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Jürgen Klopp
‘Brexit makes
no sense at all’
Tuesday
24 April 2018
Issue № 53,391
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UK citizenship
for Windrush
generation
Rudd tries to end scandal by
offering to waive fees and
pay families compensation
Pippa Crerar
Amelia Gentleman
The home secretary has pledged
that the Windrush generation will
be granted British citizenship as the
government attempted to draw a line
under the scandal by describing her
apology as “just the first step”.
Amber Rudd told the Commons
that she recognised the “harrowing”
experiences of the Caribbean migrants
who helped rebuild postwar Britain
and that she was determined to right
the wrongs that had taken place.
Following widespread criticism,
the Home Office will waive citizenship
fees for the Windrush generation and
their families and any charges for
returning to the UK for those people
who had retired to their countries of
origin after making their lives here.
She also said the government would
scrap language and British knowledge
tests and bring in speedy financial
compensation for those who had suffered loss, although with little detail.
Rudd’s announcement follows
a series of Guardian reports on the
iniquitous treatment of the Windrush
generation that prompted public outrage and questions in parliament. “I
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deserve – British citizenship, quickly,
at low cost and with proactive assistance through the process,” she told
MPs. “I am personally committed to
resolving this situation with urgency
and purpose.
“Of course an apology is just the first
step in putting right the wrongs that
these people have suffered.”
The government has struggled to
contain mounting pressure on the
home secretary and Theresa May
over the impact of the prime minister’s
“hostile environment” policy on the
Windrush generation.
Both have apologised for the distress caused to Caribbean migrants
and their families who settled in the
UK between 1948 and 1973. Some have
been threatened with deportation,
lost their jobs or been denied medical treatment following the changes
to immigration rules in 2014.
Rudd said that while the public
expected rules to be enforced, some of
the steps to tackle illegal immigration
had had “unintended and sometimes devastating” consequences for
the Windrush generation, who were
here legally but had struggled to get
documentation to prove their status.
“They are British in all but legal
status and this should never have been
allowed to happen,” Rudd said. “We
need to show a human face
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Students start court action
over hours lost during strike
Sally Weale
Education correspondent
More than 1,000 students have signed
up to collective court action to claim
compensation for lost teaching hours
during the recent strike action on campuses which could cost universities
millions of pounds. In what could be
one of the largest student group legal
actions ever in the UK, students from
institutions including the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol and
Manchester have joined the action.
Over a quarter of those hoping
to win damages (27%) are overseas
students. Though the action is still in
its early stages, lawyers say they are
planning to apply for a group litigation
order claiming breach of contract in
order to seek damages for lectures,
classes and academic services affected
by strike action last month.
Fourteen days of teaching were
lost to strikes on 65 campuses in the
UK in a dispute between university
employers and the University and College Union over plans to overhaul the
pensions of hundreds of thousands of
university staff, including lecturers,
researchers, librarians, technicians
and administrators.
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Tuesday 24 April 2018
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National Pages 5-19
Employment Number of zero-hours contracts
on the rise again | Page 6
Books New talent comes to the fore on
Women’s fiction prize shortlist | Page 10
Welfare Universal credit blamed as use of
food banks jumps 13% in a year | Page 15
Landscape Angry locals take a swing at
Bolton’s Ryder Cup scheme | Page 17
World Pages 21-29
Armenia turmoil Serzh Sargsyan resigns as prime
minister after days of protest | Page 21
▲ Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, where gun massacre
survivors were accused of being ‘crisis actors’ in a YouTube conspiracy video
Riefenstahl archive Will release of estate shed
light on life of Hitler’s favourite? | Page 25
YouTube takes down 8m
videos for breaking rules
Rana Plaza Five years after the deadly collapse
in Bangladesh, has anything changed? | Page 29
Financial Pages 31-33
Alex Hern
Outsourcing Capita forced into £700m cash call
to plug growing losses | Page 31
Brexit EU negotiators dismiss minister’s notion
of ‘sweetheart deal’ for City | Page 32
Journal Centre section
Turn our anger
into action with
a summer of
solidarity
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face facts – she
can’t deliver the
fantasy Brexit
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A world with no boundaries Growing
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‘We get to stay kids for life’ How Hanson
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Sport Back section
It’s not all over Arguments over cricket’s future
may be the signs of life the game needs | Page 41
147th heaven Will anyone be able to cash in on a
maximum at the world championships? | Page 43
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YouTube removed 8.3m videos for
breaching its community guidelines
in the last quarter of 2017, the company
has said, as it tries to address widespread criticism for allowing violent
and offensive content on its site.
The company’s first quarterly report
into moderation on the site comes in
the wake of growing complaints about
its perceived inability to tackle extremist and abusive content.
It is one of several internet companies that have consistently come
under fire from the government and
EU over content on their sites and has
been put under pressure to remove
terrorist and objectionable content.
YouTube said issuing the quarterly report was an important first
step in trying to deal with the problem. In a blogpost, the company said
it had removed more than 8m videos between October and December.
“The majority of these 8m videos were
mostly spam or people attempting to
upload adult content – and represent
a fraction of a percent of YouTube’s
total views during this time period.”
It said that 6.7m were flagged for
review by machines rather than people and, of those, 76% were removed
before they were seen by anyone.
But it is not only extremist and abusive content that has caused issues
for the company. Days after the mass
murder at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Florida in February,
the site was spotted promoting conspiracy theory videos claiming the
survivors were “crisis actors” used to
build opposition to guns.
One clip briefly became the No 1
trending video on YouTube, before
the site removed the video for violating its policies on harassment and
bullying. The community guidelines
6.7m
The number of videos taken down
after being identified by automatic
systems in use by YouTube
5%
Proportion of videos taken off the
site that have been reported by
members of the general public
Students begin court action over
teaching hours lost during strike
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case say universities saved millions
of pounds by withholding salaries
from staff on strike. Although some
institutions have suggested that
money could be spent on general services for students, many students
say they are entitled to direct financial compensation.
Among them is Milan Vaskovic,
27, from Ottawa in Canada, who is on
two-year intensive law degree at the
University of Leicester, paid for out
of savings and a bank credit. “We paid
a certain amount for a number of lectures and as we are not getting those
lectures, we should have received
some sort of adjusted tuition fee or
refund,” he said.
Vaskovic said there was “disarray” during the strike – some weeks
he was supposed to have 13 lectures
and only received three. “The school
and the administration knew these
strikes were happening and did very
little to prepare us students. We didn’t
know which professors were part of
the strike and which were not. We were
walking about like headless chickens.
“Like any service, if you don’t
receive it, or it is of poor quality, you
should get your money back or at least
some sort of refund.”
Joanna Moss, from Wellingborough,
Northamptonshire, is a philosophy
student at Nottingham University and
14
The total number of days of teaching
that were lost to strike action by
staff across 65 campuses in the UK
do not specifically ban misinformation or hoaxes, although YouTube
has announced plans to link to Wikipedia pages for obvious conspiracy
theories – meaning, for instance, that
a video claiming the moon landings
were faked will include a link to the
entry on “moon landing”.
Google has promised to have more
than 10,000 people working on enforcing its community guidelines by the
end of 2018, up from “thousands”
doing the job last year. That number will be largely, but not entirely,
human reviewers. It will also include
engineers working on systems such as
spam detection and machine learning.
At present, videos are flagged for
suspect content, and then someone
watches it to see whether it breaches
community guidelines before making
a decision whether to leave it online.
The vast majority of videos taken
down – more than 80% – had been
flagged as suspect by one of Google’s
automatic systems, the company said.
Those systems broadly work in one
of three ways: some use an algorithm
to fingerprint inappropriate footage,
and then match it to future uploads;
others track suspicious patterns of
uploads, which is particularly useful
for spam detection.
A third system uses machine learning technology to identify videos that
breach guidelines based on their similarity to previous videos. The system
that is used to identify violent extremist content, for instance, was trained
on 2m videos that had been reviewed
by people.
YouTube said automatic flagging
had helped the company achieve its
goal of removing more videos earlier.
Members of the public can mark any
video as breaching community guidelines. There is also a group of “trusted
flaggers” – experts in various areas of
contested content, who have special
tools to highlight problematic videos.
Users flag 95% of the videos that are
not caught by automatic detection,
while trusted flaggers provide the
other 5% – but trusted flaggers’ reports
lead to 14% of the removals from the
site, while those from the general public account for 5%.
More than half the reports from
humans were for spam or sexually
explicit content.
pays annual fees of £9,250 through a
student loan. She estimated she had
lost 20 hours of lectures and has set
up a petition demanding a minimum
of £300 compensation a student. More
than 100,000 students have signed
petitions protesting against the loss of
lectures. “I think it’s unfair that we’re
paying a lot of money and not receiving all our contact time,” said Moss.
Shimon Goldwater, a senior solicitor at the law firm Asserson, which
has set up a website for students who
want to join the group action, said:
“No other service provider would get
away with charging for 25 weeks of a
service and cutting that to 22 with no
price reduction. There is no question
that universities owe students fair
compensation.”
Universities UK declined to comment but pointed to earlier advice to
students to go through university’s
internal complaints procedure rather
than to lawyers. If a resolution cannot
be reached, complaints can be taken
to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) in England and Wales.
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▼ Prince William arrives at St Mary’s
hospital, Paddington, with Prince
George and Princess Charlotte
PHOTOGRAPH: MIKE MARSLAND/WIREIMAGE
Tribute to Diana
The Duchess of Cambridge opted
for patriotic red and white – the
colours of the England flag – as she
made her first public appearance
with her new baby on the feast
day of St George, the patron saint
of England. Kate wore a vibrant
red Jenny Packham shift dress
with an oversized white floral lace
collar. The flag of Saint George – a
red cross on a white background
– is the flag of England and is
incorporated into the union flag.
Kate’s outfit can also be seen as a
tribute to William’s late mother,
Diana, Princess of Wales, who
wore red and white on the steps
of the Lindo wing in September
1984 when she introduced her son
Prince Harry to the world.
The duchess opted for
colours once worn by
the Princess of Wales
Well-wishers out in force as
duchess delivers a prince
Prince George and Princess
Charlotte visit little brother
as congratulations flood in
Martin Belam
Kevin Rawlinson
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
have celebrated the birth of their third
child – a boy, who becomes fifth in line
to the throne.
The child, whose name has not yet
been announced, was born at 11.01am
yesterday and weighed 8lbs 7oz, Kensington Palace said. His mother, Kate,
was said to be doing well and left hospital yesterday evening. His father,
William, was present for the birth.
The young prince’s siblings arrived
at the central London hospital to visit
him after his birth and the royal family
was said to be overjoyed to welcome
its newest member.
“The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh,
the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of
Cornwall, Prince Harry and members
of both families have been informed
and are delighted with the news,” the
palace said.
About five hours after the birth,
Prince William left the Lindo wing at
St Mary’s hospital in Paddington to
collect the couple’s other two children, four-year-old Prince George and
Princess Charlotte, who turns three on
2 May. William appeared to tell reporters: “Back in a minute,” before driving
away in a Land Rover Discovery.
George, who had spent the day at
school and was dressed in his school
uniform, appeared a little shy as he
arrived, but Charlotte waved at the
cameras twice, turning to do so and
smiling as she walked up the steps.
Kensington Palace said the baby’s
name would be “announced in due
course”, but Arthur is the favourite,
according to bookmakers.
The baby’s arrival was announced
shortly after 1pm and a formal notice
of the birth – on foolscap paper set in
a dark wooden frame – was placed in
the forecourt of Buckingham Palace on
an ornate golden stand. Such a notice
would once have been hand-written,
but is now typed. A celebratory oversized union flag was also raised over
the roof of the palace.
The prime minister led the messages of support for William and Kate,
saying: “My warmest congratulations
to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
on the birth of their baby boy. I wish
them great happiness for the future.”
The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, also offered his congratulations,
adding: “I wish them all the very best.”
The Scottish first minister, Nicola
Sturgeon, added: “The birth of a new
baby is a special and joyful time for
any family – my congratulations and
best wishes to William, Catherine and
the new baby’s (no doubt very excited)
big brother and sister on this happy
occasion.”
The couple’s third child, the Queen’s
sixth great-grandchild, was born on
the day dedicated to Saint George, the
patron saint of England. The arrival of
a baby boy would have been a surprise
for his parents, who had chosen not to
find out the baby’s sex until the birth.
A huge media presence had gathered outside the Lindo wing. A group
of monarchy enthusiasts and tourists
had also assembled at the hospital and
at Buckingham Palace. David Janzen,
62, from Edmonton in Canada, said:
“I was watching the news earlier and
saw the announcement, so my wife
and I decided to come down to Buckingham Palace and see it all happen.”
Terry Hutt, who is in his 80s, had
‘We have been
here for 15 days.
I’m so pleased it’s
St George’s Day’
John Loughrey
▲ Terry Hutt (centre) and John Loughrey (right) were among well-wishers who
had camped outside the hospital for more than a week PHOTOGRAPH: ANDY RAIN/EPA
been camped outside the hospital
awaiting the new arrival for more
than a week. John Loughrey, from
Streatham, south London, was also
part of a group who had camped outside the hospital. “We are so pleased,”
he said. “We have been here for 15
days. I’m so pleased it’s St George’s
Day. St George himself would be very
pleased if the baby’s born today.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s a boy or a
girl as long as it’s a healthy baby and a
healthy mother.”
Loughrey said he planned to celebrate the birth with England flags and
a portion of fish and chips.
Those at the hospital were also
treated to the sight of an unofficial
town crier announcing the birth.
Tony Appleton is not an official part
of the birth announcement, but has
made it a habit to turn up in costume
at the hospital each time the Duchess
of Cambridge has given birth.
After William and Kate opted for
the traditional names George and
Charlotte for their first two children,
Arthur – one of William’s father’s
middle names – is the favourite with
bookmakers, then Albert, Frederick,
James and Philip.
In a stunt, a waxwork of the Queen
was driven past the hospital in a black
taxi, and the political artist Kaya Mar
arrived with a painting of the Duke
and Duchess of Cambridge with their
children posing in a biblical scene reminiscent of the nativity.
The crew of HMS Albion celebrated
by posing for a photograph with sailors
and Royal Marines forming the word
“Boy!” on the ship’s flight deck. The
vessel was deployed to the Asia-Pacific
region this month.
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South Korea silences
speakers that blared
propaganda to North
Justin McCurry
Tokyo
South Korea has stopped broadcasting propaganda across its border with
North Korea for the first time in more
than two years, in a gesture of goodwill
days before the countries’ leaders are
to meet in a historic summit.
The South Korean defence ministry said the broadcasts, which
blare pop music and criticism of the
North’s dynastic rule across the border, fell silent at midnight on Sunday.
It was not immediately clear whether
Pyongyang, which uses loudspeakers
to broadcast praise for its leader, Kim
Jong-un, and patriotic songs, would
reciprocate.
“We hope this decision will lead
both Koreas to stop mutual criticism
and propaganda against each other
and also contribute in creating peace
and a new beginning,” the defence
ministry said in a statement.
The decision came as the Wall Street
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Journal claimed Donald Trump would
not be willing to offer North Korea significant sanctions relief before it has
substantially dismantled its nuclear
weapons programme.
“When the president says that he
will not make the mistakes of the past,
that means the US will not be making
substantial concessions, such as lifting sanctions, until North Korea has
substantially dismantled its nuclear
programmes,” the newspaper quoted
a senior Trump administration official
as saying.
Whether or not South Korea’s
broadcasts resume could depend on
the progress of Kim’s meeting on Friday with the South Korean president,
Moon Jae-in, in the first direct talks
between the countries’ leaders for
more than a decade.
They are expected to discuss
replacing the armistice that ended
the Korean war in 1953 with a treaty
that brings a formal end to hostilities.
Friday’s talks, to be held on the
southern side of the truce village of
▲ South Korea has blasted music and criticism of North Korea’s regime over the
border. The messages can be heard up to 15 miles away PHOTOGRAPH: JIN-HEE PARK/EPA
‘We hope this
decision will lead
both Koreas to stop
mutual criticism …
and contribute to
creating peace’
South Korea’s
defence ministry
Panmunjom, are the precursor to a
planned summit between Kim and
Trump, for which the date and location have yet to be decided.
South Korea’s decision to silence
its cross-border propaganda machine
carries significant symbolic weight,
because the broadcasts have come to
serve as an indication of the state of
inter-Korean ties.
Seoul briefly restarted the broadcasts in August 2015 – breaking an
11-year silence – after two of its soldiers
were seriously injured by a landmine
along the border, but halted them days
later. They restarted in January 2016
after North Korea’s fourth nuclear
test. At the end of last year, Seoul
used the loudspeakers to relay news
of the dramatic defection of a North
Korean soldier in an attempt to compound Pyongyang’s embarrassment
over the incident.
But in February, North Korea turned
down the volume of its own propaganda after the opening ceremony for
the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics,
which featured the country’s athletes
and cheerleaders.
For more than two years, North
Korean troops ranged along the demilitarised zone – the 2½-mile wide
buffer that has separated the two
countries for 65 years – and civilians
living nearby have been subjected to
a mixture of South Korean music and
criticism of the Kim regime.
South Korea’s broadcasts, aired
at ear-splitting volume from 11 sites
along the border, can be heard over a
distance of 15 miles at night, and about
six miles during the day. Their political
message, designed to weaken public
and military confidence in the regime,
occasionally makes way for weather
reports, domestic and international
news, radio dramas and studio discussions of life in the South.
Seoul’s decision comes two days
after North Korea said it would end its
tests of nuclear weapons and ballistic
missiles, and close its nuclear test site.
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Brexit makes
no sense, says
Liverpool FC
coach Klopp
TV chef
dies after
collapsing
in final
stages of
London
Marathon
Donald McRae
Matt Campbell fell 22 miles
into Sunday’s race, in which
temperatures reached 24C
Sean Ingle
Helen Pidd
A MasterChef semi-finalist from the
Lake District has died after collapsing
in Sunday’s London Marathon.
Matt Campbell, 29, was running his
first London Marathon for the Brathay
Trust, a charity that inspires vulnerable young people to make positive
changes in their lives, but was a keen
and talented athlete who ran under
three hours at the Manchester marathon earlier this month. No cause of
death has yet been announced.
The London Marathon’s race director, Hugh Brasher, paid tribute to
Campbell, but said it was unwise to
speculate on whether the high temperatures – which reached 24C (75F)
during Sunday’s race – had been a factor in his death.
“In historical terms, I believe in 38
editions of the event we have had over
one million finishers and sadly there
have been 14 deaths,” Brasher said. “It
is unusual and it is always tragic when
it happens. There will be an autopsy so
we can’t – and we shouldn’t – speculate
about what should happen next. All we
should say is that our thoughts are with
Matt’s family and friends.
“He was a good runner. He had run
sub-three hours at the Manchester
marathon, but he collapsed around
the 22.5 mile mark. He did receive
immediate medical attention but
unfortunately he did pass away and
our thoughts do go to his family and
friends at this sad time.”
Campbell had aimed to raise £2,500
for the Brathay Trust, where his father
worked until he died suddenly in 2016.
By mid-afternoon yesterday more than
£37,000 had been donated to his JustGiving page, which was deluged with
donations and condolence messages.
Campbell began his career working
in Michelin-starred kitchens, including L’Enclume in his native Cumbria,
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▲▼ Matt Campbell, above right, from
Cumbria, competed in the semi-finals
of MasterChef: The Professionals
MAIN PHOTOGRAPH: @MCAMPBELLCHEF/TWITTER
and finished second on BBC Young
Chef of the Year when he was just 20.
He spent the next eight years travelling and became a private chef working
for VIPs. On his website he talked of
working in private villas along the
Côte d’Azur and luxury ski chalets in
the Alps. He also backpacked around
Peru and created pop-up restaurants in
Belize to pay for his accommodation.
“I’m proud I didn’t take the traditional
route that my career hinted towards in
the beginning,” he wrote.
He returned to the UK and last year
he made it through to the semi-finals
of MasterChef: The Professionals.
“The competition turned out to be the
perfect platform for me to showcase
my unique training and experiences.
I combined my two passions for nutrition and gastronomy, with Marcus
Wareing describing my signature
dish of ‘cod cheeks, spirulina, kale &
kombucha’ as the best he’s ever tasted
on MasterChef,” wrote Campbell.
On Campbell’s JustGiving page, he
explained he had chosen the Brathay
Trust because his father had worked
there between 2008 and 2016. It was
his father, Campbell explained, who
had encouraged him to run marathons. “He was the most inspirational
man in my life and was the one who
said: ‘Go on, why don’t you give it a go?
I know you can do it!’ and entered me
into my first marathon. It was maybe
the proudest day of my life standing at
the finish line having achieved something I never imagined possible, with
my dad and my brother by my side.”
In a statement, London Marathon
organisers said: “No further details
will be released and the family has
asked for privacy. The exact cause
of death will be established by later
medical examination.”
Jürgen Klopp, the manager of
Liverpool football club, has told the
Guardian that Brexit “makes no sense
at all” and that he believes British
people should have the chance to vote
again on their future in or outside the
European Union.
The 50-year-old German, who
has led Liverpool to the semi-finals
of this season’s Champions League,
said: “When Mr [David] Cameron
had the idea [of a referendum] you
thought: ‘This is not something people
should decide in a moment.’ We are all
influenced by the way only some of
the argument is given, and once the
decision is taken nobody gives you a
real opportunity to change it again.
The choice was either you stay in
Europe, which is not perfect, or you
go out into something nobody has any
idea how it will work.
“So you give people the chance
to make this big decision. And then
it’s a 51-49 [51.9%-48.1%] vote and
you’re thinking: ‘Wow, 49% are not
happy with the decision that’s going
to change the country.’ For the 51%, I’m
sure they realised pretty early after the
vote: ‘What have we done?’
“The two leaders of the leave campaign then stepped aside. It was a pure
sign they were surprised themselves
by the vote. OK, that can happen. But
then, come on, let’s sit together again.
Let’s think about it again and let’s vote
again with the right information. They
were obviously not right, not all of
them. It makes no sense at all.”
In the interview Klopp reveals how
he has embraced life in Liverpool and
stresses he is proud that his squad,
unlike most Premier League clubs,
has a strong core of English players.
But the vexed issue of Brexit troubles him. “The EU is not perfect but
it was the best idea we had. History
has always shown that when we stay
together we can sort out problems.
When we split then we start fighting.
There was not one time in history
where division creates success.
Sport Interview Page 52
▲ ‘Let’s vote again with the right
information,’ said Jürgen Klopp
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Number of
zero-hours
contracts
on the
rise again
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National
Richard Partington
The number of zero-hours contracts
in use across the UK rose by about
100,000 last year, according to official
figures.
The Office for National Statistics,
says that in the year to November there
were 1.8m of the contracts, which do
not offer guaranteed minimum hours,
up from 1.7 million in 2016.
Union leaders attacked the government for failing to help people in
precarious jobs where employers can
cancel shifts at short notice and leave
households scrambling for work. The
latest figures buck a trend of falling
use of zero-hours contracts since their
peak of about 2.1m in May 2015.
Tim Roache, general secretary of
the GMB trade union, said: “These
scandalous figures show Theresa
May’s out-of-touch government is
completely and utterly failing to tackle
insecure work.”
However, economists said the latest
figures showed the use of the contracts
was beginning to plateau after a few
years of decline. The change comes
amid the lowest UK unemployment
since 1975, which should be giving
workers more power to demand better
rights and pay.
Work through employment agencies and self-employment has levelled
off in recent years, having boomed
after the 2008 financial crisis. Some
employers have also moved away from
zero-hours contracts following scandals at firms such as Sports Direct.
Dan Tomlinson, of the Resolution Foundation thinktank, said that
despite inaction from the government,
“the tightness of the labour market is
doing their work for them”. Tomlinson
added: “Rather than having a policy
helping people, the strong economy
at the moment and labour market in
rude health is helping to keep a lid on
the increase in zero-hour contracts.”
The ONS said that as a proportion of all employment, the contracts
remained steady at 6% last year.
The TUC general secretary, Frances
O’Grady, said: “Zero-hours contracts
are a licence to treat people like
disposable labour and the government
should ban them.”
Councils
join move
to protect
abortion
clinics
advocacy manager at BPAS, said the
spread of the tactics was deeply worrying. “What used to be a couple of nuns
on the street is now groups of people
approaching women and trying to talk
to them about their personal medical
decisions,” she said. “But it’s important to know that regardless of what
protesters do, their very presence is
intimidating to women.”
Other councils considering following Ealing’s lead include Lambeth,
Richmond, and Southwark in London, and Portsmouth, Birmingham,
Manchester and Leeds. All have been
looking into options including PSPOs.
In Ealing yesterday, a few people
stood about 100 yards from the clinic
– the closest the PSPO allows.
One of those who remained, Ed,
said the PSPO would not stop him
from attending vigils. “I am here to
defy when required,” he said, describing the order as a violation of human
rights.
Binda Rai, a Labour councillor for
Walpole ward who has helped implement the buffer zone, said that while
the PSPO was useful, it would last only
three years before the council would
have to gather evidence again and call
a vote to renew the protection. “There
needs to be a national solution – the
people of Ealing are protected but
others are not,” she said.
In Richmond, a Conservative councillor, Mark Boyle, said the council
would not tolerate antisocial behaviour that caused harassment, alarm
and distress.
Nottingham council sought an
injunction against 40 Days for Life, a
Christian group, after vigils outside the
abortion clinic at Queen’s Medical Centre in the city. The move was recently
overturned on appeal.
Robert Colquhoun, the UK-based
international director of 40 Days for
Life, said there had been no “single
substantiated cases of harassment”,
adding that Ealing’s decision was
opposed to free speech.
Sarah Marsh
Eight councils in England are considering setting up buffer zones around
abortion clinics after pro-choice
groups said the number of “intimidating” protests was on the rise.
According to figures compiled by
the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), there have been 42 vigils
and protests since 2017 led by groups
including the Good Counsel Network
and 40 Days for Life.
Campaigners say the protests
amount to harassment and intimidation, although anti-abortion groups
deny this. Pro-choice groups say
Britain is increasingly influenced by
US-style tactics of “pavement counselling”, with women approached as
they enter clinics.
Ealing council in west London yesterday became the first local authority
to apply a public spaces protection
order (PSPO) for the area around a
Marie Stopes clinic to protect women
from distress and intimidation.
Campaigners, MPs and councillors say a safe zone is necessary after
women entering the clinic were called
murderers and shown photographs of
foetuses. The action was unanimously
approved by the council this month.
Rachael Clarke, a public affairs and
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Art review
The Kiss is still The Kiss,
but it’s blown away by
two Greek goddesses
Auguste Rodin
in his Museum
of Antiquities
at Meudon, on
the outskirts
of Paris, in
about 1910
PHOTOGRAPH:
MUSÉE RODIN
This show is not
about Greek art in
general but rather
about Rodin’s
obsession with the
Elgin marbles
Rodin and the Art
of Ancient Greece
British Museum, London
★★★★★
Rodin didn’t think that
ancient Greek art was cold
and rigid, and neither will
you after seeing this mad,
marvellous exhibition,
writes Jonathan Jones
T
he British Museum’s
astonishing, ravishing,
sublime new exhibition
– I could add a lot
more superlatives and
still be understating
it – brings you face to face with the
most revolutionary sculptures ever
created. It also has some fine works
by Auguste Rodin.
The wonder hits you as soon
as you enter and find yourself
confronted by Rodin’s The Kiss
sharing a pedestal with two
goddesses carved two and a half
millennia ago. The Kiss is, well, it’s
The Kiss – one of the most sensual,
captivating masterpieces of modern
times. It is one of the best-known
sculptures in the world. And those
old Greek goddesses blow it away.
Partly, it is a matter of sheer heft.
The Kiss exhibited here is a plaster
cast loaned, like most of the Rodins,
by the Musée Rodin in Paris. The
goddesses were carved from a huge
block of marble by the Greek artist
Phidias and his team. They had the
inspired idea of letting two figures
flow into one, with the front goddess
reclining against her companion’s
lap as their bodies interfold under
rivers of exquisitely carved drapery.
If Rodin’s The Kiss is sensual so is
this, but in a more mysterious way.
These beings make The Kiss appear
slight and easy, like a piece of soft
porn exhibited beside, well, beside
the Elgin marbles.
For this pair of nameless and
headless divinities are part of the
stupendous array of carvings Lord
Elgin removed from the Parthenon
at the start of the 19th century and
shipped to London. The debate
about the ethics of what Elgin did
has been raging more than 200 years
and this exhibition won’t change
that. Its title is perhaps an attempt
to deflect the argument, though,
for this show is not about Greek art
in general but rather about Rodin’s
obsession with the Elgin marbles –
and how modern, how alive, how
strange and dreamlike they look
when we see them through his eyes.
There was a time when the
▲ The goddesses
carved by the
Greek artist
Phidias, taken
from the east
pediment of the
Parthenon
Unmounted
youths, taken
from the
Parthenon’s
north frieze
PHOTOGRAPHS:
BRITISH MUSEUM
classics needed no defenders.
Classical, from the Latin for “the
highest class”, means best. In Athens
in the 5th century BC, a style of art
was invented – at once acutely real,
viscerally carnal and otherworldly –
that so impressed later generations it
became “the classical” – the best, the
definition of great art.
Today, we have an arsenal of
words to dismiss it: formal, rigid,
cold, deathly, even Eurocentric.
That is why a lot more people
rage about ownership of the Elgin
marbles than actually take time to
look at them. Artistic taste in the
21st century is so far from revering
A plaster cast of Rodin’s
masterpiece The Kiss
the ancient that to get some proper
aesthetic attention for these
supreme masterpieces, the British
Museum has to bring in a famous
modernist. If Rodin saw something
in these old stones maybe we can,
too – that seems to be the logic.
And it works because Rodin really
did love the Parthenon sculptures.
From a bust of his friend Mariana
Russell posing as Pallas Athena with
the Parthenon sprouting from her
head to sketches of the Elgin marbles
he made while staying in a hotel
across the road from the British
Museum (to be near them), there is
abundant evidence of his passion.
This flows through what amounts
to a complete retrospective of
his dizzying career. Two full-size
versions of The Thinker, an array of
swarming images in plaster, marble
or bronze from his masterpiece The
Gates of Hell, and even The Burghers
of Calais, brought from its usual
home by the Houses of Parliament
and shown in glorious daylight,
reveal the boundless imagination
and boldness of Rodin.
For Rodin understood that one of
the most powerful ideas in ancient
art is pathos. Greek art is addicted to
the body, but that does not make it
simply sexual. The body can express
pain in tautened muscles, harrowed
poses. That is why The Burghers of
Calais, with its anguished figures
expressing tragedy to their fingertips
(literally – those twisted fingers
say it all), is the most truly Greek of
Rodin’s masterpieces even though it
has a medieval theme.
Cold? Rigid? Rodin did not think
ancient Greek art was either of those
things and nor will you after seeing
the mad, marvellous exhibition
that the British Museum’s sensitive,
Hellenophile curator Ian Jenkins has
created with the Musée Rodin.
Maybe what Rodin really has in
common with the creators of the
Parthenon is an insatiable appetite
for life. Karl Marx called ancient
Greece the happy childhood of
humanity. That captures the joy
and optimism we can still feel in the
Greek vision. Of course, there is pain
aplenty in the Parthenon sculptures.
Yet it is part of an epic sense of the
complex marvel of existence that
bursts out of this exhibition like
Athena from the head of Zeus. Rodin
was right. The Elgin marbles are
the greatest works of art on earth,
wherever they are housed.
Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece,
British Museum, 26 April to 29 July
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National
Windrush scandal
What took so long? Rudd
and May try to distance
themselves from policy
Few of those affected by the
government’s callousness
will believe the protestations
about the system it created
Amelia
Gentleman
‘T
his should never
have been allowed
to happen” declared
Amber Rudd at
the start of her
extraordinary
response to a situation she described
as “heartbreaking”.
Her statement addresses many
issues, but never gets round to
revealing how she and Theresa
May were themselves the people
allowed it to happen, and who
were unforgivably slow to respond
to numerous detailed, disturbing
accounts from those affected by her
department’s mistakes.
“All members of this house will
have seen the recent heartbreaking
stories of individuals who
have been in this country for
decades struggling to navigate an
immigration system in a way they
never, ever should have been,”
she said.
It is remarkable that she finally
decided that the victims’ stories
were “heartbreaking” yesterday. For
six months, the Guardian has been
contacting the Home Office almost
weekly to outline the horrendous
problems experienced by Windrush
victims – people battling with
homelessness, unemployment,
seeing their benefits suspended,
NHS cancer care denied. There
was no acknowledgment from the
department that serious mistakes
had been made and there was
never the slightest suggestion that
anyone in the department found the
accounts heartbreaking.
Each call elicited only dry
statements, mostly advising victims
to seek legal advice – which they
were unable to afford, having been
pushed to near-destitution by the
department’s actions.
In the space of eight days,
the government has executed
an astonishing reassessment of
its relaxed attitude towards the
profound suffering of a generation of
Windrush citizens.
Last Saturday, Downing
Street’s position was that this
issue was sufficiently trivial
that there was no need to agree
to a formal request from the 12
Caribbean high commissioners for
a meeting with the prime minister
to discuss the Home Office’s
treatment of its elderly citizens,
at the Commonwealth heads of
government meeting, which began
last Monday in London.
Within hours it became clear
this rebuff had been a terrible
miscalculation. Rudd was forced
to appear at the dispatch box last
Monday to make the first of two
comprehensive admissions that
the Windrush generation had been
treated “appallingly”.
Last week, Theresa May was
forced to make three apologies on
the issue. The first one, to Caribbean
diplomats on Tuesday, was not
exactly heartfelt – she said she was
“genuinely sorry for any anxiety
caused”, which has a ring of an “I’msorry-you-are-cross” apology. But by
the time she got to her third apology
on Friday night, she was at least
edging towards a recognition that
lives had been ruined by the policy
she created.
The mother of Dexter Bristol,
who died last month trying to sort
out his immigration problems, was
unimpressed by May’s contrition.
“This is racism,” she said.
Rudd devoted some time to a
distasteful buck-passing exercise,
listing Labour initiatives aimed
at tackling illegal immigration
– missing the point that the key
injustice of the Windrush tragedy is
that people who were here entirely
legally have been hit repeatedly by
her department’s actions.
To audible gasps in chamber,
she claimed: “This is a failure
by successive governments to
ensure these individuals have the
documentation they need and
this is why we must urgently put
it right.” No one believes that.
The link between May’s hostile
environment policy and this scandal
is indisputable. Rudd also tried
pointing out that the term “hostile
environment” had been used by two
Labour home secretaries, choosing
to glide over the fact that it was
‘This should never
have been allowed to
happen. We need to
show a human face’
Amber Rudd
May’s vision to create a hardened
immigration system that has caused
all this misery.
But alongside the politics some
positive initiatives were announced.
The 20-strong Windrush taskforce
announced last week appears
to have doubled in size to a
body staffed by 50 experienced
immigration workers. Significantly,
she stated that the term Windrush
meant “everyone that arrived in
the UK before 1973 who were given
settlement rights and not required
to get any specific documentation to
prove these rights.”
For five years, Home Office staff
have been rejecting attempts by
Windrush victims, who have spent
months or years trying to gather
proof they were in the UK before
1971. Rudd has now acknowledged
that none of this was required.
“It is abundantly clear that
everyone considers people who
came in the Windrush generation
to be British. But under the current
rules this is not the case,” she said.
It is worth noting this has not been
clear to Home Office staff in the
new toughened environment; a
whistleblower last week described
workers as having a “gotcha”
attitude towards people struggling
to get their papers in order.
Windrush victims will welcome
Rudd’s announcement that she
wants “to enable the Windrush
generation to acquire the status
they deserve – British citizenship
– quickly, at no cost and with
assistance through the process”.
But some are understandably
sceptical about how things will work
in practice. There is widespread
cynicism about promises that have
been announced so belatedly.
One victim who wasted years
trying to work out why officials
were telling her she was an illegal
immigrant (after more than 50 years
in the country, decades paying taxes
and working for her council) said the
pledges were reminiscent of those
made after the Grenfell fire. “The
government is making promises,
which then get forgotten once the
interest dies down,” she said.
The Guardian has now published
interviews with more than 20
Windrush victims, each case
profoundly disturbing in its own
way. Without naming the paper,
Rudd appeared to acknowledge
that the Guardian’s reporting had
had an impact, recognising the
role played by “media outlets who
relentlessly exposed the situation
that these individuals had been
on the receiving end of. It is their
extraordinary work that has led
to this sea change in terms of the
protection of the Windrush cohort.”
Continued from page 1
British citizenship
offered in bid to end
Windrush scandal
greater judgment where it is justified.” Diane Abbott, the shadow home
secretary, welcomed the announcement but said the debacle should not
have come as a surprise to ministers,
insisting that the “buck stopped” with
Rudd for the crisis. “Many people think
the events around the Windrush generation are one of the biggest scandals
in the administration of home affairs
in a very long time,” she said.
“This was a generation with unparalleled commitment to this country,
unparalleled pride in being British,
unparalleled commitment to hard
work and contributing to society. It
is shameful that this government has
treated this generation in this way.”
David Lammy, the Tottenham MP,
who has campaigned relentlessly for
the Windrush victims, asked the home
secretary to extend the concessions to
other migrants from Commonwealth
countries including Bangladesh, India
and Pakistan. “I and others are in this
country because my parents were born
under the British empire. When she
says that people can apply for British
citizenship if they want it, does she
understand that that citizenship was
theirs all along?” he said.
Yvette Cooper, chair of the home
affairs select committee, demanded
that Rudd end the net migration
targets behind the wider problems,
while the Labour backbencher Wes
Streeting warned that the Windrush
cases were “just the tip of the iceberg”.
The Joint Council for the Welfare of
Immigrants said the measures were
a welcome first step towards righting historic wrongs. But the chief
executive, Satbir Singh, added: “By
placing yet another sticking plaster
over its failures, the government has
said and done nothing to indicate that
it is taking the root causes of this crisis seriously. We need to see root and
branch reform of the Home Office if
we are to avoid another Windrush.”
A special Home Office team to
help those caught up in the scandal
has already been set up, and will also
be available to those who arrived
between 1973 and 1988.
Nine residency cases have been
resolved, while a further 84 people
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West Indian
immigrants in
the customs hall
at Southampton
just after having
arrived in the
United Kingdom
on 27 May 1956
PHOTOGRAPH:
HAYWOOD MAGEE/
PICTURE POST/GETTY
Sketch
John Crace
Sad Face sets
out bold plan to
save what’s left
of her career
A
‘It is
shameful
that this
government
treated this
generation
in this way’
Diane Abbott
Shadow home
secretary
How the Guardian broke the story
Last November, Paulette Wilson,
who has lived here for 50 years, told
the Guardian’s Amelia Gentleman
about her treatment by the Home
Office – revealing she had been held
at Yarl’s Wood detention centre and
threatened with deportation.
It was the first of several stories
that showed how many of the
“Windrush generation” were being
mistreated by the government under
its “hostile environment” policy. By
February, as similar cases mounted,
the government had relented over
Wilson, but faced acute criticism
from Caribbean diplomats calling for
a more compassionate approach.
Last month the story of Albert
Thompson, who had lived in
Britain for 44 years but was told to
produce a passport or pay £54,000
for his cancer treatment, refocused
attention back on the scandal. After
we reported further cases, Theresa
May refused Caribbean leaders a
meeting, sparking fury among MPs
and the wider media. After more bad
publicity, May had to change tack
and apologise, promising reforms
– and a fast track to citizenship.
have made appointments. Officials are
also going through all records dating
back to 2002 to check if anybody has
been wrongly deported.
The Guardian revealed the plight
of Windrush migrants in November,
with interviews with retirement-age
UK residents Paulette Wilson and
Anthony Bryan, who had both been
wrongly sent to immigration centres
before removal to Jamaica, a country
neither had visited for 50 years.
Bryan, 60, who spent three weeks in
detention and whose case was one of
the first highlighted in the Guardian,
was sceptical about Rudd’s claim to
have acted swiftly as soon as she was
made aware of the problem.
Sarah O’Connor, 57, who was told
she was an illegal immigrant last
year, after a lifetime of living and paying taxes in England, having arrived
from Jamaica when she was six, and
is facing bankruptcy because of the
financial consequences of being told
she could neither work nor claim benefits, wondered how the compensation
was going to be awarded.
“I am so angry. Theresa May introduced this when she was home
secretary, and all our problems were
just swept under carpet. This is all a
bit late.”
mber Rudd was sorry.
More than sorry,
gutted. Devastated.
Sad Face. The
treatment of the
Windrush generation
was just one of those things. A joke
that successive governments had
allowed to get out of hand over the
past 30 years. It had never been her
intention for anyone to get hurt and
she was determined to take any
measures necessary to make sure
she and the PM kept their jobs.
“I want the Windrush generation
to get British citizenship,” the
home secretary told the Commons,
inadvertently making a bad situation
worse. The idea that people will
be thrilled to get something they
already thought they had is deluded
at best. Next she will offer them the
right to stay in their own homes.
Sad Face then went on to list
some of the ways she proposed
to save her career. There would
be compensation – normal terms
and conditions apply, check small
print for exemptions – and a new
“customer contact centre” staffed
not just by any old civil servant, but
by 50 senior case workers who had
been trained to be extra friendly on
the phone. Computer says “maybe”.
The heart soared. The largesse.
Britain at its finest. Rudd pressed
on. It was the state that had let the
Windrush generation down, not any
one person. Especially not her or
Theresa May. Or the Home Office. It
was a great office of state. So great
that she would like to shake the
hand of whoever ran it. Just as soon
as she found out who that was.
Diane Abbott pointed out a few
home truths. The problems had
all begun with the 2014 “hostile
environment” Immigration Act. An
act that had been implemented by
May and enforced with enthusiasm
by Rudd. Time and again Labour had
tried to warn of the effects of the
legislation, but the government had
ignored them. For the Tories, a few
wrongly deported West Indians were
a price worth paying for looking
tough on immigration.
“The policy is not called ‘hostile
environment’,” Rudd said. Sad Face
became Hurt Face. “It was called
‘compliant environment’.” Shades
of the Ministry of Truth. The idea
the government had been trying to
eject people was a nonsense. The
whole purpose had been to protect
them by throwing them out for their
own good. They would be so much
happier elsewhere. Somewhere they
might get the cancer treatment they
were wrongly denied in Britain.
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Loneliness is
indicator for
millennials’
mental ill
health – study
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National
Nicola Davis
Lonely millennials are more likely to
have mental health problems, be out of
work and feel pessimistic about their
ability to succeed in life than those
who feel connected to others, regardless of their gender or wealth, research
has revealed.
Loneliness should be taken seriously as a potential marker for other
problems, the team behind the study
said, though it is not clear whether
loneliness is behind the other problems or caused by them.
Dr Timothy Matthews, from King’s
College London and a co-author of the
study, said: “If somebody discloses to
their friends or family or a GP that they
feel lonely a lot of the time, that could
be a warning sign that they are struggling in other areas of life.”
Research on loneliness has mostly
focused on elderly people, but a recent
study by the Office for National Statistics found that young people aged 16
to 24 felt lonely more often than any
other age group of adults.
The latest research, published in
the journal Psychological Medicine,
is based on a large-scale study known
as the Environmental Risk Longitudinal Twin Study, assessing same-sex
twins, born in 1994-95, at various
stages of their life. The research draws
on surveys conducted when 2,066 participants reached 18 years of age.
Up to 7% of participants said they
had feelings of loneliness often,
with 23-31% saying they felt left out,
alone, isolated or lacking in companionship some of the time. The
researchers found that for every
two-point increase on an eight-point
loneliness scale, the chances of experiencing depression or anxiety more
than doubled, while the odds of being
unemployed rose by 38%.
Loneliness was also linked to being
less physically active, smoking, compulsive use of digital technology,
having low qualifications and being
less likely to talk about problems with
others, although it was not related to
job-hunting efforts.
Samaritans can be contacted on
116 123
New talent to the fore on
women’s fiction shortlist
Alison Flood
From Arundhati Roy to Jennifer Egan,
some of the biggest names in literature
have fallen by the wayside in the race
for this year’s Women’s prize for fiction. Instead, the judges have plumped
for titles they felt “spoke most directly
and truthfully” to them.
Three fiction debuts made the sixstrong lineup for the £30,000 award:
the British authors Imogen Hermes
Gowar, chosen for her historical novel
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, which
imagines the capture of a mermaid in
Georgian London; and Jessie Greengrass for Sight, about the path to
motherhood; and the American Elif
Batuman for The Idiot, set at Harvard
University during the 1990s.
Sarah Sands, chair of the judges,
and editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today
programme, said: “You can feel the
full force of these new female voices
… These aren’t the grand old names.”
In what will be viewed as controversial, she added: “Maybe there was
a kind of verve and freshness because
people weren’t on the awards circuit
– they’d just come and written a book
Shortlisted authors
Elif Batuman
The Idiot
Imogen Hermes
Gowar
The Mermaid &
Mrs Hancock
Jessie
Greengrass
Sight
Meena
Kandasamy
When I Hit You
Kamila Shamsie
Home Fire
Jesmyn Ward
Sing, Unburied,
Sing
because they had something to say. It
wasn’t that there was an expectation.”
The best-known name in the running for this year’s award is the
British-Pakistani author Kamila
Shamsie, chosen for Home Fire, her
modern-day reimagining of Sophocles’ Antigone. Overlooked big hitters
were Nicola Barker’s Goldsmiths-winning H(a)ppy; Gail Honeyman’s Costa
prize-winning Eleanor Oliphant Is
Completely Fine and Fiona Mozley’s
Booker-shortlisted Elmet.
“We lost some big names, with
regret,” said Sands, “but narrowed
down the list to the books which
spoke most directly and truthfully to
the judges.”
The lineup is completed by Jesmyn
Ward’s portrait of a mixed-race family
in rural Mississippi, Sing, Unburied,
Sing, which won the National Book
award for the American author, and
the Indian author Meena Kandasamy’s
second novel, an account of an abusive marriage, When I Hit You: Or, A
Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife.
Sands said the judges were “all
rather aghast at seeing some of those
great names go, but in the end the
group decision was to go with what
felt most truthful”.
Discussing Greengrass’s Sight, for
example, “about grief and birth, great
themes, but done in this simple lucid
elegant book”, one of the judges “just
started crying and saying: ‘This is what
grief feels like.’ That is how direct it
was,” said Sands, who was joined on
the panel by Anita Anand, Katy Brand,
Catherine Mayer and Imogen Stubbs.
“I’ve never been in a room where
one of the judges is in tears discussing
a book. Make no mistake, it was a huge
act of self-sacrifice to see these books
being carried off, but we had to go, in
the end, with our instincts,” she added.
Three of the six writers shortlisted
for the prize, which is awarded for
“excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women in English
from throughout the world”, are British: Hermes Gowar, Greengrass and
Shamsie. Their inclusion should
provide some comfort to the British
literary establishment, which has been
up in arms over the Man Booker’s decision in 2014 to include US writers. It
was claimed the change would lead
to a “homogenised literary future”.
Former winners of the Women’s
prize for fiction include Lionel Shriver,
Andrea Levy and Zadie Smith. This
year’s winner will announced on
6 June.
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Stephen Lawrence
Day to be created
as annual tribute to
murdered teenager
Theresa May has announced an annual
Stephen Lawrence Day to be held on
the anniversary of the teenager’s
murder.
The prime minister made the
announcement yesterday at a
memorial service to mark the 25th
anniversary of the hate crime, which
shocked the nation and led to the
Metropolitan police being labelled as
institutionally racist.
In a statement, Stephen’s mother,
Doreen Lawrence, welcomed the
announcement. “I feel honoured she
has recognised the changes that have
been made in Stephen’s name and the
changes that are still needed.”
Stephen Lawrence Day would be
“an opportunity for young people to
use their voices and should be embedded in our education and wider system
regardless of the government of the
day,” she added. The first Stephen
Lawrence Day will be on 22 April 2019.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
were among the up to 800 people who
attended yesterday’s service at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square,
central London. It was also attended
by May, Jeremy Corbyn, the London
mayor, Sadiq Khan, the actor Lenny
Henry, the singer Beverley Knight,
and the Metropolitan police commissioner, Cressida Dick.
Lady Lawrence and Stephen’s
brother Stuart greeted guests at the
church entrance before the service,
which was held to celebrate his life
and legacy. Many of those attending
the service were wearing the orange
ribbon lapel badges of the Stephen
Lawrence Charitable Trust.
During the service, Prince Harry
read a letter of support on behalf
of his father, the Prince of Wales. It
said: “I remember vividly the profound shock that I felt at [Stephen’s]
senseless murder, a feeling shared
by so many people across this country and beyond. I remember, too,
just how deeply moved I was by the
determination of his family to build
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▼ From left: Sadiq Khan; Jeremy
Corbyn; Neville Lawrence; Doreen
Lawrence; Theresa May; the Cabinet
Office minister, David Lidington;
Stephen’s brother, Stuart Lawrence;
and the minister for policing, Nick
Hurd, after the memorial service
something positive from the tragedy
they endured and to ensure Stephen’s
story did not end with despair, but
continued with hope.”
Letters of support were also sent
by May, Corbyn, the home secretary,
Amber Rudd, and the former home
secretary Jack Straw.
Corbyn read an extract from Nelson
Mandela’s autobiography, A Long Walk
to Freedom. Mandela met the Lawrence family at his request while on
a visit to London two weeks after
Stephen’s murder. The meeting helped
to focus national attention on the
hate crime.
As well as hymns, readings, prayers
and reflections, Knight sang two
songs, A Change Is Gonna Come and
Fallen Soldier. Henry interviewed
three beneficiaries of the Stephen
Lawrence Charitable Trust, which
last year supported more than 2,000
young adults with training, mentoring and bursaries.
In an introduction to the order of
service, Lady Lawrence wrote: “I wish
for Stephen’s name not to be identified by his murder, but by the mark he
has left on this country and the wider
world and for the role model he was
and continues to be for many young
people today, even though the majority of them would not have been born
at the time of his death.”
She added: “It has been a long journey that is not over yet, for there are
many injustices that are still taking
place today.”
Henry said: “My heart goes out
to anyone affected by the Windrush
scandal. When I was speaking in the
service, I told them – Theresa May,
Jeremy Corbyn, Sadiq Khan, sitting
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▲ From top: Meghan Markle and
Prince Harry; Doreen Lawrence with
Cressida Dick; and Lenny Henry
speaking at the service
in front of me – ‘you guys have got to
sort this out’, and they all nodded.”
Stephen was murdered by a gang
of five youths in Eltham, south-east
London, on 22 April 1993. Only two,
David Norris and Gary Dobson, were
convicted of murder, almost two decades later, and last week Scotland Yard
said it had no new lines of inquiry
to pursue.
The failure of police to investigate
Stephen’s murder properly and bring
to account those responsible, and their
shocking treatment of his family and
his friend Duwayne Brooks, led to a
watershed moment in race relations
in the UK. The subsequent Macpherson inquiry concluded the police were
guilty of institutional racism.
Speaking after the service, Corbyn
said that although the country had
come far on racism since Stephen’s
death, “we still have a long way to go”.
There were too many young black men
in the criminal justice system, and too
much Islamophobia and antisemitism.
Racism was “a poison”, he added.
Henry said the service had been
a celebration but also a “moment of
incredible sadness”. He said: “There is
no finish line to racism. It is an ongoing
problem we have to solve, something
we have to keep on fighting.”
Doreen Lawrence said the service
had been “amazing” and she was grateful to all those who had worked hard
on it. “I was holding myself together
all the way through. It’s been a really
emotional day,” she told the Guardian.
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Springtime
in full bloom
Rows of
ornamental
cherry trees
provide a
colourful
canopy of
shade for
people out
for a walk in
Greenwich
Park, southeast London.
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Row over customs union
threatens to split cabinet
Government suffers
further defeats to its Brexit
legislation in House of Lords
Anne Perkins
Pippa Crerar
Peers inflicted further significant
defeats to the government’s Brexit
legislation last night as the row over
membership of the customs union
threatened to split the cabinet.
The House of Lords voted by a
majority of 77 to keep the fundamental
charter of EU rights in force after the
UK leaves the EU with 10 Conservative
peers voting with the opposition.
It raises the prospect of the government being defeated in the Commons
on the amendment when the EU
withdrawal bill returns for final consideration by MPs in May. Ministers
only averted a defeat on the issue in
January by offering to review the protections given by the charter.
The Tory former attorney general
Dominic Grieve has indicated he might
vote against the government when the
bill returns, saying he was waiting to
hear if there would be any concessions.
Paul Blomfield, a Labour Brexit
spokesman, welcomed the vote. “The
future of human rights protections is
not a party political issue. It is about
the type of country we want to be and
the values that we want to champion.”
Opening the debate, the crossbencher Lord Pannick, who is a
practising lawyer, said it was “unprincipled and unjustified” to remove from
children, older people and disabled
people the protection of rights that
are currently covered by the charter.
The government also lost a series
of other votes that could have given
ministers the power to restrict when
citizens could use principles of EU law
to challenge the government.
But it avoided defeat on another
measure relating to public health
▲ The ex-attorney general Dominic
Grieve could vote against the bill
protection by pledging to allow EU
obligations to continue after the UK
has left the EU.
Peers have been reluctant to challenge the Commons on Brexit itself,
but many of them regard protecting
the detail of legal and constitutional
principle as one of their core functions.
Tomorrow the government is due
to table amendments relating to
devolved powers, which could provoke a significant revolt in early May
when it is due to come to a vote.
It came as Downing Street played
down reports that senior cabinet ministers continue to be split over the
customs union, with key Brexiters
wanting to drop one of the two options
put forward by the government.
Theresa May could face calls from
ministers including David Davis, Liam
Fox and Boris Johnson to abandon the
so-called customs partnership, which
is generally regarded as her preferred
option. At a meeting of the cabinet’s
Brexit sub-committee tomorrow
they were expected to argue that the
proposal, which relies on Britain to
collect EU import tariffs on behalf of
Brussels, could lead to the UK staying
in a customs union.
However, the prime minister’s
Shop name-drop criticised
An application system for EU
nationals seeking to remain in the
UK after Brexit would be “as easy as
setting up an online account at LK
Bennett”, according to Amber Rudd.
The home secretary referred to
the fashion retailer during a private
business dinner this month, the
Financial Times reported.
LK Bennett describes itself as
an “affordable luxury brand”,
selling shoes, clothes, handbags
and accessories. It is a favourite of
a number of high-profile women,
including Theresa May and the
Duchess of Cambridge.
Rudd reportedly made the
comments as she told business
leaders at a meeting in London that
her department was taking steps to
ensure the smooth registration of EU
nationals using a digital system.
The campaign organisation
the3million, which represents EU
citizens living in the UK, accused
Rudd of trivialising the application
process.
“We had to Google LK Bennett,
a popular chain with the upper
middle class,” a statement said.
“It just shows how detached
the government is from the real
concerns of the average EU citizens.”
Government officials are working
on an online application scheme
that will be open to more than
3 million EU citizens living in the UK
later this year. PA
official spokesman said the government was still looking at both that
option and an alternate proposal to
use technology to achieve a frictionless border.
He refused to confirm whether May
had a preference. Brussels has repeatedly made clear it does not regard
either option as workable.
Some Brexiters fear May is paving
the way for a compromise on the issue
after her team privately admitted she
may have to accept permanent membership of a European customs union.
“We are absolutely clear that we are
leaving,” the spokesman insisted.
However, a group of senior Conservative ministers and backbenchers,
thought to include Grieve, are said to
be drawing up a customs union “in all
but name” in an effort to resolve the
issue, in the hope both sides would
accept a compromise.
Timing is also at stake, with some
remainers hoping that extending
membership of the customs union
beyond the end of the transition
period would make it more likely
that the UK would stay in. The government believes it can get new customs
arrangements in place by December
2020, although experts are sceptical.
Downing Street was forced to deny
reports it was threatening to turn a
Commons vote on the customs union
later this spring into a form of “confidence vote” that could end May’s
leadership if she loses. It has signalled,
however, that No 10 will abstain in the
debate this week on the issue.
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The Daphne Project
▼ Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham
Aliyev, with his wife, Mehriban.
He has been in office since 2003
PHOTOGRAPH: SERGEI GRITS/AP
Azerbaijan’s ruling
families linked to secret
investments via Malta
President Aliyev’s two
daughters among alleged
beneficiaries of global deals
Juliette Garside
Stephanie Kirchgaessner
Azerbaijan’s ruling families are the
alleged beneficiaries of dozens of
anonymously owned firms used to
invest in property, hotels and businesses in Europe, according to an
investigation by the Daphne Project.
Over the past three years, several
networks of firms appear to have
used a private bank in Malta for secret
investments in the UK, Spain, France,
Georgia and Montenegro, research by
the project found.
Many of the companies were
allegedly operated for the benefit of
the children of Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan’s president, and the sons of his
minister for emergency situations,
Kamaladdin Heydarov, according to
three sources with knowledge of the
transactions.
Their claims are supported by information in the public domain, and a
leak from Dubai residency records.
Aliyev’s daughters, Leyla and Arzu
Aliyeva, did not respond to a request
for comment. Lawyers for Heydarov’s
sons, Nijat and Tale, said: “Our clients
are the beneficial owners of companies
… which have entirely legitimate and
lawful business.”
There is no suggestion of wrongdoing, but the disclosures are likely
to raise new questions for Azerbaijan’s
ruling elites, who have been widely
criticised for a lack of transparency
since Aliyev took power in 2003. He
has been accused of presiding over a
regime that has imprisoned journalists, committed human rights abuses
and allowed looting of state assets by
public officials. The Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and Development has called for the country to be
more open as part of necessary anticorruption measures.
The president has denounced
any criticism of his government as a
“smear” and accused western media
of waging a “biased, groundless and
provocative” campaign.
The investigation shows the breadth
of previously unreported investments
owned by some of the Azeri elite, and
how Malta has been used as a gateway
for them to buy and manage assets
across the world. At the heart of the
network are companies that were
clients of Pilatus bank, whose HQ is
in Malta. Its assets are frozen pending the outcome of an investigation
initiated by the country’s banking
regulator last month.
The information appears to show
for the first time that Aliyev’s daughters own a half share in Gilan Holding,
one of Azerbaijan’s largest firms, with
interests in banking, building, tourism, agriculture and a football club.
Gilan Holding was founded by Heydarov in the 1980s and became one of
Azerbaijan’s most successful firms. It
360
Number of rooms in a hotel in Dubai
that stands on plots owned by Sahra
$40m
The amount to be spent converting a
Georgian sanatorium into a hotel
was then handed to his sons, before
Heydarov entered government.
Assets allegedly held by the families
through companies that were customers of Pilatus bank include:
• An investment in the five-star Sofitel
hotel and spa on Dubai’s Palm island,
which is operated by the French multinational AccorHotels Group.
• Azerbaija n’s Gilan Holding
conglomerate.
• Three French manufacturers of porcelain, bed linen and Smurf figurines.
• A $40m (£29m), five-star hotel
redevelopment in Georgia.
The Maltese regulator has declined
to comment on the focus of its inquiry
at Pilatus. There is no suggestion those
named in this article acted illegally.
A collaboration of 18 news organisations, including the Guardian, Reuters
and the New York Times, has been
researching Pilatus. Led by France’s
Forbidden Stories, the Daphne Project
was created to continue the investigations of Daphne Caruana Galizia, who
was killed by a car bomb in October.
Fifty companies and trusts, almost
all owned anonymously, have been
traced. They appear to belong to at
least five separate groupings of companies, whose key entities were
incorporated in Malta from the summer of 2014 onwards. Pilatus, the bank
for many of the companies, opened its
HQ in the European Union’s smallest
member state in January 2014.
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The asset trail
How Azerbaijani minister’s sons
bought three French factories
Wolverine Asia
Holdings NZ Ltd
New Zealand
shareholder
Hawk Asia
Holdings NZ Ltd
New Zealand
shareholder
Robert Baker, UK
director
Kimberley
Holdings Ltd
Malta
shareholder
Argyle
Holdings Ltd
Malta
shareholder
Heritage Asset
Holdings Ltd
Malta
shareholder
Heritage Collection SA
Luxembourg
shareholder
Heritage Collection
France
shareholder
Three factories
France
Bed linen
Porcelain
Figurines
Images: Alamy Stock Photo
‘It is incredible. It’s been
three years
now that my
questions
have gone
unanswered.’
Manager
in Limoges
▲ The journalist
Daphne Caruana
Galizia was
murdered in
Malta last year
Azeri-controlled accounts at Pilatus are frozen, along with those of all
other customers, since the arrest of
the bank’s Iranian owner in Washington in March. Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad
is in custody awaiting prosecution for
alleged money laundering and sanctions violations in relation to business
affairs before arriving in Malta.
The Pilatus scandal surfaced last
year when an employee blew the
whistle. Her claims, first reported by
Caruana Galizia and later repeated to
a European parliament inquiry, were
that Pilatus customers included Leyla
Aliyeva and Maltese politicians. The
claims surfaced at a time when Azerbaijan was completing an investment
in the Maltese energy sector.
Two sources with knowledge of
Pilatus transactions have confirmed
her testimony: they say the Aliyev and
Heydarov families were clients.
In response to a letter from the
Guardian, lawyers for the Heydarov sons stated: “Our clients are
the beneficial owners of companies
which hold accounts at Pilatus bank
in Malta, which have entirely legitimate and lawful business.” They say
the structure was set up to hold European property and assets, and their
ownership in many cases was in the
public domain. “Where it is not, there
are legitimate public-interest reasons
to keep the fact of ownership private,
for example where the companies hold
property used by our clients for residential purposes, that ownership may
be kept private for security reasons.”
Robert Baker, an Australian who
lives in Britain, appears as a director
of dozens of Pilatus entities.
The largest grouping of firms,
owned by the Heydarov brothers via
anonymous New Zealand holding
companies set up as recently as last
November, has invested tens of millions of pounds in European assets,
including a €3.9m (£3.4m) villa in Marbella, Spain, and a former sanatorium
in Georgia for €2.5m, which reports say
is to be turned into a five-star hotel.
The brothers own three French artisanal businesses: a maker of china
plates in Limoges, another producing
cartoon character figurines, and a supplier of bed linen to the Élysée Palace.
The Guardian understands that
managers of these businesses, all
acquired in 2014 and 2015, were never
told who their ultimate owner was.
The manager of the Limoges factory told Le Monde, a partner in the
Daphne Project: “It’s incredible, it’s
been three years now that my questions have gone unanswered.”
Two London townhouses worth
a combined £16m belong to a New
Zealand firm called Kubernao Trust
Limited, which has a Pilatus account.
Baker is an ex-shareholder, public
records show, and is listed as a director.
It is not known who ultimately owns
the homes as their identity is hidden
behind a New Zealand nominee.
Lawyers for Baker said he was
“appalled” by Caruana Galizia’s murder and had “at all times acted with
the utmost good faith and integrity,
and where appropriate, sought the
assistance of appropriate experts”.
They declined to comment on ownership of firms of which Baker was a
director, saying: “Confidentiality, privacy and discretion are fundamental
requirements for service providers
in consultation, management and
administration of family funds and
private banking.”
One of the biggest revelations is that
Aliyev’s daughters may have a majority stake in Gilan. The Heydarov family
have always presented the conglomerate as theirs. A 2013 audit of a bank
owned by Gilan declared the group
was ultimately owned by two entities:
Sahra FZCO, with 51%, and Shams Al
Sahra FZCO, with 49%. The Heydarov
brothers were named as joint owners
of these Dubai-registered entities.
However, two sources with knowledge of Pilatus transactions confirmed
the owners of Sahra FZCO were
declared to Pilatus as Leyla and Arzu
Aliyeva. Asked about the ownership,
the Heydarov brothers’ lawyers said
their clients would not comment “for
confidentiality and security reasons”.
Property records, obtained by the
Organized Crime and Corruption
Reporting Project, show Sahra holds
two plots on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah
island, occupied by the 360-room Sofitel Dubai resort. While the family is
understood to own the building, the
hotel is managed by Accor. It appears
Accor is a partner with Aliyev interests
in three hotels. The French group operates the Fairmont in Baku, previously
reported as being linked to the Aliyevs.
Accor said it could not divulge
details of commercial relationships.
Additional reporting Miranda
Patrucic, Khadija Ismayilova,
Jean-Baptiste Chastand, Anne Michel
▲ Police block some of the protesters
who gathered at Alder Hey hospital
Supporters of
Alfie Evans try
to storm Alder
Hey hospital
Frances Perraudin
Helen Pidd
Protesters supporting the parents of
a 23-month-old boy at the centre of
a life-support treatment battle have
attempted to storm Alder Hey children’s hospital in Liverpool, after
the European court of human rights
refused to intervene in the case.
Tom Evans and Kate James, who are
in their early 20s and from Liverpool,
appealed to the ECHR after failing on
Friday to persuade supreme court justices to consider their case.
Italy granted citizenship to Alfie late
yesterday afternoon after a request by
his parents’ lawyers at the Christian
Legal Centre. The Italian government
said it hoped the child would now be
transferred “immediately” to Italy.
Tom Evans, the baby’s father, wrote
on Facebook: “Alfie belongs to Italy.”
Doctors in the UK have argued that
life support should be withdrawn for
Universal credit
blamed after
food bank use
rises 13% in year
Patrick Butler
Pamela Duncan
Vulnerable people left with nowhere
else to turn after problems with universal credit helped fuel a big increase
in food bank use over the past year,
according to the UK’s biggest food
bank network, the Trussell Trust.
The trust, whose annual figures
throw light on social hardship, gave
out a record 1.3m food parcels to
666,000 people in 2017-18, up 13% on
the previous year’s 1,183,000.
However, food banks in areas where
the full universal credit service had
been in place for a year or more were
four times as busy, recording an
average 52% increase in demand for
three-day emergency food packages.
The trust said many universal credit
claimants had turned to food banks
after long waits for payment and
administrative chaos had pushed them
into debt, ill-health and rent arrears.
“This is completely unacceptable.
the boy, who has a rare degenerative
brain disease.
Evans said yesterday afternoon that
doctors had proposed switching off his
son’s life support at 1.30pm.
Approximately 200 supporters
gathered outside Alder Hey after
the ECHR announcement and police
scrambled to block the doors as about
a dozen tried to enter the building. The
demonstrators temporarily blocked
the road and were chanting: “Save
Alfie Evans.”
Speaking in a video on Facebook
on Monday afternoon, Evans said:
“Please come to Alder Hey and pray.
Make sure it’s peaceful.”
A post on the Alfie’s Army Facebook
page, which has 270,000 members,
asked protesters not to go near the hospital building.
The ECHR said yesterday that it
had rejected the application submitted by the family of Alfie Evans as
inadmissible.
Judges have concluded that the
child is in a semi-vegetative state and
further treatment would be futile.
On Friday, three supreme court
justices agreed with Alfie’s doctors,
saying there was “no hope of him getting better”. They said there was no
reason for further delay to withdrawing life support, adding: “The hospital
must be free to do what has been determined to be in Alfie’s best interests.
“Alfie looks like a normal baby, but
the unanimous opinion of the doctors
who have examined him and the scans
of his brain is that almost all of his brain
has been destroyed.
“No one knows why. But that it has
happened, and is continuing to happen, cannot be denied. It means that
Alfie cannot breathe, or eat, or drink
without sophisticated medical treatment. It also means that there is no
hope of his ever getting better.”
The child has been seriously ill since
having a seizure in December 2016.
We need to move towards a UK where
no one needs a food bank … not a country where charity provision is the only
defence from utter destitution,” said
Emma Revie, trust chief executive.
Research published today finds a
“significant scale” of poor benefits
administration, coupled with widespread evidence that the benefit does
not cover basic living costs.
Claimants found the digital-only
universal credit service hard to navigate, with little support to help them
cope or tide them over a minimum sixweek wait for a first payment.
The trust has called for an urgent
inquiry into universal credit, an end
to the benefits freeze and more practical help for the poorest claimants.
The Trussell Trust distributed 1.3m
emergency food packages last year
Three-day food packages, millions
• Adult • Child
0
0.2
0.4
2017-18
2016-17
2015-16
2014-15
2013-14
2012-13
2011-12
2010-11
2009-10
2008-09
Source: The Trussell Trust
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0.8
1
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Patrick Greenfield
Maeve McClenaghan
Sarah Marsh
At least 78 homeless people died on
the streets and in temporary accommodation this winter, bringing the
number of recorded homeless deaths
to more than 300 since 2013, research
has shown.
A former soldier, a quantum physicist and a 31-year-old man mourning
the loss of his mother and brother were
among those found dead in doorways,
crowded shelters and tents pitched in
freezing conditions since October, the
researchers said.
The Guardian reported on 11 April
that the number of recorded deaths
of homeless people had more than
doubled over the past five years, rising from 32 in 2013 to 77 in 2017. Since
then, more local authorities have provided figures. So far, the deaths of 40
homeless people have been recorded
this year, meaning at least 318 homeless people have died since 2013.
The figures for this winter, compiled by the Bureau of Investigative
Journalism, which show an average
of at least two deaths every week, are
likely to be a significant underestimate
as no part of the UK government
records homeless death statistics at a
national level, and local authorities are
not obliged to record the information.
The average age of rough sleepers
who died in the past five years was 43,
about half the usual life expectancy in
the UK. Where local authorities provided a gender, the figures showed
that 88% of those who died were men.
Among them was 41-year-old Robert Wallis, who was found dead next to
his mother at a homeless drop-in centre in Canterbury in March as heavy
snow gripped the UK.
“I woke up and reached out for
his hand but it felt really cold,” his
mother, Eileen, who is also homeless,
told KentOnline. “I knew he was ill,
but this came completely out of the
blue and I am devastated.”
Rough sleeping has increased by
169% nationally since 2010. An estimated 4,751 people bedded down
outside in 2017, but charities say the
official statistics fail to capture the true
level of street homelessness.
Crown should have
paid my co-star Foy
equally, says Smith
Lanre Bakare and agencies
Matt Smith has broken his silence
about the pay gap between him and his
co-star in The Crown, Claire Foy, saying they should have been paid equally
for their roles in the Netflix drama.
Smith plays the Duke of Edinburgh
opposite Foy’s Queen Elizabeth II. Last
month at a television conference, the
show’s producers, Left Bank Pictures,
revealed that he was paid more than
her for his work on the show. Following an outcry and a petition, Left Bank
apologised to both actors.
Smith told the Hollywood Reporter:
“Claire is one of my best friends, and I
believe that we should be paid equally
and fairly and there should be equality for all. I support her completely,
and I’m pleased that it was resolved
and they made amends for it because
that’s what needed to happen.
“Going forward, I think we should
all bear in mind that we need to strive
to make this better and a more even
playing field for everyone involved
– but not just in our industry, in
all industries.”
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▼ Fiona Partington at Deardens
Farm, which would be demolished
under Peel Group’s Ryder Cup plan
PHOTOGRAPH: CHRISTOPHER THOMOND/GUARDIAN
London court
hearing for
Bristol Taser
case criticised
Steven Morris
Angry locals take a swing at
Bolton Ryder Cup scheme
Property firm’s plan for hotel,
homes and golf course rests
on hosting 2026 tournament
Josh Halliday
North of England correspondent
Ambitious plans to bring golf’s Ryder
Cup to Bolton have swung off course
after 10,000 residents, MPs and conservationists called on the government
to block the proposals.
A property firm, the Peel Group,
has been given planning permission
to build a championship golf course,
hotel and 1,000 executive homes on
Grade II-listed green belt land with the
aim of hosting the tournament in 2026.
The £240m project would be built
on the Hulton Park estate, which was
formerly owned by the aristocratic
family who inspired the TV series
Downton Abbey.
John Whittaker, the Peel Group’s
chairman, said the work would restore
“a crumbling treasure” and bring tens
of millions of pounds to Bolton, but
said it hinged on being awarded the
2026 Ryder Cup. A decision on the
event’s host is expected late next year.
The bid has not met with universal approval in Bolton, a town more
famous for its cotton than its clubhouses. The council leader, Linda
Thomas, called the proposals “insidious” before the town hall’s planning
committee gave the scheme the
go-ahead last month.
Two of the town’s MPs, Labour’s
Yasmin Qureshi and Chris Green, a
Conservative, have united in disapproval, while the Bolton-born actor
Maxine Peake has described the plans
as “absolute madness fuelled by nothing more than utter greed”.
Conservationists are concerned
about harm to wildlife and plans to
chop down ancient woodland to make
way for the 7,400-yard, 18-hole course.
This week 10,000 Bolton residents
sent postcards to the communities secretary, Sajid Javid, urging him to call
in and veto the plans.
In a letter addressed to Javid, Hulton
Estate Area Residents Together (Heart)
said the scheme constituted a “serious and substantial encroachment
‘It’s absolute
madness fuelled
by nothing more
than utter greed’
Maxine Peake
into the green belt which would cause
major harm” and was in conflict with
national planning policies.
There is anger too that thanks to
Peel’s use of a loophole in planning
laws none of the 1,036 proposed homes
would be “affordable housing”. The
property firm, one of the biggest and
most powerful developers in the north
of England, said it would consider providing affordable housing in future if
the project made a profit. It is expected
to make a £25m loss, the company said.
At Deardens Farm, which would
be demolished if the plans go ahead,
the impact is more personal. Michael
Partington, the tenant farmer, whose
family have lived and worked there for
63 years, said the farm was “our whole
life” and the uncertainty over its future
had affected business.
The award-winning farm – the only
one in Bolton to bottle and sell its milk
– was acquired by Peel when it bought
the Hulton Park estate in 2010, ending
centuries of Hulton family ownership.
“I don’t blame Peel, I blame the
Labour council,” Partington said. “Peel
are only businesspeople at the end of
the day. The Labour council had it in
their power to stop it all but they didn’t
– they’re supposed to be protecting
green spaces.”
Peel’s planning director, Richard
Knight, said bringing the Ryder Cup
to Bolton was “a realistic aim” but a
decision by Javid to call in the scheme
would be a potentially fatal blow and
mean it would be likely to miss next
year’s selection deadline.
Hosting the Ryder Cup would be a
“once in a generation growth opportunity” for the region, Peel said in its
planning application, predicting visitors would spend £56m in shops and
hotels. More than 1,000 jobs would be
created over the next 20 years, it said.
On the loss of woodland, Knight
said the plans would result in a “net
biodiversity gain” for Hulton Park,
which he said had been in decline for
a century until it was acquired by Peel.
Approving the plans, planning
officers acknowledged the “substantial levels of objection” and that the
scheme was contrary to green belt
policies, but said the “very special
circumstances” of hosting the Ryder
Cup outweighed the harm. Officials
said the “significant national, regional
and local benefits” of the tournament
were a “fundamental component of
the benefits of the proposal, without
which it would not be appropriate to
grant planning permission”.
The Ryder Cup would be a glitzy
jewel in the crown for Peel Group,
but the success of the bid is far from
assured. A Ryder Cup source said
Bolton would struggle against elite
European competition and it would be
years before the biennial tournament
returned to the UK, which has hosted
the last three European legs (the next
two will be in Paris and Rome). “I think
Bolton will struggle,” the source said.
At Deardens Farm, Partington’s
22-year-old daughter, Fiona, was
busy running the family’s fledgling
ice-cream business. “Best ice-cream
in the north,” one customer beamed
when the Guardian visited.
This time next year the shop, land
and farmhouse where the Partingtons have lived for decades could be
dust. “It’s making it a real struggle to
work in this environment. It’s tough to
keep morale high,” said Fiona. “I really
worry about us as a family.”
Supporters of a race relations adviser
who was allegedly shot with a Taser
electrical weapon by a police officer
have expressed anger and bewilderment that court hearings are to be held
far from the city where the incident
happened.
Judah Adunbi, a former member
of an independent advisory group to
Avon and Somerset police, was allegedly shot by an officer with a stun gun
in Bristol last year. A video of the incident was shared on social media.
PC Claire Boddie, of Avon and Somerset police, has denied common
assault and her trial is due to be heard
by the deputy senior district judge
Tan Ikram next month in either Salisbury, which is 60 miles from Bristol,
or Chippenham, 30 miles away. A case
management hearing is to be held in
London, 120 miles away.
Supporters of Adunbi say confidence in the legal system would be
undermined if the case is not heard
in Bristol.
Cleo Lake, a Green party councillor,
said: “We’re getting the run around.
It’s confusing, it’s not transparent, it’s
bewildering really. It doesn’t give us
any confidence as a community.”
Yesterday about 30 supporters
packed into a magistrates court room
in Bristol for what was due to be a case
management hearing.
Richard Shepherd, for the defence,
initially asked to make an application
in private. Ikram, who was presiding via video link from Westminster,
agreed to have the court cleared,
despite members of the media raising
concerns. When the press and pubic
were allowed back in, Ikram said no
application had been made. He said
he did not know where the trial would
be held. “I go where I’m told,” he said.
The case has so far been listed in
courtrooms including Taunton in Somerset and Southampton, Hampshire.
Desmond Brown, of the Justice 4
Judah campaign, said he was horrified
by how the case was being handled. He
said: “Moving the case to Westminster makes it hard for us to be there
but we will go. This needs to be done
in public.”
In a further twist, Adunbi, 64, also
known as Ras, has been charged with
a racially aggravated public order
offence after an alleged incident at a
betting shop in Bristol on 29 March.
He is due to appear before Bristol
magistrates next month.
▲ Judah Adunbi outside court in 2017
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The Guardian Tuesday 24 April 2018
In brief
National
Land management
Sewers
£10m a year needed ‘to
ensure productive soil’
‘Autopsy’ on fatberg
reveals health threat
England must invest £10m a year to
ensure its soil is productive enough
to continue to grow food by the end
of the century, a new report warns.
Soil erosion and the pollution of
watercourses is putting the entire
£8bn farming industry at risk,
the study from WWF, the Angling
Trust and the Rivers Trust says. It
warns that failure to act now will
jeopardise future food production
and the provision of clean water.
Poor farming and land
management practices are causing
soil to be destroyed at about 10
times the rate it is being created,
figures show, costing England and
Wales £1.2bn a year. The report
puts forward a model for land
management where environmental
and food production needs are given
equal weight to reverse the decline.
In March, the UK government
indicated that its agricultural bill,
due to be published this year, would
for the first time contain measures
and targets to preserve and improve
the health of the UK’s soils.
The UN has recently warned that
the world’s soils face exhaustion and
depletion, with about 60 harvests
left before they are too degraded to
feed the planet. Jessica Aldred
Riding high
A 20ft-tall
War Horse
sculpture is
lifted into
place in
Featherstone,
Yorkshire. The
first world war
memorial was
made by the
Bristol design
company
Cod Steaks.
PHOTOGRAPH:
DARREN O’BRIEN/
GUZELIAN
Banking
TSB data transfer locks
millions out of accounts
One of the biggest transfers of
banking data ever attempted in the
UK, involving 1.3 bn TSB customer
records, fell into turmoil yesterday
as millions of customers were locked
out of their accounts.
Some customers said the IT
“upgrade” left their accounts with
rogue credits and debits, while
others reported being given access
to random accounts.
TSB said its 1.9 million mobile and
internet banking customers suffered
“intermittent” access failures, while
a glitch gave some views of accounts
they would not normally see.
The bank apologised and said any
customer left out of pocket by the IT
transfer would be reimbursed.
On Twitter, customers shared
images of rogue debts and credits
on their accounts. One account
holder showed a direct debit paid
to Sky Digital in 81 years’ time. Paul
Scriven, a member of the House of
Lords, said on Twitter his account
wrongly showed a £0 balance. “Stop
telling me and other customers
you have an intermittent problem.
You clearly have a major systems
failure,” he wrote. Patrick Collinson
Fatbergs, the congealed masses of
fat and discarded items that regularly block Britain’s sewers, are a
consequence of the UK plastic crisis
and contain dangerous antibioticresistant bacteria, tests show.
A study by Channel 4 and Thames
Water has analysed the contents of
one outsize central London fatberg.
Cooking fat made up nearly
90% of the sample in the South
Bank mass – thought to be larger
than a fatberg discovered under
Whitechapel in east London which
weighed the same as 11 doubledecker buses and stretched the
length of two football pitches.
One of the troubling findings
of Fatberg Autopsy: Secrets of the
Sewers, which airs tonight, was
potentially infectious bacteria
including listeria, campylobacter
and E coli. Findings revealed some
of the bacteria were able to thrive in
the antibiotic environment.
Typical items found in the fatberg
included condoms, sanitary towels,
nappies, cotton buds and wet wipes.
The examination also uncovered
evidence of Britons’ contact with
street and pharmaceutical drugs,
including small plastic “baggies”, a
needle and syringe. Nadia Khomami
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▼ Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
play ‘his most interesting album since
the mid-90s’ in Berlin this month
PHOTOGRAPH: STEFAN HÖDERATH/REDFERNS
Labour defers
antisemitism
meeting after
major Jewish
bodies opt out
Peter Walker
Political correspondent
Music review
Noel Gallagher seeks to
widen his vision rather
than look back in anger
High Flying Birds
Brighton Centre
★★★★☆
▲ The recent Who Built the Moon: ‘the
sort of record he’s been threatening to
make ever since Oasis split’
Alexis Petridis
A
s Noel Gallagher
departs the stage
at the end of his UK
tour’s first date, he
tells the audience to
get home safely and
that he’ll see them soon. “Probably
at some shitty festival,” he adds.
“We’ll be third on the bill. Fucking
travesty.” It’s clearly meant as a joke,
but there’s a certain edge to it.
The last six months have been a
curious period in Gallagher’s career.
He released Who Built the Moon?, by
some considerable distance the most
interesting album he’s made since
the mid-90s, and the sort of record
he’s been threatening to make ever
since Oasis split up.
A collaboration with the dance
producer, DJ and soundtrack
composer David Holmes, it pushed
Gallagher out of his comfort zone
of mid-tempo anthems and Beatles
references into more colourful
and spacier territory: it touches on
ambient electronica, New Order’s
shimmering dance-rock hybrid,
easy listening, and the sonically
super-saturated glam rock of Roy
Wood’s Wizzard.
For his trouble, he’s been bested
commercially by his brother Liam’s
debut solo album, As You Were, on
which pop songwriters-for-hire were
drafted into the aforementioned
comfort zone: mid-tempo anthems
and Beatles references abound.
Perhaps the problem is that Noel
should have made Who Built the
Moon? 20 years ago.
If you spend decades dealing in
more of the same, that’s what people
come to expect of you – they’re
bound to react coolly when you
suddenly start breaking out the
trombone and the French spokenword interludes from Charlotte
Marionneau, who’s also spotted at
one juncture using a pair of scissors
as percussion.
Still, better late than never, and
there’s something pleasingly bullish
both about the sound of High Flying
Birds – simultaneously expansive
‘There’s something
pleasingly bullish
about the sound of
High Flying Birds
and about the show’s
implicit suggestion
that his audience
can like his new
direction or lump it’
and powerful, not least on the brassassisted Keep on Reaching, which
feels like the work of a band rather
than backing musicians – and about
the show’s implicit suggestion that
his audience can very much like his
new direction or lump it.
While his brother comes onstage
to Oasis’s old intro music and
immediately starts clobbering them
with the contents of Definitely
Maybe, Gallagher’s appearance
is preceded by a lengthy passage
of electronic drone, his set opens
with the Screamadelica-ish
near-instrumental Fort Knox and
proceeds through four songs in a row
from Who Built The Moon?
Wonderwall and Don’t Look Back
In Anger aside, the set steps lightly
around Oasis’s biggest hits,
concentrating instead on previous
moments from Gallagher’s solo
oeuvre, when he pushed more
gently against his self-imposed
boundaries: the sax-heavy Riverman
or the house-influenced AKA… What
A Life!
Occasionally, when he does dip
into the Oasis catalogue, it acts as an
intriguing study in contrasts. Half
the World Away is still fantastic but a
trudge through Little By Little serves
to remind you of what you’re not
missing. It goes down a storm, but it
feels leaden next to She Taught Me
How To Fly’s breezy sparkle or the
propulsive honk of Holy Mountain.
There’s the sense of a man
slogging away trying to recapture
the inspiration that propelled
Oasis to the top in the first place,
versus the sound of a man who
seems genuinely inspired once
more, powered by something other
than nostalgia for Oasis’s mid-90s
moment in the sun.
A round-table meeting between
Jeremy Corbyn and Jewish groups to
discuss antisemitism in the Labour
party and other issues has been postponed, reportedly because of concerns
about one group’s participation.
The Labour leader will still hold a
meeting today with the two largest
organisations – the Board of Deputies
of British Jews (BoD) and the Jewish
Leadership Council (JLC) – as part of
efforts to tackle antisemitism.
However, a round table involving
more groups, scheduled for tomorrow,
was postponed after the BoD and JLC
said they would not take part.
It is understood there was disquiet
within the BoD and JLC that among the
groups invited to the round table was
Jewish Voice for Labour, which has
downplayed antisemitism in the party.
Last month it organised a counterdemonstration to the “enough is
enough” protest outside parliament
against antisemitism in Labour.
The groups also felt the purpose of
the second event was too vague.
A source in Corbyn’s office said
tomorrow’s round-table meeting had
been postponed rather than cancelled,
and more meetings were planned for
the coming weeks.
Earlier this month Corbyn wrote
to the heads of the BoD and JLC to
suggest a meeting “without preconditions” to look at efforts to tackle
antisemitism. He said:“I appreciate
and understand the anger you express
and reiterate my determination to fight
antisemitism within the Labour party
and society at large … I recommit to
doing all I can to address the anguish
and distress caused to many people in
the Jewish community.”
Last week, the two groups issued a
joint statement saying they remained
committed to meeting Corbyn and
Labour’s new general secretary, Jennie Formby, “to discuss a set of specific
actions, which we have already proposed and published, and which can
help the Labour party tackle its antisemitism problem”.
The statement added: “We therefore see no reason for us to attend the
‘round-table’ meeting.” They also
urged other Jewish community organisations to follow their lead.
▲ Jeremy Corbyn is due to hold talks
with two key Jewish groups today
over antisemitism in the Labour party
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Experiment over
Early end for Finnish
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Nazi legacy
Anger over unseen
Riefenstahl archive
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‘I wanted an
adventure’:
Australian
boy, 12, flies
alone to Bali
Guardian staff
Armenia’s prime minister
quits, telling protesters he
is ‘fulfilling your demand’
Country’s most powerful
politician backs down
after alleged power grab
Andrew Roth
Moscow
For 11 days, the pressure mounted on
Serzh Sargsyan, Armenia’s most powerful politician. But few ever expected
he would go so quietly.
The country’s prime minister and
former president for a decade yesterday resigned in a stunning concession
to the opposition, which had filled
the main public square of the former
Soviet republic’s capital with tens of
thousands of demonstrators demanding he leave office.
Facing a renewed wave of thousands of protesters, including
deserting soldiers, Sargsyan finally
issued his stark mea culpa: “I was
wrong,” he said in a statement issued
on his government’s website. “The
street movement is against my tenure. I am fulfilling your demand.”
Residents of the capital, Yerevan,
poured out on to the streets to celebrate after Sargsyan announced his
resignation. Hundreds of uniformed
soldiers had earlier joined anti-government demonstrators on the 11th
consecutive day of protests over a
power grab by Sargsyan. Tens of thousands of demonstrators had gathered
at the weekend in the city’s Republic
Square in one of Armenia’s largest protests in years.
The demonstrations were sparked
by Sargsyan’s decision to take on
the post of prime minister after having served for more than a decade as
president, provoking anger among
opposition parties and other protest
groups over his domination of Armenia’s politics.
The decision to swap jobs came as
Sargsyan’s second term as president
was coming to an end and shortly after
the constitution was amended to give
more power to the prime minister and
transform the presidency into a ceremonial role.
The triumph for the unlikely protest
movement sent shockwaves through
the region but appeared unlikely to
bring intervention. Russia, which has
acted to avert revolutions in neighbouring states in the past, appeared
to accept Sargsyan’s resignation. The
Kremlin said it would not involve itself
in the country’s internal politics.
Before Sargsyan’s resignation,
‘I was wrong. The
street movement is
against my tenure’
Serzh Sargsyan
Armenian prime minister
▲ Protesters carry the Armenian flag
during a demonstration in Yerevan
PHOTOGRAPH: ARTYOM GEODAKYAN/TASS
and apparently yielding to opposition pressure, police had released
Nikol Pashinyan, a protest leader and
opposition MP who had been arrested
alongside hundreds of protesters on
Sunday in an attempt to crush the
demonstrations. Until his release,
Pashinyan’s whereabouts had been
unknown.
“Nikol! Nikol!” protesters draped
in Armenian flags chanted as they
marched in Yerevan.
Pashinyan earned a mention in
Sargsyan’s resignation announcement. “This is the last time I will speak
to you as the head of the government,”
the statement said. “Nikol Pashinyan
was right. I was wrong.”
Sargsyan’s attempted move to the
prime minister’s office had earned
comparisons with Vladimir Putin’s
return to power as president in 2012
after serving four years as Russia’s
prime minister. Putin also faced
opposition demonstrations but
survived them.
A shrewd former military officer,
Sargsyan was first elected president
of the impoverished, Moscow-allied
country in 2008. After that poll, 10 people died in clashes between police and
supporters of the defeated opposition
candidate. He was re-elected in 2013,
with his second and final term having
ended on 9 April.
An Australian woman has described
herself as shocked and disgusted after
her 12-year-old son was able to pass
through security at two Australian
airports and fly unaccompanied to
Bali using student ID and his parents’
stolen credit card.
The boy, given the pseudonym
Drew, made the trip after an argument
in which his mother told him he could
not go to the Indonesian island, following two previous attempts in which
staff at Qantas and Garuda airlines had
turned him away at Sydney airport and
alerted police.
For his third, he researched and
booked flights on an airline that
allowed 12-year-olds to fly alone and
tricked his grandmother into revealing where his parents had hidden his
passport. “He just doesn’t like the
word ‘no’, and that’s what I got: a kid
in Indonesia,” his mother, identified as
Emma, told the television programme
A Current Affair.
Telling his family he was going to
school, the boy rode his scooter to his
local railway station, travelled to Sydney airport and, using a self-service
check-in terminal, boarded a flight for
Perth, then another for Indonesia.
He was questioned only once, at
Perth airport, when staff asked him
for identification to prove he was over
12. The Guardian has independently
confirmed the boy made the trip.
“They just asked for my student ID
and passport to prove that I’m over
12 and that I’m in secondary school,”
he told A Current Affair. “It was great
because I wanted to go on an adventure.” In Denpasar, Bali, he checked
into the All Seasons hotel, telling staff
he was waiting for his sister to arrive.
When his school reported him
absent his family scrambled to find
him until, four days later, he posted a
video on social media of himself playing in a Bali pool.
His mother said his passport should
have been flagged by police after his
first two attempts to travel alone.
“Shocked, disgusted – there’s no emotion to feel what we felt when we found
he left overseas,” his mother said.
Indonesian police went to Drew’s
hotel, where he had locked himself in
his room, fearing the worst. Officers
unscrewed a window and took him
to the police station, where he waited
for his parents to fly in from Australia
to collect him.
“I got a hug off Dad but Mum didn’t
do anything – she was angry,” the
12-year-old said.
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World
At least 20 die
in Saudi-led
airstrike on
wedding in
north Yemen
Associated Press
Sana’a
An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition
hit a wedding party in northern Yemen,
killing at least 20 people, health officials said yesterday, as harrowing
images emerged on social media of
the deadly bombing, the third to hit
Yemeni civilians since the weekend.
Khaled al-Nadhri, the top health
official in the northern province of
Hajja, said most of the dead were
women and children who were gathered in one of the tents set up for the
wedding party in the district of Bani
Qais. He said the bride was among
those killed.
The hospital chief, Mohammed
al-Sawmali, said the bridegroom and
45 of the wounded were brought to
al-Jomhouri hospital. Local health
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authorities issued an appeal for people
to donate blood.
Ali Nasser al-Azib, the deputy head
of al-Jomhouri hospital, said 30 children were among the wounded, some
in critical condition with shrapnel
wounds and severed limbs.
Footage that emerged from the
scene of the airstrike shows scattered body parts and a young boy in a
green shirt screaming and crying as he
hugged a man’s lifeless body.
A health ministry spokesman,
Abdel-Hakim al-Kahlan, said ambulances were initially unable to reach
the site of the bombing for fear of
subsequent airstrikes as jets continued
to fly overhead after the initial strike.
This was the third deadly airstrike in
Yemen in recent days. Another strike
on Sunday night hit a house elsewhere
in Hajja, killing a family of five, according to Nadhri.
On Saturday, at least 20 civilians
were killed in an airstrike by the Saudiled coalition after fighter jets bombed
a bus carrying commuters near the
war-torn district of Mowza in western
Yemen, near the city of Taiz, which has
been locked in fighting for three years.
The Saudi-led coalition declined
to comment on the strikes when
contacted by the Associated Press.
The coalition has been waging a war
on Yemen’s predominantly Shia rebels,
known as Houthis, who control much
of the north and the capital, Sana’a, to
restore the internationally recognised
government to power.
According to Yemen Data Project,
an independent monitor, a third of the
16,847 airstrikes since the war started
have hit non-military targets.
Over the past three years, more than
10,000 civilians have been killed and
tens of thousands wounded, while
more than 3 million people have been
displaced because of the fighting.
UN officials and rights groups
accused the coalition of committing
war crimes and of being responsible
for most of the killings. Airstrikes have
hit weddings, busy markets, hospitals
and schools.
The Saudi-led coalition blames the
Houthis, saying they are using civilians
as human shields and hiding among
the civilian population. The US and
European countries have also been
criticised and accused of complicity in the coalition’s attacks in Yemen
because of their support for the alliance and for supplying it with weapons
worth billions of dollars.
Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, has faced
a flurry of attacks by the Houthis, with
the kingdom’s defence forces saying they have intercepted missiles
targeting the capital, Riyadh, and
other cities.
Submarine murder
trial lawyer argues
for life sentence
Richard Orange
Copenhagen
A Danish prosecutor yesterday
demanded a life sentence for the
suspect in the killing of the Swedish
journalist Kim Wall, saying he had
changed his story so many times that
his credibility was “non-existent”.
In his final arguments before tomorrow’s verdict, the prosecutor, Jakob
Buch-Jepsen, said the sexual assault
that Peter Madsen stood accused of
inflicting on Wall, and evidence of
pre-planning, justified imposing Denmark’s most severe sentence, which
amounts to 16 years. “There are no
mitigating circumstances, only aggravating circumstances,” he said.
Madsen, 47, has admitted dismembering Wall’s body after she died on his
self-built submarine on 10 August 2017
and throwing her remains into the sea
but denies killing her. He claimed at
first that he dropped her off on shore,
and then that she died when a latch
fell on her skull. After police divers
found Wall’s severed head without
skull damage, he said she died when
exhaust fumes flooded the submarine.
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Paris bombing suspect
sentenced to 20 years
for Brussels shootout
Jennifer Rankin
Brussels
The sole surviving suspect in the 2015
Paris attacks was sentenced to 20 years
in prison after being found guilty of the
attempted murder of police officers in
a shootout in Brussels in March 2016.
Salah Abdeslam’s accomplice, Sofien Ayari, was given a 20-year sentence
for his role in the shooting, which
injured four officers. Judges said there
could be no doubt about the pair’s
commitment to radicalism as the maximum jail term requested by Belgian
prosecutors was handed down.
Abdeslam, who is being held in
a high-security prison in northern
France, is expected to go on trial for
the Paris attacks in 2020 on charges
of murder linked to a terrorist organisation. He was named Europe’s
most-wanted man when he fled to Belgium after the coordinated bombing
and shooting attack in the French capital on 13 November 2015, which killed
130 and was claimed by Islamic State.
The attack began when a suicide
bomber blew himself up after failing
to get into the Stade de France, where
the then-French president, François
Hollande, was among 80,000 people
watching a France-Germany football
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match. This was followed by drive-by
shootings and suicide bombings at
cafes and restaurants around the 10th
and 11th arrondissements of Paris, and
an attack at the Bataclan theatre during a rock concert where 89 people
were killed.
Abdeslam had hidden in different
locations in Brussels, where he had
once ran a bar with his brother, a fellow jihadist who blew himself up as
part of the Paris attacks.
Belgian police discovered Abdeslam by chance when a routine visit
to what they thought was an empty
▲ Salah Abdeslam is expected to go
on trial for the Paris attacks in 2020
flat turned into a shootout on 15 March
2016. Abdeslam, 28, a Belgian-born
French national of Moroccan descent,
and Ayari,24, a Tunisian national, were
in a back room during the shootout.
A third suspect, Mohamed Belkaïd,
who most probably helped in the Paris
attacks, was killed in the gunfire.
Abdeslam and Ayari then fled over
the rooftops and escaped via a neighbouring flat. Abdeslam was captured
in Brussels three days later.
Prosecutors had requested 20-year
prison terms for the men, while
Abdeslam’s lawyer, Sven Mary, had
called for an acquittal over a procedural error. Mary had argued that the
case should have been thrown out
because a routine court document
naming the judges should have been
issued in Dutch rather than French.
On the first day of the trial, Abdeslam had proclaimed that he would
only put his “trust in Allah” and had
accused the court of being biased
against Muslims. He refused to answer
questions and did not attend the
remainder of the proceedings.
Finland to halt
trial of basic
income for
unemployed
Shaw said he then saw the barrel of
the gun dipping downwards, and that
it appeared the weapon had jammed
or that the gunman was trying to
reload it. He said he pounced on the
attacker out of self-preservation. He
ran through the door, which hit the
gunman, and the two men ended up
“kind of scuffling”.
Shaw said: “I pushed the gun so
the barrel bumped down and was
pointing towards the ground, then I
held that with my left hand and was
punching him with my right hand. At
one point he had the gun in just one
hand and then I was able to hold it in
two hands and get it and throw it over
the counter.”
Shaw wanted to flee to safety, but
the attacker was blocking the exit. “So I
took him out with me,” he said, and the
two men ran in different directions,
with the gunman escaping.
About 80 Nashville police, as well
as members of the Tennessee highway
patrol, the FBI and the US Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, were involved in the manhunt.
Roll with it
Thrills and
spills at the
Buluotuo
festival,
marked by
the Zhuang
ethnic group
in Tianyang
county,
Guangxi,
China.
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Modest hero of
Waffle House
attack says he
grabbed gun
to save himself
Joanna Walters
New York
A man who popped into a restaurant
for some food after a night out clubbing is being hailed as a hero after he
wrestled with a gunman who killed
four people, and snatched his assault
rifle from him.
James Shaw told yesterday how he
was grazed by a bullet and suffered
bumps, burns and bruises after he
tackled a semi-naked man who began
shooting at a Waffle House restaurant
in Nashville, Tennessee, at about
3.25am on Sunday morning.
He grabbed the barrel of the AR-15
assault rifle, which was scorching hot,
and threw it over the serving counter.
Yesterday his hand was in a bandage
for the burns.
“This morning I woke up thinking
about the people who passed away and
about the other victims, and hoping
that people are as concerned about
them as they are about me,” Shaw told
the broadcaster NBC.
Police launched a manhunt for the
attacker – who was last seen shirtless
and shoeless near some woodland.
They warned that he might be armed
after only three of the firearms he was
known to possess were seized by officers. Last night police said they had
arrested Travis Reinking, 29, and that
he had been taken into custody.
Shaw said he first heard shots as
he sat up at the Waffle House counter, but believed it was plates falling
and smashing. “But then I saw Waffle
House employees scatter. And I looked
behind me and saw a gentleman lying
on the ground by the entrance.”
Shaw hid behind a flimsy door as the
gunman, who was reportedly naked
except for a green jacket, entered the
restaurant from outside. The attacker
shot through the door, grazing Shaw’s
arm below the elbow.
▲ James Shaw suffered bumps, burns
and bruises from tackling the gunman
Jon Henley
European affairs correspondent
The first national, government-backed
experiment in Europe to give free
cash to citizens will end next year
after Finland decided not to extend
its widely publicised basic income
trial but explore alternative welfare
schemes instead.
Since January 2017, a random
sample of 2,000 unemployed people
aged 25 to 58 have been paid a monthly
€560 (£490), with no requirement to
seek or accept employment. Anyone
who did take a job continued to receive
the same amount.
The Finnish government yesterday announced it had turned down a
request for extra funding from Kela,
the social security agency running
the experiment, to expand the twoyear pilot to a group of employees
this year, and said payments to participants would end in January.
Helsinki has also introduced legislation that makes some benefits for
the unemployed contingent on taking
training or working at least 18 hours
in three months. “The government
is making changes taking the system
away from basic income,” Miska Simanainen, from Kela, told the Swedish
newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.
The scheme – aimed primarily at
seeing whether a guaranteed income
might encourage people to take up
paid work – is, strictly speaking, not a
universal basic income trial, because
the payments are to a restricted group
and not enough to live on.
But it was hoped the trial would
also shed light on policy issues such
as whether an unconditional payment
might reduce anxiety, and allow the
government to simplify its complex
social security system.
Olli Kangas, an expert who was
involved in the trial, told the Finnish public broadcaster, YLE, that two
years was not long enough to be able to
draw extensive conclusions from such
a big experiment. “We should have had
extra time and more money to achieve
reliable results,” he said.
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Science editor
Leading scientists have drawn up
plans for a vast multinational European institute devoted to world-class
artificial intelligence (AI) research in
a desperate attempt to nurture and
retain top talent in Europe.
The institute would follow the
example of Cern, the particle physics
lab near Geneva, which was created
after the second world war to rebuild
European physics and reverse the
brain drain of the brightest and best
scientists to the US.
The proposed AI institute, named
the European Lab for Learning and
Intelligent Systems, or Ellis, would
have centres in a handful of countries, the UK included, each employing
hundreds of computer engineers,
mathematicians and other scientists
with the aim of keeping Europe at the
forefront of AI research.
In an open letter that urges governments to act, the scientists describe
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Scientists’ ambitious plan
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forefront of AI research
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how Europe has not kept up with the
US and China and say that while a few
“research hotspots” still exist, “virtually all of the top people in those places
are continuously being pursued for
recruitment by US companies”.
A Guardian investigation last year
found that PhD students had left their
studies for six-figure salaries at US tech
firms and some universities had lost
an entire generation of talented young
researchers.
The letter, signed by scientists in
the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland,
Israel and the Netherlands, calls for
work on the new institute to start this
year. “Something needs to be done and
it needs to be done now,” said Zoubin
Ghahramani, professor of information
‘It would be a terrible
mistake not to do
something major’
Prof Zoubin Ghahramani
Cambridge University
engineering at Cambridge University
and chief scientist at Uber. He joined
the San Francisco-based firm after it
bought Geometric Intelligence, an AI
startup he co-founded, but has driven
the UK’s involvement in the proposal
for the new lab.
“This is of such importance to
Europe it would be a terrible mistake
not to do something major. If we don’t
act in this area, both European universities and European industry will start
to drift downwards.”
The institute’s stated mission is to
ensure that the best AI research is performed in Europe, a goal that would
drive jobs and give its scientists a voice
in shaping how AI changes the world,
the scientists believe.
Private and public investment in
AI have soared on the back of breakthroughs, but the US and China have
firmly taken the lead. AI’s impact on
society is widely expected to be as profound as the industrial revolution.
The first steps in building the institute are expected to begin with a
collaboration between France and Germany. Bernhard Schölkopf, director
at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany,
said: “Europe has a unique academic
research tradition, so we have managed to keep up for a number of years.
But the US and China have recognised
the strategic importance of this field
and no single European country is a
match for this.”
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Ripple effect Tourists visit Carcassonne,
France, which has been decorated by the Swiss
artist Felice Varini to mark the 20th anniversary
of the city’s Unesco world heritage status.
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▼ From top, Riefenstahl with Hitler
in Nuremberg; working at the Munich
Olympics in 1972; and a still from
Tiefland, filmed during the war
Riefenstahl
Archive to
throw new
light on
Hitler’s
film-maker
archive and the national library
to try to piece together the life of
Riefenstahl, who attempted right up
until her death to promote the image
of herself as a political naïf who
had more or less been caught up by
accident in the Nazi machine.
Among the controversies are
her feature film Tiefland, and the
122 Sinti (Gypsy) extras selected
personally by Riefenstahl at two
holding camps. After filming they
were transported to Auschwitz,
where most were murdered.
Nina Gladitz, who has just
completed a book on Riefenstahl,
said she was sceptical anything of
historical substance would emerge
from the estate owing to the amount
of evidence Riefenstahl herself
destroyed after 1945. This included
close-ups from the film where the
murdered Sinti might have been
identifiable, so that she could not be
held culpable for their deaths.
Among the advisers to the project
is Rainer Rother, the artistic director
of the German film archive and a
Riefenstahl biographer. “I’m not
expecting any unsettling findings,”
he says. “But I am expecting the
picture we have of Leni Riefenstahl
and how she created her films and
photos to become much clearer.”
Among other controversies on
which some hope the estate may
throw light is the widespread claim
that Riefenstahl often passed off
the works of other photographers
and cameramen as her own.
Among them was Willy Zielke, who
produced the prologue of Olympia,
but remained uncredited.
Concerns have been voiced
that the estate will prompt a new
wave of Riefenstahl fanatics, many
of whom continue to celebrate
the last surviving prominent
member of the Third Reich as an
artist of great stature. Others have
expressed unease that Riefenstahl’s
photographs will be stored in the
museum where Helmut Newton’s
work has been on display since
2004. The Jewish photographer was
forced to flee Nazi Germany as a boy
in 1938. He is buried in Berlin.
Brian Winston, professor of film
at Lincoln University, says: “It’s an
absurd and disgusting obscenity that
the estate of Hitler’s favourite filmmaker is to be given a home in the
foundation of a man who was forced
to flee Nazi Germany because he was
a Jew. Those who see anything to
admire in Riefenstahl’s work … have
been duped again, just as she, and
those who supported her, wanted.”
Derenthal says the museum is
reassured by Jahn’s assertions that
the two were friends, Newton having
visited Riefenstahl in Pöcking, and
points to the correspondence which
passed between them.
As a climax of the preview, he
produces a folder of letters labelled
“Special Correspondence H-Z”.
“I’m afraid to disappoint you,
but there is no letter from Adolf
Hitler here,” he says. Instead there
are notes to Riefenstahl from
Siegfried and Roy, the legendary
entertainment duo; the actor Sharon
Stone; and Newton, who wrote:
“Dear Leni, you look bewitchingly
glamorous and those legs … poor
Marlene [Dietrich – the German film
star] would be green with envy.”
Some have cited the letter as
proof of a close relationship between
Newton and Riefenstahl, others
as the photographer’s successful
attempt to flatter her into sitting for
him for Vanity Fair at the age of 100.
The result, showing a holloweyed Riefenstahl powdering her
face, was deemed to be deeply
unflattering and a critique of her
Third Reich role. “So much for them
being friends,” says Gladitz. “This
was Newton’s final revenge on the
Nazi grande dame.”
with a noose around his neck and falling silent. Gen Jorge Lam, the police
officer leading the investigation, said
police were following several lines
of inquiry. Woodroffe’s body was
identified by fingerprints.
Ronald Suárez, the highest authority
of the 40,000-strong Shipibo-Konibo
people, said the men responsible for
the lynching had “acted on the spur
of the moment and resorted to traditional justice”. He added: “But we are
a peaceful people who have always
lived in harmony with nature.”
Arévalo was a “walking library
of our traditional knowledge, the
maximum expression of our culture,”
Suárez said, describing her death as
“very painful”.
Police are looking into the theory
that Arévalo’s son owed money to the
Canadian. There are also unconfirmed
reports that Arévalo’s killer may have
been a gang member looking to collect
a debt from Arévalo’s son.
Woodroffe is believed to have
travelled to Peru from his home in
Vancouver Island to learn how to use
traditional medicine to treat drug
addictions.
Kate Connolly
Berlin
D
onning white gloves,
Ludger Derenthal
removes a green floral
cardboard box from
a packing case and
carefully takes out the
photographs inside. He lays an array
of sepia portraits of the propagandist
Leni Riefenstahl across the table
of the workshop of the Museum of
Photography in Berlin. “In these
cases are items that no one outside
of Riefenstahl’s intimate circle has
ever seen before,” he says.
Derenthal, the museum’s director,
will soon be in possession of all
700 cases containing the estate of
Hitler’s favourite film-maker. It
includes photographs, films, letters,
documents, even her diving suit and
gowns, as well as boxes of film rolls
dating back to the 1920s.
A stone’s throw from the museum
is the Ufa Palast cinema, where her
Nazi movies Triumph of the Will
and Olympia premiered with great
fanfare in the 1930s. Hitler and
his propaganda minister, Joseph
Goebbels, marvelled at her talent for
bringing their fascistic politics on to
the screen for the masses to enjoy.
Riefenstahl died in 2003 at the
age of 101. But her estate remained
in her house on the banks of Lake
Starnberg in Pöcking, Bavaria, until
the death of her husband in 2016,
leaving her secretary, Gisela Jahn, as
the sole heir. Jahn said Riefenstahl
had always wanted the estate to
return to Berlin, where she was born.
A team of German-speaking
archival specialists and Riefenstahl
experts is being sought. They
will spend the next few years
in a collaboration between the
photography museum, the film
‘It’s an absurd and
disgusting obscenity
that the museum
will house her estate’
Prof Brian Winston
Lincoln University
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Canadian man lynched in Peru after being
accused of elderly female shaman’s death
Dan Collyns
Lima
A Canadian man was beaten and
lynched in the Peruvian Amazon after
local people accused him of killing
an 81-year-old indigenous healer,
a police officer leading the murder
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investigation has told the Guardian.
Olivia Arévalo, a female shaman with
the native Shipibo-Konibo people,
was shot twice and died on Thursday
near her home in the village of Victoria Gracia, in Peru’s central Amazon
region of Ucayali.
Some villagers blamed Arévalo’s
murder on Sebastian Woodroffe, 41,
a Canadian citizen who lived in the
region and was believed to be one of
her patients. Police found his body in
a shallow grave less than a mile from
Arévalo’s home on Saturday.
A cameraphone recording released
on social media shows a bloodied man
crying out in front of a wooden building
before being dragged along the ground
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▼ Poplar, east London
Workers ready a statue of suffragist Millicent Fawcett, by the
artist Gillian Wearing, which will be the first in Parliament
Square of a woman when it is unveiled later this week
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Bangladesh
29
▼ More than 1,130 people died in the
collapse of the Rana Plaza building on
the outskirts of Dhaka in 2013
PHOTOGRAPH: ZAKIR HOSSAIN CHOWDHURY/GETTY
‘I was in jail for 60
days. Other leaders
were tortured in
front of me’
Mohammad Ibrahim
Union leader
Five years on Rana Plaza legacy
at risk as garment industry calls
time on safety reform schemes
Michael Safi
Dominic Rushe
F
ive years ago, Asma
Khatun pushed through
the crowds that had
formed around the
Rana Plaza rubble,
determined to see the
destruction with her own eyes.
Deep cracks had appeared in
the eight-storey building outside
Dhaka the day before. That morning,
workers producing clothes for
Primark, H&M and other brands
begged not to be sent inside.
Managers would not relent. More
than two thousand people filed in.
Shortly before 9am, floors began to
vanish.
Rana Plaza took less than
90 seconds to collapse, killing more
than 1,130 people. Unions called it a
“mass industrial homicide”.
Standing in the rubble, Khatun
promised to quit her job in a nearby
garment factory. “Even if I don’t
have any other work, I won’t do it.”
Revulsion over Rana Plaza
forced brands and retailers to act.
About 250 signed two initiatives,
the Accord on Fire and Building
Safety in Bangladesh, and the less
constraining Alliance for Bangladesh
Worker Safety. Both aimed to
dramatically improve safety in 2,300
factories supplying western brands.
Both complete their terms this year.
Few dispute that the accord
and alliance worked. “I think right
now, of the developing countries
with a ready-made garment sector,
Bangladesh is the safest,” says Rob
Wayss, the executive director of the
accord.
Khatun, who has worked in
garments since age 11, never did
quit. She is among successive
generations of Bangladeshis who
have been lifted marginally out of
poverty by an industry that now
employs five million people, earning
the lowest wages of any garment
workers in the world.
Yet some things have changed
in the factory where she works.
“The owners are careful about
safety nowadays,” she says. “If we
complain, they take action.”
Facing the threat of being cut off
by western buyers, thousands of
factory owners have invested in fire
doors, sprinkler systems, electrical
upgrades and stronger foundations,
eliminating more than 97,000
identified safety hazards in facilities
covered by the accord alone.
Fewer factories could now be
labelled death traps, says Scott
Nova, the executive director of
the Worker Rights Consortium, an
independent labour group. About
71 workers died each year in fire and
building collapses before Rana Plaza.
In the years since, it has been about
17 people, according to a report from
New York University’s Stern Center
for Business and Human Rights.
Brands are being held to account.
Two major multinationals agreed to
pay millions of dollars in December
and January after global unions
accused them of failing to compel
suppliers to fix their factories.
In one sense, progress has been
fast. “Bangladesh has made up what
it took factories in the US and UK
60 years to accomplish,” says James
Moriarty, the executive director of
the alliance.
But both initiatives are also
way behind schedule. “Major,
life-threatening concerns remain
outstanding in too many factories
and need to be fixed urgently,”
concluded a recent accord update.
Workplaces covered by the accord
and alliance are also just half the
picture. More than 1,500 factories,
producing for markets such as Russia
and Turkey, receive inspections
from the Bangladeshi government
only. Less than 15% of these have
fixed even half of the outstanding
safety issues in the past five years,
according to the International
Labour Organization (ILO).
Thousands more workers still
labour in subcontracting workshops.
How many people these workshops
employ, and under what conditions,
is unknown.
Trade union activity, which
surged in the three years after Rana
Plaza, is slowing. Last year, the
number of new unions registered
fell to the lowest levels since before
Relatives
of some of
the low-paid
garment workers
killed in the
collapse of
Rana Plaza visit
the overgrown
site where the
building stood
the disaster. The events of December
2016 have had a chilling effect.
That month, thousands of
workers walked out, demanding
their first pay rises since 2013. A few
days into the protests, Mohammad
Ibrahim, a union leader, was called
to a meeting with the police. At
the station, his hands were bound
and he was beaten. One officer
approached him out of the earshot of
others to say: “Just don’t run.”
That night, Ibrahim says he was
driven to a forest, untied and told
to sprint. Bangladesh police are
frequently accused of shooting
suspects dead and claiming they
tried to flee arrest. Ibrahim refused.
“I was in jail for 60 days,” he says.
“I slept near a toilet. Other leaders
were tortured in front of me.”
Bangladesh has repeatedly
attracted the highest censure from
the ILO for failing to protect trade
unions. “You cannot really have
safety if the voice of the workers
is not recognised,” says Tuomo
Poutiainen, who oversees the Asian
garments sector for the ILO.
All but two of the charges against
Ibrahim were dropped last year after
brands including Zara and H&M
boycotted an industry conference
over the crackdown. With growing
competition from garment sectors
in Vietnam and Ethiopia, western
buyers hold more sway than ever.
But factory owners complain
that the brands want it both ways,
pressuring them to invest in safety
upgrades while relentlessly pushing
for lower prices. The amount
western brands pay for men’s cotton
trousers, for example, has fallen by
13% since Rana Plaza, according to
research from the Penn State Center
for Global Workers’ Rights.
Ensuring safe factories stay that
way will be the next challenge. Both
the alliance and the accord are trying
to stay on in some capacity after
their terms expire.
But a plan for the accord to
monitor factories until 2021 has been
temporarily halted by the high court.
A similar scheme by the alliance is
the subject of fraught negotiations.
The Bangladesh Garment
Manufacturers and Exporters
Association wants both schemes
gone as soon as possible. “They did
a lot for us,” says Siddiqur Rahman,
the association’s president. “But if
you want to teach me something,
five years is enough time.”
Inevitably, the onus for safety
in Bangladesh’s garment factories
will soon return to the government.
Whether it is able, or willing, to
enforce the new standards will
decide the real legacy of Rana Plaza.
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Capita is forced into
£700m cash call to
plug growing losses
Debt-laden outsourcer rejects
comparisons to Carillion as it
issues 1bn discounted shares
Julia Kollewe
Capita, the debt-laden outsourcing
company behind the London congestion charge and the BBC licence fee,
has been forced into a £701m cash call
to shore up its finances.
Less than four months after the
collapse of Carillion raised fears over
the health of the outsourcing sector,
Capita announced a £513m loss for
last year, up from £90m in 2016, and
a heavily discounted rights issue. It is
issuing 1bn new shares at 70p, compared with yesterday’s price of 181p.
The company’s new chief executive, Jonathan Lewis, who took the
helm in December, dismissed comparisons with Carillion, which went bust
in January with just £29m in the bank
after it was brought down by costly
hospital and road-building projects.
“I get frustrated with that comparison – we are a completely different
business,” he said. “We have £1bn in
liquidity, strong cashflow and a new
strategy with investor support. We are
not in PFI contracts and have nothing
like the risk profile.”
Capita said proceeds from the rights
issue – £662m once fees to advisers are
deducted – would be used to reduce
the £1.1bn debt burden, invest in technology and fund its turnaround plan.
It said its annual loss had ballooned
owing to restructuring costs, write-offs
and problems with some contracts.
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According to Tim Wainwright, an
expert on outsourcing at the global
accountancy firm EY, companies in the
sector have been squeezed by the need
to provide services ever more cheaply,
even as their costs have risen.
Capita’s shares slumped in January
when it issued a profit warning, cancelled its dividend and said it would
need to tap investors for cash. News
of the fundraising sent the shares 13%
higher yesterday, but they are still
down by more than two-thirds over
the past year.
Investec and Woodford, key investors which together own nearly a fifth
of Capita, are backing the cash call.
The outsourcer, which employs
70,000 people around the world,
reiterated that it expected to make
underlying pre-tax profits, excluding restructuring costs, of £270m to
£300m this year. It said its trading in
the first quarter was consistent with
this guidance, which includes £70m
of cost savings for the first time.
Lewis said : “Today we have
announced a new strategy to simplify and strengthen Capita. The
rights issue is a key component of this
new strategy. There is a lot to do, but
I am confident that the plan is clear
and prudent.”
Capita is narrowing its focus from
40 sectors to five (software, HR, customer management, government and
IT services), looking to raise £300m
from selling off non-core businesses
this year, and is targeting £175m of cost
savings by the end of 2020.
The company said it had been hit
by cost overruns on a contract to
deliver NHS England’s primary-care
Services firm squeezed
£513m
Size of Capita’s latest annual loss,
which it announced yesterday,
up from £90m the previous year
£1.1bn
Size of the outsourcer’s debt burden.
The rights issue will help to pay this
down and fund a turnaround plan
13%
Rise in Capita shares on the news of
the fundraising. They are still down
by more than two-thirds in a year
support services; penalties and extra
costs related to the Transport for London congestion-charge contract; and
contractual disputes in relation to
its mortgage-servicing deal with the
Co-operative Bank.
In recent years it has developed
software for specific clients that could
not be used elsewhere, often became
obsolete quickly and led to write-offs.
City analysts gave the new strategy
a cautious welcome. Andrew Gibb, at
RBC, said: “All the strategic commentary looks sensible – namely, changing
divisional structure again and focusing
on areas with competitive advantage.
“As trading [is] no worse than feared
and rights [issue is] underwritten,
there is some relief. However, [the
situation is] very complicated and a
costly transformation plan needs to
be executed in market conditions that
will remain tough.”
Michael Hewson, the chief market
analyst at the spreadbetting firm CMC
Markets UK, said: “Only last week the
company renewed its contract with the
BBC to collect the licence fee so while
this week’s loss doesn’t make for pleasant reading, the announcement does
appear to suggest that management
have a turnaround plan that might
work, and the confidence of shareholders in pulling it off.”
Supreme to cash
in on UK vaping
boom with stock
market listing
Julia Kollewe
▲ UK sales of vaping products grew
by 50% last year to £1bn, and almost
3 million Britons now use e-cigarettes
PHOTOGRAPH: GUY BELL/ALAMY
One of Britain’s biggest makers of liquids for e-cigarettes is aiming to cash
in on the vaping boom by listing its
shares on the London stock market.
Supreme, which is 100% owned by
its chief executive, Sandy Chadha, is
expected to have a market value of
£150m when it floats on Aim, the London Stock Exchange’s junior market,
in mid-to-late May. The float will raise
£10m, which will be used to expand
Supreme’s factory in Manchester and
pay down debt. It is the first UK vaping
company to go public.
Supreme owns the KiK and 88vape
brands and makes more than 130,000
bottles of vaping e-liquids a day. It also
sells hardware kits and vaping accessories, as well as lightbulbs and batteries.
Supreme made revenues of £70.7m
in the past year, and earnings before
interest and tax of £7.2m in the year
to the end of March. The business was
set up by Chadha’s father in 1975, after
the family moved to Britain from Delhi
when he was two.
Nearly 3 million Britons are vaping.
UK sales of vaping products surged by
50% last year to £1bn, and are on course
to exceed £2bn by 2020.
The latest evidence suggests that
although e-cigarettes are not harmless, they are far safer than cigarettes.
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▼ ‘The fog is clearing’ over EU access
for the City of London, according to
John Glen. Others are not so sure
PHOTOGRAPH:PAUL DAVEY/BARCROFT
EU negotiators dismiss
minister’s notion of
sweetheart deal for City
Daniel Boffey
Brussels
A claim from the UK’s City minister
that the EU is softening its opposition
to giving the country’s financial services sector a special Brexit deal has
been dismissed in Brussels.
John Glen, a minister in the Treasury, suggested yesterday that the EU
had shown a new willingness in recent
months to offer a deal to protect the
Square Mile when the UK withdraws
from the bloc.
He added that the transition deal
agreed by Britain and the EU last
month would allow financial firms to
move forward and plan for their future
with confidence. Glen insisted that the
UK’s high regulatory standards would
remain, and allow a close relationship
between regulators on either side of
the Channel to prosper.
“We do not intend to rip up the
rulebook after Brexit,” Glen told a conference in the Guildhall, in the heart of
London’s financial district. “The fog is
clearing … We are already seeing progress. The EU have now recognised
that there will be some form of market access in financial services, having
previously dismissed the idea.”
However, EU officials in Brussels said the UK appeared unwilling
to accept the reality of its position.
The EU has already dismissed the UK
government’s proposals of mutual recognition of each other’s regulations in
the financial services sector. Its guidelines on its vision of a future trade deal,
published last month, make no reference to the sector.
Plans for financial services are only
cursorily mentioned in an internal
‘Everyone knows that
the City is going to
relocate to New York’
Brexit negotiator
Brussels
annexe to the document that suggests
the 27 EU member states could unilaterally improve the equivalence regime
it offers non-EU countries. “That’s an
internal matter, and ambiguous as
well”, said one diplomat involved in
drafting the paper.
An equivalence regime is a onesided system whereby the bloc grants
market access if a foreign country’s
rules are fully aligned with its own.
Such access could be terminated by
Brussels at short notice.
The EU is looking at expanding the
number of areas where an equivalence
decision could give firms located outside the bloc the ability to operate on
the continent. However, the outcome
is likely to fall short of the status quo.
A second diplomat in Brussels
involved in the talks said: “Everyone knows that the City of London is
going to relocate to New York.” However the chancellor, Philip Hammond,
was bullish about the City’s prospects
last week, saying a damaging haemorrhage of finance jobs had been halted
by the transition deal.
Mujtaba Rahman, a former Treasury and European commission official
who now works for the Eurasia Group
risk consultancy, said: “Of course there
will be access for the UK financial services sector to the EU’s single market
after Brexit. But it won’t be preferential and it will be significantly inferior
to the status quo. Glen’s notion that
the EU is softening is simply wrong.”
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Tuesday 24 April 2018 The Guardian
Financial
Business view
Nils Pratley
The scale of the reappraisal
now under way at Capita is
nothing short of astonishing
C
arillion will forever
hold the title of
most self-deluded
outsourcer, but
Capita, on the account
provided by its new
chief executive, Jonathan Lewis,
deserves a place on the podium.
Two years ago, the share price
was £10, the dividend was hiked
9% and the group boasted that its
profit margins were about to get
fatter. In short, it was presenting
itself as an oasis of calm in a sector
already under stress. Now the
company is issuing 1bn new shares
to raise £701m to ensure that it
doesn’t go the way of Carillion.
Dividends have been canned
for the time being. The latest
collection of non-cash writeoffs, in the form of goodwill
impairment and suchlike, takes the
tally to £1.2bn since that last hurrah
in 2016. The scale of the reappraisal
of a business that was a respected
FTSE-100 outfit is astonishing.
The way Lewis tells it, the
disaster for shareholders has been
a long time in the making. Capita
has “never had a strategy”, he
says. Instead, the company is the
product of 250 small acquisitions,
with the operating businesses
never integrated into coherent
units. “Everyone was accountable,
therefore nobody was,” he argues, in
effect damning his predecessors.
The tale has parallels with that of
Serco, where crisis struck in 2014,
and the underlying causes are not
dissimilar. In the go-go years for
outsourcing, life was easy. The
arrival of stiffer competition and
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smarter customers revealed the
horrible truth that these companies,
with their overleveraged balance
sheets, were built only for bull
markets. The crisis at Capita just
took longer to be exposed.
Lewis starts with a couple of
advantages as he attempts a revival
while cutting £175m from costs.
First, even in a bad year like 2018, he
expects underlying pre-tax profits to
be £270m-£300m. Second, he thinks
another £300m can be raised from
selling non-core business to further
repair the balance sheet and plug
the pension deficit. Capita, with
its guaranteed £701m – or rather,
£662m once the bankers, advisers
and hangers-on have had their cut –
will survive.
Fine, but the figure that stands
out is the £500m earmarked for
spending on technology and
infrastructure over the next three
years to address “historic underinvestment”. It sounds like essential
stuff since Capita is skewed towards
the back-office processing end of the
market. But half a billion quid to
become competitive again? It
suggests recovery, as at Serco, will
be hard and slow work.
Biotech pain
stock all the way down. Then came
the afternoon news from the US:
Prothena, an Irish biotech company
that is listed on the Nasdaq
exchange and is one of Woodford’s
big bets, said its most important
development drug had failed its
crucial clinical trial. Cue a 65% crash
in Prothena’s stock price.
Upsets happen in biotech, of
course. Woodford, in the jargon, is
also a high-conviction investor, so
one can’t be too surprised that his
funds own 29% of Prothena. But
the oddity is that Prothena wasn’t
merely 8.56% of his Patient Capital
fund, which is big in biotech. Some
of 2.67% of his main £7bn Equity
Income fund was also invested in
the stock.
A high-risk biotech firm that does
not pay a dividend looks like a very
odd holding for an income fund.
‘In the go-go years for
outsourcing, life was
easy. The arrival of
stiffer competition and
smarter customers
revealed the truth’
The 13% bounce in Capita’s share
price was a relief for the underpressure fund manager Neil
Woodford, who was a holder of the
Mirror takeover
of Express to
be investigated
Mark Sweney
Media business correspondent
The government has dealt a blow to
the Daily Mirror publisher’s £200m
takeover of the Express and Star titles
by signalling its intent to launch an
investigation into the deal over issues
including editorial independence.
Culture secretary Matt Hancock
PHOTOGRAPH:
GARETH FULLER/PA
A vintage year for English vintner The Kent-based
sparkling wine producer Chapel Down has reported a
15% increase in revenue to £11.8m for 2017, boosted by growing
sales of wine, beer and cider. The winemaker, which has
planted 50 acres of new vineyards in Kent, has raised £20m
through a new share issue and from existing shareholders.
Its chairman, John Dunsmore, said Chapel Down was
planning “substantial investments” in its vineyards,
brewery, commercial infrastructure, staff and marketing.
Wine sales were up 20% to £8.1m, including more than
10,000 bottles of sparkling wine sold in the US, while beer and
cider sales through associate company Curious Drinks
rose 7% to £3.7m.
Woodford’s folk point out that he
has always allocated up to a fifth of
his income portfolios to nondividend-payers. Well, OK, but the
policy looks more attractive when
the sun is shining on the overall
portfolio. Unfortunately for
Woodfood, the rain hasn’t stopped
for a year. Prothena joins an
unlovely list that comprises
Provident Financial, the AA, Allied
Minds and more.
Big win for CVC
Sky Bet, one used to think, was one
of those interesting but insignificant
businesses that large parent
companies sometimes create in idle
moments. Then, in 2014, Sky sold
80% of the business to the private
equity firm CVC in a deal that valued
the operation at £800m, which was
serious money.
Now Sky Bet is being sold for
$4.7bn (£3.4bn) to Stars Group, the
Canadian firm behind the PokerStars
website. Sky collects a few quid
on the way, but CVC has made a
fortune. Did the broadcaster sell too
soon? In retrospect, yes, obviously.
It probably underestimated just how
rapidly mobile betting, Sky Bet’s
specialism, is changing the market.
But to put the latest valuation in
context, £3.4bn is slightly more than
the stock market value of grand old
William Hill. Back in 2014, almost
nobody would have predicted that.
said yesterday he was “minded to”
issue a public interest intervention
notice for an in-depth probe and will
come to a final decision “shortly”.
The move follows the Competition
and Markets Authority’s decision this
month to open an initial investigation.
“The first public interest ground is
the need for free expression of opinion, and concerns the potential impact
the transfer of newspapers would
have on editorial decision-making,”
Hancock said. “The second ground is
the need for a sufficient plurality of
views in newspapers.”
Simon Fox, Trinity Mirror’s chief
executive, said:“We continue to
believe there are no plurality or competition issues.”
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Education
‘Diversity makes
universities more
creative. Imagine
what it would be like
to lose 27 different
countries overnight’
Prof Dominic Shellard
De Montfort University
‘Some courses will
lose all EU students’
University leaders
urge action to stop
predicted 60% fall
Vice-chancellors want a
rethink on fees of up to
£20,000 for those from
the rest of Europe, writes
Anna Fazackerley
U
niversities, including
the world-renowned
London School of
Economics, are
drawing up lists
of courses that
could face closure after Brexit and
lobbying the government to save
them by changing its policy on
student fees.
The number of European students
studying in the UK has remained
buoyant since the referendum, but
is expected to crash when Britain
leaves the EU next year.
Universities UK, the vicechancellors’ umbrella body, is
warning that without action
universities will face “sudden, steep
declines” in EU student numbers
post-Brexit. A report by the Higher
Education Policy Institute thinktank
last year estimated that numbers
would drop by as much as 60%.
At present students from other
EU countries are treated the same
as home students, paying the same
£9,250 undergraduate fees with the
ability to take out a government
loan. But after Brexit they will be
treated like international students
from China or India, paying fees of
up to £20,000 on some courses, with
no access to a loan.
Last year nearly 135,000 EU
students studied at UK universities,
with some of the highest numbers
in the elite Russell Group, according
to the Higher Education Statistics
Agency. Vice-chancellors are urging
the government to agree special
terms for them.
The Higher Education
Commission, an independent policy
research body, has been given a list
of graduate courses that are at risk of
closure at the LSE post-Brexit.
Prof Julia Black, pro vicechancellor for research at the LSE,
says: “It is hard to model how many
students would pay fees 50% higher
when they could be taught in English
in other countries for less or for free.
We know from research studies that
these European students just want
to study in another country, so it
doesn’t have to be Britain.
“At undergraduate level we are
pretty confident we could make
up the difference with strong UK
students. But at graduate level we
are more exposed in some areas if we
lose European students completely.
We would have to rethink what we
teach and how.”
The LSE says it attracts EU
students in all departments, but
especially in areas such as law,
government and politics.
Black says losing European
master’s students would cut off an
important pipeline for training the
next generation of researchers. She
points out that in the research-led
Russell Group universities, twice
as many EU students stay on to do a
master’s as UK students, and many
will do a PhD in the UK, too.
Brexit is making the LSE “feel
very exposed”, she says. Like many
universities it relies heavily on
European academic staff – some
departments, such as philosophy,
are almost entirely staffed by
overseas academics – and 18% of its
students are from other European
countries.
Prof Dominic Shellard, head of
De Montfort University, says it would
be “an act of supreme folly and selfharm” for the government to allow
the European student market “to fall
off the side of a cliff ”.
“All universities are proud of their
▲ Brexit is making the LSE ‘feel very
exposed’; 18% of students and many
of its staff are from other EU countries
PHOTOGRAPH: CHRIS BATSON/ALAMY
international diversity, which makes
them more exciting, creative places.
Can you imagine what it would be
like on our campuses if overnight we
lost 27 different countries?” he asks.
At the University of the Arts
London, which specialises in art,
design, fashion, communications
and the performing arts, EU students
make up 13% of the student body.
Nigel Carrington, its vice-chancellor,
says: “There is no doubt that if
the cost of attending university in
Britain becomes a significant barrier,
EU students will look elsewhere.”
Fees, he says, are “an important
factor in the practical viability of
a course”.
He adds that the consequences
of losing talented young Europeans
could stretch far beyond individual
courses. “EU students are among
the highest performers at UAL. They
deliver significant creative and
financial benefits to the UK creative
industries after graduation. If, as
▲ Prof Julia Black: LSE ‘would have
to rethink what we teach and how’
expected, EU student numbers drop
by 60% in the UK following Brexit,
the hit on university fee income will
be the least of our worries.”
University College London, which
had almost 4,500 EU students last
year, more than any other university
in the UK, says that particular
departments could be hit hard by an
exodus of EU students – although
the university insists it will find ways
to avoid closures.
Prof Michael Arthur, president
of UCL, says: “We are in a similar
position to LSE because we have
some subjects where European
students are so numerous they
are more important. Our school of
European languages and cultures is
the obvious one, where about 70% of
students are from the EU. They are
regarded as critical by the school.”
Arthur wants the government to
strike a deal to allow universities
to charge EU students the same as
their UK counterparts. If this doesn’t
happen, UCL will consider offering
bursaries in at-risk subjects to offset
the higher international fees.
Universities insist they aren’t
simply bemoaning the possible loss
of an income stream. They say that
the EU students who choose to come
to Britain are often of very high
calibre and help to maintain quality
in the sector.
The vice-chancellor of one
research university, who asked
not to be named, said: “The risk
is as much about losing quality
as it is about losing numbers. We
have some amazing students from
Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary,
especially in computer science.”
Prof Simon Marginson, from
UCL’s Institute of Education,
who is leading research on Brexit
and higher education, says that
scientists are especially worried
about the harm that may be done
to their supply of good young
researchers. Some argue that their
best PhD students come from
Europe, Germany in particular.
Marginson, who is director of the
Centre for Global Higher Education
at the Institute of Education and
also chairs the HE Commission,
says it’s a shame that some vicechancellors are “waiting to see what
the government will come up with”
to help the sector out, rather than
actively lobbying or preparing for
the post-Brexit world. He says that
this is a mistake.
“Right now the government isn’t
thinking about higher education. It
has bigger problems to worry about
– notably what happens to the global
financial services industry in the
City of London. Sitting on our hands
is the wrong approach and there is a
real danger that the HE sector will be
caught by events.”
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Cake sale, plant sale, quiz
Children’s education has
become a charitable cause
Austerity has caused
school fundraising
to get out of hand,
writes Louise Tickle
M
y nine-year-old
son looks at me
anxiously. “Mum,
you definitely,
definitely have my
sponsor money
plus an extra pound, which I need
for the fundraising games. We have
to bring it in today.”
I search through my wallet for a
quid each for him and his brother.
I’ve got no cash on me. “We have to,”
he repeats, his voice going wobbly.
I stick an IOU in his piggy bank and
the day is saved. Yet again. And yet
again I feel infuriated and indignant
at being put in this position. Then
I feel even more cross that I now
feel mean.
•
•
•
•
Cake sale, plant sale, ticket for
a pamper evening, music quiz,
another cake sale, school disco
(with associated plastic tat and
penny sweets on sale), pay to see
Santa, raffle for the chocolate
hamper (that you’ve already sent
in the goddamn chocolate for),
dress up for World Book Day (that’s
a quid), go pink for breast cancer
research (that’s two quid) and why
not run a sponsored mile for Sport
Relief while you’re at it.
Then … ping! Oh joy, a text from
school – another (another?!) cake
sale. How much sugar is going down
in that playground?
The texts keep flooding in.
Ransack your wardrobe for Bag
2 School; send in dosh so your
child can buy you a Mother’s Day
present; scrabble through your
(now denuded) wardrobe for next
week’s clothes swap and pretty
please, the PTA would appreciate
donations of booze for this year’s
summer fete. If enough of you
don’t stump up by Friday, you’ll be
harangued daily until you do.
Welcome to summer term, peak
time for school fundraising – and
what feels like a constant assault.
Let’s put aside my irritation at being
“chugged” via leaflets in book-bags
and my mobile phone, in principle
it’s a good thing for kids to think
about the needs of people other than
themselves, so I’ll swallow official
charity fundraisers on that basis,
even if those charities might not be
my personal choice.
What is outrageous, though, is
the assumption in some schools that
parents can easily afford to donate
on a virtually weekly basis, and the
idea that we should expect to be
paying on top of our taxes for our
children’s state education.
Schools, suffering the terrible
results of the government’s austerity
policies, have cut to the chase and
are now pumping parents for regular
direct debits to cover essentials. But
is asking parents to pay doing pupils’
education any good?
In deprived catchments, people
can’t afford to keep putting their
hand in their pockets. Attendance in
the poorest areas goes down on Red
Nose Day and for Children in Need,
when pupils are asked to donate
money to dress up. No amount of
money raised is worth a single child
feeling too embarrassed to go to
school because they can’t join in
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‘Attendance goes
down on Red Nose
Day in the poorest
areas, when pupils
are asked to donate
money to dress up’
with their peers to put their pennies
in the pot.
The state should be buying our
children’s pencils and exercise
books, and whatever else they need
for the curriculum. And schools that
are trying to paper over deepening
financial cracks by fundraising for
these basic items are letting the
government off the hook.
It’s easy to see how it happens.
Headteachers are practical people.
They want to do the best by their
pupils, so they’re trying every
which way to mitigate depleting
budgets. Many schools are running
deficits of hundreds of thousands
of pounds. And so PTA funds, I’ve
been told by some headteachers,
are being called upon to pay for
reading schemes, textbooks, art
and technology materials, revision
guides, stationery items and other
essentials.
By changing children into semiprofessional fundraisers, schools
aren’t just attempting to make up for
millions of pounds that should be
provided though taxation. They are
turning children’s human right
to an education into a charitable
cause. That, in turn, makes
education a discretionary line on the
government’s budget spreadsheet,
with the quality on offer increasingly
dependent on the means and
largesse of donors.
How very 19th century.
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A university is: autonomous
(though not in the UK) and
free (though not in the UK)
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Education
Opinion
Stefan Collini
n 1988, to mark the 900th
anniversary of the founding
of the University of Bologna,
Europe’s oldest university,
388 heads of universities
drew up the Magna Charta
Universitatum. This was a brief
general declaration of the nature of
universities and their purpose.
The first principle was: “The
university is an autonomous
institution at the heart of societies
differently organised because of
geography and historical heritage”.
The second fundamental principle
was: “Freedom in research and
training is the fundamental
principle of university life, and
governments and universities
… must ensure respect for this
fundamental requirement.”
The Bologna statement was an
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affirmation of an ideal transcending
national frontiers. Its principles
were reaffirmed in a 1999 document
establishing the European Higher
Education Area, signed by the
education ministers of 29 European
countries, including the UK.
Viewed from the everyday
experience of a British university
two decades later, these principles
can ring hollow. “An autonomous
institution”? Barely a month goes
by without a new diktat issuing
from Whitehall. Governance is
as constrained as policy. One
recognised expression of autonomy
is for academic staff to have a say
in who is appointed to the roles
of deans, pro-vice-chancellors,
and vice-chancellors. In British
universities that doesn’t happen.
Another institutional expression
of autonomy would be a senate that
had effective control of academic
and intellectual policy, but that body
has been bypassed or abolished in
nearly all UK universities.
“Freedom in research”? Tell that
to the colleague compelled by their
research excellence framework
manager to focus on a particular
line of inquiry. Or tell it to the
heads of department obliged to
enforce the targets set by the provice-chancellor (research) for the
amount of money to be brought in
by each member of staff through
external grants. The mantras
“accountability” and “performance
management” mask the disturbing
extent of institutional bullying in so
many British universities.
It has long been recognised
in most university systems that
academic freedom and academic
tenure are two faces of the same
coin, with appropriate legal
protections to match. In Britain,
however, tenure was abolished by
the Tories’ Education Act of 1988.
But academics still have de facto
tenure, don’t they? Tell that to those
who are made redundant as a result
of the latest piece of managerialist
restructuring.
In Britain we are used to hearing
a lot of sub-Burkean blather about
how written constitutions are only
needed by those countries that
don’t have our practical wisdom
▲ Academic leaders met in 1988 at
Bologna, the oldest university in
Europe, to codify the nature and
purpose of a university
‘Freedom in British
universities is in a
parlous condition …
with the relentless
commodification
of scholarly values’
and good judgment. But the truth
is that genuine academic freedom
in British universities is in a parlous
condition. Not because uniformed
commissars are frog-marching
outspoken academics off to jail. It is
more a matter of the daily erosion of
intellectual integrity, the relentless
commodification of scholarly
values, and the tightening grip of
managerialist autocracy. And no one
can seriously believe that any of this
will be improved by leaving the EU
and submitting to the unregulated
embrace of global capitalism in its
most profit-hungry form.
Anyone tempted to dismiss
these points should read the sober
survey of academic freedom across
Europe by Terence Karran and
Lucy Mallinson. When measured
against a range of standard criteria,
including legal safeguards and
de facto practices, the UK came
bottom of the 28 member states of
the EU. Similarly, the definitive text
book The Law of Higher Education
declares that “in terms of the health
of academic freedom, the UK is
clearly ‘the sick man of Europe’”.
So they may soon have to rewrite
the Magna Charta Universitatum.
“The university is an autonomous
institution (though not, in practice,
in the UK …).” “Freedom in research
and training is the fundamental
principle of university life (though,
funnily enough, not in the UK …).”
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The Guardian Jobs Schools
Highams Park School
Handsworth Avenue, Highams Park, E4 9PJ
Teacher of Geography
MPS/UPS £26,661 - £42,497
From September 2018
Highams Park School is looking to appoint a high quality teacher to work alongside a
dynamic and enthusiastic team of staff. You will work within the Geography department
and ensure that student progress is maximized through innovative, challenging and
engaging teaching. You will have excellent subject knowledge and be passionate about
making a difference to the lives of young people. This role would be suitable for an NQT.
The Geography department is large, well-resourced and experienced. This post
represents an excellent opportunity for an ambitious professional ready to take on the
challenge of improving an already successful department in which outcomes are good in
all key stages.
Highams Park is a very successful co-educational 11-18 Academy converter with 1600
students on roll including nearly 400 in the 6th Form. We pride ourselves on being a
comprehensive school that serves the local area and in which there is a strong culture of
traditional values coupled with an emphasis on high quality, forward-thinking teaching
and learning.
Director of HR – 35 hours per week,
Mon – Fri inclusive
Competitive salary dependent upon experience
The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham is one of the country’s leading
educational charities. As well as running two successful independent schools, it
has recently established the King Edward VI Academy Trust, which comprises
of seven successful secondary Academies. The Foundation Office provides
managerial support to all nine King Edward VI Schools in Birmingham.
We are looking to appoint an experienced Director of HR based at our Edgbaston
offices in Birmingham. The post holder will shape and deliver a people strategy
that will support the Foundation’s and the Academy Trust’s strategic objectives.
They will ensure that all staff work in line with our vision and continue to deliver
high standards of performance across the Foundation and the Academy Trust.
The post holder will lead and develop a credible, professional and respected HR
function that provides best value and accessible services.
We are looking for an exceptional candidate with, ideally with both HR and
educational experience who can effectively provide advice, guidance and
support to Heads, Governors, key staff and other colleagues.
Please email the school on scroft@highamsparkschool.co.uk Mrs Sharon Croft,
HR Manager, or go to our website www.highamsparkschool.co.uk to find out more.
Please complete our application form (download from website) and return by
midday 30th April 2018.
Further information about the Foundation and the application pack for this
post, can be found at: www.schoolsofkingedwardvi.co.uk, or can be obtained
from: The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham, Foundation Office,
Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2UD, Tel: 0121 472 1147,
Email: personnel@ske.uk.net
Early applications will be considered on receipt and interviews scheduled
accordingly
Closing date: Friday 11th May 2018
Safeguarding children
We are committed to the safety of our pupils through our recruitment and school practices;
all jobs are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment
decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including
children.
The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham is an educational charity supporting nine
secondary schools and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and
young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be
required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with
past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This post is covered by Part 7
of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent and spoken English is
an essential requirement for this role. CHARITY NUMBER: 529051
“We need an inspirational Executive Head Teacher, to
support and compliment leadership throughout our
exciting and expanding Multi Academy Trust – Excelsior!”
Hazel Pulley NLE, CEO
APPOINTMENT OF
EXECUTIVE HEAD
EXCELSIOR MULTI ACADEMY TRUST
LEADERSHIP SCALE 35 (£90,773) – 37 (£95,333)
CLOSING DATE: FRIDAY 11TH MAY 2018
CONTACT: NICOLA HARROLD
Within Excelsior Multi Academy Trust, amazing teachers change lives.
Our academies help prepare precious young people for happy, healthy,
successful futures through the magic of learning.
Excelsior Multi Academy Trust presently comprises of Parkfield
Community School and Turves Green Primary School. Green Meadow
Primary School are due to join the Trust in June 2018 and a further school
by January 2019. It is expected that other schools will join the MAT in the
near future, and a free school application is in the pipeline.
Visits to our ‘Outstanding’ lead school and to meet the Excelsior team
are welcomed and encouraged. Please contact Nicola Harrold.
Excelsior MAT
Parkfield Community School
Parkfield Road
Birmingham
B8 3AX
Tel.: 0121 464 1131
Email: enquiry@excelsiormat.co.uk
Nicola Harrold – Trust HR Lead – n.harrold@excelsiormat.co.uk
Holland Park School, W8 7AF
Director of IT
Salary: Range 16-17, £56,600 to £64,500
Location: Kensington and Chelsea
We encourage you to read our website very carefully and familiarise yourself with
our 2014 Ofsted report, our prospectus, candidate information pack and application
form for the post. What will be clear to you is that you are applying to an extremely
successful school and one with a decidedly clear ethos of achievement. We moved, in
November 2012, into a brand new £80 million school. The school became an Academy
in September 2013 and was recognised by the Department for Education as a Teaching
School in 2015. In 2017, the school’s results profile placed it in the top 5% of schools
nationally for the sixth consecutive year. The school is committed to developing its
teachers and to fostering the development of outstanding teaching. The school is a
personalised community which is committed to creating careers for people.
We are seeking an experienced and inspirational Director of IT to lead and manage the
provision of technology in the school. The successful applicant will join and manage
an experienced network manager and support an apprentice. The successful candidate
will secure the highest standards of provision for young people and adults. We operate
on an expectation of zero unplanned downtime and have achieved this standard since
moving into our new building some 5 years ago.
The school’s network is based on a virtualized VMWare, vSphere and Cisco
infrastructure. The virtual machines are balanced by three host servers connected to
an HP Storage Attached Network and run Windows and Linux Servers. All classrooms
are equipped with Promethean interactive white boards and Dell/Apple computers.
An application form that should be completed electronically is available
from the school’s website: http://www.hollandparkschool.co.uk/
vacancies/train-and-teach-with-us. Early application is encouraged as
we will seek to interview and appoint on receipt. The closing date for
applications is Monday 30th April 2018 by 09:00.
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The Guardian Tuesday 24 April 2018
The little furrow bees are rarely observed,
and most people are surprised to see how
small a bee can be
Journal Country diary Page 7
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Weather
Tuesday 24 April 2018
UK and Ireland Noon today
Forecast
Sunny Mist
Low 7 High 12
Around the UK
London
Fog
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Lows and highs
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Tomorrow
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Shetland
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Birmingham
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Low 6 High 11
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Glasgow
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Thursday
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Leeds
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Sleet
Belfast
Light
snow
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Snow showers
12
Heavy snow
Moderate
Dublin
York
Liverpool
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Nottingham
tting
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35C
Thundery rain
Birmingham
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Newcastle
12
Norwich
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leading to
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a stationary
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southern
England.
There will
be showers
across Britain
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tomorrow and
Thursday.
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mph
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Atlantic Ocean
12
Weatherwatch
Is it a bird? Is it a fish? No, it’s a
robot. Scientists are deploying silent
gliding robots to swoosh beneath the
ocean waves, recording the singing
of whales, clicks of dolphins, pitterpattering of raindrops, humming of
ship motors and crashing of waves
during a storm.
These torpedo-shaped robots
are remotely controlled by satellite.
They are about 1.5 metres long, can
dive to 1,000 metres and travel the
seas for months at a time.
Pierre Cauchy, a scientist at the
University of East Anglia, has been
experimenting with these robots for
the past five years. “It is fascinating
to listen in to underwater life such as
long-finned pilot whales in the north
Atlantic, but also to hear the echoes
of what is happening in the skies
above,” he says.
In remote regions without
permanent weather stations, data
recorded by the robots can be used
to calculate surface wind speeds.
This helps meteorologists assess
how quickly a storm is whipping up
and, for climatologists, the data is
useful for fine-tuning their models.
Kate Ravilious
Weatherwatch contributors will be at
the British Library on 2 May.
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Rugby union
Why the Crucible
is not always
loopy for a 147
Harlequins sweat
on Breach for
Premier 15s final
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while Swanton’s close-of-play summaries were delivered
in a crisp, forcefully judgmental style, as if a man
in an MCC tie had suddenly emerged to address the
multitudes from the Vatican balcony.
In the endlessly recurring debate over the England
captaincy, one of them could be expected to root for
Yorkshire’s pragmatic Ray Illingworth, the other for
Kent’s patrician Colin Cowdrey. While one encouraged
the formation of the first cricketers’ union and became
its honorary president, the other helped establish an
annual competition for the old boys’ sides of leading
private schools.
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What would
EW Swanton
(top left) and
John Arlott have
made of the data
analytics used by
National Selector
Ed Smith (below)?
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GETTY; GARETH
COPLEY/GETTY
Plus ça change
Row over 100-ball
cricket shares the
spirit of Arlott
and Swanton
Richard Williams
A
prelude to summer arrived last
week, and with it a noisy chorus
of speculation over the future of
cricket. A posh boy – Tonbridge and
Peterhouse – with a faith in statistical
analysis became the chief national
selector of an unsettled England team.
Cries of dismay greeted the revelation
that the new inter-city competition will be based on yet
another shortened form of the game, this one requiring
each side to face a mere 100 balls in order to fit television
schedules. And the BBC was outbid by a commercial rival
for the radio rights to an overseas Test series.
Once again the most serene and timeless of games
was being tossed and buffeted by those who cannot
leave it alone. Or so it seemed. But perhaps the best
way to put all this into some sort of context is to read a
new dual biography of a pair of famous cricket writers
and broadcasters whose views and voices became
synonymous with the game in the second half of the
20th century. Under the title Arlott, Swanton and the
Soul of English Cricket, the historian David Kynaston
and the journalist Stephen Fay demonstrate that most of
these arguments have been going since anyone now alive
was old enough to roll the dice in a game of Owzthat.
On the surface, John Arlott and EW “Jim” Swanton
were such different types that it would be easy to
set them up as opponents in a permanent battle for
the game’s imagined soul. In the press box Arlott
represented the Guardian and Swanton the Telegraph,
with all the attendant contrasts of attitude and tone. In
the broadcasting booth they were similarly divergent,
Arlott’s increasingly wine-darkened Hampshire burr
lovingly taking its time over describing the small,
seemingly peripheral details of the unfolding drama,
t would be easy to fall for the caricatures of
the chippy liberal and the pompous snob. But
Kynaston and Fay look deeper, recognising that
if Swanton imagined himself to be, in the words
of one exasperated England tour manager, the
Lord Protector of English Cricket, while Arlott’s
radio audience saw him as a poet laureate of
the eternal game, they shared a devotion to
its welfare which expressed itself not in a defensive
conservatism but in a commitment to changes that both
saw as inevitable.
The authors admit to having begun their project as
“Arlott men”, which is perhaps how a fair proportion
of those reading this would categorise themselves.
Arlott wrote beautifully, as befitted a former producer
of poetry programmes for the BBC, his view of the
game characterised by its empathy for the journeyman
professional. By contrast Swanton’s prose never rose
above the functional, a vehicle for the pronouncements
with which he expected to mould opinions at breakfast
tables from St John’s Wood to the shires.
But if they were never likely to be friends, they shared
a position on several important matters, none more
vital than the question of English cricket’s response to
the growing worldwide protests against apartheid. In
Swanton’s case, tours to the West Indies and South Africa
had modified what might otherwise have been his caste’s
standard views on questions of race.
It is worth recalling his reaction to Enoch Powell’s
“rivers of blood” speech, which he called “hateful,
lacking a single compassionate phrase towards fellow
members of our Commonwealth”. This came in the
midst of the debate over whether
England should select Basil D’Oliveira,
If they
a refugee from the apartheid regime,
were never for a tour of South Africa. On that
likely to be one, Swanton and Arlott – who had
been suspended from the BBC’s
friends,
Any Questions in 1950 for describing
they shared the South African government as
Nazis – were united.
a position
It’s easy to stub one’s toe on an
on several ingrained prejudice against Swanton
and his assumed omniscience. The
matters
man who thought amateurs made
the best captains also voted to accept
women as members of his sacred MCC, while he and
Arlott both gave their blessing to the introduction of
one-day competitions.
I finished this fine book in the Oval’s Bedser stand,
while watching the first day’s play in the match between
Surrey, the county of Peter May, an England captain who
habitually sought Swanton’s advice, and Arlott’s beloved
Hampshire. Apart from the helmets, the numbers on
the players’ shirts, the fielding side’s huddle before each
resumption, the floodlight pylons and the swooping
canopy over the Vauxhall End stand, surprisingly little
seemed to have changed in the game since their heyday.
What would they have thought of the Moneyball-style
data analytics that Ed Smith will apply to the business of
selecting an England team, or of the furore over the ECB’s
100-ball version of Twenty20? In the end, perhaps the
headlines are best seen as a demonstration that people
still care about cricket and want to help it navigate a safe
course through a changing world, just as it has done ever
since attendances at County Championship matches
began falling in the 1950s. The arguments over how to
avert cricket’s death might just be the real signs of its life.
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Sport
Athletics
The 35-year-old Farah is yet to
decide on his next race over 26.2 miles
but the likelihood is he will choose
an autumn marathon in Chicago or
New York – with Dubai in January
an outside bet – before returning to
the British capital next April. It is a
prospect which one senior London
Marathon figure told the Guardian
they “would love to see happen”.
Lough believes the performance on
Sunday showed that, while Kipchoge
– who has not lost since 2013 – is the
greatest in history, Farah is capable of
putting him under pressure by running
a time of 2hr 3min or 2:04 in the future.
“Eliud is the best marathon runner
ever,” Lough said. “But I think Mo can
get to a similar level – of being either
one or two in the world. And if you
put him into a championship environment, like next year in the world
Marathon
effort to bring
Farah back for
2019 event
Sean Ingle
London Marathon organisers are
already lining up Mo Farah to run in
next year’s race while his coach, Gary
Lough, believes he could yet reach a
“similar level” as the winner this year,
Eliud Kipchoge.
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championships in Doha or certainly
the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, I definitely think Mo should be someone
people have got major concerns about.
He wants to be the best that he can be
– and that is going to be one of the best
in the world.”
Farah’s agent, Ricky Simms, meanwhile, has dismissed any suggestions
that the runner’s former coach Alberto
Salazar, who remains under investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency,
played any part in the 35-year-old’s
success in London.
“I can assure you that Gary is 100%
Mo’s coach and there is no other influence from me or anyone else at all,”
Simms told the Guardian. “Maybe
Alberto sent him a good luck message for the race, not that there’s any
problem with it, but I don’t think they
have communicated. The conspiracy
▲ Mo Farah is expected to run his next
marathon in Chicago or New York
theory, that he is being coached by
Alberto, is complete rubbish.”
Simms also suggested that there
was obvious room for improvement
in Farah’s time of 2:06:21 – and that, if
he had not had gone off so quickly in
temperatures that hit 24C or had problems with his water bottles, he might
have recorded a faster time.
“Mo has shown he can be a very
good marathon runner,” Simms said.
“On Sunday he ran 61 minutes for the
first half and 64 for the second. If he
goes through halfway in 62 or 62:15, I
would love to have seen how he came
back, because the fast early pace and
missing his bottles meant he lost a lot
of time at the end.”
Simms paid tribute to Farah, who
some had thought was doing the
London Marathon purely for a final
payday after retiring from the track
last September. “I have been with him
on track races when he has not been
fit and he has still been able to grind it
out and win,” he said.
“He has got such determination.
He won’t lie down. He has been winning for a number of years. He likes
winning. That determination to keep
winning is there. He has a pride to
do well.”
Rugby union
Concussion rules
England captain
Hartley out of tour
Paul Rees
Dylan Hartley will miss England’s
three-Test tour to South Africa in June
after being told to take the summer off
following the Northampton hooker’s
latest concussion.
The 32-year-old England captain
has not played since taking a blow
to the head in their final Six Nations
match against Ireland. He ended the
2016 championship in the same manner, knocked out during the grand
slam win against France, and made
only one more appearance for the
Saints that season.
Hartley led England in Australia
that summer but he admitted before
the pre-tour friendly against Wales
that, having missed 14 weeks because
of concussions, he was concerned
another would make him question
whether he should end his career. The
World Cup had finished seven months
before then but little more than a year
before England go into camp for the
2019 tournament in Japan he is focusing on next season.
“It has been recommended by specialists I take a break this summer and,
while I find that decision hard to accept,
it’s important I listen to that advice,”
Hartley said. “I intend to use this time
to recover fully from my injury so I can
be ready to hit the ground running
when pre-season training starts. I am
very disappointed I will not be available for Saints’ remaining Premiership
▲ Dylan Hartley received a blow to
the head at the end of the Six Nations
matches as well as the England tour to
South Africa.”
Hartley’s absence leaves the England head coach, Eddie Jones, contemplating an alternative captain for the
third time since he took charge at the
end of 2015. Hartley started the first 22
Tests under the Australian and, when
he was made a replacement against
Samoa last November, George Ford
and Chris Robshaw were co-captains.
When Hartley missed the trip to
France in the fourth round of the Six
Nations, Owen Farrell stood in as captain but he is among the players Jones
is considering resting for the tour
having been part of the British & Irish
Lions’ squad in New Zealand last year.
Hartley’s decision to rest comes in a
month when a concussion expert has
said the sport should limit contact
training sessions to reduce the risk of
brain injury. The consultant neuropathologist Dr Willie Stewart described
rates of concussion in the professional
game as “unacceptably high” after the
latest injury audit revealed the rate of
concussion had risen for the seventh
successive season.
“We are talking about diagnosable,
recognisable brain injuries but there is
more and more evidence that it is not
just the ones that produce symptoms
that are the problem,” Stewart told BBC
Scotland. “It is the cumulative effect
of the smaller ones as well that don’t
necessarily produce symptoms.
“If instead of having several days
of contact training during a week,
you do away with that, you are going
to phenomenally reduce the number
of impacts over the season.”
Another England international, the
Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi, has not
played much in the past four years
because of injuries. He returns for the
Tigers on Friday against Newcastle at
Welford Road, in a match the home
side need to win to remain on course
for the play-offs. Tuilagi has been out
for a month with an arm injury but is
back in full training.
Rugby union Tyrrells Premier 15s
Harlequins hope flying wing
returns fit for Saracens final
Gerard Meagher
Harlequins are hopeful their star wing
Jess Breach will be available for the
inaugural Tyrrells Premier 15s final on
Sunday after flying in from England
sevens duties in Japan.
The Harlequins coach, Gary Street,
et,
admitted he does not yet know how
ow
much of a part Breach will play on Sunnday, if at all, following her exploits in
ter
Kitakyushu, which came a week after
the 20-year-old scored the decisive try
for England in the Commonwealth
th
Games bronze medal match.
Breach’s availability would be
ea
huge boost, however – she scored 16
tries in the regular season, despite
ite
ts,
juggling her sevens commitments,
and touched down a stunning 11
times in her first two England Tests
sts
in November before switching to the
he
shorter form. As a result Harlequins
ns
will be keeping their fingers crossed
ed
that she lines up against Saracens at
Ealing Trailfinders’ ground on Sunday.
ay.
‘It’s the two best
teams, without
doubt, in the final’
Gary Street
Harlequins’ coach
Breach helped
England win
Commonwealth
Games bronze
▲ Jess Breach (right) in Harlequins’
semi-final victory over Wasps
CHARLIE CROWHURST/GETTY IMAGES
“We’re waiting to get the all clear on
Jess over the next day or two when she
arrives back from Japan,” said Street.
“We’re really hoping she’ll be available
or at least play some part in it. We’re
pretty much at full strength, as much
as you can be at the end of a season.”
Saracens topped the regular season
table by three points from Harlequins,
while Wasps and Gloucester-Hartpury
completed the semi-final line-up.
While Saracens cruised past Gloucester-Hartpury in their semi-final, Harlequins battled past Wasps in theirs but,
with both finalists winning one each
of their two encounters this season –
on each occasion away from home –
Street is expecting a titanic tussle in
west London.
“It’s the two best teams in the
league without doubt who are in the
final,” he added. “We’ve been the best
two throughout the season. We’ve
both got physical sides, we both like
to move the ball. We’re very similar
in some ways and the side that can
execute and bring something a little
bit different will be the side that wins.”
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Snooker
43
Hearn ups stakes
in attempt to
solve mystery
of the missing
maximums
A lack of financial reward is
suspected of being a reason
for the dearth of 147 breaks in
recent world championships
pionships
Paul MacInnes
T
he 2018 snooker world
championship has gone
off like a rocket. Mark
Selby, the champion of
the past two years, has
been beaten in the first
round, 10-4 by Joe Perry. Ronnie
O’Sullivan had to mount a mighty
comeback himself, winning seven of
the final eight frames to knock out
Stephen Maguire 10-7. The opening
weekend has already made the
matter of who will claim the title
an open one but it is not the only
intriguing question at the Crucible
this year.
Two weeks ago Barry Hearn, who
among other things has a controlling
interest in the commercial
operations of snooker’s governing
body, announced he would be
raising the prize money for a 147 at
the Crucible this year. The bonus,
which had been based on a slightly
complicated rollover system with
a minimum reward of £5,000, will
now default to £40,000. It is a big
raise to counter a striking anomaly:
in recent years snooker has gone
147-loopy everywhere bar the world
championship.
The basics of the snooker
maximum require a player to make a
clean sweep of the table, with every
red that is potted being followed by
a black. Established in the 1870s,
with the first world championship
taking place in 1927, snooker’s first
recorded maximum came in 1955.
It was scored by Joe Davis, the
15-times world champion, and took
two years before it was officially
recognised. The first maximum
in professional competition,
meanwhile, did not come until 1982
when Steve Davis made the score
in the Lada Classic in Oldham. To
commemorate his accomplishment
Davis was presented with a Lada
with the customised numberplate
of SD 147.
The story of the snooker
maximum accelerated from that
point. To date there have been 139
scores of 147 in professional snooker.
Of that total 70 have come since
the turn of the decade and three
have come in the past four weeks.
▲ Ronnie
O’Sullivan
celebrates
after making a
maximum break
of 147, the ninth
of his career, at
the 2008 world
championships
PAUL GILHAM/
GETTY IMAGES
The Chinese player Liang Wenbo
scored one in world championship
qualifying and nearly reached
another two frames later, only to fail
on the final black.
O’Sullivan has the most 147s of
any player, 14. The total includes the
most feted maximum of all, scored
against Mick Price in the first round
of the 1997 world championship, a
feat which took five minutes and
20 seconds to complete. When
O’Sullivan made that break he was
rewarded with a bonus of £147,000.
Given the increasing frequency of
the achievement, it is perhaps not
surprising the prize money shrank.
But there has not been a maximum
at the world championship since
Stephen Hendry cleaned up against
Stuart Bingham in 2012. The appetite
to see an end to the barren run even
led to O’Sullivan being suspected of
having swerved one on purpose last
year. Potting a pink after the final red
when – in some eyes – it was possible
for him to have screwed back for
the black, O’Sullivan’s actions
were deemed a protest against the
insubstantial prize pot.
After that controversy Hearn
was telling the players that, if they
found the bonus money insufficient,
they should play another sport. But
this year he has changed his mind.
So why has the 147 gold rush been
staunched at the Crucible? Is it down
to the money? Not according to John
Parrott, the former world champion
and now a BBC pundit. “I think
Maximum break milestones
1st maximum Joe Davis 1955
The dominant figure in world
snooker for three decades from the
1920s completed the first recognised
147 at the Leicester Square Hall in
London, but the sport’s governing
body operated at a slower pace than
the matches then and did not ratify
the achievement for two years
1st at Crucible Cliff Thorburn 1983
The Canadian became the first
to achieve the feat at a world
championship. Play on the adjoining
table was halted as “The Grinder”
was famously told “Oh good luck,
mate” by the BBC commentator
Jack Karnehm as he prepared to sink
the final black
1st at tournament Steve Davis 1982
Oversized pockets at the 1979
Holsten Lager International
prevented John Spencer claiming
this particular milestone and
also that of the first on TV as the
cameraman was on his lunch break.
Both honours, and a Lada, went to
Davis during his defeat of Spencer at
the Classic in Oldham
Quickest Ronnie O’Sullivan 1997
“The Rocket” has completed more
maximum breaks than any other
player, and even the official record
time of five minutes and 20 seconds
at the world championship was
questioned last year when analysis
of the original BBC footage revealed
the correct duration could be up to
22 seconds shorter
▲ Snooker icon Joe Davis made the
first recognised 147 in 1955 in London
‘At the Crucible you
get fewer chances.
The opportunity
to open up doesn’t
come every day’
there are two reasons why it hasn’t
happened,” he says. “The first is
that there are more top-class players
than there used to be. The second is
that it’s bloody hard. You’re asking
someone to do the hardest thing in
the sport in the ultimate arena in the
biggest tournament and in front of
the biggest audience.”
According to Parrott the
psychological factor is paramount
in a competition aficionados like to
call “the marathon of the mind”. But
the opportunity to score a 147 comes
round a lot less often, too. “To score
a maximum is far harder than, for
example, hitting a nine-dart finish,”
Parrott says. “And at the Crucible
you get fewer chances. There’s so
much high-quality safety play. The
opportunity to open up doesn’t
come every day of the week.”
The other side of the coin is that
a rise in standards – “if you’re not
professional, this game will find
you out,” Parrott says – means
there are more players capable of
breaking the 147 duck in Sheffield
over the next two weeks. With the
champion already deposed one
name has been scratched from the
list, but few would rule out the
iconoclastic O’Sullivan from rising
to the challenge. As for Parrott, he
is confident too. “If you gave me a
free £10 bet, then I would be more
inclined to say yes. The field is just
so strong this year.”
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Sport
Cricket
ECB pads up for battle
over its 100-ball plans
Ali Martin
The England and Wales Cricket Board
will meet representatives from the
country’s 420 professional players
next month following a backlash over
its new 100-ball competition.
The announcement last week that
the ECB’s new eight-team tournament
from 2020 would not be played using
Twenty20 but rather a reduced version
of the format is understood to have
caused anger and disbelief among
committee members of the Professional Cricketers Association.
The player representatives from the
18 counties that comprise this panel,
along with two from the men’s and
women’s national teams, were given
24 hours’ notice via a WhatsApp group
that a big development was coming,
but were offered no detail.
When news of The Hundred then
came to light on Thursday, the thread
is said to have gone into meltdown
with negative responses that reflected
disappointment at the new format and
annoyance that it had been presented
publicly as a fait accompli. One PCA
representative said that words such as
“joke” and “gimmick” dominated the
exchange, with derision over the format’s 10-ball over that, after 15 traditional six-ball overs, takes each innings
to a round 100. Durham’s PCA representative, Chris Rushworth, tweeted:
“What a load of bollocks.”
There is also frustration that, having
previously been sold a glamorous T20
tournament to rival the Indian Premier
League or Australia’s Big Bash League,
the players were now getting a huge
unknown that also goes against the
principle of domestic cricket mirroring
that played at international level.
The PCA chairman, Daryl Mitchell,
released a statement that confirmed he
and the PCA non-executive chairman,
Matthew Wheeler, had met the ECB
three weeks earlier, when the 100-ball
concept was first floated, but had simply agreed to be “open-minded”.
The statement added that the PCA
would now begin a consultation process with its members but there is a
suspicion among the county representatives as to why the debate is being
held after the event. The ECB will now
meet them at Edgbaston on 8 May to
go over the plans but faces a tough sell.
It comes at a tricky time for the
union, too, with the chief executive,
David Leatherdale, signed off for personal reasons and resentment among
members over the loss of the increment international contract system.
The early leaders Yorkshire have
won one and drawn one after the Essex
abandonment and go to Somerset on
Friday. Notts have won one and lost
one so far. Stuart Broad is available
for their next three matches, starting
at Worcestershire, and the captain,
Steven Mullaney, said: “We’ve been
outplayed.”
Surrey beat Hampshire at the Oval
in the other Division One fixture
to finish on day four, despite Sam
Northeast’s 129.
In Division Two Derbyshire beat
Middlesex to secure their first home
Championship win since September
2014 (1,306 days ago). But they were
given a scare by lower-order resistance
that took the game deep into the final
session. Glamorgan won by six wickets
at Gloucestershire and Leicestershire
had a high-scoring draw with Sussex.
Fall 27, 63, 119, 179.
Did not bat MGK Burgess, OE Robinson, D Wiese, I Sharma,
WAT Beer.
Bowling Mohammad Abbas 17-8-37-1;
Raine 18-6-42-1; Parkinson 26-5-73-0;
Griffiths 10-1-41-1; Javid 12-3-30-1.
Toss Uncontested, Sussex elected to bat.
Umpires AG Wharf and PK Baldwin.
Gloucestershire v Glamorgan
Specsavers County Championship
Coad’s flying
start fuels
England talk
Graham Hardcastle
Headingley
Ben Coad for England? “Why not”
is the message from the Yorkshire
captain, Gary Ballance, after seeing the
seamer take 10 wickets in the match
to help beat Nottinghamshire by 164
runs. Rewind 12 months and Coad had
only just started to turn heads, taking
eight in the season-opening defeat by
Hampshire at Headingley. He ended
the summer with 50 Championship
wickets and has started this one
in style.
The 24-year-old now has 61 victims
from 14 Championship appearances to
his name at an average of 21, including two 10-wicket hauls. Ballance
said: “He’s a wicket-taker. If he’s
not taking wickets, he doesn’t go for
runs. There’s no reason why he can’t
go further in his career. He wants to
improve. If he keeps doing that, there’s
an opportunity down the line for him.”
Coad is refusing to get caught up
in talk of higher honours, insisting:
“There’s people saying stuff about
that but I’m just concentrating on
Yorkshire.”
Scoreboard
SPECSAVERS COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP
Division One (fourth day of four)
Surrey v Hampshire
The Oval Surrey (20pts) beat Hampshire (3) by 139 runs.
Surrey First innings 211 (LA Dawson 4-30, FH Edwards 4-38).
Hampshire First innings 147 (HM Amla 55; R Clarke 4-39,
SM Curran 4-39).
Surrey Second innings 407-9 dec (OJ Pope 145,
BT Foakes 81, SG Borthwick 74).
Hampshire Second innings (overnight 116-4)
SA Northeast c Foakes b Dunn .....................................129
RR Rossouw lbw b Virdi.................................................29
LA Dawson b Dernbach....................................................3
KJ Abbott c Burns b Virdi ...............................................29
CP Wood lbw b Curran ...................................................26
B Wheal lbw b Dernbach ................................................10
FH Edwards not out ........................................................5
Extras (b12, lb6, nb4) ...................................................22
Total (115.3 overs) .....................................................332
Fall cont 150, 163, 206, 245, 313.
Bowling Dernbach 27-6-86-2; SM Curran 16-5-44-1;
Virdi 33-7-79-4; Clarke 21-7-46-1; Dunn 11.3-3-41-2;
Borthwick 7-1-18-0.
Toss Surrey elected to bat.
Umpires RK Illingworth and DJ Millns.
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▲ Ben Coad leads Yorkshire off after
taking 10 wickets in the match
The Yorkshire coach, Andrew Gale,
must hate such speculation, given the
number of players they provide to England. But he said: “Ben’s confident at
the minute. He hasn’t had the most
fluid pre-season given he was injured
[hip flexor] out in South Africa. But he
is very level-headed and works hard.”
Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire
Headingley Yorkshire (21pts) beat Notts (3) by 164 runs.
Yorkshire First innings 256 (AJ Hodd 62; LJ Fletcher 4-47).
Nottinghamshire First innings 188 (LRPL Taylor 57;
BO Coad 4-49).
Yorkshire Second innings 334 (GS Ballance 82,
TT Bresnan 68no).
Nottinghamshire Second innings (overnight 181-8)
†TJ Moores not out ......................................................40
JT Ball b Coad ...............................................................30
HF Gurney c Lyth b Coad..................................................0
Extras (b1, lb10, w1) ....................................................12
Total (58.4 overs) .......................................................238
Fall cont 238. Bowling Brooks 18-2-77-2; Coad 19.4-6-81-6;
Shaw 10-0-46-1; Bresnan 8-2-19-1; Lyth 3-2-4-0.
Toss Uncontested, Nottinghamshire elected to field.
Umpires NGB Cook and MA Gough.
Division Two (fourth day of four)
Leicestershire v Sussex
Grace Road Leicestershire (10pts) drew with Sussex (9).
Sussex First innings 438-8 dec (MGK Burgess 101no,
LJ Wright 88, I Sharma 66, BC Brown 64).
Leicestershire First innings 422-9 dec (CN Ackermann 186,
MJ Cosgrove 64; LWP Wells 4-81).
Sussex Second innings (overnight 11-0)
LWP Wells not out ......................................................102
PD Salt b Mohammad Abbas...........................................17
S van Zyl lbw b Griffiths.................................................24
HZ Finch lbw b Raine .....................................................22
LJ Wright b Javid ..........................................................29
*†BC Brown not out .....................................................25
Extras (b8, lb10, nb4) ...................................................22
Total (for 4 dec, 83 overs)............................................241
Derbyshire v Middlesex
Derby Derbyshire (21pts) beat Middlesex (3) by 101 runs.
Derby First innings 265 (GC Viljoen 60no;
JAR Harris 4-68).
Middlesex First innings 157 (D Olivier 4-26).
Derby Second innings 333-3 dec (LM Reece 157no,
BT Slater 99, WL Madsen 52).
Middlesex Second innings (overnight 86-3)
MDE Holden c Wilson b Viljoen ......................................37
OP Rayner c Madsen b Olivier ........................................18
PR Stirling c & b Reece ..................................................42
†JA Simpson lbw b Madsen ...........................................24
JAR Harris not out ........................................................64
TS Roland-Jones c Slater b Critchley..............................46
TG Helm lbw b Critchley ................................................52
TJ Murtagh b Olivier .......................................................5
Extras (lb6, w1, nb10) ..................................................17
Total (111.3 overs) .....................................................340
Fall cont 95, 95, 160, 166, 223, 329.
Bowling Rampaul 22-5-64-0; Viljoen 21-5-62-2;
Olivier 23.3-2-82-4; Palladino 9-4-27-0;
Madsen 13-7-26-1; Reece 7-1-22-1;
Critchley 16-2-51-2.
Toss Uncontested, Middlesex elected to field.
Umpires MJ Saggers and ID Blackwell.
Bristol Glamorgan (22pts) beat Gloucestershire (2) by six
wickets.
Gloucestershire First innings 236
(M de Lange 5-62).
Glamorgan First innings 526-9 dec (DL Lloyd 119,
SE Marsh 111, M de Lange 50no).
Gloucestershire Second innings (overnight 133-5)
JR Bracey not out .......................................................120
RF Higgins lbw b Hogan.................................................61
K Noema-Barnett b Carey .............................................12
DJ Worrall b Carey ........................................................50
MD Taylor c Cooke b Salter ............................................48
LC Norwell c Cooke b Hogan ............................................1
Extras (b5, lb6, w1, nb12) .............................................24
Total (118 overs) ........................................................372
Fall cont 184, 205, 285, 362.
Bowling De Lange 31-4-98-3; Carey 28-4-105-4;
Hogan 27-7-74-2; Salter 23-3-62-1; Lloyd 9-2-22-0.
Glamorgan Second innings
NJ Selman c Bracey b MD Taylor.....................................36
JR Murphy c Roderick b MD Taylor .................................18
SE Marsh c Roderick b Worrall ..........................................0
KS Carlson c Dent b MD Taylor .........................................2
AHT Donald not out ......................................................10
DL Lloyd not out .............................................................8
Extras (b1, lb5, w1, nb4) ...............................................11
Total (for 4, 12.5 overs).................................................85
Fall 51, 56, 67, 67.
Did not bat †CB Cooke, AG Salter, M de Lange,
*MG Hogan, LJ Carey.
Bowling Worrall 6.5-0-54-1; MD Taylor 6-0-25-3.
Toss Uncontested, Glamorgan elected to field.
Umpires JH Evans and PR Pollard.
Racing
Gronkowski
unlikely to run
in Kentucky
Greg Wood
Jeremy Noseda’s ambitious plan to
send Gronkowski to the Kentucky
Derby in Louisville on Saturday week
appeared to be on the brink of a frustrating conclusion last night, less than
a week after Rob Gronkowski, the
American football star after whom
he is named, bought a share in the
three-year-old.
Noseda earned a starting berth for
Gronkowski by winning qualifying
events at Kempton and Newcastle but
he said yesterday his colt had suffered
“a minor setback” and “we will know
where we are in the next 24 hours”.
Later Noseda said Gronkowski is now
an “unlikely” runner at Churchill
Downs next month and that a further
statement would be released in due
course.
The human Gronkowski is one of
the NFL’s biggest stars and has twice
won the Super Bowl with the New England Patriots. Gronkowski announced
his purchase of a share in his namesake
on Twitter five days ago, saying: “It’s
official, I am part of the Gronkowski
team!” Noseda’s colt is dirt-bred on his
dam’s side and, while he appeared to
be a big outsider for America’s biggest
race on form, having competed only
on British all-weather tracks, public
interest had been widely expected to
force his starting odds down to 20-1
or below.
The 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket
lost a significant contender yesterday
when Sir Michael Stoute’s Veracious,
who had been due to be ridden by
Frankie Dettori, was ruled out of the
fillies’ Classic. Veracious was as short
as 6-1 to win on 6 May.
Five days that will decide the Irish
trainers’ championship begin at
Punchestown this afternoon when
Willie Mullins will run three of his
stable stars – Douvan, Un De Sceaux
and Min – in the Grade One Champion Chase at 5.30 in an attempt to cut
Gordon Elliott’s lead in the title race.
Elliott is just over €500,000 ahead of
Mullins, who pipped his rival to the
championship 12 months ago after
starting the Punchestown Festival
with plenty of ground to make up.
Greg Wood’s tips
Brighton 4.15 Baltic Prince 4.50 Al Manhalah
5.25 Andalusite (nap) 5.55 Harry Beau
6.30 Let’s Be Happy 7.05 Hint Of Grey
7.40 Pour La Victoire
Exeter 1.40 Breaking Ground 2.15 Point N Shoot
2.45 L’Auberge Du Bois 3.15 Golden Sunrise
3.50 Dontminddboys 4.25 Denny Kerrell
5.00 Control Me 5.35 Master Baker
Huntingdon 4.35 Eskendash 5.10 Swatow
5.45 Nightfly 6.20 Lough Salt 6.55 Ratify
7.30 Silent Man 8.00 The Blue Bomber
Ludlow 2.00 Gumball 2.35 Today Please
3.00 Rise Of An Empire 3.35 Apple Of Our Eye
4.05 Cheltenam De Vaige 4.40 Mr Mercurial
5.15 Imperial Aura
Yarmouth 1.50 Luchador 2.25 Corrosive
2.55 Without Parole 3.25 Banksy’s Art
4.00 Crimson Rosette 4.30 Oud Metha Bridge
(nb) 5.05 Global Excel 5.40 Nag’s Wag
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Football
foundered at the preliminary due
diligence stage.
Why is Short playing
truant?
Only he really knows but
it appears Sunderland are a toy
with which he has become bored.
Perhaps this star of the private
equity world is simply ashamed of
the series of calamitous decisions
made on his watch. Appointing
several inexperienced executives to
boardroom positions – most notably
the former chief executive Margaret
Byrne and the former director of
football Roberto De Fanti – helped
explain a disastrous recruitment
policy that resulted in more than
80 non-loan signings made during
the owner’s decade at the helm but
only six players sold for a profit. In
mitigation Short has invested the
best part of £200m of his fortune in
keeping the club afloat, writing off
more than £100m.
3
Chris Coleman wants
to stay in charge as the
Sunderland manager
Big debts,
an absent
owner, no
identity –
what now?
Sunderland’s rapid fall into
the third tier has left a proud
club on their knees and a
future clouded by uncertainty
Louise Taylor
Will Chris Coleman remain
the manager and is he the
right fit?
Last November the man who led
Wales to the Euro 2016 semi-finals
became Sunderland’s ninth manager
in six years. Since then Coleman,
whose record in club management
is mixed, has won only five games.
The consensus among fans is that
he should be allowed to rebuild in
League One and the 47-year-old
keeps reiterating he wants to
stay. Matters are complicated by
Coleman having never spoken
to Ellis Short, the club’s Floridadomiciled American billionaire
owner who is desperate to sell.
Coleman will demand the financial
resources needed to mastermind a
promotion challenge. If that does
not happen the manager could
resign. He admits to feeling engulfed
by a sense of “helplessness”.
1
How bad is Sunderland’s
financial situation?
Very bad. Having been
relegated from the top flight in 2017,
Sunderland have the advantage of
a £35m Premier League parachute
payment next season but the latest
financial figures, released a year ago,
revealed £69m was owed to Short
and £68m to Security Bank Capital,
with the latter arrangement costing
£8m a year in interest payments. The
austerity measures implemented
by Martin Bain, the chief executive,
have reduced those arrears
appreciably and Short is prepared
to walk away in exchange for a
buyer repaying a significant portion
of his personal loan in addition to
shouldering the wider debt but
the finances remain forbidding.
Progress on potential takeovers has
2
What will next season’s
wage bill be?
This season’s was £35m,
high by Championship standards.
Some players – Lamine Koné among
them – will be sold but the majority
do not have clauses triggering pay
cuts in the event of relegation to
League One. This is because they
accepted 40% wage reductions
on exiting the Premier League.
The exceptions are players signed
from last summer onwards whose
incomes will be almost halved, and
the £70,000-a-week former England
midfielder Jack Rodwell. A £10m
buy from Manchester City in 2014,
Rodwell is unwanted by Coleman
but, despite only three appearances
this season, declines to leave. A
contractual oversight ensured he
escaped a pay cut last summer but
his weekly income will drop to
£44,000. That remains jaw-dropping
in League One, where the average
player commands around £2,000 a
week. Rodwell’s years of expensive
underachievement are emblematic
of Sunderland’s malaise.
45
Football
In brief
FA Cup
FA apologises after
Cup joke goes wrong
The Football Association has
apologised to Tottenham and
Manchester United for a tweet
sent on the official FA Cup account
following the club’s semi-final clash
at Wembley on Saturday. United
won the game 2-1 and shortly
after full-time a tweet was posted
which appeared to poke fun at
the performance of the Spurs and
England striker Harry Kane. In a
mock-interview style, the tweet
read: “Me: What’s that in your
pocket, Chris?” before posting a
video of the United defender Chris
Smalling saying: “Harry Kane.” The
FA confirmed yesterday that Spurs
and United had both received an
apology from the governing body. PA
Scottish football
SFA names Partick’s
Maxwell as new chief
Partick Thistle’s managing director,
Ian Maxwell, has been chosen as the
Scottish Football Association’s new
chief executive. The 42-year-old was
widely tipped for the role, especially
after stepping down from the SFA
board last month. Maxwell will take
up his new position on 21 May after
the interim chief executive Andrew
McKinlay departs. PA
4
What needs to change?
A lot. Damningly no player
spoke to the media – or club
sponsors – following relegation last
Saturday. This reflects not only a
wider arrogance long evident within
the club but a lack of leadership in
the squad. “Collectively, it’s not a
great dressing room, the culture’s
not good,” confided one recent
manager. There needs to be less
reliance on loans – there have been
seven this season – and sensible
investment in restocking the squad.
“It won’t take billions,” Coleman
says, “but some investment is
necessary.” The recruitment
department could do with spending
more time on their homework and
less listening to agents. Sunderland
signed three goalkeepers this season
– Robbin Ruiter, Jason Steele and Lee
Camp – but it remained the team’s
weakest position with a series of
mistakes from the trio hastening
relegation. Coleman is adamant
the club desperately need an
“identity” in which players, staff and
supporters can believe. “It’s about
signing the right people. You get
players who are mercenaries. There’s
no pride in their jobs. I want to keep
them away from Sunderland.”
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▼ Andrés Iniesta celebrates
after Barcelona beat Sevilla
5-0 in Copa del Rey final
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Arsenal
Wenger attracting big interest
for life after Arsenal, says Dein
Mark Dobson
The former Arsenal vice-chairman
David Dein has suggested Arsène
Wenger will have “no shortage of
offers” to continue his managerial
career and says the 68-year-old is
already attracting global interest.
Dein, who brought Wenger to Arsenal in 1996, is certain the Frenchman
will be in high demand following Friday’s announcement that he will end
his 21-year association with the club.
“Over the last few years I know for a
fact he’s been approached by some of
the biggest clubs in the world. I think
of Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain.
The national team wanted him at one
stage,” he told Sky Sports.
“There will be no shortage of offers.
▲ David Dein believes Arsène Wenger
will be in high demand from big clubs
I personally had calls from various
people yesterday, saying: ‘Can I speak
to him?’ The question is does he want
to do it any more? He’s going to be 69
in October but he’s extraordinarily fit.
He is the same weight as when I met
him – 75 kilos.
“He’s got a very active mind and
such a knowledge of the game.”
Dein is, however, concerned that
Wenger will find leaving Arsenal similar to dealing with a bereavement.
“It’s going to be tough initially,” he
said. “As I found myself, it’s a way of
life. He will feel that. He’s the first one
at the club, the last one to leave. It will
be difficult. It is rather like a bereavement and the various stages. The first
one is denial and finally you get to
acceptance and you move on. He has
to have a good holiday and decide what
he wants to do next.”
Arsenal, meanwhile, are hopeful
Mohamed Elneny will play again this
season despite revealing that the midfielder suffered ankle ligament damage against West Ham on Sunday. The
Egypt international was carried off on
a stretcher on the stroke of half time
having fallen awkwardly while competing for the ball with Mark Noble.
Wenger said, after the 4-1 win, that
the injury “didn’t look good” but he is
expected to return this season.
ATP GAZPROM HUNGARIAN OPEN (Budapest)
First round: J Millman (Aus) bt R Albot (Mol) 6-4 7-5;
M Cecchinato (It) bt M Basic (Bih) 6-3 6-4;
L Sonego (It) bt H Hurkacz (Pol) 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (10-8) 6-4;
A Bedene (Slo) bt M Copil (Rom) 6-7 (3-7) 7-5 6-3.
Results
Snooker
BETFRED WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (Sheffield)
First round: M Allen (NI) bt L Highfield (Eng) 10-5;
J Jones (Wal) bt S Murphy (Eng) 10-9.
Football
PREMIER LEAGUE
Man City C
Man Utd
Liverpool
Tottenham
Chelsea
Arsenal
Burnley
Leicester
Everton*
Newcastle*
Bournemouth
Watford
Brighton
Crystal Palace
West Ham
Huddersfield
Swansea
Southampton
Stoke
West Brom
P
34
34
35
34
34
34
35
34
34
33
35
35
34
35
34
34
34
34
35
35
W
29
23
20
20
19
17
14
11
11
11
9
10
8
8
8
9
8
5
6
4
D
3
5
11
8
6
6
11
11
9
8
11
8
12
11
11
8
9
14
11
13
L
2
6
4
6
9
11
10
12
14
14
15
17
14
16
15
17
17
15
18
18
F
98
65
80
66
59
66
35
49
39
35
41
42
32
36
42
27
27
33
32
29
A
25
26
37
31
34
46
32
47
54
42
58
60
47
54
63
54
51
53
65
54
GD
+73
+39
+43
+35
+25
+20
+3
+2
-15
-7
-17
-18
-15
-18
-21
-27
-24
-20
-33
-25
Pts
90
74
71
68
63
57
53
44
42
41
38
38
36
35
35
35
33
29
29
25
*Table not including last night’s game
Everton
(-) L
Newcastle
(-) L
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH
Wealdstone L East Thurrock L
EVO-STIK NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE
Mickleover Sports L Stalybridge L
BOSTIK PREMIER LEAGUE
Kingstonian L Staines Town L
EVO-STIK SOUTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE
Hitchin L Dorchester L
EA SPORTS LEAGUE OF IRELAND CUP
Second round: Waterford L Cork City L
LA LIGA
Athletic Bilbao L Levante L
SERIE A
Genoa L Hellas Verona L
PRIMEIRA LIGA
Porto L Vitória Setúbal L
Tennis
ATP BARCELONA OPEN BANC SABADELL (Spain)
First round: M Jaziri (Tun) bt T Sandgren (US) 6-4 6-4;
B Paire (Fr) bt Nicolas Jarry (Chl) 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (3-7) 6-4;
M Granollers (Sp) bt M Kukushkin (Kaz) 6-2 6-2;
R Dutra Silva (Br) bt J Donaldson (US) 6-3 6-1;
D Lajovic (Ser) bt Pedro Martínez (Sa) 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3.
Golf
LGPA HUGEL-JTBC CHAMPIONSHIP (Wilshire, USA)
Final scores: (US unless stated, par 71): 272 M Jutanugarn
(Tha) 68 66 70 68. 274 Park I (Kor) 66 71 69 68. 275
Ko J-y (Kor) 71 67 67 70. 277 Ryu S-y (Kor) 71 65 73 68.
278 E Talley 68 72 71 67; Ji E-h (Kor) 68 69 70 71.
279 M Pressel 71 68 73 67; Lee M (Aus) 69 73 66 71.
280 S Santiwiwatthanaphong (Tha) 70 72 69 69. 281
C Inglis 68 71 69 73; P Lindberg (Swe) 68 76 66 71. 282
M Alex 67 68 72 75; A Ernst 73 71 67 71; Lee M-h (Kor) 71
70 70 71; Lee J-e (Kor) 0 75 69 68; L Thompson 68 71 74
69; C Ciganda (Sp) 74 69 71 68; Feng S (Chn) 74 67 70 71.
Basketball
NBA PLAY-OFFS
Eastern Conference: First round: Indiana 100 Cleveland
104 (Series tied 2-2); Milwaukee 104 Boston 102 (Series
tied 2-2); Was hington 106 Toronto 98 (Series tied 2-2).
Western Conference: First round: San Antonio 103
Golden State 90 (Golden State lead series 3-1)
Baseball
MLB
Arizona 4 San Diego 2; Atlanta P New York Mets P;
Baltimore 3 Cleveland 7; Chicago White Sox 1 Houston 7;
Colorado 7 Chicago Cubs 9; Detroit 5 Kansas City 8;
LA Angels 2 San Francisco 4; Los Angeles Dodgers 4
Washington 3; Milwaukee 4 Miami 2; New York Yankees 5
Toronto 1; Oakland 4 Boston 1; Philadelphia 3 Pittsburgh 2;
St Louis 9 Cincinnati 2; Tampa Bay 8 Minnesota 6;
Texas 7 Seattle 4.
Fixtures
Football (7.45pm unless stated)
Uefa Champions League
Semi-final: First leg Liverpool v Roma
Sky Bet Championship
Derby v Cardiff; Nottingham Forest v Barnsley
League One
Bradford v MK Dons; Bristol Rovers v Wigan; Doncaster
v Blackburn; Oldham v Southend; Rochdale v Plymouth;
Shrewsbury v Peterborough
League Two
Coventry v Lincoln City; Morecambe v Cambridge Utd;
Newport County v Accrington Stanley; Yeovil v Forest Green
Vanarama National League
Bromley v Barrow; Gateshead v Ebbsfleet United;
Leyton Orient v Maidenhead Utd; Torquay v Guiseley;
Tranmere v Solihull Moors
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship
Livingston v Inverness CT
Ladbrokes Scottish League Two
Berwick v Stenhousemuir
Rugby union (7pm unless stated)
Greene King IPA Championship
Nottingham v Bedford
Barça’s last emperor
begins long goodbye
Lots of tears as China-bound
midfield general marks the
‘Iniesta Final’ with a goal to
crown night of raw emotion
Sid Lowe
T
here were two minutes
to go in the final, his
final, when Andrés
Iniesta began the
long walk goodbye.
Slowly, swallowing
hard, eyes red, he made his way
across the pitch, team-mates
coming to embrace him as he went,
and all around the Metropolitano
supporters got to their feet,
applauding. They stood in the
Barcelona end and they stood in
the Sevilla end, too. Iniesta’s name
rolled around, accompanying
him until he ducked out of sight,
taking a seat on the bench. He sat
there for a little while, tears forcing
their way through, and then he got
up again and went to collect the
Copa del Rey, alone.
It was the 34th title of his career
and a 35th will follow, but it was
this one that felt like it marked the
end: the last waltz. As he climbed
up to collect the trophy, down on
the grass Barcelona’s players waited
for him, much as they had waited
for him when, 51 minutes into his
670th game for the club, he scored
the fourth goal, ensuring this would
always be his night: the Iniesta Final.
Collecting Lionel Messi’s pass,
with a gentle shift of the hips, a
hint of a pause, he stepped past
David Soria and rolled the ball in.
He jumped in the air and at some
point in that leap, sadness crept into
the celebration, nostalgia flooding
the stadium. They knew what
this meant.
Any doubt disappeared when they
saw the Barcelona players’ reaction,
more eloquent than anything they
could have said. “There were a lot
of emotions in that goal,” Iniesta
admitted. “Lots of feelings, lots of
years. I really wanted this final to go
well and I’m happy.”
The normal huddle broke up and
then, almost one by one, they waited
for Iniesta. Eyes closed, Lionel
Messi held him in an embrace that
may become the image of the final,
maybe even a generation; he held on
just that little bit longer, like he did
not want to let go.
There was something in that.
In good times and bad Messi looks
for Iniesta, and in bad times above
all. It is in those moments when he
seeks security, assurance, that he
most wants the Spaniard at his side.
“I know how difficult it is to do what
he does,” Messi says in Iniesta’s
book, The Artist.
“On the pitch I like him to be near
me, especially when the game takes
a turn for the worse, when things
are difficult. That’s when I say to
him: ‘come closer’. He takes control
and responsibility.”
It is a simple solution, successful
for well over a decade and expressed
on Saturday, like a portrait of
their era, Barcelona producing a
performance that may have been
as good as any since Wembley 2011.
And yet time waits for no man,
not even the man who sometimes
seemed able to control it. You can
slow the clock, but not stop it and
when Messi looks for Iniesta next
season, he will no longer be there.
Twenty-two years after arriving,
18 after meeting Messi, 16 since his
debut, Iniesta is leaving for China.
An announcement is expected
this week.
At 33, a starter in 24 of 33 league
games and eight of 10 in the
Champions League, on course to
win a league and cup double, it may
have come too soon. That, certainly,
was the conclusion drawn after
Saturday. China looks incongruous.
The headline on the front of AS on
Sunday said it all: “Iniesta, don’t go!”
But the appeals for him to stay, while
they express that hope he might
change his mind, will also reinforce
his belief this is the right time to
go. The right way, too: remember
me like this.
Iniesta is applauded at every
stadium in Spain, but it is not just
because of that goal and it is not
just Spain. It happened in Turin
and Lisbon too, and at the Santiago
Bernabéu. On Saturday, it happened
again; it was not the first time
but it felt like the last, a touch of
melancholy. It is not just him, it
is what he represents. “The last
emperor,” Marca called him. “How
happy he made us. Something in
your soul dies when a friend goes;
nothing will ever be the same,” one
editorial read last week – and that,
too, was in Madrid.
Iniesta belongs to everybody, like
some shared treasure. Luis Enrique
called him “world heritage”. When
the goal went in on Saturday, on
Cadena Ser radio the commentator
joined those chanting his name.
“The scriptwriter has done it; this
final needed this moment,” Lluis
Flaquer said. “Iniesta! Iniesta!
Iniesta! We can’t leave here without
joining in the chant, which is the
chant of all football lovers, dedicated
to a universal manchego.”
It is the player and the person, the
way he is, that helps explain that. He
is every man’s in part because he is
everyman: there’s a normality about
him which is not entirely normal in
football. “He’s an amazingly good
person; someone kicks him and he’s
the one who says sorry,” said Samuel
Eto’o. Sergio Ramos disagrees: “You
can’t kick him; it’s Andrés,” he says.
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▼ Daniele De Rossi is
hoping Roma can hurdle
their way past Liverpool
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Premier League
Guardiola lines
up £52m move
for Napoli’s
Jorginho
Jamie Jackson
Pep Guardiola is targeting Jorginho
as a replacement for Yaya Touré, with
Napoli expected to demand a minimum €60m (£52.5m) for the defensive
midfielder.
Jorginho, a Brazil-born 26-year-old
who plays for Italy, is seen as ideal
competition for Fernandinho, who will
be 33 next month. City and Napoli were
in the same Champions League group
this season and Jorginho impressed
Guardiola home and away.
Manchester United are also thought
to have an interest in the midfielder,
because Michael Carrick is retiring
and Marouane Fellaini is set to leave.
Jorginho is wanted by
City as a replacement
for Yaya Touré
The player’s preference is for City and
it is understood his agent met Txiki
Begiristain, the City sporting director, in Manchester when Italy played
Argentina at the Etihad Stadium in
March.
In addition to a defensive midfielder
Guardiola also wants a forward. In
January he missed out on Alexis
Sánchez, who moved from Arsenal to
United, and Riyad Mahrez, who stayed
at Leicester. The City manager may
revive his interest in Mahrez.
The FA has written to City for
their observations regarding the
pitch invasion at the Etihad Stadium
on Sunday after the champions had
beaten Swansea 5-0. It is understood
that because the incursion was celebratory the club will not face any
sanction.
Jubilant supporters ran on to the
pitch to celebrate City’s title win, the
Swansea match being the first home
game since City became champions.
Guardiola said the fans should have
remained in their seats but the manager also understood their emotion.
In March Wigan were charged with
“failing to ensure no spectators or
unauthorised persons encroached on
to the pitch” after an incursion following the FA Cup defeat of City.
The FA will take no action against
West Brom’s Ahmed Hegazi for allegedly punching Liverpool’s Danny
Ings, who complained the 27-year-old
Egyptian jabbed him in the stomach
after the pair tangled as they both
attempted to head the ball.
The incident, which occurred during the 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns on
Saturday, was referred to a panel of
three former referees. The panel did
not unanimously agree it was worthy
of a red card after watching footage
independently and so no charge will
be brought.
Cahill tires of having to show
Chelsea he is still the man
Paul MacInnes
Gary Cahill hopes his return to the
Chelsea starting XI can bring about a
happy end to the season for himself
and his club but admits it is tiring having to prove himself at the age of 32.
The club captain played his part
in a 2-0 win against Southampton
on Sunday that sent Chelsea into
the FA Cup final against Manchester
United and he believes a trophy can
yet rescue their season.
“I think the performances of late
as well as the last couple of wins
have been good for us,” Cahill said.
“Everything is a possibility when
you’re playing, hence why I am happy.
I am back out there and let’s see what
happens at the end of the season. We
have gone into the final and the World
Cup is coming, so let’s wait and see.”
Antonio Conte dropped Cahill for
some of Chelsea’s biggest games,
including both legs of the Champions
League quarter-final against Barcelona
and league matches with Manchester
City and United in March, prompting
speculation that the centre-half’s time
at Stamford Bridge was coming to an
end. He also missed out on Gareth
Southgate’s last England squad.
Cahill, who returned to the Chelsea
side in the past fortnight, said: “I realise the manager has decisions to make.
I realise I’m not getting any younger. I
don’t feel like I need to prove anything.
I’ve proven it time and time again. It
gets tiring after a bit, if I’m honest.”
Chelsea’s season has mirrored
Cahill’s as they both struggled for
consistency. With four league games
left and in fifth place, they face the
threat of missing out on next season’s
Champions League. “The league has
not gone as expected,” he said. “So, if
we did manage to win the FA Cup, it
would somewhat rescue the season.
It’s a huge trophy. [In the league] all
we can do now is try to win our games.”
▲ Gary Cahill feels he does not need
to prove anything at Chelsea
Champions League semi-final
Anfield mission
ideal for De Rossi
the Gerrard fan
After 16 years with Roma
the captain is yearning to
lead his hometown team into
the Champions League final
Paolo Bandini
D
aniele De Rossi has
waited a whole
career to be part of
a European night at
Anfield. He was 18 the
last time Roma played
at Liverpool, in March 2002, newly
promoted from the academy and
with a handful of cup games for the
senior team under his belt. This was
not yet the time for the manager,
Fabio Capello, to put his faith in
precocious talent.
Roma lost 2-0 and exited the
Champions League. De Rossi went
on to become one of the club’s most
beloved stars. Before long fans were
calling him Capitan Futuro – the
Future Captain – destined to follow
in Francesco Totti’s footsteps as the
latest homegrown player to wear the
armband.
They were right, in the end,
though few could have guessed the
transition would get pushed back to
2017. It almost did not happen at all.
There was a point, as negotiations
over a contract renewal stalled last
year, when De Rossi thought about
seeking new experiences elsewhere.
“In my own head I was playing out
my last season,” he told the Corriere
dello Sport in September. “The
best offer that came in was from
an Italian club but that didn’t get
my juices flowing: I didn’t want to
betray this city and these fans.
“If an offer had come in from a
European club or an American one
– it’s no secret it’s a dream of mine
to have an experience of life and
football over there – then probably
we would not be here talking today.”
Then again, who knows? De Rossi
has had chances to leave before, and
at times came close to accepting,
but in the end his team and his
city pulled him back. His desires,
like those of most human beings,
contradict one another at times.
As a boy he would watch tapes
of Boca Juniors against River Plate
at La Bombonera and fantasise
about playing there. Yet he has
always found great satisfaction in
representing his hometown club. If
‘Antonio Conte
electrified me.
He really struck
me when he was
manager of Italy’
he had not become a footballer, he
remains convinced that he would
have spent his weekends driving up
and down Italy to watch Roma.
Perhaps a night such as the one
tonight offers the best of both
worlds. You can be sure the Kop
stirs the imagination of a man who
named Steven Gerrard as his idol
and the player he would select to
captain his ideal XI. Not that De
Rossi appears uncomfortable in that
role. He has played less this season
under Eusebio Di Francesco, granted
more opportunities to rest in a
midfield whose depth was enhanced
over the summer by the signing of
Maxime Gonalons from Lyon and
the return of Lorenzo Pellegrini from
Sassuolo. That freshness has served
him in the biggest games.
He was majestic in the
quarter-final second leg against
Barcelona, setting up Edin Dzeko’s
sixth-minute opener, converting
the penalty for Roma’s second and
dictating the terms of engagement.
De Rossi played more passes than
his midfield team-mates Kevin
Strootman and Radja Nainggolan
combined, never losing possession.
Before kick-off he had stood in
front of his team-mates in the Stadio
Olimpico changing room and asked
why they should not overturn a
three-goal deficit. “The fans think
we can do it,” he observed. “So why
not? Why should we stand here and
shit ourselves?”
There have been times when
De Rossi might have struggled to
feel such faith in himself, let alone
project it to a whole team. From late
2015 into 2016 he suffered a series of
injuries that ate away at him.
“I started to lose the conviction
my body could handle the demands
of Italian and European football,”
he confessed during a wide-ranging
interview with the magazine Rivista
Undici last summer. “I’m not a
player like [Lionel] Messi … I’m not
one of those who can carry a result
home on my own when I’m in form
or make the difference even when
I’m not. I need to be doing well
physically to play my game but I also
need a team who support me.”
It was the coaching prowess
of Luciano Spalletti and Antonio
Conte that turned things round. The
former returned to Roma in 2016
and put him back in the right places
and with mechanisms to succeed.
The latter did what he has always
done best, engaging the midfielder’s
competitive spirit with Italy. “He
electrified me,” De Rossi said of the
man who is now Chelsea manager.
“I’ve said it many times: he really
struck me.”
The feeling is mutual, Conte
speaking in glowing terms about
the Roma captain before their
teams clashed at Stamford Bridge
in October. It was Capello, though,
who paid De Rossi the most eloquent
tribute, observing that “you cannot
buy personality at the supermarket”.
It takes a certain character to
survive for 16 years at Roma, where
the spotlight is never set to anything
less than full glare. De Rossi has
lived for much of his career in the
centre of town, hiding in plain sight
amid the tourists. Maybe one day
he will take their lead, setting off
to find somewhere new. For now a
Champions League semi-final will
have to do.
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Happy in
the hunt
for Euro
crown
Sport
Football Champions League semi-final
48
Virgil van
Dijk (left) and
Mohamed
Salah (centre)
prepare for
Liverpool’s
first leg
against Roma
at Anfield
Liverpool
Roma
Today 7.45pm
Semi-final
TOM JENKINS/
THE GUARDIAN
•
Karius
•
Alexander
-Arnold
•
Lovren
•
Van Dijk
•
Robertson
•
•
•
Henderson
OxladeMilner
Chamberlain
•
•
•
Salah
Mané
Firmino
•
Dzeko
•
Ünder
•
Nainggolan
•
•
De Rossi •
• Strootman
Kolarov
Florenzi
•
•
•
Jesus
Manolas
Fazio
•
Alisson
• Liverpool
Subs from
Mignolet, Gomez,
Moreno, Wijnaldum,
Clyne, Ings, Solanke,
Klavan, Ward,
Masterson, Jones,
Woodburn
Doubtful Clyne
Injured Can, Matip,
Lallana
• Roma
Subs from
Skorupski, Capradossi,
Peres, Ciavattini, Ciofi,
Kastrati, Cargnelutti,
Gonalons, Gerson,
Marcucci, Perotti, Schick,
Antonucci, Cappa,
El Shaarawy
Injured Karsdorp, Defrel
(probable teams)
Venue Anfield
Referee Felix Brych (Ger)
Last two meetings
Liverpool 2 Roma 0 March 2002
Home side boosted by return of
Gérard Houllier after heart surgery.
Litmanen and Heskey scored
Roma 0 Liverpool 0 Dec 2001
Hyypia and Henchoz outstanding
in defence in this Champions
League group stage game
Key clash
Virgil van Dijk v Edin Dzeko
Dzeko were outstanding in the
quarter-finals against Barcelona
and if Liverpool are to go through
Van Dijk must prove his worth and
dominate the prolific striker
Managers
Jürgen Klopp
‘Italian
defenders are
famous for
not having
friendly
games’
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Di Francesco
‘We must be as
shut as possible
against a team
so lethal on
the break’
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seize a great opportunity
Andy Hunter
Jürgen Klopp has filmed a message urging Liverpool fans to receive Roma as
guests and show “our very best to the
world” when an old rivalry is renewed
in the Champions League semi-final.
Liverpool council is showing its hospitable side too, posting “Benvenuti
a Liverpool” signs in Roma colours
around the city and hiring a ukulele
band to serenade the 1,000 Italians
expected through John Lennon Airport this morning.
A concerted effort is being made to
change the European experience outside Anfield following the Manchester
City bus incident. Inside, however,
Liverpool want more of the same from
fans and players alike.
The billing as well as the build-up
to this semi-final has altered for
Liverpool since City were vanquished
in the last eight. Klopp’s team
thrived on the ferocity of Anfield
and the opportunity to shatter
City’s mantle as favourites. Not that
anyone associated with Anfield
held Pep Guardiola’s team in that
regard although now, fol lowing
Liverpool’s 5-1 aggregate triumph,
the greater expectation rests on the
unbeaten highest-scoring team in the
Champions League this season.
Roma’s reward for an astonishing
comeback against Barcelona is a
second European Cup semi-final in
Road to Anfield
Liverpool
Group stage
Sevilla h
Spartak Moscow a
Maribor a
Maribor h
Sevilla a
Spartak Moscow h
D 2–2
D 1–1
W 0–7
W 3-0
D 3–3
W 7–0
Roma
Group stage
Atlético h
Qarabag a
Chelsea a
Chelsea h
Atlético a
Qarabag a
W 0–5
D 0-0
Round of 16 v Shakhtar
(2-2 agg, Roma win on away goals)
First leg a
L 2-1
W 1-0
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Quarter-final v Man City
(5-1 agg)
First leg h
W 3–0
W 1–2
Second leg a
Quarter-final v Barcelona
(4-4 agg, Roma win on away goals)
First leg a
L 4-1
W 3-0
Second leg h
Round of 16 v Porto
(5-0 agg)
First leg a
Second leg h
D 0-0
W 1-2
D 3-3
W 3-0
L 2-0
W 1-2
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‘Barcelona are
not here because
of Roma and
Man City are not
here because of us’
Tactical analysis
Jonathan Wilson
Jürgen Klopp
their history, their first since beating
Dundee United en route to losing
against Liverpool in the final at
Stadio Olimpico 34 years ago. It is a
defeat that still burns.
Liverpool are in their 10th semi-final
seeking an eighth European Cup final
appearance. History does count, even
though none of this Liverpool team
were born when Roma were beaten in
1984, but Klopp and his players would
prefer to be free of the pressure that
expectation brings.
Jordan Henderson said: “I don’t
think we are under extra pressure
because I still see us going into this
game as the underdog with them
beating Barcelona, who were probably favourites before the last round.”
The captain was reminded of Liverpool’s 5-1 defeat of a City team labelled
by Klopp as the best in Europe before
the quarter-finals. “Yes, but that’s
just us doing what we are capable of
doing,” Henderson responded. “We
need to keep doing that again and
again and again.
“This is a huge challenge, a huge
test. Roma are a fantastic side with
fantastic players as they have shown
throughout the Champions League
this season. We have got to keep
improving because we need the perfect performance if we are going to get
the right result.”
Klopp also believes his team’s performance, and the Anfield atmosphere, must step up a level to overcome Eusebio Di Francesco’s men.
The Liverpool manager, who will be
taking charge of his 150th game with
the club tonight, said: “Most people
in the football world thought the last
four would be Bayern, Barcelona, Real
Madrid and City. Barcelona are not
here because of Rome and City are not
here because of us. We both deserve
to be here. Maybe a lot of people think
the real final should be Real Madrid v
Bayern Munich but that will not happen because they are in the other semi,
so one of us will go through.
“That is a big chance for both of us
but a big job to do. We are both in a good
moment. Anyone who watched Roma
in the last few weeks can see they are
flying with different lineups. They
made seven or eight changes in the
last game and still won comfortably.
“We really feel the opportunity. It is
a big thing. We came here with not a
lot of expectation. We only came here
expecting to win the games. People
ask me if I feel pressure. No. I only feel
opportunity. I am happy to be here and
to have another big night at Anfield.”
Klopp had not congratulated
Mohamed Salah on his PFA Player of
the Year award in person before the
manager met the media at Anfield yesterday. He did have a word of advice
for the Egypt international signed for
£36.9m from Roma last summer – a
player with 41 goals so far this season,
14 in his past nine games at Anfield.
Both clubs know so much depends on
the forward in this semi-final.
“Italian defenders are famous for
not having friendly games,” Klopp
said. “So I think Mo will feel very
early in the game that they are not his
team-mates any more. Then he can
strike back in a football way.”
Henderson, who voted for Kevin
De Bruyne in the PFA award (players
are not allowed to vote for their
team-mates), is acutely aware of
the part Rome plays in Liverpool’s
history. For all the underdog talk, the
captain is also supremely confident
of his team’s ability to create another
memorable chapter.
“We definitely take inspiration from
Liverpool’s history,” Henderson said.
“But our focus is to create our own
and for people to be looking back at
this team in 20 or 30 years’ time and
saying how good we were, how special this year was or the next few years
will be. I feel this is just the start of
something special.
“This is what you play football
for, huge games like this against top
European sides. As a footballer, these
are the moments that you dream about
playing in. Everything that has gone
before it, every struggle and every
test, will put you in good stead for a
game like this.”
Roma have to avoid
slipping into a bunker
mentality in the face
of Liverpool’s storm
T
wo problems dominate all others before
tonight’s Champions League semi-final at
Anfield – at least in determining how the
game will be won. Can Roma stop Mohamed
Salah and can Liverpool defend set plays?
A key factor in Roma’s success against
Barcelona was Eusebio Di Francesco’s switch to a 3-5-2,
having fielded a 4-3-3 in every other game bar one this
season. It not only wrong-footed Barcelona but meant
Roma had three against two at the back and in midfield,
something that was possible because the two wingbacks, Alessandro Florenzi and Aleksandar Kolarov, had
the energy to drive back Barça’s wide men, Sergi Roberto
and Andrés Iniesta. It forced them to defend rather than
tucking in to offer support to the two central midfielders,
Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic.
That had two principal benefits. First it meant Juan
Jesus could step with confidence from the backline to
deal with Lionel Messi, knowing he always had two
players behind him who had just one central forward,
Luis Suárez, to contain. It also meant that at the back of
midfield Daniele De Rossi, protected by Kevin Strootman
and Radja Nainggolan, had time and space to make the
play. And that is why this match will be so different from
Roma’s task against Barça.
Quite apart from anything else there is no chance
that De Rossi will have as much time on the ball as he
had then. The sight of him measuring his pass over the
defence for Edin Dzeko in the second minute as no one
closed him down should shame Barça. Whether that
was a facet of their attitude or a conscious decision to
release Suárez and Messi from defensive responsibility, it
allowed Roma’s creative fulcrum to go about his business
unchallenged. Roberto Firmino will not allow it.
Liverpool will be aggressive in their press and how
Roma handle that will go a long way to determining
whether they have a chance. The worry for Di Francesco
must be the way Tottenham – after their dozy 10 minutes
in Turin and before their dozy 10 minutes at Wembley
– were able almost to bully Juventus in their last-16
meeting, something that confirmed the impression the
Premier League is a different level from Serie A in terms
of pace and power. Even more concerning must be the
fact that, aggressively as Spurs press, Liverpool are far
more ferocious. As well as everything else this will be a
serious physical examination.
As for shape, there would seem little obvious benefit
for Di Francesco in opting for a back three again. It
might conceivably offer greater defensive cover and,
appealing as the thought of having Juan Jesus on
the left of three central defenders to block Salah’s
incursions from the Liverpool right may be, it causes far
more problems elsewhere.
Firmino’s habit of dropping deep means that having
two players to pick him up is probably one and a half
too many, while Sadio Mané’s pace makes him ideally
suited to exploiting the space behind a wing-back. To
play a back three would be to risk the wing-backs being
driven back and it becoming a back five, which in turn
would essentially surrender the flanks to Liverpool’s
attack-minded full-backs, Trent Alexander-Arnold
and Andrew Robertson. And that would make certain
a disparity that already seems likely in midfield,
where Roma’s obvious quality risks being overrun by
the greater pace and energy of whichever trio Jürgen
Klopp selects. Di Francesco is more likely to opt for his
familiar 4-3-3, sitting the back seven relatively deep to
frustrate Liverpool.
D
zeko, who has been in fine form, is the
outlet, operating in a role in which he
thrives as the roving lone front man,
although Liverpool have been less
vulnerable in the air since the arrival of
Virgil van Dijk. Saturday’s draw against
West Brom, albeit with a much-changed backline,
demonstrated that foible has not entirely gone away.
With Dzeko and Kostas Manolas on hand Roma have
the aerial power to trouble Liverpool from set plays.
The job of Roma’s wide men, two of Florenzi,
Diego Perotti, Cengiz Under and Stephan El Shaarawy,
is to support the midfield while shuttling forward
to back up Dzeko. At the same time they must
apply sufficient pressure on Alexander-Arnold and
Robertson to make them at least slightly cautious about
committing to attack.
The danger for Roma is they end up overwhelmed,
befuddled by a Liverpool storm into
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retreating into a bunker. Although
Manolas heads
Roma have yet to concede at home in
home against
the Champions League this season,
Barcelona.
Liverpool are so lethal on the break
Liverpool will
there is a realistic expectation they
need to be
will score at the Olimpico and that
wary of Roma’s
almost certainly means Roma will
aerial power
have to score at Anfield. As the Barça
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‘I have this helping
syndrome and really
care about people’
Continued from back page
about becoming a doctor,” Klopp
says with a smile as he remembers
growing up in the Black Forest
village of Glatten. “I had the idea
three years before my A-level. But to
study medicine your A-level results
had to be fantastic. So it was good for
all the people who would have been
under my knife that I didn’t make it.
But it was close, to be honest.”
That wistful sentence is swamped
by his laughter. But the idea of Dr
Klopp is not outlandish. He exudes
a warmth and intelligence we would
all want to see in a doctor. “I have
this helping syndrome,” Klopp says.
“I really care about people and I
feel responsible for pretty much
everything.”
Klopp’s inclusive leadership,
ensuring everyone feels nurtured
and needed, is at the root of his
success. Is he also becoming
a scouser as his immersion in
Liverpool runs so deep? Klopp grins,
brandishing his cup: “There’s this
tea, for example. When we come
somewhere new my family like to
adapt. We want to live like people
here. I’m not a guy who says: ‘By the
way, I want to tell you in Germany
we do it like this or that.’ We look
so similar but we are very different
too. It’s really interesting. My boys
both work in Germany but they are
football maniacs so they’re very
often here. They tell me about
the nightlife and I experience the
country in the daytime.”
Does life on this small island
seem insular, particularly when
the political landscape has shifted
dramatically since he arrived? “I’ve
heard it said that English people are
not looking outwards but I don’t
see it. I live in Formby and work in
Liverpool. I drive from here to there
and sometimes I’m in different cities
for games. So I don’t know enough
Dejan Lovren
has the backing
of his manager
about the country but many people
come to Britain because English is
the language the world speaks.
“I can’t say Germany is more
open. If you ask the wrong people in
Germany they would say: ‘Yes, we
want a fence to keep foreigners out
and, by the way, could you make is as
high as the [Berlin] Wall.’ Europe has
been strange the last few years. I like
to go to Austria for skiing but they
only push [immigrants] through to
Mrs Merkel. Being a leader in this
situation is not a joy. There is no easy
solution”
T
he option favoured by
the Brexiteers, however,
seems misguided
and dispiriting. “I
understand,” Klopp
says. “I’m not the
best-informed person but I’m very
interested in it. When Mr Cameron
had the idea [of a referendum] you
thought: ‘This is not something
people should decide in a moment.’
We are all influenced by the way
only some of the argument is given,
and once the decision is taken
nobody gives you a real opportunity
to change it again. The choice was
either you stay in Europe, which
is not perfect, or you go out into
something nobody has any idea how
it will work.
“So you give people the chance
to make this big decision. And then
it’s a 51-49 [51.9%-48.1%] vote and
you’re thinking: ‘Wow, 49% are not
happy with the decision that’s going
to change the country.’ For the 51%,
I’m sure they realised pretty early
after the vote: ‘What have we done?’
“The two leaders of the Leave
campaign then stepped aside. It
was a pure sign they were surprised
themselves by the vote. OK, that
can happen. But then, come on,
let’s sit together again. Let’s think
about it again and let’s vote again
with the right information – not with
the information you’ve got around
the Brexit campaign. They were
obviously not right, not all of them.
It makes no sense at all.
“When I speak to people they say:
‘I wanted to stay [in Europe] but I
don’t want to talk about it because
I don’t feel it yet as a person.’ I feel
it constantly because since I came
here the pound dropped. People go
on holiday and say: ‘Spain is very
expensive!’ But it’s only because the
pound is not that strong any more.
The EU is not perfect but it was the
best idea we had. History has always
shown that when we stay together
we can sort out problems. When we
split then we start fighting. There
was not one time in history where
division creates success. So, for me,
Brexit still makes no sense.”
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not mean Klopp is disparaging
towards British footballers. He has
an English core to his squad. Jordan
Henderson, James Milner, Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana,
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez,
Nathaniel Clyne, Dominic Solanke
and Danny Ings are joined by
other bright young talents such as
Scotland’s Andrew Robertson and
Ben Woodburn of Wales.
“They are here because they’re
really good – not because they’re
English or British. But if you have
two players at the same level and
one is English and the other is from
somewhere else I always go for the
English guy. They keep the mood
good and for them it’s easy to feel
the club’s history. But we have
fantastic boys from all over the world
and they love the club. Roberto
Firmino has such a Liverpool heart.
But the English guys lead the group.
Tottenham and us, we are pretty
much the English national team and
I like that.”
Liverpool’s, and the PFA’s, player
of the season is Egyptian. Salah faces
his former club tonight. Klopp’s
acumen in signing Salah from
Roma has been underlined and a
£35m transfer fee now smacks of a
bargain. “Mo did very well at Roma
but they have Edin Dzeko who is an
outstanding striker. So it was their
tactics to sometimes play him wide.
Now, a year older, he came to us full
of confidence. He scored in the first
game but missed two big chances.
So, unbelievably, he could have
scored much more [than the 41 goals
Salah has this season]. This season
is more about interpretation [of his
goalscoring talent] and because
Bobby Firmino is a workhorse he
really gives Mo space. I’ve had many
talks with Mo and he sees what the
others do for him.”
Did he spend much time assessing
Salah’s character before signing him?
“I always meet the player before we
sign. That’s when I decide because I
have a good feeling for people. It was
a fantastic talk. He’s open, smiling
all the time. He has crazy curls but
he’s a really nice boy. He also looked
much more mature than it says on
his passport. Twenty-four? I was:
‘Wow, really?’ We talked for three
hours about everything from his
family to my family and at the end
we had a deal to work together. I like
to remind players from time to time
of that agreement. It’s working really
well with Mo.”
Lovren has had a more testing
season and mistakes against Spurs
and Manchester United meant that
many Liverpool fans denounced
him. But his resurgence has been
marked and, against City, he was a
clear leader. “There are some really
difficult things in Liverpool,” Klopp
says. “The whole Liverpool family
is not happy with not winning big
trophies since whenever – so you
always find a reason. ‘The problem
is we don’t spend enough.’ Or, ‘The
players make mistakes’. So, really,
it’s a difficult job to be Liverpool’s
goalkeeper. I’m not sure who was
the last goalkeeper everybody was
happy with here. It would be a while
ago. And if you are not Sami Hyypia
then your life as a defender is also
difficult.
“I don’t exactly know about
Dejan’s start at Liverpool but he
made a few mistakes. People always
‘Mo and I
talked for
three hours
before he
signed.
It’s working
really well’
have that in mind: ‘Oh, Lovren
again!’ But I’m long in the business.
I said to Dejan: ‘If somebody told
me, come on, you have the chance,
create a centre-half. We found a way
to do it, genetically, bam, bam, bam.’
That’s him, strong, quick, both feet,
can head like crazy, jumps through
the roof. He’s all you need. Yes, a
few things you can improve – his
concentration. But these are human
beings.
“Other centre-halves make
mistakes. Against City, Virgil van
Dijk, an outstanding person and
fantastic player, should have cleared
the ball before they scored. Virgil
knows that. But nobody spoke
about it because we won. It doesn’t
look like it but I’m really relaxed in
judging these things. When I see
talent, and I’m convinced, I am
calm.”
L
iverpool now face a
formidable test – despite
a widely held belief that
Roma are the weakest
club in the semi-finals.
“Roma are interesting,”
Klopp says. “We’re expecting a
mighty battle. They have Dzeko,
they brought in the young Czech guy
[Patrik] Schick and the young Turk
[Cengiz Ünder]. Fantastic. [Daniele]
De Rossi controls the midfield.
Their defence is really experienced.
Alisson is a fantastic goalkeeper.
They beat Barcelona. They were first
in their group, they didn’t concede a
goal at home so far in the Champions
League. There are many impressive
things about them.”
It helps that Klopp has been here
before although, when we remember
our previous interview, before
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Dortmund lost to Bayern Munich in
the 2013 Champions League final,
he grimaces. “I’ve never watched it
back. It’s too painful.”
Manchester City felt Champions
League pain against Liverpool – but
soothed themselves by winning the
league with five games to spare. How
close are Liverpool to a concerted
tilt at City’s title next season? “It’s an
interesting question because while
we improved a lot they do the same.
You can’t imagine that City, after a
brilliant season, will say: ‘Oh, that’s
so good we’ll keep the same squad.’
They will find new players. I also
noticed an interesting thing. Their
club has more money than every
club in the world but I saw the City
boys celebrating in a really nice way
in the pub. It showed a real team.”
It has been another draining
season but Klopp looks fit and
well. He was said to have suffered
a minor health scare in November
when he went to hospital. “We all
go for a check now and then but
nobody knows. It was actually a
funny situation. They tried to bring
me in through the back door but the
security guy has a walkie-talkie and
he says: ‘Klopp is in the house!’ But,
really, I’m fine. I love the job but if
somebody told me: ‘If you carry on
The Jürgen years
2015-16
Klopp appointed 8 Oct 2015 with
Liverpool 10th after 8 games (1.5pts per
game). Finish 6th with 62 points (1.63).
Europa League finalists, beaten 3-1 by
Sevilla
League Cup finalists (beaten on penalties
by Man City)
FA Cup 4th rd
2016-17
First full season. Finish 4th with 76pts
(2.0pts per game) and qualify for
Champions League.
League Cup semi-finals
FA Cup 4th rd
2017-18
With three games to go stand 3rd with
71pts (2.02pts per game)
Champions League semi-finalists … so far
League Cup 3rd rd
FA Cup 4th rd
you will die much earlier’ then I’d
say immediately: ‘Thank you. I’m on
the road home.’”
He looks intrigued when I point
out that, after spending seven years
each at Mainz and Dortmund as
manager, his Liverpool contract
runs until 2022. He will then have
completed a third seven-year
stint at a club with whom he has
fallen in love. “The seven years is
a coincidence. When you have a
marriage and if you’re past your
seventh year then you’re OK. But,
actually, I don’t need this kind of
settling. It’s not in my nature. But
when I am in a club I am in it totally.”
Liverpool are lucky to have him
but, thinking of that seven-year
cycle, I joke with Klopp that some
people have another job in mind
for him. Martin Quast, a German
sportswriter, said: “If Klopp wanted
to run for German president, he
would get elected. He would bring
people together, lead the way, make
people happy.”
After Klopp has stopped laughing
he explains that Quast is from
Mainz. “Maybe in 2004 I could have
been chancellor of Mainz. But I have
absolutely no skills apart from being
interested in politics. I would enjoy
it if a politician spoke like a normal
person but the job is complex. So
we should care about our good
people in politics because there are
not many of them. It’s like being a
football manager. Many people are
interested in football but only a few
combine all the skills. Politics is even
more difficult. I could never do it – or
want to do it.”
Klopp as German chancellor would
still be fun and maybe he could find a
way to help Brexit Britain. “Hmmm,”
Klopp says with mock seriousness.
“Angela Merkel has two weeks off a
year. That’s less holiday than I have
which means that’s absolutely not
my target. On holiday everybody is
following her. She’s in the mountains
having a nice hike and every year
the same picture of Angela and her
husband. I really like her and she’s
doing an unbelievable job. But it’s a
very difficult job – which is not as well
paid as a football manager either. I
will stick with Liverpool.”
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Page 44 Exclusive interview
Roma, Salah,
Merkel,
Man City
… and Brexit
Liverpool’s manager is
fully focused on tonight’s
Champions League semi-final
first leg with Roma at Anfield,
but the German’s opinions
are not limited to football
Donald McRae
J
ürgen Klopp is calm and
serene. His face lights up,
of course, at the prospect
of “the mighty battle”
which awaits Liverpool
tonight when Roma arrive
at Anfield for the first leg of their
Champions League semi-final.
He also leans forward animatedly
when assessing the intriguing
challenge the Italians will pose.
Yet, beyond the cliche of Klopp as a
madly gurning cheerleader on the
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Klopp
lets rip
touchline, the 50-year-old German
proved, again, his tactical nous and
inspirational management while
guiding Liverpool to three victories
this season over the feted Premier
League champions Manchester City.
The 5-1 aggregate defeat of City in
the quarter-finals was exhilarating
and resilient.
It is striking how, at Liverpool’s
training ground, Klopp is also
stimulated when discussing real
life and tangled politics, Brexit and
Angela Merkel. There are moments
in a free-wheeling conversation
when the hilarity feels unstoppable
as Klopp considers a claim that he
would win an election to become
German chancellor because of his
Liverpool v Roma special
Andy Hunter Respectful
Reds happy to be the
underdogs Page 48
Jonathan Wilson dissects
tonight’s tactics – from Salah
to set-plays Page 49
Paolo Bandini How De Rossi
stepped out of Totti’s shadow
and shone Page 47
attention to detail, communication
skills and empathy. But there are
many more thoughtful moments –
particularly when Klopp addresses
the vexed issue of Brexit and his
belief that British people should
have the chance to vote again on
their future in or outside the EU.
We start, however, with Klopp
reminiscing about his youthful desire
to become a doctor. That teenage
ambition chimes with his interest in
helping people “get better every day”
and his work with players, from Mo
Salah to Dejan Lovren, who improve
in contrasting ways.
“I was young when I thought
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