FINAL Wednesday 25 April 2018 telegraph.co.uk No 50,676 £ 1.80 Royal baby boom The three little ones sparking a £225m shopping frenzy al Ascot special fits Hats & outfits for every enclosure Fashion & Features, page 21 Fashion & Features, pages 22-23 3 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 news 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 sport 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 comment Sajid Javid I want to build more beautiful houses... not just more houses Page 18 Boris calls for illegal immigrant amnesty 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 scandal. 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 approach. 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 Continued on Page 2 CAROLYN KASTER/AP NEWS BRIEFING 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 By Ben Riley-Smith and Nick Allen Puzzles Obituaries TV listings Weather ISSN-0307-1235 9 *ujöeöu#yxc,cx* ÊÁË× 20 31 33 34 ‘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 Continued on Page 2 Editorial Comment: Page 19 EMMANUEL MACRON yesterday called for a new deal with Iran after Donald Trump criticised the current nuclear agreement as “insane” and “ridiculous”. 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 2 ** Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph News Corbyn fails to impress Jewish leaders By Harry Yorke POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT 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.” Homeowners should sell up to pay for care, says NHS chief By Simon Johnson SCOTTISH POLITICAL EDITOR 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. PA 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? Sketch h By Michael Deacon I 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? Capisce? 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. NEWS BULLETIN 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 tape. 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.” is a member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) and we subscribe to its Editors’ Code of Practice. If you have a complaint about editorial content, please visit www.telegraph. co.uk/editorialcomplaints or write to ‘Editorial Complaints’ at our postal address (see below). If you are not satisfied with our response, you may appeal to IPSO at www.ipso.co.uk. The Daily Telegraph, 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0DT *** The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018 3 News HUFFINGTON POST A still from a video film of the saboteurs walking off with Kim Richardson’s dog Cleared hunt master may sue CPS over ‘insane’ prosecution 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 court 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 would prosecute. 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. 4 ** 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 ROYAL CORRESPONDENT 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 behind. 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. Ladbrokes yesterday had Arthur at 2-1 followed by James 4-1 and Albert 5-1. The bookmakers’ odds correctly favoured George as the name for the couple’s eldest child. Two years later, Elizabeth and Charlotte were the top picks. of Cambridge, saying g it was a “great joy”. mself Speaking for himself and the Duchess of Cornwall he said: “We are both s. It is so pleased at the news. nother 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, pub with family remain members remaining tight-lipped d about the final decision. Counte The Countess of Wessex, condu who was conducting a string of engagements n near Truro, Cornt wall, said: “I’m thrilled for them lov all, it’s lovely – really good A news.” Asked about the n baby’s name, she added tactfu tactfully: “I don’t know, we’re all just going to have to wait and se see.” Offi Official celebraw tions were already unw der way, with the bells of Westminst Westminster Abbey ringfro 1pm and gun ing out from fire in London at salutes fired 2pm. Kin The King’s Troop Royal Art Horse Artillery rode out Well from Wellington Barracks Hyd Park for a into Hyde 41-round salute, and the Honourabl Artillery ComHonourable pany (HAC) (HAC), the City of LonAr don’s Army Reserve fi regiment, fired a 62-round fr gun salute from the Tower of London. Warm wish wishes were shared le by political leaders, royal adfam friends. mirers and family U Former US first lady O Michelle Obama, who 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 PA; PAUL GROVER FOR THE TELEGRAPH ‘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 commemorative china marking the arrival of the third Cambridge baby. Featuring a lion cub and unicorn, e inspired by the Royal Arms butt drawn to look s, like cuddly toys, the china is h decorated with gold ribbons, silver pom- poms and a coronet-inspired pattern. The pieces currently bear the words Cellist’s cold call turns out to be a royal appointment have the name of the new prince added later. The range includes a pillbox (£35,) tankard (£39) and plate (£49). There is also a pram-shaped decoration 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 ROYAL CORRESPONDENT 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- PA 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 Duch Duchess of Camb Cambridge. Like the official ranges celebrating th birth of the Pri Prince George and P Princess Char Charlotte, they e are expected to 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 indefinitely.” 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 amenities”. *** The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018 5 News Diplomatic chief calls revered Sikh temple the ‘Golden Mosque’ By Yohannes Lowe AFP/GETTY IMAGES 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 colleague. 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 awkward. 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 ALUCARD/FLYNET - SPLASHNEWS 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 once.” 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. 6 *** Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph ** The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018 7 News Dog walker buried alive by cliff fall ‘avalanche’ 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 horns. 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 on.” 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 patch. 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. MERCURY PRESS AND MEDIA 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 By Sarah Knapton SCIENCE EDITOR HUGE amounts of microplastics trapped within Arctic sea ice will be released into the world’s oceans with global warming, researchers have warned. 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- 12,000 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.” Antibiotic-resistant superbugs feeding on sewer fatbergs BARRY JONES/MERCURY PRESS 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 News 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 prostate. 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 45,000 The number of men each year in the UK who undergo surgery to treat an enlarged prostate 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 JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE 8 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 SCIENCE EDITOR 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 91 million days lost to depression or anxiety and stress each year anxiety or stress £26 billion cost to business through lost productivity, sickness absence and staff turnover £266 million cost to the NHS for antidepressants 300,000 people forced to leave jobs each year because of depression, 64.7 million prescriptions for antidepressants on NHS £7.5 billion total cost of depression to NHS £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 treatment. 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 35pc 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 cyclists. 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. The participants’ heart-rates, 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 backgrounds. 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. 9 10 *** Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph News ‘I would not be PM had it not been for the suffragists’ 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 said. 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 Appreciation By Mark Hudson CHIEF ART CRITIC A 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 no-brainer”. 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 Square. 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. Comment: Page 18 GEOFF PUGH FOR THE TELEGRAPH 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 400,000 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 DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR 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 Monday. 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 resolved.” 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 By Camilla Turner EDUCATION EDITOR VICE-CHANCELLORS 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 News 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. Editorial Comment: Page 19 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 ruled. 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 shifted”. 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 GoCompare shows a monster character 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.” CHARLOTTE GRAHAM FOR THE TELEGRAPH 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. 11 12 ** Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph News 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 meningitis. 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 conditions. “I hope this raises awareness in others that appropriate medical advice should always be sought, especially if an elderly person is involved.” ERIK TANNER / GETTY IMAGES By Olivia Rudgard SOCIAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT 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 themes.” Man jailed for murder released from prison after change to the law of joint enterprise By Martin Evans, CRIME CORRESPONDENT 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 me.” 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 seriously”. 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. The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018 *** 13 14 *** Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph ** The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018 15 World news 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 rentals. 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.” AFP/GETTY IMAGES 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. 16 *** Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph 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 sits Washington this week. But att a ite press conference in the White House with Mr Macron, Mr me Trump said: “We want to come e. home. We’ll be coming home. me We’re going to be coming home relatively soon. st “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 e. incredible warriors back home. They have obliterated Isis.” e However, Mr Trump said the d US wanted to “leave a long and nt lasting footprint” and did want e to “give Iran open season to the e Mediterranean”. He said he so wanted troops home, but “also at with having accomplished what awe have to accomplish”. Mr MaFirst ladies Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron visit an art gallery in Washington DC cron said he and Mr Trum Mr Trump had “raised new solutions together, and the Syria situation should be part of this bigger East. Mr Trump picture” in the Middle Ea accepted there was a “broader pictture” tur e” involving Iran, but said “inregional nations credibly wealthy” reg must pay for and put troops on the Mr Macron has ground. On trade, M Trump’s protecbeen critical of Mr Tr tionist policies, and has called on the US to exempt Europe from ttariffs tar iffs on steel stee and aluminTrump gave no ium. Mr Tr concession, but Mr such conce said he was conMacron sa fident abo about the future trading relationship. re There was also no movement from Mr movemen Trump on his decision to quit the Paris climate accord. M Mr Macron said the US an and France did “not alw always agree on the solut solution” and “the fate of ou our children is at stake”. Mr Tr Trump told Mr Macron h he would meet North K Korean leader Kim Jong Jong-un soon, and plans w were progressing wel well. He added: “Kim Jon Jong-un, he really has been very open an and I think very honoura honourable from everything we’re seeing.” He sa said he would not acce accept any deal which le left the North any nuclea nuclear capability. 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 smiles. 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 WORLD BULLETIN 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 products. 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. *** The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018 bromance as Trump woos Macron 17 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- PABLO MARTINEZ/AP; SAUL LOEB/AFP/GETTY 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 relationship, 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 counter-productive. 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 telegraph.co.uk 18 *** Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph Comment How we fought to bring Millicent to Parliament Square – and won CLAIRE COHEN A 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 suffrage. 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 helps”. I couldn’t agree more. FOLLOW Claire Cohen on Twitter @clairecohen; READ MORE at telegraph.co.uk/opinion To order prints or signed copies of any Telegraph cartoon, go to telegraph.co.uk/prints-cartoons or call 0191 603 0178 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 PHILIP JOHNSTON J 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 READ MORE at telegraph.co.uk/ opinion 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 SAJID JAVID D W 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? FOLLOW Sajid Javid on Twitter @sajidjavid; READ MORE at telegraph.co.uk/ opinion 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 Housing *** The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018 19 Letters to the Editor An all-party solution to the NHS is overdue I 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 I 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 Parliament. 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. . . S 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. We accept letters by post, fax and email only. Please include name, address, work and home telephone numbers. 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0DT FAX 020 7931 2878 EMAIL dtletters@ telegraph.co.uk FOLLOW Telegraph Letters on Twitter @LettersDesk New Battle of Barnet 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 BRIDGEMANIMAGES.COM 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 Stirling 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 Winnie-the-Pooh. Dave Alsop Gloucester 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 CON COUGHLIN HLIN A 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. FOLLOW Con Coughlin on Twitter @concoughlin; READ MORE at telegraph.co.uk/opinion 20 *** Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph Puzzles, mind games and Telegraph Toughie Puzzles Test your wits with our famous crosswords puzzles.telegraph.co.uk UZ Z L E S P Enjoy all your favourite puzzles online If you haven’t joined yet, try our free trial now at puzzles.telegraph.co.uk 1. 3. FASHION FEATURES The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018 *** 21 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, ss right, and Princess Charlotte have already had an effect on the economy STYLE INSIGHT Friendship formula How to widen your social circle Page 24 INTERVIEW Fighting fat Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall on shedding a stone Page 26 WIREIMAGE; PA; DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE 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 ‘G 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 opportunity.” 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 endorsement.” 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 Fashion Unzipped For more debate, listen to The Telegraph’s Fashion Unzipped podcast on Apple podcasts now pict pictured wearing our out outfits, there was certainly a positive cer effe effect on the business ove overall, as well as a spik spike in sales in the par particular items that he wore,” she says. “ “The way the Du Duchess of Cambridge dre dressed Prince G George changed the w people looked way a boyswear. He has at b 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 magazine. “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. 22 *** Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph FASHION Demystifying the dress codes of Royal Ascot Through trial and error, Charlie GowansEglinton shares her guide to looking appropriate – but still you – at the races I 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 in invitation, and another m misjudged dress, a blue llace shift from a vintage rrail and just-aboutm matching hat with feather p plumage. The next attempt w was a black and white v vintage dress and m matching jacket: a prim ssuit for my 21-year-old self. Tried and tested: 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 o, dressed lists a decade ago, na you’d have no more seen jumpsuit in the royal ve enclosure than you’d have found the blinis topped with uit herring. Now, the jumpsuit ful) is a welcome (and youthful) addition to the royal ss enclosure’s exacting dress code. The trouser suit is now lish, 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 cused Ascot is more fashion-focused nual than ever before. The annual style guide has taken in all four me, enclosures for the first time, st the conceding that it’s not just d higher priced tickets and at have members’ enclosures that ne this a fashion agenda. Combine urrent new mentality with the current shion, trend for more modest fashion, astern led by wealthy Middle-Eastern ery shoppers and seen on every o Dior, catwalk from Valentino to ddenly and these dress codes suddenly seem far less restrictive. “Over the past three rts seasons, midi-length skirts gory have been our best category ll skirt making up over half of all and dress sales,” says Lisaa ctor Aiken, retail fashion director at Net-a-Porter. But whatt of gh 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, WINDSOR Dress, £165 (ghost.co.uk); bag, £39.99, Mango (website); hairclips, from £75, Simone Rocha (matchesfashion.com); Sezane sandals, Charlie’s own VILLAGE Suit ja jacket, £345, and trou trousers, £199 (sandroparis paris.com); H&M blouse, Charlie Charlie’s own; Mademoiselle Chapea hat, £269 (fenwick. Chapeaux co.uk); bag, £595 (mulberry. co com); sandals, £250 (lkbennett.com) QUEEN ANNE Blouse, £150 (cefinn.com); skirt, £119.99, H&M Conscious Exclusive (hm.com); Mademoiselle Chapeaux hat, £299 (fenwick.co.uk); sandals, £250 (lkbennett.com) 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 I ’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 right.” 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 23 GETTING DRESSED (WITHOUT THE FUSS) Royal Enclosure If you have any bells or whistles, w this is the place to wear them them. Actually, as best avoid the bells and whistles, w 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, sch 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. W hen the temperature 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 velvet. 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 TOP HATS CURVES AND COLOUR Aqua trilby, £269 ( jesscollettmilliner.com) J by Jasper Conran fascinator, £85 (debenhams.com) ‘There are some shapes that immediately eliminate the fear of wearing 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 (viviensheriff.co.uk) Alexandra Harper ostrich feather headpiece, £175, Fenwick ZAC FRACKELTON FOR THE TELEGRAPH CREDIT R ROYAL Dress, £7 £795, Mother of (fen Pearl (fenwick.co.uk); sand sandals, £275 (lkben (lkbennett.com); ha £99 hat, (karenm (karenmillen.com) and a tailored jumpsuit, all designed in collaboration with the racecourse ra and to its exacting standards. standards It’s relatively inexpensive (from £90) so the fabrics are predominantly pol polyester mixes, but that does mean they t won’t crease like silk or li linen – and on that note, avoid linen. lin There are a few general rules to getting it right. The biggest is not to be tempted to reinvent sma yourself. Shoot for a smarter version of you. If you never w wear dresses, look for trouser su suits. If you never wear bright brig colours, opt for chic monochrome. 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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 e ext ra special on extra ones from her mum Penny’s n nowincomparable collection). c Finally, don’t fo forget that it will be sunny, so you’ll yo need 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 f is less likely to clash with your hat – I love Prism for these. And now to the outfits. �rissy urner irl on a budget requiring Übers). Luckily at £19.99 (stradivarius.com), 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, mango.com) covers more ground than a stiletto or kitten would, and a cone heel (River Island has a chic suede option, £50, riverisland.com) would be sturdier to walk in. The best kind of mule While a backless shoe doesn’t warrant a pedicure, it requires foot maintenance 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 thi support, like this Massimo Dutti whi pair, right, which are far more work-appropria work-appropriate than a flat slider. Stradivarius, the Pink satin, £19.99 (stradivarius. com) Snake, £89.95 (massimodutti.com) Yellow, £49.99 (mango.com) Floral, £59 (stories.com) Orange suede, £29.99 (zara.com) Bejewelled, £120 (uterque.com) White, £29.99 (hm.com) Striped, £25.99 (bershka.com) 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, mango.com) 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, legology.co.uk) and Ren’s energising Atlantic kelp and magnesium scrub (£18, renskincare. com) to keep your feet soft and smooth. 24 *** Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph FEATURES ITV; GETTY IMAGES; REX/SHUTTERSTOCK 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 A 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. YOUR TOP FIVE FRIENDS 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. YOUR TOP 15 FRIENDS 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. YOUR TOP 50 FRIENDS 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 Email Allison.Pearson@ telegraph.co.uk Twitter @AllisonPearson Windrush doesn’t show we are racist – quite the opposite came back from Thailand to find England at her absolute I 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 people-traffickers WIKTOR SZYMANOWICZ/BARCROFT IMAGES 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 R 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? Preposterous 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 sister Mummy’s boy: on the steps of the Lindo Wing, the Duchess looked positively fresh T here may have been a few Republican curmudgeons muttering about “privileged DNA”. One enterprising Momentum Marxist even tried to suggest that the royal birth was a cunning ploy to distract from the Government’s difficulties over Windrush. (I know Kate’s practically perfect, but even she can’t induce labour purely to, well, do down Labour.) Otherwise, it was joy and delight all round when Baby Cambridge 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 feelings.” That’s it exactly. Feelings of such aching tenderness (and not just on the perineum), an elation that PAUL GROVER FOR THE TELEGRAPH Read more telegraph.co.uk/ opinion 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 miracle, 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 appropriate that, in this new generation, the daughter remains fourth in line after her grandfather, father and big brother. A change to the Act of Succession in 2013 gave equal rights to male and female newborns, 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 great-aunt, Princess Anne, was displaced by her two little brothers, Andrew and Edward. 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, looking bandbox-fresh 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 Lawrence memorial 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 parents.” Hear, hear! 25 26 *** Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph FEATURES BBC/KEO FILMS; JEFF GILBERT 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 I 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 continues. 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 The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018 *** 27 28 *** Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph *** The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018 29 Heroic explorer or colonial bogeyman? Captain Cook changed the world with his Pacific expeditions. As a new exhibition opens, Lucy Davies reflects on his legacy I 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 voyage. 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 Bougainville, a French adventurer who n, had made his own, less successful, Pacific voyage in 1766. d to Burney wanted wo know how the two ed, journeys compared, ke [sic] whereupon “Cooke encil instantly took a pencil ook,” 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 open. 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 reshaped.” a Cook Broadcaster and biogr biographer Dr Vanessa Collingridge believes that, within the parameters of his day, “he w certainly was o of the more one h humane captains. H journals often His sh show how deeply he thought about the cultures he was enco encountering – and re the respect he held for them. However, has contac with the West contact THE ROYAL SOCIETY; NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY LONDON; JONATHON VINES Arts caused harm in those communities? Absolutely.” 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 ked learned surveying, he was marked for advancement. When the Royal Society was looking for a fic commander for the first scientific expedition to the Pacific, Cook was the obvious choice. Ostensibly at least, the thrust of the voyage was to et 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 ned Southern Continent, an imagined elt land mass that cartographers felt must exist beneath the equatorr in e 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 Musicals Strictly Ballroom: The Musical Piccadilly Theatre ★★★★★ O 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 Passionate pairing of final visionary works Classical Simon Rattle/LSO Barbican Hall ★★★★★ By John Allison C 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 ALASTAIR MUIR 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 fortunes. 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. Until Oct 20. Tickets: 0844 871 7630; strictlyballroomthemusical.com Simon Rattle conducts the LSO in Mahler’s Ninth on April 26; lso.co.uk James Cook: The Voyages opens on Friday and runs until Aug 28. Details: 01937 546546; bl.uk Entertainments Theatres Lithe choreography: Zizi Strallen as Fran, Jonny Labey as Scott and Will Young as Wally in Strictly Ballroom: The Musical During 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 Dove Dover, in 1771, it had more than a thous thousand zoological and 30,000 b 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 h his third voyage searching (in v vain, as it turned out) for the N North West Passage – accounts of h his voyages had been published th the world over, many of them p pirated, such was the demand. H He had been elected a fellow of th the Royal Society, and awarded it 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 description.” “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.” HER MAJESTY'S 020 7087 7762 THE BRILLIANT ORIGINAL THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Mon-Sat 7.30, Thu & Sat 2.30 www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com QUEEN'S 0844 482 5160 THE MUSICAL PHENOMENON ST MARTIN'S 020 7836 1443 66th year of Agatha Christie's LES MISERABLÉS THE MOUSETRAP Eves 7.30, Mats Wed & Sat 2.30 www.LesMis.com Mon-Sat 7:30pm, Mats Tues & Thurs 3 & Sat 4 www.the-mousetrap.co.uk Oscar Wilde’s AN IDEAL HUSBAND Vaudeville Theatre Tue-Sat 19.30 | Tue, Thu & Sat 14.30 Extra Tuesday Matinees Advance Senior Rate available 0330 333 4814 “Captivating” TIME OUT **** FINANCIAL TIMES Linda Marlowe Patrick Walshe McBride HAROLD AND MAUDE By Colin Higgins Directed by Thom Southerland CharingCrossTheatre.co.uk 08444-930650 30 *** Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph Court & Social Court Circular WINDSOR CASTLE April 24th The Queen held a Council at 12.40 pm. 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 London. 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. BUCKINGHAM PALACE 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. BUCKINGHAM PALACE 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 Meeting. 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 Appointments 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. Online ref: 552726 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, Suﬀolk. Online ref: 552697 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, Wiltshire. Online ref: 552660 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 follows: 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, Truro. The Countess of Wessex, President, Truro Christmas Primestock and Produce Society, this afternoon attended the Annual General Meeting at Probus Village Hall, Truro. KENSINGTON PALACE 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 Hampshire). 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). ST JAMES’S PALACE 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 www.royal.uk 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. Online ref: A223739 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. Online ref: 552764 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. Online ref: 552796 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. Online ref: 552789 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. Online ref: A223720 FIRST WORLD WAR LONDON, THURSDAY APRIL 25, 1918 GERMAN AIMS THE FIGHT FOR VILLERS ENEMY USES TANKS FROM PHILIP GIBBS. WAR CORRESPONDENTS’ HEADQUARTERS. FRANCE, WEDNESDAY. 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. FURIOUS SHELL FIRE 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. telegraph.co.uk/news/ww1-archive 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 www.abwalker.co.uk All enquiries to A.B Walker. Tel: 0118 9573650. 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 Club, email@example.com 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. 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Online ref: 552759 *** The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 25 April 2018 31 Obituaries John Stride Maggie Stredder J 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 EDWARD MILLER/KEYSTONE/HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY 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 accident-prone”. 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 champion’ COLORSPORT/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK I 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 M ONIKA APPONYI, the 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 field. 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, America. 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 M AGGIE STREDDER, 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 ALAN MESSER/REX 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 hits. 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 32 *** 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 BBC ONE, 9.00PM; SCOTLAND, 10.45PM 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. P I 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 lowest-common-denominator 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 Fearnley-Whittingstall, 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 Drama The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story BBC TWO, 9.00PM 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 Entertainment 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 Comedy Benidorm 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 Documentary MisFITs Like Us BBC THREE, FROM TODAY 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 MisFITS Like US head against Anne Hegarty’s tough line in questioning. GO Factual The Curse of Civil War Gold Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge HISTORY, 9.00PM BBC TWO, 8.00PM 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. 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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. 34 *** Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Daily Telegraph A 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 Our puzzle website Enjoy your favourite Telegraph puzzles with our website. 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