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Javid steps into
the breach as
PM tries to halt
Windrush crisis
Pippa Crerar
Deputy political editor
The new home secretary, Sajid Javid,
vowed to “do right” by the Windrush
generation yesterday as the government again attempted to get a grip on
a scandal that claimed the scalp of his
predecessor, Amber Rudd.
Javid, appointed after Rudd had
resigned on Sunday evening in the
face of mounting pressure, told MPs it
“should never have been the case” that
migrants from around the Commonwealth had been failed by the system
and insisted he would do “whatever it
takes” to resolve mistakes.
Theresa May, on a campaign visit
near Manchester, tried to distance
herself from the row over the Home
Office’s enforced removals targets,
claiming that Rudd’s resignation
had nothing to do with her hostile
environment immigration strategy.
She left her new home secretary to
‘We are responding to
the need that people
see for a government
to deal with illegal
immigration’
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Theresa May
handle the fallout from the ongoing
Windrush scandal back in Westminster, prompting suggestions that she
had traded one “human shield” at the
top of her old department for another.
Rudd quit after admitting she had
“inadvertently” misled MPs over targets for the enforced removal of illegal
immigrants after the Guardian’s publication of a six-page memo and a leaked
internal letter that contradicted her
claims that they did not exist.
Javid, however, raised hopes that
he could make changes to the government’s broader immigration policy
when he told MPs that he wanted to put
his “own stamp” on the department.
In his first appearance before the
Commons, he also disowned the
phrase “hostile environment”, saying that it did not reflect the values of
the country, although he went no further on rethinking the policy, which
has caused misery for thousands.
However, the new home secretary
did agree to look “very carefully” at
the immigration system more broadly,
even though No 10 has made it clear
the prime minister has no plans for
a change in direction. In response
to an urgent question from Labour,
Javid, the first ever BAME home secretary, told MPs: “Of course it’s not just
about personnel change, it’s also about
action and that’s exactly what you’ll be
seeing from my department.”
He said that as a second-generation
immigrant he wanted to make sure the
system was “more humane” than it
had been. “The phrase ‘hostile’ is not
a phrase I’m going to use, it’s a compliant environment. The terminology is, I
think, incorrect. It’s a phrase I think is
unhelpful and it doesn’t represent our
values as a country,” he said.
However, he repeated the prime
minister’s mantra that even 5
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Inside
Tuesday 1 May 2018
National Pages 4-21
Jamaicans are met by officials from
the Colonial Office after arriving
in the UK on the Empire Windrush
Launch McBoatface Study of threatened Antarctic
glacier is inaugural test for submersible | Page 11
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BFI apology Woman with Asperger’s removed
from cinema in sign of ‘intolerance’ | Page 13
Supermarket sweep Sainsbury’s and Asda
reveal details of proposed tie-up | Page 16
The Shape of Light Photography’s first foray
into abstract art at heart of new show | Page 19
World Pages 22-28
May Day remembered France’s revolutionary
moment recalled 50 years on | Page 25
Fearless journalism and
the Windrush scandal
Journey’s end? Central Americans hoping to
get to the US are stopped at border | Page 26
Katharine Viner
Afghanistan deaths Ten journalists killed in coordinated
blasts and a shooting | Page 22
Financial Pages 29-31
TSB grilling Troubled bank’s top staff to be
hauled in front of MPs over IT meltdown | Page 29
Trade war EU prepared as last-minute crisis
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Sport Back section
Wembley future Richard Williams on why the
national stadium should not be sold | Page 41
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The resignation of the home
secretary, Amber Rudd, over
the Windrush scandal marks
an important moment for
independent, investigative
journalism, demonstrating how
it can hold power to account in
order unequivocally to change
people’s lives for the better.
Guardian reporter Amelia
Gentleman has spent the past
six months exposing the truth
of the suffering of the Windrush
generation, who arrived in
Britain after the second world
war from Caribbean countries at
the UK government’s invitation.
She has revealed case after
case of cruelty to citizens
who have lived and worked in
the UK for decades, yet faced
homelessness, destitution
and detention, lost their jobs
or were denied NHS treatmentt
because they were unable
to prove they were British –
stemming from a policy, set out
ut
by Theresa May when she was
home secretary, to make the UK
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Lords defeat for
government
makes no-deal
Brexit less likely
Jessica Elgot
Political correspondent
The government has suffered a heavy
defeat on a crucial Lords vote that
could pave the way for parliament to
send ministers back to the Brussels
negotiations if MPs vote down Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
Labour said the amendment, which
is the seventh Lords defeat for the
government on the EU withdrawal
bill, would in effect prevent Britain
“a really hostile environment for
illegal immigrants”.
Amelia went on to exclusively
report that the Home Office
destroyed thousands of landing
cards recording Windrush
immigrants’ arrival dates in the
UK, despite staff warnings, and
that Downing Street rejected a
diplomatic request to discuss
the issue at the Commonwealth
heads of government meeting.
Nick Hopkins, our head of
investigations, followed this
by exposing how Rudd misled
parliament, publishing leaks
shared with him by people
who trust the Guardian to
expose the truth.
The Guardian’s Windrush
revelations have had such a big
impact because they work on
two powerful levels: the heart –
where our reporting exposed so
many deeply upsetting stories
of people’s lives utterly ruined
by the government’s hostile
environment immigration
policies – and the head, where
our political exposés finally
forced accountability on the
home secretary.
Thank you to our readers,
who worked with us to have this
impact – by reading our stories,
sharing them with your friends
and family, getting in touch with
us to share your views, expertise
and experiences, offering and
acting to help the Windrush
generation, and by supporting
our journalism financially.
You’ve helped to ensure that
even greater numbers of people
hear about these stories, which
have driven public debate and
scrutiny up to the highest levels
of government. We could not
have done this without you.
As Guy Hewitt, the high
commissioner for Barbados,
wrote in a letter to the Guardian:
“In less than a week, a story that
was for too long begging for
attention became front-page
news and in the process won the
hearts of a nation and engaged
the mind of a government.”
I’ve a feeling this isn’t going
to be the end of the story – and
we will remain committed to it
every step of the way.
The Guardian has been reporting
on the Windrush scandal for
six months. You can support
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crashing out of the EU with no deal.
The cross-party amendment was supported by 19 Tory rebels, winning by a
majority of 91.
Ministers have previously warned
that should parliament vote down
the deal agreed by negotiators, Britain would leave the bloc with no
agreement.
The amendment, led by a former
Tory minister, Douglas Hogg, would
change that scenario, meaning parliament could alter it and ask the
government to reopen EU talks.
The measure is designed to enhance
the Conservative MP Dominic Grieve’s
amendment to the EU withdrawal bill,
guaranteeing MPs a vote on the final
deal, which won a shock victory in the
Commons in December.
Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit
secretary, called the vote “a hugely
significant moment in the fight to
ensure parliament has a proper role
in the Brexit negotiations and that we
avoid a no-deal situation”.
Rebel Tory sources have said they
hope to attract cross-party support in
the Commons, giving remainers the
confidence to vote against a damaging
Brexit deal without the fear that it will
trigger a “no deal” outcome where the
consequences would be worse. During the debate, Hogg told peers the
clause was “designed to ensure that
the future of our country is determined
by parliament and not by ministers”.
He said a choice between accepting the terms or crashing out of the
EU would not be a genuine choice.
“This is not regaining control. To act
in such a manner would be to impose
ministerial decisions on parliament
by coercion,” he said, calling it “an
elective dictatorship of a particularly
flagrant kind”.
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▼ Benjamin Netanyahu makes
a theatrical presentation about
Iran’s weapons programme
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Netanyahu accuses Iran of
breaking nuclear deal with
secret weapons programme
Oliver Holmes Jerusalem
Julian Borger Washington
Benjamin Netanyahu has accused Iran
of continuing to hide and expand its
nuclear weapons knowhow after a
2015 agreement with global powers,
presenting what the Israeli prime
minister claimed was “new and
conclusive proof”.
However, key elements of the
evidence Netanyahu presented
yesterday as being obtained by Israeli
intelligence “a few weeks ago” had previously been seen by the UN nuclear
watchdog, the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA), as early as 2005
and made public by the agency in 2011.
The IAEA judged that substantial
work on nuclear weapons development ceased in 2003, and that there
was no evidence of weapons research
after 2009. Under the 2015 nuclear
deal, the task of investigating Iran’s
nuclear past was handed to the IAEA.
In a televised primetime speech,
Netanyahu said Israel had tens of
thousands of documents from what
he called Iran’s “atomic archives”,
which he presented as new evidence,
and which he said had been shared
with the US. “Iran lied, big time,”
he said, speaking from Israel’s military headquarters in Tel Aviv. “Iran
is brazenly lying when it said it never
had a nuclear weapons programme.”
Netanyahu’s presentation came less
than two weeks before Donald Trump
is due to decide whether to continue
to abide by the 2015 deal by waiving
US sanctions on Iran. Asked about the
Israeli evidence yesterday, Trump said
it proved he was “100% right” about
the flaws of the agreement, known as
the Joint Comprehensive Programme
of Action (JCPOA)
“I’ve been saying it’s happening,” Trump said at the White House.
“They’re not sitting back idly.”
Asked about his intentions on 12
May, the deadline for the sanctions
waivers, the president said: “So we’ll
see what happens. I’m not telling anyone what I’m doing.”
Trump added that if he did pull out
of the JCPOA it would send “the right
message” to North Korea.
Olli Heinonen, a former chief
inspector of the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA), said his
department first saw the documentation that Netanyahu presented in
‘Iran lied, big time.
Iran is brazenly
lying when it said
it never had a
nuclear weapons
programme’
Benjamin Netanyahu
Israel’s prime minister
2005. The safeguards department that
Heinonen ran came to the conclusion
that the evidence of weapon design
work known as the Amad project was
credible, but that substantial work on
the project ceased in 2003. Heinonen
gave a classified briefing on Amad to
the IAEA board in 2008.
After watching Netanyahu’s presentation, Heinonen said: “I just saw a lot
of pictures I had seen before.
“Some of the images that we saw I
briefed to the board in closed session
in February 2008,” Heinonen said. He
added that the IAEA did not see the
full archive of Amad documentation,
which was provided by Israel and other
states, but was given the most important evidence. The IAEA made public
some of its evidence on Iran’s past
nuclear weapons work in 2011. It found
that some research work had continued after 2003, but found no evidence
of such research activities after 2009.
Netanyahu had lobbied hard against
the 2015 deal that lifted some sanctions
on his arch-enemy, Iran, in exchange
for curbs on its nuclear programme,
labelling it from the outset as “a bad
mistake of historic proportions”.
He has backed Donald Trump’s
threats to walk away from the Barack
Obama-era deal, which the US administration has sought to discredit for its
limited, 10-year duration and its failure
to address Iran’s long-range missiles
programme.
Netanyahu did not detail how Israel
obtained what he said was a half a
tonne of “evidence” from a warehouse
in Tehran, or say if the maps, diagrams,
slides and spreadsheets would be
shared with the public. However, he
said Israel would forward the cache to
the IAEA. “The Iran deal, the nuclear
deal, is based on lies,” he said, adding
that he was sure, Trump would “do the
right thing” when deciding on whether
to pull out of the Iran deal.
Based on the documentation that
the IAEA reviewed, its director general, Yukiya Amano said in December
2015: “The agency assesses that these
activities did not advance beyond feasibility and scientific studies, and the
acquisition of certain relevant technical competences and capabilities.”
“The agency has no credible indications of activities in Iran relevant to
the development of a nuclear explosive device after 2009,” Amano said.
The JCPOA delegated the task of
looking into Iran’s past weapons work
to the IAEA, calling on Tehran to cooperate, but does not impose penalties if
Iran fails to cooperate. “It was a political agreement,” Heinonen said. “But
what you need to do is go and meet the
guys who were involved in this work
and see what they are doing now.”
“Without going through it with
a fine tooth comb, what Netanyahu
is presenting is broadly consistent
with what the IAEA has reported,”
said James Acton, co-director of the
nuclear policy programme at the
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
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Windrush scandal
▼ Sajid Javid, the first BAME holder
of one of the great offices of state,
arriving at the Home Office yesterday
PHOTOGRAPH: PETER MACDIARMID/LNP
Thatcher devotee who has a
tense relationship with May
The new home secretary’s
approach to migration could
see him clash with the PM
Jessica Elgot
Political correspondent
The new home secretary, Sajid Javid,
the first BAME holder of one of the
great offices of state, will find an inbox
brimming not just with the backlash
over the Windrush scandal, but with
arguments to come over policing cuts
and rising knife crime as well as a difficult counter-terror climate.
A Margaret Thatcher devotee and
former investment banker, Javid is
instinctively on the right of the Conservative party. His appointment will
give him a voice on the powerful cabinet sub-committee on Brexit and will
keep the balance of EU leavers and
remainers in the top offices, but he can
only be categorised as a remainer in
the most technical sense. Javid backed
remain in the referendum, probably
under pressure from David Cameron,
saying it was with a “heavy heart and
no enthusiasm”. He has since swung
firmly behind leavers in the cabinet.
His instincts were always Eurosceptic. His university friend and Tory
colleague Robert Halfon recalled him
being thrown out of the party conference as a young activist for handing
out leaflets opposing the European
exchange rate mechanism.
“He is utterly decent, a high-flyer
who has not forgotten his roots,”
Halfon said. “He will have his own
vision for the Home Office. It’s a counter-intuitive appointment in some
ways but it is a very important symbol because of his background, his
humble origins and as the first Muslim home secretary.”
Just last week, he tweeted a hard
line on the customs union, saying:
“British people gave politicians clear
instructions through EU referendum
… includes leaving the customs union,
an intrinsic part of the EU. Britain must
leave [customs union] and be able to
negotiate and sign own trade deals.”
Born in Rochdale in 1969, he is, like
the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, the
Muslim son of a bus driver. His parents
were born in India, but fled to Pakistan
while small children. His father arrived
in Britain in the 1960s – Javid has said
he came with £1 in his pocket.
His other hero apart from Thatcher
is Ayn Rand – he said once that he regularly rereads the courtroom scene from
her novel The Fountainhead, telling
the Spectator he admired its description of “the power of the individual
… sticking up for your beliefs, against
popular opinion”.
Javid came into politics having
been a former head of credit trading
at Deutsche Bank, which the Evening
Standard once estimated required him
to take a 98% pay cut. The job put him
at the heart of the credit trading business that precipitated the financial
Brokenshire’s return
James Brokenshire’s return to the
cabinet as housing and communities
secretary just under four months
after he left the government for
health reasons fulfils his hope at the
time that it would be a temporary
departure.
The long-time ally of Theresa May
stepped down as Northern Ireland
secretary in January, saying it was to
allow him to receive treatment for
a lung lesion. It later emerged that
Brokenshire had part of his right
lung removed during cancer-related
surgery.
The MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup
was back in parliament a month
after the operation, and with his
recovery seemingly secure, it is
little surprise to see him back in
government.
Brokenshire might even have
expected to replace Amber Rudd
at the Home Office, but for the fact
his possible prior knowledge of the
Windrush crisis and immigration
removal targets would have come
under scrutiny.
He spent two years from 2014 as
an immigration minister, when May
was home secretary, and four years
before that as a more junior Home
Office minister. Brokenshire’s close
association with May saw him join
the cabinet when she became prime
minister, taking over the difficult
Northern Ireland brief, where he
was generally viewed as diligent, if
unexciting.
In January, his new department
had its name changed from the
Department for Communities and
Local Government to the Ministry
of Housing, Communities and Local
Government. This emphasised the
government’s desperation to tackle
the housing crisis, on which May has
since made a major speech.
However, there is a sense that
little has been achieved under
his predecessor, Sajid Javid.
Brokenshire must also get to grips
with the aftermath of the Grenfell
Tower fire. Peter Walker
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crash, and it was in 2009 that he made
the leap from banking to politics,
which he once quipped was “another
unpopular profession”.
Elected in 2010, the MP for Bromsgrove rose quickly, coached as
parliamentary private secretary to
George Osborne before continuing as
a protege of the former chancellor in
junior roles at the Treasury. He was
appointed culture secretary in 2014,
and then business secretary after the
2015 election, where he authored the
biggest crackdown on trade union
rights for 30 years.
After an abortive attempt with his
friend Stephen Crabb to mount a bid
for the leadership, under which he
would have been chancellor, he took
the communities brief under May,
with the explicit task of overseeing
the prime minister’s pledge to tackle
the housing crisis.
Their relationship has not been
close – he has been more than forthright about the failures of the 2017
election campaign and the conduct
of advisers in No 10.
“In private, he was perhaps the
most vocally critical of how that campaign was run and who was running
it, of anyone round that cabinet table.
He didn’t hold back,” one friend said.
On housing, he has clashed with
the chancellor, Philip Hammond, who
rejected Javid’s demand for a £50bn
cash injection to fund a big housebuilding drive. His housing white
paper admitted the market was “broken” and laid the blame almost entirely
on low rates of housebuilding, but
Labour said the proposals were feeble with limited plans to help renters.
His biggest challenge in the brief,
however, has been the Grenfell Tower
disaster, where the government has
faced mounting criticism for stalling
on promises to the victims’ families.
The focus will be on how Javid
responds to concerns about the ripple
effects of the Home Office’s “hostile
environment”, a policy that May has
underlined in recent weeks she sees no
reason to halt, despite its devastating
impact on Windrush-era immigrants
pursued unjustly for their paperwork.
The issue is personal for Javid.
He was the first Tory cabinet minister to break ranks as anger over the
Windrush scandal mounted, tweeting
he was “deeply concerned” about
the treatment of people detailed in
the Guardian. In an article this weekend, he told the Sunday Telegraph: “I
thought that could be my mum … my
dad … my uncle … it could be me.”
However, should Javid try to stamp
a new culture on the Home Office, it
could put him at odds with his boss,
who made it clear in her letter to Rudd
that illegal immigrants “should expect
to feel the full force of the law and
know that they will be removed”.
Like many in the cabinet, he is
thought to be privately sceptical about
the pledge to reduce immigration to
the tens of thousands. Speaking in the
Commons seven hours into the job,
he said he had concerns about the
rhetoric. He would not be using the
phrase “hostile environment,” he said,
calling it “unhelpful, it doesn’t represent our values as a country”.
The phrase was used extensively
by May in the Home Office, a hint
Javid is pr epared to break with the
prime minister. Asked by Tory MP
Nick Boles if he would “retire some
legacy policies”, Javid replied he was
“certainly putting on my own stamp”.
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The divided cabinet Brexit subcommittee
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Boris Johnson
Foreign secretary
Voted
‘remain’
Voted
‘leave’
Amber Rudd
Resigned
yesterday
Philip Hammond
Chancellor
David Davis
Brexit secretary
Sajid Javid
Home secretary
Previously, Housing,
Communities and Local
Government
David Lidington
Cabinet Office
Liam Fox
International
trade
Michael Gove
Environment
Theresa May
Prime minister
Gavin Williamson Defence
Now seen as favouring hard Brexit
Greg Clark
Business and
energy
Karen Bradley
Northern Ireland
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Brexit balance PM’s ally could
become rebel on backbenches
Dan Roberts
Brexit policy editor
In a sign of the government’s solipsism
over Brexit, Westminster’s initial reaction to Amber Rudd’s replacement by
Sajid Javid was to scrutinise the new
balance of power among soft and hard
Brexiters around the cabinet table.
Another supposedly decisive Brexit
subcommittee meeting is scheduled
for tomorrow, at which ministers are
due to discuss which of two competing
visions of customs cooperation Britain
wishes to see when it leaves the EU.
Though both ministers voted to stay
in the EU – and the move maintains the
rough balance of leavers and remainers around the prime minister – Javid’s
more hard-nosed attitude since the
referendum suggests the reshuffle will
strengthen those who wish to see the
committee favour the less cooperative
of two government customs proposals on offer.
“British people gave politicians
clear instructions through the EU referendum,” he wrote last week. “[This]
includes leaving the customs union, an
intrinsic part of the EU. Britain must
leave [the union] and be able to negotiate and sign its own trade deals.”
Rudd, by contrast, had to deny suggestions last week that she was still
secretly in favour of the status quo.
Had she survived the Windrush scandal, she would probably have been
more supportive of Theresa May’s
preference for staying close to the EU.
But the idea that the big choice
in British politics is simply between
which of the government’s suggested
Brexit options will prevail was once
again blown out of the water yesterday
by a timely intervention from Ireland.
Mordaunt’s equality role
Penny Mordaunt, the international
development secretary, has added
women and equalities to her brief –
although it does not necessarily sit
neatly with her main role.
The job has changed hands
four times in two years. Amber
Rudd was given the additional
role when the former education
secretary Justine Greening left
the government in the January
reshuffle.
The Women’s Equality party
said the repeated appointments
showed the brief had “repeatedly
been treated as of secondary
importance by the Conservatives,
passed around like an
inconvenient add-on rather than
being treated with the seriousness
that it deserves and needs”.
The role may yet be a timeconsuming one, with plans to
update the Gender Recognition Act
to ease the process for trans people
to legally change their gender.
Mordaunt is a well-liked and
opinionated Brexiter who had
been in the frame for promotion
before replacing Priti Patel at the
Department for International
Development. Jessica Elgot
After meeting the taoiseach, the EU
negotiator Michel Barnier made it clear
that neither of the two customs proposals on the table in London are seen
as credible outside Westminster.
In case Brexit hardliners shrug off
the warning tomorrow, Barnier also
noted that without agreement on a
customs deal to keep the Irish border open, all bets are off. The collapse
of talks that would ensue if Britain
ignored this challenge threatens all
progress so far, including on a twoyear transition phase that is seen as
essential by the business community.
To the extent that the UK has any
meaningful say over a process so far
dictated almost entirely by Brussels,
it is arguably parliament that matters more than the cabinet. It is in the
House of Commons that the real showdown is looming when MPs finally
have their say on customs policy.
Downing Street has continually
pushed back a vote, probably now at
least until after Thursday’s local elections, but it cannot ignore for ever
the mounting evidence of a majority
against both of its suggested options.
Judging by Tory rebels’ latest display of scepticism in a non-binding
debate last week, there could instead
be as many as 17 backbenchers willing
to vote with Labour in favour of staying in a full customs union with the EU.
Rudd may not join them immediately. Whether or not she has further
ministerial ambition, it would be hard
just yet to abandon a government of
which she was so recently a member.
Nonetheless, like the former education secretary Justine Greening and
the Cabinet Office minister Damian
Green, she joins the growing ranks of
senior Tory MPs with barely disguised
misgivings about official Brexit policy.
With enemies on all sides already,
May has lost an important ally in
cabinet, gained a potential rebel in parliament and is further than ever from
avoiding a looming collision with the
reality of a broken Brexit strategy.
Javid steps into
the breach as
PM tries to halt
Windrush crisis
problems thrown up by the Windrush
scandal, it was right for the government to continue to focus on tackling
illegal migration at the same time.
May tried to draw a line under the
affair by saying Rudd had resigned
over a single error rather than the
wider Windrush generation scandal.
It was claimed that the Home Office
had started a series of inquiries to find
out how departmental correspondence relating to the scandal was leaked
to the Guardian, eventually leading to
her resignation late on Sunday night.
“Amber Rudd was very clear about
the reasons why she has resigned – that
was because of information she gave
to the House of Commons which was
not correct,” May said. “If you look at
what we’re doing as a government,
and have been doing over the years
as a government, what we are doing is
responding to the need that people see
for a government to deal with illegal
immigration,” she added.
“That’s exactly what we are doing.
Now, we have seen the Windrush generation being caught up in way that
has caused anxiety among that generation. They are British, they are part of
us. But we deal with that, we make sure
people are given the reassurance they
need, but we also need to ensure we’re
dealing with illegal immigration.”
May came under further pressure
to appear before MPs to answer questions on the scandal. Downing Street
deflected questions over when alarm
bells began to ring over Rudd’s claims.
The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said: “Amber Rudd has been the
human shield for Theresa May, and
she’s now gone. Theresa May now has
questions to answer … about what she
actually did as home secretary and
what she said.”
James Brokenshire, the ex-Northern Ireland secretary and longtime
May ally who stood down in January to
have a tumour removed, was moved to
Javid’s former job as housing, communities and local government secretary.
The shadow home secretary,
Diane Abbott, said: “The Windrush
generation was my parents’ generation. I believe and most British
people believe they have been treated
appallingly.
“He [Javid] will be judged not on the
statements he makes this afternoon
but by what he does to make the situation right and get justice for them.”
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28 November Paulette
Wilson, a UK resident for more
than half a century, speaks
to the Guardian about her
treatment at the hands of the
Home Office. The government
had threatened to send her to
Jamaica – a country she has
not seen since she left aged 10.
1 December Anthony Bryan
becomes the second of the
Windrush generation facing
deportation under Theresa
May’s “hostile environment”
policy to come forward with
his story. Bryan’s removal to
Jamaica was cancelled only at
the last moment after a legal
intervention.
11 January The government
gives Wilson official leave to
remain. During her time in the
UK, Wilson worked as a cook
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in the House of Commons and
raised a family, but the Home
Office did not initially believe
she was in the country legally.
21 February Renford
McIntyre, a former NHS
driver who arrived in 1968,
reveals how he has been left
homeless after being told he
is not allowed to work and is
not eligible for government
support.
22 February The issue
snowballs as senior Caribbean
diplomats urge the Home
Office to adopt a more
compassionate approach
towards retirement-age
Commonwealth citizens.
10 March There is outrage
as it emerges that a man
who has lived in London for
44 years is told to produce a
British passport or face a bill off
£54,000 for cancer treatment.
Official suspicion about his
immigration status also leads
to Sylvester Marshall being
evicted and spending three
weeks homeless.
22 March May refuses to
intervene in Marshall’s case,
having promised to do so at
prime minister’s questions.
She says the decision lies with
the hospital.
Nick Hopkins
T
here have been many
moments over the
last few weeks when
Amber Rudd got
herself in a tangle over
her response to the
scandal of Britain’s treatment of its
Windrush citizens.
Her denial last week of knowing
about deportation targets during a
home affairs select committee was
certainly one. But her fate might
have been sealed a week before that,
when she addressed MPs to make
the first of many apologies.
At about 3.50pm on Monday 16
April, Rudd was in the House of
Commons facing questions from
26 March – 9 April Three
more similar cases emerge:
those of Sarah O’Connor;
Elwaldo Romeo and Michael
Braithwaite, who have each
lived in the UK for more than
50 years.
12 April International anger
at Britain’s treatment of the
Windrush generation grows
as Caribbean diplomats
condemn the Home Office.
13 April Four Church of
England bishops join a call for
an immigration amnesty for
those people who moved to
the UK from the Caribbean
decades ago.
Sylvester Marshall has
now had his UK residency
status confirmed
MPs and expressing deep sympathy
for the “appalling” treatment that
some of the Windrush generation
had been subjected to.
And who was to blame for this
harsh and overzealous behaviour?
Rudd pointed the finger.
“I am concerned that the Home
Office has become too concerned
with policy and strategy and
sometimes loses sight of the
individual. This is about individuals,
and we have heard the individual
stories, some of which have been
terrible to hear.”
To many civil servants in the
Home Office, and in departments
elsewhere across Whitehall, this was
regarded as a betrayal.
Mandarins are paid to support
their ministers – and by and large
they get on with the tasks in
hand, even when they might feel
personally uncomfortable about
the policies they are being asked by
ministers to implement.
That’s particularly so in a place
such as the Home Office, where the
creation of a “hostile environment”
for illegal immigrants, and the
pressure to meet targets for
removals during the politically toxic
post-Brexit period, has put staff
under intense internal and external
scrutiny.
They did not expect to be publicly
shamed for the work they had
been asked to do by the woman in
charge. For some officials, Rudd had
crossed an important line. “These
are her policies, the policies of her
government,” one source told the
Guardian. “And she was trying to
blame them on officials.”
15 April Downing Street
refuses a formal diplomatic
request to discuss the issue at
the Commonwealth heads of
government meeting.
16 April More than 140 MPs
from all parties sign a letter
to May demanding that she
find a “swift resolution of this
growing crisis”. The home
secretary, Amber Rudd,
apologises for the citizens’
“appalling” treatment and
announces the creation of a
team dedicated to ensuring
that no more are classified as
illegal immigrants.
17 April May apologises to
the 12 Caribbean heads of
government for the scandal
and promises no one will be
deported. An ex-employee
reveals that in 2010, the Home
Office destroyed thousands
of landing card slips recording
arrival dates.
22 April The Labour leader,
Jeremy Corbyn, accuses
May of being personally
responsible for the crisis
by setting an unreachable
bar with her “hostile
environment” policies.
23 April Rudd pledges that
all those affected will be
granted British citizenship.
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In the days that followed Rudd’s
criticism of her own department,
there was a steady proliferation
of people across Whitehall who
seemed prepared to challenge the
home secretary – albeit under the
cover of anonymity.
As the row over who knew what
and when rumbled on, the Guardian
was leaked two documents that
appeared to make a nonsense of
Rudd’s claim that her department
did not have any deportation targets,
or that she had not personally seen
or set any.
The first was her personally
signed letter to the prime minister,
Theresa May, from January 2017, in
which she boasted about wanting
to increase the number of enforced
removals by 10% or more. More
“teeth” was what was needed to get
the job done. The second, dated six
months later, was from the head
of the department’s immigration
enforcement (IE) unit to Rudd and a
host of other top officials explaining
what his teams had done to reach
the target they believed they had
been set.
“IE has set a target of achieving
12,800 enforced returns in 2017/18,
aided by the redistribution of
resources towards this area.” (A
redistribution that was fashioned,
we now know, by the home
secretary herself).
The memo continued: “We have
exceeded our targets of assisted
returns. We set an internal target of
1,250 of these returns for 2016/17 …
we delivered 1,581.”
It seems likely now that Rudd was
teetering on the brink of a departure
despite living in the UK for 50 years, was the first to come forward PHOTO: FABIO DE PAOLA
on Friday night – during that long
hiatus between when the Guardian
told the Home Office about the
details in this second leak, and the
response, via Twitter, that Rudd
gave nine hours later.
‘These are her
policies, the policies
of her government.
And she was trying
to blame them on
officials’
Civil service source
On Amber Rudd
The government describes
her apology as “the first step”.
Rudd says the Home Office
will waive citizenship fees for
the Windrush generation and
their families and any charges
for returning to the UK for
those who had retired to their
countries of origin. It will also
scrap language and British
knowledge tests.
25 April Rudd rejects claims
that the Home Office set
targets for the removal
of illegal immigrants and
refuses to identify the hostile
environment strategy as a
major factor.
26 April Rudd faces fresh
calls to resign after she admits
the Home Office did set
targets. She dismisses calls for
her resignation, arguing that
she is the person best placed
to fix the problems. “I have
never agreed there should be
specific removal targets and I
would never support a policy
that puts targets ahead of
people,” she says. “These were
not published targets against
which performance was
assessed. But they were used
inappropriately.”
27 April A former borders
and immigration chief says it
B
efore she sent the
tweets in which she
denied seeing the
memo, Rudd had
apparently needed
to talk to Theresa
May, who was travelling and
incommunicado.
The home secretary and the
prime minister – the custodian and
the creator of the policies that have
proved so controversial – decided
that Rudd must tough it out.
Eventually, she went public,
defended her position, and her
was “disingenuous” for Home
Office ministers to suggest
they did not know targets
existed. Shortly thereafter, an
internal document prepared
for Rudd and other Home
Office ministers is leaked
to the Guardian. It says the
department has set “a target
of achieving 12,800 enforced
returns in 2017-18” and boasts
that “we have exceeded our
target of assisted returns”.
Rudd tweets: “I wasn’t aware
of removal targets. I accept
I should have been and I am
sorry that I wasn’t.”
▲ Elwaldo Romeo, top, and Anthony
Bryan were both told they were in the
UK illegally after more than 50 years
cabinet colleagues rallied round.
But by then the home secretary was
essentially in a trap. Caught by the
language of two separate but related
documents, which left very little
wriggle room.
In the hours that followed, and as
her staff doubtless sifted through the
memos, emails, and summaries that
land in her office all the time, the
truth of what our sources had told us
must have become all too apparent.
There is a target culture at the Home
Office. It’s in the bloodstream of the
department and the agencies that
are tasked with reaching them.
“The civil service is completely
target-based,” said one source.
“It is the way of government. The
politicians set the targets … and the
civil service gets criticised when we
fail to meet them.”
29 April The Guardian
publishes the full letter from
Amber Rudd to No 10 in
which she sets an “ambitious
but deliverable” target for
an increase in enforced
deportations. The letter,
signed in January last year,
states she is refocusing work
within her department to
achieve the “aim of increasing
the number of enforced
removals by more than 10%
over the next few years”.
Hours later, Rudd resigns
as home secretary. She writes
to the prime minister that
she has “become aware of
information provided to my
office which makes mention
of targets. I should have been
aware of this, and I take full
responsibility that I was not.”
Downing Street sources say
new information had become
available that convinced Rudd
that she had inadvertently
misled parliament.
30 April Sajid Javid replaces
Rudd as home secretary. He
is the first BAME politician
to hold the role and says his
“most urgent task” is to get to
grips with the Windrush crisis.
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What the victims say
‘I think the government has
reignited the fire of racism’
Amelia
Gentleman
V
ictims of the Windrush
scandal were stunned
by the political
fallout triggered by
their decision to go
public with personal
accounts of the consequences of the
Home Office’s decision to treat them
as illegal immigrants.
Many were unsure yesterday
whether to welcome Amber Rudd’s
resignation as home secretary or be
concerned a change in leadership at
the Home Office might slow down
efforts to resolve the catalogue of
problems facing this generation of
older, Commonwealth-born longterm UK residents.
But there was excitement that
after years of being ignored, it now
looks as if it will be impossible to
overlook the suffering inflicted on
large numbers of retirement-age
Windrush children by a series of
deliberately inflexible policies
introduced by Theresa May when
she was home secretary.
Sarah O’Connor, 57, who was
driven close to bankruptcy, said
she hoped the political upheaval
would also highlight the worrying
resurgence of racism that she
believes has been stirred up by the
government’s immigration policies.
“I grew up with the National
Front around my area; I thought
those attitudes had been stamped
out. I think that the government has
▲ Trevor Johnson, centre, with his
brother Desmond and their eldest
sister, in a picture taken in Jamaica
just before they came to England
stoked it up again, without realising
what they are doing,” she said,
pointing to the hostile immigration
environment as having played a key
role in the resurgence of xenophobic
attitudes. “The Home Office attitude
has been: send them back. But we
are British,” she said. “This has all
ignited the fire of racism again.”
Nick Broderick, 63, who arrived in
the UK when he was three and lived
with his mother, an NHS nurse, and
older sister, who worked as a matron
in the Royal Free hospital in London,
was sacked after 18 years from his
job as a night-shift driver, taking
mostly EU-origin workers to jobs
at Amazon’s warehouse or farming
jobs, when immigration officials did
a check on the office’s records.
He was told he was going to be
deported, and made plans to kill
himself if he was taken to Jamaica.
He had hoped that Rudd would
stay on to “fix the department’s
wrongs”. “But she stands at the head
of the organisation; she had to take
responsibility,” he said.
Before yesterday, he knew
nothing about Rudd’s replacement,
Sajid Javid, but he was impressed
by the new home secretary’s
acknowledgement that his own
family could have been caught up in
the scandal. “He actually knows how
close he could have been to finding
himself in my position. He seems to
‘The prime minister
has put it all on
Amber Rudd’
Natalie Barnes, above
Daughter of Windrush victim
have the right feeling for the job; I
feel very positive about him.”
But Broderick, like many affected
by the scandal, was frustrated that
Rudd had ultimately had to step
down over a policy introduced by
her predecessor. “May is responsible
for this,” he said. “She has to take the
blame as well.”
Natalie Barnes, whose mother,
Paulette Wilson, 61, spent a week in
Yarl’s Wood immigration removal
centre and narrowly avoided being
deported to Jamaica, a country she
last visited in 1968 when she was
eight, said she felt sorry for Rudd.
“Theresa May has put it all on her,”
she said.
Sarah O’Connor moved to Britain
from Jamaica 51 years ago when she
was six. She was told she was here
illegally by officials last summer, and
is £17,000 in debt as a result of being
prevented from working and having
been told she was not eligible for
unemployment benefits while she
tried to sort out the mess.
O’Connor, who attended
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primary and secondary school in
the UK, paid taxes, held a driving
licence, was married for 17 years to
someone British and has four British
children, said she was anxious about
what would happen now to the
compensation process. “What about
her [Rudd’s] promises to us? She said
some good things,” she said. She
was cautiously welcoming of Javid.
“If he does what he says he is going
to do, that’s all well and good – but
actions speak louder than words.
“Maybe because he is from a
minority group he will understand
what we are going through better
than Rudd; it could have been
someone in his family in our
situation. He may have more
sympathetic views. His first priority
should be to the Windrush people.”
Broderick was also impressed
by much of what Javid said in his
first appearance in the House of
Commons as home secretary – his
repeated statement that he did not
like the word “hostile” and preferred
the word “compliant” and his
commitment to introducing a “fair
and humane immigration system”.
T
here is accumulating
evidence that despite
the global attention
focused on Windrush
victims, many remain
in dire financial
straits, even after the government’s
promises to act fast. One man made
homeless by the scandal was last
week rehoused by the local council,
but placed in a flat with no furniture.
He has no money to buy any, having
been denied benefits and prevented
from working.
Trevor Johnson, a widowed father
of two, has been hoping to get a
backpayment of two years’ worth of
unpaid benefits so that he can stop
worrying about the bailiffs’ letters
that keep being delivered to his door.
An inquiry to the Department for
Work and Pension press office about
when the payment might be made
was referred to the Home Office,
which was unable to comment
on whether this money might be
paid urgently to allow Johnson to
begin rebuilding his life quickly, or
whether he would have to wait until
more details were announced of the
compensation scheme.
“The Home Office will be setting
up a new compensation scheme
which will be run by an independent
person. We will be making this
process simple and going the extra
mile to support people in this
situation. The Home Office will be
pursuing the large programme of
work at pace,” the Home Office said.
There was further evidence of
a department that remains deaf
to the sensitivities of those whose
lives have been thrown into disarray
by its policies over the question of
personal apologies.
Sylvester Marshall, the cancer
patient previously referred to as
Albert Thompson, was surprised
to receive no apology from officials
when he went to collect his
residency papers on Friday.
Questioned about the decision
by Home Office staff not to show
regret towards Marshall, the Home
Office said: “The home secretary has
issued a number of apologies to all
those affected over the last fortnight
– this includes Mr Thompson.”
Hostile environment
Public opinion and Tory MPs
still back hardline policy
Jamie Grierson
Amber Rudd may have been forced
to resign as home secretary but the
policies behind the Windrush scandal remain.
Even when the controversy broke
in earnest, Rudd made sure to offset concern for those affected with
a determined defence of the government’s clampdown on people in the
UK illegally.
“Removing illegal migrants is what
governments should be doing in order
to protect the taxpayer and in order to
make sure that no abuse takes place in
the UK,” Rudd said in what turned out
to be her last appearance before the
House of Commons as home secretary.
The policies behind the government’s tough line on illegal
immigration remain in place, in particular the measures initiated by Theresa
May’s drive to create a “very hostile
environment” for immigrants when
she was home secretary.
The basic principle behind the policy forces people to prove their right
to reside in the UK at every turn,
including renting a home, accessing
healthcare or applying for a driving
licence. It meant public and privatesector workers became enforcers of
immigration control. The Windrush
generation were caught up in this policy, with devastating consequences.
May’s policies stemmed from one of
her first moves as home secretary: in
2010, along with the then prime minister, David Cameron, she set a target
of reducing net immigration to below
100,000. It was a political goal, not
written into law, but May has obstinately stuck to it, despite criticism of
its feasibility and its impact.
As well as leading to the formation
of the hostile environment policy,
that headline target trickled down to
the operational level in immigration
enforcement, where targets were set
to increase the number of enforced
removals each year.
Rudd was either unaware of the
existence of targets within her department or she deliberately misled MPs.
Documents leaked to the Guardian
show there was communication about
specific targets between Rudd and officials, and with the prime minister.
With Rudd gone, there are calls for
May to appear before parliament and
account for the policies and target
culture used under her watch, both
as home secretary and prime minister.
Yesterday, ministers were defending the government’s stance on
illegal immigration. Public support
for a tough line on illegal immigration
appears to remain in place.
A YouGov poll conducted last week
found overwhelming support for the
hostile environment policy.
It seems likely, then, that the new
home secretary, Sajid Javid, will continue to maintain the line that the
treatment of the Windrush generation was a disgrace but an anomaly,
and the crackdown on illegal immigration must continue.
100,000
Theresa May and David Cameron
pledged to reduce net immigration
to below this figure eight years ago
Return of the Tories’ power stance
As he was officially unveiled on his
first day at work as home secretary,
Sajid Javid struck one familiar
chord. Or rather, one familiar pose –
the rather curious legs-too-far-apart
“power stance”.
It has become a habit of leading
Conservative politicians dating
back to 2015. George Osborne was
the early adopter, seen above after
delivering his speech at the Tory
party conference that year. The
spread soon spread. Future PM
Theresa May took her turn following
her speech at the same conference.
David Cameron also did it – on
live TV – during the debates for the
2016 EU referendum.
But where does it come from?
One possible source is Amy
Cuddy. She did a popular TED Talk
in 2012 that suggested adopting
“high-power poses” for a couple of
minutes a day leads to a measurable
difference in how confidently people
feel and act. One of the poses she
claimed had this effect is a Lynda
Carter Wonder Woman-style pose,
similar to the one the Tories keep
making. Martin Belam
Sketch
John Crace
Crisis mismanagement
plumbs new depths as
Tories roll out Grayling
W
ith Operation Save Amber finally
derailed after two weeks of
firefighting the ex-home secretary’s
failing memory – by the weekend
she couldn’t even remember
what targets she was meant to
have forgotten – the Tory party’s attention turned to
Operation Save Face. Aka Operation Save Theresa.
With Amber Rudd out of a job, the prime minister
has been left with no one else to take the blame for
her hostile environment policy that has caused the
Windrush scandal.
First out of the blocks on BBC Radio 4’s Today
programme was the former cabinet minister Damian
Green, a zen master of never saying anything interesting.
It took a while for Green to even admit that Rudd had
been forced to resign and even then he restricted
himself to a laconic “she had to go”. Which made one
wonder why he and so many other Conservatives had
spent the previous week saying she had to stay.
Next on the airwaves was Chris Grayling. Which
showed how much of a panic the government was in.
The transport secretary is just about the only minister
who makes David Davis look quick-witted and is the last
person who should be sent out in a crisis.
Sure enough Grayling self-destructed in 10 seconds.
After demonstrating he had no grasp of the situation
by insisting a fourth cabinet resignation within six
months was merely “unwanted noise”, he went on to
say that Theresa May wouldn’t have known about the
targets letter Amber Rudd had sent her in 2017. After all,
if the home secretary couldn’t remember writing the
letter, then why on earth should the prime minister be
expected to recall having read it?
Over in Downing Street, May let out a shriek as
Grayling inadvertently tried to get
her the sack as well. He pressed
‘Amber’s tragedy was
on. What it came down to was
this: no one was really to blame for
that she was just too
the Windrush debacle and Rudd
good for this world.
was every bit as much a victim
as the thousands who had found
She had just made
themselves deprived of work and
one teeny-weeny
healthcare and threatened with
deportation.
little mistake’
More so, in fact. It had been a
real advantage to have someone
in charge of the Home Office who
didn’t know what she was doing and
it was a tragedy that she had resigned. Amber’s tragedy
was that she was just too good for this world. She had
just made one teeny-weeny little mistake. The mistake
of trying to protect her boss.
Shortly after appointing Sajid Javid as her new home
secretary, it was May’s turn to face the cameras. She
looked and sounded terrible. As if she was featuring in
a hostage video. Yes there had been targets when she
had been home secretary, she mumbled, her eyes numb
with terror. It was near enough a confession that she
knew Rudd had misled parliament but hadn’t thought it
important enough to mention to anyone. Amber could
be very proud of her time as home secretary, she added.
It’s not everyone who gets to preside over one of the
department’s biggest failures in its history.
Having posed with his legs thrust astride outside
his new office – the department had needed a bit of
manspreading to shake it up – Javid soon found himself
inside the Commons to face his first urgent question as
home secretary. Understandably, he chose to keep his
opening remarks short and sweet. He was Windrush.
Kiss the badge. Nobody cared about Windrush more
than him and he would do whatever was necessary to
put things right.
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Mission McBoatface:
to investigate threat
from melting glacier
Fiona Harvey
Environment correspondent
Investigating the precarious state of a
vast Antarctic glacier will provide an
inaugural mission for the vessel once
dubbed Boaty McBoatface in a joint UK
and US research operation.
Scientists from both countries will
collaborate on the five-year, £20m project to examine the Thwaites glacier in
west Antarctica, a structure that drains
an area about the size of the UK.
Any firm indication that the glacier could be responding to a warmer
climate with faster ice melt could
presage disaster for coastal areas of
the globe, with the potential for sealevel rises some scientists put as high
as 1.5 metres by the end of the century.
One of the principal research vessels
will be the RSS Sir David Attenborough, the £200m research ship that the
public voted to christen Boaty McBoatface in an online poll two years ago.
The joke name lives on in the ship’s
remotely operated submarine.
Scott Borg, deputy assistant
director of the US National Science
Antarctic
circle
Antarctica
South pole
Ross ice
shelf
Thwaites
glacier
1,000 km
1,000 miles
Foundation, said the expedition was
of global significance. “This is critically important to all of us, no matter
where we live. What happens in the
Antarctic does not stay in the Antarctic. We do not know how quickly [the
glacier] will contribute to sea-level
rises, and whether we have decades
or centuries to prepare for it.”
He warned of possible changes to
global ocean circulation, as well as
sea-level rises, that could result from
more rapid melting. Scientists have
grown increasingly concerned over the
effect of melting glaciers and polar ice
on global ocean currents, with a recent
study showing the Atlantic’s gulf
stream at its weakest for 1,600 years.
In a nod to climate sceptics in the
US, Borg said: “Some people say this
is expensive at £20m but our coastal
cities and our economies are at stake.”
He described the five-year project,
which starts in October, as “international cooperation at its best, and in
keeping with the Antarctic treaty” and
said it would “yield unprecedented
understanding of the future of this
critical part of Antarctica”.
The participation of the US was
seen as particularly significant, given
the withdrawal from the Paris climate
agreement ordered by Donald Trump,
who has also proposed cutting climate
science budgets.
Duncan Wingham, chair of the UK’s
Natural Environment Research Council, described the Thwaites glacier as
“one of the least explored parts of
the Antarctic continent”, making the
investigation crucial to studying the
state and future of the region.
Sea-level rises are a hotly contested
area of climate science. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
has forecast that average sea-level
‘Some people say this
is expensive at £20m,
but our coastal cities
and our economies
are at stake’
Scott Borg
US scientist
▲ The Thwaites
glacier in the
Antarctic
and, left, the
RSS Sir David
Attenborough,
which the public
once voted
to call Boaty
McBoatface
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rises could be held to roughly 25cm
to 40cm if governments take strong
action on greenhouse gases. However, this does not take account of the
potential for rapid melting or collapse
of glaciers in Antarctica.
Satellites already show the Thwaites
glacier is changing rapidly, but only by
putting researchers close to the glacier itself will it be possible to measure
the rates of ice volume and ice mass
change.
Remote submersibles such as Boaty
McBoatface will be essential: recent
research showed that the undersea
melting of Antarctic glaciers is more
of a problem that had been thought.
If the expedition discovers stability in
the Thwaites glacier, it could assuage
some of the worst fears of climate
experts.
Changes in global ocean circulations
have also fallen under the spotlight,
and scientists warned only weeks ago
of the effects on the Gulf stream, which
brings temperate weather to Europe.
The potential effects of climate
change and melting ice on ocean currents are still poorly understood,
requiring intensive and often expensive scientific research involving ships,
buoys, satellites and complex computer models.
The £20m will be used by the Natural Environment Research Council and
the National Science Foundation in the
biggest joint project – involving about
100 scientists – by the two countries in
Antarctica since the end of a mapping
project in the late 1940s.
Researchers from a number of other
countries,including South Korea,
Germany, Sweden, New Zealand and
Finland, will also contribute and the
resulting science will be made available globally.
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Unmarried
mother tests
benefit rules
at supreme
court hearing
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National
Owen Bowcott
Legal affairs correspondent
A woman’s fight for access to a
widowed parent’s allowance is testing
the rights of unmarried couples across
the country at the supreme court’s first
hearing in Belfast.
The state’s refusal to pay Siobhan
McLaughlin the benefit amounts to
discrimination against children born
out of wedlock, the UK’s highest court
has been told.
The special needs classroom
assistant from Armoy in County
Antrim has four children: Rebecca, 15,
Billy, 16, Lisa, 21, and Stuart, 23.
Her partner, John Adams, a former
groundsman, died from cancer in
January 2014. She was refused the
bereavement payment and widowed
parent’s allowance because they
were neither married nor in a civil
partnership.
“It is wrong that a child born out
of wedlock is not seen as deserving
as one born to a married couple,” she
said before the case started at the Royal
Courts of Justice in Belfast yesterday.
This is the first time the supreme
court has heard a case in Northern Ireland. Last year, justices sat in
Edinburgh, the first time they had considered cases outside Westminster.
McLaughlin, 46, who had to
supplement her income by taking on
additional evening cleaning work,
said: “It is heartbreaking to even contemplate the difference this could
have made. It might just have made
life slightly easier. It might have meant
that I could have been at home every
night to prepare the supper as I had
been when John was here.
“But because I had to go back to
work, I am no longer there, so not
only did they lose their dad they also
lost me and that stability. But I have
to provide for them, to pay the rent
for the house and you have to go on
and that’s hard.”
McLaughlin applied for a judicial review of the decision, claiming
unlawful discrimination based on her
marital status. She won her original
court case but it was overturned by
the court of appeal in Belfast.
Judgment in the case has been
reserved.
Tighter security likely at
Alder Hey after abuse of
staff in Alfie Evans case
Josh Halliday
North of England correspondent
Alder Hey children’s hospital will
consider tightening security after the
abuse of medical staff treating Alfie
Evans. It is understood doctors at the
Liverpool hospital where 23-monthold Alfie died on Saturday morning
will discuss introducing more rigorous procedures in the coming weeks.
Security concerns have been
further raised by claims that foreign
-registered doctors have been posing
as family friends to conduct unauthorised examinations in cases involving
severely ill babies. Peter-Marc Fortune,
a senior consultant and spokesman
for the Royal College of Paediatrics
and Child Health, said he was “quite
alarmed” by the assessments.
“I fear this might end up with us
tightening security in children’s hospitals, which I think is really unfortunate
because what we aim to do is make
children’s hospitals less scary and as
friendly as possible,” he said.
“I think there will be some pause
for thought and reflection and discussions. I don’t know how that might
manifest but it seems to me it might
mean we tighten things up a bit.”
At least three foreign doctors carried out medical assessments on
Alfie under the guise of being family
friends in visits arranged by “pro-life”
campaigners.
There have been concerns about the
actions of supporters in other highprofile life-support cases, including
the cases of Charlie Gard and Isaiah
Haastrup, who died in the past year
amid legal battles between their parents and doctors. In the Charlie Gard
case, one of the family’s key campaigners was found roaming the wards of
Great Ormond Street hospital in London, asking the parents of seriously ill
children to sign a petition.
Alder Hey staff were also alarmed
about the presence of two German air
ambulance officials ejected from the
hospital last week. It is understood
that they were previously in the hospital on 12 April when it was granted
an emergency high court injunction to
stop Alfie being flown overseas by his
father, who was acting on misguided
legal advice from the Russian law student Pavel Stroilov at the Christian
Legal Centre.
The Guardian revealed on Saturday how an international network of
Catholic fundamentalists played a key
role in advising Alfie’s parents, including organising an audience with the
pope, arranging medical experts to
assess Alfie, and replacing the family’s Liverpool-based legal team with
the Christian Legal Centre.
Fortune, who is also president of
the Paediatric Intensive Care Society,
said he and fellow doctors had been
scared by the personal abuse received
by Alder Hey staff in the Alfie Evans
case.
The scale of the attacks was
described as “unprecedented” by
Alder Hey’s chairman and chief executive, and condemned by Alfie’s father,
Thomas Evans. For several days, Merseyside police had officers stationed
outside Alder Hey hospital, where
hundreds of protesters gathered. At
one point, dozens tried to storm the
hospital’s front entrance.
Fortune said almost a fifth of trainee
roles in paediatrics were unfilled and
that the abuse faced by Alder Hey staff
could further damage recruitment.
“The other thing that worries me, as an
established professional who is ready
to have the difficult conversations, is
this makes it very scary when you’re
not just potentially going to put yourself in a very difficult conversation but
end up with hate mail and things coming your way,” he added.
“The saddest thing of all of this is
that all the people at the centre of this
all wanted the same thing, which is the
best thing for the child.”
▲ Police stop demonstrators getting
into Alder Hey hospital last month
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BFI apologises for throwing
out woman with Asperger’s
Sarah Marsh
The British Film Institute has apologised after a woman with Asperger’s
was forcibly removed from the cinema
in what onlookers described as a “disgusting” sign of “naked intolerance”.
Tamsin Parker, a 25-year-old artist and animator, was watching her
favourite film – Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western The Good, the Bad and
the Ugly – with friends at the BFI cinema on London’s South Bank. She was
asked to leave for laughing too loudly.
Parker’s mother, Lydia, said some
in the audience applauded as she
▲ Tamsin Parker, an artist, was at the
cinema to celebrate her 25th birthday
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was removed. “[My daughter] said
‘I am autistic’ and a man said: ‘You’re
retarded.’ Another man, who called
her a bitch [for laughing], was thrown
out but only after she was.
“She was completely humiliated
and it ruined her birthday … she was
really scared.”
The BFI said it was sorry that it got
a “complex situation” wrong. It said:
“We are taking this situation extremely
seriously … We can and must do better
in accommodating all the needs of our
customers and we will be addressing
what additional provisions and staff
training we can put in place.”
Parker’s mother, who is speaking to
a lawyer about what happened, said:
“It would be nice to arrange a screening for Tamsin and her friends.”
One cinemagoer, Lloyd Shepherd,
said: “She’d been laughing very loudly
but at moments which were supposed
to be funny. Some people complained.
She was dragged out shouting: ‘I’m
sorry, I have Asperger’s.’ She was
incredibly upset.
“I am shaking with anger. That poor,
poor woman. Just a little bit of empathy and everything would have been
fine. Such naked intolerance.”
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Avengers breaks box office records Marvel’s new superhero
movie, Avengers: Infinity War, has overhauled Star Wars: The
Force Awakens’ opening-weekend record at the US box office,
earning $250m since Friday, $2m ahead of the Star Wars film’s
total in 2015. Globally, Infinity War posted $630m, trouncing the
previous best of $541.9m, set by The Fate of the Furious in 2017.
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Labour MP
suspended
over claim
of sexual
harassment
Pippa Crerar
Deputy political editor
The Labour MP John Woodcock has
been suspended from the party ahead
of an investigation into claims he
sent inappropriate text messages to
a female former aide.
The backbencher, the MP for Barrow and a critic of Jeremy Corbyn, had
been ordered to appear before party
disciplinary chiefs over the allegation, which he has denied. The Labour
party’s disputes panel said last year a
fuller investigation would be needed,
although they decided he could remain
as an MP until it was resolved. But the
new general secretary, Jennie Formby,
who has the power to intervene in
cases to protect the party’s reputation,
is understood to have ordered that he
have the whip withdrawn.
A Labour party spokesperson said:
“John Woodcock has been suspended
from the Labour party pending due
process. It would not be appropriate to
comment further on an ongoing case.”
Woodcock, a former aide to Gordon
Brown and shadow minister, was
accused of sending inappropriate messages to a former employee between
2014 and 2016. The national constitutional committee, which will look into
the claims, could decide to extend his
suspension or even expel him.
In an open letter to his constituents after the Sunday Mirror reported
the claims, Woodcock said: “I do not
accept this, but know the complaint
must be thoroughly investigated.”
In a statement last night, Woodcock questioned the “integrity of the
process” against him, saying: “The
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Gay marriage cake row
goes to supreme court
A bakery run by evangelical
Christians will today make a fresh
attempt to overturn a £500 award
made against it for refusing to bake a
cake promoting same-sex marriage.
Ashers bakery, which has
branches in Northern Ireland and
is financially supported by the
Christian Institute, is taking its
claim to the supreme court, which is
sitting in Belfast this week.
The firm has twice been found
decision at this politically charged
time to place details of my case in the
press and then suspend me places a
serious question mark over the integrity of the process.”
Woodcock has strongly criticised
Corbyn for not doing more to tackle
the party’s antisemitism problem and
for his failure to condemn Russia unequivocally after the Salisbury nerve
agent attack.
The complaint is understood to
have been made in November to a
panel set up in the wake of the sexual
harassment scandal at Westminster.
to have discriminated on the
grounds of sexual orientation after it
cancelled an order by a gay activist
in 2014 for a cake decorated with
the slogan: “Support gay marriage”.
Gareth Lee had specified the motto
for an event to mark International
Day Against Homophobia. Same-sex
marriage is not legally recognised in
Northern Ireland.
When Ashers refused to bake
the cake, Lee sued. His case against
the family-owned bakery has
been supported by the Equality
Commission for Northern Ireland.
Lee, a volunteer with the LGBT
advocacy group Queer Space, told
the initial hearing in 2015 the refusal
made him “feel I’m not worthy, a
lesser person and to me that was
wrong”. The firm maintained it was
a response to the message, not the
customer. Owen Bowcott
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postcards to a £5,000 plate, with all
profits going to the homeless. Other
items in the For Richer For Poorer
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Police
Politics
Woman wants CPS to
prosecute police spy
Former MEP ordered to
repay £85,000 expenses
A woman deceived into a sexual
relationship by an undercover police
officer has launched a legal action in
an attempt to get him prosecuted.
The environmental campaigner is
seeking to compel Alison Saunders,
the director of public prosecutions,
to prosecute police spy Jim Boyling.
The Crown Prosecution Service
has previously decided that there
was not enough evidence to
prosecute officers who infiltrated
political organisations and deceived
women into intimate relationships.
The woman is the first to file a
lawsuit to challenge this refusal.
Boyling was undercover between
1995 and 2000, pretending to be
an environmental campaigner. He
did not respond when asked for
comment. Previously he has denied
committing any criminal offence.
Rob Evans
A former Labour MEP has been
ordered to repay more than £85,000
after falsely claiming more than
£100,000 in expenses, which
he spent on a car, his divorce
settlement and holidays.
Peter Skinner, 58, of Snodland,
Kent, was jailed for four years
in 2016 after being convicted of
wrongfully claiming cash from the
European parliament that should
have been used to cover staff costs.
He came under investigation in
December 2010 when the Kent and
Essex serious crime directorate
became aware of a potentially
fraudulent document relating to
consultancy work.
A five-day confiscation hearing
was held at Southwark crown court
in October last year, with Mrs Justice
McGowan’s written ruling handed
down on Friday. PA
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German riverbank
search for toddler
missing since 1981
Damien Gayle
Military police are to lead a renewed
search for the daughter of a British soldier who disappeared from a barracks
shop in Germany 36 years ago.
A hundred soldiers will spend
five weeks on a careful excavation
of the banks of the river Alme in
Paderborn, a city in eastern North
Rhine-Westphalia, where two-year-old
Katrice Lee disappeared after wandering off in a Naafi shopping centre.
The Royal Military Police (RMP)
reopened the investigation in 2012,
with reanalysed evidence identifying
the riverbank as being of particular interest. The case featured on the
BBC’s Crimewatch series last year.
Katrice was shopping with her
mother when she went missing from
the Naafi in Schloss Neuhaus, near the
military base where her father, a sergeant major, was stationed.
15
It was 28 November 1981, her second birthday, and they were buying
treats for a birthday tea. Sharon Lee,
64, said her daughter was gone “in a
matter of seconds”.
“Katrice wouldn’t sit in the trolley,
so I carried her all the way around in
my arms doing my shopping,” she told
the Sun. “When we got to the checkout I realised I’d forgotten crisps. I
put Katrice down and said to my sister Wendy: ‘Just keep an eye on her
while I go back to the crisps stand.’ It
wasn’t far away. It took me about 40
seconds, a minute at most.”
When she returned, Katrice was
gone. “My sister said: ‘I thought she
was with you. She ran and followed
you.’” British soldiers and military
police, German police and volunteers
searched widely, but the girl was never
found.
After the investigation into Katrice’s
disappearance was reopened, Warrant
Officer Class 1 Richard O’Leary, the
▲ Katrice Lee disappeared from a
military shop in Schloss Neuhaus
RMP’s senior investigating officer in
the case, said his team had identified
the bank of the Alme at Paderborner
Straße as important.
“In February 2017, the case featured
on BBC Crimewatch,” said O’Leary.
“As part of the feature a photofit was
released of a man seen at the Naafi on
the day Katrice disappeared, holding
a child similar to Katrice and getting
into a green saloon car. We are keen
to hear from anyone who could help
to identify this person. A green saloon
car was also seen on the river Alme
bridge near the Naafi the day after
Katrice disappeared. It may or may
not be the same car, but we are very
keen to identify it.
“We are appealing to members of
the public and the military community, including veterans and retired
civil servants in both Germany and
the UK: do you know what happened
to Katrice?”
Investigators have not ruled out the
possibility that Katrice is alive. They
said she was born with an unusual eye
condition in her left eye and it would
take two medical operations to correct it. An age progression image of
what Katrice may look like now, aged
38, has been produced.
O’Leary said: “If anyone feels they
know someone who looks like this, or
believes they could be Katrice, then
we would encourage them to come
forward.”
MSPs to debate
trial rules that
may see rape
victims jailed
Libby Brooks
Scotland correspondent
The Scottish parliament is to debate
new prosecution guidelines that
would compel rape complainants to
give evidence in court, as campaigners warn the policy will have a “chilling
effect” on women coming forward to
report sexual violence.
The controversial guidance on
“reluctant complainers”, issued in
March, means alleged rape victims
who try to pull out of cases can be compelled to testify when prosecution is
deemed to be in the public interest.
The MSPs’ debate, to be held today,
was proposed by the former Scottish
Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, who said
the rules were “massively retrograde”.
Dugdale said: “The blunt truth is
that women could be compelled to
give evidence, and if they refuse, could
face prosecution. The crown should be
talking about strategies to improve the
court system rather than turning the
spotlight back on to women.”
The solicitor general, Alison Di
Rollo, will respond to the debate, making it the second time in a week the law
officer has had to defend the guidelines before the Scottish parliament.
Last week, she was unable to guarantee that rape complainants would
never face prison for ignoring a witness
warrant. But she insisted that serving
such a warrant would happen only “in
the most exceptional circumstance”.
She said the revised policy was not
to compel rape complainants to testify but to ensure that the burden of
decision-making rests with the crown.
This was the result of concerns that
decisions about whether to prosecute
rely heavily on the willingness of the
accuser to give evidence.
The guidelines come four months
after a report by the Inspectorate of
Prosecution described women’s experience of rape trials in Scotland as
“secondary victimisation”, prompting
calls to radically overhaul the system.
Man dies as a month’s rain
falls in a day in south-east
Guardian staff
A man died yesterday after being
washed into a harbour in Ramsgate,
Kent, as strong winds and heavy rain
battered parts of Britain.
Fallen trees blocked roads in Kent,
East Anglia and parts of London, and
rising floodwater meant some had to
be plucked from their vehicles by the
emergency services.
The Met Office said that more than a
month’s worth of rain had fallen within
24 hours in some areas of the UK.
In Kent, the emergency services
were called to reports that three people
were in the water alongside Ramsgate
pier, the Maritime and Coastguard
Agency said. A spokesman said it is
believed they were washed off the pier
by a large wave.
A spokeswoman for Kent police
said that three men were recovered
from the water, but one was later
pronounced dead at the scene. The
other two were taken to hospital for
treatment.
“The death is not being treated as
suspicious. Inquiries are ongoing to
identify next of kin,” she said.
It is understood that the combination of a spring tide and the strong
winds caused the large volume of
water to batter the coast.
Elsewhere a family of two adults
and a baby were rescued by the Kent
fire and rescue service after their car
became stuck in flood water in Sutton Valence.
Crews also helped two drivers from
vehicles that had broken down in
knee-high flood water in Dover.
Met Office meteorologist Alex
Burkill said that by 5pm yesterday
the largest amount of rainfall in a
24-hour period had been recorded in
Lenham, Kent, with a total of 57.6mm
(2.2 inches), while Canterbury in Kent
had been 45.9mm and 41.3mm fell in
Faversham.
“Just to put that into some context,
Kent’s average April monthly rainfall
is 49mm so it is fair to say it has seen
▲ Visitors to London wear plastic
capes as strong winds and heavy
rainfall hit Britain yesterday
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over a month’s worth of rain in a day,”
he said.
Gusts of up to 54mph were recorded
in Langdon Bay, Kent, with 48mph also
seen in Donna Nook in Lincolnshire.
“The rain has affected a good chunk
of the south-east and East Anglia,
while London has been on the edge of
it, and Hampshire,” Burkill said. “The
rest of the UK has had a pretty decent
day.” The soggy start to the week also
came with chilly temperatures, with
the mercury struggling to rise above
5C in Kent, Burkill added.
In the Channel, force nine gales and
rough seas delayed shipping, with P&O
Ferries reporting three-hour delays in
departures from Dover.
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Supermarket
merger
Sainsbury’s-Asda
deal will hit jobs
and close stores,
say retail experts
Sarah Butler
Sainsbury’s yesterday spelled out the
terms of its planned merger with Asda
to create the UK’s biggest supermarket
group – and promised that shoppers
would get a 10% cut in the price of popular foods as a result of the deal.
Sainsbury’s said it would hand
Leeds-based Asda’s American owner,
Walmart, nearly £3bn in cash and a
42% stake in the combined business
to complete the deal.
The companies said both brand
names would be retained and there
were no plans for store closures as
a result of the merger, which would
create a 2,800-store group with sales
of £51bn, overtaking Tesco to become
the UK’s largest retailer.
But Sainsbury’s boss, Mike Coupe,
confirmed that some stores could be
sold off to rivals if required by competition regulators.
Rebecca Long Bailey, Labour’s
shadow business secretary, warned
of the impact of the deal on suppliers.
GMB general secretary, Tim Roache,
said the deal could hit jobs. The new
larger group will employ 330,000 staff.
John Colley, a professor at Warwick
Business School, said: “Ultimately
there has to be job losses and the suppliers will have to pay through lower
prices … customers will see reduced
choice.”
However, responding to an urgent
question about the deal in parliament,
the business minister Andrew Griffiths
Caught on camera
The chief executive of Sainsbury’s
has been filmed singing “we’re
in the money” on the day he
announced a merger with Asda.
Waiting to be interviewed by
ITV, Mike Coupe sang: “We’re
in the money, the sky is sunny.
Let’s lend it, spend it, send it
rolling along.” Coupe said he
was composing himself for the
interview, adding: “It was an
unfortunate choice. I apologise if I
offended anyone.”
A spokesman for Sainsbury’s
said: “To attach any wider
meaning to this innocent, personal
moment is preposterous.”
appeared to support the merger, saying the two supermarkets were trying
“to get ahead of the curve” in a competitive market.
Sainsbury’s shares closed up 15%
at 320p, their highest level since 2014.
The proposed merger of the UK’s
second and third largest retailers is
expected to trigger a major competition inquiry. Analysts predicted that if
the deal was approved it would result
in at least 75 stores having to be disposed of to ensure competition did
not suffer. It would be the biggest
shake-up in the market since Morrisons bought Safeway in 2003, when
dozens of stores changed hands.
Sainsbury’s said the merger would
not be completed until the second half
of 2019 as regulators will have to calculate the potential overlaps between
the two groups’ stores.
Coupe, who plans to lead the
merged business, said the deal was a
“transformational opportunity to create a new force in UK retail, which will
be more competitive and give customers more of what they want now and
in the future”.
He insisted the merger would be “a
great deal for everyone”, with benefits for customers, staff, suppliers and
shareholders.
Coupe said the retail landscape
had changed dramatically since the
Morrisons/Safeway deal with the rise
of discounters Aldi and Lidl and online
specialists led by Amazon.
“It’s never been more competitive
and customers have more choices
than ever, not just in the grocery sector but in other retail sectors. You can
see the consequences of that playing
out every day.”
The CMA confirmed the deal would
be subject to investigation and Sainsbury’s said it had asked the watchdog
to skip straight to a detailed “phase
two” stage.
Coupe said regulators would be
mainly concerned by the impact on
consumers. He said they would benefit from lower prices and more choice
about how they shopped as a result of
investment in technology.
He said the merger would deliver
at least £500m in cost savings and
other benefits, largely as a result of
improved efficiency and better deals
with suppliers.
John Hannett, general secretary of
the Usdaw union, said: “Both companies operate significant nationwide
distribution networks employing
thousands of staff. We will be seeking
urgent clarification on the future for
those workers.”
Coupe admitted that some headoffice functions were likely to be
combined over time, but insisted new
jobs would also be created. Asda will
continue to be run from Leeds with its
own chief executive, likely to be current boss, Roger Burnley, who only
recently joined Asda from Sainsbury’s.
Coupe insisted that the Sainsbury’s
brand, which has prided itself on better welfare and food quality standards,
would not be damaged by association
with Walmart, an international retail
giant best known for its low prices.
The deal enables Walmart, which
bought Asda nearly 20 years ago, to
take a step back from the UK market where it is struggling to compete
with Aldi and Lidl as well as Tesco, the
UK’s biggest supermarket chain which
controls almost a third of the grocery
market.
Judith McKenna, the chief executive of Walmart International, said:
“We believe this combination will create a dynamic new retail player better
positioned for even more success in
a fast-changing and competitive UK
market.”
She said Walmart was interested
in expanding Sainsbury’s Argos
chain internationally and could help
the combined business with new
technology and better deals on nonfood goods.
What they said
Rebecca Long-Bailey, shadow
business secretary
“A Tesco/Sainsbury’s-Asda duopoly
[would have] unrivalled power to
dominate, dictating choice and
prices for consumers … [It also]
poses immense risk to suppliers,
with unprecedented bargaining
power to drive suppliers’ prices and
payment terms down.”
Tim Roache, general secretary of
the GMB union
“Hundreds of thousands of workers
stand to be affected and all know
such announcements tend to be
followed by management speak like
‘rationalisation’. What that usually
means is job losses or cuts to pay,
terms and conditions.”
Andrew Griffiths, minister for small
business, consumers and corporate
responsibility
“[These are] two businesses trying
to get ahead of the curve and
future-proof themselves in a very
challenging market.”
John Colley, professor at Warwick
Business School
“Ultimately there have to be job
losses and the suppliers will have
to pay through lower prices …
Customers will see reduced choice
and the price war is likely to persist.”
David Madden of CMC Markets
“Increased competition from Aldi
and Lidl is the main motivation
behind the proposed deal. The deepdiscounters have disrupted the UK
supermarket sector severely.”
Mike Cherry, chairman of the
Federation of Small Businesses
“Those at the top of Sainsbury’s
and Asda should give reassurance
that cost savings won’t be achieved
simply by milking their small
suppliers for all they’re worth.”
Guardian staff
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▼ The merger will create a group
of 2,800 stores with sales of £51bn,
making it the UK’s largest retailer
PHOTOGRAPH: SARAH LEE/GUARDIAN
Analysis
Nils Pratley
‘We’re in the money?’
Give it a while, because
Mike Coupe may have
to change his tune
S
The big threat
UK grocers
all fear rise
of Amazon
Sarah Butler
The rapid expansion of the discounters Aldi and Lidl – whose share of the
grocery market has rocketed from less
than 4% a decade ago to nearly 13%
today – has hit all traditional supermarkets. But the industry’s biggest
fear is Amazon.
Sainsbury’s boss Mike Coupe has
made clear that his real concern is
the online giant, which is the world’s
second biggest company, valued at
$740bn compared with Walmart’s
$264bn. Coupe admitted his 2016
acquisition of Argos was intended
partly to fight off the Amazon threat.
Since that deal Amazon has turned
its sights directly on to the grocery
business. Last year it paid $13.7bn
to take over US grocer Whole Foods
Market. More recently it has opened
a “shop and go” unmanned food store
called Amazon Go, where shoppers
can pick their goods and walk out, paying online without passing through a
check-out. Both moves hit the share
prices of UK supermarket groups.
Amazon also has a deal with Morrisons to provide groceries to UK
customers using its Pantry and Prime
service. Morrisons and Sainsbury’s
have both been touted as possible
Amazon takeover targets, along with
Ahold Delhaize in the Netherlands and
France’s Carrefour.
Terry Hunter, managing director of the digital commerce group
Astound, described Amazon as “the
elephant in the room”. The proposed
$13.7bn
The sum paid for Whole Foods
Market in the US by Amazon, which
has its sights on the grocery business
Sainsbury-Asda merger, he said,
“shows that the two chains feel they
will be stronger together as they
reposition themselves to combat the
growing threat from the low-cost German supermarkets and Amazon”. The
UK’s grocers, he added, “know that
[Amazon] will be able to outmanoeuvre them and undercut them every
step of the way”.
Linking with Asda and its giant parent Walmart would give Sainsbury’s
more buying power, to secure better deals with suppliers to compete
with Amazon on price. The new Sainsbury-Asda group would also be able to
benefit from Walmart’s huge investment in digital innovations, such as a
smartphone shopping app and automated parcel pick-up machines for
online shopping.
Walmart has also been searching for
a way to fight off Amazon on its home
turf in the US.
Walmart International boss Judith
McKenna said Walmart is now considering using Argos in the US to fight
Amazon more effectively. For the
owner of Asda, Amazon poses a serious threat on both sides of the Atlantic.
ainsbury’s shares rose 15% on the idea of
combining with Asda. One can see why. Chief
executive Mike Coupe – who was yesterday
captured on camera by ITV singing “We’re in
the money” – is promising a £500m-a-year
boost to profits. Tesco would be knocked off
its top perch. And Walmart, after a bruising few years in
the UK, is selling Asda on loser’s terms – the Americans
have even agreed to tow away Asda’s pension fund.
Fine, but don’t sing too soon. This deal needs regulatory
approval, and then has to be made to work. There are
reasons to be sceptical.
First, Coupe’s view of how the Competition and
Markets Authority will view his “historic” reshaping of
the UK grocery market sounded optimistic. He said the
CMA applies “a higher level of sophistication” these
days than the “blunt fascia test” that prevailed in 2003
when Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s itself were barred
from buying Safeway. Does it really?
It’s true the CMA is fond of measuring competition
at a local level, and that discounters Aldi and Lidl are
now forces in the land. But Sainsbury’s/Asda plus Tesco
would control more than half the UK grocery market,
which is close to being a working definition of a duopoly.
That concentration of national power is hard to ignore.
Coupe claimed an expanded Sainsbury’s would
have only 26% of the market, not the 31% estimated
by independent agencies, but he
included M&S and Boots in his
‘The Sainsbury’s boss
reckoning, which showed how hard
he was straining to position this
included Boots in his
deal within traditional parameters.
reckoning. Unless one
Unless one is living off a diet of
sandwiches and Lucozade, Boots is
is living off sandwiches
not a grocer.
and Lucozade, Boots
The CMA is being asked to
sanction a huge structural change
is not a grocer’
in a market where competition
is working well. Sainsbury’s and
Walmart will be told to sell some
stores, and would probably be
relieved if the figure is only 70 or so. At double that,
though, some of the commercial benefits will evaporate.
A second problem is Coupe’s assertion that
consumers will benefit via 10% price cuts on “many
of the products customers buy regularly”. How many
products? For how long? And what about products
bought less often? While shareholders are promised
£500m a year of quick savings, shoppers are being asked
to take a lot on trust, as the CMA will surely also note.
Nor did Coupe say that Sainsbury’s and Asda will sell
identical products at identical prices. The proposed
“two brand” strategy suggests the opposite approach.
If a common buying team is buying Coca-Cola or Heinz
ketchup at a fixed price, surely Sainsbury’s customers
would expect to pay the same as Asda’s. Boardroom talk
about “brand positioning” may cut little ice.
Coupe has correctly identified Walmart’s weariness
with the UK and, rather than sit around waiting for
Amazon to make its inevitable attack on the UK
supermarket sector, he’s trying to make preparations.
That’s what he’s paid to do. More UK taxes, presumably
from Asda not posting dividends across the Atlantic,
will play well with UK politicians. His broadside against
“multinational” suppliers with fatter profit margins than
supermarkets – and who are thus able to trim their prices
– also hit the mark. But his Asda deal now faces 12-18
months of intense regulatory scrutiny. It’s not yet over
the line, and the gamble will rebound on Sainsbury’s if
the CMA plays rough.
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▼ Sophia Peters was ‘a lovely little girl
who loved her parents and thought
they loved her’, the judge said
PHOTOGRAPH: METROPOLITAN POLICE/PA
Antiques dealer gets life
for strangling daughter
Press Association
A wealthy antiques dealer has been
jailed for at least 24 years for strangling
his seven-year-old daughter.
Robert Peters, 56, researched child
killers online, a jury at the Old Bailey
in London heard.
The former Israeli soldier throttled
Sophia with a dressing gown cord last
November while alone with her at his
family home in Wimbledon, southwest London.
When she woke up and asked what
he was doing, Peters said “sorry” but
carried on. Afterwards, he called 999
to report what he had done and the
▲ Robert Peters, 56, researched child
killers online, the jury was told
girl was rushed to hospital, but died
the following day.
The killing came just over a month
after Peters, who had depression, was
found not to be a risk by a child protection team from the London borough of
Merton, despite two attempts to kill
himself in 2017.
Peters admitted murder on the
third day of his trial. Jailing him for
life with a minimum term of 24 years,
Mr Justice Edis said: “It is impossible
to imagine the last few conscious minutes of that child’s life. She was a lovely
little girl who loved her parents and
thought that they loved her.
“Asleep in bed, she no doubt felt
safe and believed that, should she
need it, she had the protection of her
father. Her shock and bewilderment
to find that he was set on her death
amounted, in my judgment, to an
intentional act of cruelty over and
above the killing itself.”
The court had heard that Peters
had been cheating on his wife. He was
also worried about his finances and
claimed his Kensington-based oriental
antiques business was going bankrupt,
even though he drove a Jaguar and had
money in the bank.
Four-hour rail link
from London to
Bordeaux on track
Gwyn Topham
Transport correspondent
Direct trains linking London and the
French wine capital of Bordeaux in
just over four hours could run within
two years, according to high-speed rail
operators.
The prospect of 200mph trains
whisking UK travellers straight to
south-west France has come a step
closer after rail firms said they were
agreeing plans to develop the service,
which would bypass Paris to join the
completed line south of Tours.
Eurostar, which has started direct
services from London to Amsterdam,
has discussed the route, but its development has been slowed by logistical
difficulties such as border controls.
The collaboration could allow Eurostar or another train company to start
services in two years’ time.
HS1, the firm that operates Britain’s
only existing high-speed tracks, from
St Pancras to the start of the Channel tunnel, said it was working with
Eurotunnel and the operators of the
French infrastructure, SNCF Réseau
and Lisea, on the Bordeaux route.
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Vortograph by Alvin Langdon
Coburn; Radio Station Tower by
Aleksandr Rodchenko
▼ Japanese artist Daisuke Yokota
submits his work to intense
transformative techniques
PHOTOGRAPH: DAVID LEVENE/GUARDIAN
Art review
Epic show
of light and
shadow in
a history of
innovation
Shape of Light: 100 Years
of Photography and
Abstract Art
Tate Modern, London
★★★★☆
Sean O’Hagan
I
n 1916, when Alvin Langdon
Coburn met his fellow
American Ezra Pound in
London, he was already a
celebrated photographer,
having made his name with
monochrome portraits of leading
literary and artistic figures such as
Rodin, WB Yeats and George Bernard
Shaw. It was Pound who introduced
him to vorticism, the short-lived
British avant garde modernist
movement created by artist and
writer Wyndham Lewis as a reaction
to the dominance of landscape and
figurative art. Equally frustrated
by the representative nature of
photography, Langdon Coburn
sensed the liberating potential of
the vorticist dynamic of geometric
shapes and cubist fragmentation.
In the Shape of Light, Langdon
Coburn’s “vortographs”, blurred
geometric arrangements of light
and shadow, made using a set of
mirrors to fragment the subject in
an almost kaleidoscopic way, set
the tone for an epic exhibition that
traces the history of photography
as experiment. Portraiture,
landscape and documentary give
way to abstractions – created
either by manipulations of light
and chemicals or by distorting or
fragmenting the actual world. The
result is a kind of mirror-history
of the medium’s relationship to
documentary and abstract art.
Spread over 12 rooms, Shape
of Light is also a history of
innovation, in which the darkroom
and the studio are more akin
to the laboratory. The early- to
mid-century masters of light
Inquiry into transhumanism
takes Wellcome book prize
Alison Flood
The Irish author Mark O’Connell
has won the Wellcome book prize
for his exploration of transhumanism, the movement that seeks to use
technology to, as O’Connell puts it,
solve “the modest problem of death”.
To Be a Machine won the £30,000
award, which goes to the best work
to “illuminate the many ways that
health and medicine touch our
lives”. O’Connell’s book, his first,
saw off competition that included the
and form are all present: Brassaï,
Edward Steichen, Paul Strand,
Alfred Stieglitz, their embrace of
abstraction a kind of compliment
to their more traditional
documentary work.
In a room entitled New Vision,
the work of the great self-taught
Hungarian modernist, László
Moholy-Nagy, inevitably dominates.
His painting K VII (1922), a
minimalist arrangement of lines
and blocks of colour, is echoed in an
untitled photograph by him from
the same year and, much later, in
Mondrian’s supremely ordered
arrangement of colour and form,
Composition C (No 111) With Red,
Yellow, Blue from 1935. Similarly
in the following two rooms, the
restlessly innovative imagination of
Man Ray makes its presence felt.
This is an exhibition that demands
a constant attentiveness to detail
and, as such, will repay a second or
even third visit. The sheer amount
of work on display is at times
overwhelming and here and there
the endless riffs on angular shapes,
circles and patterns of light began
to blur into a long series of slight
variations on a single brilliant idea.
The final room is given over to
contemporary abstraction and,
perhaps inevitably, reflects the
dilemma of current photographic
practice in our profligate image
culture. Both Maya Rochat and
Daisuke Yokota, in their differing
ways, subject their images to
intense, almost destructive,
transformative techniques
using chemicals, heat, paint
and, in Daisuke’s case, constant
rephotographing, reprinting and
rescanning. The visceral nature of
their approach both degrades and
heightens the photographic image
and, by extension, the very idea of
photography as a recording medium.
Nigerian author Ayòbámi Adébáyò, for
Stay With Me, a novel about sickle cell
disease, and Sigrid Rausing’s memoir
about addiction, Mayhem.
To Be A Machine sees the 38-year-old
author meet those working to conquer
mortality through technology; from
the self-proclaimed cyborgs who
insert tech implants beneath their skin
to the developers trying to convert
human minds into code.
Exploring the beliefs and work of
high-profile transhumanism supporters, including Paypal co-founder Peter
Thiel, inventor Elon Musk and Google’s head of engineering Ray Kurzweil,
O’Connell also examines the philosophy and science behind the movement.
“What are my chances, would you say,
of living to a thousand?” he asks gerontologist Aubrey de Grey in the book. “I
would say perhaps a little better than
50-50,” de Grey replies. “It’s very much
dependent on the level of funding.”
O’Connell “brings into focus timely
issues about mortality, what it might
mean to be a machine and what it truly
means to be human,” said Edmund de
Waal, who chaired the judging panel.
“It is also unequivocally readable, in
that what it does is address hugely
complicated areas of new science to
do with AI and ethics, simultaneously.
That’s very remarkable, to be able to
traverse bits of cutting edge scientific
research and make something which
is funny, engaged, cogent and lucid.”
O’Connell, a journalist, essayist
and literary critic, “hasn’t got multiple PhDs in this area,” said de Waal. “He
looks at scientific discoveries through
the messiness of human desire.”
Shape of Light: 100 Years of
Photography and Abstract Art Tate
Modern, London, 2 May–14 October
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Relatives ask
bishop to halt
development
of graveyard
Josh Halliday
North of England correspondent
The Church of England has intervened
in a row over plans to build a car park
and crematorium on a historic graveyard containing the remains of 1,171
former hospital patients.
The cemetery in the grounds of the
former Calderstones hospital, in the
idyllic Ribble valley in Lancashire,
had been derelict since the NHS sold
it to a private developer for just £5,000
in 2000.
Nearly 500 headstones, including
13 marking the graves of babies who
died there during the second world
war, were stripped from the graveyard after it was sold, causing outrage
among relatives of those buried there.
Work on the site, now thought to
be worth £2m, was halted in January
when local historians found records
revealing that the Church of England
had set aside the land for sacred use
▲ The Calderstones hospital cemetery PHOTOGRAPH: CHRISTOPHER THOMOND/GUARDIAN
“in perpetuity” 102 years ago. Now
campaigners are urging the Right Rev
Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn, to halt what they call the graves’
“desecration”.
The company behind the plans, All
Faiths Remembrance Parks, has asked
the bishop to deconsecrate part of the
cemetery so it can build a multi-faith
crematorium and car park.
The developer said it would open
an “electronic book of remembrance”
for the 1,171 patients, who all died at
Calderstones, formerly a hospital for
people with learning disabilities, and
were buried between 1915 and the 70s.
The North West Regional Forum, a
disabilities group, has asked the bishop
to block the plans. In February, 250 delegates at its conference chanted: “Let
our friends rest in peace.”
David Brierley-Green, who was
born in Manchester but now lives in
Arizona, said he made the 5,000-mile
journey to tidy his aunt’s grave every
year and was appalled by the saga: “All
I want is for my aunt to be left in peace.”
After it was sold the cemetery
quickly fell into disrepair. Within two
years, a developer quietly removed
the headstones. Volunteers, dubbed
“the grave detectives”, tracked down
official records and relocated the bodies, helping relatives as far afield as
Australia and the US.
As property prices rose in the leafy
village of Whalley, ownership of the
cemetery changed hands several times
for six-figure sums but the site was left
virtually abandoned. The overgrown
graveyard is in stark contrast to the
well-maintained War Graves Commission cemetery, where 33 soldiers are
buried to remember the nearly 60,000
allied personnel treated at the hospital during the first world war.
Ribble Valley borough council
approved plans for the crematorium
in 2009 despite opposition from Whalley parish council, locals and relatives.
“They shouldn’t have put a single
spade in consecrated ground,” said
Mel Diack, a local resident. “We hope
the bishop will come down on the side
of moral issues, the right to remain in
peace, against a developer who has
gone in with hobnail boots.”
Legal experts believe the dispute
may have to be settled by a Church of
England consistory court, a rarely used
and archaic ecclesiastical court.
Angela Dunn, of All Faiths Remembrance Parks, said: “We want to build
a beautiful garden of remembrance
around our proposed crematorium
with open access for the local community, including easy access for disabled
persons … We do not want to see Calderstones cemetery fall, once again,
into disrepair.”
New water beetle
species named after
Leonardo DiCaprio
Ian Sample
Science editor
A new species of water beetle found
clinging to a sandstone rock in a fastflowing stream that leads to a waterfall
in Malaysian Borneo has been named
after the actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
The tiny black insect, which has a
partially retractable head and slightly
protruding eyes, was named after the
star of Titanic and The Revenant for
his environmental activism.
Citizen scientists who took part in
an expedition to Borneo’s Maliau Basin
recovered the first known specimen of
Grouvellinus leonardodicaprioi from
a shallow stream about a half a mile
above sea level. The 3mm-long beetle
was rather battered and lacked a front
leg and antenna.
The field trip was arranged by
scientists at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and a Dutch
firm, Taxon Expeditions, that trains
paying members of the public in the
scientific techniques used to identify
new species. The beetle was named by
the citizen scientists and staff at the
Maliau Basin Studies Centre.
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Journey without end
200 migrants stopped
at Mexico/US border
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Ten journalists among
dozens killed in series
of Afghanistan attacks
Nine media workers killed
while covering blast in Kabul
and BBC reporter shot dead
Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Akhtar
Mohammad Makoii Herat
Haroon Janjua Islamabad
Ten journalists died yesterday in
Afghanistan in a coordinated double
suicide bombing in Kabul and a shooting in Khost province, on the deadliest
day for media workers in the country
since the fall of the Taliban.
Nine journalists died in the capital when they gathered at the scene
of the first blast. Ahmad Shah, a BBC
reporter, was shot dead in a separate
incident in the eastern Khost province,
near the border with Pakistan.
In Kabul, a suicide attacker riding
a motorbike blew himself up in the
Shash Darak neighbourhood, near
the Nato headquarters and the US
embassy, at about 8am yesterday. A
second bomber, holding a camera and
posing as a journalist, struck 20 minutes later, killing rescue workers and
journalists, including Agence FrancePresse photographer Shah Marai, who
had rushed to the scene. Islamic State
claimed responsibility for the Kabul
attacks, which left at least 25 people
dead and 45 injured in total.
Hours later, in a separate incident in
southern Kandahar province, a suicide
bomber targeted a Nato convoy. Eleven
children at a religious school near to
the site of the explosion were killed. At
least 16 people, including five Romanian Nato soldiers, nine civilians and
two police officers, were wounded.
AFP paid tribute to Marai, its chief
photographer in Afghanistan, who was
among those killed in the capital. “This
is a devastating blow for the brave staff
of our close-knit Kabul bureau and
the entire agency,” AFP’s global news
director, Michèle Léridon, said. “We
can only honour the strength, courage, and generosity of a photographer
who covered often traumatic, horrific
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‘The criminal
terrorists once again
hit Kabul … and
committed crimes
against humanity’
Shah Hussain Murtazawi
Afghan president’s spokesman
Kabul
Second blast
Green Zone
US embassy
UK
Canada
ISAF Headquarters
First
blast
Kabul river
Presidential
palace
0.5 km
0.5 miles
events with sensitivity and consummate professionalism.”
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
said three of its journalists were also
killed. They were named as Abadullah Hananzai, Maharram Durrani
and Sabawoon Kakar, a photojournalist and camera operator who was
wounded at the scene but died in hospital. A camera operator from the local
network Tolo TV was also killed.
“This terrorist attack is a war crime
and an organised attack on the Afghan
media,” the Afghanistan Federation
of Journalists said in a statement. It
demanded an investigation by the UN.
“The attack in the heart of Kabul and
in the green zone indicates a serious
lack of security by the government.”
Saifulrahman Ayar, a journalist
who was at the scene, told the Guardian the second attacker was disguised
as a journalist and held a camera. “I
was near the blast site when the office
called me and [asked me] to cover the
incident. It was minutes after the first
explosion. I was metres away when the
second explosion occurred among the
journalists,” he said.
“The second attacker was acting
like a journalist and had a camera. I
am injured in my leg, I was confused,
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Security forces run for cover after
a second blast in Kabul; the second
bomber posed as a journalist
PHOTOGRAPH: MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AP
then I saw that I’m in hospital. I told
them to let me go because I want to
cover the attack on my colleagues.”
Elyas Mousavi, another journalist,
was crossing the checkpoint to report
on the first attack when the second
attacker blew himself up. “After the
second explosion no one could go near
the site, because they were afraid of
another explosion. And then ambulances arrived. I saw also some security
personnel dead,” he said.
Shah Hussain Murtazawi, spokesman for the Afghan presidency,
condemned the twin attacks, saying
that “the criminal terrorists once again
hit Kabul and Nangarhar and committed crimes against humanity, during
which a number of civilians have been
martyred and injured”.
The US embassy in Kabul also
condemned the double suicide bombing. “Where media are in danger, all
other human rights are under greater
threat,” it said.
The Paris-based Reporters Without
Borders said it was the deadliest day
for journalists in the country since the
fall of the Taliban in 2001. At least 34
journalists and media workers have
been killed by Isis or the Taliban in
Afghanistan since 2016, according to
Reporters Without Borders.
A string of deadly large-scale bombings and assaults have struck the
capital and other Afghan cities this
year. Isis claimed responsibility on
its Amaq propaganda news agency
for yesterday’s attack.
The Afghan affiliate of the Isis
militant group calls itself Khorasan
Province, an archaic name for a central
Asian region that includes modernday Afghanistan. It posted an urgent
statement on an Isis-affiliate website
saying two of its “martyrdom seekers”
carried out the double bombing targeting the headquarters of the “renegade”
Afghan intelligence services in Kabul.
Security officials have warned of the
risk of increased attacks in the run-up
to parliamentary elections planned for
October. The attacks underscore the
struggles Afghan security forces have
faced to rein in the militant groups
since the US and Nato concluded their
combat mission at the end of 2014.
Like the more well-established Taliban, the Isis affiliate is committed to
overthrowing the US-backed government and imposing a harsh form of
Islamic rule.
But while the Taliban mainly target government officials and security
forces, the Isis affiliate tends to favour
large-scale attacks on civilians from
Afghanistan’s Shia Hazara minority,
whom it views as apostates.
Last week, an Isis suicide bomber
attacked a voter registration centre in
Kabul, killing 60 people and wounding at least 130. There were 22 women
and eight children among the fatalities. In March, an Isis suicide bomber
targeted a Shia shrine in Kabul, killing
31 and wounding 65.
AP in Kabul contributed to this report
The
journalists
Ten dead
in one day
Shah Marai
Photographer,
Agence
France-Press
A selection of
Marai’s photos,
which chronicled
daily life in
Afghanistan
Shah Marai, who came from the Shamali plain north of
Kabul, was a veteran chief photographer with Agence
France-Presse in Afghanistan. He started work with the
agency in 1996, first as a driver and then as a fixer, before
becoming a full-time photographer in 2002. Marai chronicled the fall of the Taliban in 2011 and captured the life of
ordinary Afghans as well as the politics and fighting. “This
tragedy reminds us of the danger that our teams continually face on the ground and the essential role journalists
play for democracy,” said Fabrice Fries, the head of AFP.
Moments before yesterday’s second Kabul bombing, Marai
sent a message reassuring a video colleague who could not
reach the scene. “No worry man, I am here,” he said by WhatsApp, adding that he was shooting video and taking photos.
He leaves behind six children, including a baby daughter.
Yar
Mohammad
Tokhi
Cameraman,
Tolo News
Tokhi, 54, was due to marry
this month. Described as
dedicated and hardworking by
colleagues, he had worked at
Afghanistan’s Tolo News and
Tolo TV for 12 years. “Tokhi
was the only breadwinner
in his family and … spent a
large part of his salary on
medication and doctors’ bills
for both his [ailing] mother
and his sister [who had
cancer],” Tolo News said. He
spent the day before he died
looking at wedding venues.
Ahmad Shah
Reporter,
BBC Afghan
Service
Shah, 29, had worked for the
BBC Afghan service for more
than a year, the BBC said,
describing him as having
“already established himself
as a highly capable journalist
who was a respected and
popular member of the team”.
He was shot dead by unknown
armed men in the eastern
Khost province. Locals said
Shah had been on his bicycle
when the attack happened. He
was taken to hospital but died
of his injuries.
Maharram
Durrani,
Abadullah
Hananzai,
Sabawoon
Kakar
Journalists,
RFE/RL
Three journalists from Radio
Free Europe/Radio Liberty
were among the dead.
Maharram Durrani, 28, was
due to begin work in mid-May.
She was on the way to the RFE/
RL office for training when the
attack happened. Abadullah
Hananzai, 26, pictured below,
was a reporter and video
cameraman who focused
on the country’s narcotics
programme. Sabawoon Kakar,
30, pictured top, worked with
the video team for five years.
Ghazi Rasuli,
Nawruz Ali
Rajabi,
Salim Talash
Ali Salimi
Journalists
There was little information
about the four other
journalists killed yesterday,
apart from their names and
the organisations they worked
for. Ghazi Rasuli was a reporter
with 1TV. Cameraman Nawruz
Ali Rajabi worked for the same
organisation. Salim Talash
and Ali Salimi both worked for
Mashal TV.
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▼ Number 16, pictured in 2016, was
monitored for a long-term population
study in Western Australia
PHOTOGRAPH: LEANDA MASON/GETTY
Adiós cava: top houses
say too much cheap fizz
has devalued their wine
Stephen Burgen
Barcelona
A rebellion is bubbling among makers
of cava. Six of Spain’s top sparkling
wine producers have distanced themselves from the cava name, which is
protected under Spain’s “denomination of origin” (DO) system, saying
the over-production of cheap fizz had
damaged their product’s image.
The group of producers, which
calls itself Corpinnat, believe the
DO no longer guarantees quality. It
announced last month that it intends
to register itself and its products
under that brand name, and intends
to abandon its DO classification.
Corpinnat is following another
breakaway movement, which saw 14
cava houses give up DO protection
and rebrand as Clàssic Penedès four
years ago – a move met with approval
by sommeliers and wine merchants.
Corpinnat has invited other producers to join their new effort, as long as
they meet their criteria: they must be
located in a specific area of Penedès,
the area south of Barcelona where 95%
of cava is produced; the grapes must
be grown organically and harvested by
hand; the wine must be produced on
the vineyard and matured over at least
18 months, rather than the usual nine.
Xavier Nadal, of Cavas Nadal, said:
“There’s a place in the market for all
kinds of cava – the problem is they all
end up on the same shelf without distinction, the good and the bad.”
Xavier Gramona, head of another
cava house, said: “We don’t want to
abandon the DO, but we need to add
value so the 5,000 farmers in the sector
can survive. In Champagne, a farmer
with five hectares drives a Mercedes.
Here he can hardly make ends meet.”
Josep Roca, sommelier at the
Michelin-starred El Celler de Can
Roca, praised the project for “bringing
excellence” to the sector and ensuring a minimum price for growers. Last
year 250m bottles of cava were sold,
of which only 12% were high quality.
The wasp did it:
oldest spider dead
at 43 after sting
Agence France-Presse
The world’s oldest known spider has
died in Australia at the age of 43, after
being stung by a wasp. The trapdoor
matriarch comfortably outlived the
previous record holder, a 28-year-old
tarantula found in Mexico, according
to a study published in the journal
Pacific Conservation Biology.
Named Number 16, the spider
helped reveal information about the
behaviour of an arachnid found across
Australia, including in gardens. “To
our knowledge this is the oldest spider
ever recorded,” said Leanda Mason
from Curtin University in Perth.
A research project to study trapdoor spiders in Western Australia
was launched in 1974, during which
Number 16 was found and monitored.
Female trapdoor spiders stay in and
around the same burrow virtually all
their lives. They usually have a lifespan of between five and 20 years.
The study also gave a better understanding of how the future stresses
of climate change and deforestation
could affect the species.
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▼ Police remove protesters from the
Sorbonne university in May 1968
PHOTOGRAPH: JACQUES HAILLOT/APIS/SYGMA/
GETTY IMAGES
▲ Gérard Guégan, top, was 27 in 1968,
the same age as his son Antoine now
the student barricades at Paris 3
University at Censier.
“It’s terrifying to see that this is
becoming the norm for riot police
to be sent into universities,” said
Guégan, who is doing a doctorate
on representations of slavery in
American cinema and teaches at the
campus while studying at another
university in Paris’s suburbs. He
will join Paris’s labour day protests
against Macron today.
“If there’s one thing in common
between 1968 and today, it’s
young people’s despair,” Antoine
added. “But it’s a different kind
of despair because the social
and economic context is not the
same. In 1968, there was a global
movement, there was rock music,
new sexual freedom, a different
culture and a desire to change
the old world. Today’s youth is
facing a moment of stagnation,
with little to lean on, which makes
the struggle harder.”
Today’s generation is facing
staggering youth unemployment
– above 20% and up to 40% in
many deprived areas, unlike the
1960s. Economic crisis and climate
change also weigh heavily on this
generation. “I remember when I was
five or six I had a schoolbag with the
planet Earth on it and showing the
hole in the ozone layer,” Antoine
said. “We’ve grown up with talk
of environmental crisis, economic
crisis, and now we’re looking for
answers and solutions.”
It was the police evacuation of the
Sorbonne university on 3 May 1968
that brought leftwing writer Gérard
Guégan into the student uprising
50 years ago. From a working-class
communist family in Marseille,
with a father who had been in the
French resistance during the second
world war, Gérard was living in the
banlieue outside Paris. He had been
sacked from a job at a publishing
company after setting up a trade
union and was taking a manuscript
to a publisher in the Latin Quarter
when he saw police dragging student
leaders from the Sorbonne into vans.
“What surprised me were not the
arrests by police – we’d seen plenty
of those during demonstrations
over the Algerian war years before,”
he said. “It was the fact that the
passersby stood up against them.
As the police vans drove off,
stones were thrown at them. It was
passersby and people in the street
who were doing that.”
He stayed in Paris and joined
the protests at a time when he felt
strangers were suddenly striking
up conversations in the street, rules
were being broken and there were
battles between police and students
wearing motorcycle helmets with
bin lids as shields, some throwing
not just stones but petrol bombs.
Disillusioned with communism,
Guégan’s group of ultra-left thinkers
inside the occupied Censier campus
used the name “Nous sommes en
marche” [We’re on the Move] –
almost 50 years before Macron
called his new political movement
“En Marche” [On the Move].
Gérard Guégan will speak this
week at an anniversary symposium
at the Nanterre campus where the
May 1968 student revolt began,
which is currently barricaded
by anti-Macron students. “What
interests me is whether we’ll
be heckled by today’s student
protesters – I’m all for that, I’m all
for dialogue,” he said, adding that
it was right that young people were
“ticking off ” the haughty president.
One of Guégan’s favourite slogans
from May 1968 was: “Be realistic, ask
for the impossible”. His son Antoine,
although “an eternal optimist”, says
the current mood is more subdued.
“There is something inaccessible
about the notion of a dream. Today
is about profound convictions, how
it’s possible to live in a nightmare
but to think about how we can and
should be doing things differently.”
“I’m not happy. I want to die. It’s not
sad particularly. What is sad is if one
is prevented.
“My feeling is that an old person like
myself should have full citizenship
rights including the right of assisted
suicide,” he added.
Assisted suicide is illegal in most
countries and was banned in Australia
until the state of Victoria became the
first in the country to legalise the practice last year.
But that legislation, which will take
effect from June 2019, applies only to
terminally ill patients of sound mind
and who have a life expectancy of less
than six months.
Exit International, which is helping Goodall make the trip, said it was
unjust that one of Australia’s “oldest
and most prominent citizens should
be forced to travel to the other side of
the world to die with dignity”.
“A peaceful, dignified death is the
entitlement of all who want it. And a
person should not be forced to leave
home to achieve it,” it said on its
website yesterday.
The group has launched a
GoFundMe campaign to get plane
tickets for Goodall and his helper
upgraded to business class from economy and has so far raised more than
A$17,000 (about £9,000).
Goodall, an honorary research associate at Edith Cowan University, Perth,
made international headlines in 2016
when he was declared unfit to be on
campus. After an uproar and support
from scientists globally, the decision
was reversed.
He has produced dozens of research
papers and until recently continued
to review and edit for different ecology journals.
Paris protests, 50 years on
‘It’s harder for youth today’
Angelique Chrisafis
Paris
W
hen French riot
police raided
the Censier
university
campus in
Paris at dawn
yesterday, evacuating student
protesters, the ghost loomed large of
the student uprisings of May 1968.
The centrist Emmanuel Macron,
the first French president born after
1968, has faced several protests this
spring, from student sit-ins against
the introduction of more selective
entry requirements for university
admissions, to train strikes over
changes to state rail, and opposition
to a tough new immigration law.
Macron has said the protesters are in
a minority, and has vowed to press
on with his planned liberal overhaul
of the economy.
But 50 years on from the 1968
protests, the month of May is
especially loaded with historic
symbolism, which the government
has brushed aside and trade unions
would like to capitalise on.
One student protester, Antoine
Guégan, knows better than most
that comparisons are not clear-cut
between today’s protests and the
events of May 1968, which also saw
a massive, nationwide general strike
against a global backdrop of protests
from Prague to the US. Guégan,
27, was part of the Censier campus
student takeover that was raided by
police this week. His father, Gérard,
staged sit-ins at the same campus,
aged 27, in May 1968.
For three weeks, Antoine Guégan
sat up into the early hours debating
how to fix society from behind
Australian scientist, 104, to
end own life in Switzerland
Agencies
Sydney
Australia’s oldest scientist, who
caused a stir when his university tried
to vacate his office aged 102, is to fly to
Switzerland to end his life, reigniting
a national euthanasia debate.
David Goodall, who is now 104,
does not have a terminal illness but
his quality of life has deteriorated and
he has secured a fast-track appointment with an assisted dying agency
in Basel, euthanasia advocates said.
“I greatly regret having reached
that age,” the ecologist told the broadcaster ABC on his birthday in April.
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Eyewitness
Nearly 200 people from Central
America who have been
travelling north through Mexico
for a month with the aim of
seeking asylum in the US have
been stopped at the border
near Tijuana after inspectors
said a crossing facility could not
accommodate them.
About 50 asylum seekers
were allowed through a gate
controlled by Mexican officials
to cross a bridge but were
stopped at the entrance to the US
inspection facility at the other
end. They were allowed to wait
outside the building, technically
on Mexican soil, without word
of when officials would let them
claim asylum. Others remained
outside the Mexican side of the
crossing in Tijuana, prohibited
from crossing the bridge.
Earlier, the asylum seekers
had travelled in school buses
under police escort to a
beachfront rally in Tijuana,
where a steel fence border juts
out into the Pacific Ocean. They
sang the Honduran national
anthem, and supporters on
the San Diego side of the fence
waved a Honduran flag.
After a final briefing from
lawyers, and minutes before they
were due to walk to the border
crossing, US customs and border
protection commissioner Kevin
McAleenan announced that the
San Ysidro border crossing, the
country’s busiest, had “reached
capacity” for people without
documents.
Donald Trump has frequently
commented on the caravan
since it started its journey on
25 March near the Guatemalan
border in southern Mexico, and
vowed last week to stop it. His
administration has pledged to
end “legal loopholes” that allow
people seeking asylum to be
released from custody into the
US while their claims go through
the courts, which can take years.
Elin Orrellana, a 23-yearold pregnant woman from El
Salvador, is fleeing the MS-13
street gang. Her older sister
had been killed by the gang, so
she was trying to join family
members in the Kansas City area.
“Fighting on is worth it,” she said.
Associated Press Tijuana
A woman
and her child
approach the
US border
crossing
at Tijuana
EDGARD GARIDO/
REUTERS
US officials
have told those
in the caravan,
many of them
families, they
must wait at the
border crossing
while their cases
for asylum are
determined
HANS-MAXIMO
MUSIELIK/AP
Mexican
police escort the
migrants along
the last few steps
towards the US
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Youngsters on
the border wall
between Mexico
and the US where
it meets the
Pacific Ocean
PHOTOGRAPH: SANDY
HUFFAKER/AFP/GETTY
Nearing the
American
border and
customs facility
EDGARD GARRIDO/
REUTERS
▲ Journalists on
both sides of the
border have been
following the
story for weeks
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▼ Doug Ford, leader of Ontario’s
Progressive Conservatives, at an
election rally in Ottawa in April
PHOTOGRAPH: CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS
In brief
Egypt
‘Fake weather’ ban puts
wind up media outlets
Egypt has banned “fake” weather
reports, with the Egyptian
Meteorological Authority saying it
is the only body authorised to make
predictions about the weather.
Ahmed Abdel-Al, EMA chairman,
said in a TV interview that a new law
would ban unauthorised forecasts.
He said the EMA would seek to
punish anyone “talking about
meteorology or anyone using a
weather forecasting device without
our consent, or anyone who raises
confusion about the weather”.
Egypt’s media are under
increasing pressure, with outlets
often accused of spreading fake
news, even those reporting in favour
of the state. False weather reports
are rare but Timothy Kaldas, of the
Tahrir Institute for Middle East
Policy, said: “The government’s
view [is] that it has a right to
regulate any and all information.”
Ruth Michaelson Cairo
India
Village electrification
disputed by opposition
‘Canada’s Trump’
Boastful, bombastic
and belligerent: does
that sound familiar?
Ashifa Kassam
Toronto
H
e is a businessman
turned antiestablishment
politician, who
stunned observers
by rising to the top
of his party. He shuns expertise, and
peppers interviews and speeches
with boasts and falsehoods. And
despite being the son of a wealthy
entrepreneur, he rails against elites,
who “look down on the common
folk, drinking champagne with
their pinkies in the air”. In the
weeks since Doug Ford was elected
to lead Ontario’s conservatives,
comparisons to Donald Trump have
been unavoidable.
Ontario is preparing to elect a new
provincial leader next month, and
polls suggest the victor is likely to be
Ford, the older brother of Rob Ford,
who became notorious for smoking
crack while mayor of Toronto.
Kathleen Wynne, Ontario’s
premier and Ford’s main opponent,
has seized on the comparison with
Trump, hoping to capitalise on the
US president’s dismal popularity
in Canada.
“Doug Ford sounds like Donald
Trump, and that’s because he is like
Donald Trump,” she said recently.
“He believes in [an] ugly, vicious
‘He sounds like
Donald Trump, and
that’s because he is
like Donald Trump’
Kathleen Wynne
Ontario premier and Ford’s rival
brand of politics that traffics in
smears and lies. He’ll say anything
about anyone at any time.”
Emmett Macfarlane, of the
University of Waterloo, said: “What
Doug Ford and Donald Trump
share is this kind of crass, populist
politics.” He pointed to statements
made in 2014 when Ford, then a city
councillor in Toronto, described a
home for developmentally disabled
youth as a “nightmare” that had
“ruined the community”. When
asked later about the comments, he
added: “My heart goes out to kids
with autism. But no one told me
they’d be leaving the house.”
However, when it comes to
immigration, there is a glaring
difference. Ford is not seen as
being overtly racist or xenophobic
and during a failed 2014 attempt
to become mayor of Toronto
drummed up strong support among
some of the city’s most diverse
neighbourhoods, suggesting his
populist touch resonates with
immigrants.
Some explain this difference
by pointing to the fact that 22% of
Canadians are immigrants while
others cite Ford’s deep roots in
Toronto, one of the world’s most
multicultural cities.
After Trump was elected, Ford
emerged as one of his biggest
cheerleaders in Canada, though in
recent weeks he’s brushed off any
link to the US president. “I don’t give
two hoots about Donald Trump,”
he recently told an Ontario radio
station, reeling off a list of promises
from a platform that includes cutting
taxes, smaller government and
doing away with carbon pricing. “I
care about the people of Ontario.”
He’s often also compared to
his brother, who died of cancer in
2016. When Rob Ford got caught
in a scandal over drug and alcohol
misuse, Doug became his most
aggressive defender, lashing out
at Toronto police and journalists
who questioned the former mayor’s
actions.
In 2013, Doug Ford also faced
allegations relating to drugs, with
the Globe and Mail reporting that he
sold hashish for years in the 1980s.
He has denied the claims.
According to Michael McGregor
at Toronto’s Ryerson University,
Ford is not so much benefiting from
a populist boost as from a perfect
storm. Ford won the Progressive
Conservative leadership race,
despite losing the popular vote. The
race had been hastily called after
the former leader, Patrick Brown,
was accused of sexual misconduct.
Meanwhile, approval ratings for
Wynne have plummeted.
“So you have the unpopular
premier, you’ve got this weird
electoral system that propels Ford
to victory. You’ve got Patrick Brown
getting caught up in the #MeToo
movement,” said McGregor.
“This is not a groundswell,
grassroots movement towards
populism. I just think it’s a
confluence of strange factors.”
▲ Doug Ford’s brother, Rob, smoked
crack while he was mayor of Toronto
Electricity has reached every Indian
village now that Leisang, a hamlet
in Manipur state, has been linked to
the grid, the government said.
Delhi says a village is electrified
if infrastructure such as schools
are connected and at least 10%
of homes. The prime minister,
Narendra Modi, called it “a historic
day in the development journey of
India” but opposition parties have
been sceptical, calling it a political
ruse ahead of elections.
Indian media found supposedly
electrified villages where power
is non-existent, intermittent or
available only to a few. The World
Bank estimates about 270 million
Indians live without electricity.
Michael Safi Delhi
Switzerland
Four skiers die and five
critical after snowstorm
Four skiers have been killed and
five others are in a critical condition
after an unexpected snowstorm in
the Swiss Alps forced them to spend
the night outdoors.
Bad weather near the Pigne
d’Arolla mountain caught the group
of 14 skiers by surprise on Sunday,
police in Valais canton said.
The manager of a rest-stop
in the remote region called for
help yesterday, triggering a
relief operation involving seven
helicopters. Police said one of the
skiers was found dead at the scene;
three others died in hospital. Some
of those not in critical condition
have mild hypothermia. The skiers
were Italian, French and German.
AFP Geneva
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How Spotify
could help
bankers track
public mood
Larry Elliott
Central bankers seeking to understand what’s really happening in the
economy might want to forget about
market research surveys and get hip
to the number of Taylor Swift downloads instead, the chief economist at
the Bank of England has suggested.
Andy Haldane said researchers were
increasingly looking at music download sites such as Spotify and studying
song lyrics to gauge the public mood.
In a speech about the possibilities of Big Data, Haldane said it was
“devilishly difficult” to work out how
people felt because traditional surveys
of market participants or the public
tended to be “biased in their sampling
and framed in their responses”.
He said researchers were now using
non-traditional methods in an attempt
to understand consumer behaviour:
“To give one recent example, data on
music downloads from Spotify has
been used, in tandem with semantic search techniques applied to the
words of songs, to provide an indicator of people’s sentiment.”
Haldane said the results were at
least as good at tracking consumer
sentiment as the monthly Michigan
University survey, which is considered
by economists to be a good guide to
how confident Americans are feeling.
“And why stop at music? People’s
tastes in books, TV and radio may
also offer a window on their soul. So
too might their taste in [computer]
games,” Haldane added.
Multiplayer online games such as
World of Warcraft already had “primitive” economies attached to them that
economists were studying, to assess
how individuals would respond to policy changes such as moves in interest
rates or tougher regulations.
Haldane said not all attempts to
harness online searches have been
successful. But he expressed confidence Big Data would fulfil its promise
and help the Bank of England “create a
real-time map of financial and activity
flows across the economy, in much the
same way as is already done for flows
of traffic or information or weather.
▲ Taylor Swift. Economists use lyrics
to help map consumer behaviour
Spinning class Dasheng Group’s intelligent wool spinning workshop in Nantong,
in east China’s Jiangsu province. The textiles company, founded in 1895, produces
50,000 tonnes of yarn annually to feed rising demand for “smart” textiles.
TSB chiefs in the
line of fire as IT
chaos continues
Patrick Collinson
Graeme Wearden
The embattled TSB chief executive
will face an intense grilling from MPs
tomorrow after the bank stumbled into
its second week of chaos following its
catastrophic IT failure.
Paul Pester, along with the bank’s
chairman, Richard Meddings, and
a representative from the Spanish
parent group, Banco de Sabadell,
will be hauled in front of the Treasury committee to explain how TSB’s
IT systems collapsed more than a week
ago, and how they will compensate
affected customers.
The committee chair, Conservative
MP Nicky Morgan, said: “We will take
evidence from TSB and Sabadell representatives to find out how they got
into this mess, who is responsible, and
how they are putting it right.”
The botched IT transfer from TSB’s
former owner, Lloyds, to Banco de
Sabadell was designed to reap cost
savings of £100m a year but Pester
admitted last week that the bank was
“on our knees”.
TSB said yesterday its online banking services were available again but
some customers may still have difficulties accessing and using them.
A week after problems first
emerged, TSB’s online services continued running significantly below
capacity, with some furious customers reporting they were still blocked
from their accounts. All TSB mortgage
customers have been prevented from
viewing any details of their account
online for more than a week.
The committee hearing is likely to
focus on what TSB will do to compensate customers – and if Pester will still
receive a bonus.
Morgan said: “The Treasury committee is extremely concerned by the
problems at TSB, and by the apparent miscommunication to customers
about the extent and nature of these
problems.”
Pester has until now refused to
answer questions about his £1.6m
bonus, which was due to be paid
once the IT migration is complete,
along with bonuses for 30 other senior managers.
In a letter to Morgan released ahead
of the hearing, Pester admitted that on
▲ Nicky Morgan said the Treasury
committee was ‘extremely concerned’
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the first day of the IT chaos on Monday last week “we were only able
to serve c.200,000 sessions via our
website versus an expected level of
c.450,000”.
Pester also admitted that as customers tried to ring the bank instead,
“average wait times were close to one
hour; by Thursday this had remained
high at approximately 30 minutes”.
TSB admitted that only six in 10
of its branches had technology that
was fully functioning even by the end
of the week. Pester’s letter points to
Sabadell and its Sabis subsidiary as
the source of the problems. He said
the “issues started to occur after
TSB’s migration on to a new platform
built for TSB by our parent company,
Sabadell, and operated by Sabadell’s
technology subsidiary, Sabis”.
But the banking software at the
heart of TSB’s troubles was doomed to
failure from the start, an insider with
extensive knowledge of the systems
involved told the Guardian last week.
TSB has promised to repay customers left out of pocket. “I want to
reassure the committee that we are
working around the clock to put things
right for our customers. As I have said
publicly, no customer will be out of
pocket,” Pester wrote in his letter
to Morgan.
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WPP to sell its stakes
in Vice and other firms
following Sorrell’s exit
Mark Sweney
WPP is to sell stakes worth billions of
pounds in a wide range of companies,
as the world’s largest advertising group
looks to refocus after the departure of
its founder, Sir Martin Sorrell.
The company has what analysts
have called a “hidden treasure trove”
of assets that are not part of its core
business, such as a 9% stake in Vice
Media, which has an overall valuation
of about $6bn (£4.4bn).
WPP says the book value of these
investments is about £2.5bn. However,
analysts believe the true market value
could be more than £6bn. The assets
also include 15% of the digital advertising business AppNexus, which is lining
up a potential $10bn stock market listing, and a holding in the Nasdaq-listed
software group Globant.
“There would be a lot of demand
for our equity stakes in some of those
investments,” said Andrew Scott, who
is co-running WPP while a successor
to Sorrell is found. “We have had some
very successful investments. We have
tended to not proactively make an exit
unless forced by a sale or IPO. Is there
an opportune moment to realise value
in some of those investments? That
will definitely be a focus.”
The company said it intends to use
some of the proceeds to help pay down
WPP’s debt by £750m.
Roberto Quarta, WPP’s chairman,
was questioned by City analysts at its
first-quarter results presentation yesterday over the decision not to publish
the outcome of the investigation into
personal misconduct that prompted
Sorrell to resign.
“Martin resigned. Martin was not
terminated,” Quarta said. “This came
£6bn
Analysts’ estimate of the value of
WPP’s investments. The advertising
group says the book value is £2.5bn
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▼ The film-maker Michael Moore,
right, in Gaycation, a documentary
series screened by Vice Media’s TV
channel Viceland PHOTOGRAPH: VICELAND
about at the end of the investigation.
When the results of the investigation were known, Martin decided to
resign before the board had taken
into consideration the outcome of the
investigation and determine whether
or not it was appropriate to take action
… We have no requirement to disclose
or necessity to disclose.”
He added that the issue of personal
misconduct “is really what we consider to be a matter of privacy and
therefore it’s a matter for Martin”.
WPP bosses have signalled a willingness to sell off underperforming
parts of the marketing empire but have
ruled out a complete break-up.
The firm is considering the future of
its market research arm, Kantar, which
continues to underperform, and has
received an approach from the private capital group CVC. The market
research division, which accounts for
15% of WPP’s profits and 18% of revenues, is valued at about £3.5bn.
“Having worked here 20 years or
more and talking to clients, and seeing
what they want, it doesn’t make sense
to break it up,” said Mark Read, who is
jointly running WPP alongside Scott
and is keen to take on the vacant chief
executive role. “That doesn’t mean we
can’t look at specific asset sales.”
Analysts believe a sale of the parts of
WPP could net investors at least £22bn.
WPP’s market capitalisation is £14bn
and its share price has fallen by more
than a quarter in the past year.
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▼ Salzgitter steelworks in Germany,
one of Europe’s largest; steel exports
are about to be hit by 25% US tariffs
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Customers of
Three network
face huge rises
for some calls
Miles Brignall
EU prepares for worst
despite last-ditch talks
to avert US trade war
Daniel Boffey
Brussels
The EU has warned that it will not
“shoot from the hip” but is fully
prepared for a trade war with the
US amid heightened concerns that
the bloc’s last-minute crisis talks are
doomed to fail.
With tariffs due to come into force
today on European exports of steel
and aluminium to the US, Cecilia
Malmström, the European commissioner for trade, made a final
diplomatic push in a call with the US
commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross.
A spokesman for the European
commission declined to comment on
the success of the ongoing talks, with
Brussels seemingly still in the dark
over Donald Trump’s mindset.
But he conceded that officials in
Belgium were likely to need to work
through the 1 May Labour Day bank
holiday, when the president’s decision
is expected to be made public.
“We are patient but we are also
Backing for
Carpetright as
losses double
Julia Kollewe
Carpetright has warned its full-year
losses will be double those previously
expected, as the struggling retailer
received backing from creditors
and shareholders for a restructuring process designed to stave off
administration.
Issuing its fourth profit warning in
prepared,” he added. “Labour Day will
be full of labour for us.”
The US administration imposed
import tariffs of 25% on steel and 10%
on aluminium in March on the grounds
of national security.
The EU, Australia, Argentina, Brazil,
Canada, Mexico and South Korea were
granted a temporary reprieve, due to
come to an end on 1 May.
The main focus of the import
tariffs is China, with whom the US
has a $502tn (£365tn) trade deficit.
However, Trump has been scathing
25%
Import tariffs imposed on European
steel imports by the US in March,
with a reprieve until 1 May
2.5%
Tariff imposed by Washington
on cars made in Europe; on
vans and trucks it is 25%
five months, Britain’s biggest carpet
retailer expects to make an underlying pretax loss of £7m to £9m for the
year to the end of April. A month ago,
the firm was forecasting a “small loss”,
and house broker Peel Hunt pencilled
in a £4.3m loss. At the start of this year,
the City was expecting profits of £13m.
Trading has been tougher than
expected, with like-for-like sales
slumping 10.5% in the past three
months. Over the full year, like-forlike sales fell by 3.6%.
Carpetright is shutting 92 stores,
with the potential loss of 300 jobs,
and has asked landlords for rent reductions of up to 50% on 113 more sites
under a company voluntary arrangement (CVA).
The CVA was approved by more
about the current terms of trade with
Europe. He has been particularly exercised by the success of German car
exports in the US. Washington imposes
a 2.5% tariff on cars made in Europe
and a 25% tariff on EU-built vans and
trucks. Europe imposes a 10% tariff on
American-made cars.
On Sunday, Theresa May, the French
president, Emmanuel Macron, and
the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, agreed that the EU would hit
back in response to tariffs on European exports. Merkel said Europe was
“resolved to defend its interests within
the multilateral trade framework”.
A Downing Street spokesman said
the leaders had spoken of “the vital
importance of our steel and aluminium industries and their concern about
the impact of US tariffs”, and “pledged
to continue to work closely with the
rest of the EU and the US administration with the aim of a permanent
exemption from US tariffs”.
The EU has suggested it is open to
discussing the wider terms of trade
with the US, but only once it has
received a permanent and unconditional exemption to the steel and
aluminium tariffs. Trump has reportedly expressed his irritation that he
cannot negotiate bilaterally with the
key member states.
In their previous phone call, Ross
was rebuffed by Malmström after he
demanded that the EU voluntarily
limit exports of steel and aluminium
to 90% of the average 2016-17 level.
than 75% of the unsecured creditors and also received backing from
shareholders yesterday. Carpetright
stressed that the company continued
to trade under the control of the directors, operating as a going concern, and
would not go into administration as a
result of the CVA.
The retailer added it hoped to
secure interim funding of up to £15m
from its banks and expected to launch
an equity fundraising on 18 May.
Wilf Walsh, the Carpetright chief
executive, said: “The CVA proposal
will enable us to take the tough but
necessary actions needed to restore
our profitability.” Under Walsh, about
half of Carpetright’s stores have been
modernised and are performing better than the rest.
Millions of mobile phone customers
on the Three network face a huge rise
in charges for international calls and
texts and for UK calls that are over their
monthly allowance.
From 18 June, customers making
international calls from the UK will
face some price rises of more than
100%. Calls to European countries will
rise from between 46p and 56p a minute to a flat charge of £1.25 a minute.
Calls to other parts of the world will
cost £1.75 a minute – up from 46p-£1.02
a minute.
For pay-monthly customers who
have exceeded their allowance, the
cost of calls to UK landlines and other
mobiles will rise from 35p a minute to
55p a minute – a 57% increase.
The cost of sending an international
text will rise to 35p – up from 25p now.
Calls to premium-rate numbers – those
beginning with 084 and 087 – rise from
45p a minute to 55p.
Pay-as-you-go customers will not
be affected by the changes.
The company, which has 9.9 million
customers in the UK, reported revenues of £2.4bn in 2017, with an average
margin per user of £12.04. It said it was
the first increase in such charges for
several years. “We are continuing to
make investments in our network to
offer the best possible experience for
our customers,” it said.
All the mobile providers have been
hit by the abolition of EU roaming
charges by the European commission,
and this increase looks to be a way for
the company to replace that income.
The price rises come on top of a 4%
increase in Three’s contract charges,
which took effect in February. There
were similar rises from the other big
mobile providers.
Ofcom rules let customers escape
penalty-free if monthly tariffs increase
and they were not warned at sign-up,
but that protection does not apply
to out-of-allowance price increases,
unless users can claim they have suffered “material detriment” as a result.
Three says that for most customers the
increase is unlikely to be a “materially
detrimental change”.
The price rise affects all monthly
customers on handset plans who
joined Three after March 2014, those
on sim-only plans who joined after
15 July 2014, and anyone on a mobile
broadband plan who joined since
August 2015.
In its last financial report Three’s
chief executive, Dave Dyson, stated the
firm’s commitment to “becoming the
best-loved brand by our customers”.
▲ Three’s CEO, Dave Dyson. Prices
for some calls will more than double
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Education
▼ Teachers say they are seeing more
signs of hunger: pupils with tummy
aches or looking in bins for food
PHOTOGRAPH: JEFF J MITCHELL/GETTY IMAGES
‘You go to the
supermarket and
kids say where’s the
money coming from,
and well, it’s coming
out of my wallet’
Georgia Easton
Secondary school teacher
What teachers buy for children
Food, clothes, a mattress, a
carpet. And three funerals
Heads say poverty has
almost become the
norm in many schools.
Louise Tickle reports
I
n 2014 Gemma Morton,
the headteacher of a large
secondary school, told
Education Guardian her
school had helped to pay for
the funeral of a student whose
family couldn’t afford it, even after
they had sold their car. Three years
on, she has helped to pay for two
more funerals. “When a child dies,
nobody’s saved for it,” says Morton.
“There is literally nowhere for
families to go apart from the people
they already know, and most of
them are poverty-struck too.”
Over the past few years, as
austerity has deepened, more
schools and individual teachers are
bailing out disadvantaged families
because they simply can’t say no.
The latest government figures show
100,000 more children propelled
into poverty in just 12 months. There
are 4.1 million children – nearly a
third of the entire child population
– living in households on less than
60% of the average income.
At Gill Williams’s primary school
in the north-west of England, local
supermarkets deliver bread and
fresh vegetables three times a week,
which are placed in the playground
for parents to help themselves.
There is rarely a crumb left.
Williams says it is not so much
that poverty is more severe, but that
it has spread. “It’s everybody. Your
average family is like that now.”
The core group of those needing
support in her school is three times
larger than when she became a head
10 years ago.
Evidence of hungry children is
clear, say teachers. “You notice kids
borrowing money from friends to
buy food, kids falling asleep, kids
saying they’ve got a tummy ache,
and they didn’t have breakfast
because Mummy didn’t have
anything in,” says Morton. She has
also seen children taking scraps from
the school bins.
Heads in poor catchments notice
a difference when they attend
meetings at other schools. “If you
go and see kids in two different
areas, they’ll be noticeably different
heights,” says Morton.
Georgia Easton, a secondary
teacher, always carries a few
pounds in her pocket for children
who have “forgotten” their dinner
money. “It’s heartbreaking,” she
says. “Kids saying ‘I had one slice
of toast for tea.’” She estimates she
spends about £10 a week of her own
money on food and other shopping
for needy pupils. That’s £380 per
year. Gemma Kay, a food science
teacher, spends much the same.
“You hear kids talking about how in
the holidays their parents are going
to the food bank because they relied
on free school meals in the week.
It’s just very sad,” she says. “With
changes to benefits, you’d know
parents were on less money.”
David Penrose, chief executive of
a group of schools in the Midlands,
says: “In the last seven years it’s got
progressively worse as the financial
climate has bitten, especially in
areas of deprivation.” Explaining
why he doesn’t want to use his real
name – “I don’t want to embarrass
or shame my community because
it’s not fair and it’s not their fault,”
– he cites schools buying shoes,
socks and underwear, and also
non-uniform clothes for students
“so they could feel ‘normal’ at a
weekend – because all they have
is uniform – or so they can go on a
school trip”.
Williams asked her leadership
team to compile a list of the school’s
recent expenditure on personal
items for students and their families.
It included school shoes, bus passes,
uniform when the pupil welfare
department said a child didn’t
meet their criteria; a pregnancy
test for a mother who arrived at
school in turmoil; an entire food
shop after a home visit when it was
apparent there was nothing to eat
in the house; a mattress for a child
sleeping on a sofa; and a bedroom
carpet when social services said bare
floorboards were acceptable.
Her school has put aside a sliver
of budget, known as the social
inclusion fund, for crisis situations,
which has to be repaid. The fund
has helped to guarantee a child’s
physical safety during a criminal
trial, when the family felt in danger:
Williams paid for a week’s rental on a
caravan out of the area.
She also used the fund to install a
Child poverty: the figures
100,000
The number of children propelled
into poverty in 12 months, according
to the latest government figures
4.1m
The number of children in households
on less than 60% of average income –
almost a third of children
1.5m
The number of children who are
predicted to be pulled into poverty
by 2021 because of benefit changes
safety gate in a family’s house after
first trying and failing to fit it herself.
“The children were unsafe without
one and I couldn’t leave them
another night in the space.”
She observes pointedly that the
local authority was unable to help.
Thresholds of need for support by
social services departments have
increased and emergency grant and
loan funds have been cut.
“There was mum with two
teenage boys who’d been made
homeless and put into one room,”
says Easton. “I took them to Asda
and got new shirts, trousers and
shoes. It came out of staff pockets
because much as school wanted to
pay, it couldn’t.”
As financial systems become
more accountable, Easton observes,
teachers can no longer “just go
to the petty cash: you go to the
supermarket and it’s £15 so you
just do it. And kids say where’s the
money coming from, and well, it’s
coming out of my wallet isn’t it?
Where else is it coming from?”
There is no doubt in the minds
of those who spoke to Education
Guardian that poverty is affecting
children’s education. “You will go
through so many behaviour barriers
before you’ll get to the real truth,”
says Penrose. “It’s unbelievably
embarrassing for that child.”
Kay, who often provides sanitary
items, says: “I’ve known students
who wouldn’t come to school if they
were on [their period].”
She says the school where she
taught until last year didn’t celebrate
World Book Day because it was
obvious families couldn’t afford
costumes. She and Penrose both
observe that in schools in deprived
areas they’ve worked at, attendance
goes down on occasions such as
Children in Need because families
can’t afford a contribution.
In an average secondary
school, Penrose estimates, 30%
more families struggle to provide
clothes and food than was the
case seven years ago. “Kids don’t
even remember ‘before’, because
they’ve never known it,” he says.
And a recent analysis by the Equality
and Human Rights Commission
shows that a million and a half more
children will sink below the poverty
line by 2021 thanks to benefit
changes.
“When parents come in and say
‘can you help’ they never imagine
that they’re asking us personally,”
says Easton. “They want the best for
their children and they can’t provide
it. As teachers, I think we’ve just
accepted it. We do this job is because
we care, and if we have to put our
hand in our pocket, then so be it.”
Names and some identifying details
have been changed
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Interview: Tracy Brabin
‘We need to put the joy
back into early years’
Donna Ferguson
W
hen the former
TV soap star and
screenwriterturned-MP
Tracy Brabin
took up the
office of shadow minister for early
years last July, she knew she wasn’t
an obvious choice for the role. “I’m
not an educationist. I haven’t come
from a political background. But I
was a free-school-dinners kid and
I’ve got a lot of common sense.”
Earlier this year, the MP revealed
she endured homelessness as a
young child, after her family lost
their home and were waiting to be
rehoused by the council. Her father
was a factory worker. Education,
she says, made a big difference to
her life.
Brabin was elected MP for Batley
and Spen in a byelection triggered
by the murder of Jo Cox, who had
become a friend after the two
women knocked on doors together
during the 2015 general election.
She saw Cox as a champion for
causes close to her heart and gave
her first political speech at Cox’s
fundraiser during the election
campaign. “My sister is a nurse,
my mum is a pensioner and my
niece is a teacher. They were her
constituents and I needed to know
they were safe.”
At the time, Brabin – who was
born in Batley and educated at
nearby Heckmondwike grammar
school – was best known for her role
as Tricia Armstrong on Coronation
Street in the late 1990s. The first
person in her family to get a degree,
she studied drama at Loughborough
University and did an MA in
screenwriting at the London College
of Communications, before going
on to write for Heartbeat, Hollyoaks
and Shameless.
“Jo was the one who said to
me, Tracy you should think about
doing politics.”
Her remit, early years, is an
important one. By the time pupils
from disadvantaged backgrounds
leave secondary school, they are
19.2 months behind their more
affluent peers, a recent report by the
Education Policy Institute shows.
In the early years, however, the gap
is just 4.2 months and studies have
indicated that interventions at this
point have the potential significantly
to narrow the attainment gap over
the long-term.
Despite this, the EPI report
concluded that at the current rate
of government intervention, it will
take 50 years for the UK to close the
gap. Brabin says: “We have to make
sure that, wherever a nursery is
located in the country, the funding
is at a level that will close the social
mobility gap. For me, that’s a
powerful driver.”
Nurseries should be hiring
graduates and be graduate-led,
she says. Increasing wages would
help. “But it’s not just about higher
wages. We also need to encourage
research and development, and
be curious about best practice.
We need talented staff to be given
opportunities for professional
self-development.”
This will be music to the ears of
nursery owners and childminders,
who have been arguing for years that
Since 2015 there has
been a net loss of
1,000 good nurseries.
‘The sector is a
ticking timebomb’
Tracy Brabin
Shadow minister for early years
the government’s funding of the
sector is insufficient.
Between 2009 and 2016, figures
from the Institute for Fiscal Studies
show spending per pupil in early
years was cut by about 17% in real
terms. Since the 2015 election,
Ofsted reports there has been a
net loss of more than 1,000 good
or outstanding nurseries. Brabin is
worried the early years sector is in
crisis: “a ticking timebomb”.
The UK is virtually alone in
western Europe in providing early
years education via the market, even
though there is evidence that stateprovided nursery schools employing
trained teachers secure better longterm outcomes for children.
In 2017, the Low Pay Commission
reported that one in six workers in
the childcare sector are paid the
minimum wage and, as a result,
some settings expect to close after
rises in the minimum wage this year.
“That is madness,” says Brabin. “It’s
a sector that’s been undervalued.”
She sees the government’s plans
for new baseline assessments in
reception as a step backwards.
“Talking to practitioners, it seems
pretty unanimous that baseline
assessments are unpopular. There’s
also a troubling emphasis on maths
and English when creativity and
play can be powerful indications of
capabilities among young children.”
She has one clear aim in mind. “I
think that joy has been knocked out
of the sector because of Ofsted and
gradings and wages and pressure
from on high. Let’s find the joy. It
isn’t about money always, it’s about
a quality of positivity. We have to
trust early years practitioners to
know what they are doing.”
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Universities are not border
guards – if they ask for my
passport again, I will decline
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The Guardian Tuesday 1 May 2018
Education
Opinion
Peter Scott
he scandal about the
mistreatment of the
sons and daughters
of the Windrush
generation brought
back to me an
incident a couple of years ago that
had vaguely troubled me at the
time but I had put to the back of
my mind.
I had been asked to be the
external examiner for a PhD by a
university I had better not name.
The thesis was excellent and on an
important topic. It all seemed very
straightforward.
But then I got a request from
the HR department to send
a photocopy of my passport,
something I had never been
asked for before. I was uneasy but
complied. A few weeks later I met
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the vice-chancellor and casually
mentioned what I had dismissed as
over-fussy behaviour by HR.
I was taken aback when she
robustly defended the request,
saying the university was legally
obliged to check anyone it paid was
not in the UK illegally. I pointed
out that it was difficult to imagine
illegal immigrants making a living
from the token fees paid to external
examiners, and dropped the subject.
The revelations about the damage
inflicted by the government on
people of the Windrush generation
have been shocking. But there is
another sinister symptom of the
“hostile environment” that has
far-reaching consequences and has
yet to be remedied. The only thing
the government has apologised for,
under the duress of bad publicity, is
that the wrong people – UK citizens
or those with permanent residence
rights – had been caught up in the
net of its relentlessly hostile policy
to immigrants. This same policy
has turned hospitals, local councils,
housing associations, employers,
and, of course, colleges and
universities, into state enforcers.
Now universities are expected
to check that anyone they make a
payment to, however trivial, has
a legal right to be in the UK. This
covers not only external examiners
but also speakers who receive any
kind of fee as well as employees,
casual and permanent. This vetting
of external speakers is a far greater
affront to academic freedom
than the stray examples of noplatforming that so appal ministers
and the Office for Students.
It doesn’t end there. For a long
time, some students who have
lived in the UK and been educated
here have been categorised as
international students, and so
have to pay high fees, because of
question marks about their status.
Then there is the government’s
anti-radicalisation programme,
Prevent, which involves more
vetting. External speakers now have
to prove not only that they are not
“illegals”, but occasionally give an
indication of what they are going
to say to make sure they are not
promoting (ill-defined) extremism.
▲ The ‘hostile environment’ doesn’t
affect only the Windrush generation
but has turned institutions, including
universities, into state agents
‘The vetting of speakers
is a far greater affront
to academic freedom
than stray examples of
no-platforming that so
appal ministers’
The real issue is whether it is
right to place legal-administrative
responsibilities on universities that,
in effect, make them state agents.
As the Windrush scandal reminds
us, organisations err on the side
of caution. So the vettings and
restrictions inexorably spread.
Maybe we should ponder the fate
of the Central European University
in Budapest, its very existence
endangered by the triumphantly
re-elected Orbán government – on
a platform with chilling reminders
of the anti-immigration agenda
pursued just as surely by the UK
with its Brexit “mandate”.
The economist Friedrich Hayek,
certainly a favourite among
ministers, wrote a book entitled The
Road to Serfdom. Universities are
advancing down that road, as agents
of the state on immigration, antiradicalisation and the rest.
Two final thoughts. How
reassured will EU citizens working in
our universities be by the treatment
of the Windrush generation? As
for me, next time I am asked to
send a copy of my passport I will
politely decline. To agree would be
a betrayal of my rights as a freeborn citizen of a country for ever
associated with liberty.
Peter Scott is professor of higher
education studies, UCL Institute
of Education
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Titchwell Marsh is a scene of endlessly
renewed biodiversity and beauty … can we
not give this, too, a place in civilisation?
Journal Country diary Page 7
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Los Angeles should not exist. The
explorer John Wesley Powell warned
the US Congress 140 years ago that
the American west was a harsh arid
land and settlements should be
limited, to conserve scarce water.
The politicians rejected his advice
and launched a massive programme
of dam and canal construction for
irrigation and settlements.
In a gruelling expedition across
North America, Powell had seen
a dramatic transition from the
lush green prairies in the east to
the dry lands of the west, and the
frontier of this transition was the
100th meridian, an invisible line of
longitude passing north-south.
Powell’s evaluation has proved
unerringly accurate, except for
one worrying aspect. The warming
climate has expanded the arid lands
of the west and forced the frontier
to shift 140 miles eastwards since
the 1980s, according to two studies
in the journal Earth Interactions.
As soils have turned drier, it has
become more difficult to grow
thirsty crops such as maize. As for
LA and many other western cities,
water supplies are becoming more
precarious. Powell’s advice rings
more true today than ever before.
Jeremy Plester
Algiers
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Ams’dam
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Lima
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Athens
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Formula One
Football
Mercedes cannot
keep relying on
luck – Hamilton
Why Vieira has
what it takes to
succeed Wenger
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Bobby Moore’s
statue stands
outside the
stadium which
could soon be
the property of
the US tycoon
Shahid Khan
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provided in order to subsidise the final work of replacing
the old Twin Towers with Norman Foster’s tilted arch.
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When Sport England gave £78m, the department
for culture, media and sport contributed £18.5m and
the London Development Agency coughed up £16.2m,
the donations were for a specific purpose. They were
not made for the benefit of grassroots football. The
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money was given to complete the creation of a stadium
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that would be the showplace of the English game,
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emotional significance.
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Wembley for sale
The FA should not
be selling national
stadium at all, let
alone for £600m
Richard Williams
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t takes some doing to sell a piece of London
property for less than it cost you 10 years ago,
a decade in which house prices in the capital
have risen, according to the Office of National
Statistics, by an average of 100%. Yet this magic
trick is what the Football Association seems
to be on the brink of pulling off, in selling
a home that cost more than £800m to the
Pakistani-American billionaire Shahid Khan for around
three-quarters of that sum.
No wonder Ken Bates was apoplectic. “You never
sell your freehold – it’s your home,” the former
Chelsea chairman exclaimed on being told of the deal
to sell Wembley. To find oneself on the same side as
Bates is a remarkable side-effect of the FA’s sudden
announcement. And on that of Sir Dave Richards, the
former chairman of the Premier League and, like Bates,
once a prominent member of the FA board. But their
point is a powerful one, as those millennials waiting
for their parents to die in order to be able to own a house
will confirm.
Khan arrived in the USA 50 years ago with only
pennies in his pocket, built an auto-parts business and
is said to be worth more than $8bn. As a commercially
astute man, he must think the FA are a bunch of mugs.
Either that, or he must be wondering if there’s a catch.
But, this being English football’s governing body, a
cunning plan would be too much for them to devise,
unless it came from Baldrick’s playbook.
If they let the freehold of the stadium go to the
owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham FC for
the reported £600m, the ultimate size of the cheque
deposited in the FA’s bank account is likely to be
his was to be the shining city on a
hill, a football cathedral, visible from
all points of the compass, a place of
inspiration, aspiration and pilgrimage.
And, for the first time, it would belong
to English football, once Messrs Bates,
Richards and their various committees
had negotiated their way to ensuring
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that the old building, and the freehold of the land on
wh
which it stood, had been purchased for £106m from
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Wembley PLC, the heirs to the owners of the original
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Empire Stadium.
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That plan has now been abandoned, at a point where
the debt of more than £400m incurred during the course
of construction
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had been brought down to £140m – or
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little more than half the total sum Ellis Short has just
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written off in order to persuade a bunch of investors to
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take Sunderland off his hands. That debt will still have to
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e repaid over a planned six-year term, but the £112.7m of
be
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public money should be reimbursed without delay.
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No doubt the FA will hope to avoid that obligation
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to b
benefit grassroots football by providing thousands
of all-weather
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pitches around the country. The desire
to rrepair the damage done by cuts to public amenities
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during the long years of Tory-driven austerity is an
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admirable one but the fear must be that, given its
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erratic record over the decades, the FA will not use the
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money with the necessary discipline. And once you
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start taking large chunks out of £600m, it can disappear
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pretty quickly.
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The key issue, however, is this: do we need the
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Wembley we have known since Giampaolo Pazzini of
Italy Under-21s became the first player
to score a goal at the new stadium 11
This was
years ago? Is it worth having a home
to be the
which acts as a symbol of the country
shining city where the game was invented, where
the statue of Bobby Moore provides a
on a hill,
permanent record of a shining hour,
and whose facade can be used to note
a football
passing of a Cyrille Regis, a Jimmy
cathedral, the
Armfield or a Ray Wilkins, as it has
visible
done with dignity this year?
Supporters of the plan will say that
from all
it makes no difference whether the FA
points and owns the place or simply rents it when
required, while continuing to take
a place of
the income from broadcasting rights,
inspiration sponsorship deals and Club Wembley.
But owning and renting carry very
different emotional weights. And although, after a rocky
start, Khan is proving himself to be a good steward of
Craven Cottage, his priority as the owner of Wembley
would undoubtedly be to establish it as the home of his
NFL team, the Jaguars, providing the league with its long
desired permanent bridgehead into Europe.
No doubt the lucrative sale of the naming rights would
be an early consequence. Most NFL teams, after all, play
in places bearing names such as MetLife, Heinz, AT&T
and FedEx.
It is absolutely right to want to improve facilities for
amateurs and young players around the country. But
with the amount of money sloshing into and sluicing out
of the game each year, there must be cleverer ways of
paying for it than by selling your birthright for a mess of
pottage. Esau regretted his bargain, and so will the FA.
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Sport
Rugby union
Sport
In brief
Snooker
Trump sets up last eight
clash against Higgins
Judd Trump secured his place in the
World Championship quarter-finals
by beating Ricky Walden 13-9. The
world No 4 clinched his right to face
the four-times winner John Higgins
with a final-frame clearance of 103.
Ding Junhui, the world No 3, earlier
sealed his place in the last eight by
completing a comprehensive 13-4
victory against Anthony McGill.
Ding will now play Barry Hawkins.
Mark Allen has also booked his
quarter-final place and will now face
Kettering’s Kyren Wilson. Ali Carter,
who knocked out Ronnie O’Sullivan,
will now play Mark Williams in the
last eight. The two-times world
champion booked his place in the
quarter-finals following a 13-7 win
over Robert Milkins. PA
Tennis
Watson and Evans
in first-round defeats
Heather Watson’s poor recent form
continued with a straight-sets defeat
by Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in
the J&T Banka Prague Open first
round. Watson remains without a
win since defeating Donna Vekic
in the quarter-finals of the Hobart
International in January. The
25-year-old was beaten 6-1, 6-3 in
one hour and 26 minutes against the
in-form Schmiedlova. Meanwhile,
Dan Evans suffered a first-round
defeat at the hands of Lucas Miedler
at the Glasgow Challenger in his first
tournament since completing a drug
ban. The 27-year-old took the first
set yesterday but Miedler stormed
back, earning a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 win at
Scotstoun Leisure Centre. PA
Rugby union
Gloucester swoop
for flanker Kriel
The South Africa flanker Jaco Kriel is
to join Gloucester next season. Kriel,
who has won 11 Springbok caps,
will join up with his old Lions coach
Johan Ackerman, who moved to
Gloucester last year. The club have
also signed the hooker Franco Marais
and the lock Gerbrandt Grobler for
next season. Kriel has been sidelined
with a shoulder injury this year and
has missed the Lions’ Super Rugby
campaign. Reuters
Heather Watson has
not won a match since
beating Donna Vekic
in January
‘You belong and then
suddenly you don’t’
How to cope with retirement
is on the agenda as the game
says goodbye to O’Callaghan,
Habana, Croft and Brits
Robert Kitson
E
very year around this
time the list of players
retiring from the game
makes bittersweet
reading. The names,
whether famous or
not, are a reminder that nothing
lasts forever, that even the fiercest
warriors have a finite shelf life. In the
case of the Premiership, according to
Damian Hopley of the Rugby Players’
Association, the average life-span
is seven to eight years. Those who
last more than a decade can count
themselves lucky.
This year’s crop of retirees in
Europe has stirred some particularly
strong emotions and rightly so.
Worcester’s Donncha O’Callaghan
was one of the few left with
experience of club rugby in the 20th
century. Bryan Habana, Juan Martín
Hernández, Juan Martín Fernández
Lobbe, Jamie Heaslip, Schalk Brits,
Tom Croft, John Muldoon … in their
differing ways all of them were
inspirational figures who will be
hugely missed.
All one can do is cling to the
memories. In the mind’s eye
a youthful Croft is sprinting
unstoppably away at Twickenham
to announce himself for Leicester
in the 2007 Anglo-Welsh final and
showing world-class gas in an
England jersey to carve up France
in Paris in 2012. At his best he had
everything: pace, athleticism,
bravery and modesty. When the
good guys also happen to be great
players it is a special combination.
The same can be said of Brits, who
has single-handedly redefined what
a hooker should be capable of. The
South African won 10 Springbok
caps but will be remembered
primarily for the infectious
joie de vivre he brought to the
game. These things are not always
measurable but would Saracens
have been so successful for so long
without such characters making the
working lives of others so enjoyable?
Into this feelgood category also
comes the 39-year-old O’Callaghan,
not least on the famous occasion
when he enticed 12 ducks into the
Munster team-room with a trail of
cornflakes. Beneath the surface,
though, lurked an athlete constantly
seeking to make the best of himself.
“Talk to anyone at Worcester and
they’ll tell you about the positive
influence he has had and the hole
he will leave behind, as a person as
much as a rugby player,” Hopley says.
O’Callaghan, though, is one of
the fortunate few, able to depart on
his own terms, comforted by the
heart-warming photo of his children
in the jerseys he himself has worn
down the years. Many do not enjoy
that luxury, a subject Hopley found
himself discussing with James
Haskell last week. “We were talking
about how few athletes there are
who, to use James’s wonderful
expression, get carried out of the
ground on their shields when it’s all
over,” Hopley says.
“Psychologically, that sets you up
very differently for retirement from
the guy who goes out the back door
with half his leg hanging off, battling
for his medical costs and insurance.
It has an impact on your self-esteem
which is probably the hardest thing
to come to terms with when you
hang up your boots and hand back
the car keys.”
‘You know that day
is coming but you
want to keep it at
arm’s length for
as long as possible’
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▼ Tom Croft, Donncha O’Callaghan
and Bryan Habana are retiring at
the end of the season
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Rugby league
Cycling
Ukad hands
down reduced
14-month ban
to Hardaker
York says ‘macho’ culture is
preventing people coming out
Aaron Bower
Those in the latter category
such as Wasps’ Sam Jones, injured
during a judo grappling session on
England duty, also find themselves
wrenched away from the people who
understand them best. “When they
asked Donncha at the weekend what
he’d miss most he said the boys and
the environment,” adds Hopley. “I
think that’s the thing people struggle
to understand. You belong and then
suddenly you don’t belong. You know
that day is coming but you want to
keep it at arm’s length for as long as
possible. We can’t all be Simon Shaw
who played for 20 years.”
E
verything is strictly
relative, of course.
Whatever the trials
and tribulations of the
retiring player they are
as nothing compared
with the numbness still afflicting the
family of Ian Williams, the
27-year-old Doncaster prop who
collapsed in training in February and
tragically could not be resuscitated.
It is also true, however, that the
pro game grows ever more intense
and the worrying injury stats
recently revealed for the 2016-17
season have caused significant
disquiet among players, not least
the reported higher injury rates
associated with artificial pitches.
Increasingly it is not so much
the pitch itself as the transition –
soft to hard, hard to soft – between
different surfaces which is being
blamed for certain injuries. “Talking
to a number of England players
they’re very anti artificial pitches,
particularly around transition,”
Hopley says. “You get a feeling
we should probably be looking at
one agreed surface for everyone to
play on. All home teams aspire to a
competitive advantage but maybe
that should be about the crowd and
the atmosphere, not the surface.”
Excessive contact in training is
the other key area being monitored.
“It is clear the game’s demands
are increasing,” says Hopley. “We
want to educate the players on the
fragility of their careers and their
expected span. We all recognise
rugby is a very physical game but it’s
a matter of how we can fine-tune it.
I feel a bit like Alan Turing wrestling
with the Enigma Code.” For the sake
of future generations, let us pray
someone cracks it soon.
Zak Hardaker, the former Castleford
and England full-back, has received a
14-month suspension from UK AntiDoping (Ukad) after testing positive
for cocaine last year, meaning he will
be free to resume his career in time for
the 2019 season.
Hardaker, who was provisionally
suspended by Castleford in the days
leading up to last October’s Super
League Grand final following confirmation he had failed a drugs test, is
currently a free agent after the Tigers
terminated his contract earlier this
year; he is expected to join Wigan on
completion of his suspension.
Testing positive for cocaine usually
results in a two-year ban, as evidenced
in the suspension handed down to the
England internationals Gareth Hock
and Rangi Chase in recent years. But
Hardaker’s legal team were able to
argue successfully that, as a result
of a “number of exceptional circumstances”, his ban should be reduced.
Ukad’s full verdict explained that
the days leading up to his test last
September coincided with the anniversary of a “very distressing personal
incident”. Hardaker “dealt with it by
going out with a friend, drinking prodigious quantities of alcohol and then
taking cocaine at the end of the evening
when he was thoroughly intoxicated”.
The hearing quickly determined
there was no performance-enhancing
benefit behind the decision. Hardaker’s legal team also presented what
they believed were “factual similarities” between his case and that of Jake
Livermore, the England footballer who
did not receive a ban after testing positive for cocaine following the death of
his newborn child in 2015. However,
Ukad rejected the notion of Hardaker
avoiding a ban and suspended him
from 8 September 2015 – the date of
his test – to 7 November 2018.
“We believe the correct verdict has
been returned,” the legal team at Chadwick Lawrence, Hardaker’s representatives, said. “This was a truly exceptional case, where the drug use was
never linked to performance enhancement. In this regard Zak would never
take any substance to achieve an unfair
advantage and we are pleased that the
decision of the tribunal has recognised
this fact.”
Zak Hardaker will be
free to play again at the
start of the 2019 season
Martha Kelner
Philippa York has suggested the macho
culture in professional cycling is preventing riders from coming out as gay.
York was King of the Mountains
on the 1984 Tour de France while
competing as Robert Millar and later
disappeared from public life before
transitioning to become a woman.
It is 30 years since York struggled
with gender dysphoria while still competing but she believes there is still an
absence of a support system to allow
an active rider to be openly homosexual. York was speaking before the
Giro d’Italia which begins in Jerusalem
on Friday, the first time the Grande
Partenza – or start of the race – has
been held outside Europe. There will
be 175 riders competing for 22 teams
and hundreds more backroom staff
but York said her information was that
none of them is openly gay.
“There’s certainly no back up in any
▲ Philippa York believes cycling needs
to change its culture in order to evolve
Cricket
Overton bowls
them over in
Somerset win
Tanya Aldred
Old Trafford
The weather failed to put a
dampener on an intriguing final
day of the County Championship’s
third round. At Taunton, Somerset
bowled out Yorkshire for 202 to win
by 118 runs, the first time they have
triumphed in their opening two
Championship games since 1993.
Jack Leaning was last man out for 68,
a third wicket for Craig Overton in a
tremendous bowling performance.
At New Road, Worcestershire
subsided to their third successive
defeat. They were bowled out in
less than 39 overs for 149, after
Nottinghamshire had declared
on 309 in a victory that sent them
top. Jake Ball took five for 59 to
become the leading wicket-taker
in the country with 21 this season.
There was a wicket too for Stuart
Broad, who recovered after colliding
face-on with solid team-mate Luke
Fletcher while running a quick single
on his way to 38.
It went down to the wire at Old
Trafford after Surrey had to follow
on against Lancashire when Amar
of the teams which would allow you to
show any kind of gayness, anywhere
on that gay spectrum,” she said.
“It’s that whole macho culture of
everybody’s straight white male and
that’s it. The crazy thing is that the
cycling model is set up by sponsorships, and those big sponsors, they’re
usually big companies, they have a
whole system of dealing with what I
call the gay spectrum and they have
no issue with it at all.
“But for some reason there’s a whole
reluctance [to come out as gay],” York
told the ‘When Orla met ...’ podcast.
“If you look at even the set-up of the
backroom staff, there’s no openly gay
people.
“It’s a prevalence of 5-6%, so you’ve
got 200 riders at the Tour de France,
5-6% of that turns into 10 or 12 people. And that environment is not in
any way accepting enough for them
to say who they’re attracted to or who
they’re with.
“You can’t show any kind of weakness because, being gay, anywhere on
that gay spectrum is seen as a weakness. In the macho world you can’t
show that, because you’ll get more
abuse from the side of the road than
you get already.”
The massive logistical operation of
the Giro d’Italia was already under way
yesterday with a Boeing 747 aircraft
transporting the equipment, including
several hundred bikes, to Israel. The
race begins with a 9.7km time trial in
Jerusalem on Friday.
Virdi was out to the 16th ball of the
day. A painstaking opening stand
of 53 between Mark Stoneman and
Rory Burns took Surrey to lunch,
but a flurry of wickets afterwards
left them 90 for four. Then 57 from
Ben Foakes and 41 from Ollie Pope
seemed to have settled things until
Tom Bailey took two wickets with
the second new ball. It was not quite
enough but ended a wonderful game
for Bailey who made his highest
first-class score and took eight for 67.
There were runs for Alastair Cook
at the Ageas Bowl where it was so
nippy that seven members of the
Essex side fielded in woolly hats. He
hit 11 fours in his 84, his first innings
for Essex after a miserable winter.
Hampshire declared on 351 for seven
before Essex knocked up 300 for six:
Tom Westley was caught at slip for 0,
Ravi Bopara was unbeaten on 84.
The game at Grace Road also
drifted to a draw after Leicestershire
were bowled out for 381 and
Derbyshire finished on 251 for eight,
with the wicketkeeper Gary Wilson
64 not out.
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The big interview
Garbiñe Muguruza
Wimbledon champion
on the strides in tennis
equality, the #MeToo
movement and wanting
to take a selfie with Kobe
Bryant at the Oscars
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Donald McRae
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writer of the yearr
‘W
ords like
‘feminine’ and
‘fighter’ can
go together,”
Garbiñe
Muguruza
says with charming force on a cold
but sun-kissed morning in Madrid.
“You can be feminine and say, ‘I really
want to beat her. But I don’t want
to look like a little monster in the
corner.’ I want to take this wall down
which says you are one thing or the
other. If you are a feminine athlete
people say: ‘Oh, she wants to be a
model or she’s not concentrating.’ No.
We are concentrating.”
‘For some
people
it’s hard
to allow an
athlete to
be feminine’
Muguruza, the reigning
Wimbledon champion and world
No 3, is a formidable competitor
who is proud she beat Serena and
Venus Williams in the finals of the
two grand slam tournaments she
has won so far. In a ridiculously
stylish hotel she is also relaxed and
refreshingly forthright.
“It’s a delicate thing because for
some people it’s very hard to allow
an athlete to be feminine. For me
it’s easy. I want to fight on court but
I also want to wear something I like.
You can be angry and competitive
and a fighter and you can also be
nice and wear something by Stella
McCartney. I feel good in that and it’s
important for your esteem because
you’ve got to be resilient. I’m a
tennis player, and that’s my priority.
I like fashion but I would never want
to be a model. I don’t want to forget
what I’m good at because as soon as
you do you’re screwed.”
The 24-year-old Spaniard, who
was born in Venezuela, smiles at
that blunt truth as the clay court
season gathers pace with the Madrid
Open starting on Sunday. And when
Muguruza tells me about being
▲ Garbiñe
Muguruza at the
Oscars this year.
‘I want to fight on
court, but I also
want to wear
something I like,’
she says
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invited to the Oscars in March, she
ensures that the most telling line is
one where her concern for ordinary
woman is obvious. “I wore black,”
she says, in honour of the #MeToo
movement against sexual assault
and harassment, “but it wasn’t like
the Golden Globes where everybody
wore black. It’s a problem that
was quiet before but it was there
all the time. It got more exposure
because the women who spoke out
are famous and it’s Hollywood. If
an Oscar winner speaks about it
then it goes everywhere. But if the
waitress says this has happened to
her nobody really listens.”
The impact of that last sentence
is powerful – and Muguruza nods
calmly. “It’s everywhere.”
Hollywood, obviously, is not the
real world but did she enjoy the
Oscars? “At the beginning I was like,
‘What the hell am I doing here? I’m
not part of this world.’ You see all
these glam celebrities and it’s a place
to just be good-looking. It was also
long, like a six-hour ceremony, but I
had fun. I went to a Vanity Fair party
and met [the basketball great] Kobe
Bryant. Normally it’s not my kind of
thing to take the phone out and say,
‘Can we take a picture?’ But this was
Kobe and he’d just won an Oscar [for
Best Animated Short]. He was very
nice and let me hold the Oscar and it
was so heavy. But he was so calm, I
was impressed.”
Muguruza also met Billie Jean
King, whose defeat of Bobby Riggs
in 1973 has been turned into a
Hollywood film. “I want to see it
because I heard it’s good,” Muguruza
says of Battle of the Sexes, which
captures the way King took on Riggs
and sexism. “But, usually, when I
watch a movie I want to see Fast and
Furious or the Expendables. I just
want to chill out, turn up the volume
and stare at the screen.”
She laughs at her terrible taste in
movies before acknowledging the
debt all female tennis players owe
to King and another pioneer for
equality in Venus Williams. Women
now receive the same pay as men in
grand slam tournaments. “I speak
to other athletes and they don’t
have the impact, the money and
equality we have. It’s getting better
and better in tennis and hopefully it
can soon be completely equal in all
tournaments. But in other sports it’s
not like that.”
Muguruza won £2.2m after
beating Venus Williams in the
Wimbledon final last year but the
tennis circuit, particularly for
lower-ranked players, is testing.
“Tennis is very lonely,” she stresses,
“especially when you are younger
and don’t have family around. It
can just be you and your coach in
China. But everybody is in the same
situation. You have to be a young
old lady – that’s how I call myself
sometimes. You have incredible
moments and very bad moments
when you are alone. You miss your
family but tennis just lasts for a short
period. You make sacrifices but I
don’t miss having a young life. I’m
happy and very privileged.”
Four years ago, at the French
Open, Muguruza’s full power was
revealed for the first time when
she gave Serena Williams the worst
beating of her illustrious career
in the second round. “It was an
incredible match nobody was
expecting. If you told me before I
was going to win 6-2, 6-2 I would
be surprised. But I never stopped
believing I could beat anybody –
even if Serena is one of the best
players in history. She was one of the
women I watched on TV as a kid.”
In 2016 Muguruza won her first
grand slam, at Roland Garros,
when she again beat Williams in
straight sets in the final. “I was
nervous because I had made the
2015 Wimbledon final but it only
matters that Serena won. Yeah, I
played well but who cares about the
loser? So in the French I was like,
‘I don’t want to lose again.’ I was
also motivated because beating a
Williams sister has extra value. If
Portrait by
Denis Doyle
for the Guardian
‘To win is such a
good feeling, all the
hours of training
feel worth it’
you win a grand slam by beating
them it feels more important. It was
an explosion of happiness.”
L
ast year was much more
difficult in Paris when,
in the fourth round,
she lost against the
local favourite Kristina
Mladenovic. Muguruza’s
errors were cheered and she left
the court visibly upset. “The crowd
was very involved and with her. It’s
normal. But I had tears in the press
conference and showed people how
athletes feel. Some people were
surprised but I’m like: ‘Come on, I’ve
been three hours on court and it’s
emotional. That’s what everybody
does in the locker room but you
don’t see them.’ It was good in the
end because I expressed myself and
showed I am human. The French
Open will always be the most special
tournament to me. It was my first
grand slam and the tournament I
wanted to win when I was little.”
Winning Wimbledon was thrilling
last year. “I was emotional because
when I lost to Serena in 2015 I didn’t
know if I’d get another chance as
grass is unpredictable. So to beat
Venus and win it two years later? I
was like: ‘Whew!’”
Muguruza, who jokes about her
serious salsa dancing, was mortified
at the Wimbledon dinner. “People
had told me, ‘There’s a ball and you
can dance.’ I’m like, ‘Oh my God I’m
going to dance with Roger Federer?
Yes, I’m ready for that.’ Then
someone told me there’s not a dance
since 1992. ‘What?’”
Muguruza opens her eyes in
Factfile
Born Caracas, Venezuela
Age 24
Height 6ft
Plays Right-handed
Coach Sam Sumyk (2015-present)
Turned pro March 2012
WTA career titles 6
Prize money $16.2m
Career high Two grand slam
victories, against Serena Williams at
the 2016 French Open and her sister,
Venus, at Wimbledon in 2017
Career low Defeat in the fourth
round at the 2017 French Open by
home hope Kristina Mladenovic and
breaking down in tears at the press
conference after her every error was
jeered by a crowd her coach branded
‘pathetic’ and showing ‘no class’
horror before smiling. “A ball for
Wimbledon is serious, elegant,
classy. You can’t do the conga but I
was ready for everything!”
She has a chance of winning both
the French Open and Wimbledon
again this year – because she
clearly raises her game in major
tournaments. Her recent tour win
in Monterrey gave her a sixth WTA
title – but there was a time when
her four tournament wins included
two grand slams. Her inconsistency
almost amuses her.
“Everybody asks about
Eastbourne before Wimbledon last
year. What a disaster. I lost 6-1, 6-0
[against Barbora Strycova] and then
won Wimbledon. What is this? But I
had played a very good Birmingham
tournament and I ran to Eastbourne
and it was a crazy day. I played awful
and she played good. I was like, ‘OK,
nobody saw this match.’ Everybody
loves that. ‘You lost 6-1, 6-0 and
then you win Wimbledon? What
happened?’ Nothing. It was just a
bad day. I’m happy to not have any
WTA titles but have one grand slam.”
Beyond her drive to win the
most important titles, Muguruza’s
rounded attitude means she has
begun to explore her interest in
fashion design. “My mum and I
always talk about it because her
dream was to be a designer. Of
course I’m always wearing sports
clothes so, even more, I want to
wear high heels. I’ve now started to
do some designs. I take my tablet
when I’m travelling and I look at
magazines and make notes. Then I
design the way I like.
“It’s good to escape because since
I was very young everything has
been tennis, tennis, tennis. Now I
have more perspective and space
in my head. I take a few hours to do
something fun. It’s healthy. So when
the time is right it will be OK for
me to close this chapter on tennis.
I’ll probably have a family and do
something related to fashion.”
Her ease in front of the camera
is obvious when she slips into the
hotel garden for the photo shoot,
but Muguruza is fiercely competitive
and says: “I also fear the end because
tennis is a life. I’m happiest when I
win. You enjoy not knowing if you’re
going to win and you can love hating
the court.”
Muguruza, a feminine fighter and
a champion, breaks into a helpless
smile. “When you shake hands, and
think, ‘Yes, I won,’ that’s such a good
feeling. All the hours of training
feel worth it. So the best moment is
when it’s over and you’ve won.”
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Hamilton tells Mercedes
not to count on their luck
After inheriting an unexpected win at
the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday,
Lewis Hamilton has warned his team
that he cannot rely on similar good
fortune in his title defence against
Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton won in Baku after a dramatic finale prompted by a late safety
car. His team-mate Valtteri Bottas led
on the restart, with Vettel in second
and the British driver in third. Vettel
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was too hot into turn one, locked up
and finished fourth. Hamilton moved
up to second and then took the lead
two laps from the end when Bottas was
eliminated after a puncture.
The result was a remarkable turnaround which was also reflected
in the championship, with Vettel’s
nine-point lead becoming a four-point
deficit to Hamilton. But the defending
world champion was off the pace and
he stressed that Mercedes have work
to do. So far Hamilton has only truly
enjoyed an advantage over Vettel in
Melbourne. In China a safety car inter-
vention and an accident for Vettel
fell to the British driver’s advantage
as did events in Baku and Hamilton
cautioned that Mercedes need more
than luck this season.
“Being in the lead of the championship is great,” he said. “But if we were
to continue on the trajectory we are
on, it would need tricky races like this.
There have been two weird races that
have kept us in the mix but you can’t
rely on those for the next 17. We need
ultimate performance and confidence
in the car. I have the pace within me
and the car has the pace within it that
we are not unlocking.”
Bottas was disconsolate and Hamilton revealed that he was delayed in
arriving at the podium because he had
gone to console his team-mate. “He
had put on a great race, drove exceptionally well,” Hamilton said. “I know
how difficult it is when you think you
are going to win and it gets taken away
from you. So out of respect I thought I
would try and lift him up a little bit.”
Hamilton was subdued in his celebrations and acknowledged that he
would rather be winning on merit.
▲ Oisin Murphy (No 6) rides at
Chester last year, a venue considered
to be successful and well-run
Ascot, which switched from ATR
to RUK in 2014 but recently invited
tenders from interested parties
for its non-terrestrial rights from
March next year.
‘There are days
when I have lost
a race and it has
been gifted to
e else’
someone
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
“There are days when I have lost and
it has been gifted to someone one else,”
he said. “Some drivers gloat, it doesn’t
matter whether they have earned it or
not, they have their fingers up in the air
but I am wired differently. I like to win
because I have outsmarted, outwitted
and outclassed every driver out there.”
Vettel, who started from pole,
explained that he did not regret the
move that cost him places because he
was confident in the car. “The most
important thing is we have a good car,
a car we can work with in qualifying. If
we put it in the front, we can fight for
wins,” the German said.
“I am not worried at all because it
is quite different to last year when in
qualifying we were not competitive
enough for most of the year and then
later in the year we were not competitive enough to make things happen. The car is there and we need to
make sure it stays there.”
Analysis
Greg Wood
Progressive Chester’s
move to Sky could set
standard that others
will seek to follow
R
esilience in the face of
adversity was a theme
of At The Races’
final broadcast from
the Punchestown
Festival last week,
as Paul Townend overcame an
astonishing calamity on the
opening day to ride a treble the
next day. And the channel itself
will now feel it has bounced back
somewhat after losing the rights to
cover Irish racing to its fierce rival
Racing UK, with the news that ATR
has lured two British tracks in the
opposite direction and will join
the Sky Sports family of dedicated
channels by the end of this year.
In terms of the numbers of
courses and races linked to the
two channels the picture still
looks a lot worse for ATR – or Sky
Sports Racing, as it will soon be
known – than it did at the start of
the year. Ireland has 26 tracks and
Chelmsford is also switching to
RUK, so their total across Britain
and Ireland will rise to 62 courses
next year while Sky Sports Racing
will broadcast action from 24.
RUK will also have close to 1,200
scheduled fixtures, while Sky
Sports Racing will have about 650.
Yet having taken a standing
eight count and then spent some
time slumped on its stool between
rounds, ATR will feel that the
arrival of Chester – along with its
sister track, Bangor-on-Dee – is a
sharp jab that will remind its rival
it is still in a fight.
Chester’s move to Sky Sports
Racing will not only improve the
quality of its output significantly
and immediately but could easily
tempt other independent tracks
to follow suit. Chester is widely,
and rightly, seen as one of the most
progressive, successful and well-run
tracks in the country and a 10-year
deal is a clear sign that its executives
are in for the long haul. “We see real
value in what the partnership can
bring across TV, digital and social
media,” Richard Thomas, Chester’s
chief executive, said yesterday, and
if Sky Sports Racing is good enough
for them, it could suddenly look like
an interesting proposition for other
courses, too.
The impact of association
with the Sky Sports brand – the
home of Premier League football,
England’s home Test matches and
the Ryder Cup – should also not be
underestimated. Sky Sports Racing
will be free to all Sky subscribers
rather than becoming part of the
premium Sky Sports package, which
also means Virgin Media’s cable TV
customers will also still receive it
at no extra cost. But the switch to
Sky, whereby ATR’s content will be
broadcast in HD for the first time
and production moves to Sky’s west
London studios, will make it feel like
a place that the bigger independent
tracks could call home and offer the
chance for cross-promotion across
the whole range of Sky’s channels.
York is one track that might be
tempted but the real prize here is
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Greg Wood’s tips
Nottingham 2.00 Delft Dancer 2.30 Mushtaq
3.00 Tig Tog 3.35 Red Tea (nap)
4.05 Apache Blaze 4.35 Zenafire
5.05 Dotted Swiss
Yarmouth 2.10 Artair 2.40 Corelli
3.15 Raven Banner 3.45 Salt Whistle Bay
4.15 The Lacemaker 4.45 Gainsay
5.15 Olive Mabel 5.50 Misu Pete
Brighton 2.20 Wedding Date 2.50 Font Vert
3.25 Mr Pocket (nb) 3.55 Precious Ramotswe
4.25 Bloodsweatandtears 4.55 Balgair
5.25 Sussex Girl
Newcastle 5.20 Florencio 5.55 Gowanbuster
6.25 Walk On Walter 6.55 Hediddodinthe
7.25 Tom’s Rock 7.55 Kiwi Bay
8.25 Who Told Jo Jo
Kempton 5.45 Its The Only Way 6.15 Chynna
6.45 Freddy With A Y 7.15 Arod
7.45 Amazing Red 8.15 Arigato 8.45 Desert Trip
T
he Queen’s course is
famously canny when
it comes to choosing its
partners and deals and
it is worth a
considerable amount
of money to both sides. Sky Sports
Racing, though, might be willing
to pay that little bit more for the
prestige that Ascot would bring
to its early years. And though it is
five years down the line, Ireland’s
controversial switch to the RUK
subscription model, which was
in effect taken for them by the
rights holder SIS, is also likely to be
revisited in time.
Another interesting point is that
Sky Sports Racing will be available
on Sky’s mobile service, Sky Go.
‘In terms of numbers
of courses and races
the picture still looks
a lot worse for ATR
than it did at the
start of the year’
The smartphone generation
increasingly resents being tied to
the living room TV and it will soon
have racing coverage on offer every
time it fires up the app.
Some were questioning
the long-term viability of
ATR back in February but the
two-channel status quo for racing’s
non-terrestrial coverage now
appears much more secure.
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▼ Tony Mowbray has been the
manager of Blackburn Rovers since
February last year
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Mowbray plots passage
to India with map for
reviving Venky’s venture
Blackburn manager will ask
for funds in summer to give
his team a chance of staying
in the Championship
hip
David Conn
S
o Blackburn Rovers, the
scrambled remains of
the Jack Walker-funded
club which once won
the Premier League,
have been promoted to
the Championship, reversing the
precipitous slide since they were
bought in 2010 by Venky’s, the egg
and chicken conglomerate of India.
After the 3-1 home victory against
Peterborough United on Saturday
their manager, Tony Mowbray,
told the Guardian he would travel
to Pune, India, this summer to
talk to the Venky family and ask
them to invest some more of their
money to give his team a chance
next season. He did the same last
summer after relegation and they
released £1.5m, of which Mowbray
spent £1.25m, including £750,000
signing Bradley Dack, the midfield
craftsman whose performances have
been outstanding.
Anuradha Desai, the chair of
Venky’s known respectfully at
the club as “Madam”, and her two
brothers Balaji and Venkatesh Rao
have not been to a Rovers match or
even to Ewood Park for almost three
years, since the dire fourth season in
the Championship in 2015-16.
“I will go to India and say in the
Championship there are at least 12
clubs with parachute payments,
with a minimum wage bill of £40m,
some of them £60m,” Mowbray said.
“Our wage bill now is £8.5m; we
Bradley Dack has
scored 18 goals
this season
have to significantly improve that
otherwise we will be struggling.
The conversations in the summer
will be: what is the ambition, what
do they want?”
The answer to that question has
been a head-scratching mystery,
their knowledge of English football
in doubt, their plans always
apparently sketchy, from the
moment they bought the club in
2010. Walker’s Jersey-based millions
had rebuilt Ewood Park on three
sides and bought a team to win the
1995 Premier League, but after he
died his estate’s trustees funded
the club modestly and reluctantly
for 10 years. Still, Rovers finished
10th in the Premier League in
2009-10, averaging crowds above
25,000. In six-and-a-half years,
Venky’s venture into English
football brought two relegations,
10 managers, countless players,
sundry advisers, and spending put
at £120m.
Some involved say the Venky
family’s appetite to buy a football
club was prompted by their
enjoyment of the 2010 World Cup.
They were introduced to the Rovers
acquisition by Kentaro, a TV rights
and sponsorship company now in
administration, who had advised
Thaksin Shinawatra, the former Thai
prime minister, on his 2007 purchase
of Manchester City. The prominent
football agent Jerome Anderson,
best known for representing Arsenal
players over 20 years, advised
Thaksin at City, working to bring
in players who were mostly good
value, including the Brazilian
international Elano.
In 2008 Kentaro bought 51%
of Anderson’s agency, SEM, for
a reported £6.5m, so they were
a formal partnership when they
came to advise the Venkys on their
purchase of Rovers. Desai’s father,
Banda Vasudev Rao, founded the
Venkateshwara Hatcheries in 1971
and developed a vision: “To see
India in the No 1 position on the
poultry map of the world.” In initial
interviews Desai talked of the Rovers
acquisition more for what it might
do for his poultry business than for
the football club’s future, saying:
“I feel that the Venky’s brand will get
an immediate recognition if we take
over this club, and that is the main
reason why we are doing this.”
What followed has certainly
brought Venky’s recognition but as
a byword for bewildering decline,
rather than an advance on global
poultry domination. Supporters are
still incredulous at the immediate
sacking of Sam Allardyce and the
elevation of his first-team coach,
Steve Kean, an Anderson client, for
his first managerial job. Anderson,
advising initially on players, hoped
tto repeat the quality of signings
made at City, but the arrivals of
‘Our wage bill is
£8.5m. We have
to significantly
improve that, or else
we will be struggling’
the Argentinian Mauro Formica
from Newell’s Old Boys and Rubén
Rochina from Barcelona’s youth
system were not sufficient ballast for
a club plunged into turmoil. Senior
players spoke out in bemusement
and soon the long-serving chairman
John Williams and other directors
departed, having complained to
Desai that an established transfer
policy had been abandoned.
Kean’s team did beat Liverpool
3-1 in January 2011 and finished
15th but in 2011-12, despite beating
Manchester United 3-2 at Old
Trafford, Rovers’ 11-year tenure
in the Premier League ended in a
bitterly rancorous relegation.
Kean was backed to sign nine
players in the summer of 2012
including the £8m striker Jordan
Rhodes, but there were tensions
with Shebby Singh, an Asian football
TV pundit whom Venky’s appointed
as “global football adviser” and
Kean resigned at the end of
September with Rovers third in the
Championship. They went through
two more managers that season,
Henning Berg and Michael Appleton,
and finished 17th, Gary Bowyer
made steady progress but was
sacked after a difficult start to the
2015-16 season; Paul Lambert kept
Rovers up that season but activated
his own release clause as the new
finance director, Mike Cheston,
warned that spending had to be
reined in because Premier League
parachute payments had finally
been lost. Owen Coyle, formerly
manager at their nearest rivals
Burnley, did not cheer the Ewood
Park stands and left last February
with the team second bottom in
the Championship; Mowbray could
not effect a rescue last season and
Rovers dropped into League One.
Yet throughout, the Venky family
have continued to fund the club and
fend off financial collapse, loaning
£95m in total, as the club lost £36.5m
in 2012-13, £42m the following
season and £17m in 2014-15. Home
crowds have halved; 11,679 watched
the Peterborough victory, the
hardboiled core in the Blackburn
End stubbornly chanting “barmy
army”. Mowbray spoke of needing to
rebuild supporters’ enthusiasm and
trust, and hoping to prompt more
engagement from the owners. “I
haven’t seen them for a year; I speak
on the phone every now and then.
I met them last summer; they are
nice, humble people; I think they
have been poorly advised and the
club has been managed poorly. I’m
just trying to bring some honesty,
integrity and hard work. I think
financially they can do it.
“But they have been burned so
much, maybe they need to get a
bit of love and enjoyment back in
football, and hopefully this year
might reinvigorate that.”
Perhaps it will; as with much of
Venky’s approach in the calamitous
years since they decided to buy
long-established Blackburn Rovers,
it is all a bit of a puzzle.
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Football
Match programme at risk from
falling sales and social media
Martha Kelner
The traditional matchday programme
could disappear with the Football
League voting on whether its production should continue to be compulsory.
It is a commercial obligation of all 72
Football League teams to have a printed
programme for every home game. But
declining sales and increased costs
have become a burden for some clubs
and at their June meeting they will vote
on whether it should continue to be a
requirement next season.
The EFL regulations state that each
club must make available one half page
of their programme for the benefit of
the Football Foundation and one full
page of advertising for “the benefit of the League to promote League
initiatives”. But the EFL is set to
amend the wording to allow clubs to
fulfil their advertising obligations on
websites or social media instead. It is
understood several clubs have been
lobbying to abolish the mandatory
match programme because they are
no longer financially viable.
Carolyn Radford, chief executive of
League Two Mansfield Town, told the
Guardian she recognised the financial
sense in abolishing the programme but
insisted the Stags would continue to
print regardless of the outcome of the
Football
In brief
Manchester United
Lukaku expected to
be fit for FA Cup final
Romelu Lukaku had a scan on his
injured ankle yesterday, with the
hope being that the Manchester
United No 9 should be fit for the
FA Cup final against Chelsea on 19
May. While the Belgian is expected
to discover the scan results today,
the initial diagnosis from the club’s
medical department allowed
optimism that the problem is minor
and Lukaku can recover in time to
face Antonio Conte’s men. Lukaku is
United’s top scorer with 27 goals in
all competitions. United require four
points from their three remaining
Premier League matches to be sure
of a second-placed finish, which
would be their highest since the title
win of five years ago. Jamie Jackson
vote. “We’d always have a programme
because it’s a voice from the club to the
fans and it’s something some people
keep religiously,” she said.
“It’s an important piece of memorabilia, a collector’s item. I know we’re
moving more online, but it’s different
having something to hold. It costs us
more to produce than it raises, so
I can see commercially why some
clubs would want to get rid and I
think if it was no longer compulsory a
lot of clubs, particularly in the lower
leagues, would drop out. But it’s still
an important part of football’s history.”
A statement from the EFL said: “A
number of clubs have asked the EFL
if the mandatory publication of a
match programme can be addressed
as a result of an overall decline in
sales and the proliferation of digital
and social media, which has the ability
to deliver the same content in a more
cost-effective manner.”
‘It’s a voice from
the club to the fans
and some people
keep it religiously’
Carolyn Radford
Chief executive, Mansfield
“The manager has had his highs and
his lows,” Fernandes said. “We’ll
have to analyse and say at the end
of the season: ‘Are we happy? Is he
happy with the squad?’ And you
make your decisions from there.”
Fernandes has a mixed record with
managers. He was hasty in sacking
Neil Warnock while Mark Hughes,
the replacement, was a disaster.
“[Hughes] should have done his
homework,” Fernandes added.
“There was a lack of care in the
selection of players.” Daniel Harris
World Cup
No British VAR in
Russia this summer
No Britons have been selected in the
list of 13 specialised video assistant
referees named by Fifa for the
World Cup. Fifa said the selection
criterion “was primarily based on
their experience as video match
officials in their respective national
associations and confederation
competitions”. There will also be no
British match officials in Russia. PA
Queens Park Rangers
Fernandes declines full
backing of Holloway
Tony Fernandes, the founder of Air
Asia and co-chairman of Queens
Park Rangers, has graded himself
C+ for his work at the club since
taking over in August 2011. In a wideranging interview with the Open All
Rs podcast, he also explained why
he is so optimistic for the future
– though he was non-committal
regarding the future of Ian Holloway.
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Manchester United are
hopeful Romelu Lukaku
will be fit for Wembley
Vieira in Arsenal
frame but is he
the right man?
He may get the sentimental
vote as Wenger’s replacement
but it is hard to assess the
Frenchman’s coaching CV
Graham Ruthven
A
lmost as soon as
Patrick Vieira had
sat down in front
of the press on his
appointment as New
York City FC head
coach in January 2016 he was asked
to name a manager on whom he had
modelled his own coaching style. It
was a question set up to garner one
answer: Arsène Wenger.
Vieira spoke about José
Mourinho’s insistence on meticulous
preparation, Roberto Mancini’s
determination and Manuel
Pellegrini’s level-headedness. Then
he got to Wenger, highlighting the
unwavering faith the Frenchman
puts in his players. Even as Vieira
took his first step into management
there was a sense that similar faith
might one day be put in him to
succeed his former manager.
And two years later those pieces
may be falling into place. Wenger,
whether by his own will or not, will
depart Arsenal at the end of the
season and Vieira is in the frame to
replace him.
More proven, accomplished
coaches have been put forward as
candidates – Massimiliano Allegri,
Carlo Ancelotti, Luis Enrique to
name a few – but they do not have
the emotional connection to the club
that Vieira has.
Is sentiment enough, though?
Just how strong is the body of work
Vieira has put together during his
time at New York City? Could Arsenal
really pick their next manager from
Major League Soccer, given how the
division is frequently derided for its
perceived lack of quality? Those at
Arsenal will be doing their research
on Vieira and there are reasons to
justify the 41-year-old’s candidacy.
At NYC Vieira has shown himself
to be an astute operator. His teams
play attractive, modern and, most
importantly, winning football. They
finished runners-up in the Eastern
Conference in each of Vieira’s two
years at the club and are setting
an early pace in the new season. If
there is one criticism to be levelled
at Vieira, it is that such form has not
yet translated into a sustained playoff run. That must be the target this
year.
Of course, with the backing of
City Football Group, New York City
FC have more resources than most
others in MLS but to claim they have
bought success under Vieira would
not demonstrate a true grasp of the
way the division works. Trades,
drafts, allocation orders … while
Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard
have turned out at Yankee Stadium,
it is not just a case of opening the
chequebook in MLS.
His status as a World Cup and
Premier League champion means
he has authority in the dressing
room, with David Villa just one
of the players thriving from his
tutelage. Vieira has coped with the
expectation heaped on his shoulders
from the day of his hiring at NYC
FC. Of course, it is all relative. The
pressure Vieira has dealt with in
the States is nothing compared
with what he would experience at
Arsenal in the post-Wenger age. The
Emirates has become a cauldron
of ill-feeling in recent years and it
will take more than Wenger’s exit to
remedy that.
Vieira has been presented with
the opportunity to use NYC FC as
a stepping stone before. He held
tentative talks with the Ligue 1 side
St Étienne last summer but said he
“never asked to leave”. And before
Vieira even arrived in New York he
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More proven names
have been put
forward, like
Allegri, Ancelotti
and Enrique
was interviewed for the Newcastle
United job in 2015. His name,
coupled with the coaching education
he was given at Manchester City,
would probably have been enough
to get Vieira a Premier League job.
Instead he decided to cut his teeth at
NYC, staying under the City Football
Group umbrella for the time being.
Indeed, the Arsenal job may
not even be the one Vieira wants
most of all. He says returning to
City to succeed Pep Guardiola is his
“fairytale story”, also revealing his
ambition to take charge of a Serie A
team one day.
M
ost recently Vieira
has said he is
“ready to coach any
side in Europe.”
While he remains
diplomatic, it is
clear he would answer Arsenal’s
call. In fact, he would surely answer
a call from most major European
clubs. The Gunners were criticised
for allowing a club legend to become
part of a rivals’ coaching team in the
first place. Dither on hiring him as
a manager and they might miss out
again. Others will come for Vieira.
Nobody knows for sure if Vieira
is the right man to succeed Wenger
but he has yet to take a bad step as a
coach. At City young players are now
surfacing from the academy system
he helped put in place. At NYC he
has forged one of the most dynamic
sides in MLS. At the very least the
prospect of what Vieira might do at
Arsenal is intriguing.
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▼ In happier times: Jürgen Klopp
with his assistant manager, Zeljko
Buvac, earlier this season
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Liverpool’s Roma
preparations rocked
by exit of Klopp’s
right-hand man
Assistant manager Buvac
takes time out from Anfield
before key week for Reds
Andy Hunter
Liverpool have suffered serious disruption in the lead-up to their Champions League semi-final against
Roma tomorrow after Jürgen Klopp’s
right-hand man, Zeljko Buvac, stepped
aside for personal reasons.
Buvac, the assistant manager
whom Klopp has described as “the
brain” behind his coaching set-up, is
“spending some time away from the
first-team environment between now
and the end of the season” according to
Liverpool, who have declined to comment further on what they regard as a
private matter.
Liverpool’s players were informed
at training on Sunday – three days
before their second leg at the Stadio
Olimpico. Though a temporary measure at present, the Bosnian Serb may
leave Anfield permanently once the
season is over. Buvac met Klopp when
they were players at Mainz, where they
had a gentleman’s agreement that
whoever went into management first
would take the other as his assistant.
That agreement has held for 17 years
– at Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and
Liverpool.
The Liverpool manager has regularly credited his assistant as a major
contributor to his success and insisted
Buvac and the first-team coach, Peter
Krawietz, were also given six-year
contracts when he signed extended
terms in 2016. It was Buvac with whom
Klopp would discuss tactics and substitutions during matches and whose
tactical acumen was behind many of
the attacking drills that he conducted
on the training ground.
Recently, however, the 56-year-old
has cut a distant figure. His increasing
detachment led to the coach stepping
aside following the goalless draw
against Stoke City on Saturday but the
surprise timing of his exit represents a
significant setback to Liverpool’s preparations for Roma. It also suggests the
working relationship between Klopp
and his assistant may be at an end.
The Liverpool manager may hope
a break will benefit Buvac and enable him to return recharged for next
season, although he faces the task of
guiding the club to the Champions
League final and a top-four finish in
the Premier League without the man
who has been at his side for 17 years.
Despite the unwanted distraction,
Klopp was remaining focused on what
is a pivotal week with the trip to Rome
followed by Sunday’s Premier League
encounter with Chelsea.
The Reds hold a 5-2 lead from the
first leg against the Italians, while in
the league they sit six points clear of
fifth-placed Chelsea, who have a game
in hand. “Again, two massive games –
Heynckes calling for Bayern efficiency
but denies talk of a ‘Madrid complex’
Sid Lowe
Madrid
At the end of the final session at Bayern Munich’s Säbener Strasse training
ground their players took penalties but
Jupp Heynckes said it had nothing to
do with the prospect of a shootout at
the Bernabéu tonight.
Instead, their manager claimed, the
explanation was simpler than that: the
practice match had finished in a draw.
Heynckes said there was no way to
recreate the pressure and tension of
penalties and dismissed Franz Beckenbauer’s suggestion that Bayern have
a “complex” when it comes to Real
Madrid but he did appeal for his side
to seek “inner peace” as they arrived in
Spain looking to reach the Champions
League final on 26 May.
Bayern were defeated 2-1 in Munich
but Heynckes believes the first leg
showed Madrid could be “hurt”
and welcomed the prospect of the
semi-final being decided from 12
yards. Although he said there would
be small changes, he insisted that
above all his side needed to be more
“efficient” than in the first leg, during
which they racked up 18 shots but finished with a sixth successive defeat
against their European rivals – a run
that includes two in last season’s quarter-finals. Bayern lost 2-1 at home then
as well but levelled the aggregate score
in Madrid, taking the tie into extra time
before being defeated 4-2.
“Everyone saw we were defeated
by two offside goals,” Thomas Müller
said but the club’s honorary president
had suggested there might be a different explanation. “There will never be
a time when it’s so easy to beat them;
they weren’t brilliant,” Beckenbauer
claimed three days ago. “I fear we have
a complex with Madrid.”
The other major problem they have
is injuries: Jérôme Boateng, Arturo
Vidal, Arjen Robben, Kingsley Coman
and Manuel Neuer are absent.
“Recent losses play no part, because
I wasn’t the coach then and tomorrow
is a different team from last year,”
Heynckes said. “For all of us here,
what other people say is irrelevant –
even if it is our president. This season
we have shown we can be successful
in close games and tomorrow will be
very difficult for us but I think it will
be for Real Madrid, too.
“I have a lot of players with experience, internationals who have had
success, and we come here to take our
chance. We face a team that has been
champion two years in a row, three
times in four years, and are used to
big games, but we never surrender
and we want to be in the final. Faith
moves mountains. If you want to win
the Champions League, you have to
have talent, good players, luck in the
draw and in certain moments the right
referee.
“And we have to be more effective. Madrid had two, maybe three
[chances] and scored twice. We have
to play the way we’re used to playing.
We’ve scored 88 goals in the league.
The goals we let in there were terrible
errors – it’s not that we were poorly
organised or too open. We have always
scored goals and tomorrow we have to.
We have to minimise errors.
“We have to have balance between
attack and defence. Even if it sounds
▲ Real Madrid’s Marcelo (centre) and
Nacho work on their skills in training
‘Again, two
massive games
– what a season.
We created a basis
and now we have
to finish it.’
Jürgen Klopp
On Liverpool’s key week
comic, we have to find an inner peace,
that balance we had in 2013. I think we
have a better squad now but in these
big games we need leaders, people
who step forward. That’s the art of
great players.”
It was put to Müller that he had
never scored against Madrid and that
Robert Lewandowski’s failure to score
in the first leg had cost Bayern. “If you
don’t win, people always look for a
scapegoat. If we don’t score, people
look at Lewandowski. But he has 28
goals and he is undisputed, a great
striker. Ronaldo didn’t score in the
first game either,” he said. “I didn’t
know I hadn’t scored against Madrid.
Maybe that’s extra motivation but personal stats don’t interest me much; if
the result is good without me scoring,
fine. Although it wouldn’t be bad to
score.”
Zinedine Zidane, meanwhile,
vowed that Madrid would attack,
not seek to protect the lead, even if
Sergio Ramos did claim that the most
important factor would be “defensive
seriousness” and that the counterattack might be key. Despite the probable absence of Isco and injury to Dani
Carvajal, Zidane said: “Bayern are a
great team and will go for it. We have to
go out there to win, to score as soon as
we can, without dropping back at all,
without trying to contain the game or
doing anything odd.”
Asked which opponent he would
prevent from playing if he could, Bayern’s former Madrid midfielder James
Rodríguez said: “I’d take all 11 out.”
what a season,” Klopp told liverpoolfc.
com. “You play the whole season [and]
we created a basis and now we have
to finish it.”
There are still major concerns about
the safety of the 5,000 supporters
heading to Rome. Fans have been
advised to “respect monuments of
national importance” with a particular
emphasis placed on not hanging banners and/or scarves on fountains and
statues, avoiding areas in the north
of the city and using the shuttle bus
service to and from the game.
Real Madrid (2)
Bayern Munich (1)
Today 7.45pm
Semi-final
•
Navas
•
Ramos
•
Nacho
•
Varane
•
Casemiro
•
Modric
•
Asensio
•
Marcelo
•
Kroos
•
Ronaldo
•
Benzema
•
Lewandowski
•
Müller
•
Ribéry
•
Alcântara
•
Alaba
•
Rodríguez
•
Martínez
•
• Kimmich
Hummels
•
Süle
•
Ulreich
• Real Madrid
Subs from
Casilla, Vallejo,
Hernández, Hakimi,
Bale, Vázquez, Isco,
Llorente, Kovacic,
Ceballos, Mayoral
Doubtful Isco, Nacho
Injured Carvajal
• Bayern Munich
Subs from
Starke, Rafinha, Bernat,
Mai, Rudy, Shabani,
Tolisso, Dorsch, Wagner,
Wriedt
Doubtful Alaba
Injured Boateng, Coman,
Neuer, Robben, Vidal
• one booking from suspension
(probable teams)
Venue Santiago Bernabéu
Referee Cuneyt Cakir (Tur)
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Football Premier League
Dele Alli gives
Spurs the
lead after
Watford’s
goalkeeper
Orestis
Karnezis’s
clanger
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Kane and Alli double act makes
Watford regret errors at both ends
Tottenham
2
Alli 16, Kane 48
Watford
0
Possession
Tottenham Hotspur
61%
Shots on target
3
Fouls
10
Jacob Steinberg
Wembley
Watford
39%
5
10
If the result is all that matters at this late
stage of the season, then Tottenham
will reflect on this low-key victory with
a measure of satisfaction. It did not
bother Mauricio Pochettino that there
were times when his bruised players
tried too hard to extinguish their disappointment at failing to reach the FA
Cup final. They still won with plenty
left in the tank and, in the end, this
was a timely reminder that the modern
Tottenham possess more resolve than
many of their predecessors.
That is why Pochettino likes to speak
about this young team’s development.
The Argentinian has hardened their
mentality and, while Tottenham’s wait
for their first trophy since 2008 will not
end this season, the bottom line is that
they can guarantee a top-four finish by
▲ Richarlison, Watford’s Brazilian winger, smashed this chance over the goal
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beating West Brom on Saturday and
Newcastle next Wednesday.
Dele Alli’s opener provided them
with a springboard to move five points
clear of fifth-placed Chelsea. They
endured some awkward moments
here and Watford, who are still not
arithmetically safe from relegation,
felt aggrieved not to have won for the
first time since 3 March. Harry Kane’s
38th goal of the season killed off Javi
Gracia’s side, though, and left Pochettino praising his team’s response to
losing their FA Cup semi-final to Manchester United last weekend.
“It is important in the last few
games that we win,” Pochettino said.
“We were all disappointed. Our fans
the same. You felt it. I am so proud of
the mentality and commitment they
showed.”
The game was played in a subdued
atmosphere, with plenty of empty
seats dotted around the ground, and
Spurs were often there for the taking.
There was a slight air of edginess about
their play and Pochettino frowned at
his team’s tentativeness in the final
third, especially when Kane spurned
a decent shooting opportunity with an
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Mauricio Pochettino
gives out instructions
to his players
awkward piece of control in the 12th
minute. Watford sensed an opportunity to exploit that unease, showing
inventiveness on the break, and Spurs’
defenders were relieved to see Hugo
Lloris deny Andre Gray in the 25th
minute.
The frustration for Watford, however, was that one defensive aberration had already undermined their
enterprising approach by the time
Gray saw his snapshot pushed away.
A team with Tottenham’s attacking
options rarely require a helping hand
from their opponents and Orestis
Karnezis will wince when he watches
a replay of the mistake that handed
the home team an undeserved lead.
The threat looked minimal when
Kieran Trippier whipped a cross
towards the near post. It should have
been a routine catch for Karnezis.
Instead, the Watford goalkeeper was
distracted by Christian Kabasele ducking underneath the ball and his fumble
presented Christian Eriksen with the
chance to tee up Alli, who drove a low
shot into the unguarded net.
However, Pochettino was mistaken
if he thought that isolated show of
composure from Alli would settle his
players. Watford targeted Tottenham’s
unconvincing high line, forcing Lloris
to race out of his area to beat Abdoulaye Doucouré to a through-ball, and
all that was missing was a touch of
ruthlessness.
A lovely backheel from Will Hughes
released Doucouré, who shot straight
at Lloris, and Richarlison also had an
effort pushed away after combining with Gray. “We conceded a few
chances but Lloris showed fantastic
skills in goal,” Pochettino said. His side
would make Watford regret their generosity. “We conceded cheap goals,”
Gracia said. “When we created chances
we didn’t score.”
Tottenham emerged with renewed
focus at the start of the second half and
normal service was resumed when
Kane made it 2-0. The goal stemmed
from one of those flowing moves that
have made Spurs so enjoyable to watch
under Pochettino, Eriksen shuffling
a pass to Alli, who poked the ball
through to Son Heung-min on the left.
Son wasted no time turning the ball
across goal and, although Kane slipped
in the middle, the striker sprung back
to his feet to meet Trippier’s centre
with a crisp shot.
Watford, winless on their travels
since 25 November, had been put in
their place. Richarlison contrived to
fire over from close range and Gerard
Deulofeu had a goal correctly ruled out
for offside. But despite losing Mousa
Dembélé to an ankle injury, Tottenham
closed out the game.
Kane has looked out of sorts since
returning from an ankle injury and he
is still playing himself back into form.
Yet his importance to this team has
never been in doubt and, with Gareth
Southgate in the stands, this was a
good time for England’s best hope at
the World Cup to rediscover his scoring touch.
Tottenham Hotspur
4-2-3-1
Lloris; Trippier,
Sánchez, Vertonghen,
Davies; Dier, Dembélén
(Wanyama• 63);
Eriksen, Alli
(Lamela 82), Son
(Sissoko 74); Kane
Subs not used
Vorm, Alderweireld,
Aurier, Lucas Moura
Watford
3-5-1-1
Karnezis; Kabasele,
Mariappa, Cathcart; Kiko
(Deulofeu 64), Doucouré,
Hughes (Carrillo 83),
Capoue, Holebas;
Richarlison; Gray
(Deeney 64)
Subs not used
Gomes, Janmaat, Britos,
Sinclair
Referee Michael Oliver Attendance 52,675
FA Youth Cup final
Chelsea rout
Arsenal for
fifth victory
in succession
Chelsea claimed the FA Youth Cup for
a fifth year in a row as a 4-0 win at the
Emirates Stadium earned them a 7-1
aggregate win over Arsenal.
The Blues have reached all bar
one final since 2010, winning seven
of them, and their quality ultimately
told. Arsenal fielded notably more
first-year scholars than an experienced
Chelsea side that included the first-
Results
Football
PREMIER LEAGUE
Manchester City C
Manchester Utd
Liverpool
Tottenham
Chelsea
Arsenal
Burnley
Everton
Leicester
Newcastle
Crystal Palace
Bournemouth
Watford
Brighton
West Ham
Huddersfield
Swansea
Southampton
Stoke
West Brom
P
35
35
36
35
35
35
36
36
35
35
36
36
36
35
35
35
35
35
36
36
Tottenham
Alli 16
Kane 48
52,675
W
30
24
20
21
20
17
14
13
11
11
9
9
10
8
8
9
8
6
6
5
(1) 2
D
3
5
12
8
6
6
12
9
11
8
11
11
8
13
11
8
9
14
12
13
L
2
6
4
6
9
12
10
14
13
16
16
16
18
14
16
18
18
15
18
18
F
102
67
80
68
60
67
35
42
49
35
41
42
42
32
43
27
27
35
32
30
A
26
27
37
31
34
48
32
54
52
44
54
60
62
47
67
56
52
54
65
54
GD
+76
+40
+43
+37
+26
+19
+3
-12
-3
-9
-13
-18
-20
-15
-24
-29
-25
-19
-33
-24
Watford
Pts
93
77
72
71
66
57
54
48
44
41
38
38
38
37
35
35
33
32
30
28
(0) 0
SSE AIRTRICITY IRISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Bohemians 0 Waterford 1; Dundalk 5 St Patricks 0;
Limerick 0 Derry City 3; Shamrock Rovers 3 Cork City 0;
Sligo 2 Bray 1
PRIMEIRA LIGA
Aves 1 Estoril 0
LA LIGA
Real Betis 2 Málaga 1
Cricket
SPECSAVERS COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP
Division One (final day of four)
Hampshire v Essex
Ageas Bowl Hampshire (11pts) drew with Essex (10).
Hampshire First innings (overnight 241-4)
RR Rossouw c Harmer b Siddle ......................................10
LA Dawson not out .......................................................34
†LD McManus c Foster b SJ Cook ...................................16
KJ Abbott c & b SJ Cook .................................................43
CP Wood not out ..........................................................10
Extras (b7, lb9, w1, nb6) ...............................................23
Total (for 7 dec, 108.4 overs).......................................351
Fall cont 241, 272, 340. Did not bat B Wheal, FH Edwards.
Bowling Porter 29-4-86-1; SJ Cook 22-7-87-2;
Siddle 29-7-62-3; Bopara 9.4-2-37-0;
Harmer 18-3-59-1; Lawrence 1-0-4-0.
Essex First innings
NLJ Browne c Adams b Wheal ........................................26
AN Cook c McManus b Wood ..........................................84
T Westley c Amla b Wheal ................................................0
DW Lawrence lbw b Abbott .............................................6
RS Bopara not out ........................................................84
*RN ten Doeschate lbw b Edwards ................................24
†JS Foster b Dawson .....................................................46
SR Harmer not out .......................................................21
Extras (b1, lb8)...............................................................9
Total (for 6, 70.5 overs)...............................................300
Fall 54, 54, 61, 148, 175, 251.
Did not bat SJ Cook, PM Siddle, JA Porter.
Bowling Abbott 17-3-42-1; Edwards 16-4-63-1;
Wood 17-1-72-1; Wheal 12.5-3-63-2; Dawson 8-0-51-1.
Toss Uncontested, Essex elected to field.
Umpires PK Baldwin, RT Robinson and NL Bainton.
Lancashire v Surrey
Old Trafford Lancashire (12pts) drew with Surrey (8).
Lancashire First innings 439-9 dec (J Clark 78,
JM Mennie 68no, TE Bailey 66, S Chanderpaul 65, SJ Croft 62).
Surrey First innings (overnight 231-9)
R Patel not out ...............................................................4
A Virdi c Vilas b Onions ....................................................4
Extras (b8, lb6, nb4) .....................................................18
Total (89.4 overs) .......................................................235
teamer Callum Hudson-Odoi, who
stood out with two goals.
Jody Morris’s side held a 3-1 lead
from Friday’s first leg and did not for
a moment look as if they might throw
that away. It took only 10 minutes for
Chelsea to score when Billy Gilmour
drilled home from the edge of the box
after a cross from the dangerous Juan
Castillo had been only half-cleared.
The Dutch youth international was
a scourge of the Arsenal defence from
left-back and nearly doubled the lead
midway through the first half, pouncing when Vontae Daley-Campbell
missed a low cross and firing a shot
into the palms of João Virginia, the
Arsenal goalkeeper.
Arsenal had their chances in the
first half, with Emile Smith-Rowe the
chief instigator. Tyreece John-Jules
flashed a drive across the face of goal
as Kwame Ampadu’s side looked to
mount an unlikely comeback. But
their faint hopes were killed off when
Hudson-Odoi calmly rounded two
defenders before scoring.
The substitute Tino Anjorin then
slotted home from Hudson-Odoi’s
cross before the latter added to his
tally late on, pouncing on a mistake
by Zech Medley. Guardian sport
Bowling Bailey 22-5-54-4; Onions 19.4-6-49-4;
Livingstone 18-4-36-1; Mennie 16-2-47-0;
Clark 12-4-32-1; Croft 2-0-3-0.
Surrey Second innings (following on)
*RJ Burns c Jennings b Livingstone ................................33
MD Stoneman c Vilas b Bailey ........................................29
SG Borthwick b Bailey .....................................................0
D Elgar c Vilas b Clark ....................................................14
†BT Foakes c Vilas b Bailey ............................................57
OJ Pope c Livingstone b Bailey .......................................41
SM Curran not out ..........................................................9
R Patel not out ...............................................................9
Extras (lb7) ....................................................................7
Total (for 6, 90.3 overs)...............................................199
Fall 53, 53, 68, 90, 176, 177.
Did not bat JW Dernbach, MP Dunn, A Virdi.
Bowling Bailey 19-12-13-4; Onions 19-6-41-0;
Clark 12-3-29-1; Mennie 15-5-44-0;
Livingstone 22.3-5-59-1; Croft 3-1-6-0.
Toss Uncontested, Surrey elected to field.
Umpires RA Kettleborough and PJ Hartley.
Fall cont 301, 336, 366, 374.
Bowling Rampaul 20-3-82-1; Viljoen 11-2-35-1;
Davis 11-3-39-2; Olivier 20-1-94-1; Reece 16-2-64-3;
Critchley 18-1-58-1.
Derbyshire First innings
BT Slater c Eckersley b Raine .........................................27
LM Reece lbw b Raine......................................................0
WL Madsen lbw b Aaron ..................................................0
AL Hughes b Dexter ......................................................42
*BA Godleman lbw b Griffiths .........................................7
†GC Wilson not out .......................................................64
MJJ Critchley c Raine b Griffiths ....................................38
GC Viljoen c Raine b Ackermann.....................................43
WS Davis c & b Ackermann...............................................6
R Rampaul not out .........................................................3
Extras (lb11, nb10) .......................................................21
Total (for 8, 68 overs)..................................................251
Fall 8, 9, 43, 54, 104, 164, 224, 242.
Did not bat D Olivier.
Bowling Aaron 17-5-54-1; Raine 16-1-65-2;
Griffiths 11-3-29-2; Klein 9-1-36-0;
Ackermann 6-0-36-2; Dexter 9-1-20-1.
Toss Uncontested, Derbyshire elected to field.
Umpires MA Gough and JH Evans.
Somerset v Yorkshire
Taunton Somerset (20pts) beat Yorkshire (3) by 118 runs.
Somerset First innings 216 (MT Renshaw 112;
JA Brooks 5-57).
Yorkshire First innings 96.
Somerset Second innings 200 (TB Abell 82).
Yorkshire Second innings (overnight 49-1)
A Lyth c Hildreth b Groenewald ......................................34
CA Pujara c SM Davies b Gregory ......................................6
*GS Ballance c SM Davies b Gregory ..............................19
JA Leaning c Renshaw b C Overton .................................68
MJ Waite c & b C Overton .................................................6
†AJ Hodd lbw b C Overton ...............................................1
TT Bresnan lbw b Abell ..................................................21
JA Brooks c & b Groenewald...........................................21
BO Coad c Trescothick b Abell ..........................................2
K Carver not out .............................................................0
Extras (b2, lb7)...............................................................9
Total (86.1 overs) .......................................................202
Fall cont 49, 67, 81, 99, 103, 159, 188, 191.
Bowling Gregory 23-7-59-2; C Overton 21.1-7-43-3;
Davey 7.5-4-12-1; Groenewald 19-5-51-2;
Bess 9.1-5-13-0; Abell 6-2-15-2.
Toss Uncontested, Yorkshire elected to field.
Umpires AG Wharf and M Burns.
Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire
New Road Nottinghamshire (22pts) beat Worcestershire (3)
by an innings and 41 runs.
Worcestershire First innings 110 (LJ Fletcher 5-27).
Nottinghamshire First innings (overnight 204-6).
†TJ Moores c Cox b Tongue ............................................43
SCJ Broad c Cox b Head .................................................38
LJ Fletcher not out .......................................................27
JT Ball lbw b Tongue ........................................................0
HF Gurney not out ..........................................................1
Extras (lb16, w4, nb10) ................................................30
Total (for 9 dec, 70.5 overs).........................................300
Fall cont 252, 287, 288.
Bowling Leach 21-7-73-3; Barnard 14-0-62-1;
Morris 12-2-38-0; Tongue 19.5-1-81-4; Head 4-0-30-1.
Worcestershire Second innings
DKH Mitchell b Ball .........................................................3
BLD’Oliveira c Taylor b Ball .............................................0
TC Fell b Gurney ............................................................37
JM Clarke c Moores b Broad .............................................4
TM Head lbw b Ball........................................................29
GH Rhodes c Moores b Fletcher........................................8
†OB Cox c Libby b Fletcher.............................................11
E Barnard c Moores b Ball ..............................................12
*J Leach c Moores b Ball ..................................................6
JC Tongue b Gurney ......................................................21
CAJ Morris not out .........................................................9
Extras (b5, lb4)...............................................................9
Total (38.2 overs) .......................................................149
Fall 12, 17, 62, 75, 89, 101, 118, 125.
Bowling Ball 13-2-59-5; Broad 6-2-17-1;
Fletcher 9-2-28-2; Gurney 10.2-2-36-2.
Toss Uncontested, Nottinghamshire elected to field.
Umpires DJ Millns and RK Illingworth.
SPECSAVERS COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP
Division Two (final day of four)
Leicestershire v Derbyshire
Grace Road Leicestershire (11pts) drew with Derbyshire (10).
Leicestershire First innings (overnight 267-5).
†EJH Eckersley c Sub b Rampaul....................................54
NJ Dexter b Olivier ........................................................47
BA Raine run out ..........................................................47
D Klein not out .............................................................19
GT Griffiths lbw b Davis...................................................0
VR Aaron lbw b Viljoen ....................................................1
Extras (b4, lb5, nb14) ...................................................23
Total (96 overs) ..........................................................381
▲ Callum Hudson-Odoi (centre)
celebrates with Chelsea team-mates
(no play yesterday, rain)
Middlesex v Glamorgan
Lord’s Middlesex 194 (SS Eskinazi 94; MG Hogan 5-49).
Glamorgan 38-4. Middlesex (6pts) drew with Glamorgan (8).
Sussex v Gloucestershire
Hove Sussex 145 (PD Salt 63; RF Higgins 5-21) and 204.
Gloucestershire 183 (D Wiese 5-48) and 108-6.
Sussex (8pts) drew with Gloucestershire (8).
Northamptonshire v Durham
Northampton Northamptonshire v Durham was abandoned
without a ball being bowled (5pts each).
TOUR MATCH (third day of four)
Canterbury Pakistanis 168 (Imam-ul-Haq 61;
WRS Gidman 5-47). Kent 39-1. No play yesterday, rain.
Snooker
BETFRED WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (Sheffield)
Second round: Ding J (Chn) bt A McGill (Sco) 13-4;
J Trump (Eng) bt R Walden (Eng) 13-9; M Williams (Wal) bt
R Milkins (Eng) 13-7.
Tennis
ATP BMW OPEN BY FWU (Munich, Germany)
First round: Y Hanfmann (Ger) bt M Baghdatis (Cyp) 6-2
6-4; M Bachinger (Ger) bt M Kukushkin (Kaz) 7-6 (10-8)
3-6 6-3; M Klizan (Svk) bt F Mayer (Ger) 3-6 6-4 6-3.
ATP TEB BNP PARIBAS ISTANBUL OPEN (Turkey)
First round: L Djere (Ser) bt D Istomin (Uzb) 7-6 (7-5)
7-6 (8-6); V Troicki (Ser) bt B Tomic (Aus) 3-6 6-0 7-5;
M Trungelliti (Arg) bt E Ymer (Swe) 4-6 6-3 6-2; P Lorenzi
(It) bt C Ilkel (Tur) 6-2 6-3; T Daniel (Jpn) bt M Berrettini
(It) 7-5 6-3.
ATP MILLENNIUM ESTORIL OPEN (Portugal)
First round: P Sousa (Por) bt G Simon (Fr) 6-3 4-6 7-6
(7-4); A De Minaur (Aus) bt G Elias (Por) 6-3 6-1;
F Tiafoe (US) bt T Sandgren (US) 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4).
WTA J&T BANKA PRAGUE OPEN (Czech Republic)
First round: S Stosur (Aus) bt D Gavrilova (Aus) 6-3 4-6
0-0 ret; Wang Q (Chn) bt V Kuzmova (Svk) 7-6 (7-4) 6-1;
N Vikhlyantseva (Rus) bt C Witthöft (Ger) 6-4 6-4;
E Alexandrova (Rus) bt R Hogenkamp (Neth) 7-6 (7-5)
6-1; K Siniakova (Cz) bt A Petkovic (Ger) 6-2 7-6 (7-4);
T Korpatsch (Ger) bt O Dodin (Fr) 6-2 7-5; AK Schmiedlova
(Svk) bt H Watson (GB) 6-1 6-3.
WTA MOROCCO OPEN (Rabat)
First round: S Sorribes Tormo (Sp) bt Y Putintseva (Kaz)
7-6 (7-4) 6-0; J Larsson (Swe) bt R Peterson (Swe) 2-6 6-3
6-1; J Fett (Cro) bt S Vickery (US) 6-2 3-6 6-3; K Flipkens
(Bel) bt P Martic (Cro) 3-6 6-2 6-4; S Errani (It) bt Z Diyas
(Kaz) 6-4 6-4.
Fixtures
Football (7.45pm unless stated)
Uefa Champions League
Semi-final: Second leg Real Madrid (2) v B Munich (1)
Sky Bet League One
Bradford v Walsall; Doncaster v AFC Wimbledon;
Scunthorpe v Plymouth.
League Two
Chesterfield v Newport County
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership play-off
Quarter-final: First leg Dunfermline v Dundee United
Scottish League One play-off
Semi-final: First leg Stenhousemuir v Queen’s Park
Scottish Pyramid play-off
Semi-final: Second leg Spartans (0) v Cove Rangers (4)
Rugby union (7.30pm unless stated)
Principality Building Society Welsh Premiership
Bedwas v Newport (7.15pm); Cross Keys v Bridgend
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