken up by Jeremy Corbyn.
Basic economic theory suggests
that price caps can create damaging
distortions. But there are grounds
for looking at housing as a special
case. Some form of mild, welldesigned rent control could
disincentivise people from ploughing
their savings into property and
f there’s one thing the recent
fallout from the Cambridge
Analytica scandal has taught
us, it’s that any goodwill we held
towards tech companies using – and
abusing – our data has run out.
On top of the battering Facebook’s
reputation has taken after it
emerged that the personal data of
millions of users had been harvested
to target political advertisements,
the company is now being sued by a
group of users in Illinois who object
to the social network’s use of facial
recognition technology.
First filed in 2015, the case has
finally been given the go-ahead by
a San Francisco judge, who has
allowed the plaintiffs to launch a
class action lawsuit on the behalf
of all users in the state “for whom
Facebook created and stored a face
template after 7 June 2011”.
Face templates were introduced
when Facebook brought in a feature
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After 500
hours, Wolves
fan meets
his match
Is it a bird, is it
a plane? No, it’s
80-year-old
Superman
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
By Josh Payne
A retired accountant has spent
more than 500 hours making
a scale model of a football
stadium from materials such
as matchsticks.
Chris Jepson, a lifelong
Wolverhampton Wanderers
fan from Kidderminster, began
creating the model of the old
Molineux ground in October 2016
and managed to finish it in time
for their promotion to the Premier
League. The 71-year-old hopes
to display the model at the club’s
official museum before auctioning
it off for a prostate cancer charity.
Mr Jepson said it had always
been on his bucket list to again
build the old stadium, which
he finally completed using
matchsticks, coffee stirrers,
rabbit-hutch wire and other
everyday items.
Despite his work being labelled
the “Matchstick Molineux”,
he has said there is more to the
model than that. Mr Jepson said:
Chris Jepson, a retired accountant, has spent more than 500 hours making a scale model of the old Molineux ground PA
“I always loved the old stadium,
there was something about it
which was magic to me. Being
a long-suffering Wolves fan, it’s
always been something I’ve had
on my bucket list to do – to build a
stadium that looked like it did in
the old days.”
Mr Jepson said that he would
meet club officials after they
expressed an interest in the model
being shown in its museum.
HEALTH
What a pest: house mice may be
spreading superbugs to humans
By John von Radowitz
House mice may be spreading
resistant superbugs that are
potentially lethal to humans,
research suggests.
Rodents making their homes in
New York apartments were found
to carry a wide range of infectious
bacteria, including E.coli, C.difficile,
shigella and salmonella.
Analysis of mouse droppings
revealed the genetic fingerprints of
strains which are resistant to several
common antibiotics. All of the bugs
identified were capable of causing
gastro-intestinal infections that in
severe cases can be life-threatening.
S i m o n Wi l l i a m s , t h e l e a d
researcher at Columbia University
in New York, said: “From tiny studios
to penthouse suites, New York
City apartments are continually
invaded by house mice.
“Our study raises the
possibility that serious
infections – including
those resistant to
antibiotics – may be
passed from these
mice to humans,
although further
research is needed to
understand how often
this happens, if at all.”
The scientists spent a year
collecting 416 mice from residential
buildings at seven sites across
Manhattan. The rodents’ droppings
were analysed for signs of bacteria
that could potentially be spread to
humans in contaminated food.
Evidence of 36 viruses was
also found in the mouse
droppings, including six
new strains, none of
which were known
to infect humans.
Some of the genetic
sequences matched
those for viruses that
infect dogs, chickens
and pigs as hosts,
suggesting they had
crossed between species.
A previous study by
Columbia University found that New
York City rats carried some of the
same types of bacteria. Ian Lipkin,
the study’s co-author and director of
the university’s Centre for Infection
and Immunity, added: “New Yorkers
tend to focus on rats because they
are larger and we see them scurrying
around in streets or subways.
“But from a public health view,
mice are more worrisome because
they live indoors and are more likely
to contaminate our environment,
even if we don’t see them.”
According to the pest
control company Rentokil,
mice make between 20 and 30
visits to different food sites on an
average night. However, they take
as little as 0.15g of food from each
of the locations.
CONSUMER
Aldi tops supermarket league for the most sustainable seafood
By Katie Grant
Aldi has beaten upmarket chains
such as Marks & Spencer and
Waitrose to top a league table
showing the proportion of
sustainable seafood that British
UK supermarkets stock.
Just under four-fifths (79 per
cent) of Aldi’s seafood range is
certified sustainable, according
to the Supermarket Sustainable
Seafood League published by the
Marine Stewardship Council
(MSC). All other supermarkets
are selling more sustainable
seafood than ever before – a
60 per cent jump over the past two
years, the research showed.
Sainsbury’s was ranked second,
with 76 per cent of its seafood
range featuring the MSC’s blue
fish label, which indicates that it
has been sustainably caught and
can be traced back to source.
In third place was Lidl, with
72 per cent, followed by Waitrose
with 67 per cent. Co-op rounded
off the top five at 61 per cent.
Iceland and Morrisons are at
the bottom of the league with less
than 5 per cent of their seafood
certified sustainable. “Most
supermarkets are making a real
investment in the future of their
seafood,” said the MSC’s Toby
Middleton. “If you’re buying
MSC-labelled fish or seafood, you
are helping to make a positive
difference to the world’s oceans.”
Comic book fans are today celebrating 80 years since Superman
first donned his famous red cape.
The Man of Steel made his
debut in Action Comics No 1 (below)
published on this day in 1938 by
DC Comics. Pristine copies are
worth £2.2m.
The Depression-era character,
an alien who came to embody
truth, justice and
the American way,
soon became the
first global comic
book superhero.
T h e 1 ,0 0 0 t h
issue of Action
Comics
is
p u b l i s h e d
today, featuring
Superman as its
cover star.
The cover features a new
costume for the crime-fighter that
integrates “a variety of classic and
new elements, including the Man
of Steel’s trademark red trunks”.
Jim Lee, an Action Comics artist,
said of Superman: “His secret
power really is to elevate those
around him. He makes people
around him better.”
Henry Cavill, the British star who
is latest actor to play Superman on
thebigscreen,hasonemorefilmleft
on his Warner Brothers contract
following 2017’s Justice League.
ARTS
Young Vic hosts
‘Walking Dead’
star’s new play
By Adam Sherwin
A play by an actress who stars
in the cult television series The
Walking Dead will lead Kwame
Kwei-Armah’s first season as
artistic director of the Young Vic
Theatre in London.
The Convert by Danai Gurira
(inset), a Zimbabwean-American
actress who also appeared in the
blockbuster Black Panther, is about
an African girl taken in by
a Catholic missionary
to escape a forced
marriage in colonial
Rhodesia.
Kwei-Armah’s
Young Vic season
will start in October
with a musical
reworking of Twelfth
Night, which he first staged
in New York two years ago.
It continues the Young Vic
tradition of casting non-actors
alongside professionals with
members of the public from
the boroughs of Lambeth and
Southwark invited to take part.
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CONSUMER
Two adverts for the sandwich
shop chain Pret A Manger
have been banned for implying
that its products are natural
– despite some containing
artificial additives.
The food and farming charity
Sustain complained that Pret’s
website and Facebook page
alleged that its products were
natural and the phrase without
“obscure chemicals” implied
that its food was free from
artificial additives. Pret said its
mission statement was to “create
handmade, natural food, avoiding
the obscure chemicals, additives
and preservatives common to so
much of the ‘prepared’ and ‘fast’
food on the market today”.
Pret told the Advertising
Standards Authority (ASA) that
the statement was “expressed as
a “mission” and was therefore an
ideal state or their ultimate goal”
and therefore “very different from
a claim that Pret A Manger had
arrived at that ideal state”.
The ASA said shoppers were
likely to think the claims meant
that Pret’s foods were natural.
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Standing ovation for Macron as he
rails against ‘civil war’ in the EU
By Jon Stone
Europe is in a state of “civil war” and
is afflicted with a “fascination with
the illiberal”, the President of France
said as he urged member states
to pull together and preserve the
European Union’s “unique model”.
Laying out his vision for the
future of the EU at the European
Pa r l i a m e n t i n S t r a s b o u r g,
Emmanuel Macron said there was
a “context of division and indeed
doubt within Europe”.
Mr Macron told MEPs that
France would be happy to increase
its contribution to the EU’s budget
t o s t r e n gt h e n E u r o p e -w i d e
sovereignty, but rebates for member
states would have to be scrapped
and new funding streams found for
the EU institutions.
“Brexit continues. It is still being
discussed and worked on, here I
would pay tribute to the work being
performed by Michel Barnier,” he
said. “But there is doubt in a number
of European countries. Month
after month we’re seeing views and
sensibilities emerge.
“There seems to be a sort of
European civil war. National
selfishness and egotism seems to
take precedence over what brings
us together.
“There is a fascination with
the illiberal and that’s growing all
Mr Macron is the fourth
EU leader to address
the European Parliament in
addresses on the bloc’s future;
Leo Varadkar, the Irish Prime
Minister, spoke previously.
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the time. So Europe has an ever
greater responsibility.”
Mr Macron said it would be “the
worst possible mistake” to give
up on the European social model
and integration of the Continent,
describing nationalism as a “deadly
tendency which might lead our
Continent into the abyss”.
He argued that the EU was a
“unique model in the world” and “a
treasure which we have made come
alive and kept alive for 70 years”.
“Let’s compare Europe with some
of the other powers, which some
are fascinated by because they are
allegedly efficient,” he added.
“Where else in the world are there
these same requirements: financial,
diplomatic, geopolitical, economic;
this obligation to respect minorities,
equality of women, respect for
private life?”
Mr Macron called for an extension
of democratic debate about Europe’s
future and said events should be
held with European citizens about
the future of the Continent. He
also called for urgent reform of the
eurozone and economic union.
Mr Macron received a standing
ovation for his address. Responding
to the speech, Je an - Cl au de
Juncker, the European Commission
president, told MEPs: “I fully agree.”
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he word “centrism” in the
UK has been transformed
by some supporters of
Jeremy Corbyn from
meaning the politics of the
moderate, common ground, into
a term of abuse, much in the same
way “liberal” migrated into a slur
by right-wing Republican backers
of Donald Trump.
But let’s hear it then for the
original centrist papa himself,
Emmanuel Macron, who has
delivered the sort of speech he
should have been shouting from
the rooftops of the Élysée from the
moment he was elected President.
It is easy to mock Macron for
his youthful arrogance. He has
a vision to reform the EU, not to
extinguish its core purpose but to
modernise it so fewer countries
seek to follow Britain’s path.
His decision to place France at
the centre of Western military
action against Assad over the
chemical attack in Douma means
he will never be celebrated by the
Corbynite left in this country.
With Angela Merkel severely
weakened by last year’s elections
and her failure to express concern
at Viktor Orban’s re-election in
Hungary, and Theresa May
taking Britain, once the great
bulwark against European
fascism, out of the picture
altogether, that is a real pity.
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Passenger
dies after
explosion
on aircraft
Clammer for
refunds over
Etihad routes
Latest Air France strike leaves
40,000 passengers stranded
By Simon Calder
By Sally Guyoncourt
One person died and seven others
were injured after a US plane’s engine
apparently blew up in mid-air, “partially sucking” one passenger out.
The Southwest Airlines jet was
heading from New York to Dallas
when it was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia just before midday yesterday.
Passengers reported hearing a
loud noise as the plane was cruising
at 30,000ft and then oxygen masks
dropped down as debris from one of
the Boeing 737’s engines damaged the
fuselage, wing and broke a window.
The father of one passenger told
NBC Philadelphia that a woman was
“partially sucked out” of the damaged window. She was pulled back
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inside by other passengers, Todd
Bauer added.
Passenger Amanda Bourman said:
“I just remember holding my husband’s hand, and we just prayed and
prayed and prayed.”
Another passenger, Marty Martinez, posted to Facebook while wearing an oxygen mask: “Something is
wrong with our plane! It appears we
are going down!”
National Transportation Safety
Board chairman Robert Sumwalt
said one person was killed.
The beleaguered Middle East
airline Etihad is ditching a number
of routes next winter as it tries to
tackle huge losses.
But in an apparent effort to
avoid refunding passengers
booked on cancelled services,
it is instead offering re-routing,
which adds up to thousands of
miles to journeys and can include downgrading from higher
travel classes.
Etihad, the flag carrier of
the United Arab Emirates, is
scrapping routes including from
Abu Dhabi to Perth, Edinburgh,
San Francisco and Dallas.
The Abu Dhabi-based airline
last year reported an $1.87bn
(£1.3bn) annual loss – about £80
for each passenger – after a series
of ill-judged investments in failing
European airlines.
By Simon Calder
At least 40,000 passengers were left
stranded yesterday by the latest Air
France strike, with a similar number
likely to be affected today.
The management of the French
airline said the stoppages were
“putting the company’s future in
danger”. Pilots, cabin crew and
ground staff were on their eighth day
of industrial action in a bitter pay
dispute. They are demanding a 6 per
cent rise this year, while the airline is
offering 2 per cent.
Some flights linking Heathrow,
Manchester and Edinburgh with
Paris Charles de Gaulle were
cancelled, along with about 150 other
short- and medium-haul flights.
At least 24 long-haul departures
from Paris CDG were grounded, with
passengers to Tahiti, Singapore,
Hong Kong, Tokyo, Los Angeles and
Miami among those affected.
With yesterday’s corresponding
More than 150 short- and mediumhaul flights were axed yesterday
inbound services, more than 40
long-haul links were expected to be
cancelled. The airline also warned
that some flights that did depart
might not be able to accommodate all
of the booked passengers because of
cabin crew shortages.
The strike continues today, in
which a similar number of passengers
are expected to find their travel
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Film star abducted
by North Korea in
1970s dies, aged 91
Abe to discuss
Pyongyang nuclear
threat with Trump
By Sally Guyoncourt
A South Korean actress, whose real
life was as dramatic as the films she
made, has died at the age of 91.
At the height of her career in the
1970s, Choi Eun-hee was kidnapped
while in Hong Kong under the orders
of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.
Her then ex-husband, a famed film
director Shin Sang-ok, was abducted
a few months later when he went in
Choi Eun-hee had just
divorced Shin Sang-ok for
adultery when she was abducted
in 1978. They remarried in North
Korea at the behest of Kim Jong-il.
By Steve Holland
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search of the celebrity. The pair were
forced to make films for the secretive
state but managed to escape when
they were on a trip to Vienna in
1986.They fled to the US embassy
there and sought political asylum,
eventually returning to South Korea.
Officials in North Korea have
always denied the 1978 abduction,
claiming the couple had sought
sanctuary in the North.
Ms Choi died on Monday at a
hospital in South Korea, where
she was due to have treatment for
a serious condition. Her son, Shin
Jeong-gyun, told the Yonhap news
agency: “My mother passed when
she went to hospital for kidney
dialysis this afternoon.”
Born in 1926 in the Gyeonggi
A photo of Choi Eun-hee in a makeshift shrine at a Seoul hospital AFP/GETTY
province of South Korea, she started
acting in 1947 with the feature film A
New Oath.
During the course of her career,
she made more than 80 films and
was named best actress at the 14th
Moscow International Film Festival
for her role in the film Sogum.
Her eventful life was recorded in a
2016 motion film entitled The Lovers
and the Despot. Her death has been
widely mourned in South Korea,
with her funeral due to be held in
Seoul today.
Among those to pay tribute was
fellow South Korean actress Um
Aing-ran, 82, who said: “I went to see
her movie when I was in high school.
After seeing her acting, I decided to
become an actress.”
US President Donald Trump and
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo
Abe will today seek common
ground on how to deal with
North Korea’s nuclear challenge
amid fears in Tokyo that Mr
Trump might be prone to make
too many concessions.
Mr Abe arrived at Mr Trump’s
Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm
Beach, Florida, yesterday for
two days of talks dominated by
North Korea but also expected
to cover trade, relations with
China and other issues.
“I want to reaffirm our
cooperation on North Korea,
our cooperation on economic
matters, and show the strong
ties between our two countries,”
he said before leaving Tokyo.
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with its massive felling of trees in
one of Europe’s last pristine forests,
the European Union’s most senior
court ruled yesterday.
The European Court of Justice
said that, in increasing logging in
the Bialowieza Forest in 2016-17,
Poland failed to fulfil its obligations
under EU directives to protect
natural sites of special importance.
Poland’s environment minister
at the time, Jan Szyszko, argued
that felling the trees was necessary
to fight the spread of bark beetle
infestation. Heavy machines
were used in the process, causing
additional damage to the forest.
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one over changes to the judicial
system – an argument that has led
Brussels to trigger a process that
could lead to punitive measures
against Warsaw.
In the forest dispute, the court
said bark beetle infestation did
not justify the scale of the logging,
while Poland failed to ensure the
safety of birds and other species in
the forest. No fines were imposed
because the machines have been
removed and the excessive logging
has stopped.
Environmentalists say the largescale felling of trees in Bialowieza,
which straddles Poland’s eastern
border with Belarus, destroyed
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The jury at Bill Cosby’s sexual
assault trial can hear his decade-old
testimony about giving Quaaludes
to women before sex, a judge ruled
yesterday, handing the prosecution
a key victory in its effort to portray
the comedian as a serial predator.
Judge Steven O’Neill said that
prosecutors could have the Cosby
Show star’s deposition testimony
read into the record.
Mr Cosby, 80, is on trial accused
of drugging and molesting
Andrea Constand, a former
No fines were imposed because the
excessive logging has stopped
rare animal habitats and plants in
violation of EU regulations. They
held protests at the site and brought
the case before the EU court.
The chief executive of the
C l i e n t E a r t h e nv i ro n m e n t a l
organization, James Thornton, said
the ruling was a “huge victory for
all defenders of Bialowieza Forest,
hundreds of people”.
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basketball administrator at
Temple University, at his mansion
in Philadelphia in 2004. The
deposition was also included at his
first trial, which ended with a hung
jury last year.
Prosecutors used another of
Mr Cosby’s statements to police
to show how he described the
encounter with Ms Constand in
2005. The actor said that he gave
Ms Constand one tablet of the cold
and allergy medicine Benadryl to
help her relax, then fondled her
breasts and genitals, according to
the transcript, which was read to
the jury yesterday morning.
Mr Cosby said that Ms Constand
never told him to stop.
“We are petting. I enjoyed it,”
the TV star said, according to the
transcript. “And then I stopped and
I went up to bed.”
The trial continues.
£50m of cocaine
‘was bound for UK’
By Matt Roper
Police in Brazil have seized
nearly half a tonne of cocaine
worth more than £50m which
was bound for Britain.
More than 453kg of the drug,
which was due to be transported
to Liverpool, were found
distributed in bricks in 16 bags
hidden inside the shipment
discovered at the port of Santos,
in Sao Paulo state.
The containers docked on a
German ship were first due to be
transferred to another vessel in
Antwerp, officials said.
An investigation is underway
but no arrests have yet been
made in the case.
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Visitors to the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will pay starting price of $50,000 per night to bed down in an underwater world full of marine life
MALDIVES
Want to sleep with the fishes? Try this
£35,000-a-night underwater hotel room
By Sally Guyoncourt
As far as views goes, its will be oceans
apart from its rivals when the firstever undersea holiday villa opens in
the Maldives this year.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
has spent $15m constructing the
Muraka, a holiday home with
a difference. For a starting price of
$50,000 (£35,000) per night, you
will be able to bed down among the
corals and enjoy all the company that
the reef has to offer in a bedroom 16ft
below sea level.
T h e a rc h i t e c t b e h i n d t h e
bungalow is Ahmed Saleem. He
told the Bloomberg news agency:
“The Muraka promises a unique
experience that is not available
anywhere else in the world.”
The entire structure is made of
concrete, steel and acrylic – with one
level above the water and one below.
Two bedrooms, a bathroom,
sunset deck and infinity pool are
above the water. Below water is a
king-sized bedroom, bathroom and
living area.
Building such a residence posed
some problems for the architect.
The 600-tonne structure had to be
constructed on land in Singapore
and then hoisted on to a special
ship to be taken out to the reef and
submerged. No bright colours or
white could be used on the building
because the reflection would spoil
the underwater experience.
And all the work had to be done in
conjunction with marine biologists
to minimise the impact on the reef.
One of the unique characteristics
of the residence is that visitors can
spend their entire stay separated
from any other holidaymakers.
Those who can afford to stay at the
Muraka, which opens in November,
will be flown to their own private
seaplane jetty and collected in a
speedboat that is at their disposal
for the rest of their stay.
Four butlers will be on hand 24
hours a day as well as a chef, an
on-call fitness trainer and a set
of jet-skis.
Martin Rinck, who oversees the
Conrad resort, told Bloomberg that
the villa was “a perfect example of
the out-of-the-box thinking that
meets guests’ demands before they
even have them”.
in the US , further underscoring how
quickly feelings about marijuana are
changing in America.
If the two measures pass, Utah
and Oklahoma will join 30 other
states that have legalised some form
of medical marijuana, according to
the National Organisation for the
ReformofMarijuanalaws(NORML).
Utah and Oklahoma already are
among 16 states that allow for use
an oil called cannabidiol, or CBD,
a compound from cannabis that
doesn’t get users high but can treat a
range of health concerns.
NORML political director
Justin Strekal is confident
the Utah and Oklahoma
measures will pass.
“America’s appetite
for cannabis is not going
away,” he said. “We are
in the death rattles of
prohibition.”
Marijuana legalisation
efforts have faced some pushback
from religions before – but not to the
scale they could face in Utah,
where Mormons account
for about two-thirds of the
population.
The Mormon faith
has long frowned upon
marijuana use because
of a key church health
code called the “Word of
Wisdom”, which prohibits
the use of alcohol, tobacco
and illegal drugs.
Called the Muraka, which
means “coral” in the local
Dhivehi language, the residence
offers above- and below-water
living, which is unique to a
region famed for its waterside
luxury hotels.
UNITED STATES
Push to legalise
marijuana in
Mormon states
By Brady McCombs
IN SALT LAKE CITY
The push for legalised marijuana
has moved into Utah and Oklahoma,
two of the most conservative states
A British woman jailed in Egypt for
carrying painkillers has been seen for
the first time inside prison.
Laura Plummer was spotted in
video footage of an Easter Mass
service inside Al Qanater prison in
Cairo, according to The Sun.
It is the first time that the 34-yearold from Hull (inset), has been
pictured since she was arrested in
October for taking 290 Tramadol
tablets into the country.
She can be seen
wearing white, prisonissued clothing. Ms
Plummer’s sister,
Jayne Synclair, 40,
told the newspaper:
“It’s so hard to see her
like this. She doesn’t
bear any resemblance
to her. My mum is in bits
and has complained to the
Foreign Office.”
Ms Plummer was arrested at
Hurghada airport on 9 October when
she flew into the Red Sea resort with
the tablets. She was sentenced to
three years in prison in December.
Tramadol is a pain reliever legal in
the UK but banned in Egypt, a fact
Ms Plummer allegedly did not know.
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Paying for ‘likes’
is against Islam
By Joseph Charlton
Egypt’s most-senior cleric has issued
a religious edict to Muslims stating
that buying Facebook “likes” is
prohibited under Islam.
The Grand Mufti of Egypt, Shawki
Allam, issued a fatwa saying that
the practice was a form of fraud
and deception. Mr Allam regularly
issues fatwas, usually in response
to questions by Muslims seeking
religious guidance in matters related
to even the most trivial issues. The
56-year-old is known as a moderate
who renounces fanaticism and has
no political allegiances.
The mufti posted on Facebook
that it was “religiously prohibited”
to pay someone to click a “like” on a
promotion, saying: “It is deceptive.”
He cited the Prophet Muhammad’s
saying: “He who deceives is not of us.”
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Farc captives
shown in video
Not joining EU
‘risks new war’
Colombian rebels active on
the Ecuadorian border have
sent a “proof of life” video
of a kidnapped couple, the
government said yesterday.
Two journalists and a driver
were killed by the group, made
up of former fighters from the
Revolutionary Armed Forces
of Colombia (Farc) rebel group,
during the second kidnapping
by the militants this month.
In the clip, the couple, tied
at the neck and hands, ask
Ecuador’s President Lenin
Moreno to comply with their
captors’ demands. REUTERS
The EU needs to accept new members from the Western Balkans to
avoid the risk of a new war there, said
the European Commission President
Jean-Claude Juncker.
“If we do not open up to countries
in that highly complicated and tragic
region, and if we do not open up a
European perspective to them, we
will see war returning to that area as
we saw in the 1990s,” he said.
All six nations seeking EU membership – Bosnia, Kosovo, Albania,
Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro
– have to do more to tackle corruption and internal disputes before they
can join the EU. REUTERS
Officials to visit
North Korea to
plan summit
By Soyoung Kim
IN SEOUL
South Korean security officials
may visit North Korea to
finalise details ahead for the
first summit since 2007, where
the South hopes the North will
confirm a commitment to give up
Typhoid superbug could
be ‘untreatable epidemic’
By Jane Dalton
ECUADOR
SOUTH KOREA
PAKISTAN
its nuclear programme, a South
Korean official said yesterday.
After meeting the North
Korean leader Kim Jong-un in
Pyongyang in March, South
Korea’s national security adviser
and spy chief said Mr Kim was
committed to denuclearising
the Korean peninsula and had
expressed a willingness to meet
US President Donald Trump.
The two sides are due to hold
talks today and then South
Korea’s intelligence chief, Suh
Hoon, or its national security
adviser, Chung Eui-yong, could
visit the North. AP
The first known epidemic of drugresistant typhoid is spreading in
Pakistan, raising fears that more
diseases worldwide are heading
towards being untreatable.
The typhoid superbug, resistant to
five types of antibiotics, has infected
at least 850 people since 2016.
Experts fear it could radiate globally,
replacing weaker strains, The New
York Times reported.
Only one oral antibiotic is effective
against the superbug, but with just
one more genetic mutation, doctors
would be powerless to fight it, say
researchers.
Bangkok
At Bangkok’s main
Suvarnabhumi airport,
a video repeats scenes of
tourists visiting Thailand’s
sunny beaches and its vibrant
nightlife, but at the end comes
a warning.
“Human trafficking and
slavery are against the law in
Thailand. Perpetrators will
be severely punished,” it says,
followed by a hotline number
for people to report cases.
From airports to shopping
malls, Thailand is ramping up
a video campaign targeting
tourists in its latest effort to
keep the country free from
human trafficking.
Some highlight sex
exploitation, while another
shows a child begging under a
separate campaign called “Can
you see me?”.
“This is a step in the right
direction,” said Malina Enlund,
from the anti-trafficking group
A21, which has partnered
with Thai authorities on the
campaign since mid-2017.
The Australia-based
group is training hotel staff
in Thailand’s seaside resort
of Pattaya – a hotspot for
sex tourism – on how to spot
trafficking signs.
Some 425,500 people live in
conditions of modern slavery
in Thailand, according to the
Walk Free Foundation charity,
including migrant workers
from Cambodia and Laos and
women exploited in the sex
industry. REUTERS
Beh Lih Yi
It is the latest sign the world could
be heading towards a return to a preantibiotic era, following increasing
worldwide concern about widespread
Thousands
freed for
new year
A prisoner leaves Insein
prison in Yangon,
Myanmar, yesterday
after being released
under an amnesty by the
country’s President, Win
Myint. More than 8,500
inmates, reportedly
including at least three
dozen political prisoners
and 51 foreigners, were
freed yesterday in a move
timed to coincide with
Myanmar’s new year
celebrations. AP
TANZANIA
Singers arrested for posting ‘indecent’ online videos
Tanzania has arrested two musicians,
including one of the country’s most
popular singers, after they posted
video clips deemed obscene by the
authorities, in the latest crackdown
on social media users.
Tanzania has become more socially
conservative since the election of
President John Magufuli in 2015. Last
month, the government tightened
regulations on online content,
imposing licence fees for bloggers
and threatening internet users with
criminal charges for posting hate
speech or indecent content.
Singer Nassib Abdul, whose stage
name is Diamond Platnumz, was
arrested after sharing a video clip on
Instagram that showed him kissing
a girl. Another musician, 26-year old
Faustina Charles, popularly known as
Nandy, was also arrested for posting
an “indecent” video clip of her and
another musician via WhatsApp. AP
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BURUNDI
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A police officer in Peshawar assists
with a government vaccination drive
overuse of the drugs. “This isn’t just
about typhoid,” Dr Rumina Hasan, a
pathology professor at the Aga Khan
University in Pakistan, told the paper.
“Antibiotic resistance is a threat to all
of modern medicine – and the scary
part is we’re out of options.”
Four deaths have been reported so
far, according to Pakistan’s National
Institute of Health in Islamabad. At
least one travel-related case has been
detected in the UK.
Researchers from Britain’s
Wellcome Sanger Institute found
the new typhoid strain had mutated
and acquired an extra piece of DNA
to become resistant to multiple
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Early poll could
‘Unapproved’
entrench Erdogan $162m spent
Election critics
‘beaten to death’
Allies of President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan have called for early
elections in a move which could
consolidate his power at the
expense of parliament.
Turkey’s deputy prime
minister, Bekir Bozdag, said
that the ruling AK Party would
evaluate a call by the country’s
MHP nationalist leader, Devlet
Bahceli, to hold presidential
and parliamentary polls, set for
November 2019, in August. AP
Human Rights Watch says
Burundi’s government forces and
ruling party members have beaten
and killed perceived opponents
of an upcoming referendum that
could enable President Pierre
Nkurunziza to extend his rule.
The rights group reported
yesterday that it had confirmed
19 cases of violence carried out
to press Burundians to vote
“yes” in the referendum, which is
scheduled for 17 May. AP
Ni ge r i a’s u p p e r c h a m b e r o f
parliament said yesterday that
it would invite the central bank
governor and the ministers of finance
and defence to explain the release of
$162m (£113m) to buy helicopters.
Senator Samuel Anyanwu said
the money was withdrawn from the
federal account in March without
politicians’ approval. “Senate
resolves to invite the CBN governor
and ministers,” the Senate wrote on
its Twitter account. REUTERS
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Puppet used
to feed Javan
green magpie
Australia’s plan to
ditch Charles after
the Queen dies
By Karel Janicek
IN PRAGUE
Zookeepers in Prague have turned
into puppeteers in an effort to save
the critically endangered Javan
green magpie.
Zoo officials saved one precious egg
after the parents threw a second egg
out of their nest. The magpie chick
that hatched a month ago is being
kept in a box and is being fed using
a puppet that imitates a parent bird.
Antonin Vaidl, a bird keeper, said
the puppet is needed to make sure
the bird will be capable of breeding,
which it won’t be if it gets used
to people.
“It is a critically endangered taxon,
every individual is important,” Mr
Vaidl said. “This way we can eliminate
the possibility that the bird would not
be able to breed... it will grow into a
healthy individual.”
Support grows for severing ties, but it’s
no simple matter. By Steven Scott
A
s the 53 Commonwealth
leaders meet in London this week, Prince
Charles may finally
receive endorsement
to become the head of state of the
group of former colonies.
But as the Prince makes his
next step in taking over official
duties from the Queen, there is
a growing movement away from
the monarchy on the other side
of the world. Almost two decades
after Australian voters rejected
a proposal to become a republic,
momentum has begun to once
again shift towards removing the
British monarch as the country’s
head of state.
Australian political leaders have
shied away from Jeremy Corbyn’s
call for a vote at the Commonwealth
Heads of Government Meeting on
whether Charles should take over
as leader of the group. Both major
political parties in Australia have
committed to support Charles’
succession as the head of the
Commonwealth if it came to a vote.
However, both sides also concede
the days of Australia being one of
the 16 countries ruled by the British
monarch may soon come to an end.
The Australian Prime Minister
Malcolm Turnbull – who was the
leader of the failed republican push
in 1999 – recently described the
Prince as “a charming guy” but
said he believed a republic would
once again be on the agenda when
Charles ascends the throne.
And the opposition Labor leader
Bill Shorten has vowed to put the
issue to a vote if he wins the next
general election (a likely outcome,
according to opinion polls). This
week Mr Shorten revealed that he
discussed his plans with Charles
when the pair met during the
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Prince’s recent visit to Australia
for the Commonwealth Games in
the Gold Coast. “The fact of the
matter is that after more than 200
years of European settlement, as
we approach the close of the second
decade of the 21st century, our
country is ready for our own head
of state,” Mr Shorten said. “Prince
Charles took that in good grace.”
Mr Shorten wants Australia
to remain in the Commonwealth,
along with other republics such
as India. But his task in removing
the King or Queen as head of state
may not be that simple.
Even with popular support,
the idea could fail if republicans
disagree on how to choose the new
head of state, as happened in 1999
when advocates split between those
who wanted a popularly elected
president and those who favoured
one appointed by parliament.
The dean of law at the University
of New South Wales, Professor
George Williams, who is one
of Australia’s most renowned
constitutional lawyers, believes that
republicans should not attempt to
hold a referendum “unless polling
shows consistent support above 60
per cent” and only when there is an
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agreed model to put to voters.
In comments timed just before
Prince Charles opened the
Commonwealth Games on behalf of
the Queen, former prime minister
Paul Keating claimed that Charles
did not want “the pretence of
representing this country”.
“I have no doubt he believes
Australia should be free of the
British monarchy and that it should
make its own way in the world,” Mr
Keating wrote in The Sunday Times.
Mr Shorten has set out plans
Support for a republic Could Charles be the catalyst?
In order to become a republic,
Australia needs to changes its constitution. This can only happen after
a compulsory referendum, and the
proposal needs to be backed by a
majority of voters nationwide as well
as in a majority of the country’s six
states – a notoriously difficult hurdle
that has seen only eight out of 44
previous referendums carried.
Even with popular support, the
idea could fail if republicans disagree
on how to choose a head of state, as
happened in 1999 when advocates
split between those who wanted an
elected president and those who
wanted parliament to appoint one.
The closer Charles comes to
ascending the throne, the more
the idea is regaining prominence.
According to an opinion poll, one
in two Australians now supports a
republic, rising to 55 per cent when
asked about Charles becoming king.
for a two stage vote to remove the
monarch. The first vote, which
he has pledged to hold in Labor’s
next term in government, would
ask the question: “Do you support
an Australian republic with an
Australian head of state?” If this
receives majority support, there
would be another vote to decide
what form the republic should take.
Aside from the difficult task of
designing the replacement model
and securing support for it, there
will be a number of practical
changes that could divide public
opinion. For example, will Australia
need to remove the Union Jack
from its flag?
What Prince Charles really
thinks about Australia potentially
cutting ties to the Crown is
unknown. But those who support
a change point to comments that
the heir to the throne made in
Australia in 1994, saying: “It is the
sign of a mature and self-confident
nation to debate those issues and
to use the democratic processes to
re-examine the way in which you
want to face the future.”
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Lamar wins
Pulitzer Prize
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am standing in a small
group at a party, taking a
short break from my time
locked in my office, coding
algorithms, fitting statistical
models, writing about my results
and interviewing engineers and
scientists over Skype.
There is small talk. I listen
politely. Then someone brings it
up – the stories may vary, but the
theme is the same.
“The danger with Facebook is
that it controls what people see,”
says one. “I read about one study
they did where they only showed
people negative posts and they
got depressed. It can control our
emotions and these negative vibes
spread like a virus.” I remain quiet
and let someone else speak.
“Yes. They profit from selling
their data. It’s very likely that
Trump won the US election
because of this company from
Oxford or somewhere that
downloaded everyone’s profile,”
says another.
“You see, the problem is that
their algorithms have been trained
on fake news,” says the next one.
“It’s the same with Google.
They built some computer to
understand language and it
started saying it hated Muslims.”
“I know,” the first man returns
to the conversation, “and this
is just the start. The scientists
reckon that in 20 years’ time there
will be a computer with humanlike intelligence that will decide to
turn us into paper clips. I read it in
Elon Musk’s book.”
It is then that I explode. “First
of all,” I say, “the Facebook study
showed that people who were
bombarded with negative
news had a propensity to
write one more negative
word per month, a
minuscule but statistically
significant effect.
“Secondly, the company,
called Cambridge
Analytica, had
nothing to do with
Trump’s election
success. Their CEO
has made a series of
unverifiable claims
about what they
can do. Thirdly, yes,
computers trained
on our language
do make sexist and
racist associations
but that’s because our society
is implicitly prejudiced. Most
Google searches give you, and
the rest of the population, the
blandest, most accurate results
imaginable. The biggest problem
with the service is that it is
overwhelmed with meaningless
links trying to get you to go to
Amazon and buy more crap.
“And finally, there have been
some interesting developments in
neural networks recently, but the
question of whether we can create
a general AI remains wide open.”
Everyone looks at me. I hate
myself. I hate the boring idiot
that I have become, who has read
all the scientific papers, who has
to spoil everything with details
and caveats. I know that I have
misjudged the situation. I am
being pedantic and petty. Beyond
the small inaccuracies in the
details, the people I am talking to
have genuine worries about how
society is changing. This is why
they are talking about Facebook,
Cambridge Analytica and
artificial intelligence.
Directly after my visit to
Google over a year ago now while
carrying out research for my
book Outnumbered, looking into
how algorithms are affecting our
online lives, I had felt the same
way they do. I had felt afraid about
the future that mathematicians
and computer scientists were
creating for us.
After a year of examining the
evidence, I now understand that
algorithms are not scary in the
way I had thought they might be.
It is sad that algorithms haven’t
solved the problems our society
has with sexism and racism,
but they haven’t made them
worse, either. They have
highlighted issues about
bias that we all need to
work harder to solve.
It is frightening that
SCL group can start
a company such as
Cambridge Analytica
that markets itself as
targeting personalities,
when it doesn’t have
the tools or the data to
do so, but that’s global capitalism
for you. Either accept it, or make
sure you attack the system and not
its lies and deceptions.
It’s depressing that Facebook
contains so much fake news and
Twitter is full of troll bots, but it’s
nice to know that hardly anyone
is listening to them. It’s
worrying that success online
is only partially related to
talent, but it is a consolation when
we fail. It’s a bit of a bummer that
you need to be good-looking to
hook up on Tinder, but that’s not
really a big change for you, is it?
Understanding algorithms
allows us to understand future
scenarios a little bit better. If you
can understand how algorithms
work today, then it is easier to
judge which scenarios are realistic
and which are not.
The biggest risk I had found
HEALTH
Spread the word: honey is
more than just a sweet treat
A natural remedy for millennia, here are six reasons
to reach for the sticky stuff now. By Kowsar Abdilahi
IT’S GREAT FOR THE SKIN
If you’re suffering from a nasty
flare-up, honey is a brilliantly
effective skin saviour that won’t
cost the earth. Its antibacterial
and anti-inflammatory properties
can calm and soothe irritated
skin. It’s also loaded with
enzymes and other nutrients that
nourish and cleanse the surface.
Honey is also natural humectant,
meaning it hydrates the skin by
drawing in moisture from the air.
Try mixing two tablespoons of
raw or Manuka honey with one
tablespoon of uncooked porridge
oats for a DIY exfoliating mask.
IT’S GOOD FOR THE HEART
Honey is jam-packed with
polyphenols, helpful antioxidants
that have been linked to increased
blood flow and preventing blood
clots from forming. One study in
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David Sumpter thinks
it is depressing that
Facebook, founded
by Mark Zuckerberg
(inset), contains so
much fake news GETTY
from algorithms was when we
failed to think rationally about
their effects, when we got carried
away in science fiction scenarios.
I am conscious now that my
journey, as I stand here after my
failed attempt to respond to what
was just a bit of “have a go at
Facebook” banter and “what does
it all mean” artificial intelligence
speculation, has made me a not
very interesting person to talk to.
Luckily, I am married. My wife
starts talking about Pokémon Go,
the conversation moves on, and
I tune out, thinking about our
14-year-old daughter, Elise. She
went off the other week to meet
a friend from a chat group on
Snapchat. My wife Lovisa and I
had been worried at first – might
this online “friend” turn out to be a
40-year-old paedophile?
Our concerns were unjustified.
Elise met up with a normal
13-year-old with bright blue hair.
This summer she wants to go to
visit another friend she has made
online who lives in Poland. They
often chat on Skype while they do
their homework together. Elise’s
parents will have to think long and
hard about whether this will be
allowed or not.
My son, Henry, and I had just
returned from a trip to Newcastle.
Through Twitter, I had managed
to get in contact with another
dad, Ryan, who like me trains his
son’s football team. I’d arranged
to take 32 12-year-old boys from
Sweden, to play a series of matches
against his team.
Ryan invited me to talk about
Soccermatics at his work, the
Department of Work and Pensions.
There, I found myself in a small
room packed with data scientists
rats showed honey can protect
the heart from oxidative stress,
which can contribute to heart
attacks and stroke, although more
research needs to be done on the
link between long-term
human heart health
and honey.
metabolise bad cholesterol and
fatty acids.
IT GIVES YOU AN
ENERGY BOOST
As a carbohydrate
made up of
fructose and
glucose, honey
makes for a highpowered, natural
energy snack. Unlike
refined sugar, it also
contains small amounts
of proteins and minerals such as
B6, riboflavin and amino acids,
compounds that help the body to
IT CAN HEAL WOUNDS
AND BURNS
When applied topically,
researchers believe
honey can have a
healing effect on
painful burns and
lesions. One study
published in the
Diabetes Research
and Clinical
Practice journal
found a 43.4 per cent
success rate of using
honey on diabetic foot
ulcers, , while another
published in The Scientific
World Journal found honey could
also be an effective home remedy
for reducing painful haemorrhoids
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with the same enthusiasm for
visualising and understanding
data.
After my talk, Ryan showed me
what he and his colleagues were
doing. They want to connect local
councils in the UK who face similar
challenges, such as a big local
employer shutting down, so they
can build on shared experiences.
Ryan’s approach used cutting-edge
statistics, but focused on helping his
co-workers who could, in turn, help
the people in local communities.
“We want to allow decisionmakers to play with the data,” he
told me, “to discover solutions
themselves.” Ryan’s view was that
we needed to combine algorithmic
and human intelligence to solve our
problems. Algorithms alone were
not enough, but they were useful.
Our culture has produced
forms of mathematical “artificial”
intelligence for solving problems
over thousands of years: from the
early geometry of the Babylonians,
through the development of
calculus, through the hand
calculator allowing us to perform
faster arithmetic, to the modern
computer and the connected
society. We are getting smarter
with the help of mathematical
models, and models are improving
because we develop them.
On Sunday morning, a bunch
of lads from Gateshead played
football against a bunch of lads
from Uppsala. It was a sunny day
and a good game with teamwork
and fair play, and happy parents
cheering the boys on. Afterwards
we all watched fireworks together
at the local rugby club. All because
an algorithm had suggested to
Ryan and me that we follow each
other on Twitter.
There are risks with the way we
interact online. A lot of it isn’t very
pretty, but there are such incredible
possibilities to be had from working
together with algorithms. And for
now at least, it is us who control the
algorithms and not them that are
controlling us.
This is an
edited excerpt
from David
Sumpter’s book
‘Outnumbered’
(£16.99,
Bloomsbury
Sigma),
out now
IT CAN TREAT DANDRUFF
A 2001 study conducted by the
Dubai Specialised Medical Centre
found that raw honey can be used
to treat scaling, itching and hair
loss. This is thought to be thanks
to its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal
and antioxidant properties. Fancy
giving it a go? Mix two tablespoons
of vegetable oil with equal amounts
of honey and apply it to your hair.
Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse
off before you shampoo.
IT CAN HELP SUPPRESS A COUGH
A 2012 study published in the
journal Pediatrics found that
children with upper respiratory
tract infections experienced more
cough relief after drinking 1.5
tablespoons of labiatae honey 30
minutes before bedtime, than those
that received a placebo.
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18 APRIL 2018
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PEOPLE
What next for
the man who ran
401 marathons?
Ben Smith’s struggles with bullying have
been a driving force. By Siobhán Norton
T
his week, thousands of
people are putting the
final touches to their
London Marathon
preparations: easing off
on training, having a last-minute
sports massage, getting their gorilla
suit dry-cleaned. For first-timers, or
even those with several races under
their belt, it can be a daunting time.
Now imagine that you were getting
ready for your 50th marathon in a
row. Or 100th. Or 300th.
For Ben Smith, running a
marathon became as routine as
brushing his teeth in 2016, when he
completed 401 marathons in 401
days. His 10,506.2-mile journey took
him all over the UK, burnt 2.4 million
calories and raised more than
£300,000 for charity.
But in his new book, 401, Smith
reveals that the journey started long
before: through relentless bullying
at boarding school, two suicide
attempts, marriage, divorce, his
struggles to come out as gay, and a
mini-stroke at the age of 29. He took
up running just five years ago, at a
time when he was overweight and
his marriage was breaking down.
One might argue that writing as
frank a book as this could be just as
painful as running 401 marathons.
“Not quite,” Smith says, laughing.
“But when you are spilling your
whole life and being honest with
people, you are a bit nervous about
how it is going to be taken.”
Smith is honest about what came
after the challenge, saying: “There
was quite a dark time after for
around nine months because I’d just
completed this amazing challenge
and suddenly, on day 402, I woke up
and thought, well, what do I do next?”
There were also physical
ramifications. “I found out that I’d
lost about 20 per cent of my heart
function, and I struggled to sleep
because every time I went to bed my
heart would start to beat up to about
180 beats per minute, which would
then course adrenaline around my
body. So we were having extreme
highs, but also having extreme lows.”
Eventually, though, Smith’s “what
next” started to become clear in
his mind – The 401 Foundation.
Inspired by his own experiences
and some of the people he met
on his challenge, the charity will
provide grants to grassroots
organisations and individuals
that help to improve people’s selfesteem and tackle mental health
and self-development issues.
Smith isn’t sure when he was first
When you’re being
honest with people, you’re
a bit nervous about how
it’s going to be taken
Ben Smith’s crowdfunding campaign
launches on Sunday – the same day as
the London Marathon
bullied – perhaps around the age of
10 – but the memories are clearly
etched in his memory. By the age of
12, he writes, “happiness had been
really squashed out of me”.
While there has been a concerted
effort by schools to crack down on
bullying behaviour, Smith says,
the difficulty lies with the way the
means of bullying is changing. “Kids
are growing up in a society where
they have their finger on the button
to the world, and most kids can get
through parental controls,” he says.
During the challenge, Smith
visited more than 100 schools,
including his old boarding school. “I
was so overwhelmed by the change
in that school with a new faculty,
new head teacher and his passion to
ensure the kids in his care were kept
safe. They felt like they could stand
up and talk about the things that
were happening to them.”
Smith is running the London
Marathon this year – the same day
as his crowdfunding campaign
launches – and he says that he
genuinely believes anyone can do
it. “I you looked at me on the day
I went to my first running club
meeting, I was terrified. I was in a
baggy tracksuit top, baggy tracksuit
bottoms, and I had no confidence,
and I thought, ‘what the hell am I
doing here?’ How am I going to shift
17 stone around any distance, let
alone a possible marathon.
“But I went out and I walked and
I ran the three miles that night. And
I thought, well if I can do that, then
maybe I can do a bit more. If you’re
training for a marathon, it’s about
first of all assuming that 26.2 miles is
not an impossible task. It just comes
down to mindset, and surrounding
yourself with people who believe you
can achieve it.”
‘401: The Extraordinary Story of the
Man who Ran 401 Marathons in 401
Days and Changed his Life Forever’
(£12.99, Bloomsbury) is out now
Television Wednesday 18 April
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Mandela (R) (S).
10.00Live At The
Apollo With
Adam Hills,
Michelle Wolf
and Jamali
Maddix (R) (S)
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00News (S).
10.30 Regional News
10.45 Exposure –
Great Ormond
Street: The
Child First And
Always? (S).
10.00First Dates
A Second World
War veteran,
who’s 97, shares
a date with a
79-year-old
woman (S).
10.00Violent Child,
Desperate
Parents Parents
being physically
abused by their
children (S).
10.00The
Plantagenets
How the
dynasty fought
to win back land
in France (R) (S).
11.15 Nightmare Pets
SOS (R) (S).
11.45 Getting High
For God?
Part two of
two (R) (S).
11.15 Hospital
Patients at
the Queen’s
Medical Centre
Paediatric
Intensive Care
Unit (R) (S).
11.40 British
Touring Car
Championship
Highlights
Action from
Brands Hatch
Indy Circuit (S).
11.05 Paradise
Hunters Two
millennials
start very
different jobs
in far-flung
locations (R) (S).
11.05 Meghan And
Harry: In Their
Own Words
Examining
interviews with
the royal couple
(R) (S).
11.00 Timeshift: The
Last Days Of
Steam Britain’s
investment
in new steam
locomotives in
the 1950s (R) (S).
11.35 FILM: Shut
In (Adam
Schindler 2015)
Horror thriller,
starring Beth
Riesgraf (S).
11.25 Family Guy
(R) (S).
11.55 Family Guy
(R) (S).
12.20 BBC News (S).
12.15 Sign Zone:
MasterChef (R) (S). 12.45
Sign Zone: Imagine –
Ingrid Bergman In Her
Own Words (R) (S). 2.25
This Is BBC Two (S).
1.00 Jackpot247 3.00
Tenable (R) (S). 3.50 ITV
Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.05 Live From Abbey
Road Classics (S). 12.35 My
Online Nightmare (R) (S).
1.35 FILM: Admission (S).
3.20 Building The Dream
(R) (S). 4.15 The Question
Jury (R) (S). 5.10 One Star
To Five Star (R) (S).
12.05 Meghan Markle: The
First 100 Days (R) (S). 1.00
SuperCasino (S). 3.10 GPs:
Behind Closed Doors (R)
(S). 4.00 Witches (R) (S).
4.45 House Doctor (R) (S).
5.10 Divine Designs (R) (S).
5.35 Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
12.00 The Mystery Of
Rome’s X Tomb (R) (S). 1.00
Top Of The Pops: 1983 (R)
(S). 1.25 Top Of The Pops:
1983 (R) (S). 1.50 The Great
Rift: Africa’s Wild Heart
(R) (S). 2.55 Timeshift (R) (S).
3.50 Close
1.20 FILM: Hear No Evil
(Robert Greenwald 1993)
Thriller, starring Marlee
Matlin (S). 3.20 Close
12.25 American Dad! (R)
(S). 12.55 American Dad!
(R) (S). 1.25 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S). 1.50 Two And
A Half Men (R) (S). 2.15
Teleshopping 5.45 ITV2
Nightscreen
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
Camcorder clips
(R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A
Half Men Alan
deliberates over
Lyndsey (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: X-Men:
Days Of Future
Past (Bryan
Singer 2014)
Adventure,
starring Hugh
Jackman (S).
9.00 Hell’s Kitchen
USA The allstar black jacket
brigade has
been revealed
(S).
10.00Hell’s Kitchen
USA Four chefs
compete in a
holiday dish
challenge (S).
10.55 Family Guy
(R) (S).
NEWS
2-27
Rhimes medical drama, set in a fire
station a few blocks away from Grey
Sloan Memorial Hospital. It features
some crossover of characters and
cast – including Miranda Bailey
and Grey herself.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
Exposure – Great Ormond
Street: The Child First
and Always?
10.45pm, ITV
This investigative documentary
strand has a reputation for
winkling out scandal – not least
of course in being the first to
publicly expose the crimes of
Jimmy Savile. In this report, it
asks why the gastroenterology
department of the children’s
hospital has stopped taking new
referrals for most conditions.
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
FILM OF THE DAY
Lawrence of Arabia
7pm, Sky Cinema Classics
(David Lean, 1962)
This film about the charismatic army
officer TE Lawrence (Peter O’Toole,
left) and his leadership of various
tribes during the 1914-17 British
campaign against the Turks is the
crowning glory of the epic phase of
Lean’s movie-making career. It is
three and three-quarter hours of
pure cinema – and really, what with
Freddie Young’s Oscar-winning
70mm cinematography, and the way
that its characters are so often
dwarfed amid widescreen desert
vistas, it wants be seen on the big
screen to be fully appreciated. It is
monumental in its ambition – and
yet its power partly derives from
how still and controlled it often is.
IQ
30-37
===
The Spy Who Came
in from the Cold
11am, Film4
(Martin Ritt, 1965)
In contrast to the contemporaneous
Bond films, this John Le Carré
adaptation presented Cold War
espionage as a grubby business.
Richard Burton is brilliant as a
brooding double agent in East Berlin.
===
This Is Spinal Tap
8pm, Sky Cinema Greats
(Rob Reiner, 1984)
This tour doc was so cleverly faked,
audiences wondered why Rob Reiner
hadn’t found a more famous band
to profile. Even more impressive:
Spinal Tap are egotistical idiots,
but you can’t help but like them.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
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 George And Mildred
(R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S). 7.00
Rules Of Engagement
(R) (S). 8.00 How I Met
Your Mother (R) (S). 9.00
New Girl (R) (S). 10.00 2
Broke Girls (R) (S). 10.30 2
Broke Girls (R) (S). 11.00
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (R) (S).
11.30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 12.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 12.30 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 1.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S). 1.30 The Big
Bang Theory (R) (S). 2.00
How I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 2.30 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 3.00 New
Girl (R) (S). 3.30 New Girl
(R) (S). 4.00 Brooklyn NineNine (R) (S). 4.30 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (R) (S). 5.00 The
Goldbergs (R) (S). 5.30 The
Goldbergs (R) (S).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (R)
(S). 9.30 A Place In The
Sun: 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 Heartbeat
Vernon and
David uncover a
shocking case of
fraud (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory Howard
takes advantage
of Sheldon
(R) (S).
6.55 The Secret Life
Of The Zoo The
zebras have a
newcomer to
their herd (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama
(R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
Homer is
suspicious
of Bart’s new
friend (R) (S).
6.00 House An
infant’s mother
faces a difficult
decision (R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
finds a secret
intelligence
document
(R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks A
special episode
following Peri
on the street (S).
7.30 Extreme Cake
Makers (R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
Two timber
houses in south
London (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Lisa loses
control of her
imagination
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
A woman is
killed by a
stalker (R) (S).
8.00 Endeavour A
series of killings
seem linked to
a censorship
campaign (R) (S).
8.00 The Goldbergs
Adam attempts
to trick Murray
(S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.00 DC’s Legends Of
Tomorrow The
team tackles
two more
anachronisms
in a bid to keep
Mallus at bay.
8.00 Blue Bloods
Jackie and
Danny protect
an unpopular
international
dignitary (R) (S).
6.00 Animal 999 (R). 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
Storm City (R) (S). 9.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 10.00
The West Wing (R) (S).
11.00 House (R) (S). 12.00
House (R) (S). 1.00 Without
A Trace (R) (S). 2.00 Blue
Bloods (R) (S). 3.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 4.00
The West Wing (R) (S).
5.00 House (R) (S).
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
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
Benji B 3.00 Radio 1 Comedy
– Niki And Sammy’s Peachy
Podcast 4.00 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 11.00 1Xtra
Residency 1am Benji B 3.00
1Xtra Playlists
BBC Radio 2
9.00 Timeless Lucy,
Wyatt and
Rufus take a
trip back to
Hollywood in
1941 (S).
9.00 Vet On The Hill
Scott checks
up on pregnant
pigs (S).
9.00 A League Of
Their Own
With Pixie Lott,
Robbie Fowler
and David
Walliams (R) (S).
9.00 Occupied New
series. The
Norwegian
political thriller
returns (S).
10.00The Street A
minor incident
destroys a
teacher’s life
(R) (S).
10.00Naked
Attraction
Contestants
from Scotland
and Manchester
look for love
(R) (S).
10.0024 Hours In
A&E An actor
with a broken
shoulder
receives a
more worrying
diagnosis (R) (S).
10.00Westworld: The
Story So Far A
chance to catch
up with events
from the first
series of the
drama (R) (S).
10.00High
Maintenance
10.35 Silicon Valley
Richard tries to
micromanage
the new team
(R).
11.20 The Street
A Premiership
hopeful risks his
future (R) (S).
11.05 The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon
feels threatened
by a teenage
prodigy (R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.05 8 Out Of 10
Cats Does
Countdown
With Lee Mack,
Catherine Tate
and Miles Jupp
(R) (S).
11.00 The Force:
North East
Documentary
shining a light
on modern
policing in the
region (R) (S).
11.10 Hotspots: On
The Frontline
Reporting in
troubled spots
around the
world (R).
12.40 My Boy Jack (R) (S).
2.25 ITV3 Nightscreen 2.30
Teleshopping
12.05 First Dates (R) (S).
1.10 Tattoo Fixers (R) (S).
2.10 Gogglebox (R) (S).
3.00 Timeless (R) (S). 3.50
The Goldbergs (R) (S). 4.10
Rules Of Engagement
(R) (S). 4.35 Rules Of
Engagement (R) (S).
12.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.05 24 Hours In A&E (R)
(S). 2.05 8 Out Of 10 Cats
Does Countdown (R) (S).
3.10 8 Out Of 10 Cats (R)
(S). 3.55 Close
12.00 Air Ambulance ER
(R) (S). 1.00 Ross Kemp:
Extreme World (R) (S). 2.00
NCIS: Los Angeles (R) (S).
3.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
(S). 4.00 The Real A&E (R)
(S). 4.30 The Real A&E 5.00
The Dog Whisperer (R).
12.10 Billions (R) (S). 1.20
Here And Now (R). 2.30
The Sopranos (R) (S). 3.30
Animals (R) (S). 4.05 The
West Wing (R) (S). 5.00
The West Wing (R) (S).
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18 APRIL 2018
BUSINESS SPORT
38-43
48-56
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright 5.00 Simon
Mayo 7.00 The Folk Show With
Mark Radcliffe 8.00 Jo Whiley
10.00 Memphis & Martin
Luther King – “They Wouldn’t
Treat Me Like A Man” 11.00 Old
Grey Whistle Test 40 12mdn’t
Pick Of The Pops 2.00 Radio
2 Playlists: Country Playlist
3.00 Radio 2 Playlist: Easy 4.00
Radio 2 Playlist: Radio 2 Rocks
5.00 Vanessa Feltz
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. With Petroc
Trelawny 9.00 Essential
Classics 12noon Composer Of
The Week: Verdi. The operas
that Verdi wrote in the early
1850s. 1.00 News 1.02 Radio 3
Lunchtime Concert. Festival
artists the Belcea Quartet,
Malcolm Martineau and
Thomas Oliemans perform
Schubert. 2.00 Afternoon
Concert. A live concert from
the BBC Philharmonic’s home
in MediaCity UK in Salford.
3.30 Choral Evensong. From
Norwich Cathedral. 4.30
BBC Young Musician 2018.
Presented by Tom Redmond.
5.00 In Tune. A performance
by Korean pianist Yeol Eum
Son. 7.00 In Tune Mixtape.
An eclectic non-stop mix of
music. 7.30 Radio 3 In Concert.
Works by Stravinsky, Debussy
and Shostakovich. 10.00
Free Thinking. Ros Barber
explores Warwickshire words
in Shakespeare’s verse. 10.45
The Essay: Secret Admirers.
Kathryn Tickell celebrates the
work of folksong fanatic Percy
Grainger. 11.00 Late Junction
12.30am Through The Night
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Soul Music
9.30 The History Of Secrecy
9.45 Book Of The Week:
Dearest Squirrel 10.00
Woman’s Hour 10.56 The
Listening Project 11.00 The
Turban Bus Dispute 11.30 Big
Problems With Helen Keen
12noon News 12.04 Home
Front 12.15 You And Yours
12.57 Weather 1.00 The World
At One 1.45 Chinese Characters
2.00 The Archers 2.15 Drama:
Someone, Somewhere
29
ONDEMAND
My Dad, the Peace
Deal and Me
BBC iPlayer
Comedian Patrick Kielty
explores the aftermath of the
Good Friday Agreement.
Greg Davies: You
Magnificent Beast
Netflix
The Man Down/Cuckoo comedian
revisits terrifying dates.
Indian Summer School
All4
GCSE underachievers spend
time at an Indian boarding school.
3.00 Money Box Live 3.30
Inconspicuous Consumption
4.00 Thinking Allowed 4.30
The Media Show 5.00 PM 5.57
Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 Sketchtopia. Multicultural
sketch show hosted by
Hardeep Singh Kohli. 7.00
The Archers. Tom attempts a
negotiation. 7.15 Front Row.
Arts programme. 7.45 She Said/
He Said. By Eileen Horne. 8.00
Unreliable Evidence. Whether
the law is fair to asylum
seekers. 8.45 Four Thought. A
thought-provoking talk. 9.00
Costing The Earth. Scientists
gain access to thousands of
uncharted species following
years of war. 9.30 Soul Music.
People share stories of how
Debussy’s Prelude has affected
their lives. 10.00 The World
Tonight. With Ritula Shah.
10.45 Book At Bedtime: Nikesh
Shukla – The One Who Wrote
Destiny. By Nikesh Shukla. The
story of three generations of
a family, riven by feuds and
falling-outs and united by
fates and fortunes. Mukesh’s
turn in the Diwali show is
interrupted. 11.00 Six Degrees
Of John Sessions. New series.
11.15 The John Moloney Show.
John decides that Edward
the cat needs a companion.
11.30 The Digital Human. The
potential impact of advances
in technology. 12mdn’t News
And Weather 12.30 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
9.45am Daily Service 12.01pm
Shipping Forecast 5.54
Shipping Forecast
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am Julie Enfield Investigates
6.30 The Goddess Of English
7.00 Ring Around The Bath
7.30 Sketchtopia 8.00 The
Navy Lark 8.30 Round The
Horne 9.00 The Write Stuff
9.30 Life, Death And Sex 10.00
Barchester Towers 11.00
Clown’s Shoes 11.15 The New
Pick
ofthe
day
Six Degrees of
John Sessions
11pm, BBC Radio 4
The actor,
raconteur and
impressionist John
Sessions (above)
tells entertaining
stories linked to
him, interspersed
with impressions,
one-liners and
intriguing history.
Look 12noon The Navy Lark
12.30 Round The Horne 1.00
Julie Enfield Investigates 1.30
The Goddess Of English 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
Barchester Towers 4.00 The
Write Stuff 4.30 Life, Death
And Sex 5.00 Ring Around The
Bath 5.30 Sketchtopia 6.00 The
Man Who Was Thursday 6.30
Sounds Natural 7.00 The Navy
Lark 7.30 Round The Horne
8.00 Julie Enfield Investigates
8.30 The Goddess Of English
9.00 Clown’s Shoes 9.15 The
New Look 10.00 Comedy Club:
Sketchtopia 10.30 Hitchhiker’s
Guide To The Galaxy 10.55
The Interview 11.00 As Told
To Craig Brown 11.30 The
Consultants 12mdn’t Man
Who Was Thursday 12.30
Sounds Natural 1.00 Julie
Enfield Investigates 1.30 The
Goddess Of English 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 Barchester
Towers 4.00 The Write Stuff
4.30 Life, Death And Sex 5.00
Ring Around The Bath 5.30
Sketchtopia
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00
The Emma Barnett Show 1pm
Afternoon Edition 4.00 5 Live
Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport 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 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 AnneMarie Minhall 5.00 Classic FM
Drive 7.00 Smooth Classics
At Seven 8.00 The Full Works
Concert. A second evening of
spring classics. 10.00 Smooth
Classics 1am Sam Pittis
Absolute Radio
6am Christian O’Connell 10.00
Leona Graham 1pm Andy Bush
4.00 Dave Berry 7.00 Danielle
Perry 10.00 Pete Donaldson
1am Ben Burrell
Heart
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 10.00 Jim White,
Tony Cascarino And Bob Mills
1pm Hawksbee And Jacobs
4.00 Adrian Durham And
Darren Gough 7.00 Kick-off
10.00 Sports Bar 1am Extra
Time With Adam Catterall
From Black Jacks to Dolly
Mix, the sugary treats of
our childhood are making a
comeback. But is there still
a place for them in our new
health-conscious world?
By EllenManning
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memories
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or many of us, they were an
integral part of childhood.
Hankering after them,
buying them, begging
parents for them, feasting
on them. Sweets are the stuff of
childhood dreams, adult memories
and guilty pleasures. But is their
future in jeopardy thanks to our
growing fear of sugar? Do pocketmoney favourites such as Black
Jacks, Fruit Salads and Dolly Mix
have any place in today’s sugar-free,
all-natural world?
Perhaps. Despite our concerns
over almost daily reports and
warnings that sugar is the engine of
obesity and the destroyer of teeth,
our love of the sweet stuff does not
seem to be dwindling. According to
the market research company IRI,
in the 12 months to February 2018
overall sugar confectionery market
sales amounted to £1.5bn, a year-onyear growth of 0.8 per cent. Such is
the confidence in our enduring love
for sweeties that one of Britain’s
heritage brands is back. Barratt
– the name behind the Wham bar,
Refreshers and Fruit Salads – was
last seen on our shelves in 2013,
but parent company Tangerine
Confectionery has decided to bring
it back to mark its 170th anniversary.
First established in 1848 by
entrepreneur George Osborne
Barratt, Barratt went on to become
one of the biggest names in British
sweets. “I always think of Barratt’s
sweets as old-school sweets,” says the
food historian Seren CharringtonHollins. “They’ve been going for a
long, long time. It doesn’t matter
what generation you’re from, you can
talk to people who were born in the
1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and they
will have fond memories of them.”
In medieval and Victorian times,
sweets were treats for adults, but
somewhere along the way the focus
shifted to children, says CharringtonHollins. Thanks to our memories of
crunching Kola Kubes and feasting
on toffees, our love for certain sweets
continues even when we leave
childhood behind, she says. “People
get very protective about products
remaining the same because it’s part
of their childhood.”
That might explain why research
conducted by its parent company
revealed that 75 per cent of shoppers
have fond memories of the Barratt
brand, with adults often indulging
in the sweets they enjoyed in their
youth to escape the grind of adult life.
“Sweets aren’t just a ball of sugar,
they are a memory encapsulated in
sugar,” says Charrington-Hollins.
“You can suck a Black Jack or chew a
Fruit Salad and we’re back to where
we were. And I think people want a
little bit of that back. We live in such a
high pressure society and that’s why
there’s a trend towards retro sweets,
getting a bit of fun back.”
I certainly escape that grind
when I join Mick Fretwell, head of
research and development, to learn
how to make my very own Dolly Mix.
I’m shown how to flavour and colour
ng
white, sugary “dolly paste”, layerin
different hues on top of one anotherr
then cutting them into cubes that are
slightly clumsier than the real thing.
“One of the things we always
recognised is that people do buy with
their eyes so we need to make sure
that what they see tastes as good
as they expect,” Fretwell tells me –
something my attempt at Dolly Mix,
purple with an overpowering mango
flavour, doesn’t quite achieve.
Balancing nostalgia and people’s
reluctance to let go of their childhood
favourites with the need to win
over a brand new audience is a task
for Fretwell and his team. Yet that
challenge has not stopped them
trying twists on tried and tested
classics, such as a new Sour Apple
dip dab that riffs on the old-school
version, to mark the relaunch.
On top of impressing an eclectic
audience of adults on a trip down
memory lane and children on the
hunt for the next on-trend treat
They aren’t just
a ball of sugar, they
are a memory
encapsulated in sugar
brands such as Barratt also have
to make sure their sweets are
appropriate in our sugar-conscious
era. That involves a delicate balance
between doing their bit to lower
sugar content while still making sure
people feel they are having a treat.
It is not a challenge they have
shied away from, says Fretwell.
They have already switched to all
natural colours and flavours – a
change undertaken without anyone
really noticing. And the reduction
in sugar is ongoing. Last year, the
sugar content in Fruit Salad Softies
– a modern twist on the classic Fruit
Salad of years gone by – was reduced
by 21 per cent, while the dip dab
Softie lolly, not on the market yet, will
be 38 per cent lower in sugar content
than similar products.
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Travel
Blue Skye
thinking
The Hebridean island gets notoriously
busy in summer, so spring is the time
to visit. FionaWhitty suggests some
of the best seasonal activities to try there
J
agged mountain ranges, soft
beaches, glimmering pools,
velvet moors… they’re all up
for grabs on the majestic Isle
of Skye, Scotland’s second
largest island, off the west coast in
the Inner Hebrides.
Bonnie Prince Charlie found solace on Skye after being defeated at
Culloden in 1746, and visitors today
are still being beguiled by its peace,
wilderness and spectacular scenery.
Summer brings them in their
droves (inevitably, “overtourism”
is becoming a problem in peak season), but visit during spring to avoid
both the masses and the notorious
midges that appear later in the year.
Here are some of the best activities
on offer at this time of year.
TAKE A HIKE
Bring your boots – Skye’s landscapes
will lure you in. The Old Man of Storr,
with its rocky pinnacle, the product
of an ancient landslip, is a 3.8km
signposted path from the car park
on the main road north of Portree.
The Black Cuillin, home to 12 of
Scotland’s 282 mighty Munros, is
said to be the UK’s most challenging
range. Be warned, though – the jagged bare rock of the summits are for
serious mountaineers.
SPOT A SEAL
There’s nothing quite like seeing a
wild animal in its natural habitat.
On a rigid hull inflatable boat
(RIB) ride in spring around Skye’s
south-west coastal islands, you
should be able to spot grey and
common seals flopping about, sea
eagles gliding and kittiwakes and
shags gathering on cliffs. If you’re
lucky, you’ll see puffins, too.
AquaXplore provides you with oilskins and you’ll need them. We had
three seasons’ worth of weather dur-
ing our thrilling four-hour ride. It’s
not called the Misty Isle for nothing.
EAT FRESH
Arrive early enough at the Uig Hotel
and you may even see your meal
being landed (my seafood platter
starter included langoustines caught
in the bay below just hours before).
Managers Anne and Billy Harley
use local produce, including Skye
red deer, scallops from nearby Uist,
Highland venison sausages and west
coast white crab.
The green peppercorn sauce uses
whisky from the nearby Talisker
distillery and the mussels – harvested off Scotland’s west coast
– are soaked in Skye Gold, a craft
ale made from porridge oats and
brewed down the road.
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
If heaven for you is freshly caught
seafood on an open fire, then the enigmatic Mitchell Partridge is your
man. His Skye Ghillie wildlife walks
service takes you off the beaten
track to forage for edible flowers and
plants, explore 16th-century village
ruins and yomp across the heather.
The highlight of my walk was harvesting mussels that were clinging
to rocks underneath pillows of seaweed on the shores of Loch Snizort.
Our master plan had been to wander
down to the beach to find more shellfish and boil up our haul on a fire,
but a Scottish downpour forced us
to take cover under a hazel tree and
resort to Mitchell’s stove.
RAISE A GLASS
Pop into the Isle of Skye Distillers
Shop in Portree for a real taste of
Skye. Brothers Alistair and Thomas
Wilson make their Misty Isle gin in
their mum’s back garden. Its botanicals include island-foraged juniper
Hiking up to the
The Old Man
of Storr is one
of the most
popular activities
on the Isle of
Skye; below,
Kinloch Lodge,
where head chef
Marcello Tully
leads cookery
workshops GETTY
Bring
your
boots
– Skye’s
landscapes
will lure
you in
and a secret flower discovered by
former builder Thomas while walking his dog.
Visit after mid-May and you can
try the new gin school. They’ll provide a base and you’ll add your own
botanicals and design a label before
leaving with your own unique bottle.
THROW AN AXE
Forget darts. Matt Harrison at ACE
Target Sports near Portree aims
to have you chucking an axe at a
playing card fixed to a target with
perfect precision.
The trick, apparently, is working
out how far back you should stand
as you want the head of the axe to
be pointing at the target on impact.
Sounds easy? It isn’t – but you’ll have
great fun getting there.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
They say provenance is everything
and at Kinloch Lodge in Sleat you
can experience food right through
from delivery to plate. Renowned
head chef Marcello Tully leads
unique, behind-the-scenes cookery
workshops where you’ll lend a hand
creating that’s day’s menu, from the
morning meeting to the meal itself.
JURASSIC WORLD
Discover your inner child by hunting
for dinosaur footprints on the beach.
You can still see the claw-shaped,
foot-long prints of a meat-eating
dinosaur from 175 million years ago
at An Corran on Staffin Slipway
beach. A few miles away at Duntulm
beach there’s a whole series of football-sized prints left by a four-legged
herbivore from a similar time.
Skye is home to some of the UK’s
most important dinosaur discoveries and you’ll find more fossils at
the tiny Staffin Dinosaur Museum,
which was once a cowshed.
LISTEN TO LOCALS
For a taste of local music spend an
evening in the lively Am Praban bar
at the Eilean Iarmain hotel. It regularly hosts live bands and singers
amid a ceilidh-style vibe. You’ll be
treated to fine views over the Sound
of Sleat and you may even pick up a
bit of Gaelic; they’re very proud of
their native tongue and the National
Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture is on the doorstep.
BEACH BUM
Some of Scotland’s finest beaches
are in the Hebrides. Skye’s prettiest is arguably the remote Coral
Beach north of Dunvegan. Access
is via a single-file road to a small car
park, from where it’s a pleasant trek
through fields of cattle and sheep
along a 1.8km track. Fossilised and
sun-bleached algae gives the beach
a gleaming pale shade and sunshine
turns the sea a celestial blue.
Talisker may be best known for its
single malt whisky but its bay – dotted with sea stacks and waterfalls
– is spectacular. Hire a kayak and
paddle from Portree to the sandy
Camas Ban beach. You might just
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Living in an era of
futile resistance
Manic Street
Preachers’
Nicky Wire tells
Roisin O’Connor
about the group’s
new album, how
social media has
stunted political
debate, and why
he decided to stop
reading for a year
N
icky Wire takes his
sunglasses off for
a moment, then
puts them back on
again. The Manic
Street Preachers’
bassist and lyricist is finishing his
last promo in London for their 13th
album Resistance is Futile, before
heading back home to Wales.
It’s a fantastic album, one of
their most concise and versatile
to date, with as much fervour
as their debut, but also richly
textured stories narrated from a
view other than Wire’s – from the
tumultuous relationship of Dylan
Thomas and Caitlin Macnamara
to the story of Vivian Maier, the
Chicago nanny who left behind a
trove of 150,000 photos that were
only discovered after her death.
It’s an album inspired by people,
and the human spirit, but it also
hones in on the helplessness
felt by many in the current
political landscape – that outside
of London, many have been
forgotten amid the Brexit debate.
“It’s a problem in modern day
politics,” Wire, 49, says, “if you
forget someone, they get angry,
and they’ll eventually tell you
to f**k off. In the past there was
a sense of self-determination
through industry, and now…
The idea of getting
something out of life,
o f p ro g re s s i o n :
Obviously with
younger people
it’s even harder
because their
identities are
either secondhand or ridden
with debt.
“I feel at the
edge of bewilderment
because you feel like you’ve
seen so many failures of so many
different ideologies. It is hard for
us to be any kind of spokesperson.
“There’s a lot of finger pointing
today – a clash of opinion. I look
back and think I was lucky enough
to live in a time where there was
a genuine, drawn-out argument
and debate. That didn’t always
give the right decision, we grew
up during Thatcher, in some of
the most brutal times ever... but
I’ve always felt that democracy
could work. And at the moment
it almost feels like democracy has
been overtaken by digital
hysteria. Trying to win,
as a rule, doesn’t get
you anywhere.”
There are many
caricatures of the
Manics, he notes,
whether they’re
shaking hands
with Fidel Castro or
writing a song with
Kylie Minogue (“Some
Kind of Bliss”). But in
all of those strands, there
remains at the heart a philosophy
that you meet people without
forming any preconceptions of
them. “It sounds a bit hippy-ish,”
Wire admits, with his ideas of a
genuine empathy that he keeps
regardless if he doesn’t always
agree with someone – “it doesn’t
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mean they’re a terrible person”.
“Our judgement has always
been on a one-to-one basis, but
I can’t see how that idea fits into
the modern landscape. It’s quite
disturbing, really. I wish I had a
more coherent policy of what can
change things.”
Rappers are often the ones who
deliver today’s “social poetry”, he
observes: “Sometimes it can be a
bit too nihilistic, but then I always
like a bit of nihilism,” he adds with
a self-aware grin. “And I can’t even
judge our own music anymore.
Me, James and Sean look at each
other sometimes and think we’ve
done something truly brilliant,
and then we think: ‘Who’s gonna
be interested?’”
“It feels pointless, sometimes –
us as a band, trying to comment
– and working out if it’s still
relevant. With Stormzy on the
Brits, I thought that was a brilliant
moment. The ferocity! At our age,
doing something similar would
seem pretty shit,” he says. “And
that’s where we find ourselves. So
I was really happy to sit back and
be part of a TV moment.”
That uncertainty is why
Resistance is Futile is so melodic,
he reveals, wryly suggesting
the element of uncertainty is
“soothing to people of a certain
age”. Jumping up to fetch a bottle
of water, he chides himself for
referring to age again: “I don’t
actually feel that old,” he admits.
”It gets embarrassing sometimes
to feel as young as I do.”
You’d be hard-pushed to find
music fans with a fiercer loyalty
to their band than the Manics’.
And the band will never stop
being grateful, Wire says, because
they come from what many would
deem a “pretty unfashionable
place”, in Blackwood, Wales.
“Four kids from the same
comprehensive school in the
middle of the miner’s strike – so
much so that it sounds overromantic,” he says. “It’s in our
DNA, that I never go to a place and
think ‘this is a shithole’, because
there’s something to be found –
people, stories – everywhere.”
He wanted to capture that
feeling on “Liverpool Revisited”,
he says, one day when he got up
early to wander around the city
taking Polaroids: “As a songwriter
that is a purely magical day.
Realising the resilience and the
defiance of those people… no one
else would have helped them!”
“I think of the 96, as the tears
fall down on me,” frontman James
Dean Bradfield sings, and a little
later: “Fight for justice, fight
for life/there are angels in these
skies.” The song honours not
just the Hillsborough victims,
but their families, who fought
the establishment and seemed
determined to come back stronger
each time.
“To have the whole of the British
establishment against you – it was
such an amazing achievement,”
Wire says. “Then all the culture
that fed into me, hearing the
Bunnymen, and The La’s in my
head, The Beatles of course, and
Roger McGough’s poetry.
“The greatest luxury of being in
a band is that every place you go, it
leaves a little imprint. I’ve always
picked up bits of inspiration. Our
approach of not judging people
does come from living in the
middle of nowhere.”
“Dylan and Caitlin” was one of
the few songs Wire “designed” as
a duet, he says, and it was written
with Welsh singer The Anchoress
in mind (“she is too talented”) – he
generally avoids writing out of
character as a rule because “it’s
not my strongest suit”.
But on songs such as “Dylan
and Caitlin”, and on their 2007 hit
single “Your Love Alone”, it works.
“It felt like a big relief,” Wire says,
“especially after Rewind the Film
which was pretty confessional, to
write about all these inspirational
characters. It felt good to stop
Nicky Wire performing at the
Q Awards last year (above); with
Sean Moore and James Dean
Bradfield (centre) ALEX LAKE; GETTY
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bombarding people with my
confessional misery,” he says with
another laugh.
“ T h e r e a re s o m e we i rd
preconceptions of us, because our
politics have always been socialistingrained, but there’s been a
massive amount of existentialism,
dare I say it... fun, involved in that.
Because The Situationists are
as big an influence on us as Nye
Bevan. That was where the colour
came from, otherwise we would
have been a pretty drab band.”
Wire consumed less culture
in 2017 than he had before: apart
from Philip Larkin’s poetry, he
virtually stopped reading. It was
something of a conscious decision
after the release of their 12th,
2014 album Futurology, which
he loves, but was “overwrought”
with references from Mayakovsky
to Malevich, and he worried
Bradfield, who is the one who has
to sing the lyrics, “didn’t know
what I was on about”.
“This year I’ve been massively
turned around with St Vincent,”
he says of the new music he’s come
to after the record was finished,
adding, “It’s just so powerful.
When she picks up the guitar it’s
so violent, in that controlled way.
And I’m addicted to Sunflower
Bean [Twentytwo in Blue], I love
that record so much.”
“We were lucky,” he adds, of
new bands breaking through.
“For us, being in a band you got
It’ss an album that
is inspired by people
and the human spirit,
given the era we’re in
£30,000 to go on tour support. It
was a massive mistake around
Napster time when everyone
thought record companies were
the enemy. They weren’t, they
were full of philanthropists and
people who loved music... it was
the tech guys who hated music.
Making it as a band doesn’t seem
like a reality any more. With us it
was proper, old school hard work,
and that’s what got you there. Now
that doesn’t matter so much.”
With many of those bands, he
suggests, they’re just waiting for
the one song “to really make it” –
the one which defines them.
“When Oasis released “Live
Forever”, I remember me and
James were crushed, because it
topped everything we’d ever done.
Then we went back and tried
something else.”
Two years ago at the Royal
Albert Hall, the Manics celebrated
the release of their first big
commercial success, Everything
Must Go. It went down as one of
those shows that lingers at the
back of the audience’s mind long
after they’ve left.
“Even I was surprised by
those shows,” Wire smiles. “It
was actually emotional being on
stage. Me and James looked at
each other after and were like,
‘what happened there?!’ It was
spectacular. We’ve done every
venue so many times, and when
the night seems to spark off of
something… it’s pretty amazing.”
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Last night’s
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television
SEAN O’GRADY
Series shows there
is still much more to
do to tackle racism
» Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation BBC1, 9pm
J
ust as Doreen and Neville
Lawrence have conducted
themselves with such
exemplary dignity over the
quarter-century since their eldest
child, Stephen, was murdered, so,
too, did the makers of Stephen:
The Murder that Changed a Nation
create a highly moving account,
characterised above all with that
same quality of quiet dignity.
In this first of the three episodes
running this week, the outstanding
personality was Doreen, now
Baroness, Lawrence, who was
driven by grief and a restrained
anger to secure justice for her son.
It bears repeating that Stephen
was not a criminal, was not into
drugs, didn’t carry knives and was
a studious, creative, ambitious
and peaceable young man, as the
film showed – everything, by all
accounts, his assailants were not.
We learned about the casual
racism that seemed to govern this
part of south-east London in those
days – black men and women would
be called the N-word by cowards
driving past, or have missiles
hurled at them and, as we all know
only too well, be the subject of
random beatings and stabbings.
The film-makers Asif Kapadia,
James Gay-Rees and James
Rogan allowed the Lawrences,
their friends, neighbours and
everyone else involved (witnesses,
police, politicians) to speak
for themselves, both in new
interviews and in clips from the
past. You could trace the political
Stephen Lawrence
was studious, creative,
ambitious – everything
his assailants were not
radicalisation of Doreen Lawrence.
The sense of iron entering her soul
was almost tangible.
I found the testimony of
Duwayne Brooks, Stephen’s best
friend who was with him that
evening, much more eloquent and
convincing than expected, given
that he more than most has had his
reputation subverted in the years
since he managed to escape from
the thugs at that bus stop. It was
especially affecting to learn that
Doreen Lawrence and Mr Brooks
have not spoken since.
There were troubling truths
that echo today, when the rise
in knife-crime claims evermore
black victims. You have to wonder
whether ministers and the police
would have done more, sooner, to
tackle this deadly trend if more
Doreen Lawrence (above) has fought
for justice for her son, Stephen (top)
of the victims were white. Today,
the brief, bright life and tragic
death of Stephen Lawrence might
be one of the many half-forgotten
cases of racial murder that people
prefer not to dwell upon – but for
the intervention of two particular
individuals, as was made clear in
the documentary.
First, in the view of many,
including the Lawrences, only
when Nelson Mandela came to visit
them and made a stand did the
authorities take the issue seriously
and make arrests.
Second: Paul Dacre, editor of
the Daily Mail. By pure chance, as
he explained to the camera, Mr
Dacre knew Neville Lawrence, who
had done some plastering work
for him. The Mail embarked upon
a sometimes defiant campaign to
bring Stephen’s killers to justice.
You can query their motives
but the Mail did more for the
Lawrences than all of the liberal
press put together. It is as well to
acknowledge that.
Although the focus was on the
Stephen Lawrence case, I found
myself wanting to know much more
about the gang culture of the time
and about a series of apparently
similar racist stabbings along that
very same road in the previous
months, especially the murders of
Rohit Duggal and Rolan Adams.
It makes you ashamed of what
Britain was, glad that we have
moved on and anxious that there is
so much more to be done. The next
two episodes, I fear, will not prove
any easier to watch.
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Arts
Mark Bonnar
and Jane
Horrocks take
on the mother
of all selfassembly jobs
JOHAN PERSSON
Arts
reviews
THEATRE
Instructions for Correct Assembly
ROYAL COURT, LONDON
HHHHH
“I thought that we could have a go
at it together, you know like we
did with the upstairs bed?” says
Hari (Mark Bonnar) to his wife
Max (Jane Horrocks). It quickly
becomes apparent this new DIY
plan is a little trickier. It involves
CLASSICAL
Igor Levit
WIGMORE HALL, LONDON
HHHHH
Critic Annette Moreau has
– with the Wigmore Hall –
commissioned Frederic Rzewski
to compose a major new piano
work, Ages.
One American critic has
described Rzewski as “a
granitically overpowering piano
technician, capable of depositing
huge boulders of sonoristic
material across the keyboard
without actually wrecking
the instrument”.
Lasting just over an hour, the
piece was in five movements,
but it came across as one single
labyrinthine rumination in which
violence alternated with restraint,
grand pianistic virtuosity with
childlike playfulness employing a
battery of unexpected materials.
A kazoo, a bird whistle, a baby-call,
and a recorded lamb’s bleat were
just some of these, with Igor Levit
providing more by sighing or
hooting like the wind
The result was a tissue of
effects, a sequence of fleeting
dreams, with delicate hints of
Bach and Purcell indicating a
philosophical underpinning.
MICHAEL CHURCH
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screwing together a bewildering
jumble of plastic and metal body
parts, to say nothing of mastering
the chip at the back of the skull
or getting the hang of the remote
control that can adjust attitudes.
The couple are assembling a
robotised young man – and he
looks identical to their deceased
son, Nick.
Hari prides himself on being able
to fix anything. But Nick proved to
be beyond his father’s powers of
repair. The boy they proudly waved
off to university became a deceitful
junkie, forever stealing money and
promising reform. Thomas Eccleshare’s play is an astute dystopian
satire on the futile quest for
programmed perfection and a
study of parental grief and guilt.
In this production, Brian
Vernel pulls off a brilliant double
by playing both flawed, jittery
Nick and Jan, his idealised aspirational alternative. The play
has a non-linear structure that
leaves us guessing about which
of them we are watching. It’s
Jan not Nick who takes after his
“parents” in showing an interest
in learning the names of flowers
and in model railways. Nick, we
see, desperately wants to make
Hari and Max proud but doesn’t
have the right wiring for it and
goes into fatal decline. Their love
for him is genuine, but trophy
children seem to be thick on the
ground among their friends.
Cai Dyfan’s clever set invites us
to peer through a triangular slot
at the short, earlier scenes which
slide into view on a conveyor belt.
Michele Austin is hilarious as the
sort of mother who brags about
her gifted children in the guise of
complaining about the demands
being imposed by the schools.
Eccleshare gets some comic
mileage from the fact that Jan’s
comments, ranging from louty
to politically correct, have to be
beeped by the remote control
for social acceptability. The grief,
though, to my mind is not as well
handled. The parents, despite two
excellent performances, don’t
snag your heart enough with
the mistake of their attempt at
a second chance. There’s a lack
of human warmth which, given
the theme, isn’t the brand of
imperfection the play is asking us
to embrace.
Until 1 May 020 7565 5000
PAUL TAYLOR
THE INDEPENDENT
TWO TEMPLE PLACE, LONDON WC2
The impact that jazz has had on
Britain since it first arrived in
1918, highlighting how the new
sounds in post-war nightclubs
and dancehalls provided exciting
and dynamic material for British
artists. The show brings together
paintings, prints, cartoons,
textiles, ceramics, moving
film, instruments and sound.
(twotempleplace.org) to Sun
Anthony McCall:
Solid Light Works
HEPWORTH, WAKEFIELD
Anthony McCall is best known
for immersive sculptural light
installations that invite visitors to
become active participants in the
work. This is the first major UK
exhibition of his art in more than
a decade, exploring all facets of
his work and including the British
premieres of three “solid light”
installations. Entry is free.
(01924 247360) to 3 Jun
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 whose husband is in prison
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
TALKS & POETRY
DANCE
Voices of
America
Festival of Debate
VARIOUS VENUES, SHEFFIELD
Headliners over the next few
months include Yanis Varoufakis,
Ed Miliband, Polly Toynbee,
Reni Eddo-Lodge, Cassetteboy
and Ruby Tandoh.
(festivalofdebate.com) to 29 Jun
SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON
HHHHH
A joyful surprise: in his new
work for English National
Ballet, choreographer William
Forsythe takes the company
clubbing. Playlist (Track 1, 2) is a
goofy delight, spinning 12 of the
company’s men through virtuoso
steps to house and neo-soul.
Forsythe is very much the star
of this programme of works by
American artists. It’s his first work
for a British company in more
than 20 years, part of a return to
classical ballet after time focusing
on contemporary dance. Both the
new work and Approximate Sonata
show Forsythe enjoying ballet,
its grandeur and its agility, with
ENB’s dancers soaring to meet the
challenges he sets them.
Playlist (Track 1, 2) starts with
its cast stepping side-to-side
to a track by Peven Everett, like
a balletic version of the selfconscious clubber’s dancefloor
shuffle. They build to spectacular
steps, with contrasting groups or
bounding jumps, before showing
more individual, sinuous dancing.
Forsythe is known for
deconstructing ballet. Here he has
VISUAL ARTS
Rhythm & Reaction: the Age
of Jazz in Britain
Mason Cross
WATERSTONES, ARGYLE ST, GLASGOW
Choreographer William
Forsythe brings the
house down with his
clubbing ballet
LAURENT LIOTARDO
Presumed Dead, the fifth thriller in
the writer’s Carter Blake series,
finds the adventurer investigating
an old serial-killer case. The
writer is in conversation about the
book here with Douglas Skelton.
(01412 484814) tonight 7pm
COMEDY
Michael Legge
fun putting it back together: those
steady beats aren’t so different
from the oompah tunes of
19th-century ballet, and give the
same support to big steps. And if
you expect electronic music from
Forsythe, well, here it is – but this
time it’s cheerful pop, rather than
avant-garde radiator noises.
Approximate Sonata, made in
1996 but recently revised, shows
a more familiar side of Forsythe,
with an electronic score by Thom
Willems, dance stopping and
starting as four couples explore
different steps.
The other new acquisition,
Jerome Robbins’ 1951 The Cage,
is a female-dominated work to
balance the new Forsythe. A lurid
slice of pulp scifi, it shows insect
women preying on men.
Until 21 April.
Box office 020 7863 8000
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SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
Working himself up into a state
of barely concealed rage – as is
his very entertaining wont –
Michael Legge lets fly at the
Apple Store, Ed Sheeran and the
alt-right in his latest hour, Jerk.
(020 7478 0100) to Sat
Simon Evans
VARIOUS VENUES
Wither in the company of one
of comedy’s most lacerating
performers, as Simon Evans
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CLASSICAL
agenda
London Philharmonic
Orchestra
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON SE1
THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
takes laser-guided aim at the
dumbed-down modern world in
Genius. Colston Hall, Bristol (0117
203 4040) tonight; Sundial Theatre,
Cirencester (0844 8700 887) Thur
Bill Bailey
VARIOUS VENUES
The doyen of musical comedy
promises to tell the real story
of Old MacDonald and create
a symphony from a ringtone in
his latest, typically skew-whiff
tour, Larks in Transit. Derngate,
Northampton (01604 624811)
tonight and Thur; Brighton Centre
(0844 847 1515) Fri
DANCE
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. Sage, Gateshead
(sagegateshead.com) tonight; Town
Hall, Birmingham (alttickets.com)
Thur; Howard Assembly Room,
Leeds (operanorth.co.uk) Fri
Idles
VARIOUS VENUES
Ballerina Viviana Durante directs
three of the choreographer’s
earliest dramatic works,
performed by dancers from
Ballet Black and the Royal Ballet.
(020 7638 8891) to Sat
Bristol punks Idles issued
controlled blasts of smartly
splenetic rage on last year’s
ballistic debut album, Brutalism.
Pitched somewhere between
Sleaford Mods and Shame on the
state-of-the-now frontline, Idles
keep the anger energised on tour.
Gorilla, Manchester (gigsandtours.
com) tonight; Heaven, London WC2
(gigsandtours.com) Thur
The Royal Ballet
IAMDDB
Three very contrasting works:
all-male ritual and conflict in
Wayne McGregor’s Obsidian
Tear, the swooning romance of
Frederick Ashton’s Marguerite and
Armand, and Kenneth MacMillan’s
ragtime romp Elite Syncopations.
(020 7304 4000) tonight 7.30pm
Building on waves of buzz,
Manchester’s Diane Debrito
sets out to see off all-comers as
she tours her off-piste hybrids of
twitchy trap, slow-dripping soul
and silky jazz. Hidden, Manchester
(ticketweb.uk) tonight; Koko,
London NW1 (ticketweb.uk) Thur
Kenneth MacMillan:
Steps Back in Time
BARBICAN CENTRE, LONDON EC2
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON WC2
VARIOUS VENUES
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Vladimir Jurowski contrasts two
symphonies composed on the
eve of the Second World War:
Stravinsky’s neo-classical one in C
major and Shostakovich’s tragicalcomical Sixth. In between, Leif
Ove Andsnes is the solo pianist
in centenary composer Claude
Debussy’s early Fantaisie.
(020 3879 9555) tonight 7.30pm
THEATRE
This House
BIRMINGHAM REPERTORY THEATRE
An outstanding production
of James Graham’s masterful
political comedy about Harold
Wilson’s mid-70s minority Labour
government struggling to cling
on to power. It romps along at
a sprightly pace and all those
flares, wide ties, bad haircuts
and moustaches are lovingly
reproduced. (0121 236 4455) to Sat
This Saturday, in your
money
business
Confessions
of a money
blogger:
How I found
myself in
£15,000
worth of
debt
School of Rock
NEW LONDON THEATRE, LONDON WC2
The kids are more than all right
– in fact, they are an absolute joy
in this ridiculously entertaining
show, with music by Andrew Lloyd
Webber, adapted from the 2003
movie. (0844 811 0052) to 13 Jan
The only
concise quality
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Legally Blonde
SUNDERLAND EMPIRE
Lucie Jones stars in Anthony
Williams’s energetic and witty
production of the legal musical,
based on the 2001 film and telling
the story of how an apparently
air-headed California valley
blonde goes to Harvard Law
School and becomes a brilliant
lawyer, without ever giving up
on her right to wear pink. (legally
blondethemusical.com) to Sat
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Picasso’s “year of wonders”, with more
than 100 paintings, sculptures and
drawings, alongside family photographs
and glimpses into his personal life.
Three of his paintings featuring his
lover Marie-Thérèse Walter are
shown together for the first time
since they were created over a
period of just five days in March 1932,
including Girl Before a Mirror (left).
(020 7887 8888) to 9 Sept
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MANAGEMENT
BP among 35 firms ‘failing to
meet board gender targets’
housebuilder Persimmon and travel
group TUI – have poor numbers of
The oil company BP and retailer women on their combined executive
Sports Direct are among 35 of the committees and direct reports.
UK’s biggest firms being taken to
Another 11 firms in the FTSE 250
task for failing to meet targets
were also found to have all-male
to increase the number of
boards, such as Mike Ashwomen in the boardroom.
ley’s Sports Direct and
The Investment Assupport-services firm
sociation (IA) and the
Stobart Group, as well
Hampton-Alexander
as 10 firms that chose
Review have writnot to report their
companies in the
FTSE
100
who
still
ten to 35 firms in the
gender diversity data
had all-male boards,
FTSE 350 who have
to the Hampton-Alexas of last June
no or low female repreander Review last year
sentation on the board
– including the motoring
calling for urgent action.
firm AA and pub group
The IA has singled out
JD Wetherspoon.
14 companies in the FTSE 100,
It comes as Legal & General
with BP and the mining firm Fresnil- Investment Management, which
lo among those blasted for still hav- manages nearly £1trn worth of asing an all-male board as of last June, sets, has warned it will vote against
while it said firms – including the the reappointment of chairs of the
By Holly Williams
14
UK’s 350 biggest public companies if
women do not make up at least 25 per
cent of the board.
L&G voted against 37 board chairs
or nomination committees in the UK
because of poor diversity last year
and voted against all-male boards at
US companies for the first time.
The moves ramp up the pressure
on firms ahead of the upcoming annual general meeting season, with pay,
diversity and corporate governance
in sharp focus as investors prepare
to have their say on the way firms
First published in 2016,
the Hampton Alexander
Review holds companies that
make up the FTSE 350 to ensure
33 per cent of all senior positions
are held by women before 2020.
Minister Andrew Griffin said all FTSE
350 firms had to pull their weight
are run. The IA – which represents
UK investment managers that collectively own a third of the FTSE – is
asking the 35 firms singled out to explain their poor gender balance and
what steps they are taking to move
towards the targets, as set out in the
Hampton-Alexander Review in 2016.
The business minister, Andrew
Griffiths, said: “Diversity at the
very top of businesses has proven
time and again to make for more
effective leadership. “We need all
FTSE 350 firms to pull their weight
if we’re to become a world leader on
gender diversity.”
CURRENCY
Jobs data
puts pound
at post-Brexit
record
By Caitlin Morrison
Quote of
the day
Now isn’t the time
to start splashing
the cash. You
should make hay
while the sun
shines and keep
control of your
spending
Hannah Maundrell
Editor of money.co.uk
on how to cope with an
interest rate rate in May
The 30
Second
Briefing
JD SPORTS
Fashion retailer JD Sports revealed
a strong set of annual results
yesterday, despite the apparent
crisis on the high street.
The firm’s pre-tax profits grew by
24 per cent to reach £294.5m in the
year to 3 February, with revenues a
third higher at £3.16bn, according to
its latest market update.
How do those results compare?
Very well. From JD Sports’
perspective these are “record
results”, with pre-tax profits across
the group increasing. The addition
of 56 new stores in Europe, as well
as the opening of its first Australian
branches, also helped cement a solid
2017 performance.
How can JD Sports thrive when
times for UK retailers are so tough?
Other chains on the UK’s high streets
have been facing a combination of a
squeeze on incomes, due to falling
footfalls and consumer spending,
and rising overheads, largely thanks
to increasing rents and business
rates. These pressures have already
caused problems for Prezzo, New
Look and other household names.
For JD Sports, meanwhile, growth
was largely propelled by website
sales, which increased by 30 per
cent this year. Like-for-like in-store
sales also grew 3 per cent, buoyed
by £23m of earnings from its newly
acquired Go Outdoors brand.
What’s next?
Chief executive Peter Cowgill
says that the firm will target “new
markets around the world” with
its most popular brands. The
markets are waiting for JD Sports
to complete its mooted acquisition
of US brand Finish Line for £396m,
which includes 931 new stores and
branded concessions at Macy’s,
giving it a firm foothold stateside.
The pound hit its highest level against
the dollar since the Brexit vote in
June 2016, rising to $1.437 at its peak
yesterday.
New data about UK employment
and average wages saw the pound
finish the day at $1.429.
Sterling’s initial surge has been attributed to optimism ahead of wages
and unemployment data, released on
Tuesday morning, weakness in the
dollar, and reduced concerns around
the possibility of a hard Brexit as the
UK and EU get ready for the next
round of negotiations over Britain’s
withdrawal from the bloc.
The strong pound eventually
pushed the FTSE 100 up by 27.9
points at the close.
Naeem Aslam, chief market
analyst at Think Markets, said:
“Traders have pushed the currency
higher ahead of the important upcoming wages and unemployment
data, perhaps there is a real optimism amidst them.
“We do think it is a bold move because most of the bets are based
on the hopes that the health of
the job market would permit the
Bank of England to adopt a more
aggressive stance towards their
monetary policy.
“ If t h e n u m b e r s d o s h o w
that the wage data has the ability to outperform the strength in the
inflation, it would firm the bullish
bets on sterling.”
The pound remained relatively flat
against the euro yesterday, fluctuating throughout the day to finish at
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Lloyds to shed 1,230 jobs
and shut 49 more branches
By Holly Williams
More than 1,200 jobs are being axed
at Lloyds Banking Group under
plans to shut another 49 branches,
delivering a further blow to Britain’s
high streets.
The bank said 1,230 jobs will be
cut across its branch network and in
some central functions as part of the
move. It said it hopes to redeploy affected staff where possible, with compulsory redundancies a “last resort”.
The group is also creating 925 roles
elsewhere in the business and put the
overall job losses at 305.
Lloyds pledged to expand its
mobile branch network by another
seven to 36 to help offset the planned
branch closures. The branches will
be shut across its Lloyds and Halifax
banking brands between July and
October this year.
A spokesman for Lloyds said:
“These branch closures are in
response to changing behaviour and
the reduced number of transactions
being made in branches.”
On the job cuts, he said: “The
group’s policy is always to use natural
turnover and to redeploy people
wherever possible to retain their
expertise and knowledge within
the group. Since 2011, over 90 per
cent of role reductions have been
achieved through a combination of
natural attrition, redeployment and
Lloyds said the
closures were in
response to fewer
transactions being
made in branches
AFP/GETTY
voluntary redundancy. Where it is
necessary for employees to leave the
company, we will look to achieve this
by offering voluntary redundancy.
“Compulsory redundancies will
always be a last resort.”
The group said the new roles being
created comes as part of its pledge
to invest £3bn on technology and
staff training under a new threeyear strategy. Lloyds last year said
that it would shut 100 branches. In
February, it announced that another
465 roles were being cut.
Lloyds’ profits for 2017
surged by 24 per cent to
reach £5.3bn, while boss Antonio
Horta-Osorio took home a £6.4m
pay packet the same year.
Primark can’t save ABF from sugar struggles
Associated British Foods (ABF),
the owner of Silver Spoon and the
discount fashion giant Primark,
has reported a 30 per cent drop in
profit despite increased sales across
almost all its businesses during the
Outlook
JIM
ARMITAGE
Hammerson
needs to think
twice about Intu
A
few weeks ago, Intu
shareholders had
a result. Having illadvisedly backed a midtable shopping centres
operator – not quite West Brom but a
far cry from Man City – they suddenly
found themselves at the receiving
end of a juicy takeover bid.
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MOTORING
Vauxhall to cut
dealerships in
bid to combat
falling sales
By Ben Chapman
FOOD
By Caitlin Morrison
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first half of the current financial year.
The group said decline in its sugar
operation, AB Sugar, was to blame
for the dip in overall pre-tax profit,
which fell to £623m from £895m in
the first half of 2017.
Primark, meanwhile, delivered an
8 per cent rise in revenue, to £3.5bn,
and a 6 per cent increase in operating
profit, which hit £341m, compared
with £323m for the same period
last year.
T h e g ro u p s a i d P r i m a rk ’s
performance was driven by “better
buying” and a weaker US dollar.
Hammerson – snapping at the
heels of Premier League leader
Westfield, with a line-up from Brent
Cross to Birmingham’s Bullring – was
set to pay £3.4bn for their company.
That was way ahead of its previous
share price. Trebles all round
for Trafford Centre tycoon John
Whittaker, who owns more than a
quarter of Intu’s shares.
The trouble was, the shareholders
at Hammerson weren’t so sure. Why
shackle our business to a worse one,
they asked?
They just about bought the idea of
sharing overheads – maintenance,
entertainment budgets and such
like. But they couldn’t see the point in
a deal largely predicated on flogging
£2bn worth of the tumbleweed
centres in “secondary locations” –
estate agent speak for crap towns.
Particularly at a time when bricks
and mortar shops are in long-term
cyclical decline (a key reason for the
merger in the first place).
Hammerson investors’ nerves
proved justified when a French
bidder, Klépierre, came in with a bid
for their company. Cheekily cheap,
it may have been, but it highlighted
Hammerson’s prize status.
Its shareholders have been asking
around the market and confirming
their concerns that selling that £2bn
worth of second-division malls into
a declining market won’t be easy.
The best operators have spent the
Vauxhall will cut back its dealership
network amid rapidly falling UK
car sales and changing consumer
behaviour.
The company will terminate
contracts with all of its 326
dealerships and renegotiate them
in order to make its network more
profitable. Vauxhall’s European
sister company Opel is carrying out
a similar exercise.
The exact number of Vauxhall
dealerships that will survive in the UK
is not known but is likely to be between
200 and its current figure, the
company said. It has been reported
that the firm’s owner, PSA Group,
intended to cut 100 of its 326 UK
dealerships, threatening 3,800 jobs.
Vauxhall’s sales plunged by more
than a fifth last year and were down
18 per cent in the first three months of
this year. Across the industry, UK car
sales as a whole slipped 5.6 per cent
in 2017. Consumers now do far more
of their research into making a new
car purchase online, lessening the
demand for dealerships.
Vauxhall’s communications
director, Denis Chick, said the
company was improving efficiency in
every area of its business, including
its dealership network. “Our retailers
are, and will remain, our primary
route to the market,” he said.
The firm will also improve customer service standards and allow dealerships to start selling commercial
vehicles. THE INDEPENDENT
past decade ditching their weaker
shopping centres.
So now Hammerson shareholders
have been telling management either
to drop the Intu deal, or get a lower
price. The Dutch pension fund APG,
Hammerson’s biggest investor, will
vote against the deal.
From the
business
pages
AMP ‘interfered in
independent report’
The Sydney Morning
Herald
Revelations from the Royal
Commission’s grilling of wealth
manager AMP continue,
after it was revealed the bank
interfered in the drafting of an
independent expert report by
removing any mention of the
chief executive, Craig Meller.
The news has sparked political
and business figures to call for a
crackdown on poor behaviour in
the financial advice sector.
Firms file tariff
waiver applications
The Washington Post
So many US companies
are asking the Commerce
Department for a waiver from
paying Donald Trump’s new
tariffs that Kevin Dempsey,
general counsel at the American
Iron and Steel Institute, says a
“tsunami is coming”. More than
1,200 applications for waivers
from the steel tariffs and 125 for
aluminium tariffs have come in
to the department so far.
Macron suggests
banking overhaul
Deutsche Welle
THE INDEPENDENT
Although it does have
some decent malls, Intu’s
portfolio is undeniably
weaker than Hammerson’s
39
Yesterday, in a naked effort to get
the sale back on the rails, Intu issued
a statement saying how wonderfully
its business is doing. It tried to dispel
the myth that its centres are weak,
pointing out that 80 per cent of the
value of its assets is in top-ranked
sites such as Lakeside in Essex and
Trafford Centre in Manchester.
But don’t be fooled. Although it
does have some decent malls, Intu’s
portfolio is undeniably weaker than
Hammerson’s. Furthermore, it has
extended itself more aggressively
debt-wise, with a loan-to-value ratio
of 45 per cent against Hammerson’s
36 per cent .
That’s not a business positioned
for the decline in the retail sector we
all know is happening. Hammerson
needs to do a proper stock-take on its
Intu plan and either slap a discount
on its offer or pull it.
Intu’s Whittaker, a lifelong United
fan, must get used to coming second
this season. EVENING STANDARD
Speaking before the EU
Parliament in Strasbourg,
France’s President Emmanuel
Macron called on politicians
to consider an overhaul of the
European banking and capital
markets systems in bid to boost
unity between its member
states. In reply, German finance
minister Olaf Scholz said such
proposals should be considered
ahead of next year’s elections.
Russian firm ‘signs
deals worth billions’
Russia Today
The state-owned Russian
power firm Rosatom, which is
building Egypt’s first nuclear
power plant in time for 2030,
says it has a range of contracts
with the country worth tens of
billions of dollars. According
to boss Alexey Likhachev, the
$60bn (£42bn) worth of deals
include constructing a waterwater energetic reactor for the
plant in Dabaa, maintaining it
and continuing to supply fuel to
many others.
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BANKING
INVESTMENT
RBS to plug £3.5bn
pension fund hole
Goldman Sachs
sees profits jump
The Royal Bank of Scotland
has agreed terms to plug a
£3.5bn hole in its pension fund
as it moves to implement new
ring-fencing legislation. The
Government-backed lender
described the occasion as
an “important milestone”
on the road to eventually
resuming paying out
dividends to investors.
Goldman Sachs reported a
rise in first quarter profits
yesterday, helped by a lower
tax bill and greater market
volatility. The bank’s net
income rose 27 per cent in the
first three months of 2018 to
reach $2.74bn (£1.92bn), while
Goldman’s trading arm alone
saw its revenues increase by a
figure of 23 per cent.
TRANSPORT
TECHNOLOGY
China to open up
its car market
T-Mobile agrees to
pay out $40m fine
China’s government says it
will open up the country’s car
market for foreign investment.
Officials said they would remove
restrictions for domestic firms
that make fully electric or
plug-in hybrid vehicles in 2018,
followed by commercial car
makers in 2020.
Mobile phone network
T-Mobile has agreed to pay a
$40m (£27m) fine to the US
government after it was found
that it used false ringtones when
calls could not be connected in
rural areas. T-Mobile said that
the issue was “unintentional”
and has since been corrected.
BANKING
TECHNOLOGY
Investors told to
reject reports
Shares in Twitter
soar over rating
Proxy advisor Pensions
and Investment Research
Consultants (Pirc) urged
investors in HSBC to reject
the bank’s remuneration and
annual reports ahead of its
AGM on Friday, because of an
“excessive” £1.2m pay cheque
for chief executive John Flint
and other top bosses.
Shares in Twitter soared
yesterday after Morgan Stanley
upgraded its rating of the
stock thanks to efforts towards
“improving user growth”
and working closely with
advertisers. At midday trading
yesterday, Twitter’s stock value
had climbed by 10.3 per cent on
the NYSE.
RETAIL
CONSTRUCTION
M&S closure puts
450 jobs at risk
UK’s biggest firm
buys Lagan Group
High street retailer Marks
& Spencer is set to close its
Hardwick distribution centre
near Warrington, affecting
450 jobs, as it is “surplus to
requirements”. The firm
announced in January that
it would close 14 of its stores
and wind down its Neasden
distribution site near London,
putting 900 more jobs at risk.
Northern Ireland building
firm Lagan Group has been
sold to one of the UK’s biggest
construction companies, the
Breedon Group, for £455m.
According to Breedon’s chief
executive Pat Ward, the
acquisition would give Breedon
“critical mass... in a very
attractive” Irish construction
market.
the
markets
The FTSE 100 made gains of 27.9
points – or 0.39 per cent – to reach
7,226.1 at market close yesterday.
Russia-exposed stocks, in
particular, made large recoveries
as investors cooled on the feared
impact of US sanctions.
***
The day’s top performers were
steel manufacturer Evraz, which
gained 6.6 per cent to reach 389.3p,
Mediclinic, gaining 5.43 per cent at
624.8p, and GKN, up 4.29 per cent
to reach 469.6p. The biggest fallers
included Reckitt Benckiser, which
shed 3.18 per cent to hit 5,806p,
and Rolls-Royce Holdings, down
1.96 per cent at 875p.
NEWS
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VOICES
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BUSINESS SPORT
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i WEDNESDAY
18 APRIL 2018
41
MEDIA
Strong performance from
i owner Johnston Press
By Elizabeth Anderson
Johnston Press has indicated it is
confident about the future of newspapers after announcing higher
sales at its flagship i title.
The publishing group, which
owns around 200 newspapers including i, The Scotsman and Yorkshire Post, said profits at i had more
than doubled to £9.3m in the 2017
financial year.
Johnston Press chief executive
Ashley Highfield (inset) praised
the newspaper’s “exceptional” performance and said the launch of the
Saturday edition iweekend, in September last year, had led to a 6 per
cent increase in sales in the year to
December 2017.
He said: “We are up strongly last
year, and this year to date, with
many new advertisers coming
on board for the first time. i
is a trusted, politically independent, quality brand
that advertisers are still
just finding out about.”
Across the group, revenue fell 9.5 per cent to
£201.6m in the year to the end
Johnston Press acquired
the i newspaper in April
2016 for £24m. The national
title, which is sold every day
except Sunday, has a 20 per cent
share of the quality weekday
newspaper market.
Johnston Press chief executive
Ashley Highfield said the launch of
the new Saturday iweekend edition
in September had boosted sales
of December. Losses came
in at £95m, largely due to
an impairment charge of
£64m after the company
was forced to write down
the value of some of its
smaller titles. In 2016, the
company reported a loss of
£301m. Edinburgh-based John-
ston Press is undergoing a strategic review over a £220m bond debt
that matures in June 2019.
Addressing this in the annual
report yesterday, the company
said: “Given the challenges faced
by the newspaper and printing industry as a whole, the current trading experience of the group, and
the likely financial position of the
group at the time the bonds are due
for repayment in June 2019, there
is material uncertainty surrounding the group’s ability to refinance
the bonds at par in the market on
commercially acceptable terms.”
The company added that discussions with stakeholders and advisers remain in progress. Shares in
Johnston Press were flat yesterday
at around 8.9p.
Netflix crowns itself with glory
Netflix expects its overseas sales to
overtake its domestic sales in the
US for the first time within three
months. Quarterly results from the
broadcaster, which streams such
popular programmes as historical
drama The Crown (above) and the
sci-fi series Stranger Things, showed
that it currently has 125 million
subscribers, with 7.4 million of those
joining between January and March.
Total revenues grew by 43 per cent
year-on-year, coming in slightly
above forecasts at ($3.7bn) £2.6bn.
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AA’s fight with ex-chairman set to cost £1m
By Caitlin Morrison
The AA revealed yesterday that
it expects its legal battle with its
former executive chairman to cost
up to £1m.
Bob Mackenzie was sacked last
August, with the company citing
“gross misconduct” as the reason
for his dismissal.
It later emerged that he had
been in a physical altercation with
Michael Lloyd, the head of AA’s in-
surance division, at a hotel bar in
July 2017. The former chairman has
filed a claim with the High Court
seeking an injunction to retain his
management value participation
shares and up to £225m in damages
from the company.
The AA said it “has not made a
provision for these amounts as the
group expects to be successful in
rigorously defending these claims.
“However, the group will incur
legal costs of approximately £1m to
defend these claims during the next
two financial years which it would
seek to recover from Bob Mackenzie when the litigation concludes,”
the company added.
The group revealed the estimated legal bill in its full-year
results on Tuesday, in which it
reported a 2 per cent increase in
trading revenue, to £959m, and
an 8 per cent increase in operating profit, from £284m to £307m.
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PERSONAL FINANCE
PROPERTY
Compensation claim for mis-sold
PPI need not cost you a penny
Mortgages
hit highest
level in a
decade
Ask
Harry
By Laurie Havelock
Your questions
about money
Dear Harry,
I used a claims management
company (CMC) to make two
complaints about payment
protection insurance (PPI) that was
mis-sold on loans I had taken out to
consolidate debts. I was delighted
when I received notification that
my claims had been successful and
I was entitled to a refund of £19,931.
However, I was shocked when I
realised the CMC was charging a
whopping £5,979 for making the
complaints. Is this legal?
Name and address supplied
Harry says: Over the past few
months, you might have seen a new
advertising campaign from the
financial regulator, the Financial
Conduct Authority (FCA), which
features the head of Arnold
Schwarzenegger talking about PPI.
The ads might make you cringe,
but you will certainly notice them,
which is the point. This is all because
a deadline for claims has been set at
29 August 2019.
The consumer group Which?
first raised concerns about PPI
mis-selling back in 1998, and since
the scandal fully came to light, we
have been pressing to make sure
everyone gets the compensation
they are owed.
WHAT CAN CMCS CHARGE?
In answer to your question, yes,
CMCs typically take a big chunk of
any compensation you are offered
and then add VAT on top. In your
case, the CMC took 25 per cent plus
VAT and, if you challenged the firm,
it would no doubt point to a contract
you signed which will have included
the charge in its small print.
The Government is currently
considering a 20 per cent cap on
the amount CMCs can take (24
per cent with VAT), but making a
PPI claim need not cost a penny.
Unfortunately, it is too late for you,
but others can claim easily – and for
free – by writing to your provider
daily
money
Wyelands Bank has launched two
new fixed-rate savings bonds with
attractive rates. The first, a two-year
account, offers 2.15 per cent returns
Strong-arm tactics: Arnold Schwarzenegger features in ads about claiming compensation from mis-sold PPIs FCA/PA
directly or via a Which? online
reclaim tool at which.co.uk/ppi.
WHAT IS PPI?
PPI is an insurance product sold
alongside credit cards, loans and
many other finance agreements. It
is meant to ensure that payments
are made if the borrower is unable
to make them due to sickness or
unemployment. But huge numbers
of policies were mis-sold because
the policyholders would never have
been able to claim on the insurance.
In 2005, Citizens Advice issued
a super-complaint to competition
watchdogs about what it described
as a “protection racket”, starting
a series of events that led to
the compensation payments to
consumers and sales of some types
of PPI being banned.
Most people do not know if
they were mis-sold PPI or not.
Regulators have recognised this and
now recommend that if there is a
chance that you had PPI, you should
make a claim ahead of the August
2019 deadline.
You can make a PPI claim against
the company that you bought
the financial product with. In
while a one-year deal pays an
industry-topping 1.85 per cent.
Savers can opt for monthly interest,
but Wyelands requires a larger
deposit than most at £5,000. Most
competitors offer a lower restriction
on minimum deposits at £1,000.
***
The UK’s public are overpaying £9bn
on their insurance, according to a
new study by comparison app Brolly,
after a survey found two-thirds
most cases this will be your bank,
but PPI was also mis-sold with
financing agreements, store cards
and credit cards.
WAS I A VICTIM OF MIS-SELLING?
Here are some of the ways you may
have been mis-sold PPI. If your
answer is “no” to one or more of the
following questions, then you may
have a case:
n If the insurance was optional, was
that made clear to you?
n Did the adviser tell you about any
significant exclusions under the
policy – for example, the exclusion
that says you will not be covered for
any pre-existing medical condition?
n If you took out a loan or finance
agreement, did the adviser make
it clear that you would have to pay
for the insurance upfront in one
single payment?
n If you had to pay for the PPI as
a single payment, did the adviser
make it clear that the insurance cost
would be added to the loan
and that you would be paying
interest on it?
n Single-premium PPI insurance
normally lasts for only five years.
If your loan or finance agreement
(64 per cent) of consumers fail to
compare providers when it’s time to
renew their policy. Research for the
company also found that consumers
are most likely to overpay for car or
home insurance, potentially missing
out on £170 each time.
***
Football fans could be buying tickets
for the upcoming World Cup in
Russia for almost 40 times their
actual value, consumer watchdog
was for longer than this, did the
adviser make it clear that the
insurance would run out before you
had finished paying for your loan
or finance agreement? The adviser
should also have told you that you
would continue to pay interest on
the insurance premium, even after
the insurance expired.
n If you bought PPI after 14
January 2005, did the adviser
try to persuade you to take it out
by saying something like: “We
strongly recommend that you
consider taking out PPI?” If so,
the sale counts as an “advised”
sale, and they should have issued
a “demands and needs statement”
to show why a particular policy
was recommended, and why it was
suitable for you. If they did not, this
is grounds for complaint.
n You can also complain if you think
your provider earned a high level of
commission from your PPI and this
was not made clear to you when you
bought it.
Harry Rose is editor of Which? Money
magazine. To have your question
featured on this page,
email business@inews.co.uk
Which? has warned, with secondary
ticketing sites charging fans as much
as £5,618.80 to attend a single game.
The group’s research found tickets
and hospitality packages listed on
StubHub, Ticombo, Ticketbis, Sports
Events 365 and Primesport at
extortionate prices. 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, a mark-up of
nearly 4,000 per cent.
The number of mortgages
approved for homebuyers last
month grew to reach the highest
level in over a decade, according
to the latest figures from
UK Finance.
A c c o r d i n g t o t h e t rad e
association, 50,000 mortgages
were agreed with either firsttime buyers or home movers in
February 2018 – the highest figure
for the month since 2007.
Of these, 25,200 were for
f i rs t - t i m e - b u ye r p ro d u c t s ,
representing an increase of 2.4 per
cent on February 2017.
The average first-time buyer
was 30 with a gross household
i n co m e o f £4 1 ,0 0 0, U K
Finance said.
Approvals to home movers,
meanwhile, remained consistent
with last year’s figures at 24,800.
The number of homeowners
remortgaging their properties
grew by 11.3 per cent year-on-year
to reach 35,400. But prospective
landlords took out fewer home
loans, with buy-to-let lending
dropping by 8.8 per cent.
Jackie Bennett, director of
mortgages at UK Finance, said
that the figures showed that
£41,000
The gross household income of
the average first-time homebuyer
in the UK
homebuyers had “shaken off the
winter blues”.
She added: “Remortgages
are also up year-on-year, as
homeowners look to fix costs amid
anticipation of further interest
rate rises.
“Meanwhile, the buy-to-let
market continues to operate at
stable but subdued levels, due
in part to the impact of recent
legislative and tax changes.”
T h e n u m b e r s m a d e fo r
e n co u rag i n g re adi n g, s a i d
Jeremy Leaf, former residential
chairman at the Royal Institute
of Chartered Surveyors, because
they underline the health of the
property sector.
“Buyers and sellers are showing,
once again, that those prepared to
negotiate hard are still getting on
with their lives, albeit at slightly
softer price levels,” he said.
“Although it is sometimes tough
for first-time buyers, many are
showing that they would prefer
to buy rather than rent, although
clearly many have no option
unless they have help from the
Bank of mum and dad.”
A report from the Resolution
Foundation this week found that
a third of millennials face living in
private rented accommodation all
their lives.
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450g fresh whole Campari
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2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
½tsp sugar
Salt and pepper
1tbsp extra virgin olive oil
800ml chicken or vegetable stock
15g butter
1tbsp light olive oil
2 finely chopped echalion shallots
2 cloves crushed garlic
1tsp chopped fresh rosemary
200g Arborio rice
150ml dry white wine
100g mozzarella, roughly chopped
30g freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra
for serving
Chopped fresh basil for serving
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NUISANCE
Preheat the oven to 190°C. Put the
tomatoes and garlic in a bowl, sprinkle
with the sugar and a touch of salt and
freshly ground black pepper, drizzle with
olive oil and toss to coat.
Lay the tomatoes and garlic halves
on a baking sheet and roast for about
30 minutes or until the skins of the
tomatoes have collapsed and are just
starting to brown.
Put the roasted tomatoes and garlic
in a blender along with the chicken stock
and blend until smooth then keep hot in a
small saucepan.
Heat the olive oil and butter in a
medium saucepan. Add the shallots
and cook for 5-7 minutes until soft and
translucent. Add the garlic and cook for
another minute. Add the rice, rosemary
and salt and pepper, stir and cook for
1 minute. Add the white wine, bring to
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Add about a quarter of the hot tomato
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The rice will begin to swell and become
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and Parmesan. Add salt and pepper to
taste. If the rice is too dry, stir in a little
extra hot stock.
Serve immediately in wide bowls,
sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan
cheese and chopped basil.
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Cue retirement
for one of racing’s
enduring heroes
Cue Card (right)
beating Vautour
in a thrilling King
George VI Chase at
Kempton in 2015
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By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
National Hunt racing won’t feel
quite the same without Cue Card,
whose immediate retirement was
confirmed yesterday by owner Jean
Bishop and trainer Colin Tizzard.
He’s been around for nine seasons
but it seems like forever and his legion of fans has been with him every
step of the way, sharing in all the
dramas, the many ups and frequent
downs, along the road.
It has been a dramatic and sometimes emotional ride from start to
finish and now suddenly it’s over.
Cue Card won nine Grade Ones:
the Bumper and the Ryanair Chase
at the Cheltenham Festival; three
Betfair Chases at Haydock; two
Ascot Chases; an Aintree Bowl and
a King George VI Chase at Kempton.
He won almost £1.5million in prize
money.
But that wasn’t the reason he was
so popular (and still is, judged by the
stacks of affectionate tweets and
messages that greeted news of his
retirement). Cue Card wasn’t perfect. He was no Big Buck’s, breaking
records for fun. No, the bay son of
King’s Theatre was adored in part
because he was flawed.
He actually lost more races than
he won during his 41-race career.
In his younger hurdling days, some
wondered whether he was a natural
jumper. Or whether he actually had
the temperament to deliver on all
that early promise. There were bar-
NEWMARKET
1.50
top
tips
BEST BET
Shared Equity
(1.50pm, Newmarket)
Smart sprinter at his best;
recently showed distinct signs of
an imminent return to top form.
NEXT BEST
Kalondra
(2.40pm, Cheltenham)
Stuck in the soft Sandown
ground last time. Better judged
on earlier win at this course.
EACH WAY
Finniston Farm
(2.25pm, Newmarket)
Lightly-raced juvenile last year.
Well regarded and showed bags
of promise.
ren spells, a serious pelvis injury and
there were stamina doubts. Did he
really stay well enough to beat the
best over three miles?
There were spills as well thrills,
the most heartbreaking coming at
the third last fence in the 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup when he had just
taken the lead and seemed poised
GOING:GOOD TO SOFT
WEATHERBYS GENERAL STUD BOOK HANDICAP
ITV4
(CLASS 2) £25,000 added 6f
1
21515- EKHTIYAAR (CD)(BF) R Varian 4 9 7.........................J Crowley 1
2
42005- AEOLUS (D) Ed Walker 7 9 7............................................ P Cosgrave 5
3
1568-4 SOLAR FLAIR (D) W Knight 6 9 7.......................................A Atzeni 9
4
05309- SHANGHAI GLORY (D) C Hills 5 9 6.............................W Buick 15
5
70004- EASTERN IMPACT (CD) R Fahey 7 9 4................. P Hanagan 6
6
6110-6 HYPERFOCUS (D)(BF) H Palmer 4 9 4.........James Doyle 12
7
10085- DANIELSFLYER (CD) T D Barron 4 9 3.............Ben Curtis 10
8
0/70-2 SHARED EQUITY (D) J O’Keeffe 7 9 0 ........................J Garritty 4
9
41631- BOY IN THE BAR (D) I Williams 7 9 0.....Josephine Gordon C 7
10 0008-8 NAGGERS (D) P Midgley 7 8 13 ..................................Doubtful C 11
11 120563 SWIFT APPROVAL (D) S C Williams 6 8 12 .......S Levey B 2
12 03409- BARRINGTON M Appleby 4 8 12..............................R Winston 16
13 3210-4 OWER FLY (D) Mrs R Carr 5 8 11............................Hollie Doyle 3
14 -56296 HUMAN NATURE (D) S C Williams 5 8 8 .....Milly Naseb (5) T 14
15 1420-4 MONT KIARA (D) K Ryan 5 8 8................................................S Gray 13
16 94640- REBEL SURGE (D) Richard Spencer 5 8 7......Rhiain Ingram (5) C 8
BETTING: 4-1 Ekhtiyaar, 11-2 Shanghai Glory, 7-1 Shared Equity, 8-1
Eastern Impact, 10-1 Barrington, Solar Flair, 12-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
Roger Varian representative EKHTIYAAR is worth monitoring closely
in the betting on his seasonal return as he landed a valuable C&D
handicap last season and won’t mind any cut in the ground. Eastern
Impact is another C&D winner returning from a break to consider.
He’s dropped 5lb lower than when second to Mr Lupton over track and
trip 11 months ago. Shared Equity bounced back to form when second
at Doncaster and should be keeping on well at the finish, while Ower
Fly and Swift Approval are respected with recent outings behind them.
2.25
BET365 EUROPEAN FREE HANDICAP (LISTED)
(CLASS 1) 3YO £50,000 added 7f
ITV4
1
2134- HEY JONESY K Ryan 9 7.................................................................... K Stott 1
2
26321- NEBO (D) C Hills 9 5........................................................................ L Dettori 9
3
3246-5 GREAT PROSPECTOR R Fahey 9 3......................P Hanagan V 2
4
0561-2 RUFUS KING (CD) M Johnston 9 0............................ J Fanning 10
5
3231-9 ANOTHER BATT G Scott 8 12..........................................S De Sousa 8
6
16- FINNISTON FARM T Dascombe 8 12...................R Kingscote 6
7
415- FOLK TALE C Appleby 8 12........................................................ W Buick 5
8
15633- STAXTON (BF) T Easterby 8 12................................................D Allan 7
9
63119- ANNA NERIUM (D) R Hannon 8 11........................T Marquand 4
10
111- SNAZZY JAZZY C Cox 8 11 ......................................................H Crouch 3
BETTING: 4-1 Hey Jonesy, 9-2 Nebo, 5-1 Finniston Farm, 6-1 Folk Tale,
Snazzy Jazzy, 8-1 Great Prospector, 12-1 Rufus King, 14-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
HEY JONESY signed off last season by finishing a three-length fourth
behind U S Navy Flag here in the Middle Park and may be able to
step up on that performance now tackling 7f for the first time. Nebo
is a Group 3 winner on soft ground, having won the Horris Hill when
last sighted in October, and looks capable of making his presence
felt on these terms. It is unlikely we’ve seen the best of Godolphin
representative Folk Tale over sprint trips so far and he’s another
potential improver now upped in distance.
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to land the sport’s most prestigious the Oaksey Chase at Sandown on
prize and a £1m bonus that went with the final day of the season a week on
it. Would he have won? We’ll
Saturday.
never know and Bishop
But the trainer’s son and
refuses to dwell on it.
assistant Joe, who rode
But he bounced
the gelding early in his
back every single
career before Paddy
time and everybody
Brennan took over
Cue Card won nine
loves a trier. You
on a regular basis,
Grade
One
races
could never write
said yesterday: “He
in
a
rollercoaster
him off. The older he
wasn’t working as
National Hunt
got, the better he got,
well
as he can and we
career spanning
his finest hour coming
didn’t want to take him
nine years
when, rising 10 years of
if we weren’t 100 per cent
age, he nailed Vautour on
happy with him.
the line in the 2015 King George
“We will still parade him at
VI Chase.
Sandown and celebrate a great
Bishop and Tizzard had planned career. It takes a lot for a horse to be
on one last hurrah for Cue Card in at the top for as long as he has.”
BET365 EARL OF SEFTON STAKES (GROUP 3)
(CLASS 1) £60,000 added 1m 1f
9
ITV4
1
127-12 MASTER THE WORLD (C) D Elsworth 7 9 2.......S Levey C 4
2
6-4337 BATTLE OF MARATHON (D) J Ryan 6 8 13..............G Mosse 1
3
0-0 CAP’N Miss C Dyson 7 8 13 ...............................................G Downing 2
4
32300- DEAUVILLE A P O’Brien (IRE) 5 8 13..................R L Moore C 7
5
21451- EUGINIO R Hannon 4 8 13 .........................................................A Atzeni 8
6
52328- FOREST RANGER R Fahey 4 8 13.............................T Hamilton 3
7
42156- FRANKUUS (D) M Johnston 4 8 13............................L Dettori B 6
8
4528-3 ROBIN OF NAVAN (D) H Dunlop 5 8 13.......... James Doyle 9
9
10925- WHAT ABOUT CARLO Eve J-Houghton 7 8 13.. C Bishop 5
BETTING: 2-1 Deauville, 5-1 Forest Ranger, 11-2 Robin Of Navan, 6-1
Master The World, 7-1 Frankuus, 8-1 Euginio, 10-1 Others.
FORM VERDICT
Deauville has been off the track since finishing down the field in the
Hong Kong Cup in December and although he’s perfectly entitled to
come on for this comeback spin and may not peak until later in the
year, he’s one to monitor closely in the betting as he’d have a class edge
over all of his rivals if fully fit. It might be worth taking a chance on
ROBIN OF NAVAN, who was given a pipeopener at Chantilly last time
and has seen the form of that race franked by the winner (Hunaina)
landing a Listed contest at Kempton recently. Master The World has
been in great order on the all-weather and is another to consider for
the minor money.
3.35
LANWADES STUD NELL GWYN STAKES (FILLIES’
ITV4
GROUP 3) (CLASS 1) 3YO £60,000 added 7f
1
221- ALTYN ORDA (CD) R Varian 9 0....................................S De Sousa 8
2
13115- BILLESDON BROOK (D) R Hannon 9 0..........................S Levey 4
3
015- DRAMATICALLY A P O’Brien (IRE) 9 0............R L Moore T 2
4
12126- EIRENE D Ivory 9 0 ..................................................................R Winston 10
5
21046- ERTIYAD W Haggas 9 0................................................................. G Mosse 9
6
11451- HIKMAA (D) E Vaughan 9 0...............................................O Murphy 11
7
515- JULIET FOXTROT (D) C Hills 9 0....................................... L Dettori 6
8
91- NAWASSI (CD) J Gosden 9 0 ............................................J Crowley 12
9
6329-6 NYALETI M Johnston 9 0..........................................................J Fanning 7
10
21- SOLILOQUY C Appleby 9 0......................................................... W Buick 5
11
117- THREADING M Johnston 9 0 ...................................... James Doyle 1
12
1- ZAIN HANA J Noseda 9 0..............................................................J F Egan 3
BETTING: 7-2 Altyn Orda, 4-1 Threading, 7-1 Soliloquy, Nawassi, 8-1
Dramatically, Nyaleti, 14-1 Hikmaa, Juliet Foxtrot, 16-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
THREADING was disappointing when finishing seventh in the Cheveley
Park here in late September but she is clearly better than that. The
daughter of Exceed And Excel had beaten the third from that contest
when she won the Lowther at York and an undulating course should
not be a problem, given that she won her maiden at Goodwood. If she
returns to the York form then she will be tough to beat, especially as she
is entitled to have improved over the winter. Altyn Orda won the Group
3 Oh So Sharp Stakes over C&D at the end of her juvenile campaign
and is an obvious threat to the selection. Nawassi and Soliloquy both
arrive here on the back of victories in novice company and they could
certainly have the talent to win a race of this nature. Dramatically has
to be respected given her connections but they might be using her as
a marker for the English form and the daughter of War Front does not
appear to be one of Ballydoyle’s leading Classic contenders.
4.10
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BET365 EBF MAIDEN FILLIES’ STAKES (PLUS 10)
(CLASS 4) 2YO £8,000 added 5f
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CHYNNA M Channon 9 0............................................................C Bishop 9
2
COTUBANAMA M Channon 9 0............................................J F Egan 4
3
GINGER NUT R Hannon 9 0...........................................T Marquand 5
4
3 HARD FOREST (BF) M Johnston 9 0............................ L Dettori 8
5
KADIZ R Hughes 9 0.......................................................................S W Kelly 6
6
RED HUT RED W Haggas 9 0........................................James Doyle 3
7
STRINGS OF LIFE C Appleby 9 0.........................................W Buick 7
8
SUNG CHOI BAO J Chapple-Hyam 9 0...........................D Brock 2
9
SWISS MISS J Gallagher 9 0..............................................R Winston 1
BETTING: 2-1 Hard Forest, 11-4 Strings Of Life, 9-2 Red Hut Red, 6-1
Ginger Nut, 10-1 Cotubanama, 12-1 Chynna, 20-1 Kadiz, 33-1 Others.
Tizzard told the Racing Post that,
in the end, it was not a difficult decision to call it a day. “He cantered and
jumped this morning and I kept looking at him and thought: ‘This is not
the Cue Card we know,’” he said.
“It was actually a lovely decision
to make. It’s a weight off my mind. It
would have been too big a call to race
him again.”
Bishop’s favourite memory of Cue
Card is his first Grade One victory, at
40-1, in the 2010 Cheltenham Bumper. “Because it was so unexpected,”
she said. “And it was the beginning of
everything for him.
“Now it’s the end of an era and I
feel quite sad about it. But all good
things come to an end.”
2.40
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GO CONQUER Jonjo O’Neill 9 11 0..................................A Coleman
SHANTOU VILLAGE (CD)(BF) N Mulholland 8 10 12....R T Dunne
DAYS OF HEAVEN (D) N Henderson 8 10 12....N De Boinville H
KALONDRA (CD) N Mulholland 7 10 9.........................N Fehily T
CEPAGE (D) Miss V Williams 6 10 7 ...............................C Deutsch
KNOCKGRAFFON (D) Olly Murphy 8 10 7.......B Hughes C,T
RAMSES DE TEILLEE D Pipe 6 10 6 .................T Scudamore T
ART OF PAYROLL (BF) H Fry 9 10 6........................B J Cooper T
BET365 BRITISH EBF MAIDEN FILLIES’ STAKES (PLUS
VOIX D’EAU (CD) H Fry 8 10 5................................Mr M Legg (5) T
10) (DIV 1) (CLASS 4) 3YO £10,000 added 1m
QUITE BY CHANCE (D) C Tizzard 9 10 5.................H Cobden T
1
AWARD WINNING J Gosden 9 0 ...................................R L Moore 1
TRAFFIC FLUIDE (D) G L Moore 8 10 4......Joshua Moore C
2
23209- BLANCHEFLEUR R Hannon 9 0............................... T Marquand 2
JAMESON N Twiston-Davies 6 10 4........ S Twiston-Davies
3
0- CHANSON DE LA MER D Menuisier 9 0............ Fran Berry 7
CASINO MARKETS (D)(BF) Emma Lavelle 10 10 4....N Scholfield
4
FELINE GROOVY W Haggas 9 0 .............................. James Doyle 9
ROCK ON ROCKY M Sheppard 10 10 4(5ex).......S Sheppard (3) C,T
5
7- GEMINI C Hills 9 0 ......................................................................C Shepherd 4
ENJOY RESPONSIBLY (D) O Sherwood 9 10 4......H Beswick (7)
6
3- QAZYNA (BF) R Varian 9 0........................................................A Atzeni 3
- 16 declared 7
26- RIPLEY C Hills 9 0....................................................................W Buick H,T 5
8
5- ROCOCO J Gosden 9 0................................................................... L Dettori 6 BETTING: 4-1 Kalondra, 6-1 Frodon, 7-1 Go Conquer, 8-1 Traffic Fluide,
9
TREASURE ME C Fellowes 9 0 ..................................... S Donohoe 8 Ramses De Teillee, 10-1 Shantou Village, 12-1 Cepage, 14-1 Art Of
BETTING: 11-4 Award Winning, 3-1 Ripley, 4-1 Qazyna, 6-1 Feline Payroll, Rock On Rocky, 16-1 others.
Groovy, 7-1 Rococo, 8-1 Blanchefleur, 25-1 Gemini, 33-1 Others.
4.45
BET365 BRITISH EBF MAIDEN FILLIES’ STAKES (PLUS
10) (DIV 2) (CLASS 4) 3YO £10,000 added 1m
1
ASOOF S bin Suroor 9 0..............................................T Marquand H 6
2
22223- BUBBLE AND SQUEAK S Kirk 9 0...............................S De Sousa 3
3
3- CEILIDHS DREAM R Beckett 9 0 .............................L Steward H 8
4
54 DONO DI DIO R Hannon 9 0 ....................................................... S Levey 5
5
ELENORA DELIGHT M Botti 9 0.........................................A Atzeni 2
6
EXISTENTIAL C Cox 9 0..................................................................A Kirby 1
7
75- LIVVYS DREAM C Hills 9 0 ........................................R Kingscote H 7
8
MYTHICAL QUEEN J Gosden 9 0......................................L Dettori 4
9
SEA OF CLASS W Haggas 9 0..................................... James Doyle 9
BETTING: 11-4 Sea of Class, 4-1 Asoof, 9-2 Bubble And Squeak, 6-1
Mythical Queen, 8-1 Ceilidhs Dream, 10-1 Existential, Dono di Dio, 14-1
Elenora Delight, 25-1 Livvys Dream.
BET365 HANDICAP (CLASS 3) 3YO £20,000 added 1m 2f
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KINGSTON STUD SUPPORTING GREATWOOD
HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 2) £25,000 added 2m 4f
ACTIVIAL N Mulholland 8 11 12 ......................................... N Fehily H
MISTER MIYAGI (CD) Stuart Edmunds 9 11 7.. C Gethings
AZZERTI (D) A King 6 11 1 ..............................................W Hutchinson
VERNI (BF) P Hobbs 9 11 1........................................................ R Johnson
BRELAN D’AS (D) P Nicholls 7 11 1................B J Geraghty H,T
BRAVE EAGLE N Henderson 6 11 0 ...................N De Boinville
DIABLE DE SIVOLA (BF) N Williams 5 10 13 ...Lizzie Kelly (3)
QUALANDO (C) A Jones 7 10 11..............................T Scudamore C
COLIN’S BROTHER (D) N Twiston-Davies 8 10 8 ...J Bargary
RED TORNADO D Skelton 6 10 8 ..........Bridget Andrews (3)
KK LEXION (D) T R George 7 10 7.................................... P Brennan
GRAASTEN G L Moore 6 10 7.....................................Joshua Moore
OSCAR SUNSET (D) E Williams 11 10 6.......................C Ring (3)
CARLOS DU FRUITIER (D) B Pauling 6 10 6..................D Jacob
DESTINY’S GOLD (D) Dr R Newland 8 10 6.....C Hammond (7) B
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3117- OLD PERSIAN (C)(BF) C Appleby 9 7 ..........................W Buick 10
BALLYMOUNTAIN BOY (D) M Keighley 7 10 6..... H Stock (5) C,T
2
31262- REGIMENTED R Hannon 9 6 .............................................R L Moore 8
THE WELSH PADDIES (BF) Kerry Lee 6 10 3 ...Jamie Moore
3
321- BOW STREET C Appleby 9 5 ........................................James Doyle 3
CHAMPAGNE EXPRESS (D) N Henderson 8 10 2.....J Bowen (3)
4
111 CASEY JONES (D) J Gosden 9 5............................................K O’Neill 7
LISHEEN PRINCE (D)(BF) Olly Murphy 7 10 2.A Coleman
5
33-111 BEAUTIFUL MEMORY (D) S bin Suroor 9 3.W Cox (5) H 5
HONEST VIC H Daly 5 10 1 ...........................................................A Tinkler
6
241- DUKHAN H Palmer 9 0 ................................................................ L Dettori 6
VIVAS (D) C Longsdon 7 10 1........................Jonathan Burke C,T
7
31822- JAZEEL (BF) M Channon 9 0...................................................C Bishop 2
STICK
TO THE PLAN (D) D Skelton 6 10 1...... H Skelton C,T
8
3122- BAILEYS EXCELERATE M Johnston 8 13.............J Fanning 9
MAHLERVOUS W Greatrex 5 10 0.........................T Greatrex (7)
9
74811- ZORAYA P Cole 8 11 ......................................................................R Da Silva 1
- 23 declared 10
521- ISTANBUL SULTAN W Haggas 8 8.........................S De Sousa 11
11
634- DANCETERIA D Menuisier 8 6...................................... P Hanagan 4 BETTING: 5-1 Verni, 8-1 Lisheen Prince, 10-1 Colin’s Brother, 12-1 Mister
BETTING: 9-2 Casey Jones, 5-1 Old Persian, 6-1 Bow Street, 7-1 Beautiful Miyagi, Azzerti, Destiny’s Gold, Activial, 14-1 Ballymountain Boy, Brave
Eagle, Stick To The Plan, Diable De Sivola, 16-1 others.
Memory, Istanbul Sultan, 8-1 Regimented, Dukhan, 12-1 others.
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i WEDNESDAY
18 APRIL 2018
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TENNIS
ATHLETICS
Edmund looks up despite falling
to loss against experienced Seppi
Ukad puts onus
on sports bodies
to tackle doping
By Paul Newman
Clay has different aspects
to it that suit well. I don’t
know why. Maybe it’s how I
play the game
IN MONTE CARLO
This is proving to be a year of feast
or famine for Kyle Edmund. The
23-year-old Briton’s season so far has
been highlighted by his memorable
run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January and his appearance in his first tour-level final in
Marrakech two days ago, but he fell
at the first hurdle for the third time
in his last four tournaments here at
the Monte Carlo Masters yesterday
when he was beaten 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 by
Andreas Seppi.
Edmund climbed to a career-high
No 23 in the world rankings on Monday after his excellent first week of
the year on clay in Morocco, where
he eventually lost to Pablo Andujar.
He had to hire a private jet to get him
here in time, but the task of beating
Seppi, a solid and experienced campaigner, less than 48 hours after the
final proved beyond him.
“I just didn’t play well enough,
consistently enough,” Edmund said
afterwards. “It was nothing really to
do with the turnaround. That’s pretty
normal for tennis.”
Unlike most of his fellow countrymen, Edmund loves playing on clay.
He has won one match out of his three
appearances at the French Open.
In his first appearance here last
year Edmund beat his fellow Briton,
Dan Evans, in the first round and
took Rafael Nadal to three sets in the
second. Dominic Thiem and Fabio
Fognini were the only other players
to take a set off Nadal in the king of
clay’s 25 matches on his favourite sur-
Kyle Edmund
refused to
blame his defeat
on the quick
turnaround
from last week’s
tournament
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face in 2017.
I haven’t designed my game
“I’ve always said that I
around clay. It’s just sort of
like the surface, though
happened.”
I’ve also had some
As he showed last
good results on hard
week in his first claycour ts ,” Ed mund
court tournament for
Kyle Edmund lost
said. “Clay has differmore than 10 months,
in the first round at
ent aspects to it and
Edmund has little
Monte Carlo for the
some suit me well. I
trouble adapting to the
third time in four
don’t know why. It’s
surface.
appearances
just maybe the way I’ve
“You hit so many balls
played my game and been
as a tennis player you find
brought up, so that suits it.
ways to adapt quicker as you
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dogs at and around sporting
events to identify substances and
act as a deterrent.
“We are looking at innovative
disruptive activities that could
range from somebody in a Ukad
jacket at an event, as an obvious
deterrent, to using sniffer dogs
to detect money or doping products,” said Pearce. “Sniffer dogs is
an area we are exploring with the
NCA (National Crime Agency).”
Ukad will invest in educating
athletes and coaches and it will recruit around 10 more staff members into the organisation, taking
Ukad’s total workforce up to 70.
The body also plans to push
responsibility for tackling doping
further onto the individual sport’s
governing bodies. Together with
the government it has devised a
renewed National Anti-Doping
Policy, to be published in the autumn, which will grant Ukad “unfettered access” to sports venues
and training bases to carry out
unscheduled testing.
Ukad’s chief executive, Nicole
Sapstead, admitted current policy
allows governing bodies to block
its investigators from carrying out
raids or random testing, an acusation which Ukad levelled at British
Cycling during its investigation
into the Jiffy Bag scandal involving Sir Bradley Wiggins.
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get older,” he said. “When you become more experienced as a professional, I guess auto-pilot kicks in and
you also know what to expect with
conditions and bounces.”
The match against Seppi was
played on one of the smaller courts
here at the Monte Carlo Country
Club, but the confrontation between
the Briton and the Italian drew a
good crowd.
Edmund had won both his previous
encounters with Seppi, including their
fourth-round meeting at this year’s
Australian Open, but paid on this occasion for failing to take his chances.
Both players had 11 break points in the
match but Seppi converted four of his
and Edmund only two.
“He was pretty solid,” Edmund
said. “I wasn’t too far off in terms of
playing well, but sometimes it was
really up and down, which was probably the most frustrating thing.”
After a brief break in London
Edmund will resume his clay-court
campaign the week after next at Estoril in Portugal. He will then play the
Masters Series tournaments in Madrid and Spain before heading to the
French Open.
With only 45 ranking points to
defend between next week and Roland Garros, he has a good chance to
break into the world’s top 20 over the
next few weeks.
» Continued from back page
J
R
T H B
PREMIER LEAGUE
Brighton (0)...................1 Tottenham (0)............1
Gross 50 (pen)
Kane 48
Att 30,440
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
34 20 8 6 66 31 68
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
34 8 12 14 32 47 36
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
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
P W D L F A Pts
Wigan
42 27 9 6 82 27 90
Blackburn
42 25 12 5 76 37 87
Shrewsbury
42 24 10 8 55 35 82
Rotherham
43 22 7 14 69 51 73
Charlton
43 18 11 14 56 50 65
Scunthorpe
42 16 16 10 59 49 64
Plymouth
41 18 10 13 53 48 64
Portsmouth
43 19 6 18 55 54 63
Peterborough 42 16 13 13 64 52 61
Bradford
41 17 6 18 52 62 57
Blackpool
43 14 14 15 56 53 56
Bristol Rovers 42 16 8 18 58 62 56
Doncaster
41 13 15 13 52 49 54
Fleetwood Tn 43 15 9 19 57 62 54
Southend
42 14 11 17 49 62 53
Gillingham
43 12 16 15 44 49 52
Oxford Utd
43 13 11 19 57 63 50
Wimbledon
42 13 10 19 42 53 49
Walsall
42 12 12 18 51 62 48
Oldham
42 11 14 17 54 68 47
Rochdale
42 10 16 16 45 53 46
Northampton 43 11 10 22 39 74 43
M K Dons
42 10 12 20 42 61 42
Bury
43 7 10 26 37 68 31
Bradford (1)...................3 Portsmouth (0)........1
Knight-Percival 14 Pitman 61
Lund 71, Wyke 90
Doncaster (2)................3
Butler 2
Marquis 35
Boyle 65
Gillingham (0).............0
Att 4,029
Rochdale (0) ..................0
Bury (1)..............................3
Mason 38 (og)
O’Shea 51 (pen)
Miller 60; Att 7,171
Rotherham (1)............1
Vaulks 20
Oldham (0)..................... 0
Att 6,261
Shrewsbury (0).........0 Charlton (0)..................2
Pearce 74
Att 5,838
Magennis 90
Wigan (0)..........................1 Oxford Utd (0)........... 0
Grigg 87
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Accrington S (2)........2 Yeovil (0)......................... 0
Kee 26, 28
Att 3,176
Exeter (1)...........................2 Chesterfield (0)........1
Stockley 39
Kellett 84
Whitmore 74 (og)
Att 3,560
Lincoln City (0)..........0 Wycombe (0).............. 0
Att 8,948
P W D L F A Pts
Accrington S 42 27 6 9 70 41 87
Luton
43 24 11 8 90 44 83
Wycombe
43 22 12 9 76 55 78
Exeter
43 23 7 13 60 49 76
Notts County 43 20 13 10 66 45 73
Lincoln City
42 18 14 10 57 43 68
Coventry
42 20 8 14 53 41 68
Mansfield
43 17 16 10 62 48 67
Swindon
43 19 7 17 64 64 64
Carlisle
43 16 14 13 58 51 62
Colchester
43 16 13 14 52 49 61
Newport C
41 14 15 12 51 52 57
Crawley Town 43 16 9 18 54 61 57
Cambridge Utd 42 15 12 15 46 55 57
Stevenage
43 13 13 17 56 60 52
Cheltenham
43 13 12 18 62 61 51
Crewe
43 14 5 24 57 73 47
Yeovil
42 12 10 20 55 67 46
Port Vale
43 11 13 19 47 59 46
Morecambe
42 9 17 16 41 54 44
Forest Green 42 12 7 23 49 70 43
Grimsby
43 10 12 21 36 65 42
Barnet
43 9 10 24 40 65 37
Chesterfield
42 9 8 25 44 74 35
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Brechin 0 Dundee Utd 5; Dumbarton P
Inverness CT P (Postponed - due to waterlogged pitch); St Mirren 1 Falkirk 2.
Leading Positions: 1 St Mirren P 34 pts
71, 2 Livingston (33-59), 3 Dundee Utd
(34-58), 4 Dunfermline (34-55), 5 Morton
(34-50), 6 Inverness CT (32-47).
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO
Berwick 0 Stenhousemuir 0.
Leading Positions: 1 Montrose P 34 pts
73, 2 Peterhead (34-70), 3 Stirling (34-54),
4 Stenhousemuir (33-52), 5 Clyde (34-48),
6 Elgin (34-48).
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
Aldershot (1).................1 Gateshead (0)............. 0
Rendell 45
Att 1,893
Bromley (0)...................3 Dag & Red (0)...............1
Holland 57, 71
Howell 54
Raymond 90
Dover (0)............................0 Tranmere (1)................1
Att 1,231
Cook 39
Eastleigh (0)..................0 Ebbsfleet U (0)............1
Att 1,614
Clark 82
Guiseley (0)....................0 Barrow (0)......................1
Hall 48
Hartlepool (1)..............1 Leyton Orient (0).. 0
Laing 38
Maidenhead Utd (2)2 Sutton Utd (0)............1
Pritchard 25
Eastmond 88
Goodman 32
Att 2,201
Leading Positions: 1 Macclesfield P 44
pts 86, 2 Tranmere (43-79), 3 Aldershot
(44-74), 4 Sutton Utd (44-73), 5 Boreham
Wood (44-72), 6 AFC Fylde (44-71).
CRICKET
INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE
Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers
Bangalore, Mumbai: Mumbai Indians
213-6 (Rohit 94, Lewis 65); Royal
Challengers Bangalore 167-8 (Kohli
92no). Mumbai Indians win by 46 runs.
CYCLING
TOUR OF THE ALPS STAGE 2: (LavaroneFiemme/Alpe di Pampeago - 145.5km): 1
M Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 3h 55m
30s, 2 T Pinot (Fr) Groupama-FDJ, 3 I
Sosa (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
both same time, 4 C Froome (GB) Team
Sky at 4s, 81 P Deignan (Rep Ire) Team
Sky at 8m 20s. Overall: 1 Sosa 7h 22m
9s, 2 Pinot at 6s, 3 Lopez at same time, 4
Froome at 16s, 69 Deignan at 15m 23s.
RACING RESULTS
CARLISLE Going: Chase: heavy-soft
in places; hurdle: soft
2.10 1. STRIKE WEST (H Reed) 12-1; 2.
Border Victor 4-1 cofav; 3. Captain Black
15-2. 8 ran. 4-1 cofav Tickanrun (5th), 4-1
cofav Aniknam (7th). 1l, 2l. (M Hammond).
2.45 1. SKIPPING ON (P Cowley) 5-2; 2.
Crawfords Mill 7-2; 3. Romulus Du Donjon
6-5 fav. 4 ran. 11l, 13/4l. (Laura Morgan).
3.20 1. DUKE DEBARRY (N De Boinville)
10-11 fav; 2. Cave Top 2-1; 3. Informateur
14-1. 8 ran. 11/2l, 8l. (N Henderson).
3.55 1. ONDERUN (J Bewley) 7-1; 2. Mahler
Lad 9-2; 3. Solid Strike 6-1. 7 ran. 5-2 fav
Achill Road Boy (4th). 4l, 33/4l. (G Bewley).
4.30 1. SKYWARDS REWARD (H Thompson Brown) 2-5 fav; 2. Suggestion 11-1;
3. Graystown 16-1. 7 ran. 1l, 7l. (M Hammond).
5.05 1. PISTOL PARK (B Hughes) 13-8 fav;
2. Wolf Sword 11-4; 3. Grey Gold 4-1. 5 ran.
11/4l, 7l. (B Ellison).
5.40 1. LILY’S GEM (B Hughes) 5-6 fav; 2. The
Some Dance Kid 7-1; 3. Pieceoftheaction 13-2.
8 ran. 12l, 21/2l. (S Crawford (IRE) ).
Placepot: £150.50. Quadpot: £9.70.
Place 6: £68.41. Place 5: £23.84.
EXETER Going: Heavy
2.00 1. MASTER TOMMYTUCKER (H
Cobden) 4-5 fav; 2. King Calvin 5-2; 3.
Benechenko 6-1. 7 ran. 11l, 5l. (P Nicholls).
2.35 1. JULLY LES BUXY (W Hutchinson)
12-1; 2. Point N Shoot 20-1; 3. Norse Legend
7-1. 15 ran. 3-1 fav Bact To Black (6th). 5l,
11/2l. (K Burke).
3.10 1. SPOOKYDOOKY (R Johnson) 7-2; 2.
Ballyheigue Bay 3-1 fav; 3. Knockanrawley
9-2. 6 ran. 7l, 52l. (Jonjo O’Neill).
3.45 1. RAINY DAY DYLAN (N Fehily) 9-2;
2. The Mighty Ash 6-1; 3. Choix Des Armes
6-4 fav. 11 ran. 21/2l, 23/4l. (N Mulholland).
4.20 1. THE CANNISTER MAN (C Deutsch)
3-1; 2. Bellamy’s Grey 8-1; 3. Dark Force
9-1. 12 ran. 5-2 fav Lough Ryn (5th). 17l,
19l. (Sam Thomas).
4.55 1. KAVANAGHS CORNER (C Shoemark) 2-1; 2. Never Learn 15-8 fav; 3.
Daveron 5-1. 5 ran. 22l, 10l. (S Earle).
5.30 1. PALMARIA (Mr W Biddick) 5-2 jtfav; 8 ran. 5-2 jt-fav Uncle Jimmy (Pulled
Up). . (Mrs C Keevil).
Placepot: £46.50. Quadpot: £7.30.
Place 6: £30.91. Place 5: £27.45.
NEWMARKET Going: Good to soft
1.50 1. AURUM (W Buick) 11-4; 2. Tilghman 33-1; 3. Ibraz 8-1. 13 ran. 9-4 fav
Elhafei (5th). 23/4l, hd. (C Appleby).
2.25 1. PORTH SWTAN (P Hanagan) 4-1;
2. Ambient 33-1; 3. Bacacarat 6-1. 13 ran.
3-1 fav History Writer (6th). 1/2l, 2l. (C Hills).
3.00 1. JACKSTAR (R Kingscote) 11-4; 2.
Ynys Mon 6-1; 3. Van Beethoven 9-4 fav.
8 ran. 13/4l, 1l. (T Dascombe).
3.35 1. PURSER (L Dettori) 2-1; 2. Symbolization 4-6 fav; 3. Stormbringer 8-1.
4 ran. nk, 10l. (J Gosden).
4.10 1. EXAMINER (Fran Berry) 14-1;
2. Red Tea 25-1; 3. Isomer 25-1; 4. Glory
Awaits 33-1. 19 ran. 6-1 jt-fav Chiefofchiefs (5th), 6-1 jt-fav Mafaaheem (13th).
shd, 13/4l, 3/4l. (S C Williams).
4.45 1. MILDENBERGER (James Doyle)
11-4; 2. Fortune’s Pearl 25-1; 3. Kew Gardens 7-4 fav. 8 ran. 1/2l, 6l. (M Johnston).
5.20 1. MJJACK (C Lee) 7-1; 2. Love Dreams
9-1; 3. Accession 25-1. 14 ran. 11-2 fav
White Lake (11th). 11/2l, 31/2l. (K Burke).
5.55 1. MAJOR JUMBO (Nicola Currie)
7-2; 2. Move In Time 10-1; 3. Erissimus
Maximus 11-2. 9 ran. 9-4 fav Storm Over
(6th). 11/4l, 1/2l. (K Ryan).
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £2,565.62 carried over to .
Placepot: £447.70. Quadpot: £48.40.
Place 6: £451.61. Place 5: £174.32.
TENNIS
ATP MONTE-CARLO ROLEX MASTERS,
MONACO: Singles Second round: (5) D
THIEM (Aut) bt A Rublev (Rus) 5-7 7-5
7-5; (4) G DIMITROV (Bul) bt P Herbert
(Fr) 3-6 6-2 6-4; (6) D GOFFIN (Bel) bt
S Tsitsipas (Gr) 7-6 (7-4) 7-5; M Zverev
(Ger) bt (7) L POUILLE (Fr) 2-6 6-1 7-6
(7-3); (3) A ZVEREV (Ger) bt G Muller
(Lux) 4-6 6-3 6-2.
TODAY’S FIXTURES
(Football 7.45pm unless stated)
FOOTBALL
PREMIER LEAGUE
AFC Bournemouth v Man Utd............................
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CH’SHIP:
Dumbarton v Inverness CT.
CRICKET — INDIAN PREMIER LGE:
JAIPUR: Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata
Knight Riders (3.30).
DARTS
UNIBET PREMIER LEAGUE (Rotterdam).
50
SPORT
EXTREME SPORTS
No mountain
is too high
for White
to conquer
his demons
Dave White, angry kid, freestyle skiing
champion and MasterChef contestant,
tells Kevin Garside of his Everest quest
D
ave White is your classic
action junkie with an
almost pathological
need to wrestle on life’s
ragged edge. For his
next trick the former MasterChef
contestant and ex-British slopestyle
skiing champion is currently
attempting the summit of Everest
via the hazardous North Col. Five
people died during the climbing
season last year, six the year before
that. And they were good numbers.
After avalanche, which claimed 19
lives in 2015 and 17 in 2014, the most
common cause of death is altitude
sickness. Once climbers enter
the death zone, so called because
oxygen levels are insufficient to
support human life above 26,000
feet, they have 48 hours to reach
the summit and get back to safe
altitude. The descent accounts for
the majority of fatalities.
The £40k basic it costs to
attempt the summit buys only
one Sherpa, and perhaps two or
three Western guides, none of
whom are contracted to save you
if you hit trouble. White, 30, is
not a mountaineer. He is not only
expecting hardship but welcomes
it. This all about the rush for him
and catharsis; about leaving the
accumulated detritus of one life at
the summit and starting over on the to skiing when he landed a job as
way down. If he makes it.
a chef in the French Alps. Three
“It’s the highest mountain in the
days into the La Plagne experience,
world and it could easily take my
White executed his first backflip.
life and that drives me to survive,”
Within two years he was winning
he says. “I need that in my life. I’m
amateur freestyle competitions,
aware that there is risk. I’m not
and in 2014 finished top of the
afraid of that. But I won’t go down
podium at the British freestyle
easy and what a ride it
skiing championships.
will be.”
“I was carrying a torn
As someone who lives
Ten codeine anterior cruciate ligament
with attention deficit
which
I did in training
tablets later
hyperactivity disorder
leading up to the event,”
with
a
knee
and had mild Tourette’s as
he recalls. “I wasn’t going
support and
a kid, White’s childhood
to enter but I decided to
half a roll of
was scarred by anger
give it a shot. Ten codeine
duct tape, I
issues, which required
tablets later with a knee
medication to manage
support and half a roll of
was away: I
and a six-month spell in
managed my duct tape wrapped round
hospital. And as a young winning run
my right knee I was away – a
man it led to stays at
cork 1080, double backflip,
Her Majesty’s pleasure.
double frontflip, a 270 on the
“As I grew older I learnt to control
high rail, and that was my winning
my anger mainly by being active,
run.”
keeping busy. I had three paper
After reconstructive surgery to
rounds and I would sweep the
both knees, the stakes are raised
school halls at the end of the day. On
with the attempt on Everest. To
Tuesday nights and Sundays I would pay for his trip White has spent
wash dishes at a restaurant and
the winter cooking fancy food
occasionally help with prep.”
for high-end clients in the United
It was the exposure to the
States. As the MasterChef episode,
catering industry as a teenager that plus stints in the kitchens at The
led to him to cooking for a living,
Ritz and Claridge’s suggest, the
and his love of danger that saw
White repertoire is decent. Just
him progress from in-line skating
don’t ask him to knock something
The White stuff An adventurous life in pictures
NEWS
2-27
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BUSINESS SPORT
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18 APRIL 2018
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BOXING
Climbers near
Everest’s summit.
Dave White is
currently on the
mountain’s lower
reaches GETTY
up from bone marrow. “I was 22 at
he hopes to reach a Zen state of
the time and head chef at a large
acceptance and contentment.
hotel in Corsica,” White says. “I
“As a kid I was basically out
thought I was the bee’s knees. The
of control, putting my family
appearance on MasterChef put
through so much,” he says. “I was
me right on that. I made it to the
aggressive, violent and I needed
third round, where I had 11 minutes
help. My parents gave me fantastic
to cook bone marrow as a main
support but it has taken me until
component.
now to come to terms
“I had no idea what to
with everything. The
T
h
e
friends
do. Thankfully the lovely
friends I have made in
Monica [Galetti] discretely I have made in the mountains changed
showed me how to get the the mountains me as a person and I’m so
marrow out of the bone
changed me as grateful for that.
and then I was away. Well
“They helped me
a person and through
sort of. I made a right
my darkness
mess but produced a dish; I am grateful. and out the other side.
They helped
chargrilled bone marrow
That has a lot do with this
bruschetta with garlic
expedition. I want to take
me through
and shallot butter. I was
my past, all the mistakes
my darkness
kicked off the show and
and bad decisions I have
that felt shit. I think that
made which I still carry on
inspired me to improve. Since then
my shoulders, this demon of regret
I have cooked on many super yachts
and leave them on top of the highest
for celebrities such as Leonardo
mountain in the world, start the
di Caprio, E from Entourage, Toby
descent and enjoy the rest of my life
Maguire, surfer Kelly Slater and
happy and positive.”
sundry billionaires.”
White is also raising cash for
Feeding posh yacht people funds
Snow-Camp, a charity aimed at
winters in the mountains, a lifestyle
teaching life skills to disadvantaged
that has helped White exorcise his
kids from inner city London via
demons and set his anger aside.
skiing and snowboarding, and POW
Climbing Everest is in a sense the
(Protect Our Winters) a snow-sports
final act of flagellation, a month
action group raising awareness of
of sackcloth and ashes, via which
and tackling climate change.
Donaire out to spoil Frampton’s
party in fight for their futures
Steve
Bunce
Nonito Donaire (right) in super
bantamweight action against
Anthony Settoul GETTY
In the highlands of the Philippines
the bandits sing the praises of the
Filipino Flash, the boxer known as
Nonito Donaire, in songs of bravery, adoration and respect for the
tiny fighter currently wearing three
coats in Belfast.
On Saturday night Donaire fights
Carl Frampton, the latest adored kid
from the streets of the city he loves,
for the interim WBO featherweight
title, which is a secondary prize on
the night where the real prize is the
right to continue fighting at the top
level. The fight for a future is always
the best type of fight in the boxing
game where the costume belts are
often clutter.
Donaire has been a world champion at four weights, winning at sion currently stacked with terrific
flyweight in 2007, going 12 years fighters. Even the deluded, a hefty
without defeat at one point and now, contingent in the boxing world, will
at 35, he is closer to the dreaded exit struggle to make pretty the foul terthan Frampton. The Flash has lost rain of the loser’s abandoned room
just four times in 42 fights, most of once defeat starts to sink in.
which have been for some
Frampton is happy, he
type of title.
has prepared under new
“I’m finding the weight
trainer,
Jamie Moore, but
The real
now and I don’t feel like story is about he still has the pressure of
I’m carrying any extra the loser
his legal dispute with his
weight,” said Donaire,
former promoter, Barry
who lost a version of the and how few
McGuigan, lurking like a
featherweight world title options he will filthy cloud in the distance.
in 2014 to a dangerous have once he
Frampton needs a big win;
but flawed fighter called collects his bag he feels he is due a big win
Nicholas Walters. “I was and leaves the and he is right.
not strong enough at that dressing room
Even at 35 Donaire still
time, now I’m a proper
looks like a fighting boy,
featherweight.”
turning the harsh odds
On Saturday night the harsh but against him in this fight into motivareal story is about the loser and how tion and talking boldly of future big
few options he will have once he col- fights.
lects his bag and leaves the dressing
At his side is his wife and managroom. A rematch is the very best er, Rachel. She is the one who made
the defeated man can hope for in this fight happen, according to her,
an unforgiving business and a divi- which is probably true because she
RUGBY UNION
Folau avoids
sanction for
homophobic
comments
By Duncan Bech
Australia full-back Israel Folau
has avoided sanction by Rugby
Australia for his controversial comments on homosexuality.
Responding to a question to him
on Instagram earlier this month,
Folau appeared to suggest that gay
people were destined for “HELL..
Unless they repent of their sins
and turn to God” in a post that was
subsequently deleted.
The 29-year-old on Monday wrote
an article on website Players Voice
to discuss the storm caused by the
post and repeat his religious views.
Israel Folau stood by his comments
but recognised his employer’s view
Folau had told RA chief executive
Raelene Castle and NSW Rugby
boss Andrew Hore in talks last week
that he would walk away from the
sport if it was felt his position had
become untenable.
Castle said: “In his article, Israel
clearly articulated his religious beliefs and why his faith is important
is a fearsome operator and former
international taekwondo fighter.
She plans on being in the corner –
actually up the steps and in the corner. “I don’t watch his fights through
my fingers,” she once warned. “I
have to be there with him.”
She also got Donaire to admit to
wearing Foreign Intelligence Flirt
lip gloss from her range of beauty
products. He certainly gives the
bandits back in the Philippines
plenty of material for their songs of
resistance.
In Belfast they paint murals of
Frampton on city walls and on Saturday they will walk from all parts of
the city to fill the SSE Arena. They
will roar little Carl, lovingly known
as the Jackal, from the moment he
appears at the back of the hall on his
walk to the ring.
They also sing songs about their
beloved boxers in Belfast. The
Jackal against the Filipino Flash
just might be as memorable as their
nicknames.
to him and has provided context behind his social media comment.
“In his own words, Israel said
that he did not intend to upset
people intentionally or bring hurt
to the game. Rugby Australia will
use this experience as an opportunity to remind all employees of their
obligation to use social media in a
respectful way.”
Folau’s union contract expires at
the end of the year and the Wallabies
are keen for one of the game’s most
dangerous attacking players to remain in the game, amid interest from
European clubs and rugby league.
He has made 62 appearances for
Australia, having initially started
out as a rugby league player.
“During the meeting I told them
it was never my intention to hurt
anyone with my comment, but that
I could never shy away from who I
am, or what I believe,” Folau wrote
on Monday. “I acknowledge Raelene
and Andrew have to run things in a
way that appeals broadly to their executive, fans and sponsors, as well as
its players and staff. It is a business.”
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SPORT
Football
RANGERS
MANCHESTER UNITED
Miller and Wallace
futures in doubt
after suspension
By Alan Pattullo
ther notice. “Rangers can confirm
two players, Lee Wallace and Kenny
Suspended Rangers pair Kenny Miller, have been suspended pendMiller and Lee Wallace both look to ing investigation into a team related
have played their last games for the incident,” said the statement.
Ibrox club.
“The club will make no further
Rangers have adopted a hard- comment until this investigation
line approach following the players’ has been completed.” The players
extreme reaction to Sunday’s 4-0 have been told to stay away from
Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Ibrox and the Rangers Training
Celtic at Hampden Park.
Centre at Auchenhowie.
Miller and Wallace, vice-captain
Miller, who is in his third spell at
and captain respectively, have the club, has just a few weeks of his
been identified as main culprits for current contract to go and could
dressing room scenes considered to be given a deal to leave. Wallace
have exceeded the levels expected is under contract for another 14
in what are often heated
months.
environments.
But both players apT
h
e
club
The players, neither
pear to have burned
decided
that
of whom featured in the
their bridges at Ibrox
match, are understood to some players after turning on Murty
have undermined man- have been a
in the direct aftermath of
ager Graeme Murty’s au- disruptive
Sunday’s embarrassing
thority. It’s not the first influence for
defeat. Wallace has not
time Miller and Wallace
played first-team football
have been accused of dis- too long and
since September because
respect towards a man- they’re having of a groin injury. Miller
ager. Both were ordered no more of it
signed a new 12-month
by Pedro Caixinha to stay
contract this last year but
away from games earlier
has not featured as much
this season. This previous indisci- as he would like to have done this
pline has been taken in account by season. The 38 year-old striker was
chairman Dave King and Douglas an unused substitute at Hampden
Park, who was installed as deputy on Sunday.
chairman last week.
“The club have decided certain
The Ibrox club released a state- individuals have been a disruptive
ment yesterday confirming the influence for too long and are havplayers were suspended until fur- ing no more of it,” said an Ibrox
source. “No one can be bigger than
the club. The club is bigger than any
of them. ”
While Miller and Wallace have
felt the force of this new outlook it
seems other incidents on Sunday,
including Andy Halliday’s outburst
after being replaced before halftime, will merit only reprimands.
Daniel Candeias will also be spoken to after storming down the
tunnel when he was substituted,
as will Greg Docherty and Alfredo
Kenny Miller and Lee Wallace
Morelos for clashing after the final
before the Celtic game
whistle.
FA CUP
Fans’ boost as
ticket prices
cut for final
The Football Association has announced a reduction in the price of
category one and category two concession tickets for the FA Cup final
at Wembley, as well as no further
increase until 2021.
The move comes following a
meeting between the official supporters’ representatives from the
FA Council, including chairman
of the Football Supporters’ Federation Malcolm Clarke, and of the
clubs in this year’s semi-finals.
There will now be a saving of
some £25, improved from £10, on
concession purchases of category
one or category two tickets for the
FA Cup final, which will be played
on 19 May.
The concession prices for category three or category four tickets,
though, will remain at £10 off the
regular match ticket cost.
More details concerning the concessions policy of the clubs involved
for the final are set to be announced
after the semi-finals this weekend,
when Manchester United play Spurs
on Saturday, followed by Chelsea
against Southampton on Sunday.
It was also confirmed there would
be no increase in the cost of ticket
prices for either the semi-finals or
final of the competition “beyond the
cost of inflation” through to 2021.
Co-chair of Tottenham Hotspur
Supporters’ Trust, Kat Law, a fans’
representative on the FA Council,
said the move is “to be welcomed”. PA
Why Mourinho’s faults could
lead to a summer of big exits
Flawed tactics of Manchester United manager repeatedly fail
to get the best out of his top players, argues Miguel Delaney
W
ithin Old Trafford,
they’d already
noticed a wild swing
in Jose Mourinho’s
demeanour and
outlook. There was no gallows
humour about denying Manchester
City the party they wanted.
There was no joking about their
confirmation as the best team
coming in the worst way. Mourinho
has bigger concerns, which could
lead to big problems for some of
United’s players.
The talk is that the Portuguese
has had it with many of them and
very few are safe in the summer.
Mourinho would be willing to
consider the sale of almost anyone
except David De Gea, Alexis
Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja
Matic, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young
and Juan Mata.
United sources are keen to
point out that such mood swings
have been a trend of Mourinho’s
time so far and are influenced by
the most recent results. That has
led to transfer plans drastically
changing from month to month
and it is possible that victory over
Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup
semi-final on Saturday could cause
another reversion. It’s just that this
week’s swing stood out because
United went from heroically denying
Pep Guardiola’s side the title to
meekly handing it to them; from
looking so exciting against City to so
lifeless against West Brom.
The deeper question is therefore
not who Mourinho will buy or sell,
but how United can so readily go
between such extremes? How
could they so quickly lose any verve
from the City match, any spirit
of optimism? It is impossible not
to think that much of the second
half of that 3-2 win over City was
circumstantial, as has been the case
with pretty much all of United’s
statement performances. While it
was Mourinho’s pride stung before
the Chelsea and Liverpool wins,
it was the players’ pride stung at
half-time of the City game. They
were undeniably driven by that and
released by the nature of the game
and the requirement to come back.
This is by no means to say that
Mourinho had little effect, since the
The Doubtful DozenUnited big names who could be leaving
According to United insiders, the only players certain to be in Mourinho’s
squad next season are De Gea, Sanchez, Lukaku, Matic, Lingard, Young and
Mata. Which means the following could be on their way this summer...
Pogba
Rashford
Martial
Herrera
Valencia
Bailly
McTominay
Smalling
Jones
Rojo
Lindelof
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Jose Mourinho
has lost
patience with
Paul Pogba in
recent weeks
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players did directly respond to his
Some who have worked with
half-time words.
Mourinho say he primarily sees
There still may be a big issue
central midfielders as strong players
with his management of the side’s
to set up a beachhead, mainly there
attacking, though, something that
for tackles and aerial dominance.
has now gone beyond a fear before
“He would play three Nemanja
he got the job to a fully-fledged issue. Matics if he could,” one source says.
So many arguments have been
There is however a feeling
made about this topic and a lot of the that Pogba was signed because
same points about how Mourinho
Mourinho wanted to break out
works have been repeated, so it is
of this. But then he can’t truly let
perhaps worth going into how the
himself go and reverts to type.
team actually works.
This is one reason why the
Those who have worked
Pogba situation has
with the Portuguese and
grown. There are many
U
n
ited
know him well say he still is
reasons why United
a “defensive genius”.
keep swinging to such
went from
The organisation beyond the rousing
extremes. It is the chaos
that area is not supreme,
performance of certain games against
though, and this abstract
Mourinho’s sense of
against City to control.
talk about the lack of
the dismally
modern co-ordination
Others around the
flat display
has a concrete effect. It is
Portuguese and the club
against West argue that things would
also deeply linked to that
defensive outlook.
be different if he ha d two
Brom
Fundamentally, the
or three key players he
requirements of a Mourinho
requires.
backline mean that full-backs
A stronger defence would allow
aren’t really allowed to attack in
them to push up higher and with
many matches. This wouldn’t be a
more confidence, a midfield passer
problem if the Portuguese played
like a peak Michael Carrick would
with proper wide men, but United
allow more fluidity, and a wi nger
don’t really do that, either.
like Ivan Perisic would have allowed
That isn’t such a problem if you
that play out wide that they require.
have proper creators in the middle,
Mourinho wants two central
who can create something out of
midfielders and another attacker,
nothing, and United do have those.
but that could drastically change
The issue is that Mourinho doesn’t
depending on how the season ends.
have the patience to indulge them.
That itself will be dependent on
Either they do it relentlessly,
the FA Cup semi-final. It would be
or they’re hooked and abruptly
in keeping with the nature of the
dropped. At United alone, this has
season to see another swing.
happened with Juan Mata, Anthony
The underlying reasons for it,
Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
however, won’t change.
Now it’s happening with Paul Pogba.
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Second place is
not guaranteed,
warns Jose after
West Brom shock
By Simon Peach
Jose Mourinho believes
Manchester United still face a
fight to secure a top-four finish,
never mind sealing second spot.
The inevitable became official
on Sunday as Manchester City
wrapped up the Premier League
title without kicking a ball, thanks
to rock-bottom West Brom’s shock
1-0 win at Old Trafford.
United were a shadow of the
side that stormed back to win the
Manchester derby the previous
weekend, leading boss Mourinho
to say he would drop floundering
stars for Saturday’s FA Cup semifinal against Tottenham.
Before that trip to Wembley
comes a league match at
Bournemouth tonight.
United can use their game in
hand to stretch their lead over
third-place Liverpool to four
points and all but seal Champions
League qualification, which
Mourinho believes is up in the
air as fifth-placed Chelsea look to
kick on.
“We lost three points that could
give us great stability for the
second position,” Mourinho said
of the defeat to West Brom. Now
we still have the fourth position to
fight for because Chelsea won (at
Southampton on Saturday) and
we lost, so we still have to fight for
top four.”
Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez and
Ander Herrera performed poorly
against the Baggies, so may fear
for their places.
Juan Mata was another Unjited
star unable to make an impact
on Sunday and is looking to make
amends tonight. “Second position
was not done before the game,”
Mata said. “It was not done even if
we won, so losing - it’s even more
important the next game.”
Bournemouth
Begovic
Francis
Fraser
S Cook
Daniels
Gosling
Ibe
King
Lukaku
Lingard
Pogba
Young
Rashford
Matic
Bailly
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Crocked Batshuayi is still on
Dortmund’s most-wanted list
By Simon Johnson
Wilson
Sanchez
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
Peter Crouch has called on his
Stoke City team-mates to win three
of their final four games to stay in
the Premier League and insists
that, despite everything, “the belief
is still there”.
Stoke were one minute away from
their first win in three months on
Monday night, thanks to Crouch’s
late goal at West Ham United, only
for an Andy Carroll equaliser to rob
them of two crucial points. Now Peter Crouch scored against West
they are level with Southampton, Ham in Monday night’s draw
five points behind Swansea City,
desperately needing a win at home
The problem for Stoke is that,
to Burnley on Sunday to have any like Southampton, they are at the
hope of survival.
mercy of Swansea or Crystal Palace
Manager Paul Lambert, speaking jumping up towards the high 30s of
after Monday’s 1-1 draw, said that points, at which point their task bewinning that game would at least comes even harder.
“put the cat amongst the pigeons”.
“It’s out of our hands, which is
Given they then face Liverpool at frustrating,” Crouch added. “I can’t
Anfield, they will more likely have to believe we are in this position, but
hope they can beat Crystal Palace we are. All we can do is win those
at home on 5 May to set up a pos- games. Let’s go and do it and see
sible relegation decider at Swansea where it takes us.”
on the final day of the season.
Crouch, now 37, has started only
But Swansea play Bourne10 league games this season but
mouth and Southampton
has chipped in with four
before then so could be
goals and is desperate
safe anyway.
to make an impact in
Whatever way you
the final weeks.
look at it, the picture
“It’s hard on the
is not looking good,
bench,” he said. “I
Premier League
which is why Crouch
feel like a fan, biting
games Peter Crouch
has started for Stoke
was so downbeat
my nails. Hopefully
City this season,
after the game at the
I can have an impact
scoring four goals
London Stadium on
and be part of a great
Monday night.
escape.”
“It feels like a defeat,”
Carroll, meanwhile, adhe said. “Conceding so late,
mitted the point he snatched
it’s a crushing blow. But it’s not for West Ham could be vital, but
over. We’ve still got games we can insisted: “We’re not safe yet”.
win. But a win would have lifted
“I thought we played well
everyone.”
throughout,” said Carroll. “We took
“The belief is still there. Every- points off them, and it’s a point for
one is down, but we came so close to us, so it was a good result in the end.
winning. You look at the four games
“We’ve still got five games left
we’ve got left and three of them, if and we’ve got to win them as no one
we win them, staying up is still a is safe.
possibility.”
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CHELSEA
Ake
L Cook
Crouch targets three
wins to stay up as
Potters’ woes deepen
Smalling Valencia
De Gea
Manchester United
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Referee G Scott (Oxfordshire)
Borussia Dortmund will still try to
sign 24-year-old Michy Batshuayi
from Chelsea this summer, even
after he suffered seasonending ankle ligament
damage against Schalke
on Sunday.
The Belgium striker
(right) joined them on
loan in January and has
scored nine goals in 14
games. Dortmund’s bid to
include an option to buy in
the loan deal was rejected but
Dortmund chief executive HansJoachim Watzke confirmed in
February that they would try to sign
him in the next transfer window.
It would take an offer of more
than £50million to persuade Chelsea to sell, as the purpose of
Batshuayi’s loan was to
help him improve to become a regular member of their squad next
season.
He is receiving
treatent at Chelsea
and Dortmund have
not ruled him out of
the World Cup, although
he has less than seven weeks
before Roberto Martinez names his
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PREMIER LEAGUE
Gross spot-on
with rapid
response to
Kane strike
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
Gross pen 50
1
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Kane 48
1
By Nick Szczepanik
AT THE AMEX STADIUM
Harry Kane scored his 26th Premier League goal of the season as
he continued his race for the Golden
Boot with Liverpool’s Mo Salah, but
it was not enough for Tottenham to
increase the pressure on the Reds in
the battle for third place.
Victory would have put Spurs
level on points with Liverpool but
Brighton equalised only two minutes
after Kane’s goal and held on for a
precious point in their battle against
relegation.
The best that Tottenham could
say was that they had had a useful
workout for Saturday’s FA Cup semifinal against Manchester United, but
the home crowd celebrated noisily at
the final whistle.
Brighton had been staggering
towards the Premier League’s finish line like an exhausted marathon
runner, with one solitary point from
their past four matches. This result
gives them an eight-point advantage
over Southampton and Stoke.
Tottenham manager Mauricio
Pochettino made five changes to rest
players for the semi-final, bringing
Toby Alderweireld into the defence
for his first appearance since the 2-2
draw at Rochdale in the FA Cup.
Also coming into the team after
Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat by Manchester City were Victor Wanyama,
Moussa Sissoko, Serge Aurier and
Lucas. Dele Alli was not even on the
bench.
Brighton manager Chris Hughton
restored the experienced club cap-
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Brighton
Ryan
Duffy
Bruno
Dunk
Bong
Knockaert Stephens Kayal Izquierdo
Gross
Murray
Kane
Son
Eriksen
Wanyama
Lucas
Sissoko
Davies
Vertonghen
Aurier
Alderweireld
Lloris
Tottenham Hotspur
Substitutions: Brighton & Hove Albion Ulloa
(Murray, 74), March (Izquierdo, 77); Tottenham
Dembélé (Sissoko, 74), Lamela (Lucas, 74), Llorente
(Kane, 85). Booked: Brighton & Hove Albion Dunk.
Man of the Match Kane. Rating 7/10.
Possession: Brighton & Hove Albion 36% Tottenham
64%.
Attempts on target: Brighton & Hove Albion 5
Tottenham 6.
Referee K Friend (Leicester).
Attendance 30,440.
tain, Bruno, to the right-back berth
and at first it looked risky as Son
Heung-min ran repeatedly at the
37-year-old Spaniard.
Central defender Lewis Dunk’s
heart must have been in his mouth
when he brought Lucas down just
outside the penalty area after Beram
Kayal had given the ball away to the
Brazilian, but referee Kevin Friend
showed only a yellow card.
Brighton forced their way into the
game and Dunk had their first effort
on goal after 18 minutes, a header
CYCLING
Froome determined
after placing fourth
Chris Froome finished fourth on
day two of the Tour of the Alps
yesterday, with Spaniard Miguel
Angel Lopez claiming victory after a
testing finish up Alpe di Pampeago.
The Team Sky rider now sits fourth
in the general classification, which
is led by the Colombian Ivan Sosa.
Froome said: “I’m doing everything
I can. I’m racing as hard as I can,
and I’m not going to give up just
because I came fourth today. There
is a lot to race for.”
from a corner by Pascal Gross that
Hugo Lloris grasped only at the
second attempt. Lloris also did well
when Anthony Knockaert’s shot was
deflected by Ben Davies.
However, Tottenham, as expected, had most of the ball and Kane
twisted away from Shane Duffy into
a yard of space on the half-hour but
lost his footing and shot well over the
crossbar.
The Londoners could have scored
twice in first-half injury time. First
Mat Ryan grasped Kane’s free-kick
after Knockaert had fouled
lead away only three minutes
the England man as he
after the restart. Bong’s
tried to make up for his
attempted to clear was
own potentially disasblocked by Aurier and
trous back pass. And
Son fastened onto the
the Australia goalloose ball, taking on
Harry Kane has hit
keeper did even betDunk along the goal26 Premier League
ter with a fine diving
line and beating him
goals this season,
save to his left as
before cutting the ball
four fewer than
Heung-Min Son’s shot
back for Kane to shoot
leading scorer Mo
seemed certain to find
in off Bruno.
Salah
the bottom corner.
Many in the ground
But, having held out
must have assumed that
until half-time, Brighton gave the Spurs would now go on to score fur-
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RUGBY UNION
Jones abusers to appear in court
Four men have been summonsed to
appear in court after England
rugby union head coach
Eddie Jones was subject
to a barrage of foulmouthed abuse. The
58-year-old (right)
was travelling from
Manchester Oxford
Road station on 25
February when a group
of men asked to have a
photograph taken with him.
But the atmosphere then turned
sour, with the men taunting Jones
about Scotland’s Calcutta Cup win
over England the previous day.
British Transport Police
said four men – three from
Edinburgh aged 22, 23
and 25; and a 25-year-old
from South Queensferry
– had been summonsed to
appear at Manchester and
Salford Magistrates’ Court
on 16 May. They were reported
for an alleged public order offence.
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FOOTBALL
Everton fans to give
Allardyce rating
Fans at Goodison Park have been
given the chance to mark Everton
manager Sam Allardyce out of
10 as part of a club survey. Since
his appointment in November,
the former England manager has
come under fire from a section of
supporters unhappy about his style
of football and the results it has been
getting. Everton’s fan panel will be
asked how much trust they have in
Allardyce and his coaching staff in
the club’s annual survey.
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Pascal Gross
beats Hugo
Lloris from the
penalty spot
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Aguero in race to be fit for
World Cup after knee op
By Andy Hampson
Sergio Aguero has had minor knee
surgery, the Manchester City striker
has announced.
Aguero has been troubled by a
problem in his left knee for the past
five weeks. Last Friday City manager Pep Guardiola admitted he
was unsure when Aguero, 29, who
has scored 30 goals this season and
199 for the club in total, would be fit
again.
Aguero has now had keyhole surgery in a bid to resolve the issue.
The Argentina international
tweeted: “Recovering from an
arthroscopy on my knee. Fully motivated to get back soon to the field.”
He is set to be sidelined for
a month but, with City already City striker Sergio Aguero struggles after being injured last month GETTY
crowned Premier League champions, the World Cup will be his
would play again this season. then 16, in 2016. World governing
main target.
Meanwhile, City have been body Fifa forbids international
Aguero was unable
cleared of wrongdoing transfers for under-18s however it
to train fully in the
over the signing of teen- is permitted by law within the Eurobuild-up to the secager Benjamin Garre pean Union.
ond leg of City’s
from Argentinian
City successfully argued that
The number of goals
Champions League
club Velez Sarsfield, Garre, because he has an Italian
Sergio
Aguero
has
quarter-final
the Court of Arbitra- passport, was entitled to move.
scored during his
against Liverpool
tion for Sport has
Fifa therefore rejected Velez’s iniManchester City
on April 10 and apannounced.
tial complaint but the club took their
career, including 30
peared as a secondThe
newly-crowned
case
to Lausanne-based CAS, where
this season
half substitute.
Premier League champi- a hearing took place last year.
He was then ruled out
ons were facing a transfer
After a significant delay, a ruling
of last Saturday’s 3-1 win at
ban had they been found guilty has now been delivered that backs
Tottenham, with Guardiola cast- of breaching international transfer City and supports Fifa’s original
ing doubt over whether the player regulations when they signed Garre, decision.
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FIFA
ther goals but Brighton failed to stick
to that particular script and two
minutes later the scores were level.
Friend ruled that Aurier had tripped
Jose Izquierdo as he ran onto Glenn
Murray’s flick, and pointed to the
penalty spot.
Murray’s previous spot-kick was
saved by Leicester’s Kaspar Schmeichel so he deferred to Gross and
the German fired the penalty kick
low past Lloris, although the keeper
beat the ground in frustration after
getting a hand to it.
Tottenham remained ahead in the
possession stats and the efforts on
goal but Brighton looked in no mood
to surrender without a fight. And so
it proved, although they had to survive some scares, especially when
Duffy lunged at a fierce cross-shot
from Christian Eriksen and diverted
the ball inches past his own goal.
But as Tottenham’s attacks became more desperate, Brighton
began to look almost comfortable
and will feel they were well worth the
draw. THE INDEPENDENT
BOXING
ATHLETICS
Povetkin ‘closing’ on
fight with Joshua
Alexander Povetkin’s promoter
claims he is close to agreeing a fight
with IBF, WBA and WBO world
champion Anthony Joshua. The
Russian knocked out David Price
last month to retain his WBA InterContinental and WBO International
heavyweight titles. Povetkin’s
promoter, Vadim Kornilov, called
the chances of a fight “very high”,
despite Joshua lining up a bout with
WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
» SteveBunce,p51
Russians claim racism won’t
be a problem this summer
» Continued from back page
of cases occurring at their clubs
this season. The RFU also paid
fines for racist behaviour by its
fans at the last two European
championships.
Russian Deputy Prime
Minister Arkady Dvorkovich,
who is overseeing World Cup
preparations, said: “We’ll
do anything so there are no
discrimination cases. But if that
Farah going all out for marathon
Sir Mo Farah has gone all out
in training in an attempt to win
Sunday’s London Marathon.
The four-time Olympic champion
is competing in this weekend’s 26.2mile race having retired from track
running last year.
Farah (right), 35, ran the event
in 2014 and finished
eighth, but admits he
has gone “hard at it”
in his preparations.
He said: “I’ve
definitely prepared
differently this year compared to
2014. When I ran the marathon in
2014 I had to think about saving
energy for the track but this year
I’ve gone hard at it.
“I’m only ranked 27th, so I just
have to stick to my plan and see
what happens. It’s a great feeling
not to have the
same pressure as I
do on the track. If
the guys set off at
world-record pace,
I’ll go with them.”
happens there should be zero
tolerance for these people.”
Referees have been
handed the power
to stop or abandon
matches during the
World Cup should
racist or other
discriminatory
behaviour occur.
Russian FA antidiscrimination officer Alexei
Smertin (above), who played for
FOOTBALL
Alonso charged for
Long challenge
Marcos Alonso faces a three-match
ban after being charged with violent
conduct by the Football Association.
Chelsea’s left wing-back brought a
boot down on Southampton striker
Shane Long’s right leg during their
Premier League clash on Saturday
but the incident went unpunished by
referee Mike Dean. However, the FA
has since reviewed the incident and
given the Spaniard until 6pm today
to respond.
» Batshuayi stillwanted,p53
Chelsea, Portsmouth, Charlton
and Fulham, said: “A request
has been made to the Interior
Ministry to identify several
persons who were involved in
these incidents. If these people’s
guilt is proven, then there’s a
high likelihood they won’t
be allowed to attend
World Cup and Russian
league games.”
A Fifa spokesman
said: “We can confirm
that disciplinary
proceedings have been
opened against the
Russian Football Union
for this incident. We have no
further comment at this stage.”
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Gross penalty
earns Brighton
vital point
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Shane Duffy (left)
congratulates
Pascal Gross on his
successful penalty
to earn Brighton
a 1-1 draw with
Tottenham PA
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Banned Miller
and Wallace
‘have played last
game for Rangers’
By Lawrence Ostlere
UK Anti-Doping will increase its
athlete testing by 50 per cent and
has revealed plans for a raft of innovative disruption measures, including the deployment of sniffer
dogs, to give the organisation “better clout” to tackle doping in British sport.
Ukad is also working with the
Government on a range of policies
which will ensure “unfettered access” to sports venues and training bases to effectively carry out
unscheduled testing, as it seeks to
rebuild its beleaguered reputation.
The plans were revealed at
the launch of the organisation’s
four-year strategy, in which Ukad
chairman Trevor Pearce outlined
spending of a £6.1m grant from
the Government over the next two
years in addition to its £5.5m annual revenue.
In the past 18 months Ukad’s
limitations have been laid bare,
particularly during its costly
and ineffective investigation into
cycling’s Jiffy Bag scandal. In
December it was forced to compromise with boxer Tyson Fury
in the face of potentially crippling
legal costs following the boxer’s
positive test for the banned steroid
nandrolone.
Ukad carried out around 4,000
publicly-funded tests in 2017 –
alongside 7,000 contracted tests
by sporting governing bodies – but
will seek to increase its internal
number to 6,000 by March 2022.
Asked whether more testing
was the best use of public money,
given the relatively minimal positive hit rate of around 1.5 per cent,
Pearce insisted testing forms “an
important deterrent”, the benefits of which are immeasurable
and that they inform intelligence
gathering.
Up to 32 methods are planned
to disrupt infrastructures around
doping, including specially-trained
18.04.18
Mourinho’s faults
could lead to host
of big-name exits
from Old Trafford
Sniffer dogs
to join war
on doping
in Britain,
say Ukad
» Continued on p49
Racism fear at World Cup
after Fifa charges Russia
World body acts after fans abuse Pogba in last month’s friendly against France
By Sam Cunningham
P50
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The Russian Football Union has
been charged by Fifa after racist
abuse by their fans at one of the
stadiums hosting a World Cup semifinal, less than two months before
the tournament begins.
The game’s governing body
charged the RFU after French players, including Manchester United
midfielder Paul Pogba and Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembélé, were
taunted with monkey chants during
a friendly against Russia at the St
Petersburg Stadium last month.
Fears are growing that racism
from supporters could become a
major issue at the World Cup, which
takes place between 14 June and 15
July across 11 Russian cities including Moscow and Sochi. This was the
third incident at Zenit St Peters-
burg’s stadium and the anti-discrimination network Football Against
Racism in Europe (Fare) recorded
almost 90 cases of racism in the Russian league last season.
A Fare observer noted the racism
during the Russia v France match,
which the French team won 3-1, and
it formed part of the evidence used
by Fifa to open disciplinary proceedings against the Russian FA.
England will not play in St Peters-
burg during the World Cup group
stage and would only play at that
stadium if they win Group G, which
includes one of the tournament favourites Belgium, and reach the
semi-finals, or if they featured in the
third-place playoff match.
Russian officials are adamant that
racism will not be a problem during
the World Cup, despite the number
» Continued on p55
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