2 NEWS The main stories… What happened A Home Office reshuffle Sajid Javid promised this week to “do right” by the people affected by the Windrush scandal as he started his new job as Home Secretary, replacing Amber Rudd. He said that as a second-generation immigrant himself, he was angry that people who had lawfully settled in the UK decades ago had been harassed by the authorities. Whereas Theresa May had talked – when she was home secretary – about creating a “hostile environment” for illegal immigrants, Javid said that he would seek only to ensure a “compliant environment”. The former phrase, he declared, was “unhelpful” and did not reflect British values. Rudd’s chances of surviving this scandal were never great, said The Daily Telegraph. The public has been rightly appalled by the Home Office’s treatment of the Windrush generation. And Labour, keen to “distract attention from its own problems over anti-Semitism” in the runup to this week’s local elections, was out to claim a political scalp. When Rudd committed “the one offence that trumps all others – misleading the House” – her fate was sealed. Rudd had looked “increasingly out of her depth” at the Home Office, said the FT. Her resignation will take some immediate pressure off the Javid: safe pair of hands? Tories over the “immigration fiasco”. But in the longer term, it could prove dangerous for the PM, “given that it was her policies that caused it”. The son of a Pakistani bus driver who came to the UK in 1961 with £1 in his pocket, Javid is the first non-white politician to occupy any of the four great offices of state. Rudd resigned on Sunday evening after admitting that she had “inadvertently misled” MPs, by telling a Home Affairs Select Committee that her department didn’t have targets for the removal of illegal immigrants. The Guardian had published leaked documents contradicting her claim. What happened Kim’s charm offensive What the editorials said We need a change of policy as well as a change of home secretary, said The Guardian. “Targets are not wrong in principle”, but trying to meet unachievable ones through a hostile environment approach was bound to lead to injustice. Rudd went along with the policy because “that was the line of least resistance, politically speaking”. Her fall is an “object lesson in the perils facing liberal Tories when they allow cheap right-wing rhetoric to outweigh their better instincts”. What the editorials said Korea’s leaders have achieved a “near revolutionary breakthrough”, said The Independent. The “historic At a landmark summit last week, the leaders of handshakes, grins and hugs” that marked the North and South Korea promised to work for summit are evidence of a real relaxation of the “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean tension. The talk in their final statement of “one peninsula and a “new era of peace”. In a joint nation” that “cannot be separated” will even statement, Kim Jong Un of North Korea and encourage hopes of eventual reunification – the South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in also dream of so many Koreans. If only it were that pledged to hold talks on a treaty that would simple, said The New York Times. Kim may yet formally bring to an end the 1950-53 Korean demand an unacceptably high price in economic War, 65 years after hostilities ceased. In a aid or security guarantees for scrapping his meeting heavy with symbolism, Kim became nuclear arsenal – if, and it’s a big if – he’s really the first North Korean leader to enter the prepared to “denuclearise” at all. After all, why South’s territory when he stepped across the would he “surrender a lever his family spent demarcation line at the village of Panmunjom, Kim and Moon: grins and hugs years and millions of dollars developing”? in the demilitarised zone. The precedents are hardly encouraging, said The Wall Street Donald Trump, who is due to shortly hold his own summit Journal. At the last two inter-Korean summits, in 2000 and with Kim, applauded the outcome. It was his diplomacy, 2007, the South “bent over backwards” to win promises of he said, that helped create “a much better alternative than “peace and brotherhood”. And on both occasions, Pyongyang anybody thought even possible”. His boast was endorsed by soon resumed its “military provocations” and its nuclear Moon, who said Trump should be awarded the Nobel Peace programme. In any dealings with the North, the West’s best Prize for bringing Kim to the negotiating table. policy must always be “distrust and verify”. It wasn’t all bad Britain’s leading supermarkets last week signed a voluntary pledge to make all plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, Aldi, Lidl and Morrisons are among 42 businesses to have so far signed up to the UK Plastics Pact, organised by waste charity Wrap. Separately, Morrisons announced it will from this month give shoppers the option of bringing their own Tupperware, into which raw meat and fish can be packed. An American football player has become the first one-handed person to be accepted into the NFL. Shaquem Griffin, 22, will join the Seattle Seahawks, for which his twin brother, Shaquill, has been playing since 2017. Griffin’s left hand was amputated when he was four, due to a prenatal condition that stopped his fingers from fully developing, but despite this, he starred on his high school’s track, football and baseball teams before winning an athletics scholarship to the University of Central Florida. He caught the scouts’ attention this year when he bench-pressed 102kg 20 times using a prosthetic hand, and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds. A celebrated Syrian chef who arrived in Britain as a refugee two-and-a-half years ago is now enjoying sell-out success with a series of pop-up restaurants in London. Imad Alarnab fled Damascus in July 2015 after two of his restaurants were bombed. He made his way across Europe, often on foot, eventually arriving in London. His newest pop-up, Imad’s Choose Love Kitchen in Bethnal Green, has proved so popular, it has extended its opening until at least the end of June: all its profits until then will go to Aleppo’s Hope Hospital. COVER CARTOON: HOWARD MCWILLIAM THE WEEK 5 May 2018 …and how they were covered NEWS 3 What the commentators said What next? If nothing else, Javid will bring a fresh perspective to the Home Office, said Guy Adams in the Daily Mail. Raised with four brothers in a two-bedroom flat in Bristol, he has “experienced first-hand the ravages of crime”. The flat was on Stapleton Road, once named “Britain’s worst street” by a Sunday newspaper, which described it as a “lawless hellhole”. Despite this background, he won a place at the University of Exeter and went on, at 25, to become the youngest ever vice-president of Chase Manhattan Bank. By his 30s, he was earning a reported £3m a year. One of his brothers, Bas, is now chief superintendent of West Midlands Police. As well as resolving the many cases of mistreatment suffered by the Windrush generation, Javid will need to restore public faith in the system and help devise a post-Brexit immigration policy. On top of that, he faces the challenge of dealing with rising crime. Javid’s appointment will be welcomed by Brexiteers, said Katy Balls in The Guardian. Although the former Communities Secretary is “technically a Remainer, he is much more Eurosceptic than Rudd”. But the “most striking aspects of the appointment don’t relate to Brexit, but to May’s approach to governing”. Relations between the PM and Javid have long been strained, and she was planning to banish him to the backbenches before the disastrous snap election. The fact that she has made him Home Secretary, rather than taking the safe option of entrusting the job to a biddable ally, “suggests that the Maybot is learning new tricks”. Javid may not thank her for it, said Richard Ford in The Times. The Home Office, after all, is known as a “graveyard for ambitious politicians”. A former incumbent, Jack Straw, was advised by a predecessor that, at any one time, there would be 50 sets of officials in the sprawling department working on projects that could destroy his career. The Home Office is “Whitehall’s ultimate hostile environment”, agreed Stephen Daisley in The Spectator. It’s not so much a department as “a nervous breakdown minuted by civil servants... It is an uber-bureaucracy of overlapping remits and contradictory objectives, at once sclerotic and dementedly populist.” Tony Blair improved matters by hiving off courts, prisons and probation to the Ministry of Justice, but the department is still far too big. The Home Office’s problems won’t be solved by reviews or a “safe pair of hands”. The department needs to be broken up. Ministers want an inquiry into Home Office leaks, reports The Daily Telegraph. One described Rudd’s resignation as a “targeted killing” by the civil service. Rudd may now be tempted to “join the awkward squad of Tory backbenchers campaigning for a softer Brexit”, says Sebastian Payne in the FT. Alternatively, she “may decide to keep her head down and wait for a suitable moment to return to the front line”. What the commentators said What next? As a “charm offensive”, Kim’s performance last week was hard to beat, said The Economist. South Korean commuters stopped in subway stations to watch on live TV as the two leaders engaged in friendly banter. When Kim and Moon shook hands, even hardened hacks “fought back tears”. The old foes succeeded in their main aim: to show that they are capable of friendly conversation, but beyond that, what precisely has been achieved? The communiqué was long on lofty sentiment but short on detail. We don’t even know what the North means, when it talks of “denuclearisation”, said John Everard in The Daily Telegraph. In the past, it has used the term to cover two linked obligations – the scrapping of its own weapons and the removal of the US missiles that protect the South, an idea Washington finds unacceptable. It’s quite possible Kim’s real aim is to split South Korea from the US and so neutralise the devastating impact of American sanctions. “If this is a genuine olive branch it would be a pity to throw it back at him”, but we should still “prepare for the worst”. China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, arrived in Pyongyang for talks this week, ahead of Kim’s summit with Trump. The trip is the first official visit by a Chinese foreign minister to North Korea since 2007 – an indication of Beijing’s concern that it could be sidelined in the latest peace moves. Chinese scientists are continuing to monitor the North’s main nuclear weapons testing base: they suspect it has been partially destroyed by a landslide, which may explain Kim’s declaration last month that testing had been suspended, a move that was welcomed as a peace gesture. The “huge wild card” is Trump himself, said Robert E. Kelly on CapX. He’s easily bored and prone to lash out when frustrated, so there is a big risk that his forthcoming summit could fail. If it does, the consequences could be severe. Trump and his cabinet (including hawkish National Security Adviser John Bolton) may conclude that diplomacy has no future, and decide to revisit the idea of military strikes. How Kim will react is equally unpredictable, said Fred Kaplan on Slate. He first has to explain to his people why he’s been “merrily shaking hands” with the president of South Korea, until recently dubbed an “outlaw regime”. Then he’ll have to do the same with a US president he has called a “mentally deranged dotard”. Hitherto his regime has magnified the threat posed by implacable enemies to justify its draconian rule. Unless Kim can find another rationale, he may well prefer not to turn those enemies into friends. THE WEEK Even the most ardent Leaver must concede there are things the EU can do that nation states can’t. Defanging tech giants, for example. The General Data Protection Regulation that comes into force on 25 May represents a massive shift of power from Facebook-Amazon-Netflix-Google (the FANGs) to you, the consumer. From now on they – along with every single company in Europe – must seek your explicit consent to use your personal data. Whether or not this is a good thing (see p.45), it’s clear that only the multinational might of Brussels could have brought it about. Yet given the huge cost and effort it takes to get onside (everyone at The Week has had to pass a pesky exam to ensure we don’t misuse your data), and given the severe penalties for non-compliance, it’s equally clear that many small businesses and charities will find it crippling. This is the way with bureaucracy. The more remote it is from particular local concerns, the greater the collateral damage its rules exert on small fry who can’t get an input into rule-making. The EU’s new draft directive on ecolighting, for example, would – if unamended – leave every British theatre, music festival and concert in the dark. The same applies when national bureaucracies frame rules without involving the particular interests affected by them. The Windrush affair is a case in point. 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Tel: 020-3890 3890. Editorial: The Week Ltd, 2nd Floor, 32 Queensway, London W2 3RX. Tel: 020-3890 3787. email: email@example.com 5 May 2018 THE WEEK Politics 4 NEWS Controversy of the week A transatlantic romance During Emmanuel Macron’s trip to Washington last week, the world’s media was transﬁxed by the “effusive displays of manly affection” between the French and US presidents, said Jon Henley in The Guardian – the “hugs and kisses, grins and thumbs-ups”, the back-clapping and hand-clasping. But one episode in particular stood out. Staring intently at Macron’s immaculate suit, Donald Trump brushed something invisible off his guest’s collar. “I’ll get that little piece of dandruff off,” he said. “We have to make him perfect. He is perfect.” Taken aback, Macron “could do little but grin”. Paris’s Le Point called it a “humiliation”. Some saw it as a display of primate dominance. At any rate, “the paternalistic dusting down neatly symbolised the risk inherent in Macron’s Trump gamble”. Trump with Macron: “he is perfect” The French president has established a close rapport with his “unpredictable” and widely unpopular US counterpart. Can he do so “without getting burnt”? The gamble paid off handsomely, said The Times. Macron “pulled off the trick of cosying up to Trump without cosying up to Trumpism”. On his ﬁrst day of the trip, he thoroughly charmed and seduced his host. On his second, “he challenged every core tenet of Mr Trump’s agenda”, albeit tactfully – in a speech to Congress that rejected nationalism, criticised the president’s position on free trade and climate change, and afﬁrmed support for a nuclear deal with Iran that Trump has condemned. The visit was “an unalloyed success for French prestige and his own standing as the new face of Europe”. Thank God for France and Macron, said Roger Cohen in The New York Times. “Britain has gone awol in its Brexit funk. Angela Merkel has passed the zenith of her power. Macron is what Europe’s got to sway Trump, reinvent the transatlantic bond and keep him from trashing the American-led multilateral order that has held humankind from world war since 1945.” Theresa May should watch and learn, ahead of Trump’s UK visit in July, said the FT. So far, the PM has shown neither the diplomatic skill to charm him, nor the bravery to “disagree openly with him”. Macron seems to treat Trump like “a typical American tourist in Paris”, said Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker: someone who is shallow and not very bright, but who can “be gently cajoled into civilised behaviour”. Dealing with a crazed, “diehard nationalist authoritarian”, this will never work. This was the “most intimate” moment between a US president and a foreign leader since George W. Bush and Tony Blair used the same toothpaste at Camp David, said Dana Milbank in The Washington Post. But Macron actually achieved very little. He wanted Trump to exempt the EU from new US tariffs on steel and aluminium, a decision that has merely been delayed; and not to trash the Iran deal – which Trump, to his guest’s face, denounced as “ridiculous” and “insane”. Blair, in time, became known as Bush’s poodle. Will Macron “become Trump’s bichon frise”? Spirit of the age The University of Utah has installed a “cry closet” in the library to give students a private place in which to wallow in their emotions. Created by a student in a woodwork class, the tiny cupboard has a black interior and contains stuffed animals for the students to cuddle as they weep. Boots pharmacies have removed from sale a “sexualised” eyeshadow palette after a customer complained about the names of the shades – “foreplay”, “homewrecker” “sugar daddy” and “MILF”. Angela Fitzsimons contacted the store after her 17-yearold daughter brought home the make-up, by Obsession, from the Loughborough branch. Her daughter had told her that she liked the colours, but thought that the names were “gross”. THE WEEK 5 May 2018 Good week for: Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, who announced that she and her partner, Jen Wilson, are expecting their first child in October. Davidson, 39, began undergoing IVF treatment last summer. Abba fans, with news that the Swedish group has reunited and recorded its first new material in 35 years. The band’s four members (who are now in their late 60s and early 70s) produced the two songs for a forthcoming world tour, but they won’t be taking part in it. Instead, it will feature “Abbatars” – digital avatars of the Super Troupers as they were in their 1970s heyday. Marvel, when the latest film in its superhero series – Avengers: Infinity War – grossed an estimated £457m in its opening weekend, setting a new global record before it had even opened in China, the world’s second biggest cinema market. (See page 29.) Ps and Qs, after Amazon announced that on its latest Echo device, Alexa – the voice assistant – will reward children who say “please” and “thank you” (rather than just barking out orders) by graciously thanking them for their good manners. Bad week for: Farmers’ unions, which reacted with dismay to news that the EU is banning the use of neonicotinoids – a class of pesticides that are extremely efficient, but which are widely believed to harm bees. A partial ban was introduced in 2013; the new one prohibits the use of neonicotinoids anywhere but in a closed greenhouse. Environmentalists welcomed the decision, but the National Farmers’ Union described it as “disappointing” and “unjustified”. Lords defeat on Brexit The House of Lords this week approved an amendment to the Government’s EU withdrawal bill that could stop the UK leaving the EU without a deal. Under Tory peer Viscount Hailsham’s amendment, which was voted in by 335 to 244, MPs would be able to order further Brexit negotiations if the Prime Minister failed to secure a deal or if they didn’t approve the deal. Ministers, who had insisted on a “takeit-or-leave-it” deal, said the change would “weaken” the Government’s hand in negotiations; its supporters said that by restoring power to the Commons, it struck a blow for democracy. The Government will now aim to convince MPs to overturn the amendment when the bill returns to the Commons later this month. Alcohol cap in force The price of many alcoholic drinks went up in Scotland on Tuesday, as long-awaited minimum pricing legislation came into force. The law, which sets a floor price of 50p for each unit of alcohol contained in a drink, was passed in 2012, but had faced legal challenges from industry lobby groups. The SNP said the policy would tackle “problem drinking” by putting up the price of cheap spirits and highstrength lagers and ciders. Poll watch 80% of British adults class themselves as “ordinary”; 15% do not; 5% are unsure. However, the proportion varies dramatically with age. Among 20- to 24-year-olds, 58% perceive themselves as ordinary; the proportion then rises steadily until it reaches 93% among 70to 74-year-olds. In the 2017 general election, selfdeclared ordinary people were more likely than notordinary ones to have voted Conservative; the opposite was true for the Lib Dems. YouGov 29% of lorry drivers say they have fallen asleep at the wheel. Of those who had, 64% blamed their job, citing long days and insufficient provision for rest – for example, being forced to sleep in their vehicle at the side of the road. Unite/The Daily Telegraph Europe at a glance Brussels Syrian aid summit: A joint EU-UN conference on aid for Syrian refugees last week raised only half the money thought to be needed for this year. Most of the £2.9bn pledged came from Germany, the EU and Britain; hopes that the Gulf states would make a substantial contribution were not realised, despite warnings from Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan that more money was urgently needed to prevent tensions between their citizens and the refugees reaching a critical level. Jordan’s foreign minister said that “a new army of Islamic State” would emerge within the next ten to 15 years if these problems were not addressed. Britain promised £250m over two years, some of it earmarked for training medics in trauma care, taking its total aid to the region in 2018 to £450m. UN ofﬁcials described the Brussels II conference as a good start, but aid organisations complained that it did not go “nearly far enough”. NEWS 5 Lelystad, the Netherlands Rewilding disaster: An ambitious project to rewild a stretch of marshland 40km outside the centre of Amsterdam has been severely criticised after hundreds of deer, horses and cattle living on it starved over the winter. The number of large mammals on the 5,000-hectare Oostvaardersplassen reserve, near Lelystad, has fallen from 5,230 to 1,850 in the past few months. Most were shot before they could die of starvation. An ofﬁcial report found that allowing the population of large herbivores to grow unchecked had resulted in severe overgrazing. Protesters had taken to throwing bales of hay over fences to feed the animals. Berlin Music awards scrapped: Germany’s Echo Awards, which caused an uproar last month by handing a prize to a rap album containing lyrics criticised as anti-Semitic, have been scrapped. Several former winners, including conductor Daniel Barenboim, had handed back their awards in protest after Farid Bang and Kollegah were given the hip-hop prize for Jung, brutal, gutaussehend 3 (Young, brutal, good-looking 3), which includes lyrics such as, “I’m doing another Holocaust, coming with a Molotov.” Organisers explained last week that they did not want the prize, which is run by an industry body, to be “a platform for anti-Semitism, misogyny, homophobia or belittling of violence”. Venice Crowd control: Ofﬁcials erected turnstiles at two key entry points into Venice last week, ahead of a record number of visitors over Italy’s bank holiday weekend. The city’s mayor said the tornelli (one at Constitution Bridge, where cars and coaches arrive, the other outside the city’s railway station) would enable ofﬁcials to direct tourists away from the most congested routes. But while some locals welcomed the trial, others said the barriers made Venice – which is being steadily depopulated owing to the pressures of receiving 28 million visitors a year – seem yet more like a theme park. Ankara Erdogan’s challenger: A right-wing Turkish politician known as “the SheWolf” has emerged as the main threat to President Erdogan in his bid for re-election next month. A former interior minister, Meral Aksener, 61, has promised to restore the democratic rights Erdogan has eroded and re-engage with the West if she is elected. A nationalist and a practising but non-veil-wearing Muslim, she hopes that her Iyi (“Good”) Party, an alliance of hard- and centre-right politicians formed last year, will appeal to disillusioned Erdogan voters. The ﬁrst woman to stand for the presidency, Aksener is considered a formidable political operator: Erdogan’s decision to call the snap election is thought to stem from anxiety about her growing popularity. However, to have a chance of success, Aksener must overcome Erdogan’s control of the media – reinforced last week by the jailing of 14 opposition journalists. Paris Zika mosquito warning: Health ofﬁcials in France have warned that a species of mosquito capable of being a vector for diseases such as the Zika virus and dengue fever is spreading across France, and has even been seen in the suburbs of Paris. Numbers of the invasive tiger mosquito, which is named for its distinctive black and white-striped body, have doubled in the country in the past two years; it is now present across the whole of southern France, as well as pockets further north, and affects 42 of the country’s 96 departments (up from four in 2010). The insect has been identiﬁed as the source of an outbreak of dengue fever in the French Indian Ocean territory of Réunion, and there are fears that people travelling between the island and the French mainland will import the virus, which could then be spread by tiger mosquitoes. Pamplona, Spain “Wolf pack” protests: Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of several Spanish cities last week, after ﬁve men accused of gang-raping a woman during the 2016 Pamplona bull-running festival were found guilty of the lesser offence of sexual abuse. The accused – nicknamed “the wolf pack” after a WhatsApp group to which they belonged – had surrounded their 18-year-old victim and “pushed” her into a deserted hallway in the early hours, but the court ruled that their attack did not amount to rape because no violence or intimidation had been involved. The victim said she’d been too scared to put up a ﬁght. The ﬁve, who included a police ofﬁcer, were each sentenced to nine years in jail rather than the 22 demanded by the prosecution. Both prosecution and defence lawyers said that they would appeal, while a government spokesman promised a review of Spain’s sex crime laws. Catch up with daily news at www.theweek.co.uk 5 May 2018 THE WEEK 6 NEWS The world at a glance Norristown, Pennsylvania Cosby guilty: Bill Cosby was found guilty of three charges of aggravated indecent assault last Thursday, for drugging and molesting the former basketball player Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion in 2004. An earlier trial, last June, had ended in a hung jury; this time, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement, the verdict was unanimous. More than 60 women, ﬁve of whom also gave evidence, had accused Cosby (pictured) of sex crimes, dating back as far as the 1960s, but time limits on prosecuting such cases meant that Constand’s was the only one that could be brought to court. In court, the defence’s argument, that the relationship was consensual, was undermined by the revelation that Cosby had paid his victim $3.4m in 2006 to settle a civil suit; in a deposition at that time, he also admitted to giving women drugs to have sex with them. Cosby reportedly reacted to the guilty verdict by unleashing a torrent of expletives at the prosecuting district attorney, Kevin Steele. Later, Steele said that the star had used his celebrity, wealth and network of supporters to conceal his crimes, and that he had “evaded this moment for far too long”. Cosby, 80, was released on bail pending sentencing, which will take place after he has undergone a “sexually violent predator” assessment; facing a term of up to 30 years, he could spend the rest of his life in prison. New York Daniels sues Trump: The porn actress who claims to have had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006 is now suing him for defamation. Last month, Stormy Daniels released a sketch of a man who she claims confronted her in a car park in Las Vegas in 2011 – just after she had made a deal to sell her story – and warned her to “leave Trump alone”. Although the president was advised not to make any comment about the sketch, he tweeted that it was a “total con job”. In a lawsuit ﬁled in New York this week, Daniels’s lawyers say that Trump had effectively accused her of breaking the law by fabricating a crime. Daniels is also suing Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, for defamation; however, that case was put on hold last week, after a judge ruled that it could affect his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in relation to the FBI’s criminal investigation into his affairs. Sacramento, California Golden State Killer arrest: A 72-year-old former policeman who is suspected of being the Golden State Killer – a serial killer who terrorised California for ten years from the mid-1970s – was arrested in Sacramento last week. Joseph James DeAngelo was formally charged with eight counts of murder last Friday, after a retired investigator matched crime scene DNA to genetic material given by a relative of DeAngelo to a genealogy website. Police used this to create a family tree of 1,000 people, before narrowing it down to DeAngelo. The Golden State Killer is thought to have been responsible for at least 12 murders and 45 rapes, but because of their geographical spread – some were hundreds of miles apart – the police were slow to connect them all. Tijuana, Mexico Migrant caravan: More than 150 asylum seekers arrived in caravan at the Mexican-US border on Sunday, putting President Trump’s immigration policy back in the spotlight. The migrants – many of them families escaping violence in Honduras and El Salvador – had travelled across Mexico together, to protect themselves from robbers, kidnappers and rapists. But on arrival at the Tijuana-San Diego crossing, US ofﬁcials claimed to lack the capacity to process their claims, leaving most camped outside. On Twitter, Trump had criticised Mexico for not doing more to break up caravans. Washington DC Nigerian president visits: On Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria became the ﬁrst leader from sub-Saharan Africa to meet Donald Trump in Washington. His visit, a few months after Trump was reliably reported to have referred to some African nations as “s***hole countries” in a meeting, was seen as a chance to build bridges. The leaders discussed security issues, particularly the threat from Boko Haram: Buhari, who faces elections early next year, promised to defeat the terrorist organisation when he came to power in 2015. The US last year agreed to sell his government military equipment worth $600m, which it had previously withheld, citing human rights abuses by Nigerian armed forces. Trump is keen to strengthen economic ties with Nigeria, where China is currently the leading investor. THE WEEK 5 May 2018 Medellín, Colombia Plane ran out of fuel: The ofﬁcial report into the 2016 plane crash that killed all but three members of Brazil’s Chapecoense football team has found that the crew ignored a low-fuel warning when the plane was 40 minutes from its destination, Medellín. Instead of making an emergency landing, the pilot pressed on in order to avoid late-arrival ﬁnes. The fuel ran out and the plane crashed into a mountain, killing 71 people. Colombia’s civil aviation authority blamed LaMia, a Bolivian charter airline, for not properly fuelling the plane. Its manager was charged with manslaughter after the crash; its owner is also wanted for manslaughter, but has ﬂed abroad and is refusing to return, claiming that he would not get a fair trial. The world at a glance Kabul Journalists targeted: At least 29 people were killed and 49 wounded in two suicide bombings in Kabul on Monday. The ﬁrst bomb, carried by a motorcyclist, went off during rush hour close to the National Directorate of Security, the main Afghan intelligence agency. The second, about half an hour later, was targeted to kill the journalists and medical workers who had gathered at the scene of the ﬁrst: the second bomber had himself posed as a journalist. Nine journalists were killed. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the atrocity. Both Isis and the Taliban now hold sway in large areas of Afghanistan, only 30% of which is under full government control. In a third suicide bombing this week – this one in Kandahar Province – 11 children were killed in an attack that was aimed at Nato troops. Tel Aviv, Israel Nuclear secrets: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s PM, this week unveiled what he said was clear evidence that Iran is violating the terms of its deal with the US to halt its nuclear programme, and was continuing it in secret. But most analysts are of the view that the Iranian documents revealed by Netanyahu, who was speaking at Israel’s defence ministry in Tel Aviv, were familiar to Western intelligence and date mainly to the period before the 2015 deal. The revelations are being seen by many as a ploy to win over President Trump, who, to the EU’s dismay, is threatening to pull out of the deal and resume sanctions if Iran fails to agree a renegotiation by 12 May. Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, said Netanyahu’s evidence did indeed show the deal was “built on lies”. Lahore, Pakistan Khan’s pitch for power: Former cricketer Imran Khan launched his campaign to become Pakistan’s PM last Sunday with a rally in Lahore, the power base of ousted premier Nawaz Sharif. Speaking in front of 100,000 people, the playboy-turneddevout Muslim, 65, vowed to root out corruption, build “world-class” hospitals and ﬁve million homes for the poor, and usher in a “new Pakistan”. Pakistani politics has long been dominated by two parties: Sharif’s PML-N and the PPP (led by the son of the assassinated former PM, Benazir Bhutto). But Sharif’s spectacular fall – he was ejected from ofﬁce on corruption charges – has been a huge boost for Khan’s PTI party, which he founded in 1996. His anti-Americanism and calls for peace talks with insurgents has led to his nickname: Taliban Khan. NEWS 7 Jodhpur, India “Godman” guilty: A spiritual guru who controlled a vast business empire was last week jailed for life for raping a 16-year-old girl. Asumal Harpalani, 77, attacked the girl at an ashram in Jodhpur in 2013 on the pretext of ridding her of evil spirits. He is the just the latest of India’s scandal-hit self-styled “godmen”. Some had predicted that Harpalani (pictured) would not be convicted due to grass-roots support and the fact that senior politicians, including Narendra Modi, India’s PM, have attended his sermons; there were fears that the verdict would spark riots. Mizhi County, China Schoolchildren stabbed: A man wielding a dagger killed nine children and wounded ten others outside their secondary school in China last week. The 28-year-old, who has since been arrested, is said to have been seeking revenge for being bullied at the school in Mizhi County, Shaanxi Province, when he was a pupil there. In China, where guns are strictly regulated, mass stabbings of children are on the rise. Last year, 11 nursery children were injured by a man wielding a kitchen knife. Security in schools is now being tightened. Nairobi Gay ﬁlm ban: The ﬁrst Kenyan ﬁlm to debut at the Cannes Film Festival – and be nominated for an award – has been banned in Kenya because of its lesbian theme. Kenya’s Film Classiﬁcation Board last week condemned Raﬁki (meaning “friend” in Swahili) for seeking to “legitimise lesbian romance”. Watching it, even privately, is now illegal, it said. The ﬁlm (above), directed and co-written by Wanuri Kahiu, tells the love story of two girls whose families are on opposite sides of the political divide in Kenya, where gay sex is punishable by 14 years in prison. Gaza Strip Border clashes: Israeli soldiers shot dead three Palestinian demonstrators and injured 600 more in Gaza last Friday, after some tried to breach the border fence with Israel. It was the latest ﬂashpoint in the “Great March of Return”, which demands the right of Palestinians to return to the villages their families ﬂed when Israel was founded in 1948. Since the protest began on 30 March, 41 Palestinians have been killed and more than 5,000 injured. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the UN’s human rights chief, accuses Israel of using “excessive force”, but Israel insists it is protecting its border from riots orchestrated by Hamas. 5 May 2018 THE WEEK 8 NEWS A historic race to equality To marathon runners, Kathrine Switzer is royalty, says Jamie Doward in The Observer. Half a century ago, she blazed a trail for female athletes by becoming the ﬁrst ofﬁcial female entrant in the all-male Boston Marathon. At that time, women were largely barred from races over 1,500 metres. But Switzer (below) had trained for marathons and was determined to take part. She was able to register by calling herself K.V. Switzer, and at the starting line, in April 1967, the organisers didn’t notice her. But four miles into the race, in an incident caught on camera, a furious ofﬁcial lunged at her and tried to drag her off. Aided by her boyfriend, who was running beside her, she got away and powered on. She ﬁnished the race in an impressive four hours and 20 minutes – only to be disqualiﬁed and expelled from the US Amateur Athletic Union. Among the charges levelled against her was that she’d run without a chaperone: “It just shows the attitude that existed in 1967: people thought that if women ran they would turn into a man or that it was socially objectionable.” The rules for Boston were changed in 1972, and Switzer, 71, has been organising and running marathons since, including an all-female event in London in 1980. “That race got the women’s marathon into the Olympic Games [in 1984]. That was a huge battle for women’s equality. To me, it was the physical equivalent of the right to vote.” Solo Paul Simon mon They ﬁrst met aged ged 11 – but Art Garfunkel unkel and Paul Simon are not old friends, says Robert Hilburn in The Mail on Sunday. On the contrary, they have been bitter rivals from the off. The duo ﬁrst teamed up in the 1950s, calling themselves Tom & Jerry. Their ﬁrst single was a modest hit, it, and their producer ucer suggested that Simon record a couple of his songs People alone, which he did – omitting to tell his partner. Garfunkel was furious, and Tom & Jerry came to an end. They didn’t meet again until 1963 – and then hit the big time. But Garfunkel was still jealous of Simon’s songwriting talent, while Simon worried that fans thought Garfunkel was the real star, because he was the lead singer. Things came to a head, says Simon, now 76, when Garfunkel accepted a role in a ﬁlm, just as they were due to start work on a new album in 1969. “Artie told me he didn’t see why it was such a big deal – he would make the movie for six months, and I could write the songs; then we could record them. I thought, ‘F*** you, I’m not going to do that.’ And the truth is, I think if Artie had become a big movie star he would have left. Instead of just being the guy who sang Paul Simon songs, he could be Art Garfunkel, a big star all by himself. And this made me think about how I could still be the guy who writes songs and sings them. I didn’t need Artie.” The Globe’s female Hamlet Michelle Terry, 39, is nothing if not daring, says Dominic Cavendish in The Daily Telegraph. With no formal experience of directing in theatre or running a company, she has just become the artistic director of The Globe – at the same time as she is playing Hamlet on its stage. Her decision to take that part has caused outrage in some quarters. One angry letter writer accused her of selﬁshly using it as therapy for her “obvious transgender issues”. But she backing is not backi “When down. “Whe Shakespeare was Shakespear women writing, w allowed weren’t al on stage. He care if didn’t car played men pl women, so wome would why wo care if he car women play didn’t men? He didn think ask us to thin authentically, but imaginatively and expansively. explode We can explo these plays.” To describe Shania Twain’s childhood as traumatic would be an understatement, says Simon Hattenstone in The Guardian. With three monster-selling albums to her name, the Canadian singer is a multimillionaire. But she grew up in poverty, in a small town in Ontario. Her mother, Sharon, had depression; her stepfather, Jerry, was a mentally ill alcoholic. “A third of my relatives were suicide deaths at young ages,” Twain, 52, says. “A number died just from neglect and alcohol abuse.” Both her parents were violent and their ﬁghts were terrifying: once she thought Jerry had killed her mother. And he abused her too, physically and sexually. It was to escape from this that she began writing songs. ”When you’re hungry you can’t do anything about it but distract yourself from the hunger... A lot of kids play with dolls and I played with words and sounds.” In her teens, she escaped further – to Nashville. Yet she still loved her parents and was devastated when, in her early 20s, they were killed in a car crash. Although her career was just taking off, she moved back to Ontario and spent the next six years raising her siblings. For her, family has always been paramount. As a child, she often thought about “saving” herself by reporting her parents to social services. But she never did. “I weighed it up and thought: ‘If I [do], we’ll all get separated,’ and I just couldn’t bear that, so we all stayed together for better or for worse... A family should stay together.” Viewpoint: Farewell The truth is out there “If you were a conspiracy theorist in the old days, you had little outlet for your delusions. You could write a letter in green ink to a newspaper, whose editor would ﬁle it carefully in the nearest bin. Thanks to the web, however, your furious fantasies can attract a following of millions. And why do those millions believe you? Because conspiracy theories are comforting. They make us feel clever (we know something the sheeplike masses don’t). And they tell us that any criticism of our favourite cause is biased: everyone who disagrees with us is either corrupt or brainwashed. It wouldn’t surprise me if the internet was invented by a shadowy elite to undermine the faith of the sane in freedom of speech.” Michael Deacon in The Daily Telegraph Michael Anderson, Oscar-nominated director of The Dam Busters, died 25 April, aged 98. Lord Martin of Springburn, Scottish Labour MP who served as the Speaker of the House of Commons, died 29 April, aged 72. Emma Smith, awardwinning writer best known for her 1949 novel, The Far Cry, died 24 April, aged 94. Cecil Taylor, American free-jazz pianist famed for his mercurial style, died 5 April, aged 89. Desert Island Discs will return on 6 May THE WEEK 5 May 2018 Brieﬁng NEWS 11 Papers, please The Windrush scandal has revived calls for identity cards to be introduced in Britain. Would that be a good idea? Ofﬁcers; ministers claimed it would help Why are ID cards in the news? ﬁght crime, terrorism, beneﬁt fraud, Because the Windrush case has shown identity fraud and illegal immigration. that the Government is sometimes unable However, it was vociferously opposed to differentiate between illegal migrants by civil rights groups such as Liberty and British subjects, even when those and, in time, by the Conservatives under people have been living in this country David Cameron. Work on the register for many decades. Since 2012, the Home and some pilot schemes began, but it was Ofﬁce has tried to reduce the numbers of eventually scrapped under the coalition. illegal immigrants in Britain – estimated In February 2011, the then Immigration at about one million – with its “hostile minister Damian Green fed the hard environment” policy. This requires drives on which the register was stored people to prove their status in order to into an industrial shredder, declaring the take a job, open a bank account, rent a scheme “dead, buried and crushed”. ﬂat or use the NHS. The problem is that Britain, unlike most other nations, has What were the main objections? neither a state identity card nor a register The Tories said that it would represent of its citizens. Those without passports “a fundamental shift in the balance of or detailed documentation proving long residence in the UK have lost jobs, A British ID card issued during the Second World War power between the citizen and the state”; that storing such data would surely lead homes and beneﬁts as a result. to increased surveillance and the monitoring of ordinary citizens. It was pointed out that most major terrorist attacks are in fact Which other countries have ID cards? committed by people with valid identity cards, and that Every country in the EU except Britain, Ireland and Denmark beneﬁt fraud is largely a question of people lying about their issues identity cards, though the rules vary widely. In Belgium, circumstances, not their identity. Liberty expressed concerns that Greece, Portugal and Spain, for instance, carrying state-issued minorities would become disproportionately subject to identity ID is compulsory, and the police can ask to see it at any time. In checks, as with stop-and-search. There were also concerns over Germany and France, citizens are required to have some form of cost – estimated to be at least £5bn – and the Government’s poor government ID, but don’t have to carry it. In Italy and Sweden, record on large IT projects and protecting sensitive data: child identity cards are not compulsory but widely used; in Austria, beneﬁt records for 25 million individuals were lost in 2007. they are voluntary and most citizens use a driving licence instead. In fact, across the world, the vast majority of nations have How has the situation changed today? compulsory ID cards. Most of the rest have voluntary systems. Germany, Italy and Estonia, to name just three, have shown Only in the Anglosphere – Britain, Ireland, the US, Australia, that it is possible to have advanced electronic ID cards (including New Zealand and Canada – and in a handful of other countries, some biometric features) without lapsing into totalitarianism or such as Denmark and the Philippines, are there no state ID cards. compromising personal data. In these countries, cards can be used to efficiently establish credentials and gain access to services, Why doesn’t Britain have them? online and ofﬂine. In Britain, that would be a useful service. They have traditionally been seen as intrusive and redolent of Besides, said Juliet Samuel in The Daily Telegraph, we are so used continental police states: Jacob Rees-Mogg recently declared to “spraying our data about everywhere, via internet searches, that Britain should never be “the sort of country that demands GPS usage, social media” and so on that “it seems rather quaint” to see your papers”. Identity documents were ﬁrst introduced that the Government doesn’t even have a list of its citizens. Finally, by Napoleon to control the movement of workers, and the Nazis post-Brexit, the UK will be keen to keep its borders open, while used them – colour-coded according to ethnicity – to “achieve preventing illegal immigration and protecting access to beneﬁts. complete supervision of the entire German people”, as Hermann A well-functioning ID system would certainly help in this respect. Göring put it. The UK did actually use ID cards during both World Wars, in order to manage conscription and rationing. They persisted from the end of the Second World War until 1952; What is likely to happen in the future? There are currently no plans to introduce identity cards in Britain. much resented and associated with bureaucratic interference, they In 2005, the London School of Economics’ Identity Project were scrapped by Winston Churchill’s government. Earlier this reported that a national ID system had “the potential to create century New Labour tried, and failed, to introduce a new system. signiﬁcant, though limited, beneﬁts for society”. However, it deemed Labour’s plan “too complex, technically unsafe”, and What happened to Labour’s plans? “lacking a foundation of public trust and conﬁdence”. Even if the The plan was for an initially voluntary ID card linked to technical issues can be solved, trust remains a problem. Obviously a National Identity Register, which would collect up to the state already has a large amount of identity data in DVLA, 50 categories of data on each person, including ﬁngerprints, facial passport and national insurance records. But the thought of such scans, iris scans, and past and present addresses. It was promoted by the Home Ofﬁce and backed by the Association of Chief Police information being stored in a central system is still taboo. Should Britain introduce identity cards? YES 1. They allow people to establish their credentials quickly and efficiently; the UK’s current system is cumbersome and complex. 2. Identity cards would help ﬁght crime, terrorism, identity fraud and, most of all, illegal immigration. 3. All but a handful of the world’s nations have them, including many of the most liberal and best-run democracies. NO 1. An identity card system would be very expensive and, given Whitehall’s record on IT projects, probably chaotic. 2. It would put us on a slippery slope, inevitably increasing the surveillance and monitoring of citizens, particularly minorities. 3. Britain has never had ID cards and never will. This is not the sort of country that demands to see your papers. 5 May 2018 THE WEEK Best articles: Britain Take a cold, hard look at a jobless future John Harris The Guardian A government that’s presiding over chaos Juliet Samuel The Daily Telegraph Whisper it, but Britain is doing well Ed Conway The Times Facebook’s role in inﬂaming ethnic hatreds John Naughton The Observer For a glimpse of the future, look to Greater Manchester, where the retail ﬁrm Shop Direct runs three big “distribution and returns” centres. It won’t for much longer, says John Harris. It plans to shift the operation to a new, fully automated site. And that would entail the loss of 1,177 full-time posts and 815 roles performed by agency workers. However, it’s just a tiny fraction of the job losses set to follow. Jobs in wholesale and retail account for 15% of UK workers, and the trade is rapidly migrating from the high street to vast automated “fulﬁlment” centres like the new John Lewis “campus” near Milton Keynes. A “deserted hall of clacks and hums”, it already employs 860 robots. In fact, over the next 15 years and across the UK economy as a whole, more than ten million jobs are estimated to be at risk from automation. It’s a trend that calls for a total overhaul of our welfare system, which “does almost nothing to encourage people to acquire new skills”, but rather works on the expectation “it can shove anyone who’s jobless into exactly the kind of work that’s under threat”. We’ve seen the future... but we haven’t even begun to plan for it. Judged by the sheer volume of injustice and distress caused, the Windrush scandal is in a class of its own, says Juliet Samuel. But as an example of administrative incompetence, it is all too typical of the chaotic way this Government is operating. And it all bodes “very ill for Brexit”. If our ofﬁcials can make such a mess trying to meet migration targets, what hope is there that they’ll manage the far more complex challenges involved in extracting the country from the EU? Already, “red ﬂags” are going up everywhere. Last week, a report by the Public Accounts Committee noted that the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy hadn’t even started the procurement process for the 12 new IT systems it’ll need to replace shared EU-UK ones. Another recent parliamentary report, on the Home Ofﬁce’s delivery of Brexit projects, concluded the department was woefully unready and “struggling with a lack of resources, high turnover of staff and unrealistic workloads”. The gulf between the Government’s ambitions and its ability to implement them grows bigger by the day. When measured by GDP growth, now at its lowest level for ﬁve years, the prospects for Britain’s economy look bleak, says Ed Conway. But GDP is a relatively new concept: on the measure that has been for centuries considered key – the proportion of people in work – Britain is doing really well. The “gig economy” is often derided (see page 45), but the lesson of recent decades is that anything that keeps people in jobs is a boon, since the longer they stay out of the labour market, the less chance they’ll ever re-enter it. The Bank of England had that in mind when it slashed interest rates after the credit crunch. It knew this would unleash inﬂation and so squeeze living standards but, by keeping down the cost of borrowing for business, it hoped to safeguard jobs. And the strategy paid off beyond its wildest dreams. In the recessions of the 1980s, 50% of unemployed Britons were jobless for more than a year; in this recession, the equivalent ﬁgure peaked at 36% and today is below 25%. (In France it’s 44%; in Italy, 58%.) Now that wages are rising again, Britain is well placed to make a solid recovery. “There is at least some room for optimism beyond the gloom.” The troubling implications of Facebook’s global monopoly are at last becoming clear to us here in the West. But we’re not the ones most at risk, says John Naughton. The real threat is to developing societies, which lack assets such as a free press or independent judiciary to check the pernicious inﬂuence of social media. Now that its market in the West is approaching saturation, Facebook is assiduously targeting less developed parts of the world, where it often offers free connectivity as part of the deal to get its app. The result is that for many, Facebook is now the sole source of online information – and a far from wholesome one. In Myanmar, it was essentially the medium for the anti-Muslim hysteria that led to ethnic cleansing: the ultra-nationalist monk Ashin Wirathu, who was banned from preaching to crowds, used it to broadcast his inﬂammatory propaganda. Sri Lanka’s recent descent into communal violence was similarly fuelled by provocative Facebook content. “Fake news affects elections in the West, but in the rest of the world it costs lives. And Facebook is often a carrier of it.” NEWS 13 IT MUST BE TRUE… I read it in the tabloids The Brazilian photographer Marcio Cabral was stripped of his prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year title last week, after it was judged that the anteater in his striking shot of a glowing termite mound at night was in fact a stuffed specimen. Cabral denies the charge, but three Natural History Museum experts found that the animal was identical to a taxidermy anteater kept at the entrance to the Emas National Park in Brazil. A Chinese university has livened up its sports day by introducing a new event: the “500g grenade toss”. At the North University of China in Taiyuan, students had been previously reluctant to take part in the annual javelin and discus contests. But since they were replaced by the grenade toss, students have “rushed to sign up”, said a teacher, Li Jiangxi. A Rio de Janeiro man loves his football team so much that he has had its jersey tattooed over his entire upper body. It took a tattoo artist 90 hours, in 32 agonising sessions over a year, to cover Jose Mauricio dos Anjos’s torso in Flamengo’s colours. “People ask me if I don’t find it strange that I’m always wearing a Flamengo shirt,” he said. “To me, it’s normal.” Families who had gone to a cinema in Perth, Australia, to watch Peter Rabbit fled in terror after they were mistakenly shown the trailer for a horror film, Hereditary. “Parents were yelling at the projectionist to stop, covering their kids’ eyes,” said one audience member. The trailer featured a series of disturbing scenes, such as a child cutting the head off a pigeon with a pair of scissors. 5 May 2018 THE WEEK 14 NEWS Best of the American columnists Nikki Haley: America’s most popular politician? “It’s hard to soar like an eagle,” runs build a reputation for principled the goofy bumper sticker, “when independence, she’ll be well placed to you’re surrounded by turkeys.” Nikki make an Oval Ofﬁce run of her own. Haley, US ambassador to the United Haley even has a claim to be the US’s Nations, should put that sticker on her most popular politician right now, said car, said Dana Hall McCain on AL. Ryan Struyk on CNN. In a recent poll, com. She has been one of the most she won the approval of 75% effective performers in Trump’s of Republicans, 63% of independents administration, but has had to contend and even 55% of Democrats. Trump’s with unhelpful interventions from her approval rating is just 42%. colleagues. Just after she’d let it be known that the US was poised to roll Haley has somehow managed to out further sanctions on Russia, for remain unsullied by this chaotic example, the White House stepped in administration, said Renée Graham in to contradict her. Donald Trump had Haley: “With all due respect, I don’t get confused” The Boston Globe. But we shouldn’t let changed his mind, it seems, but no one our craving for competent leaderhad bothered to tell her. A White House adviser even suggested ship blind us to her faults. This is a woman who, after ﬁrst to the press that she’d experienced “momentary confusion”. attacking Trump’s Muslim travel ban, went on to defend it; and Haley wasn’t standing for that and immediately hit back with who, in 2015, initially resisted calls to remove the Confederate an acid retort: “With all due respect, I don’t get confused.” ﬂag from state-house grounds after an avowed white supremacist murdered nine African-Americans. And then there are her Don’t mess with Haley, said Pamela Falk on The Hill, she’s “a hard-line foreign policy views, said Philip Giraldi on The Unz force to contend with”. Witness the deft way she batted away Review. During her 15 months at the UN, she has been “ugly scurrilous allegations earlier this year of an affair with Trump. America personiﬁed”, constantly threatening retaliation against And she has strong credentials: a devout Christian who is the countries that dare vote against Washington on issues such as daughter of Sikh Indian immigrants, she was elected governor recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. People think Trump’s of highly conservative South Carolina in 2010. If she can now national security adviser, John Bolton, is scary. Haley is scarier. The presidency is not fit for purpose John Dickerson The Atlantic Even tax cuts can’t help the Republicans Eric Levitz New York Magazine Kanye and Trump: united in ego Susan Matthews Slate THE WEEK 5 May 2018 The main problem with this presidency isn’t Donald Trump, says John Dickerson; it’s the ofﬁce itself. The job has simply become too unwieldy for any individual to manage. America’s founders, fresh from rebellion against a tyrannical king, envisioned an executive that was modest in both power and stature – and the model held good for a while. “James K. Polk’s wife was so concerned that the 11th president might enter a room unnoticed, she asked the Marine Band to play Hail to the Chief to get people to turn their head when he arrived.” But over the years, the ofﬁce has steadily grown in power, scope and complexity as successive presidents have adopted and passed on new responsibilities. US presidents “must now be able to jolt the economy like Franklin D. Roosevelt, tame Congress like Lyndon B. Johnson, comfort the nation like Ronald Reagan”. They must console a war widow one moment and welcome a champion volleyball team to the White House the next. They must answer for every problem to a 24/7 media, manage an executive branch of two million employees (not including the armed forces) and remain on an almost permanent campaign footing. It’s impossible. The job needs to be pared back to its more essential responsibilities. Our “presidentobsessed” nation must accept that one person can’t do everything. “Between 1980 and 2016, the American public never met a tax cut it didn’t like,” said Eric Levitz. Over that period, Congress passed major, tax-reducing legislation six times – and on each occasion most voters lapped it up. But it seems the public has had a change of heart. When President Trump signed the GOP tax reform bill late last year, polls showed it to be “even less popular than the tax hikes passed under George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton”. Republicans consoled themselves with the thought that this would change when Americans started seeing more money in their pay cheques, but it hasn’t happened: voters are still dubious. Today, only 27% of Americans say the legislation is a “good idea”, while 36% deem it a “bad one”; a clear majority (53%) think the tax cuts will have a negative impact by causing deﬁcits to rise while lavishing disproportionate beneﬁts on the rich. This is a “harrowing development” for the GOP. If the Republicans can’t sell voters on tax cuts, their one signiﬁcant legislative accomplishment of the Trump era, “what are they supposed to sell them”? Being a Kanye West fan has long required a level of “willing disengagement”, says Susan Matthews. While the superstar rapper may be a very talented artist, he can also, as Barack Obama famously put it, be “a jackass”. You only have to call to mind his antics at award ceremonies and his decidedly questionable Twitter declarations (“BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!”, he tweeted in 2016). Even so, nobody was quite prepared for the “multi-day tweetstorm” that West launched last week, in which he professed his love and admiration for Donald Trump, and talked of how he and the president shared “dragon energy”. Reactions were varied, but can best be “summed up as stunned frustration and horror from the Left and wild enthusiasm on the Right”. Some liberal commentators even suggested West might be mentally ill – a suggestion rightly condemned by West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, as insulting to both her husband and those with mental health issues. But the real mystery is why people are so shocked by West’s love-in with Trump. Yes, you might expect West, as a black artist, to be a natural Democrat. 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Fidelity, Fidelity International, the Fidelity International logo and F symbol are trademarks of FIL Limited. UKM0318/21688/CSO8680/0618 Best articles: International NEWS 17 Will Putin turn a blind eye to a revolution in his backyard? It’s rare to find the strongman of a postthis uprising on “the West’s hidden Soviet state stepping down peacefully, hand”. The protests weren’t about said Anthony Bellanger in France Inter European alignment: Armenians are (Paris). So let us raise a cheer for Serzh just sick of the broken promises, Sargsyan. President of Armenia since corruption and inequality. 2008, in 2015 he pushed through a referendum on a constitutional amendStill, Moscow’s reaction to revolutions ment transferring presidential powers in its backyard, as we saw in Ukraine, to the prime minister’s office – a move can be extremely violent, said Anthony seen as a ploy to sidestep a two-term Bellanger. For now, it has ruled out limit. But when, on 17 April, his interference, saying it will support the Republican Party appointed him PM, Armenian people. But for how long? tens of thousands of protesters – stirred Although Pashinyan has softened the to action by opposition MP Nikol anti-Russia rhetoric, the Kremlin Pashinyan – braved police beatings, stun would still far prefer to see power stay Pashinyan: toning down the anti-Russia rhetoric grenades and arrests to march through in the hands of the ruling elite. What the capital, Yerevan. Faced with such resistance, Sargsyan, to his we can be sure of, said Julian Hans in Tages-Anzeiger (Zurich), great credit, has thrown in the towel. “I was wrong,” he said. is that owing to the Armenian diaspora, any government will try to preserve a balance between Russia and the West. There are All this has sent shivers through Moscow, said Grigor Atanesian only three million Armenians in Armenia. Eight million (the in The Moscow Times. Pashinyan is a critic of Armenia’s close descendants of those who fled the Ottoman genocide a century ties with Russia. In 2013, when Armenia, like Ukraine, seemed ago) live abroad, mainly in the US or Russia. So no government poised to sign an association agreement with the EU, he was can afford to antagonise either side. But the crucial point, said furious that at the last minute Sargsyan announced it would join Grigor Atanesian is that Armenia depends entirely on Russia the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union instead. And unlike for its energy, trade and defence. As a Christian country in a other post-Soviet republics, Armenia has a surprisingly robust Muslim region its people also tend to see Russia as “a great civil society, said Paul Stronski in The Atlantic (Washington Orthodox brother”, said Anthony Bellanger. So Putin can DC). Social media is open; activists remain free to criticise the afford to be relaxed. Armenia can be as democratic as it likes: abuses of the ruling elite. So Vladimir Putin can hardly blame it hasn’t the smallest chance of escaping Russia’s orbit. AZERBAIJAN A European body we could all do without Deutsche Welle (Bonn) SPAIN The shame of a shoplifting politician El País (Madrid) GERMANY Keep the Christian cross out of politics Die Zeit (Hamburg) Do we really need the “circus” that calls itself the Council of Europe, asks Max Hofmann. Despite its name and the fact it’s based in Strasbourg, it has nothing to do with the EU. It was set up in 1949 to promote democracy and human rights, yet it has little to do with them either – seeing as its 47 members include countries such as Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. The hope was that, by including them, the Council would export Western values to delinquent countries. Instead, they seem to have exported their “values” to us. An alarming number of former MPs in the Council’s Parliamentary Assembly, hailing from supposedly non-corrupt countries – Germany, Belgium and Finland – have been found to have accepted bribes or broken the body’s code of ethics, according to an internal report. The most striking example of this is Luca Volontè, an Italian former deputy, who is strongly believed to have taken payments for undermining a report on Azerbaijan’s political prisoners. The Council does not appear to serve any purpose beyond sucking up taxpayers’ money “to boost the bank accounts of corrupt parliamentarians”. If it can’t reform, perhaps it’s time to do away with it. As a textbook example of behaviour that pollutes democratic politics, you can’t beat that of Cristina Cifuentes, says El País. Madrid’s regional president was once seen as a future leader of the ruling People’s Party, but that was before people began to ask whether she had really earned the master’s degree in law she claimed to have. To silence the doubters, Cifuentes produced a document signed by three professors at Madrid’s King Juan Carlos University. And both the dean and the director of the degree programme declared she’d earned it. But they backed down when students and other teachers said they had never seen her attend classes. False marks had been entered in her computer records – part of a wider scam to provide fake degrees for friendly politicians. Even then, Cifuentes tried to blame the university for the mix-up. She has only resigned now that a seven-year-old video of her being frisked by supermarket security guards after shoplifting two tubs of face cream came to light. It’s not just her mucky criminality that’s so appalling; it’s the way her party stood by her. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said nothing; senior party ofﬁcials gave her full support. We’ve long known that the party is “rotten”, but these revelations make one utterly despair of democracy in Spain. In every government ofﬁce in Bavaria a large cross must be hung. That’s what Bavaria’s conservative premier, Markus Söder, has just decreed, says Jochen Bittner. He knows Germany’s constitutional court will probably scupper it, because it conﬂicts with the requirement to avoid privileging certain faiths over others. But the case won’t be heard before the state election in October: plenty of time for Söder and his CSU Party (ally to Angela Merkel’s CDU) to harvest votes as the “saintly” defender of Germany’s Christian heritage. Yet to equate German culture with Christianity is plain wrong. Yes, it has shaped Germany, but so have “Jewish poets, atheist engineers, agnostic painters”; so have the Muslim coal miners whose labour helps produce the steel for BMW cars. The cross is not a universal symbol of Western culture, it does not stand for Kant or Voltaire, nor for “the great constitutional order” created after 1945. It stands for speciﬁc Christian beliefs, which no one has to share to be a good German. Indeed, Christians should lament the “blasphemous” way their sacred symbol is being abused for base political purposes. “God will forgive Söder. The constitutional court hopefully not.” 5 May 2018 THE WEEK THE BARRIER TO WEALTH SHOULDN’T BE WEALTH We believe people should have access to sophisticated investment tools. But at a low cost. That’s why we’ve turned investing on its head. Our new platform gives you institutional-grade portfolio design and daily risk monitoring. From 21p a day. Discover our platform exoinvesting.com As with all investing, your capital is at risk. Minimum investment £10,000. Exo Investing is the trading name of Finhub Technologies Limited who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Health & Science NEWS 19 What the scientists are saying… A suicide-bombing ant A species of ant that blows itself up when threatened – coating its predators with yellow goo – has been discovered in the Borneo jungle. The existence of ants that explode themselves to save their colonies was known to science, but Colobopsis explodens, as the treetop-dwelling ant has been named, is the ﬁrst new species in the group to be identiﬁed since 1935. Small workers of the species have glandular sacs in their abdomen, which are ﬁlled with a sticky liquid. When threatened, the ant will latch onto a predator, curl itself around it and ﬂex its abdomen so hard it tears its own body apart, releasing the toxic substance to kill or hold off the enemy. Alice Laciny, of the Natural History Museum in Vienna, who was part of the team that made the discovery, said the goo had “a distinct and not unpleasant smell that’s strangely reminiscent of curry”. Suicide bombing isn’t the only unusual tactic employed by Colobopsis explodens. Larger workers, or “majors”, mostly stay in the colony’s nest, which they defend by using their plug-shaped faces as barricades. Why children never get tired Science has conﬁrmed what exhausted parents have long suspected: young children have energy levels similar to those of top athletes. Researchers from France asked three groups of male volunteers – boys aged between eight and 12, untrained adults and adult endurance athletes – to undertake two challenges on an exercise bike: in one, they performed two seven-second resistance sprints; in another, they cycled ﬂat out for 30 seconds. Tests revealed that the children fatigued at about the same rate as the endurance athletes – and much more slowly than the untrained adults. When As fit as an endurance athlete it came to recovery, the children outperformed even the athletes: their heart rates returned to normal more quickly and they cleaned lactic acid from their blood more efﬁciently. The study bolsters the long-held theory that children are less reliant than adults on anaerobic metabolism, which causes muscles to tire faster than the aerobic, or oxygengenerated, kind. “This may explain why children seem to have the ability to play and play and play, long after adults have become tired,” said Dr Sébastien Ratel of the University of Clermont Auvergne. A better blood pressure test Many lives would be saved if instead of having their blood pressure tested at their GP’s surgery, patients were sent home with portable monitors, scientists have claimed. The standard one-off test, using an inﬂatable cuff, is known to produce patchy results. Some patients get “white coat © JAMES MORGAN The nomads who “breathe” underwater The Bajau people – the world’s last sea nomads – are able to freedive to depths of 230 feet, holding their breath for up to 13 minutes, partly because they have abnormally large spleens, a new study has found. The spleen is like a biological scuba tank, storing oxygen-rich red blood cells that it can release into the bloodstream when oxygen levels are depleted. Mammals, such as seals, that spend long periods underwater have large spleens, and researchers theorised that the Bajau – who have traditionally lived on boats, hunting for fish in the seas around the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia – may be similarly adapted. To test this, a team used ultrasound to measure the spleen sizes of 59 Bajau people and 34 people from the Saluan population, who live on the coast but do not dive. On average, the Bajaus’ spleens were 50% larger than the Saluans’; and among the Bajau, there was no real difference in spleen size between divers and non-divers, proving the adaptation is genetic, not acquired. “They’re almost like superhumans living among us,” said the lead author, Dr Melissa Ilardo, then at the University of Copenhagen. “Natural selection is a lot more powerful than we sometimes give it credit for.” syndrome” – their blood pressure rises when they see a doctor – while in other cases, it dips when the patient is seated for the test. Wearable devices that take regular readings over 24 hours have long existed, but their use has been limited by their higher cost: many GP surgeries have only a few. But according to researchers from Britain and Spain, there is a strong case for further investment in the monitors. The team tracked 63,910 Spanish adults who’d had their blood pressure measured using both methods in order to compare their predictive accuracy; sure enough, the results of the 24-hour monitors had proved far more accurate at predicting cardiovascular death. “Measuring blood pressure over 24 hours is what doctors and medics should be using to make clinical decisions about treatment,” said the lead researcher, Professor Bryan Williams of University College London. Prehistoric brain surgery Could Neolithic man have practised cranial surgery on animals? That is the intriguing possibility raised by the discovery in France of a 5,000-year-old cow skull with a large hole made in it, reports The Guardian. Human skulls up to 10,000 years old have been found with similar holes – evidence, says the Scientiﬁc Reports study, for trepanation, the practice of creating an aperture in the skull, usually for medical reasons: its advocates believe it relieves pressure on the brain. However, the cow skull is the earliest example of what may be trepanation on a non-human animal. The hole might have been made during a veterinary procedure, but it is thought to be more likely that Stone Age humans were practising their skills on the animal – making this the earliest evidence of animal experimentation. A low-profile killer What illness are you most scared of? The one that terrifies me is sepsis, said Dr Mark Porter in The Times. It kills 40,000 people a year in the UK, yet remarkably few people know about it. Sepsis, or blood poisoning, occurs when the immune system responds to an infection by attacking the body’s own organs. Rapid diagnosis and treatment are vital – but sepsis is often missed, because people are focusing on the infection that triggered it. So, learn what to look out for. Think SEPSIS: Slurred speech or confusion; Extreme shivering or muscle aches; Passing no urine in a day; Severe breathlessness; “I feel like I might die”; Skin that’s mottled or discoloured, or a non-blanching rash. In children, add to that list rapid breathing and abnormally cold extremities. If you develop any of the symptoms, seek help urgently. And always ask whoever is helping you: “Could it be sepsis?” 5 May 2018 THE WEEK 20 NEWS Talking points Alfie Evans: the bitter battle for a baby’s life successive legal challenges to it, but it is hard It was the bitterest of battles, said Cristina to blame them. Parents desperate to save their Odone in The Sunday Telegraph. On one side, children don’t always listen to reason. the medical establishment, convinced that there was nothing more that could be done for their I don’t blame them, said Gaby Hinsliff in young patient; ranged against them, the child’s The Guardian. But I do question the motives devoted parents, who refused to give up on of some of their supporters in “Alﬁe’s Army”. their son, and believed that if the NHS could Of course, many of those glued to Facebook not help him, they should be allowed to ﬂy him were ordinary people, moved by a tragic to a hospital abroad. For months, the case case, but there were others who seemed to be generated sound and fury. Last week, however, exploiting Alﬁe’s tragedy to further their own the plight of Alﬁe Evans, a 23-month-old boy causes: Catholic activists promoting the sanctity suffering from an unidentiﬁed, progressive of life at any cost; anti-vaxxers peddling junk neurodegenerative disorder, reached its “tragic science; and US libertarians and pro-gun conclusion”. On Monday, 16 months after lobbyists, ranting that this is what happens Alﬁe was admitted to Alder Hey Children’s when the government runs your life Hospital in Liverpool, suffering from seizures, (although the decision had nothing to do with the doctors’ advice – backed by the High Court the government). Republicans such as Mike – prevailed, and the ventilator keeping him Huckabee even claimed that Alﬁe’s situation alive was switched off. On Saturday, he died. Tom Evans with his son Alfie was the result of “socialised medicine” – “My gladiator lay down his shield and gained as though the outcome would have been different had Alﬁe’s his wings,” wrote his father, Tom Evans, 21, on Facebook. “We parents had to pay for his care. Meanwhile, the staff at Alder are heartbroken,” added his mother, 20-year-old Kate James. The Hey received death threats, while “fake news” spread online like news generated global headlines, for Alﬁe’s plight had touched hearts all over the world, and prompted interventions by everyone wildﬁre (including claims that doctors were going to kill Alﬁe by lethal injection). Then there was the evangelical Christian group from the Polish president to the Pope, while the Italian that supplied Tom Evans with both a barrister and an adviser, a government made Alﬁe an Italian citizen and offered to ﬂy him student who allegedly gave him incorrect to a Vatican-linked hospital in Rome. legal advice and who was apparently “Should we consider reforming the party to his threat to have Alﬁe’s doctors Alﬁe’s death was “as tragic as it was inevitable”, said Henry Marsh in law, to mitigate some of the anguish prosecuted for conspiracy to murder. the Daily Mail. In February, a scan of parents in cases like Alﬁe’s?” I was repulsed by the ugly protests conﬁrmed the progressive destruction outside the hospital, said Jenni Russell of his brain’s white matter; it appeared, in The Times: the baying mob that scared the parents of other doctors said, “almost identical to water and cerebrospinal ﬂuid”. desperately ill children, intimidated staff and even, at one point, Specialists from Great Ormond Street, Munich and Rome tried to storm the entrance. It is also dismaying that while reviewed Alder Hey’s diagnosis, and agreed that the damage thousands of people joined in the battle for this one disabled was “catastrophic and untreatable”; any movements he made infant, we, as a society, seem largely indifferent to the plight of were spasms (and not, as his parents contended at one point, the growing number of children who – having survived conditions evidence of meaningful brain activity). The question was how that were once fatal – now live with chronic disabilities. Where is long he should be kept alive on life support – one of the hardest their army? But as these cases become more common, I do also in medicine, and best dealt with by agreement between doctors feel we should consider reforming the law, to mitigate some of the and parents. In the rare and tragic cases when that relationship anguish of parents in cases like Alﬁe’s. It is true that parents don’t breaks down, the decision must be made by a court of law. always act in their child’s best interests, and as the law stands the ruling was fair: it would have done Alﬁe no good to be ﬂown to So it was that the case ended up in front of the High Court, which in February ruled that because the possibility that Alﬁe was Rome; it might have caused him a degree of harm. But in cases such as this, couldn’t the parents’ interests be weighed in the suffering could not be excluded, and further treatment was futile, balance? Alﬁe’s parents weren’t asking for the NHS to do more it was not in his best interests for life support to continue. His or spend more; they just wanted the comfort of knowing that parents were berated for refusing to accept that decision, they had done everything they could do to keep their son alive. said Samantha Batt-Rawden in The Independent, and for ﬁling Pick of the week’s Gossip Dominic Raab’s diary secretary has been suspended after being caught selling herself on a “sugar daddy” website and discussing her boss with an undercover tabloid journalist. The 20-year-old civil servant told a reporter for The Mirror – who was posing as a client – that the Housing Minister is “uptight”, “dismissive” of women, “thinks he is PM”, and is “weird” because he asks for the same lunch every day: a THE WEEK 5 May 2018 Pret a Manger baguette, smoothie and fruit pot. “It’s the Dom Raab Special,” she said. Boy George has revealed that he was once embroiled in an international art theft, says The Mail on Sunday. In 1982, he bought a large religious icon from an art dealer and put it up in his sitting room. A few years later, he did an interview there for Dutch TV. A Greek Orthodox priest who happened to be watching spotted the icon, recognised it as one that had been stolen from a church in Cyprus after the Turkish invasion of 1974, and contacted the pop star’s management. George (left) promised to hand it back the very next day. “They had a massive ceremony when it was returned... for months afterwards I’d have Greek ladies coming up in the street and kissing me.” Mick Jagger claims to cover six miles during Rolling Stones concerts – but it seems he doesn’t care for walking in normal life. The Stones have been invited to a party in Mayfair this month, but before confirming their attendance, the band have had their aides ask if two bollards outside the club could be removed, so their cars could pull up outside. The nearest other parking spot is 180 yards away. “The Stones don’t want to walk down the street,” said the club’s owner. Talking points “Incel”: when misogyny leads to terrorism Shortly before a rented van capable of having relationships. ploughed into a crowd of Incels borrow the language of pedestrians in Toronto last civil rights, said Zoe Williams in Monday, killing ten and The Guardian. They regard their wounding 16 others, “a short virginity as a “discrimination or and cryptic message was posted apartheid issue”, and propose on the Facebook account of Alek “state-distributed girlfriend” Minassian, the man accused of programmes to rectify the carrying out the attack”, said injustice. Yet raw, unhinged Jason Wilson in The Guardian. hatred is the driving force. One The post declared: “The Incel incel community on the website Rebellion has already begun! Reddit, which had some 40,000 We will overthrow all the Chads followers, had to be closed down and Stacys! All hail the Supreme last November, because it was Gentleman Elliot Rodger!” The encouraging violence. post seemed to link Minassian with the “incel” movement, “I’d expected incel websites “which has made collective to make me angry, but mainly Elliot Rodger: a hero to incels sexual frustration the basis for a they made me sad,” said Janice deeply misogynistic online subculture”. Incel is Turner in The Times. These forums “reek of short for “involuntarily celibate”. In incel terms, self-pity, porn-addled frustration, incipient sexually successful men are known as “Chads”, suicide”. Of course incels hate the women who and attractive women – the kind who pass over won’t have sex with them – but not as much as incel men in favour of the Chads – are called they hate themselves. They post photos of their “Stacys”. Rodger killed six people in Isla Vista, “manboobs”; they call themselves “morlocks” California, in 2014, before shooting himself, and untermensch; they think that “they are having justiﬁed the murders by presenting them destined to live eternally without sex and, one as revenge for his romantic rejections; at 22, he assumes, love. Although no one ever talks of was still a virgin. He has been adopted by some love.” Still, the links between violent misogyny incel forums as a hero or a “saint”. and terrorism are getting harder to ignore, said Aditi Natasha Kini in The Washington Post. Online, incels bond over their revenge fantasies, Many terrorists have histories of violence against said Mark Hodge in The Sun. Discussion of rape women. Now “male supremacy” seems to be and violence against women is commonplace. metastasising into a terrorist movement. If Alek A “vocal minority” are celebrating the Toronto Minassian was inspired by Elliot Rodger, then attack as a blow against “normies”: people others may in turn be inspired by Minassian. Selling off Wembley: a national disgrace? Wembley hospitality business, “It takes some doing to sell a valued at around £300m. The piece of London property for sale, meanwhile, will free up less than it cost you ten years £460m to invest back into ago”, given that house prices the game. As for fears that in the capital have roughly the sale may lead to England doubled over the past decade, playing fewer international said Richard Williams in The matches in the stadium, said Guardian. But the Football Ben Ramanauskas on CapX, Association (FA) may be about that wouldn’t be such a to pull off this trick. It’s on disaster. It would mean the brink of selling Wembley Khan: the Tache with the Cash England games being taken Stadium, which cost £757m to to fans around the country rather than them build and opened in 2007, for £600m. The all having to travel to Wembley to see games. buyer is the luxuriantly moustachioed PakistaniFootball-mad Brazil, Italy and Germany manage American billionaire Shahid Khan. Nicknamed ﬁne without a designated national stadium. the Tache with the Cash, he wants to turn the venue into a UK base for his American football team. “It is difﬁcult to escape the conclusion that There is something dispiriting about the prospect of our national stadium auctioning off its the FA has gone collectively insane,” said the naming rights and becoming, say, Walmart Daily Express. Wembley isn’t just any stadium; Wembley, said Henry Winter in The Times. it’s the home of British football. We can’t just But let’s face it: “the FA sold out Wembley long sell it off. “What next, Buckingham Palace?” ago”. It ruined the romance of the place when it demolished the old Twin Towers and “the The traditionalists are up in arms, said Pete iconic 39 steps” that victorious teams used to Hall on SkySports.com, but for Wembley to be ascend to collect their trophy. If the proceeds of in private hands would be “nothing new”; the this proposed sale are, as promised, invested in FA has only owned it for 19 years, after all. And there’s an economic logic to the move. If the sale grass-roots football, where they can help tackle childhood obesity and nurture the England stars goes ahead, the FA will retain rent-free use of of the future, then selling Wembley makes sense. their HQ in the stadium and keep the Club NEWS 21 Wit & Wisdom “When you slip on a banana peel, people laugh at you. But when you tell people you slipped on a banana peel, it’s your laugh.” Nora Ephron, quoted in the Daily Mail “Not everything that can be counted counts; not everything that counts can be counted.” Quote attributed to Albert Einstein in The Observer “Loyalty is a fine quality, but in excess it fills political graveyards.” Neil Kinnock, quoted in Forbes “Freud is the father of psychoanalysis. It has no mother.” Germaine Greer, quoted on The Browser “Economic forecasting is there to make weather forecasting look good.” Economist Ruth Lea, quoted in The Times “If you don’t like your job, you don’t strike! You just go in every day, and do it really half-assed. That’s the American way.” The Simpsons’ Homer Simpson, quoted in The Mail on Sunday “Hindsight is the only exact science.” John Naughton in The Observer “A step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.” Kurt Vonnegut, quoted on Forbes.com “The great use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it.” William James, quoted on SmithsonianMag.com Statistic of the week The number of children being homeschooled has risen by over 40% in three years. Some 48,000 children were being educated at home in 2016-17, up from 34,000 in 2014-15. The highest proportion is in the Isle of Wight, where one in 50 children are homeschooled. BBC/The Independent 5 May 2018 THE WEEK 22 NEWS Sport Football: tales from the lower leagues Some of the most unusual achievements in football this season have taken place outside the top flight Asked to name the manager of the year, most people would opt for Pep Guardiola, said Gregor Robertson in The Times. But look beyond the Premier League and you’ll see there’s a good case for picking John Askey (right), the manager of Macclesfield Town. His extraordinary success with the National League side “rivals that of any manager in English football this season”. He has no more than £350,000 at his disposal – by far the lowest budget in the league, and a third of that of some other sides. And his best-paid player earns just £500 a week. Yet, in “a managerial feat akin to alchemy”, his team has finished top of the table and will be promoted to League Two. This for a team that had been tipped for relegation, said BBC Sport online. Indeed, at the start of this season the club had just one player who’d played in the previous campaign. A former Macclesfield striker himself, Askey was only hired as manager in 2013 because the club decided he was the cheapest option, said Jamie Gordon in The Sun. He doesn’t even have an assistant manager and the club’s masseur is an ex-defenderturned-fireman. Yet despite operating under those constraints, Askey managed to assemble “a fit, hungry, ego-free squad”, said Gregor Robertson. Returning to the English Football League will net the club a “transformative” £1.2m – but it could well take “another miracle” to avoid the drop next summer. Managers are usually measured by their success, said Patrick von Behr in The Times. But perhaps an even better test of quality is how they cope with failure. And few managers in the history of football have known failure like Darren Dods (left), of the Scottish club Brechin City. He has just pulled off the remarkable feat of managing a team that hasn’t won a single game in the Scottish Championship all season, and has ended up securing just four points. No English side has ever done that badly. And the only other Scottish side that has, Vale of Leven, did so back in 1891-92. Not that it’s any surprise, said Ewan Murray in The Guardian. Against all expectations, Brechin won last season’s League One play-offs after finishing in fourth place. So this season they were one of only two Championship teams with part-time players – training sessions are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. They never really stood a chance. At almost any other club, “the knives would be out for the manager by now”, said Jonathan Sutherland on BBC Sport online. But Dods did such a good job of keeping morale high in the dressing room that the chairman, Ken Ferguson, has “nothing but respect” for him. And even the fans are on Dods’s side, said Michael Schofield in The Scottish Sun. Premier League supporters take note: this is what it means to be a “football fan in the face of proper adversity”. Formula One: Hamilton returns to his winning ways chance to overtake him. With three laps to go, The exciting thing about this Formula One Bottas’s “tyre went pop” after he ran over some season is that it’s not the “two-horse race” it debris – so “letting Hamilton through for the was expected to be, said Mark Hughes in The victory”. It was a very fortunate win: he looked Sunday Times. True, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton a little “embarrassed to be on the top step”. and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel still lead the Hamilton was due some luck, said John standings, with Hamilton four points ahead. Westerby in The Times. In the Australian But the Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo has Grand Prix, in March, “victory seemed to be already won one race, while Hamilton’s his”. But owing to a software malfunction on teammate Valtteri Bottas has finished second on the Mercedes computers, he was pipped by two occasions. In fact, it was only in the fourth race of the season, last Sunday’s Azerbaijan Hamilton: the luckiest race of his career Vettel. Then, at the Bahrain Grand Prix, Hamilton collided with the Red Bull driver Grand Prix, that Hamilton chalked up his first Max Verstappen. His biggest problem, however, is his car. He win, said Jonathan McEvoy in the Daily Mail. And it was by some distance the luckiest victory of his career. With the end in has complained about it lacking pace and he has struggled with his “troublesome”, temperature-sensitive Pirelli tyres. This season, sight, Bottas led the race, ahead of Vettel. But when Vettel “dived the Ferrari cars seem to be “outstripping Mercedes”. down the inside of Bottas”, he ran wide and gave Hamilton the Union (RFU), English rugby’s In years to come, last Sunday governing body, which is will be remembered as the spending £2.4m on women’s moment women’s club rugby club rugby over three years. took a “great leap forward”, When the RFU launched the said Robert Kitson in The Premier 15s last year, there Guardian. In the thrilling was scepticism, said Sarah final of the inaugural Premier Mockford in The Times. And 15s season, Saracens beat it’s true that the discipline and Harlequins 24-20. It was a hearthandling can leave something in-mouth finish: at one point, Harlequins had been 17-3 down, Saracens’ brilliant Marlie Packer to be desired – as one would expect from players who work yet in a finale “as taut as any full-time jobs and get to train only three times a neutral could wish to experience”, it seemed as week. But at its best, as on Sunday, women’s if they might just manage to snatch victory. 15-a-side can be very good indeed. The final, For years, women’s rugby has been said Robert Kitson, was a showcase for brilliant dominated by the seven-a-side game, said players, such as Marlie Packer of Saracens and Kate Rowan in The Daily Telegraph. There Shaunagh Brown of Harlequins. It was proof were some 15-a-side clubs, but they received that women’s rugby is “more than entertaining little attention. Now, however, the format is enough to be judged on its own merits”. receiving a boost from the Rugby Football THE WEEK 5 May 2018 Sporting headlines Tennis Rafael Nadal beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to claim his 11th Barcelona Open title. He has now won 46 consecutive sets on clay. Rugby union Exeter sealed the Premiership top spot with a 34-19 win over Sale Sharks. Saracens beat London Irish 51-14 to secure a place in the play-offs; Wasps landed a play-off spot by beating Northampton 36-29. Football Celtic beat Rangers 5-0 to secure a seventh successive Scottish Premiership title. Man United beat Arsenal 2-1. © THE SUN/NEWS LICENSING A watershed for women’s rugby? We believe in a different perspective. You see a dresser. We see a kitchen. That’s because we design our kitchen cabinets as pieces of furniture. 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Conservative Home Office scandals are as predictable as pantomimes and come with their own timehonoured tropes, including cruel, heartless and usually racist Tories, and their selfless Labour opponents championing the underdog. Behind the scenes the reality is rather different. The underlying driver of the Home Office’s enduring difficulties is that the views of our political, media and judicial establishments on crime and immigration are fundamentally at odds with those of the majority of the British people. The public want firm but fair control of immigration. In the case of the Windrush scandal, we expect a speedy and fair resolution for people who have long integrated into British life, whether they are technically citizens or not. It is time that all elements of the establishment grasped that control of immigration – the issue that determined the result of the Brexit referendum – really matters to the British public. Otto Inglis, Edinburgh Going for easy targets To The Daily Telegraph Sajid Javid, the new Home Secretary, will be wary of saying too much against target-setting and seeking “low-hanging fruit”. He will know that in the Department for Business, which he headed during 2015-16, the Insolvency Service (of which I was an independent board member) has targets for the number of directors of insolvent companies it disqualifies. It has achieved targets by focusing on easy cases. The low-hanging fruit are wives who innocently become directors of companies owned and managed by their husbands. They are disqualified for not having paid enough attention to their husbands’ business. There were examples of serious, difficult cases being abandoned early so that resources could be reassigned to easier cases. Exchange of the week Sell your home to fund your care? To The Daily Telegraph Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS, proposes that older people should sell their homes to fund social care. Why? This is a generation that worked hard to get their own homes. We were not allowed to sit on our backsides and hold our hands out for benefits. At the labour exchange, you were offered three jobs and if one was not taken then your allowances were stopped. It’s always those who have worked who pay for those who haven’t. Mary Boyles, New Rossington, South Yorkshire To The Daily Telegraph It is difficult to disagree that house equity should be used to cover an owner’s social care costs. This not least because the bulk of that value is likely to have been a mostly speculative (or at least unearned) gain. The need to reduce the tax burden that must otherwise fall on non-property owners must prevail over an understandable desire to leave assets to descendants. It might be less contentious and painful if the value of a home of a person entering care was regarded as collateral for a government loan to cover care costs. The property would be sold and the care amount recouped after the owner’s death. Being, ultimately, a charge on society, care costs of those without either property or assets should be funded from a designated inheritance tax receipts fund. Tony Stone, Oxted, Surrey To The Daily Telegraph Why do we have such a fetish about making use of our homes when we can no longer live in them? If I’d invested in the stock market and held a portfolio of £100,000, people would ridicule me if I said I wanted to ring-fence that to give to my children, while expecting other people’s children to pay for my care through taxation. Robert Mills, Bideford, Devon Wherever government targets are set, there will be civil servants looking for the easiest way to achieve them – and that will not necessarily be what the politicians intended. Nicholas Ward, Banbury, Oxfordshire Don’t hide Stonehenge To The Times There seems to be an assumption that Stonehenge belongs to archaeologists and to English Heritage. Most people who enjoy the stones do so from vehicles on the A303. The stones look magnificent from this distance. They have no need of close inspection. They can be appreciated at a glimpse, without need of visitor centres, car parks, coaches and multimillionpound tunnels. Why should the overwhelming majority of those who enjoy Stonehenge be deprived of this pleasure at vast public expense to satisfy a profession and a quango? Sir Simon Jenkins, National Trust chairman, 2008-14 An age-old bungle To The Daily Telegraph It is hard to believe that anyone born in the United Kingdom, to parents and grandparents who were also born in the UK, should be told that he or she is not a British citizen. That, however, was the fate of many people who were born in what is now the Irish Republic, but which, at the time of their birth, was as much a part of the United Kingdom as Manchester is. When 26 of the 32 counties of Ireland seceded from the UK and were about to leave the Commonwealth, many of these people were deprived of their British status unless they proactively sought to retain it. I vividly recall my mother’s disappointment in the 1980s when she opened the envelope 25 containing the passport for which she had applied, and read: “British Subject without Citizenship”. These people’s plight was not helped by legislative squabbling between the newly independent Ireland and Westminster, which, even as late as 1942, was claiming that it had the right to conscript Irishmen living in Britain. The British Nationality Act 1948 resolved the matter by putting people like my mother in no better position than any outsider seeking citizenship. It may be of some comfort to Amber Rudd to know that bungling of these matters is nothing new. An incorrect date inserted into the 1948 Act had the unintended consequence of depriving people living in Northern Ireland of British citizenship and assuming they were Irish citizens. I do not know if any heads rolled as a result. The error was corrected the following year. Ann O’Brien, Leeds, West Yorkshire Suffragette mistake To The Sunday Times Waldemar Januszczak writes that Emily Wilding Davison died when she “threw herself under a horse at the Epsom Derby in 1913”. This is a common error. In fact, Davison had expressed her intention of running onto the course to grab the reins of the King’s horse and bring it to a standstill. Unfortunately, she failed to realise the impossibility of stopping a horse galloping at 40mph. Helena Newton, Ilford, London “You’re getting older now. We need to discuss the Pterodactyls and the bees” © RON MORGAN/THE OLDIE ● Letters have been edited 5 May 2018 THE WEEK ARTS Review of reviews: Books 27 Book of the week sleeping pills, Woods “groggily” crashed his SUV into a fire hydrant outside his home while trying to Tiger Woods flee his wife, who had “learnt of his by Jeff Benedict and adultery”. In fact, as became clear, she “didn’t know the half of it: Armen Keteyian Woods’s paramours (strippers, Simon & Schuster 512pp £20 waitresses, neighbours) began popping The Week Bookshop £18 up from behind every swizzle stick”. Since then, the “greatest athlete of Tiger Woods was always destined to our time” hasn’t won a single major be a great golfer, said Giles Smith in tournament, and his injury-racked The Times. His father, Earl, a Vietnam career has nosedived badly (though just veteran and an instructor in “military recently, it has shown signs of reviving). science and tactics”, drilled him from a Based on 250 interviews, this confident very early age (an approach he dubbed biography brings “grainy new detail” to Woods with his father, Earl, in 1995 “the Woods Finishing School”). When almost every aspect of its subject’s life. Tiger was a baby, his high chair was moved to the garage so he Woods, it transpires, wasn’t just a sex addict and a liar, he was could “watch golf balls being hit into a net”. From the time he also “a horrible human being”, said Jim White in The Mail on could wield a golf club, he was forced to practise two hours a day Sunday: “spoilt, entitled, utterly self-obsessed”. But he has never and Earl would tape motivational messages to his bedroom wall: been stupid. So why did he jeopardise his “carefully honed “I believe in me”; “I am first in my resolve”. All this enabled image” by indulging in “absurdly risky behaviour” – not just the Woods to bypass the “traditional, white, moneyed” route to relentless womanising, but also a series of secret parachute jumps golfing success and become the sport’s first black superstar, amasthat badly damaged his back. Benedict and Keteyian offer an sing 14 majors, 79 PGA Tour events and £110m in prize money. “intriguing” answer: Woods, they suggest, “needed the impetus of Yet while his golf “spoke magnificently for itself”, the man who his double life to stimulate his golf”. The theory certainly explains played it remained “bafflingly remote”. As the authors of this why, ever since his comeback – after therapy, which allowed him “unstinting” biography put it, he was “invisible in plain sight”. to understand “how vile he had been to those close to him” – his In 2009, the world finally discovered why, said Dwight Garner performances have been so mediocre. It seems that “the more in The New York Times. On the day after Thanksgiving, high on human he becomes, the less effective Tiger Woods is as a golfer”. Natural Causes Novel of the week by Barbara Ehrenreich Granta 256pp £16.99 Census The Week Bookshop £15.99 by Jesse Ball Granta 256pp £14.99 “Barbara Ehrenreich is an award-winning American columnist with a penchant for telling America what it does not want to hear,” said John Carey in The Sunday Times. In 2009’s Smile or Die, she derided the “positive thinking” craze surrounding cancer treatment. Now, in Natural Causes, she takes aim at the multibillion-dollar “wellness” industry and the medicalisation of old age. Although occasionally “eccentric”, this book shows a “wit and fighting spirit” that will delight Ehrenreich’s admirers. Her starting point is that whatever we may tell ourselves, we have little control over when we die, said Blake Morrison in The Guardian. And yet Americans are encouraged to believe that “anyone who makes an effort” will live a long life. Ehrenreich has fun mocking health gurus and fitness sages, with their mantras about the “wisdom of the body”, and the “death-deniers” of Silicon Valley, who believe that technology will fix mortality. And she doesn’t have much respect for doctors, who she claims subject the aged to a battery of unnecessary “tests and procedures”, making them “sick in the pursuit of wellness”. Some of Ehrenreich’s points are hard to agree with, such as her “paranoid” dismissal of the anti-smoking cause as “a war against the working class”, or her suggestion that people should take psilocybin (found in magic mushrooms) to help them approach death with equanimity. Yet overall, Natural Causes is an “instructive and thought-provoking” work by a great iconoclast. Despite its scepticism, the book’s message is ultimately “joyous”, said Yvonne Roberts in The Observer. Ehrenreich suggests that once we accept that we may depart the world at any time, we’ll be free to celebrate “what life, in all its arbitrariness, has to offer”. She provides a “much-needed tonic” to the dangerous bromides of self-help. The Week Bookshop £13.99 In this “curious, clever novel”, a father and his son, who has Down’s syndrome, travel from town A to town Z in an unnamed country, administering a national census, said Brian Martin in The Spectator. The father, who is dying, is a retired doctor with a passion for cormorants; his wife, who predeceased him, was a clown. The novel, the foreword tells us, was inspired by the life of Jesse Ball’s brother, who had Down’s syndrome and died in 1998. It is written in a style that’s “devoid of adjectives”, and while this is annoying at times, Census is for the most part engaging and “humane”. This is a strange and “transformative” book, said Melissa Harrison in the Financial Times. The secret of its power lies in Ball’s depiction of the son. Rather than a “fully ﬂeshed character”, he is portrayed entirely through the “world’s reactions to him, from the most tender to the most cruel”. This forces readers to “ﬁll in the missing information” themselves – after which it does not feel possible to return to a “state of ignorance”. Stark, spare and parable-like, Census is “memorable and utterly profound”. To order these titles or any other book in print, visit www.theweek.co.uk/bookshop or speak to a bookseller on 020-3176 3835 Opening times: Mon to Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5.30pm and Sun 10am-2pm 5 May 2018 THE WEEK Theatre Absolute Hell Playwright: Rodney Ackland Director: Joe Hill-Gibbins Lyttelton, National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 (020-7452 3000). Until 16 June Running time: 3hrs (including interval) ★★★ Musical Strictly Ballroom: The Musical Book: Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce Choreographer and director: Drew McOnie Piccadilly Theatre, Denman Street, London W1 (0844-871 7630). Until 20 October Running time: 2hrs 20mins (including interval) ★★ Drama Fleetwood). They, and many When first produced in 1952, others in the large cast, give under the title The Pink Room, splendid, nuanced performances. Rodney Ackland’s play – about The play might not be a the denizens of an anything-goes “stone-cold classic”, said Soho drinking club in the Andrzej Lukowski in Time summer of 1945 – received such Out. But it does have something a critical mauling it more or less “transcendent to say about the killed his career dead, said Ian allure of nightlife, the strange Shuttleworth in the FT. (“A libel bedfellows it breeds”, and on the British people” was one the way in which it exists to verdict.) So Ackland all but quit “alleviate loneliness as much writing until the late 1980s, as to facilitate joy”. The trouble, when he rewrote the play as though, said Dominic Cavendish Absolute Hell and – just before in The Daily Telegraph, is that he died – saw it greeted with the rather “monumental” set acclaim. Now revived in a lavish design and production it has production, the piece remains been given do nothing to help rather shocking – not so much for its (at the time) bold Fleetwood: “incredibly poignant” create the necessary sense of cosiness and claustrophobia. depictions of bi- and homoAs a result, this rather fragile play feels sexuality, “casual libertinage and a kind of det“overexposed, over-protracted and overplayed” ermined alcoholism, but for the unjudgemental – and “sprawling to the point of self-indulgent”. yet unyielding gaze with which it regards them”. It is by no means a failure, but nor – perhaps This “fascinating and provocative” play is surprisingly – is it an “absolute must”. a kind of “living Hogarth portrait of a Blitzravaged London living hard on treble whiskies and rationed eggs, and desperately trying to The week’s other opening blot out the world and the War”, said Natasha Mayfly Orange Tree Theatre, Clarence Street, Tripney in The Stage. It has so many characters Richmond (020-8940 3633). Until 26 May and plot strands it feels like a “live-action Joe White’s “tender and wise” debut play, set in Robert Altman film”. The focal points, though, a dying village in Shropshire, is “suffused with are Hugh Marriner, a washed-up writer (played grief and absence”, yet is unexpectedly funny by Charles Edwards with his usual delicacy and ultimately uplifting. It also features fine and empathy) and the club’s lonely proprietor, performances from a first-rate cast (Guardian). Christine (an “incredibly poignant” Kate with nowhere involving to go”. With this stage version of his Where the film had novelty and 1992 hit film Strictly Ballroom, “cinematographic elan”, this Baz Luhrmann seems to have limp stage adaptation feels given “the Baz Luhrmann garish, “cynically feel-good”, treatment” to his own material, and “bewilderingly vapid”. said Holly Williams in The This “strictly so-so” show Independent. That’s to say he is “cluttered and restless”, said has taken a love story, added Dominic Maxwell in The Times some “mildly incongruous pop – too cartoonish to be genuinely songs” and showered the whole involving. The film was thing in sequins. True, the much“charming”; this is “laborious”, loved movie – about a young agreed Michael Billington in maverick who rebels against the The Guardian. Ironically, its rigid, rule-bound world of 1980s best sequence – that “moment of ballroom dancing in Australia – ecstasy” a musical needs – comes was scarcely lacking in shimmer when Fran’s father teaches Scott and glitz. But this stage version is the paso doble. Fernando Mira, “even more spangly and silly in every way” – a gleefully overStrallen and Labey: a spangly show with his “poker back, drumming heels and economy of movethe-top romp that is “as garish ment”, gives us a thrilling masterclass in Spanish as the bubblegum-hued ostrich-trimmed dance – and upends the show’s own thesis by ballgowns the cast swirl about in”. “proving the value of disciplined tradition”. Jonny Labey has “bags of charm and energy” If only there had been more of this quality. as our hero, Scott, says Sarah Crompton on What’s On Stage, while Zizi Strallen gives a “wonderfully rounded” performance as Fran, CD of the week the dancer he woos, charting “her gradual Janelle Monáe: Dirty Computer journey from clumsiness to confidence” with Atlantic £9.99 great tenderness. And as an emcee-like figure, Monáe’s third album feels like it could make pop star Will Young sings sweetly and her blend of funky electropop, retro soul and sensuously, said Dominic Cavendish in The balladry “break into the pop stratosphere”. The Daily Telegraph. The problem is that, like the “ghosts of Madonna and Prince loom, and look rest of the show, he’s “all dressed up (a shiny where they got in the charts” (Sunday Times). outfit of black flares that runs up to his tum) Stars reflect the overall quality of reviews and our own independent assessment (4 stars=don’t miss; 1 star=don’t bother) Book your tickets now by calling 020-7492 9948 or visiting TheWeekTickets.co.uk THE WEEK 5 May 2018 © JOHAN PERSSON 28 ARTS Film ARTS 29 Avengers: Infinity War The mother of all Marvel movies ★★★ Dirs: Anthony and Joe Russo 2hrs 29mins (12A) Try as I might, I can’t think of another Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) is “putty in his film as big as this, said Jamie East in hands”, said Geoffrey Macnab in The Sun. The 19th film in Marvel’s The Independent. Ditto Thor, the god of world-beating, multibillion-grossing thunder (Chris Hemsworth). What stops “cinematic universe” of superheroes, the story from devolving into little more Avengers: Infinity War brings together than a series of repetitive CGI punch-ups most of the protagonists of the past is the skilful comedic interplay between 18 movies in one immense extravaganza. the stars. Cumberbatch and Downey Jr The cast boasts nearly as many A-listers bicker like “catty housewives”, while as Oscars night. There’s Robert Downey Chris Pratt as Star-Lord is amusingly Jr (Iron Man), Benedict Cumberbatch insecure about the depth of Hemsworth’s (Doctor Strange), Scarlett Johansson basso profundo voice. There’s even room (Black Widow), Chadwick Boseman for romance, notably between Pratt and (Black Panther)... The full list would Zoe Saldana’s green-skinned Gamora. Thanos: heads up an extravaganza break “the most indulgent word count”, said Danny Leigh in the FT. The overload The trouble with cramming so many of talent could have led to the film collapsing like a second-rate stars into one movie is it makes for a stream of histrionics, said soufflé. Yet somehow, directors Anthony and Joe Russo make Joshua Rothkopf in Time Out. Everyone tries to make “what it work, “marrying the madcap with the sleekness of the megaamounts to a cameo stick”. The result is two-and-a-half hours of budget action mayhem with hotspots of actual human drama”. “all sensation and no pulse”, said Stephanie Zacharek in Time. Saldana comes closest to making her “faux-Shakespearean Anyone who isn’t a fully paid-up member of the Marvel fan club moments” count, in her interplay with Thanos. I’m sorry not will find Infinity War mostly preposterous, said Edward Porter to be more specific, but Marvel has begged critics not to ruin in The Sunday Times. The premise is that a “purple brute” the story for fans. This “supremely watchable” film – a first named Thanos (Josh Brolin), who “looks as if he shaves using a instalment in a two-part story that will conclude next year – serrated razor”, has come up with a plan for wiping out half the is utterly confident both in its self-created mythology and in universe’s population. To do this, he and his henchmen must the note of apocalyptic darkness on which it ends, said Peter gather six “Infinity Stones” – unless our trusty superheroes can Bradshaw in The Guardian. “I know it’s silly. Yet I can’t help stop them. The hitch is that Thanos is so strong, even the mighty looking forward to the next supersized episode of mayhem.” Beast ★★★ Jessie Buckley dominates this gripping serial-killer thriller When I read that Beast was a serial-killer thriller, my heart sank, said Deborah Ross in The Spectator. I feared another litany of women being raped and murdered. But this “fascinating and brilliant” British film is “not like any serial-killer thriller you’ve seen before”. And that’s because “a woman owns it”. She isn’t the killer, yet Jessie Buckley’s turn as the lead is so “phenomenal”, she dominates the film. The actor plays Moll, a troubled tour guide on the island of Jersey who lives at home with her controlling mother (Geraldine James). Then she meets Pascal (Johnny Flynn), a half-wild and – to her – irresistibly attractive loner who may or may not be responsible for a spate of murders Dir: Michael Pearce 1hr 44mins (15) that have recently shocked the community. Writer-director Michael Pearce excels at overturning our expectations, said Mark Kermode in The Observer. One moment we think we’re watching a murder mystery; the next it seems more like a timeless fable. And who is the beast of the title? Yet it has to be said that Pearce rather overdoes the symbolism, said Geoffrey Macnab in The Independent. Forests are dark and mysterious. Waves are invariably pounding the shore. “The film couldn’t have worked without a strong lead actor,” said Dan Jolin in Empire. Buckley is just that, delivering “a devastating portrait” of repressed anger. By rights, this should “mark the start of a long and impressive career”. The Wound Intense exploration of male identity This has been quite a 12 months or so for “complex gay tales shot in striking rural locations”, said Jimi Famurewa in Empire. In the wake of Call Me by Your Name and God’s Own Country comes this “lyrical, bold” South African art-house film. Its action takes place during an initiation retreat attended by young males of the Xhosa tribe who submit to unanaesthetised circumcision and are obliged to yell, “I’m a man!” as the blade cuts the skin. Many will find the circumcision scenes “difficult”, said Kevin Maher in The Times. But those who get through them will be rewarded by a “flawless exploration of male identity”. The central drama revolves around the secret relationship between ★★★ Dir: John Trengove 1hr 28mins (15) two retreat guides, the closeted Xolani (Nakhane Touré) and the bisexual, married Vija (Bongile Mantsai). Their affair is complicated by a young initiate (Niza Jay Ncoyini) who occasionally flips the power balance with the older men – with results that are devastating for all concerned. Some of the plot twists of this “absorbing and visually strong” drama are rather bluntly arranged, said Edward Porter in The Sunday Times. Yet director John Trengove, a white South African, handles his sensitive subject matter with a delicate touch, said Geoffrey Macnab in The Independent. And even putting aside the “fraught sexual politics”, The Wound provides fascinating insights into Xhosa culture. 5 May 2018 THE WEEK 30 ARTS Art Exhibition of the week Rodin and the art of ancient Greece British Museum, London WC1 (020-7323 8181, www.britishmuseum.org). Until 29 July In 1881, Auguste Rodin its brilliance is rarely (1840-1917) visited the repeated, and the British Museum and made exhibition is “packed a discovery that would with horrid artistic change his life, said Rachel moments”. Rodin had Campbell-Johnston in The a compulsion to “load Times. For the first time, his sculpture with big “the most famous sculptor meanings”, resulting of a dawning modernist in many works that era” came face to face with now seem absurdly the Parthenon Marbles – melodramatic. There are a set of sculptures that some “spectacularly ugly” spoke to him with “a pieces, made all the more fierce and direct emotional hideous by comparison force”. The encounter with the Parthenon would bring about Marbles. How “fresh a radical transformation and vital” they seem in in his own art, introducing this context – “and how a vitality that came to comprehensively they characterise his best work. win the encounters with Now, more than a century their copyist”. on from Rodin’s first visit, the British Museum is True, Rodin can’t staging an exhibition Rodin’s The Kiss is juxtaposed with Rising Goddess, part of the Parthenon Marbles compete with “the most that explores the French revolutionary sculptures sculptor’s reverence for the Parthenon Marbles and their creator, ever created”, said Jonathan Jones in The Guardian. Even his the 5th century BC Greek sculptor Phidias. The show brings famous sculpture The Kiss (1882) – “one of the most sensual together more than 80 of Rodin’s “expressively audacious” and captivating masterpieces of modern times” – looks like works and, for the first time, juxtaposes these masterpieces “soft porn” next to two headless goddesses from the Parthenon. with the ancient sculptures that inspired them. The result is a Nevertheless, the exhibition offers a comprehensive overview guaranteed “blockbuster” containing moments of “alchemy”. of Rodin’s “dizzying career”: highlights include two full-scale versions of The Thinker (1880) and an “array of swarming It is a “beautifully presented” show, said Waldemar Januszczak images” from his “masterpiece”, The Gates of Hell (1880-c.90). in The Sunday Times. The Parthenon Marbles and Rodin’s works More impressively still, it succeeds in showing us how remarkable are displayed in tandem, culminating in the latter’s The Burghers Greek statuary must have looked when seen through Rodin’s of Calais (1889) – a work that offers “unarguable proof” of eyes. It forces us to view these ancient sculptures in a new light, Rodin’s “occasional genius as a public sculptor”. Unfortunately, and the effect is quite simply “sublime”. Where to buy… Julian Opie at Alan Cristea Gallery Julian Opie (b.1958) has devoted the past three decades to rendering the world around him in bold outlines and simplified, almost cartoonish shapes. His work has appeared on everything from T-shirts to album covers, and his illustrative, Hergé-meets-Warhol style has become almost as familiar as the livery of a multinational corporation. However, Opie is an artist possessed of brilliant observational skills and a determination to reduce representational art to its barest essentials. This exhibition brings together a good selection of his recent work, demonstrating that he is still capable of producing the odd surprise. Scenes of strolling pedestrians in Melbourne pick out tiny details – a shopping bag slung awkwardly over a shoulder, the ungainly posture of THE WEEK 5 May 2018 Modern Towers 2 (2017) a figure gazing down at a smartphone – that a lesser artist might miss, while a series of landscapes of the Cornish coast have an eerie quality that recalls – of all people – Eric Ravilious. Prices range from £2,160 to £48,000. 43 Pall Mall, St James’s, London SW1 (020-7439 1866). Until 16 June. It must be devastating to discover that more than half of the works in your gallery are fakes, says David Chazan in The Daily Telegraph. But that’s just what has happened to the museum in Elne, in the south of France, which is dedicated to works by Étienne Terrus (1857-1922) – a local artist who was a precursor of fauvism and friends with Matisse. An art historian raised the alarm after noticing that several of the paintings showed buildings that were constructed after the artist’s death. On investigation, experts confirmed that 82 of the museum’s 140 works were forged. “It’s a catastrophe,” said Yves Barniol, mayor of Elne. “I put myself in the place of all the people who came to visit the museum, who saw fake works of art, who paid an entrance fee. It’s intolerable and I hope we find those responsible.” Having seized the fakes, police are now trying to trace the dealers who sold them. Art experts estimate that at least 20% of the paintings owned by major museums around the world are forged. © COURTESY JULIAN OPIE AND ALAN CRISTEA GALLERY, LONDON The museum of forgeries The Week reviews an exhibition in a private gallery The List 33 Best books… Jacqueline Wilson Jacqueline Wilson, the bestselling children’s author, picks her six favourite books. She will be talking about her new book, Rose Rivers, on 28 May at the Hay Festival, Wales (24 May-3 June; www.hayfestival.com) Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf, 2015 (Picador £7.99). I was browsing in Waterstones when a bookseller suggested I try this novel. I’m so glad she did. It’s the most beautiful, moving book about an older couple who fall madly in love. It stays shining in the mind. Adventures in Modern Marriage by William Nicholson, 2017 (Quercus £8.99). The latest in a series about friends and family who live in East Sussex – I seize on every book with delight. I especially identify with the ageing TV presenter and the writer, both clinging on desperately – but all the characters are believable and fascinating. The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story by Christie Watson, 2018 (Chatto & Windus £14.99). Watson has written two brilliant novels, but this is a powerful account of her life as a nurse. She deals with searingly sad situations, yet reading her memoir is a truly uplifting experience. A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor, 1947 (Virago £9.99). Taylor has the dubious accolade of being called a writer’s writer, but she’s a favourite of this writer. I’ve read this novel, set in a seaside town in the 1940s, five times and I’m itching to read it again. There’s a mother from hell in it who makes me wince and chuckle. The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler, 1985 (Vintage £8.99). Tyler writes about shy, awkward, engaging characters with their own quiet obsessions. Macon Leary is a man who copes with tragedy by sticking to his own bizarre routines, but his life is turned upside down when he meets the courageous Muriel Pritchett. Titles in print are available from The Week Bookshop on 020-3176 3835. For out-of-print books visit www.biblio.co.uk The Week’s guide to what’s worth seeing and reading Showing now Book now Life in Motion: Egon Schiele/Francesca Woodman pairs works by the Austrian expressionist, who died 100 years ago, with Woodman’s haunting photographs. 24 May23 September, Tate Liverpool (0151-702 7400). Sally Cookson, who has directed dazzling productions of Jane Eyre and Peter Pan, turns her attention to Patrick Ness’s A Monster Ballet’s Dark Knight: Sir Kenneth MacMillan Exploration of the life of brilliant but troubled choreographer Kenneth MacMillan. Sun 6 May, BBC4 21:00 (60mins). The Road to Palmyra Dan Cruickshank and Don McCullin travel to Syria to document the cultural destruction wrought by Islamic State. Mon 7 May, BBC4 21:00 (60mins). Vive La Revolution! Joan Bakewell on May ’68 Joan Bakewell looks back at the student protests in France in May 1968, and the ideas that fuelled them. Wed 9 May, BBC4 22:00 (60mins). Tortured By Mum and Dad? The Turpin 13 Film investigating the sinister story of the Turpins, the couple charged with keeping their 13 children shackled and starved in their home in California. Wed 9 May, C5 22:00 (65mins). Red Ape: Saving the Orangutan For a decade, International Animal Rescue has filmed its own efforts to save Borneo’s orangutans, pulling them from devastated jungle. This film follows their work and shows why these apes are on the brink of extinction. Thur 10 May, BBC2 21:00 (60mins). A Streetcar Named Desire at Oxford Playhouse (01865-305305). Kelly Gough puts in a “name-making performance” as Blanche DuBois in Chelsea Walker’s take on Tennessee Williams’ classic (Times). 8-12 May, then Mold and Southampton (www.ett.org.uk). A host of leading children’s writers, including Judith Kerr, Emma Chichester Clark and Charlie Higson, will be entertaining the little – and not so little – ones with talks and workshops at the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival. 11-13 May, various venues, Barnes, London SW13 (www.barneskidslitfest.org). Programmes The Bridge Sofia Helin is Kelly Gough in A Streetcar Named Desire Calls, about a boy dealing with his mother’s cancer. For ages ten+. 31 May-16 June, Bristol Old Vic (0117-987 7877); 7 July-25 August, The Old Vic, London SE1 (0844-871 7628). Just out in paperback A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré (Penguin £8.99). Peter Guillam is interrogated by MI6 over his actions in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, giving the reader “pieces of a puzzle that have been missing for 54 years” (Times). The Archers: what happened last week Thanks to Jazzer snoring and a terrible bed, Alistair is not getting much sleep. Shula offers to move to Elizabeth’s so he can return home. When she says there’s no rush to divorce, he is shocked. How can she be so calm about the end of their marriage? Andrew arrives at Grange Farm without Jake. He explains to Will that Jake isn’t happy there and hates visiting Nic’s grave. The laptop incident was the last straw. Will tells Ed that he’ll fight for Jake. Jennifer tells Peggy that Lexi’s not pregnant. Peggy is sympathetic; they needed good news. When Peggy says she feels sorry for Brian, Jennifer tells her Brian knew about the toxic waste. Peggy’s stunned. Jazzer runs into Hannah, a friend he worked with years ago, who’s now Berrow’s deputy manager. Shula tells Alistair she’s truly sorry about their break-up. They agree to live together, but not as a couple. Martyn Gibson writes to Will informing him that he’ll either have to return to work full-time or give up the cottage. Will appeals to Brian, who says that as BL chair, Martyn can do what he likes. Brian tells Jennifer that he’ll help Will. He receives a phone call from Doug, who makes Brian an offer. It’s less than Brian wants, but he accepts it. back in leather trousers to play the abrupt Swedish detective Saga in a new series of the Scandi crime drama. Fri 11 May, BBC2 21:00 (60mins). Films Buried (2010) An engrossing but terrifying film about a man buried alive in Iraq. Fri 11 May, BBC1 23:55 (90mins). New to subscription TV Westworld Season two of the gripping drama based on the 1973 film, about a Wild West theme park staffed by androids where visitors get to act out their fantasies without fear of retribution – until, that is, the robots start malfunctioning. Showing now on Sky Atlantic. Mercury 13 Documentary telling the story of 13 women who, in 1961, passed the tests to become astronauts, but were then barred from Nasa’s space-flight programme because of their gender. Streaming on Netflix. 5 May 2018 THE WEEK © THE OTHER RICHARD Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan, 2018 (Square Peg £14.99). I love books about books – and this is a treat. It’s an endearing account of Mangan’s favourite children’s books – and some of the socalled classics that didn’t work for her at all. It’s a gloriously biased compilation, like a heated but enjoyable discussion with a best friend bookworm. Television Best properties 34 Scenic hideaways under £500,000 ▲ Fife: 38/40 Marketgate South, Crail. Dating from around 1759, this B-listed house with a Georgian facade, in the heart of the conservation village of Crail, has a pretty, sheltered garden and distant sea views to the rear. Master bed, 2 further beds, family bath, shower, 3 receps, breakfast/kitchen, pantry, patio, well-stocked garden with outhouse/store, off-street parking. OIEO £395,000; Galbraith (01334659980). ▲ Devon: 19 Crowther’s Hill, Dartmouth. A cosy period cottage with many original features in a desirable street in central Dartmouth, with off-street parking and a lovely rear garden. Master bed, 1 further bed, family bath, open-plan kitchen/double recep with wood-burning stove, carport, private garden at the rear with raised beds and exotic plants. £405,000; Marchand Petit (01803-839190). ▲ Dorset: Stockford Lodge, East Stoke, Wareham. An enchanting Grade II Hansel and Gretelstyle cottage, tucked away among the bluebells in almost two acres of grounds and woodland. 1 bed (previously divided into two) with WC, family bath, kitchen, breakfast room, sitting room with open fireplace, dining room with flagstone floor, porch, double carport, garden, summer house, terrace. £420,000 Domvs (01929555300). THE WEEK 5 May 2018 on the market 35 ▲ Isle of Mull: Pier House, Fionnphort. A modern detached oneand-a-half-storey cottage – in an elevated position in this fishing village on the southwest tip of Mull – with panoramic views over the village, the bay and the Sound of Iona. Perched on a small cliff above the main pier, Pier House was completely rebuilt in 2008 in a traditional style. The house is well placed to take advantage of local wildlife, from white-tailed and golden eagles to otters and seals, which are joined in the summer by dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks. 3 beds, family bath, shower, kitchen with dining area, openplan recep, wrap-around terrace, porch, gardens, detached garage. OIEO £285,000; Savills (0141222 5875). Stirling: Greenacre, Killin, Loch Tay. A fully renovated and extended family house with south-facing views towards Loch Tay, close to the Falls of Dochart. Master suite with dressing room and balcony, 4 further beds, family bath, kitchen, 2 receps, cloakroom, utility/ pantry, 1-bed detached chalet, studio, greenhouse, workshop, potting shed, garage, garden, 0.94 acres. £398,000; Savills (01738477519). ▲ ▲ Devon: Moxhayes, Yarcombe, Honiton. A Grade II 17th century farmhouse in an idyllic location off a country lane in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Master suite, 2 further beds, family bath, breakfast/kitchen with Aga, 2 receps with inglenook fireplaces, study/bed 4, cobbled forecourt, garden, grounds, sweeping panoramic views, 0.27 acres. OIEO £485,000; Stags (0140445885). ▲ West Sussex: 13 Bourne Court, Bracklesham Bay, Chichester. Located between West Wittering and Selsey, this beachfront firstfloor apartment has fantastic sea views stretching across the water to the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth. Master bed, 2 further beds, 2 showers, kitchen, reception hall, reception room with picture window, balcony, garage, residents’ parking. £495,000; Strutt & Parker (01243-832600). ▲ Dumfries and Galloway: Annandale House, Moffat. The principal part of an Edwardian house, set in just under half an acre of mature gardens on the edge of this historic spa town. Master bed with dressing room, 2 further beds, family bath, shower, study/bed 4, kitchen/diner with Aga, 2 receps, utility, larder. OIEO £380,000; Knight Frank (0131-222 9600). 5 May 2018 THE WEEK LEISURE Food & Drink 37 What the experts recommend La Cave Lower Ground Floor, 29 High Street, Falmouth, Cornwall (01326-617510) This newish place on an “ope” – or alley – off Falmouth’s old high street is a “fullblown specimen of the Retro-Romantic French Bistro”, says Keith Miller in The Daily Telegraph. Lit by paraffin lamps, it has low, vaulted ceilings, a tinkling piano and a menu that offers “Retro Reassurance rather than Reckless Romanticism”. Still, the food is “cooked with precision, confidence and minimal fuss, and served with warmth and charm”. A soufflé deux fois was gooey but light, and came with a keen-edged apple and endive salad. A “bouillabaisse Cornique” was made with cockles, mussels, samphire and white fish. I did wonder if it might have been more exciting with red mullet or gurnard, but the principle was “clearly to make it with whatever was good off the boat today”. Duck à l’orange was more “assertively contemporary”: rare breast cut neatly into thick slices, topped with rosettes of just-roasted blood orange and resting on root vegetables in a pool of rich Lillet sauce. Dinner for two, £120. Forest Side Grasmere, Cumbria (01539-435250) When it comes to the fad for serving food on anything other than plates, I am firmly pro-plate, says Jay Rayner in The Observer. As my youngest once black truffle is “the best ham and eggs you will ever eat”. Mains of pork loin and beef rib are intense; elsewhere, pig’s ear terrine in mushroom broth is “brilliant” and the vegetable cookery – a lot of it involving salt-baking – is inspired. Meal for two, including drinks, from £120. The Korean Cowgirl: superior ribs put it: “You start with a mini chip pan fryer and before you know it, there’s couscous in a mini wheelbarrow.” Well, quite. I’ll make an exception, though, for Forest Side, where Kevin Tickle’s thrilling food is conceived as an expression of the Cumbrian landscape. Here, using a polished rock for the chive butter – “the colour of a bowls lawn, dressed with Lilliputian deep-fried onion rings and nasturtium blooms – is a tidy declaration of intent”. Its promise, moreover, is amply fulfilled. A sweet-savoury cracker made from butternut squash, piled with crumbled black pudding and Tunworth cheese, is a “flavour bomb”. Toast with salt-cured egg yolk, wind-dried ham and The Korean Cowgirl 13 Palace Street, Canterbury (01227-788006) I once spent a day in Lynchburg, Tennessee, training to become a certified judge of the Kansas City Barbeque Society, says Tom Parker Bowles in The Mail on Sunday. After swearing allegiance to “truth, justice, excellence in barbecue and the American way of life”, I learnt that perfectly cooked ribs should have meat that “neither flops off in one piece (overcooked) or gleans to the bone too tightly (underdone)”. The flesh should come away easily with a small tug of the teeth. And as a duly certified expert, I can confirm that the ribs at The Korean Cowgirl are “way superior to the usual ersatz rubbish” and beat the ones at the Bodean’s chain “with ease” (though they could use a bit more smoke). The brisket here is “way above average too”; smoked by “someone who knows their ’cue”. If I were them, I’d drop the Korean bit (the Korean fried chicken is “merely average”) and focus on the Cowgirl barbecue bit – it’s great. Lunch around £25 a head. Recipe of the week Live fire barbecue-cooking can produce stunning vegetable dishes as well as meat ones, says DJ BBQ. These sweet and tasty charred carrots are one of the easiest recipes to try when learning to barbecue “dirty” style – where the food is cooked on the hot charcoals to give it a lovely smoky char flavour. “Dirty” barbecued carrots with maple syrup and cumin Serves 3-4 as a side dish Barbecue set-up: dirty technique (see below for guidance) 12 large carrots, washed, not peeled 4 tbsps maple syrup 2 tbsps balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp cumin seeds sea salt and black pepper • For “dirty” barbecue cooking, you need a © DAVID LOFTUS nice solid bed of charcoals packed together in a tight slab so they don’t burn away too fast. • Get a nice charcoal bed cooked up and, once the coals start to ash, you are good to go. First, blow over the coals to dust away the ash just before you place anything on them – so you don’t have to brush ash off your food later. • Place your whole unpeeled carrots straight into the coals. Use a pair of tongs to snuggle the coals around the carrots so more surface area is being cooked by the coals. • Turn the carrots every 5 minutes to stop them from charring too much. After about 20-25 minutes, the carrots should be cooked – they should bend nicely, but not be floppy. Once you have the bend, remove the carrots from the coals and place on a metal tray. Let them cool down before moving on to the next step, because they will be too hot to handle at first. • Slice the carrots on the angle and lay them back in the tray. Drizzle the maple syrup and balsamic vinegar over the carrots and mix things up. Make it rain cumin seeds, flakes of salt and freshly ground pepper, and give the tray a lovely shake so that all the carrots are seasoned. • Place the tray on top of the coals to caramelise the syrup. Keep stirring the carrots until the syrup starts to bubble, then remove and enjoy one of life’s tastiest side dishes. Alternatively, this dish could be part of a main event for vegetarians or vegans. Taken from Fire Food: The Ultimate BBQ Cookbook by DJ BBQ, published by Quadrille at £15. To buy from The Week Bookshop for £14, call 020-3176 3835 or visit www.theweek.co.uk/bookshop. 5 May 2018 THE WEEK Consumer 38 LEISURE The rear-wheel-drive R8: an end to “the days of dull Audis”? naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine, “To all intents and purposes, this is which “screams” through its seemingly Audi’s first ever rear-wheel-drive car,” never-ending rev range to produce a top said Ollie Marriage in Top Gear. To speed of 198mph. What’s more, despite find the last one, you would have to its limited edition status, it’s cheaper delve too far back for any meaningful than the quattro by almost £14,000, comparison. And its rear-wheel series making it the most affordable R8 yet. (RWS) label indicates it won’t be You can’t help feeling, though, the only one. What Audi is trying that Audi could have “nudged the to tell us is that it wants to be taken Audi R8 RWS performance envelope further” to seriously as a maker of “purist” sports From £112,520 differentiate the RWS some more, cars – that “the days of dull Audis are said Sean Carson in Auto Express. The drive is undeniably over”. It may lack rear-wheel experience, but it has clearly good; it has “fast, accurate” steering, surprisingly good traction worked hard to create this better, simpler R8. (given the lack of four-wheel drive), and will get from 0 to Externally, there’s really nothing to set it apart from its 62mph in 3.7 seconds, only two tenths of a second slower than quattro all-wheel-drive sibling, and even inside all you get is the quattro. You have to push quite hard before you feel any a little plaque above the glovebox telling you you’re in “1 of difference, yet when you do, the “delicious adjustability” of 999” limited edition models, said Chris Knapman in The Daily an R8 without a pair of driven front wheels becomes apparent, Telegraph. But that’s not to say changes haven’t been made. and you experience the car’s more “amusing” side. The RWS is 50kg lighter than the quattro, but uses the same The best… ergonomic office accessories Tips of the week... how to move with your garden ● For keen gardeners, moving house can be heartbreaking. You can take plants with you, but decide which ones before you sell so that you can give any buyers due notice. ● If a plant is simply too big to move, take cuttings or divisions with you. ● Plan ahead. October to March is the best time to dig up shrubs or trees, while spring and autumn are best for perennials. ● Rather than digging your plants up last minute and putting the root balls in bin liners, transfer them into plastic containers filled with compost well in advance. ● Before you pot them up, root around in the soil for weeds or pests’ larvae to avoid introducing them into your new garden. ● Try to tie labels to stems or stick them to pots. For tall plants, ask your removal company for some extra wardrobe boxes. ● A week before moving day, put all the pots into a shed or garage to dry them out; they’ll be easier and lighter to transport. 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It now has paradise flycatchers and emerald a “gracious and almost Edwardian” doves flutter through the trees. atmosphere and “an entire Downton Of course, for some visitors, all this Abbey’s worth of friendly staff”, is still not enough to distract them from including excellent butlers. And while the ultimate prize: the tigers. Dudhwa sightings of tigers are not guaranteed in Tigers are but one of Terai’s many wild animals is home to some man-eaters (only last this area, close to the border with Nepal, year, a 17-year-old local was killed by there’s plenty of other wildlife to spot. one), but the big cats don’t attack safari vehicles. Even so, if you In the early-morning mists, the forest is “ghostly”. Spotted deer do spot one, it’s likely to be entirely unexpected and – however materialise between the slender sal trunks. Troops of macaques insouciant the animal may appear – to set your heart pounding. appear in the blueberry trees, then “melt away” through the Greaves Travel (020-7487 9111, www.greavesindia.co.uk) has high branches. Jackals trot past without looking up and huge a seven-night trip from £2,300pp, including flights. porcupines lumber along the deep aisles between silk-cotton trees, Hotel of the week Getting the flavour of… An arty oasis in Mexico City Ynyshir, Powys With views across rhododendrons towards Snowdonia National Park, this Victorian manor house – a restaurant with rooms – in midWales has a feel of the Himalayas. But what really marks it out is the food, says Condé Nast Traveller – sensational Japanese-influenced multi-course (or kaiseki) cuisine from chef Gareth Ward, for which it has a Michelin star. After four years in charge of the kitchen, Ward, together with partner Amelia Eiríksson, took over the place in 2017, stripping back the decor. Many ingredients are grown or foraged on-site and used in dishes such as Welsh Wagyu beef slowcooked for three days with shiitake ketchup and seaweed. Doubles from £195 per person, incl. dinner. 01654-781209, www.ynyshir.co.uk. Six miles south of Mexico City’s busy tourist districts, Coyoacán is more “serene” but no less “invigorating”, says Lucas Peterson in The New York Times. This neighbourhood is the capital’s “understated cultural soul” and a relaxing “getaway” within its urban bounds. Its major attraction is the Frida Kahlo Museum, which offers a “fascinating” glimpse into the life of Mexico’s two most famous artists (the other being her husband, Diego Rivera). The Taller Experimental de Cerámica (or Experimental Ceramics Workshop) is a “must-visit” for fans of the craft, and there are some beautiful arts centres (the Centro Cultural Elena Garro has a “gorgeous” bookshop). But it’s the area’s simpler pleasures that make a stay here so delightful – its “tree-shaded” parks, excellent markets and pleasant cafés (be sure to try the crunchy grasshoppers at Mezcalero). Visit www.mexicocity.com for flights and hotels. Hiking Croatia’s coastal peaks Most tourists go to Croatia for its beautiful beaches – but there are also impressive mountains to explore. And you needn’t stray far from the coast to find the “spectacular” Velika Paklenica gorge, says Kevin Rushby in The Guardian, and beyond it, the “magical” upland world of the Paklenica National Park. The nine-mile-long canyon attracts crowds of climbers, but few people explore past the mountain hut at its head, the first of 11 simple refuges (with bunk beds and wood fires for cooking) along 95 miles of hiking trails. The forest here is Dalmatia’s largest, home to bears, wolves and lynxes; the wild flowers are “world class” in the spring, and there are great views from Mount Vaganski (1,757 metres). Malik Adventures (00 385 91 784 75 47, www.malikadventures.com) has a six-day adventure tour for s850pp. An island village lost in time Situated between Rhodes and Crete, the Greek island of Karpathos is large and easy to reach, yet few British holidaymakers go there, says Jennifer Barclay in The Times, and so miss out on its many glories – “abundant” pretty beaches, rugged mountains, “pine-filled” valleys, and wellmarked walking trails. The airport lies in the south, which is built up, but drive north, to the gorgeous village of Olympos, and you enter another era. A cluster of white, pale blue and ochre houses tightly packed on a mountain flank, Olympos dazzles in the sun. The local dialect contains remnants of ancient and medieval Greek, the local men play folk music on the lyre and the bagpipelike tsambouna, and the local food is hearty and flavoursome – ideal after a long swim in the crystal-clear waters below. Hotel Anemos (00 30 22 41 500 377, www.visitolympos. com) has rooms from s50 a night. © FJONA BLACK Last-minute offers from top travel companies Brighton seafront stay The Old Ship Hotel offers a picturesque retreat from the busy town centre. Three nights costs from £192pp b&b (based on two sharing). 01904717362, www.superbreak.com. Arrive 7 June. 4-star Valencia getaway Situated near the City of Arts and Sciences, the Eurostars Rey Don Jaime has 3 nights’ b&b from £290pp, including flights from Bristol. 020-3368 6221, www.broadwaytravel.com. Depart 22 June. “Mysterious Nepal” A 15-day adventure, including a four-day trek, staying in teahouses and lodges and city sightseeing. From £1,195pp, including London flights 0203006 2722, www.lumle.com. Depart 6 September. Six nights in the Maldives Stay in a garden bungalow at the luxurious Kuredu Island Resort on an all-inclusive basis from £1,374pp, including Newcastle flights. 020-8705 0071, www.southalltravel.co. uk. Depart 9 July. 5 May 2018 THE WEEK Obituaries 40 Troubled banking heir who married Britain’s “shoe queen” The scion of two American house “just to hold parties in”, and had his first banking dynasties, Matthew stint in rehab. In his 20s, he wanted to become Mellon, who has died an actor, a rock star or a model, but eventually aged 54, was a Manhattan settled into a career in TV. socialite and entrepreneur, best known in this country for his turbulent marriage to Tamara In 1998 he met Tamara Yeardye. They Mellon, the Jimmy Choo “shoe queen”. They became engaged six months later and married were regarded as a golden couple in London, at Blenheim Palace in 2000. By then, she’d said The Times, but they had met at Narcotics helped turn Jimmy Choo into a worldwide Anonymous, and Tamara acknowledged that enterprise. He admitted to finding her success her “utterly beautiful, utterly goofy” husband emasculating. “When your wife makes £100m was also “damaged goods”, with a serious drug during your marriage it’s quite a shocker,” he problem. “I was in the office every day, said. “I feel like my balls are in a jar, like a working hard, and Matthew had nothing but Damien Hirst artwork on the mantelpiece. free time on his hands – and I’d come home And here I am, ball-less.” In 2002, he and find him freebasing cocaine in the kitchen,” founded Harry’s of London, which aimed she said. Their divorce was acrimonious and to make smart shoes that were as comfortable Mellon ended up in court accused of employing as sneakers. But his personal life was private investigators to hack into her emails. disintegrating. His wife – who once found Realising that he faced five years in jail, him hiding in a west London crack den – said Tamara effectively saved him, by backing his Mellon: took a punt on cryptocurrency he’d go missing for days at a time, and that he lawyers’ argument that he wasn’t capable of suffered from cocaine psychosis, which brought organising such a conspiracy. “I simply told the truth. I said on paranoid delusions. They separated in 2004 – two years after being married to Matthew was like having another child.” Her the birth of their daughter, Araminta. husband, she added, was so unfocused, he couldn’t make sense of “a comic book, much less a legal document”. In 2010, he married another fashion designer, Nicole Hanley, with whom he lived in a beautiful art-filled apartment in Born in New York in 1964, Matthew Taylor Mellon II was the Manhattan’s Pierre hotel. They had two children, but his demons son of a musician, Karl, and was a direct descendant of Thomas had come with him, and the marriage ended in 2016. Latterly, his Mellon, the founder of the largest bank in the US outside Wall business fortunes had improved considerably: he’d taken an early Street. His mother, Anne, meanwhile, was a member of the interest in cryptocurrencies, and though he didn’t understand the Drexel banking family. His parents divorced when he was five, blockchain technology behind them, he did perceive a future for and when Mellon was 18, his father – to whom he was close – it. His $2m punt on the start-up Ripple grew to be worth $1bn. committed suicide. Like his son, he was bipolar. Three years later, But by then, Mellon had become addicted to OxyContin, the Mellon inherited £25m from a family trust (one of 14 from which opiate painkiller, which he’d been prescribed for a surfing injury. he would benefit). It came, he said, as a complete surprise: his In 2016, he revealed that he was spending $100,000 a month on mother had pretended that they were not wealthy. Unprepared the drug. He was en route to rehab in Mexico when he suffered a for this change in his fortune, he moved to Los Angeles, where fatal heart attack. “I am guilty of being perfectly imperfect,” he he bought a Ferrari, partied with Heidi Fleiss, the “Hollywood said, after the collapse of his second marriage. “If you fall, you Madam”, and developed his drug habit, said The Daily Telegraph. have the right to get up. If you don’t get up, don’t hurt those While at college at the Wharton School he bought a ten-bedroom who love you the most.” Matthew Mellon 1964-2018 The untrained actor who found fame as Mini-Me Verne Troyer was an untrained Verne Troyer actor who found fame when 1969-2018 Dr Evil decided to create a clone of himself in the film Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. “I shall call him... Mini-Me.” The most successful film in Mike Myers’ spoof spy franchise, it turned Troyer, who has died aged 49, into an overnight star, but though he remained in demand as an actor, he never found another role as distinctive as Mini-Me. and punched him in the nose. He never bothered me again.” By the age of 24, he was working as a customer care assistant when he got a call from the president of the Little People of America, asking him if he’d like to be the stunt double for a baby in the film Baby’s Day Out. That led to other roles and The Spy Who Shagged Me, which revealed his comic talent. “I had no idea how big it would be,” he said later. “When it blew up, it changed my life forever.” Mini-Me was supposed to be killed off in that film, but at test screenings, audiences had so loved Troyer’s performance that the ending was reshot so that he could reprise the role in Austin Powers in Goldmember. Verne Jay Troyer was born in Michigan in 1969 with cartilage-hair hypoplasia, which causes dwarfism. His parents – a factory worker and a repair technician – were Amish, and he His later films included Harry Potter and the Troyer: an overnight star spent the early part of his life in an Amish Philosopher’s Stone and How the Grinch Stole community, where he was treated the same as his average-sized Christmas. He tried not to be defined by his size (“I stay away siblings. “So I had to do everything that they did, which from the elf roles”), but he was not cast in the dramatic parts physically made me strong, made me confident.” He lugged he craved, and more recently had been seen more on reality TV wood, fed the animals and learnt how to drive a horse and buggy. shows than on the big screen. He never married, but had many Although he grew to only 81cm, he sailed through school. In an girlfriends. 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WPP is mulling the sale of stakes worth billions that it holds in a wide range of companies as part of its post-Sorrell refocusing, said Mark Sweney in The Guardian. Analysts reckon this “hidden treasure trove” of noncore assets – such as a 9% stake in Vice and 15% in AppNexus – could be worth some $6bn, far more than the book value given by WPP (of around £2.5bn). It’s early days, but the post-Sorrell era looks promising, said Liam Proud on Reuters Breakingviews. A disposal of one of those assets – or the market research businesses comScore and Kantar, with CVC Capital Partners reportedly wanting to buy the latter – would boost the valuation of WPP, which currently trades on 10.6 times forward earnings. That’s a fifth less than the average of rivals Omnicom, Publicis and Interpublic, even after the 9% share surge. “Time may be up for Sorrell, but not necessarily for WPP’s investors.” Amazon: still delivering Amazon announced remarkable Q1 results last week, smashing expectations with revenues up 43%, said James Moore in The Independent. The “cherry on the cake” was that profits doubled when analysts had expected a fall. Profits have been a rarity for Amazon, owing to its policy of reinvestment, but that’s changing. The company is moving into higher-margin businesses, such as web services. It’s becoming more efficient. It’s also deriving more revenues from the third-party companies that sell on its site, and is pushing through a hefty price rise for Prime subscribers. In addition, said Lex in the FT, Amazon has at last admitted that advertising on its sites is now a “multibilliondollar programme and growing very quickly”. Get advertising wrong and it’s a risk, because it could invite more regulatory scrutiny. But it does deliver “faster growth and fatter margins” than core e-commerce. No wonder shares are at a record high. BP: marathon effort pays off BP’s quest to recover and rebuild after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster has been a “marathon”, said George Hay on Reuters Breakingviews. But there is hope that higher oil prices could cause the recovery’s latter stages to turn into a “sprint”. First-quarter results showed profits jumping 71% to $2.6bn – a much bigger leap than rivals, thanks to a strong performance by the production business (especially gas). And just as BP’s Deepwater costs are tailing off, the oil price is rising steadily – to well above the point where the group breaks even. True, the “new BP growth story” does have risks, said Alistair Osborne in The Times. About 30% of production and 40% of reserves come from its near-20% stake in Russia’s state-owned oil group Rosneft. Still, the shares are at an eight-year high, and already yield 5.3%. Things are definitely “looking up” at BP. Seven days in the Square Mile TSB bosses were summoned by MPs to be grilled about the ongoing IT chaos affecting customer accounts. The bank warned that fraudsters were trying to exploit the chaos. Royal Bank of Scotland (which owns NatWest) announced it is closing 162 RBS-branded branches across England and Wales, with the loss of 792 jobs. Barclays’ Jes Staley was boosted by 99.45% of shareholders voting for him to remain a director; it came before an expected sixfigure fine over Staley’s involvement in attempts to unmask a whistle-blower. UK consumer credit collapsed in March to just £300m (from £1.7bn the previous month): the latest sign of a rapidly slowing economy. Sterling fell to its lowest level against the dollar since January on the back of those figures, a drop in manufacturing output and low Q1 GDP figures. The pound’s one-day fall on Monday (of 1.3%) was its biggest in six months. Sir Paul Tucker, former deputy governor of the Bank of England, warned it would face questions should another recession strike before it has raised interest rates and rebuilt its monetary policy war chest. Apple announced revenues and profits above expectations (in spite of poor-ish iPhone sales) and cheered investors by promising to hand back $100bn from its cash pile. Hours before the US was due to impose tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminium from the EU, the White House granted international allies a “final” extension until 1 June. Sainsbury’s & Asda: will they make it down the aisle? “We’re in the money, the sky is sunny.” That’s against the likes of Lidl and Aldi, but against the what Sainsbury’s boss Mike Coupe quietly long-term threat posed by Amazon. In the US, sang to himself as he waited for a TV interview Walmart (Asda’s owner) has already been hurt about his plan to merge the UK’s second badly by Amazon’s move into food shopping. biggest grocer with the third-biggest, Asda. As yet, it is a minnow in the UK, but the big The deal would give the new company a 32% grocers are wise to take defensive action now, share of the food market, pipping Tesco to following the “pragmatic” Coupe’s lead. the top slot, said Juliet Samuel in The Daily Telegraph. Sainsbury’s shareholders were When it comes to convincing the CMA, Coupe certainly in the money when the news broke, will point to the companies’ “neat geographic with shares leaping 14.5%. Clearly the market fit”, said Alistair Osborne in The Times. thinks a) that the Competition and Markets Sainsbury’s is big in the southeast, while Authority (CMA) will allow the mega-merger Asda is a power in the north. As such, the through without forcing too many store combined group (in which Walmart will retain Coupe: he’s in the money disposals; and b) that the synergies will be a 42% stake) won’t create too many local better than Sainsbury’s is letting on. (It is promising to keep both monopolies. Even so, it’s far from a done deal, said Nils Pratley brands, no store closures and lower prices for shoppers.) in The Guardian. Coupe’s plan represents a big bet that the CMA will sanction “a huge structural change” in a market where This looks a sensible deal that the CMA should let through, said competition is currently working well. That’s quite a “gamble” – Lex in the FT. The rationale behind it is defensive – not so much and it will “rebound on Sainsbury’s if the CMA plays rough”. 5 May 2018 THE WEEK 44 CITY Talking points Issue of the week: Britain’s beastly growth figures The UK’s latest quarterly GDP figures are shockingly dismal. Were they a snowy blip? Or are we doomed? As recently as February, said Phillip figures actually show. They show the Inman in The Observer, the Bank of unusually heavy snow had some negative England’s governor, Mark Carney, impact, but that it also boosted demand was bullishly hinting at several further for energy and lifted online shopping. interest rate rises this year in order to Instead, the ONS points to dismal figures dampen what appeared to be a fastfor construction, manufacturing and lack recovering economy that would fuel of consumer spending power. The figures higher wages and inflation. How distant are so worrying, said Cat Rutter Pooley that prospect suddenly looks. Last in the FT, that analysts now rate the Friday, UK growth figures for the first chances of an interest rate rise in May quarter of 2018 revealed that far from as “close to zero”. Some now see “no firing on all cylinders, the UK economy prospect” of further hikes this year. had all but ground to a halt, with growth of 0.1% in the January-March Were it not for the booming global period. This unexpectedly awful figure economy over the past two years, the constitutes the weakest economic growth UK would already be on the brink for more than five years, said Patrick of recession, said Will Hutton in The UK growth: grinding to a halt? Hosking in The Times. Yet it may be Observer. If the world economy now more of a “harmless blip” than a “harbinger of economic woe”. falters in the months ahead, a recession is inevitable. Of course, Bear in mind that the 0.1% figure is “only the official statisticians’ if you’re a “passionate Brexiter” this is all just a little “frictional early stab at the right answer”; it could go up. Also, it’s hard to difficulty” before the economy moves to the sunlit uplands. For determine how big a role the “Beast from the East” – blamed “Remoaners” like me, though, the “dramatic” drop in growth by the Chancellor for the appalling numbers – really played. The – together with the Brexit-related slump in inward investment 0.1% stat is a “stinker” alright – but it’s much too soon to panic. – adds up to “the gravest economic crisis since the War”. Should we really be worried about the threat of recession? Absolutely, “Tiggerish” Philip Hammond insists that if you strip out said Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in The Daily Telegraph. It’s not the impact of the bad weather, the UK economy remains just the UK: the world economy is slowing, too, especially fundamentally strong, said Larry Elliott in The Guardian. Europe’s. Let’s hope it picks up again strongly over the rest Ominously, that’s not what the Office for National Statistics of the year. If not, we’re in for serious trouble ahead. Making money: what the experts think decades – achieving huge prices at auction. Novelty Fellow bank bosses have fauna styles do well; a spider resisted sticking the knife and fly brooch sold for into TSB and its contrite £1,100 at a Cheffins sale in boss, Paul Pester, over its March, double its estimate. disastrous “migration” of A rare art deco Boucheron 1.3 billion account records brooch sold in September onto a new computer for £22,000, about four times system, said Rosamund the estimate. For newbie Urwin in The Sunday collectors, Fellows jewellery Times. They know the scale specialist Nicola Whittaker of the technical challenges recommends silver and involved and are grateful enamelled pieces from Arts that the chaos afflicting and Crafts-period British Pin your hopes on this TSB’s online banking, designers such as Charles which continued this week, Horner or Murrle Bennett. They are didn’t happen to them. It may yet. If, “highly collectible” and currently go for though, you wish to move accounts as just a few hundred pounds. So check the a result of the shambles, it’s never been back of your drawers. easier to do so, said James Connington in The Daily Telegraph. The Current ● Have your say on IHT Account Switch Service has largely autoA wide-ranging consultation ordered by mated the process. It covers 99% of UK current accounts, and lets you switch while the Chancellor into whether the current system of inheritance tax (IHT) is fit for keeping all direct debits and regular paypurpose began last week, said Lucy ments – incoming and outgoing – intact. See currentaccountswitch.co.uk for details. Warwick-Ching in the FT. New data show that IHT receipts hit a record £5.2bn in the tax year just ended (though it affects ● Pin your hopes on collectibles less than 5% of estates). The Office of Tax Brooches are back, said Anna Temkin Simplification particularly wants to hear in The Times. Coming off the catwalks, from those who have administered an they are the must-have accessory this estate or anyone concerned about a future spring, and they are in fashion, too, as IHT liability. Their call for evidence closes a collectible asset, with antique or jewelled on 8 June; follow the link from gov.uk/ots brooches – many of them having been to take part and give your views. hidden away and forgotten in drawers for ● TSB shambles THE WEEK 5 May 2018 Push and pull When it comes to banking, legal safeguards haven’t kept up with technology, says Anna Tims in The Observer. Unlike with credit card payments, customers who make bank transfers have no legal right to a refund if they’ve been conned into authorising a transfer. In the worst cases, hackers have posed as conveyancing solicitors and used cloned emails to con vast sums from those buying or selling homes. But usually, “authorised push-payment” scams involve a few thousand pounds, sometimes fooling even the most financially literate. Here’s how they typically work: ● The fraudsters phone a victim, claiming to be from their bank (or the police) reporting “suspicious” activity on the victim’s account. ● They elicit enough details to access the account and make it look like there’s been dodgy activity, by moving sums between accounts and renaming the account as “frozen”. ● The victim sees the transfers and believes their account has been hacked. The fraudster rings them back and says the money must be moved to another account to protect it – one which is in the same name as the victim, but which has been set up to defraud them. ● The victim moves their money – using their card reader – to the fraudster’s account. Commentators Leaving the customs union is bonkers Paul Johnson The Times Go easy on the FANGs Matthew Lynn The Daily Telegraph The mutual model is no panacea Andrew Hill Financial Times Flexibility: an overpraised virtue Larry Elliott The Guardian The debate around whether the UK should leave the customs union is remarkably ill informed, says Paul Johnson, the director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The ability to do trade deals and cut tariffs may appear “terribly enticing”. But to anyone who knows even a “minuscule” amount about “our economy, about trade, and about what we actually spend our money on”, it’s “obvious” that leaving the customs union would be an act of selfharm. Global tariffs these days are mostly low already. And where they’re high – 20% on food, for instance – cutting them to zero wouldn’t lead to equivalent savings for UK customers, since the retail prices we pay also incorporate transport costs, retailers’ profits, advertising and so on. Outside the customs union, any benefits gained by pushing tariffs lower would be far exceeded by new non-tariff barriers and costs – rules-of-origin checks, delays and disruptions to companies’ supply chains – between us and our biggest trading partner. Yes, there’d be small gains from leaving, but they’d be massively outweighed by the costs. The charge sheet against tech giants Facebook, Amazon and Google gets longer by the day, says Matthew Lynn. They harvest too much data, close down competition, destroy jobs, avoid taxes and even undermine democracy by letting voters be manipulated. No one has yet claimed “Amazon or Facebook burn babies for office fuel”, but give it time. A consensus has emerged that “Big Tech is a Big Problem”, and that “draconian regulation” is needed. The EU is leading the way – tough new laws on data privacy come into force this month – with Donald Trump and his incessant Amazon-bashing not far behind. But hold on. These three businesses (and the remaining FANG, Netflix) are still vastly popular with customers: “the value and service they offer, and the levels of innovation, remain fantastic”. Meanwhile, the “hysterical clamour” for regulation appears “manufactured by a small political elite” or driven by “old-economy rivals”. If we impose punitive taxes or regulation – or break these success stories up – we risk doing “huge damage” to the most dynamic part of the global economy, and destroying future innovation. So hands off! “I am happy to announce Britain may soon be cured of its utopian fetish” concerning John Lewis and Waitrose – and that “capitalism will probably be better off as a result”, says Andrew Hill. Yes, there’s much to like in the mutual model. John Lewis’s “ultimate purpose” is the happiness of all its partners (employees), which is admirable. But right now many are less than happy. Profits are down. The partner dividend (bonus) has fallen to 5%, the lowest in 64 years. Waitrose shoppers complain of “patchy service”, and the store has dropped from first to fourth in the Which? supermarket survey. The point is not to wish John Lewis ill, but to emphasise that employee ownership does not immunise companies against downturns, fierce competition or bad governance. The mutual model is not an end in itself. In fact, the best argument for it is that owner-managers understand the nitty gritty and so are ready to take the “tough decisions” inherent to capitalist enterprise. They’re not necessarily “nice” – as the 1,441 John Lewis partners made redundant last year discovered. We have the lowest jobless rate since the 1970s, and for years the Bank of England has expected falling unemployment to lead to real upward pressure on wages. But it still hasn’t happened, says Larry Elliott, and that’s chiefly because our “flexible” labour market has driven a “low-productivity, low-investment and lowwage” economy. “Underemployment” (people who would like to work more) has surged. So has self-employment, often because “someone previously employed is now scratching a living as best they can” in the “gig economy”. Almost a million “zero-hour” workers wait each day for a text or a phone call telling them whether an employer has work for them. Once, these trends would have been described as “casualisation or exploitation” – evidence of a labour market rigged in favour of employers. These days, though, it is evidence of that all-encompassing virtue, “flexibility”. But what, pray, is the point of flexibility when the past decade has had the weakest real wage growth since just after the Napoleonic Wars? “For workers life is not sweet. It was sweeter when labour markets were less flexible.” CITY 45 City profiles Shahid Khan The Pakistani-American carparts billionaire bidding to buy Wembley Stadium for £600m was once described as the “face of the American dream” by Forbes – and justifiably so, says Joshua Chaffin in the FT. Shahid Khan, 67 – dubbed the Tache with the Cash when he bought Fulham FC in 2013 – arrived in the US from Pakistan aged 16. It was 1967 and Khan’s plane landed in a Chicago blizzard, the first time he’d seen snow. “I’ll never forget that feeling where the sole comes off your shoe, snow seeps in, your socks get full of that cold, wet moisture,” he says. He worked washing dishes, then studied engineering and ultimately built a multibilliondollar business in a “ferociously competitive” sector. English football take note: the Tache is tenacious, flexible and not to be underestimated. Paul Singer A Republican billionaire hedge fund manager attacked by the former president of Argentina as “the vulture lord” and a “financial terrorist”, is the proud new owner of Waterstones, says Rupert Neate in The Observer. The rumoured £200m paid is “small change” for Paul Singer, 73, whose Elliott hedge fund has assets of some £25bn, and who has an estimated personal fortune of $2.9bn. Having started in 1977 with $1.3m raised from family and friends, Singer is known for his “aggressive” approach, and his hardball strategy of buying up the debt of struggling countries (including Argentina) in order to sell them on for big profits or sue governments for full repayment. The staid world of bookselling could be set for turbulent times. 5 May 2018 THE WEEK Shares 46 CITY Who’s tipping what The week’s best buys Barclays The Times Barclays has suffered the impact of regulatory and accounting change, and shares have fallen. But its focus on investment banking is positive; returns could be “well on the up”. Buy. 210p. Boohoo The Times The online fashion retailer has 6.4 million active customers, and 3 million more from its PrettyLittleThing and Nasty Gal acquisitions. Margins are healthy and a new distribution centre will support further growth. Buy. 179.8p. Mediclinic International The Daily Telegraph The healthcare services provider has been hobbled by weakness in the UK. But there are “fresh signs of momentum”, and performance in the Middle East, which offers long-term growth, continues to improve. Buy. 686.4p. Countryside Properties Investors Chronicle The housebuilder is shrinking exposure to the high-end market to focus on partnership agreements for affordable homes and lower-cost private homes. Completions rose 15% and it has a “signiﬁcant” pipeline. Buy. 366.4p. Reckitt Benckiser Group Investors Chronicle Reckitt is transforming itself into a health and hygiene business. Progress has been held back by Scholl’s poor performance, but new products and synergies with Mead Johnson bode well. Forward yield 3.1%. Buy. £55.02. Associated British Foods 3,250 Chairman buys 7,500 3,000 2,750 2,500 Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr ABF has been hit by an oversupply of sugar, hurting prices in its foods division, and a 1.5% drop in sales at subsidiary Primark. Chairman Michael McLintock has shown conﬁdence, spending £200,000 on doubling his holding. …and some to hold, avoid or sell Form guide Capita Investors Chronicle The outsourcing heavyweight is struggling with “entrenched” industry problems and the “sheer complexity” of its contracts. Revenues are down and there’s “signiﬁcant deterioration in new business opportunities”. Sell. 175p. Debenhams Investors Chronicle The department store chain has been hit by a disappointing Christmas, a proﬁt warning in January and snow in March. Peel Hunt thinks products and customers “have become tired” and recovery is “far from certain”. Sell. 21.3p. Gattaca Investors Chronicle The specialist recruiter has suffered a proﬁt warning and the unexpected departure of its boss. Conditions in its core technology and engineering markets appear to have deteriorated, and expectations have lowered. Sell. 148p. Dart Group Investors Chronicle Shares in the budget airline and package holiday operator have had a great run on the back of Monarch’s demise. But margins are vulnerable to rising accommodation costs and higher fuel prices. Take proﬁts. Sell. 854p. De La Rue The Sunday Times The banknote provider has had a “catastrophic” time of late, losing its CFO and the blue passport tender. Yet revenues are expected to rise, it has a big global order book and is a potential takeover target. Hold. 525p. Record Shares Record helps institutional investors mitigate currency swings. Market volatility should help, but changes to fee structures are worrying, because defensive passive hedging strategies may be hard to gain fees from. Sell. 43p. Shares tipped 12 weeks ago Best tip UDG Healthcare The Times up 16.12% to 922p Worst tip Greencore Group The Times down 19.63% to 157.7p Market view “It’s good to have a little humility in this business, because it’s so darn humiliating when forecasts are proved wrong.” Celebrated “permabear” strategist Albert Edwards, in a letter to clients. Quoted in the FT Market summary Key numbers numbers for investors Key investors FTSE 100 FTSE All-share UK Dow Jones NASDAQ Nikkei 225 Hang Seng Gold Brent Crude Oil DIVIDEND YIELD (FTSE 100) UK 10-year gilts yield US 10-year Treasuries UK ECONOMIC DATA Latest CPI (yoy) Latest RPI (yoy) Halifax house price (yoy) £1 STERLING 1 May 2018 7520.36 4135.31 23856.72 7047.12 22508.03 30808.45 1313.20 73.61 3.90% 1.40 2.97 2.5% (Mar) 3.3% (Mar) +2.7% (Mar) $1.364 E1.136 ¥149.848 THE WEEK 5 May 2018 Best shares Best and and worst performing shares Week before 7425.40 4086.96 24300.95 7079.61 22278.12 30636.24 1324.30 74.78 3.92% 1.54 2.99 2.7% (Feb) 3.6% (Feb) +1.8% (Feb) Change (%) 1.28% 1.18% –1.83% –0.46% 1.03% 0.56% –0.84% –1.56% WEEK’S CHANGE, FTSE 100 STOCKS RISES Price % change 314.50 +18.19 J. Sainsbury 1268.00 +13.57 WPP 452.60 +9.54 Evraz 2614.00 +9.44 Imperial Brands 312.00 +7.33 Rentokil Initial FALLS Glencore Barclays Ashtead Group Croda International Lloyds Banking Group 346.95 205.50 2028.00 4488.00 64.34 –10.09 –4.60 –4.11 –2.84 –2.69 BEST AND WORST UK STOCKS OVERALL 0.50 +114.89 Photonstar LED Group 0.18 –70.00 Weatherly Internat. Source: Datastream (not adjusted for dividends). Prices on 1 May (pm) Following the Footsie 7,800 7,700 7,600 7,500 7,400 7,300 7,200 7,100 7,000 6,900 Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr 6-month movement in the FTSE 100 index SOURCE: INVESTORS CHRONICLE AB Dynamics Shares This automotive testing specialist is trading strongly and set to beneﬁt from the electric vehicle revolution. With a healthy net cash position, there’s headroom for product development, organic expansion and acquisitions. Buy. £10.19. 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It was 1947. doesn’t think we’ll ever The Second World War want to come back up. had only recently ended. “I have this wonderful Nuytten’s dad had scored picture in my mind,” he a job at Boeing, and the says. “A little kid is sitting ﬁrm’s ofﬁce in Vancouver on his dad’s knee, just as I was just a short walk used to do, and he points away from the family to the ceiling of this home. Every now and habitat and says: ‘Dad, is then Nuytten would it true people used to live waltz down to the up there?’” harbour unaccompanied, sneak out to the end of The idea that the human the docks, peer through race may one day live at the cracks and fall the bottom of the ocean hopelessly in love is not new – underwater with what he saw: ﬁsh, habitats have been anemones, a teeming popping up in shallow underworld. “I used to think: ‘Gosh, wouldn’t it An artist’s impression of Vent Base Alpha, a planned seabed city off the coast of Canada waters since the early 1960s. In 1962, a be wonderful to go down French duo, Albert Falco and Claude Wesly, spent a week inside there?’” he says. “To go down to that particular place?” Conshelf I, a minuscule habitat designed in part by the French explorer Jacques Cousteau. It sat 33ft below the sea’s surface, Nuytten and I are sitting in his ofﬁce, a wood-clad, two-storey close to Marseilles, and looked like a watery space station. The workshop on an industrial section of the North Vancouver next year, Cousteau convinced a ﬁve-person team to live for a shoreline not far from where he grew up. He is in his 70s now, month beneath the Red Sea, off the coast of Sudan. In 1965, he scrupulously groomed and graciously quick-witted, with an developed a third base, which he anchored more than 300ft below old-time mariner’s ﬂair for storytelling. He is also believed to the surface off the coast near be one of the world’s leading Nice. A six-person team lived deep-ocean explorers. During “Nuytten is on a mission to move us all down there for three weeks, working a six-decade career, he has pioneered diving techniques there – and once we’re down there, he doesn’t on a mock-up oil rig. that are now industry standard, think we’ll ever want to come back up” designed underwater machinery Before long, additional habitats that has become a staple of materialised off the coasts several navies and recorded world-ﬁrst dives. He has studied of Bermuda, California and Germany. Bases were funded by oilﬁelds, surveyed dams, toured submarine construction sites governments, wealthy patrons or the petrochemical industry, and explored sunken wrecks. His ﬁrm, Nuytco Research, boasts and there was huge academic optimism. Here was an opportunity a client list that includes the BBC, Greenpeace and ﬁlm director for scientists to better research the ocean’s inky depths, aquanauts James Cameron – Nuytten provided ideas and apparatus for to study human anatomy, energy companies to discover alternate The Abyss and Titanic. Nuytten also develops equipment for resource streams and divers to launch record-breaking descents. Nasa and, because the seabed is in some ways analogous to the “In the 1960s, everybody in the ocean business ﬁrmly believed surface of Mars, trains astronauts. Nuytten never went to college. there would be cities under the sea in fairly short order,” Nuytten He is almost entirely self-taught, yet the impact he’s had on ocean says. “Never happened.” exploration has been vast. By the end of the decade the race to colonise the bottom of the Now Nuytten is about to embark on a project likely to become ocean slowed to a trot, then all but petered out. The habitats were his showpiece: a vast underwater colony, decades in development, expensive to build and even more expensive to run. The lack of that will provide humanity with an escape hatch should things natural light could send tenants loopy. And, because the bases go to pot above ground. Work will begin on a prototype later this were built at ambient pressure, decompression periods were long year. A larger colony will follow soon after. So long as everything and risky. Teams would spend weeks at a base, conduct tests, goes to plan, hundreds and then thousands of people will begin learn more about the limits of human endurance, slowly resurface to migrate to the sea ﬂoor, to play out their lives at the bottom to land and, in many cases, never return. One by one the habitats of the ocean in much the same way they would have done above were abandoned. Research institutions diverted funds elsewhere. ground. Before long, many more will follow. Space replaced the Earth’s oceans as our ﬁnal frontier. Whether or not everything will go to plan is difﬁcult to judge. It’s a harsh environment. Salt water is corrosive, and the costs are likely to be massive. Still, Nuytten is determined. He has given his entire life to developing methods that allow humans to spend inhuman amounts of time underwater, often at unimaginable THE WEEK 5 May 2018 At the time, Nuytten was still a rookie in the ocean industry. He had begun to work on the concepts for which he would later be lauded, but Cousteau’s experiments, which to many seemed more like science ﬁction than reality, never strayed far from his mind. The subject became a kind of obsession. What if he could create © WWW.MONDOART.NET; PETER HOLST/GUARDIAN NEWS AND MEDIA One of the world’s leading deep-sea explorers is planning an ocean colony thousands of feet down. Alex Moshakis reports The last word 49 At least in the beginning, inhabitants will live underwater for months at a time, though they will be able to come and go. The atmosphere within the colony will tally with that on the surface, eradicating the requirement for decompression and making travel between the two worlds “like taking an elevator down to the parking garage”, explains Nuytten. But, soon enough, we will live at 3,000ft below as though it were normal. The colony will expand. More and more people will slip below the surface to In his ofﬁce, Nuytten tells me he works begin second lives, and new colonies will best when big questions like these loom appear around the world. Our routines overhead. By the end of the 1960s, he had won’t change, just the environments in begun work on his own colony, which he which we perform them. We will do the began to refer to as Vent Base Alpha. Every things we normally do: commute to work, now and then he’d scribble ideas on paper gossip with friends, spend time on social scraps and ﬁle them away, gradually media. There will be underwater hospitals, accumulating hypotheses. Whenever banks, galleries, ofﬁces, parks, gyms, cinemas, he developed a new piece of technology, Nuytten: thousands will live on the sea floor farms, maybe even a forest or two. Children he’d experiment with how it might be will be born in the colony. Eventually they will die there, too. incorporated within plans for the base. Sometimes a sketch would lead to a breakthrough, and he’d be able to understand what I ask Nuytten why we would ever need to live underwater. went wrong the ﬁrst time someone tried to live underwater. What “We need a second place to go,” he says. “There’s less and less followed was half a century of successes and setbacks. Now a space on Earth, and fewer and fewer resources. And here’s a working vision has emerged. whole ocean ﬁlled with them.” Nuytten is a ﬁerce conservationist. “The oceans are the lungs of this planet. If they go, the planet Here’s how Nuytten plans to build the colony. First, he’ll forage goes.” In his grand vision, the colony will enable humanity to for equipment in what he calls “the boneyard”, a huge lot in alleviate the burden it has placed on land. “We’ve demonstrated which he stores discarded apparatus. (“I never throw anything there will come a time when the planet as we know it will not away. I am a hoarder.”) He’ll locate a stack of abandoned be able to support the population. The population keeps saturation tanks and convert them into living quarters, laboratories, a series of ﬂoodable airlocks and a hangar for submersibles, growing and growing, and with climate change and natural disasters on land getting to be excessive... As far as we know, each tank impeccably welded to the next. Later, he’ll equip the structure with a Stirling engine capable of producing the electricity those same things aren’t happening under the sea. That’s one of the things we want to study: what are the effects of climate required to create artiﬁcial sunlight, allow inhabitants to grow change on the deep ocean? We know what the effect is on the crops and, crucially, enable them to “crack water into hydrogen shallow regions, the coral reefs, but what about 3,000ft down? and oxygen”. Nuytten relays this last piece of information What’s happening there?” urgently. “There’s your life support,” he says. a habitat that was cheaper to build and cheaper to run? What if he could ﬁnd a way to reproduce the natural light man needs to exist comfortably? What if he could overcome problems caused by the deep ocean’s almighty pressure? And what if he could do what Cousteau and his contemporaries could not: convince society it would be a good idea to live 3,000ft under the sea? But how easy will it be to The colony will be transported convince other people to take the to open water, most likely the “We need a second place to go. There’s less plunge? “They’d batter the doors Juan de Fuca Strait, a 96-milelong outlet to the Paciﬁc Ocean and less space on Earth, and fewer and fewer down,” he said. “Literally. I’ve a lot of talks on this, and south of Vancouver Island. It resources. And a whole ocean filled with them” given I’ve had all kinds of people, from will be submerged and hauled wackos to really serious people, to the seabed a few thousand saying: ‘If you do this, we want to go.’” This seems like a hopeful feet below, and then it will be installed next to a hydrothermal response. Nuytten has spent much of his life below the surface. vent – a kind of underwater geyser. The vent will give the colony To him, the ocean is home. But what about the rest of us? What its name, its hot emissions will power the Stirling engine and its about the isolation? What about not being able to go anywhere mineral-rich deposits will be mined. Inhabitants will trade the any time we wanted? Won’t we miss the sun? bounty – laboratory-pure cobalt, in the case of the Juan de Fuca Strait – with buyers above the surface. Nuytten will make no Nuytten tells the story of an advertisement he’d heard had ﬁnancial gain from the project. Funding will come from once been placed in a local UK newspaper. It read, “Wanted: government agencies, though Nuytten will forgo requesting people to go to Antarctica. Poor pay. No guarantee of success. ofﬁcial permission over whether or not a huge heap of metal Doing things no one has done before.” “They were inundated can be attached to the ocean ﬂoor, preferring instead to “beg with applications,” Nuytten recalls. “I expect that to be the case for forgiveness” after the installation – his customary strategy. with this. There are so many people, particularly young people, (The prototype, in contrast, will be sanctioned by an offshoot of who are desperately trying to ﬁgure out what to do, what they Fisheries and Oceans Canada, a government body, and anchored can do that nobody else has done, things that are difﬁcult, things in the Burrard Inlet, not far from Nuytten’s ofﬁce.) that will protect our oceans. Once you have the ﬁrst group down there, staying a few months, the next batch will show up.” When the colony is complete, Nuytten will be among the ﬁrst to take the plunge. His wife, Mary, to whom he has been married Nuytten is in no doubt the colony will succeed. “There were an for more than 60 years, will follow. As will his daughter, awful lot of people who said we’d never ﬂy in the air,” he tells Virginia, if only for a visit. “I’m a mad-keen gardener,” she me. “And even more who said we’d never go to the Moon.” But tells me over the phone. “If I couldn’t have my plants with me, his comment is underpinned by a more urgent message. “What I wouldn’t want to be there.” Soon enough, the family will be are we going to do if something catastrophic happens to where we joined by other members of the ocean community: scientists, live?” he says, resignedly. “We have to have some place to go.” engineers, oceanographers, as well as James Cameron, who has already reserved a berth. Within a few weeks, the early A longer version of this article ﬁrst appeared in The Observer. tenants of the base – numbering a dozen or so people – will © Guardian News and Media Limited 2018. have settled into a routine. 5 May 2018 THE WEEK In partnership with This month’s wines are more eclectic than usual, which is what I have come to expect when I select from Swig — one of the most interesting online wine merchants in the UK. Founder Robin Davis is tireless at exploring new regions and grape varieties, which is how we have come across Domaine Horgelus and its spectacular La Valses de Mansengs. For me, this month was a double first as I had never previously had wines either from this domaine or grape varieties. I’ve already bought some cases La Valse des Mansengs Domaine Horgelus 2017 This is the most exciting discovery I have made since I began £13.50 £10.00 writing this column — a true revelation! 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