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Friday 4 May 2018
No 50,684 £ 1.80
Bono Would people
prefer I died broke?
Hot for summer
Freshen up
your home this
U2 singer on his tax battle and health scare
Style & Features, page 19
Arts, page 25
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
UK may stay in customs union to 2023
By Peter Foster, Gordon Rayner
and Christopher Hope
BRITAIN will be unable to leave the
customs union before 2023, ministers
have been told, leading to fears that
Remainers will exploit the deal to
thwart Brexit.
In a briefing to the Cabinet’s Brexit
sub-committee earlier this week, senior civil servants said highly complex
new technology that will be needed to
operate Britain’s borders after Brexit
may not be ready for another five years.
Theresa May has asked officials to
carry out more work on the two op-
tions being considered by the Government to replace the customs union: a
customs partnership and a so-called
“maximum facilitation” plan.
The disclosure was made despite
David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, telling MPs yesterday he was “100 per
cent” sure Britain would have left the
customs union by the end of the transition period on Dec 31 2020.
The expected delays mean that
whatever option the Cabinet picks, the
country will have to stay in a form of
customs union for four years after leaving the bloc in March 2019.
Brexiteers have expressed serious
concerns that Remainers in Parliament
will use the delay to try to keep Britain
in the customs union and possibly even
the single market.
One senior Brexiteer told The Daily
Telegraph: “There are genuine concerns
this delay will lead to the UK staying in
the customs union permanently. Regardless of that, if we are still in the customs union by the next general election
in 2022 it will cause a catastrophe at the
polls because we will not have delivered
Brexit and voters will not have seen any
benefits of leaving the EU.”
The Government is yet to agree a position on the customs relationship with
the EU after a meeting of the Cabinet’s
Brexit sub-committee broke up without a decision on Wednesday.
Mrs May’s preferred option of a customs partnership with the EU was rejected by a majority of the 11-strong
committee, and the Prime Minister was
warned yesterday that there must be
no attempt by her to revive the policy.
Brexiteers fear she will present a
“customs partnership 2.0” plan to the
committee later this month in the hope
of winning over the Remainers Gavin
Williamson, the Defence Secretary, and
Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, both of
whom sided with Leavers during the
ion with the EU one of their Brexit
negotiating objectives.
Tory rebels led by Dominic Grieve,
the former attorney general, have tabled an amendment to the Customs Bill
designed to keep the UK in a customs
union, and Mr Grieve has said a “broad
swathe” of the Conservative Party is
sympathetic to his cause.
One source said: “The whips have informed the Prime Minister that the Remainers have got the numbers to beat
the Government on customs votes in
Continued on Page 4
heated discussion. The alternative being discussed by ministers is a “maximum facilitation” plan, or “max fac” for
short, which will harness new technology and trusted trader schemes to avoid
a hard customs border in Ireland.
The EU has rejected both ideas out of
hand, giving succour to Remainers
who argue that staying in the customs
union is the only viable solution if Britain is to solve the Irish border problem.
Mrs May has been told by Julian
Smith, the Chief Whip, that the Government is likely to lose a crucial vote
in Parliament in the coming weeks calling for ministers to make a customs un-
Editorial Comment: Page 17
Breast cancer Divine comedy
scandal victims
demand action
Bank holiday
to set new
high for heat
By Laura Donnelly,
Francesca Marshall, Henry Bodkin
and Eleanor Steafel
By Victoria Ward
THE NHS breast cancer screening
scandal deepened yesterday, with victims calling for the resignation of the
man in charge.
Helplines were overwhelmed with
calls within hours of opening, while
warning letters to alert women they
had missed checks were sent to the
wrong patients.
Last night, it emerged two NHS
trusts contacted Public Health England
(PHE) more than a year ago warning of
IT problems, which meant women eligible for screening were not being sent
letters. But after the company running
the system insisted the errors were a
“local” issue, PHE failed to pursue the
matter – and only realised this year the
blunders were widespread.
PHE is attempting to contact around
300,000 women who were denied
screening checks they should have
been offered over the past decade.
But as the first warning letters arrived yesterday, recipients included
cancer sufferers who had never been
excluded from the programme – raising concerns about whether those who
missed checks would be reached.
Victims of the scandal last night
called for the resignation of Duncan
Selbie, the head of PHE, who has remained out of public view since the
blunders emerged on Wednesday.
They criticised the NHS manager for
being slow to apologise to women
affected by the scandal, including
Continued on Page 2
BANK holiday Monday could be the
hottest on record for early May, with
sunshine and 80-degree heat forecast.
Temperatures of around 81F (27C)
are expected in London and the South
East and the mid-70s for much of the
rest of the country.
Becky Mitchell, from the Met Office,
said it made a pleasant change to be the
bearer of good news for a bank holiday
“It’s usually doom and gloom but I
think we’ve broken the curse, for now
at least,” she said.
The record for the hottest early May
bank holiday Monday is 74.5F (23.6C),
which was set on May 3 1999 in Hampshire and Worcestershire.
But if forecasters are correct, that
mark will be beaten across the vast majority of England and Wales.
Ms Mitchell added: “Monday will be
the best day for sunshine but Saturday
and Sunday should also be fairly pleasant in most places, particularly in the
South East. It could reach 24C in Wales
and the same in Manchester.”
The Met Office said the warmer conditions were due to an area of high
pressure that is expected to dominate
the South over the coming week.
However, the RAC warned that the
burst of sunshine would make for busy
roads, with an estimated 8.5 million
motorists expected to get away for the
long weekend. A number of rail services will also be disrupted by engineering work. Network Rail is carrying
out more than 820 projects over the
two May bank holiday weekends.
Margaret McCartney: Page 16
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, appeared to invoke help from above as he cast his ballot in the local elections in Islington, north London. There were reports of people being
turned away from polling stations yesterday, as the introduction in five council areas of a scheme that required voters to produce ID suffered teething problems. Report: Page 2
Weather: Page 33
Sliding inflation to
stall interest rate rises
Wenger exits the
European stage
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Trump admits paying Pendleton forced to
abandon Everest climb
18 to silence porn star
the former
29 his lawyer $130,000 in hush money OlympicPendleton,
cycling champion, has
to the porn star Stormy Daniels,
abandoned her attempt to climb
31 paid
as it was reported that the FBI had
Everest on doctors’ advice. Pendleton
tapped the lawyer’s phones. The US
was on an expedition with Ben Fogle,
33 president said the payment was
the television presenter, and had spent
intended to “stop false and extortionist
accusations”, stressing that the money
did not come from his campaign. The
payment was made through his
lawyer, Michael Cohen, who, it was
claimed by US media, was wiretapped
for weeks before an FBI raid.
Page 13
several weeks preparing for the final
climb, but began suffering the effects
of hypoxia – oxygen deficiency – at
Second Camp, 21,000ft above sea level.
Speaking from Everest base camp, she
said: “I am incredibly disappointed not
to complete the challenge.”
Page 3
‘And I promise to work for
everyone in the borough,
not just the 12 people
who voted for me’
Interest rate rises in Europe could be
off the table for many months as
inflation is sliding rapidly and
economic growth is weakening,
removing pressure on central bankers
to tighten monetary policy. The Bank
of England is no longer expected to
raise its base rate from 0.5 per cent to
0.75 per cent, with markets anticipating
a pause until August or November, and
the National Institute of Economic and
Social Research cutting its UK growth
forecast to 1.5 per cent for 2018.
Business, page 1
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last hope
of trophy
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Pension fraudsters target
10 per cent of over-55s
Voters turned away in ID trial areas
By Helena Horton
and Steven Swinford
VOTERS were turned away from polling stations yesterday after the introduction of a controversial new ID
scheme descended into chaos in parts
of the country.
Voters were yesterday required to
produce identification in five areas under a government pilot, which could be
rolled out nationwide.
However, there was confusion in
several pilot areas amid reports that
people had been disfranchised because
they arrived without identification,
with reports that pensioners had been
turned away. The trial means voters
have to show photographic ID, or two
items showing their address from a list
of approved documents.
Bromley, Gosport, Swindon, Watford and Woking councils were piloting the scheme to help cut down on
voter fraud.
In Bromley four polling stations reportedly turned away voters for not
having ID. Ellie Reeves, the local Labour MP, said: “Just been to vote. Was
informed that two people had already
turned up without ID this morning so
had been unable to vote.
“Very worrying and backs up all the
evidence that the voter ID pilot in
Bromley is plain wrong.” A 76-year-old
man, who has lived in Bromley for 40
years, said he was “shocked” to be
turned away because he did not have a
bank card or passport.
Peter White told the Independent:
“I’ve come to vote today and they’ve
told me I can’t, even though they know
me down here. This is a nonsense
scheme they’re putting in place.”
In Woking, a Labour councillor said
a man was turned away because his
form of ID – a Surrey county council
document with his picture on it – was
not accepted. Elsewhere in Woking,
one voter said he had initially been told
he could not use his rail photo pass as
identification. Voters in Swindon also
faced problems. One resident said on
Twitter: “Just seen a couple in a Swindon polling station have to leave and (I
hope) return with ID/poll card. May
seem a small deal, but I bet there are
many who will not return.”
Another said: “80-odd-year-old
woman who has voted all her life was
turned away when I went to vote in
Swindon today, guess she didn’t have
ID, probably threw her poll card away,
never needed it to vote before, she was
fuming, pointless trial, this is wrong.”
Bradford council, which is not part
of the pilot, apologised after voters
were wrongly turned away from poll-
ing stations for not having ID. The
Prime Minister’s official spokesman
said: “Voter ID is being piloted in a
small number of locations. The facts
are that all local authorities have told
voters to bring an eligible form of ID in
pilot areas. The overwhelming majority of people are casting a vote without
a problem.”
Scotland Yard is investigating more
than 60 allegations of voting abuses
and malpractice in London. Eleven
cases have been reported to police in
Hammersmith and Fulham by the Conservatives.
Fraser Nelson: Page 16
bomber’s case
under review
By Auslan Cramb
Pupils in hospital after
taking ‘zombie drug’
Six pupils are in hospital after taking
the “zombie drug” Spice at school.
Thomas Clarkson Academy in
Wisbech, Cambs, confirmed an
incident “involving a small group of
students taking illegal substances”.
Parents stated online the substance
in question was the notorious drug
also known as “fake weed”. It was
nicknamed the “zombie drug” after a
string of viral videos emerged showing
users in a semi-conscious state. It is
often sold with the claim that it mimics
the effect of marijuana.
In a statement, the school said there
would be severe sanctions for the
students involved.
It added: “All the children are safe.”
Suspended sentence
for osprey egg thief
A thief who stole eggs from the nests
of rare birds was handed a suspended
jail sentence yesterday.
Jason North, 49, admitted taking
three osprey eggs in the spring and
summer of 2016.
Footage and photographs found on
his computer at his home in Plymouth,
Devon, were a key part of the
prosecution’s case. Police said that the
offences had taken place on Dartmoor
in Devon and in Scotland during 2016.
North was jailed for six weeks but
the sentence was suspended for 12
He was also fined £665, given a
10-week overnight curfew and
electronically tagged.
THE Lockerbie bomber could be
cleared posthumously of carrying
out Britain’s biggest terrorist atrocity
after his family won a review of his conviction.
The move was announced by the
Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC), which will consider
whether the controversial case should
be referred back to the Appeal Court.
Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi,
the only man convicted of the bombing, died in Libya in 2012, almost three
years after he was released on compassionate grounds while suffering from
terminal cancer.
He returned home to Tripoli amid vociferous opposition from American relatives who lost loved ones in the
bombing, but with the support of British families, who continue to believe he
was the victim of a miscarriage of justice. Days before he left Scotland, Libyan officials decided to abandon his
second appeal, which was under way at
the time. There was no reason given for
the decision to halt the process.
The SCCRC said yesterday it had decided to review his conviction after
coming to the conclusion that Megrahi
“held a genuine and reasonable belief
that such a course of action would result
in him being able to return home to
Scammers are feared to have targeted
nearly one in 10 over-55s since the
launch of pension freedoms three
years ago.
A survey found victims had been
approached about their pension funds
by people they now believe to be
fraudsters since the rules came into
effect in April 2015.
Nearly half (47 per cent) of 1,000
over-55s surveyed by Prudential said
the approaches involved offers to
unlock pension funds or access money
early, and 44 per cent said they
involved transferring pensions.
Less than a fifth (18 per cent) of those
approached by suspected scammers
had reported their fears to authorities.
One in six believes that
hay fever is contagious
Good day, sunshine A colourful sunrise over the fishing village of Staithes, North Yorkshire, yesterday
Screenings scandal
boss urged to resign
Continued from Page 1
those whose lives it may cost. Helplines
set up by PHE received 8,000 calls yesterday, with cancer sufferers saying it
had taken more than an hour to get
through. Bereaved relatives said they
were told by call handlers to put a complaint in writing.
The debacle has increased pressure
on Mr Selbie who was already facing
questions about how “administrative
incompetence” meant blunders went
undetected for years.
Jeremy Hunt has held meetings with
the agency chief, demanding to know
how the failures took so long to be detected. Mr Selbie last night issued a
statement offering a “heartfelt and
unreserved” apology on behalf of PHE
and NHS breast screening services.
Legal experts warned that victims of
the scandal could face a long battle to
secure compensation, with many likely
to die before receiving any payout.
Ministers have said cancer sufferers
may be able to secure payment if they
can prove harm was caused by delays
in diagnosis. But they have failed to announce any kind of fast-track scheme,
which would automate compensation
for those who were denied a check and
went on to develop cancer.
The problems began with a computer programming error in 2009,
which meant around 450,000 women
aged between 68 and 71 were not
invited for mammograms.
An independent inquiry is to examine how it was that PHE, which took responsibility for the programme in 2013,
failed to detect the problems – even as
screening rates fell to the lowest rates in
a decade. Around 140,000 women who
missed scans have since died, with estimates that up to 270 deaths were caused
by the absence of checks.
Health officials have now embarked
on efforts to contact around 300,000
women in their 70s, but have said it
could take up to a month to send all the
letters out, and six months for those
who want mammograms to have them.
Helen Jarvis, 72, a cancer sufferer,
was among those attempting to contact
PHE’s helplines yesterday, getting
through after an hour of trying.
The retired NHS therapist, from
Newport Pagnell, Bucks, was not offered the scan but should have been.
“There are either far too few people
on the helplines or this problem is bigger than they’re admitting,” she said.
PHE last night said it had twice increased capacity in order to cope with
demand yesterday, and would bring in
extra call handlers today.
Mistaken identity Warning
sent to the wrong patient
Diane Loxam, 71,
from Lancaster,
was diagnosed
with breast
cancer last year,
after having a
the year before,
following an
invitation for a
screening. Yet
she is among
those receiving
a letter from
PHE warning
she had been
affected by the
blunders. She
said this left her
“anxious and
confused” – and
concerned that
the failed
targeting of the
letters meant
women who
needed to be
recalled could
be missing out.
She said:
“To now be
sending letters
to the wrong
people – what is
going on?”
Emily Thornberry slow to condemn antiSemitic speech by Palestinian president
By Jack Maidment
speech given by the Palestinian president which was widely decried as antiSemitic, but failed to condemn or even
mention his comments in her initial
public statement on the event.
Mahmoud Abbas said the persecution of Jews in Europe was not the result
of their religious identity but “because
of their social function” in remarks
which prompted international outrage.
But the shadow foreign secretary did
not mention the controversial comments in a lengthy Facebook post
about her attendance as Labour’s representative at the Palestinian National
Council in Ramallah in the West Bank.
The Labour Friends of Israel group
urged Ms Thornberry to “condemn
this anti-Semitic speech as a matter of
upmost importance”.
Ms Thornberry later issued a statement which said the comments made
by Mr Abbas were “deeply regrettable”
and “not just grossly offensive, but utterly ignorant”.
Almost one in six people believes hay
fever can spread like the common
cold, a survey has revealed.
High pollen counts are expected in
parts of the country across the Bank
Holiday weekend, but research by the
Met Office found many people were
unaware of the causes and symptoms
of the allergy. The forecaster urged
sufferers to check pollen levels daily
throughout the summer to help
monitor their condition.
Of 2,000 people surveyed, 16 per
cent thought hay fever could be
passed from person to person. And
more than a third (36 per cent)
believed pollen count was measured
by a society of beekeepers.
Brothers jailed for £17m
defrauding of elderly
Two brothers whose near £17 million
swindle helped fund an extravagant
lifestyle of private jets and Rolex
watches while depleting their victims’
retirement savings have been jailed.
Alan Taylor, 38, was jailed for six
years and Russell Taylor, 37, for five at
King’s Lynn Crown Court yesterday
for defrauding more than 200 elderly
and vulnerable victims in a risky
investment scheme, police said. Both
admitted conspiracy to defraud at an
earlier hearing.
DCI Liz Fernandes said: “These
heartless brothers cruelly took
advantage of their clients by investing
their money in a high-risk investment
scheme akin to a roulette wheel.”
‘Naked cleaners’ advert
on Government jobs site
A Government website has removed a
jobseekers advert from its website
after it encouraged applicants to strip
off and clean people’s houses.
The ad for Fantasy Cleans was
posted on the Universal Jobmatch
website, the Daily Mirror reported,
saying it needed “cleaners with a
difference”. Successful job applicants
are told that could mean being asked
to dress up in “outfits of the clients’
choice”, which may be “fully clothed,
in lingerie or naked”.
The Department for Work and
Pensions removed the ad for
“breaching Jobmatch terms and
conditions”. Fantasy Cleans could not
be contacted last night.
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The Daily Telegraph Friday 4 May 2018
Doctors order
cycle champion
Pendleton down
from Everest
By Anita Singh ARTS AND
VICTORIA PENDLETON has abandoned her attempt to reach the summit of Everest after doctors advised
her not to continue.
The former Olympic gold medallist
was on an expedition with Ben Fogle,
the adventurer and television presenter, and had spent several weeks
getting acclimatised in preparation for
the final climb.
But Pendleton began suffering the
en deficiency
effects of hypoxia – oxygen
0ft (6,400 m)
– at Second Camp, 21,00ft
ded additional
above sea level, and needed
oxygen to alleviate her symptoms.
Speaking from Everestt base camp,
she said: “I am incredibly disappointed
allenge. I am
not to complete the challenge.
extremely grateful for thiss opportunity
e of the most
to have experienced one
d challenging
impressive, imposing and
net. The Himenvironments on the planet.
ce I feel honalayas are a magical place
oured to have visited.”
lone, and is
Fogle will continue alone,
mpt at the
planning to make an attempt
ext few
summit within the next
A spokesman for the expedition said: “No individual can preody will
dict exactly how their body
respond to the effects of extreme
altitude such as that encountered
above Base Camp.
“A small percentage of the population experience more challenging symptoms, and it is likely that
Victoria is in this minority.”
eached Base
Pendleton and Fogle reached
mpleting preCamp on April 21 after completing
expedition training in the Alps, the Bolivian Andes and Nepal. They
s” on Everest
undertook two “rotations”
n an acclima– three days and nights on
tisation climb – and it was after the sectors advised
ond of these that doctors
Pendleton she should nott continue.
companied by
The pair have been accompanied
eer, and have
Kenton Cool, a mountaineer,
worked closely with Dr Sundeep
Dillon, an expert on high altitudes.
g money for
The climb is raising
Childcare costs
blamed as
London tops
EU gender gap
By Victoria Ward
LONDON has the biggest gap between
middle-aged male and female workers
in the EU because so many mothers
leave work due to the high cost of
childcare, figures show.
Around 73 per cent of women aged
between 35 and 44 work either parttime or full-time in the capital, compared to 92 per cent of men, according
to Eurostat, the EU statistics agency.
This represents the largest “gender
employment gap” for people of childbearing age across all wealthy parts of
the EU.
The research suggests that while
there are more women under the age of
25 working in London than men of the
same age, the trend reverses as people
begin to have children, the Financial
Times reported.
However, the gender employment
gap then shrinks more rapidly in the
UK after the age of 45 than in other
leading economies, suggesting it is eas-
the British Red Cross, supported by
the Anything is Possible foundation.
After retiring from cycling after London 2012, Pendleton retrained as a
jockey and also competed on Strictly
Come Dancing, finishing eighth.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph from
Nepal last month, the 37-year-old said
that she was struggling to sleep at high
altitude, where “every breath is difficult”.
While Fogle made regular calls to his
wife and children via satellite phone,
Pendleton communicated with her
husband, Scott Gardner, through brief
text messages. “My family is very much
aware that no news is good news,” Pendleton said. In the same
“Victoria and I have
both gone into this with
eyes wide
to the
The average percentage of a household’s
combined disposable income that goes
towards childcare in England
with Ben Fogle
in training for
their attempted
ascent of
Everest in the
gers. Nothing is more important than
our self-preservation.” Earlier, explaining why she was taking on such a
daunting challenge, Pendleton said:
“I’m probably having a midlife crisis,
for sure.
“As a female of a certain age, there’s
one thing I should be doing, apparently, and that’s staying home and having kids… I want to be that person who
goes, ‘No, I don’t conform.’”
Fogle is a UN Environment Patron of
the Wilderness and is using the climb
to highlight the beauty of the Himalayan mountains.
Minus Pendleton, he has reached
Camp 3 at 23,600ft (7,200 m). In a diary
entry last week, Fogle described the
Everest ascent as “the biggest, toughest adventure of my life. As much a battle of the mind as the body.”
Fogle is no stranger to tough challenges, having rowed the Atlantic with
James Cracknell in 2005-06. They
teamed up again in a race to the South
Pole in 2008-09.
can predict
exactly how
their body
will respond
to the effects
of extreme
ier for women to return to work after a
long period in Britain than in other
parts of the EU.
England has the highest childcare
costs for couples of any economically
advanced country, at about 40 per cent
of a household’s combined disposable
income, on average, the Paris-based
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has calculated.
Childcare costs are generally higher
in London: the cost of sending a child
under the age of two to nursery is said
to be more than 70 per cent higher in
the capital than in the north-west.
The OECD has praised the Government’s recent efforts to increase the
availability of flexible working arrangements and expand free childcare hours
for three and four-year-olds.
But it reportedly stressed in a recent
report that “the impact of these new
measures on the actual final costs
borne by parents is as yet unclear”.
It also noted that childcare providers
have warned that a lack of government
funding for the entitlement is forcing
some nurseries out of business.
Friday 4 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Afghan interpreters win right to stay in UK
Home Office waives
£2,400 fee to renew
visas in the wake of the
Windrush scandal
Five years in service ‘My
visa wasn’t recognised’
AFGHAN interpreters will be granted
the right to stay in Britain without being forced to pay thousands of pounds,
ministers are set to announce, in a
shake-up of immigration policy following the Windrush scandal.
A group of translators who worked
with the British Army in Afghanistan
and later came to the UK, feared being
forced to leave after it emerged they
would have to pay £2,400 to renew
their visas when they expire.
But last night Whitehall sources told
The Daily Telegraph that the group
would be allowed to stay in Britain and
given indefinite leave to remain, free of
charge, in recognition of their sacrifice.
It follows weeks of controversy over
the Government’s hardline immigration policy, which resulted in members
of the Windrush generation being
threatened with deportation if they
were unable to prove their right to live
in the UK.
Sajid Javid, the new Home Secretary,
signalled at the start of the week that
he would make a break from the socalled “hostile environment” policy
pursued by Theresa May when she was
in charge of the Home Office.
In this latest shift the interpreters,
who have been fighting for their right
to stay for some months, will be told
they will have the right to remain in the
UK for as long as they like – although
many still fear they will struggle to
bring their wives and children to the
country, as most of their family members still live in Afghanistan and cannot
move to the UK because of requirements relating to income and savings.
Around 150 interpreters, who were
granted a five-year settlement stay after the war, had written to the Home
Secretary warning that if they were
forced to return to Afghanistan because of the high cost of the new visa,
they could be at risk of death.
One translator, who worked in Helmand province with the British Army
and then for the British Embassy, told
this newspaper: “I take my own life in
my hands every time I go back to my
country. I cannot return to Afghanistan
because I will be killed if I move back
there”. Sources said the Home Office
By Kate McCann
Exercise Joint Warrior, involving nearly 12,000 military personnel from 17 nations, culminated with a live exercise visitor day at Salisbury Plain training area yesterday
would waive the fee and grant the interpreters the right to live and work in
the UK, although it is understood this
will require secondary legislation,
which may take time. Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, had piled
pressure on Mr Javid to grant the group
the right to stay.
Following the news Mr Williamson
told The Telegraph: “I am absolutely
thrilled that we have been able to give
our brave and loyal interpreters, who
served our Armed Forces in the harshest and most trying circumstances, this
reassurance. It is great that we will
waive fees and the Home Office has
agreed with me that this is the right
way to go to show this country is thankful for their commitment and for their
bravery to our country.”
The interpreters were allowed into
the UK under a five-year relocation
scheme and once that expires they
were required to apply for indefinite
leave, which would have incurred a fee.
The letter from the interpreters read:
“We took great risk because we believed in the integrity of the British
Army, only to be let down by politicians who see us as [a] number and not
Gavin Williamson,
the Defence
Secretary, with
General Sir Nicholas
Carter, the Chief of
the Defence Staff
as people who have sacrificed more for
this country than many of its citizens.”
Those who have signed the letter
state that they have been told to pay
£2,389 per person – a sum they say is
“so great it is unaffordable for many”,
with many of their wives and children
told they cannot join them in Britain.
The letter also highlights how those
translators whose children have been
born in the UK are struggling to obtain
documentation for them – and may
have to pay £1,200 to apply for a British
visa and Afghan passport.
Mr Williamson is understood to have
been calling for the interpreters to be
given the right to stay without fees for
some months, but the decision is
thought to have been prompted by the
Windrush scandal, where the Government came under attack after some
Zarif, 30 – who
for almost five
years worked as
an interpreter
for the British
Army and
Foreign Office
– has been living
with his wife
and four
children for two
years in
Coventry, where
he works as a
assistant at the
city council.
Just over a week
ago he was told
council did not
recognise his
visa after he
applied to be a
taxi driver to
supplement his
“I passed all the
tests and paid
for everything…
when it came to
obtaining my
taxi badge they
stopped and
asked me for
he said.
Mr Zarif was
told by the
council that his
special scheme
settlement visa
was not
recognised and
that he would
need to pay £125
to confirm his
visa with the
Home Office, or
to “apply for the
permit which
costs more than
£700,” he added.
He said he is
aware of around
25 other Afghan
families who
have visas
which are due to
expire next year,
and who find it
difficult to work
here because
their visas are
not recognised
by employers,
and who could
not afford the
indefinite leave
to remain visa.
restrictions on
bringing family
members to the
UK, which state
someone must
earn at least
£36,000 a year
to do so, pile
pressure on the
group, who have
family back
home who they
support through
their British
Commonwealth nationals were threatened with deportation because they
could not prove their right to live and
work in Britain.
One interpreter, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “We do not deserve these problems… We don’t want
any more problems and we feel we are
part of this community, but the immigration rules and the restrictions say I
am not from this society. If this was
happening to an English person what
would be the response to this?”
Editorial Comment: Page 17
David Davis and the mystery of the Irish border ‘technological solution’
By Michael Deacon
n his days as a crusading backbench
MP, David Davis had an unerring
eye for ministers who were out of
their depth. Take, for example, his
campaign against New Labour’s plan
to tackle illegal immigration by
introducing ID cards. You could tell
ministers had run out of ideas, wrote
Mr Davis in The Guardian in 2008,
because they were reduced to waffling
emptily about supposed
“technological solutions”.
“Faced with intractable problems
with political pressure for a solution,”
explained Mr Davis witheringly, “the
government reaches for a headlinegrabbing high-tech ‘solution’. Rather
than spend the resources, time and
thought necessary to get a real answer,
they naively grasp solutions that to the
technologically illiterate ministers
look like magic. And most ministers
are very illiterate about any serious
Today, of course, Mr Davis is no
longer a backbench MP; he’s the
minister in charge of Brexit. Perhaps
his greatest difficulty is the row over
the Irish border. He appears to be
facing an intractable problem – with
political pressure for a solution.
Happily, Mr Davis is convinced he has
one. “I am confident,” he declared last
September, “that we can get a nonvisible border operational.” How? “By
using the most up-to-date technology.”
So far, Mr Davis has yet to disclose
exactly what this technology is, or how
it will work. Indeed, last month a
Freedom of Information request
revealed that Mr Davis’s department
hadn’t spoken to a single technological
firm about it.
And just a week ago, Leo Varadkar,
the Irish premier, confessed that he
was “not aware of the existence of the
technology that Secretary of State
Davis seems to believe exists”.
In the Commons yesterday, MPs
wondered whether the Brexit
Secretary could possibly enlighten
them. “Does the Secretary of State
agree with the Northern Ireland select
committee,” asked Antoinette
Sandbach (Con, Eddisbury), “that there
is currently no technological solution
to the Irish border?”
Mr Davis’s answer didn’t specifically
mention technology, or explain why
the committee was wrong. Perhaps he
just didn’t want to blind everyone with
Theresa May reportedly believes
that she can solve the border problem
by arranging a special customs
partnership with the EU. Gavin
Newlands (SNP, Paisley &
Renfrewshire North) had heard that
Mr Davis opposed this plan. If the
Prime Minister got her way, asked Mr
Newlands, would Mr Davis resign?
“Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!” laughed Mr
Davis, disconcertingly loudly. “I’m not
sure whether it’s constitutional to
discuss my resignation, Mr Speaker!”
Whether it was or it wasn’t, he
didn’t actually rule out resigning over
the Prime Minister’s plan. All he would
say was that his resignation was not
Well, Mrs May can be very slow to
make decisions.
Continued from Page 1
Parliament. It is now possible Mrs May
will try to delay the vote to give her more
time to win over the mutineers in her
party. The Prime Minister has repeatedly
said Britain will be leaving the customs
union and will not be a member of a customs union with the EU after Brexit.
Her struggle to find an alternative
became more complex after Olly Robbins, the UK’s top Brexit civil servant,
delivered a “frank” assessment of the
options during Wednesday’s Brexit
sub-committee meeting.
One Whitehall source said: “The estimate is it would take five years to get
the technology up and running. Olly
Robbins said it could be done by 2022
at a pinch, but most people think even
five years is an optimistic estimate.
“The Remainers will try to use it to
keep us in the customs union for good,
and they will then argue that we might
As the Brexit ratchet tightens, there is still no
Rebels raise fears delay could be used to
keep country in customs union indefinitely solution to the vexed issue of the Emerald Isle
Theresa and Philip May head to the polls
as well be in the single market as well.
“The frustrating thing about all this
is that No 10 has not done the work to
prepare us for leaving the customs union. It’s two years on from the referendum now – it’s not as if they weren’t
warned.” Brexit-supporting Cabinet
ministers, including Boris Johnson and
Michael Gove, believe that they “killed
off ” Mrs May’s favoured solution of a
customs partnership during Wednesday’s meeting after it was opposed by a
6-5 majority.
Government sources have suggested
that “elements” of the customs partnership idea, which involves collecting
tariffs on behalf of the EU before companies claim a rebate, may remain in a
reworked model which is expected to
be presented to the same committee
next week.
David Jones, a former Brexit minister and a member of the 60-strong ERG
group of Eurosceptic Tory MPs, said:
“There is a feeling that the Prime Minister hasn’t given up on the customs
partnership idea but I think she is flogging a dead horse.
“The whole idea is repugnant and it
would be a denial of Brexit.”
he failure of the Brexit war
cabinet to back Theresa May’s
preferred option of a new
customs partnership was portrayed as
a victory for Leave and defeat for her.
In truth, it was neither. What
happened on Wednesday was simply
the latest turn of the screw, bringing
the Government one painful step closer
to the reality that now confronts it.
Recall that the new customs
partnership, in which the UK collects
tariffs on the EU’s behalf for goods
destined for EU territory, has already
been rejected by the EU. Even if Mrs
May had persuaded her colleagues,
there is little reason to believe the EU
would have accepted an idea described
as “cretinous” and “magical thinking”.
But the desperation with which Mrs
May and officials clung to such an
improbable plan speaks volumes about
the intractability of the Irish border
conundrum and the grim alternatives.
The customs partnership was the
cake-and-eat-it policy. Theoretically it
left the UK free to set its own tariffs on
goods not destined for Europe, while
obviating the need for checks on the
Irish border via a high-alignment with
the EU’s single market for goods.
By this Mrs May hoped to retain an
independent trade policy while
avoiding damaging the Good Friday
Agreement or creating the need for a
goods border in the Irish Sea that split
the UK. But Brexiteers rejected this.
They say it would lead us to a state of
abject vassalage in Europe and deprive
Brexit Britain of the freedom to strike
independent trade deals. And all said
and done, they are not wrong. The
problem is that their option, a zerotariff FTA coupled with “maximum
facilitation” of customs arrangements,
does not fix the Irish question. Why?
Because the UK government has
agreed “no infrastructure” at a border
that runs entirely through Sinn
Fein-controlled constituencies; there
is no border in the world that exempts
small business; and the EU won’t allow
a legal lacuna in its external border.
Michel Barnier set this out with
ruthless clarity in Ireland this week.
So if the UK wants to diverge, as the
Brexiteers demand, logic requires a
goods border in the Irish Sea. Mr
Barnier suggested this, but the DUP
and indeed the Conservatives rightly
reject this as unacceptable.
But these are the choices. The Brexit
ratchet tightens day by day. And the
decisions to be made must be based on
facts, not wishful thinking.
The Daily Telegraph Friday 4 May 2018
BBC admits it
got it wrong
by making priest
a terrorist
THE BBC has agreed to re-edit a Baftanominated documentary after implicating an innocent priest in the
Gunpowder Plot.
Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents, in the running for the “specialist factual” award
at next weekend’s ceremony, stated
that Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators met Father John Gerard, a Jesuit
priest, to receive “God’s blessing” for
the plot to blow up Parliament in 1605.
None of this is proven.
The show, made by 72 Films for BBC
Two, suggested that Fr Gerard knew
about the conspiracy and may even
have helped devise it, all of which as a
surprise to Michael Maslinski, the
priest’s 10 times great-nephew.
“John Gerard has been revered in
my family for 400 years… To see him
represented as a terrorist was shocking,” he said.
Mr Maslinski filed a complaint laying out the case for his ancestor’s innocence. In a letter of apology, the BBC
not only acknowledged that the show
was indeed guilty of “a breach of editorial standards” but promised to re-edit
the two episodes featuring Fr Gerard
in advance of a re-broadcast.
The BBC has twice allegedly exaggerated his culpability.
Gunpowder, the BBC One drama
that began its run on Oct 21 last year,
also suggested that Fr Gerard was in on
the plot. Mr Maslinski complained
about that show too, but the complaint
was dismissed on the grounds of dramatic licence, the BBC noting that
“Shakespeare’s plays are replete with
examples of historical inaccuracy”.
Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents began its
broadcast on Oct 23. Mr Maslinski does
not criticise the historians who were
featured as talking heads in the documentary for the hyperbole that folwed, putting blame on the
roduction’s desire to “give [Fr Gerard]
a starring role in the plot that they
eeded to justify”.
The show stated that a meeting
etween Fr Gerard and Fawkes’
rror cell in London “set in moterror
on the Gunpowder Plot”. It
awkes were
of “the same
ould” and
y the
priest “from the plotters’ point of view,
[sealed] the plot in the blood of Christ”.
In fact, Fr Gerard vigorously denied
involvement and the BBC has conceded that only one source provided
evidence against him to the authorities, something the source later retracted. The BBC concluded that
“presenting his foreknowledge as settled fact was seriously misleading”.
Mr Maslinski says he is satisfied with
the BBC’s handling of the complaint.
But the question remains: can Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents stay in the contest
for a prestigious “factual” award after
admitting to an error? The BBC told
The Daily Telegraph: “When complaints of factual inaccuracies are
brought to our attention, we always
look to investigate.” It noted that the
complaint against Secret Agents was upheld. It did not comment, however, on
the Bafta nomination.
‘John Gerard
has been
revered in
my family for
400 years...
To see him as
a terrorist
Hotel in hot water for
‘WTF’ ad campaign
A FORMER BBC presenter’s
PR stunt for her hotel went
badly wrong as she used an
offensive slogan that could
land her a huge bill.
The Achnagairn Hotel in
Kirkhill, near Inverness,
launched the “guerrilla” social media campaign to celebrate winning two AA
But the publicity splurge
backfired after angry local
“WTF” slogan on about 50
public buildings, bridges
and barriers.
At least one poster – supposed to stand for “Where’s
The Food” and not the
phrase “What the f---” – was
attached to the historic
Town House building in the
Highland city.
The hotel even sent a
plane into the sky with a
banner emblazoned with the
words, “WTF – What’s the
fuss? Table Manors.”
Renovation of the Town
House, a grade A listed
building, was only completed in February this year,
and the “WTF” sign did not
impress Inverness Provost
Helen Carmichael. She said
of the £140-a-night, five-star
hotel: “This is so unexpected
and surprising from such an
“I am so disappointed that
they have gone down this
route to promote their otherwise wonderful hotel.”
Mrs Carmichael said the
adverts were “unauthorised” and she had been helping officials remove more
than 50 of the posters from
council signs, lampposts and
pedestrian barriers.
Highland Council said the
authority was seeking to recover the cost of removing
the unauthorised signs.
Achnagairn Estate is part
of the Perfect Manors group
company. Gillian Lacey-Solymar, the hotel’s owner and a
former consumer affairs specialist for the BBC, said: “We
did not wish to cause any offence, and deliberately put
things up in a way that could
be easily removed.
“But we were rather hoping that, given we have invested so heavily in the area,
created so many jobs and we
attract so many visitors from
overseas to Inverness, that
the council would be supportive of our rather fun and
quirky marketing campaign.
“We are surprised by the
‘Opera singer’ facing
arrest for being too loud
A WOMAN has been taken
to court by her neighbours
over claims her “erratic opera singing” sounded like a
“drowning cat”.
After a number of complaints, Heather Webb, 48,
was served with a 24-month
Criminal Behaviour Order in
December last year, which
banned her from singing at a
volume that can be heard
from outside her flat.
However, Norwich magistrates heard how Webb
broke the order three times
over January and February.
On one of the three occasions, Paul Burford, who
lives 40 yards from her flat,
but in the same complex,
told the court he heard her
“erratic opera singing” at
8.30am on Feb 7 this year.
“She sounds like a drowning
cat, to be honest,” he said.
Webb, who did not appear
in court and was not legally
represented, had pleaded
not guilty. She was found
guilty of breaching the order
on Jan 8 and 9, and on Feb 7.
A “no bail” warrant was issued for her arrest.
By Tim Stanley
Robert Catesby and
Father John Gerard
portrayed in
Gunpowder. Below
left, spymaster
William Cecil
advises Elizabeth I,
in a drama
documentary that
has angered Fr
Friday 4 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
mothers blamed
for high rate
of baby deaths
HUNDREDS of babies are dying needlessly in England every year because
their mothers smoke, drink, use drugs,
or are obese, a study suggests.
Researchers from UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
compared death rates of under-fives to
those in Sweden, a country with similar levels of economic development
and healthcare.
They found that deaths occur one
and a half times more often in England,
equating to 600 extra deaths a year.
Writing in The Lancet, the study authors said that poorer maternal health
during pregnancy caused babies to be
born prematurely and with a low birth
Fruitful Healthy eating can
boost chances of conception
Eating plenty of
fruit could help
conception. A
study of 5,500
women from
Britain, Ireland,
New Zealand
and Australia
found those who
ate the least fruit
were 50 per cent
more likely to be
infertile. And
compared to
women who ate
fruit three or
more times a
day, women who
ate fruit less
than one to
three times a
month took two
weeks longer to
conceive. The
research was
published in the
journal Human
weight. Children in England are also
more likely to have birth anomalies
such as congenital heart defects than in
“While child deaths are still rare, the
UK has one of the highest child mortality rates in western Europe,” said lead
author Dr Ania Zylbersztejn of the UCL
Great Ormond Street Institute of Child
“Families need to be better supported before and during pregnancy to
improve maternal health, and in turn to
give all children a healthy start in life.”
The study used data from the NHS
and Swedish health services to compare births from 2003 to 2012, and
track the children’s health and death
records up to their fifth birthday.
The study included more than
3.9 million English births, including
11,392 deaths, and more than one million Swedish births and 1,927 deaths.
Between the ages of two days to four
years old, the mortality rate for England
was 50 per cent higher – 29 deaths per
10,000 children in England against 19
deaths per 10,000 children in Sweden.
If the child mortality rate was the
same in England as in Sweden, 607
fewer child deaths per year would have
occurred in England, equivalent to
6,073 fewer deaths from 2003-2012.
The authors said women in Sweden
were better at maintaining a healthy
weight, eating well, avoiding drugs, alcohol and smoking and keeping their
weight down in pregnancy.
By Sarah Knapton Science editor
Last tree standing
The “loneliest plant
in the world”
(above) has taken
centre stage at the
newly restored
Temperate House
at the Royal
Botanic Gardens at
Kew, the world’s
largest Victorian
glasshouse. Among
the 10,000 plants is
Wood’s cycad, or
woodii. Now extinct
in the wild, it is
“the loneliest in the
world” because
there are no known
females with
which it can breed.
Sir David
Attenborough said:
“[It] is the only
specimen of its
kind known. Areas
where plants once
grew they can’t
grow anymore.
There is nowhere
else for them to go,
except here.”
Blood check to revolutionise peanut allergy tests Children ‘dealing anxiety drug Xanax in schools’
By Sarah Knapton
A NEW peanut allergy test could prevent thousands of people needlessly
worrying about eating the snack.
Currently, skin-prick testing, which
involves placing a small amount of the
peanut protein on the flesh and looking
for an immune reaction in the blood,
results in significant over-diagnosis.
It has been found that just 22 per
cent of schoolchildren diagnosed in
that way actually have the allergy when
they are fed peanuts in a medical setting, known as an oral food challenge
However, although eating peanuts is
a more accurate way of diagnosing the
allergy, it leaves sufferers at risk of
deadly anaphylactic shock.
Now, a Medical Research Council
team has realised it can predict the allergy with 98 per cent accuracy simply
by looking at how certain types of cells
in the blood, known as mast cells, react
to the presence of peanuts.
Dr Alexandra Santos, an MRC clinician scientist at King’s College London,
and lead author of the study published
in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, said: “The new test … would
reduce by two thirds the number of
expensive, stressful oral food challenges conducted, as well as saving children from experiencing allergic
XANAX, the anxiety drug, is being used
by children as young as 11, with charities saying some are selling it on school
premises, an investigation alleges.
Head teachers said that children did
not understand the risks associated
with Xanax, the brand name for Alprazolam, which is used to treat anxiety
and panic attacks and is widely prescribed in the US. There are concerns it
is being abused in the UK, after the
BBC said it had seen letters from head
teachers raising concerns over the use
of such medications.
The corporation said it had figures
showing that in 2017, there were 240
ambulance call-outs for Xanax abuse
by children aged 11 to 18.
One teacher said he feared pupils
had made an assumption that taking
Xanax was safer than using illegal
drugs. Nick Lind, deputy head of Redland Green School in Bristol, told the
BBC: “Because it’s seen as a prescrip-
tion drug and therefore not seen necessarily by some people as dangerous
because it is prescription, they don’t
understand the risks. They think it’s a
safe way of getting into drugs.”
Addaction, the drug charity, also said
it was “concerned” by the number of
teenagers it was helping whot had addiction problems related to the drug.
The Home Office said firm action
was being taken “to prevent the harms
caused by drugs”.
The Daily Telegraph Friday 4 May 2018
Stabbed burglar’s funeral ends in violence
By Patrick Sawer
of Vincent out of the window for
photographers to see and bellowed
“The King is Dead”.
As mourners turned their anger on
the gathered reporters, a police officer
warned the media: “They are not
happy. My advice to you is not to be
Around 10 police officers had to
intervene to hold the group of
between 30 and 40 people back, while
a police helicopter flew overhead,
monitoring the situation.
Two groups of at least 30 mourners
ran at journalists after surrounding
them. One photographer was punched
in the face.
Police reinforcements in a van sped
to the scene to quell the trouble as the
situation threatened to descend into
large-scale violence.
Bystanding villagers watched on in
horror at the scenes unfolding.
One said: “It was terrifying. They
were incredibly threatening and were
screaming and shouting as they
stormed down the road. I’ve never
Not welcome: mourners at Henry Vincent’s funeral make their feelings known to the
gathered press and bystanders, as police attempt to maintain control over proceedings
included a selection of his favourite
songs such as R Kelly’s If I Could Turn
Back the Hands of Time and Celine
Dion’s I’m Your Angel.
Following the service, the
procession then headed toward the
church’s cemetery where Vincent was
As the cortege drove off, one male
mourner sat in the front passenger
seat of the hearse that had carried
Vincent’s coffin and held a photograph
ith ornate floral
tributes ranging
from a boxing ring
to a bottle of vodka,
Henry Vincent, the
burglar stabbed to
death while raiding a pensioner’s
home, was given a lavish send-off.
Hundreds of mourners from the
traveller community gathered in Kent
yesterday for the funeral.
Despite a large police presence
monitoring proceedings, the scene
turned ugly shortly after the
30-minute service ended, with some
of the mourners attacking members of
the media.
Youths, covering their faces with
hoods, broke away from the cortege to
pelt the press with eggs and rocks. At
least one man was arrested.
Earlier the main funeral procession,
which included scores of floral
tributes, left the family home in
Swanley, Kent.
Two funeral directors, wearing top
hats and carrying canes, led the way,
walking in front of a silver Mercedes
hearse which contained Vincent’s
Among the bouquets was a white
display made into the word “Daddy”, a
purple BMW sports car and a red
Transit van.
The hearse was followed by eight
black Mercedes limousines carrying
family and friends to the funeral
service, which was held three miles
away, at St Mary’s Church of England
Parish Church in nearby St Mary Cray.
Some of the mourners leaned out of
the vehicles to shout obscenities at
photographers and reporters.
As police stood guard outside,
around 100 of Vincent’s friends and
family gathered inside, where music
As mourners
turned their
anger on the
reporters, a
police officer
warned the
media: ‘They
are not
happy. My
advice to you
is not to be
here’ Henry Vincent’s family bought
£1.7m home for fraction of value
THE family of Henry Vincent, the
career criminal stabbed to death while
burgling a pensioner’s home, have
bought a Grade II listed mansion at a
fraction of its estimated value, it has
Vincent’s parents Rosemary and
Henry Snr have moved into the
grounds of Snagbrook House, a sprawling historic property set in 40 acres of
land in the Kent countryside.
Mrs Vincent, 59, completed the sale
of the property last month, paying
£325,000, despite local estate agents
estimating it could be worth up to
£1.7 million.
They bought the house and land
from Dudley Wright, 72, who has lived
on the Snagbrook estate for more than
It is understood Mr Wright, who is
divorced and has a daughter, is continuing to live in the grounds, but it is not
clear if he is inhabiting a static caravan
or remains in the main house itself.
Earlier this week, officers from Kent
Police, attended the property and
spoke to Mr Wright after locals expressed concern about his welfare.
A spokesman for the force said: “The
man was spoken to alone and con-
The amount paid by stabbed burglar Henry
Vincent’s mother for historic property in
Kent said to be worth five times as much
firmed he was safe and well. No offences were identified.”
Details of the recent property sale
available on the land registry website,
showed that Mrs Vincent bought Snagbrook under five separate titles, each
valued at £65,000.
It is understood the Vincents met Mr
Wright in 2011 when they were brought
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and the
in to carry out some repair work on the
main house.
Mr Vincent Snr was jailed with his
son for defrauding an 81-year-old man
over £72,000 of unnecessary building
work they persuaded him to have done.
They later moved on to the site, living in a caravan and a short time later
evicted Walter Bratton, 76, a farmhand,
Speaking from his new bungalow
home in nearby Maidstone, the pensioner said: “When the Vincent family
arrived, I had to leave. They laid me off
and I had to move house. I don’t know
about [their] deal with Mr Wright so I
couldn’t tell you whether he was paid a
fair price or not.”
Mr Wright’s ex-wife, Winifred, 72,
claimed their daughter, Davinia, 41,
had recently been written out of his
will. Miss Wright could not be contacted last night. Yesterday, as the family attended the funeral of Henry
Vincent Jnr, two Alsatians patrolled the
grounds at Snagbrook and signs
warned visitors were not welcome.
‘Drill rap’ warning
after two convicted
of knife murder
A JUDGE has blamed YouTube drill
music for escalating gang violence after a music producer was killed.
Devone Pusey, 20, and Kai Stewart,
18, stabbed Dean Pascal-Modeste, 22, to
death on Feb 24 last year after a feud
played out in drill rap videos, a court
Both men appeared in YouTube videos for Lewisham’s B Side gang, which
mocked their rivals from the Splash
gang. Mr Pascale-Modeste was not affiliated with any gang, but he was
knifed up to 14 times as he made his
way to a recording session with two
men associated with Splash.
Stewart, who fled to Jamaica after
the killing, and Pusey, from Bellingham, south-east London, were both
convicted of murder yesterday after a
second trial at the Old Bailey. They face
sentencing on May 17.
Judge Nicholas Cooke said: “Music,
of course, does not kill people. But
there is legitimate concern about the
glamorisation of violence in some of
the material we hear in these cases and
this is a good example of this.”
Alex Scott and Corey Donaldson,
both 18, have already been convicted of
the murder and jailed for life.
seen anything like it in my life.” A
Scotland Yard spokesman said:
“A male, believed to be in his teens,
was arrested on suspicion of assault
following an incident in High Street,
Orpington, at the junction of Elizabeth
Way at around 1.15pm. He has been
released under investigation, to return
to a police station at a later date.”
Vincent, 37, died of his injuries after
he broke into the home of pensioner
Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, and his
wife Maureen, 76, last month.
Mr Osborn-Brooks woke to find two
men in his house in the early hours of
April 4 and was forced into the kitchen
by Vincent, who had armed himself
with a screwdriver.
During an ensuing struggle, the
burglar suffered a stab wound to the
chest and died a short time later.
The pensioner was initially arrested
by detectives on suspicion of murder
and held for questioning.
But police quickly released him on
bail and later announced he would
face no further action.
Friday 4 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph Friday 4 May 2018
‘Golden ticket’
royal wedding
guests told to
pack a picnic
MEMBERS of the public with a “golden
ticket” to the royal wedding have been
told to provide their own picnic lunch.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
have invited 2,460 people “to feel part
of the celebrations” by standing in the
grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19.
However, some guests have expressed their dismay after receiving
letters from the Queen’s lord lieutenants suggesting they “bring a picnic
lunch as it will not be possible to buy
food and drink on site”.
Those invited inside the castle walls
include charity workers and others
nominated for their bravery or work in
the local community.
Saeed Atcha, founder of a youth
charity in Bolton, Greater Manchester,
told The Guardian that some of the disadvantaged people he worked with
were bemused at the lack of hospitality
offered by the Royal family.
“They were saying, ‘How come they
have this money and you have to bring
a picnic?’ I am of the same opinion. It’s
unfathomable,” he said. “There’s a McDonald’s [nearby] but I’m not sure I’ll
be able to bring in a meal. Maybe there
will be a U-turn.”
Kensington Palace said some “light
refreshments and snacks” will be available. The wedding is due to begin at
noon and be over by 1pm, but members
of the public will arrive several hours
earlier in order to pass security checks
and find a prime spot close to the doors
of St George’s Chapel.
The 2,640 crowd granted exclusive
access to the grounds will comprise
1,200 members of the public, 1,140 palace staff, 200 people associated with
the couple’s favoured charities and 100
local schoolchildren.
By Anita Singh
History tour Sir Paul McCartney has lent photographs by his wife Linda to the V&A museum, London, for a show starting in October. They include pictures
of The Beatles in 1967, McCartney with baby Mary in 1969 and a 23-year-old Stella in 1994. Linda, a professional photographer, died 20 years ago, aged 56.
Plane search may solve shipwrecks mystery
Sonar devices hunting for
Malaysian flight MH370 in
Indian Ocean offer clues to
identity of two vessels
By David Millward
TWO Victorian shipping mysteries
may have been solved thanks to the
£50 million search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
While sonar devices have failed to
pinpoint the wreckage of the Boeing
777, which disappeared with 239 peo-
ple on board in March 2014, they have
located a pair of shipwrecks on the Indian Ocean seabed.
One is believed to be West Ridge, a
220ft iron barque, built in Scotland,
lost while carrying British coal to India
in 1883, claiming the lives of 28 crew.
It was found on Dec 19 2015, 12,000ft
below the surface and 1,500 miles off
the west coast of Australia.
The wreck was lying upright and
evidence uncovered by Australian
archaeologists suggest that the vessel
weighed between 1,100 and 1,655 tons
and had at least two decks.
Sifting through the debris, scientists
found a coal sample which, on further
analysis, suggested the ship was British. That information and the surviving
anchors and metal fasteners enabled
researchers to identify the West Ridge
as the likeliest candidate.
Built in Glasgow in 1869, the 1,405ton West Ridge’s dimensions appeared
to match those of the wreck.
However, even if West Ridge is the
most likely candidate, Dr Ross Anderson, curator of maritime archaeology at
the West Australian Museum, did not
rule out two other possibilities – Kooringa and Lake Ontario, which were lost
in 1894 and 1897 respectively. Greater
Lecturer tells students: You can’t
hide behind nameless feedback
A UNIVERSITY lecturer has warned
his students that he knows who they
are after receiving their “anonymous”
end-of-term feedback.
Darren Reid, a senior lecturer in history at Coventry University, told undergraduates that far from their
comments being unidentifiable, he was
able to tell who had written them.
He explained that it was fairly
straightforward to work out who had
made certain remarks if they were
“highly consistent” with a student’s
speaking pattern or opinions they have
expressed in seminars.
In an email, obtained by Times
Higher Education magazine (THE), Dr
Reid urged students “not to assume
that a nameless form grants you complete anonymity”. He added that “some
of you think you are better at hiding
your identity than you are in reality”.
Dr Reid, who specialises in Native
American history, told how “patterns
of identity” such as non-attendance
and a “few other tells” mean that students often “effectively de-anonymise”
He said that his “last lesson” to his
final-year students is meant “in the
spirit of support” to help them “after
graduation [and] in the job market”.
‘Some of you think that
you are better at hiding
your identity than you
are in reality’
Dr Reid went on to analyse all the
positive and negative comments he received, and said that overall he was “extremely flattered and gratified”.
Student feedback on their lecturers,
as well as satisfaction surveys, is increasingly used as ways to measure
teaching quality at universities. However, some lecturers have complained
that they tend to generate unfair, un-
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constructive and sometimes abusive
comments that unduly affect careers.
Dr Reid defended his message to students, saying that he “was simply offering constructive advice pertinent in
the age of internet ‘privacy’”.
He told THE that he sent the email
because he believes it is “very important” to discuss “how the nature of
anonymity continues to change in the
digital landscape that we live in and
which appears (but often fails) to protect one’s privacy”.
He went on: “We have a responsibility to make sure our students understand that perceived anonymity is not
the same as actual anonymity – at university, the workplace and online.”
A Coventry University spokesman
said: “Dr Reid’s comments were intended in the spirit of support. As a university we support an approach to
dialogue and discussion, whether anonymous or open. According to independent surveys, Dr Reid’s students express
high levels of satisfaction.”
Woman golfer looks
to law over club’s
men-only mornings
A GOLFER is considering legal action
against her club because of a “menonly” rule on Saturday mornings.
Lowri Roberts, a civil servant, claims
discrimination at the 36-hole complex
after women were banned from prime
weekend slots.
The row comes after members at
Cottrell Park Golf Resort at St Nicholas,
near Cardiff, voted in favour of the
Ms Roberts and other female members are obliged to play on an alternative
course used by non-members.
The 37-year-old said: “I was told
there are plenty of grounds through
the Equalities Act if I wanted to do
something about it. This can’t be right
in this day and age.”
Andy Mogridge, Cottrell Park Members’ Association (CPMA) chairman,
said: “The CPMA have had a good look
at the constitution and the current
rules and there are no exemptions to allow lady members to play within the
men’s competition tee slots.
“I’m not an expert on discrimination. In my simplistic view, I don’t believe it is discriminatory. I’ve seen it as
a rule that has been broken and then
needed to be put to the membership.”
uncertainty surrounds the identity of a
second wreck, a wooden ship found on
May 19 2015 about 22 miles away from
the iron wreck.
Using shipping records, scientists
have narrowed down the identity of the
wooden ship – weighing between 250
and 880 tons – to one of two vessels.
One is the W. Gordon, which was
sailing from Scotland to Australia in
1877 with 10 crew on board when it
sank and the other was the Magdala,
which was lost five years later during a
voyage from Wales to Indonesia.
“Most of the material widely scattered on the seabed consists of the re-
mains of the coal cargo that had spilled
out of the hull prior to it striking the
seabed,” said Dr Anderson.
“The evidence points to the ship
sinking as a result of a catastrophic
event such as explosions, common in
the transport of coal cargoes.”
Dr Anderson said more work – and
funding – was needed before his team
can be certain over the identity of the
“If it was a shipwreck that we could
dive on ... we’d be looking for any artefacts like ceramics or bottles or anything that could confirm providence,”
he added. “These are the deepest
wrecks so far located in the Indian
Ocean, they’re some of the most remote shipwrecks in the world.”
The wrecks of two trawlers, which
were lost in the 20th century, were also
found, but the Australian Transport
Safety Bureau, which supervised the
hunt for MH370 did not ask the museum to carry out further research.
When the sonar search first located
wreckage, it was briefly thought that
the remnants of MH370 had been
The search for MH370 is continuing
with Texas-based Ocean Infinity carrying out the work.
Friday 4 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Yoga instructors in a twist over tough qualifications
Chairman and deputy quit
British Wheel of Yoga
after clashes over vigorous
nature of training
By Francesca Marshall
DEVOTEES of yoga are widely known
for their serene and unflappable auras.
But for one of Britain’s largest yoga
communities the calm appears to have
been disturbed by warring officials.
The chairman and vice-chairman of
the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) have
stepped down after repeated clashes
with their national executive committee (NEC).
Paul Fox, right, made the decision to
leave his position as chairman, he
claims, after members of the leading
body wanted to relax qualifications for
teachers. Shelagh MacKenzie, his deputy, also announced her decision to
leave. Mr Fox has long warned against
practising yoga without an expert instructor as this can lead to a range of
d is a passionate advoinjuries, and
cate of the highest level of yoga
ification, Level 4.
teacher qualification,
This whole fallout
He said: “This
came down to just a handful
of our teacher-trainers
e to obtain
being unable
our Level 4 qualificad that some
tion.” He said
rs who were
staff members
ieve the vigortrying to achieve
ation became
ous qualification
“disgruntled”” when they
failed to do so. According
to Mr Fox the NEC then undermined the qualifications body “by
holding a NEC meeting to which
Shelag and I were not invited
i order to discuss British
Wheel of Yoga qualifications and alleged ‘overregulation’”.
Their decision to res
is likely to spark furth disruption as Mr Fox
wa in the midst of a rewas
campaign. He
added: “We could not
stay any longer and had to act now because of failure of NEC to take steps to
protect our wonderful BWY staff.
“With all of them under pressure,
some suffering absence due to stress,
and being harassed by a number of destructive BWY members and volunteers, they had to be protected.”
The NEC was contacted for comment. On the BWY website a statement
from the NEC read: “Further to the recent resignations of the BWY Chair and
Vice-chair we confirm that the NEC
continues to work on your behalf. The
NEC continues to work together with
Central Office staff and our committee
members to support our organisation
and we are looking forward to creating
a positive and successful future together with the newly elected members.” It also confirmed that the current
leadership election that was taking
place would be going ahead despite the
withdrawal of Mr Fox.
Mr Fox said he had “already spoken to
and congratulated Richard Adamo, the
new chairman, and will be working
with him to ensure a smooth transition”.
Teachers offered
paid career breaks
to boost recruitment
TEACHERS will be offered paid sabbaticals for the first time, the Education
Secretary has suggested after promising to tackle the number of people
leaving the profession.
Damian Hinds is to announce a new
£5 million pilot to give long-serving
teachers time off work. The career
breaks are aimed at rewarding dedicated teachers for their hard work, and
funding an activity that would aid their
professional development.
The move comes after the public accounts committee warned of a “growing sense of crisis” in teacher retention.
The Government is also to scrap its
“coasting” schools measure. Mr Hinds
will announce a consultation to replace
the “confusing” system of having both
a “floor” standard and the “coasting”
measure. Instead, he will introduce a
single measure to hold schools in England to account for their performance.
Announcing the plans at the National
Association of Head Teachers’ (NAHT)
annual conference in Liverpool today,
Mr Hinds will say he wants to eliminate
confusion around the two measures.
“We must have a system that does
more than just deal with failure... But
we will do so in the right way, and there
will be a single, transparent data trigger for schools to be offered support –
which we will consult on,” he is
expected to say. “I intend this to replace the current confusing system of
having both below the floor and coasting standards for performance.”
He will also insist schools will only
be forced to become academies in the
future if they are declared inadequate
by Ofsted. The minister is also expected to clarify who is responsible for
inspecting schools and judging their
performance, amid confusion over the
role of others, such as regional schools
commissioners, saying that “the only
people who should go to schools for inspections are Ofsted”.
Paul Whiteman, the NAHT general
secretary, said: “It’s absolutely right
that there should only be one agency
with the remit to inspect schools. Clarity about the standards that are ex-
‘It’s absolutely right that
there should only be one
agency with the remit to
inspect schools’
pected is just what we’ve been calling
for,” he said.
“Removing the coasting and floor
standards will do much to address the
confusion felt by many school leaders.”
Under the current system, there is a
floor standard, based on progress and
SATs or GCSE results, and schools are
considered under-performing if they
fall beneath this benchmark.
The latest government figures show
that 511 primaries and 365 secondaries
are below the floor standard. There is
also a “coasting schools” measure,
which looks at results over three years.
In both cases schools are typically
referred to their regional schools commissioner, who helps to decide what
support, or funding, they may need to
boost standards.
Eagle eyed Benedict, a European eagle owl, has been making himself at home having been hand-reared by Dave Warren,
a keeper at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling. He said: “It’s been a hoot having Benedict in the house.”
The Daily Telegraph Friday 4 May 2018
Mediators to
help families
in power of
attorney fights
By Olivia Rudgard
Social affairS correSpondent
WARRING families are to be assigned
mediators to stop them fighting over
power of attorney for loved ones.
A pilot scheme being run by the
Office of the Public Guardian will fund
professional help for families embroiled in disputes over issues such as
inheritances or control of finances.
In some cases, a vulnerable person
who had chosen a relative such as a sibling, child or parent to make decisions
on their behalf ends up in the control of
the local authority or a professional because their family cannot get along.
Speaking at a conference in London,
Alan Eccles, chief executive of the Office of the Public Guardian, said the
programme was intended to “honour
the wishes of the donor”.
“If it’s not a case of out-and-out
abuse, then we think to give validity to
Family pleaded
with NHS before
former soldier
killed dog walker
Relatives of jailed former
commando told mental
health staff he had PTSD
and was buying knives
By Yohannes Lowe
THE family of a former commando
who murdered an 83-year-old dog
walker say they had warned doctors he
had post-traumatic stress disorder and
had been hoarding knives.
Alexander Palmer, 24, was jailed for
a minimum of 28 years after stabbing
Peter Wrighton, who was walking his
pet in secluded Norfolk woodland,
more than 40 times last August.
Palmer’s mother and stepfather have
criticised mental health services for failing to act sufficiently quickly when they
were warned that he was hoarding
knives and not taking his medication.
During sessions with mental health
staff, Palmer told of his disdain for dog
walkers and had said he envisioned an
attack at some point in the future.
His mother, who wishes to remain
anonymous, told the BBC’s Look East
that Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust had not appreciated the extent of his mental illness.
She said: “Alex was purchasing
knives. Once he knew I knew that he’d
got them, he became more secretive.
“They [mental health professionals]
thought we were busybodies, interfer-
‘We will attempt to get them
to focus on the donor’s wish,
rather than worry about the
thing they’ve fallen out over’
ing in Alex’s mental health and care,
because they were the experts.
“I am not going to blame them solely.
Maybe we should have done more, but
the amount of times we were treated
like we were interfering … it didn’t
matter how desperate I was.”
Palmer was assaulted by a colleague
in 2014 while serving with 29 Commando, and was referred to the NHS
for mental health treatment, and discharged from service.
His parents told the BBC that this attack “crushed” him and he came back a
“different” person, who had received
‘The amount of times we
were treated like we were
interfering … it didn’t
matter how desperate I was’
Alexander Palmer, centre with bottle, was sentenced to a minimum of 28 years in prison for murdering Peter Wrighton, above left
various diagnoses from professionals.
Communications between mental
health professionals over the two years
prior to the random attack revealed
Palmer’s violent fantasies and his experience of hearing voices instructing
him to commit acts of violence.
In January 2017, Palmer said to his
GP that he was hearing more voices
that told him to harm people and admitted that he had purchased a machete and a hunting knife.
His mother added: “There was no
[acknowledgement that] ‘this is a mental health patient with a machete’.” At
the sentencing, the court heard that by
January 2015, Palmer had boasted to
mental health workers that he “would
be on a pedestal, up with the big ones,
everyone would look up to me, everyone would know me by name”.
Mr Wrighton’s injuries were so bad
that police initially thought that he had
been killed “by some sort of wild animal”.
The jury took only 49 minutes to
reach a guilty verdict. After the sentencing at Nottingham Crown Court,
Carol Todd, Mr Wrighton’s daughter,
Teenagers plotted Columbine
copycat massacre, court hears
By Victoria Ward
TWO 14-year-old boys planned a “reenactment” of the Columbine school
massacre after becoming fascinated
with the killers, a court has heard.
The teenagers, who cannot be
named for legal reasons, developed an
obsessive interest in murderers Eric
Harris and Dylan Klebold, it was
They “hero-worshipped” the pair
and would even emulate their habit of
wearing trench coats.
The boys are accused of hatching a
plan to murder teachers and pupils at a
school in Northallerton, North Yorks,
downloading bomb-making manuals
and stockpiling equipment including
petrol and a bag of screws.
The elder of the two is also accused
of carving his name into his girlfriend’s
Paul Greaney QC, prosecuting, told
Leeds Crown Court: “They intended to
shoot and kill other pupils and teachers
against whom they held a grievance.
“They also, like their heroes, intended to deploy explosives and researched bombing-making techniques
to that end. This was no teenage fan-
tasy; it was real.” He opened his case by
explaining how Harris and Klebold
murdered 12 students and a teacher at
Columbine High, Colorado, in 1999, before killing themselves.
Mr Greaney said the defendants,
who are now 15 and sat in the well of
the court with their mothers, were arrested before they could put a similar
plan into action. Both deny conspiracy
‘They intended to shoot and
kill other pupils and
teachers against whom
they held a grievance’
to murder.
The prosecutor said the boys downloaded, within two minutes of each
other, a bomb-making manual from the
One file gave the user access to a 241page book called The Anarchist Cookbook Version 2000, which provides
instructions on the manufacture of
pipe bombs, nail grenades and explosives.
The older boy is said to have had a
“hideout” in an abandoned shack
RNLI sacks crewmen in row
over naked women mugs
By Daily Telegraph Reporter
TWO RNLI volunteers have been
sacked and four fellow crewmen have
quit over a dispute surrounding mugs
adorned with images of naked women.
The men from the Whitby station in
North Yorkshire exchanged jokey
Christmas gifts, which included a mug
with a picture of a naked woman on it
and one of the crew’s faces superimposed on to the model’s head.
But a female superior found the mugs
in a cupboard and Joe Winspear and his
colleague Ben Laws were dismissed.
Navigator Steve Boocock, helmsman
Martyn Cairns and trainees Neil Cook
and Simon Rhodes have now walked
out in protest, according to The Sun. A
source told the paper: “The mugs were
just banter, a bit of fun. One of the
sacked men served 15 years. He’s saved
people’s lives and recovered those who
were not so lucky. He should be given a
medal, not his marching orders.
“Two of the crew are women and
told the managers that they were not
offended. It’s overkill by the RNLI.”
Initially, Mr Winspear and Mr Laws
were reportedly told that if the mugs
were destroyed they would face no further action. But in March, bosses told
‘One of the men served 15
years and has saved lives.
He should be given a medal,
not his marching orders’
them they had breached safeguarding
protocol, citing they could have been
seen by visiting schoolchildren.
The RNLI told The Sun: “Two volunteers have been stood down. We are
waiting to hear if they wish to challenge this decision. Others have resigned. The investigation focused on
the production of inappropriate material of a sexual nature and social media
activity directed at an RNLI staff member. This was not a trivial matter.”
where he stockpiled petrol, screws,
batteries, cable ties and a balaclava.
Mr Greaney said that he also kept a
diary containing “significant and disturbing content” which was proof that
his “murderous intentions were real.”
He also described his intention to
kill his girlfriend’s parents and steal her
father’s seven shotguns.
The older of the pair, who modelled
himself on Harris, was excluded from
school in April 2017 after staff found a
fake Instagram account being used to
post offensive images and comments
about teachers.
He is also said to have downloaded
and retained disturbing videos “rejoicing” in Harris and Klebold’s crimes.
On May 16, 2017, the younger boy
sent a message to the other, saying: “I
can’t be bothered any more”.
The older boy replied with “Why not
take some others out as well”, before
sending another message that read: “If
you’re gonna kill yourself, shoot up the
school.” The pair were arrested in late
October 2017 and one told the police
that everything was fantasy.
The other said he had initially believed his friend was joking. The trial
Student death fall
is Bristol’s 10th
suspected suicide
A STUDENT in Bristol is thought to
have taken his own life, which would
make him the 10th undergraduate in
the city to do so in 18 months.
Alex Elsmore, who was in his 20s,
was a fourth-year electrical and engineering student at Bristol University.
It is understood he fell from the
Clifton Suspension Bridge on April 21.
His death is not being treated as
Mr Elsmore is the eighth student
from Bristol University believed to
have taken their own lives over the past
18 months.
A further two students from
the city’s other university, the University of the West of England (UWE), are
also believed to have died in the same
way. Earlier inquests into the deaths of
the students found that none were
Bristol University has been reviewing its student health services, putting
some £1 million into mental health and
well-being provision.
said: “The revelations of the evidence
relating to the mental health of Alexander Palmer have shocked, astounded
and angered us.
“We feel this should not have happened and mental health professionals
failed him, his family and our family.”
The BBC has reported that the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS knew that Palmer
had knives, but hoped that he would
respond to treatment.
The trust told the broadcaster that
an internal view would be launched
and has offered support to Mr Wright-
on’s family. It said that “it would be inappropriate to prejudge the findings of
any review or to comment any further
at this point”.
When sentencing the defendant, Mr
Justice Goose, remarked: “Your offence was substantially aggravated in
its seriousness, firstly by the fact that
there was a significant degree of planning and of premeditation for this murder. Secondly, the victim was
particularly vulnerable, being aged 83
and alone. Thirdly, by the extent of the
savage violence you used to kill him.”
that wish of the donor, we will attempt
to put things back together again, and
get them to focus on the donor who
wanted their loved ones to look after
them, rather than to worry about the
thing that they’ve fallen out about,” he
told an audience at the Frenkel Topping Deputy Day conference.
The disagreements can be over who
was assigned the power of attorney or
over inheritance or decisions about
care homes and finances, Mr Eccles
told The Daily Telegraph.
“Sometimes it can just be the fact
that one sibling has been appointed the
attorney and the other sibling hasn’t,”
he added.
Adults can set up a lasting power of
attorney in case they lose the capacity
to make their own decisions about
their life and finances.
A “donor”, who sets up the agreement, can appoint a family member or
professional to take over their decisions for them if they become ill with
conditions such as dementia.
High-profile cases have recently
drawn attention to the potential for
abuse within the scheme.
Last month, a solicitor specialising
in elderly care was convicted of wilful
neglect and given a two-and-a-halfyear prison sentence after the death of
her 79-year-old mother.
Emma-Jane Kurtz, 41, had left her
mother Cecily “covered from head to
toe in faeces”, and had not changed her
clothes for a decade, Thames Valley Police said.
Friday 4 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
By Harry Yorke
JOHN BERCOW was under mounting
pressure last night as a former Black
Rod became the latest official to accuse
him of bullying behaviour, warning
that his “intemperate” outbursts were
“unworthy” of public office.
In the most damning attack on the
Speaker to date, David Leakey accused
him of being “genuinely intimidating”.
His account adds to a list of allegations against Mr Bercow, whose future
was cast into doubt on Wednesday
when Downing Street endorsed calls
for him to be investigated.
Mr Leakey, a former British military
commander who retired from his post
last year, added that Mr Bercow “terrified” staff.
He spoke out after Angus Sinclair,
the Speaker’s former private secretary,
broke his silence – and the terms of an
£86,000 departure settlement paid out
of the public purse – when he alleged
that Mr Bercow had frequently flown
Trump card House of Lords
may defy Speaker’s ruling
Peers may defy
John Bercow’s
ban on allowing
Donald Trump
to speak in the
House by
inviting him to
address them in
the Royal
Gallery instead.
It is thought that
the House of
Lords would be
sympathetic to a
request to allow
a speech during
the president’s
24-hour visit to
Britain on July
13 or on a future
state visit. Some
peers say Lord
Fowler, the Lord
Speaker, may be
receptive after
he had distanced
himself from Mr
Bercow’s ruling.
into rages and had verbally abused him.
The Speaker is already facing separate allegations that he bullied Kate
Emms, Mr Sinclair’s successor, who
was signed off work sick and later
moved from his office in 2011.
Mr Leakey told the PoliticsHome
website: “On one occasion he quite
suddenly erupted in a rage, banging
the table and being extremely and personally rude to me, including calling
me an anti-Semite.
“He did apologise to me for that specific remark afterwards, but not for his
other highly personal insults, and it is
“His rage erupted, as on a previous
occasion, and the red mist suddenly descended: it was quite disproportionate
and unreasonable by any standards.
“His explosive and intemperate behaviour is legendary, objectionable and
unworthy of someone in such public
office. There were lots of people who
were, frankly, terrified of the Speaker.”
A spokesman for Mr Bercow said he
rejected all allegations levelled by Mr
Leakey and others, adding that the pair
had clashed. “John Bercow and David
Leakey are two very different people
with very different backgrounds, perspectives and ideas,” the spokesman
added. “They had fundamental disagreements in 2011 and 2012, but interacted adequately after that.”
A Conservative MP has told this
newspaper that they have written to
the Parliamentary Commissioner for
Standards, asking that she use her powers to investigate Mr Bercow for potentially breaching the code of conduct.
The Telegraph has also learnt that Mr
Sinclair’s five-figure settlement was
signed off by Sir Malcolm Jack, the then
Clerk of the House, who was responsible for spending taxpayers’ money.
Heat on Bercow
as bullying claim
is backed by
ex-Black Rod
Too close for comfort Walkers tread dangerously close to the edge of Beachy Head in East Sussex yesterday despite
warnings of crumbling cliffs. Earlier in the day, emergency services were called to the tourist spot following reports of
a car driving off the edge. Sussex police confirmed that the vehicle had been found and recovery was under way.
Undercover detective fired for affair
Burglar out cold after walking into post Evans misses show after mother’s death
An undercover policeman who had a
sexual relationship with a green
activist has been sacked following a
disciplinary hearing.
Jim Boyling was dismissed for gross
misconduct for his actions when a
member of the secretive Special
Demonstration Squad, the
Metropolitan Police said. Scotland
Yard said: “It was alleged that he had
 A burglar carrying £4,000 of stolen
electrical goods walked into a
lamppost and knocked himself out.
Terry Sawyers, 39, was found
unconscious in Fenchurch Street,
London, after grabbing four laptops,
seven Cannon cameras, and a mobile
phone from nearby offices in March.
Concerned passers-by had called the
police and Sawyers, who has 79
convictions, 27 for burglary, swore at
officers as they drove him to hospital.
Days earlier, he had been handed a
12-month suspended sentence for
burgling the Lambeth mayor’s office.
Shafiq Amin, defending, urged the
judge, Sarah Munro QC, for leniency,
but she jailed him for 16 months at the
Old Bailey. Sawyers, from East Ham,
admitted three counts of burglary.
 Chris Evans, the BBC Radio 2
presenter, pulled out of his breakfast
show yesterday after his mother died
just before he went on air.
The broadcaster left a note to be
read to listeners because he “needed
to go straight back home to be with
my family”.
He said his mother, Minnie, died
aged 92 just before his show was due
to begin at 6.30am. He described her
as an “incredible woman”, adding: “It’s
all OK, in fact it’s very OK. Mum
needed to be at peace.”
He added: “Anyone who has ever met
my mum will tell you that ultimately
there was no battle lost, only a life won.
I’ll be back tomorrow.”
Vassos Alexander, who usually reads
the sports news, hosted the show.
Killer released after 43 years behind bars
 One of Britain’s longest serving
prisoners has been released after 43
years behind bars.
John Massey, who was 26 when he
was jailed for life in 1975 for murder
after shooting Charlie Higgins, a pub
doorman, in Clapton, east London,
was freed from HMP Warren Hill in
Suffolk on Wednesday.
Now 69, the killer had escaped
several times, once from Pentonville in
2012, to say goodbye to his mother on
her deathbed, and was on the run in
Spain between 1994 and 1997.
The only prisoners who have spent
longer behind bars include Robert
Maudsley – known as Hannibal the
Cannibal – in prison since 1973, and
Charles Bronson, the self-styled “most
violent prisoner in Britain”, now called
Charles Salvador.
The release of Massey was revealed
after a decision by the Parole Board last
week. “I’ve served my time now,” he
told the Camden New Journal. “I have
always deeply regretted the crime I
committed and am aware of the
consequences and the suffering it
“It happened in a moment of
madness. I have served my sentence
with remorse and am thankful the
Parole Board have come to the decision
that I should now be released.”
His solicitor, John Turner, said:
“John comes from an extremely
tight-knit family, who have supported
him through his many years in prison.”
He said that Massey now posed no
danger to the public, adding: “I hope
that lessons have been learnt from what
is indisputably a very sad case.”
Massey will have to live at a halfway
house in London as part of his parole
Residential streets
now suffering from
pothole plague,
drivers report
formed a long-term intimate sexual
relationship using his cover identity
‘Jim Sutton’. The investigation
confirmed this.” The campaigner,
whom the former detective constable
married and had two children with
before separating in 2008, said the
“important verdict” sent out “ a
message to other officers that such
conduct is totally unacceptable”.
Female focus Fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth
opens Ladyland, an exhibition of her photographs from
the past three decades at the Opera Gallery in London.
 The potholes plague facing Britain
has spread to residential streets, AA
figures have shown.
Nine out of 10 drivers surveyed by
the organisation said that UK roads
had declined in the past decade, while
two-thirds said they had “considerably
deteriorated”. Some 42 per cent of the
17,500 drivers polled rated residential
streets as “poor” last month, compared
with 34 per cent in March 2017.
Edmund King, AA president, said
the organisation was seeing record
numbers of pothole-related call-outs.
He added: “The current lack of proper
investment in local roads means
highway authorities are doing little
more than papering over the cracks.”
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling
said in March that English councils
would be given £100 million more to
tackle potholes and storm damage. But
Martin Tett, of the Local Government
Association, said funding on the
strategic road network was “52 times
higher than for local roads”.
A recent Asphalt Industry Alliance
poll found English and Welsh councils
needed £9.3 billion to fix their roads.
Children fight housekeeper’s claim on father’s fortune
 A live-in housekeeper tried to marry
a millionaire on his deathbed in a bid
to keep his fortune, a court heard.
Bok Soon Song, 72, is at the centre of
a court battle over the estate of John
Williams. She claims she was more
than his carer, and insisted they were a
loving couple. But Central London
County Court heard Mr Williams, 66,
died without making a valid will, and
so his fortune would normally be split
between his three children, Deborah
John-Woodruffe and David and
Andrew Williams, her brothers.
After his death from bowel cancer in
2016, Ms Bok changed the locks on his
Kensal Rise home and began a claim to
receive over £500,000 from his
£1 million-plus fortune.
Mrs John-Woodruffe, however,
claims Ms Bok was nothing more than
a “live-in housekeeper” who took
advantage of her dying father. Despite
barely speaking enough English to
communicate, she says Ms Bok tried to
marry Mr Williams in hospital, only
for him to send her and the registrar
packing. Ms Bok is suing all three
siblings, but only Mrs John-Woodruffe
is represented by lawyers and she is
the one party seeking Ms Bok’s
removal from the property. The
hearing continues.
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Trump repaid lawyer for porn star’s silence
What was
said How
Disclosure exposes
president to claims of lying
amid media reports his
lawyer’s phone was tapped
DONALD TRUMP admitted reimbursing $130,000 (£95,500) in hush money
paid to the porn star Stormy Daniels by
his personal lawyer, as it was reported
that the lawyer’s phones were monitored by the FBI.
Mr Trump said the payment was a
“private agreement” intended to “stop
false and extortionist accusations
about an affair,”, stressing that the
money did not come from his presidential campaign. The payment was made
through his lawyer, Michael Cohen.
Last night, NBC News reported that
Mr Cohen’s phones were monitored for
weeks before the FBI raided his home,
office and hotel room in early April.
There was at least one phone call
from Mr Cohen to the White House. The
FBI kept a log of numbers Mr Cohen
called, and which called him, but did
not listen to the conversations, according to the report. Mr Cohen is under investigation, partly over the payment to
Ms Daniels, and the FBI sought documents relating to that in the raids.
Mr Trump had previously publicly
denied knowledge of the payment. But
yesterday Rudy Giuliani, a member of
his legal team, confirmed the president
paid back Mr Cohen from one of his
own accounts over several months.
In all, he transferred to Mr Cohen
$470,000 (£345,000) when “incidental
expenses” were included. The disclosure appeared to be aimed at extricating Mr Trump from potential legal
jeopardy amid suggestions the payment by Mr Cohen to Ms Daniels could
constitute an undeclared, excessive,
and illegal campaign donation.
Individuals are limited in how much
they can donate to a campaign but, if it
was ultimately a case of Mr Trump donating to his own campaign, that would
not be a violation.
However, the revelation opened up
Mr Trump to claims that he had previously lied publicly about who made the
After the storm? A relaxed-looking Donald Trump during a National Day of Prayer at the White House yesterday. The payment disclosure appears to have been made to put him out of legal danger
payment. A month ago, Mr Trump was
asked on board Air Force One whether
he knew about the $130,000 given to Ms
Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford.
In televised comments, the president replied “No”, adding that he did
not know why Mr Cohen made the payment, or where he got the money. Mr
Giuliani revealed that the president
had reimbursed Mr Cohen during an
interview on Fox News on Wednesday.
He added that Mr Trump “didn’t know
about the specifics of it, as far as I know.
But he did know about the general arrangement, that Michael would take
care of things like this.” After Mr Giuliani’s comments, the president confirmed on Twitter that Mr Cohen had
been “reimbursed” for making a nondisclosure agreement with Ms Daniels.
Such agreements were “very common among celebrities and people of
wealth,” he added. Mr Trump said that
“money from the campaign, or campaign contributions, played no roll [sic]
in this transaction”.
Mr Giuliani said: “It wasn’t true [the
affair]. However, imagine if that came
out on October 15, 2016, in the middle
of the last debate with Hillary Clinton.
“Cohen didn’t even ask [Mr Trump].
Cohen made it go away. Cohen thought
$130,000 was cheap. He did his job.” He
said the repayment by Mr Trump “removes the campaign finance violation.
Some time after the campaign is over,
they set up a reimbursement, $35,000
a month, out of his [Mr Trump’s] personal family account”.
Michael Avenatti, Ms Daniels’s lawyer, said: “We predicted months ago
that it would be proven that the American people had been lied to about the
$130,000 payment and what Mr Trump
April 5 2018
Donald Trump
Q. Mr President,
did you know
about the
payment to
Stormy Daniels?
A. No. No. What
else? Q. Do you
know where he
Cohen] got the
money to make
that payment?
A. No, I don’t
know. No.
May 3 2018
Donald Trump
“Mr Cohen, an
received a
retainer, not
from the
campaign and
having nothing
to do with the
campaign, from
which he
entered into,
a private
between two
parties, known
as a nondisclosure
knew, when he knew it, and what he
did in connection with it.”
u A prisoner at Guantánamo Bay has
been sent back to his native Saudi Arabia to serve out the nine years left of a
13-year sentence, making him the first
to leave the US base in Cuba since Mr
Trump took office. Ahmed Mohammed
al-Darbi pleaded guilty to charges
stemming from an al-Qaeda attack on a
French oil tanker.
North Korea expected to free American prisoners before summit
US GOVERNMENT officials said last
night that they were confident North
Korea would release three American
prisoners in a gesture ahead of Donald
Trump’s summit with Kim Jong-un.
The Trump administration has been
pressing for the release over the past
few months as a show of goodwill by
the rogue regime.
Mike Pompeo, Mr Trump’s secretary
of state, discussed it when he visited
Kim in Pyongyang at Easter. It was also
on the agenda when Ri Yong-ho, North
Korea’s foreign minister, visited Stockholm for talks with his Swedish counterpart Margot Wallström in March.
Kim Dong-chul, a South Koreaborn American pastor, was detained
in North Korea in 2015 after being accused of spying, and sentenced to 10
years’ hard labour. Kim Hak-song and
Kim Sang-duk were working at the
Pyongyang University of Science and
Technology when they were detained
for “hostile acts” last year.
Season to taste and enjoy: mayor
confronts Italy’s giant rodents
By Nick Squires
AS ITALY struggles to deal with burgeoning populations of a giant rodent,
a mayor has come up with a novel solution – eat them.
Coypu were introduced to Italy a
century ago from their native South
America to be farmed for their fur. But
many escaped or were released after
wearing fur fell out of fashion, and the
species is now thriving.
They have fared particularly well in
the flatlands of the Po valley in northern Italy, where farmers complain that
they devour crops and destroy levees
and embankments by digging burrows.
In the region of Emilia-Romagna
alone there are believed to be around
one million, while Lombardy has a
population of around 1.3 million, with
the regional government calling for
300,000 to be culled each year.
Michele Marchi, the mayor of the
town of Gerre de’ Caprioli, has suggested that numbers could be reduced
if Italians developed a taste for coypu
meat. His proposal, launched on his
Facebook page, has caused a lively social media debate, with some people in
favour of the idea and others revolted
by the prospect of eating what looks
like a cross between a beaver and a
large rat.
Coypu were
introduced to Italy
from South America
a century ago. They
have no predators in
“The debate about coypu has become bonkers, without coming to any
resolution of the problem,” the 31-yearold mayor wrote. “Here’s my idea – let’s
start eating them in restaurants and at
village food festivals.”
The mayor said he was speaking
from practical experience, having
eaten coypu meat. “It’s almost better
than rabbit,” he said. One enthusiastic
backer of the idea wrote: “Coypus are
very clean animals and they are herbivores. I’ve tried them a few times. They
should be cooked in a stew with onions
or baked in the oven. I agree with the
mayor – it’s better than rabbit.”
Animal lovers were less enamoured
of the idea. “Here’s another genius who
thinks he can resolve a problem by killing defenceless animals. And they
elected him mayor,” wrote one critic.
Coypu have adapted well to a range
of different habitats in Italy. They can
even be seen in the middle of Rome,
nibbling on sedges on the banks of the
They breed prolifically, with a female capable of giving birth to up to a
dozen young at a time.
In their native range they are eaten
by alligators, large snakes and eagles.
A lack of such predators in Europe
has contributed to their rapid population growth.
Search for missing British
girl resumes after 37 years
Hapless hiker
faces huge bill for
rescue operation
By Our Foreign Staff
By Rozina Sabur
BRITISH military police have started
digging up a German river bank to
search for the remains of a soldier’s
two-year-old daughter who went missing 37 years ago, after a review of evidence suggested clues may have been
overlooked in the case.
Royal Military Police are taking the
lead on the investigation and are being
assisted by German authorities with
police dogs in their forensic search of
the banks of the Alme river, in the
western city of Paderborn, senior investigating officer Warrant Officer
Class 1 Richard O’Leary told reporters
Katrice Lee vanished on her second
birthday on Nov 28 1981, while out
shopping with her mother on the outskirts of Paderborn, near the British
military base where her father was stationed.
The new search was prompted by a
fresh analysis of witness and forensic
evidence. Mr O’Leary said he was particularly interested in a green car seen
near the excavation site the day after
Katrice’s disappearance. On the day she
went missing, a witness had seen a man
A MISSING hiker who triggered a huge
search operation when he checked into
a luxury hotel rather than returning
home is facing a bill of thousands of
dollars for wasting rescuers’ time.
Christophe Chamley, 70, an economics professor at Boston University,
planned a solo hike over two mountains in New Hampshire last month but
failed to return home once he had completed the trek.
Mr Chamley decided to put up at a
high-class hotel and sent his wife a
message at 1am to let her know he
was fine.
However, the message failed to get
through, prompting his wife to call
mountain rescue services and report
him missing.
Mr Chamley has an undisclosed
medical condition, which made the
search more urgent.
Hours into the opersation, rescuers
were alerted to Mr Chamley’s whereabouts by staff at the hotel.
The hiker has now been warned he
will likely be billed for the operation
for negligent action, according to the
New Hampshire Union Leader.
Royal Military Police search for clues to
fate of missing Katrice Lee in Germany
with a child in a green car. Digging on
the banks of the Alme is expected to go
on for five weeks, Mr O’Leary said as
soldiers worked on the scene in the
background. He said they were looking
for any “evidence of Katrice’s disappearance, whether that’s clothing or,
unfortunately, Katrice herself ”.
He said they were also trying to
trace the owners of about 500 green
cars who lived in the area at the time.
Authorities have been criticised for
the initial investigation into the case
and Richard Lee, the girl’s father, told
reporters he was still bitter, but glad
the British team was looking into the
evidence again.
Mr Trump fuelled speculation about
the release on Twitter, saying: “The
past administration has long been asking for three hostages to be released
from a North Korean Labour camp, but
to no avail. Stay tuned!”
He also dropped hints about “things
we have going on” in relation to North
Korea when swearing in Mr Pompeo as
secretary of state earlier this week.
Sarah Sanders, the White House press
secretary, said: “Certainly, that would
be an incredible step and certainly a
sign of goodwill moving into these discussions with North Korea.”
Choi Soung-yong, a South Korean activist, said sources from inside the hermit state say the three prisoners were
moved to a hotel near Pyongyang in
early April.
A US State Department spokesman
said: “The welfare and safety of all US
citizens abroad is one of our highest
“We are working to see US citizens
who are detained in North Korea come
home as soon as possible.”
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China breaks pledge by siting long-range missiles
Tension grows in South
China Sea as Beijing
militarises disputed
Spratly islands
By Neil Connor in Beijing
CHINA has deployed long-range missiles on three distant outposts in the
South China Sea.
According to US media reports, the
weapons were installed in the Spratlys,
an island chain that Xi Jinping, the
president, said in 2015 would be not be
militarised by China.
Tensions have been escalating in the
disputed waters as China transforms
partially submerged reefs into fortified
The country says its military facilities are purely defensive and that it can
do what it likes on its own territory.
“Those who do not intend to be aggressive have no need to be worried or
scared,” a foreign ministry spokesman
said yesterday. However, the installation of surface-to-air and anti-ship missiles on the Spratlys – reported by US
news network CNBC – would mark a
shift in the balance of power in the region, where Beijing claims nearly all the
strategic waters, despite partial counter-claims from Taiwan and south-east
Asian nations.
CNBC quoted unnamed sources saying the missiles were moved within the
past 30 days. It said the YJ-12B anti-ship
cruise missiles allowed China to strike
vessels within 295 nautical miles, and
that HQ-9B long-range surface-to-air
missiles could hit targets inside more
than half that distance.
President Xi said during a state visit
to the US in September 2015 that China
would not militarise the Spratly archipelago, although Washington believed
airstrips and radar were already being
installed some months later. China previously installed long-range missiles
further north in the Paracel Islands,
but is thought to have deployed only
short-range missiles in the Spratlys.
Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for
Asia at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington,
said: “China’s deployments and activity
in the Paracels have served as a blueprint for what they are doing in [the]
Spratlys. HQ-9B SAMs are but one example. Next will be fighters and establishment of baselines.”
The US navy has been confronting
China in the region with “freedom of
navigation” exercises. US aircraft carriers Theodore Roosevelt and Carl Vinson
have sailed through the South China Sea
in recent months, angering Beijing.
Meanwhile, the US military has reportedly warned its airmen about “unauthorised laser activity” in Djibouti – the
east African nation in which China operates its only overseas base.
“Multiple intelligence sources report that China’s People’s Liberation
Army Navy is suspected of operating a
high-power lasing weapon at the base
or on a ship off shore,” said a report in
Jane’s Defence Weekly.
Lasers were used by the Soviet military during the Cold War to temporarily blind US pilots.
Nobel prize
winner’s widow
vows to die over
house arrest
At least 91 dead
as dust storms
wreak havoc in
northern India
By Neil Connor
By Our Foreign Staff
LIU XIA, the wife of Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace laureate and dissident, has
told friends she is prepared to die in protest at being kept under house arrest.
The 57-year-old poet was put in detention at home in 2010, after her imprisoned husband won the peace prize
for his human rights campaigning.
Calls for her release have grown
since his death last year. “I’ve nothing
DUST storms have torn across northern India – killing at least 91 people and
injuring more than 160 – as trees, walls
and houses were flattened by powerful
There were 46 confirmed deaths in
Uttar Pradesh in the north and 31 in the
desert state of Rajasthan to the west.
The Agra district of Uttar Pradesh
was one of the worst hit, with more
than 30 killed.
Most of the victims were hit by falling walls, trees and electric pylons, and
houses that collapsed.
“We can confirm at least 46 deaths,
41 injuries from around 40 of the
state’s 75 districts,” said TP Gupta of the
Uttar Pradesh relief commissioner’s
He said there were 36 deaths in Agra
district. Officials said 157 animals were
also killed across the state.
Three districts in Rajasthan were hit
the hardest. “Most of [the] 31 deaths
and 102 injuries across our state were
from three districts – Alwar, Dholpur
and Bharatpur,” said Hemant Gera, secretary of Rajasthan’s disaster management & relief department.
Power supply was cut in Bharatpur as
more than 1,000 electricity pylons were
destroyed. Officials said it could take
more than two days to restore power.
The state government released
funds to compensate families.
“Saddened by the loss of lives due to
dust storms,” Narendra Modi, the
prime minister, said on Twitter. “May
the injured recover soon.”
The Taj Mahal, in Agra city, is said to
have escaped damage.
to be afraid of. If I can’t leave, I’ll die in
my home,” Ms Liu said in a phone call
to Liao Yiwu, a Chinese writer who
posted the conversation online.
“Xiaobo is gone, and there’s nothing
in the world for me now. Using death to
defy could not be simpler for me,” she
said. Ms Liu has never been charged or
convicted of an offence.
Liu Xiaobo died last year of liver cancer. The dissident and veteran of the
Tiananmen Square protests in 1989
was jailed in 2009 for state subversion.
His death prompted calls for Ms Liu’s
release. Mr Liao, living in exile in Germany, said friends wanted her to move
there to receive treatment for health
problems, including depression.
China has let dissidents live abroad,
but Xi Jinping, the president, has lately
cracked down on the rights movement.
Liu Xia is the widow
of Liu Xiaobo, the
Nobel prize-winning
peace campaigner
who died last year
Guiding lights Hanging lamps that illuminate as the visitor nears are part of a new exhibition by Japanese collective
teamLab, known for its innovative digital creations, at Mori Building Digital Art Museum in Tokyo.
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World news
Polanski and
Cosby expelled
as members of
Oscars Academy
BILL COSBY, the disgraced comic, and
Roman Polanski, the director, have
been expelled by the organisers of the
The US Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciences said the decision was
made in accordance with its code of
conduct after Cosby was last week convicted of sexual assault. He is on house
arrest awaiting sentencing that could
put him in prison for the rest of his life.
Polanski, 84, is living in Paris,
France, and remains a fugitive after
fleeing the US in 1978 after pleading
guilty to unlawful sex with a teenager.
The decision comes 16 years after he
won best director at the Oscars for The
A statement from the organisation
behind the Oscars said: “The Academy
of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’
board of governors met on Tuesday
night (May 1) and has voted to expel actor Bill Cosby and director Roman Polanski from its membership in
accordance with the organisation’s
standards of conduct.
“The board continues to encourage
ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of
respect for human dignity.”
Cosby’s wife yesterday called for a
criminal investigation into the prosecutor behind the comedian’s sexual assault conviction, saying the case was
“mob justice”.
Camille Cosby, 74, made her first
comments on the verdict in a threepage statement sent to the media
through a family spokesman.
She compared her husband of 54
years, convicted a week ago on three
counts of aggravated indecent assault,
to Emmett Till, a 14-year-old AfricanAmerican lynched in Mississippi in
1955, and other black people mistreated
by the justice system.
“Once again, an innocent person has
been found guilty based on an unthinking, unquestioning, unconstitutional
frenzy propagated by the media and allowed to play out in a supposed court
of law,” she said. “This is mob justice,
Berlin airport plans to
grow before its opening
It has not handled a single passenger
yet, but Berlin’s much-delayed airport
is already planning to grow.
Airport operators say they will build
an additional terminal costing
€100 million (£88 million) to handle up
to 28 million passengers when Berlin
Brandenburg Airport is scheduled to
open in October 2020.
The new airport was meant to open
in 2011, but construction problems and
technical delays saw the date pushed
back repeatedly. Its projected cost has
risen from €2 billion in 2006 to
€5.3 billion currently.
not real justice. This tragedy must be
undone not just for Bill Cosby, but for
the country.”
Mrs Cosby claimed Andrea Constand, his chief accuser, was a liar
whose testimony about being drugged
and molested at Cosby’s home in January 2004 was “riddled with innumerable, dishonest contradictions”.
She echoed Cosby’s lawyers, who alleged that Constand framed him to
score a big payday. Her statement did
not address behaviour Cosby has admitted to, such as philandering and a
contention that he was having a consensual affair with Constand.
Dolores Troiani, Constand’s lawyer,
bristled at the statement and asked:
“Why would any reputable outlet pub-
German nurse abducted
by gunmen in Somalia
Gunmen have kidnapped a German
nurse in Mogadishu, the Somali
“We are deeply concerned about the
safety of our colleague [Sonja
Nientiet],” said Daniel O’Malley, the
International Committee of the Red
Cross (ICRC) deputy head in Somalia.
She had been delivering first aid
training for local responders, when
she was abducted on Wednesday
night. An ICRC spokesman told the
BBC: “She spends her days caring for
vulnerable people in Somalia – she is a
true humanitarian.”
Camille Cosby
claimed that her
husband Bill Cosby’s
conviction was
politically motivated
lish that? Twelve honourable jurors –
peers of Cosby – have spoken. There is
nothing else that needs to be said.”
Ms Constand said in a tweet last
week that “truth prevails”. The jury
said she was “credible and compelling”.
Mrs Cosby, 74, stayed away from
both of her husband’s trials, except for
the defence’s closing arguments.
Ms Constand sued Cosby in 2005
when prosecutors dropped a criminal
investigation after four weeks. Cosby
settled for nearly $3.4 million (£2.5 million) after giving four days of depositions, including testimony about giving
sedatives to women before sex.
Mrs Cosby compared the dozens of
other women who accused her husband to a “lynch mob” spurred on by
the media’s “frenzied, relentless demonisation” of the man who earned a
reputation as “America’s Dad” playing
Dr Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show.
Steele’s office declined to comment.
Cosby’s lawyers said that he intends
to appeal.
Malaysian leader’s
sabotage claim denied
By Our Foreign Staff
Bear witness Photographer Sergey Gorshkov has spent years stalking brown bears in
Kamchatka, Russia, and was in just the right place when this giant emerged with a snack.
Mahathir Mohamad, the Malaysian
opposition leader, is under
investigation for allegedly spreading
“fake news” after claiming his plane
was sabotaged, police said yesterday,
The ex-premier, 92, is seeking to
oust Najib Razak, the prime minister
and his former protégé, in the closely
contested general election next
Wednesday. The plane’s charter
company said there was a technical
issue and rejected sabotage claims.
‘#MeToo’ has damaged French art of seduction, says actress
By Henry Samuel in Paris
AN AGONY aunt has said the #MeToo
movement has damaged the art of
French seduction, as she lashed out at
“Anglo-Saxon” puritanism.
In a new book, Brigitte Lahaie, 62, a
radio host and former porn star, was
among 100 women including Catherine Deneuve, the actress, who signed
a petition in January attacking the “pu-
ritan persecution” of men in the wake
of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Her column in Le Monde said the
#MeToo campaign, which saw millions
of women share sexual harassment stories on social media, had gone too far
and was fuelled by a “hatred of men”.
In Bonfire of the Sexes, published this
week, she wrote: “I want to defend our
seduction à la française. France, our
beautiful country full of excellence,
doesn’t deserve to follow the model of
Anglo-Saxon countries… that threaten
our relationships, our ties.”
Signatories of the “100 women” petition later fell out when Ms Lahaie
claimed it was possible for victims to
have an orgasm while being raped. Deneuve denounced the statement as
“worse than spitting in the face of all
those who suffered from this crime”.
Ms Lahaie apologised and wept in a tel-
evision interview, saying her words
had been taken out of context. She said
this week: “I came under torrents of
hatred. I was burned at the stake of social media… yet all I did was tell a truth
known to specialists, doubtless inaudible in these sensitive times where man
has become the ‘John of Arc’ of the era.”
She added: “Things go too far when
any phrase taken the wrong way by a
woman is seen as harassment.”
Friday 4 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
It’s the young
who most regret
the lost art of
reading a map
JeMiMa lewis
ast weekend I went
walking in the Peak
District with my oldest
friend. It was like being
teleported back to the
Eighties: by night, we lay
side by side in our twin
beds, talking as voraciously
as teenagers; by day, we
navigated the countryside
using a real-life, paper
Ordnance Survey map.
Well, she did. I couldn’t.
Without the help of a little
blue digital pin, I couldn’t
even work out where we
were on the map. The
contour lines swam in front
of my eyes like an optical
I couldn’t remember how
to use co-ordinates to locate
the nearest town, tell a
footpath from a boundary or
identify north from south.
Without enough phone
signal to power Google
Maps, I was as helpless as a
And that, according to
Sir Anthony Seldon, is very
helpless indeed. The former
headmaster of Wellington
College says that modern
children have lost the ability
to read maps – and to
understand the spaces
around them – because of
Sat navs, he says, have
taught the young to “think
of space in a purely
transactional way: How am I
going to get from A to B?
They don’t think, what is the
landscape I’m going
through? What are the
buildings?” And because of
this, he says, “they’re losing
a powerful grip with
I take his point. It just
seems a bit harsh to single
out the kids. We have a
tendency, we old folks, to
peer disapprovingly
through our pince-nez at
the coming generation, as if
they were making a
uniquely awful hash of
things. But the phenomenon
of de-skilling – of being
“infantilised”, as Seldon puts
it, by technology – has been
going on for at least half a
Practical skills such as
darning, sewing on buttons,
baking from scratch,
changing a tyre, wiring a
plug or polishing shoes have
long been on the wane, not
least among my own
generation, because mass
production and relative
affluence have made it
easier to buy than to make
or mend.
Smartphones now enable
us to outsource mental skills
such as map-reading,
fact-finding and arithmetic.
I don’t know anyone under
70 who doesn’t avail
themselves of these services
to some extent – even if it’s
just the passive luxury of no
longer having to remember
phone numbers. Indeed, it
is not the elderly who are
working hardest to retain
some analogue skills (for
them, it comes naturally),
but the young.
Knitting, baking and
sewing classes are all
growing in popularity
among millennials.
Workshops showing how to
mend simple domestic
appliances are springing up
too, as the young push back
against our throwaway
The desire for tactile,
“real-world” experiences
has led to the revival of
Polaroid cameras, vinyl
records (almost half of
which are bought by the
under 35s), old-fashioned
watches and paper
notebooks. There’s no
stopping the digital future;
but those born into it seem
to understand better than
anyone the drawbacks of
technological overdependency.
When Armageddon
comes – when Russia
unplugs the internet and we
all have to sew our own
shoes and do sums in our
heads – my cohort of urban
fortysomethings won’t last a
week. We abandoned the
skills of self-sufficiency
without a backward glance.
I have higher hopes for the
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The Tories need a strong message
to rally a digital army like Corbyn’s
The local elections have
shown how far behind in
the social media stakes the
Conservative Party really is
Fraser nelson
heresa May was right to
see Jeremy Corbyn as a
bad leader of a shambolic
party, but wrong to
believe that this meant
she would not face much
of a fight. Her enemy, as it turns out, is
not Labour but a network of nimble
and effective campaign groups; people
who are often united by little more
than a dislike of Conservatives – and
now, in the digital age, have ways of
doing something about it.
The first proper glimpse of this
came just after the London Bridge
attack last year. Political parties agreed
to suspend campaigning as a mark of
respect, but Tory HQ noticed that they
were still under fairly strong attack
from other groups. An aide was
dispatched to take a note of them, and
returned with a list of names. There
was the People’s Assembly Against
Austerity, UnionsTogether, various
groups campaigning against NHS cuts,
Momentum and many others. They
were using social media to put out
videos, adverts and messages of a
higher quality than the Labour Party
was managing – and doing so on a
national level, almost undetected.
Their successes, when they come,
are extraordinary. Last year the Tories
successfully planted a story in the
press saying that their campaign video
attacking Corbyn was the mostwatched in British political history.
This was fake news. That honour went
to a video entitled “So you’re thinking
of voting Conservative? Vote NHS” by
a group called NHS Roadshow: it has
been seen more than 10 million times.
It shows doctors and nurses talking
in simple, powerful terms about the
case for voting for anyone but the
Conservative Party.
A senior Tory strategist told me that
this video was so compelling it made
even him think twice about voting
Conservative. The party had been
wrong to assume that such groups had
to be remote-controlled by a
mastermind in Labour HQ. They
seemed to come out of nowhere, as did
their funding. It’s a new game, and one
the Tories still don’t know how to play.
The local elections have seen this
played out once more. The People’s
Assembly was back, organising protest
marches. A group called School Cuts
has been sending out leaflets about
Tory parsimony. It has a clever website
where you can type in your postcode
to find out how much your local
school will suffer from Philip
Hammond’s Budget. There’s no “vote
Labour” message, but there doesn’t
need to be. It’s effective, professional
and persuasive. All are fruits of the
digital era, which is making political
start-ups easier – bringing us Trump in
America, Macron in France and a new
anti-Tory alliance in Britain.
To their credit, the Conservatives
are beginning to panic. A few months
ago, there was an angry meeting of
Tory donors who demanded to know
why the party was being
outmanoeuvred by groups that didn’t
exist until a few years ago. What were
their donations being spent on? If
social media is the new battlefield,
why is there no Tory army?
What makes it worse for the Tories
is that, until fairly recently, the Right
seemed to rule the digital world.
Websites such as ConservativeHome
and Guido Fawkes were envied by the
Left, which had no equivalent. But the
rise of social media led to the era of
digital socialism, dismissed as
“clicktivism” until the campaigns
ended up mobilising enough people
to join Labour and elect Corbyn.
Over the past 10 years, Labour Party
membership has trebled while Tory
membership has halved. The Tories
don’t release figures on the average
member’s age, but emails sent from
the party now end with a plea for it to
be remembered in your will.
The speed of change is
extraordinary. The Tories had a decent
digital operation in 2015 because
David Cameron spent three years
preparing for it. At the last election,
the party’s digital chief was given a
day’s notice. The two short years
between the elections had seen a
near-transformation of digital
campaigning techniques; two years in
which the Tory party had been asleep.
The analogy often used by veterans of
last year’s Conservative campaign is
that they were fighting the Second
World War on horseback.
But the Tories are wrong to think
this can be solved by spending more
on a digital guru. If they hired Mark
Zuckerberg to run the next campaign,
they’d get nowhere because of the
underlying problem: lack of a message,
and a messenger. The Scottish Tories
had a good digital war last year,
because they had Ruth Davidson. The
UK Tories seem to have forgotten what
they stand for, which is perhaps why
last year’s manifesto was such an
uninspiring mixture of cliches and bad
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ideas stolen from the Labour Party.
Those of us on the Right hate to
admit it but the new generation of
Corbynistas – and the other groups
now fighting alongside them – are
being inspired by a positive agenda.
Borrowing the tactics demonstrated
by the SNP, they like to campaign and
organise, speak in local events and
project a sense of community, even of
a crusade. They talk about a fairer
society, properly-financed public
services, the tackling of rampant
inequalities and rapacious capitalism.
You can – and I do – say that this is
all delusional nonsense. That the data
shows inequality near a 30-year low,
school standards rising and NHS
spending at an all-time high. But this is
a negative message, attacking the
other side: where is the cause to which
Tories rally? Lower taxes? Off the
agenda for the foreseeable future. A
better chance of owning a house?
There’s no Tory plan here to speak of.
One might admire Theresa May’s
stamina in the Brexit negotiations, but
even those who work in her party
struggle to articulate what she stands
for. “Getting the job done” is a noble
endeavour, but not an inspiring one.
As Tories count their losses in
today’s local election results, they
might well grumble about how they
can – like Labour – treble their
membership or inspire someone other
than the Countryside Alliance to
campaign alongside them. They could
discuss who they should hire and how
much he’d cost, what data to collect,
what tricks to perform on which
platforms. But Corbyn did not sit in a
room and draw up a plan to create
digital armies: if anything, it was the
other way around. A strong campaign
needs a genuine agenda and inspiring
leadership. And there’s no algorithm
for that.
The NHS can’t seem to get the basics right
We want IT systems fit
for purpose – and to give
patients the information
they need to make choices
echnology in the NHS is both
blessing and curse. We are
reliant on it for communication,
records, referrals and organisation.
But despite the millions lavished on it,
it is often so glitchy and difficult to use
that it drives me to tears of frustration.
Now an IT mistake is being blamed for
an error that resulted in 450,000
women in England aged between 68
and 71 not being invited for breast
screening over the past nine years.
Why didn’t women notice they were
overdue? Why didn’t GPs realise?
Well, I wouldn’t have noticed, either
as patient or doctor. Screening
programmes are enormous
undertakings. Invitations and recalls
aren’t organised through individual
GP surgeries but centrally by the NHS.
Given the need to audit and quality
assure the programmes, this is vital.
But it is also confusing. Breast
screening is organised geographically
– in my area, practice by practice – and
the first invitation arrives between the
age of 50 and 53. How can you know
an invitation is late when you didn’t
know when it should arrive? As for
GPs noticing: well. The pressures in
general practice are no secret. The
massive volume of correspondence is
shared out between all the doctors,
and even if I did notice it was more
than three years since the last batch of
results, it’s easy to assume that
someone else picked it up.
Despite the enthusiasm for
innovation and shiny gadgets in the
NHS, there are still basic problems. We
humans are often bad at tracking time.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a text
message reminder that the follow-up
colonoscopy recommended five years
ago is due? Or a reminder that your
annual blood test to monitor your
medication falls in June? Millions have
been spent setting up failed IT
systems. If we spent a fraction of that
on making electronic systems fit for
purpose, we could have prioritised the
simple things – like checking tests we
expected to be done actually were.
Yet, even if the technology were
perfect, are we giving women the
information they need about the
efficacy of screening?
Jeremy Hunt told Parliament that
the “best estimate” was that “there
may be between 135 and 270 women
who have had their lives shortened as
a result” of this error. I am not so sure.
Breast cancer screening does reduce
deaths from breast cancer. The 2012
Marmot review found that, for every
10,000 women invited, over 20 years,
681 breast cancers would be
diagnosed, and 43 deaths from breast
cancer would be prevented.
But there is a downside. The report
found that, of those cancers, 129 were
over-diagnosed. Over-diagnosis is a
counter-intuitive concept. These are
real cancers, but do not behave like a
life-threatening disease. But because
screening cannot tell us whether a
cancer is life threatening or overdiagnosed, all are offered treatment.
And even well-intended treatments do
harm, through side effects of
chemotherapy or surgery. So we need
to know the “all cause mortality”
– whether the total number of deaths
is reduced because of breast
screening. Hunt may have been
quoting breast cancer deaths, not
deaths overall – a different statistic.
Additionally, since three times as
many women have an over-diagnosed
cancer relative to the number of
women who don’t die of breast cancer
because of screening, the IT failure
means that an estimated 405 to 810
women avoided being over-diagnosed
and given treatment they couldn’t
benefit from. Women need all the
information to reckon with their own
risk of being invited – or not.
Even more confusingly, this error
seems to have involved some women
invited because they were part of the
Age Extension Study. Breast screening
has usually involved women between
50-70. The Age Extension Study
expanded the ages to 47-50 and 70-73.
We can’t say whether screening in the
over 69s is beneficial at all, but it
seems absurd to tell women in that age
group that not having screening will
have been harmful. The truth is, we
just do not know.
We keep hearing about personalised
medicine and the benefits of
technology – but this is nothing
without the basics. We need IT
systems designed around humans, and
honest conversations where we hear
about the risks as well as benefits.
Margaret McCartney is a GP in Glasgow
and author of The State of Medicine
The Daily Telegraph Friday 4 May 2018
Letters to the Editor
The EU customs union is the only protection against American bullying Fatal NHS errors
SIR – The Trump administration’s
move towards trade protectionism
shows the benefit to Britain of being a
member of the EU customs union.
Liam Fox, the Trade Secretary and
arch-Atlanticist, unsuccessfully
lobbied Washington for an exemption
of UK steel from punitive tariffs. By the
effort of Cecilia Malmström, the EU
trade commissioner (representing all
28 EU members), such an exemption
was secured. It was prolonged earlier
this week for another month.
The EU has joined a select group of
trade partners strong enough to resist
American economic bullying. Beyond
the EU, it includes only Nafta partners
Canada and Mexico. South Korea,
Brazil and even Japan have been
forced to accept tariffs or are agreeing
painful bilateral concessions.
Despite the rhetoric about global
Britain, had we faced this crisis alone,
outside the customs union, we would
likely have been treated like Japan (the
third-biggest global economy
compared to Britian’s position as sixth).
The EU customs union is the only
Brexit means leaving
the Customs Union
ritain is coming to the crunch. Two
years on from the referendum, our
future trading relationship with the EU
has yet to be settled: in the Customs
Union or out? Theresa May brought a
proposal for a customs partnership to
the Cabinet’s Brexit sub-committee and was
defeated. Rightly so. A fudge is unacceptable not
only to Leavers but the EU as well, and it would
reflect the painful inability of some in the
Government either to acknowledge the total
implications of Brexit or what is necessary to
accomplish it in full. Brexit has always meant
leaving the Customs Union.
Parliament’s Remainer coalition understands
this, which is why it is agitating to stay inside it.
They are gambling that if Britain remains tethered
to EU regulations while surrendering influence
over how they are written, then MPs will look at
the final deal, judge it isn’t a good one and give the
voters a second referendum – and the voters might
decide leaving the EU is a mistake after all.
Remain’s long-game is sneaky, but they deserve
credit for having identified in advance the issues
that would pose the greatest political difficulty,
namely trade and the Irish border. Now they claim
that they have the numbers in Parliament to force
what they call a “soft Brexit”.
Beating them will not just be a matter for the
whips: Brexiteers will only win the argument if
they actually make one. Some are doing that, for
sure, but it is not enough for backbench MPs to
talk about, say, new border technologies. It’s time
for the Government itself to explain with
conviction why Britain has to leave the Customs
Union (rather than constantly reasserting that it
must), and what the material benefits will be. It
also needs to identify the necessary technology
and put it in place. The Government has given the
impression of rhetorically endorsing a Customs
Union exit without doing anything to effect it.
Fundamentally, the red line for any future
relationship with the EU is that it guarantees the
right of Britain to pursue an independent trading
policy. Neither a customs partnership or sticking to
the Customs Union would achieve this, therefore
the Government must mobilise against them. But it
must also explain its reasoning – and thus turn the
tables on the Remainers. What do they want? To
chain Britain to the EU in perpetuity? To overturn
the referendum result? Neither would be very
popular with the voters.
Justice for Afghans
uring their long years of deployment in
Afghanistan, Britain’s Armed Forces
employed around 3,000 Afghan
interpreters. Hunted by the Taliban as traitors,
many subsequently applied for asylum in the UK.
Only a few hundred were granted it, and now some
of them are being asked to pay a hefty fee in order
to apply to remain. This is deeply unjust.
The intervention of Gavin Williamson, the
Defence Secretary, is therefore most welcome. He
has asked the Home Office to waive the £2,389
charge, and it is believed that the two departments
are close to an agreement. The moral case for
action is straightforward: these are courageous
people who chose, in the midst of a horrific civil
war, at serious risk of reprisal, to help Britain in its
peacekeeping mission. The UK owes them a
historic debt. There is a practical case, too.
Treating the Afghan interpreters with due care will
send a clear message that Britain looks after those
who stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us.
This newspaper has long argued that war
interpreters who face persecution back home have
earned a right to sanctuary in Britain; judged,
obviously, on a case-by-case basis. This does not
contradict the country’s desire for better control of
Britain’s borders. The Left tends to confuse the
issues of illegal and legal immigration and asylum,
mixing them together and arguing that the only
truly fair border is an open one. But many of those
who voted for Brexit favour a firmer migration
system that, precisely because it is more efficiently
and transparently managed, is also capable of
showing generosity to those in dire need. That
includes Afghan interpreters who have more than
demonstrated their loyalty to Britain.
No princely picnic
oyal events mean a lot of hanging around. At
her coronation Queen Victoria was shocked,
on going to change her robes in St Edward’s
Chapel in Westminster Abbey, to find its altar
strewn with the remains of sandwiches and bottles
of wine half-consumed by the peers who had been
corralled there for hours. For the royal wedding
this month, 1,200 deserving guests, many of them
active with charities and local communities, were
sent “golden tickets” admitting them to the walled
grounds of Windsor Castle to witness the arrival
and departure of the bride and groom. But letters
have told them they can’t “buy food” there, so they
should bring picnics. There has been grumbling.
Couldn’t the Royal family hand round sausage rolls
at least? Even if the complaints seem petty, isn’t
there a great opening here for a picnic sponsor?
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SIR – Jeremy Warner (Comment, April
27) advocates Britain staying in the EU
single market. But there are problems.
Less than 12.5 per cent of the UK
economy – a declining proportion – is
accounted for by trade with the EU.
Yet, so long as we remain in the single
market, 100 per cent of our economy is
subject to the burden of the EU’s rules.
Worse, the European Court of
Justice has full power over us in the
name of enforcing single market rules.
This costs us over and over again.
Moreover, the single market gives
440 million citizens of EU member
states the absolute right to work, live
and settle in Britain. That is the true
meaning of the EU’s “free movement
SIR – When TSB had a major IT
incident resulting in inconvenience to
some customers, the chief executive
lost £2 million of bonus payments.
Following the NHS failure (“Fatal
flaw in health service IT system went
undetected for a decade”, report, May
3), which of its executives will sacrifice
a bonus or pension entitlement?
I fear we know the answer, as there
appears to be a different approach to
accountability in the public sector.
Graham Hoyle
Shipley, West Yorkshire
of people”. It is a clumsy method to
solve short-term labour shortages.
William Dartmouth MEP (Ukip)
Whiteway, Devon
SIR – Before the referendum, David
Cameron said that Article 50 would be
invoked immediately. The Tories
broke that promise, so trust in their
subsequent ditherings is misplaced.
Brian Gilbert
Hampton, Middlesex
SIR – Prevarication and capitulation in
Brexit negotiations, and the wrecking
activities of the Lords, make me glad
Ukip does not have a Provisional wing.
Philip J Honey
Lound, Nottinghamshire
SIR – I have a letter from 2014 from the
West Sussex Breast Screening Service
stating: “Women over the age of 70
will no longer automatically be invited
for screening. However, they can still
make an appointment, provided three
years have passed since their last
mammogram, by telephoning this
My friends and I, all in this age
bracket, have managed our own
repeat screening since then.
Is the West Sussex service more
efficient than others, or is it a question
of individuals taking responsibility for
monitoring their own health checks?
Hilary Sherwin-Smith
Horsham, West Sussex
SIR – The Lords’ conduct over Brexit
shows it to be more of a danger to
democracy than at any time since 1911.
It should be abolished. The UK would
be better served by a unicameral
Professor David Campbell
Lancaster University Law School
Closing bank branches
SIR – The pressure heaped on the
Royal Bank of Scotland to reverse
planned branch closures (report, April
27) has so far been of no avail, despite
their trebling profits. RBS’s latest 162
closures come on top of 259
announced last December, and many
more from Lloyds and Halifax.
Last year I chaired the Lords Select
Committee on Financial Exclusion,
which found that a significant portion
of British citizens lacked access to
basic financial services. A key factor
was local bank closures.
Some 53 per cent of Britain’s
branches closed between 1989 and
2016 – more than in any other
European country. We concluded that
“vulnerable groups including the
elderly, those suffering from mental
health problems and people living
with disabilities” were at risk, as well
as those in rural areas.
To its credit, the Government seems
open to some solutions. On Tuesday
the Lords again considered the
Financial Guidance and Claims Bill.
Peers on all benches recognised that
the Bill could mitigate some of the
causes of financial exclusion, not least
through creating a single financial
guidance body to develop a national
strategy. With cross-party consensus,
important changes have been made to
the Bill to strengthen consumer
protection. Isn’t it now time for banks
to take their responsibilities to
vulnerable customers seriously?
Baroness Tyler of Enfield (Lib Dem)
London SW1
Endangered books
SIR – Books aren’t just threatened by
damp, beetles and the Islamic State of
Iraq and the Levant (report, May 2).
Too many are being taken out of the
public realm as they are flogged off by
museums, universities, religious
bodies, libraries, government
departments and the like. I have seen
many rare books up for auction that
had supposedly been donated to such
institutions in perpetuity.
Roger Croston
Christleton, Cheshire
Wedding wording
SIR – It seems likely that Prince Harry’s
and Meghan Markle’s wedding vows
will use the phrase “till death us do
part”, or perhaps “till death do us part”.
Either way, can anyone explain why
the vows contain this ungrammatical
construction? Surely death, as a
singular noun, “does”.
Damien McCrystal
London W14
SIR – It is tragic if 270 women died
prematurely because they were not
called for screening but, according to
NHS breast cancer screening statistics,
810 women have been spared
unnecessary treatment with surgery,
radiation and chemotherapy.
Dr Dora Henry
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
established 1855
effective protection against US
bullying today.
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‘Remote on a bare and boundless heath’: John Constable’s Stonehenge at Sunset (1836)
The view of Stonehenge from the open road
sir – I agree with Sir Simon Jenkins,
the former chairman of the National
Trust (report, May 1), that plans for
a Stonehenge tunnel should be
Most of us who regularly use the
road past Stonehenge love the view
of these wonderful stones. I have
been in awe of them ever since I was
“sacrificed” on a stone as a teenager
– when you were allowed to wander
among them and touch them.
The congestion is only truly bad at
the height of the summer tourist
season, when those who can do so
use other routes.
To us who live nearby, the answer
seems obvious: to buy land on either
side of the A303 and widen it. There
could even be a slow lane for looking
at the stones. It would cost less than
a tunnel, and be far less intrusive.
Elfrida Fallowfield
Devizes, Wiltshire
sir – The proposed tunnel at
Stonehenge, which will take the
A303 underground for some
distance, will be a totally
inappropriate road for the
agricultural and slow-moving
vehicles that regularly use
An accident with a combine
harvester convoy in the tunnel is
one to be avoided at all costs.
By all means send the fast and
commercial traffic through a tunnel,
but please let us retain the old road
for use by local and agricultural
traffic, and also by those who wish to
see rather than visit this prehistoric
I would certainly choose to add
an extra few minutes to my journey
for the sake of that timeless glimpse
of the Henge.
Marcus Croome
Truro, Cornwall
Failure to clock direction of travel on the M25
SIR – Will the apparent loss of
understanding of the words clockwise
and anticlockwise (Letters, May 3)
make the M25 a no-go area for those
who fail to work out the traffic
situation from radio travel updates?
Judith Barnes
St Ives, Huntingdonshire
SIR – You report (April 25) that many
16-year-olds cannot master the
principles of the analogue clock.
Are these the same 16-year-olds
Jeremy Corbyn wishes to entrust
with the vote?
Colin Sharp
SIR – Surely the definition of clockwise
in the northern hemisphere is the
direction in which the sun moves as it
measures out the day?
Bill Carson
Thurton, Norfolk
SIR – Lucy Archer-Burton’s “lefty
loosy, righty tighty” rule for adjusting
a nut could also be of use to explain
fiscal policies to the digital generation.
John H Stephen
London NW8
SIR – It is a scandal that hundreds of
women may have lost their lives
through bungled cancer screening.
What of the many thousands –
possibly millions – who have died
prematurely because of late diagnosis
of their condition?
Survival rates for several illnesses
in Britain, particularly cancer,
compare badly with those of other
Western countries. Waiting weeks to
see a GP or months for an operation is
unheard of in countries with no
monolithic, state-run, uniondominated health system.
Ron Forrest
Wells, Somerset
The secret ballot
SIR – Joe Gibson (Letters, May 3)
highlights the lack of secrecy in his
postal vote. He might not have noticed
that, when voting at a polling station,
his voting slip number is recorded
against his name and address. Not
much secrecy there either.
David Butcher
Hornchurch, Essex
Bercow accused
SIR – As somebody who knows Angus
Sinclair, I’d suggest that honest,
principled and conscientious are words
that describe him well (“Bercow faces
inquiry into bullying claims”, report,
May 3). I know this view is widely
shared in the House of Commons.
I hope his brave action in coming
forward encourages others to do
likewise. There is no place for bullying
in any area of work.
Lt Col R J Coward (retd)
Marston Magna, Somerset
Opera going ape
SIR – Rupert Christiansen’s review of
Eugene Onegin (Arts, May 2) refers to
the director’s “daft tweaks”. I recently
saw a screening of Carmen from the
Royal Opera House in which Carmen
appeared in a gorilla suit.
Diana Crook
Seaford, East Sussex
We are still in the shadow of the financial crisis
Businesses and households
are less confident about
the future, reflecting a
global slowdown in growth
he Beast from the East, a flu
epidemic in Germany, strikes in
France, rising food prices in
Japan, continued uncertainty over
Brexit – all these factors provide a
degree of explanation for the
pronounced slowdown in growth that
has spread like a virus through
virtually all major advanced
economies so far this year.
But they also have an air of wishful
thinking about them. Finance
ministers desperately want to think
the current soft patch no more than a
temporary aberration. No one is
prepared to admit that something
more sinister may be at play.
Only a few weeks ago, the
International Monetary Fund was
hailing a new era of synchronised
growth in the world’s leading
economies; could this happy
confluence of circumstance already be
petering out? It is a deeply depressing
thought that so long after the financial
crisis we should still be living in its
shadow, but it is also one that we must
at least begin to entertain.
Not so Philip Hammond. In his
spring statement, the Chancellor,
belying his reputation as the Cabinet’s
resident Eeyore, declared himself to
be “positively Tiggerish”. And so he
remains, despite the mess the
Government has got itself into over
Brexit. Inflation is coming down, and
with a tight labour market and an
easing of public sector wage restraints,
pay is going up. A return to real,
inflation-adjusted, earnings growth
seems once more to be within our
grasp, and if that happens the
slowdown in consumption that has
dogged the UK economy since late last
year should begin to ease.
For the moment, however, things
don’t look so good; all too briefly
glimpsed, those sunlit uplands are
again receding from view. After
maxing out on credit cards and car
loans, and slashing their rate of saving
to some of the lowest levels on record,
households seem to have moved back
into belt-tightening mood. Growth in
consumer lending, a not insignificant
driver over the past two years of
overall economic growth, all but
collapsed in March.
More worrying still – since the
credit figures are a lag indicator and
may indeed be substantially explained
by the arctic weather – are the more
forward-looking monetary aggregates.
These are religiously tracked by
the economist Simon Ward of City
fund managers Janus Henderson, and
for months now he’s been sounding
the alarm based on their steadily
weakening trend.
If the collapse in first quarter GDP
growth announced last week was just a
weather-induced blip, these monetary
data would by now be turning up
again; but they are not. Households
and companies that intend to spend
more will in preparation typically shift
money from illiquid to liquid assets
such as cash deposits. As things stand,
this is not happening on a scale that
would be commensurate with a sharp
recovery in growth. Whatever the
reason, businesses and households
feel less confident about the future.
Much anecdotal evidence confirms the
sentiment; even my builder notes a
distinct chill in the air.
Released from his duties as the
Treasury’s permanent secretary, Nick
Macpherson has been quick to tweet
that Treasury analysis of the economic
consequences of Brexit – much
derided at the time as “Project Fear”
scaremongering and then apparently
disproved by the subsequent pickup in
growth – “looks more prescient by the
day”. Whether it is Brexit itself – or the
Government’s crass mishandling of
the task – that is damaging economic
confidence is a debatable point. But
the fact is that the slowdown is global
in scope, even if somewhat worse in
the UK than elsewhere.
Even in the US, which is in the midst
of a giant tax giveaway, growth has
slowed markedly. In the Eurozone too,
now that the European Central Bank
has begun to remove the monetary
steroids of quantitative easing, growth
is again stalling, compounding the
slowdown in the UK. Britain thus faces
a double whammy of slowing domestic
and external demand.
Few yet believe this is going to end
in an outright recession – technically
defined as two successive quarters of
negative growth. But already it has
caused the Governor of the Bank of
England, Mark Carney, to perform yet
another handbrake turn on interest
rates. He’d hoped to put them up again
at next week’s meeting of the Bank’s
Monetary Policy Committee. That now
seems unlikely. It’s a remarkable
outcome, but the way things are going,
Carney will have gone through his
entire six-year term by the time he
leaves in July next year without having
managed to lift Bank Rate from its
crisis-induced floor of 0.5 per cent by
even so much as a quarter point.
Since Carney cannot credibly cut
rates any further – we have in any case
had quite enough monetary stimulus
– it will fall to the Chancellor to do the
heavy lifting this time around. For
now, Hammond is still planning to
squeeze output with pre-packed
austerity. The case for extra spending
on health and defence, and indeed for
competitive Trump-style tax cutting, is
in its own right already a strong one.
Pretty soon, there may be an economic
reason for it too.
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Judith Woods
What else is the
NHS keeping from
us? Page 21
Stella armchair in Rick
Rack, £1,430, House &
Garden for Arlo & Jacob
Hendaye rattan
lampshade, £35.99,
Maisons du Monde
U2 on tour
Bono on anger,
activism and being
‘annoying’ Page 25
Gertie two-seater sofa,
‘Raw look’: stripped-back concrete and
natural woods look relaxed but luxe
David Haye
‘My family knows I
could be killed in the
boxing ring’ Page 22
Game birds
The forgotten women
of the RSPB Page 20
‘Bowles’s Mauve’
Flowers endlessly for
about three years before
dying of exhaustion, when
you can just buy another.
How can you
freshen up
your home?
As a bank holiday beckons, Jessica Doyle asks
four interiors editors for their design trends
– and the project they plan to tackle next
he May Bank
Holiday weekend
is traditionally
the time when
many of us get
decorating for
the summer –
whether that’s
refreshing your
paint job, putting up wallpaper or
buying some new furniture.
So how can you ensure you’re on the
right track, and avoid making a costly
decorating mistake? Is grey still the
neutral to go for, or has it had its day,
and should you be opting for bolder,
richer colours?
We asked four leading interiors
editors to reveal their hot tips for this
summer’s design trends, what they
will be decorating next, and the
colours and styles that are in (and
those on their way out).
Hatta Byng, editor,
House & Garden
There’s a real interest in the traditional
English interior at the moment. In our
June issue, we revealed our top 100
designers for 2018 and what’s striking
is how many of them trained at the
interior-decoration firm Sibyl Colefax
& John Fowler. They’ve all gone in
different directions, but have taken
that element of design with them.
People are using chintz and brown
furniture again, but not in an Eighties
way, and not in the way our
grandparents would have used it; you
wouldn’t see a drawing room with
swags and tails now. There’s a bravery
in using chintz. People are mixing it
with ikats, or a nice stripe or ticking.
There’s an irreverence to the look, it
isn’t as uptight as it used to be, and
that’s what takes the stuffiness out. You
don’t have to use fine antiques: you can
mix country furniture with pieces from
junk shops. Carpet or rush matting
goes with this look, but you can’t go
wrong with painting your floorboards:
keeping it clean, simple and unfussy.
What we are seeing now is a layered,
English aesthetic, but it’s a more edited,
pared-back look, with fewer trinkets
and less clutter. The way things are
combined makes it of now, rather than
20 years ago: people are mixing eras
and styles with far fewer rules. It’s not
about setting out to create a traditional
look, but many of the components are
fashionable and make lovely rooms.
Suzanne Imre, editor,
Living Etc
My favourite trend for this summer
has to be “raw” – whether that is raw
linens and silks, beach-washed woods
or the tactile qualities of concrete. It
has a relaxed, barefoot vibe while still
feeling luxe. Kept to a palette of white
walls, bleached woods and pale rattan
it can transport you to an Ibizan villa
or, spiced up with blood reds, olive
and matt black, “raw” feels much more
exotic. Either way, it spells holiday.
There are some fabulous coral pinks
around for summer – less sickly than
flamingo shades, with orange
undertones, which keep the look more
sophisticated and works brilliantly with
navy blue or white. Blue is giving grey a
run for its money; it has the same
impact and depth but doesn’t run the
risk of looking sludgy or depressing if
you get the shade wrong.
This morning, I decided to paint my
bathroom dark blue (Farrow & Ball’s
Stiffkey Blue) and make a new blind in a
Tarifa rattan chair, £175,
Nisi Living
Brisa linen, £105 a metre,
Christopher Farr
green and white palm print (Brisa by
Christopher Farr). Such a dark colour
is quite a commitment, but with good
lighting, white bathware and Carrara
marble tiles, I’m hoping it will work.
Kate Watson-Smyth, founder,
Pink is the new summer neutral and
goes with a surprising number of
colours, from burnt orange and teal
to navy blue and chocolate brown.
Gold accents combine well to bring a
summer feel, especially when
teamed with natural rattan.
I love rattan and I think it’s great
indoors, as well as in the garden. You
can get great fake rattan for outside
that can withstand the vagaries of a
British summer, so it’s practical, too.
I’m still a huge fan of grey and it is
definitely the classic neutral now, but
I think it has peaked as a trend and is
moving over to allow other, richer
colours their time in the spotlight.
Personally, I’m drawn to grey rooms
accented with warmer tones, rather
than the layers of grey, white and
natural wood from the past five years.
My next project is the spare room.
It has a black carpet that we won’t be
replacing, so we have to work around
that. I want to put in a dado rail, use a
panelled wall covering by Anaglypta
below it, and paint above it. I might
use something like Farrow & Ball
Smoked Trout, but I might also go
dark green… or maybe combine the
two – and there’s a strong chance I’ll
end up changing the carpet.
Deborah Barker, editor,
Homes & Gardens
I think we are in the slow demise of
grey interiors. As a colour, grey hasn’t
completely gone but it is now all
about what can be mixed with it to
change the mood, such as soft pastels.
Green has been on the rise over
the last year and now it has really
arrived, particularly striking leaf
greens. You can find plenty of leafy
patterns on fabrics and wallpapers
that you can mix with plain sofas and
textured rugs. For many, an all-green
room might be too much, but you
can incorporate one piece in a more
neutral scheme.
I am about to embark on
decorating my narrow hallway. I’ll be
using a wallpaper, but as no wall is
straight, I’m going to choose one
with an all-over pattern so that it’s
more forgiving.
Friday 4 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
The RSPB’s forgotten fashionista suffragists
Why have the women who saved
Britain’s birds from ‘murderous millinery’
been overlooked, asks Tessa Boase
groups of women gathered over tea, in
the leafy suburbs of Manchester and
Croydon, to lament the plight of the
birds. Thousands of exotic species
were being shot and shipped to the
Port of London and its plumage
auction houses: lyrebirds, scarletrumped trogans, Indian green parrots,
South American macaws, Raggiana
birds-of-paradise… The millinery
trade had an insatiable appetite for
“novelties”. In 1891 the two groups
merged, creating the Society for the
Protection of Birds – a society with a
beautifully simple goal. It was going to
stamp out the fashion for feathers in
hats. However, it wasn’t long before
the “sentimental” elderly women were
ousted by “rational men” of science
who wanted the society to change tack
and reconnect with its “natural
scientific base”: census-taking,
forensic observation of bird behaviour
and identification rings.
Three years ago, I contacted the
late, great James Ferguson-Lees,
father of modern ornithology, to see if
he might be able to help with the
hidden story of the women who
‘Avian adornment
had become the
flourish of the
emancipated woman’
started the movement. The 86-yearold had begun birding at the time of
the great purge and we talked briefly
on the phone. I then received,
inadvertently, a chain of emails in
which he and another veteran birder
warily discussed my request. “She is
not a birdwatcher (though her father
is),” wrote James to Mike, a former
long-time staffer with the RSPB. “I do
worry about this sort of thing,”
replied Mike. “It seems to me that this
could end up being a lopsided look at
a bit of history approached, perhaps,
from the wrong angle.”
While the men huddled and fretted
about the dangers of letting a female
non-birder into the inner sanctum – I
applied to view the RSPB archives at
its headquarters in Sandy,
Bedfordshire. The charity today
employs more women than men – but
the first thing you see, on entering the
Lodge, are oil paintings of illustrious
Early ecofeminists: Emily
Williamson, top,
and Etta Lemon,
who were among
the founders of
the RSPB, which
was born from a
campaign to ban
the Victorian/
Edwardian fashion
of feathers in
hats, main
ook closely at the archive
photographs of those
suffragist rallies and
you’ll see, sprouting
above the throng, the
silhouettes of feathers.
Not just feathers, but wings, tails,
beaks, claws; even whole birds. By
the time Mrs Pankhurst and her
magnificently hatted suffragettes
burst on to the scene in 1903, bird
wearing, or “avian adornment”, was
in its third decade. It had become the
flourish of the emancipated woman.
But while Mrs Pankhurst and her
cohorts are today extravagantly
celebrated, the women who saved
the birds from “murderous
millinery” are barely remembered.
Britain’s biggest conservation charity
– the Royal Society for the Protection
of Birds – was born through their
valiant efforts. They wrote naming
and shaming letters to plumage
wearers spotted in church. They
boycotted powerful fashion retailers.
They organised sandwich board
demonstrations with images of
bloody bird carcasses, during the
Oxford Street sales, and they lobbied
Parliament relentlessly for a
plumage importation ban.
Their attention-grabbing
campaign preceded the suffrage tale
– but as Mrs Pankhurst’s militant
antics pushed them off the news
agenda they became its shadow
story: another bloody-minded group
of middle-class Edwardian women,
trying to change Britain. These early
eco-feminists are completely absent
from the narrative of women’s
emancipation. In setting out to
uncover their story, I found myself
journeying to some intriguingly
shady corners of 19th and early
20th-century Britain. Nefarious
feather workers of London’s East
End; exploited milliners and lying
shop girls; fashionista suffragists…
the crusade to save the birds reached
into every cranny of society. At the
heart of this story are two battles:
one between women (pro-feathers vs
pro-birds) and one between the
sexes. For back then, much as today,
birds belonged to the boys.
According to RSPB folklore, very
little is known about the women
because the archive was lost during
the London Blitz. All we have is the
bare bones of their story. In 1889, two
male birders from the charity’s long
history. Nothing of its valiant female
founders. The RSPB’s librarian
assured me that there wasn’t much to
see, but she had dug out everything
they had. For two days I sat at a table,
surrounded by blue boxes, sifting
through scraps of old paper, trying to
tune in to faint voices. Four distinct
personalities began, to emerge.
Emily Williamson, founder of the
Manchester group, is commonly
credited with starting the RSPB. Yet
she spoke only once at an AGM:
“Women are mostly timid in
inaugurating anything, but they are
very ready to give their help to a good
cause when they are shown the way.”
Emily’s voice was gentle, collaborative,
while Eliza Phillips, elderly founder of
the Croydon “Fur, Fin and Feather
Folk”, was more trenchant. She saw
the extermination of bird life as a
“women’s question”. “It is women’s
vanity that stimulates the greed of
commerce, and women’s money that
tempts bird-slaughterers to continue
their cruel work.” And yet (as RSPB
supporter Virginia Woolf was to point
out) the birds were killed, shipped and
sold by men – “not vicariously,” wrote
Woolf, “but with their own hands”.
Winifred, Duchess of Portland,
president from 1891 to her death in
1954, was crucial for enlisting the
upper classes. I discovered a handful
of letters in Winnie’s patrician scrawl,
directing others hither and thither on
behalf of the birds. In 1903 she was
mistakenly spotted by a gossip
columnist wearing the contested
“osprey” – a spray of fine white
plumage ripped from the back of a
breeding snowy egret. By 1903, just
one ounce of this feather was worth
twice its weight in gold – and every
woman had to own one. But for
every ounce of osprey, four adult
egrets had to die, their chicks
starving to death.
“Alas,” wrote the Duchess, “I am
indignant at the osprey! I have never
possessed one in my life. I personally
have always thought them very
uninteresting and ugly in a hat. Who
is my double, I wonder? I have a
double in height and general
appearance – Mrs Laurence
Drummond – who always wears one
so it might be her. Perhaps literature
would do her good on the subject! So
will you send her some – by my
express desire!”
The letter was addressed to Etta
Lemon, honorary secretary and
prime mover of the RSPB – who was
also known as “the Dragon” – a
byword for terror in the corridors of
political influence. A director of the
Natural History Museum once hid
down a stairwell, rather than face
Mrs Lemon in petitioning mode.
Under Etta’s lead, 154 genteel local
secretaries were forced to confront
saleswomen at millinery counters
the length of Britain and harangue
them for supplying feathers. They
had to press pamphlets on featherwearers, and lecture them at every
social occasion. She was the
Margaret Thatcher of the bird world:
visionary, forthright, divisive and, in
the end, out of touch.
Mrs Lemon was knocked off her
perch in 1939 in a brutal coup by a
group of young men. She felt caught
in a “network of malevolent intrigue”
and in one poignant letter, Etta, then
aged 79, wrote: “I am quite
bewildered, and do not know where I
am.” Mrs Lemon’s time was up. But
since investigating her extraordinary
story, I’m pleased to report that an
old oil portrait has been exhumed
from the attics of the RSPB and is
destined to hang once again in the
entrance hall of Britain’s biggest
conservation charity. Eighty years
after she was purged from her own
society, the mighty Mrs Lemon is
coming home to roost.
Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather: Fashion,
Fury and Feminism – Women’s Fight for
Change by Tessa Boase (RRP £20). To
order your copy for £16.99 plus p & p
call 0844 871 1514 or visit books.
Is your tailoring
ready for a
touch of colour?
Stephen Doig on
how to do hues
’m the first to hold
up the red card to
any shade of suit, in
matching scarlet or
otherwise, that
veers off the
familiar path of greige,
navy or black. Tan suits
can look great for
informal days in summer,
but black and navy are the
fallbacks of most British
men, perhaps painfully
“safe” but chic with it.
Coloured suits are the
preserve of children’s TV
presenters, sickly pastel
horrors in Miami Vice and
Austin Powers-themed
Freshers Week
ey are not,
parties. They
prescribed wisdom
would tell you, the
attire of a
ed, grown
up man.
fashion comes
along to toy
with our
notions of
taste every
now and
then. Young
actor Tom
donned a sage
green suit by
new London
designer Joshua
Kane, a sharp
affair with
mauve T-shirt;
the effect was
Fashion sense:
Spiderman’s Tom
Holland goes for
a green suit
fresh, sleek and modern.
Ryan Gosling has also
championed the quiet
impact of a delicately-hued
suit, eschewing the
standard black tie of his
Hollywood peers in favour
of suits in velvet sea foam,
olive and rust shades, all of
which denote a mood that’s
a million miles away from
And while he has already
departed Paris menswear
house Berluti after only
three collections, Haider
Ackermann’s time there
– which resulted in some of
the most exciting and
rarefied clothes on the
men’s style catwalks in
recent years – was marked
by his abilities as an
incredible colourist,
creating tailoring in
nuanced, subtle shades that
made the uniformity of
grey or black seem dated.
Which, as we approach
summer and the
officious o
occasions that
the season demands,
makes the idea of a
coloured suit
all the
more relevant.
whole point of a
rich shaded
suit is that it’s
very deliberate
in its stance
o not being
a corporate
The crucial
point is the
tone; primary
brights look like
crash novelty
affairs. Instead take
a tip from
fro Holland’s
suit in the subtle
tones, tthe dark
green against
jewel to
tone purple,
or cinna
cinnamon with
cream tones.
also wo
the fact
that this is a suit for
pleasure, not
busines pair it
with a T-shirt and a
pair of low top
Soho Mohair suit, £775,
Jacket, £175, and trousers,
Gabriele Pasini suit, £702,
Slim cut suit, £130,
Oxford blazer, £70,
Evening jacket, £349,
trainers instead of formal
attire. Keep in mind the
occasion too; relaxed
weddings might just allow
a coloured suit if the dress
code dictates a looser
stance, ditto the more
breezy summer events –
the security at Ascot
might have a thing or two
to say about it. That said,
it’s a damn sight more
refreshing than a trussed
up grey number as
temperatures soar. The
future’s bright.
The Daily Telegraph Friday 4 May 2018
udith Woods
Sorry state of
affairs: Health
Secretary Jeremy
Hunt apologises in
the Commons
This cancer scandal
shows our cradle-to
-grave NHS is gone
larm bells should have
been ringing. So says a
professor of cancer
medicine. A devastating
error has been made. So
says the research charity
Breast Cancer Now. Wholehearted
apologies have been extended. So says
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
But alarms did not sound when vast
numbers of older women failed to
attend breast cancer screening clinics.
And what use are apologies, however
wholehearted, to the families of the 270
women already dead? Or, as the
euphemism goes, “may have had their
lives cut short” by a shockingly basic IT
Almost half a million – 450,000 –
women aged between 68 and 71 were
affected. The 300,000 still alive today
are sleepless with worry, terrified that
they may be riddled with breast cancer
because they fell through the cracks of
a broken NHS.
An algorithm that failed, a glitch that
went unnoticed. Not for a day, a week, a
month or a year. Nine years. It was only
discovered during a software upgrade.
By IT standards, that timespan
represents a lifetime. For those women
whose cancers were diagnosed too late,
it was a life.
Treatment of breast cancer has a
99 per cent success rate if started early;
success meaning the patient is alive five
years on. If found at an advanced stage,
that rate plummets to 15 per cent.
Due to a fault in an algorithm,
women who had hitherto been offered
a mammogram every three years were
not invited for a routine check-up.
Except, when you think about it, there’s
nothing routine about a scan that can
make all the difference between life
and death.
There is puzzlement that none of the
staff noticed the absence of older
women from their daily patient lists.
Are they partly to blame? Should they
have raised questions? Eminent
clinician Karol Sikora, dean and
professor of cancer medicine at the
University of Buckingham Medical
School, believes they should.
“The fact that they didn’t is, I think,
indicative of a problem – a blind spot
– that exists across the health service,”
he says. “We have become too reliant
on technology. And because NHS staff
assume the technology is infallible,
they are no longer as tuned into what
they are seeing or what their instinct
and experience might be telling them.”
As far as we the public are
concerned, we have been conditioned
to assume someone in authority knows
better. Even when we have been
forgotten. We wait quietly and expect
to reach the front of the queue, when
really we should be complaining and
asserting ourselves.
My heart goes out to women
struggling with breast cancers, and
secondary cancers that should have
been caught years ago.
In these pages, 75-year-old nurse
Patricia Minchin spoke with great
eloquence and dignity about her breast
cancer, which was diagnosed after she
failed to receive an offer for a screening
appointment. It has now spread. After a
career in the NHS, she is devastated at
such cavalier treatment. Or lack of it.
There is anger, too, that news of this
catastrophic computer failure is only
now being made public, although it
was known to Public Health England as
far back as January.
It surely begs the question: what
other facts are they keeping in
abeyance? Is this further delay down to
cock-up, conspiracy or complacency?
The NHS IT system is sclerotic and
has been described as the worst in both
Western and Eastern Europe. This
shocking shortcoming has cost lives,
but there is another price to be paid: a
fundamental loss of trust.
My generation, my mother’s
generation, were brought up to believe
that doctors knew best, that the NHS
was a benevolent institution that only
had our best interests at its centre.
Today, we must acknowledge that the
paternalistic cradle-to-grave NHS is a
myth. We cannot rely on our health
system for preventive care or early
intervention; it can do both things
superlatively, of course, but that any
one of us will receive the treatments we
need, when we need them, is no longer
a given.
Cancer doesn’t just kill the patient. It
causes harrowing grief to children and
partners, siblings and parents. None of
us knows if we will develop it. It is
difficult to accept a cruel disease that
attacks at random. How much more
crushing to learn that it might have
been discovered years earlier, but for a
rogue computer programme?
But, in truth, the system no longer
works. Overburdened and
understaffed, our hospitals lurch from
one crisis to another. Getting a
same-day GP appointment feels like a
minor miracle.
The model envisioned by Aneurin
Bevan in 1948 was based on three
principles: that it meets the needs of
everyone, is free at the point of delivery
and is based on clinical need, not the
ability to pay.
Here, in 2018, it is increasingly clear
that we want – need – something more
fit for 21st century purpose, and that
somebody needs to pay for that
upgrade. The NHS is a beacon of
world-class care in some respects;
abysmal patients-dying-on-trolleys
failings in others. That is not good
enough. Yet our politicians still refuse
to countenance a targeted health tax or
private insurance schemes to dovetail
with existing NHS expertise. Given a
choice between the well-meaning
haphazardness of a postcode lottery
and an extra penny or two in income
tax to get a premium service, who
wouldn’t rather stump up the cash?
This has nothing to do with ideology
or privatisation by stealth, but creating
a health service fit for purpose, where
staff use their initiative, the IT system
works and hundreds of thousands of
women aren’t badly let down.
By all means we should have faith in
our NHS – but let it not be blind faith.
Fat-shaming children
is not the answer to
Britain’s obesity crisis
hould children be weighed
at primary school to
combat escalating rates of
obesity? Is it reasonable for
Ofsted inspectors to measure
children’s BMI as a way of
calibrating educational success?
Speaking as someone who
feels passionate about tackling
this urgent public health issue,
I’m frankly horrified by the
suggestion, which is the very
definition of fat-shaming.
What in the name of Jamie
Oliver would that achieve?
Other than humiliation,
distress and emotional eating?
Apparently, ministers and
officials have visited a
ground-breaking project in
Amsterdam, where obesity in
children was dramatically
reduced by 12 per cent between
2012 and 2015 – and by 18 per
cent among those from the
most socio-economically
deprived backgrounds. We
need concerted action, but
what works in Amsterdam will
not necessarily be effective
A Children’s Society report
has shown that we have some
of the unhappiest children in
the world – depression levels
are higher in England than in
Ethiopia, Algeria and Romania
– as well as the worst obesity
rates in the western world.
That’s more than a
coincidence, I would moot.
Kids are overweight – and any
Weighty issue: health education
begins at home
fool can tell the difference
between chubbiness and
obesity – because their
parents have fed them too
much, served the wrong food,
given them access to pocket
money for cheap, fat and
sugar-laden snacks and
allowed them to spend
weekends inside and online.
If anyone is to be fatshamed, it should be the
adults. But scolding doesn’t
work; the reasons for
overeating are all tied up with
stress, with poverty, with the
pressures of time-poor,
cash-rich lifestyles.
Let schools carve out more
time for PE and promote
good habits. But health
education, education,
education begins at home.
It resides in Jamie O’s
admirable crusade against junk
food advertising to little
children, the five-a-day (or 10,
as some experts now advise)
message, and early years
intervention. It can be done.
Everyone knows that
cigarettes are harmful; the
transformation of attitudes
since my mother chainsmoked through pregnancy
is astonishing.
We need wholesale change,
but the answer doesn’t lie in
making already ill-served,
overweight children into
whipping boys.
I’d put cologne
on my child’s
pillow each
day if I could
heads is
Impeccable: Kate
Winslet on the red
carpet in 2015
ate Winslet
And as she has an
Oscar, an Emmy,
a Grammy and
enough Baftas
and Golden
Globes to need a
mezzanine in her
downstairs loo,
all up-andcoming
– sorry, I meant
starlets – would
do well to heed.
The Titanic
star, 42, who
clinched an
Academy Award
for The Reader,
is unimpressed
by the vogue for
frocks on the red
carpet. Not for
her the sideboob,
the underboob
or that recent
– and wholly
unwelcome – the
knickerless side
She has little
truck with the
fashion for sheer
inelegance or
designed to
reveal rather
than conceal,
and quite rightly
so. Turning
heads is a lot
more dignified
than dropping
Then again,
Winslet is a
actress rather
than a fly-bynight fameseeker.
To paraphrase
Coco Chanel:
“Dress like a
floozy and they
remember the
dress; dress
impeccably and
they remember
the woman.”
’m a huge fan of Jo Malone, mostly
because whenever I wear her
Pomelo fragrance, both women and
men literally follow me round shops
like Bisto Kids, begging to know what
exquisite scent I’m wearing.
I’m olfactory catnip on the school
run, and our local Londis shopkeeper
bought it for his wife after an early
morning whiff of me over the bakedin-store croissants.
Then I heard Malone, 54, had
admitted to still making her 17-year-old
son Josh’s bed and spraying his sheets
with cologne. Wow. And I thought I
couldn’t love the woman more.
You see, Jo, I understand. I get up
every morning to make fresh couscous
and roast vegetables for my veryalmost-16-year-old’s packed lunch.
As her GCSEs are looming, I have
pledged to provide home-baking every
day. When she steals my clothes, I feel
so flattered, I never ask for them back.
Why? Jo knows why.
Just as your offspring start to need
you less, you need them more. Or,
rather, you need to be needed. It’s a
weird maternal thing that fathers can’t
Her son knows no different, and
what teenager doesn’t want someone
else to make his bed before he lies in
it? At the very least, he will grow into a
delicious-smelling metrosexual.
While my budget doesn’t extend to
perfumed sheets, I have to confess that
my nine-year-old isn’t at all pampered.
With her, it’s all strict bedtimes and
piano practice. Is that entirely fair?
A couple of weeks ago the Big One
observed that I clearly loved her the
most and she wondered aloud if her
sister noticed, because sometimes it
was really quite embarrassing. Cue my
horrified intake of breath.
Then a couple of days later, the
Small One casually asked whether I
loved her or her sister most. I
tentatively asked for her opinion.
“Me,” she smiled, happily. “I know
you love me the best, so it’s nice that
you let her borrow your clothes to
make up for it.”
How’s that for divide-and-rule
parenting? I think I might just treat
myself to a bed linen cologne spritzer.
Friday 4 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
‘My family know
I could be killed
in the ring’
As a child he liked nothing more
than to organise fights between
himself and a kid from a rival school;
he tended to win, unsurprisingly, but
what he really liked was the drama.
“I’d get butterflies in my stomach. I’d
get as many people to come and
watch as possible, and never wanted
to fight anybody unless there was a
crowd. Otherwise what was the point?
More than I wanted to win, I wanted
people to see me win. I wanted people
to tell the tale afterwards.” A pause,
before some cod-philosophy. “If I had
a fight and no one was around to see
it, did it really happen?”
That head-scratcher is unlikely to
prove a problem tomorrow. The O2
Arena will contain 20,000 fans and,
he hopes, many more on Sky Box
Office. This time it’s an easy sell, since
aintily sipping
a green tea in
south London,
David Haye is
entirely at
the former
boxing champion pummels people
until they can’t take any more – and
he will hope for that outcome again
when he fights Tony Bellew at the O2
Arena tomorrow night – but that’s just
his job; outside the ring, he is a master
of Zen. He meditates, follows a strict
vegan diet, uses salt lamps and refuses
to say a bad word about his opponents.
If he was younger, he’d be a walking
millennial cliché. Shame he’s 37.
“As I sit here, I’m very, very happy,”
he says, having squeezed his 6ft 3in,
16st frame into a restaurant chair.
“Things are going nice and smoothly.
Come fight night, as long as I walk
into the ring as I feel right now,
everything will be fi-i-ne.”
We meet at the Park Plaza Hotel, a
minute’s walk from Haye’s man-cave
gym and headquarters underneath a
railway arch in Vauxhall. It’s almost
five weeks before “Haye v Bellew 2”,
which has a lot riding on it. The fight
is a rematch of the pair’s March 2017
bout, which saw Bellew win fair and
square (Haye admits it, though
snapping his Achilles halfway through
cannot have helped) after a very
ill-tempered build-up. They were due
to meet again in December, but then
Haye fell down some stairs, injuring
his bicep, and the whole shebang was
postponed. Here he is, though, fit and
healthy, and ready for what might be
the final fight of his career.
During the long training period
before a bout, which is usually months,
Haye shacks up at the Plaza, living in
one of the hotel’s penthouse suites to
minimise commute times, maximise
his chi and presumably remove the
need to do laundry. A small platoon of
trainers managed by his company,
Hayemaker Boxing, flit around. But the
focus is very much on him.
“In the past I’ve let things get on top
of me. It’s taken me a while to get a
team I can trust enough to not have to
look over my shoulder and feel I need
to micromanage my life,” he says. “I
need that energy to rest and
recuperate. I have a boxing match, and
e, have very
the outcomes, win or lose,
different ramifications.”
A lot is made of Haye’s lifestyle,
ed as being the
which is variously reported
same as any modern professional
yneth Paltrow
athlete, or as making Gwyneth
look a trainwreck. Peta’s “Sexiest
Vegan Celebrity of 2014” is
urs about
apparently (vicious rumours
ns abound)
slyly eating whole chickens
ased diet,
still reliant on the plant-based
hat year
having made the switch that
for ethical reasons, and confirms
this passion by loudly admonishing
his PR man for drinking a latte.
Meditation remains a work in
progress. “I try to silence my
ctions of
mind, and stop the distractions
life coming in. Some call it
raying, or
meditating, some call it praying,
ught it in
focusing. I wish they’d taught
schools. I now try and appreciate
On the eve of what could be his final bout,
David Haye tells Guy Kelly how meditation and
veganism have made him stronger than ever
Focused: David Haye at his gym in south
London, main; below, with his then-wife
Natasha in 2009
whatever I’m doing – if I’m looking at a
sunset, for example, or if I’m eating
some food I think about the texture,
the taste, the chewing, the going down
to my stomac
Ha has also given up coffee
Righto. Haye
and sex ahea
ahead of the fight (he always
does, six wee
weeks before). The temporary
victims, of co
course – other than his
opponents – are his family. “I could
spend 10 tim
times more time with them
but that wou
would affect my performance.
My famil
family know the boxing ring is
a dang
dangerous place, you can be
kille and you’ve got more
chance of winning if you’re
and stress-free.” Haye
and his ex-wife Natasha (they
divorced in 2016 after an
eight-year marriage) have a
nine-year-old son, Cassius.
He is a keen tennis player,
aand has never wanted to
box. Would Dad have
about the dangers
of fighting? “Of course. It
makes it a lot more enjoyable for me as
a parent. My mother had to watch me
compete, knowing I could get knocked
out. I didn’t appreciate that when I was
a kid.”
Haye grew up near Bermondsey,
south London, living in an 18-storey
council block until he was eight, when
the family moved a mile down the road.
His mother, Jane, is white and worked
as a librarian; his father, Deron, was a
member of the Windrush generation,
arriving from Jamaica at the age of 12.
“Growing up there I just assumed
everyone else’s family was mixed-race
like ours. It was a massive melting pot.
I’m fortunate to have grown up in one
of the most multicultural places on
The fact a mixed-race woman,
Meghan Markle, is joining the Royal
family this month “brings a smile” to
his face. “I think it’s nice,” he says, quite
definitely thinking about it for the first
time. “It’s a small step, but who would
have thought that [would happen]?”
‘It’s all theatre.
People forget it’s an
entertainment as
well as a sport’
there’s the “revenge” angle, but things
turned ugly at yesterday’s pre-fight
exchange in which Bellew shoved
Haye in the throat. Last time, Haye
threatened to “hospitalise” Bellew,
called his fans “retards”, hit him at a
press conference, and at one point just
shouted, “your mum”. “It’s all theatre,”
he says. “People forget it’s an
entertainment as well as a sport.”
The reason he’s done “every single
TV show”, including I’m A Celebrity…,
is to reach a greater audience.
Someone like Anthony Joshua – who
now holds three of the four major
heavyweight titles, including the
WBA belt Haye won from 7ft Russian
Nikolai Valuev in his finest hour in
2009 – hasn’t needed to do
Bushtucker Trials to create a brand.
“[Joshua] really is a nice guy,” he
says of his friend, “but if he was a little
bit crazy and said controversial
things, he’d lose endorsements but
he’d make twice the money on
pay-per-view…” It sounds exhausting,
being a boxer. I think I’d turn to
Himalayan salt lamps, too.
Will he still feel those childhood
butterflies tomorrow? “No, I don’t
get that any more,” he sighs.
“But when then the bell rings, my
senses get heightened, the
suspense, all the people… that’s
when the drama hits.”
Oliver Brown: Sport, Page 10
Tony Bellow v David Haye from the O2
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Box Office tomorrow night
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‘I don’t think
people hate
U2 enough’
Neil McCormick meets the Irish rockers
backstage to talk about tax avoidance,
health scares and Bono’s ‘annoying gene’
e may not be getting
out of here,” says
Bono, grinning in
the hangar-like exit
to an arena, whilst
rain batters down
and sheet lightning cracks the night
sky. A tornado warning has just been
issued in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Inside the
venue, another kind of storm had been
raging, with U2 playing the opening
night of their eXPERIENCE +
iNNOCENCE tour, a bold, politically
charged sequel to 2015’s iNNOCENCE
It is a dazzling show, featuring three
stages, a giant floating screen and
startling visuals. “It’s getting dangerous
out there in America, and I’m not just
talking about the weather,” Bono
roared through a megaphone decorated
in the Stars and Stripes, in front of a
visual barrage of KKK rallies, cartoon
demons and provocative slogans. The
Irish rock band’s passionate anthems
were the raw, human heart of the most
hi-tech production of their career. “I
believe my best days are ahead of me,”
the 57-year-old sang on Lights of Home,
and his performance was bold enough
to suggest he could actually be right.
“I came up with that line flat out on a
hospital bed,” Bono tells me, drenched
in sweat, towel wrapped around his
neck, as we ride to the airport in the
back of a blacked-out vehicle, police
escort ahead. “I hope people get the
humour in it.” Drawing heavily on their
most recent albums, Songs of Innocence
(2014) and Songs of Experience (2017),
the new U2 show is constructed to tell
the story of a band’s journey from
passionate naivety to adult maturity.
But many of the songs on Experience
were shaped by a serious health scare
in late 2016, which Bono refers to as “an
extinction event”.
He declines to be more explicit. “No
one needs to know the soap opera of it
all. I mean, most people my age have
gone through moments when they
realise they can’t take their existence
for granted.” Bono has recovered from
several major health problems over the
years, including emergency spinal
surgery in 2010 and five hours of
surgery after a bicycle accident in New
York in 2014. He admits that this latest
scare hit him a great deal harder. “I had
a few bruising encounters and then one
I just couldn’t walk away from. It was a
dark reckoning. Mortality can be a bit
of a buzz wreck, to say the least.”
As long as I have known him, since
our teenage school days when he was
plain Paul Hewson, Bono has held on to
a seemingly unshakeable Christian
faith. But he admits even that took a bit
of a battering. “My faith was something
I never had to explain to myself. I was
at home with its incoherence and
contradictory patterns. It did take some
bumps and scratches this time, if I’m
honest. But I’ve emerged with
gratitude for being alive.”
He seems in very good spirits. “The
first thing that happens to anybody
who has such a fright is you start to
notice things all around you, the people
you are friendly with, your family, your
kids, and you turn into Louis
Armstrong.” He bursts into a blast of It’s
a Wonderful World: “I see trees of
green, red roses too! All of that.” The
singer and wife Ali have been together
since school days, and have four
‘We absorb the criticism
and use it to make what
we do better. We want to
prove the naysayers wrong’
children. Bono says Songs of Experience
was created in a state of “enjoyable
panic, where you think, ‘Wow, better
squeeze every drop of life out of this’.”
There is an aspect of Bono’s character
that is not much discussed, a bullish
determination to overcome obstacles.
“My first response to a problem is
usually anger,” he says. “It’s worked
well for me as an activist. But there’s
one battle you just can’t win and anger
doesn’t help.” Much more important to
his recovery, he says, was maintaining a
sense of humour. “Comedy is a proper
response to weighty issues. It’s deadly
funny and deadly serious. That’s life.”
Bono attracts a huge amount of
criticism for his twin roles as
humanitarian activist and rock
superstar. “To be fair, I do have an
annoying gene,” he laughs. “I annoy
myself sometimes.” Particular criticism
has been focused recently on his
financial affairs, with the Guardian
describing him as “the Samaritan who
avoids the taxman”.
diplomacy: U2 on
the opening night
of their new tour in
Tulsa, Oklahoma,
above. Left, Bono
with Barack Obama
in 2006
“You know I’ve been writing about
my own hypocrisy for 20 years. But the
hypocrisy of the human heart is so
much more interesting than a
rock ’n’ roll band trying to take its
financial affairs seriously. I mean, come
on, would people prefer I die broke?
They try to say, ‘You’re not idealists
really’ to a band who have shared
everything, committed our lives to
each other and various campaigns of
social justice. It won’t wash. I think a lot
of people might just not like us and try
to find reasons to explain it.”
Guitarist the Edge (aka David Evans)
is even more relaxed about the
criticism. “We absorb it and use it to
make what we do better,” he says. He
believes the greatest danger for a
successful band is complacency. “The
kind of hunger and determination of
the band early on, when it was a
desperate search to be heard, that’s all
over. We’re here, we’ve done it. So part
of what drives us is to try and disprove
the naysayers. You suck it up, get back
to work and make sure that what you’re
doing is the best you can. In my view,
people don’t hate U2 enough.”
It was a deliberate choice to open
their tour in a Republican state where
Donald Trump won 65.3 per cent of the
vote in 2016, to see if they could carry
their progressive messages into the
American heartland.
Disturbing images of Swastikas at a
white nationalist rally (filmed in
Charlottesville, Virginia, in August
2017) sent a ripple of unease through
sections of the crowd. But they were
Master of cosmic jazz reaches for the stars
Kamasi Washington
Roundhouse, London
By Chris Harvey
ver since his 2015 triple album
The Epic, West Coast saxophonist
and band leader Kamasi
Washington has been the figurehead
of a new wave of jazz that has absorbed
hip-hop, R’n’B and African beats and
made jazz club-cool again. And from
the moment he took the stage at
London’s Roundhouse theatre, clad in
a yellow dashiki, framed between two
drummers and the brilliant upright
bass player Miles Mosley, it was clear
that rhythm would hold sway.
Drums marched the band into the
opening number, Change of the Guard.
It’s apt: the LA-born Washington grew
up listening to hip-hop, played with
Snoop Dogg, and added horn and
string arrangements to Kendrick
Lamar’s Grammy-winning 2015 album
To Pimp a Butterfly, which introduced
a generation of hip-hop fans to a
musical form long cursed with an
image problem – that it’s backwardlooking, difficult and boring.
Washington’s music explores jazz’s
possibilities, drawing on the cosmic
Cool rhythms: Kamasi Washington is the
figurehead of new wave jazz
jazz of Sun Ra and Pharoah Sanders.
The afrofuturism propounded by Sun
Ra – which melded ancient African
culture with science-fiction – has long
since crossed over into funk in George
Clinton and Earth Wind and Fire, and
finds a modern expression in the
android aesthetic of Janelle Monae,
and some of Beyoncé’s performances.
In cosmic jazz, afrofuturism evolved
differently, with the concept of space
taking on a consciousness-expanding
quality. Here, Washington introduced
The Space Travelers Lullaby, the first of
two new numbers from his
forthcoming album Heaven and Earth,
with a meditation on looking up at the
stars. Tenor sax and trombone became
twin rocket boosters as Washington
and sidekick Ryan Porter blasted off
from a trippy, Sixties-sounding base.
There has been an attempt to move
afrofuturism on from the tropes of Sun
Ra, though, and there was a turning
away from its peace-and-love
philosophy towards a militant
consciousness in second new song,
Fists of Fury (title courtesy of the Bruce
Lee movie).
Vocalist Patrice Quinn has a certain
“Marsha Hunt and the cast of Hair”
quality, but it was an incendiary
performance by the band. Washington
brought on his father Rickey to play
flute with him. At one point, during
twin drum solos, the sound blurred
with the speed of the playing, as if the
venue was filled with the sound of
hummingbirds’ wings.
There was real warmth in the
crowd, though, when Washington was
joined on stage by Shabaka Hutchings,
the Mercury-nominated saxophonist,
who gave the sound a new vibe, with
African rhythms that Washington was
visibly digging a lot.
This was jazz as a big, sexy,
rhythmic sound, played loud. Its
future looks very bright.
Kamasi Washington performs in
Manchester tonight, Glasgow tomorrow
and at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival on
Sunday. Details:
brought together for the anthem
American Soul performed in front of a
huge transparent US flag, while Bono
made a rousing speech on “praying for
the safety of the American dream”.
Privately, the band are no fans of
Trump but refrain from attacking him
directly. “If your view of the world is
that it’s survival of the fittest, and that
bullies run the world, then I guess it’s
somewhat understandable that
people might want to find a bully of
their own to stand up for them,” says
Bono, who has had close relationships
with many Democrat and Republican
presidents. Last month he collected
the inaugural George W Bush Medal
for his work on HIV/Aids and poverty
in Africa.
“Bono has worked successfully with
a lot of Republican politicians who we
might not agree with on everything,”
says the Edge, diplomatically.
“You don’t have to agree on
everything, if you can just agree on
one thing,” adds Bono. U2 still believe
that rock music can be a positive force
for political change. “I’m always
encouraged when I tune into Fox News
and see the crap music they have on,”
says the Edge. “Because it reminds me
that the devil doesn’t have the best
tunes. The best music is something
that’s about freedom of thought and
freedom of expression.”
“Every bit of freedom and equality
and justice for all had to be fought for.
In tiny increments, we move forward,”
says Bono. The Edge lays a hand on his
bandmate’s shoulder. “I sympathise
with Bono,” he jokes. “No matter how
many times he saves the world, it
always manages to unsave itself.”
In the Tulsa rain, a private jet waits
to take the band to their next date.
Lightning flashes overhead. Bono is
exhausted but happy to have got the
first show over. “I enjoyed it. I really
could feel my body, I could feel the
breath when I was singing, I could feel
the songs,” he smiles. “It was great to be
onstage again. I just felt so pleased to be
U2 tour the USA until July, Europe from
August, and the UK and Ireland in
October/November. Details:
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The TV quiz that changed the game
As ‘Who Wants to be
a Millionaire?’
returns, Michael
Hogan looks at how
it made trivia into a
national event
hich British creation
was solely
responsible for
reviving TV quizzes
worldwide, changed
the genre forever
and makes its eagerly awaited
comeback this weekend? Are you sure?
Is that your final answer?
You’re correct, of course. It was Who
Wants to Be a Millionaire?, which
blazed a big-money trail during the late
Nineties and early Noughties,
transcending its humble status as an
ITV game show to become a planetconquering cultural phenomenon.
Tomorrow, Jeremy Clarkson hops
into former host Chris Tarrant’s chair
for a miniseries marking the show’s
20th anniversary. If it works, the
seven-night experiment could lead to a
long-term rebirth.
So how did the quiz affectionately
known as “Millionaire” become one of
the most influential TV shows of
modern times? Firstly, as the title
would imply, it upped the prize money,
turning a bog-standard trivia quiz into a
high-octane game of jeopardy. Before
Millionaire, a quiz show winner might
come away with a car, a caravan or a
few thousand pounds. Suddenly, they
could become an overnight millionaire.
More significantly, it introduced
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to Capital FM in the early Nineties,
when radio executive David Briggs met
writing duo Mike Whitehill and Steven
Knight. This trio devised 30-second
stings and phone-ins for DJ Tarrant’s
hit breakfast show, including the
infamous “Bong game”. This riskversus-reward feature saw listeners try
to shout “stop!” before a bong noise
interrupted a sequence of increasing
cash sums. It would become one of the
inspirations for Millionaire.
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they devised a format for TV: a sort of
edge-of-your-seat, megabucks version
of Mastermind. The working title was
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game shows, which only use incidental
music, Millionaire kept it playing for
the whole programme. Composed by
father-and-son duo Keith and Matthew
Strachan – the former best known for
co-writing Cliff Richard’s festive hit
Mistletoe and Wine – the score took
inspiration from the Mars movement of
Holst’s The Planets. It throbbed away,
mimicking a heartbeat or ticking clock.
The set design was more like a
Hollywood thriller than a typical,
garishly coloured game show. A
mirrored floor and glass fittings gave
the impression there was nowhere to
hide. Nervous contestants felt exposed
on a high chair in centre-stage. The
lighting made them even more
uncomfortable, and gradually darkened
as the game progressed.
With these precision-tooled
elements in place, Who Wants to Be a
Millionaire? debuted on our screens in
1998. It was scheduled as “event
television”, broadcast on 10 successive
evenings in a prime-time 8pm slot to
hook viewers and build buzz.
This it duly did. At its peak, the show
was watched by more than 19 million
(one in three Britons) and became the
most talked-about show, even though it
took two years for someone to win the
jackpot. The honour went to cashstrapped garden designer Judith
Keppel, the Duchess of Cornwall’s third
cousin and now one of the champion
quizzers on BBC Two’s Eggheads.
Keppel remains the only woman to
reach the top prize. Indeed, across 592
episodes and 1,200 contestants, only
five punters scooped the titular sum.
So universal was its appeal that it has
aired in 160 countries, with all versions
adhering to strict rules: all hosts had to
wear Armani suits like Tarrant, while
music, lighting and set design had to
replicate the British original.
Even now, it remains part of our
cultural fabric. The West End play Quiz
tells the scandalous story of “Coughing
Major” Charles Ingram, who was
stripped of the jackpot after being
convicted of cheating.
Millionaire didn’t just revive viewer
interest in small-screen quizzing. It
revolutionised the look and feel of
game shows, with the likes of The
Weakest Link, Deal or No Deal and The
Cube stealing its tricks, while The
Million Pound Drop copied its prize.
The British original lost some of its
sheen in the mid-Noughties, limping on
with occasional charity specials until
2013. Tarrant bowing out proved the
final nail in the coffin.
Now it’s back after a five-year
absence and, with controversy magnet
Clarkson at the helm, promises to be as
compelling as ever. The only other
game shows right now are either jolly
backslapping sessions (Pointless,
Eggheads, The Chase) or niche brainiac
affairs (University Challenge, Only
Connect). A full-time return for
Millionaire would bring some edge-ofsofa suspense and big-money jeopardy
back to the prime-time schedules.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? begins
tomorrow at 9.15pm on ITV, continuing
nightly throughout the week at 9pm.
Quiz, James Graham’s hit play which was
inspired by the Charles Ingram story, is
currently running at the Noel Coward
Theatre. On May 15, The Telegraph is
hosting an exclusive post-show Q&A in
which Telegraph arts writer and editor
Ben Lawrence talks to playwright James
Graham, director Daniel Evans and
members of the cast. Tickets cost £47.50
or £67.50, including a free drink. Call
0844 871 1514/
display their
serious side
Los Angeles
By Ivan Hewett
he Los Angeles Philharmonic
makes a sound that is big, and
magnificently extrovert. It has a
reputation for showmanship, but on
this whirlwind three-day residency the
orchestra and its music director
Gustavo Dudamel seem determined to
show its social conscience. Last night’s
concert had a Seventies piece about the
brutalities of the American penal
system, and a piece by Julius Eastman,
the neglected black pioneer of minimal
music. Today Dudamel launches a
“youth manifesto” with an orchestra of
players from the UK and LA, and rounds
off tonight with Beethoven’s Ninth.
So on paper it’s indubitably serious.
But it was hard to know how seriously
to take Pollux, the European premiere
of which opened Wednesday’s concert.
In the programme note its composer
Esa-Pekka Salonen (the LA
Philharmonic’s one-time music
director) explained how it was inspired
by the Greek myth of the twins Castor
and Pollux and how the big chorale at
the centre was inspired by the AustroGerman poet Rilke. But it couldn’t hide
the fact the piece was emotionally light,
and almost embarrassingly beautiful in
a peculiarly old-fashioned way.
It was a shock – but a pleasant one –
to be whirled from all that sugary
beauty into the hard-edged strident
world of Amériques, by Edgard Varèse.
The orchestra and Dudamel made us
keenly aware of the music’s subtle,
many-layered complexities, as well as
its apocalyptic fury.
Finally came Shostakovich’s Fifth
Symphony, a piece whose tragic
grandeur repels anything like
showmanship. Dudamel, clearly aware
of this, shaped a terrific performance of
deep pensive inwardness. In all, the
concert gave a taste of the highseriousness, streetwise edginess and
high-octane glitz that makes the LA
Philharmonic so prized.
Until tonight. Tickets: 020 7638 8891;
The Daily Telegraph Friday 4 May 2018
This slick riff on the
music industry needs
to strike a louder note
Mood Music
The Old Vic
By Dominic Cavendish
A wistful tale of one
boy and his horse
III in All the Money in the World – isn’t
the walking type. Charley was even
running when Del met him, haring
through whatever small Oregon town
he and his genially deadbeat father
(Travis Fimmel) had just washed up in.
For Charley, running and living are
indistinguishable. To stay still would
be as good as dropping dead.
This is the crux of Andrew Haigh’s
piercing and wistful new film, in
which the British director swaps the
Norfolk Broads of his Bafta-nominated
45 Years for the significantly broader
American west – a hard, vast place of
dreary diners, grumbling trucks, and
starlit open plains. Adapted from the
2010 novel by Willy Vlautin, Lean on
Pete is a boy-and-his-animal film in the
fine old tradition of Lassie Come Home
and Old Yeller – and in 18-year-old
Plummer, it has a lead actor who
becomes a star before your eyes. But
it forswears kitschy pathos for a
slow-build, almost neo-realist
compassion for Charley and his
Robbie Collin
Lean on Pete
15 cert, 122 min
Dir Andrew Haigh
Starring Charlie Plummer, Steve
Buscemi, Travis Fimmel, Chloë
Sevigny, Steve Zahn, Amy Seimetz
on’t run, walk!” barks
Del (Steve Buscemi), a
prickly horse trainer,
as his teenage
assistant bolts off on
an errand through a
crowded stable. But 15-year-old
Charley Thompson – played by Charlie
Plummer, the young John Paul Getty
faithful companion, the five-year-old
quarter horse of the title.
Charley and Lean on Pete, a sprinter
by breed, are kindred spirits – two
knots of bony joints built for onward
movement. So when Del offers Charley
a job as his assistant, he jumps at the
chance to get moving with him – first
to race meets up and down the
country as part of Del’s crew, and then
later, when Charley’s circumstances
take a turn for the worse, by striking
out alone with the horse on a crosscountry trek towards an aunt he hopes
might provide them both with a home
worth stopping for. At no point on this
journey does Charley actually ride
Pete: instead, like friends and equals,
they just clop along side by side.
Charley and Pete’s bond is all the
more charming because it’s so
carefully underplayed. The boy
happily rambles to his fellow traveller
but there is never any sense that what
he’s saying is being listened to, let
alone understood. In fact, Charley’s
A self-defeating, cruel comedy
I Feel Pretty
12A Cert, 110 min
Dirs Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein
Starring Amy Schumer, Michelle
Williams, Busy Philipps, Naomi
Campbell, Aidy Bryant, Emily
By Tim Robey
my Schumer doesn’t need too
many excuses to be funny, and
she certainly doesn’t need the
trumped-up self-body-shaming of I Feel
Pretty, her new vehicle as a producer
and star. The film wants it both ways: to
reject the unattainable hierarchies of
the beauty industry, but also to ridicule
a person who doesn’t know her place
within it. The only means it can find is
sabotaging its own message, which isn’t
a great starting point, let alone end
point, for a body-positive comedy.
Renée (Schumer) works at a highend New York cosmetics firm. She’s as
far from front-of-house as could be
imagined, sifting through web orders in
a dingy basement that’s miles from the
gleaming HQ uptown. And she hates
the way she looks, trapped in a state of
precarious mental health which can’t
be helped by her choice of employer.
But then, in what you might call a
psychosomatic body swap, she gets a
Confidence is key: Amy Schumer as Renée
in body-positive comedy I Feel Pretty
clunk on the skull during a spin class,
and becomes convinced she has been
magically transformed into a total babe.
All the confidence she lacked before
suddenly floods from her in
embarrassing waves. It’s the mismatch
we’re meant to find funny but it does
nothing. Other characters, the official
megababes she found daunting as
colleagues, stutter and gawp at her lack
of self-awareness.
Interviewing to become the new
receptionist, she finds herself in front
of Michelle Williams’s lissom style
princess Avery St Clair, and Naomi
Campbell, who try hard to act as if
they’re not judging a painful routine
on RuPaul’s Drag Race. But there’s
only so much eye-widening one film
can use as an all-purpose punchline
without seeming cheap, cruel and
This is the first feature from
screenwriters Abby Kohn and Marc
Silverstein, who have tended to
specialise in variations on the ugly
duckling myth. The titles – Never Been
Kissed, He’s Just Not That Into You
– speak for themselves. But I Feel Pretty
doesn’t manage an honest internal
transformation of any kind. The scales
fall from Renée’s eyes only after an
hour of unwitting humiliation, and in
the hastiest way the film can think up.
Schumer can’t solve this shedload of
problems all by herself, but at least she
can busy herself pretending nothing’s
amiss: easily the best scenes let her
openly improvise with whoever else is
on screen.
It’s a waste, too, of Williams, who
has a lot of bright ideas for her role –
delivering her lines with a helplessly
unauthoritative poo-poo-pee-doo
vocal tone, and voguing ethereally as if
made entirely of perfume. She’s the
funniest in this, actually. Her character
is mercifully free of malice: she’s so
caught up in her own tense
consciousness of selling a dream that
she barely notices how far anyone else
is falling short. The film might throw
Renée repeatedly under a bus, but it’s
a relief that this ever-smiling Boss
Barbie never does.
Millennial Mary Poppins drama with cheap twist
15 cert, 96 min
Dir Jason Reitman
Starring Charlize Theron,
Mackenzie Davis, Ron Livingston,
Mark Duplass, Elaine Tan
By Robbie Collin
t was a bounce of burnished hair
that marked Rita Hayworth’s big
entrance in Gilda, while Cyd
Charisse stole into Singin’ in the Rain
toes first. In the new film from Jason
Reitman, the camera tracks Charlize
Theron’s nine-months-pregnant belly
as it makes its way across her son’s
bedroom, only later pulling back to
reveal the woman attached.
After the best part of a decade
raising two children, Theron’s Marlo
has become defined by motherhood.
While this hasn’t happened against her
wishes, the grinding reality isn’t
exactly in lockstep with them either,
and the impending arrival of
unplanned child number three has her
nerves wound triply tight. What she
needs is a younger, more energetic
double who can shoulder some of her
Tully (Mackenzie Davis) is the
26-year-old night nanny who appears
on Marlo’s doorstep – entirely paid for
by Marlo’s rich brother Craig (Mark
Duplass). The film is self-aware enough
to recognise the intensely middle-classproblems nature of its premise – but
Theron makes the fine detail of Marlo’s
struggle so frazzlingly plausible that
only a ghoul would begrudge her help.
And what help. Tully turns out to be
something of a millennial Mary
Poppins: whip-thin, wide-eyed,
unnervingly earnest, and capable of
soothing squalling infants with
preternatural ease. The Fatal
Attraction-esque overtones of a lithe
young woman insinuating herself into
a married couple’s life are toyed with so
slyly that it’s hard to tell what kind of
film you’re watching.
Tully is Reitman’s third collaboration
with the screenwriter Diablo Cody
since 2007’s Juno, and their second,
after 2011’s superb Young Adult, to star
Theron. There is real, nerve-jangling,
fun to be had in watching the various
boundary-infringing ways in which
Tully’s presence restores sanity, and
then even joy, to Marlo’s life. Yet, in
order to be “clever” the film sweeps
away all of its hard-earned smartness,
and the previously gripping
uncertainty around the exact nature of
Marlo and Tully’s connection is tidied
up in a way that feels jarringly cheap.
When it pins down the exact point it
wants to make, it immediately feels like
a smaller, less insightful picture.
A star is born: Charlie Plummer as Charley
in Lean on Pete
co-workers explicitly warn him about
getting too sentimental over the
animal. “Don’t think of them as pets,”
advises Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny), a
jockey who rides for Del and is privy
to some of his shadier schemes. Del
takes an even blunter approach.
“I used to like horses too, you know.”
Buscemi is an old hand at stringy
curmudgeons, but Del is a subtler and
more complex creation than most of
them: genuinely well-meaning as a
mentor to Charley, he’s also,
professionally speaking, a treacherous
schlub. And as Charley’s father,
Fimmel pulls off the same trick in
reverse: he’s a plainly dreadful parent,
but impossible to dislike.
A quick scene in which father and
son eat breakfast together fleshes out
their relationship with dazzling
economy, from the uproarious table
talk about his father’s seemingly
innumerable exes to the way Charley
nimbly forks up the last sausage a split
second before his old man can reach it.
Lean on Pete might lack the
emotional wallop and meticulous
structure of 45 Years, or Haigh’s earlier
film Weekend – much like its two
dust-blown protagonists, it just keeps
trotting onwards, meeting whatever
scrapes and ne’er-do-wells that fall in
its path. But it still rings with the small,
revelatory details of great drama –
those bright, beautifully observed
moments of humanity that jump out
like glints of glass in the desert.
ix years ago Joe Penhall gave us
Birthday, a very funny, nearfuture comedy for the Royal
Court about a man going through the
agonies of giving birth. He followed it
with Sunny Afternoon, a swelteringly
hot nostalgia jukebox musical charting
the early days of the Kinks, sibling
strife and power-struggles included.
So it should come as no surprise that
this under-sung playwright, now 50,
has followed those projects with an
ingenious theatrical riff on the themes
of creative control in the music
industry and gender inequality. In
Mood Music, a young female singer,
Cat, pens a chart-busting hit, but it’s
her older male producer Bernard who
demands the credit. On an Old Vic
stage – smartly kitted out by designer
Hildegard Bechtler like an abstract
recording studio – Roger Michell’s
slick production plays out as an
arrangement of interwoven
conversations (Penhall has described
his play as a “fugue for human voices”),
featuring lawyers and therapists trying
to get to the heart of what has taken
place between Ben Chaplin’s Bernard
and Seána Kerslake’s Cat.
With his suave attitude of
penetrating watchfulness, Chaplin is
superb at suggesting something of the
night. He exudes blithe confidence in
his own abilities and a lack of concern
about his apparent emotional deficits.
“I thought songwriting was about
passion,” his therapist (Pip Carter)
ruminates, “self-expression.” “No, it’s
about detachment,” Bernard replies.
Creative control: Seána Kerslake and Ben
Chaplin in Mood Music at the Old Vic
We laugh at his jokes about the lesser
beings in the business – “Drummers
can’t feel pain – they’re like fish” – but
has vulnerable Cat, still mourning her
sax-playing Dubliner dad and finding
her feet, fallen into the clutches of a
success-hogging sociopath?
Up to the interval, the evening
powers along as a smart, entertaining
examination of collaborative processes
that has the debating-chamber
intensity and ambiguity of Penhall’s
finest play, Blue/Orange (2000). Not a
lot of music but strong on mood. In the
second half, though – the B-side, as it
were – it feels as though the sessionmusician in Penhall takes over,
dutifully plucking at Cat’s allegedly
traumatising experiences on tour that
become crucial in bringing matters to a
head. It chimes with #MeToo, yet it
feels as if we’ve heard much of it before
– and is the heroine also manipulated
for theatrical convenience? She
acquires an angry self-possession, but
would the most rock ’n’ roll thing she
could do to thwart the status quo really
be to escape into classical music? You
should leave with high-stakes dingdongs ringing in your ears, but it winds
up on a surprisingly anodyne note; the
play’s reverberations die too fast.
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Court & Social
May 3rd
His Excellency Mr Tran Ngoc An
was received in audience by The
Queen today and presented the
Letters of Recall of his
predecessor and his own Letters
of Credence as Ambassador from
the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
to the Court of St James’s.
Mrs Doan Thi Phuong Dung
was also received by Her Majesty.
His Excellency Mr Rui Jorge
Carneiro Mangueira was received
in audience by The Queen and
presented the Letters of Recall of
his predecessor and his own
Letters of Credence as Ambassador
from the Republic of Angola to the
Court of St James’s.
Mrs Maria Silvina Caetano was
also received by Her Majesty.
Sir Simon McDonald
(Permanent Under-Secretary of
State for Foreign and
Commonwealth Affairs) was
The Duke of Buccleuch and
Queensberry was received by The
Queen when Her Majesty invested
him with the Insignia of a Knight
Brethren of the Most Ancient and
Most Noble Order of the Thistle.
The Queen and The Duke of
Edinburgh were represented by
Mrs Michael Gordon Lennox (Lady
in Waiting) at the Service of
Thanksgiving for the Life of
Lieutenant Commander Robert de
Pass, RN, which was held at St
Mary’s Church, Petworth, West
Sussex, this afternoon.
May 3rd
The Prince Charles, Duke of
Rothesay, President, The Prince’s
Foundation, this morning held a
Meeting at Dumfries House,
Cumnock, Ayrshire.
His Royal Highness, Patron,
afterwards held a Meeting for the
International Network for
Traditional Building, Architecture
and Urbanism.
The Prince Charles, Duke of
Rothesay, President, subsequently
held a Meeting for The Prince’s
His Royal Highness, President,
The Prince’s Foundation, later
attended a Seminar at Dumfries
The Prince of Wales, President,
this evening held a Dinner at
Dumfries House for supporters of
The Prince’s Foundation.
May 3rd
The Duke of Cambridge, Patron,
Defence and National
Rehabilitation Centre, this
evening held a Dinner at
Buckingham Palace.
May 3rd
The Duke of York, Patron,
Whitgift School, this morning
opened The Duke of York Water
Garden at Whitgift School, Haling
Park, South Croydon, Surrey.
May 3rd
The Earl of Wessex, Chairman of
the Board of Trustees, The Duke
of Edinburgh’s International
Award Foundation, today visited
Radley College, Abingdon, as part
of His Royal Highness’s The Duke
of Edinburgh’s Award Real Tennis
Tour and was received by Her
Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of
Oxfordshire (Mr Timothy
His Royal Highness, Trustee,
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award,
this evening attended a Dinner at
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock,
The Countess of Wessex,
Patron, Lions Clubs International,
Multiple District 105, British Isles
and Ireland, this afternoon held a
May 3rd
The Princess Royal, Patron,
Women’s Royal Naval Service
Benevolent Trust, today attended
the Annual General Meeting and
Reception at the National
Museum of the Royal Navy, HM
Naval Base, Portsmouth, and was
received by Her Majesty’s
Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire
(Mr Nigel Atkinson).
Her Royal Highness, President,
British Olympic Association, this
afternoon attended an Executive
Board Meeting at 60 Charlotte
Street, London W1.
The Princess Royal, Master, the
Corporation of Trinity House, this
evening attended the United
Nations International Maritime
Organisation’s United Nations Chief
Executive Board Dinner at Trinity
House, Tower Hill, London EC3.
May 3rd
The Duke of Gloucester, Patron,
Royal Academy Schools, this
afternoon received Ms Rebecca
Salter (Keeper, Royal Academy).
May 3rd
The Duke of Kent this morning
unveiled the restored cap badge
which was carved into the hillside
at Buxbury Hollow, Sutton
Mandeville, Salisbury, by the
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
during World War I and was
received by Her Majesty’s
Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire (Mrs
Peter Troughton).
His Royal Highness this
afternoon visited Wilton Carpets, 2
Wilton Shopping Village, King
Street, Wilton, Wiltshire.
For more details about the Royal
Family visit the Royal website at
Today’s birthdays
Lord Stoddart of Swindon is 92;
Mr Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,
conductor, 87; Miss Marisa
Robles, harpist, 81; Mr Graham
Swift, author, 69; Ms Jane
Kennedy, former Labour
Government Minister, 60; Dame
Caroline Spelman, MP, 60; Sir
Tony McCoy, President, Injured
Jockeys Fund; former National
Hunt jockey and 20 times
Champion Jockey, 44; and Mr
Rory McIlroy, golfer; four times
major champion: Open 2014, US
Open 2011, and PGA
Championship 2012 and 2014, 29.
Today is the anniversary of the
first running of the Derby in 1780.
It is also the anniversary of the
election of Mrs Margaret
Thatcher (Baroness Thatcher) as
Prime Minister in 1979.
Mr J.P. Scott and
Miss H.F. Slack
The engagement is announced
between Jonathan, son of Mark
and Alison Scott, of Biddenden,
Kent, and Hannah, daughter of
Andrew and Caroline Slack, of
Brisbane, Australia.
Online ref: 553049
Legal news
Ms Sally-Ann Hales, QC, has
been appointed a Circuit Judge
deployed to the South Eastern
Circuit, based at Woolwich Crown
Court. with effect from May 8,
Royal Yacht Clubs
Mr Roger Garlick, Commodore,
the Royal Lymington Yacht Club,
presided at a luncheon and prize
giving held yesterday to celebrate
the Xth anniversary of the Royal
Yacht Clubs Golf Meeting. Mr
Alexander Kilgour, Mr Peter
Nicholson, Royal Yacht Squadron,
and Mr Tim Dickson were the
speakers. The Mayor of
Lymington, Councillor Barry
Dunning, presented the Royal
Lymington Claret Jug to the
winners, Mr Paul Over and Mr
Mark Norris, Royal Cruising Yacht
Bridge news
The Lambourne Bridge Festival
continues at the Westhill Country
hotel, writes Julian Pottage,
Bridge Correspondent, and
winners of two complete
midweek competitions are as
Multiple Teams A final: 1st Brian
Crack, Shirley Goldwin, Diana
Avis and Colin Wilson, +97 IMPs;
and 2nd Allan Sanis, Judith Sanis,
Kathy Talbot and Denis Talbot, +
12 IMPs.
Multiple Teams B final winners:
Paul Martin, Roz Bavin, David
Hole and David Friswell.
Seniors Pairs: 1st David Stimson
and Roger Evans, 63.87%; 2nd
Denis Talbot and Kathy Talbot,
58.79%; 3rd Bill Gardner and Brian
Youd, 58.49%.
HEADQUARTERS, France, Friday.
I went yesterday among some of the French troops who on April
29 inflicted a severe defeat on Sixt von Armin’s storm troops
between Dranoutre and Locre – when our own divisions to the
north and south shared the honour of the day with them – and
before that for six days, in front of Kemmel Hill, held their lines
with most noble courage under a frightful fire that hardly ever
slackened when Kemmel had been turned and captured, and these
men whom I met were almost surrounded, so that they had to fight
with a long-enduring devotion, with great sacrifices to maintain
their positions.
It is a moving narrative as I heard it from these French officers who lived through that fearful week. The glory of the
soldiers of France was there in those Flemish fields, and
when they were ordered to hold on at all costs they obeyed to
the death. “We were asked to hold our line,” said the colonel
of one of these French regiments. We held it.” His hand trembled for a moment as he touched a packet of papers, his
orders during the battle, and told me how each message there
had been carried through a frightful fire by his runners, so
that many of them were killed, and of his other losses in officers and men. But then this square-built man with grizzled
eyebrows and moustache, and blue-grey eyes that had steady
light in them said again, “We held our line.”
His regiment came up from Alsace to Flanders. They were hardened follows, who had been through many battles. They are young
men, but veterans. War has set its seal upon them as upon all men
who have passed through its fire, but has not weakened them.
When they came into line between Locre and Dranoutre other
French division troops were holding Kemmel Hill. It was during
days when we had urgent need of this French help because of the
exhaustion of many of our men after long fighting. “Then,” said the
commandant of the regiment I met, “the country about us was a
smiling landscape, with the fields harrowed for sowing and the
little Flemish villages with their red roofs and farmsteads snug
between green hedges. A week later all this had been swept into
ruin and shell-fire had turned this countryside into a barren and
blasted place.” On the morning of April 24 the Germans’ bombardment was intensified and spread over a deep area, destroying villages, tearing up roads, making a black vomit of the harrowed
fields. Dranoutre, Locre, Westoutre, and other small towns were
violently bombarded.
KEVIS.—On 24th April 2018, to Melissa
(née Cameron) and Edward, a son, Milo,
a brother to Alfie. Grandson for Sally
and Ian and Clare and Lionel.
Online ref: 553260
SHUTTLEWORTH.—On Monday 30th
April 2018, to Cat and Luke, a beautiful
daughter, Jasmine, a sister for Leila.
Online ref: 553291
GIBSON.—John “Peter” (b. 21st August
1929), husband of the late Patricia Anne
Gibson (née Thomas), recently of The
Clock House, West Byfleet and formerly
of Little Stapleton, Ilsington, Devon,
died peacefully in his sleep on 2nd April
2018. He will be greatly missed by his
children, grandchildren and great
grandchildren. A Celebration of his life
will be held at 2 p.m. on 22nd May 2018
at Woking Crematorium, Hermitage
Road, St John’s, Woking, Surrey GU21
8TJ. Family flowers only please.
Donations in lieu of flowers to
Barnardo's at Peter's request, can be
made on Donations link at
Online ref: A224019
Golden Weddings
LEE - BRIGGS.—On 4th May 1968, at
Heanor Church, Derby, Michael to June.
Now at Patrixbourne, Canterbury.
Many congratulations on 50 years of
marriage. Love from all your family.
Online ref: A223910
BAXTER.—David Baron of Earlshall
died peacefully at home on April 28th
2018. Adored husband of Lorraine for
over 61 years, a loving father,
grandfather and great grandfather.
Funeral Service at St Laurence's Church,
Ludlow, at 12 noon on May 22nd. All
enquiries to Victoria Allen Funeral
Services on: 01584 879035. No flowers,
donations in lieu to local charities.
Online ref: 553292
BENJAMIN.—Helen Mary, 17/04/1930 28/04/2018, peacefully in her sleep,
aged 88 years. Dearly loved by family,
friends and colleagues. Funeral Service
at St Cross Church, Winchester SO23
9SD on Friday 11th May at 11.30 a.m.
Family flowers only. Donations to
“Hampshire Hospitals Charity Fund
4656” c/o Richard Steel & Partners,
Winchester SO23 8SD or at
Online ref: 553250
BURLING.—Ann Rosemary (née
Counter) died peacefully on 26th April
2018. Beloved wife of the late Dennis
Charles Burling and much loved
mother of Matthew (deceased), Tom
and Hattie. Private family burial. A
Thanksgiving Service will be held at St
John’s Church, Milford, Surrey on
Thursday 24th May at 2.30 p.m.
Donations, if desired, to Emmaus UK.
Online ref: 553246
Marmaduke on 29th April 2018, aged 85,
died after a long illness, at home.
Beloved husband of Ebba. Funeral at St.
Peter’s Church, Kensington Park Road,
Notting Hill, W11 2PN on 15th May at
2 p.m. All welcome. No flowers.
Online ref: 553263
EDWARDS.—The Very Reverend David
Lawrence Edwards OBE, died on 25th
April 2018 at Sunrise Senior Living,
Winchester, aged 89. Priest, author,
scholar and church historian. Beloved
husband of the late Sybil, father of
Helen, Katharine, Martin and the late
Clare, grandfather of Jessica, James,
Myles, Daniel, Hugo and Anna. Funeral
Service in Winchester Cathedral on
Wednesday 16th May at 11 a.m. No
flowers please but donations, if desired,
to 'Hymns Ancient & Modern Charity' or
'Church Times Train-a-Priest Fund' c/o
Richard Steel & Partners, Winchester A memorial
service in Southwark Cathedral will be
Online ref: 553258
FAIERS.—Yvonne Pamela, aged 98
years, passed away peacefully on
Thursday 19th April 2018 at West Suffolk
Hospital. The Funeral Mass will be held
at St Edmund's Roman Catholic Church,
Bury St Edmunds on Friday 1st June at
10 a.m. Flowers may be sent c/o L
Fulcher, 80 Whiting Street, Bury St
Edmunds, IP33 1NX. Tel: 01284 754049.
Online ref: 553304
FRANK.—Diana Willis Died Peacefully
on 23rd April 2018 at St Ann's Hospice.
Beloved wife of Peter Frank and Dearly
loved mother of Nicola and Timothy. All
enquiries to Kenneth Dewey & Sons
Funeral Directors, 2 Grove Lane, Hale,
Altrincham Cheshire WA15 8JE.
Tel: 0161 980 7010.
Online ref: 553256
FREEMAN.—Dorothy Ann. Ann
Freeman, aged 85, died peacefully on
25th April 2018. She was a much loved
grandmother and mother of
Christopher, Joanna, Jonathan and
Benjamin. A Service of Thanksgiving
will be held at St Mary and St Helen,
Neston, Wirral on Friday 18th May at
2.30 p.m. No flowers but any donations
to the Friends of Ness Gardens.
Online ref: A223985
FURBER.—Edward Oliver Furber (Ted),
MA, peacefully at Gloucester Royal
Hospital, on Wednesday 4th April 2018,
aged 94. Beloved husband of Barbara,
loving father to Susan, Rosemary and
Jane, much loved grandfather to five and
devoted great grandfather to eight.
Private cremation followed by a Service
of Thanksgiving on Wednesday 16th
May at 2 p.m. at Bethesda Church,
Cheltenham. Family flowers only please,
but donations, if desired, for Sue Ryder
Leckhampton Court Hospice may be
sent to Mason & Stokes, 54 Hewlett Rd,
Cheltenham, GL52 6AH.
Online ref: 553228
HART.—Elsie (Red), peacefully passed
away on 12th April 2018, aged 94 years.
Reunited with much loved husband
Cyril. She will be sadly missed and
always in our hearts. The Funeral
Service will take place on Monday 21st
May 2018 at 3.30 p.m. at Medway
Crematorium. Flowers or donations, if
desired, by cheque for the World
Wildlife Fund may be sent c/o John Weir
Funeral Directors, 130-132 High Street,
Rainham, Kent, ME8 8AR.
Tel: 01634 373111.
Online ref: 552844
HIGHAM.—Susan Caroline, died
peacefully on 29th April. Much loved
daughter of Ron and Norma Higham.
Service of Thanksgiving to be held at St
Martin’s Church, Broadmayne,
Dorchester on Monday 14th May at
2 p.m. Family flowers only, donations for
Weldmar Hospicecare Trust may be
made online by visiting or c/o Grassby Funeral
Service, 8 Princes St, Dorchester, DT1
1TW. Tel: 01305 262338.
Online ref: 553262
HUMPHREYS .—Shelagh (née DillionBrowne) died peacefully 20th April 2018,
aged 87. Dearly beloved wife of Trevor.
She will be greatly missed by family and
friends. Service at 1.40 p.m. on Tuesday
15th May at West Herts Crematorium.
Family flowers. Donations, if desired, to
RNLI. Enquiries to Chas A. Nethercott
and Son. Tel: 01923 852899.
Online ref: 553265
LAWRENCE.—On 25th April 2018,
suddenly but peacefully at home in
Lytham, Canon Roy Lawrence, dearly
loved husband, father and
grandfather. All enquiries to Moons
Funeral Service, Sandy Lane, Preesall,
Poulton-Le- Fylde, Lancs, FY6 0NU.
Tel: 01253 810492.
Online ref: 553273
Witherow, died unexpectedly on 24th
April 2018, aged 82. Born in Berwickupon-Tweed. Former housemaster of
Westminster School, Headmaster of the
British School of Paris and long term
resident near Loches in France.
Online ref: A223829
LLEWELLYN.—David Walter Llewellyn
CBE, of Chiddingly, East Sussex. Loving
and much loved husband of Tess, and
father of Andrew, Tim, and Simon,
passed away peacefully at home on 23rd
April 2018. There will be a private
cremation for close family only, followed
by a Celebration of his Life at St Saviours
Church, South Street, Eastbourne on
31st May 2018 at 2.30 p.m. Splashes of
colour most welcome. Family flowers
only. Donations, if desired, to either
Sussex Masonic Charities, or St Wilfrid’s
Hospice and may be made through the
Funeral Directors, Haine & Son (CPJ
Field), 19 South Street, Eastbourne, BN21
4UJ. Tel: 01323 727801.
Online ref: 553219
LONG.—Edward NDA JP. Husband of
Moya. For funeral arrangement details
please contact L Fulcher 01284 754049.
Online ref: 553257
Public notices
NEST.—Michael Herbert Clive died
peacefully in hospital on 21st April 2018,
aged 90, after a very short illness. Loved
and treasured by his wife Hazel, his
children Julian and Miranda, and his five
grandchildren. Funeral Service at Christ
Church, The Common, Chorleywood,
WD3 5SG, on Wednesday 9th May at
12 noon. Family flowers only. If desired
donations may be made to Practical
Action c/o James Peddle Funeral
Directors, tel: 01923 286102.
Online ref: A224018
SCADDING.—Malcolm, Commander
Fleet Air Arm retired and custodian of
Glastonbury Abbey for 10 years,
peacefully on 30th April 2018. Loved
husband of Jennifer, father of Rosalind,
grandfather of Hamish, Polly, Jemima
and Alexander, and great grandfather of
Florence. A true gentleman. Celebration
Service at North Cadbury Church on
Friday 25th May at 2.30 p.m. Donations,
if desired, for the Alzheimer's Society or
RNLI c/o Harold F. Miles FD, South
Cadbury, BA22 7ES. Tel: 01963 440367.
Online ref: 553300
SHAW.—Richard Emmott Ch.M, FRCS
died peacefully at the Cumberland
Infirmary, Carlisle, on Tuesday 24th
April, aged 101 years, former Consultant
Urologist to the Coventry group of
hospitals. Much loved husband of the
late Jean, devoted and adored father,
grandfather and great-grandfather.
Enquiries to Richardsons Funeral
Directors, Victoria Road, Penrith, CA11
8HR. Tel: 01768 891189.
Online ref: 553233
SIBBALD.—Heather (née Crane) died
23rd April 2018 after a heroic battle
with cancer. Much loved wife of David,
fantastic mother to Duncan and Serena
and adored granny to Max and Mimi. She
will be greatly missed by all her family
and friends. Private family cremation.
If you wish to make a donation, please
send a cheque made payable to
Macmillan Cancer Support to Cooks
Funeral Services, 127 Broad Street,
Chesham HP5 3EF or donate online to
Online ref: 553280
SPINDLER.—Grace Dorothy, suddenly
passed away at the Queen's Hospital,
Romford on Saturday 14th April 2018,
aged 81 years. Loving wife of Anthony.
Funeral Service at Sandon Village Hall
on Thursday 24th May at 12 noon
followed by interment at Great Baddow
Lawn Cemetery.
Online ref: 553306
TEMPLE-MORRIS.—The Lord Peter,
died peacefully on 1st May 2018, aged 80.
Much loved husband of Taheré; father of
Edward, David, Suzanna and Tina; and
grandfather of Tone, Poppy, Dylan,
Lucas and Eva. Private funeral.
Memorial to be held at a later date.
Donations would be welcome to the
Royal Trinity Hospice for their
remarkable care of Peter in his last days
Online ref: 553269
THOMSON.—Alexander Cooper (Sandy)
of St Andrews, Fife, died peacefully on
30th April 2018, aged 94. Much loved
husband, father, stepfather and
grandfather. Cremation private.
Online ref: A223987
TREACHER.—Admiral Sir John
Devereux KCB, peacefully at home on
30th April 2018, aged 93. Much loved
husband of Kirstie, devoted father of
four and grandfather of 10. Private
family funeral. A service to celebrate his
life will be held in London in September.
Online ref: A223986
WARD.—It is with great sadness to
announce that Michael Ward of Upper
Basildon died on 30th April, aged 75
years. He will be greatly missed by his
beloved wife Maggie and children,
Katie and Simon, and his four
grandchildren. The Funeral will take
place at West Berkshire Crematorium
on 17th May at 11.15 a.m.
Online ref: A224006
WARHAM.—Mark Francis, died
peacefully on 28th April 2018, aged 56.
Beloved husband of Olivia and loving
father to Eleanor, Chess and Anna.
Private funeral. A service of
thanksgiving will be held later in the
year. Donations, if desired, to The Royal
Online ref: A223983
AND THE LORD said to Samuel, Behold,
I will do a thing in Israel, at which both
the ears of every one that heareth it shall
1 Samuel 3.11
WILSON.—On April 21st 2018, Brenda
Dorothy, aged 70, peacefully in hospital.
Much loved sister and friend to many.
Cremation on Monday May 21st at
1.30 p.m. at Easthampstead Park
Crematorium, Wokingham, RG40 3DW.
No flowers please but donations to
Thames Valley & Chiltern Air
Ambulance Trust and all enquiries to
David Greedy Funeral Directors,
Crowthorne, RG45 6DS.
Tel: 01344 773741.
Online ref: 553254
Thank You. Would love to chat. Any
Tuesday in May after 2 p.m. Usual. LM.
Online ref: 553227
The Daily Telegraph Friday 4 May 2018
Lord Temple-Morris
Mitzi Shore
Conservative MP who crossed the floor and had a hand in the Northern Ireland peace process
has died aged 80, turned
Leominster into a Conservative
stronghold for 23 years after
narrowly saving it from the
Liberals, before breaking with
his party over Europe in 1997 and crossing
the floor to Labour. He received a life
peerage from Tony Blair on retiring from
the Commons in 2001.
Silver-haired from youth and a barrister
like so many leading Welsh Tories, Peter
Temple-Morris was moderation personified.
But he proved a fighter in holding
Leominster at the two 1974 elections, then
retaining it by steadily larger majorities.
Temple-Morris never held office;
Margaret Thatcher would probably not
have appointed him. But after a few months
as PPS to his Cambridge friend Norman
Fowler, he returned to the Bar with Mrs
Thatcher’s blessing in October 1979.
His pretext was the difficulty of managing
on a backbencher’s salary, but the reality
was noble: he was working to secure the
escape of his in-laws from Iran after the
Islamic Revolution.
His wife Taheré, a Cambridge
contemporary, was niece of the Shah’s
former prime minister Assadullah Alam and
daughter of his court chamberlain, Senator
Khozieme Alam; Temple-Morris had built
contacts with the ruling New Iran party and
defended the Shah’s human rights record. A
grisly fate awaited the family at the hands of
the Revolutionary Guards, and TempleMorris organised and financed the escape
of as many of them as possible.
Temple-Morris was, nevertheless, one of
the first British politicians to seek an
accommodation with Tehran as the
excesses of the revolution abated. In 1993
he criticised John Major’s decision to meet
Salman Rushdie, believing that it would be
seen as a provocation. He went on to chair
the Iran Society and the British-Iranian
Chamber of Commerce, and to preside over
the British-Iranian Business Association.
At Westminster he served on the Foreign
Affairs Select Committee, headed the British
Afghanistan Support Committee after the
Soviet invasion, and chaired parliamentary
groups for Lebanon, the Netherlands,
Russia, South Africa and Spain. He was a
leading light in the Inter-Parliamentary
Union, entertaining Mikhail Gorbachev on
his first visit to Britain in 1984.
It was on Anglo-Irish affairs that TempleMorris made the greatest impact. Having
chaired the working party on setting up the
British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body, he
served from 1990 to 1997 as its first British
co-chairman, building bridges to the Dail
(and developing contacts with Sinn Fein)
and helping to create the climate for the
Good Friday Agreement.
Through his involvement in the peace
process, Temple-Morris became
comfortable with New Labour. Before the
1997 election he briefed Blair on the
situation in Northern Ireland; he also
Moderation personified: Temple-Morris helped to free his Iranian in-laws after the Islamic Revolution
discussed with Blair’s chief of staff Jonathan
Powell, whom he had known as a diplomat
in Washington, how Labour with a small
majority might get through legislation not
only on Ireland but also on Europe.
When, with Labour in power, the Tories
embraced Euroscepticism, Temple-Morris
agreed to cross the floor, then wavered. In
November 1997 William Hague expelled
him from the party, but it was the following
June before he finally joined Labour.
Peter Temple-Morris was born on
February 12 1938, the only son of Judge Sir
Owen and Lady Temple-Morris. He was
educated at Malvern College and St
Catharine’s College, Cambridge, chairing
the University Conservative Association; his
colleagues included Fowler and the future
party chairman John Gummer.
Called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in
1962, he practised on the Wales and Chester
Circuit and later in London, from 1971 as
second prosecuting counsel to the Inland
Revenue. He was also admitted a solicitor in
1989. He chaired the all-party solicitors’
parliamentary group and, for his final two
years as a Tory, the Society of Conservative
Lawyers. After leaving the Commons he was
a consultant with the solicitors Moon Beever.
The young Temple-Morris was a Bow
Grouper and an early critic of Enoch
Powell’s views on immigration. He
contested Newport in 1964 and 1966 and
Norwood in 1970 before winning the
nomination for Leominster, where the
veteran Clive Bossom was retiring,
disheartened by the eclipse of Reginald
Maudling, whose PPS he had been.
The constituency had not been nursed,
and in the February 1974 election TempleMorris did well to prevent the overturn of
an 11,168 majority, scraping in by 1,619 votes.
The Liberals now targeted the seat, and he
had to pull out all the stops to hang on by
579 that October. It was a mark of his
generosity and sang-froid that at the height
of a bruising campaign he insisted on
inviting the Daily Telegraph reporter
covering the contest to lunch at his home.
Understandably, he at first concentrated
at Westminster on constituency concerns,
condemning the Labour government’s
policy on rural rates and demanding curbs
on exotic animals, after an escaped puma
was recaptured on a local farm. By 1992 his
majority exceeded 16,000.
From the moment Mrs Thatcher took
office, Temple-Morris was a potential rebel.
He was one of eight backbenchers to vote
against Sir Geoffrey Howe’s deflationary
1981 Budget, and broke ranks sporadically,
notably over the poll tax. But he was never a
potential recruit for the SDP; relations with
local Liberals had left him with no love for
third parties.
When Michael Heseltine challenged for
the leadership in 1990, Temple-Morris was
an early supporter and spokesman. With
the Iron Lady defeated and Major in
Downing Street, Temple-Morris’s
constituency association confronted him
with a no-confidence motion. Backed by
Major, he repelled the challenge by 457
votes to 159, but the fissure did not heal.
Europe now became the touchstone for
divisions in the party. In late 1991 TempleMorris was one of several pro-European
Tories to oust Eurosceptics in back-bench
elections, but as tempers rose over the
Maastricht treaty he increasingly found
himself on the defensive, and co-founded a
group called the Lollards to champion
moderate Toryism.
Major upset Temple-Morris by turning
down an invitation to join his club, Buck’s.
The slight was forgotten when TempleMorris tried to block Michael Portillo from
making a Eurosceptic pitch for the
leadership, but a crackdown on dissent in
1994 brought a rebuke from the chief whip
for him as well as the Euro-rebels.
When the former Tory vice-chairman
Alan Howarth crossed the floor in 1995,
Temple-Morris called his departure “a
symptom of the strain in the centre-Left of
the party”. Soon after, he infuriated his
colleagues by telling a Dublin newspaper:
“If I had my time again I would probably be
New Labour or a Liberal Democrat.”
He insisted that he would remain a Tory,
but faced challenges over the consideration
he was giving to Sinn Fein, with the
Telegraph declaring him “unfit to sit in the
Conservative and Unionist interest”.
Temple-Morris won a further vote of
confidence and comfortably held his seat in
1997. But after Hague’s Shadow Cabinet
ruled out membership of the euro in that
Parliament, his messy move to Labour
From the Labour benches Temple-Morris
spoke up for Europe and an Irish settlement,
but he could never have held his seat and
did not seek re-election. He published a
memoir, Across the Floor, in 2015.
Peter Temple-Morris married Taheré
Alam in 1964; she survives him, with their
two sons and two daughters.
Lord Temple-Morris, born February 12
1938, died May 1 2018
Admiral Sir John Treacher
Dynamic naval airman and D-Day veteran whose later career spanned Westland and Playboy casinos
who has died aged 93, was a
charismatic leader, successful both
in the Navy and in business.
He was Vice Chief of the Naval Staff from
1973 to 1975, a critical time for the Service
involving another bruising round of
Defence cuts, this one under an incoming
Labour administration, with Roy Mason as
Secretary of State for Defence and one of his
predecessors, Denis Healey, as Chancellor.
The Navy was anxious about the future of
the Royal Marines, the Royal Naval College,
Greenwich, and the Royal Yacht, but an
issue which also concerned Treacher was
the need for naval air power and the
acquisition of the Sea Harrier “jump jet”.
Treacher skilfully brought his energy,
charm and intellect to bear, made new
friends in the Treasury (particularly the
brilliant Left-wing civil servant Leo
Pliatzky), cultivated his opposite number in
the RAF, Ruthven Wade, and brought in
British Aerospace to give an impressive
display of the new aircraft to Mason.
The eventual decision to acquire the
Harrier was a historic moment for the Navy
and Treacher mused: “In the long term [it]
turned out to have been as good for the
John Devereux Treacher was born in
Chile on September 23 1924; his father was
an Anglo-Argentine trader and his mother a
Canadian who had nursed on the Western
Front in the First World War. The family
lost their fortune in the crash of 1929 and
returned to England to start again.
Treacher was educated at Colet Court
prep school, where he first met the future
radio presenter Nicholas “Jimmy” Parsons.
He spent his first term at St Paul’s, in
September 1938, digging air-raid shelter
trenches. In his last term, in 1942, he
shocked General Montgomery, an Old
Pauline, who discovered while inspecting
the CCF that Treacher, the parade sergeant,
was about to join the Navy.
Treacher served as midshipman, under
training, in the battleship Nelson at the
landings in Sicily and Italy, and saw the
surrender of the Italian Fleet. In the cruiser
Glasgow he was at the D-Day landings off
Omaha Beach, and in the winter of 1944-45
he served in the destroyer Keppel on Arctic
convoys, and later in the frigate Mermaid in
the Mediterranean and Red Sea.
Postwar he volunteered for the Fleet Air
Arm, and during training flew many types
of aircraft before joining 800 Naval Air
Squadron in the light fleet carrier Triumph
in 1949, to fly the Seafire Mark 47, the last
manifestation of the Spitfire.
During the Korean War he flew fighter
cover for a raid on airfields near Pyongyang
on July 3 1950, the first day of UN
operations, and later provided cover over
the Inchon landings, as well as ground-
Treacher beside his Seafire Mark 47 during the
Korean War and, above right, his lively memoir
attack on other sorties. Despite losses in
800 NAS (his wingman was shot down by
friendly, American, fire and his CO was
killed in a freak ground accident), the FAA
reached a peak of operational performance,
achieving higher sortie rates than had been
considered possible. “This was,” Treacher
wrote, “very much the Navy’s air war.”
His flying ability and experience were
recognised, and while still only a lieutenant
he was chosen to bring into service the
Skyraider airborne early warning (AEW)
aircraft, purchased in the US, and to
command 778 Naval Air Squadron. The
Americans could not believe that a junior
officer could be picked for such a
responsible task and insisted on treating
him as someone more senior.
At the handover ceremony for the first
aircraft he appeared in uniform to be
greeted by a USN officer with “S–––,
commander, you’re only a f––––––
lootenant!” Treacher demonstrated the
effectiveness of the new AEW system when
he searched for and found the hulk of the
merchantman Flying Enterprise in 1952.
He returned to general service secondin-command in the South Atlantic
guardship ship Protector 1956–57, when he
was also made aviation adviser, insisting on
qualifying to fly the ship’s Sikorsky S51
helicopter. A highlight of the commission,
as Treacher later recalled, was the Duke of
Edinburgh’s visit to Antarctica: the Prince,
wanting to view the wildlife from a
helicopter, frequently “glowered” from the
deck at the low cloud base while his
advisers, “beseeching him to keep calm”,
insisted conditions precluded flying.
Protector returned to Portsmouth with
half a dozen King penguins bound for
London Zoo, which Treacher insisted should
be on deck, correctly dressed in their white
fronts, for ceremonial entry into harbour.
He rose easily through the Service with a
variety of flying and staff appointments in
Britain and the US. From 1961 to 1962 he
lead the team which successfully assisted
the Indian Navy to commission the carrier
Vikrant (originally HMS Hercules).
Promoted captain in 1962, Treacher was
Naval Assistant to the Controller of Navy
from 1961 to 1963. It was a formative
experience, and he was “exposed to the
senior management of a great number of
companies with contracts to win and
concerns about the future … I switched my
senses to ‘receive’ only. Listening proved
very valuable.” Next he commanded the
frigate Lowestoft (1964–66), when his was
the first ship to establish the Beira Patrol,
the blockade of oil shipments to Rhodesia.
Over the next 10 years, Treacher held all
the key naval aviation appointments,
including Director of Naval Air Warfare
(1966–68), when his principal achievement
was the introduction into service of the
Phantom fighter. As captain of the fleet
carrier Eagle from 1968 to 1970, he oversaw
the deck-landing trials of the Phantom and
hosted the Queen at the fleet review in
Torbay. This included a ship’s concert party
with a spoof “This is Your Life” on Lord
Mountbatten which had the royal party
roaring with laughter.
Promoted to rear-admiral, Treacher was
Flag Officer Carriers and Amphibious Ships
(1970-72) then Flag Officer, Naval Air
Command (1972-73).
He was Commander-in-Chief Fleet from
1975 to 1977, when he was widely tipped to
become First Sea Lord. But when he found
that the incumbent had laid other plans, he
retired, shortly before the Silver Jubilee
Fleet Review at Spithead (which he had
planned), avowing to secure the financial
security of his family.
Sir Donald Gosling appointed Treacher as
chief executive of National Car Parks.
Treacher oversaw the company’s rapid
expansion, and Gosling encouraged him to
take on other directorships, which brought
him to the Press Council in 1978. He was
sceptical about the press’s response to
criticism, although he had approving words
to say about the Telegraph and Bill Deedes.
Head-hunters began to gather around
Treacher and, “on a bad day in the office”, he
was persuaded to join Playboy UK in 1981.
Considerable profits came from the London
gambling business and, at risk of losing its
licence, the company wanted Treacher as its
“Mr Clean”. Despite his enduring two days in
the witness box defending charges of breach
of the Gaming Act, Playboy lost its case, and
Hugh Hefner sold the London operation.
Treacher was then snapped up by the
Westland helicopter company, where he
was active on the board between 1983 and
1989. He understood the company’s
strength and its importance to defence, and
vigorously defended it against what he saw
as a Eurocentric and self-promotional bid
by the Defence Secretary Michael Heseltine
to divorce the firm from its American roots.
In his entertaining autobiography, Life at
Full Throttle (2004), Treacher described the
episode, “when Heseltine all but deserted
the Ministry of Defence for six weeks”, as
the Heseltine Conundrum.
Treacher, appointed KCB in 1975, was an
amiable and vibrant figure, a friend who
unfailingly kept up in touch, and a quickthinking, fast-moving leader. He
worshipped regularly at St George’s,
Campden Hill, and on Remembrance
Sunday would attend in uniform.
He loved the sea, and his second home
was in the south-west corner of Ibiza, where
he taught his children to boat. He married
Patcie McGrath, an American, in 1950, and
they had one son and one daughter; the
marriage was dissolved in 1968. He married
Kirstie Landale the following year; they also
had a son and a daughter. She and all the
children survive him.
Admiral Sir John Treacher, born
September 23 1924, died April 30 2018
Matriarch of the Comedy Store
who nurtured top humorists
has died aged 87,
cofounded the
Comedy Store in Los
Angeles in 1972 with her
husband Sammy Shore; it
became a nurturing ground
for many of the biggest
names in comedy, including
Jay Leno, who slept on the
back stairs, David
Letterman, who was the
family babysitter, Jim
Carrey, who worked as a
doorman, and a young
Whoopi Goldberg.
The Comedy Store, a
name chosen by Mitzi
Shore, is in the building that
housed Ciro’s, an infamous
1930s nightclub on Sunset
Boulevard. The basement
was said to have been used
for providing unregulated
abortions to prostitutes who
had become pregnant
working in the brothel
next door.
Mitzi Shore was the
matriarch of the Comedy
Store. She was behind the
“two drink minimum”
policy that not only kept the
cash flowing but also
provided a well-lubricated
audience. Ever the “mother
hen”, she also advised
comics on their gags, telling
one performer: “Oh, you
don’t need all those penis
Sammy and Mitzi Shore
separated within two years
and she received the
Comedy Store as part of
their divorce settlement.
She painted the walls black
to throw attention on to the
performer. Such was the
club’s reputation that talent
scouts in the audience were
soon outnumbering regular
Mitzi Shore never found it
hard to turn away comics. “I
don’t stroke anybody,” she
said. “I can’t because I have
no time.”
By 1976 the Comedy Store
had become a three-room
venue and Mitzi Shore was
paying fees to her
commercial headliners. This
presaged her biggest crisis:
in 1979 the unpaid
comedians went on strike,
backed by Leno and
Mitzi Shore, who had
often provided itinerant
comics with food, a bed and
short-term loans, protested
that the Comedy Store was a
“college”, where performers
could develop their craft,
not a place of work. The
protests turned ugly.
Demonstrators waved
placards reading “No
money, no funny”;
Letterman joined the picket
line and was hit by a car;
and one comedian took his
own life.
Eventually Mitzi Shore
‘You were Mitzi’s son or lover’
agreed to pay $15 per set (it
rose to $20 two years ago),
which led to comedy clubs
in far away New York City
also paying fees.
Although the Comedy
Store continued to produce
a steady stream of talent, for
Mitzi Shore the magic was
now gone. “I loved each and
every one of them,” she told
the Los Angeles Times. “But
they misunderstood. My
fairytale is over.”
She was born Mitzi Lee
Saidel at Marinette,
Wisconsin, on July 25 1930,
the daughter of a Jewish
travelling salesman. Her
main interest was art. “I
used to draw monkeys,” she
said of her school days.
She studied Art at the
University of Wisconsin, but
dropped out to marry
Sammy Shore (whose claim
to fame would be opening
for Elvis Presley); they had
met in 1950 while working
at Pine Point, a summer
resort. The couple
eventually settled in Los
Her office was a marooncoloured room, deep in the
bowels of the Comedy Store,
with fringed lampshades,
walls plastered with
photographs of comedians
and a sign reading: “To be
mediocre is to sin.” Mitzi
Shore herself stood no more
than 5 ft tall, with a mop of
frizzy hair and a muchimitated whiny voice. “You
were either Mitzi’s son,
nephew or lover,” said one
stand-up comedian.
Mitzi Shore adapted one
of the Comedy Store’s rooms
as a dedicated space for
female comedians. By the
mid-1990s there were
speciality nights for gay,
lesbian and Latino
Despite having heard
more gags than most people,
Mitzi Shore was always
happy to welcome new
talent. “If you’re naturally
funny,” she advised putative
comedians, “you’ll get the
laughs you deserve.”
Mitzi Shore is survived by
a daughter and three sons.
Mitzi Shore, born July 25
1930, died April 11 2018
Friday 4 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Television & radio
Last night on television
What to watch
A striking reminder of the
human cost of Syria’s war
action by the Obama and Cameron
governments, was a useful reminder of
how things have spun out of control.
Emma Gatten
Surveying the scene: Lyse Doucet reported on the conflict in Syria
n an era of fake news, the
aphorism that truth is the
first casualty of war has never
been more correct, and nowhere
more so than in the seven-year
conflict in Syria. A lack of easily
verifiable information in the early
years of the war has morphed into
a global propaganda battle played
out on social media and echoed on
the world stage.
In Syria: The World’s War
(BBC Two), Lyse Doucet attempted
to provide an objective account of
how we got here, and to put a human
face on what for most is a distant war.
But her measured approach at times
left viewers with the challenge of
working out whose version of the
truth they believed.
Her gentle interrogation was
frustrating, especially when a
smirking Syrian foreign minister told
us that his government has never
detained innocent civilians.
We later saw him claim that the
opposition was responsible for the
2013 sarin chemical attack on the
rebel-held territory of Ghouta,
a proposition that has taken hold
among conspiracy theorists
worldwide, and been repeated by
Russia and the regime in the aftermath
of the recent attack on Douma.
Where Doucet’s approach worked
best was in the testimony from
ordinary Syrians caught up in the war.
Noura, a young opposition activist
who saw her friends tortured during
six months spent in regime detention,
and Hayat, a pro-regime journalist
whose soldier son was killed in
battle, provided insight into how
the revolution quickly became
a fight for survival.
I found myself sympathetic to both
women. As Hayat put it, “Everyone
in Syria has lost a house, a son.”
The recounting of the 2013 attack
provided some of the most difficult
viewing of the hour-long
documentary, the bodies of small
children strewn across a hospital floor.
“I saw them as children who were
sleeping,” said a young Damascene
who filmed the aftermath of the attack,
which left hundreds dead.
Via an array of international
players, including former foreign
secretary William Hague and former
US secretary of state John Kerry,
Doucet charted the steps, and
missteps, on the path to the current
quagmire. She did not attempt
to provide answers to Syria’s
seemingly intractable problems,
but this first instalment of her twopart programme (which concludes
tonight), which ended on the pivotal
sarin attack and the failed call for
ver since Mary Berry classily
declined to follow The Great
British Bake Off when it moved
from the BBC to Channel 4, the
Corporation has kept the doyenne of
dough busy. She has fronted two
cookery series and another where she
visited stately homes. Last night came
Britain’s Best Home Cook (BBC One),
Berry’s closest vehicle yet to the
beloved cake-making contest.
This eight-week contest sees 10
home cooks compete to be crowned
the country’s best. On your marks, get
set, bake! Oops, wrong show. Cooking
doesn’t get tougher than this! Sorry,
that’s the other one.
Berry, as judge, was flanked by a
MasterChef-esque pair of shouty
young geezers: chef Dan Doherty and
produce expert Chris Bavin (basically
Gregg Wallace with hair). Three judges
felt too many, with the trio frequently
jostling to have their say.
Proceedings were hosted with quick
wit by Claudia Winkleman, who gave
hugs and high-fives as she bonded
with the cooks. Winkleman and Berry
quickly formed an affectionate double
act – one that sounded like a firm of
solicitors specialising in tailored
black-trouser litigation.
The main problem was that this all
felt wearingly familiar, from the
generic title downwards. The format
was MasterChef meets Bake Off. The
cooks shared a house like a culinary
take on The Apprentice or a better-fed
Big Brother. Winkleman’s presence
even gave it a whiff of Strictly Come
Dancing. It was as if the creators had
thrown a handful of existing hits into a
blender, then poured the resultant
mush onto our screens.
Such series often start shakily: there
are too many contestants to invest in
emotionally, characters are yet to
emerge, the format still to bed in. On
this evidence, though, Britain’s Best
Home Cook was overdone, derivative
and a TV cooking contest too far.
Soggy bottom still to be confirmed.
Michael Hogan
Syria: The World’s War ★★★★
Britain’s Best Home Cook ★★
has been held for nine
months – and discovers that
there are no easy answers.
This is a bleak but important
piece of reporting. SH
Friday Night Dinner
CHANNEL 4, 10.00PM
Friday Night Dinner
is a one of those
sitcoms that you either
love or loathe, depending
on your appreciation of
slapstick and smutty jokes.
Whichever camp you are
in, the comedy has made it
to a fifth series. And for
those who do love it, this
opening episode sees
brothers Adam and Jonny
(Simon Bird and Tom
Rosenthal) turn up for
their standard Friday
night dinner, only to
discover their parents
Martin and Jackie (Paul
Ritter and Tamsin Greig)
enjoying their new hot tub
(because it is apparently
still the Seventies) and
planning Chinese
takeaway. That all
changes, however, once
their hapless neighbour
Jim (Mark Heap) decides
to leave his dog with them
because of he has a date.
Cue lots of “jokes” about
internet food, furtive sex
and whether going to the
takeaway down the road is
“very 1930s”.
The excellent cast all do
their best – Rosenthal is
particularly good at drily
delivering the put-downs
– but creator Robert
Popper’s farce-heavy
script requires them to do
far too much heavy lifting.
Too Fat for Love
 There’s a touch of the
Carrie Bradshaw’s about
this film in which plus-sized
vlogger Emma B asks the
question: are we too fat for
love? She talks to other
plus-sized women, tries out
life modelling and attends a
sex tips class. The result is
an entertaining film that
is particularly astute about
the way in which society
portrays larger people. SH
The Jazz Ambassadors
 This intriguing film tells
the story of how
congressman Adam Clayton
Powell Jr convinced
President Eisenhower to
use jazz artists as cultural
ambassadors, sending them
on tours to tackle Soviet
propaganda. However, the
Making a splash: Paul Ritter and Tamsin Greig
By the time Jim appears at
the door with dirtstreaked hands and a
compulsively giggling lady
about a group of plane crash
survivors initially seems
behind the times given that
Lost ended eight years ago.
However, stick with it
because Wootton is in fine
comedy monster mode
as air steward Brett. Plus,
the whole thing perks up
once Vicky Pepperdine
arrives as indomitable
survivor Harriet. SH
Home from Home
 The ghost of Ever
Decreasing Circles continues
to haunt this amiable
sitcom, although it lacks the
dark edge of the Richard
Briers hit. Here, a fed-up
Neil (Johnny Vegas) throws
a party, much to his snobby
neighbour Robert’s (Adam
James) delight. SH
BBC TWO, 10.00PM; WALES, 11.05PM
 The final series of the
acerbic satire of Hollywood
has been a delight. And that
continues as Sean (Stephen
Mangan) and Bev (Tamsin
friend, you may find
yourself silently weeping
at the clunky agony of it
all. Sarah Hughes
Football: Man Utd’s Sanchez
Greig) discover just how far
Matt (Matt LeBlanc) is
prepared to go in order to
get a co-creator credit. SH
High & Dry
CHANNEL 4, 10.30PM
 Marc Wootton’s comedy
Current affairs
Unreported World
 Rania Abouzeid reports
from Kabul, where
kidnappings are a daily
occurrence. Here, Abouzeid
explores two cases – one
involving a teenager who
Jazz Ambassadors: Armstrong
musicians, including
Louis Armstrong, found
themselves conflicted: how
could they promote America
as the Land of the Free when
the US’s Jim Crow laws
made them second-class
citizens back home? SH
Premier League Football:
Brighton & Hove Albion v
Manchester United
 The Amex Stadium is
the setting as Brighton
face Manchester United,
whom they’ve lost to twice
this season already. SH
Radio choice Charlotte Runcie
The Remittance
RADIO 4, 11.00AM
 The Brexit vote has
already had many different
financial ramifications, and
this programme addresses
the specific issue of the
change in the value of the
pound and how it affects
migrant workers in the UK
sending money back to their
Radio 1
FM 97.6-99.8MHz
6.30 am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show with Nick Grimshaw
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4.00 The Official Chart with
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am Chris Evans
Ken Bruce
Jeremy Vine
pm Steve Wright in the
Simon Mayo
Tony Blackburn’s Golden
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Sounds of the 80s
Anneka Rice: The
am Radio 2’s Funky Soul
Radio 2 Playlist: New to 2
Radio 2 Playlist: 21st
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6.30 am Breakfast
9.00 Essential Classics
12.00 Composer of the Week:
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1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert.
The Verbier Festival,
featuring Russian pianist
Nikolai Lugansky in works
by Tchaikovsky and
Rachmaninov. Presented by
Sarah Walker
home countries. Presenter
Nihal Arthanayake
considers the economic
climate meaning that many
families are trying to decide
whether to stay in this
country or leave, and the
social implications of
remittance-sending as an
emotional arrangement that
brings a sense of pride and
success to senders.
Afternoon Concert
BBC Young Musician 2018
In Tune
In Tune Mixtape
Radio 3 in Concert
The Verb
◆ The Essay: My Life in
Music. See Radio choice
11.00 Music Planet
1.00 - 7.00am Through the
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FM 92.4-94.6MHz; LW 198KHz
am Today
LW: Yesterday in Parliament
The Reunion
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Life and Rhymes of
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When the Dog Dies
pm LW: Shipping Forecast
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You and Yours
The World at One
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Drama: Watch Me While I’m
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Chinese Characters
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Book at Bedtime: The Valley
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The Essay: My Life
in Music
RADIO 3, 10.45PM
 The Essay this week has
heard five musicians write
about the music that has
shaped their lives, and the
series ends on a particularly
poignant story. Tonight’s
edition is presented by
composer and viola player
Great Lives
Today in Parliament
The Listening Project
News and Weather
am Book of the Week: The
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Shipping Forecast
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am 5 Live Breakfast
Chiles on Friday
pm The Friday Sports Panel
Kermode and Mayo’s Film
5 Live Drive
5 Live Sport: The Friday
Football Social. Darren
Fletcher is joined by
Jermaine Jenas to look
ahead to the weekend’s
football action. Plus, a
review of the day’s other
sports news
Adrian Goldberg
am Up All Night
5 Live Boxing with Costello
& Bunce
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FM 99.9-101.9MHz
am More Music Breakfast
John Suchet
pm Nicholas Owen
Classic FM Drive
Smooth Classics at Seven
The Full Works Concert.
Pianist Yeol Eum Son and
the Academy of St Martin in
the Fields perform works by
Haydn and Mozart, among
others, in a concert from
London’s Cadogan Hall.
Catherine Bott presents
10.00 Smooth Classics
1.00 am Katie Breathwick
4.00 - 7.00am Jane Jones
Sally Beamish, who
remembers her mother’s
passion for Shostakovich
and the impact that the
Second Piano Trio had on
her own work. The piece
becomes a lens for viewing
Beamish’s complex
relationship with her
mother, and how things
changed as dementia took
hold of her life.
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Mil 1.30 Margaret: Ddoe a Heddiw 2.00 Newyddion S4C
a’r Tywydd 2.05 Prynhawn Da 3.00 Newyddion S4C a’r
Tywydd 3.05 Pengelli 3.30 Dei a Tom 4.00 Awr Fawr
5.00 Stwnsh 6.00 Newyddion S4C a’r Tywydd 6.05
Cwpwrdd Dillad 6.30 Garddio a Mwy 7.00 Heno 8.00
Pobol y Cwm 8.25 Llanifeiliaid 9.00 Newyddion 9 a’r
Tywydd 9.30 Codi Pac 10.00 Deuawdau Rhys Meirion
11.00 - 11.35pm Y Stiwdio Gefn
7.00 Emmerdale Belle reaches breaking
point (AD) (S)
8.00 Love Your Garden The team visits
Canterbury to help a Gurkha (AD) (S)
8.00 EastEnders (AD) (S)
9.00 Have I Got News for You Satirical
quiz, hosted by Rhod Gilbert (S)
High & Dry
Northern Ireland
BBC One:
10.35pm The Blame Game
11.05 The Graham Norton
Show 11.55 Wannabe
12.20am FILM: No Strings
Attached (2011) 2.00 6.00am BBC News
BBC Two:
No variations
9.00 Lethal Weapon Murtaugh and Riggs
investigate a jewellery heist (AD) (S)
10.00 News; Weather (S)
10.30 Regional News; Weather (S)
10.45 The Keith & Paddy Picture Show
Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness
remake Pretty Woman (AD) (R) (S)
11.10 Through the Keyhole 12.10am
Jackpot247 3.00 Take on the
Twisters 3.50 - 6.00am ITV
BBC Four
7.00 pm World News Today
7.30 BBC Young Musician 2018
9.00 The Jazz Ambassadors
See What to watch
10.30 Latin Music USA
11.30 Kings of Rock ’n’ Roll
12.30 am Stunning Soloists at the
1.30 Latin Music USA
2.30 - 3.30am Kings of Rock ’n’
10.20am The Bachelorette 12.15pm
Emmerdale 1.15 You’ve Been Framed!
Gold 1.45 The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 5.50 Take
Me Out 7.00 You’ve Been Framed! Gold
8.00 Two and a Half Men 8.30
Superstore 9.00 FILM: Hercules (2014)
11.00 Family Guy 11.55 American Dad!
12.55am The Cleveland Show 1.25 Two
and a Half Men 1.50 Superstore 2.205.50am Teleshopping
Noon The Goldbergs 1.00pm The Big
Bang Theory 2.00 How I Met Your
Mother 3.00 New Girl 4.00 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine 5.00 The Goldbergs 6.00 The
Big Bang Theory 7.00 Hollyoaks 7.30
Extreme Cake Makers 8.00 The Big Bang
Theory 9.00 FILM: Magic Mike (2012)
See Film choice 11.15 The Big Bang
Theory 12.10am Tattoo Fixers 1.15
Gogglebox 2.20 First Dates 3.154.10am Rude Tube
11.35am Four in a Bed 2.10pm Come
Dine with Me 4.50 A Place in the Sun:
Winter Sun 5.55 Ugly House to Lovely
House with George Clarke 6.55 The
Secret Life of the Zoo 7.55 Grand
Designs 9.00 Rough Justice 10.00 24
FV 10 FS 115 SKY 119 VIRGIN 117
8.00 - 8.30pm UTV Life
12.10am Teleshopping 1.40 3.00am ITV Nightscreen
BBC One:
No variations
BBC Two:
No variations
8.00 - 8.30pm Peter &
Roughie’s Friday Football
Show 12.10am Teleshopping
2.10 After Midnight 3.40 ITV
Nightscreen 4.05 The Jeremy
Kyle Show 5.00 - 6.00am
FV 24 FS 117 SKY 120 VIRGIN 118
8.55 am Cycling: Tour de
Yorkshire Live
12.45 pm Cash Cowboys
1.45 Pawn Stars
2.15 Cycling: Tour de Yorkshire
Live. Coverage of the second
stage of the men’s race from
Barnsley to Ilkley
6.30 World Cup Top Goalscorers
6.45 Uefa European U17
Championship Live
9.00 Cycling: Tour de Yorkshire
10.00 FILM: The Bourne Identity
(2002) Thriller starring
Matt Damon
12.25 am The Americans
1.35 Ax Men
2.35 ITV4 Nightscreen
3.00 - 6.00am Teleshopping
Hours in A&E 12.05am Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA 1.05 24 Hours in A&E
3.15-3.55am 8 Out of 10 Cats
Premier League 100 Club 2.00 The
Debate 3.00 Football Centre 5.00
Premier League Match Pack 5.30
Premier League Today 6.30 PL Prediction
Show 7.00 Premier League Preview 7.30
Live FNF. Brighton & Hove Albion v
Manchester United (kick-off 8.00pm)
10.30 PL Prediction Show 11.00 Premier
League Today 11.30 Premier League
Preview 12.00 Premier League Highlights
12.30am Premier League Preview 1.30
Premier League Highlights 2.00 Premier
League Today 2.30 Premier League
Preview 3.00 Premier League Highlights
3.30-4.00am Premier League Today
Noon American Pickers 1.00pm Top
Gear 3.00 Sin City Motors 4.00 Steve
Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge 5.00 Top
Gear 6.00 Room 101 6.40 Would I Lie to
You? 7.20 Would I Lie to You? – The
Unseen Bits 8.00 Into the Fire 9.00 Red
Dwarf 11.00 Have I Got a Bit More News
for You 12.00 QI 12.40am Would I Lie
to You? – The Unseen Bits 1.20 Mock the
Week 2.00 QI 2.40 Would I Lie to You? –
The Unseen Bits 3.20-4.00am Parks and
Sky Sports Main Event
10.40am Live Super Rugby. Rebels v
Crusaders (kick-off 10.45pm) 12.30pm
Sky Sports News 1.00 Bellew v Haye 2:
Weigh-In Live 2.00 Live PGA Tour Golf.
The Wells Fargo Championship 3.00 Live
Indian Premier League 7.30 Live FNF
Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester
United See What to watch 10.30 JD
Ringside 11.00-6.00am Sky Sports News
Sky Sports Premier
Noon Premier League Match Pack
12.30pm PL Greatest Games 1.00
 Director Christopher Nolan
(who, bafflingly, is still yet to win
an Oscar), takes a novel approach
to the Dunkirk evacuation. Told
through three separate perspectives,
taking place in the air, the sea
and on land, the film is a
disorientating, dazzling, superbly
crafted tribute to their bravery.
Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh,
Mark Rylance and Harry Styles
are among the cast.
Britain’s Great Cathedrals
7.00 Channel 4 News (S)
7.30 Unreported World Criminal gangs
operating in Kabul See What to
watch (AD) (S)
7.00 The Gadget Show The G Team tests
out a range of barbecues (S)
Magic Mike (2012)
E4, 9.00PM ★★★★
8.00 Our Wildest Dreams A couple leave
the UK to start running a safari lodge
in the Zambian outback (AD) (S)
8.00 Britain’s Great Cathedrals with
Tony Robinson The history of
Liverpool Cathedral (S)
9.00 Gogglebox The households’
opinions on recent TV (AD) (S)
9.00 Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain
Michael Portillo explores Shepton
Mallet prison (S)
10.00 Friday Night Dinner New series See
What to watch (AD) (S)
10.30 High & Dry New series See What to
watch (AD) (S)
11.05 First Dates 12.05am FILM: The Grey
(2011) Wilderness adventure starring
Liam Neeson 2.10 True Horror 3.05
Kiss Me First 4.00 Come Dine
Champion of Champions 4.55 Steph
and Dom’s One Star to Five Star
5.25 - 6.15am Fifteen to One
 Steven Soderbergh made a surprise
decision to tackle the world of male
strippers in Tampa, Florida, and
exceeded every expectation: it’s one
of his most enjoyable movies.
Channing Tatum, in a story based
on his own pre-Hollywood career, is
revelatory – and Soderbergh works
similar wonders with young star Alex
Pettyfer and the resurgent Matthew
McConaughey as the club’s smoothtalking, cowboy-hat-wearing owner.
10.00 Inside Strangeways Behind the bars
of Britain’s most famous prison (R)
11.05 Meet Mick Philpott: Psychopath
12.00 SuperCasino 3.10am GPs:
Behind Closed Doors 4.00 Rich
House, Poor House: The Big Surprise
4.50 House Doctor 5.15 Wildlife SOS
5.35 - 6.00am Nick’s Quest
Non-Stop (2014)
ITV Regions
BBC One:
No variations
BBC Two:
No variations
ITV Wales:
6.00 - 6.30pm ITV News
Wales at Six 8.00 - 8.30pm
Coast & Country
No variations, except:
ITV Channel:
12.10 - 3.00am ITV
 Liam Neeson is the dolorous
air marshal who spends most of
this film bounding up and down
the aisle of a hijacked plane with
a time-bomb under his arm in
a plot so absurd that you can’t help
but smile. Every passenger is a
suspect, even Julianne Moore’s
sweet heart-surgery patient.
But Neeson wears the action-hero
mantle so comfortably nowadays
that you’ll become engrossed.
FV Freeview FS Freesat (AD) Audio description (R) Repeat (S) Subtitles (SL) In-vision signing
am Agatha Christie’s Marple
pm The Royal
Classic Coronation Street
Classic Coronation Street
On the Buses
You’re Only Young Twice
George and Mildred
Murder, She Wrote
Agatha Christie’s Marple
The Syndicate
Les Dawson: An Audience
With That Never Was
12.05 am Vera
1.55 - 4.00am FILM: The
Constant Gardener (2005)
Thriller with Ralph Fiennes
and Rachel Weisz
Dunkirk (2017)
FILM4, 9.00PM ★★★
Freeview, satellite and cable
FV 9 FS 107 SKY 116 VIRGIN 107
Film choice
BT Sport 1
10.00am Live WTA Tennis. The semifinals of the J&T Banka Prague Open
2.00pm Uefa Europa League Highlights
Show 2.30 US Game of the Week 4.30
NBA 6.00 Premier League Match Pack
6.30 Premier League Preview 7.00 Live
Scottish Football Extra. Darrell Currie is
joined by Chris Sutton, Stephen Craigan
and Ally McCoist at Firhill to discuss the
hot topics in Scottish football 7.30 Live
Scottish Professional Football League.
Partick Thistle v Ross County (kick-off
7.45pm) 10.00 In Conversation with
David Tanner 10.15 BT Sport Reload
10.30 30 for 30 12.00 Live NBA
Countdown. All the build-up to the live
NBA coverage 1.00am Live NBA. Action
from the NBA playoffs, a best-of-seven
Sky One
SKY 106 VIRGIN 110
NCIS: Los Angeles
pm Hawaii Five-0
NCIS: Los Angeles
Stargate SG-1
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Modern Family
Karl Pilkington: The Moaning
of Life
The Late Late Show with
James Corden: Best of the
FILM: Scream (1996)
Horror with Neve Campbell
am A League of Their Own
Most Shocking
- 4.00am Duck Quacks Don’t
elimination tournament among the
season’s 16 best teams. The two winners
(one from each conference) will go on to
contest the finals 3.30-4.00am NBA
Noon Hitler’s Circle of Evil 1.00pm Pawn
Stars 2.00 American Pickers 3.00
Counting Cars 4.00 Storage Wars 5.00
Forged in Fire 7.00 American Pickers
8.00 Storage Wars 8.30 Pawn Stars
9.00 Hitler’s Circle of Evil 10.00 The Real
Vikings 11.00 Breaking Mysterious
12.00 Days That Shaped America
1.00am Storage Wars 1.30 Pawn Stars
2.00 Homicide Hunter 3.00-4.00am
Ancient Aliens
Sky Arts
Noon The Eighties 1.00pm Discovering:
Charlie Chaplin 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:
Greta Garbo 7.00 Johnny Cash: Song by
Song 7.30 Dolly Parton: Song by Song
8.00 Video Killed the Radio Star 8.30
Discovering: Coldplay 9.00 The Nineties
10.00 Coldplay: Austin City Limits 11.15
Brian Johnson’s A Life on the Road
12.15am Def Leppard: Viva! Hysteria
2.00 Johnny Cash – Behind Prison Walls
3.00-4.30am Rock and Roll
Sky Atlantic
SKY 108
FV 15 FS 300 SKY 313 VIRGIN 428
pm Without a Trace
Blue Bloods
The West Wing
The West Wing
CSI: Crime Scene
Blue Bloods
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones
am The Sopranos
The Sopranos
House of Lies
- 4.00am CSI: Crime Scene
Sky Cinema Premiere
24 hours, including at:
4.50pm Where’s the Money (2017)
Comedy starring Andrew Bachelor 6.25
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
(2017) Cartoon adventure with the voice
of Kevin Hart 8.00 Dunkirk (2017)
Premiere. Drama starring Kenneth
Branagh See Film choice 9.50 Girls Trip
(2017) Comedy starring Regina Hall
11.55 Brawl In Cell Block 99 (2017)
Crime thriller starring Vince Vaughn
2.10-4.00am Austin Found (2017)
Comedy starring Linda Cardellini
PBS America
11.30am JFK: A New Perspective
12.35pm Race for the Superbomb
1.55 Air Warriors 3.05 Annie Oakley
4.10 JFK: A New Perspective 5.20
Race for the Superbomb 6.35 Air
Warriors 7.50 Race for the Superbomb
9.00 Last Stand at Little Big Horn 10.15
JFK: A New Perspective 11.30 Race for
the Superbomb 12.40am Last Stand at
Little Big Horn 2.00-6.00am
24 hours, including at:
6.00pm Murder at the Gallop (1963,
b/w) Miss Marple mystery starring
Margaret Rutherford 7.45 Sherlock
11.00 am Broken Arrow (1950)
Western with James Stewart
12.50 pm Rage at Dawn (1955)
Western with Randolph Scott
2.40 Track of the Cat (1954)
Western with Robert Mitchum
4.45 Thunderbirds Are Go!
(1966) Adventure with the
voice of Shane Rimmer
6.40 The Day After Tomorrow
(2004) Disaster thriller
starring Jake Gyllenhaal
9.00 Non-Stop (2014) Action
starring Liam Neeson See
Film choice
11.05 AVP: Alien vs Predator
(2004) Sci-fi thriller
12.50 - 3.55am Pulp Fiction
(1994) Crime drama
Holmes and the Spider Woman (1944,
b/w) Mystery starring Basil Rathbone
9.00 Lethal Weapon (1987) Action
thriller starring Mel Gibson and Danny
Glover 11.10 The Amityville Horror
(1979) Supernatural horror starring
James Brolin 1.45am Conspiracy Theory
with Jesse Ventura 3.40-4.45am
Hollywood’s Best Film Directors
11.20am You Rang, M’Lord? 12.20pm
The Green Green Grass 1.00 As Time
Goes By 1.40 Dad’s Army 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
The Vicar of Dibley 11.10 Smack the
Pony 12.15am Garth Marenghi’s
Darkplace 1.25 Parrot Sketch Not
Included: 20 Years of Monty Python
2.50 Smack the Pony 3.15-4.00am
Harry Hill’s TV Burp
Vintage TV
11.00am Friday I’m In Love 1.00pm My
Mixtape 2.00 Stop ‘60s: Non-stop ‘60s
5.00 Tune In… To 1982 6.00 Tune In…
To 1992 7.00 Tune In… To 1983 8.00
Radical Riffs 9.00 Stirring Up The
Stadium 10.00 The 12 Bar Story 11.00
What Happened Next? 12.00-6.00am
All Back To Our Place
Friday 4 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph Friday 4 May 2018
Weather and crosswords
Nature notes
Potatoes favourite
for green fingers
Potatoes are the most popular crop to
grow for gardeners and allotment
holders, according to the first survey
of its kind since the Second World
Thousands of harvests have been
logged by scientists from the
University of Sheffield in the
MYHarvest project, which aims to
reveal the most plentiful fruit and
vegetables grown across the UK.
The national “grow your own”
survey, is the first since the Dig for
Victory campaign in the war,
researchers said.
The results reveal that the most
plentiful crops by weight are potatoes,
courgettes, apples and tomatoes.
Strawberries are the most productive
crop in terms of how much growers
get from a given area.
Potatoes are grown by most people,
followed by courgettes and French or
climbing beans, says the research,
which runs until the end of March 2019.
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