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Wednesday 25 April 2018
No 50,676 £ 1.80
Royal baby boom
The three little ones sparking
a £225m shopping frenzy
Ascot special
Hats & outfits
for every
Fashion & Features, page 21
Fashion & Features, pages 22-23
B R I TA I N ’ S B E S T - S E L L I N G Q U A L I T Y D A I LY
Corbyn disappoints
Jewish leadership
Jeremy Corbyn’s attempts to build
bridges with Jewish community
leaders over anti-Semitism in the
Labour party hit another set back last
night when they declared their
face-to-face meeting had been a
“disappointing missed opportunity”.
The Board of Deputies and the
Jewish Leadership Council said the
leader had failed to take any
“concrete” action over anti-Semites in
his party.
Page 2
Liverpool fan ‘critical’
after supporters clash
A Liverpool fan was in a critical
condition last night after being
attacked by Roma supporters before
last night’s Champions League game.
Two men from Rome were arrested on
suspicion of attempted murder after
the 53-year-old supporter, who is
believed to have travelled to the game
from Ireland, was attacked outside a
pub. Witnesses told police the victim
was hit with a belt and fell to the
ground suffering a head injury.
Liverpool gained the upper hand in
the first leg of their Champions League
semi-final with a 5-2 win.
Sport, pages 1-7
Sajid Javid
I want to build more
beautiful houses...
not just more
Page 18
Boris calls
for illegal
French kissin’ in the USA
Anyone in UK for 10 years without a criminal
record should be able to stay, says Johnson
By Steven Swinford,
Christopher Hope and Kate McCann
BORIS JOHNSON yesterday challenged Theresa May in Cabinet to
introduce an amnesty for illegal immigrants in the wake of the Windrush
The Foreign Secretary told the Cabinet that there needed to be a “broader”
amnesty for those from Commonwealth nations and elsewhere, provided they were “squeaky clean” and
did not have criminal records.
There is a growing debate in Government over the treatment of migrants in
the wake of the Windrush immigration
fiasco, with Mr Johnson among several
Cabinet ministers urging a more liberal
Earlier this week the Government
announced an effective amnesty for
Windrush migrants who arrived in
Britain before 1971 after it emerged that
they were being threatened with deportation.
Mr Johnson argued that this now
needed to be extended to all illegal immigrants who had lived in the UK for
more than a decade and not committed
crimes, including those from Commonwealth nations such as India, Pakistan, Kenya and Ghana.
It is understood the approach could
lead to between 500,000 and 700,000
migrants being given the right to stay
permanently in the UK.
A Cabinet source said that Mrs May
responded by highlighting previous
calls by Mr Johnson for amnesties relating to illegal immigrants during the
EU referendum campaign and when he
was Mayor of London. At the time, Mr
Johnson said that introducing an amnesty was the “humane” thing to do
and would increase the amount of tax
that the Government collects because
illegal migrants in the UK would move
away from the black economy.
However, when she was home secretary, Mrs May said that the approach
would send the “wrong message”, adding that people feel illegal immigration
is “very clearly wrong”.
Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary,
will today face questions over the status of other Commonwealth migrants
when she appears before the home
affairs select committee.
She is expected to reiterate her desire to put things right and apologise
again for the mistakes which led some
Windrush migrants to receive deportation letters.
The Home Office is working to discover whether anyone has been forcibly removed from the UK over the
scandal by trawling through records
that span decades.
It comes amid Cabinet tensions over
the Prime Minister’s plans for a customs partnership with the EU.
Mrs May was yesterday accused of
“burying her head in the sand” after it
emerged that the Brexit “war cabinet”
would not discuss the customs deal
when it meets today. The issue is instead expected to be debated next
week. Senior Eurosceptics including
Mr Johnson, David Davis, Liam Fox and
Michael Gove have raised concerns
that a customs partnership is “unworkable” and will ultimately lead to a
climbdown on Brexit.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of a group
of some 60 Eurosceptic Tory MPs, yesterday said that the plans were “cretinous” and represented a “betrayal” of
good sense as he suggested Mrs May
lacked “enthusiasm” for Brexit. The
Prime Minister has suggested two
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Donald Trump greets Emmanuel Macron in the French fashion as the younger man arrives at the White House for talks
Macron adds his support to new Iran deal
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‘Housing wealth must fund care’
By Laura Donnelly HealtH editor
PENSIONERS’ homes should be used
to fund social care instead of heaping
major taxes on workers, the head of the
NHS has said.
Simon Stevens said the “accumulated housing wealth” of the older generation should pay for their care,
adding they were in a “relatively advantaged position” compared with
younger generations.
His comments, made to MPs, are
likely to prompt a fierce political de-
bate about how to tackle the growing
crisis in care for the elderly. Last year,
Theresa May’s manifesto pledge to
make pensioners pay more toward the
cost of social care was described as a
“dementia tax” as it would affect sufferers living at home while those with
other illnesses would get hospital care.
Mr Stevens said last night that the assets of the elderly, including their
homes, should fund their care as he
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Editorial Comment: Page 19
called for a new deal with Iran after
Donald Trump criticised the current
nuclear agreement as “insane” and
The French president said the deal
should cover Iran’s ballistic missile
activity and involvement in the Middle
East, as well as nuclear issues.
The comments will not assuage EU
fears that Mr Trump is preparing to rip
up the Iran deal, which waives economic sanctions in return for Tehran
not pursuing its nuclear programme,
when it is up for renewal on May 12.
Convincing Mr Trump to stick by
Barack Obama’s deal was one of Mr
Macron’s stated goals for his state visit
to America, with the French leader initially saying there was no “Plan B”.
Iran has opposed renegotiating the
deal, and Mr Macron opposes abandoning the agreement. However, at a press
conference yesterday, he hinted that
France and other supporters of the deal
– such as Britain – must now work towards a new agreement.
Mr Macron said of discussions with
Mr Trump on Iran: “It is not a mystery,
we did not have the same starting
stances and neither you nor I have a
habit of changing our stances or going
with the wind.” He added: “We therefore wish, from now on, to work on a
new deal with Iran.”
Mr Macron said four areas needed to
be addressed: Iran’s nuclear programme
before 2025, long-term nuclear ambitions, ballistic missile activities and involvement in the Middle East.
Mr Macron’s comments suggested
he wanted America to remain committed for the long term in Syria to avoid
Iran gaining a foothold in the country.
Mr Trump said just before the talks:
“The Iran deal is a terrible deal… It’s
insane, it’s ridiculous, it should have
never been made.”
Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s
foreign minister, said the country
would “most likely”’ abandon the existing nuclear deal if Mr Trump pulled
America out.
Reports: Pages 16 & 17
Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Corbyn fails to impress Jewish leaders
By Harry Yorke
JEREMY CORBYN is failing to take any
“concrete” action over Ken Livingstone
and anti-Semites within his party, Jewish leaders said last night as they
claimed a face-to-face meeting with
the Labour leader had been a “disappointing missed opportunity”.
The Board of Deputies and Jewish
Leadership Council (JLC) said “words in
letters and newspaper articles will never
be enough” after Mr Corbyn issued an
apology in the Evening Standard.
They warned that the Jewish com-
munity will not be able to trust Mr Corbyn until he turns his “strong words
against anti-Semitism into equally
strong actions”.
After a meeting that lasted more than
two hours, Jonathan Arkush and Jonathan Goldstein, the respective presidents of the Board of Deputies and JLC,
issued a damning statement in which
they said they would hold Mr Corbyn to
account for his alleged lack of action.
Their statement said: “We are disappointed that Mr Corbyn’s proposals fell
short of the minimum level of action
which our letter suggested. They did
not agree in the meeting with our pro-
posals … that they should expedite
long-standing cases involving Ken Livingstone and Jackie Walker; that no MP
should share a platform with some-
‘We are disappointed that
Mr Corbyn’s proposals fell
short of the minimum level
of action suggested’
body expelled or suspended for antiSemitism; that they adopt the full
International Holocaust Remembrance
Alliance definition of anti-Semitism
with all its examples … that there
should be transparent oversight of
their disciplinary process.”
In a statement, Mr Corbyn described
it as a “positive and constructive meeting”, and Labour sources suggested the
characterisation of the meeting by the
Jewish leaders had been unfair, adding
that Mr Livingstone and Ms Walker’s
cases would be concluded by July.
However, speaking to The Daily Telegraph, a source present said that Mr
Corbyn had “failed to grasp” the “symbolic importance” of the investigations
into Ken Livingstone and Jackie Walker,
both of whom have been suspended for
more than a year over allegations of
anti-Semitism. The source added that
Mr Corbyn’s team had “tried to throw
procedure at them” as an explanation
for the delay, while another said: “Every
excuse given by Mr Corbyn and his
team was wrapped up in process.
“Here we have a Labour leader who
has undoubted strength and control
over his party, so we feel these are just
excuses for inactivity.”
The Jewish leaders last night said:
“We welcome the fact that Mr Corbyn’s
words have changed, but it is action by
which the Jewish community will
judge him and the Labour Party.”
should sell up
to pay for care,
says NHS chief
By Simon Johnson
Continued from Page 1
supported the schemes that allowed
councils to reclaim care costs from the
sale of pensioners’ property.
The Government is soon to publish
its green paper on social care, which
will consider how best to fund care for
an ageing population. The Prime Minister is also expected to announce a
funding increase for the NHS as part of
a long-term financial plan.
Mr Stevens told a House of Commons
inquiry: “I think there are big questions
about intergenerational fairness and
what the right way to raise resources is,
given the relatively advantaged position of my parents’ generation, relative
to my children’s generation.”
Highlighting the £1.5 trillion “accumulated housing wealth” held by those
in retirement, he suggested any “sustainable” solution would make use of
such assets. Allowing pensioners to
keep the value of their homes would be
“a difficult argument to win,” he said,
particularly if the alternative meant an
“unbalanced” increase in taxes for
working-age adults.
“Where people have got resources
then that needs to form part of the
funding answer,” he said.
Deferred payment – where councils
funded care and later claimed back its
costs from the estate of the deceased –
should be used far more widely as “part
of the answer”, Mr Stevens added.
u Cut-price junk food deals are set to
be scrapped, it was reported last night,
with Theresa May drawing cross-party
support for proposals to fix Britain’s
growing obesity problem. Opposition
leaders are calling for measures, to be
announced this summer, which could
see the end of buy-one-get-one-free
promotions on high-fat foods, The
Times reported.
NICOLA STURGEON was left “utterly
isolated and exposed” over her refusal
to sign up to the UK’s Brexit Bill yesterday after the Welsh government split
away from the SNP and agreed a deal.
Mark Drakeford, the Welsh finance
minister, said an agreement had been
reached over which powers repatriated from Brussels are to be immediately devolved following “significant”
compromises by the UK Government.
However, Ms Sturgeon was accused
of trying to use the row to agitate for
independence after Mike Russell, her
Brexit minister, persisted with her
claim that the EU Withdrawal Bill represented an unacceptable power grab.
UK Government sources claimed Mr
Russell wanted to strike the same deal
as the Welsh last Friday only for “diary
problems” to emerge on Monday that
meant he could not finalise the agreement. In a statement, he denied that he
had been overruled by Ms Sturgeon
and tried to create the impression he
was still working hand-in-hand with
the Welsh. However, the deal was confirmed less than an hour later.
Adam Tomkins, the Scottish Tories’
constitution spokesman, said: “The
Welsh Government has signed up to
this deal. Yet Nicola Sturgeon, alone,
refuses because she prefers to pick a
fight with the rest of the UK in order to
keep her obsession with a second independence referendum alive.”
He added: “It leaves the SNP utterly
isolated and exposed.”
David Lidington, Mrs May’s de facto
deputy, welcomed the Welsh deal as
“significant” but said it was “disappointing” that the Scottish Government had not followed suit.
Sturgeon left
‘isolated’ after
Welsh agree
Brexit deal
Final chapter A judge last night ruled that terminally ill Alfie Evans can return home, but
will not be allowed to go to Rome for treatment. Mr Justice Hayden described the 23-monthold as “courageous” and a “warrior”, but said the case had reached its “final chapter”.
‘Moggfather’ warns the
Lords: they’re playing
with fire, capisce?
By Michael Deacon
t isn’t easy to picture Jacob ReesMogg as a gangster. I suppose he
has the right kind of suits for it, and
the slicked-down hair. On the other
hand, it’s hard to imagine him being
able to lift a tommy gun, let alone fire
it, and the denizens of the New York
criminal underworld might not find
his manner entirely intimidating. “I
say, dear fellow – I know it’s the most
frightful bore, but would you mind
awfully if I killed you?”
And yet, for all his Edwardian
gentility and murmuring selfdeprecation, the Conservative MP for
North East Somerset is capable of a
subtle, understated menace. Yesterday
he was answering questions at a
Brexit-themed event in Parliament,
organised by a think tank called Open
Europe. Here’s what he said about the
House of Lords voting against the
Government on Brexit. His choice of
imagery was striking.
“I think their lordships are playing
with fire,” said Mr Rees-Mogg, quietly.
“And it would be a shame to burn
down the historic house.”
Imagine those words being
delivered not in an accent like a
decanter of tawny port, but in an
Italian-American growl.
“Nice little revising chamber you
got here. Be a shame if anything…
happened to it.”
“I’m sorry, sir – could I help you?”
“You guys got a lot of ermine robes.
Very valuable ermine robes.”
“Well, strictly speaking, they aren’t
made of ermine, they’re made of...”
“You oughta be careful. A person
could accidentally put those valuable
ermine robes in a boil wash, and cause
them all to shrink… couldn’t he?”
Mr Rees-Mogg’s remarks on the
Irish border row carried a similarly
ominous air.
“The Irish economy is dependent on
access to the UK market,” he said. “It is
a much smaller economy than the UK.
If we were to apply the common
external tariff on Irish beef, the Irish
agricultural industry would be in
serious trouble…”
Mr Rees-Mogg did not puff out a
ring of cigar smoke as he said this. But
he might as well have.
Does Theresa May have anything to
fear from The Moggfather? Well, he’s
certainly noted her shortcomings as a
cheerleader for Brexit (“It’s hard to
read what level of enthusiasm she has
for it.”) Then again, he seems satisfied
that she wouldn’t dare risk Brexiteers’
wrath (“She’s very dutiful.”) A
journalist asked what he’d do if she
kept Britain in the customs union. “I
don’t see it happening.”
But, in the no doubt extremely
unlikely event that it did, he believes
his party would be duly punished at
the next election. “Who would vote for
us?” he asked, with a shrug. In fact, if
the Tories failed to deliver Brexit, he
predicted that they would receive only
a single vote: from himself (“I’m such a
diehard Tory, I always would.”)
Still, there’s no need for it to come to
that, is there, Prime Minister?
Customs partnership ‘cretinous’
Continued from Page 1
options for a future trading relationship with the EU. The first, a “customs
partnership”, would see Britain collect
duties for Brussels for goods arriving in
the UK but intended for EU markets.
Eurosceptic MPs favour a second
“highly streamlined” arrangement,
which would use technology to minimise but not eliminate checks on imports. Asked by The Daily Telegraph if a
“partnership” would be acceptable, Mr
Rees-Mogg said: “No, no – it is completely cretinous. It is a silly idea. It
wouldn’t work, it is impractical, it is
bureaucratic, it would mean we are
effectively in the single market. It is a
betrayal of good sense. I can’t understand why the government is faffing
around with a system that nobody has
looked at to see if it actually works.”
u The Government is considering rivaling the EU’s Galileo space project by
sending its own satellite navigation
system into space, amid the ongoing
row over Brussels shutting the UK out
of parts of the project, the Financial
Times reported last night.
Lawyer in the clear over
Weinstein agreement
A lawyer who drew up a draconian
non-disclosure agreement signed by
an accuser of Harvey Weinstein will
face no action, MPs will hear today.
Zelda Perkins, a former assistant to
the Hollywood mogul, says he sexually
harassed her over many years. She
received a £125,000 pay-off and
signed a stringent agreement which
purported to restrict her ability to aid
a criminal investigation. MPs have said
the document was a potential example
of “perverting the course of justice”.
However, The Daily Telegraph
understands the Solicitors Regulation
Authority (SRA) will take no action
against Mark Mansell, the lawyer
behind the agreement. Paul Philip, the
SRA chief executive, will appear
before the Commons women and
equalities committee today.
Ikea hob recalled after
carbon monoxide error
Ikea, the Swedish furniture retailer,
has admitted that one of its gas hobs
sold in the UK must be repaired
because its carbon monoxide
emissions are above EU-allowed limits.
It urged customers to stop using the
rapid burner in the upper right corner
of any version of the Eldslaga hob
bought before Jan 1 this year.
Ikea added that the recall for repair
was “precautionary” and said there
was no elevated fire or explosion risk
and there had been no reported
incidents. It urged customers to book
a home visit with its customer service
team, blaming the fault on human
error which resulted in the wrong gas
injector being installed, leading to CO
emissions above EU limits.
Fundraisers to complete
dead runner’s marathon
Thousands of runners pledged
yesterday to “finish” Matt Campbell’s
London Marathon after the MasterChef
semi-finalist died 3.7 miles short of the
So far 2,300 people have signed up
to Finish for Matt by running the final
stretch of the distance, each raising at
least £5 for his fundraising web page.
Writing on social media, fellow
runner Matt Dorber said: “A small
gesture would be to ‘finish’ the run for
Matt. It may be in London, Somerset,
Manchester or wherever you are, but
if as many people can do a 3.7-mile run
and give £5 to Matt’s JustGiving page,
I think that would be a nice gesture.”
The fund last night stood at £126,000.
Student drowned after
fall from white water raft
A sixth former drowned on a school
trip to Ecuador when he fell out of a
white water raft and his foot became
wedged between rocks under water,
an inquest heard.
Other pupils could see the arms of
Mathew Hitchman, 17, flailing above
the surface of the fast flowing river,
but with the strong currents, pulling
him free proved impossible.
The inquest heard how two boys
went into the water in an attempt to
free Mathew, a student at the Royal
Grammar School in High Wycombe,
while a guide also tried.
Coroner Crispin Butler recorded a
verdict of death by misadventure.
Nine years for abuser
who drove girl to suicide
A man has been jailed for nine years
for sexually abusing his teenage
stepdaughter, who then killed herself.
Georgia Walsh, 16, ran in front of a
train near Sevenoaks, Kent, in
March 2017, four weeks after police
interviewed her about the repeated
abuse by Brett Connell. A video
recording of the interview was played
to Maidstone Crown Court.
Connell, 36, of Sevenoaks, was
found guilty of five sex offences
relating to Georgia and eight sex
offences unrelated to her, and cleared
of three charges. The judge told him
his behaviour was the principal reason
Georgia killed herself.
UK winner can claim
£121m on EuroMillions
A British ticket holder last night
scooped the entire £121.3m
EuroMillions jackpot – the third
highest total ever won in the UK.
Camelot urged players to check
their tickets as Andy Carter, senior
winners’ adviser at The National
Lottery, said: “Wow – what a night for
UK EuroMillions players.”
The total is still some distance shy of
the £160m won by Scottish couple
Colin and Chris Weir in 2011. Mr
Carter added: “Rest assured, we have
plenty of champagne on ice ready to
help The National Lottery’s newest
multi-millionaire celebrate.”
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A still from a video
film of the
saboteurs walking
off with Kim
Richardson’s dog
Cleared hunt
master may sue
CPS over ‘insane’
By Hayley Dixon
A HUNT master is considering taking
legal action against prosecutors after
he was wrongly convicted of intimidating one of Britain’s most notorious saboteurs over his “kidnapped” dog.
The police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have been accused of
wasting time and resources after taking Kim Richardson to court for confronting Raoul D’Monte, whose group
of saboteurs were holding one of his
favourite hounds in a van.
After a year-long legal battle, a
Crown Court judge has overturned his
conviction for harassment, saying that
he did not find Mr D’Monte was intimidated and Mr Richardson was reasonable in trying to get his dog back.
Mr Richardson, joint master and
huntsman of the Crawley and Horsham
Hunt, said that the case was “insane”
and he is now considering suing the
CPS. He works in Africa building social
housing, clinics and community buildings and a conviction could be “dangerous” as it could mean that people will
not work with him.
Mr D’Monte, the alleged victim, who
also uses the alias Alfie Moon, was revealed in court to be a well known activist who has been disrupting hunts
for almost 40 years.
On Feb 25 last year around 60 members of the Crawley and Horsham Hunt
were met by around 40 saboteurs,
many of whom were wearing camouflage and balaclavas. During the afternoon one of Mr Richardson’s hounds,
Chapter, went missing. One of the
other riders overheard the saboteurs
discussing what to do with the “lost
property”. They had found Chapter and
put the dog in the back of their van.
Mr Richardson confronted Mr
Kim Richardson, the
master of the
Crawley and
Horsham Hunt, said
he was astounded
to have ended up in
D’Monte, saying: “Have you got my
missing hound, you lot? You f------ better not nick it because I’ll put this [bugle] straight down your f------ throat.”
Mr Richardson said: “It was maybe a
little bit stronger than I should have
been, but I knew I needed to be strong
to get her back, it was a gesture.”
The activists returned the dog to another rider several hours after it had
gone missing. Mr Richardson thought
nothing more of it until he received a
phone call from police a couple of
months later, saying that Mr D’Monte
had made a complaint. Mr Richardson
said: “I told them not to be ridiculous…
I thought that it was so stupid that no
one would prosecute. Next thing I
know I am in court.”
Last October he appeared before a
district judge and was convicted of a
public order offence for causing harassment, alarm or distress fined £2,500
and ordered to pay prosecution costs of
£635 and a victim surcharge of £130.
But he was cleared on appeal at
Lewes Crown Court last week after a
video of the day showed abuse being
slung both ways.
Mr D’Monte was filmed saying: “It
‘I thought
that it was
so stupid
that no one
Next thing I
know I am
in court’
was a really successful day, really good,
really good.”
Judge Antony Chinn QC said that the
bench had also heard evidence that Mr
D’Monte was “smirking” and they concluded he did not feel harassed.
Sussex Police said it was their duty to
uphold the law and they would investigate without bias allegations from
either side before handing details to
the CPS to make a charging decision.
A CPS spokesman said: “This case
was charged following careful consideration of the evidence in accordance
with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.”
High Court judge’s ruling will keep dog walkers on a tight leash in public parks
By Patrick Sawer
THE High Court has sided with a local
authority in its effort to ban dog walkers from handling more than four animals at any one time.
Caroline Summers, a resident of
Richmond, south-west London, had
appealed against council rules to limit
the number of dogs people can exercise in the borough’s parks.
Mrs Justice May yesterday backed
Richmond council, which had argued
that the restriction was needed to protect park users from large packs of dogs
which some owners failed to keep
under control.
The rules were approved by Rich-
mond last year as part of a Public Space
Protection Order (PSPO) to address
anti-social activities in public spaces.
This also banned drones, fires or barbecues and fireworks.
Mrs Justice May dismissed Ms Summers’ challenge on the limit to the
number of dogs, the provision for licences and the proper control of dogs.
Her ruling was welcomed by the council. Pamela Fleming, cabinet member
for environment, said: “Our intention
is not to limit fun, but to ensure that
parks are open for all to enjoy.
“We have particularly seen a rise in
the number of complaints we are receiving about dogs not being under
control and professional dog walkers
from other boroughs bringing dogs to
our parks.”
While limiting the number of dogs
one person can walk to four, the council will also offer up to 18 licences for
residents and businesses who want to
walk up to six dogs.
It follows a similar restriction imposed by Gosport borough council in
Hampshire, where anyone caught
walking more than four dogs at once
can be fined £100.
uHorses are being sold for “less than
kittens” and in “buy one get one free”
deals, the RSPCA has warned amid a
rise in cruelty cases. Sam Garvey, the
charity’s chief inspector, said she had
seen horses being sold online for £25.
Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
The Royal family
Welcome messages flood
in for Duke and Duchess’s
new baby as the world
waits to hear his name
By Hannah Furness
LIKE any doting grandfather, the
Prince of Wales could not have been
happier at the safe arrival of his new
baby grandson. Like any man nearing
70, the combined energy of three children under five gave him a little lighthearted pause for thought.
The delighted Prince yesterday welcomed the birth of his third grandchild,
a second son for the Duke and Duchess
What are the odds?
Arthur leads the betting
The third child
of the Duke and
Duchess of
Cambridge will
be called
Arthur, if
bookmakers are
to be believed,
with James and
Albert close
The name
Arthur would
celebrate both
his father, the
Duke, and
grandfather the
Prince of Wales,
both of whom
have it as a
middle name.
It would also
recognise the
Queen’s father,
George VI, who
was christened
Albert Frederick
Arthur George.
yesterday had
Arthur at 2-1
followed by
James 4-1 and
Albert 5-1. The
odds correctly
favoured George
as the name for
the couple’s
eldest child.
Two years later,
Elizabeth and
were the
top picks.
of Cambridge, saying
g it
was a “great joy”.
Speaking for himself
and the Duchess of Cornwall he said: “We are both
s. It is
so pleased at the news.
a great joy to have another
grandchild, the only trouble is I
m going to
don’t know how I am
keep up with them.”
es is now a
The Prince of Wales
ce George,
grandfather to Prince
tte, who will
four, Princess Charlotte,
turn three on May 2,, and the asoy.
yet-unnamed baby boy.
The Duchess of Cornwall also
ren who are
has five grandchildren
regular visitors to their home.
The Prince’s words chimed per-
fectly with those of his son the Duke,
who had held up three fingers – one for
each of his children – when departing
from hospital and laughed that he had
“thrice the worry now”.
Yesterday, the Duke and Duchess
were kept busy settling in to life as a
family of five at Kensington Palace,
Prince George and Princess Charlotte
already having been introduced to
their brother at St Mary’s Hospital.
Pippa Matthews, the first visitor
seen driving into the palace yesterday,
spent several hours with her sister, the
Duchess, and infant nephew before
driving away. Carole and Michael Middleton, the Duchess’s parents, were unlikely to have been far away.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle,
too, could surely not have kept away
from joining the first eager visitors, living just next door and both adoring
children. The Prince once called
George and Charlotte “the most amazing things ever”.
The Queen, who was in Windsor, is
unlikely to meet her sixth great-grandchild imminently, with further duties
at the castle today, while the Duke of
Edinburgh is recuperating privately
from a hip replacement operation.
The baby’s name will be shared
first with the Queen b
before being announced to the public,
with family
members remaining
about the final decision.
The Countess
of Wessex,
who was conducting
a string of
engagements n
near Truro, Cornt
wall, said: “I’m thrilled
for them
all, it’s lovely
– really good
news.” Asked
about the
baby’s name,
she added
“I don’t
know, we’re all just
going to have to wait
and se
tions were
already unw
der way, with
the bells of
Abbey ringfro 1pm and gun
ing out from
fire in London at
salutes fired
The King’s
Troop Royal
Horse Artillery
rode out
from Wellington
Hyd Park for a
into Hyde
41-round salute, and the
Honourabl Artillery ComHonourable
pany (HAC)
(HAC), the City of LonAr
regiment, fired
a 62-round
gun salute from
the Tower of
Warm wish
wishes were shared
by political leaders,
royal adfam friends.
mirers and family
Former US
first lady
famously met Prince George
at Kensington Palace in his
dressing gown during a presidential visit, said:
sai “Barack and I
are thrilled to c
congratulate the
Duke and Duche
Duchess of Cambridge
on their new
newest arrival! We
hope to meet him soon for a
‘I don’t know
how I’ll keep
up with them’,
proud Prince
of Wales jokes
Pippa Matthews,
above, was one of
the first visitors to
Kensington Palace
yesterday to see
her new nephew,
who made his
public debut on
Monday outside St
Mary’s Hospital, left
No time like the present Commemorative china unveiled to mark arrival
The name has
not even been
announced, but
admirers of the
Royal family
need waste no
time in starting
their collection
of souvenirs.
The Royal
Collection Trust
was yesterday
quick off the
mark as it
released details
of its official
china marking
the arrival of the
third Cambridge
Featuring a
lion cub and
inspired by the
Royal Arms butt
drawn to look
like cuddly toys,
the china is
decorated with
gold ribbons,
silver pom-
poms and a
The pieces
currently bear
the words
Cellist’s cold
call turns out
to be a royal
have the name of
the new prince
added later.
The range
includes a
pillbox (£35,)
tankard (£39)
and plate (£49).
There is also a
which reads
“Royal Baby
2018” on the
back and will
cost £14.95.
The Crown clears the way
to reign for 10 more years
By Patrick Sawer
By Hannah Furness
WHEN most people see an unknown
number flash up on their mobile
phone, they brace themselves for a cold
caller telling them about a road accident or mis-sold PPI.
But Sheku Kanneh-Mason will be
glad he answered one particular call
after picking up to find Meghan Markle
on the end of the line.
Kanneh-Mason, a rising star of classical music and cello prodigy, said he
was “bowled over” by Ms Markle personally inviting him to play at her wed-
Sheku Kanneh-Mason
joins a galaxy of star
acts at the royal
wedding, including
Karen Gibson and The
Kingdom Choir, right
ding to Prince Harry on May 19. The
19-year-old, who became the first black
winner of the BBC Young Musician
prize in 2016 and who has since played
at the Proms, joins a line-up including a
gospel choir, soprano singer, trumpeter
and the Choir of St George’s Chapel.
Kanneh-Mason, who is from a family
of talented musicians, said: “I’m so excited and honoured. I was bowled over
when Ms Markle called me to ask if I
“Welcome to our
new royal baby”,
and display the
coronet of the
Duke and
Like the
th birth of
and P
are expected
Kensington Palace pyjama party. I’ll
wear my robe!”
Niagara Falls, in Canada, was turned
blue in honour of the newborn Prince.
The baby joy extended not just
to the Royal family and avid monarchists.
Tyler O’Hare, a young Metropolitan
Police constable who took centre stage
as the “door officer” during the royal
baby’s first public appearance outside
the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s described
the honour as “amazing” and “a highlight of my career”, on Twitter.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
are expected to share the name of their
third baby – born at 11.01am on Monday, weighing 8lb 7oz – today, and are
also likely to thank well-wishers.
would play during the ceremony, and
of course I immediately said yes. What
a privilege to be able to play the cello at
such a wonderful event. I can’t wait.”
The invitation came after the cellist
impressed Prince Harry during a charity concert in London last June.
In a statement releasing details of
the wedding music, Kensington Palace
said: “Both Prince Harry and Ms Markle have taken a great interest and care
in choosing the music for their service.” The chapel will also echo to the
gospel sounds of The Kingdom Choir,
which “has become known for its
united sound, warm energy and enthusiastic performance”, said the palace.
The Prince and Ms Markle may be
planning to contrast the uplifting
voices of the gospel singers with some
Baroque pieces. David Blackadder will
play trumpet with The Orchestra, com-
prising musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English
Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia. They will be joined by Elin
Manahan Thomas, the soprano. The
service will also feature the Band of the
Household Cavalry and organist Luke
Bond. A spokesman has previously
said: “This will be a moment of fun and
joy that will reflect the characters and
values of the bride and groom.”
WITH its intimate portrayal of the personal lives of the Royal family set
against the backdrop of world events,
The Crown has won widespread critical
and popular acclaim.
So eagerly anticipated is each series
of the Netflix drama that changes to the
actors lined up to play the Queen, the
Duke of Edinburgh and other key characters down the years make headlines.
Now a planning application submitted by its producers to build a new set
on which to film the series suggests The
Crown could continue to enthral audiences for the next decade.
Left Bank Pictures has been granted
temporary permission for a period of
up to 10 years to build a new set featuring the key locations in the storyline,
including Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, the Foreign Office, Clarence
House and Kensington Palace.
But there is a corner of the Home
Counties where The Crown’s success
will be far from welcome.
Residents near Elstree Studios in
Hertfordshire – where the new set will
be built – say it will rob them of open
green space and place further pressure
on local infrastructure and roads.
Some also fear that the ground on
which the new set will be built will
eventually be used for other productions and become a permanent feature.
Left Bank applied to build the set on
a three-acre site on the edge of Elstree,
close to the George Lucas Studios and
the Big Brother House set.
Documents submitted to Hertsmere
borough council state: “This space will
be used to create a number of replica period locations including central London
street scenes, private residencies, palaces and Government properties, private mews and bomb damaged streets.”
The plot is close to a number of
homes, as well as a park and woodland.
One resident wrote to the council objecting to the proposals and stating that
the set would “take away what seems
to be the little left of our green and
what little manoeuvrability we have
left in the wood”.
The unnamed resident added: “Temporary permission of 10 years for build-
Claire Foy and Matt Smith as the Queen
and Duke of Edinburgh in The Crown
ings? Get out of here! That will remain
The first two series of The Crown
have covered the period from 1947 to
1963, with Olivia Colman lined up to replace Claire Foy as the Queen in the
third series.
Hertsmere council said the plans
were “acceptable in terms of design
and impact on nearby residential
The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018
Diplomatic chief
calls revered
Sikh temple the
‘Golden Mosque’
By Yohannes Lowe
BRITAIN’S chief diplomat has apologised after calling one of the most
sacred sites in Sikhism a mosque.
Sir Simon McDonald, the permanent
under-secretary at the Foreign Office
and head of the diplomatic service, admitted that he made the mistake on
Monday when referring to the Golden
The Golden Temple at Amritsar is one of
the most revered spiritual sites of Sikhism
Temple in Amritsar, India, as the
“Golden Mosque”.
Sir Simon claimed on Twitter that a
photograph of the Queen at the
“Golden Mosque” had been given to a
Realising his mistake, he said: “I was
wrong: I am sorry.” He then admitted
he should have said “the Golden Temple or, better, Sri Harmandir Sahib.”
The Golden Temple, constructed in
the 16th century, is sacred to Sikhs because it is considered to be the main
site of pilgrimage for the faith.
Sir Simon’s post enraged many on
social media. Bhai Amrik Singh, the
chairman of the Sikh Federation, said:
“This was a major gaffe by a top civil
servant and totally unacceptable. In
our view, a public apology and admitting the mistake is not enough.
“What we need is a commitment
from the UK Government and senior
civil servants to root out such ignorance and discrimination or we will
continue to face hate, abuse and threats
of violence.”
The Queen had visited the site in
1997, 13 years after a deadly assault by
the Indian army aimed at expelling
armed separatists who wanted a separate Sikh homeland.
The scale of the UK’s involvement in
the assault, which reportedly left thousands dead, is under intense scrutiny,
making Sir Simon’s error even more
Jeremy Corbyn said that if he were to
become Prime Minister he would
launch an inquiry to investigate Britain’s role in the raid.
Addressing a Sikhs for Labour meeting in Watford, the Labour leader said:
“You can be very sure that, whenever
the election comes, it will be in the next
manifesto … it’s a commitment that’s
going to be there and we will honour
that commitment.”
Sir Simon had been on a visit to the
northern Indian city of Chandigarh,
where he met students and politicians.
Dr Jasjit Singh, a researcher at Leeds
University, questioned if the diplomat
had been thinking of the Golden
Mosque in Rochdale, which is an actual
place of Muslim worship.
Meanwhile, Twitter users pointed
out the irony that such a senior diplomat had made such a mistake.
Callum May wrote: “Hi, very senior
Foreign Office official. The big Sikh
temple in Amritsar is definitely not a
‘golden mosque’. Can you imagine the
uproar if a senior India official described St Paul’s or Westminster Abbey
as a mosque or temple. That’s not just
embarrassing it’s shocking.”
Another user added: “Wow. The
ignorance is astounding, especially
from someone who works in the
Foreign Office.”
By Daily Telegraph Reporter
A QC who spent £75 of chambers funds
on treatment for a splinter suffered by
his daughter “hounded” a colleague in
revenge when she leaked the story to a
legal blog, a tribunal has heard.
Karen Gillard, barrister and deputy
treasurer at Goldsmith Chambers,
claims she was sacked after she passed
the story about Anthony Metzer QC to
the website Legal Cheek.
She told the employment tribunal
that Mr Metzer employed family members and their friends. She said the interns, known within the firm as
“Metzer’s interns”, were paid more
than other pupils at £250 per week.
Miss Gillard, who is gay, also claims
discrimination by way of sexual orientation, but the chambers say she was
sacked after complaints of bullying and
Miss Gillard leaked a
story about Anthony
Metzer QC, left,
spending chambers
funds on treating his
daughter’s splinter
Foreign Office mandarin
apologises for confusing
sacred pilgrimage site with
Muslim place of worship
Fired barrister
claims QC took
revenge for
splinter story
Simon Kindleysides is cheered on to become the final competitor to finish this year’s London Marathon
A marathon feat with just pain to show for it
By Alex Thornhill and Alastair Choy
THE first paralysed man to complete
the London Marathon on foot has
crossed the finish line – but has been
denied a medal because he completed
the race a day late.
Simon Kindleysides, who was the
last competitor to cross the finishing
line, set off at 10am on Sunday alongside thousands of other racers and finished at 10.46pm on Monday.
The 34-year-old, a father-of-three
from Blofield, Norfolk, was diagnosed
with functional neurological disorder
and a glioma brain tumour in 2013,
which left him paralysed from the
waist down.
He walked the 26.2-mile marathon
course using a ReWalk robotic exoskeleton suit that senses subtle changes in
its user’s centre of gravity to move.
But because Mr Kindleysides did not
finish the race on Sunday, he has been
refused an official medal.
He has been donated some medals
from well-wishers and has also been
awarded the Spirit of London award,
which organisers give to participants
who “encapsulate the unique spirit” of
the race. He was the first finisher from
this year’s race to be given the award.
Mr Kindleysides joins the likes of
former boxer Michael Watson, the Rev
Steve Chalke, the biggest individual
fundraiser, and Fauja Singh, the oldest
person to finish the event, who have
been given the award in the past.
Marathon organisers said that they
had worked closely with Mr Kindleysides to support his logistics team.
He was raising money for The Brain
Tumour Charity and, by last night, had
raised £8,630.04 of his goal of £10,000.
After the race Mr Kindleysides said:
“I am in a lot of pain. It has taken it out
of me and I don’t know how it is going
to affect me physically afterwards.
“I hadn’t walked 26 miles in my life
when I was able-bodied, so that is a
massive achievement in itself.”
He added: “I just wanted to show
that anything is possible if you put your
mind to it. You can stay in bed and feel
sorry for yourself or get out and enjoy
your life, because you are only here
intimidating behaviour towards staff.
After her dismissal, Adam Gersch,
treasurer of the firm, called police and
claimed she had harassed him by sending colleagues emails accusing him of
fraud and financial impropriety.
The tribunal heard staff were unhappy after Mr Metzer used chambers
funds to get his daughter medical treatment for a splinter she sustained while
an intern at the firm in January 2016.
Miss Gillard, 44, also claimed she
challenged Mr Metzer over his “misuse” of a client fund of Argent law firm,
which merged with Goldsmith in
May 2014.
She was suspended and members of
the chamber’s management committee
accused her of “bribery” at a meeting
in December 2016, the tribunal heard.
Dr Anton Van Dellen, Chamber Secretary, admitted that a group of barristers at the firm appeared like a “gang”
by discussing reporting Miss Gillard to
police in February 2017.
“Whilst I had offered to resign and
go ‘quietly’, sadly the Respondents
have humiliated and hounded me,”
Miss Gillard said.
“The victimisation and bullying have
been all the more vicious to me because I am an openly gay woman.”
The hearing continues.
Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018
Dog walker
buried alive
by cliff fall
Residents of
Llandudno have
found their gardens
are the front line
against an invading
army of goats
By Daily Telegraph Reporter
A DOG walker was crushed to
death by an “avalanche” in front of his
partner when a seaside cliff gave way,
an inquest has heard.
Brendan Lavery, 58, was buried
under tons of mud and sand and died
instantly from multiple injuries.
The inquest in Ipswich heard how
the 25ft cliff had been weakened by
high tides over the preceding days.
Mr Lavery’s partner, Lynne Tibbert,
was walking with him and their two
dogs at Thorpeness, Suffolk, on Jan 17
last year. She told the inquest in a statement: “I could see as if a bird was pecking at the cliff face and sand coming
down and a small hole in the cliff.
“I said, ‘look at that’, and he looked
up. There was a rumble like thunder,
coming from the cliff.
“I started to run towards the sea, but
Brendan was directly underneath
the cliff. It sounded like an avalanche
behind me. I tried to look back but all I
Hairy horde of
invaders gets
gardeners’ goat
By Francesca Marshall
and Alastair Choy
WITH its cable car, tramway and pier,
the quiet coastal town of Llandudno
has drawn visitors for many a year.
But a new batch of interlopers are
proving to be far more disruptive than
the most badly behaved tourist.
A herd of long-haired Kashmiri
goats, which usually live on the cliffs
nearby, have invaded the resort after
bad weather drove them inland.
The herd has reportedly been running riot in a school playground and
left one couple startled when they returned home to find the goats chomping through their garden.
Ian Jones, headteacher of Ysgol San
Sior, said: “They’re charming to see but
they eat everything.
“They’ve destroyed so many of the
trees in our orchard. We use the apples
to make the school chutney we sell.
“Most mornings we’ve been having
to chase them off the school fields
before the school day begins, so that
involves the breakfast club children
giving me a hand.”
He said several school pupils had
suffered from ticks after playing on the
school field where the goats had been.
Jonathan Clements returned home
to find six goats in his garden, with two
butting horns.
“Two were up on the garden walls,
munching away at the greenery, and
then one jumped down to join the four
in the garden,” he said.
“Luckily, we didn’t have any prizewinning flowers for them to eat but
there is a noticeable difference to the
thickness of the hedging.” Claire
Gough, 53, added: “I don’t mind, but
the neighbour wasn’t happy as they ate
all the flowers in his garden.”
The Kashmiri goats, which had been
given to Queen Victoria by the shah of
Persia, are thought to have been introduced to the Great Orme, a rocky headland, in 1907 from a herd kept by the
Royal family at Windsor Great Park.
Last summer, one of the goats had to
be rescued after becoming trapped on
a rocky ledge, forcing RSPCA officers
to abseil 98ft down and catch it by the
Helen Maydew, a 28-year-old shepherdess, said: “They’re a wonderful
part of Llandudno’s history. It’s a shame
‘It sounded like an
avalanche. All I could see
were tons and tons of mud
where he was standing’
could see were tons and tons of mud
where Brendan was standing.”
Ms Tibbert was buried in sand and
mud from the top of her legs down but
was able to alert another dog walker,
who dialled 999.
Firefighters, paramedics, coastguards and members of the public tried
to dig Mr Lavery out. They were helped
by an eight-year-old girl who had seen
the cliff fall and showed them where he
was buried.
Ms Tibbert added: “They told me
Brendan died instantly. We were in the
wrong place at the wrong time.”
She expressed concern that there
had been no signs warning of the risk
of cliff falls.
She said: “Had we seen signs we
might have thought twice about going
Glencairne Ogilvie, the landowner,
said in a statement: “I honestly do not
know what I could have done to prevent this accident from happening.”
The inquest heard that he later
posted warning signs in the area.
Paul Patterson, a coastal engineer
with Suffolk Coastal Council, said the
cliff was made from sand and mud and
could easily be eaten away by the sea.
He said several days of very high tides
had led to “significant cliff erosion”.
Assistant coroner Dr Dan Sharpstone
recorded a conclusion that Mr Lavery’s
death was an accident.
‘Two were up on the garden
walls, munching away at
the greenery, and there
were four in the garden’
that it’s been so cold and the grass
hasn’t started to grow which is why
they are invading the town this year.”
According to a recent count there
are around 110 goats in Llandudno.
This includes 64 nannies, 25 billies and
21 kids. Some townspeople have tried
to herd the goats back to their usual
Conwy council told the BBC it was
not directly responsible for the goats. It
said it had been looking to reduce the
size of the herd by moving some of
them – and with a trial of goat contraceptives.
In February, one goat was due to be
caught to become the Royal Welsh’s
newest mascot, but evaded capture for
several weeks. The kid, named Fusilier
Shenkin IV, was eventually captured
last month.
Poor weather drives
clifftop herd into seaside
Welsh resort’s flower beds
in search for food
Tide of microplastics could be
released by melting Arctic ice
HUGE amounts of microplastics
trapped within Arctic sea ice will be released into the world’s oceans with
global warming, researchers have
The Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany found 12,000 microplastic particles per litre of ice when it surveyed
five regions in the Arctic Ocean.
Analysis of ocean currents showed
much of the debris had flowed from the
“Great Pacific Garbage Patch”, the largest accumulation of ocean plastic in the
world, which lies between California
and Hawaii.
British experts said it showed that
the garbage patch was “literally the tip
of the iceberg”.
Dr Ilka Peeken, biologist and first author of a study published in the journal
Nature Communications, said: “More
than half of the microplastic particles
trapped in the ice were less than a
twentieth of a millimetre wide, which
means they could easily be ingested by
Arctic microorganisms. No one can say
for certain how harmful these tiny
plastic particles are for marine life, or
ultimately for human beings.”
The movement of sea ice in the Arctic means much of the waste is eventu-
The number of microplastic particles per
litre of ice that researchers discovered
in the waters of the Arctic Ocean
ally transported to waters off the north
east coast of Greenland. British experts
said the amount of microplastics in the
oceans will only increase as sea ice
melts because of climate change.
Prof Ton van den Bremer, Royal
Academy of Engineering Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, said:
“The study ties together two global en-
vironmental problems: plastic pollution of the ocean and climate change,
as the melting of the arctic ice cap will
lead to the release of large additional
quantities of micro-plastic.”
The researchers found particularly
high concentrations of polyethylene
particles, used mainly in packaging,
which most likely came from the Great
Pacific Garbage Patch, brought through
the Bering Strait and into the Arctic
Ocean by the Pacific inflow.
They also discovered paint particles
from ships and nylon waste from discarded fishing nets in the seas off Siberia. Cellulose acetate, primarily used
for cigarette filters, was also found in
high quantities.
Dr Jeremy Wilkinson, sea ice physicist at the British Antarctic Survey,
added: “Sea ice grows vertically downwards, thus it was incorporating microplastic particles as it grew. It
suggests microplastics are now ubiquitous within the surface waters of the
world’s ocean. Nowhere is immune.”
superbugs feeding
on sewer fatbergs
By Henry Bodkin
Swan shake A swan sends thousands of droplets of water
cascading through the air while grooming itself on a lake
at Harrow Lodge Park in Havering, east London.
FATBERGS in sewers pose a threat to
human health by acting as breeding
grounds for superbugs immune to antibiotics, an investigation has found.
Analysis of a 750m fatberg – a congealed mass of fat and discarded items
– in a sewer on London’s South Bank
revealed strains of bacteria including
E. coli and listeria which are resistant to
life-saving drugs.
Experts have warned that people
could be exposed to the bugs in the
event of a blockage which pushed sewage back up through domestic or commercial pipes. In that event, normal
antibiotics could prove useless against
the virulent strains.
Forensic analysis showed cooking
fat was the biggest contributing factor
for the fatberg, which was the largest
known example in Britain, while typical items found included cotton buds,
wet wipes, condoms and nappies. The
study by Thames Water and Channel 4
also found significant evidence of prohibited gym supplements.
Alex Saunders, waste networks manager for Thames Water, urged people
not to “feed the fatberg”.
Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Prostate treatment ends
NHS watchdog approves
day procedure to ease one
of the most common
complaints for older men
By Laura Donnelly HEALTH EDITOR
A PIONEERING prostate treatment
which means tens of thousands of men
could be spared major surgery has
been given the green light.
NHS watchdogs have approved the
new technique to treat one of the most
common medical complaints facing
older men.
Around half of men over the age of
50 suffer from an enlarged prostate,
which can reduce bladder capacity,
causing repeated night-time trips to
the lavatory. Mild symptoms can be
controlled by drugs, but they can cause
side-effects such as loss of libido.
Every year, around 45,000 men undergo surgery to treat an enlarged
But this requires a general anaesthetic, several days in hospital and can
damage sexual function and fertility.
The new technique, which can be
done as a day case, uses tiny plastic
beads to block the blood supply and
shrink the enlarged gland.
Until now, it was only available as
part of research trials.
Now the National Institute for Care
and Excellence (Nice) has approved the
treatment – called prostate artery embolisation – for routine use, after considering its safety and effectiveness.
Surgeons said they hoped it would
be available across the country within
two years.
Dr Nigel Hacking, who led a study
into the effectiveness of the treatment,
said it would act as a “bridge” between
drugs and surgery, bringing help to
The number of men each year in the UK
who undergo surgery to treat an enlarged
tens of thousands of men suffering distressing problems on a daily basis.
He said: “Around half of men over
the age of 50 will suffer from an enlarged prostate – and around half of
Spring spectacular A farm worker tends to tulips in full bloom at the village of East Winch, near
to be sent to supermarkets throughout the UK. The dazzling display was encouraged by the recent
20 minutes’ exercise
a day cuts depression
Vaping should
not be for life,
says watchdog
By Sarah Knapton
EXERCISING for 20 minutes a day
cuts the risk of developing depression
by nearly one third and could save the
economy billions, the biggest ever
study of the subject has shown.
The NHS spends £7.5 billion tackling
depression each year, including
£266 million on antidepressants alone.
A review led by King’s College London has found that meeting the recommended weekly guideline of 150
minutes of moderate aerobic activity,
such as cycling or brisk walking, could
have a huge impact on the numbers of
depressed people.
The review of 49 cohort studies,
involving 266,000 people across the
world, found that those who followed
the guidance were 31 per cent less
likely to develop depression over the
seven-and-a-half year research period.
Dr Brendon Stubbs, the study coauthor and a post-doctoral research
physiotherapist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at
King’s College, said: “We found higher
levels of physical activity were protective from future depression in children,
adults and older adults, across every
continent. When it comes to reducing
your chances of developing depression, some physical activity is better
than none, and the more you do, the
better your chances are.”
He said the team made their findings
“after taking into account other important factors such as body mass index,
smoking and physical conditions”.
Around one in four people in Britain
will experience a mental health problem each year and 3.3 in 100 (2.14 million) are suffering from depression
at any given time. According to the
Centre for Mental Health, around
Price of mental health
The rising cost to society
days lost to
depression or
anxiety and
stress each year
anxiety or stress
cost to business
through lost
sickness absence
and staff
£266 million
cost to the
NHS for
people forced to
leave jobs each
year because of
64.7 million
prescriptions for
on NHS
£7.5 billion
total cost of
depression to
£105 billion
total cost of poor
mental health to
English economy
91 million days are lost each year in the
workplace to depression, anxiety and
stress, costing British businesses approximately £26 billion.
The researchers said it was time for
the “overwhelming evidence” to be
translated into meaningful policy decisions to allow people to be more active.
Dr Joseph Firth, a co-author and research fellow at NICM Health Research
Institute at Western Sydney University,
said: ‘The compelling evidence presented here provides an even stronger
case for engaging all people in regular
physical activity; through schools,
workplaces, leisure programmes and
elsewhere, in order to reduce the risk of
depression across the lifespan.”
The findings have been published in
The American Journal of Psychiatry.
E-CIGARETTES are being marketed as
“edgy lifestyle devices”, which could
encourage people to use them for too
long, the deputy chief executive of the
NHS health regulator has warned.
Speaking to the Commons science
and technology committee, Professor
Gillian Leng, of the National Institute
for Health and Care Excellence, said
the long-term health risks of vaping
were still unknown.
She said it was safe as a quitting aid,
but “the question is whether it becomes a long-term lifestyle choice”.
Professor Leng said of e-cigarettes:
“They are being marketed as an interesting, exciting, edgy product that
might encourage people to use them in
the longer term.
“The risk is that we don’t know what
the long-term impact is because they
are new products and we really need to
gather that information. They are
95 per cent safer than cigarettes, but
there is five per cent that we don’t
know about.”
But Professor John Newton, director
of health improvement at Public
Health England (PHE), said there were
“reassuring patterns” of e-cigarette
use. He added: “The large-scale surveys suggest that there is a progression
from being a smoker, to using e-cigarettes, to stopping.”
A review published by PHE concluded that vaping poses a “small fraction” of the risks of smoking. It found
that e-cigarettes could be helping at
least 20,000 people a year to quit.
The review also found that two in
five smokers had never tried e-cigarettes. PHE said that “many thousands
of smokers incorrectly believe that
vaping is as harmful as smoking”.
The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018
need for major surgery
them could benefit from treatment. By
the time you get to the age of 80,
around 80 per cent of men will suffer
from this, so we are talking about a lot
of men.”
Traditional surgery cuts away part of
the prostate gland, in order to reduce
pressure on the bladder.
The new procedure involves injecting hundreds of small plastic beads
into a blood vessel in the groin.
Using a thin tube, medics direct the
beads towards the prostate and block
its blood supply so that it shrinks, alleviating pressure on the bladder.
Experts said the new technique
means patients could avoid the risks of
a general anaesthetic, surgery or a long
stay in hospital, as well as inducing less
anxiety in patients.
The procedure is likely to cost the
NHS around £2,500 per patient, in line
with the costs of surgery, with possible
savings from shorter hospital stays.
Professor Kevin Harris, the clinical
director of Nice’s interventional procedures programme, said the procedure
could transform lives, particularly for
those not suitable for current forms of
He said: “The advantage of this is
you don’t need a general anaesthetic or
a spinal anaesthetic. It means treatment is available for men who aren’t fit
enough for surgery or for an anaesthetic, it means not having bits of your
prostate chipped away, and the risk of
bleeding and indeed the risk of an anaesthetic.”
“The availability of this procedure
could make a real difference to the lives
of men up and down the country.” The
treatment is only available at 18 NHS
centres, as part of research trials.
Dr Hacking, a consultant interventional radiologist at University Hospital
Southampton, said he hoped the goahead from Nice would lead to the
treatment being offered at around 50
centres within two years.
“This is good news for tens of thousands of men who can now have the
choice of this therapy alongside drugs
or surgery,” he said.
“Results from the study show prostate artery embolisation can help large
numbers of men suffering with the
symptoms of an enlarged prostate.”
“It is a particularly good option for
men who are not yet ready to undergo
more invasive prostate surgery. Maintaining sexual function and fertility is
one of its main strengths.”
King’s Lynn, Norfolk. The flowers, grown at the family-run Belmont Nurseries, will soon be cut
heatwave. However, the weather is expected to turn cooler this week. Weather: Page 34
Parents take heart: children run
endurance athletes off their feet
By Sarah Knapton
PARENTS run ragged by their children
may have suspected it all along. Youngsters have greater energy levels than
professional endurance athletes, scientists have discovered, meaning it is virtually impossible for the average adult
to keep up.
And for mothers and fathers hoping
that tiring out their little ones will ensure a good night’s sleep, be warned.
Children also have an impressive recovery time, and will be back to their
hyperactive best quicker than parents
can say “lie in”.
“We found the children used more of
their aerobic metabolism and were
therefore less tired during high-intensity physical activities,” said Prof
Sébastien Ratel of the Université Clermont Auvergne, France.
“They also recovered very quickly –
even faster than the well-trained adult
endurance athletes. This may explain
why children seem to have the ability
to play and play and play, long after
adults have become tired.”
Previous studies have shown that
children do not tire as quickly as untrained adults during physical tasks
and it was suggested they had energy
profiles comparable to endurance athletes, but there was no evidence to
prove it until now.
Researchers recruited 12 youngsters
aged between nine and 11, 12 untrained
The fall in power output of children after
taking the Wingate Cycle Test, compared
to 41.8 per cent for endurance athletes
men and 13 male endurance athletes
who were national-level triathlon competitors or long-distance runners and
All were asked to perform two sevensecond resistance sprints, followed by
a minute of recovery while their aerobic energy output was measured.
On a second visit they were asked to
complete the Wingate Cycle Test,
which measures anaerobic output by
asking participants to cycle as fast as
they can for 30 seconds.
oxygen levels and lactate-removal
rates were checked following the cycling tasks to see how quickly they recovered.
It was found that children not only
have fatigue-resistant muscles, but recover very quickly from high-intensity
exercise – even faster than the welltrained adult endurance athletes.
During the Wingate test untrained
adults’ power output fell by 51.8 per
cent, and athletes by 41.8 per cent, but
children’s only fell by 35.2 per cent.
The researchers believe the findings
could help develop athletic potential in
children as well as improve understanding of how the body changes from
childhood to adulthood.
Dr Ratel added: “Our research indicates that aerobic fitness, at least at the
muscle level, decreases significantly as
children move into adulthood – which
is around the time increases in diseases
such as diabetes occur.”
The research was published in the
journal Frontiers in Psychology.
Hospital doctors fail to spot patients’ dementia
By Laura Donnelly
DEMENTIA is being missed by hospital
doctors in four in 10 cases, a study found.
Researchers from University College
London found that doctors routinely
treat patients without realising they
have been diagnosed with dementia,
and that too many pensioners go into
hospital without proper records of important diagnoses such as dementia.
The study examined 138,455 hospital
admissions from 21,387 people between 2008 and 2016, including 37,329
admissions of 8,246 people who were
known to have dementia beforehand.
Overall, hospitals recognised dementia in 63.3 per cent of inpatients
previously diagnosed. Cases were more
likely to be missed if patients did not
have partners, had severe physical illnesses, or were from ethnic minority
At the start of the study, in 2008, just
48.7 per cent of dementia cases were
detected, with rates rising over the
eight-year period.
Researchers said the findings were
likely to be an underestimate, as they
only included cases where the patients
had previously received a diagnosis.
Data from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust was used
in the study, which is published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of
the Alzheimer’s Association.
Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
‘I would not be
PM had it not
been for the
By Claire Cohen
THERESA MAY said yesterday that she
would not be in Downing Street were it
not for the achievements of the suffrage
movement, as the first statue of a
woman to stand in Parliament Square
was unveiled.
The Prime Minister paid tribute to
the “extraordinary life and legacy” of
Millicent Fawcett and said that, without
her, Britain would have no female MPs.
“I would not be here today as Prime
Minister, no female MPs would have
taken their seats in Parliament, none of
us would have the rights and protections we now enjoy, were it not for
Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett,” she
She was speaking at the unveiling of a
statue of the suffragist yesterday. The
monument is the result of a campaign
by Caroline Criado-Perez and The Daily
Telegraph, which published an open
letter to Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, in May 2016, signed by Emma Watson, the actress, and J K Rowling, the
author. A petition calling for a suffrage
statue in Parliament Square by 2018, the
centenary of women’s suffrage, attracted 85,000 signatures.
The 8ft 4in bronze of Fawcett is the
first of a woman to stand in the square,
which has 11 statues of men, including
Winston Churchill, David Lloyd
George, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson
Mandela. It was designed by Gillian
Wearing, a Turner-prize winning artist
who was appointed by the Suffrage
Statue Commission chaired by Justine
Simons, deputy mayor for culture and
creative industries. Ms Wearing is the
first woman to have one of her sculptures erected in Parliament Square.
After the unveiling, she said: “It was
the first time I’d actually seen it all together. I saw the statue on Saturday
morning because we had to take the
plastic wrapping off and put on the unveiling cloth, but that was at 6am, so it
was quite dark. “I thought, ‘Oh God, it
looks great!’ – because there was that
moment you think, I don’t really, totally
know what the whole thing will look
like together. I’m really pleased.”
Ms Criado-Perez, an activist who had
successfully lobbied the Bank of England in 2014 to put Jane Austen on the
new £10 note, acknowledged The Telegraph’s contribution, joking that on
winning the campaign, she “discovered
that commissioning a public work of art
is slightly more complicated than making a massive fuss in The Telegraph – although that helps”.
Mr Khan told a crowd of campaigners, children, members of the public
and invited guests including Jeremy
Corbyn, Amber Rudd, Harriet Harman
and Dame Jenni Murray, that the open
letter had been “one of the first things to
bronze statue of a grave and
determined-looking middle aged
woman bearing a placard that
reads “Courage Calls to Courage
Everywhere”, Gillian Wearing’s image
of the suffragist Millicent Fawcett is
the first statue of a woman ever to
grace Parliament Square.
It honours a pivotal, but sadly
neglected figure, who began her
campaigning at 19 in 1866, long before
Emmeline Pankhurst. The words are
taken from a speech Fawcett gave at
the funeral of martyr Emily Davison.
Wearing’s work uses the words to
update and subvert the kind of
conventional statuary in the square, in
images of great male leaders such as
Robert Peel and Winston Churchill,
employing the spiky humour that
made her a leading figure of the YBAs
who shook up the British art scene in
the Nineties and early Noughties.
Wearing, now 54, is known for
photographs of members of the public
holding signs that bear statements
concerning what’s on their mind. They
‘It should have happened
decades ago. It is not right
this historic square has been
a male-only zone for statues’
‘For once [Wearing] has
gone against type and has
given us a fine sentiment,
and that feels right’
land on my desk as Mayor and it was a
He added: “It really should have happened decades ago. It is not right that
this historic square has been a maleonly zone for statues.”
Mr Khan, who pledged to be a “proud
feminist in City Hall”, responded to the
campaign during his first week as
Mayor and in April 2017 confirmed that
Fawcett would stand in Parliament
The bronze of the woman who
founded the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies in 1897, holds a
banner, reading: “Courage calls to courage everywhere”, from a speech she
gave in the aftermath of Emily Davison’s death in June 1913, when she was
trampled under King George V’s horse
at the Epsom Derby.
The plinth is inscribed with 59 images of other women and men who
fought for the Representation of the
People Act 1918, which marked its centenary on Feb 6.
are lifted above banality by the slightly
sinister pathos created in the
disjuncture between the appearance
of the person and the words they hold.
A confident-looking City worker’s
reads “I’m desperate”, while a young
woman holds up “I hate this world.”
Wearing’s apparently artless
formula had an immediate appeal from
the moment it first appeared in 1992.
Since then, it has been widely
parodied and imitated, most recently
in a TfL campaign that entirely missed
the original’s distinguishing note of
dark and subversive humour.
Wearing has revisited the format,
with a life-size statue that eschews the
pomposity seen in many male statues,
and is dignified and convincing. Her
best work is typically marked out by a
slightly sarcastic whimsicality, but for
once she has gone against type and
given us a fine sentiment, absolutely
straight. And that feels right, in this
era-defining image of an undersung
figure who is at last taking her place in
the pantheon of the country’s great
political personalities.
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Theresa May pays tribute
as statue of Dame Millicent
Garrett Fawcett is unveiled
in Parliament Square
A perfect tribute
to an undersung
figure, in her
rightful place
The statue of Millicent Fawcett was unveiled by schoolchildren in Parliament Square yesterday after a speech by the Prime Minister
Households vulnerable to cyber
attacks through flaw in routers
By Margi Murphy
MORE than 400,000 households were
vulnerable to hacking due to a flaw affecting routers made by a company that
has been subject to a GCHQ warning.
Hyperoptic, Britain’s largest residential gigabit broadband provider, provided customers with routers made by
ZTE, the Chinese company that last
week prompted a security warning
from GCHQ.
The flaw in the routers granted hackers total remote control of a home network if unsuspecting customers
clicked a “phishing” link sent over
email or social media.
Clicking the link would let attackers
log into the router, allowing them to
change passwords, watch what the
user was browsing and weaken security firewalls that protect other internet-connected devices.
Last week the National Cyber Security Centre, the cyber defence arm of
GCHQ, warned telecoms companies
against using ZTE equipment amid national security concerns related to the
company’s links to the Chinese government.
Context IS, the security experts who
discovered the router flaw, claimed the
vulnerability could be used to harness
The number of households left vulnerable
to hacking through a flaw in routers made
by ZTE, a Chinese company
the router into a botnet – a network of
computers that act like zombies, sometimes used to quietly power Bitcoin
mining or attack companies’ servers to
knock their websites offline.
Victims would have no idea that their
router had been hijacked other than
experiencing slow internet speeds. Hyperoptic was made aware in November
Press freedoms in UK rank
among the worst in Europe
By Steven Swinford
PRESS freedom in Britain remains at its
lowest ever level after some “worrying” developments over the past year,
including the alleged intimidation of
journalists by Labour supporters.
The World Press Freedom Index has
ranked the UK 40th out of 180 nations
for press freedom for the second year
in a row, between Trinidad and Tobago
and Burkina Faso.
Reporters Without Borders, the organisation that produces the index,
highlighted the fact that Laura Kuenssberg, the BBC’s political editor, had to
hire bodyguards at a Labour Party conference. It also cited an “alarming” proposal by the Law Commission to make
it easier to imprison journalists for obtaining leaked information, and attempts by peers to “hijack” legislation
in order to limit press freedom.
Rebecca Vincent, UK bureau director of Reporters without Borders, said:
“Maintaining our ranking of 40th out
of 180 countries is nothing to be proud
of, and puts us in the embarrassing position of having one of the worst records on press freedom in Western
Europe. This is unacceptable for a
country that plays an important international standard-setting role when it
comes to human rights and fundamental freedoms. We must examine the
longer-term trend of worrying moves
to restrict press freedom, and hold the
UK Government to account.”
A spokesman for News Media UK,
which represents national, regional
and local newspapers, said: “Although
disappointing, it is not surprising that
the UK languishes in 40th position in
the press freedom index as the UK
news media industry is under threat.
“We have seen repeated attempts by
the House of Lords to hijack legislation,
such as the current Data Protection Bill
to enforce state-backed press regulation, which would have a chilling effect
on investigative journalism.
“This is a grave threat to press freedom and could lead to the closure of
newspapers. We call on all politicians
to protect media freedom and safeguard a vibrant press in the UK.” Press
freedom in the UK ranks below countries such as Estonia, Slovakia, Surinam,
Samoa, Namibia, Ghana and Latvia.
Editorial Comment: Page 19
last year, when Which?, the consumer
watchdog, was alerted to the flaw.
However, it only completed the security update that fixed the flaw on
Despite NCSC guidance, Steve Holford, Hyperoptic’s chief customer officer, said it would continue to use the
ZTE routers as “all routers are secured”.
He said there was no evidence that
customers had been affected, but was
investigating further.
Mr Holdford said: “As soon as we
were made aware of the concern, we
immediately changed the passwords to
safeguard these devices, and we have
been working together with our supplier to implement new security controls so that our customers can be
confident the concern has now been
Hyperoptic provides super-fast fibre
broadband of up to 1gb per second to
400,000 homes in various British cities and towns, including London, Glasgow, Newcastle, Reading and Cardiff.
Minister: university
chiefs should not
sit on pay bodies
should be
barred from discussions about their
pay, the universities minister has said.
Sam Gyimah said he wanted to see
vice-chancellors kicked off remuneration committees to prevent them having a hand in their own pay levels. He
added that FTSE 100 companies would
never allow a director to sit on a remuneration committee and then claim
they had left the room when their own
salary was discussed.
Speaking to the Commons education
committee yesterday, Mr Gyimah said:
“They should not be allowed to set
their own pay and that’s action on pay,
the second thing is that the Office for
Students has a real focus on top pay
within our universities.”
University bosses attend the committees which set their pay in 95 per
cent of cases, with nearly half of vicechancellors members of remuneration
bodies, according to the University and
College Union. Another 47 per cent are
able to attend meetings.
Mr Gyimah made the comments
amid growing concerns over spiralling
salary increases for university chiefs.
The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018
By Anita Singh
Arts And EntErtAinmEnt Editor
THE BBC’s Proms has lost a star performer after a row over the “whitewashing” of the female lead in West
Side Story.
Sierra Boggess was to be Maria in a
concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein.
But her casting led to a backlash in the
US from critics who said the role should
go to a Latin-American performer.
Maria and her family are Puerto Rican in
the musical. The 1961 film is sometimes
cited as an early example of whitewashing, with Natalie Wood cast as Maria.
Boggess apologised for not realising
sooner the dangers of “perpetuating
the miscasting of the show”. She said:
“I’ve realised that if I were to do this
concert, it would once again deny Latinas the opportunity to sing this score,
as well as deny the importance of seeing themselves represented onstage.
And that would be a huge mistake.”
This was, she added, “an opportu-
Gender swap Shakespeare
leads to switch roles in play
The Donmar
Warehouse is to
take genderswapping in
Shakespeare to
new heights by
switching the
roles of Measure
for Measure’s
male and female
leads midway
through each
show. Hayley
nity to correct a wrong that has been
done for years with this show in particular.”
Boggess said she originally agreed to
appear because it was just a representation and “not the show proper”.
She has played Maria on stage before,
but confessed then to having mixed
feelings. Two years ago, she said she
Pupils unable to
tell the time on
analogue clocks
By Camilla Turner
EducAtion Editor
SCHOOLS are removing analogue clocks from exam
halls because teenagers are
unable to tell the time.
A head teachers’ union
has said that digital devices
are replacing circular clockfaces after pupils sitting
their GCSEs and A-levels
complained they were struggling to read the right time.
Malcolm Trobe, deputy
general secretary at the
Association of School and
College Leaders, said pupils
had become accustomed to
digital display.
“The current generation
aren’t as good at reading the
traditional clock face,” he
said. “They are used to seeing a digital representation
of time on their phone, or on
their computer.”
Mr Trobe said teachers
wanted students to be as relaxed as possible during exams and having a traditional
clock in the room could
cause unnecessary stress.
“You don’t want them to
put their hand up to ask how
much time is left,” he said.
“There is actually a big
advantage in using digital
clocks in exam rooms because it is much less easy to
mistake a time on a digital
clock.” Stephanie Keenan,
head of English at Ruislip
High School in north-west
London, said her school had
installed digital clocks in the
exam hall after agreeing that
many Year 9, 10 and 11 students could not tell the time
on an analogue clock.
When students reached
secondary school it was assumed they could read a
clock, but this was often not
the case, Mr Trobe said.
‘They are used to
seeing a digital
representation of
time on their phone’
Earlier this year, a senior
paediatric doctor said children found it hard to hold
pens and pencils because
the increasing use of technology made them obsolete.
Sally Payne, a paediatric
occupational therapist, said:
“To be able to grip a pencil
and move it, you need strong
control of the fine muscles in
your fingers.”
Children are now not developing these necessary
skills, she added.
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Boy copies ad with
coin-eating monster
A PRICE comparison website advertisement has been
banned from daytime television after it led to a boy eating coins, the Advertising
Standards Authority has
The GoCompare advert
showed an animated creature called Monster Bill sitting on a woman’s kitchen
surface eating money.
Since the ad was first
broadcast, one mother complained to the ASA that her
four-year-old child had copied the creature and swallowed a number of coins.
The complainant said the
ad had “encouraged emulation” from small children.
Atwell and Jack
Lowden will
share the roles of
Isabella and
Angelo, so “what
the audience
will see is scenes
replayed with
the gender
shifted and
therefore the
power dynamic
The ASA banned the ad from
being shown before 7.30pm.
Its ruling stated: “We considered that younger children might not appreciate
The ad for
shows a
eating money
the fantastical nature of the
ad.” GoCompare said Monster Bill was a “humorous
and cartoonlike character”
and was “clearly not reflective of reality”.
had been the “wrong” choice. “This is a
dream role and I’m really glad I got this,
but I’m not Puerto Rican,” she said.
Boggess, from Colorado, is best
known for her roles in The Phantom of
the Opera and its sequel, Love Never
Dies. She was also Ariel in The Little
Mermaid on Broadway. More recently,
she appeared in the Broadway production of School of Rock.
One US theatre blogger criticised the
BBC Proms for failing to cast the West
Side Story role appropriately, writing:
“Proms couldn’t find a talented, box
office drawing Latino actress in the
United Kingdom for a one-night concert?”
A blogger of Latin-American heritage
posted: “I’m heartbroken and ashamed
of the industry I love so much. I feel
betrayed by the fact that the one show
that was supposed to be for me and my
community is being handed to actors
who have opportunities left and right.”
A spokesman for the BBC said: “We
respect Sierra’s decision to withdraw
from West Side Story at the BBC Proms.”
West Side Story’s Maria
quits saying role should
go to Puerto Rican actress
Buccaneer flies again The 60th anniversary of the first flight of the Blackburn Buccaneer
aircraft will be marked on Sunday at the Yorkshire Air Museum, York. It was built to carry
both conventional or nuclear weapons at high speed below radar level during the Cold War.
Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Divorce errors
turning couples
into bigamists,
says senior judge
COURTS may have created accidental
bigamists by wrongly applying divorce
rules, the country’s most senior family
court judge has warned.
Sir James Munby issued a warning
that in “a number of cases” couples had
not followed procedure properly and
courts had allowed divorces that were
null and void, invalidating remarriages.
He said that in some cases the problem arose because couples had filed
their divorce petition less than a year
since the date of the marriage, which is
not allowed.
In other cases couples divorcing on
the grounds that they were living apart
had failed to allow the necessary time
to elapse before filing their petition.
Divorce law allows couples to split
after two years’ separation, if both parties agree to the divorce, and after five
years’ separation if one party does not.
Some couples will now have to file
their petition again and lawyers
warned that the disclosure meant settlements could be reopened and family
inheritances called into question.
In guidance for courts, Sir James
said they “will wish to be alert to the
potentially devastating impact on litigants of being informed that there is a
‘problem’ with their decree, especially
if (and this is unlikely to be known to
the court when the first communication is made) a litigant who believes
that they have been validly divorced
has remarried or is due to remarry.
“Communications should accordingly be expressed in appropriately
sympathetic and apologetic language.”
Andrew Newbury, a partner with
Hall Brown Family Law, said the mistakes could be down to a lack of resources.
“In recent years, there has been a
succession of court closures, meaning
that there are fewer courts now available to deal with family law matters and
each, as a result, appears to be handling
a far greater volume of cases,” he said.
“One unfortunate but inevitable
consequence of that situation is that
mistakes will be made.”
“There is a risk that some individuals
who have remarried will now find that
their later marriages are in fact invalid
because one of the spouses is still
‘There is a risk that some
who have remarried will
now find that their later
marriages are invalid’
legally married to someone else due to
their divorce being ineffective.”
Margaret Heathcote, chairman of
Resolution, the family justice body,
said that the issue could have become
more prevalent since people began
organising their own divorces.
“With the closure of many courts
and fewer resources for the family justice system more broadly, it is inevitable that there will be an impact in one
form or another,” she said.
“The fact that the president has had
to issue this guidance suggests there
are basic mistakes being made that
simply shouldn’t happen.
“The fact is you can’t drastically cut
spending and expect the process to
carry on as before. It’s the whole system that needs addressing.”
Woman died
after daughter
left her in chair
for up to a year
AN ELDERLY woman died after her
own daughter left her sitting in a chair
for up to a year in a house they shared.
Linda Farr, 68, failed to get medical
help for Doreen Shufflebotham, 86,
who suffered from a string of serious
health issues.
A court heard how medical experts estimated the pensioner had not
moved from her chair for between
eight and 12 months before her death
on Sept 6 2016.
Ms Shufflebotham suffered with a
catalogue of injuries including a fracture and infection of the femur, a pulmonary embolism, sepsis, deep vein
thrombosis as well as acute bacterial
Farr was arrested three days after her
mother’s death at the £300,000 bungalow they shared in Fenton, Stokeon-Trent, Staffs. She was charged with
gross negligence manslaughter and
‘Doreen’s injuries were
incredibly severe and she
must have experienced
terrible pain’
pleaded guilty at Stafford Crown Court
in March.
However, at the same court she
avoided jail yesterday and was instead
handed a 20-month prison sentence,
suspended for two years.
Following the hearing, Detective
Inspector Dan Ison, of Staffordshire
Police, said: “It is very upsetting to
hear the extent of negligence in this
case. Doreen’s injuries were incredibly
severe and she must have experienced
terrible pain in her last few months as
she became increasingly ill.
“This was a very traumatic experience for our investigating officers and I
would like to praise their professionalism in the face of horrific injuries and
“I hope this raises awareness in others that appropriate medical advice
should always be sought, especially if
an elderly person is involved.”
By Olivia Rudgard
Maternity chic
Rachel Weisz poses
for a portrait
during the 2018
Tribeca Film
Festival in New
York. The 48-yearold actress, who
revealed last week
she is expecting her
first child with her
husband, James
Bond star Daniel
Craig, stars in the
film Disobedience,
to be released in
the UK later this
year. Weisz said of
the film, which
focuses on a love
triangle within
London’s Orthodox
Jewish Community:
“It was a completely
hidden, secret
community for me.
It’s very private,
and I was just
fascinated by the
Man jailed for murder released from prison after change to the law of joint enterprise
By Martin Evans,
A FORMER drug addict has become
the first prisoner to be freed as a result
of a change in the way joint enterprise
killings are interpreted.
John Crilly was jailed for life for
murder and robbery in 2005 after he
and an associate, David Flynn, broke
into the home of a pensioner in Man-
chester. Augustine Maduemezia, 71, died
after Flynn punched him in the face.
Crilly was convicted with Flynn of
murder under the law of joint enterprise, used when defendants did not
strike the fatal blow but could have
foreseen the violent acts of associates.
The law has been used in high-profile cases, including to convict members of the gang who murdered
Stephen Lawrence. But two years ago,
the Supreme Court ruled that judges
had been interpreting it wrongly.
After the ruling, Crilly, who studied
law in prison, made an appeal. He
admitted manslaughter, his murder
conviction was overturned and he was
freed because of time served.
Crilly told the BBC: “I was lost in
drugs. I totally accept what I did and it
was wrong, but I’m not a murderer.”
Mr Maduemezia’s family said in a
John Crilly studied
law in prison and
appealed against his
murder conviction
statement: “It was sickening to hear
that he was walking away without
completing his sentence for his part in
the murder of our father. These rulings
help to corrode and undermine public
confidence in the justice system.”
The law was challenged in 2016 over
the case of Ameen Jogee, who had been
convicted of the 2011 murder of former
Leicestershire police officer Paul Fyfe.
Jogee’s friend Mohammed Hirsi
stabbed Mr Fyfe in the heart, but Jogee
was jailed for life with him under joint
enterprise after the court heard that he
had “egged him on”.
Jogee argued at appeal that he was
not in the house at the time and could
not have foreseen what Hirsi intended.
In the judgment, Lord Neuberger said
it was wrong to treat “foresight” as a
sufficient test for a murder conviction.
The Supreme Court set aside Jogee’s
conviction but he was convicted of
manslaughter and remained in jail.
Divorcing woman claims for dead spouse Councillor arrested
after police mistake
 A woman who was divorcing her
brought the claim against Davies
husband when he died is claiming
under the Fatal Accidents Act.
him for suspect
£675,000 damages because she still
Yesterday in London, Marcus Grant,
loved him, the High Court has heard.
A case brought by Cathryn Craven
hinges on whether there was a
substantial chance of reconciliation
with Jayson, her husband of 12 years,
who was killed by a speeding driver in
Coventry in 2014.
Terry Davies, who was driving at
86mph in a 40mph zone, was found
guilty of causing death by dangerous
driving and jailed for four years. At the
time of his death, the divorcing couple
were in a “cooling off period” between
decree nisi and decree absolute.
They had separated in January 2014
after Mr Craven began an affair. His
relationship with Mrs Craven had
lasted 29 years. Mrs Craven, 50,
her counsel, told Judge Freedman
there had been an 80 per cent chance
of reconciliation, but lawyers for the
other side said this was “fanciful” and
was never going to happen.
Mrs Craven’s case was that, had he
not been killed, her upset was likely to
have been eased over time because she
still loved him deeply.
Mr Grant said: “The cooling off
period between decree nisi and decree
absolute in divorce proceedings is
specifically designed to provide angry
couples with time to reflect on the
financial reality of their decisions
before they become irretrievably
committed to acting on them.”
The hearing continues.
 A councillor who sits on a police and
crime panel was reporting a crime at
his local station when he was arrested
after being wrongly identified.
Councillor Afzal Shah, who
represents the ward of Easton, Bristol
was trying to make a statement when
officers at Trinity Road police station
mistook him for a suspect wanted for
making threats of violence.
The Labour councillor questioned
whether any other members of the
regional crime panel would have been
treated in a similar way.
“I went to the police station to
register a crime on behalf of someone
else,” he said. “The member of staff on
the front desk was very dismissive and
had that member of staff not been like
that, then none of this would have
happened. I was told it was a
misunderstanding, and that the person
who they were looking for looked like
Senior police chiefs have already
offered “profuse apologies” to Mr
Shah, who is now seeking legal advice.
Avon and Somerset Police said it
welcomed the opportunity to
apologise publicly.
I was punched
because of pink
suit, says race goer
Price of oil Amedeo Clemente Modigliani’s 1917 Nu couche
(sur le côté gauche) oil painting set a record with its pre-sale
estimate of $150m (£107m) at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong.
Police force charged over ‘belt’ death
 A police force has been charged
over the death in custody of a man
after officers used a controversial
restraining belt.
Devon and Cornwall Police has been
charged under the Health and Safety
Act over the death of Thomas Orchard,
a church caretaker, in 2012.
Mr Orchard died in hospital seven
days after being arrested while
suffering a mental health crisis. At the
police station in Exeter, Mr Orchard,
who had paranoid schizophrenia, was
held down, handcuffed and a large
Emergency Response Belt was placed
across his face. He was then left in a
locked cell, where he apparently lay
motionless for 12 minutes before staff
re-entered and began resuscitation.
In March last year, a custody
sergeant and two staff members were
acquitted of manslaughter by gross
negligence. A sergeant and five officers
still face gross misconduct hearings.
Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer
described the prosecution as of “grave
concern” and said he took it “very
 A Cheltenham Festival race goer
says he was nearly blinded in an assault
because he was wearing a pink suit.
George Flower, 22, suffered a
fractured eye socket and needed a
metal plate inserted in his cheekbone.
He believes it may have been a
homophobic attack provoked by his
three-piece pink suit, bought specially
for the festival from Asos for £250.
Medics told him he was lucky not to
lose the sight in his left eye. He needed
a month off work to recover.
Mr Flower, a fibreoptic engineer
from Bristol, said he was at the
racecourse on March 16 when he lost
his friends and tried to phone them.
When he looked up, he was punched
by a stocky man, aged about 35 to 40
with dark hair and a chubby face.
He added: “The only thing people
have said is that maybe it was the pink
suit. Some of my family members said
maybe they thought I was gay because
I was wearing a pink suit.”
Gloucestershire Police appealed for
information on the “unprovoked
assault”, which happened in the Best
Mate Enclosure at about 5.15pm.
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Palma bans Airbnb-style home renting to tourists
The mayor of the Balearic Islands
capital said the ban, which will apply
from July, was aimed at keeping Palma
a “habitable city” and preventing residents being forced out by rising prices.
The move comes after a study found
20,000 unlicensed flat rentals in the
city, a rise of 50 per cent between 2015
and 2017. Antoni Noguera, head of Palma’s Left-wing city council, said it was a
“brave” decision that he hoped could
start a trend, and be a “benchmark” for
Spain and cities across Europe.
Rents have risen considerably in
Spanish city cracks down
on apartment websites
blamed by residents for
driving up housing costs
By Hannah Strange in Barcelona
PALMA in Majorca is to become the
first Spanish city to completely prohibit
apartment rentals to tourists, in a crackdown on sites such as Airbnb that many
say are driving up rents for locals.
most Spanish cities in recent years, and
many locals and politicians say apps
and sites such as Airbnb are to blame
for distorting the market, as those with
property seek higher profits from tourists instead of renting to locals.
“Palma has to be a habitable city because the worst that can happen is that
its inhabitants have to go because they
can’t find affordable housing,” Mr
Noguera said.
Local concern about the impact of
mass tourism has grown in many parts
of Spain, with leading destinations see-
ing increasing protests. In Barcelona
and Majorca, hard-Left activists have
vandalised tour buses and rental bikes,
and daubed graffiti telling tourists to
“go home”.
In one incident in Barcelona last July,
protesters mounted an assault on a tour
bus near Camp Nou football stadium,
during which passengers at first feared
they were being attacked by terrorists.
The activists, from the group Arran,
slashed the bus’s tyres and spraypainted the slogan “Tourism kills
neighbourhoods” on its windscreen.
Barcelona’s city council has also
cracked down on Airbnb, fining the
company £600,000 last year and sending out inspectors to track down illegal
Other cities such as Madrid and Valencia are looking at limiting the time
home owners can rent out their properties to a maximum of 90 days per
year. In Majorca, anti-tourism activists
have pledged another summer of protests against the “saturated tourism”
they say is damaging the island.
Critics have accused politicians of
stirring “tourism phobia” with their
pronouncements against sites such as
Airbnb, but Antònia Martín, Palma’s
health councillor, insisted that “the
negative effects of tourism must be rationalised”. The rental ban, she said,
was about “listening to the people”.
Ramón Estalella, secretary general
of the Spanish Confederation of Hotels
and Tourist Accommodations, said he
doubted the Palma ban would prompt
nationwide action. “It would be our desire,” he said, but added that he did not
believe there was the political will.
Caring Kim’s
‘bitter sorrow’
as 32 people
die in bus crash
Toronto officer
praised as hero
for calm arrest
of van suspect
By Neil Connor in Beijing
By Rozina Sabur
KIM JONG-UN, the North Korean dictator, has met Chinese survivors of a
deadly coach crash and expressed “bitter sorrow”, official media said, in
reports that portray him as a compassionate and thoughtful leader.
Kim featured on the front pages of at
least one North Korean newspaper,
clutching the hands of some of those
injured in the accident in which 32
people died on Sunday. He “said that
the unexpected accident brought bitter sorrow to his heart and that he
couldn’t control his grief at the thought
of the bereaved families who lost their
blood relatives”, the official Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.
The news will do no harm to efforts
to promote a more human side of Kim
ahead of talks with leaders from South
Korea and the United States.
In a sign of the warming ties yesterday, South Korea revealed Kim would
be served Swiss rösti at Friday’s summit in a tribute to the time he is believed
to have spent at school in Switzerland.
Other items on the menu include baked
John Dory, a dish made from the flat
fish, in a nod to Mr Moon’s younger
days in the South Korean port city of
Busan, and Pyongyang-style cold noodles with chilled meat broth.
Kim was dressed in a white medical
overcoat as he met crash survivors and
appeared sombre and concerned, reflecting on the importance that Pyongyang places on its relationship with
China. KCNA twice quoted Chinese
embassy officials in Pyongyang thanking Kim for taking time out of his
“busy” schedule to meet them.
In Sunday’s accident a bus crashed
off a bridge in North Hwanghae Province. Four North Koreans also died.
A CANADIAN police officer has been
hailed a “hero” for the restraint he
showed when he arrested the suspected Toronto van attacker without
firing a single shot.
The armed officer remained calm as
Alek Minassian, the 25-year-old charged
with killing 10 people, appeared to wave
a gun and begged to be killed.
Witnesses described a van driver
mounting a kerb and swerving to deliberately hit pedestrians before he was
apprehended. Footage shows the unnamed officer coming face-to-face with
Minassian, who points an object at the
officer and shouts: “Kill me.”
Alek Minassian, 25, is
suspected of carrying
out the van attack in
Toronto and has
been charged with
10 counts of murder
Kim Jong-un meets survivors of a bus crash that left 32 dead, most of them Chinese citizens. The North Korean leader reportedly said he ‘couldn’t control his grief’
Al-Qaeda terror suspect living off welfare
By Justin Huggler in Berlin
AN ALLEGED former al-Qaeda bodyguard for Osama bin Laden is living on
benefits in Germany, it has emerged.
The 42-year-old, who is named only
as Sami A under German privacy laws,
is under surveillance as a potential terror threat and has to report to police
daily. However, he cannot be deported
after a court ruled that he would be at
risk of torture in his native Tunisia.
Sami A and his family receive more
than €1,100 (£960) a month in benefits
from their local government because
he is not allowed to work in Germany
as he is subject to a deportation order.
Local authorities have repeatedly
sought to have him deported, but so far
their applications have been rejected
by the courts.
“German asylum law is being shamelessly exploited here,” Eckhardt
Rehberg, of Angela Merkel’s Christian
Democrat party (CDU), said. “We have
to support a terrorist with taxpayers’
money because we cannot deport him.”
The German courts have found that
between 1999 and 2000 Sami A travelled
to an al-Qaeda training camp where he
became a bodyguard for bin Laden.
He denies any links to al-Qaeda and
all attempts to prosecute him in Germany have failed. However, he has been
described in a court ruling as a “significant and acute threat to public safety”.
“No,” he responds, “get down.” Seconds later, Minassian was in custody.
Mike McCormack, president of the
Toronto Police Association, said the
officer was a “hero” and could have justified opening fire.
He said the officer told him: “I just
did my job. What I did was no big deal.”
Minassian appeared in court yesterday. He showed little emotion as he was
detained on 10 charges of murder and
13 charges of attempted murder.
He posted a “cryptic” Facebook message minutes before the van attack, police said last night. The post referred to
the “Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger”
– the California gunman who killed six
people in 2014.
German Jews warned not to wear skullcaps
By Justin Huggler in Berlin
THE head of Germany’s leading Jewish
organisation yesterday warned people
to avoid wearing skullcaps following a
series of anti-Semitic attacks.
Josef Schuster, of the Central Council of Jews, said: “I have to advise people to avoid showing themselves with a
kippah in a big city setting in Germany
and to wear a baseball cap or something else to cover their head instead.”
The warning follows an attack on two
men wearing kippahs in Berlin. They
were whipped with a belt by three men
who shouted “Yahudi”, Arabic for Jew.
Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, spoke of a “different form of antiSemitism” coming from migrants of
Arab descent after the main suspect, a
19-year-old Syrian asylum seeker, surrendered to police. Mr Schuster had
warned against wearing kippahs in
Muslim-majority neighbourhoods be-
fore, but said that the problem existed
among the general German public, too.
Aiman Mazyek, of the German council of Muslims, denounced the attacks
and said anti-Semitism was a “sin” in
Islam. Mr Schuster warned that democracy itself was in danger. “It’s not
just about anti-Semitism, it’s also about
racism and xenophobia,” he said. One
of the victims was not in fact Jewish
but an Israeli Arab wearing a kippah in
a failed attempt to prove it was safe.
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World news
I would love to
get out of Syria,
says US leader
Trump offers little to his
French counterpart on the
Middle East, steel tariffs or
the Paris climate accord
By Nick Allen Washington Editor
DONALD TRUMP vowed to pull US
troops out of Syria “relatively soon”
and refused to waive steel tariffs as he
declined to give any major concessions
to Emmanuel Macron during the
French president’s state visit.
However, Mr Trump did offer an olive branch by appearing to soften his
tone on the Syria withdrawal, indicating he did not want his forces to leave
until their mission was “accomplished”.
Mr Macron has pushed Mr Trump, in
public and private, to keep troops in
Syria to fight Islamic State of Iraq and
the Levant, known as Isil or Isis, and
the president will face further pressure
to do so from Angela Merkel, the Ger-
man chancellor, who also visits
Washington this week. But att a
press conference in the White
House with Mr Macron, Mr
Trump said: “We want to come
home. We’ll be coming home.
We’re going to be coming home
relatively soon.
“We finished at least almost
our work and we have done a
job nobody has been able to. I
would love to get out, bring ourr
incredible warriors back home.
They have obliterated Isis.”
However, Mr Trump said the
US wanted to “leave a long and
lasting footprint” and did want
to “give Iran open season to the
Mediterranean”. He said he
wanted troops home, but “also
with having accomplished what
awe have to accomplish”. Mr MaFirst ladies Melania Trump and
Brigitte Macron visit an art
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It’s a true
US president boasts of
‘special relationship’ as he
welcomes ‘perfect’ French
leader to the White House
By Ben Riley-Smith Us Editor
THERE was hand-holding. There were
bear hugs. There were pats on the
shoulder and kisses on both cheeks.
If physical intimacy is any sign of
diplomatic closeness, Donald Trump
and Emmanuel Macron are in the full
throws of a political bromance.
The new relation spéciale between
France and America was on full display
on the second day of Mr Macron’s state
visit to Washington yesterday.
“Mr President, they’re all saying
what a great relationship we have and
they’re actually correct,” Mr Trump
told Mr Macron as the cameras rolled.
“Finally, it’s not fake news.”
Mr Macron, 31 years younger and
half a foot shorter than Mr Trump,
beamed up at his counterpart during
many of their engagements. Mr Trump,
for his part, appeared unusually relaxed.
There had been hand-holding with
Theresa May during her visit, a brief
moment designed to steady the president from which the Prime Minister
soon recoiled. But with Mr Macron
‘They’re all saying what a
great relationship we have
and they’re actually correct.
Finally, it’s not fake news’
there were multiple joinings of hands
and waving to the cameras – occasionally with their wives, always with
Fresh from a private dinner on Monday night at Mount Vernon, George
Washington’s plantation house, the
two leaders were at the White House
first thing yesterday morning.
The ceremonies begun with a “review of the troops” as 500 US soldiers
gathered to be inspected by Mr Macron, echoing a similar honour bestowed on Mr Trump during his Paris
visit last year.
Speaking from a podium, Mr Macron
told those watching: “Long live the
United States, long live France.” Mr
Trump praised France as America’s
“oldest ally” throughout the day.
From there the two men went to the
Oval Office for one-on-one talks, with
cabinet members and senior aides joining afterwards for wider discussions.
The pair did not disguise their policy
differences but made much of their
“special” friendship, not holding back
on the flattery.
“We have a very special relationship,
in fact I’ll get that little piece of dandruff off,” Mr Trump joked at one point,
Donald Trump and
Emmanuel Macron
walk hand in hand
to the Oval Office.
Right, the table
setting for last
night’s state dinner
Protesters attack
tree sculptures
Arson kills 18 in
Chinese party bar
Nicaraguan protesters
demanding President Daniel
Ortega’s resignation have
been taking their anger out
on a pet project of his wife
– giant steel tree sculptures
scattered around Managua.
The 55ft “Trees of Life”
structures cost more than
£2 million, and at least five
have been demolished.
A fire tore through a karaoke
lounge in southern China
yesterday, killing 18 and
injuring five others.
Authorities have arrested
an arson suspect who had
reportedly blocked the
entrance with a motorcycle.
The fire started after
midnight in Qingyuan City
in Guangdong province.
Asian elephants
Madonna loses
killed for their skin Tupac letter fight
An online market for Asian
elephant skin in China is
threatening the species’
survival, the UK-based
charity Elephant Family has
said. Poaching of the
mammal has intensified in
neighbouring Burma, with
the hide used to make
jewellery and health
Madonna has lost a legal
battle to stop an auction of
intimate items, including a
1995 break-up letter from
her secret relationship with
the rapper Tupac Shakur,
who was shot dead a year
later. The letter is part of a
collection of 100 pieces,
including underwear,
cassettes and a hairbrush.
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bromance as Trump woos Macron
Dannatt: West’s
failure to curb
Iran risks war
in Middle East
By Our Foreign Staff
BRITAIN and the West should put
pressure on Iran to rein in Hizbollah in
Lebanon in order to avoid war between
the militant group and Israel, the former head of the Army has warned.
General the Lord Dannatt, a former
chief of the general staff, said the West
had no coherent strategy to deter Hizbollah’s military build-up in Lebanon
and, as a result, it was risking a sudden
eruption of conflict “either by accident
or by design”.
“In the absence of a concerted international effort to rein in Iran in the
region – and no such coherent Western
strategy currently exists – we must be
prepared to expect Israel to defend its
vital security interests robustly,” Lord
Dannatt writes on The Telegraph’s website. “Many criticise the Israeli Defence
Forces for being heavy-handed but,
having quizzed their chiefs of staff per-
Lord Dannatt warned
that any conflict
between Israel and
Iran would become a
‘very grave war’
brushing at the French president’s
shoulder. “We have to make him perfect, he is perfect.”
A joint press conference followed,
with the men’s wives – Melania Trump
dressed all in white, with a hat and
jacket from Michael Kors – watching
on from the front row. A fluent French
speaker from her modelling days in
Paris, Mrs Trump was one of the few
not wearing a translator headset.
After the opening statements the
pair slapped hands again and embraced, with Mr Trump adding after
‘We have a
very special
in fact I’ll
get that little
piece of
dandruff off’
laughter from the audience: “I like
him a lot.”
Further evidence for the new USFrance “special relationship” – a phrase
once reserved for Britain’s American
alliance – was found in the menu for
last night’s state dinner, which was described as “a showcase of the best of
America’s cuisines and traditions, with
nuances of French influences”.
And it was not just the food. The
wine was selected to “embody the historic friendship between the United
States and France, which dates back to
President hints at ‘abused’ nominee pulling out
By Harriet Alexander in New York
DONALD TRUMP has suggested his
embattled nominee to lead the veterans’ affairs department could withdraw
his candidacy as he lashed out at the
“ugly and disgusting” vetting process.
Serious concerns were raised about
Texan Ronny Jackson’s drinking and
management. Dr Jackson, 50, has
found his candidacy to lead the second
largest department in the United States
federal government on hold, with a
hearing planned for today postponed.
Mr Trump said: “The fact is, I
wouldn’t do it. What does he need it
for, to be abused by a bunch of politicians? But the decision is totally his.”
The retired US Navy admiral was a
surprise nominee to replace David
Shulkin, who was fired last month. Dr
Jackson was widely held to have been
nominated as reward for his positive
annual report on the president’s health.
He said: “I’m looking forward to getting it [the hearing] rescheduled and
answering all the questions.”
Mummy in
Tehran rubble
could be Iran’s
missing shah
By Raf Sanchez
and Ahmed Vahdat
A BUILDING worker in Tehran may have found the
mummified body of Reza
Shah Pahlavi, the Iranian
ruler whose son was overthrown in 1979.
Builders working at a Shia
shrine in Iran’s capital found
the body in a pile of rubble.
Pahlavi was buried in a
mausoleum nearby after his
death in 1944, but his tomb
was blown up by revolutionaries attempting to erase all
traces of the previous
regime. His body has been
missing for nearly 40 years.
Hassan Khalilabadi, the
Former Iranian
ruler Reza Shah
Pahlavi’s body
has been
missing for
nearly 40 years
head of Tehran’s heritage
committee, said it was “a
possibility” that the body
may be that of Pahlavi.
However, a spokesman for
the Shah Abdol Azim shrine
denied the claims, describing them as “false and void of
any truth”.
Pahlavi overthrew the ruling Persian dynasty in 1921,
paving the way for him to
seize power.
Ousted during the AngloSoviet invasion of Iran in
1941, he was forced to abdicate in favour of his son,
Mohammad Rezi Pahlavi,
who in turn was deposed
during the Islamic revolution in 1979.
the American Revolution,” a White
House official explained. The Domaine
Serene Chardonnay Evenstad Reserve,
a 2015 vintage, was made with French
vines from Dijon planted in volcanic
soil in Oregon.
Mrs Trump designed the menu and
the flower arrangement, but with the
spotlight fixed on Mr Trump and “my
friend Emmanuel”, the First Lady’s
team predicted little praise.
“We’re probably not going to get the
credit we deserve,” grumbled one of
her aides.
sonally, I believe they would act within
acceptable legal and moral standards.
“Yet the legitimate military objectives Israel would be forced to attack in
a conflict with Iran, and its proxy terror-armies hiding among civilians in
Lebanon and Syria, would make for a
very grave war.”
Lord Dannatt spoke out ahead of the
publication of a report on the prospects
of an Israel-Hizbollah war by the HighLevel Military Group, a body of former
senior Western military officers formed
by the Friends of Israel Initiative.
The report concludes that Britain
and other European countries should
classify Hizbollah in its entirety as a
terrorist group, instead of just its armed
wing. The Government argues that
“the military and political activities of
Hizbollah are distinct” and that proscribing the entire group would be
The report also says that the West
should make clear that it would support Israel in the event of a conflict, “to
send a clear message to Iran and Hizbollah that it will be confronted by a
superior military force with the full
support of its allies”. It also concludes
that the US should make financial support to Lebanon conditional “on a plan
to strip Hizbollah of its de facto status
as the leading force in the country”.
Read Lord Dannatt’s article at
Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
How we fought to
bring Millicent
to Parliament
Square – and won
lmost two years ago
to the day, an email
landed in my inbox.
“Hi Claire, I’m organising
an open letter to the new
London mayor asking if they
will pledge to have a statue
of a suffragette erected
in Parliament Square.
Would you be interested in
publishing it?”
I sat straight up. Its
author, Caroline Criado
Perez, had not long since
successfully lobbied the
Bank of England to put Jane
Austen on the £10 note.
This had the potential to be
even bigger. I hit reply: “I’m
totally on board.”
The basis for the
campaign was simple: there
were 11 statues of men in
Parliament Square, and not
a single woman. Anyone
walking through would
be forgiven for thinking
that there hadn’t been any
brilliant women in the
history of Britain.
On May 10, I published
the open letter on The
Telegraph website, calling
on Sadiq Khan to honour
his pledge to be a “proud
feminist in City Hall” by
erecting a statue outside
Parliament in 2018 to mark
the centenary of women’s
It exploded. More than
70,000 people signed the
petition in two days and
the campaign made global
headlines. I remember
hosting a barbecue and
having to sneak inside to
give radio interviews.
On May 12, we got a
response from Mr Khan:
the statue was on. What’s
more, Turner-prize winner
Gillian Wearing was chosen
to sculpt it – the first female
artist to make a statue
in Parliament Square.
What delicious revenge, I
thought. We were going to
put a woman, created by a
woman, right outside the
seat of power from which
they were once barred.
The subject was to be
Millicent Fawcett – less
celebrated than the
Pankhursts, but a suffragist
who preferred peaceful
protest over smashing
windows. Defending the
decision on TalkRadio, I
pointed out that Fawcett
“dedicated her life to
suffrage and has been
overlooked”. She was at the
forefront of the movement
for 50 years. Who better to
represent the struggle?
After months of meetings
at City Hall and tantalising
glimpses of sketches and
maquettes, I saw her for the
first time at the east London
foundry where the statue
was put together. An image
that had lived for so long in
my mind’s eye was suddenly
made real (although she had
no arms or feet at the time).
Lying on a workbench was
her banner: “Courage calls
to courage everywhere” –
words spoken by Fawcett
after Emily Wilding
Davison’s death at the
Epsom Derby in 1913. It was
a rallying cry to suffragists
and suffragettes: to continue
fighting for the same ends,
albeit via different means.
That message – about
the collective power of
people to make change
happen – rang out clearly
yesterday, when the statue
was unveiled by the Prime
Minister in front of a crowd
dressed in suffragist green,
white and scarlet. Theresa
May called for “brave
women and men to stand up
and speak out in the face of
injustice and discrimination”
(unfortunately, I couldn’t
see Amber Rudd’s face at
the time). Then the black
drape was pulled away and
Millicent was there for all
the world to see: the solid
bronze, 8ft tall result of that
email chain.
The last two years melted
away, as Caroline Criado
Perez took to the stage.
“Commissioning a public
work of art is slightly
more complicated than
making a massive fuss in
The Telegraph,” she said,
“although that certainly
I couldn’t agree more.
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I wouldn’t want an ID card, but
I could live with being a number
The time when we could
pass through life without
having to prove our
identity is long gone
acob Rees-Mogg had a
characteristically quirky take
on the Windrush immigration
debacle. It was, he said, the
consequence of a Home Office
fetish with turning Britain
into “the sort of country that demands
to see your papers”.
A bit like continental Europe, in
other words. “We are not that sort of
country but I’m afraid pro-Europeans
think we should be,” he added. “They
buy into the EU-style relationship
between individual and state. It’s a
shift to state being powerful and
individual being weak.”
ID cards are issued by all EU
countries to their citizens except for
the UK, Ireland and Denmark. They
can be demanded at any time as a
proof of identity and used as a travel
document, though as there are no
borders between Schengen area
countries they are not often needed to
move around. Rees-Mogg is certainly
right to say that the Home Office has
been pushing the ID card in Britain
almost from the moment the wartime
scheme was abolished in 1952. Over
the years, the justification given has
changed, depending on the prevailing
social panic.
As Peter Lilley, the former Cabinet
minister, once observed: “There is no
policy that has been hawked, unsold,
around Whitehall for longer than
identity cards. It was always brought
to us as a solution looking for
problems.” In the mid-1990s, ID cards
were hailed as the way to counter
benefit fraud and underage drinking.
Michael Howard, as home secretary in
the Major government, toyed with the
idea but was beaten back. Then,
national security provided fresh
impetus. After the 9/11 terror attacks in
2001, legislation introduced by Labour
was later repealed by the coalition.
More recently, mass immigration has
been used to revive the idea.
ID supporters argue that, if
everyone had cards, those Windrush
generation people threatened with
deportation for having no proof of
citizenship would not be in the
position they are today. At some point
they would have had to apply for an
identity document and their status
could have been settled then.
In truth, however, what matters
most is not the ID card but the
population register that would
necessarily underpin any system.
Many EU countries have such
registers, which are updated for
births, deaths, marriages and divorces,
and also for changes of address and
migration. We used to have them in
the form of parish registers in the days
when people hardly ever moved from
where they were born.
The main purpose of a population
register is to obtain a precise
identification of each individual. One
of the oldest is held in Sweden, which
dates back centuries. Everyone has a
unique personal number (UPN)
allocated at birth. So, 450410-1488 is a
woman born on April 10, 1945 with the
individual number 148 (an even
number denotes a woman) and an
anti-fraud check digit 8. All
administrative records relating to this
person will carry the UPN from birth
until death. Registers are kept and
updated by local authorities, rather
than held centrally.
If Britain had such a system we
could hold two registers, one for
residents and another for ‘’aliens’’.
Residents would be required to
register when they move to a new
local authority area and de-register
from the one they had left. There
would be no need for a census because
the registers would be constantly
updated. Moreover, it is possible to
run a population register and not have
ID cards.
I am no fan of ID cards. Like
Rees-Mogg, I do not want to live in a
country where we can be stopped in
the streets and asked for our papers.
However, the world in which we could
go through life without ever needing
to prove our identity to anyone has
long gone. If we were all allocated
unique personal numbers, they could
be used for every transaction with the
state, from paying taxes, claiming
benefits, visiting the doctor and
demonstrating our right to reside here.
They could also be used to vote.
At next week’s local elections, for
the first time on mainland Britain
people will be required to show proof
of identity before voting in five pilot
areas – Woking, Gosport, Bromley,
Watford and Swindon. This can take
the form of a passport, driving licence
or similar document. The aim is to
bear down on fraud or “personation”
– pretending to be someone else when
voting. Though it is not clear how
widespread this practice actually is in
Britain, the opportunities for it are
obvious without the need for identity
proof. In Northern Ireland, it was once
so common that political activists
urged their supporters to “vote early,
vote often”.
As a result, photo-ID has been
needed to vote in the Province for
years, but it has not solved the
problem. The introduction of postal
voting on demand brought a new
threat to the integrity of the
democratic system by allowing ballots
to be cast at home without any check
on who is really making the choice.
We should return to the policy
whereby you could only obtain a
postal vote when it was simply
impossible to attend in person.
At least when you go to the polling
station, no one knows who you picked
in the privacy of the booth, so any
cultural or familial pressure to vote in
a particular way is obviated. The
Equality and Human Rights
Commission has claimed that pollingbooth ID checks might disenfranchise
immigrants such as the Windrush
generation if they were unable to
produce the requisite documents.
So, a population register could well
be the solution, although setting one
up would be a big task. However, it
would not be from scratch since the
state already holds data on most
people, such as NHS information, that
could be the basis of such a system.
Once under way, enrolment would
begin from birth and foreign nationals
– including EU citizens with rights to
remain – would receive a UPN they
could use without a supporting
document. Those here temporarily
would not be registered and would not
have automatic full access to social,
civil and political rights.
There would be no requirement to
produce papers as Rees-Mogg fears.
The only thing we would have to do is
remember our registration number,
along with all the other PINs we use.
Just don’t let the Home Office run it.
I want to build more beautiful houses
Affordable housing does
not have to be poorly made
– and it must take local
communities into account
hether they’re buying or
renting, living in the private
sector or in social housing,
everyone cares about what their
home and local neighbourhood
look like and how they make us feel.
Looks matter. As Winston Churchill
once said: “We shape our buildings;
thereafter they shape us.”
Design quality is not just something
that is nice to have if you can afford
it and know your Le Corbusier
from your Ebenezer Howard: it is
fundamental to everyone’s quality of
life. So when it comes to delivering
the homes our country desperately
needs, I don’t believe there should be
a trade-off between quantity, quality
and affordability. That’s why we are
holding a design conference today
that will bring together more than
400 experts from across the industry
to ensure that, when we build more
homes, we also build better homes.
From the elegant squares and
crescents of the Georgian period to
modern town houses, via Victorian
terraces and the garden suburbs of the
20th century, Britain is a world leader
in housing and design. Now we have to
consider how we can leave the current
generation with a strong legacy and
an inspiring vision of what we want
our villages, towns and cities to look
and feel like in years to come. Today’s
new build is, potentially, tomorrow’s
period property.
With that in mind, it is even more
important that the industry has a
chance to showcase great examples
of well-designed development, not
just focusing on trying to meet shortterm housing targets but aiming to
become a much-loved part of the
fabric of local areas. These include
Beauty In My Backyard, from the
Prince’s Foundation – or Bimby. A
more positive variation on Nimby,
it really sums up what we all want
from new homes, which is ultimately
somewhere we are proud to live in and
next door to. This is essentially what
good design comes down to.
With fresh generations of first-time
buyers expecting the highest-quality
homes before parting with their
hard-earned deposits, and developers
wanting to win over communities
ahead of building the homes our
country needs, better quality design
has never been so important.
This is about much more than
just considering whether high-rise
blocks are “cities in the sky”. It’s
about whether development is in
keeping with, and supported by, local
communities, and ensuring that it has
real character. No one wants to live in
or live next door to brick boxes that
could be anywhere, and there is no
reason why they should have to.
Britain has always been a trailblazer
for world-class design. And now there
is new technology that could help us
build more homes faster, while also
keeping quality high and offering
people choice, including through
modern methods of construction
such as modular homes.
As we consider what our legacy to
the 21st century should be, we have to
take into account the wants and needs
not just of the next generation but
future generations. Is it a legacy that
allows our children and grandchildren
to enjoy the same opportunities to
prosper and put down roots as we did?
Javid on Twitter
Are we being as bold and ambitious
as we should be in meeting the
challenges of our age?
The Government is playing its
part. Last month, the Prime Minister
and I announced planning reforms
that strengthened the expectations
for design quality and community
engagement. This means that any
plans for new housing developments
need to give much more consideration
to the character of the local area,
so that what is being proposed
complements what is already there
and meets the needs and expectations
of that community.
And the Government is backing this
with £5 billion in funding to ensure
that, ahead of building the homes, the
existing community and potential new
residents know roads, schools and
other facilities will also be built.
We want to build on this work and
encourage stronger collaboration
across the industry, so that highquality design is the norm, rather
than the exception. But we recognise
that this is an issue that is bigger than
government and the housing sector.
It is about how, in shaping the places
where we live, we shape lives.
Sajid Javid is Secretary of State for
The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018
Letters to the Editor
An all-party solution
to the NHS is overdue
t is encouraging to see MPs from three
parties coming together to seek a long-term
solution to the difficulties faced by the NHS.
The Conservative Nick Boles, Liz Kendall
from Labour and the Lib Dem Norman Lamb
have joined forces to press for a common
approach to the most intractable and toxic issue in
domestic British politics.
Whether their preferred solution – a ring-fenced
NHS tax – is the right answer is another matter.
This idea has been gaining support including, it is
claimed, from Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary.
It involves dedicating National Insurance to health
and social care in what the MPs somewhat
portentously called a “second Beveridge moment”.
The point about the national insurance system is
that it was supposed to invest money in a fund to
pay for contributors’ future pension and health
needs. In reality it rapidly became just another tax,
with the revenues going into the general pool for
all public spending.
Using National Insurance to raise money for the
NHS is not new. Gordon Brown increased
contributions in 2002 specifically to boost funding
for health. This brought in £8.2 billion extra a year,
but it was not specifically allocated to the NHS,
even though NHS spending did rise significantly
under Labour before the financial crash of 2008.
The new plan would hypothecate the money
raised so it could only be spent on health. Polls
suggest this would be popular – though people
often favour higher taxes if they think they won’t
have to pay them personally.
With the 70th anniversary of the NHS falling in
July, its future is once again going to become a
major bone of contention. Unfortunately, this
usually means that any radical ideas for new
funding models or structural overhauls are killed
off by inter-party squabbling, with Labour ready to
denounce anything that diverges from the “free at
the point of delivery” presumption set out in 1948.
Some Conservatives also want to make good on
their promise to spend more on health care from
the money saved by leaving the EU in order to
rekindle public enthusiasm for Brexit as the
withdrawal date approaches.
Certainly the NHS needs more money because
the population is ageing. But it would be good to
see a cross-party consensus develop around the
need for a much more wide-ranging discussion
about the future of the NHS if it is to survive
another 70 years.
Press under threat
t is shocking to discover that in a list of
countries enjoying the highest levels of press
freedom, the UK is ranked in 40th position,
one of the worst in western Europe. In the annual
World Press Freedom Index, Britain has fallen
18 places since the list was first published in 2002.
A country that prides itself on its liberties has
become a more hostile place in which to express
views or even run news stories in print.
How has it come to this? The organisation
Reporters Without Borders blames a continued
heavy-handed approach by politicians towards
the press. It highlighted several worrying moves,
including a proposal by the Law Commission to
replace the Official Secrets Act with an updated
“Espionage Act” that could make it easy to
jail journalists as “spies” for obtaining leaked
information. It also pointed to the experience of
the BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, who
was assigned bodyguards to cover the Labour
Party conference following abuse and threats.
Although the Government has decided not to
proceed with Coalition plans to impose punitive
damages on newspapers even when they get
stories right, residual powers to do just that
still exist in the Data Protection Bill now before
We need to put this in some proportion. In many
countries, journalists run a great personal risk
in seeking out the truth. Reporters are harassed,
jailed and even killed for making disobliging
comments or exposing corruption. None the less,
since the Leveson Inquiry, some politicians have
not given up their campaign for some form of
statutory press regulation. If they ever get their
way, we will fall further down the list.
The big hand says. . .
chools are removing clocks with hands from
examination halls, because pupils of GCSE or
even A-level age find it hard to tell the time on
them, preferring digital clocks, teachers report.
This sounds shocking, but telling the time is not
simple. Even on a clock with numbers, what you
see is not what you say. With the clock at 10.50, it’s
10 to 11. Clocks with hands, though, show instantly,
as if on a pie chart, how much of the hour is left, or
the portion of the day before noon. Educational
publishers such as Oxford recommend children
use analogue clocks first. For many it’s too late –
from video screen to mobile, time is all digits, no
hands. If every home should have a working clock
with hands, it’s also part of common culture if
public clocks are kept going. Telling time connects
each of us with everyone else’s day as its slips by.
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SIR – I note that Jeremy Corbyn is
proposing national public holidays for
each of the United Kingdom’s saints’
days – March 1, March 17, April 23 and
November 30 – should Labour form a
government (report, April 23).
This would seem to be another of
Labour’s ill-conceived populist ideas,
the implications of which have not
been thought through.
Such a move would mean that
between the start of March and the
end of May there could be three saint’s
day holidays as well as Good Friday,
(Easter Sunday), Easter Monday, May
Day and the spring bank holiday. That
makes seven days over a period of
three months.
Mr Corbyn states that the new bank
holidays will be a chance for workers
to spend time with their families
and friends. Unfortunately, in the
present consumer culture many of
those workers will in fact be working
on public transport or in shops,
restaurants, hospitals and so on.
The move would also mean fewer
days at school. The end of the spring
term and early part of the summer
term is a valuable time for pupils
in the run-up to Sats, GCSEs and
A-levels. Parents are fined for keeping
their children off school; will we be
able to fine the Government for the
same reason?
Sandra Hillier
Basildon, Essex
SIR – A fascinating illustration of local
loyalties (Letters, April 24) took place
in Barnet, where I lived and taught.
It was decided that Barnet (then
in Hertfordshire) and Finchley and
Hendon (districts of Middlesex) should
be amalgamated as a London borough.
But what was the borough to
be called? There were months of
argument among officials. Hendon
said it would never be called Finchley.
Finchley said it would be called
Hendon “over our dead bodies”.
Finally it was agreed that, as there
had been a Battle of Barnet in the Wars
of the Roses, it would be called Barnet.
This was only the start of problems.
I was qualifying as a football referee
and, even though Barnet was now part
of Greater London (not Hertfordshire),
Hertfordshire Football Association
said it must test, qualify and register
me – it must not be done by Middlesex
or Greater London.
Meanwhile, Finchley Schools Sports
Association tried to stay independent.
This failed after several years when it
was found that Football Association
insurance only covered those
registered with the Borough of Barnet.
For six years I ran swimming at
Barnet primary schools, but never were
we allowed to select anybody from
Finchley, which banned itself from
joining our association. Yet the only
swimming pool in the borough was in
Finchley. So we trained in Finchley but
Finchley would not join us.
Alan J Burton
Shotley, Suffolk
SIR – Neo-Marxist Mr Corbyn
endorsing a saint? Whatever next?
Paul Berry
Umberleigh, Devon
SIR – While one wholly respects and
admires the Government’s wish to
celebrate the struggle against racial
intolerance through a Stephen
Lawrence Memorial Day (report, April
24), now might also be an occasion to
redouble efforts to guard against the
established 1855
Has Jeremy Corbyn really thought through his plans for extra days off?
Picnic time: Bank Holiday, a coloured linocut from 1935 by Ethel Spowers (1890-1947)
loss of scores of other young black
and ethnic lives currently cut short
through violence on London’s streets.
The loss of one life is a tragedy.
Surely the loss of scores of lives cannot
simply be a statistic.
Kenneth Jones
Groby, Leicestershire
SIR – Theresa May’s recent decision
to approve air strikes in Syria without
a parliamentary vote was, in my
opinion, the right course of action.
The same cannot be said regarding
the decision to hold an annual Stephen
Lawrence Memorial Day.
Philip Jordan
Malling, Kent
SIR – Can we please have a National
Memorial Day for Lt Col Arnaud
Beltrame, who died after exchanging
himself for a hostage in the attack on
Trèbes in France: a man epitomising
the best European values while
holding back the forces of barbarism.
Allan Robertson
London SE8
Delivered to your door Overworked GPs cannot police children’s diets
SIR – I’m very happy for Sarah C
Fontes, who is able to drive five miles
to do her shopping (Letters, April 24).
Being in my nineties and
housebound, I rely on Amazon and
other online organisations to keep me
supplied with necessities; otherwise it
would be off to the care home with me.
Kathleen Walker
Cromer, Norfolk
In sickness and health
SIR – I fell in love with my nurse in
1967. She was dressed like Valerie
Van Ost, and – like Sid James in your
picture (Letters, April 23), I suppose –
I was constantly making suggestive
but innocent comments and flirting.
We thought the uniform very
appealing, unlike these ghastly
trouser suits the nurses wear today.
She was Dutch and was only allowed a
short-term work permit. I followed
her to Holland and we married. Like
Valerie Van Ost, she still looks great
after five children. The SNP has now
written to her saying she won’t be
deported after Brexit.
Michael Willis
Roundly condemned
SIR – The rant about circular dining
tables (Letters, April 21), with which I
entirely agree, set me thinking about
the Houses of Parliament and the
shape of its two debating chambers.
Parliaments around the world have
largely adopted semicircular chambers,
and their standards of debate are
noticeably poorer. Can’t they see what
a mistake it was?
Michael Griffin
Silverton, Devon
SIR – The Royal College of Paediatrics
and Child Health is correct in calling
for a ban on fast-food shops close to
schools (report, April 23).
This measure needs to be supported
by stopping children from leaving the
school grounds in school hours, and
by providing cheap, tasty and
nutritious food on the premises.
However, the College is wrong to
suggest that GPs should be tasked with
collecting data and talking to parents
when they are already overworked
implementing other schemes.
The morale of GPs is at an all-time
low and numbers training for the
specialty are dropping, with many
partnerships failing to recruit new
doctors. Unless GP numbers rise
quickly, the Royal College’s plan will
remain a pipe dream.
Dr Richard A E Grove
Isle of Whithorn, Wigtownshire
SIR – If planning legislation is to be
used to control which shops are where
on our high street, then priority
should be given to restricting severely
the number of betting shops. These
cause far more damage to families and
to society than any food shop.
Ideally, they should not exist at all.
Jan Manning
West Chiltington, West Sussex
100 books in and counting: where to turn next
SIR – Adèle Davies (Letters, April 20)
asks for recommendations for her
reading group’s 100th book.
Our own reading group’s choice to
mark that milestone was The Age of
Innocence by Edith Wharton. This was
a great success.
Last week I collected our group’s
199th book from our library – so the
challenge is extended.
Elva van den Bos
Glentworth, Lincolnshire
SIR – In view of the dysfunctional
times we live in, surely the most
appropriate recommendation for a
reading club would be Joseph Heller’s
masterpiece, Catch-22.
Chris Devine
Farley, Wiltshire
SIR – I have a few suggestions: 100
Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s
Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading
Capture, and Surviving Any
Dangerous Situation (which may, or
may not, be useful in club meetings);
Won-Ton by Lee Wardlaw; and
perhaps, for the meeting after,
101 Dalmatians.
Paul Holland
Bognor Regis, West Sussex
SIR – I have no specific suggestion for
choosing one’s 100th book.
I am utterly convinced, however,
that everybody’s first book should be
Dave Alsop
SIR – Our book group takes itself off
every year for a club weekend,
renting a large house in the country
or by the coast. I suggest that Adèle
Davies does the same to celebrate her
group’s 100th book choice.
After 12 years, our book group is
still going strong – and we have
visited many wonderful locations.
Heather Gosling
Taunton, Somerset
SIR – I was born in Bournemouth
before it was swallowed by Dorset
and was still in Hampshire – a county
I consider to be home, despite having
lived for years in London.
When asked where I am from, I
always say Hampshire, and call myself
a “Hampshire Hog”. With Dorset I feel
no affinity.
Jennifer Adams
London SW11
NHS and care funding
SIR – Professor Stephen Powis, the
national medical director of NHS
England, is right that joined-up health
and social care is needed to meet the
needs of a growing, ageing population
(Comment, April 11). This is beginning
to happen in areas like Frimley in
Surrey and Greater Manchester,
and other areas are following suit.
You are right to argue, in a leading
article, that serious thought needs to
be given to the funding of the NHS
and social care, and the green paper
promised for later this year should
tackle this head-on.
A good starting point is the report
of the Barker Commission, which
argued for a single health and social
care budget funded through targeted
increases in taxes and national
insurance contributions, restricting
spending on some universal benefits
such as winter fuel payments and free
television licences, and changes to
prescription charges.
Hard choices cannot be avoided if
the Government wishes to provide
sustainable funding for the future.
Professor Chris Ham
Chief Executive, The King’s Fund
London W1
Stirring tales
SIR – During 30 years’ service as a
Coastguard officer, I stirred my tea
(Letters, April 24) with the sharp end
of chart dividers. They often doubled
as a pipe cleaner.
Mike Roberts
Formby, Lancashire
SIR – Maybe I will start a trend and
carry my own spoon wherever I go.
Doug Thom
Woolsery, Devon
France will be an unreliable boyfriend to the US
No matter how much the
White House spoils the
Macrons, the French have
deep disdain for America
s with any budding affair, the
diplomatic love-in between
President Emmanuel Macron of
France and Donald Trump, his
enthusiastic American suitor, will raise
expectations that “le bromance” could
blossom into a more enduring
relationship. Ever since Mr Macron
stole a march on his European rivals
by feting the American president
during last year’s Bastille Day
celebrations – with a candlelit dinner
at the top of the Eiffel Tower – Mr
Trump has entertained a tendresse for
the dynamic young French politician.
This is evident from the lengths to
which Mr Trump has gone to make Mr
Macron and France’s first lady
welcome during the first state visit he
has hosted since becoming president.
From tree-planting ceremonies on the
White House lawn to a glitzy dinner at
George Washington’s Mount Vernon
mansion, Mr Trump has sought to
show that his courtship of the French
leader is no passing fancy. Mr Macron
yesterday even found himself the
unsuspecting recipient of a
presidential kiss.
Mr Trump might appear overzealous in his pursuit of his French
guest, but he will nevertheless be
hoping that his approach will lay to
rest the mutual antipathy that has
often undermined Franco-American
relations in recent years. It was not
that long ago, after all, that many in
Washington regarded France as being
a nation of – to use the phrase
famously coined in The Simpsons
– “cheese-eating surrender monkeys”.
The description became common
parlance in 2003 after the French tried
to sabotage the Bush administration’s
plans to overthrow Iraqi dictator
Saddam Hussein by withdrawing their
military support at the last minute.
For many policymakers, both in
Washington and London, the attitude
of the then French president Jacques
Chirac was yet another example of the
institutional ambiguity that has come
to define France’s relationship with the
Western alliance. In conflicts such as
Bosnia, Libya and Afghanistan, the
French have caused exasperation by
taking their own, distinctive approach,
thereby gaining a reputation for being
unreliable allies.
Mr Trump will want his assiduous
courtship of the current French leader
to result in France becoming a more
dependable partner. The White House
will already be encouraged by Mr
Macron’s enthusiastic support for the
recent airstrikes against the Assad
regime in Syria – a move that will have
caused dismay in Whitehall as it
appeared to show Paris replacing
London as the go-to nation for
European decision-making.
Establishing a healthy rapport with
Paris would certainly help to answer
Washington’s long-standing dilemma,
best summed up by Henry Kissinger’s
rhetorical question: when in a crisis,
who does the US call in Europe?
Pre-Brexit, the answer was Britain,
the country that could always be relied
upon to stand by America’s side. Now,
with London about to bow out from
the inner councils of European
decision-making, Washington needs
to make new friends in Europe. With
Mr Macron, the Trump administration
thinks it may have found the answer.
No matter how much the White
House spoils Mr Macron, however,
there is still a long way to go before
this particular entente cordiale
succeeds in overcoming the deepseated antipathy for America among
France’s political and cultural elites.
It is not just the commonplace
French disdain for Hollywood,
fast-food outlets and the superior work
ethic of les Anglo-Saxons. The French
regard America’s economic and
financial dominance as posing an
existential threat to la vie en rose,
which is built on the premise that no
one works more than a 35-hour week,
and that all the key ingredients for a
happy life, from fine food and wine to
respectable pensions, are funded by
the state.
This is the blissful paradigm that Mr
Macron and his En Marche! party are
attempting to reform. And it is the
main reason why Mr Macron’s
personal popularity ratings have
plummeted since he won last year’s
presidential election contest.
The French president’s domestic
unpopularity did not prevent him
from supporting airstrikes against
Syria, which Mr Macron said “were
necessary to give back to the
international community some
credibility”. There are, though, a
number of other issues upon which
opinions in Paris and Washington
diverge, as Mr Trump will discover
during his private bilateral talks with
the French leader.
One obvious bone of contention is
the Iran nuclear deal, which Mr
Trump is minded to ditch when its
renewal comes up next month, and
which the French contend should be
kept in place. Another is how Mr
Macron intends to respond to Mr
Trump’s threat to launch a trade war
with the EU. Mr Macron will hope that,
as Tony Blair was once able to do in
the White House, he can use his
special friendship with Mr Trump to
persuade the American leader to
change his mind. However, he will
need to tread carefully. Mr Trump, for
all his blandishments, might equally
conclude his passion for the French
president has not been requited.
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Allison Pearson
Why I refuse to feel
ashamed of being
British Page 25
Royal seal of
approval: the
baby’s first
appearance, left..
Prince George,
right, and Princess
Charlotte have
already had an
effect on the
Friendship formula
How to widen your
social circle Page 24
Fighting fat
Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall on
shedding a stone
Page 26
Dress code
What to wear for
Royal Ascot – your
definitive guide
Page 22
The royal
baby boom
The new baby’s fashion effect began the
moment he first appeared. Caroline Leaper
analyses the £50m potential of the prince
et the new
royal baby
look!” “Nail
Lindo Wing
chic!” If you
had assumed
that we
might be
“over it” by
now when it comes to royal baby
fashion fever, you would be sadly
mistaken. For, despite being the Duke
and Duchess of Cambridge’s third
child, RB3 (as he is currently dubbed)
is estimated to give a £50 million boost
to the economy in his first year of life
alone – and the effect all starts with
his debut outfit.
The Lindo Wing doorstep has
unintentionally become the scene of a
unique marketing opportunity; as
William and Catherine present their
newborn to the world, whichever
brand they have chosen to clad the
bundle of joy in will experience an
unprecedented amount of global
media coverage and, subsequently, an
immediate sales boost. Even the
swaddle has become
come a must-have
“accessory” for other new parents who
are inspired by the gorgeous pictures
of the ultimate Nice Family – G H Hurt
and Sons, the Nottingham-based
maker of the prince’s blanket, also
experienced a spike of 100,000 web
hits in an hour when Princess
Charlotte was presented to the world
wearing one of their shawls in 2015.
“Within just four hours of Prince
George’s appearance, our website
crashed,” attests Pascale McBain of
Aden + Anais, technically the first
brand ever to experience the Prince
George “effect” when he emerged
wearing their blanket after his birth in
2013. “In nine days, we had 7,000
orders and a 600 per cent increase in
sales on the Jungle Jam swaddles. It
was incredible to see how a niche
business like our muslin babycare
brand could become a household
name in a matter of days.”
According to valuation consultants
at Brand Finance there will be three
strands to RB3’s “marketing power”:
short-term sales of souvenirs, then a
feel-good halo effect on shoppers, and
in the longer term, a boost to fashion
sales every time he is photographed in
a new outfit.
“Much like the clothing frenzy we
saw triggered by Prince George and
Princess Charlotte, we can almost
certainly expect a renewed interest in
the baby clothes worn by Prince
William and the Duchess of
Cambridge’s new baby boy,” considers
David Haigh, Brand Finance CEO. “It is
a pivotal moment for British brands
whose infant clothing or baby
accessories could soon be flying off the
shelves. All it takes is one royal photo
Prince George and Princess
Charlotte are thought to already be
adding £75 million and £100 million
per year respectively to the British
economy, as they inadvertently
endorse labels every time they attend
a family gathering or wedding, or pose
for an official portrait.
“Prince George wearing our striped
T-shirt in his official third birthday
photos was a landmark moment for
Sunuva,” Sabrina Naggar, co-founder
of the British childrenswear label,
says. “The influence that the Duchess
of Cambridge and her children have
cannot be underestimated – we sold
out of the T-shirt in hours. As a rapidly
growing British business we very
much appreciate the royal
Rachel Riley, who has dressed
Prince George on numerous occasions
including in a smocked shirt at
Princess Charlotte’s christening,
agrees; “Whenever Prince George was
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wearing our
outfits, there was
certainly a positive
effect on the business
overall, as well as a
spike in sales in the
items that
he wore,” she says.
way the
of Cambridge
dressed Prince
changed the
w people looked
a boyswear. He has
been trendsetting
traditiona style.”
for this traditional
Understandably, the third royal
baby’s influence is expected to be
slightly less than that of his older
siblings, and Brand Finance suggests
that the hype around him has also
been reduced slightly because of the
forthcoming royal wedding – an
event expected to provide a £1 billion
uplift to the UK economy.
But in the childrenswear sphere,
none of that matters, and the new
royal baby is already considered a
marketing influencer with a
powerful, global audience.
“That picture on the Lindo steps
has become such a defining moment
for both the baby industry and the
fashion industry,” considers Sophie
Tweedale, editor-in-chief of Smallish
“The same aftershocks happen
every time, and it’s actually possible
that the immediate effect will be
even greater with the third child, as
people now know what to expect.
These babies are fashion influencers
at just a few hours old – it’s unique
and therefore it’s a fascinating
anomaly that advertisers would wish
they were able to harness.”
Tweedale notes, however, that
what people are really doing when
buying the same things for their
children as they see on the royal
babies, is nodding to the taste and
influence of their mother. “Of course
we had the Kate effect first, so where
it all actually stems from is her.
Everyone wants to know what is she
going to look like and what is she
going to be dressing her children in.
Ultimately these are her choices, and
a reflection of her style, too.”
From Pepa & Co to John Lewis,
dozens of childrenswear brands have
now benefited from the sales boost
that only a royal baby can offer. The
only opportunity left to seize? To
score a hat-trick, and have all three
decked in matching outfits by one
label. That really would melt our
hearts, and the internet.
Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
the dress
codes of
Royal Ascot
Through trial and error, Charlie GowansEglinton shares her guide to looking
appropriate – but still you – at the races
n theory, a dress code should
act as a security net. A dress
code is what stands between
us and wearing a surrealist
lobster hat to an old
colleague’s wedding, only to
find that her new spouse’s family
keeps kosher.
But when it comes to Royal Ascot,
dress codes tend to make many of us
go a bit wibbly. Visions of
Cheltenham-bound hen parties flash
before your eyes, and before you
know it, you’ve gone the
other way and
channelled Lady
Catherine de Bourgh.
And so it was when I
first visited Ascot’s royal
enclosure aged 19, the
guest of a new friend
from university whose
parents were members
and hosted us at their
Ascot home. My
university life at
Saint Martins
meant charity
shop clothing,
brightly coloured
tights and dyeing
my own hair. So
what does an art
school student
wear to Ascot?
Erm, pearls,
apparently – my
mother’s. And a
very large, very ugly navy blue hat:
goodness only knows whence that
came. Said hat and pearls topped off a
cream fitted dress from Coast and a
navy bolero – it’s been a very long
time since a bolero was mentioned on
these style pages, but there we are.
Should you have been able to see the
look in my eyes at the time, it would
have registered as blind panic – but you
couldn’t… my more-tea-vicar hat
covered most of my face.
The following year brought another
invitation, and another
misjudged dress, a blue
llace shift from a vintage
rrail and just-aboutm
matching hat with feather
plumage. The next attempt
was a black and white
vintage dress and
matching jacket: a prim
ssuit for my 21-year-old self.
Tried and
mis-steps in
2007 (left) and
2008 (top);
success in
2014 (far left)
It was only at 26 that I found
und an outfit
that felt like me: a cream scarf necked
om-style skirt,
blouse, brocade Asos prom-style
simple black saucer hat and metallic
Dries Van Noten stacked heels.
In the past, Ascot’s set of style rules
losure, cover
– which, in the royal enclosure,
ngth to base
everything from skirt length
piece – have
circumference of a headpiece
onal, and
erred towards the traditional,
nd most of
ruled out many trends, and
ast few
the high street. But the last
years have seen a shift.
While I was doggedly
pursuing a spot on the worst
dressed lists a decade ago,
you’d have no more seen
jumpsuit in the royal
enclosure than you’d have
found the blinis topped with
herring. Now, the jumpsuit
is a welcome (and youthful)
addition to the royal
enclosure’s exacting dress
code. The trouser suit is now
a contender for most stylish,
butrather than a permitted-butlittle-worn, option.
While it’s always been an
excuse to dress up, this year’s
Ascot is more fashion-focused
than ever before. The annual
style guide has taken in all four
enclosures for the first time,
st the
conceding that it’s not just
higher priced tickets and
at have
members’ enclosures that
ne this
a fashion agenda. Combine
new mentality with the current
trend for more modest fashion,
led by wealthy Middle-Eastern
shoppers and seen on every
o Dior,
catwalk from Valentino to
and these dress codes suddenly
seem far less restrictive.
“Over the past three
seasons, midi-length skirts
have been our best category
ll skirt
making up over half of all
and dress sales,” says Lisaa
Aiken, retail fashion director
at Net-a-Porter. But whatt of
smaller budgets? The high
o this
street used not to cater to
kind of smart daywear –
options were either very
casual, smart workwear, or
party clothing.
In the last few years,
though, brands like Rixo,
Ganni and Kitri have
catered to a growing
market for dressed up
options. Royal Ascot’s
new official fashion
partner, high street
giant Karen Millen, has
long been known for
nipped-in workwear
and grown-up
partywear, but its new
race-specific collection
suggests that demand for
ces is growing.
special occasionwear pieces
I found the black disc hat (£99)
d – crucially
particularly flattering and
– comfortable enough forr all day wear.
uits, dresses
There are also trouser suits,
Dress, £165
(; bag,
£39.99, Mango (website);
hairclips, from £75,
Simone Rocha
Sezane sandals,
Charlie’s own
jacket, £345, and
£199 (sandroparis; H&M blouse,
Charlie’s own; Mademoiselle
Chapea hat, £269 (fenwick.
Chapeaux; bag, £595 (mulberry.
sandals, £250
Blouse, £150
(; skirt, £119.99,
H&M Conscious Exclusive
(; Mademoiselle
Chapeaux hat, £299
sandals, £250
If the
hat fits –
buy it!
One hat certainly does
not suit all – but there’s
a method to finding
your perfect match,
says Bethan Holt
’ve had the pleasure of going
to Royal Ascot twice and
Goodwood once. Each time,
I was po-faced about the idea
of wearing a hat, slipping on
a borrowed boater at the last
moment. And each time I regretted
my attitude immediately on arriving
and walking among women who
looked like birds of paradise in their
magnificent millinery creations. But
finding a great hat, when the only
other time you’d usually worry about
headwear is when it’s freezing and you
need something woolly and cosy, can
be an intimidating experience.
So I’ve made it my mission to take
the hard work out of the hat search.
I start at Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair,
where milliner Vivien Sheriff carries
out fittings (she also has a shop on
Fulham Road and a workshop in the
Wiltshire countryside which clients
can visit). My immediate realisation
is that you should probably look for
the same qualities in a milliner as you
would in a lingerie fitter or midwife:
honest, no nonsense but essentially
utterly kind and compassionate.
Sheriff is all these things.
She describes her creations as
“wearable art”, with plumes of
feathers, delicate lace and silk flowers
among her signature embellishments.
It could be tempting to dive straight
in and pick out the prettiest creation,
but Sheriff – who requires a minimum
of six weeks for bespoke commissions
that range in price from £450 to
£1,500 – advises first starting with
working out what style will suit you.
“If you’ve got a rounder face, it
makes it a little easier in that you
could wear lots of different shapes.
I’ve got more of a long face, so I
need a bigger brim,” she explains.
“If you are a tiny, petite person, I
really wouldn’t suggest you wear a
big-brimmed hat, because you would
feel totally enshrined in it.”
Sheriff, who is currently busy
juggling Ascot and royal wedding
commissions, has a vast range of styles
in her collection, from small discs to
elaborate architectural structures that
are guaranteed to steal the show on
Ladies’ Day or if you were a central part
of a wedding party. I try on an inky blue
option that has curves akin to a Zaha
Hadid roof. It’s heavy, but if you want
to make a statement then it would be
the perfect choice.
For those who don’t feel that brave
– or have faith in their neck strength –
Sheriff says that a vertically tilted disc
is the best starting point. These add an
elegant sense of height, have a great
impact and don’t obscure the face at
all. “There are some shapes, like these
discs, which you can put on anybody
who comes in and immediately it
eliminates the fear of wearing a hat.”
This sense of confidence is essential
for successful hat-wearing, she adds.
“People can put on a hat and just not
know what to do with it; don’t let it tilt
on the back of your head, make sure
it fits snugly, and angle it down on the
Most hats are made to be worn this
way, and Sheriff demonstrates how
a minute angular adjustment can
transform a piece from just fine to
supremely flattering and cheekbone
enhancing. As for hair, Sheriff works
with hairdressers to devise dos, but
emphasises that sometimes you can’t
beat a great blow-dry, perhaps swept
to one side.
Next, I head to the millinery
department at Fenwick on New Bond
Street, where the legendary “Mr Tony”
has been tending to the headwear of
everyone from Royal Ascot peacocks
to reluctant mothers of the bride
for the past 15 years. He is dressed
in a wonderfully flamboyant floral
embroidered suit and immediately
puts me at ease with his winning
combination of sass and wisdom. Up to
80 per cent of Fenwick’s hat business
at this time of year comes from Royal
The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018
Royal Enclosure
If you have any bells or whistles,
is the place to wear them
them. Actually,
best avoid the bells and whistles,
they may contravene the strict dress
code. That being said, I’ve
I’v never
actually seen anyone asked
ask to stand on
a table to have their hem measured,
like I so often was at school,
or have
their hat base subjected to the same
scrutiny of a carry-on bag at a Ryanair
check-in desk, though the rules might
hint otherwise.
If you’re nervous, many department
stores offer a free, no obligation to buy
personal shopping service, and their
teams are well versed in dress code
minutiae. The endlessly patient Sophie
at Fenwicks brought up option after
option after it quickly transpired that I
didn’t know what suited me after all,
and this Mother of Pearl dress was the
result. There were also beautiful Borgo
de Nor options in store; they swamped
me at 5ft 6in (and were oddly tight on
the upper arms) but are worth trying if
you’re tall and willowy. If you prefer a
drop waist, Preen had lovely pastel
floral options.
hen the
hit double
figures last
week, for some the first
fashion thought may
have been of sunglasses
or a floaty skirt, but a
shoe was my first spring
step. I personally find
my feet and ankles can
withstand the spring
chill much more than my
arms or legs, so I plump
for a mule as soon as the
weather warms up. And
not just any mule, might I
add; my growing backless
selection features hot
pink satin, braided tan
leather and embellished
I’ve tried (and bought)
a handful, purely in the
name of research, so
can offer my findings
with some authority.
While V-cut styles are by
far the most flattering
(a centimetre of toe
cleavage elongates the
leg a treat) they’re most
difficult to keep on
your feet if your day
requires much
walking. My
fuchsia pair
sadly fall into
this category;
I’ve dubbed
them my
shübers (shoes
Queen Anne Enclosure
Think nearly as smart as the royal
enclosure, but without those rigid
rules of skirt length and strap width. A
new deck area opens this year with
indoor bar and sun terrace: level
ground for heels, providing they’re
not too spindly.
In this setting, brighter colours will
stand out, as will monochrome – and
you’re unlikely to get a grass stain
here. Fabrics traditionally saved for
evening wear – like brocade, heavy
silk or satin – will lend a sense of
occasion to simpler silhouettes. If you
plan on joining the traditional singing
around the bandstand, or sitting down
to afternoon tea, go for style rather
than scale in the hat department.
Village Enclosure
Largely outdoors, this isn’t the
enclosure to attempt a kitten heel or
stiletto in. There is a plethora of stylish
flats around at the moment: I like Kurt
Geiger’s jewelled Pia sandals, £149,
and the textured black fabric won’t
mark on the grass. If you’d like a bit of
extra height (note that trackside
viewing isn’t raised) Penelope Chilvers
has some unfussy wedged espadrilles
that could be smartened up with the
right dress. Large hats can be
problematic on a windy day, and as it
can all get a bit elbowy at the bookies,
a smaller headpiece or fascinator is the
friendlier choice – you’re much less
likely to take someone’s eye out.
Windsor Enclosure
The most casual of Ascot’s enclosures
doesn’t require a hat or fascinator –
though they’re welcome, of course. If,
like me, you’ll only wear a hat when
ordered to, this season’s ornate hair
clips offer a stylish alternative: Simone
Rocha’s faux pearl and bead options
were worn in duplicate and triplicate
on the catwalk.
To strike the right balance with the
rest of your outfit, I’d go for a printed
day dress: the recently-revived Ghost
offers incredibly flattering dresses, and
this viscose-crepe fabric looks smart
and won’t crease easily, even if you’re
picnicking. It’s also a good in-between
fabric: smarter than cotton, but not as
dressy as silk or satin.
Turning heads:
the Countess of
Wessex perfectly
carries a widebrimmed design
at Royal Ascot
Aqua trilby, £269
J by Jasper Conran fascinator, £85
are some
the fear of
a hat’
Ascot, with weddings, garden parties
and investiture ceremonies making up
the rest, he tells me.
If you were to make an appointment
with Mr Tony, he would first ask you
a barrage of questions: “I always try
to find out as much about the event as
possible – what’s the crowd like, who
will be there? It’s different if a younger
person is getting married versus an
older person. Do you want traditional
or modern? What do you usually like
to wear? What are your favourite
colours? If you already have a dress,
we look at its shape – is it flared or
fitted? What’s the length? And then
I look at a woman’s height, shoulder
width and even the thickness of her
hair, as this can affect how a hat can
be fastened to the head. After that,
we work on the hat!”
Mr Tony says it is much easier to
get your outfit before coming to find a
hat, but he’s easygoing about whether
one should go matchy-matchy
or complementary. “I do love to
coordinate colour, but it’s not always
A tentative
first step into
spring style
easy,” he explains. “So if you had a
turquoise outfit, it could be lovely to
go head-to-toe, but I also love a colour
like hot pink, which could be more
flattering, too. Lilac is very on-trend
this year, but it can look quite cold.”
Fenwick’s hat department – which
expands at this time of year to
accommodate event season collections
– has everything from traditional
styles to avant-garde designs by the
likes of Awon Golding, whose hats
have a graphic, modern edge. Prices
start at about £50.
This summer, Mr Tony is excited
about anything yellow, turbans,
ostrich feather clusters by Alexandra
Harper (“They’re proving very popular
with mothers of the bride or grooms,
because they’re very easy to wear and
soft, but also look rather regal”) and
low crown styles, “like Miss Marple
wore, so elegant”.
As I try on a jaunty black straw
option, I can’t help but agree.
Perhaps I will finally make it to Ascot
in a hat to rival the peacocks.
Wide-brimmed hat, £299,
Mademoiselle Chapeaux at Fenwick
Feather headpiece, £650
Alexandra Harper ostrich feather
headpiece, £175, Fenwick
Dress, £7
£795, Mother of
Pearl (;
sandals, £275
ha £99
and a tailored jumpsuit, all designed in
collaboration with the racecourse
to its exacting standards.
standards It’s relatively
inexpensive (from £90) so the fabrics
are predominantly pol
polyester mixes,
but that does mean they
crease like silk or li
linen – and on
that note, avoid linen.
There are a few general rules
to getting it right. The biggest is
not to be tempted to reinvent
yourself. Shoot for a smarter
of you. If you never w
wear dresses,
look for trouser su
suits. If you
never wear bright
brig colours,
opt for chic monochrome.
Secondly, remember
that you’ll
be on your feet
mos of the day –
even in the Royal
to sit
outsid of the
past 3pm
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likely as picking a
winner fro
from the merit
of the jockey’s
alone (t
(though that
doesn stop me
trying Shoes with
a bit of platform, like
these LK Bennett
heig but are
sandals, give you height
much less painful, so you won’t
end up joining the b
hobb home.
masses for the hobble
While the colourful satin styles
that are all over the high street at
the moment are tem
tempting, they’ll
quickly become watermarked
the grass, so look fo
for leather or a
harder-wearing fabric.
If you’re not a re
regular hat
wearer, buy one in a neutral
colour that you can re-wear. If
you’re a frequent rracegoer,
buying one well-m
statement style a year
will build
a collection that you
y can then
alternate. My long
longtime Ascot
host Sarah prefer
prefers to shop at
smaller boutique
boutiques to lessen the
risk of matching another guest
(and she occasio
occasionally pinches
ra special on
ones from her
mum Penny’s n
nowincomparable collection).
Finally, don’t fo
forget that it
will be sunny, so you’ll
sunglasses – don’t ruin
rui an elegant,
considered outfit with a giant pair of
aviators. A cateye shape looks the least
casual. A light coloured frame
is less
likely to clash with your hat – I love
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requiring Übers). Luckily at
£19.99 (, I
don’t feel too guilty saving
them for special occasions.
I’d steer you away from
heeled options as a nod to
practicality, but if you can’t
be deterred from the added
height, there are a host of
interesting heel shapes on
the high street that could
work in your favour in lieu
of actual ankle support.
Mango’s spherical heel
(£59.99, covers
more ground than a stiletto
or kitten would, and a cone
heel (River Island has a
chic suede option, £50, would be
sturdier to walk in.
The best kind of mule
While a backless
shoe doesn’t
warrant a pedicure,
it requires foot
has a high cut that comes
up around the sides of your
foot to ensure it stays on,
but with a significant dip
in the front to flatter your
ankle. Even so, it’s worth
having a walk around
a carpeted floor before
committing. If you’re still
keen on a low cut, look
for something with
a higher strap for
support, like this
Massimo Dutti
pair, right, which
are far more
than a flat slider.
Stradivarius, the
Pink satin, £19.99 (stradivarius.
Snake, £89.95
Yellow, £49.99
Floral, £59
Orange suede, £29.99
Bejewelled, £120
White, £29.99
Striped, £25.99
younger sister to Inditexowned Zara and Uterqüe,
is a hidden treasure for
trophy mules under £30;
My pink satin shübers
also come in a striking
cobalt blue. Mango
does a particularly good
backless shoe. I wore my
embellished velvet pair
(£49.99, to
death over party season,
but they’ll be just as good
with a white shirt and
denim by day.
There’s a cautionary
side note here: while a
backless shoe doesn’t
warrant a pedicure,
it does require some
foot maintenance,
particularly as most
heels won’t have seen
the light of day since
mid-September. Our
beauty director, Sonia
Haria, swears by
Legology’s Exfo-lite
(£42, and
Ren’s energising Atlantic
kelp and magnesium
scrub (£18, renskincare.
com) to keep your feet
soft and smooth.
Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Friends for life: the cast of Cold
Feet, left, and French and
Saunders, right. Presidents Trump
and Macron, below, declared their
countries’ friendship yesterday
The formula for the
perfect friendship
Experts say it takes us 90 hours to become
friends. Debora Robertson examines the
science that lies behind your social life
recent study suggests
we need to spend
90 hours with someone
before we can begin
to consider them a
friend. This seems like
quite the deal, considering Malcolm
Gladwell’s theory that it takes
natural aptitude plus 10,000 hours of
practice to master a new skill.
Friends feel like a positively timeefficient bargain by comparison,
given how much they add to the
richness of our lives. The report in
the Journal of Social and Personal
Relationships by Jeffrey Hall, associate
professor of communication studies
at the University of Kansas, lays out
the numbers for us. He analysed
355 people and worked out how
long it took them to graduate from
acquaintance, to casual friend, then
friend, and close friend.
On average it takes 50 hours to
trade up from acquaintance to casual
friend – the sort of people you are
glad to see across a room at parties;
90 hours is the tipping point where
you start to carve out time to see one
another; and when you get to 200,
you’re proper intimates, you see each
other often socially and support each
other emotionally.
Hall’s study was inspired by
the work of Dr Robin Dunbar,
the University College London
anthropologist who in 1992 published
a paper that said the number of
meaningful relationships we can have
in our lives is around 150, known as
Dunbar’s Number. He divided this into
groups of five close friends, 15 good
friends, 50 general acquaintances,
building to a larger circle limited
to around 150 (our capacity to limit
ourselves to this number is all down
to the size of the brain’s neocortex,
science fans).
Research also shows that we
reach peak friends when we’re about
25 years old and the numbers drop
off after that. That’s the age when we
gather around us friends from school
and university, from first jobs and from
settling into our adult lives. It’s hardly
surprising that we make the most
friends when we’re trying to work
out who we are and are still trying on
different lives for size.
When I was a student I had a friend,
a grad student, who seemed so much
wiser and more sophisticated than
the rest of us, possibly because he was
three years older. While we were all so
sure we were going to be best friends
forever, he posited that most of us
were geographical friends, close only
because of shared bathrooms.
It seemed quite damning at the
time, but of course it’s natural for some
friendships to fall away. Cheerfully
though, if we believe in Dunbar’s
Number, that just makes room for
new people to come into our lives. It
can be more difficult to make friends
as you get older, because our lives are
busier and perhaps we are more rigid
in what we expect from those around
us. Unless you are thrown together in
unusual circumstances, that is, like the
friendship blossoming on the world
stage between Donald Trump and
Emmanuel Macron.
As a nation, Brits can be quite
reticent about being the one to make
the first move, to suggest that coffee
or drink. In some ways, it’s worse than
dating as there are all of the worries
that the other person will think you
a massive weirdo, and none of the
conventions to protect your fragile
ego. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
I think this desire for closeness
combined with fear of rejection is
entirely responsible for the explosion
of book clubs in the past 20 years, the
vast majority of which never seem
to crack a book. You can pretend it’s
about the latest Hilary Mantel, but
we all know it’s about trying to find
a group of like-minded people, your
own gang, to hang out with.
What opened up my life was getting
a dog. As I walked our scruffy terrier
around our local park, I slowly created
my own pack of two-legged dog
friends. Having one common interest
– dogs – makes it so much easier to
chat about everything else. In the past
decade my dog crew’s been through
everything: births, marriages and
deaths, redundancies, bankruptcies,
illnesses and adoptions. We don’t
live in each other’s pockets but we
probably have sets of each other’s
house keys.
The essential formula for
friendships of all kinds is spark plus
proximity plus time. What we seek in
our friends – loyalty, thoughtfulness,
a generosity of spirit, and the ability to
make us laugh – is also what can make
a good acquaintance, too.
“She’s an acquaintance,” sounds
so dismissive, so withering, and yet
our acquaintances can certainly add a
sprinkling of happiness and belonging
to our everyday lives too. Having five
close friends is riches indeed, but
sometimes a nod of recognition across
a crowded post office or a friendly chat
in the supermarket queue can add
to the cheerfulness of our days. I’m
absolutely here for the acquaintance
who, with the plus time bit, could
become a friend.
There is a reason why we are so
obsessed by those programmes
about groups of friends and their
interwoven, overlapping relationships,
from Golden Girls to Cheers, Friends
and Cold Feet to This Life. Our friends
are the people who make us feel like
the very best versions of ourselves,
funnier, cleverer, more interesting.
And it really is never too late to make
a new one.
These are the people you can call after
the 10 o’clock news if you need to.
They’re there to catch your bouquet,
drive you to the hospital, bail you
out and pass you a tissue for the ugly
crying. They’ve seen you at your
worst and yet there they still are,
cheering you on when you’re at your
best. They’ll stand up for you, even
when you’re wrong (though they
might want a quick word). They’re the
first people you call when something
wonderful or something terrible
happens. They know your family,
possibly more than one generation
of your family, and the names of your
childhood pets. You might spend
Christmas together.
These are the people who, even if
you don’t speak for months, you
pick up where you left off as though
you just spoke yesterday. You
might spend Easter together, or go
on holiday together. You’re au fait
with one another’s musical tastes,
favourite books and restaurants
and – just to be modern – food
intolerances. You know the names
of each other’s pets.
Because of Facebook and other
forms of social media, you probably
know more about your top 50 than
you might have done in a previous
generation. You know the names of
their children, their birthdays, where
they go on holiday and what they
think about the new Doctor Who.
These are the surprise guests at
the table, the ones you throw in to
the mix with your closer friends
to liven things up a bit. You don’t
necessarily make special plans to see
them, but your heart lifts a bit when
you see them across a crowded room.
With a little effort, they might be
promoted to either of the other two
groups should a vacancy arise.
The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018
llison �earson
Windrush doesn’t
show we are racist –
quite the opposite
came back from
Thailand to find
England at her absolute
best. Out with the
dogs on Saturday, the
air shimmered with
the promise of heat and a carpet of
cowslips delineated the gentle curve
of the hill. There is nowhere lovelier
than our country in spring, as a lady
walking her elderly spaniel and I
agreed. How lucky we are to live in
this blessed plot, I thought.
Well, how wrong can you be? When
I got back in the car, Radio 4’s Any
Answers set me right. Turns out this
temperate place we call home is, in
fact, an institutionally racist, cruel and
discriminatory hellhole.
A mad, ranty listener called Sarah
from Tonbridge told Any Answers that
she was “shaking with rage”. Sarah said
she was “so ashamed” of being a white,
British, middle-class person who
can afford her own home and enjoys
good health “because we have treated
foreigners very badly”.
The cue for this denigration of
an entire nation was the Windrush
scandal, which blew up while I
was away. Certainly, the details of
individual cases are dismaying. Joseph
Bravo speaks with a Leeds accent
so thick you could cut it like parkin.
Gentle Joseph has been in Britain for
Would that the same
attention was taken to
keep out Albanian
Support: hundreds
of people have
voiced their anger
over the Windrush
affair by taking part
in a solidarity rally
about 54 years – “I came over either
’63 or ’64. I know it was winter. My
dad bought me a garbardine mac in
Woolworths” – but Joseph had to miss
his daughter’s wedding in Cyprus
because the Home Office said there
was no record of him. In 2010, Mr
Bravo applied for a passport, but the
Passport Office turned him down.
In 2016, he applied again, giving
his National Insurance number and
a doctor’s certificate. Once more, he
was treated with disdain although
the Home Office did suggest he could
take a citizenship test, paying £2,500
for the privilege. Joseph was shocked
that people in authority whom he
relied upon to courteously do their
job were so openly contemptuous. “I
was heartbroken, but what can you
do? I just try to get on with it,” says Mr
Bravo in a mild, buggering-on manner
that is best described as British.
Yes, British. One reason there
has been widespread disgust at
the Windrush saga is because the
authorities are seemingly incapable
of deporting terrorists who have
travelled back from Syria to blow up
young girls at a pop concert. Instead,
they pick on West Indian pensioners
who have worked hard, paid their
dues and who are proud patriots with
a touching faith in the British system
that proceeds to treat them like dirt.
What can immigration officials be
thinking of leaving Gretel Gorcan,
81, penniless, stranded and alone
in Jamaica, cut off from her family,
after she paid taxes in Britain for
50 years? Would that the same care
and attention was taken to keep out
Albanian people-traffickers as they
bring to banning a chronically sick
Jamaican grandmother.
To say that the Home Office is
incapable of running a whelk stall
is a gross slur on the whelk-selling
community. What the Windrush affair
has demonstrated is that, for decades,
governments of all stripes have failed
to keep a proper tally of who comes in
and who goes out, which should be a
basic requirement of any competent
administration. Eventually, when
an instruction was issued to create
a “hostile environment for illegal
immigrants”, the idiots clamped down
on legal migrants who came here at
the invitation of our government in
the Forties and Fifties and were given
leave to remain in 1971. The lack of
common sense, let alone kindness,
beggars belief.
A poll published by iMix and the
Runnymede Trust last week found
that 60 per cent of Britons, rising
to 71 per cent for the over-65s, are
opposed to the way the Windrush
generation has been treated. Among
these will be some of the very same
people who stand accused by Remain
campaigners of being xenophobes and
Little Englanders. But they recognise
unfairness when they see it. And they
don’t like it. It’s not who we are.
Brexit, widely misunderstood as
being anti-foreigner, was actually
a vote to call a halt to too much
migration too fast, precisely so we
could preserve a generous sense of
“who we are”. And that is not the
hate-filled racists Diane Abbott and
mad, ranty ladies on Any Answers
would have us believe. Far from it.
Yet this is the self-loathing narrative
we are fed so often that people who
refuse to be ashamed of their country
and who, furthermore, want a tough
immigration policy to protect our
overstretched public services are not
even allowed to have the conversation.
Sorry, but it’s not “dog-whistle
politics” to point out that a large
majority in the 2013 British Social
Attitudes survey endorsed reducing
immigration – 77 per cent chose either
“reduced a lot” or “reduced a little”.
In the year ending September 2017,
net migration to the UK was 244,000.
In other words, every 12 months a
city roughly the size of Southampton
arrives on these shores when there
aren’t enough houses, hospital beds or
good school places for those – black,
brown and white – who are here
already. Under the circumstances, it
would be utterly wrong to abandon
the “hostile environment” policy
towards illegal immigration, but
we could certainly lose the clueless
application of that policy towards
Windrush octogenarians who have
every right to call themselves British.
Unlike mad, ranty Sarah, I refuse
to be “so ashamed” of being a white,
British, middle-class person. Nor
will I take part in the national sport
of self-loathing. I prefer to take pride
in a country that has absorbed much
change and has generally done so with
laudable good humour and decency.
The Windrush scandal doesn’t show
we are racist. Our outraged reaction to
it proves exactly the opposite.
My son has a confidence
issue – he’s got too much
iding high in the
American bestseller
charts, The Confidence
Code for Girls considers how we
can make girls less anxious and
more inclined to take risks.
Involving dads is one tip. My
suggestion would be to outlaw
social media and go back to the
halcyon days when your
daughter didn’t measure her
worth by the number of likes
on Facebook. Sadly, that’s never
going to happen, so girls will
continue to have mental health
problems as they work
themselves into the ground to
achieve perfect exam scores.
At the moment, here in
Revision Hell, we have a
slightly different problem
featuring the male of the
species. “Mum, you’re
paranoid, neurotic and
tyrannical,” quoth the Boy.
What had I done? Nothing.
Merely suggested he get some
lined cards to put quotes on.
Maybe even, you know, draw
up a revision timetable?
suggestion! Back off!
Everything is in hand.
Othello? That’s the one
with the black guy and
the hankie, right?
OK, I exaggerate. At
least, I hope I do. Still,
it’s excruciating this
clash between a
perfectionist, hardworking female who
fears failure for a son
who is sublimely confident
there is nothing to fear.
I know I should allow him to
fall flat, if that’s what’s going to
happen, but every maternal
instinct shrieks that I must
protect him from himself.
Time for a sex change?
Goodbye paranoid, neurotic
and tyrannical. Hello, winging
it, I’ll be fine, please just chill.
Reckon I can manage that for a
bit. Oh hell, what if he gets a B?
My experience suggests they
are on to something: I spent
Easter with daughters who will
do fine in their exams, but think
they are going to bomb unless
they work all the hours God
sends and more. But I wonder
whether the opposite problem
might also be worth addressing.
My son was sure that he
could wing his A-levels and
instead crashed and
burned. Data from the
financial markets
suggest that he is not
alone in his hubris:
men who own shares
think they know
what’s going on,
whereas women know
they don’t, so men
trade more than
women do, and
(because each trade
costs money) the more you
trade, the less money you
tend to make.
Still, I doubt that my
forthcoming volume, The
Modesty Manual for Boys: How
to Crush Your Son’s Excessive
Self-Esteem – with its handy tips
on yelling at your offspring that
he isn’t half as good as he
thinks he is and his life will be a
horrible failure if he doesn’t do
his homework – is going to
follow Kay and Shipman on to
the bestseller list.
Hurrah for
the new
prince and
his scenestealing
Mummy’s boy: on
the steps of the
Lindo Wing, the
Duchess looked
positively fresh
here may
have been
a few
muttering about
DNA”. One
Marxist even
tried to suggest
that the royal
birth was a
cunning ploy to
distract from the
difficulties over
Windrush. (I
know Kate’s
perfect, but even
she can’t induce
labour purely to,
well, do down
Otherwise, it
was joy and
delight all round
when Baby
Number 3 was
shown off by his
parents on the
steps of the
Lindo Wing.
When I had
my first baby,
22 years ago, I
got a card from a
friend in her
60s. “I seem to
recall,” she
wrote, “the
tenderest of
That’s it
exactly. Feelings
of such aching
tenderness (and
not just on the
perineum), an
elation that
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comes from
simply gazing at
your baby’s face,
drinking in the
wonder that
someone you’ve
never met is
perfectly yours,
and you can’t
imagine it any
other way. This
is the universal
whether you are
a commoner on
a council estate
or a duchess in a
palace. Love, the
fiercest you will
ever know,
comes as a free
gift with the
new arrival.
I thought Kate
was particularly
confident with
her son. This
one is hers.
George is the
heir. Charlotte,
who could have
ended up as
piglet in the
middle, keeps
her special
status by being
the only girl.
And, on
Monday, the
little princess
stole the show.
Not only did she
wave at the
crowd as she
walked beside
Daddy, while
bashful George
kept his head
down, she
actually turned
on the hospital
steps for an
encore. What a
pro! Hard to
believe she is
only two.
It felt wholly
that, in this new
generation, the
remains fourth
in line after her
father and big
brother. A
change to the Act
of Succession in
2013 gave equal
rights to male
and female
meaning little
princes can no
longer bump
their princess
sisters down the
pecking order.
The reform was
long overdue,
especially when
you consider
that Charlotte’s
Princess Anne,
was displaced by
her two little
Andrew and
Wouldn’t you
just love to know
the Princess
Royal’s view on
that demotion?
It’s been
announced that
the Duchess will
take more time
off to bond with
this baby, having
rushed back to
royal duties
after the first
two. The Duke is
taking two
weeks off to
support his wife
and newly
enlarged family.
No one is calling
it paternity
leave, but that’s
what it is.
I used to think
Kate was setting
the bar too high,
after pushing a
baby into the
world. Now I
appreciate she’s
doing her best to
model herself on
the Queen, who
never puts a foot
wrong. Witness
Meghan Markle
at the Stephen
service wearing
a sleeveless
dress (no, honey,
no!) and you can
appreciate what
a class act Kate is.
The Rev Sam
Wells, vicar of St
Martin-in-theFields, summed
it up beautifully
on Twitter:
“Welcome to
William and
Catherine’s baby
boy. You’ve
already made
your best choice
– two fabulous
Hear, hear!
Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
How I won
my own fight
against fat
Weight is such a taboo that Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall’s family were too polite to tell
him he was podgy, he tells Anna Tyzack
f anyone can be forgiven for
looking a bit squidgy, it is
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
The River Cottage chef turned
activist documentary-maker
is, after all, famous for food
and farming, not fitness. But when
a doctor measured his waist last
year and informed him that he was
overweight, he was devastated – and
vowed to start being more careful.
“I love Crunchies and Toffee
Crisps and I can be a bit greedy. I
knew I was a few pounds over my
fighting weight but I didn’t expect
to be a statistic,” he says. “I was told
I was at greater risk of developing
type 2 diabetes, which was a huge
wake-up call.”
That was in March 2017; when I
meet him at Clerkenwell’s hipster
haven, Modern Pantry, this week
he is slimmer and fitter than he has
been for years. He has lost nearly
a stone – and his double chin. “I
still eat the odd chocolate bar,” he
concedes. “I’m not going to deny
myself completely, but I have started
to ration them.”
Hugh’s next campaign – as you
might already have guessed – is a
war on waistlines. His new four-part
series, Britain’s Fat Fight begins
on BBC One tonight, and examines
Britain’s obesity crisis.
It remains the worst in Western
Europe, and one in three primary
schoolchildren is obese by the time
they move to secondary school, a
trend that will see half of Britain
obese by 2050. “Food has started to
do us more harm than good,” Hugh
sighs. “We’re spending more on the
obesity crisis than on the police, fire
service and judicial service combined.
We have to find solutions.”
It’s not that human beings have got
greedier, he says, setting off a rant that
lasts the next half-hour, but that our
food culture has radically changed.
What used to be considered an
occasional treat when he was younger
– a Breakaway bar in a lunch box, a
fizzy drink, a takeaway – have become
everyday fare in 2018. The number of
takeaway shops in England has risen
by 4,000 since 2014, according to
the University of Cambridge’s Centre
for Diet and Activity Research, and
confectionery ranges swell each year.
“They are now available as yogurts and
cereals, too,” Hugh says. “Overweight
has become average and overeating
has become so normal that nearly half
of overweight men don’t even realise.”
His wife and children – Chloe, 21,
Oscar, 18, Freddy, 14, and Louisa, seven
– were too polite to say anything about
his expanding waistline. The word
“fat” is taboo in Britain, and families
are reluctant to talk about it, he says:
“It’s easier to address in a medical
context, which is why I think there
should be routine weighing at all GP
surgeries,” he says. “If they’ve got the
figures in front of them, it is easy to
start the conversation.” In practices
where this has taken place, it has led to
more referrals to weight-loss support
schemes, and better outcomes.
It’s about time, then, he rails, that
the corporations selling us junk food
take some responsibility. This is the
main thrust of episode one, which sees
Fearnley-Whittingstall pitching up
at the headquarters of Nestlé dressed
as a traffic light, to petition them
to add traffic light labels to sugary
cereals – a battle he wins. He also sets
up a vegetable stall in a deprived part
Making changes:
during the show,
Hugh joins Ross
Noble on the Great
North Run, left
of Newcastle, where it is easier to
buy takeaways than fresh fruit, and
meets an obese bus driver who opens
his fridge to reveal salad drawers
overflowing with sweets.
“Global corporations are competing
to control our appetites and they do so
by clever marketing and adverts on TV
and gaming sites,” he says.
The sweets and chocolate at WH
Smith’s checkouts, designed to tempt
customers as they pay, are a particular
gripe of his. When he discovers that
the company is selling 900 chocolate
bars every 45 seconds, he sets up
a shop called WH Sugar outside a
branch in Slough in protest, featuring
a wall of 900 chocolate bars. “We’re
hoping that social media comments
from viewers will help focus their
minds,” he says.
Fast food chains and restaurants
are no better, he continues,
cynically designing foods to be
“hyper-palatable”, to make us eat them
quickly and want more of them. “They
make burgers that take 43 seconds
to eat and leave you wanting another
one; and four-bite muffins that look
substantial but dissolve in the mouth.
They serve food with sauce to make
it slip down more quickly,” he says.
“It’s an arms race to keep control
of our attention, our spending and,
ultimately, our appetite.”
And it’s working. Now, more than
50 per cent of what we eat is “ultra
processed” – produced in a factory
with industrial ingredients and
additives. These foods are quick and
cheap, but they’re more calorific and
less nutritious than freshly cooked
alternatives, with added sugar, salt
and fat. “Drinks, cakes, ready-made
meals, breakfast cereals are all highly
manufactured,” Hugh explains.
“They’re also filled with sugar.”
The Government is already taking
steps to target childhood obesity
through its Change4Life campaign,
encouraging parents to choose
100-calorie snacks to cut children’s
sugar intake. Earlier this week, the
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child
Health called for fast-food outlets
to be banned from opening within
400 metres of schools. Politicians,
schools, restaurants and confectionery
companies can all be doing more to
reduce the 200 extra calories per day
‘Overweight has
become average
and overeating has
become normal’
an average adult consumes, Hugh
He’s already removed between
15 and 20 per cent of sugar from the
children’s menu at his River Cottage
restaurants, and is shown shaming
TGI Friday’s and Pizza Hut into
removing unlimited fizzy drinks
from theirs.
Next, he’d like to see a ban on
advertising junk food before 9pm. “A
study by Cancer Research UK shows
that the more junk food advertising
our kids are exposed to, the more
calories they will consume,” he
says, “unless the Government does
something about it, or the sense of
responsibility on the part of the big
companies takes a shift.” He’s doing
his bit by launching a marketing
campaign for vegetables to
counteract junk food ads.
Does this mean we’ll soon be
seeing cabbage getting as much
airtime as cake? “There needs to be
TV ads that make carrots look cool,”
he nods.
What hope is there for those who
are already overweight? Obesity is
the second most common cause of
premature death after smoking. It’s
about making new habits, he opines
– he lost weight by simply cutting
back on his beloved chocolate bars
and reducing portion size.
“It’s effective and doesn’t feel like
you’re on a diet,” he says. “Bread and
pasta contain energy but they don’t
deliver a lot of fibre or vitamins. If
you don’t need calories, these should
be the first foods to go.”
His love of puddings hasn’t been
ditched entirely, though: “You can
reduce the sugar by 20 per cent in
a Victoria sponge without anyone
throwing up their hands in disgust.”
He’s also taken up running, and
now regularly does 5k around Devon
lanes at the weekend. He admits
he’s fallen off the wagon a couple of
times, stopping the refreshments
trolley on the train after a long day
filming, but now abstains from
the packet of crisps that used to
accompany it.
“If we all make a few small
changes,” he says, “we can shift
Britain’s food culture on its axis.”
Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall begins tonight on BBC
One at 9pm
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The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018
or colonial
Captain Cook changed the world
with his Pacific expeditions.
As a new exhibition opens,
Lucy Davies reflects on his legacy
n February 1772, the musician
and author Charles Burney
held a special dinner at
No 42 Queen Square, his
London residence. The
guest of honour was Captain
James Cook, who, since
returning from his threeyear expedition to the South
Pacific the previous year, had become
something of a celebrity.
Burney’s primary objective that
evening was to advance his son’s
naval career, but, like all of London,
he was eager for every detail of Cook’s
Before supper, he took Cook on a
tour of his library, to which he had
he newly
recently added the
published travel
diaries of LouisAntoine de
a French
adventurer who
had made his own,
less successful,
Pacific voyage in 1766.
d to
Burney wanted
know how the two
journeys compared,
ke [sic]
whereupon “Cooke
instantly took a pencil
from his pocketbook,”
wrote Burney in his memoirs,
ld trace the
“and said he would
route, which he did in so clear and
Globetrotter: going
on display will be
hundreds of items
and paintings
including one of the
captain himself,
main; a kula bird
from Fiji in 1875, top
right; mouth parts
of a squid, right;
and chronometers,
scientific a manner, that I would not
take 50 pounds for the book.”
An excited Burney painted the
annotated map with skimmed milk
(a technique favoured by the artist
Thomas Gainsborough to fix his chalk
drawings), in order to preserve Cook’s
marks for posterity. It worked a
treat – this week, that very map,
with Cook’s marks still clear as
day, goes on show at the British
Library, where an exhibition
commemorating 250 years
since Cook first set sail on the
Endeavour, in 1768, is about to
Almost everything in it is
original material, whether
pages from the ships’ log
books, Cook’s journals,
bottled specimens of fish,
birds and insects procured
by the natural scientists on
board and some of the first
marine chronometers, used
to determine longitude. More
than half of the exhibits,
though, are drawings made by
the artists on the trip, of the
indigenous cultures that they
encountered – in many cases
for the very first time.
Cook became an Imperial
icon in the late 18th and 19th
centuries (a 1794 illustration
depicts him being lifted to heaven
by Britannia) and for a long time
afterwards his story, enshrined
in Ladybird’s now cult 1958 series,
Adventures from History, was told and
retold to schoolchildren. He was, as
the flyleaf had it, “one of the greatest
sailors, navigators and explorers ever
to sail from the shores of England”.
That’s one version. More recently,
Cook’s reputation has come into
question. By mapping the Pacific,
it is said, he guided subsequent
generations of European visitors to
its shores, helping usher in all the ills
of colonialism. Even now, effigies of
Captain Cook are often defaced – most
recently in Melbourne, where, earlier
this year, a statue had pink paint
thrown over it.
“He’s become a symbol,” says
exhibition co-curator William Frame.
“There are a great range of views to
take into account. It’s a story which is
continually being re
a Cook
Broadcaster and
Dr Vanessa
believes that,
within the
of his day, “he
w certainly
o of the more
H journals often
how deeply
he thought about
the cultures he was
– and
the respect
he held for
them. However, has
contac with the West
in those
Cook, who was
born in 1728 in the
Yorkshire village of Marton,
first went to sea at the age of 18, on
coal ships in the North Sea. By night,
he studied mathematics. Following
a spell in the Navy, during which he
learned surveying, he was marked
for advancement. When the
Royal Society was looking for a
commander for the first scientific
expedition to the Pacific, Cook
was the obvious choice.
Ostensibly at least, the
thrust of the voyage was to
observe the transit of the planet
Venus across the Sun, but
Cook was also given a sealed
packet of instructions to verify
the existence – or not – of the
Southern Continent, an imagined
land mass that cartographers felt
must exist beneath the equatorr in
order to balance the globe. The
Admiralty hoped that this vast,
undiscovered continent would
be rich in gold and spices.
Garish, gurning theatrical spin-off
Strictly Ballroom:
The Musical
Piccadilly Theatre
nly those requiring minimal
cerebral input will be
enraptured by this bewilderingly
vapid jukebox musical. It is so lacking
in substance that it almost makes its
predecessor at this theatre, Annie, look
like the Ring Cycle by comparison.
Strictly Ballroom feeds off the carcass
of the stylish 1992 rom-com that
launched the career of Australian
auteur Baz Luhrmann (and prompted
an international wave of enthusiasm for
ballroom dancing that gave us Strictly
mania). Finding surprisingly little to
chew on dramatically, it supplements
the spectacle of hard-won triumph
– and love – on the dancefloor with
cover versions of more than 20 pop
songs, many of them sung by reputedly
now-reluctant pop idol Will Young.
In a recent interview Young revealed
that he might one day go off and do
another job – like become a mechanic
– if the inclination takes him. He plays
here the specially created role of Wally
pairing of final
visionary works
Simon Rattle/LSO
Barbican Hall
By John Allison
ontinuing their exploration of
late masterpieces, Simon Rattle
and the London Symphony
Orchestra (LSO) paired the very final
works of Tippett and Mahler in a
concert that lived up to its promise as a
highlight of the season. No one who
heard the remarkable 1995 premiere of
Tippett’s The Rose Lake will have
By Dominic Cavendish
Strand, an emcee-like character who
haunts the bare-bones action. I’d bet
that in the downtime when he’s
required to watch the competitive
world whirl by for the umpteenth time,
his chart-topping hit Leave Right Now
might just play unbidden in his head.
He acquits himself admirably in
singing, sweetly and sensuously, Time
after Time, Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
and Teardrops among others, but like
the rest of the show, he’s all dressed up
with nowhere involving to go.
Where the film had novelty and
cinematographic élan, the theatrical
spin-off contents itself with an
abundance of blindingly garish
costumes and the gurning caricature of
types pushy, inept and twangingly
accented. Our would-be rule-breaking
hero Scott finds a gauche new partner
Fran to bid for championship victory; a
romantic gesture reciprocated when
she introduces him to her gruff Spanish
father who winningly tutors him in the
macho art of the paso doble.
Despite the redeeming adorability
of central pair Jonny Labey and Zizi
Strallen – and much superb, slick, lithe
choreography from Drew McOnie and
the ensemble – it feels relentlessly
manufactured and cynically feelgood.
Think Romeo + Juliet minus heart and
soul – but with fancier footwork.
countenanced missing this rare
revival. And it seemed fitting that
Sunday’s performance was given
exactly 25 years to the day since
Tippett had finished the score.
Inspired by the dusky pink waters of
Lake Retba in Senegal, The Rose Lake
is a mysterious, deeply evocative
half-hour tone poem that – despite
calling for a huge percussion section,
including a battery of rototoms –
avoids any clichés of musical tourism.
Rattle underlined its essential lyricism
and structural rigour as he traced its
arc from deep stirrings to a
transcendent shimmer and back again.
Some almost Wagnerian harmonies
suggested Retba meeting the Rhine.
A visionary composer who has
suffered woeful neglect, Tippett needs
a champion. Rattle has conducted
relatively little Tippett over the years,
but let’s hope this unlocks more: given
that audiences follow whatever he
programmes, a focus on Tippett would
significantly boost the composer’s
Mahler may need no such help, but
performances this incandescent are
few and far between. Conducting
Deryck Cooke’s “performing version”
of the Tenth Symphony – left
unfinished at the time of Mahler’s
death, it was first heard at the 1964
Proms – Rattle drew outstanding
contributions right from the opening’s
solitary, soul-searching viola lines that
were soon gathered up by the whole
orchestra in an Adagio of magnificent
anguish. This was also a tautly played
Tenth, making the sly, sideways
glances of the central Purgatorio
movement all the more effective.
But it was not all about sound, and
Rattle displayed a magnificent grasp of
the entire work’s structure. Everything
led towards the finale and a realm in
which the dying composer had already
left his characteristic funeral march
rhythms behind – replacing them with
eerie muffled drumbeats and ethereal
flute solo. Perfectly capturing the aura
of what might controversially be called
Mahler’s greatest symphony, Rattle
has surely done nothing finer since his
arrival at the LSO.
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Mahler’s Ninth on April 26;
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Lithe choreography:
Zizi Strallen as Fran,
Jonny Labey as
Scott and Will
Young as Wally in
Strictly Ballroom:
The Musical
this voyage
and his next,
not only did
Cook dispel the
myth of the Southern
Continent, but he charted
virtually the entire Pacific basin,
bringing back detailed observations
and collections of everything he and
his crew encountered.
When the Endeavour docked at
Dover, in 1771, it had more than a
thousand zoological and 30,000
botanical specimens on board, not
tto mention the range of weapons
aand costumes, and many of these
aare included in the exhibition.
By the time Cook discovered
tthe Hawaiian Islands in 1778 – on
his third voyage searching (in
vain, as it turned out) for the
North West Passage – accounts of
his voyages had been published
the world over, many of them
pirated, such was the demand.
He had been elected a fellow of
the Royal Society, and awarded
its Copley medal, its oldest and
most prestigious award. When
offered something to read while
awaiting her execution, Marie
Antoinette requested The Travels
of Captain Cook.
All that mattered not a jot to
the Hawaiians, though. He was
slain there in 1779, on Kealakekua
beach, following a fracas that
broke out when the islanders stole
his cutter (small boat). Collingridge
believes that by the end of his life, as
his general health failed, “his temper
was fraying badly”.
Lamentably, just before she died,
Cook’s wife, Elizabeth, burned
all the private letters he had sent
to her during his years at sea. His
professional public face is all that’s
left, meaning we are missing any true
sense of Cook’s character.
“We know he followed his
instructions,” says co-curator Laura
Walker (many explorers didn’t,
preferring to go in search of treasure
or fame), “and that he wanted it to
be him rather than anyone else who
proved or disproved the existence of
the Southern Continent, but though
his journals are detailed, it’s mostly
“My feeling is that he tried hard to
be a decent man with a strong moral
compass,” says Collingridge. “He was
certainly determined, meticulous and
rigorous – I’m still blown away by the
quality, scope and audacity of his work
some 250 years later.”
As part of her research for Cook’s
biography, Collingridge crewed a
replica of the Endeavour and also sailed
to the Antarctic in a modern yacht. It
was this, in the end, which gave her
the most insight: even with mod-cons
it was hard going. “To think that he
did that back in the 18th century in a
wooden ship and without a map – three
times crossing the Antarctic Circle – is
quite extraordinary.”
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Court & Social
April 24th
The Queen held a Council at 12.40
There were present: the Rt Hon
Andrea Leadsom, MP (Lord
President), the Baroness Evans of
Bowes Park (Lord Privy Seal and
Leader of the House of Lords), the
Rt Hon Christopher Grayling, MP
(Secretary of State for Transport),
and the Rt Hon Damian Hinds, MP
(Secretary of State for Education).
Mr Richard Tilbrook was in
attendance as Clerk of the Council.
The Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom,
MP, had an audience of Her
Majesty before the Council.
By command of The Queen, Mr
Alistair Harrison (Marshal of the
Diplomatic Corps) called upon His
Excellency Mr Alexander Downer
at Australia House, Strand, London
WC2, this morning in order to bid
farewell to His Excellency upon
relinquishing his appointment as
High Commissioner for the
Commonwealth of Australia in
By command of Her Majesty,
the Marshal of the Diplomatic
Corps called upon His Excellency
Dr John Naazi Oliphant at 7
Chesham Place, London SW1, later
in order to bid farewell to His
Excellency upon relinquishing his
appointment as High
Commissioner for the Kingdom of
Lesotho in London.
April 24th
The Duke of York, Colonel-in-
Chief, The Yorkshire Regiment
(14th/15th, 19th and 33rd/76th
Foot), this morning presented
Operational Service medals to the
2nd Battalion on their return from
Afghanistan, at Richmond Castle
and was received by Mr Barry
Dodd (Her Majesty’s LordLieutenant of North Yorkshire).
His Royal Highness later visited
the Green Howards Museum, 19
Church Wynd, Richmond.
The Duke of York, Patron, this
afternoon presented The Duke of
York’s Community Initiative
awards in Sheffield Cathedral and
was received by Mr Andrew
Coombe (Her Majesty’s LordLieutenant of South Yorkshire).
His Royal Highness this
evening attended the United
Kingdom - Papua New Guinea
Trade and Investment Forum at
Gibson Hall, 13 Bishopsgate,
London EC2.
The Duke of York afterwards
gave a Dinner for the Hon Allen
Chastanet (Prime Minister of Saint
Lucia) at Boulestin, 5 St James’s
Street, London SW1.
April 24th
The Earl of Wessex, Chairman of
the Board of Trustees, The Duke
of Edinburgh’s International
Award Foundation, this morning
held a Meeting.
His Royal Highness, Past
Master, the Worshipful Company
of Gardeners, this afternoon held a
The Earl of Wessex, Patron, the
National Youth Theatre of Great
Britain, subsequently attended a
rehearsal of the Fall at 443-445
Holloway Road, London N7.
His Royal Highness, Patron,
Tennis and Rackets Association, this
evening attended a Dinner on the
occasion of the Real Tennis World
Championships, The Queen’s Club,
Palliser Road, London W14.
The Countess of Wessex this
in the Clergy
Dr J.M. Handley and
Miss A.M.D. Davey
The engagement is announced
between Jonathan, elder son of
Denis and Isabelle Handley, of
Cape Town, South Africa, and
Alexandra, youngest daughter of
Jeremy and Hilary Davey, of
Slapton, south Devon.
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Mr J. Finnie and
Miss R. de la Rue
The engagement is announced
between Joshua, son of Mr G.
Finnie and Mrs S. Woods, and
Rose, daughter of Mr and Mrs
Colin de la Rue, of Woodbridge,
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Mr J.W.H. Hooper and
Miss O.F. Boswell
The engagement is announced
between James, son of Mr David
Hooper, of Ilketshall Saint
Margaret, Suffolk, and Mrs Alison
Venn, of Dulwich, London, and
Olivia, daughter of Mr and Mrs
Peter Boswell, of Salisbury,
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Police Service
Parliamentary Scheme
The annual Graduation Dinner of
the Police Service Parliamentary
Scheme was held last night at the
House of Commons. Sir Neil
Thorne, Founder and Chairman,
was the host. Presentations were
made to graduates and Sir Mike
Penning, MP, Ms Yvette Cooper,
MP, Chairman, Home Affairs
Select Committee, Ms Louise
Haigh, MP, Shadow Minister for
Policing, Ms Cressida Dick,
Commissioner, Metropolitan
Police, Ms Sara Thornton,
Chairman, National Police Chiefs'
Council, Lord Wakeham and Lord
Taylor of Holbeach also spoke.
Legal news
Mr Ian Taylor has been appointed
a District Judge, deployed to the
Western Circuit, based at Truro
County Court, with effect from
May 1, 2018.
Ms Joanne Elizabeth Hirst has
been appointed a District Judge
(Magistrates’ Courts) deployed to
the North Eastern Circuit, based at
Doncaster Magistrates’ Court, with
effect from May 21, 2018.
Mr Thomas Henry Church has
been appointed a Salaried Judge of
the Upper Tribunal, assigned to
the Administrative Appeals
Chamber, from May 21, 2018.
The Ven Moira Astin,
Archdeacon of Reigate
(Southwark), to be also asst
archdeacon of Croydon (same dio);
Revv Susan Jane Binks, asst c,
Kirkdale w Harome, Nunnington
and Pockley (York), to be v,
Kirkdale w Harome, Nunnington
and Pockley (same dio); Chris
Bradish, c, The Resurrection,
Alton (Winchester), to be c, Holy
Trinity, Brompton (London); Carl
Carter, asst c, Millom, Furness
(Carlisle), to be assoc p, Millom
(same dio); Andrew Chrich, i,
Trumpington (Ely), to be i, Christ
Church w St John and St Saviour,
Highbury (London); Alan
Comfort, r, Standon and the
Mundens w Sacombe (St Albans),
to be i, St John the Evangelist,
Upper Holloway (London).
Bridge news
Four regional finals of the Garden
Cities teams championship (club
teams of 8 from each English
county association) have taken
place, writes Julian Pottage,
Bridge Correspondent. Winners
and other qualifiers for the
National final in June in Solihull
are as follows:
Bradford: 1st Manchester,
Manchester, 67 VPs (David
Debbage, Michael Newman,
Andrew Woodcock, Catherine
Draper, Edward Levy, Robert
Myers, John Hassett, Jeff Morris);
2nd Deva, Merseyside and
Cheshire, 56 VPs.
Bristol: 1st Petersfield,
Hampshire and Isle of Wight, 109
VPs (Lilias Lamont, Andrew Doye,
Gabriel Hearst, Mike Kinsey, Mike
Fithyan,Tony Truluck, Steve
Preston, James Clark); 2nd Bristol,
Avon, 97 VPs.
Peterborough: 1st Welwyn
Garden City, Hertfordshire, 106
VPs (Mark Westley, Arni
Anidjar-Romain, Jill Mumford,
John Eyre, Jeff Green, Bill Gordon,
Roy Button, Karima Basse); 2nd
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
and Huntingdonshire, 104 VPs.
Richmond: 1stTunbridge Wells,
Kent, 86 VPs (Espen Erichsen,
Helen Erichsen, Steve Barnfield,
Frances Connell, Jeremy Willans,
Ian Draper, Gerald Soper, Colin
Wilson); 2nd Reading, Berkshire
and Buckinghamshire, 69 VPs.
Also, the Welsh Bridge Union
Webber Cup teams of four
championship has taken place in
Mid Wales, and the winners are as
1st Patrick Murphy, Mark
Roderick, Yuan Shen and Tony
Disley, 94.08 VPs; 2nd Tony
Ratcliff, John Salisbury, Filip
Kurbalija and Diane Kurbalija,
93.76 VPs; and 3rd Alan
Stephenson, Mark Weeks, Barry
Lloyd Jones and Mike Pownall,
86.27 VPs.
morning visited Tregassow
Asparagus Farm, St Erme, Truro,
and was received by Her Majesty’s
Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall
(Colonel Edward Bolitho).
Her Royal Highness
subsequently visited the Royal
Cornwall Agricultural Association
Mobile Educational Unit at
Tregolls School, Chellow Road,
The Countess of Wessex,
President, Truro Christmas
Primestock and Produce Society,
this afternoon attended the Annual
General Meeting at Probus Village
Hall, Truro.
April 24th
The Duke of Gloucester this
morning opened the newly
renovated Eling Tide Mill
Experience, Lexby Road, Totton,
Southampton, and was received
by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant
of Hampshire (Mr Nigel Atkinson).
His Royal Highness this
afternoon opened the Advanced
Technology Centre at
Eastleigh College, Chestnut
Avenue, Eastleigh, and was
received by Professor Khalid
Aziz (Deputy Lieutenant of
The Duke of Gloucester, Vice
Royal Patron, the Almshouse
Association, later opened Lucas
Court, Melrose Gardens, Gosport,
and was received by Rear Admiral
Iain Henderson (Vice LordLieutenant of Hampshire).
April 24th
The Duke of Kent, President, All
England Lawn Tennis and
Croquet Club, today received Mr
Philip Brook (Chairman).
His Royal Highness, President,
this evening attended a Dinner at
Royal United Services Institute for
Defence and Security Studies, 61
Whitehall, London SW1.
For more details about the Royal
Family visit the Royal website at
Today’s birthdays
Sir Francis Graham-Smith,
Astronomer Royal, 1982-90, is 95;
Lord Christopher, General
Secretary, Inland Revenue Staff
Federation, 1976-88, 93; Dame
Ann Bowtell, former senior civil
servant, 80; Prof Lord Skidelsky,
political economist, 79; Sir
Michael Llewellyn-Smith,
former diplomat, 79; Dame
Veronica Sutherland, President,
Lucy Cavendish College,
Cambridge, 2001-08; former
diplomat, 79; Mr Al Pacino, actor,
78; Sir Richard Lapthorne,
Chairman, Cable and Wireless
Communications plc, 2003-16, 75;
Mr Tony Christie, singer, 75; Prof
Sir Stephen Nickell, Warden of
Nuffield College, Oxford, 2006-12,
74; Lord Justice Deeny 68; Sir
Ian McCartney, former Labour
MP, 67; Mr Paul Madden,
Ambassador to Japan, 59; the Hon
Robert Peston, Political Editor
and presenter, ITV, 58; Ms Fiona
Bruce, TV presenter, 54; Mr
Timothy Davie, Chief Executive,
BBC Worldwide and Director,
Global, 51; Mr Matthew Walker,
swimmer; Paralympic bronze
medallist, men’s 50m freestyle
SM7, London 2012, 40; Ms Rachel
Morris, Paralympic gold
medallist, rowing, single sculls,
Rio 2016; Paralympic bronze
medallist, women’s individual
cycling H 1-3, London 2012, 39;
and Mr Monty Panesar, former
England cricketer, 36.
Today is Anzac Day, which
commemorates the dead of
Australia and New Zealand in
both World Wars, and the
anniversary of the beginning of
the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915.
ROSS.—On April 20th 2018, at Glan
Clwyd Hospital, to Svetlana and Tobi,
a beautiful daughter, Elizabeth.
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ABBOTT.—Ian Hayton, 83, passed away
peacefully at home on Saturday 14th
April. Greatly missed by his wife Hilary
and much loved family. Family
cremation, followed by Memorial
Service on Tuesday 8th May at 2.30 p.m.
at Peasemore Church. Undertakers,
Camp Hopsons, Newbury.
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ASTON.—Elizabeth Mary, of St
Stephen's Road, Cheltenham, formerly
of Victoria Road, Bridgnorth, died
peacefully on 18th April 2018, aged 81.
Widow of David, loving mother of
William. Memorial Service at SS Peter
and Paul Church, Tasley, Bridgnorth,
Thursday 3rd May, 2 p.m. Flowers or
donations for 'Great Ormond Street
Hospital Charity'. Enquiries: Perry and
Phillips F/D, tel: 01746 765255.
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BLAKE.—Dr David Hendry. Peacefully
in hospital on 16th April, aged 89 years.
Service and Cremation at Lodge Hill
Crematorium, Birmingham on
Wednesday 2nd May 2018 at 2.30 p.m.
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CHANDLER.—Monica Jill Neil, dearly
beloved mother of Catherine, Toby and
Sophie, widow of Robert Thomas
Mitchell Chandler Cdr (Rtd) RAN.
Requiescat in pace. Cremation at 10 a.m.
on 3rd May at Mortlake Cemetery.
Interment at St Mary's Church,
Balcombe at a later date. No flowers but
donations to NSPCC or WWF.
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After a very heavy bombardment, the enemy attacked VillersBretonneux this morning with two divisions, and as I write a battle
is in progress. His troops have not advanced far, but seem to be in
the outskirts of the village. Villers-Bretonneux is that village, on
the ridge south-east of Amiens which I have described several
times lately after seeing it fiercely shelled by high explosives and
gas. It is a place of some size, where we used to have a corps headquarters and administrative offices, but for the last two weeks or
more it has gradually been smashed and ruined under the enemy’s
fire, and is now seen as a line of fretted walls and broken buildings
on the high ground above the Somme, with clouds of yellowish gas
floating about it. It is an important position in reference to Amiens
and its capture was the definite objective of the enemy this morning, including the ground beyond it, making a total depth of
advance of four or five kilometres should they succeed.
They also intended to take the village of Cachy, on the road
from Villers-Bretonneux to Boves, which is on the River Avre,
south-east of Amiens. I was in Boves yesterday afternoon,
when all was fairly quiet except for harassing fire and counter-battery work in the neighbourhood until about four
o’clock, when a heavy bombardment began on both sides. For
some days our field batteries about that ground have been
severely engaged, and the enemy’s artillery has searched for
them continually in order to knock out guns and gunners, as
I heard yesterday from one of our gunner officers as he sat on
his kit outside a small tent in a little orchard laden with blossom on the edge of this zone of fire. He went up, not knowing
that before the night passed he would be in the midst of
another battle.
Today the German bombardment broke loose in all its fury at
about three o’clock this morning, and lasted until something like
a quarter to seven, when those two divisions of infantry advanced
upon Villers-Bretonneux and Cachy from Harvard Wood and
Marcelcave and ground below Warfusée. They were the 4th
Guards Division, who have already been heavily engaged twice in
these recent battles, and are now in for the third time, with the 77th
Division, recently from Russia and not before in action on this
front. They are mostly Rhinelanders and Westphalians, with
groups of Alsatians. The Guards, after their heavy losses, have
received fresh drafts from Berlin.
At the same time as this attack was launched this morning a
third German division, the 13th, made up also of Westphalian
troops, attacked the French near Castel, southwards of us,
gaining a footing for a time [before] the French troops pivoted from the right and threw them back.
On our front the enemy used Tanks for the first time in this offensive, though there have been many reports that he was about to do
so. But these were seen beyond all doubt – three of them advancing
with German infantry down the road to Cachy and Domart.
HEALE.—Gillian Rosemary sadly passed
away peacefully on 15th April 2018, aged
89. Much loved mother, grandmother
and great grandmother. Funeral Service
at St Mary's Church, Saffron Walden on
4th May at 1 p.m. Family flowers only.
Donations, if desired, to Cancer
Research UK c/o Funeral Directors:
Peasgood & Skeates, Shire Hill, Thaxted
Road, Essex CB11 3AQ.
Online ref: A223718
HILTON.—May Edith MBE, peacefully
on 16th April 2018, in Red Roofs
Residential Home, Newark, aged 100
years. May devoted most of her working
life to Barnardo’s and was a great
influence and valued member of the
‘Barnardo’s family’. Funeral Service at
Grantham Crematorium on Thursday
26th April at 4.30 p.m. Donations, in lieu
of flowers, for Barnardo’s may be sent to
E Gill & Sons Ltd Funeral Directors, 55
Albert Street, Newark, Notts NG24 4BQ.
Online ref: 552786
HINVES.—(née Davison). Joan Ethel.
Passed away peacefully in Worthing
Hospital on 19th April 2018, aged 99. A
much loved mother of Carol and Sandra,
grandmother and great-grandmother.
Widow of Major George Hinves R.A. and
Foreign Office. She will be sadly missed
by all her family and friends. Funeral
Service to take place at 1.30 p.m. on
Friday 11th May 2018, at St. Margaret’s
Church, Angmering. Family flowers only
please and for all enquiries, please
contact Ian Hart Funeral Service Ltd.,
92-94 Broadwater Street West,
Worthing, BN14 9DE. Tel: 01903 206299.
Online ref: 552790
KENT.—Jenifer (née Pinion), beloved
wife of the late Roy, mother to Carol,
Christopher, Sara, Julie, David and
Helen, and beloved granny, great granny
and great great granny to many, died
peacefully in her sleep at home on 15th
March 2018, aged 89. Jenifer was dearly
loved and is sadly missed. Cremation and
Service to be held on 11th May at
Chelmsford Crematorium 11.30 a.m. and
United Reform Church Billericay
1.30 p.m. No flowers please, donations, if
desired, to Home Farm Trust or St.
Luke's Hospice.
Online ref: A223719
LLOYD.—James Edward. Died aged 50,
in the oncology unit of Cheltenham
Hospital on 18th April. Son of Tom and
the late Frances Lloyd. Partner to Amey
and father to Thomas, Rebecca and
Elizabeth. Stepfather to Jade and Alex.
Brother to Charles and Edward. Funeral
Service will take place at St. Lawrence
Church, Weston under Penyard near
Ross on Wye, HR9 7QA on Thursday 3rd
May at 1.30 p.m. Flowers or donations
for Melanoma UK to William Bevan,
Funeral Directors. Tel: 01989 562092.
Online ref: 552769
MALTBY.—Christopher Edward
MI MechE died on 17th April, aged 79.
Beloved husband of Mary. After a long
battle with cancer borne with stoicism.
He will be greatly missed by family and
friends. A lovely gentleman. The
Service will be at Surfleet Crematorium,
PE11 4AA on Thursday 10th May 2018
at 3 p.m. No flowers. Donations, if
desired, for Medical Detection Dogs
may be given at the service or sent to
Morriss & Haynes, 34 Fleet Street,
Holbeach, Spalding, Lincs, PE12 7AF.
Tel: 01406 425225.
Online ref: 552778
McKIE.—William Erskine (Willie),
suddenly at home on 20th April aged 85.
Beloved husband of the late Daldie,
devoted father of Ian and Kate, brother
of Alison and loving grandfather to
James, Georgie, Emma and Euan.
Funeral at Gatehouse of Fleet Parish
Church, DG7 2LF, on 30th April at 11 a.m.
Family flowers only, donations to
Gatehouse of Fleet Surgery and/or
Gatehouse of Fleet Drop-in Centre, c/o
Stanley Grieve, Carneys, Gatehouse of
Fleet, DG7 2JE.
Online ref: 552793
SIDDALL.—Valerie (née Trouton), aged
84, died after a long illness on 19th April.
Beloved and loving wife of the late Dave.
Much loved sister, aunt, cousin and
friend. Private cremation. Enquiries to
Donald MacDonald Funeral Directors
Ltd. Tel: 01546 602226.
Online ref: 552768
THOMPSON.—Margôt Veronica
(née Baron) died peacefully at home on
Good Friday, 30th March aged 89.
Dearly loved widow of Stuart and
mother of Amanda and Genevieve
(deceased). Funeral Service on Monday
30th April at 1.30 p.m. at Reading
Crematorium, All Hallows Road,
Caversham, Reading, RG5 4LP. No black
ties and no flowers please. Donations, if
desired to: HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust
can be made via
All enquiries to A.B Walker. Tel: 0118
Online ref: 552787
THOMSON.—Captain Martyn Hugh, 69,
passed away peacefully on 14th April. He
is survived by his wife, Padoong
Thomson; daughter, Samantha Jane;
son, Alexander John; son, Suwan 'Noo';
son, Jonathon Nopphon; grandson,
Jacob Edward; grandson, Merlin Phi.
You will always be in our hearts. Funeral
Service at All Hallows Church, South
Cerney on Saturday 28th April at
2.30 p.m. Family flowers only please,
donations if wished to Cirencester
Hospital League of Friends c/o A Slade &
Son, 35 Dyer Street, Cirencester GL7
2PP. Tel: 01285 656336.
Online ref: 552795
VINES.—Anne (née Malden), passed
away peacefully after a short illness on
15th April, aged 94. Dearly loved wife of
the late Eric Stanley, she will be sadly
missed by Susan, Carol and Jonathan, by
her sister Judy and by her 6
grandchildren and 11 greatgrandchildren. Family Funeral at
Mintlyn Crematorium at 12.15 p.m. on
Tuesday 15th May. No flowers, but
donations to the RNIB may be sent
to John Lincoln, 40 Greevegate,
Hunstanton, PE36 6AG. Memorial
Service at St Nicholas Church, New
Romney at 12 noon on Thursday 19th
July and afterwards at Littlestone Golf
Online ref: 552766
KNOW THEN in your heart that as a
parent disciplines a child so the LORD
your God disciplines you. Therefore
keep the commandments of the LORD
your God, by walking in his ways and by
fearing him.
Deuteronomy 8.5-6
WEBLIN.—Harold, died peacefully,
aged 88, at Acton with his wife at his
side. Loving husband of June and Rita,
much loved father of Keith and Giles,
and grandfather of Sebastian, Garratt,
Joshua, Francesca and Helena. Harry
was Manager of Way In at Harrods and
Chairman of Liberty. He was a fantastic
leader as well as being a great husband,
Dad and Grandad, we will miss him very
much. Family flowers only, donations to
Harefield Heart unit via HAVEN Funeral
Services, 13 The Broadway W3 8HR.
Tel: 020 8993 8040.
Online ref: A223715
WILLIAMS.—Brian John died
peacefully in Dorset on 17th April 2018,
aged 88. Much loved father and
grandfather. Thanksgiving Service on
Friday 27th April 11 a.m. Gussage St
Michael All Saints Church.
Online ref: A223717
In memoriam
GIDDENS.—Rfmn Leonard, DOW 25th
April 1918, joining brothers Spr Ernest
September 1916, and Rfmn Frank March
1917, uncles we never knew, and father
Sgt Hector (Harry) RAOC BEM June
1954, remembered by Marjorie and Ron.
Online ref: A223428
JEAN SLATER - Congratulations!
Today marks your 35th year with The
Telegraph. Thank you for all your hard
work, loyalty and dedication. With very
best wishes from all your friends and
colleagues, past and present! Cheers.
Online ref: 551606
many, many favours received. KR.
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The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018
John Stride
Maggie Stredder
Stride (1981), and,
right, with Judi
Dench in a
rehearsal of
Romeo and Juliet
at the Old Vic
(1960), in which,
a critic observed,
‘they maintained
tactile, fingertip
contact until the
very last second
of their balconyscene parting’
Stride’s stage career had started
with his “handsome, moody, sweet
and intelligent” Romeo to Judi
Dench’s equally acclaimed Juliet in
Franco Zeffirelli’s famous “sunbaked” revival of Romeo and Juliet
at the Old Vic (1960-61), the most
sensational production of that year.
The couple were so “desperately
smitten”, the critic Michael
Billington remarked, “that they
maintained tactile, fingertip
contact until the very last second of
their balcony-scene parting.” His
earlier performance as Brother
Martin to Barbara Jefford’s Saint
Joan at the Old Vic had prompted
another critic to enthuse: “The
speaker who can so charge a line
with the electricity of acting is one
to watch and cherish.”
One of five children of a
mechanic, John Edward Stride
was born in South Norwood on
July 11 1936 and won scholarships
to Alleyn’s School, where he began
acting, and (much against parental
wishes) to Rada.
He made his professional debut
at Liverpool Playhouse in 1957 as
Jimmy Porter in Look Back In
Anger, and made his first West End
appearance in John Gielgud’s
production of Peter Shaffer’s first
OHN STRIDE, the actor,
who has died aged 81, did
distinguished stage work
with the Old Vic Company
and the National Theatre
in its heyday under
Laurence Olivier before making a
name on television.
He starred in the drama series
The Main Chance (ITV, 1969-75) as a
ruthless, ladykilling lawyer who
undergoes a transformation after
moving from London to Leeds. He
was a lecherous self-made
businessman in Fay Weldon’s
Growing Rich (ITV, 1992); and the
promiscuous, pub-crawling writer,
broadcaster and professional
Welshman Alun Weaver in the
BBC’s adaptation of Kingsley Amis’s
Booker prize-winning novel The
Old Devils (also 1992).
What Stride possessed was an
arresting presence, youthful good
looks, a clarion voice and naughtyboyish charm. Even in his sixties,
when his self-assurance led him to
declare: “I come from a generation
of actors of very big talents who
were destroyed by drink, but my
talent is surviving with a regular
consumption of good quality
whisky and wine”, Stride never
lost his sense of humour.
Or his pride in having, from the
outset, turned down Hollywood:
“I took advice from Rock Hudson
and Paul Newman. They told me
in no uncertain terms where the
contracts should be stuck.”
Not that such advice inhibited
his parallel ventures into films.
One of his better known screen
roles was that of the psychiatrist in
The Omen (1976), shot in Britain; he
also portrayed a Guards officer in
A Bridge too Far (1977); a Scotland
Yard inspector in the police
thriller Brannigan (1975), starring
John Wayne as a Chicago detective
sent to London; and Ross in
Roman Polanski’s Macbeth (1971).
play, Five Finger Exercise
(Comedy, 1959), taking over from
Brian Bedford as the adolescent
son waiting to go to university.
Later that year, Stride joined the
Old Vic as Silvius to Moyra Fraser’s
Audrey in As You Like It; the Duke
of Aumerle to John Justin’s
Richard II and the lively Chorus to
Donald Houston’s Henry V in
1960. Reviewing Stride in
Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet,
Kenneth Tynan declared that the
Old Vic had “done nothing better
for a decade”; no one doubted, he
wrote, that the reason for the
delay in this Romeo’s leave-taking
from Juliet was “sheer, newly
wedded exhaustion”.
The production toured the
world, including the United States,
where on Broadway Stride played
Malcolm in Macbeth and costarred with Susan Strasberg in
The Lady of the Camellias. By then
he had added Lysander to his Old
Vic repertoire, in A Midsummer
Night’s Dream; Prince Hal in Henry
IV, Part 1; and a refreshingly
humorous Gratiano in The
Merchant Of Venice.
After acting with Gielgud in
Jerome Kilty’s The Ides Of March
(Haymarket, 1963), Stride was
invited by Olivier to his new
National Theatre at the Old Vic. In
its inaugural production later that
year, Stride played Fortinbras to
Peter O’Toole’s Hamlet.
He went to Moscow and Berlin
with the National in 1965 as Cassio
to Olivier’s Othello and Valentine
in Love for Love. Back at the Old
Vic, in the premiere of Rosencrantz
and Guildenstern Are Dead (Old
Vic, 1967) Stride as Rosencrantz
gave what one reviewer called a
“masterly” display of pointlessness,
bringing out the sadness of “a
rather pathetic simpleton whom an
insurance company would class as
He then took over two parts
from Anthony Hopkins – Audrey
in Clifford Williams’s all-male
revival of As You Like It and Andrei
in Olivier’s production of The
Three Sisters. He also won
approval for his “rough-hewn”
Edward II to Geraldine McEwan’s
blowsy harridan of a Queen in
Brecht’s version of Marlowe’s play.
Leaving the National, Stride
went on to partner Eileen Atkins
in Marguerite Duras’ Suzanna
Andler (Guildford, 1971) and
Vanessa Redgrave in Noël
Coward’s Design for Living
(Phoenix, 1973).
Among his other notable
television credits were the title
role in Shakespeare’s Henry VIII
(1979); Diamonds (1981), a series
about a diamond merchant;
Lytton’s Diary (1986); and The Trial
of Klaus Barbie in 1987.
He married, first, the actress
Virginia Thomas (dissolved), and,
in 1972, the actress April Wilding,
who predeceased him in 2003.
Two daughters from his first
marriage, and another from his
second, survive him.
John Stride, born July 11 1936,
died April 20 2018
Ivan Mauger
Six times speedway world champion who was the most celebrated star of the sport’s heyday
champion Jack Young, he sailed
again for Britain. His successes
over the next decade in this
country helped popularise the
sport, as the number of circuits
leapt from about half a dozen in
the 1950s to 37. By 1972, more than
a third of a million spectators each
week watched speedway – second
only to football – as well as a
substantial television audience.
Young had told Mauger that the
rider who won the world title was
not the fastest but the one who
conserved his bike the best over
the five races in the final.
The event was then organised
as a knockout event over several
rounds, and Mauger reached his
first final in 1966, riding for the
Newcastle Diamonds. He came
fourth, but two years later claimed
his first championship, winning all
five races.
Having moved to Manchester’s
Belle Vue Aces, between 1968 and
1970 he won three consecutive
titles, the only rider to have done
so. Forty thousand would cheer
him on at Hyde Road, and when he
won the championship in Poland in
1970, he was watched by 130,000.
Two American fans bet him he
would not achieve the hat-trick,
and when he did they had his bike
gold-plated at a cost of $500,000.
It is now in Canterbury Museum,
New Zealand.
In Manchester, he was a
neighbour of George Best, with
Mauger (1980):
‘Most people don’t
set a goal. I always
set a goal: I wanted
to be world
VAN MAUGER, who has died
aged 78, was the only person
to have won six speedway
World Championships and
was often hailed as the greatest
rider in the history of the sport.
A New Zealander, he arrived at
Tilbury docks in 1956 as a 17-yearold accompanied by his wife Raye,
who was a year younger. “We
were kids then,” he recalled, “and
we were bloody fearless.” Inspired
by the feats of his fellow Kiwis,
Ronnie Moore and Barry Briggs,
both recent world champions, he
hoped to emulate them in the
home of speedway.
“Most people don’t set a goal,”
he observed. “I always set a goal: I
wanted to be world champion.” At
first the couple struggled,
although Mauger found work
helping to cut the grass at the
Plough Lane stadium, Wimbledon.
They could only afford to rent a
one-bedroom flat nearby, and
when Raye had their first child she
and their daughter had to return
home, as Mauger could not afford
to keep them all.
“I never saw or spoke to them in
eight months because we didn’t
have phones,” he recalled. “Kids
today have it easy.” The separation
drove him harder, but he could not
find a berth with a team and in 1958
went back himself to New Zealand.
Five years later, having worked
in a nylon factory, and fired by
advice from the Australian
whom he would socialise –
“although George stayed out later,
of course”. Mauger was a
passionate anti-smoker and it was
his ruthless professionalism and
attention to detail that made him
consistently victorious.
He claimed that “having three
kids when under 21” made him
hungry for success, but although
his adoption of colourful leathers
helped make him a star on
television, he was admired rather
than liked by fans and fellow
riders. He was stoned at Swindon
and booed at Wolverhampton.
“I never set out to be unpopular
but if winning is unpopular, I
would take winning every time,”
he said. He thrived on
psychological pressure and used it
to unnerve opponents. Mauger
estimated that 99 riders died over
the span of his career, but he was
not averse to forcing unwary rivals
off the cinders: “I took his legs and
wheel and he ended up like a
trussed-up turkey by the pit
gates,” he said of one incident.
Following another world title in
1972, Mauger moved to the Exeter
Falcons in 1973, won a fourth
world final in 1977 and his last in
1979, when with the Hull Vikings.
He claimed numerous other
individual and team titles, before
retiring in 1986, although he still
rode for fun into his seventies. “He
was the Pele of speedway,” said
Speedway New Zealand in tribute.
Ivan Gerald Mauger was born
on October 4 1939 in
Christchurch, New Zealand, and
grew up in its workaday suburb,
Woolston. He was an all-round
athlete as a schoolboy, but already
his idols were Moore and Briggs,
both of whom came from
Christchurch, and he never
finished his education.
He got his first licence at 14 by
lying about his age and was soon
riding at the city’s Aranui track. By
16, having worked as delivery boy
for a chemist, he owned his first
bike. “Everyone thought I had
wealthy parents,” he said, “but for
three years I never bought an ice
cream, a Coca-Cola or anything like
that.” In 1957, he married the
British-born Raye, whom he met
on a bus, and both took two jobs to
earn their passage to the UK.
Mauger, who was appointed
OBE in 1976 and MBE in 1989,
worked as a promoter after
retiring, but having lost £1 million
in the Lloyd’s insurance market in
the early 1990s, he bounced back
running training schools. Latterly
he had suffered from dementia
and last year his memorabilia was
auctioned for £2.7 million.
Raye survives him, together
with their son and two daughters.
Ivan Mauger, born October 4
1939, died April 16 2018
Monika Apponyi
Interior designer who forged a reputation around the world with her eye for tradition and comfort
interior designer who
has died from cancer
aged 72, combined
creative talent with an eye for
detail, hard work, efficiency and
plain dealing that over 30 years
brought her commissions from
around the world and earned her
the regard of professionals in her
Known principally for her work
in private houses, she undertook
projects all over Europe, as well as
on the East Coast of America.
Rooms she created were featured
in journals and books about
interior design and won awards.
“Grand but not pompous,
classical but not stiff, comfortable
but not fussy or overcrowded,” is
how one commentator described
her style. Sensitive to trends, she
adapted readily from the opulent
interiors of 1980s taste to the
sharper and less elaborate look
that followed.
Whatever the mood she sought
to conjure, she achieved it with an
eye to tradition and comfort, often
with continental accents.
She was meticulous in the
preparation of presentations and
estimates for clients, and once a
general idea had been established
she worked best when she was left
to immerse herself in the details of
a project and to get on with the job
without too much interference.
Where a less thorough designer
might, say, provide a joiner with a
photograph of the kind of
bookcases desired for a particular
space, Monika Apponyi would
produce precise drawings of
exactly the bookcases she wanted.
Her underlying aim, she said,
was to make a house work for the
client; and while relishing the
creative side, she also enjoyed
dealing with builders and artisans.
She was born Monika Luger on
August 13 1945 at Bad Goisern,
Austria, the elder child and only
daughter of Alfred Luger, a soldier
turned businessman, and his wife
Helga (née Steinert). She attended
schools in Goisern and Vienna
and, for a year on exchange,
She recalled that as a child she
wanted to be an interior designer
and was always fiddling around
with her room. Interior design as
an occupation was then all but
unheard of in Austria and her
father doubted if Monika could
make a career of it.
In 1969 she married Count
Alfred Apponyi de Nagy-Appony,
and over the next decade lived in
Vienna, Frankfurt and London. In
Monika Apponyi
poses during a
photoshoot for a
magazine; one of
her designs won an
award from House
& Garden
London, by now a mother, she
attended the Inchbald School of
Design and in 1979 established
Double Décor, her first company.
Her first commission was a flat
in Montague Square, in the
Marylebone area of London, with
a budget of £30,000. She set out
to prove her worth. “I did my
absolute best,” she said. “I worked
myself to death.” The result was a
happy client and a business that
took off.
During a spell in Frankfurt she
set up, in partnership with Bergit
(“Mausi”) Countess Douglas, MM
Design, the name of her practice
from that time on. She returned to
London in the mid-1980s and in
time earned a place in House &
Garden’s list of top 100 designers.
Two years running, in 1990 and
1991, rooms she created for the
British Interior Design Exhibition
in London were voted Favourite
Room by the visiting public.
This was all the more
remarkable given the contrasting
moods of the two rooms: in 1990, a
sumptuous red sitting-room with
velvets, silk damask and antique
textiles; in 1991, a bedroom of
startling lightness and restraint.
The bedroom also won an award
from House & Garden.
After her marriage ended,
Monika Apponyi met Henry von
Eichel, who ran a hops business in
America. They married in 2004.
After living between Washington
DC and Europe, in 2009 they
settled in an old house by the
Irrsee in Austria.
In 2007 Monika Apponyi was
joined at MM Design by her
daughter Geraldine. Together,
they edited the book Living in
Style London (2012).
Kind, generous and steadfast in
friendship, Monika Apponyi could
on occasion be fierce. To get into a
conversation with her about
politics or, worse, politicians, was
not for the faint-hearted.
Henry von Eichel died in 2012.
Monika Apponyi’s daughter, her
son, Alexander, and three stepchildren survive her. A younger
son died in infancy.
Monika Apponyi, born August 13
1945, died February 25 2018
who has died
aged 82, was the
most striking member
of the Vernons Girls,
choreographed singers
recruited by the social
committee of the Liverpool
football pools company
Vernon’s; they became
fixtures on Oh Boy!, the
1950s ITV pop extravaganza.
After the ensemble broke
up in 1961, Maggie Stredder
formed the Ladybirds,
an all-purpose trio who
were heard on recordings,
advertising jingles and lightentertainment television
shows for decades.
Margaret Elizabeth
Stredder was born at
Birkenhead, Merseyside,
on January 9 1936, the
youngest of two children
born to John Stredder,
a shipbuilder, and his
wife Cissie. After leaving
Birkenhead High School
Academy in 1952, she
obtained a secretarial post
with the council. Although
not especially musical, she
responded to a newspaper
advertisement by Vernon’s
seeking members for its allfemale choir, which focused
chiefly on traditional
material such as Now is
the Month of Maying and
Nymphs and Shepherds,
showbiz standards and
items from musicals.
The Vernons Girls’
appearances soon included
performances on Come
Dancing and The Eamonn
Andrews Show, whose host
wrote sleeve notes to the
group’s eponymous album
in 1958. After appearances
on Six-Five Special, the
first national show aimed
at teenagers, they were
retained for Oh Boy!, which
was dominated by audience
displays of pop hysteria.
Maggie Stredder, who
wore impressive hornrimmed spectacles before
the cameras, soon became
known as “the girl with
the glasses”. Before Oh Boy!
ended in May 1959 she had
amassed her own celebrity
and was therefore wellplaced to function with Jean
Ryder as half of the Two
Tones for bookings at US air
force bases in Germany and
then a Max Bygraves show.
In 1962, Maggie Stredder
formed the Ladybirds. Their
work included backing
Eurovision Song Contest
entries by Sandie Shaw
and Olivia Newton-John;
Jimi Hendrix’s Hey Joe
on Top of the Pops; a solo
album by John Entwistle of
The Who; Discolongamax
by Max Bygraves; and in
2005 the companion CD
to Mark Wirtz’s book Love
is Eggshaped. There were
Handsome, clarion-voiced actor who shone on television and at the Old Vic and National theatres
Singer who worked with both
Benny Hill and Jimi Hendrix
‘The girl with the glasses’
shots at the hit parade
in their own right and a
1977 album containing
arrangements of current
The Ladybirds were
backing vocalists on Top of
the Pops for 12 years until
superseded by the Maggie
Stredder Singers, formed in
1967 for assignments that
required a fuller sound.
With Madeline Bell and
Lesley Duncan, Maggie
Stredder also provided
the harmonies behind
Dusty Springfield during
her BBC television series
in the mid-1960s.
The Ladybirds, however,
remained her principal
concern as she balanced
her profession with
motherhood, following
her marriage in 1966 to the
television scriptwriter Roy
Tuvey. He had a hand in
The Two Ronnies, one of
many TV shows in which
the Ladybirds took part.
Others included Cilla,
Morecambe and Wise, The
Tommy Cooper Hour and
The Generation Game.
Through their input
to orchestral albums by
Ronnie Aldrich, Benny
Hill’s musical director,
the Ladybirds entered the
comedian’s orbit. As well as
participating in more than
60 episodes of Hill’s show,
they assisted him on disc,
most conspicuously on the
chart-topping Ernie (1971).
In 1989 Maggie Stredder
and the Vernons Girls came
together for The Event, a
celebration at Wembley
Arena of Cliff Richard’s
artistic life. This prompted
a more permanent reunion
of the group, who were
received with affection on
the nostalgia circuit. There
was also a latter-day career
as an after-dinner speaker
and a 2001 autobiography,
The Girl With the Glasses.
Maggie Stredder’s first
marriage was dissolved.
Her second husband, Jim
Kennedy, predeceased
her. She is survived by a
daughter and a son.
Maggie Stredder, born
January 9 1936, died
March 9 2018
Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Television & radio
Last night on television Rupert Hawksleyy
What to watch
Rick and Marty aren’t the
only ones who think that
there’s a chance that it
could still be there. GO
Heartfelt family drama
spoilt by boardroom banter 
Britain’s Fat Fight
with Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall
affecting moment came when Hannah
told her youngest sister Rose (Fiona
Button) that she had seen their father.
“Okay, Rose, you’re going to cry in a
minute,” she said, touching her
shoulder. “I saw Dad today.”
If the series moves away from the
boardroom into more domestic waters,
it could yet be very good indeed.
Knockout: Nicola Walker plays an indomitable divorce lawyer in Abi Morgan’s ‘The Split’
t shouldn’t come as any great
surprise to discover that Abi
Morgan has written another
compelling, richly textured
female character. Almost all of
her work – for stage and screen
– is built around a strong, female lead:
pioneering TV producer Bel Rowley
(Romola Garai) in The Hour; political
activist Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan)
in Suffragette; and perhaps most
memorable of all, Margaret Thatcher
(Meryl Streep) in The Iron Lady.
Morgan’s new, six-part series,
The Split (BBC One), focuses on an
emotionally bruised, strung out
divorce lawyer called Hannah Stern,
immaculately portrayed by Nicola
Walker. Hannah is a fractured mess
of contradictions – ruthless and fragile;
driven but exhausted – all zipped up
in an expensive dress.
Walker’s performance in the
opening episode was remarkably
moving – especially so given how little
help she got from a loose script packed
with cliché and legal jargon. “She’s not
officially an ex wife until the decree
absolute is in,” Hannah said at one
point, as she raced around the office.
Instead we had to rely on Walker’s
facial expressions to give us clues
about Hannah’s state of mind. Her
anxious half-smiles, twitching eyes
and short stabs of breath hinted at a
woman on the brink.
She recently quit Defoe’s, the family
law firm run by her mother (Deborah
Findlay), in order to work for a rival.
By way of proving how cut-throat the
legal profession is, Hannah’s younger
sister Nina (Annabel Scholey), who
also works for Defoe’s, stole a wealthy
client right from under her nose.
Hannah also had a young family to
juggle and a flighty-looking husband
(Stephen Mangan) to keep an eye on.
“I’m tired of being the one relied
upon, counted on,” she confided to her
mother in a rare unguarded moment.
The question, though, is whether a
knockout performance can sustain a
series that, on this evidence at least,
looks pretty humdrum. If divorce law
is to be interesting, then we need to
care about the people involved. And,
frankly, I didn’t care one jot about the
clients in the first episode: a wealthy
businessman and a man-child
comedian. Which leaves us with what?
Glass offices, corporate types in suits
sipping coffee, and lines such as “the
continued separation between my
client and his son compounds a
growing parental alienation”.
There is some hope, though. The
key series plot point appears to be the
return of Hannah’s father (Anthony
Head), who walked out on the family
three decades previously. The most
oor old Rick Edwards. This is
surely not what he had in mind
when he pursued a career in
television. During Fatberg Autopsy:
Secrets of the Sewers (Channel 4), the
presenter was lowered into a drain in
central London, where he waded
through raw sewage, gagged a bit, and
then came face to face with a fatberg.
Beats working on T4, I suppose.
No, I’m being unfair. Edwards was
actually great company in this bizarre
documentary, which was, in essence,
an hour of looking at human waste.
For the uninitiated, a fatberg is a
congealed lump of non-biodegradable
matter, made up of things we flush
down the loo or pour down the sink,
such as wet wipes and cooking oil.
Some fatbergs are so big – as much
as 750 metres long – that they are
blocking our sewer systems, forcing
water companies to employ a team of
“flushers” to remove them.
I admired Edwards’s willingness to
get stuck in. He knew that this was
television and embraced its comic
potential. “I feel like the Howard
Carter of s--t,” he said, as he took a
chisel to a block of fatberg.
But for all the jokes, this film also
uncovered some concerning findings.
It was discovered, for example, that
there are high levels of banned
muscle-enhancing drugs in our waste.
More worrying was the fatal bacteria,
including listeria and E coli, thriving
inside fatbergs. If these blokages aren’t
cleared, this raw sewage could flood
our homes. There is, then, plenty of
information hidden inside the fatberg
– you just have to follow your nose.
Edwards is unlikely to win any
awards for this but he nevertheless
deserves immense credit for polishing
this particular turd to a pleasing shine.
The Split ★★★
Fatberg Autopsy: Secrets of
the Sewers ★★★
The UK has the worst
eating habits in
Europe, says veteran food
campaigner Hugh
and the fallout is crippling
the NHS. In the Fifties,
just two per cent of the
population was
overweight, compared
to the 20 per cent of us
tipping the obesity
scales currently. What we
have to do, says FearnleyWhittingstall, is not just
diet and exercise, but fight
back against the tide of
high-calorie processed
food being pushed at us
from every direction.
He begins this engrossing
series by inviting children
to do a supermarket shop
without their parents.
The results are striking,
demonstrating the
influence of advertising
and how poor eating
choices take root from an
early age. There are many
other striking moments
in a show bursting with
information, revelation
and naming and shaming.
He shows how the
changing face of our high
streets has limited food
choices, and his campaign
to get 10,000 people in
Newcastle to shed a
The Assassination of
Gianni Versace: American
Crime Story
 The story comes full
circle in the final episode
of Tom Rob Smith’s gripping
drama series, to July 1997.
As Andrew Cunanan
(Darren Criss) watches the
news of Versace’s murder
break, he’s horrified to
learn that the police have
identified him as prime
suspect. GO
Britain’s Brightest Family
ITV, 8.00PM
 ITV’s family friendly
quiz show hasn’t always
been a thrill a minute but,
with victory and the holiday
of a lifetime up for grabs
tonight, expect the
competition to be fierce
as the finalists go head-to-
A hole lot of calories: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall takes on obesity
communal 100,000 lbs is
inspired. But his drive to
get WH Smith to stop, as
he says, “pushing”
with a group of strangers
living with the same
condition, to share the
bond of understanding
and explore how they
might help each other
overcome a range of fears
and anxieties. GO
ITV, 9.00PM
 More Costa comedy as
Monty (John Challis) is on
his uppers after Joyce
(Sherrie Hewson) sacks
him. And things are even
worse for Kenneth (Tony
Maudsley), who wakes up
in Blow & Go after a big
night out, only to realise
that the builders have
bricked him in. GO
MisFITs Like Us
 Another thoughtful
documentary series,
chocolate from its tills will
perhaps be what resonates
most with viewers.
Gerard O’Donovan
Top of the Shop
focusing on the isolation
and loneliness that can
come with illness or
difference. In each of three
episodes, young people
suffering from vitiligo,
scarring from burns and,
in this opener, Tourette’s
Syndrome spend time
head against Anne
Hegarty’s tough line in
questioning. GO
The Curse of
Civil War Gold
Top of the Shop with
Tom Kerridge
 Oak Island treasure
hunters Rick and Marty
Lagina embark on a new
series prompted by a Civil
War story about a troop of
Union soldiers who stole a
hoard of Confederate gold.
The loot was supposedly
smuggled north before
being lost beneath the
waves of Lake Michigan.
 Another four fledgling
craft food producers vie
to get their cheeses,
charcuterie, preserves
and breads voted best in
shop at the tiny village
store in Malhamdale,
as judges Alison Swan
Parente and Nisha Katona
dog them every step of
the way. GO
Radio choice Charlotte Runcie
The Tingle Factor:
Alan Ayckbourn
 This conversation
between the esteemed
playwright and director
Alan Ayckbourn and Robin
Ray was recorded and
broadcast in 1992 in
Ayckbourn’s Scarborough
home, and includes
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RADIO 2, 10.00PM
 One of the writers of
Peter Kay’s Car Share,
Paul Coleman, has penned
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season of brand new
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Balalaika Born Again 9.00 Grounded.
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9.15 Forest Tales. The Tale of Three
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The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018
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11.00 Drills, Dentures and
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12.00 Stonehenge: A Timewatch
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11.05 Uefa Champions
Freeview, satellite and cable
BBC Four
7.00 Police Interceptors Officers race to
stop a drink-driver heading the
wrong way up the M6 (R) (S)
7.00 Channel 4 News (S)
6.00am Cyw 11.00 Dysgu Gyda Cyw 12.00 Newyddion
S4C a’r Tywydd 12.05pm Crwydro 12.30 Y Ty Arian
1.30 Garddio a Mwy 2.00 Newyddion S4C a’r Tywydd
2.05 Prynhawn Da 3.00 Newyddion S4C a’r Tywydd
3.05 Pengelli 3.30 Tro Breizh Lyn Ebenezer 4.00 Awr
Fawr 5.00 Stwnsh 6.00 Newyddion S4C a’r Tywydd
6.05 Her yr Hinsawdd 6.30 Mwy o Sgorio 7.00 Heno
7.30 Pobol y Cwm 8.25 Wil ac Aeron: Taith Rwmania
9.00 Newyddion 9 a’r Tywydd 9.30 Elis James: Cic Lan
Yr Archif 10.00 Codi Hwyl 10.30 Galw Nain Nain Nain
11.05 - 11.40pm Cadw Cwmni gyda John Hardy
 This comedy-drama stars Cher
as Mrs Flax, a mother who regularly
moves town, and is a constant
embarrassment to her two
daughters (Winona Ryder and
Christina Ricci). After yet another
romantic disaster for Mrs Flax,
they relocate to Massachusetts
and find some semblance of family
life. Ryder in particular generates
real charisma in her role as an
alienated outsider.
Me and My Addiction
7.30 Coronation Street Imran offers
Zeedan an investment (AD) (S)
8.00 Watchdog Live The team
investigate alarming revelations
about one of the UK’s most familiar
companies (S)
The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Mermaids (1990)
A Question of Sport
FV 9 FS 107 SKY 116 VIRGIN 107
Film choice
FV Freeview FS Freesat (AD) Audio description (R) Repeat (S) Subtitles (SL) In-vision signing
League Highlights 12.05am
Teleshopping 1.05 After
Midnight 2.35 ITV
Nightscreen 4.05 The Jeremy
Kyle Show 5.00 - 6.00am
BBC Two:
No variations
ITV Wales:
6.00 - 6.30pm ITV News
Wales at Six
ITV Regions
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ITV Channel:
12.35 - 3.00am ITV
BBC One:
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FV Freeview FS Freesat (AD) Audio description (R) Repeat (S) Subtitles (SL) In-vision signing
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am The Avengers
pm Ironside
Quincy ME
The Saint
The Avengers
Cash Cowboys
Pawn Stars
Pawn Stars
River Monsters
The Motorbike Show
The Americans
Lethal Weapon
The Big Fish Off
am Minder
Bear Grylls: Mission Survive
ITV4 Nightscreen
- 6.00am Teleshopping
Premier League Own Goals 7.30 Premier
League World 8.00 Premier League
Review 9.00 Premier League World 9.30
Best PL Goals: North London Derby
10.00 The Debate 11.00 Premier League
World 11.30 Best PL Goals: Tottenham v
Chelsea 12.00 PL Best Goals 02/03
1.00am The Debate 2.00 Premier
League World 2.30 PL Greatest Games
3.00-4.00am The Debate
BT Sport 1
10.30am Live WTA Tennis. Day three of
the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in
Stuttgart 4.30pm BT Sport Goals Reload
4.45 MotoGP Rewind 5.00 The Emirates
FA Cup Highlights 5.30 Live WTA Tennis.
Day three of the Porsche Tennis Grand
Prix in Stuttgart 9.30 Michelin Le Mans
Cup Highlights 10.00 IndyCar Highlights
11.00 Irish Rally Review 11.30 UFC:
Beyond the Octagon 12.00am Live NBA.
Cleveland Cavaliers v Indiana Pacers (Tipoff 12.00am) Cleveland Cavaliers v
Indiana Pacers (Tip-off 12.00am). 2.30
NBA Reload 3.00 Serie A Show 3.30
MotoGP Rewind 3.45-4.00am BT Sport
Noon The Curse of Oak Island 2.00pm
American Pickers 3.00 Counting Cars
4.00 Storage Wars 5.30 Pawn Stars
6.00 Forged in Fire 7.00 American
Sky One
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NCIS: Los Angeles
pm Hawaii Five-0
Hawaii Five-0
NCIS: Los Angeles
Stargate SG-1
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
A League of Their Own
Premier League’s Greatest
The Force: North-East
Brit Cops: Frontline Crime
am Ross Kemp: Extreme
Most Shocking
- 4.00am Hawaii Five-0
Pickers 8.00 Storage Wars 8.30 Pawn
Stars 9.00 The Curse of Civil War Gold
See What to watch 10.00 The Curse of
Oak Island: A Family Album 11.00 The
Lowe Files 12.00 Forged in Fire 1.00am
Storage Wars 1.30 Pawn Stars 2.00
Homicide Hunter 3.00-4.00am Ancient
Sky Arts
Noon The Seventies 1.00pm
Discovering: Ava Gardner 2.00
Watercolour Challenge 2.30 The
Adventurers of Modern Art 3.30 Tales of
the Unexpected 4.00 Trailblazers: Heavy
Metal 5.00 The Seventies 6.00
Discovering: Cary Grant 7.00 Tate
Britain’s Great Art Walks 8.00 National
Treasures: The Art of Collecting 9.00
Discovering: Warren Beatty 10.00 Rodin:
In His Time 11.00 The Nineties 12.00
Phil Collins: Going Back to Detroit
1.00am Monty Python: Almost the Truth
– The BBC Lawyer’s Cut 2.15
Psychob*****s 2.45-4.30am Freddie
Mercury: The Tribute Concert
Sky Cinema Premiere
24 hours, including at:
4.15pm Gifted (2017) Drama starring
Chris Evans 6.10 Rough Night (2017)
Comedy starring Scarlett Johansson 8.00
The Dark Tower (2017) A young lad is
caught in a battle between a mysterious
Sky Atlantic
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pm Without a Trace
Blue Bloods
The West Wing
The West Wing
CSI: Crime Scene
Blue Bloods
High Maintenance
Silicon Valley
am Tin Star
Tin Star
Here and Now
- 4.05am Animals
gunslinger and a sinister sorcerer.
Fantasy adventure, starring Idris Elba
and Matthew McConaughey 9.45 Sheikh
Jackson (2017) Premiere. Drama starring
Basma 11.30 Broken Vows (2016)
Thriller starring Wes Bentley 1.15am Sky
(2015) Drama starring Diane Kruger and
Norman Reedus 3.15-5.30am American
Wrestler: The Wizard (2016) Drama
starring George Kosturos
PBS America
11.35am The Ship Sinkers 12.35pm The
Sinking of the Royal Oak 1.35 The
Aviators 2.40 Deadliest Volcanoes 3.50
The Ship Sinkers 4.50 The Sinking of the
Royal Oak 5.50 The Aviators 6.55
Deadliest Volcanoes 8.00 The Aviators
9.05 The Vietnam War 11.35 The
Aviators 12.45am The Draft 2.006.00am Teleshopping
24 hours, including at:
4.50pm Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
(1943, b/w) Murder mystery starring
Basil Rathbone 6.15 Sherlock Holmes
and the Woman in Green (1945, b/w)
Mystery starring Basil Rathbone 7.40
The Pearl of Death (1944, b/w) Sherlock
Holmes mystery starring Basil Rathbone
9.00 Exit Wounds (2001) A maverick cop
is transferred to a new precinct where he
tries to bring his corrupt colleagues to
11.00 am The Gunfight at Dodge
City (1959) Western
starring Joel McCrea
12.40 pm Robinson Crusoe on
Mars (1964) Sci-fi drama
starring Paul Mantee
2.55 Man Without a Star (1955)
Western with Kirk Douglas
4.40 Carry On Constable (1960,
b/w) Comedy with Sid James
6.25 Life of Pi (2012) Adventure
starring Suraj Sharma
9.00 Dark Places (2015) Mystery
starring Charlize Theron See
Film choice
11.15 Kill Your Friends (2015)
Drama with Nicholas Hoult
1.20 - 4.00am The Treatment
(2014) Belgian thriller
justice. Thriller, starring Steven
Seagal, Isaiah Washington and
Tom Arnold 11.05 Sherlock Holmes
(2009) Action thriller starring Robert
Downey Jr and Jude Law 1.45am
Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura
3.30-5.00am Hollywood’s Best Film
11.20am You Rang, M’Lord? 12.20pm
The Green Green Grass 1.00 As Time
Goes By 1.40 Waiting for God 2.20 Only
Fools and Horses 3.00 Last of the
Summer Wine 5.00 As Time Goes By
5.40 The Green Green Grass 6.20 Dad’s
Army 7.00 You Rang, M’Lord? 8.00 Dad’s
Army 8.45 Only Fools and Horses 9.20
Citizen Khan 10.40 Live at the Apollo
11.40 Come Fly with Me 12.20am
Citizen Khan 1.00 Vic Reeves Big Night
Out 2.05 Live at the Apollo 2.554.00am Come Fly with Me
Vintage TV
11.00am Whimsical Wednesday 1.00pm
My Mixtape 2.00 Stop ‘70s 5.00 Tune
In… To 1980 6.00 Tune In… To 1987
7.00 Tune In… To 1985 8.00 You’ve Got
The Power 9.00 Outside The Box 10.00
Focus On Manchester 10.30 Live With...
Tanita Tikaram 11.00 Indie: Indeed
12.00 The Night Shift 3.00-6.00am Neil
McCormick’s Needle Time
 This adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s
cold-case chiller, which comes
after the making of her mystery novel
Gone Girl, with Rosamund Pike and
Ben Affleck, pales in comparison.
Producer-star Charlize Theron plays
a Kansas woman still grappling with
the long-ago murders of her family.
Christina Hendricks is affecting as
her mother, but there’s not much
in the way of surprise elements and
the plot holes are gaping.
Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Weather and crosswords
Nature notes
Swansong for
the nightingale?
The National Nightingale Festival over
the next six weeks provides a rare
chance to hear the birds’ evocative call.
There are just 5,500 singing males
left in the UK, raising concerns that
their famous birdsong will disappear
from England. Campaigners say the
last bastion of the nightingale, at
Lodge Hill in Kent, is under renewed
threat as Medway council decides
whether to build 5,000 homes there.
The festival’s events include RSPB
guided walks to discover where
nightingales are singing, including
access to locations usually not open to
the public. There are also musical
nights inspired by and featuring the
song of the nightingale.
Adrian Thomas, of the RSPB, said:
“Nightingale song inspired poetry
throughout the ages and provided the
soundtrack to many summer sunsets.
But this wonderful song might one day
be lost from our countryside.”
Samantha Herbert
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