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Tuesday February 27 2018 | thetimes.co.uk | No 72469
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Extremists should lose access to their children, says Yard chief
Fiona Hamilton Crime & Security Editor
Courts should remove children from
extremist families, the country?s top
counterterrorism officer said last night.
Mark Rowley claimed that exposing
children to extremism was ?equally
wicked? to exposing them to sexual
abuse but said that parents were being
allowed to continue caring for their
sons and daughters after being convicted of terrorist offences.
He revealed that about 100 children
had been safeguarded through the
family courts since the start of conflicts
in Syria and Iraq but many others
remained with their parents. In
November Farhana Begum Ahmed, a
mother of five children aged from six to
16, was spared jail for spreading Islamic
Fox attacks
business
over support
for Labour
State propaganda online after a judge
was moved by a letter from her eldest
son. Judge Christopher Moss, QC,
sentencing at the Old Bailey, told
Ahmed: ?In your exceptional case, the
sooner you are returned to your children, the better for all concerned.?
Mr Rowley, the assistant commissioner for specialist operations at Scotland Yard, said that courts acted quickly
to safeguard children in abuse cases
and added: ?I wonder if we need more
parity between protecting children
from paedophile and terrorist parents.?
In a wide-ranging speech Mr Rowley,
53, who retires next month after nearly
four years in his post, also said that farright extremism was flourishing. Four
far-right terrorist plots were thwarted
last year, he said, and the public should
Liam Fox, the international trade
secretary, will rebuke Britain?s largest
business group today and call for the
country to prioritise ?trading opportunities of the future? above existing
economic ties to the EU.
In an attack on the Confederation of
British Industry, which yesterday
backed Labour?s new policy of remaining in a customs union, Dr Fox warns
that such a move would leave the UK
?with one arm tied behind our back?
when negotiating future trade deals.
Britain should move away from
Europe?s economic and regulatory
model altogether and seek new ?multicountry alliances of the like-minded?.
Dr Fox has held tentative discussions
about Britain signing up to the TransPacific Partnership trade agreement
that includes Australia, Japan, Canada
and Mexico. He is understood to have
been told that membership would not
be possible while the country is tied into
Europe?s regulatory framework.
?We cannot allow the practices and
patterns of the past to constrain the
opportunities of the future,? he will say
in a speech at Bloomberg in London.
?Our approach should not be premised
on simply identifying how much of our
current relationship we want to keep,
but what we need to prosper in a rapidly
changing global environment.?
On Friday Theresa May is expected
to outline plans for a deal with the EU
that gives Britain maximum freedom to
diverge from existing rules and regulations outside the customs union.
Jeremy Corbyn yesterday reversed
Labour?s position on remaining in a
customs union, opening a clear divide
with the Tories. Labour would continue
to accept European regulations after
Brexit in return for tariff-free access to
European markets, he said, and ?a say?
in pan-European trade deals. He called
for pro-European Tory MPs to put the
?people?s interests? before the ?ideological fantasies? of Brexiteers.
Business groups reacted with enthusiasm. The CBI, which represents
190,000 companies, said that Mr Corbyn was putting ?jobs and living standards first?. The manufacturers? organisation EEF and the technology sector
body TechUK also welcomed Labour?s
plans. George Osborne, the former
chancellor, claimed that the Tories had
offered an open goal and Mr Corbyn
?just kicked the ball into the back of it?.
Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary,
said that Labour?s position would leave
Britain as a ?colony? of Brussels. Dr Fox
said: ?Labour?s confused policy would
be bad for jobs and wages, it would leave
us unable to sign up to comprehensive
free trade deals, and it doesn?t respect
the result of the referendum.?
Tomorrow Sir John Major is likely to
heap pressure on Mrs May over Brexit
by calling for ?parliament to show leadership in the crucial months ahead?.
His speech to the Creative Industries
Federation will ?look at the impact the
talks have had on economic growth?.
Labour ?weaponises? Brexit, pages 10-11
Continued on page 2, col 3
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Saudi prince
sacks senior
generals on
eve of UK visit
Richard Spencer
Middle East Correspondent
Don?t back customs union, minister warns CBI
Oliver Wright Policy Editor
Sam Coates Deputy Political Editor
be ?gravely concerned? about National
Action, the homegrown, proscribed
neo-Nazi group. The plots included one
by a white supremacist who planned to
attack a gay pride event and an alleged
plan to murder the Labour MP Rosie
Cooper.
Mr Rowley, who oversaw the
response to the far-right attack in
That?s just snowboating Punters on the River Cam put on a brave face as bitterly
cold winds swept across much of Britain, with more expected today. Pages 8-9
Saudi Arabia?s crown prince sacked his
most senior generals last night on the
eve of a visit to Britain where his conduct of the war in Yemen is expected to
attract fierce protests.
A late-night decree said that the chief
of staff, General Abdulrahman Al-Bunyan, was retiring along with the heads
of the ground and air defence forces. No
reason was given. The changes were
announced as part of a wider shake-up
in royal advisory positions and provincial governorships.
The army is bogged down in a war in
Yemen which has spilled into Saudi
Arabia?s southern reaches. It has
proved unpopular at home and tarnished the image abroad of Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Known as MBS, he is due to make a visit
to Britain, France and the United States
starting next week, his most ambitious
tour of foreign capitals since he took up
his position in July last year.
In Britain he will meet Theresa May,
Boris Johnson and unnamed senior
royals, possibly at Windsor Castle. Ministers want Saudi Arabia to choose
London for the stock market flotation
of Aramco, the state-owned oil company, over bids from New York, Tokyo
and Hong Kong. Prince Mohammed?s
advisers are understood to be nervous
at the reception he will receive, particularly in Britain, where protests are being
organised to criticise the UK?s support
for the Saudi armed forces.
The sacking of the generals may be
intended to strengthen Prince Mohammed?s position at home, which has been
under greater threat since he ordered
the arrests of a host of fellow princes on
corruption allegations in November.
Most have been released after agreeing to settle claims with the government for billions of dollars but the unprecedented action, which involved the
country?s richest man and the prince
who was head of the internal security
force, the National Guard, is likely to
have increased resentment. Having new
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T O D AY ? S E D I T I O N
Diners fooled
on food origins
Family missing
after explosion
First ?right to be
forgotten? case
Pubs, hotels and
restaurants are
hoodwinking diners
about where their food
comes from, according
to Minette Batters, new
head of the National
Farmers Union. Page 4
A mother and her two
teenage sons were
missing after an
explosion destroyed
their flat and a shop
below, killing five. A
gas blast was the most
likely cause. Page 7
A businessman is
taking legal action
against Google to
make it delete links to
his criminal conviction
in the first ?right to be
forgotten? case in the
English courts. Page 15
COMMENT
By challenging Islamic law, Justin Welby is
finally fighting for Christian values
MELANIE PHILLIPS, PAGE 26
Merkel warning
to immigrants
Carillion?s early
alarm bells
FA Cup deal for
winter break
Angela Merkel said
that immigrants must
?integrate or face
consequences? as she
sought rank-and-file
backing for a coalition
deal at her party
conference. Page 30
The board of Carillion
was in crisis as early as
last May, according to
minutes of a directors?
meeting that took
place nine weeks
before it issued a profit
warning. Page 37
The Football
Association is ready to
schedule an entire
round of the FA Cup
in midweek to secure a
winter break lasting
two weeks in early
February. Page 68
COMMENT 25
LETTERS 28
LEADING ARTICLES 29
WORLD 30
BUSINESS 37
REGISTER 53
SPORT 58
CROSSWORD 68
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DINNER
TONIGHT
Pork and sage
meatballs in tomato
sauce
I used to be terrified of
cooking meatballs.
They look fragile but
rarely fall apart if egg
is included. These are
cooked in a fresh
tomato sauce. Try
them with pasta or
over green beans.
Serves 4 Prep 35 min
Cook 35 min
Ingredients: bunch of
spring onions; 3 garlic
cloves; 50g butter; 50g
fresh breadcrumbs;
2 tbsp yoghurt or milk;
1 egg; 500g minced
pork; 6 flourishing
sage leaves; 2 tbsp
coarsely chopped flat
leaf parsley; 3 tbsp
olive oil; 10 tomatoes,
approx 800g; 1 tbsp
tomato ketchup or
puree.
Finely slice the onions.
Peel and finely chop 1
garlic. Finely chop the
sage. Soften onions
and garlic in the butter
in a frying pan. Stir in
the sage and turn off
the heat. Mix crumbs
into the milk. Crack the
egg into a mixing bowl.
Whisk. Then add the
meat, bread and
parsley. Season. Add
thetimes
onions and use fork or
hands to mix. Knead
into a ball. With wet
hands, pinch off small
lumps and quickly roll
into cherry tomatosized balls, expecting
to make 60. Chill,
covered with clingfilm.
Fry remaining garlic
for a couple of minutes
without letting it
brown. Add tomatoes
and cook until floppy
and sauce-like. Squash
the sauce through a
sieve and then back
into the pan. Stir in the
ketchup, taste and
adjust the seasoning.
Re-heat and when the
sauce is bubbling, drop
the meatballs in.
Simmer, shaking the
pan occasionally, for
about 15 minutes.
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West should strike if Syria
uses chemicals, says Johnson
Catherine Philp
Diplomatic Correspondent
Deborah Haynes Defence Editor
Boris Johnson yesterday raised the
prospect of air strikes against the Assad
regime if it is found to have used chemical weapons against civilians again.
The foreign secretary said he hoped
the West would not stand idle in the
event of a chemical attack, voicing
support for limited strikes if there were
?incontrovertible evidence? of regime
culpability.
Mr Johnson said he regretted that
parliament had voted against military
action in 2013 in response to a deadly
sarin gas attack that killed as many as
1,700 civilians in eastern Ghouta. He
said that many people believed the
Trump administration ?did the right
thing? when it launched retaliatory
cruise missile strikes in Syria in April
last year after the regime attacked the
town of Khan Sheikhoun with sarin.
United Nations investigators traced
the sarin used back to regime-held
stockpiles that were meant to have
been destroyed.
Mr Johnson told the House of Commons that if such an attack occurred
again, ?I will certainly hope that the
West does not stand idly by.? He was
responding to an urgent question about
the catastrophic situation in eastern
Ghouta, where more than 500 civilians
have been killed in over a week of
devastating bombardment.
The regime is seeking to flatten one
of the last pockets of resistance that
remains around Damascus. On Sunday
there were reports of a chlorine gas
attack in which one child died.
Violence has continued unabated
despite a UN security council resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire.
Vladimir Putin yesterday ordered a
daily pause of five hours in the bombardment by its allies in the Syrian capital. Mr Johnson called for a full investigation into the latest reports of chlorine
gas being used. ?I call for these reports
to be fully investigated and for anyone
held responsible for using chemical
weapons in Syria to be held accountable,? he said.
He admitted, however, that there was
little international appetite for sustained military action against the Syrian regime. ?I appreciate the sincerity of
the demands of the members opposite
for a more robust posture . . . but I must
tell the House I would be misleading
you if I said there is a strong will among
the international community to engage
in quite that way,? he said. ?To respond
to the individual use of chemical weapons, perhaps, but not I think sustained
military engagement.?
Mr Johnson added that he had asked
the Russian ambassador to come to the
Foreign Office and explain how Russia
proposed to implement the ceasefire
resolution having reluctantly backed it
after days of prevarication.
The urgent question was tabled by
Labour?s John Woodcock who made an
emotional appeal to the international
community. ?The bodies of the dead of
Ghouta should be piled up in this chamber and laid at the feet of governments
of every single nation that continues to
shrug in the face of this horror,? he said.
He said that the UN Security Council
was ?broken while one of its permanent
members flouts the basic laws and systems of order it was created to uphold?.
He added: ?In these dreadful circumstances, being cowed into inaction by
this strangulated body is a greater violation than seeking to act even without
its authorisation.?
Boy back from the dead, page 33
Military appeals to Hammond for more money
Deborah Haynes
Spending 2 per cent of GDP on the military is not enough in an increasingly
dangerous world, a defence minister
said yesterday in a direct appeal to the
chancellor for money.
The intervention by Tobias Ellwood
during a debate on defence in the Commons was a departure from the government?s previous line, which was focused
on meeting the minimum threshold for
expenditure required by Nato.
It came as Whitehall sources revealed that military chiefs face a funding hole of more than �billion in the
next year alone and could be forced to
reduce capability without extra cash.
Mr Ellwood, speaking with Gavin
Williamson, the defence secretary, at
his side, said that increased investment
was required to guarantee security
after Brexit, to combat terrorism and to
retain Britain?s role as an influential
continued from page 1
Children of extremists
Finsbury Park and the three Islamist
attacks in London and Manchester last
year, said that the two sides were creating a ?toxic combination? that helped to
fuel terrorism. It required a response
across society, he said, adding that there
had been times Britain was ?tolerant of
intolerance?.
Mr Rowley, who spoke to reporters
before giving his final public speech at
the Policy Exchange think tank in
London, said: ?We still see cases where
parents convicted of terrorist-related
offences, including radicalisers, retain
care of their own children,? he said. ?If
you know parents are interested in sex
with children or if you know parents believe that people of their faith or their
belief should hate everybody else and
grow up to kill people, for me those
things are equally wicked environments to expose children to.?
He said that the threat from the far
right had transformed from unpleasant
protests and organised hate crime into
active terrorist plotting by groups such
as National Action. In an unusual move
for a police officer, he publicly criticised
specific individuals and groups for
player on the world stage. ?Two per
cent is just not enough,? he said. ?This is
a question not just for this government,
not just for parliamentarians, but for
Britain. What status, what role, what
responsibility do we aspire to play, as we
seek to trade more widely in a world
that is becoming more dangerous??
The Ministry of Defence is in talks
with Philip Hammond for more money
on top of the annual � billion defence
budget, but an agreement has not been
reached and time is running out, according to two Whitehall sources.
A shortfall in funding has meant that
military helicopter flying hours were
reduced, a plan to fix engines on Type
45 destroyers was delayed and some army and Royal Marine training was cancelled. ?We need more than �billion
this next financial year just to stand
still,? a Whitehall source said.
Failure to secure a budget settlement
with the chancellor before April raises
the prospect of the MoD having to consider cuts to activity and further delays
to equipment purchases that could undermine capability, sources said.
A Treasury spokesman said: ?The
chancellor cares deeply about defence
and will be answering questions from
MPs [today].? The MoD said that it had
?a continuous dialogue with the Treasury about our financial situation?.
6 The government will provide an update to MPs every six months on the
procurement of the world?s most advanced and expensive warplane after
an investigation by The Times. The
Ministry of Defence has agreed to a request from the defence select committee for updates on the F-35 Lightning II
Joint Strike Fighter programme after
The Times found in July that Britain was
paying hundreds of millions of pounds
in hidden costs for the next-generation
warplane that will be unable to function
properly because of defence cuts.
trying to generate fear and hatred. He
drew parallels with the effect of the farright leader Tommy Robinson?s rhetoric on Darren Osborne, who carried out
the Finsbury Park attack in June, with
Anjem Choudary, the jailed hate cleric
who has been linked to Islamist attacks.
?While Choudary became the de facto
spokesperson for Islamism in the UK,
mouthpieces from the far-right wing,
such as Tommy Robinson, also attracted notoriety and attention.?
He said that representatives of Cage,
the organisation that described the Isis
hostage murderer Mohammed Emwazi
as a ?beautiful young man?, had sought
to whip up ?ridiculous claims that all
Muslims are terror suspects in the eyes
of the authorities?. Leaders of the lobbying organisation Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend) had
sought to undermine efforts to tackle
hate crime, he said. He also warned of
?more insidious strategies? such as
extremists infiltrating schools, institutions and places of worship.
Mr Rowley said that the two Londoners accused of being part of Emwazi?s hostage execution cell should face
justice by ?locking them up and throwing away the key?, depending on jurisdiction issues and available evidence.
continued from page 1
Saudi prince sacks generals
loyalists in charge of the armed forces
may give the prince extra confidence
before he leaves the country.
Several deputy ministers were appointed, including Tamadur bint Youssef al-Ramah as deputy labour minister,
a rare senior post for a woman in the
deeply conservative kingdom.
After his father King Salman ascended to the throne at the age of 79 in 2015,
MBS, 32, was quickly elevated to become deputy crown prince and minister of defence, and then replaced his
cousin, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef,
as crown prince last year.
His attempt to reinstate the recognised president of Yemen, Abdu Rabbu
Mansour Hadi, after he was ousted in
an uprising led by a minority Shia rebel
group in September 2014, has been his
signature foreign policy decision.
Thousands of civilians have died
since Saudi Arabia entered the war the
following March, the majority in airstrikes. Britain has provided training
and advice on targeting for the Saudi air
force, as well as continuing to send arms
and to service Saudi Arabia?s fleet of
BAE Tornado jets.
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Queen?s green dream blocked by otters
CHRIS BACON/PA; ALAMY
Marc Horne
It was hailed by Queen Victoria as her
?dear paradise in the Highlands? and
has remained an idyllic and unspoilt
royal retreat for generations.
But battle has broken out over the
Queen?s attempts to turn Balmoral
green, with critics fearing that they
could unsettle red squirrels and other
wild neighbours.
Representatives of the Queen submitted plans to create a hydroelectric
scheme on a river running through her
55,000-acre Aberdeenshire estate.
They want to create a two-megawatt
turbine that would harness the power
of the River Muick and generate electricity worth up to �0,000 a year.
However, the creation of a power
plant, close to the spectacular Linn of
Muick Falls, has prompted concern
that it would undermine the tranquil
conditions that have attracted thriving
populations of native red squirrels,
badgers, otters and voles.
Balmoral is in the heart of the Cairngorms national park and its governing
authority has decided to ?call in? the
plan, meaning it will be subjected to detailed scrutiny before a final ruling is
made. The ruling is a setback for the
royal estate, which had already pledged
to impose a curfew on construction
workers? hours so otters would not be
disturbed in the early morning or late at
night.
Construction half a mile upstream
from Birkhall, Prince Charles?s Scottish
home, would last two years and involve
the installation of a 30ft salmon ladder
as well as a sizeable powerhouse in a
special area of conservation.
A report by the park authority, which
will halt the plan until it has been properly scrutinised, states: ?This application seeks permission for the installation of a 2MW hydroelectric scheme on
the River Muick, approximately 7km to
the southwest of Ballater. The scheme
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Royal eco-warrior
6 Last year the Queen expanded
her fleet of electric cars and vans
used at the Royal Mews and
Buckingham Palace.
6 The use of pesticides is kept to a
minimum in the gardens at
Buckingham Palace and wood
stacks have been put in place to
create habitats where beetles,
spiders and fungi can thrive.
6 At Sandringham organic
vegetables and fruit are grown on
the farmland and meadows. Its
apples are turned into juice, which is
made without artificial colourings or
preservatives.
6 Balmoral staff ensure that the vast
amount of organic waste that the
estate generates is recycled, with
50 tonnes of it being turned into
compost each year.
6 On Valentine?s Day it was reported
that the Queen had banned
plastic from Buckingham Palace,
with china or biodegradable cutlery
being introduced instead for
catered events and staff dining
rooms.
Objectors believe
the noise from the
turbine would
disturb otters on
the Queen?s
Balmoral estate
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pipeline approximately
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ing water to the river. This is considered
to raise issues of significance to the collective aims of the national park.?
Aberdeenshire council had suggested the development would breach
guidelines aimed at protecting wildlife
from excessive noise and vibration.
Louise Cunningham, the authority?s
environmental health team manager,
wrote: ?I am concerned there may be
noise emission from the proposals
which could be detrimental to the
amenity of neighbouring noise-sensitive receptors.?
It is not the first attempt by the
Queen to make the estate more environmentally sustainable.
In 2015, solar panels were installed on
Baile-na-Coille, a B-listed cottage built
by Queen Victoria for John Brown, her
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Other green initiatives include encouraging police to use bicycles for
short journeys around the grounds during the royals? summer visit.
The latest planning application submitted by Richard Gledson, factor of
the estate, states: ?Balmoral Estates has
already developed a hydro scheme on
the Gelder Burn, which was commissioned in 2014.
?Following on the success of this
project, and with a view to increasing
the economic and environmental sustainability of Balmoral Estates, a study
was carried out in 2013 into the potential for additional hydro generation.?
Surplus electricity generated by the
proposed turbine could be sold to the
national grid. Balmoral Estates
declined to comment.
The power of love: holding hands with your partner numbs pain
Oliver Moody Science Correspondent
Love?s arrows may hurt from time to
time, but science suggests they are also
a surprisingly effective analgesic. Couples can take the edge off each other?s
pain by holding hands, research shows.
The effect is strong enough to diminish the pain of a hot piece of metal
applied to the forearm, and seems to
work especially well in women.
Neuroscientists think that the empathy one partner feels for the other can
be passed on through touch as the pair?s
brainwaves begin to dance to the same
rhythms. This in turn helps to curb distress and floods the brain with reward
chemicals that muffle the pain.
The pain relief appears to be tightly
bound up with affection. It was most
powerful in the couples who had the
most closely connected patterns of
electrical activity in their brains.
It has long been known that animals
such as monkeys will stroke individuals
that are in pain. Newborn babies cope
better with being pricked on the heel
when they are held by their parents.
Hand-holding also makes it easier for
adults to bear being burnt with a laser.
A team led by Pavel Goldstein, a neuroscientist at the University of Colorado, Boulder, has now observed this
?brain-to-brain coupling? in response
to pain for the first time.
The scientists experimented on 22
heterosexual couples between the ages
of 23 and 32. The women were stung
with a device resembling a soldering
iron while their partners either held
their hands or sat a little distance away
with no contact. Holding hands
reduced the intensity of the pain by
34 per cent on average. It also increased
the number of connections between
both partners? brains from five to 22,
across areas involved in co-operation
and the senses.
The scientists behind the discovery,
published in the journal PNAS, suggest
that holding hands might help us to feel
understood, releasing pleasure chemicals that block out the agony.
Not everyone is convinced by this explanation. Flavia Mancini, of the University of Cambridge, said it was impor-
tant to show that the effect could work
on chronic pain as well as short, sharp
suffering. ?Social touch may help, but in
my opinion what really matters is social
connection,? she said. ?We should not
let others suffer in isolation, with or
without the touch of a partner.?
It is far from certain that men would
derive the same benefits, as earlier work
suggests they are less receptive to this
kind of social signalling. The design of
the experiment also makes it hard to
say how the pain relief works and which
specific brain circuits are involved.
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?Paedophile? suicide
A man committed suicide after a
paedophile-hunter group
confronted him in a sting
operation and posted his address
online, an inquest was told.
David Baker, 43, was arrested in
October 2017 after he was
accused of arranging to meet a
14-year-old child in a car park in
Southampton. He was found dead
three days later at his home in
Wickham, Hampshire, having
taken an overdose of medication.
A verdict of suicide was recorded
at Winchester coroner?s court.
Emperors? new clothes Artist L閛 Caillard has dressed classical statues at King?s College London in modern clothes for The Classical Now show, which opens on Friday
Farming chief attacks menus
peddling myth of local food
Jerome Starkey
Countryside Correspondent
Pubs, hotels and restaurants are hoodwinking diners about where their food
comes from, according to the head of
the National Farmers Union.
In her maiden speech Minette Batters, the NFU?s new president, said that
?safe and traceable food is a public
right? and that menu writers often peddled myths about local provenance and
artisanal producers to make the food
sound more attractive, and the public
swallowed it too easily.
?The whole food service [sector] is
just a black abyss,? Ms Batters, 50, said.
?If you go into quite a few hotels, quite
a lot of bars, you see Wiltshire beef or
Wiltshire pies. How honest is it? No one
is checking.?
She had seen diners served New Forest berries which could not have possibly come from the New Forest. She had
asked a waitress in a pub where the pork
came from and was told that it was
local, because it came from the local
branch of a national wholesale chain.
The wholesaler, Ms Batters discovered,
bought all its pork in Denmark.
?We think it must be honest because
they have said it on the blackboard. We
should question more,? she said.
The first female president in the
NFU?s 110-year history said that the
supply chain for large companies such
as McDonald?s was more transparent
than for smaller producers. ?How do we
know that artisanal production is what
it says it is? We need to have evidencebased food labels,? Ms Batters said.
Better data use across the farming
and food sector will enable customers
to track their food from farm to fork at
the click of a button, she predicted.
She said that British farmers were
well placed to be global leaders in traceability because they had a good story to
tell of high standards and quality. ?We
need evidence demonstrating traceability, standards and safety to be available at the click of a button,? she said.
?That will become as important for
shoppers in the UK as it is for those in
China. It?s also paramount to building
the power base behind brand Britain.?
Last year the Soil Association, which
certifies organic farms, launched a
scheme that lets shoppers scan codes
on packets of bacon to find out where
the pigs were reared, when they were
slaughtered, and when it arrived at the
shop. In future Ms Batters said that
such schemes would be standard across
the NFU?s range of products certified
with the Red Tractor mark. ?We should
know the grower of our food,? she said.
She said it was vital that farmers had
?zero-tariff, frictionless trade with the
EU marketplace? but that she planned
to work with the government to boost
exports. ?More cereals to North African markets such as Tunisia, Algeria
and Morocco, more premium dairy
products to the USA and Canada and
more pork, lamb and beef to China and
other Far East markets,? she added.
Trading Standards and the British
Hospitality Association declined to
comment.
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Final curtain for wild circus animals
Ben Webster
Travelling circuses will be banned from
using wild animals in England by January 2020, the government has pledged.
There are only two circuses with wild
animal licences. Circus Mondao and
Peter Jolly?s Circus have 19 animals
between them: six reindeer, four zebra,
three camels, three racoons, a fox, a macaw and a zebu.
Ministers have been promising to im-
pose a ban for more than five years but
yesterday was the first time the government committed to a deadline.
The Department for Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs published the
timescale in a review of the existing licensing scheme for wild animals in circuses which was introduced in 2013.
The review concluded that the scheme
was effective and ?ensured that animal
welfare needs have been met without
imposing excessive costs?. Thomas
Chipperfield, who hopes to apply for a
licence to tour this summer with two lions and a tiger, said the ban was not justified because Defra?s review had concluded that the licensing scheme was
working well.
David Bowles, of the RSPCA, said the
deadline for the ban was ?very welcome
and comes as a huge relief?. Scotland
has already banned wild animals in circuses and Wales has said it is ?exploring
opportunities? to impose a ban.
Subsidies for
landowners
to be cut
Ben Webster Environment Editor
Farm subsidies could be capped at
�0,000 a year for the largest landowners from 2021 to release �0 million for environmental projects and
other ?public goods?, under reforms
proposed today by Michael Gove.
The cap would affect about 2,100
landowners including some billionaires, with several losing more than
�million a year. Farms owned by Sir
James Dyson, the inventor who backed
Brexit and is thought to be worth �billion, received �6 million in 2016 under
the EU?s common agricultural policy,
according to analysis by Greenpeace.
The environment secretary will
publish a consultation document on
post-Brexit farming policy that will
commit to a new system of paying farmers ?public money for public goods?.
About two thirds of the �billion paid
annually to British farmers under the
EU system is paid per acre in ?basic payments?, meaning that the more land
farmers own, the more subsidy they get.
Mr Gove has pledged to maintain
basic payments for most farmers during
an ?agricultural transition? but will
propose to limit the highest payments
in the first year of that transition, which
is expected to start in 2021. He will
consult on several options for caps, including a limit per landowner of
�0,000 a year and ?progressive
reductions? that would affect 19,000
farmers receiving more than �,000.
The Country Land and Business
Association, which represents landowners, responded furiously last night.
Tim Breitmeyer, its president, said:
?No business, no matter how wealthy
its owners are perceived to be, should
face sudden and dramatic cuts.?
Dame?s confession
England?s chief medical officer
has admitted that she suffered
embarrassing incontinence after
giving birth. Dame Sally Davies
made her comments as she took
part in a Facebook Live Chat on
complications caused by vaginal
mesh. She said that she had
received ?tragic? post from
affected women but added that
for a select group mesh remained
the best treatment.
Blacked-up float cleared
Four men who blacked up to look
like a Jamaican bobsleigh team
for a carnival will face no action
after a police investigation. The
men, with dreadlock wigs and
rasta hats, waved Jamaican flags
in the parade last August at
Aberaeron, west Wales. Their
float was based on the 1993 film
Cool Runnings. Police took
statements after a complaint of
racism.
Grenfell council pledge
The London council responsible
for Grenfell Tower has pledged
to spend �0 million building
and repairing social and
affordable housing. The Royal
Borough of Kensington and
Chelsea said it would find the
money through borrowing over
five years. Kim Taylor-Smith,
deputy leader, said visits to social
housing had persuaded him that
?huge investment? was needed.
Meat is a dieter?s friend
Scientists claim to have proved
that a vegetarian diet is no better
for us than a Mediterranean
regime that includes some meat
and fish. Doctors in Italy put 118
people, mostly women around the
age of 50, on two diets, each
lasting three months. One
included milk and eggs but no
meat and the other included
meat, fish and vegetables. After
six months they had lost 2kg.
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?Fake beggar? shaming clears town of vagrants
Simon de Bruxelles
Businesses in a seaside town have
started naming and shaming beggars
they believe to be ?fake? as part of a
campaign to drive them off the streets.
A group called Humanity Torbay
began using the tactic in Torquay last
week. Members have been photographing people they accuse of begging in the
Devon resort and posting their pictures
on social media. The group claimed its
campaign had been a huge success and
the number of people begging or sleeping rough had dropped significantly.
However, police and Torbay council
complained that the businesses were
encouraging vigilantism and could deprive genuinely needy people of help.
Like many areas, the so-called
English Riviera has had problems with
street drinkers taking ?legal highs? such
as Spice. The campaign Killing with
Kindness urged residents and visitors
not to give money to ?fake beggars?
who it was claimed would only spend it
on drink and drugs. Stickers and posters
warning the homeless that they would
be ?named and shamed? have appeared
in the town.
Ashley Sims, one of the organisers,
said: ?One thing these people don?t like
is being photographed or filmed, so
we?ve gone and done that.
?We have identified who is genuine
with the relevant charities and their
names and if they are homeless or not,
and five of them have told us they won?t
go begging anymore if I don?t put their
photo up.?
The campaign comes after police in
Ely, Cambridgeshire, claimed there
were no genuine rough sleepers there,
and the leader of Windsor council said
that homeless people were on a moneymaking drive.
The Torbay action was criticised by
Friends of Factory Row, a charity that
runs the town?s only homeless hostel.
Nick Pannell, its chairman, said: ?This
SWNS
Peter Lett died
when he became
trapped in an oil
engine at the
19th-century site
Volunteer killed in
freak mill accident
A
retired
RAF
engineer
died
when his
clothing was caught
in an oil engine at a
windmill (Gabriella
Swerling writes).
Peter Lett, 53, is
believed to have been
killed almost instantly
by a blow to the head
at Heckington
Windmill in
Lincolnshire where he
had volunteered for
four years. The
incident has been
referred to the
coroner, Lincolnshire
county council, which
owns the mill, and the
Health and Safety
Executive. Charles
Pinchbeck, a fellow
volunteer, said: ?We
are in shock. A death
at a windmill like this
is very, very unusual.
We are mourning
someone who is more
than a friend.? Several
other volunteers were
with Mr Lett at the
mill, which grinds
flour for use in the
tearoom and malt for
the onsite brewery, at
the time.
Mr Pinchbeck
could not say if he
had been wearing
protective clothing.
?It happened very
quickly. He wouldn?t
have suffered for
long,? he added. Mr
Pinchbeck said that
Mr Lett ?loved
showing people
around? and was very
proud of the mill.
The windmill, built
in 1830, stopped
producing flour in
2010, but restarted
four years later after
a �million lottery
grant. The eightsailed mill was one of
only seven of its kind
ever built and is the
only one to still work.
Mr Lett leaves
a widow, Ann, a
Methodist minister in
Sleaford, and their
two daughters.
Police warned that the campaign in
Torquay was encouraging vigilantism
persecuting of vulnerable adults on our
streets is a disgrace and those involved
in encouraging it should be ashamed of
themselves. They are not professional
beggars changing out of smart designer
clothes into rags but genuinely desperate, sad, lonely, alienated human beings
with profound problems who are living
at the edge of our communities.
?Then someone comes along with a
camera and starts taunting them, publishing their pictures, holding them up
to public ridicule and condemnation.?
He said that if someone was on the
pavement begging it was because they
were in crisis and deserved a compassionate response.
Inspector Si Jenkinson of Devon and
Cornwall police said: ?The dangerous
practice of ?outing? people as professional criminals based on often unverifiable information fails to acknowledge
the very complex vulnerabilities and
chaotic lives of those concerned.?
A Torbay council spokesman told
Devon Live that it had ?very real concerns? about the campaign, adding: ?An
individual?s circumstances can frequently change, sometimes on a daily
basis, meaning that being able to make
a judgment on whether someone is
street homeless or not is in many cases
a fact that will remain accurate for only
a limited time.?
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Fifth of antibiotics prescriptions ?not needed?
Kat Lay Health Correspondent
One in five prescriptions for antibiotics
given out by GPs is unnecessary, Public
Health England says.
The number of antibiotic prescriptions should be cut by 10 per cent over
the next two years to meet the government?s ambition to halve the rate of inappropriate prescribing by 2020, it said.
However, the Royal College of GPs
said that family doctors should not be
blamed as they were ?under considerable pressure? from patients.
The excessive use of antibiotics is enabling bacteria to develop resistance,
which experts say could make much of
modern medicine useless. Last week a
study found that tens of thousands of
patients suffered superbugs because
antibiotics which should protect them
during surgery had failed. More than
700,000 people globally die each year
from infections caused by antibioticresistant bacteria.
Research by Public Health England
(PHE) published in a supplement to the
Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy,
found that for most conditions, including coughs and sore throats, many
more GP consultations resulted in a
prescription for antibiotics than experts considered appropriate.
Jeremy Hunt, the health and social
Bitter medicine
Consultations
given antibiotic
prescription (%)
Prescriptions
experts deem
appropriate (%)
41 Uncomplicated acute cough 10
Bronchitis
82
13
Sore throat
59
13
88 Sinus infection
11
Middle ear infection
88 in 2-18 year olds 11
care secretary, said: ?Drug-resistant infections are one of the biggest threats to
modern medicine and inappropriate
prescribing of antibiotics is only exacerbating this problem.?
Prescriptions for antibiotics have
fallen by 5 per cent since 2012, but he
said: ?We need to go further and faster
otherwise we risk a world where superbugs kill more people a year than
cancer and routine operations become
too dangerous.?
The study looked at data recorded
between 2013 and 2015 on a database
that covers about 7 per cent of the population. On average 30 per cent of registered patients were prescribed antibiotics at least once a year.
Paul Cosford, the medical director of
PHE, said: ?Using antibiotics when you
don?t need them threatens their longterm effectiveness and we all have a
part to play to ensure they continue to
help us . . . This publication highlights
the role GPs can play and I urge all
practices to look at ways they can reduce their inappropriate prescribing
levels to help make sure the antibiotics
that save lives today can save lives tomorrow.?
Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs, said: ?If
GPs do prescribe antibiotics, it is
because, in their expert opinion, they
are the most appropriate treatment
available, given the unique circumstances of the patients before us. However
we are still coming under considerable
pressure from some patients who need
to understand that antibiotics are not a
catch-all for every illness.?
She said that responsibility for tackling antimicrobial resistance ?does not
lie solely at the door of GPs ? the
whole of society must play its part?.
Most antibiotic prescriptions from
GPs were for infections of the respiratory and urinary tracts, but for almost a
third of all prescriptions no clinical reason was documented.
Every GP practice in the analysis
showed evidence of inappropriate prescribing, Dame Sally Davies, the chief
medical officer for England, said, ?so
each one should attempt to reduce unnecessary prescriptions?.
Stars? clinic stopped taking
addicts after safety alert
Kat Lay
A mental health hospital that is popular
with celebrities temporarily stopped
admitting drug addicts amid concerns
over the safety of patients, according to
the patient safety watchdog.
A report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on the Priory Hospital
in Roehampton, southwest London,
raised significant concerns and said
that staff needed better training.
Problems included a layout over four
floors of one wing that made it hard for
staff to observe risk areas and ?numerous ligature points? on two other wards.
Other issues included an overreliance
on agency staff unfamiliar with the
wards, which had an impact on the consistency of care. The CQC found that
the hospital should retain its overall
rating of ?requires improvement?.
The clinic became well known for
treating celebrities, including Kate
Moss and Robbie Williams, but now
cares mainly for NHS patients. The
rating was based on an inspection of
acute services and those for eating disorders, children and young people.
The CQC also looked at substance
misuse services, which it does not yet
rate, and wrote to the Priory expressing
concerns about patient safety. The
issues raised included staff not always
assessing patients fully before they
began detoxification programmes.
The hospital said that it had voluntarily suspended admissions for those
patients from December 4 to allow for
additional staff training and restarted
them on January 17, when the CQC
re-inspected the service.
At least eight patients are known to
have died in the Priory?s care since 2012,
including Stephen Bantoft, 49, a businessman, who is believed to have
hanged himself in December 2015 less
than three hours after being admitted.
The CQC rated the hospital ?good? in
the categories of whether it was effective, caring and well led. It said that
there were examples of good practice,
including extra staff on acute wards and
personalised care plans. However, it received a ?requires improvement? rating
for its safety and responsiveness.
A spokeswoman for the hospital said:
?The CQC recognises that much positive change has taken place. We acknowledge we must continue to make
environmental improvements, specifically around specific ward layouts
where we are investing a further
�5 million this year.?
She said that the hospital was taking
steps to manage risk until the work was
complete and was reducing the use of
agency staff.
Carillion whistleblower named
Robert Lea Industrial Editor
A finance executive has been named as
the whistleblower who revealed the
?aggressive? accounting that brought
down Carillion.
Board meeting minutes of the construction company reveal that directors were warned of an impending scandal over its books as early as last May.
Carillion collapsed last month with
�billion debts, putting hundreds of
public sector contracts at risk. The minutes were obtained by the Commons
work and pensions committee.
Frank Field, the committee co-chairman, said that Emma Mercer, then a
new finance director of the construction division, revealed serious reservations about Carillion?s accounting last
spring. She was not initially listened to.
?Emma Mercer took just six weeks to
spot and pull the thread that began the
entire company unravelling,? Mr Field
said. ?That she had to go through whistleblowing procedures to get her concerns about accounting irregularities
taken seriously by the Carillion board is
extraordinary.?
Ms Mercer was later appointed chief
finance director of the company.
The minutes reveal that a senior lawyer warned directors that if they did not
disclose the accounting issues on the
construction of Royal Liverpool Hospital and the redevelopment of Battersea
Power Station, they risked being accused of misleading the stock market.
The official receiver has said that
another 230 Carillion workers have
been laid off, taking the number to 1,371.
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Mother and sons feared dead in blast
MICHAEL SCOTT/CATERS NEWS
Neil Johnston, Fariha Karim
A mother and two of her teenage sons
are believed to be among five people
killed when an explosion destroyed
their flat and a shop below.
Mary Ragoobeer, 46, was inside the
building above the Zabka Leicester
Polish grocery in the city with her sons,
Scotty, 15, Sean, 16, and Shane, 18,
watching television when the blast happened on Sunday. Sixty homes were
evacuated as firefighters tackled a blaze
and crews searched for survivors.
Mrs Ragoobeer?s brother, Krishna
Rungen, 69, said: ?[Scotty] is in a daze.
He said his mum and his brothers were
watching TV and then the next thing he
knows bricks were falling over him, and
then it was pitch black.
?He couldn?t hear anything. He said
he was lying down trapped and screaming for help when somebody reached in
through the rubble and grabbed him.
They managed to dig him out and get
him to hospital but he doesn?t remember much. The poor boy is still shocked.
We are devastated. We seem to be getting more information via the media
than the police, it?s not good enough.?
Scotty was said to be in hospital
er, Jose
last night with his father,
dside.
Ragoobeer, 58, at his bedside.
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Mr Ragoobeer had been
b
working in his cleaning job
when the explosion happened. The family had
been in Britain for 15
years and living in the
flat for four years, Mr
Rungen said.
Fire crews confirmed
that five bodies had been
pulled from the rubble
le
and a further five people
tal,
had been taken to hospital,
including one person in a critiasualties
cal condition. Further casualties
s.
may remain in the debris.
ed that an 18Last night it was claimed
year-old girl, understood to be a friend
of Shane?s, was missing after the blast.
One friend wrote on Facebook: ?I?m
lost for words girl. You had a heart of
gold, a beautiful soul and the most infectious smile. Sleep tight beautiful.?
Investigators are trying to establish
the cause of the blast. Leicestershire
police have said that there is no evidence of terrorism with a gas explosion
the most likely explanation.
The blast, at about 7.20pm, triggered
a large fire, bringing down the grocery
and two-storey flat. Witnesses described the scene as a ?war zone? as
people dug through the rubble with
their hands to recover those trapped,
including a little boy heard crying from
beneath the debris.
Aram Kurd, 33, the shop owner, was
one of those to survive. He said he was
waiting for news about a female employee, Victoria, who had been on her
Fatalities from
gas explosions
extremely rare
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Showing how many calories are in each
item on a menu can reduce how much
people eat, but only by about a digestive
biscuit a meal, according to a study.
Nevertheless the government has been
urged to consider forcing caf閟 and restaurants to display the information.
While individual studies have had
mixed results, the researchers found
that when their findings were brought
together in a systematic review, despite
some weaknesses in the evidence, the
policies did seem to have a positive impact on consumers? diets.
Susan Jebb, a professor at the Uni-
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first trial shift. Mr Kurd, who opened
the shop two and a half months ago,
said he was praying that Victoria, from
Latvia, was alive. ?I?m just shocked and
completely devastated. I don?t know
how I survived,? he said.
He said that he had only left the shop
for a moment and was reaching for a
crate of beer when he was flung into the
air and landed on his back. ?I was looking at the sky. I scrambled to my feet
and was surrounded to my knees in
dust, rubble and flames,? he added. ?For
a few seconds I couldn?t see a way out
until I realised I could make it to my
neighbour?s fence and jump over it.?
versity of Oxford and one of the authors, said: ?This review should provide
policymakers with the confidence to introduce measures to encourage or even
require calorie labelling on menus and
next to food and drinks in coffee shops,
cafeterias and restaurants.?
For a typical lunch with an intake of
600 calories, such as a slice of pizza and
a soft drink, they found labels could reduce calories consumed by about 12 per
cent ? approximately equivalent to a
plain digestive biscuit with 71 calories.
Theresa Marteau, lead author and director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit at the University of Cambridge, said that while the review did
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Gurkaran Singh Bains, 43, who lives
50m away, said: ?We could feel the
house shake. I got there within 30 seconds and it was like a war zone. A lot of
people were just standing there in
shock. I saw one casualty on the pavement. He was covered in blood and
people were putting him in the recovery position. He wasn?t moving much
but he was awake. There was glass and
rubble everywhere all over the road.?
Another resident, Tony Hartley, said
that he had found a man buried under
rubble. ?Me and a friend lifted up a steel
girder with about five other blokes and
removed a man from underneath it. We
Calorie counts really take the biscuit
Kat Lay Health Correspondent
City
Centre
not look at potential reasons, there was
some evidence that the effect was largest where people were surprised by the
information they were given. That, she
said, could nudge them towards a less
calorific choice in the same food category ? such as swapping a cake for a
biscuit. ?The one thing to know about
tackling obesity is that there is no one
thing that is going to tackle obesity,?
Professor Marteau said. ?What we are
looking for is evidence-based interventions. While calorie labelling may help,
other measures to reduce calorie intake
are also needed.?
The study is published today in the
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then turned round, saw rubble and
heard a little boy crying. There was me
and another bloke sifting through the
rubble and we managed to pull the little
boy out,? Mr Hartley said.
Emergency crews halted a search
temporarily because of fears over the
structure of a neighbouring building.
Matt Cane, of Leicestershire Fire and
Rescue Service, said the fire continued
to burn in the basement.
Sir Peter Soulsby, mayor of Leicester,
said that a ?young lad? was among the
dead. ?It was not terror-related, it was
an accident,? he said. ?A gas explosion
seems the most plausible cause.?
here are always three
common elements to
any fire: fuel, oxygen
and ignition (Jack
Malvern and Fariha
Karim write).
In the case of domestic gas
explosions, the gas is the fuel,
and the ignition tends to come
from an appliance, whether it is
lighting a cooker or switching
on the television or lights.
The force of a blast depends
on the level of energy released,
which depends on how much gas
has built up and whether any has
been able to escape.
All gas supplies to homes and
businesses are odorised with a
pungent, unpleasant smell, so
that the human nose acts as the
first stage of an alarm system in
detecting leaks.
Premises connected to the
National Grid are supplied by
methane. A concentration of
between 5 and 15 per cent in the
air can cause combustion. For
propane gas, which also supplies
homes, the concentration must
be 2 to 10 per cent. The main
sources of gas within homes are
cookers, fires and boilers.
The cause of the explosion in
Leicester has not been found but
one possibility is that it was a gas
explosion from a faulty device or
fitting. There has been a spate of
gas explosions in recent months,
including one in Birstall, near
Leicester, on December 11, in
which three people were injured.
Figures compiled by the charity
Cogas suggest that fires and
explosions caused by gas leaks
are becoming less common,
falling steadily from 36 in 2010-11
to 16 in 2015-16. There were 11
deaths from 141 incidents
between 2010 and 2016. Carbon
monoxide leaks from faulty
boilers and other burners in the
same period caused 42 deaths.
Gas Safe Register, formerly
known as Corgi, suggests that the
most dangerous city for gas leaks
is Birmingham, where 34 per
cent of appliances were found to
be unsafe during inspections. The
safest was Brighton (5 per cent).
Diabetes doubles in 20 years
The number of people living with
diabetes has doubled in the past 20
years, a charity has said.
The condition is the ?fastest-growing
health crisis of our time?, according to
Diabetes UK, which found that the
number of people diagnosed with the
condition across the UK had reached
almost 3.7 million ? an increase of
1.9 million since 1998.
A further 12.3 million people are at an
increased risk of type 2 diabetes, the
charity said. The number of people diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes
has increased by almost 100,000 since
last year, from 3,590,501 to 3,689,509.
Bradford has the highest prevalence in
the UK, at one in ten people (10.4 per
cent). The lowest prevalence is in Richmond, west London, at 3.6 per cent, and
the national average is 6.6 per cent.
The charity also estimates that there
are nearly one million people who have
diabetes but are not aware of it. Almost
nine in ten people diagnosed have type
2 diabetes, which has been linked to
lifestyle factors such as obesity.
Chris Askew, chief executive of
Diabetes UK, said: ?We want the government to recognise the seriousness of
the growing diabetes crisis, take action
to help those at increased risk, and help
us turn the tables on this devastating
condition.?
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Freezing Britain
stocks up ready
for days of snow
Will Humphries
Worried shoppers were stockpiling
bread in anticipation of blizzards and
bitter cold, despite most of Britain experiencing fleeting snow yesterday.
Large parts of the southeast and
northeast of England escaped with
minor snowfall despite warnings of serious travel disruption caused by the
?Beast from the East?, a freezing spell
created by cold air from western Russia.
People were seen at a Tesco in
Medway, Kent, panic-buying loaves of
bread.
Charlotte Day, 24, a healthcare assistant, said: ?Shoppers were walking
around with a panicked look on their
faces. Some people had six or seven
loaves in their basket. People were
pushing around, they weren?t being
polite about it. I went to grab the last
loaf and someone who already had six
took it. The shelves were empty.?
Conditions were expected to worsen
today. The Met Office has said some
areas could have ?the coldest spell of
weather since at least 2013, and possibly
since 1991?. Amber warnings of snow
have been issued for the northwest and
northeast, East and West Midlands,
Yorkshire and Humber and eastern and
southeastern England today and eastern Scotland tomorrow, with up to
15cm likely to fall in some places and
temperatures well below freezing. On
Thursday a separate weather system
called Storm Emma is expected to
bring strong winds and heavy snow.
Some parts of the UK are expected to
feel colder than the Arctic Circle. The
Met Office warned that rural communities could become cut off, with power
cuts and disruption to mobile phone
services likely. Schools could close,
passengers have been told to contact
their airlines before travelling to airports, and motorists have been advised
against all but essential travel.
Rail operators have closed rural lines
and reduced timetables while British
Airways cancelled more than 60 short
flights.
Greater Anglia cancelled rail services from London at 10pm on Sunday
to enable trains to return to depots.
Southern said it was working on contingency plans with Thameslink and
Gatwick Express, such as running
empty trains overnight to keep tracks
clear of snow. Great Northern said it
would be running a ?heavily reduced
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waterfalls were
frozen solid.
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suffered in the
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timetable? today. The Siberian winds
sweeping in the from the northeast also
caused chaos in southern and central
Europe. Officials in Lithuania said
record low temperatures of minus 24C
claimed the lives of at least three people
over the weekend with others suffering
frostbite. In Croatia 14 people were
seriously injured when a truck and bus
collided in the snowy northwest region
yesterday.
In Rome the civil protection agency
decided to send in the army to clear the
streets after the capital was paralysed
by just a few centimetres of snow.
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HORTIATIS, GREECE
Former Oxfam boss faces college revolt
Rosemary Bennett Education Editor
Dame Barbara Stocking has been
forced to defend her handling of the
Oxfam scandal after being attacked for
a ?cavalier attitude? by students at the
Cambridge college she heads.
Undergraduates at Murray Edwards
College criticised her for ?smirking and
smiling? while discussing the allegations on television, ?signalling a complete lack of regard for the victims of
sexual exploitation?.
They questioned the college?s ability
to protect the welfare of students, particularly black and ethnic minority
(BME) students, while Dame Barbara
remained its president. They suggested
that they could not rebuild their trust in
the college with her in charge. The
junior common room, the college student union, drew up the statement after
taking soundings from undergraduates
in the days after The Times revealed
Oxfam had covered up sexual misconduct in Haiti.
Senior aid workers used local prostitutes during the earthquake relief effort
yet the country manager was allowed
to leave quietly and get a job elsewhere.
Dame Barbara, then chief executive of
Oxfam GB, failed to alert police even
though prostitution is illegal on the island and has been accused of withholding details of the episode from the
Charity Commission.
After the students? criticism appeared on The Times website yesterday,
Dame Barbara, 66, issued a statement
to the newspaper, apologising to students. She said she would be ?horrified?
if any student felt she would not take a
complaint of harassment seriously.
?I am very sorry if students at Murray
Edwards feel that I was at all dismissive
about sexual exploitation in Haiti and
that the language I used [in a meeting
with students on February 13] caused
upset to any student,? she said.
?I was trying to discuss honestly
some of the challenges faced by international organisations seeking to respond to terrible human suffering
caused by a major natural disaster.?
She said she was ?shocked? when the
sexual exploitation in Haiti in 2011 was
reported to her and immediately as-
sembled an investigation team. All
seven men involved lost their jobs.
She added: ?Here in Cambridge I
have supported students who have suffered sexual harassment and rape. I
would be horrified to think that any student at the college feels that I might not
listen to her complaint of harassment; I
assure them that this is not the case.?
The students, in their statement, said:
?Unfortunately, Dame Barbara?s conduct has had a serious impact on students? ability to feel at home in college,
where we must brush up against her in
corridors and dining spaces every day.
?We believe Dame Barbara?s lack of
regard for black women?s lives in Haiti is
impossible to disentangle from her conduct in college and the welfare of BME
students,? they added. It is understood
the college?s governing body will await
the outcome of a statutory inquiry by
the Charity Commission into Oxfam
before considering Dame Barbara?s
future. However, the warning from students will have to be taken seriously.
6 Talks to prevent more strikes by university lecturers start today with bosses
saying that they would ?consider any
credible and affordable alternative? to
their proposals on pensions which led
to the strike. However, Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union, said that she feared Universities UK, which represents vice-chancellors, was ?playing games? and was
not serious about changing its stance.
Letters, page 28
Child refused by GP died hours later Bride is fifth British victim
Simon de Bruxelles
A five-year-old girl with life-threatening asthma died within hours of being
turned away from an emergency appointment with her GP because she arrived five minutes late.
A coroner said Ellie-May Clark
might have lived but ?the opportunity
to provide potentially life-saving treatment was missed?. Ellie-May of Newport, south Wales, was told to return the
next day by her GP, Joanne Rowe, who
did not check her medical records or
ask why she needed a doctor. She died
from an asthma attack that evening.
The Gwent coroner, Wendy James,
recorded a narrative verdict and said
she could not determine with certainty
?whether an earlier intervention would
have altered the outcome for Ellie, but
nonetheless she should have been seen
by a GP that day and she was let down
Ellie-May Clark was
a few minutes late
for an appointment
by the failures in the system. Ellie-May
Clark died of natural causes where the
opportunity to provide potentially lifesaving treatment was missed?. The coroner described Ellie-May?s treatment
at the Grange clinic as ?disjointed?. In
the previous five days she had been
seen by three doctors. She added: ?Had
she been seen by one doctor, things may
have been different for Ellie.?
Ellie-May was taken ill at school on
January 25 2015 and was so short of
breath she was unable to walk home.
Her mother Shanice Clark called the
surgery and asked for an emergency
appointment. She was five minutes late
because she had to find childcare and
had to wait five minutes to speak to the
receptionist. The surgery had a ?ten
minute? rule and Ms Clark was told to
come back the next morning. She found
Ellie-May unconscious at 10.35pm and
the girl was taken to the Royal Gwent
Hospital but could not be revived.
Dr Rowe had received a letter from a
consultant in March 2014 which said
Ellie-May?s asthma was ?life-threatening?. On the day of the child?s death Dr
Rowe, a GP for 22 years, did not look at
Ellie-May?s clinical records. Dr Rowe
said she was wrong to turn Ellie-May
away, describing her action as ?unacceptable?.
After the hearing Ellie May?s family
said they were disappointed the verdict
had not included a finding of neglect. In
a statement they said: ?In our opinion,
this was a clear case of obvious neglect.?
of Canyon helicopter crash
Georgie Keate
A woman honeymooning in America
has become the fifth Briton to die
along with her new husband after a
helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon.
Ellie Udall, 29, was on honeymoon
with Jonathan Udall, 32, when the
helicopter they were in plummeted 600ft into the ravine on
February 10.
Mr Udall died from his injuries last Thursday and his wife?s
family said last night that she
had died on Sunday in the
Lions burns unit at the University Medical Center in
Ellie Udall died three days
after her husband Jonathan
Las Vegas without regaining consciousness. Mrs Udall was able to
stagger from the wreckage while her
husband was trapped for eight hours.
Becky Dobson, 27, her boyfriend
Stuart Hill, 30, and his brother Jason
Hill, 32, all from Worthing, West
Sussex, also died in the crash.
Another British woman, Jennifer
Barham, 39, and the American
pilot Scott Booth, 42, are still in
hospital with critical injuries.
Mrs Udall?s family praised the
emergency services and
medical staff who tried to
save her.
The cause of the crash is
being investigated. Findings
are expected before the end
of the month.
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News Politics
Labour ?weaponises?
Brexit to win votes
from EU migrants
Sam Coates Deputy Political Editor
Oliver Wright Policy Editor
Labour is planning to ?weaponise? its
new softer Brexit stance to woo three
million citizens from other EU nations
who are eligible to vote in the forthcoming local elections.
MPs have been writing to Europeans
living in Britain appealing for their
support at the ballot box in London and
elsewhere in May.
A letter from Neil Coyle, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark in the
capital, begins ?as someone from an EU
member state?, suggesting that the
party is directly targeting non-Britons.
It tells the recipients that the elections
on May 3 are a chance to ?send a clear
message to Theresa May? on ?her disastrous Brexit policy?.
MPs are pushing the party?s new line
hard because EU citizens living in
Britain could not participate in the referendum or general elections, but they
are part of the franchise in local elections. Party sources confirmed that this
targeted approach was deliberate and
would be adopted across London.
The decision by Labour to target EU
citizens was condemned by some Tories who said it was an attempt to ?sow
division? in society as well as undermine Mrs May?s negotiating position.
However, some supporters of a soft
Brexit fear that Labour could reap
rewards come May because of its
changed stance, weeks before a crunch
vote on customs union membership.
Other developments included:
6 Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit
secretary, will go to Brussels tomorrow
to update the European Commission
about the party?s new stance.
6 Jeremy Corbyn made his decision to
shift Labour?s position on the customs
union with the backing of John
McDonnell, the shadow chancellor,
and Andrew Fisher, his policy chief.
Seumas Milne, his director of strategy
and communications, was understood
to be less enthusiastic.
6 Downing Street is braced for a series
of new Brexit battles, including the
legal text of the withdrawal treaty
which will be published tomorrow and
Seumas Milne, the
Labour press chief,
seemed less
enthused by the
policy shift
excludes a compromise inserted in December to placate the DUP.
Local elections will be held in all 32
London boroughs, 34 metropolitan
boroughs in the rest of England, 68 district or borough councils and 17 unitary
authorities. There will also be direct
elections for the mayoralties of Hackney, Lewisham, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Watford.
London has the highest proportion
of citizens of other EU countries, with
Kensington and Chelsea the council
with the most. There are a large number of EU citizens in other key battle-
grounds in the capital, including up to
51,000 in Barnet and up to 39,000 in
Wandsworth.
Sadiq Khan, Labour mayor in
London, has made clear that the party
intends to target this demographic specifically, issuing a media release last
week urging the 1.1 million EU citizens
in London to vote. ?Yesterday?s announcement will have helped this
drive,? said a Labour source.
Andrew Bridgen, Tory MP for North
West Leicestershire, said Labour was
attempting to win over EU citizens by
telling them they are victims. ?Labour
has spent most of their time since the
referendum trying to undermine the
British negotiating position with the
European Union.
?This shows the Labour Party is a divisive party that sets people against
each other with a hierarchy of victimhood and it?s clear they are trying
to create more ?victims? out of ?hardpressed? EU nationals.
?Over three million EU citizens
will probably decide to make their
future in the UK. I wish the Labour
Party had that confidence in Britain.?
A second senior Conservative said
this amounted to ?weaponsing? the
new stance and was hardening divisions. But a Remain-supporting Tory
MP thought the tactic could work: ?If
we thought the London results were
bad for us in 2017 then we are all
dreading what 2018 will be like when
EU citizens get to vote.?
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JJeremy Corbyn set
Centrist council leader driven out Flash car but speech
Lucy Fisher
Senior Political Correspondent
Leftwinger tipped for top
The Labour leader of Brighton & Hove
council is stepping down in the face of
opposition from left-wing local party
members.
Warren Morgan, a centrist, said he
would resign from his leadership role in
May and would stand down as a
councillor at the next local elections in
May 2019. He told the BBC that while
he had wanted to lead the party into the
ballot next spring, the ?local Labour
Party have made it clear they do not
want me to do so?.
Mr Morgan is the third centrist Labour town hall leader to step down in
recent weeks. Claire Kober quit as
leader of Haringey council in north
London last month after opposition
from left-wing groups. Jon Clempner
then stepped down in Harlow district
council, citing a vicious campaign by
activists linked to Momentum.
The Brighton leader?s departure
comes after The Times revealed this
month that tensions had erupted in the
city?s Labour Party over public-private
partnerships, prompting fears that leftwing activists would try to deselect
moderate councillors.
Mr Morgan had also clashed with
local party figures last autumn after
Labour held its annual conference in
Brighton. He said Labour would not be
welcome back in the city unless it tackled antisemitism in its midst. Activists
The founder of the left-wing
campaign group Momentum has
been urged to apply to become
Labour?s next general secretary
after the incumbent unexpectedly
quit (Lucy Fisher writes).
Labour announced on Friday
night that Iain McNicol would step
down after seven years in a move
that shocked party insiders. Mr
McNicol, 48, was viewed as toxic by
left-wing activists, who accused him
of mounting a ?purge? against
supporters of Jeremy Corbyn.
The Momentum founder Jon
Lansman, 60, was said to be
considering applying for the
vacancy. Mr Lansman has a seat on
the NEC, Labour?s ruling body, which
appoints the general secretary.
The Unite official Jennie Formby
had been tipped as a shoo-in for the
position but if Mr Lansman runs it
would split the left of the party.
Applications will open today and
the NEC will make its decision within
three weeks.
on the fringes of the conference had
been accused of handing out antiJewish literature. Left-wing members
of the Labour council group then demanded Mr Morgan?s resignation.
Kevin Allen said last October: ?You
simply don?t like what the party has
become ? and it shows.?
Activists also criticised what they
saw as Mr Morgan?s opposition to
Jeremy Corbyn?s leadership while some
left-wing Labour members rejected his
policy decisions and blamed him for
presiding over budget cuts.
He had backed a controversial plan to
put the Royal Pavilion and other museums into a trust, a proposal that has
been paused until the summer after
employees threatened to strike. He had
also supported a plan to build 1,000
homes in partnership with a private
enterprise, which had prompted concerns among some left-wing activists.
The council leader acknowledged in
his resignation statement, which was
published on his blog, that the council
had faced ?funding, housing and political pressures? during his leadership.
He said it had been ?the privilege of
my life? to serve as council leader in his
home town. He pointed to his record,
including tackling the city?s housing
crisis. ?Having spoken to colleagues
over recent months I have now taken
the decision to continue to serve as
leader until annual council in May, but
not seek re-election at the Labour &
Co-operative Group annual general
meeting in April,? he said.
Brighton & Hove Labour Party,
which was the largest in the country,
was told to split into three different
groups following tensions between leftwing and moderate activists.
Patrick Kidd
Political Sketch
I
t was his Big Speech on Brexit,
the first that Jeremy Corbyn
had given in a year, so naturally
he spent large chunks of it
talking about the NHS and the
Iraq war and nationalising water and
how the Tories love rich people.
All Corbyn gigs rely heavily on his
greatest hits catalogue, and he
wasn?t totally convinced that his new
single, Bespoke Customs Union,
would go down well with traditional
fans who might have voted for
Brexit, so he avoided playing it for
as long as possible.
His speech, which his spinners
were keen to emphasise would put
?clear blue water? between Labour
and the government, was more a
muddy stream, a string of vacuous,
waffly clich閟 that set out an illdefined goal of the EU giving Britain
exactly what suits us best simply if
we ask them nicely. Perhaps he is
ready to be prime minister after all.
It was delivered in front of a
driverless car. I do love a metaphor.
Mr Corbyn had not brought himself
to this point. He has always rather
liked the idea of Brexit. During the
referendum he had to be told by his
deputy to ?keep smiling, Jeremy? at
a pro-Remain photocall. Finally, he
has learnt to fake a crocodile?s
smile, seductive if insincere. He
really is turning into a politician.
He still can?t do jokes, though. It is
like asking a leopard to peel a
satsuma. Gesturing at the car, he
began by saying: ?Ultra high-tech is
all around us. It?s called the modern
Labour Party.? There was a pause. A
long pause. ?You?re supposed to
laugh,? he snapped. There were a
few polite titters. ?Thank you very
much,? he said, like Basil Fawlty.
It was a speech full of wind and
hypocrisy. He accused Brexiteers of
being led by ideology (a charge that
no one would ever cast at him, of
course) and nobly said that he
doesn?t like to make personal
attacks, two paragraphs before he
accused the foreign secretary of
?phoney jingoistic posturing?.
He decried the Tories for using
soundbites, then deployed them
himself. ?We are leaving the EU but
we are not leaving Europe,? he said,
a line that Theresa May often uses.
And he called for a ?close and
co-operative relationship?; it was
unclear how this differed from her
?deep and special relationship?.
These are bad times for oratory.
It appeared as if he was reading
his speech for the first time, which
may explain the odd pauses and
such slips as ?the Brexit brocess?
(women not allowed?) and ?join us
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Take Commons seats
and defend Ireland,
Sinn Fein is urged
Jennifer Bray Dublin
Oliver Wright
out Labour?s new Brexit policy at the National Transport Design Centre in Coventry, before stopping to pose for selfies
sputters
cake ? er, a new UK customs
union?. Maybe he has more in
common with the pro-gateau Boris
Johnson than he would admit.
At the end, Rebecca Long-Bailey,
his shadow business secretary, took
questions from the press, but she
didn?t seem to know who they were.
?The man with the red tie and
glasses . . . the woman with the
fetching scarf . . . that lovely blue
jumper over there.? She sounded
like David Dimbleby on Question
Time. Is it really credible that a
member of the shadow cabinet
doesn?t recognise the political
editors of Channel 4 News, The
Guardian and Newsnight? Or was
this just an affectation to show that
Team Corbyn is outside the
Westminster bubble?
The leader dodged all their
questions. ?Let?s have one from
someone who isn?t a journalist,? Ms
Long-Bailey said. ?The lady with the
blond hair.? She might have been
taking a punt that it wasn?t someone
from the Mail. More likely she knew
exactly what was coming.
This woman had an important
message. ?I don?t need the
microphone,? she said. ?I just want
to say, please, please will you hurry
up and become our prime
minister?? Mr Corbyn beamed. Now
that is more like it, he thought.
Come the Red Dawn, this is what all
his press conferences will be like.
Sinn Fein is under intense pressure to
rip up its century-old policy of not
voting in parliament to defeat Theresa
May?s plans to pull Britain out of the
EU?s customs union.
In a public challenge to republicans,
Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister,
called on the party to take its seats in
Westminster to ?make things better for
Ireland?. His comments were backed by
Brendan Howlin, leader of the opposition Labour Party, who said it was
time for Sinn Fein to ?step up to the
plate and defend the interests of the
island of Ireland?.
Sinn Fein has never taken up seats in
Westminster since its first MPs were
elected in 1917. They still refuse to swear
allegiance to the Queen and do not recognise the legitimacy of parliament?s
rule over Northern Ireland.
The party has come under growing
pressure in the Republic to reverse its
stance. It has seven MPs who have the
right to vote in the House of Commons.
If they were to take their seats Mrs
May?s majority would be cut to four,
even with the support of the DUP.
Under those circumstances the government would almost certainly find it
impossible to overturn rebel Tory
amendments that would commit the
UK to remaining in a customs union.
Sinn Fein?s votes would also be important when parliament is called on to
ratify any eventual deal with the EU.
While the party has so far maintained that it will not reverse its
position, it is highly sensitive to criticism in the South that it is not doing
enough to protect the interests of Ireland overall. It has 23 seats in the Irish
parliament and has long hoped to
increase its share of the vote and enter
government in the Republic as well as
in Northern Ireland.
Many of Sinn Fein?s objections to
taking up its seats no longer apply. In
particular the Good Friday agreement
committed Britain to accepting a
united Ireland should a majority of
voters in the North and South agree.
Mr Varadkar said it was time for the
party to put the interests of the country
first. ?I do think it is important that
people who do have influence, people
who could attend, bear in mind the effect that they could have,? he said. ?It is
often the case, historically, that Irish
MPs elected in the House of Commons
find that their votes don?t matter but if
you look back historically there actually were periods when they held the balance of power and were really able to
make things better for Ireland. I would
hope that those who could cast their
votes will bear that in mind.?
Mr Howlin said: ?The confirmation
that the British Labour Party will
support amendments tabled by Tory
Brexit dissenters mandating the UK
government to negotiate a customs
union with the EU is a potential game
changer for Ireland. There is now a real
possibility that the Brexit government
could be defeated on this issue. The outcome of the historic vote could hinge on
votes of currently absent Sinn Fein
MPs. It is now time for Sinn Fein to step
up to the plate and defend the interests
of the island of Ireland.?
Sinn Fein said that its policy had not
changed and it would not countenance
such a plan. ?This is not even a topic of
discussion within the party,? a spokesman said. ?We are an abstentionist
party, and we are mandated to abstain
from Westminster by the people who
vote for us.?
Cutting MPs ?will give too Juncker accused of cronyism
much power to executive? over role in aide?s promotion
Lucy Fisher
Theresa May?s plan to push ahead with
cutting the size of the Commons would
amount to a government power grab,
leading electoral reformers have said.
An analysis shows that reducing the
number of MPs while failing to cut the
numbers within the overall government
would destabilise the balance between
the executive and the legislature.
The Electoral Reform Society (ERS),
a political pressure group, said that
dropping the number of MPs from 650
to 600 would ?create the most powerful
executive since at least 1990?.
The power of the government would
grow because a higher proportion of
MPs would be constrained from challenging policies due to the fact they rely
on Downing Street?s patronage for
their positions, the ERS said.
Mrs May has already been criticised
for creating 12 new Tory vice-chairmen
roles and appointing a high number of
her MPs as parliamentary private secretaries (PPS). While the role of PPS is
unpaid, it is considered the first rung on
the ladder to ministerial office and MPs
can be fired for disloyalty.
She has indicated she will push ahead
with the plan to reduce the House by 50
seats despite a warning that MPs will
block the proposals, set to be voted on
in September. The Commons public
administration and constitutional
affairs committee has called on the
prime minister to drop the plans and
instead focus on evening up the number of electors in each constituency,
which varies significantly.
Under the plans, the number of governing-party backbenchers would be
reduced to the lowest levels on record
following last year?s general election.
Nearly half of Tory MPs would be
bound to vote with the government. At
present 44 per cent of governing-party
MPs are bound to the government vote,
up from 31 per cent in 2000.
While reformers have often agreed
that the proposed reduction would cut
the cost of politics, the analysis revealed potential pitfalls.
Darren Hughes, chief executive of
the Electoral Reform Society, said:
?There must be guaranteed checks and
balances on the power of the government. That role is best fulfilled by backbench MPs, both from the government?s own benches and from those opposite. If we are left with the most
powerful executive in living history, we
could end up with a crisis of scrutiny,
and all of us will lose out as a result.
?We need MPs to be free to prioritise
the interests of their constituents ahead
of toeing the party line. But cutting
MPs without capping the size of the executive means the proportion in the
pocket of the prime minister will be at
record levels.?
Bruno Waterfield Brussels
Jean-Claude Juncker?s chief of staff will
be in charge of Brexit contingency
planning when he takes over the European Union?s top civil service post this
week amid growing controversy over
his appointment.
Martin Selmayr, 47, a feared German
official nicknamed ?the monster?,
becomes secretary-general of the
European Commission on Thursday.
Yesterday leaked details of the bureaucratic manoeuvres to appoint him led
to allegations of cronyism.
His new role makes him directly
responsible for the EU?s ?no deal scenario? plan if Brexit negotiations collapse in the coming weeks or months.
?This is a sensitive role for such a controversial figure and means he will play
a big part in defining the EU?s posture in
the months ahead,? one diplomat said.
Mr Selmayr?s alleged role in the briefing of private meetings, including a
Downing Street dinner and a behindclosed-doors meeting of ambassadors,
has been raised by senior EU diplomats
because of concerns that his hostility to
Britain is a threat to negotiations.
Details of just how he was appointed
emerged yesterday in the French newspaper Lib閞ation. Although initially
appointed to a different job as deputy
secretary-general after a normal recruitment procedure, Mr Selmayr was
propelled into the top job last Wednesday by the resignation of his Dutch
predecessor, Alexander Italianer.
Because of the apparently unexpected departure, Mr Juncker, the commission president, urged other commissioners to give the post to Mr Selmayr,
his deputy, although only for a matter
of minutes, in order to prevent a power
vacuum at the top.
?The post of secretary-general cannot remain vacant even for a second.
Otherwise the institution would be at
risk of not functioning smoothly,? a
commission spokesman said.
Given no advance warning or time to
consider, the ?college? of commissioners unanimously voted for Mr Selmayr?s appointment. Concerns have
grown, however, after Mr Juncker revealed that he had known since September 2015 that Mr Italianer was planning to stand down by March 1.
The revelation raises the suspicion
that Mr Selmayr was manoeuvred into
the post by Mr Juncker despite his lack
of conventional experience within the
EU civil service, which he joined as a
spokesman 13 years ago.
Sven Giegold, a German MEP, has
requested ?an investigation into this
cloak-and-dagger operation?. ?The allocation of top positions in public institutions without an open tender is a bad
habit,? he said. ?[It] favours those who
are well known over the most capable.?
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Exit stage left: how MI5 sabotaged Trotskyist play
David Sanderson Arts Correspondent
It took stagecraft that would have been
the envy of Laurence Olivier.
MI5 infiltrated the entertainment industry to sabotage leftwing productions, the daughter of one of its most
renowned spies claims in a new book.
Charlotte Bingham, whose father
John was a mentor to John le Carr� and
partly inspired his most famous creation, George Smiley, says that during
the 1960s famous actors began lodging
at her family home.
Bingham says her father told her that
the actors could let them know ?what
kind of communist propaganda is going
to be pushed at the general public . . . this
is most important for maintaining moral standards?. He added: ?A country can
lose its way overnight after seeing the
wrong play or film.?
In her forthcoming memoir MI5 and
Me, Bingham ? a 75-year-old bestselling novelist who has written for many
television programmes including Upstairs, Downstairs ? reveals that her
father forced her to join the security
services as a teenager. She then describes how a West End theatre production starring one of his ?friends?
and a leading female actress, given the
pseudonym Dame Lily Farjeon, closed
down within days ? despite having a
cast of stars.
Bingham explains that one of the actor lodgers ? who has the pseudonym
Henry (Hal) Flanagan ? forgot his
lines and coughed throughout the
opening night of the play, which featured a ?common man, rich capitalist
and poor woman?.
Her father then revealed that
because of the political nature of the
play and the presence of the leading
actress Farjeon ?the Trotskyists put
rather a large amount of party funds
in it ? and now of course they?ve lost
the lot.?
Bingham says that a film producer
friend of her father subsequently offered ?something to Hal that will be just
the ticket? to make up for the ?first night
flop?.
Her father then told her: ?This other
chap, a director, likes to be helpful to the
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Barbed Brexit
pop falls flat
When she resigned from the
Labour Party last year, the actress
Frances Barber complained that
under Jeremy Corbyn it is no
longer the party of democracy,
nor does it respect freedom of
religion. Not that she is tolerant
on those subjects herself. Barber,
below, had a pop on Twitter at
Giles Fraser, the priest and regular
panellist on Radio 4?s Moral Maze,
for being pro-Brexit. ?So at odds
with Christianity,? she preached,
placing her theological
understanding above that of a
clergyman. It is, of course, a bit
more nuanced than that. As
people were keen to observe, polls
showed that almost 60 per cent of
Christians voted to leave and the
Archbishop of Canterbury has
told both sides to stop claiming
the moral high ground. ?I blame
those pesky nuns,? Barber replied.
?They taught me all wrong.?
The BBC is offering to send female
staff on assertiveness courses, as if
that is why they are not paid as
much as men. This could backfire.
A few years ago a Radio 4 editor
went on an assertiveness course. A
week later, at her colleagues?
request, she was sent for angermanagement training.
why clive feels lucky
Actors? profiles in theatre
programmes can be rather
dull. Who really wants to
know whether so-and-so has
been in The Bill or Holby
City? Thumbing
through the
programme for the
ENO?s excellent
production of
Iolanthe, however, I
spotted a fabulous
accomplishment in
the entry for Clive
Mantle, still best
known as Little John
in the 1980s TV series Robin of
Sherwood. Mantle appeared in the
1990 film White Hunter Black Heart
in which, he proudly notes, he
became ?the first man in cinema
history to beat up Clint Eastwood
and live to the end of the film?.
Top that, Jacobi and Dench.
Is there no end to callous
government cruelty towards the
poor? A motion tabled in the
Commons last week by Roger
Godsiff, a Labour veteran, called for
people to be banned from breeding
?peasants? to be shot for sport.
motion picture
Twenty-five years after the release
of Jurassic Park, the actress Laura
Dern says that her paleobotanist
character is still best remembered
for plunging her arm into a pile of
triceratops stools. She tells Empire
magazine that the most common
question she is asked by fans, who
clearly struggle with the fiction
versus reality problem, is: ?Was
that real dinosaur poop you had in
your hand??
Asked by BBC Scotland what it was
like to go into the Scottish rugby
team?s dressing room after their
25-13 win over England on Saturday,
Nicola Sturgeon said: ?I?ve never
hugged so many sweaty, muddy
guys in one go.? Detecting a raised
eyebrow, the first minister clarified:
At all. I?ve never hugged so many
sweaty guys at all.
sorry excuse
Overheard by a colleague on a
train: ?I?d like to apologise for
the overcrowded carriages.
This
T is due to a high number of
passengers travelling with us.?
Meanwhile, despite a light
flurry of snow yesterday
morning, my train arrived
bang on time. Then
stayed at the platform
for 20 minutes after a
passenger fainted,
probably in shock at the
train being on time.
patrick kidd
Office. As a matter of fact, it was he who
managed to talk Dame Lily Farjeon
into doing the play . . . told her it was
going to be the challenge of her career,
change her category, take London by
storm. She fell for it, of course.?
Bingham also says that her father was
later interested in ?sabotaging? a film
by a ?famously up-and-coming film
director? whom she calls Leslie Robertson.
?Loyal theatrical agencies? provided
actors for the production and then
during shoots Flanagan and another
actor lodging with the Binghams, given
the pseudonym Melville Ashcombe,
Alec Guinness as
George Smiley in
Tinker Tailor
Soldier Spy
were ?intransigent . . . about the interpretation of their roles?. Bingham
writes: ?I realised that he [Mr Bingham]
must be using the same tactics the communists were adopting to cause strikes
in factories, he was getting at the target
from the inside, and of course, actors
being actors, Melville and Hal were
thoroughly enjoying themselves. ?The
car journeys in the morning were lightened by the sound of their laughter as
they planned yet more fiendish tactics
destined to throw Leslie Robertson into
chaos and confusion.?
The Security Service files from this
era have yet to be released at the
National Archives while Christopher
Andrew?s The Authorised History of MI5
makes no mention of infiltration of the
entertainment industry.
It does suggest however that MI5 had
?good coverage? of the secret funding
of communist groups in Britain by the
Soviet Union.
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Taxpayers? �0m
bill as passengers
are put off trains
Graeme Paton Transport Correspondent
Alms race Enthusiasts marking the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters raid are raising money for the RAF Benevolent Fund
Taxpayers face a shortfall of almost
�0 million because of a fall in the
number of railway passengers.
The Department for Transport (DfT)
admitted that income from rail franchises would be lower in 2017-18 than
originally forecast. A report setting out
changes in government spending plans
said that net income would be �8.7
million lower than previous estimates.
It partly blamed the country?s biggest
rail franchise, Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs Southern Rail and the
Thameslink service through London.
The DfT said it had suffered ?severe disruption from sustained industrial
action and performance issues? that
had hit cash flows. The Treasury plans
to provide an extra � million to partially offset the fall in income.
Labour insisted that the shortfall
pointed to wider mismanagement of
the railways by the government, including rising fares that have priced
some passengers off the network. Passenger numbers have doubled since
privatisation two decades ago although
figures suggest that growth has stagnated in the past 12 months.
According to the Office of Rail and
Road, the number of journeys taken fell
by 0.4 per cent between July and September last year compared with the
same period the year before. Journeys
made using season tickets fell by 9.4 per
cent to its lowest level since 2010-11.
The shortfall follows news of the collapse of the Virgin Trains East Coast
franchise which is set to end in the next
few months, five years early, after running out of cash. Giving evidence to the
Commons public accounts committee
yesterday, the company said that
growth across the railway was at its
lowest since privatisation. David
Horne, managing director of Virgin
Trains East Coast, said that its problems
had been fuelled by passengers taking
advantage of cheap advance fares. He
said: ?People are under more financial
pressure than was expected and we are
certainly seeing the market shifting
more in terms of lower-cost fares that
people are looking for.?
Martin Griffiths, chief executive of
Stagecoach, which has a 90 per cent
stake in Virgin East Coast, told the committee that the Manchester Arena
bombing was another reason for the
route losing money.
Southern Rail has been hit by strike
action by the Rail, Maritime and Transport union over two years in a prolonged row over the role of guards on
new trains. It has also been hit by work
to upgrade the Thameslink line.
The DfT?s supplementary estimate
shows the changes in departmental
spending plans since a year ago. MPs
will debate the changes today. A Commons library analysis of the plans said:
?Net income from passenger rail services is forecast to be �8.7 million
lower than expected, the variance relates to revenues received from train
franchises, including the impact on revenues from the Thameslink, Southern
and Great Northern franchise as a result of severe disruption from industrial
action and performance issues.?
Other unexpected costs over the past
12 months included � million to repatriate 110,000 British travellers
stranded overseas by the collapse of
Monarch Airlines and reimbursing
Atol-protected passengers.
Andy McDonald, the shadow transport secretary, said: ?Taxpayers are
forking out an extra �0 million in
overspending this year thanks to the
transport secretary?s profligacy and
incompetence.? The DfT said that it
was normal for the supplementary estimate to reflect changes in finances.
Druid groped Penguins lose
my breasts,
breeding sites
says woman
in climate shift
A woman who claims she was sexually
assaulted by a medieval re-enactment
enthusiast told a jury that she had
viewed him as a druid with healing
powers.
Aylesbury crown court heard that
she invited Trevor Pilling to her home
to carry out crystal healing on her back
but became alarmed when the treatment became ?hands on? as if he were
?trying to get inside my clothes?.
Mr Pilling, 78, was a founder member
of the Lion Rampant Medieval Display
Society in Buckinghamshire. He is
accused of using his cloak to encircle
women before groping them. He denies
12 charges of sexual and indecent
assault against eight women.
?I wasn?t expecting any physical contact,? the woman said. ?It was gentle
touching, but then the hands slid to
areas that weren?t hurting at all. I just
jumped and he said, ?It?s all right?.? He
then gave her a hug from which she said
that she could not escape and he
touched her breasts and asked for a kiss.
?I said, ?No, this is wrong,? and he said,
?Don?t worry, it?s going to be a secret
between you and me.? ?
The trial continues.
Ben Webster Oceans Correspondent
It was one of the heart-stopping moments of last year?s Blue Planet II series:
king penguins tiptoeing past elephant
seals on a South Georgia beach hoping
not to rouse them from sleep.
Now scientists at the University of
Strasbourg have identified a far greater
threat to the penguins, which could
wipe out 70 per cent of them within a
few decades. To form a colony, king
penguins need conditions found on
only a few islands around Antarctica:
tolerable temperatures all year round,
no sea ice, a smooth beach and, above
all, an abundant and reliable source of
food close by to feed their chicks.
The islands they inhabit are close to
the Antarctic polar front, a convergence of cold and warm waters that
attracts huge amounts of fish. Because
of climate change the front is shifting
towards the South Pole, taking the fish
with it, and there are few suitable
islands further south to which the
penguins could move, according to the
study in Nature Climate Change.
Industrial fishing in Antarctic would
also reduce the availability of food.
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Boxer who ?did it for the fun? dies after final-round knockdown
Ron Lewis Boxing Correspondent
A boxer has died two days after winning
a tough fight. In a ringside interview
after the fight he said that he knew he
would never be world class but that he
did it ?for the fun?.
Scott Westgarth, 31, from Newcastle,
was taken ill after beating Dec Spelman
on points in a ten-round bout at the
Dome Leisure Centre in Doncaster on
Saturday night. The light-heavyweight
was knocked down in the final round in
what was his tenth professional bout.
He came from a boxing family. His
father, John, was a heavyweight who
once boxed for the European title. Despite that, Westgarth came to the sport
late, first as an amateur aged 24 before
turning professional at 27.
In his post-fight interview, he admitted that he did not expect to make it to
the top. ?I will box anyone,? he said. ?I
do it for the fun not because I think I am
going to be a world class fighter. I just do
it purely for entertainment and I am
just glad we could put on a show and
keep everyone entertained.?
It had been the biggest victory of his
career to date, earning him a shot at the
English title. After being interviewed
ringside, where he was seen rubbing his
head, he walked back to his dressing
room. Doctors who had checked him
over in the ring examined him again
after he complained of a headache.
They sent him to hospital in an
ambulance that was at the venue. It is
understood that he was talking in the
ambulance but his condition began to
deteriorate shortly before he arrived at
the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in
Sheffield. He died yesterday morning.
No cause of death has been given but
it is believed that he suffered a bleed on
Scott Westgarth, right, complained of
a headache after beating Dec Spelman
the brain. Westgarth is the third boxer
to die after a professional bout in the
UK in the past five years, after Mike
Towell in 2016 and Michael Norgrove
in 2013. He had moved to Sheffield to
train under Glyn Rhodes, a former boxer who was awarded an MBE in 2012 for
his work with young people at Sheffield
Boxing Centre.
Spelman wrote on Twitter: ?Absolutely heartbroken and lost for words.
I?ll continue to pray for Scott?s family
and the people close to him. Rest easy
my friend xxx.?
Sport, pages 60-61
ALAMY; BLENHEIM PALACE/BNPS
Fl l passion that
Floral
drove a duke to ruin
D
ozens of
exquisite
botanical
paintings give
a glimpse of
the passion that brought
about the ruin of Sir
Winston Churchill?s
great-great-grandfather,
the 5th Duke of
Marlborough (Simon de
Bruxelles writes).
By the turn of the 18th
century, George
Blandford was spending
a literal fortune
am
amassing
one of
Br
Britain?s
finest
ho
horticultural
co
collections,
buying
spe
specimens
of newly
dis
discovered
plants
gathered from all
round the world. He
paid up to 20 guineas
for plants that would
only be worth a few
shillings once an
enterprising
ut
nurseryman worked out
m.
how to propagate them.
It was just one of his
extravagancies and he
found himself more than
�0,000 debt,
equivalent to � million
Cistus vaginatus, left, and
spigelia were among the
specimens painted by the
Duchess of Marlborough
at Blenheim Palace, top
to
today.
Eventually his
es
estates,
with the
e
exception
of
B
Blenheim
Palace,
w
were
seized and his
c
collections
sold to
p creditors.
pay
His wife, Susan
Sp
Spencer-Churchill,
was
sk
a skilled
artist and she
reco
recorded
the duke?s
colle
collection
of passion
flow
flowers,
crocuses,
carn
carnations
and
anem
anemones
in detail.
N
Now,
89 such paintings
have gone on display at
the stately home in
Woodstock,
Oxfordshire. The 5th
Businessman sues Google
to have his crime forgotten
Matthew Moore Media Correspondent
A businessman is taking legal action
against Google to make it delete links to
his criminal conviction in the first
?right to be forgotten? case in the
English courts.
The claimant was convicted of
conspiracy to account falsely in the late
1990s and wants the search engine to
remove results that mention his case.
He is ?treated as a pariah in his personal, business and social life? and has been
?unable to form any new friendships or
personal relationships? because of online newspaper articles about his conviction, according to court papers.
Google is fighting his request, arguing that the public has a right to information even though his conviction is
deemed spent under the Rehabilitation
of Offenders Act 1974.
The claimant, who has been granted
anonymity to bring the action, remains
active in the business world. ?Google
submits that all persons who may en-
gage with the claimant ? either as
clients for his services or through such
businesses activities ? need, and are
entitled, to be able readily to discover
the truth about the claimant?s past,? the
tech giant says in court filings.
The High Court case, which starts
today, will be monitored by convicted
criminals and others who want embarrassing stories erased from the web. In
2014 the European Union?s Court of
Justice ruled that ?irrelevant? and outdated data should be erased on request.
That case was brought by a Spanish
man who claimed that Google infringed his privacy by linking to information about his home repossession.
Since then, Google has received
?right to be forgotten? requests to remove at least 2.4 million links from
search results. Search engines can reject applications if they believe the
public interest in accessing the information outweighs a right to privacy.
Google?s refusal to erase two links to
newspaper articles referencing the
businessman?s conviction led to today?s
hearing. His legal team argues that the
permanent availability of information
about past convictions undermines rehabilitation. They point out that their
client has not committed any crime
since serving his sentence. The businessman is represented by CarterRuck, the law firm, and Sir Hugh Tomlinson, QC, chairman of the press regulation campaign Hacked Off.
The Information Commissioner?s
Office has been granted permission to
make representations to the court,
given the case?s potential impact.
Google said: ?We work hard to comply with the right to be forgotten, but we
take great care not to remove search results that are clearly in the public interest and will defend the public?s right to
access lawful information.?
Another ?right to be forgotten? claim
against Google is due to be heard by the
High Court next month. That person
was convicted of conspiracy to intercept communications over a decade ago.
Duke had loved plants
since as a child he
watched Capability
Brown landscape the
grounds at Blenheim. As
an adult he had access
to the finest botanical
collections including
Kew Gardens where Sir
Joseph Banks looked
after the specimens he
brought back from the
South Seas as botanist
on Captain Cook?s
Endeavour expedition.
K t Ballenger,
B llenger who
Kate
works at Blenheim
Palace, said: ?The
marchioness was a
talented artist with an
amazing eye for detail.
These rare and beautiful
new arrivals [were] the
perfect subject matter.?
The watercolours are
on public display for the
first time as part of the
Victorian Passions and
Pursuits exhibition, until
April 16.
Illegal migrant jailed for
raping pregnant woman
A predatory sex attacker who raped a
pregnant woman at knifepoint in her
bed has been jailed for life.
Aryan Rashidi, an Afghan citizen
who entered the UK on a lorry illegally,
attacked the women in the early hours
of October 5, 2016.
Leeds crown court was told that he
had tried to commit a sex attack on
another victim in June 2016 as she slept
in bed with her husband with their baby
in a cot in the same room. Both victims
were left traumatised and have had to
move house as they no longer felt safe.
David Hall, for the prosecution, said
that Rashidi used a ladder to climb up to
the bathroom window of the first victim
before entering the property in Bradford. The woman awoke to find Rashidi
pulling at her pyjama trousers. Mr Hall
said that the woman pretended to be
asleep as she feared that Rashidi might
be armed. Her baby was asleep in a cot
beside her and another child was sleeping in a different room.
She managed to wake her husband
and Rashidi ran off, leaving a shoe at
the scene. His fingerprint was also
found at the property but police could
not link him to the incident until after
he was arrested for the more recent
rape in Wakefield as he had no criminal
record in the UK.
Rashidi said he did not know his date
of birth when arrested and claimed that
he was 15 or 16. A dental examination
showed that he was likely to be 22. He
admitted rape and trespass with intent
to commit a sexual offence.
Robert Stevenson, in mitigation, said
that Rashidi now accepted that he was
over 18. He added that Rashidi had experienced a traumatic life in Afghanistan before coming to the UK. ?He has
known nothing but a war-torn and lawless country. Rather than just being evil,
he is the product of a somewhat
traumatic past.?
Judge Neil Clark said he was imposing a life sentence as he believed that
Rashidi posed a serious danger to the
public. ?It is hard to begin to imagine
more terrifying or humiliating offending than this,? he said.
Rashidi was told he must serve a minimum of five years and eight months in
custody but it was possible he would remain in prison for the rest of his life.
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Mayfair tycoon
teams up with
bank robber
Michael Gillard
Fiona Hamilton Crime Editor
A prominent entrepreneur has gone into business with a convicted bank robber at the centre of a police corruption
inquiry.
Richard Traviss, who has owned
venues in Mayfair and Covent Garden,
has started a security company with
Terry Neil, who was arrested over allegations that officers responsible for
granting entertainment and alcohol
licences had accepted inducements or
cash payments.
The taxman has also been investigating the circumstances leading to the
formation of Premium Security Services, which controls the doors of many
celebrity haunts in Soho. It is understood that Premium took over these
security contracts when Mr Neil?s
former company, TSS, went into adRichard Traviss
split from Denise
van Outen in 2004
ministration while under investigation
for corruption.
Mr Traviss, 48, had a three-year relationship with Denise van Outen, the
television presenter, and helped to
finance a film called AntiSocial, which
featured Meghan Markle and was
inspired by real jewellery heists.
Mr Neil, 51, was one of several people,
including police officers, arrested in
2015 in the corruption inquiry Operation Joseph. Frank Partridge, a former
sergeant in the Westminster licensing
unit, was accused of accepting inappropriate gifts from the nightclub industry.
TSS, run by Mr Neil and Soraya
Henderson, his former wife, was one of
two security companies accused of
fostering corrupt relationships with Mr
Partridge and another police officer to
secure lucrative contracts. The com-
pany collapsed after the breakdown of
their marriage and Henderson was jailed for eight months on February 8 for
contempt of court after a shareholder
dispute.
Documents disclosed during her trial
show that last year she alerted HM
Revenue and Customs to alleged financial irregularities in the deal that allowed Mr Traviss to buy TSS?s security
contracts and form a new company
with his friend Mr Neil. Henderson has
made a string of allegations against Mr
Neil, which he has denied. He has also
said that the Operation Joseph allegations are preposterous.
During a hearing in November Mr
Neil said that Mr Partridge, who was
known as the Sheriff of Soho, was a
?very good friend of mine?. He admitted buying him a bespoke suit: ?[He]
had made comments how well I was always dressed and I bought him a suit . . .
around his birthday.?
Mr Partridge, 43, was sacked last year
for unrelated abuse of travel expenses
and is under investigation for corruption. Mr Neil and Henderson?s marital
breakdown resulted in a battle for TSS.
Henderson passed documents to anticorruption detectives about Mr Neil?s
relationship with Mr Partridge, and last
year provided documents to the taxman. In a statement, Mr Neil said his
former wife had ?lied throughout her
evidence? and her claims were ?false?.
Asked about the HMRC investigation, Mr Traviss, who is not a suspect
in Operation Joseph, said that Henderson had waged ?a prolonged campaign
of harassment? against his new company and Mr Neil. He said that both
parties were ?innocent victims of Mrs
Henderson?s attacks for a number of
years? and added that he was ?delighted
to see justice has been served with her
prison sentence?.
The Metropolitan Police said that 14
suspects had been released under investigation and a file had been passed to
the Crown Prosecution Service.
Mr Partridge?s representative declined to comment.
Proms will
fly the flag
for gender
equality
T
he BBC Proms
will have a 50-50
gender balance
of contemporary
composers by
2022, it has been
announced (Matthew
Moore writes).
The summer season of
concerts, which were first
staged in 1895, will
feature more works
composed by women as
part of a wider drive
towards equality in the
arts.
Forty-five international
music festivals and
conferences, including
Cheltenham
Music
Festival,
Aldeburgh
Festival and
Manchester Jazz
Festival, yesterday
pledged gender
equality within five
years. David
Pickard, director of
the Proms, said:
?Achieving a 50-50
gender balance of
contemporary composers
performed at the BBC
Proms is something we
have been committed to
for some time and
consider vital to the
creative
development of
the world?s
largest
Simone Young
conducted the
BBC symphony
orchestra at the
Proms two
years ago
classical music festival.?
The pledge will not apply
to historical classical
composers.
The move was
announced by the music
funding charity PRS
Foundation as part of its
Keychange initiative,
which aims to empower
women in the music
industry. Vanessa Reed,
the chief executive, said
that the pledge would
?significantly accelerate
change?. She added: ?I
hope that this will be the
start of a more balanced
industry which will result
in benefits for everyone.?
Virtual bells let church ring the changes
Kaya Burgess
Religious Affairs Correspondent
Sophisticated electronic sensors will
allow trainee bellringers at a Victorian
church in Cumbria to practise without
disturbing local residents.
The digital simulator, described as
?Guitar Hero for bellringers?, in reference to the musical video game, will be
installed at St James? Church in Barrow-in-Furness, thanks to a grant from
the Heritage Lottery Fund. The equip-
ment will make it possible to ring the
church?s eight bells silently, using software to reproduce the sound through
headphones or speakers. It will allow
the church to open up its belltower to
newcomers without subjecting local
residents to their ill-timed early efforts.
Parish churches commonly face
complaints from those who object to
the sound of bellringing practice,
prompting government ministers to
announce planning guidelines last
month to protect churches from
?unreasonable restrictions? on their
bellringing imposed by local councils.
Magnetic sensors will be placed on
each of the bells at St James? Church.
During a practice session, the clappers
are fixed in place so that they do not
strike the bells. The sensors are connected to a laptop and the bells are
pulled via ropes as normal. Andrew
Pollock, the tower captain, said: ?This
will help recruit and preserve bell ringing as part of our living heritage for
years and generations to come.?
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Rip out safety railings to cut road deaths, say experts
Graeme Paton Transport Correspondent
More pedestrian barriers could be
stripped away from roadsides after a
study found railings can actually increase accidents by lulling pedestrians
into a false sense of security.
Researchers said the number of
pedestrians killed and seriously injured
was cut by 56 per cent in areas where
roadside railings were ripped out.
It was argued that motorists slowed
down and were more vigilant on roads
without barriers. Drivers were less likely to drive with ?tunnel vision? where
there was a heightened risk of pedestrians stepping out into the road, it
emerged. The conclusions come after
councils across the country started
removing barriers used to separate
streets from pavements a decade ago.
They have been taken out to declutter high streets, create more pedestrian
space and prevent cyclists being
crushed against them by turning
lorries. It has prompted concerns over
safety in some areas, with fears that
pedestrians can easily step into the path
of oncoming cars.
However, new analysis by Transport
for London (TfL) showed that ripping
out barriers in the capital has improved
levels of safety and led to fewer casualties. The study analysed 70 stretches of
road and compared accident rates three
years before and three years after
railings were removed.
It found that only 19 serious injuries
or deaths were recorded at the sites
involving pedestrians, compared with
43 before barriers were removed ? a
drop of 56 per cent.
In the report, Sam Wright, a TfL
engineer responsible for the railings removal programme, wrote: ?Railings can
sometimes give drivers ?tunnel vision?
and a feeling that pedestrians are safely
tucked behind them.
?Without the railings people tend to
cross in more locations on an ?ad hoc?
basis. Rather than this being more
dangerous, the feeling that pedestrians
could step out from anywhere appears
to make drivers slow down and pay
more care and attention.
?In addition the railings caused some
pedestrians to become trapped in the
road, taking longer to reach the safety
of the footway. Removing them means
they now actually spend less time in the
road. As a result, junctions and crossings are safer without railings.?
TfL embarked on the large-scale
project in late 2011 to remove railings
from main roads in London and researchers gathered collision data 40 to
50 metres either side of their former
positions. When all road users were
included, such as cyclists and motorists,
the study showed 57 serious injuries
or deaths occurred, down from 109
before railings disappeared, a 48 per
cent cut.
David Davies, of the Parliamentary
Advisory Council for Transport Safety,
said more evidence is needed but
added: ?This has significant implications for the whole approach to traffic
management and safety.?
6 Local councils and train companies
should install barriers on bridges and
station platforms to combat suicides,
says the National Institute for Health
and Care Excellence. It says fencing is
needed in ?suicide cluster areas?.
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Josh McGuinness, left, Harry Rice and George Wilkinson were going to a party
Drink-driver who fled admits killing teenage friends
A drink-driver who mounted the
pavement while speeding and killed
three boys on their way to a 16th
birthday party has admitted causing
their deaths by dangerous driving.
Jaynesh Chudasama, 28, below, was
al
two and a half times the legal
alcohol limit and had traces
of cannabis in his system
when he attempted to
overtake another vehicle
at 71mph on a 60mph
road in Hayes, west
London, on the evening of
January 26, the Old Bailey
was told. George Wilkinson,
16, an apprentice electrician, Josh
McGuinness, also 16, a labourer, and
Harry Rice, 17, a semi-professional
footballer, had been walking with a
group of friends when the Audi A5 hit
them. Chudasama, a car hire worker,
hi passenger attempted to
and his
flee on foot but were chased
by the victims? friends.
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Chudasama
was dragged
b
back
to where the boys
la dying. The passenger
lay
la
later handed himself in to
po
police
and was arrested.
Sen
Sentencing
was adjourned
until Friday next week.
Cancer patient turned murderous after brain surgery
A man who underwent brain surgery
became obsessed with wanting to kill
blonde women, a court heard.
Michael Williams was jailed for
four years, despite having no criminal
record before an operation to remove
a brain tumour five years ago.
After surgery his behaviour became
?extremely concerning? and he
started to carry weapons, Swansea
crown court was told.
Williams, 47, was arrested after
being found armed with a knife and a
baseball bat and threatening to run a
woman over with a van in Neath,
South Wales. He told officers that he
wanted to kill blonde women and
?leave bodies around? and threatened
to kill his probation officer and his
children.
Psychiatrists could not say whether
his operation had changed him or
whether he had a personality
disorder. Williams, of Skewen, Neath,
admitted possessing an offensive
weapon and making threats to kill.
He was jailed for at least four years
but Judge Paul Thomas, QC, ordered
an extended sentence of five further
years on licence for public protection.
The judge said: ?This is a very
worrying and also a very sad case.?
Janner?s family denied
status in abuse inquiry
Microbes thriving in desert
may be mimicked on Mars
The son and two daughters of Lord
Janner have been denied core
participant status in the inquiry into
allegations of child abuse in
Westminster. The late Labour peer is
alleged to have abused children over
more than 30 years, allegations his
family deny. Alexis Jay, who is leading
the inquiry, said it was not appropriate
for the family to have core status in
the Westminster strand of the inquiry.
They already have core status in the
Lord Janner strand. His son Daniel,
a QC, called the decision ?unfair?.
The discovery that microbes can
survive and even thrive in the
Atacama desert in Chile, where
rainless spells can last longer than a
decade, has raised hopes that they
could bloom on Mars. The surface of
Mars is similarly arid but Dirk
Schulze-Makuch of the University of
Washington, who led the research,
said that the occasional release of
water frozen in the Martian soil could
reanimate microbes that have lain
dormant for decades. The study was
published in the journal PNAS.
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Fine art lost amid the broad brushstrokes
STEPHEN CHUNG/ALAMY
Visual Art
Rachel Campbell-Johnston
All Too Human
Tate Britain
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I was looking forward to this show. I
had assumed from the title ? All Too
Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of
Painting Life ? that it was going to be
about life painting over the past
hundred years. A first glance at the
introductory gallery raised my hopes.
There was a trio of darkly brooding
Walter Sickerts, a couple of
excoriatingly honest Stanley
Spencers, a lusciously painted pair of
Chaim Soutines.
Yet, even given the occasional great
billow of painterly energy, it was
downhill from thereon. This, in large
part, is because curators try to pack
too much in. By life they mean not
just studies that focus on the human
form (though these predominate), but
also narrative pictures and landscapes
and, occasionally, a still life. And
although the show is pronouncedly
about painting, a handful of
photographs and a sculpture are
tossed into the mix.
This may be perfectly valid ? John
Deakin?s images are included to
emphasise Francis Bacon?s
dependence on photos ? but the
result is a show that feels as if, having
made a great sweep of Britain?s
collections, curators have pulled out
Lucian Freud?s Sleeping by the Lion Carpet with the painting?s model, Sue Tilley
any picture they could net. Lucian
Freud?s Still Life with Squid and Sea
Urchin, for instance, turns up like
some intriguing but irrelevant extra in
a bottom-trawler?s catch.
The hang is chronological, but it
also feels taxonomical. Painters are
categorised into species. Here are the
planners and plotters (the Slade?s
William Coldstream and his
analytical offspring); the daubers and
swipers (Bomberg and Bacon); the
miners and clotters (Frank Auerbach
and Leon Kossoff). A few figures can
be discovered making evolutionary
leaps. Freud, for instance, first crops
up as a reptilian aficionado of
Coldstream?s precision. But in a
central gallery dedicated to his post1960 works we find that he has
become a predatory mammal: a
carnivore revelling in flesh.
By the time you get to the final
contemporary display four female
painters are picked on ? Jenny
Saville and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye,
predictably, Cecily Brown and Celia
Paul, somewhat randomly ? to argue
that, even as current artists discover
precedents in their forebears, they are
also tackling that most fashionable of
slippery catch-alls: the theme of
identity.
If you simply want to look at a few
paintings by some of the best British
moderns, not least those normally
found in the harder-to-reach galleries,
then this show is worth it.
Freud is the star, though by rights it
should be Bacon. Auerbach is
represented at his most gloriously
chaotic. Kossoff, for once, is accorded
a properly significant role. Paula Rego
gets a whole room. If you want to
argue about whether FN Souza has
been unfairly sidelined now is your
chance. He, also, is allocated an entire
gallery.
Yet if you were hoping to be offered
profound insight, then forget it.
At Tate Britain, London SW1 (020 7887
8888), from Feb 28 to Aug 27
Lucian Freud
saw red at
muse?s suntan
David Sanderson Arts Correspondent
Lucian Freud flew into a rage with his
daughter after Sue Tilley, his most famous muse, returned from holiday with
a suntan.
Ms Tilley, now 60, said Freud ?started
screaming? at his daughter Bella, the
fashion designer, ?because she was
there in France with us and she should
have protected me from the sun?.
Ms Tilley, whose large frame Freud
painted for two of his most expensive
works, Benefits Supervisor Sleeping and
Benefits Supervisor Resting, said the artist was ?horrified? that the pale hues of
her skin had been darkened by the sun.
While Freud was halfway through a
painting he gave Ms Tilley permission
to visit the south of France, but told her:
?Whatever you do, don?t go into the
sun, don?t go into the sun?. She said: ?But
there was a little bit inside of me that
didn?t like being bossed about. So the
next thing I knew I had a burnt chest.?
She returned to his studio ?petrified?.
?He didn?t say anything to me, he just
went to the kitchen and picked up the
phone and just started screaming at his
daughter Bella because . . . she should
have protected me from the sun.? She
added that on another occasion after
she returned from India, ?he was horrified at how brown I was. He didn?t use
me for a year while my suntan faded.?
Ms Tilley was speaking at the launch
of Tate Britain?s All Too Human: Bacon,
Freud and a Century of Painting Life.
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GARETH FULLER/PA
Pregnancy is better
guide to recession
than top economists
Andrew Ellson
Consumer Affairs Correspondent
Dyson with death A brave archaeologist vacuums years of dust off the 80ft high ceiling of the nave of Canterbury cathedral
For years economists have toiled in
vain to predict the next downturn.
Millions of pounds have been spent,
algorithms of unfathomable proportions have been created and mountains
of data have been analysed, but all to no
avail.
Now research suggests that the
brightest economic brains should
instead have counted the number of
pregnant women.
A study published yesterday by the
National Bureau of Economic Research has found that when the fertility
rate dropped, the economy was about
to slow down.
Researchers analysed more than 100
million births over almost 20 years and
discovered that about six months
before each of the past three recessions
in America, the number of pregnancies
started falling.
For example, the year-on-year conception rate increased over the first half
of 2006 but started falling sharply
before the end of that year while stock
markets were hitting all-time highs. A
little more than six months later the
economy had slipped into recession as
the financial crisis struck.
A similar pattern was identified
before the recessions of the early 2000s
and early 1990s.
?One way to think about this is that
the decision to have a child often
reflects one?s level of optimism about
the future,? said Kasey Buckles, a professor at the University of Notre Dame
in Indiana and co-author of the study.
The study also suggests that the
wisdom of the crowd is inferior to the
wisdom of the female about-to-settledown crowd. It found that the fertility
rate was a better predictor of recessions
than other indicators such as consumer
confidence or purchases of big-ticket
items such as cars and white goods.
Previous research has shown that
birth rates track economic cycles but
this study is the first to show that falling
fertility is an indicator for recession.
However, before economists abandon their algorithms for maternity
wards, the correlation between conception and recession is far from perfect.
The study identified several periods
when conceptions fell but the economy
did not.
?It might be difficult in practice to
determine whether a one-quarter drop
in conceptions is really signalling a
future downturn. However, this is also
an issue with many commonly used
economic indicators,? Professor Buckles told the Financial Times.
Jewish parents shun circumcision
Jews are increasingly choosing not to
circumcise their sons and to hold a
naming ceremony instead, a rabbi
claims (Kaya Burgess writes).
Anti-circumcision campaigners say
there is an increasing movement within
Judaism to forgo the removal of a baby
boy?s foreskin in the brit or bris milah
ritual. David Smith, from the Genital
Autonomy group, said: ?We?ve worked
to promote a ceremony called brit shalom, which has a ceremonial element
but doesn?t have the circumcision.?
Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, of Maidenhead Synagogue, said: ?It does
happen and is a new phenomenon, a
result of parents wanting to have an
initiation ceremony into the Jewish
faith but without circumcision.?
He said an increase in inter-faith
marriage was a factor. ?Whereas the
Jewish parent is used to circumcision
and has 4,000 years of history propelling them along, the non-Jewish parent
is not comfortable with it and wants an
alternative.?
The rabbi said that a form of welcome
ceremony traditionally used for baby
girls was becoming more popular.
Many parents chose the ceremony in
addition to circumcision, but he added:
?The major celebration has shifted to
the less medical blessing in synagogue,
which never used to occur for boys.?
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Science school seeks
to take on grammars
Rosemary Bennett Education Editor
A � million specialist science secondary that will be based in a state-of-the
art cancer research centre is to be
opened to lure bright students away
from local grammar schools.
Harris Academy Sutton hopes to
capitalise on its location in the new
London Cancer Hub, which will also
house the Royal Marsden Hospital and
the Institute of Cancer Research.
There will be intensive teaching in
physics, chemistry and biology for
pupils from the age of 11, a vast laboratory for 60 students and lessons and lectures from the scientists working near
by. The � million school building in
the leafy suburb of south London will
house state-of-the-art scientific equipment. It will not select on ability.
?Harris Sutton is a comprehensive
but the academy will be highly academic and pupils will be able to stand toe-totoe with the grammar-educated students in the borough. We don?t want
this to be seen as the option for students
who don?t get in to grammar school, but
an option for those who could,? said Sir
Daniel Moynihan, chief executive of
the Harris Federation.
The school will open in September
with a Year 7 and there have been more
than 800 applications for the 180 places
on offer. Children in care and those
with education, health and care plans
will get priority after which places go on
distance from the school. The catch-
ment area is largely wealthy with
numerous �million-plus homes,
although there are also more modest
homes and social housing.
The move into grammar school territory by the Harris Federation comes as
the government attempts to resuscitate
its plans to expand selection. Although
ministers will be unable to lift the ban
on new grammars opening, Damian
Hinds, the education secretary, has
made clear he backs selection and
wants to see more of it. That could come
in the form of existing grammars
setting up annexes in the same town, or
building more classrooms on their
existing sites. Sir Daniel said it was time
the grammar schools in the area had
some competition. ?This school is a
challenge to the traditional grammar
school monopoly on excellence in
Sutton,? he said.
The Harris Federation has made its
name by turning around failing schools
in poor areas of London. Sir Daniel
denied that the science school was a
distraction from this mission. He said
the federation had branched out before,
with its highly selective sixth form academy in central London, Harris Westminster. It is run in partnership with the
private Westminster School, but gives
priority to poor children.
Harris Academy Sutton wants to
attract pupils who would normally
head for Wallington County Grammar,
Nonsuch High School for Girls and the
other top-flight selective schools.
Three schools in Blackpool
were among those
broadcast worldwide via
a US-based website
CCTV security
warning after
pupils shown
live online
F
ootage of pupils
at four British
schools was
broadcast online,
prompting a
warning from the privacy
watchdog (Katie Gibbons
writes).
Video from more than
500 surveillance cameras
installed in UK schools,
factories, businesses and
homes is being streamed
on a public website.
Images of children at
the British schools were
available on the US site,
Insecam.org, where users
can browse unsecured
cameras. CCTV cameras
can be easily accessed if
the default password is
not changed.
St Mary?s Catholic
Academy in Blackpool,
which has cameras in the
playground, entrances
and school corridors, was
featured as was Christ
The King Academy
primary and Highfield
Leadership Academy also
in Blackpool. The schools
have addressed the
problem. The site also
featured footage from an
unidentified school in
southeast England
showing students,
teachers and cleaning
staff inside a cloakroom.
The Information
Commissioner?s Office
has reissued guidance
urging ?anybody who
purchases an internetconnected device which
has the capability to
stream live video to
immediately change
passwords and usernames
from default settings and
to set a strong password,
one that should not be
known by anyone else or
be easy to guess.?
Insecam did not reply
to a request to comment.
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AP
Churchillian pint of
champagne set for
post-Brexit revival
Andrew Ellson
Consumer Affairs Correspondent
The sun may be setting on Britain?s
membership of the European Union
but a new dawn is breaking over the
vineyards of the South Downs.
One of Britain?s biggest winemakers
is gearing up to sell English Fizz in pint
bottles after Brexit ? a measure Winston Churchill described as the ?ideal
size? before it was banned by Brussels in
1973. The Rathfinny estate in Sussex
has already laid down more than 800
imperial pint bottles containing its
2015 Blanc de Noirs, which will be
ready for drinking next year.
Many champagne drinkers consider the imperial pint, roughly equivalent to 500ml, to be the perfect measure for an individual at home or a
couple at dinner because it provides
four glasses as opposed to six in a
standard 750ml bottle.
Churchill, whose measures were
obviously more generous than
the standard 125ml glass, said:
?Clemmie [his wife] thinks that a
full bottle is too much for me. But
I know that half a bottle is insufficient to tease my brains.
?An imperial pint is an ideal
size for a man like me. It?s
enough for two at lunch and one at dinner. It pleases everyone, even the producer.?
Mark Driver, co-owner of Rathfinny,
added: ?It is such a perfect size ? you get
four proper glasses, as opposed to six
from a full bottle, which is often too
much for a couple, and only three from
a half bottle, which is very unsatisfactory. The great thing about the ?Sussex
Pint? as we?re calling it, is that it can ferment in this sized bottle, something you
can?t do with a half bottle so the quality is maintained. No matter what
your thoughts on leaving the EU, one
benefit will be the ability to sell
sparkling wine in a pint bottle.?
Pol Roger, the champagne brand
served at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, has also
started discussions with glass suppliers over pint bottles post Brexit.
However, champagne lovers will
have to be patient. Even though the
Rathfinny pint will be ready next
year, it is unlikely the bottles will
go on sale before 2021. Strict EU
rules limit sparkling wine sales,
though not still wine sales, to
fixed sizes of 375ml, 750ml and
multiples of 750ml.
The move towards imperial
measures of fizz has been wel-
Queen ?happy
over sister?s
lover Roddy?
Valentine Low
Churchill said the pint bottle held enough fizz for ?two at lunch and one at dinner?
comed by the British Weights and
Measures Association. Warwick Cairn,
the campaign group?s spokesman, said:
?If you think imperial measures make
sense you are accused of looking backwards and being a little Englander who
doesn?t like anything foreign, but nothing could be further from the truth.
?A pint of champagne makes sense
for practical, common sense reasons.
That is why traditional measures exist
? they arose through generation to
generation because they met people?s
needs. Most cultures around the world
have a measure that amounts to a decent handful. Take fruit and veg, for
example. You can?t hold a kilogram of
apples in your hand but a pound of apples sit nicely. For centuries people
couldn?t be bothered with measuring
and that is how these sizes came about.
A pint of champagne divides nicely into
four glasses. That is not nostalgic, that
makes sense and is a step forward.?
The Queen was happy about the scandalous relationship between her sister
and a landscape gardener 17 years her
junior, a TV documentary claims.
Roddy Llewellyn?s affair with Princess Margaret prompted her separation
from Lord Snowdon, leading her to become the first senior member of the
royal family to get divorced.
One of Margaret?s best friends, Anne,
Lady Glenconner, tells Elizabeth: Our
Queen, which begins on Channel 5 tonight, that the Queen thanked her after
Margaret?s funeral in 2002 for introducing her to Mr Llewellyn.
With her marriage already in trouble,
Margaret was introduced to Mr Llewellyn, the 26-year-old son of the
showjumper Sir Harry Llewellyn. She
invited him to Mustique and a picture
of the two of them appeared in the News
of the World in February 1976 with the
clear implication that they were lovers.
On hearing the news, Lord Snowdon,
who had had several affairs himself,
decided to leave Margaret and they
divorced in 1978.
Lady Glenconner told the programme: ?I felt rather guilty always
having introduced Roddy to Princess
Margaret. But after Princess Margaret?s
funeral, the Queen, she said, ?I?d just
like to say Anne, it was rather difficult at
moments, but I thank you so much introducing Princess Margaret to Roddy
because he made her really happy?.?
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Hallelujah! Welby takes a
stand against Sharia
Melanie Phillips
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Comment
The odd couple who will decide May?s fate
Rees-Mogg and Corbyn are polar opposites but there?s a curious alignment in how they can weaken and then oust the PM
Rachel
Sylvester
@rsylvestertimes
O
n the face of it Jacob
Rees-Mogg could not be
more different from
Jeremy Corbyn. One is an
Old Etonian right-wing
Conservative who wears doublebreasted suits, drives a Bentley and
took his nanny on the campaign
trail; the other is a vegetarian Labour
left-winger with a Lenin cap, who
rides a bicycle to his allotment and
heard his name chanted by the
crowd at Glastonbury.
Yet there are striking similarities
between the leader of Her Majesty?s
opposition and the leader of the Tory
party?s internal opposition, the
European Research Group. It is the
curious symmetry between these two
political outsiders who have gone
mainstream that will determine not
only the fate of Theresa May but
also the future of the country after
the Brexit vote.
Mr Corbyn and Mr Rees-Mogg
would hate the idea of any parallel
between them, of course, but they
are both idiosyncratic ideologues,
who have not changed their
fundamental views for more than 30
years. Although they are superficially
polite, they have an ideological
certainty that makes them intolerant
of dissent. Despite yesterday?s
pragmatism on the customs union,
Mr Corbyn is, like Mr Rees-Mogg, a
Eurosceptic at heart ? the
Conservative MP because he sees
the EU as an attack on national
sovereignty, the Labour man on the
grounds that it is a capitalist club.
There is also an important social
and cultural resemblance. It is no
coincidence that Mr Rees-Mogg has
never changed a nappy, while Mr
Corbyn missed the birth of his
youngest son because he was giving
a talk to trade union members in the
same hospital; these two men are
both in their different ways
reactionary throwbacks. They idolise
the past rather than looking to the
future. Like hipster chic, their
fogeyish appeal has translated well to
social media and both have a loyal
band of supporters: Jacob?s
Moggmentum is a deliberate echo of
Jeremy?s Momentum.
The adoration of their activist
fanbase is matched by the horror of
their parliamentary colleagues that
they might get anywhere near power.
Until recently, Mr Rees-Mogg and
Mr Corbyn were seen as fringe
figures at Westminster but now in
the age of populism both aspire to be
prime minister.
This is where the symbiotic link
between the two rebels gets
Many believe Corbyn
doesn?t want a general
election before Brexit
interesting. At the moment it is the
Labour leader who is best placed to
influence events at Westminster.
Having shifted his party?s position to
support membership of a customs
union with the EU, he has the power
to join forces with pro-European
Tory MPs to defeat the government
on a crucial Brexit vote. The
Conservative whips are trying to
scare their ?mutineers? into line by
threatening to turn this into a
confidence vote, meaning an election
would be triggered if the government
lost. This is in fact impossible under
the Fixed Term Parliament Act,
which means the Commons must
vote explicitly in favour of an early
election. There would have to be a
separate confidence motion tabled,
so Conservative MPs could vote for
the customs union, then rally behind
the prime minister in the subsequent
?back me or sack me? division. If
parliament did vote for a customs
union, it would in all likelihood
simply further weaken Mrs May
without making the government fall.
In this scenario, the political power
would shift to Mr Rees-Mogg and his
band of Brexiteers who are
threatening to oust the Tory leader if
she fails to implement the list of
demands set out in the European
Research Group letter published last
week. Faced with a Commons vote
for a softer Brexit, Mrs May would be
under pressure to alter her stance but
if she did so she would become
vulnerable to plots from the right.
Although it is the Tory pro-European
rebels who have the parliamentary
numbers (with Labour) to defeat Mrs
May over Brexit, it is the Eurosceptics
who have the ruthlessness to trigger a
leadership contest if they believe they
have been betrayed.
There is then a curious alignment
between the interests of Mr Corbyn
and Mr Rees-Mogg who both want
to see the prime minister ousted
though not yet. Although some are
convinced that the Labour leader
wants an election as soon as possible,
many senior figures in his party
believe that he would prefer not to
go to the country again until the
tricky question of Brexit has been
resolved. There is still rather too
much ?constructive ambiguity? in his
position to withstand the heat of an
election campaign. Europe is the one
issue on which Mr Corbyn is at odds
with his youthful fans who
overwhelmingly want to remain in
Brexiteers; as one minister who was
there put it to me: ?We mustn?t make
the perfect the enemy of the good.? If
Boris Johnson stays tied into the
cabinet fudge, Mr Rees-Mogg must
know that he will boost his chances
of becoming leader by taking a
purist, less pragmatic view and he
has the luxury of being able to do so
from the backbenches.
Even in this crunch week for
A centrifugal force has
seen these eccentrics
turn into figureheads
Many Rees-Mogg supporters believe
the PM is living on borrowed time
the EU. Even yesterday, he could not
resist having a dig at the ?embedding
of free market orthodoxy and the
democratic deficit in the European
Union?. To the irritation of Labour
pro-Europeans, he also supported
the Tory Brexiteers? argument that
there would be a ?dividend? from
departure that could be spent on the
public services, including the NHS.
It is nationalisation not
negotiation that motivates Mr
Corbyn and he would, some Labour
insiders say, prefer to inherit a deal
that he could blame on somebody
else just as Mr Rees-Mogg wants to
browbeat the prime minister into a
hard Brexit position without having
to take any responsibility for the
consequences of that himself. The
interesting thing about last week?s
awayday at Chequers was how the
realities of government have
softened the ambitions of the cabinet
Britain?s future relationship with the
EU the prime minister is so weak
that she cannot set the terms of the
debate and is instead at the mercy of
Mr Corbyn and Mr Rees-Mogg.
There is a centrifugal force at work
in politics that has seen these two
eccentrics turn into figureheads.
Labour and the Conservatives are
spinning out towards the margins on
left and right, leaving the moderates
from both parties twirling together
in the middle forging new alliances
and loyalties.
One Labour MP says of his party
membership: ?It?s like joining a
tennis club then finding it?s suddenly
playing golf.? A Tory former minister
is equally appalled by the
Conservatives? drift to the right.
?You?ve got two extremes and
millions of people in the middle who
feel nobody represents them. It?s so
febrile anything could happen.?
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Hallelujah! Welby takes a stand against Sharia
By challenging the spread of Islamic law, the archbishop is finally fighting for Christian values
Melanie
Phillips
@melanielatest
T
he mouse has roared. In his
new book Reimagining
Britain, the Archbishop of
Canterbury, Justin Welby,
has said that Sharia should
never become part of the British
legal system because it is
incompatible with our laws.
High levels of Muslim
immigration, he says, have led many
to challenge majority values,
especially in family life. He wants
Britain instead to uphold the values
founded upon its own principles and
Christian inheritance.
The Church of England upholding
Christian values as preferable to
those of another faith? There will
surely be amazement in Heaven. It?s
certainly a reversal of the position
taken by the archbishop?s
predecessor, Lord Williams, who said
in 2008 that he backed the
introduction of Sharia in Britain and
argued that adopting some of its
aspects seemed ?unavoidable?.
Those few churchmen who have
taken a robust stand against
incorporating Islamic precepts into
Britain have been denounced as
sowing unnecessary division. In
2004 Lord Williams?s predecessor,
Lord Carey, said that although the
vast majority of Muslims were
?honourable and good people who
hate violence?, Islam stood in
opposition to ?practically every other
world religion?. For this he came
under fire from within his own
church for ?rattling the cage?.
Although Sharia has no legal
authority in Britain, there are many
Muslim enclaves where its writ runs.
This is despite its anti-western
principles, such as the death penalty
for apostasy, punishments for
homosexuality and the profound
disadvantages and threats to
personal safety meted out to British
Muslim women. This all led the
European Court of Human Rights to
state in 2003 that ?Sharia is
incompatible with the fundamental
principles of democracy?.
Yet Britain has allowed it
nevertheless to develop as a parallel
form of jurisdiction, in practice if
not in law. This is due to a
combination of fear and confusion
Freedom and equality
are Biblical precepts
that bind us together
over how to deal with minorities.
Multiculturalism, which has held
sway for decades, affords equal status
to all cultures. Yet respect for human
life, equality for women, freedom of
speech and worship and so on, are
not universal but western values
rooted in the Bible.
Moreover, the basic principle of a
liberal democracy is one law for all.
Minorities are welcome to establish
communities of faith and culture but
these must not conflict with the
country?s fundamental laws and
values. In order to safeguard a
nation?s cultural identity, there must
be a line between, on the one hand,
upholding its basic precepts and, on
the other, tolerance of minority
faiths and cultures. Preventing the
imposition of Sharia is where that
line needs to be drawn over Islam.
The archbishop identifies other
signs of cultural decay arising from
the loss of coherent national identity:
?a rootless and self-protective society
without generosity, arising from a
lack of confidence.? His analysis of
this, however, lacks the clarity of his
views about Sharia. Showing too
much woolly thinking over issues
such as climate change or family
breakdown, his argument fails to
hone in on the Christian basis of the
culture.
Across Europe Christianity is in
retreat, creating a vacuum that is
being filled by Islamic cultural
colonialism. For religion is essential
for cultural coherence. Our
increasingly post-Christian society
makes the widespread assumption
that secularism promotes freedom
and equality while Christianity
merely divides us. In fact, freedom
and equality are Biblical precepts
that bind us together. It is secularism
that has divided us into groups
jostling for power over each other
and which has shattered our sense of
a shared national project.
This process has been assisted by
the pusillanimity of the Church of
England itself. Over the past half
century, having internalised the view
that traditional belief was no longer
possible in a secular age, the church
sought instead to help remake society
at home and abroad. Influenced by
the anti-capitalist stance of the World
Council of Churches, it swallowed the
view that Christian values were no
better, and possibly worse, than those
of other cultures.
In this demoralised state, it
maintained a shameful silence over
the savage Muslim persecution of
Christians across the developing
world, while seeking vainly to
appease such fanaticism by
minimising or denying the differences
between Christianity and Islam.
In 2002, the Archbishop of
Canterbury convened a ChristianMuslim seminar called Building
Bridges. Papers presented by some
Muslim and Christian scholars
suggested equivalence, even unity,
between Islam and Christianity.
Bishop Kenneth Cragg stated:
?Magnificat and Allahu akbar are the
sure doxologies with which our two
faiths begin?, while the former
Birmingham lecturer in Islamic
studies David Kerr explained radical
Islam ?as a form of liberation theology?.
In 2007, Dr Margaret Brearley, a
scholar of inter-faith relations and
former adviser to the archbishop,
wrote: ?The rapprochement of
Anglicanism and Islam has
encouraged a process in which any
critique of Islamic nationalism or
Islamism is either extremely muted
or completely absent.?
Archbishop Welby has spoken with
some courage about resisting Sharia.
He also wants Britain to ?reimagine?
its identity on the basis of
Christianity. Yet he undermines this
by suggesting that different faiths
must play an equivalent role. The
mouse may have roared ? but it
remains, alas, a mouse.
I
have been in Oregon visiting my
family, including my marine
biologist sister Nancy who can be
relied on to bring me up to date
with all events tidal. The breaking
news was her discovery of a message
in a bottle in a cove near Cape
Arago. In 40-plus years of walking
the beach Nancy has found only
two bottles with messages. The
other one was not memorable but
this one was, as they say in the
States, a doozy.
?I know you can?t keep this but I
have wanted to give you this
message for a long time,? writes
Marty, a name that intrigues as it
could be a man or a woman, to a
person named K. ?I want you to
know how special you are to me and
how much I truly love you. Thanks
for not giving up on me all these
years baby!?
Oh, it intrigues. Why can?t s/he
keep this? Is it a long-time affair?
An unrequited passion? And does
the message seem any less important
(or romantic) for the fact that it was
found in a Starbucks Frappuccino
bottle?
Age of the microwave
Riding high
M
I
Whale?s teeth
M
y conversation with Nancy
turned, as is only natural, to
other tidal conundrums such
as what you do if you find a very
dead sperm whale. Run, would be my
answer, but I am not a marine
biologist.
Actually, I did happen upon a dead
whale once, at the Lib Dem
conference in Bournemouth in 2009.
My first reaction was to reach for a
metaphor. Now I know this was
incorrect. I should have
thought dental emergency
instead. A whale-sized
teeth extraction has to be
be carried out ASAP
and, at least in Oregon,
you must be accredited
in order to remove
them.
This is because, I
discover, there is a
big illegal
market in
whale teeth,
which are a type of ivory.
So, next time you see a dead
whale, stop taking selfies
with it and call the cetacean
dentist immediately.
y grocery shopping trips with
my millennial daughter
Vanessa, necessitated by her
broken foot, continue to intrigue. As
you may remember, I am now pro
bamboo toothbrushes as I can?t
cope with the idea of
my own bristle
mountain. But this
w
week I became
enamoured of the
healthy ready
meal section, in
p
particular a
range called
Goodness Me.
There is only
one snag. These
meals are
designed to be
microwaved
aand I have
n
never owned a
m
microwave. I can?t
rremember why not
tthough I am sure it
w
was a deeply moral
reason involving
wavelength and/or
baked potatoes
tasting funny. But
now, at the age
of, ahem, 62, I
am thinking
of buying one.
Change is in the air.
C
see that the big freeze is being
called snowmageddon (sometimes
I wonder if we are a grown-up
country). Any excuse to panic buy, of
course, and my husband reports
Matlock Sainsbury?s was at
Christmas levels of madness
yesterday. Instead, I decided that the
only sensible thing to do was to sow
my sweet pea seeds. All winter I have
been dreaming about the grand floral
concoction that is to be my sweet
pea arch but I am already behind
schedule. I know it?s mad but it made
me feel better.
live Efford, a Labour MP,
sought a few years ago to
establish a ?community
pub? in his constituency in
south London. He recounts
having been approached by two men
claiming to be in the brewing
industry, offering help. It turned out
they were from the Russian embassy
and wanted him to promote state
propaganda. Mr Efford
commendably sent them away. Sadly
not all politicians are as scrupulous.
Some don?t even have to be asked.
For days, pundits have been
debating allegations of contacts
between Jeremy Corbyn and eastern
bloc agents during the Cold War.
The issue is important but historical.
There is now in the Kremlin an
autocracy that not only has nuclear
arms targeted on the West but has
unilaterally altered national
boundaries in Europe by force.
Vladimir Putin?s regime has, for good
measure, interfered in the electoral
processes of western democracies,
assassinated dissidents at home and
abroad (including London), shot a
passenger jet out of the sky,
murdered journalists, shored up
tyranny in Syria, censored the
internet and repressed gays.
It?s a tribute to the democratic
tolerance of this country that the
Putin regime?s propaganda apparatus,
including RT (formerly known less
elliptically as Russia Today) and the
Sputnik agency, is allowed to operate
here. The broadcasting regulator,
Ofcom, has previously imposed
sanctions on RT for its biased and
misleading coverage of the conflicts in
Syria and Ukraine. It might as well be
talking to itself: fakery is the purpose
of Putin?s propaganda, not some
remediable idiosyncrasy.
I?ve never criticised a politician just
for appearing on these outlets: I?ve
simply declined every such invitation
myself and pointed to the roster of
extremists who make up their stable
of purported expert commentators.
But it?s worth noting the cosiness with
which some British politicians
approach RT. Alex Salmond, the
former Scottish first minister, has his
own show. Richard Burgon, Labour?s
shadow justice secretary, is a frequent
RT guest lambasting human rights
violations ? in Britain (specifically,
the state of British prisons), rather
than in Russia.
Politicians who do this should
expect scrutiny. It?s 70 years since the
then rulers in the Kremlin engineered
a coup to overthrow democracy in
Czechoslovakia. Extraordinarily, there
were a tiny group of Labour MPs
who defended this outrage and
echoed Soviet propaganda. Clement
Attlee showed them disdain and
some were later expelled from the
party. These days, such people are
embraced rather than ostracised by
the Labour leadership.
@anntreneman
Oliver Kamm is a Times business
columnist and leader writer
Ann Treneman Notebook
So many
mysteries in
one washed
up bottle
Labour MPs who
cosy up to Russia
should be ashamed
Oliver Kamm
t?s not often I see something that
completely baffles me. But the other
day, standing in the Arts Tower at
the University of Sheffield, I was
waiting for the lift when a contraption
arrived that looked like some sort of
dumbwaiter for humans. It had no
doors and was in constant motion. It
was, the sign said, a paternoster lift. I
now know they were all the rage in
the Sixties but have fallen out of
favour to the extent that there may be
only two left in Britain (the University
of Essex has the other). Enjoying the
slow but constant motion of another
age, I could hardly bear to get off.
Snow buds
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Tories need votes of overweight millennials
A generation that?s likely to be poor in old age must be won over now if Conservatives are to survive the next decades
Hugo
Rifkind
@hugorifkind
I
t?s not really OK, the way we who
are not millennials talk about
those who are. Fear, resentment
and guilt all come together to
make many of us oddly savage.
Fear, because they are coming for us,
with their piety and intolerance and
wanton destruction of avocados.
Resentment because they are young,
damn them, and have apps for sex.
And guilt, that greatest, secret
spur to meanness, because of the
many, many ways in which their lives
seem to be worse than ours, quite
a few of which are almost certainly
our fault.
Yesterday, Cancer Research UK let
it be known that millennials are to be
the fattest generation in history. On
current trends, 70 per cent of them
will be overweight or obese by the
time they are 40ish.
Learning this, honestly, what was
your response? Was it, ?oh no, that?s
awful?? Or was it, just a little bit,
?hah! You?re fat! You might have hair
where you want to and very little
where you don?t, but you?re fat!
Serves you right for liking Jeremy
Corbyn! Serves you right for calling
me a racist because I don?t like
Grime! You?re fat, you?re fat, oh God,
I feel so much better now, because
you?re fat!? Before looking down
and, of course, realising that you,
too, were a bit fat, but consoling
yourself that this was somehow
ineffably different.
It isn?t different. Long term, I
suppose, they just have more time
left in which to eat. Half of baby
boomers are also obese, and if there?s
a dip with Generation X that?s
probably only down to the heroin.
There is no great, sudden divide,
with fat, asset-poor millennials on
Fat people are often
also sick people who
end up requiring care
one side and trim, home-owning
millionaires on the other. The
problems of young people are
problems older people used to have,
perhaps just a bit less. While the
problems of older people, obviously,
are also problems for younger
people, too, just not yet.
So, let?s talk about older people for
a bit. This weekend, the Mail on
Sunday reported on a plan by the
ex-deputy PM Damian Green (a
man reportedly quite fond of young
and old having fun together) to tax
the older more heavily to pay for
elderly care.
?More and more people are going
to live to 100 and we have to plan for
it,? he said. His plan would add 2p to
every pound of national insurance
contributions for people over 40,
thereby costing somebody on
�,000 a total of �4 a year, which
sounds like an awful lot of money
right up until the point where you
have to spend it on things like care
homes (average UK cost, approx
�,000 a year) whereupon it really,
really doesn?t.
For the tabloids, this is the rebirth
of the ?dementia tax?, the ill-fated
Tory policy of the last election which
sought to get homeowners to pay for
care, up to a point, by selling their
houses. Labour, you may recall, made
much hay with that, with Jeremy
Corbyn ending up in the unusual
position (for Jeremy Corbyn) of
passionately defending private
wealth. He wants to pay for care by
raising taxes generally, much like he
wants to pay for everything else.
So what, you may ask, does this
have to do with expanding
millennials? The answer is plenty,
because fat people are often also sick
people and sick people end up
requiring more care. Or, to put that
another way, as well as being the
fattest generation on record,
millennials are also likely to be the
most expensive. They may also be
the poorest in quite a while. All
sunlit uplands for these guys, huh?
That one, though, seems pretty
definite. A decade ago, all but a
quarter of pensioners owned their
own homes, and most of them
owned them outright. According to
one oft-repeated study from the
By 2046, one in every
four British people
will be aged over 65
University of York, a third of them
will be renting by 2040.
Your average millennial will hit
retirement ten to 15 years after that.
And their future lack of
homeownership, of course, is not
only about homeownership. It
represents a lack of assets, generally.
Their own care will have to be
funded by somebody else.
Within a generation, this may be
the fiercest battleground of our
politics. If so, have no doubt about
who will win the war. Labour?s
seemingly unassailable support
among the young obviously has a lot
to do with its promise to them that
they can take by democratic force all
that their elders are so reluctant,
today, to share. The Conservatives,
meanwhile, still have the votes of 64
per cent of the over 60s. After the
dementia tax debacle, they probably
won?t risk a raid on elderly bank
balances again.
What happens, though, when they
lose the old? By 2046, the ONS
predicts that one in every four
British people will be aged over 65,
making them an even more mighty
electoral force than they are today.
Yet these older voters will not be like
today?s older voters. Lots of them will
be poor. Lots more will be unhealthy.
They will need care, they will need
homes, and they will have the
electoral might to seek out wealth
wherever it is hiding and drag it into
the reach of the state.
For now, the Conservatives are still
the party of the old but the old are
rapidly getting older. In the 2015
election, the age at which people
were more likely to vote Tory than
Labour was 34. At the last election, it
was 47.
Somehow the Tories need to
extract themselves from the clutches
of the currently old, and reinvent
themselves as a party for the future
old, too. Green?s proposals could be a
start, if not much more. If they wait
until Jeremy Corbyn?s fans are old
enough to look like Jeremy Corbyn,
but fatter, it will be too late.
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Farming and Brexit
Sir, Your Saturday interview (Feb 25)
suggests that English farmers have a
bold and well-informed person in
Minette Batters, the new president of
the NFU. She needs to remind
Michael Gove of how British farmers
were supported before we joined the
EEC. From 1947 most agricultural
production was covered by guaranteed
prices, negotiated annually with the
government. While farmers always
considered that these were set too low
they agreed that it was a good system.
Farmers had assured prices, there was
free entry for imported food which
resulted in low consumer prices, and
farming productivity soared.
British politicians are chiefly to
blame for the decline in farmers?
profits. They promised reforms to the
common agricultural policy but none
happened. Also, dairy farmers were
told that, if they voted for continuation
of the milk marketing boards?
monopoly of the purchase of milk, the
boards? powers would continue.
I was an assistant secretary of the
National Farmers? Union of Scotland
and helped to persuade Scottish dairy
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Sir, Janice Turner (Comment, Feb 24)
blames anti-vaccination sentiments as
the main reason for the worrying rise
in measles cases across Europe. Such
sentiments are not new, and even
Edward Jenner faced strong
opposition against his smallpox
vaccine, made from a cowpox virus;
the cartoonist James Gillray claimed
in 1802 that this approach would lead
to the growth of cow parts on the
bodies of those who received the
vaccine. It didn?t. Likewise, the measles
vaccine does not cause autism.
Although it is convenient to lay sole
blame at the door of anti-vaccine
campaigners for the rise in measles
cases and 35 deaths last year, and
there is no doubt that they are part of
the problem, the underlying story is
more complicated. Marginalised
individuals and communities, who
have limited access to healthcare, are
over-represented among the cases and
need improved access to
immunisation services. Such
individuals are from across society,
ranging from a single parent with
several young children in a high-rise
building, to busy families with more
pressing priorities than sitting in a
baby clinic, and traveller families with
no fixed address. Worryingly, many
parents are not aware of the threat
posed by measles, or believe that they
can rely on protection from ?herd
immunity?. Apathy and individualism
was fatal for some children last year.
Vaccine knowledge (vk.ovg.ox.ac.uk)
and community values should drive us
to vaccinate to ensure that our own
children, unimmunised infants and the
vulnerable in society are protected.
Like smallpox, measles could be
eradicated but this will not be possible
until more than 95 per cent of the
population are vaccinated against
measles for a sustained period of time.
That day is still a lamentably long
way off.
professor andrew j pollard
Professor of paediatric infection and
immunity, University of Oxford
Lecturers? strike
number of vice-chancellors who have
declared that they support our call for
a fairer pensions settlement.
Like many other lecturers, I would
be willing if necessary to forego pay
increases if that were really what were
needed in order to shore up the
pension fund. Sadly, the employers
have rejected even that offer.
dr rupert read
Department of philosophy, UEA
Sir, My colleague Gareth Jones asks
(letter, Feb 24) what the principle is
that motivates the lecturers? strike. Let
me seek to enlighten him. Over the
years I have seen a number of strikes
called by the UCU, the lecturers?
union. Some of these I have not voted
for or participated in because I didn?t
feel able to justify their central
demands, for higher salaries for us. But
this strike is different. It is about
defending our pensions for when we
are old and not earning. This is in
particular about defending the
pensions of younger, less well paid,
more vulnerable colleagues, who stand
to lose up to �0,000 a head over
their pensionable years if the changes
that the employers want go ahead.
That is why the vote in favour of
the strike by union members was far
higher than ever before ? 88 per cent
voting for it. It is why we are getting
great support from our students,
something again which has, frankly,
never happened before. And it is why,
unprecedentedly, we even have a
on this day february 27, 1918
A MIDNIGHT
BAYONET
FIGHT
In the night of December 20-21
Scottish troops at Joppa crossed the
Auja on rafts and light bridges,
surprised the Turks, and drove them
from the port. The crossing was one
of the finest achievements of these
brave Scots who, at the price of
fewer than 100 casualties captured
350 prisoners, killed with the
bayonet almost as many more Turks,
and drove the enemy?s artillery
beyond the range of Joppa.
Sir, Janice Turner?s article contains
good old-fashioned common sense. As
a qualified ear, nose and throat, head
and neck cancer nurse I am appalled
by some people on Mumsnet and by
supporters of Andrew Wakefield. I
have seen children who have had
measles, and babies whose mothers
caught measles or rubella when
pregnant, with sight and hearing
Sir, I am a second-year English
literature student at the University of
Edinburgh. With a large majority of
lecturers here joining in the strike I
am set to miss up to 17 lectures and
four tutorials over four weeks, which
will be detrimental to my ability to
complete exams and meet coursework
deadlines. Course organisers have
informed us that assessment content
and deadlines will remain unchanged,
despite a significant number of the
topics not being taught. Furthermore,
the financial harm these strikes will
cause is excessive. Students will
continue to pay tuition fees,
accommodation fees and living costs
while receiving nothing in return.
To reconnoitre enemy positions in
daylight was dangerous work. One
night two officers swam out to sea
across the river-mouth and crept up
the right bank of the stream, to
ascertain the locality of a ford and
its exact depth and width.
Preparations for crossing the river
were conducted with great secrecy.
Local material was collected for
building rafts, and after the boats
had been put together where enemy
airmen could not see them the
troops practised at night embarking
and ferrying, and cutting paths
through cactus hedges in the dark.
Heavy rains had waterlogged the
valley, and a section carrying a raft
lost one of their number, who was
afterwards found sunk in mud up to
his outstretched arms. The first
raftload of men was paddled across
the river with muffled oars. A line
was towed behind, and this being
made fast on either side the rafts
crossed and recrossed by haulage.
When bridges of rafts had been
anchored, blankets and carpets were
laid across them to quiet the fall of
marching feet. By the ford there was
issues as a result of the infections. I
have looked after countless patients
with head and neck cancer, some
caused by the human papilloma virus.
Those who object to vaccination need
to see the appalling results of head
and neck cancer ? people unable to
speak, being fed by a tube, with sore
mouths and skin from radiotherapy.
brenda clarke, rgn
Melton Mowbray, Leics
Sir, I wept when I read Janice
Turner?s piece. I wish I had recorded
the heartrending screams of my
beautiful five-year-old daughter as
both her ear drums perforated when
she had measles in 1986. She just
missed having the MMR because it
had not yet been introduced; how
bitterly I regret that she was not able
to have it. I want to shout it from the
rooftops that measles is a serious,
potentially fatal disease that could be
all but eradicated by vaccination. I
fear Janice Turner is right, that the
actions of anti-vaxxers are
endangering us all. Perhaps if they
had heard my daughter scream they
would come to a different decision.
rosemary barry
Lismore, Oban
International students are hit
particularly hard. An American
flatmate of mine has calculated that
she will pay �000 in tuition fees
during the course of the strikes, yet
will be able to attend less than a third
of the classes on which she is enrolled.
Although some students support the
strikes, discussions with my peers have
revealed that a substantial proportion
of students and parents are outraged.
cecily winter
Edinburgh
Laughing stock
Sir, Clare Foges strikes a chord with
her ?carnival of indecision?
(Comment, Feb 26). But if the
governments of those countries
holding Britain as a laughing stock
had bothered to consult their citizens
on whether they wished to be part of
a federalised Europe, they too would
have found that to address questions
of this scale through democratic
process is indeed a messy business.
john farrington
Woodley, Berks
a stoppage because the high water
had obliterated certain guideposts.
The officer commanding the leading
battalion went into water up to his
neck to search for the ford. Finding
it, he led his men over in columns of
fours, each section linking arms to
prevent the swirling waters from
carrying them out to sea.
Orders were that not a shot was to
be fired. Death was to be dealt out
with the bayonet, and, it speaks well
for the Scots? discipline that, though
engaged in a life-and-death struggle,
not a single round of ammunition
was used till daylight, when, as some
keen marksmen tell you, they had
?some grand running-man practice?.
The Turks were absolutely
surprised. Trenches were rushed,
and the best men won with cold
steel. At daylight all objectives had
been won and the troops were well
dug in. It was a perfect night?s work.
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Liverpool?s status
Sir, Richard Morrison asks: ?Will
Liverpool be the first UK site to lose
its Unesco heritage status?? (Times2,
Feb 23). If one looks at the proposed
well-balanced Liverpool Waters plan
mentioned in his article, the answer is
that it should do, if that is the price.
The plan does not affect Pier Head
(the main reason for the status) a mile
away, and balancing Wirral Waters on
the other bank of the Mersey would
provide a grand entrance to any cruise
liner or commercial shipping. It would
contain an opera house/concert hall,
which is much-needed as our beautiful
art deco one is hopelessly inadequate.
Surely Liverpool city councillors are
in a better position to decide what is
needed than the far-away Unesco
bullies. All cities have high-rise areas,
and building one for us would elevate
Liverpool to world city status; it would
provide some 20,000 jobs. We should
say ?good riddance? to Unesco and
continue building our new Liverpool.
dr andrew zsigmond
Honorary chairman, Liverpool Opera
Four Seasons
Electric sheep
Sir, The owner of an alsatian dog that
was developing into a sheep worrier
asked me for help. Electric collars
(letter, Feb 26) were then new on the
market, so I rang the firm for advice
? only to be told that electric collars
did not always work. One large dog
had been fitted with one, let loose and
then zapped just as he came in contact
with a ewe. There was a yelp of pain
from the dog, but on looking round he
had decided that the only possible
cause of his pain was the white woolly
thing that he had been chasing. From
then on he had it in for all sheep.
pamela c braithwaite, mrcvs
Ilkley, W Yorks
BBC and posh pay
Sir, Posh people may well get paid
more at the BBC (report, Feb 26) but
in the world of poetry they don?t get a
look in. Poetry output on Radio 4 is
now dominated by northern and
Scottish working-class poets, with an
endless round of Roger McGough,
John Cooper Clarke, Ian McMillan,
Liz Lochhead, Jackie Kay and of
course the poet laureate herself, Carol
Ann Duffy. Posh southern poets need
not apply ? even John Betjeman
wouldn?t stand a chance today.
alan mCloughlin
Manhay, Cornwall
Specials of the day
Sir, Parliamentary food (report and
leading article, Feb 26) has been an
easy target since the dying words of
Pitt the Younger, ?I think I could eat
one of Bellamy?s veal pies?, which I
have always thought might have
hastened his end. But we hear little of
the outstanding young men and
women who serve their chef
apprenticeships at Westminster and
go on to success in the wider world,
or of the fact that much of the food
here is eaten by the hundreds of
thousands of visitors who come to see
their (not our) parliament every year.
This is a big improvement on 40
years ago when I saw a colleague, just
about to pay in the Commons tea
room, looking down at his plate. ?I
can?t eat this,? he said, ?it?s got mould
on it.? The woman behind the counter
was outraged, seized the plate and blew
on it. ?That?s not mould! That?s dust.?
lord lisvane
Clerk of the House of Commons
2011-14, House of Lords
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Leading articles
Daily Universal Register
UK: An amber weather warning for snow
is in place in London and the southeast, the
West Midlands and East Anglia.
Nature notes
Frogs are mating in
ponds and at the
edge of lakes where
there is no ice. Some
were hibernating in
the mud at the
bottom. Others
have made their way to the water from such
winter hideouts as rubbish dumps. The males
set up a loud croaking chorus to attract
females, which can be heard from a long way
off when, as is often the case, there is a large
assembly of them. The male is the smaller of
the pair and sits on the female?s back, clasping
her tightly. They swim around joined like
this, but he only fertilises her eggs, which may
number up to 2,000, when they emerge from
her body into the water. The frogspawn is a
clump of jelly with black dots in it. It sinks to
the bottom, swells by absorbing water, then
floats up again. After four weeks the dots will
have become tadpoles. Eventually they will
have a mouth and limbs, their tail will absorb
into their body, and they will have turned
into perfect little frogs, hopping out of the
water on a summer?s day. derwent may
Birthdays today
Timothy Spall, pictured,
actor, Mr Turner (2014),
61; Prof Louis Appleby,
chairman, National
Suicide Prevention
Strategy Advisory Group,
national clinical director
for health and criminal
justice (2010-14), 63; Lord (Paddy) Ashdown
of Norton-Sub-Hamdon, Liberal Democrats
leader (1988-99), 77; Derren Brown, magician,
47; Prof Andrew Copp, head of developmental
biology and cancer programme, University
College London, 64; Dr James Davies,
Conservative MP for Vale of Clwyd (2015-17),
38; Luke Ellis, chief executive, Man Group,
55; Debbie Flood, rower, two-time Olympic
silver medallist, 38; Baroness (Annabel)
Goldie, MSP for West Scotland (1999-2016),
leader, Scottish Conservative and Unionist
Party (2005-11), 68; Ben Green, Waynflete
professor of pure mathematics, University of
Oxford, 41; Philip Gross, poet and novelist, 66;
Sir Brian Heap, biologist, 83; Dame Barbara
Kelly, convenor, Crichton Foundation
(2003-14), 78; Edward Lucie-Smith, poet and
art critic, 85; Kate Mara, actress, 35; Stuart
MacBride, novelist, 49; Sir Don McKinnon,
Commonwealth secretary-general (2000-08),
79; Ralph Nader, US political activist, 84;
Rabbi Baroness (Julia) Neuberger, senior
rabbi, West London Synagogue, chief
executive, the King?s Fund (1997-2004), 68;
Graeme Pollock, cricketer, South Africa
(1963-70), 74; Prof Sheila Rowbotham,
feminist theorist, 75; Sir Roger Scruton, writer
and philosopher, 74; Dame Antoinette Sibley,
prima ballerina, president, Royal Academy
of Dance (1991-2012), 79; Sir John Skehel,
virologist, 77; Kenzo Takada, designer, 79;
Mark Taylor, rugby union player, Wales
(1994-2005), 45; Air Chief Marshal Sir Sandy
Wilson, Air Member for Personnel (1993-95),
77; Joanne Woodward, actress, 88; Lord
(David) Young of Graffham, Conservative
politician, trade and industry secretary
(1987-89), 86.
On this day
In 1991 Iraqi troops retreated from Kuwait,
signalling the end of the Gulf war.
The last word
?Progress in science depends on new
techniques, new discoveries and new ideas,
probably in that order.? Sydney Brenner,
biologist, in Nature (June 5, 1980).
Power Play
Corbyn is playing politics with his views on the customs union
and seeking to split the Tories. They should unite against him
When members of the shadow cabinet claim their
leader has been on a journey towards a genuinely
new position on Brexit they are, to put it politely,
dissembling. Jeremy Corbyn?s speech yesterday
advocating a ?new comprehensive customs
union? with the European Union was 20 per cent
wishful thinking and 80 per cent bluff. The sort of
customs union he described would not command
the support of his own party, never mind the
endorsement of the rest of the EU. Nor would it
remove the need for customs checks along the
border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, but then that was never its true purpose.
The purpose of the speech was to divide the
Conservatives on Brexit even more bitterly than
they are already, and in due course to bring down
the government. It was a political trap and Tory
rebels on both wings of the party have a clear responsibility to avoid walking into it. Their most urgent priority, as crunch time for Brexit approaches, is to unite behind a sensible exit strategy based
on the deepest, widest free trade deal achievable
within the transition period that starts next year.
Theresa May?s task, too long postponed, is to
articulate that strategy in a speech she is due to
make on Friday. Mr Corbyn?s shift has been
welcomed by business leaders who should be the
Conservatives? natural supporters. Mrs May
therefore needs to focus on the needs of business
and the country, not just her party, to persuade
Europhiles and Eurosceptics alike of the need for
compromise in the national interest. Her tenure in
Downing Street depends on it, but so does much
else. The price of a Corbyn government could
dwarf that of any sort of Brexit.
The test of the true purpose of the Labour
leader?s speech is whether his proposals would fly
in practice. He says he seeks a new sort of customs
union in which Britain would retain a say in future
EU trade deals. This would be unprecedented. He
says he would demand ?clarifications and exemptions? allowing Britain to opt out of most
European institutions, but opt back into those it
deemed useful, such as Euratom and the Erasmus
science funding programme. This would be
viewed by Brussels as cherry-picking. There is no
harm in asking, but whether the questions are
taken seriously is a different matter.
There is a third difficulty on Ireland. Mr Corbyn
proposes a zero-tariff arrangement but has nothing to say on regulatory barriers that disproportionately affect agricultural shipments of the sort
that dominate trade across the Irish border. There
would still be a need for the physical checks that
both main parties have promised to do without.
The truth is that Mr Corbyn?s ?new? Brexit
position is as vague and contradictory as his old
one. At least Mrs May is trying to hammer out a
practical negotiating position. Mr Corbyn is
indulging in the luxuries of opposition. Yet time is
short for both of them.
Anna Soubry, the Conservative MP and Remain
campaigner, has tabled an amendment to the
Brexit trade bill that would force Mrs May to seek
to stay in some form of customs union. A vote on
this amendment has already been postponed
because the government cannot afford to lose it
and at least ten Tory rebels have lined up behind
Ms Soubry. Others may feel emboldened by Mr
Corbyn?s speech. If so, they should think carefully
before rising to bait cast by a thoroughgoing
socialist intent on power, renationalisation and
confiscatory taxation.
In October Mrs May faces an even more momentous vote on the terms of Britain?s withdrawal,
but Mr Corbyn?s minders worry that by then his
unlikely lustre will have faded and his moment as
a remotely credible prime minister-in-waiting will
have passed. Hence his timely but insincere
conversion to the merits of a customs union. This
is a bluff that the Conservative Party should call.
Emperor Xi
The Chinese leader?s ambitions should put the West on its guard
China is on the march and there is no doubt as to
who is at the head of the parade. Xi Jinping, the
Chinese president, is positioning himself to
become a leader-for-life, the most powerful man
in the world?s second largest economy. This may
be comforting to some since it suggests stable or at
least enduring government in the East for decades
to come. In fact, the power grab should be a matter
of concern: a prime strategic challenger to the
West appears to be hurtling towards unassailable
autocratic rule. Even Vladimir Putin, the Russian
leader, goes through the motions of abiding by
constitutional limits to his authority; even Russia
acknowledges some space for opposition. Mr Xi,
by contrast, is shaping the state around him.
The Chinese president already occupies two
other pivotal jobs that have no fixed terms: the
post of communist chief and head of the military
commission that controls the armed forces.
Technically he can remain president only until
2023. The latest suggestions to make the office
open-ended could allow him to overtake Mao
Zedong, who ruled for almost three decades.
It has been clear, at least since the 19th party
congress last autumn, that China is making a
serious bid to be a geopolitical heavyweight, not
just a fast-growing trading nation but one that
sets global rules. At the heart of this campaign is
the so-called One Belt, One Road initiative, a
$900 billion project that pumps cash into infrastructure projects across Asia and in so doing creates allies. The plans include pipelines and a port
in Pakistan, bridges in Bangladesh and railways to
Russia. This is dressed up as an ambitious exercise
in soft power but it also a concerted attempt to
offer up alternative values and institutions to
those promoted by the West since the end of the
Second World War. They are harbingers of a new
order, to demonstrate the decadence of the West
and underline the decline of American influence.
Mr Xi has risen to the top on the back of this
developmental programme. Most projects will not
come to fruition until after 2023. Plainly, he
intends to be Chinese leader at a time when the
scales shift decisively in Beijing?s favour. Mao was
known as the Great Helmsman because he
steered the revolution. Mr Xi may well aspire to
being the leader who endows China with more
clout than the United States. There is good reason,
then, for vigilance as Mr Xi speeds towards a new
form of authoritarian rule. He has set China an
ambitious target: to be in the vanguard of the
industries of the future. That means not only wellsubsidised autonomous vehicles but also highly
sensitive areas such as artificial intelligence.
Under Mr Xi China has demonstrated that it is
ready to use cyberattacks to scoop up commercial
information from the West and to make the
surrender of technological knowhow a condition
of co-operation. It makes a bee-line for western
intellectual property.
The US is responding with a thorough investigation into Beijing?s techno-espionage. Congress
is debating a bill that will allow the US committee
on foreign investment, which draws on advice
from the intelligence services, to expand hugely its
investigative brief into Chinese takeovers. Britain
should consider a similar step. Mr Xi?s rise, and the
lack of checks on his extraordinary ambition,
dictates caution. China under his tutelage is not
just a commercial rival and occasional partner, but
also a strategic challenger.
Narrative by Committee
Novelists have written imperishable first lines; so why not string them together?
A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one
chooses that moment of experience from which to
look back or from which to look ahead. The beginning is simple to mark. It was about eleven o?clock
in the morning, mid October, with the sun not
shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness
of the foothills. There was no possibility of taking
a walk that day. From the window all that could be
seen was a receding area of grey. I was a shade
perturbed.
Having placed in my mouth sufficient bread for
three minutes? chewing, I withdrew my powers of
sensual perception and retired into the privacy of
my mind, my eyes and face assuming a vacant and
preoccupied expression. I have never believed, as
some people, in omens and forewarnings, for the
dramatic things in my life have generally come
upon me as suddenly as a tropical thunderstorm.
I saw her but four times, though I remember
them vividly; she made an impression on me. She
was very pretty when I first knew her, with the
sweet straight nose and short upper lip of the
cameo-brooch divinity, humanised by a dimple
that flowered in her cheek whenever anything was
said possessing the outward attributes of humour
without its intrinsic quality. It was love at first sight.
Only the young have such moments. The idea of
eternal return is a mysterious one, and Nietzsche
has often perplexed other philosophers with it: to
think that everything returns as we once experienced it, and that the recurrence itself recurs ad
infinitum! The idea really came to me the day I got
my new false teeth. I am standing on a corner in
Monterey, waiting for the bus to come in, and all
the muscles of my will are holding my terror to
face the moment I most desire. True! ? nervous
? very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and
am; but why will you say that I am mad?
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World
Migrants must fit
in with us, Merkel
tells party faithful
Germany
David Charter Berlin
Angela Merkel warned immigrants to
?integrate or face consequences? as she
tried to win her party rank-and-file?s
support for her coalition deal yesterday.
Mrs Merkel received strong backing
for the agreement at her annual party
conference despite misgivings about
handing the powerful finance ministry
to the Social Democrats (SPD). Her
choice of Jens Spahn, a 37-year-old
rightwinger, among six nominees for
her next cabinet, along with other new
faces, helped to win over critics in her
Christian Democratic Union (CDU).
The conference in Berlin also overwhelmingly backed her choice of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, 55, as the
next CDU secretary-general, a move
seen as positioning the Saarland state
premier as her preferred successor.
Mrs Merkel?s chance of serving
another four-year term now rests on
the outcome of a postal ballot of all
464,000 SPD members, due to be declared on Sunday. In an hour-long
speech to delegates Mrs Merkel, 63,
emphasised her commitment to Christian values as she sought to allay concerns on the right of her party about her
refugee policy, which let more than a
million mainly Muslim migrants come
to Germany.
Some delegates blame her for moving too far to the centre and allowing
the anti-immigrant Alternative for
Germany (AfD) party to gain ground
on the right, helping it to come third in
September?s elections.
?It makes no difference to me if antisemitic incitement comes from Mus-
lim immigrants, from the AfD or from
the far left,? Mrs Merkel told the 1,000strong audience. Only 27 of them opposed the coalition agreement. ?Those
who use hateful slogans will meet our
determined resistance,? she said, vowing not to overlook racism perpetrated
by migrants.
In a nod to her critics on the right, she
also made clear that it would be wrong
for Germany simply to accept all
Islamic practices in the name of being
good hosts. ?Misguided tolerance is as
dangerous to our cohesion as populist
incitement against anything foreign,?
she said. ?Integration requires well-defined underlying values and clear and
noticeable consequences for those who
refuse integration.?
Mrs Merkel said it was ?painful? to
lose control of the finance ministry but
argued that coalition talks would have
collapsed otherwise.
She was supported from the podium
by a series of party heavyweights but
several grassroots members voiced
strong opposition. Eugen Abler, 66,
from the southwestern state of BadenW黵ttemberg, said: ?You have led the
CDU to the left and there is a void on
the right now. We have sacrificed the
Christian in our name on the altar of
the zeitgeist.?
Christean Wagner, 74, from the central state of Hesse, added: ?In the past
three years we have helped to create
room on the far right and contributed to
the success of the AfD. We gave them
one million of our voters.?
Delegates were divided on whether
Mrs Merkel would serve two, three or
four years but there was a widespread
view that it would be her final term as
chancellor. Mrs Kramp-Karrenbauer,
from the Catholic wing of the party, is
seen as a centrist in the Merkel mould,
supporting workers? rights and the minimum wage. Her appointment as secretary-general gives her the chance to
build a powerbase to challenge for the
top job. ?It is no longer enough to point
to others and say he or she should take
responsibility in these uncertain times,
which is why I am now taking responsibility and placing myself at the service
of the party,? she said.
If the SPD vote goes as most analysts
expect and backs the new coalition,
Mrs Merkel will be anointed chancellor
for the fourth time before Easter. If the
ballot goes against, then Mrs Merkel
must decide whether to try to run a
minority administration or to call fresh
elections. In this case the expectation is
that she would again lead the CDU in
the campaign.
An opinion poll yesterday by Forsa
showed the SPD up two points from a
week ago at 18 per cent while Mrs
Merkel?s alliance was up one point to
35 per cent. The AfD remained third
with 13 per cent. Forsa said discontent
with both main parties had waned after
Mrs Merkel nominated Mrs KrampKarrenbauer, and Martin Schulz, the
former SPD leader, stood down.
The battle for the succession in the
CDU is now expected to focus on Mrs
Kramp-Karrenbauer as the Merkel
continuity candidate and Mr Spahn as
the standard-bearer of the right. An
outside bet could be Julia Kl鯿kner, 45,
who leads the CDU in Rhineland Palatinate state. She has been proposed as
agriculture minister and is seen as close
to Mrs Merkel.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, left, is favourite to succeed Angela Merkel, who
Mutinous mountaineer retreats after solo attempt on K2
Pakistan
Hugh Tomlinson Delhi
A maverick climber who ditched his
teammates on K2 and set out on a ?suicidal? solo bid for the summit has abandoned the attempt amid dismal weather and is set to leave the mountain.
Denis Urubko, a Russian-Polish
mountaineer, left base camp alone
without telling his teammates on Saturday after a series of arguments, taking
no radio or oxygen. He was part of a
Polish team trying to become the first to
conquer the world?s second-highest
peak in winter. His decision prompted a
row within the climbing community
and fears for his safety on a mountain
that kills 25 per cent of those who attempt the ascent. After abandoning the
summit bid overnight, Urubko descended to face the teammates he left
behind.
Arriving back at base camp two days
after he set off in search of glory, he
chose to leave the expedition. The team
confirmed last night: ?Denis Urubko . . . decided to leave the Winter Expedition on K2. This decision was accepted by the participants of the expedition,
who did not see any further possibility
of co-operation with Denis after his independent attempt to get the top.?
Teammates had already revealed
how hurt they were by Mr Urubko?s
decision.
?I?ve known Denis for many years. I
did not think it would come to this,?
Krzysztof Wielicki, 68, the exhibition
leader, said in an interview with Polish
media on Sunday.
Mr Urubko, 44, is thought to have
reached Camp 3 at 7,400m navigating
one of the most technical sections of
the climb, the infamous Black Pyramid
above Camp 2. Yesterday morning,
however, Mr Wielicki confirmed:
?Denis Urubko is coming down. He is
Summit 8,611m
Camp 4
Camp 3
Camp 2
K2
Camp 1
6,000m
Denis Urubko
had argued with
teammates about
the deadline for
a winter ascent
currently in C2.? By the time he left his
tent on Saturday, Mr Urubko was no
longer speaking to Mr Wielicki after a
series of disagreements. He was frustrated at delays, including the daring
night-time rescue last month of the
French climber Elisabeth Revol on the
Pakistani mountain of Nanga Parbat,
120 miles away.
Mr Urubko was one of four volunteers from the team who were airlifted
on to the mountain and climbed
1,000m in the dark to reach her. The
rescue cost them time and, compounded by bad weather, forced the Poles to
adjust their schedule.
Mr Urubko had been adamant that
for the winter ascent of K2 to stand, it
must be completed before the end of
February. The team held the end of
winter to be the equinox in March and
opted for a more cautious climb, targeting the summit during better weather
expected in the coming days. Unable to
persuade them, and with the record ?
in his eyes ? slipping away, Mr Urubko
walked out of camp without speaking to
the team in search of glory.
His Polish team-mate Adam Bielecki,
34, revealed on Twitter that he had refused Mr Urubko?s request to go with
him. The two have proved the strongest
climbers on the team and losing both
would have severely compromised the
hopes of those left behind.
?I understand it a bit, because sometimes I also had such situations that I
did something solo,? Mr Wielicki said.
?But here, however, we were a team, he
was invited to the expedition . . . It seems
to him that the season ends on February 28 ? it was so great that he even
sacrificed our relationship.?
Mr Urubko?s actions found little
favour with the climbing community.
In an online poll of 1,000 climbers yesterday, 70 per cent believed that Mr
Urubko had done the wrong thing.
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web searches for
Winnie the Pooh
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Trump: I would
have tackled the
gunman unarmed
United States
Rhys Blakely Washington
Jacqui Goddard Parkland
presented Ursula von der Leyen and Julia Kl鯿kner, nominees to her cabinet, to her party?s annual conference in Berlin
Macron fights to end railway perks
France
Charles Bremner Paris
President Macron set the stage for
battle with France?s powerful railway
unions yesterday with plans to scrap
decades-old employment rights that
governments have long avoided
reforming.
The unions cried foul and promised
strikes to block Mr Macron?s overhaul
of the SNCF state railways. His gamble
is drawing comparison with Margaret
Thatcher?s showdown with the miners.
Unions, which had already announced
a strike for March 22, were infuriated by
Mr Macron?s planned use of executive
decrees to force through his reforms by
the summer.
蒬ouard Philippe, the prime minister, said the government was ?not seeking a fight? but added that it was time to
carry out the overhaul. In 1995 strikes
forced President Chirac to give up try-
ing to end the SNCF ?special regime?,
which includes guarantees of a job for
life and retirement in a worker?s 50s,
and is still enjoyed by almost all the
260,000 SNCF staff. Nicolas Sarkozy
abandoned a promise to end the regime
in 2007, although his retirement reform
covered almost everyone else.
Train drivers retire at 52 and other
staff before 60. Workers also enjoy
perks such as free or discounted tickets
for their families and cheap housing.
?The situation is alarming, not to say
untenable,? Mr Philippe said. ?Whether
or not they take the train, the French
are paying more and more for a public
service that works less and less well. We
want to look reality in the face.?
Mr Macron, emboldened by his
successful overhaul of the labour laws
last autumn, has calculated that public
opinion has shifted against the rail
workers. The profession has traditionally enjoyed a patriotic respect compa-
rable to that of farmers. However, dissatisfaction is high with railway services despite their high-speed network,
and support for their privileges, created
in the 1940s, has waned.
The government is nevertheless
treading carefully. The end of the employment privileges will only apply to
new recruits. It has promised to consult
the unions but warned that it would not
brook delays of the kind that allowed
previous reforms to fester with national
strikes and protests.
The unions responded with threats
to paralyse the country. SUD-Rail, the
most militant of the four main unions,
accused the government of blackmail
and said that Mr Macron, a centrist
with both conservatives and leftwingers in his cabinet, was aiming to ?smash
the railways first then go on to smash all
the other public services?. The special
employment regime was vital to ensuring the safety of the railways, it said.
US visitor to Japan
held after woman?s
head found in flat
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President Trump claimed that he
would have rushed to confront the rampaging gunman who killed 17 people at
a Florida school ? ?even if I didn?t have
a weapon?.
?I really believe I?d run in there . . . and
I think most of the people in this room
would have done that, too,? Mr Trump
told a gathering of state governors at
the White House yesterday.
It was ?frankly disgusting? that an
armed officer assigned to Marjory
Stoneman Douglas High School had
not entered the building, he added.
The remarks came amid signs that
America?s tolerance of gun violence
was waning after a series of massacres,
including the slaughter of 58 people in
Las Vegas in October and of 26 at a Texas church in November.
Mr Trump repeated a controversial
call for teachers who have ?a natural
talent? for marksmanship to be given
bonuses for carrying guns and said that
background checks for gun-buyers
should be amended to stop ?sickos?
from purchasing firearms.
He called for police to be given new
powers to confiscate guns quickly from
people who may be mentally unstable.
?We got to give them immediate access
to take those guns away,? he said.
Such a policy would be likely to face
opposition. Wayne LaPierre, leader of
the National Rifle Association (NRA),
warned last week that mental health
checks on gun buyers risked becoming
a ?runaway train? that were ?just a short
hop to the systematic destruction of our
most basic freedoms in this country?.
Yesterday Mr Trump said he was
ready to act without Congress to ban
?bump-stocks?, which can be fitted to
semi-automatic weapons to fire a continuous hail of bullets with one pull of
the trigger. The only way to stop school
shootings was ?retribution?, he said.
?The bad guy has to understand that
there?s a big price to pay if you mess
around with our students.?
Not everybody in the room agreed.
Jay Inslee, the Democrat governor of
Washington state, stood to tell Mr
Trump: ?We need a little less tweeting,
a little more listening.?
Mr Trump?s insistence that he would
have tackled the Florida gunman is
likely to attract ridicule from those who
have questioned his physical courage.
Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois senator
and combat veteran, coined a new nickname for him in January ?
?Cadet Bone Spurs? ? in
reference to how he
avoided the Vietnam war
draft by claiming that he
had bad feet.
In Florida, meanwhile, a
girl who was
mistaken for a
corpse as police
moved through
the
bloodsoaked hallways of the
high school
described her ordeal. Madeleine Wilford, 17, was saved by a SWAT officer
who put a gunshot patch over a devastating chest wound caused by a bullet
that ripped through her ribs and collapsed her lungs. ?I?m so grateful to be
here and it wouldn?t be possible without
the doctors and first responders,? she
said yesterday at a press conference at
the Broward Health North hospital.
An email sent out by President
Trump?s campaign team at the weekend
included a photograph of him meeting
Madeleine in hospital and invited donations to his re-election campaign.
Madeleine was in class when Nikolas
Cruz, 19, a former student who had been
expelled for behavioural problems,
started shooting down the hallway with
an AR-15 assault rifle. Students dived to
the floor, but she was left in the line of
fire as Cruz shot through the door.
?All of a sudden I felt a shot hit me,?
Madeleine Wilford survived being shot
in the chest. Mr Trump repeated his
controversial calls to arm teachers
she told the Deseret News newspaper.
?An immense amount of pain went over
me. The first thing I thought was that I
was going to die. I was screaming ?Help
me, help me,? I was frantic,? she said. She
felt a ?sense of peace? pass over her,
then blacked out.
That the Florida school shooting remains in the spotlight will encourage
those campaigning for gun controls,
though it is far from certain that a Republican-controlled Congress will act.
America?s most powerful pro-gun
lobby group has found itself on the defensive after a host of large companies
cut ties with it. Apple, Google and Amazon were under pressure yesterday to
stop airing an online television channel
run by the NRA.
The channel, NRATV, was called
?dangerous and violence-inciting propaganda? by Moms Demand Action, an
activist group. ?It?s time for tech leaders
to acknowledge their role in helping the
NRA spread this dangerous content
and cut it out,? it said.
The NRA has fiercely resisted curbs
on gun ownership. NRATV, which is
available on AppleTV, Google?s
Chromecast service and Amazon
Fire TV, has warned viewers of a nefarious ?deep state? plot to undermine Mr Trump. It has claimed the
?socialist? left wants to curb
US freedoms. New gun
laws would leave ?only criminals with the
firepower . . . and all
of us at the mercy
of
evil?,
one
NRATV host said.
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Spanish police chief
?helped cocaine gang?
Spain
Graham Keeley Madrid
The head of the police anti-drug unit at
Barcelona?s port has been arrested on
suspicion of helping a South American
gang to smuggle cocaine.
The inspector, named only as Calixto
MG, was working with a retired police
officer to advise the cartels and to ensure that their illicit cargoes could pass
security without arousing suspicion.
The officer, 52, discussed deals with
Colombian gang members in a Kia Sorento car parked inside the port, according to detectives who bugged them.
Barcelona is one of the biggest ports
in Spain and is a key route for Latin
American cartels bringing drugs into
Europe. Cocaine is the most popular illegal drug in Europe, and each year
?5.7 billion worth is brought in, according to the European Monitoring Centre
for Drugs and Drug Addiction.
Gangs often use a method called ripon, rip-off smuggling, hiding drugs in
other people?s legal cargo without them
knowing. When the contraband arrives
at the target port corrupt officials take
the drugs off the ship and deliver them
to mules who take them to safe houses.
In the Barcelona case, the inspector
and his retired colleague, named as
Francisco M, were said to have been
used to ensure that the gangs did not
have to pay ?bribes demanded by port
workers, stevedores and logistics companies?, according to an internal police
report published in El Pa韘. It is claimed
that they started working with drug
gangs two years ago and in 2016 had
been preparing for the arrival of 1.1 tonnes of cocaine from Colombia worth
more than ?6 million. However, the
cargo was never delivered. They were
also allegedly involved with a 300kg
shipment worth ?2 million.
That year police got an anonymous
email claiming that a Colombian drug
dealer was being protected by officers.
?Important quantities of cocaine are
arriving in Barcelona,? it said. ?I write to
you for fear of reprisals and there are
people well known in Barcelona and
police who give him protection.?
Juan Carlos Duarte Angarita, 36, a
Colombian, was among six men arrested in 2016 on suspicion of smuggling 300kg of cocaine through Barcelona hidden in vehicles.
Agencies working on preventing the
trafficking of drugs from South America to Europe believe that the market
for the drug is worth about ?5.7 billion,
catering for more than 3.5 million regular cocaine users.
Europol said that in 2016 there was
evidence more cocaine was getting
through checks at European ports.
?Recent data suggest a possible increase in availability,? the organisation
said in its report on EU drug markets
for that year. ?Retail prices are overall
stable or falling slightly, and cocaine
purity at retail level has recovered to
the levels found ten years ago.?
HENRY DO/SOLENT NEWS
Orban suffers defeat
Budapest Viktor Orban, the
hardline prime minister of
Hungary, has suffered a surprise
by-election defeat six weeks
before elections. His Fidesz party
lost a mayoral race in the rural
town of Hodmezovasarhely, a
bastion of the anti-immigration
party for more than 20 years. The
win by a political novice was a
sign that the opposition was
?reawakening?, a founding Fidesz
member said. (Reuters)
Tycoon?s property sold
Khobar Saudi authorities are
preparing to auction off billions of
dollars of property and hundreds
of vehicles belonging to a
businessman at the centre of a
long-running debt dispute. Maan
al-Sanea was arrested last year
when his company, Saad Group,
defaulted on debts of at least
$10.7 billion that date back to
2009. The case is separate from a
major anti-corruption campaign
that began in November. (Reuters)
Reporter ?shot over story?
Frankfurt Axel Springer, the
Streets of gold Barcelona is bathed in electric light, with the Sagrada Fam韑ia
cathedral in the foreground, just before sunset in this image taken from a drone
German publishing group, said
there was ?justified suspicion?
that the killing of a Slovakian
journalist at its news site
Aktuality.sk was connected with
his investigative research, most
recently into suspected tax fraud
in Bratislava. Jan Kuciak, 27, and
his girlfriend were shot dead at
the weekend. The publisher said
that it would continue to fulfil its
journalistic mission. Reuters
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Boy back from the dead in Ghouta
Syria
Richard Spencer Beirut
When his three children were killed in
an airstrike on their house in Ghouta
last week, Abu Saria decided there was
little point in going to their funeral. It
was better to stay where he was in the
hospital and try to save other lives.
The ambulanceman left work later
that day and was consoling his wife,
who had survived the raid, when someone texted him a photograph. It showed
a little boy with tubes in a hospital bed,
and it was unmistakably his youngest
son, 18-month-old Moatasem.
?I couldn?t believe it,? he told The
Times from Ghouta. ?I was convinced
he was dead.?
It had seemed impossible. Moatasem
suffers from asthma and had been stuck
under the rubble of their house for an
hour before his body was dragged free.
He would have been a small addition
to the list of victims of the most recent
bombardment of eastern Ghouta, put
at 630 by M閐ecins Sans Fronti鑢es for
its facilities alone since February 19. Of
those, at least 216 were children.
A ceasefire, decreed in a UN resolution on Saturday afternoon, has eased
the bombing only slightly. Another 22
people, including seven children, were
killed yesterday by mid-afternoon, according to monitors for the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. One entire family of nine died.
Abu Saria, 33, had already declared
his scorn even before the first truce violation. ?What ceasefire?? he asked, as
jets continued to fly overhead.
In the strike on his house last week,
he lost his sister-in-law and ten-yearold nephew as well as his own children.
They had sought shelter in the basement as the bombing started, while he
ran to his position at the medical aid
point. His sister came to tell him his
house had been hit and he rushed
home.
?Three barrel bombs had fallen on
the building,? he said. ?One had landed
just by the basement and destroyed its
walls. I heard my wife screaming ? I
saw her there, but only her head, as her
body was completely buried.
?She shouted, ?My children, go and
find them, I cannot hear them.? My
friends and I started digging and removing the remnants of the wall. I
found Bashar, but he was dead.?
Bashar, nine, was his eldest child. His
Moatasem, above and with his father, top right, was thought to be dead after an airstrike that killed his brothers Saria and Bashar but a gravedigger saw a sign of life
Two miles
Douma
Presidential
palace
Eastern
Ghouta
Old City
Damascus
Military airbase
Rebel-held
wife, freed from the rubble, picked up
Moatasem just as he stopped breathing
and Abu Saria?s colleagues told him he
was dead too. The body of Saria, the
boy?s six-year-old brother, was found
later, deep under the broken concrete.
Back at the hospital, Abu Saria continued to treat survivors while his
friends brought in the bodies of his
family. ?I couldn?t look at them for too
long,? he said. Several of the people he
was treating were also relatives.
?I felt my heart was as hard as a rock.
My colleagues told me to leave everything and to go and say goodbye to my
children, but I told them, ?They?re dead,
we should take care of the living?, and so
they took them to be buried.?
One of the men tasked with burying
the bodies noticed a small sign of life
and took the boy back to the hospital.
Moatasem is now suffering from hypoxia, with signs of brain damage. Doctors managed to remove stones from
his trachea, and bring up other debris
from his lungs.
?He can?t move anything in his body
except his eyes, he doesn?t speak, he
doesn?t remember anything, and he is
getting nutrition through intubation,?
Abu Saria said. ?But the doctors tell me
he will recover, even if it will take five or
six months. I said that I don?t blame
anyone . . . We were only ten guys and
there had been more than 50 people in
the building. Many had lost limbs, had
head injuries, chest injuries. It was the
most difficult moment of our careers.?
Other participants in the conflict
have also bombed civilians in large
numbers, though not on this scale. The
US-led coalition was accused of killing
25 civilians including seven children in
air raids on Islamic State-held territory
in the far east of Syria on Sunday.
Turkey was accused of killing five civilians yesterday in a raid on a village in
the Kurdish pocket of Afrin. However,
the bombardment of eastern Ghouta is
Bollywood superstar drowned in hotel bath
India
Hugh Tomlinson Delhi
India was mourning one of Bollywood?s
best-loved stars yesterday after she
drowned in a hotel bath aged 54.
Heartbroken fans of Sridevi Kapoor
crammed the streets outside her home
in Mumbai. She appeared in more than
300 films in a career spanning five
decades.
The star, known simply as Sridevi,
died in Dubai, where she had been
attending her nephew?s wedding. Initial
reports suggested that she had suffered
a heart attack but a post-mortem examination revealed that she had
drowned in the bath of her hotel.
A private jet was flown from
Mumbai to bring back her body
but Dubai police were yet to
issue a death certificate.
Local reports suggested that the actress
had been drinking
before she died.
Bollywood?s A list
Sridevi, who starred
in more than 300
films over five
decades, was found
dead in Dubai
travelled to the family home to pay
their respects and tributes poured in
from politicians and sports stars, the
rich and the poor. Narendra Modi, the
prime minister, sent his condolences to
the family and issued a statement on
Twitter.
?Saddened by the untimely demise of
noted actor Sridevi,? he wrote. ?She was
a veteran of the film industry
whose long career included diverse
roles and memorable performances.
My thoughts are with her family and
admirers in this hour of grief.?
Actors and directors who worked
with Sridevi reminisced on social media
and fans shared their grief. ?We all
grew up watching her and
suddenly to hear that she is no
longer with us is hard to digest,?
Sachin Tendulkar, the former
cricket star, said.
Sridevi, who was born Shree
Amma Yanger Ayappan in the
southern state of Tamil Nadu, was
a child star who worked in regional Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam-
language films before breaking into
Bollywood in the 1970s. A string of hits
established her as a national icon, with
star power to rival her male co-stars.
Her captivating performance in the
1987 blockbuster Mr India, which included a much-loved impression of
Charlie Chaplin, prompted critics to
joke that the film should have been
called Miss India.
Having acted from the age of four to
31, Sridevi took a lengthy break after
marrying the producer Boney Kapoor.
She returned to the screen in 2012 with
the hit comedy-drama English Vinglish
and her most recent film, Mom, was released last year.
?I lost out on going to school and college life but I got into the film industry
and worked without a gap. From child
actor I went straight to heroine,? she
said, reflecting on her meteoric rise to
the New Indian Express in 2013. ?In order to get something you have to lose
something. You can?t have everything
in life. So I am happy with what I got.?
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on a different scale, and now more intense than that on Aleppo before the
final assault in late 2016. MSF said that
13 of its hospitals and clinics alone had
been struck or put out of action.
President Putin called the ceasefire
into question yesterday. The truce is
supposed to last 30 days and allow humanitarian aid deliveries. However, Mr
Putin gave ?instructions? for a daily
?pause? from 9am to 2pm starting today, which would imply that regime jets
would be free to bomb outside those
hours. A ?humanitarian corridor?
would allow civilians to leave, a Russian
defence ministry statement added.
The statement appeared to be the
first formal admission that Russian jets
were taking part in the bombing despite
Russia voting for the UN ceasefire.
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Censors move to
pooh-pooh critics
of Xi?s power grab
China
Didi Tang Beijing
Chinese internet users have been
barred from looking for the word
?emigration? after search engines were
crammed with requests for information on how to leave the country.
The curb was imposed a day after
President Xi fuelled the idea that he
plans to rule for life by scrapping the
constitutional clause that limits presidents to two five-year terms.
The requirements of the 1982 constitution were hailed at the time as a major
achievement by the Communist Party,
proof that it could learn from lessons
and rectify its mistakes under Mao. Mr
Xi now feels strong enough to throw
such rules out.
Mr Xi initially won overwhelming
support when he declared a draconian
campaign against corruption. However, he has fought it on his own terms.
He has been ruthless in prosecuting
critics, even the mild ones. During the
Chinese New Year celebrations this
month, one jail was so overcrowded
with former senior officials that it cancelled holiday visits by relatives.
Criticism has been mostly oblique.
Chinese social media users shared
images online of Winnie the Pooh, a
portly character often compared to the
president and blocked by the authorities, hugging a jar of honey with the
quote: ?Find the thing you love and
stick with it.? Others wrote: ?Attention,
the vehicle is reversing? ? an automated announcement used by Chinese delivery vehicles ? suggesting that China
is returning to the era of imperial rule.
Some were more explicit, however.
?Argh, we?re going to become North
Korea,? wrote one user of Weibo,
China?s answer to Twitter.
?We?re following the example of our
neighbour,? wrote another.
The comments were
removed on Sunday
after Weibo began
h
blocking the search
term ?two term limit?.
The spectre of the
return of one-man
rule more than four
decades after the
death of Mao was
greeted
by
some
analysts as a sign of
stability in an era of
terrorist threats, falling economic activity and chronic
President Xi is often likened to Winnie the Pooh and images of the
Disney character clutching a pot of honey have swept social media
pollution. However, most
Chinese academics believe
that Mr Xi?s move signals a
return to the authoritarianism of the Mao era.
Zhang Ming, a political
scientist at Renmin University in Beijing, said:
?He?s broken the previous
system of checks and balances. He is
now the rule setter, and no one dares to
oppose him but keeps silent.? He added:
?Unlike his predecessors, he has disregarded restrictions. Like an emperor, he
doesn?t care about any check on power.?
Censors were in overdrive after the
official announcement, removing references to a much-ridiculed attempt to
restore the imperial court in 1915-16.
The National People?s Congress is all
but certain to pass the constitutional
amendment early next month.
Hu Xingdou, a professor of economics at the Beijing Institute of Technology, said there were concerns that
China could ?slide into a kind of fascism
or personal dictatorship which will
cause very serious consequences?.
Four decades of economic reform
have brought substantial wealth to
China, but many see the lack of political
modernisation as leaving the country
with mounting social ills where corruption is rampant and the rural poor are
becoming poorer.
In an editorial in the Communist
Party-controlled Global Times, Mr Xi?s
official excuse to return to possible oneman rule was made explicit. ?We are living in a changing and sophisticated era
where individuals have limited horizons and capability,? the editorial read.
?The CPC [Communist Party of
China] central committee is undeniably the most capable in mastering the
overall situation and leading people to
build a powerful country and better life.
Therefore, Chinese people trust the
CPC central committee?s wisdom, firmly support and unwaveringly uphold its
decisions including constitutional
amendment.?
Mr Xi?s rule has been characterised
by a relentless suppression of critics
and independent civil society voices.
Activist lawyers have been targeted
since July 2015.
Once the constitutional amendment
has been passed there will be even less
tolerance of criticism, Joseph Cheng, a
retired academic from the City University of Hong Kong, said. ?The regime will be even more severe in all
kinds of repression.?
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Zuma allies
cleared out
in reshuffle
South Africa
Aislinn Laing Johannesburg
In step Excerpts from Tchaikovsky?s Swan Lake and from the company?s schools outreach programme were featured in the 12th Los Angeles Ballet gala evening
I?m putting gospels into action,
says Italy?s anti-migrant leader
Italy
Tom Kington Rome
Bishops in Italy have attacked a speech
by a leading anti-immigrant politician
in which he claimed he was putting the
gospels into action.
Matteo Salvini, head of the populist
League party, who has called for ?mass
cleaning? to rid Italy of illegal migrants,
swore on copies of the Bible and the
Italian constitution at a rally in Milan
before the general election on March 4.
He promised to serve ?my people?,
and said: ?I swear to apply what is envisaged by the constitution and I swear to
do it according to the teaching in the sacred gospels.?
The effort to combine Catholicism
with anti-migrant politics added a new
twist to Italy?s increasingly bitter election campaign, and echoed the mass
prayers by Catholics on Poland?s border
last year to keep migrants at bay.
During his speech at the weekend,
Mr Salvini called his audience ?apostles? and asked them to spread his message. ?This Easter will truly be about
resurrection,? he said, predicting that
his right-wing coalition with Silvio Berlusconi would win the election.
The speech clearly irritated Mario
Delpini, the Archbishop of Milan, who
said: ?At political rallies one should talk
about politics.?
Mr
Salvini
was ?seriously
exploiting?
Catholicism, added
Gian
Carlo
Perego,
the
Archbishop of
Ferrara, who
accused the
League leader off
flirting with right-wing
religious voters. ?This is a
clear attempt to take a
leap forward in
the last mile before the vote,? he told La
Repubblica.
Polling at about 13 per cent, the
League is scrapping for votes in a tight
contest, although Mr Salvini?s chief
rival is his ally Mr Berlusconi. Both
men, who are said to dislike each other,
have agreed that if their coalition wins,
whoever picks up the most votes will
get to choose the prime minister.
Mr Berlusconi is excluded from holding
office because of a conviction in 2013
for tax evasion, but plans to be
kingmaker.
According to the polls, his Forza
Italia party has about 16 per
cent of the vote. Mr Salvini,
who has removed the word
?Northern? from his
party?s name to widen its
Matteo Salvini swore
on a Bible and called
the crowd ?apostles?
appeal, responded to the criticism from
the bishops by claiming: ?Italy wants
security, work and controlled immigration, and all this is based on Christian
roots.?
His attacks on migrants have
brought him into conflict with the
Pope, who has urged Europe to be more
welcoming. When, last year, Francis
supported giving Italian passports to
migrants? children who had been born
in Italy, Mr Salvini said: ?If he wants to
apply that in his state, the Vatican, why
doesn?t he do that??
As a rule, Italian politicians no longer
seek to exploit Catholicism to win votes
as they did during the Cold War, when
the Christian Democrat party accused
the communists of being godless.
During his spells as prime minister
between 2001 and 2011, Mr Berlusconi
was accused of supporting the Vatican
on moral issues in return for its silence
over his repeated sex scandals.
Bones could solve France?s most famous cold case
France
Charles Bremner Paris
The discovery of bones in the cellar of a
Breton house may help to resolve a
murder mystery that has fascinated
France for nearly a century.
The descendants and defenders of
Guillaume Seznec, a timber merchant
from Morlaix, hope that the remains
unearthed beneath his former home
will shed light on a crime for which he
was sentenced to hard labour for life.
There was no evidence of his guilt and
he denied the charges.
Seznec?s modern defenders believe
that he covered up for his wife, who
they claim killed Pierre Qu閙閚eur,
his business partner, in 1923, after he
sexually assaulted her. Prosecutors
have denied 14 requests to reopen the
case since then, while the ?Seznec
Affair? has stayed in the news and been
turned into films, books and a 2010 play.
Seznec was convicted in 1924 of murdering Qu閙閚eur, a local official with
whom he sold cars. Qu閙閚eur vanished in May 1923 on a trip to Paris with
Seznec. Seznec said his partner had
taken a train after their car broke down.
In a penal colony in French Guiana,
Seznec fought to reverse his conviction.
The campaign has continued with the
support of politicians, judges and journalists. Even the police inspector who
led the case voiced remorse at having
?sent an innocent man to prison?.
In 1946, Charles de Gaulle freed Seznec for good behaviour after he had refused to seek a pardon, saying that to do
so would imply guilt. He died in 1954 at
the age of 69 after being run over while
crossing a Paris street.
The latest search of the unoccupied
house was carried out by Denis Langlois, a former lawyer for the Seznec
family, and Bertrand Vilain, who has
written a book about the case. Over the
weekend, they dug up an apparent
human femur in the cellar along with
other fragments and a tobacco pipe.
Police are to try to match the DNA with
that of Qu閙閚eur?s descendants.
The pair hope the remains will help
to support an account from Seznec?s
son Guillaume, who was 11 in 1923. In
1978 he recalled hearing his mother
fighting off Qu閙閚eur and then seeing him lying on the ground with her
standing over a body. ?I think she had to
defend herself and hit him in the head,?
Guillaume said, according to Mr Langlois. The son said that he had been
sworn to silence by his parents.
President Ramaphosa of South Africa
reshuffled his cabinet last night, stripping away ministers from Jacob Zuma?s
discredited administration and bringing back former stalwarts to bolster the
economy.
As expected, he swapped the finance
minister Malusi Gigaba, 46, accused of
serving corrupt interests and lacking
business expertise, for the respected
former minister Nhlanhla Nene, 59.
He also installed the respected
former finance minister Pravin Gordhan, 68, as public enterprises chief. Mr
Gordhan?s task will be to rebuild stateowned companies such as the struggling national airline and the power
company that were hampered by
patronage under Mr Zuma.
Mr Ramaphosa?s moves against
Zuma-era ministers serve as a crucial
indicator of how much control he has
over the ANC ruling party after winning its leadership contest by a slim
margin in December then straining
relations by forcing out Mr Zuma as
president 12 days ago. Notably, he did
not sack some controversial ministers,
but moved them to less critical portfolios. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, 69,
the former president?s ex-wife, was
named as minister in the presidency responsible for planning and monitoring.
The return of Mr Nene and Mr Gordhan will be deeply popular with business. They were removed by Mr Zuma
in December 2015 and March 2017 respectively, wiping billions off the value
of the rand and prompting ratings
downgrades. Another key Ramaphosa
ally, Lindiwe Sisulu, 63, was confirmed
as foreign minister.
Trump tips his
pilot to lead
air safety body
United States
Rhys Blakely
President Trump is considering appointing his personal pilot to lead the
US government agency responsible for
regulating airline safety.
John Dunkin has worked for Mr
Trump since 1989 and flew his private
Boeing 757 during the presidential
campaign. A White House official
confirmed that he was ?in the mix? to
lead the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which has a budget of more
than $16 billion to regulate the operation of airports and air traffic control.
Mr Trump spoke in glowing terms
about Mr Dunkin during a meeting
with airline executives last year.
?I have a pilot who?s a real expert,? he
said. ?My pilot, he?s a smart guy and he
knows what?s going on.?
An administration official said that
Mr Dunkin was more than a pilot. ?He?s
managed airline and corporate flight
departments, certified airlines from
start-up under FAA regulations and
oversaw the Trump presidential
campaign?s air fleet,? the official told the
Axios website. Mr Trump owned the
Trump Shuttle airline from 1989 until it
went bust in 1992.
Mr Dunkin said on a TV documentary about Mr Trump?s Boeing 757
that it was ?a very fast airplane for a
large airplane. It?s kind of like the Ferrari in the airline category.?
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Anger at ?creepy? TV host?s
questions to pregnant PM
Australia
Bernard Lagan Sydney
One of Australia?s best-known television interviewers has encountered a
torrent of criticism after an intrusive
interview with the New Zealand
prime minister which focused more
heavily on her pregnancy than her
policies.
New Zealanders are furious at
Charles Wooley?s fawning portrayal
of Jacinda Ardern, 37, in which he said
that he was ?smitten? by her. Some
described the interview with their
leader, who was elected in September, as ?creepy?.
?I?ve met a lot of prime ministers
in my time but none so young and
not so many so smart and never
one so attractive,? Mr Wooley,
70, said in his opening for Sunday?s 60 Minutes segment for
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Charles Wooley
talked about Jacinda
Ardern?s age and
attractiveness
US tourist
questioned
over torso
and head
Japan
Lucy Alexander Tokyo
An American tourist is
being questioned in Japan
after a woman?s severed
head was found at his
rented flat in Osaka.
Police say that the man,
named by local media as
Yevgeniy Vasilievich
Bayraktar, 26, from New
York, confessed to
disposing of the woman?s
remains in several
locations in central Japan.
Officers found a torso and
a pair of arms 600 metres
apart in mountains south
of Kyoto, and two legs
hidden in woods on the
western outskirts of
Kyoto. They believe that
all belong to the same
woman, described as a
27-year-old company
employee from Sanda, in
Hyogo prefecture, 25
miles from Osaka.
The unnamed woman
apparently met Mr
Bayraktar on a dating
app. On February 15 she
told a friend that she was
going to Osaka to see a
man called Jay. Mr
Bayraktar used that name
on social media,
according to local reports.
CCTV footage shows
the woman and Mr
Bayraktar entering his flat
in Osaka that night. She
was reported missing by
her family the following
day. Mr Bayraktar was
arrested last week in
Nara, 20 miles from
Osaka. On Saturday,
police found a severed
head in a suitcase in a
second flat he rented in
Osaka.
Australia?s Nine network. He pressed
Ms Ardern to say when her baby was
conceived. When she said that her
baby was due on June 17, Mr Wooley
replied: ?It?s interesting how many
people have been counting back to
the conception . . . as it were.?
Clarke Gayford, Ms Ardern?s partner, who appeared with her for the 13minute interview, blushed, laughed
awkwardly. ?Really?? he asked.
Mr Wooley continued: ?Having
produced six children it doesn?t
amaze me that people can have children; why shouldn?t a child be conceived during an election campaign??
Ms Ardern then appeared to
roll her eyes, responding: ?The
election was done. Not that
we need to get into
those details.?
Steve Braunias wrote in The
New Zealand
Herald:
?Only those of strong constitution
will be able stop themselves throwing
up a stream of vomit that could travel
the entire ditch between here and
Australia.?
The programme?s producers and
Mr Wooley defended the interview,
saying that they endeavoured to
show the ?human side? of subjects.
Ms Ardern said that she was unfazed by the interview but that the
question about when her child was
conceived should be ?put under the
heading of too much information?.
Mr Wooley told a radio station in
Auckland that he did not ask about
pressing issues such as housing or
tertiary education because Australians would not be interested. A
spokesman for the show said: ?60
Minutes reporters have always asked
the tough questions which the public
has been wanting to hear, while also
showing the human side of these individuals that we rarely get to see.?
Mr Wooley said that he had no regrets about the interview but that his
wife had accused him of ?gushing?.
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Hammerson claims strong shareholder support for Intu merger
Deirdre Hipwell Retail Editor
Hammerson has claimed there is
strong support for its proposed merger
with Intu Properties, even as it heads
for relegation from the FTSE 100.
David Atkins, chief executive, said
that he had held ?very positive? one-toone meetings with about 70 per cent of
the shareholder register to discuss the
deal. Hammerson owns shopping
centres including Bicester Village and
part of the Bullring in Birmingham,
while Intu is best known for properties
such as Lakeside in Essex and the Trafford Centre in Manchester.
Hammerson surprised the market
before Christmas when it announced a
�4 billion all-stock merger with Intu, a
would-be deal criticised in some
quarters but lauded in others as essential in a retail market where scale is
necessary.
Mr Atkins is staking his career on the
merger. If it goes ahead he will control
a � billion pan-European portfolio of
retail and leisure property.
He said that the merger was ?on
track? yesterday as he disclosed that
Hammerson had secured a �5 billion
credit facility to help to finance the deal.
A shareholder vote is expected in April.
Hammerson?s shares have slipped by
more than 10 per since the start of the
year, reducing the value of its offer to
Intu shareholders. Yesterday they
closed down just over 2 per cent, or
10絧, at 465緋.
Mr Atkins said he felt that macroeconomic issues and negative sentiment about the retail sector were
weighing on its share price, but added:
?Conversations with our shareholders
have been positive and when we come
together with Intu we will continue to
trade well.
?[Relegation from the FTSE 100]
doesn?t make any difference to our dayCOUNTRY LIFE/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Bosses knew
of Carillion
crisis in May
In 1998 Alice
Ferguson, the
half sister of
the Duchess
of York,
modelled for
Country Life
The board of Carillion was in crisis as
early as last May, according to minutes
of a directors? meeting during which a
senior lawyer warned them that they
may be guilty of misleading the stock
market.
Yesterday it emerged, in disclosures
from the parliamentary inquiry into
how Carillion came to enter compulsory liquidation last month, that at a
meeting of the board on May 9 last year
the company?s accounting of several
key contracts ?seemed to ring alarm
bells and raise red flags?.
Carillion is a giant outsourcing and
construction contractor that went bust
owing �billion, putting the future of
20,000 employees in doubt and leaving
its pension fund in special measures. Its
failure has placed question marks over
public sector contracts in hospitals,
schools and for the Ministry of Defence.
The date of the meeting is crucial
because it took place only six weeks
after the company had formally
published its annual report and
accounts. It took place less than a week
after Carillion had held its annual meeting and about nine weeks before the
board finally came clean, issuing a
profit warning that sent the business
�billion into the red and prompted a
70 per cent crash in the share price.
The meeting was called after Emma
Mercer, a finance executive in the company-turned-whistleblower, had raised
issues of ?aggressive? accounting in the
construction division that appeared to
have been ignored, prompting her to report the situation to Carillion?s human
resources director.
As the board grappled over whether
there had been a miscalculation, mischaracterisation or a mis-statement in
the 2016 accounts concerning its Royal
Liverpool Hospital and Battersea
Power Station construction contracts,
the minutes show that Zafar Khan, then
its finance director, agreed with Mrs
Mercer that there had been accounting
?incompetence and laziness?.
Keith Cochrane, senior non-executive director, said he believed that the
accounting issues had raised ?the
broader question of culture [that] there
was a risk of over-optimism ? ?glasshalf-full? thinking?.
Alison Horner, another director, who
is also head of human resources at
Tesco, repeatedly queried the role of
KPMG, Carillion?s auditor for the previous 18 years. Citing Tesco?s high-profile
accounting scandal, she said that ?an
independent review was required as the
position seemed to ring alarm bells and
raise red flags?.
William Underhill, of Slaughter &
May, Carillion?s solicitors, told the board:
?If going forward a decision was taken
that the accounts had to be restated, the
decision not to announce would come
under very close scrutiny. Protecting the
share price was not a reason in itself.?
The board took the decision not to
make a disclosure after seeking the
opinion of its stockbrokers in the meeting, Peter Moorhouse, of Morgan Stanley, and David Arch, of Stifel.
Mrs Mercer, who subsequently became the group finance director after
the dismissal of Mr Khan in September,
has been called to reappear before the
House of Commons business and work
and pensions joint select committee.
UPS lights the
fuse on legal
claim over
failed TNT bid
James Dean US Business Editor
Board sat on accounts warning for nine weeks
Robert Lea Industrial Editor
to-day business. It?s not something we
are focused on.?
Mr Atkins made the remarks as
Hammerson reported full-year results
that showed a record level of lettings
last year. Occupancy levels were at a 17year high of 98.3 per cent, which helped
to push its net rental income up by
6.9 per cent to just over �0 million.
Hammerson will pay a dividend of
25.5p a share, up 6.25 per cent on the
year before.
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set for new
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ome of the bestknown titles in
British magazine
publishing, including
Country Life, Marie
Claire, NME, Woman?s
Weekly and Horse &
Hound have
been sold to a
Londonbased private
equity fund
for an
undisclosed
sum
(Alexandra
Frean
writes).
Epiris
Fund II confirmed
that it was buying the
magazine
p
portfolio
of
T
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UK.
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assets
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represented
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$
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to June 30.
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The world?s largest parcel delivery
company is suing the European Commission for ?1.7 billion over claims that
Brussels illegally torpedoed its takeover of TNT Express, its Dutch rival,
five years ago.
UPS alleges that the deal was
?wrongly prohibited? by the commission, whose decision to block the
merger was ?tainted with serious
breaches of rules of law?.
The Atlanta-based company, a specialist in parcel delivery and supply
chain management that is worth about
$92 billion, has significant operations in
Europe. Its 450,000 employees delivered 5.1 billion packages and documents around the world last year.
UPS bid ?5.2 billion for TNT in 2012,
but the commission, the executive
institution of the European Union that
oversees issues from competition regulation to environmental rules, blocked
the deal early in 2013 on the ground that
the parcel delivery market in Europe
would become a duopoly with DHL, of
Germany. Three years later, Fedex,
UPS?s closest rival, bought TNT for
?4.4 billion.
In March last year, the EU?s General
Court, the second highest in the bloc,
vetoed the commission?s decision to
block the deal between UPS and TNT.
The court said that the commission had
?infringed UPS?s rights of defence?
because it had made procedural mistakes. The commission is appealing
against the decision in the European
Court of Justice, the EU?s highest court.
UPS?s General Court action against
the commission, filed in December,
emerged in the EU journal yesterday.
A spokesman for UPS said: ?We feel
strongly that the proposed acquisition
would have constituted a good deal for
logistics customers.? A spokesman for
the commission said that it would defend itself in court. Shares in UPS were
higher by 1.5 per cent to $107.21 in afternoon trading in New York yesterday.
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Business
Need to know
1
The Department for Transport
has admitted that income from
rail franchises will be lower in
2017-18 than originally forecast as
passenger numbers fall. A report
setting out changes in government
spending plans said that net
income from Britain?s railway
would be �8.7 million lower than
previous estimates. Page 14
2
The board of Carillion, the
collapsed construction
contractor, was in crisis as
early as last May, according to
minutes of a directors? meeting
during which a senior lawyer
warned them they may be guilty
of misleading the stock market.
Page 37
3
UPS, the world?s largest parcel
delivery company, which is
based in Atlanta, Georgia, is
suing the European Commission
for ?1.7 billion over claims that it
illegally torpedoed its takeover of
TNT Express, its Dutch rival, five
years ago. Page 37
4
Hammerson, the retail
property landloard, has
claimed that there is strong
support for its proposed merger
with Intu Properties, even as it
heads for relegation from the
FTSE 100. David Atkins, chief
executive, said that he had held
?very positive? one-to-one
meetings with about 70 per cent of
the shareholder register to discuss
the deal. Page 37
5
Aston Martin has roared back
into the black, selling 5,117
luxury sports cars in 2017, up
58 per cent from the year before.
The carmaker?s best performance
since the financial crisis has put it
in pole position for a stock market
flotation.
6
Homeowners took advantage
of mortgage deals released by
banks at the end of last year,
increasing home borrowing in
January to �.9 billion, a year-onyear rise of almost 10 per cent.
Credit card spending also rose last
month, by 5.8 per cent compared
with a year earlier, according to
UK Finance. Page 40
7
Credit Suisse and Standard
Life Aberdeen have stepped up
their planning for Brexit. The
Swiss investment bank is preparing
to move about 250 of its UK-based
staff to offices in Germany and
Spain. Standard Life Aberdeen
plans a new hub in Dublin. Page 42
8
Provident Financial, the
troubled lender, is expected to
announce an emergency
fundraising today, after a year in
which the doorstep lender?s shares
have lost more than 70 per cent of
their value. Page 43
9
The world is heading for a
shortage of liquefied natural
gas that could push up prices,
with $200 billion of investment
needed in new plants by 2030 to
meet demand, Royal Dutch Shell,
the energy company, has forecast.
Page 44
10
Speaking at the Mobile
World Congress in
Barcelona, Vittorio Colao,
Vodafone?s chief executive, has hit
back at criticism from Deutsche
Telekom, a rival, of his company?s
its plan to acquire European assets
from Liberty Global, of the United
States. Page 45
Aston Martin
gets ready to
push button
on flotation
Robert Lea Industrial Editor
Selling 5,117 luxury sports cars in 2017,
58 per cent more than in the year
before, has sent Aston Martin roaring
back into the black.
The carmaker?s best performance
since the financial crisis also has put it
in pole position for a stock market
flotation.
With the soft-top Volante version of
the bestselling �5,000 DB11 coming
soon and updated versions of the
�,000 Vantage and �9,000
Vanquish to follow in quick succession,
by the end of this year the company?s
Gaydon factory in Warwickshire could
be near the 7,000 units-a-year capacity
that it last hit in 2009.
Production of Aston?s first 4x4, the
DBX, at new plant at St Athan that is
under construction in south Wales, and
the prospect of two new luxury models
under the Lagonda brand could take
production up to 14,000 in the 2020s.
Aston Martin is the great survivor of
British motoring?s heritage brands. It
has gone bust seven times in its 105year history, but has kept bouncing
back, its profile helped by repeated
appearances in James Bond films, from
Goldfinger in 1964 to Spectre in 2015.
The company employs 2,750 people.
Yesterday it reported pre-tax profits
of � million for 2017 and record revenues of �6 million. In 2016, it had
made losses of �3 million.
?The financial turnaround of Aston
Martin is complete,? Andy Palmer,
chief executive, said. ?In 2015 and 2016
it was about stabilisation; 2017/18/19 is
about working to replace our core
products and we are a year ahead of
The soft-top version of the Aston Martin DB11 could help to drive production back up towards 7,000 units a year, a healthy
schedule; and 2020 onwards is about
expanding the portfolio.?
The company publicly confirmed for
the first time that it was considering an
initial public offering of shares on a
stock exchange. Asked about the
chances of Aston Martin floating this
year, Dr Palmer said that remained a
decision for the group?s owners ?
Kuwaiti state-controlled funds and
Investindustrial, an Italian private
equity firm. According to reports, they
have appointed Lazard, the investment
bank, as a financial adviser. ?By action-
ing the business plan, we are giving the
owners the widest range of options and
a record level of financial performance
helps that,? Dr Palmer said.
Aston Martin said that it would be
launching its first electric car, the
RapidE, in 2019 but would make only
Daimler has backseat driver
David Charter Berlin
Germany has said that it will be keeping
an eye on Geely after the Chinese carmaker became the biggest shareholder
in Daimler.
Geely has spent $9 billion on a
9.69 per cent holding in the owner of
Mercedes-Benz. It had not previously
disclosed having crossed regulatory
thresholds of 3 per cent and 5 per cent.
Bafin, the German financial regulator, said that it was investigating
whether there had been any breach of
disclosure rules, which can result in
fines of ?10 million.
Zhejiang Geely Holding Group
under Li Shufu, its chairman, already
owns Volvo Cars, based in Sweden,
London EV Company, maker of the
distinctive London black cabs, and its
own Geely Automobile Holdings.
Based in Hangzhou, it is the largest car
manufacturer in China.
Geely first approached Daimler in
November and asked it to issue
shares so that it could buy a
stake, according to German
media reports. It also wanted
access to battery technology to
help to set up an electric car
joint venture in China.
Daimler is an automotive
giant with stakes in companies
that make cars, buses, lorries
and motorcycles and which
boasts a financial services
business. Based in Stuttgart, its
worldwide operations employ 289,000
people.
The German carmaker refused to do
a deal with Geely last year as it was
worried about alienating BAIC, its
existing Chinese joint venture partner.
Staff representatives on the Daimler
board said that they would defend
German jobs and factories.
?Our openness [in Germany] must
not be used as a gateway for other countries? industrial-political interests,?
Brigitte Zypries, the economy minister,
told the newspaper Handelsblatt. ?Germany is an open economy that welcomes investments as long as they
are in line with market conditions. It is the responsibility of investors to
observe and review
the legal regulations.?
Berlin acted
to tighten take-
over rules last year after a string of
acquisitions prompted concerns about
Chinese access to German technology.
The government may intervene only if
a stake threshold of 25 per cent is
exceeded.
Ms Zypries said that Germany would
push ahead at European Union level to
introduce more controls over Chinese
buyers. Concerns have been raised
about plans by State Grid Corporation
of China, a state-owned Chinese infrastructure company, to take over parts of
50Hertz, the German grid operator.
?Corporate takeovers have increased
enormously in recent years,? Ms
Zypries said. ?That is why we have
launched an EU
legislative procedure
with France and
Italy to be able
to
examine
more
closely
and, if neces-
sary, to prohibit such foreign direct
investment, especially if it is governed
by the state and does not operate under
market economy conditions.?
Staff representatives on the Daimler
board said that they wanted more
details about any Chinese threat to
German-based production and jobs.
?Our expectation of Li Shufu is that
he has a long-term interest in Daimler
and wants to develop our business
together with the employees,? they
said.
Wilfried Porth, head of human
resources at Daimler, moved to quell
fears. ?The new investor fully supports
our strategy and management,? he said.
?No jobs are threatened.?
The investment by Geely has created
a dilemma for Daimler over its partnership with the Beijing-based BAIC
Motor Corporation, with which it
announced an investment of $1.88 billion at the weekend.
Another conflict of interest arose at
Volvo Trucks. It dropped Hakan
Samuelsson, chief executive of the
Geely-owned Volvo Cars, from its
board over competition concerns
with Daimler.
The arrival of Geely as Daimler?s
largest shareholder sent the Hong
Kong-listed shares in Geely Automobile Holdings up by 6.49 per
cent yesterday to HK$25.45.
Lewis Hamilton races in a car
built by Mercedes-Benz
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ASTON MARTIN
position for its Italian and Kuwaiti owners to launch their market flotation
155 for pre-chosen customers. ?They
will act as our guinea pigs because nobody knows what to expect from a
luxury electric sports car. They will us
help us to define that.?
Aston Martin?s return to Formula
One motor racing and the co-sponsor-
ship of the Milton Keynes-based Red
Bull team was, he said, important not
only in impressing ?upper-funnel?
consumers ? wealthy Aston Martin
owners or prospective buyers ? but
also in the potential for developing
engines in the future.
?Anti-diesel
agenda hurts
the planet?
Trouble at t?mall
for Hammerson
Robert Lea
business commentary Alistair Osborne
Britain is in danger of missing the
European Union?s carbon dioxide reduction targets because drivers have
been put off buying diesel cars, which
can be 20 per cent more fuel-efficient
than petrol models.
The car industry has warned that, in
the absence of improved sales of
electric cars and low or zero-emission
hybrids, the government must stop its
?anti-diesel agenda? if it wishes to get
the sector back on target for helping to
deliver a greener economy.
Under EU rules, to which Britain has
committed, carmakers have to sell
vehicles that emit on average 95 grams
of CO2 per kilometre travelled. The
figure is a proxy for engine efficiency ?
the lower the g/km figure, the higher
the miles per gallon.
By producing more cars running
solely or partly on electric batteries,
manufacturers have calculated that
their average CO2 emission will be
lowered. However, such vehicles are
still prohibitively expensive for many
customers and so the industry, especially businesses such as Jaguar Land
Rover, has spent billions of pounds on
improving the efficiency of diesel engines to get them running at more than
70 mpg, reducing CO2 emissions.
Although new diesels typically are
15 per cent to 20 per cent more efficient
than petrol equivalents, according to
the Society of Motor Manufacturers
and Traders, sales have fallen by up to
30 per cent year-on-year. This has been
prompted by MPs attacking ?dirty
diesel? and the taxation of or threat to
ban all diesel engines. ?The anti-diesel
agenda has set back progress on climate
change,? Mike Hawes, chief executive
of the society, said.
as Chinese take stake
How Geely got motoring
Volvo Cars
In what was the biggest acquisition
of an overseas carmaker by a
Chinese company, Geely purchased
the Swedish carmaker for $1.2 billion
in 2010
London Electric Vehicle Company
The former London Taxi
International was bought out of
insolvency in 2013 for �5 million.
With a �0 million investment from
Geely, the company has been
developing hybrid vehicles from its
plant in Ansty, north of Coventry
Proton
Geely has a 49.9 per cent stake in
the Malaysian car brand
Lotus Cars
Geely took 51 per cent of the shares
in the Norfolk sports car maker
Terrafugia
Last year Geely completed its
purchase of the US technology
company developing a flying car
Volvo Group
Geely became the largest
shareholder in the lorry and bus
maker in December after buying a
?3.25 billion stake
High-flying billionaire who
is living the dream with cars
David Charter
The man behind an audacious swoop
for almost 10 per cent of Daimler has
bought himself an audience in Angela
Merkel?s chancellery today.
Li Shufu, 54, is tenth on Forbes
magazine?s China Rich List and 209th
on its global ranking, with an estimated
net worth of $17.4 billion.
He has arrived in Germany for talks
with Lars-Hendrik R鰈ler, chief
economic adviser to Mrs Merkel, who
will seek assurances about the security
of German technology. Later in the
week he will meet the Daimler executives who rebuffed his initial approach
last year.
Mr Li has said that he dreamt of cars
as a boy, fashioning them out of sand
because his family could not afford
toys. A graduate of Yanshan University,
in Hebei province, he is a member of the
Chinese People?s Political Consultative
Conference, the high-ranking political
advisory body that has a role in the
legislative process.
Mr Li founded Zhejiang Geely
Holding Group in 1986, initially making cheap consumer goods, including
fridges. He won approval to begin car-
making in 1998 and production began
in 2002. After listing in Hong Kong, the
company?s first large overseas purchase
was Volvo Cars in 2010.
In 2013 it purchased Manganese
Bronze Holdings, producer of London
taxis, now known as the London EV
Vehicle Company. It builds hybrid electric black cabs at a factory in Coventry,
where Geely is also developing hybrid
electric, home-shopping delivery vans.
Geely has become China?s most mulLi Shufu started
out selling fridges
thirty years ago
tinational automotive group. Based in
Hangzhou, near Shanghai, it is listed
with a value of � billion. Last year it
took a 51 per cent stake in Lotus Cars,
the Norfolk-based sports car maker,
and it has agreed to buy a $3.3 billion
stake in Volvo Trucks. It also bought
Terrafugia, an American technology
company developing a road-safe flying
car with foldable wings.
?N
ot all retail is equal.?
Or so says David
Atkins, the
Hammerson boss.
And, let?s face it, he
should know. The shopping he?s
been up to lately has left the
shareholders a fair bit less than
equal: 13 per cent worse off.
They still haven?t recovered from
December, when Mr Atkins unveiled
his big idea for a shopping centres
group in this online shopping age:
more shopping centres. Not only
that. They belonged to Intu, the
underperforming owner of such fab
days out as the Trafford Centre and
Lakeside. True, Mr Atkins had
spotted Intu was in the window at
37 per cent off ? its then discount
to net asset value ? but he still paid
a 28 per cent premium to the share
price for his so-called bargain.
The upshot? Since producing his
�4 billion all-paper deal, based on a
Hammerson share price of 534絧,
the shares have taken a whack. In
fact, Hammerson?s now heading for
a FTSE 100 exit. Lucky, then, that
the full-year results gave Mr Atkins
a chance to prove his critics wrong.
Did he? Not exactly. The shares fell
another 2 per cent to 465緋.
On the face of it, the figures
weren?t bad: the highest level of
lettings in Hammerson?s 75-year
history; occupancy at a 17-year high
of 98.3 per cent; net rental income
up 6.9 per cent to �0 million; a
5 per cent rise in net asset value to
776p a share; and a 6.5 per cent
dividend increase to 14.8p. And
maybe Mr Atkins has a point that
the share price fall reflects wider
fears over consumer spending, not
least if interest rates go up.
Yet underlying net rental income
growth of 1.7 per cent was still down
on 2016?s 2.2 per cent ? and ?below
the group?s 2 per cent target?, as
Liberum analysts put it. And samestore sales at the UK shopping
centres, such as Brent Cross and the
Bullring, fell by 2.7 per cent.
With online shopping showing no
sign of going away, it might not be
the ideal time to be doubling down
on something as last millennium as
shopping centres. Mr Atkins is
having none of it, of course. He says
85 per cent of retail is still in store.
And that buying Intu, whose
investors will own 45 per cent of the
merged group, will enable the pair
to focus on better-quality centres.
That?s where retailers will showcase
new products ? one reason for his
?not all retail is equal? mantra.
Even so, the deal also depends on
getting shot of the merged estate?s
�billion tail, where achieving net
asset value looks tricky ? whatever
Mr Atkins? success with the first
�0 million of disposals. And the
mooted � million of synergies
look pitiful. So, no big shock that Mr
Atkins is yet to convince. His deal
looks even less fun than actually
going to a shopping centre.
Bunzl delivers
B
eing as boring as Bunzl takes
effort (report, page 43). How
dullsville is it to produce 25
successive years of higher dividends
? at a compound growth rate of
more than 10 per cent? And imagine
how tedious it must be buying 151
family firms in 14 years.
Maybe it?s because Bunzl?s made a
business out of things people throw
away (rubber gloves, paper cups, till
receipts) that it?s so misunderstood
? as all the worries over Amazon
show. True, you can buy a lot of the
stuff Bunzl sells on Amazon. But
even the internet gorilla hasn?t yet
set itself up as what Barclays calls a
?procurement partner? for myriad
business?s everyday needs.
As Bunzl boss Frank van Zanten
points out, 95 per cent of its clients
spend an average �0,000 a year
with the group. And for that they
expect dedicated deliveries via
Bunzl?s logistics network with ?zero
tolerance? for error. To sell similar
products, Amazon presently relies
largely on third-party suppliers ?
not the same sort of service.
True, there?s no room for
complacency. But Bunzl has just
produced full-year results showing
the two key drivers of the business
humming along nicely: the best
organic sales growth since 2006, up
4.3 per cent; and a record
�6 million spend on 15 acquisitions
to top up the underlying growth.
Yet, thanks to the Amazon threat,
the shares fell 2 per cent to �.75.
On less than 16 times earnings,
they?re now on their lowest rating
since 2013. For such a boringly
reliable company, they look cheap.
East coast muddle
P
oor Martin Griffiths. No
sooner had the Stagecoach
chief executive got his hands
on the east coast rail franchise in
March 2015 than one thing was
blindingly obvious: he and chairman
Sir Brian Souter should never have
agreed to pay the idiotic sum of
�3 billion to run the London to
Edinburgh service to 2023.
As Mr Griffiths told MPs on the
public accounts committee
yesterday: ?I knew about this a few
weeks after we got in. I knew we
had a problem.? Moreover, the man
running the company that owns
90 per cent of Virgin Trains East
Coast didn?t keep his misgivings
private. ?I?ve been talking to the
Department for Transport about it
for two years,? he said.
So how come it?s all come as such
a surprise to transport secretary
Chris Grayling? True, he didn?t
arrive in the role until July 2016. But
surely that?s long enough to have
put together a contingency plan. It
doesn?t say much for Mr Grayling
that he still can?t decide what to do.
Running on fumes?
L
ots of mileage yet in the AA
strategy update. Its newish boss
Simon Breakwell took 28 per
cent off the shares last Wednesday
with his roadside repairs, leaving
them at 83絧. They?ve been going
downhill since: another 12 per cent
lower yesterday to 75絧, valuing the
group at just �1 million. No
wonder analysts are fretting about
the �7 billion net debt in the boot.
Has he really got enough fuel?
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Business
ALAMY
Cities play catch up with
London on property ladder
Harry Wilson
House prices in Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester are set to rise
rapidly over the next few years.
According to a new index of British
property, the three cities are forecast to
experience price rises of between 20 per
cent and 30 per cent over the next four
years, closing the gap with London.
Hometrack?s UK cities house price
index has recorded year-on-year
increases of 7.7 per cent in Edinburgh,
7.3 per cent in Birmingham and 6.7 per
cent in Manchester, well ahead of
1.6 per cent in London, where prices
have risen by 86 per cent since 2009.
The average house price in
Edinburgh stands at �2,000, well
ahead of Birmingham at �4,600 and
Manchester at �8,800, while the
average price in London is �7,500.
Only Cambridge and Oxford, where
average house prices are �7,700 and
�2,000, respectively, come close to
the capital.
?The income to buy a home in
regional cities is well below the London
average so, in the near term, we expect
to see rising house prices, stimulating
additional buying and market activities
in those areas,? Richard Donnell, of
Hometrack, said.
Hometrack, a property market
analyst, is owned by ZPG, the company
behind Zoopla, Primelocation and
Property Software Group. The index
claims to have the largest sample of
British property prices and says that its
index covers more than a third of the
country?s housing stock.
Mr Donnell said that house prices in
other British cities would have ?some
way to increase? before they started to
affect demand, but he added that the
forecast depended on mortgage rates
remaining close to their historic lows
and the economy continuing to grow.
Hometrack is not expecting price
growth in London and the southeast to
match that of the past decade, although
it said that further growth was likely,
pointing to the high levels of interest
from international buyers as well as a
larger proportion of purchases made by
investors.
It said that it expected average house
prices in London ?to drift lower in real
terms in the coming two to three years,
with lower turnover, down 16 per cent
since 2014, creating scarcity and supporting price levels?.
Edinburgh has had price rises of 7.7 per cent and the Hometrack index suggests that it will stay at that level for a few years
Mortgage deals spark rush by
owners to lock in best rates
Harry Wilson City Editor
Homeowners took advantage of a
spate of mortgage deals released by
banks at the end of last year, increasing
home borrowing in January to �.9 billion, a year-on-year rise of almost 10 per
cent.
Credit card spending also rose last
month, by 5.8 per cent compared with a
year earlier, according to UK Finance.
Eric Leenders, head of personal finance
at the trade body, said that borrowers
had taken advantage of interest rate
deals.
The rise in credit card spending to
�.1 billion was softened by an increase
in repayments by borrowers as they
tackled debts incurred over Christmas,
the normal seasonal pattern. However,
UK Finance detected growing caution
in consumer spending.
?Households were careful with
outgoings as wage growth remains
below the inflation rate,? Mr Leenders
said.
Outstanding consumer credit held
by the high street banks fell by 0.2 per
cent and the gross value of new
personal loans was down 15.7 per cent at
�7 billion year-on-year. At the same
time personal deposits with leading
banks increased by 5.1 per cent to
�7 billion, while total deposits and
savings rose by 2.2 per cent to
�5 billion.
Even with recent improvements in
consumer confidence and wages, both
of which rose in January, the figures
highlight continue wariness among
Britons about the outlook for the
economy. ?Households are expected to
continue to feel a squeeze on their
finances, and therefore their propensity to spend, as real earnings when
adjusted for inflation are still running
well below the inflation rate,? UK
Finance said.
A broadly similar picture was
recorded among businesses, even
though confidence in the recovery in
international markets was undimmed.
?Investment levels remain broadly
unchanged and borrowing continues to
err on the side of caution as companies
adopt a ?wait and see? attitude to trading
uncertainties, opting to use their
deposits as buffers for spending
?We expect
three
interest rate
increases
this year and
a further two
in 2019?
ecisions,? Stephen Pegge, head of commercial finance at UK Finance,
said. The deposits of UK business rose
by 7 per cent over the year, against a
1.4 per cent increase in borrowing.
However, the expansion was largely
among manufacturers. When broken
down by industry, borrowing by
construction and other property businesses fell.
A reluctance to sharply increase
debts is not surprising amid expectations of a fresh rise in interest rates.
Capital Economics said that financial
markets were pricing a 60 per cent
chance of the Bank of England raising
rates by a further 0.25 per cent in May
? up from 40 per cent at the start of the
year. However, the consultancy added
that it believed that markets were still
underestimating the scale of tightening
in monetary policy.
?We expect three interest rate increases this year and a further two in
2019, leaving Bank Rate at 1.75 per cent
by the end of that year,? it said. ?By contrast, only two hikes are fully priced into financial markets over the same
period.?
Cash loses contact with payment on plastic
Philip Aldrick Economics Editor
Britain may have passed ?peak cash?,
with the volume of card transactions
outpacing cash for the first time, driven
by the contactless payment revolution.
Sir Jon Cunliffe, deputy governor at
the Bank of England, said: ?It looks
likely that last year, for the first time, the
number of card payments overtook
cash payments.?
Aside from being a seminal moment
in the history of finance, the decline in
cash transactions could lead to higher
costs for small retailers as cash remains
the cheapest means of payment.
?Estimates suggest that cash trans-
actions cost retailers less than one and
a half pence per transaction, or 0.15 per
cent of the value, compared with over
five pence per transaction for debit
cards, 0.24 per cent by value,? Sir Jon
said.
In the 1970s, cash accounted for
95 per cent of all transactions because
cheques and bank transfers ?were simply too expensive to use for small value
payments?, he said. Credit and debit
card technology reduced that to 75 per
cent by 2000 and the rise of contactless
is again transforming the way we pay.
Small value transactions are now
routinely made by card, with the
change helped by regulators? recent
95%
The proportion of
transactions made in
cash in the 1970s
decision to cap merchant fees by card
providers. As a result, more small businesses can afford to accept cards for
low-value purchases.
With the rise of contactless, cash
payments have plummeted and may
now be less than half of all transactions.
Between 2014 and 2016, cash volumes
fell 16 per cent from 18.2 billion payments to 15.4 billion. Countries such as
Sweden have already passed peak cash
in terms of the volume of transactions.
In terms of value, big payments tend
not to be conducted with cash. Of the
�5 trillion transactions by value every
year, more than 95 per cent is paid by
card, cheque or bank transfer.
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Comment Business
Patrick Hosking
Philip Aldrick
Selective customs union
would be step in right
direction after Brexit
Royal Mail?s decision to go Dutch is
pushing the envelope on pensions
??
One of the more
remarkable share
price performances
of the past few
months has been
Royal Mail. The shares are up by
50 per cent since November. It is a
near-cert to be readmitted into the
FTSE 100 this week. Various factors
help to explain this rally, including
solid results and a slight easing of
worries about the threat from
Amazon.
Yet the main impetus has been the
peace deal Royal Mail recently struck
with its union, the CWU. This puts an
end to a pension problem that has
bedevilled the company for years. The
final-salary pension scheme is finally
being ditched next month.
In its stead, the company has
promised a new kind of a retirement
benefit arrangement. In essence, the
company?s 142,000 posties, sorters
and drivers are guinea pigs in a giant
experiment in financial engineering.
Remarkably, company and union,
so often at loggerheads in the past,
are purring together like pussycats. A
strike threatened last year is off. The
miracle behind this is the agreement
to try to create a collective-definedcontribution (CDC) pension scheme.
CDC pensions, also known as
Dutch-style or defined-ambition
pensions, arouse great passions. Their
adherents see them as a way of
boosting retirement incomes at no
extra cost and no extra risk. A Royal
Society for the Arts study says that
they generate 50 per cent more bang
for the same buck, the government
says 39 per cent, the consultant Aon
Hewitt reckons it?s 33 per cent.
Proselytisers talk of the ?magic? of
CDC in generating bigger
pensions and there is even a
?Friends of CDC? group trying
to convert the doubters.
The sceptics see CDC as risky
and, at worst, a kind of Ponzi
scheme that, if badly run
could, lead to older people
drawing excessive pensions
at the expense of their
younger colleagues. Even
among thoughtful actuarial
types the debate gets
heated.
The basic principle is
persuasive. Savers in a
Moya Greene has got
what she wants
typical defined-contribution scheme
start to de-risk investments from their
mid-50s and often buy an annuity
with the pot in their mid-60s. If they
live into their 90s, they spend 30 or
more years receiving the fruits of lowrisk but low-return assets.
Individually, this may be sensible.
Collectively, it is nuts. CDC, in
essence, socialises investment risk
among different workers and different
generations. Schemes stay invested in
riskier assets and so generate higher
returns. Smoothing means no
particular cohort misses out just
because they happen to be unlucky in
the timing of a bear market.
It?s all underpinned by the equity
risk premium ? the well-established
principle that shares compensate
patient investors for the higher risk
they are shouldering ? with higher
returns. According to the latest
London Business School study, the
equity risk premium is alive and well.
In 23 countries across more than a
century, equities have outperformed
bonds by 3.2 per cent a year in real
terms and cash by 4.3 per cent per
cent a year. In theory, CDC harnesses
this benefit much better than DC.
Critics argue that we are deluding
ourselves that the so-called ?free
lunch? from equities comes without
additional risk ? to at least some of
the scheme members. And there are
other obstacles. For a start, CDC is
illegal in Britain. Royal Mail?s plans
will require parliamentary legislation.
Structuring and running a scheme
is also a challenge. Unlike DB, there
are no promises. The scheme sets a
target rate of return and members
are told their possible benefits.
But a big bear market can
capsize those ambitions.
After the financial crisis,
Dutch CDC funds had to
cut benefits by as much as
6 per cent.
The temptation is
to be too generous
to those in or
approaching
retirement. This
can mean
disadvantaging
younger
members. The
unlamented
demise of the
old ?with
profits? funds,
which were
meant to smooth returns in a similar
way, is a lesson in how difficult it is to
ensure everyone feels fairly treated.
Some believe that the CDC offer by
Royal Mail is a sop to avoid a strike.
The DB scheme is closing: chief
executive Moya Greene has what she
wants. She will be content to carry on
with transitional arrangements if the
CDC scheme is delayed or derailed.
However, a successful launch could
pave the way for other new CDC
schemes. Master trusts such as the
National Employment Savings Trust
and the People?s Pension are potential
platforms for such offerings. Striking
university lecturers won?t like it, but
some argue that a CDC scheme is the
obvious successor to their USS
defined-benefit scheme.
Industry-wide schemes look more
promising for CDC, which needs scale
and growing numbers to work well. In
that sense, Royal Mail is not an ideal
pioneer. It?s small by the standards of
the Netherlands, where collective pay
bargaining created very large panindustry CDC schemes. Its workforce
is ageing and shrinking.
But CDC deserves a fair wind. The
new freedom and choice rules mean
that no one is forced to lock into low
returns when they still have 30 years
of life ahead of them. But a simple,
reliable (if not guaranteed) income is
still what many people want. CDC
offers the chance that income could
be a bit bigger than from DC. That?s a
chance worth seizing, even if the
benefits are overstated.
Governance and communication
will be key, especially managing
members? expectations. Here Royal
Mail is already going wrong. It says
that its new arrangements will cost it
�0 million a year rather than the
�2 billion a year that its old DB
scheme was threatening to cost. Yet in
the same breath it claims that the
new arrangements are aimed at
providing ?a similar level of member
benefits? as the old scheme.
Something doesn?t quite add up. It
looks like the kind of wishful thinking
and well-meant optimism that could
lead to disappointment and mistrust
down the road.
That would not be
a good look for
CDC?s trailblazer in
Britain.
??
Patrick Hosking is Financial Editor
of The Times
David Smith knows which
way the wind blows
T
o listen to the more
ideological voices in the
hard Brexit camp, Britain?s
trade deficit is because the
European Union has
manacled the nation?s freebooting
entrepreneurs to the shore and
scuttled their ships. Break free of
the EU and the dormant spirits of
the old East India Company will
awaken for Britain to reclaim its
rightful place on the sea routes. All
we need is to ditch the single market
and customs union, then off we go.
To which there is a one-word
rejoinder. Germany. German trade
has prospered from within the
customs union and while shackled
to single market regulations. Before
the financial crisis, it was all intraEU trade. German banks lent to
Mediterranean member states,
which used the funds to buy German
German net trade by region (?bn)
Intra-EU
Intra-eurozone
250
200
150
100
50
07 08 09 10 11
12 13 14 15 16
0
goods. When the crisis hit, the
model broke. German firms pivoted
towards the world beyond the EU.
Within a decade, extra-EU trade
had grown from 15 per cent of total
net trade in goods to 40 per cent.
Which begs a question: if
Germany can succeed from within
the customs union, what do
Brexiteers fear? Their objections
concern the block it puts on Britain
striking free-trade deals and on
regulatory sovereignty. ?Trade with
the EU accounts for only 12 per cent
of GDP. It is not unreasonable to put
the interests of the other 88 per cent
first,? they say.
Neither of those problems is
insurmountable. Turkey is not in the
EU customs union but in a customs
union with the EU. As such, it does
not align with EU rules because it is
not in the single market. In the EU,
the customs union and single
market come as a job lot. But a
customs union?s only restriction is a
common external tariff to keep
internal trade duty-free. The
common rules come from the single
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Extra-EU
Net trade
market. In Turkey, exporters to the
EU must meet EU standards, but
Ankara governs for the rest. As for
free trade Ankara can sign deals for
sectors outside the customs union.
In an attempt to divide the Tories,
Jeremy Corbyn yesterday proposed a
?comprehensive customs union? that
posed new questions. How would the
UK have ?a say in future trade deals?
and set common standards, as the
Labour leader promised, unless it
was also in the single market?
Another idea, floated by the
Institute of Directors, is a selective
customs union for industrial goods
and some processed agricultural
products, not disimilar to Turkey?s.
UK and EU manufacturers need
close trade as their supply chains are
so tightly bound together. Carving
out agriculture, though, gives the
UK something to offer potential
trade partners in exchange for
access for UK services.
A customs union is not just about
big business. The Federation of Small
Businesses has called for ?minimal
customs formalities borders between
the UK and EU? and for ?mutual
recognition of standards to ensure
continued mutual access?. When the
CBI championed a customs union,
there was no rebellion among small
members.
The issue with a selective customs
union is that it does not solve the
Irish border problem. Unless
standards are aligned, there must be
customs checks. If only some goods
are tariff-free, there have to be cargo
checks. ?Compared with a free-trade
deal, a customs union removes a few
steps, but, if you want a frictionless
border, you need alignment,? Mats
Persson, head of international trade
at EY, said. Labour seems to be
proposing alignment. At which
point, Brexit is ?in name only?.
A selective customs union is not
the full solution, but it gets closer to
what business and Brexiteers want,
and the island of Ireland needs. It
would mean restrictions on new
trade deals, forcing the UK on to
World Trade Organisation rules
outside the EU trading area. Yet as
Germany has shown, WTO is no
barrier to success, which just
happens to be a sentiment the
hardest of those Brexiteers share.
Philip Aldrick is Economics Editor of
The Times
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Finance jobs head to
EU over Brexit fears
Katherine Griffiths, Harry Wilson
Credit Suisse and Standard Life
Aberdeen have stepped up their contingency planning for Brexit.
The Swiss investment bank is
preparing to move about 250 of its UKbased staff to offices in Germany and
Spain. It employs 5,500 people in
London and is one of the oldest tenants
in Canary Wharf.
The Credit Suisse jobs being moved
include traders as well as corporate
finance staff. The transfer comes after
thousands of job cuts that have hit the
bank?s London operations.
The decision to move staff to Frankfurt and Madrid also marks something
of a snub for Paris, as President Macron
of France has been trying to attract jobs
lost by the City as a result of Brexit.
Standard Life Aberdeen was created
last year out of a merger of between
Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset
Management. The group has its headquarters in Scotland and has �5 billion of funds under management.
Aberdeen Standard Life, its investment business, will establish an investment and distribution business in Ireland to ensure that it continues to meet
the needs of clients across the EU. The
new Dublin-based hub is intended to
complement the company?s Luxembourg operation, which manages more
than 100 funds marketed across
Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Dublin has been vying with Frank-
furt, Paris and Luxembourg for the
business of financial firms seeking to
set themselves up within the European
Union in anticipation of losing their
passporting rights. Other cities, such as
Amsterdam and Madrid, are also in the
running.
Barclays and Bank of America are
setting up EU headquarters in Dublin.
JP Morgan Chase plans to hire a significant number of people in the city in its
custody and funds business. Royal
Bank of Scotland is going to Amsterdam, where it already had a banking
licence after its controversial acquisition of ABN Amro, while Lloyds is setting up a business in Berlin.
Heather Humphreys, Ireland?s business minister, said that Standard Life
Aberdeen?s decision was ?a great win?,
and added: ?As we face the challenges of
Brexit, we are determined to pursue
and seize new opportunities and the
government has been making strenuous efforts to ensure that we have the
right conditions in place in Ireland to
attract the key . . . sectors.?
Oliver Wyman, the consultancy, has
estimated that between 3,000 and
35,000 jobs in Britain could be at risk
from Brexit, depending on how much
access it retains to the single market.
There is a broad consensus among
businesses that the end of March is a
key moment by which time they need
clarity about transition. If they do not
get it, they are likely to step up plans to
move staff and activities out of the UK.
CITY PEOPLE
The feuds, the faces and the farcical
Dominic Walsh @walshdominic
are you sitting comfortably?
no? then take to twitter
Sir Paul Marshall, co-founder of
Marshall Wace, the hedge fund, was
at Old Trafford on Sunday to watch
his beloved Manchester United
scrape a win over Chelsea, although
his journey home was not quite as
rewarding. ?Usual chaos on
#virgintrains from Manchester to
London,? he tweeted, adding a
photo of two fellow passengers.
?Tickets oversold and these
people refuse to vacate our
1st class reserved seats. Nice.?
Which goes to show that even
a personal fortune of
�0 million doesn?t
guarantee you a seat on the
train.
A source close to the
philanthropist confirmed
that he had lodged a
complaint, which had
been acknowledged by
Virgin Trains.
comradeship goes
only so far
Gavin Patterson, BT?s
mane-haired chief
executive, clearly likes to
maintain the boardroom
pecking order. On Sunday
he was spotted on a flight
from London to Barcelona
to attend the Mobile World
Business big shot
name
michael wale
age 60
position chief
executive,
kerzner intl
holdings
O
nly 18 months after the
appointment of JeanGabriel P閞鑣 as chief
executive ? and eight months
after the Frenchman left the job
? Kerzner International Holdings
has replaced him with one of
Britain?s most experienced
hoteliers. The operator of the
Atlantis and One & Only
resort brands, in which the
Investment Corporation of
Dubai is the biggest
shareholder, has appointed
Michael Wale, a 38-year veteran
of Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Worldwide, as chief executive.
Mr Wale joined what was then
ITT Sheraton in 1978 as its first
graduate trainee in the UK. He
worked his way up the ranks,
culminating in his appointment
in 2013 as president for Europe,
Africa and the Middle East. The
golfer left the Aloft and W hotels
operator in September 2016 after
its takeover by Marriott.
Congress 2018, travelling in
business class. Further back in the
aircraft, squeezed into an economy
class seat, was Marc Allera, chief
executive of BT?s consumer
business. Being a fellow Liverpool
fan clearly cut no ice.
a taste for expansion
Harris + Hoole may have proved a
disastrous diversification for
Tesco, but under the ownership of
Caff� Nero the artisanal coffee
chain appears to be flourishing.
Not only is Gerry Ford, the Caff�
Nero chairman and founder,
opening more stores under the
Harris + Hoole brand in the UK ?
it will expand from 38 shops to 41
by June ? but he?s planning to try
it out in an overseas market in the
not-too-distant future. Where? ?We
haven?t decided yet.?
red flag over name change
The latest half-baked rail renationalisation plan from the
Labour Party is to call the network
GB Rail when it brings it back into
state ownership. It believes that the
name British Rail is still too toxic
from the last time that the railways
were in state hands. Someone at
Labour HQ might have had the
courtesy to put in a call to the
existing GB Rail, a maker of track
components based in south Wales.
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PRIMARK
Provident set to
go cap-in-hand
to the markets
Harry Wilson City Editor
Provident Financial is expected to
announce an emergency fundraising
today, after a brutal year in which the
doorstep lender?s shares have lost more
than 70 per cent of their value.
Its shares fell by more than 10 per
cent yesterday after reports at the
weekend suggested that the company
had held talks with two investment
banks about launching a �0 million
rights issue to shore up its finances.
The 138-year-old, Bradford-based
group, which specialises in credit cards,
home-collected credit, online loans
and consumer car finance, lost two
thirds of its share value in a day last year
after it issued a second profit warning in
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the space of a month, announced the
departure of Peter Crook as chief executive, cancelled its dividend and said
that it was subject to an investigation by
the Financial Conduct Authority.
Full-year results published by the
group today will give investors an
update on its performance and many
expect it to confirm that it will raise new
money.
The results are the first opportunity
for Malcolm Le May, who moved from
executive chairman to chief executive
this month, to outline his turnround
strategy. He became executive chairman only in November after the death
of Manjit Wolstenholme.
A trading update last month warned
that pre-exceptional losses from
Provident?s consumer credit division
were likely to reach at least �0 million
for 2017 as the company warned that it
had achieved a disappointing ?rate of
connection? with customers lost during
a botched reorganisation.
Speculation has risen in recent
months that Provident could need to
raise between �0 million and
�0 million after the reorganisation of
its doorstep collections business ? its
traditional lending to poorer households ? span out of control as staff
resigned and losses mounted.
The Times reported yesterday that
Phillip McLelland, finance director of
Provident?s consumer credit division,
had become the latest to leave.
Provident drafted in Chris Gillespie
last October to sort out its home credit
business, four years after he was let go.
Mr Gillespie has been trying to hire
hundreds of temporary staff, many of
them former Provident agents, to put
the operation back on track.
Provident?s problems came to light
nearly a year ago when details emerged
of a plan to overhaul its business model,
moving from one based on 4,500 selfemployed agents to 2,500 full-time
workers. The changes went down badly,
with many employees opting to leave
rather than work hours that did not suit
them. Many were snapped up by rival
subprime lenders. The loss of so many
agents meant that Provident struggled
to collect money it was owed, causing
tens of millions of pounds in losses.
The collapse in Provident?s shares
has made millions of pounds in profits
for hedge funds that had bet on a fall. In
contrast, long-term investors, including Neil Woodford, founder of Woodford Investment Management, have
lost much of their investment, although
Mr Woodford has used the fall in the
share price as an opportunity to increase his holding.
Shares in Provident closed at 588p,
down more than 68絧.
A spokesman for Provident Financial
declined to comment.
Deirdre Hipwell Retail Editor
Primark?s constantly changing products have included Harry Potter and Star
Wars-themed items. Its range of Disney-inspired products sold particularly well
Acquisitions give Bunzl Hurricane, fire and flood
extra power to deliver hit Hiscox?s bottom line
Deirdre Hipwell
A spending spree and a jump in
profits went some way yesterday to
answering the doubters in Bunzl.
The arrival on the company?s
doorstep of Amazon Business has
put pressure on the FTSE 100
group?s share price in recent
months, but analysts were happy
to accentuate the positive after it
said that annual profits had risen
by 13 per cent.
Bunzl is an outsourcer and distributor of non-food consumable
products such as plastic bags,
safety wear and till rolls, supplying
markets including food services,
retail and healthcare.
It revealed pre-tax profit of
�9.3 million in the year to
December 31, on the back of revenue up 16 per cent at just over
�5 billion.
In the past year Bunzl has spent
�6 million to buy 15 smaller rivals
to help to drive its expansion. This
is twice its previous record of
�7 million, spent in 2015.
Frank van Zanten, chief executive, said that it had been a good
year in which Bunzl had ?delivered
good increases in revenue, adjusted operating profit and adjusted
earnings per share due to an increased level of organic revenue
growth and the impact of recently
acquired businesses?.
Analysts at Barclays said that
Amazon was ?casting a shadow
over distribution companies?, but
added: ?We think some of the
reasons given for Bunzl being vulnerable ignore key characteristics
of the business model that will give
it a high degree of protection. We
see the recent share price weakness as undeserved.?
Shares in Bunzl closed 36p, or
1.8 per cent, down at �.75.
Primark puts
its best foot
forward with
strong sales
Katherine Griffiths Banking Editor
Natural disasters that devastated
parts of the United States, Mexico
and the Caribbean have led to a
90 per cent plunge in profits at
Hiscox.
The Lloyd?s of London insurer
made � million pre-tax profit in
the year to December 31, compared with �5 million in the previous year. The collapse was down
to a $225 million bill for natural
catastrophes last year and � million in foreign-exchange losses.
About $140 billion has been lost
across the sector because of hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires
last year, leading to ?capital
destruction and reserve deficits?,
according to Robert Childs, the
Hiscox chairman.
That had led to higher prices for
cover, but Hiscox?s shares dipped
yesterday after its management
indicated that the rises had not
been universal, nor, in some areas,
enough. Its shares ended the day
recovering almost all of their lost
ground, closing at �.67, down
29p, or 2 per cent.
Bronek Masojada, chief executive, said that there were prospects
for further price increases: ?We
think they should, and we hope
they will, continue to rise this
year.?
Eamonn Flanagan, an analyst at
Shore Capital, said that Hiscox had
done well in a ?brutal year for
insured catastrophe losses across
the globe?. The company?s combined ratio, which needs to be below 100 per cent to signify profits,
deteriorated to 99.9 per cent in
2017 from 84.2 per cent in 2016. Its
return on equity fell to 1.5 per cent,
from 23 per cent. However, it lifted
its dividend to 29p, up 6 per cent.
Tempus, page 48
The Primark phenomenon is showing
no sign of slowing down in Britain, after
the value retailer yesterday announced
strong sales in the first half that defied
a challenging market.
Primark reported a 4 per cent jump in
like-for-like sales in the 24 weeks to
March 3, a time when most of its rival
clothing brands found trading very
tough. Margins held steady and it said
that it expected an ?acceleration in
profit growth? in the second half.
John Bason, chief financial officer of
Associated British Foods Primark?s
parent company, said: ?With growth
like that for Primark, which is the
largest volume player in the market and
up against online competitors, we
obviously are doing something right.
?Footfall has to be going up, as you
don?t get 4 per cent like-for-like
[growth] without people crossing the
threshold.?
Primark, which was launched in 1969
in Dublin, now has more than 300
shops in Britain, renowned for their low
prices and constantly changing ranges.
It is part of Associated British Foods, a
global conglomerate with extensive
interests in the retail, sugar, agriculture
and grocery sectors
Mr Bason said that Primark?s
momentum had been driven by factors
such as engaging customers through
social media ? it has 12 million followers on online platforms ? to its buyers?
skills in ensuring its product range is
?very much on trend and lots of fun?.
He said that Primark also had
benefited from maintaining its prices
after the fall in the value of sterling:
?Eighteen months ago, sterling
dropped by 15 per cent, but some of our
prices actually went down and none
went up. I think that decision is standing us in really good stead.?
Despite a strong performance in
Britain, Primark?s comparable sales are
expected to be down by 1 per cent, hurt
by weakness in Europe. Associated
British Foods said that the rest of its
business was trading as expected and
that it was on track to report ?progress?
in its adjusted full-year profit.
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Shell fears LNG shortage as demand soars
GETTY
Emily Gosden Energy Editor
The world is heading for a shortage
of liquefied natural gas that could push
up prices, with $200 billion of
investment needed in new plants by
2030 to meet demand, Royal Dutch
Shell has forecast.
The energy group believes that a
supply shortfall could emerge, with
new projects stalling because of
difficulties in financing them.
The Anglo-Dutch group is the biggest company listed in London, with a
market capitalisation of about �1 billion. Best-known for its oil business, it
is also the world?s biggest independent
producer of LNG, which is gas cooled to
-160C so that it can be shipped in liquid
form by tanker.
Shell has dismissed claims by some
forecasters of a looming glut in LNG.
The global trade in LNG has almost
trebled from 100 million tonnes a year
in 2000 to nearly 300 million tonnes
last year. Shell expects demand for
LNG to roughly double by 2035, as gas
becomes an increasingly popular fuel
in countries that do not have their own
supplies. However, the company thinks
that LNG supply, which has grown
rapidly in recent years, will fall away
again from the mid-2020s, leaving a
shortage unless more projects are
sanctioned.
Maarten Wetselaar, Shell?s head of
integrated gas, said that by 2030 it
forecast a shortfall of about 200 million
tonnes and that ?if it isn?t solved, then
you will get higher prices?.
That shortfall is roughly equivalent
to the output of about 20 LNG ?megaprojects?, each typically costing about
$10 billion for facilities to liquefy gas
alone, he said. The problem was not a
shortage of gas reserves but that the
projects took a long time to get together.
He said that another problem was
that buyers increasingly wanted
shorter-term, smaller contracts rather
than the kind of big, multiyear deal that
developers had relied on to lock in
revenues and to help to finance the
construction of projects.
It was not ?in the interests of the LNG
industry to go through price spikes?,
because this deterred would-be buyers,
Liquefied natural gas is cooled so that it can be shipped in liquid form by tanker
he said. He added that it was easier for
companies such as Shell to finance new
LNG projects because it developed
them as part of a portfolio and did not
rely on project financing.
Shell is gearing up to start production
from Prelude, one of the world?s first
floating LNG plants, which was given
the green light in 2011 to produce gas off
the coast of Australia but has been
delayed.
Mr Wetselaar said that once Prelude
had started, Shell would have the
?space to take investment decisions?,
although it was working to bring down
the costs of potential new LNG developments.
?In the Shell portfolio, the two that
are technically ready are Canada and
Lake Charles in the US. Other projects
in Indonesia and Tanzania and Australia are less mature,? he said.
Globally, the United States, Canada,
east Africa, the Middle East and Russia
all had potential to develop more lowcost LNG projects, he said, but ?if you
look at technical readiness, there?s a
much shorter list of projects that can
get there in coming years?.
Ascential puts exhibitions in spotlight Cuts to financial industry
Dominic Walsh
Plans to focus on its festivals and digital
businesses could lead to a �0 million
sale of Ascential?s exhibitions division.
The specialist information group
previously known as Emap announced
the launch of a strategic review of its
exhibitions business yesterday.
The exhibitions business, which
generated � million of revenue last
year, includes the Spring and Autumn
fairs, home and gift shows for the retail
trade; Bett, a series of educational
technology events; and Pure, a fashion
trade show.
Ascential traces its origins back to
1887, when Sir Richard Winfrey bought
the Spalding Guardian. In 1947, the
Winfrey family?s newspaper interests
were consolidated to form the East
Midland Allied Press (Emap). In 1996 it
sold its 65 newspaper titles to Johnston
Press for �1 million and then in 2007
sold its consumer magazines and radio
businesses to H Bauer, the German
publisher, for �1 billion. The following
year the company, by now a business-
Pure London, the fashion show, is one
of the trade events under discussion
to-business magazine and events
group, was acquired by Guardian
Media Group and Apax Partners for
about �billion.
Analysts estimated that a sale , which
also include CWIEME, a series of
shows for the automotive, consumer
electronics and power generation
sectors, could generate proceeds of
between �0 million and �0 million.
Shares in Ascential jumped by almost
6 per cent yesterday, rising 22絧 to
400絧.
The review does not include Cannes
Lions, the festival and awards event for
the creative and marketing communications, entertainment and design industries, or Money 20/20, a financial
technology payments event platform
about to be launched in China.
If Ascential does sell its exhibitions
unit, it is expected to redeploy the
proceeds to pursue acquisitions.
Emap rebranded itself as Top Right
Group in 2012, then three years later
underwent a fresh change of name to
Ascential. In 2016 it was floated at 200p
a share, equating to a market value of
�0 million.
The launch of the strategic review of
its exhibitions division came as
Ascential reported a strong set of
annual results. Revenues from continuing operations rose by 6.4 per cent to
�5.8 million on an organic basis at
constant currency, with Cannes Lions
lifting revenues by 7 per cent to
�.6 million. On the same basis,
underlying earnings were up 3.4 per
cent to �9.5 million and a final
dividend of 3.8p makes a total of 5.6p, up
19 per cent.
register are under review
Harry Wilson
The City watchdog may reverse a
decision that would allow thousands of
traders, money managers and other
financiers to fall off the public radar
after criticism from groups including
MPs.
The Financial Conduct Authority
has begun a consultation to keep its
register of financial sector staff, less
than two years after the records of tens
of thousands of staff approved by the
regulator were removed from the
public record. Pressure on it to backtrack on an even more dramatic cut has
been mounting and the FCA said that it
had received ?substantial feedback? on
the issue of registering certified employees beyond top executives.
The introduction of the senior
managers? regime, which was designed
to ensure that regulators focused their
attention on monitoring the behaviour
of the most important staff, was behind
the decision to reduce the number of
publicly listed staff on the FCA register.
In March 2016, when the change took
effect, the number of people registered
fell from more than 165,000 to fewer
than 135,000, according to analysis.
Lloyds had nearly a thousand FCA-registered employees in the month before
the reduction, but fewer than 20 after.
In November, the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
warned that the FCA?s proposed
changes risked making it easier for ?bad
apples? to operate.
CMS, a law firm, said that it
welcomed the rethink and a central
register was a ?fundamental element of
maintaining public confidence in
financial sector firms . . . It means anyone can check if someone is who they
say they are, which helps to root out
fraudsters. Replacing the current
comprehensive register with one only
listing senior managers would be a
backward step.?
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MANU FERNANDEZ/AP
In a galaxy far, far away, a
smartphone is worth �0
Robin Pagnamenta
Deputy Business Editor
The Galaxy S9 uses high-end camera technolgy and augmented reality, but critics say the phone does not justify its price tag
The glitzy launch of Samsung?s new
Galaxy S9 smartphone in Barcelona
provoked a mixed response, as critics
praised its high-end camera features
but balked at the �0 price tag.
The new smartphone, pitched as
Samsung?s rival to the Apple iPhone X,
was unveiled on the eve of the Mobile
World Congress. It came after a year of
stagnant smartphone sales and a
troublesome period for Samsung,
which has grappled with a bribery
scandal and the aftermath of a recall of
the exploding Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung still dominates the global
smartphone handset market, with a
21.6 per cent share last year, but it is
facing tough competition from Chinese
rivals such as Huawei and Xiaomi.
Analysts acknowledged that the new
smartphone incorporated the best
photo and video technology seen so far
in a Samsung phone, including a
dual-lens camera with improved
low-light capture and advanced slow
motion video. However, critics said that
the improvements were incremental
rather than revolutionary and might
Vodafone chief fires back at
German rival over expansion
Robin Pagnamenta Barcelona
Vodafone has hit back at criticism from
one of its rivals over its plan to acquire
European assets from Liberty Global,
of the United States.
Speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Vittorio Colao,
Vodafone?s chief executive, said that he
was surprised by remarks made last
week by Tim H鰐tges, chief executive of
Deutsche Telekom.
Mr H鰐tges had said that a proposed
deal in which Vodafone acquired
Liberty?s cable assets in Germany and
other markets would be ?totally unacceptable? because it would create a
cable monopoly in Europe?s most populous country. ?My perspective is this
deal is very unlikely to get approval. I
find it from a competitive perspective
unacceptable,? Mr H鰐tges said.
Vodafone has grown from a relatively
niche mobile operator founded in 1991
to a multinational telecoms company
with services in Asia, Africa and Europe
?Why does us
buying a
regional
cable
company
irritate him?
I know why
it irritates
him, but it?s
not for the
right
reasons?
and a stock market value of almost
� billion. It is the world?s second largest mobile phone operator and has
18 million subscribers in the UK.
Mr Colao said: ?I was surprised by the
comment from Tim. I believe competition is good.?
He hinted Deutsche Telekom?s opposition was linked to the fact that a deal
could create a more muscular competitor against Deutsche Telekom, which
dominates Germany?s lucrative telecoms market much like BT does in Britain. ?Why does us buying a regional
cable company irritate him? I know
why it irritates him, but it?s not for the
right reasons,? he said.
Mr Colao also said that Europe risked
falling behind Asia and North America
in a worldwide race to deploy 5G mobile
technology. He said pushing through
5G could boost Europe?s economy and
jobs markets, but added that policymakers had failed to recognise this and
were dragging their heels in creating
the right framework for a mass rollout.
?I think we have an amazing opportunity in Europe,? Mr Colao said.
?Europe is a small territory with a lot of
people and a lot of diversity, [but] are we
at the forefront of 5G? The answer is no
because policymakers don?t have this
view. It will be slow, fragmented and it
won?t be exciting.?
The first commercial 5G rollouts are
due to begin this year and next in the
US, South Korea and Japan. In Europe,
existing 4G capacity is likely to be used
up before operators are willing to spend
the billions of euros needed to build
new networks on a large scale.
Mr Colao complained that EU governments viewed the telecoms industry
primarily as a source of tax revenue and
said that the industry needed to demonstrate that new technology was a
positive force. ?If we take the view that
we will use 5G to improve the NHS,
improve transportation, security and
we don?t ban drones, that?s an amazing
opportunity to create more jobs with
such technologies and services.?
?We can?t beat the robots, but we can join them?
Robin Pagnamenta
The growth of mass automation and
robots is unstoppable, but governments
can do more to equip workers with new
skills so that they can continue to play
a useful role in the workforce, according to the chief executive of BT.
Gavin Patterson told an audience at
the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona that rapid advances in artificial
intelligence and robotics were likely to
trigger big social and economic
changes.
?My view is that we need
to embrace it,? he said. ?The
most important thing is to
make sure the population
embraces it [by] ensuring
we help people with lifelong learning and have the
skills? so that they will feel
Gavin Patterson says
lifelong learning is
vital if people are to
feel included in a
changing world
included as the world advances. The
popular fear about a future where
robots take over manual jobs, pushing
up unemployment and driving down
salaries, has been a key theme at this
year?s conference, which focuses on
new mobile technology.
Mr Patterson said that data consumption was growing by 40 per cent to
50 per cent per year. He added that BT
was seeking to balance its role as a
provider of telecoms services, including
broadband, mobile and fixed lines
with its role as a supplier of
content, especially sports
via its BT Sport television
platforms.
He said that BT would
not seek to compete with
big content providers,
such as Netflix and Amazon, but could become a
?super-aggregator? of third-party content delivered via the internet. ?Netflix
and Amazon have become real players
in drama. We can?t compete for the biggest new dramas. We are very happy to
aggregate, but I don?t believe we need to
own content in the same way.?
He said that BT Sport was a different
business model because it focused on
domestic sports franchises, which
matched its big UK footprint.
BT won the rights to broadcast
Premiership football matches but has
been immersed in a fierce debate over
the wisdom of its strategy to secure exclusive content as it struggles to justify
the expense of competing against Sky.
BT Sport has paid �5 million per
season for 32 live games, with two
20-match packages still to be awarded.
In all 200 out of 380 games will be
shown each season.
not be enough to persuade consumers
to cough up the big price tag.
Pelham Smithers, an expert on Asian
technology companies, called it a ?great
camera?, but added that ?for �0 you
should expect more than just an improvement on that front. Purists will
probably say that spec-wise this will be
the best camera in 2018 and they could
well be right, but I suspect that consumers won?t justify the spend for the
upgrade.?
Sony also unveiled a new smartphone yesterday, the Xperia XZ2, pinning its hopes on new high-definition
video technology to bolster its latest
offering. The Japanese company prides
itself on its high-end camera technology to make its phones stand out, but in
recent years rivals have raised the
stakes by including greatly improved
features of their own, narrowing the
gap.
Overall global smartphone sales
were flat in 2017, down 0.1 per cent at
1.47 billion units. Consumers are buying
and keeping their phones for longer,
partly because advances in technology
have slowed from a few years ago,
Vittorio Colao, the chief executive of
Vodafone, said.
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Tuesday February 27 2018 | the times
1G M
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 ?@
176.17
148.77
104.79
6317.26
294.84
5536.12
1423.81
5177.12
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.14
+0.17
-0.78
-14.91
+0.24
+1.18
-5.83
+30.51
1.25
0.55
3.87
3.28
4.01
1.16
3.01
0.12
1679.91
111.46
106.20
383.14
31.61
278.41
136.16
101.21
108.47
84.07
438.27
236.65
75.69
87.03
101.41
60.81
101.22
60.71
576.83
1768.98
608.96
+9.17
+0.68
+0.64
+0.79
+0.45
+1.69
+0.69
+0.51
+0.70
+0.08
+1.20
+0.65
+0.19
-0.05
+0.01
+0.01
?
+0.01
+1.35
+2.86
+2.24
1.68
0.74
0.74
0.79
0.41
0.79
3.34
3.43
?
5.39
3.73
3.84
4.23
?
3.31
3.38
3.34
3.40
?
1.22
1.55
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 ?@
1770.00
Jap Smlr Co Ac @
62.56
Managed Inc ?@
142.20
Monthly Inc Inc ?@
263.30
UK Growth Inc ?@
202.30
UK Select Opps Inc ?@ 1897.00
UK Sml Cos Inc ?@
287.40
?
211.80
78.24
?
66.09
?
?
?
?
?
-2.70
+0.10
-0.39
+8.00
-0.19
?
+0.40
+0.90
+12.00
+1.20
4.43
1.08
1.09
?
0.30
4.06
4.28
1.49
0.20
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 ?@
251.40
88.74
212.90
165.10
471.40
?
?
?
?
?
150.30
552.50
560.80
223.10
1.60
0.90
0.91
1.18
1.77
152.60
?
569.30
226.50
+0.70
+3.00
+3.30
+0.80
?
1.15
1.49
4.42
CLOSE FUND MANAGEMENT LTD
0870 606 6402
Beacon Inv ?
84.88
?
+0.35
0.01
Dealing: 020 7426 6232
Winchester ?
2709.17
?
+8.33
1.34
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 ?
271.50
273.40
107.30
230.40
134.10
283.30
?
?
?
?
?
?
-0.90
+0.80
?
+1.00
+0.60
+0.50
1.03
1.14
4.51
1.42
4.33
1.02
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
%
2235.00
27.70
3851.00
1911.00
149.50
370.80
49.00
327.60
77.66
36.62
104.85
3860.00
69.75
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
327.60
?
?
?
?
72.18
+15.00
?
+30.00
+9.00
+0.20
+0.80
+0.17
-0.10
+0.27
?
+0.53
+5.00
+0.53
1.13
2.91
0.05
?
0.08
?
3.98
0.21
2.37
2.86
2.30
0.88
0.44
?
?
?
?
?
?
15.00
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
35.37
80.64
86.69
106.00
113.30
87.00
61.33
87.20
110.70
47.31
84.10
58.08
66.54
77.72
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.01
+0.51
+0.28
+0.60
+0.50
+0.65
+0.39
+0.91
+0.10
+0.35
+0.30
+0.30
+0.32
+0.31
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 ?@
504.43
432.76
861.53
619.84
221.03
119.57
263.69
181.51
569.22
342.49
122.45
104.48
384.13
273.11
?
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?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+5.53
+4.74
+3.87
+2.78
+1.21
+0.65
+0.95
+0.65
+2.92
+1.75
+0.55
+0.47
+1.97
+1.40
Balanced Acc ?@
212.53
Balanced Inc ?@
141.84
Corp Bd Acc ?@
276.58
Corp Bd Inc ?@
122.08
Gilt & Fd Int Acc ?@
456.77
Gilt & Fd Int Inc ?@
71.45
Income Acc ?@
637.76
Income Inc ?@
318.15
Monthly Inc Acc ?@
293.11
Monthly Inc Inc ?@
144.50
UK Grth & Inc Ret B Acc ?@132.11
UK Grth & Inc Ret B Inc ?@70.07
UK Gth & Inc Acc ?@
132.11
UK Gth & Inc Inc ?@
70.07
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.83
+0.56
-0.02
-0.01
+0.24
+0.04
+3.67
+1.83
+1.21
+0.59
+0.80
+0.42
+0.80
+0.42
Buy
+/-
Yld
%
Cautious Managed A Acc ?@419.07
Cautious Managed A Inc ?@276.49
Diversified Growth A Acc ?@129.91
Diversified Growth A Inc ?@142.10
Diversified Income A Acc ?@306.95
Diversified Income A Inc ?@80.06
Emerging Mkts Blended Debt A Acc ?@117.25
Emerging Mkts Blended Debt A Acc Gross ?@125.82
Emerging Mkts Blended Debt A Inc ?@90.97
Emerging Mkts Equity A Acc ?@154.50
Emrg Mkts Local Curr Debt A Acc ?@188.52
Emrg Mkts Local Curr Debt A Inc ?@100.44
Emrg Mkts Local Curr Debt Gross I Acc ?@220.49
Enhanced Natural Resources A Acc ?@119.54
Global Bond A Acc ?@
139.30
Global Bond A Inc ?@
109.33
Global Bond I Gross Inc ?@1167.00
Global Dynamic A Acc ?@ 152.44
Global Energy A Acc ?@ 184.21
Global Equity A Acc ?@ 154.78
Global Franchise A Acc ?@192.03
Global Free Enterprise A Acc ?@918.60
Global Gold A Acc ?@
117.79
Global Special Situations A Acc ?@275.68
Global Special Situations A Inc ?@217.67
Managed Growth A Acc ?@236.28
Monthly High Income A Acc ?@220.40
Monthly High Income A Inc ?@68.71
Multi-Asset Protector A Acc ?@173.25
Strategic Bond A Acc ?@ 244.54
Strategic Bond A Inc ?@ 119.47
Target Return A Acc ?@ 103.57
Target Return A Inc ?@ 91.14
UK Alpha A Acc ?@
2423.69
UK Blue Chip A Acc ?@ 770.11
UK Smaller Companies A Acc ?@4627.36
UK Smaller Companies A Inc ?@4195.24
UK Special Situations A Acc ?@1177.02
UK Special Situations A Inc ?@452.15
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?
?
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?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.30
+0.20
+0.44
+0.49
+0.29
+0.07
-0.13
+0.20
-0.10
+0.96
-0.16
-0.09
-0.05
+0.76
+4.03
+3.00
+29.78
+1.09
+2.05
+1.21
+1.93
+7.21
+0.96
+2.44
+1.92
+1.75
-0.05
-0.01
+0.66
+0.19
+0.09
+0.07
+0.06
+15.03
+3.15
+19.98
+18.12
+5.02
+1.92
?
?
0.83
0.88
2.90
4.23
4.80
4.21
6.70
0.34
5.25
7.17
5.42
0.58
0.83
0.82
1.26
0.26
1.20
0.42
1.68
0.04
?
?
?
0.07
3.78
5.26
0.15
1.94
3.31
0.71
0.71
1.56
1.67
0.90
0.91
1.49
1.51
For ISIS Asset Mgmt see F&C Fd Mgmt Ltd (OEICS)
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
%
220.70
265.50
92.42
55.43
199.00
200.10
157.80
401.90
46.44
167.10
90.29
1066.00
554.60
471.70
185.80
110.90
1030.00
619.30
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?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+2.50
+0.40
+0.03
+0.02
-2.20
+1.00
+0.80
+0.60
+0.07
-0.20
-0.48
+4.00
+1.80
+2.80
+0.40
+0.30
+9.00
+6.00
1.72
?
1.91
1.88
?
1.30
1.31
3.45
3.49
3.41
3.50
4.08
4.22
?
3.53
3.61
?
?
JUPITER UT MGRS LTD
020 7581 3020
Absolute Return ?@
53.61
Distribution and Growth ?@126.98
Emg Euro Opps ?@
229.24
Euro Special Sits ?@
417.25
European ?@
2148.80
Financial Opps ?@
624.07
Income Trust ?@
552.91
Merlin Bal (Acc) ?@
180.82
Merlin Gwth (Acc) ?@ 402.28
Merlin Inc (Acc) ?@
292.86
Merlin Wwide (Inc) ?@ 289.58
UK Growth ?@
322.92
UK Special Sits (Inc) ?@ 187.44
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
-0.12
+0.47
+2.86
+1.86
+9.19
+5.46
+3.64
-0.09
-0.78
+0.05
-0.81
+2.29
+0.95
?
4.01
1.36
0.58
?
0.27
3.82
2.02
?
2.96
?
1.12
1.23
LEGAL & GENERAL (UT MGRS) LTD
Enquiries: 0870 050 0955 Dealing: 0870 050 0956
Equity Acc @
Equity Dist @
Euro Ind Acc @
Euro Ind Inc @
Fixed Int Acc @
2616.00
893.80
392.30
282.50
137.70
2639.00
902.00
392.30
282.50
138.60
-8.00
-2.70
+1.70
+1.20
-0.10
2.12
2.15
1.79
1.83
2.61
1.36
1.38
2.59
2.62
2.20
2.23
4.16
4.29
3.93
4.03
3.84
3.96
3.84
3.96
Sell
American Index Retail Acc ?@504.43
American Index Retail Inc ?@432.76
Asian Gth Acc ?@
157.26
Asian Gth Inc ?@
140.28
Chinese Eq Acc ?@
593.10
Chinese Eq Inc ?@
503.68
Euro Gth Acc ?@
842.30
Euro Gth Inc ?@
722.01
+0.01
+0.20
+1.00
+0.01
+2.00
+1.00
+0.04
+0.01
?
?
+4.80
+1.60
+0.40
+9.00
?
?
+3.60
2.85
?
0.80
2.99
3.24
?
5.08
3.55
3.18
3.37
?
0.89
0.74
1.11
3.25
3.34
0.32
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+5.53
+4.74
+0.06
+0.05
+4.16
+3.53
+2.08
+1.78
1.38
1.40
0.35
0.44
0.19
0.20
1.37
1.41
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 ?@
518.96
?
+0.47
3.15
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+1.87
+0.05
+0.72
+1.62
+2.42
+0.02
-0.02
+1.17
+4.46
+6.42
+0.04
2.04
2.85
3.49
3.95
3.55
0.03
4.67
2.09
1.98
0.26
?
INVESCO PERPETUAL Funds
Childrens Acc ?@
451.48
Corp Bond Acc ?@
201.75
High Income Inc ?@
423.99
Income & Grth Inc ?@
408.81
Income Inc ?@
1645.48
Money Acc ?@
90.40
Monthly Inc Plus Inc ?@ 109.58
UK Aggressive Inc ?@
195.05
UK Growth Acc ?@
655.95
UK Sml Cos Eqty Acc ?@ 1225.77
UK Sml Cos Gwth ?@
82.54
American A Acc ?@
354.70
Asia ex Japan A Acc ?@ 651.26
Capital Accumulator A Acc ?@235.32
0.01
?
0.26
0.14
0.12
INVESCO FUND MGRS LTD
Dling: 0800 085 8571 Inv Serv: 0800 085 8677
Brkr Serv: 0800 028 2121
INVESCO Funds
Amer Spec Sits ?@
American ?@
Euro Opps ?@
+12.00
+27.00
+2.00
?
4.21
?
?
?
+5.29
+1.07
+1.70
?
0.50
1.13
+/-
Yld
%
-0.01
?
+0.60
+1.50
-0.50
-0.20
-1.90
-3.60
-1.00
-0.60
3.10
3.02
3.22
3.31
3.75
3.67
0.48
0.35
MANEK INVESTMENT MGMT LTD
0844 800 9401
Growth Fd Acc @
41.47
43.54
MARKS & SPENCER UNIT TRUST LTD
0808 005 5555
High Income
High Income Acc
UK 100 Comp Acc
UK 100 Cos
UK Select Pflo
UK Selection Port Acc
Worldwide Mgd Acc ?
Wwide Mgd ?
113.70
258.90
366.80
215.30
340.00
616.20
802.80
500.40
113.70
258.90
366.80
215.30
340.00
616.20
?
?
MORGAN STANLEY INVESTMENT MGMT LTD
Enquires: 0800 0961 962
The Morgan Stanley Funds (UK)
Class A Shares
Equity
Eur (Ex UK) Eq A Acc ?@1310.92
Glob Brands A Acc ?@ 7920.54
UK Eq A Acc ?@
1184.53
?
?
?
+4.24
+85.88
-0.02
1.25
1.05
1.66
?
?
?
+0.25
-3.80
?
1.93
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
-0.30
+0.70
+0.70
+0.90
+1.10
+1.80
+1.10
2.81
1.94
5.46
2.88
3.71
2.97
3.04
+6.93
+2.57
+4.09
+0.43
+10.58
+3.96
+6.23
+6.42
-7.28
+3.07
1.36
1.10
0.22
0.56
1.34
1.09
0.24
2.99
?
3.05
Fixed Income
Stg Corp Bd A Acc ?@
UK Ind Lnkd A Acc ?@
UK Long Bd A Acc ?@
Bal Pfolio Inc ?@
Bal Port Gwth Acc ?@
Equity Inc Inc ?@
N&P UK Gwth Inc ?@
Stkmkt 100 Tkr ?@
UK Growth Acc ?@
UK Growth Inc ?@
106.20
201.40
215.40
184.30
211.90
395.50
246.40
SCOTTISH MUTUAL INV MNGRS LTD
0141 248 6100
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
1441.16
547.83
575.10
41.85
2202.99
844.90
1983.00
1312.09
1227.65
628.77
1521.01
578.18
606.97
41.85
2325.06
891.72
2092.88
1384.79
1295.67
663.61
199.60
182.50
138.20
223.40
217.40
?
?
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?
?
0.50
1.02
1.03
0.43
0.45
2457.00
?
-11.00
0.54
313.40
184.20
?
?
-0.40
-0.20
2.92
2.99
-0.30
-0.10
-0.20
?
-0.01
-0.40
-0.10
?
-0.20
-0.10
-0.30
-3.00
1.82
1.84
1.16
5.26
5.41
4.02
4.13
?
3.09
3.14
2.57
1.59
UK and Income Investment Funds
Corp Bond A Acc ?@
311.10
Corp Bond A Inc ?@
126.40
Envir Invtr A Acc ?@
281.00
Hi Inc Bond A Ac ?@
230.40
Hi Inc Bond A Inc ?@
87.58
Hi Res A Acc ?@
352.90
Hi Res A Inc ?@
134.00
Safety Plus A Acc ?@
40.49
Strat Inc A Acc ?@
200.20
Strat Inc A Inc ?@
100.20
UK Gwth A Acc ?@
183.90
UK Sel Gwth A Acc ?@ 1903.00
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OEIC B Class
Tracker and Specialist Investment Funds
All Stks Credit A Inc ?@ 132.40
Asian Div Inc U Trst Inc @108.63
Cautious Man Fd A Acc ?@260.50
Cautious Man Fd A Inc ?@150.10
China Opp Fund A Acc ?@1531.00
Emg Mkts Opps Fd A Acc ?@213.90
Erpn Grth Fund A Acc ?@ 238.60
Erpn Sel Opps Fd A Acc ?@1644.00
Fix Int Mnthly Inc Fd Acc @28.87
Global Equity Fund Acc @3072.49
Global Equity Income A Inc ?@60.86
Global Tech A Acc ?@ 1699.00
M-Asset Abs Ret A Acc ?@141.90
M-Man Active Fd A Acc ?@224.70
M-Man Inc Grth A Inc ?@ 153.40
M-Man Inc Grth Fd A Acc ?@175.30
Sterling Bond U Trst Acc @219.31
Sterling Bond U Trst Inc @ 64.81
Strategic Bond A Inc ?@ 123.90
UK Abs Ret Fd A Acc ?@ 156.40
UK Alpha Fund A Acc ?@ 147.70
UK Index Fund A Acc ?@ 610.20
UK Irsh Sm Co Fd A Acc ?@664.80
UK Property A Acc @
224.68
UK Property A Inc @
101.86
UK Tracker Fund A Acc ?@273.80
US Growth Fund A Acc ?@995.70
?
114.12
?
?
?
?
?
?
30.11
3204.84
?
?
?
?
?
?
228.77
67.60
?
?
?
?
?
236.49
107.21
?
?
?
+0.58
+0.90
+0.50
+8.00
+0.70
+1.20
+7.00
+0.03
+28.59
+0.39
+20.00
+0.20
+1.30
-0.60
+0.30
-0.02
-0.01
+0.10
+0.10
+0.30
+3.00
+3.10
+0.04
+0.02
+1.40
+10.60
2.43
6.16
3.15
3.21
0.43
0.29
0.81
0.55
4.64
?
3.18
?
0.42
0.37
1.97
1.94
2.21
2.25
3.98
?
1.82
2.05
0.42
?
?
2.08
?
JP MORGAN ASSET MGMT
OEIC
Asia A Acc ?@
214.70
Emerging Mkts ?@
236.10
Eur Dyn (ex-UK) A Acc ?@225.40
Euro Smllr Cos ?@
788.30
Europe A Acc ?@
1464.00
Gbl Hi Yld Bd A Acc ?@ 110.20
Gbl Hi Yld Bd A Inc ?@
36.83
Gl ex-UK Bd A Acc ?@ 260.90
Gl ex-UK Bd A Inc ?@
202.50
Glb Fins A Acc ?@
1077.00
Global A Acc ?@
1356.00
Japan A Acc ?@
463.60
Multi-Man Tst A Acc ?@ 996.60
Multi-Man Tst A Inc ?@ 911.80
Nat Resources ?@
608.20
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.30
+0.90
+0.70
+2.40
+5.00
?
-0.02
+0.30
+0.30
+1.00
+9.00
+2.30
+5.20
+4.70
+5.20
0.21
0.15
0.69
?
1.03
5.41
5.62
0.44
0.44
1.03
?
?
0.65
0.65
?
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 @
71.35
243.90
65.12
41.96
106.00
128.00
60.94
155.70
179.10
249.90
283.10
161.20
459.50
302.50
71.82
243.90
65.19
42.01
106.50
129.00
60.94
155.70
179.10
252.90
283.10
161.20
459.50
302.50
?
-1.30
+1.06
+0.80
-1.00
+0.10
+0.15
+0.80
+1.00
-0.10
+1.40
+0.90
+7.50
+0.90
2.65
1.15
0.70
0.24
0.17
4.91
0.83
2.27
2.94
?
3.04
3.12
0.82
0.69
M & G SECURITIES
Enq: 0800 390 390 Dealing Line: 0800 328 3196
Authorised Inv Funds
Charifund Inc ?
1554.14
?
+6.35
4.61
+0.43
+0.40
0.19
1.76
-2.35
+0.10
+0.08
+0.13
+0.36
?
+12.64
4.36
1.29
4.88
?
3.70
1.55
2.11
+0.01
+0.53
+0.66
+0.92
3.72
4.68
2.20
2.19
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 1
Euro Smlr Cos Acc ?@
Euro Smlr Cos Inc ?@
440.49
411.59
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 2
Extra Income Inc ?@
773.19
Gilt & Fxd Int Inc ?@
96.53
Gl Hi Yd Bd Inc ?@
50.52
Index Linked Bd Inc ?@ 138.30
Index Trckr Inc ?@
75.21
Short Dated Corp Bd Inc ?@25.81
UK Select A Inc ?@
2899.47
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 3
Corp Bd A Inc ?@
Dividend Inc ?@
Recovery A Inc ?@
Sml Cos Inc ?@
40.61
60.30
140.54
360.34
?
?
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 4
Episode Allocation A Inc ?@148.34
?
+0.60
2.01
UK Trkr B Acc ?@
UK Trkr B Inc ?@
339.70
183.60
?
?
-0.40
-0.20
3.38
3.45
-0.30
-0.10
-0.20
-2.00
2.01
2.03
2.42
1.80
-0.20
-2.00
2.91
2.01
UK and Income Investment Funds
Corp Bond B Acc ?@
320.40
Corp Bond B Inc ?@
126.30
UK Gwth B Acc ?@
197.20
UK Sel Gwth B Acc ?@ 1982.00
?
?
?
?
UK Gth C Inc ?@
140.40
UK Sel Gwth C Acc ?@ 2058.00
?
?
STANDARD LIFE INVESTMENTS
0845 279 3003
Investment Funds (OEIC) - Retail Shares
95.31
57.17
101.80
141.80
162.30
62.45
199.80
129.30
171.00
129.50
132.00
49.04
105.20
261.80
88.52
54.33
338.20
222.50
253.00
86.99
199.20
253.40
232.40
716.70
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.10
+0.05
+0.10
+1.70
-0.10
-0.01
-0.90
+0.40
+0.50
+0.90
-0.10
-0.02
+0.50
+1.90
-0.05
-0.03
+0.30
+0.40
+0.40
+0.12
+0.40
+0.90
+0.80
+2.60
1.41
1.42
1.81
?
3.02
2.96
1.46
1.15
1.13
0.01
3.40
3.48
0.04
1.64
1.35
1.26
2.21
2.90
3.77
3.89
1.42
0.38
0.38
0.48
?
?
?
+0.24
+0.23
+0.06
1.61
1.62
1.86
SVS BROWN SHIPLEY FUNDS
Enquiries: 0141 222 1151
Balanced A Acc ?@
Balanced A Inc ?@
Cautious A Acc ?@
Yld
%
102.86
267.32
253.20
283.33
222.88
227.91
96.36
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.06
+0.56
+0.54
+0.53
+0.42
-0.06
-0.03
1.88
1.01
1.02
1.07
2.83
2.64
2.68
UK Oseas Earns ?@
125.72
?
+0.70
1.95
110.80
149.30
76.18
?
?
?
+0.10
+0.50
-0.37
1.32
0.88
3.97
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.04
+0.03
+0.02
+0.02
+0.62
+0.62
+0.01
+0.80
+0.40
+0.41
+0.82
+0.78
+1.52
1.05
3.46
2.94
2.58
4.03
3.51
4.64
1.68
3.90
4.48
1.75
1.65
0.15
696.40
219.40
+4.60
+1.00
1.47
?
Managed Funds
Def Eqty & Bd Acc ?@
Eqty & Bd Acc ?@
Mgd Income ?@
119.79
113.96
109.99
Stg Bd Ret Inc ?@
Strat Bd Ret ?@
UK Corp Bond ?@
UK Corp Ret ?@
UK Eqty Inc Ret ?@
UK Gwth & Inc Ret ?@
UK Hi Yld Bd 1 ?@
UK Inst Acc ?@
UK Mnthly Extra Inc ?@
UK Mnthly Inc Ret ?@
UK Retail ?@
UK Sel Retail ?@
UK Smaller Cos ?@
56.34
46.75
61.68
61.54
93.83
90.93
42.86
159.52
78.84
73.28
138.93
129.59
346.45
For Resolution see Ignis
TU FUND MANAGERS LIMITED
British
European
661.60
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
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
169.50
209.26
206.26
279.34
218.70
225.36
263.05
264.78
281.36
104.08
362.51
118.31
356.89
111.33
114.07
129.09
119.09
355.25
145.14
139.88
259.90
134.08
159.17
154.38
162.26
148.24
151.89
179.60
157.84
176.95
171.51
231.25
176.93
181.37
208.77
204.60
214.78
Tr IL 0V% 19
104.08
Tr IL 2K% 20
362.94
Tr IL 1Y% 2022 * 118.54
Tr IL 2K% 24
359.09
Tr IL 0V% 24
111.64
Tr IL 0V% 26
114.70
Tr IL 1N% 2027 * 129.87
Tr IL 0V% 29
120.05
Tr IL 4V% 30
358.77
Tr IL 1N% 2032 * 146.63
Tr IL 0O% 34
141.46
Tr IL 2% 35
263.98
Tr IL 0V% 36
135.71
Tr IL 1V% 2037 * 161.16
Tr IL 0X% 40
156.74
Tr IL 0X% 42 * 164.92
Tr IL 0V% 44
151.76
Tr IL 0V% 46
155.74
Tr IL 0O% 2047 * 183.36
Tr IL 0V% 48
161.58
Tr IL 0K% 50 * 182.21
Tr IL 0N% 52
178.07
Tr IL 1N% 2055 * 239.85
Tr IL 0V% 56
185.52
Tr IL 0V% 58 * 190.19
Tr IL 0W% 62
220.15
Tr IL 0V% 65
217.81
Tr IL 0V% 68
229.24
? .06
? .08
? .06
+ ?
? .02
+ .02
+ .04
+ .06
+ .25
+ .15
+ .16
+ .43
+ .19
+ .28
+ .33
+ .39
+ .41
+ .46
+ .53
+ .52
+ .59
+ .61
+ .89
+ .78
+ .86
+1.05
+1.15
+1.29
?
1.76
1.63
1.51
?
?
1.05
?
1.80
0.85
?
0.92
?
0.73
?
0.38
?
?
0.42
?
?
?
0.57
?
?
?
?
?
?2.17
?2.44
?1.86
?1.79
?1.69
?1.58
?1.58
?1.53
?1.58
?1.55
?1.52
?1.55
?1.52
?1.52
?1.53
?1.53
?1.49
?1.47
?1.47
?1.47
?1.49
?1.50
?1.50
?1.50
?1.51
?1.53
?1.54
?1.57
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
.20
.22
.19
.28
.29
.31
.35
.33
.35
.41
.31
.46
.49
.58
.44
.67
.57
.72
3.26
3.11
?
3.18
3.01
?
2.99
?
?
2.81
?
2.71
?
2.53
?
?
?
?
1.82
1.85
1.91
1.88
1.90
1.91
1.92
1.93
1.93
1.92
1.91
1.87
1.82
1.77
1.75
1.72
1.69
1.69
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
?
.02
.04
.07
.09
.09
.10
.12
.15
.17
.18
.16
?
?
?
?
4.00
?
?
?
3.40
4.17
3.52
3.24
0.88
1.02
1.14
1.23
1.27
1.31
1.41
1.53
1.50
1.55
1.70
1.77
+
?
?
?
?
?
?
+
+
?
+
+
+
?
.01
.01
.02
.02
.01
.02
?
?
.01
.01
.02
.03
?
4.99
?
4.09
3.58
?
4.39
?
?
6.50
3.57
?
?
0.37
0.02
0.70
0.62
0.70
0.79
0.71
0.79
0.84
0.86
0.93
1.02
1.17
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
135.90
134.34
95.39
146.30
138.48
139.98
147.31
123.60
129.43
147.59
88.05
152.65
144.61
162.92
96.14
162.07
121.18
154.94
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
138.02
136.62
97.42
149.17
141.38
143.05
150.70
126.75
132.79
151.42
90.90
156.93
149.06
168.26
100.11
167.85
126.35
161.36
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
+0.90
+0.50
+0.40
+1.40
+1.20
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)
2449.87
1350.60
1288.90
SANTANDER UNIT TST MGRS
08457 413002
Bal Port A Acc ?@
Caut Port A Acc ?@
Caut Port A Inc ?@
Opps Port A Acc ?@
Prog Port A 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 @
Buy
SCOTTISH WIDOWS UNIT TRUST MGRS
0845 300 2244
Authorised Inv Funds (OEICs)
OEIC A Class
Managed Investment Funds
HSBC Specialist Investment Funds (OEIC)
INVESTEC FUND MGRS
Broker Support and Dealing: 020 7597 1900
OEIC Series i,ii,iii, & iv
?
?
?
1.38
1.40
2.26
2.31
3.38
3.42
2.30
2.37
3.27
3.39
1.41
1.43
2.34
2.40
Sell
HSBC Investment Funds (OEIC) - Retail Share Class
FIDELITY INTERNATIONAL
Private Clnts 0800 414161 Broker Dlgs 0800 414181
1521.00
3711.00
509.50
3.07
0.67
1.78
1.82
0.34
1.36
1.27
0.99
0.79
1.41
4.25
2.70
2.55
2.70
HSBC GLOBAL ASSET MGMT (UK) LTD
Enq: 0845 745 6123 Dlg: 0845 745 6126 Mon-Fri 8-6
HSBC Index Tracker Investment Funds (OEIC)
Well Bldr Bal Acc ?@
Well Bldr Gwth Acc ?@
F & C FUND MANAGEMENT LTD (OEICS)
Enqs: 0870 601 6183 Dealing: 0870 601 6083
Share Class 1 - Retail
Corporate Bd ?@
58.16
Emerging Mkts ?@
123.70
Euro Gwth & Inc 1 ?@ 1050.00
Extra Inc Bond ?@
48.64
FTSE All-Shr Track ?@ 412.60
Global Gwth SC1 ?@
202.50
High Inc Trst @
14.25
Max Inc Bond ?@
48.53
Multi Man Caut ?@
70.41
Multi Man Distr ?@
60.44
North Amer ?@
508.90
Pacific Gwth ?@
441.40
Strategic Bd ?@
197.20
UK Equity ?@
3091.00
UK Gwth & Inc Acc 1 ?@ 658.50
UK Gwth & Inc Dist ?@ 234.70
UK Smaller Cos ?@
964.30
+/-
Eur Sel Gth A Acc ?@
+0.20
+0.12
+1.20
+0.40
+1.40
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 @
1592.11
Euro Opps R Acc @
105.65
Euro Opps R Inc @
100.66
European Growth R Acc @363.20
Global Energy R Acc @
29.89
Global Growth R Acc @ 263.94
Global Income R Acc @ 129.06
Global Income R Inc @
95.93
Global Select R Acc @
102.85
High Income R Inc @
79.18
Income R Acc @
413.96
Income R Inc @
223.53
Monthly Dist R Inc @
71.49
Strategic Assets R Acc @ 82.28
Strategic Bond R M Acc @ 95.68
Strategic Bond R M Inc @ 57.38
Strategic Bond R Q Acc @ 95.50
Strategic Bond R Q Inc @ 57.28
UK Growth R Acc @
545.97
UK Smaller Cos R Acc @ 1645.02
UK Special Sits R Acc @ 574.15
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
109.75
102.80
105.37
108.78
124.15
104.05
99.67
96.41
123.47
142.43
133.08
129.40
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
109.93
103.21
105.91
109.50
124.98
104.91
100.72
97.57
124.87
143.98
134.86
131.21
Shorts (under 5 years)
101.65
105.02
104.02
109.05
109.28
106.05
113.97
112.55
104.73
132.96
118.04
100.70
101.30
100.34
100.11
101.46
103.95
104.61
102.82
108.09
107.35
101.68
122.95
111.84
97.36
?
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
100.35
100.11
101.46
103.95
104.61
102.86
108.09
107.37
101.88
123.01
112.08
97.78
97.83
* maturities as having a 3-month indexation lag and
which trade on a real clean price basis, excluding inflation
adjustment charge.
This is a paid for information service. For
further details on a particular fund, readers
should contact their fund manager.
Data as shown is
for information
purposes only. No offer is made by
Morningstar or this publication
the times | Tuesday February 27 2018
47
2G M
Working Life Business
STARTING OUT A modern answer to James Bond?s Q had a bright idea for a smartphone upgrade and decided to run with it, reports James Hurley
GETTY
Mapping software
on a phone that?s
truly fit for purpose
R
amsey Faragher has bad
news for anyone whose
fitness-tracking app has
told them they?ve just
beaten their personal best:
their device may well be lying to
them. He also thinks he has a
solution.
Focal Point Positioning, the
company that the 35-year-old
founded in 2015, says it has come up
with a way of making mapping that
uses the Global Positioning System
much more accurate. If so, it should
mean an end to quirks such as
mapping apps on smartphones
insisting that you?re somewhere
you?re not, as well as runners and
cyclists being told that they?re getting
fitter than they really are.
According to Dr Faragher: ?You can
spend �0 on a really slick running
watch and inside it is a one-dollar
GPS chip. People will go for the exact
same 5km run every weekend and
look back and their device will tell
them they?ve run plus or minus 200
metres every time. You might not just
beat your personal best, you might
beat world records because the GPS is
roaming around all over the place. It
looks like you?ve gone on this
impossibly long run because it adds
up all the errors.?
Navigation systems are often at
their least accurate in built-up areas
because the signals from the network
of satellites on which GPS relies will
have bounced around between
buildings before reaching the receiver.
?The maths inside the receiver is
based on assuming that the signal
travelled in a straight line. When it
doesn?t, it?s the wrong maths so it puts
you in the wrong place.?
Focal Point Positioning?s software
enables GPS receivers to distinguish
between the authentic, direct signal
and those created by bouncing
signals. The software also makes
better use of other sensors in
smartphones, such as the
accelerometer and gyroscope, to
come up with a much more
accurate positioning system,
one that works even inside
buildings.
Dr Faragher claims that it is
at least ten times as
accurate as the best
of what is
presently
available. The
system makes
clear when it?s
not confident of
your position by
enlarging the
locator ?dot? on
the map. Instead
of making a best
guess, it will show
Ramsey Faragher, below, is intent on helping runners and others to get accurate data on their phones
you a larger area that it?s certain
you are within. There is, Dr
Faragher says, ?interest in devices
that can be more honest?.
Investors seem
convinced that the startup is heading in the
right direction. Last
year, it secured about
�million in a funding
round led by Passion
Capital, the venture
capital firm. Other
backers include
Demis Hassabis, the
artificial intelligence
entrepreneur behind Deepmind,
which was bought by Google in 2014.
Dr Faragher previously worked in
the defence sector and has been
likened to a real-life Q, the master of
gadgets from the James Bond movies.
?We worked on all sorts of stuff,
nuclear submarines, drones, a
Martian rover, an autonomous
ground vehicle. We were experts in
solving difficult positioning problems
on all of these exciting platforms.?
The origins of Focal Point
Positioning are in a system that Dr
Faragher was asked to develop that
would track soldiers so that their
colleagues would know where they
were, should they get into difficulty.
?It needed a screen they could
interact with and control, GPS and a
bunch of other sensors like an
accelerometer, plus good processing
power. We realised we were
specifying the smartphone. Rather
than reinvent that at great cost, we
thought we?d be better off writing
some software for smartphones.?
Focal Point Positioning says it will
make its money from licensing and
royalty deals. Dr Faragher expects its
technology to be in use by consumers
by the end of this year.
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Tempus
Buy, sell or hold: today?s best share tips
Energy cap criticised
The evidence to support
ministers? plans to cap energy
bills for millions of people has
been criticised as ?weak and
confused? by the government?s
own watchdog. The regulatory
policy committee said that there
was no evidence to support the
government?s decision to cap the
standard variable tariffs of
11 million households. ?In general,
the evidence the Department [for
Business, Energy and Industrial
Strategy] presents in support of
its rationale and selected option
is weak, and even confused,? the
watchdog said.
Promise to pay out for years to come
prs reit
Money raised via
placings �0m
Paying the rent
Proposed first
annual div 5p
Share price
W
hiscox
Pre-tax profit
�m
Combined ratio
99.9%
H
iscox markets itself as
providing cover for the ?small
and the brave?, reflecting the
fact that the Lloyd?s of London
insurer?s biggest line of business is
insuring small businesses in
professional areas.
The expression is also a motto for
Hiscox itself, which has successfully
maintained its independence as one
of only three Lloyd?s insurers that
have not been bought by larger
rivals. The others are Beazley and
Expected annual rental income
from current portfolio
107
Baytree Lane, Greater Manchester
�04 million
106
Manor Top Phase 2, Yorkshire
105
104
Source: Thomson Reuters
hen the PRS Real
Estate Investment
Trust was listed less
than a year ago, it
arrived at a big time
in the market for rented homes.
There was, for example, soaring
demand for newly built rented
housing, driven by families, young
professionals and older people
looking to downsize. Smart new
housing schemes were, and are,
being developed and operated by big
operators. And money was, and is,
pouring into the sector. Research
from Knight Frank suggests that
institutional investors will be
spending � billion in the build-torent sector by 2022, up from
� billion in 2016.
Into all this stepped PRS, the first
vehicle of its type to reach the public
markets that was focused wholly on
this emerging area. It raised
�0 million by floating in May last
year at 100p a share. Its plan was to
help to fund the development of
more rental homes and then to run
them, providing a steady income to
fuel its returns. Indeed, the Reit?s
target is to provide net shareholder
returns of 10 per cent or more each
year.
Investors were largely convinced
and the initial public offering was
oversubscribed. Homes England, the
government agency, put in close to
� million. But ?largely? does not
108p
103
102
101
2017
1
J J
2018
100
A S O N D J F
�5,000
Shrewsbury Close, Greater Manchester
�8,000
Manor Top Phase 1, Yorkshire
�3,000
Silkin Green, Telford
�8,000
mean ?wholly?. Some fund managers
expressed reservations about
whether rental levels and occupancy
would be sustained over the long
term.
PRS bought an initial seed
portfolio of 492 homes, mainly in
Liverpool, and the plan was to have a
total of 3,000 properties in
development. While it is still
relatively early days, the overall plan
appears to be on track. The money
from the float was committed by the
end of December to a portfolio of
1,720 homes that it is estimated will
bring in �.7 million when they are
fully occupied. By the end of last
year, 264 of those units had been
completed and let.
In January, PRS paid a maiden
interim dividend of 1.5p and outlined
a 5p total payment for the year to the
end of June. It also agreed debt
facilities of up to �0 million. This
month it raised a further
�0 million, at 102.5p per share, to
boost its capital still further and to
allow it to bolster its development
pipeline. Its directors said that there
Lancashire. Hiscox is the biggest of
the group and has built its business
gradually over years by digesting
increasing amounts of specialist
markets such as professional
indemnity and cover for rich people
and art.
That slow burn has meant that
Hiscox?s retail division now accounts
for slightly more than half its
revenues, and that its American
business is on the verge of
overtaking Britain in profit terms.
In fact, the company hopes that its
big-ticket lines will have the greater
share this year, as that would reflect
stronger prices after last year?s
catastrophes, which wiped out about
$140 billion in capital and reserves.
Price rises have already started to
feed through, particularly in
property and complex directors? and
officers? liability cover. As more
insurers report substantial payouts
for the 2017 disasters, that might
effect sentiment and drive up prices
further.
With its growing presence in the
United States, Hiscox is able to
compare itself to specialist US
insurers, such as RLI and
WR Berkley. Given that America?s
general insurance market is six times
as large as Britain?s, Hiscox?s growth
prospects are considerable.
Like its independent peers, Hiscox
ADVICE Buy
WHY If you want residential
property in your portfolio, this
looks to be a way of getting
exposure to capital growth
and a regular dividend
were �0 million of property
schemes being assessed, with the
potential to add a further 3,800
homes.
Sigma Capital Group, the PRS
Reit?s investment manager, is looking
at opportunities for thousands more
homes and is working with
Countryside Properties, Keepmoat
Homes and Engie Regeneration,
along with local authorities in many
regions. At the moment, the portfolio
is concentrated around cities
including Manchester, Liverpool and
Sheffield, as well as the commuter
towns that link with them. These are
not sprawling, faceless estates,
though, with the smallest
development in the portfolio made
up of 24 units and the largest single
site of only 110 homes.
While the overall model being
pursued by the trust will remain the
same for the foreseeable future, there
is likely to be an expansion in the
geography covered in the coming
years. On another measure, the plan
is to offer a wide range of sizes of
homes, providing options for people
at different stages in life and
therefore enduring that PRS is not
relying on only one demographic
group for its rental income.
Research from one of its
developments in Sheffield, South
Yorkshire, showed that 65 per cent of
tenants were aged between 26 and
45 and close to half had children.
Forty-three per cent were local
people who previously had lived
within a three-mile radius of the site,
with the remainder coming from
further away.
Auditors ?must report?
The Financial Reporting Council
said that auditors must report
?matters of material significance?
to the Charity Commission when
looking at the accounts of notfor-profit organisations. The
auditors? watchdog said that they
?should be able to identify
matters? that should be raised. Its
statement came after the Charity
Commission in England and
Wales criticised the low level of
reporting, which it said was of
particular concern after the
collapse of Kids Company.
?Tech She Can? initiative
A coalition of leading companies,
trade bodies and voluntary
groups has launched an initiative
called Tech She Can to tackle the
root cause of the lack of women
in technology roles in Britain.
The organisation will work with
schools to raise awareness among
girls about careers in technology.
Research from PWC, which
supports the initiative, suggests
that only 27 per cent of girls and
women would consider a career
in technology, compared with
62 per cent of boys and men.
is highly rated, trading at about
2.4 times net asset value. That seems
justified, given its consistent ability
to manage risk and underwrite at a
profitable level, even in testing times.
Despite paying out $225 million for
claims last year, the company
remained profitable, keeping its
combined ratio just below 100 per
cent and increasing its dividend by
almost 6 per cent to 29p.
William Hill bids
William Hill?s Australian
operation has attracted bids from
Ladbrokes Coral, Bet365, Paddy
Power Betfair?s Sportsbet unit
and Crownbet, with offers said to
be about A$200 million
(�2 million). William Hill took
an impairment charge of
�3.3 million against the value of
the Australian business last week
due to a ban on credit betting and
plans for a 15 per cent point of
consumption tax. It is conducting
a review of the business, to
conclude later this year.
ADVICE Buy
WHY Good track record and
growth prospects
PRICES
Major indices
London Financial Futures
New York
Dow Jones
Nasdaq Composite
S&P 500
25709.27 (+399.28)
7421.46 (+84.07)
2779.60 (+32.30)
Tokyo
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22153.63 (+260.85)
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Hang Seng
31498.60 (+231.43)
Amsterdam
AEX Index
538.31 (+4.23)
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9026.11 (+77.92)
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19828.73 (+27.68)
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3992.50 (+19.97)
79.30 (+0.04)
3-Mth Euroswiss
FTSE100
FTSEurofirst 80
Open
121.84
120.83
99.300
99.130
99.050
98.950
98.880
100.32
100.30
100.29
100.26
100.19
100.74
100.72
100.70
7251.0
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122.13
121.14
99.310
99.150
99.050
98.960
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100.32
100.31
100.29
100.26
100.19
100.75
100.73
100.71
7298.0
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121.71
120.71
99.290
99.110
99.010
98.920
98.850
100.32
100.30
100.29
100.25
100.18
100.74
100.72
100.70
7242.5
7166.0
Sett
122.10
121.12
99.310
99.140
99.040
98.950
98.880
100.32
100.30
100.29
100.25
100.19
100.75
100.73
100.71
7283.0
7202.0
4877.5
4775.0
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319979
280776
175375
96138
85307
103715
78595
37055
77439
27296
51934
62380
815
1408
1427
70700
235
Open Int
183587
616281
383579
637808
417793
456825
310587
495089
548205
573256
667241
302822
40929
59486
75411
607723
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Crude Oils ($/barrel FOB)
Apr
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Jun
Brent Physical
BFOE(May)
BFOE(Apr)
WTI(Apr)
WTI(May)
67.61
67.36
67.53
63.77
63.91
637.00
594.50
348.75
588.00
104.40 Jan (2015 = 100)
RPI
276.00 Jan (Jan 1987 = 100)
RPIX
276.50 Jan (Jan 1987 = 100)
595.87 (+2.60)
Morningstar Long/Short Commod 4201.39 (+21.96)
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592.50
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Naphtha
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67.36-67.34
67.10-67.08
+0.69
+0.25
+0.19
+0.36
+0.36
Bank of England official close (4pm)
Morningstar Long Commodity
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3-Mth Euribor
n/a
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CPI
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49
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Markets Business
LA PERLA/SPLASH
AA stuck without a road
map towards recovery
Emily Gosden Market report
T
Financier
snaps up
La Perla
S
ilvio Scaglia has
sold the Italian
luxury fashion
house La Perla for an
undisclosed sum. It was
bought by Sapinda
Holdings, the
investment company
run by Lars Windhorst,
the German financier
against whom Mr
Scaglia launched a
lawsuit in 2016 over
amounts owed under
financing agreements.
A person close to the
matter said that the
two businessmen had
since ?amicably
settled? the dispute,
according to the
Financial Times. ?We
are prepared to further
invest, to improve the
financial performance
and to continue
implementing Silvio?s
vision,? Mr Windhorst
said.
Mr Scaglia bought
the La Perla out of a
restructuring in 2013.
Reports suggested that
he paid ?69 million to
win it in an auction.
he AA has just learnt just
how painful the phrase
?adding insult to injury? can
be. First had come the
injury, or rather a profits
warning and dividend cut last week;
yesterday there followed the insults,
in the form of some stinging broker
downgrades.
Shares in the roadside recovery
group fell by more than 12 per cent,
10絧, to 75絧 as both Berenberg and
Credit Suisse slashed their
recommended price targets. Analysts
at Berenberg forecast a ?long road to
recovery? for the AA and cast doubt
over its growth prospects. The AA?s
strategy when it floated in 2014 ? at
250p a share, lest anyone forget ?
was to focus on ?reversing declines in
paid personal members, reducing
TECHNOLOGY
Amazon breaks $1,500 barrier
A
mazon shares
closed above
$1,500 for the
first time last
night as technology
companies pushed
American stock
markets further
towards recovery
(James Dean writes).
The Dow Jones
industrial average
rose nearly 400
points, or 1.6 per cent.
The broader-based
S&P 500 index rose
32 points, or 1.2 per
cent, to 2,779.60 and
the Nasdaq index
gained 84 points, or
1.2 per cent, to
7,421.46.
America?s stock
markets fell sharply
earlier this month
Wall Street report
After deciding that the threat of a
rapid rise in interest rates had
receded, traders piled in and pushed
US markets to their highest levels in
three weeks. The Dow Jones
industrial average closed up 399.28
points to 25,709.27.
Amazon was a prime
mover amid rising
markets yesterday
amid fears that wage
inflation could force
the Federal Reserve
to raise interest rates
faster than expected.
Apple, the world?s
largest public
company, which is
worth $908 billion,
closed up by 2 per
cent to $178.97 last
night, just shy of its
record high, after a
report suggested that
it hoped to release
three new iPhones
this year. Shares in
Amazon, the
ecommerce giant,
gained 1.5 per cent to
$1,521.95, valuing the
company at
$737 billion.
Cisco Systems, the
network hardware
maker, had the best
day among Dow
companies, rising by
3.1 per cent to $45.36.
Yields on ten-year
Treasuries were
stable at 2.86 per cent
and the dollar?s value
held steady against a
basket of currencies.
Results in brief
Name
Pre-tax figure
Profit (+) loss (-)
Ascential (consumer FY)
Avation (finance HY)
Bunzl (services FY)
Dechra Pharma (health HY)
Hammerson (property FY)
Hiscox (finance FY)
Keller (industrials FY)
One Media IP (media FY)
Quartix Holdings(services FY)
Senior (engineering HY)
Sylvania Platinum (resources HY)
Town Centre Securities (property HY)
�.1m (-�8m)
$7.3m ($8.4m)
�9.3m (�2.9m)
�m (�.8m)
�3.4m (�2.8m)
�.8m (�4.5m)
�0.6m (�.9m)
�3m (�,019)
�6m (�5m)
�.2m (�.5m)
$7.9m ($6.7m)
�.4m (�6m)
Dividend
5.6p f 3.8p p Jun 15
nil
46p f 32p p Jul 2
7.33p p Apr 6
25.5p f 14.8p p Apr 26
29p f 19.5p p Jun 12
34.2p f 24.5p p Jun 22
nil
13.5p f 11.1p p May 4
6.95p f 4.90p p May 31
nil
3.25p p Jun 22
6 Results in brief are given for all companies valued at more than � million. f = final p = payable
The day?s biggest movers
Change
Company
Ascential Exploring sale of exhibitions business
Vedanta Iron ore prices rise
Anglo American Mining sector in favour after strong results and as iron ore rises
AB Foods Sales rise at Primark
Easyjet Broker upgrade
Hammerson Faces relegation from FTSE 100
Provident Financial Fears of a rights issue
AA Downgrade by broker
Interserve Concerns over refinancing progress
Chariot Oil and Gas Proposes new fundraising
London Grain Futures
LIFFE Wheat (close �/t)
Mar
135.40 May
139.80
Nov
145.00 Jan
unq
Gold/Precious
metals (US dollars per ounce)
Jul
unq
Volume: 679
London Metal Exchange
15mth
7141.5-7142.5
7310.0-7320.0
Lead ($/tonne)
2597.5-2598.5
2588.0-2590.0
n/a
Zinc Spec Hi Gde ($/tonne)
3587.0-3588.0
3544.0-3545.0
21580.0-21585.0
n/a
21260.0-21310.0
Alum Hi Gde ($/tonne)
2188.0-2188.5
2159.5-2160.5
2280.0-2285.0
Nickel ($/tonne)
13905.0-13910.0
ECB Refi 0.00
US Fed Fd 1.25-1.50
Interbank Rates
Clearer CDs
Depo CDs
1 mth
0.4984
0.52-0.42
0.52-0.42
2 mth
0.5233
0.54-0.44
0.54-0.44
3 mth
0.5728
0.62-0.52
0.62-0.52
6 mth
0.6813
0.77-0.62
0.77-0.62
12 mth
0.8988
0.97-0.82
0.97-0.82
Palladium $1059.50 (�9.14)
Eurodollar Deps
1.60-1.80
1.75-1.95
1.93-2.13
2.15-2.35
2.43-2.63
Other Sterling
European money
deposits %
Sterling spot and forward rates
Close $1330.20-1331.00 High $1340.46
Treasury Bills (Dis) Buy: 1 mth 0.290; 3 mth 0.248. Sell: 1 mth 0.220; 3 mth 0.248
Krugerrand $1316.00-1388.00 (�2.93-994.52)
Silver $16.61 (�.90)
Currency
1mth
3mth
6mth
12mth
0.13
0.20
0.29
0.55
0.50
0.57
0.68
0.90
0.10
0.15
0.20
0.50
Dollar
Sterling
Euro
13940.0-13945.0
Finance House 1.0
Halifax Mortgage Rate 3.99
Bullion: Open $1327.02
n/a
Mkt Rates for
Copenhagen
Euro
Montreal
New York
Oslo
Stockholm
Tokyo
Zurich
a binding offer of $345 million from
Hydro to acquire its last remaining
aluminium assets in Europe, including
the Isal smelter in Iceland. Rio shares
rose 62絧, or 1.56 per cent, to �.64.
Goldminers were also in favour
after the price of the metal rose by
almost 1 per cent, helped by a weaker
dollar. Randgold Resources rose 76p
to �.90, while Fresnillo, was up 21p
at �.32.
The biggest fallers also included
Interserve, down 8p, or 12 per cent, at
57p amid concerns over its
refinancing, and Provident Financial,
down 68絧 at 588p over fears that it
could be preparing to launch a rights
issue or other nasty surprises with its
annual results today. On Aim,
Chariot Oil and Gas sunk by 25 per
cent after confirming that it was
looking at plans to raise cash to fund
drilling off Namibia. The company
aims to raise $15 million through a
conditional placing at 13p per share
and $5 million through an open offer.
The shares fell 5紁 to 15p.
Dollar rates
Clearing Banks: 0.50
Australia
Canada
Denmark
Euro
Hong Kong
Japan
Malaysia
Norway
Singapore
Sweden
Switzerland
Tin ($/tonne)
21690.0-21710.0
Base Rates
Platinum $1001.00 (�7.23)
Copper Gde A ($/tonne)
7110.0-7111.0
Money rates %
AM $1339.05 PM $1333.50
3mth
which took off on the back of an
upgrade from analysts at Kepler
Chevreux. They increased their target
price on the low-cost airline to �.31
from �.51, helping to send shares up
33p to �.64.
The FTSE 100 rose 45.17 points to
7,289.58, mirroring gains across
Europe as markets recovered from
sell-offs earlier this month. Anglo
American, which last week raised its
dividend and said that it had halved
its net debt, was the biggest riser in
the index, closing up 3 per cent, or
55p, at �.44. It was among those
boosted by a pick-up in iron ore prices
on the back of new measures to tackle
pollution in China.
However, Vivek Dhar, an analyst at
Commonwealth Bank of Australia,
said that miners could respond by
focusing on a ?preference for highgrade ore?. This was likely to see a ?a
volatile year in iron ore markets?, but
helped to lift the commodity and
stocks with exposure.
Rio Tinto said that it had received
Low $1327.02
(Official)
Cash
5.9%
3.7%
3.1%
3.1%
2.0%
-2.2%
-10.5%
-12.2%
-12.3%
-25.0%
back-office costs and gradually
deleveraging the business?, they
noted. ?The company?s profit warning
on February 21 has shown this plan
has failed.?
The AA tried to foster confidence
in its prospects last week by setting
out plans to focus on ?connected car?
products: in short, nifty technology
that can help to predict breakdowns
before they happen. Berenberg saw a
flaw: more reliable cars would mean
less need for the roadside assistance,
undermining the existing business.
In addition, the AA remains
overloaded with debt and with ?no
quick fix?, meaning that leverage is
likely ?to remain a concern for several
more years?, the analysts noted,
cutting their price target from 100p to
65p.
The AA was the biggest faller in the
FTSE 250 yesterday, contributing to a
muted performance in the mid-cap
index, which rose only 27.68 points to
19,828.73.
How it must have envied Easyjet,
Range
8.4389-8.4888
1.1401-1.1335
1.7665-1.7803
1.3932-1.4068
10.909-10.996
11.371-11.453
149.00-150.00
1.3067-1.3142
Close
8.4483-8.4496
1.1348-1.1347
1.7715-1.7717
1.3955-1.3957
10.928-10.932
11.381-11.384
149.38-149.39
1.3096-1.3097
1 month
73ds
7pr
12pr
15pr
34pr
105ds
8ds
15ds
Premium = pr
3 month
265ds
25pr
42pr
55pr
96pr
345ds
34ds
50ds
Discount = ds
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
Exchange rates
1.2752-1.2753
1.2694-1.2695
6.0539-6.0544
0.8128-0.8130
7.8232-7.8237
107.03-107.04
3.9063-3.9113
7.8306-7.8325
1.3167-1.3177
8.1555-8.1569
0.9384-0.9385
28.138-28.152
1.7797-1.7798
0.5227-0.5295
4.5145-4.5187
1.1344-1.1350
10.918-10.919
90.482-90.495
18858-19380
0.4175-0.4198
5.4513-5.4582
1.9107-1.9112
1.8382-1.8384
16.159-16.173
5.1237-5.1251
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
1.950
1.700
1.930
1.680
9.090
7.970
n/a
n/a
1.240
1.080
11.740
10.320
390.410
321.200
21964.800
17520.300
5.360
4.570
161.450
139.830
2.150
1.820
11.920
10.310
5.230
4.290
84.980
70.760
17.920
15.170
12.190
10.840
1.440
1.240
5.880
5.030
1.520
1.340
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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Tuesday February 27 2018 | the times
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Business Equity prices
12 month
High Low Company
Price
(p) +/- Yld% P/E
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Banking & finance
55K
15
39O 1PMv
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2178
1784 Admiral
63K
312
19K ADVFNv
212V Aldermore Gp
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9 Amedeo Resv
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10931K 8288X Aon Corpn
1562K 1245 Arbuthnot Bkgv
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207K Esure
230
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46K Frenkel Toppingv
52
428
319 Gresham Housev
931
67
61K Gulf Invest
815 Gresh Hse Stratv
265 H&T Groupv
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1266 Hargreaves L?
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2582
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45V Carador
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338
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275
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392K +
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175K
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340N
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360 City Lon Inv Gp
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1316 Close Bros
111N CMC Markets
627N Commerzbk
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1552Y 1106 Deutsche Bk
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217K Billington Hldgsv
253
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1060
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76 Park Groupv
820 PayPoint
347O
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2256 Rathbone Brs
144N Reddev
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High Low Company
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214K
124K
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524K
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945K
188K 3i Infrastructure
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122
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241K Athelney Trust
260
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733K Bankers?
884
1260 BH Global
1410
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1014W
1880 BH Macro
2042K
1636X BH Macro
1636X
1360N BH Macro
1462K
686K Biotech Growth
751
67K BLK Com Inc
78X
303O BlckREmEur
380
144 BlckFroInv
164K
284V BLK Grt Euro
333
193 BlackRck Inc & Gwth? 195
402K BLK Latin Am
492K
150 BlckRck N Amer Inc 163N
1035 BLK Smlr
1360
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314K BLK Wld Min
400
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27K
45 Blue Plan Int Fn
46K
658K Br Empire Sec
717
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752
2600 Caledonia Inv
2770
114N Candover
117
193 Charter European
194
181 City Merch Hi Yld
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413K
171K Crystal Amber Fdv
195K
320 Dunedin Entp
380
635 Edinburgh IT?
640
532K Edin Wwide
780
872 Electra Pte Eq
903
288 EP Global Opp
311K
1087K European Asset
1295
790 European Investment 940
285 F&C Cap&Inc
316
134K F&C Comm Prop?
142K
1250 F&C Glbl Smaller
1320
555K Foreign & Col
655
300N F&C Priv Eq Ord
332K
99 F&C UK HIT A
100
98 F&C UK HIT B
100
397K F&C UK HIT UNIT
409
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361 Fidlty Asian Val
380K
186O Fidelity China Sp
250
186O Fidlty Euro Val
224K
104K Fidlty Jap Val
152
221V Fidlty Spec Val
256K
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620K Gen Emer Mkts
725
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177K
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872
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1190
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1705
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201K Highbridge Multi
223K
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102N
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256
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294K
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264N JPM Eur IT Gth
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Actress known as the
?Meryl Streep of India?
Sridevi
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Obituaries
Michael Green
Eccentric author of The Art of Coarse Acting and 14 more books in the series who always had a compulsion to do anything for a laugh
MICHAEL WARD/TIMES NEWSPAPERS LTD
Even Michael Green?s best friends
thought him a menace, albeit it a
loveable one. It was to do with the way
that he would flail his arms around
when telling a story. No vase was safe.
On one occasion a tray of champagne
glasses was wrested from a passing
waiter and pitched into the lap of
the French actress Marie-France Duquette, an innocent bystander. When
Green appeared on an Eamonn
Andrews?s chat show to plug one of his
humorous books, The Art of Coarse
Golf, he wielded a seven iron in the
studio to demonstrate how not to swing
the club and, in his excitement, accidentally let go. It missed the head of
Spike Milligan, another of the guests, by
a matter of inches and, visibly shaken,
the comedian barely spoke another
word for the rest of the show.
One of the quirkiest humorists of his
generation, Green created a minor
classic with The Art of Coarse Acting,
an affectionate but all too accurate
expos� of the pretensions of amateur
dramatics. The book was dedicated to
those who perform to sparse audiences
in church halls amid lethal props, while
the coarse actor was defined as one
who can remember his lines, but not
necessarily in the right order. ?The
Coarse Actor?s aim is to upstage the rest
of the cast,? it said. ?His hope is to be
dead by Act Two so that he can spend
the rest of his time in the bar.?
Green was to produce 15 Coarse
books on subjects ranging from
gardening to sex. The series sold
millions of copies and remained in
print for 30 years. To this day The Art of
Coarse Acting remains essential ?how
not to? reading for amateur and
professional students of drama.
Michael Frederick Green was born
in 1927 into a lower-middle class family
intent on keeping up appearances. His
father, who had lost an arm to a
German shell, was awarded a war
pension, which maintained a modest
home in a suburb of Leicester.
Childhood thrills for Green centred
on football and rugby ? especially
rugby, which was then the chief spectator sport in the Midlands. His delight
was not so much in the game as his
father?s barracking of the players and
referee, providing material that was to
be recycled 50 years later for Green?s
rugby column in The Sunday Times and
in The Art of Coarse Rugby. The coarse
rugby player was described by Green as
differentiated from the rugger player in
that he does not enjoy playing.
By 1939 Green was at Wyggeston
Grammar School, and in the evenings
an enthusiastic member of the local
amateur dramatic society. His first
appearance was as a schoolboy in
Goodbye, Mr Chips, the James Hilton
potboiler about an old schoolmaster.
In the final scene, when Chips draws
his last breath, Green was one of the
heavenly youth choir singing Lord
Behold Us With Thy Blessing while
Chips suffered what became known as
the All Purpose Coarse Death. ?Mr
Chips was heard groaning and tottering
round the stage, clawing at furniture,
until a crash announced he had fallen
down,? Green said. ?The author intended Chips to die peacefully, but this was
more like the demise of Lucky Luciano.?
The desire to act or show off grew.
The quirky humorist Michael Green celebrating the sale of a million copies of his book Even Coarser Sport in 1978
Green noted that nobody seemed to
pay attention when he was serious ?
only when he was fooling about.
After leaving school at 16 he started
work as an editorial messenger with
the Leicester Mercury. There he was
tutored by a vintage reporter who told
him of the days when the results of a
football match were sent back to the
newsroom by carrier pigeon (?It was
supposed to home on a loft in the
Mercury roof, but sometimes went to
the rival newspaper instead.?) Green
was soon writing up births, marriages
and deaths. Attending inquests, where
he discovered how easy it was to die
from a scratch or a germ, made him
a lifetime hypochondriac.
The true mark of his character,
Among the tips was
?never take a penalty with
a cigarette in your mouth?
however, was a compulsion to do
anything for a laugh, even when the
inner voice was urging caution. The
episode that entered the folk history of
provincial journalism started with
Green and another young journalist on
night watch for German incendiary
bombs. The overnight fire-watching job
was unpopular, except with boys his age
who were too young to be called up ?
for they could drink brown ale, use the
typewriters and telephones and help
themselves to the editor?s cigars. Bored
with reading the editor?s private
correspondence one night, the pair descended to the machine room to inspect
the printing presses. The attraction of
the start button was irresistible. As
Green recalled, ?the presses burst into
life with a great roar and started to print
the first and only midnight edition of
the Leicester Mercury?. By the time he
had found out how to stop the machines
an enormous reel of paper had broken
under the strain and he was knee-deep
in newsprint. The next day Green was
looking for another job.
He found one at the Northampton
Chronicle & Echo, where they were
always short of staff, it was said, because
they paid the lowest wages. The paper
was also distinguished by having files
going back to 1720. Once a week it was
Green?s job to search the records for
a feature, 200 Years Ago. From this
came the inspiration for his most endearing character, the dissolute Squire
Haggard, whose fictitious journal first
appeared in the Echo and re-emerged
i the
in
th 1960ss as
a part of the Peter Simple
column in The Daily Telegraph.
In common with authentic diarists of
the period, Haggard, in many ways a
Hogarthian grotesque, was obsessed
with exotic diseases (?Amos Bindweed
died from Putrefaction of the Tripes?),
executions (?Jas Soaper hanged for
stealing a nail?) and disasters at home
and abroad (?Plague raging in Cadiz?).
Less authentic were Haggard?s romantic troubles (?Because of the wet
weather my Rheumaticks are so bad I
was unable to have my usual whore
yesterday?) and his relationship with
his tenants (?this day being that most
sacred feast in the Christian calendar,
viz: Quarter Day, I sallied forth to
evict those behind with their rents?).
Haggard made his appearance in book
form in 1975 and in 1990 was adapted
by Yorkshire Television for two series.
After war service in tanks and the
education corps, Green returned for a
brief spell at the Echo, where ambitions
to write the great novel were eventually
reduced to a fictionalised memoir,
Don?t Print My Name Upside Down,
while further incursions into amateur
theatre gave him a taste for Shakespearian pastiche. This resurfaced years later
in his Coarse Acting Show at the Edinburgh festival with All?s Well That Ends
As You Like It and Henry the Tenth (Part
Seven). In 1950 he became a sub-editor
on the Birmingham Gazette, where he
also reported on rugby matches.
A move to Fleet Street came in 1953
with the offer of a job on The Star, then
one of a trio of London evening papers.
The Star was by far the weakest of
the three, a sweatshop stuffed by old
hacks desperate to put off retirement.
Green stood it for four years before
going freelance to write documentary
features for Rediffusion, London?s independent weekday television service.
Part-time work on the sports desk of
The Observer helped to build his reputation as a reporter who could enliven
the account of an otherwise dull match
with a few laughs at the expense of the
players. This led to an offer from
Hutchinson to write The Art of Coarse
Rugby. Among the tips offered by
Green was ?never take a penalty with
a cigarette in your mouth?. ?Always
hand it to the referee. These little
courtesies distinguish the gentleman.?
The Art of Coarse Sailing and Even
Coarser Rugby appeared before he
really got into his stride with Coarse
Acting. The spin-offs from this book
included a coarse acting competition
and a sell-out appearance at the
Edinburgh festival where professional
actors gave their worst in rehashed
classics such as The Cherry Sisters and,
in homage to Beckett, Last Call for
Breakfast. In 1979 the coarse acting
one-act plays came to the West End.
Having lived on his own for many
years in west London, where he declared
his garden a nature reserve to save
cutting the lawn, Green met his future
wife through a shared passion for
amateur dramatics. He and Christine,
a pianist and music teacher, were actively involved in the Questors Theatre in
Ealing. On the night they met she was
serving behind the bar and he ordered
six G&Ts. After 23 years together they
were married in 2004, when he was 77
and she 55. ?He was one of life?s natural
bachelors,? she said, ?always nervous
about being tied down. Even then he
bolted when we got to the register office.
We had to cancel and try again another
day.? She described him as ?maddening,
but lovely? and the untidiest and clumsiest person she had met. ?Always spilling
things. If there was a room completely
empty apart from one small object he
would somehow manage to trip over it.?
Mickey, as his friends called him to
wind him up, was convivial to a fault
and considered a regular in a number of
Fleet Street pubs. This is not to suggest,
however, that he was a dissolute figure,
or an unhealthy one ? he not only
continued playing tennis into his late
eighties, but managed to avoid maiming his opponents with flying rackets.
Michael Green, humorist, was born on
January 2, 1927. He died of a heart
attack on February 25, 2018, aged 91
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Sridevi
Actress who had a difficult relationship with stardom but appeared in 300 films and became known as the ?Meryl Streep of India?
GETTY IMAGES; ALAMY
Sridevi still recalled the moment that
she was first asked to perform for the
camera, aged four. She was initially so
afraid that she hid behind her mother?s
sari and had to be coaxed out. ?I?ve
never had a break after that,? she said.
She was such a natural actress that she
was able to burst into tears unprompted
for one scene. ?The other child had to
be pinched hard by its mother and it
would howl in pain,? she recalled.
Regal and statuesque with thickly
lashed wide eyes, Sridevi grew from
baby-faced child actress to a gyrating
screen goddess dubbed ?Miss Thunder
Thighs?. Dressed in a white sari and
sparkling jewels, with her black hair
flowing down her back, she most
famously sashayed her way across
cinema screens as a snake-turnedvengeful-wife in a dance sequence in
Nagina in 1986. A year later when she
played an investigative reporter in Mr
India, film magazines claimed it should
have been called ?Miss India?.
Yet she remained modest, insisting
that she preferred quiet family gatherings to Bollywood glamour, and disappearing altogether from the public
eye at the peak of her fame to bring
up her daughters. When she made a
comeback in her late forties ? as a
housewife who seeks to learn English
and discovers her identity on the way
? she earned a new nickname as ?the
Meryl Streep of India?. By then Sridevi
had starred in 300 films in five Indian
languages and had been one of the
highest-paid earners in the country?s
film industry. At one point she was
making ten films a year, working on two
or three shoots at the same time. After
her death ? she drowned having lost
consciousness in the bath ? some
claimed that she had struggled with the
pressure of diets. She had described
her younger self as ?chubby?, but
always insisted that she had had a
happy career.
She was given her first
grown-up role, playing
a girl who was blind,
when she was 11. ?I
just made my eyes go
blank. I was an
obedient child,
I guess,? she
said. ?I did
whatever the
director told me to.? A few years later
she was cast as a heroine opposite much
older men. ?I never felt awkward while
acting with them, rather I felt deeply
honoured . . . I?d stand straight up, so I
wouldn?t look like a little girl.?
However, she was private and discreet ? she said a film about her life
would be boring ? and she struggled
with some of the modern pressures of
the film industry. ?Kissing scenes are
not for me,? she said in 1992. In one film
someone else?s lips were used for a kiss
even though she had insisted that she
would not allow this. ?My parents saw
the film and were very upset.?
Early on in her career she was also
requested to act in ?rape scenes? when
her heroines were required to fall prey
to villains. ?I?ve had to do a couple of
them because every heroine has to,? she
said. ?You have to scream, shout, you
?I have never felt the
need to get agitated or
hyper about anything?
get hurt because your bangles break.?
She was relieved when such parts were
increasingly phased out. When asked
whether she felt the need to be competitive with the actresses challenging her
position over the years, she replied simply: ?I just act.?
Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan ?
always known simply as Sridevi in the
film world ? was born in Tamil Nadu,
a state in southern India, in 1963. Her
father, K Aiyyappan, was a lawyer who
had met her mother, Rajeshwari, after
she had a car accident. ?There was some
kind of a case and my mother had
gone to the lawyer?s where she
met him,? Sridevi said. ?Theirs
was a love marriage.?
After her parents encouraged her into child acting
she enjoyed years
of success in
south
India,
making films in
Tamil,
Telugu,
Sridevi with
the actor
Anil Kapoor
Sridevi in 2012, the year she made her return to cinema in English Vinglish
Malayalam and Kannada, and she later
made films in Hindi. Early roles included a village beauty seduced by a city
slicker and a wife tricked into marriage.
When in the mid-1970s she made her
debut as a lead actress in a Bollywood
film she immediately became fodder
for the gossip columns. Described as a
?love machine?, she was regularly
linked by the press with her on-screen
heroes. ?They always know when I
have fallen in love though I don?t know
about it myself,? she said. ?In the south,
this never happens.?
Always possessing an outward
appearance of calm, Sridevi claimed
she was not troubled by the Miss Thunder Thighs nickname. ?I didn?t take that
seriously,? she explained. Of her acting
method she often said there had been
no time for formal training. ?I?ve never
had a day off unless I?ve been ill. I?ve
learnt everything on the job, including
dancing.? Her mother sometimes
helped her as her press agent and for
many years stayed in her bedroom at
the family?s bungalow in Madras.
In Mumbai she lived in a series of
hotel rooms. ?I leave the room at 9am
and come back at night,? she said. Determined to make her existence less impersonal, she persuaded the kitchens to
make her home-cooked food. ?I?m extremely fond of fish, prawn, crab and
lobster,? she said. Her own efforts at
cooking, she admitted, amounted to
little more than boiled chicken and
vegetables. ?Only I can eat the result,?
she said. ?Everyone else makes faces.?
Her private life was sometimes complex. In the 1990s she was labelled a
?home-breaker? when she started a
relationship with the Bollywood producer Boney Kapoor, who was married
with children. He confessed that he
had admired Sridevi since watching her
in a Tamil film in the 1970s and claimed
to have even travelled to her home to
try and meet her. In 1987 she starred as
the eccentric crime reporter in his film
Mr India.
After the pair eventually married
in a small ceremony in 1996 she
announced that she was taking a break
from acting to look after her family.
She had two daughters: Jhanvi, who is
also an actress, and Khushi, who is just
17. Sridevi confessed to depending on
her husband?s advice and support. ?He
looks after every little detail in my life,?
she said. In turn, she was so disciplined
that she joked that her husband had
to tell her to ?stop being a saint and
enjoy life?. She visited the temple
regularly. ?I am deeply religious and it
helps me stay focused. I have always
been like this,? she said. ?I have never
felt the need to get agitated or hyper
about anything in life.?
When she made a return to the screen
in 2012 in English Vinglish as a homemaker who sells sweets to pay for language classes, she bemoaned the number of press interviews and promotional
events she had to attend. Still immaculately groomed, she was showered with
gowns, but claimed she had little interest. ?I guess it is some Indian designer.
I forgot the name. They gave it to me, I
wore it,? she said on one occasion.
She also joked that despite her years
of domesticity she still could not cook
and had to be taught to make sweets as
part of a film role. She made her final
screen appearance last year in Mom as
a vigilante mother whose daughter has
been raped. Speaking about her long
career she said that one thing had not
changed: ?I still feel the same palpitation on my first day of shooting that I
did when I started off as a child artiste.?
Sridevi, actress, was born on August 13,
1963. She drowned after losing
consciousness on February 24, 2018,
aged 54
Lieutenant-Colonel Ian Hywel-Jones
Soldier and diplomat who was decorated for intelligence-led operations in Malaya and had a passion for the Middle East
Ian Hywel-Jones gained a reputation as
a habitu� of the intelligence community and his custom of never speaking
about his work ? whatever it was ?
even to close regimental friends,
fostered this view.
Gentlemanly, mild-mannered and
uncomplaining, he made his name as
the intelligence officer of the South
Wales Borderers during the communist
insurrection in Malaya in the mid1950s, when he worked closely with the
local police special branch in setting up
networks of modestly remunerated
Chinese informers. Ambushes based
on information received almost
invariably took place at night under
the command of Hywel-Jones.
On one occasion during a vicious
skirmish he shot dead a terrorist who
had wounded one of his men and led a
chase through the jungle, which resulted in the capture of two more. Prisoners were considered more valuable
because they would often readily
provide information on their erstwhile
communist comrades. For his repeated
success in intelligence-led operations
Lieutenant-Colonel Ian Hywel-Jones
in the Muar District of Johore during
1956, Hywel-Jones was awarded the
Military Cross.
For the next few years his career took
a more conventional course. He spent a
period on the staff of the 44th Parachute Brigade (TA). Then, in 1958, he
was attached to ?D? Squadron 22 Special Air Service regiment for an operation in Oman to deal with rebels opposing the British-supported sultan. It was
Hywel-Jones?s first experience of the
Middle East and later led him to take an
Arabic language course; he had a view
to becoming a specialist on the region.
He subsequently served as aide-decamp to Major-General David Peel
Yates, who was commanding the British sector of Berlin. During the posting
he met his future wife, Merilyn Booker.
She was born in Australia, where her
mother had been evacuated from Singapore in 1942, when the island was
about to fall to the Japanese. Merilyn
was working as a nanny in Berlin when
their shared connection with the Far
East drew them together. They were
married in 1965 and travelled widely,
including by car through the Caucasus
to the Caspian Sea. She died in 2016;
there were no children.
Robert Ian Hywel-Jones was born in
Colwyn Bay on the north coast of
Wales. His father was John HywelJones, an official with the Midland
Bank. He was educated at Birkenhead
School and entered the army through
National Service.
On completion of his Arabic
language course he went to Aden to
join the operations staff of the Federal
Regular Army (FRA). Operations were
under way against insurrectionist
Marxist and tribal groups who were
opposed to British rule and were taking
control of the up-country protectorates
and closing in on Aden city. It had taken
40 years to build up a seemingly nontribal indigenous defence force, but
intelligence on tribal influence within
the FRA proved equal in importance to
information on the dissident groups.
Hywel-Jones?s personal part in this ?
and in containing the turmoil that
enveloped local forces as the British
withdrew ? remains obscure, but
British officers seconded to the FRA
had a scramble to get out.
Diplomatic roles followed and he was
appointed assistant defence attach� in
Teheran, where he was remembered
for having remained at his desk during
a fire until his telephone began to melt.
On promotion to lieutenant-colonel
he became defence attach� in Jeddah.
He retired from the army in 1983 and
then joined the Foreign Office, taking
responsibility for the welfare of military
personnel and their families with
diplomatic missions around the world.
One ambassador described him as ?a
better diplomat than many career
officers?.
In addition to writing poetry and
painting in pastels, he sang with the
Treasury Singers, which he had joined
while working with the Foreign Office.
Music had always been an important
part of his life.
On retiring for a second time in 1996
he embarked on compiling the biographical details of all the recipients of
the Victoria Cross and the George
Cross, sponsored by the VC and GC
Association in Whitehall.
Lieutenant-Colonel Ian Hywel-Jones,
MBE, MC, soldier and diplomat, was
born on June 6, 1932. He died on
January 12, 2018, aged 85, after a fall
six months earlier
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Register
Law Report
Births, Marriages and Deaths
Environmental controls breach
fisherman?s human rights
THE LORD shall reign for ever, even thy
Supreme Court
Published: February 27, 2018
Regina (Mott) v Environment
Agency
Before Baroness Hale of Richmond,
Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore, Lord Carnwath,
Lady Black and Lord Briggs
[2018] UKSC 10
Judgment: February 14, 2018
When the Environment Agency
imposed conditions on holders
of salmon fishing licences and
they had a more severe impact
on one licence holder over
others, because they destroyed
his livelihood, that amounted
to deprivation of a possession
rather than a control in the
public interest and, therefore,
constituted an interference with
his right to peaceful enjoyment
of his possessions.
The Supreme Court so held
in dismissing the appeal of the
Environment Agency from a
decision of the Court of Appeal
(Lord Dyson, Master of the
Rolls, Lord Justice McFarlane
and Lord Justice Beatson)
([2016] 1 WLR 4338) upholding a
decision on February 13, 2015 of
Judge David Cooke, sitting as a
judge of the Queen?s Bench
Division, to grant the claimant,
Nigel Mott, a declaration that
conditions imposed by the
agency on his salmon fishing
licence were in breach of his
right to peaceful enjoyment of
his possessions, under article 1
of the First Protocol to the
European
Convention
on
Human Rights, and to allow an
amendment to include a claim
for damages for breach of his
Convention rights.
Mr James Maurici, QC, and
Mr Gwion Lewis for the Environment Agency; Mr Stephen
Hockman, QC, and Mr Mark
Beard for the claimant.
Lord Carnwath, with whom
the other members of the court
agreed, said that the claimant
had a leasehold interest in a socalled ?putcher rank? fishery at
Lydney on the north bank of the
Severn estuary. A putcher rank
was an old fishing technique
involving the use of conical
baskets, or ?putchers?, to trap
adult salmon as they attempted
to return from the open sea to
their river of origin to spawn.
The claimant had operated
the putcher rank under
successive leases since 1975.
Since 1979 it had been his fulltime occupation. He claimed
that before the limits introduced
by the agency in 2011 his average
catch using the rank was some
600 salmon a year, at a value of
about �0 each, giving him a
gross annual income of �,000.
His present lease was due to
expire on March 31, 2018.
To operate the putcher rank
the claimant required an annual
licence from the agency under
section 25 of the Salmon and
Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975.
The salmon season ran from
June 1 to August 15, and licences
were usually issued by the agency in late April or early May.
Until recently a licence for use
of ?an historic installation? such
as the putcher rank could not be
made subject to conditions limiting the number of fish taken.
However, with effect from January 1, 2011, the 1975 act had been
amended to enable the agency
to impose such conditions when
considered necessary for the
protection of any fishery: see
paragraph 14A of Schedule 2 to
the 1975 act, as inserted by
section 217(7) of the Marine and
Coastal Access Act 2009.
On June 1, 2012 the claimant
was served with a notice limiting
his catch to 30 fish. A further
reduction of 23 salmon was
proposed for 2013, and 24 for
the 2014 season. In judicial review proceedings the claimant
alleged irrationality and breach
of his rights under the Convention. His case was that the catch
limit conditions had made the
putcher rank fishery wholly uneconomic and the lease worthless.
Article 1 of the First Protocol
to the Convention provided that
everyone was ?entitled to peaceful enjoyment of his possessions? and that nobody ?shall be
deprived of his possessions
except in the public interest and
subject to the conditions provided for by law and by the general
principles of international law?.
Article 1 of the First Protocol further provided that those ?provisions shall not, however, in any
way impair the right of a state to
enforce such laws as it deems
necessary to control the use of
property in accordance with the
general interest or to secure the
payment of taxes or other contributions or penalties?.
It was accepted that the claimant?s right to fish using the
putcher rank was a ?possession?
for those purposes. The issues
identified by the parties as
arising in the appeal were: (1)
whether the conditions imposed
by the agency amounted to con-
trol or de facto expropriation
under article 1 of the First Protocol; (2) if the former, whether the
?fair balance? required compensation to be paid; (3) if the latter,
whether there were any exceptional circumstances justifying
absence of compensation.
His Lordship said that the
cases from the European Court
of Human Rights showed that
the distinction between expropriation and control was neither
clear-cut nor crucial to the
analysis. Viewed from the agency?s point of view, and that of the
public, the restrictions imposed
on the claimant were a proper
exercise of the agency?s powers
to control fishing activity in the
interests of the protection of
the environment.
The agency was right to emphasise the special importance
to be attached to the protection
of the environment. However,
that did not detract from the
need to draw a ?fair balance?,
nor from the potential relevance
of compensation in that context.
The trial judge?s analysis of
the applicable legal principles
could not be faulted. He had not
found it necessary to categorise
the measure as either expropriation or control. It was enough
that it ?eliminated at least 95 per
cent of the benefit of the right?,
thus making it ?closer to
deprivation than mere control?.
That was clearly relevant to the
?fair balance.?
Yet the agency had given no
consideration to the particular
impact on the claimant?s
livelihood. The impact was
exacerbated
because
the
method chosen meant that by
far the greatest impact fell on
him as compared to others
whose use might have been only
for leisure purposes.
In upholding the decision of
the courts below his Lordship
emphasised that the present
case was exceptional on the
facts, because of the severity and
disproportion (as compared to
others) of the impact on the
claimant. As the European cases
showed, the national authorities
had a wide margin of discretion
in the imposition of environmental controls, and article 1 of
the First Protocol gave no general expectation of compensation for adverse effects.
Solicitors: Solicitor, Environment Agency, Bristol; Harrison
Clark Rickerbys Inc, Ross-onWye.
and was received by Mr John
Barber (Deputy Lieutenant of
Greater London).
Cuthbert Brown (Vice
Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire).
Her Royal Highness this
afternoon opened the Equine
Semen Centre at Stallion AI
Services, Chapel Field Stud, Ash
Lane, Whitchurch, Shropshire.
The Princess Royal, Royal
Patron, Wise, this evening
attended a Dinner at the Ritz
Hotel, 150 Piccadilly, London
W1.
Court Circular
Kensington Palace
26th February, 2018
Prince Henry of Wales this
afternoon attended a
Roundtable Discussion with
organisations and young
people working in the field
of youth violence in the United
Kingdom, Fight for Peace,
Woodman Street, London E16,
Buckingham Palace
26th February, 2018
The Countess of Wessex,
Patron, Disability Initiative,
today held a Meeting.
Buckingham Palace
26th February, 2018
The Princess Royal, Patron, YSS
Limited, this morning attended
a Conference at Shrewsbury
Town Football Club,
Montgomery Waters Meadow,
Oteley Road, Shrewsbury, and
was received by Colonel Mark
Buckingham Palace
26th February, 2018
Princess Alexandra this evening
attended the Orchids Festival at
the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,
Richmond, Surrey.
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Weather
Weather Eye
Paul Simons
Today Feeling very cold with scattered heavy snow showers spreading west. Max 4C (39F), min -8C (18F)
Around Britain
Five days ahead
Key: b=bright, c=cloud, d=drizzle, pc=partly cloudy
du=dull, f=fair, fg=fog, h=hail, m=mist, r=rain,
sh=showers, sl=sleet, sn=snow, s=sun, t=thunder
*=previous day **=data not available
A bitterly cold start with
heavy snow showers,
becoming less cold by
the weekend
Temp C
Rain mm Sun hr*
midday yesterday
24 hrs to 5pm yesterday
Aberdeen
Aberporth
Anglesey
Aviemore
Barnstaple
Bedford
Belfast
Birmingham
Bournemouth
Bridlington
Bristol
Camborne
Cardiff
Edinburgh
Eskdalemuir
Glasgow
Guernsey
Hereford
Herstmonceux
Ipswich
Isle of Man
Isle of Wight
Keswick
Kinloss
Leeds
Lerwick
Leuchars
Lincoln
Liverpool
London
Lyneham
Manchester
Margate
Milford Haven
Newcastle
Nottingham
Orkney
Oxford
Plymouth
Portland
Scilly, St Mary?s
Shoreham
Shrewsbury
Skye
Snowdonia
Southend
Stornoway
Tiree
Whitehaven
Wick
Yeovilton
3
3
2
4
1
1
2
0
1
1
1
2
1
3
1
4
0
1
-1
0
3
0
1
4
-1
6
3
1
3
2
-1
2
1
3
1
0
5
1
2
3
5
-1
1
**
-0
1
4
3
0
4
1
C
PC
PC
C
PC
PC
C
C
C
C
C
PC
C
C
SN
C
PC
C
C
PC
PC
C
C
C
C
PC
C
SH
C
PC
C
C
C
PC
C
PC
PC
PC
PC
PC
C
SL
PC
**
C
PC
C
C
PC
PC
PC
1.8
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.2
0.0
0.8
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.4
0.0
**
0.0
0.5
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.4
1.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.2
0.4
0.6
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.2
0.2
**
0.0
0.2
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
10.0
10.1
8.1
**
**
9.5
**
8.9
**
9.8
3.4
9.7
9.3
9.3
9.2
**
**
8.9
9.8
7.5
**
**
9.5
**
0.4
0.8
9.6
**
9.5
9.9
9.8
8.4
**
**
9.7
5.3
**
**
**
**
8.9
9.6
**
**
9.8
9.0
9.5
**
**
10.0
Tomorrow
Very cold with many places remaining
below freezing throughout the day.
Rather cloudy with
wi
w th snow
snow spre
sspreading
ading
westwards, turning
urn
urni
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rniin
rni
rn
ngg heavy
heavy
eavyy in Scotland
and eastern
n Ireland.
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Irel
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reland
and
and
nd
nd.
Max 1C, min
in
n -7C
--77C
-1
B
F
S
F
S
F
S
C
S
S
M
B
S
S
S
SN
B
M
SN
S
F
S
DU
B
R
F
S
S
F
S
F
B
F
S
B
SN
S
R
F
S
S
S
S
B
SN
R
S
19
Slight
Temperature
Shetland
Sh
2
17
1
7
Moderate
Rough
28 (degrees C)
3
3
10
0
2
At 17:00 on Monday there were no
?ood alerts or warnings in England,
Wales or Scotland.
For further information and
updates, visit ?ood-warninginformation.service.gov.uk, and for
Scotland www.SEPA.org.uk
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Aberdeen
NORTH
SEA
Edinburgh
Glasgow
-1
25
-1
1
Londonderry
ATLANTIC
OCEAN
A chilly and mainly cloudy day with
scattered snow showers, turning
heavy in souther
southern
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afternoon an
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Max 3C, min
in
n -8C
--888C
C
Belfast
Manchester
0
0
Cork
Swansea
Sunday
Rather cloudy with rain turning to
snow in northern areas. Some spells of
wintry sunshine
ne in Ireland
Ire
reland and
and central
parts of Englan
lan
land
and
an
nd.
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Max 9C, min
in
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-2C
-2C
2C
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page is provided
by Weatherquestt
General situation: Feeling bitterly
bit
cold
in northeasterly winds with heavy
snow showers spreading west.
Edinburgh & Dundee, N Isles, NE
Scotland, Moray Firth, Aberdeen,
Cen Highland, Glasgow, Argyll, NW
Scotland: A chilly day with early snow
showers spreading south,
south turning
heavy in eastern areas. Light to
moderate easterly wind. Maximum
4C (39F), minimum -8C (18F).
Borders, SW Scotland, NE England,
Lake District, IoM, NW England, Cen N
Mont Blanc, Lake Geneva and Annecy
I N C LU D E S T H E S E RV I C E S O F O U R E X P E R I E N C E D A N D I N S I G H T F U L
TO U R M A N AG E R
14
-15
5
Ht
3.9
11.2
3.2
10.4
4.9
6.0
3.8
4.5
3.1
3.6
5.1
6.6
5.1
8.5
6.6
2.3
6.1
8.5
6.0
6.1
3.4
4.9
4.3
5.6
4.1
8.2
4.7
1.7
23:47
17:18
21:22
17:08
15:47
21:23
21:51
15:13
22:56
21:47
20:37
16:07
--:-21:27
--:-19:20
16:19
21:32
21:17
15:13
16:26
14:44
21:35
21:32
20:43
16:24
13:31
16:44
Ht
4.1
11.8
3.2
10.9
4.9
6.1
3.8
4.6
3.2
3.6
5.2
6.8
-8.8
-2.3
6.3
8.8
6.2
6.3
3.5
5.0
4.4
5.8
4.2
8.5
4.9
1.6
London
Brighton
CHANNEL
Eng, E Eng:: Rather cloudy with snow
showers, turning heavy in eastern
coastal areas. Some bright or sunny
spells at times. Light to moderate
northeasterly winds. Maximum
2C (36F), minimum -5C (23F).
Republic of Ireland, N Ireland: Feeling
cold with scattered rain or sleet
showers at ?rst, which will turn to
snow later. Moderate northeasterly
winds. Maximum 4C (39F), minimum
-4C (25F).
E Anglia, E Mids, Cen S Eng, SW Eng,
Noon today
22
Channel Is, London, SE Eng: Feeling
bitterly cold with scattered heavy
snow showers spreading west, leaving
accumulations in places. Moderate
easterly winds. Maximum 1C (34F),
minimum -6C (21F).
N Wales, S Wales, W Mids: After a
frosty start a band of moderate snow
will spread south across the region.
Light and variable winds at ?rst,
becoming moderate northeasterly
later. Maximum 2C (36F), minimum
-6C (21F).
LOW
OW
OW
HIGH
HIG
H
IG
GH
HIGH
H
HI
HIG
IGH
IIG
G
GH
H
1032
103
110
032
003
332
1048
1104
004
048
4488
104
10
11040
04
040
04400
LOW
L
OW
W
10400
11032
00322
LOW
W
LOW
LO
L
OW
O
W
LOW
L
LO
OW
O
W
1032
1024
24
1024
244
1008
00088
00
008
101
1016
016
001
16
16
1016
0
10008
1008
08
1008
10
0008
00
08
100
1000
0000
LOW
W
984
84
84
992
9922
Synoptic situation
With an area of high pressure
over Scandinavia there will
be bitterly cold easterly
winds across the British Isles.
Temperatures will struggle to
rise above freezing during the
day and heavy snow showers
will affect eastern areas.
A band of more persistent
snow will spread south across
northern England and into parts
of Wales and the southwest.
EI GH T D AYS FR OM
TOUR
23
Southampton
Exeterr
Plymouth
Tidal predictions.
Heights in metres
8
1
Bristol
2
11:13
04:40
08:43
04:29
03:08
08:53
09:19
02:39
10:04
09:12
08:05
03:41
12:26
08:54
11:21
07:03
03:43
08:59
08:40
02:38
03:42
02:10
09:02
08:55
08:11
03:49
00:58
04:01
32
2
25
25
Today
Aberdeen
Avonmouth
Belfast
Cardiff
Devonport
Dover
Dublin
Falmouth
Greenock
Harwich
Holyhead
Hull
Leith
Liverpool
London Bridge
Lowestoft
Milford Haven
Morecambe
Newhaven
Newquay
Oban
Penzance
Portsmouth
Shoreham
Southampton
Swansea
Tees
Weymouth
0
-5
-10
1
Cardiff
CELTIC
SEA
Tides
4
41
Cambridge
Oxford
28
8
5
50
5
19
Birmingham
2
0
59
10
i h
Norwich
0
4
Channel Islands
A little less cold in the south with a
mixture of some scattered rain and
snow showers
showers.
s. Th
T
The
he ssnow
now
ww
will
ill be heavyy
in northern aarea
are
rea
reas
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as.
Max 9C, min
in
n -3C
3C
C
68
15
Nottingham
Shrewsbury
25
Saturday
77
20
Sheffield
2
LLlandudno
3
0
4
25
Hull
0
ooo
Liverpool
IRISH
SEA
Dublin
1
86
Yorkk
30
Mainly cloudy with snow spreading
northeastwards, becoming heavy
in Ireland and Wales.
Waless. Less
Less ccold
old in
southwestern
rn
n areas
aare
ar
rreeas
as later,
later
later
at r,
r, with snow
turning to rain.
ain.
ai
n
n.
Max 5C, min
in
n -6C
--66C
30
2
0
Galway
Friday
F
95
Carlisle
4
1
C
35
Newcastle
Thursday
0
18
Madeira
12
Madrid
12
Majorca
17
M醠aga
14
Malta
24
Melbourne
Mexico City 19
28
Miami
-1
Milan
33
Mombasa
0
Montreal
-14
Moscow
36
Mumbai
-10
Munich
28
Nairobi
2
Naples
New Orleans 19
7
New York
**
Nice
15
Nicosia
-10
Oslo
-2
Paris
23
Perth
-9
Prague
7
Reykjavik
-10
Riga
Rio de Janeiro 29
21
Riyadh
1
Rome
San Francisco 11
26
Santiago
24
S鉶 Paulo
4
Seoul
30
Seychelles
30
Singapore
St Petersburg -13
-5
Stockholm
21
Sydney
21
Tel Aviv
19
Tenerife
8
Tokyo
6
Vancouver
0
Venice
-9
Vienna
-10
Warsaw
Washington 9
-7
Zurich
Orkney
ney
C l
Calm
2
All readings local midday yesterday
F
S
S
**
S
S
B
C
S
D
C
S
B
F
SN
SN
F
S
F
S
B
F
S
S
B
B
B
C
S
S
S
S
S
**
C
S
S
B
F
S
S
S
S
F
F
S
S
Sea
S
a state
ae
(mph)
0
2
15
-1
13
23
21
32
28
11
7
19
-6
-4
21
2
-3
-8
-3
26
25
33
19
27
4
-2
9
24
26
2
12
0
-4
-5
15
**
-9
18
28
8
20
20
32
20
20
24
11
18
28
34
Flood alerts and warnings
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
Wind
W
d speed
p e
Cold front
Warm front
Occluded front
Trough
Highs and lows
Hours of darkness
24hrs to 5pm yesterday
Aberdeen
Belfast
Birmingham
Cardiff
Exeter
Glasgow
Liverpool
London
Manchester
Newcastle
Norwich
Penzance
Shef?eld
Warmest: Aultbea,
Ross and Cromarty, 6.4C
Coldest: Cairngorm, -8.0C
Wettest: Aberdeen, 1.8mm
Sunniest: Aberdaron,
Gwynedd, 10.1hrs*
Sun and moon
For Greenwich
Sun rises: 06.49
Sun sets: 17.36
Moon rises: 14.27
Moon sets: 06.05 Wed
Full moon: March 2
T
he ?Beast from the East?
has grabbed the headlines
as seriously cold easterly
winds have taken grip.
Yet one phrase hardly
mentioned is: ?It?s cold enough to
freeze the balls off a brass monkey,?
possibly an old nautical term.
One thought on its origin is that
sailing warships stored cannonballs
on a brass rack called a ?monkey?,
and in very cold weather the brass is
supposed to have contracted or even
broken, spilling the cannonballs
over the ship?s gun deck and causing
havoc. That is highly unlikely,
though, as Royal Navy records show
that cannonballs were stored in
planks with circular holes, known
as ?shot garlands? not monkeys.
Alternatively, the cannonballs
were thought to have been stored
in pyramids and in cold weather
contracted and toppled over.
However, if stored in that way the
cannonballs would have toppled
over when the ship tilted more than
30 degrees, whatever the weather.
In any case, iron cannonballs or
brass racks would not contract by
very much in the cold, and certainly
not enough to have any noticeable
effect.
An early recording of the phrase
suggested that the cold could
?freeze the tail off a brass monkey?.
A monkey?s tail was a spike used to
aim and level a cannon, but why this
would freeze off in the cold is a
mystery.
The brass monkey was most
probably a cannon, though, also
called a drake or a dog. As an
inventory of ordnance at Edinburgh
Castle published in 1650 recorded:
?Short Brasse Munkeys alias Dogs.?
A completely different
explanation comes from the old
pawnbroker?s sign with three brass
balls. In the 1930s the Crazy Gang
comedy group appeared at the
Palladium in London and in one
sketch the brass balls fell from a
pawnbroker?s sign, as one of the
group exclaimed: ?Blimey, I didn?t
know it was that cold!? However,
that was long after freezing brass
monkeys became a popular phrase,
so the origins of the expression will
probably remain obscure.
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Tuesday February 27 2018 | the times
Sport
Buttler: I still
want to play
Test cricket
Cricket
Will Macpherson Mount Maunganui
Few English cricketers are as well
placed as Jos Buttler to discuss the
game?s muddled thinking and the
different directions in which its
crowded schedule pulls players.
Buttler is ensconced in the T20
circuit, has played 166 limited-overs
internationals and wants to add to his 18
Tests. For that reason, he will not be
following Adil Rashid and Alex Hales
in signing a white-ball-only contract
with his county. ?I?m quite happy with
my situation,? he says.
His situation is that of a busy man.
Shortly after getting married in October, he played for Comilla Victorians in
the Bangladesh Premier League, then
moved on to Sydney Thunder in the Big
Bash League. He stayed in Australia for
England?s white-ball commitments,
then came to New Zealand. When this
ODI series ends, he will head home for
a fortnight before his third Indian
Premier League season, this time with
Rajasthan Royals.
There is logic in the retention of his
Test ambitions, even if he has played
only 15 first-class matches in four
seasons for Lancashire. This summer,
England?s 13 white-ball internationals
are wrapped up by July 17, leaving the
possibility of playing in the final six of
Lancashire?s 14 County Championship
games and mounting a late case for the
Test tours to Sri Lanka and West Indies.
?I haven?t played a great deal of
red-ball cricket recently,? he said. ?At
the back end of this year I?ll be available
for quite a lot of championship cricket,
so if I?m going to get back in, that?s when
I need to score runs.?
Still, Buttler is pretty happy with
his lot. When asked if he would feel
unfulfilled were he to have already
played his last Test, he said: ?Maybe . . .
but I don?t want to have too many
regrets. I?m obviously very fortunate to
have played Test cricket at all.? He is
surely too richly talented to end with a
Test and first-class average of just 31.
Buttler conceded, however, that
playing all three formats is increasingly
untenable. So absurd has England?s
schedule been this winter that no player
has been in every squad, let alone
played every game. The balance of
power, believes Buttler, is moving inexorably towards T20, to the extent that it
may be the only format in two decades?
time. ?People forget Twenty20 cricket
is only 15 years old,? he says. ?The
strength it has in the current game
already, from a very short history, I just
ALAN MARTIN/ACTION PLUS/GETTY IMAGES
294
Test wickets Morkel
has for South Africa.
Only A Donald (330),
M Ntini (390), D Steyn
(419) and S Pollock
(421) have
more
Third tour match, Antigua (day-night; first day
of four, dinner; West Indies A won toss): West
Indies A 168 for 5 (SSJ Brooks 60 not out, S
Mahmood 3 for 47).
Snooker
Cardiff: ManBetX Welsh Open
First round (selected; GB unless stated): D Dale
bt C Totten 4-0; B Hawkins bt Niu Zhuang (China)
4-1; S Donaldson bt F O?Brien (Ire) 4-2; J Page bt
Elizabeth Ammon, Martyn Ziegler
How his records compare
Highest score
Tests
85
ODIs
T20Is
129
73 not out
Average
Tests
31.36
96th out of 261 players with more
than ten matches
ODIs
38.20
13th out of 155 players
T20Is
25.45
Seventh out of 32 players
see it going from strength to strength.?
As a result, Buttler says that there
should be fewer internationals and sees
the number of specialist cricketers ?
red or white-ball ? rising as the schedule jams and the formats diverge. He is
vehemently against his coach Trevor
Bayliss?s idea of only playing T20 internationals in the lead-up to World Cups.
?T20 cricket is so strong and surely
the pinnacle should be playing for your
international side,? Buttler said.
For now, Buttler?s eye is trained on
recovering this ODI series, which
continues here overnight UK time.
England trail after their three-wicket
loss on Sunday. He says that England
must be sharper in the field ? ?we were
a little bit sloppy for our standards? ?
but was pleased with the 79 off 65 balls
he managed on an awkward pitch.
Despite a scan on the troublesome
left ankle that caused him to withdraw
late in Hamilton, Mark Wood bowled in
the nets yesterday and is set to be
available, though England are likely to
be unchanged.
Ben Stokes made an impressive
return, bowling well but struggling with
the bat. ?It?s fantastic to have him back,?
Buttler said. ?He brings so much to the
team on and off the field.?
New Zealand (probable): M Guptill, C Munro,
K Williamson (c), R Taylor, T Latham (wk), H Nicholls,
C de Grandhomme, M Santner, T Southee, I Sodhi,
T Boult.
England (probable): J Roy, J Bairstow, J Root, E Morgan
(c), B Stokes, J Buttler (wk), M Ali, C Woakes, D Willey,
A Rashid, T Curran.
TV Sky Sports Cricket, tonight, 00.30am.
Surrey and Yorkshire are the favourites to sign Morkel, who will bring down the
curtain on his international career at the end of the Test series against Australia
Morkel to quit internationals
Elizabeth Ammon
Morn� Morkel has announced that he
will retire from international cricket at
the end of South Africa?s Test series
against Australia.
The 33-year-old fast bowler is
expected to play county cricket, with
Surrey and Yorkshire the favourites to
sign him. If he does sign, he will become
the latest in a line of South African
players to give up international cricket
in favour of lucrative long-term Kolpak
deals. Last year Kyle Abbott?s decision
to sign for Hampshire came as a shock
to supporters and the South Africa
management.
It is not clear whether players will be
able to sign Kolpak deals after Britain
leaves the EU next year and it is
possible that Morkel will not be the last
of the South Africa squad to opt to end
their international careers early to take
that route before it is closed off. He was
pursued by at least three counties last
summer, but at the time denied that he
was nearing international retirement.
However, he now says that he has
Results
Cricket
Olympic pitch
could scupper
World Cup
venue hopes
decided to put his family first, with the
international schedule putting a strain
on them.
?It was an extremely tough decision
but I feel the time is right to start a new
chapter,? he said. ?I have a young family
and foreign wife [the Australian TV
presenter Roz Kelly] and the current
demanding international schedule has
put a lot of strain on us. I have to put
them first and this decision will only
benefit us going forward. I have loved
every minute that I have played in the
Proteas jersey.?
The four-Test series starts on Thursday and Morkel, who has 83 caps and
294 wickets, will finish his international
career on April 3 following the conclusion of the fourth Test in Johannesburg.
He is fifth on South Africa?s list of Test
wicket-takers and ends his ODI career
having played 117 matches and taken
188 wickets.
Morkel suffered a career-threatening
back injury two years ago which saw
him miss most of 2016, but was South
Africa?s most successful bowler in their
losing tour to England last year.
Doubts have emerged over the feasibility of using the Olympic stadium to
host matches during the 2019 Cricket
World Cup after it emerged that additional work would need to be undertaken to make it suitable for the sport.
The transformation was already set
to cost upwards of �million to remove
seating and extend the playing surface,
but it has now emerged that there is
an additional problem relating to the
surface: the undersoil heating in place
for the football pitch used by West Ham
United does not allow for the easy
installation of a drop-in cricket pitch.
The only solution would be to use a
large amount of topsoil to raise the
level of the entire playing surface and
then drop in the pitch. The stadium
operators would then have to reduce
the level afterwards to ensure that the
undersoil heating worked properly for
the football season.
The ECB has already begun to
cultivate three drop-in pitches at its
centre in Loughborough. There is also a
well-established drop-in pitch on the
Nursery Ground at Lord?s which could
be moved to east London.
Stadium sources believe the odds are
still in favour of being able to host
matches but a number of issues remain
to be discussed with the ECB, the
tournament organisers, particularly
over whether the cost is proportionate
and when they could hold a test event.
The World Cup takes place between
May 30 and July 14 next year, meaning
that any test event would need to take
place this year because there would not
be time between the end of the 2018-19
football season and the start of the tournament to test the feasibility of hosting
matches and then react if it were
decided that the venue was not suitable.
The ECB is keen to continue to
explore using the London Stadium, as it
is now known, because it is believed
that it could accommodate around
60,000 people, making it twice as large
as any other cricket venue in the country. It is understood that stadium operators were hoping to host two matches
over the course of one weekend during
the group stages of the tournament ?
possibly with one match involving
England and the other being between
India and Pakistan which, they believe,
would sell out comfortably.
At the moment, all the World Cup
matches have been allocated to ten
county venues but it is understood that,
if two matches were relocated to the
London Stadium, the counties who
miss out would receive substantial
financial compensation.
The tournament schedule will be
announced at the end of next month
and the ECB says it will, at that point,
give a further update on the possibility
of using the stadium.
Fixtures
S O?Sullivan 4-3; A Carter bt R Clark 4-0; R
Walden bt Li Yuan (China) 4-1; C Wakelin bt Xiao
Guodong (China) 4-0; P Ebdon bt Wang Yuchen
(China) 4-1; S Bingham bt Chen Zhe (China) 4-1;
A Higginson bt A Hugill 4-3; J Wattana (Thai) bt
Zhang Yong (China) 4-1; G Dott bt S Lam 4-0; T
Ford bt R Lawler 4-0; K Dunham (Aus) bt R Day
4-2; D Wells bt L Walker 4-1; A Songsermsawad
(Thai) bt Tian Pengfei (China) 4-1; Yan Bingtao
(China) bt J White 4-3; M Holt bt E Slessor 4-2; M
Allen (N Ire) bt Cao Yupeng (China) 4-2; Ding
Junhui (China) bt H Miah 4-0; 4-2; I Preece bt
Zhao Xintong (China) 4-2; J Trump bt D Jones 4-3.
Tennis
Football
ATP Brasil Open, Sao Paulo
First round: G Garc韆-L髉ez (Sp) bt G Melzer
(Austria) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; F Del Bonis (Arg) bt R
Carball閟 Baena (Sp) 6-4, 6-4.
ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
First round: R Bautista Agut (Sp) bt F Mayer
(Ger) 6-3, 6-4; R Haase (Neth) bt Q Halys (Fr)
7-5, 2-6, 6-4; M Baghdatis (Cyp) bt V Troicki
(Serbia) 7-5, 6-2; B Paire (Fr) bt Y Nishioka
(Japan) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1; P Kohlschreiber (Ger) bt
G Sakharov (Fr) 6-4, 6-2.
Kick-off 7.45pm unless stated
FA Cup: Fifth-round replay: Swansea v Sheffield
Wednesday (8.05).
Sky Bet Championship: Hull v Barnsley;
Reading v Sheffield United (8.0).
Sky Bet League One: AFC Wimbledon v
Blackburn; Bristol Rovers v Wigan;
Peterborough v Walsall.
Sky Bet League Two: Wycombe v Coventry.
EFL Trophy: Semi-final: Shrewsbury v Yeovil.
Vanarama National League: Boreham Wood v
Maidenhead; Guiseley v Barrow. North: Telford
v Nuneaton. South: Hampton and Richmond v
Hungerford; Havant and Waterlooville v
Gloucester; Truro v Concord Tangers; WestonSuper-Mare v St Albans.
FA Trophy: Fourth-round replays: Brackley v
Stockport; Spennymoor v Bromley.
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: Hearts v
Kilmarnock; St Johnstone v Rangers.
Championship: Brechin v Dunfermline;
Dumbarton v Inverness; Dundee Utd v Queen
of South; Morton v Livingston. League One:
Airdrieonians v Alloa; Albion v Arbroath.
League Two: Stenhousemuir v Cowdenbeath
(7.30); Stirling v Edinburgh City; Peterhead v
Clyde.
JD Welsh Premier League: The New Saints v
Bala Town.
Snooker
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff: ManBetX Welsh
Open.
the times | Tuesday February 27 2018
59
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Racing Sport
Douvan fit for Festival showdown with Altior
Mark Souster Racing Writer
Willie Mullins admitted that his stable
has, at times this year, resembled a
hospital more than a training yard.
Douvan, one of his most fragile
patients, looks to set to make a remarkable comeback from injury, however, to
face Altior in what would be a mouthwatering confrontation in the Betway
Queen Mother Champion Chase at
Cheltenham on March 14.
?He has been pleasing me, doing
everything right,? Mullins said
yesterday as he paraded his Festival
battalions in bitterly cold conditions at
his yard in Closutton, Co Carlow. ?All
being well he has to go for the
Champion Chase. So far, all is well.?
Douvan had been written off for the
season in December after going lame
the day after what Mullins described as
probably one of the finest pieces of
work he had ever produced. He has
only schooled once since trailing in
seventh in the Champion Chase at odds
of 2-9 last year with what transpired to
be a pelvic injury.
His recovery has been such that the
eight-year-old is rated better than
50-50 to make a fourth appearance at
the Festival, where he has twice won.
4.00
Lingfield Park
Rob Wright
2.00 Roundabout Magic
(nap)
2.30 Walk In The Sun
3.00 Celestial Path
3.30 Zest
4.00 Ravenous
4.30 Ravenhoe
5.00 Rising Sunshine
Thunderer: 3.00 Emenem. 3.30 Zest (nap).
Going: standard
At The Races
Draw: 5f-1m, low numbers best
2.00
Handicap (�752: 1m 5f) (8)
K O'Neill
1 (1) 0-025 RAVENOUS 17 L Dace 7-9-9
2 (2) 406-5 POYLE THOMAS 42 (P,D) M Madgwick 9-9-8
Jane Elliott (5)
R Winston
3 (4) 000/0 SLOWFOOT 42 S Best 10-9-7
R Kingscote
4 (6) 0-061 SMILEY BAGEL 11 (C) E Walker 5-9-4
Pierre-Louis Jamin (7)
5 (8) 6-315 ATTAIN 4 (C) A Watson 9-9-1
O Murphy
6 (3) 653-0 INTERMODAL 24 (T) J Tuite 4-9-1
M Godwin (3)
7 (5) -0161 BETSALOTTIE 11 (C) J Bridger 5-9-1
L Keniry
8 (7) 40-40 FRENCH MIX 14 A Dunn 4-8-12
11-4 Smiley Bagel, 100-30 Betsalottie, 6-1 Attain, Ravenous, 8-1 others.
Wright choice: Ravenous drops in class and can beat some
moderate opposition
Dangers: Attain, Smiley Bagel
Handicap (�105: 5f 6y) (10)
1 (1) 00-05 KINGLAMI 10 (P,C,D) John O'Shea 9-9-8 Josephine Gordon
2 (6) 00542 AWESOME ALLAN 13 (D) P D Evans 4-9-7 R Winston
L Keniry
3 (10) 0000- EQUALLY FAST 234 (H,CD) R Harris 6-9-6
4 (5) 21-06 ROUNDABOUT MAGIC 20 (CD) S Dow 4-9-4 T Marquand
5 (7) 050-0 SANDFRANKSKIPSGO 38 (CD) P Crate 9-9-2 S W Kelly
J Haynes
6 (4) 005-0 MOSSGO 38 (T,CD) John Best 8-9-2
R Havlin
7 (2) 00-51 ASK THE GURU 15 (B,CD) M Attwater 8-9-1
8 (8) 666-3 PHAROH JAKE 46 (CD) J Bridger 10-8-7 Aled Beech (7)
A Jones (3)
9 (9) 00-00 HURRICANE ALERT 32 (D) M Hoad 6-8-7
10 (3) 00-44 DRAMATIC VOICE 10 (H) K Cunningham-Brown 5-8-7
Hollie Doyle
11-4 Ask The Guru, 7-2 Roundabout Magic, 4-1 Awesome Allan, 6-1 Pharoh
Jake, 7-1 Kinglami, 12-1 Equally Fast, 14-1 Sandfrankskipsgo, 20-1 others.
Rob Wright?s choice: Roundabout Magic can claim a fifth
win at this track Dangers: Awesome Allan, Ask The Guru
2.30
Mullins will this week ?put a gun to his
[Douvan?s] head? and put him through
two demanding gallops to prove his
fitness. He will not risk schooling him
before the race.
Mullins explained that Douvan had
been sound within ten days of his most
recent setback and that prompted him
to ask vets to reinvestigate and conduct
more tests to see if they could isolate the
problem. ?Vets are a bit like doctors ?
they are cautious,? Mullins said.
?Sometimes you end up running a
hospital rather than a training yard.
We?ve kept upping his work and he?s
kept sound. We kept going a bit further
and a bit faster and we haven?t had any
setbacks since. It looks like something
he can live with. Maybe when he runs it
will come up again.?
A scheduled comeback at Gowran
Park was missed, so Rich Ricci?s horse
will head to Cheltenham without a prep
run, which does not overly concern
Mullins.
Yorkhill is another who has proved
frustrating for his trainer. Unconvincing over fences in his past two outings,
Mullins indicated strongly that the
Ryanair Chase would therefore not be
on his nine-year-old?s radar and that he
will be switched back to the smaller
Novice Stakes
(3-Y-O: �752: 7f 1y) (4)
1 WALK IN THE SUN 32 (D) J Noseda 9-9
R L Moore
1 (3)
30 NEW ORLEANS 18 H Palmer 9-2
Josephine Gordon
2 (1)
TURN OF LUCK J Osborne 9-2
D C Costello
3 (4)
5 BELATED BREATH 33 H Morrison 8-11
O Murphy
4 (2)
30-100 Walk In The Sun, 15-2 New Orleans, 9-1 Belated Breath, Turn Of Luck.
4.30
Apprentice Handicap
(�105: 1m 1y) (10)
0-040 GALINTHIAS 13 (D) S Dow 6-10-0
Levi Williams (7)
40-00 RATTLE ON 20 (CD) J Boyle 5-9-12
Isobel Francis (5)
40-43 RIVERS OF ASIA 28 (B) M Smith 5-9-11 Milly Naseb (3)
-0124 RAVENHOE 17 (D,BF) M Johnston 5-9-11
Oliver Stammers (5)
M Godwin
5 (1) 0600- GOLDEN EYE 213 S Kirk 4-9-9
6 (8) -0600 EMBER'S GLOW 5 (P) Phil McEntee 4-9-8 G Malune (3)
7 (7) 544-5 EXCELLENT WORLD 40 M Channon 5-9-3
Lenka Helmecka (7)
8 (2) 0-660 SPIRIT OF GONDREE 20 (V,CD) J M Bradley 10-9-3
Kerrie Raybould (5)
W Cox
9 (10) 003-0 PENTITO RAP 17 (P) B Millman 4-9-3
0000PALACE
MOON
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(T,CD)
M
Attwater
13-9-3 Doubtful
10 (3)
5-2 Ravenhoe, 7-2 Rivers Of Asia, 5-1 Galinthias, 6-1 Rattle On, 13-2 others.
1
2
3
4
(5)
(9)
(4)
(6)
(�105: 1m 1y) (9)
2.10 Pixiepot
3.40 Luckime
2.40 Jamacho
4.10 Middlebrow
3.10 Very First Time
4.40 Captain Mowbray
Going: good to soft (good in places) Racing UK
8am inspection
L Edmunds
1 (1) 5020- BINT DANDY 94 (B,C,D) C Dwyer 7-9-0
S Donohoe
2 (3) 3-221 CAROLINAE 10 (CD) C Fellowes 6-9-0
3 (4) d1-41 STELLAR SURPRISE 29 (T,D) S C Williams 4-9-0
R L Moore
C Bishop
4 (2) 43-16 SUMMER ICON 10 (C) M Channon 5-9-0
D Muscutt
5 (5) 321-3 ZEST 29 (CD) J Fanshawe 5-9-0
2-1 Zest, 5-2 Carolinae, Stellar Surprise, 7-1 Summer Icon, 12-1 Bint Dandy.
Wright choice: Zest was second in listed company here in
November and can outclass this field Danger: Summer Icon
Amateurs? Handicap Hurdle
(�369: 2m 3f 66y) (12)
1 5000 BRONZALLURE 54 (T,P) O Greenall 5-11-12 Miss G Andrews
2 0P06U WOLFSLAIR 57 (H) D Thompson 7-11-7 Miss L Pinchin (7)
Miss A McCain (3)
3 2-023 PIXIEPOT 46 P Niven 8-11-7
4 0-005 RUSSIAN ROYALE 30 (P) M D Hammond 8-11-5
Miss Becky Smith (3)
5 5403U ROYAL ETIQUETTE 11 (T,P) Mrs L Hill 11-11-2
Miss I Marshall (7)
6 00045 MILLEN DOLLAR MAN 2 (D) A Dunn 9-10-12
Miss A O'Connor (3)
7 5-016 SHALAMZAR 47 (T,P,C) M D Hammond 9-10-8 Miss C Walton
8 303PP SHOW'S OVER 55 (T,V) T Vaughan 7-10-8
Miss Jodie Hughes (3)
9 04005 CHASING HEADLIGHTS 169 A Dunn 6-10-6 Miss H Welch (7)
Miss E Todd (3)
10 -0640 DOLLY'S DOT 13 V Thompson 7-10-5
11 00306 FIDDLER'S FLIGHT 7 J Norton 12-10-4 Miss Ella McCain (5)
12 P0PP0 ROCK N'STONES 61 (V,,,W) Gillian Boanas 7-10-4
Miss P Fuller
5-2 Pixiepot, 11-2 Shalamzar, 7-1 Millen Dollar Man, 8-1 others.
Course specialists
Catterick: Trainer Mrs S Smith, 24 from 76 runners,
31.6%. Jockey Ross Chapman, 5 from 14 rides, 35.7%.
Chelmsford: Trainer S Gollings, 5 from 14, 35.7%.
Jockey P Hanagan, 14 from 70, 20.0%.
Lingfield Park: Trainer I Furtado, 6 from 22, 27.3%.
Jockey Jason Watson, 6 from 22, 27.3%.
Maiden Hurdle
(�509: 1m 7f 156y) (14)
1
2
3
4
5
6
3.10
Fillies' Conditions Stakes
(�,318: 1m 1y) (5)
Novices' Hurdle
(�809: 3m 1f 71y) (6)
Rob Wright
2.10
since his long injury layoff but who is
doing enough for Mullins to have cause
for optimism. ?He will have to up his
game to win at Cheltenham,? he said.
?But he is still competitive. We haven?t
gone downhill at home, in fact we are
going up, and he is improving all the
time.?
In what to Mullins?s mind is an open
Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup,
Djakadam and Killultagh Vic will try to
end his hoodoo of having finished
runner-up on six occasions. The latter
fell heavily last time out when looking
all over the winner at Leopardstown
but has schooled well since. ?He is a
very relaxed horse, he jumps economically ? that will suit him around
3.40
Catterick
ANOTHER GO 175F S Haynes 5-11-2
N Moscrop (5)
6-30 BOOYAKASHA 44 N Richards 6-11-2
C Nichol
5F20 CHARACTER ONESIE 24 D McCain 6-11-2
W Kennedy
0-0PP GRIMTHORPE 46 Miss T Jackson 7-11-2
A Nicol
-0P00 HOOVES THE DADDY 70 (W) Mrs S Smith 5-11-2 D Cook
05/ MONTYDARKDESTROYER 679 John Davies 7-11-2
F O'Toole (3)
05 OUTBACK BLUE 55 (T) G Bewley 5-11-2
J Bewley (3)
7
20
PASTORAL MUSIC 6 D McCain 5-11-2
A Lane
8
6P QUADRIGA 5 (H) C Grant 8-11-2
J Kington (3)
9
J England
10 424- STIPULATE 205F S England 9-11-2
H Brooke
11 343 JAMACHO 57 B Ellison 4-10-7
RITA'S MAN 47F K Dalgleish 4-10-7
C Bewley (3)
12
D England
13 P025 TITAN 5 (T) O Greenall 4-10-7
2 ILAYA M D Hammond 4-10-0
J Colliver
14
5-1 Character Onesie, 11-2 Titan, 7-1 Booyakasha, Jamacho, Pastoral Music,
Rita's Man, 9-1 Stipulate, 10-1 Hooves The Daddy, 11-1 Ilaya, 16-1 others.
Apprentice Handicap
Wright choice: Rising Sunshine is consistent and can land
a weak contest
Dangers: Dukes Meadow, Cold Fire
3.30
obstacles, with the Unibet Champion
Hurdle in a fortnight almost certainly
his target. ?We know he loves hurdles,?
Mullins said. ?There will be plenty of
pace to bring his stamina into play. It?s
60-40 for the Champion Hurdle.?
There he should be joined by Faugheen, the machine who has spluttered
5.00
Wright choice: Celestial Path drops to a more suitable trip
after failing to stay here last time
Danger: Emenem
Handicap (�246: 1m 2f) (5)
Un De Sceaux, right, and Douvan lead
Mullins?s string at exercise yesterday
2.40
O Murphy
1 (5) 423-5 KYLLACHY GALA 34 (BF) M Botti 5-9-9
D C Costello
2 (1) 006/4 CELESTIAL PATH 13 (P) D Pipe 6-9-9
R L Moore
3 (4) 003-1 ABE LINCOLN 29 (T,P) J Noseda 5-9-7
T Marquand
4 (3) 3214- EMENEM 63 (CD) S Dow 4-9-5
5 (2) 0/504 MAN OF HARLECH 10 (CD) J Boyle 7-8-13 C Bennett (3)
15-8 Abe Lincoln, 11-4 Emenem, 100-30 Kyllachy Gala, 11-2 others.
3.00
The freezing weather has taken its
toll on the racing programme.
Today?s meeting at Leicester has
been called off, while the cards at
Catterick and Chelmsford face
inspections this morning. Fixtures at
Market Rasen and Wincanton
tomorrow have been abandoned, as
has Thursday?s meeting at Taunton.
Wright choice: Ravenhoe was given too much to do at
Wolverhampton Dangers: Rivers Of Asia, Ember?s Glow
E J Walsh
1 (1) -2566 BIG AMIGO 13 D M Loughnane 5-9-13
C Bennett
2 (9) 40-5 COLD FIRE 14 H Morrison 5-9-12
3 (5) 36-40 BLOODSWEATANDTEARS 19 (D) W Knight 10-9-11
Jason Watson (3)
4 (2) 340-5 LOVING YOUR WORK 13 K Cunningham-Brown 7-9-10
Finley Marsh (3)
5 (3) 26-01 DUKES MEADOW 20 (D) R Ingram 7-9-9 Rhiain Ingram (3)
6 (4) 33133 RISING SUNSHINE 12 (T,B,C) J M Bradley 5-9-5
Kerrie Raybould (5)
7 (7) 0005- CHANDRAYAAN 266 (V,D) John E Long 11-9-3
Faye McManoman (5)
8 (6) 0500- THATSTHEWAYTODOIT 246 I Furtado 5-9-3 G Malune (3)
9 (8) 65-50 GENERAL GERRARD 34 (T) M Madgwick 4-9-3 Jane Elliott
9-2 Cold Fire, Dukes Meadow, 5-1 Bloodsweatandtears, 11-2 others.
Wright choice: Walk In The Sun showed smart form when
winning on his debut at Kempton Danger: Belated Breath
Frost starts to bite
Novices' Chase
(�108: 3m 1f 54y) (4)
D Cook
1 -F112 VERY FIRST TIME 33 (BF) T Easterby 6-11-10
J England
2 -2212 ALZAMMAAR 24 (CD) S England 7-11-4
T Dowling (5)
3 P-P00 DESILVANO 32 (P,C,D) H J Evans 9-10-12
Ross Chapman (5)
4 /41-5 SOLID STRIKE 22 P Collins 10-10-12
10-11 Very First Time, 6-4 Alzammaar, 7-1 Solid Strike, 25-1 Desilvano.
Blinkered first time: Chelmsford 4.45 Too Many Shots.
C Deutsch
1 50531 LUCKIME 15 (CD) Miss V Williams 6-11-10
D Crosse
2 20/00 ARGENT KNIGHT 36F C Kellett 8-11-4
C Bewley (3)
3 62233 BLUNDER BUSS 56 (BF) C Grant 5-11-4
J Bewley (3)
4 2-654 SUNNY DESTINATION 56 G Bewley 6-11-4
0 ELLA'S DENE 63 T Reed 7-10-11
H Reed (7)
5
LAMMTURNER Miss J Foster 6-10-11
D Cook
6
5-6 Luckime, 9-4 Blunder Buss, 7-1 Lammturner, 11-1 others.
4.10
Handicap Chase
(�408: 2m 3f 51y) (4)
Ross Chapman (5)
1 21131 DICA 63 (D) P Collins 12-12-2
W Kennedy
2 041B1 MIDDLEBROW 55 (T,CD) D McCain 7-12-1
D Cook
3 44-56 SPECIAL WELLS 31 (D) Mrs S Smith 9-12-1
4 23-31 CHAIN OF BEACONS 108 (T) Katie Scott 9-11-12 C Bewley (3)
6-4 Middlebrow, 3-1 Special Wells, 4-1 Chain Of Beacons, Dica.
4.40
Handicap Hurdle
(�484: 3m 1f 71y) (8)
5-211 CHU CHU PERCY 47 (V,CD) A Whillans 7-12-1
Ross Chapman (5)
H Brooke
2 13-2O MILLY BALOO 25 (C,D) T Easterby 7-11-12
3 P-222 ALONG CAME THEO 7 (BF) Andrew Crook 8-11-8
J Bargary (3)
4 25133 CAPTAIN MOWBRAY 32 (P) R Menzies 7-11-6 C O'Farrell
A Nicol
5 P3053 ALLMYOWN 15 P Kirby 7-11-1
A Johns
6 -5P12 FRASER CANYON 39 (T,V) T Vaughan 6-11-0
7 /2-22 TICKANRUN 28 (BF) M D Hammond 8-10-12
Miss Becky Smith (7)
R Day (3)
8 60304 TURTLE CASK 44 (P,CD) M Sowersby 9-10-7
100-30 Chu Chu Percy, 9-2 Tickanrun, 5-1 Fraser Canyon, 13-2 Along Came
Theo, Milly Baloo, 7-1 Captain Mowbray, 9-1 Allmyown, 11-1 Turtle Cask.
1
Chelmsford
Rob Wright
2.15 Wide Acclaim
3.45 Mambo Dancer
2.45 Babette
4.15 Shamshon (nb)
3.15 Gala Celebration 4.45 Avocet
Going: standard 8am inspection
Draw: 5f-1m, low numbers best At The Races
2.15
Maiden Fillies' Stakes
(�787: 7f) (5)
6- DOWITCHER 202 M Johnston 3-8-11
F Norton
1 (3)
P Hanagan
2 (2) 42-2 I WAS ONLY JOKING 37 R Fahey 3-8-11
54 MAKE MAGIC 7 D Simcock 3-8-11
J P Spencer
3 (1)
W A Carson
4 (5) 4-0 MISS MILLA B 38 E Vaughan 3-8-11
36 WIDE ACCLAIM 17 J Tate 3-8-11
L Morris
5 (4)
11-10 I Was Only Joking, 7-2 Wide Acclaim, 5-1 Make Magic, 13-2 others.
2.45
Handicap (�588: 1m 2f) (11)
1 (1) 21215 OUTLAW TORN 15 (E,CD,BF) Richard Guest 9-9-9
Connor Murtagh (5)
2 (11) 5435/ CHORUS OF LIES 422J (T,,,W) A Dunn 6-9-8
C Shepherd (3)
L Morris
3 (4) 5060/ CLIFFMEENA 596 A Hales 5-9-7
T Ladd (7)
4 (8) 4-245 TIGERFISH 19 (P) W Stone 4-9-6
00-00
NOUVELLE
ERE
33
(T,,,W,CD)
A
Carroll
7-9-3
G
Downing
5 (6)
Cheltenham in a Gold Cup. He can
switch off and won?t be using up too
much energy. He deserves a crack at it.
I?d love to win it [the Gold Cup]
obviously but what will be, will be.
We have a nice hand though.?
Mullins also briefly addressed the
investigation into suspicious betting
patterns on three of his horses at
Leopardstown this month.
The Irish Horseracing Regulatory
Board (IHRB) confirmed the inquiry
on Sunday after roughly �5,000 was
wagered on Yorkhill, Melon and Carter
McKay to lose, causing each of their
prices to drift in the hour before their
respective races. Each of the trio was
soundly beaten on the day.
There is no suggestion that there is
any link to Mullins, or anyone in his
yard, and the Irish champion trainer
said yesterday: ?The IHRB has held its
investigation and told me it has found
nothing untoward. When you have
races with big markets like these there is
a lot of activity. We?d have lots of horses
that would go out in price and win as
well ? that?s the nature of racing.?
6 Fox Norton, who was a leading fancy
for the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham,
has been ruled out with a suspensory
ligament injury.
W A Carson
6 (9) 00340 SHARP OPERATOR 5 (H) C Wallis 5-9-2
7 (3) 404/0 NORWEGIAN REWARD 22 (D) Miss L Allan 10-9-2
F Norton
P Bridgwater (7)
8 (10) 3-460 DI'S PRIDE 6 D Bridgwater 5-9-2
002-6
OUR KIM 33 J Butler 4-9-2
T Clark (3)
9 (7)
R P Walsh (7)
10 (2) -0435 BABETTE 6 (V,BF) I Williams 4-9-2
11 (5) 55-05 TILSWORTH LUKEY 38 J Jenkins 5-9-2 Gina Mangan (7)
3-1 Outlaw Torn, 7-2 Babette, 4-1 Tigerfish, 6-1 Our Kim, 7-1 Sharp Operator,
12-1 Chorus of Lies, Nouvelle Ere, 25-1 Tilsworth Lukey, 33-1 others.
3.15
Handicap (�434: 1m) (5)
1 (3) 3-123 TELLOVOI 5 (V,CD,BF) Richard Guest 10-9-7
Connor Murtagh (5)
B Robinson (5)
2 (4) 00-01 FROZEN LAKE 8 John O'Shea 6-9-6
Georgia Cox (3)
3 (1) 5-342 HIPZ 8 (P,C) G Margarson 7-9-4
4 (5) 034-2 GALA CELEBRATION 19 (H) I Williams 4-9-2 J P Spencer
5 (2) 2501d TED'S BROTHER 12 (V,C,D) L Morgan 10-8-13
P Bridgwater (7)
6-4 Gala Celebration, 7-2 Ted's Brother, 9-2 Tellovoi, 5-1 Frozen Lake, 11-2
Hipz.
3.45
Handicap (�434: 2m) (6)
L Morris
1 (4) 06-46 GALILEO'S SPEAR 14 Sir M Prescott 5-10-3
E Greatrex
2 (5) 130-0 EURATO 18 (P,C) S Gollings 8-9-12
G Downing
3 (6) 606-0 RIVER DART 34 A Carroll 6-9-10
J P Spencer
4 (2) 6/504 DIAKTOROS 8 (P) I Williams 8-9-10
5 (1) -1213 MAMBO DANCER 12 (D,BF) M Johnston 4-9-7 F Norton
K Lundie (5)
6 (3) 0/303 DI'S GIFT 14 (H,D) M Appleby 9-8-11
7-4 Mambo Dancer, 5-2 Diaktoros, 5-1 Di's Gift, 7-1 Galileo's Spear, 8-1 River
Dart, 12-1 Eurato.
4.15
Handicap (�728: 5f) (8)
E Greatrex
1 (8) 23236 CAPTAIN LARS 5 (B,CD) A Watson 9-9-10
2 (3) 51-63 SEPTEMBER ISSUE 18 (P,D) Miss G Kelleway 5-9-7
L Morris
S Levey
3 (4) 0-546 SHAMSHON 19 (E,T,CD) S C Williams 7-9-7
4 (5) 35330 CLASSIC PURSUIT 6 (B,CD) M Appleby 7-9-6 K Lundie (5)
5 (7) 1140- FETHIYE BOY 195 (W,CD) D M Loughnane 4-9-6 G Downing
6 (2) 1-123 JORVIK PRINCE 27 (CD) Mrs K Tutty 4-9-2
Gemma Tutty (5)
7 (6) 40-20 PENNY DREADFUL 18 (B,C,D) S Dixon 6-8-8 R P Walsh (7)
8 (1) -0000 DEEDS NOT WORDS 10 (P,D) M Wigham 7-8-7 F Norton
3-1 Jorvik Prince, 4-1 Captain Lars, 9-2 Shamshon, 11-2 September Issue, 7-1
Fethiye Boy, 9-1 Classic Pursuit, 11-1 Penny Dreadful, 14-1 Deeds Not Words.
4.45
Handicap (�588: 1m 5f 66y) (10)
0-351 AVOCET 5 (P) O Murphy 5-9-9
L Morris
-4022 CANFORD THOMPSON 4 M Appleby 5-9-8 K Lundie (5)
00-05 TORCH 18 (T,P) J Butler 5-9-7
J P Spencer
0-043 GEE SIXTY SIX 12 (B) M Tompkins 4-9-6
J Haynes
00-00 ROYAL HALL 8 (V,BF) G L Moore 6-9-5
S W Kelly
0-344 TOO MANY SHOTS 20 (B) John Best 4-9-5
Dayverson De Barros
C Shepherd (3)
7 (1) /6-03 HELIUM 20 A Dunn 13-9-4
8 (7) 0045/ VICTORIAN TEO 23J (T,B) T Symonds 8-9-2
Georgia Cox (3)
9 (2) 000-0 SANDACRES 41 (T) Mrs L Mongan 5-9-2
Paddy Bradley (5)
10 (5) 4-342 REASON TO BELIEVE 20 D Bridgwater 4-9-0
P Bridgwater (7)
9-4 Avocet, 11-2 Too Many Shots, 6-1 Canford Thompson, Royal Hall, 8-1
Torch, 9-1 Gee Sixty Six, Helium, 12-1 Reason To Believe, 25-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
(3)
(9)
(6)
(8)
(4)
(10)
Yesterday?s racing results
Ayr
Chapman, 7-4); 2, Strong Economy (9-2); 3, One
For Harry (13-8 fav). 4 ran. 6l, 4l. M Todhunter.
Going: heavy (soft in places)
4.55 (2m hdle) 1, Instingtive (Ross Chapman,
7-1); 2, Pc Dixon (25-1); 3, Our Lucas (11-4 fav).
10 ran. 1Kl, 2Kl. Miss L Harrison.
2.15 (2m hdle) 1, Keyboard Gangster (Callum
Whillans, 16-1); 2, Bialco (5-4); 3, Eagle Ridge
(66-1). 9 ran. 3Kl, 13l. D Whillans.
2.45 (3m 2f 197yd ch) 1, Presented (Ross
Chapman, 7-1); 2, Teddy Tee (9-4 fav);
3, Present Flight (7-2). 6 ran. 2l, 10l.
Miss L Harrison.
3.15 (3m 70yd hdle) 1, The Delray Munky (Ross
Chapman, 6-1); 2, Dedigout (5-1); 3, Sweet As
Candy (9-2). 6 ran. NR: Sevenballs Of Fire.
Hd, 8l. I Jardine.
3.50 (2m 4f 110yd ch) 1, Looksnowtlikebrian (R
Johnson, 4-9 fav); 2, Bobbie?s Diamond (2-1);
3, Scorpo (40-1). Ol, 45l. Tim Vaughan.
4.20 (2m 4f 100yd hdle) 1, Bulls Head (Ross
5.30 (2m flat) 1, Black Pirate (Steven Fox, 1-5
fav); 2, Big Bad Dream (7-2); 3, Ciarabella
(66-1). 4l, 27l. J Ewart.
Placepot: �.30.
Quadpot: �.00.
Lingfield Park
Going: standard
1.55 (1m 2f) 1, Marble Statue (Tom Marquand,
9-2); 2, Angelina D?Or (Evens fav); 3,
Whispering Sands (5-1). 6 ran. 1Nl, 2Nl.
Miss Amy Murphy.
2.25 (7f 1yd) 1, Ertidaad (Charles Bishop, 13-8
fav); 2, Brother In Arms (14-1); 3, Monsieur
Royale (16-1). 11 ran. NR: Cyflymder, She?s
Zoff. Kl, Ol. Suzi Best.
2.55 (1m 1yd) 1, Renny?s Lady (K T O?Neill,
10-1); 2, Dolly Mixture (7-2); 3, Sonnet Rose
(4-1). 8 ran. NR: Joshlee. 1l, 1l. P D Evans.
3.30 (7f 1yd) 1, Sayesse (Callum Shepherd, 6-4
fav); 2, Mansfield (5-2); 3, Bernie?s Boy (7-1).
7 ran. 1l, sh hd. M Channon.
4.00 (1m 4f) 1, Sotomayor (Tom Marquand, 2-1
fav); 2, Dream Malfunction (16-1); 3, Ttmab
(8-1). 7 ran. NR: Keynote. 1Nl, Ol. R Hannon.
4.35 (6f 1yd) 1, Major Assault (F Norton, 12-1);
2, Noble Deed (6-1); 3, Frank The Barber (5-1).
11 ran. NR: Secret Asset. Kl, Kl.
Mat Salaman.
Placepot: �.30.
Quadpot: �.40.
Plumpton
Going: good
2.00 (1m 7f 195yd hdle) 1, The Premier Celtic (N
P Madden, 5-1); 2, Royal Ruby (11-8 fav);
3, Miss Adventure (6-4). 10 ran. NR: Times Of
Trouble. Ol, 1Ol. P Phelan.
2.30 (2m 3f 164yd ch) 1, Holbrook Park (Harry
Teal, 1-2 fav); 2, Ticket To Ride (7-1); 3,
Minmore Present (11-4). 4 ran. 47l, 2Nl. N King.
3.00 (2m 4f 114yd hdle) 1, Sixties Idol (M
Goldstein, 9-2); 2, Shroughmore Lass (3-1);
3, Keep To The Beat (33-1). 8 ran. NR: Theatre
Rouge. 7l, 4l. Miss S West.
3.35 (1m 7f 195yd hdle) 1, Not Never (J E Moore,
5-4 fav); 2, Jumping Jack (8-1); 3, Darwins
Theory (25-1). 7 ran. 16l, 9l. G L Moore.
4.05 (3m 1f 152yd ch) 1, Greyed A (Mr James
King, 5-6 fav); 2, Little Windmill (11-4).
Only two finished. 3 ran. NR: Alf ?N? Dor. 33l.
Dr R Newland.
4.40 (3m 217yd hdle) 1, Mickieblueeyes (Jack
Sherwood, 4-1); 2, Fizzlestix (16-1); 3, The Lion
Dancer (11-2). 8 ran. 4l, 17l. Mrs D Grissell.
5.15 (2m 1f 164yd flat) 1, Queen?s Magic (N D
Fehily, 8-1); 2, Hawthorn Cottage (11-2);
3, Shapiro (3-1). 9 ran. NR: Bit Of A Geordie.
6l, 12l. N Mulholland.
Placepot: �.40.
Quadpot: �.30.
Wolverhampton
Going: standard
5.45 (5f 21yd) 1, Ty Rock Brandy (M Harley,
11-10 fav); 2, Furni Factors (6-1); 3, Inuk (15-2).
8 ran. NR: Raise A Little Joy. Nk, 2Kl. L Smyth.
6.15 (6f 20yd) 1, Madame Ritz (J Fanning, 8-1);
2, Perfect Lady (10-1); 3, Poetic Imagination
(3-1). 7 ran. NR: Lady Safeara. Ol, hd. R Phillips.
6.45 (1m 1f 104yd) 1, Loyal Promise (Oisin
Murphy, 4-1); 2, Aquarium (13-8); 3, Legal
History (6-4 fav). 5 ran. NR: Looking For Carl.
3Kl, 3Kl. M Meade.
7.15 (1m 1f 104yd) 1, Akkadian Empire (Jamie
Gormley, 13-2); 2, Paddy A (7-2 fav); 3, New
Abbey Angel (9-2). 12 ran. NR: Cooperess. Ol,
1l. I Jardine.
7.45 (1m 4f 51yd) 1, Inn The Bull (M Harley, 6-4
fav); 2, Reckless Wave (2-1); 3, Ice Canyon
(13-2). 8 ran. 1Nl, 1Ol. A King.
8.15 (6f 20yd) 1, Reflektor (R Kingscote, 13-2);
2, Atletico (6-4 fav); 3, Compas Scoobie (9-1).
6 ran. Hd, Ol. T Dascombe.
8.45 (5f 21yd) 1, Midnightly (M Harley, 12-1);
2, Something Lucky (15-8 fav); 3, Big Lachie
(9-2). 7 ran. NR: Swendab. Kl, hd. Rae Guest.
Placepot: �.60.
Quadpot: �30.
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Tuesday February 27 2018 | the times
Sport
British boxing ?open
to change? after third
fatality in five years
Boxing
Ron Lewis Boxing Correspondent
The British Boxing Board of Control
says that it is open to exploring new
ways of making the sport safer after
Scott Westgarth became the third
boxer in five years to die after a
professional bout in the UK.
The 31-year-old from Newcastle,
who was having only his tenth professional bout, died two days after he beat
Dec Spelman on points in an eliminator
for the English light-heavyweight title
at The Dome, Doncaster, on Saturday.
The bout had been tough, but not
brutal. Westgarth was knocked down
near the end of the tenth round as he
tired, having knocked down Spelman
earlier on. He conducted interviews at
ringside before walking back to his
dressing room. There he complained of
a headache and was sent to hospital by
ambulance. Shortly before he arrived at
hospital, he had begun to feel sick.
As far as the safety procedures put in
place by the BBBC, everything seems to
have gone to plan. Boxing, though, will
always carry a risk.
?This is a tough, dangerous sport, we
all know that,? Robert Smith, the
general secretary of the BBBC, said.
?We try to make things as safe as possible. I?ve spoken to a number of officials
who were there. Procedurally everything went well. Scott complained of a
bit of a headache, the doctors had been
back to see him several times, so they
decided to take him to hospital. We
always err on the side of caution.
?They were quite satisfied with him.
He was talking in the ambulance but he
started to feel sick as they got close to
hospital. We will wait for all the reports
and see if there is anything of concern.
We want to make sure we get all the
facts.?
From 1996 to 2013 there were no
fatalities in British professional rings.
Since then there have been three ?
Previous five deaths
1986
Steve Watt After a welterweight
bout in Fulham
1994
Bradley Stone After a British title
fight in London
1995
James Murray After a British
bantamweight title fight in Glasgow
2013
Michael Norgrove Collapsed during
a light-middleweight bout in London
2016
Mike Towell After a Scottish
welterweight title fight in Glasgow
Westgarth, Mike Towell in 2016 and
Michael Norgrove in 2013. There have
been other boxers who suffered brain
injuries. Eduard Gutknecht and Nick
Blackwell were hurt at Wembley Arena
in 2016 and Jerome Wilson and Gary
Murray were injured at small-hall
shows.
Those boxers could owe their lives to
the improvements introduced by the
BBBC after the injuries suffered by
Michael Watson in 1991, which require
paramedics at ringside and an ambulance at the arena, while the nearest
hospital with a neurological department is notified of any show.
Smith, though, emphasised that
the BBBC would always be open to
change. ?I like to think we are a modern
organisation, some might not think
we are, but we evolve and medical
technology gets better,? he said. ?We
always look to see how we can make
things better.?
Improvements can always be made
and leading the way now in safety is
New York, which reformed its procedures after a $22 million legal payment
made by the state to Magomed
Abdusalamov, a heavyweight boxer
who suffered brain damage in a fight at
Madison Square Garden in 2013.
Referees are now encouraged more
than ever to check on the boxer?s
welfare during the bout, while the
principle of the referee having sole
charge is challenged. If a doctor or
inspector decides to stop the fight, they
can. A doctor also has tests to check if a
boxer is concussed. This has even led to
a boxer being asked to stand on one leg.
Eddie Hearn, the promoter, says any
innovation that can protect a boxer
should be looked into. ?We have to
constantly try to evolve,? Hearn said.
?Whether we look at a test for hydration levels, scanning boxers between
rounds if they have been hurt, all those
kind of things should be looked at.
?Same-day weigh-ins should be done
away with on small-hall shows. Some
boxers still weigh in on the same day
because promoters can?t afford to put
them up for a night in a hotel. But they
are still making the weight.
?Things have come such a long way
already but we need to constantly
improve. A lot of it is taking it out of the
hands of the ref.?
Dillian Whyte, the heavyweight, said
that boxers were well aware of the
dangers but tended to put them out of
their mind. ?Boxing is full of stupidly
and ignorantly proud fighters,? he said.
?Fighters don?t like to talk about stuff
that makes them seem weak or make it
seem like they?re scared or nervous. It?s
a risk we all sign up for.?
However, Whyte said the good boxing can do should be emphasised and
said it had saved him after getting into
trouble as a teenager in south London.
?Boxing definitely saved my life,? he
said. ?I was one of those kids who was
not meant to be anything at school, I
was meant to be dead or in prison at this
age. Boxing humbles you and teaches
you discipline. It teaches you selfcontrol, discipline and self-respect.?
News, page 15
Westgarth, centre, died two days after winning a professional bout against
Eurosport shows BBC the way in coverage of ?groovy? Games
Giles Smith
Sport on
television
W
e had heard the
thrash-metal Vivaldi.
We had watched the
hundreds of
schoolchildren
scampering about in paint-spattered
winter-wear. We had pondered the
mimed allegory on the theme of
winter turning into spring, in which
the fresh shoots emerged from the
thawed ground and, in a moment of
deep symbolism, gave life to a whole
new crop of K-pop acts in tuxedos.
And then it was all back to Clare
Balding in Salford, where Clare was
chairing a short seminar based on the
following: For those involved in
bobsleigh, what needs to happen
between now and Beijing? Bit of a
party-pooping moment, that, if we?re
honest. Indeed, it seemed to bespeak
an earnestness that could have
snuffed out the Olympic flame all on
its own, had the closing ceremony not
just elaborately done that job, right
before the floor filled with DJs and
dancing athletes.
But then earnestness on these
occasions is only the flip-side of the
BBC?s patriotic coin. These past
weeks, an absolute and unyielding
support for the brave but mostly
middling performances of Britishborn athletes has led to the
accusation that Clare, Chemmy
Alcott and their colleagues were, at
times, only a song and a uniform
away from rivalling North Korea?s
finest cheerleading chorus. Yet it
would be unfair not to point out that
they were always equally ready to put
down the pom-poms, adopt a sober
face and wonder ?what this means for
British luge?, even if pretty much
nobody watching was thinking about
that at the time.
A mixed Games, then, for the
national broadcaster. They delivered
more British medals at a Winter
Olympics than any BBC team before
them, three of them arriving in what
Clare breathlessly summarised as ?the
most successful 36 hours that Britain
has ever had at a Winter Games?. Yet
four of the BBC?s top five most
watched online clips were of Elise
Christie falling over or talking about
having just fallen over, and the team?s
partisanship (which extended to
unadorned shouts of ?Great Britain!?
and commentators actually bursting
into tears at certain points) were
easily perceived as comically
disproportionate or even in
questionable taste.
It?s possible then,
that you were
among those who, like
your correspondent,
found themselves seeking
refuge in the coverage
of Eurosport UK, where the
patriotism was a little less noisy, and
the will to believe that Britain is a
place where any of this stuff matters
was slightly less cloying.
Sliding events are at some point
likely to involve waiting patiently at
the bottom of a slope for somebody
else to fall over, and this is always
going to be a test of tone for a
commentator who feels he has
some skin in the game. But it
w
would
not be overly harsh to
suggest that the BBC?s more
excitable members frequently
failed that test. And
perhaps the model way of
doing it was demonstrated
b Eurosport?s Ian
by
F
Findlay,
who, as Max
Parrot of Canada sat down
on the ice to leave Britain?s
Billy Morgan on the
podium in big air, found
Christie?s travails on the
ice proved popular for the
BBC?s online platforms
space to hymn the part played by the
loser (?one of the most progressive
riders in the series?) before not at all
dispassionately announcing (?Ladies
and gentlemen!?) Britain?s medalwinner.
It?s true that a Winter Olympics is,
as Balding put it, ?a bit looser, a bit
more groovy than the summer
Games?, so the rules are looser. Yet
many with the BBC found that groove
without alienating anybody. Respect
in this area, in particular, to Steve
Cram for his long hours at the
curling. And there are no short hours
at the curling. Somehow, irrespective
of the actual time apportioned to it in
the schedules, no event bulks larger.
Indeed, science has yet to explain
the phenomenon of Winter Olympic
television viewing whereby, after
about day seven, no matter at what
point you turn on, and for at least two
hours thereafter, they will be showing
curling. At the risk of pooping the
party all over again, perhaps someone
should fund a study between now and
Beijing.
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Footballer?s $3bn
revamp to create
tennis World Cup
Tennis
Stuart Fraser Tennis Writer
Spelman, left, on Saturday. The boxer did an interview before walking to his dressing room and complained of a headache
Alonso loses wheel on first day of testing
ALBERT GEA/REUTERS
Formula One
Fernando Alonso?s car lost a wheel as
McLaren endured a tough start to preseason testing in Barcelona yesterday.
The British team were optimistic
after switching engine supplier from
Honda to Renault, but Alonso spun
on to the gravel when his right-rear
wheel was detached after only six laps.
With only eight days of testing before
the new season starts in Melbourne on
March 25, track time is important. The
weather could also play a role with sleet
and rain forecast for later in the week.
Alonso returned to the circuit to take
his lap count to 51, Red Bull?s Daniel
Ricciardo managed more than 100
circuits, while Mercedes? Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas completed 83
laps between them.
All eyes are on McLaren this season
following
their
underwhelming
displays in recent years but Alonso
played down his early failure.
?It was a very small problem, but very
graphic and very obvious because a car
in the gravel is a big thing,? he said. ?But
Alonso, right, walks away after his McLaren lost a rear wheel and hit the gravel
there are six teams in the garage with
the doors closed and the cars in pieces,
but no one sees that. There are a lot of
teams in big trouble, but us with a wheel
nut failure, that makes the story.
?We didn?t plan to run much in the
morning so it won?t cost us and the failure was not a handicap. I did the most
laps in the afternoon.?
McLaren, a winner of 20 combined
drivers? and constructors? championships, have failed to win a grand prix in
six years and have not been on the podium since 2014.
Ricciardo set the pace on day one
ahead of Bottas and Ferrari?s Kimi
Raikkonen. Hamilton finished fifth as
conditions worsened in the afternoon.
The Davis Cup is set to undergo the
biggest shake-up in its 118-year history
with the International Tennis
Federation?s announcement of plans to
transform the elite group of nations
into a one-week tennis World Cup
finals.
If approved at the federation?s AGM
in Florida in August, it will mean the
end of the traditional home-and-away
format in the world group from next
year. Instead 18 teams will gather at a
neutral location in late November in
the week after the ATP Finals in
London.
The radical revamp has an unlikely
backer in the form of Gerard Piqu�, the
Barcelona and Spain footballer. As a
keen tennis fan, his Kosmos investment
group has agreed a 25-year partnership
with the ITF, worth $3 billion (�2 billion). The prize money for the annual
event will be about $20 million.
?Kosmos is thrilled to join in this
exciting partnership with the ITF,?
Piqu� said. ?Together we can elevate
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas to new
heights by putting on a must-see World
Cup of Tennis finals featuring the top
nations and top players. Kosmos will
also invest $3 billion over 25 years into
tennis that will help develop the game
worldwide.?
This is a coup for the ITF, on whom
the pressure was building to maintain
the Davis Cup as a high-profile and
meaningful competition. Top players
have increasingly skipped ties,
preferring to rest. Roger Federer has
played only one tie since he won the
competition with Switzerland in 2014.
The ATP and Piqu� had discussed
launching their version of a team World
Cup-style event and had looked at
running it during the lead-up to the
Australian Open at the start of each
season. The prestigious history of the
Davis Cup and the calendar timing is
likely to have swung Piqu� towards his
decision to collaborate with the ITF
instead.
?This is a complete game-changer for
the ITF and for tennis,? David
Haggerty, the ITF president, said. ?Our
board has supported a bold and ambitious plan for the future of Davis Cup by
BNP Paribas, one of the sport?s most
cherished and important events and a
key cornerstone in our ITF2024
strategy. Our vision is to create a major
season-ending finale that will be a
festival of tennis and entertainment,
featuring the world?s greatest players
representing their nations to decide the
Davis Cup champions.
?This new partnership will not only
create a true World Cup of tennis, but
will also unlock record levels of new investment for future generations of tennis players and fans around the world.?
It is a shame that the terrific Davis
Cup atmosphere often experienced at
home ties will be lost, although the
groups below the elite level will
continue to follow the home-and-away
format. Leon Smith, who captained
Great Britain to victory in 2015, was not
overly enthusiastic about the news.
?There?s still a long way to go as it
requires a two-thirds majority approval
at the ITF annual general meeting in
August, but we?re still passionate about
Davis Cup and I, like everyone else,
realise that changes need to be made to
ensure longevity and status of the
competition,? he said.
How tournament will work
6 The Davis Cup world group
consists of 16 nations playing in a
knockout format over four weeks
throughout the year
6 The new tennis World Cup finals
will feature 18 nations playing over
seven days at a neutral location in
November
6 There will be six groups of three
teams, with the winners and two
best runners-up going through to a
knockout stage. Ties will consist of
two singles and one doubles match
over the best of three sets
6 Great Britain can seal their place
in the inaugural event next year by
winning a world group relegation
play-off in September. The
opponents are yet to be determined
Piqu� said that he is thrilled to play a
part in the reform of the Davis Cup
?Of course one of the first things that
came to mind is the loss of the homeand-away tie. It works in other sports
but it remains to be seen if it could work
in Davis Cup. However, I do think it?s
really positive that the ITF is looking at
significant investment from other
sources to secure the future of the
competition.
?We?ll just have to keep an open mind
as we start to learn more about this
proposed new structure and, whatever
the outcome, I hope the Davis Cup
remains the most important team
event in world tennis.?
The announcement also prompted
some to wonder if the ITF had any
plans to give a much-needed revamp to
the Fed Cup, its female team competition, which also has an outdated and
complicated format.
?What about Fed Cup? Will we ever
see anything change?? asked Anne
Keothavong, captain of the Great
Britain team who have hosted a meagre
four weeks of Fed Cup action in the
55-year history of the competition, due
in large part to its convoluted roundrobin format.
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KICK IT OUT
Clubs unite in fight
against homophobia
A
fter the FA
chairman Greg
Clarke signed a
memorandum of
understanding with
Qatar, Kick It Out has
done something far
more positive in the
fight against
homophobia in
football.
A video released
today has some of the
biggest names in the
game ? and, crucially,
someone from every
Premier League club
? denouncing
homophobic language
and abuse. Eden
Hazard, Vincent
Kompany, Jan
Vertonghen and Juan
Mata are among those
who appear in the film,
which focuses on abuse
and behaviour rather
than the witch-hunt to
out players.
A number of LGBT+
fan groups also take
part, encouraging
supporters to report
Furious Brunt
turns up heat
on Pardew
Hazard is one
of the stars
backing Kick It
Out?s message
in the video
any homophobic,
biphobic or
transphobic abuse
they see or suffer at
games. Kick It Out
received 469 reports of
abuse last season, but
only 21 per cent of
them were around
homophobia issues,
suggesting fans don?t
feel comfortable
reporting the matter.
Roisin Wood, the
chief executive, said:
?Kick It Out has been
campaigning for
LGBT+ inclusion in
football for a long time
and it?s wonderful that
we have been able to
bring all 20 clubs
together for the first
time to take a stand
against discrimination.
This is about the
collective force of the
game uniting to
eliminate behaviour
that has no place in the
game.?
Steve Madeley
See the video online at
thetimes.co.uk/sport
Fresh racism claims put pressure
on Newcastle to sack Beardsley
exclusive
Matt Hughes
Deputy Football Correspondent
Newcastle United are under mounting
pressure to sack Peter Beardsley after
receiving more complaints of allegedly
racist comments that are said to have
been made by the club?s under-23 coach
towards a number of his players.
The Times has been told of at least
three separate allegations that
Beardsley used language that could be
considered racist while coaching at
Newcastle. The claims are contained in
written statements from academy
players after the club launched a formal
investigation into his conduct last
month.
Beardsley denies any allegations of
racism and unfair treatment of players,
but he agreed to take ?a period of leave?
last month after a complaint from the
under-23 winger Yasin Ben El-Mhanni,
alleging that he had been the subject of
non-racial bullying by the 57-year-old.
The club interviewed all of their
under-23 and under-18 players, and
every member of staff, and the other
allegations emerged as a result.
The new allegations against Beardsley are in addition to the claim that he
said, ?Your lot should be good at this? to
African players who were struggling on
climbing bars during a visit to Go Ape,
which was widely reported last month.
The witness statements have been
provided by players of several nationalities and centre on Beardsley?s alleged
use of language which the players claim
was designed to belittle them.
Several academy players are understood to have testified that Beardsley
told a group of African players that ?you
lot should be better runners? in a training session last year, before allegedly
making clear that he had their nationality in mind by referring to his assumption that they had trained at altitude.
On another occasion Beardsley is
alleged to have accused a different
group of players of speaking a ?madeup language? after overhearing a conversation in Arabic. There is also testimony from a player who was upset by
Beardsley allegedly making disparaging remarks about the quality of training facilities and pitches in his country.
Throughout the players? statements
a picture emerges of Beardsley?s alleged
use of language that made them feel
uncomfortable, rather than being
overtly abusive.
Beardsley is understood to have
accepted that he did use language that
has been attributed to him in some
cases, but not in others, and insists that
he was not being racist. In a statement
released last month, his solicitors,
Farsley?s, said that their client ?categorically denies . . . allegations of unfair
treatment? and expressed his hope
that ?the investigation will conclude
quickly?. Farsley?s and Newcastle
declined to comment last night.
Beardsley was accused of bullying at
Newcastle in 2003 by three academy
players during a previous coaching
spell at the club that he represented
with distinction as a player, but was
cleared after an investigation by the
FA. The parents of Lewis Gibson, the
England under-17 defender who left the
club for Everton in a �million transfer
last summer, were so concerned about
Beardsley?s treatment of young players
that they wrote a letter to the FA about
the culture at Newcastle last year,
although they did not name Beardsley.
Gibson?s older brother, Liam, remains
at the club.
Newcastle?s investigation into the
allegations is not expected to conclude
for several weeks. The club must first
decide whether his behaviour warrants
disciplinary action and, if so, he would
have the right to an appeal. So the case
could drag on even more. Ben Dawson,
a professional development coach with
the under-21s, has been standing in for
Beardsley during his leave and is
considered a strong candidate to
replace him should he be dismissed.
Lukaku: I will gain more respect if I win trophies
Paul Joyce
Northern Football Correspondent
Romelu Lukaku believes he deserves
to be shown greater respect, but
accepts leading Manchester United to
silverware is the only guarantee his
achievements will be favourably looked
upon.
The striker scored his 22nd goal of
the season, and followed up with a
crucial assist for his team-mate Jesse
Lingard in Sunday?s 2-1 victory over
Chelsea that lifted United back into
second place in the Premier League.
Lukaku?s goal was his first against a
side in the current top eight of the
table for United. He has always rejected
the accusation that he is a flat-track
bully and, having averaged one goal
every two games since emerging into the spotlight as a 16-year-old
with Anderlecht, says he has
already proved himself.
?I think I have got a nice
record,? he said. ?I?ve
scored a lot this season
and I just want to keep
going. I know that I
can improve and I
want to improve and
really work hard. I
es
want to win trophies.
Lukaku?s 22nd goal of the
season put United second
We are still in the fight in two competitions. It?s not going to be easy but it?s a
nice challenge. I?m 24 and I think I have
a lot of years ahead of me to improve
before my prime so I?m never satisfied.
I always want to get better and it?s a
nice challenge.?
When asked if he thought that
p
people
forget how young he is, he
s
said:
?Yeah, because I?ve been in
t game for so long.
the
?Year in, year out people expect 20
goals from me. I?ve been doing it for
[almost] ten years straight so I think
I?ve proved myself.
?You expect a bit more respect but
it?s the situation we?re in. I don?t listen
t it. I just want to improve and show
to
the people what I can do on the pitch.
I?m playing for the biggest club in the
world. It?s something that I wanted, but
it?s not only that. I just want to win trophies.?
Asked what will earn him the respect
that he feels he deserves, he said: ?If I
win. I want to win. As long as I win and
I lead my team to winning that?s when
I will be really satisfied. As a football
player, I don?t play for the individual.
?I think a lot of big players that we
recognise today in the game are players
who have won something and I want to
be part of them. The road is still far
ahead, but I?m ambitious and I?ll work
every day for my team to win ? I?m not
thinking about myself.?
Alan Pardew?s position at West
Bromwich Albion looks increasingly
precarious after Chris Brunt, one of his
senior players, laid into the manager
and his team-mates after Saturday?s
defeat by Huddersfield Town.
Pardew faces the sack after only 14
Premier League games in charge
should his side lose away to Watford on
Saturday and news has emerged of
angry exchanges in The Hawthorns
dressing room. Brunt is understood to
have criticised his team-mates for a
lack of effort in the 2-1 defeat before
criticising Pardew?s tactics.
The Northern Ireland midfielder?s
outburst is likely to be well received by
furious Albion supporters, who have
lost faith in Pardew and many of his
players after one Premier League win
since his appointment. Brunt is
understood to have questioned
Pardew?s decision to stick with a 4-4-2
system that has failed to reap rewards.
The formation appeared to leave
Gareth Barry, the 37-year-old midfielder, exposed alongside Grzegorz
Krychowiak, the ineffective loan signing, at the heart of Pardew?s midfield.
Pardew appeared resigned to the
sack after Saturday?s game but is now
expected to be given one last chance to
salvage his position after discussions
between the club?s Chinese owners and
Mark Jenkins, the returning chief executive. The manager has a break clause
in his �5 million-a-year contract that
allows him and the club to part
company at the end of the season.
Fans are unhappy with the recent
omission of Brunt as well as the
decision to freeze out Sam Field, the
home-grown midfielder. They are also
confused about the treatment of Jay
Rodriguez, who was left out for Daniel
Sturridge, the January loan signing,
despite scoring five goals in six games.
Rodriguez has not scored since
returning after an injury to Sturridge.
Wednesday
target upset
Gary Jacob
Sheffield Wednesday face Swansea
City in an FA Cup fifth-round replay
tonight and the fact that they are there
owes much to an instinctive save from
Cameron Dawson, their 22-year-old
goalkeeper, in the original tie.
Dawson revealed that Carlos
Carvalhal, the man who gave him his
debut for Wednesday but is now in
charge of Swansea, congratulated him
after he threw up his left hand to push
over a header from Mike van der Hoorn
in the 0-0 draw at Hillsborough on
February 17. ?I was pleased with the save
and Carlos said ?well done?,? Dawson
said. ?It would be nice if I can stop them
scoring and we can create a shock.?
Wednesday are struggling in the Sky
Bet Championship but the prospect of a
home tie with Tottenham Hotspur may
inspire them to leave that league form
behind. Swansea, meanwhile, have not
reached an FA Cup quarter-final in
54 years. Carvalhal will rotate his squad
again with the battle for Premier
League safety his main priority, but he
has been boosted by the return of the
experienced midfielder Leon Britton.
?I look to the positives of these
games, all our squad is involved and
some players from the under-23s are
playing also,? Carvalhal said.
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Top flight can
benefit from
free-to-air TV
Oliver Kay
Chief Football Correspondent
Dominance of the BBC
A friend, who is afflicted with footballphobia, has been enthusing about the
Winter Olympics, about the hours he,
his wife and kids have spent cheering
on Lizzy Yarnold and Billy Morgan and
working themselves up into a frenzy
while watching the trials and travails of
the British curling teams.
The same friend admits to a sense of
bewilderment when it comes to satisfying their eldest son?s desire to watch
football. There is Match of the Day,
Football on 5 and various other shows,
there is the FA Cup and there are, of
course, England internationals, but the
really big stuff ? the Premier League,
the Champions League ? happens on
other people?s television sets, in other
people?s households, not their own.
There is no prospect of this changing
any time soon. The Premier League has
sold five of its seven domestic broadcast
rights packages from 2019 to 2022 for a
combined �464 billion ? four of
them to Sky Sports, one to BT Sport ?
and, given the sense of unease among
the clubs at the possibility of falling
short of the present cycle?s valuation of
�14 billion, the desire to go with the
highest bidder, perhaps Amazon or
another online giant, for the others will
be stronger than ever.
Wouldn?t it be nice, though, if even a
handful of elite matches per season
were reserved for free-to-air television? More than that, would it not
ultimately be of strategic benefit to the
Premier League if its brand ? the best
league in the world, according to all the
hype (in this country at least) ? were
seen and enjoyed, if only occasionally,
by a television audience that is limited
these days to what little top-class sport
remains free to air?
It may sound an unlikely proposal ?
While top Premier League games on
Sky are watched by 1-2 million
people, the BBC pulled in a wider
audience for these recent events
Scotland v England
Six Nations................8.1m peak viewers
Liverpool v Everton
FA Cup third round............................7.2m
Lizzy Yarnold
Gold in the skeleton...........................4.1m
particularly in a newspaper whose
online content is subscription-only and
which is closely linked to the BSkyB
empire ? but it is not about finding
fault with the existing model, which has
served English football so well in so
many regards since the Premier League
was launched in 1992. It is more a
matter of wondering whether, having
reached a point where the collective
wealth of the Premier League clubs is so
vast, it may be time to take a short-term
hit for long-term gain by trying to
widen access to live coverage.
That is precisely what the Premier
League clubs agreed to do a few years
ago ? very reluctantly in some cases
? by assenting to a fairer approach to
ticket pricing. There was a recognition,
forced on some of their rivals by Stoke
City in particular, that continually
looking to hike ticket prices was not
only morally wrong, in an industry so
flushed with wealth from the broadcast
companies, but that it was a strategic
error in the long term if more and more
fans were priced out of the game.
There will be no appetite among the
Premier League clubs to take that view
in this next round of broadcast rights
negotiations, which should be concluded over the next couple of months ? in
any case, the two remaining packages
Spurs may ask
to delay start
at new ground
Gary Jacob
FA Cup games, such as this tie between Liverpool and Everton last month, pull in
big audiences on terrestrial TV, a market that the Premier League could tap into
include certain slots where matches
will be screened simultaneously ? but
perhaps it is a view that they should
consider next time.
Or perhaps it is something they
should have considered by now ?
before viewing habits began to change
with the emergence of streaming
options through Amazon and Netflix, as
well as Now TV, which is owned by Sky.
Would the Premier League be a
weaker product for allowing, say, five
matches per season to be shown on
BBC or ITV? It may have earned a little
less in broadcast terms, but that may
have been a price worth paying for a
wider audience just occasionally.
Just as a generation of match-going
supporters has been lost by ticket-price
rises ? and, significantly, by the lack of
availability of tickets, as demand has
come to outstrip supply at so many
clubs ? there are many young fans for
whom watching football on television,
which would seem to have been a minimum right in the digital age, remains a
rare treat. They will always have
England games to watch, of course, but,
frankly, there are times when even the
curling seems more appealing.
Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed
that they are likely to ask to play their
first few matches away from home next
season as a safeguard in case building
overruns on their new stadium.
Bad weather ? including strong
winds ? has caused a minor delay to the
project but they still plan to move into
their new home next season, which
begins the weekend of August 11 and 12.
Tottenham can flag a potential problem when all clubs are asked to fill in a
questionnaire, which includes a section
on fixture issues, by the Premier League
next month. They could ask that they
play their first home game after the
international break in September.
?DL [Daniel Levy, the chairman]
thought it was likely they would request
to play the first few matches of the
2018-19 season away from home,?
Tottenham Hotspur Supporters? Trust
said in its minutes after a meeting
with the club. ?DL said that although
a contingency plan was in place,
everyone was 100 per cent focused on
achieving the budgeted timescale.
?Certainly no talks had been held
with Wembley over extending their
residency and that there was no intention of activating any extension clause
unless it was absolutely necessary.?
The stadium is expected to cost about
�0 million and the club have claimed
that the finance was not dependent on a
naming rights deal and that transfer
budgets would not be affected. They
said that Mauricio Pochettino, the manager, has the final say on player sales.
Uefa snubs video referees
Video referees will not be used in the
Champions League next season, the
Uefa president has said. The VAR
system is expected to win approval
from the International Football
Association Board on Saturday, but
Aleksander Ceferin said Uefa will not
embrace the technology due to
?confusion? surrounding its use. Uefa
does not use goalline technology in
all Champions League games,
preferring two additional assistant
referees next to each goal.
History does not bode well for elite academy graduates
O
n Sunday Aaron WanBissaka became the first
Crystal Palace academy
graduate to make a full league
debut for the club for nearly six
years. Of the present 20 Premier
Most recent former academy
player (signed for club before
16th birthday) to make a full
league debut for each of
the 20 Premier
League clubs:
Arsenal
Ainsley
MaitlandNiles
Dec 13, 2017
(5 starts)
Bournemouth
Jack Simpson
Dec 23, 2017 (1)
Palace?s Wan-Bissaka
League clubs, only Manchester City
and Burnley have recorded a longer
wait.
Wan-Bissaka should not assume
that his appearance against
Tottenham Hotspur means he is set
Brighton
Shamir Fenelon
A
Aug 9, 2014 (1)
JJoined Crawley, June 2015
Burnley
JJay Rodriguez
A
Apr 11, 2009 (75)
JJoined Southampton, June 2012
for a long Palace career: about half
of the players in this list never made
? or have yet to make ? a second
league start for that club.
The previous former Palace
academy player to make a full
Everton
Beni Baningime
Nov 5, 2017 (1)
Huddersfield
Joe Wilkinson
Apr 25, 2015 (1)
Joined Buxton, July 2016
Chelsea
A
Andreas
Christensen
A
Aug 20, 2017 (17)
Leicester
Ben Chilwell
Dec 26, 2016 (21)
Crystal Palace
Aaron Wan-Bissaka,
S
Sunday
(1)
Liverpool
Ben Woodburn
Apr 8, 2017 (1)
Man City
Ched Evans
Aug 17, 2008 (3)
Joined Sheffield
Utd, July 2009
Man Utd
Joint:
Demetri
Mitchell (1),
Scott
McTominay (4),
Josh Harrop,
Joined Preston,
June 2017
all May 21, 2017
league debut was Kyle De Silva in
April 2012: he was given one more
league start by the club and has
since played for Barnet, Notts
County and FC Eindhoven in the
Dutch second division. Manchester
By Bill Edgar
City have not given a full league
debut to a former academy member
? defined as a player who joined
before his 16th birthday ? since
Ched Evans faced Aston Villa
nearly ten years ago.
Newcastle Utd
Adam Armstrong
Dec 26, 2014 (1)
Tottenham
Kyle Walker-Peters
Aug 13, 2017 (1)
Southampton
JJosh Sims
N
Nov 27, 2016 (1)
Watford
Brandon Mason
May 21, 2017 (1)
Stoke City
Tom Edwards
Oct 14, 2017 (6)
West Brom
Sam Field
Aug 18, 2016 (11)
Swansea City
Ben Davies Sept 15, 2012
West Ham Utd
Declan Rice
Aug 19, 2017 (6)
Joined Tottenham, July 2014
Davies at Swansea in 2012
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Why Guardiola won?t back
down in yellow ribbon row
MIQUEL BENITEZ/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
The City manager?s
passion for politics is no
flash in the pan ? he
cares deeply about his
roots, Paul Hirst writes
When the second weekend of June
arrived last summer, most Manchester
City players were relaxing on sun
loungers in various holiday retreats
around the world.
But the last thing on Pep Guardiola?s
mind was a holiday. He flew briefly to
Barcelona three weeks after the end of
the season. Sure, there are worse places
to be in the world, particularly at that
time of year.
On June 11, as he stood at the foot of
Montju颿 Hill, one of Barcelona?s most
idyllic settings, the temperature rose
to 30C, causing sweat to drip from
Guardiola?s forehead.
He was not there to top up his tan.
He was in work mode. Guardiola was
not scouting a player or managing a
team, he was there to address a
rally of thousands of people who were
campaigning for the right to hold a
referendum on Catalonian independence.
After singing Els Segadors (The
Reapers), the Catalan national anthem,
alongside Carles Puigdemont, the
now-exiled president of Catalonia,
Guardiola took to the stage and
delivered a rousing speech. He spoke in
English to maximise media coverage
around the world.
?We are here today to make it clear
that on the first of October we are going
to vote in a referendum to decide our
future,? Guardiola thundered. ?We are
going to vote even though the Spanish
state doesn?t want us to. We have tried
to reach an agreement 18 times and the
answer has always been no. We have no
other solution.?
Guardiola?s tone became more and
more forceful as he condemned
Madrid?s refusal to declare the upcoming vote legal. ?We Catalans are victims
of a state that is carrying out persecution that is unworthy of a 21st-century
European democracy,? he said.
More barbs followed. He accused the
state of ?persecuting? Puigdemont,
locking up other politicians on
trumped-up charges and said that
Madrid was trying to ?destroy the
Catalan school system? by eradicating
Catalan-only speaking schools.
The actions of the Spanish government were tantamount to those of an
?authoritarian state?, he added.
It was one of the most impassioned
speeches of Guardiola?s life. Ask his
friends and they will tell you that this
referendum is a topic that stokes the
fires in his heart perhaps more than any
other. Guardiola has always stated that
he does not feel Spanish. ?Catalonia is
continued from back
Pep planning poppy defence
shirts during the past 18 months to help
his case.
In 2016, Fifa had ruled that poppies
on shirts contravened its rules on
political symbols, insisting that they
could be viewed as such in certain
countries. James McClean, the Ireland
winger, had refused to wear shirts with
the poppy symbol, saying that it would
show disrespect to the victims of the
Pep?s stance
is awkward
given source
of City riches
Oliver Kay
Chief Football
Correspondent
P
Guardiola delivers his impassioned speech for Catalan independence in July and keeps his ribbon on at Wembley, below
my country,? he has said on several
occasions. Guardiola was born in
Santpedor, a little village close to the
city of Manresa, which is described as
?the heart of Catalonia? because it is
in the centre of the northeastern
province.
Guardiola?s mother Dolors and
father Valent�, a bricklayer, and many
generations of their family before
them were raised as Catalans and it is
therefore only logical the City manager
feels the same way.
The connection Guardiola?s parents
had to Catalonia only grew stronger as
a result of the brutal crackdowns on
any idea of separatism from
General Franco, the dictator
who ruled Spain from 1939
to 1975.
Guardiola would grow
up
hearing
stories
about how the people
d
of Santpedor would
k
continue
to
speak
Catalan despite Franco
d
banning the language and
executing thousands off
political activists.
Guardiola?s sense of
separatism grew when
he joined La Mas韆, Barcelona?s
youth academy, shortly after Franco?s
death. There was a particularly Catalan
atmosphere at the academy. The signs
on the walls were written in Catalan,
rather than Spanish. That is his first
language.
Even today, when Guardiola speaks
in private to Txiki Begiristain, the
director of football who played with
him at the Nou Camp, or the chief
executive Ferran Soriano, who
comes from Barcelona, he will
do so in Catalan. The same goes
ffor other Catalan members of his
staff. It is only when someone
from outside the region enters
the conversation, that the
language switches to
Spanish or English.
The fall of Franco led to
a new sense of opportunity within Catalonia. The
region was granted a
certain level of auton
nomy in 1978, but Guardiiola, like many people from
the region, has grown tired of
the state?s refusal to grant an
independence referendum. To
b
be clear, Guardiola is not urging
the Catalan people to vote to leave
Spain. He is only demanding they have
a legally binding vote on independence.
?You allowed Scotland to make a
referendum and the people voted,?
Guardiola pointed out.
When he was invited to speak at the
rally last summer, Guardiola jumped at
the opportunity. He wanted to do
anything he could to put pressure on
the government to grant a legally
binding independence referendum.
And when the Spanish government
refused to recognise the result of the
October poll ? 90 per cent voted to
leave, although turnout was just 43 per
cent ? Guardiola decided to up his
protest by wearing a yellow ribbon in
support of Jordi S醤chez and Jordi
Cuixart, two Catalonian politicians
who were jailed, and Puigdemont, who
fled to Brussels after being charged
with sedition.
Guardiola made it clear he would
continue to wear the ribbon in
December. ?If they want to suspend me
? Uefa, the Premier League, or Fifa ?
it?s OK,? he said.
Now his resolve is even stronger and
there is little sign that he is going to
back down.
Bloody Sunday massacre. The FA
defied the ruling and England?s players
wore poppies for a game against
Scotland close to Remembrance Day in
November 2016, incurring a fine from
the world governing body.
Since then, the FA has secured a new
ruling from Fifa to permit poppies,
which in turn led to Uefa permitting
such symbols so long as they were not
viewed as offensive. As a result Guardiola has been allowed to wear the ribbon
at Champions League matches but has
been warned and then charged by the
FA for doing so at domestic games.
Guardiola has until March 5 to
respond to the original charge. If it is
proved the independent regulatory
commission could increase any sanction as he is still wearing the ribbon.
He has said that the ribbon
is to support Catalan separatists who
have been imprisoned by Spanish
authorities. ?Before a manager, I am a
human being,? he said. ?It?s not about
politicians, it?s about democracy; it?s
about helping the people who didn?t do
anything. Uefa say you can wear
anything as long as you show it with
respect. Here, apparently, it?s different.?
6 City officials have held talks with
Manchester city council about a route
for an end-of-season trophy parade.
City, who won the Carabao Cup on
Sunday, plan to hold a parade in the city
centre if they win the league, which
they lead by 13 points, but the date is
dependent on whether they make the
Champions League final on May 26.
ep Guardiola should be
applauded, not sanctioned,
for defying the FA by
wearing that yellow ribbon
in solidarity with the
Catalan independence movement.
But he should also be questioned:
how does the Manchester City
manager reconcile this impassioned
stance, which he describes as being
for democracy and humanity, with
his work on behalf of regimes in
Qatar and now Abu Dhabi?
As mesmerising as City?s football
is, as wonderful as their recent
success has been for supporters who
endured so many miserable years in
the doldrums, it surely cannot have
escaped Guardiola?s notice that the
club?s spectacular resurgence since
2008 has been built on the largesse
of Sheikh Mansour and Abu Dhabi.
Whether Guardiola is aware of
political freedoms in Abu Dhabi
and the rest of the United Arab
Emirates is another matter.
In its most recent report, Amnesty
International accused the UAE ?
of which Sheikh Mansour is deputy
prime minister and his half-brother
Sheikh Khalifa, the Emir of Abu
Dhabi, is president ? of ?arbitrary
restrictions of freedoms of
expression and association, using
criminal defamation and antiterrorism laws to detain, prosecute,
convict and imprison government
critics and a prominent human
rights defender?.
Amnesty International also
claimed that detainees in the UAE
were held ?in conditions that could
amount to torture? and raised
concerns about abuse of the rights
of women and migrant workers.
Guardiola was also an ambassador
for Qatar?s highly controversial bid
to host the 2022 World Cup. When
Barcelona accepted a huge
sponsorship deal with the Qatar
Foundation in 2011, Guardiola
praised the nation?s efforts in
?opening up to the western world?
? presumably unaware that, for
human rights charities, Qatar
is a far greater concern than even
the UAE.
None of this is mentioned to
question the sincerity of Guardiola?s
stance on his native Catalonia. It
is simply to highlight the disconnect
between that position, which is
so close to his heart, and his
suggestion, when quizzed about
Abu Dhabi after City?s Carabao Cup
triumph on Sunday evening, that
?every country decides the way
they want to live for themselves?.
Guardiola has every right to
highlight the Catalan cause, but
by doing so he has shed light not
only on City?s or football?s but
British industry?s uncomfortable
relationship with regimes where
human rights are threatened.
It is the elephant in the room not
only at Manchester City but at
Sainsbury?s, Harrods, Barclays and
elsewhere in a country where so
much, including morals, is for sale
for the right price.
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Henry Winter
Chief Football Writer
Wenger is holding Wilshere back
J
ack Wilshere divides opinion like few
others in English football. ?The most
overrated player on the planet,?
according to Roy Keane, unleashing one
of his verbal reducers. ?The one player
who cared enough to fight against Manchester
City,? according to a group of Arsenal fans
licking their gaping wounds outside Wembley
on Sunday.
Opposing supporters squeal ?diver? in the
grand, old spirit of terrace tribalism. As much a
dispute as a debate, contrasting polemics over
Wilshere extend to more than a parochial
one-club issue. In two weeks? time Gareth
Southgate announces the squad that will largely
form his World Cup 23.
England?s serial sterility in central midfield
needs addressing, so the focus burns on
Wilshere?s left foot, his ability to accept the ball
and pass under pressure, slipping the ball to Dele
Alli or picking out Harry Kane and the wing
backs, basically a hunger to take responsibility.
Those with any understanding of life at the
Emirates know that Wilshere is more than
prepared to take responsibility on and off the
pitch. It never gets publicised but frequently
after home matches Wilshere goes straight from
the dressing room to a private meeting with
young Arsenal fans suffering from sickness,
some with cancer, others wheelchair-bound.
Wilshere talks away, giving them shirts or
other match-day mementos, and patiently
satisfies all the selfie and autograph requests.
Away from the ground, he is an assiduous
backer of the life-changing Arsenal In The
Community, assisting initiatives with Great
Ormond Street Hospital and the Centrepoint
homeless charity, among others.
Yet Wilshere?s always had this slightly lairy
image, lighting up, flaring up or playing up,
being Jack the Lad. But there?s always been
another side. Wilshere is 26, he joined the youth
stream at nine, and cares about the club and
those whose world revolves around Arsenal.
After the Carabao Cup final humiliation to
City, Wilshere was one of the few players who
made the effort to go over to salute those
lingering stoics in the Arsenal end. Wilshere
leaned over the advertising boards and threw
his shirt to a kid. Few of his team-mates
ventured near, fearing a deserved slating.
When Arsenal won the FA Cup against Aston
Villa in 2015, Wilshere celebrated on the pitch
and then went back inside to continue the party
in the changing room. An Arsenal official was
alerted to a poorly young fan still waiting in the
deserted stadium with his father, hoping the
players would return. The club knew which
player wouldn?t think twice about heading back
out to see the fan. Wilshere grabbed his playing
shirt, ran back out and gave it to the boy.
Of course, all footballers should do this. They
are role models, and handsomely paid by the
fans via gate receipts, broadcasting or boot deals.
All players have it in their contracts
to help out. Wilshere has it in his
conscience too.
In good times and bad, Wilshere
fronted up. He usually does,
especially when the club are
trying to find somebody prepared
to speak to the media after
a defeat. Wilshere did
after the defeat by
Ostersunds last week.
For a player
belittled by some
as a callow
contender,
Wilshere can be
the real deal at
times.
Those who question
Wilshere?s commitment to his
craft or cerebral attitude to
his profession are now
advised that he is a regular
visitor to Hale End, Arsenal?s
academy, as he studies for his
coaching badges. Jack the
Manager? Who knows? But he
has started the journey.
More immediately, Wilshere
stands at a crossroads. In
September, he celebrates ten years
as an Arsenal first-team player
(including loan spells at Bolton
Wanderers and Bournemouth), having
been drafted into senior training as a
16-year-old and impressing players such as
Wilshere was played out of position against City
Robin van Persie and Cesc F郻regas with his
talent and enthusiasm.
A decade on, the skill is there, demanding the
ball under pressure, giving and going, darting
past opponents with the ball at his left foot,
although he has still to convince that the burst
of pace to push away from opponents has not
been sapped by ankle problems.
He does not look 100 per cent and yet was
Arsenal?s best outfield player against Spurs in
the derby and against City on Sunday. He
doesn?t hide. Where was Mesut 謟il against
Spurs and City? On the field but off the pace.
So whither, or wither, Wilshere? He is not
developing under Ars鑞e Wenger, partly
tactically because he was wasted in the ersatz
No 10 role on Sunday, and also because Arsenal?s
manager does not challenge Wilshere enough,
does not confront him.
Keane?s sweeping ?overrated player? appraisal
after the defeat by Ostersunds (when he
played as a No 10) was typically
headline-grabbing when a more
measured verdict would conclude
that Wilshere was one of the
most undercoached. Just look at
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
flourishing under J黵gen
Klopp at Liverpool. Keane
needs to call Wenger to
account too.
So what does Wilshere
do? Sign his new contract,
stay on with the club he
loves, and in an area where he?s
settled, but at a time when the side
stagger on under Wenger down the
road to nowhere?
All the indications are that
Wilshere will remain but will his
career continue to stagnate for a
further 16 months until Wenger?s
contract expires, unless the board
sees sense and comes to an
agreement for the Frenchman to
leave this summer?
The English media
listens most to noises
off, to extraneous issues
and events when anyone
wanting to engage in serious
footballing deliberation will concentrate on the
90 minutes, such as Sunday?s. Analysis of
Wilshere?s performance revealed residual flaws
in his game and showed few of his strengths
partly because City were faster, sharper and
better but also because Wenger played him out
of position. Wilshere started tucked in on the
left of a 3-4-2-1 formation, when Arsenal fans
know he works best in central midfield, where
Wenger remains inexplicably loyal to the
hapless Granit Xhaka. So drop Xhaka, build
around Wilshere. Just a thought.
Deployed out of position, an increasingly
exasperated Wilshere was targeted by City, who
tested a temperament known as occasionally
volatile. He was fouled by Kevin De Bruyne
after five minutes, then by Sergio Ag黣ro, before
Fernandinho was booked by Craig Pawson.
Worryingly for Southgate as he looks to
breath inventive life into England?s midfield,
Wilshere exposed a susceptibility to being
distracted by conflicts, irrelevant subplots to the
main drama. Fernandinho challenged him again
in the 38th minute but checked himself before
impact. Wilshere?s initial intent may have been a
desire to avoid injury but when Fernandinho
pulled out, he continued embarrassingly
through the air, hit the ground, and shamelessly
appealed for a free kick. Let?s get ready to
tumble.
Pawson rightly waved play on, Fernandinho
pointed at the prostrate Wilshere in disbelief
and contempt before the Arsenal man leapt up
and tried to get the Brazilian a second booking.
There wasn?t even any subtlety to his antics.
It was frustrating to witness as he represented
Arsenal?s most creative option, despite having
balls fizzed erratically at him by Xhaka, and he
did have one promising run and a high shot. At
half-time, Wilshere wanted a word with Pawson
but Per Mertesacker intervened.
Unlike others, Wilshere tried to rally Arsenal
as they faded, but still disclosed that suspect
temperament by overreacting to a Gabriel Jesus
foul and shoving the Brazilian, then sarcastically
applauding Pawson and rightly being booked.
Overall, it was a six out of ten rating when all
the other Arsenal players were five or below. At
least Wilshere kept going, kept caring, and many
would now argue that he deserves better than
working under the moribund Wenger.
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Farrell is already
a leader ? so give
him the captaincy
Owen Slot
Commentaryy
Chief Rugby
Correspondent
It seems a slightly strange case to make,
but the man who is getting all those
back-page headlines right now for the
scuffle in the Murrayfield tunnel before
the game started on Saturday ? yes,
before the whistle had even blown ? is
the very same man who should be the
next captain of England.
After England?s defeat, we Times
rugby writers have been asked a series
of questions (below right) by our sports
editor about England and the Murrayfield defeat. And I realise that there are
certain readers, mostly north of the
border, who consider this denigrating
to the Scotland performance, though,
honestly, nothing of the kind is intended. Praises cannot be sung highly
enough about Scotland on Saturday.
Nevertheless England?s performance
? or lack of it ? demands serious
questions.
Such as: ?If Dylan Hartley doesn?t
continue as captain, who should take
the role?? When I got to that one, I
wrote down Owen Farrell?s name,
barely without thinking. It seemed to
me to be beyond obvious.
One particular game comes to mind
on this subject and it was the one that
Farrell was not even playing in.
England v Argentina last autumn,
Farrell was rested, but he sat on the
bench and did the job of water-carrier.
Yet he was not just bringing on the
bottles, he was bringing on instructions, discussing the game plan and
tactics. Even from the side of the pitch,
he was behaving like a leader.
Then I questioned my judgment: if it
is so obvious, then why is he not the
captain already? Maybe there is
another side to it: maybe he is one of
those players who would be hampered
by the mantle of captaincy? Or maybe
it should be the shooting star Maro
Itoje?
On Itoje, my view is: still too young.
Plus: deeply embroiled in marketing
and sponsorship deals. Nothing
wrong with that if it does not affect
performance, but if your team-mates
are ribbing you about it, then it may
be that there is something to it. My
instincts are: let Itoje settle and mature.
Nevertheless I just wanted to make
sure, so I spoke to some of their
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Saracens team-mates. The response
was straightforward, a chorus with one
voice, they said that Farrell was the
man. No question. Farrell is a naturalborn leader, he drives performance, he
demands high standards. As one said:
?Under pressure, I wouldn?t pick
anyone else in the world.?
Farrell is on a one-man mission to
make himself the best player in the
world. That may sound selfish, but he is
not driven by personal gain. His
modus operandi is not just about
self-improvement, it is about dragging
everyone with him. That is why
team-mates often say that he is like
a coach ? an extra coach on the
field: knowledgeable, tactically savvy,
authoritative.
And above all else, there is this
furnace burning inside him that is all
about winning. At Saracens they stress
hard the philosophy that their experiences together are all about creating
great memories as a group. From that
mindset, they believe, success should
follow. A few weeks back they
endeavoured to find out how deeply
this philosophy had become ingrained,
so the players were told: everyone
driven by creating great memories,
stand at one side of the room; everyone
driven more by winning, go to the other.
The majority put great memories first;
Farrell could not have moved fast
enough toward winning.
So that is a long-winded answer to
why Farrell should be the next England
captain. He is already England?s leader
on the field; the captaincy will come
next. The real question is: when?
Eddie Jones, like every international
coach, is trying to build strength in
depth. He wants three or four international-quality players for every
position: three hookers, three No 8s,
three full backs etc. By and large, he is
getting there. What he has not got close
to, though, is three captains.
Hartley has been captain for 25 of
Jones?s 26 internationals. The other,
against Samoa, was co-captained by
Chris Robshaw and George Ford.
Farrell did not play in that game. Farrell
has never started as captain but,
whenever Hartley goes off, about the
55th-minute mark, he automatically
assumes the role.
Jones sets great store by the
captaincy. We know that because it is
Hartley?s leadership rather than his
ability that is keeping him in the
starting XV. If it is so important, then
surely England should practise with a
second and maybe a third-choice captain in charge. What if England go to
the World Cup in Japan with Hartley
still as captain, and then he gets injured
before the tournament starts?
For all Farrell?s clear qualities as a
leader, there remain occasions when he
has not exactly kept his composure as
he would have wished. Saturday is one
example. The Australia game, in
November, was another, when a certain
calm and diplomacy were absent in his
dealings with Ben O?Keeffe, the Kiwi
referee. If Farrell is the coming man,
then it would help him to practise
before he arrives full-time.
I am on record saying that that time
is nigh. I can understand that Jones
might not want to make the switch
mid-Six Nations; that might be an
unnecessary upheaval. If not now,
though, then the South Africa tour in
June. Farrell should probably stop
scrapping in the tunnel, though.
Law must change to reward tackler
In the 54th minute at Murrayfield on
Saturday, Courtney Lawes pulled off
one of those tackles that made you
wince. Great tackle. Timing perfect.
He hit John Barclay just when the
Scotland captain received the ball and it
came flying backwards out of Barclay?s
hands. The danger was immediate,
Anthony Watson was first on to it,
dribbled it forwards and, with his
second touch, nudged it ahead over the
tryline for Owen Farrell to flop on it to
score. At that point the game might
have changed.
However, the referee Nigel Owens
correctly reviewed the sequence and
correctly disallowed the try. In making
the tackle, Lawes had unintentionally
knocked the ball on. He therefore
received zero reward for his tackle,
indeed he was penalised for the
knock-on and conceded a scrum.
This is becoming one of the most
aggravating of laws. The dominant
tackler should be rewarded, not
penalised, if he does not seek to knock
the ball on. The timing of a tackle is a
work of art and the best of the masterpieces can now work against you.
There is one form of knock-on that is
rewarded ? the charge-down. The
dominant tackle should be rewarded
too.
Clip shows
centre?s clash
with Wilson
1
continued from back
before shoving Wilson away from
Ford and over to the left side of the
tunnel. An eyewitness said that
Farrell was ?enraged? by Wilson,
with whom he had a skirmish
during a European Champions Cup
quarter-final last season, and had to
be held back by team-mates.
Tournament officials have written to the RFU and SRU demanding
an explanation before deciding
whether to instigate disciplinary
proceedings. The RFU declined to
comment but England are expected
to say that the incident was sparked
by Wilson and that Farrell was
standing up for a team-mate. The
players cannot be cited for the
incident because it occurred before
the game, but Wilson was cited
yesterday for alleged contact with
the eye area of Nathan Hughes, the
England No 8, late in the first half.
Eddie Jones, the England head
coach, has added Elliot Daly and
Kyle Sinckler to his squad for this
week?s training camp, as they
prepare to face France a week on
Saturday. Daly has been out of
action with ankle and calf injuries
but his return increases options in
the back three, especially with Mike
Brown?s future back in the spotlight
after his performance in Scotland.
Sinckler has overcome a
hamstring issue and will provide
competition for Dan Cole and
Harry Williams at tight-head prop.
The British & Irish Lions pair
have been added to the 25 players,
including the non-playing reserves
James Haskell and Charlie Ewels,
who travelled to Edinburgh.
Just how
worried
should
Jones be?
Our panel
give their
verdicts
George Ford
Stuart Barnes
What concerns you most after
Saturday? That Eddie Jones is deluding
himself that England do not need a
breakdown specialist.
Are England going backwards or
forwards, and why? No, they are where
they have been since the start of last
season?s Six Nations. They are
burdened with the winning obsession.
If Dylan Hartley does not continue as
captain, who should take the role?
Maro Itoje. A counterintuitive choice,
perhaps, because at present he is
subdued, but Owen Farrell is too
fiery and the Saracens lock has that
aura.
Which Premiership player should be
given a chance? Dan Robson, the
uncapped Wasps scrum half, clearly
has the ability to speed up the England
game and deserves a chance to prove
himself.
Is Jones too loyal and to whom? Not
so much to his players as his hubris.
Struggling to admit to limitations at
which he has scoffed.
Your XV for the France game
Watson; May, Te?o, Farrell, Daly; Ford,
Care; M Vunipola, Hartley, Cole,
Launchbury, Itoje, Lawes, Robshaw,
Hughes.
Your ideal XV for a World Cup
semi-final v All Blacks Watson; May,
Te?o, Farrell, Daly; Ford, Robson;
M Vunipola, George, Williams,
Launchbury, Itoje, Lawes, Kvesic,
B Vunipola.
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Owen Farrell
Owen Farrell
George Ford
Ryan Wilson
Grant Gilchrist
3
Ryan Wilson
1 Wilson appears to say
something to Ford as
they leave the pitch,
prompting Farrell to
push past Gilchrist
2 The England centre
makes his way towards
Wilson
Owen Farrell
Ryan Wilson
3 He grabs the Scotland
No 8 by the shoulder.
An eyewitness said that
Farrell was ?enraged?,
while England are
expected to say that
he was standing up
for his team-mate
Steve James
Owen Slot
John Westerby
Alex Lowe
Ben Kay
What concerns you most after
Saturday? That England were so easily
rattled and that they could not fix easy
things, ie the breakdown, on the hoof.
Are England going backwards or
forwards, and why? They are definitely
not going forwards. But this defeat may
be a good thing, forcing Jones to make
some tough decisions.
If Hartley doesn?t continue as captain,
who should take the role? I don?t like
the captain not being there in the final
crunch moments, even if Hartley?s
leadership qualities are obvious. Farrell
and Itoje, right, are the contenders.
Which Premiership player should be
given a chance? Robson. It has been
curious that Jones has gone back to
Richard Wigglesworth and also used
Tom Wood and Chris Robshaw, left, at
No 7 during his tenure.
Is Jones too loyal and to whom?
Always tricky when you keep winning,
but Mike Brown, Jonathan Joseph and
George Ford must be under pressure.
I?d love to see Elliot Daly at No 15, Jack
Nowell at No 13 and Farrell at No 10.
Your XV for the France game
Brown; Watson, Nowell, Te?o, May;
Farrell, Care; M Vunipola, Hartley, Cole,
Launchbury, Itoje, Robshaw, Underhill,
Hughes.
What concerns you most after
Saturday? That strange sense of
mystery: England were convinced they
were pumped and ready ? but they
weren?t.
Are England going backwards or
forwards, and why? Some areas are
still improving, such as elements in
attack. Overall, the gradient is too flat.
If Hartley doesn?t continue as captain,
who should take the role? Farrell. It is
the obvious choice. He is the leader in
spirit already.
Which Premiership player should be
given a chance? Don Armand, the
Exeter Chiefs flanker. There is no likefor-like for Robshaw yet. Armand could
be better.
Is Jones too loyal and to whom? He
loves Brown under the high ball.
Watson can catch too.
Your XV for the France game
Watson; Nowell, Te?o, Farrell,
May; Ford, Care; M Vunipola,
George, Cole, Launchbury,
Itoje, Robshaw, Underhill,
Hughes.
Your ideal XV for
a World Cup
semi-final v
All Blacks Daly;
Watson, Te?o,
Farrell, May; Ford,
Care; M Vunipola,
George, Sinckler,
Launchbury, Itoje, Robshaw,
Underhill, B Vunipola.
What concerns you most after
Saturday? The shortage of leadership
and too few players, once Ford had
been replaced, with playmaking nous
when they were chasing the game.
Are England going backwards or
forwards, and why? They had been
standing still for some time and the
defeat by Scotland was a clear step
backwards.
If Hartley doesn?t continue as captain,
who should take the role? Jones has
gone so far down the path with Hartley
that a change now would be tricky, but
Farrell is the only realistic candidate.
Which Premiership player should be
given a chance? The game against
Scotland was crying out for a dynamic
(Danny Care-style) scrum half, such as
Robson, to inject pace and ideas for the
final quarter.
Is Jones too loyal and to whom?
It remains baffling that Jones has not
looked more closely at alternatives to
Brown and Hartley.
Your XV for the France game Watson;
Nowell, Te?o, Farrell, Daly; Ford,
Care; M Vunipola, Hartley, Cole,
Launchbury, Itoje, Lawes,
Underhill, Hughes.
What concerns you most after
Saturday? I had England pegged as a
team capable of finding different ways
to win, but they lacked leadership and
adaptability and became rattled.
Are England going backwards or
forwards, and why? England?s
performance curve seems to have
plateaued since 2016. They must defeat
France and Ireland or the season will
have been a dip.
If Hartley doesn?t continue as captain,
who should take the role? Farrell is the
most important player, but that is not a
criteria for captaincy. Do not overlook
Joe Launchbury?s growing influence.
What concerns you most after
Saturday? The overreaction to a defeat
? you learn far more when the theory
doesn?t work in practice than when it
does. But the breakdown strategy will
be tweaked this week.
Your ideal XV for a World Cup
semi-final v All Blacks Daly; Watson,
Nowell, Te?o, May; Farrell, Youngs;
M Vunipola, Hartley, Cole, Launchbury,
Itoje, Robshaw, Underhill, B Vunipola.
Y
Your ideal XV for a World
Cup semi-final v All Blacks
Daly; Watson, Te?o, Farrell,
Nowell; Ford, Youngs;
M Vunipola, George, Sinckler,
Launchbury, Itoje, Robshaw,
Underhill, B Vunipola.
Which Premiership player should be
given a chance? Luke Cowan-Dickie.
He is England?s third hooker but
playing the house down for Exeter
Chiefs; he has the snarl, attitude and
dynamism that Jones likes.
Is Jones too loyal and to whom?
He can turn against players quickly, but
he has been so loyal to Brown and
Hartley that options are untried. The
scrum-half strategy is a muddle too.
Your XV for the France game Watson;
Nowell, Te?o, Farrell, May; Ford,
Wigglesworth; Marler, George, Cole,
Launchbury, Itoje, Robshaw, Underhill,
Hughes.
Are England going backwards or
forwards, and why? It is very rare that
improved performance is linear. Wales
was a slight improvement, Scotland a
step backwards.
If Hartley doesn?t continue as captain,
who should take the role? I don?t think
there is a ready-made replacement. The
other on-field leaders are Farrell and
Ford, but he?ll stick with Hartley unless
change is enforced.
Which Premiership player should be
given a chance? It is too early to say,
but I?d love to see Wasps flanker Jack
Willis continue his form and get a shot
in South Africa this summer.
Is Jones too loyal and to whom? I
don?t think there?s any loyalty ? he
would change the whole team if he
thought it would give him a better
chance of winning the World Cup. It?s
his team and his neck on the line.
Your XV for the France game Brown;
Watson, Joseph, Farrell, May; Ford, Care;
M Vunipola, Hartley, Cole, Launchbury,
Itoje, Lawes, Robshaw, Hughes.
Your ideal XV for a World Cup semifinal v All Blacks Daly; Watson, Tuilagi,
Farrell, May; Ford, Youngs; M Vunipola,
George, Sinckler, Launchbury, Itoje,
Underhill, T Curry, B Vunipola.
Your ideal XV for a World Cup
semi-final v All Blacks Brown; Watson,
Tuilagi, Farrell, May; Ford, Youngs;
M Vunipola, Hartley, Cole, Launchbury,
Itoje, Shields, Underhill, B Vunipola.
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New footage of the Murrayfield tunnel
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incident erupted when Owen Farrell
barged his way past a number of
Scotland players to confront Ryan
Wilson, their No 8.
The Times understands that Farrell?s
defence is that he stepped in to assist
George Ford, who was the target of
verbal abuse by Wilson as players from
both teams walked down the narrow
tunnel after the pre-match warm-up.
The video, shot by a fan on a mobile
phone, shows Wilson next to Ford and
apparently speaking to the England
fly half, who looks steadfastly at the
ground and does not respond.
Farrell then comes running into the
mouth of the tunnel and forces his way
past Grant Gilchrist, the Scotland lock,
All fifth-round ties to be played in midweek
exclusive
Martyn Ziegler Chief Sports Reporter
The Football Association is set to make
the historic decision to play an entire
round of the FA Cup in midweek to
secure a winter break, it can be
revealed.
The FA, Premier League and Football League (EFL) are understood to
have reached agreement for an annual
two-week break in early February,
beginning the season after next, before
the resumption of European fixtures.
Under the plan, the fifth round of the
FA Cup would be played entirely in the
middle of the week and without replays.
As The Times previously revealed, the
break would be staggered, with five
Premier League matches taking place
on one weekend and five on another.
The idea is that all Premier League
clubs will have at least 13 days without a
match and that the England team will
benefit from players who have had a
mid-season rest before Euro 2020 and
future World Cups. The European
Championship will be held at the end of
the first season with a winter break and
England should also enjoy the greatest
benefit of home advantage among the
participating countries.
Moving the fifth round to midweek
may mean that the FA has to pay a
penalty to overseas broadcasters, but
this is not thought to be significant and
the Premier League would be asked
to make up any shortfall in lost TV
revenue. The deal would mean the
Premier League gains a weekend on
which its matches are played, even if
there are only half the number of
games. That situation would suit broadcasters who prefer weekend fixtures.
The first possible benefit of the break
for the England team would be at the
end of the 2019-20 season, when the
European Championship is being held
in 12 cities across the continent.
England already have an advantage in
that Wembley Stadium has been
chosen for seven matches, including
the semi-finals and the final. England
will have at least two group games at
home and possibly all three. If they get
to the final, England could play six out
of seven games at Wembley.
The EFL has also been taking part
in the negotiations but the winter break
will not apply in the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two. The
46-game schedule for each division
means that there is less flexibility.
The EFL is also insistent that it keeps
the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, its
flagship competition, as two-legged
affairs. ?There are no plans to move it
from a two-legged semi-final,? Shaun
Harvey, the EFL?s chief executive, said.
Greg Dyke, the former FA chairman,
first called for a winter break in 2013
and Martin Glenn, the chief executive,
has pushed forward with the negotiations. England?s preparations for the
2022 World Cup in Qatar will not
benefit significantly, however, given
that the tournament is scheduled to be
played in November and December
due to the extreme heat in summer.
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Martyn Ziegler Chief Sports Reporter
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Pep Guardiola is considering using the
FA?s defiance over Fifa?s poppy ruling as
part of his defence against a charge that
the governing body brought against
him for wearing a yellow ribbon.
The Manchester City manager has
been charged with promoting a
political message because the yellow
ribbon is to show his support for
pro-independence Catalan politicians
imprisoned in Spain. He could face
further FA sanctions for wearing the
ribbon at the Carabao Cup final on
Sunday, two days after being charged.
Guardiola?s representatives insist
that the ribbon is a show of solidarity
rather than an act of political activism,
with that being a key difference. As part
of his defence, they are now planning to
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season. The prestigious history of the
Davis Cup and the calendar timing is
likely to have swung Piqu� towards his
decision to collaborate with the ITF
instead.
?This is a complete game-changer for
the ITF and for tennis,? David
Haggerty, the ITF president, said. ?Our
board has supported a bold and ambitious plan for the future of Davis Cup by
BNP Paribas, one of the sport?s most
cherished and important events and a
key cornerstone in our ITF2024
strategy. Our vision is to create a major
season-ending finale that will be a
festival of tennis and entertainment,
featuring the world?s greatest players
representing their nations to decide the
Davis Cup champions.
?This new partnership will not only
create a true World Cup of tennis, but
will also unlock record levels of new investment for future generations of tennis players and fans around the world.?
It is a shame that the terrific Davis
Cup atmosphere often experienced at
home ties will be lost, although the
groups below the elite level will
continue to follow the home-and-away
format. Leon Smith, who captained
Great Britain to victory in 2015, was not
overly enthusiastic about the news.
?There?s still a long way to go as it
requires a two-thirds majority approval
at the ITF annual general meeting in
August, but we?re still passionate about
Davis Cup and I, like everyone else,
realise that changes need to be made to
ensure longevity and status of the
competition,? he said.
How tournament will work
6 The Davis Cup world group
consists of 16 nations playing in a
knockout format over four weeks
throughout the year
6 The new tennis World Cup finals
will feature 18 nations playing over
seven days at a neutral location in
November
6 There will be six groups of three
teams, with the winners and two
best runners-up going through to a
knockout stage. Ties will consist of
two singles and one doubles match
over the best of three sets
6 Great Britain can seal their place
in the inaugural event next year by
winning a world group relegation
play-off in September. The
opponents are yet to be determined
Piqu� said that he is thrilled to play a
part in the reform of the Davis Cup
?Of course one of the first things that
came to mind is the loss of the homeand-away tie. It works in other sports
but it remains to be seen if it could work
in Davis Cup. However, I do think it?s
really positive that the ITF is looking at
significant investment from other
sources to secure the future of the
competition.
?We?ll just have to keep an open mind
as we start to learn more about this
proposed new structure and, whatever
the outcome, I hope the Davis Cup
remains the most important team
event in world tennis.?
The announcement also prompted
some to wonder if the ITF had any
plans to give a much-needed revamp to
the Fed Cup, its female team competition, which also has an outdated and
complicated format.
?What about Fed Cup? Will we ever
see anything change?? asked Anne
Keothavong, captain of the Great
Britain team who have hosted a meagre
four weeks of Fed Cup action in the
55-year history of the competition, due
in large part to its convoluted roundrobin format.
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Sport Football
KICK IT OUT
Clubs unite in fight
against homophobia
A
fter the FA
chairman Greg
Clarke signed a
memorandum of
understanding with
Qatar, Kick It Out has
done something far
more positive in the
fight against
homophobia in
football.
A video released
today has some of the
biggest names in the
game ? and, crucially,
someone from every
Premier League club
? denouncing
homophobic language
and abuse. Eden
Hazard, Vincent
Kompany, Jan
Vertonghen and Juan
Mata are among those
who appear in the film,
which focuses on abuse
and behaviour rather
than the witch-hunt to
out players.
A number of LGBT+
fan groups also take
part, encouraging
supporters to report
Furious Brunt
turns up heat
on Pardew
Hazard is one
of the stars
backing Kick It
Out?s message
in the video
any homophobic,
biphobic or
transphobic abuse
they see or suffer at
games. Kick It Out
received 469 reports of
abuse last season, but
only 21 per cent of
them were around
homophobia issues,
suggesting fans don?t
feel comfortable
reporting the matter.
Roisin Wood, the
chief executive, said:
?Kick It Out has been
campaigning for
LGBT+ inclusion in
football for a long time
and it?s wonderful that
we have been able to
bring all 20 clubs
together for the first
time to take a stand
against discrimination.
This is about the
collective force of the
game uniting to
eliminate behaviour
that has no place in the
game.?
Steve Madeley
See the video online at
thetimes.co.uk/sport
Fresh racism claims put pressure
on Newcastle to sack Beardsley
exclusive
Matt Hughes
Deputy Football Correspondent
Newcastle United are under mounting
pressure to sack Peter Beardsley after
receiving more complaints of allegedly
racist comments that are said to have
been made by the club?s under-23 coach
towards a number of his players.
The Times has been told of at least
three separate allegations that
Beardsley used language that could be
considered racist while coaching at
Newcastle. The claims are contained in
written statements from academy
players after the club launched a formal
investigation into his conduct last
month.
Beardsley denies any allegations of
racism and unfair treatment of players,
but he agreed to take ?a period of leave?
last month after a complaint from the
under-23 winger Yasin Ben El-Mhanni,
alleging that he had been the subject of
non-racial bullying by the 57-year-old.
The club interviewed all of their
under-23 and under-18 players, and
every member of staff, and the other
allegations emerged as a result.
The new allegations against Beardsley are in addition to the claim that he
said, ?Your lot should be good at this? to
African players who were struggling on
climbing bars during a visit to Go Ape,
which was widely reported last month.
The witness statements have been
provided by players of several nationalities and centre on Beardsley?s alleged
use of language which the players claim
was designed to belittle them.
Several academy players are understood to have testified that Beardsley
told a group of African players that ?you
lot should be better runners? in a training session last year, before allegedly
making clear that he had their nationality in mind by referring to his assumption that they had trained at altitude.
On another occasion Beardsley is
alleged to have accused a different
group of players of speaking a ?madeup language? after overhearing a conversation in Arabic. There is also testimony from a player who was upset by
Beardsley allegedly making disparaging remarks about the quality of training facilities and pitches in his country.
Throughout the players? statements
a picture emerges of Beardsley?s alleged
use of language that made them feel
uncomfortable, rather than being
overtly abusive.
Beardsley is understood to have
accepted that he did use language that
has been attributed to him in some
cases, but not in others, and insists that
he was not being racist. In a statement
released last month, his solicitors,
Farsley?s, said that their client ?categorically denies . . . allegations of unfair
treatment? and expressed his hope
that ?the investigation will conclude
quickly?. Farsley?s and Newcastle
declined to comment last night.
Beardsley was accused of bullying at
Newcastle in 2003 by three academy
players during a previous coaching
spell at the club that he represented
with distinction as a player, but was
cleared after an investigation by the
FA. The parents of Lewis Gibson, the
England under-17 defender who left the
club for Everton in a �million transfer
last summer, were so concerned about
Beardsley?s treatment of young players
that they wrote a letter to the FA about
the culture at Newcastle last year,
although they did not name Beardsley.
Gibson?s older brother, Liam, remains
at the club.
Newcastle?s investigation into the
allegations is not expected to conclude
for several weeks. The club must first
decide whether his behaviour warrants
disciplinary action and, if so, he would
have the right to an appeal. So the case
could drag on even more. Ben Dawson,
a professional development coach with
the under-21s, has been standing in for
Beardsley during his leave and is
considered a strong candidate to
replace him should he be dismissed.
Lukaku: I will gain more respect if I win trophies
Paul Joyce
Northern Football Correspondent
Romelu Lukaku believes he deserves
to be shown greater respect, but
accepts leading Manchester United to
silverware is the only guarantee his
achievements will be favourably looked
upon.
The striker scored his 22nd goal of
the season, and followed up with a
crucial assist for his team-mate Jesse
Lingard in Sunday?s 2-1 victory over
Chelsea that lifted United back into
second place in the Premier League.
Lukaku?s goal was his first against a
side in the current top eight of the
table for United. He has always rejected
the accusation that he is a flat-track
bully and, having averaged one goal
every two games since emerging into the spotlight as a 16-year-old
with Anderlecht, says he has
already proved himself.
?I think I have got a nice
record,? he said. ?I?ve
scored a lot this season
and I just want to keep
going. I know that I
can improve and I
want to improve and
really work hard. I
es
want to win trophies.
Lukaku?s 22nd goal of the
season put United second
We are still in the fight in two competitions. It?s not going to be easy but it?s a
nice challenge. I?m 24 and I think I have
a lot of years ahead of me to improve
before my prime so I?m never satisfied.
I always want to get better and it?s a
nice challenge.?
When asked if he thought that
p
people
forget how young he is, he
s
said:
?Yeah, because I?ve been in
t game for so long.
the
?Year in, year out people expect 20
goals from me. I?ve been doing it for
[almost] ten years straight so I think
I?ve proved myself.
?You expect a bit more respect but
it?s the situation we?re in. I don?t listen
t it. I just want to improve and show
to
the people what I can do on the pitch.
I?m playing for the biggest club in the
world. It?s something that I wanted, but
it?s not only that. I just want to win trophies.?
Asked what will earn him the respect
that he feels he deserves, he said: ?If I
win. I want to win. As long as I win and
I lead my team to winning that?s when
I will be really satisfied. As a football
player, I don?t play for the individual.
?I think a lot of big players that we
recognise today in the game are players
who have won something and I want to
be part of them. The road is still far
ahead, but I?m ambitious and I?ll work
every day for my team to win ? I?m not
thinking about myself.?
Alan Pardew?s position at West
Bromwich Albion looks increasingly
precarious after Chris Brunt, one of his
senior players, laid into the manager
and his team-mates after Saturday?s
defeat by Huddersfield Town.
Pardew faces the sack after only 14
Premier League games in charge
should his side lose away to Watford on
Saturday and news has emerged of
angry exchanges in The Hawthorns
dressing room. Brunt is understood to
have criticised his team-mates for a
lack of effort in the 2-1 defeat before
criticising Pardew?s tactics.
The Northern Ireland midfielder?s
outburst is likely to be well received by
furious Albion supporters, who have
lost faith in Pardew and many of his
players after one Premier League win
since his appointment. Brunt is
understood to have questioned
Pardew?s decision to stick with a 4-4-2
system that has failed to reap rewards.
The formation appeared to leave
Gareth Barry, the 37-year-old midfielder, exposed alongside Grzegorz
Krychowiak, the ineffective loan signing, at the heart of Pardew?s midfield.
Pardew appeared resigned to the
sack after Saturday?s game but is now
expected to be given one last chance to
salvage his position after discussions
between the club?s Chinese owners and
Mark Jenkins, the returning chief executive. The manager has a break clause
in his �5 million-a-year contract that
allows him and the club to part
company at the end of the season.
Fans are unhappy with the recent
omission of Brunt as well as the
decision to freeze out Sam Field, the
home-grown midfielder. They are also
confused about the treatment of Jay
Rodriguez, who was left out for Daniel
Sturridge, the January loan signing,
despite scoring five goals in six games.
Rodriguez has not scored since
returning after an injury to Sturridge.
Wednesday
target upset
Gary Jacob
Sheffield Wednesday face Swansea
City in an FA Cup fifth-round replay
tonight and the fact that they are there
owes much to an instinctive save from
Cameron Dawson, their 22-year-old
goalkeeper, in the original tie.
Dawson revealed that Carlos
Carvalhal, the man who gave him his
debut for Wednesday but is now in
charge of Swansea, congratulated him
after he threw up his left hand to push
over a header from Mike van der Hoorn
in the 0-0 draw at Hillsborough on
February 17. ?I was pleased with the save
and Carlos said ?well done?,? Dawson
said. ?It would be nice if I can stop them
scoring and we can create a shock.?
Wednesday are struggling in the Sky
Bet Championship but the prospect of a
home tie with Tottenham Hotspur may
inspire them to leave that league form
behind. Swansea, meanwhile, have not
reached an FA Cup quarter-final in
54 years. Carvalhal will rotate his squad
again with the battle for Premier
League safety his main priority, but he
has been boosted by the return of the
experienced midfielder Leon Britton.
?I look to the positives of these
games, all our squad is involved and
some players from the under-23s are
playing also,? Carvalhal said.
TV BBC One, tonight, 8pm
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Top flight can
benefit from
free-to-air TV
Oliver Kay
Chief Football Correspondent
Dominance of the BBC
A friend, who is afflicted with footballphobia, has been enthusing about the
Winter Olympics, about the hours he,
his wife and kids have spent cheering
on Lizzy Yarnold and Billy Morgan and
working themselves up into a frenzy
while watching the trials and travails of
the British curling teams.
The same friend admits to a sense of
bewilderment when it comes to satisfying their eldest son?s desire to watch
football. There is Match of the Day,
Football on 5 and various other shows,
there is the FA Cup and there are, of
course, England internationals, but the
really big stuff ? the Premier League,
the Champions League ? happens on
other people?s television sets, in other
people?s households, not their own.
There is no prospect of this changing
any time soon. The Premier League has
sold five of its seven domestic broadcast
rights packages from 2019 to 2022 for a
combined �464 billion ? four of
them to Sky Sports, one to BT Sport ?
and, given the sense of unease among
the clubs at the possibility of falling
short of the present cycle?s valuation of
�14 billion, the desire to go with the
highest bidder, perhaps Amazon or
another online giant, for the others will
be stronger than ever.
Wouldn?t it be nice, though, if even a
handful of elite matches per season
were reserved for free-to-air television? More than that, would it not
ultimately be of strategic benefit to the
Premier League if its brand ? the best
league in the world, according to all the
hype (in this country at least) ? were
seen and enjoyed, if only occasionally,
by a television audience that is limited
these days to what little top-class sport
remains free to air?
It may sound an unlikely proposal ?
While top Premier League games on
Sky are watched by 1-2 million
people, the BBC pulled in a wider
audience for these recent events
Scotland v England
Six Nations................8.1m peak viewers
Liverpool v Everton
FA Cup third round............................7.2m
Lizzy Yarnold
Gold in the skeleton...........................4.1m
particularly in a newspaper whose
online content is subscription-only and
which is closely linked to the BSkyB
empire ? but it is not about finding
fault with the existing model, which has
served English football so well in so
many regards since the Premier League
was launched in 1992. It is more a
matter of wondering whether, having
reached a point where the collective
wealth of the Premier League clubs is so
vast, it may be time to take a short-term
hit for long-term gain by trying to
widen access to live coverage.
That is precisely what the Premier
League clubs agreed to do a few years
ago ? very reluctantly in some cases
? by assenting to a fairer approach to
ticket pricing. There was a recognition,
forced on some of their rivals by Stoke
City in particular, that continually
looking to hike ticket prices was not
only morally wrong, in an industry so
flushed with wealth from the broadcast
companies, but that it was a strategic
error in the long term if more and more
fans were priced out of the game.
There will be no appetite among the
Premier League clubs to take that view
in this next round of broadcast rights
negotiations, which should be concluded over the next couple of months ? in
any case, the two remaining packages
Spurs may ask
to delay start
at new ground
Gary Jacob
FA Cup games, such as this tie between Liverpool and Everton last month, pull in
big audiences on terrestrial TV, a market that the Premier League could tap into
include certain slots where matches
will be screened simultaneously ? but
perhaps it is a view that they should
consider next time.
Or perhaps it is something they
should have considered by now ?
before viewing habits began to change
with the emergence of streaming
options through Amazon and Netflix, as
well as Now TV, which is owned by Sky.
Would the Premier League be a
weaker product for allowing, say, five
matches per season to be shown on
BBC or ITV? It may have earned a little
less in broadcast terms, but that may
have been a price worth paying for a
wider audience just occasionally.
Just as a generation of match-going
supporters has been lost by ticket-price
rises ? and, significantly, by the lack of
availability of tickets, as demand has
come to outstrip supply at so many
clubs ? there are many young fans for
whom watching football on television,
which would seem to have been a minimum right in the digital age, remains a
rare treat. They will always have
England games to watch, of course, but,
frankly, there are times when even the
curling seems more appealing.
Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed
that they are likely to ask to play their
first few matches away from home next
season as a safeguard in case building
overruns on their new stadium.
Bad weather ? including strong
winds ? has caused a minor delay to the
project but they still plan to move into
their new home next season, which
begins the weekend of August 11 and 12.
Tottenham can flag a potential problem when all clubs are asked to fill in a
questionnaire, which includes a section
on fixture issues, by the Premier League
next month. They could ask that they
play their first home game after the
international break in September.
?DL [Daniel Levy, the chairman]
thought it was likely they would request
to play the first few matches of the
2018-19 season away from home,?
Tottenham Hotspur Supporters? Trust
said in its minutes after a meeting
with the club. ?DL said that although
a contingency plan was in place,
everyone was 100 per cent focused on
achieving the budgeted timescale.
?Certainly no talks had been held
with Wembley over extending their
residency and that there was no intention of activating any extension clause
unless it was absolutely necessary.?
The stadium is expected to cost about
�0 million and the club have claimed
that the finance was not dependent on a
naming rights deal and that transfer
budgets would not be affected. They
said that Mauricio Pochettino, the manager, has the final say on player sales.
Uefa snubs video referees
Video referees will not be used in the
Champions League next season, the
Uefa president has said. The VAR
system is expected to win approval
from the International Football
Association Board on Saturday, but
Aleksander Ceferin said Uefa will not
embrace the technology due to
?confusion? surrounding its use. Uefa
does not use goalline technology in
all Champions League games,
preferring two additional assistant
referees next to each goal.
History does not bode well for elite academy graduates
O
n Sunday Aaron WanBissaka became the first
Crystal Palace academy
graduate to make a full league
debut for the club for nearly six
years. Of the present 20 Premier
Most recent former academy
player (signed for club before
16th birthday) to make a full
league debut for each of
the 20 Premier
League clubs:
Arsenal
Ainsley
MaitlandNiles
Dec 13, 2017
(5 starts)
Bournemouth
Jack Simpson
Dec 23, 2017 (1)
Palace?s Wan-Bissaka
League clubs, only Manchester City
and Burnley have recorded a longer
wait.
Wan-Bissaka should not assume
that his appearance against
Tottenham Hotspur means he is set
Brighton
Shamir Fenelon
A
Aug 9, 2014 (1)
JJoined Crawley, June 2015
Burnley
JJay Rodriguez
A
Apr 11, 2009 (75)
JJoined Southampton, June 2012
for a long Palace career: about half
of the players in this list never made
? or have yet to make ? a second
league start for that club.
The previous former Palace
academy player to make a full
Everton
Beni Baningime
Nov 5, 2017 (1)
Huddersfield
Joe Wilkinson
Apr 25, 2015 (1)
Joined Buxton, July 2016
Chelsea
A
Andreas
Christensen
A
Aug 20, 2017 (17)
Leicester
Ben Chilwell
Dec 26, 2016 (21)
Crystal Palace
Aaron Wan-Bissaka,
S
Sunday
(1)
Liverpool
Ben Woodburn
Apr 8, 2017 (1)
Man City
Ched Evans
Aug 17, 2008 (3)
Joined Sheffield
Utd, July 2009
Man Utd
Joint:
Demetri
Mitchell (1),
Scott
McTominay (4),
Josh Harrop,
Joined Preston,
June 2017
all May 21, 2017
league debut was Kyle De Silva in
April 2012: he was given one more
league start by the club and has
since played for Barnet, Notts
County and FC Eindhoven in the
Dutch second division. Manchester
By Bill Edgar
City have not given a full league
debut to a former academy member
? defined as a player who joined
before his 16th birthday ? since
Ched Evans faced Aston Villa
nearly ten years ago.
Newcastle Utd
Adam Armstrong
Dec 26, 2014 (1)
Tottenham
Kyle Walker-Peters
Aug 13, 2017 (1)
Southampton
JJosh Sims
N
Nov 27, 2016 (1)
Watford
Brandon Mason
May 21, 2017 (1)
Stoke City
Tom Edwards
Oct 14, 2017 (6)
West Brom
Sam Field
Aug 18, 2016 (11)
Swansea City
Ben Davies Sept 15, 2012
West Ham Utd
Declan Rice
Aug 19, 2017 (6)
Joined Tottenham, July 2014
Davies at Swansea in 2012
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Tuesday February 27 2018 | the times
Sport Football
Why Guardiola won?t back
down in yellow ribbon row
MIQUEL BENITEZ/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
The City manager?s
passion for politics is no
flash in the pan ? he
cares deeply about his
roots, Paul Hirst writes
When the second weekend of June
arrived last summer, most Manchester
City players were relaxing on sun
loungers in various holiday retreats
around the world.
But the last thing on Pep Guardiola?s
mind was a holiday. He flew briefly to
Barcelona three weeks after the end of
the season. Sure, there are worse places
to be in the world, particularly at that
time of year.
On June 11, as he stood at the foot of
Montju颿 Hill, one of Barcelona?s most
idyllic settings, the temperature rose
to 30C, causing sweat to drip from
Guardiola?s forehead.
He was not there to top up his tan.
He was in work mode. Guardiola was
not scouting a player or managing a
team, he was there to address a
rally of thousands of people who were
campaigning for the right to hold a
referendum on Catalonian independence.
After singing Els Segadors (The
Reapers), the Catalan national anthem,
alongside Carles Puigdemont, the
now-exiled president of Catalonia,
Guardiola took to the stage and
delivered a rousing speech. He spoke in
English to maximise media coverage
around the world.
?We are here today to make it clear
that on the first of October we are going
to vote in a referendum to decide our
future,? Guardiola thundered. ?We are
going to vote even though the Spanish
state doesn?t want us to. We have tried
to reach an agreement 18 times and the
answer has always been no. We have no
other solution.?
Guardiola?s tone became more and
more forceful as he condemned
Madrid?s refusal to declare the upcoming vote legal. ?We Catalans are victims
of a state that is carrying out persecution that is unworthy of a 21st-century
European democracy,? he said.
More barbs followed. He accused the
state of ?persecuting? Puigdemont,
locking up other politicians on
trumped-up charges and said that
Madrid was trying to ?destroy the
Catalan school system? by eradicating
Catalan-only speaking schools.
The actions of the Spanish government were tantamount to those of an
?authoritarian state?, he added.
It was one of the most impassioned
speeches of Guardiola?s life. Ask his
friends and they will tell you that this
referendum is a topic that stokes the
fires in his heart perhaps more than any
other. Guardiola has always stated that
he does not feel Spanish. ?Catalonia is
continued from back
Pep planning poppy defence
shirts during the past 18 months to help
his case.
In 2016, Fifa had ruled that poppies
on shirts contravened its rules on
political symbols, insisting that they
could be viewed as such in certain
countries. James McClean, the Ireland
winger, had refused to wear shirts with
the poppy symbol, saying that it would
show disrespect to the victims of the
Pep?s stance
is awkward
given source
of City riches
Oliver Kay
Chief Football
Correspondent
P
Guardiola delivers his impassioned speech for Catalan independence in July and keeps his ribbon on at Wembley, below
my country,? he has said on several
occasions. Guardiola was born in
Santpedor, a little village close to the
city of Manresa, which is described as
?the heart of Catalonia? because it is
in the centre of the northeastern
province.
Guardiola?s mother Dolors and
father Valent�, a bricklayer, and many
generations of their family before
them were raised as Catalans and it is
therefore only logical the City manager
feels the same way.
The connection Guardiola?s parents
had to Catalonia only grew stronger as
a result of the brutal crackdowns on
any idea of separatism from
General Franco, the dictator
who ruled Spain from 1939
to 1975.
Guardiola would grow
up
hearing
stories
about how the people
d
of Santpedor would
k
continue
to
speak
Catalan despite Franco
d
banning the language and
executing thousands off
political activists.
Guardiola?s sense of
separatism grew when
he joined La Mas韆, Barcelona?s
youth academy, shortly after Franco?s
death. There was a particularly Catalan
atmosphere at the academy. The signs
on the walls were written in Catalan,
rather than Spanish. That is his first
language.
Even today, when Guardiola speaks
in private to Txiki Begiristain, the
director of football who played with
him at the Nou Camp, or the chief
executive Ferran Soriano, who
comes from Barcelona, he will
do so in Catalan. The same goes
ffor other Catalan members of his
staff. It is only when someone
from outside the region enters
the conversation, that the
language switches to
Spanish or English.
The fall of Franco led to
a new sense of opportunity within Catalonia. The
region was granted a
certain level of auton
nomy in 1978, but Guardiiola, like many people from
the region, has grown tired of
the state?s refusal to grant an
independence referendum. To
b
be clear, Guardiola is not urging
the Catalan people to vote to leave
Spain. He is only demanding they have
a legally binding vote on independence.
?You allowed Scotland to make a
referendum and the people voted,?
Guardiola pointed out.
When he was invited to speak at the
rally last summer, Guardiola jumped at
the opportunity. He wanted to do
anything he could to put pressure on
the government to grant a legally
binding independence referendum.
And when the Spanish government
refused to recognise the result of the
October poll ? 90 per cent voted to
leave, although turnout was just 43 per
cent ? Guardiola decided to up his
protest by wearing a yellow ribbon in
support of Jordi S醤chez and Jordi
Cuixart, two Catalonian politicians
who were jailed, and Puigdemont, who
fled to Brussels after being charged
with sedition.
Guardiola made it clear he would
continue to wear the ribbon in
December. ?If they want to suspend me
? Uefa, the Premier League, or Fifa ?
it?s OK,? he said.
Now his resolve is even stronger and
there is little sign that he is going to
back down.
Bloody Sunday massacre. The FA
defied the ruling and England?s players
wore poppies for a game against
Scotland close to Remembrance Day in
November 2016, incurring a fine from
the world governing body.
Since then, the FA has secured a new
ruling from Fifa to permit poppies,
which in turn led to Uefa permitting
such symbols so long as they were not
viewed as offensive. As a result Guardiola has been allowed to wear the ribbon
at Champions League matches but has
been warned and then charged by the
FA for doing so at domestic games.
Guardiola has until March 5 to
respond to the original charge. If it is
proved the independent regulatory
commission could increase any sanction as he is still wearing the ribbon.
He has said that the ribbon
is to support Catalan separatists who
have been imprisoned by Spanish
authorities. ?Before a manager, I am a
human being,? he said. ?It?s not about
politicians, it?s about democracy; it?s
about helping the people who didn?t do
anything. Uefa say you can wear
anything as long as you show it with
respect. Here, apparently, it?s different.?
6 City officials have held talks with
Manchester city council about a route
for an end-of-season trophy parade.
City, who won the Carabao Cup on
Sunday, plan to hold a parade in the city
centre if they win the league, which
they lead by 13 points, but the date is
dependent on whether they make the
Champions League final on May 26.
ep Guardiola should be
applauded, not sanctioned,
for defying the FA by
wearing that yellow ribbon
in solidarity with the
Catalan independence movement.
But he should also be questioned:
how does the Manchester City
manager reconcile this impassioned
stance, which he describes as being
for democracy and humanity, with
his work on behalf of regimes in
Qatar and now Abu Dhabi?
As mesmerising as City?s football
is, as wonderful as their recent
success has been for supporters who
endured so many miserable years in
the doldrums, it surely cannot have
escaped Guardiola?s notice that the
club?s spectacular resurgence since
2008 has been built on the largesse
of Sheikh Mansour and Abu Dhabi.
Whether Guardiola is aware of
political freedoms in Abu Dhabi
and the rest of the United Arab
Emirates is another matter.
In its most recent report, Amnesty
International accused the UAE ?
of which Sheikh Mansour is deputy
prime minister and his half-brother
Sheikh Khalifa, the Emir of Abu
Dhabi, is president ? of ?arbitrary
restrictions of freedoms of
expression and association, using
criminal defamation and antiterrorism laws to detain, prosecute,
convict and imprison government
critics and a prominent human
rights defender?.
Amnesty International also
claimed that detainees in the UAE
were held ?in conditions that could
amount to torture? and raised
concerns about abuse of the rights
of women and migrant workers.
Guardiola was also an ambassador
for Qatar?s highly controversial bid
to host the 2022 World Cup. When
Barcelona accepted a huge
sponsorship deal with the Qatar
Foundation in 2011, Guardiola
praised the nation?s efforts in
?opening up to the western world?
? presumably unaware that, for
human rights charities, Qatar
is a far greater concern than even
the UAE.
None of this is mentioned to
question the sincerity of Guardiola?s
stance on his native Catalonia. It
is simply to highlight the disconnect
between that position, which is
so close to his heart, and his
suggestion, when quizzed about
Abu Dhabi after City?s Carabao Cup
triumph on Sunday evening, that
?every country decides the way
they want to live for themselves?.
Guardiola has every right to
highlight the Catalan cause, but
by doing so he has shed light not
only on City?s or football?s but
British industry?s uncomfortable
relationship with regimes where
human rights are threatened.
It is the elephant in the room not
only at Manchester City but at
Sainsbury?s, Harrods, Barclays and
elsewhere in a country where so
much, including morals, is for sale
for the right price.
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Sport
Henry Winter
Chief Football Writer
Wenger is holding Wilshere back
J
ack Wilshere divides opinion like few
others in English football. ?The most
overrated player on the planet,?
according to Roy Keane, unleashing one
of his verbal reducers. ?The one player
who cared enough to fight against Manchester
City,? according to a group of Arsenal fans
licking their gaping wounds outside Wembley
on Sunday.
Opposing supporters squeal ?diver? in the
grand, old spirit of terrace tribalism. As much a
dispute as a debate, contrasting polemics over
Wilshere extend to more than a parochial
one-club issue. In two weeks? time Gareth
Southgate announces the squad that will largely
form his World Cup 23.
England?s serial sterility in central midfield
needs addressing, so the focus burns on
Wilshere?s left foot, his ability to accept the ball
and pass under pressure, slipping the ball to Dele
Alli or picking out Harry Kane and the wing
backs, basically a hunger to take responsibility.
Those with any understanding of life at the
Emirates know that Wilshere is more than
prepared to take responsibility on and off the
pitch. It never gets publicised but frequently
after home matches Wilshere goes straight from
the dressing room to a private meeting with
young Arsenal fans suffering from sickness,
some with cancer, others wheelchair-bound.
Wilshere talks away, giving them shirts or
other match-day mementos, and patiently
satisfies all the selfie and autograph requests.
Away from the ground, he is an assiduous
backer of the life-changing Arsenal In The
Community, assisting initiatives with Great
Ormond Street Hospital and the Centrepoint
homeless charity, among others.
Yet Wilshere?s always had this slightly lairy
image, lighting up, flaring up or playing up,
being Jack the Lad. But there?s always been
another side. Wilshere is 26, he joined the youth
stream at nine, and cares about the club and
those whose world revolves around Arsenal.
After the Carabao Cup final humiliation to
City, Wilshere was one of the few players who
made the effort to go over to salute those
lingering stoics in the Arsenal end. Wilshere
leaned over the advertising boards and threw
his shirt to a kid. Few of his team-mates
ventured near, fearing a deserved slating.
When Arsenal won the FA Cup against Aston
Villa in 2015, Wilshere celebrated on the pitch
and then went back inside to continue the party
in the changing room. An Arsenal official was
alerted to a poorly young fan still waiting in the
deserted stadium with his father, hoping the
players would return. The club knew which
player wouldn?t think twice about heading back
out to see the fan. Wilshere grabbed his playing
shirt, ran back out and gave it to the boy.
Of course, all footballers should do this. They
are role models, and handsomely paid by the
fans via gate receipts, broadcasting or boot deals.
All players have it in their contracts
to help out. Wilshere has it in his
conscience too.
In good times and bad, Wilshere
fronted up. He usually does,
especially when the club are
trying to find somebody prepared
to speak to the media after
a defeat. Wilshere did
after the defeat by
Ostersunds last week.
For a player
belittled by some
as a callow
contender,
Wilshere can be
the real deal at
times.
Those who question
Wilshere?s commitment to his
craft or cerebral attitude to
his profession are now
advised that he is a regular
visitor to Hale End, Arsenal?s
academy, as he studies for his
coaching badges. Jack the
Manager? Who knows? But he
has started the journey.
More immediately, Wilshere
stands at a crossroads. In
September, he celebrates ten years
as an Arsenal first-team player
(including loan spells at Bolton
Wanderers and Bournemouth), having
been drafted into senior training as a
16-year-old and impressing players such as
Wilshere was played out of position against City
Robin van Persie and Cesc F郻regas with his
talent and enthusiasm.
A decade on, the skill is there, demanding the
ball under pressure, giving and going, darting
past opponents with the ball at his left foot,
although he has still to convince that the burst
of pace to push away from opponents has not
been sapped by ankle problems.
He does not look 100 per cent and yet was
Arsenal?s best outfield player against Spurs in
the derby and against City on Sunday. He
doesn?t hide. Where was Mesut 謟il against
Spurs and City? On the field but off the pace.
So whither, or wither, Wilshere? He is not
developing under Ars鑞e Wenger, partly
tactically because he was wasted in the ersatz
No 10 role on Sunday, and also because Arsenal?s
manager does not challenge Wilshere enough,
does not confront him.
Keane?s sweeping ?overrated player? appraisal
after the defeat by Ostersunds (when he
played as a No 10) was typically
headline-grabbing when a more
measured verdict would conclude
that Wilshere was one of the
most undercoached. Just look at
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
flourishing under J黵gen
Klopp at Liverpool. Keane
needs to call Wenger to
account too.
So what does Wilshere
do? Sign his new contract,
stay on with the club he
loves, and in an area where he?s
settled, but at a time when the side
stagger on under Wenger down the
road to nowhere?
All the indications are that
Wilshere will remain but will his
career continue to stagnate for a
further 16 months until Wenger?s
contract expires, unless the board
sees sense and comes to an
agreement for the Frenchman to
leave this summer?
The English media
listens most to noises
off, to extraneous issues
and events when anyone
wanting to engage in serious
footballing deliberation will concentrate on the
90 minutes, such as Sunday?s. Analysis of
Wilshere?s performance revealed residual flaws
in his game and showed few of his strengths
partly because City were faster, sharper and
better but also because Wenger played him out
of position. Wilshere started tucked in on the
left of a 3-4-2-1 formation, when Arsenal fans
know he works best in central midfield, where
Wenger remains inexplicably loyal to the
hapless Granit Xhaka. So drop Xhaka, build
around Wilshere. Just a thought.
Deployed out of position, an increasingly
exasperated Wilshere was targeted by City, who
tested a temperament known as occasionally
volatile. He was fouled by Kevin De Bruyne
after five minutes, then by Sergio Ag黣ro, before
Fernandinho was booked by Craig Pawson.
Worryingly for Southgate as he looks to
breath inventive life into England?s midfield,
Wilshere exposed a susceptibility to being
distracted by conflicts, irrelevant subplots to the
main drama. Fernandinho challenged him again
in the 38th minute but checked himself before
impact. Wilshere?s initial intent may have been a
desire to avoid injury but when Fernandinho
pulled out, he continued embarrassingly
through the air, hit the ground, and shamelessly
appealed for a free kick. Let?s get ready to
tumble.
Pawson rightly waved play on, Fernandinho
pointed at the prostrate Wilshere in disbelief
and contempt before the Arsenal man leapt up
and tried to get the Brazilian a second booking.
There wasn?t even any subtlety to his antics.
It was frustrating to witness as he represented
Arsenal?s most creative option, despite having
balls fizzed erratically at him by Xhaka, and he
did have one promising run and a high shot. At
half-time, Wilshere wanted a word with Pawson
but Per Mertesacker intervened.
Unlike others, Wilshere tried to rally Arsenal
as they faded, but still disclosed that suspect
temperament by overreacting to a Gabriel Jesus
foul and shoving the Brazilian, then sarcastically
applauding Pawson and rightly being booked.
Overall, it was a six out of ten rating when all
the other Arsenal players were five or below. At
least Wilshere kept going, kept caring, and many
would now argue that he deserves better than
working under the moribund Wenger.
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Sport Six Nations
Sport
Farrell is already
a leader ? so give
him the captaincy
Owen Slot
Commentaryy
Chief Rugby
Correspondent
It seems a slightly strange case to make,
but the man who is getting all those
back-page headlines right now for the
scuffle in the Murrayfield tunnel before
the game started on Saturday ? yes,
before the whistle had even blown ? is
the very same man who should be the
next captain of England.
After England?s defeat, we Times
rugby writers have been asked a series
of questions (below right) by our sports
editor about England and the Murrayfield defeat. And I realise that there are
certain readers, mostly north of the
border, who consider this denigrating
to the Scotland performance, though,
honestly, nothing of the kind is intended. Praises cannot be sung highly
enough about Scotland on Saturday.
Nevertheless England?s performance
? or lack of it ? demands serious
questions.
Such as: ?If Dylan Hartley doesn?t
continue as captain, who should take
the role?? When I got to that one, I
wrote down Owen Farrell?s name,
barely without thinking. It seemed to
me to be beyond obvious.
One particular game comes to mind
on this subject and it was the one that
Farrell was not even playing in.
England v Argentina last autumn,
Farrell was rested, but he sat on the
bench and did the job of water-carrier.
Yet he was not just bringing on the
bottles, he was bringing on instructions, discussing the game plan and
tactics. Even from the side of the pitch,
he was behaving like a leader.
Then I questioned my judgment: if it
is so obvious, then why is he not the
captain already? Maybe there is
another side to it: maybe he is one of
those players who would be hampered
by the mantle of captaincy? Or maybe
it should be the shooting star Maro
Itoje?
On Itoje, my view is: still too young.
Plus: deeply embroiled in marketing
and sponsorship deals. Nothing
wrong with that if it does not affect
performance, but if your team-mates
are ribbing you about it, then it may
be that there is something to it. My
instincts are: let Itoje settle and mature.
Nevertheless I just wanted to make
sure, so I spoke to some of their
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Alex Lowe was also highly
commended. For the
fourth year in a row the
cricket writer award went
to Mike Atherton. Also
highly commended were
Oliver Kay (football
journalist), photographer
Marc Aspland (away from
the action) and James
Gheerbrant (feature writer)
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Saracens team-mates. The response
was straightforward, a chorus with one
voice, they said that Farrell was the
man. No question. Farrell is a naturalborn leader, he drives performance, he
demands high standards. As one said:
?Under pressure, I wouldn?t pick
anyone else in the world.?
Farrell is on a one-man mission to
make himself the best player in the
world. That may sound selfish, but he is
not driven by personal gain. His
modus operandi is not just about
self-improvement, it is about dragging
everyone with him. That is why
team-mates often say that he is like
a coach ? an extra coach on the
field: knowledgeable, tactically savvy,
authoritative.
And above all else, there is this
furnace burning inside him that is all
about winning. At Saracens they stress
hard the philosophy that their experiences together are all about creating
great memories as a group. From that
mindset, they believe, success should
follow. A few weeks back they
endeavoured to find out how deeply
this philosophy had become ingrained,
so the players were told: everyone
driven by creating great memories,
stand at one side of the room; everyone
driven more by winning, go to the other.
The majority put great memories first;
Farrell could not have moved fast
enough toward winning.
So that is a long-winded answer to
why Farrell should be the next England
captain. He is already England?s leader
on the field; the captaincy will come
next. The real question is: when?
Eddie Jones, like every international
coach, is trying to build strength in
depth. He wants three or four international-quality players for every
position: three hookers, three No 8s,
three full backs etc. By and large, he is
getting there. What he has not got close
to, though, is three captains.
Hartley has been captain for 25 of
Jones?s 26 internationals. The other,
against Samoa, was co-captained by
Chris Robshaw and George Ford.
Farrell did not play in that game. Farrell
has never started as captain but,
whenever Hartley goes off, about the
55th-minute mark, he automatically
assumes the role.
Jones sets great store by the
captaincy. We know that because it is
Hartley?s leadership rather than his
ability that is keeping him in the
starting XV. If it is so important, then
surely England should practise with a
second and maybe a third-choice captain in charge. What if England go to
the World Cup in Japan with Hartley
still as captain, and then he gets injured
before the tournament starts?
For all Farrell?s clear qualities as a
leader, there remain occasions when he
has not exactly kept his composure as
he would have wished. Saturday is one
example. The Australia game, in
November, was another, when a certain
calm and diplomacy were absent in his
dealings with Ben O?Keeffe, the Kiwi
referee. If Farrell is the coming man,
then it would help him to practise
before he arrives full-time.
I am on record saying that that time
is nigh. I can understand that Jones
might not want to make the switch
mid-Six Nations; that might be an
unnecessary upheaval. If not now,
though, then the South Africa tour in
June. Farrell should probably stop
scrapping in the tunnel, though.
Law must change to reward tackler
In the 54th minute at Murrayfield on
Saturday, Courtney Lawes pulled off
one of those tackles that made you
wince. Great tackle. Timing perfect.
He hit John Barclay just when the
Scotland captain received the ball and it
came flying backwards out of Barclay?s
hands. The danger was immediate,
Anthony Watson was first on to it,
dribbled it forwards and, with his
second touch, nudged it ahead over the
tryline for Owen Farrell to flop on it to
score. At that point the game might
have changed.
However, the referee Nigel Owens
correctly reviewed the sequence and
correctly disallowed the try. In making
the tackle, Lawes had unintentionally
knocked the ball on. He therefore
received zero reward for his tackle,
indeed he was penalised for the
knock-on and conceded a scrum.
This is becoming one of the most
aggravating of laws. The dominant
tackler should be rewarded, not
penalised, if he does not seek to knock
the ball on. The timing of a tackle is a
work of art and the best of the masterpieces can now work against you.
There is one form of knock-on that is
rewarded ? the charge-down. The
dominant tackle should be rewarded
too.
Clip shows
centre?s clash
with Wilson
1
continued from back
before shoving Wilson away from
Ford and over to the left side of the
tunnel. An eyewitness said that
Farrell was ?enraged? by Wilson,
with whom he had a skirmish
during a European Champions Cup
quarter-final last season, and had to
be held back by team-mates.
Tournament officials have written to the RFU and SRU demanding
an explanation before deciding
whether to instigate disciplinary
proceedings. The RFU declined to
comment but England are expected
to say that the incident was sparked
by Wilson and that Farrell was
standing up for a team-mate. The
players cannot be cited for the
incident because it occurred before
the game, but Wilson was cited
yesterday for alleged contact with
the eye area of Nathan Hughes, the
England No 8, late in the first half.
Eddie Jones, the England head
coach, has added Elliot Daly and
Kyle Sinckler to his squad for this
week?s training camp, as they
prepare to face France a week on
Saturday. Daly has been out of
action with ankle and calf injuries
but his return increases options in
the back three, especially with Mike
Brown?s future back in the spotlight
after his performance in Scotland.
Sinckler has overcome a
hamstring issue and will provide
competition for Dan Cole and
Harry Williams at tight-head prop.
The British & Irish Lions pair
have been added to the 25 players,
including the non-playing reserves
James Haskell and Charlie Ewels,
who travelled to Edinburgh.
Just how
worried
should
Jones be?
Our panel
give their
verdicts
George Ford
Stuart Barnes
What concerns you most after
Saturday? That Eddie Jones is deluding
himself that England do not need a
breakdown specialist.
Are England going backwards or
forwards, and why? No, they are where
they have been since the start of last
season?s Six Nations. They are
burdened with the winning obsession.
If Dylan Hartley does not continue as
captain, who should take the role?
Maro Itoje. A counterintuitive choice,
perhaps, because at present he is
subdued, but Owen Farrell is too
fiery and the Saracens lock has that
aura.
Which Premiership player should be
given a chance? Dan Robson, the
uncapped Wasps scrum half, clearly
has the ability to speed up the England
game and deserves a chance to prove
himself.
Is Jones too loyal and to whom? Not
so much to his players as his hubris.
Struggling to admit to limitations at
which he has scoffed.
Your XV for the France game
Watson; May, Te?o, Farrell, Daly; Ford,
Care; M Vunipola, Hartley, Cole,
Launchbury, Itoje, Lawes, Robshaw,
Hughes.
Your ideal XV for a World Cup
semi-final v All Blacks Watson; May,
Te?o, Farrell, Daly; Ford, Robson;
M Vunipola, George, Williams,
Launchbury, Itoje, Lawes, Kvesic,
B Vunipola.
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Owen Farrell
Owen Farrell
George Ford
Ryan Wilson
Grant Gilchrist
3
Ryan Wilson
1 Wilson appears to say
something to Ford as
they leave the pitch,
prompting Farrell to
push past Gilchrist
2 The England centre
makes his way towards
Wilson
Owen Farrell
Ryan Wilson
3 He grabs the Scotland
No 8 by the shoulder.
An eyewitness said that
Farrell was ?enraged?,
while England are
expected to say that
he was standing up
for his team-mate
Steve James
Owen Slot
John Westerby
Alex Lowe
Ben Kay
What concerns you most after
Saturday? That England were so easily
rattled and that they could not fix easy
things, ie the breakdown, on the hoof.
Are England going backwards or
forwards, and why? They are definitely
not going forwards. But this defeat may
be a good thing, forcing Jones to make
some tough decisions.
If Hartley doesn?t continue as captain,
who should take the role? I don?t like
the captain not being there in the final
crunch moments, even if Hartley?s
leadership qualities are obvious. Farrell
and Itoje, right, are the contenders.
Which Premiership player should be
given a chance? Robson. It has been
curious that Jones has gone back to
Richard Wigglesworth and also used
Tom Wood and Chris Robshaw, left, at
No 7 during his tenure.
Is Jones too loyal and to whom?
Always tricky when you keep winning,
but Mike Brown, Jonathan Joseph and
George Ford must be under pressure.
I?d love to see Elliot Daly at No 15, Jack
Nowell at No 13 and Farrell at No 10.
Your XV for the France game
Brown; Watson, Nowell, Te?o, May;
Farrell, Care; M Vunipola, Hartley, Cole,
Launchbury, Itoje, Robshaw, Underhill,
Hughes.
What concerns you most after
Saturday? That strange sense of
mystery: England were convinced they
were pumped and ready ? but they
weren?t.
Are England going backwards or
forwards, and why? Some areas are
still improving, such as elements in
attack. Overall, the gradient is too flat.
If Hartley doesn?t continue as captain,
who should take the role? Farrell. It is
the obvious choice. He is the leader in
spirit already.
Which Premiership player should be
given a chance? Don Armand, the
Exeter Chiefs flanker. There is no likefor-like for Robshaw yet. Armand could
be better.
Is Jones too loyal and to whom? He
loves Brown under the high ball.
Watson can catch too.
Your XV for the France game
Watson; Nowell, Te?o, Farrell,
May; Ford, Care; M Vunipola,
George, Cole, Launchbury,
Itoje, Robshaw, Underhill,
Hughes.
Your ideal XV for
a World Cup
semi-final v
All Blacks Daly;
Watson, Te?o,
Farrell, May; Ford,
Care; M Vunipola,
George, Sinckler,
Launchbury, Itoje, Robshaw,
Underhill, B Vunipola.
What concerns you most after
Saturday? The shortage of leadership
and too few players, once Ford had
been replaced, with playmaking nous
when they were chasing the game.
Are England going backwards or
forwards, and why? They had been
standing still for some time and the
defeat by Scotland was a clear step
backwards.
If Hartley doesn?t continue as captain,
who should take the role? Jones has
gone so far down the path with Hartley
that a change now would be tricky, but
Farrell is the only realistic candidate.
Which Premiership player should be
given a chance? The game against
Scotland was crying out for a dynamic
(Danny Care-style) scrum half, such as
Robson, to inject pace and ideas for the
final quarter.
Is Jones too loyal and to whom?
It remains baffling that Jones has not
looked more closely at alternatives to
Brown and Hartley.
Your XV for the France game Watson;
Nowell, Te?o, Farrell, Daly; Ford,
Care; M Vunipola, Hartley, Cole,
Launchbury, Itoje, Lawes,
Underhill, Hughes.
What concerns you most after
Saturday? I had England pegged as a
team capable of finding different ways
to win, but they lacked leadership and
adaptability and became rattled.
Are England going backwards or
forwards, and why? England?s
performance curve seems to have
plateaued since 2016. They must defeat
France and Ireland or the season will
have been a dip.
If Hartley doesn?t continue as captain,
who should take the role? Farrell is the
most important player, but that is not a
criteria for captaincy. Do not overlook
Joe Launchbury?s growing influence.
What concerns you most after
Saturday? The overreaction to a defeat
? you learn far more when the theory
doesn?t work in practice than when it
does. But the breakdown strategy will
be tweaked this week.
Your ideal XV for a World Cup
semi-final v All Blacks Daly; Watson,
Nowell, Te?o, May; Farrell, Youngs;
M Vunipola, Hartley, Cole, Launchbury,
Itoje, Robshaw, Underhill, B Vunipola.
Y
Your ideal XV for a World
Cup semi-final v All Blacks
Daly; Watson, Te?o, Farrell,
Nowell; Ford, Youngs;
M Vunipola, George, Sinckler,
Launchbury, Itoje, Robshaw,
Underhill, B Vunipola.
Which Premiership player should be
given a chance? Luke Cowan-Dickie.
He is England?s third hooker but
playing the house down for Exeter
Chiefs; he has the snarl, attitude and
dynamism that Jones likes.
Is Jones too loyal and to whom?
He can turn against players quickly, but
he has been so loyal to Brown and
Hartley that options are untried. The
scrum-half strategy is a muddle too.
Your XV for the France game Watson;
Nowell, Te?o, Farrell, May; Ford,
Wigglesworth; Marler, George, Cole,
Launchbury, Itoje, Robshaw, Underhill,
Hughes.
Are England going backwards or
forwards, and why? It is very rare that
improved performance is linear. Wales
was a slight improvement, Scotland a
step backwards.
If Hartley doesn?t continue as captain,
who should take the role? I don?t think
there is a ready-made replacement. The
other on-field leaders are Farrell and
Ford, but he?ll stick with Hartley unless
change is enforced.
Which Premiership player should be
given a chance? It is too early to say,
but I?d love to see Wasps flanker Jack
Willis continue his form and get a shot
in South Africa this summer.
Is Jones too loyal and to whom? I
don?t think there?s any loyalty ? he
would change the whole team if he
thought it would give him a better
chance of winning the World Cup. It?s
his team and his neck on the line.
Your XV for the France game Brown;
Watson, Joseph, Farrell, May; Ford, Care;
M Vunipola, Hartley, Cole, Launchbury,
Itoje, Lawes, Robshaw, Hughes.
Your ideal XV for a World Cup semifinal v All Blacks Daly; Watson, Tuilagi,
Farrell, May; Ford, Youngs; M Vunipola,
George, Sinckler, Launchbury, Itoje,
Underhill, T Curry, B Vunipola.
Your ideal XV for a World Cup
semi-final v All Blacks Brown; Watson,
Tuilagi, Farrell, May; Ford, Youngs;
M Vunipola, Hartley, Cole, Launchbury,
Itoje, Shields, Underhill, B Vunipola.
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Farrell barged
Scots in tunnel
Alex Lowe
Deputy Rugby Correspondent
New footage of the Murrayfield tunnel
fracas has emerged that shows the
incident erupted when Owen Farrell
barged his way past a number of
Scotland players to confront Ryan
Wilson, their No 8.
The Times understands that Farrell?s
defence is that he stepped in to assist
George Ford, who was the target of
verbal abuse by Wilson as players from
both teams walked down the narrow
tunnel after the pre-match warm-up.
The video, shot by a fan on a mobile
phone, shows Wilson next to Ford and
apparently speaking to the England
fly half, who looks steadfastly at the
ground and does not respond.
Farrell then comes running into the
mouth of the tunnel and forces his way
past Grant Gilchrist, the Scotland lock,
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