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Thursday 3 May 2018
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Looking out for Sheridan
Hannah Betts on her
whirlwind romance
Allister Heath
Is Sajid Javid
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the Tories?
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Nailbiter in Rome
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Liverpool through
to Champions
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League final
Family & Features, pages 19 & 20
Comment, page 16
Sport, pages 1-7
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B R I TA I N ’ S B E S T - S E L L I N G Q U A L I T Y D A I LY
NEWS BRIEFING
news
Bercow faces inquiry
into bullying claims
Theresa May has called for an
investigation into fresh bullying
allegations made against John Bercow
as the Speaker was forced to deny
claims that he had silenced a former
employee in a non-disclosure
agreement. Mr Bercow has been
rocked by claims over his alleged
treatment of Angus Sinclair, his former
private secretary. The Prime Minister’s
spokesman also made clear that Mrs
May would be open to the inquiry into
Westminster bullying being widened
to include historical allegations.
Page 4
Universities that “no-platform”
controversial speakers will face
intervention from the Government,
the higher education minister will say
today. Sam Gyimah warns that
universities must stamp out their
“institutional hostility” to
unfashionable views as he prepares to
issue new guidance on free speech. It
comes after a series of attempts to
censor speakers, including feminists
and Conservative politicians, over
fears their views may cause offence.
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features
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as good if you’re
Star of Tina
Turner
musical on
her fight for
success
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business
TSB chiefs on the rack
for computer fiasco
TSB has received 40,000 complaints
in less than a fortnight due to its IT
meltdown, the bank’s bosses admitted.
Under fierce questioning from MPs, it
was confirmed that Paul Pester, the
chief executive, would not receive a
£2 million bonus for completing the
migration to a new IT system.
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A NURSE last night accused the NHS of
a “cover up” after she and thousands of
other women fell victim to the biggest
cancer scandal in the history of the
health service.
Patricia Minchin, 75, developed
breast cancer after the NHS failed to
offer her a screening appointment. The
disease has since spread.
Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary,
last night admitted that 450,000
women may have been affected by the
scandal and up to 270 may have died as
a result. The women should have undergone screening but were not notified. Mr Hunt blamed a computer
algorithm for the error, which was introduced in 2009 and went unnoticed
for almost a decade. The IT glitch
means that women whose cancer could
have been spotted early went on to develop advanced forms of the disease.
Women across the country are now
caught in limbo as they wait to discover
whether the scandal has affected them.
Mrs Minchin should have been invited for a mammogram in 2013 when
she turned 70, three years after her last
screening. But the grandmother and
mother of four from Bushey, Herts, was
not invited for screening, and was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, which
has since spread to her lymph nodes.
Last night she said: “I feel so disappointed. I don’t know if I’m going to
survive. I would like an explanation
from somebody why this happened,
why I didn’t get a recall. Why didn’t
they pick up that I hadn’t had a mammogram? They obviously knew about
it for some time and they shouldn’t
have covered it up for so long.
“I feel absolutely let down. I worked
for the National Health Service all my
life, I was a nurse.”
Charities said they were perplexed
by the “shocking incompetence” that
allowed the deadly errors to go undetected for so long.
More than 300,000 women now in
their 70s face a wait of up to a month to
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demand answers as Hunt
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died in screening scandal
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Patricia Minchin, a former nurse, should have been offered a mammogram in 2013. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015
find out if they are among those affected by the error, with additional
waits of up to six months to obtain
mammograms.
Mr Hunt yesterday told the Commons the situation would be “incredibly upsetting” for those affected, who
are likely to include the terminally ill
and families of those who have died.
He said families would find it “totally
devastating” to learn that they had lost
or would lose a loved one as a result of
“administrative incompetence”.
Brian Gough, whose wife Trixie died
of breast cancer in 2015, last night said
he felt “sick” to realise that she might
have been saved if she had been invited
to have a scan in 2009.
The 77-year-old called on ministers
to explain how the flaw could have
gone unnoticed. He said: “I’m amazed
that it has taken them the best part of a
decade to spot the problem. It’s extraordinary. There are thousands of
real people involved in this; people like
Trixie, who didn’t deserve to lose their
lives.”
Mrs Gough was diagnosed with
Stage 3 breast cancer after finding a
small lump in her breast in late 2010.
She visited her GP, and was admitted
for treatment at Norfolk and Norwich
Hospital, but died five years later.
Yesterday it emerged that Public
Health England (PHE), which oversees
the breast cancer programme, became
aware of the potential problems in midJanuary, but advised health officials
that the risk to patients was limited.
Health ministers were told about the
fiasco more than six weeks ago – but
advised not to make the matter public.
Women in England between the
ages of 50 and 70 are automatically invited for breast cancer screening every
three years. This means they should receive their final invitation between
their 68th and 71st birthdays.
The error was programmed into the
system in 2009, when trials about extending the age range began. As a result, women who had reached their
70th birthday were excluded from the
system, meaning that up to 450,000
never received an invitation for their
final scan. The blunders were only
detected when PHE attempted to
upgrade its computer systems.
Mr Hunt said: “On behalf of the Government, Public Health England and
the NHS I apologise wholeheartedly
and unreservedly for the suffering
caused.” He said families would be offered advice and compensation where
missed scans had caused deaths. His
comments raise questions over the role
of PHE, the agency led by Duncan
Selbie, which has overseen the cancer
screening programme since 2013.
Mr Hunt said letters to women affected would be sent out “as quickly as
we possibly can” with 65,000 sent out
this week. But he admitted thousands
more women would be left in limbo,
waiting to see if a letter arrived.
An independent review is examining
how the failing occurred – and how assurance systems run by PHE failed to
spot that almost half a million women
had not been offered basic checks.
Mr Hunt said the review would also
examine whether any other screening
programmes could be affected, though
he said current advice was that the failings did not extend beyond breast cancer. Ministers said the blunders were
contained to the system in England, although they could affect women who
have since moved to Scotland or Wales.
Reports: Page 7
Editorial Comment: Page 17
May outnumbered on Brexit customs deal
By Gordon Rayner Political Editor
THERESA MAY last night conceded
that her plans for a customs partnership with the EU were “dead” after
senior Cabinet ministers turned on her
during a crunch Brexit meeting.
Sajid Javid, the new Home Secretary
and Remain voter, switched sides to
join Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and
other Brexiteers in arguing that the
Prime Minister’s preferred option for a
customs deal should be “killed off ”.
Mrs May was said to have been
“shocked” at the strength of opposition
to her idea during a meeting of the Cabinet’s Brexit sub-committee.
Mr Javid’s intervention – on just his
third day in the job – proved crucial in
swinging the argument, as his predecessor, Amber Rudd, agreed with Mrs
May, which would have given the
Prime Minister a 6-5 majority. Instead,
Mr Javid joined Mr Johnson, Mr Gove,
Gavin Williamson, Liam Fox and David
Davis in telling her they could not
accept a customs partnership.
Downing Street was accused of try-
ing to “rig” the outcome of the meeting
by initially claiming that Julian Smith,
the Chief Whip, who sits around the
table at the meetings, was a 12th member of the committee, meaning there
was no majority for either side.
But No 10 later conceded that Mr
Smith was not a voting member, meaning those in favour of a customs partnership were in a minority.
Brexiteers, who claimed a significant
victory last night, had argued that a
partnership, in which Britain would
collect tariffs on behalf of the EU and
companies would have to claim back
rebates, would be too close to a customs union and would prevent free
trade deals being struck.
It came after an influential group of
60 Tory MPs threatened to withdraw
their support for the government
unless the idea was dropped.
The committee met to discuss
whether Britain should negotiate with
the EU for a customs partnership or a
second “maximum facilitation” option
relying on new technology to track the
Continued on Page 2
‘Apparently, the British
government has 33 different
words for a customs union’
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News
Madeleine hunt secures more funds
Search continues 11 years
after toddler vanished
from her parents’
apartment in Praia da Luz
By Martin Evans
CRIME CORRESPONDENT
SCOTLAND Yard is to continue the
hunt for Madeleine McCann, The Daily
Telegraph can disclose on the 11th anniversary of her disappearance today.
The Home Office has given the force
£154,000 to allow detectives to extend
the investigation another six months.
Operation Grange, which was launched
by the Metropolitan Police in 2011, is
still pursuing several lines of inquiry
into Madeleine’s disappearance from
her family’s holiday apartment in the
Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz, 100
miles south of Lisbon, the capital.
Portugal shelved its own investigation in 2008, but after pressure from
Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry,
Scotland Yard started its own inquiry.
It initially had 29 officers working on
it full time. They took 1,500 statements
and collected more than 1,000 exhibits.
The investigation has so far cost
£11 million, but detectives remain committed to following up remaining leads.
During the operation detectives regularly travelled to the Algarve to liaise
Madeleine McCann,
who was nearly four
when she went
missing on holiday in
Portugal in 2007
with their Portuguese counterparts
and undertook a number of exploratory digs in the Praia da Luz area.
Police said they had also investigated
more than 60 persons of interest.
A total of 650 sex offenders have also
been investigated, as well as reports of
8,685 potential sightings of Madeleine
around the world. In 2013 detectives
working on Operation Grange announced that they were looking into
possible links between Madeleine’s disappearance and bogus charity collectors who were knocking on doors in
Praia da Luz at the time.
Three years ago the inquiry was
scaled back, with the number of fulltime detectives reduced to four, but
funding has been granted every six
months to keep the inquiry open.
Last year officers travelled to Bulgaria in an effort to track down a potential witness who they believed could
have had crucial information about the
toddler’s disappearance.
Details of the extra funding, which
extends the investigation until Septem-
ber 30, were revealed in a parliamentary written answer from Baroness
Williams of Trafford, a Home Office
minister.
Last night Madeleine’s parents said
“hope and perseverance remain” on
the anniversary of their daughter’s kidnap. In a posting on the official Find
Madeleine Campaign Facebook page
they said: “It gets hard to know what to
say or write as each anniversary of Madeleine’s abduction approaches then
passes.
“Life is full and busy which helps but
Madeleine is still missing and is dearly
missed.”
Madeleine’s 15th birthday is on Saturday May 12.
Vauxhall Zafira fires
to be investigated
Vauxhall Zafira fires are to be
criminally investigated to see if the
company knew about the problem.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards
Agency (DVSA) told the Commons
transport select committee that it is
investigating Vauxhall in partnership
with trading standards officers.
Campaigners claim more than 300
Zafiras have caught fire in recent
years, often leaving their occupants
with just a few seconds to escape.
A report by the committee found
Vauxhall was too slow to begin a full
investigation, and acted prematurely
in attributing the problem to improper
repairs by third parties.
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Dress to impress Some of the world’s best horses gathered in front of Badminton House, in Stroud, Glos, where the first
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Just how many questions can Labour leader pack into six?
By Michael Deacon
F
or Theresa May, answering
Jeremy Corbyn’s questions is a
serious challenge. Not because
the questions are any good. It’s
because it isn’t always clear what
they’re actually about.
In the past, a leader of the Opposition would commonly devote all six of
his allotted questions to the leading
topic of the moment, focusing on it
mercilessly and in forensic detail. Mr
Corbyn, however, has boldly dispensed with this convention.
Instead of asking about one topic for
six questions, he’ll ask about six topics
in one question.
Take yesterday’s PMQs. He started
one question by complaining about
the Windrush scandal, before abruptly
switching topic and asking about low
economic growth. He started his next
question by complaining about homelessness, before abruptly switching
topic and asking about NHS waiting
times. He started his next question by
complaining about a shortage of visas
for doctors, before abruptly switching
topic and asking about school budg-
ets. And then, in his final question, he
managed to complain about police job
cuts, knife crime, the economy, homelessness, child poverty, the Home
Office, Brexit, the NHS, schools and
police job cuts again – before abruptly
switching topic and asking about
council tax.
If nothing else, it’s a fascinating
spectacle. It’s like watching a bowler
run up to the crease – then halt, whip
out a tennis racquet, and drop-kick it
into the basket for a home run.
At any rate, I suppose it keeps Mrs
May on her toes. She can’t afford to
let her concentration falter, even for
a moment. “Mr Speaker, the Prime
Minister says she wants a ‘deep and
special relationship’ with the EU. Yet
the Windrush generation started
arriving in 1948. Only 26 per cent of
UK families own a dog. So can she tell
me: who captained Everton to FA Cup
glory in 1984?”
Yesterday, however, the most
disconcerting question to the Prime
Minister did not come from Mr Corbyn. It came from one of her own Tory
colleagues: lifelong Brexiteer and MP
for Wellingborough, Peter Bone.
“In 331 days, 11 hours, 14 minutes
and 22 seconds,” cried Mr Bone with
terrifying precision, “the Prime
Minister will be leading us out of the
European Union. So in 332 days, will
she come to Wellingborough – where
she will be carried shoulder-high
through the streets to the echoing of
cheering crowds… and I will be able to
show her the site where a statue to the
Brexit Queen will be erected.”
A statue to the Brexit Queen. I promise this is a genuine quote. There were
witnesses. It’s in Hansard. A statue to
the Brexit Queen.
“How could I refuse?” replied Mrs
May gamely. She attempted to join in
the laughter, but didn’t look entirely at
ease. Perhaps she was wondering what
Mr Bone and the people of Wellingborough would do if, for any reason,
she failed to deliver the precise Brexit
they had in mind. Probably wise not to
put it to the test.
Prime Minister shocked as she is forced to Corbyn stays silent as Javid
admit customs partnership plan is ‘a goner’ tells of hard-Left racial abuse
Continued from Page 1
movement of goods. The meeting
broke up without agreement, but Government sources said Mrs May had
conceded that her customs partnership idea was “a goner”.
Ministers also agreed the second option, known as “max fac” for short, also
had serious flaws and officials have
now been ordered to come up with revised plans which could be discussed
by the committee as early as next week.
A Government source said: “The
customs partnership idea in its current
form is no longer on the table… It’s impossible to say right now what the new
proposal will look like, or whether
more than one idea will be put to the
committee when it next meets… in its
current form the customs partnership
idea is dead. There cannot be one now.”
Mrs May had gone into the meeting
hoping she could command a majority
for her preferred option if the commit-
Theresa May had hoped for a majority
tee split along Remain/Leave lines, but
Remainers Mr Javid and Mr Williamson came out strongly in favour of max
fac, with Mr Williamson expressing
“grave concerns” about a customs partnership and Mr Javid saying it was “untested” and would prevent Britain
signing free trade agreements with
non-EU countries. It meant that Mrs
May could only command the support
of Philip Hammond, the Chancellor,
Karen Bradley, the Northern Ireland
Secretary, Greg Clarke, the Business
Secretary, and David Lidington, the
Cabinet Office Minister.
One source said: “The Prime Minister was clearly shocked to find that the
room was against her.”
No formal vote was held and Government sources denied claims Mrs
May refused to allow a show of hands.
The Government also suffered its
10th defeat on Brexit in the Lords as
peers passed an amendment to the EU
Withdrawal Bill that is designed to prevent a hard border in Ireland.
u Britain is plotting to disrupt the EU’s
Galileo space project by blocking the
transfer of encryption technology if it
is locked out of it after Brexit, the FT
reported last night. It is claimed that officials are looking at ways to persuade
tech firm CGI to reject an EU contract
offer to hand over its cryptography expertise to a French defence firm.
Plans for the
first EU budget
without the UK
include raising
spending from
£955 bn to £1.13
trillion, despite
losing Britain’s
£13.2 bn cheque.
The plans will
include giving
£616 million to
18-year-olds to
let them travel
around Europe
free of charge.
“A smaller EU
should mean a
smaller budget,”
said Mark Rutte,
the Netherlands’
prime minister.
“The budget is
the size of 28
states but we are
only 27,” said
Lars Rasmussen,
Danish premier.
Sebastian
Kurz, chancellor
of Austria, said
rather than raise
contributions,
the EU should be
“slimmer, more
efficient and
economical.”
Jean-Claude
Juncker, the EC
president, was
By Jack Maidment
POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
SAJID JAVID yesterday challenged
Jeremy Corbyn to stamp on racist
abuse coming from the hard Left after
the new Home Secretary was subjected
to racially-charged comments following his appointment.
Left-wing activists called Mr Javid a
“coconut” and an “Uncle Tom” after he
became the first ethnic minority holder
of a Great Office of State following the
resignation of Amber Rudd.
Mr Javid addressed the abuse he had
faced as he responded to Labour calls
for the Government to release all the
documents and correspondence it
dismissive. He
said: “It’s normal
that prime
ministers, not
knowing the
intricate details
of our proposals,
react in such a
way. They
always do.”
holds relating to the Windrush scandal.
Mr Corbyn looked on in the Commons
as Mr Javid said that if the Labour
leader believed racist abuse was
wrong, he should stand up and say so.
Mr Corbyn remained seated but
Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary, intervened and said “everyone on
this side of the House, without exception,” condemned the abuse.
It came as Mr Javid said the number
of Windrush cases reported to a specialist Home Office unit had risen to
3,000, up 500 from Monday. Labour’s
bid to force disclosure of the Windrush
documents was defeated by 95 votes.
Allister Heath: Page 16
A homeless man and woman who
claimed they lived in Grenfell Tower
to get £220,000 of hotel
accommodation and handouts have
appeared in court.
Elaine Douglas and Tommy Brooks,
both 51, said after the fire that killed 71
residents that they lived on the 19th
floor. However, it is alleged that they
did not live in the block when it has
gutted by fire on June 14 last year.
The pair, who were arrested on
Tuesday, appeared yesterday before
Westminster magistrates’ court
charged with three counts of fraud by
false representation. They were
remanded in custody until May 30.
£23m eczema bath oils
of no benefit, study finds
Eczema bath treatments costing the
NHS £23 million a year have “no
clinical benefit” whatsoever, a British
Medical Journal report has found.
Emollient bath additives are estimated to make up as much as a third of
the cost of treating the skin condition
in children in the UK.
Researchers, led by Miriam Santer
at the University of Southampton, carried out a trial on 482 children suffering from moderate eczema. One group
used bath additives with other treatments over a 16-week period, while
the other did not. The trial “found
no evidence of clinical benefit from
including emollient bath additives”.
Shooting is 63rd
London killing in 2018
A man was shot dead outside an
Underground station in London’s 63rd
suspected murder this year.
In a double shooting outside
Queensbury Tube station, passers-by
tried in vain to stem the flow of blood
after the man was shot several times in
the chest and stomach.
The victim, in his 30s, begged for
help at a taxi rank after he and his
friend were shot at around 9pm on
Tuesday. A second man, aged in his
20s, is in a stable condition in hospital
having taken a taxi to hospital so that
paramedics could treat his friend, who
died at the scene.
Germany ‘has just 4’ war planes
By Justin Huggler in Berlin
and Peter Foster
Spending spree Europe’s fury as Brussels budget breaks through £1 trillion
EU countries
were yesterday
angered by
demands from
Brussels for yet
more money
– even beyond
plugging the
hole in finances
left by Brexit.
Cate Blanchett has become the latest
actress to accuse Harvey Weinstein of
sexual harassment.
The 48-year-old Australian, who is
president of the jury of this month’s
Cannes Film Festival, told Variety
magazine that Weinstein, who has
denied all rape and sexual misconduct
allegations but continues to be
investigated, made clear his disdain
for her once she turned him down.
Asked directly whether she had
been sexually harassed by Weinstein,
Blanchett replied: “With me, yes.”
She continued: “I wouldn’t do what
he was asking me to do,” refusing to go
into detail.
Iran has detained a British-Iranian
dual national who works as a security
analyst, the independent news site
Iran Wire reported yesterday, the
second such arrest since mid-April.
The website quoted a source in
Tehran saying Mahan Abedin had
been arrested in the past week. It did
not spell out when or where he was
arrested, but its report indicated that
he had been visiting Iran.
On Sunday, an Iranian judiciary
spokesman confirmed that Abbas
Edalat, a British-Iranian national who
is a professor of computer science at
Imperial College London, had been
arrested on “security charges”.
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Blanchett says Weinstein
sexually harassed her
British-Iranian security
analyst held by Tehran
Hawking’s
final theory –
the universe
is a hologram
STEPHEN HAWKING has revealed
from beyond the grave his final scientific theory – that the universe is a hologram.
The physicist, who died on March 14,
has challenged previous theories of
cosmic “inflation” and the “multiverse”
in a new paper, published in the Journal Of High Energy Physics,
Scientists generally believe that for a
tiny fraction of a second after the Big
Bang, the universe expanded incredibly rapidly before settling into its present state, filled with stars and galaxies
– the inflation theory.
But some have proposed that, on a
grander global scale, inflation goes on
forever, giving rise to a “multiverse” – a
number of different universes with
their own laws of physics.
Prof Hawking was always troubled
by this idea, which at a fundamental
level cannot be reconciled with Einstein’s theory of General Relativity. In
an interview last year he said: “I have
never been a fan of the multiverse.”
Working with Prof Thomas Hertog, a
Belgian colleague, Prof Hawking extended the notion of a holographic reality to explain how the universe came
into being from the moment of the Big
Bang. The new theory embraces the
strange concept that the universe is
like a vast and complex hologram.
In other words, 3D reality is an illusion, and that the apparently “solid”
world around us – and the dimension of
time – is projected from information
stored on a 2D surface.
Prof Hertog, from the Katholieke
Universiteit Leuven (KT Leuven), said:
“It’s a very precise mathematical notion of holography that has come out of
string theory in the last few years
which is not fully understood but is
mind-boggling and changes the scene
completely.”
NEWS BULLETIN
ONLY four of Germany’s 128 Eurofighter aircraft are operational and
ready for combat in the event of a crisis, it was claimed yesterday.
The remaining aircraft have been
grounded by technical problems and a
shortage of combat missiles, according
to Spiegel magazine.
The alleged problems would leave
Germany unable to fulfil Nato commitments and could weaken the alliance’s
air capabilities. The German defence
ministry yesterday confirmed that
some of its Eurofighters have are affected by technical issues but said details of how many aircraft remain
operational are “classified”.
Officially, the air force has 82 Eurofighters available to Nato reaction
forces but Spiegel claims the majority
are unable to fly combat missions and
can only be used for training flights.
“The armed forces are currently fulfilling all their operational obligations,”
a military spokesman said.
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nated and can carry infections and potentially deadly diseases.
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Holiday firms still promoting cruel animal attractions, report finds
By Olivia Rudgard
SOCIAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT
TOUR operators are ignoring animal
cruelty rules by sending holidaymakers to see elephants and alligators being mistreated, a Which? investigation
has found.
The watchdog said several high-profile operators still promoted activities
such as elephant riding and alligator
wrestling, despite new regulations designed to phase out bad practice.
Its investigation found that nine out
of 10 companies were still selling tickets to facilities which kept animals in
poor conditions or forced them to perform for tourists.
In 2013, the Association of British
Travel Agents (Abta) published its
Global Welfare Guidance for Animals
in Tourism, providing members with
minimum requirements for animal
welfare.
However, an investigation carried
out earlier this year found that travel
group Tui was selling elephant rides
and had published blogs showing the
animals playing basketball and “dancing” in headdresses, Which? said, despite having officially withdrawn the
activities several years ago.
Which? also criticised tour company
Trailfinders for promoting an elephant
care centre in Chiang Mai, Thailand,
based in the same location as a notorious elephant “camp” in which the animals are forced to play football and
paint pictures for tourists. It added that
after the firm said it had stopped offering the experience, a mystery shopper
was offered tickets on a sales line.
Booking site TripAdvisor was found
to be selling tickets to Gatorland, Flor-
ida, where visitors can pay to wrestle
alligators, as well as the Wildlife Habitat in Australia, where they can pose
for photographs holding a baby crocodile. It has since removed the Florida
attraction from sale and has updated its
policy to stop selling tickets for shows
where captive, wild or endangered animals are forced to perform tricks or
other unnatural behaviours.
A spokesman for TUI said: “We do
not offer elephant rides or shows and
are working to put a stop to demand for
these types of entertainments.”
A spokesman for Trailfinders said
they had been unaware of the link between the elephant care centre and the
camp and had pulled the trip six weeks
ago. She added that the mystery shopper’s experience had been an individual error and the firm now ensured
customers were not offered tickets.
4
Thursday 3 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
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Bercow accusations
Out of order?
Book of Commons
etiquette
December 6 2010
March 15 2013
February 5 2014
July 7 2015
February 27 2018
March 27 2018
In a heated exchange with
Patrick McLoughlin in the
chamber, Mr Bercow
repeatedly shouted down the
then Conservative chief whip
after he accused the Speaker
of bias towards Labour.
When Anna Soubry, then a
junior minister in the Ministry
of Defence, objected to the
line of questioning by Labour,
Mr Bercow said: “What I say to
the honourable lady, in all
courtesy, is sit there, be quiet.”
Michael Gove, then the
Education Secretary, was
reprimanded for gesticulating
with: “You really are a very
overexcitable individual. You
need to write out a thousand
times: I will behave myself.”
Berated for a long question,
former Lib Dem MP Greg
Mulholland was told not “to
argue the toss with the chair”.
When he complained, Mr
Bercow shouted: “Don’t shake
your head, mate.”
After cutting off Liz Truss, Mr
Bercow lashed out at Philip
Hammond, who was unhappy
with his outburst, barking: “If
the Chancellor is confused, he
really is uninformed … Stick to
your abacus, man.”
Berating Foreign Office
minister Harriett Baldwin, he
said: “The Foreign Secretary
doesn’t need to be defended
by her and I know she
wouldn’t argue with the chair,
she’d come off rather worse.”
Bercow’s future
in balance as May
calls for fresh
bullying inquiry
By Harry Yorke and Anna Mikhailova
THERESA MAY has called for an investigation into fresh bullying allegations
made against John Bercow as the
Speaker was forced to deny claims that
he had silenced a former employee in a
non-disclosure agreement.
Mr Bercow’s future was hanging in
the balance last night following Downing Street’s decision to recommend an
investigation into his treatment of a
former secretary.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman
also made clear that Mrs May would be
open to the inquiry into claims of bullying at Westminster being widened to
include historical allegations made
against Mr Bercow and other MPs. The
calls were backed by sources close to
Jeremy Corbyn and Vince Cable, who
said that both leaders supported an inquiry into his alleged behaviour.
The intervention raises the stakes
for Mr Bercow, who faces calls to resign from a growing number of Tory
MPs. It also raises questions over why
the bullying inquiry was not given
greater powers to investigate, with one
MP describing it as a “whitewash”.
Others suggested that its narrow
scope made it “completely vacuous”
and risked giving Mr Bercow and other
MPs facing accusations a “clean slate”.
Mr Bercow was rocked by new accusations over his alleged treatment of
Angus Sinclair, his former secretary,
who on Tuesday revealed that he had
been paid £86,250 following his dismissal. Mr Sinclair broke his decadelong silence to accuse Mr Bercow of
angry outbursts and verbal abuse,
revealing that in one exchange the
Speaker shattered a phone on his desk.
Mr Sinclair told Newsnight on BBC
Two: “There was a tirade of how I’d let
him down and it was the worst thing …
there was a lot of bad language and
suddenly his mobile phone which he’d
Angus Sinclair,
above, claims he
was subjected to
verbal abuse by
John Bercow, right,
watching a match
at Wimbledon
‘Suddenly his
mobile phone
which he’d
been holding
was flung on
the desk in
front of me
and broke
into … bits’
been holding was flung on the desk in
front of me and broke into a lot of bits.”
He added that his settlement, paid
out of the public purse, was a “coverup” and that he regretted signing it.
Mr Bercow has also faced separate
allegations of bullying Kate Emms, Mr
Sinclair’s successor, who was signed
off work sick and later moved from his
office in 2011. The Daily Telegraph also
reported claims that the Speaker had to
apologise to staff on at least two occasions after losing his temper on the
phone. Mr Bercow strenuously denies
the allegations.
Last night a number of Tory MPs
renewed their demands for his
resignation, while Mrs May’s spokesman said she was “concerned” and expected the allegations to be “properly
investigated”.
“The Prime Minister has been very
clear from the start that there is no
place for bullying or harassment in the
workplace, including Parliament,” the
spokesman added.
Mr Bercow originally said that he
would retire as Speaker in June this
year, but reneged on his pledge in the
wake of the snap election, attracting a
backlash from MPs.
He has faced down two attempts to
depose him from within the Conservative Party, most famously in 2015, when
a bid by Michael Gove and Lord Hague
was scuppered by Labour.
Responding to the allegations, Mr
Bercow yesterday slapped down suggestions that he had attempted to buy
Mr Sinclair’s silence as he was challenged in the Commons during a point
of order.
Asked by Maria Miller, the chair of
the Women and Equalities Committee,
what steps he was taking to ensure staff
felt able to speak out about bullying,
Mr Bercow denied that former or current staff were constrained from talking “freely and confidentially” to the
independent inquiry.
He added that he had no involvement in Mr Sinclair’s settlement. However, in a note sent to Ms Miller’s
committee, seen by The Telegraph, the
clerk’s office suggested that Mr Sinclair’s agreement would have included
By Steven Swinford
DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR
ANDREW PARSONS / I-IMAGES; AMELIA TROUBRIDGE
Speaker denies trying to
silence his former
secretary with £86,000
‘non-disclosure agreement’
The Speaker
who can’t stay
away from
controversy
a clause prohibiting him making a
“public statement” outside of the terms
agreed. It was interpreted by insiders
as evidence of a “gagging clause”.
Andrew Bridgen, the Tory MP for
North West Leicestershire, said: “He
can say it’s not a non-disclosure agreement, at the end of the day the claims
are out there now. The reality is that Mr
Speaker is now fighting for his life. We
need a full inquiry, for witnesses to be
cross-examined, and Mr Sinclair’s
agreement should be handed over to
the relevant authorities.”
‘Mr Speaker
is now
fighting for
his life …
Mr Sinclair’s
agreement
should be
handed
over’
While Mr Bercow has publicly championed efforts to clamp down on bullying, in private his critics point to his
numerous run-ins in the Commons as
evidence of “hypocrisy”.
Daniel Kawczynski, MP for Shrewsbury, said: “The problem is that he
often lets anger get in the way of his
job. I do believe he should step down.
He makes great truck about the need
for honesty among politicians. He
should lead by example.”
Editorial Comment: Page 17
JOHN BERCOW has proved to be one
of the most divisive Speakers in the
history of Parliament.
Even before his appointment in
2009 he was embroiled in the MPs’ expenses scandal after he “flipped” the
designation of his main and second
homes, meaning he paid no capital
gains tax on the sale of two properties.
While he insisted he had done nothing wrong, he “voluntarily” decided to
pay £6,500 in tax on the profit from the
sale of one of the two houses to HMRC.
The criticism continued shortly after his appointment, when it emerged
that the refurbishment of the Speaker’s
residence had cost taxpayers £45,000.
He also spent £367 of taxpayers’ money
on a car to Luton to deliver a speech on
how MPs were restoring their reputation after the expenses scandal.
A car to Baroness Thatcher’s funeral
at St Paul’s Cathedral, 1.8 miles from
the Commons, cost £154, while a
0.7 mile car journey from the Commons
to Carlton House Terrace cost £172.
He has also been accused of “jet-setting”. In 2013 he ran up a £100,000 bill
travelling to 20 countries to make
speeches and address foreign parliaments. The most expensive flights
included £11,253 for Mr Bercow and
two aides to fly business class to Ottawa
in Canada. In 2016 he spent £20,000
attending a conference in Japan, just a
year after he made another £10,000
visit to the country.
In 2014 he was accused of driving Sir
Robert Rogers, the former clerk of the
House, to retire early amid reports that
he told him to “f--- off ” during a row.
Mr Bercow strongly denied the claims.
His role as Speaker came under further scrutiny when he openly accused
Donald Trump of being “sexist” in the
Commons and subsequently barred
the US president from addressing the
Commons.
His personal life also made tabloid
headlines after his wife Sally posed for
a 2011 photo shoot in Speaker’s House
draped in a sheet, and subsequently
appeared on Celebrity Big Brother.
Sally Bercow’s infamous photoshoot
He must answer these non-partisan claims of egregious behaviour
Commentary
y
By Rob Wilson
A
s any MP could tell you, John
Bercow is a man who could go
into an empty room and start an
argument. The Speaker of the House
of Commons is (how do I put this?) a
complex man.
In the political bear pit of the
Commons, he has both his supporters
and detractors because, alongside his
thin skin, odd behaviour, rages and
childlike temper tantrums, he also has
the capacity for political intelligence,
charm and generosity. However, he
stands accused of bullying a number
of his staff – very serious for someone
holding an office of importance, with a
duty to set an example to others and a
role in ensuring staff on the
parliamentary estate are treated fairly
and with respect.
The allegations are believable for
several reasons: first, the people
speaking out about their experiences
are thoroughly decent and reliable
people. Second, it is not just one
member of staff but several. And
finally, anyone who has seen Mr
Bercow in the chair in the Commons
knows just how quickly he can blow
his top, often in a disproportionate
way to whatever has happened in the
chamber. He has issued a blanket
denial, but it is hard to believe people
of the standing of Angus Sinclair and
Kate Emms, who both used to work for
him, would make this all up.
I knew both of these people when I
was in the Commons and I tried hard
to get Kate Emms to tell her story at
the time. But the Speaker is a powerful
figure in Parliament, and it is difficult
for parliamentary staff members and
even individual MPs to hold him to
account. While he cannot stop you
from speaking in the Chamber, he can
severely limit an MP’s opportunities to
speak on important occasions.
Because of the hierarchical way that
the House itself is run under the
Speaker, it would take a very brave
staff member to willingly take on the
system. The culture and processes of
Parliament protect him.
Robert Rogers, the previous Clerk
of the House, was widely admired for
his authoritative work until he left the
role rather suddenly. He is more than
able to speak for himself and I hope he
will, but I was aware of the rows and
rages directed at him by the Speaker.
‘The Speaker is a powerful
figure, and it is difficult for
staff and even individual
MPs to hold him to account’
In the circumstances, I believe he is
duty bound to give his own account of
the Speaker’s behaviour towards him.
If, as many believe, he was hounded
out of a job he loved dearly, now is the
time to speak.
The default defence given by Mr
Bercow and his supporters is that
Conservative MPs want him out – and
some certainly do. David Cameron and
most of his cabinet didn’t care for him
as it became clear at one point he was
showing clear bias towards the Labour
MPs who made him Speaker. It was
widely expected under Gordon Brown
that he would defect. Things became
so fraught that I even ran an analysis
of his interventions, and the proof he
treated MPs in a partisan way was
absolutely compelling.
But the case against Mr Bercow
today is not partisan and not from
MPs; it’s from his former staff and it is
accusations of the most egregious
personal bullying.
These allegations need to be
properly and thoroughly investigated:
Mr Bercow should be given a fair
opportunity to defend his alleged
behaviour. But as Speaker, he must be
removed from any further
involvement in House staffing matters.
The House itself needs to get a grip
on a regime that allows those in
powerful positions to get away with
abuse and bullying. Proposals for a
new system are under consideration,
but they currently look weak, and
more effort is needed to make staff feel
secure at their place of work.
Speaker Bercow once told MPs that
he would serve in office for no more
than a total of nine years – well, that
time is almost up. He would be wise to
leave now, as the allegations and
evidence are expanding. Soon, leaving
may no longer be his decision.
Rob Wilson was the MP for Reading
East from 2005 to 2017
The Daily Telegraph Thursday 3 May 2018
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5
News
Universities
warned over
free speech
censorship
UNIVERSITIES that “noplatform”
controversial
speakers will face a government intervention on free
speech for the first time in
30 years, the higher education minister will say today.
Sam Gyimah warns that
universities must stamp out
their “institutional hostility”
to unfashionable views as he
prepares to issue new guidance on free speech.
It will be the first Government intervention since the
free speech duty imposed on
universities,
polytechnics
and colleges, which was introduced as part of the Education Act in 1986.
Mr Gyimah’s intervention
comes after a series of attempts to censor speakers,
including gay rights activists, feminists and Conservative
politicians,
over
concerns that their views
may cause offence.
“A society in which people
feel they have a legitimate
right to stop someone expressing their views on campus simply because they are
unfashionable or unpopular
is rather chilling,” Mr Gyimah will say.
He will tell a free speech
summit that the numerous
pieces of disjointed guidance give rise to complexity,
and risk being exploited by
those wishing to stifle free
speech. Universities must
currently comply with the
Equalities Act, Prevent and
the new universities’ regulator, the Office for Students
(OFS). Students’ unions are
often registered charities,
and so must comply with
charity law.
Mr Gyimah will say that
“bureaucrats or wreckers”
at universities must be prevented from “exploiting
gaps for their own ends”. He
will promise to create a set of
guidelines that will provide
clarity of the rules for students and universities.
“No-platforming” is when
a group or individuals seen
to have offensive views are
banned from a public debate
or meeting. In 2015, students
at Cardiff University tried to
“no-platform”
Germaine
Greer, the feminist writer,
on account of her comments
about transgender people.
Meanwhile, “safe space”
policies aim to ensure all students feel able to express
themselves and are protected from views and language they find offensive, as
well as discrimination.
Sir Michael Barber, the
chairman of the OFS, said:
“Our universities are places
where free speech should always be promoted and fostered. That includes the
ability for everyone to share
views that may be challenging or unpopular, even if
that makes some people feel
uncomfortable.
“The Office for Students
will always encourage freedom of speech within the
law. We will never intervene
to restrict it.”
Woman jailed after
‘clown sex’ stabbing
A YOUNG mother has been
jailed for 11 years for stabbing her occasional boyfriend as they had sex, after
texting him to say men
should only be used as “human sacrifice”.
Zoe Adams, 19, dressed up
as a clown and put a pillow
over Kieran Bewick’s head to
make their encounter more
exhilarating on July 29 last
year, Carlisle Crown Court
heard.
In what she described as
an “overreaction”, she whispered “trust me”, to the then
17-year-old Bewick, before
stabbing him five times in
the chest, arm and thigh
with a 10-inch knife, collapsing his lung.
Having seized Adams’s iPhone, the court heard a text
message sent to her victim
reading: “I don’t think about
males unless said male is
strapped up and being used
as a human sacrifice …”
Adams said she couldn’t
remember the incident and
dismissed the text as “a joke”.
Judge James Adkin, sentencing, said: “You had decided to cause serious harm
to Mr Bewick during sex.
“I am sure that by that
time, you had already become disinhibited by drink
and drugs and the more sadistic side of your personality had come to dominate.”
Mr Bewick said he had
struggled to sleep since the
attack, which left him with a
lung injury and pneumonia.
He added: “I have always
had a fear of clowns and Zoe
knew this. This will now
only increase my fear.”
Ladies’ Subbuteo is a
whole new ball game
By Katie Morley
THE FA has urged the makers of the popular game
Subbuteo to put on sale
to the public a ladies’
version it created only
as a limited edition.
Hasbro, the makers of Monopoly,
Cluedo and Trivial
Pursuit, has produced
100 sets that feature feSubbuteo’s ladies set
is a limited
edition
male players to be donated
to amateur football clubs
and given as prizes.
The FA and Hasbro
are now in talks to bring
the sets to shops. The FA
said it wanted to “tackle
barriers” within the
women’s game, which
is gaining in popularity.
Marzena Bogdanowicz, a marketing head at
the FA, said: “This allfemale set is a reflection
of the rapid growth that
women’s football is seeing.”
By Helena Horton
JOHN NGUYEN FOR THE TELEGRAPH
By Camilla Turner
EDUCATION EDITOR
Thank you,
but George’s
shrine must go
The makeshift shrine to George Michael has become untidy, with wilting flowers and turf that has turned to mud. The family has asked that it be dismantled
THE family of George Michael have asked his fans to
stop leaving tributes at a
makeshift shrine outside his
Highgate home in London
for the sake of the peaceful,
well-to-do neighbourhood.
The singer’s relatives have
promised to refurbish the
park and lay new turf once
the shrine has gone.
Sisters Yioda and Melanie
Panayiotou and his father,
Jack, made the request online, referring to him affectionately as “Yog.” They
wrote: “We’ve been touched
by your tributes celebrating
and remembering Yog, reminding us how very much
he is missed and loved. However, we feel we can’t expect
our Highgate and Goring
neighbours to continue to
accept as normality the memorials so personal to you.”
Campaigners wanted a
life-size statue of the singer,
who died on Christmas Day
in 2016, outside the property, but the family quietly
declined as they thought
George would have found
the gesture “embarrassing.”
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Thursday 3 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph Thursday 3 May 2018
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7
Breast screening scandal
Fatal flaw in
health service 450,000
IT system went
309,000
undetected
270
for a decade
‘Colossal failure’ Counting the cost of the computer glitch
the total number of women whose lives were put at risk
through missed screenings
Timeline
Nine years
of missed
opportunity
2009
A computer
algorithm failure
means some
women aged
between 68 and 71
stop receiving
letters inviting
them for
mammograms
the number of women still alive today who were affected
the number of women who
may have died as a result of the blunder
Up to 450,000 women
never received invite for
final breast cancer scan
because of computer glitch
By Laura Donnelly HEALTH EDITOR
THE crisis affecting up to 450,000
women began with a basic computer
error. It was nine years before it was
detected.
In 2009, health officials were launching an NHS trial to test the wider expansion of breast cancer screening.
In doing so, their computer program
inserted a fundamental glitch into their
algorithms.
All women should have been offered
breast cancer screening every three
years from the age of 50 to 71, with the
last scan given between the age of 68
and their 71st birthday. But the computer program designated the cut-off
point as 70, meaning up to 450,000
women were never offered a scan in
the last three years they were eligible.
Questions are now being asked as to
how the flaw was inserted and, yet
more crucially, how it could have
Prevention The role of
Public Health England
Established in
2013, Public
Health England
(PHE) emerged
from the tumult
of Andrew
Lansley’s
controversial
reforms as the
powerful new
agency tasked
with preventing
ill health in the
first place.
It has an
annual budget
of around
£4.5 billion,
more than 5,000
staff and
responsibilities
ranging from
tackling obesity
and substance
misuse to
screening
programmes for
heart disease,
STIs and cancer.
Led by
Duncan Selbie,
its founding
chief executive
and a former
NHS hospital
boss, PHE has
been at the
forefront of the
debate on many
health issues.
Mr Selbie has
called for a
“tobacco-free”
NHS and a
blanket ban on
smoking on
hospital
grounds. He also
wastes no
opportunity to
remind the
public of the
professionalism
of his staff.
6,000
remained undetected for so long. Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, has
said that up to 270 women may have
died as a result of the failings.
Estimates suggest around 6,000
women who should have been offered
scans over the period would have been
diagnosed with cancer under the
screening programme.
Many of these women are likely to
have only discovered they had cancer
when it was far more advanced, after
they attended hospital clinics and GP
practices. Yet it was not until the computer program was upgraded that the
fundamental failings were found.
The errors introduced in 2009 date
the number of cancer cases
which may have been missed
9
6
the number of years
it took to spot the error
‘Additional fail-safe systems
have been introduced to
ensure the problem does
not reoccur’
from the last days of the Labour government.
In 2013, the newly created agency
Public Health England (PHE), led by career NHS manager Duncan Selbie was
given oversight of the screening programmes.
Its systems of “quality assurance”,
which are supposed to monitor the
quality of the screening programme,
never picked up the most basic error:
the failure to invite almost half a million women to attend.
Yesterday it emerged that PHE became aware of the potential problems
in mid-January, but advised health officials at the Department of Health and
Social Care that there was limited risk
to patients. Health ministers were told
about the fiasco more than six weeks
ago – but were advised not to make the
matter public until a helpline and a system of checks for those affected was in
place. Now women will face a wait of
up to a month to discover whether they
are among those affected, and up to six
months to have long-delayed mammograms.
Dr Jenny Harries, the deputy medical director at PHE, said: “A complex IT
problem with the breast screening invitation system has led to some women
not being invited for their final screen
between their 68th and 71st birthdays.
“We have carried out urgent work to
identify the problem and have fixed it.
“Additional fail-safe systems have
been introduced to ensure the problem
the number of months
a review is expected to take
65,000
71.1
A
Between which years was
screening missed?
2009 to 2018
A
For over-70s screening picks up
cancer in 1.4 women in 100. For
people aged between 65 and 70 it is
found in 1.2 women in 100.
Q
Q
Q
Q
Am I the right age to have been
affected?
omen who are now aged between
68 and 79 may have missed
screenings.
W
A
Q
How many women missed
screenings?
50,000 a year, a total of 450,000
over nine years.
If I missed a screening, what is
my risk of having cancer?
Bumps in the road
in the quest for
automation
By Laura Donnelly
HEALTH officials and ministers have
repeatedly pinned their hopes on
technology to save the NHS from everincreasing pressures.
Last week the Health Secretary announced a review of the use of robotics
and artificial intelligence with training
for thousands of staff in the wider use
of digital technology.
The head of the review said “virtual”
consultations with doctors could become more common than face-to-face
appointments within a decade. Officials also want to see the majority of 111
calls handled by algorithms by 2020.
Senior figures have said the NHS
needs to embrace modern innovations,
learning from the way the world has
taken to Uber and Airbnb, in order to
save money and improve patient care.
But last year parts of the NHS ground
to a halt when it was hit by the biggest
cyber attack in history, forcing the cancellation of 20,000 appointments. Staff
had to return to pens and paper.
The NHS also has a long history of IT
failures, and the abandonment of a centralised programme. The breast cancer
disclosures show that when automated
systems fail, they can do so on an epic
scale.
A
A
Q
How many cases of cancer may
have been missed?
Around 6,000, if all women took
up the offer for screening
How many women are screened
each year?
2.2 million women aged 45 and
over
How many cancers does annual
screening pick up?
Critical condition Previous
scandals that rocked the NHS
Tainted blood
Arguably the
biggest
treatment
disaster in the
history of the
health service.
In the 1970s and
1980s
haemophiliacs
became infected
with hepatitis C
and HIV after
they were
treated with
contaminated
blood products
supplied by the
NHS. More than
2,880 have since
died. The tainted
batches were
bought cheaply
from the US,
including from
prisons. Last
year a full
statutory inquiry
was announced.
Mid Staffs
An estimated
1,000 patients at
Stafford Hospital
died between
2005 and 2009
as a result of
poor care, due in
part to a chronic
staff shortage. A
public inquiry
heard that
inexperienced
junior doctors
were put in
charge of
critically ill
patients and
nurses switched
off equipment
because they did
not know how to
use it.
Deep Mind
In 2017 the NHS
illegally handed
Google the data
of more than a
million patients.
The breach
stemmed from a
2015 app trial by
DeepMind which
ended up
gathering
sensitive
information
such as HIV
status and
mental health
history without
the patients’
knowledge.
Public Health
England informs
the Department of
Health of a
“potential issue”
but claims risk to
patients is
“limited”.
January to
March
An urgent clinical
evaluation is
carried out to
determine the
“extent of harm”.
March
Public Health
England informs
ministers of the
failure but advises
that the matter
should not be
made public until
catch-up
screening and
support for
patients is in place.
April 1
Work to fix the
algorithm is
completed and
Public Health
England claims no
more women will
be affected.
women who will receive letters this week
per cent of women in England aged
50 to 70 who took up invitations for
routine screening in 2016-17
does not reoccur.” Last night charities
described the failings as a “colossal systematic failure”, and families demanded
answers about how the problems had
been allowed to continue for almost a
decade, at a time when the Government had pledged to make cancer prevention one of its key priorities.
The helpline for those who think they
may be affected is 0800 169 2692.
I may have been affected, what should I do?
Q
January 2018
A
Q
A
Q
A
Around 18,400.
How will I know if I have been
affected?
Letters will be sent to all who
missed screenings by May 31.
I am still worried, who should I
call?
The helpline for those who think
they are affected is 0800 169 2692.
Q
How many deaths may have been
caused?
The Department of Health has
estimated that up to 270 women
have died.
A
Fears of needless
treatment cause a
dip in screenings
By Sarah Knapton SCIENCE EDITOR
BREAST cancer screening is currently
at its lowest level in 10 years amid a
continuing debate about whether the
benefits outweigh the harms.
Just 71.1 per cent of women in England aged 50 to 70 took up invitations
for routine screening in 2016-17 – down
one per cent from the previous year.
Take-up has been falling since a
national review in 2012 found thousands of women were undergoing
needless treatment. Around 2.2 million
are screened each year, and it is estimated that for every 10,000 women
tested, 681 cancers will be diagnosed
and 43 deaths prevented, a total of
around 1,300 each year. However 129
of those diagnoses would not have
proved dangerous and women may be
forced to undergo surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
It means that for every life saved,
three women will have unnecessary
treatment. However, Fiona Osgun, senior health information officer at Cancer
Research UK said: “We believe that the
benefits still do outweigh the risks and
would encourage women to attend
screenings as they do save lives.
“Those women who have missed
screenings should really attend”.
May 2
Jeremy Hunt
announces the
scandal in the
House of
Commons.
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‘Protect the Tinder generation by giving all boys the HPV vaccine’
By Verity Ryan
BOYS should be given HPV vaccinations to protect the “Tinder generation” against cancer, a former
vice-chairman of the Conservative
Party has said.
HPV, which is spread through skinto-skin contact and is often contracted
during sexual activity, has been linked
to a variety of cancers. However, despite affecting both men and women,
only girls under the age of 18 are automatically vaccinated in the UK.
Health experts have warned the existing policy “will cost lives” as it fails
to take into account the sexual habits of
“the Tinder Generation”.
Sir Roger Gale, a Tory MP, has called
on the Government’s vaccination advi-
sory committee to extend the vaccine
to all boys.
He said: “Every year, approximately
2,000 males in their 50s or 60s develop
HPV-related cancers from infections
contracted in youth. The cost of treatment is about £22 million a year. The
cost of vaccines and delivery would be
about £21 million.” The Joint Council
for Vaccination and Immunisation
(JCVI) deferred taking a decision to extend the vaccine last year, but is due to
meet in June to consider the issue
again.
In February, the Government confirmed that gay and bisexual men
would be eligible but denied that the
decision against vaccinating all boys
had been dismissed on the grounds of
cost-effectiveness. Yet more than
2,000 men in the UK were diagnosed
with a HPV-related cancer every year,
nearly half of whom died within five
years of diagnosis.
The British Dental Association (BDA)
has campaigned for the vaccine to be
extended due to its link to oral cancer.
Dr Mike Armstrong, chairman of the
BDA, said: “Based on the information
the JCVI has made public, its verdict is
based on false assumptions. Whether
by accident or by design they have understated cancer risk, and completely
ignored the sexual habits of the Tinder
Generation. That choice will cost lives.”
The Equality and Human Rights
Commission have asserted that failure
to extend the programme to all boys
could amount to discrimination on the
grounds of sex or sexual orientation.
ELLIOTT FRANKS
Show jumpers
Stars of The Tap
Pack – Ben Brown,
Jesse Rasmussen,
Thomas J Egan,
Sean Mulligan and
Max Patterson –
perform before
yesterday’s opening
night at the
Peacock Theatre in
London.
Inspired by The Rat
Pack, this new
comedy show
mixes tap dance
with swing music
and witty banter.
Sex addicts ‘should be treated on the NHS’
Call for condition to be
recognised as number of
people seeking treatment
quadruples in a decade
By Henry Bodkin
SEX addiction should be recognised as
a medical condition and treated on the
NHS, charities have said.
Groups providing support for those
addicted to sex say they have seen a
four-fold increase in people seeking
help over the past decade and that
treatment should be provided free on
the health service.
Current NHS guidance states that
experts disagree over whether it is possible to become addicted to sex and refers patients to voluntary organisations
for help. However, the new calls come
as the World Health Organisation is expected to approve the inclusion of
“compulsive sexual behaviour disorder” in its list of International Classification of Disease later this month.
Peter Saddington, a therapist at Relate, the UK’s largest relationship support charity, said: “Addicts realise it is
causing harm, but they can’t stop and
they recognise they need help in
changing it. For alcoholics, there is Alcoholics Anonymous, but they can also
go to the NHS which provides support
for people who have alcohol or drug
problems.”
Relate defines sexual addiction as
any sexual activity that feels “out of
control”.
A questionnaire completed by 21,058
people since 2013 on the Sex Addiction
Help website revealed 91 per cent of
those seeking help for sex addiction
were male. The largest age group of
31 per cent was aged 26 to 35, 1 per cent
were under 16 and 8 per cent over 55.
Paula Hall, who founded the Association for the Treatment of Sex Addiction and Compulsivity, said: “I think
there certainly needs to be more free
services.
“You can get self-help resources online but in terms of getting professional
input, there needs to be more services
developed by the NHS.”
She told the BBC the number of “sex
addicts” visiting the Laurel Centre,
where she is now clinical director had
quadrupled in the last 10 years.
Recent calls to classify sex addicts as
“mentally ill” triggered a row among
doctors and campaigners helping vic-
tims of predators like Harvey Weinstein. In January, however, 11 senior
specialists wrote a letter to the World
Psychiatric Association pressing for
compulsive sexual behaviour to be
recognised as a mental disorder in its
own right.
But the proposal was last night condemned by those who fear it will allow
sexual misconduct to be blamed on a
medical condition. Both Weinstein and
Kevin Spacey have stated they are
seeking treatment for sex addiction
since allegations of sexual misconduct.
The End Violence Against Women
charity said it had concerns about any
move that may appear to condone
harmful sexual behaviour.
A spokesman for the Department of
Health and Social Care, said: “People
who think they may have a sex addiction can seek advice and help via NHS
Choices, which includes contacts at
Relate, Sexaholics Anonymous, Sex Addicts Anonymous and the Association
for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction
and Compulsivity.”
Some sex and relationship experts
believe it is possible to become addicted to the enjoyable feeling, or
“high”, during sexual activity, however
others disagree.
Beware of attaching medical labels
to what is really just bad behaviour
Comment
By Dr Glenn Wilson
I
am not convinced that “sex
addiction” should be considered a
mental disorder any more than
homosexuality, or indeed
heterosexuality.
For a start, it is something of a
misnomer because the term
“addiction” normally applies to the
hijacking of brain circuits that have
evolved to reward behaviour that
helps us (or more precisely our genes)
survive. Sexual intercourse is high
among the list of such behaviours and,
for men especially, this includes
multiple partners.
Of course, a powerful drive toward
sexual novelty can be very
inconvenient socially and disruptive to
family life, as Tiger Woods discovered.
It can also lead to charges of sexual
harassment and assault, as Harvey
Weinstein found out.
In such instances, psychotherapy
taking the form of training in selfcontrol or even medication that
reduces sex drive may well be helpful.
Some men undertake such “rehab” in
the hope of repairing their marriage or
persuading a court to be lenient.
However, there is a danger in
attaching medical labels to what is
really just bad behaviour in that it may
provide the “afflicted individual” with
a kind of excuse that to some extent
“lets them off the hook”.
It helps them to evade responsibility
for their actions, while adding nothing
of scientific value. Pharmaceutical
companies seek to cash in by
developing drugs aimed at these newly
identified disorders and insurance
companies reinforce the fiction by
demanding an official “diagnosis”
before shelling out for treatment. In
Old wet wipes feared to be
changing shape of riverbeds
By Francesca Marshall
WET wipes are impacting the shape of
British riverbeds, campaigners have
warned, after retrieving more than
5,000 of them from the Thames in an
area the size of half a tennis court.
Environmental organisation Thames
21, which works to clean up rivers and
canals, revealed it had collected 5,453
wet wipes during a haul last month in
1,250 sq ft of the Thames embankment
near Hammersmith.
More worryingly, the collection was
an increase of nearly a thousand over
last year’s total which took place on a
larger area of river bank.
Kirsten Downer, a group member,
told The Guardian: “You need to go at
low tide to see the mounds forming.
The Thames riverbed is changing. Wet
wipes are accumulating on the riverbed and affecting the shape of the riverbed. It looks natural but when you
get close you can see that these clumps
are composed of wet wipes mixed with
twigs and mud.”
Last year it was revealed by Water
UK, the body representing the UK’s water and sewerage companies, that wet
wipes made up 93 per cent of the mate-
rial causing blockages. Thames 21 is
working alongside City to Sea to raise
awareness of the scale of the problem.
“We want people to realise that this
is not just happening on the Thames,
but on rivers and canals all round the
country,” said Ms Downer. “All the time
we were working, people kept coming
5,453
The number of wet wipes collected from a
small area of the Thames embankment
near Hammersmith
to ask what we were doing. People are
far more upset and concerned about
the plastics problem than they ever
have been.”
Ms Downer cautioned against throwing wipes down the lavatory, saying
that people wrongly flush them away
without realising the environmental
damage this can cause. Wet wipes are
usually made of a fabric such as cotton
woven together with plastic resins
such as polyester or polypropylene,
which are not biodegradable
some ways, the religious concept of
“sin” was more apt because what we
are talking about is actually immoral
behaviour rather than a medical
illness.
The idea of “sex addiction” (called
“hypersexuality” in the DSM-5
Diagnostic system) derives partly from
feminist demands that men stop their
philandering.
Unfortunately, it is describing
male-typical, testosterone-driven
tendencies, albeit sometimes in
exaggerated manifestation.
When they become problematic it
may well be appropriate to offer some
kind of treatment.
However, the first principle of
psychiatric treatment is that it must be
determined to be in the interest of the
patient themselves, not others who
might want them restrained.
Dr Glenn Wilson is a Fellow of the
British Psychological Society and
former visiting professor of psychology
at Gresham College, London
Hacker faces jail for
stealing ID data to
sell on dark web
By Martin Evans
CRIME CORRESPONDENT
A COMPUTER hacker who stole customer data from more than 100 companies worldwide before selling the
information to criminals on the dark
web, is facing years in jail.
Grant West, 25, who operated under
the pseudonym Courvoisier, used
phishing software to target firms including Apple, Uber, Sainsbury’s and
Ladbrokes.
In one case he obtained the details of
165,000 Just Eat customers and then offered them for sale on the dark web.
Through the scam he managed to
amass more than £500,000 in Bitcoin,
which he used to fund a lavish lifestyle.
West, a self taught hacker, was eventually arrested by undercover detectives as he travelled in first class on a
train between Wales and London.
West, who will be sentenced on May
25, is facing years in jail after admitting
10 offences, including computer hacking, conspiracy to defraud and possession of cannabis.
West also regularly used stolen credit
card details to pay for items including
holidays, food and shopping.
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By Hannah Furness
ROYAL CORRESPONDENT
IT IS set to be one of the most eclectic
congregations in royal wedding history, the guest list extending from Her
Majesty the Queen to unfamiliar American television actors.
But anyone not quite up to speed on
their minor royalty, lifestyle bloggers
and stars of Suits need not worry, as
broadcasters are planning to use
“world-first” recognition technology
to identify Prince Harry and Meghan
Markle’s friends and family.
Sky News is to create a “Who’s Who”
function for its coverage, using bespoke software to name guests as they
walk into St George’s Chapel, with details about how they know the couple.
The “Royal Wedding: Who’s Who
Live” function, available on an app, will
offer on-screen captions and graphics
to explain the wide range of attendees.
Kensington Palace has not yet provided a full guest list for the wedding,
which is not a state occasion. As such,
politicians, heads of state and ambassadors are not expected to attend.
While senior members of the Royal
family will be immediately recognisable, and celebrity-watchers will be familiar with some of Ms Markle’s
friends, the identity of much of the
600-strong congregation is likely to
test even the most informed of viewers.
Among the invitees are Ms Markle’s
friends Priyanka Chopra, Jessica Mulroney, Misha Nonoo and Serena Wil-
liams, and Suits co-stars Sarah Rafferty,
Patrick J Adams and Gabriel Macht.
Other guests are reported to include
key figures from the Prince’s charities,
from rhino conservationists to Invictus
Games veterans, Ms Markle’s vet and
hairdresser, matchmaker Violet von
Westenholz, and celebrity couples such
as the Beckhams and the Clooneys.
A further 2,640 members of the public have been awarded tickets to watch
the outside of the chapel, catching
sight of Ms Markle arriving and the
newlyweds leaving in a carriage.
It is not yet known whether Prince
Louis, who will be less than a month
old, will attend. Prince George and
Princess Charlotte are expected to be
given a role in the bridal party, as pageboy and bridesmaid.
Their father, the Duke of Cambridge,
will perform best man duties, making a
speech and helping to organise the private after-party for 200 of the Prince
and Ms Markle’s closest friends at Frogmore House.
Yesterday, the Prince of Wales made
his first visit to see Prince Louis, flying
from Scotland to visit Kensington Palace to meet his third grandchild on
Princess Charlotte’s third birthday.
Sky News yesterday became the latest broadcaster to announce its plans
for the wedding, beginning its coverage at 6am anchored by Kay Burley.
ITV coverage will be presented by Julie
Etchingham and Phillip Schofield,
while the BBC has not yet announced
its plans.
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Technology puts
names to faces
among the royal
wedding guests
Harry and Meghan choose open-top carriage for procession
By Hannah Furness
PRINCE HARRY and Meghan Markle
have chosen an Ascot Landau carriage
to make a “short journey” to allow the
public to catch a glimpse of them after
their wedding.
The couple will travel in the same
carriage Prince Harry used in the procession at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, when he was
on best man duty.
His own procession, on May 19, will
use just the one open-topped carriage,
meaning the public will not see the
Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of
Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and
Duchess of Cambridge, or their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte
and Prince Louis.
Kensington Palace said: “Prince
Harry and Ms Markle are very much
looking forward to this short journey,
which they hope will be a memorable
moment for everyone who has gathered to enjoy the atmosphere.” The
The Ascot Landau,
above, was used at
Prince William’s
wedding, when
Prince Harry rode as
best man
procession will begin at 1pm after the
wedding service, with the newlyweds
driven along Castle Hill, into Windsor
town centre before returning along the
Long Walk in Windsor Great Park for
their reception.
If it rains, the wet weather option is
the Scottish State Coach. Built in 1830,
a new top was created in 1969 with
large windows, and a partial glass roof,
to allow spectators to see passengers.
Six horses, Windsor Greys, will be
included in the procession. All have
been involved in high-profile events
before. State cars from the Royal Mews
will be used to transport other members of the Royal family on the day.
Visitor to V&A’s ‘touching zone’ smashed 17th-century treasure
By Yohannes Lowe
THE Victoria and Albert Museum’s decision to introduce a “touching zone”
backfired after a businessman smashed
a 17th-century artefact.
Michael Fadi Said pulled an “irreplaceable” 17th-century banister from a
wall while visiting the museum – leav-
ing it in pieces on the floor. Before
damaging the artefact on March 3 this
year, he “posed” for the CCTV cameras,
Hendon magistrates’ court was told.
Said, of Kensington, west London,
was due to appear for trial after pleading not guilty to criminal damage, but
he did not turn up.
District Judge Helen Clarke found
him guilty in his absence and issued a
warrant for his arrest.
Angela O’Dwyer, prosecuting, said:
“The defendant signed in at the V&A
reading room with his name and address and thereafter, walking around
looking at and touching various objects, he causes criminal damage to a
17th-century banister. This item is
what’s known as a ‘touching object’ –
members of the public are permitted
and even encouraged to touch it. But
he goes much further and pulls it off
the wall and it breaks into pieces.”
She added: “It will require specialist
repair. It is a loss to the visitors, in particular blind and disabled people.”
CCTV was shown to the court of Said
wearing a grey top walking through
the museum and picking up various
objects. When interviewed by police,
Said claimed the man in the footage
was not him. He said that he used to
own an engineering company, but is
now living in an easyHotel while sorting out his current address.
The court heard Said had a previous
conviction for assault in October last
year and was given a suspended jail
sentence for making threats to kill in
Croatia. He faces a ban from the V&A as
well as its sister museums when he is
sentenced at a later date.
Said is due to appear at Hendon magistrates’ court to be sentenced once the
police track him down.
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Fears over mobile phone use as brain cancers rise
By Henry Bodkin
FRESH fears have been raised over the
role of mobile phones in brain cancer
after evidence revealed rates of a malignant type of tumour have doubled in
the past two decades.
Charities and scientists called on the
Government to heed long-standing
warnings about the dangers of radiation after a fresh analysis revealed a
more “alarming” trend in cancers than
previously thought. However, the
study, published in the Journal of Public Health and Environment, has stoked
controversy, with some experts saying
it could be caused by other factors.
The research team set out to investigate the rise of an aggressive and often
fatal type of brain tumour known as
glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).
They analysed 79,241 malignant
brain tumours over 21 years, finding
that cases of GBM in England have in-
creased from around 1,250 a year in
1995 to just under 3,000.
The scientists at the Physicians’
Health Initiative for Radiation and Environment (PHIRE) say the increase of
GBM has until now been masked by
the overall fall in incidence of other
types of brain tumour.
Last night the group said the increasing rate of tumours in the frontal temporal lobe “raises the suspicion that
mobile and cordless phone use may be
promoting gliomas”. Prof Denis Henshaw, scientific director of Children
with Cancer UK, which is allied to
PHIRE, said: “Our findings illustrate
the need to look more carefully at, and
to try to explain the mechanisms behind, these cancer trends, instead of
brushing the causal factors under the
carpet and focusing only on cures.”
In 2015 the European Commission
scientific committee on emerging and
newly identified health risks con-
cluded that, overall, studies on cell
phone radiation exposure do not show
an increased risk of brain tumours or
other head and neck cancers.
This was despite a study published
the previous year indicating long-term
use tripled the risk of brain cancer, although this contradicted other studies.
Cancer Research UK said it was “unlikely” that mobile phones increased
the risk of brain tumours, however “we
do not know enough to completely rule
out a risk”. Kevin McConway, emeritus
professor of applied statistics at The
Open University, said: “It’s important,
though, to understand that this new
paper did not examine any new data at
all about potential causes for the increase.”
The study lists causal factors aside
from mobile phone use, including radiation from X-rays, CT scans and the
fallout from atomic bomb tests in the
atmosphere.
Slow broadband
service is biggest
consumer gripe,
Ofcom survey finds
 The legal team for Alfie Evans’s
family could face an investigation over
whether they were qualified to
represent them in court.
The role of the Christian Legal
Centre, which advised the family
during their court fight, is under
review by the Solicitors’ Regulation
Authority (SRA).
The organisation was criticised by
judges, with Pavel Stroilov, an adviser
and law student, being described as a
“fanatical and deluded young man” by
Mr Justice Hayden during one hearing.
In a ruling, the judge said that Mr
Stroilov, who is not a qualified
solicitor, had encouraged Tom Evans,
Alfie’s father, to seek prosecution for
murder against doctors at Alder Hey.
The Daily Telegraph understands
that the SRA is considering
information regarding the status of the
company and the lawyers it employs,
and has not yet decided whether to
launch an investigation.
An SRA spokesman said: “We will
review the information and consider if
any next steps are appropriate.”
Last week the Christian Legal
Centre issued a statement calling the
criticism of the organisation “unfair
and detrimental”.
 Households are more dissatisfied
with broadband than any other utility,
the telecoms regulator has admitted
for the first time.
One in five of the UK’s 24 million
broadband customers are dissatisfied
with their service, Ofcom found, with
frustration over slow internet speeds
the most common gripe. It is thought
that people are growing more
impatient with their broadband
because speeds are failing to keep up
with the increasing hunger for data.
Ofcom said 15 per cent of broadband
customers had a reason to complain in
2017, up from 13 per cent in 2016. The
most common cause was a slow and
patchy connection. The survey of more
than 2,000 people showed that people
were most happy with their bank
current accounts, with 92 per cent
saying they were generally satisfied.
Margot James, the minister for
digital, said: “Broadband has become a
necessity, and we all know how
frustrating it is when it doesn’t work.
We’ve introduced a raft of measures
with Ofcom to help protect consumers,
including compensation, and making
it easier for customers to switch.”
ZOLTAN ATTILA KECSKES / SWNS.COM
Legal watchdog to
examine role of
Christian group
in Alfie Evans case
Big picture Zoltan Attila Kecskes, 39, found a new way of drawing out the beauty of nature when he bought a magnifying
glass at a flea market. He now takes photos with the instrument, such as this blossom at Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex.
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Answer to autism could be in hormones
Girl, eight, given rabies jab after bat bite
Betjeman’s ‘ecclesiastical toy fort’ saved
 A test and possible treatment for
autism could be on the horizon after
scientists discovered that people and
primates who are less social are
deficient in a particular hormone.
Around 695,000 people in Britain
are thought to be on the autism
spectrum. Doctors have struggled to
accurately diagnose the condition, but
now scientists at Stanford University
 An eight-year-old-girl needed rabies
injections after being bitten by a bat.
Honey Ball was in the kitchen of her
rural home in Billingsley, Shropshire,
when the bat flew in and bit her finger
as she tried to free it. Her brother Tom,
10, called their mother and the
creature was taken outside.
However, at hospital Honey was told
she was at risk of contracting rabies
 Locals in a Cornish village have won
a 30-year battle with developers to
save a church praised by Sir John
Betjeman as “an ecclesiastical toy fort”.
It was previously feared that because
the abandoned Holy Trinity Old
Church in St Day was partly wrecked it
would be sold to developers.
But, after a long fight, the St Day Old
Church Community Interest Company
– in research published in the journal
Science Translational Medicine
– believe that measuring levels of the
hormone arginine vasopressin (AVP)
could be the answer. In tests on rhesus
monkeys, they found that less social
animals had levels of the hormone
almost one third lower than their more
gregarious peers. A similar deficiency
was found in 14 autistic boys.
and required five injections with two
more scheduled with her GP.
Amanda Ball, her mother, said she
wanted to raise other parents’
awareness of the dangers posed by
bats. “You don’t think of them as being
dangerous,” she said “While I know
the risk was small, and it would be
very rare for rabies to be an issue, I
wish I had known before.”
(CIC) has finally been handed control
of the impressive ruins by the Church
of England. The group now plans to
turn it into a community space for
theatre, music, film, art and other
educational and social uses.
Bernadette Fallon, CIC chairman,
said: “When we started 30 years ago
we hardly dared to dream that we
would arrive at this day.”
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News
Profumo relative seized
as he returns to UK after
fighting for Kurds in Syria
By Josie Ensor in Beirut
and Patrick Sawer
THE great-nephew of John Profumo
has been arrested trying to get back
into the country after travelling to
Syria to fight against Islamic State of
Iraq and the Levant.
Jamie Janson was among dozens of
Westerners who volunteered to fight
with the Kurdish People’s Protection
Units (YPG) against Isil in the terror
group’s capital, Raqqa.
The 42-year-old, who is also a grandson of the Countess of Sutherland, subsequently found himself alongside the
YPG in their struggle against Turkish
troops in Afrin, a Kurdish enclave in
northern Syria, earlier this year.
Mr Janson was arrested by police in
Folkestone, Kent, on Tuesday, after arriving from France. He was held under
section 5 of the Terrorism Act by officers from Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command before being
released on bail pending further inquiries. Mr Janson told The Daily Tele-
graph that he and the other foreign
volunteers with the YPG were smuggled out of Afrin into government-held
areas in late March after the city fell to
Turkish and Syrian rebel forces.
From there he crossed to the Kurdish
region of northern Iraq, where he flew
to Brussels. He took a ferry to Dover,
hoping his name would not be flagged
by border officials.
“I was taken off the bus at Folkestone
and arrested. It was pretty scary,” he
said. “I was released under investigation after a night in the cell. Police
treated me well and it has been amazing to see my family again after so long.”
Mr Janson’s family said they were delighted he was alive and well, albeit facing criminal charges in his own country.
Christopher Janson, 33, his brother,
said: “I received a text saying he had
been bailed after being arrested on his
way back into the country and he is
now staying with friends. He’s pleased
to be back. He said he was fighting for a
good cause, which I agree with.” After
helping the Kurds expel Isil from much
Blame Isil for
civilian deaths
in Syria, not our
remarkable RAF
An airstrike
‘unintentionally’
killed a civilian in
Syria, the Defence
Secretary has
admitted. With
the MoD facing
questions following
BBC reports of
innocent casualties
in strikes against
Isil, Con Coughlin
examines the
lties of
difficulties
such an
n
te
intricate
ign
campaign
I
f anyone is to blame
for any civilian
casualties during the
battle for Mosul, it is
Islamic State of Iraq
and the Levant (Isil),
not the RAF as the BBC has
reported.
The military operation by
the US-led coalition to
defeat Isil was one of the
most sophisticated combat
missions ever conducted.
Isil deliberately sought
refuge in densely populated
areas in places such as
Mosul and Raqqa, in order
to protect themselves from
outside attack. This meant
that the coalition mainly had
to rely on precision missiles.
For the RAF, which flew
around 10 per cent of the
sorties carried out by the
coalition during the
three-year mission, this
meant using the highly
effective Brimstone
air-launched ground-attack
missile, as well as the
laser-guided Paveway IV
bomb. Both weapons had
previously been used to
great effect in the 2011
campaign to overthrow
Libyan dictator Muammar
Gaddafi.
I have sat in one of the
RAF’s control rooms while
such missions are being
carried out, and observed
for myself the extraordinary
care that is taken to avoid
civilian casualties by the
senior military officers
responsible for overseeing
such operations. If military
satellites or other
communications systems
detect the slightest
suggestion of civilian
activity on the ground, even
if it is in close proximity to
clearly identifiable enemy
activity, the mission is
aborted.
And there is always a
team of specially trained
lawyers on hand to make
sure the Government’s
carefully stipulated rules of
engagement are strictly
adhered to. For the final
decision to launch lethal
weapons in such conditions
is ultimately referred to
ministers, which, for the
majority of the anti-Isil
campaign, was Sir Michael
Fallon, the defence
secretary at the time.
Fanatical groups like Isil,
though, have no such regard
for the sanctity of life, and
think nothing of capturing
civilians and using them as
human shields. In densely
populated areas like the old
city of Mosul, it therefore
becomes increasingly
difficult to distinguish
between enemy combatants
and innocent civilians,
especially if they are being
held captive underground,
where not even the most
sophisticated military
satellite can detect their
whereabouts.
The other important issue
that the BBC appears to have
overlooked in its report is
that, if anyone has evidence
that the British military has
targeted civilians, the MoD
is duty bound to investigate.
To date, MoD officials insist
no such evidence has been
presented with regard to the
RAF’s recent engagement in
Mosul. They have, however,
subsequently said that a
civilian was unintentionally
killed in Syria.
It is typical of the BBC’s
coverage that, rather than
celebrating the role played
by the RAF in the
remarkable feat of defeating
Isil, it instead chooses to
focus on the claims of an
unknown whistleblower,
who has yet to produce a
‘Groups like Isil
think nothing of
capturing civilians
and using them as
human shields’
shred of evidence about
Britain being involved in
acts that would, under
international law, amount to
war crimes.
For, let us not forget that,
in the summer of 2014,
when Isil first overran large
tracts of northern Iraq and
Syria, the stated aim of
many Western governments
– including Britain – of
destroying its so-called
caliphate seemed
impossible. And yet, here
we are less than four years
later, with Isil defeated, and
places like Mosul and Raqqa
liberated from their vile
perversion.
Of course civilians were
killed during the operation
– they are, after all, always
the first casualties in any
war. But it is important to
take on board the bigger
picture, where a determined
enemy has been destroyed,
a significant achievement
that deserves better than to
be tarnished by the
unsubstantiated claims of
anonymous whistleblowers.
If the BBC’s source has
any proof that the RAF
killed or injured civilians in
Iraq, it should be given to
the appropriate authorities
to investigate. If not, we
should take at face value the
MoD’s insistence that it has
“no evidence” its air strikes
in Iraq caused civilian
casualties.
of northern and eastern Syria, Mr Janson and other Britons faced confronting soldiers from Turkey, a Nato ally, in
the YPG’s fight for independence.
To date no British citizen has been
convicted for fighting against Isil. Authorities say the law is unclear on what
would happen if one engaged in battle
with a United Nations member state.
Mr Janson had worked in refugee
camps in Calais and Greece before joining an aid agency near Mosul, northern
Iraq, where he decided to take up arms.
He told his family that he was fighting
in northern Syria and sent them a picture of himself wearing fatigues and
holding a Kalashnikov.
Speaking in January from the countryside north of Raqqa, Mr Janson said:
“I feel guilty about how much I have
put my family through.”
Mr Janson’s grandparents include
Mary Ainslie Profumo, sister of John
Profumo, the Conservative minister
whose liaison with Christine Keeler,
the call girl, became one of the political
scandals of the age.
Jamie Janson pictured standing and holding a Kalashnikov rifle with other volunteer fighters near the central city of Raqqa in Syria
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12
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World news
Doctor claims Trump dictated health letter
President’s personal medic
says he was told to write
that Republican candidate
was in ‘excellent’ condition
Fit for office? Case for and
against the letter’s claims
Pros
Golf: Mr Trump
is a regular
golfer,
frequently
making trips to
his Mar-a-Lago
course as well as
his other
courses across
the country.
Clean living: Mr
Trump is a
teetotaler and
does not smoke,
as opposed to
his predecessor
President
Obama, who was
known to have
the occasional
cigarette.
By Rozina Sabur in Washington
DONALD TRUMP dictated a letter
which stated he had “astonishingly excellent” health during the US presidential election campaign, his former
doctor has claimed.
Harold Bornstein, Mr Trump’s longtime personal doctor, said he made up
the glowing bill of health on the president’s orders. “He dictated that whole
letter. I didn’t write that letter,” Dr
Bornstein told CNN.
With his long flowing hair and large
glasses, the medic became a colourful
The letter said that
Mr Trump would be
the ‘healthiest
individual ever
elected to the
presidency’
character in Mr Trump’s 2016 campaign for the presidency.
The December 2015 letter issued under his name declared Mr Trump
would be “the healthiest individual
ever elected to the presidency”.
“Mr Trump has had a recent complete medical examination that showed
only positive results,” said the letter.
“Actually, his blood pressure, 110/65,
and laboratory results were astonishingly excellent. His physical strength
and stamina are extraordinary”.
It went on to state: “If elected, Mr
Trump, I can state unequivocally, will
be the healthiest individual ever
elected to the presidency”.
At the time Dr Bornstein was widely
ridiculed for the assessment, with sceptics pointing out it was eerily similar to
Mr Trump’s manner of speaking, but he
Harold Bornstein faced ridicule for his glowing assessment of Mr Trump – with critics pointing out that the letter sounded very similar to Mr Trump’s own way of speaking
insisted he had written it himself. But in
a series of media interviews on Tuesday,
Dr Bornstein claimed Mr Trump read
out the language as he and his wife were
driving across Central Park. “[Trump]
dictated the letter and I would tell him
what he couldn’t put in there,” he said.
Dr Bornstein, who was Mr Trump’s
personal doctor for more than 30 years,
also claimed the president’s bodyguard
took possession of his medical records
in an episode that felt like a “raid”.
He recalled that Keith Schiller, the
president’s bodyguard and former director of Oval Office operations,
showed up at the doctor’s office along
with two other men to collect the records. Dr Bornstein added that Mr
Schiller and another “large man” were
in his office for about 30 minutes and
“created a lot of chaos”.
The February 2017 incident left him
feeling “raped, frightened and sad”, he
told NBC News.
Sarah Sanders, the White House
press secretary, disputed the doctor’s
characterisation of the episode, saying
that was “not my understanding”.
“As is standard operating procedure
for a new president, the White House
Medical Unit took possession of the
president’s medical records,” she told
reporters at a White House briefing.
Dr Bornstein has been something of
a thorn in Mr Trump’s side with looselipped remarks to the media since he
entered office.
Last year he told the New York Times
that the president takes a small dose of
a prostate-related drug to stimulate
hair growth.
He also told the newspaper that he
prescribed Mr Trump drugs for rosacea and cholesterol.
The seizing of Mr Trump’s medical
records came two days after the story
was published.
Dr Bornstein told NBC that Mr
Trump’s personal secretary called him
after the story ran and said: “So you
wanted to be the White House doctor?
Forget it, you’re out.” Mr Trump opted
Cons
Exercise: At his
most recent
health check Mr
Trump was just
a few pounds
shy of being
classed as obese.
As the oldest
incoming
president in
history, Mr
Trump’s weight
and reported
aversion to
regular exercise
may leave him
with added
health risks.
Diet: Mr Trump
is known to
enjoy fast food
and has a diet
heavy in red
meat.
Television: The
president is
reported to
watch hours of
cable news
which if his
reactionary
tweets are
anything to go
by, gets his
blood pressure
raised.
Sleep: Mr
Trump’s prolific
tweeting betrays
another issue
– his lack of
sleep. He is
thought to get
just four or five
hours of sleep a
night.
instead to keep on Ronny Jackson,
President Barack Obama’s White House
doctor.
Dr Bornstein’s return to the headlines comes just days after Dr Jackson
withdrew his own nomination to be the
head of the Department of Veterans Affairs after allegations of workplace misconduct.
He faced a faced a string of claims of
heavy drinking and inappropriate behaviour while on duty. Dr Jackson has
denied the claims.
Mueller issues grand jury subpoena warning to president over Russia
By Nick Allen WASHINGTON EDITOR
ROBERT MUELLER, the special counsel investigating whether Donald
Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia, has raised the possibility he could
subpoena the president to testify before a grand jury.
Mr Mueller issued the threat during
a tense meeting with Mr Trump’s lawyers in March, saying he would carry it
out if the president did not agree to be
interviewed voluntarily.
Were Mr Trump to refuse a subpoena it could provoke a legal battle
going all the way to the US Supreme
Court, potentially leading to a constitutional crisis over the limits of presidential power.
Last night, Mr Trump appeared to
signal a confrontational approach
amid reports he would hire Emmet
Flood, a lawyer who represented Bill
Clinton during his impeachment proceedings.
Mr Flood will replace Ty Cobb,
whose retirement was announced by
the White House moments after he
suggested, in a television interview,
that a voluntary interview may take
place.In a statement the White House
said Mr Cobb had informed them of his
retirement plan last week.
Mr Trump has lambasted the idea of
him being subpoenaed as a “witch
hunt,” adding that he had the “unfettered power to fire anyone” under the
constitution. He wrote on Twitter:
“There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax)
and there is no Obstruction of Justice
(that is a setup & trap).” John Dowd,
who was Mr Trump’s lead lawyer at the
time of the meeting in March but has
since resigned, confirmed Mr Mueller
had given the subpoena warning.
Anti-government protests bring
Armenian capital to a standstill
By Matthew Bodner
THE Armenian capital of Yerevan was
brought to a standstill yesterday as tens
of thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets to block roads
and public buildings.
As protesters poured into the capital’s streets to back Nikol Pashinyan,
the opposition leader, acts of civil disobedience swept across the small postSoviet nation, nestled in the southern
Caucasus region.
The national strike was called by
Pashinyan on Tuesday night after the
ruling Republican Party faction in parliament scuttled his efforts to secure
the post of prime minister one week
after Serzh Sargsyan, the long-time
leader, resigned in the face of unprecedented public demonstrations.
Protesters began yesterday’s strike
at 8.15am by blocking major roads in
central Yerevan, as well as a road leading to the city’s airport. Airport workers went on strike, and were later
joined by railway and metro workers.
The demonstrators’ demands were
simple: the government should resign,
and Pashinyan should take over.
Sedrak Mkrtchyan, an Armenian
journalist, wrote on Twitter that he attempted to keep a running list of
strikes and road blockages but gave up
just hours into the day’s protests. His
‘ We will win because
we are united, the
whole Armenian people
are united’
list included roads blocked leading to
the ministries of foreign affairs, defence and justice. Students at several
universities also went on strike. Student Gayane Amiragyan, 19, said: “We
will win because we are united, the
whole Armenian people are united.”
One video posted on Twitter showed
protesters doing traditional Armenian
dances in Yerevan’s central Republic
Square, while another showed trucks
and cars loaded with protesters waving
the Armenian flag to a chaotic tune of
whistling, cheering and honking.
There have been near perpetual
demonstrations since Mr Sargsyan was
nominated as prime minister on April
13 in a switch from his role as president,
seen as a cynical power grab.
He resigned on April 23 under mounting public pressure, and Mr Pashinyan
became the only nominee from any
party to replace him. However, MPs refused to support the opposition leader,
leading to a rudderless government.
Later yesterday, Mr Pashinyan declared a one-day pause in protests to
give him time to discuss with the ruling
party if it is willing to back his bid to
become prime minister. The ruling
party said they would back “the people’s candidate”.
The parliament will reconvene to attempt to select a prime minister on
May 8. If the Republican faction obstructs his candidacy on the next
round, the body will be dissolved and
reformed via a general election.
Iowa ‘heartbeat bill’
will ban abortions
after six weeks
DIANA CABRE ROSE/CATERS NEWS
By Rozina Sabur in Washington
Goose stepping Diana Cabre Rose, 75, was in her back
garden when she spotted a heron fishing on a pond in
Umatilla, Florida whilst standing on top of a plastic goose.
IOWA is poised to ban abortions after
six weeks of pregnancy after the state
approved the most restrictive regulations in the country.
Republicans passed the bill banning
the procedure after the point that a foetal heartbeat is detected.
Kim Reynolds, Iowa’s governor,
must write the bill into law, though she
has not confirmed if she will sign.
If it comes into effect, the “heartbeat” bill will ban most terminations
after six weeks and first requires
women to have an ultrasound to screen
for a heartbeat.
Critics have argued it will make
abortion illegal before most women
even realise they are pregnant.
The bill follows an increasing move
towards restricting abortions ahead of
the November midterms as Republicans
are eager to advance pro-life causes in
case they lose their majorities.
Democrats have criticised the “political” barriers to receiving abortions.
Iowa’s Planned Parenthood and the
American Civil Liberties Union have
also spoken out against the bill, arguing that it is unconstitutional.
Following the meeting Mr Mueller’s
team agreed to provide the president’s
lawyers with specific information they
‘There was no Collusion
(it is a Hoax) and there is
no Obstruction of Justice
(that is a setup & trap)’
wanted to ask him about in an interview. That information was read over
the phone and one of Mr Trump’s lawyers compiled it into a list of 49 ques-
tions, which were leaked this week. Mr
Trump said Mr Mueller’s questions
were “an intrusion into the president’s
powers under the Constitution to fire
any Executive Branch Employee”.
If subpoenaed Mr Trump could exercise his Fifth Amendment right, refusing to answer questions to avoid
incriminating himself. However, John
Dean, the star witness in Watergate,
said: “(Legally) he could, but it would be
politically impossible, or very difficult.”
During Watergate the Supreme
Court ordered Richard Nixon to comply with a subpoena to hand over White
House tapes. Mr Nixon resigned two
weeks later. In 1998 Bill Clinton fought
a subpoena issued in a civil case
brought by Paula Jones, but the Supreme Court ruled he had to testify.
u Donald Trump has approved his first
release of a Guantánamo Bay prisoner.
Ahmed al Darbi, 43, a Saudi Arabian
citizen whose brother-in-law was one
of the 9/11 plane hijackers, was transferred back to his home country to
serve out the rest of his 13-year sentence. He admitted war crimes in 2014
relating to the 2002 bomb attack on an
oil tanker in the waters off Yemen.
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World news
Burma must protect
civilians caught up
in fighting, says UN
Christian Kachin and Shan States had
“recently intensified”, leading to reports of “serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian
law” committed by the security forces.
These reports included extrajudicial
killings, enforced disappearances,
destruction of property, torture, rape
and forced labour. Clashes between the
3,000
The number of civilians trapped earlier
this year in clashes between Burma’s
army and Kachin rebel forces
security forces and the Kachin Independence Army earlier this year
trapped about 3,000 civilians.
According to the UN, the latest round
of violence has now displaced a further
5,000 people. Nsang Gum San from the
Kachin Alliance, a US network of
Kachin communities and churches,
told The Daily Telegraph that more than
2,000 people remained trapped by the
violence, either used as “human
shields” in villages or churches, or in
the open jungle with no shelter.
AFP/GETTY IMAGES
By Nicola Smith ASIA CORRESPONDENT
THE United Nations has urged Burma
to protect civilians fleeing for their
lives under artillery fire and aerial
bombings as conflict escalates between
the army and ethnic Kachin rebels.
With the eyes of the world still focused on the plight of Rohingya Muslims, more than 160,000 of whom have
been forced from their homes since last
August, the regime has allegedly
stepped up atrocities and potential war
crimes against another ethnic minority
in the country’s northernmost state.
Yanghee Lee, the UN human rights
expert, this week expressed grave concerns over a sharp spike in hostilities in
Kachin State in April, reporting that
heavy weapons used against civilian
areas near the Chinese border had
killed at least 10 people and caused
thousands to abandon their homes.
“What we are seeing in Kachin State
over the past few weeks is wholly unacceptable, and must stop immediately,”
she said. “Innocent civilians are being
killed and injured, and hundreds of
families are now fleeing for their lives.”
The UN had warned in March that
long-standing conflicts over greater
autonomy in the largely Buddhist and
Springing to life Ice surrounding a wooden jetty cracks as spring hits the Finnish islands of the Kvarken Archipelago. The
Unesco World Heritage Site, off the coast of Vaasa, is frozen for months, only reopening to ferries as temperatures rise.
‘Architect of Malaysia’ returns to fight election at 92
Former leader claims
comeback is to challenge
his one-time protégé who
is ‘destroying the country’
By Nicola Smith in Putrajaya
AT 92, and after surviving two coronary bypass surgeries, most people
would relax and enjoy life.
But Mahathir Mohamad, a defiant
political strongman known as the
architect of modern Malaysia, has risen
from retirement to challenge Najib
Razak, his former protégé and the current prime minister, who he believes is
running south-east Asia’s fourth largest
economy into the ground.
A sprightly Dr Mahathir, who courted
several controversies of his own during
his 22-year tenure as prime minister
from 1981 to 2003, told The Daily Telegraph that he could not sit idle ahead of
next Wednesday’s poll with the country
he helped to modernise now immersed
in huge corruption scandals.
“I have been asked [to run] by a lot of
people since I stepped down because
they were dissatisfied with the government,” he said. “What [Najib] is doing
now is actually to destroy the country
because he believes that cash is king.”
Not only does the country face crippling debt, he claims, but the prime
minister himself has been tainted by a
multibillion dollar corruption scandal
that had engulfed 1MDB, a state investment fund that he set up.
The US justice department alleges
that billions went missing from 1MDB
and were laundered through bank
accounts in the US and other countries
to finance films and extravagant goods
including a luxury yacht and jewellery.
Justice department civil case filings
also allege that about $700 million
(£515 million) had flowed into the bank
account of “Malaysian Official 1”. It
didn’t name the official, but corroborating details say it was Mr Najib.
A spokesman for Mr Najib’s ruling
Barisan Nasional coalition countered
that there was no suggestion that the
investigation was examining the prime
minister, who was “not a target of the
US department of justice civil suits.”
He said $681 million (£500 million)
had been deposited in a party operations account held in Mr Najib’s name,
and the Saudi foreign minister had confirmed it was a donation to the country,
much of which had been returned.
But for Dr Mahathir, the controversy
has blackened Malaysia’s international
reputation. Although a win would
make him the world’s oldest head of
state, he believes it is his job to save the
country. In his office in Putrajaya, he insisted that his “biggest regret” in a political career spanning 70 years was to
back Mr Najib.
His unlikely political comeback has
galvanised a fractured four-party coaliMahathir Mohamad
was prime minister
for 22 years until
2003
tion that includes former political enemies who once accused him of
authoritarianism and regarded him as
their arch-rival.
“All the opposition parties are
agreed, and I agree that we should get
rid of this prime minister,” he said. “If I
had been such a bad person, would
they accept me?”
In another unexpected twist, he has
also rekindled ties with Anwar Ibrahim, his former deputy, who he dismissed two decades ago and who was
jailed for graft and sodomy in a case Mr
Anwar said was politically motivated
and the US described as a “show trial.”
Mr Anwar was imprisoned again in
2015 for a second sodomy conviction
that the opposition say was fabricated
to crush its progress. He is due to be
released in June.
In a political U-turn that would once
have seemed inconceivable, Dr Mahathir now plans to cede the top job to
him as soon as possible. “I regret that
he was jailed but that is not something
that I did. It was the court,” he said. “He
seems to be a very charismatic leader.”
Although united, Dr Mahathir’s opposition force faces an uphill struggle
to break the ruling coalition’s 60-year
grip on power.
“Since [Mr Najib] took office, Malaysia’s gross national income has increased
by more than 50 per cent, 2.7 million
jobs have been created, unemployment
and inflation have been kept low and
poverty reduced significantly,” said a
Barisan Nasional spokesman.
“The alternative choice is the opposition coalition, whose prime minister
candidate is self-confessed dictator
Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He is a man
obsessed by control, who thinks after
22 years in power that Malaysia can
only be run by him.”
It is a charge that Dr Mahathir simply
shrugs off.
“In the history of mankind, which
dictator has resigned? I resigned voluntarily, nobody pushed me,” he said.
“Would the opposition appoint me as
their leader if I was a dictator?”
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Basque terrorist
group disbands,
but says conflict
is not over
ETA, the Basque terrorist group, formally announced its dissolution yesterday, declaring the “end of its journey”.
In a letter released to Spanish media,
the group – which officially disarmed
last year – said it had abolished its infrastructure and that its fight for an independent Basque Country was now
“finished”. But, in a warning that will
anger many, it said the Basque conflict
with Spain was not over.
“This decision closes the historic
stage of 60 years of ETA. But it does not
overcome the conflict that Euskal Herria [The Basque Country] maintains
with Spain and with France. The conflict did not start with ETA and doesn’t
finish with the end of ETA’s journey,”
the group said in its letter.
In the Basque town of San Sebastian
yesterday, dozens of victims and activists released a manifesto accusing ETA
of attempting to win sympathy and advance the nationalist cause.
“For us this is a trick, it is a circus, it
is a whitewashing of its history”, said
Consuelo Ordoñoz, whose brother Gregorio, a local politician, was killed by
ETA in 1995. “Of course they are not going to renounce their project, of course
they are going to continue, and on top
of that now they are going to sell themselves as the good ones.”
The ETA letter is expected to be followed by a video to be broadcast today,
featuring ETA leaders speaking from
an institute in Geneva, and a ceremony
tomorrow in Bayona, across the border
in the French Basque region.
ETA was founded in 1959 amid
Basque anger at political repression
under Francisco Franco, the military
dictator. More than 850 people were
killed by the group before it officially
abandoned armed activity in 2011.
Yesterday’s letter also cast blame on
the Spanish authorities for “the lack of
will to resolve the conflict”, which ETA
said “has caused the lengthening of the
conflict and has multiplied the suffering of the different parties.”
Mariano Rajoy’s government insisted there would be no concessions to
the group – in particular on its key demand of the release of more than 200
ETA prisoners. Earlier this week,
Spain’s National Court announced it
was ready to try four ETA leaders for
crimes against humanity, one of whom,
Josu Ternera, is still on the run.
Paddy Woodworth, a senior lecturer
at the University of Dublin, who has
written several books on the Basque
question, said that the dissolution
“marks the very end of a 50-year strategy prioritising violence by radical
Basque nationalism”.
But in a stridently polarised environment, where both sides “stick to such
exclusive narratives of their own moral
rectitude”, he said, “there is little prospect of reconciliation”.
Additional reporting by
James Badcock
US Boy Scouts renamed
to be inclusive for girls
The Boy Scouts of America has
announced that its flagship
programme, known for 108 years
simply as the Boy Scouts, will change
its name to Scouts BSA.
The change will take effect next
February in preparation for the
programme to start recruiting girls.
Mike Surbaugh, the chief scout
executive, said: “We wanted
something that evokes the past but
also conveys the inclusive nature
looking ahead.”
The parent organisation will remain
the Boy Scouts of America.
Kangaroos get rough in
scramble for tourist food
Visitors in Australia have been warned
not to feed kangaroos after they began
attacking people for their snacks at a
tourist location near Sydney.
Thousands visit Morisset Hospital in
southern Lake Macquarie to get close
to the kangaroos that gather on the
grassy slopes. Signs warning tourists
not to feed the creatures have been
pinned to trees. But some tourists
trying to feed them carrots have been
left with flesh wounds and scratches as
the marsupials fight for the food.
MICK TSIKAS/AFP/GETTY
By Hannah Strange in San Sebastian
WORLD BULLETIN
France’s President Emmanuel Macron with Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy outside Sydney Opera House
Macron sparks mirth with ‘delicious’ compliment
By Henry Samuel in Paris
EMMANUEL MACRON raised eyebrows during his visit to Australia by
calling Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s wife Lucy “delicious”.
At the end of their joint news conference, the 40-year-old French president
turned to Mr Turnbull to say: “Thank
you and your delicious wife for your
India seeks help as Taj Mahal turns green
By Saptarshi Ray in Delhi
A WORRYING change in the colour of
the Taj Mahal has prompted India’s Supreme Court to order the government
to seek foreign help to fix the 17th-century mausoleum.
Justices of the Supreme Court instructed the national and Uttar Pradesh
state governments to bring in world
experts to help preserve the landmark,
saying pollution, insects and ageing
had taken their toll.
“Earlier it was turning yellow and
now it is becoming brown and green,”
Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak
Gupta said in a statement.
“It is very serious. It seems [we] are
helpless. It has to be saved. You can get
help from experts from outside to assess the damage done and restore it.”
Officials from the Archaeology Sur-
vey of India said they were doing their
best to combat the effects of pollution
on the monument, but said they were
powerless “unless the source of environmental pollution was dealt with”.
The court has been attempting to
limit potential harm to the mausoleum
since the Eighties. Agra, where the Taj
Mahal is located, is subject to anti-pollution laws, and in 2006 a no-fly zone
was introduced over the landmark.
warm welcome.” Mr Macron’s interesting choice of English prompted instant
mirth on social media, though the jury
appears to be out over whether it was
an odd, but deliberate play on words,
or a linguistic slip-up, or both.
Others suggested that Mr Macron,
who prides himself on speaking fluent
English, simply fell foul of a “false
friend”. The French word for delicious
– délicieux – can also translate as “delightful”, even if it is a rather antiquated, some would argue sexist, term.
Mr Macron is by no means the first
leader to experience translation problems. Arguably the most infamous supposed gaffe was John F Kennedy’s
infamous claim: “Ich bin ein Berliner”,
which could mean “I’m a Berliner” or
“I’m a doughnut”.
Knights of Malta elect
Grand Master after crisis
The interim leader of the Order of
Malta, the world’s oldest chivalric
order, was yesterday elected as Grand
Master for life, a year after Pope
Francis forced his predecessor to
resign over an internal power struggle.
Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di
Sanguinetto, a 74-year-old Italian
medieval art expert, was named
interim head in April 2017 and tasked
with reforming the Catholic lay order.
Fifty-seven members participated in
the vote, including two women, a first
in the order’s history.
Australians recreate the world’s oldest beer
By Jonathan Pearlman in Sydney
THE world’s oldest surviving beer – a
porter-style ale with “hints of blackcurrant” – has been recreated from
yeast found in a 220-year-old shipwreck off the Australian coast.
Scientists and brewers combined to
make the ale from yeast recovered from
the Sydney Cove, a vessel that sank in
1797 after a storm off the coast of Preser-
vation Island, a tiny island north-east of
Tasmania. The ship, travelling from
Calcutta to colonial Sydney, was carrying tea, rice, tobacco and more than
31,000 litres of alcohol.
Salvage divers discovered sealed
beer bottles resting on the sea floor in
the early Nineties and delivered them
to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art
Gallery in the Tasmanian city of
Launceston. Three years ago, David
Thurrowgood, a conservator at the
museum and a former chemist, wondered whether they could be used to
create a fresh brew and was able to extract the yeast, which had been well
preserved because of the icy waters.
Mr Thurrowgood worked with brewers from James Squire, an Australian
beer brand, to develop the new beer,
called The Wreck – Preservation Ale,
due to be launched later this month.
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Comment
China’s censors
are right to fear
the subversive
power of Peppa
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P
eppa Pig has been
scrubbed from the
record in China.
Thousands of clips of the
plump pink character –
adored by children the
world over – have been
expunged from Douyin,
one of Asia’s most used
video-sharing platforms,
and the deployment of her
name as a hashtag has been
banned. Peppa has been
condemned for subversion.
She is too popular, says the
state, with “unruly slackers”.
Peppa should be proud.
Children’s books and TV
shows have horrified
authority almost from the
start. The nature of the early
tales aimed at children is
perhaps best demonstrated
by the title of Puritan
minister James Janeway’s
then-bestselling volume
published in 1671: A Token
for Children – Being an Exact
Account of the Conversion,
Holy and Exemplary Lives,
and Joyful Deaths of Several
Young Children.
Not many laughs, but
religious tracts were all
that children were given.
Entertainment was the
subversive notion then.
But without a communist
dictatorship, it inevitably
crept in. Drama, fun and
adventure gradually took
more of a starring role until,
one day in 1865, an Oxford
mathematician writing
under the pseudonym Lewis
Carroll published a book
now considered to be the
beginning of modern
children’s literature: Alice’s
Adventure’s in Wonderland, a
story shocking in both form
and content.
For the first time, it spoke
to the child reader, instead
of with a dual address that
implicitly included an adult
sensibility. The central
character, Alice, was
confident, opinionated – and
a girl! (Reading the book
today, it is still striking how
modern she acts and sounds).
And there was no moral
message at all, no matter
how deeply you delved. It
was Nonsense, before that
could be a term of praise.
Sheer, marvellous nonsense.
But child readers love a
rebel. Alice has endured,
as has Jo – the tomboy in
Little Women who struggles
with her temper, makes a
living out of the deeply
unfeminine activity of
writing and never does
learn to do her hair neatly or
stop striding about quite so
energetically.
Sulky, imperious,
suspicious Mary in The
Secret Garden unbends but
never becomes what you’d
call a committed peoplepleaser, and such progress
as she does make is ascribed
to the magical power of
nature rather than God.
Mary’s creator, Frances
Hodgson Burnett, had at
that point turned away from
traditional doctrines as she
sought any possible comfort
in her grief after her adored
son Lionel died.
In more modern times,
subversive authors and
characters have continued
to make their mark. The
maverick Roald Dahl is still
widely adored for his
willingness to show, in
broad, snozzboggling brush
strokes, the fantastical
extremes of human nature.
Parents, meanwhile, look
on aghast and worry about
the pandering to their
offspring’s basest instincts.
The former children’s
laureate Jacqueline Wilson
has faced opposition to her
stories about fractured
families and foster children
by those who hanker after a
return to a literary
prelapsarian state.
They should take heart. It
is subversion that best snags
infant interest, and pulls
them out of the current of
fleeting pleasures and onto
the solid banks of reading. A
little insurrection beats the
iPad and brings them back
into the fold.
‘Bookworm: A Memoir of
Childhood Reading’ by Lucy
Mangan is published by
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Sajid Javid is a fixer. His first task is
the Home Office, then the Tories
The new Home Secretary
should go for broke – he is
auditioning for the job of
Prime Minister, after all
allister heath
P
olitics is about
vision, execution and
communication, yet it is rare
to find a practitioner of the
art who excels at all three.
Winston Churchill was one;
another was Margaret Thatcher, for
whom it came at the cost of just four
hours’ sleep a night. Most politicians
are good at talking and plotting,
but can’t manage for toffee – a great
weakness in turbulent times.
This admittedly didn’t hold back
Ronald Reagan, the most successful
president of the modern age, who
delegated superbly. But for Tony
Blair, who didn’t do detail in either
the domestic sphere (handed over to
Gordon Brown) or foreign policy, the
end result was catastrophic. David
Cameron focused on communication
and clever politicking, to the detriment
of both ideological vision and
execution. Theresa May is bogged
down in micro-detail.
This is where Sajid Javid, the new
Home Secretary, comes in. It is his
professional background, as much as
the fact that his parents were penniless
immigrants from Pakistan, that sets
him apart. Like Emmanuel Macron,
he is a former investment banker; but
whereas the French President worked
for four years at Rothschild between
political jobs, Javid’s two-decade career
was in the international debt markets.
I met many senior investment
bankers in my years as a financial
journalist: they are a breed apart. The
best ones are fixers and doers, not
just talkers. Javid will have worked
around the clock, hiring and firing,
building teams and delivering profits
in the harshest of environments. Such
skills, rare in Westminster, will come
in handy when it comes to turning
around a dysfunctional department
– and they would be just as useful in
relaunching Brexit if the current plan
continues to falter.
It therefore makes sense for Javid
to go for broke. He is not just trying
to transform the Home Office but
auditioning for prime minister, a role
that could become vacant sooner
rather than later. This is Javid’s
moment, the vindication of his
(financially costly) decision to quit the
City in 2009. He is, in many ways, a
dream come true for Thatcherites: an
optimistic, self-made true believer, a
British Asian who loves free markets
and his country, yet somebody who
could, thanks to his background, reach
out to the centrist wing of his party
and to a metropolitan electorate.
Javid must now prove himself: he
will need to make substantial changes
to the Home Office and to crime and
immigration policy, while upping
his profile. He must show not just
an ability to turn around a desperate
situation, but prove to a sceptical
party that he can master emotional
intelligence. He has made progress on
this front, displaying a more human
side when comforting a woman in
Finsbury Park after an attack on
Muslim worshippers last June. He still
needs to smile and relax more. His
professional, political and personal
to-do list over the next few months is
terrifyingly long and will test him to
the limit.
If the Home Office were a school, it
would be put into special measures.
No part of the British state is efficient,
but the Home Office is in an especially
disgraceful condition and has been for
at least 20 years. It is at once arrogant,
overbearing and mired in self-doubt,
like the worst of playground bullies.
Protecting people’s life, liberty and
property is the state’s core function,
yet violent crime and car burglaries
are on the rise and the police are
pursuing priorities that infuriate
Middle England. Javid must relaunch
zero-tolerance policing; he should
recruit a high-profile crime-busting
US police chief such as Bill Bratton to
help in his endeavours.
On migration, the Home Office
has no idea of who is entering or
leaving the UK, cannot expel foreign
criminals, and has disgraced itself by
making life miserable for far too many
legal immigrants and British citizens.
It is too soft when it should be tough,
and too tough when it should be soft.
Javid should pledge to use all the
powers at his disposal to move or sack
the least effective of its senior civil
servants, promote the better ones and
bring in a team of consultants from
the likes of McKinsey to urgently
restructure his new department. If
he allows existing personnel and
processes to remain in place, he will
have lost before he has even started.
But the crisis is also one of policy.
He needs to work out why the
Windrush scandal happened, and
where other similar acts of gross
injustice are taking place. At the
same time, Javid, who has already
dropped the “hostile environment”
terminology in favour of a more
sensible “compliant environment”
phrasing, must remind the public that
he remains committed to combating
illegal immigration. His task is to
discover a more effective and humane
way of doing so.
For years, the UK has had an
idiotic immigration policy premised
on targets that are, by definition,
impossible to meet. Nobody can
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control net migration – the difference
between the people who arrive and
those who leave. This number is
affected by British citizens returning
from an expat posting in Dubai just as
much as by the arrival of somebody
from Poland. The target makes no
distinction between highly educated
and lowly qualified migrants, and
includes students. It is fundamentally
dishonest. Javid will not be able to
achieve anything unless he ditches
it, a move that will necessitate a
showdown with Mrs May.
But such a reform cannot happen
in a void. The public wants greater
control over immigration; it wants
to reduce overall numbers; and
it wants to favour higher-skilled
migrants. Javid’s job is to show that
it is possible to do all of this, which
means that he needs to choose, rush
out and begin to sell a plan to radically
reform immigration post-Brexit. The
opportunity could hardly be greater:
to many people, his vision will be the
first tangible sign of how the country
will change post-referendum. If he
gets it right, Javid could reignite
Brexiteer enthusiasm and bring
millions of centrists onside, too.
The biggest mistake so far in
his career was to back Remain,
betraying his Eurosceptic beliefs: in
true investment banking style, he
decided that the best way to accelerate
his career was to make himself
indispensable to George Osborne.
His new role gives the perfect
opportunity to show Tory members
that he is, in fact, one of them, while
remaining palatable to Remainers by
campaigning for a liberal, free-market,
pro-globalisation Brexit.
Can Javid pull all of this off, and
emerge as the Tories’ saviour? He
will have plenty of rivals, and the
odds remain stacked against him. But
there is no doubt that his promotion
has suddenly made Tory politics
exciting again.
Today’s millennials are the New Victorians
Far from being feckless,
dreamy snowflakes, the
young are serious, driven,
and highly industrious
ed cumming
ng
A
t some point, every word used to
describe a generation wears thin.
It happened with “millennial”
a while ago. Like all such constructs,
the millennial does not really exist, if
it ever did, except as a kind of handy
shorthand for “them”. The trouble is: if
your instinct is to dismiss a whole age
cohort as a homogeneous group, with
large data allowances, severe haircuts
and a predilection for Jeremy Corbyn,
it becomes all too easy to miss what is
really going on.
Far from being feckless dreamers,
young people today are practically
Victorian. They are interested in rapid
social progress, and the preservation
and growth of personal wealth. They
have old-fashioned values: millennials
believe in marriage and in loyalty
to their employers (that’s one of the
reasons why they struggle to get pay
rises). They are abstemious. Countless
studies have shown that they don’t
drink or take drugs or have sex as
much as previous generations. The
latest viral internet icon, a rapper
called Jimothy Lacoste, raps not about
bling but about wanting a housewife,
and asking why people have to “do so
many drugs”.
An opinions and lifestyle survey
from the Office for National Statistics,
released this week, found that those
aged 16 to 24 were most likely to
be teetotal. Millennials seem to be
moving away from an alcohol-centred
lifestyle, say the experts, while people
who learnt to drink in the 1980s,
1990s and 2000s are carrying their
heavier drinking behaviours into
middle age.
This presents a nagging question for
older generations: what if they aren’t,
in fact, the conservative ones? What
if their alcohol-centred lifestyles,
without protein shakes or beach body
readiness, turn out to have been worse
than the new way being pioneered by
this stricter younger generation?
Young people work away with
Scrooge-like industriousness. The
sickie is on the wane, perhaps in part
because everyone is less hung-over.
According to the Chartered Institute
of Personnel Management, 86 per cent
of firms reported people coming into
work even if they are ill over the past
year, up from 26 per cent in 2010.
The new icons are not rock stars,
footballers or actors but Mark
Zuckerberg and Zoella; self-made
titans who have wreaked havoc on
ageing business models. Is it possible,
too, that these businesses are more
exciting than those that defined
previous generations? The Victorian
era was not dissimilarly defined by
massive creative destruction and
innovation. We may be fully signed-up
members of the consumer society, but
modern consumerism was born in the
19th century.
There is a downside to this fresh
spirit of Victorianism, of course. There
is a new prudishness about, defined
by no-platforming, safe spaces and the
dreaded “snowflakes”. Are we headed
back to an age of calling for smelling
salts, covering up table legs lest they
offend anyone, and banishing from
society anyone who talks the wrong
way about sex? Censoriousness was
the great Victorian flaw (well, that
and invading everyone). For all the
progress made, they were morally
overconfident. The New Victorians
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may be industrious but, like their
historical predecessors, they can be
prissy, too.
The snowflake spirit is not as
widespread as is made out to be,
however. It is most prevalent on
university campuses – particularly
the most elite institutions – and most
young people do not go to university.
Even at university, most students are
not involved in campaigns to destroy
free speech and hound out people
with whom they disagree: they are too
busy working to justify the thousands
of pounds of fees they are paying for
their education.
And you need only look at the
enormous success of Jordan Peterson,
the Canadian psychologist and
intellectual – whose advice for young
men includes the rather quaint “stand
up straight” – to see that the young
are hardly a wishy-washy liberal
monoculture. On the contrary, in fact.
On Twitter you might still be shouted
down for unpopular opinions, but
millennials are turning their back on
the platform, because they have more
important matters to focus on.
Millennials cannot afford not to
focus: houses are now many times
more expensive than they were for our
parents. What will the New Victorians
do for Britain? Rather a lot.
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Letters to the Editor
Tories face yet another
bureaucratic bungle
T
he disclosure that hundreds of
thousands of women who should
have been screened for breast cancer
were overlooked for nine years is
more than just another abject
example of IT inadequacies in
Whitehall. The consequences may have been
disastrous for some of those affected. Jeremy Hunt
told MPs that between 135 and 270 women may
have had their lives cut short because their cancer
was not picked up early enough to be treated.
The Health Secretary blamed a faulty algorithm
and “administrative incompetence” for the failure
to include women aged between 68 and 71 in the
screening programme. All women affected are now
being contacted to be offered mammograms,
though many will not be of an age where they
would normally qualify for automatic screening.
It is important that, in seeking to rectify one
mistake, the worries women will inevitably feel are
not compounded by false diagnoses or
unnecessary surgery. None the less, the
Government owes it to those who may have
concerns to allay them as far as possible.
For the Government, coming hot on the heels of
the Windrush scandal, this is yet another example
of bureaucratic bungling that has the capacity to
ruin lives or, in this case, even hasten their end. Mr
Hunt alluded to the fact that this error seems to
have begun in 2009 when Labour was in office,
without making too much of the point. The
destruction of Windrush generation landing
documents also apparently happened on Labour’s
watch, yet that did not save Amber Rudd from
having to step down as home secretary.
She did so because she had inadvertently misled
Parliament. By the same token, Mr Hunt must be
sure that everything that needs to be known about
this fiasco has been put in the public domain. The
most obvious unanswered question is how this was
able to carry on unnoticed for so long. Did anyone
bring it to the attention of officials and ministers;
and, if so, why was nothing done about it until now?
Screening is to be encouraged. The pressures on
the NHS will be alleviated massively if the diseases
that cost so much to treat when advanced can be
spotted early. There are always difficulties with
false positive and negative results, but there is no
question that many lives have been saved by these
programmes. It is crucial, therefore, that people
should have confidence in the way they are
administered.
Speaker in a corner
T
he Speaker of the House of Commons is an
ancient and august role in our constitution.
The incumbent is known as the First
Commoner of the Land and acts as an impartial
arbiter in the chamber, defending the rights
of backbenchers against the executive.
John Bercow has occupied this position since
2009, taking over from Michael Martin (who died
this week) when, in the midst of the parliamentary
expenses scandal, he became the only Speaker in
300 years to have resigned the office. Mr Bercow is
in serious danger of becoming the second Speaker
in succession to leave under a cloud. He is accused
of using more than £80,000 of taxpayers’ money
to secure the silence of a former member of his
staff, Angus Sinclair, who says he was shouted and
sworn at when he was his private secretary.
Mr Bercow denies the allegations, yet these
are by no means the first to be levelled against
him by those who have worked in his office. It
is unconscionable and cowardly for someone in
power and authority to use his position to bully
and intimidate. No one in any employment should
have to put up with such treatment and, if these
allegations are true, why should the Speaker’s
office be any different? Mr Bercow, always quick
to parade his progressive credentials on most
subjects, should understand this.
Natural justice entitles him to a fair hearing, but
he might consider that, after nine years in the chair,
he has served long enough and longer than many.
Indeed, he once vowed to step aside after nine
years, but changed his mind, intending to continue
to the end of this parliament. He would do himself
and the institution he serves a favour by sticking to
his original plan. That gives him another 50 days.
Most useless utility
T
he utility with which most people are
dissatisfied is broadband, Ofcom has
declared. Well, there’s a surprise. Imagine if
the electricity supply were available in the same
way as broadband. Not only could you complete
the Telegraph crossword while your breakfast egg
boiled on the electric hob, but you’d have time to
polish off the obituaries as well. When winter snow
came you’d have the security of knowing that you’d
have the house as warm as toast – in a fortnight or
so. You could consume all the classics you wanted
for your bedtime reading – as long as they were on
a glowing reader and didn’t require artificial light.
Indeed, access to broadband is so bad you’d think it
was run by a National Broadband Service, with
waiting lists of months, as with the NHS. Only, for
many, the wait for broadband is permanent.
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Scant naval defences
SIR – I read about the Prime Minister’s
plans for a customs partnership with
the EU (report, May 2), and shuddered
at the thought of actually trying to
operate it without causing the most
massive compliance headaches.
We want British business to be able
to operate efficiently and productively,
with the minimum of regulation. We
want to encourage entrepreneurs to
take risks and start businesses, employ
people and generate wealth for the
country. In public, the Prime Minister
and other politicians will all agree to
the two sentences above, but their
actions suggest otherwise.
At present, virtually every business
in Britain is having to deal with the new
data protection rules. The aim of these
is sound, but the actual regulation is so
all-encompassing and badly thoughtout that it draws all sorts of businesses
and business functions into its web. It is
a classic bit of regulation designed by
bureaucrats who have little real
knowledge of how data are used and
how they are managed.
In the same way, the customs
SIR – Your readers will surely share
my concern at reports (May 2) that Sir
Mark Sedwill, the national security
adviser, has said that Britain’s new
aircraft carriers will not be sent into
harm’s way unless they are escorted by
allied aircraft and warships.
This implied change in policy
effectively undermines Britain’s ability
to undertake a national operation in
its own interests at a time and place
of strategic choice, and limits the
sovereign use of the military instrument
of power. In these circumstances,
Britain will be unable either to defend
or (heaven forbid) retake any one of
our overseas territories in the face of
aggression or coercion.
In addition, Sir Mark’s comments
will dent the credibility of the Royal
Navy’s taskforce concept, on which
the future procurement of Type 26 and
Type 31 frigates is based. They imply
that the Royal Navy is no longer capable
of dealing with high-end threats.
Rear Admiral Dr Chris Parry
Churchill College, Cambridge
partnership is being proposed almost
entirely by people who have no real
idea of how international trade works
and certainly don’t have a clue about
the already substantial cost of clearing
goods imported into the UK.
After Brexit we want to encourage
companies to trade internationally, not
make it so complicated that it puts
them off even considering it.
Alastair MacMillan
White House Products Ltd
Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire
SIR – I am at a loss to understand why
the question of the Northern Ireland
border has become such an existential
issue for the Government (Leading
Article, May 2).
Surely if the EU is concerned that an
open border will allow us to flood their
countries with non-compliant
imports, then it’s up to the EU to
propose solutions, not us.
Peter Melson
Droxford, Hampshire
SIR – In 2004, when my wife and I
retired, we moved from Surrey to
Donegal in Ireland. Irish and UK
number plates are very different and
we could not escape re-registering our
car in Ireland. Simultaneously, we had
to pay an import tax. There was no
need for a hard border in order to
collect this tariff.
It would seem that where there is a
will, a way can be found.
Paul Hunt
Cloghan, Co Donegal, Ireland
SIR – The stench of betrayal grows ever
stronger as politicians from both
Houses devote their energies to
undermining Brexit (report, May 2).
If we MPs do not deliver what the
majority of the British people
instructed us to do, we will never be
trusted again. It will make the expenses
scandal look like a walk in the park.
After more than 40 years, our great
nation can once again take control of
her destiny. We abuse this opportunity
at our peril.
Richard Drax MP (Con)
London SW1
Secrecy in voting
Save the bungalow
SIR – MPs and peers have suggested
that more bungalows are needed to
cater for Britain’s ageing population
(report, April 30).
It will be pointless building
bungalows if planning departments
continue to allow purchasers to
upgrade them into two-storey
residences. A bungalow’s single-storey
status should be protected in law.
Virtually all the suitable bungalows
in our area have been converted into
two-storey mansions. Local people
who want to downsize but stay near
their families now have no suitable
accommodation to buy.
Wendy Strathdee
Burnham, Buckinghamshire
SIR – Not content with telling
older people to downsize, Lord
Best, the chairman of the All-Party
Parliamentary Group on Housing and
Care for Older People, now wants
them to live in bungalows built on
“unused scraps of land”.
Unused scraps of land are usually
that way for a reason.
Margie Haynes
Colchester, Essex
Sick but working
SIR – It is wrong to conclude from
the survey of employers by the
Chartered Institute of Personnel and
Development that the “sickie” has
been replaced by a strong work ethic
(report, April 2).
In fact, employees are often forced
to work with minor ailments because
most companies now deduct pay if an
employee has more than two periods
of sickness in 12 months.
This is despite the valid point made
by Rachel Suff, author of the study,
that working when unwell can result
in underperformance and can also
lead to other workers falling ill, thus
risking their own sickness record.
Robert Cox
Gillingham, Kent
Nuts and bolts
SIR – Mik Shaw (Letters, May 1)
writes that the words clockwise and
anticlockwise have no meaning for an
increasing number of students, thanks
to the rise of the digital timepiece.
When I was a student rowing
at university, we always used the
reminders “lefty loosy” and “righty
tighty” when remembering which way
to do up and unscrew nuts and bolts
on our boats. Perhaps this might be
an entertaining substitute.
Lucy Archer-Burton
London SW1
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An EU customs partnership would be a massive headache for businesses
Actresses Olivia Vinall and Jessie Buckley in the BBC production of The Woman in White
Classic adaptations don’t need to be relevant
sir – Commenting on the BBC’s
adaptation of The Woman in White
(Culture, May 1), Michael Hogan says
that “the drawbacks of
modernisation are outweighed by the
contemporary resonance it provides”.
Those who make a religion of
trying to ensure that every piece of
classic drama is meaningful in
today’s world would do well to
consider the writer Gregory Motton,
who translated August Strindberg’s
play Easter some 10 years ago.
Motton said: “We can set the play
somewhere else, dress the play up in
different clothes, adjust the meaning
of the text until it says something we
want it to say, alter it until it
coincides with what we happen to
think at that particular time. It’s
called ‘making it relevant today’...
“In this translation from the
Swedish, I have kept as close as I can
to the meaning of the style of the
original language.”
That’s the way to do it.
Edward Thomas
Eastbourne, East Sussex
Who decides that someone has a ‘right a die’?
SIR – You report (May 1) that counsel
for Noel Conway, who is challenging
the ban on physician-assisted suicide,
told the Court of Appeal that the
question is not the general one of the
ethics of physician-assisted suicide but
one of whether, for those with less
than six months to live, the ban is
justified to protect the vulnerable.
The answer to the latter, narrower
question is “yes”: no jurisdiction with
permissive laws even approaches
effective legal control. In any event,
the current law in Britain affirms the
value of everyone’s life, not just that of
the vulnerable. A Lords Select
Committee noted that the ban
“protects each one us impartially,
embodying the belief that all are equal”.
If that fundamental ethical and legal
principle is to be replaced by another,
what is it to be? What justification
could there be for limiting a “right to
die” to those with six months to live?
Or those with physical illnesses? Or
those who are competent? I think the
judges will want to know.
Professor John Keown
The Kennedy Institute of Ethics
Georgetown University
Washington DC, United States
SIR – Prue Leith’s support for Noel
Conway’s case for assisted dying
(report, May 2) is based on the fact that
her brother was not allowed the
morphine he required to ease the
horrific pain he was experiencing.
However, giving someone medicine
to make the pain bearable is
completely different from supporting
them in a bid to end their lives. The
latter course tacitly or even overtly
tells that person that we do not value
their life. It is a line we should not cross.
Victoria Buckingham
Hallaton, Leicestershire
SIR – Prue Leith’s description of her
brother’s suffering makes me despair
of the medical profession. In my time
in medicine I have more than once
given morphine, in doses adequate to
comfort the patient, when they had
little time left to live.
Even to consider the issue of
addiction in such cases is ludicrous
and to withhold morphine for such
spurious reasons indicates a need for a
better understanding of medicine, as
well as of basic pharmacology.
Dr K Nesbitt
Ramsey, Isle of Man
SIR – I have just completed my postal
vote. The sheet of instructions told me
to check that the reference number on
my voting slip and the number on my
mail return slip coincided. I then had
to sign and fill in my date of birth on
the return slip before posting it.
Since there is now a ready crossreference between the two, what has
happened to the secrecy of my vote?
Joe Gibson
Redhill, Surrey
Disqualified directors
SIR – As the current chairman of the
Insolvency Service Board, I would like
to assure Nicholas Ward (Letters,
May 1) that, over the decade or more
since he stepped down as a board
member, the focus of our work to
identify and disqualify unfit company
directors has radically changed.
Our investigators follow the
evidence and take action where it is
in the public interest to do so. More
than 1,200 directors of small and large
companies were disqualified last year.
That the agency is targeting serious
cases can most clearly be seen in the
average period of disqualification:
5.7 years. This is a real deterrent
against abusing the protections
afforded by limited liability trading
which is essential to maintaining
economic confidence and protecting
the interests of creditors.
Stephen Allinson
Chairman, Insolvency Service Board
London SW1
Supermarket prices
SIR – The Competition and Markets
Authority allowed the Tesco-Booker
merger to go through on the basis that
the two companies served differing
markets.
Asda and Sainsbury’s (Letters, May
2) do not. Promises of lower prices and
other benefits to consumers might be
valid in the short term, but it will be
at the expense of suppliers initially
and in time the customer will have no
choice but to accept higher prices.
The authority is duty-bound to look
at the proposal, but it will be a travesty
if it allows such a patently awful deal
for the consumer.
Simon Taylor
Poringland, Norfolk
SIR – After asking the fishmonger at
my local Asda where their fish were
from, I was informed that they came
from their Leeds warehouse.
Preferring fish from seas and
oceans, I shop for them at Sainsbury’s.
James Carson
Wiveliscombe, Somerset
Conservatives will be at odds long after we leave
Splits over free markets
and social concern made
Brexit possible – but will
continue to divide Tories
NICK TIMOTHY
THY
B
ritain’s relationship with
Europe has tormented the
Conservative Party for decades.
Parliamentarians, advisers and
activists have long deliberated about
how the party can overcome its
divisions caused by EU membership.
The blunt truth, however, is that it
will never get over them, because the
divisions represent a contradiction
within conservative philosophy that is
here to stay.
The origin of the contradiction lies
in conservatism’s attitude towards
the freedom of the individual.
“Conservatism is about freedom,” the
philosopher Roger Scruton argues,
“but it is also about the institutions and
attitudes that shape the responsible
citizen, and ensure freedom benefits
us all. Conservatism is therefore also
about the limits to freedom.”
Those limits, conservatives believe,
come in the form of personal restraint,
social norms and customs, and the law.
They should be policed not only by
the state, but by individuals, society
and strong institutions. These limits
to freedom are vital, because they are
what give confidence to citizens that
their trust, charity and good behaviour
towards others will be reciprocated.
Consider the “gig economy”. Some
liberal conservatives see the rise of
companies such as Uber and Deliveroo
as unambiguously good news. Other
conservatives worry about their
effect on the labour market, because
gig economy workers are often paid
less and have fewer protections than
people with traditional jobs.
The contradiction manifests itself
in issues ranging from personal
taxation to public health, but it
exists most obviously in the tension
between support for free markets
and the conservative desire for
continuity: the respect for community
and culture, and the importance of
institutions and identity. History
tells us that this is where the
contradiction is most dangerous to
the Conservative Party.
It was what lay behind the great split
over Robert Peel’s decision in 1846 to
defy the protectionist Tory majority
and repeal the Corn Laws. And it was
behind the party’s second great split,
in 1906, when it went to the country
divided over whether to stick with free
trade or protect imperial trade with
tariffs. The first split kept the Tories
out of power for 27 years. After 1906,
the party did not govern alone for
another 16.
Since Britain joined the Common
Market in 1973, the tension between
free markets and social conservatism
has driven the party’s divisions over
Europe. Advocates of EU membership
have made mainly economic
arguments, while Brexit supporters
have tended to emphasise sovereignty
or, in the language of the Leave
campaign, “taking back control”.
The divide is not a neat one,
however, and it has changed over time.
In Harold Wilson’s 1975 referendum,
for example, the Conservative
mainstream was largely united in
support of the “In” campaign. But
as Europe changed, Tory attitudes
towards it changed, too. Economic
liberals largely supported Britain’s
membership through the Eighties
and Nineties, but some – including
Margaret Thatcher and later Nigel
Lawson – joined the growing band
of MPs who were concerned about
our loss of sovereignty, the damage
done to British institutions and, later,
uncontrolled European immigration.
But it was not only these issues that
led Conservatives to the Eurosceptic
movement. Over time, the coalition of
Tories who supported Brexit grew as
libertarians argued that, as the world
economy changes, Britain must look
beyond Europe and “go global”.
Brexit was therefore made possible
by two different splits. The first: a
division between economic liberals,
who were often advocates of EU
membership, and social conservatives,
who wanted to leave the EU. The
second: a division among economic
liberals, between those who wanted to
prioritise trade with Europe, and those
who want Britain to become a bigger
global trading player.
The fundamental divide within
conservatism – between free markets
and social concern – will not, however,
fade with Brexit. In fact, it already
defines the arguments about what
Brexit must mean. Conservative
remainers, who are mainly economic
liberals, support a so-called soft Brexit.
Many Brexiteers favour a cleaner
break, but they are now dividing.
Some want to keep our economic
model broadly similar, but see the
chance to reduce immigration and
fix problems such as skills shortages.
Others see Brexit as a moment to
deregulate radically and adopt a more
liberal approach to immigration.
Only two weeks ago, for example, The
Spectator complained that ministers are
pursuing “the wrong Brexit”. But their
favoured form of Brexit would never
have won the referendum.
Whatever the nature of Brexit,
conservatism’s philosophical divide
– between freedom and the limits of
freedom, between free markets and
social conservatism – will persist, and
regenerate. When we have left the
EU, and we negotiate our own trade
agreements, grapple with immigration
as the world population becomes even
more mobile, and prepare for future
waves of globalisation, one thing is
inevitable: the Tories will disagree
about what to do.
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Gap Mum
My baby is trying to
come early Page 20
Ups and downs:
Sheridan Smith
performing on her
tour, left, which has
included ‘a lot of
tears’, but she is all
smiles, right, as she
leaves the Ivy club,
right, with Jamie
Horn last month
T
he West End star
Sheridan Smith
– whose life over
the last couple of
years has proved
“troubled”, to use
the conventional
tabloid parlance
– has been
teasing fans with talk of a new love
interest.
Performing at the Albert Hall last
week, she informed her 5,000-strong
audience: “My boyfriend loves this
song. Whoops, did I let that slip?” She
is said to have gone on: “Yes, I’ve got a
boyfriend. Don’t act so b----surprised,” and continued to refer to
this mystery man throughout the
evening.
At the Edinburgh Playhouse two
days later, the 36-year-old reflected on
her romantic misadventures,
remarking: “Why do I keep going back
for more? Maybe ’cause I’m addicted
to love,” before revealing that she had
a boyfriend, but “it won’t last”. She
also, reportedly, flashed her
underwear and gave out her hotel
room number to a male fan.
Now comes the news that Smith is
apparently engaged to a 28-year-old
former insurance broker, whom she
met on the online dating site Tinder
less than three months ago. The
actress is said to be “head over heels”
in love with fiancé Jamie Horn, and the
proud owner of a £10,000 ring. The
couple are reported to have already
moved in together, planning to marry
next year. Fans may recall that it was
only last June that the actress parted
from her “dream man”, model Graham
Nation, whom she fell for after just a
few weeks, and the loss of whom left
her devastated.
Life imitates art; never more so than
for showgirl Sheridan, currently
touring the country with an act
purporting to be a musical rendition of
herself, expressed through a series of
epically histrionic cover songs.
Smith may be dressed as a pastiche
Marilyn Monroe, however, the effect is
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Mother courage
Who will care for my
son when I’m gone?
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Can YouTubers help
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There’s something
about Sheridan
Emotional outpourings onstage and now a whirlwind engagement
nt
– Hannah Betts hopes Smith’s story won’t end in tears this time
pure Judy Garland: the reopening
and probing of wounds, interspersed
with mawkishly relevant musical
numbers.
Ever the epitome of the sad clown,
Smith refers racily to “my Fanny”
(Brice, the role she played in Funny
Girl) and dons rubber breasts for
Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5.
Between ritualised emotional
outpourings, she has also announced
that she is not pregnant, “just fat,”
joked that she was knocking back
vodka rather than water, and seemed
extremely emotional. According to
one Albert Hall audience member:
“There were a lot of tears. Some
songs she barely finished.”
Our heroine also alludes to the
much-publicised breakdown that she
experienced two years ago with the
words: “I’ve been crazy for a couple
of years. You might have read about
it,” before launching into a
boisterous recital of Gnarls Barkley’s
Crazy.
The show concludes with a
one-woman emotional Armageddon
featuring the Dreamgirls torch song
And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going
‘Why do I keep
going back for
more? Maybe I’m
addicted to love’
which she sobs through, and a segue
from I Will Survive into Happy.
Someone is making a lot of money
from producing all this pain, and it
may not be our heroine.
And, now, the engagement.
Obviously, the hope is that this will
be an extremely joyous and longlasting union, as Smith has herself
expressed a desire for. However, the
hurtling speed, self-publicity and
volatility with which it is already
associated do not bode entirely well.
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T H R E E T E E N S A N D A B A BY
D I A RY O F A G A P M U M
LIZ FRASER
MARC BRENNER; BBC
This week:
At just 27
weeks, it
feels like
my bun is
trying to
get out of
the oven
uncooked
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19
still more public, then regard the
self-consciousness in the game she
plays with audiences and journalists
alike. Her show is unashamedly
about its star: her struggles, her
triumphs – in a two-fingered salute
to the watching world that no less
seeks to monetise this interest.
In discussing her lacerating
depression and anxiety during her
father’s illness and subsequent death
in 2016, she commented: “My life
was falling apart and I didn’t tell
anyone.”
Only she did – through behaviour
such as appearing drunk on stage
and abusing audience members on
Twitter, abreacting her misery
Struggles: Sheridan Smith in
Funny Girl, the role she was
forced to take a break from
after suffering ‘stress and
exhaustion’ and, below, one of
her earlier roles in Two Pints of
Lager and a Packet of Crisps
through so many cries for help, as she
now performs it nightly.
Interviews have revealed her to be
crippled by nerves; anxiety an
ever-present issue.
As she told The Daily Telegraph in
2014: “When I moved to London at 16,
I was a real go-getter, but it [the
insecurity] has come [with success]…
I started having these panic attacks
on stage.”
Smith also seems to feel unease
about being a hoofer rather than a
book-learning type, rising through
television and musicals rather than
attending theatre school, or university.
Despite her awards, she manifests an
acute case of impostor syndrome,
declaring: “I always feel like a bit of a
fraud, but so far I’ve not been found
out.”
On performing with Dame Maggie
Smith, she observed: “I can’t help
thinking, ‘I don’t deserve to be here’…
I spend most of the time feeling like
I’m totally blagging it.”
Other actors tell of Smith as being
like Longfellow’s girl with the curl:
“When she was good, she was very,
very good, but when she was bad, she
was horrid.” Going on stage can be
terrifying enough, without the fear
that one’s fellow performers will
provide theatre of their own by going
off the rails. The fondness she inspires
tends to evaporate under such
circumstances.
Many troubled performers speak of
“Dr Theatre” – the stage’s ability to
distract them from physical and
‘I’ve been crazy for
a couple of years.
You might have
read about it…’
mental torment. However, the
attention it brings can also inspire a
dependency that only adds to such
torment. One can’t help feeling that
Smith needs help rather than the
audience she feels she thrives off –
addicted to love, addicted to attention,
addicted to her own high-octane
narrative.
The last thing anyone undergoing
emotional crises of Smith’s enormity
needs is to throw herself into an
intense relationship. At her Albert Hall
performance, she followed Barkley’s
song with the remark: “Do you know
what really makes me crazy? Men.
They play head games.” Well, so do
women, and the two parties can
contentedly coexist driving each other
screwball.
Where are the actress’s friends in all
this, the “urban family” she is said to
telephone in distraught 3am moments?
Who is looking out for Sheridan?
Clearly not the management team so
invested in the rolling car crash.
Not yet two years on from a
breakdown, drama all about her, her
behaviour still seemingly unstable,
this is a time for friends not spectators
– and certainly not self-interested
money men.
‘The weight
on my pelvis
was so huge
… it felt as if
my insides
were being
pushed out’
T
he day I
turned
27 weeks
pregnant, my
whole body
felt different.
Only a woman who has
been in labour before
knows what it feels like,
and, even 15 years after my
last birth, I could tell it
was happening again.
Instead of being overdue
like my last three babies,
this one was jumping the
gun by a whopping three
months.
The contractions I’d
been having since week 16
– yes, this baby is keen
– were suddenly much
stronger. The dull, aching
“labour-like” pain had
spread right across my
lower back, and I felt as if I
had really bad flu. The
weight and pressure
pushing down on my
pelvis was so huge that I
could hardly walk and it
felt as if my insides were
being squeezed out. I was
breathless, having trouble
speaking, and couldn’t
move away from the pain.
In short, this little bun
was giving all the signs
that it was trying to get out
of the oven. Uncooked.
With Mike away at a
funeral in Scotland and my
parents abroad, I called
the maternity hospital.
They told me to come in
immediately. There
followed all the usual
prodding and poking, but
this pre-term scare was
completely new to me, and
I had no idea what was
happening, or what to
expect.
My Holiest of Holies was
found to be as closed as a
bank on a Sunday
afternoon, which was very
good news, but then came
the bad: a positive
hormone test, which gave
me a 50 per cent chance of
going into pre-term labour
within the next 48 hours.
Alone, with no hospital
bag packed, no food or
money, in pain, and with
my baby having a 75 per
cent chance of survival if
she came out, I might have
shed a tear or two.
To help my baby’s lungs
develop a little faster, I was
told I should have steroid
injections, just in case she
were to arrive early.
“It’s one of the nastiest
injections we give. It can
really sting – for quite a
long time,” said the nurse.
To cheer me up before
One Of The Nastiest
Injections, I was offered a
gourmet meal of what
looked like congealed
haemorrhoid and pig’s
vomit. To be fair, it was
free, I was very grateful,
and it was some of the best
pig’s vomit I’ve ever eaten.
After much discussion,
they decided I was free to
go, but if anything
changed I had to come
back. Immediately. This
baby would need intensive
life support within
minutes. I made it through
the night, and returned for
a second dose of steroids
the next day.
This little charade went
on for the next week. More
pain, more appointments,
more investigations, more
No Clue At All What Is
Causing This Or What Is
Going To Happen.
The hospital staff were
fantastic. And so were
many of you. After sharing
my pre-term labour news
on social media, I was
flooded with messages of
support from parents with
the most incredible stories
of survival, some of
unbearable sadness, but
all of hope. Some babies
were born as early as 23
weeks and went on to be
happy, healthy children,
despite a vulnerable start.
At last, after a week of
me doing almost nothing,
not being able to walk
much, sleep or breathe
without pain, things
gradually settled down.
With every passing day
she was getting a little
stronger, and a little
bigger, and a little more
likely to make it.
I knew nothing about
premature labour before
this, but I know one thing;
the next time I raise
money for a charity, it’s
going to be for a neonatal
unit. Having come so close
to needing one (and we
still might), I realised how
incredibly important they
are – and how many
families’ lives they help.
Next time: I’m into the home
straight
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Who will care for my son, when I can’t?
Moira Harris, 82,
tells Peter Stanford
of her fears for her
adult son, as she
fights to save his
mental health unit
from closure
Worried mother:
Moira Harris at
home in Cheshire,
left, and as a
promising young
actress, above.
Moira’s son David
when he was 17,
below
ANDREW FOX
‘I
worry about David all the
time.”
Moira Harris, 82,
speaks softly as she
looks out through the
window of the picturepostcard countryside cottage outside
Macclesfield that she shares with
second husband Andy, an 85-yearold retired GP.
“He is my son and he is going
to be 54 next birthday, but I am
still worrying. Who will know
what drugs he needs to take if I’m
not here? He doesn’t know. Who
will check daily that he is all right
and taking his meds? Who will be
monitoring his mental state? I’ve
seen others in his situation who have
no family member to care for them.
They fall by the wayside.”
David, Harris’s middle child by
her first husband, was diagnosed
with schizophrenia 30 years ago.
Like many parents in a mental health
system that everyone involved
accepts is chronically underresourced (it currently accounts for
just 11 per cent of NHS spending), this
dignified, determined mother has
learnt to be a fighter over the years in
getting him the care he needs – but is
mindful she won’t be around to fight
for him forever.
“I have a diary,” she says, “that
I’ve kept through the years. I went
through it yesterday to remind
myself. I wished I hadn’t.”
A promising actress in her
youth – she trained at Lamda,
worked with Sam Wanamaker and
got her big break when director
Tony Richardson chose her from
300 aspiring starlets for a part in
1961’s A Taste of Honey – Harris gave
up her career after her divorce to
raise her children alone. David was,
she recalls, top of his class and good
at sport until he was 13, but then
flunked his O-levels, and developed a
severe eating disorder.
As he entered his 20s, one crisis
followed another and his behaviour
grew more erratic. In 1985, he was
spotted walking down the central
reservation of the M56 motorway.
“He wanted to get to Manchester
Airport because he thought there was
a computer there causing the voices
in his head. I was called to the police
station, where he was quite literally
throwing himself against the walls.”
Since he was formally diagnosed at
25 in 1989, there have been periods of
calm and good health, where he has
lived in supported housing. But there
have also been repeated crises when
he requires inpatient care.
“Sometimes I think about what he
might have been,” Harris reflects. Her
other two children have busy careers
and families of their own. “He’s never
had a job. I’ve mourned him for years,
that he wouldn’t reach his potential.”
Her latest battle on David’s behalf
is over the fate of the Millbrook Unit,
a specialist inpatient mental health
facility for adults and older people on
the campus of Macclesfield District
General Hospital.
“David absolutely depends on it.
His illness means he needs things to
be familiar. And Millbrook is familiar.
Now they want to take that security
away from him.”
It is the last such facility in the
whole densely populated east half of
Cheshire, but under threat of closure
as part of a variety of options out for
public consultation on a “redesign”
of services provided by the local
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS
Foundation Trust (CWP). National
statistics show that, over the past three
years, the number of inpatient mental
health beds in England has dropped
by around five per cent to 18,282. In
the same period CWP’s provision has
fallen at almost double that rate, from
290 to 269. And its bed occupancy – at
92.6 per cent on the latest figures – is
well above the 85 per cent average that
it considered good practice.
Which makes Harris all the more
puzzled at the suggestion being made
that any loss of beds at Millbrook
could be absorbed by two other CWP
facilities on the far west side of the
county. On current figures, they
appear to have very little slack.
Her biggest worry, though, is that
the likely outcome of the consultation
The YouTube edu-influencers
your child should be following
News that video stars are
being paid to sell cheating
undermines the inspiring
vlogs, says Cara McGoogan
W
hen Andrew Bruff
quit his day job three
years ago to become a
full-time influencer on
YouTube, he didn’t know just how
far his videos would take him.
Unlike most stars on the video
sharing site, the 36-year-old’s
channel, Mr Bruff, doesn’t contain
make-up tips or pranks, but advice on
how to pass GCSE and A-level exams
in English language and literature.
And it’s turned the English
teacher from Devon into a minor
celebrity – to date, Bruff ’s videos
have been watched 24.5 million
times and his channel is approaching
153,000 subscribers.
“One of the things I’m most wellknown for is using rap music,” he
says. “When there’s information
students need to memorise for an
exam, such as key quotations or
timings, I set that to rap.” Recent
examples include quotations from
Macbeth set to Big Shaq’s Man’s Not
Hot and a guide to the AQA GCSE
paper set to a Stormzy rap.
Bruff is one of a growing number of
so-called edu-influencers who create
YouTube videos designed to help
school age students with revision and
exams, by offering practical advice,
curriculum recaps and moral support.
Many may have been unaware
of the trend until news emerged on
Tuesday that an academic cheating
site based in Ukraine has been
using some 250 of these channels to
promote its essay writing service. But
most edu-influencers create study
videos out of a passion to help young
people, rather than to earn money.
Five years ago, Bruff started filming
parts of his lessons so that pupils
could recap them later. He was soon
posting new videos every day.
“In 10 years in the classroom I
taught roughly 1,000 students, but in
one day online I get 50,000 views,”
he says, and his printed revision
guides have become a staple on
Amazon’s education bestseller list.
“The idea that learning ends at 3pm
on a weekday is a thing of the past,”
he says. “The beauty of YouTube is
that children can watch videos when
and where they want. Just because
In good company: Jade Bowler posts videos of her studying on her YouTube channel
they have double English at 9am on a
Monday morning, it doesn’t mean that’s
when they’re in the right mindset to
study Victorian poetry.”
Students are also becoming eduinfluencers. “Teacher videos like mine
show you how to pass an exam,” says
Bruff. “Students’ videos are useful for
how to manage time, plan revision
schedule and prevent burnout. They
offer empathy. Both are essential.”
Ibrahim Mohammed, 22, offers a
fly-on-the-wall view of Cambridge
University through his YouTube
account Ibz Mo. The second-year
psychology student from Hackney
never dreamed he would make it to
‘There’s a good side to
YouTube… inspiring
children to believe
they are capable’
Oxbridge; now he has, he wants to
make sure others do, too.
“The biggest determiner in my
education success was me,” he says. “I
want to help inspire other children to
know they can achieve great grades.”
Mohammed’s channel has 65,000
subscribers and nearly 4.5 million
views, and the university’s admissions
and communications teams turn to
him for help, while students regularly
stop him to tell him how they’ve
inspired them. “There’s a good side to
YouTube which is solely dedicated to
inspiring children to believe they are
academically capable,” he says. “The
videos might be a bit tongue-in-cheek,
but they’re there to make children
think, when school fails and society
fails.”
One surprisingly popular genre is
“study with me” videos, where students
film themselves revising. Jade Bowler,
whose channel, Unjaded Jade has had
11.5 million views in a year, explains the
idea is to keep students company.
“I posted one yesterday that is two
hours long and designed to be put
on in the background,” says Bowler.
“Your phone is the biggest source of
distraction so having a ‘study with me’
on can stop you from looking at it and
give you a bit of extra motivation.”
A straight A* student from Berkshire
who is about to sit her A-levels in
maths, chemistry and biology, Bowler
wakes up at 5am to fit in YouTube
and school work. It earns her a bit of
money – around £70 a month – but
her real aim was “to create an online
community of people who enjoy doing
well in school and to make it less
stressful for them”, she says.
“It’s been so positive. I get at least 30
messages a day saying how I’ve helped.”
Her parents are still a little nonplussed,
but Bruff has some practical advice for
those who are worried.
“The best thing parents can do is ask
their children what they’re watching,
what they’ve learnt and how it helps
with their studies,” he says. “If they
can articulate this, it’s probably a good
sign that the content is helpful.”
If they can’t? It’s never too late to
take their phone away.
‘I think of what
might have been…
I’ve mourned him
for years’
process will mean a gruelling 80-mile,
three-hour round trip for her to visit
David when he needs inpatient care,
instead of the current short drive from
her cottage into central Macclesfield.
Peter Hayes, a former chairman
of the East Cheshire NHS Trust, has
heavily criticised the plans, pointing
out that “moving people 40 miles
away from their home town smacks a
bit of the old-style asylum” – leaving
patients out of sight, out of mind.
The proposed reorganisation
comes against the backdrop of the
Government’s Five-Year Forward
View for Mental Health, announced
with great fanfare in February 2016
and promising an additional £1 billion
in funding by 2020. “The Five-Year
Plan includes putting a stop once and
for all, to sending people sometimes
hundreds of miles away from their
families and friends when they are at
their most unwell because there are no
hospital beds near them,” points out
Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind.
Jacki Wilkes, associate director
of commissioning at NHS Eastern
Cheshire Clinical Group, stresses that
the proposals are “not a cost-cutting
exercise. It is about spending the
same amount of money, but in a way
that gives people better community
mental health services, robust early
intervention delivered close to home,
as well as a crisis care centre and
crisis beds when they need them.”
The plans have been drawn up as
a result of widespread consultation
with user groups, she says – though
Harris only learnt of them through a
newspaper report. How does she feel
about the prospect of requiring an
82-year-old mother to drive for hours
to see her schizophrenic son?
“We are acutely conscious of this
and, if it does arise, then we are
already looking at driving schemes
or use of technology that will make it
easier for families to keep in touch.”
Local opinion has mobilised
against any closure of Millbrook. An
online petition (doyoumind.co.uk)
has attracted 3,200 signatures and
the local Conservative MP, David
Rutley, has set out his opposition.
Part of the rising tide of concern
comes from a fundamental lack
of trust engendered by recent
experiences of care in the community.
In 2014, Harris remembers, David
messed up taking his medicines
while living in his sheltered flat and
ended up on a downward spiral.
Her attempts to summon help from
community services went unheeded
because it was the weekend. He
ended up in A&E, and then on the
Millbrook Unit for several months.
Then last December, David
abruptly stopped taking his
medication altogether. “He told me
the drugs were a straitjacket and
he wanted to feel life again,” Harris
says. Again it was a Friday afternoon.
Her frantic attempts – and those
of his mental health social worker
– to contact the community care
coordinator failed.
Harris found David on the
Saturday “shaking his head and
telling me he was getting rid of the
plasma”, and spent the weekend
ringing the six emergency numbers
she had been given, to no avail –
by the Monday, her son had to be
immediately sectioned, and he is
still in an intensive care bed now.
But Harris is reluctant to criticise
individual workers. “They are simply
overburdened. What I do know,
though, is that it is Millbrook that
David can depend on in a crisis, and
there just isn’t enough care available
in the community to replace it.”
And if Millbrook does close? “For
as long as I am able, I will always be
vigilant.” She touches the side of her
head. “David is always here.”
22
Thursday 3 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
***
Arts
A crime
drama
like no
other
A blade-sharp take on
the star-crossed lovers
Theatre
Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare Theatre,
Stratford-upon-Avon
★★★★★
By Dominic Cavendish
R
ALISTAIR HEAP
omeo and Juliet comes around so
often that it’s rare for actors to
have a claim to lasting memory
in the roles of Shakespeare’s “starcrossed lovers”. But in 1960, John
Stride – who died a few weeks ago
aged 81 – was Romeo to Judi Dench’s
Juliet in a Franco Zeffirelli production
at the Old Vic that was hailed as a
landmark. How so? The critic Kenneth
Tynan explained: “Nobody on stage
seems to be aware that he is appearing
in an immortal tragedy… Instead the
actors behave like ordinary human
beings, trapped in a quandary whose
outcome they cannot foretell.”
That, in essence, decades later, is
the prime virtue of Erica Whyman’s
revival at the RSC: no one on stage
appears to know what’s coming.
Things start relatively light and
inconsequential, then slide.
Everything almost turns out fine,
except not.
This must be the most fleet-footed
account of Romeo and Juliett since West
Welsh TV series
‘Keeping Faith’ has
broken records on
BBC iPlayer. Tristram
Fane Saunders
explains the secret
of its unlikely success
I
ts plot unfurls at a leisurely pace,
its protagonist is a perfectly
well-adjusted mother-of-three
and it is set in a small town in
Wales. But, despite breaking all
the so-called rules of modern
TV thrillers, Keeping Faith, a low-key
drama about a lawyer whose husband
goes missing on his way to work, is
turning out to be one of the year’s
most unlikely sensations.
Initially broadcast in Welsh on
S4C last November, and then again in
English on BBC Wales in February,
the unflashy, slow-boil series has
become a huge hit on the BBC iPlayer,
where it has so far been streamed a
record-breaking eight million times.
It has been heralded as a homegrown answer to Nordic noir, but the
real reason Keeping Faith has struck
a chord with viewers is that it’s so
quintessentially Welsh. The show’s
aesthetic has less in common with
Scandinavian miserabilism than with
cheap-as-chips soap Pobol y Cwm, with
its bright colour palette and bustling
sense of local community. Evan
Howells, the husband of Faith, goes
missing on a Wednesday morning, by
the evening everyone knows, and half
the town have invited themselves into
Faith’s living-room.
From The Bridge’s Saga Norén to The
Killing’s Sarah Lund, the Nordic noir
protagonist is an emotional vacuum,
unable to connect with other people.
But Faith (played brilliantly by Eve
Myles) is not like this at all. “Women in
the midst of motherhood aren’t seen as
sexy or interesting enough to play lead
roles,” says the show’s director, Pip
Broughton: “Faith has bust that myth.”
Myles was herself heavily pregnant,
and considering quitting acting
entirely to retrain as a midwife, when
Broughton offered her the role. The
show’s close focus on Faith’s family
dynamic has perhaps allowed it to fill a
gap ignored by other TV mysteries.
What makes the show distinctive
is its refusal to ratchet up the tension.
When Evan fails to turn up to the law
firm they run together, Faith reacts
exactly as you would – with annoyance,
not panic. “Should I be worried?” she
asks her best mate, only half-serious,
over a glass of wine. Compared to the
melodrama of rival thrillers such as
Doctor Foster, it’s a very slow build-up,
but Myles’s grounded performance
gives the show an it-could-happento-you frisson, aided by her natural
chemistry with her real-life husband
Bradley Freegard, who plays Evan.
The brightly lit sets and decidedly
unthreatening soundtrack (from indie
star Amy Wadge, who has co-written
several of Ed Sheeran’s hits) keep
reassuring us that we’re still in safe,
familiar territory. As a result, when
Faith finds a wig and fake ID in her
husband’s wardrobe, and begins
to uncover the (fictional) town of
Abercorran’s dark underbelly, it’s as
if an episode of The Archers has been
hijacked by the writers of Twin Peaks.
One interesting quirk is that Welshspeaking viewers are watching a
different programme. Every scene was
recorded twice, in both Welsh and
English (Myles learnt Welsh especially
for the role). The Welsh version has
‘Women in the midst of
motherhood aren’t seen as
sexy enough to play lead
roles. Faith bust that myth’
become the first S4C show to really
pierce the national consciousness
since, erm, Eighties cartoon SuperTed.
Meanwhile, the English-language
version was the most-watched show
on BBC Wales for 20 years, although
that audience was dwarfed by its much
larger audience in the rest of the UK.
Annoyingly, it comes off BBC
iPlayer on Friday and the BBC haven’t
confirmed any plans to make it
available again. But a second series
has been commissioned. S4C’s chief
executive Huw Jones attributed its
popularity to “Welsh exiles”, but
it could also be a sign of a growing
Slow build: Eve Myles as Faith
Howells in Keeping Faith, which
has had record streams on iPlayer
appetite for Welsh fare. BBC One’s
gothic chiller Requiem, steeped in rural
Welsh folklore, was widely proclaimed
the scariest show of the year, while a
production of Under Milk Wood (also
starring Myles) that aired on S4C in
2014 was later released in cinemas
across the UK, and became a contenderr
for the Best Foreign Film Oscar.
Crime drama Hinterland, another
S4C/BBC Wales production, was
scooped up by Netflix and became an
international hit in 2014. It aped the
tropes of Scandi-noir, complete with
glum and isolated detective, and in
a brilliant example of selling coals to
Newcastle, the rights to air the show
in Denmark were bought by DR, the
broadcaster behind The Killing.
e
But Hinterland didn’t make quite the
same splash as Keeping Faith, perhaps
because it saw nothing silly about
setting a gritty drama in Aberystwyth,
even though the comic novelist
Malcolm Pryce has spent his career
mocking that very idea in his popular
Aberystwyth Mon Amour series.
Keeping Faith plays up to that very
oddness. As Faith’s daughter complains,,
“People don’t just disappear.” They
certainly don’t disappear in a sunny
daytime TV town like Abercorran. So
when someone does, we’re hooked.
Keeping Faith is available on BBC iPlayer
until 10pm Friday
Young love:
Bally Gill and
Karen Fishwick
as Romeo and
Juliet
Side Story. Whyman has boldly
incorporated into the company a
handful of pupils from schools across
the country; their freshness rubs off
on to the rest of the cast. The scenesetting prologue, everyone in
contemporary clobber, is a playground
free-for-all, a gabble of voices. You
might wonder where the mobile
phones are if these are the teens of
today, but the grim point made is that
the must-have accessory is a knife.
How you act, how you strut – that’s the
difference between making it down
the street and getting shanked.
Is there something too external and
look-at-me about Bally Gill’s Romeo?
“Under love’s heavy burden do I sink,”
he tells Charlotte Josephine’s everthrusting, cockney Mercutio, miming
This must be the most
fleet-footed account of
‘Romeo and Juliet’ since
‘West Side Story’
the collapse. Yet his very selfconsciousness, which has its own
sweet charm, perversely makes his a
real, raw Romeo.
His entourage are the sort of
immature, show-off juveniles you
might see loitering in a provincial
town on a Saturday night; no
discernible future. And what’s in store
besides thankless obedience for Karen
Fishwick’s Scottish-accented Juliet –
under the psychotic thumb of Michael
Hodgson’s Capulet – unless, with the
reckless assistance of Ishia Bennison’s
kindly Nurse, she secretly marries the
love of her life? Or is he? She’s
overwrought, ardent, exclamatory;
at that age when everything
matters and there’s no
perspective. Again, blade-sharp.
Not everything works. Tom
Piper’s clutter-free set is more Ikea
warehouse than fair Verona –
reliant on a rotating cuboid
structure so insistently dour it
turns the balcony scene into
something that Philomena Cunk
might raise a wry eyebrow at.
There’s also overmuch use of
what looks like an aeroplaneboarding stairway. And I’d kill
those bits where the bloodied
dead lurk in the shadows.
Excellent in parts, then, and
arriving after a misfiring Macbeth,
as welcome as a May morning.
Until Sept 21. Tickets: 01789 403493;
rsc.o
rsc.org.uk
The Daily Telegraph Thursday 3 May 2018
***
23
Arts
‘If you’re black,
you have to be
twice as good’
Southern girls:
Adrienne Warren on
stage, left, and back
stage with Tina
Turner, above.
Warren has had to
dig deep to play the
scenes portraying
Turner and her
abusive husband
Ike, below in 1964
T
he first time Adrienne
Warren laid eyes on Tina
Turner she was standing
in front of the grande
dame herself, playing the
iconic singer in an early
“workshop” version of a musical about
the star’s life.
“It’s the role of a lifetime. I grew up
with Tina’s picture on my wall, saying I
wanted to be the next Tina Turner and
there she was, in front of me,” laughs
US-born Warren, 30. “I didn’t want
to meet her before the performance
because I was frightened I’d lose my
focus, and I didn’t even dare look at
her until we got near the end.
“Then I thought, ‘One day I want
to be able to tell my future kids and
grandkids that this happened’, so I
looked and there she was, just singing
along. At the end, I just collapsed in
her arms and started crying.”
Warren’s emotional response was
matched by Turner’s delight. At the
first night of Tina: The Tina Turner
Musical at the Aldwych Theatre, in
London, she told the audience: “I’ve
found a replacement… I can really go
and retire now.”
The critics agreed. Tina is
Warren’s first big lead role, but
her performance, which has been
described variously as “stupendous”,
“unstoppable” and “astonishing”,
suggests the arrival of a major
new talent.
“[Warren] doesn’t just ‘play’ Turner,
but somehow ‘becomes’ her,” said
the Telegraph’s Dominic Cavendish,
awarding the show five stars. The
musical has enjoyed a rapturous
reception from audiences and, on the
night I watched it, I was blown away
by Warren’s ability to capture perfectly
both Turner’s powerful vocals and
unique dance moves, including the
Amazonian “power stance” and her
continual running up and down
stage, without in any way producing
a karaoke performance.
It is also an achievement from a
purely physical point of view. Warren
is required to perform 23 numbers,
eight times a week, during a twoand-a-quarter hours show in which
she barely exits the stage. “At the end
[ just before performing a riotous
Turner medley] I really have hardly
anything left,” she says. “But as soon
as the lights hit the audience, I see
everyone’s faces and energy and I
think, ‘That’s why we’re here, girl. Dig
deep, here we go’.”
Warren has had to dig deep in
another way, too. Turner’s life story
is gruelling – she endured a tough
childhood in Nutbush, Tennessee, and
an abusive marriage to the violent and
bullying guitarist and band leader Ike
Turner. Portraying these periods of
Turner’s life has taken an emotional
toll.
“Those scenes [with Ike] gave me a
few difficult moments in rehearsals,”
says the charming and ebullient
Warren. “The more I got to know the
real Anna Mae Bullock [Turner’s real
name], the more difficult it became
to hear about the abuse she went
through. She was no longer just the
icon that is Tina Turner, she was like
my mentor, someone I was growing
to love.
“Reading her autobiography, I
would weep at these awful things, like
how Ike would throw a pot of boiling
coffee over her face and then throw
her on stage or often punch her in the
eye for no reason,” Warren continues.
“I would think, ‘How could someone
have gone through that and come
out on the other side a warrior and a
champion and an angel?’ ”
Now 78, and living in Switzerland,
tially resistant to
Turner was initially
usical about her
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possible with the process,” Warren
says.
Turner attended many rehearsals
with her second husband, the German
record executive Erwin Bach. During
breaks, Warren bombarded her idol
with requests for “her secret”. One of
these secrets was a strict
str diet; during
a tour, Turne
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fathers who were
preachers.
This gave her the courage eventually
to ask Turner about her wretched
relationship with Ike, whom Turner
married reluctantly aged 23. He
treated her so brutally that after one
assault she tried to kill herself by
swallowing 50 Valiums. Friends urged
her to leave, so why did she stay with
him for 16 years?
“Back home, there’s a real Southern
behaviour that things happen and
you just stick your chin up and keep
going,” Warren says. “That’s ingrained
at a very young age, especially in an
African-American because so much
happens in the black experience in
America that you are just forced to
keep progressing with your day.
“Her suffering informed her
performances 100 per cent. There
are a few scenes in this show when
Theatre
Chess
ENO, Coliseum
★★★★★
C
hess is the archetypal Eighties
musical – big-haired, brazen
and bombastic. It takes place
on a world stage as two grandmasters
of the game, one Soviet and one
American, battle it out against the
backdrop of Cold War politics. Their
personal lives become entwined as the
manager of one becomes the other’s
lover. Laurence Connor’s dazzling
production convinced me that Chess
boasts one of modern musical theatre’s
greatest scores, but also that Richard
Nelson’s book is an incohesive,
psychologically flimsy muddle.
Certainly, Chess was criticised for its
messy structure and shallow appraisal
of global affairs when opened in the
West End in 1986, but this recalibrated
revival, which aims to bring out the
sheer power of the music through
a semi-staging, hasn’t managed to
w s many
properly address the show’s
flaws.
That said, it is, for the most part,
nnor
hugely enjoyable, with Connor
k
throwing every visual trick
um
onto the capacious Coliseum
stage where the squares off a
e
monochrome chess board are
illuminated like the walls of
a ritzy Eighties nightclub.
Terry Scruby’s video
screens project progress
in the Space Race and
animated sequences
with a modish nod to the
projection mappings.
The wellchoreographed ensemble
switch from circus
acrobats to effete London
city boys to goosestepping Russian guards
(in probably the campest
sequence of musical
theatre I’ve ever seen). It’ss
overblown, of course, but
BRINKHOFF-MOEGENBURG
By Ben Lawrence
Name of the game: Tim Howar, left, and Michael Ball in Chess. Below: Alexandra Burke
so exuberantly performed that you
can’t fail to be swept up in the gleeful
hyperbole.
Benny Andersson and Björn
Ulvaeus’s score (given a superb energy
by the ENO orchestra who are wisely
placed above the centre of the stage) is
magnificent – illustrating how this pair
of Swedes are capable of creating some
of the saddest and yet also some of
the most uplifting music in the world.
There are traces of their late work for
Win
Abba (The Winner
Takes It All,
One of Us) in such melancholy
numbers as Where I Want to Be
and The Deal (No Deal), which
rigo
combine rigorous
musical
structure an
and fiendishly
difficu harmonies.
difficult
Th score is blessed
The
v
by very
strong vocal
perf
performances
from
the show’s four
lead (Michael Ball,
leads
Ale
Alexandra
Burke,
Cas
Cassidy
Janson and
Tim Howar) and only
the stoniest of hearts
wo
would
fail to get goose
bum from Burke and
bumps
Janson’s
duet I Know
Jans
Him So Well. Howar, in
the role of the hubristic
showman
Freddie
show
Trum
Trumper,
is perhaps the
weak
weakest of the four, but
brings an impressive chutzpah to One
Night in Bangkok which improves
greatly on Murray Head’s infuriatingly
luvvieish original (bewilderingly, a top
10 hit back in the day).
Indeed the power of the vocals often
manages to distract you from Chess’s
terrible inadequacies. The plot leaps
from set piece to set piece without
ever reaching anything approaching
psychological truth. This often
hobbles the central performances as
no one is ever able to fully grasp the
motivations of their characters.
This is particularly the case with
Ball, playing the Russian chess
champion Anatoly Sergievsky, who
is simply never developed to any
sufficient degree and Ball must
therefore channel all his energies into
the music (most notably in Anthem,
the show’s highlight). Similarly I was
left with no indication of whether
Burke, as Svetlana the wronged wife,
has serious acting chops – so sketchily
written was her character.
And yet, I am not sure any of this
really matters. If you take Chess as
a sequence of show-stoppers, it’s
stunning: those memorable tunes
linger for a long time after the whole
heady spectacle has faded.
Until June 2. Tickets: 020 7845 9300;
eno.org
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is at the
Aldwych Theatre, London WC2. Tickets:
tinathemusical.com
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THE BRILLIANT ORIGINAL
Masterful score outweighs the flaws
I go through something extremely
emotional and then I have to perform
right after, sometimes with tears in my
eyes. The motivation to get through
that performance is, ‘I have to do this
because Ike is right behind me and
there is an audience here who have
come to see me and I will not let him
or them see me fail’.”
Does Warren relate to that battle-on
mentality? The actress went to a
performing arts school in Virginia
(where her mother is the executive
director), before doing a degree in
acting in New York and then winning
a Tony nomination in 2016 for her role
in the Broadway musical Shuffle Along.
“Oh yeah! As an African-American
woman, you’re the bottom of the
totem pole,” she says. “When I was
growing up, my father always said to
me, ‘You have to be twice as good as
other people, because you are black
and because you are a woman.’
“So many incredible things have
happened in the past few years,
especially in the arts,” she continues.
“But look what’s going on in my
country right now with police
brutality – I call it criminality – and
race relations. It’s very obvious we still
have a long way to go.”
In the show, Turner, in her midforties, single and without a recording
deal, is dismissed by a record-company
executive as an “old n----- broad”, a
line that elicits a horrified gasp from
audiences. “That really happened,”
Warren attests. “It’s very interesting
to hear the British gasp. Being from
America, that word’s not that shocking;
so to see how shocked people are by it
here gave me a little hope.”
Warren, as Turner, declares on
stage that she wanted to be considered
on a par with rock legends such as
Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger (“She
taught Jagger how to dance! He came
backstage to find her and she showed
him her moves,” Warren laughs).
Does Warren think that status has
been achieved?
“She will be remembered and this
show is helping do that,” she says.
The show, which took a rumoured
£8 million in advanced bookings,
is strongly tipped for a Broadway
transfer. There, Tina would be just the
latest in a long line of what Warren
calls “bio-musicals” (she dislikes the
term “jukebox musical”, which she
thinks demeans the show’s hardhitting book by Olivier-winner Katori
Hall) about women, including Carole
King’s Beautiful, Gloria Estefan’s
On Your Feet, Donna Summer’s
Summer and a forthcoming musical
about Cher.
“Whether you like jukebox
musicals, bio-musicals, call them what
you like, the fact is these incredible
women are finally getting their story
told,” Warren says. “Don’t you think
it’s about time?”
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Court & Social
Court
Circular
BUCKINGHAM PALACE
May 2nd
The Queen held a Council at 5.30
p.m.
There were present: the Rt Hon
Andrea Leadsom, MP (Lord
President), the Rt Hon Mark
Lancaster, MP (Minister for the
Armed Forces), and the Rt Hon
Penelope Mordaunt, MP (Secretary
of State for International
Developement).
The Rt Hon Sajid Javid, MP,
took the Oath of Office, kissed
hands upon appointment and
received the Seals of Office as
Secretary of State for the Home
Department.
The Rt Hon James Brokenshire,
MP, took the Oath of Office, kissed
hands upon appointment and
received the Seals of Office as
Secretary of State for Housing,
Communities and Local
Government.
Mr Richard Tilbrook was in
attendance as Clerk of the Council.
The Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom,
MP, had an audience of Her
Majesty before the Council.
The Rt Hon Theresa May, MP
(Prime Minister and First Lord of
the Treasury), had an audience of
The Queen this evening.
Mr John Williams (Deputy
Lieutenant of West Sussex) was
present at Gatwick Airport,
London, this morning of upon the
Arrival of the Governor-General of
St Lucia and Lady Cenac and
welcomed Their Excellencies on
behalf of The Queen.
CLARENCE HOUSE
May 2nd
The Prince Charles, Duke of
Rothesay this afternoon attended
a Seminar of the Global Alliance
for the Future of Food and the
Sustainable Food Trust, Dumfries
House, Cumnock, Ayrshire.
His Royal Highness afterwards
attended a Meeting on
Sustainability with a delegation
from China, Dumfries House.
The Prince of Wales, Duke of
Rothesay this evening held
Dinner at Dumfries House for the
Global Alliance Forum for the
Future of Food and the
Sustainable Food Trust.
BUCKINGHAM PALACE
May 2nd
The Duke of York, Patron, Lucifer
Golfing Society, this morning
received Mr Richard Cunis upon
relinquishing his appointment as
Captain and Mr Charles Jamieson
upon assuming the appointment.
His Royal Highness, Patron,
Jubilee Sailing Trust, today
received Mr Duncan Souster
(Chief Executive, Jubilee Sailing
Trust), Ms Honor Wilson Fletcher
(Chief Executive, British
Exploring Society) and Dr Saima
Rana (Principal, Westminster
Academy).
The Duke of York, Patron, The
Duke of York’s Community
Initiative, this afternoon held a
Luncheon at Buckingham Palace.
His Royal Highness later gave a
Tea for the finalists of the National
Cyber Security Centre, Cyberfirst
Girls Competition.
The Duke of York afterwards
received Lieutenant General Sir
John Lorimer (Defence Senior
Adviser to the Middle East and
North Africa).
His Royal Highness, Patron, the
Place, this evening held a Dinner at
Buckingham Palace.
BUCKINGHAM PALACE
May 2nd
The Earl of Wessex, Chairman of
the Trustees, The Prince Philip
Trust Fund for the Royal Borough
of Windsor and Maidenhead,
today attended a Lunch at Ascot
Racecourse, Berkshire.
BUCKINGHAM PALACE
May 2nd
The Princess Royal, Chancellor,
Harper Adams University, this
morning attended a Symposium
on “Technology’s role in feeding
the Commonwealth” at Harper
Adams University, Edgmond,
Newport, followed by a Ceremony
at St Nicholas Church, High
Street, Newport, to mark the
Bicentenary of Thomas Harper
Adams and was received by Her
Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of
Shropshire (Sir Algernon
Heber-Percy).
Her Royal Highness, Patron,
the Royal College of Midwives,
this afternoon visited Warrington
Hospital Maternity Unit, Croft
Wing, Warrington Hospital,
Lovely Lane, Warrington, and was
received by Mrs Joelle Warren
(Vice Lord-Lieutenant of
Cheshire).
Company of Skinners Almshouses
at Percy Bilton Court, Skinners
Lane, Hounslow, and was
received by Ms Maria Pedro
(Deputy Lieutenant of Greater
London).
For more details about the Royal
Family visit the Royal website at
www.royal.uk
Today’s birthdays
KENSINGTON PALACE
May 2nd
The Duke of Gloucester this
morning opened the new
Kibworth Medical Centre,
Smeeton Road, Kibworth, and
was received by Her Majesty’s
Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire
(Jennifer, Lady Gretton).
His Royal Highness, Honorary
Air Marshal, Royal Air Force, this
afternoon visited the new
Headquarters of the Royal Air
Forces Association, Atlas House,
Wembley Road, Leicester.
The Duke of Gloucester later
visited Hinckley and District
Museum, Framework Knitters’
Cottages, Lower Bond Street,
Hinckley, Leicestershire, to
celebrate their Twenty-First
Anniversary.
Sir David Harrison, Master of
Selwyn College, Cambridge,
1994-2000, is 88; Sir Graham
Day, former company chairman,
85; Lord Hotham 78; Gen Sir
Alexander Harley, Master
Gunner, St James’s Park,
2001-08, 77; Mr Peter
Oosterhuis, former golfer and
commentator, 70; Prof Sir Liam
Donaldson, Chancellor,
Newcastle University; Chief
Medical Officer, 1998-2010, 69;
Mr Ken Hom, chef, author and
broadcaster, 69; Sir Nicholas
Stadlen, a former High Court
Judge, 68; Mr Allan Wells,
former track and field sprinter;
Olympic gold medallist, 100m,
Moscow 1980, 66; Mrs Sarah
Rose Troughton, LordLieutenant for Wiltshire, 65; Mr
Peter Duncan, Chief Scout, The
Scout Association UK, 2004-09,
64; Mr Colin Deans, former
Scotland rugby international, 63;
Dr Timothy Evans, Apothecary
to the Queen and to the Royal
Household, 63; Sir Alan Parker,
Founder and Chairman,
Brunswick Group LLP, 62; Miss
Sandi Toksvig, writer and
comedienne, 60; Mr Ben Elton,
comedian and author, 59; and
Mrs Kathy Cook, former
sprinter; three time Olympic
bronze medallist, 58.
BUCKINGHAM PALACE
May 2nd
Princess Alexandra this afternoon
reopened the Worshipful
Today is the anniversary of the
opening of The Royal Festival Hall
as part of the Festival of Britain in
1951.
FIRST WORLD WAR
The Hon G.E.S. HarbordHamond and
Miss L.S. Luxmoore-Styles
The engagement is announced
between George, son of Lord and
Lady Suffield, of Wandsworth,
London, and Lily, daughter of Mr
and Mrs Roger Luxmoore-Styles,
of Hintlesham, Suffolk.
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Mr C. Hoare and
Dr A. Zachou
The engagement is announced
between Mr Christopher Hoare,
of Chichester, West Sussex, and
Dr Alexandra Zachou, of Athens.
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Mr G.F.J. Waugh and
Miss A.G. Banks
The engagement is announced
between George, only son of Mr
Adam Waugh, of Kimberley, RSA,
and Mrs Lucilla Waugh, of
Hexham, Northumberland, and
Alexandra, only daughter of Mr
Julian Banks, of Cirencester,
Gloucestershire, and Mrs Peter
Sutcliffe, of Ripon, North
Yorkshire.
Online ref: 553199
Stationers' and Newspaper
Makers' Company
The Stationers' and Newspaper
Makers' Company held its annual
Charter Dinner last night at
Stationers' Hall. The Master, Mr
Nick Steidl, welcomed the speaker,
Mr Gyles Brandreth.
Marylebone Cricket Club
Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth,
President of MCC, was in the Chair
at the 231st Anniversary Dinner
held at Lord’s last night. He
proposed the toast to Mr Anthony
Wreford, the President-designate,
who responded. Sir John Major
proposed the toast to MCC and
Cricket and Dr Chinmay Gupte
responded.
Defence and Security Forum
Sir Richard Heygate was the guest
speaker at a seminar dinner of the
Defence and Security Forum held
last night at the Garrick Club. The
theme was: "Bridging the Divide
with China - What does One Belt
One Road mean?" Sir John
Wheeler, Deputy Chairman, Maj
Gen Patrick Cordingley, Chairman,
and Lady Olga Maitland, President,
also spoke.
LONDON, FRIDAY MAY 3, 1918
AMERICA AT WAR
GREAT AIR FLEET
SPLENDID PROGRESS
FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT. NEW YORK, THURSDAY.
America’s early promise to produce and send to France an overwhelming fleet of aircraft begins at last to show signs of fulfilment,
and after many weary months of disappointments and delays, the
leash at which the great American manufacturers have been
straining has been severed. Whatever delay there has been up to
date in quantity and production may be attributed neither to Government red-tape nor to the dilatoriness or inefficiency of the producers, but to over-zealous desire on the part of officials to produce a super-aeroplane, equipped with up-to-the-minute devices.
It is true that the past year has produced few machines for
American use abroad, but great numbers have been shipped
for Allied use, and many thousands for training purposes
here. Despite uncertainties, individual manufacturers have
steadily enlarged their plants, until these have reached a
point where it is estimated that the capacity for aeroplane
production of all types runs to several thousand per month.
HIVES OF INDUSTRY
Mr A. Brudenell and
Miss H. McCormick
The marriage took place on
Saturday, April 28, at The Holy
Redeemer Church, Chelsea,
between Ashley, elder son of
Richard Brudenell and the late
June Brudenell, and Henrietta,
daughter of Robert McCormick
and Lucy O'Sullivan McCormick.
Canon Michael Brockie officiated.
The bride was attended by Dora
Watt-Smith, Iris Whiteley and
Bella Brudenell.
A reception was held afterwards
at the Savile Club.
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National Liberal Club
Ms Wendy Ebsworth was the guest
speaker at a luncheon of the
Wednesday Circle at the National
Liberal Club yesterday, when her
subject was “Signing the Singing".
Mr Derek Partridge was in the
chair and Mr Kenneth Smith and
Mr Philip Fortey also spoke.
Diplomatic
appointment
Mr Jamie Bowden has been
appointed Ambassador to Chile in
succession to Ms Fiona Clouder,
and will take up his appointment
in June 2018.
National Liberal Club
Commonwealth Forum
Mr Richard Dowden was the guest
speaker at the National Liberal
Club Commonwealth Forum held
last night at the Club. His topic was
“Africa: Altered States, Ordinary
Miracles”. Mrs Janet Berridge,
Club Chairman, presided and
among others present were Mr
Derek Partridge, Mr Alex and
Dame Veronica Sutherland and His
Hon Charles Welchman.
Bridge news
Scoring for the Celtic Spring
Simultaneous Pairs is now complete,
writes Julian Pottage, Bridge
Correspondent, and the winners of
the Wednesday and Thursday/
Friday sessions are as follows:
Wednesday: 1st Bob Pringle and
George Novak (Castle, Welshpool),
72.55%; 2nd Farhad Noorbahksh and
Nicol Taylor (Western, Glasgow),
68.66%; 3rd David Pollard and Jack
Suchodolski (Oban), 68.36%; 4th Gary
Coombe and Hendry Richmond
(Caledonian, Inverness), 67.80%; and 5th
Robert Dickson and Maureen
Graham-Service (Western, Glasgow),
67.38%. Thursday/Friday: 1st Irene Sime
and David Kaye (Carlton, Edinburgh),
66.73%; 2nd Frances Williams and
Catherine Dudlyke (Llandybie,
Carmarthenshire), 65.75%; 3rd John
Cowan and David King (Carlton,
Edinburgh), 65.64%; 4th Keith Bellamy
and Nigel Symons Jones (Aberystwyth),
63.48%; and 5th Bill Didcock and David
Moore (Knighton, Powys), 62.60%.
The swarming hives of industry we viewed have their replicas in
every part of the United States, and include ten plants of the Curtis
Company and the great Wright Martin factories. At Dayton, Ohio,
near the spot where the Wright Brothers, the pioneers of the modern aeroplane, made their early flights, we inspected one of ten
affiliated concerns of the Dayton-Wright Aeroplane Company,
now engaged in quantity production of a bombing biplane. Here,
again, we found that vexatious delays had occurred until recently.
Happily, this period of evolution is now well passed, and although
it would be inadvisable to give figures, it was gladdening to observe
the red, white, and blue circles of the American Aviation Service.
Your correspondent was given every opportunity to test the
efficiency of this particular type. Orville Wright witnessed
our flights, and later, in the course of conversation, it was
refreshing to learn that this quiet, unassuming genius of the
air was still devoting his alert mind and highly technical
knowledge to aerial problems.
In all the factories which we visited, we were met with an intensely
patriotic spirit animating every one of the thousands of employees.
They sing the song and practise the sentiment of “Keep the home
fires burning.”
UNLIMITED U.S. ARMY
FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT. NEW YORK, THURSDAY.
The Military Committee of the House of Representatives received
plans to-day giving President Wilson practically unrestricted
power to use the full man-power of the country for the war. The
mobilisation of men would be limited only by the ability to train
and transport them to France, and, if adopted, the plans will allow
of a total of 3,200,000 soldiers for this year, that is to say, just about
double the number now actually existing as a force under arms.
Mr. Wilson would be able to call out men just as circumstances
might demand, without waiting for more authority.
FURZE.—On 5th April 2018, to Harriet
(née Robertson) and Giles, a son,
Frederick William Charles, a brother for
Katinka.
Online ref: 553236
MUELLER-WILLIAMS.—On March
29th 2018, in Freiburg, Germany, to
Mona and Timothy, a beautiful
daughter, Miley Nicola. Granddaughter
to Nicola (née Howard-Williams) and
Klaus Mueller-Williams.
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MILLEN.—Elizabeth Mary, passed
away suddenly at home on 29th March
2018. Dearly loved mother and
grandmother. Now at rest with her
beloved late husband, Peter. Mary is
greatly missed. Enquiries to Ann
Bonham & Son. Tel: 01604 634368.
Donations, if desired, to British Heart
Foundation (www.bhf.org.uk).
Online ref: 553230
OLDFIELD.—Maurice died peacefully
on 28th April after a long illness.
Beloved husband of Annina and father
of Paul, Carole, David and Katherine.
A much loved grandad and great
grandad. Forever in our hearts. Funeral
to be held on 10th May at 11 a.m. at
Woodvale Crematorium North,
Brighton BN2 3QB.
Online ref: A223952
BARNES.—John Baudains, died
peacefully on 28th April 2018 at home,
aged 78 years. Much loved by his wife
Jennifer, their children Jonathan and
Jane, and his grandchildren Isabelle,
Thomas and Kathryn. Funeral Service to
be held at St Michael and All Angel's
Church, Bramhall on Tuesday 15th May
at 1 p.m. followed by a private cremation.
Family flowers only please. Donations in
his memory to the Midland Centre for
Spinal Injuries, Oswestry. All donations
and enquiries to Ben Lloyd Funeral
Directors, Stockport. Tel: 0161 485 3135.
Online ref: 553221
PARFECT.—Heather, formerly of
Coxwold, died peacefully on 23rd April
2018 at Richmond Letcombe Regis.
Beloved wife of the late John, greatly
loved mother of Penny, Wendy, Jane,
Louise and Jeremy. Much loved
grandmother and great grandmother.
Funeral Service will take place on Friday
11th May at St Michael's Church,
Coxwold, North Yorkshire YO61 4AD at
11 a.m. A Service of Thanksgiving will be
held on Monday 4th June at St Andrew's
Church, Letcombe Regis, Wantage OX12
9JS at 2.30 p.m.
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BROOKES.—The family are very sad to
announce that Marie Therese Brookes
(née Cox) passed away on 23rd April
2018, aged 83. Devoted and truly loved
wife of Roger, much loved mother of
Victoria and Julian and adored
grandmother of Harry and Sebastian.
Funeral Service on Friday 11th May at
The Sacred Heart RC, Petworth at
10.15 a.m. Family flowers only please and
donations, if desired, to Macmillan
Cancer Support Midhurst (cheques only
please) c/o Roger Poat & Partners, Duck
Lane, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29
9DE, tel: 01730 812094.
Online ref: 553215
SCOTT.—Sheila M. H. died after a short
illness on Wednesday 25th April 2018,
aged 81. Daughter of the late David and
Rena of Dunoon. Former Singer in
Scottish Opera and LSO Choruses and
Music Education Advisor in Brent.
Served on the Board of Governors for
the Royal Scottish Corporation (now
ScotsCare). Latterly LTB Blue Badge and
City Badge Guide. Lived life to the full.
Funeral private. Donations to Cancer
Research UK.
Online ref: 553136
BRYAN.—Patrick John died peacefully,
after a short illness, on 23rd April 2018
aged 88. Loving husband, father and
grandfather. Funeral Service to be held
at Christ Church, Cheltenham on
Wednesday 30th May at 12 noon. Family
flowers only and any donations will be
gratefully received for Action Aid and
Christ Church, Cheltenham. Enquiries
to W S Trenhaile, 01242 801750.
Online ref: 553251
BUTCHER.—Jim, died at home on 25th
April 2018, aged 85. Beloved husband of
Virginia, adored father of Anna, James,
Katie, Sophie and John and grandfather
of 17. Thanksgiving Service at St Peter’s
ad Vincula Church, Coggeshall at
2.30 p.m. on Thursday 10th May. Family
flowers only.
Online ref: 553217
CULSHAW.—Gordon, 91, of Great
Oxendon, Leics, peacefully at home on
April 30th 2018. Much loved partner of
Pauline, father, with his late wife Cleone
of Sarah, Peter and Samantha and
grandfather of Edith, Frank, Amber and
Niamh. A wonderful man who will be
sorely missed by family and friends. No
flowers. Donations for Coram Children’s
Charity may be made online at
www.jstampandsons.co.uk or sent with
any enquiries to J. Stamp & Sons,
Funeral Directors. Tel: 01858 462524.
Online ref: 553198
DIGGENS.—Peter, died peacefully on
7th April 2018, aged 74 years. A true
gentleman, greatly missed by Anne,
family and friends. Funeral at St John’s
Church, Caterham on Tuesday 15th May
at 12.30 p.m. Donations, if desired, to
RNLI via W.A. Truelove & Son Ltd.
Tel: 01883 345345.
Online ref: 553043
DUTTON.—Angela Frances (née Evans),
aged 75, passed away peacefully at home
on 26th April. Beloved wife of Terry,
sister of Hilary, mother of Belinda,
Simon and Chris, and grandmother. She
is dearly missed by family and friends.
The Celebration of Angela’s life will be
held at St Michael’s Church, Urchfont on
Friday 18th May 2018 at 2.30 p.m. No
flowers please. Donations, if desired, to
support Dorothy House Hospice and the
Friends of St Michael’s Church c/o John
Stuart. Tel: 01380 729459.
Online ref: 553180
GORDON.—John BA FIA, died
peacefully on 26th April in hospital.
Loving husband of Deidre, and proud
father of Fiona. His life will be
celebrated at Seven Hills Crematorium,
IP10 0FG on Monday 14th May at
12.45 p.m. Family flowers only,
donations payable to RNLI may be
sent c/o Paskell Funeral Service, 19a
High Street, Manningtree, CO11 1AG.
Online ref: 553085
GRAHAM.—William (Bill), passed away
peacefully at home on 28th March 2018,
aged 95. Dearly loved husband of Gillian,
father to Joanna and Richard, and
grandfather to Jessica and Chloe. He
enjoyed a wonderful life and will be
greatly missed by all who knew him.
Laid to rest on 1st May 2018. Donations,
if desired, to Royal Air Forces
Association, Atlas House, 41 Wembley
Road, Leicester, LE3 1UT.
Online ref: 553240
JACKSON.—Anne Nicholson, peacefully
at Harrogate District Hospital on 17th
April 2018, aged 81 years. Beloved wife of
the late David, cherished step-mother of
Ian and Paul, mother-in-law of Rosalyn
and Tracey and a devoted grandmother.
Funeral Service at Christ Church,
Church Square, Harrogate on Friday 11th
May 2018 at 11.30 a.m. Family flowers
only please. Donations in memory of
Anne may be given to Diabetes UK.
Online ref: 552936
JONES.—Ian Newton, passed away at
home on 24th April 2018, aged 65. Much
loved husband of Sue, father of Morgan
and Hanna, brother of Rob. Funeral at
Chester Crematorium on Friday 18th
May 2018, at 2.40 p.m. Donations, if
desired, to Countess Charity Palliative
Care 9043. All enquiries to George Pettit
& Son: 01244 390 578.
Online ref: 553077
LAING.—Graeme Elizabeth, on 27th
April 2018. Much loved widow of Sandy,
mother, grandmother and great
grandmother. Funeral Service at 2 p.m.
on Friday 18th May at Edinkillie Church.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, to
Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team and
cancer research.
Online ref: 553135
LEE.—Douglas William, formerly of
Godalming, Surrey, died peacefully on
Thursday 26th April 2018, aged 95, at
Orchard House Nursing Home, Isle of
Wight. Funeral Service to be held at Isle
of Wight Crematorium, Station Lane,
Whippingham, PO32 6NJ on Wednesday
9th May at 12.45 p.m. Enquiries to
Funeral Directors R&P Everson, Totland
Bay, PO39 OAS. Tel: 01983 755733.
Online ref: 553193
LE FLEMING SHEPHERD.—Peter
Stanley died peacefully on 21st April
2018, aged 95. Inventor and founder of
Gopak Ltd., furniture manufacturers of
Hythe, Kent. Sadly missed by family and
colleagues. Enquiries to Hambrook &
Johns Funeral Directors. Tel: 01303
266525. Donations, in lieu of flowers, if
desired, to Cancer Research UK.
Online ref: 553112
LOWE.—John Barrie, known as Bill,
died 5th April 2018, aged 95. Dear
husband of Janet (dec'd), much loved
father of Barrie (dec'd), Richard and
Penny, and grandfather of Oliver, Laura,
Edward and Plum. Retired Chairman of
Lowe Electronics. Enquiries to W.
Simpson & Son. Tel: 0114 2723928.
Online ref: A223984
SHAW.—George David Cecil, of
Broxwood, Herefordshire, formerly of
Hassop, Derbyshire, peacefully at home
on April 22nd 2018, aged 83. Greatly
loved and missed by all family and
friends. Funeral St. John the Baptist,
Upton Bishop at 2 p.m., Thursday May
17th. Enquiries to Oak Tree Funeral
Services, 01544 327829.
Online ref: A223903
TAYLOR.—Peter, M.B., Ch.B. Sheffield
and FRCP Edin. Died 27th April.
Enquiries to Richardsons Funeral
Directors, Victoria Road, Penrith,
Cumbria, CA11 8HR. Tel: 01768 891189.
Online ref: 553234
TIMBURY.—Dr Morag Crichton (née
McCulloch), of Glasgow and London,
peacefully on 28th April 2018 at Cluny
Lodge Nursing Home, Edinburgh.
Morag, much loved wife of the late
Gerald, loving mother of Judy, loving
sister of Sheila, loving aunt of Fiona and
Malcolm, and loving mother-in-law of
Steve. Previously Professor of
Bacteriology of Glasgow Royal Infirmary
and Director of The Public Health
Laboratory, Colindale, London. A
Celebration of Life Service to take place
in Mortonhall Crematorium, Pentland
Chapel on Tuesday 15th May at 2.30 p.m.
All welcome. Family flowers only please.
Donations to be made for Help for
Heroes.
Online ref: 553103
TUSTING.—Ian Robert Rawson, died
peacefully on 27th April 2018,
surrounded by Annette, Andrew,
Robert and his grandchildren.
A Funeral Service will be held on
Tuesday 8th May at 12 noon at All Saints,
Odell, Bedfordshire. Family flowers
only. Donations, if desired to DogsTrust.
Online ref: A223911
WEBB.—Joyce. Sadly passed away on
24th April after a short spell in hospital.
Funeral Service on 30th May 2018 at
11.45 a.m. at Eltham Crematorium.
Family flowers only. Donations if desired
to Kent, Sussex & Surrey Air Ambulance.
For further details contact Leverton
Funeral Services 01322 225216.
Online ref: 553212
WEIR .—Elizabeth (née Quicke) on 23rd
April 2018, peacefully at home, beloved
wife of the late Captain James Weir RN
(Rtd) and mother, grandmother and
great grandmother. Service of
Thanksgiving to be held on Friday 25th
May 2018 at Holy Trinity Gidleigh at
2 p.m.
Online ref: A223907
WELTON.—(née Lowther). The Hon
Kirstin Elizabeth. On Friday April 27th,
peacefully in hospital, aged 78. Much
loved wife of the late Antony. Adored
mother of Charlotte and James, and
loving Granny to Iona. Funeral Service
to be held at St. Bartholomew's Church,
Aldsworth, Gloucestershire on Monday
May 14th at 2 p.m. Family flowers only,
donations to The Injured Jockeys Fund
and the Hunt Benevolent Society may be
made to the Funeral Directors: c/o
Albert Collins of Norman Trotman &
Hughes, Walton House Barn,
Northleach, Cheltenham, GL54 3EY.
Online ref: 553213
YORKE-DAVIES.—Moira (Moya) (née
Bacon), peacefully in hospital aged 103½
after a short illness. Devoted wife to the
late Guy, much loved mother to J’Anne,
Rosemary, Penny and Caroline,
cherished Granny, Great Granny and
Great-Great Granny. Requiem Mass at
the Catholic Church of the Most
Precious Blood, Radway Sidmouth on
Friday 11th May at 10 a.m. Family flowers
only but donations, if desired, for Save
the Children c/o Potbury’s Funeral
Service, 111 High St, Sidmouth EX10 8LB.
Online ref: 553252
YUILLE.—Felicity Margaret 'Fizz' (née
West), died on 26th April aged 87 after a
short illness. Dear wife for 63 years of
Tom. Mother of her devoted children,
Andrew and Elizabeth, and much
respected and loved Granny to Kate.
Service to celebrate a remarkable life at
Holy Trinity Church, Northwood, HA6
2RP at 12 noon on 22nd May. In lieu of
flowers, please support Northwood Live
at Home Scheme (which Tom cofounded
20 years ago) to be used for a specific
event c/o St John's URC, Hallowell Road,
HA6 1DN.
Online ref: 553210
Acknowledgments
STEDMAN.—Flt. Lt. Dennis Stedman
(Rtd). The family of the late Dennis
William Sydney Stedman wish to say a
sincere thank you to all relatives, friends
and neighbours for their kindness and
sympathy, messages, cards and
donations for the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Online ref: 553142
ROOK.—Jane (née Whitelaw). A Service
of Thanksgiving will be held at St Mary’s
Church, Tetbury, Gloucestershire at
3 p.m. on Thursday 28th June 2018. All
enquiries to 01666 504188 or
jarookoffice@btinternet.com
Online ref: 553160
THEREFORE ELI said unto Samuel, Go,
lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee,
that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy
servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay
down in his place. And the LORD came,
and stood, and called as at other times,
Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel
answered, Speak; for thy servant
heareth.
1 Samuel 3.9-10
The Daily Telegraph Thursday 3 May 2018
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25
Obituaries
Bruce Tulloh
Soon-Tek Oh
B
Tulloh finished the course in a new
record time of 64 days and 22 hours.
On this occasion he chose to wear
shoes, and at one stage was in so much
pain that he could only walk with the
aid of ankle boots and a stick. “Forrest
Gump got the credit for it,” he later
told reporters. “I only did it once. He
did it two and a half times.”
Michael Swinton Tulloh, known as
Bruce, was born on September 29 1935
at Datchet, Berkshire, into a family of
keen athletes. His mother Margaret
(née Branfoot) was a botanist and
accomplished runner in her youth,
and his grandfather had been an
international tennis player. His father
Tony, an Army captain, died in South
America soon after the war, leaving
Margaret to bring up her two sons and
support herself by working variously
as housekeeper, companion and
matron.
At Wellington College, Bruce was an
enthusiastic cross-country runner,
preferring it to cricket because, by his
own admission, he “couldn’t see a
cricket ball to hit it”. He took up
running in earnest while on National
Service in Hong Kong and won the
5,000 m championships there.
Back in England, Tulloh studied
Botany at the University of
Southampton followed by a
postgraduate degree in Agricultural
Science at Cambridge. It was at
university that he decided to ditch his
running shoes when competing on a
cinder track. Thanks to years of
practice over softer ground, the soles
of his feet were unharmed – though
other athletes’ spikes could be a
hazard. He ran barefoot to claim his
first Amateur Athletics Association
GETY IMAGES
RUCE TULLOH, who has
died aged 82, was a
long-distance runner best
known for winning gold
over 5,000 m in the 1962
European Championships
– a feat that he accomplished barefoot,
in only 14 mins 0.6 secs.
One of the earliest advocates of
barefoot running, Tulloh had honed
his technique on the grass tracks of
Devon and the beach at Instow, where
the soft ground made shoes
unnecessary. In 1961 he agreed to be
the guinea pig of Dr Griffith Pugh, a
pioneer of exercise physiology and
scientific adviser to the British
mountaineering team which climbed
Everest in 1953.
To test the theory that barefoot
running is a more efficient form of
exercise, Pugh collected breath
samples from Tulloh after the runner
had completed a mile both with and
without shoes. “We found that
running in bare feet was at least 1 per
cent more efficient, in terms of oxygen
cost, than running in lightweight
shoes,” Tulloh reported.
Another advantage to the technique
was that it allowed Tulloh to accelerate
more quickly, giving him an edge over
his competitors as he approached the
finish line. It was this that sealed his
victory in the 1962 championships, as
he pulled away with only 700 m to go,
beating the Russian favourite Pyotr
Bolotnikov to the title.
Though Tulloh’s small, thin frame
might have looked unprepossessing to
rivals, his performance on the track
made him a crowd favourite. In 1962
he was the fastest British athlete over
one, two, three and six miles, and ran
Tulloh in action in
1960 during an
event at White City
Stadium
his first and only sub four-minute mile
that same year.
In 1969, contemplating retirement
from professional athletics, he decided
to run from Los Angeles to New York
– a distance of 2,876 miles.
Accompanied by his wife Sue and their
seven-year-old son, who went ahead
each day in a car with a caravan,
title in 1959 and went on to represent
Britain at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.
But he struggled to cope in the city’s
heat and humidity and came home
empty-handed.
A second Olympic bid was stymied
when he caught measles, and he
elected to stay away from the 1968
games in Mexico City claiming that the
local athletes enjoyed an unfair
advantage by being able to train at
high altitudes. He subsequently
switched to running marathon
distances.
When not competing, Tulloh
pursued a wide variety of interests. In
1971 he went for a two-year teaching
job to Kenya, where he gave lessons to
the athlete Mike Boit, helping him to a
bronze medal in the 1972 Munich
Olympics. For many years he taught
biology and coached young athletes at
Marlborough College. Under his
tutelage his twin daughters both won
English schools titles on the track.
Of the British professionals, perhaps
Tulloh’s most famous trainee was
Richard Nerurkar, a colleague at
Marlborough who went on to become
national cross-country champion and
to win the 1993 World Cup Marathon
in San Sebastián.
Tulloh’s books included Running is
Easy (1996) and Running Over Forty
(2001). In 2015 he published How to
Avoid Dying ( for as long as possible), a
heartfelt and witty guide to later-life
fitness, to mark his own 80th birthday.
Bruce Tulloh married Sue Baker in
1961. She and their three children
survive him.
Bruce Tulloh, born September 29
1935, died April 28 2018
Wanda Wilkomirska
Virtuoso violinist who quarrelled with Bernstein, faced down a picket line and defected to the West
Wanda Wilkomirska
in 1967. Critics
praised her ‘full rich
tone and her
control of her
instrument’
WERNER ECKELT/ULLSTEIN BILD VIA GETTY IMAGES
W
ANDA WILKOMIRSKA,
who has died aged 89, was
a leading Polish violinist
who enjoyed a sizeable
career in Britain, often championing
music by her compatriots such as
Karol Szymanowski, Krzysztof
Penderecki and Tadeusz Baird.
Small, red-haired and fashionably
dressed, Wanda Wilkomirska dazzled
audiences with her technical brilliance
while entertaining friends with her
mischievous humour.
She was also a headstrong soloist,
quarrelling with John Barbirolli, who
backed down over the pace of Britten’s
Violin Concerto, and Leonard
Bernstein, who refused to do the same
in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. “I
tell you one thing, it was the last time
I ever played with Bernstein,” she
told the Australian musicologist
Sigrid Harris.
When the Warsaw Philharmonic
Orchestra opened its new concert hall
in 1955, the old one having been
destroyed in the war, Wanda
Wilkomirska was the chosen soloist,
following in the footsteps of Ignacy
Jan Paderewski, the violinist and
future prime minister of Poland
who had inaugurated the original
building in 1901.
During the years of communist rule,
Wanda Wilkomirska encountered
little problem leaving Poland. Even her
membership of a civil rights group
caused no difficulty. “I could go and
come back when I wanted, as long as I
had a contract, and as long as I brought
money back,” she told The Age
newspaper in Melbourne.
All that changed after martial law
was imposed in 1981: travel was
limited, passports had to be
exchanged, and strict conditions were
placed on overseas engagements. The
following year Wanda Wilkomirska
defected to the West while on a tour of
Germany, later arguing that she was
following a noble tradition of the artist
in exile: “Even Chopin lived abroad.”
Wanda Wilkomirska was born into a
musical family in Warsaw on January
11 1929. Her mother was a pianist and
her father a violinist. “I started singing
almost before I was talking,” she said.
“It was automatic that I should be a
musician.”
She made her debut with the
Kraków Symphony Orchestra at the
age of 15 and her first trip outside
Poland was in 1946, to take part in a
competition in Geneva.
At a concert in Paris she met the
Polish pedagogue Henryk Szeryng,
who demanded to know why she had
not visited for lessons. “First of all I
have no visa, and second I have no
money,” she replied. Szeryng
dismissed these objections and,
according to Wanda Wilkomirska, “he
did some hocus-pocus, I don’t know,
abracadabra with the consulate”. She
remained in France, studying with
him for three months.
At her Wigmore Hall debut in 1951
Wanda Wilkomirska delighted the
critics with her “full rich tone and her
control of her instrument”; two years
she later attracted wider attention
when she came second to Igor
Oistrakh at the Wieniawski
Competition in her homeland.
The first of her many concerts in the
US took place in 1960. Two years later,
after admitting in a newspaper
interview that she was a member of
the Communist Party, Wanda
Wilkomirska was greeted outside a
concert hall in New Orleans by pickets
from the American Legion carrying
placards that read: “The Stars and
Stripes are our culture. No Red stars
wanted here.”
Back in Britain, Wanda Wilkomirska
made the first of her two Proms
appearances in 1967, performing
Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with
the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
under Jan Krenz. She returned the
year after her defection to give the
Proms premiere of Szymanowski’s
Second Violin Concerto with the
National Youth Orchestra and
Charles Groves.
She was also seen around the
country: in 1976 she performed
Britten’s Violin Concerto with the LSO
at the Festival Hall under Erich
Leinsdorf and a few months later
appeared at the Edinburgh Festival
with Kurt Masur, one of several
concerts north of the border.
Ironically, Wanda Wilkomirska’s
European career faded after her
defection. One of her last appearances
in Britain was in 1984 performing
Szymanowski’s First Violin Concerto
at the Barbican with the Hallé
Orchestra conducted by Stanislaw
Skrowaczewski, after which a Daily
Telegraph critic noted that “with her
eloquence and technical mastery …
Wanda Wilkomirska made out a strong
case for this rapturous music to
become a permanent feature of
concert life and, indeed, for her
deleted recording to be reissued”.
She often served on competition
juries, but despaired of her fellow
jurors. “There are some who cannot
forget some little unhappy mistake,”
she said. “For me, the most important
[thing] is to show personality.”
In the 1990s she moved to Australia,
where she taught at the Sydney
Conservatorium of Music and gave
occasional recitals.
Wanda Wilkomirska married
Mieczyslaw Rakowski, an influential
journalist and politician, in 1952; she
was credited with helping to shape his
relative liberalism by introducing him
to artists and intellectuals who had
resisted communism. The marriage
was dissolved in 1977 and Rakowski,
whose attempts in 1981 to forge a deal
with the Solidarity trade union
collapsed in acrimony, served as prime
minister of Poland from 1988 to 1989.
She had two sons.
Wanda Wilkomirska, born January
11 1929, died May 1 2018
Roger Davies
Naval radio officer who kept spirits up after his ship was torpedoed and the crew took to lifeboats
R
OGER DAVIES, who has died
aged 100, was a “sparks” who
served under the Red, Blue
and White Ensigns, and
became a knight of the Order of St
Lazarus of Jerusalem.
In 1940 Davies volunteered for
special service without knowing what
was involved and found himself as
second radio officer of a 5,000-ton
former cargo steamer which had been
taken up from trade by the Admiralty
as Crispin. Officially she was an ocean
boarding vessel, but in practice she
was a Q-ship or “special anti-aircraft
ship” armed with two 6-inch guns and
several 20mm guns: her role was to
straggle behind Atlantic convoys and
lure long-range enemy reconnaissance
planes within shooting range.
Crispin was 400 miles to the
westward of the Bloody Foreland,
Ireland, when shortly before midnight
on February 3 1941 she was torpedoed.
One of the gun’s crews, George
Woodley, recalled that Crispin
stopped and wallowed helplessly, the
lights went out, and, as she lolled in
heavy seas, empty barrels, which she
was carrying in the hold for buoyancy,
rolled like thunder.
In one over-crowded 32ft lifeboat,
which was launched with a splash on
the crest of a wave, there were some
50 men. They struggled to clear
Crispin’s side, pulling three men to an
oar to keep bows-on to the seas. As
waves broke over the boat, the
coxswain called the stroke and the
crew replied in unison. All were
desperate, wet, cold and very
Davies reassured
his cold and
frightened crew
that ‘every ship in
the Atlantic knows
that the Crispin is in
distress and help is
imminent’
frightened, while Davies gave
reassurances that “every ship in the
Atlantic knows that the Crispin is in
distress and help is imminent”.
Woodley recollected: “It was a
moonless night and the gale continued
to rise. One moment we would be on
the crest of a wave and the next
moment 30 ft to 50 ft down in the
trough. We were tired, but continued
to row, it kept us warm … Just before
0600 hours a destroyer appeared and
circled to give us a lee and we came
alongside … Our saviour was HMS
Harvester.”
Among the 120 survivors, Davies
was one of the few officers.
Roger Paul Gordon Davies was born
in Twickenham on February 13 1918 in
the closing months of the Great War:
his grandfather was Sir Horatio Davies,
Lord Mayor of London and the owner
of Pimm’s and of a chain of oyster bars
in the City. Young Roger took the
Postmaster General’s examination for
wireless operator, intending to see the
world for two or three years before
settling down.
The outbreak of war found him as
second radio officer in a tramp ship,
working a “cat’s whisker” crystaloperated wireless. His next ship had a
valve-operated wireless, but fears that
radiation could be detected by U-boats
led to listening watches being
discontinued and Davies instead kept
watches on the bridge.
His third ship was a collier in the
North Sea, where by day it was at risk
from German E-boats and divebombers, and by night when in
harbour, from bombing and the wrath
of the landlord of a public house in
Seaham, Co Durham. The landlord’s
daughter, however, was more
amenable and on most southbound
trips a cask of lobsters and crab would
arrive for Davies. Because one of the
gunners was a former chef at the Ritz,
he recalled the collier as “a wonderful
ship for food”.
After the sinking of Crispin, Davies
joined the armed merchant cruiser
Cathay before returning to the
merchant navy, serving in the British
Tanker Company and with British
India companies in the Indian Ocean
and the Far East.
Postwar, Davies fell in love with
Malta and, on a whim in the 1950s,
bought a plot of land at Madliena. He
attempted to “swallow the anchor”
and was selling life assurance and
second-hand cars in Sussex when he
met Pam Maude at Bexhill sailing club.
They were married in 1959.
Davies joined the Royal Fleet
Auxiliary, with which he served
worldwide for the next 33 years. From
1966 his second home was the
Malta-based ocean-going tug Sea
Salvor.
In 1971 the couple moved into a
newly-built villa in Madliena. Davies
retired from the RFA in 1975 and for
the next 20 years he and Pam travelled
the world on cruise ships until her
death in 1991. He then travelled alone
until the late 1990s, when he met
Sarah Pienaar, and they became very
close. He continued travelling until he
was 97. A keen yachtsman, Davies was
on the race committee of the Middle
Sea Race (round Sicily) for many years
and was a member of the Ghadira and
Vikings sailing clubs, owning the small
sloop Pepita and a Calypso called Cisk.
His other hobbies were photography
and sports cars.
Davies was committed to every
aspect of Maltese life and, in 2004,
accepted an invitation to join the
Military and Hospitaller Order of St
Lazarus of Jerusalem, in the
ecumenical and international
jurisdiction of the Grand Commandery
of the Castello. In 2010 he rose to the
rank of knight of grace, or chevalier,
and in 2012 he was awarded the
Order’s bronze cross.
Roger Davies is survived by two
sons: he was buried at sea off Malta.
Roger Davies, born February 13 1918,
died February 21 2018
S
OON-TEK OH, who has
died aged 85, was a
Korean character actor
who made his name
opposite Roger Moore in the
James Bond film The Man
with the Golden Gun (1974);
in 1998 he lent his voice to
create the character Fa Zhou
in the two Mulan animated
musical action comedy films
for Walt Disney.
He was born at Mokpo, in
the southern part of the
Korean peninsula, on June
29 1932 at a time when
Korea was still under
Imperial Japanese rule. He
attended high school in
Gwangju, South Korea,
where his original idea was
to go into business. After
graduating in Political
Science from the Yonsei
University in Seoul, in 1959
he travelled to Los Angeles
to pursue further studies in
California.
There, however, he
changed his mind about a
business career, much to the
chagrin of his parents, and
enrolled at the University of
California, Los Angeles, to
study acting and
playwriting. After taking his
degree in 1962, he moved to
New York, joining the city’s
Neighborhood Playhouse
School of Theater and
performing in a variety of
plays by Arthur Miller,
Shakespeare and Ibsen.
Two years later, Oh made
his Broadway debut in
Rashomon (1959), adapted
by Fay and Michael Kanin
and starring Rod Steiger and
Claire Bloom. Later he won
good reviews for his work in
Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific
Overtures (1976), which ran
for almost a year (it was
filmed and broadcast on
Japanese television the
same year).
Oh
soon
began
to make
a name for
himself as a
“baddy” on
popular television
shows such as It Takes a
Thief and I Spy, though he
was unhappy with being
typecast as the archetypal
villain. He frequently
made guest appearances
with Tom Selleck on
Magnum PI and featured
in a number of episodes
of M*A*S*H as well as
Hawaii Five-O. He played
Lee in the hit miniseries
East of Eden (1985),
based on the novel by
John Steinbeck, with
Timothy Bottoms
and Jane Seymour.
Soon-Tek Oh as
Roger Moore’s ally
Lieutenant Hip
AF ARCHIVE / ALAMY
Gold-medal winning barefoot athlete who ran the 2,876 miles from Los Angeles to New York
Korean actor who appeared in
The Man with the Golden Gun
Soon-Tek Oh’s film offers
were few and far between.
In Murderer’s Row (1966) he
was the Japanese secret
agent Tempura and he also
appeared in the western One
More Train to Rob (1971) with
George Peppard, Good Guys
Wear Black (1978) starring
Chuck Norris, and the
moderately successful sci-fi
caper The Final Countdown
(1980).
He was General Bon
Soong Kwan in Steele Justice
(1987) and appeared in J Lee
Thompson’s Death Wish 4
(1987) with Charles Bronson,
and Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)
starring Chris Farley and
Nicollette Sheridan. In 1998
he played a pivotal role in
Yellow (1998), the first film
made by and starring
Korean-Americans.
In The Man with the
Golden Gun his role was that
of Lieutenant Hip, who
arrests James Bond after the
villain Scaramanga
(Christopher Lee) kills a
scientist, but subsequently
turns out to be on Bond’s
side.
During this time, Oh
helped to establish one of
the first Asian-American
theatre companies in the US,
the East West Players. As
one of its founder members
he took an active interest in
helping to nurture the
talents of students including
BD Wong, Daniel Dae Kim,
and Kal Penn.
In 1992, after the Los
Angeles riots, Oh created
the Society of Heritage
Performers, which provided
a platform for adolescents to
come together and work in
the arts. It was disbanded a
decade or so later.
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Thursday 3 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
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Television & radio
Last night on television Jasper Rees
What to watch
Rural heartache turned
into a spectator sport
E
Playing Cupid: Sara Cox presents ‘Love in the Countryside’
arlier this year, the Farm
Safety Foundation
reported that the suicide
rate among UK farm
workers is running at
more than one a week.
Tactfully, this was not mentioned in
Love in the Countryside (BBC Two),
a cheerful new matchmaking
experiment that hopes to address
the loneliness that is a major factor in
that statistic.
Thus eight rural workers had their
dating profiles posted on the BBC
website. The pick of the applicants
were summoned to a country house
hotel for that most uncomfortable of
rituals: speed-dating on camera. For
those who work long solitary hours
among animals, using TV as Tinder
may well be a high-risk last resort.
Take Christina, who, following the
death of her father, runs a beef and
sheep farm in Dumfriesshire on her
own. The responses to her profile were
disappointingly scant, so the
production somehow drummed up
more applicants . From her reaction to
each encounter, it was clear that there
was a lot riding on this.
While the show means well, I have a
lingering anxiety that it treats
heartache as a spectator sport. It
wasn’t just the farmers exposing
themselves to hurt. Ed, a young dairy
farmer from Lancashire,
complimented two women on their
looks, but one woman missed out and
the camera cruelly zoomed in for a
reaction shot. Richard, a hearty
Yorkshire dairy farmer in his fifties,
attracted a long queue of single
middle-aged women, which told its
own story.
Everyone seemed nice but nervous.
Only one or two might be suspected of
treating this as a game-for-a-laugh
audition for a career on television.
Step forward, Francesca from Leeds,
whose knowledge of farm life was
gleaned from watching a single
episode of Housewives of Orange
County.
As presenter, Sara Cox is a down-toearth Cupid (“Am I buying a hat any
time soon?” she asked Christina). The
format, with a long parade of awkward
hello hugs and shy cheek kisses, feels
cumbersome. Next week, when the
selected dates head back to the farm to
muck in, there will be more to watch,
but Love in the Countryside may
struggle to shed the aura of artifice.
T
elevision has a short memory.
Seven years ago, after they’d
finished with Little Britain, Matt
Lucas and David Walliams decided to
thwack the docusoap genre over the
head with a blunt instrument called
Come Fly with Me. The subject of their
sketch-like comedy was the aviation
industry, and the cattle-truck airlines
in particular. Satire’s intention is to
stop its targets in their tracks. But
undaunted by this assault on their
self-image, docusoaps about airports
carried on regardless.
Indeed, when you watch them, it’s
quite hard to tell if some of the
personalities aren’t simply channelling
the spoof. Lucas and Walliams played a
pair of chatty check-in girls whose
real-life equivalents turned up in
Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport
(ITV). As they checked in a flight to
Bangladesh, Selina furtively rated the
men in the queue while Carrie-Anne
anticipated a romantic night of rum
and nookie with her bloke.
The overlap isn’t always exact. Come
Fly with Me had an immigration officer
who saw it as his task to keep
unwanted foreigners out. Here we met
Border Force Bob (possibly not his real
nickname), who had to decide what to
do about Felipe, a sweet 18-year-old
Brazilian providing no proof that he
would leave the UK in three months.
Despite the jaunty tone of Patricia
Hodge’s voice-over, the nuanced set of
options at passport control were
carefully outlined. You suspected
Felipe was going to get through or else
he’d not have signed the release form.
Britain’s Busiest Airport made its
maiden voyage in 2016 and returns
with the same cocktail of hard-luck
stories, heart-warming stories and
statistics. There are 77,000 staff in
an airport through which 78 million
pass each year. Or one worker for
every thousand flyers. The ratio is
more like half and half here. The most
voluble passengers were the
stereotypical grumblers turfed off a
flight to Iceland after the plane
suffered mechanical failure. “Stop
interrupting me,” one snapped, his
sense of entitlement now
memorialised on national TV.
As all human life floods through the
busiest airport in Europe, the task is
simply to point and shoot. It’s snug,
disposable TV, which, like the
shopping malls in airports, is there
to pass the time.
Love in the Countryside ★★★
Heathrow: Britain’s busiest Airport
★★★
and a panel of politicians
and pundits discuss the
impact on key districts and
boroughs. GO
Prince Harry’s Story:
Four Royal Weddings
ITV, 9.00PM

The weddings are
those of Charles and
Lady Diana Spencer, the
Prince of Wales and
Camilla, William and Kate
and now the Prince’s own.
And we know what comes
after next… the funeral, of
his mother, Diana,
Princess of Wales. With
just over a fortnight to go
before Prince Harry and
Meghan Markle tie the
knot, this documentary
looks back over the
prince’s life (all 33 years of
it) as a royal, charting the
journey from a childhood
marked by grief, through
his active service as a
soldier in Afghanistan and
later charity work, to what
we must hope will be the
happiest day of his life,
his wedding day, Saturday
19 May.
Explored through the
usual selection of archive
footage, news reports and
commentary, the film
stands out because of its
contributors, the net being
cast rather wider than
usual. So we get to hear
from people such as Steve
Hoare, guitarist in a band
that played at the pub near
Highgrove where young
Harry enjoyed drinking, as
well as singer Geri Horner,
Olympian Dame Kelly
Documentary
Ambulance
BBC ONE, 9.00PM
 A machete attack and
two shootings keep
the West Midlands
ambulance service’s
specialist trauma team
busy on an eventful
weekend night shift,
while another crew answers
a call from a victim of
domestic abuse. GO
Syria: The World’s War
BBC TWO, 9.00PM
 How could peaceful
protest spiral into such
unspeakable savagery – half
a million people killed,
millions of lives shattered
and so much of Syria in
ruins? That’s the question at
the heart of Lyse Doucet’s
deeply disturbing two-part
documentary about the
terrible conflict in Syria
and the roles other
states have played in
Action man: Prince Harry, here in Afghanistan, is profiled
Holmes, former Royal chef
Carolyn Robb and many
others. All of these faces
help build a picture of
how, and why, this prince
is regarded with such
particular affection.
Gerard O’Donovan
Urban Myths: David Suchet
Hader’s hugely entertaining
comedy about a hitman
who finds himself badly
bitten by the acting bug
while out on a job. In
this second episode,
hitman Barry (Hader) is
forced to confront a bitter
truth about his day job
when acting coach
Gene (Henry Winkler)
encourages the class to
channel their feelings into
their work. GO
Comedy
Urban Myths: Alice Cooper
and Salvador Dali
SKY ARTS, 9.00PM
 In probably the best
episode of the current run,
comedian Noel Fielding
plays US rocker Alice
Cooper while David
Suchet is surrealist artist
Salvador Dali in an
entertainingly reimagined
account of the pair’s bizarre
four-day collaboration in
New York in 1973 to
produce in one of the
world’s first holograms.
Bonuses include Paul
Kaye’s performance as
Cooper’s legendary
manager, Shep Gordon,
and an original score by
Richard Hawley and Jarvis
Cocker. GO
Barry
Current affairs
Election 2018
BBC ONE, 11.45PM; NI, 12.15AM
SKY ATLANTIC, 10.45PM
 Very few new TV series
ever receive such nearuniversal praise as Bill
 As the results from
English local council
elections roll in, Huw
Edwards, Laura Kuenssberg
Barry: Henry Winkler
perpetuating it. Concludes
tomorrow. GO
Entertainment
Britain’s Best Home Cook
BBC ONE, 8.00PM
 Here is yet another
attempt by the BBC to
reproduce the lost magic of
The Great British Bake Off.
Here Mary Berry is joined
by Strictly Come Dancing
co-host Claudia Winkleman,
chef Dan Doherty and
produce expert Chris
Bavin for an eight-week
live-in contest in which 10
amateur cooks vie for the
title of Britain’s best. GO
Radio choice Charlotte Runcie
American Art: From the
Outside In
RADIO 4, 11.30AM
 Financial adviser and
broadcaster Alvin Hall is
also an art collector, and it’s
in this latter role that he
presents this intriguing
guide to American art,
focusing in particular on
work by self-taught African
American artists, discussing
why there is still a long
way to go for them to
achieve the recognition they
deserve. Hall visits the
Outliers and American
Vanguard Art at The
National Gallery of Art in
Washington DC, which
seeks to redress the balance,
and tells the stories of
several key artists.
Radio 1
FM 97.6-99.8MHz
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Show with Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo
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1.00 Scott Mills
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5.45 Newsbeat
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TQD
12.00 BBC Radio 1’s Residency –
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3.00 Radio 1 Comedy – Birthday
Girls House Party
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Roberts
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Ken Bruce
Jeremy Vine
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Afternoon
Simon Mayo
Bob Harris Country
Jo Whiley
The Radio 2 Arts Show with
Anneka Rice
The Craig Charles House
Party
am Radio 2’s Tracks of My
Years Playlist
Radio 2 Playlist: Have A
Great Weekend
Radio 2 Playlist: Feelgood
Friday
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12.00 Composer of the Week:
Copland
1.00 pm News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert.
The Pavel Haas Quartet
perform music by Martinu
and Dvorak, and pianist
Nikolai Lugansky plays a
Chopin mazurka, recorded
last year at the Verbier
Festival
Afternoon Concert
BBC Young Musician 2018
In Tune
In Tune Mixtape
Radio 3 in Concert
Free Thinking
The Essay: My Life in Music
Late Junction
- 6.30am Through the
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In Our Time
FM: Book of the Week: The
Life and Rhymes of
Benjamin zephaniah
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Crossing Continents
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choice
News
pm LW: Shipping Forecast
Four Thought
You and Yours
Weather
The World at One
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BBC Inside Science
PM
LW: Shipping Forecast
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Alone
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RADIO 4, 1.45PM
 The fascinating 20-part
series exploring Chinese
history through the lives of
20 remarkable people,
presented with energy and
erudition by historian Rana
Mitter, continues apace, and
this afternoon’s instalment
focuses on the kung fu
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In Business
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am Book of the Week: The
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Benjamin zephaniah
Shipping Forecast
As World Service
Shipping Forecast
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Prayer for the Day
Farming Today
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with Anna Foster
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10.00 Question Time Extra Time
1.00 am Up All Night
5.00 Morning Reports
5.15 - 6.00am Wake Up to
Money
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FM 99.9-101.9MHz
6.00
9.00
1.00
5.00
7.00
8.00
am More Music Breakfast
John Suchet
pm Nicholas Owen
Classic FM Drive
Smooth Classics at Seven
The Full Works Concert.
Catherine Bott explores
some of the soundtracks to
Oscar-winning pictures
10.00 Smooth Classics
1.00 - 6.00am Jane Jones
World Service
DIGITAL ONLY
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8.30 Business Daily 8.50 Witness 9.00
master and international
film star Bruce Lee. Mitter
considers how Lee came to
be known as having “the
fastest fists in East Asia”, and
to build a successful career
in the early Seventies on the
back of his stunningly
choreographed fight
sequences combining
power with beautiful,
dance-like movement.
News 9.06 The Thought Show
10.00 World Update 11.00 The
Newsroom 11.30 The Food Chain
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The Newsroom 1.30 Assignment
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Inquiry 3.30 World Business Report
4.00 BBC OS 6.00 News 6.06 Outlook
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Science in Action 9.00 Newshour
10.00 News 10.06 Assignment
10.30 The Food Chain 11.00 News
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News 11.30 World Business Report
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News 1.06 Business Matters 2.00
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Newsroom 5.30 - 6.00am Science in
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Radio 4 Extra
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Trials of Marshall Hall 6.30 Non Stop
Party People 7.00 Hopes and Desires
7.30 Alone 8.00 J Kingston Platt’s
Showbiz Handbook 8.30 The Goon
Show 9.00 Listomania 9.30 HR 10.00
The Master of Ballantrae 11.00 Figs
11.15 Galbraith and the King of
Diamonds 12.00 J Kingston Platt’s
Showbiz Handbook 12.30pm The
Goon Show 1.00 John Mortimer
Presents The Trials of Marshall Hall
1.30 Non Stop Party People 2.00 The
Secret History 2.15 Shakespeare’s
Restless World 2.30 The Enchanted
April 2.45 Sissinghurst: An Unfinished
History 3.00 The Master of Ballantrae
4.00 Listomania 4.30 HR 5.00 Hopes
and Desires 5.30 Alone 6.00 Duel 6.30
Great Lives 7.00 J Kingston Platt’s
Showbiz Handbook 7.30 The Goon
Show 8.00 John Mortimer Presents
The Trials of Marshall Hall 8.30 Non
Stop Party People 9.00 Figs 9.15
Galbraith and the King of Diamonds
10.00 Comedy Club 12.00 Duel
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Mortimer Presents The Trials of
Marshall Hall 1.30 Non Stop Party
People 2.00 The Secret History 2.15
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Enchanted April 2.45 Sissinghurst: An
Unfinished History 3.00 The Master of
Ballantrae 4.00 Listomania 4.30 HR
5.00 Hopes and Desires 5.30 - 6.00am
Alone
The Daily Telegraph Thursday 3 May 2018
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Syria: The World’s War: Lyse Doucet
Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs – India
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7.00 The One Show Topical stories from
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7.00 Live Snooker: The World
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the second semi-final (S)
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Paul Connolly investigates the world
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9.00 Syria: The World’s War Two-part
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Sacrifice with Alice Roberts
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Family Guy 10.00 Celebrity Juice 10.50
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12.35am Plebs 1.10 Two and a Half Men
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 Released one day short of the
27th anniversary of Ian Curtis’s
suicide, Anton Corbijn’s homage
to the troubled Joy Division
frontman is superbly researched
and exquisitely executed in black
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(his first time in a lead role) and
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epilepsy, and his eventual demise. It’s
a beautiful, but extremely sad tale.
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and Dad 3.20 Tricks of the
Restaurant Trade 3.45 Come Dine
Champion of Champions 4.40 Steph
and Dom’s One Star to Five Star 5.10
- 6.00am Fifteen to One
11.05 Burned Alive: Countdown to Murder
12.00 SuperCasino 3.10am GPs:
Behind Closed Doors 4.00 My
Mum’s Hotter Than Me! 4.45 House
Doctor 5.10 Wildlife SOS 5.35 6.00am House Doctor
 In Roger Moore’s fifth Bond
film, 007 is sent to recover a
communication device which was lost
at sea when a British spy ship sank in
the Ionian. The transmitter can order
attacks from Britain’s submarine
missiles, so Bond must reach it before
the Soviets do, but he’s distracted by
Melina Havelock (Carole Bouquet),
whose parents were murdered by the
KGB. The plot is thin, but the film is
rescued by high-quality stunts.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
(2011)
SONY MOVIE CHANNEL, 9.00PM ★★★★★
11.05 Uefa Europa League
Highlights 12.05am Lethal
Weapon 12.55 - 2.55
Teleshopping 3.40 Google,
Facebook & You: What They
Know – Tonight 4.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show 5.00 6.00am Teleshopping
Wales
ITV Regions
BBC One:
No variations
BBC Two:
No variations
ITV Wales:
6.00 - 6.30pm ITV News
Wales at Six
No variations, except:
ITV Channel:
1.05 - 3.00am ITV
Nightscreen
 The first novel in Stieg Larsson’s
popular crime series gets the
Hollywood treatment via the trusty
hands of Fight Club director David
Fincher. Rooney Mara is excellent as
the tormented computer hacker
brought in to help writer Mikael
(Daniel Craig) research a book on the
wealthy Vanger family, but the
flimsiness of Larsson’s whodunit
awkwardly shines through.
FV Freeview FS Freesat (AD) Audio description (R) Repeat (S) Subtitles (SL) In-vision signing
Freeview, satellite and cable
BBC Four
AMC, 9.00PM ★★★★
ITV4, 9.00PM ★★★
8.00 Location, Location, Location
Catching up with two first-time
buyers (S)
8.00 Emmerdale A villager battles for
survival (AD) (S)
FV 9 FS 107 SKY 116 VIRGIN 107
7.00 The Nightmare Neighbour Next
Door A dispute with a neighbour
descends into violence (AD) (R) (S)
7.30 Google, Facebook & You: What
They Know – Tonight The gathering
and sharing of users’ personal
information by popular apps (S)
8.00 The World’s Most Extraordinary
Homes Piers Taylor and Caroline
Quentin explore four homes in
Florida (AD) (S)
Control (2007)
Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords
7.00 Channel 4 News (S)
7.00 Emmerdale (AD) (S)
8.00 Britain’s Best Home Cook New
series. Domestic cooking contest,
hosted by Claudia Winkleman See
What to watch (AD) (S)
6.00am Cyw 12.00 Newyddion S4C a’r Tywydd
12.05pm Straeon y Ffin 12.30 Ffit Cymru 1.30 Sion a
Siân 2.00 Newyddion S4C a’r Tywydd 2.05 Prynhawn Da
3.00 Newyddion S4C a’r Tywydd 3.05 O Gymru Fach
4.00 Awr Fawr 5.00 Stwnsh 6.00 Newyddion S4C a’r
Tywydd 6.05 ’Sgota gyda Julian Lewis Jones 6.30
Rownd a Rownd 7.00 Heno 7.30 Pobol y Cwm 8.00 Y
Ty Arian 9.00 Newyddion 9 a’r Tywydd 9.30 Cwymp yr
Ymerodraethau 10.30 Mwy o Sgorio 11.00 - 11.35pm
Ar y Bysus
True Horror
Film choice
ITV4
FV 24 FS 117 SKY 120 VIRGIN 118
Sky One
SKY 106 VIRGIN 110
8.30 am Cycling: Tour de
Yorkshire Live. The opening
stage of the women’s race
12.45 pm Cash Cowboys
1.45 Cycling: Tour de Yorkshire
Live
6.45 World Cup Top Goalscorers
7.00 Pawn Stars
7.30 Pawn Stars
8.00 Cycling: Tour de Yorkshire
9.00 FILM: For Your Eyes Only
(1981) Thriller with Roger
Moore See Film choice
11.40 pm FILM: Swordfish (2001)
Crime thriller starring John
Travolta and Hugh Jackman
1.45 am River Monsters
2.40 ITV4 Nightscreen
3.00 - 6.00am Teleshopping
Noon
1.00
2.00
3.00
4.00
5.00
5.30
6.30
8.00
9.00
10.00
11.00
12.00
Kings 7.00 Live Premier League Darts.
Coverage of the 14th week of the
season from Arena Birmingham
10.00 Bellew v Haye Countdown
10.30-6.00am Sky Sports News
9.30 UFC Ultimate Knockouts 10.00 Live
NBA Countdown. All the build-up to the
live NBA coverage 11.00 Live NBA.
Toronto Raptors v Cleveland Cavaliers
(Tip-off 11.00pm) 1.30am NBA Action
2.00 Hyundai A-League Highlights
3.00-4.00am 30 for 30
Sky Sports Premier
League
Noon Premier League World 12.30pm
PL Greatest Games 1.00 Premier League
100 Club 2.00 PL Best Goals 12/13 3.00
Premier League Years 5.00 Premier
League World 5.30 Best PL Goals:
Merseyside Derby 6.00 Premier League
Today 6.30 Premier League 100 Club
7.00 Premier League World 7.30
Premier League Match Pack 8.00
Premier League Today 8.30 Premier
League World 9.00 PL Best Goals 94/95
10.00 The Debate 11.00 Premier League
Match Pack 11.30 Premier League Today
12.00 PL Best Goals 14/15 1.00am The
Debate 2.00 Premier League Match Pack
2.30 PL Greatest Games 3.00-4.00am
The Debate
BT Sport 1
11.30am Vanarama National League
1.00pm 30 for 30 3.00 NBA 4.30 Rugby
Tonight 5.30 Toyota AFL Highlights Show
6.00 NBA Action 6.30 BT Sport Goals
Reload 6.45 Live Vanarama National
League. Boreham Wood v AFC Fylde
(kick-off 7.00pm) 9.15 BT Sport Reload
12.30
1.00
2.00
3.00
NCIS: Los Angeles
pm Hawaii Five-0
Hawaii Five-0
NCIS: Los Angeles
Stargate SG-1
The Simpsons
Futurama
The Simpsons
Arrow
SEAL Team
Rugby’s Funniest Moments
The Force: Manchester
Bellew v Haye: The Gloves
Are Off 2
am Road Wars
Ross Kemp: Extreme World
Most Shocking
- 4.00am Duck Quacks Don’t
Echo
History
Noon Forged in Fire 1.00pm Pawn Stars
2.00 American Pickers 3.00 Counting
Cars 4.00 Storage Wars 5.30 Pawn Stars
6.00 Forged in Fire 7.00 American
Pickers 8.00 Forged in Fire 10.00
Ultimate Vehicles 11.00 Breaking
Mysterious 12.00 Hitler’s Circle of Evil
1.00am Forged in Fire 2.00 Homicide
Hunter 3.00-4.00am Ancient Aliens
Sky Arts
Noon The Eighties 1.00pm Discovering:
Henry Fonda 2.00 Watercolour Challenge
2.30 The Art Show 3.30 Tales of the
Unexpected 4.00 Classic Albums 5.00
The Eighties 6.00 Discovering: Charlie
Chaplin 7.00 Mystery of the Lost
Paintings 8.00 The Nineties 9.00 Urban
Myths: Alice Cooper and Salvador Dali
9.30 Super Duper Alice Cooper 11.15
Urban Myths: Alice Cooper and
Salvador Dali See What to watch
11.45 Artists in Love 12.45am Inside
the Mind of Leonardo 2.25-4.15am The
Mona Lisa Myth
Sky Atlantic
SKY 108
Noon
1.00
2.00
3.00
5.00
6.00
7.00
8.00
9.00
10.10
10.45
11.20
11.55
12.55
2.10
2.50
3.25
Film4
FV 15 FS 300 SKY 313 VIRGIN 428
House
pm Without a Trace
Blue Bloods
The West Wing
House
House
CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation
Blue Bloods
Billions
Silicon Valley
Barry See What to watch
Mike Judge Presents: Tales
from the Tour Bus
Blue Bloods
am The Sopranos
Togetherness
House of Lies
- 4.00am Happyish
Sky Cinema Premiere
24 hours, including at:
4.45pm Where’s the Money (2017)
Comedy starring Andrew Bachelor 6.20
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
(2017) Cartoon adventure with the voice
of Kevin Hart 8.00 Girls Trip (2017)
Comedy starring Regina Hall 10.10
Austin Found (2017) Premiere. Comedy
starring Linda Cardellini 12.10am Brawl
In Cell Block 99 (2017) Crime thriller
starring Vince Vaughn 2.35 The Top Ten
Show 2018 2.50-5.00am After the
Storm (2016) Comedy drama starring
Hiroshi Abe
PBS America
10.15am The Vietnam War 12.35pm
Why Trains Crash 1.45 Air Warriors 2.50
The Vietnam War 5.15 Why Trains Crash
6.25 Air Warriors 7.40 Race for the
Superbomb 9.00 Annie Oakley 10.15
JFK: A New Perspective 11.35 Race for
the Superbomb 12.55am Annie Oakley
2.00-6.00am Teleshopping
TCM
24 hours, including at:
5.00pm A Thunder of Drums (1961)
Western starring Richard Boone 7.00
Caddyshack (1980) Comedy starring
Chevy Chase 9.00 Flags of Our Fathers
(2006) Second World War drama starring
11.00 am Moonrise (1948, b/w)
Drama starring Dane Clark
12.50 pm Retreat, Hell! (1952,
b/w) Korean War drama
starring Frank Lovejoy
2.45 Man in the Saddle (1951)
Western with Randolph Scott
4.30 True Grit (1969) Western
starring John Wayne
7.10 Chronicle (2012) Sci-fi
thriller with Dane DeHaan
9.00 Iron Man 2 (2010)
Superhero adventure sequel
with Robert Downey Jr
11.25 Project Almanac (2015)
Thriller with Jonny Weston
1.35 - 3.45am Theeb (2014)
Drama starring Jacir Eid
Al-Hwietat
Adam Beach 11.45 Halloween H20
(1998) Horror sequel starring Jamie Lee
Curtis 1.35am Conspiracy Theory with
Jesse Ventura 3.20-4.46am Hollywood’s
Best Film Directors
GOLD
11.20am You Rang, M’Lord? 12.20pm
The Green Green Grass 1.00 As Time
Goes By 1.40 Butterflies 2.20 Only Fools
and Horses 3.00 Last of the Summer
Wine 5.00 You Rang, M’Lord? 6.00 As
Time Goes By 6.40 The Green Green
Grass 7.20 Dad’s Army 8.40 Only Fools
and Horses 9.20 Harry Enfield and
Chums 10.40 Two Doors Down 11.20
Jack Dee Live at the Apollo 12.20am
Goodnight Sweetheart 12.55 Harry
Enfield and Chums 1.35 Monty Python:
Live at Aspen 2.40 Jack Dee Live at the
Apollo 3.30-4.00am Harry Enfield and
Chums
Vintage TV
11.00am Throwback Thursday 1.00pm
My Mixtape 2.00 Defining Decades
5.00 Tune In… To 1987 6.00 Tune In…
To 1979 7.00 Tune In… To 1984 8.00
Soul Brother, Soul Sister 9.00
Downtown: Early British Pop 10.00
Funk It Up 10.30 My Vintage 11.30
After The Storm 12.30am The Night
Shift 3.00-6.00am Neil McCormick’s
Needle Time
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Weather and crosswords
Nature notes
Help stir up Asian
hornet’s nest
Experts have called for a “people’s
army” to fight an invasion of Asian
hornets – which can eat up to 50 bees
a day – into Britain.
They say the next two weeks are
crucial for controlling the insects or it
is feared they will become established,
threatening the UK’s native bee
population and other pollinators.
The hornets have been spotted in
Jersey, where residents are being
urged to check garages, porches,
outbuildings and farms for nests
currently being built by queens.
Last year experts warned they faced
a race against time to destroy the nests
to stop the hornets spreading to the
UK mainland in large numbers after a
confirmed sighting in Devon.
John de Carteret, vice-president of
the Jersey Beekeepers’ Association,
warned that without action, crops
could suffer in 10 to 15 years’ time,
because Asian hornets attack honey
bees and other pollinators too.
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