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Thursday October 12 2017 | thetimes.co.uk | No 72352
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Oxford will be first British city to ban all polluting vehicles
Ben Webster Environment Editor
Petrol and diesel vehicles will be
banned from the centre of Oxford
under plans to create Britain?s first
?zero-emission zone?.
Starting from 2020 only electric
vehicles will be permitted on a steadily
growing number of streets in the city.
The plans contrast with London, where
drivers of polluting cars will still be able
to enter the centre if they pay a fee.
The proposals from Oxford city
council and Oxfordshire county
council will almost halve nitrogen dioxide pollution by 2020 on some of the
city?s most polluted roads.
The authorities are the first to produce comprehensive plans for improving air quality since the government
Isis ?White
Widow? is
killed by US
drone strike
announced in July that 29 towns and
cities would need to address illegal
levels of pollution. All will have to produce draft proposals by the end of
March and a final plan by December
next year to achieve compliance in the
?shortest possible time?.
In July the government announced
an end to the sale of new diesel and
petrol cars and vans from 2040 but
older vehicles with combustion engines
are expected to remain on the roads for
decades.
Under Oxford?s plans, the zero-emission zone will start with a ban on nonelectric cars, taxis, light commercial vehicles and buses on a small number of
streets in 2020. By 2030 they will be
barred from the whole city centre.
Drivers who ignore the ban will be
Sally Jones, one of the world?s most
wanted female terrorists, has been
killed in a US drone strike in Syria, it
was revealed last night.
The former punk rocker from Kent,
who converted to Islam and became a
leading recruiter for Islamic State, died
in June close to Syria?s border with Iraq,
US spy chiefs are understood to have
told their British counterparts. It is
likely that her son Jojo, 12, was also
killed.
A Whitehall source told The Times:
?The premise that Sally Jones and her
son are dead is probably accurate.?
Jones, 50, a mother of two, followed
the same fate as her husband, Junaid
Hussain, 21.
Hussain, a computer hacker from
Birmingham who was another senior
Isis member, was killed in a drone strike
in the terrorist group?s former stronghold of Raqqa, northern Syria, in
August 2015. British intelligence assisted in helping to locate him.
MI6 officers are also thought to have
been tracking the movements of Jones,
who travelled with Jojo to Syria in 2013
to marry Hussain.
Jones and Hussain were on a US ?kill
list? of high-value targets. Her death
brings to at least six the number of
known British Isis terrorists to have
been killed in drone strikes in Syria. The
true number is likely to be higher as it is
often difficult to verify the identity of
jihadists killed from the air.
According to The Sun newspaper, a
US Air Force Predator drone was used
to kill Jones, who has been called the
?White Widow? and the ?Punk Rock
Jihadi?. Her nom de guerre was Umm
Hussain al-Britani.
She had been attempting to flee Raqqa as it came under increased bombardment from US, British and other
coalition aircraft as well as Americanbacked local forces on the ground in the
long-running campaign against Isis in
Iraq and Syria.
?The Americans zapped her trying to
get away from Raqqa. Quite frankly, it?s
good riddance,? a Whitehall source was
quoted as telling the newspaper.
It is not known whether Jones was in
a building or a moving vehicle when the
drone struck. Her death had been kept
quiet because of fears that her son was
also killed, something that would not
have been intended. Had the drone
operators, conducting the mission from
a base in the US, been aware of his presence it is understood that they would
not have fired.
Sources said it would be very difficult
to ?categorically confirm? the deaths of
Jones and Jojo. No attempt has been
made to recover any DNA.
The Americans are ?confident? that
she is dead, the newspaper reported.
Drones often follow their targets for
weeks, awaiting an opportunity to
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Francis Elliott Political Editor
Rhys Blakely, Valentine Low
Jihadist recruiter dies trying to flee Raqqa
Deborah Haynes Defence Editor
Fiona Hamilton, Francis Elliott
caught by automatic number plate
recognition cameras and fined, with
the penalty expected to start at �.
HGVs will be exempt until 2035 to
reflect the slow introduction of alternatives to diesel lorries.
The councils said that the plans, to be
put out for consultation on Monday,
were ?contingent on technology being
Sally Jones, a former punk rocker from Kent, fled to Syria with one of her two
sons in 2013. She was a recruiter for Isis and was near the top of a US ?kill list?
President Trump is set to meet the
Queen next year despite moves to
downgrade his first trip to Britain as US
leader from a full-blown state visit.
Diplomats are working on a ?political? programme to ensure that Mr
Trump does not snub London when he
tours European capitals early in 2018.
Under plans for the stripped-down
?working visit? arranged at relatively
short notice, it is understood that he
could be mollified with an audience
with the Queen.
Theresa May offered Mr Trump a full
state visit during his first month in the
White House. Mr Trump said that Britain would be at the front of the queue
for a trade deal with the US after Brexit
as he accepted the invitation in Washington in January.
He was said to have asked for a carriage ride down The Mall and a round
of golf at Balmoral. As part of a state
visit, he would be a guest of the Queen
at Windsor or Buckingham Palace.
Since then, however, the political costs
of such a visit have increased as possible
diplomatic rewards receded. The prospect of demonstrations led to warnings that the Queen was being dragged
into political controversy and John
Bercow, the Speaker of the House of
Commons, declared that Mr Trump
would not be allowed to address MPs.
The president told Mrs May before
the snap election in June that he was
rethinking the invitation in light of the
reaction. The visit?s absence from the
Queen?s Speech confirmed that preparations had stalled. No 10 later admitted
that it had been postponed indefinitely.
Mr Trump travelled to Hamburg in
May, where he attended the G20 summit hosted by Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, before a trip to Paris to
celebrate Bastille Day as the guest of
President Macron. He has also visited
Italy, Belgium and Poland.
Mr Trump is said to be mulling a tour
of European capitals to win backing
for his tough stance on Iran and North
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Cambridge head Cabinet?s Brexit
resists pay cut
row deepens
Gucci joins the
fur-free crowd
The vice-chancellor of
Cambridge University
has said that he will
not take a cut to his
�5,000 salary, which
he described as
?reasonable, given the
scope of the job?. Page 4
Gucci has bowed to
pressure from animal
rights groups and
announced that it will
go fur-free from next
spring. It is the latest
of several fashion
giants to do so. Page 10
Philip Hammond is
facing anger from
colleagues after he said
that he would not
allow any spending to
prepare for a no-deal
Brexit until ?the very
last moment?. Page 8
COMMENT
?Sexual harassment isn?t a Hollywood
problem; it happens to women all the time?
JENNI RUSSELL, PAGE 30
Rajoy?s offer in
Catalonia crisis
Monarch chiefs?
?bumper profit?
Six Nations to
stick with RBS
Mariano Rajoy, the
Spanish prime
minister, has raised the
prospect of greater
powers for Catalonia
in an effort to calm the
crisis over its push for
independence. Page 34
Staff and customers of
Monarch Airlines have
been left to foot the
bill for its collapse as
its ?mega-rich?owners
walk away with a
bumper profit, a senior
MP has said. Page 41
The Royal Bank of
Scotland is expected to
continue sponsoring
the Six Nations after
officials appeared to
accept defeat in their
drive for a more
lucrative deal. Page 76
COMMENT 29
LEADING ARTICLES 33
WORLD 34
BUSINESS 41
REGISTER 57
LAW 62
SPORT 66
CROSSWORD 76
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DINNER
TONIGHT
Lamb khoresh with
rhubarb
Rhubarb gives a
pleasingly haunting,
sharp flavour to this
Persian-inspired lamb
stew. It wilts into the
background, joining
with saffron and mint
in a thick, lemony
onion gravy for
meltingly tender lamb.
Traditionally served
with rice, I also like a
scoop of yoghurt with
more fresh mint.
Serves 6 Prep 35 min
Cook 1 hr 45 min
Ingredients: 3 large
onions; 50g butter;
1 tbsp olive oil; 1.4kg
boned lamb shoulder
or neck fillet; generous
pinch saffron threads;
juice 1 lemon; 500ml
chicken stock; 400g
rhubarb; 25g mint;
50g flat leaf parsley.
Halve, peel and thinly
slice the onions. Melt
the butter in the oil in
a spacious, lidded pan
and stir in the onions
with � tsp salt. Cook
gently, stirring until
floppy then raise the
heat and cook until
golden. Meanwhile,
dice the meat in 2.5cm
cubes. Scoop the
onion into a sieve over
thetimes
the pan, pressing down
to extract maximum
fat. Brown the meat in
batches. Return onion
and meat to pan with
saffron softened in
1 tbsp boiling water,
generous seasoning
black pepper, juice of
half a lemon and stock.
Bring to boil, establish
simmer, cover and
cook for 45 minutes.
Cut the rhubarb in 5cm
lengths, stir into the
stew and simmer,
uncovered, for
30 minutes. The meat
should be meltingly
tender, the rhubarb
disintegrated, the
sauce thickened.
Season to taste with
salt, pepper and lemon
juice. Stir in chopped
herbs before serving.
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Police arresting nine people a
day in fight against web trolls
Charlie Parker
Nine people a day are being arrested for
posting allegedly offensive messages
online as police step up their campaign
to combat social media hate speech.
More than 3,300 people were
detained and questioned last year over
so-called trolling on social media and
other online forums, a rise of nearly
50 per cent in two years, according to
figures obtained by The Times.
About half the investigations were
dropped before prosecutions were
brought, however, leading to criticism
from civil liberties campaigners that
the authorities were over-policing the
internet and threatening free speech.
Arrests are expected to rise after
Amber Rudd, the home secretary,
announced last week a national police
hub to crack down on hateful material
online. Freedom of information
requests have shown that 3,395 people
across 29 forces were arrested last year
under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, which makes it illegal to
intentionally ?cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to
another? with online posts.
It is a rise of nearly 50 per cent since
2014, when there were 2,315 arrests, and
an increase of 23 per cent since 2015
when there were 2,755 arrests.
The total number of arrests under the
act, which also criminalises public
online messages that are ?grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character?, is likely to be much
higher because the request for data was
rejected by 13 forces and two did not
provide adequate information.
Data from two of the UK?s largest
police forces show big increases. The
Metropolitan Police detained 867
people last year, up by 53 per cent from
2014. West Midlands police arrested
635 people, an increase of 877 per cent
since 2014 when there were 65 arrests.
Despite the increase in police efforts to
tackle trolling, statistics from the Ministry of Justice show that about half of
arrests actually led to prosecutions.
The number of cases reaching the
courts has remained stable. Last year
1,696 people were charged and 1,399
convicted.
The Police Federation said that officers lacked the training to take investigations beyond an ?online reading
exercise?. Simon Kempton, the federation?s spokesman for cybercrime, said
more needed to be done to improve
online policing and blamed stretched
resources for officers? limited knowledge.
The National Police Chiefs Council
(NPCC) defended the arrest figures,
and said that officers had improved
their ability to combat crime online as it
continued to grow. Stephen Kavanagh,
of the NPCC?s digital intelligence unit,
said that forces had adapted well to the
?changing nature of harm in our
society?.
Jodie Ginsberg, of Index on Censorship, a free speech campaign group,
accused police of unnecessarily hunting internet trolls. She said: ?These
figures bear out that police are wasting
more and more time investigating
people for comments online that are
offensive but not criminal.?
Jim Killock, of the Open Rights
Group, said the Crown Prosecution
Service emphasised that section 127
was to be used in only extreme circumstances. ?But the problem is ?grossly
offensive? is not something you should
normally be prosecuted for,? he said.
?It?s not showing harm to other people.
It?s not showing that somebody is being
harassed . . . attacked or threatened.?
Facebook will not be classed as publisher
The culture secretary is preparing to
defy calls for tech giants such as
Facebook and Google to be classified as
publishers.
Pressure is building for internet companies to be subject to greater regulation to tackle fake news and extremist
content. On Tuesday Dame Patricia
Hodgson, chairwoman of the media
regulator Ofcom, said it was her personal view that social media companies
were publishers rather than merely
platforms.
Karen Bradley told the Commons
culture select committee yesterday:
?I?m not sure that the publisher definition in UK law would necessarily work
in the way that people would like it to
work. I think it would end up being very
restrictive.? She added that doing so
?would end up taking up some of the
things that make the internet work, and
make the internet the vibrant place it
is?. It could also affect freedom of
speech, civil liberties and the ability of
people to enjoy the benefits that the
internet brings, she warned.
She criticised the quality of the BBC
World News television channel, which
is often compared unfavourably with
the BBC World Service radio network.
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Oxford bans non-electric cars
Zero emission zone proposals
continued from page 1
Trump to meet Queen
Matthew Moore Media Correspondent
sufficiently developed to allow this to
be practical?. An official said that there
were questions over the availability of
electric buses and lorries.
Air pollution in the centre of Oxford
is well above the legal limit. Average
nitrogen dioxide levels fell by 18.9 per
cent from 2011-2013 but by only 3.9 per
cent from 2014-2016.
John Tanner, the city council?s Labour cabinet member for the environment, said that the authorities had considered and rejected the system being
introduced on October 23 in London of
a � daily charge for pre-2006 cars to
enter an ultra-low emission zone.
?We don?t think it?s a good idea to allow people to pay their way to pollute
our city,? he said. ?All of us who drive or
use petrol or diesel vehicles through
Oxford are contributing to the city?s
toxic air. Everyone needs to do their bit
? from national government and local
authorities to businesses and residents
? to end this public health emergency.?
Mr Tanner said that the plans would
accelerate the transition to electric cars
in Oxford, which has a population of
about 160,000, and help to support the
car plant at Cowley, where an electric
version of the Mini will go into production in 2019. ?We want to get behind the
local car factory and it will mean people
can buy a locally built electric car and
drive it in the centre of Oxford,? he said.
Drivers in other parts of Oxford also
face restrictions, with Oxfordshire
county council considering a congestion charge and ?workplace parking
levy?. Taxi drivers will be among those
hardest hit by the new zone, with the
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Magdalen
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Clearing the air
Nottingham The city council
charges employers a �4
workplace parking levy for each
space they provide. Since 2009,
�million has been raised to help to
improve public transport.
Derby Drivers who switch to ultralow emission vehicles are offered
discounted parking and access to
bus lanes along key routes.
Birmingham The council has been
awarded �9 million from the
Department for Transport to
implement a network of electric taxi
charging points.
City of Oxford Licensed Taxicab
Association saying that many would
have to buy zero-emission vehicles
costing �,000.
Oxford city council is installing 19
electric charging points exclusively for
cabs and 100 for residents, with the help
of �3 million in government funding.
Korea. The complexity ? and controversy ? of a state visit has been hampering efforts to ensure that London is
included, officials admit. ?If he comes to
Europe is it possible that he could come
to London without having to ?stand up?
a full state visit? Yes it is,? a Whitehall
source said.
A state visit is at the invitation of the
Queen, although she acts on the advice
of the government. The format varies
but tends to include a ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards Parade, a carriage procession along The Mall and a
state banquet. Not all visits by heads of
state are state visits: US presidents, for
instance, have made less formal visits.
Lord Ricketts, a national security
adviser to David Cameron who has said
that Mrs May?s offer of a state visit was
a mistake, said that the new format was
a good compromise. In a letter to The
Times in February, he said that Downing Street should offer ?political talks
with the prime minister and a courtesy
call on the Queen?.
Officially both sides insisted that the
state visit was going ahead as planned.
A source at the British embassy in
Washington said that the invitation
from the Queen to Mr Trump still stood
and had been accepted. The source
added that any visit by Mr Trump
would be welcome and did not rule out
the possibility of a less formal visit.
Nigel Farage, who is close to Mr
Trump?s former chief strategist, Steve
Bannon, said that the president would
?clearly be disappointed? if a full state
visit did not take place.
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Colonialism in India and elsewhere, led by the likes of David Livingstone, right, and
James Brooke, below, should be reintroduced, according to a controversial paper
Colonialism was
a force for good,
professor claimed
Tom Whipple Science Editor
It was never going to be a quiet addition
to post-colonial literature. ?For the last
100 years western colonialism has had
a bad name,? began Bruce Gilley, a
political science professor from Portland State University. ?It is high time to
question this orthodoxy.?
Over the next 6,000 words his academic paper in Third World Quarterly
argued not only that colonial rule was
beneficial and legitimate, not only that
subsequent independence had created
a ?cesspool of human suffering?, but
also that western rule should be reintroduced in the developing world.
In being published last month, The
Case for Colonialism created a controversy so intense it led to the resignation
of half the journal?s editors. In being
retracted this week it created a row just
as intense, because the stated reason
was not its quality, but ?serious and
credible threats of personal violence?
against the publisher.
Amid accusations of increasing intolerance on American campuses this retraction has been taken by some as yet
another sign that free speech is under
threat. Jonathan Haidt, professor of
ethical leadership at New York University?s Stern School of Business, said
Angry words
Henry Kissinger said in
a 1997 speech: ?The
intensity of academic
politics and the
bitterness of it is in
inverse proportion to
the importance of the
subject they?re
discussing. And I
promise you at Harvard
they are passionately
intense and the subjects
are extremely
unimportant.?
argument itself was being closed down,
and that the appropriate way to object
to an academic paper should always be
to write another in response. ?Retraction is the new rebuttal, and threats of
violence against journal editors is the
new way to get a retraction,? he said.
John K Wilson, a researcher who
writes for Academe magazine, said it
was a dangerous precedent. ?There?s a
real danger when we give in to death
threats, whether it?s cancelling speakers
or censoring publications. The obvious
danger is to free expression but it also
Sigmund Freud and
Carl Jung fell out over
differing interpretations
of the Oedipus complex
and a debate over
mummified corpses.
Freud accused Jung of
wanting him dead, then
fainted.
Isaac Newton formed
such an intense dislike
of Robert Hooke after a
dispute about gravity
creates a greater incentive to threaten,
if people know that they can accomplish their goals by making a threat.?
Professor Gilley?s paper was not lacking in people prepared to rebut it. He
argued that ?anti-colonialist ideology?
had created ?100 years of disaster? in
which governance had degenerated
and millions had suffered.
?The people of Bangladesh will have
to wait another 244 years at their
current rate to reach a high-capacity
state,? he wrote. ?Would it have taken
Britain until the middle of the 23rd
that he is said to have
destroyed his portrait.
Orlando Figes, the
historian, admitted he
had written Amazon
reviews praising his
own book and attacking
rivals. One, Robert
Service, responded: ?I
am mightily relieved
that this contaminant
slime has been exposed
to the light.?
century to institute good government
in this former province of eastern
Bengal??
His solution? Modern-day Livingstones, arriving at the behest of the
modern-day natives. Just as the ?Sultan
of Brunei installed an English traveller,
James Brooke, as the rajah of his
chaotic province of Sarawak in 1841?, so
too could western countries sponsor
modern city states.
One academic from the Cato Institute called the paper a ?bad joke?.
Another, from Ohio University, said it
ignored a ?vast body of research? which
showed the poor economic performance of colonies and the intense suffering of many of their people.
Vijay Prashad, from Trinity College,
Connecticut, was one of 15 members of
the journal?s editorial board who resigned in protest at its refusal to retract
the article, claiming that it failed ?to
meet academic standards of rigour and
balance?. However, he said yesterday
that it should have been removed
because of its poor quality, not because
of threats. ?I?m very upset when any debates around ideas are brought into the
realm of violence. It?s tragic. But this
happens routinely and daily. I get death
threats every three to four days for writing various things. But we don?t pull
everything we write for such threats.
?The piece was very poorly put together. For a piece that recognises ?
unless he was living under a rock ?
that it is entering controversial territory, you?d have thought the author
would have crossed all the t?s and dotted all the i?s. But this was a poor quality
undergraduate-standard paper, with a
sniff of white supremacy.?
Even before the retraction Professor
Gilley had himself called for its withdrawal, saying: ?I regret the pain and
anger it has caused for many people.?
Queen hands Remembrance Sunday duties to Charles
Valentine Low
For the first time since she acceded to
the throne 65 years ago the Queen has
chosen not to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday but to
watch the ceremony from a balcony
overlooking Whitehall.
She has asked the Prince of Wales to
lay a wreath on her behalf at the ceremony on November 12.
Her absence from the line-up of
members of the royal family, politicians
and senior officers of the armed forces
will be a symbolic and highly significant
break from tradition for the Queen,
who has not missed the ceremony since
1999.
While the ceremony has been shortened slightly in recent years to make
allowances for her age, the sight of the
Queen with the Duke of Edinburgh in
his naval uniform at her side was one of
the seemingly immutable fixtures of
the royal calendar.
While the decision is an acknowledgement of the demands the ceremony places on the 91-year-old monarch,
it is also her response to the fact that at
96 the duke no longer wishes to take
part in the wreath-laying ceremony.
The duke, who officially undertook
his last public engagement in August,
has decided that he will watch the ceremony from the balcony of the Foreign
Office, the traditional viewing point for
female members of the royal family
such as the Duchess of Cornwall and
the Duchess of Cambridge.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman
said: ?It is the Queen?s wish to be alongside the duke on the balcony.?
The duke?s presence on the balcony
underlines the message from the palace
that while he has supposedly stepped
down from public duties, he will from
time to time appear at engagements in
support of the Queen. An equerry will
lay the duke?s wreath on his behalf.
While the Queen is well known for
her highly developed sense of duty, the
fact that she has chosen to be at her
husband?s side emphasises how much
she values the support that he has given
to her over the 70 years of their
marriage.
They will celebrate their platinum
wedding anniversary on November 20.
The Earl of Wessex will take the
salute at the march-past of veteran and
civilian organisations on Horse Guards
Parade. Last year Prince Charles took
the salute. Prince Harry will visit the
Field of Remembrance at Westminster
Abbey on November 9.
The Queen has missed the wreath-
At ease, Your Majesty
6 The Queen stopped long-haul
travel in 2013, when the Prince of
Wales went to the Commonwealth
summit in Sri Lanka on her behalf.
6 Last year she used a lift to climb
the stairs at the Palace of
Westminster for the State Opening
of Parliament.
6 This year at State Opening she
wore day clothes instead of the 18ft
Robe of State.
6 At an Order of the British Empire
service at St Paul?s in May she wore
day dress instead of the mantle.
6 In 2014 Prince Charles took her
role in a Westminster Abbey service
because it involved climbing steps.
laying ceremony only six times during
her reign ? four times because of travel
overseas and twice when she was pregnant.
She was in Ghana in 1961, Brazil in
1968, Kenya in 1983 and South Africa in
1999.
In 1959 she did not take part because
she was pregnant with Prince Andrew
and in 1963 she was pregnant with
Prince Edward.
While the decision will be taken as
another example of Prince Charles
stepping into her shoes ? very much at
her request ? it does not mean that she
will absent from the traditional remembrance events.
On the Saturday evening before
Remembrance Sunday she and other
members of the royal family will attend
the Royal Festival of Remembrance at
the Royal Albert Hall.
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Grenfell fire amnesty
Illegal migrants and those with
uncertain status who survived the
Grenfell Tower disaster are to be
given an effective amnesty.
Ministers are to extend a scheme
that gave a one-year limited leave
to stay to survivors. Those with
uncertain status will be able to
become permanent residents
after five years, subject to fraud,
security and criminal checks.
Relatives of survivors and victims
granted UK entry relating to the
tragedy can stay for six months
after entering Britain.
Bridge over untroubled waters Walkers cross a river in Faskally Woods near Pitlochry, Perthshire. Most of Britain will enjoy another dry day today. Forecast page 65
Vice-chancellors must fight pay cuts,
says new �5,000 boss of Cambridge
Rosemary Bennett Education Editor
The new vice-chancellor of Cambridge
University says he will not take a pay
cut and has encouraged others to stand
firm in defiance of calls for lower salaries. Professor Stephen Toope described his salary of �5,000 as
?reasonable, given the scope of the job?.
He said senior salaries were an issue
for the entire sector rather than individuals but hoped there would be no
broader move to cut vice-chancellors?
pay to silence critics.
?I think it is not a good idea, to be
frank, because what it does is reaffirm
the sense that the UK is not operating
in the open market for global talent,? he
told The Times in an interview.
He also warned that the review of
student tuition fees could undermine
the high standing of UK universities
globally, if handled poorly, which would
be a ?true own goal?. A proposal floated
by Philip Hammond, the chancellor, to
link fees to graduate salaries would be
?foolish?, he added.
However, he also questioned the interest rate of 6.1 per cent on student
loans when commercial interest rates
were much lower. As head of the University of British Columbia, he was part
of a campaign that led the provincial
government to lower its student loan
rate from 5 per cent to 2.5 per cent.
Ministers are seeking to rein in university bosses? pay, which is �7,904 on
average. The watchdog, the Office for
Students (OfS), will in future require
universities to justify any salary above
that of the prime minister?s �0,402
and will fine those that cannot.
Sir Michael Barber, chairman of the
OfS, has urged vice-chancellors to cut
their own salaries to help restore public
confidence. Professor Toope, 59, a
Canadian who has spent most of his
professional life in North America, believes the role of a modern vice-chancellor, which he describes as ?relentless?, is poorly interpreted in the UK.
?People don?t understand how a vicechancellor?s job has evolved. I am
essentially responsible for �billion a
year turnover, 11,000 employees,
19,000 students, and am in the lead to
complete a �billion fundraising campaign, which means I am searching for
all possible sources of income, while developing the international reputation
Professor Stephen Toope says that his
salary is reasonable for the workload
of the university, working with business, government and civil society to
develop partnerships, while being responsible for operations and the entity
of the university.?
The strong defence of pay will be welcomed by the sector, which has struggled to justify vice-chancellors? pay in
an era of spiralling student debt. Under-
graduates who started studying this
autumn will leave their courses with
debts of �,800 on average.
The pay row moved to the Commons
yesterday when Andrew Murrison, the
MP for South West Wiltshire who quit
the board at Bath University in protest
over the ?eye-watering? pay of its vicechancellor, Professor Dame Glynis
Breakwell, called for the government to
have a ?very firm conversation? with
the sector. Professor Breakwell has a
salary and benefits of �1,000.
The future of tuition fees of �250 a
year is also under government scrutiny
and Professor Toope said other countries too were grappling with the problem of how best to fund it, and had high
regard for the UK system.
?One thing I can say having recently
moved here, the HE system in the UK
is the envy of world. The UK has attracted generation after generation of
people from all parts of world as the
universities are very strong, and Cambridge is at the pinnacle. I very much
hope the government realises what a
tremendous national asset this is for the
UK. Anything that undermines that asset would be a true own goal.?
Universities urged to make more money from research
Rosemary Bennett
Universities are to be measured on how
well they work with business, collaborate on research and development and
sell their intellectual property.
Jo Johnson, the universities minister,
will say today that a ?knowledge
exchange framework? will be developed to analyse how good a job univer-
sities do at putting their research to
commercial use.
In Britain, more research takes place
in universities than in comparable
countries, at 26 per cent compared with
17 per cent in Germany and 13 per cent
in the US. British university revenues
from engagement with businesses are
growing slowly, at only 1 per cent a year.
American universities earn almost 40
per cent more from intellectual property licences as a percentage of their overall research resources than those in the
UK. The University of Queensland in
Australia earns more than any Russell
Group university from this source.
The Higher Education Innovation
Fund, which helps universities to sell
their intellectual property, is to be given
� million by the government, taking
it to �0 million in 2018-19. Mr Johnson will announce four new collaborative projects and will praise the partnership between Oxford University and
Apple announced this week.
Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple,
opened Oxford?s first dedicated space
for start-ups created by students, alumni and staff at The Foundry, a converted
ice factory in the centre of the city.
Property prices squared
Properties in Britain?s most
expensive neighbourhood cost 25
times more than in the cheapest,
an Office for National Statistics
survey shows. A square metre of
housing in Kensington and
Chelsea, west London, costs
�,439. This compares with �7
per square metre in Blaenau
Gwent, south Wales, the cheapest
region, where the average price
for a house is �,641.
Helpline cost attacked
Calls to the universal credit
helpline cost up to 55p a minute
from a mobile and 9p from a
landline, Jeremy Corbyn said
yesterday. Rollout of the welfare
reform, which has been plagued
by complaints, is being
accelerated. A No 10 spokesman
said the Department for Work
and Pensions would ring callers
back if they were worried about
costs.
Councils clean up
Councils have collected �3,000
since they were given the power
to hand on-the-spot fines to
flytippers in May last year. Since
then 4,600 fixed-penalty notices,
ranging from �0 to �0, have
been issued, although more than
two fifths of councils have not
handed out any. The cost of
clearing up after fly-tippers is far
higher ? in 2015-16 it was almost
� million.
Pale beauties fade away
Perceptions of celebrity beauty
have shifted towards people with
darker skin in the past 27 years,
according to a study of People
magazine?s World?s Most
Beautiful list. In 1990 celebrities
with light skin dominated the list,
making up 88 per cent, but by this
year darker-skinned stars made
up 29.6 per cent of the list. The
average age of the celebrities rose
from 33.2 in 1990 to 38.9 this year.
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Doctor guilty
of assault for
grabbing date?s
breasts in bed
ANDREW MCCAREN FOR THE TIMES
Rolling with it A stone mason removes a thick layer of moss during conservation work at Byland Abbey, North Yorkshire
Simon de Bruxelles
A junior doctor?s career was ?in tatters?
yesterday after he was convicted of indecently assaulting a woman during
consensual sex.
Philip Queree, 37, met the woman
through the dating app Tinder and had
sex with her on their second date. During sex he squeezed her breasts and
pulled her hair even though she told
him he was hurting her. Afterwards, she
found she had marks and bruises.
Queree was a mature student in his
third year at King?s College medical
school in London but had to drop out as
a result of his conviction. He was also
ordered to sign the sex offenders
register.
The woman, a health worker, said
that she suffered bruising to both
breasts during the assault. She said she
Philip Queree has
to sign the sex
offenders register
was left with a painful shoulder and afterwards had difficulty lifting her arm.
She reported what had happened after
talking to a friend, a colleague and her
mother. She told Jersey magistrates?
court that Queree had used ?excessive
force? and she had ?not consented to
being injured?.
The two-day hearing was told that
the couple met through Tinder and exchanged messages before meeting in
August last year. Queree was on holiday on the island with his parents. On
their second date they went for a walk
on a beach and then had dinner at a
harbourside restaurant.
They discussed having a relationship
and both agreed to stop using Tinder
and date exclusively. Later, they went
back to the woman?s flat where they had
sexual intercourse for the first time.
Bridget Shaw, the magistrate, said in
a written judgment: ?The woman?s evidence was that during intercourse he
grabbed her breasts very forcibly. She
was in pain. At first she said nothing but
moved position to avoid her breasts
being touched. Again he grabbed her
breasts. She wanted to continue sexual
intercourse but was in pain and did not
want her breasts to be touched again.
She was crying and told him that he had
been rough. She told him not to grab
her breasts. He apologised and agreed,
after which they re-commenced sexual
intercourse. However he grabbed her
breasts again twice more in the same
manner as before, causing her severe
pain.?
Queree denied that the woman had
asked him not to touch her breasts
though he agreed she asked him to be
more gentle. He insisted they had just
had ?normal passionate sex?.
After sex, she had a shower and said
she wanted to talk about what he had
done. His demeanour then changed
and he ?stormed out the door?.
Mrs Shaw said the woman ?was in
complete and utter shock and texted
him imploring him to return. She
wanted him to come back and give an
explanation and just could not equate
his behaviour in the bedroom with his
previous charming behaviour. She
strongly rejected the suggestion that
this was a case of a difference in
expectations of sexual behaviour.?
Queree was sentenced to 180 hours?
community service and ordered to pay
�000 costs after being found guilty of
sexual assault.
Queree?s lawyer, Advocate David
Steenson, said his client intended to appeal to Jersey?s Royal Court.
Woman plunges to death
from Whispering Gallery
Kaya Burgess, Will Humphries
A woman fell 30 metres to her death
from the Whispering Gallery at St
Paul?s Cathedral in an incident that
police are not treating as suspicious.
Staff saw her fall at 10am yesterday
and the cathedral was closed for the
day. Paramedics and police arrived
within minutes but the woman was pronounced dead. No details have been
released about her identity or what
caused the fall.
Visitors to the cathedral climb nearly
260 steps to reach the Whispering Gallery, a circular walkway 55 metres below the dome. It has a metal railing
around its edge to protect tourists and
staff and one cathedral worker claimed
that it was ?completely impossible? to
fall by accident.
Reidan Fredstrom, 38, a tourist visiting from Boston, Massachusetts, said: ?I
got to the entrance at around 10.30am
or so, and one of the people who check
bags was very upset and crying. Several
police officers went running in, and
about ten minutes later a man who
works at St Paul?s told another tourist
near me that someone had been badly
injured and they were not letting
people in.?
The cathedral said staff trained in
first aid were on the scene and added:
?We think and pray especially at this
time for the woman who died, and for
all those who were close to her and who
loved and cared for her.? It is due to reopen at 7.30am for morning prayers.
The Annual National Service for
Seafarers, due to be attended by 2,400
people, was cancelled but guests turned
up, unaware that the cathedral was
closed. A spokesman said nobody from
Seafarers UK had been there at the
time, adding: ?Cancelling the service is
not an issue, the tragedy is the plight of
that poor girl.?
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Punk rocker vowed
to fight England
until her last breath
Fiona Hamilton Security Editor
Neil Johnston
A former punk rocker and mother of
two, Sally Jones seemed the most unlikely of candidates to exchange her life
in Kent for the world?s most notorious
terrorist regime.
The 50-year-old convert from Chatham quickly gained a name for herself
in Raqqa, the de facto capital of Islamic
State, as a propagandist and recruiter of
young jihadist brides.
A one-time singer in a female punk
rock band, Jones travelled to Syria in
2013 to be with her Islamist husband,
Junaid Hussain, an Isis hacker who was
killed by a US drone in August 2015.
The pair, known as Mr and Mrs
Terror, were previously part of a hacking collective in the UK known as ?TeaMp0isoN?. Jones left a previous rela-
tionship to follow him to Syria, taking
her 12-year-old son, Jojo, with her but
leaving behind a second son, Jonathan,
now 20.
As a key recruiter of young women
and girls to Isis and a regular user of
social media to spread the group?s propaganda, she became a top British target
in Isis territory.
She openly mocked the former prime
minister David Cameron after he announced that she would face international sanctions and in messages
posted on Twitter vowed to fight
England ?until my last breath?.
Jones had risen up the Pentagon kill
list this year and had been marked as a
?high priority? for assassination after it
emerged that she and her late husband,
who was from Birmingham, were
among the most prolific western recruiters for Isis. She was said to be part
Sally Jones and Junaid
Hussain, above,
were leading
recruiters for Isis
of a new wave of allfemale Isis terrorist cells
intent on attacking thee
ve
West and is thought to have
d-be
lured scores of would-be
European jihadists to join her recruitment network, the Raqqa 12, in which
she was known as Umma Hussain alBritani.
Unverified reports claimed that she
had orchestrated a failed plot to target
the Queen during VJ Day celebrations
in London in 2015 and also played a role
in publishing online at least three hit
lists of US military personnel, including
staff at RAF bases in Britain, with one
list containing 1,300 names.
Other plots in which she was said to
have been involved included one to kidnap a US army veteran and behead him
on camera in his home before broadcasting the murder to the world, while a
separate foiled attack was planned for a
teenager to open fire on hundreds at a
concert or nightclub.
Earlier in 2015 she used social media
to mock Mr Cameron openly. She
wrote ?LOL? on Twitter,
meani
meaning
that she was
?lau
?laughing
out loud? at the
att
attempt
by Mr Cameron
to curtail her movem
ments.
She had also used
s
social
networks to
th
threaten to return to
Br
Britain
and mount
atta
attacks,
although recentl she was said to be
cently
despera to flee Syria.
desperate
Dead jihadist couple were known as Mr and Mrs Terror
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launch a missile without also killing
civilians. Jones, who is thought to have
used her son as a human shield since
Hussain was killed, was said to have last
been seen alive heading towards the
Syrian border town of Mayadin. Jones
and Hussain ? nicknamed ?Mr and
Mrs Terror? ? have been linked to
more than a dozen terrorist plots.
Jones grew in notoriety during her
four years in the warzone. She targeted
young girls to travel to Syria to become
jihadist brides and also took to social
media to threaten attacks on Britain.
Hussain was also a prolific recruiter
and ran a hacking unit for Isis.
Jones even allowed Jojo to take part
in a bloody propaganda video in which
he was seen shooting a hostage in the
back of the head alongside other young
boys. Other high-profile British jihadists killed in drone strikes include
Mohammed Emwazi, who beheaded a
number of western hostages on video.
He died in a joint US-British operation
in November 2015.
Hundreds flee from Raqqa, page 36
Crackdown
on new breed
of terrorist
Frances Gibb Legal Editor
The new breed of terrorist that uses
cars, knives and encrypted apps will
face tougher sentences under guidelines issued today.
Sentences imposed by judges need to
reflect the current ?less sophisticated
methods? of terrorists and the availability of extremist material online that can
lead to ?self radicalisation?, the Sentencing Council?s draft guidance says.
Sentences should rise from the
present range of 21 months to five years
to three to six years, it proposes. The
main change applies to offences under
section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006,
which covers the preparation of terrorism. People found guilty of crimes such
as encouraging terrorism, or failing to
disclose information about a terrorist
attack, could face tougher sentences.
The guidelines will keep the same
maximum sentence of life with a minimum term of 40 years, but the proposals are expected to increase punishments for offences at the bottom end of
the scale. These include cases where
preparations are not well developed, or
where an offender offers a small
amount of assistance to others.
The draft guidance, which is subject
to a six-week consultation, also sets out
?aggravating factors? including ?deliberate use of encrypted communications or similar technologies in order to
facilitate the commission of the offence
and/or avoid or impede detection?.
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Sex offenders brought in to reduce violence at rowdy jail
Richard Ford Home Correspondent
Prison bosses trebled the number of sex
offenders in a jail to reduce high levels
of violence, a report reveals today.
Hundreds of convicted and accused
sex offenders were moved to Doncaster
jail, South Yorkshire, because they are
among the most compliant inmates in
the system. The prison service, however, failed to provide adequate programmes to help them and to reduce
the risk to the public on their release.
Peter Clarke, chief inspector of prisons, also found inmates at the jail, run
by Serco Group, smoking on landings
and walking around partially clothed.
He said that the ?deliberate policy? to
send sex offenders to the jail with 1,100
inmates was a way to bring stability to
the establishment. The number of
remanded and convicted sex offenders
trebled to more than 300 in the previous year after an inspection that found
staff struggling to cope with barricades
and hostage incidents.
The chief inspector said: ?Over the
course of the previous year, the number
of men on remand for, or convicted of,
sex offences had trebled. Many of them
were longer-term, high-risk offenders. I
was told that this was a deliberate policy
to help to stabilise the prison in light of
the serious problems with violence
identified at the last inspection.
Support, offender management and
programmes to reduce the risk in custody and on release presented by this
population were not present. In effect,
this large cohort of men was being denied the opportunity to make
progress.?
Sex offenders usually keep their cells
and wings clean and tidy. A large proportion are middle-aged or elderly and
want a settled life that lets them get on
quietly with work, study and activities.
Mr Clarke urged the prison service to
support the jail in developing a strategy
for managing sex offenders.
Prisoners in jails that have not
banned smoking altogether are not
allowed to smoke in communal areas
but may do so in their cells.
Michael Spurr, chief executive of the
prison and probation service, said: ?The
leadership team at Doncaster are managing an increase in sex offenders and
have created a specific houseblock
dedicated to providing the right regime
to support their rehabilitation as part of
our wider population strategy to manage sex offenders effectively.?
The Ministry of Justice said Doncaster was chosen as a suitable jail to hold
an increased number of sex offenders.
It said this was not national policy. Inspectors said the jail was ?more stable?
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overall compared with the previous assessment in 2015, while living conditions had improved ?substantially?.
Jerry Spencer, Serco director at
Doncaster prison, said: ?As the chief
inspector notes, a great deal has been
achieved but we know there is much
more still to do.?
6 A Conservative manifesto commitment to close dilapidated prisons has
been shelved because of a sudden surge
in the jail population. Michael Spurr,
head of prisons, said yesterday that he
had never known the population in jails
rise by so much in such a short space of
time, as happened between May and
August when it increased by 1,200.
His master?s
voice (and
armpits) put
fear in dogs
Tom Whipple Science Editor
Paired to perfection English National Ballet rehearses the double bill Song of the Earth/La Sylphide, which is on at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, until Saturday
Police chief ?presumed Heath was
guilty before end of abuse inquiry?
Fiona Hamilton Crime Editor
Wiltshire police?s chief constable was
accused last night of saying that he was
?eight out of ten? certain that Sir
Edward Heath was a sex offender
almost a year before the investigation
into allegations against him concluded.
The Sir Edward Heath Charitable
Foundation said that Mike Veale made
the comments late last year to a group
of parliamentarians, although the
police chief ?categorically? denied the
claim last night.
A separate source, who attended the
private meeting of MPs and peers who
were being briefed about Operation
Conifer, the investigation into child
abuse allegations against Heath, said
that they remembered the comment
clearly. They were astonished that Mr
Veale had been willing to rank a suspect
in such a manner.
The source said: ?It seemed to me to
be totally improper that a chief consta-
ble should make a statement of this
kind. It was his choice to. He said something like, ?On a scale of one to ten, I
would rank the probability of his guilt
as about eight.? It was very bizarre.?
The source said that Wiltshire police
sought the meeting in December.
Given that the operation would not
report for ten months, this was ?very
odd for a chief constable to be doing?.
Mr Veale, who has rejected calls for
an independent judge to assess his
force?s inquiry, has repeatedly insisted
that he was not judging the former
prime minister?s guilt or innocence.
His spokesman said last night that
Mr Veale briefed ?a number of relevant
stakeholders?, under the strictest confidence, to ensure that he was publicly
accountable. He said: ?We have a full
record of notes from this meeting and
can categorically state that this comment was not made.?
After a two-year inquiry costing
�5 million, the force concluded that
Heath would have been questioned
under caution over seven abuse allegations had he not died in 2005.
It has since emerged that the most
serious allegation, the rape of an 11year-old boy in 1961, had been investigated and dropped by the Metropolitan
Police two years ago. This was not in the
force?s summary report.
The charitable foundation said that
the ?eight out of ten? claim was one of
several reasons an independent review
should be held into the investigation
and evidence. A spokesman said that
Mr Veale?s alleged remark was highly
prejudicial. He added: ?It is not for a
police officer to judge the guilt or innocence of a ?suspect?.?
James Gray, the Conservative MP for
North Wiltshire, said that he could not
remember Mr Veale making the comment but said that it was a deeply unsatisfactory meeting.
Writing in his local newspaper today,
Mr Gray said that there were a ?great
many more questions? for Mr Veale,
who had ?allowed a presumption of
guilt? to hang over Heath.
The government yesterday rejected
calls for an independent inquiry. Lord
Armstrong of Ilminster, Heath?s principal private secretary when he was
prime minister, said in the House of
Lords that a cloud of suspicion would
remain over him.
Baroness Williams of Trafford, a
Home Office minister, said that police
needed to make decisions free from political interference.
She added that it was for the elected
police and crime commissioner to hold
the chief constable to account. Angus
Macpherson, the area?s PCC, has been
supportive of Mr Veale.
Lord Macdonald of River Glaven, the
former director of public prosecutions,
said that it was a mistake for the government to reject an independent investigation. Wiltshire police did not respond
to requests for comment.
Dogs really can smell fear. In showing
this, a study has demonstrated that they
can also get a whiff of happiness and
use their noses to attune themselves to
their owners? emotions.
The research by Italian scientists was
prompted by other work showing that
dogs were able to distinguish happy and
sad human faces, as well as have a
sophisticated understanding of gestures and the emotional tone of commands.
The scientists reasoned that dogs
should also receive human cues
through their noses, yet no one had
looked at this.
?Dogs have an extraordinary ability
to detect airborne odours and not surprisingly their olfactory system is a significant contributor to the regulation of
their social relations,? the researchers
wrote in the journal Animal Cognition.
To test whether this also affected
social relations with humans, Biagio
D?Aniello, from Naples university,
stored sweat samples from men who
had been watching a happy movie, The
Jungle Book, or a scary one, The Shining.
He then put 40 dogs individually in a
room with their owner and a stranger,
and one of the two sweat samples.
He found that the smell of a fearful
person?s armpits, largely unnoticeable
to humans, had a profound effect compared with a happier human?s armpits.
?The dogs were not only able to detect
human emotional chemosignals, but
they also affected their behaviour,? he
said.
When dogs were around the happy
smell they were far more likely to sniff
inquisitively at the stranger, presumably reasoning that if their owner
seemed happy with the set up then so
should they be. When around the fearful smell they stuck to their owner and
displayed more stressed behaviour.
It is highly unusual for an animal to
be as sensitive to another species? emotional cues as dogs are. One question is
whether they acquired the skill in domestication or always had it, and Professor D?Aniello said he wanted to extend
the research to wolves to try to find an
answer. He was also interested in why
the fear provoked a wary response,
rather than, for instance, causing the
dog to attack.
?We only tested labrador and golden
retrievers, which rank very high in
sociability and low in aggressiveness,?
he said. ?It is possible that other breeds
could react differently upon fearful
signals.?
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May promises �0m to soothe
Sam Coates Deputy Political Editor
Philip Hammond is facing anger from
cabinet colleagues after he went further on his vow to prevent unnecessary
spending on preparations for Britain to
leave the EU without a deal.
Theresa May tried to reassure her
MPs at prime minister?s questions by
saying that the chancellor would commit �0 million of new money to help
with Brexit preparations. In a move apparently choreographed by the whips,
she answered a question by Iain Duncan Smith that she would spend whatever is necessary on preparations.
She stepped in after Mr Hammond
told MPs on the Treasury select committee that he would not release cash to
prepare Britain for the consequences of
crashing out of the EU until the ?very
last moment?.
The chancellor said that every pound
spent on contingencies for a so-called
hard Brexit was a pound not available
for the NHS and other priorities.
He said he would not spend any cash
early ?just to make a demonstration
point? in a rebuff to Tory Brexiteers
who want the government to do more
to bolster the credibility of the claim
that Britain is prepared to walk away
from a bad deal with the EU. The
chancellor said this was unnecessary since the EU
?know we mean business?.
His remarks raised objections from cabinet colleagues,
already irritated by his article
in The Times yesterday in
which he said it would
be irresponsible to
spend
taxpayers?
money now. One
remain-backing
Mr Hammond
refused to
budget for
hard exit
Will UK
flights be
grounded?
Analysis
T
he claim that
flights will be
grounded in
a ?no deal?
Brexit is,
according to one?s
perspective, either the
conclusion of Project
Fear or a statement of
the bleeding obvious
(Marcus Leroux
writes).
Its veracity
ultimately depends on
how literally you
interpret ?no deal? ?
and what kind of
flights you mean.
Experts agree that
without a new EU
deal, and a
replacement for EU
agreements, flights
would be grounded.
The Airport
Operators
Association (AOA)
has pointed out that
in aviation there is no
equivalent of falling
back to World Trade
Organisation rules.
Before the
introduction of the
single aviation
market, Britain had
bilateral agreements
with most EU 27
countries. However,
the British Air
Transport Association
and the AOA say that
there is a legal
question mark over
their validity because
they were superseded
by EU arrangements
and in any case they
are outdated and ?not
fit for purpose?. Spain,
indeed, has repealed
cabinet source said: ?His intervention was completely unnecessary. He did not need to go
into the specifics that he did...
and frankly it was not helpful.? Another said: ?Theresa is
playing a delicate
game. Surely it?s
sensible not to
rub the noses of
Brexiteers in the
dirt. Why can?t
he just leave
this to her??
Mr Hammond
is
under-
the agreement. So it is
conceivable that
aeroplanes would be
grounded. But as
Bernard Jenkin, the
Eurosceptic Tory MP,
said yesterday: ?No
trade deal does not
mean no exit deal at
all. Planes will fly.?
Michael O?Leary,
the Ryanair boss, has
warned grounding
aeroplanes for a few
days would be a highprofile way of
applying the screws to
a recalcitrant UK.
Some airlines argue
there should be no
full participation
without ?full
regulatory
convergence?
including recognition
of the European Court
of Justice, a trade-off
they predict would be
unacceptable to the
British government.
stood to have been on the receiving end
of pointed remarks in cabinet by Michael Gove, the environment secretary,
on Tuesday morning over what he was
planning to say on ?no deal? ahead of
the publication of the Times article.
Cabinet members and Brexiteers are
believed to have been dismayed by a
number of elements of Mr Hammond?s
appearance before the Treasury select
committee. He also:
6 Raised the prospect of a ?bad-tempered? Brexit when he conceded that
there were two scenarios that could result in no deal being struck. Either talks
will end and the UK and the EU will
seek to make things work as best poss-
ible, he said, or the talks might collapse
in a ?bad-tempered? way in which the
legal and trading environment would
be even harder.
6 Declared it was ?theoretically possible? that all air traffic between the UK
and EU countries could stop after
March 2019 but it was all-but-certain
both sides would find a way to replace
the EU?s current aviation treaties even
in the absence of a wider deal.
6 Suggested when pushed on when he
might start spending money for a new
deal it would come if talks looked in
danger of collapse. He later said this
could happen as soon as the new year.
The chancellor, who has been criticised by Tory colleagues for being
downbeat, drew fire from some Brexit
supporters over his Times article and
repeated his belief that a ?cloud of uncertainty? caused by Brexit is acting as
a damper on the UK economy.
He said the IMF forecasts for the UK
were unchanged since its last report in
July, while many other economies had
seen their prospects improve.
?I think it reflects the sense that,
while the UK?s economy is fundamentally strong and in good shape, we are
being affected by uncertainty around
the negotiation process that we are engaged in,? said Mr Hammond.
?There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that businesses and consumers
are waiting to see what the outcome is,
or what the direction of travel is, before
firming up investment decisions and
consumption decisions. My general
view is that our economy is fundamentally robust, we have some very positive
things going for us, so a strong outlook
for the future. But the cloud of uncertainty is acting as a temporary damper
and we need to remove it as soon as
possible by making progress with the
negotiation process.?
Iain Martin, page 31
Leading article, page 33
Simon Nixon, page 45
Chancellor points towards Remain ministers split on
staircase tax climbdown how they would vote now
Henry Zeffman Political Reporter
The so-called staircase tax could be cut
by the end of the year, Philip Hammond
indicated yesterday.
The chancellor has been under pressure to act after the Supreme Court
ruled that businesses operating on
more than one floor should face higher
tax bills. Businesses leaders said that
the increased rates, which can be
charged retrospectively back to 2015,
could hit up to 90,000 commercial
properties, potentially forcing companies to make staff redundant.
Mr Hammond told the Treasury
select committee yesterday that a
change to the law was ?certainly something we?re looking at?.
The Federation of Small Businesses
(FSB), which has campaigned against
the measure, urged the chancellor to
ensure relief measures were in place for
next month?s budget.
Mike Cherry, the FSB national chairman, said: ?The staircase tax has heaped misery on thousands of small businesses that happen to occupy split
workspaces. The chancellor?s words
will come as welcome relief to the
desperate firms who had absolutely no
idea that bill hikes were coming down
the line.
?The chancellor?s decision marks a
victory for common sense ? he?s done
the right thing. We look forward to his
words becoming action at the Budget if
not before.? The Valuation Office
Agency, which calculates business
rates for HM Revenue & Customs, said
its hands were tied by the Supreme
Court ruling.
?This is not an area where the Revenue has discretion,? Mr Hammond
said. ?The court has made a decision.
The Revenue is required to apply the
law and on the basis of the decision the
court has made the Revenue will have
to apply the law to a group of businesses
that are affected . . . it is doing what it is
statutorily required to do.?
He said that for there to be a change
?it will have to be a legislative outcome?.
A Treasury source said the issue was
under active consideration but there
were no concrete plans. The Budget, on
November 22, is a plausible date for Mr
Hammond to announce new rules.
Kit Malthouse, Tory MP for North
West Hampshire who raised the issue,
told The Times: ?I was very pleased to
hear the chancellor acknowledge that
retrospection in tax policy is deeply unhelpful for business confidence. In
particular it seems he is looking carefully at the staircase tax and here?s hoping he includes some mitigation in the
Budget.?
Nicky Morgan, the committee chairwoman, said: ?I welcome the chancellor
saying they are looking at the staircase
tax. I am sure we will continue to ask
questions on this and any other retrospective measures.?
Henry Zeffman, Matt Chorley
Cabinet ministers who voted to stay in
the EU last year are split on whether
they would change their minds if
another referendum were held now.
Liz Truss became the second
Remain-backing member of the Cabinet to say she would vote for Brexit in a
referendum re-run but Damian Green,
the effective deputy prime minister,
stood by his judgment of last June.
The row came after Theresa May
refused to say how she would vote in a
referendum now. Insisting that she was
being ?open and honest? in an LBC
phone in on Tuesday night, Mrs May
said: ?I don?t answer hypothetical questions. The people of the United Kingdom voted and we will be leaving the
European Union in March 2019.?
Jeremy Hunt said this month that the
EU?s ?disappointing? and ?arrogant?
behaviour since the referendum had
turned him against the bloc. The
Remain-supporting health secretary,
who briefly ran for the party leadership
last year promising a second Brexit
vote, said he had been wrong to worry
about the short-term impact on the
British economy.
Ms Truss echoed his remarks yesterday. ?All of us had to make a judgment
on what we thought the future would
look like,? she told the BBC?s Daily Politics. ?I made a judgment thinking it
would be bad for the economy. Since we
have left, it has been more positive, so
the facts have changed and I have
changed my mind.?
Asked whether this meant she now
accepted that the Treasury?s forecasts
were wrong, Ms Truss said: ?No forecast is completely accurate. I believed
there would be major economic problems. Those haven?t come to pass and I
have also seen the opportunities.?
Mr Green told Channel 4 News: ?I was
on the board of the Stronger In campaign so my views on Europe are well
known and I don?t resile from anything
I said during the campaign. Of course,
the fact is it?s a meaningless question
because there?s not going to be a referendum tomorrow.?
Other ministers were also coy. Asked
by The Times how he would vote now, a
spokesman for Philip Hammond
replied: ?There is not going to be a
second referendum.? David Gauke, the
work and pensions secretary, gave the
same answer. Brandon Lewis, the
immigration minister, who attends
Cabinet, said: ?I am committed to ensuring we deliver Brexit. There is and
will be no second referendum. I voted
for Article 50 and would do again.?
A spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn
declined to say which way he would
vote now: ?There isn?t any referendum
in prospect and nor do we support one.?
He added that Mrs May?s response
showed ?she clearly has no confidence
in her own negotiating platform?.
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cabinet irritation at Hammond
Flings ain?t what
they used to be
Patrick Kidd
Political Sketch
T
Boris Johnson
appeared to be
caught up in his
own thoughts
yesterday during
prime minister?s
questions
he Tory backbenchers were
as noisy yesterday as their
leader had been hoarse the
week before, yodelling
?MORE!? with such gusto
as Theresa May finished her
exchanges with Jeremy Corbyn that
John Bercow broke his microphone
in an attempt to silence them.
?ORRRRRDDD-crackle-raspsplurt,? bellowed Mr Speaker as his
command was drowned out by
static. Imagine how loud Mrs May?s
troops would be if she was any good.
This was not a howl of celebration
after a triumphant kill but a tribal
roar to scare away predators from
the wounded She-Elephant. The
Tories can be protective of their own
in public. Hands off our leader; if
anyone?s going to do her in, it?s us.
Mr Corbyn had inflicted a few
wounds, none fatal, with questions
about universal credit. He has found
a good strategy of identifying a
subject where there are enough
Tories who feel unhappy about it ?
in this case 12 backbenchers and Sir
John Major ? and using them as
weapons against the prime minister.
Mrs May admitted that there had
been teething problems but said that
80 per cent of claimants now receive
their payments on time. Mr Corbyn
should have replied that this means
a fifth don?t, but he can?t think on
his feet. He complained instead that
the universal credit helpline costs
55p a minute. ?Show some humanity
and make it free,? he pleaded.
The prime minister ignored him.
She would rather talk about how
wonderful everything is. The list of
achievements she rattled through
included the odd boast that ?more
people visit A&E?. I can?t see ?You
get more broken arms under the
Tories? being a vote-winning slogan.
She then poked fun at Labour?s
party conference: quite audacious a
week after a Tory conference that
started off flatter than the Fens and
ended with a race between the stage
dressing and Mrs May?s voice to see
which would collapse first. Still, her
attempt to paint Labour as a bunch
of antisemites who would crash the
economy briefly cheered the troops.
And then one of her more
troublesome backbenchers decided
to bring up universal credit again.
Heidi Allen possesses that careerkilling impediment of independent
thought. She picked up on
something Mr Corbyn had missed,
an admission by the PM that more
people are applying for an advance
on their benefits because the system
can?t set up regular payment quickly
enough. Ms Allen suggested that this
was bad. She will not be sitting by
the phone come the reshuffle.
Mrs May was also given a tough
time by Labour?s Heidi Alexander ?
no Heidi highs for the PM ? who
asked about Brexit, since her leader
never does. Standing with her hands
on her hips, giving Mrs May the full
eye-ball, Ms Alexander accused her
of ?ramping up the no-deal
rhetoric? and scaring business
because she fears the rabid elements
of her own party. Mrs May did not
like this. She bounced off the bench
and went to fling her briefing bundle
down on the dispatch box in
irritation. Alas her papers went
scooting over the box and across the
table. ?Whoops,? Mrs May said. She
has had a few ?whoops? recently.
In desperate times, a PM needs a
patsy and Mrs May had one ten
yards to her right. ?Don?t you think
that Mr Corbyn would be even
worse at this than you?? simpered
Wendy Morton. Or that was the gist.
Ms Morton spoke in such a highfrequency squeak I couldn?t catch it.
It gave Mrs May a chance to
conclude with a joke that she had
just thought up. Twenty-five minutes
earlier, Mr Corbyn had asked what
planet she is on. Now she?d worked
out a response. ?He?s on Planet
Venezuela,? she chuckled. Everyone
looked bemused. It seemed that
?whoops? was her high point.
European
Court of
Justice ?can
veto deal?
Oliver Wright Policy Editor
The European Court of Justice will
have the power to strike down any
Brexit deal between Britain and
Brussels, MPs were warned yesterday.
Sir Konrad Schiemann, who was
Britain?s representative on the court
until 2012, told the Commons Brexit
committee that any agreement would
be open to legal challenge at the ECJ
even if both sides agreed the deal.
He warned that if it ruled the agreement to be illegal under European law
both sides would have to renegotiate.
Giving evidence to the cross-party
committee of MPs examining the government?s EU withdrawal bill, he said
that the court may insist on a continuing role in policing any future agreement between the EU and the UK.
This would be an anathema to
Conservative Eurosceptics and some
cabinet members for whom ending the
complete jurisdiction of the court after
March 2019 is an absolute red line.
?Any agreement that is made
between the EU and parliament is
subject to challenge in the European
Court of Justice on the subject of
powers of the parties who have made
that agreement,? Sir Konrad said. ?So
the Commission and the people
negotiating on behalf of the EU are
faced with this problem: they can?t just
do what they think is good. They have
got to remain within their powers.?
Asked if he was suggesting that the
withdrawal terms could be challenged
in the ECJ, he replied: ?Certainly in so
far as they touch on the role of the ECJ.
If you exclude the ECJ altogether and
for example try and set up a different
tribunal ? this has been done in various other draft treaties ? sometimes
the ECJ has said yes that will work and
other times it has said it won?t.?
He said that the whole withdrawal
process was ?an absolute can of worms?.
?I don?t think anybody had thought it
through when they put through Article
50,? he added. ?Now someone is trying
to operate it and it poses a number of
very considerable problems.?
Ukip loser will start far-right party
Will Humphries
Ukip has suffered a split after the
runner-up in its leadership contest
announced she has quit to start For
Britain, a far-right party.
Anne Marie Waters, who won
21.3 per cent of the vote in the Ukip
leadership election, said she left after
she and her supporters were branded
?Nazis and racists? by Nigel Farage and
Henry Bolton, the party?s new leader.
Ms Waters, 40, who is originally from
Dublin, lost out to Mr Bolton, 54, the
more moderate candidate, after she ran
a strongly anti-Muslim campaign. She
founded Sharia Watch, a website that
focuses on Islam in Britain, and is a
member of Pegida UK, a branch of the
anti-Islam group.
Hope Not Hate, the anti-extremist
organisation, said she had been joined
by Jack Buckby, of the British National
Party, who stood for the extreme antiIslam party Liberty GB in the Batley
and Spen by-election following the
murder of Jo Cox, the Labour MP, by a
far-right supporter last year.
Ms Waters has also won support for
her new party from Tommy Robinson,
the former leader of the English
Defence League.
She will launch For Britain on
Sunday. In a video explaining
her reasons for the split from
Ukip, she said: ?My new party will
be different. We will speak to
the forgotten people. I
want to hold public
meetings in neglected
parts of the country. I
want a party that is
Anne Marie Waters
said Ukip called her
a ?racist and Nazi?
fully committed to speaking to those
who are ignored by the rest of politics.?
The party?s Twitter account gained
9,000 followers in two days. Its logo has
a purple and red theme and aims to
?compete with Ukip and Labour?.
A Ukip spokesman said they were
?pretty sanguine? about Ms
Waters leaving and taking her
supporters with her. ?We don?t
think there is a market for the
views Ms Waters claims, and of
course some people support her
in the party and some will leave,
but, as Henry said, if people
have the perspective that
Anne Marie does, that
Islam is evil, then it is not
one endorsed by our own
constitution. Why would
we worry about people
leaving that disagree with
our constitution?? he said.
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Gucci drops ?dated?
fur from collections
Neil Johnston
Gucci has bowed to pressure from
animal rights groups and announced
that it will go fur-free. It is the latest of
several fashion giants to make such a
move.
In what campaigners hailed as a
?game-changer? in the fight against the
multibillion-pound fur trade, Gucci will
no longer use the material from next
spring.
Marco Bizzarri, its president, said
yesterday: ?Do you think using furs
today is still modern? I don?t think it?s
still modern and that?s the reason why
we decided not to do that. It?s a little bit
outdated. Creativity can jump in many
different directions instead of using
furs.?
The Humane Society, which negotiated the announcement, said that
Gucci was the most influential fashion
label to withdraw from the fur industry,
in which more than 100 million animals
a year are killed for their coats, the
majority in factory-run farms.
Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and
Armani have already ditched fur but
Gucci?s move is viewed as significant
because it regularly uses the material in
its collections and the designs often
filter through to the high street.
Animals used include mink, coyote,
racoon dog, fox, rabbit and karakul.
Designs advertised on Gucci?s website
such as a �,920 beige mink coat and a
�940 brown fur bomber jacket will be
replaced by synthetic equivalents. Its
decision will put pressure on labels that
still use fur, including Burberry, Dior,
Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent.
Although more than 800 retailers
globally have now abandoned real fur,
the industry is estimated to be worth
more than $40 billion a year.
Announcing the change to cheers at
the London College of Fashion, Mr
Bizzarri said: ?Being socially responsible is one of Gucci?s core values, and we
will continue to strive to do better for
the environment and animals.
?With the help of Humane Society of
the United States and LAV [Animal
Free Fashion], Gucci is excited to take
this next step and hopes it will help
inspire innovation and raise awareness,
changing the luxury fashion industry
for the better.?
Joh Vinding, chairman of the Fur
Free Alliance, said: ?For decades
animals in the fur industry has been
subjected to intense cruelty, living their
entire lives in miserable, filthy cages.
Gucci?s new fur-free policy marks a
game-changer for the whole luxury
fashion industry to follow. Gucci is
taking a bold stand for animals, showing the world that the future of fashion
is fur-free.?
Karl Lagerfeld is unlikely to follow
suit. The chief designer for Chanel,
Fendi and his self-titled label once said:
?In a meat-eating world, wearing
leather for shoes and even clothes, the
discussion of fur is childish.?
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Homes not
for passing on,
says minister
Francis Elliott Political Editor
Centre of attention A German table decoration from about 1900 is among items
on sale at Sotheby?s in London next week curated by the antique dealer SJ Phillips
Older people should be discouraged
from treating their homes as an asset to
pass on to their children, a minister has
said.
Jackie Doyle-Price, the social care
minister, said that younger workers
who paid for their university tuition
and who do not own property should
not have to pay for the rising social care
costs of a more ?fortunate? generation
though their taxes. Her comments have
led to accusations that the government
is preparing to reintroduce the ?dementia tax?.
Theresa May was forced to shelve
plans to force older people to spend all
but their last �0,000 meeting care
costs after the proposals caused an outcry during the election campaign.
Speaking at the Conservative Party
conference this month, Ms Doyle-Price
said that ?the reality is that the taxpayer
shouldn?t . . . be propping up people to
keep their property and hand it on to
their children when they are generating massive care needs?.
?We?ve got to a stage where people
feel that they are the custodian of an asset to give to their offspring,? she said,
according to The Daily Telegraph.
?People now well into their pension
ages are sitting in houses that really are
too big for their needs and we do need
to have those conversations about
what?s appropriate earlier.?
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Skimpy undies are out as women embrace big pants
Andrew Ellson
Consumer Affairs Correspondent
Comfort is triumphing over style as
women opt for a more modest
approach to underwear.
Sales of push-up bras and thongs are
falling, according to a report by one of
the UK?s largest retailers. Big pants
were one of the fastest-selling lines
at John Lewis last year, with sales
up by 25 per cent while brands
that focus on cleavage-enhancing
bras are down by almost 50 per
cent.
Fashion experts said the trend
reflected growing feminism
but also a desire for underwear that complemented
clothing trends.
Eloise Rigby, of The Pantry Underwear shop, said:
?Women care more about
their underwear now and
young women in particular feel less pressure to
wear something decorative to impress a man.
They are much more
focused on getting something that fits
properly and is comfortable. That said,
fashion is also a factor. Underwear is
increasingly being used to create a good
silhouette and plunge bras don?t do
that. You are seeing a lot of roll-neck
and high-neck tops and even off-theshoulder outfits and none of that
involves cleavage.?
John Lewis said the trend began
with the relaunch of Calvin Klein?s
?Modern Cotton? range, which
provides support by elastic rather
than underwire. Experts say the
influence of celebrities such as
Kim Kardashian, who has a
famously rotund behind, is
also driving a trend for
women to be more concerned about the look of
their bottoms than their
breasts.
Alanna Leow-McKenna,
a lingerie buyer at John
Lewis, said: ?Women want
to create the perfect derriere silhouette, with sales of
no visible panty line briefs
and shapewear up by more
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Kinnock?s
mucky tales
Oscar Wilde complained that the
trouble with socialism was that it
took up too many evenings, but
Peter Hennessy, the historian, said
that an exception could be made
to this rule when hosting an
evening with Neil Kinnock at the
Mile End Institute. While a bit of
a windbag in office, Kinnock has
become an engaging raconteur.
He told the audience that he grew
up in poverty, in a house behind
the Tredegar gasworks, with the
railway line next door and the
colliery opposite. Not the cleanest
environment for a child to live in.
Kinnock said that his mother used
to call him in from the garden,
saying: ?Neil, your tea is on the
table and it?s getting dirty.?
Hennessy later asked the former
Labour leader how he would like to
be remembered by history. ?Six foot
two,? Kinnock shot back, ?quite
muscular and permanently young.?
staying the course
For centuries trainee barristers
have had to prove their worth in a
series of rubber-chicken dinners
with senior lawyers in the hope
they might pick up some advice
about how to sway a jury, as well
as more important lessons on how
to pass the port. This could be
near an end. The Bar Standards
Board has heretically suggested
that the tradition is outdated. In a
consultation paper it claims that
removing the dining requirement
would make qualifying cheaper
for pupils and describes the
dinners as ?intimidating?, to
which one elderly barrister
harrumphed: ?Yes, that?s the
bloody point.?
Middle Temple used to
provide the toughest
dining test, locking the
doors until after the
second grace, which
was hell for barristers with weak
bladders. Some would discreetly fill
a wine bottle but if desperate the
procedure was to pass a note to the
top table saying, in Latin, ?Domine,
rumpo?. Or ?Master, I?m bursting?.
Perhaps that is how John Mortimer
named his immortal jurist.
a room of one?s own
When David Laws, the former Lib
Dem MP, was offered a ministerial
job he was given a choice between
a posh room on the fourth floor of
the Cabinet Office or a dingy
cupboard on the ground floor close
to Nick Clegg. He chose the
grander room. Indeed, he noticed
that his officials had already got it
ready for him. ?Ministers always
choose plush offices over proximity
to power,? his permanent secretary
explained. ?With civil servants it?s
usually the opposite.?
Liza Campbell, the artist and writer
who was one of the first to complain
about Harvey Weinstein?s seedy
approach to HR, is the daughter of
the sixth Earl Cawdor and says he
gave her this valuable piece of
advice: ?Remember to wear a seat
belt, because your face is your
fortune.? Alas he had little useful to
tell Campbell, below, about what to
do when a Hollywood mogul asks
you to share a bath with him.
terms of endearment
I thought everything that would
ever be known about Churchill
had been published but a fresh fact
appears in a new book by Nicholas
Shakespeare, called Six Minutes in
May, about how he became PM.
Shakespeare was given access to
the unpublished diary of Mary
Churchill, Winston?s daughter,
who wrote in 1939 that the
prime minister of the time was
known in the Churchill
h
household as ?Neville
JJ?AimeBerlin?, a reference to his
appeasement of Germany. The
Chamberlains, by contrast,
used to call Churchill
?the wild man?.
patrick kidd
than 50 per cent.? The comfort-over-style mantra is also
causing female office workers
to abandon the power suit,
with sales falling by 10 per
cent.
The report said: ?In 2017,
the UK is a nation of loungewear lovers, placing comfort
and effortless style front of
mind, whatever the occasion.?
But while women may be
buying less elaborate underwear, beauty regimes are becoming
more complicated and expensive. The
report said customers were increasing-
Sales of push-up bras are falling as
women opt for more comfortable
ranges that create a ?good silhouette?
ly buying products derived
fr
from
superfoods such as turm
meric
and broccoli.
Sales of Kiehl?s Olive Fruit
O shampoo rose by a third in
Oil
th past year and Elemis?s
the
fa
facial
oil, which contains brocc was the second best selling
coli,
n product at John Lewis.
new
Christine Kasoulis, the
s
store?s
buying director for fashio said: ?Customers want to
ion,
fe good about every aspect of
feel
w
what
they?re wearing or putting
o their faces, from a product?s
on
manufacturing to its social media
credentials.?
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ROYAL COLLECTION TRUST; HULTON-DEUTSCH COLLECTION/CORBIS/CORBIS VIA GETTY IMAGES
An illustrated book
written in the 1920s
for a royal doll?s
house by
Vita Sackville-West,
above, who was
Virginia Woolf?s
lover, will be
released this month
Tiny tale that found
echo in Virginia Woolf
N
ever
published in
its own right,
it is a work
that for the
best part of a century
has been known only to
a handful of people
(Valentine Low writes).
Yet the story by Vita
Sackville-West, the
novelist and gardener,
may have influenced one
of the most celebrated
works by her lover
Virginia Woolf.
Now the children?s
tale written for the
miniature library of
Queen Mary?s doll?s
house is to be published
for the first time by the
Royal Collection Trust.
A Note of Explanation
was written by SackvilleWest on pages about the
size of a postage stamp
in the early 1920s.
It was one of
thousands of objects
created by the leading
artists, designers and
craftsmen of the day for
what would become one
of the largest and most
famous doll?s houses in
the world. Some 200
authors including
Thomas Hardy, Rudyard
Kipling and Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle donated
tiny books to the house.
However, few outside
those involved in
making the doll?s house,
which was created for
the wife of George V
and is displayed at
Windsor Castle, had
ever heard of SackvilleWest?s book, which
describes an ageless
sprite who moves into
the house and makes
herself comfortable,
sampling wines in the
cellar and riding in the
electric lift.
Sackville-West is
perhaps best known for
designing the gardens at
Sissinghurst Castle with
her husband Harold
Nicolson in the 1930s,
but she was also a poet
and novelist who had a
Doctors? assistants will assess
patients in stretched A&E units
Chris Smyth Health Editor
Patients will be routinely treated by
doctors? assistants in A&E units under
plans for a tenfold increase in less
qualified workers to deal with staff
shortages.
Hundreds more doctors will also be
trained to work in emergency units in
the next few years, as health chiefs
undertake the biggest expansion of the
A&E workforce in over a decade.
Doctors? leaders have praised the
plan as finally getting to grips with a
staffing crisis in which A&E units have
relied on expensive locums, promising
that patients will get better care.
However, others are concerned
about the growing role of physician
associates, science graduates with two
years of training who examine patients
and help to decide on treatment.
Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary,
will promise to set rules about what
physician associates can and cannot do
in GP practices amid fears that they
might replace family doctors.
About 100 physician associates work
in A&E departments and this will increase to about 1,000 under an NHS
plan to be published today.
Taj Hassan, president of the Royal
College of Emergency Medicine,
argued they can play a crucial role in
A&E by freeing senior doctors to give
more complex care. ?The demand and
complexity of work in emergency departments will increase and we know
that we only have so many doctors. So
to meet that we need to broaden the
workforce and this is absolutely the
right thing to do,? he said.
He insisted that physician associates,
nurses and paramedics, who will also be
more widely used in A&E units, would
always work under the supervision of a
consultant to plan a patient?s care.
?Change is always difficult for some
people, but at the heart of it is a senior
decision maker, a consultant in emergency medicine,? he said.
Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the
British Medical Association, said physician associates? needed clear definition.
?Only doctors can provide certain
types of care so the government need to
ensure that standards won?t be affected
by these changes,? he said. ?These new
posts cannot replace doctors.?
Jeannie Watkins, president of the
Faculty of Physician Associates, a
branch of the Royal College of Physicians, said that the roles were ?not plugging medical workforce gaps?.
?With more clinical providers in the
department, patients can be assessed
and treated more effectively,? she said.
Dr Hassan argued that the most important part of a strategy he has agreed
with NHS leaders was an expansion in
doctors? training and efforts to stop
consultants burning out by giving them
a better work-life balance.
The normal 225 training posts for assistants will increase to 400 for each of
the next four years and will cost about
� million. ?This is an 80 per cent increase in training numbers for four
years. It?s a step change in making sure
our workforce of the future is able to
meet demand,? he said.
While the changes will come too late
to prevent problems this winter, Dr
Hassan said they should end a situation
where 15 per cent of A&E doctors? posts
were vacant at the same time and cut
the �0 million which is spent each
year on locums in A&E units.
He said that within three years most
A&E units would have several consultants supervising junior doctors, nurses
and physician associates at once.
GPs offered �,000 bonus to stay in neglected areas
Chris Smyth
Hundreds of GPs will be given �,000
?golden hellos? to work in unpopular
parts of the country in an effort to deal
with a shortage.
A recruitment office to find foreign
GPs is also being created. It is intended
to fast-track doctors from countries
such as Australia into the NHS.
Seaside towns and rural areas with a
lack of GPs are expected to be prioritised after Jeremy Hunt, the health sec-
retary, acknowledged that family doctors face ?considerable pressure?. He
will announce the �million scheme
today at the conference of the Royal
College of GPs in Liverpool. The college
has complained about a shortage of
family doctors.
About 200 aspiring GPs will be given
welcome bonuses next year after a pilot
scheme including Lincolnshire and
Cumbria was credited with tempting
staff to stay in the area once qualified.
Any doctor who moves before ending
the three-year training programme has
to pay back part of the money.
Mr Hunt said: ?By introducing targeted support for vulnerable areas and
tackling head-on critical issues such as
higher indemnity fees and the recruitment and retention of more doctors, we
can strengthen and secure general
practice for the future.? He is also promising a cheaper state-backed scheme for
doctors to indemnify themselves
against negligence claims.
As part of a �4 billion rescue pack-
age for general practice, NHS England
has promised to recruit 5,000 more
family doctors by 2020. However, the
target is under threat as GP numbers
have dipped, forcing the NHS into an
?industrial scale? overseas recruitment
programme to find 2,000 more
doctors.
Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs, said she
welcomed the commitments, but insisted more money and 5,000 doctors were
urgently needed.
decade-long affair with
Woolf. She was the
inspiration for the title
character in Orlando: A
Biography by Woolf, a
story of a gender-fluid
poet who lives for
centuries and meets key
figures of English
literary history.
What has never been
credited, however, is the
idea that SackvilleWest?s work, as well as
her character, inspired
Woolf ?s book, which was
published in 1928 ? four
years after A Note of
Explanation appeared in
the doll?s house.
British suspect
jailed in Dubai
for drinking
A British man who faces up to three
years in jail in Dubai over claims that he
touched a businessman on the hip as he
carried his drink through a crowded bar
has been sentenced before his trial for
that alleged offence to a month in
prison for making a rude gesture and
drinking alcohol.
Jamie Harron, 27, an electrician from
Stirling, was arrested at the Rock
Bottom Bar on July 15 and has been
detained in the United Arab Emirates
since then as the charges were compiled. He was held in prison for five days
after his arrest and then released, but
his passport was confiscated. He has
Jamie Harron has
lost his job since
the incident
spent more than �,000 in expenses
and legal fees, and has lost his job.
The campaigning group Detained in
Dubai says that it was only after Mr
Harron and a friend sat at a table that
the man who had been touched became
agitated. Police arrived 20 to 30 minutes later and arrested Mr Harron, they
said.
A spokesman for the prosecution
service in Dubai confirmed the
one-month jail sentence passed in
absentia on Mr Harron and added: ?He
has been fined 2,000 dirhams [�0]
and will be deported. His next appearance on the public indecency case is on
October 22.?
Mr Harron denies the charge, and
has said his only intention was to avoid
spilling his drink.
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News Harvey Weinstein
Movie mogul ordered me to
kiss a woman, claims model
Will Pavia New York
Cara Delevingne was sexually harassed
by Harvey Weinstein and ordered to
kiss another woman in the film mogul?s
hotel room, the British actress and
model said last night.
Delevingne said she suffered feelings
of guilt afterwards along with a terror
?that this sort of thing had happened to
so many women I know? and that all
had remained silent ?out of fear?.
Her statement came a day after the
film mogul was publicly accused of
rape, prompting expectations that he
will face a criminal investigation for
sexual assault.
New York police said it was seeking to
investigate a claim made by a sometime
actress named Lucie Evans, that she
was raped by Mr Weinstein. ?The
NYPD is looking to speak to the individual regarding the 2004 allegation
against Weinstein,? Detective Sophia
Mason said last night.
The Weinstein Company, which fired
Mr Weinstein on Sunday night, said in
a statement after the rape allegations
were made public that it was ?committed to assisting with our full energies in
all criminal or other investigations of
these alleged acts, while pursuing justice for the victims and a full and independent investigation of our own?.
A Downing Street spokeswoman
said the allegations of sexual assault
dd
were deeply concerning, adding that any decision overr
whether to strip the producer of his CBE would be
up to the honours forfeiture committee.
Delevingne, 25, said she
first heard from Mr Weinhe
stein, 65, not long after she
s. He
began to work as an actress.
asked ?if I had slept with any of the
women I was seen out with in the
media,? she wrote in a statement on
Instagram. ?He said to me that if I was
gay or decided to be with a woman
especially in public that I?d never get
the role of a straight woman or make it
as an actress in Hollywood.?
She said she had hurried to get off the
phone. Her next encounter with him
came a year or so later, while meeting
a film director in a hotel lobby about a
forthcoming project, she said. The film
appears to have been Tulip Fever, which
was shot in 2014 and produced by The
Weinstein Company.
After the director left the meeting,
Mr Weinstein ?began to brag about all
the actresses he had slept with and how
he had made their careers and spoke
about other inappropriate things of a
sexual nature,? she said. ?He then invited me to his room. I quickly declined
and asked his assistant if my car was
outside. She said it wasn?t and wouldn?t
be for a bit and I should go to his room.?
She said she recalled attempting to
mask feelings of powerlessness and
fear, ?hoping that I was wrong about the
situation?. Arriving in the hotel room
she was relieved to find another woman
there, and ?thought immediately I was
safe. He asked us to kiss and she began
some sort of advances upon his direction,? she said. She said she rose to her
feet and told Mr Weinstein she could
sing, and sang for him, hoping to make
the situation feel more like an audition.
Then she made her excuses and
attempted to leave. ?He walked me to
the door and stood in front of it and
tried to kiss me on the lips,? she wrote.
?I stopped him and managed to get out
of the room.? She was still cast in the
film but ?always thought that he gave it
to me because of what happened?, she
said. ?I was so hesitant about speaking
out . . . I didn?t want to hurt his family. I
felt guilty as if I did something wrong.?
A succession of women have spoken
of similar experiences. Questions over
who knew of Mr Weinstein?s conduct
and remained silent grew louder yesterday. Ben Affleck, the actor who
made several films with him, said the
allegations ?made me sick?. Affleck, 45,
was then accused of groping the TV
presenter Hilarie Burton, 35, whom he
appeared alongside in the 1990s. ?I
acted inappropriately . . . and I sincerely
apologise,? he tweeted yesterday.
Sallie Hofmeister, Mr Weinstein?s
spokeswoman, said: ?Any allegations of
non-consensual sex are unequivocally
denied by Mr Weinstein. Mr Weinstein
has begun counselling, has listened to
the community and is pursuing a better
path.?
Last night the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences, which hosts
the Oscars, said the sexual abuse allegations were repugnant and abhorrent
and that it would discuss any action to
be taken.
Jenni Russell, page 30
Catalogue of allegations
Angelina Jolie The actress, 42, said
Mr Weinstein made advances towards
her in a hotel room in 1998. ?I had a
bad experience and . . . chose never to
work with him again.?
Gwyneth Paltrow Mr Weinstein
allegedly summoned Paltrow, 45, to
his hotel in 1996 and placed his hands
on her suggesting that they head to
the bedroom for massages.
Judith Godr鑓he The French actress,
45, said of a breakfast at Cannes in
1996: ?The next thing I know, he?s
p
pressing against me and pulling off
my sweater.?
M Sorvino, left The OscarMira
w
winner, 50, said that in 1995
th
the film mogul touched her,
?s
?sort of chasing [her] around? a
ho
hotel room. She told him it was
agai
against her religion to have a
relation
relationship
with a married man and
said her career stalled afterwards.
Katherine Kendall The actress, 48,
claims he ?literally chased me? naked
after luring her to his apartment in
1993.
Tomi-Ann Roberts Now a psychology
professor, the former acting hopeful
says Mr Weinstein told her she would
give a better audition if she were
comfortable ?getting naked in front of
him?.
Dawn Dunning The producer
allegedly offered the former actress
roles in three films in 2003 . . . if she
would have a threesome with him.
Asia Argento The Italian actress, 42,
was told to go to a party when she
was 21, where she claims Mr
Weinstein forced her to allow him to
perform a sex act on her.
Ambra Battilana Gutierrez He was
recorded asking the Filipina-Italian
model, 24, to join him for ?five
minutes? in 2015 during which he
made advances towards her.
Jessica Barth The actress, 37, claims
Mr Weinstein told her at a meeting:
?So what would happen if, say, we?re
having some champagne and I take
my clothes off??
Lucia Evans Once an aspiring actress,
she alleges that Mr Weinstein raped
her at the Miramax office in New York
in 2004.
Rosanna Arquette The actress, 58,
says she was told by the producer
that she was making a ?huge mistake?
after yanking her hand away when he
forcibly put it on his crotch.
Emily Nestor Took a temporary job at
Mr Weinstein?s company, where he is
said to have bragged to her about
liaisons and made a pass at her.
Emma de Caunes The French actress,
41, arrived for lunch at Mr Weinstein?s
Beauty queen
Tom Kington Rome
A 25-year-old model who reported
alleged sexual harassment by Harvey
Weinstein had previously denounced
the former Italian prime minister Silvio
Berlusconi, whose lewd behaviour she
claimed to have witnessed at one of his
bunga-bunga sex parties.
Ambra Battilana Gutierrez met Mr
Weinstein, 65, in New York in 2015 to
discuss acting roles and he allegedly
fondled her breasts, The New Yorker reported. Ms Gutierrez went straight to
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Wife?s fashion
house could be
another victim
Lucy Bannerman
Harvey Weinstein
with his wife,
Georgina
Chapman last
year. She has
said that their
marriage is over
hotel to discuss a film. He
allegedly undressed while she
d.
went to take a call and she fled.
for him in his hotel while she
was wearing a nightgown. She
said: ?I was
w only 18. I felt violated.?
Zoe Brock The model, 43, claims that
the mogul took her to his hotel room
and offered to give her a massage. She
declined but says: ?Harvey chased me,
dick, balls and all.?
Heather Graham, above Mr Weinstein
told Graham, 47, that if she had sex with
him then he would put her in one of his
movies. She declined and says she was
never hired for one of his films.
Louisette Geiss The former actress and
screenwriter accused Mr Weinstein of
masturbating in front of her in 2008 at
a film festival.
Jessica Hynes Hynes, 44, tweeted: ?I
was offered a film role at 19, Harvey
Weinstein came on board and wanted
me to screen-test in a bikini. I refused
and lost the job.? She has since deleted
the tweet.
Lauren Sivan The former news anchor,
39, claims Mr Weinstein tried to kiss her
and, after being spurned, masturbated
in front of her.
Romola Garai The British actress, 35,
said Mr Weinstein made her re-audition
Ashley Judd The actress, 49, claims
that the producer ?appeared in a
bathrobe and asked if he could give
her a massage or she could watch
him shower?.
Laura Madden A former assistant said
Mr Weinstein requested massages at
hotels in Dublin and London. ?It was
so manipulative,? she said. ?You
constantly question yourself: am I the
one who is the problem??
Anonymous assistant A former
employee wrote that she was
badgered into giving him a massage
while he was naked.
Rose McGowan McGowan, 44,
reportedly reached a $100,000
settlement with Mr Weinstein after an
incident in a hotel room.
Zelda Perkins Perkins, 44, now a
theatre producer, is also said to have
reached a settlement with him over
allegations of inappropriate requests
or comments in hotel rooms.
who went to police had reported Berlusconi
the police, who asked her to wear a
bugging device at her next meeting.
On the resultant tape, released
by the magazine this week, the
movie mogul can be heard apparently admitting that he
touched her breasts before
trying to cajole her into his
hotel bedroom for only ?five
minutes?. ?Don?t ruin your
friendship with me for five
Ambra Battilana Gutierrez
ran for Miss Italy in 2010
minutes,? he says. She refused.
However, police dropped their
investigation and Ms Gutierrez was accused in the press of
seeking publicity.
In 2010, when she was 18
and a Miss Italy finalist, the
Italian-Filipina model was
sent by her agent to attend
one of the infamous parties
hosted by Mr Berlusconi,
who was then 74. When it
became public knowledge
that he was being investigated
for paying an under-age guest for sex ?
a charge of which he was later acquitted
? Ms Gutierrez supplied magistrates
with an account of the party, undermining his claims that he had merely
hosted ?elegant soir閑s?. She stated that
guests offered their naked breasts to Mr
Berlusconi to kiss while they fondled
his genitals.
She is now a civil plaintiff against Mr
Berlusconi in his trial for bribing witnesses to lie about the parties. ?Her
honour has been lost for ever,? said
Mauro Rufini, her lawyer.
She has already declared that their
marriage is over, but the ?unforgivable?
behaviour of the disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein may also have dealt a
fatal blow to his wife?s fashion label.
Marchesa was founded by Georgina
Chapman, the British designer with
whom Mr Weinstein has two young
children. She created feminine, fairytale dresses for the red carpet. He ensured the Hollywood A-list wore them.
Now its future looks about as bleak as
that of an aspiring actress who has just
rejected the millionaire in his bathrobe.
Fashion insiders said it was game over
for the brand, once worn by every leading lady from Reese Witherspoon and
Sandra Bullock to Nicole Kidman and
Penelope Cruz. ?Bye Marchesa. Who
would buy or wear it now?? said one. ? I
can?t imagine any star wearing it now,?
said another. ?They?re screwed.?
Ms Chapman, a millionaire?s
daughter from Richmond in
west London, began the business
with her friend, Keren Craig,
after they graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design,
and runs it with her brother,
Edward.
If her disgraced husband
drags the label down with
him, it will add insult to
injury for the former model
and actress, described as ?a
very nice woman, warm,
friendly and polite?.
?I?ve never known her to
behave in any way other than
graciously,? said a source. ?She?s
not a diva. Georgina softened
Harvey ? his image, if not his behaviour. His business is going to go
under, and hers probably will too. I
hope she?s got a very good pre-nup.?
She began dating Mr Weinstein
aged 28, in 2004, the same year she
got her big break when Ren閑 Zellweger wore the unknown label to
the premiere of Bridget Jones: Edge
of Reason, a film distributed by Miramax, Mr Weinstein?s film company.
Shortly after, Cate Blanchett wore
Sandra Bullock wore Marchesa
when she won her Oscar in 2010
Addicted
to sex
Behind the story
E
xperts do not
agree
whether
compulsive
sexual
behaviour should be
classed as an
addiction, an impulse
control disorder, or
akin to obsessive
compulsive disorder
(Kat Lay writes).
Treatment is in its
infancy, with few
trials and no clinical
guidelines.
?Compulsive sexual
behaviour disorder? is
likely to be included
another Marchesa gown to the Rome
premiere of The Aviator, also a Weinstein-backed movie.
The brand has been denying
accusations that it benefited from Mr
Weinstein?s influence ever since. Mr
Weinstein later admitted he helped a
?little? with the Zellweger debut, but Ms
Chapman insisted her business was
completely separate from that of her
husband, telling one interviewer: ?I
would not let him near this brand, no.
When it comes to fashion, it?s a separate
world: think Church and State.?
Not everyone agreed. ?Marchesa is a
brand that?s run on celebrity connections,? said one insider. ?Harvey was the
starmaker. He was 400 per cent, 1,000
per cent [responsible for Marchesa?s
high profile] on the red carpet.?
Mr Weinstein proposed to Ms Chapman in Venice, and they married at his
home in Connecticut in 2007. She
appeared in small roles in some of his
films, and was a judge on Project
Runway, a TV series of which he was
executive producer.
Asked in an interview what first
attracted her to him, she said: ?He
is probably the most charismatic
person you?ll ever meet. He?s an
extraordinary man and an
extraordinary talent. He is
my husband and I love him.
I love being married. Everyone said, ?You won?t feel any
different,? but I think you do.
I?m romantic. Look at my clothes!
I love the idea of the fairytale.?
While some wrote off Marchesa as a toxic brand, others
said it was unfair to punish a wife
for the alleged crimes of her husband.
Harrods, one of the main
stockists of Marchesa in the
UK, said it would continue to sell
the brand, while Caroline Burstein, managing director of
Browns Bride, the exclusive
boutique, vowed to continue
selling Marchesa dresses:
?They are designed by
Georgina Chapman and
Keren Craig, not
Harvey Weinstein,? she
said.
for the first time in
the next edition of the
World Health
Organisation?s
International
Classification of
Diseases and there is
agreement that the
behaviour is likely to
stem from underlying
emotional problems.
The definition will
include ?persistent
and repetitive sexual
impulses or urges that
are experienced as
irresistible or
uncontrollable,
leading to repetitive
sexual behaviours.
The pattern of sexual
impulses and
behaviour causes
marked distress or
significant
impairment in
personal, family,
social, educational,
occupational or other
important areas of
functioning.?
Abigael San, a
consultant clinical
psychologist, said: ?It
is usually dressed up
as ?I just can?t control
my sexual urges?, but
actually it is massive
emotional avoidance.?
She said patients try
to understand their
underlying emotional
problems, which were
often related to
attachment problems.
They may not have
learnt how to deal
with their emotions in
childhood and
treatment might
involve teaching them
to identify emotions
they were feeling and
how to address those.
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Billion-pound eBay pays only �6m corporation tax
Andrew Ellson
Consumer Affairs Correspondent
The British division of eBay paid
�6 million in corporation tax last year
despite revenues of more than �billion, the company?s accounts show.
More than 14 million people trade on
eBay.co.uk each month but documents
filed at Companies House report that
the business made only �6 million in
the UK last year, suggesting a profit of
4絧 from each user.
At any one time there are more than
60 million items for sale on eBay.co.uk.
The company boasts that it sells a car
product every second. Sellers are
charged a typical commission of 10 per
cent on every transaction with extra
fees for professional sellers.
eBay?s parent company in the US reported UK revenues of $1.32 billion last
year, making Britain its third largest
market. The amount it earns in commission does not appear in its UK accounts. Instead, the British division describes its revenue as coming from marketing and advertising services
provided to its Swiss-registered parent
company, eBay International AG. Last
year this was booked at �0 million.
Jolyon Maugham, a barrister and
campaigner against corporate tax
avoidance, said that eBay?s British ac-
counts suggested that there was no correlation between its tax liabilities and
its profits from UK-based sales.
?This is the same debate we have with
Facebook, Google, Airbnb and Uber,?
he told The Financial Times. ?To most
people [these companies? tax payments
in Britain] are an outcome that feels
counterintuitive or grossly unfair. This
illustrates how divorced our corporate
tax system has become from the world
in which it is supposed to operate. You
have a tax system that only nods in
passing to the activities taking place.?
The figures are likely to renew calls
for the government to act against the
multinational companies that are
booking UK profits through subsidiaries registered in low-tax countries.
In 2015 George Osborne as chancellor introduced the ?Google tax? a 25 per
cent levy on profits diverted overseas.
The tax has been criticised as ineffective and eBay does not appear to have
made provision for it in its accounts.
Last month HM Revenue and Customs admitted that the levy had raised
only �8 million in the most recent tax
year but said corporation tax receipts
had been boosted by �3 million after
companies restructured to avoid the
tax. The government?s spending watchdog has accused eBay of failing to act
against overseas sellers flouting VAT
rules in Britain, a practice that was costing the exchequer tens of millions of
pounds each year.
The company declined to explain
how its UK revenues were not booked
though its British business. A spokesman said: ?In all countries and at all
times, eBay is fully compliant with
national, EU and international tax
rules including those of the OECD,
including the remittance of VAT to the
appropriate authorities.?
Netflix, the online streaming service,
recorded a 39 per cent drop in its UK tax
bill to less than ?300,000 last year. Its
UK revenues halved to ?22 million and
profits fell to ?1 million.
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Couple robbed days after �0,000 scratchcard win
A couple who won �0,000 on a
scratchcard have been robbed within
days of posing with their cheque and
glasses of champagne.
Lee Davies, 27, bought the �card
on a whim last month on his way
home from work as a shipping clerk.
He planned to invest some of the
money in a new house and on his
wedding to Carryann Copestick, 26.
They received the money in a
ceremony at Molineux Stadium,
Wolverhampton, on September 29. At
3.30am on Monday, three masked
robbers broke in and threatened them
with knives and steel bars before
stealing �,000 of jewellery, including
a �000 gold chain and a �0
bracelet. The gang also took three
iPhones.
Mr Davies, who has three children,
said: ?I was fearing for my life. It
would have been worse if the kids
were awake because it could have
frightened them forever. In a lot of
ways, I wish I hadn?t gone public. This
probably wouldn?t have happened had
it not been in the papers.?
The couple are offering a �000
reward for the return of the jewellery.
A West Midlands police spokesman
said the force was investigating.
It?s good to talk, gadget-obsessed passengers are told
A bus company is encouraging
passengers to put away their phones
and talk to one another. Go South
Coast has rearranged seating into a
U-shape at the back of 13 buses in
Wiltshire and Dorset. This, it says,
will make it more enjoyable for large
families and groups, and will help to
deter people from blocking the seat
next to them with a bag. Andrew
Wickham, managing director, said
feedback had been positive. ?We?re
not claiming we?re going to undo the
smartphone revolution but if we can
get people to look up from them and
chat that can only be a good thing.?
Priest seeks help from on
high in planning dispute
Attackers told asylum
seeker, 17, to go home
A priest has asked his congregation to
pray for divine intervention in a
planning dispute, asking God to divert
a cycle lane away from his church.
Father Michael Dunne at Our Lady
of Grace & St Edward, in Chiswick,
west London, said that plans for cycle
superhighway 9 would mean that
pall-bearers and bridal parties would
have to cross a bike lane. A notice
says that ?the 10.30am daily public
recitation of the rosary . . . will also be
praying for success in turning the
plans for CS9 away?.
A Kurdish-Iranian asylum seeker was
ordered to go back to his own country
by a gang who kicked and stamped on
him, a court was told. Reker Ahmed,
17, suffered a bleed to the brain and a
fractured spine after he was chased
through the streets of Croydon, south
London, in March. Croydon crown
court was told that Mr Ahmed was
beaten up twice within 16 minutes.
Four men and a woman deny violent
disorder and a fifth man denies
grievous bodily harm. Their trial
continues.
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Doctor killed
cycling home
from hospital
Half of the universe?s
missing matter found
Tom Whipple Science Editor
The amount of observable matter in the
universe has just doubled. And, say
astronomers, that is quite a relief.
By looking at the radiation from the
early universe it is possible to work out
how much matter there is and what
kind it is. But this has led to an apparent
paradox: half of the ordinary matter
that was there at the big bang nearly 14
billion years ago seems to be missing.
Two separate teams, including scientists from Edinburgh University, have
at last tracked it down. They found that
the matter exists in fine tendrils of gas
which form links between the universe?s galaxies. This gas is different
from so-called dark matter and dark
energy, which we know makes up the
vast majority of mass in our universe
but is invisible. Instead, these particles
are of the same kind that make up all
the matter we can see.
Astronomers had predicted that the
gas would be there but until now no instrument had been sensitive enough to
pick it up.
The latest work used a phenomenon
known as the Sunyaev-Zel?dovich effect, in which the light left over from the
big bang fluctuates ever so slightly after
passing through the hot gas.
It is still impossible to see this effect
by looking at the gap between any two
galaxies. However, if you combine the
readings from hundreds of thousands
of galaxies, overlaying them on top of
each other, then cumulatively it becomes apparent.
This is what the researchers did, finding the filaments of gas appearing as a
slight dimming caused by the SunyaevZel?dovich effect.
Andrew Pontzen, a reader in cosmology at UCL, who was not involved in
these studies, said that the study was
probably going to be the first of many
using this technique to probe the mysteries of the cosmos.
?The difficulty is it is made out of regular particles, but because they are very
thinly spread they are hard to see,? he
said. ?This work is a cross-check to see
they really are there in the modern universe, and that something hasn?t gone
terribly wrong. If you didn?t find this
you?d be really worried.?
In particular, it was comforting to
find out that not only did the matter exist, but that it was broadly where astronomers expected it to be. Dr Pontzen
said that cosmologists now wanted to
find things that they did not expect in
order to solve a far greater mystery.
?What this technique is showing you
is a normal gas that is hard to pick up
but is fundamentally made out of the
same stuff you and I are made out of,?
he said. ?It?s very helpful to confirm that
this stuff is there, but it isn?t dark matter.
We?ve got a much bigger problem on
our hands, which is that 95 per cent of
the universe seems to be missing.?
The research was published in the
preprint journal ArXiv.
Kaya Burgess
Suzanna Bull, a trainee GP, and the remains of her bicycle after the collision
Tributes have been paid to a ?caring and
adventurous? doctor who died after she
was crushed under the wheels of a lorry
while cycling home from her shift at
Birmingham Children?s Hospital.
Suzanna Bull, 32, a trainee GP, sustained fatal injuries in the collision not
far from the Edgbaston cricket ground
at about 4pm on Monday. The lorry
driver stopped at the scene and has been
helping police with their inquiries.
A picture taken after the crash
showed Ms Bull?s mangled bike with a
large tipper-style lorry in the background, which appeared to be halfway
through a left turn.
In a statement her family said: ?Suzie
was only 32, a determined, caring,
adventurous young doctor with a great
future ahead . . . We have lost ? all too
soon ? a beautiful daughter, sister and
friend to so very many.?
Fiona Reynolds, chief medical officer
at Birmingham Women?s and Children?s NHS Foundation Trust, said: ?It
was clear to everyone here that Suzanna was an asset to the NHS because of
her kindness, compassion and the
exemplary care she offered to our
children, young people and families.?
West Midlands police is appealing for
witnesses. The crash took place at the
junction of Edgbaston Road and Pershore Road. The local Labour MP Preet
Gill said she would raise the issue of
safety at the junction with the council.
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Energy bill cap for
1m people next year
Emily Gosden Energy Editor
Carried away Barbary macaques at Blair Drummond safari park, Stirling, played in the leaves as staff tried to clear them
About one million vulnerable households could save �0 a year on their
energy bills from February. However, a
price cap on all ?rip off? standard tariffs
may not come into effect until 2019.
Ofgem, the energy regulator, said
yesterday that it would extend a cap
protecting four million households
with pre-payment meters to a further
one million elderly and poor households? standard tariffs within months.
It said it would not implement Theresa May?s pledge for a cap on all standard tariffs until legislation were
passed, delaying help for up to 11 million
households. The prime minister said
that the government would publish a
draft bill today and that the market
needed to ?offer fairer prices for millions of loyal customers who have been
paying hundreds of pounds too much?.
The legislation is expected to take a
year to gain royal assent and Dermot
Nolan, Ofgem?s chief executive, said
that it was then likely to take a further
five months to enact.
Mr Nolan has resisted government
calls to implement the cap more quickly through regulation, insisting that it
was a ?policy choice for government?.
He declined to say yesterday whether
he thought the cap, which was rejected
by the competition watchdog a year
ago, was a good idea, describing it as ?a
difficult issue? and saying that he would
?support any decision of parliament?.
Ofgem had been hoping to implement the plan in January but said that it
would come into effect in February, so
missing most of the months when bills
are typically highest.
It said it would also look at extending
the cap to at least another two million
households for winter next year if the
the government?s cap were not in place.
Greg Clark, the business secretary,
welcomed the measure but said that it
did not go ?far enough and fast enough?.
?The energy market is broken,? he
said. ?It punishes loyalty ? the independent competition authority found
millions of customers of the Big Six
suppliers are overpaying to the tune of
�4 billion a year. I want to see every
household protected from rip-off bills.?
John Penrose, a Conservative former
shadow business minister, and Caroline
Flint, the Labour former shadow
energy secretary, claimed that the government already had powers to enact a
price cap more quickly through the
Energy Act 2010. The business department said that the powers were too
limited to enact the promised cap.
Ofgem announced rules to encourage the end of standard variable tariffs
by letting suppliers roll customers on to
fixed price deals automatically and to
compensate people automatically if
switching went wrong.
Wind farms on Scots islands
Emily Gosden
Hundreds of onshore wind turbines
could be built on remote Scottish islands after the government said that
they would be eligible for consumerfunded subsidy contracts from 2019.
Ministers confirmed that they would
earmark up to �7 million in annual
subsidies for proposed offshore wind
farms
and
other
renewable
technologies.
Most onshore wind farms will not be
eligible to compete for the contracts but
projects in the Shetland, Orkney and
Western Isles will be allowed to take
part.
The move will be confirmed today as
part of the government?s plan for cutting Britain?s carbon emissions while
boosting economic growth.
The decision is likely to be controversial since the projects are expected to be
more expensive than building more onshore wind turbines on the mainland.
Ministers have also hinted that
support for onshore wind farms elsewhere could be revived.
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home until his death
aged 91 in 1973, is
being sold after its
Dutch owner ran into
financial difficulty
while carrying out
renovations to the
hillside estate in
Mougins
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the Bay of Cannes.
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Apple takes on the
TV streaming giants
with Spielberg series
Matthew Moore Media Correspondent
Apple has kick-started its drive to
compete with Netflix and Amazon
Prime Video by buying a sciencefiction TV series from Steven Spielberg.
The tech giant has earmarked $1 billion to spend on original programming
in the next year as it aims to grab a slice
of the booming video streaming
market.
In its first big commission, Apple
announced that it had struck a deal
with Spielberg?s Amblin Television and
Universal Television to create ten episodes of the fantasy anthology Amazing
Stories. The drama ran for two series on
the US network NBC in the mid-1980s,
with minimal ratings success, but will
now be revived for the on-demand era.
According to The Wall Street Journal,
each episode will have a budget of more
than $5 million, on a level with dramas
on Netflix and other services.
The US newspaper reported that
Spielberg, who directed Jaws, ET and
Screen rivals
Netflix $7 billion planned for original
programming next year. Has about
104 million subscribers.
Amazon Prime Video Analysts say
Amazon, home of The Grand Tour,
will spend $4.5 billion this year.
HBO US service spent about
$2 billion last year. Sky has rights to
show HBO programmes, including
Game of Thrones, in the UK.
Hulu US subscription service behind
The Handmaid?s Tale. Programming
budget: $2.5 billion. Not available here.
Schindler?s List, is likely to be executive
producer.
Apple is hoping to secure a breakthrough hit along the lines of Game of
Thrones, shown on Sky Atlantic, which
costs between $10 million and $15 million per episode.
The anthology series is enjoying
something of a small-screen renaissance. Netflix poached Charlie Brooker?s dystopian series Black Mirror from
Channel 4 in 2015, and Philip K. Dick?s
Electric Dreams is earning strong
reviews on Channel 4.
More than one billion Apple devices
are thought to be in active use worldwide and the company reported quarterly profits of $8.72 billion in August.
However, it is playing catch-up in television. Apple rents out films and TV
shows through iTunes, but this business model has been eclipsed by
monthly subscription services such as
Netflix and Amazon.
Apple could use Amazing Stories and
other big-budget commissions due to
be announced within weeks as the
cornerstones of its own streaming service, which would represent a direct
rival to Netflix.
Apple demonstrated its commitment
to making original television shows in
June with the hiring of Jamie Erlicht
and Zack Van Amburg, former Sony
Pictures executives. The two men were
closely involved with Breaking Bad and
Netflix?s The Crown.
Casting details for the return of
Amazing Stories have not been
announced. David Wells, Netflix?s chief
financial officer, indicated this year
that his service would consider commissioning new programmes costing
$20 million an hour. Apple did not
comment.
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late into the night and
often sleeping into the
afternoon.
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Fish in the clear . . . experts would still miss the storm
Tom Whipple Science Editor
Perhaps Michael Fish will find peace at
last. Thirty years ago this weekend the
weatherman spoke these fateful words.
?A woman rang the BBC and said she
heard there was a hurricane on its way,?
he said, with a wry glance to camera. ?If
you?re watching, there isn?t.? The next
day the Great Storm of 1987 struck.
Now, though, the Met Office has
found that even with today?s equipment, Mr Fish, 73, might well not call it
much better.
In 1987 the organisation?s supercomputer could perform 4 million calculations per second, compared with 14,000
trillion today. Their forecasting model
divided the country into 75km squares,
compared with 1.5km today. And they
had no access to satellite readings.
Such was the unpredictable nature of
that particular storm, however, that it
would still be far from clear how strong
it would be, where it would be or even if
it would be there at all.
Alex Deakin, Mr Fish?s heir at the
BBC, said that rerunning the calculations showed that the storm would have
been picked up on the Monday and
given a name, but by Wednesday the
modern computer?s best guess would
imply a change of direction, meaning
that, the day before, forecasters would
JOHAN PERSSON
Amaka Okafor is Elsa and Richard Goulding is Henry in Rory Mullarkey?s play
Mythical mash-up is as
clunky as the armour
Theatre Ann Treneman
Saint George and
the Dragon
Olivier, SE1
HHIII
It?s hard not to like St George as
played by John Heffernan, tall and
ungainly, naive, brave and just a bit
silly. He looks a bit like an Eric Idle
impersonator, always craning his
neck, looking round the huge Olivier
stage for his nemesis. ?But you can?t
kill the dragon,? he is told. ?The
dragon is unkillable!? George, hands
on armoured hips, retorts: ?But killing
the unkillable dragon is literally my
job!?
This one?s for England, then, or,
perhaps En-ger-land. Rory
Mullarkey?s new play is a history lite
triptych that feels, rather unnervingly,
like a smaller and less engaging
version of the 2012 Olympic opening
ceremony. He starts in the Middle
Ages, when dragons had three heads
and so were easier to spot. Next it?s
the Industrial Revolution with
soulless factories belching fire. Finally,
it?s London today, amid the rubbish
bins, football chants and (sigh) hen
parties.
It?s simplistic, if more than a little
depressing at times. St George is the
good guy, the dragon the bad.
Mullarkey isn?t content just to have a
metaphor, he must also belabour it
until you feel like shouting: ?You can
stop now. We get it.? I think we all
knew, from the start, that we were
heading, like a runaway train, towards
a message about Brexit, like it or not.
Lyndsey Turner directs what feels
like some sort of mythical culture
mash-up. The dragon, played with
panache by Julian Bleach, bears more
than a little resemblance to Scar, the
baddie in The Lion King: they have
that same nasal sneer, drip of disdain,
evil stare. Meanwhile, St George feels
like he?s escaped from a Monty
Python skit. Then, just to confuse us
further, there?s also some Harry
Potter thrown in, with a bit of
Quidditch-type sky action.
The set, by Rae Smith, is impressive
with each age symbolised by a group
of buildings (Bruegel-esque homes,
Manchester factories, a mini Canary
Wharf). They revolve and we see that
one part of the circle, ingeniously, lifts
up, showing us the home where our
heroine Elsa lives. (Of course there?s a
heroine! It?s a myth! There has to be a
damsel in distress.)
This identity play is almost three
hours long and it is hit and miss from
the start. Some jokes work, some
songs don?t. Heffernan lifts the mood
considerably with his endless
optimism. ?We are the greatest nation
on the face of the earth!? he shouts.
But soon even he starts to droop and
the whole enterprise feels more than
a bit clunky and I?m not just talking
about the body armour.
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have been less concerned. ?It looks like
it?s shifting further south,? he said, interpreting the new calculations.
?There?s still a risk of it, it?s just that that
risk had reduced, because it now looked
as if it was going more towards France.?
After claiming that no hurricaneforce winds would hit Britain, Mr Fish
said almost exactly that. ?The weather
will become windy, but most of the
strong winds will be . . . across into
France,? he explained.
A chief reason the storm remains so
unpredictable is because of ?sting jets,?
which were not understood at the time.
These can form in some already strong
storms, producing sudden and unex-
Michael Fish blithely tells the nation in
1987 that there will be no hurricane
pected surface gusts. Another reason is
that the storm of 1987, in which hurricane-force winds caused �billion of
damage and killed 18, was classed as a
once-in-200-year event. Nevertheless,
forecasting has improved hugely in the
past 30 years.
The four-day forecast is now as accurate as the one-day one was back then.
Part of the reason for this is that the
models are more probabilistic, running
lots of iterations to see many possible
outcomes.
Unfortunately, even with today?s
equipment some of its secrets will remain forever unknown ? including the
most basic question: how strong was it?
On that fateful Thursday night the
winds were of such a speed that they
broke all the Met Office?s measuring
equipment.
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City banker sacked
after Uber trip with
African king?s ransom
Harry Wilson City Editor
A bank executive has claimed that he
was sacked after picking up �0,000 in
cash from one of Africa?s wealthiest
rulers and later taking an Uber taxi to
deposit it.
Mark Arthur, 55, an executive director at Ghana International Bank, said he
had been asked to visit the home of
Osei Tutu II, absolute ruler of the
Ashanti kingdom in Ghana, where he
was given a holdall containing �9,960
and $200,000.
Mr Arthur said he was so overawed
by the presence of the 16th occupant of
the Golden Stool, a kingdom dating
back to the 17th century, that he failed
to count the money and instead did a
spot check of the wads of notes.
This led to a money-laundering alert
and a clampdown by the Financial
Conduct Authority (FCA). Mr Arthur,
who denies wrongdoing, was suspended and then dismissed by the bank and
is claiming wrongful and unfair
dismissal. When asked by a lawyer for
the bank why he had not properly
checked the bag?s contents at the monarch?s home in Henley-on-Thames,
Oxfordshire, Mr Arthur told the tribunal: ?I couldn?t do that before a king.?
Mr Arthur, a dual UK-Ghanaian
citizen, said that after taking the money,
he first drove to his home in New
Barnet, north London, because ?there
are no parking spaces in the City?, then
ordered an Uber taxi to take him to the
bank?s office in the Square Mile.
As well as depositing the money,
which the king said had been withdrawn from two accounts in Ghana, Mr
Arthur said that Osei Tutu II, 67, had
asked him to transfer $200,000 to a
Jersey account of Standard Bank, a
subsidiary of Standard Chartered.
Ghana International Bank, which is
owned by the Ghanaian central bank,
suspended Mr Arthur two days after
the transactions for breaching its
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Osei Tutu II has $10 million and has met the Queen, the Pope and Barack Obama
policies by handling more than
�0,000 in cash and by failing to transport it in a security van.
Mr Arthur insists that Joseph Mensah, his chief executive, approved his
actions. The banker also claims that
Osei Tutu II ?was always treated with
exception? since becoming a customer
in 2005, though the bank denies this.
The king is estimated to have a
$10 million fortune, making him the
fifth richest monarch in Africa, according to Forbes magazine. He has met the
Queen, the Pope and President Obama
during his reign.
In a witness statement given by Colin
Millar, a building society chairman
brought in to adjudicate on the internal
investigation, Mr Mensah said the bank
was scrupulous in following UK antimoney laundering rules and had once
refused a �,000 deposit from Ghana?s
vice-president when he visited its
London offices because the money
could not be properly accounted for.
Ghana International Bank said Mr
Arthur?s alleged wrongdoing had so far
cost it �,500 in investigation expenses, legal advice and the reputational
fallout from a review by the Financial
Conduct Authority.
?The bank is currently on the regulator?s radar and a voluntary business restriction has been imposed by the FCA
on the bank until the FCA is satisfied,?
said Mr Millar.
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50,000 toddlers
trap fingers in
doors a year
Kat Lay Health Correspondent
Parents and carers should fit doorstoppers around the house to cut the
number of fingertip injuries suffered
by toddlers, surgeons have urged.
An estimated 50,000 children have
their fingers crushed by doors each
year, the British Association of
Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic
Surgeons said.
The association believes this could
be reduced with the use of C-shaped
foam or rubber stoppers, placed over
the door to prevent it slamming.
Fingertip injuries are the most
common hand injury seen by reconstructive surgeons, and one in six
results in an amputation.
Anna De Leo, a surgeon at the
Royal Free hospital in London, said:
?It?s easy to underestimate how important your hands are to doing everyday tasks. People joke that it is just
a finger injury, but the reality for
people who sustain those injuries is
significant as more likely than not
they will live with an impairment for
the rest of their lives.?
Staying in shape It takes four weeks to trim the yew hedges that have been growing in the walled garden at Raby Castle, near Darlington, Co Durham, for 300 years
Taxman relies
on amateurs to
fight VAT fraud
Dump your
boyfriend,
judge urges
jail smuggler
investigating HMRC itself over
whether it was doing enough to tackle the fraud. HMRC usage also fell
markedly during the general election
campaign this year.
Richard Allen, from the campaign
group Retailers Against VAT Abuse
Schemes, said that while they were
pleased that tax investigators were
taking their work seriously, they were
concerned that it appeared to have
taken an inquiry by the National
Audit Office to prompt HMRC into
action.
?There is nothing that we have
done that could not have been done
by them,? he said. ?There is still much
more they should be doing.?
This year MPs were told that
Amazon stocked, dispatched and
collected the money from products
sold by 23,000 non-EU companies
from its British warehouses, many of
which were suspected of avoiding the
20 per cent tax. Amazon does not
require its sellers to have valid VAT
numbers posted on the site, but the
company says that it fully co-operates with HMRC by removing sellers
suspected of not complying with VAT
rules.
An HMRC spokesman said: ?The
UK has led the way in holding online
marketplaces jointly liable for VAT
evaded overseas. It is right that we use
all intelligence and information
available to us to make sure everyone
is paying their fair share.
?We introduced tough new rules
last year allowing us to hold online
marketplaces liable for unpaid VAT
by overseas sellers and since then we
have seen a ten-fold rise in the
number of sellers registering for VAT.
The new reforms will secure an extra
�5 million tax to help pay for vital
public services.?
A judge has urged a ?naive? woman
who smuggled the drug Spice into
prison for her boyfriend to dump him.
Recorder Eric Elliott, QC, told
Kelly Hume, 22, that she came from a
?good, decent, law-abiding family?
but that Dean Hogg, 24, was ?the root
of all her problems?.
Hogg, a convicted burglar, sat
indignantly in the public gallery at
Teesside crown court muttering that
he was only there to give moral
support as his girlfriend was urged to
end their relationship. She received a
three-month jail sentence suspended
Oliver Wright Policy Editor
The tax authorities are using a
website with no budget or staff to help
tackle �5 billion of online VAT
avoidance.
The Vat Fraud website, which is
run entirely by volunteers, collects
evidence of foreign retailers using
Amazon and eBay to sell goods in the
UK without paying the duty. In the
past four months HM Revenue &
Customs (HMRC) investigators have
spent 70 hours on the website and
visited it more than 1,200 times.
HMRC has an annual budget of
�.5 million to tackle the fraud,
which its figures suggest cost the
taxpayer �5 billion a year. The site its
staff are visiting was set up in 2015 by
the owner of a small online business
whose sales fell by almost half after
Chinese companies started selling
the same products at ?impossibly?
low prices online. It relies on information provided by other sellers.
The extent of HMRC?s dependence
on the site was uncovered after
campaigners noticed that after
foreign sellers were featured on Vat
Fraud their sales pages disappeared
from Amazon.
When they investigated, the
people running the site discovered
that computer internet addresses
linked to HMRC were by far the
biggest users, spending more than 170
hours on Vat Fraud over thousands of
sessions.
Of the top 20 page views by
HMRC, nine were case studies of
VAT fraud involving sellers that have
since been taken down by Amazon
and eBay.
The analysis also showed that the
taxman had started using the site
after government auditors began
Gabriella Swerling
Northern Correspondent
Kelly Hume was told Dean Hogg
would lead her into a spiral of crime
for two years for smuggling the psychoactive drug into Holme House
prison, Co Durham, for Hogg.
He had claimed that the suspicious
package, which amounted to �000
of Spice, was a packet of sweets. The
Class B drug is at the centre of a
scandal at the jail, with prison officers
said to be ?dropping like flies? after
inhaling smoke blown from cells.
The judge told Hume: ?Your real
problem is Dean Hogg. I accept you
are a particularly vulnerable and
naive girl but . . . that?s why you were
targeted by your boyfriend. The real
problem you face is trying to break the
relationship with Dean Hogg. As long
as he is in your life, you will be going
down a spiral of criminal activity.?
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the Sixties, when
religious faith started to
wane most dramatically.
Mr MacGregor said
that Christmas ?does
what religious festivals
do: it is the one moment
of the year everyone
thinks about their
obligations across the
community, and you
Britain ?is
first society
not to share
a religion?
B
ritain is the
first society to
operate
without shared
religious beliefs
and rituals at its heart,
according to the former
director of the British
Museum, who said that
even the Christmas
story had ?evaporated?
for most people (Kaya
Burgess writes).
Neil MacGregor is to
host a 30-part series on
BBC Radio 4 called
Living with the Gods,
which will feature
objects from the British
Museum?s collection that
illustrate 40,000 years of
?believing and
belonging?.
He said that the
rituals of religion could
bring communities
together but the decline
of religious belief was ?a
striking phenomenon
across western Europe?,
particularly in Britain.
?In a sense, we are a
very unusual society,?
Mr MacGregor said.
?We are trying to do
something that no
society has really done.
We are trying to live
without an agreed
narrative of our
communal place in the
cosmos and in time.?
He explained that
Britain had changed
?very profoundly? since
Welby: depression can
make me feel hopeless
Kaya Burgess
Religious Affairs Correspondent
The Archbishop of Canterbury has
spoken for the first time about the
?black dog? of depression, which he
says can leave him feeling hopeless.
The Most Rev Justin Welby was
asked in a magazine interview if he
ever suffered from mental ill health
and said that in the past year he had
sometimes felt depressed but had
never sought help for it.
?I think if you had asked me a year
ago I?d have said ?no?, and ten years
ago I would have said ?absolutely
not?,? he told GQ. ?But what was that
phrase Churchill used? Black dog.
There is an element of that.
?I think as I am getting older I am
realising it does come from time to
time. I have those moments . . . when
objectively everything is fine, but you
think you are, beyond description,
hopeless.?
The archbishop said that he
sometimes talks to God when he feels
depressed and cited Psalm 88, written
by Heman the Ezrahite, that ends
with the words: ?The darkness is my
closest friend.? He added: ?Read
Psalm 88. I bet you will find someone
in there going through genuine
chronic depression. When I get like
that, I may feel without hope, I may
feel all kinds of things, but I also talk
to God.?
His interviewer, Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair?s spin doctor, who had
a breakdown in the mid 1980s which
left him suffering from depression,
asked if the archbishop had sought
therapy or taken medication, like his
daughter Katharine Welby-Roberts,
31, who has spoken out about her
mental health problems. ?No,? the
archbishop replied. ?I had some
stuff around post-traumatic
[stress disorder], help for that
when I was working around conflict zones.?
Asked if his faith made him feel
that he did not need therapy, he
said: ?No, nothing to do with it.
At the moment [depression]
seems to pass . . . It?s strange,
it is the unreality of it.?
His daughter had depression diagnosed at the
The archbishop said
he would talk to God
age of 19 and said that she had not
opened up to her father about it, telling The Sunday Times in August: ?At
that stage, my relationship with my
parents wasn?t very close. They
weren?t aware of how dark my mental
health had got.?
The archbishop has previously
spoken of a ?dark time? in his life
more than 30 years ago after he and
his wife, Caroline, lost their first child,
Johanna, in a car crash when she was
seven months old. He has also spoken
of ?really bad moments? in his childhood, describing the experience of
having two alcoholic parents as
chaotic and frightening.
It was revealed last year that
the archbishop?s biological
father was Anthony Montague
Browne, Winston Churchill?s
last private secretary, who
died in 2013.
Before a paternity test,
he believed his father to
be Gavin Welby, a
whisky salesman and
son of a Jewish immigrant, who was married briefly to his
mother, Jane.
Sexes have different noses for a mate
Oliver Moody Science Correspondent
The notorious ?sweaty T-shirt study?
of 1995 led to one of the strangest
findings in recent human biology:
women appear to be more strongly
attracted to the odour of men with
immune genes opposite to their own.
More than two decades later, scientists at the same Swiss university have
repeated the experiment and found
that men are indifferent to the effect.
In other words, women have a nose
for a partner who will father healthy
children but men have no such pow-
ers of olfaction. It comes down to the
strength of our immune system,
which is maximised by parents with
oddly-matched mutations in an area
of DNA known as the major histocompatibility complex (MHC).
Mice and many other animals, including birds and even fish, appear
able to sniff these qualities out from
chemicals excreted in potential
mates. The evidence that this phenomenon happens in humans is
highly contradictory, particularly in
men. Researchers at Bern university
attempted to settle the question by
testing sweat samples from 42 female
?odour donors? at peak fertility, when
any MHC-related sex appeal would
be at its zenith. These smells were rated 752 times by 94 young men. The
results, in the journal Proceedings of
the Royal Society B, showed that although the men knew which samples
they found attractive, their criteria
had nothing to do with MHC genes.
Janek Lobmeier, one of the authors, said that this might be because
pregnancy and child-rearing put evolutionary pressure on women to find
genetically suitable partners.
The series will feature
modern Zoroastrian tiles
from a Parsee home shrine
in India and a sculpture of a
human with a lion?s head
dating back 40,000 years
think about your place
in time, and the future
. . . even though for most
people the story behind
it has evaporated.?
He also said that few
understand the link
between the Crown and
the Church, explaining
that many would be
surprised that the
Queen?s coronation was
conducted by the
Archbishop of
Canterbury, as she was
?invested with her
power by God?.
Speaking at the
launch of his BBC series,
he said: ?It?s not about
individual belief, it?s
about how patterns of
belief have shaped
societies.?
Mr MacGregor said:
?The idea of
separating religion
and politics is
impossible. Both are
about how you live
with the world
around you. It?s a
very European,
18th-century idea
that you can
separate the two.?
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Every woman has had a
Weinstein moment
Jenni Russell
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Comment
Russia is laughing at subversion of the West
Actor Keith Allen is bringing satire to the Putin-backed RT channel but he should ask himself why it really wants him
David
Aaronovitch
@daaronovitch
I
must have met Reuben Falber
around the time that he last took
money from the Soviets. From
1958 to 1978, every few months,
the rather unassuming man with
the thick spectacles who was the
assistant general secretary of the
British Communist Party would brush
up against someone from the Russian
embassy outside Barons Court Tube
station or on Hampstead Heath, and
come away heavier to the tune of one
envelope full of used banknotes. Only
three people in the Communist Party
knew about it. When the news came
out after the fall of the Soviet Union,
there was some consternation. My
dad, who had worked as a full-time
party official for 20 years, was
genuinely astonished.
You wouldn?t do it that way now.
The old propaganda methods all
belong to the past: leaflets from
planes, front organisations putting
out your line, crude cartoons in lurid
pamphlets, subsidised but obvious
fellow travellers. These days you
would use the weight of your
western opponents against them.
You would ask yourself what their
anxieties and vulnerabilities were,
and seek to exaggerate and exploit
them. Disruption and disorientation
are easier to invoke than acceptance
of a party line coming from Moscow.
This thought came about partly
because of the report we carried this
week about how the actor Keith
Allen is to host a hard-hitting new
satire series on the RT TV channel.
This follows a summer in which a
double-decker bus manned by Allen
and others and sponsored by RT
travelled to five cities in the UK to
discover new satirical talent, whose
first quality, according to Allen, was
that it should be ?angry?.
Working with Allen will be the
film-maker Victor Lewis-Smith, who
said that ?the first question Keith
Allen and I asked is ?Can we satirise
Putin and Russia? Because if not,
we?re out of the office now?.?
Lewis-Smith and Allen have
teamed up to make angry art before.
Their 2011 documentary Unlawful
Killing, which was shown during the
Cannes film festival that year,
claimed that the Princess of Wales
was murdered and that there had
been an establishment cover-up.
The film, which was not shown in
Britain because lawyers insisted on
87 cuts for legal reasons, was
financed to the tune of �5 million
by Mohamed Al-Fayed. It featured
the pop psychologist Oliver James
Allen is a believer
in establishment and
media cover-ups
asserting that the Duke of Edinburgh
was a psychopath, a ?more-to-itthan-meets-the-eye? cameo of
stunning vacuity from Piers Morgan
and testimony from a supposed close
friend of Diana?s, the ?alternative
healer? Simone Simmons. It?s
instructive to note that earlier this
year Simmons reprised her role by
revealing that the late princess was
still regularly speaking to her and
had advised a vote to leave the EU. It
was a stupid film made, I believe, by
a sincere man.
Allen is a believer in establishment
and media cover-ups. He has a tattoo
on his shoulder of Rinka, the Great
Dane shot in lieu of Jeremy Thorpe?s
blackmailer, Norman Scott back in
1975. When asked why he was
working with RT on the satire tour,
Allen told an interviewer from the
channel: ?I?ll give you two words,
Jonathan Pie. RT was the only place
that would give him a platform and
we would like to think that RT is the
only place that will give us a platform.?
Jonathan Pie is the name of a
fictional British TV reporter played by
actor Tom Walker. He is bitter,
sweary and disillusioned, not least
with the British media. An example of
a riff shown on RT has Pie outside the
Commons. He is furious with what he
is being forced to say by his bosses.
?In other news, Muslims are bad,
China is bad, but not as bad as it used
to be, and Russia is always bad . . .?
Get it? Now go on RT?s website. As
of yesterday you?ll find a little jokey
spoof poll. The question is ?So what
will meddling, cheating, bullying
bad-boy Russia be accused of next??
The options include ?starting the
American opioid epidemic? and
?existing?. Same message. Russia is
being traduced by the establishment.
Pie no longer works with RT.
Politically, like Allen, he celebrates
the takeover of Labour and the
vanquishing of the Blairites by
Jeremy Corbyn. In that sense they
are both a good fit for the channel?s
British profile which features George
Galloway?s talk show and which, as
we reported yesterday, regularly puts
some of the most hardline
Corbynists, including shadow
ministers, on its news sequences.
But the strategy of RT, which was
set up by Vladimir Putin and is
financed by the Kremlin, is not to
intone the line of the Russian foreign
ministry. It will do that, but only as a
minor part of an eclectic mix of
discussion and entertainment in
of RT is anything that assists or
argues for western cohesion. Macron
is the current b阾e noire, Merkel is not
far behind. Obama was bad, Blair was
worse and Hillary is the most
despicable of all. Any renegade
former agent or washed-up
investigative journalist running an
improbable theory gets on RT. If it
disrupts, it?s in.
This, I stress, comes from the top.
It?s not some kind of accident, an
accretion of culture and media
assumptions like our own outlets
tend to be. When Facebook dug
down into the Russian paid ads that
The enemy of RT is
anything that argues
for western cohesion
Keith Allen took an RT-sponsored bus
on a talent search in the summer
which its friends and enemies and its
positions are often implied or
disguised. You don?t get two bars of
Midnight in Moscow followed by an
announcement from the Praesidium
of the People?s Congress of Soviets
concerning agricultural production.
You get stories about how the US is
?falling apart at the racial seams?,
about how Russia is taking on Isis,
about how Ukraine is a fascist
kleptocracy, about how it?s all lies that
Syria uses chemical weapons, about
how refugees are bringing crime and
terrorism to European streets, about
state surveillance in the West, about
the brave Catalan independence
fighters, about why ordinary Brits
want Brexit, about how the West is
mired in poverty, corruption and
cover-up, about vote-rigging and how
you can?t trust democracy. The enemy
went out in the run-up to the US
presidential election they found that
they supported every candidate who
opposed Hillary: Bernie Sanders, the
pro-Russian Green candidate Jill
Stein, Donald Trump. And their tone
was a consistent negative populism,
of the ?it?s all going to hell because of
the elite? sort.
So good luck Keith. Especially with
the promised anti-Vlad gags, which
could get you in big trouble in Russia
itself. But you should know that you
wouldn?t be there unless someone
had calculated that you were doing
a job for them. Someone who may
have started off their own career
long ago, delivering money in
brown envelopes.
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Most women have had a Weinstein moment
Sexual harassment is alive and kicking but those who try to expose it put their careers at risk
Jenni
Russell
@jennirsl
E
nough already. I don?t want
to read any more anguished
accounts of Harvey
Weinstein sexually attacking
and bullying dozens of
women over decades, ensuring their
petrified silence with the implicit or
explicit threat that if they tried to
speak out he would destroy their
credibility and careers.
That?s not because I don?t think
this matters: it is hugely important.
It?s because the focus on Weinstein?s
story, Weinstein?s monstrosity and
who is or isn?t denouncing Weinstein
is a convenient diversion from the
infuriating truth that sexual
harassment isn?t a Hollywood
problem, or a historic problem, or a
distant problem; it happens to women
all the time and all the same factors
that allowed Weinstein to act with
impunity are operating here and now.
It?s not enough to put Weinstein in
the stocks and savour his disgrace.
We need to think about identifying
and halting all the mini-Weinsteins
who are getting away with bullying
women now.
The question that keeps being
asked about Weinstein?s targets is
why they didn?t denounce him at the
time. They are accused of complicity
or cowardice or of letting other
women down, as if it was their
responsibility to police a man?s
aggression, or as if this were some
kind of consumer situation where
they could report Weinstein as easily
as if he were a malfunctioning car.
Women who are harassed are
caught in multiple traps that make it
difficult for them to be believed, and
their aggressors know it. The first is
the fact of proving what happened
in private.
The second is that a woman who
goes public is exposed to instant
humiliation. Women have had a long
struggle to get society to take them
seriously as people, not sexual objects.
A woman who has to describe a
situation in which she has been
tricked into thinking that she is being
treated as a professional or a friend,
only to find herself confronted by a
naked man, or bullying demands for
sex, is pitched back into a framework
in other people?s eyes that she has
Their targets will be
weaker than they are;
younger, less influential
spent a long time trying to escape. A
man?s sexual aggression may add to
his public stature; a woman?s sexual
humiliation has never, historically,
added to hers. Think of poor Monica
Lewinsky, defined for decades by an
encounter with Bill Clinton that
caused no essential damage to his
reputation at all.
A woman who does have the
courage to talk about what?s
happened to her risks being publicly
ridiculed for it. Her sexuality and
attractiveness are frequently used to
erode her credibility, wherever she is
thought to stand on the scale. If she?s
attractive she may be accused, as the
fashion designer Donna Karan
accused women this week, of ?asking
for it?. If she?s less so she can be
dismissed with the Donald Trump
defence, that he wouldn?t have
wanted a woman like that.
Outrageously, women are caught
either way, either so appealing that
they are complicit in a man?s
behaviour, or so unattractive that
they must be attention-seeking liars.
They become the target.
The third factor is that men harass
women only when they calculate
that they are powerful enough to get
away with it. Their targets will, by
definition, be weaker than they are;
younger, less well-established and
less influential. Which means that
women who think of complaining
are immensely disadvantaged. They
are unlikely to be taken seriously and
they risk damaging their working
lives just as they start. It may only be
years later, when they have
established themselves as worth
listening to, that those who have
experienced harassment feel they
have sufficient standing to speak and
be believed. So the public accounts
are always going to be much more
skewed to what?s happened in the
past than what?s happening now.
I?ve been talking to women in law,
the City, advertising and business
about their experience. Every single
one was terrified of saying anything
that might identify them, but all had
miserable accounts of professional
dinners with bosses or clients that
turned into insistent sexual
invitations, men touching them
sexually, being the object of sexually
humiliating conversations or
innuendo, finding themselves iced
out of social occasions or office
promotions if they declined to
submit to sexual power games. The
worst is a young woman who finds
her necessary professional messages
to bosses during the day routinely
ignored, but whose evenings are
ruined by crude and insistent texts
from her married male managers
asking why she hasn?t joined the
team at the pub and listing the many
ways in which they want to f*** her.
Several of these companies have
impeccable codes of conduct. Yet not
one woman had dared to report this
routine intimidation because they
could see how personally destructive
that would be. Their bosses might be
cautioned but if their work was
valuable they wouldn?t be sacked and
the women would become the focus
of resentment and revenge. It was
their careers that would be
sabotaged, subtly and insidiously, not
the men?s. Bleakly, they could see no
way out of that.
It is this reality that I hope the
Weinstein scandal could change, just
as the child abuse scandals gave a
voice to those long ignored. It?s not
enough for companies to have codes
that abusive men can ignore, knowing
penalties scarcely exist. Weinstein
might just change the public?s
perception of how corrosive and
extensive the bullying of women can
be, making its targets credible and
greatly increasing the reputational
risk for men and businesses who have
been able to pretend it isn?t going on.
I hope harassers are scared. They
may be next.
recently published paper shows that
beehive numbers have been rising for
a decade; data from this side of the
Atlantic are too thin to draw
conclusions. As for wild bees, nobody
has any idea of whether numbers are
going up or down. The other problem
is that the ban on neonicotinoids,
which protect oilseed rape against
pests, is reckoned to have cost
European farmers �0 million. The
moral? While we should regulate to
protect the environment, we
should make sure of our facts
before damaging people?s
livelihoods.
Travellers, when the next Labour
government tries to renationalise the
railways, please remember what they
were like when they had to rely on
skint governments for investment.
The second was the staggering beauty
of the journey from Preston to
Edinburgh, along Morecambe Bay, up
through the hills, moors and rivers of
the Lake District and the Moffat Hills.
I am now plotting a walking weekend
to see some of that landscape at
closer quarters, and wishing there was
more room for such happy accidents
in my life ? though I wouldn?t, of
course, want to relinquish the control
that the internet gives me.
Emma Duncan Notebook
Who knew
what delight
there?d be
in darning
I
have been waging a long and
unsuccessful battle against
moths. They evidently love the
smell of mothballs and disdain
the pheromones that are
supposed to lure them to a sticky
doom. But there is one upside to this
plague: I have taken up darning. It is
a strangely relaxing pleasure that
occupies the executive function of
the brain with an endless series of
tiny decisions, blocking access to
larger, more troubling thoughts.
It is physical as well as mental work
that involves touching things of
different textures and making
judgments about whether to go for a
restrained match for my green jumper
or an exuberant patch of pink.
The more virtual our lives become,
the more we seem to long for the
physical. That, I suspect, is why a lot
of activities that used to be chores
have become hobbies. Gardening and
cooking are things that people used to
do for their survival, and now do for
fun. Soon driving will, presumably, be
a hobby pursued only by wealthy
eccentrics prepared to keep a mobile
transportation device of their own,
rather than summon a driverless one
from the Uberpound. Maybe mothhunting itself will become a popular
recreation, though I have my doubts.
Bee cautious
R
emember beemageddon? A few
years ago there were fears that
a mysterious ?colony
collapse disorder? killing
beehives would lead to world
starvation. Neonicotinoid
pesticides, which some studies
suggest damage bee
populations, were widely
fingered as the
culprit. The EU
therefore put a
temporary ban
on them in 2013,
which, according
to leaked
European
Commission
documents, is likely
to be made
permanent.
There are a
couple of
problems with
this. The first is
the facts. In America,
where neonicotinoids
have not been banned, a
Off line
W
hen we travel
these days, the
internet gives us
so much control ? allowing
us to see how late the bus is,
what other people think of
the hotel we plan to stay
in ? that there is little
room for serendipity.
But when, last
k
weekend,
my train from
London to Edinburgh was
rerouted via Preston, my initial
fury evaporated thanks to two
pleasant surprises. The first
was how amazingly fast the
train was since I last travelled
up the west coast by rail several
aeons ago. Thank you,
private investment!
Fit for a movie
I
f there is anything more
unattractive than Harvey
Weinstein, it is the attack on him:
people in Hollywood who have got
rich and powerful by hanging on his
coattails turning on him; women
taking money to keep silent about
his offences so that he could go on
abusing others; the outraged mob, in
the name of feminism, relishing the
stories of beautiful women being
pawed by a monster; the beast being
torn limb from limb, to everybody?s
great enjoyment. It?s so much fun
they should make a movie out of it.
Emma Duncan edits 1843 magazine
Janice Turner is away
Children in prison
need skills to avoid
reoffending trap
David Laws
A
round 900 children are
today locked away in
England?s jails.
Imprisoning a child is not
undertaken lightly, so the
offences concerned are likely to be
serious, persistent or both. While this
may mean public sympathy is
limited, most people are aware that
the average child offender is
frequently as much victim as
criminal. A third of sentenced
children were living in care. The
majority will have been born into
chaotic, unsupported, unloving
circumstances. There but by the
grace of God . . .
But if sympathy is not enough,
self-interest should cause us to want
to do better for these children ? at
present, 70 per cent reoffend within a
year of release.
Sadly, political rhetoric about a
?rehabilitation revolution? has so far
proved to be just that: rhetoric. In
too many jails, prisoners are
maintained in squalid conditions,
with inadequate staffing, and
precious little activity likely to lead
to ?rehabilitation?.
Now a new scheme, Unlocked
Graduates, offers us some hope of
turning things around. It was
originated by Michael Gove,
borrowing from his experience of the
Teach First programme, which
placed top graduates into some of
the toughest schools in England. The
current justice secretary, David
Lidington, and the prisons minister
Sam Gyimah are now taking this
exciting initiative forward. This week
they are announcing it will be
extended to the youth estate.
Unlocked Graduates recognises
that providing a bit of high quality
education and training, while very
valuable, is not enough. The whole
culture of prisons needs to change,
which will happen only if the new
graduates are recruited directly as
prison officers, able to shape and
influence everything that happens in
a prison and work with prisoners to
tackle the many problems that mean
they often cannot engage positively
in education.
The scheme is also designed to
raise the profile and prestige of the
prison officer role and create cohorts
of top graduate officers who will go
on either to be leaders of our prisons
system, or champions for
rehabilitation if they take up senior
roles in other professions.
Our aspiration should be that
prison allows children, and adults, to
build the skills they need to turn
their lives around and avoid the
merry-go-round of offending, courts
and custody. Levels of self-harm and
suicide have risen, while the number
of children in education and training
is lower than at any point since 2010.
We can and must do better than this.
David Laws is the chairman of
Unlocked Graduates and a former
schools minister
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Sturgeon?s failures are an omen for the Tories
The SNP squandered its energy and resources on constitutional bickering and the same is happening to May with Brexit
Iain
Martin
@iainmartin1
E
ven the most ardent antiSNP Unionist would
struggle to pin the blame for
Scotland?s failure to qualify
for the World Cup finals on
Nicola Sturgeon. The first minister is
not responsible for the fading away
of Scottish football, and the
replacement of wizards such as
Denis Law and Kenny Dalglish by
the current generation of
underachieving unknowns.
Nonetheless, Scotland?s absence
from a fifth World Cup in a row is in
part a story of long-term policy failure
in schools and a missed opportunity in
community engagement. It is merely
one standout example of a wider
failure by the SNP to improve
education, health and the economy,
which derives from the Nationalists?
preoccupation with their
constitutional navel. The SNP has
wasted years in office angrily
obsessing over independence, misspending energy that might have been
directed at improving people?s lives.
Squabbling Tories at Westminster
should take note too. The SNP?s poor
record is a stark warning, in the age of
Brexit, of what happens to countries
and parties when constitutional
wrangles dominate to the extent that
reform is forgotten. For all the smug
pontificating by Nicola Sturgeon at
the SNP conference this week, the
administration over which she
presides has a pitiful record when
it comes to solving problems
imaginatively.
A comparison with the footballing
success of another small country is
instructive. Iceland, whose entire
population is only half the size of
Glasgow?s, will be at the finals in
Russia next summer. Its success is a
Scottish schools have
slid down the rankings
for maths and science
direct consequence of well-run
public policy and ambitious thinking
about education and health.
In the early 2000s, Iceland
instigated a revolution in the
approach it took to sport and the
young. It decided that all children
must have three sessions of sport a
week. Iceland?s FA recruited and
trained hundreds of football coaches
and children of all abilities are
encouraged to take part. Central
government did not attempt to run
this community effort, but approved
it. Local councils and clubs built
indoor training pitches, often
attached to schools.
Yes, the spending was part of
Iceland?s mad pre-crash splurge, yet
the infrastructure remained postcrash and the coaching was stepped
up. It took more than a decade of
patient work but the result is a
healthier population and a postcrash restoration of national pride
via footballing triumph.
This grassroots approach is just the
type of initiative that the Scottish
parliament, with a large budget and
considerable powers, might have
looked to seed or instigate, you might
think. Yet despite 20 years of
devolution, and a great deal of
money spent, the Scottish
government?s record beyond
ensuring a surge in hot-air output
from Sturgeon and her predecessor
Alex Salmond is downright dire.
On education, the cry for decades
was that Scotland had a system that
was the envy of the world. Although it
might have been 60 years ago, it is not
now. Scotland?s schools slid down the
international Pisa rankings last year
on maths and science, recording their
worst ever performance. Belatedly, the
SNP administration has
acknowledged that there is a crisis,
and it hopes to fill a shortage of
teachers with a bursary programme.
Head teachers will also be given more
autonomy, a quarter of a century after
the Conservatives attempted it north
of the border and were beaten back
by the teaching unions.
There are similar shortcomings
across the public sector. A recent
study by Professor Jim Gallagher, the
former civil servant and academic,
demonstrated that despite all that
An opening in Scotland
means Corbyn begins
with an advantage
extra money ? 25 per cent more than
the equivalent per head in England ?
the frontline improvements are
negligible. Devolved governments
chose shiny ?giveaways? such as free
tuition fees that mean deprived Scots
struggle to make it into university,
rather than proper reform and making
money work.
This failure on public services has
been noticed by the voters. It partly
explains what happened north of the
border in June at the general
election, although the party also
looks like last year?s fashion now that
it?s up against the Corbynite new left.
Left-wing Scots who backed the SNP
for a while are attracted by the
chance, via a revived UK Labour
Party, to defeat the southern Tories.
Labour is now poised to take as
many as 20 or 25 Scottish seats at
the next Westminster election,
putting Jeremy Corbyn much closer
to victory than London politicians
understand. Corbyn needs to win 64
seats across the UK to get an overall
majority, but an opening in Scotland
means he begins with an advantage.
This should not have escaped the
notice of the Tories at Westminster,
although everything bar their own
factional feuds and name-calling does
seem to escape their notice at the
moment. It may be understandable,
for now, that the Tories should be
fixated on Brexit fighting, but
eventually they will need to radically
rethink their offer on housing and
economic opportunity to see off the
rise of the left. To that end, Lord
Hague of Richmond, the former Tory
leader, is keen to help and the hope at
party HQ is that he will reengage and
lead a policy commission, I am told.
In Scotland, there is a clear
warning of what happens when that
work is put off for too long. Get
bogged down year after year in
arguing about powers and
constitutional arrangements, as the
SNP did, and too little else gets done.
Eventually, voters notice. They
knock out parties that do not address
their real concerns.
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Britain?s first race audit: laudatory or crude?
Repression by the
church and Balliol
Sir, Catherine Nixey (Thunderer, Oct
11) is right to suggest that a repressive,
censorious and exclusivist mentality
gripped the Christian church from the
mid-4th century. However, in its first
three centuries of existence,
Christianity was a much more
tolerant, pluralistic and even
syncretistic religion in which different
beliefs, traditions and practices
co-existed. It was only with the
male-dominated hierarchy and
authoritarianism that came after
Christianity became the official
religion of the Roman Empire that the
canon of Scripture was defined and
closed and orthodoxy enforced with
certain beliefs being declared heresies.
The church has certainly been
responsible for much censorship and
repression over the centuries. In this
month when we commemorate the
500th anniversary of the beginning of
the Protestant Reformation, however,
we should also remember the stand
that many Christians have taken for
free speech and freedom of
conscience. Historians of many
different persuasions agree in seeing
free speech and tolerance as among
the main legacies of the Reformation.
Indeed, the new obsession with
banning ?unsuitable influences? and
creating safe spaces, as demonstrated
by the Balliol College junior common
room, can perhaps be seen as one of
the signs and sad consequences of the
strange death of Protestant Britain.
ian bradley
Professor of cultural and spiritual
history, University of St Andrews
Sir, I was surprised to read that the
junior common room of Balliol
College banned the Christian Union
from its freshers? fair. Twenty years
ago I went up to Oxford to read
medicine and, then an agnostic, was
delighted to have the opportunity to
share dinners and debate the gospel
with those who professed to believe it.
Others also spoke with them, most
disagreed but I was persuaded. When
passing Balliol I would often pause by
the martyr?s cross on Broad Street
where Archbishop Cranmer and
Bishops Ridley and Latimer were
burnt to death for their convictions.
Religious freedoms have moved on a
great deal since that day. Let us pray
they are never eroded.
the rev dr euan g dodds
Edinburgh
Sir, Munira Mirza (letter, Oct 10) says
that the ambitious survey of racial
inequality in Britain, commissioned
by Theresa May, is a ?crude and
tendentious approach? and risks
harming the very communities that
the prime minister aspires to help.
The converse is the case.
As the UK-nominated expert at the
Council of Europe for over a decade I
helped to monitor the
implementation of minority rights in
39 European countries. Most of these
countries failed to maintain ethnic
data, many on the ground that it was
discriminatory. Nevertheless, the
Council of Europe was united in
calling for such data to be kept in an
anonymised manner, to be analysed
with other data to draw objective
policy conclusions. Without such data
it was far too easy for politicians and
officials to state that there were few
problems that needed tackling, while
there was no hard evidence to
persuade ministries of finance to
release funding for remedial
programmes. The UK government
was often commended for its
transparent monitoring approach.
Many factors affect the social and
economic situation of each individual,
family and community. Nevertheless,
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(Oct 7) as saying that Sir Christopher
Geidt could expect a KCB in the new
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that Sir Christopher could expect a
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which was introduced in editing.
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the British government?s approach to
developing a greatly improved
understanding of potential
discrimination and injustices deserves
commendation if it leads to better
policies, programmes and targeting of
resources over the next decade.
dr alan phillips
President, Council of Europe advisory
committee on national minorities
2006-10
Sir, What a relief it was to read the
sensible response of Munira Mirza
and others to the ?crude? race audit
instigated by the prime minister; and
what a contrast to a misguided
government flailing around trying to
garner some street credibility with
another ill-thought-out initiative.
dominic kirkham
Manchester
Sir, The government survey of racial
inequality in Britain is welcome and
important. But, to answer the
question posed in your leading article
(?Difficult Truths?, Oct 10), there is
no need to legislate to narrow racial
disparities: we do not need more laws
to tackle systemic racial
discrimination at the workplace or in
the provision of public services. The
Send for the men
in white coats
have noticed and demanded that they
put on a clean one.
phyllida barnes (former nurse)
Steep, Hants
Sir, Another way of helping doctors to
feel valued (and of improving patient
care) would be to reinstate the white
coats that all medics used to wear. It
is both a useful sign of authority (from
which both patients and doctors
benefit) and a type of uniform, the
wearing of which often helps to
change one?s demeanour and feelings
in a positive way. All of us who
trained in whatever medical capacity
are saddened by the absence of white
coats on wards today, for two reasons:
doctors now look like ward visitors
wearing stethoscopes (which does not
induce confidence and makes it
difficult to work out who the doctor is
among the many people milling
around on the ward), and there is
nothing to show how clean or dirty
the doctor?s clothes might be. In the
past, when medics wore a dirty white
coat a senior doctor or (more likely) a
ward sister or hospital matron would
Sir, Most people would welcome the
return of proper job titles for young
doctors but an equally important
challenge is the loss of team-working
? a result of the introduction of a
shift system seemingly aimed solely at
providing for service needs. I talk to
doctors at all levels, from house
officer to consultant, and they often
say that under the existing shift
system they don?t know who they are
working with from day to day. This
can leave young doctors feeling
isolated and not part of a clinical
team, and consultants feeling that
they have lost the traditional
opportunity of supporting and
mentoring the doctors in their teams.
Surely the profession can modify
the shift system to enable an element
of team-working while still covering
the service needs of the NHS?
a j vallance-owen, FRCSEd
Barnet, Herts
on this day october 12, 1917
Corrections and
clarifications
Thursday October 12 2017 | the times
THE
SAG IN THE
LINE
Although we had won our objectives
north and south of the advance
yesterday, there was a sag in the
centre of the line where the general
line ? so far as there is a general
line in this extraordinary warfare ?
was in places short of it.
I spent a large part of the day with
certain Yorkshire troops. The story
of their advance is typical of that
part of the field where we did not
wholly succeed. No man started to
attack that morning who was not
already weary and soaked, covered
with slime from falling into shellholes, and chilled with standing hiphigh in icy water. At the appointed
time the half-frozen men went out
into the fog and slime. Floundering,
wading, and hauling each other
along, amid bursting shells and a
storm of machine-gun bullets, the
Yorkshiremen went through the
slough close behind our barrage. It
was more than an hour?s hard work
to force their way across those four
or five hundred yards to the first
gentle rise to a ridge on the top of
which the village of Passchendaele is
in full view, some 2,500 yards away.
We, who stay behind and follow
over battlefields after they have been
won, can only roughly picture those
little groups of men thrusting on
through all the loathsome mess of
the ground, against the storm of
bullets, with their hearts set only on
getting at the enemy. By the evening
we knew only that at points along
our line our men reached the
farthest point set for their advance.
Then the night shut down, and
Equality Act 2010 is perfectly fit for
purpose. What we do need is for the
Equality and Human Rights
Commission (EHRC) to use the
strong investigative and enforcement
powers that it already has under the
Equality Act 2006.
lord lester of herne hill, qc
Blackstone Chambers, London EC4
Sir, What was required was not
another costly audit but action to
address the widespread disadvantage
faced by some of our citizens in their
daily lives and careers. Taxpayers?
money would be better spent on
commissioning a five-year strategy for
tackling racial discrimination. After
finding disproportionate
representation of young black people
in prisons, David Lammy wrote that
urgent action was needed to combat
discrimination and prejudice.
We cannot continue to fill
government filing cabinets and our
libraries with duplicate reports
depicting the same harsh reality for
black and minority ethnic (BME)
people. The deterioration of BMEs?
conditions demands action that can
bring about brighter futures for all.
dr dieu hack-polay
University of Lincoln
Credit to the bank
Sir, Your report ?Ratings agencies are
short of credit? (Business, Oct 9)
refers to speculation about the
implications of a possible withdrawal
by the UK from the European Bank
for Reconstruction and Development
(EBRD). The UK remains fully
committed to the EBRD, which as
you rightly say is not an EU
institution. You quote Moody?s rating
agency as referring to the EBRD?s
?solid capital and strong support
from . . . shareholders?.
The support of the EBRD?s 68
shareholders (which also include the
US, Japan, Canada and China) remains
unwavering, reflected in Moody?s own
?expectation that EBRD?s strong
capitalisation, high liquidity and
steadfast shareholder support will
continue to support its AAA rating?.
anthony williams
Head of external relations, EBRD
Letters to The Times must be exclusive
worse, far worse, than any shell-fire
were the storm and cold, out in
those waterlogged shell holes. For a
time no transport, or carrying
parties with supplies, could get up to
the advanced posts, though Heaven
knows they tried. Making progress
through ever-deepening mire,
carrying burdens, was impossible.
Slowly, as morning came, as
?mopping-up? troops pushed steadily
on, so that all the ground behind
them was secure, a definite line
began to shape itself. It was not upon
the final objective, but it was about
two-thirds of the way towards it.
Somehow, the gallant little groups
which had pushed through to the
final line were called back, or came
back of their own accord, and a new
continuous position was formed with
which communication could be
maintained and which supplies
could reach. That is our line now.
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Leonardo enigma
Sir, That the Leonardo Salvator Mundi
painting is being hailed as ?the holy
grail of Old Masters? is something of
an affront (?Divorced oligarch sells
$130m Leonardo?, Oct 11). First, its
inclusion as a Leonardo in the
National Gallery?s big Leonardo
exhibition in 2011 was thought
controversial even within the gallery.
Second, if this painting is an
autograph Leonardo (when only the
raised hand and drapery might be
thought compelling) the fact remains
that it is an extensively repainted,
heavily damaged work in its central
section. Moreover, the rock crystal
orb held by Christ differs in a crucial
respect from the engraved copy made
by Wenceslaus Hollar from the
original Leonardo painting. In that
copy the transparent orb was seen to
have deflected the course of the
drapery?s folds from their paths over
the figure. It is hard to believe that a
copyist engraver as skilful and faithful
as Hollar would have introduced so
optically sophisticated a notion into a
Leonardo painting.
michael daley
Director, ArtWatch UK
Public speaking
Sir, Alice Thomson is right (?Everyone
should be taught public speaking?, Oct
11). When I was lecturing at Coventry
University in engineering our head of
school used to say: ?We can teach our
students to be the best engineers in
Europe but if they cannot tell others
how clever they are, what is the point??
mike blamey
Macclesfield, Cheshire
Pictish perfect
Sir, In my young days, red hair was
the symbol that you were a true Scot
and thus was much desired (letter,
Oct 10). There were a number of
redheads on my husband?s side of the
family, including him, and I remember
feeling very deprived that none of our
four children inherited the red gene.
mona clark
Dundee
Crows get a birdie?
Sir, Although crows may have to be
trained to pick up cigarette ends
(letter, Oct 11), it should not take long.
Crows, as many golfers know, love
golf balls, especially yellow ones. Last
Sunday afternoon a crow swooped
low and gathered up my ball after I
had hit rather a good drive. Just what
crows think golf balls are, and what
they do with them, is a mystery.
john foster
Woking, Surrey
Iron Lady?s starter
Sir, The recipe for Mrs Thatcher?s
?mystery starter? (report, Oct 10) was
published in the Good Food Guide
Dinner Party Book in 1971. The dish
was called ?Snaffles Mousse? and
came from Snaffles Restaurant in
Dublin. Customers unaware of the
contents were reported as mistakenly
identifying smoked fish or seafood.
This was indeed my experience with
many (mostly appreciative) guests.
dinah spillane
Bromsgrove, Worcs
Sir, ?Snaffles mousse? is a culinary
delight, best served with a chilled
sherry. I prefer dry but a good
amontillado is also acceptable.
leo maguire
Codicote, Herts
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Leading articles
Daily Universal Register
UK: Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary,
addresses the annual conference of the
Royal College of GPs in Liverpool.
Nature notes
Stonechats appear
to be unusually
common this
autumn. These little
birds spend the
summer nesting on
gorsy heathland and
moors, or on the downs. However, they are
now drifting down to farming country for
the winter and have been widely reported.
The males have a glossy black head and
a white collar, and in summer a red breast,
although this has now turned pinker. The
females are duller, but have the same perky
manner, constantly flicking their wings and
tail. They perch conspicuously on fences or
on bush-tops and repeatedly drop
to the ground to pick up insects. The
yellow-browed warblers that have been
arriving from Siberia are still mustering in
trees along the east coast. They are like
chiffchaffs with creamy eyebrows. They
have been slow to move farther west this
year, but a few have been found in Wales
and Cornwall. Sightings of them are
reported on birdguides.com derwent may
Birthdays today
Angela Rippon, pictured,
broadcaster, Rip Off
Britain (2009-16),
chairwoman, English
National Ballet (2000-04),
73; Robin Askwith, actor,
the Confessions . . . sex
comedies series (1974-77),
67; V韙or Const鈔cio, politician and
economist, vice-president, European Central
Bank, 74; Martin Corry, rugby union player,
England (1997-2007), 44; Andrew Davies,
chief executive, Wates Group building and
construction company, 54; Les Dennis,
presenter, comedian and actor, Coronation
Street (2014-16), 64; Ruth Evans,
chairwoman, Independent Parliamentary
Standards Authority, 60; Sir Anthony Figgis,
diplomat, marshal of the Diplomatic Corps
(2001-08), 77; Roger Heath-Brown,
mathematician, emeritus professor of pure
mathematics, University of Oxford, 65;
George Hollingbery, Conservative MP for
Meon Valley, government whip (2015-16), 54;
Hugh Jackman, actor, the X-Men film series,
49; Gareth Johnson, Conservative MP for
Dartford, 48; Philip Jones, editor, The
Bookseller, 46; Ledley King, footballer,
Tottenham Hotspur (1999-2012) and
England (2002-10), 37; Michael Mansfield,
QC, professor of law, City University, 76;
Martie McGuire, co-founder, country music
band the Dixie Chicks, 48; Richard Meier,
abstract artist and architect, Barcelona
Museum of Contemporary Art (1995), 83;
Sam Moore, soul singer, Soul Man (1967), 82;
Duncan Norman, UK ambassador to
Albania, 46; Katie Piper, charity
campaigner, TV presenter and former
model, 34; David Threlfall, actor, Shameless
(2004-13), 64; Prof Sir Nigel Thrift,
geographer, vice-chancellor, University of
Warwick (2006-16), 68; Dave Vanian, lead
singer, the Damned, 61; Prof Duncan
Wingham, chief executive, Natural
Environment Research Council, 60.
On this day
In 1984 five people were killed when an IRA
bomb exploded at the Grand Hotel in
Brighton, East Sussex, during the
Conservative Party conference.
The last word
?It?s not that I?m afraid to die. I just don?t want
to be there when it happens.? Woody Allen,
film director and actor, in Death (1975).
Deal or No Deal
Disunity in the British and EU camps is hampering Brexit talks, but
everyone should be able to agree on the need for a transition after March 2019
The first rule of negotiation is never to negotiate
with oneself. This is getting harder on both sides of
the Channel. In the power vacuum of British government, Theresa May?s colleagues offer their
views on Brexit with abandon. First came Boris
Johnson?s unauthorised essay, then Philip Hammond?s sceptical remarks on bankrolling preparations for ?no deal?, despite the prime minister?s
promise to prepare for it. Yet cracks are appearing
in the EU side, too. Michel Barnier, the EU?s chief
negotiator, is said to have been blocked from
moving on to negotiations about a transition.
Member states should welcome these talks, which
would limit uncertainty for business.
The chancellor said yesterday that he would
only put up money for a no-deal scenario at the
last possible moment. The government will not
spend just to make a point, he said, though the
Treasury has allocated �0 million already. It is
right to plan for no deal in principle, but in truth
many of its effects are beyond mitigation. The EU
would be obliged, under the rules of the World
Trade Organization, to put a 9.7 per cent tariff on
British cars. Chemicals and agriculture would also
be hit hard. The EU?s tariff on milk in packaging of
more than 2 litres is at least 70 per cent. Northern
Irish farmers, whose milk crosses the border with
the South repeatedly, would struggle to stay afloat.
Even greater costs would come from the extra
bureaucracy imposed by the EU. For example, any
exporter from a third country must complete the
EU?s ?single administrative document? for each
declaration of goods. There are 54 boxes to fill out.
Goods that are highly regulated, such as pharmaceuticals, would face extra tests and checks.
If trade takes longer, queues build up, requiring
infrastructure that the government is not building. The simplest reason is that development is expensive. The Calais port revamp under way will
cost more than ?800 million and take six years.
Space is as short as time and money. Dover, set
against cliffs, would have to expand into the sea.
It is not in government?s gift to prepare the private sector, in any case. Private companies handle
export declarations, carry goods and operate port
infrastructure. They would have to grow, too.
Companies used to processing parts rapidly would
need more warehouse space to deal with delays.
Services industries, including aviation, would be
in legal limbo. It is no wonder that the chancellor
is cautious about mobilising the full force of government to prepare for this scenario.
The EU would suffer greatly from no deal, too.
Yet if it refuses to proceed to talks about trade, the
only alternative is to agree a transition in which
little changes, as Mrs May has suggested. Mr
Barnier is said to be keen, as are some member
states. Others are imposing obstacles. Germany,
still without a government after its recent election,
wants more money from Britain before moving
on. France sees opportunities in delay. If banks
and financial services companies have to activate
their Brexit contingency plans, many will go to
Paris or Frankfurt.
The EU has good reasons to talk about transition. First, delay will stoke uncertainty for
businesses. Second, some issues earmarked for the
withdrawal deal, such as the Irish border, can only
be settled once there is clarity about what happens
to trade in March 2019. Third, Mrs May promised
in her Florence speech that the UK would pay its
dues, and continue sending money to Brussels for
some time after exit. The EU can be assured that
there will be no hole in the budget.
A week today the European Council will convene to discuss the progress of negotiations, first
with Mrs May, then without her. Like Britain, the
EU promised to approach these talks in good faith
and with a spirit of co-operation. At this point that
means one thing above all: the EU needs to accept
the logic of transition.
Trumping Tehran
Britain and Europe must work with the US to block Iran?s race for regional mastery
Donald Trump, author of The Art of the Deal,
wants to unravel the nuclear understanding with
Tehran, toughen its terms and if all else fails scrap
it entirely. That prospect alarms Britain and other
European Union signatories not only because it
would remove any formal constraints on Iran?s
development of a nuclear bomb but also because
of the large wedge that would be driven into the
transatlantic alliance. Theresa May was surely
right, then, to express her worries to the American
president as she did on Tuesday.
It seems doubtful that Mr Trump will act on her
plea, one of many that have come this week from
the likes of France, Germany and cabinet members in his own administration. On the campaign
trail, his chief complaint with Barack Obama (and
therefore Hillary Clinton) was that the Democrats
had been hoodwinked by Iran. In return for freezing its nuclear programme the regime was offered
the lifting of sanctions. Mr Trump argues that
because Iran is already profiting from eased sanctions, its incentive to meet the fine print of the deal
is diminished. Even though the monitors of the
International Atomic Energy Agency believe that
Iran is complying with the restrictions, and even
though Jim Mattis, the defence secretary, agrees
with the assessment, Mr Trump is concerned that
Iran could be cheating.
If he refuses to certify that the Iranians are
compliant, the matter will pass to Congress, which
can decide after 60 days whether to reimpose
sanctions. There can be no winners from such an
outcome. Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary,
made the case that the deal was neither hasty,
since it was the culmination of 13 years of painstaking diplomacy, nor reckless, since it had made
the world safer. ?It is these security implications
that we continue to encourage the US to consider,?
he said before a meeting in London with the vicepresident of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi.
Mr Trump is right that the agreement is flawed.
It makes it extremely difficult to inspect military
sites in Iran where infringements may be taking
place. The agreement, which was also signed with
China and Russia, runs out in 2025: it is no more
than a suspension of the nuclear programme. Iran
has gained a breathing space in which to develop
ballistic missiles, since this was not banned.
Yet abandoning the accord does not solve any of
these problems. Pressure should be applied to Iran
outside the terms of the deal. If the decision passes
to Congress, the Trump administration should use
those two months to persuade rattled Europeans
to beef up anti-terrorism sanctions against Iran,
including an outright ban on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The guard?s sinister expeditionary force is commanding the ground war in
Syria, building a corridor between Iraq and Syria
and financing foreign mercenaries.
The nuclear deal was limited in scope because it
was sealed with a hostile power. The Obama calculation was that it could transform Iran into a
globally responsible actor, a potential partner
even, in the Middle East. Instead revenue from
eased sanctions has bankrolled Iran?s destabilisation of its neighbours.
If the Europeans, Britain included, want to
protect the nuclear deal then they have to demonstrate that they are willing to step up the struggle
against Iran?s race for regional mastery. The
alternative would be a rupture in the alliance, with
the US and Europe on opposing paths.
Eyeless in Turkey
Ankara has no business jailing journalists for doing their jobs
Turkey is at war with Kurdish separatists in its
southeastern corner, and would prefer that the
rest of the world know nothing about it. To this
end President Erdogan has authorised a campaign
of intimidation against journalists doing no more
than their jobs. The latest victim of this campaign
is Ayla Albarak, a Wall Street Journal reporter
convicted of ?distributing terrorist propaganda?
and sentenced to more than two years in jail.
Ms Albarak?s ?crime? was to report on a resumption of hostilities that have killed at least 3,000
people since 2015. In a sense she is lucky. She was
convicted in absentia and is living in America
pending an appeal against her sentence. Yet the
trumped-up charge against her and the Turkish
courts? abject surrender to an increasingly authoritarian state are a travesty of justice.
It is unconscionable that a Nato member benefiting from the most valuable mutual security
guarantee in the free world should be trampling so
blatantly on a fundamental advantage it can offer
its own citizens ? that of freedom of expression.
Mr Erdogan?s government has jailed more journalists than any other country. It has shut down
more than 150 media outlets as part of a state of
emergency proclaimed last year. It claims that the
courts are acting independently in special circumstances created by the failed coup in Ankara and
elsewhere. In reality, as the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has noted, ?Turkey?s
judicial system has become an instrument of
persecution?.
Mr Erdogan is abusing not only his courts but
the trust of his allies. His country was until recently a bulwark of western security, a candidate for
EU accession and an example to the world of
secular government co-existing with Islam. It is
none of those things now. Even so, it has an urgent
duty to revoke Ms Albarak?s absurd sentence.
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Rajoy offers Catalans way
out of independence crisis
Spain
Graham Keeley Barcelona
The Spanish prime minister has
dangled the prospect of greater autonomy in front of Catalonia as he seeks
to defuse the country?s deepest political
crisis in four decades.
Mariano Rajoy, backed by Pedro Sanch閦, leader of the opposition Socialist
party, agreed to set up a commission to
study the distribution of powers
between central government and the
country?s 17 regions. This will be followed by a revision of the 1978 constitution, with a view to offering a new
model of relations between Catalonia
and the rest of Spain.
On Tuesday Carles Puigdemont, the
Catalan leader, signed a declaration of
independence and promptly shelved it.
Spain is already one of Europe?s most
devolved countries, so a change in the
relationship with Catalonia would
bring it closer to a federal model. The
alternative is a better financial deal for
Catalonia, perhaps allowing it to retain
a bigger share of taxes. Nationalists in
the wealthy region centred on Barcelona have long claimed that they contribute more than they receive from the
central government.
Such a reform would be the biggest
upheaval in Spain since the return of
democracy after the death of General
Franco in 1975. Mr Rajoy was instrumental in striking down a statute in
2010 which had given Catalonia more
autonomy.
Mr Sanch閦 said the proposed reform would focus on ?how Catalonia
remains in Spain and not how it leaves?.
Mr Rajoy had earlier made a thinly
veiled threat to impose direct rule on
the region, calling on Mr Puigdemont
to clarify whether he had declared independence. Mr Rajoy said if this was
confirmed, the central government
could invoke article 155 of the Spanish
constitution. ?The answer from the
Catalan president will determine future
events in the next few days,? he said,
adding that he would keep acting in a
?cautious and responsible? way. Mr
Puigdemont has until Monday to answer the question. Mr Rajoy?s response
throws the ball back into his court.
Mr Puigdemont?s declaration of
independence ? and its immediate
Q&A
What will the commission discuss?
Members of all parties in the Spanish
parliament, including Catalan
nationalist MPs, will debate a possible
reform of the 1978 constitution. It
could make Spain a federal state, like
Germany, or give Catalonia a better
financial deal, like the Basque country.
Is Mariano Rajoy laying a trap?
No, it?s a genuine offer. The Socialists
have long pushed for this move and
the present crisis has allowed them to
demand that Mr Rajoy agree.
Federal formula may halt split
Analysis
E
ven as he
pressed the
pause button
on a formal
declaration
of independence on
Tuesday, Carles
Puigdemont had in
mind his favourite
model: Slovenia
(Charles Bremner
writes).
The Alpine republic
in Yugoslavia
announced secession
from Belgrade then
delayed it before
extracting itself
successfully in 1991. A
year later it was
recognised as a
sovereign state by the
European Union,
which it joined in
2004. Mr
Puigdemont, right,
hopes to follow a
similar route.
In his ambiguous
speech on Tuesday
he hammered home
the point that
Catalonia was a
European question
and implored the
EU to intervene
in the name of its
founding values.
But times have
greatly changed since
1992 and the EU has
no appetite for
embracing new
nations, least of all
ones that have split
from one of its own
members. If Catalonia
is to combine
nationhood with the
prosperity of EU
membership it must
look for something
akin to a federal
status within Spain.
A self-proclaimed
Catalan republic
would threaten to
Balkanise not just
Spain, with Basques,
Galicians and others
seeking breakaway,
but could prompt
Corsicans, Bretons,
Bavarians, north
Italians and others to
try for independence.
All would be denied
the EU
membership
on which
they would
depend for
survival.
Even
suspension ? was an attempt to stay
true to his promises and keep his shaky
coalition together, while also trying to
calm nerves and halt the flight of businesses from Barcelona.
Mr Puigdemont said he was prepared
to begin talks with Madrid, but that
they had to recognise the Catalan
people?s desire for an independent state.
?Maybe it could help if two people representing the Spanish government and
two people representing the Catalan
Does the formation of the commission
absolve Carles Puigdemont?
No ? it is up to the Spanish
constitutional court to decide if the
Catalan leader has contravened the
law, so he could still face prosecution.
Experts are divided on whether he has
broken the law. He could face charges
of disobedience and malfeasance,
punishable with heavy fines, and be
banned from holding public office.
Can Madrid impose direct rule while
at the same time discussing reform?
Mr Rajoy might yet invoke Article 155
of the Spanish constitution, which
empowers the central government to
take any ?necessary measures? to
ensure the compliance of a rogue
Scotland, which
prepared for possible
independence in
agreement with
London in 2014, was
told that it would take
many years to rejoin
the union.
Visionaries used to
talk of an expanding
?post-national?
Europe of regions
under the umbrella of
a federal Union. The
idea has fallen by the
wayside with the rise
of populism, trouble
in the east and
financial crisis. The
EU has no raison
d?阾re if the frontiers
of its members come
undone, says the new
consensus. Mr
Puigdemont must
look at Belgium as
the model, according
to Guy Verhofstadt,
who heads the
centrist group in the
European parliament.
The creation of a
federal state had
calmed Flanders?
demands for
separation in the
1990s, he said
yesterday. ?In Spain,
they should do the
same and create a
federal state?.
government just simply agree on one
thing, for instance, naming a mediator,?
he said in an interview with CNN.
Mr Puigdemont and MPs in his coalition signed the independence declaration outside the parliamentary chamber on Tuesday night, but its validity remains unclear. Jordi Turull, the Catalan
regional spokesman, said it was a ?symbolic act?, adding that any official declaration would have to be made by the
Catalan parliament. Mr Rajoy has
autonomous region. It might involve
dismissing or arresting Catalan
government officials, calling elections
or taking control of the regional police
force. Given the atmosphere, such a
move would probably lead to huge
demonstrations in Barcelona.
Will the commission choose reform?
It might. The Socialists and other
smaller parties have campaigned for it.
Given the crisis over Catalonia, it could
offer all sides a way out. It must report,
with proposals, after six months.
How is the constitution changed?
MPs must vote on a change to the
constitution. A simple majority is
sufficient to approve reform.
made clear he is not prepared to discuss
an illegal referendum, after 90 per cent
of Catalans voted for independence, albeit on a low turnout of 42 per cent.
?There is no mediation possible
between
democratic
law
and
disobedience, illegality,? he told the
Spanish parliament.
If Madrid does resort to article 155 to
suspend Catalonia?s autonomy, the Catalan government may simply refuse to
comply. ?What are they going to do if
we go ahead with independence and
they use this 155? We will just ignore it,?
a source within the Catalan government told The Times.
This could force Mr Rajoy to deploy
police or even the army, but that would
provoke a backlash. There was an international outcry when riot police used
rubber bullets and batons to try to halt
the independence referendum on
October 1, and dozens of people were
injured. Any repeat of those scenes
could jeopardise support from political
allies such as the Basque Nationalist
Party, on whom Mr Rajoy and his
minority government depend.
Another possible route would be for
the prime minister to call on Mr
Puigdemont to drop his declaration of
independence before talks begin. Mr
Rajoy may be banking on splits within
the secessionist coalition that could undermine the Catalan leader to such a
degree that he would be forced to call
snap elections to the regional parliament. The far-left Popular Unity Candidacy, on whom Mr Puigdemont relies
for power, said they would only continue to support him if he fulfilled the
promise of declaring independence
within weeks.
At least 20 leading companies have
moved their legal headquarters from
Catalonia to other parts of Spain as a result of the political uncertainty and
small companies are also suffering.
Manuel Vazquez, who runs a camera
equipment company in Barcelona, said
Chinese investors had halted a deal
with his company, citing political unrest. ?These politicians should realise
the damage this is doing to real people
who are trying to earn a living. Is this
how they are constructing a better
Catalonia?? he asked.
The Spanish stock market rose 1.4 per
cent yesterday on the prospect of talks.
How would the rest of Spain react?
Some poorer regions might begrudge
Catalonia a better deal on finances
because it is already a wealthy region
that accounts for nearly 20 per cent of
GDP. However, if that reduced
demands for Catalan independence it
might prove popular. Galicia, in the
northwest, might try to claim that it,
too, should have a better deal.
Does this make Catalan
independence more or less likely?
Real reform would make Catalan
independence less likely. The
Republican Left of Catalonia Party, part
of the regional government, has
admitted that a financial deal would
deflate support for separatism.
Bird?s eye view A flock of flamingos
Erdogan in
Turkey
Hannah Lucinda Smith Istanbul
Turkey has been accused of intensifying its crackdown on journalists after
two dual-nationality reporters were
charged with terrorism offences.
Mesale Tolu, a German-Turkish citizen who worked as a translator and
reporter, is standing trial over her
alleged links to a left-wing militant
group.
Appearing in court in Istanbul yesterday, she was told that she could be
imprisoned for up to 15 years for being
a member of the banned Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLKP), which
is fighting alongside Kurdish militants
in Syria and eastern Turkey. She had
been working for Etha, a left-wing
Turkish news agency that was shut
down by the government last year.
Prosecutors say she attended the
funerals of MLKP members, proving
that she was a member. She was
arrested in April and is being held in a
women?s prison in Istanbul with her
son, who is three.
?I do not accept the accusations
made against me in the indictment. I
was targeted by the police because of
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Facebook
spends big to
win friends
in Congress
United States
Boer Deng, Rhys Blakely Washington
adds to the shifting colours of Natron, a mineral-rich salt and soda lake that changes hue with the angle of the light in northern Tanzania, near the border with Kenya
new assault on media Macron?s new model MPs
Ayla Albayrak was sentenced in
absentia to 25 months in prison
the translation I had done for Etha,? Ms
Tolu wrote on Twitter.
Hours earlier, The Wall Street Journal
reporter Ayla Albayrak, a FinnishTurkish citizen, was sentenced in
absentia to 25 months in prison for an
article she wrote about the Kurdish
conflict in eastern Turkey. She had
interviewed a militant connected with
the PKK, the banned Kurdish militia.
Three months after the article was
published in August 2015 she was
ordered to attend a police station in
Istanbul, where she was told that she
was under investigation for distributing
terrorist propaganda.
Ms Albayrak, who left Turkey before
the case came to trial and is now in the
US, described her conviction as an
appalling decision. She said: ? It shows
the extent to which the authorities did
not want the operations going on in
Turkey?s southeast to be reported on.?
Ms Albayrak is the second of the
paper?s journalists to fall foul of the
Turkish authorities in a year. Dion
Nissenbaum, the former bureau chief
in Turkey, was detained and held in
prison for two and a half days in December after tweeting a still from an Isis
video that appeared to show two Turkish soldiers being burnt alive.
Turkey ranks as the biggest jailer of
journalists in the world, with a surge of
arrests after the failed coup last year. A
total of 188 reporters are behind bars,
many accused of spreading propaganda for terrorist groups. The government
insists that none has been jailed for
doing their job, but Mr Erdogan has
stated that he considers talking to
banned groups to be an act of terrorism.
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prefer Coca-Cola to claret
France
Adam Sage Paris
The novice MPs who entered parliament after President Macron?s election
victory pledged to revolutionise French
politics. In one way, at least, they have.
The MPs belonging to Mr Macron?s
La R閜ublique en Marche party drink
only half the amount of wine that their
predecessors swilled. Officials say that
they prefer soft drinks.
The change has forced the National
Assembly to cancel an order for 5,100
bottles of claret for fear that they would
be left to mature in the cellar.
A deal had been struck for Ch鈚eau
Haut-Marbuzet in the Haut-M閐oc
region of Bordeaux to supply the
National Assembly?s bar and three restaurants. Officials have now told the
vineyard to keep its bottles, saving
about ?77,000.
The cultural revolution is part of Mr
Macron?s transformation of parliament. A total of 424 of the 577 MPs
elected in June are sitting for the first
time. Their average age is 48, compared
with 54 in the previous parliament. Almost two thirds of them worked in the
private sector before entering politics,
compared with 39 per cent before.
Some of the newcomers drink beer
instead of wine, although most appear
to prefer non-alcoholic drinks such as
iced tea. The National Assembly?s bar is
struggling to keep up with the rise in demand for colas and fizzy drinks.
?The bar sometimes runs out of
Coca-Cola during nighttime sessions,?
Florian Bachelier said. The 38-year-old
member for Ille-et-Vilaine, who
worked as a pizza deliveryman while
studying law, is one of three administrators of the assembly.
He said: ?The new MPs are more representative of French society. Alcohol
consumption is falling in France. It?s
falling too at the National Assembly.
That?s rather a good thing.?
Thierry Sol鑢e, 46, another of the administrators, said: ?Sociologically, there
is an important difference between the
current parliament and the previous
one. The MPs drink less but smoke
more than before.?
Facebook is investing record amounts
to try to influence the US government
as scrutiny over its role in last year?s
election leads to calls for tougher regulations on the company on Capitol Hill.
Hours before Sheryl Sandberg, its
chief operating officer, arrived in
Washington for meetings with members of Congress and journalists last
night, the company said that it spent
more than $5.6 million on lobbyists in
the first half of the year.
Mark
Zuckerberg,
Facebook?s
billionaire chief executive, has taken to
calling members of Congress directly,
the Bloomberg news website said.
The increased spending comes as
Silicon Valley?s ?Big Tech? companies
come under mounting pressure to
explain their role in the most unpredictable presidential election in
modern history. In recent weeks light
has been shed on how operatives linked
to Russia continue to try to fuel US
culture wars by using social media to
spread racially divisive content.
Facebook and Google have revealed
that entities linked to Russia bought
advertising on their platforms, apparently to try to sway the race for the
White House. Twitter has deleted
about 200 Russia-linked bogus
accounts, a number that experts say is
only a tiny part of the problem.
However, social media giants have
simultaneously been fighting proposed
legislation that would make them liable
for content posted on their sites by
users, a move that could upend the
business model in which a small workforce drives immense profits.
Democrats in the Senate have pushed a bill to force social media companies to disclose more information
about the political advertising they run.
?We must update our laws to ensure
that when political ads are sold online
Americans know who paid for them,?
Amy Klobuchar, who represents Minnesota, said.
Facebook plans to recruit 1,000 staff
to vet the adverts it promotes. Google,
Twitter and Facebook have hired an
army of crisis managers, image consulting companies and lobbyists. Executives have been asked to testify before
Congress next month as part of the
investigation into Russia?s alleged
meddling in the election.
Last November Mr Zuckerberg had
dismissed the notion that Facebook
influenced the outcome of the election,
only to apologise last month, saying
that he had being too dismissive of that
possibility. Silicon Valley?s efforts to
shape policy in Washington have
grown steadily in recent years.
In 2014 Google made waves when it
surpassed Goldman Sachs on political
spending, donating $1.43 million.
6 A data firm backed by some of President Trump?s closest allies is facing
scrutiny as part of an investigation into
possible collusion between his team
and Russian operatives, The Daily
Beast reported. The House intelligence
committee has requested information
from Cambridge Analytica about its
work for the Trump campaign.
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Hundreds freed from Raqqa in Isis ?surrender deal?
Syria
Richard Spencer Beirut
Forces backed by the West are negotiating an Isis surrender in the battle for
Raqqa and safe passage for civilians, according to activists in eastern Syria.
The US-led coalition confirmed yesterday that its allies were attempting to
arrange for thousands of residents still
trapped in the jihadists? former capital
to leave.
It did not confirm claims by activists
that a surrender deal for hundreds of
Isis fighters, including foreign militants,
was also being discussed.
Isis has never previously given up its
?human shields? in advance of an
agreed withdrawal. The deal may have
failed to come off, after reports that
fighting, which stopped for most of
Tuesday, resumed overnight. However,
in the meantime hundreds of civilians
were able to escape.
?More than 1,000 civilians have been
rescued,? said Rojda Felat, a commander in the Kurdish militias which form
the leading component of the US and
UK-backed forces, in a video released
by the group online.
The coalition, which has provided
devastating air power in support of the
forces on the ground, believes that 400
fighters and 4,000 civilians remain in
the 15 per cent of the city still under Isis
control. Known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), it includes local
Arab tribal and former rebel groups, as
well as the Kurdish troops.
Airstrikes have caused a heavy loss of
life, and commanders are concerned
that this will only increase if Isis continues to use civilians as human shields as
its sliver of territory shrinks further.
The Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights, a monitor based in Britain, said
that more than 1,100 civilians had lost
their lives in the past four months,
along with 1,300 Isis fighters and more
than 600 SDF troops.
According to Raqqa 24, a network of
activists, surrender negotiations focused on handing over Isis fighters to
local tribal authorities. They would be
finger-printed, made to promise not to
join any further fighting group and put
under tribal supervision.
However, it was not clear what would
happen to the foreign fighters among
them, who are unlikely to want to surrender to the coalition. It said buses
were waiting outside the city to carry
away the beneficiaries of any deal
struck.
America, which opposed a deal
struck with Isis by the Syrian regime,
Hezbollah and the Lebanese army to
transfer 300 Isis fighters from an en-
clave in western Syria to the battlefronts in Deir Ezzor in August, also opposes any similar proposal for Raqqa.
A spokesman for the coalition said
that talks were continuing, led by the
council of representatives established
by local anti-Isis forces.
?The Raqqa Civil Council is leading
discussions to determine the best way
to enable civilians trapped by Daesh
[Isis] to exit the city, where some are
being held as human shields by the terrorists,? a statement said.
?Those departing Raqqa who are
found to have fought for Daesh will be
turned over to local authorities to face
justice.?
Antivirus program ?let in Russian spies?
Israeli spies told US intelligence that antivirus software employed by several American government agencies was being used
by Kremlin-backed hackers to steal secrets
(Boer Deng and Anshel Pfeffer write). Cybersecurity experts found Russian spies
using a modified version of CCleaner to
penetrate computer systems belonging to
Opposition leader
fails to disrupt poll
Nairobi Kenya?s electoral
authorities said that they
had not received formal
notice that the opposition
leader Raila Odinga had
quit the presidential race
re-run on October 26, so
his name would remain
on the ballot. On Tuesday
Mr Odinga said that he
was pulling out, accusing
the election commission
of failing to deliver
reforms. Last month the
supreme court annulled
President Kenyatta?s
victory, citing counting
irregularities. (AFP)
Submarine killing
suspect falls silent
Copenhagen The inventor
accused of dismembering
a Swedish journalist on
his submarine has
stopped talking to Danish
police. Peter Madsen, 46,
said Kim Wall, 30, died in
an accident. Her body
parts were found in the
sea, although her arms
are still missing. (AP)
Arrest after rhino
horns discovered
Bangkok Two Chinese
citizens were arrested
when eight rhinoceros
horns worth �5,000
were found in luggage at
Bangkok?s main airport.
The pair, who had arrived
on a flight from Zambia,
could face charges of
violating wildlife
protection laws. (AP)
Bather saves shark
with bare hands
Sydney An estate agent
grabbed a shark stuck in a
beachside pool and threw
it back in the sea. Melissa
Hatheier, 50, saw the
metre-long Port Jackson
shark was in distress.
?I wasn?t really scared,
but I wouldn?t have done
it with a great white,? she
said.
government officials, including employees
at the National Security Agency, The New
York Times said. The software is made by
Kaspersky Lab, a Moscow firm that is
under scrutiny amid allegations of aiding
Kremlin-backed espionage. Its founder
trained at a KGB-funded institute. It has
denied links to hacking.
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Marseilles killer
?should have
been deported?
France
Adam Sage Paris
It?s puppy love after
Putin collars new pet
P
resident Putin
has received a
belated birthday
present ? a
Central Asian
shepherd dog (Tom
Parfitt writes).
The Russian leader
already owns Yume, a
Japanese akita inu, and
Buffy, a Bulgarian
shepherd, which were
presented to him by
officials in their
respective countries
hoping to curry favour.
Yesterday President
Berdymukhamedov of
Turkmenistan, who had
flown to Sochi on Russia?s
Black Sea coast for a
summit of leaders from
former Soviet states, gave
Mr Putin a puppy called
Faithful.
Mr Berdymukhamedov
held the dog aloft by the
scruff of its neck and
told the Russian leader
that it was a birthday gift.
Mr Putin, who was 65 last
Saturday, looked worried
at the way the puppy was
being held and moved to
take it in his arms and
kiss its head.
Mr Putin may have his
hands full though, as
Central Asian shepherd
dogs can grow to 50kg
(7st 12lb) and are capable
of killing a wolf.
He used to own a
labrador
called
Koni,
The Central Asian
shepherd dog can grow
to weigh 50kg and is
capable of killing a wolf
who went with him to
work. He once let Koni
loose in a meeting with
Angela Merkel, the
German
chancellor, who
was known to be
afraid of dogs,
having been
bitten in
1995. ?I
understand
why he
has to do
t ? to
this
p
prove
he?s a
m
man,?
Mrs
Merkel told
reporters. ?He?s
afraid of his own
weakness.? Mr Putin
apologised, claiming that
he had not known about
the German leader?s fears.
In 2014 President
George W Bush
described how Mr Putin
?kind of dissed? the US
leader?s Scottish terrier,
Barney, when they met,
saying, ?You call that a
dog??
A year later, when Mr
Putin introduced Mr
Bush to Koni, the US
president said that his
counterpart had
remarked, ?with a
twinkle in his eye:
?Bigger, stronger and
faster than Barney?.
?I took it in. I didn?t
react,? Mr Bush recalled.
?I said, ?Wow, anybody
who thinks ?my dog is
bigger than your dog? is
an interesting character.?
Mr Putin?s fondness for
dogs extends to giving
puppies to children who
have written to him,
although last year he
turned down an offer
from the Japanese
government of a second
akita inu to be a
companion to Yume.
President Macron?s government was
accused of ?serious dysfunctions? yesterday over its failure to keep in detention an illegal immigrant who killed
two women in a terrorist attack two
days after he was released.
Two senior interior ministry officials
have been removed for their roles in the
failings that led to the release of Ahmed
Hanachi, a Tunisian, who stabbed
Mauranne Harel, 20, and her cousin
Laura Paumier, 21, in Marseilles on
October 1.
Opposition leaders said that the case
highlighted wide-ranging weaknesses
in France?s efforts to combat illegal
immigration and accused G閞ard Collomb, the interior minister, of seeking
to shift the blame on to civil servants.
Hanachi, 29, shouted Allahu akbar as
he attacked the women at MarseillesSaint-Charles railway station. He was
shot dead by soldiers.
Islamic State claimed responsibility,
although investigators say there is no
evidence that the killer had been in
contact with the jihadist movement.
Mr Collomb ordered an internal
inquiry after it emerged Hanachi had
been arrested at a shopping centre in
Lyons for stealing a ?39 jacket two days
earlier, but was released without charge.
A report by the Administration General Inspectorate found that Hanachi
had no visa authorising him to be in
France, although he had lived there on
and off since at least 2005. He had been
arrested once for theft, once for possessing drugs and four times for being
an illegal immigrant. He had ignored an
order to leave France in 2005 and police
made no effort to return him to Tunisia.
Despite Hanachi?s record, prosecutors in Marseilles decided against
charging him for the theft of the jacket
but detained him in custody overnight
because he was an illegal immigrant.
The next day, a Saturday, police asked
the Rh鬾e prefecture, the interior ministry?s office in the Lyons area, what
they should do with him. A junior official who was running the office on his
own that weekend ordered Hanachi?s
release on the assumption that the local
detention centre was full and because
Tunisia rarely accepted the return of
immigrants from France anyway.
In fact, there was a space in the detention centre that day, the report found,
adding that the failure to detain Hanachi revealed ?serious dysfunctions? in
the system for expelling illegal immigrants in the Lyons area and ?it is certain these dysfunctions exist in other
areas and require corrective measures?.
Laura Paumier and Mauranne Harel
were murdered by Ahmed Hanachi
Mr Macron?s government responded
by moving Henri-Michel Comet, head
of the Rh鬾e prefecture, and Xavier
Inglebert, its general secretary, to other
posts. They will not be dismissed.
Mr Collomb promised to reorganise
the interior ministry?s procedures and
to open 200 new places in detention
centres for illegal immigrants across
France. He also pledged to improve
procedures for their expulsion.
Laurent Wauquiez, the centre-right
opposition leader, said that the officials
had been ousted ?so that the minister
can avoid assuming his responsibilities?. He added ?This shows that
when foreigners are illegal immigrants
in France they are hardly ever taken
back across the border. That means we
are progressively accepting that the law
is not even applied any more.?
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Las Vegas murderer
?didn?t have tumour?
United States
Ben Hoyle Los Angeles
The gambler who murdered 58 people
in Las Vegas in America?s worst modern
mass shooting had nothing obviously
wrong with his brain, according to
doctors who performed his post-mortem examination.
Speculation about Stephen Paddock?s mental health has intensified as
detectives have failed to discover why
he fired more than 1,000 bullets into a
country music festival crowd from his
32nd floor hotel suite on October 1.
Almost 500 people were wounded.
Joseph Lombardo, the sheriff of
Clark County, told the Las Vegas Review
Journal that doctors examining Paddock?s brain found no abnormalities
and Marilou Danley, his girlfriend, had
expressed no concerns about his
mental state. ?All those things you
would expect to find, we have not
found,? the sheriff said.
New details have raised questions
about Paddock?s intentions and the
police response. Last week Las Vegas
police said Paddock, 64, fired on the
crowd from 10.05pm to 10.15pm then
was distracted by Jesus Campos, a ?very
heroic? unarmed security guard at the
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, at
whom he fired more than 200 rounds
through his hotel suite door. The first
police reached the 32nd floor a minute
or so later to find Campos wounded in
the thigh. Paddock never fired at the
crowd again. He was found dead by a
Swat team about an hour later.
Police now believe that Mr Campos,
who was investigating an alarm indicating that a fire exit door was open,
approached Paddock?s suite shortly
before 10pm after hearing drilling from
inside. Paddock opened fire on him
through the door at 9.59pm.
Paddock had not opened fire on the
festival when Mr Campos reported to
hotel security dispatchers that he had
been shot, Tom Roberts, an assistant
sheriff, told The Los Angeles Times. It is
unclear when the hotel alerted police.
Mr Campos took cover and warned a
maintenance man who had appeared to
do so too. The first police officers arrived on the 32nd floor at 10.17pm.
The new order suggested incompetence by the hotel, Richard Patterson, a
lawyer representing families of the victims, said.
?We cannot be certain about the
recent timeline,? a spokeswoman for
MGM Resorts International, which
owns the Mandalay Bay, said. ?We
believe what is being expressed may
not be accurate.?
Paddock may have tried to set off an
explosion by firing at a tank holding
43,000 barrels of jet fuel at McCarran
International Airport near the festival,
CNN reported. He hit the tank twice
and incendiary rounds were found near
it and in Paddock?s room. Detectives
also found ?survival gear?, including
breathing apparatus, in the room.
SEAN KILPATRICK/THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP
Friends reunited Ivanka Trump, the US president?s daughter, with Justin Trudeau, Canada?s prime minister, one of the few
men who spoke at Fortune?s Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington. They had met when he visited the US in March
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Trump?s nuclear demand led to moron jibe
Rhys Blakely, Richard Lloyd Parry
Richard Spencer
A call by President Trump for an eightfold increase in the number of US
nuclear warheads led to his secretary of
state labelling him a moron, according
to reports of a meeting at the Pentagon.
Mr Trump made the request in July
during a wide-ranging review of America?s military position and after being
shown a slide depicting the size of the
US nuclear arsenal, three officials who
were in the room told NBC News.
He is said to have pointed out the
highest number on the chart ? about
32,000 nuclear warheads in the late
1960s ? and told his advisers that he
wanted to have a similar number once
more. The US is estimated to have
about 4,000 warheads.
Senior advisers explained that the
request would break an array of
weapons treaties and risk triggering a
new global arms race. The meeting included Joseph Dunford, chairman of
the joint chiefs of staff, James Mattis,
the defence secretary, and Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state. After Mr
Trump had left, Mr Tillerson allegedly
called the president a moron.
Mr Trump yesterday dismissed the
story as inaccurate, tweeting: ?Fake
@NBCNews made up a story that I
wanted a ?tenfold? increase in our US
nuclear arsenal. Pure fiction, made up
to demean.? He added on Twitter:
?With all of the Fake News coming out
of NBC and the Networks, at what
point is it appropriate to challenge their
Licence? Bad for country!?
Broadcast licences are administered
by the Federal Communications Commission and are not usually revoked
unless a holder commits serious illegal
conduct.
Mr Mattis also issued a statement last
US nuclear stockpiles
since 1962 (thousands)
Salt I treaty
Salt II Start I
treaty
Cuban
missile
crisis
Includes
active and
inactive
warheads
35
30
25
20
Start II
15
USSR
disbands
10
5
0
62 70
80
90 2000 10
15 17
Source: Arsenal Control Association
United States
night, describing the report of the
alleged request for more nuclear weapons as ?absolutely false?.
Mr Trump had described the alleged
?moron? comment as fake news on
Tuesday but added that he and Mr
Tillerson should perhaps compare
IQ scores.
The report of Mr Trump?s request
emerged yesterday as his White House
faced two nuclear challenges, in North
Korea and Iran. US strategic bombers
again carried out exercises close to
North Korea yesterday, hours after Mr
Trump and a group of senior advisers,
including Mr Tillerson and Mr Mattis,
met to discuss their strategy towards
Pyongyang.
Asked if he and Mr Tillerson agreed
on North Korea, Mr Trump said last
night: ?I think I have a little bit different
attitude on North Korea than other
people might have. And I listen to
everybody, but ultimately my attitude is
the one that matters, isn?t it??
Ri Yong-ho, North Korea?s foreign
minister, said that Mr Trump?s bellicose
rhetoric had ?lit the wick of a war
against us?. ?We need to settle the final
score, only with a hail of fire, not
words,? he told the Russian news agency Tass.
Cybersecurity experts also said that
North Korean hackers had targeted US
electricity companies. The hackers sent
?spearfishing? emails to executives. If
opened, the messages would install
malware on their network, according to
FireEye, a security company.
Separately, Mr Trump is expected to
withdraw his blessing from the Iran
nuclear deal as soon as this weekend,
ignoring recommendations from his
security advisers and allies, including
Britain.
Theresa May has urged Mr Trump to
stick to the deal during a telephone call.
Mr Trump must guarantee to Congress
every 90 days that Iran is fulfilling its
commitments. If he does not, Congress
has 60 days in which to decide whether
to reapply sanctions.
White House officials also said that
Mr Trump planned to designate the
Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a
terrorist group in a statement this week.
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All the president?s yes men just aren?t helping him, friend says
Rhys Blakely Washington
A close confidant of President Trump
delivered a rare public rebuke yesterday, saying that he had surrounded
himself with ?yes men? and urging him
to split from his nationalist base.
Tom Barrack, 70, a billionaire property mogul who turned down a cabinet
position, is considered one of the few
people whom Mr Trump regards as a
peer. He said that he was bewildered at
the president?s focus on contentious
policies such as the Muslim travel ban
and building a wall along the Mexican
border.
?He thinks he has to be loyal to his
base,? Mr Barrack told The Washington
Post. ?I keep on saying, ?But who is your
base? You don?t have a natural base.
Your base now is the world and America, so you have all these constituencies.
Show them who you really are.? In my
opinion, he?s better than this.?
Mr Barrack has known Mr Trump
since the 1980s. He raised funds for
his presidential campaign and has
been mentioned as a possible
White House chief of staff.
He said yesterday that he had
been shocked by Mr Trump?s incendiary tweets. ?I tell him all the
time, ?I don?t like the rhetoric?,? Mr Barrack said.
Mr Trump, he added,
was surrounded by too
many ?yes men?. He said:
?He is very good at being told he is
wrong. People don?t have the
courage to do it.
?He pushes back hard, but the
people he respects the most are
the people who have the most
refined and not wimpy
Tom Barrack
turned down a
cabinet position
point of view.? Mr Barrack said the pair
had ?a great personal friendship?, adding: ?Our lives went along the same cadence. We both got divorced, we both
had kids the same age, we both got remarried, and we did different deals together.?
Asked how their friendship had
survived, Mr Barrack said: ?Here?s what
I think the answer is: I?ve never needed
anything from him . . . I was always
subservient to him.?
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JACKSON VINCENT/CATERS NEWS
Child marriage
is the same as
rape, says India?s
highest court
India
Hugh Tomlinson Delhi
When she was 15 Nirmala was married
off to a man from her village in
Rajasthan, northern India. He was
more than twice her age. On their wedding night and for weeks afterwards he
forced himself on her, ignoring her
pleas to stop. Soon she began bleeding
heavily. In severe pain, she visited her
mother and told her of the ordeal.
?This is life, I did the same,? her
mother said. ?This is why you were put
on this earth.?
India?s Supreme Court disagrees. In a
landmark case that will affect millions
of child brides, it ruled yesterday that
sex with a minor amounts to rape, even
if the couple are married. The judgment
closes a legal loophole that has allowed
men to flout the age of consent without
fear of punishment.
Activists hope that the ruling could
prove a first step towards an outright
crackdown on the scourge of child
marriage in India and South Asia,
where tens of millions of girls are forced
each year into sexual slavery. Child
marriage is illegal in India but a report
by Unicef this year found that 47 per
cent of Indian girls are married before
they are 18, the age of consent. Nearly a
fifth are married before they turn 15.
Enforcing the ruling will be difficult
in a patriarchal society that has ignored
the abuse inherent in child marriage for
hundreds of years. Even the judiciary
has appeared conflicted. Yesterday?s
ruling overturned one from another
court a month ago, where it was decided that sex with a minor aged 15 to 18
was not rape if it was within marriage.
India has yet to criminalise marital
rape, though a challenge is before the
courts. The government says that it opposes the move because it would damage the institution of marriage and
could make men vulnerable to harassment by their wives.
Activists hailed yesterday?s verdict as
a step in the right direction and vowed
to keep up the fight to outlaw child
marriage altogether.
Meenakshi Ganguly, the South Asia
director for Human Rights Watch, said:
?This corrects a discrepancy in the law
and will hopefully go some way in
ending the practice of early marriage.
However, the state has to do much
more.?
Nirmala did not heed her mother?s
advice and fled to a refuge in Jodhpur,
where she is receiving legal assistance
to get a divorce.
At the Saarti Trust, home to 33
young women fleeing abusive relationships, there was jubilation at the
court ruling.
Kriti Bharti, who runs the refuge
and finds legal help and education
for girls like Nirmala, said: ?These
girls are children. They do not
understand what consent is. Many do
not even understand that they have
been abused. They are so young
they do not know any different. This is
life to them. I am very happy at the
ruling but this is just the start of the
journey.?
Poverty, weak law enforcement, the
enduring preference of parents for boys
over girls and India?s pernicious caste
and dowry systems are all factors that
prompt millions of families to marry off
their daughters as early as possible. The
system is rife with abuse, with thousands of young girls sold off or traded
for a few rupees.
A recent police sting in the southern
city of Hyderabad lifted the lid on the
thriving trade in underage girls bought
and sold on the black market.
Eight Arab men from the Gulf were
arrested at a ?bride bazaar? at which
teenage girls were paraded before
prospective buyers, some as old as 80.
One trader caught in the sweep
admitted that some girls were bought
as wives for �0 and shipped to the
Middle East. Others were used for sex,
paid a few rupees and discarded.
Roo are you looking at? This proud kangaroo flexes its muscles in Boodjidup creek near Margaret River, Western Australia
Plague outbreak spreads in Madagascar
Madagascar
Aislinn Laing Johannesburg
Fears are growing that a plague outbreak that has killed 54 people on Madagascar will spread to other densely
populated African countries.
The Indian Ocean island has been hit
by two strains: bubonic plague, which is
spread by rats, and the pneumonic
form, which can spread from person to
person through coughing, sometimes
killing within 24 hours if not treated.
Madagascar has suffered at least one
case of plague almost every year since
1980, often carried by rats fleeing forest
fires, but the pneumonic strain has
recently spread to urban areas, including the capital Antananarivo, prompting the World Health Organisation to
send 1.2 million doses of antibiotics.
The first identified case was a 31year-old man with symptoms similar to
malaria. He travelled through the capital by taxi and cases sprang up along his
route. Since then at least 500 cases have
been identified nationwide.
President Rajaonarimampianina has
declared Madagascar ?at war? with the
disease but urged people not to panic.
?We have the weapons and munitions
to fight this epidemic,? he said. Public
gatherings have been banned and
schools and universities shut. However,
pharmacies have sold out of face masks
and medication.
Johannesburg, Nairobi and Addis
Ababa have direct flights to Antananarivo, and health checks have been set up
at transport hubs.
Police are also searching for a 24year-old scrap metal dealer in the capital who was confirmed as a plague
carrier then escaped from an isolation
ward in hospital.
McDonald?s not lovin? rebel franchise Last will and textament cuts
Hugh Tomlinson
McDonald?s in India has an unlikely
problem: it is struggling to stop restaurants selling its food.
Eight weeks after the company cancelled its franchise agreement with a
partner in Delhi, more than 150 restaurants across northern India, replete
with the famous golden arches, are still
churning out the Maharaja Mac, a
chicken version of the Big Mac, and a
spicy potato burger, the McAloo Tikki.
The US fast food company is fighting
to reclaim control of its brand after a
long and acrimonious dispute.
Vikram Bakshi, an Indian property
tycoon, yesterday described McDonald?s efforts to force him out as ?a
coup? and ?capitalism gone mad?.
Through his company, Connaught Plaza Restaurants, he has vowed to continue selling McDonald?s-branded food
and drinks, to the fury of the company.
?It?s like an American soap opera.
Maybe they are used to watching these
sort of programmes but this is not how
things work in the real world,? a defiant
Mr Bakshi told The Times.
McDonald?s restaurants in India
serve neither beef nor pork, in accordance with Hindu and Muslim religious
rules, but that has not dented the
brand?s appeal. The chain opened its
first outlet in 1996, in partnership with
Mr Bakshi, and now has 400 selling
local variations of its menu.
Despite this success, the relationship
with Mr Bakshi soured. McDonald?s
first tried to buy him out and then
sought to have him removed as managing director of the franchise. The dispute shuttled between the boardroom
and the courts until August, when
McDonald?s cancelled their agreement.
Mr Bakshi appears unruffled by his
stand-off with the company. Business is
good, he claims. Citing a previous ruling in his favour by an Indian commercial court, he adds that McDonald?s
treatment has been, ?unjust, unfair, illegal and malicious?.
?They?re trying to wind up the company. They don?t care about the 6,800
employees . . . or the suppliers. We have
a joint venture with them and we are
carrying on as normal.?
McDonald?s is said to have tried leaning on suppliers to choke off the Indian
restaurants, but most have continued
to sell to Mr Bakshi as their contracts
are with Connaught Plaza rather than
McDonald?s. Mr Bakshi says he has
simply found replacements for those
who caved in to pressure from the US.
McDonald?s says that Connaught
Plaza is ?no longer authorised to use the
McDonald?s system and its associated
intellectual property,? and has said it is
reapplying to the courts to terminate
the agreement.
There are even suggestions it might
tear down the golden arches from Mr
Bakshi?s restaurants ? an ignominious
end to a once-fruitful partnership.
out wife and son by phone
Australia
Foreign Staff
A dead man?s unsent text message leaving his home and pension to his brother
rather than his wife and son and ending
with a smiley face emoji has been ruled
a legitimate will by an Australian court.
The man?s message, addressed to the
brother, was found on his phone after
he took his life in October 2016, aged 55.
?The informal nature of the text does
not exclude it from being sufficient to
represent the deceased?s testamentary
intentions,? said Justice Susan Brown at
the Brisbane Supreme Court.
The text described how the husband
had become disgruntled with his wife.
?You and [nephew] keep all that I have
house and superannuation, put my ashes in the back garden . . . [wife] will take
her stuff only she?s OK gone back to her
ex AGAIN I?m beaten,? it read. The
message provided bank account details
and was signed off ?My will?.
The wife argued that it could not be
accepted as a will since the message was
never sent, but the court found that the
wording of the text indicated the man?s
intent to have it included in his will.
?The reference to his house and superannuation and his specification that
the [wife] was to take her own things indicates he was aware of the nature and
extent of his estate, which was relatively small,? the judge added.
The court said the dead man did not
have any real contact with his son and
a ?rocky? relationship with his wife, although they had in the past enjoyed
?happier times?. Despite the ruling, the
judge found that the wife could make a
further application for the estate under
family law.
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?Make major
brands liable
for abuses
by suppliers?
Alexandra Frean
Leading brands should be made
responsible for labour market abuses
further down their supply chain,
including minimum wage violations,
even if they do not directly employ the
workers involved, MPs have been told.
Matthew Taylor, author of a government review on modern working practices and the gig economy published in
July, said he had realised since then that
he might have gone further by considering whether large companies should
be made jointly liable for illegal practices among their contractors.
Mr Taylor, head of the Royal Society
of Arts and Tony Blair?s former head of
policy, cited the case of a road haulage
firm in Manchester run by ?cowboys?
who had encouraged their drivers to
create their own small companies and
work as contractors. When the haulier
went bust, the drivers lost their jobs and
were pursued by the HM Revenue and
Customs for not paying all the tax they
should have as employees.
?The question I want to ask is, who
were they delivering for? Whose goods
were in those lorries?? he said to a joint
meeting of the Commons Business,
Energy and Industrial Strategy and
Work and Pensions committees. ?Arguably the idea of joint liability would
have meant that companies at the top
of that tree, which may be major
brands, would have wanted to make
sure that kind of practice wasn?t taking
place at the bottom of the supply chain.?
He warned of a ?race to the bottom?,
where companies that followed good
employment rules throughout their
supply chain were undercut by rivals
who flouted them.
On employment concerns in the gig
economy, Peter Kyle, Labour member
for Hove, suggested to Mr Taylor that
Uber, which has recently lost its
London licence, was revelling in its
?bad boy status?. Consumers knew that
the company had ?dodgy working practices? but used it anyway because it was
convenient, he said.
Mr Taylor, an Uber customer, agreed
that forcing the company to pay the
minimum wage could add to its costs
and may mean an end to the kind of ondemand work valued greatly both by
drivers and users.
His solution, outlined in his review, is
an adaption of current piece-rate legislation, which would exempt employers
from the minimum wage providing
they can show the average worker,
working averagely hard, would earn
120 per cent of the minimum wage.
However, Rachel Reeves, chairwoman of the business committee, said this
would be difficult to enforce.
Sheer gall Big agricultural exporters including the US, Canada and New Zealand, above, are furious over plans to split protective agricultural quotas after Brexit. Page 44
Scourge of BHS turns his
guns on Monarch bosses
Pension deal leaves staff vulnerable, warns Frank Field
Alex Ralph
Workers and customers of the
collapsed Monarch Airlines have been
left to foot the bill while the ?megarich?owners walk away with a ?bumper
profit?, a senior MP has claimed.
Frank Field heads the Commons
work and pensions committee, which
investigated the collapse of BHS before
Sir Philip Green handed over �3 million to plug a pension hole.
The Labour MP has written to the
head of the Pension Protection Fund,
the industry-funded lifeboat, querying
a �5 million secured loan note granted
to the PPF by Greybull Capital, Monarch?s private equity owner.
Calling yesterday for better
protection for pension scheme
members, Mr Field said: ?How can it be
that once again, mega-rich individuals
could walk away from a collapsed
company with a bumper profit while
ordinary people pick up the bill?? As the
fallout from the carrier?s failure
spreads, the MP also raised questions
about Greybull?s possible priority over
competing creditors in the aftermath of
Monarch?s administration.
Mr Field?s letter to Alan Rubenstein,
chief executive of the fund, was sent on
Tuesday and released yesterday. He
asked whether the fund had received
any payments from the �5 million loan
note, where the outstanding debt owed
to the fund ?rank[s] in the order of creditor preference? and ?what action will
the PPF take to secure any remaining
monies due?.
When administrators at KPMG were
called in last week there were suggestions Greybull stood to lose ten of millions of pounds. However, closer scrutiny of a series of complex financial arrangements since the ailing airline was
bought for �in 2014 led to reports that
it could emerge financially unscathed.
Greybull?s acquisition of Monarch from
Switzerland?s Mantegazza family was
cleared by the Pension Regulator as
part of a deal in which Monarch?s pension scheme was separated and placed
into the fund under a regulated apportionment arrangement.
In addition to the loan note, the
scheme received � million from the
previous owners and the fund was also
given a 10 per cent equity stake in the
restructured business. The deal was
supposed to ensure pensioners benefitted from any potential improvement in
the performance of Monarch.
Mr Field has asked whether Greybull?s acquisition had ?compromised
the interests of the PPF? and if it ?was
still satisfied? that it was the ?best outcome achievable at the time?.
The Labour MP said yesterday that
the law must be changed to ?robustly
protect pension schemes against owners seeking to line their pockets while
avoiding their responsibilities?. In a
statement issued before a formal response to Mr Field?s letter, the fund defended the 2014 Monarch deal. Malcolm Weir, director of restructuring
and insolvency, said: ?The expected recovery for the pension scheme if Monarch had gone bust in November 2014
was � We believe that the protections
we negotiated in November 2014 to ensure our debt and equity could not be
superseded or watered down have operated as intended.?
The pension scheme had 2,441 members and a deficit of �4 million on a
buyout basis the year before Greybull
engineered the acquisition.
A spokesman for Greybull said that
Monarch
received
more
than
�0 million of new capital under its
ownership and all financing was approved by regulators. It added that the
loan note would be ?paid in full? if assets
were recovered by administrators.
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Need to know
1
The British division of eBay
paid �6 million in corporation
tax last year despite revenues
of more than �billion, the
company?s accounts disclose. More
than 14 million people trade on
eBay.co.uk each month but
documents filed at Companies
House report that the online
business made only �6 million in
the UK last year. Page 16
2
About one million vulnerable
households could have their
energy bills cut by �0 a year
from February. However, a price
cap on all ?rip off? standard tariffs
proposed by the government today
may not come into effect until
2019. Page 18
3
Ministers have confirmed that
they would earmark up to
�7 million in annual
subsidies for proposed offshore
wind farms and other renewable
technologies. Most onshore
windfarms will not be eligible to
compete for the contracts but
projects in the Shetland, Orkney
and Western Isles will be allowed
to take part. Page 18
4
Workers and customers of the
collapsed Monarch Airlines
have been left to foot the bill
while the ?mega rich? owners walk
away with a ?bumper profit?, a
senior MP has claimed. Page 41
5
Top brands should be made
responsible for labour market
abuses committed further
down their supply chain, even if
they do not directly employ the
workers involved, MPs have been
told. Page 41
6
Estate agents and surveyors
say they are seeing the
weakest level of interest from
buyers since the immediate
aftermath of the Brexit vote, as
activity in the property market
stalls. About 20 per cent more
members said they had seen a fall
in the number of inquiries from
buyers in September compared
with those who had seen an
increase since the previous month.
7
A rising global debt pile and
the growing search for riskier
assets by investors is laying
the ground for another global
financial crash, the International
Monetary Fund has warned.
8
London?s position as a global
magnet for business and
culture is likely to remain
unrivalled after leaving the EU, a
study claims. It would have to lose
35 per cent of its value across
metrics including GDP, exports
and numbers of foreign residents
before it would be overtaken by its
closest rival, New York. Page 44
9
A former FTSE 100 mining
company owned by a group of
Kazakh oligarchs has won the
right to appeal against a judgment
forcing it to hand over to the
Serious Fraud Office legal
documents from an internal
corruption inquiry. Page 47
10
The false data scandal at
Kobe, the Japanese metals
group, has deepened as
the firm added steel to the list of
supplies that could be affected.
The Japanese government has
called on Kobe to clarify how far
the manipulation of inspection
data on steel, aluminium and
other metals has spread. Page 48
Buyers sit on
their hands
as property
market stalls
Tom Knowles Property Correspondent
Estate agents and surveyors say they
are seeing the weakest level of interest
from buyers since the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote, as activity in
the property market stalls.
Members of the Royal Institution of
Chartered Surveyors are reporting a
noticeably subdued housing market
and believe this lack of momentum is
likely to persist for several months as
economic uncertainty takes hold.
About 20 per cent more members
said they had seen a fall in the number
of inquiries from buyers in September
compared with those who had seen an
increase since the previous month. This
marks the sixth consecutive month
that inquiries have fallen and the weakest balance since July last year.
The lacklustre demand is echoed in
housing sales. The institution said that
15 per cent more respondents reported
a fall in agreed sales rather than a rise,
the weakest level since July 2016.
London and the southeast had the
biggest decline in sales but the dearth in
transactions was widespread during
September, with only Wales and the
southwest showing an increase.
?The further decline in new buyer inquiries shows the pretty fickle nature of
demand in the face of current economic
uncertainty,? said Lucian Cook, director of residential research at Savills. He
added that the RICS survey is considered a lead indicator of where the housing market is heading and ?suggests
further softening of house price growth
across the country as a whole but particularly in London?.
The number of homes coming up for
sale remained relatively stable in September, however, having declined continuously for the past 18 months. The
average amount of stock on estate
agents? books lingers near record lows
at 43.3 houses per branch.
Economic uncertainty around Brexit
negotiations is causing some homeowners to hold back from moving,
while an overhaul of stamp duty rates at
the end of 2014 has considerably added
to moving costs for those in the upper
end of the market.
Landlords have also been affected by
a 3 per cent stamp duty surcharge on
second homes and buy-to-let properties since April 2016, as well as the removal of the tax relief they could claim
on mortgage interest payments.
House prices in many parts of
London and the southeast have also
reached the limit of what buyers can
afford under current mortgage regulations. Savills said last month that the
number of homes for sale above �million that have had to drop their price
has nearly doubled this year. In addition, the RICS said this month that
some estate agents and surveyors are
reporting that an expected rise in interest rates was ?contributing to the more
cautious tone in market sentiment?.
However, despite the lack of activity,
house prices held steady in September
at a national level, with 6 per cent more
RICS members seeing a rise in prices
than a fall. There is a regional variation.
More estate agents in London, the
southeast, East Anglia and the northeast reported a fall in prices than a rise,
but price growth remains relatively
robust across the rest of the UK.
Looking ahead, the only regions
where surveyors expect to see a rise in
prices in the next three months are
Scotland and Northern Ireland. However, in 12 months, respondents do
expect prices to increase in almost all
areas, with London the sole exception.
Fewer people need to own
homes, claims housebuilder
Tom Knowles
The chief executive of one of Britain?s
leading housebuilders said the Conservative government has spent far too
long fixating on the ?capitalist? pursuit
of increasing home ownership.
Ian Sutcliffe, head of Countryside
Properties, said Theresa May?s pledge
of contributing a further �billion
towards affordable housing in the UK
was an acknowledgment that previous
policies on housing had been flawed.
?This is a recognition by the Tories
that they have probably damaged
themselves by purely pushing down
this capitalist ?own your own home? line
for the last six to seven years,? he said.
?There is a recognition that different
tenures and more affordable housing is
needed, and never more so in London.?
A move towards more council
housing benefits Countryside as the
company both builds private homes
and enters partnerships with local
authorities to develop shared ownership and other affordable homes.
The chief executive was speaking as
the FTSE 250 company released a trading update revealing that it had built
28 per cent more homes in the year to
the end of September, taking its total for
the year to 3,389. The group delivered
2,192 homes in partnership with local
authorities, alongside a 53 per cent rise
in private homes for sale to 1,197 homes.
The average selling price of Countryside?s private homes dropped by 23 per
cent to �5,000, as part of a move away
from the higher end of the market.
Telford, which predominantly builds
apartments in east London, said that
the housing shortage in the capital
meant it had shrugged off uncertainty
in the market, although pre-tax profits
for the six months to September 30
were likely to be ?significantly? lower
than last year.
Network Rail?s upgrades
monopoly shunted aside
N
etwork Rail
will be
stripped of its
monopoly to
upgrade the railway
today as the
government unveils a
multibillion-pound
package that is
designed to improve
punctuality and
combat overcrowding
(Graeme Paton writes).
Ministers are
expected to signal that
major projects such as
the overhaul of the
Transpennine line
across northern
England and a new
western rail link into
Heathrow will be
opened to competition
from rival companies.
The Department for
Transport will suggest
that Network Rail will
no longer have a
monopoly over
enhancements after
warnings over
spiralling budgets and
missed deadlines.
The move comes as
the government
prepares to publish its
IMF calls for higher
Philip Aldrick in Washington
Tom Knowles Economics Correspondent
The International Monetary Fund has
called for higher income taxes on the
rich to help to balance budgets and
arrest the political threats posed by
inequality in a sharp break with its prevailing orthodoxy.
The fund claimed that raising tax
rates on the richest 1 per cent in the
world?s wealthiest countries would not
damage growth, in defiance of conventional economic thinking.
The proposals were warmly welcomed by the Labour Party, which in its
manifesto had proposed higher taxes
on the richest 5 per cent of Britons, but
prompted a backlash from the White
House as President Trump struggles to
push through tax cuts.
In its fiscal monitor report, the IMF
dismissed arguments that raising tax
would be bad for growth. ?Empirical
results do not support this argument, at
least for levels of progressivity that are
not excessive,? it said. Tax theory suggests that there should be ?significantly
higher? tax rates for those on higher
incomes.
The top rate of income tax for those
earning more than �0,000 is 45 per
cent. Jeremy Corbyn had proposed
raising it to 50 per cent for those on
more than �3,000 and applying the
45 per cent rate to anyone on more than
�,000.
John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said: ?The IMF support the argument we made in the general election
for a fairer tax system.?
Economists pointed out that the
overall UK tax burden is already due to
increase to its highest level since the
1970s. Earlier in the week the IMF had
indicated that Labour plans to borrow
and spend were misguided by declaring
the present ?moderate? level of austerity planned for next year appropriate.
The IMF?s work found that the average top income tax rate for advanced
nations who were members of the
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rail funding settlement
for the next five-year
period from 2019-24.
It is believed that
more cash will be
invested in the day-today maintenance and
operation of the
network. New forecasts
released by the DfT
show that almost
850,000 people will be
carried by rail into the
ten biggest English
cities during the
morning peak by 2024
? a rise of more than
38,000 in five years.
Chris Grayling, the
transport secretary, is
Private investment in network soars
Train operators launched a
defence of the privatised
railway as figures showed that
a record �5 million was
invested in the network last
year (Graeme Paton writes).
A report from the Office of
Rail and Road showed that
spending increased by 13.2 per
cent in 2016-17 compared with
the previous 12 months. The
funding, which included
�7 million in new trains, was
the highest since figures were
first collected a decade ago.
Train operators also paid
more to the government in
premiums than they received
in direct taxpayer subsidies for
the seventh year in a row,
though the �3 million paid
was down by 8.5 per cent.
Government investment in
the railways of �2 billion was
the lowest level in 15 years.
The Rail Delivery Group,
which represents train
companies, said that the
investment was ?improving
journeys, better connecting
communities and creating jobs
now and for the long term?.
Tornado, built in 2008,
passes through Durham.
Parts of the rail network
date from the steam age
expected to announce
that the � billion
handed to Network
Rail for routine
maintenance between
2014-19 will rise to
reflect higher demand.
It follows evidence
from the Office of Rail
and Road, the rail
watchdog, that there
was a ?need for
increased volumes? of
day-to-day repairs to
prevent the Victorian
rail infrastructure
grinding to a halt.
The settlement,
however, is unlikely to
cover ?big ticket?
enhancements such as
the electrification of
existing routes or the
construction of wholly
new rail lines. Funding
for these will be
announced separately
case by case.
Network Rail has
defended its record
delivering major
projects such as the
huge upgrade of
Birmingham New
Street. But it has been
heavily criticised over
the electrification of
the Great Western
mainline, where costs
have tripled and work
is years behind
schedule.
A DfT source said:
?Network Rail can no
longer assume that
funding for big-ticket
items will go to them.
They must compete for
it.?
Mark Carne, the
chief executive of
Network Rail, said:
?Every individual
project should be
justified in its own
right and we should be
asking for the money
at the time when it is
needed, rather than
the position we?ve had
in which that money is
announced in advance
and planning fits in
around that funding
envelope.?
taxes on rich to ease inequality
Markets keep climbing amid Fed caution on rate rises
Global stock markets
continued to flirt with
new highs as Japan?s
leading share index
closed at a 21-year high
while the Dow Jones
industrial average
finished last night with its
48th record close of the
year (Callum Jones and
James Dean write).
The Nikkei 225 rose
57.76 points to hit
20,881,27, with polls
putting the current
Japanese government on
course to retain power in
next week?s election.
Stronger corporate
results and economic
improvements helped lift
the index to its highest
level since late 1996.
In London the FTSE
100 continued to trade
just short of record
territory, ending the day
down only 4.46 points, at
7,533.81. The broader
FTSE 250 closed up
21.5 points to break its
previous high by one
point, at 20,167.78.
On Wall Street there
was a nervous start as
investors waited for the
US Federal Reserve to
publish minutes of its
September meeting. But
after they showed that
?many? Fed officials
suggested caution over
the pace of interest rate
rises because sluggish
inflation could prove to
be persistent, normal
service resumed.
All three major indices
registered record closes,
the Dow Jones up 42.21
points at 22,872.89, the
broader S&P 500 up 4.60
points at 2,555.24 and
the Nasdaq Composite
16.30 points higher at
6,603.55.
Hugh Dive, chief
investment officer at
Atlas Funds
Management, concurred
with the broad view of
analysts, saying: ?One of
the biggest drivers of
global equities is the
United States and some
of the macro data
coming out from there
has been quite positive.
There is also this view
that China is travelling
much better than many
people had expected.?
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development had fallen from
62 per cent in 1981 to 35 per cent in 2015.
It emphasised that cuts for the top 1 per
cent of earners had gone too far.
?In addition, tax systems are less progressive than indicated by the statutory
rates because wealthy individuals have
more access to tax relief,? Vitor Gaspar,
the head of the IMF?s fiscal affairs unit
said.
In the US, Mick Mulvaney, Republican director of the US Office of Management and Budget, told the Financial
Times that the IMF was ?heavily invested in [tax reforms] not working out?.
The IMF also warned that a rising
global debt pile and the growing search
for riskier assets by investors is laying
the ground for another global financial
crash. It said benign economic conditions were masking the long-term risk
of a $135 trillion debt pile that has
emerged within G20 nations, which
consumers and businesses alike are
finding harder to service.
Kazakh miner tests
limits of virtue
business commentary Alistair Osborne
A
s paragons of virtue go,
it?s hard to beat Eurasian
Natural Resources Corp:
the miner from Borat
land that the UK market
was so lucky to bag in 2007. Over six
glorious years, ENRC took all usual
standards of corporate behaviour ?
and ingeniously redefined them.
And who can forget the delightful
carry-ons? There was the
$100 million that clean vanished
from the group?s Kazakh unit
SSGPO ? at least allegedly. And
who knows if that was the reason
for the sudden exit of 20 staff? Or if
they were the same ones said to
have siphoned off company funds to
buy a guesthouse and horse farm?
Naturally, there was a
whistleblower, too. Plus an internal
inquiry. Uncannily, it coincided with
?an intrusion into the group?s
electronic systems by a third party?
? itself coinciding with a ?burglary?
and the mysterious disappearance of
a laptop containing employee bank
details. There was that anonymous
email, too, sent to one investigator,
telling him to ?sit in London and
don?t f**k with our heads? ? or risk
being ?torn into pieces?.
Unsurprisingly, the Serious Fraud
Office got in on the act, with an
inquiry into alleged ?fraud, bribery
and corruption? at ENRC?s Kazakh
and African mines. And guess what?
It proved the ideal cue for ENRC?s
three co-founders holding 44 per
cent of the shares, Alexander
Mashkevitch, Patokh Chodiev and
Alijan Ibragimov, to buy the group
back ? at half the float price. And
all after screwing �4 billion out of
the London market in 2007.
So it?s quite a shock to see ENRC
now being held up as some sort of
test case for what exactly constitutes
?legal privilege?. Even more to think
it might have a case. It?s just been
given leave to appeal a court ruling
in May that would have forced
ENRC to hand to the SFO most of
the findings of the board?s internal
investigation into the whistleblower
claims ? an inquiry largely handled
by law firm Dechert (report, page
47). No matter that ENRC is now in
litigation with Dechert over its eyepopping �.3 million fees, there?s
also a legal principle at stake.
ENRC argues that if the work of
external lawyers is not covered by
privilege, companies will have far
less incentive to launch internal
inquiries, not least investigating
whistleblower allegations. In fact,
they may end up being punished for
doing the right thing. Anything they
discover could, in the hands of the
SFO, amount to self-incrimination.
Meantime, employees won?t disclose
anything in an internal investigation
if they feel their testimony could
wind up with the SFO. They?d insist
on being interviewed under caution.
The SFO?s riposte to all that is
that companies are using internal
inquiries and legal privilege to
muddy the waters and frustrate its
investigations ? a contention, for
example, in the long fight with
Barclays over releasing documents.
And given ENRC?s history, who?d
say that wasn?t totally out of the
question? Still, some sort of legal
clarity is long overdue. If the ENRC
case produces that, at least its float
won?t have been a total disaster.
Energy failure
A
n act of parliament for
Wayne and Waynetta Slob
might attract its critics. But
how much better if it?s also to the
benefit of the business secretary,
Greg Clark. Like them, he can?t be
bovvered to switch his ?leccy
provider ? and not even because
he?s too busy ?smoking a fag?.
No, Mr Clark?s just a fan of energy
price caps ? proving, if nothing
else, that he knows how to ignore
his permanent secretary, Alex
Chisholm. Who is he? The ex-boss
of the Competition and Markets
Authority who oversaw its two-year
review into the energy market. It
concluded, with one dissenting
voice, that price caps weren?t the
answer for the 15 million households
on pricey standard variable tariffs.
Anyway, price caps are back on
again, after Theresa May?s coughing
fit. And Mr Clark is badgering
Ofgem to get on with it, even before
he?s drafted the legislation. So, it?s
good to see that the regulator?s boss,
Dermot Nolan, has resisted
anything more draconian than a
spot of price protection for another
million ?vulnerable households?,
however you define them. His
safeguard tariff brings average
savings of �0 a year: something
that could be extended to four
million households by winter 2018.
By then, of course, Mr Clark
could have his cap ? assuming the
government?s still standing. Mr
Nolan is too polite to say it but you
sense he fears a widespread cap
could hurt what?s left of competition
in the market ? to the detriment of
consumers who can be bothered to
switch. Still, at least Mr Clark and
the Slobs will be happy.
Character building
E
h-oh. More terrible news from
Teletubby-land. Character
Group?s now had a profits
warning. And only three weeks after
a mini one, itself coming just days
after Tinky Winky and the rest of
the board had an irretrievable ?loss
of confidence?. Not in the business,
luckily, but in Mark Dowding, the
former finance director.
Anyway, the shares are down
another 13 per cent to 388p, mainly
due to Toys R Us?s Chapter 11 antics
hitting international sales. Still, not
to worry. Next year, the company
will be ?introducing exceptionally
exciting new products, mainly
developed in-house?. Not a Mark
Dowding voodoo doll, surely?
Arup?s tasty tip
A
t last a solution to the
housing crisis: mushroom
bricks that grow in five days.
Not only that: potato insulation and
peanut partitioning. Engineer Arup
reckons food waste can happily be
reconfigured into building materials
? all part of the ?circular economy?.
Handy, too, if you?re peckish. Brings
a whole new meaning to being
?eaten out of house and home?.
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Global anger at plans to split EU quotas
Marcus Leroux Trade Correspondent
British diplomats are prepared for a
year of ?intensive discussions? over
plans confirmed yesterday to split
protective agricultural quotas with the
EU after Brexit.
In a joint letter to World Trade Organisation members, the EU and UK?s
representatives to the Geneva-based
guardian of the international trading
system confirmed their plan to apportion the 28 EU quotas between them
according to historic trading patterns.
The move has already drawn a furious response from big agricultural exporters including the US, Canada and
New Zealand. They argue that splitting
the quota will harm them by depriving
them of flexibility to ship goods where
prices are highest. They also say the
plan will hinder their ability to ship produce to one port in Britain for onward
distribution in Europe, or vice versa.
Julian Braithwaite, Britain?s permanent representative to the WTO, wrote
in a blog post published alongside the
letter yesterday: ?It is hardly a surprise
that we have never committed to
granting our trading partners a windfall
gain of doubling their market access!
Local producers in the UK would be
displaced.?
But he added: ?We are open to hear-
ing why they [WTO partners] consider
that our approach to the matter will disrupt their trade, if that is their view. We
will then reflect on what we have heard
before deciding our next steps.
?The UK has over a year before it
needs to submit its own UK specific
schedules. We want to do so with the
support of our trading partners in the
WTO. So over the next year we plan to
have extensive and intensive discussions to find a way forward.?
One source familiar with trade negotiations in New Zealand stated the talks
would be brutal.
?All that the EU and the UK have
done is open themselves up to a world
of pain. But really this is going to be very
serious for them?, the source said.
Vangelis Vitalis, a senior New Zealand diplomat, said last week that the
?failure to consult with quota holders
before ?settling? an approach is most
unfortunate?, adding: ?Please don?t
imagine it is just little old New Zealand
with concerns. Tot up [quota] holders
and reflect on who they are. I bet they
too will not lie down.?
British sheep farmers have already
expressed their concern about Brexit
presaging more liberal trade with New
Zealand, which has about six times as
many sheep as people.
Other countries to have voiced con-
cerns over the EU-UK approach
include Uruguay, Brazil and Thailand.
The vocal opposition of New Zealand
was embarrassing for Britain because it
was among the first countries to offer to
negotiate a free trade agreement after
the EU referendum.
The EU will also help pave the way
for Britain to accede to the Government Procurement Agreement, a
WTO accord that governs the $1.7 trillion market in public procurement.
Mr Braithwaite said Britain represents about a quarter of the EU?s value
to other GPA members, which means
?it is in everybody?s interest that we remain part of it after we leave the EU?.
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Fox resurrects
Board of Trade
for modern era
Capital ?will
still have a
key role on
world stage?
Tom Knowles
L
ondon?s position
as a global
magnet for
business and
culture is likely to
remain unrivalled
after leaving the EU
(Lucy Alexander
writes).
London would have
to lose 35 per cent of
its value across
metrics including
GDP, exports and
numbers of foreign
residents before it
would be overtaken by
its closest rival, New
York.
Since 2012, London
has led a global index
of major world cities
compiled by the Mori
Memorial Foundation,
a research institute
linked to a Japanese
property developer.
Under a worst-case
Brexit scenario, if
London were to lose
90 per cent of its
value, the study found
that the capital would
still only fall to
seventh place in the
index, below Paris,
Hong Kong and
Singapore, but above
many of its EU rivals
for financial sector
jobs, including Berlin,
Frankfurt and
Tourism and cultural resources, such as Shakespeare?s Globe theatre, will contribute to London?s success after Brexit, it is claimed
Amsterdam. This postBrexit vision paints a
less bleak picture than
many City forecasts.
Oliver Wyman, the
consultancy, said last
year that up to 75,000
jobs could be lost in
the financial services
if access to the EU
were restricted. The
Mori study found that,
despite having an
economy smaller than
that of Tokyo, London
has a greater breadth
of attractions for
global businesses,
including English
language, location,
schools and cultural
resources.
Greg Clark,
professor of city
leadership at UCL,
said: ?London has
survived the IRA,
recent terrorism, the
financial crisis and
World War II.? It is a
member of an ?elite
group? of world cities
which, he said, ?even if
they lose certain
percentages of their
appeal, remain very
successful. London
will not be forced out
of this group as a
result of Brexit.?
Professor Clark said
that City job losses
would be offset by a
flourishing of sectors
including financial
and medical
technologies, tourism,
infrastructure, media,
engineering and
higher education.
The government is to establish a new
Board of Trade for the first time in 321
years to make sure that British companies can ?seize the opportunities that
come with leaving the EU?.
Liam Fox, the international trade
secretary, said his department was
launching the new board to make sure
that ?every part of the country can
prosper? as the UK attempts to boost
trade with the rest of the world after
leaving the EU.
The UK?s first Board of Trade has its
roots in the 17th century when King
William III appointed eight commissioners to promote trade and advise on
Britain?s colonies. It eventually became
the Department of Trade and Industry,
which was in operation until June 2007.
The new board will meet four times a
year, bringing together leading figures
from business and politics from all four
nations of the UK. It will rotate around
Britain to guarantee that businesses in
every region have the chance ?to raise
the issues that matter most to them.?
Writing for The Times Red Box online, Dr Fox said: ?I want the board to be
a forum for success, where achievements are shared, ideas are debated and
problems are solved.?
He added that leaving the EU would
put the UK back in charge of its own
trade policy, which would be an ?unprecedented economic opportunity?
enabling Britain ?to grasp its potential?.
Josh Hardie, deputy director-general
of the CBI, said: ?International trade is
proven to lead to rising standards of living. We look forward to working with
the government to explain these benefits and make the case for free trade.?
Tech talent will ?Brexit-proof? London, claims consultancy
Alexandra Frean
The strength of London?s fintech sector
is one of several competitive advantages that make the nation?s capital
?Brexit-proof? and means the City
could benefit from the UK?s departure
from the European Union, according to
a new report.
Technology, rather than Brexit or
regulation, will be far more important in
driving change in the market for global
financial services, the report by Parker
Fitzgerald, the consultancy, says.
The UK is already an established
leader in fintech and is stealing a march
in regtech ? the use of technology to
help financial companies comply with
regulation. Gerard Lyons, economic
adviser at Parker Fitzgerald, said:
?Through building on the existing expertise and infrastructure in traditional
financial services and the already vibrant financial technology sector, the
City can adopt a leadership role in
digital financial services.?
The report notes London?s talent
pool, adding that the capital has 71,000
people employed as software developers, more than any other European city.
It also outstrips San Francisco in terms
of numbers of fintech experts and is predicted to grow by 22 per cent by 2025.
Its optimism contrasts with concerns
expressed privately by many tech companies that there will be an exodus of
talent in the run-up to and after Brexit
amid predictions that the City will lose
. . . but investment bank isn?t so sanguine
A hard Brexit would
plunge the UK straight
into recession, cost the
economy �0 billion
and wipe 18 per cent off
GDP growth by 2030, an
investment bank has
warned.
Research by
Rabobank shows that
departure from the EU
? hard, soft or through
a new free trade
agreement ? would be
detrimental. Under a
?no deal? scenario, UK
workers would be left
�,500 poorer, while an
agreement or soft Brexit
would see them
stomach a �500 or
�500 blow
respectively.
Rabobank said that
even a Swiss-like
agreement would cost
the UK 12.5 per cent of
GDP growth by 2030.
Hugo Erken, senior
economist at the bank,
said: ?By looking at
dynamics such as
innovation, competition,
knowledge and human
capital, how they will
change and what
effects this will have on
the structural make-up
of the UK and European
economy, our research
shows that the longlasting impact of Brexit
is likely to be more
severe than initially
anticipated.?
its status as the centre of financial services activity in Europe.
Dr Lyons, a former chief economic
adviser to Boris Johnson when he was
mayor of London, said: ?Unshackled
from a European regulatory agenda we
can no longer influence, London will be
best placed to maintain competitive advantage ? not through aggressive deregulation, but through the intelligent
application of regulations designed to
manage the new suite of financial and
non-financial risks, reduce costs and
integrate technology.?
Among the characteristics that make
London ?Brexit-proof?, the city has
English law, the UK time zone, lifestyle
and a hubbub of accompanying professional services, the report also argues.
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Oil may yet undermine
Russia?s move for closer
ties with Saudi Arabia
Legal complexities make transition
deal with the EU almost impossible
??
It cannot be
emphasised enough
that the European
Union is not really a
political project so
much as a legal one.
Of course, the EU tries to find
political solutions to its member
states? common political problems.
But those solutions have to comply
with the EU?s legal order, which is
based on the EU treaties. Sometimes,
the only solution is to change the
treaties themselves ? but that
process is complicated and even then
any changes need to be consistent
with the rest of the legal order.
That can sometimes make it
impossible to find a political solution
even when the solution may seem
obvious or the consequences of failing
to do so stark. Just ask David
Cameron, whose failure to secure
significant curbs on the free
movement of EU citizens is blamed
by some for Brexit.
Now Mr Cameron?s successor is
making her own demands for a
political solution to the problems
caused by Brexit. Theresa May wants
a transition deal ? what she calls an
?implementation period? ? to enable
Britain to continue to trade with the
EU ?on current terms? for about two
years after Britain quits in March
2019 while the new trading
relationship is agreed and
arrangements put in place.
The EU also needs time to prepare
for the change. Yet devising a legally
watertight way for the UK to
continue to trade with the EU ?on
current terms? while no longer a
member is likely to prove fiendishly
difficult?some would argue
impossible. Both British and EU
officials acknowledge that they are
at an early stage of grappling with
the complexities.
The first challenge is that to
preserve frictionless
trade, the transition
deal will need to
find a way to
replicate the
UK?s existing
commercial
relationship
with the EU
in its entirety.
Michael Gove says he
wants to take back
control of UK fisheries
That means that the UK will not only
need to negotiate a temporary
customs union that matches the
existing customs union, but also a
new regulatory relationship that
allows full mutual recognition of
testing and enforcement processes
across all sectors, says Peter Holmes,
reader in economics at the
University of Sussex.
The moment exceptions are
introduced, there will need to be
border checks, whether for customs
or regulatory purposes. That could be
tricky because there are some sectors
where Britain may want to exempt
itself from EU rules immediately. For
example, Michael Gove, the
environment minister, says he wants
to take back control of UK fisheries to
avoid remaining subject to annual
EU quotas set by Brussels. Yet if
fisheries are excluded, ?then every
lorry will face random risk-based
checks to see if there is a fish in it,?
Mr Holmes says.
A second issue concerns the 40
free trade agreements the EU has
with third countries. These also need
to be replicated in their entirety to
avoid new barriers to trade ? again
any divergence from the EU?s
commercial policy will lead to new
trade barriers. Yet rolling over these
agreements, as Britain says it wants to
do, isn?t straightforward. The problem
is that once the UK itself becomes a
third country, British goods
containing substantial EU
components may no longer count as
British under the complicated rules of
origin that govern world
trade ? and vice versa.
To change these rules to
enable pan-European
supply chains to remain
intact will require a
three-way negotiation
i
involving
the UK, EU and
each of the countries with
which the EU now has a
free trade
agreement. As
the UK is
already
discovering
after
running
into
hostility
from the
United
States,
New
Zealand and others over a deal
reached with Brussels at the World
Trade Organisation to divide up
current EU agricultural quotas,
other countries will robustly defend
their interests.
A third issue is that whatever the
EU offers to the UK, by way of a
temporary treaty, also risks creating a
precedent. In the British public
debate, there is an assumption that
the EU wants to punish the UK to
deter others from leaving. But the
EU is equally concerned that
whatever it offers the UK doesn?t lead
to demands from other non-EU
countries for similar terms. The EUSouth Korea trade agreement, for
example, contains a most-favoured
nation clause that obliges each side to
offer each other the same terms on
access to their services markets
that they offer in future trade deals
to other third countries. A
transition deal that allowed the UK
full access to its financial services
market could become the basis for a
demand for similar treatment from
South Korea.
The reality is that the only legally
watertight transition deal that is
guaranteed to enable trade to
continue on ?current terms? is an
agreement to extend the Article 50
deadline. This can be done by
unanimous decision of the member
states. Of course, extending Britain?s
EU membership beyond 2019 would
be politically fatal for the current
government, though it?s possible a
majority would support it in
parliament.
It would also be politically toxic in
the EU: there is a growing consensus
that this is a bad marriage that just
needs to end, says one senior
European diplomat. And extending
Article 50 raises serious practical
issues, including whether the UK
would participate in EU
parliamentary elections in 2019 and
the next EU budget.
Those obstacles may yet prove
easier to overcome than devising a
way to replicate in full the EU
customs union, the
single market and
40 free trade
agreements from
scratch in one year.
??
Simon Nixon is the chief European
commentator at The Wall Street
Journal. Twitter: @Simon_Nixon
W
hen he travelled to
Moscow to meet
President Putin this
month, King Salman
of Saudi Arabia
didn?t pack light.
As the 81-year-old descended
haltingly from his royal 747 on a
malfunctioning golden escalator,
1,500 aides scurried to unpack his
459 tonnes of baggage including
carpets, furniture, food and a fleet of
Mercedez Benz limousines.
The first ever visit to Russia by a
ruling Saudi monarch, who took
over two Moscow luxury hotels for
the trip, was a statement of intent. It
was a symbol too of changing times
in the global oil market.
Between them, the two nations
pump one in every five of the world?s
oil barrels. Throw in the output
from other members of Opec, the
Brent crude
$
60
55
50
45
2017
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sept
40
Source: Thomson Reuters
Saudi-led producers? cartel, and the
proportion is closer to half.
Moreover, it was a deal brokered
11 months ago by Moscow and
Riyadh to cut the output from Opec
and other nations by 1.8 million
barrels per day that has helped drain
a global glut of oil and push prices
back to their highest level in years.
The king?s trip to Russia had
plenty of fanfare but there was more
to it than that. Amid the gladhanding, honour guards and
Kremlin banquets, oil and defence
deals were signed which could
herald a new era of cooperation.
All of this sounds like a triumph
for the Russian diplomatic service,
which is eager to secure the
traditional US-ally as a friend in the
Middle East, where it is increasingly
flexing its muscles. But can the
Saudi-Russian romance really last?
It?s clear that the warming of ties
has been heavily lubricated by oil.
Mutual suspicion ? especially over
Russia?s ties with rival Iran ? has
been overcome by a common
struggle to balance budgets in an era
of low oil prices. Oil generates more
than half of tax revenue in Russia
and 92 per cent in Saudi Arabia.
Russia seems, for once, to be
sticking to its word by more or less
complying with the production deal
announced last year.
Since Opec?s creation in 1960,
Russia?s relationship with the
organisation has always been fickle.
Never a member, Moscow has
periodically chosen to cooperate
with the group but it has often
agreed to production cuts which it
has failed to honour, as in 2008-09.
That has fuelled scepticism about
its intentions but this time seems
different. Russia has fallen short of
the 300,000 barrels per day of cuts it
promised but it has done enough to
help rebalance the market.
It also seems willing to maintain
the deal by agreeing to roll over
production cuts beyond March 2018,
when the current deal expires.
One reason is that, as well as
higher prices, Russia seems to have
spotted other spin-off benefits from
engaging in oil diplomacy.
Closer ties with Opec members
are giving its foreign policy extra
muscle in the Middle East, where it
is deeply involved in Syria.
Arms sales are also on the cards
with Russia in talks with Saudi
officials about the sale of S-400 air
defence missile systems, rockets and
other weapons. And there is the
prospect too of nuclear energy deals
involving state-owned Rosatom.
The real test of the relationship
will probably come after the listing
of Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia?s
state oil producer, in 2018 or 2019.
By then, the oil market may have
stabilised at higher levels than now,
removing some of the impetus for
continued joint action.
Moreover, if the IPO is successful,
Saudi Arabia?s desire to push up oil
prices to maximise the valuation
ahead of the listing will also fade.
It?s at that point that old rivalries
could re-emerge ? including a
battle for market share between
Russia and Saudi Arabia in the
growing oil markets of Asia.
Right now, both sides seem to be
behaving as if the current detente
will remain meaningful beyond that,
but time will tell.
Robin Pagnamenta is Deputy Business
Editor of The Times
Sathnam Sanghera sees things from a different angle
Born and raised in Wolverhampton, award-winning author and columnist
Sathnam Sanghera has worked at a burger chain, a hospital laundry, a sewing
factory and as the News Bunny. His has been no ordinary career, and he is no
ordinary journalist.
Don?t miss Sathnam Sanghera in The Times tomorrow
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Provident Financial
?could fail debt dues?
Callum Jones Markets Reporter
Provident Financial could fail to meet
its debt obligations on time and to pay a
misselling fine of more than �0 million, analysts have warned.
Shares in the struggling subprime
lender came under fresh pressure yesterday after Barclays expressed unease
over customer complaints at Vanquis,
its banking and credit card business.
Warning that the division could only
afford a �0 million fine, Barclays said:
?The amount could be greater.?
Provident, which is due to update the
market tomorrow, was recently relegated from the FTSE 100 after two
profit warnings in as many months sent
its shares crashing 79 per cent.
?We are cautious on the shares given
our lack of confidence for a turnaround
of the Home Credit business and the
unquantifiable size of potential [regulatory] redress,? the bank told clients.
?We perceive further tail risks of Provident Financial not being able to meet its
October 2019 debt obligation, breaching of debt covenants and the impact of
IFRS9 accounting [more stringent incoming new accounting standards].?
Barclays analysts suggested that
Provident shares may not materially
recover because they were unsure how
successful its turnaround plans will be.
Provident closed down 4 per cent at
800絧.
Barclays also raised questions over
the company?s attempts to repair its
botched wholesale restructuring. It has
hit trouble since announcing that it
planned to replace almost 5,000 selfemployed agents with 2,500 who would
be employed directly.
The Financial Conduct Authority is
investigating a Vanquis product known
as Repayment Option Plan (ROP),
which purported to offer credit card
customers assistance with rebuilding
their credit status. The watchdog is
looking at how the service, which Provident has agreed to stop selling, was
pitched and sold between April 2014
and April 2016.
?This voluntary suspension of new
sales of the product can be interpreted
as a sign that management already view
that the regulator might take an
adverse view of this product and
consider it might not be in customers?
best interests,? Barclays said.
Analysts noted that income from
previous ROP sales amounts to about
� million per year, about 5.5 per cent
of group revenues. ?We believe the penetration of the ROP product is 30 per
cent to 35 per cent of Vanquis? customers,? Barclays added.
The bank also poured cold water on
claims that Provident intends to re-hire
450 previous doorstep agents part time.
?As long as rivals remain committed to
commissions, this makes it harder to
poach agents given they may prefer this
to a salary-based structure,? it said.
The bank downgraded the lender
from ?equal weight? to ?underweight?.
CITY PEOPLE
The feuds, the faces and the farcical
Dominic Walsh @walshdominic
edelman pulls off
tasty manoeuvre
Keith Edelman has wasted no time
in finding a new boardroom role to
replace his chairmanship of
Revolution Bars Groups ?
assuming the recommended
takeover by Stonegate Pub
Company is voted through next
week. The former Arsenal
managing director, below, has been
named as a non-executive director
of Appetise, an online takeaway
delivery rival to Just Eat (albeit a
very small one) that, despite being
UK-based, is about to float on the
Australian Securities Exchange with
a market value of A$15.8 million.
The timing of its IPO is interesting
given that the Competition and
Markets Authority is poised to
opine on Just Eat?s acquisition of
Hungryhouse, which would remove
one of Appetise?s two big rivals.
reading between the lines
Commuters from Winchfield
and Hook stations in Hampshire
to London are up in
arms over
proposals to cut
peak-time
services. They
claim the cuts
would break the
promises made by
South Western
Business big shot
name kate
markham
age 43
position chief
executive,
hiscox london
market
K
ate Markham takes on her
newly created role at a time
when the Lloyds of London
insurance market faces an almost
unprecedented wave of claims
from hurricanes Harvey and Irma
that swept through the Caribbean
and on to Florida?s Gulf Coast.
Hiscox has said that it expects
net claims from these disasters to
total about �0 million and that is
without counting the cost of
Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
Before joining the insurance
underwriter five years ago Ms
Markham was head of
international enterprise at
Vodafone. Since moving to
Hiscox she has led a team
of more than 200 people
across underwriting,
sales, marketing and
operations. The former
Oxford hockey blue,
who still plays the sport,
will also sit on the
executive committee.
Railway, the line?s new operator, to
provide ?improved service
frequencies and quicker journey
times?. A spokesman for SWR
claimed the timetable changes were
only put out to consultation based
on feedback from ?key
stakeholders? before it took over the
franchise, adding: ?The timetable
proposals support the vision which
is to provide increased capacity and
faster journey times on the
network.? My man in the pin-stripes
dismisses the claim as ?utter tosh?.
erik goes fourth
Erik Anderson, a 30-year City
veteran, has notched up a notable
quadruple after being appointed
head of corporate broking at
Panmure Gordon. He has
previously been head of broking at
Investec, Canaccord Genuity and
Espirito Santo.
drink it? really?
AB Inbev, the world?s biggest
brewer, has teamed up with a
?millennial-focused media
company and content creation
studio? called VICE (capital letters
are very popular in the creative
world), to launch a new sour wheat
beer in the UK. We are told that the
brew, Old Blue Last, will disrupt the
category as ?a beer for drinking?. As
opposed to what, pray tell?
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JEFF J MITCHELL/GETTY IMAGES
Scotch slips out of favour
UK volumes (70cl bottles), half-yearly Jan-June (million)
38.2
37.7
37.0
36.7
35.4
Source: HMRC/SWA
30.5
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
Rise in dram duty
is hard to swallow
T
he Scotch whisky
industry has
denounced the
chancellor for his
tax increase on spirits
after domestic sales fell
by one million bottles in
the first half of this year
(Dominic Walsh writes).
Official figures from
HM Revenue & Customs
show that 36.7 million
bottles were released for
sale in the UK between
January and June, down
2.6 per cent on the first
six months of last year.
The Scotch Whisky
Association blamed the
fall on Philip
Hammond?s decision to
increase spirits duty in
the spring budget in
March by an inflationbusting 3.9 per cent.
The organisation said
that tax now accounted
for 80 per cent of the
cost of a bottle of
Scotch. Of an average
bottle sold at �.77,
more than � goes
straight to the Treasury,
with excise duty of �05
and �13 in VAT.
The association has
launched a Drop the
Dram Duty campaign,
calling on the chancellor
to cut excise duty on
spirits in his budget next
month, pointing out that
Scotch whisky is the
UK?s leading food and
drink export, accounting
for �billion in overseas
sales. HMRC figures
show that the tax take
from spirits has dropped
since the duty increase
in the spring, as spirits
revenues in the three
months to the end of
June suffered a year-on-
year fall from
�0 million to
�7 million. According
to the association, the
2 per cent cut in duty in
2015 resulted in spirits
revenues rising by 4 per
cent, giving a
�4 million boost to the
Treasury, while the
freeze in 2016
contributed to a 7 per
cent revenue increase,
pumping an extra
�9 million into the
exchequer?s coffers.
Karen Betts, the
SWA?s chief executive,
said that a tax cut would
?send a strong signal
that the government
believes in a worldfamous UK
manufacturing industry
Miner can appeal against order to
hand over papers in fraud inquiry
Harry Wilson City Editor
A former FTSE 100 mining company
owned by a group of Kazakh oligarchs
has won the right to appeal against a
judgment forcing it to hand over to the
Serious Fraud Office legal documents
from an internal corruption inquiry.
Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation was given permission by the
Court of Appeal on Monday to challenge a ruling in May that granted the
SFO the right to demand that the
Kazakh miner hand over details of its
lawyers? independent investigation into allegations of financial irregularities
in its operations.
Whistleblower allegations against
ENRC, which was listed on the London
stock market from 2007 until late 2013,
surfaced six years ago and led the company to commission an investigation
from DLA Piper into the claims of
corruption in Kazakhstan. The company also faced claims that it paid
bribes to secure mining rights in the
Democratic Republic of Congo.
The SFO has been granted ?blockbuster? funding to pursue its investigation against ENRC, which after
delisting changed its name to Eurasia
Resources Group. The SFO has been
fighting to get hold of internal documents prepared for the company by the
law firm that conducted the investigation of the allegations.
The SFO?s inquiry is now in its fourth
year. In 2013, it said it was examining allegations of ?fraud, bribery and corruption? at the company, which was taken
private by its backers months after the
investigation was formally launched.
ENRC has countered that the investigation is covered by legal privilege
between the company and the lawyers.
However, in May the SFO won a ruling
that the documents must be disclosed, a
judgment that ENRC was told on
Monday it could appeal.
?We are pleased to have been given
permission to appeal the judgment of
Mrs Justice Andrews in which she concluded that work undertaken by our external lawyers advising ENRC following whistleblowing allegations about
activities in our overseas subsidiaries
should not be covered by privilege,? a
spokesman for ENRC said.
The spokesman added: ?This was a
decision which in our view seems to
penalise ENRC for responsibly taking
steps to thoroughly investigate the allegations so that it could properly understand what had happened. It certainly
would not seem to encourage corporate
transparency and good governance.
?We look forward to making our
arguments to the court of appeal.?
Last month, David Green, director of
the SFO, mentioned to an audience at
the Cambridge Economic Crime
Symposium the body?s recent victory
against ENRC as one of its successes.
?We successfully challenged claims
of legal professional privilege made by
ENRC over certain categories of
material generated in the course of an
internal investigation. This reflects our
determination to challenge such claims
on the rare occasions where we
consider them to be unjustified,? said
Mr Green, who noted that ENRC was
appealing against the decision.
In an order granted on Monday, Lord
Justice Floyd said that he had granted
ENRC leave to appeal the previous
ruling on the grounds that its challenge
had a ?real prospect of success?.
Court may offer clarity on ?whitewashing? tactic
Harry Wilson
Comment
S
peaking to this newspaper three
years ago, David Green, a
recently appointed director of
the Serious Fraud Office, made
clear that one of the top items on his
agenda would be getting to grips with
the City?s culture of using supposedly
independent investigations to
whitewash corporate malfeasance.
Likening the practice by big
companies of hiring a renowned law
firm to investigate allegations of
wrongdoing, Mr Green, a former
barrister, warned that the process
often ?churned up? the crime scene.
?The report may tend to minimise
the problem one way or another,?
Mr Green said.
Despite his wariness, the past three
years have shown no slowdown in the
habit; indeed it is almost axiomatic
now that whenever allegations of
wrongdoing emerge they are followed
swiftly by the hiring of a law firm.
When the now defunct public
relations firm Bell Pottinger got into
trouble earlier this year over
allegations of unethical practices in
its work in South Africa, it hired
Herbert Smith to carry out an
investigation that largely cleared it.
Banks have been among the biggest
users of this tactic. Royal Bank of
Scotland brought in Clifford Chance
to investigate claims that its
turnaround unit had purposely
bankrupted business customers, a
charge the law firm cleared it of,
while the banking industry Liborrigging investigation was practically
outsourced to various law firms that
gathered evidence and passed it on in
neat bundles ready for the regulators.
In theory, this should not be a bad
thing. The authorities scarcely have
the time to investigate every claim.
As the ENRC case demonstrates,
when the stakes are high the
?conflict? identified by Mr Green can
become a problem. City lawyers are
hopeful that the ENRC appeal may
give clearer guidance on the legal
status of corporate investigations.
?The High Court ruling in May has
generated confusion about how to
conduct an internal investigation, and
the appeal should provide greater
clarity,? said Jonathan Pickworth, a
partner at White & Case.
which supports 40,000
jobs and plays a key role
in Scotland?s economy?.
The UK is the fourth
biggest market for
Scotch whisky by
volume behind France,
America and India.
Thousands of
angry Barclays
clients switch
to Hargreaves
Hargreaves Lansdown has attracted
30,000 new clients as disgruntled customers switched from Barclays Stockbrokers? rival investment platform.
The group, based in Bristol, said the
number of clients on its online fund supermarket swelled to 983,000 in its first
quarter to September 30, while assets
under management rose 4 per cent to
� million since the end of June.
Hargreaves credited a bullish stock
market and solid investor confidence
for the robust performance, as well as a
concerted digital marketing push. Net
new business grew by �5 billion in its
first quarter, while revenues rose 15 per
cent to �4.1 million.
Hargreaves said that the performance was helped by ?significant transfer
activity relating to operational issues
on a competitor platform?. The group
declined to name its rival, although it is
understood to be Barclays, whose DIY
investment platform Smart Investor
has been beset by problems.
It was deluged by complaints after
issues transferring clients from its
Stockbroker service to the newly rebranded Smart Investor platform in
August. Woes were compounded after
it emerged last week that a glitch had
delayed dividend payments for some
Smart Investor customers.
6 Investors continued to place their
money with Jupiter Fund Management, which reported a 3 per cent rise in
assets under management to �.4 billion in the three months to the end of
September, the third quarter of its
financial year. The rise in funds over the
first nine months of the year was 19 per
cent. Shares picked up 4絧 to 558p.
Tempus, page 52
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Business
Japanese metal scandal extends to steel
SUBARU
Marion Dakers
The false data scandal at Kobe, the
Japanese metals group, deepened yesterday as the firm added steel to the list
of supplies that could be affected.
The Japanese government has called
on Kobe to clarify how far the manipulation of inspection data on steel, aluminium and other metals has spread.
Shares in the company, Japan?s
second biggest aluminium maker, have
lost more than a third of their value
since it admitted at the start of the week
that it had falsified safety data, in a
manipulation now thought to affect up
to 40,000 tonnes of metal in orders
going as far back as ten years.
Yesterday the company said it had
found a case of falsified data for iron
powder products that were shipped to a
customer, as well as 70 cases of tampered data on materials used in optical
disks and liquid crystal displays at its
Kobelco Research Institute.
Aluminium from the company was
used in car doors and bonnets by
Honda, Toyota, Mazda and Subaru,
which also used it in training jets for the
Japan Self-Defence Forces. More than
200 clients have been affected.
Yoshihiko Katsukawa, a managing
Kobe, which supplies aluminium to Subaru to use in its cars and jets for Japan?s air force, has admitted falsifying safety data
executive at Kobe Steel, told a news
conference that the company had
begun an external investigation of all its
units, including those overseas. ?We
can?t rule out the possibility that the
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external investigation will find other
cases,? he said, adding that no customers had raised any safety issues or
stopped buying its products.
Kobe Steel also said that it was con-
tacting its customers and working to
verify the safety of its supplies. It is not
yet clear whether overseas buyers are
affected by the false inspections, which
took place in the year to August 31.
Central Japan Railway said that some
parts it received from Kobe Steel for its
bullet trains did not meet Japanese
industrial standards, but there were no
safety issues.
?Verification and inspection to date
have not recognised specific problems
casting doubts on the safety of the nonconforming products,? said Kobe.
Kotaro Nogami, Japan?s deputy chief
cabinet secretary, said that the government was seeking more information
about the problem and its possible
effects on safety. He criticised the
apparently widespread falsification of
data as ?inappropriate?.
It is the latest case of quality control
failure to emerge from a large Japanese
company. Nissan recalled almost
1.2 million vehicles earlier this month
after discovering the vehicles were inspected by unauthorised technicians.
Takata, which makes airbags, filed
for bankruptcy in June after declaring
one of the biggest global recalls in automotive history when the bags were
linked to at least 19 deaths.
Kobe Steel yesterday denied a Nikkei
report that it intended to put its real
estate business up for sale to help shore
up its finances. The company said that
it was assessing its options.
Fed staff in
conflict of
interest
allegations
James Dean
US Business Editor
The US Federal Reserve is
considering allegations of
conflict of interest made
against four of its employees over their ties to an
economics
consultancy
based in London, it has
emerged.
The consultancy, NowCasting Economics, says
that it provides ?high frequency, short-term forecasts? to its subscribers,
which include hedge funds
and institutional investors.
These forecasts include
forward estimates of US
gross domestic product,
which the Fed also makes.
A complaint to the Fed?s
internal watchdog, which
is linked to a trademark
dispute involving Economic Alchemy, a consultancy based in New York,
alleges that four Fed economists have breached the
central bank?s code of
conduct, which states that
employees should avoid
?any situation that might
give rise to an actual conflict of interest or even the
appearance of a conflict of
interest?.
It is not known or suggested that any of the
parties named in the complaint have broken any
laws or internal rules.
Economic Alchemy is
the defendant in a trademark dispute brought by
the 12 regional Fed banks
and
Now-Casting.
A
spokesman for the Federal
Reserve said it does not
confirm or deny investigations. Its internal watchdog
declined to comment.
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49
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ALAMY
Zoinks! Toymaker issues profit warning
T
he toy company
behind ScoobyDoo has given
investors a fright
with a profit warning
issued in the wake of the
problems at Toys R Us
(Alex Ralph writes).
Character Group,
which recently fired its
finance director in
mysterious
circumstances, said that
trading for the year to
the end of next August
was likely to be
?significantly below
current market
estimates?.
The Aim-quoted
company said that its
international sales
had been hit by a
combination of
factors, including
overseas
customers
?taking a
very
conservative
approach to
purchases? and
Toys R Us entering
chapter 11 bankruptcy
protection in the US and
Canada. It said the latter
had triggered ?knock-on
repercussions in every
market where it
trades, including
the UK?.
However, in
an attempt to
reassure investors,
Character said
that it believed it
was experiencing
only a
?temporary
downturn?
and sales would recover
thanks to new products
that were due to be
launched.
?The group
anticipates returning to
its previous
growth pattern
during the
second half of
the 2018
calendar year,
and this
ultimately is
expected to be
reflected in the
financial
performance
Activist investor ?builds stake
in bid target Smith & Nephew?
Alex Ralph
One of the most high-profile US
activist investors is believed to have
built a stake in Smith & Nephew,
lifting its shares to a record high.
Elliott Management, hedge fund of
Paul Singer, the billionaire investor,
was reported to have taken a holding
in the medical equipment maker,
although it remained unclear yesterday how big its investment was and
what its plans were for the company.
Under stock market disclosure
rules, investors are generally required to report a shareholding of
more than 3 per cent.
The speculation was enough to lift
shares on the London stock exchange
by 42p to �.01 yesterday.
It comes at a time when some investors have become frustrated with
the performance of Smith & Nephew
and days after it announced that
Olivier Bohuon, the chief executive,
would retire by the end of next year
after seven years in the job.
Smith & Nephew, which is valued
at about �.2 billion, has been considered a perennial takeover target in
the City and questions have also been
asked as to whether the company
would benefit from a break-up.
Joe Walters, senior fund manager
at Royal London, an investor in
Smith & Nephew, said it was an ?open
question over what the best operational structure is going forward?.
?I think the chairman [Roberto
Quarta] is open minded about getting
the best return to shareholders, whether that means splitting up the group
or keeping it as it is,? he said. ?Whether it?s management who execute
better or whether it takes an external
third party [such as Elliott] to come in
and put pressure on the group we are
indifferent to be honest.?
Mr Walters said that Smith &
Nephew had performed inconsistently in recent years, with organic sales
growth fluctuating, and it needed to
?deliver an improved business strategy?. He said: ?Just when you?re getting
to the point of improvement they
dropped the ball in 2016.?
The absence of Mr Bohuon for
much of last year while he underwent
treatment for cancer and the disruption of a shake-up of its sales force
appeared to have held back the
business, Mr Walters said.
Mr Bohuon has also been candid in
his appraisal of the business and has
been determined to improve the
?execution?of its strategy
Under his tenure, the company has
undergone significant changes, divesting businesses such as its gynaecology unit and restructuring into
one group rather than operating as a
conglomerate. The share price has far
outpaced the wider FTSE 100 index.
However, analysts at Morgan Stanley said that over the past ten years
Smith & Nephew had been ?subject
to a material valuation de-rating versus its orthopaedic peer group?.
Lisa Clive, an analyst at Bernstein,
said that ?extreme measures? such as
a break-up or sale of the company
should be considered ?only if the core
turnaround strategy fails to work?.
Elliott declined to comment.
Delta would not pay Bombardier tariff
Robert Miller
Delta Air Lines has said that it would
refuse to pay a 300 per cent US tariff
on Canadian-built Bombardier C
Series jets, raising doubts about its
purchase of 75 of the new aircraft at a
list price of more than $5 billion.
?We?re not going to be forced to pay
tariffs or anything of the ilk,? Ed
Bastian, chief executive of Delta, said
yesterday. He described the extra
duty as ?nonsensical?.
The row over Bombardier jets
erupted last month after the US Department of Commerce said that it
would impose the tariff on every
C Series aircraft that Bombardier
sells to Delta, because they had allegedly been illegally subsidised by the
The airline wants to buy 75 C Series
aircraft at a cost of more than $5bn
Canadian and British governments.
Bombardier employs more than
4,000 people in Northern Ireland
and the British government has lent
�3 million to the programme.
The deal between Bombardier and
Delta for 75 planes, with an option to
buy 50 more, was thrown into doubt
after Boeing complained to the US
government in April this year about
the allegedly unfair subsidies.
The proposed duties would not
take effect unless confirmed by the
US International Trade Commission
early next year.
The proposed punitive trade tariff
was raised by Justin Trudeau, Canada?s prime minister, when he visited
President Trump at the White House
yesterday. Canada has frozen talks on
a possible deal to buy Boeing military
jets because of the Bombardier issue.
On Tuesday Theresa May talked of
Bombardier?s importance to the
Northern Ireland economy during a
telephone call to the US president.
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for the year ending
August 31, 2019.?
The slump comes after
Character revealed a
month ago that the
contract of Mark
Dowding, its finance
director, had been
terminated after a ?loss
of confidence? among
the board.
Character, which also
has a licence for Peppa
Pig, Pok閙on and
Teletubbies toys, had
been reluctant to give
further details at the
time, but it soon
emerged that there had
beena disciplinary
hearing the previous
week which led to his
abrupt departure.
Mr Dowding has so
far remained tight
lipped about the
matter.
The shares closed
down 13 per cent, or
57絧, at 388p,
valuing the copamny
at �.9 million.
550
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378.52
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78.24
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66.09
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90.76
211.10
157.70
468.10
?
?
?
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151.60
559.60
574.90
231.30
1.64
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1.29
1.92
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273.70
107.30
241.80
139.10
284.70
?
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?
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1.21
4.74
1.36
4.26
1.26
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2279.00
27.98
3780.00
1889.00
149.50
357.10
51.69
327.60
79.79
37.00
106.84
3939.00
69.75
?
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?
?
?
?
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327.60
?
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?
?
72.18
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-0.01
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+0.20
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-0.04
-0.10
+0.23
-0.02
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+0.53
1.17
3.08
0.05
?
0.08
?
3.88
0.21
2.43
2.96
2.38
0.90
0.44
?
?
?
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?
15.24
?
?
?
?
?
?
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?
35.40
80.22
90.56
104.30
112.80
86.44
60.58
85.41
111.70
48.75
85.69
59.54
68.01
78.97
?
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?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
-0.01
+0.40
+0.54
+0.80
?
+0.24
+0.15
+0.15
-1.00
-0.05
-0.01
+0.10
+0.07
+0.02
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FTSE 100 Ind Acc ?@
FTSE 100 Ind Inc ?@
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Pac Ind Acc ?@
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496.10
425.60
894.90
643.80
225.80
124.40
266.30
183.30
579.90
355.30
118.40
101.00
379.70
270.00
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+1.00
+0.90
+3.90
+2.80
+0.30
+0.20
+0.10
+0.10
+0.60
+0.40
+0.30
+0.30
+2.30
+1.60
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216.60
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145.00
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277.30
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124.00
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455.60
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72.06
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665.20
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337.60
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301.80
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151.60
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137.60
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74.19
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?
?
0.84
0.88
3.89
5.05
4.63
4.21
6.49
0.37
5.13
7.03
5.42
0.58
0.83
0.82
1.26
0.27
1.31
0.44
1.73
0.24
?
?
?
0.28
5.20
6.56
0.16
1.94
3.31
0.67
0.66
1.05
1.67
0.98
0.99
1.60
1.63
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215.60
264.30
92.44
55.99
199.00
198.00
157.00
401.90
46.44
167.20
91.60
1061.00
562.00
456.80
187.00
113.40
994.10
584.40
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-0.06
-0.03
-2.20
-0.10
-0.10
+0.60
+0.07
?
?
+2.00
+0.90
-0.70
-0.40
-0.20
+1.50
-0.90
0.70
?
1.82
0.65
1.92
1.94
?
1.38
1.39
3.45
3.49
3.30
3.37
4.29
4.44
0.63
3.45
3.53
?
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598.79
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566.75
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180.80
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400.50
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295.61
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289.54
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335.94
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155.30
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138.40
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575.50
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488.60
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877.30
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752.20
58.04
140.18
224.66
459.72
2237.80
632.37
598.64
190.95
422.17
312.91
304.75
356.06
201.61
-0.03
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-0.38
-0.11
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?
+0.05
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-0.14
?
3.74
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0.59
?
0.27
3.68
1.76
?
2.86
?
1.20
1.11
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-0.30
+5.00
+0.01
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+0.10
+0.01
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?
?
+0.90
-0.40
+0.10
+3.00
?
?
-1.00
2.90
?
0.84
3.25
3.06
?
4.63
3.77
3.18
3.37
?
0.94
0.77
1.10
3.25
3.34
0.34
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-0.80
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1.47
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0.41
0.51
0.24
0.25
1.40
1.44
322.55
262.17
393.13
99.69
403.88
475.71
331.53
83.98
275.04
49.06
130.89
71.96
95.54
498.71
756.24
628.94
340.42
276.69
414.92
?
426.26
502.07
349.90
88.64
290.28
51.78
138.15
76.96
100.84
526.34
798.14
663.79
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-0.93
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-0.29
-0.92
-0.03
-0.06
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-0.11
-2.81
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+1.36
?
1.52
1.49
4.77
2.18
2.24
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4.32
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0.66
1.30
0.58
1.34
0.15
0.21
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91.99
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+0.10
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96.05
93.79
?
?
-0.32
-0.36
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?
-0.32
3.09
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+0.80
?
-0.61
+1.04
-3.14
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+0.03
+0.37
+1.08
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3.38
3.62
3.22
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1.78
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201.13
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462.27
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440.93
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1775.48
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90.37
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204.97
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673.82
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82.54
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344.10
Asia ex Japan A Acc ?@ 639.18
Capital Accumulator A Acc ?@240.30
0.01
?
0.26
0.14
0.12
INVESCO FUND MGRS LTD
Dling: 0800 085 8571 Inv Serv: 0800 085 8677
Brkr Serv: 0800 028 2121
INVESCO Funds
Amer Spec Sits ?@
American ?@
Euro Opps ?@
+2.00
+8.00
+2.20
?
4.21
?
?
?
+0.17
+0.84
+0.01
0.12
0.74
1.12
49.64
High Income
High Income Acc
UK 100 Comp Acc
UK 100 Cos
UK Select Pflo
UK Selection Port Acc
Worldwide Mgd Acc ?
Wwide Mgd ?
117.20
261.40
379.30
222.50
359.80
644.50
817.60
511.10
117.20
261.40
379.30
222.50
359.80
644.50
?
?
-8.00
-2.70
+1.80
2.12
2.15
1.83
-0.13
?
?
?
+3.40
+2.00
+1.20
+2.00
+1.10
+0.70
3.09
3.00
3.36
3.45
3.50
3.44
0.63
0.18
MORGAN STANLEY INVESTMENT MGMT LTD
Enquires: 0800 0961 962
The Morgan Stanley Funds (UK)
Class A Shares
Equity
?
?
?
+4.24
+35.40
-0.02
1.25
1.15
1.66
?
?
?
-0.63
-3.80
?
2.06
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.20
+0.10
+0.10
+0.30
?
?
2.97
1.91
5.62
2.98
3.32
2.49
2.54
+6.52
+3.28
+1.28
+0.43
+9.96
+5.07
+0.95
+0.59
-7.28
+0.29
1.63
1.03
0.16
0.56
1.60
1.03
0.22
2.87
?
2.93
Fixed Income
Stg Corp Bd A Acc ?@
UK Ind Lnkd A Acc ?@
UK Long Bd A Acc ?@
SANTANDER UNIT TST MGRS
08457 413002
Bal Pfolio Inc ?@
Bal Port Gwth Acc ?@
Equity Inc Inc ?@
N&P UK Gwth Inc ?@
Stkmkt 100 Tkr ?@
UK Growth Acc ?@
UK Growth Inc ?@
107.40
201.90
221.80
184.40
216.50
395.30
250.90
1500.67
539.56
596.65
41.85
2293.95
832.40
1955.86
1340.52
1227.65
651.55
1583.82
569.45
629.71
41.85
2421.06
878.52
2064.23
1414.80
1295.67
687.65
SCOTTISH WIDOWS UNIT TRUST MGRS
0845 300 2244
Authorised Inv Funds (OEICs)
OEIC A Class
Managed Investment Funds
Bal Port A Acc ?@
Caut Port A Acc ?@
Caut Port A Inc ?@
Opps Port A Acc ?@
Prog Port A Acc ?@
201.30
184.10
140.10
224.90
219.10
?
?
?
?
?
0.51
1.06
1.07
0.45
0.47
2494.00
?
+9.00
0.90
322.90
189.80
?
?
+1.30
+0.80
2.76
2.83
-0.10
?
+0.20
+1.50
+0.73
+0.80
+0.30
+0.06
-0.10
?
-0.30
+14.00
2.20
2.23
1.18
5.44
5.61
4.01
4.11
?
3.31
3.36
2.67
1.63
UK and Income Investment Funds
Corp Bond A Acc ?@
314.90
Corp Bond A Inc ?@
129.10
Envir Invtr A Acc ?@
290.20
Hi Inc Bond A Ac ?@
233.50
Hi Inc Bond A Inc ?@
90.47
Hi Res A Acc ?@
360.10
Hi Res A Inc ?@
137.90
Safety Plus A Acc ?@
40.62
Strat Inc A Acc ?@
201.50
Strat Inc A Inc ?@
101.90
UK Gwth A Acc ?@
188.00
UK Sel Gwth A Acc ?@ 1986.00
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
OEIC B Class
Tracker and Specialist Investment Funds
All Stks Credit A Inc ?@ 133.50
Asian Div Inc U Trst Inc @110.11
Cautious Man Fd A Acc ?@265.00
Cautious Man Fd A Inc ?@155.10
China Opp Fund A Acc ?@1421.00
Emg Mkts Opps Fd A Acc ?@211.20
Erpn Grth Fund A Acc ?@ 246.40
Erpn Sel Opps Fd A Acc ?@1720.00
Erpn Spc Sits A Acc GBP ?@94.66
Erpn Spc Sits Fd I Acc EUR ?@4.84
Fix Int Mnthly Inc Fd Inc @ 22.65
Global Equity Income A Inc ?@63.02
Global Growth Fund Acc @2986.64
Global Tech A Acc ?@ 1603.00
M-Man Abs Ret Fd A Acc ?@142.00
M-Man Active Fd A Acc ?@223.60
M-Man Inc Grth Fd A Acc ?@176.10
M-Man Inc Grth A Inc ?@ 155.90
Sterling Bond U Trst Acc @219.83
Sterling Bond U Trst Inc @ 65.69
Strategic Bond A Inc ?@ 126.40
UK Abs Ret Fd A Acc ?@ 157.20
UK Alpha Fund A Acc ?@ 150.00
UK Index Fund A Acc ?@ 623.10
UK Irsh Sm Co Fd A Acc ?@658.10
UK Property A Acc @
217.95
UK Property A Inc @
99.63
UK Tracker Fund A Acc ?@280.20
US Growth Fund A Acc ?@959.30
?
115.67
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
23.63
?
3115.30
?
?
?
?
?
229.31
68.51
?
?
?
?
?
229.41
104.86
?
?
-0.10
+0.31
+0.20
+0.10
?
+1.30
+0.60
+3.00
-0.29
-0.07
+0.01
+0.17
+13.02
+3.00
?
+0.60
+0.10
+0.10
-0.18
-0.05
?
-0.10
+0.30
+0.60
-1.70
+0.10
+0.04
+0.40
-0.40
2.37
6.75
3.06
3.12
?
0.59
0.83
0.56
1.05
1.52
5.09
3.28
?
?
0.07
0.39
2.07
2.11
2.10
2.13
4.33
?
1.89
1.69
?
2.97
3.03
1.61
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.10
+1.50
+0.90
+3.00
+5.00
+0.10
+0.04
?
?
+3.00
+4.00
+2.60
+1.70
0.24
0.17
0.72
0.04
1.07
5.61
5.81
0.44
0.44
1.08
?
?
0.69
JP MORGAN ASSET MGMT
OEIC
Asia A Acc ?@
207.00
Emerging Mkts ?@
227.40
Eur Dyn (ex-UK) A Acc ?@233.10
Euro Smllr Cos ?@
787.70
Europe A Acc ?@
1496.00
Gbl Hi Yld Bd A Acc ?@ 111.40
Gbl Hi Yld Bd A Inc ?@
38.31
Gl ex-UK Bd A Acc ?@ 261.50
Gl ex-UK Bd A Inc ?@
203.50
Glb Fins A Acc ?@
1059.00
Global A Acc ?@
1343.00
Japan A Acc ?@
413.70
Multi-Man Tst A Acc ?@ 980.60
Euro Ind Inc @
Fixed Int Acc @
Fixed Int Dist @
Glob Gwth Acc @
Glob Health Acc @
Glob Tech Acc @
Gwth Tst Acc @
High Inc Acc @
Japan Ind Acc @
Pacific Ind Acc @
UK 100 Ind Acc @
UK Active Opps Acc @
UK Index Acc @
UK Index Dist @
US Ind Acc @
Worldwide Acc @
293.80
137.80
71.84
234.40
66.82
38.70
106.60
127.60
59.08
154.70
183.30
249.90
288.70
164.30
447.10
305.00
293.80
138.60
72.29
234.40
66.93
38.76
107.00
128.50
59.08
154.70
183.30
252.90
288.70
164.30
447.10
305.00
+1.30
-0.20
-0.06
?
+0.28
-0.02
+0.10
?
+0.13
+1.00
+0.20
-0.10
+0.30
+0.10
-1.00
+0.40
1.87
2.72
2.77
1.21
1.14
0.26
0.17
5.25
1.00
2.40
2.70
?
3.00
3.07
0.89
0.59
M & G SECURITIES
Enq: 0800 390 390 Dealing Line: 0800 328 3196
Authorised Inv Funds
Charifund Inc ?
1630.65
?
+1.82
4.54
+1.90
+1.77
0.19
1.77
+0.64
-0.03
+0.01
+0.83
+0.09
+0.06
+4.60
4.43
1.25
4.98
?
3.44
1.64
2.05
-0.01
+0.04
+0.20
-0.39
3.88
4.62
1.93
2.27
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 1
Euro Smlr Cos Acc ?@
Euro Smlr Cos Inc ?@
458.40
428.32
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 2
Extra Income Inc ?@
794.41
Gilt & Fxd Int Inc ?@
96.86
Gl Hi Yd Bd Inc ?@
51.80
Index Linked Bd Inc ?@ 139.64
Index Trckr Inc ?@
77.61
Short Dated Corp Bd Inc ?@25.94
UK Select A Inc ?@
3026.26
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 3
Corp Bd A Inc ?@
Dividend Inc ?@
Recovery A Inc ?@
Sml Cos Inc ?@
41.24
64.62
144.63
369.96
?
?
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 4
Episode Allocation A Inc ?@147.68
?
+0.18
2.19
UK Trkr B Acc ?@
UK Trkr B Inc ?@
349.30
188.80
?
?
+1.40
+0.80
3.20
3.27
-0.10
?
-0.40
+14.00
2.40
2.44
2.53
1.84
-0.40
+14.00
3.04
2.06
UK and Income Investment Funds
Corp Bond B Acc ?@
324.10
Corp Bond B Inc ?@
129.00
UK Gwth B Acc ?@
201.20
UK Sel Gwth B Acc ?@ 2065.00
?
?
?
?
UK Gth C Inc ?@
143.00
UK Sel Gwth C Acc ?@ 2142.00
?
?
STANDARD LIFE INVESTMENTS
0845 279 3003
Investment Funds (OEIC) - Retail Shares
95.72
57.61
102.10
146.20
162.90
63.15
205.50
130.60
172.80
134.30
132.10
49.43
98.78
270.30
88.20
54.30
343.80
218.70
255.60
87.90
199.70
244.70
224.40
682.50
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
-0.22
-0.13
-0.20
-0.90
?
-0.01
-0.20
?
+0.10
-0.40
?
+0.01
+0.38
-0.50
-0.01
-0.01
+1.10
+1.20
+1.00
+0.36
+0.20
+0.80
+0.70
+2.00
1.42
1.31
1.82
?
3.10
2.82
1.49
1.20
1.18
0.01
3.64
3.43
0.05
1.74
1.45
1.25
2.32
2.86
3.97
4.11
1.49
0.37
0.41
0.53
?
?
?
-0.03
-0.03
+0.01
1.72
1.74
2.06
SVS BROWN SHIPLEY FUNDS
Enquiries: 0141 222 1151
Balanced A Acc ?@
Balanced A Inc ?@
Cautious A Acc ?@
Yld
%
104.41
266.63
252.49
282.30
225.36
228.73
97.38
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
-0.30
-0.28
-0.22
+0.01
-0.19
-0.08
2.09
1.08
1.09
1.14
2.86
2.89
2.94
UK Oseas Earns ?@
130.69
?
+0.20
1.95
112.90
152.00
81.12
?
?
?
+0.10
+0.20
+0.07
1.32
0.88
3.85
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
-0.04
-0.01
-0.04
-0.03
-0.05
-0.03
+0.02
+0.32
-0.01
+0.16
+0.27
-0.17
+0.09
1.05
3.63
3.06
2.70
3.97
3.45
4.87
1.70
3.76
4.34
1.77
1.69
0.16
712.60
219.40
+0.60
+1.00
1.54
?
Managed Funds
Def Eqty & Bd Acc ?@
Eqty & Bd Acc ?@
Mgd Income ?@
120.01
114.46
111.19
Stg Bd Ret Inc ?@
Strat Bd Ret ?@
UK Corp Bond ?@
UK Corp Ret ?@
UK Eqty Inc Ret ?@
UK Gwth & Inc Ret ?@
UK Hi Yld Bd 1 ?@
UK Inst Acc ?@
UK Mnthly Extra Inc ?@
UK Mnthly Inc Ret ?@
UK Retail ?@
UK Sel Retail ?@
UK Smaller Cos ?@
56.29
47.18
62.03
61.92
100.01
95.83
43.53
164.44
83.07
78.02
143.42
133.04
345.68
For Resolution see Ignis
TU FUND MANAGERS LIMITED
British
European
677.10
210.70
* Yield expressed as CAR (Compound Annual Return);
? Ex dividend; ?Middle price; . . . No significant data. #
Periodic charge deducted from capital; @ Exit charge
British funds
Stock
Price
Int Yld Grs rd
(�) +/?
% yld
104.49
110.25
375.17
129.66
375.56
120.33
124.07
142.23
130.78
381.05
161.20
155.43
279.09
150.12
179.24
175.22
185.39
171.11
177.31
209.86
209.26
206.26
279.34
218.70
225.36
263.05
264.78
281.36
100.73
106.59
367.31
122.33
361.70
114.45
116.91
132.65
121.58
359.19
147.76
141.90
257.58
134.83
161.03
155.61
162.56
148.24
151.89
179.64
176.95
171.51
231.25
176.93
181.37
208.77
204.60
214.78
Tr IL 1N% 2017 * 100.73
Tr IL 0V% 19
106.62
Tr IL 2K% 20
368.05
Tr IL 1Y% 2022 * 122.57
Tr IL 2K% 24
366.10
Tr IL 0V% 24
114.92
Tr IL 0V% 26
117.74
Tr IL 1N% 2027 * 133.68
Tr IL 0V% 29
123.17
Tr IL 4V% 30
365.74
Tr IL 1N% 2032 * 150.46
Tr IL 0O% 34
144.93
Tr IL 2% 35
266.87
Tr IL 0V% 36
138.86
Tr IL 1V% 2037 * 165.18
Tr IL 0X% 40
160.67
Tr IL 0X% 42 * 168.98
Tr IL 0V% 44
155.28
Tr IL 0V% 46
159.86
Tr IL 0O% 2047 * 188.48
Tr IL 0K% 50 * 187.07
Tr IL 0N% 52
182.46
Tr IL 1N% 2055 * 246.57
Tr IL 0V% 56
190.69
Tr IL 0V% 58 * 196.22
Tr IL 0W% 62
227.79
Tr IL 0V% 65
226.12
Tr IL 0V% 68
237.87
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+ .07
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+ .03
+ .07
+ .35
+ .23
+ .19
+ .48
+ .32
+ .33
+ .48
+ .59
+ .60
+ .64
+ .75
+ .93
+ .98
+1.42
+1.32
+1.46
+1.82
+1.92
+2.21
1.36
?
1.73
1.58
1.48
?
?
1.02
?
1.77
0.83
?
0.91
?
0.72
?
0.37
?
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0.41
?
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0.56
?
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?
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?5.19
?2.89
?2.43
?2.26
?1.93
?2.03
?1.81
?1.78
?1.70
?1.66
?1.67
?1.62
?1.58
?1.60
?1.61
?1.61
?1.60
?1.56
?1.54
?1.55
?1.55
?1.55
?1.55
?1.55
?1.57
?1.59
?1.60
?1.63
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.22
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.19
.19
.14
.15
.15
.10
.17
.14
.06
?
.03
.06
.06
3.24
3.10
?
3.19
3.02
?
3.00
?
?
2.82
?
2.72
?
2.54
?
?
?
?
1.81
1.86
1.95
1.92
1.95
1.95
1.96
1.99
1.98
1.96
1.95
1.91
1.86
1.81
1.80
1.77
1.75
1.74
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.08
.09
.10
.13
.11
.11
.12
.15
.19
.14
.18
?
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3.91
?
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3.34
4.08
3.46
3.20
0.62
0.78
0.90
1.02
1.07
1.15
1.27
1.41
1.37
1.43
1.60
1.70
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.01
.03
.03
.04
.05
.06
.06
.07
.10
.09
.07
.07
?
4.91
?
4.02
3.53
?
4.31
?
?
6.31
3.50
?
?
0.40
0.28
0.46
0.43
0.42
0.54
0.44
0.52
0.60
0.58
0.67
0.79
0.93
Longs (Over 15 years)
147.18
145.25
102.52
158.49
149.72
151.71
160.16
134.13
140.84
160.85
97.05
167.03
159.09
179.39
107.38
179.15
135.86
173.27
137.35
134.98
93.81
146.72
138.30
139.78
147.41
122.44
128.21
146.88
86.80
152.24
143.66
161.97
94.40
160.01
117.32
150.45
Tr 4K% 34
Tr 4N% 36
Tr 1{ }% 37
Tr 4O% 38
Tr 4N% 39
Tr 4N% 40
Tr 4K% 42
Tr 3N% 44
Tr 3K% 45
Tr 4N% 46
Tr 1K% 47
Tr 4N% 49
Tr 3O% 52
Tr 4N% 55
Tr 1O% 57
Tr 4% 60
Tr 2K% 65
Tr 3K% 68
139.10
137.07
96.65
149.09
140.91
142.60
150.20
125.73
131.85
150.62
89.92
156.14
148.20
167.12
98.62
166.02
124.35
158.99
Mediums (5-15 years)
OEIC C Class
UK and Income Investment Funds
AAA Inc CAT Acc ?@
AAA Inc CAT Inc ?@
AAA Income Acc ?@
Amer Eq Gth Acc ?@
Corp Bond Acc ?@
Corp Bond Inc ?@
Euro Eq Gth Acc ?@
Glb Advtg CAT Acc ?@
Glob Advtg Acc ?@
Glob Eq Uncstrd Acc ?@
Higher Inc Acc ?@
Higher Inc Inc ?@
Japan Eq Gth Acc ?@
Managed Acc ?@
Select Inc Acc ?@
Select Inc Inc ?@
UK Eq Gth Acc ?@
UK Eq Hi Alpha ?@
UK Eq Hi Inc Acc ?@
UK Eq Hi Inc Inc ?@
UK Ethical Acc ?@
UK Opps Acc ?@
UK Opps Inc ?@
UK Smlr Cos Acc ?@
+/-
Index-linked
+0.10
+0.10
?
?
?
Tracker and Specialist Investment Funds
JANUS HENDERSON INVESTORS
Investors Serv: 0800 832 832 Dlng: 0845 946 4646
Buy
THREADNEEDLE INVESTMENTS
Client Serv: 0800 0683000
Intermediary Serv: 0800 0684000
Institutional Shares (Class 2) (163500,000 min)
12 month
High
Low
Overseas Growth Investment Funds
UK Trkr A Acc ?@
UK Trkr A Inc ?@
Cautious A Inc ?@
Dynamic A Acc ?@
Dynamic A Inc ?@
Growth A Acc ?@
Income A Acc ?@
Sterling Bond Acc ?@
Sterling Bond Inc ?@
Sell
Retail Shares (Class 1)
2441.98
1350.60
1288.90
European Inc
Far Eastern Inc
Intl Growth Inc
Japanese Inc
Mutual European
Mutual Far Eastern
Mutual North Am
Mutual UK Eq
Nth American Inc
UK Equity Inc
2639.00
902.00
407.90
Yld
%
MARKS & SPENCER UNIT TRUST LTD
0808 005 5555
Equity Acc @
Equity Dist @
Euro Ind Acc @
IGNIS ASSET MGMT
Dlg: 0141 222 8282
American Gth Inc @
Balanced Growth @
Balanced Growth Acc @
Corporate Bond ?@
European Growth @
European Growth Acc @
Glob Gwth @
Higher Yield @
Higher Yield Acc @
Japan @
Managed @
Managed Trust @
Mngd Pfolio Inc @
Pacific Grth @
Smaller Comp @
Smaller Cos @
46.91
SCOTTISH MUTUAL INV MNGRS LTD
0141 248 6100
2616.00
893.80
407.90
+/-
MANEK INVESTMENT MGMT LTD
0844 800 9401
LEGAL & GENERAL (UT MGRS) LTD
Enquiries: 0870 050 0955 Dealing: 0870 050 0956
1.35
1.36
2.70
2.74
2.25
2.28
3.91
4.04
3.70
3.68
3.56
3.66
3.56
3.66
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
Buy
Eur (Ex UK) Eq A Acc ?@1310.92
Glob Brands A Acc ?@ 7868.16
UK Eq A Acc ?@
1184.53
HSBC Specialist Investment Funds (OEIC)
INVESTEC FUND MGRS
Broker Support and Dealing: 020 7597 1900
OEIC Series i,ii,iii, & iv
?
?
?
1.47
1.50
2.31
2.36
3.35
3.44
2.38
2.44
3.23
3.33
1.52
1.54
2.49
2.56
Sell
HSBC Investment Funds (OEIC) - Retail Share Class
FIDELITY INTERNATIONAL
Private Clnts 0800 414161 Broker Dlgs 0800 414181
1549.00
3740.00
525.20
3.38
0.71
1.83
1.98
0.31
1.44
1.33
1.05
0.94
1.44
4.20
2.78
2.62
2.79
HSBC GLOBAL ASSET MGMT (UK) LTD
Enq: 0845 745 6123 Dlg: 0845 745 6126 Mon-Fri 8-6
HSBC Index Tracker Investment Funds (OEIC)
Well Bldr Bal Acc ?@
Well Bldr Gwth Acc ?@
F & C FUND MANAGEMENT LTD (OEICS)
Enqs: 0870 601 6183 Dealing: 0870 601 6083
Share Class 1 - Retail
Corporate Bd ?@
58.54
Emerging Mkts ?@
122.30
Euro Gwth & Inc 1 ?@ 1051.00
Extra Inc Bond ?@
49.49
FTSE All-Shr Track ?@ 428.30
Global Gwth SC1 ?@
198.80
High Inc Trst @
14.49
Max Inc Bond ?@
49.69
Multi Man Caut ?@
70.41
Multi Man Distr ?@
60.44
North Amer ?@
499.70
Pacific Gwth ?@
432.50
Strategic Bd ?@
197.20
UK Equity ?@
3228.00
UK Gwth & Inc Acc 1 ?@ 658.50
UK Gwth & Inc Dist ?@ 234.70
UK Smaller Cos ?@
957.10
+/-
Eur Sel Gth A Acc ?@
+0.70
+0.16
+0.70
+0.10
+1.90
CIS UNIT MANAGERS LTD
08457 46 46 46
European Gwth @
Sus Leaders ?@
UK Growth @
UK Income @
Buy
HALIFAX INVESTMENT FUND MGRS LTD
01296 386 386
Authorised Inv Funds
Share Class `C
ARTEMIS FUND MGRS LTD
0800 092 2051
Authorised Inv Funds
Capital R Acc @
1591.15
Euro Opps R Acc @
107.80
Euro Opps R Inc @
102.70
European Growth R Acc @358.63
Global Energy R Acc @
29.22
Global Growth R Acc @ 256.81
Global Income R Acc @ 127.37
Global Income R Inc @
95.55
Global Select R Acc @
100.24
High Income R Inc @
81.02
Income R Acc @
420.67
Income R Inc @
231.37
Monthly Dist R Inc @
72.31
Strategic Assets R Acc @ 87.27
Strategic Bond R M Acc @ 95.03
Strategic Bond R M Inc @ 57.46
Strategic Bond R Q Acc @ 94.86
Strategic Bond R Q Inc @ 57.51
UK Growth R Acc @
544.85
UK Smaller Cos R Acc @ 1615.07
UK Special Sits R Acc @ 594.65
European ?@
Extra Income ?@
Glob Spec Sits ?@
Global Focus ?@
International ?@
Japan ?@
Moneybldr Bal ?@
Moneybldr Glob
Moneybldr Gwth ?@
Moneybldr Inc ?@
Moneybldr UK Ind ?@
Special Sits ?@
Wealthbuilder
Sell
116.36
107.31
110.88
115.27
133.78
110.19
105.54
102.29
133.16
155.13
145.14
140.36
112.05
104.62
107.64
111.25
127.93
105.19
99.90
98.46
126.26
146.95
136.21
131.34
Tr 3O% 21
Tr 1O% 22
Tr 2N% 23
Tr 2O% 24
Tr 5% 25
Tr 2% 25
Tr 1K% 26
Tr 1N% 27
Tr 4N% 27
Tr 6% 28
Tr 4O% 30
Tr 4N% 32
112.05
104.67
107.72
111.49
127.93
106.43
101.92
98.56
127.16
147.02
137.19
132.89
Shorts (under 5 years)
101.91
106.80
104.28
110.46
110.38
106.31
115.31
113.54
104.73
135.19
119.00
100.70
101.30
100.66
101.90
102.29
105.69
106.32
104.02
110.29
109.30
102.93
126.77
114.44
97.79
?
Tr 1N% 18
Tr 5% 18
Tr 1O% 19
Tr 4K% 19
Tr 3O% 19
Tr 2% 20
Tr 4O% 20
Tr 3O% 20
Tr 1K% 21
Tr 8% 21
Tr 4% 22
Tr 0K% 22
Tr 0O% 23
100.66
101.90
102.29
105.69
106.32
104.02
110.29
109.30
102.93
126.77
114.44
98.65
99.00
* maturities as having a 3-month indexation lag and
which trade on a real clean price basis, excluding inflation
adjustment charge.
This is a paid for information service. For
further details on a particular fund, readers
should contact their fund manager.
Data as shown is
for information
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Morningstar or this publication
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51
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Working Life Business
AT THE COALFACE After he was forced to end his career as a musician, Scott Devine turned to the internet to sell his skills to others, Sean Farrell reports
Sweet sound of success for online bass tutor
ANDREW MCCAREN FOR THE TIMES
I
t is midday at a recording studio
near Leeds and, after four hours
of adjustments, Scott Devine
declares he is finally happy with
the camera angles and lighting
for the video he is about to record.
It may sound an unusual
preoccupation for a bass guitar
teacher, but then Mr Devine is no
ordinary tutor. The 39-year-old has
come a long way in seven years since
he started posting videos of free bass
lessons on the internet after illness
curtailed his music career.
Scott?s Bass Lessons, the online
academy he set up in 2013, has more
than 15,000 paying subscribers
generating revenue of about
$2.5 million (�9 million) a year. The
business is even attracting the interest
of venture capital investors.
His online academy is, he claims,
the world?s biggest bass education
community. Mr Devine thinks in
dollars because about 60 per cent of
his subscribers are from the United
States with the rest dotted around the
world. Only 15 per cent are UK-based.
The standard annual fee of $168
buys access to courses by Mr Devine
and guest teachers, interviews with
bassists, feedback on students? videos
and other content. Compared with
the cost of oneon-one bass
lessons, which
start at
about �
an hour in
London, it is
not surprising that
70 per cent of Mr
Devine?s
subscribers stick
around after a
14-day free trial.
His is one of a
number of
online music
tuition ventures
which are proving
lucrative for their
operators.
GuitarJamz,
dedicated to players off
the six-string variety, has
1.8 million YouTube
subscribers.
Mr Devine took up
his instrument as an
Hitting the right note
Job Music tutor
Education Scott Devine left sixth
form halfway through his A-levels.
He completed a degree in music
performance at the University of
Salford in 2006 and has travelled to
New York and Barcelona to study
with leading bass teachers.
Salary Musicians? Union teaching
rates start at � an hour but online
training has expanded earning
potential for those who can build a
large audience. Mr Devine reckons
he pays himself about the same as
an electrician or a plumber; his
business generates enough to allow
him to reinvest in its growth.
Best thing about the job
?Connecting thousands of students
with the best bass educators and
creating educational materials that
weren?t available when I was a kid.
When I started learning guitar my
dad took me to the library and there
were maybe three VHS videos.?
Worst thing ?I have an idea every
minute so the most difficult thing is
probably keeping myself focused on
the things that are really going to
drive us forward instead of flitting
from one idea to another.?
Scott Devine?s academy offers lessons, teachers and feedback. He hopes bassist Marcus Miller, left, will contribute
apprentice at Overwater, a
bass maker in his native Carlisle.
After years of playing cruise
ships and corporate events in
Leeds he developed focal
dystonia, a neurological
condition that caused
spasms in his hands
that stopped him
playing for more
than a few minutes.
?My career as a
professional musician had
come to a screeching halt.
I took six months off to
see if it would cure itself
but halfway through I
started tinkering on the
bass because [giving it
up] was like losing an
arm,? he says.
Frustrated and
without a regular
income, he tried
offering bass lessons via Skype. ?It
was laborious and didn?t seem very
exciting. Then I came across a video
about how to create online
educational programmes and I
thought: ?That?s what I need to do.??
Mr Devine started posting lessons
on YouTube and set to work building
a website and filming a course that he
marketed through emails to his
followers. After months of living on
his now wife Lisa?s income his work
began to pay off. ?We made more
than $1,000 on the first day of that
course. That was the validation that
said I could make a living doing this.?
More courses followed before Mr
Devine brought them under the
academy umbrella four years ago. He
still posts a weekly free lesson to
more than 400,000 YouTube
followers and sends regular emails to
his followers. Mr Devine attributes his
success to consistency. ?I see people
appearing giving lessons online who
are really good but after a few months
they give up. We?ve always delivered
on what we said we would do.?
He has studied public speaking to
hone his presenting style, and the silk
gloves he wears, after finding they
helped suppress his condition, have
become part of his growing brand.
Every business requires investment
if it is to grow and Mr Devine?s is no
different. He has just spent $250,000
revamping the academy?s website. He
expects to attract and retain more
members as a result and is aiming for
$10 million annual revenue within
five years.
He pays himself a modest salary,
reinvesting the rest of the academy?s
roughly $500,000 profit in new
features, teachers and courses.
He has assembled a team of 10
permanent and contract employees
?because I realised I had to build
something bigger than me?. That goal
includes bringing in more guest
teachers. He hopes to sign up US
session legend Marcus Miller, who
has worked with Miles Davis and
Luther Vandross, and to arrange
interviews with big names such as
Sting and Sir Paul McCartney.
Scott?s Bass Lessons has attracted
attention from both within the music
industry and outside. Mr Devine
recently spoke to Andy Mooney, chief
executive of Fender, who picked his
brains about the US guitar maker?s
recent move into online tuition.
Mr Devine wants to market his
website as a platform for musicians,
actors and other artists to build paidfor online tuition communities.
He still finds time to play bass with
a trio in Leeds, and plans to make an
album, but his main job is coming up
with new ideas for the academy. ?I
need to feed my members,? he says.
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Thursday October 12 2017 | the times
Business Markets
news in brief
Martin Waller Tempus
Buy, sell or hold: today?s best share tips
Ruling sought on strike
The postal workers? union will
ask the High Court in London
today to allow its members at
Royal Mail to go on strike over
pensions. On Monday Royal Mail
applied for an injunction to
prevent action taking place
before a mediation process had
been exhausted. ?In light of Royal
Mail?s legal challenge, the union
will be defending its case at the
Royal Courts of Justice,? the
Communications Workers? Union
said. A Royal Mail spokesman
said that such action would be
unlawful. Shares rose 0.8 per cent
to close at 385絧.
Scope for progress or even takeover
jupiter fund management
profit �7m
Div yield 5.4%
T
mondi
Forecast revenue
?7.2bn Pre-tax
profit ?934m
Div yield 2.8%
T
he market?s reaction to the
warning from Mondi about the
impact on the packaging
specialist of higher costs and
unfavourable exchange rate
movements looks like a classic case
of finding a reason to take profits.
None of the negatives were exactly
unknown, indeed the company has
been pointing to them for some time
now. The shares, though, have risen
from well below �in January and
were in danger of running out of
steam.
50
40
30
Source: Thomson Reuters
he recent consolidation
among fund managers may
be well timed. Henderson
Group has disappeared
from the London market,
having bought Janus Capital and
switched its listing to New York.
Aberdeen Asset Management has
merged with Standard Life to
become the imaginatively entitled
Standard Life Aberdeen.
There are a number of drivers for
these changes. Last year, with the
Brexit shock, was not a good one for
active managers. Margins are in
decline as a consequence of the shift
towards passive management and a
perception that fund managers have
had it too good for too long. The
Aberdeen-Standard Life deal was
largely driven by the former?s high
exposure to emerging markets, which
had had an awful couple of years but
are now recovering sharply.
Looming over all of this is Mifid II,
which comes in at the start of next
year and will have implications for
the fund management industry that
are hard to quantify but which will
probably be negative. In particular,
managers will have to decide
whether to fund research themselves
or pass the cost on to their clients.
Most, including Jupiter Fund
Management and its rival Schroders,
have gone for the first option ?
Jupiter has quantified the annual
Third
June quarter Market/ Sep
30
forex
30
net
flows movement
(n) ()
() (n)
Closing AUM*
(n)
20
10
1.4% 2.3% 9.0% 0.5% 7.4% 7.8% 3.2%
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3
0
*Assets under management
Forecast revenue
�6m Pre-tax
A solid performer
Mutual
funds
40.9 1,250
Segregated
4.7
mandates
111
Investment
1.27
trusts
?13
TOTAL
46.9 1,340
144
42.3
77
4.9
?40
1.22
181
48.4
cost at �million. The change should
play to the strengths of the larger
firms, including Jupiter. We simply
don?t know, however.
The possibility that Jupiter may
eventually be bought by a larger
competitor is one of the reasons for
holding the shares, along with a
5.4 per cent dividend yield and the
assumption that payments will
continue to rise. The halfway
payment was up by 51 per cent, and
Jupiter has indicated that it held
surplus cash of about � million at
the end of June, over and above that
required for regulatory reasons.
The fund manager has indicated
that it needs to set aside about 10 per
cent of earnings for investment and
growth and the rest will be returned
to investors, with special dividends
the preferred route. The shares have
performed strongly, up almost 30 per
cent since the start of the year, but
even at the current level, up 4絧 at
558p, they remain a solid income
stock. That rise was on the back of
Mondi says underlying operating
profits for the third quarter were
8 per cent higher, at ?245 million,
than in the corresponding period last
year. The estimated impact of
planned shutdowns for maintenance
at its various plants, always a factor
in overall performance, in the fourth
quarter will be about ?20 million,
down from ?35 million a year ago.
All four parts of the business ?
packaging paper, fibre packaging,
consumer packaging and uncoated
fine paper ? are performing well,
though the latter is facing the usual
seasonal downturn in the summer.
Mondi is confident that the fourth
quarter will be strong, supported by
generally higher selling prices,
another significant factor behind
overall performance, and good
growth.
All this is positive enough and
would not seem to warrant a 163p
fall in the share price to �.26. The
problem is that earlier consensus
forecasts of underlying profits of
?1.055 billion to ?1.06 billion were
plainly too high ? ?a mountain to
climb? to reach them, as one analyst
has it. Jefferies, the house broker, is
now looking for ?1.01 billion, a 4 per
cent decline on its earlier forecast.
The negatives are higher prices for
the wood, energy and chemicals that
Mondi needs and the adverse
currency movements. The company
reports in euros so will be impacted
MY ADVICE Hold
WHY Jupiter is still a good
dividend stock and the rating
compares well with others in
the sector but shares have
come up a long way now
third-quarter figures that showed
strong growth in assets under
management with not too much help
from market and foreign exchange
movements. The last chipped in only
�1 million, against a �245 billion
net influx of fresh funds spread
across all asset classes but with a
significant amount going into fixed
income, a reflection of expectations
of a rise in interest rates.
Jupiter has been expanding this
side, a timely looking strategy, with
one emerging markets corporate
bond fund launched in March and
another emerging markets fund last
month. The weak spot was in funds
of funds, hit by underperformance
and more competition elsewhere.
The outlook statement is positive
enough. Jupiter is regarded as well
managed with further to go in terms
of diversification, both
geographically and by asset type and
by adding on new clients. Despite
concerns over Mifid II the fund
manager is well placed for further
growth given its strong retail
distribution base and the move
towards self-investment of pensions.
As ever with such businesses, the
danger is of an abrupt reversal in the
markets, which would have retail
investors heading towards the exits.
The last quarter of net outflows was
at the end of 2016, but the growth in
assets under management could
reverse very quickly in that case.
The shares sell on about 16 times
this year?s earnings. That is not
expensive for the sector but it does
suggest further upside is limited.
Seaworld deal sinks
Merlin Entertainments has had
its hopes of acquiring the Busch
Gardens theme parks in Florida
and Virginia from Seaworld
Entertainment dashed. The
Madame Tussauds and Legoland
operator said yesterday: ?We can
confirm Merlin is not involved in
any discussions that might lead to
an acquisition of Seaworld or any
of its constituent parts.? Analysts
suggested that Seaworld may
have rejected asset disposals in
favour of an outright sale. Shares
closed 4絧 lower at 463絧.
Page hit by Brexit fears
The recruitment giant Page
Group has said that Brexit
uncertainty continues to take its
toll on hiring as it posted another
fall in UK earnings. Shares sank
more than 9 per cent after it
revealed a 7.6 per cent fall in
third-quarter gross profits to
�.9 million for the UK. Page
blamed Brexit fears for a drop in
client and jobseeker confidence,
which it said was being felt
among multinational clients. The
UK market accounts for almost a
fifth of the group?s business.
by the lower dollar, while its
operations in Russia and Turkey will
be affected by a weakness in these
countries? currencies.
All this should have been known
to the market. At their current level
the shares sell on 15 times earnings,
which looks like a good entry point
given that the other house broker,
UBS, is forecasting the arrival of the
long-awaited special dividend early
next year.
Loan deal controversy
An Aim-listed Indian renewable
energy firm made a $2.4 million
loan to its chairman and majority
owner to fund a personal
property deal without the board?s
approval. Mytrah Energy, which
posted first-half losses of
$6.7 million, said it had appointed
an independent law firm to carry
out ?a comprehensive review? of
last month?s transaction with Ravi
Kailas. He has since ?made
arrangements for the full amount
of the loan to be repaid by the
end of next week?, Mytrah said.
MY ADVICE Buy
WHY Share price reaction
looks overdone
PRICES
Major indices
London Financial Futures
New York
Dow Jones
Nasdaq Composite
S&P 500
22872.89 (+42.21)
6603.55 (+16.30)
2555.24 (+4.60)
Tokyo
Nikkei 225
20881.27 (+57.76)
Hong Kong
Hang Seng
28389.57 (-101.26)
Amsterdam
AEX Index
541.76 (+0.63)
Zurich
SMI Index
9265.34 (-1.83)
DJ EURO Stoxx 50
3607.39 (+8.60)
London
FTSE 100
7533.81 (-4.46)
FTSE 250
20167.78 (+21.50)
FTSE 350
4186.34 (-1.30)
FTSE Eurotop 100
2997.14 (-1.78)
FTSE All-Shares
4133.08 (-1.13)
FTSE Non Financials
4642.61 (+25.91)
Bargains
5840.80 (+33.70)
Frankfurt
DAX
12970.68 (+21.43)
Singapore
Straits
3280.28 (-8.67)
Brussels
BEL20
4059.04 (+3.81)
Paris
CAC-40
5362.41 (-1.23)
3-Mth Sterling
3-Mth Euribor
4849.65 (+1.02)
techMARK 100
Sydney
AO
Long Gilt
3-Mth Euroswiss
n/a
US$
1.3216 (+0.0009)
Euro
1.1147 (-0.0031)
�SDR
0.93 (+0.00)
Exchange Index
76.90 (-0.20)
FTSE100
FTSEurofirst 80
Period
Dec 17
Mar 18
Dec 17
Mar 18
Jun 18
Sep 18
Dec 18
Dec 17
Mar 18
Jun 18
Sep 18
Dec 18
Dec 17
Mar 18
Jun 18
Dec 17
Mar 18
Dec 17
Mar 18
Open
123.74
122.80
99.470
99.330
99.240
99.180
99.120
100.32
100.31
100.29
100.26
100.22
100.73
100.71
100.67
7513.0
7436.5
High
123.86
122.80
99.475
99.340
99.250
99.180
99.130
100.33
100.31
100.30
100.27
100.22
100.74
100.71
100.67
7514.5
7436.5
Commodities
Low
123.60
122.80
99.465
99.330
99.230
99.160
99.110
100.32
100.31
100.29
100.26
100.21
100.73
100.70
100.66
7480.0
7430.5
Sett
123.79
122.88
99.470
99.340
99.240
99.170
99.120
100.33
100.31
100.29
100.26
100.22
100.74
100.71
100.67
7494.5
7434.5
4997.5
4994.0
Vol
144316
1
98137
60123
68096
50399
55715
22824
44975
66619
74776
71433
483
3297
3344
69199
6
Open Int
705589
104
501981
427287
386115
291888
384130
421603
466647
419701
394038
442422
38255
45434
32640
699934
27
103.80 Aug (2015 = 100)
RPI
274.70 Aug (Jan 1987 = 100)
RPIX
275.40 Aug (Jan 1987 = 100)
Morningstar Long Commodity
551.15 (+6.54)
Morningstar Long/Short Commod 3979.17 (+26.65)
Brent (9.00pm)
Crude Oils ($/barrel FOB)
Dec
Jan
Feb
Brent Physical
BFOE(Dec)
BFOE(Nov)
WTI(Dec)
WTI(Jan)
56.36
57.01
56.81
51.60
51.80
-0.09
+0.33
+0.37
+0.37
+0.37
Spot CIF NW Europe (prompt delivery)
Premium Unld
Gasoil EEC
3.5 Fuel Oil
Naphtha
579.00
509.00
310.00
515.00
583.00
511.00
312.50
519.00
-4.00
-2.75
+2.25
-4.00
Mar
Apr
56.28-56.27
56.21-56.16
Volume: 1038736
1585-1584
1607-1604
1618-1616
1631-1627
1643-1640
1660-1545
Mar
Jul
Jul
1687-1648
1706-1560
1647-1604
LIFFE
Cocoa
Dec
Mar
May
Jul
Sep
Dec
Products ($/MT)
56.85-56.83
56.63-56.61
56.42-56.40
Volume: 65487
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Nov
Jan
Mar
May
1974-1973
1946-1944
1945-1928
1998-1920
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Sep
2039-1958
2008-1960
Volume: 23179
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White Sugar (FOB)
Gas Oil
Oct
Nov
Dec
535.25-530.25
529.25-529.00
523.75-523.50
Jan
Feb
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Next is looking all dressed
up with nowhere to go
Callum Jones Market report
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profits and
shareholders no longer
applied and
represented a ?limited
view of the world?.
?Silence is the
ultimate form of
consent. If you say
nothing as things occur
it?s like saying yes,? he
said.
?Apple was founded
to change the world. It
doesn?t seem
consistent to me to be
silent on things that
matter. I get notes
from shareholders
saying, ?Why are you
saying this stupid
thing, you are going to
upset somebody who
will not buy our
products?,? he said. But
that didn?t stop him
Chief?s role
has changed,
says Cook
C
hief executives
have a duty to
speak out about
wrongdoing and
should not shy away
from political debate
even if it upsets
shareholders, the boss
of Apple said last night
(Alexandra Frean
writes).
Tim Cook told an
audience at the
University of Oxford
that the traditional
view that the chief
executive?s role was to
focus on revenues,
speaking out. The
comments come after a
series of criticisms
levelled by the
company at Donald
Trump. Mr Cook
attacked the US
president?s decision to
withdraw from the
Paris climate
agreement in June, his
incendiary comments
on a violent white
nationalist rally in
Charlottesville,
Virginia, in August and
last month spoke
against plans to
exclude from America
people brought to the
country illegally as
children, saying that
immigration was ?the
biggest issue of our
time.?
Results in brief
Name
Pre-tax figure
Profit (+) loss (-)
Dividend
Proactis Holdings (technology FY)
Vertu Motors (retailing HY)
-�8m (�8m)
�.2m (�.7m)
1.4p p Jan 22
0.55p p Jan 19
6 Results in brief are given for all companies valued at more than � million. f = final p = payable
The day?s biggest movers
Change
Company
Dunelm Good weather drives up sales
Bovis Homes HSBC increases target price from �.78 to �.83
Whitbread Credit Suisse lifts target from �.70 to �.80
Smith & Nephew Reports that Elliott has built a stake in the company
Easyjet Airline stocks on the rise
Next Morgan Stanley downgrades to ?underweight?
Smirfit Kappa Tracks Mondi lower
Provident Financial Barclays downgrades ahead of tomorrow?s update
Mondi Warns over full-year profits
Pagegroup Third quarter trading statement disappoints
London Grain Futures
LIFFE Wheat (close �/t)
Nov
140.40 Jan
141.75
May
147.00 Jul
unq
Gold/Precious
metals (US dollars per ounce)
Mar
148.75
Volume: 849
London Metal Exchange
(Official)
Cash
3mth
15mth
Copper Gde A ($/tonne)
6683.0-6685.0
7310.0-7320.0
2531.0-2533.0
1980.0-1985.0
European money
deposits %
1943.0-1948.0
Currency
Zinc Spec Hi Gde ($/tonne)
3305.0-3306.0
3223.0-3225.0
Tin ($/tonne)
20790.0-20810.0
20675.0-20700.0
20250.0-20300.0
Alum Hi Gde ($/tonne)
2123.0-2124.0
2146.5-2147.0
the latest turn in a rollercoaster year
for Next, which hit a four-year low
after warning on profits in January.
Shares finally returned to prewarnings levels last month, after
executives informed the market that
the immediate future looked
?somewhat less challenging? than the
first few months of this year.
However, analysts at Morgan
Stanley see little reason for optimism
in the long term. They predicted in a
note to clients yesterday that the
company will generate strong
operating cashflows from some years
to come but argued that its abiding
strategy of using gross margin gains
to make up for falling retail sales
densities ?may have run its course?.
The analysts noted that the
fundamentals around its catalogue
division ?look healthier?, but added:
?Sales in the core UK Next Directory
business are also now beginning to
fall, suggesting to us that the Next
customer proposition may be losing
resonance with UK consumers.? In a
U
K Oil & Gas is
best known as
the oil junior
behind the ?Gatwick
gusher?, but in the
last few months it has
been exciting
investors with news
from a different
drillhole in the Weald
Basin in southern
England.
In May the
company raised
�5 million by placing
shares at 0.8p a piece
to drill a hole at its
Broadford Bridge-1
well. The shares took
off, hitting 9p a
month ago. But
yesterday the shares
beat a hasty retreat
after the company
said that it would have
1mth
3mth
6mth
12mth
0.13
0.20
0.29
0.55
0.28
0.36
0.52
0.74
0.10
0.15
0.20
0.50
UK Oil & Gas said extra
maintenance work was
needed at its new well
to carry out major
maintenance after an
independent analysis
found that ?the
testing to date has not
properly evaluated
the full flow
potential?.
In a statement that
came after markets
further blow, Morgan Stanley also
branded Next?s recent market
recovery ?overdone?. Pointing out
that its shares had surged 40 per cent
since July, it said: ?This seems to us a
significant over-reaction to the
announcement that management
intends to restart the share buyback.?
The FTSE 100 continued to trade
just short of record territory. It ended
a somewhat subdued day down 4.46
points, or 0.06 per cent, at 7,533.81.
The market value of Mondi was
unfolding after the paper and
packaging group warned over profits.
Its stock slumped 163p to �.26 after
it said that full-year numbers would
come in ?modestly below market
expectations?because of cost
pressures and currency headwinds.
Smurfit Kappa, its Irish peer, shed
67p to �.10.
At the other end of the index,
Whitbread led the way, advancing
133p to �.28 after Credit Suisse
revised its rating for the owner of
Costa Coffee and Premier Inn from
Money rates %
Dollar rates
Base Rates Clearing Banks: 0.25 Finance House 1.0 ECB Refi 0.00 US Fed Fd 1.25
Australia
Canada
Denmark
Euro
Hong Kong
Japan
Malaysia
Norway
Singapore
Sweden
Switzerland
Interbank Rates
Clearer CDs
Depo CDs
2 mth
3 mth
6 mth
12 mth
1 mth
0.2783
0.3233
0.3628
0.5156
0.7396
0.32-0.22 0.34-0.24 0.39-0.29 0.60-0.45 0.79-0.64
0.32-0.22 0.34-0.24 0.39-0.29 0.60-0.45 0.79-0.64
Eurodollar Deps
1.22-1.42 1.24-1.44 1.30-1.50 1.47-1.67 1.75-1.95
Sterling spot and forward rates
Sterling
0.00.0
US markets resumed their record
run as minutes from the US Fed?s
September meeting showed a likely
rate rise in December. The Dow
Jones industrial average closed up
42.21 points at 22,872.89, its 48th
record close of the year.
Oil shares are proving slippery
Treasury Bills (Dis) Buy: 1 mth 0.088; 3mth 0.169. Sell: 1 mth 0.030; 3 mth 0.180
Euro
11010.0-11020.0
Wall Street report
natural resources
Halifax Mortgage Rate 3.74
Dollar
2280.0-2285.0
Nickel ($/tonne)
10975.0-10980.0
Bullion: Open $1289.68
Close $1285.70-1286.50 High $1291.33
Low $1285.70
AM $1290.20 PM $1289.25
Krugerrand $1288.00-1361.00 (�5.221030.49)
Platinum $933.00 (�6.43)
Silver $17.12 (�.96)
Palladium $964.00 (�9.90)
6735.0-6740.0
Lead ($/tonne)
2524.0-2525.0
6.3%
3.9%
3.4%
3.1%
2.9%
-1.3%
-2.9%
-4.3%
-7.8%
-9.2%
n the dark days that followed the
height of the financial crisis,
Next was in vogue, rising from a
low of 761絧 to peak at �.99 in
December 2015. But those who
once flocked to the high street fashion
chain are a little less loyal nowadays.
Last night it closed down 65p, at
�.50, after a leading broker argued
that it is ?losing resonance? with
British shoppers.
?We believe that Next has been
running up a proverbial down
escalator for some time and there is
growing evidence to suggest that it is
finding this increasingly difficult to
do,? Morgan Stanley said. The
retailer?s core operation is
?deteriorating?, the US investment
bank argued, downgrading it from
?equal weight? to ?underweight?. It?s
Mkt Rates for
Copenhagen
Euro
Montreal
New York
Oslo
Stockholm
Tokyo
Zurich
Range
8.2719-8.3236
1.1186-1.1127
1.6482-1.6530
1.3177-1.3220
10.435-10.497
10.614-10.666
147.85-148.58
1.2813-1.2884
Close
8.2992-8.3007
1.1151-1.1150
1.6513-1.6517
1.3206-1.3207
10.469-10.473
10.640-10.642
148.49-148.52
1.2859-1.2861
1 month
66ds
6pr
13pr
13pr
29pr
79ds
5ds
13ds
Premium = pr
3 month
237ds
22pr
41pr
41pr
80pr
306ds
29ds
46ds
Discount = ds
�.70 to �.80. Smith & Nephew
climbed 42p to �.01 amid reports
that Elliott, the activist investor, had
built a stake in the maker of medical
devices. Shares in the group had been
under pressure since it announced the
pending departure of its chief
executive this week.
Philip Hammond?s suggestion that
Britain?s departure from the European
Union could halt flights had little
impact on airline stocks.
International Airlines Group, the
operator behind British Airways, rose
15絧 to 623絧, while Easyjet picked
up 36p to �.89.
The FTSE 250 closed up 21.5 points,
or 0.11 per cent, to break its previous
record high by just one point, at
20,167.78. Dunelm Group led the
risers, gaining 44p to 745p after
favourable weather conditions lifted
first-quarter sales. Barclays
downgraded Provident Financial, the
struggling subprime lender, before its
latest update tomorrow, sending its
shares down 36p at 800絧.
Exchange rates
1.2858-1.2865
1.2504-1.2506
6.2845-6.2855
0.8443-0.8443
7.8057-7.8061
112.44-112.45
4.2200-4.2250
7.9281-7.9298
1.3556-1.3557
8.0564-8.0577
0.9737-0.9738
Other Sterling
Argentina peso
Australia dollar
Bahrain dinar
Brazil real
Euro
Hong Kong dollar
India rupee
Indonesia rupiah
Kuwait dinar KD
Malaysia ringgit
New Zealand dollar
Singapore dollar
S Africa rand
U A E dirham
closed on Tuesday,
Stephen Sanderson,
the executive
chairman, said:
?Although the
forthcoming workover
presents additional
unplanned work, the
reservoir zone?s
cement-bond integrity
is readily rectifiable.?
Its shares fell 1.6p,
or 25 per cent, to 4.7p.
UK Oil & Gas shot
to prominence in
April 2015 when it
announced a find of
?national
significance? at its
Horse Hill prospect
just outside Gatwick
airport. The shares
soared shortly
afterwards but
gradually trailed off.
23.010-23.023
1.6984-1.6985
0.4947-0.5014
4.1798-4.1838
1.1149-1.1151
10.308-10.310
86.043-86.069
17863-17874
0.3978-0.4000
5.5733-5.5799
1.8666-1.8671
1.7901-1.7907
17.890-17.903
4.8505-4.8518
Australia $
Canada $
Denmark Kr
Egypt
Euro �
Hong Kong $
Hungary
Indonesia
Israel Shk
Japan Yen
New Zealand $
Norway Kr
Poland
Russia
S Africa Rd
Sweden Kr
Switzerland Fr
Turkey Lira
USA $
Bank buys Bank sells
1.850
1.610
1.790
1.560
8.930
7.830
n/a
n/a
1.220
1.070
11.060
9.720
380.810
313.300
20505.200
16356.100
5.060
4.320
160.070
138.630
2.090
1.770
11.380
9.840
5.290
4.330
82.240
68.480
19.940
16.880
11.360
10.100
1.410
1.220
5.400
4.620
1.440
1.260
Rates for banknotes and traveller's cheques as
traded by Royal Bank of Scotland plc yesterday
Data as shown is
for information
purposes only. No offer is made by
Morningstar or this publication
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Designer whose ?bandage dress?
wowed the world of fashion
Herv� L間er
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Obituaries
Sir Brian Barder
Energetic and combative diplomat who paved the way for the British aid effort in Ethiopia during the great famine of 1984-85
REX FEATURES/SHUTTERSTOCK
In 1984 a humanitarian catastrophe
engulfed Ethiopia. Famine gripped the
remote central and northern highlands. As images on British television
alerted the country to the crisis in the
Horn of Africa, Margaret Thatcher?s
government made the Royal Air Force
available to fly in supplies.
There was one seemingly insurmountable problem. Most members of
the corrupt and repressive Ethiopian
regime, which was in thrall to the
Soviet Union, found the idea of taking
western aid unthinkable.
Brian Barder, Britain?s ambassador to
Addis Adaba, was aware that the
Kremlin was trying to keep the RAF out
of the picture. However, some
members of the Ethiopian government
were more realistic, and they
encouraged Barder to keep trying.
Amid this uncertainty, British
ministers gave the order for aircraft
loaded with aid to be moved to Cyprus
ready to fly to Ethiopia. After many
frantic conversations and telephone
calls, Barder heard from a contact in the
ruling communist party. Official
permission would not be given, but a
blind eye would be turned if the RAF
was to land in Addis Ababa.
?May I take that as a definite
promise?? Barder asked his contact.
?You understand that it?s unofficial,?
came the reply. ?I don?t have permission
to speak to you like this, Mr Ambassador ? my life would be in danger if our
conversation became known. But
yes, it?s almost certain. That?s all I can
say. Goodbye.?
Barder hung up ? with the word
?almost? ringing in his ears. ?What was
at stake was more than my reputation
for reliability in London and the future
of my diplomatic career,? Barder
recalled. ?It was potentially the lives
of hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of sick and starving Ethiopians.?
He ?swallowed hard? and then sent
a telegram to London saying that it
was safe for the aircraft in
Cyprus to take off.
hel, the
Operation Bushel,
ation
British aid operation
to Ethiopia, was
under way.
On November 3, 1984,
Barder stood
with his wife,
Jane, at the
airfield
in
Addis Ababa
watching the
arrival of RAF
transport
airrcraft. For the next
ext
14 months grain,
rain,
tents, medicine,, blankets and other essential
supplies were sent to where
they were most needed
needed, while back in
Britain the pop star Bob Geldof rallied
public sentiment ? and cash ? with
the Band Aid record and Live Aid gigs.
Hundreds of thousands of people died.
Many more were saved.
Brian Leon Barder was born in
Bristol in 1934. His father, Harry, was a
furrier whose Jewish family of fur
traders had emigrated from Krakow in
Poland. His parents divorced when
Brian was four and his mother, Vivien,
was killed in a car crash when he was 16.
Brian Barder in Ethiopia in the mid-1980s and, below, during his retirement when he became an outspoken commentator
Harry Barder was not religious, with
the result that Brian was not brought up
in the Jewish faith.
He was educated at Sherborne,
Dorset, where choral music in the
school chapel instilled a passion for
classical music. He did his National
Service in Hong Kong with the
Royal Tan
Tank Regiment
between 11952 and 1954
la
and later
believed
that the noise of
gun
gunfire
might
hav contributhave
ed to increasing
d
deafness
in old
a
age.
He
read
c
classics
at
S Catharine?s
St
Co
College,
Cambri
bridge,
where he
join the drama
joined
club F
Footlights, the
rowing club and was
elected chairman of
the university?s
univers
Labour
club. He was a lifelong
supporter of the Labo
Labour Party ?
although the rise of Jeremy Corbyn
tested his patience.
In 1957, a year after the Suez debacle,
he joined the Colonial Office and was
soon gaining experience of Whitehall
as private secretary to the permanent
under-secretary.
A year later he married Jane
Cornwell. The couple had met in 1956
at a meeting of Labour students at the
party?s headquarters in Walworth
Road, London, and were sent to
marginal constituencies to recruit
members. They had marched together
in protest against Suez.
The couple had three children:
Louise became an editor working on
books on classical music, before founding an opera record label with her sister,
Virginia, who had worked on CD-roms,
and subsequently specialised in online
learning. Owen became a senior civil
servant, working as private secretary to
the chancellor and prime minister, and
is now a vice-president of the Center for
Global Development in Washington.
All three live in the US.
Barder joined the British delegation
at the United Nations, had a stint in
the Foreign Office, and two years as
press attach� in Moscow, where he
was systematically intimidated by KGB
hardmen after Edward Heath?s
government had expelled 105 Soviet
?diplomats? from Britain. Barder and
his wife were often confronted while
taking the lift up to their flat.
At the age of 39 he was appointed to
the High Commission in Canberra. He
remained in Australia for four years
and then took a year?s sabbatical at the
National Defence College in Canada.
Afterwards he became head of the
Foreign Office?s Central and Southern
African Department just as Rhodesia
was becoming Zimbabwe and South
Africa was grinding its way through the
last decade of apartheid.
In 1982, aged 48, Barder embarked on
a succession of heads of mission
appointments of increasing importance, first as ambassador to Ethiopia.
Friends at the Foreign Office told him
that he ?would go mad with boredom.
There?ll be nothing to do.? The famine
changed all that.
Historical drama continued with his
next appointment, in Poland, where he
held regular meetings with the head of
the Solidarity trade union movement,
Lech Walesa, as the country edged
towards democracy in defiance of the
Soviet Union.
When he visited Walesa in Gdansk to
say farewell at the end of his posting, he
asked the pro-democracy leader
whether he thought he would go on
A blind eye would be
turned if the RAF was
to land in Addis Ababa
to play another prominent role in
Polish society. Walesa said, rather
sadly, that he thought it was out
of the question. He became president
in 1990.
In 1988 Barder was appointed high
commissioner to Nigeria, another
country in crisis, with its vast energy
riches and economic promise at odds
with the tyranny and corruption that
held it back. Yet again he thrived in a
threatening environment.
Afterwards he returned to Canberra
as high commissioner for his final
appointment. He loved Australia and
travelled widely. On one occasion a
Royal Navy destroyer paid a three-day
visit to Darwin. Barder and his wife, and
the local mayor, were scheduled to fly
to the ship in a Lynx helicopter.
The pilot gave them a lecture on
safety, ending with the reassuring
words: ?The only slight snag is that
you?ll have just three minutes at most to
do all that before the helicopter turns
upside down.?
Afterwards, Barder asked him if he
had ever had to carry out the drill. Only
in a test tank with a mock-up of a
helicopter, the pilot told him. Barder
asked him if he had managed to
complete the drill in three minutes.
?No, never,? the pilot said, laughing. ?No
one does. It?s absolutely impossible.?
While he had never hesitated to
express his views within the confines of
the Foreign and Commonwealth
Office, Barder was a firm believer in
?the obligation of public servants to
subordinate their personal views to
those of the elected ministers for whom
they worked?. He claimed with some
pride that ?professional loyalty to my
own government had been successful
in keeping my own political prejudices
out of sight?.
The gamekeeper quickly turned
poacher after retirement in 1994 and,
with an instinctive flair for selfprojection, made himself available as a
media commentator.
He was invited to join the special
immigration appeals committee, which
assessed the conditions from which
asylum seekers were fleeing. He found
it increasingly difficult to reconcile
official policy on asylum with his
knowledge of the realities of the
developing world and was particularly
troubled by the practice of holding
suspected terrorists in the legal black
hole of preventive detention.
In 2004, after six years, he resigned,
voicing criticism of home secretaries
who refused to accept the committee?s
decisions and pressed ahead with
the deportation of asylum seekers,
particularly when issues of security
were involved. He said it was
?unacceptable in a democracy,
contrary to British traditions of justice,
and in breach of our obligations?.
He acknowledged how difficult it was
in the struggle against global terrorism
to reconcile justice and the human
rights of suspects with the defence of
the state and its citizens. However, in
his calm, unemotional way he rebutted
the government?s arguments on one
issue after another.
In 2014 he published What Diplomats
Do, an entertaining mix of anecdote,
personal memoir, manual and practical
advice for those contemplating a
career in diplomacy, using the
characters of a diplomat called Adam
and his wife, Eve.
He also wrote a blog, in which he
described himself: ?Cycles slowly in
London traffic, listens addictively to
classical music, obsessively writes
letters to the newspapers (quite a few of
them get published) . . . Spends far too
much time at the computer writing blog
posts and responses to comments on
them, commenting on other people?s
blogs and sending out innumerable
emails designed to assuage his morbid
fear of being out of touch.?
Sir Brian Barder, KCMG, diplomat, was
born on June 20, 1934. He died of
pancreatic cancer on September 19, 2017,
aged 83
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Herv� L間er
French fashion designer championed by Cindy Crawford and known as Curvy Herv� thanks to his celebrated ?bandage dress?
RICHARD KALVAR/MAGNUM PHOTOS; GETTY IMAGES
Herv� L間er was due to present a new
collection of outfits in February 1989,
but with two days to go he lacked a
grand finale that would wow the critics.
Looking around, his eye caught a pile of
discarded materials in the corner of his
studio, including a roll of Lycra-type
material. He picked it up and wrapped it
around a wooden mannequin, applying
a ?blocking? technique learnt in his
younger days as a milliner.
Within 48 hours he had created and
shown six body-sculpting ?bandage? or
?body con? (short for body conscious)
dresses, which immediately became
the talk of the Paris fashion world. The
tight material helped to create a flat
stomach for its wearer while accentuating her curves. One reviewer described
his outfits as ?elastic strips of fabric
sewn together to make girdle-tight
dresses?, adding that they showed
?the sexy mummy look?. L間er also
acknowledged the influence of ancient
civilisation, saying: ?Bands belong to
history. They come from Cleopatra.?
By the next season L間er, or Curvy
Herv� as he was now sometimes
known, had perfected his technique,
creating an entire collection using
stretchy bandages. It was a bold move,
showing off women?s curves at a time
when heroin chic and grunge were
considered more fashionable.
L間er would say that his
designs were worn by a
he
woman ?who likes the
silhouette of herr
body to be made the
most of ? not with
drapes and decoration, but with
structure?. They
worked best on
women with a
shape of their own,
rather than skinnyy
models, he said.
?With them you can
at you
reshape, hide what
w what you
want to hide, show
es sticking out are
want to show. Bones
no good.?
He explained how it was his
mission to make women look beautiful.
?My clothes are for women who want to
seduce, to charm,? he said. ?Men love
my clothes.?
Clients included Viscountess Linley,
who was said to have paid �,000 for a
12-piece L間er wardrobe, and Cindy
Crawford, who was one of his earliest
champions, as well as Rihanna, Mariah
Carey, Naomi Campbell and Elle
Macpherson. Liz Hurley wore a white
Herv� L間er dress when she stood by
Hugh Grant after his misunderstanding with an American prostitute.
?I like bodies with a bosom, a waist
and curves,? L間er said, and many of his
wearers provided all three in abundance. Kim Kardashian captured the
enthusiasm for his work when she
?My clothes are for
women who want to
seduce, to charm?
wrote last year: ?I would literally save
up all my paycheques and go wait, stalk
the girls that worked at Herv� and just
get all the new colours.?
Yet before long L間er had lost the
right to use his own name commercially. In regular need of funding, he had
sold increasing stakes in the business
to Seagram, the Canadian drinks conglomerate. At first it seemed ideal for a
man who had difficulty with receipts ?
he went from making 160 pieces a
season in 1993 to 8,000 two years later
? but in the end he was said to
have owne
owned only 5 per cent
of the company. To his
horro in 1998 Seahorror,
gram sold the label to
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L間
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name when
Patri
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Couderc, the
label?s UK distributor,
suggested in August 2015
clothin was not suitable
that its clothing
for ?voluptuous? wom
women and those with
?very prominent hips and a very flat
chest?. He compounded the offence by
declaring that ?committed lesbians?
would never wish to wear the brand?s
tight clothes because they preferred to
be ?butch and leisurely?. Possibly L間er
permitted himself a wry smile when
BCBG filed for bankruptcy in March.
Herv� L間er in his studio in 1993 and, left, on the catwalk after a show in 1995
He was born Herv� Peugnet at
Bapaume, an ancient village in the
Pas-de-Calais in the north of France, in
1957, one of three children. As soon as
possible he moved to Paris to study
sculpture and art history at the Beaux
Arts, but dropped out. ?As students, we
were on the streets demonstrating and
I wasn?t learning a lot, since everything
was on strike,? he explained. ?I also
wanted to be independent from my
parents and wanted to do something by
myself, to work. I am very good with my
hands; I am a craftsman and can do
everything with them in terms of creation, so I decided to be a hairdresser.?
He persuaded a salon to train him,
becoming a qualified hairstylist with
Jean-Marc Maniatis. Soon he was
working backstage at shows for houses
such as Chlo�. That did not last long
either and, after a brief spell with Tan
Giudicelli, the Italian knitwear designer, he reinvented himself as a milliner,
working for Lanvin and Swarovski.
L間er met Karl Lagerfeld over a
dinner party at the home of a journalist
friend, where they began talking about
corsets and girdles. He told Lagerfeld:
?My dresses are like modern girdles.
They give women brilliant shape. I am
a couturier, not a plastic surgeon.?
Recalling that meeting, L間er said:
?That was on Saturday and on Monday
my friend from Women?s Wear Daily
called to say, ?Karl wants to see you?. So
I went with a few sketches and he said,
?Well, I don?t care about your sketches,
I?m looking for an assistant at Fendi in
Rome?, and I said, ?Yes?. So by next
Friday I was on the plane flying to Italy.
Then I went to Chanel for one year [as
senior assistant designer for its first two
ready-to-wear collections] and worked
for him until I was fired.?
It was now 1984 and L間er decided to
go it alone. Lagerfeld suggested changing his name, advising that Peugnet
would be difficult for anglophone
customers. ?It?s too heavy-sounding,?
Lagerfeld said, suggesting instead
L間er (or lightness). He opened a
boutique in Paris selling dresses and
hats and his own label followed a year
later. After the triumph of the bandage
dresses he was soon employing 30
people from a building in Paris where
Coco Chanel once lived.
After being forced out, L間er decided
to start again but, needing a new name,
he turned once again to Lagerfeld, who
suggested Herv� L Leroux on account
of how in his younger days the designer
had red hair. His studio and store were
in the heart of the Left Bank, where he
was joined in the new enterprise by
Jocelyne, his sister, who survives him.
Here he developed the concept of
made-to-measure draped jersey dresses, individually created for private
clients and sold in a few selected stores
around the world. He would refer to his
enterprise as ?the smallest couture
shop in the world?.
L間er was a shy man who did not
have many close friends, ?but if he likes
you he is relaxed,? said one. For a time
he enjoyed the company of Ming, a
French bulldog that suffered from an
arthritic condition and required attention from an American vet who would
fly into Paris twice a year to take in the
fashion shows while treating designers?
pets. Despite his life behind the
catwalk, L間er was at his happiest
tending to his garden, saying: ?It
teaches you to be patient.?
Herv� Peugnet (later L間er, then Leroux),
fashion designer, was born on May 30,
1957. He died from a ruptured aneurysm
on October 4, 2017, aged 60
Jim Railton
Hell-raising rowing coach and Times correspondent whose reports were witty and assured, though not always delivered on time
Jim Railton was no studious and sober
rowing correspondent poring over
records and data in a fusty press
enclosure. He was a talented athlete in
his youth, baffled sub-editors after the
bar was open, had a gun pulled on him
by a restaurant owner in Naples, was
chased out of a lobby in Lucerne for
upstaging the resident pianist, wrecked
hotel rooms in the manner of a pop star
and somehow still had time to fill the
considerable space he was accorded
through pointed turns of phrase.
Railton was The Times rowing
correspondent for 20 years in an era
when sports journalists enjoyed a
drink. Whereas his colleagues would
dictate the spelling of Donald Legget to
the copytakers as incorporating ?two
g?s for George and one t for Ted?, he put
over ?two gins and one tonic?. The
coach duly read that in print.
Fortunately, he saw the funny side.
So
did
the
University
of
Cambridge, where Legget coached,
naming a boat with that description. It
was Legget?s favourite tipple.
The Leander Club at Henley-on-
CHRIS DODD
Railton, right, in 1969, enjoyed a tipple
Thames was once depicted by Railton
as ?pink ayatollahs? in reference to its
colours. He called a British quad ?the
quad with the plod? and had to retract
hastily when they excelled.
Another crew was ?the tombstone
four?. He described double scullers
coming down the course ?like a
ruptured crab?. One of them, Jim Clark,
never spoke to him again.
One senior member of the sports
desk, John Goodbody, was asked to take
the son of a prominent public figure on
work experience to Henley ? but with
instructions to keep him out of Railton?s
way. ?I succeeded until just after the
final race, when we were leaving and I
saw Jim weaving his way unsteadily
along the towpath. I just managed to
get the young man away to my car.?
Legget recalls a lunch on the coast at
Naples. They had had an omelette the
previous day and were keen to try the
fish ? but it was triple the price. ?We
told the owner it was too expensive and
he pulled an old wartime gun on us. We
did not know whether he was jesting or
not. So we ate the fish.?
James Arthur Noel Railton grew up
in Liverpool, where his father was a
communications officer in the navy
and his mother ran hardware stores on
the Wirral. He attended Collegiate
School before qualifying as a teacher at
Loughborough. He was a talented
junior sprinter, running 100 yards in
less than ten seconds. On National
Service with the army in Germany he
ran 60m in 6.7 seconds. ?Jim was pretty
gifted,? said Legget, ?but he tore his
hamstring and that affected his
chances of progressing towards going
to an Olympics.?
He joined the Amateur Rowing
Association as its first professional
trainer, became an unpaid coach, and
was director of physical education at
the University of Oxford. Railton
nurtured a four that became Britain?s
leading crew; he would take videos of
outings on the river and play them back
to a soundtrack of the Marx brothers.
As rowing correspondent of The
Times, his reports were not known to
arrive early. Fellow correspondents
would help him out if he had had a
drink too many. Once, in Lucerne, he
spotted a piano in his hotel lobby and
began to play some jazz, attracting a
gathering that, the management felt,
should have been listening to the
resident pianist in another room.
Accusing him of breaking the piano lid,
the manager chased him out. When he
returned, colleagues formed a Roman
square around him for protection.
His rowing coverage continued until
1990, when Railton, who by now could
not hold his drink, did not file his report
from Henley. He decided to begin a new
life in Thailand, where he taught English in Bangkok and married Atinne
Frikoe, who had interviewed him in her
capacity as an economist. They
married in 1994 and the next year went
to live in Wallingford in Oxfordshire.
Railton took on his final job, as
secretary of the university?s sports
committee. Their son, James, is in the
sixth form at City of Oxford College.
For a while Railton was a TV
commentator on the Boat Race. In 1978
the Cambridge boat sank, ?leading to a
dolphin effect which could yet cause a
possible drowning situation?. The
reference to the dolphin was in homage
to his favourite pub in Wallingford.
Jim Railton, rowing correspondent and
coach, was born on December 25, 1935.
He died after a heart attack and strokes
on August 16, 2017, aged 81
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Court Circular
Buckingham Palace
11th October, 2017
The Queen held a Council
at 5.30pm.
There were present: the Rt
Hon Andrea Leadsom MP
(Lord President), the Rt Hon
Justine Greening MP
(Secretary of State for
Education), the Rt Hon John
Hayes MP (Minister of State
for Transport Legislation and
Maritime) and the Rt Hon
David Mundell MP (Secretary
of State for Scotland).
The Rt Hon Ian Blackford
MP and the Rt Hon Edward
Young were sworn in
as members of Her
Majesty?s Most Honourable
Privy Council.
Mr Richard Tilbrook was
in attendance as Clerk of
the Council.
The Rt Hon Andrea
Leadsom MP had an audience
of Her Majesty before
the Council.
The Rt Hon Theresa May
MP (Prime Minister and
First Lord of the Treasury)
had an audience of The Queen
this evening.
The Duke of Cambridge, on
behalf of The Queen, held an
Investiture at Buckingham
Palace this morning.
Kensington Palace
11th October, 2017
Prince Henry of Wales, Patron,
100 Women in Finance
Philanthropic Initiatives, and
Patron, WellChild, this evening
attended a Dinner at the
Victoria and Albert Museum,
Cromwell Road, London SW7,
and was received by
Dame Fiona Woolf
(Deputy Lieutenant of
Greater London).
Buckingham Palace
11th October, 2017
The Duke of York, Patron,
Services Sound and Vision
Corporation, this morning
opened the Forces Media
Academy, Chalfont Grove,
Narcot Lane, Chalfont St Peter,
Gerrards Cross, and was
received by Her Majesty?s
Lord-Lieutenant of
Buckinghamshire (Sir Henry
Aubrey-Fletcher, Bt).
Births, Marriages and Deaths
Buckingham Palace
11th October, 2017
The Earl of Wessex, Chairman
of the Board of Trustees, The
Duke of Edinburgh?s
International Award
Foundation, this afternoon
attended a Lunch at
St James?s Palace.
His Royal Highness, Trustee,
The Duke of Edinburgh?s
Award, this evening attended a
Dinner at Roux at the Landau,
Marylebone, London W1.
The Countess of Wessex this
afternoon attended The
Countess of Wessex Cup
between Royal Air Force
Wittering, 5th Battalion The
Rifles, Queen Alexandra?s
Royal Army Nursing Corps
and The Lincoln and Welland
Regiment of which Her Royal
Highness is Honorary Air
Commodore, Royal Colonel,
Colonel-in-Chief and Colonelin-Chief respectively, and
HMS Daring, at Catterick
Garrison, Catterick, Yorkshire.
Buckingham Palace
11th October, 2017
The Princess Royal, President,
UK Fashion and Textile
Association Limited, this
morning opened the Pattern
Weaving Shed at Holland and
Sherry Limited, Venlaw Road,
Peebles, and was received by
Her Majesty?s Lord-Lieutenant
of Tweeddale (Professor
Sir Hew Strachan).
Her Royal Highness,
President, Riding for the
Disabled Association,
subsequently visited the
Berwickshire Group to mark
the Fifteenth Anniversary of
their Headquarters, Sunnyside,
Reston, Eyemouth, and was
received by Her Majesty?s
Lord-Lieutenant of
Berwickshire (Mrs
Jeanna Swan).
The Princess Royal,
President, Scotch Beef Club,
this afternoon visited
Hardiesmill Farm, Hardiesmill
Place, Gordon, Berwickshire.
Her Royal Highness, Prime
Warden, the Fishmongers?
Company, this evening
attended the Court Autumn
Dinner, Fishmongers? Hall,
London Bridge, London EC4.
St James?s Palace
11th October, 2017
The Duke of Kent, Member,
the Blue Seal Club, this
evening attended a Dinner at
the Cavalry and Guards Club,
127 Piccadilly, London W1.
Judicial appointments and retirements
Appointments
6 The Queen has appointed
District Judge Sarah Ann Watson to
be a specialist Civil Circuit judge on
the advice of David Lidington, the
lord chancellor, and Sir Ian Burnett,
the lord chief justice of England
and Wales.
The lord chief justice has
deployed her to the Midland
Circuit, based at Birmingham Civil
and Family Justice Centre, with
effect from November 27.
6 Sir Peter Coulson will be
appointed as deputy head of Civil
Justice in succession to Sir Michael
Briggs. His appointment is being
made by the lord chief justice after
consultation with the lord
chancellor. The appointment, which
is a statutory one (under Section 62
of the Courts Act 2003), is for a
three-year term and will start from
March 8, 2018.
The lord chief justice is also
appointing Sir Peter as deputy head
of Civil Justice Designate, as deputy
chairman of the Civil Justice
Council and as vice-chairman of the
Civil Procedure Rule Committee.
These appointments took effect
from October 2.
The deputy head of Civil Justice
plays a leading role on the Civil
Procedure Rule Committee, and
assists the master of the rolls
generally in relation to the
delivery of civil justice in
England and Wales.
Retirements
6 Regional Employment Judge
David Reed retired on October 1.
6 District Judge Martin Zimmels
retired from the district bench on
October 1.
6 District Judge Martin John
Simpson retired from the district
bench on October 1.
6 Sir Nicholas John Gorrod Blake
retired from the High Court
(Queen?s Bench) on October 3.
6 District Judge (PRFD) Heather
Margaret MacGregor retired on
October 5.
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Law
BEN GURR FOR THE TIMES
The mummy
track straight
to the top
For 30 years Lucy Scott-Moncrieff?s virtual law
firm has given mothers like herself control over
their work-life balance, Frances Gibb writes
Forget brass plates on high street premises, or even vast gleaming glass corporate offices. The way of the future, at
least for many working mothers, could
be the virtual law firm.
It is 30 years since Lucy Scott-Moncrieff set up what is thought to have
been the world?s first such law firm,
working from her kitchen table. Now it
has 51 consultant fee earners working
across the UK. The latest firm to join,
last week, was C&S Solicitors, a specialist clinical negligence practice based in
the Midlands.
?I set up as a sole practitioner about
30 years ago,? Scott-Moncrieff says,
?just after my eldest son was born, focusing on mental health, mainly
visiting people in Broadmoor. I didn?t
have an office ? I mainly worked from
home.?
Scott-Moncrieff then met Tony Harbour, a local authority solicitor doing
children?s work, who had the idea of the
two of them going into partnership. ?I
didn?t want to go down the road of
hourly billing, targets and the cost of
setting up a law firm, so I thought, ?Go
the self-employed route.? ?
So how does it work? Scott-Moncrieff Associates does now have an
administrative hub in London with
eight staff, but it has never been a place
where everyone has a desk, she says.
Although it began with mental
health, it now spans a range of work ?
private client (including wills and probate), personal injury, clinical negligence, company, commercial and civil
legal aid, which still accounts for about
35 per cent of its work.
If a solicitor wants to join the practice
in an area of work not covered, ScottMoncrieff ensures that they identify
another solicitor they know to provide
support and mentoring. ?It is essential
that people have someone to talk to,?
she says.
?Clients come either through the site
or by word of mouth,? says Scott-Moncrieff. She is well known in her field and
also as a former president of the Law
Society. ?I meet clients either in their
own offices or sometimes rent a room
or use a local firm of solicitors.? She is
thinking of taking a City office, how-
?The highest ambition
used to be partner. That
is no longer necessarily
what people want?
ever, because some lawyers have spent
all their working life in an office and
want to go on doing that.
The practice, she says, attracts different kinds of solicitors: those disenchanted with mega-mergers or working in large corporate entities, or people
wanting to make a lifestyle change.
?There may be men who are retiring
but are not ready to give up work: a lot
of City firms rely on people leaving
when they are not ready to do so, perhaps in their mid-fifties, and this kind of
practice gives them that possibility.?
Lucy Scott-Moncrieff set up her pioneering practice so she could keep working from home after the birth of her first son
Then there are women on the
?mummy track? who have children, but
want the flexibility that a traditional
practice does not provide.
Women account for more than half
of new entrants to the legal profession
and make up 61 per cent of solicitors on
the roll. Yet fewer than one third of
partnerships in the top 20 UK firms go
to women. Part-time partnerships
remain a relative rarity.
Partnership no longer has the appeal
it did, Moncrieff believes. The partnership track involves a long-hours
commitment that many women with
small children find impossible to combine with childcare. ?The highest ambition used to be to be a partner. That is
no longer seen as necessarily what
people want. People are thinking more
of other ways of practising ? sitting as
judges,writing books.?
The practice does not take just anyone, she insists. ?We want to know how
they are going to make it work. But, of
course, if they don?t earn any money
they are not going to get anything.?
The solicitors, called consultants, bill
their clients and Scott-Moncrieff Associates takes 30 per cent, for which the
firm assumes responsibility for all professional compliance, regulation and
insurance. The consultants are not seen
as sole practitioners by the Solicitors
Regulation Authority.
?Sole practice is extremely onerous,?
Scott-Moncrieff explains. ?So we deal
with all the regulatory side, take as
much of the unremunerated burden off
people as possible, with a lot of technology to help them. They just run their
practice.?
?I work more now than I did before?
Case study
Mary Lowe, right, opted
to join Scott-Moncrieff
Associates so she could
work from her home
town of Lytham and still
see her family.
?I
became a partner at
Blackledge and Co
in Lytham,
Lancashire, when I was
34. The firm then
merged with Warings, in
Blackpool, when I was
40. There, I had 30 staff
and two offices as part of
a practice with five
partners. I was in charge
of staff, as well as being
head of private client
specialising in family, as
well as elderly clients:
wills, probate and court
of protection. But my
business partners
wanted to relocate and
rebrand our firm and
make changes to the
practice. Much time in a
practice is spent
managing the firm and
staff, which I enjoyed,
but it reduces client
time considerably.
?So I decided I would
rather practise from
Lytham and wanted to
give clients a full
service, which
Scott-Moncrieff allow
you to do. You are
self-employed and pay
30 per cent to the
company, for which they
assume responsibility for
all SRA compliance, for
insurance and for the IT
and a website. I am able
to concentrate on my
clients.
?I do high-net-worth
divorce work, having
settled a case worth
�0 million this year,
and I act for a huge
number of local people
in cases that often
involve substantial
assets. I am also a
solicitor for the elderly,
preparing wills, probate,
lasting powers of
attorney and
applications to the court
of protection. I am
executor, attorney and
deputy for many local
people, some of whom
have lost capacity and I
have to manage their
property and affairs.
?I have a small
consulting room in
Lytham as well as
working from home, as I
don?t wish opponents to
attend my home address
if they act in person. I
have a superb personal
assistant who runs the
office with me and
works 20 hours a week
meeting and greeting
clients, scanning,
printing and dealing
with emails. I have the
advantage of both an
office for the public and
can work from home to
concentrate on my
heavy-duty files behind
the scenes.
?I thoroughly enjoy
the freedom of being
self-employed. Being
contracted to ScottMoncrieff allows me to
work around my family
? I am a proud mum to
three children ? never
missing school or sports
events, never having to
worry about school
holidays.
?I work longer hours
than ever before ? at
least six days a week,
often 12 to 16 hours a
day ? knowing that all
the profit is mine except
that 30 per cent. In a
partnership you share
your profits with other,
less profitable partners.
Earning 70 per cent with
Scott-Moncrieff has
doubled my income.
?Two of my children
work remotely for me to
earn extra cash: my
second daughter, who is
15, helps as a post girl,
doing photocopying and
so on after school and at
weekends. My eldest
daughter, who has just
graduated, and her
friend act remotely as
legal secretaries for at
least 50 hours a week.
?I have three very
loyal staff and am
extremely busy, but it
has been the most
rewarding decision of
my working career and I
would urge any other
hardworking high fee
earner to look outside
the traditional
partnership route.
?You need your own
client base, although
Scott-Moncrieff do refer
work to you also. I am
very fortunate that all
my work comes from
recommendations.?
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London courts revamp controversy
ALAMY; CHELTENHAM LADIES? COLLEGE
Jonathan Ames
There is something slightly odd about
the way the plan emerged to open a
?state-of-the-art? court in the City of
London that is being billed as the new
home of heavyweight fraud and cybercrime trials.
Officials in the Square Mile and at
the Courts and Tribunal Service
slipped the announcement out with
little fanfare at the start of this week ?
and while some specialist lawyers have
cautiously welcomed the plan, they
point out that it raises thorny issues.
The proposed combined court is
being promoted as a ?multipurpose
replacement? for the Mayor?s and City
of London county court and magistrates? court. However, the venerable
Old Bailey will escape the merger plan.
The new court is likely to be located
near Fleet Street and include 18 courtrooms. The announcement said its
?close proximity to some of the world?s
leading technology, financial and professional services firms in the Square
Mile will enable the judiciary to be at
the forefront of tackling criminal
activity and resolving disputes?.
Perhaps the biggest question raised
by the plan involves the future of
Southwark crown court. The brown
concrete blob, built in the early 1980s,
may not be to everyone?s architectural
taste, but it is the home of high-profile
fraud and economic crime cases.
Rumours abounded earlier in the
year that Southwark would shut and its
caseload shift down the road to Inner
London crown court near the Elephant
& Castle. It seemed as though that idea
had fizzled, but the launch of a new
specialist court has revived speculation.
?It is said that the primary focus of
the new court centre will be fraud,
economic crime and cybercrime,? says
Stephen Parkinson, a partner at the
London law firm Kingsley Napley and
The City of London magistrates? court will be replaced under plans for a merger
one of the longest-standing whitecollar crime lawyers in the country.
?But there is no [official] suggestion
that it will replace either Southwark
crown court for the most serious criminal cases in these categories or the
High Court for the most serious civil
cases ? nor need it do so. This has all
the hallmarks of being an expensive
vanity project.?
There may be no explicit statement
that the new court will replace Southwark, but some suggest it is inevitable.
?There is no suggestion the number of
[serious fraud and economic crime]
cases that are prosecuted will increase
or that time preparing for trial will
decrease,? says Neil Swift, a partner at
Peters & Peters. ?It seems there will be
a straight transfer of workload from
Southwark to the new court.?
Peter Binning, a partner at Corker
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Binning, agrees and says the move
cannot come soon enough. ?For many
years Southwark has been a secondclass court facility and more recently it
has suffered badly from neglect and
poor maintenance,? he says.
?Bringing the major financial and
cybercrime cases back to the City is
welcome. It sends the right signal that
the UK means business in tackling
financial crime and it will provide a
much more convenient location for this
Queen?s
Counsel
Alex
Steuart
kind of heavy litigation, which has been
absent from the City since the days of
the Maxwell trial in nearby Chichester
Rents back in the 1990s.?
Christopher David, a white-collar
crime lawyer at the London office of the
US firm Wilmer Hale, points out that
the trial waiting list at Southwark is 18
months to two years. ?Any attempts to
alleviate this are to be commended,? he
says. ?By their nature, serious fraud and
corruption cases are complex ? new
high-tech facilities will assist in the
presentation of these cases to juries,
which will in turn make the proceedings quicker and more efficient.?
There is also a wider ? and predictably Brexit-related ? view adopted by
some in the Square Mile. ?Given the
recent attempts by other European
cities to take London?s crown as a financial centre,? says David Allen, a partner
at the London office of the US firm
Mayer Brown, pointing specifically to
Paris and Frankfurt, ?it is imperative for
our capital to be seen to be in the forefront of the battle against the global
cybercrime threat facing businesses.?
More locally, however, the new court
is destined to cause some resentment,
coming against the backdrop of a
wide-ranging Ministry of Justice programme of court closures.
That scheme ?has had a considerable
impact on the communities they serve?,
points out Swift. ?News of this substantial investment will lead to disquiet
about yet another development in the
capital. However, London is the financial hub of the country and has a high
concentration of the key economic
crime enforcement agencies, lawyers
and other specialists. There is undoubtedly a need for such a court, and it is the
obvious place to put it.?
Read more from David Allen on the
potential of a specialist cybercrime
court at thetimes.co.uk/law
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Out of court Clare Moulder
What did you want to be
when you were a child? A
barrister ? from watching
Crown Court ? but I was
persuaded at university thatt
d
being a City solicitor would
be a better career choice
because it would use my
ed
languages, which, as it turned
out, I didn?t ever do. It was
still the right choice as I
enjoyed the collegiality
Framing the news
Whether by chance or design, the
choice by Baker McKenzie of the
National Gallery?s Spanish Room
for its ?wealth management?
reception on Monday was perfect,
given events in Catalonia. Ashley
Crossley drew attention to the
Vel醶quez portraits of Felipe IV
and reflected on parallels with
Felipe VI?s performance on TV last
week. ?We don?t shy away from
controversy,? he said. With
secessions in mind, Crossley (a
former parliamentary candidate
who worked for David Davis) said
it was important ?to cut through
the smoke of uncertainty? around
Brexit negotiations. Still, he noted
that investment in London from
China was bubbling along nicely,
while the Middle East was the
biggest source of activity. ?The bad
news is that the number of tax
investigations will continue to
increase. With that in mind, put
me on your speed dial,? he said.
EU to self-destruct?
The standard interpretation of the
Brexit vote is that it reflected a
divide between the ?haves? and
the ?have-nots?. But what tipped
the balance for Leave, I suspect,
was the small number of
principled ?haves? who based their
decision on knowing the EU all
too well. At the Baker party these
included Gilead Cooper, QC
(described in Chambers & Partners
as ?an unsurpassed advocate at the
Chancery Bar?). Cooper assured
me with great confidence that the
EU would collapse within five to
ten years. ?And we don?t want to
be part of it when it happens.?
Times Law
The Queen?s
Counsel Official
Lawyers?
Handbook,
Biteback, �.99
Clare Moulder is the first female
solicitor to be appointed to the High
Court without practising as a
barrister. She joined Linklaters in
1982 and was made a partner in
1991. She was appointed as a
recorder in 2010, and as a
015.
specialist circuit judge in 2015.
Law Diary
Edward
Fennell
and work at Linklaters. After visiting
one as a teenager, I did not go inside
a court again until I applied to be a
judge.
What was your first job? A Marks &
Spencer shop assistant between
un
school and university.
What is yo
your most
treasured possession? My
labr
three labradors
and two
cats.
Which bo
book inspires you
and why? Mary Berry?s
Coo
Aga Cookbook
? I love
mak
making
cakes and
pu
puddings.
H do you
How
relax? Walking the dogs, ideally on
the Isle of Wight.
of hard work and not to settle for
second best.
What?s the best thing on TV? Strictly
Come Dancing. I can?t dance and
admire anyone who can, especially
the ?more mature? contestants.
Who is your ideal dinner guest?
Emmeline Pankhurst, for tales of an
extraordinary life.
What?s your favourite music? A
recording by my daughter?s school
choir: it was made several years ago,
reminds me of her schooldays, and
the music is uplifting.
Which film do you wish you had
appeared in? Four Weddings and a
Funeral with Hugh Grant.
Who is your hero and why? My
father, who unfortunately is no longer
alive, but taught me the importance
What is your best quality?
Decisiveness.
And your worst quality? Frankness.
What quality do you hate most in
others? Procrastination.
What would you want as your
epitaph? Never put off until
tomorrow what you can do today.
Linda Tsang
l_tsang@hotmail.com
Stressing me out
Mental Health Awareness day this
week brought a flood of alerts that
will have done little to ease the
stress in people?s lives. Take K&L
Gates?s breakfast seminar on the
problem in early November. ?How
are you managing the Gen 4
workplace problem as it relates to
building mental resilience?? the
invitation demanded. ?Do you and
your business fully understand the
legal complexity and the risks
associated with a failure to deal
with these issues??
Minority verdict
Before this week?s race audit,
former Lord Chancellor Lord
Falconer of Thoroton used the
Queens? Distinguished Lecture in
Law in Cambridge, sponsored by
the litigation funders Redress
Solutions, to highlight the
situation in the courts. ?Across the
High Court and Court of Appeal,
there are only two judges who are
not white,? he said. ?The dearth of
senior judges who are not white is
unjustifiable and profoundly
corrosive of confidence in the
judiciary and the justice system
among BAME communities.?
fennell.edward@yahoo.com
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Weather
Weather Eye
Paul Simons
Today Mainly dry in the south and east with sunny spells. Rain in the north and west. Max 18C (64F), min 10C (50F)
Around Britain
Five days ahead
Key: b=bright, c=cloud, d=drizzle, pc=partly cloudy
du=dull, f=fair, fg=fog, h=hail, m=mist, r=rain,
sh=showers, sl=sleet, sn=snow, s=sun, t=thunder
*=previous day **=data not available
Becoming warm for a
time in the south. Windy
in places with the risk of
gales in western Britain
Temperature
Tomorrow
Flood alerts and warnings
Temp C
Rain mm Sun hr*
midday yesterday
24 hrs to 5pm yesterday
Aberdeen
Aberporth
Anglesey
Aviemore
Barnstaple
Bedford
Belfast
Birmingham
Bournemouth
Bridlington
Bristol
Camborne
Cardiff
Edinburgh
Eskdalemuir
Glasgow
Guernsey
Hereford
Herstmonceux
Ipswich
Isle of Man
Isle of Wight
Keswick
Kinloss
Leeds
Lerwick
Leuchars
Lincoln
Liverpool
London
Lyneham
Manchester
Margate
Milford Haven
Newcastle
Nottingham
Orkney
Oxford
Plymouth
Portland
Scilly, St Mary?s
Shoreham
Shrewsbury
Skye
Snowdonia
Southend
Stornoway
Tiree
Whitehaven
Wick
Yeovilton
14
14
14
12
17
15
13
15
16
16
15
15
16
14
12
12
16
14
15
15
13
16
15
13
13
11
15
15
15
16
15
15
15
14
13
15
11
14
15
16
16
15
16
12
12
17
12
11
13
12
16
PC
R
R
S
C
PC
PC
PC
DU
PC
PC
DU
C
R
R
C
PC
PC
PC
PC
R
C
R
PC
D
SH
PC
PC
SH
**
PC
PC
DU
PC
R
PC
SH
R
PC
C
PC
C
DU
PC
R
C
PC
PC
PC
PC
PC
0.2
3.6
15.8
4.4
1.4
0.0
7.4
0.0
0.2
2.0
4.2
0.6
2.8
6.0
40.4
21.2
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0.6
1.2
0.2
20.2
0.8
50.6
0.4
6.6
8.4
0.4
0.0
3.2
0.2
0.0
2.4
0.0
1.0
7.8
0.2
3.8
0.2
0.6
0.0
0.2
1.0
1.4
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68.2
0.0
8.8
17.0
56.4
0.8
0.0
0.6
2.5
2.7
3.1
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**
0.3
**
0.9
**
0.7
0.1
1.0
0.1
0.1
0.8
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**
0.0
0.8
3.6
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3.5
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4.0
0.2
0.9
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0.1
0.9
2.7
0.9
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0.8
3.1
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0.3
2.4
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0.5
2.8
0.1
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0.8
Cloudy and wet over Ireland and
Scotland with outbreaks of rain. Drier
and brighter in e
ast with
sunny spells
Max 21C,
15
8
11
Moderate
Rough
28 (degrees C)
12
9
29
Aberdeen
NORTH
SEA
11
32
Edinburgh
Glasgow
18
Londonderry
Belfast
15
Dublin
LLlandudno
77
20
68
15
59
10
50
5
41
0
32
-5
23
-10
14
-15
5
Cork
i h
Norwich
Birmingham
Swansea
16
6
16
Bristol
Southampton
Exeterr
Plymouth
Brighton
18
CHANNEL
1
Tides
London
16
5
15
General situation: A ?ne ay for much
of Britain, but rain will affect parts of
the north and west.
Channel Is, SW and Cen S Eng,
S Wales: The small risk of a light
shower in the morning, but dry in the
afternoon with broken cloud and bright
or sunny spells. Light to moderate
southwesterly winds. Maximum
18C (64F), minimum 13C (55F).
SE Eng, London, E Anglia, Midlands,
N Wales, NW Eng, Cen N and E Eng,
NE Eng, Lake District, IoM: A dry day,
Cambridge
Oxford
Cardiff
CELTIC
SEA
Channel Islands
Nottingham
13
15
Fine and warm over much of southern
Britain, with spells of hazy sunshine.
A brighter and ie
er Ireland,
but Scotlan
l e ome rain.
Max 23C,
19
Sheffield
15
Shrewsbury
21
14
25
Hull
14
ooo
Liverpool
IRISH
SEA
14
21
Very unsettled over Ireland and
western Scotland with gales and
outbreaks of rai .
farther eas
with scatter
.
Max 25C,
86
Yorkk
Manchester
Monday
30
14
14
22
14
F
95
Carlisle
13
Galway
Sunday
C
35
Newcastle
Staying dry across much of England
and Wales with some warm sunshine.
Staying unsettl
r land and
Scotland wi
t
.
Max 21C,
20
1
12
At 17:00 on Wednesday there were
eight ?ood warnings and nineteen
?ood alerts in England, one ?ood
warning and ?ve ?ood alerts on
Wales, but no ?ood warnings or
alerts in Scotland.
For further information and
updates, visit ?ood-warninginformation.service.gov.uk, and for
Scotland www.SEPA.org.uk
Saturday
22
B
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F
S
F
B
B
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S
B
C
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S
B
S
B
B
S
S
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S
S
S
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F
F
B
F
F
C
S
S
R
F
S
S
S
M
S
S
S
C
S
F
3
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ATLANTIC
OCEAN
All readings local midday yesterday
23
Madeira
25
Madrid
24
Majorca
24
M醠aga
23
Malta
22
Melbourne
Mexico City 21
31
Miami
19
Milan
30
Mombasa
19
Montreal
7
Moscow
29
Mumbai
17
Munich
28
Nairobi
24
Naples
New Orleans 29
27
New York
21
Nice
27
Nicosia
3
Oslo
16
Paris
18
Perth
15
Prague
7
Reykjavik
9
Riga
Rio de Janeiro 35
36
Riyadh
23
Rome
San Francisco 20
16
Santiago
32
S鉶 Paulo
16
Seoul
30
Seychelles
30
Singapore
St Petersburg 9
8
Stockholm
21
Sydney
26
Tel Aviv
25
Tenerife
23
Tokyo
10
Vancouver
19
Venice
18
Vienna
13
Warsaw
Washington 28
17
Zurich
ney
Orkney
Calm
11
8
24 S
15 B
21 S
16 S
36 F
32 S
31 C
23 S
16 F
26 S
19 F
15 B
27 B
23 F
15 B
17 F
18 S
20 F
26 B
33 B
23 S
21 S
17 DU
13 C
22 S
33 B
34 S
14 S
25 S
21 F
15 S
16 F
21 B
29 F
7
B
34 S
31 S
20 B
27 B
20 F
30 S
23 S
25 S
17 S
22 F
23 B
30 F
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(mph)
21
The world
Alicante
Amsterdam
Athens
Auckland
Bahrain
Bangkok
Barbados
Barcelona
Beijing
Beirut
Belgrade
Berlin
Bermuda
Bordeaux
Brussels
Bucharest
Budapest
Buenos Aires
Cairo
Calcutta
Canberra
Cape Town
Chicago
Copenhagen
Corfu
Delhi
Dubai
Dublin
Faro
Florence
Frankfurt
Geneva
Gibraltar
Harare
Helsinki
Hong Kong
Honolulu
Istanbul
Jerusalem
Johannesburg
Kuala Lumpur
Lanzarote
Las Palmas
Lima
Lisbon
Los Angeles
Luxor
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with sunnyy spells in the m
morning,
then turning just a little cloudier in
the afternoon. Light to moderate
southwesterly winds. Maximum
17C (63F), minimum 10C (50F).
N Ireland, Republic of Ireland: Mainly
dry at ?rst with sunny spells in the
east. Increasing cloud will bring
outbreaks of rain from the west.
Light to moderate southerly winds
freshening through the day. Maximum
15C (59F), minimum 14C (57F).
SW Scotland, Glasgow, Argyll, Cen
14
Highland, Moray Firth, NW and NE
Scotland, N Isles: Mostly cloudy with
some showery rain moving through
from the west. Moderate or fresh
southwesterly winds, stronger around
the coasts. Maximum 13C (55F),
minimum 10C (50F).
Borders, Edinburgh and Dundee,
Aberdeen: The small risk of a
shower, but mainly dry with some
sunny intervals. Light to moderate
southwesterly winds. Maximum
13C (55F), minimum 11C (52F).
Noon today
Tidal predictions.
Heights in metres
6
24
Tuesday
Staying very windy across western
Britain with showers or longer spells
of rain. Eastern r
have
showers but
ny spells.
Max 19C,
19
17
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Aberdeen
Avonmouth
Belfast
Cardiff
Devonport
Dover
Dublin
Falmouth
Greenock
Harwich
Holyhead
Hull
Leith
Liverpool
London Bridge
Lowestoft
Milford Haven
Morecambe
Newhaven
Newquay
Oban
Penzance
Portsmouth
Shoreham
Southampton
Swansea
Tees
Weymouth
Ht
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11.7
3.3
10.6
4.9
6.1
3.8
4.6
3.3
3.6
5.1
6.7
5.1
8.4
6.3
2.4
6.0
8.4
6.0
6.1
3.2
4.9
4.4
5.6
4.3
8.1
4.8
1.7
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12:12
11:09
04:05
05:00
10:42
05:30
04:48
03:37
11:47
08:03
04:31
06:55
02:31
11:41
04:30
04:16
10:37
10:57
10:06
04:56
04:17
04:24
11:45
09:11
11:48
19:25
12:29
16:57
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16:41
17:32
23:24
17:39
17:14
16:08
--:-20:36
16:58
19:24
15:10
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16:41
23:18
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17:26
16:46
16:15
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6.0
3.7
4.2
3.4
3.7
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6.6
2.4
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5.9
5.8
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4.3
5.4
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-4.7
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Cold front
Warm front
Occluded front
Trough
10
Synoptic situation
High pressure centred to the
south of the UK will maintain
dry weather across much of
England and Wales today, while
low pressure centred southwest
of Iceland will push showers
into Scotland and Ireland from
the west. Much of southern
Europe will see the bene?t of
high pressure, but low pressure
over Sweden will bring rain to
eastern Europe.
Highs and lows
Hours of darkness
24hrs to 5pm yesterday
Aberdeen
Belfast
Birmingham
Cardiff
Exeter
Glasgow
Liverpool
London
Manchester
Newcastle
Norwich
Penzance
Shef?eld
Warmest: Weybourne,
Norfolk, 18.4C
Coldest: Cairngorm, 2.5C
Wettest: Capel Curig,
Conwy, 68.2mm
Sunniest: Shobdon, 4.8hrs*
Sun and moon
For Greenwich
Sun rises: 07.19
Sun sets: 18.13
Moon rises: 23.40
Moon sets: 15.29 Fri
New moon: Oct 19
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Sport
?Jab is secret to greatness for Joshua?
Larry Holmes explains
to Ron Lewis why the
Londoner and Tyson
Fury can revive the
heavyweight division
The key to greatness for Anthony
Joshua is held in his left hand, according to Larry Holmes, a heavyweight few
would deny had earned the epithet
?great?. The jab was the foundation to
Holmes?s success and if Joshua wants
his upward trajectory to continue, he
will need a great one of his own.
?If you don?t jab, you?re not going to
get anywhere,? Holmes said. ?You use
the jab, you set him up to get that right
hand in. I jabbed 30 to 40 times in a
round, a lot of the guys these days only
jab three to four times a round. Use the
jab and learn how to duck it, move the
opponent around.
?I see a lot of fighters on TV, they
don?t use the jab, they do not use the
one-two punches. They try to throw
overhands and they try to go to the
body, they don?t throw jabs any more
and the jab is the main punch in the
game of boxing.?
Holmes?s advice should be no great
surprise. His reign as world heavyweight champion in the 1970s and
1980s was built behind a jab that
some call the finest in history. It was
also the advice he gave to Joshua face
to face when he was ringside
for the Briton?s third professional bout, at York Hall in
2013.
Then Joshua was a novice, albeit an Olympic
champion. Now he is
WBA and IBF heavyweight champion and
one of the hottest properties in world sport. This week
Holmes, 67, made a flying
visit to London for the
launch of a Muhammad Ali
special edition watch made
by TAG Heuer, held at a
gym part-owned by Joshua.
His first trip to London
had been as part of Ali?s
entourage. He was also in
the other corner on the
saddest night of Ali?s
career, inflicting a beating
on his beloved former mentor when Ali attempted an
ill-judged comeback in
Holmes, who won
20 world-title fights,
still misses boxing
GETTY IMAGES
7 Jack Dempsey
Possibly the most popular champion
of them all, he grew the sport in the
1920s
8 Sonny Liston
Menacing champion who crushed
all before him until the arrival of Ali
9 Lennox Lewis
Three-times champion and Britain?s
greatest heavyweight
10 Mike Tyson
A phenomenon as the youngest
world heavyweight champion, but
his career burnt out
1980. Still he finds
the pull of the
sport a big one,
although
he
mainly watches
on television now.
?I miss boxing,?
Holmes said. ?I miss
boxing because I?m not
getting the paycheque, I
miss boxing because I?m
not getting hit in the
mouth. When I see a
big fight on TV, I?ll be
ducking and telling them
what to do, but they don?t
listen to me.
?I don?t think heavyweight
boxing will ever be as good as
it was, but you have a chance
with Joshua and Tyson Fury,
they are good guys who can
bring the heavyweights up and
keep it there for as long as
they can hold it. I held it for
seven and a half years, I don?t
know if they can do that.
?They can make it interesting
Tennis
World Cup South America
qualifying tournament
ATP Shanghai Rolex Masters
Second round: G Dimitrov (Bul) bt R
Harrison (US) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6; A Zverev
(Ger) bt A Bedene (GB) 4-0 ret; G
Simon (Fr) bt D Goffin (Bel) 7-6, 6-3;
S Querrey (US) bt F Tiafoe (US) 6-3,
7-6; R Nadal (Sp) bt J Donaldson (US)
6-2, 6-1; J-L Struff (Ger) bt K Anderson (SA) 7-6, 7-6; A Dolgopolov (Ukr)
bt F L髉ez (Sp) 7-6, 1-6, 6-4; S Johnson (US) bt Wu Di (China) 6-2, 6-1; R
Federer (Switz) bt D Schwartzman
(Arg) 7-6, 6-4; J Isner (US) bt S Tsitsipas (Gr) 7-6, 7-6; V Troicki (Serbia)
bt D Thiem (Austria) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6.
WTA Hong Kong Open
Second round: D Gavrilova (Aus) bt S
Rogers (US) 6-1, 2-6, 6-2; A Pavlyuchenkova (Russ) bt J Cako (US) 7-6,
6-1; N Osaka (Japan) bt V Williams
(US) 7-5, 6-2; S Stosur (Aus) bt A
Radwanska (Pol) 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.
WTA Tianjin Open
First round: Wang Yafan (China) bt A
(0) 3 Chile
Ecuador
(1) 1 Argentina (2) 3
Ibarra 1
(0) 0
Messi 13, 20, 63
Paraguay (0) 0 Venezuela (0) 1
33,000
Peru
Herrera 83
(0) 1 Colombia (0) 1
Guerrero 76
Rodriguez 56
Uruguay (2) 4 Bolivia
(1) 2
Caceres 40
Silva (og) 24
Cavani 42
Godin (og) 78
Suarez 60, 76
6 Table on page 75
Evo-Stik League Southern: Premier
division: Farnborough 2 Weymouth 6
Buildbase FA Trophy: Preliminary
round replay: Aylesbury United 1 AFC
Sudbury 2.
2 Joe Louis
The Brown Bomber was champion
from 1937 to 1949
3 Jack Johnson
Champion from 1908 to 1915. He
battled appalling racism as well as
his opponents
4 George Foreman
First reign ended by Ali in 1974,
regained title 20 years later
6 Rocky Marciano
Rampaging star of the 1950s, retired
undefeated with 49 victories
Football
Paulinho 55
Gabriel Jesus 57, 90
1 Muhammad Ali
The Greatest and the first threetimes heavyweight champion
5 Larry Holmes
Had to fight in Ali?s shadow, but
reigned from 1978 to 1985
Results
Brazil
Ron Lewis? top heavyweights
Holmes was once
a sparring partner
for Ali but stopped
him in 1980, the
only fighter to do
so in Ali?s career
Riske (US) 6-3, 6-3; A Sabalenka (Bela) bt Han Xinyun (China) 6-3, 6-3;
Duan Yingying (China) bt L Tsurenko
(Ukr) 6-4, 7-6; M Sakkari (Gr) bt Liu
Fangzhou (China) 6-2, 6-1; C McHale
(US) bt N Hibino (Japan) 6-3, 6-3; M
Sharapova (Russ) bt I-C Begu (Rom)
6-4, 6-2; G Dimitrov (Bul) bt R Harrison (US) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6; Hsieh Su-wei
(Taiwan) bt Lu Jingjing (China) 6-2,
6-2; Wang Xiyu (China) bt D Kovinic
(Montenegro) 6-3, 7-6; M Linette
(Pol) bt K Bondarenko (Ukr) 3-6, 6-3,
7-5; Zhu Lin (China) bt P Kvitova (Cz)
6-4, 5-7, 6-4; S Errani (It) bt K Kozlova (Ukr) 6-2, 6-1; B Haddad Maia (Br)
bt D Vekic (Cro) 6-7, 6-4, 6-2; Y Putintseva (Kaz) bt L Davis (US) 7-6,
4-6, 6-2; S V鰃ele (Switz) bt K Ahn
(US) 6-3, 6-3.
Rugby union fixture
European Challenge Cup: Pool three:
Pau v Gloucester (7.45).
for fans by fighting more, not once
every 11 months. I fought four times [a
year] when I was doing it, these guys
may not want to do that but they should
fight three times a year. The secret is
conditioning. As long as he [Joshua]
keeps doing it in the gym, he will be
all right.?
Holmes was part of a generation that
turned Las Vegas into the world?s boxing capital. These days heavyweights
seldom get the call to appear on the
Strip, as fighters at lighter weights
create bigger interest.
There were plenty of memorable
bouts in Holmes?s two decades as a
headliner in Vegas; the night in 1978,
when he won the WBC title from
Ken Norton in one of the most iconic
heavyweight battles, and his highly
charged win over Gerry Cooney four
years later are probably the standouts.
But he beat a string of big names ?
Ali, Tim Witherspoon, Earnie Shavers,
Leon Spinks, Trevor Berbick, James
?Bonecrusher? Smith ? was seldom
granted an easy night and boxed 14
times at Caesars Palace, the greatest
venue for the sport from the 1970s to
the 1990s.
?Ken Norton was my greatest night,?
he said. ?It was 15 rounds of fighting. I
was going, ?No, Lord, please, this is
hard.? Ken Norton fought the hell out of
me. I was glad I came out victorious.
?Those were the days that when it got
too big, they put the ring outside. They
were always ready to do what they
needed to do to get the people in there.
Caesars Palace was what made boxing
big in Las Vegas. I?d like to see heavyweight boxing back in Vegas.?
One fight Vegas would love to host
would be Joshua against Deontay
Wilder, the unbeaten WBC champion
from the United States. Holmes has
not seen Joshua live since that night in
2013 in east London, but he has taken
an interest in Wilder.
?I went down to see Wilder ? he?s a
big guy, he?s punching good,? Holmes
said. ?They are both the same, both
hungry, both punching hard, the
smartest man will win the fight.?
But the greatest heavyweights,
Holmes believes, have to reign for
years. ?Mike Tyson was a great heavyweight, maybe for a minute, a minute
and a half,? he said. ?Lennox [Lewis]
didn?t want to fight, Lennox wanted to
get the money and get out, which is
what he did. I think he should have
fought [Vitali] Klitschko again, got that
$30 million [now about � million], but
he didn?t want to.?
Holmes, too, stuck around too long,
boxing into his fifties, but now lives a
quieter life, still living in his home town
of Easton, Pennsylvania. His business
card lists his business address as Larry
Holmes Drive. ?They say I own half the
town, but I don?t,? he said. ?I can?t complain, I?m happy, married 38 years, have
got my grandkids. I ain?t broke, I?ve
got money in my pocket. Why would
you think I kept going so long? More
money, more money.?
Talk of his grandchildren has him
reaching for his phone to proudly show
a video of one of them throwing some
punches at the camera, although there
is no sign yet of that famed Holmes
jab. ?He?s only one and a half, what do
you want??
continued from back
Swim coach?s ?climate of fear?
fear for some athletes in the British
para-swimming programme and there
had also been breaches of the staff code
by communicating with athletes in an
abusive manner, as well as using derogatory terms to describe athletes.
?As for the second member of staff,
it was found that athletes were not
managed to the appropriate level.?
The first complaints were made to
the British Athletes Commission last
October by some of the British paraswimming squad and the investigation
began in February. Maurice Watkins,
British Swimming?s chairman, said:
?On behalf of British Swimming I want
to apologise to the British para-swimming athletes and their families who
have faced unacceptable behaviours
and comments.?
continued from back
Stokes stripped of �0k deal
bullying in bobsleigh, and allegations of
sexual abuse in canoeing.
British Swimming did not identify
Greenwood but sources have confirmed to The Times that he is the
former member of staff involved. He
left before the investigation and has
been unavailable for comment. It also
confirmed that another member of
staff, also not named but understood to
be the performance director, Chris Furber, has had internal disciplinary action
taken against him but stays in his job.
British Swimming?s summary of the
investigation states: ?As regards the one
member of staff who has left, it was
found that he had created a climate of
company said in a statement yesterday.
Stokes is suspended by the ECB, pending the police investigation and its own
disciplinary inquiry. He will not travel
with the squad to Australia on October
28, although he could join the tour later,
subject to the outcome of the police
case. New Balance is the first company
to terminate its deal with the 26-yearold, although Greene King, the brewer,
withdrew a TV advert that shows him
in a pub. He also has deals with Red Bull
and foreign exchange firm Centtrip.
Stokes issued a statement yesterday
apologising to Katie Price and her
disabled son, Harvey, after a video
emerged of him impersonating the pair.
the times | Thursday October 12 2017
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1GM
Racing Sport
4.40
Ayr
Rob Wright
2.00 Spark Of War (nap) 4.05 King Of Scotland
2.30 Ingleby Angel (nb) 4.40 Hurricane Hollow
3.05 Orientelle
5.10 Mustaqbal
3.35 Dark Devil
Thunderer: 2.30 Be Bold. 4.05 Eyreborn (nap).
Going: heavy 8am inspection
Draw: no advantage
Racing UK
2.00
Novice Stakes (2-Y-O: �469: 1m) (6)
J Fanning
1 (2) 162 LYNWOOD GOLD 11 (BF) M Johnston 9-9
C Beasley
2 (5) 414 SOLDIER'S MINUTE 27 K Dalgleish 9-9
61 WAX AND WANE 29 (D) K Burke 9-9
B A Curtis
3 (1)
0 DICKTATION 33 R Whitaker 9-2
L Edmunds (3)
4 (4)
65 SINCERELY RESDEV 14 P Kirby 9-2
P Aspell
5 (3)
4 SPARK OF WAR 12 K Dalgleish 9-2
G Lee
6 (6)
11-10 Soldier's Minute, 11-4 Wax And Wane, 7-2 Lynwood Gold, 8-1 others.
Rob Wright?s choice: Spark Of War can build on a
promising debut at Haydock
Danger: Soldier?s Minute
2.30
Handicap (�588: 1m) (14)
J Fanning
1 (4) 00-00 DALEELAK 250 M Johnston 4-9-7
R Scott (5)
2 (6) 50456 BE BOLD 19 (P) R Bastiman 5-9-5
3 (5) 40043 INGLEBY ANGEL 9 (CD,BF) D O'Meara 8-9-4 D Tudhope
4 (3) 44464 MISCHIEF MANAGED 19 T Easterby 3-9-4 D Fentiman
5 (1) 00006 ROYAL HOLIDAY 16 (P,D) Mrs M Fife 10-9-2 J Haynes
J Hart
6 (14) 22003 CATASTROPHE 22 J J Quinn 4-9-0
L Edmunds (3)
7 (2) -0042 COSMIC DUST 22 R Whitaker 4-8-13
8 (13) 13354 HIGHWAY ROBBER 37 (C) W Storey 4-8-12 P Mulrennan
Sean Mooney (7)
9 (9) 23402 JESSIE ALLAN 59 J Goldie 6-8-9
C Beasley
10(10) 65623 QUIET MOMENT 3 (BF) K Dalgleish 3-8-8
A Mullen
11(11) 54055 STARDRIFTER 9 Miss L Perratt 5-8-8
Joe Doyle
12 (8) 06034 HELLAVASHOCK 9 (B) A Whillans 4-8-7
06030
IRVINE
LADY
3
(H)
R
Mike
Smith
4-8-7
J
Sullivan
13(12)
B McHugh
14 (7) 00455 LITTLE PIPPIN 22 (P) Tony Coyle 4-8-7
4-1 Ingleby Angel, 11-2 Mischief Managed, 6-1 Quiet Moment, 7-1 others.
Wright choice: Ingleby Angel came back to form when third
here and is well-in Dangers: Mischief Managed, Be Bold
3.05
A McNamara (3)
(2) 20010 BILLY BOND 9 (B,D) R Fahey 5-9-7
(7) 64331 SOMEONE EXCITING 19 D Thompson 4-9-5 J Gormley (7)
(10) 03252 GREEN HOWARD 9 (P,D) R Bastiman 9-9-4 D Tudhope
P Aspell
(1) 400 KAYLEN'S MISCHIEF 20 (H) P Kirby 4-9-3
Sean Mooney (7)
(14) 03102 RIOJA DAY 9 (B,C,D) J Goldie 7-9-1
G Lee
(6) 35254 CARLOVIAN 9 (P) M Walford 4-9-0
(9) 00001 LET RIGHT BE DONE 3 (H,B,C) Miss L Perratt 5-8-12
A Mullen
8 (8) 20000 MAGICAL MOLLY JOE 12 T D Barron 3-8-11 B A Curtis
N Farley
9 (12) -0006 NIQNAAQPAADIWAAQ 29 E Alston 5-8-9
L Edmunds (3)
10(13) 03003 ORIENTELLE 64 (B) R Whitaker 3-8-8
J Hart
11 (3) 06-60 ARABELA DAWN 92 J J Quinn 3-8-7
12 (5) 00640 THE KING'S STEED 16 (T) M D Hammond 4-8-7 B McHugh
D Fentiman
13(11) 060 DELEGATION 85 T Easterby 3-8-6
J Fanning
14 (4) 53660 CORAL PRINCESS 3 K Dalgleish 3-8-4
11-2 Someone Exciting, 6-1 Green Howard, Rioja Day, 13-2 Carlovian, 15-2 Let
Right Be Done, 8-1 Billy Bond, Orientelle, 12-1 others.
Wright choice: Orientelle was a good third at Pontefract
and is unexposed Dangers: Carlovian, Let Right Be Done
Handicap (�822: 1m) (10)
(6) -0610 LE CHAT D'OR 13 (T,B,CD) M Dods 9-9-9 P Mulrennan
B McHugh
(5) 40551 CANDELISA 15 (P,C,D) Tony Coyle 4-9-8
P Hanagan
(8) 06312 DARK DEVIL 12 (D,BF) R Fahey 4-9-6
J Fanning
(9) -0045 CE LA VIE 9 K Dalgleish 3-9-4
(1) 52662 PRYING PANDORA 62 (D) R Fahey 4-9-3 A McNamara (3)
J Haynes
(10) 42321 JAY KAY 9 (H,CD) K Burke 8-8-12
C Beasley
(2) 66200 ROCK N ROLLA 3 K Dalgleish 3-8-10
(3) 24506 CRAZY TORNADO 9 (H,CD) K Dalgleish 4-8-7 A Mullen
(7) 30002 NEWMARKET WARRIOR 13 (P,D) I Jardine 6-8-7
J Gormley (7)
10 (4) 65434 ROYAL DUCHESS 61 (C,BF) Mrs L Normile 7-8-7 Joe Doyle
4-1 Dark Devil, 9-2 Jay Kay, 11-2 Prying Pandora, 7-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Wright choice: Dark Devil is up in trip after a half-length
second at Chester
Dangers: Prying Pandora, Jay Kay
4.05
5.10
Handicap (�881: 1m 1f) (10)
P P Mathers
1 (7) 35-00 DWIGHT D 13 (D) W S Coltherd 4-9-13
1 SHE'S PUKKA 24 (D) I Jardine 3-9-3
G Lee
2 (4)
Cal Rodriguez (3)
3 (9) 03031 MUSTAQBAL 9 (P,C) M Dods 5-9-1
4 (10) 53365 INFAMOUS LAWMAN 16 D O'Meara 3-8-13 D Tudhope
5 (5) 40140 CHINESE SPIRIT 11 (C) R Mike Smith 3-8-13 P J McDonald
A Mullen
6 (8) 04506 DELLAGUISTA 12 T Easterby 3-8-11
P Hanagan
7 (3) 00000 SPES NOSTRA 37 (B,C,D) I Jardine 9-8-10
55431
CLIFF
BAY
9
(C)
K
Dalgleish
3-8-9
J
Fanning
8 (2)
J Sullivan
9 (6) 23033 BO BRIDGET 26 A Murray (Ire) 4-8-7
Doubtful
10 (1) 60061 RIVIERE ARGENTEE 2 (V) K Burke 3-8-12
3-1 Cliff Bay, 7-2 Mustaqbal, 4-1 She's Pukka, 11-2 Bo Bridget, 7-1 others.
Wright choice: Mustaqbal can race off a 1lb lower mark
than for his recent win here Dangers: She?s Pukka, Cliff Bay
Handicap (�588: 1m 5f) (11)
P Mulrennan
(7) 0-000 MAIN FACT 9J (H) Mrs D Sayer 4-9-5
A Mullen
(10) 00060 GLANCE MY WAY 50 (B) T Easterby 4-9-5
P J McDonald
(3) 23053 MAMBO DANCER 5 M Johnston 3-9-5
D Tudhope
(9) -0105 KING OF SCOTLAND 13 H Morrison 3-9-4
B McHugh
(11) 01664 ADHERENCE 2 (P) Tony Coyle 4-9-0
R Scott (5)
(2) 25255 EYREBORN 13 K Dalgleish 3-9-0
(5) 41d26 DRUID'S DIAMOND 28J (H,P,BF) M Walford 4-8-12 J Hart
(4) 02635 TRADITIONAL DANCER 11 (BF) I Jardine 5-8-11
J Gormley (7)
J Sullivan
9 (1) 44650 CELTIC POWER 23 (B) J Goldie 5-8-10
D Fentiman
10 (8) 65050 ROB'S LEGACY 23 Shaun Harris 4-8-10
11 (6) 36600 RED STAR DANCER 24 (BF) T D Barron 3-8-4 J Fanning
7-2 Mambo Dancer, 4-1 King Of Scotland, 5-1 Druid's Diamond, 6-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Wright choice: King Of Scotland needed the run after a
break at Haydock Dangers: Traditional Dancer, Eyreborn
6 Aidan O?Brien saddles three runners
? headed by the Ryan Moore-ridden
Magical ? in the group one Bet365
Fillies? Mile at Newmarket tomorrow.
O?Brien needs three more top-level
successes to break the record of 25
in a year set by the American trainer
Bobby Frankel in 2003.
4.20
Exeter
Rob Wright
2.10 If The Cap Fits
4.20 Wotzizname
2.45 Challico
4.50 Kings Temptation
3.15 Hoke Colburn
5.20 Grams And Ounces
3.45 Triple Chief
Going: good to soft (good in places)
Racing UK
Novices' Hurdle
D Noonan
1 2334 AERO MAJESTIC 13 (P) D Pipe 4-10-12
2 414/ BLU CAVALIER 567 P Nicholls 7-10-12 S Twiston-Davies
0/
DAVE
THE
RAVE
605
(H)
N
Martin
7-10-12
J Best
3
F12- ENNISCOFFEY OSCAR 188 Miss E Lavelle 5-10-12 L Aspell
4
4- GOLDEN SUNRISE 228 C Tizzard 4-10-12
T O'Brien
5
114- IF THE CAP FITS 188 (D) H Fry 5-10-12
N Fehily
6
3-05 LAKE PLACID 144 N Hawke 4-10-12
D Cook
7
C Ring (3)
8 0/3P- MENAPIAN 284 Mrs H Nelmes 6-10-12
SNAZZ MAN S Gardner 7-10-12
L Gardner (3)
9
D Bass
10 1F1-1 STATION MASTER 146 K Bailey 6-10-12
3-1 Enniscoffey Oscar, If The Cap Fits, 9-2 Blu Cavalier, 6-1 others.
2.45
Novices' Hurdle
(�899: 2m 2f 111y) (10)
1- CHALLICO 527 (C) P Nicholls 5-10-12
S Twiston-Davies
1/ D'ARCY'S SOUND 690P Miss V Williams 7-10-12
C Deutsch (3)
P-1 GOOD MAN PAT 152P A King 4-10-12
T Cannon
3
06- LINKENHOLT 229 O Sherwood 5-10-12
L Aspell
4
MASTER
WORK
P
Hobbs
4-10-12
T
O'Brien
5
D Noonan
6 60-56 MISTER DRIFTER 10 D Pipe 5-10-12
4 ROCKET RONNIE 20 B Barr 7-10-12
T Garner (3)
7
C O'Farrell
8 542-1 THE IBBSTER 164P B Forsey 7-10-12
3 YOUNG PHOENIX 144 M Keighley 5-10-12
A Tinkler
9
S Houlihan (7)
10 PP-O4 WINTER SQUAW 151P S Gardner 5-10-5
6-4 Challico, 2-1 Good Man Pat, 4-1 D'Arcy's Sound, 10-1 Master Work, 20-1
Young Phoenix, 25-1 Linkenholt, Mister Drifter, 33-1 others.
1
2
3.15
Handicap Hurdle
(�899: 2m 2f 111y) (14)
-21P0 CLENI WELLS 40 (H,D) M Hill 6-11-12
C Deutsch (3)
5243- HIDDEN CARGO 196 A King 5-11-12
T Cannon
1334- STEELY ADDITION 168 (BF) P Hobbs 5-11-8 Conor Smith (5)
4-460 AFTER EIGHT SIVOLA 29 (D) N Williams 7-11-7
Lizzie Kelly (3)
B Cooper
5 1035- HOKE COLBURN 323 H Whittington 5-11-3
20-23
HILL
FORT
145
(T)
M
Sheppard
7-11-2
S
Sheppard (3)
6
J Best
7 01431 SAMSON 18 (P) Mrs S Leech 6-11-1
8 136P- GREYED A 228 (D,BF) Dr R Newland 6-11-1 C Hammond (7)
D Sansom (7)
9 2323- JARLATH 341 J S Mullins 6-11-0
N Scholfield
10 /0601 PENGO'S BOY 31 (H) W S Kittow 8-11-0
11 1-540 THUNDERING HOME 94 (T,B,CD) N R Mitchell 10-10-13
Alice Mills (3)
12 243P- TINTED ROSE 180 (D,BF) C Longsdon 5-10-12
S Twiston-Davies
M Bastyan (7)
13 03523 KHISMET 18 (P,BF) J Flint 4-10-11
14 050-5 TRANS EXPRESS 148 (CD) S Gardner 7-10-11 L Gardner (3)
15-2 Hidden Cargo, Steely Addition, 8-1 Greyed A, Pengo's Boy, 9-1 After Eight
Sivola, 10-1 Cleni Wells, Tinted Rose, Trans Express, 12-1 others.
1
2
3
4
3.45
Handicap Chase
(�498: 2m 3f 48y) (11)
Mr J Nailor (7)
1 PP-21 BARTON ROSE 29 (D) C Longsdon 8-12-0
N Scholfield
2 -5541 MOORLANDS JACK 31 (D) J Scott 12-11-12
J Best
3 11U-6 MR MEDIC 13 (D) R Walford 6-11-12
C Gethings (3)
4 312-2 TRIPLE CHIEF 150 (P,CD) J Frost 6-11-9
C O'Farrell
5 -0203 SHEER POETRY 44 (T) R Woollacott 6-11-8
J Banks
6 3506- ARQUEBUSIER 215 (T,P,D) Miss E Baker 7-11-6
7 441-6 SEVEN KINGDOMS 150 (T,P,CD,BF) D Dennis 5-11-6 N Fehily
T O'Brien
8 -5234 THIRD ACT 31 (T,B,C,BF) C Tizzard 8-11-3
9 5-350 IT'S A STEAL 51 (D) Mrs K Stephens 10-10-11 K Edgar (3)
L Heard
10 463P4 STAR TROUPER 13 (H,T) G Harris 7-10-10
11 PPP1- SOME FINISH 182 (V,D) R Dickin 8-10-3 Miss T Worsley (7)
4-1 Barton Rose, 9-2 Mr Medic, 11-2 Moorlands Jack, Seven Kingdoms, Third
Act, 8-1 Triple Chief, 10-1 Some Finish, 14-1 Arquebusier, 20-1 others.
Beginners' Chase
3.25
(�874: 3m 54y) (4)
00- BLACK JACK JAXON 254 S Flook 5-10-12
Mr J Flook (7)
1
1- CLONDAW NATIVE 193P S Edmunds 5-10-12
P Brennan
2
COMMANCHE RED C Gordon 4-10-12
M Goldstein
3
0- EAU DE NILE 201 H Daly 4-10-12
T Scudamore
4
PP-0 FAIR WESTERNER 24 (H,T) Ali Stronge 5-10-12 B Powell
5
5- MAHLERMADE 194 A King 4-10-12
W Hutchinson
6
SHOAL BAY C Tizzard 4-10-12
R Johnson
7
55-2 SOME AMBITION 159P C Longsdon 4-10-12
J J Burke
8
R Patrick (7)
9 O-46 TEXAN NOMAD 39 (H) R Harris 5-10-12
THE GO TOU MAN H Whittington 4-10-12
H Bannister
10
5 SILK RUN 54 (BF) T Lacey 4-10-5
A Coleman
11
11-4 Mahlermade, 4-1 Shoal Bay, 5-1 Clondaw Native, Some Ambition, 13-2
The Go Tou Man, 8-1 Eau De Nile, 12-1 Silk Run, 20-1 others.
J Best
1 230-3 ARTHUR BURRELL 10 J Plessis 8-11-5
S Twiston-Davies
2 4234- COASTAL TIEP 176 P Nicholls 5-11-5
N Fehily
3 /124- WOTZIZNAME 249 (T,C,D,BF) H Fry 7-11-5
D Cook
4 5-P12 POMME 54 (BF) N Hawke 6-10-12
13-8 Coastal Tiep, 2-1 Wotzizname, 5-2 Pomme, 14-1 Arthur Burrell.
4.50
Novices' Handicap Hurdle
(�899: 2m 5f 135y) (16)
34223 CHANTECLER 20 (T) N Mulholland 6-12-0
H Reed (7)
42-UP CUP OF AMBITION 151 M Keighley 5-12-0
H Stock (7)
2/3-3 MINELLA TREASURE 139 N Williams 7-11-12
L Aspell
0-052 KINGS TEMPTATION 113 B Case 5-11-12
K K Woods
154-6 ORCHARDSTOWN CROSS 36 T Vaughan 6-11-12
G Blackwell (7)
6 P553- LIMONCELLO 207 (P) N Williams 5-11-11 Mr C Williams (7)
7 033-P HOLLYWOOD KEN 30 (T) R Woollacott 4-11-10 C O'Farrell
D Bass
8 -F540 BILLY ELLIOTT 24 K Bailey 5-11-8
N Fehily
9 FP02- COOLE CHARMER 179 N Mulholland 8-11-7
6PF-0
ROBIN
WHY
NOT
30
(T,P)
N
Hawke
5-11-3
D
Cook
10
S Houlihan (7)
11 11665 EDDY 18 (T,BF) S Gardner 8-10-7
12 6-0F0 CELESTIAL CHIMES 30 R Dickin 6-10-3 Miss T Worsley (7)
J Banks
13 F0300 WATER WILLOW 10 W G M Turner 5-10-1
D Noonan
14 005P6 TELMADELA 40 (T) R Ford 7-10-0
T Dowling (7)
15 0/P63 ORBIT LIGHT 20 (T) M Gillard 6-10-0
J Best
16 05/0F OH DEAR OH DEAR 131 R Hodges 9-10-0
4-1 Kings Temptation, 5-1 Chantecler, 13-2 Limoncello, 7-1 Coole Charmer, 8-1
Minella Treasure, 10-1 Billy Elliott, Cup Of Ambition, 12-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
5.20
(�899: 2m 2f 111y) (10)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
3.35
Wright choice: Hurricane Hollow should appreciate this
return to further
Dangers: Mixboy, Golden Jeffrey
2.10
Handicap (�588: 1m) (14)
Handicap (�822: 1m 7f) (10)
1 MIXBOY 12 K Dalgleish 7-10-0
J Fanning
1 (6)
2 (8) 04414 GOLDEN JEFFREY 14J (BF) I Jardine 4-9-7 J Gormley (7)
P Hanagan
3 (4) 40654 GABRIAL'S STAR 12 (P) R Fahey 8-9-7
4 (3) 00402 BUONARROTI 13 (T,C) Declan Carroll 6-9-6 D Tudhope
5 (1) 25534 HURRICANE HOLLOW 13 T D Barron 7-9-5 B A Curtis
6 (7) 52545 BRAES OF LOCHALSH 9 (V,C,D) J Goldie 6-9-4 J Sullivan
A Mullen
7 (10) 0/034 NEW YOUMZAIN 9 Mrs L Normile 8-9-1
G Lee
8 (2) 23435 CAPTAIN SWIFT 19 (P) J Mackie 6-8-13
9 (5) 66012 LONDON GLORY 11 (B) D Thompson 4-8-11 P J McDonald
J Hart
10 (9) 45122 BODACIOUS NAME 15J (BF) J J Quinn 3-8-7
4-1 Mixboy, 5-1 Bodacious Name, 11-2 Golden Jeffrey, 7-1 others.
Conditional Jockeys' Handicap
Hurdle (�924: 2m 175y) (15)
0434 SANDY COVE 72F O Murphy 6-12-0
F Gregory (8)
-4240 BAMBI DU NOYER 20 (T,B,D) D Pipe 6-11-13 M Heard (3)
4334- GRAMS AND OUNCES 21F (T,P,D) G Harris 10-11-12
M Hamill
M Bastyan
4 23U6- LEG LOCK LUKE 196 (BF) C Tizzard 7-11-9
K Edgar
5 P1U63 LADIES DANCING 86 (D) C Down 11-11-8
6 53013 MAGICAL THOMAS 18 (T,P,D) N Mulholland 5-11-7
H Reed (3)
C Ring
7 P4-U0 SERVEONTIME 137 (T,P) Mrs H Nelmes 6-11-5
Lizzie Kelly
8 005-0 BENBECULA 20 (B,D) N R Mitchell 8-11-4
9 P000P ST PETER'S SQUARE 10 (D) Mrs K Stephens 6-11-2
G Blackwell
R Hawker
10 04-03 BREAN GOLF BIRDIE 109 (H) C Gray 5-11-1
S Houlihan (3)
11 BPP46 GOLANDER 10 (T,P) C Gray 7-10-6
-U044
NENERGY'S
QUEST
51
(H)
R
Ford
6-10-5
A
Thorne
(3)
12
J Sherwood
13 0PPP- DARLOA 249 (T) V Dartnall 8-10-4
14 005-0 CRUISE IN STYLE 149 (T,P,C,D) K Bishop 11-10-0 C Gethings
15 53033 THE KVILLEKEN 10 (T,P,D) M Keighley 9-10-0 H Stock (3)
9-2 Magical Thomas, 5-1 Sandy Cove, 6-1 Leg Lock Luke, 8-1 others.
1
2
3
Worcester
Rob Wright
1.50 Dusky Legend
2.20 Get Ready Freddy
2.55 Cereal Killer
3.25 Clondaw Native
Going: good
1.50
3.55 Counter Shy
4.30 Kings Ryde
5.00 Sissinghurst
5.30 State The Obvious
At The Races
Mares' Novices' Chase
(�431: 2m 4f) (9)
1 13P4- CASABLANCA MIX 175 N Henderson 5-10-12 N De Boinville
H Cobden
2 130P- COILLTE LASS 175 P Nicholls 6-10-12
R Johnson
3 2121- COPPER KAY 178 (D) P Hobbs 7-10-12
W Hutchinson
4 2232- DUSKY LEGEND 175 (BF) A King 7-10-12
S Bowen
5 0200- MORELLO ROYALE 187 (T) C Tizzard 7-10-12
H Skelton
6 21-2F RENE'S GIRL 109 D Skelton 7-10-12
M Linehan (3)
7 1241- SPARKLING RIVER 204 H Oliver 7-10-12
J Wall (5)
8 25330 TARA'S RAINBOW 43 (T) T Wall 7-10-12
9 1116- TIMEFORWEST 174 (D,BF) Jonjo O'Neill 5-10-12 A Coleman
4-1 Copper Kay, Dusky Legend, 5-1 Coillte Lass, 11-2 Casablanca Mix, Rene's
Girl, 8-1 Timeforwest, 9-1 Sparkling River, 12-1 others.
2.20
Handicap Chase
(�289: 2m 110y) (8)
3-210 MERCIAN KING 33 (D) A Murphy 6-12-0
J Quinlan
34413 KING ALFONSO 13 (CD) D Burchell 8-11-12
T Scudamore
6F223 MAXIMUS MARIDIUS 18 (P) S Drinkwater 6-11-12 R Dunne
41221 GET READY FREDDY 18 (T,CD) D Skelton 7-11-11 H Skelton
26424 MR KIT CAT 13 (C,D) E Williams 7-11-11
A Wedge
32466 CHESTNUT BEN 94 (D) P Winks 12-11-9
Ryan Winks (5)
33434 THE YANK 33 (H,D) D Bridgwater 8-11-4
Callum McKinnes (10)
J J Burke
8 020-4 LAMBEAU FIELD 39 C Longsdon 4-11-1
11-4 Get Ready Freddy, 5-1 King Alfonso, Mr Kit Cat, 11-2 Lambeau Field,
Maximus Maridius, 8-1 Mercian King, 12-1 Chestnut Ben, 14-1 The Yank.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
2.55
NH Flat Race (�689: 2m) (11)
1-1 CEREAL KILLER 165P P Nicholls 5-10-12
S Bowen
1
B Powell
2 P65F- CLASSIC BEN 172P S Edmunds 4-10-12
0- DEYRANN DE CARJAC 201 A King 4-10-12 W Hutchinson
3
I Popham
4 P2-21 DOCTOR TIGER 137P (T) J Barber 6-10-12
1- GLOBAL CITIZEN 186P Jonjo O'Neill 5-10-12
A Coleman
5
2- HATTAAB 282 (BF) T George 4-10-12
A P Heskin
6
LISDOONVARNA LAD C Longsdon 5-10-12
J J Burke
7
MARATT J S Mullins 4-10-12
J McGrath
8
2 MELLOW BEN 165P (H) C Gordon 4-10-12
R Johnson
9
4-3 SUPAKALANISTIC 152 N Twiston-Davies 4-10-12
10
J Bargary (3)
1- TIMEFORBEN 333P D Pipe 5-10-5
T Scudamore
11
4-1 Cereal Killer, 9-2 Global Citizen, 13-2 Deyrann De Carjac, Hattaab, 7-1
Timeforben, 8-1 Supakalanistic, 12-1 Classic Ben, Doctor Tiger, 14-1 others.
Blinkered first time: Chelmsford 5.45 Koin. 8.15 Tarseekh.
9.15 Starshell. Exeter 5.20 Bambi Du Noyer. Worcester
5.00 St Andrews.
3.55
NHFlat Race (�689: 2m) (11)
Novices' Hurdle (�899: 2m) (9)
Kevin Jones (5)
1 33-11 ARTHINGTON 18 (D) J S Mullins 4-11-8
3-1 COUNTER SHY 24 (CD) Jonjo O'Neill 4-11-4
R McLernon
2
P2- CHEER'S DELBOY 179P R Dickin 4-10-12
C Poste
3
T Whelan
4 44P6- CORBETT COURT 186 Mrs D Hamer 5-10-12
J Davies
5 33-42 DR DES 151P H Oliver 6-10-12
H Skelton
6 3-122 HOLRYALE 31 (D) D Skelton 5-10-12
14- MONTY'S AWARD 232 (C,D) C Longsdon 5-10-12 J J Burke
7
R Johnson
8 U31-2 SWORD OF FATE 16 (D) T Lacey 4-10-12
FF1- THE DAWN MAN 200P H Oliver 6-10-12
J McGrath
9
3-1 Counter Shy, 4-1 Arthington, Sword Of Fate, 5-1 Holryale, Monty's Award,
11-1 The Dawn Man, 14-1 Dr Des, 33-1 Cheer's Delboy, Corbett Court.
4.30
Novices' Hurdle
(�249: 2m 7f) (7)
31 KINGS RYDE 36 N Henderson 5-11-5
N De Boinville
114-1 MON PALOIS 156 K Bailey 5-11-5
T Bellamy
1dP3- ONE FORTY SEVEN 319 N Twiston-Davies 5-10-12
J Bargary (3)
Matt Griffiths
4 2-251 PISTOL SHOOT 125 (P) N Martin 5-10-12
0 RESILIENCY 18 (T) D Skelton 6-10-12
H Skelton
5
6 5F3-1 THE OGLE GOGLE MAN 151P C Mann 5-10-12 H Bannister
R McLernon
7 64655 TRUCKERS TANGLE 20 (T) A Dunn 5-10-12
13-8 Kings Ryde, 3-1 One Forty Seven, 5-1 Mon Palois, 7-1 Resiliency, 15-2 The
Ogle Gogle Man, 9-1 Pistol Shoot, 100-1 Truckers Tangle.
1
2
3
5.00
Handicap Hurdle (�379: 2m 4f) (10)
1 0044- MANNY OWENS 35F (T) Jonjo O'Neill 5-11-12 A Coleman
H Cobden
2 -3226 CAPTAIN GEORGE 13 M Blake 6-11-10
H Skelton
3 -B000 GI JAYNE 18 D Skelton 6-11-9
G Sheehan
4 400-0 AUENWIRBEL 18 (T) Mrs L Young 6-11-9
P Brennan
5 PPP-1 SISSINGHURST 7 (T,D) F O'Brien 7-11-9
R Patrick (7)
6 24440 VET CERT 18 R Harris 9-11-7
D Crosse
7 0654- ST ANDREWS 8F (V) I Williams 4-11-3
R Dunne
8 2-P33 CHEVALGRIS 18 (P) D Burchell 7-11-2
M Goldstein
9 34550 SIXTIES IDOL 18 Sheena West 4-10-11
P6F50
WESTERN
DREAM
10
A
Phillips
9-10-1
S
Bowen
10
4-5 Sissinghurst, 6-1 Gi Jayne, 7-1 St Andrews, 8-1 Chevalgris, 12-1 Manny
Owens, 16-1 Auenwirbel, Captain George, 33-1 others.
5.30
Handicap Hurdle (�379: 2m 4f) (10)
0020- INNOKO 21F (P) R Stephens 7-11-12
L Edwards
260-6 MARLAIS 18 A Whitehead 5-11-11
J Wall (5)
610/3 GALUPPI 13 (V) J Jenkins 6-11-10
A Coleman
-5221 STATE THE OBVIOUS 72 (CD) Jonjo O'Neill 5-11-10
R McLernon
D Jacob
5 0064- UNCLE PERCY 254 B Pauling 5-11-8
H Teal (7)
6 4-333 STONEMADFORSPEED 18 (D) R Teal 9-11-6
R Dunne
7 0505- THE GREENVET 206 (P) Mrs L Young 7-11-4
L Gordon (7)
8 33-04 ROYAL CHIEF 50 (B) A Dunn 8-11-0
H Cobden
9 2000- OUR MERLIN 274 R Walford 5-10-10
10 PP0P- ALBATROS DE GUYE 217 (T,D) Miss A Newton-Smith 7-10-0
P Brennan
11-4 State The Obvious, 7-2 Innoko, 11-2 Stonemadforspeed, 6-1 Uncle Percy,
8-1 Royal Chief, 10-1 Galuppi, 12-1 The Greenvet, 16-1 others.
1
2
3
4
Chelmsford
Rob Wright
5.45 Little Poem
7.45 Choose
6.15 Pretty Baby
8.15 Bed Of Diamonds
6.45 Willie John
8.45 Chilli Jam
7.15 Boynton
9.15 Starshell
Going: standard
At The Races
Draw: 5f-1m, low numbers best
5.45
Claiming Stakes
(2-Y-O: �528: 7f) (9)
D C Costello
1 (2) 5646 MONTAGUE 16 J Osborne 9-7
2 (1) 004 SMUGGLERS TOP 28 (P) T Dascombe 8-13 R Kingscote
M Godwin (5)
3 (9) 42040 ALASKA 8 S Kirk 8-9
0 ARCHIBALD LEITCH 22 P D Evans 8-8
J Egan
4 (3)
Hollie Doyle (3)
5 (4) 40520 FUSION CENTRAL 23 R Hannon 8-5
Doubtful
6 (8) 51555 THAT'S MY GIRL 15 R Hannon 8-5
S De Sousa
7 (6) 04100 ONE FOR JUNE 54 W Haggas 8-4
David Egan (3)
8 (7) 000 KOIN 30 (B) M Tompkins 8-3
36 LITTLE POEM 30 (H) M Botti 8-3
L Morris
9 (5)
15-8 One For June, 4-1 Alaska, 5-1 Fusion Central, 6-1 Little Poem, Smugglers
Top, 9-1 Montague, 12-1 Archibald Leitch, 40-1 Koin.
6.15
Fillies' Novice Stakes
(2-Y-O: �528: 6f) (8)
20 ANGEL'S WHISPER 22 (BF) J Noseda 9-0 James Doyle
1 (5)
BUBBLE AND SQUEAK S Kirk 9-0
M Godwin (5)
2 (8)
DENHAM M Appleby 9-0
L Morris
3 (7)
S De Sousa
4 (4) 025 HAVANA HEART 38 I Mohammed 9-0
06 IMAGE 21 P McBride 9-0
D Probert
5 (6)
6 MUSICAL THEATRE 38 (H) D Simcock 9-0
O Murphy
6 (1)
2 PRETTY BABY 32 (BF) W Haggas 9-0
R L Moore
7 (3)
04 ROCK ON BAILEYS 103 (H) C Dwyer 9-0
A Beschizza
8 (2)
Evens Pretty Baby, 7-2 Angel's Whisper, 6-1 Havana Heart, 10-1 Musical
Theatre, 12-1 Bubble And Squeak, 16-1 Image, 20-1 Denham, Rock On Baileys.
6.45
Novice Stakes (2-Y-O: �528: 1m) (9)
10 MORLOCK 14 C Appleby 9-9
W Buick
1 (6)
0 KINGOFTHESINGERS 14 Sir M Prescott 9-2
L Morris
2 (5)
5 MAIN STREET 110 J Gosden 9-2
R Havlin
3 (3)
READY TO IMPRESS M Johnston 9-2
F Norton
4 (7)
RED STRIKER Sir M Stoute 9-2
R L Moore
5 (8)
0 REVOLUTIONARY MAN 48 S Crisford 9-2
A Atzeni
6 (1)
23 RUA AUGUSTA 42 (BF) K A Ryan 9-2
T Eaves
7 (2)
WELSH LORD S bin Suroor 9-2
S De Sousa
8 (4)
WILLIE JOHN W Haggas 9-2
James Doyle
9 (9)
7-2 Rua Augusta, 4-1 Morlock, 11-2 Welsh Lord, 6-1 Main Street, Willie John,
13-2 Red Striker, 7-1 Ready To Impress, 20-1 others.
7.15
Conditions Stakes (�704: 1m 2f) (6)
James Doyle
1 (5) 01000 MURAD KHAN 22 (H,C) H Palmer 4-9-7
O Murphy
2 (1) 50426 RED VERDON 13 (P) E Dunlop 4-9-3
R L Moore
3 (6) 30400 VICTORY BOND 33 (D) W Haggas 4-9-3
R Kingscote
4 (3) 01325 ICKYMASHO 12 (CD) J Portman 5-9-2
W Buick
5 (2) 113- BOYNTON 443 C Appleby 3-8-13
D Muscutt
6 (4) 1-025 ZUMURUDEE 145 M Botti 3-8-13
11-8 Boynton, 7-2 Red Verdon, Victory Bond, 7-1 Zumurudee, 10-1 Murad
Khan, 16-1 Ickymasho.
7.45
Maiden Stakes (�175: 1m 2f) (7)
S Donohoe
1 (6) 643 ABAAD 121 M Moubarak 3-9-5
Finley Marsh (5)
2 (2) 25262 FOOTMAN 14 (P) R Hughes 3-9-5
CHOOSE R Beckett 3-9-0
R Kingscote
3 (3)
KERRE W Jarvis 3-9-0
M Lane
4 (4)
R L Moore
5 (5) 2422 PRETTY PASSE 16 W Haggas 3-9-0
SPINNING MELODY S Crisford 3-9-0
S De Sousa
6 (1)
3 VALLEY OF LIGHT 16 (BF) S bin Suroor 3-9-0 O Murphy
7 (7)
5-2 Pretty Passe, Valley Of Light, 3-1 Footman, 7-1 Choose, 8-1 others.
8.15
Handicap (�235: 1m 2f) (16)
1 (13) 500-1 KOHINOOR DIAMOND 7 (CD) Sir M Prescott 3-9-9
L Morris
T Queally
2 (10) 30465 THE DUKKERER 42 (CD) J Given 6-9-7
46020
PENSAX
LADY
105
D
M
Loughnane
4-9-6
Toby
Eley (7)
3 (6)
Kevin Stott
4 (16) -6054 BOB'S BOY 16 (T,B,D) O Greenall 4-9-5
S Donohoe
5 (7) 50365 FALSE ID 24 (T,C) D Steele 4-9-4
K Shoemark
6 (5) 05000 TARSEEKH 101 (V) C Gordon 4-9-3
M Dwyer
7 (9) 36006 MISS M 38 W Muir 3-9-2
8 (15) 00353 MASTER OF HEAVEN 21 (P,CD) J Boyle 4-9-1
Paddy Bradley (5)
9 (2) 46023 TOMMY'S SECRET 21 (P,C) Jane Chapple-Hyam 7-9-0
M Harley
S Pearce (3)
10 (3) 55355 SEXY SECRET 23 (P,CD) L Pearce 6-8-13
David Egan (3)
11(12) 64064 HALDAW 24 M Channon 3-8-12
K O'Neill
12 (4) -060P RACE TIME 141 (T,P) Miss Z Davison 4-8-12
R Tate
13 (1) -0044 UNDERSTORY 42 (D) T McCarthy 10-8-12
14(11) 005-0 DANCE WITH KATE 153 (P) O Murphy 6-8-12
D Keenan (7)
D Probert
15(14) 00562 DAWN GODDESS 31 G L Moore 3-8-9
16 (8) 06000 BED OF DIAMONDS 24 A West 3-8-8 M Fernandes (5)
13-8 Kohinoor Diamond, 15-2 Tommy's Secret, 8-1 Dawn Goddess, 10-1
Haldaw, 12-1 Pensax Lady, 14-1 The Dukkerer, 16-1 others.
8.45
Handicap (�235: 1m 2f) (15)
L Keniry
1 (3) 43153 CHILLI JAM 9 (P,CD) E De Giles 4-9-9
R Powell
2 (9) 50600 ARROWZONE 8 (B) K Frost 6-9-7
M Lane
3 (7) 50521 THE JUGGLER 42 (V,CD) W Knight 4-9-7
4 (1) 32400 OUTLAW TORN 7 (E,D) Richard Guest 8-9-6 D C Costello
T J Murphy
5 (14) 03430 MCDELTA 29 G Deacon 7-9-5
M Godwin (5)
6 (4) 602-0 MOON ARROW 164 (H) M Blake 4-9-3
J Quinn
7 (11) U5125 CAPTAIN SEDGWICK 31 J Spearing 3-9-2
T Eaves
8 (8) 45454 HELLOMOTO 22 (P) K A Ryan 3-9-1
L Morris
9 (15) 00000 RAASHDY 7 P Hiatt 4-9-0
D Probert
10 (5) 26542 CALIFORNIA CLIFFS 21 Rae Guest 3-8-13
11(10) 00066 SEEING THINGS 107 (T) P McBride 3-8-13 Rossa Ryan (7)
Milly Naseb (7)
12(12) 40036 AVOCET 21 Miss J Feilden 4-8-12
M Cosham (3)
13 (6) 50050 DIBLOAM 7 (H) P D Evans 4-8-12
M Dwyer
14 (2) 60350 MOVING ROBE 51 (T) C Allen 4-8-12
N Garbutt (3)
15(13) 06434 AFRICAN QUEST 31 G L Moore 3-8-8
3-1 The Juggler, 13-2 California Cliffs, 7-1 Chilli Jam, 8-1 African Quest,
Hellomoto, 10-1 Avocet, Captain Sedgwick, 14-1 others.
9.15
Handicap (�235: 2m) (11)
1 (11) 3565- KNIGHT COMMANDER 18J (BF) O Murphy 4-10-0
D Keenan (7)
2 (7) -0300 THE WAY YOU DANCE 8 (V) N Mulholland 5-9-11 J Egan
F Norton
3 (4) 4-045 NEPETA 30 M Johnston 3-9-9
L Morris
4 (1) 22346 STARSHELL 14 (B,BF) Sir M Prescott 3-9-5
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BALLYFARSOON
16
(V,C)
I
Williams
6-9-5
S
Donohoe
5 (6)
J Haynes
6 (2) 55360 GEE SIXTY SIX 29 M Tompkins 3-9-4
L Keniry
7 (5) 00603 MIDNIGHT MOOD 24 D Ffrench Davis 4-9-2
C Shepherd (3)
8 (10) 15200 WASSAIL 21 E De Giles 4-9-1
D Brock
9 (9) 50630 SCARLET THRUSH 26 L McJannet 3-8-12
10 (8) P0-42 GOLD CLASS 41J (T,B,BF) O Murphy 6-8-10 K Shoemark
11 (3) 00004 NAVAJO STAR 14 (V) M Appleby 3-8-1 David Egan (3)
5-2 Starshell, 7-2 Gold Class, 13-2 Nepeta, 7-1 Ballyfarsoon, Knight
Commander, 12-1 Midnight Mood, 14-1 Navajo Star, 16-1 others.
Course specialists
Ayr: Trainers Mrs M Fife, 6 from 31 runners, 19.4%;
Declan Carroll, 4 from 21, 19.0%. Jockey D Tudhope,
38 from 209 rides, 18.2%.
Chelmsford: Trainers S bin Suroor, 32 from 87,
36.8%; J Gosden, 25 from 95, 26.3%.
Jockey R L Moore, 30 from 70, 42.9%.
Exeter: Trainers H Fry, 24 from 60, 40.0%;
P Nicholls, 36 from 117, 30.8%. Jockeys Lizzie Kelly,
4 from 15, 26.7%; N Fehily, 21 from 97, 21.6%.
Worcester: Trainers N Henderson, 25 from 73,
34.2%; P Nicholls, 17 from 51, 33.3%.
Jockey R Patrick, 4 from 10, 40.0%.
Yesterday?s racing results
Ludlow
Going: good to firm (good in places)
1.55 (1m 7f 169yd hdle) 1, The Statesman (T J
O?Brien, 4-7 fav); 2, Phoenix Dawn (9-2); 3, High
Wells (9-2). 10 ran. 16l, 13l. Ian Williams.
2.25 (2m 5f 55yd hdle) 1, Still Believing
(Mitchell Bastyan, 9-2); 2, Miss Mobot (5-1);
3, On Demand (2-1). 5 ran. NR: Miss Spent. 1Ol,
4l. Evan Williams.
3.00 (2m 7f 171yd ch) 1, Braqueur D?Or (Sam
Twiston-Davies, 6-1 fav); 2, Ozzy Thomas (8-1);
3, Super Scorpion (10-1). 13 ran. 7l, 10l.
P Nicholls.
3.30 (1m 7f 169yd hdle) 1, Excellent Team
(Bridget Andrews, 5-1); 2, Frozen Over (7-1); 3,
The Kid (12-1). ; 4, Tunnel Creek (4-1 fav). 16
ran. NR: Goal, Silver Quay. 1Nl, 1Kl. D Skelton.
4.00 (1m 7f 212yd ch) 1, Bigmartre (Harry
Bannister, 13-8 fav); 2, Darebin (14-1); 3, Mad
Jack Mytton (15-8). 5 ran. 3Kl, 23l.
H Whittington.
4.35 (2m 5f 55yd hdle) 1, Tempestatefloresco
(Harry Cobden, 4-9 fav); 2, Shadow?s Boy
(20-1); 3, Man Look (3-1). 5 ran. 4l, 1Ol.
C L Tizzard.
5.10 (1m 7f 169yd flat) 1, Presenting Pearl (G
Sheehan, 5-1); 2, Grania O?Malley (6-4 fav); 3,
Lady Vesta (4-1). 9 ran. Nk, 8l. Jamie Snowden.
Placepot: �.00.
Quadpot: �.90.
Nottingham
Going: good to soft
1.45 (6f 18yd) 1, Alwasmiya (S De Sousa, 11-4
fav); 2, Ocala (10-1); 3, Al Asef (6-1). 11 ran.
NR: Blue Whisper. 1Kl, Kl. S Crisford.
2.15 (5f 8yd) 1, Kick On Kick On (A Kirby, 9-4
fav); 2, Bow Belles (7-1); 3, Brandy Station
(10-1). 9 ran. Hd, hd. C Cox.
2.50 (1m 75yd) 1, Merlin Magic (S De Sousa,
8-1); 2, Sam Gold (9-4); 3, Sevenna Star (7-4
fav). 9 ran. NR: Encryption. Ol, sh hd.
D Elsworth.
3.20 (1m 1f) 1, Ship Of The Fen (S De Sousa,
15-8 fav); 2, Baileys Excelerate (6-1);
3, Ventura Dragon (20-1). 6 ran. NR: Jazeel.
2l, 2Ol. M Meade.
3.50 (1m 75yd) 1, Rosarno (Harry Bentley, 3-1);
2, Mikmak (5-1); 3, Pacific Salt (5-2 fav). 8 ran.
NR: Caledonia Duchess, Dragons Voice. Nk, hd.
C Hills.
4.20 (1m 75yd) 1, Harlequin Striker (Charles
Bishop, 9-2); 2, Beatbybeatbybeat (12-1); 3,
William Booth (7-1). 8 ran. NR: Groor. Kl, 2Ol.
D K Ivory.
4.55 (1m 2f 50yd) 1, Ay Ay (R L Moore, 7-1);
2, Fast And Hot (7-1); 3, Storm Rock (13-2).
10 ran. NR: Faithful Creek, Wealth Tax. Hd, Kl.
D Elsworth.
5.25 (1m 2f 50yd) 1, Essenaitch (Katherine
Glenister, 6-1); 2, Epitaph (7-1); 3, John Caesar
(11-1). 13 ran. NR: Bahamian C, Frantical,
Rowlestonerendezvu. Kl, 2l. P D Evans.
Placepot: �.90.
Quadpot: �.90.
Towcester
Going: good to firm (good in places)
2.05 (1m 7f 151yd hdle) 1, Fairy Pol (J M Davies,
14-1); 2, Thelunarschooner (6-4 fav); 3,
Sprogzilla (50-1). 10 ran. 2Ol, 2Kl. Henry Oliver.
2.40 (2m 20yd ch) 1, Chitu (A W Short, 5-4);
2, Gibson Park (8-11 fav); 3, Lined With Silver
(16-1). 5 ran. NR: Spoilt Rotten. 7l, 6l.
P Griffin (Ire).
3.10 (1m 7f 151yd hdle) 1, Cool Macavity (J
McGrath, 7-4 fav); 2, Raven?s Tower (11-2);
3, Sailors Warn (3-1). 5 ran. NR: Castafiore.
1Ol, 17l. N Henderson.
3.40 (2m 4f 217yd hdle) 1, Plantagenet (Daniel
Sansom, 5-2 fav); 2, Shanksforamillion (3-1);
3, Good News (10-1). 9 ran. 9l, 11l. J Mullins.
4.10 (3m 102yd ch) 1, Copperfacejack (R
Johnson, 5-2 fav); 2, Dontminddboys (6-1);
3, Mount Oliver (5-1). 9 ran. 6l, 32l. P Webber.
4.45 (1m 7f 151yd flat) 1, Raving Bonkers
(Harry Stock, 7-2); 2, Netherton Boy (11-1);
3, Blackjacktennessee (22-1). 6 ran. NR: King?s
Temple, Portash. 1l, 5l. M Keighley.
Placepot: �.20.
Quadpot: �.00.
Kempton Park
Going: standard to slow
5.20 (7f) 1, Isntshesomething (Connor Beasley,
7-1); 2, Treagus (20-1); 3, Binky Blue (12-1).
13 ran. NR: Sir Jamie. Ol, Kl. R Guest.
5.55 (7f) 1, Glendevon (J P Spencer, 8-11 fav);
2, Moqarrar (8-1); 3, Kawasir (10-1). 12 ran.
NR: Corrosive. 5l, 1Kl. R Hughes.
6.25 (7f) 1, Cainhoe Star (L Morris, 16-1);
2, Monteverdi (9-2); 3, Dourado (33-1). 12 ran.
NR: Mansfield, Spinnaka. 3l, nk. A Carson.
6.55 (1m 2f 219yd) 1, Wine List (Oisin Murphy,
6-4 fav); 2, My Illusionist (16-1); 3, Rainbow
Rising (3-1). 11 ran. 2Nl, 1Ol. A Balding.
7.25 (1m 2f 219yd) 1, Seniority (J Doyle, 7-2 jtfav); 2, Ennjaaz (15-2); 3, Sunblazer (33-1). 12 ran.
NR: Artful Rogue, Vogueatti. ns, 2l. W Haggas.
7.55 (6f) 1, Solomon?s Bay (S De Sousa, 9-4
fav); 2, Blue De Vega (4-1); 3, Coronation Day
(20-1). 8 ran. Nk, Kl. R Varian.
8.25 (6f) 1, Run With Pride (Lewis Edmunds,
5-1); 2, Kyllukey (9-1); 3, Fairway To Heaven
(5-1). 10 ran. NR: Atlanta Belle, Evening
Starlight. 2l, 1l. D Shaw.
8.55 (7f) 1, Chough (R Winston, 3-1); 2, Magic
Mirror (4-1); 3, Whaleweigh Station (25-1).
12 ran. NR: Aye Aye Skipper, Breathoffreshair.
3Kl, sh hd. H Morrison.
Placepot: �3.60.
Quadpot: �.50.
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defending
champions
There were some lively noises from
Dublin last weekend that gave this
season?s European Champions Cup
kick-off an early edge. They came from
Leo Cullen, the head coach of Leinster,
who was keen to point out the imbalance across European rugby and, in
particular, how vast was the debt
that Saracens had accumulated en
route to becoming double European
champions.
?Saracens,? he said, ?you see their
accumulated losses: �million, �million, �million, �million, �million.
We have our way of doing things and
that?s a sustainable model that we have.
?We can?t control what other teams
do, we can?t accumulate ?50 million
[about � million] of losses. That?s not
the way it works. I think Saracens have
this thing called ?making memories?,
but it?s making memories and racking
up a huge debt at the same time. How
do you compete with that? We don?t
compete the same.?
Cullen is right, of course. It is also
right that when he was captain of the
Leinster team who won three Heineken
Cups in 2009, 2011 and 2012, it was a
period when the English clubs? spending power was comparatively blunted.
Yes, there is and always has been a
fluctuating inequality in Europe. The
new Champions Cup kicks off in Belfast
tomorrow night when Ulster play
Wasps, and that remains one of its great
fascinations, as are the questions: why
can?t the French spend their money
better? And: why do teams of galacticos
so often malfunction?
The most recent heyday for the
French in Europe was, of course, the
Toulon treble, from 2013 to 2015. That
was a period when all the (super)stars
were aligned, when a team of likeminded, tough-minded players led by
Jonny Wilkinson, Carl Hayman and
Bakkies Botha refused to allow anything but the highest standards. They
really were a group who looked like
galacticos and played like them.
Since then, the quality of import at
Toulon has not exactly fallen, but their
standards have. Toulon didn?t get past
the quarter-finals last season; they
might not even get that far this season.
They could also win the whole thing.
As a reminder, the salary cap for
English clubs is �million per year. For
French clubs it is ?10 million [about
�million]. And while, I believe, the
English now stick to their cap, the
French could not take theirs less seriously if they tried.
Montpellier are the new Toulon, the
new outfit playing chequebook fantasy
league rugby. Their squad value is generally estimated at about ?15 million;
they are, for many reasons, a fascinating project and who do they play in the
tie of the first round on Saturday? Yes,
Cullen?s Leinster.
Accepted wisdom in Europe is that
you cannot just buy your way to the
trophy in one season. You find the path
to the podium over a number of years.
Saracens were absolutely the model
here: losing in the knockout stage,
gradually getting stronger, losing in the
final, then finally winning it.
They took on board the lessons so
well that they won it twice. If they
weren?t twinned in the pool stage with
Clermont Auvergne this year, then you
would immediately put your money on
them again. As it is, there is a reasonable chance that they could miss the
knockout stage too.
Montpellier are now trying to circumvent this schooling process. They
have already been through one reinvention, under Jake White?s preposterously misguided leadership, which
seemed to be based solely around
recruiting South Africans. Now,
though, they are a different prospect.
They have one of the savviest (and
certainly the best paid) coaches in
world rugby in Vern Cotter. Cotter, of
course, knows the territory; before his
stint with Scotland, he was Clermont
coach. He took Clermont to a European
final in 2013 (they lost) and four Top 14
finals, three of which they lost.
The club he has inherited from White
already contained some outstanding
South Africans (Bismarck du Plessis,
Fran鏾is Steyn). New this season, with
Cotter, is a very international and,
arguably, world-class 8-9-10 combination of Louis Picamoles, Ruan Pienaar
and Aaron Cruden.
And Cotter has not only used his war
chest to assemble a mouthwatering
line-up of players, he has assembled
an outstanding coaching team also.
Clearly, too, he is highly motivated to
build a club who can achieve more than
being perennial runners-up.
Yet Montpellier could also fail to
make the knockout stage. They are in
scrum weekly
Steve James on the threat
that English and French
rugby poses to world game
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an extraordinarily hard pool and the
contrast is clear: all three teams they
face have built slowly. There is no quick
fix about Leinster or Glasgow Warriors
and certainly not Exeter Chiefs.
Exeter have played four years of the
top European competition and reached
the quarter-finals only once. They have
made very clear their intention, now ?
that it is time to start going places. Rob
Baxter, their director of rugby, has identified mindset as their problem: a buckling under the pressure that goes with
the step up from the domestic league to
Europe. This is a classic case of Eurobuilding: learn from previous campaigns. Come back stronger.
Montpellier, meanwhile, are looking
to do it pretty much in one go. Will the
old school beat the arrivistes? To the
detriment of the arrivistes is the depth
of their squad. The first XV are as strong
as they come; if injuries hit, Montpellier
will be fallible. Expect that to change in
Cotter?s second season. If Montpellier
are not there or thereabouts this year,
they will certainly be in the next one or
two. Saracens certainly have the depth
that Montpellier lack, as do Clermont.
Wasps do not.
Unlike the English teams, the Irish
are able to plan a mini-peak for each
time Europe comes around. So, no, this
is no level playing field; while the
English teams are already broken and
battered from six weeks of non-stop
Premiership action, the Irish have been
able to manage their squads.
Does their freedom to manage their
players trump the spending power of
their opposition? Probably not, though
it got both Munster and Leinster to the
semi-finals last year.
The most likely winner this year is
whichever of Saracens and Clermont
top their pool. After that, watch Cotter,
Montpellier and the team who have
skipped school.
POOL ONE
European Champions Cup
Harlequins | Ulster
La Rochelle | Wasps
Owen Slot says
La Rochelle are going places, and have
good Kiwi imports, with Tawera KerrBarlow soon to arrive, so must be the
favourites. Wasps have the quality but
may start slowly due to an injury crisis,
though even if they lose their opener,
Nathan Hughes and Jimmy Gopperth
could return next week. Consistency is
key for Harlequins, while Ulster?s
weakness is up front.
Player to watch
Levani Botia, below (La Rochelle)
Almost every French team have a Fijian
wing, but this back is so adaptable he
is now playing in the back row.
Did you know?
Only Leinster (31) scored more tries in
the pool stage last season than Aviva
Premiership runners-up Wasps (28).
How they?ll finish
1 La Rochelle, 2 Wasps,
3 Ulster, 4 Harlequins.
Fixtures
Tomorrow Ulster v Wasps. Saturday
Harlequins v La Rochelle. Oct 22 La
Rochelle v Ulster; Wasps v Harlequins.
Dec 10 Harlequins v Ulster;
La Rochelle v Wasps.
Dec 15 Ulster v
Harlequins.
Dec 17 Wasps v
La Rochelle.
Jan 12-14
Harlequins v
Wasps; Ulster v
La Rochelle.
Jan 19-21 La
Rochelle v
Harlequins; Wasps
v Ulster.
TV
Matches to
be shown on either
Sky Sports or
BT Sport
POOL TWO
POOL THREE
Clermont | Northampton | Ospreys | Saracens
Exeter Chiefs | Glasgow
Slot says
It is brilliant to have last year?s
finalists, Saracens and Clermont, in
the same pool; their December
double-header will be massive.
However, Northampton could
upset the two giants of Europe,
and it may well come down to
which of Sarries and
Clermont do better at
Franklin?s Gardens.
Ospreys have made an
abysmal start to the
season. Saracens are the
bookies? favourites to
win the tournament and
Clermont most bookies?
third favourites; as they are
in the same pool, one of them
may not even reach the
quarter-finals.
Slot says
This fits the ?group of death?
clich�. Any of the four
could win it. Although
Montpellier are the
superstar show-ponies,
they have the smallest
crowds; the
intimidation factor
in the south of
France will be
nothing like
going to Dublin.
There is an
interesting
clash of
new Kiwi
coaches:
Dave
Rennie
at
Glasgow
Warriors and
Vern Cotter at
Montpellier. Rennie
has a more settled
outfit; Cotter has
more potential.
Exeter and Leinster
could upset them
Player to watch
Damian Penaud, right (Clermont)
Son of the former France No 10
Alain, the 21-year-old centre
scored a try on his
international debut
against South Africa
in the summer.
Did you know?
Owen Farrell, last season?s top
scorer (126 points) and EPCR
E
European
Player of the Year,
needs just four points to reach
600 in the Champions Cup;
only Ronan O?Gara (1,365),
Stephen Jones (869),
Dimitri Yachvili (661)
and Diego Dom韓guez
(645) have scored
more than the
m
Saracens
fly half.
Sa
How they?ll finish
1 Saracens, 2 Clermont,
3 Northampton, 4 Ospreys.
Fixtures
F
Sunday
Northampton v
S
Saracens;
Ospreys v Clermont.
S
Oct 21 Clermont v Northampton;
O
Saracens v Ospreys. Dec 9
S
Northampton v Ospreys. Dec 10
Saracens
v Clermont. Dec 17
S
Ospreys v Northampton; Clermont v
Saracens. Jan 12-14 Northampton
v Clermont; Ospreys v Saracens.
Ja 19-21 Clermont v Ospreys;
Jan
Saracens v Northampton.
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giants to claim hat-trick
MATTHEW IMPEY/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Saracens
celebrate
retaining
the trophy
last season
POOL FIVE
Benetton Treviso
Bath | Scarlets | Toulon
Slot says
Ah, the luxury of having the Italians in
your group. This means that two teams
will almost certainly go through. It also
means that Bath, who play Treviso at
home on Saturday, can withstand a
crisis at No 10 and probably still get by
unscathed. Scarlets should be the first
Welsh team in the quarter-finals since
2012. That said, Bath are potentially
very good and Toulon are the
traditional dysfunctional collection of
galacticos who, if they fancied it, could
win the whole thing.
Player to watch
Steff Evans, below (Scarlets)
Arguably the form winger in the Pro14.
Did you know
Bath have lost their past four pool
games ? they have never lost five in a
row at this stage.
How they?ll finish
1 Scarlets, 2 Toulon,
3 Bath, 4 Benetton Treviso.
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POOL FOUR
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Fixtures
Saturday Bath v Treviso.
Sunday Toulon v Scarlets.
Oct 20 Scarlets v Bath.
Oct 21 Treviso v Toulon.
Dec 9 Scarlets v
Treviso; Toulon v Bath.
Dec 16 Treviso v
Scarlets; Bath v
Toulon.
Jan 12-14 Bath v
Scarlets; Toulon
v Treviso.
Jan 19-21
Treviso v
Bath; Scarlets
v Toulon.
BOX?10
TM
Leinster | Montpellier Castres | Leicester | Munster | Racing 92
both. Montpellier and Leinster are
marginally more likely to go through
and Montpellier could win the whole
thing.
Player to watch
Scott Fardy, left (Leinster)
Australian forward has so much to give
but has only shown glimpses so far.
Did you know?
During last season?s pool stage,
Exeter averaged 19 minutes and 36
seconds in possession per game ? the
most of any club.
How they?ll finish
1 Montpellier, 2 Leinster,
3 Exeter Chiefs, 4 Glasgow.
Fixtures
Saturday Leinster v Montpellier; Exeter
v Glasgow. Oct 21 Glasgow v Leinster.
Oct 22 Montpellier v Exeter. Dec 8
Glasgow v Montpellier. Dec 10 Exeter v
Leinster. Dec 16 Montpellier v Glasgow;
Leinster v Exeter. Jan 12-14 Exeter v
Montpellier; Leinster v Glasgow.
Jan 19-21 Glasgow v Exeter;
Montpellier v Leinster.
Slot says
Is this a new concept, not the ?group of
death? but a ?pool of life?? All four
teams have struggled for consistency
this season and Castres have such an
appalling away record in Europe,
everyone must hope to draw them. So
there is an opportunity for one or two
of the others to spring to life:
probably Leicester or Munster.
Not one of these teams look
anything like potential winners,
but one of them is likely to get
a home quarter-final draw and
that would take them into the
spring, by which time their
fortunes may have been
transformed.
Player to watch
Pat Lambie, right
(Racing 92)
By gambling on the
last-minute signing
of a player who has
been so hampered
by concussions,
Racing have
acknowledged
that their answers
at No 10 are no longer being provided
by Dan Carter.
Did you know?
Racing 92 have won three of their past
four home games against Premiership
clubs, after losing their first four when
hosting English sides in the
competition.
How they?ll finish
1 Leicester, 2 Munster,
3 Racing 92, 4 Castres.
F
Fixtures
Saturday Racing 92 v Leicester.
Sunday Castres v Munster.
Oct 21 Leicester v Castres;
Munster v Racing 92.
Dec 9 Castres v Racing 92;
Munster v Leicester.
Dec 16 Racing 92 v
Castres.
Dec 17 Leicester v Munster.
Jan 12-14 Castres v
Leicester; Racing 92 v
Munster.
Jan 19-21 Leicester v
Racing 92; Munster v
C
Castres.
ROLL OF HONOUR
95-96 Toulouse 21 Cardiff 18 Cardiff Arms Park
96-97 Brive 28 Leicester Tigers 9
Cardiff Arms Park
97-98 Bath 19 Brive 18 Parc Lescure, Bordeaux
98-99 Ulster 21 Colomiers 6
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
99-00 Northampton Saints 9 Munster 8
Twickenham, London
00-01 Leicester Tigers 34 Stade Francais 30
Parc des Princes, Paris
01-02 Leicester Tigers 15 Munster 9
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
02-03 Toulouse 22 Perpignan 17
Lansdowne Road
03-04 Wasps 27 Toulouse 20 Twickenham
04-05 Toulouse 18 Stade Francais 12
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
05-06 Munster 23 Biarritz 19
Millennium Stadium
06-07 Wasps 25 Leicester Tigers 9 Twickenham
07-08 Munster 16 Toulouse 13
Millennium Stadium
08-09 Leinster 19 Leicester Tigers 16
Murrayfield
09-10 Toulouse 21 Biarritz 19
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
10-11 Leinster 33 Northampton Saints 22
Millennium Stadium
11-12 Leinster 42 Ulster 14 Twickenham
12-13 Toulon 16 Clermont 15
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
13-14 Toulon 23 Saracens 6
Millennium Stadium
14-15 Toulon 24 Clermont 18 Twickenham
15-16 Saracens 21 Racing 92 9
Parc Olympique, Lyons
16-17 Saracens 28 Clermont 17 Murrayfield
Injured Nowell
set to miss the
autumn Tests
Alex Lowe
Deputy Rugby Correspondent
England have been dealt another
injury blow before the November
internationals after Jack Nowell
suffered a smashed cheekbone that is
expected to require surgery.
The Exeter Chiefs wing could be out
of action for up to two months, joining
Billy Vunipola and Manu Tuilagi in the
treatment room as England prepare to
face Argentina, Australia and Samoa
on successive weekends next month.
Nowell?s absence hands a selection
quandary to Eddie Jones, the head
coach, who planned to rest Anthony
Watson for the whole autumn after his
exploits with the British & Irish Lions.
Elliot Daly also started all three Lions
Tests but was rested from the first fortnight of the season and could start on
one wing with Jonny May on the other,
though both prefer to play on the left.
The other options would be Marland
Yarde or Nathan Earle, with Semesa
Rokoduguni and Denny Solomona
appearing to be out of Jones?s thoughts.
?Jack has got a couple of fractures
around the top of his cheek and his eye
socket,? Rob Baxter, Exeter?s director of
rugby, said. ?At this stage, it is looking
likely he will require an operation to
settle it down. It looks as if it could be
six to eight weeks.
?Jack is frustrated as he has been
feeling good to go and wanted a couple
Nowell is expected
to require surgery
on his cheekbone
of good Champions Cup performances
to put him in the frame for England.?
There will be a strong England subplot in the front row when Saracens
open the defence of their European
Champions Cup title away to Northampton Saints on Sunday, with Jamie
George and Dylan Hartley locking
horns for the first time this season.
Hartley is the England captain but
George started all three Lions Tests and
has returned more confident in his
ability. The 26-year-old is ready to
stake his claim to be England?s starting
hooker by reproducing against Hartley
the form that helped the Lions defeat
New Zealand in Wellington.
?I?ve never wanted to be second
choice, but it?s the way that it has fallen,?
George said. ?I?ve developed hugely as
a player off the back of the tour. The
second Test in particular was one I was
proud of. That?s where I set my
standards. I?m fully aware where I need
to be emotionally and physically on
Sunday in order to be at my best.?
Northampton are expected to have
Tom Wood, the England flanker, available for the first time since the opening
game of the season, which they lost
heavily to Saracens at Twickenham.
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Six Nations sponsorship blow
the Six Nations, which recently signed
a six-year deal for coverage of the
tournament in the United States with
NBC. The organisers of the Premiership also had to concede defeat in
their attempts to find a replacement
for Aviva, which renewed on terms
thought to be 30 per cent lower for this
season.
When contacted by The Times
yesterday Feehan said that he had no
comment.
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Sport Rugby union
?I was so low I nearly quit after
five seasons of constant injuries?
H
Gloucester centre Henry Trinder is finally back in the England frame after a nightmare series of setbacks, Steve James reports
enry Trinder is keeping his feet
firmly on the ground. The recent
praise has been loud and
widespread, or so his parents tell
him, but the Gloucester centre has
suffered too harshly at the hands of rugby?s
vicissitudes to let himself become too excited.
Yes, it is one of the game?s great mysteries that
he has never won a full England cap (he played
in an uncapped match against the Barbarians in
2011), but talk of it now at the age of 28 after a
couple of stunning attacking performances is to
be treated with caution for a couple of very
good reasons.
First, Trinder could easily not be playing at
all now. When he suffered a second anterior
cruciate ligament (ACL) injury last year to
his right knee, after serious shoulder, jaw,
ankle, groin and hamstring injuries in the
past, it naturally took some time to commit
again to the same arduous recovery process
that had taken nine months after his first
ACL injury, in February 2015.
?It was a nightmare, a pretty low time,? he
says. ?There were definitely times when I
wondered whether I could go through it again.
The scan came back and it said that I had done
it again. I was devastated. I went home for a few
weeks and really had to weigh it all up because
it wasn?t just one injury I was coming back from.
It was four or five seasons of constant knocks
and it gets to you.?
Second, Trinder was not even in the
Gloucester side at the start of the season. If
Matt Scott and Andy Symons had been fit, he
might not be in the first XV now.
He was only a replacement for the Worcester
Warriors match last month in which he set up a
thrilling try for Billy Twelvetrees, prompting Sir
Clive Woodward, the former England head
coach, to say: ?If Beauden Barrett had conjured
such a try we would be hailing it as an example
of All Black brilliance,? and for Nick Mullins, the
television commentator, to comment that
Trinder was playing ?like Harry Potter?.
Trinder knew the No 13 shirt was going to be
?
The scan came back and it
said that I had done my ACL
again. I was devastated. It was
a very tough time mentally
no sinecure this season. ?Matt Scott was
phenomenal at the end of last season,? he says.
?He plays mainly at 12 for Scotland but he fits
everything the guys want here for a 13. I
assumed that I had a long way to go in terms of
being in the starting side.?
But Trinder is now benefiting from injury to
others rather than suffering from it. He started
against Northampton Saints last Saturday and
was comfortably man of the match, with two
tries and a host of other influential
contributions. All the hard work and
perseverance are paying off.
?The silver lining was that the second ACL
injury wasn?t as bad as the first one,? he says.
?When I first did it, my hamstring and IT
[iliotibial] band came off the bone as well. This
time it was just the ACL. You sit down with your
friends and family, my wife, and it was just a
case of, ?Do I give it one more crack??
?It was a very tough time to get myself up
mentally. But I decided that, ?You know what? I
want to finish my career and walk out on my
feet and be happy with it.? From there I got my
head down and just cracked on.?
There was help and motivation from his
team-mate Jonny May, the England wing now at
Most defenders beaten per 80min
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European Challenge Cup pools
6.9
Jack Nowell Exeter
Schalk Brits Saracens
Ben Tapuai Bath
Juan Pablo Socino Newcastle
Pool one
Bordeaux-B鑗les
Dragons
Enisei-STM (Russia)
Newcastle Falcons
6.7
5.6
5.6
Pool two
Cardiff Blues
Lyons
Sale Sharks
Toulouse
5.3
Pool three
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inside today
Owen Slot previews
all five Champions
Cup pools before
tomorrow?s kick-off
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Pool four
Edinburgh
Krasny Yar (Russia)
London Irish
Stade Fran鏰is
Pool five
Brive
Connacht
Oyonnax
Worcester Warriors
?The last five seasons I haven?t had a whole preseason,? he says. ?To get that ten to twelve
weeks of pure training and get the body robust
for everything that needs to be done in a game,
I am exactly where I wanted to be.
?After the first knee operation I came back
quite sluggish, I couldn?t really do what I wanted
to do. But now my sharpness is coming back.?
It certainly is. The step off the left foot, the
vision, the clever left boot, the balance and pace,
the surprising power and the classy outside arc
are all there, as Northampton?s Luther Burrell,
in particular, discovered last weekend.
Burrell is one of many players who have
benefited from England caps in Trinder?s place,
most notably Joel Tomkins, then of Saracens, in
the autumn internationals of 2013. He won
three caps that were surely destined to
be Trinder?s.
?I tore my hamstring at
Newcastle,? Trinder says. ?I was in
the squad. I would love to have
Pau v Gloucester
started. But unfortunately it was
Tonight, 7.45pm
injury again that put a full stop
Sky Sports Action
under that.?
and Main Event
He toured New Zealand in 2014
without being capped and is not
expecting a call any time soon despite all the
media talk. ?My mum and dad keep me up to
date on all that,? he says.
Remember that Joseph was not even in the
most recent England training squad that Eddie
Jones, the head coach, named last month. Ben
Te?o, Elliot Daly, Henry Slade and maybe even
Alex Lozowski will all fancy the No 13 shirt too.
?You look at that squad they have got now,?
Trinder says. ?They are very settled.
?As much as I would love to be in and
around that, in terms of throwing England
out there so soon, it is not really what I am
focused on. I just want to get in this
Gloucester squad. I know I need to keep
it simple and play well for Gloucester
before anything else.?
He is right. He is still a long way off
the England squad. He needs a run of
games and he could also do with
Gloucester being a lot more consistent.
There is still much to be done.
?I still feel there are some work-ons for
him to be even better,? Johan Ackermann,
Gloucester?s South African head coach,
says. ?His work off the ball, maybe he can
react a bit quicker and maybe anticipate
things better.?
But if Trinder continues as he is (he
will start from the bench in a muchchanged Gloucester side away to Pau
tonight in the
European
Challenge Cup),
Jones will have to
take notice
eventually.
And that would be
some story. Trinder
d
deserves some luck.
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Leicester Tigers after
leaving Gloucester in
the summer, who also
had a knee injury at the
same time.
?He was coming to the end of
his knee rehab and he was very
regimented in what he was doing, so I
was learning off him,? says the affable
Trinder.
And he admits to missing his great mate, May.
?Yeah, but we still talk most days,? he says. ?It
was obviously disappointing that he left. I
played with him for ten years and we have been
mates since college and uni.
?After that Worcester game he sent me a few
texts, mainly with the emojis of clapping hands.
He was just happy for me to be back where I
wanted to be.?
Trinder also had some good advice from the
sport of athletics. ?I have a friend called Jonas
Dodoo, who works with the GB runners and has
worked with guys like Dan Norton [the England
Sevens star] and Jonathan Joseph,? he says. ?He
sat me down and said, ?Write a diary. It can be
absolute rubbish, nobody else needs to see it.?
I?m sure my spelling and grammar were
horrendous. He told me that when I reached a
low point I should read through it. He told me
that I would be able to see that I was making
improvements.
?The last time I looked at it was about
halfway through pre-season. I read the first few
pages and it made me proud of the work I?d
done. I don?t know where it is now ? I think it
is at the bottom of one of my drawers ? but
that is because I am moving house in Gloucester
at the moment.?
That pre-season period was vital, though.
Gloucester
Pau
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Football Sport
Know the offside rule well? Try this
Sam Joiner
Y
ou can guarantee that
officials running the line
up and down the country
this weekend will face the
same complaints. ?That
was a mile off ?; ?You?re blind, lino?;
?How can you give that offside??
It looks easy enough in the stands
or from the sofa, and that is before
slow-motion replays from countless
angles allow pundits to dissect
every decision. But when you are
making a big call in a split second
on the touchline, it is a very
different story. And from today, you
can find out just how tough it is.
The Professional Game Match
Officials Limited (PGMOL) is the
group of 45 referees and assistants
selected to officiate all Premier
League matches. They meet once a
fortnight at St George?s Park,
England?s national football centre,
to undergo a rigorous day of
training.
The Times was invited to film a
training session, as assistant
referees rehearsed countless
scenarios in which the offside rule
can crop up, to shed light on how
difficult it is to make the right call.
The videos form part of our Could
you be an assistant referee? game,
launched online today to highlight
the difficulty of the task faced by an
assistant referee. Readers are asked
to judge the exact same drills used
by Premier League officials to see if
they can correctly call offside.
When we film, the 27 assistant
referees are split into two groups,
with the first taking up a position
on the touchline while a group of
footballers from Nuneaton Town?s
academy play attack versus defence,
replicating various match-day
scenarios: handballs, offsides, fouls
and penalties. The second group of
assistants focus solely on offside
decisions, and that is where our
interest lies.
Numerous scenarios are created,
with chipped balls over the top, free
kicks whipped in and varying
numbers of players introduced to
increase the difficulty level and
keep the assistants on their toes.
Each assistant takes it in turns to
flag a decision before instantly
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decide if a player is
onside or offside from
the videos you are
shown.
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You are then shown
if you are right or
wrong, with help
from Mike Mullarkey,
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watching it back with Mike
Mullarkey, the head of assistant
referees, who devises the training
programme for PGMOL.
We record all the drills as they
take place ? our cameraman
puffing up and down the line as he
attempts to keep up with play ?
while Mullarkey, who was an
assistant to Howard Webb in the
2010 World Cup final, asks whether
we think each call is on or offside.
Our early confidence quickly
disappears; reviewing our decisions
on tape, not only have we got
almost all of them wrong, but
Mullarkey and his team have got
them all right.
Most surprising is how difficult it
is to concentrate on both the
attacker making a run and the one
playing the pass, right up until the
ball has been kicked.
?You have to learn to trust your
training,? explains Mullarkey, as he
outlines the lessons drilled into
assistants to help ensure they make
the right decisions.
?The hardest scenarios to call are
crossovers ? when the defender is
stepping out and the attacker is
running past at speed.
?The attacker?s momentum will
often take them a yard or two
ahead of play seconds after the ball
has been kicked, meaning they
appear offside when they are not.
?To correctly call these decisions
you need to take the play back a
frame or two; if a player looks just
offside, he is probably on.?
This leads on to the nightmare for
most assistant referees: the curse of
the trailing leg.
?If a defender is running out,
their trailing leg needs to be taken
into consideration,? Mullarkey says.
?Anybody who is running will
naturally have one leg in front of
the other and the extra half-metre
this provides is very often what
plays everyone onside.?
It is an impressive setup, all the
more so on learning that it was
only at the start of last season that
the 27 assistant referees who
officiate in the Premier League
became full-time match officials.
There are no excuses from the
assistants, however. Decisions are
scrutinised, mistakes are
highlighted and there is a
refreshing desire to take
responsibility.
The most frustrating criticism is
not for getting a decision wrong ?
?we are our own biggest critics? ?
but when pundits say an assistant
has been ?lucky? when getting a
call just right.
?That?s not luck, that is years of
training?, explains Simon Beck,
assistant to Mark Clattenburg
before the former Premier League
referee took up a role as head of
refereeing for the Saudi Arabian
Football Federation.
?Having more than one attacker
involved in a move makes things a
lot more complicated. The skill of
the assistant is to track the
positioning of all players for as long
as possible ? both defenders and
attackers ? to understand who
could be in an offside position at
any given moment. Not getting
fixated on one player is the key to
getting those tight calls right.?
Assistants are also taught to keep
their heads still, which might
explain their upright running styles.
?If you just move your eyes, you
can refocus on a different player a
lot quicker when a pass is played,?
Mullarkey says. ?This helps you
track the positioning of both the
defenders and attackers for as long
as possible.
?You can?t afford to get fixated on
just one player ? you never know
who will receive the ball.?
Good advice. Now you can give it
a try yourself.
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What if Mourinho
had been put in
charge at Anfield?
Paul Joyce
Northern Football Correspondent
If for only a moment, let us indulge in a
spot of fantasy football. Only this is not
about switching Romelu Lukaku into
Liverpool?s line-up to cure their profligacy, or drafting Mohamed Salah into
Manchester United?s team to add pace.
Instead, turn to the dugouts and swap
Jos� Mourinho for J黵gen Klopp and
imagine, however unpalatable a prospect it might be for many, that the
former has just passed his second anniversary in charge at Anfield.
So would Simon Mignolet start on
Saturday when the bitter foes renew
hostilities at Anfield? No, Mourinho
demoted him at the end of his first
season. Is Dejan Lovren at the heart of
Liverpool?s defence? In recent weeks he
has been on the substitutes? bench
having slid down the pecking order
after the arrival of reinforcements.
What about Jordan Henderson? Yes,
he?s in the team but alongside the
specialist No 6 recruited in the
summer. Roberto Firmino? He has
been displaced by the No 9 brought in
to guarantee 20 goals.
All hypothetical, of course.
During decades of enmity Liverpool
and Manchester United always had
more in common than they would like
to admit, but at the top they are very
different these days. Both in managerial outlook, which pits a long-term
vision against a demand for more
immediate success, and how those
A-listers in the managerial chair operate under their respective American
ownership regimes.
Mourinho?s body of work suggests
that he would have overhauled
Liverpool had he had the chance, the
focus being on ripping up, and then
replacing, the spine of the team.
When he started at Chelsea, he
recruited Ricardo Carvalho and Didier
Drogba (Petr Cech?s arrival had been
rubber-stamped on Claudio Ranieri?s
watch) and, having regained his bearings for the first year of his second spell,
brought back Thibaut Courtois from
his loan spell at Atletico Madrid and
recruited Cesc F郻regas and Diego
Costa.
In Mourinho?s first year at United he
signed Eric Bailly in defence, Paul
Pogba in midfield and Zlatan
Ibrahimovic in attack. He can count
himself fortunate that he inherited
David De Gea in goal. His second year
has been about improving that spine.
Nemanja Matic has strengthened the
midfield while liberating Pogba, and
the signing of Lukaku has turned the
draws that hampered last season?s
league campaign into victories.
Problems are identified and solutions
pursued, usually at great expense given
Mourinho has spent more then
�6 million at United (recouping
� million) on seven players (and one
of those was free). It helps that there is
an open chequebook from the Glazers,
but the payback is that in 14 months at
Old Trafford they have won two
trophies and look like being challengers
for honours again.
The speed of change at Liverpool is
less frenzied, even though there was
more ground to make up. There should
be a nod to the progress that Klopp has
made but also an acknowledgement
that increased impetus must follow.
It is mid-October, but Saturday?s
game already feels like one Liverpool
must not lose. The absence of the
injured Sadio Man� will not help.
The same names will form their
spine. Henderson has been redeployed
as a midfield anchor, while there is no
doubt that Firmino has improved
under Klopp. Should United prevail,
and move ten points clear of their rivals,
then the evolution of the club will come
under scrutiny again.
Klopp?s loyalty is not an issue so long
as it is not misplaced. The fact that he
identified Southampton?s Virgil van
Dijk to strengthen his porous back line
and wanted Naby Ke飔a, of RB Leipzig,
to strengthen his engine room indicates
that his trademark glasses are not
Managers? spending gap
Klopp buys
Marko Grujic Red Star Belgrade �1m
Jo雔 Matip Schalke, free
Loris Karius Mainz, �7m
Sadio Man� Southampton, �m
Ragnar Klavan Augsburg, �2m
Alex Manninger Augsburg, free
Georginio Wijnaldum
Newcastle, �m
Dominic Solanke Chelsea, tribunal
Mohamed Salah Roma, �.9m
Andrew Robertson Hull, �
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Arsenal, �m
Total: �8.9 million
Mourinho buys
Eric Bailly Villarreal, �m
Paul Pogba Juventus, �m
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Borussia Dortmund, �m
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Paris Saint-Germain, free
Romelu Lukaku Everton, �m
Nemanja Matic Chelsea, �m
Victor Lindelof Benfica, �m
Total: �6 million
solely rose-tinted. It is not his fault that
Liverpool, having moved away from
shopping for elite players, found trying
to return to that market place this summer frustrating as Southampton stood
firm on Van Dijk and Leipzig only
relented on Ke飔a joining next season.
Yet rewind to Klopp?s first match
in charge, the goalless draw away to
Tottenham Hotspur, and his comments
about not requiring ?magic dust? to
transform the club continue to strike a
chord even if Liverpool have lost just
two of their past 18 league games.
The second anniversary of Klopp?s
appointment as Brendan Rodgers?s
successor fell last Sunday, while it is
seven years next Tuesday since Fenway
Sports Group (FSG) watched Liverpool
for the first time as owners of the club.
Liverpool, under Roy Hodgson?s
management, lost 2-0 to Everton at
Goodison Park and since then there
has been one trophy (the League Cup in
2012), two Champions League cam-
A
paigns and four near-misses (the FA
Cup final in 2012, the league in 2014,
the League Cup and Europa Leaguee
ds
finals in 2016). The itch needs
scratching again.
The prospect of Mourinho being in
charge of Liverpool under FSG is a
non-starter, of course, because it
n
prefers a model that is rooted in
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developing potential even though
seeking to spend this summer. It is
ot
an admirable outlook, but not
n
necessarily practical in this modern
at
age when Chelsea have shown that
instability can succeed.
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d,
been in Klopp?s position at Anfield,
said recently that cash is now kingg
and even then two or three rivalss
might also need to implode for thee
reward to be reaped.
But doubts remain as to whetherr
Klopp could, for example, havee
bought Matic on grounds of age ass
much as cost ? he is 29 but costt
� million ? and, to some extent,,
it can always feel like Liverpool aree
making life more difficult for them-selves.
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Mourinho (�9 million) havingg
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been in situ longer and recouped
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almost three times as much
(�6million) through outgoings.
Mourinho?s way may not bee
a?s
enough to beat off Pep Guardiola?s
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Manchester City, who are also big
olspenders, and is certainly not foolproof. Salah will line up against the
lsea
manager who brought him to Chelsea
nder
in a rush by pinching him from under
Liverpool?s noses in January 2014, only
to dump him almost as quickly. The
how
Egypt forward will be anxious to show
his true threat.
Mourinho?s glistening CV is not
n he
blemish free. It cannot be when
failed to spot, or warm to, Kevin De
Bruyne?s rich potential, allowing the
idge
Belgian to leave Stamford Bridge
es of
having afforded him just 132 minutes
Premier League action. Judgment was
eed,
too hasty on that occasion. Indeed,
ited,
since Mourinho took charge of United,
he has earned the same numberr of
pool
league points as Klopp (88). Liverpool
have scored 16 more goals (91 versuss 75)
1).
but conceded 23 more (54 versus 31).
Still, the story is well known of how
nho
on Tuesday, March 9, 2004, Mourinho
fore
was ensconced in Manchester before
his Porto side?s Champions League last
16, second leg match with United. Att the
other end of the M62 an agent who
alks
represented Mourinho had held talks
hief
with Rick Parry, then the chief
ntial
executive of Liverpool, about potential
ting
signings before finishing the meeting
d be
by indicating that his client would
llier
interested in replacing G閞ard Houllier
that summer.
Liverpool took exception to the
manner of the approach, especiallyy as
eetHoullier had earlier been at the meethen,
ing before heading elsewhere. When,
usly
later that night, Mourinho famously
uchsprinted along the Old Trafford touchline in celebration at his team?s lastgasp progress, the view hardened that
his antics did not make him the rightt fit.
All things considered, he is even less
so now.
How two
managers
are neck
and neck
88
25
91
54
Points
Games won
Goals
Conceded
Klopp
But rivals City?s
Players will return weary after the
City, whose stars travelled at least
Total distance travelled
by team
Man City (14 players)
Liverpool (15)
Man Utd (14)
Arsenal (11)
Chelsea (14)
Spurs (14)
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They go up against each
other on Saturday with
Manchester United seven
points clear of Liverpool. But
J黵gen Klopp and Jos�
Mourinho?s league records
since the Portuguese
manager arrived at Old
Trafford are strikingly similar.
Both have accumulated 88
points, but United clearly
have the momentum going
into the weekend.
If you dig a little deeper,
you see that Liverpool have
scored more goals in that
time but United have
conceded fewer.
88
24
75
31
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to
return to training next month, raising
hopes that the Manchester United
striker will be available for selection
before the end of the year.
Ibrahimovic, 36, has impressed
United?s medical staff with the speed of
his recovery from the serious injury to
his right knee that he suffered in the
Europa League quarter-final second
leg against Anderlecht in April.
After rupturing his anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments it was feared
that Ibrahimovic would have to retire,
but after a successful operation the
Swede has come through the initial
stages of his recovery. He has been
Mourinho
Walters to miss play-off
Oldham talk to Scholes
Jonathan Walters looks set to miss
Ireland?s World Cup qualifying playoff games because of a knee injury.
The 34-year-old Burnley forward,
who has played no part in his club?s
past two Premier League matches,
was forced to sit out Ireland?s
qualifiers against Moldova and Wales
and is not expected to have recovered
in time for the play-off, both legs of
which will take place between
November 9 and 14.
Paul Scholes has been interviewed for
the vacant manager?s job at Oldham
Athletic, his boyhood club.
Scholes, 42, supported Oldham as a
youngster and is being considered as
a replacement for John Sheridan, who
was sacked last month after winning
only one of their first nine games in
Sky Bet League One.
Sheridan left Oldham at the foot of
the table but they have risen to 19th
under the temporary management of
Richie Wellens, their former
midfielder, who wants the permanent
job. The club will decide whether to
appoint him or Scholes in the next
couple of days. Last week Clarence
Seedorf, the former AC Milan
midfielder, ruled himself out of the
running, after talks with the board.
Since hanging up his boots in 2013,
Scholes has worked as a pundit for
BT Sport. He also part-owns Salford
City along with his former United
team-mates Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville,
Phil Neville and Nicky Butt.
England U-17 reach last 16
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Coutinho was keen
on a move to Spain
undertaking his rehabilitation in the
United States and the gym at the exclusive Thirty Nine sports club in Monte
Carlo, where membership costs �400
a year. He has also made fleeting visits
to Carrington, United?s training base.
Ibrahimovic is expected to begin
training full-time at Carrington at the
start of next month. He will be slowly
integrated back into full training,
working with United?s physios and his
personal trainer, Dario Fort.
Jos� Mourinho, the United manager,
had feared that he would be without
Ibrahimovic until January, but it is
understood that the striker could
return to action in the middle of
December. Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals
during his maiden season at the club.
Paul Hirst
Goals
international break, especially those from Manchester
h of their big-six rivals?.
30,000 miles further than each
Coutinho missed the start of the
season, citing a back injury. He has
since returned to J黵gen Klopp?s first
team and scored spectacular goals in
each of his past three appearances.
?What happened was a job offer and,
in life, sometimes you get interested,
sometimes you don?t. And, in my case,
everyone knows that I got interested,
my family too,? Coutinho said last
month.
?It is great to receive an offer from
such a great club like that. But it is also
a great honour being here. I?m here and
I will give my best as always.?
Chelsea, meanwhile, face a wait of
several months before discovering
how much Liverpool will be
ordered to pay them for Dominic
Solanke. The clubs have
been unable to agree a compensation figure for the
20-year-old
striker,
who
moved
to
Anfield in the summer after his contract expired at
Stamford Bridge. The impasse
raises the prospect of an independent tribunal being called
b
by the Premier League.
Liverpool have valued him at
about �million, while Chelsea
are thought to want more than
�million.
Solanke has made six senior
appearances so far for Klopp?s
team.
Ibrahimovic nearing return
Games won
players have travelled
avelled most
Paul Joyce
Liverpool are braced for another battle
with Barcelona over Philippe Coutinho
after the Catalan club served notice of
their intention to bid for the player in
January.
Oscar Grau, Barcelona?s chief executive, claimed at a press conference yesterday that the club would resurrect
their interest in the Brazil playmaker.
But he suggested that players would
have to leave the Nou Camp to clear the
decks for planned arrivals ? despite
the �9 million banked from Neymar?s
move to Paris Saint-Germain in August.
Liverpool fended off Barcelona?s
pursuit of Coutinho in the summer,
rejecting a transfer request from
the 25-year-old and
bids of � million,
�.3 million and
�8 million.
?We are ready to
buy Coutinho in
the winter market, or any player
the technical staff request,?
Grau said. ?But it is important
to adjust ourselves, so if there
are to be arrivals, there must
be exits as well. We must forget
about the price paid for Neymar.
After taxes we received about
? 188 million [about �0 million] in
income and a direct financial impact
on the club?s treasury of ?144 million.?
Liverpool will be angered by the latest comments, having previously written to Barcelona urging them to stop
trying to unsettle the player.
Points
Conceded
Barcelona ready to renew
their pursuit of Coutinho
England are through to the last 16 of
the Under-17 World Cup in India after
a 3-2 win against Mexico in Calcutta.
A 25-yard free kick by Liverpool?s
Rhian Brewster and further goals
from Manchester City?s Phil Foden
and Borussia Dortmund?s Jadon
Sancho put England 3-0 ahead, and
despite two goals from Diego Lainez
in reply, they held on to reach the
knockout stage with a game to spare.
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How American
dream has turned
into a nightmare
The US team?s failure to
qualify shines a light
on their system?s
problems, writes
Gabriele Marcotti
This may be remembered as the darkest
day in the history of the United States?
Men?s National Team (or USMNT, as
they like to acronymise it). Without
question, there have been worse
performances ? such as in 1954, when
they lost every game in qualifying ?
but you suspect that this time it hurts
more, not least because for the past
quarter of a century, vast sums have
been spent on trying to turn the
country into a ?football nation? and a
viable World Cup contender.
In some ways, they have achieved the
former, but the latter feels as far away as
ever and won?t even be up for discussion
for another four years.
And that, simply put, is a major blow
for a nation that appears to have so
many advantages in its region.
Concacaf depends financially on the
US and Mexico. The United States are
far wealthier than anybody else in the
region; they have the second-strongest
league; they have the second-highest
number of professional footballers ?
actually, they have roughly as many as
Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Costa
Rica and Honduras combined; and all
they needed to do to avoid crashing out
was not finish last or second-last in the
qualifying tournament known as the
?Hex? (so-called because it features a
?hexagonal? of six teams).
Yet somehow, despite all this, they
contrived to win just three of ten games,
even though half their opponents are
not even ranked in Fifa?s top 50. They
failed despite the safety nets that the
Concacaf qualification process offers:
the system is so generous that ultimately, even having won only 12 out of a
possible 30 points, the US missed out
because of a Panama victory over Costa
Rica that hinged on a ?ghost goal? that
ought to have been disallowed.
The team?s qualification run in the
Hex began with consecutive defeats ?
at home to Mexico (1-2) and away to
Costa Rica (0-4) ? which cost J黵gen
Klinsmann his job. The former
Germany coach had earned plaudits
for taking the US out of a difficult group
Not missed World Cup since . . .
Brazil Always played
Germany/West Germany 1950
Italy 1958
Argentina 1970
Spain 1974
South Korea 1982
Mexico 1990
England 1994
France 1994
Japan 1994
Portugal 1998
Australia 2002
Ivory Coast 2002
Switzerland 2002
Greece 2006
Honduras 2006
Nigeria 2006
Uruguay 2006
stage at the 2014 World Cup and only
exiting to Belgium after extra time in
the round of 16.
But Klinsmann had also irked some
figures in the US establishment by
not taking Landon Donovan, the
international team?s all-time leading
goalscorer, to Brazil and pointing out
that American players might be best
served playing in Europe rather than
Major League Soccer (MLS).
The United States Soccer Federation
recalled veteran coach Bruce Arena,
who had led the side at the 2002 and
2006 World Cups ? reaching the quarter-finals at the former. He remained
on track to right the ship until September, when the US lost at home to Costa
Rica and then could only draw in
Honduras.
Still, they controlled their own destiny, particularly after a 4-0 thumping of
Panama last week. A draw in Trinidad
would have sufficed but they fell to a 2-1
defeat to the group?s bottom team. And,
with it, crumbled years of planning and
investment.
Football may not be as mainstream a
sport as basketball or American football but, in recent years, it has entered
the national consciousness during
every World Cup and fitted comfortably into popular culture.
The economic interests are huge.
The most expensive World Cup TV
rights in the world are, by some margin,
the US Spanish-language rights, which
for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments are
worth $ 600million (about �4 million). The second most expensive are
How to waste time . . .
O
ne Panama
substitute
took killing
time to a new level
in their historic 2-1
win at home to
Costa Rica.
With the away
side pushing for an
equaliser that would
deny Panama a
place at their first
World Cup, the
unused substitute
Jos� Gonz醠ez,
circled, sprinted
along the touchline
to hoof the ball away
just as Costa Rica?s
Jos� Salvatierra was
set to take a 90thminute throw in.
Gonz醠ez was shown
a (worthwhile)
yellow card.
Panama declared
a national holiday
after their victory.
the US English language rights at
$400 million, a three-fold increase,
while the Spanish rights had an uptick
of some 80 per cent over the previous
deal when they were awarded in 2010
for the 2010 and 2014 tournaments.
Millions will still tune in to see the top
players in the world of course, just as
they do to watch foreign domestic
leagues and the Champions League.
But the blow of not having the US
present at the World Cup for the first
time since 1986 is sure to be felt.
Within the smaller ? but still significant, in a country of 330 million ? football community, the impact is sure to be
felt as well. Klinsmann?s words will no
doubt boomerang back to reignite the
debate over MLS and whether it is the
right vehicle to incubate talent.
Seventeen of the players in Arena?s
23-man squad for the recent matches
play in MLS, many of them having
returned home after stints in Europe,
and it is not lost on anyone that the
team?s brightest young talent, Christian
Pulisic, has been at Borussia Dortmund
since the age of 16.
Others point to the country?s youth
development and the ?pay-to-play?
culture. Academies are relatively few
and far between, a problem compounded by the country?s size, meaning many
youngsters often are stuck in ?pay-toplay? programmes, which leave a lot to
be desired in terms of competitiveness
and development.
There are some critics who still turn
to MLS. When the league launched in
1996, it was supposed to propel the US
national team to the next level. Then,
they were ranked No 18 in the world: today, they are No 28. What?s more, in the
past decade, they have added ten teams
and some respected voices, such as
former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol,
who coached the New England Revolution for nine years, feel it has diluted
quality as well.
MLS?s ?closed league? status ? there
is no promotion and relegation ? also
gets blamed. Clubs further down the
pyramid have little incentive to invest,
as do some MLS teams, since they know
that however poor they are this season,
there is always next year.
All these arguments have some
merit. Figuring out which ones to act
upon, and how, will be paramount to
ensuring the dream of turning the US
into a football power has merely driven
over a bump in the road, rather than
straight into the ditch.
A convenient draw
Martyn Ziegler Chief Sports Reporter
I
t has been dubbed the ?Lima
Pact? but Radamel Falcao has
insisted that his Colombia team
and opponents Peru fought to
the bitter end of the 1-1 draw
that suited both sides? World Cup
qualification hopes.
Falcao was caught on camera
speaking to opposition players
towards the end of the qualifier in
Lima and covering his mouth with
his hand, apparently to prevent any
observers from lip-reading.
Several South American media
outlets have published photos of the
moment, referring to it as the
?Lima Pact?. With the score at 1-1
and other results going in their
favour, Colombia were set to qualify
automatically for the finals in
Russia while Peru were heading for
a play-off against New Zealand. In
the latter stages, both sides played
possession football without showing
any desire to attack.
Falcao, the former Chelsea and
Manchester United striker who
plays for Monaco, was asked by
Colombian media what he had said
to Peru?s captain, Paolo Guerrero.
He responded: ?We knew what was
happening in the other matches, we
were playing with [the knowledge
of] the other results and in that
moment [I tried] to transmit that [to
Peru]. But I think Peru has been a
worthy rival, they fought for 90
minutes just like us. The match was
very tight. We suffered a lot but in
the end we did it.?
Peru?s Renato Tapia admitted
discussing World Cup qualification
with Falcao, Colombia?s captain,
during the match on Tuesday but
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Magical Messi earns
unanimous love of his
countrymen ? at last
Carlos Guilherme Ferreira
Buenos Aires
Everyone?s a
winner: Ospina
and Falcao
celebrated their
side?s World Cup
qualification, but
the striker?s chats
with Peru players,
left, and Ospina?s
error from the
free kick that sent
Peru into a playoff, right, both
provoked debate
but Falcao denies claim of ?pact?
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Uruguay (Q)
Argentina (Q)
Colombia (Q)
Peru
Chile
Paraguay
Ecuador
Bolivia
Venezuela
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denied making a pact. Nolberto
Solano, the former Newcastle
United winger who is on Peru?s
coaching staff, also dismissed any
notion of an agreement between the
teams. ?We needed to win, them
too. What pact? That?s speculation,?
he said. ?Obviously, at the end, we
knew what the other results were
and you tell yourself, ?Calm it down
a bit, we mustn?t take any risks.? ?
In another twist, Peru?s equaliser
came when David Ospina, the
Colombia goalkeeper, tried to keep
out an indirect free kick by
Guerrero but only succeeded in
helping the ball into the net. Had he
simply watched the shot go in and
not touched the ball, the goal would
not have stood, and Alexis S醤chez,
Ospina?s Arsenal team-mate, might
have been going to Russia with
Chile at Peru?s expense.
The most famous contrived result
came at the 1982 World Cup in
Spain, where West Germany and
Austria played out a tame 1-0 win
for the Germans, sending both
nations through to the next round
at the expense of Algeria.
Fifa did not respond when asked
if it was looking into the Lima
match, nor the controversy over
Panama?s ?phantom goal? in their
2-1 win over Costa Rica. The ball
did not cross the line but a goal was
given and Panama went on to
qualify instead of the United States.
There have been suggestions that
the US could launch a complaint
similar to Ireland?s after they were
denied a place at the World Cup in
2010, when Thierry Henry handled
the ball in the lead-up to William
Gallas?s decisive goal in the play-off.
Fifa did not overturn the result but
agreed to pay the FA of Ireland
?5 million compensation.
It is the first time since 1986 that
the US has failed to qualify and is a
blow to Fifa, which is set to award
the 2026 World Cup jointly to the
United States, Mexico and Canada.
Lionel Messi is used to carrying the
hopes of a nation on his shoulders and
on Tuesday night he delivered, a
hat-trick in Argentina?s final qualifying
match ensuring that they did not miss
out on the World Cup finals for the first
time since 1970.
After successive home draws, Jorge
Sampaoli?s side went with some
trepidation to the Atahualpa Stadium
knowing that they needed to beat
Ecuador at altitude ? 2,800 metres
above sea level to be precise ? only to
fall behind in the first minute. But then
Messi, who briefly retired from the
national side last year, took over,
scoring three times to secure victory
and a place in Russia next summer.
A video posted on Instagram by
Nicol醩 Otamendi, the Manchester
City defender, showed how much the
achievement meant in the Argentina
dressing room as players chanted and
leapt in celebration. ?Hay que alentar la
Selecci髇?, they sang ? which translates roughly as ?you must support the
national team?.
Tuesday?s match could have been a
historic humiliation, a breaking point
in Messi?s love-hate relationship with
Argentina fans. But in Buenos Aires
fans woke up on a cloudy morning
relieved, with some still partying in the
streets and around the iconic Obelisco
monument in the city, specially lit up in
white and blue.
Even the start of a U2 concert in La
Plata had been delayed to let fans watch
the match on four giant screens inside
the stadium. The band started at
10.20pm, more than an hour later than
scheduled.
Ariel Palacios, a Buenos Aires TV
journalist, had described the situation
before the match as ?panic?. Afterwards
he claimed that Messi had now
overtaken even Diego Maradona in
Argentinian hearts. ?As Churchill evacuated the army in Dunkirk, Messi saved
Argentina from missing the World
Cup?, Palacios said.
According to Diario Ol�, the influential daily sports newspaper, ?Messi
looks like an almighty God for all his
people?. The front page simply said that
?Messi is Argentine?.
Messi broke a bational media boycott
to say: ?We had to qualify. [It was] Yes or
yes.? He was right. A team with 羘gel
Di Mar韆, Sergio Ag黣ro and Messi are
always seen as favourites, but they have
failed to win a senior tournament since
the 1993 Copa Am閞ica. They were runners-up in the 2014 World Cup, beaten
by Germany after extra time, and losing
finalists in the Copa Am閞ica in 2015
and 2016, defeated by Chile on penalties both times. That deeply wounded
the fans, who have always judged Messi
as guilty for failing to lift a trophy; the
forward was labelled ?pecho frio? ?
coldhearted, a man who does not appear to
care for what he is doing.
Now Messi vented all his frustration
regarding such criticism, saying that
?we didn?t deserve it. What happened in
the last World Cup and two Copas
Am閞ica was unfair. Due to merit, we
deserved to win those three finals.?
He continued: ?We deserve to be
there [in Russia] after what we have
gone through during qualifying. We did
not deserve to miss out and our place at
the tournament is merited. It isn?t
easy to play here with the unique
conditions [the high altitude in Quito]
but fortunately for us everything went
perfectly. It was important that everything went well and when everybody is
together in the same direction, it is a lot
easier for us.?
XI not going to Russia
4-3-2-1
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Slovenia
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D Alaba
Ecuador
Austria
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G Medel
Holland
Chile
M Pjanic
A Vidal
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Chile
Holland
G Bale
A S醤chez
Wales
Chile
P Aubameyang
Gabon
Sampaoli, the Argentina coach, said:
?Today Argentina took a great step forward. I hope that with the time we?ll
have to prepare, we can be competitive
[in Russia] like we were today.?
However, he warned: ?We?ve got to
fix it so not everything depends on
Messi.?
Argentina?s triumph was not so well
received in Brazil, whose 3-0 win over
Chile made Argentina?s task a little
easier. Brazil fans attending their tie
celebrated Ecuador?s early goal, while a
pub in Sao Paulo had offered 50 free
pints if Argentina missed out.
Brazil and Argentina share the
biggest rivalry in South America, but at
least the Brazilians may remember
that, for a single night, all of Argentina
supported the Sele玢o.
6 Carlos Guilherme Ferreira is a
journalist in Argentina for Padrinho
Ag阯cia de Conte鷇o
A tough group awaits England
If the teams who are expected to qualify make it through, the pots
for the World Cup draw on December 1 are likely to look like this.
Pot 1
Russia
Germany
Brazil
Portugal
Argentina
Belgium
Poland
France
Pot 2
Spain
Peru
Switzerland
England
Colombia
Italy
Mexico
Uruguay
Pot 3
Croatia
Denmark
Costa Rica
Iceland
Tunisia
Egypt
Senegal
Iran
Pot 4
Serbia
Nigeria
Australia
Japan
Morocco
Panama
South Korea
Saudi Arabia
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Falcao?s whisper
and the 1-1 draw
that got the
world talking
Martyn Ziegler Chief Sports Reporter
British Swimming has apologised to
athletes after an investigation revealed
that its award-winning former
Paralympic coach had presided over a
?climate of fear? and used derogatory
terms about para-swimmers.
Rob Greenwood, who left British
Swimming this year, was named UK
high performance coach of the year
after Britain won 47 swimming medals
at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de
Janeiro. Complaints about his conduct
were made to the governing body after
the Games, and the results of an
independent investigation have been
published which confirm their validity.
It is the latest in a series of ?duty of
care? scandals to have rocked British
elite sport, including evidence of sexism and bullying in cycling, racism and
Former Chelsea and Manchester
United star denies hatching pact
with Peru to secure qualification
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the Colombian
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opponent
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exclusive
Mark Souster
Organisers of the Six Nations
Championship have been forced into
an embarrassing climbdown by having
to negotiate a sponsorship deal worth
�million a year less than they were
initially offered after their approach to
150 companies for a �0 million agreement over six years drew a blank.
The Times understands that the
organisers rejected a �-million-ayear offer from the Royal Bank of
Scotland (RBS), which has sponsored
the tournament for the past 14 years, in
the belief that they could strike a more
lucrative deal elsewhere. However, a
year of negotiations with potential
top-line sponsors have proved fruitless
and the Six Nations has had little
choice but to go back to the bank and
try to secure a deal.
As the only player left in the market,
RBS has played hardball and when
negotiations reopened it initially
offered �million a year. That figure is
understood to have now risen to about
� million. The organisers? hopes of
securing a last-minute alternative
sponsor appear unlikely.
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early hours of Monday, September 25
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? Tour of Monreale Cathedral
? Visit to Siracusa ? one of the
Ancient Greek empire?s richest
cities and home of Archimedes
? Visit to Palermo, Sicily?s
capital, with its gorgeous
medieval and baroque centre
? Visit to stunning Taormina one of Italy?s most beautiful
and stylish hilltop villages
DAY ONE - ARRIVAL IN SICILY ? Flight
and transfer to your hotel in Agrigento.
fascinating insight into the lifestyle of
the empire?s elite.
DAY TWO - AGRIGENTO ? Visit the
UNESCO World Heritage Site, the
Valley of the Temples, and enjoy a
guided tour and visit to the fascinating
on-site museum. We then stroll around
Agrigento.
DAY FIVE - FREE DAY, TAORMINA ? A
free day to explore at your leisure.
DAY THREE - PALERMO - Take in the
rugged landscape of Sicily?s north
coast and visit the 12th-century
Benedictine Abbey in Monreale.
Palermo itself is a joy to explore ? a
bustling, vibrant city rich in history and
architectural splendour, including the
Norman Palace.
DAY FOUR - PIAZZA ARMERINA This small town boasts an amazing
archaeological treasure: a huge
4th-century Roman villa that gives a
? Guided tour of Piazza
Armerina?s Roman villa,
remarkably preserved with
stunning frescoes and ancient
mosaics
DAY SIX - SIRACUSA - Discover why
this ancient city, home of Archimedes,
once rivalled Athens as you wonder at
the exquisite baroque cathedral and
Bosco Palace; explore the old port
area, where small fishing boats unload
their daily catch; and visit the old town
at the edge of the city, Ortygia.
DAY SEVEN - ETNA - Europe?s highest
volcano dominates eastern Sicily.
We drive as near as possible to the
snowcapped summit, where the views
are incomparable.
DAY EIGHT - RETURN FLIGHT Transfer and flight home.
? Visit to Mount Etna ? Europe?s
largest active volcano
? The services of an experienced
tour manager
? Return flight from a selection
of airports
Airport
Dublin
Gatwick
Luton
Manchester
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Price from per person
�9
�9
�9
�9
? Seven nights? in four-star
accommodation, including all
local taxes, with breakfast and
dinner
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HIDDEN ITALY: PADOVA, VICENZA AND MANTOVA
Uncover the unseen gems of the
breathtaking Veneto and beyond:
astonishing architecture, cities
steeped in history with deep
cultural connections, and some of
Italy?s best wines.
SIX DAYS
FROM
�9
Selected departures April to
October, 2018.
PER PERSON
DAY ONE ? ARRIVAL IN VENICE AND
CASTELFRANCO VENETO - Flight and
transfer to your hotel.
DAY TWO ? VICENZA - Many of
central Vicenza?s streets are graced
by a Palladian mansion and we?ll see
many of these on our guided tour this
morning.
DAY THREE ? MANTOVA AND PARCO
SIGURT� - We journey today to the
beautiful Mantova. During our guided
tour of the Old Town, the reasons for
its UNESCO World Heritage status
become strikingly evident. Wander the
cobbled streets and relax in the lovely
squares, or perhaps take a cruise on
the River Mincio. This afternoon, we
visit the Sigurt� Garden Park.
DAY FOUR ? BASSANO DEL GRAPPA
AND VILLA SANDI - After breakfast,
we visit the enchanting town of
Bassano del Grappa, you?ll have the
opportunity to taste on our guided
visit to a local artisan distillery. We
continue to Valdobbiadene, one of the
most prestigious Prosecco-producing
areas in the heart of the Treviso region,
where we visit wine producer, Villa
Sandi.
DAY FIVE - BRENTA CANAL CRUISE
AND PADOVA - Our mini-cruise takes
us past several palatial buildings
including the 18th-century Villa
Widmann where composer Stravinsky
once stayed. We then take a drive to
Padova. Explore the fine piazzas of the
historic centre and be amazed by the
diverse architectural styles.
DAY SIX ? RETURN FLIGHT - Today
you transfer to the airport for your
return flight.
TRANSYLVANIA AND BUCHAREST
Airport
Price from per person
Bristol
Gatwick
Manchester
Stansted
�9
�9
�9
�9
Prices are per person, based on two people sharing. Single rooms
available at a supplement. See website for full details.
FROM
�9
PER PERSON
Selected departures from April to
September, 2018.
DAY ONE ? ARRIVAL IN BRA?OV Flight and transfer to your hotel.
DAY TWO ? BRA?OV AND BRAN
CASTLE - This morning, we are
introduced to the Old Town of Bra?ov by
our local guide, starting with Pia?a Sfatului.
Next, we take a drive to Bran to visit its
legendary 14th-century castle, said to have
inspired Bram Stoker?s Dracula.
DAY THREE ? SIGHI?OARA AND
BIERTAN - We drive northwest to
Sighi?oara, overlooking the River
Tarnava Mare. Within its fortified walls is
the picturesque historic centre, situated
on a rocky ridge supporting an array
of ancient, red-roofed buildings and
entirely deserving of its UNESCO-listed
status. We take a short drive to Biertan,
a veritable Saxon village.
DAY FOUR ? PREJMER AND PELE?
CASTLE - This morning we depart
Bra?ov for the impressive Saxon citadel
at Prejmer. We continue to drive south,
enjoying pastoral landscapes, and arrive
in the resort town of Sinaia. Here, we
tour extraordinary Pele? Castle. Later,
we arrive in Bucharest.
DAY FIVE ? BUCHAREST - We visit
the fascinating Village Museum, an
extraordinary, open-air collection of
traditional homes from all over Romania,
located within Her?str?u Park. We then
have a guided tour of the immense
Palace of Parliament.
DAY SIX ? RETURN FLIGHT- Transfer to
the airport for your flight home.
Airport
Price from per person
Birmingham
Glasgow
Heathrow
Liverpool
Luton
Stansted
�9
�9
�9
�9
�9
�9
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ENJOY A CRUISE ON THE
BRENTA CANAL AND SEE
THE ELEGANT VENETIAN
VILLAS OF THE ELITE
HIGHLIGHTS AND INCLUSIONS:
? Stay in medieval Castelfranco with
fantastic views of the walled old town
? Experience extraordinary Vicenza,
both ancient and modern, and
the best place to view Palladio?s
architectural masterpieces ?
complimentary museum pass
included
? Visit atmospheric, lakeside Mantova,
the inspiration for artists, poets and
composers
? Stroll through the beautiful gardens
of Sigurt� Park and see an Italian
interpretation of an English garden
? See the enchanting riverside town of
Bassano del Grappa in the foothills
of the Prealps, and sample its famous
liqueur
? Tour Villa Sandi, the palatial
headquarters of a renowned
Prosecco producer, and its impressive
underground cellars
? Visit ancient Padova with its
astonishing array of architectural
styles and the famed university where
Galileo once taught
? Return travel from a selection of
regional airports, plus all hotel
transfers
? Five nights in centrally located fourstar accommodation inclusive of all
local taxes, plus breakfast
? The services of an experienced and
insightful tour manager throughout
TOUR
Romania is a treasure waiting to
be discovered with its atmospheric
landscapes of unspoilt beauty,
astonishing fairy-tale castles,
charming medieval towns, and
a green capital where diverse
architectural styles reveal a
compelling past.
SIX DAYS
TOUR
HIGHLIGHTS AND INCLUSIONS:
? Experience the breathtakingly
dramatic Carpathian Mountains and
its spectacular medieval buildings in
the heart of Transylvania
? Visit two of Romania?s most
renowned castles and former royal
summer residences: King Carol?s
neo-Gothic Pele? Castle, and Queen
Marie?s Bran Castle, said to be
the inspiration for Bram Stoker?s
Dracula
? Stay in Bucharest and uncover the
compelling past of this vibrant
capital, where belle-閜oque
buildings contrast with communistera architecture
? Discover the charming Romanian
countryside and the last true
medieval landscape, where a
traditional lifestyle still thrives
? Visit impressive fortified churches
in the rural Saxon villages of Biertan
and Prejmer
? Explore picturesque Sighi?oara with
its UNESCO-listed historic centre
and colourful houses
? Stay in charming Bra?ov and wander
its beautiful baroque streets and
medieval ramparts
? Return flights from a selection of
regional airports, plus all hotel
transfers
? Five nights in centrally located fourstar accommodation, inclusive of all
local taxes, plus breakfast and two
dinners
? The services of an experienced and
insightful tour manager throughout
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SOUTH AFRICA
DEPARTURES ALSO
AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY
FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS
TOUR
16 DAYS
FROM
�099*
PER PERSON
South Africans call their homeland ?a world in one country?. Covering an area five
times the size of Britain, with a climate ranging from temperate, Mediterranean
and sub-tropical to desert, it offers spectacular scenery with arguably the finest
wildlife on earth and no less than eleven official languages. South Africa is truly a
world-class destination.
*On selected dates, at the end of your 16-day tour, experience one of the world?s
most luxurious train journeys on the Rovos Rail from Cape Town to Pretoria - 18 days
from �299pp. Departures from March to October 2018.
Selected departures from January to November, 2018.
HIGHLIGHTS AND INCLUSIONS:
? Visit the legendary Cape of Good
Hope and Cape Town?s Kirstenbosch
Botanical Gardens
DAY ONE - DEPARTURE - Overnight
direct flight to Johannesburg.
DAY TWO - ARRIVAL IN
JOHANNESBURG ? Transfer to
your hotel. On the way, we visit the
Apartheid Museum, a truly fascinating
exhibition.
DAY THREE - PANORAMA ROUTE
- After breakfast, you depart on one
of the most scenic drives in South
Africa, the Panorama Route to the
Kruger National Park. You follow the
spectacular rim of the Blyde River
Canyon, an amazing 20-mile long and
2,300-foot deep gorge.
DAY FOUR - KRUGER GAME DRIVE
- A full day?s game drive in specially
adapted 10-seater 4x4 vehicles. There
is simply nothing to beat that rising
feeling of anticipation and excitement
as you enter the nearby park.
? Tour the legendary Zulu War
battlefields of Isandlwana and
Rorke?s Drift with a specialist guide
? Full-day guided safari in the Kruger
National Park
? A tasting at a 300-year-old wine
estate in the heart of the gorgeous
Western Cape?s Winelands
DAY FIVE - KRUGER FREE DAY - A day
at leisure.
DAY SIX - SWAZILAND AND
KWAZULU NATAL - We leave Kruger
for the battlefields of Zululsand,
passing through scenic Swaziland and
into Kwazulu Natal.
? Visit Johannesburg?s Apartheid
Museum, a real must in
understanding contemporary South
Africa
? Visit Hermanus for the world?s finest
on-shore whale watching (season
dependant)
DAY SEVEN - ISANDLWANA AND
RORKE?S DRIFT - You visit the
battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke?s
Drift. These battles were a defining
moment for the British Empire.
? Visit cosmopolitan Cape Town,
one of the world?s most naturally
beautiful cities, dominated by
the instantly recognisable Table
Mountain
? Visit the awe-inspiring Blyde River
canyon, and enjoy a tour of the
Featherbed Nature Reserve
Date
? Internal flight to the stunning
Garden Route
? Enjoy a scenic drive through the
beautiful small country of Swaziland
? Services of an experienced tour
manager
? Return travel from the UK
? Stay in hand-picked three and fourstar accommodation, with breakfast,
two lunches and three dinners
Price from per person Single Supplement
Departures from Heathrow
January
�99
�9
February
�799
�9
March
�699
�9
April
�499
�9
May
�299
�9
June
�099
�9
July
�499
�9
September
�599
�9
October
�799
�9
November
�649
�9
Departures below include the Rovos Rail Tour
March
�299
�579
September
�299
�629
October
�399
�569
DAY EIGHT - MOSSEL BAY - We return
to Johannesburg airport, flying to
George in the Western Cape and at the
heart of the gorgeous Garden Route.
It?s a short drive to the coastal town of
Mossel Bay and your hotel.
DAY NINE - CANGO CAVES AND
OUDTSHOORN - We travel to the
foothills of the Swartberg Mountains
to visit the spectacular Cango Caves,
South Africa?s best-known caves. Next
we stop at the ostrich-farming town of
Oudtshoorn to see these fascinating
creatures. After lunch, we return to
Mossel Bay.
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DAY TEN - HERMANUS - This morning
you drive to Hermanus, the world?s
best spot for on-shore whale-watching
(usually Jul-Nov). You arrive in the
Winelands by late afternoon.
DAY 11 - WINELANDS - Today you
tour the beautiful Winelands. You
visit Franschoek and then elegant
Stellenbosch. You have time to explore
this delightful town full of period
buildings and historic streets before a
fascinating cellar tour and tasting at
the Boschendal Wine Estate.
DAY 12 - CAPE TOWN - This morning
you visit the amazing Kirstenbosch
Botanical Gardens, located just below
Table Mountain. You soon arrive in
Cape Town and your hotel.
DAY 13 - CAPE OF GOOD HOPE - This
morning you visit Cape Point and the
legendary Cape of Good Hope, passing
the fishing harbour of Hout Bay and
continuing along the breathtakingly
scenic Chapman?s Peak Drive, to the
Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve,
and then on to Cape Point itself.
Finally, you visit Boulders Beach and
its penguin colony.
DAY 14 - CAPE TOWN FREE DAY - A
day at leisure.
DAY 15 - RETURN FLIGHT - Your final
morning is at leisure, before your return
flight via Johannesburg to the UK.
DAY 16 - ARRIVE HOME
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VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA
DEPARTURES ALSO
AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY
FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS
TOUR
16 DAYS
FROM
�159
PER PERSON
A fascinating tour visiting all the major sights of Vietnam and Cambodia, the very
essence of Indochina, experiencing their captivating blend of French colonial
history, local cultures and beautiful rural scenery.
Departures from January to November, 2018 and January to November, 2019.
DAY ONE - DEPARTURE - Overnight
flight from London Heathrow to Hanoi.
DAY TWO - ARRIVAL IN HANOI
- Transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a
wonderful introduction to Hanoi ? a
cycle rickshaw tour around the old
town.
DAY THREE - HANOI - The French
created Hanoi?s tree-lined avenues,
villas and grand public buildings, built
around enchanting lakes, which all
blends beautifully with the old quarter,
with narrow streets, shops, pagodas
and locals astride their bicycles and
mopeds. We also see the Temple of
Literature, dedicated to Confucius, and
the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh himself.
HIGHLIGHTS AND INCLUSIONS:
? Stay and tour Phnom Penh, ?Pearl of
Asia?, considered the most beautiful of
Indochina?s French colonial cities
? Visit the vast, ancient city and
temples of Cambodia?s Angkor, one
of the world?s greatest ancient sites,
comparable to ancient Rome or the
Pyramids
? Enjoy a full-day trip on the mighty
Mekong River delta, the world?s tenth
largest river system
? Tour of Vietnam?s beautiful capital
Hanoi by cycle rickshaw, including the
Temple of Literature, its wide treelined avenues, colonial belle閜oque
villas and Ho Chi Minh?s thoughtprovoking mausoleum
? Take a leisurely cruise aboard a
converted Chinese junk in Halong
Bay?s outstandingly beautiful
limestone archipelago
? Visit the awe-inspiring Citadel and
Forbidden City in Hue, Vietnam?s
former imperial capital
? Stay in the heart of exciting Saigon
visiting the fascinating Cu-Chi
tunnels; the huge former Vietcong
underground stronghold and a
poignant reminder of the US Vietnam
conflict
? Be inspired by the hauntingly beautiful
countryside, with shimmering ricepaddies studded with gentle buffalo
tended by conical hat adorned farmers
? Your Riviera Travel tour manager
will bring these sights to life
? Return flights
? Four and five-star hotel
accommodation with daily breakfast,
plus five meals
Date
Price from per person Single Supplement
Departures from Heathrow
January 2018
�439
�9
February 2018
�499
�9
March 2018
�499
�9
April 2018
�299
�9
May 2018
�299
�9
June 2018
�159
�9
July 2018
�579
�9
September 2018
�379
�9
October 2018
�499
�9
November 2018
�499
�9
Prices are per person, based on two people sharing. Single rooms
available at a supplement. See website for full details.
DAY 10 - FLY TO PHNOM PENH - Our
last morning in Vietnam. There?s time
for a final stroll in Saigon before flying
to Phnom Penh.
DAY 11 - PHNOM PENH - After seeing
the Royal Palace and National Museum,
we have lunch at a local restaurant
and then learn about the infamous
Khmer Rouge regime at the Tuol Sleng
Museum.
DAY 12 - FLY TO ANGKOR - A short
flight to Siem Reap.
DAY FOUR - HALONG BAY - Leaving
Hanoi, we enter a timeless landscape
of rice paddies, following the Red River
delta to Halong Bay. Gliding over the
emerald waters in our junk, it?s easy
to believe the myth that a dragon?s
tail thrashing in the sea created these
islands.
DAY 13 - TEMPLES OF ANGKOR - We
visit the 13th-century city of Angkor
Thom, its centre containing a real gem
? the Bayon temple, crowned by over
50 towers, each with four enormous
carved heads. We?ll also tour Ta Prohm
temple, its ruins still enveloped by trees
and roots. After lunch we tour amazing
Angkor Wat.
DAY FIVE - HUE - Fly to Danang then
drive to Hue, Vietnam?s royal capital
and its cultural and religious centre.
DAY 14 - FREE DAY, ANGKOR - Today
is free.
DAY SIX - TEMPLES OF HUE - The day
begins with a cruise along the Perfume
River to Thien Mu pagoda. Next, it?s the
immense Citadel, encircled by six miles
of 20-metre thick walls, containing the
Imperial City, and the Palace of Supreme
Harmony. After an included lunch, you
visit the mausoleum of Tu Duc.
DAY SEVEN - SAIGON - We fly to
Saigon.
DAY EIGHT - SAIGON - First we
tour a legacy of the Vietnam War:
the Vietcong?s Cu Chi tunnels. Our
afternoon tour of Saigon includes
historic sites, like the cathedral and
Reunification Palace, and the lively Ben
Thanh market.
DAY NINE - MEKONG RIVER - Our
first stop in the Mekong River delta
is an island village to sample exotic
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local fruits. Exploring the canals in
small boats, we pull in at Coconut
Island, where villagers make rice paper,
coconut cakes and other delicacies.
DAY 15 - RETURN FLIGHT - Transfer to
the airport and fly to Saigon to catch
your direct homeward flight.
DAY 16 - ARRIVE HOME
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NEW ZEALAND - LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD
TOUR
22 DAYS
FROM
�399
PER PERSON
A bit of a clich�, yes, but it?s true: New Zealand is one of those holiday
destinations of a lifetime ? its mountains, rivers, fjords, and scenery are quite
literally breath-taking! And with a population of only a few million in a land
approximately the same size as the UK, you?ll quickly become attuned to the
easy-going Kiwi lifestyle as you travel through the country?s magnificent national
parks, vibrant towns and ever-changing landscapes.
Departures from January to November, 2018 and January to November, 2019
DAY ONE - DEPARTURE - Take your
overnight flight to Singapore.
DAY TWO - ARRIVAL IN SINGAPORE Arrive and transfer to your hotel.
DAY THREE - SINGAPORE - Today is
at leisure before our overnight flight to
Auckland.
DAY FOUR - AUCKLAND - Arrive and
transfer to your hotel.
DAY FIVE - AUCKLAND - Enjoy a
sightseeing tour of the ?City of Sails?.
DAY SIX - BAY OF ISLANDS Experience the warm subtropical
climate in the stunning Bay of Islands.
HIGHLIGHTS AND INCLUSIONS:
? Stay in Auckland, Singapore, Bay of
Islands, Rotorua, Napier, Wellington,
Nelson, Christchurch, Queenstown,
Te Anau and Omarama
? Enjoy an authentic homestead-stay
and home-cooked dinner
? Spectacular helicopter flight around
the iconic Franz Josef glacier, with a
snow landing
? Visit the Tamaki Maori Village for a
traditional Hangi feast
? Experience the warm sub-tropical
climate in the stunning Bay of Islands
including a dolphin-watching cruise
? Visit the Te Puia, Rotorua?s
geothermal wonderland with local
Maori guides
? Admire Napier?s beautiful Art Deco
architecture on a guided walking tour
? Sightseeing tour of Auckland,
including Bastion point, Parnell
Village, the Auckland Museum and
the Viaduct Harbour
? Visit the ?Sunshine city? of Nelson
with cruise along Abel Tasman
National Park?s stunningly scenic
coastline
? Cruise to the South Island with
a vineyard visit and tasting in
Marlborough, one of the world?s
finest wine regions
? Visit Christchurch, New Zealand?s
second city
? Cross the Southern Alps on the
TranzAlpine train, one of the world?s
great train journeys
? Cruise awe-inspiring Milford Sound
with the chance to see dolphins and
seals
? Get a close-up view of snow-capped
Mt Cook, New Zealand?s highest peak
? Return flights from the UK plus a
two-day stopover in cosmopolitan
Singapore
? Hand-picked accommodation, rated
three to four stars, including all local
taxes, with breakfast included
? The services of our experienced and
insightful tour manager throughout
Date
Price from per person Single Supplement
Departures from Heathrow
January 2018
�039
�259
February 2018
�899
�259
March 2018
�599
�259
April 2018
�399
�129
October 2018
�799
�299
November 2018
�799
�299
January 2019
�899
�309
February 2019
�099
�309
March 2019
�999
�309
April 2019
�399
�209
DAY SEVEN - BAY OF ISLANDS
CRUISE - Enjoy a fascinating boat
cruise, including dolphin-watching.
DAY EIGHT - HOME STAY - Stay the
night at a local homestead including a
home-cooked dinner!
DAY NINE - ROTORUA - Visit the
Te Puia, Rotorua?s geothermal
wonderland.
DAY TEN - NAPIER - Admire Napier?s
beautiful Art Deco architecture on a
guided walking tour.
DAY 11 - WELLINGTON - Enjoy a
sightseeing tour of Wellington with
free time.
DAY 12 - NELSON - Vineyard visit and
tasting in Marlborough followed by a
visit to the ?Sunshine city? of Nelson.
DAY 13 - ABEL TASMAN CRUISE Cruise along Abel Tasman National
Park?s stunningly scenic coastline.
DAY 14 - CHRISTCHURCH ? Visit
Christchurch, New Zealand?s second
city.
DAY 15 - TRANZALPINE TRAIN AND
HELICOPTER FLIGHT ? Cross the
Southern Alps of South Island on the
TranzAlpine train. This afternoon enjoy
an included helicopter flight around
the iconic Franz Josef glacier, with a
snow landing.
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DAY 16 - QUEENSTOWN ? Stay two
nights in Queenstown and enjoy this
resort?s scenic location.
DAY 17 - FREE DAY IN QUEENSTOWN
- Today is at leisure in Queenstown.
DAY 18 - MILFORD SOUND - Cruise
awe-inspiring Milford Sound.
DAY 19 - OMARAMA - Today we visit
Arrowtown and continue to the small
rural community of Omarama.
DAY 20 - MOUNT COOK - Get a closeup view of snow-capped Mt Cook,
New Zealand?s highest peak.
DAY 21 - SINGAPORE - Flight to
Singapore for your connecting flight.
DAY 22 - ARRIVE HOME - Arrive back
in the UK.
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ENCHANTING RHINE & YULETIDE MARKETS
RIVER CRUISE
FIVE DAYS
FROM
�9
PER PERSON
DAY ONE ? ARRIVAL IN COLOGNE Fly to D黶seldorf or Cologne or take
the Eurostar to Brussels and transfer
by coach to the ship.
contrast between the modern skyline
and the medieval old town, before
exploring one of the oldest Christmas
markets in Europe.
DAY TWO ? RHINE GORGE &
R蹹ESHEIM - Cruise through the
world famous and dramatic Rhine
Gorge before arriving in the renowned
wine town of R黡esheim. Spend the
afternoon wandering the Christmas
markets of this charming spot.
DAY FOUR ? KOBLENZ & COLOGNE
- Explore Koblenz, dramatically
situated at the confluence of the
Rhine & Moselle Rivers, on a guided
tour. Arriving back in Cologne this
afternoon, discover one (or all) of its
seven Christmas markets.
DAY THREE ? FRANKFURT - This
morning, enjoy a guided tour of the
cosmopolitan city of Frankfurt with its
DAY FIVE ? RETURN HOME - Transfer
to the airport or train station for your
return journey
Discover the magical ambience of Germany?s traditional Christmas markets
with their host of unique, inspired gift ideas, plus the stunning Rhineland in its
wintry splendour.
Selected departures December, 2017.
HIGHLIGHTS AND INCLUSIONS:
? Enjoy a guided tour of
cosmopolitan Frankfurt, city
of contrasts and explore its
traditional Yuletide market
? Return flights from a selection of
regional airports or standard class
seat on Eurostar from London St
Pancras International
? Cruise through the spectacular,
world-famous Rhine Gorge in all
its wintry glory
? Four nights on board in your
choice of luxury cabin or suite, all
with river view
? Discover historic Koblenz on our
guided tour, dramatically situated
at the confluence of the Rhine and
Moselle Rivers
? All meals on board from dinner on
your day or arrival until breakfast
on your day of departure,
including Welcome Cocktails &
Dinner and Captain?s Dinner
? Soak up the magical ambience
of Cologne and explore its seven
superb markets
? Services of a Riviera Travel cruise
director and tour manager
? Visit the charming wine town of
R黡esheim, and its picture-perfect
Christmas market
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ing before heading elsewhere. When,
usly
later that night, Mourinho famously
uchsprinted along the Old Trafford touchline in celebration at his team?s lastgasp progress, the view hardened that
his antics did not make him the rightt fit.
All things considered, he is even less
so now.
How two
managers
are neck
and neck
88
25
91
54
Points
Games won
Goals
Conceded
Klopp
But rivals City?s
Players will return weary after the
City, whose stars travelled at least
Total distance travelled
by team
Man City (14 players)
Liverpool (15)
Man Utd (14)
Arsenal (11)
Chelsea (14)
Spurs (14)
the times | Thursday October 12 2017
73
2GM
Sport
They go up against each
other on Saturday with
Manchester United seven
points clear of Liverpool. But
J黵gen Klopp and Jos�
Mourinho?s league records
since the Portuguese
manager arrived at Old
Trafford are strikingly similar.
Both have accumulated 88
points, but United clearly
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