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daily newspaper of the year
Tuesday November 7 2017 | thetimes.co.uk | No 72374
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US firms? secret move to
avoid multibillion tax bill
Apple exploited Jersey?s financial status to reduce liabilities
CAPITAL PICTURES
Alexi Mostrous Head of Investigations
Secret attempts by two of the world?s
biggest companies to avoid billions of
pounds in tax have been laid bare in
leaked papers.
Apple and Nike used offshore
entities to legally minimise their global
tax bill, documents show. Apple is
alleged to have sidestepped a 2013 Irish
crackdown on tax avoidance by moving
one of its most valuable subsidiaries to
the Channel Island of Jersey.
Tax planning has helped the US tech
giant to build up a $252 billion overseas
cash fund while paying an average
foreign corporation tax rate of about
3.7 per cent. Until 2014 Apple?s two Irish
companies were seen as ?stateless? for
tax purposes, allowing it to pay a tax rate
of as little as 0.005 per cent on non-US
profits. It says that it is the world?s
largest taxpayer and follows all laws.
The revelations come from the Paradise Papers, a tranche of documents
from Appleby, an offshore law firm.
They show that Apple allegedly looked
for a tax haven to run the subsidiaries
after Dublin announced its restrictions.
The two subsidiaries were managed
from Appleby?s Jersey office in 2015-16.
Apple said: ?When Ireland changed
its tax laws in 2015, we complied by
changing the residency of our Irish
subsidiaries and we informed Ireland,
the European Commission and the US.
The changes we made did not reduce
our tax payments in any country.?
In Nike?s case, the papers allegedly
show that the sportswear company
transferred intellectual property rights
to ?Nike Innovate CV?, an entity apparently without tax residency anywhere
in the world. Nike said that it fully
complied with tax regulations and ?rigorously ensured our tax filings are fully
aligned with how we run our business?.
Paradise Papers, pages 10-13
Leading article, page 33
Hamilton jet claim
The Formula One star Lewis Hamilton was accused of avoiding tax
on his �.5 million Bombardier Challenger private aircraft. Page 10
Mother faces
five more years
in jail after
Johnson gaffe
Bel Trew, Oliver Wright
Sam Coates, Catherine Philp
Boris Johnson faced cross-party
condemnation last night after being
accused of an error that could result in
a British mother spending five more
years in an Iranian prison.
Downing Street refused to back the
foreign secretary?s handling of the case
as it emerged that he had erroneously
suggested that Nazanin ZaghariRatcliffe, 38, may have been training
journalists in Iran when she was
arrested last year. This has always
been denied by her employer and
family.
Mr Johnson?s comments, made to a
parliamentary committee last week,
led to Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe being
brought back to court at the weekend
on charges of ?propaganda against the
regime?, with the threat of five more
years in prison. Iran has accused her of
spying but offered no evidence.
The Iranian judiciary cited Mr
Johnson?s remarks as evidence that Mrs
Zaghari-Ratcliffe had lied in her original defence by claiming that she was on
holiday. Emily Thornberry, the shadow
foreign secretary, said Mr Johnson had
shown a ?fundamental lack of interest
or concern? for Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe
or the ?consequences of his words?. She
said he should ?consider his position?.
Senior Conservatives are also
preparing to call for Mr Johnson to quit
unless he backs down over his blunder,
The Times has been told. A number of
Tory party figures have been in touch
with Downing Street to say that they
will heap public pressure on him if he
does not issue a retraction.
The controversy came as a second
cabinet minister, Priti Patel, was given a
severe reprimand by Theresa May for
holding meetings with Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, and
other officials from the country without
telling her or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Ms Patel told Mr
Johnson at some point during the trip in
Continued on page 6, col 5
Police chief behind Heath sex inquiry to quit with � pension
Fiona Hamilton Crime Editor
The chief constable who led a controversial investigation into alleged child
abuse by Sir Edward Heath is planning
to quit with the right to draw a pension
of up to �million, The Times has learnt.
Mike Veale, 50, head of Wiltshire
police, has faced criticism over his
handling of the abuse inquiry into the
late Tory prime minister. It concluded
that Heath would have been interviewed under caution over allegations
of rape and sexual assault dating
between 1961 and 1992.
Mr Veale is said to have told
colleagues that he is looking for a way
out of the police after 33 years? service.
His salary is just under �0,000 and he
is entitled to a final- salary pension. Experts said he could take about �,000
a year after retirement. A conservative
estimate of an equivalent pension pot
was �6 million but the amount is likely
to be closer to �million.
The Times has also learnt that Mr
Veale applied for a new role a week
before delivering his findings on Heath
but did not tell his boss, Angus Macpherson, the area?s elected police and
crime commissioner.
After a �5 million, two-year inquiry,
Wiltshire police concluded last month
that Heath would have been questioned under caution over seven abuse
allegations had he not died in 2005
aged 89. It has since emerged that the
most serious allegation, the rape of an
11-year-old boy in 1961, was investigated
and dropped by the Metropolitan
Police two years ago. The complainant
is a convicted criminal whose family
described him as a serial liar. This was
not in the force?s summary report.
Informed sources have said that
there were ?serious issues? with the
credibility of the remaining six complainants, including at least one other
criminal record. The inquiry was accused of being one-sided by prominent
figures including Lord Macdonald of
River Glaven, the former director of
public prosecutions. He said that the
bar for being questioned under caution
was so low that it gave ?bogus credibility?
to the investigation, named Operation
Conifer.
The Sir Edward Heath charitable
foundation is preparing a complaint to
the Independent Police Complaints
Commission over its concerns that the
investigation was deeply flawed. Mr
Veale rejected calls for a retired judge
to review the evidence, saying that it
Continued on page 2, col 3
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T O D AY ? S E D I T I O N
Fatigue causes
cells to ?turn off?
Mosque leader
has Hamas role
Man beat baby
girl to death
Brain cells respond to
sleep deprivation by
switching off when
people are awake,
leading to events from
minor forgetfulness to
car crashes, scientists
have found. Page 8
A leader of the
Finsbury Park
mosque in London is
a ruling member of
Hamas, which has
been designated a
terrorist organisation
by the EU. Page 9
A father aged 31 is
facing life in prison for
beating to death an
18-month-old girl after
authorities in Wales,
who let him adopt her,
failed to spot months
of abuse. Page 17
COMMENT
Being good on Gogglebox doesn?t make
Jeremy Corbyn a prime minister in waiting
MELANIE PHILLIPS, PAGE 30
Texas gunman?s
rift with family
Disney in bid
for expansion
Chelsea hit by
resignation
The gunman who shot
dead 26 people in a
Texas church appears
to have set out to kill
his mother-in-law, who
worshipped there. She
was not present during
the attack. Pages 34-35
21st Century Fox was
in preliminary talks to
offload a significant
part of its business to
Walt Disney but
negotiations broke
down over a price
disagreement. Page 41
Chelsea has suffered
a significant blow with
the sudden resignation
of the technical
director, Michael
Emenalo, one of
Roman Abramovich?s
closest aides. Page 72
COMMENT 29
THUNDERER 30
LEADING ARTICLES 33
MARKETS 52-53
REGISTER 57
LAW REPORT 59
SPORT 62
CROSSWORD 72
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DINNER
TONIGHT
Salmon and mango
croquetta with raita
A smidgen of mango
chutney smeared over
skinned fillets of lightly
smoked salmon before
breadcrumbing and
quickly frying has a
magical effect. I served
these with cucumber
raita and yesterday?s
aubergine curry.
Serves 2 Prep 15 min
Cook 15 min
Ingredients: 2 lightly
smoked salmon fillets;
flour for dusting;
1-2 tbsp mango
chutney; 100g fresh
breadcrumbs; 1 egg;
2 tbsp vegetable oil.
For the raita: 10cm
piece cucumber; 250g
Greek yoghurt; 1 garlic
clove; squeeze lemon;
few sprigs coriander;
pinch cayenne pepper.
Using a sharp knife,
carefully slice off the
salmon skin, pressing
down against the skin
as you go, lifting the
fish away. Cut the
fillets in two; the thick
piece and thinner
piece. Have flour on a
plate, chutney ready,
crumbs in a shallow
bowl and beaten egg
in another. Lightly
flour the fish, smear
thetimes
with jammy chutney,
touch against the
crumbs, then swipe
through egg and press
into the crumbs to
coat. Transfer to a
plate. Chill, covered
with clingfilm, until
required. Heat the oil
in a pan over a
medium heat, fry the
pieces for 2-3 min a
side until golden,
reducing the heat and
cooking the thicker
pieces for 2-3 more
minutes. Rest on
kitchen paper before
serving with raita. To
make this, peel, seed
and grate cucumber.
Mix with yoghurt,
crushed garlic,
squeeze of lemon, salt
and pepper and
chopped coriander.
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Press freedom threatened by
changes to data bill, say peers
Matthew Moore Media Correspondent
Investigations into scandals such as sex
grooming will be harder to publish
under proposals that threaten press
freedom, peers warned last night.
Amendments to the Data Protection
Bill were a ?profoundly misguided?
attempt to impose statutory regulation
of the print media, the Lords heard.
The bill seeks to give individuals
more control over their personal information and penalise companies that
misuse private data. However, several
peers have tabled amendments that
critics claim will restrict the press?s
ability to expose criminality.
One set of amendments would
tighten the public interest exemption
granted to journalists who handle
private data while investigating
wrongdoing.
Under the proposals, which would
apply to all newspapers and broadcasters, the public interest presumption in
favour of freedom of expression could
be trumped by privacy concerns.
Baroness Hollins, the crossbench
peer who tabled several of the amendments, said that the public needed to
be protected from people who would
Controversial amendments
Amendment affecting all media
One states that journalists could
claim an exemption to data
protection laws when handling
private information only if the ?likely
interference with privacy . . . is
outweighed by the public interest in
publication?. This could allow
investigations into alleged
wrongdoing to be shut down by
claims that privacy was infringed.
Amendments affecting publishers
Journalists would in effect have to
abide by the state-recognised
Impress regulator?s rules for an
exemption to data protection. Most
papers belong to the rival Ipso.
abuse press freedom to sell newspapers.
?The economic pressures that drove
newspapers to desperate practices
before are still in place now,? she said.
?There must be safeguards.?
A second batch of amendments
would effectively require print titles to
join an officially recognised press regu-
lator in order to handle private data
without fear of breaking the law.
The only regulator that has sought
Royal Charter recognition is Impress,
which is largely funded by money from
Max Mosley, the former Formula One
boss turned privacy campaigner.
The vast majority of national and
local newspapers are members of Ipso,
a regulator that has not sought
recognition.
At the committee stage in the Lords,
Lord Black of Brentwood, a Conservative peer and executive director of Telegraph Media Group, described the
amendments as a ?profoundly dangerous? attempt to ?warp? the original intentions of the bill.
Lord Lester of Herne Hill, a barrister
and Liberal Democrat peer who opposes the amendments, said: ?Investigations, such as those into sex grooming,
will become more difficult to publish.?
The Lords will vote on the amendments at a later date. They are opposed
by ministers from the Department for
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport,
which introduced the bill.
Labour indicated that it had not yet
come to a view about whether to
support the amendments.
?Fund political parties from Inflation may
tax to cut ties with donors? add �bn to
Patrick Maguire
Taxpayers should pay more to fund
political parties as a way of loosening
the ?intrinsically unhealthy? reliance
on wealthy donors and trade unions, Sir
John Major has suggested.
In a speech on the state of British
democracy yesterday, the former prime
minister said that increased state
funding for parties could well be the
?least bad? means of reducing the influence of interest groups and individuals.
?In my experience, many donors are
altruistic and give money simply to
support their party; but others may
seek to exact a price,? he told an
audience at Westminster Abbey last
night. ?Whether that price is a policy
promise, an appointment, or an honour
? it is undesirable.
?An alternative is more funding
through the public purse. This would
be deeply unpopular and I share the
general distaste for it. Nonetheless, it
may be the least bad option.?
Political parties already receive some
continued from page 1
Heath inquiry chief
would not represent value for money.
He was defiant when outlining the
inquiry?s findings, describing it as a
?watershed moment? for victims of
child abuse. The stance surprised his
contemporaries given the fact that the
inquiry did not identify any alleged coconspirators.
One chief constable said: ?It?s a bit like
that famous Monty Python sketch with
the parrot. Do you think anyone has told
Mike [Veale] that Ted Heath is dead??
Since the release of the Heath
findings, Mr Veale is said to have been
frustrated by a lack of public support
from the National Police Chiefs
Council (NPCC) despite him taking on
an inquiry involving allegations from
other force areas. One source said he
felt that he had been ?hung out to dry?.
He has told colleagues that he wants
a way out of Wiltshire police and
of their funding through state grants.
Such payments include ?short money?,
paid to opposition parties with two or
more MPs or one MP and more than
150,000 votes, and policy development
grants.
Parties also benefit from indirect
state funding in the form of party
political broadcasts and free postage at
elections.
State funding for politicians has
been suggested in the wake of several
funding scandals, including New
Labour?s cash-for-peerages row, but
would prove a contentious move.
In remarks that will inevitably be interpreted as an attack on Nick Timothy
and Fiona Hill, Theresa May?s former
chiefs of staff, Sir John also accused a
?handful? of special advisers of misusing ?unjustified power? and acting as
?attack dogs? for ministers.
Suggesting a ?one leak and you?re
out? policy to slash the number of
special advisers, he said: ?Some advisers
? with intellect but little judgment ?
are easy prey for the media.?
applied for a role helping to run the
annual strategic command course for
future leaders. Applications closed on
September 27, the week before the Operation Conifer report was published.
Mr Veale did not get the job.
His spokesman said that the successful applicant could undertake the role
alongside an existing job, so Mr Veale
did not have to tell Mr Macpherson. Mr
Veale applied for the job because he
believed that the development of future
leaders was of ?great importance?. He
said: ?It is not unusual for chief officers
. . . to support both the work of the
College of Policing and the NPCC
through the leadership of national
portfolios on behalf of the service.?
The College of Policing, which runs
the course, confirmed it was a secondment position involving a ten-week residential placement in Ryton, Coventry.
A senior police source said it would be
?highly unusual? for a chief constable to
perform duties outside the force area for
UK debt costs
Oliver Wright Policy Editor
Philip Hammond will be warned today
by the government?s official auditors
that a 1 per cent rise in inflation caused
by Brexit could push up the cost of borrowing by � billion.
Sir Amyas Morse, head of the
National Audit Office (NAO), said that
the high levels of government borrowing since the financial crash meant that
there were already ?significant risks? to
the UK?s finances. He added that these
could be exacerbated by ?unexpected
developments?.
The NAO said that since 2009-10,
borrowing had increased by 61 per cent
while interest payments on the UK?s
debts had cost the government �2 billion. It pointed to an increase in the use
of index-linked gilts to finance the UK?s
debts, which meant that a rise of 1 per
cent in inflation could add � billion in
interest costs between 2016 and 2021.
Finances put at risk by inflation, page 44
more than two months while carrying
out a second demanding role. Mr Veale?s decision not to tell Mr Macpherson
that he had applied for the role, which
would require large amounts of time
and affect the rest of his command
team, prompted speculation that he
was trying to engineer an exit.
Another source said that Mr Veale
was ?very much of the view? that he
could retire. He had become more confident in his decision-making as a result.
Mr Macpherson has been supportive
over the Heath saga, but the pair are
understood to have disagreed about
their public stance on funding cuts. Mr
Macpherson has rejected suggestions
that he has not properly held Mr Veale
to account over Operation Conifer.
A Wiltshire police spokesman said:
?We will not be commenting on private
matters such as the decision of an
individual to retire. A chief constable?s
contract is a matter for the police and
crime commissioner.?
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How opera superstar suffers for his art
ALASTAIR MUIR/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
A new biography reveals
the personal price Jonas
Kauffman paid to reach
the top of his profession,
writes David Sanderson
The world?s greatest tenor has revealed
the secrets and sacrifices of success: do
not meet fans in winter, always carry a
first aid kit, forget about a family life.
Jonas Kaufmann has opened up for
the first time about the breakdown of
his marriage and demands placed upon
the world?s greatest singers.
Kaufmann, 48, who is regularly
compared to Pl醕ido Domingo and
frequently assumes the top male roles
at the world?s greatest opera houses,
separated from Margarete Joswig, the
mother of his three children, in 2014.
In a new book, the operatic tenor said
that living apart from his family while
his career developed had been painful
and difficult to reconcile. ?It?s just that I
can?t be both on the road and a father,?
he said in a biography out this week.
?Margarete was effectively a single
parent for 15 years . . . the itinerant life of
an opera singer isn?t particularly conducive to a family life.?
Kaufmann first performed at Covent
Garden in 2004 as Ruggero in Puccini?s
La rondine and made his debut at the
Metropolitan Opera in New York two
years later. Since then he has been in
demand all over the world.
The singer, previously described
ribed as ?a
sex symbol in the service of opera?,
told his biographer, Thomas
mas
Voigt, of the demands on singers
ers
to keep their bodies and voicess
in the best condition possible.
He prepares for performances with exercises, yoga
and deep relaxation and will
drink up to five litres of
salted water.
Opera is widely recognised as one of the most demanding as well as stimulatd
ing art forms. Kaufmann said
erhe did between 60 and 80 performances a season, adding that
ote you
?if your voice cracks on a note
can be sure that two hours later that
particular passage will be posted on
YouTube?. He has been criticised for
pulling out of shows at short notice
through illness.
Voigt, a long-term collaborator and
friend of the singer, writes in his authorised biography, to be published by
Orion Books, that the rise of selfies
presented singers with a problem. ?The
fact that selfies have now largely
Artistic temperament
6 Jessye Norman, it was
said by her fellow soprano
Deborah Voigt, asked for
the air ahead of her to be
spritzed to remove dust
as she walked on stage.
Norman said the story
was ?not a fact?.
6 Luciano Pavarotti liked
to sing and to eat. He
would have a mountain of
pasta before and often
after a performance. ?One
of the very nicest things
about life is the way we
must regularly stop
whatever we are doing
and devote our attention
to eating,? he once said.
6 Voigt, rejected for roles
because of her size, had
her stomach stapled.
6 Enrico Caruso was
superstitious, consulting
an astrologer before
crossing an ocean and
Jonas Kaufmann
on stage at the
Royal Opera House
in 2014 with Kristine
Opolais and with
Margarete Joswig,
mother of his
three children
re
replaced
autographs has
re
reduced
the distance between
art and fan to a minimum:
artist
head have to be pressed
heads
close together for photographs
that can be posted on Facebook.
?Against this
th background Jonas Kauf?Against
avoid getting too close to fans
mann avoids
w
during the winter
months: the risk of
catching a virus and cancel forthcoming performances is simply too great.?
Kaufman said he dressed to ?protect
myself against the cold and draughts?
but it was impossible through contact
with his own family and ?shaking hundreds of hands? after performances to
?protect yourself from every germ?.
?The voice is a very fragile instru-
never starting a journey
on Tuesday or Friday.
6 Angela Gheorghiu, the
Romanian soprano, thinks
sex before a performance
can relax the voice. Sex
with the tenor Roberto
Alagna, then her husband,
?calms me down and
makes me feel less under
pressure? she once said.
6 Kathleen Battle once
phoned her management
team in New York from
her limousine to tell them
to call her chauffeur and
get him to turn down the
car?s air conditioning.
6 Nellie Melba, who gave
her name to peach melba
and melba toast, insisted
during a performance of
Romeo and Juliet in 1931
that it be brought to a
premature end because
her voice had gone.
ment; once it has been damaged this
may spell the end of a singer?s career,?
he said in the book and spelt out the
dangers of onstage artificial smoke.
He said he always carried a first
aid kit, including an inhaler and a
humidifier, and rarely drunk alcohol
apart from the occasional glass of beer
or wine, and a ?good gin and tonic?.
The singer said that while sacrifices
were worth it, his home life had paid the
price for his international career.
?This often got me down while I was
away, and I can still remember how
much it pained me each time I returned
home and my children?s first question
was: ?When do you have to leave again??
But what can you do??
Early human ?tool marks? may be croc bites
Will Humphries
Our ancestors may not have been as
clever as we think. Bone marks said to
demonstrate the use of tools by humans
almost a million years earlier than previously thought may actually have
been caused by crocodiles.
A claim that ?cut marks? found on
two fossilised bone fragments from
Ethiopia pushed early human tool use
back to 3.4 million years ago caused
headlines when it appeared in the respected journal Nature in 2010.
Before that the first evidence of stone
tool use by our ape-like ancestors was
2.6 million years ago.
Now a team of archaeologists say
that crocodiles were just as likely to
have caused the linear V-shaped marks
in the bone fragments, and there is far
too little evidence to change the textbooks on human development.
Yonatan Sahle, of the University of
T黚ingen in Germany, said the area
where the bone fragments were discovered would have been ?infested with
crocodiles? but the 2010 study failed to
mention their presence.
It was claimed that the ancient hominin species Australopithecus afarensis,
the most famous example of whom is
Lucy, who was discovered in the region
in 1974, were using stone tools to
butcher and eat meat. The use of tools
to quickly access nutrient-rich meat
and bone marrow is regarded by evolutionary biologists as a crucial step towards the development of larger brains.
Dr Sahle?s research, published in the
Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences, shows experiments with croc-
?Lucy? was found
in Ethiopia in 1974
and is thought to
date from about
3.2 million years ago
odiles created marks that were ?indistinguishable? from tool marks. He said
much more research was needed before
?exceptional claims? were made.
?I don?t think there is any compelling
line of evidence to make us change textbooks about the beginning of tool making from 2.6 million to 3.4 million years
ago,? he told The Times. ?These grooves
could have been produced by crocodiles, other mammalian carnivores,
trampling or hominin butchers ? and
if you want to go with hominin butchers you will have to rule out the other
stories. This is how science works.?
His research paper blames rewards
for academic work ?increasingly
linked to clickbait entertainment? for
producing the tool-making claim without more evidence.
Teeth reveal oldest ancestors, page 17
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More than a million people were
tricked into downloading a fake
version of WhatsApp on Google?s
Play store. The app, which has
been removed, was unmasked
after computer programmers
not connected to Google looked
at its underlying code. Experts
said it showed the risks of
Google?s lack of checks, and could
have been used to spread malware
or steal data. Alan Woodward, of
Surrey University, said: ?This was
a very convincing fake . . . It?s an
insidious application.?
Symphony anew Steven McRae and Sarah Lamb in Twyla Tharp?s tribute to Haydn?s Farewell Symphony as part of a trio of works for the Royal Ballet in Covent Garden
A&E unit for elderly to tackle
waiting times and bed blocking
Chris Smyth Health Editor
An NHS hospital is to open Britain?s
first accident and emergency unit for
elderly people in an effort to avoid them
being stranded on wards.
The Norfolk and Norwich University
Hospital will ask all patients over the
age of 80 to go to a separate unit, next
to the existing A&E, staffed by geriatrics specialists. It hopes this will speed
up patients? assessment and treatment.
The unit will work with social services to ensure that people who need
help at home are not admitted to a ward
because there is nowhere else for them
to go. Older people?s health can decline
during hospital stays, making it harder
to return to living independently.
?For older patients, we know that the
earlier we can assess them, the quicker
we can get them back to full health,
helping them to regain their independence and avoid hospital admission,?
Frankie Swords, head of medicine at
the hospital, said.
About one in seven patients visiting
Norfolk and Norwich A&E is over 80.
The hospital believes a dedicated service could cut delays and improve care.
?Norfolk is home to one of the largest
populations of older people in country,
which is continuing to grow at a fast
rate,? Martyn Patel, a consultant for
older people?s medicine, told the Norwich Evening News. ?This means we?ve
got to do something no one else has
done to ensure our older patients receive the best care most appropriate to
their needs in a timely manner.?
Hospitals across Britain are coming
under pressure to clear beds in prepara-
tion for winter after a strained social
care system led to thousands more
people being stuck on wards. NHS
chiefs and council leaders have clashed
over plans for getting elderly people out
of hospital beds, which local authorities
are concerned is diverting from efforts
to keep people well in their own homes.
?The earlier an older patient is
assessed the better it is for their health
and well being, so we are delighted to
hear about this innovative plan for an
older people?s emergency unit,? Caroline Abrahams, of Age UK, said.
Spending long periods in hospital
beds is widely acknowledged to accelerate the wasting away of older people.
Some studies estimate that ten days of
bed rest leads to 14 per cent reduction in
leg muscle strength, equivalent to a
decade of ageing. However, the drive to
free up hospital beds has led to fears
that some patients are rushed home
before they are ready. Emergency readmissions to hospital are up by a fifth
in the past five years, with more than
half a million patients back within a
month of being discharged.
6 A shortage of doctors and nurses is
the most serious problem for patient
care, say NHS bosses who fear that
Brexit will make it harder to attract and
keep staff. Almost two thirds of hospital
chiefs say that increasing work pressures, as staff are forced to cover gaps
and put in extra hours, are driving employees away. The poll of just over half
of NHS hospitals, ambulance and mental health trusts found that 90 per cent
had little confidence in government
promises to boost the number of doctors and nurses.
Virtual surgeries ?favour younger and healthier patients?
Chris Smyth
Doctors? leaders fear that an NHS
smartphone GP service to allow
patients to have a video consultation
would undermine traditional surgeries.
The Times revealed yesterday that
GPs in Fulham, west London, had
struck a deal with Babylon, a private
company, to provide the service.
Richard Vautrey, chairman of the
British Medical Association?s GPs?
committee, said: ?While these proposals appear to be focused on making
access to a GP easier, in reality it will
divert patients away from their GP and
practice and leaves them receiving care
The Times reported yesterday on the plan for GP consultations by smartphone
from doctors who don?t know them
as well as their own GP would do.
This approach risks undermining the
quality and continuity of care and
further fragmenting the service . . . to
the public.? He added that the service
was run ?by a private company that
is primarily cherry-picking younger,
generally healthier people and
excluding many others?.
The Royal College of GPs also raised
concerns that the GP at Hand service
would lure away doctors to deal with
commuters while leaving surgeries to
cope with the frail elderly and mentally
ill. However, NHS England, which
approved the scheme locally, pointed
out that GPs were paid a premium for
each older person on their lists.
Michael Macdonnell, NHS England?s national director of transforming
health systems, wrote on Twitter that
the scheme was an important project.
He said: ?Yes there are risks but the
answer to these can?t be to ignore the
potential of online consultants.?
Matt Noble, a partner with GP at
Hand, denied that it was cherrypicking patients. ?We probably see
a few more young people because
perhaps it appeals to them more, but it?s
pretty similar in terms of the conditions
we see to routine general practice,? he
said. ?I was surprised by how many
other people were interested, particularly young families. If one child is unwell you don?t want to have to drag the
other children to the waiting room.?
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Police officer stabbed
A police officer is recovering
after being stabbed during a
disturbance at Edinburgh College
campus. The incident in the
Granton area of the city
happened at about 9.30am when
police responded to reports of an
individual threatening to harm
himself and others. The constable
was said to have minor back
injuries. A 19-year-old man is
expected to appear in court today.
Corbyn?s green stance
The green belt should not be used
to solve the housing crisis, Jeremy
Corbyn told business leaders. The
Labour leader addressed the CBI
saying he was ?very sceptical?
about building in the protected
area but said some parts could be
considered as long as they were
replaced. Philip Hammond, the
chancellor, is said to be pushing
for a relaxation to green belt
rules in his budget this month.
Guide dog must go
A blind man who admitted
downloading indecent images of
children is likely to have his guide
dog confiscated in case he uses it
to lure youngsters. At Preston
crown court Andrew Shaw, 44,
whose wife is also blind, said that
he thought the pictures were of
older women. He was given a
six-month suspended prison
sentence. The Guide Dogs charity
is trying to recover the labrador.
Parents fight back
Almost 6,000 people have put
their names to a petition
opposing a ?patronising?
campaign by East Sussex county
council telling parents to make
more effort to get children to
school. The Get a Grip campaign
is aimed at children who missed
three days in a half term and tells
parents to set an alarm and send
their children to school even if
they have a headache or cold.
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Optician killed as Britons
held in Nigeria are freed
Aislinn Laing Johannesburg
David Brown Chief News Correspondent
A British optician who travelled to
Nigeria as a missionary has been killed
after being taken hostage.
Ian Squire was seized with three
other British Christians undertaking
medical work three weeks ago. David
Donovan, a Cambridgeshire GP, his
wife Shirley, both 57, and Alanna
Carson, an optician aged 23, were freed.
It is not known how Dr Squire, also
57, was killed but there were reports in
Nigeria of an attempted rescue.
He ran his own practice in Shepperton, Surrey, and founded the Mission
for Vision charity in 2003.
Monica Chard, a friend, said: ?He
was a lovely, quiet man who everyone
knew and loved as the village optician.
He went out to Africa every year with
the charity, and his wife was also
involved. He just wanted to help people
see who otherwise would not have
Alanna Carson, 23, was taken hostage
with the other Britons three weeks ago
had any help. His widow must be
devastated.?
Dr Squire, who had two adult sons,
provided training and eye equipment
for clinics in several African countries
and had made 13 trips for the charity. He
was credited with inventing a portable
solar-powered frame and lens cutting
machine to enable people to make prescription glasses in remote regions.
On his first visit to Nigeria in 2013 he
teamed up with the Donovans? New
Foundations health charity. Ms Carson,
from Ballymoney, Co Antrim, worked
at Specsavers in Leven, Fife.
Tom McGuire, 69, a pastor and friend
of the Donovans, said they had survived a previous kidnapping attempt.
He said: ?It is fantastic news that they
are free after several weeks of being in
limbo. They are such a lovely, kindhearted couple and so many people
have been praying for them.
?It is quite dangerous there, the main
danger is the kidnappings. But they
weren?t bothered by the danger. They
just loved to see the people getting
healed. A gang previously made an attempt to kidnap them using big power
boats in the area, which is full of water.?
The families of the released hostages
said in a statement that they had received support from the British High
Commission in Nigeria and help from
the Nigerian authorities in securing
their release. ?We are delighted and relieved that Alanna, David and Shirley
have returned home safely,? they said.
?Our thoughts are now with the family
and friends of Ian as we come to terms
with his sad death.?
The hostages were snatched from
their beds in a small village in the Niger
Delta on October 13 by an armed gang
travelling by boat. It is not known at
what stage Dr Squire died, but kidnapping in the Delta state is almost entirely
aimed at obtaining ransom and it is
highly unusual for hostages to be killed.
Tarila Marclint Ebiede, a Nigerian
peace and security researcher at the
University of Leuven in Belgium, said
that as the four were not working in the
oil industry and had no kidnap insurance this may have contributed to the
case being mishandled.
The Britons were said to have been
kidnapped by a little-known group
called the Karowe, but there were fears
they might be sold on to a bigger militant group. A Nigerian source who has
previously negotiated hostage releases
said the recovery of the four had been
bungled. ?At the time of the kidnap
there was no indication anyone had
been killed,? he said. ?I know the man
behind this group, they were doing it for
pecuniary reasons. Even without a ransom he would have been open to talks.
I don?t believe the guy wanted to kill.?
Rose West?s nephew raped
girl after giving her drugs
Simon de Bruxelles
A nephew of the serial killer Rose West
has been convicted of the kidnap and
rape of a 12-year-old girl.
Steven Letts, 39, lured the girl from a
city centre street with drugs and alcohol after she asked him for a cigarette.
The girl, who was in care, told Letts
that she was 15, below the age of consent, but he had sex with her anyway.
Letts is the son of Rose West?s younger brother Graham. West, 63, is serving
life after pleading guilty in 1995 to the
murders of nine young women committed with her husband, Fred West,
and of her eight-year-old stepdaughter.
Gloucester crown court was told that
Letts persuaded the girl to come home
with him after an encounter in the city
in March, despite her being with a care
worker. After inviting the girl back to
his flat, he gave her apple vodka, cannabis and cocaine. She then fell asleep in
his bed but woke up when he climbed in
and Letts then had sex with her.
The girl said in a statement: ?He
kissed me and I said ?I can?t do this
because I?m only 15.? He told me sad
stories like a couple of months ago, he
tried to strangle himself. I think he said
that so that I?d feel bad and kiss him. I
did tell him I was 15 [instead of 12]
because I thought I had more of a
chance of getting drink and drugs.?
Steven Letts lured
the girl from a city
centre street
Letts denied having had sex
with the girl. He pleaded not guilty to
abduction and rape but was found
guilty and will be sentenced on November 14.
His father Graham, a decorator, had
helped Fred West to lay concrete on the
floor of the cellar of 25 Cromwell Street,
unaware that some of West?s victims
were buried beneath.
100 miles
NIGERIA
Delta
region
Lagos
Gulf of
Guinea
Burutu
Ian Squire, with his wife, Brigitta, made 13 trips to visit several African nations
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Patel rebuked over secret
meetings on trip to Israel
Sam Coates Deputy Political Editor
The prime minister reprimanded the
international development secretary
for holding official meetings in Israel
during a ?family holiday? then denying
that they had happened.
Priti Patel met Benjamin Netanyahu,
the Israeli prime minister, during her
August break, along with Gilad Erdan,
Israel?s minister for public security and
strategic affairs, one of Israel?s biggest
critics of the UN. This took place weeks
before the British government threatened to remove UN funding.
The meetings were revealed in an extraordinary mea culpa press release
from the Department for International
Development (Dfid) released yesterday which said that Ms Patel ?regrets
the lack of precision? of Friday?s statement in which she denied having more
than one ministerial meeting in Israel.
After the trip Ms Patel commissioned
government work, suggesting that the
covert trip could lead to a change in
government policy. Theresa May did
not know about the meeting with Mr
Netanyahu until Friday, having met the
Israeli prime minister days before. Ms
Patel told Boris Johnson, the foreign
secretary, at some point during the trip
but neither of them disclosed this to
Mrs May.
Ms Patel was accompanied to nearly
all of her meetings with Israeli ministers, charities and non-governmental
organisations by Lord Polak, the honorary president of the Conservative
Friends of Israel lobbying group.
Mrs May was unwilling to fire Ms
Patel yesterday, despite the reprimand.
One Tory minister said: ?Failure to disclose, caught lying, then admitting she
commissioned policy . . . is a breach of
propriety and proper practice. This was
a full-visit programme not a casual addon to a holiday.?
Kate Osamor, the minister?s opposite
number on the Labour benches, called
for Ms Patel?s resignation.
Downing Street said that it was not
clear whether Ms Patel had breached
the ministerial code because the code
was unclear and said that it would be
clarified.
Ms Patel apologised for setting up
and reporting the meetings ?in a way
which did not accord with the usual
procedures? and clarified her claim that
the foreign secretary ?knew about the
visit?, admitting that he had not known
about it in advance.
On Friday it emerged that Ms Patel
had two meetings during her holiday,
with Yair Lapid, the former journalist
who is now leader of the Yesh Atid
party, and a disability charity. Ms Patel
said those were her only meetings: ?The
stuff that is out there is it, as far as I am
concerned.?
However, a full list shows that she
attended 12 separate events during the
trip from August 13 to 25, including a
meeting with Mr Netanyahu in which
?prospects for closer collaboration?
were discussed. Ms Patel also met Yuval
Rotem, director-general of the Israeli
foreign ministry, for discussions about
?prospects for partnership work?
between the two countries on development and humanitarian issues.
She discussed ?growing antisemitism? in British politics in separate
meetings with Mr Erdan and Mr Lapid,
and visited charities, non-governmental organisations and businesses. On
her return, Ms Patel commissioned
Dfid work on humanitarian and development partnerships between Israel
and Britain, and on disability.
?The Foreign Office is clear that UK
interests were not damaged or affected
by the meetings on this visit,? Dfid said,
a judgment that allows Ms Patel to keep
her job.
Ms Patel said: ?This summer I travelled to Israel, on a family holiday paid
for myself. While away, I had the opportunity to meet a number of people and
organisations. I am publishing a list of
who I met. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office was aware of my visit
while it was under way. In hindsight, I
can see how my enthusiasm to engage
in this way could be misread, and how
meetings were set up and reported in a
way which did not accord with the usual
procedures. I am sorry for this.?
A No 10 spokesman said: ?The prime
minister welcomes the secretary of
state?s clarification about her trip to
Israel and has accepted her apology for
her handling of the matter. The prime
minister met the secretary of state to remind her of the obligations under the
ministerial code.?
Party leaders gathered in Theresa May?s
Johnson told
to quit after
Iran blunder
Continued from page 1
August but neither disclosed this to Mrs
May.
Mr Johnson made his comments on
the Zaghari-Ratcliffe case at a foreign
affairs select committee meeting last
week. Asked what the government was
doing to secure her release, he told MPs:
?If you look at what Nazanin ZaghariRatcliffe was doing, she was simply
teaching people journalism as I understand it, at the very limit,? he said.
The Iranian judiciary?s High Council
for Human Rights said that the remarks
proved she was engaged in propaganda,
a label it also gives to foreign media services such as BBC Persian. ?His statement shows that Nazanin had visited
the country for anything but a holiday,?
the council wrote. She has said she was
visiting her parents in Tehran with her
baby, Gabriella, before her arrest.
Mr Johnson?s comments contradict
evidence given by the Thomson
Reuters Foundation, Mrs ZaghariRatcliffe?s employer, and her family.
Richard Ratcliffe, her husband, said
there was ?a direct link between Mr
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May vows action
on MPs? shame
Francis Elliott Political Editor
office to discuss the harassment scandal, while Damian Green, right, was interviewed as part of a Cabinet Office inquiry
Johnson?s comments on Wednesday
and Judge Salavati, the harshest judge
that you can find, hearing her case on
Saturday, where she is now facing a
double sentence?.
Mr Ratcliffe told The Times: ?His misstep, saying she was training journalists
not that she was on holiday ? contradicting what we have said all along ? is
being used for propaganda purposes to
justify holding her. Because it is confirmed that a new case has been
opened, she will be unable to get early
release from the old case. Boris Johnson
must issue a correction before the trial.?
The Thomson Reuters Foundation
confirmed that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe
does not train journalists in her job as a
project manager, neither does the foundation work in Iran. Its chief executive,
Monique Villa, urged Mr Johnson to
correct his ?serious mistake?.
The Foreign Office stopped short of a
full retraction. A spokesman said Mr
Johnson?s testimony provided ?no justifiable basis? for further charges against
Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe. He added: ?The
foreign secretary sought to explain that
even the most extreme set of unproven
Iranian allegations against her were
insufficient reason for her detention.?
Tulip Siddiq, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe?s
MP, said Mr Johnson had ?endangered
the cause to secure her release? by an
?unforgivable error?. ?The stakes are
far too high for his remarks to be
considered just another gaffe,? she said.
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Corbyn ?refused to share
EU platform with Blair?
Henry Zeffman Political Reporter
Jeremy Corbyn blocked plans for a
pro-EU rally attended by all living
Labour leaders because he did not want
to appear with Tony Blair, Gordon
Brown has revealed.
The former prime minister writes in
his memoir that efforts to unite warring
party factions in support of the Remain
campaign during last year?s referendum were scuppered by Mr Corbyn.
The story will anger many Labour MPs,
who believe that the Labour leader did
not fully commit to the cause.
Mr Brown said that he had the idea
for the rally after he had vetoed plans by
David Cameron to have all living prime
ministers appear together outside 10
Downing Street.
?A few days before the referendum,
David Cameron phoned me . . . the call
started well.? Mr Brown writes in the
book, My Life, Our Times. ?Cameron
then made the request I had been anticipating. He wanted all three ex-prime
ministers ? Tony Blair, John Major
and me ? to stand alongside him
outside No 10, each in front of lecterns,
to make the case for staying in Europe.?
Mr Brown said that he opposed Mr
Cameron?s idea because, ?there would
be no greater signal of an establishment
stitch-up than four prime ministers of
opposing parties appearing together to
make the case for Remain. It would be
perceived as the agenda of the elites
and would not win over Labour voters.?
Mr Brown, prime minister from 2007
to 2010, said that he proposed an
alternative: ?a rally attended by past
and present Labour leaders from Neil
Kinnock and Tony Blair to Ed Miliband
and, critically, Jeremy Corbyn, with all
of us affirming without reservation that
we wanted Britain in Europe?.
Mr Cameron was persuaded, but Mr
Corbyn, who had then been Labour
leader for nine months, was not. Mr
Brown writes: ?Through the shadow
chancellor John McDonnell . . . the
message from Jeremy?s office came
back: he would not appear on the same
platform with Tony.?Mr Brown then offered a ?compromise?, suggesting that
each leader would appear on the same
day in different parts of the country.
?Again, Jeremy said no. All he did agree
was that on the same day the following
week, each of us would make proEurope appeals.?
Hugo Rifkind, page 31
Sexual harassment of young staff by
MPs is a ?matter of shame for us all?,
Theresa May said yesterday as she
announced the creation of an independent grievance procedure to deal
with the allegations.
Speaking after a meeting of all party
leaders in Westminster, the prime minster apologised for ?too many abuses of
power? over ?too many years?.
She also hinted that she had been
made aware of further allegations that
had yet to be made public and promised
a ?proper and fair investigation? of all
future cases.
The leaders agreed that MPs? staff
should receive better protection and
advice including ?face-to-face? human
resources support, Mrs May said. She
described the outcome of the meeting
as an ?important step forward?.
The meeting of leaders, which took
place in Mrs May?s Commons office last
night, agreed to a deadline of the end of
this month to finalise the details of the
new safeguards. The prime minister
said that the new system would ?come
into effect in the new year?.
?I?m sorry that we have seen these
abuses of power, too many taking place
over too many years,? she said. ?The
fact that they have taken place here at
our seat of democracy should be a
matter of shame for us all.?
Asked ?categorically? to
state that she knew nothing
about any allegations that
came to the fore following
the Harvey Weinstein
scandal she replied:
?The allegations that
have come to the fore
in the last week I have
been made aware of
over that time period
because of things that
have appeared in the
press but also allegations that I?ve been told
over the last week in private.
What is important is that
people who have been victims of this
behaviour, be it sexual harassment or
bullying of any sort, that those victims
feel confident in coming forward and
knowing that there will be an impartial
and proper and fair investigation of
those complaints.?
Mrs May?s de facto deputy, Damian
Green, was being interviewed yesterday as part of a Cabinet Office investigation that has been expanded to include claims that pornography was
found on one of his parliamentary computers in 2008. The first secretary has
strongly denied the claims.
Many of the details of the new procedure remain unclear, including the
extent of complainant anonymity and
whether party whips will be obliged to
refer allegations to those managing the
independent procedure.
A Labour source said that Jeremy
Corbyn had successfully expanded the
eligibility of the new procedure to include contract and agency workers on
the parliamentary estate and that trade
unions should be involved in its formation. Labour will nominate Dawn Butler and Valerie Vaz as its representatives on a cross-party working group. It
is thought likely that Andrea Leadsom
will represent the Conservatives.
Sir Alistair Graham, former
chairman of the committee of
standards in public life, today
warns against allowing an unreformed MPs standards committee
to judge allegations of sexual
harassment.
In a letter to The Times he
writes: ?If the reports of investigations are to be referred to the
standards committee of the
House of Commons it is
important for this committee to be reformed to
provide a majority of
voting members from
outside of the House and
to be chaired by an independent person.?
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Miliband aide kept quiet
about abusive colleague
Lucy Fisher
Ed Miliband has told a former member
of his staff who claims that she was the
victim of unwanted sexual advances
from another of his former aides to
make a formal complaint.
The woman, who used to work in Mr
Miliband?s office when he was the Labour leader, said that a colleague had
shut the door of a room they were in
and tried to kiss her.
She did not tell Mr Miliband or make
a complaint at the time. Speaking to PM
on BBC Radio 4 under the pseudonym
Susan, the woman said that after the incident ?I thought, ?Oh God, I?m going to
be fired?. I thought he was going to be
angry that I rebuffed his advance and
there might be consequences for me. I
thought the best thing to protect my
position was not to say anything.?
The woman said she would have
liked to have been able to complain to
an independent body, as she believed
that if she reported it to the party, ?they
would close ranks on me as my position
was very junior?.
In a statement released by his office
Mr Miliband said that he was ?deeply
concerned to hear about this allegation
of totally unacceptable behaviour. I
would strongly encourage the individual concerned to use the complaints process of the Labour Party to take her allegation forward. She should receive the
support she has a right to expect.?
The incident came to light after Bex
Bailey, a Labour activist, said that she
had been raped by a party official at a
Labour event in 2011, when she was 19.
Ms Bailey, 25, a former member of
the party?s governing body, said that
she had later reported the attack to
another party officer but was warned
that taking a complaint forward could
harm her career prospects. Labour
has opened an investigation into the
incident.
At the weekend a Labour MSP said
that she was sexually assaulted by a
senior male colleague at a party. Monica Lennon, 36, said that she was groped
in a room full of people at a private Labour social event four years ago, before
she was elected to Holyrood.
She said that several days after the incident a man who had been in the room
at the time of the assault joked about it
to her. ?The underlying message was
clear: the whole thing was to be treated
as a joke,? she said.
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Tiredness at wheel is like drink-driving
Georgie Keate
The motorway signs proclaiming that
?Tiredness can kill? are based on the
common sense assumption that drivers
could fall asleep at the wheel.
Scientists have now discovered that
the actual problem with sleep deprivation is that your brain cells switch off
while you are still awake, leading to
anything from forgetting your keys to
car crashes.
Research suggests that brain cells fail
to communicate with each other properly when a person is tired, affecting
memory and visual perception.
Scientists scanned the brains of 12
sleep-deprived people and found how
tiredness interfered with the ability of
neurons in the brain to encode information and translate what was seen into conscious thought.
?We discovered that starving the
body of sleep also robs neurons of the
ability to function properly,? said the report?s senior author, Itzhak Fried, professor of neurosurgery at the David
Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
and Tel Aviv University. ?This paves the
way for cognitive lapses in how we perceive and react to the world around us.
The very act of seeing the pedestrian
slows down in the driver?s over-tired
brain. It takes longer for his brain to register what he?s perceiving.
?Inadequate sleep exerts a similar influence on our brain as drinking too
much. Yet no legal or medical standards
exist for identifying over-tired drivers
on the road the same way we target
drunk drivers.?
The researchers asked patients to
categorise a series of images as fast as
possible and discovered that the task
became increasingly more difficult as
the subjects became sleepier and their
brain cells slowed down. ?We were
fascinated to observe how sleep deprivation dampened brain cell activity,?
said the lead author, Yuval Nir of Tel
Aviv University. ?Unlike the usual rapid
reaction, the neurons responded slowly, fired more weakly and their transmissions dragged on longer than
usual.?
As well as cells slowing down, brainwaves also appeared to become less
frequent, which suggested that the area
of the brain was trying to sleep, the
scientists said.
?This phenomenon suggests that
select regions of the patients? brains
were dozing, causing mental lapses,
while the rest of the brain was awake
and running as usual,? Dr Fried said.
Sleep deprivation has been the subject of a number of studies and has
already been linked to a higher risk of
diabetes, obesity, depression and heart
attacks. The Sleep Council estimates
that the average Briton sleeps for only
six and a half hours a night rather than
the recommended eight.
Studies have found that not only do
tired people eat more sugar, making
them more vulnerable to diabetes, a
lack of sleep can lead to insulin resistance where the body finds it more difficult to break down sugar.
Research last year also found that
problems in getting to sleep, struggling
to stay asleep and waking up tired increased the risk of a heart attack or
stroke by 27 per cent, 11 per cent, and
18 per cent respectively.
The NHS warns that sleep deprivation can lead to obesity, heart disease
and diabetes as well as shortening life
expectancy. It also says the well rested
have a better immunity, are slimmer,
mentally healthier, more fertile and
have a higher sex drive.
Chemist laced
father?s drink
with morphine
Georgie Keate
A pharmacist accused of murdering his
father by giving him morphine and
insulin has told a court that he was
helping him to commit suicide.
Bipin Desai, 59, poured an unusually
concentrated dose of the painkiller into
a fruit smoothie prepared for his 85year-old father, Dhirajlal, at the house
they shared in Farnham, Surrey, prosecutors said.
Having kissed his father goodnight,
Mr Desai later went up to his room and
administered a lethal dose of insulin as
Bipin Desai initially
tried to make his
father?s death
appear natural
Patients? genes guide personalised prostate cancer therapy
Chris Smyth Health Editor
Artificial intelligence could be used to
improve treatments for prostate cancer,
a study has shown.
Computers analysed patients? genetic information with medical histories
to spot those most likely to suffer sideeffects from radiotherapy.
Patients found to be resistant to sideeffects could be given more aggressive
treatment for a better chance of curing
their cancer, while those at higher risk
could be advised to consider options
such as surgery or drugs, scientists said.
Although the algorithm would need
further testing, the study adds to optimism that intelligent computers will
help avoid ?one-size-fits-all? treatment.
About 47,000 men a year have prostate cancer diagnosed. Radiotherapy is
a mainstay of treatment, with many
men in effect cured by it, but it can damage healthy cells, causing long-term
problems in about a fifth of patients.
In the latest study, researchers aimed
to identify at-risk patients from the
medical histories, treatment regimes
and genetic profiles of 700 men.
They found that certain genetic traits
were good predictors of whether
patients would suffer bleeding. Combined with the other data, it is hoped
that the algorithm will divide patients
into high, medium and low risk of sideeffects.
Navita Somaiah, co-lead researcher
at the Institute of Cancer Research in
London, said: ?We have to be safe, so we
deliver [radiotherapy] doses not to
cause harm and side-effects. For the
first time, we can now look at the full
complexity of a patient?s genetics, medical history and treatment, to predict if
they are at risk of side-effects. We hope
our method can be used to personalise
radiotherapy for patients, improving
the chances of a cure and also minimising the side-effects suffered.?
The results were presented at the
National Cancer Intelligence Network
conference in Liverpool.
he slept. Mr Desai denies murder but
admits assisting a suicide and theft.
William Boyce, QC, for the prosecution, said that Mr Desai had hoped to
disguise the killing as a natural death
and made his father breakfast the next
day. When he returned home from
work that day in August 2015 he ?discovered? his father?s body and called
the police. When he realised that there
would be a post-mortem examination
he told police that he had helped his
father to commit suicide. The trial, at
Guildford crown court, continues.
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Animal antics A wildebeest who stands
out from the crowd, a bewhiskered hare
and giggling dormouse are among the
finalists in the Comedy Wildlife Awards,
founded by photographers in Tanzania
?victim? seeks justice
Finsbury mosque leader Rape
through crowdfunding site
part of Hamas politburo
Frances Gibb Legal Editor
David Brown Chief News Correspondent
Catherine Philp, Richard Spencer
Behind the story
A leader of one of Britain?s most prominent mosques is a ruling member of
Hamas, which is designated a terrorist
organisation.
Mohammed Sawalha, a trustee of the
Finsbury Park Mosque in north
London, has been appointed a member
of the political bureau of Hamas.
His role was revealed when it was announced that he was part of a Hamas
delegation to Moscow in September
which held a meeting with Mikhail
Bogdanov, President Putin?s Middle
East envoy, and a deputy foreign minister.
Hamas has been designated an out-
T
Mohammed
Sawalha was a
member of a
Hamas delegation
to Russia
lawed terrorist organisation by the US
and the EU, meaning that its assets can
be seized and its members jailed. The
UK has banned only its military wing,
the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades,
meaning that Mr Sawalha has committed no offence.
Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary,
last week urged the group to ?renounce
terror?, recognise the state of Israel and
?stop spewing out antisemitic propaganda?.
Mr Sawalha, 56, arrived in Britain as
a refugee in the early 1990s. He lives
with his family in a �0,000 council
house in Kingsbury, northwest
London. The Sunday Times reported in
he status of Hamas as a
terrorist organisation is
not clear cut. While the
group is banned in
much of the West, in
other parts of the world it is
considered a legitimate political
organisation.
The European Court of Justice
ruled in July that Hamas should
remain on the European Union?s
terrorist blacklist, which
maintains an asset freeze and
travel ban. Hamas?s military wing
was added to the blacklist in 2001
before it was extended to the
whole organisation in 2003.
Mohammed Sawalha is not
included on the list of individuals
covered by the EU ban.
The UK has proscribed only
Hamas?s military wing, the Izz alDin al-Qassam Brigades, so there
is no restriction on its political
activity. Australia and New
Zealand have the same rules.
The US designated Hamas as a
foreign terrorist organisation in
1997. Canada has also listed
Hamas as a ?terrorist entity?.
2008 that he had been named in US
court documents as having previously
been ?in charge of Hamas terrorist
operations in the West Bank? and had
met two men accused of laundering
millions of dollars to finance the group.
Mr Sawalha was a director for nine
years of the Islam Expo, which promoted Islamic lifestyles, is a former president of the British Muslim Initiative, a
former director of the Muslim Association of Britain and has organised aid
convoys to Gaza. He was appointed a
trustee of the Finsbury Park Mosque in
2010, making him legally responsible
for the overseeing its management.
Jeremy Corbyn is a regular guest at
the mosque, which is in his constituency. Last month the Labour leader
attended a meeting on ?Hate Crime
Against Muslim Women? that was also
attended by local police officers.
The mosque was at the centre of
community support after an alleged
racist attack in June by a van driver who
ploughed into a group of worshippers
outside a nearby Islamic centre, killing
one person. The driver is awaiting trial.
The mosque had been the base for
Abu Hamza, who is serving a life sentence for terrorism offences in the US,
but the new management has sought to
shed its links to extremism.
The mosque said in statement that it
is a ?British charity and has no relationship with Hamas?. Mr Sawalha could
not be contacted for comment.
The Palestinian exile?s key role with
Hamas will lead to further questions
about the organisation?s relationship
with the British government, which Mr
Johnson was questioned about last
week by the Commons foreign affairs
committee. He refused to confirm that
there were negotiations, saying: ?I
wouldn?t want to exclude the possibility
of our talking to Hamas.?
Hamas was founded for armed struggle against Israel and to deliver social
welfare. Supporters say it is a legitimate
resistance movement. Detractors call it
a terrorist organisation whose charter
commits it to Israel?s destruction.
Hamas has, however, softened its
language on Israel in recent years.
A woman who claims that she was
raped by a stranger in a London hotel is
fundraising to bring her alleged attacker to justice.
Emily Hunt, 38, who has waived her
right to anonymity, says that she woke
up ?naked and terrified? after being
allegedly drugged and raped at the end
of an evening in May 2015. She reported
the incident to the police and later
learnt that she had been filmed by the
man while lying unconscious.
The Crown Prosecution Service
decided that there was insufficient
evidence to bring charges. Ms Hunt, a
consultant from Hackney, now plans to
bring a private prosecution.
She said that she had gone for lunch
at 1pm but could not recall anything
after about 4pm. She woke up next to a
man at the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal
Green that evening and called a friend
who contacted the police.
She told the Evening Standard: ?I
woke up naked and terrified on a hotel
bed next to a man I?d never seen before.
I suspected that I been drugged and, as
I found out two days later, I had been
raped.? She said she had reported it
immediately to the police so they
had details of the alleged attacker and the hotel room. She
later found out that she had
met the man in a bar earlier
that day.
?They found used condoms in the room. The
Crown Prosecution Service told me they
couldn?t prosecute,?
she added. ?One reason was that there is
CCTV footage of me
Emily Hunt said she
was drugged and
raped in a hotel
being very flirty, kissing him. But I believe I was drugged. In the CCTV I?m
literally falling over so it?s very clear
that I?m heavily intoxicated.
?I don?t remember meeting him or
any of that. It was impossible for me to
have given consent. I was falling over.?
She claimed that the police would not
take her for a medical because she was
too intoxicated to consent to such an
examination.
Ms Hunt, who is originally from New
York, claimed that police had suggested
she might have made the allegation
because she had been unfaithful to her
boyfriend ? something she denies.
She said: ?I am launching a charity to
crowdfund the private prosecution of
the man who raped me and to help
other victims. I refuse to give up.?
The CPS said: ?Having looked carefully at the evidence, a specialist prosecutor decided there was insufficient for
a realistic prospect of conviction.
?At the request of the victim, the case
was subject to a further review by the
head of our rape and sexual offences
team, who upheld the original decision.
?We met the victim to explain the decision further and answer any questions. While we are of course sympathetic, this is not a prosecution
we were able to bring to court.?
Prosecutors must be convinced that there is sufficient
evidence to create a realistic
prospect of conviction
before bringing charges.
The crucial question is often whether the victim
consented to sex. In
cases where the victim had been drinking, prosecutors can
bring charges on
the grounds that
they were incapable of consenting.
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Lewis Hamilton saved money
Dominic Kennedy Investigations Editor
The Formula One champion Lewis
Hamilton has been accused of avoiding
tax on his �.5 million jet.
The Paradise Papers investigation
showed that a �3 million VAT refund
was given after his Bombardier Challenger 605 was imported into Europe
via the Isle of Man in 2013. Hamilton?s
lawyers say a tax barrister review found
the structure was lawful and that it was
not correct to say that no VAT had been
paid on any of the arrangements.
The racing driver said his practice
was to rely on professional advice and
he was not concerned with day-to-day
management of his business.
The Paradise Papers team claim that
Hamilton?s advisers devised a scheme
which in effect led to the driver leasing
the plane from himself. ?The aircraft
would need to physically visit the Isle of
Man, arriving from outside the EU, to
be imported,? the offshore law firm
Appleby said in a written explanation of
its approach. ?This will involve a short
stay, normally less than two hours.?
At 6.15am on January 21, 2013, Hamilton touched down at Ronaldsway
airport on the island in his new jet with
his girlfriend at the time Nicole Scherzinger, the singer, to finalise the paperwork with customs.
The �3 million VAT bill was paid on
his behalf by an Isle of Man accountancy firm. A customs officer, on out-ofhours standby for a fee of �, stamped
a VAT-paid form to be kept on board
the jet. An Appleby officer emailed that
they were ?moving forward with the
pace of a grand prix!!!? The plane took
off at 8.10am, heading for Stuttgart
where Hamilton was due to meet his
new Mercedes racing team. No flight
logs in the Appleby documents indicate
that it ever returned to the island.
Hamilton?s planned use of the jet was
predominantly for business but the
BBC?s Panorama programme has seen
documents which suggest he intended
to make private flights about a third of
the time. The leasing agreements suggest Hamilton, now 32, was going to be
using the plane for 80 hours a month,
with his company using it for 160 hours,
according to the BBC.
If this estimate had been used for the
basis of the VAT refund, under UK and
EU VAT rules, only two thirds could
have been considered for a refund in
relation to business use, it is claimed.
Private jets purchased outside the EU
are subject to 20 per cent VAT on im-
Analysis
L
ewis
Hamilton
may be the
most
successful
British Formula One
driver ever, but he has
always polarised
opinion (Rebecca
Clancy writes).
The four-time world
champion has lived as
a tax exile for ten
years. He moved to
Switzerland in 2007,
settling in Luins in the
canton of Vaud on
Lake Geneva. At the
time he said that the
move was prompted
by his desire to get
away from media
scrutiny in the UK,
but he later admitted
that tax was part of
his decision.
Switzerland,
however, proved to be
too sleepy, and so at
the start of 2012 he
moved to Monaco, a
tax haven and the
principality of choice
for the majority of
F1 drivers, along with
several other sporting
stars.
Being a tax exile
has no doubt helped
the 32-year-old driver
to hold on to his
wealth and be named
the richest British
sportsperson, worth
an estimated
�1 million,
according to The
Sunday Times.
Hamilton, born and
raised on a council
estate in Stevenage,
has spoken in the past
in defence of his tax
exile status and says
that he does pay taxes
in the UK, and that he
is ?part of a much
bigger picture?.
?People moan and
say, ?He doesn?t live in
the country, but he?s
happy to raise the
portation to qualify for free circulation
inside the bloc.
Although the Isle of Man is not part
of the EU, it is a British crown dependency and part of the customs union. An
aircraft imported via the island is granted full access to the EU. EU and UK
rules ban VAT refunds on aircraft used
by private individuals but Hamilton?s
advisers formed a VAT-registered leasing business on the Isle of Man, documents hacked from Appleby suggest.
The new company, Stealth (IOM)
Limited, leased the jet from Hamilton?s
British Virgin Islands company, Stealth
Aviation Limited, and imported it into
the Isle of Man, the BBC reported.
The plane was then leased on to a UK
jet management company that provided Hamilton with a crew and other services and leased it back to Hamilton
and his Guernsey company, BRV
Limited. Hamilton was described in the
documents as the jet?s ?ultimate client?.
On the basis of these transactions,
Hamilton?s advisers were able to claim a
100 per cent VAT refund on the
�3 million that he was obliged to pay
flag?. It doesn?t matter
what country you live
in. I was born here,
man,? he told The
Sunday Times?s Style
magazine in 2014.
?I am contributing
to the country and,
not only that, I help to
keep a team of more
than 1,000 people
employed.?
The global nature of
Formula One means
that he earns money
in each of those
countries and pays the
relevant tax, he says.
?What people don?t
realise is that I pay
tax here, but I don?t
earn all my money
here,? he said.
?I race in 19
different countries, so
I earn my money in
20 different places
and I pay tax in
several different
places, and I pay a lot
here as well.?
at the point of importation. Lawyers for
Hamilton say that
there has been no illegal activity and further
that he has a ?set of professionals in place who
run most aspects of his
business operations and
that no subterfuge or
improper levels of secrecy had been put in
place?.
They said Stealth
(IOM) Limited was
formed to run a leasing
business and hire the aircraft on a long-term basis
at a commercial rate and
that all necessary disclosures were made to Isle of
Man officials, who approved the approach. The
lawyers said that reducing
taxes was not the motive,
but even if it had been, it is
lawful to lease rather than
buy to reduce VAT.
Lewis Hamilton did the paperwork for
Le
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May rejects demand for open register of offshore trusts
Lucy Fisher
Senior Political Correspondent
Bruno Waterfield Brussels
Theresa May rejected Labour?s
demand for greater transparency
around investments as the European
Union suggested that it may revive
plans to crack down on tax avoidance.
The prime minister refused to
commit to an inquiry on tax avoidance
after the so-called Paradise Papers leak
or to introducing a public register of
who owns offshore companies and
trusts in British tax havens.
Mrs May only went so far as to say
that people should ?pay the tax that is
due?. She said that �0 billion had been
collected by HM Revenue & Customs
since 2010 through measures already
introduced to stop on avoidance,
evasion and non-compliance.
Downing Street confirmed yesterday
that the prime minister did not have
any direct offshore investments and
that her assets were held in a blind trust,
Behind the story
F
rom a sex
scandal to a tax
scandal ? these
are truly
miserable times
for the government
(Oliver Wright writes).
The revelations about
the Tory donor Lord
Ashcroft bring the issue
of offshore tax avoidance
right to its door. It also
gives credence to
Labour?s argument that
the Tories are the party
of and for the rich that
can?t be trusted to create
a fair and transparent tax
system. But this is unfair.
The coalition government
did far more than its
Labour predecessor to
crack down on offshore
tax avoidance.
Britain under David
Cameron and George
Osborne was the
principal architect of an
which is regarded as customary
practice for ministers.
John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said that a public inquiry was
?desperately needed? to restore confidence in the taxation system after the
documents were leaked. ?To have such
international agreement
to allow for the automatic
exchange of tax
information between
jurisdictions. The UK
brought its own offshore
tax havens kicking and
screaming to the table.
As a result the type of
information now in the
public domain from the
Paradise Papers is
available to tax
authorities around the
a large number of rich individuals
avoiding their taxes means that we
don?t have our taxes to pay for vital
public services like the NHS, like education, like the care of our children by
local councils,? he said.
Labour also renewed calls for a tax
world, making
enforcement easier and
providing a deterrent.
The problem for the
government is that this
mechanism operates in
relative secrecy. So when
we see historical
revelations in such leaks,
the assumption is that
nothing has changed.
The system is still not
perfect, but it is much
better than it was.
enforcement unit in HMRC, though it
was pointed out that specialist units
already exist, including one that presides over high-net worth individuals and
companies
John Cullinane, a director at the
Chartered Institute of Taxation, ques-
tioned the principle of publishing data
that is already handed to HMRC.
Examining Labour?s proposals for
public registers, he said: ?A key issue is
whether large companies, trusts and
wealthier individuals should be obliged
to disclose tax information to the wider
public. Generally the tax authorities
are already entitled to it. Is it fair to set
aside privacy to the extent of allowing
any third party to pursue allegations
which may turn out to be false trails??
Pierre Moscovici, the European commissioner for economic and financial
affairs, called on member states yesterday to place tax havens on a blacklist.
This would stop people or companies
rerouting profits made in the EU to
tax-free or low-tax regions, such as the
British territories of Bermuda and the
Cayman Islands, as well as Jersey,
Guernsey and the Isle of Man.
Appleby, the law firm at the centre of
the leak, operates many legal schemes
out of British overseas territories and
dependencies.
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leasing �m jet from himself
Race against time
to move Apple?s
profits to Jersey
Alexi Mostrous Head of Investigations
his jet at the ?pace of a grand prix?; the Formula One champion, who partied with Rita Ora, gained a refund on the import fee
Q&A
Why do people go
offshore?
Despite mass leaks and
increased government
scrutiny, wealthy individuals
and multinational
corporations continue to
place trillions of dollars
offshore. There are four
main reasons that they do
so: convenience, secrecy,
legal avoidance or illegal
evasion.
What are the advantages?
Havens typically offer nil or
nominal taxes, along with a
neutral legal system. This
has attracted hundreds of
financial funds, which
favour tax havens because
they allow investors from
multiple jurisdictions to put
money in without facing
double taxation ? first by
the country where the fund
operates and then by the
investor?s own country
when he or she receives the
profits.
A multinational
embarking on a complex
cross-border deal might
also use a tax haven as a
?neutral? venue.
What are the
disadvantages?
Offshore jurisdictions
typically allow individuals to
hide ownership behind
multiple layers of nominee
shareholders, directors and
trusts. Such structures can
be used legitimately ? to
shield assets from the
prying eyes of greedy
relatives, for instance ? but
they can also be abused.
Such opacity makes
offshore entities an ideal
vehicle for tax avoidance.
There has rarely been a
legal tax avoidance scheme
offered to British investors
that did not rely on an
offshore element.
Multinationals also use
offshore subsidiaries to
funnel profits away from
high-tax jurisdictions, to the
consternation of national
tax authorities.
On the blackest end of
this sliding scale is illegality.
Offshore accounts have
been used to hide billions of
dollars from the taxman ?
including illicit gains from
money laundering and drug
trafficking. Such criminality
has become increasingly
harder to pull off, however,
as countries team up to
tackle the problem.
How have we tackled the
problem?
Britain ? in conjunction
with other European
countries ? has made
significant strides towards
combating illegal tax
evasion offshore.
As of July 2016, 83
jurisdictions have signed up
to an international
agreement to automatically
exchange tax information
across borders.
This means that HM
Revenue & Customs is likely
to know about your
Bermudan trust, even if
your relatives don?t.
However, attempts by
David Cameron when he
was prime minister to
persuade British overseas
territories to publish a
public register of ownership
? accessible to everyone ?
have been ignored.
Campaigners also say that
the rules around automatic
exchange have loopholes
that can be exploited.
In 2013 the Apple chief executive Tim
Cook responded defiantly to US senators accusing his company of avoiding
tax on $44 billion in offshore income
through Ireland.
?We pay all the taxes we owe, every
single dollar,? he said. ?We do not
depend on tax gimmicks . . . we do not
stash money on some Caribbean
island.?
This was true. Apple?s two Irish subsidiaries, which gained all the company?s non-US profits, did not funnel
their gains from Dublin into a tax haven. Instead their head offices were legally ?stateless? for tax purposes, allowing Apple to gain roughly the same tax
effect without shifting profits offshore.
That advantage was at risk, however,
when the Irish government announced
that year that companies incorporated
in Ireland would be able to avoid owing
corporation tax only if they could show
they were being ?managed and controlled in another jurisdiction?.
Apple was left with a choice. It could
accept that the subsidiaries were run
from the US, meaning it would have to
pay US taxes. It could pay Irish corporation tax rates. Or it could find a new
jurisdiction for the subsidiaries, such as
Jersey.
According to the Paradise Papers
leak, Apple approached Appleby, the
offshore law firm, for help. In March
2014 Apple?s lawyers are said to have
asked Appleby ?to provide assistance
with and co-ordination of a multi-jurisdictional project involving the British
Virgin Islands (BVI), Cayman, Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey . . . If your
proposal is cost-effective then we will
ask you to handle the entire project?.
In October that year Apple?s situation became more urgent. Michael
Noonan, the Irish finance minister at
the time, announced rules preventing
companies that were incorporated in
Ireland being managed and run in tax
havens. Companies set up before the
end of 2014, however, could avoid the
rule until December 2020 under socalled ?grandfathering provisions?.
Apple had two months to move to Jersey, a UK Crown dependency with zero
corporate tax for foreign companies.
Paradise Papers documents show
Apple?s two key Irish subsidiaries, Apple Operations International (AOI),
believed to hold most of Apple?s
$252 billion overseas cash hoard, and
Apple Sales International (ASI), were
managed from Appleby?s office in Jersey from the start of 2015 until early last
year, the BBC reported.
It is thought that ASI may have sold
some of Apple Inc?s hugely valuable intellectual property (IP) back to an Irish
company, allowing it to offset the cost
against future profits. Since the IP holder, ASI, was registered in Jersey, the
profits of the sale would not be taxed.
The European Commission has
ruled that Ireland gave an unlawful tax
benefit to Apple, requiring it to repay
Ireland �.6 billion for between 20032013. Ireland and Apple have appealed.
Apple?s 2017 accounts showed it
Global operations
Apple
1 Apple runs two
subsidiaries
incorporated in
Ireland: Apple Sales
International and
Apple Operations
Europe. These are
effectively stateless
for tax purposes
2 In 2013 and 2014,
the Irish government
changed the rules,
requiring Apple to
change its structures
by Dec 2014
Rep of
Ireland
Cork
Jersey
3 Apple
allegedly moved
the management
of its two
subsidiaries to
Jersey
Nike
Netherlands
Bermuda
1 Between 2005-2014 Nike transferred
vast sums of money via the Netherlands
to Nike International Ltd in Bermuda,
which held the company?s intellectual
property rights. It charged large
trademark royalty fees to Nike?s
European headquarters
2 From 2014, Nike moved the
company?s intellectual property rights
from Nike International Ltd to Nike
Innovate CV, which is not based
anywhere and has no tax residency
3 The CV model, and the one that
preceded it in Bermuda, appear to have
helped Nike to reduce substantially its
global tax rate. In May Nike?s offshore
mountain of accumulated profits was
worth more than $12bn. Its global tax
rate has fallen from 34.9 per cent in 2007
to 13.2 per cent last year
made $44.7 billion outside the US and
paid $1.65 billion in taxes to foreign governments, a rate of about 3.7 per cent.
Last night Apple released a statement responding to ?inaccuracies?. It
said the Irish changes did not reduce its
tax payments in any country, and that
no ?operations or investments? were
moved from Ireland but that it changed
the residency of its Irish subsidiaries in
2015. It said that its effective worldwide
tax rate was 24.6 per cent. ?Our payments to Ireland increased significantly and over the last three years we?ve
paid $1.5 billion in tax there,? it added.
Other documents expose Nike?s
global tax planning. According to The
Guardian, until 2014 profits from
London-based shoe sales were booked
in the Netherlands and shifted to a Bermudan subsidiary owning the company?s intellectual property rights. In
that year Nike moved the IP from Bermuda to another subsidiary, Nike Innovate CV, an allegedly stateless entity. All
the moves were legal. Nike?s global tax
rate has fallen from 34.9 per cent in
2007 to 13.2 per cent last year. Nike said
it fully complied with tax regulations.
There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing by either company.
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Queen?s ?inept? aides
face call to resign
over investments
David Brown
Chief News Correspondent
Valentine Low
A senior MP has called for the resignation of the board that oversees the
Queen?s private estate after it invested
in a fund based in a tax haven.
Frank Field, chairman of the Commons work and pensions committee,
accused the Council of the Duchy of
Lancaster of ?political ineptness? over
its investments.
The council includes Sir Alan Reid,
the Queen?s treasurer and keeper of the
privy purse, alongside Sir Mark Hudson, the chairman, Nathan Thompson,
the chief executive, and Chris Adcock,
the chief finance officer.
Mr Field told The Times that they had
exposed the Queen to embarrassment:
?We want a new board to safeguard the
Queen, by having new councillors who
would not let this happen.?
The duchy invested �7 million in a
Cayman Islands-based fund that in
turn invested in the controversial rentto-own retailer Brighthouse and the
Threshers off-licence chain, which
later went bust. Its investment in
Brighthouse equates to �208. It has
not been alleged that there is anything
illegal in the investments and there is
no suggestion that the Queen is not
paying tax.
Mr Field added: ?Brighthouse is the
worst honeytrap for poor people who
are desperate for a washing machine or
a seat to sit on.?
Sir Alan is the only executive
member of council who was serving
when the duchy invested in the Dover
Street VI Cayman Fund LP in 2005, two
years before its involvement in Brighthouse.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader,
appeared to say that the Queen should
apologise if any investments were made
to avoid tax. He told the CBI annual
conference in London: ?If the very
wealthy person wants to avoid taxation
in Britain and therefore put money into
a tax haven somewhere, who loses?
Schools, hospitals, housing, all those
public services lose and the rest of the
population have to pay to cover up the
deficit created by that.?
His spokesman later said: ?Jeremy
did not call for the Queen to apologise
but said anyone who puts money into a
tax haven to avoid paying tax should,
and that they should recognise the
damage done by avoidance to society.?
Dame Margaret Hodge, a Labour
MP and the former chairwoman of the
Commons public accounts committee,
told the BBC that she believed the
Queen would be ?completely shocked?
to learn how her funds had been
invested. ?Tax havens aren?t just repositories for people to hide their wealth,?
she said. ?They are also repositories for
money laundering, for organised crime,
bribery and all sorts of nefarious acts.?
David McClure, the author of Royal
Legacy, which examined the royal
family?s finances, said there should be
greater scrutiny of the duchy, which
provides the Queen with an income of
nearly � million a year from investments of more than �0 million.
?The disclosure of the duchy?s dealings in offshore tax havens will
prove highly embarrassing for
the sovereign and her advisers,? he said. ?The easy way to
stop further embarrassment would be for the
duchy to cease all offshore dealing and open
up its books to proper
scrutiny by parliament.?
About � million
from the duchy was
invested in the CayFrank Field said the
duchy council must
be held responsible
man Islands fund and a separate fund
called Jubilee Absolute Return Fund,
which was based in Bermuda and later
Guernsey, according to papers from the
international law firm Appleby.
Many of the most reputable institutions in Britain are fellow investors in
the Cayman Islands fund. Its investment has been highly profitable with a
return of more than 30 per cent.
Cambridge University invested
$4.5 million on behalf of a trust funded
by Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda,
while Oxford University and various
colleges invested a total of $6.7 million.
The Royal Literary Fund, whose trustees include the novelists Tracy Chevalier and Joanna Trollope, invested
$2 million. Michael Ridpath, a crime
author and treasurer of the trust, said
that almost all equity investment trusts
were based offshore to simplify tax
issues for investors from multiple countries. The trust is a charity so does not
pay tax on its investment profits.
The Cayman Islands fund is run by
Harbourvest, which is based in the US
and is one of the world?s biggest private
equity investment companies. Mr Ridpath said: ?Harbourvest are a very
good company. They have a lot of
integrity and are very transparent.?
The Duchy of Lancaster has
10 per cent of its assets in financial
investments, with most of its
assets in commercial property and agricultural
land. The Queen voluntarily pays tax on any
income she receives
from the duchy and
worldwide. A spokesman for the estate said:
?We operate a number of
investments and a few of
these are with overseas
funds. All of our investments are fully
audited and legitimate.?
BBC comedy
stars ?paid
via offshore
companies?
S
tars of one of the BBC?s
most popular comedies
diverted more than
�million into an offshore
tax-avoidance scheme, it
has been claimed (Alexi Mostrous
writes). Patrick Houlihan and
Martin and Fiona Delany allegedly
placed fees earned from Mrs
Brown?s Boys into Mauritian
companies that then sent them
back money in the form of loans.
The legal operation appears to
be similar to the K2 scheme used
by the comedian Jimmy Carr to
shelter about �million in income.
Carr said he had made a terrible
error of judgment. In both cases,
offshore trusts were used to
convert salaries into loans in an
apparent attempt to avoid income
tax and national insurance.
Since it launched in 2011 Mrs
Brown?s Boys has attracted millions
of viewers. It features Brendan
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Fiona Delany and
Pa
Patrick
Houlihan with
B
Brendan O?Carroll in
M Brown?s Boys, and
Mrs
M
Martin Delany. All
a
apart
from O?Carroll
al
allegedly
used schemes
O?Carroll playing the matriarch of
an Irish family. Leaked papers
from the law firm Appleby show
how fees for the three stars were
transferred by a production
company owned by O?Carroll to a
UK company, which then passed
cash to cell companies. Neither
O?Carroll, 62, nor the production
company participated in the
scheme. By converting their
salaries to loans the stars may have
avoided hundreds of thousands of
pounds in income tax and national
insurance. If HMRC successfully
challenges the scheme, the actors
could face large tax bills.
Roy Lyness, the accountant
behind the K2 scheme, also
How the scheme is said to work
1
Mrs Brown?s
Boys
production
company pays
a UK company for actors?
work, which transfers the
money to
2
3
A Mauritius trust
Which
takes
12.5%
6
5
Companies use
a third party to
pay loans to
Actors?
personal
bank accounts
Transfers rest
of the cash to
4
Patrick Houlihan
Fiona Delany
Martin Delany
Mauritius companies
Or via a Mauritiusbased self-employed
benefit trust, which transfers to
introduced the Mrs
intro
B
rown Boys actors to
Brown?s
their set
set-up, the documents
suggest. Hou
Houlihan told The Irish
Times that he d
did not understand
the elaborate scheme. ?By the time
the tax bill came around [each year],
the money would be gone. I found
myself constantly chasing my tail,?
he said. He sought advice from Mr
Lyness, the newspaper said. ?You
never knew what the f*** was
going on,? Mr Houlihan added.
The scheme allegedly used a UK
company called Pro Fid (UK) Ltd
to take in fees from Houlihan?s
theatre work and comedy show.
Pro Fid paid approximately 40 per
cent to the actor in monthly
payments, which were subject to
Irish income tax. The rest went to
a scheme involving trusts in the
Seychelles and Mauritius, the
newspaper said. According to the
BBC, in December 2015 Houlihan?s
company had assets of �6,349,
Fiona Delany?s �5,122, and
Martin Delany?s �5,030.
Each actor was said to have been
appointed as a ?consultant? to an
individual trust. Houlihan received
a Mauritian credit card that he
said he used for two flights to the
US. ?I was told that I would have to
pay the money back but I didn?t
contemplate when that would be,?
Mr Houlihan is reported to have
said. ?I wasn?t sure when it would
be.? He said it had sought to defer
tax rather than avoid it.
In September 2015 an Appleby
lawyer raised concerns about the
scheme, warning: ?If loans are not
serviced by frequent interest
payments or principal repaid by
the due date, there is no difference
between K2 scheme and the ones
being set up here.? It has said in a
statement: ?There is no evidence
of wrongdoing either on the part of
ourselves or our clients.?
Mr Lyness told the BBC he was
?bound by client confidentiality?.
O?Carroll said neither he nor his
companies had been involved in a
tax avoidance scheme and the
actors? wages were paid into a UK
company account. The Delanys
were unavailable for comment.
You?ll be poster boy for hypocrisy, Bono warned
David Brown, Dominic Kennedy
Georgie Keate
Bono was warned yesterday that he
risks becoming ?a poster boy for hypocrisy not rock music? after an investigation was launched into his investment in a company based in a tax
haven.
The lead singer of the Irish rock band
U2, who campaigns for increases in
taxpayer spending on international aid,
put money in a company registered in
Malta, which bought a Lithuanian
shopping centre.
The Lithuanian tax authority is investigating the shopping centre after
the Maltese company?s involvement
was revealed in a leak of papers from
Appleby, an international law firm.
Paul Monaghan, the chief executive
of Fair Tax Mark, which certifies taxpaying companies, said: ?There?s a great
many businesses which campaign for
good and take part in events like Comic
Relief and still accept that they should
pay their taxes.
?Bono would do well to reflect on this
in the coming days as he risks becoming
a poster boy for hypocrisy not rock
music.?
The singer invested in a company
called Nude Estates Malta that paid
�1 million for the shopping centre
in Utena, northeast Lithuania, in
2007. Foreign investors in Malta pay
5 per cent tax on profits.
Ownership of the centre
transferred in 2012 to a company called Nude Estates I,
based in Guernsey, where no
tax is paid on company profits.
Bono had been recruited by Bryan
Meehan, an Irish
businessman who
co-founded the
Nude skincare
brand with the
singer.
Bono
said yesterday:
?I would be extremely distressed
if, even as a passive
Bono said he was
assured the company
was tax compliant
minority investor . . . anything less than
exemplary was done with my name
anywhere near it.
?I?ve been assured by those
running the company that it
is fully tax compliant, but if
that is not the case I want
to know as much as the
tax office does, and so I
also welcome the audit
they have said they
will undertake. I take
this stuff very seriously.?
Bono, 57, said that he
had campaigned for the
beneficial ownership of offshore companies to be made
transparent. ?There should be
public registries so that the
press and public can see
what governments, like
Guernsey, already know,?
he added.
Sigitas Jautakis, the
Lithuanian director of
Nude Estates 2, the company that manages the
shopping centre, denied any
wrongdoing and said that it would comply if asked to pay more tax.
The former Tory party treasurer
Lord Ashcroft yesterday dismissed
claims by BBC One?s Panorama that he
could face a large tax bill because
control of an independent trust might
not have been fully maintained by the
trustees. He accused the programme of
pursuing one-sided, groundless allegations against him for years and said it
had again failed to find any wrongdoing.
Lord Ashcroft, who has given more
than � million to the Tories, denied
that he had ignored rules in relation to
the Punta Gorda Trust, which at one
point was worth �1 million.
?I can state unequivocally that I have
not ignored rules, and that I do not
control the Punta Gorda Trust and
never have done,? he said.
Lord Ashcroft, 71, said that he had
never known the identity of the trustees, nobody had suggested to him that
he had taken any inappropriate action
and no professional trustee had resigned because of anything he had
done.
Bermuda
officials had
told firm it
was at risk
Dominic Kennedy
The law firm at the centre of the
Paradise Papers security breach was
criticised by officials for having weak
defences against money laundering
and terrorism funding.
The directors of Appleby Services
(Bermuda) were sent a warning by the
island?s monetary authority after a site
visit and sampling of files, citing a high
risk from problems with internal
controls, compliance monitoring and
oversight weaknesses.
Concerns had been expressed for
some time. The report stated that the
failure of the business to implement a
previous remediation plan ?heightened
the authority?s concern about the firm?s
regulatory compliance and control
environment?.
The letter was written in April 2015
by Marcia Woolridge-Allwood, a
director at the monetary authority. Six
months later the office in Bermuda fell
victim to the massive data attack. The
law firm did not realise that it had been
hacked until May 2016.
An investigation by external forensic
consultants established that there had
been unlawful access across several
offices. ?Such was the sophistication . . .
that we have been unable to pinpoint
the documents which have been unlawfully viewed, or even whether they
were successfully exported from our
systems,? it said.
The intruders continued to try to
break into Appleby?s computers after
May 2016 but found themselves locked
out, ?so it looks like their work was
incomplete and that we were able to
disrupt it?, the firm said in a letter sent
to clients in the past few days and seen
by The Times.
The hacked data was given to a German newspaper, which shared it with
the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
Appleby this week emphasised that
?journalists do not allege, nor could
they, that Appleby has done anything
unlawful. There is no wrongdoing.? It
said there was no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of its clients and that
?the allegations being made are unfounded and based on a lack of understanding of the legitimate and lawful
structures used in the offshore sector?.
Appleby provides legal services to
the super-rich, financial institutions
and FTSE 100 companies from offices
based in tiny offshore islands around
the world. The theft of millions of documents from its Bermuda branch is a
devastating blow to confidence that the
wealthy can safely entrust their assets
and secrets to tax havens.
The law firm described the Paradise
Papers disclosures as a ?patchwork
quilt of unrelated allegations with a
clear political agenda and movement
against offshore? and said that they
arose from ?a serious criminal act?.
Appleby was founded in Bermuda in
1898 and has offices in the tax shelters
of the British Virgin Islands, Cayman
Islands, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey,
Mauritius and the Seychelles, as well as
in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Offices in
London and Bahrain have been closed.
The Appleby attack comes after a
huge theft of computer documents
from Mossack Fonseca, a law firm in
Panama City, which were published by
the same team of journalists last year
under the title the Panama Papers.
That security breach led to the downfall of the prime ministers of Iceland
and Pakistan.
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with report card app
TMS
diary@thetimes.co.uk | @timesdiary
Cathedral last week when he told a
TMS elf about the time he met the
Dalai Lama. ?What number are
you?? asked the Dalai Lama. The
leader of the Greek Orthodox
Church looked confused before
replying: ?I think I?m 149.? The
Dalai Lama smiled smugly: ?I?m
only 13.?
Newshound?s
a team player
Jeremy Thompson, the former Sky
News anchorman, used to combine
playing rugby with reporting on it
for the Cambridge News. It was
quite an operation to keep it a
secret from his boss. Thompson,
right, roped in friends and injured
team-mates to take notes during
play before he raced off at the final
whistle to a phonebox to file copy
while his team had a bath. To avoid
being foiled he would not put his
name down as a try scorer, instead
he?d award it to a friend who hadn?t
scored recently. ?Prop forwards had
never touched down so many tries,?
he notes in his memoirs. The paper
didn?t even pick up on the unusual
name that would appear on the
team sheet every week: A. N. Other.
Thompson?s rugby career at Ely RFC
came to an end when his editor
turned up to watch. ?What the hell
do you think you?re doing?? he
shouted. ?You?re supposed to be
reporting the match, not playing in
it.? After pleading for clemency, he
was allowed to play. The young
reporter passed the editor his
notebook and said: ?You wouldn?t mind
jotting down the score, would you??
not such a supporting cast
Dame Judi Dench has appeared in
so many films she?s begun to forget
with whom she has worked. In this
month?s Woman & Home magazine,
she admits attending a recent
premiere for a movie in which she
had starred. Spotting an actor
friend at the party she rushed over.
?Darling, hello,? she said. ?What are
you doing here?? His face fell. ?I?m
in it,? he grumbled.
BBC subtitles were in a risqu� mood
at the weekend. Discussing the
Westminster sex scandal, a
commentator standing outside
parliament said: ?It?s quite a febrile
atmosphere in there.? An eagle-eyed
viewer spotted what appeared on
screen: ?It?s quite a free-bra
atmosphere in there.?
ancient and modern
Patriarch Theophilos III of
Jerusalem was visiting Westminster
This week Ken Dodd celebrates his
90th birthday, with many happy
returns from TMS. The Paradise
Papers debacle reminded me of my
favourite Dodd joke about his own
tax case in which he was tried ? and
acquitted ? of tax evasion in 1999:
?The Inland Revenue sent a car for
me. Luckily it missed.?
in a league of his own
Our story about Tim Loughton, the
Conservative MP who enjoys an
hour-long bath each morning,
made Gerry Orme, a reader, recall
an unusually well-read Manchester
United player who was staying at
the Piccadilly Hotel. On the first
morning he asked Tommy
Docherty if he could move to a
hotel with a bath. The Manchester
United manager grumpily pointed
out that it was a five-star hotel.
?True,? came the reply, ?but have
you tried doing The Times
crossword in a shower??
grant tucker
Nicola Woolcock
Education Correspondent
Parents no longer need to wait for the
annual school report to learn how their
child is doing ? they can get instant
updates through apps that monitor
their behaviour in the classroom.
Teachers are using the fear of
repercussions at home to reinforce
discipline, using programmes that
allow them to award or deduct points to
pupils based on achievements or effort.
However, some are finding that it has
led to their performance, rather than
that of the children, being assessed by
competitive parents.
?There?s a button so parents can
contact the teacher. You can imagine
how this causes problems with some of
the parents who are annoyed their little
angel?s got less points than their friend,?
one teacher wrote on an education
message board.
?Their kids often end up with more
points than the kids who should,
because their parents moan.?
The teacher added: ?Now instead of
the teachers talking to
students
and
parents,
phones flash to say,
?Ethan?s got a point
for good sitClassDojo can
send photos and
comments about
a pupil?s progress
ting!? Ethan is a seven-year-old [child],
not a three-month-old dog.?
One app, ClassDojo, updates parents
on what happens throughout the
school day through photos, videos and
messages. Liam Don and Sam Chaudhary, two British entrepreneurs who
founded the service in the United
States, claimed that 70 per cent of
schools in the UK have signed up, but it
is not known how many use it regularly.
Another, Go 4 Schools, was used by
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the
Association of School and College
Leaders, when he was still a secondary
school head teacher. He said that
parents now expected more interaction
and feedback than a monthly newsletter or a parents? evening each term.
?Apps can be used to comment on
attendance or behaviour or a piece of
work,? he said. ?It creates that connection with parents, who are the biggest
influence on how a child
performs. The closed
world of the teacher?s
mark book has become open.?
He added that,
rather than create
extra work, the app
could free up teachers?
time by allowing them
to quickly communicate with parents
rather than writing
comments in dozens
of books.
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Racist Britain sent me to Isis, says jihadist bride
Neil Johnston
A British jihadist bride who married
America?s most senior Islamic State
member said she was radicalised by
racism in the UK.
Tania Georgelas, 33, said that she suffered bigotry while growing up in Harrow, northwest London, and was driven
to the terror group.
?I faced a lot of racism,? she said. ?I
was looking for a way to retaliate, and I
wanted honour again.?
Ms Georgelas, whose birth name is
Joya, was one of five children of BritishBangladeshi parents. She started smoking cannabis while studying for her
A levels and is thought to have fallen
under the influence of a group of ultraconservative Algerian students. She
began supporting gender segregation
and wearing a full-body veil and said
the September 11, 2001, attacks were a
turning point for her.
?I saw the towers being crashed into and I went to school the next day,??
she told The Atlantic. ?I said to my
friend: ?Oh isn?t it dreadful what
happened? and she looked at me
and said: ?Is it really?? At that
point I became really jihadi
hardcore.?
In 2003 she married John Georgelas, now 33, the youngest
Tania and John
Georgelas were
radicalised after
the 9/11 attacks
child and only son of a former
US military doctor. They
moved to his home in Texas
but Mr Georgelas, who is
thought to have converted to
Islam shortly after 9/11, was
jailed for providing IT assistance to jihadist websites.
When he was released in 2011, the
couple went to Cairo and began discussing going to Syria.
They have four children and Ms Georgelas said that although she felt she
?wasn?t ready? for Syria, they travelled
there in August 2013. She had hopes of
having seven children who would become killers and conquer every continent in the world for Isis.
?Our dreams were to have land of our
own, raise a family and train them to be
assassins or whatever, soldiers, and
then eventually go join the jihad,? she
said. ?I?ve had these children for one
reason only, and that was so they could
serve God as Muslims, as mujahideen.?
They set up home in an abandoned
villa in the town of Azaz but there was
no running water and a shortage of
food. Ms Georgelas and the children
became ill within days and by September she had convinced her husband to
take them back to Turkey. After navigating through a minefield with their
youngest child in a buggy, Mr Georgelas gave her several hundred dollars
and handed her to a people smuggler.
She made her way back to Texas and
divorced him, but still lives with his
parents. Mr Georgelas remains in Syria
where he has become the highest
ranking American in Isis under the
name Yahya al-Bahrumi.
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Tibetan treasure This gilt-bronze Avalokiteshvara, a Buddha often depicted with
a thousand arms and 11 heads, is expected to fetch �,000 at Bonhams in London
Musician is
sacked over
violinist slur
Facebook, the
new way to
transfer cash
Georgie Keate
Mark Bridge Technology Correspondent
A lecturer at the Royal Academy of
Music was sacked after calling violinists
?gypos? in a memo to students.
Francesca Carpos, 58, a professional
bassoonist, wrote a four-page memo on
finding work that included a glossary of
words that she said students would hear
when they began playing with professionals. ?Gypos (short for gypsies) = violinists specifically,? she wrote. String
players were known as ?pond life? who
drank in ?tea rooms? while the brass
section could be found in the pub.
After an outcry on social media, Dr
Carpos said that her comments had
been taken out of context and they
were ?colloquial terms? used by musicians.
One student said that the use of the
word ?gypo? was racist and that ?stereotyping musicians based on what instrument they play is alienating performers
who feel they do not fit the mould?.
In September the British conductor
Matthew Halls was sacked as artistic
director of the Oregon Bach Festival
after he imitated a southern American
accent while talking to Reginald
Mobley, an African-American singer.
Facebook is rolling out its payment
service to allow users to send money to
friends with a few taps of an app.
The free service was launched in the
United States two years ago and enables transfers inside the Messenger app
without users having to log into their
online banking or asking friends for
their account details. Now it will be
available in Britain. The expansion puts
Facebook in competition with PayPal
and steals a march on Apple, which is
still trialling its Pay Cash service.
Facebook users can send up to �500
at a time, and up to �,000 every 30
days. They link their account to their
debit card and can request payments to
friends in seconds by messaging them
and entering the amount to transfer
and a PIN. Facebook?s virtual assistant,
called ?M?, will also detect from conversations when a payment might be due
and nag on behalf of friends.
Facebook said that transactions were
encrypted and would not be used to
gather data for advertising. Although it
claims that it loses money on the transfers, the service could increase the use
of Messenger, boosting advertising.
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Father beat
girl to death
after experts
missed abuse
John Simpson Crime Correspondent
A man has been convicted of beating to
death an 18-month-old girl he and his
husband had adopted after social workers and medical staff failed to spot
months of abuse.
Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, left Elsie,
his ?delicate? daughter, critically ill for
four days after the attack at the home
he shared with his husband, Craig, 36.
She suffered broken ribs, a broken leg,
bleeding on the brain and a fractured
skull and died in hospital in Cardiff on
May 29 last year.
Experts missed at least three opportunities to stop Scully-Hicks, who subjected Elsie to seven months of abuse
despite fortnightly visits to the couple?s
home. Vale of Glamorgan council,
which placed Elsie with the two men,
formally approved the adoption two
weeks before she was murdered.
Neighbours reported hearing ScullyHicks, who moved to Delabole, Cornwall, after Elsie?s death, respond to her
crying by screaming: ?Shut up, shut up,
shut the f*** up?, and on one occasion
shouting: ?Shut up you little f***ing
brat?, and ?Shut up you silly little c***?.
In text messages to his husband, who
worked away from home for several
days at a time, he described Elsie as
?Satan dressed up in a baby grow?,
called her a diva and said she would get
?pissy? when not pandered to. He also
referred to her as ?a psycho? and ?the
exorcist?. In court he dismissed the
messages as ?text talk? and denied hurting her.
The judge, Mrs Justice Nicola Davies, said that Elsie was
particularly vulnerable.
Scully-Hicks, a former fitness instructor, had opted to
stay at home with Elsie and her
adoptive sibling, who cannot be
identified, while his husband
worked. He said that he had
found Elsie lying on the
living room floor
after he had gone
to throw away a
nappy. It was the
fourth time that
Fractured skull
and bleeding
on the brain
Bruises on
forehead
Retinal
bleeding in
both eyes
Murderer?s texts
?
?
?
?
It?s a long-standing issue.
She wakes up at regular
intervals during the night.
She just wants to be given her
dummy and attention but she has
a proper diva strop about it all!
We think someone used to bring
her downstairs in the middle of
the night which we don?t do. She?s
pissy because we don?t let her
Three
fractured
ribs
Internal
bleeding
Honestly she is satan
dressed up in a baby
grow!!! In bed half a bottle
just about and screamed through
it all again!!!
Elsie has had two nights
of being Satan before bed
which ain?t fun!! What
gwan with you? All ready for last
day then? Xx
Fractured right
distal fibula
(above knee)
Whoop whoop yep still
on for Thursday!! Haha
she pretty much looks
and sounds like the exorcist to
be fair!!!
he had tried to explain away her injuries.
In November 2015 he claimed that she
had fallen from a baby walker and broken her leg in two places. Hospital staff,
who failed to spot the second fracture, accepted his explanation.
A month later he claimed that
bruises on her forehead were
caused by a fall in the kitchen
and he lied to a health visitor
about having taken her to a
doctor.
In March the following year
he dialled 999 and said that she
had fallen down stairs and was
vomiting blood. In the call
played to the jury, ScullyHicks said that Elsie
was ?just lying there,
she?s all floppy? and
that her eyes were
open and rolling
Fractured right
tibia (above
ankle)
Elsie suffered appalling injuries at the hands of Matthew Scully-Hicks, below left
around. David Tuthill, who treated
Elsie in intensive care, told Cardiff
crown court: ?My recollection of him
was of him being very calm. It was
something, as I came back down to intensive care, that I said to my nurse
practitioner. I said, ?That?s strange ? he
was very calm?.?
Scully-Hicks sat expressionless in
court as the verdict was read out.
Despite the various incidents, which
should have been reported to the
council, Scully-Hicks and his husband
formally adopted Elsie in May last year.
A spokesman for Cardiff and Vale of
Glamorgan local safeguarding children
board said that an independent child
practice review would examine the
?tragic circumstances? of Elsie?s death.
The jury found Scully-Hicks guilty of
murder on their fourth day of deliberation. Paul Lewis, QC, for the prosecu-
tion, said that ?Scully-Hicks gripped
her by the ribcage, shook her and she
struck her head on a hard surface or he
used a hard object to hit her?.
In a police interview, Scully-Hicks
said that Elsie was vocal and would
?whinge? but tended not to scream.
After the verdict, Mr Lewis told the
court: ?Elsie was particularly vulnerable by reason of her age. There was a
gross abuse of trust on the part of the
defendant. We invite the court to bear
in mind the nature and the extent of the
injuries suffered. All the injuries
suffered by Elsie in her short life while
living with the defendant were deliberately inflicted by him.?
The health board and Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff councils would not
comment on the case until the safeguarding review was complete.
Scully-Hicks will be sentenced today.
Husband?s
longing for
a child was
unwavering
Behind the story
C
raig Scully-Hicks was
so full of pride when he
and his husband were
matched with their first
adopted child that he
wrote: ?We will be a family that
sticks together and takes on the
world, nothing in life can?t be
overcome or achieved with
Love,? (John Simpson writes).
In a blog post written three
years before his husband abused,
beat and murdered Elsie, the
second baby they adopted, Mr
Scully-Hicks wrote: ?We
understand that social services
have to be sure they are placing
these children with trustworthy
individuals and they have to ask
hard questions because if god
forbid something ever went
wrong . . . ?
Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, is
facing 25 years in prison for the
murder of Elsie after health and
social workers failed to see
through his deceit.
Elsie was 11 months old when
she joined the family at their
home in Cardiff. She was taken
from her drug-addicted mother
in the Vale of Glamorgan days
after she was born.
The couple had met in
Swindon and married in Portugal
in August 2012. Craig ScullyHicks, 36, wrote after they settled
in the suburbs of Cardiff that
they were ?starting a family in
Wales as first-time gay parents?
and described their ?journey
from drunken nights out to sober
nights in, bottles [and] nappies.?
The couple were so desperate
to have children they considered
surrogacy. Craig Scully-Hicks
described the ?unwavering desire
of wanting a child and starting a
family but not being able to do
so? as ?often gut-wrenching?.
After learning they had been
matched with Elsie?s older
adopted sibling, he wrote: ?The
best days of my life are in front of
me!?
In the witness box Mr ScullyHicks said that he had never
suspected that Elsie was being
abused. He said: ?I need to be
clear here. My house was filled
with love and happiness ? all the
time. If I had suspected anything
I wouldn?t have tolerated it.?
Teeth reveal humans? oldest ancestors Criminal methods used to
Fossil remains of two rat-like creatures
thought to be the oldest known ancestors of humans have been discovered in
Dorset.
The small furry mammals, resembling the illustration, right, lived concurrently with the dinosaurs 145 million years ago, and are believed to be
the direct ancestors of most mammals.
Two teeth belonging to two different
species were found in the exposed cliffs
of the Jurassic Coast near Swanage.
Steve Sweetman, of the University of
Portsmouth, said that his jaw had
dropped when he looked at the specimens.?The teeth are of a type so highly
evolved that I realised straightaway I
was looking at remains of Early Cretaceous mammals that more closely resembled those that lived during the latest Cretaceous, some 60 million
years later in geological his45
tory,? he said. ?Our 145
million-year-old teeth aree
undoubtedly the earliest
yet known from the line
of mammals that led to
our own species.?
The finding, published in Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, reported
ethat the two mammal spenal.
cies were probably nocturnal.
er that
One was likely a burrower
ate insects, while the larger creature
may have consumed plants as well.
?The teeth are of a highly advanced
type that can pierce, cut and crush
Th are also very worn,
food. They
whic suggests the animals
which
to which they belonged
liv to a good age,? Dr
lived
S
Sweetman
said.
One of the species
h been named Durlhas
st
stotherium
newmani ?
af
after
Charlie Newman,
the landlord of a pub
close to where the fossils
were d
discovered ? and the
Dur
other Durlstodon
ensomi.
catch up with sea turtles
Techniques more commonly suited to
catching criminals are being used by
British scientists to investigate the
movements of green sea turtles.
Researchers from the University of
Exeter used satellite tracking and a
tracing method used by forensic
scientists to find out which foraging
grounds turtles had come from to breed
in Cyprus.
The scientists measured stable isotope ratios, a chemical signature, to discover that Lake Bardawil on the north
coast of Egypt was the most important
foraging ground for turtles that travel
to breed at Alagadi in Cyprus, an area
known for its turtle population.
?This research demonstrates how
stable isotope analysis can help us learn
more about the lives of species,? Phil
Bradshaw, from the university?s biosciences department, said. ?Using a
combination of this analysis and satellite tracking gives us more reliable data,
and this can be used to measure the
success of future conservation efforts.?
The paper was published in the
Marine Ecology Progress Series.
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Diesel sales drop by
a third as car buyers
shun cleaner models
Graeme Paton Transport Correspondent
Target setting The Prince of Wales learns the art of dart blowing in Sarawak, the Malaysian part of Borneo, on a tour of Asia
Sales of diesel cars fell by almost a third
last month compared with October last
year, and the total number of new cars
sold fell for the ninth month in a row.
The collapse in the diesel market is
believed to be the biggest monthly fall
in sales for nine years, which the
Society of Motor Manufacturers and
Traders (SMMT) blamed on ?confusion over government policy on diesel?.
It comes after the announcement of
measures designed to restrict older,
more polluting diesels. The government recently announced plans to ban
the sale of conventional diesel and petrol cars by 2040 to meet European
Union limits on nitrogen dioxide.
Ministers are also believed to be considering a tax on diesel vehicles to pay
for more measures to cut pollution.
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has
already introduced a � toxicity
charge for drivers of older vehicles.
The SMMT said that newer diesels
were far cleaner than previous models
and one expert said that incentives
should be given to buyers of more environmentally friendly models.
Figures published yesterday showed
that 158,192 new cars were sold in the
UK last month, a drop of 12.2 per cent
on the previous October. The number
of petrol cars sold rose by 2.7 per cent
and the number of electric and hybrid
cars leapt by almost 37 per cent to 8,244.
However, the rise was offset by the
sharp decline in the sale of diesels.
In all, 62,349 diesels were sold last
month compared with 88,888 in the
previous October. Diesels now make up
39.4 per cent of new cars sold, down
from 49.3 per cent last year.
Alex Buttle, founder of Motorway.co.uk, a car-buying comparison
website, said: ?Diesel?s market share is
plummeting and consumers aren?t listening to rhetoric about cleaner diesel
models, however much the industry
drums on about it. The damage has
been done.?
He suggested that diesel was a ?lost
cause?, adding: ?Maybe it?s time the
focus was shifted towards giving attractive tax incentives for purchasing
alternative fuel vehicles to encourage
growth in this area.?
Mike Hawes, the SMMT?s chief executive, said: ?Declining business and
consumer confidence is undoubtedly
affecting demand in the new car market
but this is being compounded by confusion over government policy on diesel.
?We urge the government to use the
forthcoming autumn budget to restore
stability to the market, encouraging the
purchase of the latest low emission
vehicles as fleet renewal is the fastest
and most effective way of addressing air
quality concerns.?
Manufacturing slump, page 44
Pollution masks for train staff
Mal Tattersall, Graeme Paton
Rail staff have been offered masks after
concerns about pollution in a 3.6-mile
stretch of tunnel that one driver said
had not been cleaned for 40 years.
An internal report says that airborne
yeast and mould are a possible danger
to human health. The line is part of the
Great Northern route, running past
Arsenal FC?s stadium in north London,
to Moorgate station. It is operated by
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR).
Environmental consultants advised
that respiratory devices should be
offered to drivers and other staff
exposed to dust. Sources claim that 15
train drivers refused to make the
14-minute journey with trains diverted
to Kings Cross. GTR said: ?There are no
health fears. Dust levels are well below
workplace exposure limits.?
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Plea to save ancient organ falls on deaf ears
Simon de Bruxelles
A ?magnificent? 200-year-old pipe
organ is to be removed from a church
and replaced with a digital keyboard to
the anger of traditionalists.
It has accompanied hymns at St
Paul?s Church in St Albans since 1910
when it was already 90 years old and is
being removed to make way for ?happy
clappy? evangelical music.
The chancellor for the Diocese of St
Albans has ruled that the 16ft wide instrument can be replaced with a digital
organ and speakers at a cost of nearly
�,000. The diocese says that the old
organ has become unreliable and needs
repairs costing at least �,000. Others
say it is in good order and that church
officials have decided it represents a
tradition they do not like. They also accused the parochial church council of
misrepresenting the cost of repairs.
Jonathan Humbert, who learnt to
play on the instrument, said that it had
been ?sublime? when he played it two
months ago. ?It is a myth that it has become unreliable,? he said. ?I gave it a
damn good thrashing for one hour and
it took everything I gave it ? Jerusalem,
Widor?s 5th symphony and Bach?s
Toccata and Fugue in D minor. It
sounded magnificent. Thirty years ago
I would never have thought St Paul?s
ENGLISH HERITAGE
Castle?s secrets
revealed online
U
ltra high
definition
cameras
have
zoomed in
on murals at Bolsover
Castle and discovered
nuances unseen by
the naked eye but
which are now
available to view
online (David
Sanderson writes).
William Cavendish,
the first Duke of
Newcastle (15921676), and his wife,
Elizabeth Bassett,
laid allegorical
messages on the
walls of the castle in
Derbyshire. A
partnership between
English Heritage and
Google Arts &
Culture has now
allowed experts to
unravel the mysteries.
Matt Thompson, of
English Heritage, said
that the cameras had
picked up clues that
could not be spotted
by visitors ?even if
they lay on the floor
looking up with a pair
of binoculars?. A rope
falling beside a
fisherman?s boat is in
the shape of a knotted
snake, a family
emblem. A fish
becomes a knife, a
nod to the family
having profited from
the metal industry.
The duke was one
of the most important
royalist figures, and is
renowned for
promoting the art of
dressage in Britain.
More than 30 of
English Heritage?s
sites, including Battle
Abbey, above, have
been given the Google
treatment, which it
said would allow
people to be brought
?closer to our
historic
masterpieces than
ever before?.
Other images
online include a
sculpture of Venus,
left, from Wrest Park
in Bedfordshire.
would be a happy clappy evangelical
church. Unfortunately that modern
wing of the church don?t care for anything that?s traditional. They couldn?t
care less if the organ goes because they
prefer bongos and guitars.?
Geraint Jones, an organist at the
church for ten years until 1989, left
because it was becoming too evangelical. ?These days the services favour a
band with guitars and drum kits. The
pipe organ represents a type of worship
they want to disassociate themselves
from. But it is ridiculous and churlish to
replace a working pipe organ with an
electronic one,? he said.
The parochial church council made
an application to replace the organ with
an electronic one earlier this year but
the proposal caused controversy
because St Albans has an international
organ festival every two years.
Roger Kaye, QC, chancellor of the
diocese, said in his judgment: ?It appears the existing organ has become
unreliable and unpredictable and may
cost as much as �,000 to repair. The
organ adviser has reported the existing
organ is well maintained but is rarely
used and is a second-rate instrument of
little historic, musical or artistic merit.?
Mr Humbert said that the repair
figure would have been spread over 20
years and amounted to maintenance.
The Rev Tony Hurle, vicar of St
Paul?s, said: ?The organ has served us
well for over 100 years but unfortunately
the time has come for us to modernise.
Electronic organs are very good and
certainly better than the one we have at
the moment. We still want to play organ
music at the church but we have other
uses for the space.?
A spokesman for the diocese said:
?The chancellor judged this case on its
merits, solely on the basis of the papers
formally put before him.? He added
that the diocesan advisory committee
supported churches in the use of music
?of various styles as appropriate to the
mission of the particular church?.
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Rogue gamblers cost
bookmaker �3m
Andrew Ellson
Consumer Affairs Correspondent
Britain?s biggest bookmaker has been
fined �3 million for allowing two
criminals to bet millions in stolen
money despite claiming that safeguards to stop such gambling had
improved.
The Gambling Commission has
ordered Gala Interactive, which is
owned by Ladbrokes Coral, to pay for its
?social responsibility failures?.
?The action follows the discovery of
significant flaws in Gala?s dealings with
two high-spending customers who lost
around �3 million of stolen money,?
the regulator said.
?An aggravating factor was that during a previous case regarding similar
failings, Gala told the commission that
customers of concern would be identified sooner and effectively handled.
This assurance was made during the
same time that both these customers
were gambling with Gala.?
The first customer lost �7,545 over
14 months and the second lost �2,765
over 11 months while playing Gala?s
online games. The total stake the pair
actually bet would have been significantly higher. Despite the huge sums,
Gala failed to check adequately the
source of the funds or whether the
customers had a gambling problem.
The first customer had been betting
with money stolen from an employer
and the second with money from ?ac-
quiring, using or possessing criminal
property?. Both were convicted, but the
commission refused to name them,
saying that the case was about an operator ?failing to meet social responsibility requirements, not about the individuals involved?.
The ruling could add to the perception that bookmakers pay lip service to
rules designed to make gambling safer.
Last year, Gala was fined �6,000
for allowing a customer to bet millions
of pounds after robbing an elderly
couple of their life savings. The company allowed Gary Watts to bet huge
sums even though, on paper, he had an
ordinary lifestyle, working as an electrician and living in a semi-detached
house. The bookmaker gave Mr Watts
VIP status, taking him and his family to
hospitality events.
At the time Gala Coral said that it was
a historical case and that the company
had improved procedures. Sarah Harrison, chief executive of the Gambling
Commission, added: ?Gala Coral have
assured us of their commitment to take
action to address the failings.?
Gala said yesterday: ?In the two cases
reviewed, it was clear that we had not
met our own standards or those demanded by the commission. The business has moved on since these cases occurred and the mindset of the board
and management is that there can be
no shortcuts on delivering our social
responsibility and anti-money laundering obligations.?
It?s minus 6C (as
UN predicts one
of hottest years)
B
ritain woke
to frost
yesterday
after the
coldest night
of autumn.
Temperatures on
Bonfire Night fell to
minus 6C (21.2F), and
the Met Office said it
would remain largely
bright and chilly.
The forecast came
as the UN?s weather
and climate agency
said that this year was
likely to be one of the
three hottest on
Sunset over Chesterton
windmill, Warwickshire,
preceded the coldest
night of the autumn,
producing hard frost
in Richmond Park,
London. Rowers in
Cambridge braved
the chill on the Cam
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Couple killed by driver, 90,
who stepped on wrong pedal
Fariha Karim
record globally. The
World Meteorological
Organisation said that
2013-17 were set to be
the warmest five years
in records going back
to 1850, with clear
evidence that manmade gas emissions
were to blame. Last
year is likely to remain
the warmest on
record, with the
temperature boosted
by the El Ni駉
phenomenon, which
has now faded. This
year is set to be the
warmest without an El
Ni駉 influence. The
UN?s annual meeting
on climate change ?
which should not be
confused with weather
? opened in Bonn
yesterday.
Full forecast, page 61
A 90-year-old driver reversed into two
women and killed them because he put
his foot on the accelerator of his automatic car rather than the brake.
Philip Bull had just left his ?elderly
and infirm? wife at Withington Community Hospital in Manchester when
he struck Clare Haslam, 44, and Deborah Clifton, 49, in the car park.
The two women lived together as a
couple and had a young daughter. They
were pronounced dead in hospital.
Last month Bull pleaded guilty to two
charges of causing death by dangerous
driving. He was said to be ?hugely remorseful?, and had said: ?I can?t think of
any way worse to come to the end of my
life having now ended the lives of
others.? He will be sentenced today and
could be jailed.
Manchester crown court was told
that Bull had been caring for his wife,
Audrey, who has Alzheimer?s, for ten
years. He had dropped her off on the
afternoon of March 7. Ms Haslam
and Ms Clifton, who were described by their family as ?like
an old married couple?, were
standing near by when he
began to reverse.
Richard Vardon,
representing Bull,
told the court that
he had panicked
when the car
started
going
Safety and the over-70s
6 Drivers over 70 are less likely to
be in crashes involving speed, loss
of control or alcohol, but more likely
to crash at a junction.
6 Older drivers have less ability to
judge speed and read complex
situations on the road, so many
choose to avoid motorways and
driving at night.
6 The risk of a driver over 70 killing
a pedestrian is less than that of a
middle-aged driver and half that of a
driver aged 25 or under.
6 Driving licences expire at the age
of 70, after which they are
renewable every three years.
Renewal forms ask motorists to
declare any medical conditions and
confirm that they meet driving test
standards of vision.
backwards and pressed ?more
forcefully because he believed he was pressing the
brake rather than the accelerator?.
Sarah Johnston, for
the prosecution, told
the court that the
starting point
for an offence
of causing
death
by
dangerous driving in the circumstances
was three years in prison, with a range
of two to five years, according to the
sentencing guidelines.
Mr Vardon urged Judge Martin
Walsh to impose a suspended sentence
because Mrs Bull would not be able to
live at home without her husband. He
said that the circumstances of the case
were ?exceptional?. Bull may be entitled
to a reduction in his sentence for pleading guilty at an early stage.
Mr Vardon said that accidental acceleration was ?not an uncommon phenomenon?. At a previous hearing he
said: ?This is a case, a tragic case, involving unintended acceleration. There is a
Philip Bull pressed
the pedal harder in
panic and ran over
Clare Haslam and
Deborah Clifton
considerable body of research and
learning on this dynamic, particularly
in automatic vehicles. It is not unique
and has become a phenomenon, especially for example in HGVs.?
The families of the couple said in a
joint statement: ?Clare and Debbie
were like an old married couple, they
would fight like cat and dog, bicker at
the slightest thing, but ultimately they
were made for each other, so blissfully
happy and without doubt soulmates.?
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Breaking news: iPhone X even less durable than its predecessors
Mark Bridge Technology Correspondent
Apple says that its iPhone X is ?made
from the most durable glass ever in a
smartphone?. After dropping it on to
pavements, researchers have concluded that it is, in fact, the most breakable.
Testers from Square Trade, an insurance company, awarded the �9 ?allglass? handset a breakability score of 90
out of 100. The score, the worst awarded, was based on tests mimicking reallife mishaps and took into account how
easy the phone is to repair.
In a face-down drop test from a
height of 6ft onto concrete, the iPhone
X shattered after the first drop, its
screen became unresponsive and the
facial recognition feature failed. Although the drop from a pocket to the
ground is only about 3ft, the phone performed far worse than others, including
Apple?s earlier models. The iPhone 6S
scored 45 for breakability.
In a ?dunk test? the iPhone X fared
similarly to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
models, surviving 30 minutes under 5ft
of water with some audio muffling.
The iPhone X?s screen and parts are
much costlier and more difficult to re-
place than other handsets. Apple was
criticised after it announced that it
would charge �6 to repair an iPhone
X that was not covered by a warranty,
up from �6 for previous models.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 received the
second worst score with 76. The most
resilient was Motorola?s Droid Turbo 2.
?You?d expect there to be a high price
to pay for a beautiful phone like the
iPhone X. Unfortunately for consumers, in the end it?s likely to be more than
the �000 they?ve already invested,?
Jason Siciliano, of Square Trade, said.
6 Some iPhone users were left unable
to type the letter ?i? on their devices
after a glitch in the latest iOS 11 update.
Apple has outlined a temporary fix on
its website and plans to issue a permanent one in a future software update.
EMILIO ANDREOLI/GETTY IMAGES
Tennis draw is a
model of sexism
T
he governing
body of men?s
tennis has been
accused of
sexism after it
held a draw for a
tournament in which
young players had to
choose a female model
(Giles Smith and Stuart
Fraser write).
Under their clothes
the models had either
the letter A or B, which
revealed which side of
the draw a player was in.
One youngster was
asked to remove the
gloves of one model with
his teeth.
The Association of
Tennis Professionals
(ATP) has apologised for
the ceremony in Milan
on Sunday night before
the Next Gen Finals, a
tournament featuring
the world?s eight best
Borna Coric, Andrey Rublev and Chung Hyeon chose
from models who had a letter hidden on their person
players aged 21 and
under. Judy Murray
described footage of the
draw as awful and
Am閘ie Mauresmo, the
2006 Wimbledon
champion, said that it
was a disgrace.
A statement released
on behalf of the ATP
and Red Bull, the
tournament?s sponsor,
said: ?The intention was
to integrate Milan?s rich
heritage as one of the
fashion capitals of the
world. However, our
execution of the
proceedings was in poor
taste and unacceptable.
We deeply regret this
and will ensure that
there is no repeat of
anything like it in the
future.?
Sources have told The
Times that Red Bull was
responsible for the
organisation of the
ceremony and had
promised a high-class
event in keeping with
Milan?s fashion status.
Ross Hutchins, a
friend of Andy Murray,
was a master of
ceremonies in his role as
ATP chief player officer,
but it is understood that
he had been unaware of
Red Bull?s plans. The
draw for the group
Keep EU market access or
risk trade deal, warns US
Philip Aldrick Economics Editor
Losing free access to Europe?s financial
markets after Brexit would hurt Britain?s chances of striking a successful
trade agreement with America, the US
commerce secretary has warned.
Wilbur Ross said the loss of passporting rights into the EU or a similar arrangement was a potential ?landmine?
in negotiations with Brussels that could
set back trade talks with the US.
He also called on UK negotiators to
reject European food safety laws,
claiming that failing to do so could
create problems. He also suggested
lowering tariffs on car imports.
The demands underscore the complications surrounding Britain?s position. America simultaneously wants
the UK to retain access to the EU?s financial services market, as well as to
ditch the rigorous conditions that come
with access to its goods and agriculture
markets.
Mr Ross was speaking at the end of
his first official visit to the UK, where he
met several cabinet ministers and the
prime minister as part of a ?scoping
exercise? to lay the groundwork for a
future US deal.
He said he was hopeful a deal could
be struck relatively quickly, and that a
UK negotiation could potentially be
less complicated than reforming the
Nafta arrangements with Mexico and
Canada, which the White House wants
resolved in a year.
However, he stressed that a successful outcome would depend on the UK
ensuring conditions had been put in
place for a ?fruitful? negotiation. These
included preserving access to Europe?s
financial markets for Wall Street banks
based in London and dropping UK opposition to genetically modified food
and chlorinated chicken. ?Given the
good relationship between the two
countries, and assuming that the scoping exercise turns out to be fruitful and
further assuming that there are no big
landmines in the exit agreement
between the UK and European Commission, then it shouldn?t take terribly
long,? Mr Ross said.
Asked about potential landmines, he
said: ?Both the UK economy and ours
are very heavily service-dependent.
Depending on what arrangements
there are between the UK and the EC,
that may facilitate or complicate doing
something with us.
?Historically, you?ve had passporting
into the EU. To the degree that it turns
out that there is a change . . . that could
become a real barrier in services. It?s
been a great convenience for US institutions to base themselves in London
and have passporting.?
stages involved
competitors choosing a
model, who would then
lead them down the
catwalk and reveal
either the letter A or B.
Denis Shapovalov, an
18-year-old Canadian,
found out which group
he was in when the
model pulled her lace
dress up in front of him
to show an A on her
thigh.
Yesterday at the pretournament press
conference, journalists
were barred from asking
the eight players how
they felt about the
launch. Chris Kermode,
president of the ATP,
said: ?I don?t want these
players to face questions
on that, because it?s
unfair on them. We take
full responsibility. We
put these guys out there
and it wasn?t their choice.
?We apologised and
we moved on. It was in
no way anything to do
with these guys standing
here.?
Britain set for legal battle
to beat tariff opportunists
Marcus Leroux Trade Correspondent
The government will consider issuing
legal challenges to countries that use an
interim Brexit deal to find a way into
the British market without paying duty.
The Department for International
Trade will today introduce two bills, on
customs and trade, that will create
powers to replicate more than 40 EU
trade deals so that they apply to the UK
outside the EU.
Theresa May has said that the government aims for an implementation
period during which the present trading arrangements continue.
Trade specialists have warned that
this could allow more than 50 countries
that benefit from EU trade deals to
access the UK market tariff-free, without a commitment to open their
markets to British exporters in return.
This is because any goods shipped to the
EU could later be shipped to the UK
without checks or customs declarations.
Officials at the department consider
that any opportunistic diversion of
trade to avoid British customs duties
without entering a free trade agreement would not have a sound legal
basis.
Liam Fox, the trade secretary, said
last week that while none of the countries with EU trade agreements, such as
Switzerland, had formally agreed to roll
over their trade deals they had agreed
on the methodology.
The trade bill due to be introduced
today will not include powers for new
trade agreements and will instead focus
on the ?transition? of agreements that
Britain benefits from through EU
membership.
Dr Fox said: ?For the first time in over
40 years the UK will be able to shape
our own trade and investment agenda.?
The replication of EU trade agreements is one of the biggest jobs facing
his department. The trade secretary
conceded last week that it was ?not
quite as simple as rolling them over?.
Thunderer, page 30
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Fracking site neighbours are given �000 payouts
Ben Webster Environment Editor
The first compensation payments for
living near a fracking site are to be paid
this month, with households receiving
up to �070.
Cuadrilla, which is drilling shale gas
wells near Blackpool, announced that it
would be distributing �0,000 to residents within 1.5km of the site at Preston
New Road.
The company conducted a survey
among 741 homes in the parish and
84 per cent said that the money should
be paid directly to households, with
only 16 per cent saying that it should be
paid into a community benefit fund.
They backed an option under which 29
households within 1km of the site will
each receive �070 and another 259
more than 1km but less than 1.5km
away will receive �0.
Cuadrilla has committed itself to
paying the community �0,000 per
well and has permission for up to four
on the site. In August it paid the first
�0,000 to a local foundation for community projects. The payments announced yesterday relate to the second
well being drilled and if the third and
fourth wells go ahead, the 29 households would receive another �140
each and the 259 another �0. Residents may also share 1 per cent of Cuad-
Shale gas share-out
What will people living near fracking
sites receive in compensation?
6 �0,000 per site has been
guaranteed by the industry but
Cuadrilla has agreed to pay
�0,000 per well, with up to four
wells at its Lancashire site
6 1 per cent of revenues if sites
enter production after tests
6 Up to � million per community
over 25 years from the Treasury?s
proposed shale wealth fund
rilla?s revenues if it finds commercial
quantities of shale gas. The shale industry has pledged to pay 1 per cent of revenues to communities and Cuadrilla said
that this could go to households if local
people voted for that.
John Tootill, who owns Maple Farm
Nursery about 1km from the fracking
site, said that the payments were ?blood
money? and he would be refusing the
offer. Mr Tootill, who has erected dozens of large signs on Preston New Road
claiming that fracking pollutes water
and air and causes diseases, said:
?Cuadrilla is trying to buy acceptance
but money can?t buy health. To think of
my children becoming ill because of
this company and having taken their
money ? that would be profoundly
wrong. These payments are nothing
other than an acceptance by Cuadrilla
that they are going to harm health and
the environment.?
Allan Wensley, a farmer who
angered his neighbours by letting a
field to Cuadrilla for an undisclosed
sum, thought to be �,000 to �,000
a year, is one of the 29 receiving �070.
Cuadrilla, which expects to start
hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, of the
wells early next year, said that any
payments that were not claimed within
30 days would be sent to the local
community fund.
ADAM HUGHES/SWNS
House wrecked after stray firework crashes into roof
An elderly couple?s housee was
burnt out after a giant
firework crashed into thee
roof and exploded. Ted
Bagshaw, 69, and his
wife, Wendy, 63, were
watching television in
their conservatory on
Saturday when there
was a sound ?like a
massive bomb? as the
rocket hit their home in
ust
Littleover, Derbyshire, just
tes the
after 8pm. Within minutes
ames and
house was engulfed in flames
destroyed ?We saw this huge
destroyed.
rocket fly towards our
hou
house,?
Mr Bagshaw said.
h
?I have
never heard
an
anything
like it. There
w
were
flames
e
everywhere
and we
ju ran out and
just
p
phoned the fire
se
service. It could have
bee a lot worse. If we
been
had b
been in bed and not
able to react straight away
ha been a very
it could have
different story?
story.?
Rapist who saw women
as ?lesser beings? is jailed
Boris Becker hits back at
?crazy? bankruptcy ruling
A Kuwaiti man who raped a woman
on a riverbank has been jailed.
Teesside crown court was told that
Abdel-Aziz al-Shamary, 21, had been
drinking whisky and watching
pornography involving outdoor sex
hours before he approached a woman
by the River Skerne in Darlington in
May. When he was arrested Shamary,
who worked at a takeaway, refused to
be dealt with by a female officer,
saying that he only spoke to men.
Judge Sean Morris said that Shamary
saw women as ?lesser beings? and
sentenced him to 12 years in prison.
Boris Becker said it was ?crazy? to
think he was broke despite being
declared bankrupt in London and
having claims against him for more
than � million. The tennis champion
told the Neue Z黵cher Zeitung, a Swiss
newspaper, that he had sufficient
funds and sponsorship deals, despite
reports that he had only �6,000
after a divorce, failed deals and years
of profligacy. The bulk of his alleged
debts was � million claimed by
Hans-Dieter Cleven, who was his
long-term business adviser until a rift.
Becker, 49, denied owing him money.
Police foil gang helping illegal migrants to enter Britain
A people-smuggling ring suspected of
helping illegal immigrants to reach
Britain using forged documents has
been targeted in raids by Greek
police. Four suspected forgery centres
run by the gang in Athens were
raided as part of a UK National
Crime Agency-led operation that
resulted in 20 arrests. Hundreds of
passports, EU driving licences and
other documents, right, were seized in
the raids. The network is believed to
be responsible for trying to funnel the
migrants, mostly from Albania and
who had paid �000 for the
?guaranteed service?, to Britain on
budget airlines using the forgeries.
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Tycoon drops charges
over call girl publicity
Neil Johnston
A Russian tycoon and his wife have
dropped a claim of theft against their
chauffeur after they realised that he
would expose the businessman?s life of
prostitutes and drug abuse.
Evgeny Klyucharev and Veronica
Chou, a friend of Princess Beatrice and
the daughter of a Hong Kong billionaire, had accused Irfan Zayee of stealing
a �7,000 diamond ring.
However, the couple refused to give
evidence after Mr Zayee claimed that
Mr Klyucharev often spent �000 a
night on prostitutes and the party drug
GHB, and the chauffeur walked free.
During three days of legal argument
at Blackfriars crown court, the judge
asked Mr Klyucharev to confirm or
deny that texts and video revealing his
disreputable lifestyle were genuine.
Mr Klyucharev, who arrived at the
court in a white Mercedes and was
puffing on a cigar, admitted it was all
true but that when he was told this
could be put to a jury as ?bad character?,
he and his wife withdrew their witness
statements.
The prosecution was unable to provide any further evidence.
Mr Zayee, who has always claimed
that he was selling the ring on behalf of
his employer, had been due to go on
trial last week accused of stealing the
6.29-carat diamond.
In March last year he had gone to a
jewellers in Finchley, north London,
from where the gem was taken to
Antwerp and sold to an American
company which found that it had been
flagged as stolen. Mr Zayee was
charged with theft and fraud by false
representation. During the hearing, the
court was told that Mr Klyucharev?s
lifestyle was known to his wife, whom
he married in 2012 in a lavish ceremony
attended by Sarah, Duchess of York,
and several celebrities. The couple have
homes in London, New York and Hong
Kong.
The court was told that Mr Zayee had
made a series of counter-claims against
his employers. He said that Ms Chou,
32, who is a friend of Ivanka Trump, had
concerns that her husband was driving
their nanny and playing with children
while under the influence of GHB.
Dominic D?Souza, for the defence,
said there were about 130 pages of
messages between Mr Klyucharev and
Mr Zayee that showed he regularly
procured sex workers for his boss.
?One of the messages said a woman,
?Miriam,? was ?just a friend from Miami,
I paid her �000 for a night, can we negotiate a discount??,? Mr D?Souza, said.
He added: ?It may very well be he?s
had so many prostitutes he?s forgotten
who?s who,? and that there were ?salacious and embarrassing? videos of Mr
Klyucharev on GHB. ?He should see
these messages and videos and reconsider what he says. He says in his social
circles it?s acceptable to do this.?
Genevieve Reed, for the prosecution,
said there had been a ?change of heart
from the complainants in light of the
material in the bad character application?, and that they had withdrawn
their statements. ?He doesn?t suggest
he wasn?t involved in taking drugs or
prostitutes. I confirm he accepts it is
him in the videos and who sent the messages,? she added.
Judge Sally Cahill, QC, said: ?His
Oxford Street to ban traffic
in fight against air pollution
Graeme Paton Transport Correspondent
All vehicles will be banned from Oxford
Street under radical plans to tackle air
pollution.
The western section of the central
London street, home to some of the
largest department stores in the country, will be pedestrianised by the end of
next year, it was announced yesterday.
All east-west traffic will be banned from
the half-mile stretch from Selfridges to
Oxford Circus. Traffic is likely to be
removed from the remainder by the
end of 2021.
The measures, which will cost
� million, will be implemented to coincide with the launch of Crossrail, the
new east-west underground line, and is
expected to lead to a big increase in visitors to central London.
The plans were announced by Sadiq
Khan, the mayor of London. Other
proposals to decrease traffic include a
?toxic charge? that penalises drivers of
the most polluting cars.
The mayor?s office said that an
800 metre-long work of art could be
commissioned for the middle of the
carriageway when traffic is removed.
New seating and trees will mirror traffic-free shopping spaces in Paris and
New York. The plans will be the subject
of a public consultation until the middle
of next month. Mr Khan said: ?Our
plans will make the area substantially
cleaner and safer for everyone.?
Cyclists will be forced to dismount
under the scheme, and a consultation
on new cycle routes along quieter roads
Pedestrianising Oxford Street
Phase 1 - Dec 2018
Phase 2 - 2019
Phase 3 - 2021
Marble
Arch
Bond
Street
Goodge St
Tottenham
Court Road
Oxford
Circus
Quarter mile
to the north and south of Oxford Street
will be held next summer. Taxi ranks
would be created near by.
The mayor is likely to push ahead
with plans to pedestrianise the main
eastern section of the road, to Tottenham Court Road, from 2019. A third
section, west to Marble Arch, will be the
last to be free of cars.
The measures were welcomed by
environmental and business groups.
Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the
British Heart Foundation, said: ?Initiatives like this encourage people to walk,
which not only cuts emissions but also
helps people lower their risk of heart
disease and stroke.?
statements suggest it is normal in his
circles to have relationships with other
women ? none of it would come as a
surprise to his wife and he accepts he
regularly uses the services of escorts
with the knowledge of his wife, and
obtained these services with the help of
[Mr Zayee].?
Outside court, Mr Zayee said: ?My
only comment is thank God for my
barrister.?
HENRY NICHOLLS/SWNS
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Klyucharev who
whose wife,
i Veronica Chou, right, is a friend of Princess Beatrice
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ATKINS/LEEDS CITY COUNCIL
New rail hub will
greet HS2 in north
P
lans for one of
Britain?s
biggest
transport hubs
were detailed
yesterday as part of a
proposal to drive HS2
into northern England
(Graeme Paton writes).
Council chiefs want
to develop more than
280,000 sq m of shops,
offices and restaurants
in Leeds city centre to
coincide with the new
high-speed line
terminus.
The HS2 line ?
expected to reach
Leeds by 2033 ?
would have its
terminus alongside the
city?s existing mainline
station, the busiest in
the north of England.
Designs for the
station were
announced as part of a
six-week public
consultation. The
The new Leeds station is being designed by the architect who was behind King?s Cross in London
consortium behind the
project has hired Hiro
Aso, the architect
involved in the awardwinning redevelopment
of King?s Cross station
in London, which
opened in 2012. The
architect said
yesterday that the
Leeds scheme would
be ten times bigger.
?King?s Cross was a
rehearsal,? he said.
HS2 will open
between London and
Birmingham in 2026,
with 250mph trains
running between the
two cities. The full
Y-shaped line will open
by 2033, with trains
running to Manchester
in one direction and
the East Midlands,
Sheffield and Leeds in
the other.
Questions have been
raised about the
second phase of the
line, north of
Birmingham. However,
the government
insisted that it was
committed to
completing the
project in full, which
will cost about
� billion.
Judith Blake, the
leader of Leeds city
council, said that the
station would provide a
?step-change not only
for the future of
transport and
connectivity in our city
and region, but also as
a key economic driver
for our economy?.
?The arrival of highspeed rail is essential
to helping Leeds and
the wider region fully
realise its massive
potential,? she added.
Sir David Higgins,
chairman of HS2, said
that the project
?presents a once-in-ageneration opportunity
to revitalise Leeds and,
in the process,
rebalance Britain?.
Bear Grylls theme
park faces bumpy
ride over train link
Graeme Paton Transport Correspondent
A new � million theme park backed
by the TV adventurer Bear Grylls may
have to be partially redesigned after
being built on land set aside for Britain?s
new high-speed railway line.
Backers of the theme park admitted
that the attraction ? due to open next
year ? could be hit by restrictions
because of its proximity to HS2.
The park is being built on land next to
Birmingham?s National Exhibition
Centre (NEC) that is safeguarded by
the government for the construction of
the 250mph line.
Yesterday Merlin Entertainments
unveiled further details of the
8,000 sq m facility, including plans for
indoor skydiving, scuba diving, rock
climbing and the tallest free-roam high
ropes in Europe. Construction of The
Bear Grylls Adventure, which is based
on the TV?s star?s ?real-life adventures?,
is under way and it will open in autumn
next year.
The Times was told that a number of
attractions could be moved to make
sure that they were not too close to the
HS2 railway line, which will link
London and Birmingham when it is
opened in 2026.
The Daily Telegraph reported yesterday that HS2 had raised concerns
about the proposals, including the high
ropes course and a skydiving structure.
However, Merlin, which also owns
Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Legoland, denied reports that the attraction
would be forced to partially close for
the construction of HS2.
It was claimed that Merlin and HS2
had been in talks over the proposals for
years and that building the park so close
to the line would actually boost visitor
numbers in the long term. The company said it would be ?ideally located
for visitors from around the UK?.
A Merlin spokesman said: ?We have
always been aware of the planned route
for HS2 and have consulted with their
team throughout the planning process.
The planned route does not affect our
building, and in fact we welcome HS2
as it will bring more visitors and
investment to the area.?
An HS2 spokesman said: ?We have
worked closely with the NEC Group
and operator Merlin to support the
The park will offer indoor skydiving,
but may have to move some facilities
Birmingham
International
station
M42
NEC
Bear
Grylls
theme park
Quarter mile
A45
development of the adventure park and
to ensure that it can continue to operate
in a way that does not compromise the
construction and operation of Britain?s
new high-speed rail network.?
Entry to the attraction, which has
been planned for two years, will start
from �. Under the terms of the deal,
Merlin has been granted exclusive
rights to the theme park concept until
2026, with an extension dependent
upon further roll-out of attractions. It
will pay royalties to Bear Grylls
Ventures.
Grylls, 43, who is the UK?s chief scout,
said that the attraction would combine
?one-of-a-kind adventures, all together
under one roof?.
The adventurer is best known for
survival programmes including Man vs
Wild. He is the son of the former Conservative politician Sir Michael Grylls,
who was caught up in the 1994 cash-forquestions affair, and went to Eton
before joining the army.
He has described his Anglican faith
as the ?backbone? of his life and has
fronted a number of adverts for the Alpha course ?My Greatest Adventure?.
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Spacey doesn?t deserve
to lose his awards
Melanie Phillips
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Comment
Sex scandals are speeding May to an early exit
With crises mounting and a PM who has used up all of her political lives, Tory thoughts are turning to Amber Rudd
Rachel
Sylvester
@rsylvestertimes
E
ven sex scandals, apparently
so timeless, are products of
their age. The Profumo
affair had the Cold War as
its backdrop: what made it
so toxic was that Christine Keeler
had been involved with both the
secretary of state for war and a
Soviet naval attach�. The furore over
?sleaze? in the 1990s was a reaction
to John Major?s ?back to basics?
campaign for traditional family
values which left the Tories open to
accusations of hypocrisy when
ministers were caught in a string of
compromising positions.
The current wave of sexual
harassment allegations is of its time
because it is about power as much as
sex. Like the Brexit vote and the
election of Donald Trump, this is a
popular revolt against an elite that
has behaved for too long as if it is
above the rules. It was no
coincidence that Jane Merrick, the
journalist who claimed at the
weekend that she had been lunged at
as a young reporter by Sir Michael
Fallon, said she had decided to go
public because ? in an echo of the
Leave campaign slogan ? she
wanted to ?take back control?.
Theresa May is trying to do just
that. Yesterday she called for a ?new
culture of respect? in public life as
she met other party leaders to discuss
how to tackle misconduct in the
House of Commons. Unlike Gordon
Brown, who looked flat-footed when
the MPs? expenses scandal broke, the
prime minister has acted swiftly and
ruthlessly to deal with Tories accused
of misconduct.
But the chaos that results from this
scandal will surely hasten the
departure of a prime minister who is
already presiding over a party split
from top to bottom over Europe and
a government that is, as Norman
Lamont said of John Major, ?in office
but not in power?. Although the
blizzard of allegations covers all the
political parties, it is the
Conservatives who will ultimately be
most damaged by them. The party
that is in government is expected to
live up to the responsibilities of that
position. It is far more embarrassing
to lose a defence secretary than it is
to have to suspend a backbench
opposition MP.
The torrent of reports ? including
a claim yesterday from a former
Conservative activist that her
complaints about an alleged rape by
an employee of a Tory MP were
ignored ? also reinforce the voters?
worst image of the Tories as the
?nasty party?, out of touch with the
?Everything is out of
control and there?s no
proper leadership?
modern world. It?s almost 20 years
since David Willetts said the
Conservatives needed to pass the
?Bridget Jones test? and stop giving
the impression that they were, in the
words of Helen Fielding?s creation,
?braying bossy men having affairs
with everyone shag shag shag left
right and centre and going to the
Ritz in Paris then telling all the
presenters off on the Today
programme?. Apparently little has
changed. After all the
decontamination strategies deployed
by David Cameron the Tories seem
unable to avoid returning to their old
tainted brand.
?It?s much worse for us,? says one
Conservative MP. ?This just confirms
the stereotype. Everything is out of
control and there?s no proper
leadership.?
Before the Tory conference, the
plotters were saying that the prime
minister was ?two crises away? from
being deposed. After her calamitous
speech, during which she lost her
voice along with part of her stage set,
they were declaring she was one
disaster away from a leadership
challenge. Now she has no political
lives left, yet the crises are piling up
by the day. Mrs May is so short of
allies that at a time when party
management is more important than
ever she felt the need to move her
chief whip Gavin Williamson and his
tarantula to her side as defence
secretary in a reshuffle that has
infuriated almost everyone on the
Conservative benches.
Although most MPs had
convinced themselves that their
leader would struggle on until after
the Brexit negotiations in 2019, now
a growing number are beginning to
question once again whether she can
survive that long. According to one
MP, ?Grant Shapps [the ringleader of
the last failed coup] has been very
busy and all sorts of people are
saying to him: how many more
names do you need?? The budget in
two weeks? time is being described as
the prime minister?s last chance to
seize back the political agenda. One
former minister says: ?I?m starting to
think she?s got to go because the
damage that?s now being caused is so
profound. I?m in a state of despair.?
The calculations for choosing Mrs
May?s successor are also shifting.
Until now I assumed that, if the Tory
leader went in the middle of the EU
negotiations, David Davis, the Brexit
always been all that wise.
The bookies have already slashed
the odds of Andrea Leadsom getting
the top job after she led the charge
against Sir Michael Fallon?s ?lewd?
behaviour, which he denies, but there
are MPs who would walk across hot
coals to stop her becoming prime
minister. Priti Patel, once seen as a
contender, has been forced to
apologise over unauthorised meetings
The budget is being
seen as her last chance
to seize the agenda
Amber Rudd is talked of as a potential
leader with appeal outside Westminster
secretary, would take her place. But
in the current climate, can the Tories
really choose as prime minister a
man who once had his female
supporters parading around in Tshirts with ?It?s DD for me?
emblazoned across their chests?
Boris Johnson is widely regarded as a
diplomatic disaster zone, most
recently over his comments about a
British woman jailed in Iran. Liam
Fox has already resigned once for
breaking the ministerial code by
letting his best man into defence
meetings and, although he denies
any impropriety, Damian Green may
no longer be seen as a ?safe pair of
hands?. As Philip Hammond has
alienated so many colleagues with
his budget blunders, there is a
growing feeling on the Tory
benches that it is time to move on
from ?grey beards? who have not
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she held while on holiday in Israel.
Ruth Davidson, leader of the party
in Scotland and the Tories? best hope,
could not make the transition to
Westminster if there is a leadership
contest in the next year. So Amber
Rudd is the one to watch. At the
weekend, she was courageous and
coherent in articulating the need for a
?clear-out? at Westminster. As home
secretary she has gained valuable
experience for the top job. The
Brexiteers will hate the idea of
another Remainer at No 10 but the
challenge for the Tories now is to stop
fighting ideological battles and prove
they understand the modern world.
?Amber could win with the party
in the country,? says one MP. ?The
activists and councillors realise
things are so desperate we need a
fresh face. The question is does the
parliamentary party realise the
parlous state we are in??
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Spacey doesn?t deserve to lose his awards
Many creative geniuses have done appalling things but we must separate the art from the artist
Melanie
Phillips
@melanielatest
C
onsternation! The tsunami
of sexual allegations that is
still gathering force looks
like it may wash away the
Netflix series House of Cards,
to which I am hopelessly addicted. Its
star Kevin Spacey, who plays a
monstrously corrupt US president,
has been accused of sexually abusing
young men working on the show. He
is accused of similar behaviour at
London?s Old Vic theatre where he
was artistic director for more than a
decade.
Netflix has fired him and
suspended filming on the sixth and
final season of House of Cards. Now
there are reports that he could be
stripped of the special Olivier award
presented to him in 2015 by the
Society of London Theatre for his
stint at the Old Vic. The
International Academy of Television
Arts and Sciences has also withdrawn
the Emmy it was about to give him.
Is this really appropriate? These
awards are given for great acting
and directing. Kevin Spacey remains
a great actor and revived the Old
Vic. None of the charges against him
has yet been proved. On the
assumption, however, that some if
not all the claims are true, he?d
hardly be the first artist to have gone
off the reservation. The list goes
back to the Middle Ages when
Chaucer was accused of rape and
Thomas Malory was jailed more
than once for a series of crimes that
included extortion, rape and robbery.
Among modern writers, Arthur
Koestler, author of the seminal 1940
novel Darkness at Noon, was a serial
rapist who wrote to his second wife:
?Without an element of initial rape
there is no delight.?
The Nobel laureate William
Golding, author of the 1954 novel
Lord of the Flies, admitted in private
papers that as a teenager he had
tried to rape a 15-year-old girl.
Eric Gill, a pioneering sculptor
who died in 1940 and whose carvings
of Prospero and Ariel adorn
Broadcasting House in London,
sexually abused his daughters, had
incestuous relationships with his
sisters and performed sexual acts on
his dog. Yuck, ad nauseam.
We know extremes of
personality go hand
in hand with creativity
So can we separate the appalling
behaviour of these artists from their
genius? Can we enjoy and admire
Roman Polanski?s film The Pianist
while knowing he pleaded guilty to
having sex with a 13-year-old girl and
has been accused of other sexual
assaults? Even more troublingly, did
such art develop from the personality
flaws? Can the creation of what
touches us most deeply flow directly
from the loathsomeness of the artist?
As Eric Gill?s biographer Fiona
MacCarthy has written, while his
meticulously recorded sexual
experiments with his daughters were
taking place Gill was using these
young women as models for the
heartrendingly beautiful images of
girlhood in his sculptures and
engravings.
John Carey?s biography of William
Golding revealed how, while
teaching at a public school, the
novelist experimented with setting
boys against one another to observe
how they behaved. The result of this
manipulative abuse of his position
was Lord of the Flies, the classic
depiction of the shocking descent
into barbarism and sadism of young
boys stranded on a desert island.
Spacey specialises in playing
complex, twisted, depraved
characters. His brother, reflecting
on their abusive childhood, has
remarked: ?Fans love the sinister
characters he plays, but what they
don?t realise is he?s not acting; that?s
really him.?
Of course, we cut artists a lot of
slack because we know that
extremes of personality often go
hand in hand with creativity. But
doesn?t art have a moral as well as an
aesthetic purpose? Can an artist
express repugnant views and still be
considered great?
Some of TS Eliot?s poems were
antisemitic. Ezra Pound supported
fascism, causing Ernest Hemingway
to write that ?he deserves punishment
and disgrace?. Should we listen to the
music of Wagner, given its
inextricable association with Nazism?
When it comes to miscreant
politicians, different rules surely apply
again. Living politicians are role
models. Dead ones, though, are not
only beyond influencing behaviour
but lived in an age when people
usually didn?t know what they were
up to. The Liberal politician David
Lloyd George, for example, was a
promiscuous philanderer; his
principal private secretary AJ
Sylvester recorded in his diary: ?He
has lived a life of duplicity. He has got
clean away with it.?
The former defence secretary Sir
Michael Fallon has said of the
behaviour with women that brought
him down: ?The culture has changed
over the years. What might have
been acceptable ten, 15 years ago is
clearly not acceptable now.?
By what benchmarks then do we
make these value judgments? Eric
Gill?s abuse was little known until
MacCarthy?s biography revealed it in
1989. Does that knowledge change
the intrinsic worth of his art?
Do the Gill sculptures suddenly
become ugly, or Spacey?s
performances lose their mesmeric
power, just because we become
aware of the flaws in the men who
have created them? Can the value of
a work of art, or the achievement of
a lifetime?s public service, be assessed
independently from the moral worth
of the artist or politician?
Knowing about someone?s
appalling behaviour does make a
difference because it makes all of us
? audience, voters, colleagues ?
complicit. If Kevin Spacey and
others accused of serious sexual
misbehaviour did the things of which
they are accused, they must be held to
account. While their prospects,
though, may have collapsed like a
house of cards, their indisputable
achievements will endure.
Surely we can remember, remember
the fifth of November without
burning anyone at the stake.
Form and The Field Guide to Rocks
and Minerals. But, also, there was
First Slice Your Cookbook: The ThreeTier Menu Guide by Arabella Boxer.
My personal favourite, though, has to
be a thick volume called Shrubs for
the Milder Counties.
Ann Treneman Notebook
Winter?s
here ? just
look at the
gloaming
W
inter has arrived
unannounced and
waaaay too early.
There I was, feeling
all autumnal,
wondering what to do with the
pumpkin post-Hallowe?en. But then,
bam, at 4.45pm on Sunday we were
driving from Bakewell to our friends
in Parsnip (well, OK, Parwich) for
Bonfire Night, watching as the
temperature dropped from 5C to
zero in 20 minutes.
I call that a plunge. And it all
happened just as someone (winter, is
that you?) switched the lights off. Of
course winter doesn?t officially start
until December 21 but, make no
mistake, he?s here. (And yes, winter is
definitely a he, just as spring is most
definitely a she.)
As we drove along, the trees,
branches bare, were silhouetted
against the sky, stark and suddenly
silent without anything to rustle. The
leaves have fled and so, it seems, has
the day. It?s a week since the clocks
?fell back? and I still can?t get used to
life on the dark side.
This, I said to my husband, looking
out at fields, fuzzy now, the green
almost grey in the dusky light, is
what they call ?gloaming?. Hmmm,
he said, wondering if it was my word
of the week. Actually, I?m promoting
it to my word for the season.
Effigy fatigue
C
all me a snowflake (though
I?m not sure when it became
so terrible to be that) but I
seem to have lost my sense of
humour when it comes to
burning effigies. In years
past I have seen it as a
light-hearted affair
but now feel only
distaste. I?m not sure
if it?s Twitter or too
much Trump but
even I, who
criticise for a
living, am fed up
with this age of
intolerance.
I couldn?t
even
finish Gunpowder on
BBC One, finding it
literally too torturous to
view. So enough with
burning the Pope in Lewes or, even,
Harvey Weinstein anywhere else.
Hepworth?s library
T
o Wakefield, then, for some
culture. I don?t mean the theatre,
though I have been there
to review, as The Times
likes to reach the parts
of theatreland that
other papers don?t. I?m
talking about the
Hepworth gallery, a
g
gorgeous
building by
David Chipperfield
made up of light grey
rectangular shapes
that look like they
are having a party
on the banks of the
Calder. It?s free and
f of sleek
full
sc
sculptures
and
d
drawings
by Barbara
H
Hepworth
and Henry
M
Moore,
both locals or as
n
near
as, with the occasional
Hockney and others such
as Vanessa Bell thrown in.
But the thing I loved
the most was the fact
that one wall shows
us Hepworth?s
personal
b
bookshelf. There
aare many volumes that I would
have expected, such as Aspects of
It?s rum, Brum
I
went to Birmingham last week to
see Nativity! The Musical (if winter
is too early, then Christmas even
more so) and, as I picked my way
through endless plastic barriers,
turning what should have been a
10-minute walk into a 20-minute
obstacle course, I realised that I have
never been to Birmingham in the
past 30 years when it wasn?t in the
midst of some massive overhaul.
What is it? Is this city simply
addicted to ripping itself up? Does it
have a love affair with concrete that
must not be denied? Brum, get a grip.
Finish whatever stage this is (the
37th?) and stop the madness.
Talking phones
M
y irritation of the week is the
fact that my iPhone now feels
the need to ask me constantly
if I am driving. No, I?m not driving, I
say to it, or I wouldn?t be using my
phone. Forget Big Brother, we?ve got
Big Apple instead.
@anntreneman
We?ll be at the back
of the queue for
global trade deals
Hugo Dixon
B
rexit won?t just knock our
trade with the EU, which
accounts for half our
international commerce, it
will do the same to our trade
with the rest of the world, exactly the
opposite of what Shanker Singham
argued on these pages yesterday.
The EU has trade deals with 66
countries, including Canada, South
Korea and Switzerland. These are
responsible for 12 per cent of our
commerce. We can?t just carry those
over if we quit the club and we won?t
even be able to take them with us if
we clinch a transition deal.
We?ll have to persuade these
countries one by one to give us
access to their markets. Most likely
we?ll suffer a hiatus given that Liam
Fox, the trade secretary, has visited
only three of them despite making 17
foreign trips since taking his job,
according to research by Open
Britain. So the best we can hope for
is to spend the coming years playing
catch-up. We may even end up with
The Brexiteers have
put all their eggs
in the Trump basket
worse deals when our trading
partners see how desperate we are.
While we?re struggling with that,
the EU will be clinching deals with
countries where talks are already
under way, such as Japan, Australia
and New Zealand. Those account for
another 8 per cent of our trade. It
will be the EU forging ahead, not us.
What about the US, which
accounts for 15 per cent of our trade?
Hasn?t Donald Trump promised a
?beautiful? deal? The snag is that
cutting such a deal will be ?very
complex?, as Wilbur Ross, the US
commerce secretary, said in London
yesterday. One of the difficulties is
that America wants us to take its
food, including chlorine-washed
chicken. If we refuse, that ?could
create problems?, Ross admitted.
Asked how long it would take to
finalise a deal, he replied: ?Hopefully
not a decade?. That?s small comfort
for Brexiteers who have put all
their eggs in the Trump basket. By
the time a deal is done he won?t
even be president.
The priority in talks with the US is
to fix all sorts of problems that
quitting the EU will cause. So that
air traffic between the UK and US
isn?t disrupted, for example, we?ll
need an open-skies agreement.
Again, we?ll have to scramble to
copy lots of deals just so we don?t fall
behind. While we do all that, the US
may have nailed down its deal with
the EU, where a lot of the hard work
has been done. So we?ll be at the back
of the queue again. Thanks Brexiteers.
Hugo Dixon is chairman and editor-inchief of InFacts, a journalistic enterprise
making the case against Brexit
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Cuddly Corbyn can?t smile his way to No 10
Being good on Gogglebox doesn?t make you a PM in waiting when socialist remedies are as unpalatable as ever
Hugo
Rifkind
@hugorifkind
J
eremy Corbyn was great on
Gogglebox. Did you see? He
was taking part for Stand Up
To Cancer, and it was a good
thing to do, and good on him
for doing it. He?s a natural at this sort
of telly. There he was, all twinkly and
relaxed, sitting with the actress
Jessica Hynes on his sofa in
Edinburgh and . . .
Hang on, Jeremy Corbyn doesn?t
live in Edinburgh. His sofa is actually
in Islington, in a room decorated
with photos of interesting manholes,
and with a Lebanese-made, rattanwoven effigy of Stalin over the
fireplace. (Probably.) Still, whatever
he was doing there, it went well.
I mean, imagine Ed Miliband on
that sofa. Imagine all the things that
would have gone wrong. Perhaps his
eyes would have rolled upwards
during University Challenge like those
of a mad horse, or perhaps he?d have
just had really weird, pointy knees.
Something ? something ? would
have made it a disaster. And Gordon
Brown would have picked his nose
and eaten it. David Cameron would
have done it on his own sofa, which
would have turned out to have cost
thirty grand, and there would have
been a sherry decanter in the
background, and he?d have worn the
wrong clothes and perhaps forgotten
his favourite football team again.
Whereas Corbyn can totally do this
stuff. He can sit on a sofa, like a
normal person, and not look
barkingly peculiar. Don?t underplay
it. This is a rare gift.
John McDonnell wasn?t so great
on Radio 4. He was there to raise
hell about the Paradise Papers, which
detail vast tax avoidance (at best)
among the British super-rich, and
Attacks on Blair failed
because he worked
to take the fear away
which you?d think ought to be a
slam-dunk of a topic for a left-wing
shadow chancellor. By the end of his
interview though he had somehow
managed to float both seizing control
of British Crown dependencies and
reintroducing national capital
controls. Across Westminster you
could hear Labour moderate heads
hitting desks.
Later in the day Corbyn gave a
speech to the Confederation of
British Industry (CBI). The headlines
will probably be his remarks about
sexual harassment and a hard Brexit.
(Spoiler alert: he?s against both.) Yet
he also prompted a fretful response
from the CBI within minutes over his
plans for higher taxes and
renationalisation.
It is not trite or conspiratorial to
suggest that turning up on Gogglebox
is part of Corbyn?s plan to look like a
PM in waiting. For clear precedents
look to David Cameron on Friday
Night With Jonathan Ross in 2006
(where he was asked about his
schoolboy fantasies involving
Margaret Thatcher) and Tony Blair?s
turn on The Des O?Connor Show in
1996 (where he made up a story
about running away from school at
14 and stowing away on a flight to
the Bahamas, which his father later
rubbished as a fantasy). Corbyn is far
better than either on screen, which is
a surprise for those of us who had
presumed he?d be infinitely worse.
Yet for both of these predecessors
this was only half the plan. The other
half involved competence, caution,
continuity and generally avoiding
giving voters any reason whatsoever
to run away screaming in terror.
Tony Blair did it particularly well,
and had to. Remember the infamous
Tory ?Demon Eyes? poster of 1997,
which suggested there were ?dark
forces? lurking behind him? The idea
was that all the old, scary, statist,
union-dominated obsessions of Old
Labour (epitomised at the time,
hilariously, by Peter Mandelson)
were still there, hiding behind this
shiny new facade. The attack failed
because even up against a sleazy,
archaic basket-case of a Tory
government, Blair had painstakingly
worked to take that fear away.
Corbyn isn?t doing this. For him
Labour just wants to
be seen as less unsafe
than the other lot
and his supporters, the ?dark forces?
are less a hindrance and more the
whole point, with the argument now
being that they actually aren?t all
that dark, and never were. After all,
his cheerleaders note, Britain is now
hungry for real change, not just a
skin-deep facsimile of it. Plus, they
contest, Labour ran on just this
platform in June and almost won.
Almost winning isn?t actually that
super. Indeed, another way of
saying ?almost winning? is ?not
winning?. Labour?s strategy now
seems to rest entirely on the idea
that government chaos will erode
Tory support yet further and tip
them over the line next time. This is
an oddly unambitious ambition.
They are not seeking to establish
themselves as the natural party of
government, or even as a safe choice.
They just want to be less unsafe than
the other lot.
Will it work? No idea, but I do
know it doesn?t deserve to. Our
current political dynamic will not
last for ever. Brexit will either
happen or not but either way the
sense of threat, of cliff-edge and
chaos, eventually has to dissipate. If
the Tories can cling on until 2022,
however dysfunctionally, then the
electoral terrain will be very
different. A whole phalanx of
Labour?s most passionate supporters
will be well into their thirties by then
and perhaps finding that they have
all those trappings of stability ?
kids, jobs, mortgages ? that they are
now convinced they never will.
Five years from now I have no
clear sense of what the Conservative
Party will look like. Nobody does.
Labour, though? That?s easy. It will
be a party led by a genial, 73-yearold national treasure, who is
affectionately mocked even by his
fans for not having had a new idea in
a generation. Who, just as the nation
begins to recover from years of
expensive upheaval and drama,
wants to plunge us into more of it.
To me that sounds like a fine recipe
for almost winning again.
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Virtual GPs and consulting by smartphone
Code of conduct
Sir, Your leading article ?Back to
Basics? (Nov 6) was welcome and
timely. It is to be hoped that Theresa
May?s meeting with party leaders will
reach cross-party agreement about
the key elements of a new grievance
procedure to address complaints from
members of staff working in
parliament about unacceptable sexual
harassment.
There need to be two key elements
in such a procedure. First is the
implementation of such a procedure
with independent experts, capable of
both investigating complaints in a
speedy way while at the same time
being capable of supporting the
complainants through the stress of an
investigation. Second, there needs to
be clarity about who the results of the
investigation should be referred to for
action. It is important such reports
are published in full.
If the reports of investigations are
to be referred to the Standards
Committee of the House of
Commons it is important for this
committee to be reformed to provide
a majority of voting members from
outside the Commons and to be
chaired by an independent person.
sir alistair graham
Chairman of the Committee on
Standards in Public Life 2003-07
Votes of conscience
Sir, Matters such as mercy killing
(Melanie Reid, Times Magazine, Nov
4, and letter, Nov 6) are treated as
free votes in parliament. I have never
understood why the consciences of
the whole electorate should be subcontracted to 650 MPs.
Our MPs, first with the expenses
debacle and now with the sexual
harassment scandal, have
disqualified themselves from having
an exclusive right to pronounce on
these moral issues. They should be
matters for referendums.
andrew johns
Retired consultant surgeon,
Bramley, Surrey
Sir, In your report (Nov 6) on the NHS
starting consultation by smartphone,
Ali Parsa, the founder of Babylon, says
that ?this is the beginning of the end
for the old-fashioned way we use
healthcare?. He hopes that in five
years everyone will be consulting by
smartphone. This is my idea of a
nightmare. Some patients will like a
quick call to an anonymous GP but
this is likely to increase demand on the
NHS from people who would not have
sought help in the first place.
Previous research consistently
shows that new interventions intended
to reduce demand on regular NHS
services ? such as phone consulting,
walk-in clinics and NHS Direct ?
may be popular with patients but they
tend to increase the overall workload.
For those who most need the NHS
(the elderly, the sick and the mentally
ill) the smartphone consultation will
be a poor shadow of a personal
interaction with a doctor they trust.
We should allow Babylon to offer this
additional service but we should not
imagine that it will ease the demand
on NHS services or be a substitute for
the type of doctor-patient relationship
that people value most.
martin roland
Emeritus professor of health services
research, University of Cambridge
Sir, ?One size does not fit all? for GP
care, as your report rightly says. GPs
are contractually obliged to accept
everyone living within their practice
boundary on to their list except in
very unusual circumstances. If I were
allowed to cherry-pick 3,000 fit and
healthy young adults and charge �
a year I would do very nicely and at
the same time improve my golf.
However, I do not think I could look
local colleagues in the eye who would
be left struggling with the complex
chronic conditions that are the core
business of GPs.
dr andrew holden (gp)
Petersfield, Hants
Museum fees
Gunpowder plot
Sir, Further to the letter (Nov 6) on
museum charges for illustrations, the
situation is even harder for authors
without any academic backing. We
have to pay for such pictures out of
our own pockets; publishers? advances
are small or non-existent. We are
fortunate if the finished book sells
well enough to cover all our costs. It is
surprising that history books are
illustrated at all.
philippa bernard
London N20
Sir, The lady pressed to death in the
first episode of Gunpowder was not
?executed? (Times2, Nov 6). She could
not have been because she refused to
plead to the charge of treason, and
could not therefore have been found
guilty of treason. Had she pleaded and
been found guilty, her estate would
have been forfeit to the Crown. She
was therefore tortured ? by peine forte
et dure ? to make her plead. Having
died under torture she remained
innocent of treason and her estate
passed to her heirs in the normal way.
The torture would not have taken
place in public, still less on a scaffold.
dr david tiplady
Billingshurst, W Sussex
Sir, Reproduction fees are also
charged by many local authority
museums and county record offices.
As an occasional publisher of modest
local history titles, I am at a loss to
understand why it is that many such
institutions continue to claim
copyright of photographic images that
are clearly long out of copyright.
alan griffin
Royal Leamington Spa
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on this day november 7, 1917
HOW
TO
SAVE FOOD
Sir Alfred Newton presided at a
meeting at Harrod?s yesterday, when
Sir Arthur Yapp, Director of Food
Economy, gave the first of a series of
lectures on ?Food Ways and Means
in War-Time?. He made the
following practical suggestions for
food saving: No cream should be
used except for infants and children;
as little milk should be used as
possible; no sugar taken in tea; as
little tea as possible should be used,
Sir, The relationship between doctor
and patient is essential in clinical
practice. Knowledge of clinical
history and physical examination of
the patient are equally important.
Further, a doctor should be able to
understand and share the feelings of
the patient, which can only be
achieved during a consultation in
person. How does a smartphone app
let a doctor examine a toddler with
severe earache?
dr sam banik, FRCPath
London N10
Sir, Providing convenient access to a
Forestry ?crisis?
Sir, ?Plant a tree in ?73? was a
government-sponsored campaign to
encourage the population to plant
and the morning cup given up. No
more than one egg should be taken
in any form in one day. No bread
eaten at midday or evening meals.
Bacon and ham, essentially the foods
of the poor and the working classes,
should be used sparingly. He wanted
to see all banquets and public
dinners given up.
Sir Arthur Yapp said that the war
was likely to drag on for a long time,
and we could not afford to leave
anything to chance. It was the long
last mile which was the hardest to
travel. It was necessary that people
at home should be convinced that
economy in food must be practised
by all if we were to win the war.
There must be self-denial and selfsacrifice in all classes. Rich people
said it was the poor and poor people
said it was the rich who should be
rationed, but there was waste and
extravagance in all classes, which
must be voluntarily suppressed. We
were only being asked now to do
what German people were ordered
to do in the first year of the war. We
had to help our Allies as well as our
people in the matter of food and
GP is laudable, and the GP at Hand
service, via a smartphone app, is
something that many patients might
love to have. It is worrying, however,
that patients will have to transfer
their NHS registration from local GP
to virtual provider. This could have
serious unintended consequences.
The GP at Hand service targets
those with simple needs. But needs
change: what happens to the person
who develops a complex condition or
needs in-depth investigations?
Meanwhile, local GP practices will
lose the income from those relatively
?well? patients, and have to manage a
higher ratio of people with complex
needs, putting quality in jeopardy.
don redding
Director of policy, National Voices, a
coalition of 160 health & care charities
Sir, I assume the government will give
a grant to those who cannot afford to
buy a smartphone. This will be the
unemployed and pensioners; the
latter are among the most frequent
visitors to their GP. Also, such
patients will need lessons on how to
use a smartphone. Perhaps the NHS
will subsidise these costs from the
money that it will save.
thea valman
London NW11
trees at a time when Dutch elm
disease was sweeping the country. My
husband and I took our two young
children to plant several trees on a
prepared site near Colchester. I am
not sure who coined the phrase
?Plant one more in ?74?. Perhaps it is
now time to start a similar campaign
to protect the countryside (report,
Nov 6) for future generations.
gill mackley
Norwich
Creeping north
Sir, I can assure Melinda Sutherland
(letter, Nov 4) that she lives in the
East Midlands. As a Ludensian (native
of Louth, Lincolnshire) and someone
who has over the years moved north,
the north of England is anywhere
north of the A69. South of that road
you are in the North Midlands.
I speak as someone who has
hopped over the border.
sue wilson
Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scottish Borders
when the great American Army got
to work we could not expect the help
from the States and Canada which
we were receiving.
All waste in food and unnecessary
consumption must mean less
efficiency at the battle fronts. The
deficiency of freight and food might
seriously hamper the progress of the
war. A mighty effort, such as he
believed the people would make if
they realised the true position, could
alone ensure national safety. There
is no bluffing. ?I am speaking of
what I know, and for the success of
this great campaign entrusted to me
by the Government I depend
absolutely upon the backing of the
Christian people of this country, and
on others as well. We must win
through with this by Christmas, or
else in all probability we shall have
compulsory rationing, and we don?t
want that if we can help it.?
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Head of steam
Sir, Half a century ago The Times
published a letter from the naval
architect Dr Ewan Corlett (Nov 11,
1967) highlighting the plight of a
?beached hulk in the Falkland
Islands?, namely the wreck of the
world?s first iron built ocean-going
steamship, Brunel?s SS Great Britain.
Publication of the letter helped to
build momentum: the ship was
salvaged only three years later. She
finally completed her last voyage
8,000 miles home and was reunited
with her Bristol birthplace on July 19,
1970, buoyed by the Mulus III
pontoon and the immense energy and
commitment of a group of individuals
to whom we are indebted. Corlett?s
wish to ?place on display . . . one of the
very few really historic ships still in
existence? has been realised.
dr matthew tanner
CEO, SS Great Britain Trust
Turkish cars
Sir, You report that President
Erdogan wants to launch a Turkish
car marque with the best design and
technology (World, Nov 6). In the
early 1970s I saw a car that looked like
a cross between a Cortina and a
Reliant Scimitar: it was called an
Anadol and was the first massproduced Turkish car, with a glass
fibre body and Ford engine. Shortly
afterwards T黵k Otomobil started to
assemble Fiats as the Murat 124,
Murat being a man?s name implying
want or desire. What Erdogan?s car
will be like is impossible to guess.
patrick hogan
Beaconsfield, Bucks
Polar party?s ?selfie?
Sir, Further to your picture story
?Scott team snap shows faces frozen in
dismay? (Nov 6), the polar party did
not have an automatic trigger for the
camera. The shutter was activated by
a string, operated by Henry Bowers.
You can see that his right hand is not
fully gloved, unlike the hands of his
companions, enabling him to
complete his task; this is also referred
to in the book Scott?s Last Expedition.
david ackroyd
South Clifton, Notts
Dreamy archbishop
Sir, Further to the letter about
Richard Chenevix Trench (?Handsy
archbishop?, Nov 1), may I offer
another family anecdote about my
great-great-grandfather? He once
went back to pay a visit to his
successor, Lord Plunket. Finding
himself back again in his old bishop?s
palace, sitting at his old dinner table,
and gazing across it at his wife, he
lapsed in memory to the days when
he was master of the house, and
gently remarked to Mrs Trench: ?I am
afraid, my love, that we must put this
cook down among our failures.?
Pictures of the great man adorn
homes of his descendants to this day.
martin fletcher
Brockenhurst, Hants
Roost of choice
Sir, Further to your item on what to
do with old copies of The Times
(Feedback, Nov 4), when I have
accumulated a pile of them 100cm
high I donate them to someone in the
village for her hen roosting. In
exchange she gives me half a dozen
freshly laid eggs. A bargain, methinks.
fay hepworth
Chelmsford
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Leading articles
Daily Universal Register
UK: The Oxford Street Christmas lights in
London will be switched on; a public inquiry
into a botched green energy scheme, the
Renewable Heat Incentive, opens at
Stormont, Belfast.
Nature notes
In modern times
great white egrets
first nested here
in 2012, on the
Somerset Levels.
They are superb,
large white birds,
the size of a heron, and have been called the
great white heron (and more recently the
great egret, as they are in America). They
have a strikingly long neck with a kink in it,
and a sharp yellow beak. They step elegantly
on their long legs through marshy pools and
reed beds in search of frogs and fish. They
continue to nest in Somerset and have
spread into other counties, so they are no
longer a great rarity. They have been
appearing steadily farther north, with
notable progress in that direction this year.
They can easily be distinguished by their
size from the two small egrets that have also
become breeding birds here, the little
egret and the cattle egret. In Edwardian
times masses of their long, beautiful
back plumes were imported to decorate
women?s clothes. derwent may
Birthdays today
Billy Graham, pictured,
evangelist, 99; Sir Rod
Aldridge, founder and
chairman, Capita Group
(1984-2006), 70; Ian
Balding, racehorse
trainer, 79; John Barnes,
footballer, Liverpool
(1987-97) and England (1983-95), 54;
Zak Brown, executive director, McLaren
Technology Group, former professional
racing driver, 46; Michael Byrne, actor,
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
(1989), 74; Dame Silvia Cartwright,
governor-general of New Zealand (2001-06),
74; Sir John Egan, industrialist, chancellor,
Coventry University (2007-May 2017), 78;
Sir Paul Ennals, chief executive, National
Children?s Bureau (1998-2011), 61;
Rio Ferdinand, footballer, Manchester
United (2002-14) and England (1997-2011),
39; Rt Rev Christopher Foster, Bishop of
Portsmouth, 64; Lucinda Green, equestrian,
world champion (1982), 64; Lord (Stephen)
Green of Hurstpierpoint, banker, trade and
investment minister (2011-13), 69; Danny
Grewcock, rugby union player, England
(1997-2007), and coach, 45; David Guetta,
DJ and record producer, 50; Neil Hannon,
singer-songwriter, the Divine Comedy, 47;
Brigadier Sir Miles Hunt-Davis, private
secretary to the Duke of Edinburgh
(1993-2010), 79; Dame Gwyneth Jones,
soprano, 81; Vice-Admiral Ben Key, fleet
commander, 52; Lorde, singer-songwriter,
Royals (2013), 21; Sir Roy McNulty, deputy
chairman, Gatwick Airport, 80; Joni
Mitchell, singer-songwriter, Big Yellow
Taxi (1970), 74; Jonathan Palmer, racing
driver, European Formula Two champion
(1983), 61; Su Pollard, actress, Hi-de-Hi!
(1980-88), 68; Sharleen Spiteri, singer,
Texas, I Don?t Want A Lover (1989), 50;
Peter Wilby, editor, New Statesman
(1998-2005), 73.
On this day
In 1885 the Canadian Pacific Railway was
completed, linking Canada?s Atlantic and
Pacific coasts.
The last word
?Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.?
HG Wells, novelist, The Wife of Sir Isaac
Harman (1914).
Trouble in Paradise
The latest leak of offshore tax avoidance records tarnishes capitalism
and will have dire political consequences unless governments act fast
Most earners neither avoid tax nor evade it. They
pay what they owe where they owe it, and they
may wonder why offshore tax havens still exist in
a world where international law enforcement is
supposed to monitor international money flows.
The so-called Paradise Papers offer an answer.
Two years ago the leak of the similar but larger
haul of records known as the Panama Papers
prompted a global crackdown on tax evasion.
Despite or because of that, many of the world?s
wealthiest people still go to great lengths to avoid
tax. As curbs on avoidance tighten, the incentives
to circumvent them only grow.
In principle offshore financial centres have
a legitimate role. They can serve as neutral
jurisdictions for business deals between entities
that might not otherwise agree terms and
they can protect assets from expropriation by
rogue governments. In practice, offshore havens
overwhelmingly help the ultra-rich to hide their
wealth and shield it from taxation. They host legal
and accounting firms that only this clientele can
afford. These firms exist to find loopholes in the
law by concentrating on its letter, not its spirit.
The Queen, Lord Ashcroft, Lewis Hamilton,
U2?s Bono and President Trump?s commerce
secretary, Wilbur Ross, are all named in the
Paradise Papers. None has broken the law but all
will suffer reputational damage. So will capitalism
itself if it fails to clean its house.
Across the developed world, the politics of envy
are resurgent. The future of free markets can only
be secure if they are equitably policed. Even
before publication of these papers it was past
time to close the loopholes through which the
international tax avoidance industry thrives. It is
conspicuously past time now.
No one said that this would be easy, but the
price of failure could be the discrediting of what
Theresa May has rightly called ?the greatest
agent of collective human progress ever created?.
That is why national governments, including and
especially Britain?s, must redouble their efforts
to work with international bodies such as the
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD) to force capitalists great
and small to play by the same rules.
The Paradise Papers consist mainly of leaked
records from a boutique Bermuda law firm. Their
most eye-catching revelation so far is that the
Queen?s private estate invested � million in offshore vehicles, with some of this money going on
a stake in Brighthouse, a consumer lender accused
of targeting low-income people with sky-high
interest rates. Buckingham Palace insists that the
Queen knew nothing of these investments and
has avoided no tax. Her private income comes
from the Duchy of Lancaster, which she certainly
has no formal role in managing. Even so it
ought to be obvious to all involved that the head of
state?s personal investments should be beyond
reproach. Her money managers? acquiescence in
an investment in a poorly regarded private equity
firm in 2005 was anything but.
There are obvious practical steps that governments and the OECD can take. First, a central
register of beneficial owners of the shell companies
that protect corrupt rulers and enterprises needs
to be established and open to public scrutiny. Mrs
May failed yesterday to commit to such a register;
she must think again. Second, the shadow financial
system of offshore law firms and intermediaries
should be targeted with new legislation. In all
reputable jurisdictions it should be a criminal
offence to aid the hiding of wealth. Tough
regulation will not catch everything, but it will
send the right signal that the playing field is being
levelled. The political consequences of inaction are
clear. In Britain?s case they are a government headed
by Jeremy Corbyn, dedicated to the unravelling of
the system on which prosperity depends.
Rajoy?s Prisoners
Madrid must make the case for a united Spain without resorting to arrests
The Spanish government of Mariano Rajoy has
to win important arguments to defuse the crisis
in Catalonia but is shooting itself in the foot. It
must over the coming weeks persuade Catalan
separatists that their demand to break away from
Spain has only threadbare legitimacy, that the
constitution must be respected and that the
country?s democratic process is robust enough to
deal peacefully with disgruntled regions.
This case cannot be successfully made as long as
the authorities are determined to make political
prisoners out of Catalonia?s independence leaders.
By failing to recognise that a political problem has
to be tackled by political means, Madrid is deepening
the confrontation. The Rajoy premiership will be
overshadowed by this duel. More than 2,000
companies have relocated their headquarters
from Catalonia since the independence referendum
on October 1. But it is already plain that the Spanish
economy as a whole is beginning to suffer.
The tensions are set to rise this week. Tomorrow
there will be a general strike in the region and mass
rallies are due on Saturday. Carles Puigdemont,
the deposed Catalan leader, was spared custody by
a Brussels court yesterday and he will remain at
liberty in Belgium until a Spanish extradition
request is heard. Like eight Catalan leaders
who have been detained in Spain, Mr Puigdemont
is accused of sedition, rebellion and misuse of
public funds. The maximum possible jail sentence
is 30 years.
Plainly if the regional election on December 21
is to make sense then Mr Puigdemont should be
allowed to stand and to return to Catalonia unimpeded. Madrid should meanwhile do everything it
can to mobilise those Catalans who are in favour
of staying part of Spain. It must sing the virtues of
Spanish identity rather than bang the drum of the
constitutional order. Mr Rajoy was surely right to
call for a snap election in Catalonia. The democratic
shortcomings of the regional government have
been part of the problem. A shaky government,
a dubious referendum law that set no minimum
participation levels, a notably low turnout when
it came to the vote: all this has weakened the hand
of the separatists. So too has Mr Puigdemont?s
inability to spell out how Catalonia could
survive, let alone prosper, as an independent state.
Mr Rajoy?s gamble is that a new majority of
Spanish remainers will choke off any further debate.
Yet everything the prime minister has done and
allowed to be done in the unfolding crisis has
undermined this strategy. From police brutality
on referendum day to the arrest of politicians, Mr
Rajoy?s heavy-handed approach is keeping the
separatist vote alive. For a long time there has been
a majority for union with Spain; it now looks set to
be a tight contest. There is a crushing necessity not
only for Madrid to reach a negotiated deal after the
vote next month but also for the European Union
to find a way out of its embarrassed silence.
The December election must be cleanly fought.
Whatever the outcome, moderation must prevail
in the aftermath. The Catalan separatists should
stop grandstanding and be ready to settle for an
arrangement that falls short of independence.
Their fight is not only with Madrid but with the
rest of Spain, which reckons the Catalans already
have a pretty good deal. And Mr Rajoy must
understand that he is not going to win hearts and
minds by throwing politicians in jail. He should
leave that style of government to Vladimir Putin.
Blunder Bust
Boris Johnson does not seem to grasp that lives depend on what he says
When a British citizen is arrested, summarily tried
and jailed by an authoritarian, theocratic foreign
state, the foreign secretary needs to know everything there is to know about the case. It should be
at or near the top of his to-do list until it is resolved.
Boris Johnson does not seem to have known
enough about the case of Nazanin ZaghariRatcliffe, imprisoned in Iran since last year on
bogus charges of spying on the regime. At a
parliamentary committee hearing last week he
said that as far as he understood, the 37-year-old
charity worker had been training journalists on
her visit to Tehran. He misunderstood, badly. Until
her incarceration Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe worked
as a project manager at the Thomson Reuters
Foundation. She is not a journalist and has never
trained journalists. She has Iranian relatives but
has never worked in or on Iran.
Mr Johnson?s apparently off-hand suggestion
that her visit was a working one has been seized
upon by the Iranians. At a hastily arranged court
hearing at the weekend she was told a new case
had been opened and that she faced up to
another five years in prison in addition to five
to which she has already been sentenced. The
charge is ?propaganda against the regime?. In
reality she was visiting family with her young
daughter, now three, whom she has not seen for
19 months.
There is a reason foreign ministers are
exhaustively briefed. What they say and how they
say it can determine other countries? policies
and diplomatic strategies. But the whole exercise
is pointless, and lives may be put at risk, if the
minister does not pay attention. Iran should release
Mrs Zahari-Ratcliffe forthwith. In the meantime
her husband, her MP and charities working for her
release have urged Mr Johnson urgently to correct
his statement. It is the very least he owes her.
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World
Church gunman driven by rift
United States
Boer Deng Sutherland Springs, Texas
As Terrie Smith watched the terror
unfold in the tidy little church in
Sutherland Springs, a bloodied man
came running across the two-lane road.
?He was saying, ?A man shot everybody.
My family is in there?.?
Ms Smith later learnt that Joanna
Ward, one of the parishioners, was
among the dead, along with her two
young children. ?She was like a daughter
to me,? Ms Smith said amid sobs. ?She?s
gone. Her two children are gone, and
her little boy, they say he?s not going to
pull through.?
Mrs Ward?s son, Ryland, five, was
shot five times by Devin Kelley, an air
force veteran who appears to have set
out to kill his mother-in-law. Eight
members of another family were killed
in the worst mass shooting in Texas: at
least 26 people lost their lives. Another
20 people were injured, 10 of whom
were in critical condition.
Bryan Holcombe, who served as the
associate pastor at the First Baptist
Church, his wife, Karla, his son, Marc
Daniel, and his one-year-old granddaughter, Noah, were among the victims. Mr Holcombe?s brother survived,
but lost his pregnant wife and three
children. The pastor, Frank Pomeroy,
was out of town, but his 14-year-old
daughter, Annabelle, stayed behind
and was killed.
Officials confirmed yesterday that
Kelley, 26, killed himself after being
pursued in a high-speed chase by two
local residents, one of whom managed
to wound him as he fled the church.
It emerged that Michelle Shields,
Kelley?s mother-in-law, was a member
of the church, although she was not
there on Sunday. Police said that the
gunman had sent her threatening text
messages and they were investigating a
?domestic situation? involving Kelley.
Dressed in all black, Kelley raised
suspicion before beginning his rampage when he was spotted at the petrol
station. He had arrived at the church
prepared to kill, wearing a bulletproof
vest and a black hood with a white skull
mask over his face.
He sprayed bullets into the church
before going inside, where the incident
was captured on camera and was
viewed by police yesterday.
Joe Tackitt, a local sheriff, described
arriving at the scene. ?Wherever you
walked in the church, it was death,? he
said. Inside the chapel, bodies lay
strewn about and almost everyone
inside was covered in blood, making it
difficult to distinguish the wounded
and dead from the uninjured, he told
the San Antonio Express-News.
?It was just horrific,? he added.
?Words can?t express what was there.
It?s hard enough to see adults, but when
you see babies, little ones, I?m talking
three, four, five, six years old. Ten years
old. It?s just hard.?
He had known many of the victims.
?They?re good Christian people. Hardworking people,? he said.
Authorities hailed the two local residents for ?neutralising? the gunman as
he emerged from the church. Stephen
Willeford, a plumber who lives across
the street from the church, grabbed his
gun and ran out of the house so quickly
that he did not even put on his shoes.
He took aim and shot the gunman.
After he was wounded, Kelley got
into his Ford Expedition SUV to escape,
Devin Kelley posted pictures of an
AR-15 assault rifle on Facebook, the
same type of gun he used on Sunday
to kill at least 26 people at the First
Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs
Profile
H
e arrived at the Texas
church armed to the
teeth ? assault rifle,
tactical clothing,
determined to kill
(Boer Deng writes).
Devin Kelley, 26, the gunman
who killed at least 26
parishioners at a Sunday
morning service in the tiny
hamlet of Sutherland Springs,
Texas, was a former airman. He
was dismissed from the air force
in 2014 after assaulting his wife,
Tessa, and his stepson, fracturing
the boy?s skull. He was sentenced
to a year in jail and subsequently
dishonourably discharged. He
later received a police citation for
punching his dog.
Kelley married again, to a
woman named Danielle Lee
Shields, now aged 22. The couple
had a child but were estranged.
A history of violent crimes
usually disqualifies Americans
from buying a gun but Kelley was
able to obtain his weapons. The
air force confirmed last night
that it had failed to report
Kelley?s criminal conviction to
the FBI. Police said that he
owned four weapons. He did not
have a firearms licence but was
registered as a private security
guard.
Charmaine Grohman, 69, a
neighbour who lived across the
farm road that runs beside the
property, told The Times that for
the past month she had heard
rapid gunfire coming from the
property on many afternoons.
Former classmates from New
Braunfels high school, Texas,
said on Facebook that he was
?weird? and preached atheism.
at which point Mr Willeford, 55,
jumped into a car belonging to Johnnie
Langendorff, another local man who
had stopped at the crossroads and saw
their gunfight, and the two gave chase.
?I?m no hero,? Mr Willeford said
yesterday. ?I think my God, my Lord
protected me and gave me the skills to
do what needed to be done, and I just
wish I could have gotten there faster,
but I didn?t know what was happening.?
Kelley managed to drive about four
miles before swerving and crashing his
car. Police said that he called his father
during the chase to say that he had been
shot and was unlikely to survive. He was
found dead in his car. Police said he had
been wounded in the torso and the leg
before he shot himself in the head.
More than 15 magazines holding
30 rounds of ammunition each were
collected at the church. ?I think he
came here with a purpose and a mission,? Freeman Martin, of the Texas
Department of Public Safety, said.
Founded in 1851, Sutherland Springs
was once a popular spa town that took
its name from sulphur springs that
bubbled off the Cibolo Creek river.
Many who live there have been
residents for generations, said Lisa
Cavazos, a shopkeeper who lives two
blocks from the church. She had taken
her children to a Hallowe?en party
at the church last week. ?It?s hard;
everything?s still fresh in my mind. I?m
holding it in right now, but for sure, it?s
going to hit me,? she said.
Her customers spoke in low voices of
learning who had died. ?Pretty much
everybody knows each other,? Hans
Larson, 58, said. He had just heard of
the death of a friend?s daughter, Lisa
McNulty, and her children. Ms McNulty, who was in her 40s, was ?young,
hard-working and taking it day by day?,
he said. She ran a canine rescue group
that fostered more than 50 dogs, he
said. ?They were good people.?
Seven per cent of the town?s population
was killed in the massacre.
Joanna Ward and her daughters
Emily, eight, left, and Brooke, six,
were killed. Her son Ryland, five,
was shot five times and is in a
critical condition. Right, Pastor
Frank Pomeroy and his wife, Sherri.
Their daughter, Annabelle, 14, died
Columbine slips out of top
Analysis
T
hree of the five worst mass
shootings in US history
have been in the past 17
months. Two occurred
within 35 days ? 58 people
were killed in Las Vegas last month
and then, on Sunday, 26 died in a
Texas church (Rhys Blakely writes).
These shootings mean that the
Columbine High School massacre
in 1999, in which two schoolboys
killed 13 people, is no longer one of
the worst ten. About half of those
killed at Sutherland Springs were
children, making it the worst mass
murder of children in the US since
the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012.
In another developed country a
pattern like this would give rise to
urgent debate. When it comes to
guns, however, America is in a state
of painstakingly manufactured
gridlock.
President Trump, not renowned
for message discipline, has stuck
rigidly to the views of the National
Rifle Association, a lobby group
that has aggressively opposed new
gun controls since the late 1970s.
Speaking in Japan, he argued that
the latest massacre was not ?a guns
situation . . . mental health is your
problem here?.
The only way to stop a bad guy
with a gun was for more good guys
to have guns, he suggested. This line
of argument is a favourite of the
NRA, one of Mr Trump?s largest
backers, which spent $21 million to
help get him elected.
The political heft of the gun lobby
is unique to the US, as is the sheer
number of firearms. In 2007 it was
estimated that there were about
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of fake news at
the fish pond
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Belgian coalition splits in
furore over Catalan chief
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s election
with mother-in-law Berlusconi?
triumph puts him
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Family torn apart
Joe Holcombe m. Claryce Holcombe
(not at church)
Bryan m. Karla
Holcombe Holcombe
(both
killed)
Scott
Holcombe
(not at
church)
Crystal
John m.
Holcombe,
Holcombe,
pregnant
(survived)
(killed)
Marc Daniel
Holcombe,
aged 36
(killed)
Noah,
One-year-old
(killed)
Emily
(killed)
Megan
(killed)
Greg
(killed)
?
?
(survived) (survived)
on comeback trail
Italy
Philip Willan Rome
Silvio Berlusconi celebrated his return
to the centre of Italian politics yesterday after his candidate for governor of
Sicily triumphed in regional elections.
Nello Musumeci won nearly 40 per
cent of Sunday?s vote, about five percentage points ahead of Giancarlo
Cancelleri, of the anti-establishment
Five Star Movement. The centre-left?s
Fabrizio Micari, with tepid support
from Matteo Renzi, the former Democratic Party prime minister, came third
with 19 per cent.
The victory marked a remarkable
comeback for Mr Berlusconi, 81, whose
reputation has been tainted by sex and
corruption scandals and who has been
banned from running for office after a
conviction for tax fraud. Mr Berlusconi
declared last night: ?Sicily has
chosen the road of real, serious and
constructive change, based on honesty,
competence and experience.?
Having recovered from open heart
surgery in June last year, he campaigned actively in Sicily, promoting
himself as the reliable elder statesman
capable of bringing allies together
into a coherent coalition, a crucial
requirement under Italy?s new electoral
law.
Mr Berlusconi, who has been prime
minister four times, was his usual goodhumoured self, the consummate purveyor of optimism, a skill honed during
his career as a television magnate. During the campaign he promoted tax cuts,
a long-discussed bridge to the mainland and a ?Marshall plan? for the
economically backward island.
The political commentator Stefano
Folli wrote in the Rome daily La Repubblica: ?The political cartel that wins in
Sicily is the same that would win in
almost all the electoral colleges of the
north if we were to vote tomorrow.?
General elections are scheduled next
spring.
A victory for Mr Berlusconi will put
international pressure on Italy, Marcello
Sorgi, an analyst writing for La Stampa,
said yesterday. For many foreign
observers, the politician was still associated with tax fraud, bunga-bunga sex
parties and suspicion of involvement in
1993 mafia bombings, he wrote.
The narrow defeat was a disappointment for the Five Star Movement,
which doubled its share of the popular
vote and emerged as the largest single
political party. Roberto Fico, one of its
leaders, said that Mr Cancelleri?s
performance amounted to a moral
victory against ?an assortment of criminal suspects and probable mafiosi?.
The result was also a stinging blow to
Mr Renzi?s ambitions of making a
return to the prime minister?s palace
after his constitutional reforms were
rejected in a referendum last year.
Having burst on to the political scene
as a ?demolition man? who was going to
sweep away a discredited generation of
politicians, it appears that Mr Renzi has
succeeded in eliminating only the older
generation of his own party, leaving the
road clear for Mr Berlusconi.
Giovanni Orsina, a political scientist,
cautioned against reading too much
into the Sicilian result, since the island
traditionally supported the centre
right. ?The south does often act as a tiebreaker in Italian politics, however,
Berlusconi was on the stump and, despite his 81 years, he still works,? he said.
Plane diverted after angry
wife discovers affair midair
ten massacres as US sticks to its guns
US gun deaths in 2017
13,175
deaths
as of Nov 6
nine guns for every ten Americans.
The second most armed country
was Yemen, which is teetering on
the brink of being a failed state.
In surveys, most Americans say
that they would support new
controls, such as banning militarystyle weapons. However, the issue is
asymmetrical when it comes to the
level of passion on each side.
Grover Norquist, a Republican
activist, put his finger on the
dynamic at play in 2010 when he
said: ?The question is intensity
versus preference. You can always
get a certain percentage to say they
are in favour of some gun controls.
But are they going to vote on their
?control? position?? He argued
that they probably wouldn?t, but
that ?4 to 5 per cent who care about
guns, they will vote on this?.
Polls also find that a majority of
Americans believe ?most people?
should be allowed to own a gun.
So, to summarise, the forces
against stricter gun controls include
huge political donations from the
pro-gun lobby, relatively tepid (if
widespread) support for new
regulations, and an abstract belief
on the part of most Americans that
they should be allowed to be armed.
This latest tragedy is highly
unlikely to break the deadlock.
India
Hugh Tomlinson
An airliner on a long-haul flight had to
make an unscheduled stop in India
after a wife used her sleeping husband?s
thumb to access his phone and went
berserk when she found out that he had
been having an affair.
The furious woman first turned on her
dozing husband and hit him repeatedly.
Then stewards on the Qatar Airways
flight QR-962 from Doha to Bali tried
to calm her, but the woman repelled
them. With the situation escalating out
of control, the pilot decided to divert the
flight to the southern Indian city of
Chennai.
The couple, from Iran, and their
child, who had been sitting beside them
during the altercation, were dropped
off before the flight continued to its
destination in Indonesia.
Sources said that since the family did
not have Indian visas, they were kept at
a detention centre. They have not been
named. With their holiday ruined, the
family were held while the woman
regained her composure before they
boarded a flight to Kuala Lumpur to
catch a connecting flight back to Qatar.
?A lady along with her husband and a
child, all Iranian nationals, were offloaded as the lady passenger, who was
intoxicated, misbehaved with crew
members inflight,? a spokesman for
India?s Central Industrial Security
Force told The Times of India.
?The woman and her husband along
with their child were offloaded and
the flight departed for Bali. The family
spent the day at Chennai airport and
was sent to Kuala Lumpur by a Batik Air
flight. No police action was taken.?
Qatar Airways declined to comment.
Air rage is in an increasing problem
in Indian airspace, and new legislation
is being drafted to try to tackle the
problem. One of the country?s MPs was
briefly banned from all its airlines after
hitting a steward during an on-board
row when he demanded a businessclass seat on an economy-only flight.
However, similar incidents of surreptitious fingerprint access may soon be a
thing of the past as the latest generation
of smartphones relies on facial recognition technology to unlock them.
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German army plans for EU collapse
Germany
David Charter Berlin
The disintegration of the European
Union by 2040 caused by the twin
threats of Russian aggression and Brexit has been imagined in secret research
for the German defence ministry.
Decades of insecurity could cause
the EU to break up, leading to multiple
confrontations on the continent,
according to the most pessimistic of six
scenarios for Europe.
The dossier, leaked to Der Spiegel,
took two years to draw up and is
believed to be the first time a German
ministry has contemplated the breakup in such detail.
The analysis, called Strategic Perspective 2040, was commissioned
because of fears for the future prompted by the failure to anticipate the end of
the Cold War and Russia?s aggressive
actions in eastern Ukraine. It will be followed by detailed military planning.
?The defence ministry secret paper is
The six scenarios
1 Global West EU
prospers and spreads its
culture and influence.
German economy,
peaceful neighbours.
2 Peaceful Greater
Regions EU grows and
integrates with
extended trading links.
4 Multipolar
Competition Extremism
drives EU member
states to operate more
nationalist policies.
3 Status Quo Continuity
position with solid
5 West versus East
Several eastern
remarkable in every respect,? Der Spiegel wrote. ?In stark terms an official
government document describes a
possible failure of the EU with potentially incalculable consequences for
German security.?
Two of the future scenarios were
optimistic, one envisaged the status
quo, and three forecast rising
nationalism and extremism leading to
the breakdown of international agree-
members of the EU
break away to form
their own bloc.
6 EU in Disintegration
Decades of instability
erode international
agreements leading to
multiple confrontations
for Germany.
ments and co-operation. In the sixth
scenario, called ?EU in Disintegration?,
more countries follow Britain out. ?EU
enlargement has been largely abandoned, more states have left the bloc,?
the defence ministry forecasters said of
the scenario. ?Europe has lost its global
competitiveness in many areas,? they
added. ?The increasingly disorderly,
sometimes chaotic and conflictual
world has dramatically changed the
security policy environment for
Germany and Europe.?
The paper was mostly drawn up
before the election of President Trump
and forecasters did not envisage the US
turning against Europe in any scenario.
The two optimistic views of 2040
were called ?Global West? and ?Peaceful Greater Regions?. In both the EU
was able to keep growing economically
by developing closer integration.
Behind each scenario was an analysis
of trends in society, politics, economy,
technology, military and the environment. Military planners warned that
there could be a breakdown in national
societies because of a greater tendency
for people to identify themselves by
ethnic, regional or religious groups.
The modern German defence ministry has never carried out such a farreaching modelling of political and economic developments. It was attributed
to Katrin Suder, a junior defence minister and former head of the Berlin office
of McKinsey, the consulting company.
AFP/GETTY
Murder suspects ?met
North Korean officials?
Kuala Lumpur A North Korean
embassy official and a manager
for the country?s national airline
met suspects in the killing of Kim
Jong-nam at Kuala Lumpur
airport in Malaysia shortly after
the murder, it was claimed. Video
evidence was shown at the trial of
two women accused of killing the
leader Kim Jong-un?s half-brother.
Siti Aisyah, 25, from Indonesia,
and Doan Thi Huong, 29 from
Vietnam, say they were duped
into believing that they were part
of a TV prank when a chemical
was used to kill Kim Jong-nam,
46. Four men, who are at large,
are also accused of the murder,
which North Korea denies
orchestrating. (Reuters)
Liberian election halted
Monrovia Today?s election run-off
in Liberia between Joseph Boakai,
the vice-president, and the former
footballer George Weah has been
cancelled. The supreme court
ruled that it could not go ahead
until the third-placed Liberty
Party?s allegations of fraud in last
month?s first round, and any
appeals, had been investigated.
The eventual winner will replace
President Johnson Sirleaf, Africa?s
first female head of state. (AP)
Terrorism victims
Buenos Aires The bodies of five
Argentine men who were killed in
a terrorist attack in New York last
week have been flown home.
Several dozen police officers were
waiting at the airport to escort a
motorcade carrying the friends?
bodies to the town of Rosario,
170 miles from the capital. The
men, in their late 40s, had gone to
Manhattan with five others to
celebrate the 30th anniversary of
their school graduation. (Reuters)
Sect deaths arrest
Mexico City A polygamist sect
leader is being held by Mexican
authorities over the deaths of
three young Americans. Orson
Black, 56, was arrested with four
of his wives and about 20 other
US citizens. Prosecutors in
northern Mexico said the victims,
aged from 19 to 23, may have
belonged to the Fundamentalist
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, which split from the
Mormons over polygamy.
Mauve moods Deng Zhaoping presented her collection at China Fashion Week in Beijing. The designer combines high-tech materials with traditional Chinese elements
Hunter killed by stag
Paris A man who was taking part
Kremlin tries to damp down Schoolgirl wins an iPhone
1917 revolutionary fervour for frothy rhyme to Putin
Russia
Tom Parfitt Moscow
Russia marks the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution today amid Kremlin
attempts to stifle the appeal of popular
uprisings.
Official events are subdued, reflecting nervousness about unleashing revolutionary sentiment before elections in
March when President Putin is expected to seek a fourth term.
The armed revolt began in Petrograd
(St Petersburg) against the provisional
government that had taken power after
the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II. The
Bolsheviks stormed the Winter Palace
the next day and the tsar was arrested
and then killed with his family in 1918.
Mr Putin said that he hoped Russians
would use the centenary ?to close the
chapter on the dramatic events that
divided our country and our nation,
and that it will become a symbol of
overcoming this schism?.
The president has lamented how the
events had ?fractured? the lives of
millions, asking: ?Was it not possible to
follow an evolutionary path rather than
go through a revolution??
Analysts say the anti-uprising
rhetoric chimes with the Kremlin?s
propaganda efforts against opposition
activists led by the lawyer Alexei Navalny. He plans to run against Mr Putin
despite warnings he will be excluded
from the ballot over a fraud charge. He
has support among young people and
thousands took part in protests against
Mr Putin in March and June.
Tom Parfitt
A ten-year-old girl has won a competition to write the best poem about Vladimir Putin, saying she loves Russia?s
president even if he makes people
?froth with spittle?.
The contest was set by Ramzan Kadyrov, the pro-Kremlin leader of Chechnya, who presented the winner, Kheda
Ibakhiyeva, with a smartphone.
Mr Kadyrov said that there had been
more than 3,000 entries, of which 1,745
were videos posted on Instagram with
the hashtag #OurPresidentPutin.
One of the best efforts was that of
mixed martial arts fighter Alexander
Emelianenko, who penned a ditty
about Mr Putin being his ?guiding star?.
?I sleep peacefully at night/ Without
fear that tomorrow they will come, and
no one will stand up for us,? he wrote.
Kheda, a schoolgirl from the village
of Beno-Yurt in Chechnya, received an
80,000-rouble (�000) iPhone X and
flowers at a ceremony in Grozny.
Her short poem, which rhymes in
Russian, goes: ?You can froth with
spittle/ But that won?t change the main
thing/ I?m not ashamed of my country/
And that our president is Putin.?
Mr Kadyrov said the competition
had proved Russians? true appreciation
for the president. It is not the first time
Mr Putin, 65, has been the subject of
lyrical praise. In 2002 the girl group
Poyushchiye Vmeste recorded One like
Putin. They sang: ?I want a man like
Putin/ One like Putin, full of strength/
One like Putin, who won?t drink.?
in a hunt died after being gored
by a deer in the Compi鑗ne
national park, about 85
kilometres (53 miles) northeast
of Paris. The 62-year-old was
acting as a beater when the deer
charged and ?stabbed him with
his antlers,? a police spokesman
said. The hunter, who was not
carrying a rifle, died of internal
bleeding before emergency
services could arrive. (AFP)
Weiner jailed for sexts
Ayer The former congressman
Anthony Weiner, 53, has started a
21-month jail term for sexting a
girl aged 15. It came after similar
incidents involving women that
led the Democrat to resign his
seat in 2011 and end his hopes to
become New York mayor two
years later. He is being held at the
Federal Medical Center, Devens, a
prison in Massachusetts that once
held the Boston Marathon
bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (AP)
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Trump calls on
Kim to return
Japan?s hostages
North Korea
Richard Lloyd Parry Tokyo
Didi Tang Beijing
President Trump has urged North Korea to return Japanese civilians it has
abducted, saying it would help to defuse
the nuclear crisis.
Mr Trump, who arrives in South
Korea today on the latest leg of a 12-day
Asian tour, also reiterated that he
would be willing to meet Kim Jong-un,
the North Korean dictator.
Speaking in Tokyo on the second day
of his visit, Mr Trump called Pyongyang a ?threat to the civilised world and
international peace and stability? and
secured the support of Shinzo Abe, the
Japanese prime minister, in keeping
open ?all options? for ending its nuclear
programme, including military force.
Although Mr Trump avoided direct
military threats or personal insults he
said the policy of ?strategic patience? towards North Korea adopted by the Obama administration was over. He added:
?Some people said that my rhetoric is
very strong. But look at what?s happened with very weak rhetoric over the
last 25 years. Look where we are now.?
In an interview with the syndicated
news programme Full Measure, he said
that he would willingly meet Mr Kim. ?I
would sit down with anybody,? he said.
?I don?t think it?s strength or weakness.
I think sitting down with people is not a
bad thing. So, I would certainly be open
to doing that but we?ll see where it goes.
I think we?re far too early.?
North Korea?s state media responded
by questioning the president?s mental
state. ?No one can predict when the
lunatic old man of the White House,
lost to sense, will start a nuclear war,?
KCNA said.
Mr Trump will not visit the demilitarised zone that marks the de facto
border between the two Koreas. He will
also avoid the Great Wall of China
when he arrives in Beijing, seemingly to
sidestep images of him next to barriers.
Yesterday he met relatives of Japanese abducted by North Korea in the
1970s and 1980s and forced to teach
Japanese to spies. One of those abducted was a 13-year-old girl. Five were
returned home in 2002, but Pyongyang
insists the rest have died, a claim that
families of the missing refuse to believe.
?We?ve just heard the very sad stories
about family members ? daughters,
wives, brothers, uncles, fathers,? Mr
Trump said. ?I think it would be a tremendous signal if Kim Jong-un would
send them back. If he would send them
back, that would be the start of something very special.?
President Trump repeated the assertion that Mr Abe would soon buy large
amounts of US weapons and defence
equipment, in response to North
Korea?s test-firing of ballistic missiles
over Japan.
Mr Abe, who held formal talks with
Mr Trump the day after entertaining
him on the golf course, rejected the idea
of negotiation and supported the president?s previously emphasised position
that the North must disarm first before
any talks could begin.
?For more than 20 some years, the
international community attempted
dialogue with North Korea,? said Mr
Abe, who announced a freeze on the
assets of 35 North Korean individuals
and organisations.
?Now is the time not for dialogue but
for applying a maximum level of pressure on North Korea.?
Beijing, North Korea?s largest trading
partner, is less likely to agree to further
measures to sanction North Korea over
its nuclear weapons programme.
Mr Trump?s stop in Beijing tomorrow
follows the visit of President Xi to his
Mar-a-Lago Florida resort in April during which the US president informed
his counterpart over dinner that he had
ordered a cruise missile strike on Syria.
Beijing has prepared a ?state visit
plus?, according to Cui Tiankai, the Chinese ambassador to the United States,
who has promised ?significant outcomes? from the visit. Experts say that
may not mean further pressure on
North Korea, but potentially concessions on addressing the US trade deficit
with China.
Mr Xi was handed a second term as
the chief of the ruling Communist
Party last month, cementing his position, and Mr Trump hailed his ?extraordinary elevation?.
?I like him a lot. I consider him a
friend,? Mr Trump said in Tokyo before
his visit to Beijing.
Fishy faux
pas . . . or
a load of
codswallop?
I
t looked at first
glance like a classic
Trumpian moment
? one more act of
boorishness from the
man the world loves to
roll its eyes at (Richard
Lloyd Parry writes).
On the second day of
the US president?s visit to
Japan, Shinzo Abe, the
prime minister, took him
to Akasaka Palace
gardens to feed orange
and yellow koi carp.
Photographs and video
footage show the pair
delicately sprinkling in a
few spoonfuls of fish food
before Mr Trump,
apparently impatient,
upends the wooden box
and dumps the lot in. Rex
Tillerson, the secretary of
state, who was standing
near by, laughed, perhaps
nervously. News reports
spoke of Mr Trump?s
?clumsy move? and
critics on social media
pounced on the faux pas,
pointing out the dangers
of overfeeding. One
Twitter user wrote: ?He
probably killed their fish.
Of course.?
It turned out to be fake
news, however. The full
footage reveals that Mr
Abe grew bored first and
jettisoned his granules;
Mr Trump politely
followed suit and his
supporters soon took to
Twitter to complain that
their leader had been
traduced. ?Y did u
knowingly pervert the
truth about the Trump
and Abe koi feeding
photo op?? asked
Fredericka Beauchard.
?You knew Abe dumped
his box first!?
Meanwhile, Melania
Trump visited Kyobashi
Tsukiji Elementary
School, Tokyo, with Akie
Abe, the prime minister?s
wife.
Tacky festive market halts Paris traffic Charlie Hebdo threatened
France
Adam Sage Paris
Parisian motorists endured pandemonium yesterday after the city?s main
Christmas market was banned for
being too tacky, prompting stallholders
to block roads.
The protesters pledged further chaos
before the festive season after councillors said that the market on the
Champs-蒷ys閑s was unattractive and
had no place in the City of Lights.
Traffic jams built up around the capital as hundreds of market traders and
fairground operators parked their vans
and lorries in the middle of motorways
leading to Paris. Several dozen lorries
swerved around riot police seeking to
keep them away from the city?s main
ring road, where traffic also ground to a
standstill. Journey times were doubled.
The fair has been running since 2008
but it was banned this year after city
councillors said that the trinkets, gifts
and food on sale were unworthy of
Parisian ambitions. Jean-Fran鏾is
Legaret, a centre-right councillor, said:
?We need to get away from the
mediocrity of this purely commercial
market. It?s a very poor show.?
Anne Hidalgo, the Socialist mayor
of Paris, said that she wanted a
Christmas market, but one that ?is
of quality?.
Marcel Campion, 77, France?s
most prominent ? and
wealthy ? fairground and
market operator, claimed
that the city had broken a
six-year contract for the
Champs-蒷ys閑s market
after only two years.
?If we have to go to
battle to ensure we are
heard, we will,? he said. ?Iff
we can?t set up there, there will be
demonstrations every day and we will
block Paris.?
He said that the seven-week Christmas market gave work to 2,000 people
and attracted about 15 million visitors.
Mr Campion, nicknamed the gypsy
chief executive, claims to have the
backing of 35,000 people in France
who earn a living from such fairs.
Paris council said: ?There will
not be a market in December on
the Champs-蒷ys閑s.
?Blackmail is not a method
that can be used in a state of
law and order and the
actions of the past few
days are unacceptable.?
Anne Hidalgo, the Socialist
mayor of Paris, said that
she wanted a ?quality?
Christmas fair for the city
over pillar of Islam ?joke?
Adam Sage
The French satirical magazine where 11
people were killed by terrorists is facing
renewed threats over its denunciation
of an Oxford professor accused of rape.
Laurent Sourisseau, editor of Charlie
Hebdo, said that he had filed a criminal
lawsuit over death threats circulating
on social media after its coverage of
Tariq Ramadan, an Islamic scholar, last
week. Under French law, police must
now investigate the threats.
The magazine?s front page featured a
drawing of Professor Ramadan with an
erect penis saying: ?I am the sixth pillar
of Islam.? It infuriated many Muslims,
who said it was an attack on their religion. Although most Muslims believe
Islam has five pillars ? faith, prayer,
charity, fasting and the pilgrimage to
Mecca ? some say a sixth is jihad.
One critic on social media said:
?Charlie Hebdo is a pile of rubbish. If
more killings are needed to recall that,
I say it wouldn?t do us any harm.?
Another wrote: ?Charlie Hebdo deserves a second round.?
?It?s surprising after everything that
has happened over these past two,
three, four years that there are still such
violent reactions,? Sourisseau said.
Professor Ramadan, 55, was accused
of rape by a French writer last month.
The professor of contemporary Islamic
studies at St Antony?s College also faces
allegations from four other former students who said that he made sexual advances. He has dismissed the claims as
a ?campaign of slander?.
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Belgian coalition splits in Catalan furore
LA SEXTA TV/REUTERS
Spain
Bruno Waterfield Brussels
Graham Keeley Madrid
Madrid?s treatment of Catalan independence leaders has split the Belgian government, with Flemish
nationalists in the fragile ruling coalition trading insults with Spanish politicians about fascist and Nazi links.
The row escalated after a Belgian
judge released Carles Puigdemont,
the deposed Catalan leader, and four
of his ministers from prison yesterday
until a hearing on Spanish extradition requests on November 17.
The rift widened when a former
Belgian prime minister and the leader
of the Flemish nationalist party,
which is in government, accused the
conservative leadership in Madrid of
harking back to Spain?s fascist past.
The five leaders of Catalonia?s independence movement fled to Brussels
last week after Spain enforced direct
rule and before a Madrid judge issues
European arrest warrants on charges
of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement. Another eight Catalan ministers are imprisoned on identical charges in Madrid.
Mr Puigdemont?s flight to Brussels
Carles Puigdemont, right, and his Belgian lawyer Paul Bekaert, during talks yesterday
has upset the political balance in Belgium?s coalition between Flemish nationalists and centrist liberals led by
Charles Michel, the prime minister.
Flemish nationalists support the
eventual break-up of Belgium via
peaceful constitutional change and
back Catalan independence.
Bart De Wever, the leader of New
Flemish Alliance and the mayor of
Antwerp, revived memories of a 16thcentury Spanish massacre during the
bloody Eighty Years? War to uphold
the Habsburg Empire and the supremacy of the Roman Catholic
Church. ?We remember the Spanish
Fury, the bloodiest day in our history.
10,000 Antwerpians were killed 441
years ago under Philip II,? he tweeted
at the weekend.
Mr De Wever backed remarks
made on Sunday by Jan Jambon, the
Belgian interior minister, that Spain
was acting undemocratically. ?If
you?re silent at a time when politicians
are thrown into jail because they have
an opinion and if violence is committed against civilians, then you are just
as guilty,? he said. ?Things have happened that we should not tolerate.?
Esteban Gonz醠ez Pons, the European parliament spokesman for
Spain?s ruling Popular Party, responded with an attack on Flemish
nationalism, which has a tarnished
past of collaboration with the Nazis
and the far right.
The Flemish nationalists reminded
Mr Gonz醠ez Pons that his party was
founded by Manuel Fraga, a fascist
minister under Franco linked to
assassinations and executions.
Didier Reynders, the Belgian foreign minister, criticised his cabinet
colleagues. ?There is an animation
around this issue that exceeds the
limits of reasonableness. Some
people are involved in Belgium and
comment on the crisis when it is not
their role. This concerns Spain above
all else,? he said.
Mr Puigdemont said it was a ?colossal outrage? that he and colleagues
were being investigated. Writing in
the Guardian, he accused Spanish
authorities of conducting a ?brutal
judicial offensive?.
The independence crisis appears to
be eroding support for Mariano Rajoy,
the Spanish prime minister, who also
leads a coalition. Yesterday a poll put
his party on 27 per cent, down from
33 per cent in an election last year.
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Mugabe removes ?disloyal? deputy
Zimbabwe
Jan Raath Harare
Robert Mugabe has sacked his
deputy, who had previously been
seen as a likely successor, removing
an obstacle to the ambitions of his
wife to become the next president of
Zimbabwe.
Emmerson Mnangagwa, a longtime ally of one of Africa?s longestserving leaders, was removed as vicepresident ?with immediate effect?,
the government said, opening the
way to the possible appointment of
Grace Mugabe, 53, to the post.
The move risks splitting not only
the ruling Zanu PF party but also the
military as Mr Mnangagwa, 75, has
had the support of military generals
and war veterans. He had been part of
Mr Mugabe?s cabinet since independence in 1980.
Mr Mugabe, 93, along with his wife,
has in recent months accused Mr
Mnangagwa of plotting to oust him.
Mr Mnangagwa alleged in August
that he had been poisoned and he was
flown to South Africa for medical
treatment.
He had been vice-president since
2014 when his predecessor, Joice
Mujuru, was fired for allegedly plotting to oust Mr Mugabe.
His dismissal was announced by
Simon Khaya Moyo, the information minister, who said that he had
displayed ?traits of disloyalty?.
Mr Mnangagwa has been
careful to avoid controversy
during his vice-presidency
and cultivated widespread
support across the country?s diverse communities,
from
peasant
farmers to wealthy white
businesspeople.
Mr Mugabe and his wife
used political rallies at the
weekend to suggest that Mr
Maduro critic flees
to Chilean embassy
Venezuela
Stephen Gibbs Caracas
The vice-president of
Venezuela?s
oppositioncontrolled national assembly has fled to the official
residence of the Chilean
ambassador in Caracas
after the government tried
to remove his parliamentary immunity and threatened him with jail.
Freddy Guevara, 31, a
prominent participant in
anti-government protests
earlier this year, is accused
of instigating violence. His
supporters say that he is a
victim of political persecution. The Chilean foreign
ministry said that he was a
guest ?in the face of what
he deemed immediate
threats against his security
and personal wellbeing?.
More than 125 people
were killed in the demonstrations, which lasted
from April to August. The
UN has reported that responsibility for many of
those deaths lies with government security forces,
which it said used ?excessive force to deter demonstrations, crush dissent and
instil fear?.
Several Venezuelan opposition politicians are in
prison or under house
arrest. President Maduro
routinely threatens to jail
his political opponents,
whom he accuses of working with the United States
to destabilise the nation. In
July he threatened Mr
Guevara directly. ?There is
already a cell with your
name on it,? he said on live
television.
Mnangagwa would be fired, with the
president challenging him to start a
rival party.
Mrs Mugabe could now be appointed to the vacant vice-president
post at a party congress next month.
On Sunday she told a rally that she
was ready to take over from her husband and accused Mr Mnangagwa of being a ?snake? who was
undermining her husband?s
authority.
?I have said to the president, ?You can leave me in
charge?,? she said. ? ?Give
me the job and I will do
it very well because I
am good.? ? In reference to Mr Mnangagwa, she added: ?The snake
must be hit on the head.?
The president?s wife,
Grace, is now closer
to succeeding him
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Anti-corruption purge is just
starting, says Saudi law chief
Saudi Arabia
Richard Spencer
Middle East Correspondent
City of night-lights The moon rising behind the white limestone Basilica of the Sacred
Heart of Paris at the summit of Montmartre, the highest point in the city, on Sunday
The arrest of businessmen, princes
and ministers was only ?phase one? of
an anti-corruption campaign, Saudi
Arabia?s attorney-general said as
rumours swirled across the country.
Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb said that the
authorities had begun ?a vital process
to root out corruption wherever it
exists?. He added: ?This does not represent the fullness of the committee?s
work, but merely the start.?
A new name was added yesterday
to the list of prominent Saudi Arabians who have been detained: Nasser
bin Aqeel al-Tayyar, who ran a travel
and trading conglomerate. Prince
Alwaleed bin Talal, the country?s
richest businessman, and Prince
Miteb bin Abdullah, head of the
powerful National Guard, are also
among at least 38 people in custody.
Amid confusion about the extent
of the crackdown, two princes were
reported to have died. Mansour bin
Muqrin was killed in a helicopter
Mystery of
Lebanese
leader?s
resignation
Lebanon
Richard Spencer Beirut
The Lebanese prime
minister was filmed
meeting King Salman of
Saudi Arabia yesterday in
an apparent attempt to
rebut rumours that he
had been placed under
house arrest while visiting
the kingdom.
Saad Hariri sent ripples
of alarm through
Lebanon on Saturday
when he announced his
resignation in a broadcast
from Riyadh.
Well known for his
close ties to Saudi Arabia,
where he has business
interests, he was said by
rivals to have been put
under pressure to resign
as a strike against Iran,
which backs Hezbollah,
the Shia militia that is
also part of the Lebanese
government.
Hezbollah?s leader,
Hassan Nasrallah,
accused Saudi Arabia of
kidnapping Mr Hariri.
The row escalated last
night when Saudi Arabia?s
Gulf affairs minister
accused Lebanon of
declaring war on his
country. Hezbollah?s acts
of ?aggression? on the
kingdom ?were
considered acts of a
declaration of war against
Saudi Arabia by Lebanon
and by the Lebanese
Party of the Devil,?
Thamer al-Sabhan told
Al Arabiya TV.
Lebanon?s president,
Michel Aoun, said that he
would only accept a
resignation once Mr
Hariri was back.
crash on Sunday and Abdul Aziz bin
Fahd, son of the late King Fahd, was
said by Ali Soufan, a former FBI
agent, to have died suddenly in unclear circumstances. There were rumours on social media that he had
been shot while resisting arrest.
One Saudi official said that he was
aware of the rumours, and added that
the prince had been in a rehabilitation clinic. The prince?s Twitter
account had shown aggressive comments in the summer then fell silent.
The arrests are being attributed to
the crown prince, Muhammad bin
Salman, 32, who has ambitious
plans to reform the country. His
supporters say that without
tackling corruption, the prince
would be unable to attract the
international companies that
he needs to inject a new life
into the economy. Critics say
that it is a power-grab by a
man who wants to enAbdul Aziz bin Fahd is
the second prince to
have died this week
sure that he has no rival in succeeding
his father, King Salman.
He appears to have won the
support of the Trump administration.
A White House statement said that
President Trump, who is on a tour of
Asia, spoke to King Salman on Saturday. Last night Mr Trump tweeted: ?I
have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi
Arabia, they know exactly what they
are doing. Some of those they are
harshly treating have been ?milking?
their country for years!?
Mr Trump was critical of Saudi
Arabia during his election
campaign, but called it ?a
magnificent country? when
he visited in May. Jared
Kushner, his son-in-law,
visited two weeks ago. He
and the crown prince
were said to have stayed
up late ?swapping
stories and discussing plans?.
The prince and
his methods,
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Hit rewind . . . cassettes
are on their way back
United States
Ben Hoyle Los Angeles
From Elvis Presley?s epic Las Vegas
residency to Kate Bush selling out her
first live shows in 35 years in 2014, the
best comebacks in music have always
been the most unlikely ones.
Now the industry is waking up to
what may be the most unexpected
revival of them all: the cassette tape is
shooting back up the sales charts.
Artists including Justin Bieber,
Eminem, Metallica and the Weeknd
have all put out material on tape
recently. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the
creator of Hamilton, the hit Broadway
musical, made sure that The Hamilton
Mixtape was available as an actual tape,
while the Guardians of the Galaxy films
have put a Sony Walkman-toting hero
and his cherished tapes at the centre of
the biggest blockbusters of recent years.
Sales are small for now but growing.
An estimated 129,000 pre-recorded
tapes were sold in the United States last
year, up from 74,000 the year before,
according to Nielsen Music.
When sales of
vinyl LPs reached a
25-year high last
year music enthusiasts nodded approvingly. The appeal of
the format was well
established:
their
rich sound has long
been preferred by
many collectors. Like vinyl records,
cassettes satisfy a yearning for a physical object in the era of Spotify and
iTunes. Unlike records, they tap into
the nostalgia for homemade compilation tapes.
Demand is growing at such a rate
that a company in Missouri is now
building the first new manufacturing
line for high-grade ferric oxide cassette
tape in the US for decades.
National Audio has been making cassettes since it was founded in 1969. In
the early 1980s, when cassettes outsold
vinyl records and briefly dominated the
music business before the rise of the
CD, the company specialised in
spoken-word recordings and blank
tapes. When the music industry moved
on those clients kept the company
going through several lean decades.
For the past 15 years National Audio
has been hoarding tape that it bought at
rock bottom prices from other suppliers
as they shut down. Now it has less than
a year?s supply left. Hence the new
assembly line, which Steve Stepp, 69, its
president and coowner, hopes will be
churning out four
miles of tape a
minute by January.
It would be ?the best
tape ever made?, he
told The Wall Street
Journal. ?People will
hear a whole new
product.?
Foxy ladies Bavarian farmers? wives in traditional dress at a celebration of St Leonhard, patron saint of livestock, yesterday
First plagiarism prize hopes to shame copycats
China
Didi Tang Beijing
Frustration at rampant plagiarism has
led a Chinese writers? group to establish
an award for the most blatant act of
copying.
The Tianjin Writers? Association in
northern China said that the award was
an ironic tribute intended to highlight
the hard work of authors who had
toiled to produce original material, and
remind readers to boycott writers
whose stories owed too much to the
work of others.
The problem has become particularly pronounced in China, with a boom in
the online pay-to-read market.
?By establishing this award, we want
the readers to understand the toil by
those who produce the original content, and therefore voluntarily boycott
works of plagiarism,? Li Bin, deputy secretary to the association, said.
The first ?White Lotus? award, a
flower known for its purity, but also
slang for a falsely innocent woman, was
awarded to Zhou Jing, author of The
Princess Weiyoung, which has been
adapted for television.
Zhou, whose pen name is Qin Jian, is
embroiled in a legal dispute with 12
authors who accuse her of plagiarising
numerous works to produce her story.
She denies this and did not attend the
award ceremony. Her novel, which has
made her a small fortune, is about a
princess forced into exile after an invasion, and her desire for revenge.
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to disagree.
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Stock exchange shareholders seek answers over chief?s departure
that a proper governance process was
followed over the departure of Mr
Rolet, who will leave at the end of next
year unless a successor is found sooner.
The shareholder will be seeking information on when the stock exchange
first began to consider Mr Rolet?s
position as well as details on when the
Financial Conduct Authority first became involved. The investor said that
the whole process appeared to have
been ?very rushed?. There was growing
speculation in the market yesterday
that Mr Rolet was ?ambushed? by Mr
Brydon, who had misjudged the popularity of the French chief executive.
The latest development comes a few
days after The Children?s Investment
Fund, led by Sir Christopher Hohn,
wrote to Mr Brydon demanding an extraordinary meeting of shareholders.
Sir Christopher said he wanted shareholders to vote on removing Mr Brydon
as a director. This would be ?in effect, a
vote on whether shareholders wish to retain Xavier as chief executive?, he added.
Mr Rolet, who has been chief executive for almost nine years, had planned
to quit in the summer when a merger
with Deutsche B鰎se was complete.
However, after the merger collapsed,
he said ?it looks like my retirement is
postponed?. Speculation was growing
that Mr Brydon?s position could become untenable unless he can convince
the exchange?s biggest shareholders
that Mr Rolet was not forced to resign.
One market source said it was likely
that either Mr Brydon or Mr Rolet
would have to go sooner than expected
?as it could be difficult for them to work
together until the end of next year?.
The LSE declined to comment other
than reiterating an earlier statement
that it had followed a ?proper governance process to plan for an orderly
succession for the CEO?.
Disney holds talks to buy
most of 21st Century Fox
RBS targeted
?basket case?
companies
Deirdre Hipwell
Another top ten shareholder in the
London Stock Exchange is seeking
urgent clarification from the board
about the alleged forced resignation of
Xavier Rolet, the chief executive.
In a move that will pile pressure on
Donald Brydon, chairman of the LSE,
The Times understands that one of the
top ten investors will be asking the
board to provide convincing evidence
Price disagreement led to deal faltering, sources claim
20TH CENTURY FOX
James Dean US Business Editor
21st Century Fox was in preliminary
talks to offload a significant part of its
business to Walt Disney but talks broke
down over a disagreement on price,
sources said last night.
It is understood that Disney had in
recent weeks discussed buying film,
television production, cable network
and international distribution assets.
The talks were not active yesterday and
there was no certainty that they would
come to any agreement in the future,
sources close to the discussions said.
Shares in 21st Century Fox jumped by
9.9 per cent to close at $27.45 after the
talks were revealed, and Disney shares
rose by 2 per cent to $100.64. The talks
also involved the sale of 21st Century
Fox?s stake in Sky, CNBC reported.
21st Century Fox owns 39 per cent of
Sky, the British satellite broadcaster,
and has bid �.7 billion for the rest of it.
This is being scrutinised by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA),
which is undertaking a six-month study
into how it would affect media plurality
and broadcasting standards in Britain.
Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of
News Corp, owner of The Times, is cochairman of 21st Century Fox with his
son Lachlan. His other son, James, is
chief executive of 21st Century Fox and
chairman of Sky.
Disney is about to launch a streaming
video network to compete with Netflix,
Amazon Prime Video, HBO Go and
others. The entertainment company
said in August that it would pull its
content from Netflix. Buying 21st
Century Fox?s film and TV assets would
provide Disney with additional content
for its new streaming service.
A takeover of 21st Century Fox?s
stake in Sky would give Disney additional exposure to the British, Italian
and German satellite TV markets. 21st
Daisy Ridley, the British actress, in the new adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, released by a 21st Century Fox studio
Century Fox also owns Star TV, a panAsian satellite broadcaster.
The talks did not involve the
complete takeover of 21st Century Fox
by Disney, sources said. Instead 21st
Century Fox would have been left with
a core of sport and news assets, such as
the Fox broadcasting network, which
operates Fox News, among others.
The CMA is looking at how a 21st
Century Fox takeover of Sky would
affect the Murdoch family?s ability to
?influence the political agenda? in British media. Sir Vince Cable, the Liberal
Democrat leader, is among those wanting to halt the deal, saying that the Murdoch family would otherwise accumulate too much media power.
Brian Wieser, an analyst at Pivotal
Research, said: ?I see lots of synergies
for Disney. The confusion is what it
means for Fox.? 21st Century Fox?s
cable network programming division
reported revenue of $4.3 billion in the
three months to June 30. The filmed
entertainment unit, which includes
Twentieth Century Fox Film, had revenue of $1.8 billion and the television
division, which includes Fox Sports, reported revenue of $1 billion.
Mystery worthy of Holmes, pages 42-43
James Hurley Enterprise Editor
Staff at Royal Bank of Scotland?s restructuring unit were advised to extract
money from small businesses that were
in the most financial difficulty, according to a confidential document that
investigators said was indicative of a
?cavalier? approach towards customers.
The document advised Global Restructuring Group (GRG) staff to focus
on ?basket cases? that were said to be
?time-consuming, but remunerative?.
The memo, which was not included
in the summary of findings of a regulatory investigation into GRG that was
published by the Financial Conduct
Authority last month, was found to
underline an unprofessional ?wider
management environment? that
viewed customers as ?opportunities?.
Thousands of small and mediumsized companies from across Britain
were mistreated by GRG, which was
said by the bank to be a ?turnaround?
division to return companies to financial health after the financial crisis.
In reality, the taxpayer-owned bank
placed little emphasis on aiding businesses, instead focusing on extracting
income from them. Many business
owners blame the bank for wrecking
their livelihoods. The scandal has led to
sustained criticism of the FCA for its
refusal to publish its investigation into
GRG in its entirety.
Parts of the unpublished document
have been seen by The Times. Promontory, which conducted the investigation, concluded that the memo, entitled ?Just hit budget!?, was not an ?isolated example of poor management
judgement?. Instead it was said to be a
?graphic? illustration of an approach
that was ?common in the culture of
GRG?. Outlining 16 ways to generate
income from troubled companies, the
document advised GRG staff to ?avoid
round number fees? ? ?�300 sounds
as if you might have thought about it,
� sounds like you haven?t.?
In the unpublished section 166,
Promontory concluded that GRG?s
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Business
Need to know
1
Sales of diesel cars fell by
almost a third last month from
a year earlier. The collapse in
the diesel market is believed to be
the biggest monthly fall in sales
for nine years, which the Society
of Motor Manufacturers and
Traders blamed on ?confusion
over government policy on diesel?.
Page 18
2
Ladbrokes Coral, Britain?s
biggest bookmaker, has been
fined �3 million by the
Gambling Commission for
allowing two criminals to bet
millions in stolen money despite
saying that safeguards to stop such
gambling had improved. Page 20
3
Losing free access to Europe?s
financial markets after Brexit
would hurt Britain?s chances
of striking a successful trade
agreement with America, the US
commerce secretary has warned.
Wilbur Ross said the loss of
passporting rights into the EU or a
similar arrangement was a
potential ?landmine? in
negotiations with Brussels that
could set back trade talks with the
US. Page 23
4
Plans for one of Britain?s
biggest transport hubs have
been detailed as part of a
proposal to drive HS2 into
northern England. The HS2 line
would have its terminus in Leeds
alongside the city?s existing
mainline station. Page 28
5
Staff at Global Restructuring
Group, Royal Bank of
Scotland?s restructuring unit,
were advised to extract money
from small businesses that were in
the most financial difficulty,
according to a confidential
document that investigators said
indicated a ?cavalier? approach
towards customers. Page 41
6
21st Century Fox was in
preliminary talks to offload a
significant part of its business
to Walt Disney but talks broke
down over a disagreement on
price, sources have said. Page 41
7
Another top ten shareholder
in the London Stock Exchange
is seeking urgent clarification
from the board about the alleged
forced resignation of Xavier Rolet,
the chief executive. Page 41
8
Plans for the largest deal in
technology industry history
have been announced as
Broadcom, the electronics
manufacturer and microchip
designer, offered to buy its rival
Qualcomm for $130 billion. If
Qualcomm accepts the hostile
approach, it would create the third
largest chip-making company
behind Intel and Samsung.
9
Rising inflation and the risk of
a buyers strike by foreign
investors on concerns over
Brexit may pose problems for the
public finances in coming years
because so much of the national
debt is linked to inflation and held
overseas, the National Audit
Office has warned. Page 44
10
Oil prices surged almost
3 per cent to a two-year
high after Saudi Arabia?s
anti-corruption purge. Brent crude
passed $64 a barrel, the highest
since June 2015. The global oil
benchmark was trading up 3.3 per
cent at $64.12 last night. Page 47
Stock exchange
chairman cast
as villain in a
Holmes mystery
Martin Waller
The growing dispute at the top of the
London Stock Exchange, and the
board?s refusal to spell out their stance,
was likened by one source close to the
controversy to a Sherlock Holmes
mystery: ?It?s a little bit like The Hound
of the Baskervilles. It?s the dog that did
not bark.?
The questions about the departure of
the LSE?s chief executive, Xavier Rolet,
are mounting and so too is the pressure
on Donald Brydon, the chairman.
Three major shareholders are demanding an explanation, with Mr Brydon
increasingly seen as the assassin.
Added to that, speculation emerged
yesterday that Mr Rolet would be unable to explain events directly, having
signed a confidentiality agreement.
TCI, the hedge fund led by Sir
Christopher Hohn, flushed shareholder
discontent into the open on Friday,
demanding that Mr Brydon head for
the exit instead and calling for Mr Rolet
to be reinstated.
Another big LSE investor, Egerton
Capital (UK), has also thrown its 3 per
cent stake behind the cause. Jeff Blumberg, its chief executive, said: ?Yes, we
are backing calls for an extraordinary
meeting of the London Stock Exchange
to oust Donald Brydon, the chairman.?
The Times has spoken to a third top
ten shareholder who is seeking urgent
clarification from the exchange about
whether the right process was pursued.
TCI wants Mr Rolet, who resigned
last month but will stay until the end of
next year unless his replacement is
found sooner, to have his contract as
chief executive extended until 2021.
The investment manager, in its letter,
did not go so far as to call for an extraordinary meeting to remove Mr Brydon
but indicated that it would do so if
nothing was done ?in the near future?
to reverse the decision about Mr Rolet.
When Mr Rolet, 57, first indicated he
was standing down there was no great
surprise because he had been in the job
for almost nine years and there was no
suggestion that he had been pushed. He
said last year that he would leave after
the completion of the proposed merger
with the Deutsche B鰎se to allow his
counterpart at the German exchanges
operator, Carsten Kengeter, to run the
merged group. This was one of the
conditions of the merger.
When the deal fell apart in the spring
after the intervention of the EU competition authorities, Mr Rolet was required to stay on. The Frenchman had
indicated a wish to devote himself to
other activities, including the vineyard
he and his wife own in Provence.
The LSE said that it had followed ?a
proper governance process to plan an
orderly succession? to Mr Rolet. He
?will be providing input into the process
to identify his successor and is focused
on his role as CEO until his successor is
appointed?. However, despite repeated
requests, the LSE refused to clarify the
position further.
A puzzled note yesterday from Bank
of America Merrill Lynch recalled that
?on the call accompanying the announcement [of his departure], Mr
Rolet seemed to have bought in to the
succession process?.
If Sir Christopher and TCI do choose
to press for an extraordinary meeting,
they appear to have the law on their
side. Section 303 of the Companies Act,
which is mentioned in the letter, says
directors must call a general meeting if
so requested by the holders of 5 per cent
of the voting shares.
The request must state the general
nature of the business to be considered
and may include a resolution to be put
to the meeting. Directors then have 21
days to call a meeting for a date not
more than 28 days later. If TCI does go
down this path, its attempt to throw out
Mr Brydon will be considered within a
couple of months.
In a letter to investors last week,
before the TCI move was made public,
Mr Brydon said the board was making
progress in the search for a new chief
executive. He added: ?If you would like
to engage on this topic please do let me
know and we can arrange a discussion
for soonest.? It is an offer a number of
his big shareholders will now want to
take him up on.
There appears little elementary about Xavier Rolet?s departure from the London
City veteran adept
at fighting his corner
Profile
D
onald
Brydon,
CBE, is
exactly the
sort of City
grandee who might be
expected to run an
institution such as the
London Stock
Exchange (Martin
Waller writes). Mr
Brydon, 72, who
replaced Chris GibsonSmith, a BP veteran, at
the LSE in July 2015,
was chairman of the
Royal Mail when his
appointment was
announced and his list
of chairmanships
includes Sage Group,
the computer software
Broadcom puts chips on table
with $130bn Qualcomm bid
James Dean US Business Editor
Plans for the largest deal in technology
industry history were announced
yesterday as Broadcom, the electronics
manufacturer and microchip designer,
offered to buy its rival Qualcomm for
$130 billion.
If Qualcomm accepts the hostile
approach, it would create the third
largest chip-making company behind
Intel and Samsung and consolidate
Qualcomm?s position as the world?s
leading designer of smartphone chips.
Qualcomm said that it would assess
the proposal but it is expected to reject
the offer as undervaluing the company,
opening the door to months of
hostilities and a possible proxy battle.
If Broadcom eventually gets its way,
competition regulators are likely to
scrutinise the deal because the pair
overlap in several business areas including Bluetooth and wifi technology.
Qualcomm supplies wireless communication chips for most Android devices and several iPhone models. The
company also owns important cellular
communications patents that allow it
to collect royalties from nearly every
smartphone sold across the world.
Broadcom?s wireless smartphone chip
technology is also used in Apple and
Android mobile devices but its business
is broader, including set-top boxes, data
storage devices, electronic displays and
networking and communications
equipment. A merger would dwarf
Dell?s $67 billion acquisition of EMC in
2015, which remains the largest completed tech deal.
In a letter to Qualcomm?s board,
Hock Tan, president and chief executive of Broadcom, said: ?A combination
of Qualcomm and Broadcom will
create a strong, global company with an
impressive portfolio of industry-leading technologies and products. We
business, and Smiths
Group, the diversified
engineer.
Brought up in
Edinburgh, Mr Brydon
graduated with a BSc
in mathematical
science from the
University of
Edinburgh. He has
since worked for many
firms in fund
management, moving
up through the old
BZW Investment
Management to be
chief executive and
chairman and then
deputy chief executive
believe that our proposal represents the
most attractive, value-enhancing
alternative available to Qualcomm
stockholders, and that it is in the best
interests of both parties to proceed as
soon as possible.?
Mr Tan said that Broadcom did ?not
anticipate any material antitrust or
other regulatory issues? that would
delay the closing of a deal. He said in the
letter that he approached Steven
Mollenkopf, the chief executive of
Qualcomm, to discuss a merger a year
ago. Broadcom?s offer yesterday was
unsolicited, however.
Broadcom?s offer values Qualcomm
at $130 billion including about $25 billion debt. Broadcom has offered $70 per
Qualcomm share in cash and Broadcom shares, which represents a premium of about 28 per cent to Qualcomm?s
share price before reports of a potential
deal emerged on Thursday last week.
Analysts at Canaccord Genuity and
Nomura?s Instinet suggested that
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Ex-Lloyds
boss defends
price it paid
for HBOS
Katherine Griffiths Banking Editor
Stock Exchange, with one source likening it to The Hound of the Baskervilles
of Barclays de Zoete
Wedd. From 1997 to
2002 he was chief
executive of Axa
Investment
Management.
His experience of
markets came as
chairman of
the London
Metal
Exchange.
He has also
been a nonexecutive
director at
Scottish
Power
and Allied
Domecq, the drinks
group, and chairs the
Medical Research
Council.
The row over the
departure of Xavier
Rolet from the LSE is
not the first time he
has come up against
Sir Christopher
Hohn and TCI.
Privatisation of
Royal Mail in
2013, which
Mr Brydon
oversaw.
brought
them
together,
as TCI was the biggest
shareholder.
Sir Christopher had
been attacked as a
?locust? in Germany
for his involvement
with Deutsche B鰎se
when it last bid for the
LSE and there had
been speculation that
TCI would take an
aggressive stance at
the Royal Mail.
However, after they
first met Mr Brydon
talked down such
suggestions. ?He?s not
the terror people say
he is,? he said.
Behind the story
T
he recordbreaking bid for
Qualcomm
comes amid a flurry
of dealmaking in the
$300 billion
microchip industry,
which is consolidating
as competition eats
into revenue (James
Dean writes).
If Broadcom?s
takeover of
Qualcomm goes
through, the new
company?s power
would give it greater
leverage over
Apple, Samsung and
other major
smartphone
manufacturers that
buy these chips.
This was part of the
the reason that
Softbank paid
�.4 billion last year
for Arm Holdings, the
British microchip
designer, which, like
Broadcom and
Qualcomm, designs
blueprints for
microchips that are
primarily for use in
smartphones and
other mobile devices.
Apple is applying
pressure in response.
As part of a
consortium, it secured
a stake in Toshiba?s
memory chip business
in September in a deal
worth � billion.
Qualcomm became
vulnerable because it
was contending with a
legal dispute with
Apple over patent
royalties, a legal
battle with the US
Federal Trade
Commission and
another with
competition
regulators in South
Korea and Taiwan.
Qualcomm?s shares
fell by 20 per cent in
the year before news
of Broadcom?s
interest broke.
The former chief executive of Lloyds
has defended the price it paid for its
stricken rival HBOS, denying claims he
should have driven a harder bargain.
In the first account in court by a
banking boss of events during the financial crisis, Eric Daniels rejected accusations that he presented Lloyds?
board with a ?whitewashed? picture of
the state of HBOS in September 2008.
Lloyds had to balance driving down
the price to take account of HBOS?s expected multibillion-pound losses and
not going so low HBOS rejected the offer or sought another buyer, he said.
Mr Daniels is being sued along with
four other Lloyds directors and the
bank itself by almost 6,000 shareholders on the grounds that they did not
fully disclose HBOS?s parlous state.
Lloyds and the directors deny the claim.
Richard Hill, QC, representing the
shareholders, alleged that Lloyds
agreed to pay a significant premium
when its rival was in fact ?worthless?.
Mr Daniels, who led Lloyds from
2003 to 2011 and during the takeover,
denied that. He defended a decision to
pay as much as 275p a share for HBOS
during negotiations with Andy Hornby,
chief executive of HBOS, on September
17. That was the price at which HBOS
tried to raise funds in April 2008, with
disastrous results. In the end Mr Daniels refused to pay more than 232p.
Mr Hill asked why it was still so much
higher than where HBOS?s shares were
trading, especially given that Mr Daniels was told the same day that HBOS
would be nationalised if Lloyds could
not make an offer the next morning.
Mr Daniels denied Lloyds was pressurised by the government to do the
deal to stabilise the financial system.
On September 17, Sir Hector Sants,
chief executive of the Financial Services Authority, phoned Mr Daniels to
say how the government planned to get
round the usual competition barrier.
Later that day the Treasury official
Nicholas Macpherson, now Lord Macpherson of Earl?s Court, visited Linklaters, Lloyds? lawyers, to check on
progress, Mr Daniels said, but did not
take part in talks with HBOS.
Mr Daniels also described the role of
Matthew Greenburgh, a senior investment banker at Merrill Lynch, who advised Lloyds? board that the HBOS deal
was a ?tremendous opportunity?.
The trial continues.
Broadcom?s offer was too low. Stacy
Rasgon, an analyst at Bernstein, said:
?We expect a considerable amount of
back and forth from here.?
Qualcomm is in the process of
acquiring NXP Semiconductors, the
world?s leading developer of microchips
for vehicles, for $38 billion, in the
largest deal agreed in the chip-making
industry. Broadcom said yesterday that
it wanted to buy Qualcomm even if its
deal with NXP collapsed.
Shares in Qualcomm added 71c to
close at $62.52 and Broadcom shares
rose by $3.89 to trade at $277.52 in New
York last night.
On a podium with President Trump
last week, Mr Tan announced that
Broadcom would consolidate its
headquarters, which is split between
Singapore and the US, to America
alone. This would allow the company to
avoid review by the committee on foreign investment in the United States on
any asset purchases in America.
Rocky road to a
smooth transition
business commentary Alistair Osborne
T
hat?s what you call an
?orderly succession? plan
? the sort that triggers a
shareholder revolt. Not
only that: a caper that
could result in not the chief
executive going, as planned, but the
chairman in charge of the process.
Lucky it?s all nice and orderly at the
London Stock Exchange.
And to think it was shooting for a
?smooth transition?, as it spelt out
on October 19. Then, the LSE
explained that Xavier Rolet, chief
executive for the past nine years,
was off ? but only slowly, easing his
way out by December 2018. And
there was chairman Donald Brydon
limbering up for all the parties to
come. Or, as he put it, the ?many
opportunities ahead to celebrate
Xavier?s remarkable achievements?.
Well guess what? Mr Rolet didn?t
even want to go. No, he?s been
sacked by the dastardly Donald. Or
that at least is the contention of one
of the LSE?s top shareholders, with
5 per cent: Sir Christopher Hohn,
boss of The Children?s Investment
(TCI) fund. The activist investor has
written to Mr Brydon saying: ?It is
clear to us that he has been forced
by the board to leave against his
wishes? ? even if he is coy about
his evidence. Moreover, unless Mr
Brydon reinstates him pronto, Sir
Christopher plans to call an EGM in
a bid to kick him out.
And what, you ask, has the LSE
got to say about all of that? Well,
nothing that denies the central
charge: that the man who took the
LSE from a market value of
�0 million to more than � billion
has been fired. But if it?s not true,
why won?t the LSE deny it? Neither
will Mr Brydon or Mr Rolet make
any comment. It gets more
intriguing: Mr Rolet is said to have
signed a confidentiality agreement.
Is that true? No comment, again. In
which case, what?s in it?
True, this isn?t the first time lately
that Mr Rolet has been leaving the
LSE. He planned to step aside for
the doomed � billion tie-up with
Deutsche B鰎se, the one on which
he blew about �0 million of
adviser fees. Mr Rolet would have
made way for his opposite number
Carsten Kengeter, a plan that
backfired when the deal imploded.
And not because of an obscure
Italian trading platform MTS, as the
LSE claimed, but because Mr
Kengeter faced insider trading
allegations over a ?4.5 million share
deal ? enough for politicians and
regulators to kill the merger, despite
Mr Kengeter?s protests of innocence.
He?s since quit Deutsche B鰎se.
Still, for the TCI?s Sir Christopher
none of that is a bar to Mr Rolet, 57,
staying on for an extra ?five years or
more?. And at least two other big
investors also want him to remain,
though only Egerton with nearly
3 per cent has said so publicly.
Of course, Mr Brydon might have
thought a man willing to step down
for a merger lacked the
commitment for a fresh stint in
charge. And perhaps he brought the
matter to a head with Mr Rolet ?
not the easiest to manage, as former
LSE chairman Chris Gibson-Smith
discovered. But, if that?s the case,
why doesn?t Mr Brydon just say so?
It?ll all come out at the EGM.
Aramco questions
N
o wonder Andrew Bailey is so
keen to bend the listing rules
for Saudi Aramco, the
$1 trillion-plus oil group. Who?d need
investor protections for a ?premium?
float like this? You don?t have to be
the Financial Conduct Authority
boss to spot a state-sponsored IPO
with so few political risks.
So why has one of the directors,
been summarily detained? Well, it?s
all part of an ?anti-corruption?
inquiry, apparently, with the former
finance minister Ibrahim al-Assaf
being held alongside some better
known local businessmen, not least
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who
denies all allegations.
And maybe it?s not an everyday
event in Saudi Arabia. Even so, it
does make you think about the
wisdom of Mr Bailey deciding that a
sovereign floating only 5 per cent of
a company can simply ?not be
considered a related party for the
purposes of the UK listing rules?.
As this weekend?s goings-on drive
home, the entire float is one vast
related-party transaction ? a punt
on the Saudi Arabia taking shape
under Crown Prince Mohammed
bin Salman.
The proceeds from floating or
selling a chunk of the state oil
business are crucial to his
modernising agenda, not least his
plans for a new $500 billion megacity, liberal enough to feature on the
international party circuit. And, of
course, a corruption clean-up now
should be investor friendly.
Yet, say he was overthrown after
any UK float, replaced by a more
inward looking regime? What
protection would investors in this
?premium? listing then have from
any abuse of power by the 95 per
cent controlling shareholder? Well,
pretty much none under Mr Bailey?s
plans. Not exactly premium then.
Brexit blockage
N
othing like a pep talk from
Theresa May. The PM?s
spotted that ?for every �in
government support for r&d, British
businesses invest �70?. Contrast
that with �40 in Germany and
�70 in America.
But who?s going to invest until
companies know roughly what
Brexit looks like? As BT boss Gavin
Patterson pointed out yesterday,
unless there?s clarity on a transition
deal by early next year, ?businesses
will be looking to their worst case
scenarios?: the ?no deal? one that
militates against investment. It?ll be
obvious who to blame for that.
Purplebricks patchy
B
eing ?the leading hybrid estate
agency? must be knackering.
All Purplebricks could produce
for its ?pre-close trading statement?
was two sentences ? or 48 words
? excluding contact details and
?notes to editors?. And how many
people were named on the release?
Eleven. Less than 4.4 words each.
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Business
Finances put at risk by inflation and lower foreign investment
Philip Aldrick Economics Editor
Rising inflation and the risk of a buyers
strike by foreign investors on concerns
over Brexit may pose problems for the
public finances in coming years
because so much of the national debt is
linked to inflation and held overseas,
the National Audit Office has warned.
A 1 percentage-point rise in the retail
prices index across all five years to 2021
would result in debt interest costs increasing by � billion. Brexit may ?affect the appetite of overseas investors to
invest in gilts?, it said. Britain?s public finances have become very sensitive to
interest rate changes, buyer demand
and inflation as the national debt has
soared by 61 per cent since 2009 to �26
trillion, equivalent to �,000 per
household. In the past seven years, debt
interest alone has cost �2 billion.
In March 2009, 24 per cent of the gilt
portfolio was inflation indexed. Today,
it is 34 per cent, once those the Bank of
England owns through quantitative
easing are excluded. The NAO suggested the government should start reduc-
ing its inflation exposure, particularly
at a time of risks of higher prices if Brexit caused further sterling depreciation.
Its analysis showed that should inflation average more than 3.5 per cent for
the duration of the bond, index-linked
gilts become less cost-effective than
conventional gilts. RPI, the index to
which gilts are linked, is at 3.9 per cent.
The NAO added: ?When assessing
the composition of the debt portfolio,
the Treasury and the Debt Management Office should consider whether
the proportion of index-linked and
conventional gilts is appropriate given
the government?s appetite for inflation
risk and affordability.
?The government will need to
balance continued market demand for
index-linked gilts against the shift in
risks to public finances that a sustained
increase in them could represent.?
The average maturity of indexlinked gilts is longer than the rest of the
portfolio at 21 years, leaving the government more exposed to inflation risk.
Exposure to foreign investors, who
own 27 per cent of gilts, is another
JOHN STILLWELL/PA
Corbyn promises
?common ground?
with executives
Harry Wilson
Jeremy Corbyn promised that a Labour
government would make ?common
ground? with business as the opposition leader outlined his party?s plans to
remould the economy if elected.
Speaking to an audience of delegates
at the annual conference of the
Confederation of British Industry, Mr
Corbyn said Labour would commit to
spending 3 per cent of national output
on research development and ending
the private finance initiative.
?This isn?t a throwback to a bygone
era, it?s entirely in step with what is happening in much of the rest of the world,?
he said as he made an appeal to find
areas of agreement with the CBI. ?We
have common ground on Brexit. We
have common ground on investment,
training and industrial strategy.?
He promised ?big changes? and said a
future Labour government would set
up a regional development bank as well
as altering the tax system to encourage
more investment in technology.
As well as potential tax cuts for business, he said Labour would ?raise some
taxes? to pay for its plans. ?We will be
clear and open about our tax plans. We
won?t do it by stealth,? he said. ?Labour
industrial strategy is built on national
missions for energy transition and to
increase research and development
spending to 3 per cent of GDP by 2030.?
Among the initiatives was a plan to
encourage greater innovation in the
retail and metals industries with a
pledge to open two so-called ?catapult
centres? to encourage collaboration.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC)
called it ?intriguing? but said more detail was needed. ?Digital infrastructure
is essential to the future of UK retail as
more consumers go online to buy products and for the digital economy to
grow,? Tom Ironside, business and regulation policy director at the BRC, said.
Carolyn Fairbairn, the CBI directorgeneral, said that while business agreed
with Labour?s aim for an ?innovative
and productive? economy, there were
?fundamental differences on the ways
to get there?. She said: ?It is clear that
competitive markets are the best way to
improve people?s lives. Abandoning this
model will hurt those who need help
most and make the UK a laggard in the
global race for investment.?
Mr Corbyn got a warm round of applause as he left the stage, despite a
thinly veiled attack on the City. ?We all
know that an economic model that allows a few to grow very rich while the
majority face falling incomes and rising
indebtedness, that leaves too many
people in unfulfilling and insecure
work, that is reliant on one sector, in
one region, is neither stable nor sustainable,? Mr Corbyn said.
Hours earlier, Theresa May offered a
more positive view of the City?s future
as she gave her speech to the CBI.
?While the power and potential of the
market is immense, I also strongly
believe in the good that government
can do,? she said. ?We have already seen
this really work for one sector of the
economy: the financial services sector.
?That model of a strategic, long-term
partnership between government and a
vital sector, effective and evolving regulatory frameworks and incentives, has
led to global pre-eminence for the UK.?
However, she said the past model had
broken down during the financial crisis.
?The next ten years must see the
beginning of a new chapter in the story
of the British economy,? she said.
threat due to uncertainty about Brexit.
?As gilts are issued in sterling, overseas
investors are likely to be exposed to risk
in the movement of exchange rates.?
Amyas Morse, head of the NAO, said:
?Public and private borrowing are high,
kept affordable by record low interest
rates, and quantitative easing continues ten years after the crisis it responded to. There are significant risks to the
public finances and any unexpected
developments, potentially including
consequences of leaving the EU, could
exacerbate them.?
Clock ticking
on transitional
deal, May told
Marcus Leroux Trade Correspondent
Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI director-general, said an industrial strategy was needed
Businesses applauded the prime
minister?s commitment to a ?modern
industrial strategy? but urged her to
secure clarity from the EU on avoiding
a Brexit cliff edge.
Theresa May used her speech to the
CBI conference in London to attempt
to allay fears of a sudden jolt for
businesses as Britain leaves the EU.
She outlined a more active government economic role through a ?strategic partnership? with key sectors.
Carolyn Fairbairn, the CBI directorgeneral, said the commitment to an
industrial strategy was welcome. ?Four
out of five firms are clear that industrial
strategy is the fundamental building
block of a fair UK economy with great
jobs and rising living standards,? Ms
Fairbairn said.
A succession of business leaders
called on the government to redouble
its efforts to make progress in outlining
a transitional deal. The CBI called on
the government to capitalise on the impetus created by Mrs May?s speech in
Florence in September, which Michel
Barnier, the EU?s chief negotiator, credited with reinvigorating talks. Ms Fairbairn said: ?The road to a Florence deal
must be swift and have no deviations.?
Paul Drechsler, the CBI?s president,
said: ?The clock is ticking, so government and the EU need to get a move on
. . . First of all sorting out, with clarity,
details on a transitional arrangement.?
Steven Armstrong, Ford?s president
for Europe, the Middle East and Africa,
said: ?It?s very important that we get a
clear view of what the final agreement
[with the EU] is going to be and assurances that we have the transition agreement for a period of time so we can plan
and adjust accordingly.?
Rod McKenzie, head of policy and
public affairs at the Road Haulage
Association, said: ?We?re sleepwalking
into a national emergency.?
RBS targeted companies seen as ?basket cases? British brands hit worst by
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management was aware? or should
have been aware of the mistreatment of
businesses, which was said to be ?part of
an intentional and co-ordinated strategy to focus on GRG?s commercial objective and to place inadequate weight
on the interests of its SME customers?.
When the BBC reported other parts
of the memo last month, including a
line that warned staff that ?missed opportunities will mean missed bonuses?,
the bank said it was written by a junior
GRG manager who had since left.
However, Promontory said in the
unpublished review that the document
did not appear to have been challenged
by the GRG managers who were aware
of its existence. It said it was ?indicative
of an unprofessional culture that set
little stall by the interests of customers
handled by GRG?.
Promontory also found there was a
?day-to-day management focus on how
to ?get a customer to agree chunky fees
and upsides and thank you for it?.?
The document also suggested that
customers should be given enough
?rope?. ?Sometimes you need to let
customers hang themselves,? it advised.
RBS has apologised for GRG?s mistreatment of customers and set up a
complaints scheme but denied there
were widespread, serious conduct failings. A spokesman said: ?The language
used in the document was completely
inappropriate.? He added: ?It had
limited distribution and at no time
formed part of GRG or RBS policy.?
Lawrence Tomlinson, the former
government adviser whose allegations
prompted the review, described the
memo as ?sickening?. He said it ?appears to offer a far better insight into the
culture prevalent in GRG than the
summary offered by the FCA?.
Lord Cromwell, co-chairman of the
all-party parliamentary group on fair
business banking, said the memo suggested a ?truly vicious culture running
out of control?. He said: ?It is clear that
we need to see the full report.?
The FCA noted that an independent
analysis of its summary found it to be
?fair and balanced? and that it ?did not
contain material omissions?. The regulator said it took into account evidence
that it did not include in its summary. It
is considering a broader investigation
into RBS over GRG.
slump in sales of new cars
Robert Lea Industrial Editor
British car manufacturers are bearing
the brunt of the deepening recession in
new car sales after a 12 per cent slump in
registrations last month.
In the seventh consecutive month of
rapidly falling new car sales, the largest
drop in registrations of a big brand was
suffered by Jaguar, down 38 per cent
compared with October last year.
Vauxhall, recently taken over by PSA,
the French manufacturer of Peugeot
and Citro雗, lost second place in the
market to Volkswagen.
The unexpectedly steep fall in sales
goes some way to explain the 14 per
cent decline in British car production
for the domestic market this autumn.
Jaguar cars are made mainly at
Castle Bromwich and Britain accounts
for 20 per cent of sales.
Nissan had a sales decline of 30 per
cent. Sales of the Oxford-made Mini
fell 34 per cent on October last year.
Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Mini
make up 70 per cent of UK production.
Vauxhall, which builds the Astra at
Ellesmere Port, had sales that were
down by 34 per cent.
It has long been Britain?s second biggest-selling car behind Ford but its
market share fell to 7.7 per cent in the
year to date and was overtaken by VW.
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Comment Business
Patrick Hosking
Philip Aldrick
Land reform can put
the cost of housing
back on solid ground
Pensions apartheid is keeping
expats trapped in the past
??
Dela Willmott is 98.
After a lifetime
paying national
insurance
contributions, the
former office manager from Sussex
retired in 1979 and started drawing a
state pension of � a week. Today,
she is still drawing her state pension.
Unfortunately, it is still � a week.
For Dela retired to Australia, one of
150 countries where recipients do not
get their UK state pension uprated
each year to take account of inflation.
She is one of 548,000 Britons affected
by the weird anomaly known as
?frozen pensions?.
Had she retired to anywhere in the
European Union or the United States,
or stayed in the UK, she would have
been protected by indexation, and in
particular the triple lock ? the
promise that pensions will be lifted
every year by the highest of inflation,
wages growth or 2.5 per cent. Her �
a week would now be �2. Over the
years, the absence of inflationproofing has all but destroyed her
retirement income.
This is not a new problem. Britons
retiring to most Commonwealth and
many other countries have been
discriminated against in this way for
70 years. But the sheer injustice of it
still has the power to surprise. The
peculiarity still trips up people who
don?t do their homework when
planning retirement destinations.
In the most extreme cases, it forces
people to return to the UK because
they simply run out of money,
especially if they have retired to
jurisdictions where there is no basic
pensioner safety net. Once back in
the UK their pension is boosted to the
level it would have been had they
never left.
The two-tier system will be exposed
again in the coming months as
Britain haggles over Brexit.
Negotiators on both sides are keen to
preserve the current system of social
security rights and obligations for
Britons in the EU-27 and EU-27
citizens in Britain. Talks on pensions
uprating got a ?green light? score in
their latest technical note.
The upshot is that Britons retiring
to the Spanish costas or anywhere
else in the EU are almost certain to
retain those valuable uprating rights,
as are the lesser number of Europeans
who choose to live out their days in
the UK. The Northern Ireland border
and the divorce bill remain highly
contentious, but at least negotiators
are on the same page on this
particular issue.
That support for pensioners in
Europe, however, makes the inferior
treatment of UK pensioners
elsewhere all the more egregious.
Theresa May?s pious words about
revitalising the Commonwealth in the
post-Brexit world were met with
spluttering indignation by retired
Britons from Toronto to Sydney.
The International Consortium of
British Pensioners (ICBP) was in
London last week making the case to
a new generation of MPs. As usual,
the response was largely shock. It
seems so unfair to treat people who
have notched up identical NI
contribution records so differently.
The cumulative losses are enormous.
By the age of 75, the pensioner
retiring on a full state pension but in
the wrong country has missed out on
�,200 of income, according to ICBP
calculations. By 85, the shortfall is
�,500. By 90, it is �,500.
The UK position is unorthodox. It
is the only country in the OECD to
pay pensioners differently depending
on country of residence. Ministers
and officials struggle to defend this
pensions apartheid, sometimes
resorting to the feeblest of arguments.
Only the other day the Department
for Work and Pensions was arguing to
one complainant that upratings were
based on UK inflation and therefore
had no relevance to people outside
the UK, as if the rising cost of living
were a problem confined to Britain.
The real sticking point is cost, of
course. The cost of uprating
everybody who has been frozen
would be an extra �0 million a
year. The cost of compensating them
for missed payments in previous years
could be billions more. Even the
cheap option of just starting to uprate
from here on in would cost
� million in year one and would
rapidly escalate.
In law, the government seems to be
bullet-proof. Campaigners have in the
past taken their case to the House of
Lords and to the European Court of
Human Rights and lost. The UK uses
the figleaf of only uprating in
countries where it has struck
reciprocal deals on social security
arrangements. The last such deal was
in the 1980s and it has no appetite to
sign new ones. While paying NI helps
people qualify for a state pension, it
has ?never earned entitlement to the
indexation of pensions payable
abroad,? the DWP says.
It?s time for a rethink. First, the
current system is self-evidently unfair.
It deters emigration and prevents less
well-off pensioners moving abroad to
be near their families, say. It?s also
tough on some ethnic minorities,
many of whom want to go to
Commonwealth countries where the
freeze applies.
Second, the cost argument may be
seriously overstated: the NHS must
save considerably by not having to
treat half a million people in their
final years, which is the phase of life
when medical costs mushroom. At the
very least, some proper cost analysis
should be undertaken. Third, the
policy does yet more damage to the
shaky reputation of the government
when it comes to dealing squarely
with taxpayers. Regulators preaching
the ?treating customers fairly? mantra
wouldn?t tolerate for one second such
a discriminatory approach from a
private-sector pension provider.
Fourth, it would help placate
foreign governments sick of having to
pick up the tab for elderly expatriate
Brits who have paid their stamp but
are denied its benefits. If Mrs May is
serious about securing trade
agreements with non-EU nations, she
should at least treat
them no worse than
countries in the club
we are, after all,
leaving.
The prospect of a happy retirement
abroad can come with costly pitfalls
Patrick Hosking is Financial Editor
of The Times
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David Smith uses his insight and experience to predict future trends, ensuring that you?re well informed.
Don?t miss David Smith in The Times tomorrow
hen we talk about
sky-rocketing house
prices, we?re not
quite getting the
description right.
The prices that are rocketing are
not so much the bricks and mortar
as the land they sit on. House price
inflation is really land price
inflation. Between 1994 and 2007,
according to Oxford Economics,
land with planning permission
quadrupled in real terms from
�3 million a hectare to just over
�million.
It?s a crucial distinction. If
politicians want to fix Britain?s
?broken housing market?, as a white
paper put it in February, they need
to start by fixing the trade in land. In
a paper for Civitas, a think tank,
Daniel Bentley argues that reform
of the Land Compensation Act 1961
is required.
At first glance, it?s hard to find
fault with the legislation. It ensures
�3bn
Estimated profit for private
landowners in 2015
Source: Centre for Progressive Capitalism
land is valued at a price that ?could
reasonably have been expected to be
granted? at a later date, forcing
developers to pay residential-type
prices.
This principle of ?hope value? was
ratified in a legal battle over a
compulsory purchase order for the
2012 Olympic Park. In 2007, the
London Development Agency
bought a goods depot owned by
Rooff, a building contractor, for its
value as industrial land (which it
was). Five years later the courts
ruled that the site might one day
have been a more valuable
residential development. The LDA
had to stump up.
Fair enough, you may think.
Nobody should be forcibly deprived
of their property at a discount to
potential. But there is a logical nonsequitur here. If every piece of land
were residential, where would all the
offices, shops, train stations and, for
that matter, goods depots be?
Besides, the value of land has much
to do with its surroundings,
including the roads, rail, streetlights
and parks ? public spaces paid out
of the public ledger.
Moral quandaries aside, the Land
Compensation Act is having
unfortunate consequences.
Landowners won?t sell at anything
less than full ?hope value?, which in
turn encourages developers to
undersupply the market and target
higher prices. The system ensures
that wealthy Chinese investors are
catered for while Britons on middle
incomes struggle to buy a home and
those on benefits are moved into
private rented accommodation at
ruinous cost to the taxpayer.
The London mayor is trying to
address the problem with fast-track
approval for private schemes that set
aside 35 per cent for affordable
housing. Those that don?t will be
scrutinised to establish if anyone is
profiteering. The idea is to embed
the reduced profit the developer can
expect into the land price. But there
is a catch. Landowners can hold out
in the knowledge that councils are
under pressure to deliver homes. If
threatened with compulsory
purchase orders, they can fall back
on the Rooff judgment.
If the 1961 law was changed to
permit compulsory purchase at
existing use values, it ought to result
in cheaper land. Councils could then
demand more affordable housing or
even buy land themselves to develop
council houses at lower rents than
the 20 per cent market discount for
?affordable housing?.
Capital Economics has argued
that council houses would be good
for the long-term public finances, by
replacing the � billion housing
benefit bill (a transfer from the
taxpayer to landlords) with a lowercost asset.
Reform of the 1961 law is not even
that fanciful. Housing, we?re told,
will be the centrepiece of the budget
and the Tories pledged to make
compulsory purchase orders less
expensive for councils in their
manifesto. It would be a brave move.
Private landowners, the party?s
natural constituents, made an
estimated �3 billion profit in 2015,
according to the Centre for
Progressive Capitalism, or �,000
on every new home built that year.
How bold does the government feel?
Philip Aldrick is Economics Editor of
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Private investigator
?posed as journalist?
James Dean US Business Editor
Newspaper reporters have been known
to adopt false identities when investigating the rich and powerful. It is
unusual, though, to hear of a corporate
investigator being caught in the act
posing as a newspaper reporter.
That appears to have been the case
when Carson Block, an American
short-seller, met a man who identified
himself as a reporter from The Wall
Street Journal. In fact, it seems the man
was a corporate investigator with links
to Casino, a French supermarket chain
that was once shorted by Mr Block.
Short-selling is the sale of a security,
such as a share, that is not owned by the
seller or that has been borrowed by the
seller. The tactic is used when the seller
believes that a share price will fall and
can then be bought back at a lower price
to make a profit.
The ?reporter? asked to meet Mr
Block to discuss new research on
Casino by Muddy Waters, Mr Block?s
firm. In an email exchange, the ?reporter? falsely used the name of William
Horobin, a reporter in the WSJ Paris
bureau, according to a lawsuit filed by
Muddy Waters. The meeting took place
last week at a hotel in New York.
During the meeting, Mr Block confronted the man and filmed the encounter on his smartphone. ?I know
you?re not the real Bill Horobin,? Mr
Block says in the video, which was
passed to the WSJ. A man who is sitting
across the table replies: ?OK, uh-huh,?
and nods. Mr Block then asks the man
to reveal his true identity, to which he
replies: ?I?m a private journalist, working for several journalism friends.?
When asked whether he is working
for Casino, he replies: ?No.? The WSJ
identified the man as Jean-Charles
Brisard, a corporate security and intelligence consultant with ties to Casino.
When contacted by the newspaper,
Mr Brisard said that he was ?a stranger
to these facts? and had ?absolutely no
idea what you?re talking about?. He said
he had never worked for Casino.
He later called back to say that he was
?confused? and had ?no comment?.
A spokeswoman for Casino said the
company had ?never acted in an inappropriate manner? or ?authorised anyone to act in an inappropriate manner.?
The spokeswoman said that Casino
had ?suffered many calumnious accusations? from Muddy Waters in the
past. ?We believe these alleged suspicions would just be another attempt to
destabilise the group,? she added.
Muddy Waters has ruffled many a
feather by taking a short position in a
company before publishing critical research about it. A critical report about
Casino in 2015, which the company denied as ?grossly erroneous?, caused its
share price to fall by 15 per cent.
A spokesman for Muddy Waters said
its lawsuit was the first step in proving
that Jean-Charles Naouri, Casino chief
executive, ?is the ultimate actor here?.
CITY PEOPLE
The feuds, the faces and the farcical
Dominic Walsh @walshdominic
trump?s man refuses to
sugar the boeing pill
As Donald Trump?s trade emissary,
Wilbur Ross is presumably getting
used to dealing with sceptical
business audiences. So fair play to
him for delivering an
uncompromising verdict on the
Boeing-Bombardier dispute at the
CBI conference: ?We understand
the political sensitivities here and in
Canada, we understand about
Shorts in Northern Ireland ? we?ve
got all that. But the fundamentals
remain that even our best friends
really have to play by the rules.?
Paul Drechsler, the CBI president,
replied that the good thing about
having a businessman on stage is
that ?he will give you a straight
answer even if you don?t like it?.
bed and boardroom
Manny Fontenla-Novoa, the former
chief executive of Thomas Cook,
has been keeping his head down
since he was ejected from the tour
operator in 2011. Hardly surprising
given that, shortly afterwards, it
came perilously close to collapsing
under its debts. Yesterday he
emerged from behind the parapet
to announce the sale of
Magic Rooms, the UKbased hotel bed bank he
set up three years ago, to
Logitravel, a Spanish travel group.
Business big shot
name john
smith
age 60
position
investment
partner, edge
investments
A
s chief executive of BBC
Worldwide, the broadcaster?s
commercial division, from
2004 to 2012, John Smith
unleashed Jeremy Clarkson on an
unsuspecting world by selling Top
Gear abroad in a drive to find new
markets for treasured BBC
programmes. He is credited with
raising its revenue fourfold,
delivering profits of �5 million.
After a stint at Burberry, the
luxury fashion group, Mr Smith is
again seeking new opportunities
with Edge Investments, which
focuses on the creative industries,
putting money into start-ups such
as TRX, an online TV and
film distribution platform,
and Antidote, a factual
TV production
company.
Given that Mr Fontenla-Novoa
spent the first decade of his life in
northern Spain, he will have had no
problems negotiating the deal plus
a continuing role as chairman of
Magic Rooms.
only way is essex
Next year is the governmentdesignated ?year of engineering?
and as such Theresa May has
appointed an engineering ?envoy?.
Parliament isn?t exactly overflowing
with engineers so the PM has had
to go with Stephen Metcalfe, an
Essex MP who was brought up in
the family printing business, the
Romford-based Metloc. Shame it
went bust last year.
stock answer
One wonders if Donald Brydon, the
LSE chairman, will have to eat his
words. In this year?s annual report,
he gushed about how good
governance ?involves being
satisfied that an effective internal
framework of systems and controls
is put in place?. Let?s hope he is able
to show angry
investors that he
had an ?effective
framework? in
place for managing
the departure of
X
Xavier
Rolet, the
L
LSE?s
chief executive.
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Oil hits two-year high on supply worries
Emily Gosden Energy Editor
Oil prices surged almost 3 per cent to
hit a two-year high yesterday after
Saudi Arabia?s anti-corruption purge.
Brent crude passed $64 a barrel, the
highest since June 2015. The global oil
benchmark was trading up 3.3 per cent
at $64.12 in New York last night.
Analysts said that the arrests, which
included Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one
of the world?s richest businessmen,
raised perceived geopolitical risks of
potential supply disruption.
Others suggested the developments,
which represent a consolidation of
power behind Saudi Arabia?s Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, further
increased the chances of continued
Opec action to curb supplies.
Shares in Kingdom Holdings, which
is 95 per cent owned by Prince Alwaleed, who is its chairman, slid more
than 5 per cent yesterday. It has stakes
in businesses including Twitter and the
Four Seasons and Accor hotel chains.
Saudi Arabia is Opec?s biggest
producer and the group will meet at the
end of this month to discuss whether to
extend production caps first agreed
with Russia a year ago.
Crown Prince Mohammed, the 32year-old heir apparent to the Saudi
throne, favours continued supply curbs
and wants higher oil prices to support a
flotation of Saudi Aramco as the
centrepiece of his Saudi Vision 2030 to
diversify the economy.
Ole Hansen, the head of commodity
strategy at Saxo Bank, said: ?It?s safe to
say that the geopolitical risk premium
continues to drive the market higher ?
first northern Iraq a couple of weeks
ago and now Saudi Arabia, the world?s
biggest exporter. I think it?s the events
at the weekend, not only the purge in
Saudi Arabia but also the stepping
down of the PM in Lebanon as well.
?At the same time we also had the
missile strike from Yemen which the
Saudis are blaming on the Iranians. We
have simmering uncertainty and nervousness about the potential for supplies
being disrupted.? Mr Hansen said that
he did not see disruption to supply materialising but said ?hedge funds are
record long on oil and products, so
there is very strong interest in driving
this market higher?.
The market was expecting Opec to
extend its supply curbs with Russia, he
added. ?They have to extend because at
this stage forecasts are pretty much
even on supply and demand growth
next year. There is no room for
additional barrels from either Opec or
Russia.?
The developments in Saudi Arabia
will be closely watched as it seeks to
attract billions of pounds of foreign investment to support the diversification.
Last month it hosted to a number
SCOTT W GRAU/ICON SPORTSWIRE/GETTY
Sportech
puts itself
in buyers?
good books
S
portech said that it
would provide
suitors with access
to its books as part
of an estimated
�0 million sale process
(Dominic Walsh writes).
The pool betting and
gaming technology
operator said it expected to
conclude the initial round
of discussions by the end of
the year, with a timetable
for seeking offers by the
end of January.
It is almost two months
since Sportech kicked off a
strategic review although it
did not launch a formal sale
process until last month
after receiving preliminary
approaches to acquire the
company.
The process, which is
being handled by
Canaccord Genuity, is
understood to have elicited
interest from both trade
rivals and private equity,
with several parties signing
non-disclosure agreements.
Despite some interest
from private equity in
backing Ian Penrose, the
outgoing chief executive, he
is still expected to step
down at the end of the year.
Richard McGuire, the nonexecutive chairman, will
take up an executive role
early next month.
During his 12 years in
charge, Mr Penrose is
credited with turning
around Sportech?s fortunes,
leading global business figures at a conference attended by more than 2,500
delegates from 65 countries, designed
to outline Vision 2030 and establish it
as an investment destination.
Mr Hansen said: ?The problem is
how this will impact investor interest
around the world. Will the market be a
bit more cautious about investing in
Saudi Arabia? Or will they view this as
a good thing, because there is no doubt
Saudi Arabia has had many problems
with corruption at many levels. If that is
really the true intention to crack down
on that, it will also make it a more
business friendly environment.
?In the short term the immediate risk
is clearly that there could be unrest.?
Households
with solar
face rising
energy bills
Emily Gosden
culminating in the
repayment of its debt
burden while securing a
� million VAT refund on
the Spot the Ball game and
selling the Football Pools
for � million.
In a third-quarter trading
update, Sportech reported a
7.6 per cent increase in
revenues to �.3 million on
the back of a 41.5 per cent
jump in revenues from
Bump 50:50, the sports
raffle game it provides at
US sports stadiums. Other
The Bump 50:50 raffle run
by Sportech adds to the fun
for American sports fans
racing and digital revenues
grew by 8.1 per cent. But
the group reiterated that
some anticipated sales of
pool technology and
hardware may be delayed
until next year.
Sportech shares added
2.88p to 104.12p as it
confirmed that full-year
results would be in line with
expectations.
We have no divine right to succeed, BA boss warns
Robert Lea Industrial Editor
The head of British Airways has admitted that charging passengers for their
sandwiches had not been a success but
he warned that the airline must change
even more if it is to stay competitive.
Confirming that 72 new aircraft
would enter BA?s current fleet of 280
over the next five years, Alex Cruz said
in a speech to industry executives in
London that the new generation of
Boeing and Airbus aircraft would be the
basis of the airline?s reforms. ?British
Airways is facing a combination of
competitive forces more challenging
than at any point in our history,? he
said.
BA was under attack from short-haul
competitors such as Ryanair and Easyjet as well as budget long-haul carriers,
including Norwegian, Mr Cruz said. At
the premium end of the market Emirates, Qatar and Etihad were bywords
for luxury travel while the American
carriers had upped their game too.
?As a national flag carrier, we are not
granted some special immunity from
the way the industry has changed,? he
said. ?Incumbency does not grant any
privilege. We have no divine right to
flourish and we don?t ask for one. The
current plight of Alitalia is testament
to that.
?The lesson of recent years for flag
carriers across Europe has been that if
you don?t change habits formed in
cosier eras, you will shrink ? and ultimately risk irrelevance. Profitability
and returns to shareholders are not
optional extras.?
Change had not been easy, he admit-
ted. ?We have learnt some hard lessons
this year and where we have fallen
short we are doing our best to put it
right,? he said. ?I know the introduction
of buy-on-board catering on short-haul
economy had its critics. I know we did
not deliver it initially as well as we could
have.?
With the old fleet of 36 747 jumbos
heading for retirement, BA is to introduce another 32 of the smaller and
more efficient long-haul aircraft such
as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the
Airbus A350 extra wide body.
A million households that have installed solar panels face an increase in
their energy bills under Ofgem plans to
overhaul the way Britain?s electricity
networks are funded.
Electric vehicle owners who charge
their cars at peak times also face paying
bigger levies towards the upkeep of
power networks than those who charge
overnight, the regulator has proposed.
Ofgem is concerned that the existing
network funding model ?may be unfair
and is only going to get more unfair? as
technology transforms the way that
consumers use power.
It has begun consulting on a new
system that it wants in place by 2020-21.
At present, households pay an average
of about �0 a year towards the upkeep
of electricity networks. This is levied as
part of the unit rate that electricity suppliers charge for power supplied via the
mains grid, meaning that the more
power a household buys, the more it
contributes to the grid costs.
Homes that have installed solar panels ? estimated to total almost a million
? buy much less power from the grid
because they generate their own electricity when it is sunny. This means that
they pay less than average towards the
upkeep of the network. Ofgem believes
that this is unfair since, on a dark winter
evening, solar households still need to
draw as much power from the grid as
neighbours who do not have panels.
Households with solar panels, who
are often wealthier, also benefit by
using the grid to sell excess power.
Andrew Wright, Ofgem?s senior
partner, said: ?We want to make sure
that all users pay a fair share of the costs
even if they are only using the networks
when their on-site generation is not
producing electricity.?
The regulator is consulting on proposals to make all households pay a fixed
charge for their grid connection, or a
charge linked to the maximum capacity
they draw from the network at peak
times. This is likely to result in homes
with solar panels paying more than
they do now, and could result in small
bill reductions for other households.
Ofgem is also concerned that billions
of pounds of grid upgrades will be
required if drivers insist on charging
electric cars at peak times when the network is already under strain. Ofgem?s
proposals would impose an additional
fee on households that want to fastcharge their cars at home at peak times.
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Business
Investors demand firms justify executive pay
Alexandra Frean
Institutional investors are stepping up
pressure on companies to take account
of the ?wider social context? when they
award big increases in executive pay
and annual bonuses.
The Investment Association, which
represents the big fund managers, said
in an open letter to FTSE 350 companies that its members were concerned
that incremental bonus rises and
automatic salary increases were leading to ?a substantial increase to overall
remuneration? for bosses.
?It is essential that companies
adequately justify to investors the level
of remuneration paid to executives, and
take into account the wider social context of executive pay, rather than looking at benchmarking alone. In the coming year investors will be looking closely at how any increases are justified,?
Andrew Ninian, the association?s head
of stewardship and governance, wrote.
His comments come against the
backdrop of a prolonged pay squeeze
for ordinary workers, caused by sub-
dued wage increases and rising inflation. The latest official figures show
that average weekly earnings for employees fell in real terms by 0.3 per cent
over the three months to August.
Mr Ninian said that companies
should disclose the pay ratio between
the chief executive and the median or
average employee, as well as between
the boss and the executive team. The
government will require companies to
do this on a voluntary basis next year
but Mr Ninian said that companies
should act now.
Remuneration committee heads
should also do a better job of disclosing
the business targets associated with
annual bonus payments and explaining
?the extent to which the relevant
targets were actually met?.
?Companies need to do a better job at
explaining why they are paying executives what they are,? Mr Ninian said.
Where a bonus was potentially worth
more than 100 per cent of a boss?s salary,
a portion of it should be deferred into
shares, he added.
Mr Ninian, whose members manage
Africa?s biggest bank to buy British for �n
The chief executive of
Aldermore is expected
to collect about
�.6 million after the
specialist lender and
savings bank
recommended a
�1 billion, 313p-a-share
offer from First Rand
(Martin Strydom writes).
Phillip Monks has
3.4 million shares in the
smaller British bank and
is expected to sell as a
result of the deal. Mr
Monks and other senior
executives are expected
to stay with the bank,
which has more than
230,000 customers.
The offer is about a
22 per cent premium to
the 256p closing price
on the day before it was
announced. Yesterday
Aldermore rose by more
than 3 per cent, closing
9絧 higher at 312p.
Mr Monks said the
backing of First Rand,
Africa?s biggest bank by
market capitalisation,
would allow Aldermore,
founded in 2009 by the
�9 trillion of assets, also said that
lavish company relocation packages
should be disclosed immediately and
paid for a limited period only. This
reflects growing investor concern that
overly generous moving packages
private equity firm Ana
Cap and floated in 2015,
to expand its products
and services.
A third-quarter
interim management
statement showed new
loans rose by 12 per
cent to �4 billion in
the quarter from �5
billion at the end of last
year. Growth was driven
by �4 billion of new
lending. Customer
deposits rose 8 per cent
to �2 billion.
Tempus, page 52
provide an ?ongoing benefit? rather
than one-off compensation to bosses
forced to move for their job.
The association?s letter acknowledged the debate over the use of longterm incentive plans, or LTIPs, which
typically supplement base salaries with
performance shares or matching shares
of the company. MPs on the business,
energy and industrial strategy committee have called for LTIPs to be phased
out, blaming them for fuelling executive pay inflation.
While Mr Ninian stopped short of
endorsing the committee?s view, he
noted in his letter that many of the
Investment Association?s members
supported the idea of replacing LTIPs
with restricted share plans that did not
have future performance conditions attached, as a way of reducing overall pay.
The association has written to more
than 100 London-listed companies, including AstraZeneca and Pearson, that
will appear on a new public register
naming and shaming companies whose
resolutions were opposed by at least
20 per cent of shareholders at this
year?s annual general meeting. Mr Ninian said he had invited companies to
submit an explanation of how they
have responded to the vote so this could
be included on the register, which will
be published before the end of the year.
AMEC FOSTER WHEELER
Drugmaker feeling under
weather after US ruling
BTG is to take a �.5 million hit on
its interim results next week after a
court in the United States ruled that
it had breached a distribution
agreement.
The FTSE 250-listed healthcare
company said that the court of
chancery of Delaware had confirmed
a ruling from September that Wellstat
Therapeutics Corporation, a
biopharmaceutical company in
Maryland, was entitled to damages of
$55.8 million (�.6 million) plus
interest and costs.
BTG said that a distribution
agreement with Wellstat for the
commercialisation of Vistogard, a
drug combating overexposure to
chemotherapy, had been terminated
and the company ?anticipates
returning all rights to Vistogard to
Wellstat as soon as practicable?.
It said it was considering an appeal
but confirmation of the ruling
yesterday pushed shares in BTG
down as much as 8 per cent at one
point, though only to where they
traded late last month, having rallied
strongly this year. The shares closed
down 40絧 to 738絧.
Ofcom upholds two complaints against Fox News
The media regulator Ofcom has
upheld two impartiality complaints
against Fox News. The watchdog
found that episodes of the Hannity
and Tucker Carlson Tonight
programmes failed to include
alternative viewpoints.
The segment presented by Sean
Hannity focused on reaction to
Donald Trump?s executive order
banning travel to the US from seven
predominantly Muslim nations.
Ofcom ruled that the programme,
broadcast in January, ?did not provide
sufficient contextual justification to
outweigh the numerous highly critical
statements made about people who
had opposed the order?. The ruling
against Tucker Carlson Tonight related
to coverage of the aftermath of the
Manchester terror attack in May.
Fox News ceased broadcasting in
the UK in August. Its parent company
21st Century Fox is seeking to buy the
61 per cent of Sky it does not already
own. Rupert Murdoch, chairman of
News Corp, owner of The Times, is
co-chairman of 21st Century Fox.
Carillion back on track with �0m railway contracts
Going nuclear Wood Group is selling Amec Foster Wheeler?s North American
nuclear division to Kinectrics for about �6 million. Amec will keep its European
nuclear business as Wood is keen to retain it as part of its �2 billion takeover
The troubled construction company
Carillion has been awarded contracts
worth nearly �0 million on the
upgrade of the Midland main line.
However, it also confirmed that a
buildings management contract with
the Royal Bank of Scotland has been
terminated two years early.
Carillion, whose shares are trading
close to all-time lows after a profit
warning in the summer, said Network
Rail had awarded a � million, 30month contract to upgrade the track
between London St Pancras and
Corby. It also announced that its joint
venture with the German company
Powerlines Group had been awarded
a �0 million, three-year contract to
electrify the line between Bedford
and Kettering and up the branch line
to Corby. Shares closed unmoved at
46p last night. Stephen Rawlinson, an
independent analyst, said about a
sixth of Carillion?s shares were being
shorted, indicating that traders think
the stock will go down.
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TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER JACK HILL
The National Gallery will
be paying workers at least
the hourly rate set by the
Living Wage Foundation. A
fifth of workers are paid
less than the living wage
Pay rise for 150,000
on ?real living wage?
M
ore than
150,000
workers at
employers
including
Google, Ikea and
Chelsea football club
have received an
above-inflation pay rise
under the voluntary
living wage scheme
(Dominic Walsh writes).
The rate, set by the
Living Wage
Foundation, will rise by
30p an hour to �75, an
increase of about
3.6 per cent, while in
London it will rise by
45p to �.20, up about
4.6 per cent.
The so-called ?real
living wage? is different
from the government?s
compulsory national
minimum wage and
national living wage,
neither of which has a
London weighting. The
national living wage,
which was introduced in
April last year for those
aged 25 and over, is set
at �50 an hour, while
under-25s are still paid
the lower national
minimum wage of �05.
The foundation said
that the real living wage
rates were
independently
calculated based on
the actual cost of
living, and the
latest increases
had been largely
driven by higher
food, transport
and housing
costs.
The real
living wage is
voluntarily
paid by
3,600
employers
across the
country,
with more
than 1,000
in London
alone.
A
Another
150
employers signed up to
it in the build-up to
yesterday?s
announcement,
including the National
Nerves on high street after
shoppers rein in spending
Tom Knowles
Economics Correspondent
Retailers have reported a ?meagre
month? in October after consumers
pared back their discretionary spending in the face of rising inflation.
The figures are likely to cause jitters for the high street in the run-up
to Christmas.
The British Retail Consortium
(BRC) said that shopping activity
?slumped? last month after its
monthly survey showed consumer
spending rising at its slowest pace
since May. Retail sales rose by 0.2 per
cent compared with the same month
last year. This compares with growth
of 2.3 per cent in September.
Helen Dickinson, chief executive
of the BRC, said: ?With total growth
at its lowest since May and below the
12-month average, retailers will have
cause for concern as they prepare for
the crucial run-up to Christmas.?
The sharp slowdown was driven by
the worst performance for non-food
sales since the BRC began collecting
data in January 2011, with the group?s
12-month average rate slipping to
0.2 per cent.
Paul Martin, head of retail at
KPMG, which helps conduct the sur-
veys, said: ?October marked yet
another reversal of fortunes for retailers, reinforcing just how volatile
consumer spending has been. Despite the positive picture last month,
these latest figures will be a real disappointment and not the start to the
golden quarter retailers had hoped
for.? This tallies with separate data released by Barclaycard today which
shows a 4.1 per cent fall in spending
on clothing in October, the lowest
figure recorded since March 2013.
The Barclaycard data also reveals
that people reined in their spending
on entertainment for the third consecutive month ? it rose by 7.9 per
cent, down from a summertime high
of 12.5 per cent in July. Barclaycard
said that while spending in pubs and
restaurants remained strong, this
failed to counteract a drop in spending at the cinema, which declined
7.8 per cent after few blockbusters
were released in October.
As Christmas approaches, retailers
are concerned that consumers will
cut back on spending as the cost of
living increases. Inflation reached a
five-year high of 3 per cent in September as the falling pound makes
imports more expensive. At the same
time, wage growth has failed to keep
pace, with average earnings falling
0.4 per cent in August once adjusted
for inflation. Ms Dickinson said:
?Real consumer spending power has
been on a downward trend in the last
year as the acceleration in inflation
has caused shoppers to become ever
more cautious.?
However, the BRC data showed
food sales rose 3.7 per cent in the
three months to October compared
with the previous three months and
above the 12-month average of 3.2 per
cent, suggest grocery sales are benefiting from cutbacks elsewhere in
household spending.
Last week the CBI released a survey suggesting that in October retail
sales had suffered their biggest fall
since the height of the recession. The
surveys tend to differ due to the criteria used to collect the data: the BRC
data is based on large retailers who
are members of its consortium, while
the CBI survey is based on just 106 retailers and wholesalers. Barclaycard?s
data is based on spending on its debit
and credit cards.
However, all surveys point to a
downward trend in spending. Official
retail sales figures are released next
week, having shown a 1.2 per cent
annual increase in September.
Eurozone economy is powering ahead
Tom Knowles
The momentum in the eurozone
economy showed little sign of
abating as it entered the final quarter
of this year, with a survey showing
business activity rising at one of the
fastest paces in more than six years.
The purchasing managers? index
for the single currency bloc, which
measures the output of manufacturers and service sector companies,
showed that the balance reached 56
in October. Any reading above 50 in-
dicates growth. The figure was lower
than the 56.7 recorded in September
but was above an earlier flash estimate of 55.9.
The eurozone economy has defied
expectations this year, with broadbased growth boosted by stimulus
packages from the European Central
Bank.
The economy expanded by 0.6 per
cent in the third quarter and the PMI
survey suggests this pace will continue for the fourth quarter.
Chris Williamson, chief business
economist at IHS Markit, which
compiled the survey, said: ?The October headline PMI reading matched
the average seen in the third quarter
and puts the region on course for
another 0.6-0.7 per cent expansion in
the closing quarter of 2017.?
Growth in new orders accelerated
despite businesses increasing prices
at the joint fastest rate since the middle of 2011, partly to pass on the rising
cost of raw materials and energy.
The annual rate of inflation in the
eurozone was 1.4 per cent in October.
Gallery, the property
advisory group JLL and
Heathrow airport, which
becomes the first airport
to do so. Lidl was among
the first companies to
announce it was
adopting the new pay
rates, declaring its
16,000-plus workers to
be ?the highest-paid
employees in the UK
supermarket sector?. It
said the pay rises, due to
take effect from March
1, would cost it an extra
�5 million a year.
Katherine Chapman,
director of the Living
Wage Foundation, said
that new figures out this
week from KPMG
showed that 5.5 million
people ? 21 per cent of
the UK workforce ?
were still paid less than
the real living wage.
?The new living wage
rates will bring relief for
thousands of UK
workers being squeezed
by stagnant wages and
rising inflation,? she
said, adding that the
majority of participating
employers were
reporting improved staff
recruitment, retention
and motivation.
550
Tuesday November 7 2017 | the times
1GM
Business Unit Trusts
The Times unit trust information service
Sell
Buy
+/-
Yld
%
For Abbey National see Santander
For Allchurches see Ecclesiastical
ALLIANZ GLOBAL INVESTORS
Inv Serv: 020 7065 1400 Helpline: 0800 317 573
Gilt Yield A ?@
Strategic Bond Fund ?@
UK Corp Bond C ?@
UK Eqty C ?@
UK Eqty Inc A ?@
UK Gwth A ?@
UK Index A Inc ?@
UK Mid Cap A ?@
178.11
150.83
104.79
6317.26
300.00
5886.41
1423.81
5197.15
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.15
+0.18
-0.78
-14.91
-0.59
-4.34
-5.83
-9.17
1.25
0.54
3.87
3.28
4.12
1.16
3.01
0.13
1701.58
114.19
108.80
385.28
32.64
280.53
136.06
102.07
108.70
86.91
448.60
242.23
77.16
89.64
101.73
61.50
101.54
61.39
583.06
1778.77
630.85
-1.80
-0.40
-0.38
-3.00
+0.16
-0.21
-0.50
-0.37
+0.06
+0.01
-0.63
-0.34
-0.06
-0.73
+0.02
+0.01
+0.02
+0.01
-0.95
-1.90
-1.72
1.72
0.74
0.75
0.82
0.42
0.82
3.45
3.55
?
5.49
3.72
3.84
4.21
?
3.35
3.42
3.38
3.44
1.63
0.93
1.47
AXA FRAMLINGTON UNIT MGMT LTD
Dling: 0845 602 1952 Priv Clients: 0845 777 5511
Equity Inc ?@
572.40
Gilt Acc @
201.30
Gilt Inc @
74.35
Health Acc ?@
1825.00
Jap Smlr Co Ac @
62.56
Managed Inc ?@
146.40
Monthly Inc Inc ?@
271.00
UK Growth Inc ?@
213.00
UK Select Opps Inc ?@ 1939.00
UK Sml Cos Inc ?@
292.00
?
211.80
78.24
?
66.09
?
?
?
?
?
-2.70
+0.10
-0.39
+15.00
-0.19
+0.10
-0.60
-0.30
-5.00
?
4.43
1.08
1.09
?
0.30
4.94
4.29
1.48
0.21
0.04
AXA FUND MANAGERS LTD
Admin & Enq 0117 989 0808
AXA Trusts
Gen Acc ?@
Gen Inc ?@
2101.00
1079.00
?
?
+6.00
-2.00
2.64
2.70
UK/Global Investment Companies
Euro Acc A ?@
Extra Inc Inc B ?@
Global Gwth Acc R ?@
Japan Acc A ?@
Pac Gwth Acc A ?@
259.90
91.17
215.90
167.50
478.70
?
?
?
?
?
151.80
573.50
581.10
231.80
1.61
1.92
0.94
1.21
1.83
154.10
?
589.90
235.30
?
+0.70
-0.40
-0.20
0.31
1.18
1.49
4.42
CLOSE FUND MANAGEMENT LTD
0870 606 6402
Beacon Inv ?
84.88
?
+0.35
0.01
Dealing: 020 7426 6232
Winchester ?
2775.72
?
+26.31
1.36
EDENTREE INV MGMT LTD
0800 358 3010
Amity European A ?
Amity International A ?
Amity Sterling Bond A ?
Amity UK A Inc ?
Higher Income A ?
UK Equity Growth A ?
281.90
279.00
108.40
244.60
140.30
288.90
?
?
?
?
?
?
-2.60
+0.30
+0.10
?
-0.30
-0.60
1.44
1.18
4.60
1.33
4.21
1.22
Corporate Bond ?@
Ethical ?@
European ?@
Far Eastern ?
Fund of Inv Tst ?@
Intl Gwth ?
Japanese ?
North Amer ?
Smaller Cos ?@
Special Sits ?@
UK Equity Inc ?@
UK FTSE 100 IT ?@
UK FTSE All-S IT ?@
UK Growth ?@
Yld
%
2289.00
28.16
3900.00
1915.00
149.50
376.30
51.29
327.60
79.94
37.27
107.56
3987.00
69.75
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
327.60
?
?
?
?
72.18
-5.00
?
-3.00
-6.00
+0.20
-0.20
+0.01
-0.10
-0.12
-0.01
-0.05
-7.00
+0.53
1.14
3.02
0.05
?
0.08
?
3.89
0.21
2.39
2.93
2.33
0.88
0.44
?
?
?
?
?
?
15.29
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
35.82
81.01
90.85
106.50
114.50
88.08
63.27
87.27
115.70
49.78
86.43
59.75
68.42
79.82
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.03
-0.26
-0.52
?
-0.10
-0.03
-0.20
+0.09
+0.20
+0.09
+0.03
-0.05
-0.04
+0.06
Amer Ind Acc ?@
Amer Ind Inc ?@
Euro Ind Acc ?@
Euro Ind Inc ?@
FTSE 100 Ind Acc ?@
FTSE 100 Ind Inc ?@
FTSE 250 Ind Acc ?@
FTSE 250 Ind Inc ?@
FTSE All-S Acc ?@
FTSE All-S Inc ?@
Jap Ind Acc ?@
Jap Ind Inc ?@
Pac Ind Acc ?@
Pac Ind Inc ?@
506.80
434.80
896.70
645.10
226.80
125.00
270.50
186.20
583.70
357.70
124.10
105.90
391.30
278.20
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.90
+0.70
-5.60
-4.10
-0.20
-0.10
-0.10
?
-0.30
-0.20
-0.30
-0.20
-1.10
-0.80
Balanced Acc ?@
218.10
Balanced Inc ?@
146.00
Corp Bd Acc ?@
280.70
Corp Bd Inc ?@
124.70
Gilt & Fd Int Acc ?@
461.20
Gilt & Fd Int Inc ?@
72.53
Income Acc ?@
666.10
Income Inc ?@
338.10
Monthly Inc Acc ?@
303.10
Monthly Inc Inc ?@
151.80
UK Grth & Inc Ret B Acc ?@138.10
UK Grth & Inc Ret B Inc ?@74.42
UK Gth & Inc Acc ?@
138.10
UK Gth & Inc Inc ?@
74.42
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
-0.40
-0.30
+0.20
+0.10
+0.70
+0.11
-0.10
-0.10
+0.10
?
?
?
?
?
Buy
+/-
Yld
%
Cautious Managed A Acc ?@426.92
Cautious Managed A Inc ?@281.67
Diversified Growth A Acc ?@133.78
Diversified Growth A Inc ?@146.34
Diversified Income A Acc ?@305.33
Diversified Income A Inc ?@80.44
Emerging Mkts Blended Debt A Acc ?@119.50
Emerging Mkts Blended Debt A Acc Gross ?@125.82
Emerging Mkts Blended Debt A Inc ?@94.07
Emerging Mkts Equity A Acc ?@152.81
Emrg Mkts Local Curr Debt A Acc ?@183.43
Emrg Mkts Local Curr Debt A Inc ?@99.45
Emrg Mkts Local Curr Debt Gross I Acc ?@220.49
Enhanced Natural Resources A Acc ?@120.67
Global Bond A Acc ?@
139.30
Global Bond A Inc ?@
109.33
Global Bond I Gross Inc ?@1167.00
Global Dynamic A Acc ?@ 153.12
Global Energy A Acc ?@ 196.40
Global Equity A Acc ?@ 158.01
Global Franchise A Acc ?@198.22
Global Free Enterprise A Acc ?@931.82
Global Gold A Acc ?@
125.19
Global Special Situations A Acc ?@273.56
Global Special Situations A Inc ?@216.00
Managed Growth A Acc ?@235.50
Monthly High Income A Acc ?@224.13
Monthly High Income A Inc ?@70.80
Multi-Asset Protector A Acc ?@175.36
Strategic Bond A Acc ?@ 244.54
Strategic Bond A Inc ?@ 119.47
Target Return A Acc ?@ 106.71
Target Return A Inc ?@ 94.07
UK Alpha A Acc ?@
2497.64
UK Blue Chip A Acc ?@ 770.11
UK Smaller Companies A Acc ?@4634.70
UK Smaller Companies A Inc ?@4201.91
UK Special Situations A Acc ?@1210.34
UK Special Situations A Inc ?@464.95
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
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?
?
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?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
-1.50
-0.98
-0.22
-0.24
+0.11
+0.03
-0.69
+0.20
-0.55
-0.35
-1.16
-0.63
-0.05
-0.42
+4.03
+3.00
+29.78
+0.19
+0.76
+0.11
-0.08
+0.70
-0.55
-0.86
-0.68
+0.35
+0.10
+0.03
+0.19
+0.19
+0.09
+0.07
+0.06
-3.73
+3.15
+10.86
+9.85
-5.69
-2.18
?
?
0.83
0.87
2.94
4.37
4.60
4.21
6.44
0.36
5.19
7.11
5.42
0.60
0.83
0.82
1.26
0.27
1.29
0.42
1.68
0.23
?
?
?
0.08
5.21
6.54
0.15
1.94
3.31
0.67
0.67
1.56
1.67
0.93
0.94
1.47
1.50
For ISIS Asset Mgmt see F&C Fd Mgmt Ltd (OEICS)
Multi-Man Tst A Inc ?@
Nat Resources ?@
New Europe A ?@
Portfolio ?@
Stg Corp Bd A Acc ?@
Stg Corp Bd A Inc ?@
UK Act 350 A Acc ?@
UK Dynamic Acc ?@
UK Dynamic Inc ?@
UK Equity A Acc ?@
UK Equity A Inc ?@
UK Eqy & Bd Inc Acc ?@
UK Eqy & Bd Inc Inc ?@
UK Higher Inc A Acc ?@
UK Higher Inc A Inc ?@
UK Sm Cos A Acc ?@
UK Str Eq Inc A Acc ?@
UK Str Eq Inc A Inc ?@
US A Acc ?@
US Sm Cos A Acc ?@
Sell
Buy
+/-
Yld
%
920.30
614.60
211.50
269.20
93.66
56.44
199.00
201.60
159.80
401.90
46.44
168.90
91.63
1076.00
570.00
472.30
188.70
113.10
1021.00
596.60
?
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?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.60
+1.20
-1.20
-0.10
+0.06
+0.03
-2.20
+0.10
?
+0.60
+0.07
-0.10
-0.05
-2.00
-1.10
+0.90
-0.40
-0.20
+2.00
-0.10
0.67
?
1.81
0.62
1.90
1.92
?
1.33
1.34
3.45
3.49
3.24
3.31
4.19
4.33
0.60
3.41
3.49
?
?
JUPITER UT MGRS LTD
020 7581 3020
Absolute Return @
54.86
Distribution and Growth @131.79
Emg Euro Opps @
210.73
Euro Special Sits @
431.14
European @
2145.86
Financial Opps @
603.68
Income Trust @
569.96
Merlin Bal (Acc) @
183.90
Merlin Gwth (Acc) @
408.38
Merlin Inc (Acc) @
298.78
Merlin Wwide (Inc) @
295.99
UK Growth @
330.31
UK Special Sits (Inc) @ 191.42
Sell
American Index Retail Acc ?@506.80
American Index Retail Inc ?@434.80
Asian Gth Acc ?@
158.30
Asian Gth Inc ?@
141.20
Chinese Eq Acc ?@
580.90
Chinese Eq Inc ?@
493.30
Euro Gth Acc ?@
875.70
Euro Gth Inc ?@
750.70
57.98
139.75
223.32
455.60
2259.83
637.63
602.02
194.21
430.47
316.26
311.54
349.99
202.75
-0.07
-0.16
-1.24
-1.87
+5.88
-2.92
-1.94
+1.14
+2.22
+1.10
+2.52
-0.76
-0.80
?
3.96
1.48
0.58
?
0.26
3.63
1.72
?
2.90
?
1.21
1.23
Growth Fd Acc @
+0.03
?
-5.00
+0.04
-0.20
-0.40
+0.03
+0.02
?
?
+0.90
+0.60
-0.20
+10.00
?
?
+3.10
2.88
?
0.82
3.22
3.00
?
4.72
3.73
3.18
3.37
?
0.92
0.78
1.09
3.25
3.34
0.33
+0.90
+0.70
?
?
+3.60
+3.00
-6.20
-5.30
1.42
1.44
0.40
0.49
0.23
0.21
1.38
1.42
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
-3.34
-0.93
-1.40
-0.89
-3.57
-4.21
-3.09
-0.29
-0.92
-0.03
-0.06
+0.17
-0.11
-2.81
+1.64
+1.36
?
1.52
1.49
4.77
2.18
2.24
0.12
4.43
4.32
0.94
0.66
1.30
0.58
1.34
0.15
0.21
INSIGHT INVESTMENT FDS MANAGEMENT LTD
Client Servs: 0800 124 314
Insight Investment Global Investment Funds
Mthly Inc Bd Inc ?@
Mthly Inc Bd N Inc ?@
48.44
91.99
?
?
+0.10
+0.19
Insigt Investment Portfolio Fund
Insight Investment Multi-Manager Funds (0800)
96.05
93.79
?
?
-0.32
-0.36
UK Str Inc N/Trl ?@
560.89
?
-1.23
3.07
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
-1.51
+0.07
-0.94
+1.32
-3.34
+0.01
+0.05
-0.79
-2.35
+0.72
+0.04
1.91
3.17
3.33
3.57
3.43
0.03
4.58
1.75
1.88
0.26
?
INVESCO PERPETUAL Funds
Childrens Acc ?@
469.14
Corp Bond Acc ?@
202.51
High Income Inc ?@
466.36
Income & Grth Inc ?@
446.67
Income Inc ?@
1786.32
Money Acc ?@
90.36
Monthly Inc Plus Inc ?@ 112.09
UK Aggressive Inc ?@
205.33
UK Growth Acc ?@
680.68
UK Sml Cos Eqty Acc ?@ 1263.62
UK Sml Cos Gwth ?@
82.54
American A Acc ?@
354.27
Asia ex Japan A Acc ?@ 657.77
Capital Accumulator A Acc ?@236.95
0.01
?
0.25
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
-1.00
-1.70
?
4.21
?
?
?
+0.23
+0.94
-0.87
0.12
0.70
1.12
48.12
High Income
High Income Acc
UK 100 Comp Acc
UK 100 Cos
UK Select Pflo
UK Selection Port Acc
Worldwide Mgd Acc ?
Wwide Mgd ?
115.90
261.20
380.90
223.50
363.40
651.20
824.60
515.50
115.90
261.20
380.90
223.50
363.40
651.20
?
?
-8.00
-2.70
-2.00
2.12
2.15
1.80
+0.19
?
-0.70
-1.70
+2.20
+1.30
+2.30
+4.30
+2.10
+1.40
3.06
2.97
3.26
3.35
3.44
3.39
0.61
0.17
MORGAN STANLEY INVESTMENT MGMT LTD
Enquires: 0800 0961 962
The Morgan Stanley Funds (UK)
Class A Shares
Equity
?
?
?
+4.24
-9.01
-0.02
1.25
1.07
1.66
?
?
?
+2.09
-3.80
?
1.95
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.10
-0.10
?
-0.20
-0.20
-0.10
-0.10
2.97
1.88
5.55
2.94
3.77
3.03
3.10
-7.46
-1.00
+0.48
+0.43
-11.40
-1.54
+4.31
-2.19
-7.28
-1.06
1.35
1.17
0.16
0.56
1.34
1.16
0.25
2.81
?
2.87
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 ?@
108.30
204.40
222.70
185.60
217.50
398.80
248.40
1498.88
552.17
599.86
41.85
2291.22
851.86
1979.26
1356.62
1227.65
659.38
1581.93
582.77
633.10
41.85
2418.17
899.06
2088.93
1431.79
1295.67
695.92
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 ?@
203.50
185.30
140.70
228.60
222.20
?
?
?
?
?
0.50
1.05
1.06
0.43
0.46
2519.00
?
-1.00
0.88
324.10
190.50
?
?
+0.20
+0.10
2.97
3.04
-0.10
-0.10
+2.50
+1.30
+0.67
?
+0.10
+0.02
-0.10
?
+0.20
+16.00
1.95
1.97
1.15
5.31
5.46
3.93
4.03
?
3.20
3.26
2.59
1.57
UK and Income Investment Funds
Corp Bond A Acc ?@
316.20
Corp Bond A Inc ?@
129.20
Envir Invtr A Acc ?@
296.40
Hi Inc Bond A Ac ?@
234.40
Hi Inc Bond A Inc ?@
90.38
Hi Res A Acc ?@
362.80
Hi Res A Inc ?@
139.00
Safety Plus A Acc ?@
40.76
Strat Inc A Acc ?@
203.60
Strat Inc A Inc ?@
102.70
UK Gwth A Acc ?@
189.70
UK Sel Gwth A Acc ?@ 2020.00
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OEIC B Class
Tracker and Specialist Investment Funds
All Stks Credit A Inc ?@ 135.00
Asian Div Inc U Trst Inc @110.11
Cautious Man Fd A Acc ?@265.80
Cautious Man Fd A Inc ?@154.10
China Opp Fund A Acc ?@1461.00
Emg Mkts Opps Fd A Acc ?@212.40
Erpn Grth Fund A Acc ?@ 245.90
Erpn Sel Opps Fd A Acc ?@1710.00
Erpn Spc Sits A Acc GBP ?@94.66
Erpn Spc Sits Fd I Acc EUR ?@4.84
Fix Int Mnthly Inc Fd Inc @ 22.63
Global Equity Income A Inc ?@63.17
Global Growth Fund Acc @3013.39
Global Tech A Acc ?@ 1690.00
M-Man Abs Ret Fd A Acc ?@142.20
M-Man Active Fd A Acc ?@226.40
M-Man Inc Grth Fd A Acc ?@178.10
M-Man Inc Grth A Inc ?@ 157.70
Sterling Bond U Trst Acc @222.39
Sterling Bond U Trst Inc @ 66.08
Strategic Bond A Inc ?@ 127.20
UK Abs Ret Fd A Acc ?@ 158.30
UK Alpha Fund A Acc ?@ 153.90
UK Index Fund A Acc ?@ 626.90
UK Irsh Sm Co Fd A Acc ?@668.20
UK Property A Acc @
228.49
UK Property A Inc @
104.43
UK Tracker Fund A Acc ?@281.30
US Growth Fund A Acc ?@979.00
?
115.68
?
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?
23.60
?
3143.19
?
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?
231.98
68.92
?
?
?
?
?
240.50
109.92
?
?
+0.10
-0.47
?
?
+9.00
-1.00
-1.60
-11.00
-0.29
-0.07
-0.10
-0.24
-6.41
+9.00
+0.20
-0.30
+0.50
+0.50
+0.18
+0.05
?
-0.10
+0.20
-0.40
-1.60
+0.03
+0.01
-0.30
+1.20
2.37
6.56
3.73
3.79
?
0.57
0.82
0.55
1.05
1.52
5.01
3.23
?
?
0.43
0.38
2.04
2.07
2.23
2.26
4.11
?
1.82
1.66
?
2.84
2.89
1.58
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.40
+1.10
-1.40
-2.20
-9.00
?
-0.01
+0.20
+0.20
-7.00
-1.00
-0.10
+1.10
0.23
0.16
0.70
0.04
1.04
5.59
5.79
0.44
0.44
1.04
?
?
0.67
JP MORGAN ASSET MGMT
OEIC
Asia A Acc ?@
214.30
Emerging Mkts ?@
230.40
Eur Dyn (ex-UK) A Acc ?@236.10
Euro Smllr Cos ?@
790.40
Europe A Acc ?@
1516.00
Gbl Hi Yld Bd A Acc ?@ 111.20
Gbl Hi Yld Bd A Inc ?@
37.68
Gl ex-UK Bd A Acc ?@ 263.30
Gl ex-UK Bd A Inc ?@
204.90
Glb Fins A Acc ?@
1077.00
Global A Acc ?@
1353.00
Japan A Acc ?@
439.40
Multi-Man Tst A Acc ?@ 1001.00
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 @
294.70
139.40
72.68
238.90
66.07
41.72
108.80
128.70
61.89
158.90
184.00
249.90
290.50
165.40
457.40
309.90
294.70
140.10
73.08
238.90
66.19
41.77
109.30
129.60
61.89
158.90
184.00
252.90
290.50
165.40
457.40
309.90
-1.50
+0.10
+0.07
-0.10
+0.12
+0.19
+0.70
?
-0.13
-0.60
-0.20
-0.10
-0.10
-0.10
+0.20
-0.10
1.83
2.71
2.75
1.17
0.57
0.24
0.17
5.17
0.83
2.29
2.65
?
3.07
3.14
0.86
0.57
M & G SECURITIES
Enq: 0800 390 390 Dealing Line: 0800 328 3196
Authorised Inv Funds
Charifund Inc ?
1622.15
?
-0.65
4.47
-1.54
-1.43
0.19
1.74
-0.18
+0.13
-0.01
-0.24
-0.04
+0.01
-0.95
4.34
1.24
4.96
?
3.40
1.64
2.03
+0.05
-0.16
-0.01
+0.83
3.81
4.62
1.92
2.19
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 1
Euro Smlr Cos Acc ?@
Euro Smlr Cos Inc ?@
455.82
425.92
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 2
Extra Income Inc ?@
802.17
Gilt & Fxd Int Inc ?@
98.04
Gl Hi Yd Bd Inc ?@
51.61
Index Linked Bd Inc ?@ 139.43
Index Trckr Inc ?@
78.10
Short Dated Corp Bd Inc ?@25.96
UK Select A Inc ?@
3035.49
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 3
Corp Bd A Inc ?@
Dividend Inc ?@
Recovery A Inc ?@
Sml Cos Inc ?@
41.41
64.37
143.75
381.26
?
?
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 4
Episode Allocation A Inc ?@149.15
?
-0.12
2.15
UK Trkr B Acc ?@
UK Trkr B Inc ?@
350.80
189.60
?
?
+0.30
+0.20
3.44
3.52
?
?
+0.20
+17.00
2.13
2.16
2.44
1.78
+0.10
+18.00
2.94
1.99
UK and Income Investment Funds
Corp Bond B Acc ?@
325.50
Corp Bond B Inc ?@
129.10
UK Gwth B Acc ?@
203.10
UK Sel Gwth B Acc ?@ 2102.00
?
?
?
?
UK Gth C Inc ?@
144.40
UK Sel Gwth C Acc ?@ 2181.00
?
?
STANDARD LIFE INVESTMENTS
0845 279 3003
Investment Funds (OEIC) - Retail Shares
96.37
58.00
102.80
147.20
165.00
63.95
207.70
132.70
175.50
134.00
133.10
49.78
104.30
272.60
88.65
54.58
346.70
222.60
258.10
88.75
203.30
253.40
232.40
709.40
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
-0.01
?
?
+0.40
+0.10
+0.03
-0.70
+0.10
+0.10
+0.50
+0.10
+0.03
-0.40
+0.10
+0.05
+0.03
+0.20
-0.60
-0.10
-0.06
+1.00
+2.60
+2.40
+6.90
1.41
1.30
1.82
?
3.09
2.81
1.46
1.17
1.15
0.01
3.61
3.41
0.04
1.67
1.45
1.24
2.27
2.78
3.87
3.99
1.44
0.39
0.39
0.50
?
?
?
+0.36
+0.35
+0.30
1.68
1.70
2.04
SVS BROWN SHIPLEY FUNDS
Enquiries: 0141 222 1151
Balanced A Acc ?@
Balanced A Inc ?@
Cautious A Acc ?@
Yld
%
105.38
271.15
256.82
286.23
227.58
230.34
98.07
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.27
+0.54
+0.51
+0.56
+0.45
+0.08
+0.03
2.06
1.03
1.04
1.09
2.81
2.68
2.72
UK Oseas Earns ?@
130.19
?
-0.28
1.92
113.80
152.90
80.78
?
?
?
-0.10
-0.20
-0.15
1.30
0.87
3.84
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.09
?
+0.05
+0.04
-0.14
-0.19
+0.01
-0.27
-0.12
-0.07
-0.22
-0.41
+0.44
1.05
3.54
3.04
2.68
3.93
3.41
4.69
1.68
3.75
4.33
1.75
1.67
0.15
725.00
219.40
+0.10
+1.00
1.48
?
Managed Funds
Def Eqty & Bd Acc ?@
Eqty & Bd Acc ?@
Mgd Income ?@
121.70
116.07
112.22
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 ?@
57.06
47.52
62.75
62.61
99.56
95.59
43.90
164.32
83.05
78.00
142.70
133.35
358.43
For Resolution see Ignis
TU FUND MANAGERS LIMITED
British
European
688.80
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
104.20
110.25
375.17
129.11
375.56
120.33
123.71
141.49
130.56
380.69
160.84
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
100.11
105.87
366.69
121.47
361.70
113.76
116.42
131.92
121.38
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 * 100.11
Tr IL 0V% 19
106.10
Tr IL 2K% 20
367.87
Tr IL 1Y% 2022 * 122.27
Tr IL 2K% 24
366.83
Tr IL 0V% 24
114.73
Tr IL 0V% 26
117.53
Tr IL 1N% 2027 * 133.31
Tr IL 0V% 29
122.82
Tr IL 4V% 30
365.93
Tr IL 1N% 2032 * 149.70
Tr IL 0O% 34
144.06
Tr IL 2% 35
267.42
Tr IL 0V% 36
137.97
Tr IL 1V% 2037 * 164.01
Tr IL 0X% 40
159.04
Tr IL 0X% 42 * 167.00
Tr IL 0V% 44
153.30
Tr IL 0V% 46
157.63
Tr IL 0O% 2047 * 185.88
Tr IL 0K% 50 * 183.67
Tr IL 0N% 52
179.17
Tr IL 1N% 2055 * 241.88
Tr IL 0V% 56
186.46
Tr IL 0V% 58 * 191.63
Tr IL 0W% 62
221.95
Tr IL 0V% 65
220.16
Tr IL 0V% 68
231.64
? .01
+ .03
+ .05
? .05
? .19
? .08
? .13
? .18
? .17
? .34
? .02
? .05
? .04
+ .02
+ .04
+ .23
+ .36
+ .43
+ .53
+ .62
+ .64
+ .59
+ .81
+ .66
+ .72
+ .88
+ .98
+1.08
1.36
?
1.73
1.58
1.48
?
?
1.03
?
1.76
0.84
?
0.91
?
0.72
?
0.37
?
?
0.41
?
?
0.57
?
?
?
?
?
?1.34
?2.76
?2.50
?2.27
?1.99
?2.03
?1.80
?1.77
?1.69
?1.68
?1.65
?1.59
?1.59
?1.58
?1.58
?1.57
?1.55
?1.51
?1.50
?1.50
?1.50
?1.50
?1.50
?1.50
?1.51
?1.53
?1.55
?1.58
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
.18
.19
.16
.21
.21
.20
.24
.24
.24
.30
.22
.32
.33
.37
.29
.42
.36
.43
3.19
3.06
?
3.14
2.97
?
2.95
?
?
2.77
?
2.67
?
2.49
?
?
?
?
1.70
1.75
1.84
1.81
1.84
1.85
1.86
1.89
1.88
1.86
1.85
1.81
1.77
1.72
1.71
1.69
1.66
1.65
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
.01
.02
.03
.02
.02
.03
.05
.06
.07
.07
.15
.16
?
?
?
?
3.89
?
?
?
3.31
4.05
3.43
3.16
0.56
0.70
0.83
0.94
0.98
1.05
1.16
1.29
1.26
1.30
1.49
1.60
+
?
+
?
?
+
?
+
+
+
?
+
+
?
.01
?
.01
.01
.01
.01
.01
.01
?
.01
.02
.05
?
4.92
?
4.03
3.53
?
4.32
?
?
6.32
3.49
?
?
0.45
0.33
0.44
0.42
0.40
0.49
0.42
0.49
0.54
0.52
0.60
0.71
0.86
Longs (Over 15 years)
145.88
144.09
102.52
157.27
148.88
150.88
159.30
133.83
140.40
160.53
97.05
166.78
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
140.87
138.98
98.56
151.28
143.12
144.87
152.71
128.07
134.25
153.43
92.07
159.20
151.21
170.35
101.12
169.65
127.62
163.24
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
+0.40
+0.30
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)
2470.16
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
409.30
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 @
45.51
SCOTTISH MUTUAL INV MNGRS LTD
0141 248 6100
2616.00
893.80
409.30
+/-
MANEK INVESTMENT MGMT LTD
0844 800 9401
LEGAL & GENERAL (UT MGRS) LTD
Enquiries: 0870 050 0955 Dealing: 0870 050 0956
1.32
1.34
2.65
2.69
2.25
2.27
3.88
4.00
3.69
3.64
3.52
3.62
3.52
3.62
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
Buy
Eur (Ex UK) Eq A Acc ?@1310.92
Glob Brands A Acc ?@ 7983.52
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
?
?
?
1.42
1.44
2.26
2.32
3.29
3.38
2.33
2.39
3.17
3.26
1.43
1.46
2.37
2.43
Sell
HSBC Investment Funds (OEIC) - Retail Share Class
FIDELITY INTERNATIONAL
Private Clnts 0800 414161 Broker Dlgs 0800 414181
1546.00
3777.00
523.00
3.36
0.69
1.78
1.88
0.30
1.39
1.26
1.02
0.90
1.39
4.12
2.73
2.59
2.74
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 ?@
59.18
Emerging Mkts ?@
123.50
Euro Gwth & Inc 1 ?@ 1055.00
Extra Inc Bond ?@
49.65
FTSE All-Shr Track ?@ 423.80
Global Gwth SC1 ?@
204.10
High Inc Trst @
14.54
Max Inc Bond ?@
49.73
Multi Man Caut ?@
70.41
Multi Man Distr ?@
60.44
North Amer ?@
509.70
Pacific Gwth ?@
443.00
Strategic Bd ?@
197.20
UK Equity ?@
3249.00
UK Gwth & Inc Acc 1 ?@ 658.50
UK Gwth & Inc Dist ?@ 234.70
UK Smaller Cos ?@
984.60
+/-
Eur Sel Gth A Acc ?@
-1.70
-0.04
-0.20
-0.40
-1.50
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 @
1612.00
Euro Opps R Acc @
108.13
Euro Opps R Inc @
103.02
European Growth R Acc @365.00
Global Energy R Acc @
30.83
Global Growth R Acc @ 265.84
Global Income R Acc @ 128.89
Global Income R Inc @
96.69
Global Select R Acc @
103.01
High Income R Inc @
81.80
Income R Acc @
423.09
Income R Inc @
228.46
Monthly Dist R Inc @
72.85
Strategic Assets R Acc @ 84.76
Strategic Bond R M Acc @ 96.03
Strategic Bond R M Inc @ 58.06
Strategic Bond R Q Acc @ 95.86
Strategic Bond R Q Inc @ 57.95
UK Growth R Acc @
551.43
UK Smaller Cos R Acc @ 1659.57
UK Special Sits R Acc @ 595.15
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
115.39
107.31
110.88
115.27
132.93
110.19
105.54
102.29
133.03
153.92
143.86
139.13
111.72
104.33
107.25
111.00
127.35
105.19
99.90
98.24
126.26
146.44
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
112.07
104.99
108.07
111.94
128.39
107.14
102.84
99.61
128.27
148.31
138.67
134.39
Shorts (under 5 years)
101.91
106.43
104.21
110.06
109.95
106.05
114.74
112.87
104.73
133.97
118.04
100.70
101.30
100.56
101.55
102.16
105.41
106.07
103.82
109.95
109.03
102.71
126.24
114.01
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
100.57
101.55
102.22
105.41
106.10
104.05
110.03
109.17
103.04
126.50
114.52
99.05
99.41
* 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
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Working Life Business
TIPPING POINT Far from benefiting local industry, Google?s plush new London headquarters will suck young talent away from homegrown enterprises
HEATHERWICK STUDIO
Tread softly, giants,
for you tread on
our start-up dreams
Luke Lang
Comment
S
adiq Khan, mayor of London,
was in the East End a few days
ago announcing two new
initiatives to boost the capital?s
thriving technology industry.
There?s not much new in that, but this
time I was struck when he praised the
huge investments made by Google,
Facebook and Apple while in the next
breath claiming that ?London
remains a fantastic breeding ground
for innovative young tech firms?.
I?m the co-founder of a company ?
Crowdcube, a leading equity
crowdfunding platform ? that I?d like
to think falls into that category and
unlike the mayor, I?m very worried by
the billions of pounds that technology
giants are ploughing into London.
That?s because I think that the
investment by Google, Facebook and
Apple will hinder the local start-ups
that Mr Khan wants to see more of.
The plans for Google?s London HQ
are amazing, including a 300m-long
landscaped roof terrace, a pool and a
covered sports hall for five-a-side
football. Bright technology talent
straight out of university will flock to
work there. And that?s the problem.
Google?s new headquarters, which
will eventually house 7,000 staff, is
going to function like a giant black
hole, sucking in the UK?s young tech
talent. The working environment will
be superb and it will offer the kind of
cutting-edge technical challenges that
technology engineers thrive on. I?m
sure the money won?t be bad either.
That?s great for Google but not for
start-ups. There?s already an all-out
war for talent in the UK; young
companies have to be elastic with
budgets to get software engineers in
the door. Not being able to find
enough tech guys and girls is a
common factor holding back start-ups.
This is hardly the fault of the likes of
Google, Facebook or Apple. The hot
market for programming and artificial
intelligence talent reflects the rude
health of the sector. Some other
factors are at play too. Brexit may
already be slowing the flow of skilled
staff to London from Europe. The
switch from the programmable home
computers of the 1980s to the games
consoles of the 1990s saw fewer kids
learning to programme and more
getting good at stealing cars and
doling out extreme virtual violence on
Grand Theft Auto. Only now is the
idea that kids should be learning to
programme at school taking off again.
There?s arguably a silver lining
further down the line. In ten or 20
years? time some of the dazzling
Google plans to employ 7,000 people in London in a headquarters with a landscaped roof terrace, pool and sports hall
software engineers who spent their
early years at Google?s huge campus
will probably strike out and form their
own inspirational companies in
London. But it?s a racing certainty
that in the 2020s all the technology
talent will be applying for jobs there.
That won?t make things easy if you?re
trying to launch your own start-up.
So what do we need to do? First, to
get real about developing serious
technology skills at scale across the
UK. That is a generational challenge
and while the arrival of coding on the
national curriculum in 2014 is
welcome, there is still a long way to
go and something transformational is
needed from the government.
Whether a child begins to code early
in their development or not still has
so much to do with the parents ? for
instance, whether they can afford a
cool DIY kit like a Kano computer or
extra lessons on a Saturday.
Also, top British universities need
to shine more visibly as beacons of
technology excellence, like Stanford
and MIT do in America, churning out
software engineers and embodying
the importance of technology to
society and the economy. Imperial
College London is blazing a trail here,
with its new White City campus and
its emphasis on linking up academics,
business and the community. A
couple of weeks ago Imperial opened
its Invention Rooms for local
youngsters to get involved in
advanced manufacturing. That?s the
sort of thing we need much more of.
Politicians like Khan and others
mustn?t be starry-eyed with the tech
giants. They need to keep pressure on
them to share the benefits of their
enormous power and wealth with the
community that supports them, and
not only on their own terms. This
means helping to drive large longterm programmes to build up the
UK?s tech talent, rather than just
absorbing all the software engineers
that happen along in London. Google
has shown willing before with its
Campus space for early stage
founders. It?s about being part of the
start-up ?ecosystem?, overused word
that it is, rather than a black hole.
Luke Lang is co-founder of Crowdcube,
the crowdfunding platform
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Miner explores listing
An Israeli precious stones
company is to float on the
London Stock Exchange. Shefa
Yamim is understood to be
looking to raise about �million.
The funds will be spent on its
mining project in Israel, where it
hopes to enter production within
two years. Avi Taub, its chief
executive, said that demand for
coloured precious stones, driven
by China and India, would
?continue as fashion favours
precious stones over the more
traditional diamond?. The
company pursued an initial
public offering in March last year.
Playing the long game brings results
scottish mortgage inv tr
Dividend yield
0.7%
Scottish Mortgage offers an easy way
of investing in high-tech growth
companies such as Amazon,
Facebook and three Chinese internet
stocks. Although income from the
shares is limited, its long-term record
on capital appreciation is good.
Investors in Scottish Mortgage
Investment Trust cannot say they do
not know what they are getting. The
trust reiterated its strategy in last
week?s half-year figures: ?Scottish
Mortgage is best suited to those who
share its long-term approach to
investing.?
This is a conviction investor,
willing to hold stakes for five years or
more and with only 75 holdings, the
top 30 accounting for 85 per cent of
all assets and the top ten for more
than half. Investors who have been
in for the long haul can have little to
complain about.
The net asset value per share rose
by 17.5 per cent over the first half,
while its share price rose by 15.4 per
cent. It is not easy to find a
comparator for a trust of this nature,
but world equity markets did little
over that period in sterling terms.
Over the five years to the end of
September the total return was
222.8 per cent. Net assets per share
were ahead by 193.1 per cent. A
passive investor would have seen
about half that total return.
Scottish Mortgage, after strong
aldermore
Customer
deposits �2bn
Q3 net lending
�4bn
L
ife is looking rosy for investors
in Aldermore. Especially those
who bought shares in the
specialist lender and savings bank
back when they were trading below
150p a share last year.
The ?challenger bank? confirmed
yesterday that it had reached a
recommended cash takeover offer of
313p a share from First Rand of
South Africa. While the offer means
that Aldermore?s time as a listed
company is coming to an end, as
buyout proposals go there is quite a
Scottish Mortgage Investment
Trust share price
Ten biggest investments
September 30
500p
Amazon.com
7.7%
450
Tesla
6.8%
Tencent
400
6.8%
Alibaba
6.4%
Source: Thomson Reuters
Net asset value
per share 437.14p
A high conviction approach
350
Illumina
5.4%
Baidu.com
300
Inditex
4.7%
Facebook
4.2%
250
Alphabet
2016
2017
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3
200
5.2%
3.4%
Ferrari
3.2%
share price growth over the past
couple of years, is the biggest quoted
investment trust. Its stable of mainly
high-tech investments have been
selected because they can be
expected to at least double sales over
a five-year period.
The trust sold out of Apple, for
example, the world?s biggest
company, because the managers do
not expect that sort of sales progress
in future. Instead they are focused on
disruptors such as Amazon, Tesla,
the electric vehicle maker, and three
Chinese internet companies:
Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu.com.
The share prices in these
businesses have been especially
strong over the first half to the end of
September.
About 13 per cent of the fund is
invested in private companies, while
there is the authority to take this to
25 per cent. Among these are Spotify,
the digital music service with more
than 60 million subscribers, and
Airbnb, the online provider of
bit there to keep shareholders happy.
The offer represents a 38 per cent
premium to the three-month average
share price before First Rand came
calling and a 63 per cent premium to
Aldermore?s float price of 192p in
March 2015.
Shareholders who bought shares
back when Aldermore hit rock
bottom after the Brexit vote in June
are in for a particularly juicy payday
as the offer represents a 200 per cent
premium to that all-time low of 105p
a share.
On the face of it this looks like a
good offer and one that, barring a
late counterbid from another party,
looks likely to sail through. The
Aldermore board has recommended
the deal and Anacap, the private
equity group which is the lender?s
biggest shareholder with a 25 per
cent stake, has indicated its support.
Anacap developed Aldermore
from the old Ruffer Bank it bought
about eight years ago. Since then it
has performed solidly with its trading
statement yesterday revealing that
net loans were up by 12 per cent at
�4 billion in the quarter, from
�5 billion at the end of last year.
This was driven by �4 billion of
new lending.
When the takeover is complete,
Aldermore will no longer be listed
but will instead form part of First
Rand, albeit as a distinct UK
regulated entity with its existing
ADVICE Buy
WHY Scottish Mortgage offers
an easy way of investing in
high-tech growth companies
though the income the shares
offer is limited
accommodation. This gives access to
early-stage investments that are not
easily available elsewhere.
This is a significant advantage,
offering the sort of returns that
would generally only be available to
private equity.
Scottish Mortgage believes the
next growth area could be
healthcare, through the development
of personalised treatments and
diagnosis. This explains the
investment in Illumina, a San Diegobased business that develops
products for gene sequencing.
There is the facility to buy back
shares to keep the net asset value
aligned with the share price. The
trust?s performance has tended to
track that of Nasdaq, though it has
outperformed the high-tech US
market of late.
Only 4 per cent of Scottish
Mortgage is in the UK, so its
geographic diversification is another
advantage. There is, perhaps
surprisingly, a dividend ? investors
have indicated they would expect
some sort of income stream even if
the main point in holding the shares
is capital appreciation.
The payment has generally
increased over the past three decades
although this year?s payment is
expected to be merely maintained,
and the managers have indicated a
willingness to make any future
payments out of capital if necessary.
Scottish Mortgage will inevitably
suffer if markets are in turmoil, but
the shares offer exposure to growth
tech stocks.
Prudential?s �bn sale
Prudential has begun to contact
potential buyers of its � billion
UK annuities book by dividing it
into four parcels of between
�billion and �billion each.
Specialist buyers of pension
assets such as Rothesay Life,
Legal & General and Pension
Insurance Corporation are
expected to be among those
interested in bidding for the
insurer?s annuities business,
according to Sky News.
Prudential shares closed
0.6 per cent lower at �.56緋.
Whole Foods closures
The only Whole Foods Markets
outside London are to close just a
few months after the upmarket
organic grocery specialist was
bought by Amazon. The site in
Giffnock, East Renfrewshire,
opened in 2011, and the outlet in
Cheltenham are in line to be shut.
A 30-day consultation on the
plans has started. Amazon
announced it was paying $13.7
billion for Whole Foods in June.
A Whole Foods spokesman said
the transaction?s completion was
?unrelated? to the closure plans.
management team. Aldermore says
that it will be better able to expand
its products and services.
Ian Gordon, an analyst at Investec
said: ?Aldermore?s pretty glorious 2�
years as an independently listed
company appears all but over. We
are assuming completion on the
agreed terms within four months.
Aldermore?s statement today is
outstanding. What a wonderful
story.?
Bupa sale investigated
The Competition and Markets
Authority is investigating a care
homes deal that would turn an
investment group into Britain?s
biggest operator. It has called on
stakeholders to raise competition
or public interest issues as part of
a phase 1 investigation into the
acquisition of about 120 Bupa
care homes by HC-One. The
regulator is considering whether
it would lead to a ?substantial
lessening of competition? and if it
should conduct a more detailed
investigation into the deal.
ADVICE Hold
WHY Can soon cash in when
the takeover completes
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Markets Business
ANNA WEBBER/WIREIMAGE/GETTY
Purplebricks finds that
no news is good news
Tom Knowles Market report
I
f anyone wanted evidence of how
little it takes to get the City
excited about the hybrid estate
agent Purplebricks, look no
further than the group?s trading
statement.
Purplebricks released a three-line
statement yesterday morning saying,
well, nothing very much at all, except
that it remains on course to meet its
expectations for the full-year with
revenues of � million.
Nothing really exciting there, yet
shares in the Aim-quoted company
closed up 20紁 to 410紁. Perhaps
that?s because of the glowing words of
analysts such as those at Citi, who say
that their buy rating reflects a longterm upside as Purplebricks
?revolutionises the industry across the
UK, Australia and the US?. Or there is
Fund raises
$600m for
music rights
K
obalt Capital,
the UK fund run
by Kobalt, the
independent music
services company, has
raised $600 million to
acquire new
copyrights. The fund is
the second of its type
to be launched ? the
group?s first one has
spent more than
$350 million on music
copyright since 2011.
It acquired a series
of rights including
those owned by the
B-52s with singer Kate
Pierson, above,
Lindsey Buckingham,
the Fleetwood Mac
songwriter, and 18,000
songs owned by
Nettwerk, including
hits by Sin閍d
O?Connor and 10,000
Maniacs.
The latest funding
round was led by
Railpen, the railways
pension fund. Kobalt
Capital, which is run
by Johan Ahlstr鰉, is
separate from the main
Kobalt business.
Willard Ahdritz,
chief executive of
Kobalt, said: ?From
day one, Kobalt?s
position has been that
we don?t own copyright
because it creates a
conflict of interest with
our clients. I?m proud
to say that we?ve
shifted over $3 billion
in asset value back to
all of our clients on our
platform with this noownership model.?
Results in brief
Name
Pre-tax figure
Profit (+) loss (-)
Quadrise Fuels (resources FY)
-�3m (-�9m)
Dividend
nil
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
Playtech UBS says shares are underpriced
Ferrexpo Iron ore price rises in China
Convatec Analysts say shares are too cheap
Centamin Jefferies cuts price target
BHP Billiton Buoyed by strong gains in copper and oil
ITV Continuing dispute with Virgin Media over � million bill
Dairy Crest Increasing milk price it pays to Davidstow farmers
G4S Expectations of weak Q3 trading statement
IWG RBC cuts price target for serviced office provider
BTG Lost a US court ruling and forced to pay $55.8 million
London Grain Futures
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Palladium $1008.00 (�6.25)
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n/a
treatment for
� million to Loxo
Oncology, a US
company, to repay
creditors.
Amid pressure from
shareholders, Iain
Ross, a non-executive
director, has been
made executive
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Currency
Jon Moulton owns an
11 per cent stake in the
Aim-listed company
marginally surpassing the record
7,560 achieved on Friday.
Convatec, the colostomy bag
maker, was the top riser, up 7p to
189p. The group had hit a record low
on Friday after a profit warning last
month and UBS raising the issue of
competition from the Danish rival
Coloplast. The shares bounced back
yesterday, however, after UBS
effectively told investors that its
warnings had been taken too far.
Royal Dutch Shell closed at a
record high, rising 23p to �.58, after
the Anglo-Dutch group reported a
surge in third-quarter profits last
week. The price of Brent crude also
surged to a two-year high yesterday.
The UK?s benchmark index was
dragged down by G4S, which was
down 7p at 279絧, ahead of a trading
statement from the security
outsourcing group today. The fall can
again be blamed on UBS analysts,
who said a weak performance in the
US is likely to cut organic growth to
about 2 per cent, from 6.2 per cent in
Halifax Mortgage Rate 3.74
Krugerrand $1268.00-1339.00 (�3.89-1017.86)
Tin ($/tonne)
19575.0-19600.0
Investec, telling its clients that
Purplebricks is ?disrupting the UK
market convincingly?.
Purplebricks?s rapid growth has
been something to behold. Having
launched only three years ago, and
backed by the likes of Neil Woodford,
the company?s market value is now
more than �billion and it has
launched in Australia and California.
Yet the company still refuses to
detail how many homes it sells. One
analyst, Anthony Codling at Jefferies,
has made it his personal mission not
to let this go, rarely commenting on
Purplebricks results without adding
that the group does not reveal how
many homes it has sold. Others
clearly seem less bothered.
Beyond Purplebricks, the FTSE 100
began the week on a subdued note,
having closed the previous session at
a record high, with little in the way of
corporate results or major economic
data to get investors moving.
The index closed up 1.93 points, or
0.03 per cent, at 7,562.28 points,
A
biotech
company
backed by the
venture capitalist Jon
Moulton fell by more
than a third after
trading in its shares
resumed yesterday.
Redx Pharma had
requested the Aim
suspension in May
when it was worth
almost � million
after Liverpool city
council called in
administrators over a
�million loan.
The collapse, which
led to recriminations
between the council,
Redx and Mr
Moulton, forced FRP
Advisory, the
administrators, to sell
a pre-clinical cancer
Close $1281.47-1281.93 High $1282.50
Platinum $938.00 (�3.04)
n/a
US markets closed at record highs
again after Broadcom made a $130
billion bid for Qualcomm. The Dow
Jones industrial average rose 9.23
points to 23,548. The S&P 500 was
up 3.29 points at 2,591.13 and the
Nasdaq gained 22 points to 6,786.44.
Redx takes big hit on return
Money rates %
AM $1271.60 PM $1270.90
Copper Gde A ($/tonne)
6902.0-6902.5
Bullion: Open $1270.47
Low $1266.20
(Official)
Cash
7.3%
4.6%
3.8%
3.3%
2.6%
-1.4%
-2.1%
-2.4%
-4.6%
-5.2%
Wall Street report
pharmaceuticals & biotech
Mkt Rates for
Copenhagen
Euro
Montreal
New York
Oslo
Stockholm
Tokyo
Zurich
Range
8.3726-8.4375
1.1338-1.1251
1.6672-1.6756
1.3059-1.3159
10.664-10.729
11.001-11.065
149.29-149.84
1.3071-1.3142
Close
8.4324-8.4339
1.1330-1.1329
1.6746-1.6749
1.3154-1.3155
10.702-10.705
11.047-11.050
149.71-149.72
1.3132-1.3134
1 month
78ds
7pr
9pr
10pr
0pr
92ds
7ds
15ds
Premium = pr
3 month
256ds
23pr
33pr
38pr
33pr
360ds
30ds
49ds
Discount = ds
the first half, due to an expected weak
performance in the US.
On the UK-focused FTSE 250
index, shares in BTG, the healthcare
group, led the mid-caps lower,
dropping 40絧 to 734p after a court
ruling on a distribution agreement in
the US went against the company.
Pushing up the mid-caps was
Playtech, which closed up 56p at
826p. Shares in the maker of
gambling software fell more than a
fifth last week after it warned
investors that profits will be 5 per cent
below the bottom end of market
expectations for the year. The bounce
comes after UBS analysts called last
week?s slump an overreaction.
The FTSE 250 closed down 39.78
points, or 0.19 per cent, to finish at
20,432.6.
On the Aim market Sysgroup, the
IT services and cloud hosting
company, dropped 5p to 36p after a
profit warning, blamed on the impact
of the group?s transition of its clients
to its managed services business.
Exchange rates
1.3027-1.3031
1.2729-1.2734
6.4105-6.4110
0.8613-0.8613
7.8020-7.8026
113.81-113.81
4.2306-4.2356
8.1356-8.1381
1.3621-1.3623
8.3981-8.3995
0.9983-0.9984
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
chairman, replacing
Neil Murray, who quit
as chief executive,
temporarily.
Redx has vowed to
end uncompetitive
research to refocus its
pipeline, which
includes an
early-stage cancer
trial next year.
Redx has cash of
�.6 million, giving it
breathing space until
early 2019, and is
open to partnering
and licensing deals.
Mr Moulton is the
company?s second
biggest investor with a
stake of almost 11 per
cent, according to
filings. Shares closed
down 11絧, or 35 per
cent, at 21p.
23.197-23.202
1.7138-1.7140
0.4935-0.5003
4.2957-4.2997
1.1329-1.1331
10.263-10.264
84.929-84.942
17748-17759
0.3970-0.3993
5.5640-5.5706
1.9000-1.9005
1.7916-1.7922
18.587-18.600
4.8268-4.8281
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
1.870
1.620
1.820
1.580
9.000
7.890
n/a
n/a
1.230
1.070
10.950
9.630
384.030
315.950
20283.600
16179.300
5.040
4.300
161.470
139.840
2.120
1.790
11.600
10.030
5.270
4.320
83.320
69.380
20.600
17.450
11.760
10.460
1.440
1.240
5.550
4.750
1.420
1.250
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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Business Equity prices
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Obituaries
Lady Ursula d?Abo
Maid of honour who stole the limelight of Queen Elizabeth on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Coronation of George VI
CECIL BEATON; GAMMA-KEYSTONE VIA GETTY IMAGES
When Lady Ursula Manners was jumping hedges with the future Edward VIII
on hunts at Belvoir Castle, she was
blissfully unaware that his forthcoming
Abdication would change her life
almost as much as his.
At the Coronation of her parents?
close friend George VI in 1937, Ursula
was a maid of honour for Queen
Elizabeth. As she stood with the royal
couple on the balcony of Buckingham
Palace, she smiled demurely, her ivory
skin unblushed. A tiara nestled in her
ink-blank hair above a distinctive
widow?s peak.
The captivating 20-year-old in the
Norman Hartnell gown became the
Pippa Middleton of her day, upstaging
Queen Elizabeth. When the photograph of the royal party was printed in
newspapers, Lady Ursula Manners
became world famous. Campaigns
were launched to find out ?who?s that
lady-in-waiting??. Poems were written
in her honour.
Shy, giggly and unpretentious, the
eldest daughter of the Duke of Rutland
was pursued by the artist Rex Whistler,
who sent her letters strewn with amusing sketches, while Winston Churchill
took an avuncular interest and nicknamed her ?the cygnet?. The Maharaja
of Jaipur spirited her away to his pink
palace in Jaipur.
Lady Ursula eventually settled into
happy married life with her financier
husband Erland D?Abo, but after his
death she began to take to the party
scene again. She had a final encounter
with the Duke of Windsor, whom her
father had barred from Belvoir Castle
after the Abdication, at a casino in
Cannes. As they reminisced, the Duchess of Windsor glared at her before
taking him away. ?He was very nice, not
particularly amusing, and completely
controlled by her,? recalled d?Abo.
John Paul Getty, the world?s richest
man, would later ask D?Abo to marry
him. She turned him down, although
she did consent to be his mistress.
Ursula Manners was born in 1916, the
eldest daughter of the Marquess of
Granby and his wife, Kathleen, n閑
Tennant, who was the niece of Herbert
Asquith. She grew up in Belvoir Castle,
where her grandfather, the Duke of
Rutland, would bring her ?delicious
pink sweets in bed? when he thought
nanny was not looking. She loved the
scented azaleas in the romantic English
garden and the irresistible smell of
bread put out to rise on the stove.
Among the domestic staff she was
fondest of the gardener resplendent in
his whiskers and baggy trousers and Mrs
Anderson, the Scottish cook, who would
read her tea leaves. Another delight was
to watch the Flying Scotsman rattle
through Grantham station.
Unlike her boisterous siblings she
was a shy girl in thrall to her father, who
inherited the dukedom in 1925. She was
always by his side as the duke, a
passionate antiquarian, restored Haddon Hall in Derbyshire. They chipped
away the whitewashed walls in the
chapel to reveal a fresco of St Christopher painted over during the Reformation. ?I used to follow him around like a
puppy, content to be in his shadow.?
Her education in the many-turreted
castle comprised cooking and sewing.
Ballet was taught by Tamara Karsavina,
A portrait of Lady Ursula taken by Cecil Beaton when she was 21 and,
inset, third from left on the balcony at Buckingham Palace in 1937
who had danced for Diaghilev and fled
Russia during the revolution.
Ursula recalled playing with Princess
Elizabeth and Princess Margaret on the
beach at Bognor Regis, laughing as the
nannies paddled while clad from head
to foot in stiff navy blue serge.
She was ?finished? in France and
Italy, where she taunted the carabinieri
A financier and an heir
to a dukedom competed
for her affections
to spoil their ?Mussolini pomp?.
At her coming out ball at Belvoir
Castle in 1934 she looked a picture of
sophistication in her white tulle layered
dress and white satin shoes, but later
professed that she had no idea where
babies came from.
She was still a home bird who could
be reduced to tears by her brothers?
teasing over her hairy legs ? they
would dance around the room and
shout ?shaving brush, old girl?. Her
glamorous aunt, Lady Diana Cooper,
dispatched this advice: ?Darling, it?s all
very well being a wild child in the
garden and playing at Mrs Mop, but it?s
very selfish because other people have
to look at you.?
Ursula tried harder and young men
began to notice her; or to put it another
way, ?I had the pick of the most fascinating young men in England?.
However, like Lady Julia Flyte in
Brideshead Revisited, she found them
gauche. Her first kiss was with a man of
50 and she put her predilection for
older men down to her father. ?When I
was a child he would come and sit by my
bed like a lover. I think that is why I
always like older men.?
She lived out the years before the war
Sh
in the company of glamorous friends
such as the younger Mitford sisters.
When war came her father gathered
the family together at Haddon Hall and
said: ?We will never have lunch at this
table again.? Within weeks the Rutland
estates had been lent to the government to stock public records and antiquities such as the Domesday Book.
Ursula ran a factory in Grantham,
where she oversaw 2,000 women
making bullets, some of whom used to
smuggle in alcohol in ink wells.
She was being courted by a brilliant
young barrister, Anthony Mareco, who
was ?amazingly handsome in his Fleet
Air Arm uniform, brilliantly clever, but
conceited, full of fun and very progressive. He pursued me relentlessly,
threatening to commit suicide if I didn?t
marry him.? She succumbed in 1943,
but he was immediately posted to the
Far East. ?When he came back he was
a stranger and I did not love him
any more.? They divorced in 1948.
A financier called Erland d?Abo and
Johnnie Dalkeith, heir to dukedom of
Buccleuch, competed for her affections.
She preferred the former, but knew he
was a ?ladykiller?. One night when it was
pouring with rain d?Abo crashed his
Bentley into a stationary lorry and Lady
Ursula?s nose was pushed into her skull
as her face slammed on the dashboard.
Rainsford Mowlem, the eminent plastic
surgeon, operated that same night. A
guilt-stricken d?Abo proposed.
They married in 1951, settled in West
Wrattling, Cambridgeshire, and became
farmers. They raised Henry, who is an
entrepreneur; Richard, a financier;
and Louisa, who used to run an antique
shop in Pimlico. All survive her. Magical
years in a bucolic idyll came to an
abrupt end when her husband told
her he was having an affair with Paul
Getty?s mistress. In due course
the world?s richest man began to pursue
Lady Ursula.
After Erland?s death from a heart
attack in 1970, she gave in to Getty
because ?I felt so lost and lonely I fell
for this dear old man?s kindness
and charm?.
When he took her to his villa in Italy
she had the indignity of meeting his
other mistresses and he tried to mollify
her by saying: ?None of the others
matter, they are just my mistresses. I
look at it like owning a toothbrush.?
Getty called her Little Bear,
as ursa is Latin for bear.
When she urged him to
invest in North Sea oil, he
replied: ?You?re the most
expensive girlfriend I?ve
ever had.?
She moved into his Surrey
home Sutton Place, but
found the atmosphere
?creepy? because his austere
secretaries and physicians
stalked the corridors while
industrialists and financiers
traipsed in and out. When
Getty?s health declined his
acolytes forced Lady Ursula to leave. He died shortly
afterwards in 1976, leaving
d?Abo $165,000 in shares.
She later recalled that she
felt sorry for him because
of hi
l
his wealth.
Horses kept d?Abo buoyed in old age.
Watching the runners parade before
the Derby in 2011, she felt convinced
that Pour Moi was going to win. She
decided to stake �,000 at 10-1. ?I desperately rang friends who had accounts
with Ladbrokes, but couldn?t get in
touch with anyone in time. Pour Moi
beat the favourite and the Queen?s
horse Treasure Beach by a head.?
She had lost out on half million
pounds, but she claimed not to not care
about money, a romantic to the end
who inspired the verse:
Who is that beautiful lady in waiting
News photographers, privee speak,
Quiet these hearts that are palpitating.
Say who is that girl with the widow peak?
Lady Ursula d?Abo, lady-in-waiting, was
born on November 8, 1916. She died on
November 2, 2017, aged 100
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Jeanne Robert
Founder of a leading French resistance network who helped RAF personnel to escape and was hunted by the Gestapo
If Jeanne Robert had been born 15
minutes up the road, to the north, she
might well have led the Belgian
resistance. As it was, she and her
comrade-in-arms Maurice Rouneau, a
printer from Li鑗e, co-founded one of
the most successful, and storied,
resistance cells in France, known to its
British sponsors as Victoire.
Robert, who was born less than a
fortnight after the start of the First
World War, spent her first weeks of life
within sight and sound of the siege of
Maubeuge. It was there, after the ?Rape
of Belgium?, that German heavy
artillery was used to flatten the town?s
centuries-old frontier stronghold. A
quarter of a century later, as the
Wehrmacht began the invasion of
France, Maubeuge was once more a
target, with 90 per cent of its historic
centre destroyed.
Given her background, it was no
surprise that Robert resented the
Germans. What was remarkable was
that she instantly translated that
resentment into action. Even while the
Battle of France was going on, she
risked her life by helping British and
French soldiers make it to the beachhead at Dunkirk. When the fighting
ended and the occupation began, she
and Rouneau ? on the run from the
Gestapo ? organised a resistance cell,
feeding information and intelligence to
what would become Britain?s Special
Operations Executive.
During the early days of the
occupation Robert, a recently widowed
25-year-old schoolteacher, was living in
Lille, where her cousin L閛n Degand, as
the assistant stationmaster, helped to
keep open one of the most important
railheads in Europe. It was while working with Degand to smuggle Allied
soldiers to Dunkirk that she met
Rouneau, who would operate under the
nom de guerre Albert. The Belgian, ten
years her senior, was one of the first
true r閟istants, with a price on his head.
Her decision to take him into her apartment on the Rue d?Emmerin, south of
the city centre, meant that he was
able to move out of hiding in nearby
B閠hune, part of a forbidden zone
under strict military control.
Rouneau, calling himself Martin
Rendier, had set up a group, with
others, that provided information on
German troop movements and emerg-
local resistance she had helped to organise met its fate in June 1944. The Germans, hoping to persuade the French
that there was no point in trying to take
advantage of the D-Day invasion,
overran the village, slaughtering its
defenders and burning it to the ground.
Jeanne Robert was born in Hasnon, a
small town close to Maubeuge, in the
French Ardennes, in 1914. Her father,
Ren�, ran a sawmill; her mother,
Marguerite, was a dressmaker. Devout
Catholics, the Roberts raised Jeanne to
follow a strict moral code.
Having completed her teacher training, she began her career locally, but in
May 1940, after the invasion, persuaded
the German authority, based in Arras
? where Rouneau was then in hiding
? to give her permission to relocate to
Lille, where she would work with her
cousin to rescue Allied soldiers.
While in Britain Robert gave birth to
her only child, a daughter, Mich鑜e,
conceived with Rouneau during their
brief stay in Gibraltar. Mich鑜e predeceased her centenarian mother, who
is survived by her grandchildren,
Indrani and David, and two greatgrandchildren. Robert moved to
Bordeaux as a teacher after the war,
divorcing Rouneau in 1955 and
remarrying, taking the name Lhez.
Jeanne Robert, made chevalier of the L間ion d?honneur last year, reached Britain in 1943 after escaping from France
ing defensive structures in the Pas-deCalais region. The Gestapo too had its
network of informants and it would
have been only a matter of time before
he was arrested. He moved to Paris and
subsequently to Pau, in the French
Pyrenees, from where, in June 1941, he
sent for Robert.
She got out just in time. The Gestapo
was waiting for her at the gates of
the school where she was teaching.
Degand had been tipped off and
managed to get her on to a train heading south. Alighting at Orthez, near
Bayonne, she made her way east to
Castelnau-sur-l?Auvignon, a village in
the Gers, which would become her
home for the rest of the war.
Their network ? Victoire ? benefited from its location: remote, mountain-
ous and close to the frontier with
neutral Spain. RAF personnel whose
aircraft had been shot down were
funnelled south to Gers, inside the
unoccupied zone, and escorted over the
Pyrenees, from where they made their
way to Gibraltar. At the same time
it received weapons and transmitters
parachuted in from the UK, which they
distributed to other networks. It was
perilous work, fraught with risk.
On October 17, 1943, Robert was
cooking dinner for Rouneau and
another Resistance couple when there
came a knock at the door. The visitor,
whom they trusted, warned them that
the Germans were on their way,
looking for a young woman from the
north with blond hair.
Robert and Rouneau ? by this time
romantically involved ? left at once,
having sent word to the SOE that
Victoire had been compromised. They
crossed the Pyrenees in the early
winter, only to be arrested by Spanish
border police. They were released after
several days of questioning and
continued to Gibraltar. Having been
flown to Britain on an RAF Dakota,
Robert went on to provide the SOE
with extensive information.
While Rouneau was sent back to
France, with a mission to co-ordinate
the resistance in Brittany, Robert
remained in London as part of Charles
de Gaulle?s Bureau Central de Renseignements et d?Action, returning to
France after the liberation of Paris in
August 1944.
In Castelnau-sur-l?Auvignon the
She got out just in time.
The Gestapo were waiting
for her at the school gates
It is notable, given her acclaimed
status as a grande r閟istante, that
Robert, the recipient of a number of
wartime medals, including the Croix de
Guerre, was elected to the Legion
d?honneur only last year. Rouneau,
who died in Rennes in 1982, was similarly overlooked, possibly because of
his Belgian origin. His highest honour
was the award, by King George VI, of
the MBE (military division).
In Castelnau-sur-l?Auvignon, news of
Robert?s death was met with an outpouring of grief and affection. Her
funeral was a significant event, attended by leading figures from the region.
Jeanne Robert, resistance fighter, was
born on August 11, 1914. She died on
September 7, 2017, aged 103
James Morwood
Oxford fellow who proved an inspiration to Richard Curtis and Benedict Cumberbatch when he was head of Classics at Harrow
WADHAM COLLEGE
Although Richard Curtis began his
career working with Rowan Atkinson
and Ben Elton, he credits James Morwood, his Classics teacher at Harrow,
with being the man who inspired him to
become a writer and director of comedies. ?It?s no exaggeration to say that
everything I do now started with
James,? Curtis said.
Morwood, Curtis added, encouraged
him to direct his first play, a production
of The Erpingham Camp by Joe Orton.
?The fact that he gave me the green
light to do it was, essentially, him letting
me know that it was all right to push
boundaries and to be funny. People
used to think that if you were serious
and scholastic ? which I was ? then
you couldn?t be funny as well. James
was absolutely key in helping me to
square that circle.?
Other pupils inspired by Morwood
over the 30 years he taught at Harrow,
? 17 as head of Classics ? were the film
star Benedict Cumberbatch and Edmund Stewart, now assistant professor
of ancient Greek history at the University of Nottingham. As Stewart recalled:
James Morwood was a prolific writer
?Morwood said to me, ?When I die,
Classics will long since have ceased to
be taught in this country?. The opposite
has been the case, an outcome that has
been significantly enabled by his own
efforts.?
Morwood played an important role
in the revival of Classics in schools with
the Oxford Latin Course, co-authored
with Maurice Balme.
After Harrow, Morwood moved in
1996 to the University of Oxford, where
he became Grocyn Lecturer responsible for teaching Classics to beginners
and was a fellow and eventually dean
of Wadham College. In later years he
taught Classics and English literature
at Madingley Hall, the home of the
Institute of Continuing Education at
the University of Cambridge.
A committed traveller and an inexhaustible winer and diner, Morwood
was also a prolific writer who published
at least 30 books that varied between
teaching texts and high scholarship.
Never more engaged than when
working on a commentary of a classical
text, Morwood enjoyed collaborating
with like-minded souls. His most recent
work, A Commentary on Vergil, Aeneid 3,
co-authored with Stephen Heyworth,
professor of Latin at Oxford, was
published this year.
Morwood was no ivory tower
classicist and he was more than happy
to fight his subject?s corner in public
forums, something he demonstrated in
a spirited rebuff of Harry Mount?s
lament in The Spectator in 2004 that
classical learning was dying in Britain?s
schools and universities. Morwood
wrote with characteristic humour and
gusto to counter what he regarded as
a wrong-headed critique and took
issue with Mount?s dismissal of the
Cambridge Latin Course.
?His denunciation of the Cambridge
Latin Course as ?the evil Latin-for-idiots
school textbooks? is blind to the fact
that it was this very course which
rescued Latin from an apparently
terminal decline in the 1960s.?
James Henry Weldon Morwood was
born in 1943 in Belfast, the second son
of James and Kathleen Morwood. His
father was a doctor from Belfast, his
mother a Californian and graduate of
UCLA. They met in New York in 1939,
married there and then boarded a ship
to the UK after war was declared.
Morwood spent his first years in Ulster before moving to Oxshott in Surrey
after the war, attending Danes Hill
preparatory school, studying Greek
from the age of 11. He won a scholarship
to St John?s School, Leatherhead, from
where he followed his brother Bryan ?
now a software engineer and businessman ? to Peterhouse, Cambridge. On
graduation he took a diploma of education at Merton College, Oxford.
Morwood joined Harrow in 1966.
At Wadham he edited the Wadham
Gazette and served for a year as president of the Oxford Philological Society.
He retired from the college in 2006,
becoming an emeritus fellow, but
continued teaching enthusiastically.
Recent projects included editing with
Eric Dugdale a new series for
Cambridge University Press entitled
Greece and Rome; Text and Contexts.
Warm, generous and a great gossip
with a wide circle of friends, Morwood
never married. He died suddenly on
holiday in northern Greece during a
morning swim in the sea.
James Morwood, author and teacher,
was born on November 25, 1943. He died
on September 10, 2017, aged 73
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Cost of negotiating ransom
for ship taken by pirates
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about what you teach. Keep on doing
this, and you will save not only yourself,
but the people who hear you. 1 Timothy
4.16 (CEV)
Supreme Court
Published: November 7, 2017
Mitsui & Co Ltd and Others v
Beteiligungsgesellschaft LPG
Tankerflotte MBH & Co KG
and Another
Before Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury,
Lord Mance, Lord Clarke of
Stone-cum-Ebony, Lord Sumption
and Lord Hodge
[2017] UKSC 68
Judgment: October 25, 2017
As a matter of ordinary language,
rule F of the York-Antwerp Rules
1974, which allowed an ?extra
expense incurred in place of
another expense? as ?general
average? to be shared between the
parties, applied to ship operating
expenses incurred during a period
of negotiation over the amount of a
ransom demanded by pirates, since
it entitled a claimant to claim
in respect of an expense successfully incurred for the purpose of
mitigating a loss.
The Supreme Court so stated
when allowing the appeal by
the defendant shipowners, Beteiligungsgesellschaft LPG Tankerflotte MBH & Co KG and LPG
Carriers Ltd, from the decision of
the Court of Appeal (Lord Justice
Kitchin, Lord Justice Hamblen and
Sir Timothy Lloyd) ([2016] 2 Lloyd?s
Rep 375), which had allowed the
appeal in part from the decision of
Stephen Hofmeyr, QC, sitting as a
deputy judge of the Queen?s Bench
Division, whereby he dismissed the
claim by the claimant cargo
interests and their insurers,
Mitsui & Co Ltd, Thai Plastic and
Chemicals Public Co Ltd, Stephen
Redmond and RSA Insurance
Group plc, challenging the decision
by a claims adjudicator that the
negotiation period expenses were
recoverable as general average
and seeking the repayment of
their contribution.
The vessel was carrying a cargo
of chemicals through the Gulf of
Aden under a bill of lading, which
stated that general average, if any,
was to be settled under the YorkAntwerp Rules. The general
average referred to the system of
maritime law under which all
losses that arose in consequence
of sacrifices made or expenses
incurred in the preservation of the
ship or cargo were proportionately
shared by all whose property was
at risk.
Pirates boarded the ship, forcing
it to alter course for Somalia
and demanded a ransom of
US$6 million. The shipowners? crisis management team negotiated
with the pirates and paid a ransom
of $1� million, after 51 days of negotiation. The ship was accordingly
released and continued with her
voyage. The shipowners and cargo
interests agreed that the ransom
payment itself was an allowable in
general average under rule A of the
York-Antwerp Rules, but disagreed
as to whether the daily vesseloperating expenses incurred during negotiation, about $160,000,
should be allowed in general average under rule F. A claims adjudicator decided that the negotiation
period costs were recoverable and
the cargo interests paid their proportionate contribution.
Mr Stephen Kenny, QC, and Mr
Richard Sarll for the defendant
shipowners; Mr Simon Croall, QC,
and Mr Paul Toms for the claimant
cargo interests.
Lord Neuberger, with whom
Lord Clarke, Lord Sumption and
Lord Hodge agreed, said that the
courts below had been incorrect in
assuming that the shipowners had
to establish that it would have been
reasonable to accept the pirates?
initial ransom demand, to justify
the contention that the negotiation
period expenses were allowable
under rule F of the York-Antwerp
Rules 1974.
The effect of that assumption
would lead to very odd results,
namely that if a shipowner
incurred an expense to avoid
paying a reasonable sum, he could
in principle recover under rule F;
but if it was to avoid paying an
unreasonable, larger sum, he
would not be able to recover.
Fortunately, an examination of the
wording of the rules showed that
such a situation did not arise.
The reference in rule F to
?another expense which would
have been allowable as general
average? was not to an expense
whose quantum was such that it
would have qualified as a claim
under rule A, but rather was to an
expense of a nature that would
have been allowable.
The cargo interests? argument
that the negotiation period expenses did not fall within rule F because
the payment of a reduced ransom
was not an ?alternative course of
action? to the payment of the
ransom originally demanded, but
was merely a variant, was misconceived. Even if it was accepted that
the ?extra expense? had to involve
an alternative course of action,
the shipowners? claim satisfied
that requirement.
The shipowners? claim was for
the actual ransom paid ($1� million), which was within rule A, and
the negotiation period expenses
($160,000), which represented the
?extra expense incurred in place
of? the amount by which the ransom was reduced (about $4.15 million). In that way, the incurring of
the $160,000 was alternative to
paying the $4.15 million; the former
involved incurring vessel-operating expenses, whereas the latter
involved paying a ransom.
However, given that the YorkAntwerp Rules represented an
international agreement, it was
inappropriate to read into them
any words or qualification. To
imply some qualification such as
the requirement that, to be
recoverable, the expenses had to
have been incurred so as to achieve
an alternative course of action
was very dangerous. Accordingly,
as a matter of ordinary language,
rule F applied to the negotiation
period expenses.
Lord Sumption delivered a
concurring judgment.
Lord Mance, dissenting, would
have dismissed the appeal on the
ground, inter alia, that the
shipowners had failed to establish
that they had any claim on the only
factual basis on which the case had
been put.
Solicitors: Stephenson Harwood LLP; Salvus Law Ltd,
Manchester.
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Buckingham Palace
6th November, 2017
The Queen held a Council at
3.15pm.
There were present: the
Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP
(Lord President), the Rt Hon
David Gauke MP (Secretary of
State for Work and Pensions), the
Rt Hon John Hayes MP (Minister
of State for Transport Legislation
and Maritime) and the Rt Hon
Edward Young (Private Secretary
to Her Majesty).
The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson
MP took the Oath of Office,
kissed hands upon appointment
and received the Seals of Office as
Secretary of State for Defence.
Mrs Ceri King was in
attendance as Deputy Clerk
of the Council.
The Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom
MP had an audience of Her
Majesty before the Council.
Clarence House
6th November, 2017
Kensington Palace
6th November, 2017
The Duke of Cambridge
this morning received
Rear-Admiral John Weale (Flag
Officer Scotland and Northern
Ireland, Rear-Admiral
Submarines and Assistant Chief
of Naval Staff).
His Royal Highness, Patron,
Skill Force, this evening attended
a Dinner at the Roundhouse,
Chalk Farm Road, London NW1,
and was received by Ms Roxane
Zand (Deputy Lieutenant of
Greater London).
Kensington Palace
6th November, 2017
Prince Henry of Wales this
morning received Mr Stephen
Doughty MP (Chairman of
the All Party Parliamentary
Group on HIV and AIDS)
and Mr Michael Freer MP
(former Chairman).
His Royal Highness, Patron,
Sentebale, this evening held a
Dinner at Kensington Palace.
Buckingham Palace
6th November, 2017
The Duke of York, Founder, The
Duke of York Award for Technical
Education, today attended
Receptions and presented prizes
at St James?s Palace.
His Royal Highness, Patron,
Baker Dearing Educational Trust,
this afternoon attended an
Advisory Board Meeting at
St James?s Palace.
Kensington Palace
6th November, 2017
The Duke and Duchess of
Gloucester this afternoon
attended the Service of
Thanksgiving for the Life of
Major Nicholas Barne (formerly
Private Secretary to Their Royal
Highnesses) which was held at
St Andrew?s Church, Hingham,
Norfolk, this afternoon.
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7
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5
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NORTH
SEA
7
26
Edinburgh
Glasgow
9
26
Londonderry
ATLANTIC
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8
10
Dublin
11
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Cork
59
10
50
5
41
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14
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Swansea
11
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11
Bristol
London
13
Southampton
Exeterr
Plymouth
Brighton
13
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2
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Cambridge
Oxford
Cardiff
3
13
General situation: Turning colder in the
west as cloud and rain migrates east.
NW Scotland, Glasgow, SW Scotland,
Argyll, N Ireland, Republic of Ireland:
Cloud and rain soon clearing, leaving
sunny spells and scattered showers,
some heavy with hail and wintry on
mountains. Light to moderate west or
southwesterly winds. Maximum
10C (50F), minimum -1C (30F).
Wales, SW Eng, W Mids, NW Eng,
IoM, Lake District, NE Eng: Cloud and
outbreaks of rain, some heavy, clearing
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Channel Islands
6
68
15
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11
9
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staying dry in the south and east until
after dark. Els h
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Saturday
77
20
Sheffield
11
Shrewsbury
18
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frequent showers to northern and
western areas, i
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high ground
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25
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13
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86
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Manchester
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11
12
18
11
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8
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patchy light rain or drizzle, but some
sunny spells d l
northeast
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n
nd.
Max 14C, n C
13
8
9
At 17:00 on Monday there were
eight ?ood alerts but no warnings
in England and Wales, and one
?ood alert but no warnings in
Scotland.
For further information and
updates, visit ?ood-warninginformation.service.gov.uk, and for
Scotland www.SEPA.org.uk
Thursday
Shetland
Sh
7
9
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21 S
Madeira
15 S
Madrid
17 S
Majorca
20 B
M醠aga
22 S
Malta
17 B
Melbourne
Mexico City 22 S
28 B
Miami
11 B
Milan
30 B
Mombasa
10 R
Montreal
5 DU
Moscow
34 S
Mumbai
6
S
Munich
21 C
Nairobi
17
S
Naples
New Orleans 27 B
14 D
New York
12 S
Nice
23 S
Nicosia
5
F
Oslo
10 S
Paris
30 F
Perth
6
B
Prague
4
S
Reykjavik
6
C
Riga
Rio de Janeiro 26 S
29 F
Riyadh
16 F
Rome
San Francisco 14 S
25 F
Santiago
18 R
S鉶 Paulo
13 C
Seoul
28 R
Seychelles
28 R
Singapore
St Petersburg 6 DU
7
F
Stockholm
26 SH
Sydney
24 S
Tel Aviv
24 S
Tenerife
15 S
Tokyo
6
B
Vancouver
13 F
Venice
8
B
Vienna
13 F
Warsaw
Washington 13 M
5
R
Zurich
ney
Orkney
Calm
9
13
19 F
9
S
17 S
18 S
31 C
28 S
30 B
16 S
14 B
23 C
14 F
8
S
24 S
10 F
9
S
10 M
** F
23 F
23 B
31 B
14 R
21 S
10 M
9
S
18 B
27 B
34 F
12 S
20 F
15 S
9
B
8
C
19 S
30 F
8
M
24 S
31 S
16 B
23 C
28 F
30 S
23 S
23 S
20 C
15 F
20 S
26 F
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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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t leaving sunny spells and
to the east,
a few isolated showers on western
coasts. Moderate southerly winds,
veering northwesterly. Maximum
14C (57F), minimum -1C (30F).
NE Scotland, Moray Firth, Aberdeen,
Cen Highland, Edinburgh & Dundee,
Borders, N Isles: Cloudy at ?rst
with patchy rain and mountain snow
clearing, leaving sunny spells in the
west. Light to moderate west or
northwesterly winds. Maximum
11C (52F), minimum -4C (25F).
24
E Anglia, London, SE Eng: Perhaps
some early sunny spells, but cloud will
thicken to bring some patchy rain from
the west. Light to moderate southerly
winds. Maximum 12C (54F),
minimum 2C (36F).
E Eng, E Mids, Cen S Eng Channel Is,
Cen N Eng: Rather cloudy with
outbreaks of rain spreading eastwards,
heavy in places. Light to moderate
southerly winds, easing and veering
northwesterly. Maximum 13C (55F),
minimum -1C (30F).
Noon today
HI
Tidal predictions.
Heights in metres
9
9
10
Sunday
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scattered showers to exposed coastal
areas, while sh te
nd parts
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6
8
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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
02:52 4.6
09:03 13.7
00:28 3.7
08:48 12.8
07:39 5.7
00:17 7.1
00:55 4.3
07:05 5.3
02:04 3.7
01:16 4.2
12:08 5.9
08:00 8.0
04:11 6.0
00:47 9.9
03:29 7.2
11:13 2.7
07:58 7.3
00:43 10.0
00:34 7.0
06:49 7.3
07:11 4.0
06:22 5.8
00:45 5.0
00:39 6.6
00:20 4.9
08:04 9.8
05:13 5.7
08:18 2.3
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15:16 4.5
21:27 13.5
12:54 3.7
21:14 12.6
20:03 5.5
12:40 7.0
13:22 4.2
19:29 5.2
14:12 3.8
13:32 4.3
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16:36 5.8
13:08 9.7
15:48 7.5
23:37 2.6
20:24 7.2
13:05 9.7
12:53 7.0
19:16 7.2
19:43 3.9
18:46 5.6
13:09 5.0
12:58 6.5
12:43 4.9
20:31 9.6
17:40 5.6
20:50 2.1
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Sport
NICK POTTS/PA
Froome targets
Giro in bid for
grand tour slam
Cycling
Matt Dickinson Chief Sports Writer
Chris Froome is seriously considering
competing for the Giro d?Italia next
year, as well as the Tour de France, and
chasing a ?slam? of cycling. Victory in
Italy would not just complete the set of
all three grand tours but would give
Froome ownership of pink, yellow and
red jerseys at the same time, a feat
which has not been achieved for more
than 30 years.
Froome, 32, was initially thought to
be building everything around the Tour
de France next year, and giving himself
the best chance of a historic fifth win
that would equal Eddy Merckx,
Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil and
Miguel Indur醝n. No one has ever won
six Tours.
But the British rider, and his coaches
at Team Sky, have been carefully
examining the route in Italy and
weighing up whether 2018 could
represent the best chance of chasing a
Giro-Tour double; perhaps even all
three grand tours if he could defend La
Vuelta, although that is likely to be too
ambitious.
A final decision has yet to be taken
but Froome is tempted to head to Italy
next year, when there is an extra week?s
gap between the Giro and the Tour, the
latter of which has been pushed back to
minimise the overlap with the football
World Cup finals in Russia.
A concern around the Giro for
Froome has always been the cold
weather, which can exacerbate his
bronchial problems. Next year?s route,
which starts on May 4 in Jerusalem as
part of an opening three-day tour of
Israel, is not thought to contain too
many extremes of high mountains to
the north.
Winning La Vuelta for the first time in
September, following his Tour triumph
in July, has given Froome and his coach,
Tim Kerrison, confidence that back-toback victories are possible. Froome has
not ridden the Giro since 2010, his first
year with Team Sky, when he was
disqualified for taking a short tow from
a police motorbike having decided on
the Mortirolo climb that he would quit
at the top through injury.
Although next year?s Giro route will
not be officially unveiled until the end
of the month, Mauro Vegni, the race
director, confirmed recently that he
had been liaising with the leading riders
in order to tempt them to race. ?We?re
still working on it,? Vegni told Cyclingnews last week when asked about the
status of Froome and Tom Dumoulin,
last year?s winner of the Giro.
?I have been in touch with their
teams and that of [Vincenzo] Nibali. I?m
still hopeful that they will all come. My
personal dream is to have the first and
second placed riders from all three
grand tours in 2017.?
The main attraction would be pitching Froome against Dumoulin, the
Sunweb rider, whose Giro victory this
year, combined with beating the Briton
to the world championship time trial
title, has established him as a leading
threat.
With the 2018 Tour route not in
Dumoulin?s favour given the amount of
brutal climbing and lack of time-trial
kilometres, the Dutchman is more
likely to be drawn to Italy. The Giro was
arguably the most exciting grand tour
of the 2017 season, especially with a
last-day time-trial deciding the winner
and final podium positions.
Hinault is the most recent rider to
have held all three grand tour jerseys at
the same time, winning the Giro and
Tour in 1982 and then La Vuelta in early
1983 before it was moved to the end of
the year.
It remains to be seen when Froome
and Team Sky will make his decision.
He has previously stated his determination to try to win the Giro one year but
will not want it to endanger his chances
of becoming the most successful Tour
rider in history.
Joshua could
fight Wilder,
his rival
heavyweight
champion, at
Twickenham
continued from back
Joshua may fight at Twickenham
flying to New York where he is
promoting a show on Saturday.
Wilder accused Joshua of ?dodging?
him after retaining his title with a firstround stoppage of Bermane Stiverne
on Saturday, but Hearn says he has not
been contacted by the American?s team.
?I think it is all bluster from Wilder,
because nobody is reaching out to me,?
Hearn said. ?There are a lot of people
who have a piece of Wilder. There is Al
Haymon, Jay Deas, who is his longtime trainer/manager, Shelly Finkel,
[his] manager and lawyer, and then you
have Lou DiBella, who promotes him
but doesn?t really have any control.
?DiBella is shouting his mouth off but
has nothing to do with it. Getting hold
of Al Haymon is like trying to speak to
the Pope, Jay Deas I have never spoken
to in my life and I had one conversation
with Shelly Finkel two weeks ago. All
the approaches have come from me.?
Hearn says his preferred date for a
fight with Wilder would be the summer.
Wembley would be the first choice but
there are fewer available dates due to
Tottenham Hotspur playing their
home matches at the stadium this
season. Twickenham, with its capacity
of 82,000, would be the next option.
?We have no problem fighting Wilder
next, whether it is spring or summer,?
he said. ?Realistically, summer makes
more sense, because it is a huge stadium
fight, we can generate more money and
both fighters will be bigger by then
because both would have had another
fight. The main issue is if they want to
negotiate. We need to give him [Wilder]
respect for holding a world title but one
guy is selling 5,000 tickets in Brooklyn,
the other is selling 70,000 tickets in
Britain and we are making seven or
eight times as much money per fight.?
If the Wilder fight does not happen
next, a bout against Joseph Parker, the
WBO champion from New Zealand,
would be the preferred option. ?The
three fights of 2018 are Parker, a WBA
mandatory and Wilder, and the more I
look at it, the more I think it makes
sense for the next fight to be either
Wilder or Parker,? Hearn admitted.
?If we can pick up the belt against
Parker and go into the fight with
Wilder for the undisputed heavyweight
championship of the world, now you?re
talking.?
Tries with fries as rugby league jumps on the gravy train
Giles Smith
Sport on
television
F
ast food bargain alert: in
Sydney, KFC is offering a
large portion of chips with
gravy for just Aus$2.50. Our
hunch is that you will be
hard-pressed to find a more
competitive price on a big serving of
fried potatoes bathed in Colonel
Sanders? unique savoury sauce,
although of course you?ll need to
factor the cost of a flight and
accommodation into your sums.
News of this opportunity comes
courtesy of the Rugby League World
Cup, underway down under (and on
the BBC) where the unforgettable
legend ?$2.50 LARGE CHIPS WITH
GRAVY? is painted, along with the
colonel?s smiling face, on to the pitch
at some of the venues, thereby
looming in eerie 3D as the play goes
on around and, indeed, on top of it.
The small print thoughtfully adds
?Australia Only?, so those of us
watching England v Lebanon soon
after breakfast, UK-time, on Saturday
knew that we weren?t necessarily the
target audience. Indeed, no disrespect
to the colonel, but being obliged to
contemplate gravy so soon after a
bowl of Shreddies caused this viewer
a certain amount of physical unease.
It?s possible to feel the same way
about the big-screen projection which
goes up after video referrals and in
which the messages ?TRY? and ?NO
TRY? appear against the backdrop of
a photo of a plate of chicken nuggets
and chips (the photo is soft-focus, for
The KFC advert takes centre stage
during England?s game with Lebanon
added romance). Catch us at a more
peckish time, though ? such as
during Tanya Arnold?s afternoon
highlights summary ? and UK-based
viewers, too, could plausibly be
salivating as the tries go in.
But perhaps the more important
question is whether this peddling of
discount nosh has a cheapening effect
on the spectacle to hand, whether the
grandest occasion on the rugby
league calendar is hereby rendered,
quite literally, cheap as chips.
True, rugby league trades on a
?say-it-like-it-is? reputation and would
happily present itself as a meat-andpotatoes sport, whether those spuds
are fried or otherwise. Yet we watched
Mark Kheirallah of France intercept
the ball just shy of his goalline and
sprint 90 metres with it against
Australia. ?Mark Kheirallah is going
to score the try of a lifetime,? the
commentator shouted. Exactly at this
moment, his run was taking him
directly across the LARGE CHIPS
WITH GRAVY ad. ?That?ll go in the
scrapbook,? the commentator added.
Indeed. But, when it does, will
Kheirallah wish that the colonel?s
cut-price savouries weren?t so
emphatically a part of the memories?
Moreover, if there are fries and
gravy all over the pitch, it can only
start getting confusing when Kevin
Sinfield in the BBC studio talks
about ?playing Currie in left centre?.
But of course, the television team
can say nothing about all this. The
BBC has its own complicated
relationship with advertising, and
sports broadcasting in general has to
be careful about mentioning the
sponsors, much as Basil Fawlty had to
be careful about mentioning the war.
As such, the KFC campaign is
destined to be one of those topics of
conversation which lingers irrefutably
in the background and yet goes
unremarked ? the large portion of
chips in the room.
It?s a shame, because it?s the hot
discussion point thus far in the sitting
room. That and Scotland?s tartan
shorts. What?s going on there? If the
Rugby League World Cup spells nononsense entertainment, Scotland?s
shorts spell a fortnight?s holiday in
Marbella. Where, as it happens, you
can get chips with everything. But can
you get them so cheaply?
the times | Tuesday November 7 2017
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Racing Sport
4.10
Exeter
Rob Wright
1.00 Mance Rayder
3.05 Ask The Weatherman
1.30 Dynamite Dollars 3.35 This Is It
2.00 Ar Mad
4.10 Silva Samourai
2.35 Ballyoptic
Thunderer: 2.35 Ballyoptic (nap). 3.35 This Is It.
Going: good to soft (good in places) Racing UK
1.00
Novices' Hurdle
(�523: 2m 5f 135y) (13)
6- BACT TO BLACK 364 R Walford 5-10-12
J Best
1
3- BARDISTA 219P B Pauling 5-10-12
D Jacob
2
00- BEYOND SUPREMACY 231 J Barber 5-10-12
I Popham
3
G Sheehan
4 33UF- BOB MAHLER 194 W Greatrex 5-10-12
N Scholfield
5 11P0- DANCING SHADOW 199 V Dartnall 8-10-12
325- DRUMLEE CITY 239 Nick Mitchell 5-10-12
H Skelton
6
4-0 GOLDEN SUNRISE 26 C Tizzard 4-10-12
T Scudamore
7
5 HEAVEN DREAM 17 Miss V Williams 5-10-12
B Cooper
8
HITCHHIKER Mrs L Young 6-10-12
T Dowling (7)
9
10 13/ JUDGE JOHN DEED 583P P Nicholls 6-10-12 S Twiston-Davies
11- JUST A STING 231 (C) H Fry 5-10-12
N Fehily
11
1- MANCE RAYDER 222 P Hobbs 4-10-12
R Johnson
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D Bass
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relish this trip Dangers: Just A Sting, Dancing Shadow
1.30
Novices' Hurdle (�523: 2m 175y) (15)
336-1 DYNAMITE DOLLARS 24 (D) P Nicholls 4-11-4
S Twiston-Davies
42-0 BATTLE OF IDEAS 31 C Tizzard 4-10-12
H Cobden
2
50 C'EST DU GATEAU 17 (T) T Vaughan 5-10-12
A Johns
3
1- DESSINATEUR 229 (D) Miss V Williams 4-10-12 B Cooper
4
GAELIC PRINCE P Hobbs 5-10-12
R Johnson
5
6 P3-10 GENTLEMAN FARMER 14 R Hawker 5-10-12 R Hawker (7)
0-1 HIS DREAM 136F (D) Jonjo O'Neill 4-10-12
K Moore (3)
7
PACK IT IN 80F A Dunn 4-10-12
A Wedge
8
0- SLAYING THE DRAGON 179F M Hill 4-10-12
J McGrath
9
00 SUSTAINABLE STAR 9 R Ford 6-10-12
R McLernon
10
Mr T O'Brien (7)
11 P1-00 THOMAS PATRICK 14 T Lacey 5-10-12
12 415/P ATTRACTIVE LIASON 159 (T) N Mulholland 7-10-5
T Scudamore
Alice Mills (3)
13 PP36P CHICA RAPIDA 7 G Haywood 5-10-5
MADAME CLAUD 15F M Gillard 4-10-5
J Davies
14
L Gardner (3)
15 -O4P0 WINTER SQUAW 14 S Gardner 5-10-5
7-4 Dynamite Dollars, 7-2 Battle Of Ideas, 8-1 Gaelic Prince, 10-1 others.
1
Wright choice: Dynamite Dollars can add to his debut win
over hurdles at Chepstow Dangers: Dessinateur, Pack It In
2.00
Haldon Gold Cup Handicap
Chase (Grade II: �,018: 2m 1f 109y) (8)
11/4- AR MAD 339 G L Moore 7-11-10
Josh Moore
5236- SIR VALENTINO 196 (T,CD) T George 8-11-8
A P Heskin
152-1 FOREST BIHAN 30 (D) B Ellison 6-11-6
D Cook
310-2 GARDE LA VICTOIRE (C) P Hobbs 8-11-4
R Johnson
113-2 SAN BENEDETO 16 (T,P,D) P Nicholls 6-11-3
Bryony Frost (5)
6 214F- POLITOLOGUE 213 (C,D) P Nicholls 6-11-2 S Twiston-Davies
7 22P5- VIBRATO VALTAT 192 (CD) Miss E Lavelle 8-10-12
N Scholfield
J E Moore
8 2216- GINO TRAIL 215 K Lee 10-10-4
11-4 Politologue, 4-1 Garde La Victoire, 9-2 Forest Bihan, 6-1 Ar Mad, 7-1 San
Benedeto, 8-1 Sir Valentino, 9-1 Gino Trail, 16-1 Vibrato Valtat.
1
2
3
4
5
Wright choice: Ar Mad remains open to improvement and
can make a winning return Dangers: Politologue, Gino Trail
2.35
Novices' Chase (�,076: 3m 54y) (5)
1 P41P2 PACKETTOTHERAFTERS 19 (P,D) G Hanmer 8-11-6 T O'Brien
2 4P5-5 BALLYOPTIC 25 (D,BF) N Twiston-Davies 7-11-1
S Twiston-Davies
N Fehily
3 U420- BARNEY DWAN 213 F O'Brien 7-11-1
A Wedge
4 1130- DE DOLLAR MAN 237 E Williams 6-11-1
T Scudamore
5 500-2 ELEGANT ESCAPE 23 C Tizzard 5-11-1
11-10 Ballyoptic, 15-8 Barney Dwan, 9-2 Elegant Escape, 13-2 others.
Wright choice: Ballyoptic, the pick of these over hurdles,
can make a winning start over fences Danger: Barney Dwan
3.05
Handicap Chase (�495: 3m 54y) (10)
1101- ASK THE WEATHERMAN 204P (P,D) J Barber 8-12-4
N Scholfield
2 4214- SWINCOMBE SCORCHIO 201 (T,D) P Gundry 7-11-12
Mr W Biddick (3)
3 /1P6- ROYAL PALLADIUM 292 (CD) Miss V Williams 9-11-11
C Deutsch (3)
J J Burke
4 -PP21 DEFINITLY GREY 24 (T,D) C Longsdon 6-11-10
B J Geraghty
5 21P-1 ABOVE BOARD 21 Jonjo O'Neill 6-11-9
6 1PP6- I AM COLIN 220 (P,D) N Twiston-Davies 8-11-8
S Twiston-Davies
7 1P6-1 WIZARDS BRIDGE 32 (B,CD) C Tizzard 8-11-5 M Bastyan (5)
0PP0YOU
SAY
WHAT
212
(T,P,C)
D
Pipe
7-11-4
T Scudamore
8
H Cobden
9 2PF1- CASTARNIE 241 (P,CD) R Walford 9-11-4
10 13-24 ONLY GORGEOUS 153 (CD,BF) S Gardner 8-11-0 L Gardner (3)
5-1 Above Board, Castarnie, 6-1 Wizards Bridge, Definitly Grey, 7-1 others.
1
Wright choice: Ask The Weatherman, a prolific point-topoint winner, appeals Dangers: Above Board, Wizards Bridge
3.35
Handicap Hurdle
(�899: 2m 7f 25y) (13)
5332- THIS IS IT 231 (BF) Nick Mitchell 5-11-13
D Jacob
F531- KING UTHER 246 C Gordon 7-11-12
T Cannon
303-2 RIO BRAVO 39 (T) G McPherson 6-11-11
P Brennan
3214- ARTHUR MC BRIDE 24F (T,D) N Twiston-Davies 8-11-9
S Twiston-Davies
A P Heskin
5 140-4 WESTERN WAVE 174 (BF) T George 5-11-8
S Houlihan (7)
6 2/P0- ALL KINGS 256 R Buckler 8-11-7
D Bass
7 623-2 CHAMPAGNE TO GO 25 (P) K Bailey 7-11-7
T Scudamore
8 01P65 OUR FOLLY 55 (T,D) W S Kittow 9-11-5
R Dunne
9 14332 DAVID JOHN 35 (B) T Lacey 6-11-3
L Gardner (3)
10 66512 EDDY 14 (T,C,D,BF) S Gardner 8-10-13
R Johnson
11 643-5 FRASER CANYON 31 (T,P) T Vaughan 5-10-7
Bryony Frost (5)
12 2-PP0 QUINTO 14 (T) J Frost 7-10-5
505-5
THE
GREENVET
19
(P)
Mrs
L
Young
7-10-4
T
Dowling
(7)
13
5-1 Arthur Mc Bride, 11-2 Champagne To Go, 6-1 David John, 7-1 others.
1
2
3
4
Wright choice: This Is It, collared late on here in March, can
go one better
Dangers: King Uther, Arthur McBride
Handicap Hurdle
6.45
(�924: 2m 2f 111y) (19)
Nicola Currie (7)
1 (6) 05365 ROSE BERRY 10 (H) C Dwyer 3-9-7
L Morris
2 (7) 05133 NINJAGO 34 (CD) P Midgley 7-9-7
J Osborn (7)
3 (11) 42420 NEZAR 14 (D) D Ivory 6-9-7
R Winston
4 (12) 41050 CAPPANANTY CON 22 (D) D Ivory 3-9-5
D Probert
5 (2) 22640 MR POCKET 14 (T,P,D) P Cole 3-9-5
P Hainey (7)
6 (8) 31236 HACKNEY ROAD 35 (CD) J Butler 4-9-5
R Kingscote
7 (10) 46004 ZAPPER CASS 22 (D) Tony Coyle 4-9-4
8 (3) 61235 FIELD OF VISION 57 (D) J Tuite 4-9-4 Paddy Bradley (5)
J Crowley
9 (1) 21051 DANECASE 20 (D) D Dennis 4-9-3
10 (4) 63032 BORN TO FINISH 5 (P,CD) J Osborne 4-9-1 D C Costello
11 (5) 30600 DARK ALLIANCE 85 (D) D M Loughnane 6-9-1 S W Kelly
12 (9) 03455 VERY HONEST 29 (D) B Johnson 4-8-13 C Shepherd (3)
7-2 Danecase, 5-1 Born To Finish, Ninjago, 6-1 Field Of Vision, 7-1 others.
12034 SWEEPING ROCK 33 J Spearing 7-11-12
J E Moore
2-335 DUNN'S RIVER 149P J Barber 6-11-11
Mr C Barber (7)
344-5 MR LANDO 67 J Farrelly 8-11-9
G Lavery (7)
100-4 KAYF CHARMER 181 L Blackford 7-11-7 Conor Smith (5)
0-600 DRAGOON GUARD 7 (T) Mrs K Stephens 6-11-7
Miss B Hampson (5)
6 U6330 LADIES DANCING 6 (D) C Down 11-11-6 Miss P Fuller (5)
B Poste
7 -5S56 JUSTICE KNIGHT 76 M Scudamore 5-11-6
8 02240 ON ALBERTS HEAD 35 (T,P) N Mulholland 7-11-5 N Fehily
R McLernon
9 46550 TRUCKERS TANGLE 15 A Dunn 5-11-5
10 0P462 NORSE LIGHT 14 (T,P) D Dennis 6-11-4 S Twiston-Davies
J Quinlan
11 114-3 GALACTIC POWER 169 (CD) R Dickin 7-11-3
A Johns
12 0000- REDDINGTON 280 T Vaughan 5-11-1
L Gardner (3)
13 -6330 OUR PHILLIE LILY 21 S Gardner 5-10-9
N Scholfield
14 0-040 MOONLIGHT FLYER 31 J Scott 5-10-8
15 50P-3 SILVA SAMOURAI 33 (T) G McPherson 8-10-3 C Deutsch (3)
R Dunne
16 300PF UJAGAR 7 (P) K Bishop 6-10-1
J Davies
17 /P630 ORBIT LIGHT 26 (T) M Gillard 6-10-1
T Dowling (7)
18 033-U WHISKEY JOHN 7 Mrs L Young 7-10-0
04-P3
BAHUMBUG 163 (P) J Plessis 7-10-0
J Best
19
5-1 Mr Lando, 13-2 Norse Light, On Alberts Head, 7-1 Our Phillie Lily, 15-2
Silva Samourai, 8-1 Ladies Dancing, 9-1 Sweeping Rock, 10-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
Wright choice: Silva Samourai, too keen at Huntingdon, is
capable of better
Dangers: Norse Light, Mr Lando
Kempton Park
Rob Wright
4.45 Tis Wonderful
6.45 Ninjago
5.15 U S S Missouri
7.15 Spirit Of Belle
5.45 Bow Street
7.45 Indian Red
6.15 Ladycammyofclare 8.15 Take Two
Going: standard
Racing UK
Draw: 5f-1m, low numbers best
4.45
Handicap (�264: 1m) (14)
R Winston
(13) 26652 CONNEMERA QUEEN 21 J Butler 4-9-7
M Dwyer
(4) 06506 UDOGO 9J B Powell 6-9-7
(12) 46005 SCRIBNER CREEK 11 (D) D Quinn 4-9-6 C Bennett (3)
(10) 16-60 SEEK THE FAIR LAND 235 (C,D) D Steele 11-9-6
Jane Elliott (5)
Paddy Bradley (5)
5 (11) 15000 GALINTHIAS 50 (D) S Dow 5-9-6
T J Murphy
6 (3) 00113 SUITSUS 82 (T,D) G Deacon 6-9-5
J Haynes
7 (2) 34500 ANASTAZIA 22 (C,D) P D'Arcy 5-9-4
D Sweeney
8 (5) 30100 MISSGUIDED 35 A Hales 4-9-3
R Tate
9 (14) 5403 MIO RAGAZZO 6 M Botti 3-9-3
H Crouch (3)
10 (6) 4550 GOLD DUST 27 Clive Cox 3-9-2
W Cox (7)
11 (9) 00-44 TIS WONDERFUL 142 (BF) C Gray 3-9-2
12 (1) 02621 MAGIC MIRROR 21 (P,CD) M Rimell 4-9-2
Josephine Gordon
Nicola Currie (7)
13 (7) 06534 TOPOLOGY 24 (V) J Tuite 4-9-2
R Kingscote
14 (8) 42021 PICK A LITTLE 19 (C,D) M Blake 9-9-2
3-1 Magic Mirror, 5-1 Pick A Little, 11-2 Connemera Queen, 13-2 Suitsus, 9-1
Mio Ragazzo, Topology, 12-1 Scribner Creek, 14-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5.15
Novice Stakes (2-Y-O: �235: 1m) (14)
AD LIBITUM H Palmer 9-2
Josephine Gordon
1 (10)
02 BLAME CULTURE 42 (BF) G Margarson 9-2 D Muscutt
2 (6)
00 CLAN MCGREGOR 19 S Durack 9-2
R Winston
3 (11)
CONVINCED R Hannon 9-2
S Levey
4 (9)
GAUDI J Gosden 9-2
R Havlin
5 (7)
MULTICURRENCY D Simcock 9-2
M Dwyer
6 (2)
OCCUPY R Beckett 9-2
R Kingscote
7 (14)
PERPETRATOR R Charlton 9-2
S W Kelly
8 (5)
5 RACING COUNTRY 23 S bin Suroor 9-2
J Crowley
9 (4)
00 SAINT ANTHONY 32 M Tompkins 9-2
J Haynes
10 (8)
SEASEARCH A Balding 9-2
W Cox (7)
11(13)
0 SEINESATIONAL 13 W Knight 9-2
C Shepherd (3)
12 (3)
43 U S S MISSOURI 20 E Walker 9-2
L Keniry
13 (1)
0 VANTASY 22 C Wall 9-2
J Mitchell
14(12)
100-30 Gaudi, 5-1 Blame Culture, 11-2 Perpetrator, U S S Missouri, 6-1 Occupy,
13-2 Ad Libitum, 9-1 Convinced, 14-1 Racing Country, 16-1 others.
5.45
Novice Stakes (2-Y-O: �235: 1m) (14)
32 BOW STREET 13 C Appleby 9-2
W Buick
1 (9)
0 CASA COMIGO 45 John Best 9-2
R Havlin
2 (13)
06 DAGUENEAU 12 E Dunlop 9-2
H Burns (7)
3 (5)
ESSENDON A Balding 9-2
Jason Watson (7)
4 (12)
HIGHBROW D Simcock 9-2
J Crowley
5 (1)
50 JACKFINBAR H Dunlop 9-2
Doubtful
6 (2)
LEXINGTON EMPIRE D Lanigan 9-2
S W Kelly
7 (14)
06 MOM SAID 21 E Walker 9-2
L Keniry
8 (11)
0 NOBLE EXPRESSION 28 R Varian 9-2
J Mitchell
9 (8)
PODEMOS R Beckett 9-2
R Kingscote
10 (3)
0 REVELEON 13 Sir M Stoute 9-2
T E Durcan
11 (6)
SLEEPING LION J Fanshawe 9-2
D Muscutt
12(10)
WORLD BREAKER M Botti 9-2
M M Monaghan (3)
13 (7)
06 BREXITMEANSBREXIT 13 R Hannon 8-11
S Levey
14 (4)
4-6 Bow Street, 11-2 Highbrow, 8-1 Essendon, 10-1 others.
6.15
Nursery Handicap
(2-Y-O: �588: 1m) (13)
Rossa Ryan (7)
1 (3) 51555 THAT'S MY GIRL 41 R Hannon 9-11
Paddy Bradley (5)
2 (9) 02210 DARK BLUE 8 (C) M Channon 9-11
M Lane
3 (4) 000 ARIGATO 29 W Jarvis 9-10
S Levey
4 (5) 05000 SOTOMAYOR 31 (T) R Hannon 9-10
L Keniry
5 (1) 0605 HURRICANE LIL 29 G Baker 9-10
J Crowley
6 (10) 5561 SAUCHIEHALL STREET 14 (CD) S Kirk 9-7
S W Kelly
7 (2) 05243 SECRATARIO 14 (P) R Hughes 9-7
M Dwyer
8 (12) 05644 RED FOR DANGER 11 (H) E Houghton 8-10
D Sweeney
9 (8) 000 AMIIRAH 111 J Gallagher 8-10
J Fanning
10 (7) 04664 LADYCAMMYOFCLARE 14 M Johnston 8-8
J Haynes
11(11) 000 MISS CONDI 54 M Keighley 8-8
N Mackay
12(13) 00000 PARTRY FLYER 19 (V) O Greenall 8-8
W Cox (7)
13 (6) 50000 AFTERTHISONE 54 (H,T) R Dickin 8-8
9-4 Sauchiehall Street, 7-2 Ladycammyofclare, 5-1 Secratario, 7-1 others.
Blinkered first time: Kempton Park 7.45 Author?s Dream.
Redcar 12.50 Italian Beauty. 2.55 Dance With Kate.
Wolverhampton 1.10 Rockesbury. 2.10 Swot. 3.15 Bonnie
Gals. 3.45 Rock Island Line, Threediamondrings.
7.15
Handicap (�690: 6f) (12)
Handicap (�911: 7f) (14)
1 (13) -0600 ARLECCHINO'S LEAP 13 (P,D) M Usher 5-9-8 S Drowne
L Morris
2 (9) 23152 SPINNAKA 10 (V,D) L Cumani 3-9-7
S Donohoe
3 (8) 34-00 MUHAJJAL 12 (T) G Peckham 3-9-6
C Bennett (3)
4 (10) 23653 MURDANOVA 10 (CD) D Quinn 4-9-4
C Bishop
5 (6) 11100 CHETAN 13 (T,CD) C Wallis 5-9-4
N Mackay
6 (2) 05050 DUTIFUL SON 35 (CD) S Dow 7-9-4
7 (4) 43504 FIRST EXPERIENCE 42 (B,D) L Carter 6-9-4 O Murphy
R Da Silva
8 (1) 20301 SPIRIT OF BELLE 43 (B,D) P Cole 3-9-3
D Probert
9 (12) 6-416 MISTER FREEZE 19 (T,V) P Chamings 3-9-1
R Kingscote
10 (3) 003 WICKER 154 Jane Chapple-Hyam 3-9-1
D C Costello
11(11) 03252 HARAZ 11 (P) J Osborne 4-9-0
12(14) 50000 BRIDGE BUILDER 14 (P,CD) P Hedger 7-8-13 R Hornby
S W Kelly
13 (7) 20650 VIVA VERGLAS 10 D M Loughnane 6-8-12
L Keniry
14 (5) 00010 TREACHEROUS 34 (C,BF) E De Giles 3-8-11
7-2 Spinnaka, 11-2 Haraz, 6-1 Murdanova, 7-1 First Experience, 8-1 others.
7.45
Handicap (�264: 1m 7f 218y) (14)
T J Murphy
1 (14) 156/6 MARJU'S QUEST 38J A Wintle 7-10-0
D Muscutt
2 (5) -0600 MAYASA 20 (T,P) J Flint 4-10-0
3 (3) 00000 VICTOR'S BET 20 (C) Ralph J Smith 8-9-12
Megan Nicholls (5)
G Downing
4 (9) 05310 WOOFIE 47 (P,D) Mrs L Mongan 5-9-10
Paddy Bradley (5)
5 (8) -6500 HATSAWAY 37 P Phelan 6-9-10
6 (6) 44530 SOUTHERN STATES 34 (E,P) Lydia Richards 4-9-6 C Bishop
7 (13) 0-204 AUTHOR'S DREAM 146 (V,BF) W Knight 4-9-6 L Morris
8 (11) 040-2 THANKYOU VERY MUCH 19 (T,B,C) J Bethell 7-9-5
T E Durcan
S Donohoe
9 (1) -6004 CARACAS 20 H Dunlop 3-9-4
10 (7) 5-000 ATALANTA BAY 20 (H,C) M Tregoning 7-9-4 S W Kelly
O Murphy
11(10) 23534 GREY WATERS 39 J P O'Brien (Ire) 3-9-3
12 (4) 62000 BUMBLE BAY 17 (H,T) R Stephens 7-8-13 C Shepherd (3)
J Haynes
13(12) 44000 INDIAN RED 32 M Tompkins 3-8-13
Hollie Doyle (3)
14 (2) 13433 OCEAN GALE 17 R Price 4-8-12
9-4 Grey Waters, 9-2 Thankyou Very Much, 7-1 Ocean Gale, 8-1 Author's
Dream, 10-1 Caracas, 12-1 Atalanta Bay, Southern States, 14-1 others.
8.15
Handicap (�763: 1m 2f 1y) (9)
Cal Rodriguez (3)
1 (9) 36330 QAFFAAL 115 M W Easterby 6-9-7
J Sullivan
2 (6) 00104 AWAKE MY SOUL 10 (D) T Tate 8-9-5
B A Curtis
3 (4) 30002 SWIFT EMPEROR 24 (C) T D Barron 5-9-5
D Tudhope
4 (7) 16410 COMPTON MILL 20 (D) H Morrison 5-9-3
A Mullen
5 (2) 40000 GULF OF POETS 24 (D) M W Easterby 5-9-2
6 (5) 26113 CANBERRA CLIFFS 11 (D) D Cantillon 3-9-2 Fran Berry
D Allan
7 (3) 52001 SILVERY MOON 15 (C,D) T Easterby 10-9-0
L Edmunds (3)
8 (8) 56003 MAGIC CITY 6 M W Easterby 8-8-13
G Lee
9 (1) 35140 ROYAL SHAHEEN 15 (V,D) A Whillans 4-8-12
7-2 Silvery Moon, Swift Emperor, 9-2 Canberra Cliffs, 11-2 others
2.20
Claiming Stakes (�235: 1m 2f 1y) (7)
B McHugh
1 (3) 1-0 COROBEREE 24 (P,D) Tony Coyle 4-9-10
J Gormley (5)
2 (4) 36216 RESTIVE 14 (CD) I Jardine 4-9-10
3 (6) 00050 CLAYTON HALL 146 (P,D) J Wainwright 4-9-5
Ger O'Neill (7)
A Mullen
4 (1) 41000 METRONOMIC 42 (D) P Niven 3-9-2
M Cosham (3)
5 (2) 40630 OUTBACK BLUE 7 (T) P D Evans 4-9-1
R P Walsh (7)
6 (7) 45533 LITTLE PIPPIN 8 (P) Tony Coyle 4-8-9
N Garbutt (3)
7 (5) 00006 JUST HEATHER 38 J Wainwright 3-8-6
5-4 Coroberee, 11-4 Outback Blue, 3-1 Restive, 8-1 Metronomic, 16-1 others.
2.55
Handicap (�235: 1m 5f 218y) (11)
1 (10) 0100- SHALAMZAR 244J M D Hammond 8-10-3
Lauren Steade (7)
J Sullivan
2 (3) 1-050 APALIS 143 (T) M W Easterby 5-9-12
3 (2) 40612 JAN DE HEEM 17 (P,CD) Miss T Jackson 7-9-9
J Gormley (5)
P O'Hanlon (7)
4 (1) 66211 FOUR KINGDOMS 14 K Burke 3-9-8
F Norton
5 (8) 10-00 PERTUIS 14 M D Hammond 11-9-6
G Lee
6 (6) 4600/ PANTOMIME 892 R Menzies 5-9-5
D Allan
7 (4) 33020 LA BACOUETTEUSE 7 (B,D) I Jardine 12-9-2
B McHugh
8 (5) 60030 LEOPARD 31 Tony Coyle 3-8-12
T Ladd (7)
9 (7) 41364 AFFAIR 28 (D) H Morrison 3-8-10
10(11) 05-00 DANCE WITH KATE 26 (B) O Murphy 6-8-9 R P Walsh (7)
11 (9) 60300 UNONOTHINJONSNOW 6 Richard Guest 3-8-3 A Mullen
5-2 Four Kingdoms, 5-1 Affair, Jan De Heem, 8-1 Leopard, 12-1 others.
3.25
Handicap (�235: 1m 5f 218y) (10)
1 (8) 04016 INGLEBY HOLLOW 7 (T,CD) D O'Meara 5-10-4 D Tudhope
Fran Berry
2 (9) 46343 DAKOTA CITY 15 (P) O Murphy 6-9-12
G Lee
3 (1) 43500 CAPTAIN SWIFT 11 (P,D) J Mackie 6-9-10
4 (10) 60-00 UNBLINKING 27 N Twiston-Davies 4-9-8 Josh Doyle (3)
T Hamilton
5 (6) 25524 EYREBORN 8 K Dalgleish 3-9-7
6 (3) 630-0 BECKY THE THATCHER 28 M D Hammond 4-9-5 A Mullen
Kevin Stott
7 (7) 41035 ADRAKHAN 17 (CD) W Storey 6-9-0
J Sullivan
8 (2) 00630 PATENT 28 (B) P Niven 4-8-11
J Gormley (5)
9 (5) -0000 RAJAPUR 70 (P) D Thompson 4-8-10
10 (4) 00000 DARK ILLUSTRATOR 8 Miss L Siddall 4-8-10 B McHugh
3-1 Dakota City, 7-2 Eyreborn, Ingleby Hollow, 8-1 Adrakhan, 10-1 others.
Amateur Riders' Handicap
3.55
(�523: 1m 3f 219y) (7)
1 (4) 00221 AWESOME ALLAN 8 (T,CD) P D Evans 3-9-10
M Cosham (3)
J Sullivan
2 (6) 00062 RACQUET 7 (D) Mrs R Carr 4-9-10
J Garritty
3 (13) 41206 MIMIC'S MEMORY 8 Mrs A Duffield 3-9-10
4 (2) 33345 AMBITIOUS ICARUS 4 (H,E,P,D) Richard Guest 8-9-7
F Norton
D Brock
5 (1) 000-0 AMHERST ROCK 45 (T) L McJannet 3-9-7
6 (14) 05006 MARKET CHOICE 37 (D) Miss T Waggott 4-9-6B A Curtis
D Allan
7 (8) 20322 NELLIE'S DANCER 16 (P) S Dixon 3-9-4
J Hart
8 (10) -0000 BARKSTON ASH 41 (P,CD) E Alston 9-9-1
9 (15) 04632 COOL STRUTTER 7 (B) Mrs K Tutty 5-8-13 Sam James
10(12) 35403 ROBBIAN 7 (D,BF) Charles Smith 6-8-10 N Garbutt (3)
11(11) 50042 HENRIETTA'S DREAM 18 (B) J Wainwright 3-8-10 G Lee
12 (9) 03040 MIGHTY BOND 8 (P) Miss T Waggott 5-8-9 B McHugh
13 (5) 00065 CAPTAIN SCOOBY 4 (B,C,D) Richard Guest 11-8-7 K O'Neill
14 (7) 05000 ROMAN TIMES 4 (D) A Berry 4-8-7 Faye McManoman (7)
A Mullen
15 (3) -0060 KIRKBY'S PHANTOM 4 (P) A Berry 3-8-7
5-2 Awesome Allan, 6-1 Cool Strutter, Robbian, 7-1 Racquet, 10-1 others.
Mr R Birkett
(6) 02050 ZAMBEASY 29 (C,D) P Hide 6-11-0
Mr J Brace (5)
(1) 31142 TAKE TWO 10 (D) A Hales 8-11-0
(3) 20151 SNOWY WINTER 18 (T,D) A Watson 3-10-12 Mr S Walker
Mr S Lee (5)
(4) -5200 METHAG 132 (D) A Hales 4-10-11
(5) 00622 SO CELEBRE 20 (BF) I Williams 4-10-10
Miss A McCain (3)
Mr P Millman
6 (7) 44600 BIOTIC 21 (P,C) B Millman 6-10-5
7 (2) 50616 FRENCH MIX 25 (D,BF) J P O'Brien (Ire) 3-10-4
Mr T Hamilton
5-2 Snowy Winter, 3-1 So Celebre, 7-2 French Mix, 5-1 Take Two, 8-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
Redcar
Rob Wright
12.20 Camden Town
2.20 Outback Blue
12.50 Catastrophe
2.55 Four Kingdoms
1.20 Break The Silence
3.25 Eyreborn
1.50 Canberra Cliffs (nb) 3.55 Awesome Allan
Going: soft Draw: no advantage Racing UK
12.20 Novice Stakes (2-Y-O: �396: 7f) (8)
CAMDEN TOWN R G Fell 9-2
T Hamilton
1 (2)
DIPLOMACY D O'Meara 9-2
D Tudhope
2 (5)
5 INDIAN ADMIRAL 106 M Johnston 9-2
F Norton
3 (6)
25 KNIGHTED 27 K A Ryan 9-2
Kevin Stott
4 (4)
23 MAMETZ WOOD 18 K Burke 9-2
B A Curtis
5 (8)
NAVAL OFFICER N Tinkler 9-2
L Edmunds (3)
6 (1)
NO CIVIL JUSTICE D Thompson 9-2
J Gormley (5)
7 (3)
A Mullen
8 (7) 2422 UP STICKS AND GO 39 K Dalgleish 9-2
11-4 Knighted, Mametz Wood, 3-1 Up Sticks And Go, 6-1 others.
12.50 Selling Stakes(�235: 7f 219y) (8)
T Hamilton
(3) -0000 BILKO'S BACK 14 (T) S Corbett 5-9-0
J Hart
(2) 20032 CATASTROPHE 26 J J Quinn 4-9-0
H Russell (7)
(4) 34065 SIYAHAMBA 31 B Smart 3-8-12
L Edmunds (3)
(8) 00420 COSMIC DUST 26 R Whitaker 4-8-9
(6) 60006 FIDELMA MOON 41 (T,P,D) Miss T Waggott 5-8-9
B McHugh
6 (1) -5000 ITALIAN BEAUTY 38 (V,D) J Wainwright 5-8-9
N Garbutt (3)
D Fentiman
7 (7) 606 NEWGATE DUCHESS 8 Tony Coyle 3-8-7
Phil Dennis (3)
8 (5) 00300 ORIENTELLE 16 (B) R Whitaker 3-8-7
15-8 Catastrophe, 9-2 Cosmic Dust, Fidelma Moon, Siyahamba, 5-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
1.20
1.50
Handicap (�235: 5f 217y) (15)
Wolverhampton
Read Mark Souster?s report on this
morning?s big race in Melbourne,
available online from 9am at
thetimes.co.uk/sport
1.40
Nursery Handicap
(2-Y-O: �426: 7f 36y) (12)
O Murphy
1 (10) 003 GLOBAL SPIRIT 14 E Dunlop 9-7
C Lee (3)
2 (1) 066 HELEN SHERBET 48 K Burke 9-7
C Bishop
3 (12) 026 FROSTBITE 14 E Houghton 9-7
S Levey
4 (2) 056 MISTER MAESTRO 11 R Hannon 9-7
Hollie Doyle (3)
5 (11) 5056 SURFA ROSA 14 R Hannon 9-6
H Crouch (3)
6 (4) 606 PRIME CHIEF 24 G Baker 9-5
L Morris
7 (9) 3350 SILVINGTON 35 A Carroll 9-5
P Makin
8 (5) 02330 FOXRUSH TAKE TIME 8 Richard Guest 9-4
S Donohoe
9 (7) 065 OBRIGADA 34 T Clover 9-4
Rossa Ryan (7)
10 (6) 24604 DIAMOND EXPRESS 19 R Teal 9-3
P J McDonald
11 (8) 04542 KHELEYF'S GIRL 51 P D Evans 9-2
Josephine Gordon
12 (3) 30640 MEDICI ORO 19 D Brown 9-0
7-2 Mister Maestro, 4-1 Obrigada, 9-2 Kheleyf's Girl, 8-1 others.
2.10
Handicap (�588: 7f 36y) (12)
A Rawlinson
(6) 00064 KAFOO 11 (T,V,D) M Appleby 4-9-6
L Morris
(1) 04420 JOYS DELIGHT 28 D M Loughnane 3-9-5
11614
THE
SPECIAL
ONE
28
(T,D)
Ali
Stronge
4-9-5
G Wood (3)
(4)
R Havlin
(11) 22013 CHOUGH 20 (D,BF) H Morrison 3-9-5
D Nolan
(12) 00000 ARCANE DANCER 19 (B) L Mullaney 4-9-4
R Hornby
(3) 06603 SOARING SPIRITS 19 (D) D Ivory 7-9-4
(9) 06212 ISNTSHESOMETHING 11 (V,D) Richard Guest 5-9-4
D C Costello
C Hardie
8 (10) 50302 GREY DESTINY 11 (CD) A Brittain 7-9-3
0-000
MAJOR
ASSAULT
175
M
Salaman
4-9-3
J Fahy
9 (2)
Rossa Ryan (7)
10 (5) -4543 SWOT 29 (V,D) R Teal 5-9-3
11 (8) 5-403 AL'S MEMORY 11 (C,D) P D Evans 8-9-3 P J McDonald
J Duern (3)
12 (7) 45040 NICKY BABY 14 (H,B) D Ivory 3-9-2
5-1 The Special One, 11-2 Chough, 6-1 Isntshesomething, 7-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
2.45
Handicap (�246: 5f 21y) (9)
(3) 22000 BOWSON FRED 17 (CD) M W Easterby 5-9-7 H Shaw (7)
D Nolan
(4) 04012 ALSVINDER 21 (D,BF) D O'Meara 4-9-2
O Murphy
(2) 11000 RICH AGAIN 25 (B,CD) J Bethell 8-9-1
P Makin
(1) 00000 COOLFITCH 10 (V,D) D O'Meara 3-8-13
L Morris
(8) 60143 UPAVON 65 (H,T,D) S C Williams 7-8-13
(6) 10040 MIDNIGHT MALIBU 17 (D) T Easterby 4-8-11
Rachel Richardson (3)
S A Gray
7 (9) -0010 ROSINA 69 (P,D) Mrs A Duffield 4-8-9
C Hardie
8 (7) 00540 STANGHOW 38 (D) A Brittain 5-8-8
9 (5) 02161 LANDING NIGHT 28 (T,P,D) R Menzies 5-8-8 P J McDonald
5-2 Alsvinder, 3-1 Landing Night, 5-1 Rich Again, 6-1 Bowson Fred, 8-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
3.15
Handicap (�588: 1m 1f 104y) (13)
1 (1) -0010 UNSUSPECTED GIRL 14 (T) J M Bradley 4-9-7
Kerrie Raybould (7)
D Probert
2 (10) 21210 EDGE 8 (B,D) B Llewellyn 6-9-7
3 (12) 55240 TUOLUMNE MEADOWS 63 (P,BF) A G Newcombe 4-9-6
E J Walsh (3)
L Morris
4 (11) -5361 POWER HOME 7 (CD) D Coakley 3-9-5
C Lee (3)
5 (5) 54250 CHAMPAGNE PINK 18 (H) K Burke 3-9-4
G Downing
6 (2) 46415 WINDSORLOT 35 A Carroll 4-9-3
P Hanagan
7 (6) -4600 PETIT FILOUS 112 (T) G Bravery 3-9-2
P Makin
8 (8) 00340 BONNIE GALS 3 (B) K Dalgleish 3-9-1
9 (9) 52053 SUNSHINEANDBUBBLES 59 J Candlish 4-9-1 D Nolan
10(13) 12003 FILAMENT OF GOLD 17 (P,C) R Brotherton 6-9-0
Finley Marsh (5)
11 (4) 60200 PENSAX LADY 17 (CD) D M Loughnane 4-8-13 Toby Eley (7)
R Hornby
12 (7) 56032 DOR'S LAW 14 (P) D Ivory 4-8-12
B Robinson (5)
13 (3) 000 CAPTAIN COCKLE 22 R Teal 4-8-12
3-1 Power Home, 5-1 Dor's Law, 8-1 Champagne Pink, 10-1 others.
Rob Wright
3.45
1.10 Militia
3.15 Dor?s Law (nap)
1.40 Foxrush Take Time 3.45 D?Waterside
2.10 Soaring Spirits
4.20 Sanam
2.45 Bowson Fred
4.50 Cockney Boy
Going: standard
At The Races
Draw: 5f-7f, low numbers best
C Bishop
1 (13) 60130 BARISTA 51 B Forsey 9-9-7
S Donohoe
2 (4) 00000 BUTHELEZI 101 B Ellison 9-9-6
3 (12) 13300 MAMNOON 6 (B) R Brotherton 4-9-6 Finley Marsh (5)
4 (1) 15040 LORD MURPHY 73 (C) D M Loughnane 4-9-4 E J Walsh (3)
5 (6) 00000 THREEDIAMONDRINGS 14 (T,V) M Usher 4-9-4 R Hornby
Hollie Doyle (3)
6 (2) 0-033 PEAK HILL 11 A Wintle 4-9-3
D Probert
7 (11) 6-040 STRUCK BY THE MOON 56 C Hills 3-9-2
L Morris
8 (10) 45550 D'WATERSIDE 14 D Loughnane 3-9-1
9 (3) 30011 BORN TO REASON 17 (B,CD) K Frost 3-9-1 P J McDonald
10 (5) 06466 ROCK ISLAND LINE 18 (B) M Walford 3-9-0 P Hanagan
C Hardie
11 (9) 55004 SOOQAAN 17 A Brittain 6-8-13
O Murphy
12 (8) 65343 INDIANA DAWN 19 (P) R Stephens 4-8-12
P Makin
13 (7) 62030 NEW ABBEY ANGEL 18 K Dalgleish 4-8-12
6-4 Born To Reason, 6-1 Indiana Dawn, 7-1 Peak Hill, 10-1 others.
1.10
Novice Stakes
(2-Y-O: �235: 5f 21y) (11)
0 BROUGHTON EXCELS 34 H Spiller 9-2
S Donohoe
(2)
L Morris
(11) 4224 CHOICE ENCOUNTER 155 Michael Bell 9-2
3 CRIKEYITSWHYKIE 7 D Shaw 9-2
P P Mathers
(1)
(10) 4626 GLOBAL ACADEMY 88 Miss G Kelleway 9-2
Josephine Gordon
P Hanagan
5 (4) 343 MILITIA 25 R Fahey 9-2
00 ROCKESBURY 197 (B) K Frost 9-2
D C Costello
6 (6)
6 TOWELRADS BOY 8 P Cole 9-2
P J McDonald
7 (5)
00 WARRIOR'S VALLEY 7 D Griffiths 9-2
R Havlin
8 (3)
00 ALASKAN BAY 70 Rae Guest 8-11
D Probert
9 (7)
03 AXE CAP 15 A Watson 8-11
O Murphy
10 (8)
BORN FOR PROSECCO D Shaw 8-11
E J Walsh (3)
11 (9)
7-4 Axe Cap, 11-4 Militia, 7-2 Choice Encounter, 8-1 others.
1
2
3
4
Handicap (�396: 7f) (15)
D Tudhope
(8) 14462 EDGAR ALLAN POE 15 R Bastiman 3-9-6
(15) 40233 DONNELLY'S RAINBOW 22 (H) R Bastiman 4-9-5 Doubtful
(14) 61554 STUBYTUESDAY 18 (C,D) M W Easterby 3-9-5 J Sullivan
(11) 34612 POINT OF WOODS 8 (P) Miss T Jackson 4-9-4
Rhiain Ingram (5)
F Norton
5 (10) 35054 MONTE CINQ 31 (H) J Ward 3-9-4
Cal Rodriguez (3)
6 (3) 24160 KIWI BAY 29 (CD) M Dods 12-9-4
D Allan
7 (12) 00232 VIVE LA DIFFERENCE 8 T Easterby 3-9-3
A Mullen
8 (2) 06622 GRINTY 18 (CD) M Dods 3-9-3
Kevin Stott
9 (1) 00012 HITCHCOCK 6 (B,D) K A Ryan 3-9-2
Tristan Price (7)
10 (7) 22504 SEAVIEW 22 (D) D Brown 3-9-2
T Hamilton
11 (9) 50000 TASKEEN 47 R G Fell 4-9-0
12 (5) 02132 BOLD SPIRIT 28 (T,D) Declan Carroll 6-8-12 Phil Dennis (3)
B McHugh
13 (4) 000-5 SERVO 221 Miss L Siddall 3-8-9
R Harris (7)
14(13) 45466 BARON RUN 8 K Burke 7-8-7
K O'Neill
15 (6) 32312 BREAK THE SILENCE 6 (P) S Dixon 3-8-6
9-2 Hitchcock, Vive La Difference, 13-2 Grinty, 8-1 Stubytuesday, 10-1 others.
1
2
3
4
Who won the cup?
Course specialists
Exeter: Trainers H Fry, 26 from 64 runners, 40.6%;
P Nicholls, 37 from 121, 30.6%.
Jockey Mr W Biddick, 3 from 10 rides, 30.0%.
Kempton Park: Trainers M Rimell, 4 from 15, 26.7%;
C Appleby, 66 from 254, 26.0%. Jockeys W Buick, 64
from 283, 22.6%; R Kingscote, 39 from 274, 14.2%.
Redcar: Trainers A Whillans, 4 from 21, 19.0%;
D O'Meara, 45 from 256, 17.6%. Jockeys J Gormley,
3 from 12, 25.0%; D Tudhope, 34 from 146, 23.3%.
Wolverhampton: Trainers A Watson, 8 from 22,
36.4%; R Beckett, 28 from 115, 24.3%.
Jockey P Hanagan, 23 from 91, 25.3%.
4.20
Handicap (�588: 1m 1f 104y) (13)
Maiden Stakes
(�235: 1m 1f 104y) (10)
AL KOUT Mrs H Main 3-9-5
G Wood (3)
1 (1)
T Clark (3)
2 (10) -0006 BEAST 105 (T) J Farrelly 3-9-5
P Makin
3 (6) 32352 MAJBOOR 22 D Ffrench Davis 3-9-5
E J Walsh (3)
4 (7) 430 MICHIGAN (T) M Moubarak 3-9-5
MONSIEUR BAY I Mohammed 3-9-5
S Donohoe
5 (3)
SANAM E Dunlop 3-9-5
P J McDonald
6 (5)
FROWN R Beckett 3-9-0
O Murphy
7 (8)
LUNAR MIST E Dunlop 3-9-0
J Quinn
8 (9)
60 NAGAMAAT 35 Mrs N Evans 3-9-0
Hollie Doyle (3)
9 (4)
56 NEVALYASHKA 20 M Tregoning 3-9-0 T Saunders (7)
10 (2)
5-4 Majboor, 3-1 Sanam, 11-2 Frown, 8-1 Lunar Mist, 10-1 others.
4.50
Apprentice Handicap
(�588: 1m 142y) (9)
1 (7) 00210 JACK OF DIAMONDS 34 (CD) R Teal 8-9-13 B Robinson (3)
Shelley Birkett
2 (3) 406 WAITING A LOT 68 D O'Meara 3-9-7
3 (1) 50300 KNOW YOUR NAME 10 (CD) D McCain 6-9-6 A McNamara
Georgia Cox (3)
4 (9) 10525 MISU PETE 15 (P,C) M Usher 5-9-5
Hollie Doyle
5 (8) 04-50 ROCKSHINE 14 R Hannon 3-9-3
6 (4) 06400 CLAIRE'S SECRET 14 P McBride 3-9-3 Finley Marsh (5)
32504
TOP
OFFER
17
(B,C)
P
Morris
8-9-1
G Wood
7 (5)
E J Walsh
8 (2) 30044 DREAM FREE 7 (T,P) M Walford 4-8-13
9 (6) 00002 COCKNEY BOY 17 (V) M Appleby 4-8-10 G Malune (5)
9-2 Jack Of Diamonds, 5-1 Rockshine, Waiting A Lot, 6-1 others.
Yesterday?s racing results
Kempton Park
Going: standard
1.20 (7f) 1, George Villiers (R Havlin, 3-1); 2,
Medal Of Honour (5-1); 3@, Launceston Place
(12-1); 3@, Ocala (11-8 fav). 10 ran. Kl, Ol.
J Gosden.
1.50 (1m) 1, Cape To Cuba (George Wood, 5-2);
2, Beyond Recall (11-2); 3, Sheila?s Rock (6-1).
10 ran. NR: Peters Folly. 3l, 1Nl. J Fanshawe.
2.20 (1m) 1, Express Lady (Josephine Gordon,
6-1); 2, Bint Dandy (14-1); 3, Kitty Boo (2-1 fav).
8 ran. Nk, hd. H Palmer.
2.50 (1m 3f 219yd) 1, Titi Makfi (F Norton,
12-1); 2, Red Verdon (8-1); 3, Dylan Mouth
(11-2). 8 ran. Hd, 1l. M Johnston.
3.20 (1m 2f 219yd) 1, Ply (W Buick, 10-11 fav);
2, Royal Reserve (20-1); 3, Seniority (5-1).
10 ran. 1l, nk. R Charlton.
3.50 (6f) 1, Gulliver (Josephine Gordon, 11-8
fav); 2, Intransigent (16-1); 3, Boy In The Bar
(6-1). 11 ran. Ol, Kl. H Palmer.
4.20 (7f) 1, Dourado (David Probert, 6-1);
2, Glenn Coco (100-30 fav); 3, Portledge (13-2).
11 ran. Hd, nk. P Chamings.
Placepot: �.40.
Quadpot: �.90.
Plumpton
Going: good (good to soft in places)
1.40 (1m 7f 195yd hdle) 1, Parthenius (Harry
Skelton, 5-2); 2, William Hunter (6-4 fav); 3,
King Vince (4-1). 8 ran. NR: Spice Boat. Sh hd,
1Kl. D Skelton.
2.10 (2m 4f 114yd hdle) 1, Roksana (Harry
Skelton, 10-11 fav); 2, Oscar Star (50-1); 3,
Naranja (2-1). 10 ran. 6l, 3Nl. D Skelton.
2.40 (3m 1f 152yd ch) 1, Cucklington (Harry
Cobden, 3-1); 2, Plantagenet (3-1); 3,
Dontminddboys (9-4 fav). 6 ran. NR: Corner
Creek. 2Ol, 5l. C Tizzard.
3.10 (2m 4f 114yd hdle) 1, Ding Ding (M
Goldstein, 16-1); 2, Rothman (12-1); 3, Chef
D?Equipe (9-2). 8 ran. 1l, 2l. Miss S West.
3.40 (2m 3f 164yd ch) 1, Red Square Revival
(T Scudamore, 11-2); 2, Frank N Fair (33-1);
3, Minella Web (5-2 fav). 9 ran. 3Kl, 4l.
D Pipe.
4.10 (2m 4f 114yd hdle) 1, The Game Is A Foot
(W Featherstone, 20-1); 2, Posh Totty (4-7 fav);
3, Mab Dab (7-1). 8 ran. 9l, 1l.
Miss Z Davison.
Placepot: �.00.
Quadpot: �.70.
Southwell
Going: good (good to soft in places)
1.00 (2m 7f 209yd ch) 1, Dotties Dilema (Sean
Bowen, 7-1); 2, Shaiyzar (13-2); 3, Larkhall
(14-1). 11 ran. 1Nl, 11l. P Bowen.
1.30 (2m 7f 209yd ch) 1, Powerful Symbol (R P
McLernon, 3-1); 2, Smiling Jessica (33-1);
3, Goosen Maverick (10-1). 7 ran. 4l, 12l.
Jonjo O?Neill.
2.00 (2m ch) 1, Chirico Vallis (N D Fehily, 1-10
fav); 2, Manwell (8-1); 3, Breeze Along (40-1).
4 ran. 8l, 12l. N Mulholland.
2.30 (2m hdle) 1, Octagon (Harry Bannister, 4-6
fav); 2, Cliffside Park (7-4); 3, Astrum (14-1).
7 ran. NR: Akula. 1Kl, 9l. H Whittington.
3.00 (2m hdle) 1, Generous Day (J M Davies,
7-2); 2, Stepover (9-4 fav); 3, Master Of Finance
(11-4). 6 ran. Sh hd, 8l. Henry Oliver.
3.30 (2m 4f 62yd hdle) 1, Marten (Nico de
Boinville, 9-4); 2, Sky Pirate (8-15 fav);
3, Mackie Dee (8-1). 7 ran. 16l, 41l. B Pauling.
4.00 (2m flat) 1, Strong Glance (A P Cawley,
6-1); 2, Doctor Dex (11-4 jt-fav); 3, Commanche
Red (7-1). 12 ran. 3Kl, 1Nl. F O?Brien.
Placepot: �.00.
Quadpot: �80.
64
2GM
Tuesday November 7 2017 | the times
Sport Rugby union
Scrum showdown
is spoilt by Jones?
choice of venue
Owen Slot Chief Rugby Correspondent
The first week of England?s autumn
campaign kicked off yesterday
morning with what had been dubbed
the ?Battle of Bristol?: a rare forwards
session, England v Wales, on the
playing fields of Clifton College.
Wales edged the start, England
came strong towards the end. Every
dispassionate observer was hoping for
something combustible but, just when
it looked to be getting a little tasty at the
end, the referee Nigel Owens, who had
been invited to officiate, called it to a
close and appeared somewhat relieved.
The extent to which this famous
?friendly? clash was useful to either side
was questionable, however. Neither
pack were able to assert themselves
because the college turf gave way.
This never happens here in school
games. However, an international
scrum is around 30 per cent heavier
and infinitely more powerful and so
neither side could get a serious drive on.
As Dan Cole, the England prop, said
afterwards: ?Unfortunately the pitch
gave way. The pitch was quite heavy so,
after the first engagement, as soon as
there was any movement, it gave way.?
Eddie Jones, the England head
coach, had been here before. Two years
ago, his Japan team had trained here
during the World Cup. However that
was late summer rather than early
autumn. There were 12 scrums yesterday and the pitch bore the wounds afterwards with 12 clear sets of markings
showing where it had been churned up.
?Nobody got pushed off their ball,?
Cole said. ?It was fairly difficult to take
the opposition ball because you
couldn?t really chase your feet. We got
what we wanted out of it in terms of
set-up and engagement. Up to the point
where you have to move your feet, it
was good.?
Everyone declared themselves
delighted with the way the session had
gone. However, in the England world
where no stone is left unturned in the
search for improvement, a scrum
session where you could move your feet
would have been an improvement.
There is certainly an awareness in
the England camp that the scrum has
some way to go before it is fit for a
World Cup. Like many aspects of this
rugby life, Jones has declared that,
when it comes to scrums, the All Blacks
are the market leaders.
This week is about as important as it
gets when it comes to the set piece
because Argentina, who England play
on Saturday, have a scrummaging
tradition like no other. Though they
have drifted away from tradition somewhat this year in the Rugby Championship, England have expectations only of
the old Argentina this weekend.
?If you look at the championship,
they probably did try and play a bit
more,? Neal Hatley, the England scrum
coach, said yesterday. ?But when they
came to Twickenham last year the first
thing was the scrum and trying to take
us on there. That is what we expect.?
Hatley has targeted a 15-20 per cent
Can Genge be the
new Vunipola?
Ellis Genge, who with Joe Marler
banned from Saturday?s game against
Argentina looks set to be at least on the
bench, is close to fellow England loosehead Mako Vunipola at the top of some
key Premiership charts this season
Most defenders beaten
by props
Ellis Genge
18
Mako Vunipola
Alex Waller
10
7
Most carries by props
62
Mako Vunipola
Alex Waller
48
Ross Harrison
Ellis Genge
46
41
Metres gained by props
Mako Vunipola
183
165
Alex Waller
Ellis Genge
147
improvement in the England scrum.
?We?re not the best scrum in the world
and we need to be,? he said. They are
looking at improvements in the basics
of cohesion, timing and the quality of
the strike. They are focused also on
their binds ? to avoid giving away
penalties. Overall, they want a quality
of scrum completion so that they get
the best playable ball off the back.
The recruitment of Marc Dal Maso,
the French scrum guru, for three
one-day scrum consultancies over the
next year reflects this commitment.
Hatley visited him for two days last
month to talk shop. ?He?s a phenomenally big, scrummaging hooker,?
Hatley said. And he should know: they
were scrummaging one-on-one in a
Toulon hotel foyer one night after
midnight. ?He?s that passionate about
what he does,? Hatley said.
One other reason for some England
confidence is the increasing influence
in the Premiership of Ellis Genge, the
Leicester Tigers loose-head prop.
Genge is infamously abrasive; yes, says
Cole, his veteran Tigers team-mate, to
the point where he used to be a liability.
Now, though, Cole believes that
Genge has learnt to control the fire
within. ?He plays on the edge but
rarely goes over it,? Cole said. ?He?s
always been able to carry and he?s
always had that abrasive edge, but I
think he?s more controlled now in what
he can do and how he can channel his
physicality. I think he has got better as
a defender, too, and his scrum has come
along significantly as well.
?A year ago, when he was called in [to
play] against Australia, maybe he was
in there on potential, but now I think
he is here on merit because he is one of
the top two or three loose-heads in the
country.?
The first pupils at pitchside to
watch the show yesterday were the
little ones from the pre-prep school;
they were followed at break time by the
prep school children and then, when
the senior school were finally on break,
the boys who normally play on that turf
came out to watch.
?At the start, Wales had the upper
hand at the scrum,? one informed
observer said, ?but England came
strong at the end.? There is room for
improvement, though. There always is.
Genge has now
controlled the
fire within and
become crucial
for England
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World Cup report opens door to drug abuse, claims France
exclusive
Martyn Ziegler Chief Sports Reporter
The leader of France?s bid for the 2023
Rugby World Cup has warned that the
game will be seen as being soft on drugs
after World Rugby?s technical report
said French laws which criminalise
doping were a risk to the tournament.
France has called on World Rugby to
issue a list of corrections to ?blatant
errors? in the controversial report that
led the governing body to recommend
South Africa as hosts ahead of France
and Ireland.
They have written to Bill Beaumont,
the World Rugby chairman, detailing
more than 20 points it says are
incorrect. This includes the report
stating that the anti-doping laws
were ?a risk? because the French
government had not guaranteed an
exemption for players.
Bernard Laporte, the French
federation president and former sports
minister, told The Times: ?France is the
leader in the crackdown and fight
against doping worldwide. If the world
anti-doping agency sees this report,
they will not believe it. It is laughable.
When you read a statement like that
you allow for doping being acceptable
and leaving the door open to abuse.?
The bid team also points out in the
letter that the International Olympic
Committee, Uefa, and the International Cycling Union regard the
laws as a way of combating doping.
They ask: ?Why, at the level of World
Rugby, do you consider it a risk and not
an opportunity of fighting effectively
against doping??
France also questions other points in
the report, such as those regarding the
economics of the tournament and the
availability of stadiums. ?It says not all
our stadiums are guaranteed, which is
completely wrong,? Laporte said.
?It also says some stadiums may not
be available because of the football cal-
endar, which is also wrong as football
tournaments will be modified to free up
the period for the Rugby World Cup.
?We want World Rugby to issue a list
of corrections on the material mistakes
that have been spotted. We want to give
the delegates the correct facts so that
they have accurate information. I think
France still has a great chance of
winning the vote.?
Laporte also challenged concerns
about France?s laws on alcohol
advertising. He said the report failed to
mention the flexibility around such
advertising introduced in a new law last
year, and said the bid team were ?not
happy? that much of the evaluation was
carried out by World Rugby employees,
rather than by two independent auditing firms as was supposed to be the case.
He does not believe that there has
been a political decision to angle the
report so that it favours South Africa. ?I
am not doubting the good faith of the
people who compiled it, but there was a
certain amount of incompetence.?
Ireland?s bid leaders are deeply
unhappy with the report, which gave
them a score of 72.25 compared with
75.88 for France and 78.97 for South
Africa, based on weighted criteria.
The World Rugby Council will decide
the 2023 hosts at a meeting in London
on November 15.
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The secret session: Robshaw
at No 8, Curry at blind side
ANDY CLEAVER
European rugby has a duty to
protect Pacific Island imports
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Chief Rugby
Correspondent
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Footage filmed on a phone at Clifton College yesterday
shows Chris Robshaw at No 8 for England, perhaps
suggesting he will be the back-up to Nathan Hughes
In the scrum shown on the video, most players are
unclear, although Tom Curry appears to be at blind-side
flanker as England get the better of the contest
It is also clear that, as the England pack drives back
their Welsh counterparts, the ground at the college in
Bristol begins to cut up badly beneath the players? feet
an Leo knew for sure, at
last, that something had to
be done last year after
Sireli Temo committed
suicide.
Temo, a 30-year-old loose-head
prop, was playing for Tarbes in
F閐閞ale 1, the third division of
French rugby. His family moved over
from Fiji, but did not settle. They
returned home and he promised he
would follow.
?We rewound the last year of his
life,? Leo said. ?You can?t pinpoint a
reason but we think it was a lack of
family support.? Temo would get up
in the night to ring his children in Fiji,
where it was daytime. Tiredness
kicked in ? and that did not help his
rugby.
Leo is a former Samoa
international who played for three
English and two French clubs, so this
is a storyline he recognises. As he
explained, many players in France are
paid a small fixed sum, and then more
based on appearances. Some receive
just match fees, so the pressure
mounts on them to stay fit. Temo was
turning up to training tired and he
got injured. ?Slippery slope,? Leo said.
Last year, he helped to set up an
organisation called Pacific Rugby
Players Welfare (PRPW) which
supports professional and semiprofessional players of Pacific Island
heritage in the UK and Europe. Their
aim is for no Pacific Islander to feel
isolated while playing the sport far
from their home.
After Temo?s death, Leo began
trying to co-ordinate the influx of
Pacific Islanders into the European
game. He thought there must be
about 300 playing in Europe but was
astonished at how wrong he was. He
now thinks there are 700, but when
they are playing in the lower leagues
in England and as far down as the
sixth division in France, it is
impossible to know for sure.
They play elsewhere too: some in
Portugal, Russia and Spain, and a
number of them were recently named
in the Romania squad. There is quite
a crowd in Sri Lanka too. Apparently
they are paid quite well there.
Temo is not the only suicide case.
Leo believes there have been three in
the past five years, though for one of
those, from a road accident, the
suicide is unconfirmed.
Last month, there was nearly
another: a player tried to jump from a
Leo played for London Irish during the 2014-15 season before moving to London
Welsh, having spent the previous nine years at Wasps, Bordeaux and Perpignan
high-rise building. Leo was called by a
contact. ?It took ten police officers to
wrestle him and get him into
hospital,? he said.
The player has made quick
progress, so much so that the medics
were shocked. ?We got some Islanders
around him who spoke to him,? Leo
said. ?Automatically, he snapped out.
The docs were trying to use drugs.
But all it took was getting people
around him that he could relate to.?
This is clearly a big issue for Pacific
Island rugby in particular, but also for
the broader game. It is a huge import
business that has spun out of control.
We will no doubt warm to the
Islander teams on their autumn tours
this month, but behind the front of
house, it is a very different picture.
?Most of the horror stories are
coming from France,? Leo said. In
France, he met newly arrived
Islanders as young as 17. He had
imagined French agents in suits on
the touchlines of Apia and Suva, but
some of these boys just posted their
highlights from school games on
Facebook and were contacted online.
They come to the centres de
formation ? the French clubs?
equivalent of an academy. They are
promised three meals a day,
accommodation and ?700 a month.
When Leo was at Perpignan, he
would spend time with some of the
Fijian boys in the academy. He found
them living on mattresses on a floor,
and at weekends, when their French
contemporaries went home, three
meals a day became zero. ?Our boys
don?t have a support network,? Leo
said.
There are twin problems here. One:
the Islanders are regarded as talented,
cheap labour. Two: for almost every
single one of them, their main priority
? above the glory, the trophies and a
career in the sport ? is earning
money to send home, sometimes up
to 80 per cent of their income. That is
when ?700 does not stretch far.
They are proud too. ?A lot of people
in the islands don?t realise that we
aren?t all earning the same as Ma?a
Nonu at Toulon for instance,? Leo
said. ?They see you are on a contract
overseas so they [think you] must be
earning good money. There is a lot of
pride in our communities so rather
than say, ?I?m not,? the players try to
send everything they can.?
This means they are often isolated,
away from the family, the community
and the church they have at home,
and struggling to live up to
expectations. ?A lot are living really
deprived lives,? Leo said.
His concern is the age of the
imports. With the residency period
for international eligibility set to be
extended from three years to five in
2020, will clubs be tapping them up
two years younger?
Some young Islanders, of course,
are well looked after. And there are
some agents who import talent to
France and do hang around to see
that they are cared for. However,
there clearly needs to be some
regulation. It is a scandal that no duty
of care is required from agents.
PRPW has support from players
such as Mako Vunipola, Manu Tuilagi
and Nathan Hughes in England,
along with Victor Vito and Joe
Rokocoko in France. When their
countrymen come to Europe this
autumn, these men cannot shout
loudly enough.
Wales wait on Tipuric injury Time for Samoa to be given a fair share
Steve James
Wales could now be without three of
their four 2017 British & Irish Lions
back-row forwards for their autumn
international against Australia as
Justin Tipuric, the open-side flanker, is
a serious doubt with a thigh injury.
With Ross Moriarty having only just
returned for Gloucester after injury
and Sam Warburton out until January,
Taulupe Faletau may be the only
back-row Lion available on Saturday.
Ellis Jenkins, James Davies and
Ollie Griffiths are injured, and with
Thomas Young and Will Boyde
overlooked, Josh Navidi could make his
home debut. Aaron Shingler is likely to
be selected at blind-side flanker.
Wales may also be without scrum
half Rhys Webb, who has a knee injury.
Gareth Davies is his likely replacement.
?We are just waiting until the last
minute when we name the team on
Thursday, to give them as much time as
possible and then make an educated
decision,? Shaun Edwards, the Wales
assistant coach, said.
?Obviously they [Tipuric and Webb]
were both on the Lions tour recently
and both played very well on that tour.
But I always say if one man goes down,
the next man will come in and he will be
just as determined as well.?
F
or Fiji, Samoa and Tonga to
move forward in the world
game, the starting point has to
be a fairer wealth distribution
model. As an indicator of where we
are, Dan Leo recalls one training
session in Apia, the capital of
Samoa, where the national women?s
team had to wait for the men to
finish so they could borrow their
rugby boots, as some of them did not
have boots of their own.
Considerable pressure is being put
on the RFU to share some of the
revenue from England?s fixture
against Samoa on November 25. Last
November, the RFU made about
� million from the match against
Fiji and gave a goodwill gift of
�,000 to the visitors. Like many, I
would urge the RFU to raise that
goodwill gesture to Samoa tenfold, if
not more.
This, however, is not a problem for
the RFU to solve. It is World Rugby?s
problem.
An attempt has been made to level
the playing field by having tier-one
nations play matches in the Pacific
Islands, so that the hosts can recoup
the revenue from the fixture
themselves.
This is not a solution. For
instance, Apia Park ? Samoa?s
national stadium ? has a capacity
of 15,000. That is not a patch on
Twickenham?s 82,000, particularly
when you cannot afford to price
tickets over the equivalent of �.
When the All Blacks played their
historic first Test in Apia in 2015, the
Samoans made a loss of �0,000.
It is here, in these European
autumns, where the big money lies.
If Samoa are helping the RFU haul
in � million then, somehow, World
Rugby has to find a way of giving
them their share.
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Confident Crane is ready to
be an unlikely game-changer
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Will Macpherson Adelaide
An average in the forties might suggest
a Test batsman in waiting, but not a
bowler. Here, though, is Mason Crane,
20 years old and bowling leg spin on an
Ashes tour, with England?s prime spinner injured and opportunity knocking.
Crane accepts that he is still finding
his feet in red-ball cricket, where his
challenge is to make every ball an
event that truly matters, like the 24 or
60 he would bowl in limited-overs
cricket, where his record is closer to
that of an international aspirant.
Moeen Ali?s side injury allowed
Crane to play against the Western
Australia XI ? he held his nerve when
under attack to pick up two wickets,
including that of Josh Philippe, who
had given England?s seamers hell ?
and he is likely to get another chance in
Adelaide this week.
Despite ?a couple of iffy overs from
round the wicket?, Crane was happy
enough with his performance in Perth.
A second-day Waca pitch is not the
kindest to his craft and he concentrated
on his stock ball over variations and
says he is ?very confident he could do a
job? if called upon in the Ashes. ?I
probably wouldn?t be here if others
didn?t think so either,? he adds. Do not
mistake his confidence for cockiness.
Three events, one in each format of
the game and all in the past 12 months,
underpin the selectors? faith in Crane
and led to their parking of inherent
English suspicion of leg spin.
First came his transformative
southern summer playing grade cricket
for Gordon in Sydney last season,
working with Stuart MacGill and,
eventually, becoming the first overseas
player to represent New South Wales
since Imran Khan in 1984-85.
?Stu?s been a big influence,? he says.
?He was brilliant and he is as passionate
as anyone I?ve seen when talking about
bowling. That came across even when I
just spoke to him over a coffee.? Crane
relishes such conversations. When he
first bowled in the garden some time in
2005 ? no coincidence ? leggies were
what popped out, and he is mad about
wrist spin and its scope for deception
and trickery.
Crane is an only child and neither of
his parents ? his dad is a hairdresser
and mum a credit controller ? were
cricket fans. Before leaving nervously
for Australia last year, he still lived with
them and had never been away for
longer than a cricket tour; unlike a
cricket tour, he was not with a bunch
of mates and did not know a soul at Gordon. But, set up by his Hampshire teammate Will Smith, it proved a perfect
match. Crane picked up three sevenwicket hauls, returned fitter, stronger,
much more independent, and has since
moved out of the family home, seeing
those six months as a catalyst for the
accelerated development that has happened since. Gordon wanted him back
this winter but he was always set to be
otherwise engaged, most likely with
England Lions. He has helped to forge a
thread, though: Matt Parkinson, the
21-year-old Lancashire leg spinner, is on
an overseas placement at Gordon now.
Crane went straight from the SCG to
the North v South one-day series in the
United Arab Emirates and veritably
bounced off the plane. In the third
game, the North were cruising to
victory (146 for two, chasing 229) when
Crane returned, and took four wickets
for one run in 12 balls.
The bookmakers were paying out in
June when he was selected in the T20
squad to face South Africa. On his
debut, which was his sixth senior match
in the format, at his home ground the
Ageas Bowl, his four overs cost just 24,
but it was his second game, the decider
in Cardiff, that showed his poise and
chutzpah.
His first two overs had cost an acceptable nine runs apiece when AB de Villiers decided to launch. Crane did not feel
he had bowled a bad ball but the first
five balls of his third over leaked 18 runs,
including two sixes. Convinced that
this would be his last ball of the match
? and that if De Villiers continued on
his merry way England would lose ?
he stuck to his guns, giving the ball
flight and rip. De Villiers went hard
again but fell into the trap and was
caught on the leg-side fence.
Crane still believes that the most important lesson he has learnt came when
?being pummelled? when playing men?s
cricket as a pre-teen. As he showed in
Cardiff, and again in Perth this weekend, going for runs does not faze him,
and he will keep trying to get his man.
Funnily enough, the De Villiers ball
was not his last in the match. His fourth
over brought two runs, four plays and
misses from Farhaan Behardien and
five dot-balls. Figures of 2.5-0-36-0
became 4-0-38-1. England won and
took the series 2-1.
Crane is not even the leg spinner with
the lowest average in England?s squad
? that is Dawid Malan at 39.96 ?
and still finds himself ignored by
Hampshire when conditions do not
suit. But England sense that they have a
cricketer and character better than his
numbers suggest, a wicket-taker and
game-changer. He is intent on proving
them right and, if he does, we are all in
for quite a ride.
By Will Macpherson
Root turns to old stagers
England will have a new
vice-captain within a
week, Joe Root said
before their opening
game of the tour. They
are not brimming with
candidates, so the old stagers Alastair
Cook, Stuart Broad and James
Anderson, above, are the frontrunners
to replace Ben Stokes. Anderson said,
?It?s not something I?ve thought about,?
but also that he would not turn it down.
?Myself, Alastair and Stuart Broad all
bring experience to the group and our
job is to try and help where we can.?
Starc reminder for England
Anderson said that he is ?loosely
keeping tabs? on the Sheffield Shield as
Australia?s best are put through their
paces. While England made their way
from Perth to Adelaide, New South
Wales?s Mitchell Starc, below, ended
Western Australia?s innings with a hattrick. Sure, he was knocking over Nos 9,
10 and 11, but all three received yorkers
from round the
wicket. By
stumps Steve
Smith was
unbeaten
on 74.
Beware the twilight zone
In the summer, Anderson and his
team-mates collared their South African
opponents for information on playing
pink-ball Tests at Adelaide Oval. ?They
said it was difficult in the twilight period
and when the lights came on,? he said.
?We tried to tap into them for as much
information as we could.?
Pretenders or contenders?
Crane made the most of an injury to fellow spinner Ali by picking up two wickets
at the Waca and is expected to be given another chance in Adelaide this week
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Chief Football Writer
FA must balance trophies and diversity
F
ootage of England?s wonderful
comeback against Spain in the recent
Under-17 World Cup final leapt out
from the large screens in the reception
at St George?s Park yesterday. Steve
Cooper?s latest generation wandered around,
mixing with Aidy Boothroyd?s under-21s and
Gareth Southgate?s senior players, a vivid
depiction of the pathway designed by Dan
Ashworth, the FA?s technical director.
Cooper, Boothroyd and Southgate chatted
about players? progression, keeping the
continuity going through the age-groups. Kevin
Betsy, the under-15s? coach, was at St George?s,
working with Boothroyd?s squad, maintaining
the cross-pollination of ideas.
As if to underline the joined-up thinking, the
FA put up Tammy Abraham as their main
interviewee of the day. ?I?ve come up through
the under-18s, 20s and 21s and so it?s nice to get
this opportunity with the first team,? Abraham
said. He looked almost wide-eyed with delight at
being there yet he is a regular, having already
represented England on 32 occasions.
Ashworth?s system ensures orderly movement
onwards and upwards, reaching for the firstteam stars.
The man himself, a controversial figure,
marched around the National Football Centre
(NFC) in that business-like way of his, talking to
coaches between meetings, and very
deliberately strolling into the media area to
greet the press. Ashworth is not the type to hide
despite his mauling by the department for
digital, culture, media and sport select
committee over his disastrous and offensive
handling of the Eni Aluko saga, when a coach
Ashworth backed, Mark Sampson, was found to
have made racist comments.
Ashworth is experiencing a year of two
halves, and inevitably receiving very little public
praise for the astonishing success of the junior
sides because of the storm clouds still lingering
from the Aluko case. Yet it is worth noting that
England have not lost a game in tournaments in
2017 (the only reverses came in two penalty
shoot-outs). They?ve played 34, won 30, drawn 4
(including the penalty shoot-outs), scoring 83
goals, and conceding 21.
The trophy factory that is now St George?s
Park is dominated by the slight but energetic
figure of Ashworth. While the FA?s offices at
Wembley were hit by cutbacks, the National
Football Centre was largely ring-fenced.
Ashworth fought hard. He?s highly regarded
within the FA for devising this playerdevelopment plan, building on the work of club
academies, giving players a platform, and the
rewards are now being seen.
Since Ashworth joined in 2012, England have
won the 2014 Under-17 European
Championship, the Toulon tournament in 2016
and 2017 and the Under-19 European
Championship, Under-17 and Under-20 World
Cups this year.
Yet any visitor to St George?s Park is surely
struck by the feeling that it is a very white place,
in terms of the coaches and FA staff, failing to
reflect the diversity of the squads training there.
Betsy has been appointed while pictures of
Chris Ramsey and Chris Powell have, belatedly,
appeared on the wall in the main corridor
during the most recent
makeover.
The Aluko case escalated
into a debate about diversity
within the FA, especially
among the decision-making
elite. It was a point cogently
articulated on BBC Radio
Four?s Today programme by
Dame Heather Rabbatts, a
significant loss to the
game when she stood
down from the FA board.
Furious about the
organisation?s inept
handling of the
Aluko situation, she
accused Ashworth off
allowing a
?monoculture? to
develop. Rabbatts claimed a ??crisis?
was engulfing the FA because of ?the
fact that there is a lack of inclusion,
that black people, they do not have the
opportunity to work when they are off
the field of play within that
organisation?. She said that Ashworth?s
The handling of the Aluko case has
escalated debate about FA diversity
position was ?untenable?, a point echoed by the
chairman of Kick It Out, Lord Ouseley.
Ashworth outraged the PFA. These are strong,
respected voices. Ashworth was besieged. Last
week, Ashworth phoned Rabbatts to address her
criticism and he is known to be hurt by the
accusation that he doesn?t care about black,
Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) coaches.
A version of the Rooney Rule is being applied
at all age-group appointments with BAME
candidates interviewed (such as Paul Ince for
the under-21s) and BAME representation on the
panel. Wayne Allison is the FA?s coach inclusion
and diversity manager. BAME mentors are
being trained up and sent to work in the game.
The FA wants its Pro Licence intake to include
more BAME coaches. To an extent, the FA does
more than other countries in encouraging
BAME candidates. Clubs, certainly, could do
more.
Yet the FA has to work even harder to
convince the likes of Ian Wright, a leading critic
of the organisation, that it is a more inclusive
organisation, one that truly believes in its new
slogan ?For All?. Is change coming?
It is an open secret within the higher levels of
the FA that it is actively seeking BAME
candidates to make the board reflect society,
and the sport. Female BAME contenders
have been approached, including from
the media.
Paul Elliott, the former Chelsea
and Aston Villa player, would
certainly bring dressing-room
e
expertise
as well as lengthy
e
experience
of diversity issues
and campaigns to the FA
b
board.
The FA needs help. It needs
Elliott to bring insight and
m
more
credibility. Ashworth
needs more around him who
reflect the game. His argument
t the select committee that
to
?
?I?m
not an HR expert? was
w
weak;
one of the most important
p
parts
of his job involves human
r
resources,
ensuring that the right
p
people
are put in charge of youngsters,
dealing with any tensions that may
arise between player and coach.
A proper complaints procedure needs
establishing at the heart of St George?s Park so
that everyone feels they are being heard.
Rabbatts and Lord Ouseley are right in calling
for the pace of change to quicken. The FA must
be ?For All?. But not every mistake, even one as
grievous as Ashworth?s, should lead to dismissal.
Even in a fast-spinning world of rolling news, and
social media demanding heads rolling, the FA is
right to resist the clamour for his departure.
Clearly he has issues to address, apologies to
make, lessons to learn, shrewder appointments
to make, but England?s development would be
stymied if he left. Ashworth remains the driving
force along the new England pathway.
From the moment he arrived from West
Bromwich Albion, having finally been released
from serving his notice, Ashworth talked within
the NFC of his ?passion? for bringing through
more technical players, backs building attacks,
exciting No 10s, and players taking the ball
under pressure, confident in their own first
touch and mentality. He spoke to staff about
searching for successors to the fearless likes of
Paul Gascoigne, and the FA has certainly
worked with clubs in developing youngsters
such as Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho.
Ars鑞e Wenger spoke admiringly of the FA?s
impact on the next generation after the under17s? triumph. ?For once we can all have the
opportunity to congratulate the FA,? the
Arsenal manager said. ?It doesn?t happen a lot.?
True. It?s too often too difficult to praise the
FA. Yet Ashworth has overhauled the age-group
system, deepening it and giving it more overseas
tests. Ashworth is almost messianic in his quest
that everything is focused on providing the
platform for England to win. Everyone
employed at St George?s in whatever capacity
has one aim. As he tells staff, ?It?s the Nasa
thing, isn?t it? What?s your job? It?s to put the
man on the moon.? Everybody is on the same
mission.
Yet the importance of encouraging greater
diversity within the FA, ensuring that black
players are not subjected to racist comments,
and that BAME coaches feel the glass ceiling
can be smashed through, cannot be emphasised
enough. Along with the pursuit of trophies,
Ashworth and all at St George?s must remember
that The FA is For All.
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City furious at Wenger?s
claim that Sterling dived
Paul Hirst
Manchester City have reacted with
anger and shock to Ars鑞e Wenger?s
claim that Raheem Sterling dived to
win a penalty in Sunday?s 3-1 victory
over Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.
The Arsenal manager accused
Sterling of deceiving the referee
Michael Oliver into awarding City a
penalty that Sergio Ag黣ro converted
to put the hosts 2-0 up. Wenger claimed
that the result could have been
different had Oliver not awarded the
kick. ?He dives very well,? Wenger said
of Sterling in comments that have
infuriated City officials.
They pointed out that the winger
stayed on his feet after being pushed
by Kyle Walker, then a Tottenham
Hotspur player, during Spurs? visit to
the Etihad last season.
Their bafflement at Wenger?s criticism is increased by the fact that he
tried to sign the England player in the
final week of the transfer window as
part of Alexis S醤chez?s proposed
� million move to City, which fell
through on deadline day in August.
City are not minded to make a formal
complaint against Wenger but are
disappointed by the 68-year-old?s criticism and his claim that Pep Guardiola?s
team seem to get favourable treatment
from referees during home matches.
Wenger said that his team have
become used to not getting fair treatment in Manchester after he claimed
that both of City?s goals in their 2-1 win
over Arsenal last season should have
been ruled out for offside. At the weekend, he pointed out that David Silva
was offside in the build-up to Gabriel
Jesus?s goal, which made the score 3-1.
City observed that Sead Kolasinac,
the Arsenal defender, was not punished
for appearing to push Sterling in the
penalty area during the first half on
Sunday. They also noted that Nacho
Monreal?s handball of a Jes鷖 Navas
shot in the Arsenal area was not given
in the closing moments of April?s 2-2
draw at the Emirates Stadium. The
Spanish left back admitted to
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Meanwhile, Guardiola could be
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first Premier League start of the season
after the international break if Vincent
Kompany continues to struggle in his
recovery from another calf injury.
Nicol醩 Otamendi picked up his fifth
booking of the season on Sunday,
meaning he is suspended for City?s next
match, which is away to Leicester City
a week on Sunday.
Guardiola loaned Mangala to
Valencia last season and unsuccessfully
tried to sell the France centre back this
summer. Kompany has missed City?s
past 14 games because of his injury,
which he suffered during Belgium?s 9-0
win over Gibraltar on August 31.
City were hopeful that their injuryplagued captain would only be out for a
couple of weeks, but the 31-year-old is
yet to train with the first team.
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down under
the challenge
of Monreal at
the Etihad
Manchester this weekend to discuss the
Belgium defender?s rehabilitation and
Guardiola hopes that Kompany will
return to training next week.
Otamendi has started every Premier
League and Champions League match
this season and has formed a solid
partnership with John Stones, the
England centre back. ?He?ll be a big
miss because I?ve enjoyed playing with
him and we?ve had a good run so far,?
Stones said of the Argentina defender.
?Every player, either playing or on the
bench, is vital to us with the amount of
games we have.?
Should Kompany not be fit for the
Leicester game, Guardiola could turn
to Tosin Adarabioyo, a 20-year-old
academy graduate, if he does not think
that Mangala is up to the task.
Adarabioyo has started just one
match this season, the Carabao Cup tie
against Wolverhampton Wanderers,
which City won on penalties.
Oystons must pay �m to Blackpool shareholder
McCarthy out of play-off
Millionaire businessman Valeri
Belokon has won a bitter High
Court battle over the running of
Blackpool with the Oyston family,
the majority shareholders, who
have been ordered to pay him
� million. Belokon, a minor
shareholder, brought an action
against the Oystons alleging that
they had shown prejudice against
James McCarthy and Richard
Keogh have been ruled out of
Ireland?s World Cup play-off against
Denmark with hamstring and groin
problems respectively. It is hoped
Jeff Hendrick will be fit for
Saturday?s first leg in Copenhagen
after the Burnley midfielder picked
up an injury against Southampton
on Saturday.
shareholders. Owen Oyston and his
son Karl, the chairman, denied the
accusations during a civil trial this
year before Mr Justice Marcus
Smith ruled yesterday a ?financial
buyout? was appropriate. The
Oystons were refused permission to
appeal and the judge ruled that an
initial � million should be paid
within 28 days.
Mak閘閘� quits Swansea to be head coach in Belgium
Fylde to take on Wigan
Claude Mak閘閘� has resigned as an
assistant coach at Swansea City to
become head coach at KAS Eupen
in Belgium. Paul Clement added
Mak閘閘�, 44, to his coaching staff
in January having worked alongside
him under Carlo Ancelotti at Paris
Saint-German. The pair revived
Swansea?s fortunes in the Premier
League last season but they are now
second from bottom in the table.
Two non-League sides will face
former cup winners after the draw
for the second round of the FA Cup
took place last night. AFC Fylde,
through to this stage for the first
time, will host 2013 winners Wigan,
now in League One, while fellow
National League side Boreham
Wood will visit Coventry City, who
lifted the cup in 1987.
Mak閘閘� joined Clement in January
FA Cup result and draw, below
Coach suspended over relationship claim
Athletics
Ron Lewis Athletics Correspondent
A coach has been suspended by
British Athletics after allegations
emerged of an inappropriate
relationship between him and a
female javelin thrower.
David Parker, 37, is the lead coach
for throws at Loughborough University and also works part-time with
British Athletics. An investigation
into the allegations has begun,
although it is understood the athlete
concerned is not under-age.
?British Athletics and Loughborough University can confirm that a
coach has been suspended pending
an investigation,? the governing body
said in a statement. ?Both organisations are working closely to support
any athlete who may be impacted in
any way.?
Parker is a former javelin thrower
who won a gold medal at the World
Junior Championships in Annecy,
France, in 1998 when the only other
British champion was Christian
Malcolm, who won gold in both the
100m and 200m. Parker also
competed for England at the
Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006, finishing ninth.
Before taking his role at Loughborough, he worked for the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield as a senior
strength and conditioning coach and
worked with the Team GB diving
squad before the London Olympics.
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Fixtures
Carver 58
3,526
(0) 1 Fleetwood T(0) 2
Cole 77, Sowerby 90+1
Sent off: Coyle 69
FA Cup second-round draw (ties to be
played weekend of December 1-4):
Woking or Bury v Tranmere or
Peterborough; MK Dons v Maidstone;
Newport Co v Cambridge Utd; Wycombe
v Leatherhead or Billericay; Port Vale v
Yeovil; Shrewsbury v Morecambe;
Doncaster
v
Northampton
or
Scunthorpe; Slough v Rochdale; AFC
Wimbledon v Charlton; Stevenage v
Swindon; Mansfield v Guiseley or
Accrington; Gateshead v Luton;
Bradford v Plymouth; Blackburn v
Crewe; Fylde v Wigan; Gillingham v
Carlisle; Notts Co v Oxford City; Forest
Green v Exeter; Fleetwood v Hereford;
Coventry v Boreham Wood.
American football
NFL results: Oakland 27 Miami 24;
Dallas 28 Kansas City 17; Arizona 20 San
Francisco 10; Washington 17 Seattle 14;
Indianapolis
20
Houston
14;
Jacksonville 23 Cincinnati 7; New
Orleans 30 Tampa Bay 10; LA Rams 51
NY Giants 17; Carolina 20 Atlanta 17;
Philadelphia 51 Denver 23; Tennessee
23 Baltimore 20.
Basketball
NBA results: LA Lakers 107 Memphis
102; Portland 103 Oklahoma City 99;
Minnesota 112 Charlotte 94; NY Knicks
108 Indiana 101; Houston Rockets 137
Utah 110; San Antonio 112 Phoenix 95;
Boston 104 Orlando 88; Washington 107
Toronto 96; Miami 104 LA Clippers 101;
Atlanta 117 Cleveland 115.
Snooker
Coventry, Ricoh Arena, Champion of
Champions, first round: R Day (Wales)
bt B Hawkins (Eng) 4-2; A Hamilton
(Eng) bt Ding Junhui (China) 4-2.
Quarter-final: Hamilton bt Day 6-4.
Football
7.45 unless stated
Checkatrade Trophy: Morecambe v
Leicester U21; Wigan v Accrington;
Rochdale v Blackburn; Oldham v
Newcastle U21 (7.30); Port Vale v
Crewe; Coventry v West Brom U21;
Shrewsbury v Walsall; Bradford v
Rotherham (7.30); Lincoln City v Notts
County; Charlton v Portsmouth;
Gillingham v Reading U21; Southend v
Colchester;
Newport
County
v
Cheltenham (7.30); Oxford United v MK
Dons; Stevenage v Brighton U21;
Cambridge United v Peterboro;
Northampton v Southampton U21.
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69
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Sport
West Ham are placing their survival
hopes in the hands of an undertaker
BPI/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
After watching Sunderland?s
decline under David Moyes
George Caulkin cannot fathom
the London club?s preference
How results deteriorated
after a favourable start
David Moyes built a strong managerial
reputation during an 11-year spell in charge of
Everton, despite winning no trophies and
flirtations with relegation. However, his stock
has fallen dramatically since leaving Goodison
Park. The Glaswegian was deemed a failure at
Old Trafford, despite a win percentage that
matched his successors. However, reigns in
Spain and Sunderland were also shortlived and
very short on victories.
A
t Roy Keane?s first press conference
as Sunderland manager, he deployed
the death stare. There had been a
snort in the room ? incautious,
half-suppressed ? when one of the
club?s Irish owners talked about qualifying for
the Champions League. It was fanciful; the team
were flailing near the foot of English football?s
second tier, much as they are now, but Keane
was furious at the lack of respect.
The former captain of Manchester United
trained his lasers and the laughter stopped. At
the end of that season, when Sunderland had
been promoted to the Premier League as
champions, Keane rejected the offer of an opentop bus parade, a civic reception. He did not
even want his picture taken with a trophy which
represented failure as much as success. He set a
searing tone; no excuses, no compromise.
Sunderland craved a bit of Keane?s spirit last
summer. After their long, grisly embrace with
relegation, after the dismay of Sam Allardyce?s
defection to England when they had finally
stumbled upon a degree of momentum, they
needed a fuse to be lit beneath the city, some
shock therapy. What they got was an
undertaker; within two matches, both defeats,
David Moyes was dressed for the mortuary.
After Sunderland?s loss to Middlesbrough,
Moyes was asked to respond to those fearing
more toil at the bottom of the table. ?Well, they
would probably be right,? he said. ?That?s where
they?ve been every other year for the last four
years, so why would it suddenly change?? The
season before, Allardyce had said something
similar, but did it with swagger and arrogance;
Big Sam to the rescue.
There were no more miracles at Sunderland,
nor was there to be a setting down of roots.
Under Ellis Short?s chaotic ownership, they had
veered between models and systems, hoarding
mediocre players and then changing managers,
and Moyes was supposed to represent the long
term. The long term was the wrong term. There
was no bounce, no jolt, no uplift, no semblance
of strategy.
In that context, it is difficult to rationalise
West Ham United?s decision to appoint Moyes.
Do they not require those things, too? The Scot
is available, fresh from the television studios and
with a reputation for overachievement at
Everton to consider, but at what point does his
hinterland become more about Manchester
United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland? How
many disappointments does it take?
That, of course, is a withering assessment.
Football can be as much about circumstances as
talent. He followed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old
Trafford and grappled with a team on the turn.
He took on the rare, alien challenge of La Liga.
continued from back
West Ham to appoint Moyes
resuscitating a team that have won two
Premier League matches this term. The
49-year-old Croat will receive almost
�million in compensation, with West
Ham paying off the full value of a
contract due to expire next summer. He
is likely to take a break from football
after being ground down by his
struggles.
Moyes is eager to return to work
having resigned from Sunderland after
their relegation last season, and West
Ham hope to conclude negotiations
quickly. The former Manchester
United manager is also in the running
for the Scotland job after Gordon
Strachan?s departure last month but
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Premier League win percentages before,
during and after Moyes's tenure
Before
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After
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Moyes, right, and Bilic go head to head in April. As with the Croat, the Sunderland manager?s brand
of football became increasingly ragged and the North East club now appear in terminal decline
?It feels good to me,? he said on his Sunderland
arrival. ?The timing is so positive.? He did not
know that Short was about to put the club on
the market, bringing limited scope for transfers.
There was further mitigation, a truncated preseason, the loss of Youn鑣 Kaboul to Watford, a
stand-off when Lamine Kon� pressed to join
Everton. There was also a glut of injuries, but in
the areas where Moyes had the power to make a
difference, there was nothing. Adnan Januzaj
was the latest in a dispiriting line of statement
signings to wither. Papy Djilobodji cost
�million and was miserable.
It was not what he would do if the reins were
freer, he said, but Moyes retreated to what he
knew. He brought in Januzaj, Paddy McNair,
Darron Gibson, Donald Love, Steven Pienaar,
Bryan Oviedo, Joleon Lescott, Victor Anichebe,
refugees from his previous clubs. He was caught
on camera saying a female BBC reporter might
get a ?slap?. As his team traipsed towards
extinction, he sounded like a dinosaur.
Between them, Moyes, Allardyce, Roy
Hodgson, Tony Pulis and Mark Hughes will
have had 23 managerial jobs in the Premier
League. We should treasure experience and
never discount age but, when we lament the
lack of opportunities for British coaches, should
we not really be unpicking a lack of
imagination? But then fear rules the division; a
fear of missing out on the top four, of going
down. Clubs look towards the known.
Sunderland were never an easy option. When
relegation was confirmed, they were �7 million
would prefer to return to club football.
Alan Irvine, who assisted Moyes at
Everton, will join West Ham as his
assistant while another former Everton
coach, Chris Woods, will remain in
charge of the goalkeepers. Tony
Henry, West Ham?s director of player
recruitment, also worked at Goodison
Park as chief scout under Moyes, so the
Scot will be surrounded by allies.
He may need those with West Ham
vice-chairman Karren Brady speaking
out after Moyes was caught on
microphone in April warning a
female reporter she could get a ?slap?.
?If it?s wrong to be a bit racist,
it?s also wrong to be a bit sexist,? she said
at the time. ?But while he should keep
his job, I really hope that from now on
he starts to think before he speaks.?
in debt and had a nonsensical wage bill of
� million. There was a bitter irony in Short
finally refusing to switch tack, going down and
then Moyes resigning, but the role had already
chewed up decent managers in Steve Bruce,
Martin O?Neill and Dick Advocaat. Last week,
Simon Grayson followed. Short has been like a
drunken gambler chasing bad bets.
It would be interesting to know what Slaven
Bilic really thinks about West Ham?s directors;
what Allardyce thought. Like Short, they, too,
have seldom given the impression of being easy
to work with, even if the finances are less tight.
There is something to be said for creative
tension ? ask Keane about that ? but Moyes
never won Sunderland over. He never
persuaded Short. As with the dog days of Bilic,
his team became ragged.
?The journey has to start at the bottom,?
Moyes, 54, had said at Sunderland 15 months
ago, but it stayed there. There were attempts to
reconnect the club to its surroundings but
although he was always honest, always prepared
to engage, the football was moribund.
Moyes was a beaten man, beaten by
Sunderland (the only kind of victory they seem
to muster). He is not alone in that and, to give
him credit, when he walked away he left a
�million pay-off behind him. Perhaps the break
from football has reignited his hunger. Perhaps
it was always there. But, when West Ham did
their research, when they conducted their due
diligence, when they picked through the debris,
what did they find apart from rubble?
West Ham have opted for Moyes
because of his availability and experience of the Premier League. While the
54-year-old would prefer a longer-term
deal he is likely to accept a contract
until the end of the season with the
proviso that he can earn a new one
if he fulfils the club?s brief off
finishing in the top half of the table.
Bilic came close to meeting those
objectives in his first two seasons att
the club, with finishing positions off
seventh and 11th, but after a poor
start to this campaign, in
which West Ham lost
their opening three
Premier
League
matches, the club
began to fear he
had lost faith in
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his own ability. While his players
remained supportive, there were
concerns in the boardroom that he
was too soft on them and that, as a
result, the team were short of
fitness and organisation.
Sullivan and Gold are said to
have been alarmed by
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statistics
showing that West
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t least distance and made
the
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poor summer transfer
Gold expects
West Ham to
finish in the top
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window, but his own mistakes
proved costly. Bilic pushed for the
� million club-record signing of
Marko Arnautovic from Stoke City but
the forward has yet to score and is
believed to have a difficult relationship
with some team-mates.
?I am sad and disappointed but not in
the club, I expected it,? Bilic said.
?There are no hard feelings. I am going
to be, especially when some time goes
by, very proud of my work here.?
Gold and Sullivan paid tribute to
Bilic before making clear that they
expect his successor to take West Ham
swiftly up the table. ?We see this as an
exciting opportunity to appoint a
quality manager to inject fresh ideas,
organisation and enthusiasm into a
very talented squad,? they said.
70
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Tuesday November 7 2017 | the times
Sport Football
Chelsea?s man in middle
Oliver Kay
Chief Football
Correspondent
Even after ten years as a central
character in the Stamford Bridge soap
opera, Michael Emenalo leaves as
something of an enigma. He rose from
obscurity to figure at the heart of the
most intriguing storylines, power
struggles and many comings and
goings, but Chelsea?s supporters
might now be concerned, rather than
delighted, by his departure.
This is not Antonio Conte winning
his power struggle with the Chelsea
hierarchy. The head coach will be as
unsure as anyone about the repercussions of yesterday?s announcement that
Emenalo is stepping down as technical
director. The two men clashed on a
number of occasions, with Conte at
times trying to bypass him, but the
Italian, for all his many qualities, is the
start-a-fight-in-an-empty-room type,
as was Jos� Mourinho. Emenalo sought
to build bridges, not burn them. It must
all have been exhausting.
Then there was the not-so-small
difficulty that Emenalo faced in trying
to manage upwards in Roman
Abramovich?s regime. The increasingly
influential Marina Granovskaia is the
closest thing that Chelsea have had to a
chief executive, running the club on a
day-to-day basis since Ron Gourlay?s
departure three years ago. It is a strange
set-up: a three-person plc board and a
four-person football club board, with
Bruce Buck, Eugene Tenenbaum and
Granovskaia sitting on both. Emenalo
operated below that structure,
reporting to Granovskaia. Here, too,
relations were a little strained.
Emenalo was known to be frustrated
by lining up deals ? and here he was
usually on the same page as Conte ?
that would fall down at the negotiation
stage. Granovskaia has been praised
at times for her ability to drive a hard
bargain when selling but, like Daniel
Levy at Tottenham Hotspur, she
has found buying players a more
challenging business.
Where Conte wanted Leonardo
Bonucci, who instead left Juventus for
AC Milan, Emenalo preferred
Southampton?s Virgil van Dijk, but
neither deal was done. Alex Sandro, the
Juventus wing back, and Danilo, who
left Real Madrid for Manchester City,
were others who were pursued
vigorously by Emenalo, but neither of
them ended up at Chelsea.
None of this is to suggest that
Granovskaia ? frequently disparaged
as being Abramovich?s former PA ?
was in the wrong. A woman in a man?s
world, she is a more skilled negotiator
of the football marketplace than most
? and that extends to an unwillingness
to see Chelsea ripped off, as they
were so often in the early years of
Abramovich?s ownership.
Between early June and mid-July,
Real?s asking price for Danilo rose from
� million to �.5 million and the
player?s wage demands soared too;
Chelsea would not pay it and he
instead moved to City, where he is a
back-up player. Conte and Emenalo
wanted Sandro, but Juventus asked
for more than � million and Granovskaia, not unreasonably, said no.
The question that nobody can really
answer at this point ? because such a
role can only really be judged over time
? is whether Emenalo will be missed as
technical director. He certainly seemed
underqualified for the job when, after
four years in the shadows at Stamford
Bridge, he was promoted in 2011.
When Chelsea came calling in 2007,
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the former Notts County and Nigeria
defender had been out of professional
football for seven years and was
working for the Tucson Soccer
Academy in Arizona, overseeing the
development of boys and girls of all
abilities aged six to 18.
Chelsea hired Emenalo on the
say-so of Avram Grant, who had been
hired on the say-so of Pini Zahavi, the
Israeli agent who enjoys Abramovich?s
unswerving trust.
With its culture of cronyism,
football has a knack of throwing up
such questionable appointments but,
unlike so many others, Emenalo learnt
on the job.
His six years as technical director will
be looked upon as a period in which
Chelsea finally established a clearer
long-term vision while adjusting
smartly (if at times a little cynically) to
the challenges of the Financial Fair
Play era.
He was instrumental in the signings
of Thibaut Courtois, C閟ar Azpilicueta,
Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and
Romelu Lukaku, among many others.
He also oversaw the upgrades to the
club?s academy, which often seems to
have produced far more talented
young players than he has known what
to do with.
If there is a serious criticism of Emenalo?s work at Chelsea, one that does
not require judgment to be withheld, it
is that their prolific recruitment at
youth level has proved wholly incompatible with a climate in which managers live in constant fear of the sack.
Chelsea have won the FA Youth Cup
six times in eight years and the Uefa
Youth League in two of the past three
years, all of this while loaning out their
best prospects by the dozen, but the
Emenalo method, which was about
getting more and more youngsters into
the club?s system, has created a logjam.
So many promising careers have
stagnated ? so much money, so little
opportunity. Emenalo said yesterday,
in a farewell interview with the club?s
website, that the academy is ?the best in
the world bar none?.
Well, the pathway to their first
team appears the most congested ?
bar none. Whoever takes over from
Emenalo, the culture of stockpiling
young talent needs to be tempered, at
the very least.
Just occasionally, a young player will
break through. Andreas Christensen,
the young Denmark defender who was
bought from Brondby as a 16-year-old
in 2012, spent two seasons on loan at
Borussia M鰊chengladbach and made
his fourth Premier League start against
Manchester United on Sunday,
performing admirably in place of
David Luiz, who was
dropped after a
fall-out with Conte.
?Andreas,
unbeknown to him, gave
me a wonderful parting gift,? Emenalo
said yesterday.
That might explain
why Emenalo could be
seen rising from his
seat to applaud when
Christensen made one
particularly important
interception
against
United.
Christensen
had defied the odds to
become a starter.
Emenalo might identify with that, having arrived from seemingly nowhere to become one of
the most powerful figures
at one of the world?s
biggest football clubs.
Chelsea, from Abramovich down, will miss him.
Both as mediator and as strategist, he
brought qualities that are not in
abundance at Stamford Bridge and so
will be hard to replace.
Key deals Emenalo
wanted to pull off
Virgil van Dijk
Defensive target
who stayed at
Southampton
Emenalo with Conte, the Chelsea head coach. The technical director wanted
to bring in Lukaku and Van Dijk during the summer but believed that he
was thwarted by his colleagues? attempts to save money on transfer fees
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Matt Hughes
David Luiz thinks Antonio Conte is
punishing him because of his friendship
with Diego Costa after he interceded on
behalf of his former team-mate during
his dispute with the Chelsea head coach
last season.
The defender was dropped from
Chelsea?s squad for Sunday?s Premier
League win over Manchester United
and made to train on his own on the
morning of the game after querying
some of Conte?s tactics in a stormy session at their Cobham training base last
Thursday. Conte also had words with
Gary Cahill and Cesc F郻regas during
the post-mortem after the Champions
League defeat by Roma last Tuesday,
although Luiz was the only player to be
punished.
Like the rest of his team-mates, Luiz
did not respond to Conte?s onslaught,
but was sidelined in training the following day and made to watch from the
stands at Stamford Bridge.
Luiz is worried about his future after
being dropped for the United match
Luiz went to the training ground on
his day off yesterday for some treatment on a long-standing knee problem,
but fears for his long-term future at the
club, which Conte failed to guarantee
after the United game. The 30-year-old
Brazilian is concerned that his association with Costa could be held against
him, particularly as on several occasions last season he attempted to broker
a peace deal between the Spain international striker and the head coach.
Willian, another close friend of
Costa?s, has also had his playing time
cut this season, having started only six
of Chelsea?s 11 Premier League matches.
Chelsea sources insist that Conte?s
treatment of Luiz is not related to Costa
and that his perceived indiscretions are
not similar to those of a player who had
asked to leave the club on three separate occasions before the Italian told
him he was no longer wanted in a text
message last summer. Conte has given
his players another day off today, with
Luiz due back in tomorrow as he has
been left out of Brazil?s squad for their
friendlies against Japan and England.
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leaves big hole
Everton hold talks with
Allardyce over vacancy
Paul Joyce
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Chelsea
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power
st
structure
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Roman
Abramovich
Nationality: Russian
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Offic
Official Chelsea role: owner
The ultimate authority.
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Bruce Buck
A
American, chairman
La
Lawyer who helped with
Abramo
Abramovich takeover and has been
with him since.
Romelu Lukaku
Joined Manchester
United for �m
July 2017
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Eugene Tenenbaum
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associate of the owner. He
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joined board
as part of takeover
in 2003.
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Marina Granovskaia
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Russian/Canadian, director
Long-sta
Long-standing
Abramovich aide who
effectively runs club, overseeing hires
and fires.
Michael Emenalo
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Nigerian, technical director
Broug to club by another of
Brought
Abramovic inner circle, Avram Grant.
Abramovich?s
Has overseen
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youth system.
Antonio Conte
Italian, head coach
Combu
Combustible title-winner who was
not hap
happy with summer transfer
business.
Abraham wants role at Stamford Bridge
Henry Winter
Tammy Abraham hopes to continue
to shine while on loan at Swansea City
before returning to Chelsea to seize his
chance at Stamford Bridge.
?The aim will hopefully be to play for
my parent club,? Abraham, 20, who has
scored four Premier League goals this
season to earn a first England call, said.
?My main focus this season is Swansea,
I have to do my best for Swansea and
keep pushing and showing what I can
do. But my main focus is to push on at
Chelsea. I have confidence in myself
and belief in my ability, and a desire to
work as hard as I can. I am a player that
wants competition and when I have
that I want to do as best as I can. I don?t
have any doubts.
?It?s difficult for young English
players, it?s the best league in the world
but in the Premier League you?re also
playing against the best players and it?s
good to have that competition.?
Part of the striker?s career was guided
by Michael Emenalo, the Chelsea
technical director who resigned yesterday. ?He was a key figure in deciding
where you go out on loan,? Abraham
said. ?He helped me with my loans.?
Ian Wright sent Abraham congratulations on his first senior call-up, adding
?now the hard work begins?. Abraham
agrees with the former England striker.
?Of course this is just the beginning,? he
said. ?I have to keep pushing. This is my
chance and I?ll try to take it.?
Abraham is also eligible to play for
Nigeria. ?They tried to [roll out the red
carpet], but the main focus was
England. I see myself as being a longterm England player . . . I?m 100 per cent
focused to try and get into that team.?
Henry Winter column, page 67
Farhad Moshiri has met Sam Allardyce
to discuss the vacancy at Goodison
Park and Everton?s major shareholder
will discuss the appointment of a new
manager at a board meeting this week.
No offer has yet been made to
Allardyce, who left Crystal Palace last
summer, but Moshiri wants to decide
on a replacement for the sacked
Ronald Koeman before the end of the
international break next week.
Moshiri ideally wants to make an
eye-catching
appointment
but
Europe?s elite coaches all have jobs and
it will be difficult to prise Marco Silva
from Watford.
Increasingly, that could mean
Moshiri choosing between Allardyce,
who does not boast overwhelming
support inside Goodison Park, and
David Unsworth, whose four-game
stint as caretaker manager ended with
the thrilling 3-2 victory against
Watford on Sunday which lifted the
club out of the relegation zone.
Palace will be due �million in
compensation if Allardyce returns to
football. It is understood that he
would bring Craig Shakespeare, the
former Leicester City manager, to
Goodison Park as part of his backroom
staff along with Martyn Margetson, the
Palace and England goalkeeper coach.
As Moshiri considers his decision, it
has emerged that he is unlikely to face
a Premier League investigation over
his links to his former business parth
ner Alisher Usmanov, the oligarch
who owns a major stake in Arsenal.
The BBC?s Panorama programme
obtained documents as part of thee
Paradise Papers leak that appear to
show Usmanov made a ?gift? of
money to Moshiri that he may
then have used to buy his
49.9 per cent stake in
Everton for a reported �.5 million.
Moshiri, Usmanov?s former
business partner,
has
strongly denied receivingg
a gift, saying hee
funded the takeover himself.
Premier Leaguee
d
officials have viewed
the Panorama programme and it is understood that most of the
d
relevant information had
already been submitted to
d
the League when it carried
out its checks about Moshiri selling
his shares in Arsenal to Usmanov and
taking over Everton.
Premier League rules prohibit a
club owner or director from ?having an
interest in another club?.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that
Morgan Schneiderlin and Kevin
Mirallas were omitted from Everton?s
squad for the game with Watford after
walking off the training pitch at Finch
Farm following a confrontation over
their commitment.
The duo could now face disciplinary
action with a senior club official
acknowledging that their attitude
?could have been better?.
Mirallas and Schneiderlin are
understood to have been left out of
Unsworth?s starting line-up for the
Watford game and were training with
Duncan Ferguson, the coach, when
he took issue with what he thought
was their half-hearted approach to the
session.
Ferguson told the players that if
they were not going to train properly
they should go inside, at which point
Schneiderlin and Mirallas took off their
bibs and headed to the changing rooms.
They decided to go home. They were
then overlooked altogether for the
Watford game.
The episode highlighted part of
what Unsworth has had to contend
with during his short time in charge
with some senior players resenting
his willingness to turn to youth.
It is not the first time that
Mirallas, the Belgium international, has had his attitude
questioned. Koeman left him
out of his squad for the 2-0
defeat away to Chelsea in
August.
Schneiderlin
wrote on Twitter: ?I
am fully committed to Everton
and will continue to work
hard for the
club and the
fans in training and on the
pitch.?
Schneiderlin is
facing possible
disciplinary
action by Everton
after walking off
the Finch Farm
training pitch in a
dispute over his
commitment
Kane and Winks out of squad
Paul Joyce
Harry Kane and Harry Winks have
withdrawn from England?s friendly
matches against Germany and Brazil,
leaving Gareth Southgate struggling
with an injury crisis.
The England manager last night
called up Jake Livermore, the West
Bromwich Albion midfielder, as a
replacement for Winks. The Tottenham Hotspur pair were injured during
Sunday?s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace
when Kane received a kick to his right
knee and Winks left Wembley with an
ankle heavily strapped. They were
assessed by Spurs staff yesterday.
Dele Alli, their Spurs team-mate, had
already withdrawn from the matches
? on Friday and a week today ? which
Southgate regards as crucial preparation for next summer?s World Cup. The
21-year-old playmaker missed the
Palace match with a hamstring injury.
Southgate has other injury issues
that threaten to complicate the international double-header. He has called
up Everton?s Michael Keane after the
defender returned from a leg injury to
play in Sunday?s 3-2 win over Watford.
Gary Cahill received treatment at
Chelsea having played for 90 minutes
against Manchester United while
Jordan Henderson missed Liverpool?s
win over West Ham United with a thigh
problem, and is not due to meet up with
England until later in the week.
Henderson was unlikely to feature
against Germany on Friday in any case
after J黵gen Klopp, the Liverpool
manager, raised concerns about the
midfielder playing against Lithuania
last month on a plastic pitch given his
past injury problems.
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Abramovich
aide quits to
rock Chelsea
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Short-term
deal for Moyes
What?s Robshaw
doing at No 8?
England?s secret scrum
session against Wales
decoded, pages 64-65
Matt Hughes
Deputy Football Correspondent
West Ham United expect to name
David Moyes as manager until the end
of the season within 24 hours after
sacking Slaven Bilic yesterday.
The dismissal followed a brief
meeting with the co-chairmen David
Sullivan and David Gold at the club?s
training ground after the board
concluded that they had no option but
to remove the popular manager as the
threat of relegation grew.
Moyes has proposed that Stuart
Pearce, the former West Ham defender,
be part of his coaching staff, and Pearce
was understood last night to be in talks
with the club. West Ham dropped into
the bottom three on Saturday after
losing 4-1 at home to Liverpool, a
dreadful performance that left the club
convinced that Bilic was incapable of
Emenalo leaves after tension over transfers
Matt Hughes
Deputy Football Correspondent
Chelsea suffered a serious blow
yesterday with the sudden resignation
of their technical director Michael
Emenalo, one of Roman Abramovich?s
closest aides.
The former Nigeria international is
the architect of Chelsea?s successful
youth player trading and, along with
the director Marina Granovskaia, a key
driver of first-team recruitment, so his
departure will leave a significant
power vacuum, which could also have
implications for Antonio Conte, the
head coach who was saddened to learn
of Emenalo?s exit.
Emenalo cited a desire to spend more
time with his young family as his reason
for leaving after ten years in a variety of
roles, but is also understood to have
grown weary of the various power
struggles and internal conflicts at the
club.
The 52-year-old has attracted
interest from Paris Saint-Germain and
Monaco because of his track record of
overseeing a successful youth academy
and vast loan programme, and whether
or not he takes a role elsewhere will
provide the strongest indication of his
motivation for leaving. In a sign that he
is departing Chelsea on good terms it is
understood that there are no clauses in
his severance package to prevent him
from joining a rival club.
Emenalo has tendered his resignation on previous occasions before being
talked around by Abramovich, most
notably during Jos� Mourinho?s second
spell at the club when relations became
strained and he offered to go in order
to preserve harmony. He again took the
decision to leave last summer during a
difficult transfer window but was
persuaded to stay at least until that
ended and the timing of his resignation
comes as a surprise.
Emenalo?s departure could also be
bad news for Conte, as he is extremely
diplomatic and often acted as a buffer
and peacemaker between the Italian
and Granovskaia, with whom Conte
has had an at times difficult relationship. While Emenalo grew frustrated
with Conte?s seemingly relentless
demands for players, he admires him as
a head coach and has encouraged
Abramovich to keep faith in him.
Emenalo gets on with Granovskaia
personally but had experienced frustrations with her style of deal-making.
He often put considerable amounts of
work into setting up transfers, only for
them to fail to materialise due to his
colleague?s determination to drive a
hard line on price. Chelsea?s pursuit of
Romelu Lukaku and Virgil van Dijk last
summer was largely led by Emenalo,
who had previously brought the likes of
Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, Kevin
De Bruyne and Lukaku to the club.
?It?s a very tough decision to decide to
step aside,? he told Chelsea TV. ?It?s my
decision and has come about for simple
reasons. I need to see my kids grow and
to reflect on the work I have done here.?
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Anthony Joshua?s next fight could
take place at Twickenham because of
difficulties finding a date when
Wembley Stadium is available.
The home of English rugby is a
realistic option, according to Eddie
Hearn, who promotes the WBA and
IBF heavyweight champion. ?Wembley
is quite difficult this year,? Hearn said.
?We have already been in contact with
them and the options aren?t great. We
basically want the biggest possible
stadium and if Wembley is not available
the next best would be Twickenham.?
Deontay Wilder, the WBC title
holder, is a possible opponent for
Joshua although Hearn admitted that
negotiations for the bout were complex.
Hearn is due to meet Joshua and his
trainer, Rob McCracken, today before
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the Islanders are regarded as talented,
cheap labour. Two: for almost every
single one of them, their main priority
? above the glory, the trophies and a
career in the sport ? is earning
money to send home, sometimes up
to 80 per cent of their income. That is
when ?700 does not stretch far.
They are proud too. ?A lot of people
in the islands don?t realise that we
aren?t all earning the same as Ma?a
Nonu at Toulon for instance,? Leo
said. ?They see you are on a contract
overseas so they [think you] must be
earning good money. There is a lot of
pride in our communities so rather
than say, ?I?m not,? the players try to
send everything they can.?
This means they are often isolated,
away from the family, the community
and the church they have at home,
and struggling to live up to
expectations. ?A lot are living really
deprived lives,? Leo said.
His concern is the age of the
imports. With the residency period
for international eligibility set to be
extended from three years to five in
2020, will clubs be tapping them up
two years younger?
Some young Islanders, of course,
are well looked after. And there are
some agents who import talent to
France and do hang around to see
that they are cared for. However,
there clearly needs to be some
regulation. It is a scandal that no duty
of care is required from agents.
PRPW has support from players
such as Mako Vunipola, Manu Tuilagi
and Nathan Hughes in England,
along with Victor Vito and Joe
Rokocoko in France. When their
countrymen come to Europe this
autumn, these men cannot shout
loudly enough.
Wales wait on Tipuric injury Time for Samoa to be given a fair share
Steve James
Wales could now be without three of
their four 2017 British & Irish Lions
back-row forwards for their autumn
international against Australia as
Justin Tipuric, the open-side flanker, is
a serious doubt with a thigh injury.
With Ross Moriarty having only just
returned for Gloucester after injury
and Sam Warburton out until January,
Taulupe Faletau may be the only
back-row Lion available on Saturday.
Ellis Jenkins, James Davies and
Ollie Griffiths are injured, and with
Thomas Young and Will Boyde
overlooked, Josh Navidi could make his
home debut. Aaron Shingler is likely to
be selected at blind-side flanker.
Wales may also be without scrum
half Rhys Webb, who has a knee injury.
Gareth Davies is his likely replacement.
?We are just waiting until the last
minute when we name the team on
Thursday, to give them as much time as
possible and then make an educated
decision,? Shaun Edwards, the Wales
assistant coach, said.
?Obviously they [Tipuric and Webb]
were both on the Lions tour recently
and both played very well on that tour.
But I always say if one man goes down,
the next man will come in and he will be
just as determined as well.?
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or Fiji, Samoa and Tonga to
move forward in the world
game, the starting point has to
be a fairer wealth distribution
model. As an indicator of where we
are, Dan Leo recalls one training
session in Apia, the capital of
Samoa, where the national women?s
team had to wait for the men to
finish so they could borrow their
rugby boots, as some of them did not
have boots of their own.
Considerable pressure is being put
on the RFU to share some of the
revenue from England?s fixture
against Samoa on November 25. Last
November, the RFU made about
� million from the match against
Fiji and gave a goodwill gift of
�,000 to the visitors. Like many, I
would urge the RFU to raise that
goodwill gesture to Samoa tenfold, if
not more.
This, however, is not a problem for
the RFU to solve. It is World Rugby?s
problem.
An attempt has been made to level
the playing field by having tier-one
nations play matches in the Pacific
Islands, so that the hosts can recoup
the revenue from the fixture
themselves.
This is not a solution. For
instance, Apia Park ? Samoa?s
national stadium ? has a capacity
of 15,000. That is not a patch on
Twickenham?s 82,000, particularly
when you cannot afford to price
tickets over the equivalent of �.
When the All Blacks played their
historic first Test in Apia in 2015, the
Samoans made a loss of �0,000.
It is here, in these European
autumns, where the big money lies.
If Samoa are helping the RFU haul
in � million then, somehow, World
Rugby has to find a way of giving
them their share.
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Confident Crane is ready to
be an unlikely game-changer
RYAN PIERSE/GETTY IMAGES
Will Macpherson Adelaide
An average in the forties might suggest
a Test batsman in waiting, but not a
bowler. Here, though, is Mason Crane,
20 years old and bowling leg spin on an
Ashes tour, with England?s prime spinner injured and opportunity knocking.
Crane accepts that he is still finding
his feet in red-ball cricket, where his
challenge is to make every ball an
event that truly matters, like the 24 or
60 he would bowl in limited-overs
cricket, where his record is closer to
that of an international aspirant.
Moeen Ali?s side injury allowed
Crane to play against the Western
Australia XI ? he held his nerve when
under attack to pick up two wickets,
including that of Josh Philippe, who
had given England?s seamers hell ?
and he is likely to get another chance in
Adelaide this week.
Despite ?a couple of iffy overs from
round the wicket?, Crane was happy
enough with his performance in Perth.
A second-day Waca pitch is not the
kindest to his craft and he concentrated
on his stock ball over variations and
says he is ?very confident he could do a
job? if called upon in the Ashes. ?I
probably wouldn?t be here if others
didn?t think so either,? he adds. Do not
mistake his confidence for cockiness.
Three events, one in each format of
the game and all in the past 12 months,
underpin the selectors? faith in Crane
and led to their parking of inherent
English suspicion of leg spin.
First came his transformative
southern summer playing grade cricket
for Gordon in Sydney last season,
working with Stuart MacGill and,
eventually, becoming the first overseas
player to represent New South Wales
since Imran Khan in 1984-85.
?Stu?s been a big influence,? he says.
?He was brilliant and he is as passionate
as anyone I?ve seen when talking about
bowling. That came across even when I
just spoke to him over a coffee.? Crane
relishes such conversations. When he
first bowled in the garden some time in
2005 ? no coincidence ? leggies were
what popped out, and he is mad about
wrist spin and its scope for deception
and trickery.
Crane is an only child and neither of
his parents ? his dad is a hairdresser
and mum a credit controller ? were
cricket fans. Before leaving nervously
for Australia last year, he still lived with
them and had never been away for
longer than a cricket tour; unlike a
cricket tour, he was not with a bunch
of mates and did not know a soul at Gordon. But, set up by his Hampshire teammate Will Smith, it proved a perfect
match. Crane picked up three sevenwicket hauls, returned fitter, stronger,
much more independent, and has since
moved out of the family home, seeing
those six months as a catalyst for the
accelerated development that has happened since. Gordon wanted him back
this winter but he was always set to be
otherwise engaged, most likely with
England Lions. He has helped to forge a
thread, though: Matt Parkinson, the
21-year-old Lancashire leg spinner, is on
an overseas placement at Gordon now.
Crane went straight from the SCG to
the North v South one-day series in the
United Arab Emirates and veritably
bounced off the plane. In the third
game, the North were cruising to
victory (146 for two, chasing 229) when
Crane returned, and took four wickets
for one run in 12 balls.
The bookmakers were paying out in
June when he was selected in the T20
squad to face South Africa. On his
debut, which was his sixth senior match
in the format, at his home ground the
Ageas Bowl, his four overs cost just 24,
but it was his second game, the decider
in Cardiff, that showed his poise and
chutzpah.
His first two overs had cost an acceptable nine runs apiece when AB de Villiers decided to launch. Crane did not feel
he had bowled a bad ball but the first
five balls of his third over leaked 18 runs,
including two sixes. Convinced that
this would be his last ball of the match
? and that if De Villiers continued on
his merry way England would lose ?
he stuck to his guns, giving the ball
flight and rip. De Villiers went hard
again but fell into the trap and was
caught on the leg-side fence.
Crane still believes that the most important lesson he has learnt came when
?being pummelled? when playing men?s
cricket as a pre-teen. As he showed in
Cardiff, and again in Perth this weekend, going for runs does not faze him,
and he will keep trying to get his man.
Funnily enough, the De Villiers ball
was not his last in the match. His fourth
over brought two runs, four plays and
misses from Farhaan Behardien and
five dot-balls. Figures of 2.5-0-36-0
became 4-0-38-1. England won and
took the series 2-1.
Crane is not even the leg spinner with
the lowest average in England?s squad
? that is Dawid Malan at 39.96 ?
and still finds himself ignored by
Hampshire when conditions do not
suit. But England sense that they have a
cricketer and character better than his
numbers suggest, a wicket-taker and
game-changer. He is intent on proving
them right and, if he does, we are all in
for quite a ride.
By Will Macpherson
Root turns to old stagers
England will have a new
vice-captain within a
week, Joe Root said
before their opening
game of the tour. They
are not brimming with
candidates, so the old stagers Alastair
Cook, Stuart Broad and James
Anderson, above, are the frontrunners
to replace Ben Stokes. Anderson said,
?It?s not something I?ve thought about,?
but also that he would not turn it down.
?Myself, Alastair and Stuart Broad all
bring experience to the group and our
job is to try and help where we can.?
Starc reminder for England
Anderson said that he is ?loosely
keeping tabs? on the Sheffield Shield as
Australia?s best are put through their
paces. While England made their way
from Perth to Adelaide, New South
Wales?s Mitchell Starc, below, ended
Western Australia?s innings with a hattrick. Sure, he was knocking over Nos 9,
10 and 11, but all three received yorkers
from round the
wicket. By
stumps Steve
Smith was
unbeaten
on 74.
Beware the twilight zone
In the summer, Anderson and his
team-mates collared their South African
opponents for information on playing
pink-ball Tests at Adelaide Oval. ?They
said it was difficult in the twilight period
and when the lights came on,? he said.
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FA must balance trophies and diversity
F
ootage of England?s wonderful
comeback against Spain in the recent
Under-17 World Cup final leapt out
from the large screens in the reception
at St George?s Park yesterday. Steve
Cooper?s latest generation wandered around,
mixing with Aidy Boothroyd?s under-21s and
Gareth Southgate?s senior players, a vivid
depiction of the pathway designed by Dan
Ashworth, the FA?s technical director.
Cooper, Boothroyd and Southgate chatted
about players? progression, keeping the
continuity going through the age-groups. Kevin
Betsy, the under-15s? coach, was at St George?s,
working with Boothroyd?s squad, maintaining
the cross-pollination of ideas.
As if to underline the joined-up thinking, the
FA put up Tammy Abraham as their main
interviewee of the day. ?I?ve come up through
the under-18s, 20s and 21s and so it?s nice to get
this opportunity with the first team,? Abraham
said. He looked almost wide-eyed with delight at
being there yet he is a regular, having already
represented England on 32 occasions.
Ashworth?s system ensures orderly movement
onwards and upwards, reaching for the firstteam stars.
The man himself, a controversial figure,
marched around the National Football Centre
(NFC) in that business-like way of his, talking to
coaches between meetings, and very
deliberately strolling into the media area to
greet the press. Ashworth is not the type to hide
despite his mauling by the department for
digital, culture, media and sport select
committee over his disastrous and offensive
handling of the Eni Aluko saga, when a coach
Ashworth backed, Mark Sampson, was found to
have made racist comments.
Ashworth is experiencing a year of two
halves, and inevitably receiving very little public
praise for the astonishing success of the junior
sides because of the storm clouds still lingering
from the Aluko case. Yet it is worth noting that
England have not lost a game in tournaments in
2017 (the only reverses came in two penalty
shoot-outs). They?ve played 34, won 30, drawn 4
(including the penalty shoot-outs), scoring 83
goals, and conceding 21.
The trophy factory that is now St George?s
Park is dominated by the slight but energetic
figure of Ashworth. While the FA?s offices at
Wembley were hit by cutbacks, the National
Football Centre was largely ring-fenced.
Ashworth fought hard. He?s highly regarded
within the FA for devising this playerdevelopment plan, building on the work of club
academies, giving players a platform, and the
rewards are now being seen.
Since Ashworth joined in 2012, England have
won the 2014 Under-17 European
Championship, the Toulon tournament in 2016
and 2017 and the Under-19 European
Championship, Under-17 and Under-20 World
Cups this year.
Yet any visitor to St George?s Park is surely
struck by the feeling that it is a very white place,
in terms of the coaches and FA staff, failing to
reflect the diversity of the squads training there.
Betsy has been appointed while pictures of
Chris Ramsey and Chris Powell have, belatedly,
appeared on the wall in the main corridor
during the most recent
makeover.
The Aluko case escalated
into a debate about diversity
within the FA, especially
among the decision-making
elite. It was a point cogently
articulated on BBC Radio
Four?s Today programme by
Dame Heather Rabbatts, a
significant loss to the
game when she stood
down from the FA board.
Furious about the
organisation?s inept
handling of the
Aluko situation, she
accused Ashworth off
allowing a
?monoculture? to
develop. Rabbatts claimed a ??crisis?
was engulfing the FA because of ?the
fact that there is a lack of inclusion,
that black people, they do not have the
opportunity to work when they are off
the field of play within that
organisation?. She said that Ashworth?s
The handling of the Aluko case has
escalated debate about FA diversity
position was ?untenable?, a point echoed by the
chairman of Kick It Out, Lord Ouseley.
Ashworth outraged the PFA. These are strong,
respected voices. Ashworth was besieged. Last
week, Ashworth phoned Rabbatts to address her
criticism and he is known to be hurt by the
accusation that he doesn?t care about black,
Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) coaches.
A version of the Rooney Rule is being applied
at all age-group appointments with BAME
candidates interviewed (such as Paul Ince for
the under-21s) and BAME representation on the
panel. Wayne Allison is the FA?s coach inclusion
and diversity manager. BAME mentors are
being trained up and sent to work in the game.
The FA wants its Pro Licence intake to include
more BAME coaches. To an extent, the FA does
more than other countries in encouraging
BAME candidates. Clubs, certainly, could do
more.
Yet the FA has to work even harder to
convince the likes of Ian Wright, a leading critic
of the organisation, that it is a more inclusive
organisation, one that truly believes in its new
slogan ?For All?. Is change coming?
It is an open secret within the higher levels of
the FA that it is actively seeking BAME
candidates to make the board reflect society,
and the sport. Female BAME contenders
have been approached, including from
the media.
Paul Elliott, the former Chelsea
and Aston Villa player, would
certainly bring dressing-room
e
expertise
as well as lengthy
e
experience
of diversity issues
and campaigns to the FA
b
board.
The FA needs help. It needs
Elliott to bring insight and
m
more
credibility. Ashworth
needs more around him who
reflect the game. His argument
t the select committee that
to
?
?I?m
not an HR expert? was
w
weak;
one of the most important
p
parts
of his job involves human
r
resources,
ensuring that the right
p
people
are put in charge of youngsters,
dealing with any tensions that may
arise between player and coach.
A proper complaints procedure needs
establishing at the heart of St George?s Park so
that everyone feels they are being heard.
Rabbatts and Lord Ouseley are right in calling
for the pace of change to quicken. The FA must
be ?For All?. But not every mistake, even one as
grievous as Ashworth?s, should lead to dismissal.
Even in a fast-spinning world of rolling news, and
social media demanding heads rolling, the FA is
right to resist the clamour for his departure.
Clearly he has issues to address, apologies to
make, lessons to learn, shrewder appointments
to make, but England?s development would be
stymied if he left. Ashworth remains the driving
force along the new England pathway.
From the moment he arrived from West
Bromwich Albion, having finally been released
from serving his notice, Ashworth talked within
the NFC of his ?passion? for bringing through
more technical players, backs building attacks,
exciting No 10s, and players taking the ball
under pressure, confident in their own first
touch and mentality. He spoke to staff about
searching for successors to the fearless likes of
Paul Gascoigne, and the FA has certainly
worked with clubs in developing youngsters
such as Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho.
Ars鑞e Wenger spoke admiringly of the FA?s
impact on the next generation after the under17s? triumph. ?For once we can all have the
opportunity to congratulate the FA,? the
Arsenal manager said. ?It doesn?t happen a lot.?
True. It?s too often too difficult to praise the
FA. Yet Ashworth has overhauled the age-group
system, deepening it and giving it more overseas
tests. Ashworth is almost messianic in his quest
that everything is focused on providing the
platform for England to win. Everyone
employed at St George?s in whatever capacity
has one aim. As he tells staff, ?It?s the Nasa
thing, isn?t it? What?s your job? It?s to put the
man on the moon.? Everybody is on the same
mission.
Yet the importance of encouraging greater
diversity within the FA, ensuring that black
players are not subjected to racist comments,
and that BAME coaches feel the glass ceiling
can be smashed through, cannot be emphasised
enough. Along with the pursuit of trophies,
Ashworth and all at St George?s must remember
that The FA is For All.
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City furious at Wenger?s
claim that Sterling dived
Paul Hirst
Manchester City have reacted with
anger and shock to Ars鑞e Wenger?s
claim that Raheem Sterling dived to
win a penalty in Sunday?s 3-1 victory
over Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.
The Arsenal manager accused
Sterling of deceiving the referee
Michael Oliver into awarding City a
penalty that Sergio Ag黣ro converted
to put the hosts 2-0 up. Wenger claimed
that the result could have been
different had Oliver not awarded the
kick. ?He dives very well,? Wenger said
of Sterling in comments that have
infuriated City officials.
They pointed out that the winger
stayed on his feet after being pushed
by Kyle Walker, then a Tottenham
Hotspur player, during Spurs? visit to
the Etihad last season.
Their bafflement at Wenger?s criticism is increased by the fact that he
tried to sign the England player in the
final week of the transfer window as
part of Alexis S醤chez?s proposed
� million move to City, which fell
through on deadline day in August.
City are not minded to make a formal
complaint against Wenger but are
disappointed by the 68-year-old?s criticism and his claim that Pep Guardiola?s
team seem to get favourable treatment
from referees during home matches.
Wenger said that his team have
become used to not getting fair treatment in Manchester after he claimed
that both of City?s goals in their 2-1 win
over Arsenal last season should have
been ruled out for offside. At the weekend, he pointed out that David Silva
was offside in the build-up to Gabriel
Jesus?s goal, which made the score 3-1.
City observed that Sead Kolasinac,
the Arsenal defender, was not punished
for appearing to push Sterling in the
penalty area during the first half on
Sunday. They also noted that Nacho
Monreal?s handball of a Jes鷖 Navas
shot in the Arsenal area was not given
in the closing moments of April?s 2-2
draw at the Emirates Stadium. The
Spanish left back admitted to
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after the international break if Vincent
Kompany continues to struggle in his
recovery from another calf injury.
Nicol醩 Otamendi picked up his fifth
booking of the season on Sunday,
meaning he is suspended for City?s next
match, which is away to Leicester City
a week on Sunday.
Guardiola loaned Mangala to
Valencia last season and unsuccessfully
tried to sell the France centre back this
summer. Kompany has missed City?s
past 14 games because of his injury,
which he suffered during Belgium?s 9-0
win over Gibraltar on August 31.
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the challenge
of Monreal at
the Etihad
Manchester this weekend to discuss the
Belgium defender?s rehabilitation and
Guardiola hopes that Kompany will
return to training next week.
Otamendi has started every Premier
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partnership with John Stones, the
England centre back. ?He?ll be a big
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?Every player, either playing or on the
bench, is vital to us with the amount of
games we have.?
Should Kompany not be fit for the
Leicester game, Guardiola could turn
to Tosin Adarabioyo, a 20-year-old
academy graduate, if he does not think
that Mangala is up to the task.
Adarabioyo has started just one
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against Wolverhampton Wanderers,
which City won on penalties.
Oystons must pay �m to Blackpool shareholder
McCarthy out of play-off
Millionaire businessman Valeri
Belokon has won a bitter High
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Blackpool with the Oyston family,
the majority shareholders, who
have been ordered to pay him
� million. Belokon, a minor
shareholder, brought an action
against the Oystons alleging that
they had shown prejudice against
James McCarthy and Richard
Keogh have been ruled out of
Ireland?s World Cup play-off against
Denmark with hamstring and groin
problems respectively. It is hoped
Jeff Hendrick will be fit for
Saturday?s first leg in Copenhagen
after the Burnley midfielder picked
up an injury against Southampton
on Saturday.
shareholders. Owen Oyston and his
son Karl, the chairman, denied the
accusations during a civil trial this
year before Mr Justice Marcus
Smith ruled yesterday a ?financial
buyout? was appropriate. The
Oystons were refused permission to
appeal and the judge ruled that an
initial � million should be paid
within 28 days.
Mak閘閘� quits Swansea to be head coach in Belgium
Fylde to take on Wigan
Claude Mak閘閘� has resigned as an
assistant coach at Swansea City to
become head coach at KAS Eupen
in Belgium. Paul Clement added
Mak閘閘�, 44, to his coaching staff
in January having worked alongside
him under Carlo Ancelotti at Paris
Saint-German. The pair revived
Swansea?s fortunes in the Premier
League last season but they are now
second from bottom in the table.
Two non-League sides will face
former cup winners after the draw
for the second round of the FA Cup
took place last night. AFC Fylde,
through to this stage for the first
time, will host 2013 winners Wigan,
now in League One, while fellow
National League side Boreham
Wood will visit Coventry City, who
lifted the cup in 1987.
Mak閘閘� joined Clement in January
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Coach suspended over relationship claim
Athletics
Ron Lewis Athletics Correspondent
A coach has been suspended by
British Athletics after allegations
emerged of an inappropriate
relationship between him and a
female javelin thrower.
David Parker, 37, is the lead coach
for throws at Loughborough University and also works part-time with
British Athletics. An investigation
into the allegations has begun,
although it is understood the athlete
concerned is not under-age.
?British Athletics and Loughborough University can confirm that a
coach has been suspended pending
an investigation,? the governing body
said in a statement. ?Both organisations are working closely to support
any athlete who may be impacted in
any way.?
Parker is a former javelin thrower
who won a gold medal at the World
Junior Championships in Annecy,
France, in 1998 when the only other
British champion was Christian
Malcolm, who won gold in both the
100m and 200m. Parker also
competed for England at the
Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006, finishing ninth.
Before taking his role at Loughborough, he worked for the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield as a senior
strength and conditioning coach and
worked with the Team GB diving
squad before the London Olympics.
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