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Friday March 30 2018 | thetimes.co.uk | No 72496
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Hopes rise as poisoned spy?s daughter is taken off critical list
Fiona Hamilton Crime & Security Editor
Deborah Haynes Defence Editor
The daughter of the former Russian spy
Sergei Skripal is improving rapidly and
her life is no longer in danger after the
Salisbury poison attack.
Yulia Skripal?s condition was described as stable by the Salisbury NHS
Foundation Trust yesterday. Initially it
was feared that she would not survive
having been exposed to a nerve agent,
along with her father. She was thought
to be conscious and talking, according
to the BBC, raising hopes that she may
become a key witness. Her father remains in a critical but stable condition.
Ms Skripal?s improvement comes
nearly four weeks after the attempted
murder that caused recriminations
against Russia around the world. In the
latest tit-for-tat response by the
Kremlin, Russia said yesterday that it
would expel 60 US diplomats and
closed the US consulate in St
Petersburg. The US is one of more than
20 countries, including Britain, that has
expelled diplomats.
The Skripals collapsed on the afternoon of March 4 in a shopping centre
after being poisoned with novichok.
The highest concentration of the
chemical weapon was found on the
front door of Mr Skripal?s house. He was
jailed in Russia for passing secrets to
MI6 but gained refuge in Britain as part
of a spy swap deal in 2010.
Police removed the door yesterday
and parts of the house were boarded up.
Scotland Yard has said that the investi-
gation will focus on Mr Skripal?s home
and that searches and witness appeals
in the area will take weeks or months.
The Met said that a cordon around a
nearby children?s play area was
precautionary.
Experts said that a recovery by Ms
Skripal, 33, would be extraordinary. A
court hearing last week was told that
Continued on page 4, col 1
VATICAN MEDIA HANDOUT/EPA
Ministers
waste tens
of millions
on pledges
Third of public consultations come to nothing
times investigation
Paul Morgan-Bentley
Head of Investigations
Louis Goddard Data Team
Tens of millions of pounds of taxpayers?
money has been squandered by the
government on public consultations
that have come to nothing, The Times
can reveal.
Ministers have commissioned more
than 1,600 since the Conservative
Party?s victory at the 2015 election, an
average of more than two every working day. More than 500, almost a third,
have not been completed, with officials
saying that they are still ?analysing
feedback?. These include at least 202
consultations started more than two
years ago.
Consultations can cost �,000,
prompting accusations that ministers
are spending as much as � million a
year to delay difficult decisions and
make empty promises.
Two years ago Sajid Javid, then
the business secretary, announced a
consultation on banning restaurants
from taking waiters? tips, declaring that
he would ?secure a better deal for millions of workers?. Mr Javid, now communities secretary, started others that
year on fining companies that hid information in small print and forcing banks
to let homeowners switch mortgages
within seven days ?to get the best deals?.
These are among hundreds of consultations listed on the government?s
website next to the message: ?We are
analysing your feedback.?
The Commons public administration
committee said that it would investigate the findings. The Conservative MP
Bernard Jenkin, its chairman, said:
?There are many pieces of work that
are going too slowly. It is important that
we know if the government cannot
contain its current workload. The government should be more open about
what it is prioritising.?
The disclosures come after this
newspaper showed that parliament was
the most inactive it had been for at least
two decades, with the number of votes
particularly low in the nine months
since Theresa May?s loss of a working
majority at last year?s general election.
The Tories are also divided over the
implementation of Brexit, which has
taken focus away from other issues.
Consultations typically open for
about three months, during which time
the public can submit comments on
proposals for new policy or legislation.
Whitehall guidelines state that the
government should respond within 12
weeks, setting out the steps that will be
taken to implement the changes.
Analysis by The Times shows there
have been 1,661 consultations since the
2015 election. This is more than
two every working day, or 11 per week.
Out of these, 511 ? more than 30 per
cent ? have stopped seeking public
opinion and officials are now ?analysing feedback? with no government
Continued on page 9, col 1
The Pope, at Chrism Mass yesterday, said sinners were not punished but simply disappeared, according to the Italian press
Thank heavens: Pope puts Hell in doubt
Philip Willan Rome
Hell, it turns out, is not a fiery pit of
eternal damnation. Neither does it
involve varieties of extreme torment.
Rather, the punishment for sinners upon death is simply that they disappear.
This apparent invalidation of 2,000
years of Roman Catholic teaching
comes from no less an authority than
the Pope, according to a recent visitor
to the Vatican who chewed the theological fat with Francis.
?Hell doesn?t exist, the disappearance
of the souls of sinners exists,? Francis is
said to have told Eugenio Scalfari, an
Italian newspaper columnist.
The interview in La Repubblica,
which Scalfari, 93, co-founded, was
seized upon by the Pope?s conservative
critics, worried that he was changing
fundamental aspects of doctrine rooted
in the Bible. The comment came by way
of an answer to Scalfari, who asked
what became of wicked souls after
death. Unrepentant sinners were not
punished in the afterlife, Francis said,
they simply disappeared.
It was the fifth meeting between
Francis and Scalfari, an atheist philosopher. Their previous encounters have
also caused controversy and prompted
the Vatican to issue clarifications, perhaps because Scalfari reconstructs the
conversations from memory without
taking notes or using a recorder.
The Vatican press office confirmed a
meeting but insisted it did not amount
to an interview. ?No words in quotation
marks should be considered as a faithful transcription of the Holy Father?s
words,? it added.
However, Antonio Socci, a Catholic
author and journalist, accused the Pope
of preaching heresy and said he should
be removed. Another Vatican expert,
who asked not to be identified, said of
the Pope: ?He?s a very strange theologian, assuming Scalfari properly understood what he was saying. He increases
confusion among ordinary Catholics,
who no longer know what to believe.?
The expert said he tended to believe
Scalfari more than the Vatican, saying:
?If someone traduces your thoughts,
you don?t keep inviting him back.?
Leading article, page 25
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T O D AY ? S E D I T I O N
Wronged wife?s
bloody revenge
Royal wedding
security checks
MPs take aim
at Corbyn
A hedge fund director
who attacked her
husband when she
found he was having
an affair with her
friend has been jailed
and ordered to leave
them alone. Page 5
Windsor will be
cordoned off for the
wedding of Prince
Harry and Meghan
Markle with airportstyle security checks
and plans to shut parts
of the town. Page 7
Thirty-nine Labour
MPs and peers have
declared that Jeremy
Corbyn?s response to
antisemitism claims is
unsatisfactory, in the
biggest rupture since
the election. Page 8
COMMENT
On immigration, politicians should stop
pandering and start persuading
PHILIP COLLINS, PAGE 21
Korean leaders
agree to meet
Barclays landed
with $2bn fine
Tearful apology
from Smith
Kim Jong-un and
President Moon of
South Korea will meet
for the first time next
month as diplomatic
efforts to resolve a
nuclear stand-off
gather pace. Page 26
Barclays has been
fined $2 billion by
American prosecutors
as it agreed to settle
claims that it mis-sold
toxic mortgage
products before the
financial crisis. Page 33
Australian cricket
endured another day
of turmoil when a
sobbing Steve Smith
apologised to the
nation for his part in
the ball-tampering
affair. Pages 65-68
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LETTERS P24
LEADING ARTICLES P25
WORLD P26
BUSINESS P33
REGISTER P49
SPORT P57
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DINNER
TONIGHT
Crab with black
spaghetti
A carton or two of
freshly picked crab is
a useful thing to
have in the fridge
over the Easter
weekend. This way of
preparing it, with finely
chopped red chilli, its
heat softened by olive
oil, lemon juice and
coriander, is deliciously
versatile. Try it piled
over slabs of buttered
toast or spooned into
curls of lettuce. Make
more of a meal of it by
tossing the silky crab
through black
spaghetti.
Serves 4 Prep 15 min
Cook 15 min
Ingredients: 1 red bird?s
eye chilli; 4 tbsp best
olive oil; 300g black or
regular spaghetti;
2 x 100g tubs white
crab meat; 50g
coriander; 1 Lebanese
cucumber or
14cm piece cucumber;
1 lemon.
Trim the chilli and split
lengthways. Scrape
away the seeds, slice in
thin strips and then
into tiny dice. Place in
a ramekin, or similar,
and cover with 3 tbsp
olive oil. Cook the
spaghetti in a large
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pan of salted boiling
water from the
kettle until al dente.
Drain and return to
the pan with the
remaining 1 tbsp
olive oil. Toss and
cover to keep hot.
Place the crab in a
mixing bowl. Chop the
coriander. Use a potato
peeler to peel the
cucumber. Split
lengthways and use a
teaspoon to scrape out
the seeds. Slice into
very thin half moons.
Stir the cucumber into
the spaghetti. Stir the
chilli and its oil into the
crab with the
coriander. Season with
lemon, a little salt and
black pepper. Fold the
spaghetti into the crab
and serve.
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NHS orders doctors to stop
treating dandruff and coughs
Chris Smyth Health Editor
Patients must not expect the NHS to
treat minor problems such as coughs,
indigestion or dandruff, health chiefs
have ruled, as they urged GPs to send
people away without prescriptions.
Ending NHS prescriptions for ailments that will get better by themselves
or with medicines bought over the
counter has been estimated to free up
� million a year to spend on nurses
and hip replacements. NHS England
approved the changes yesterday but
said they would save � million less
than planned after patients deemed
?socially vulnerable? were exempted.
Patient groups said this would confuse people because the category does
not include all those who get free NHS
prescriptions, leaving it to GPs to decide case-by-case who is vulnerable
enough not to pay for everyday medicines.
Simon Stevens, head of NHS England, said: ?Every pound we save from
cutting waste is another pound we can
then invest in better A&E care, new
cancer treatments and much better
mental health services.? He has approved plans to end NHS prescriptions
for 37 medicines and conditions that either do not need treating or which respond just as well to cheap high street
remedies. These include cold sores,
haemorrhoids, acne and hay fever.
The NHS spends � million a year
on constipation remedies, which Mr
Stevens estimates would pay for 900
community nurses, and �million on
athlete?s foot, which would fund 810 hip
replacements.
The NHS website has also been updated to tell people with these conditions to go to a pharmacist, not a GP.
After protests from patients? groups
that the poor would lose out, the ban
will not apply to those ?where the
clinician considers that their ability to
self-manage is compromised as a
consequence of medical, mental health
or significant social vulnerability?.
Matina Loizou, of the Prescription
Charges Coalition of charities, said:
?There are bigger issues that need to be
addressed, including how confusing this
is going to be for people who are exempt
from paying for prescriptions but won?t
necessarily qualify for this. Added to
this, the overall saving for the NHS . . .
will be a drop in the ocean.?
Sandra Gidley of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society said: ?We remain concerned that the implementation might
disadvantage patients on low incomes
and people may be denied treatment
because of their inability to pay.?
John O?Connell of the Taxpayers? Alliance said: ?Taxpayers should not be
footing the bill for items like anti-dandruff shampoo or athlete?s foot powder, so
cutting out wasteful spending like this
will mean that precious resources can be
focused on frontline services.?
6 Simon Stevens will set out a ?game
plan for the next five to ten years? after
Theresa May asked for help in drawing
up a long-term plan for the health
service. There is a prospect of up to
� billion of extra money over the
next five years.
We may halt takeover of Barristers to
strike over
GKN, says government
Robert Lea Industrial Editor
The takeover of GKN, one of Britain?s
largest, oldest and most important
engineering companies, could be halted by the government, Greg Clark, the
business secretary, has said.
GKN fell yesterday to an �billion
hostile takeover from Melrose, a
smaller UK industrial conglomerate,
pending government clearance.
The deal stunned many in the City,
and trade unions and Labour MPs demanded a reform of UK takeover laws.
Mr Clark said: ?During the bid, Melrose made commitments which they
are bound to honour, including investment in research and development and
maintaining itself as a UK business.
?Government has a statutory responsibility to consider whether a
GKN-Melrose merger in its proposed
form gives rise to public interest concerns. An assessment on [this] will be
made by the appropriate authorities . . . and set out in due course.?
The holders of 52.4 per cent of GKN?s
shares voted to accept Melrose?s offer
after a three-month battle. If the deal
goes through, it would mark the end of
independence for one of the great
names of British engineering.
The company was formed in 1759, at
the dawn of the Industrial Revolution,
and made its first fortune by providing
cannonballs during the Napoleonic
wars. GKN now makes precision industrial components; aircraft and aero-engine components for Boeing, Airbus,
Rolls-Royce and RAF fighters; and car
parts for Volkswagen, Ford and Jaguar
Land Rover. It employs about 58,000
people globally, although only 5,500 of
those jobs are in the UK.
Melrose is a �3 billion conglomerate listed on the London Stock Exchange. It has a record of buying and
shaking up poorly performing or badly
managed companies and selling them
on, though its experience has been with
much smaller engineering companies.
Christopher Miller, its chairman,
attempted to reassure critics who accused Melrose of being buccaneering
asset-strippers. He said: ?Let me assure
you that GKN is entering into very
good hands.?
Jack Dromey, a former union leader
and now Labour MP for Birmingham
Erdington, where GKN Driveline is
based, said: ?The takeover makes a
mockery of any talk by government of
an industrial strategy. Britain?s takeover
rules are in desperate need of reform.?
Andy Street, Conservative mayor of
the West Midlands, called for commitments from Melrose to safeguard 1,300
workers in the Birmingham area.
Leading article, page 25
Business, page 33
legal aid cuts
Frances Gibb Legal Editor
Thousands of criminal barristers have
voted to take strike action over cuts that
they say have ?brought the criminal
justice system to its knees?.
A poll of 2,300 criminal barristers
across England and Wales has shown
90 per cent in favour of action which
will include a refusal to take on new
cases from April 1.
The Criminal Bar Association (CBA)
is advising the action across the profession although it is up to individual sets
of chambers to decide. Three leading
London sets, Doughty Street, Garden
Court and 25 Bedford Row, have agreed
to take part. Angela Rafferty, QC,
chairwoman of the CBA, said: ?The
criminal justice system is collapsing.?
The trigger for the strike action is
proposals on legal aid work which barristers say mean no higher, and in some
cases lower, fees after a 40 per cent cut
in 20 years. The CBA has put forward
proposals to the Ministry of Justice,
including delaying the proposed fee
scheme for further consultation.
The Bar Council and the Law Society
both came out in support of the CBA.
The ministry said: ?We are extremely
disappointed with the position the
Criminal Bar Association has taken.?
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Times publisher reveals gender pay gap
Matthew Moore Media Correspondent
The mean hourly gender pay gap of
News UK, the owner of The Times, is
15.2 per cent.
The company yesterday became the
latest media business to publish its pay
gap, following legislation requiring all
large organisations to disclose their
figures. The mean gender pay gap,
which shows women earning less, is
smaller than the national average of
18.1 per cent.
The exact figure varies for different
sections of the company. The mean gap
is 14.3 per cent at Times Newspapers
Limited, publisher of The Times and
The Sunday Times, 24.8 per cent at News
Group Newspapers, the publisher of
The Sun, and 15.1 per cent at the radio
station talkSPORT.
Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of
News UK, said that the company was
committed to closing the gap further.
She said: ?I have always felt that News
UK is a meritocracy and I want people
to be promoted on the basis of their
ability. Equal pay for equal jobs is
incredibly important and we are committed to ensuring that men and
women from all backgrounds have
equal opportunities for promotion and
are remunerated fairly.?
Ms Brooks added that she was proud
that half of the company?s executive
team are female.
DMG Media, publisher of the Daily
Mail, The Mail on Sunday and Metro
newspapers, announced a mean gender
pay gap of 19.6 per cent.
Other media organisations that have
declared their mean figures include The
Financial Times (24.4 per cent), The
Daily Telegraph (35 per cent), The
Guardian (11.3 per cent), The Economist
(32.5 per cent) and Channel 4 (28.6 per
cent).
News UK said that 66 per cent of its
employees are male, rising to 72.3 per
cent of those in the highest paid quarter
of roles. The company?s gender pay gap
if calculated as a median is 22 per cent.
The mean bonus pay gap is 11 per cent,
or 12.5 per cent as a median.
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Don?t call her a bitch: Crufts
is accused of doggy misogyny
SANDRA MAILER/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Senior judge
to lay down
the law on
MasterChef
Kaya Burgess
They are primped and preened to look
their finest before being paraded in
front of a crowd of ogling onlookers.
Dog shows may seem like a celebration of human love for our furry friends,
but now they are accused of contributing to misogyny.
Anyone who buys or breeds dogs
cannot be considered a feminist, Peta,
the animal rights group, has said in an
attack on the ethics of dog breeding and
canine ?beauty pageants?.
In a blog post entitled ?You can?t be a
feminist and buy a dog?, the group?s
American branch said that by buying a
dog, owners were ?funding sexual
exploitation?.
Noting that ?bitch? was often used as
an insult, it said: ?Perhaps that?s
because, in breeders? circles, female
dogs? main purposes are to win beauty
pageants and then to be bred repeatedly until their bodies wear out.
?In puppy mills and breeding operations, female dogs are trapped in a
nightmare sickeningly similar to the
illicit sex trade. Their bodies are controlled, manipulated, bought, and sold.?
Asked whether it was attacking dog
shows as anti-feminist, a spokeswoman
for Peta UK said: ?Any institution that
treats females as breeding machines is
anti-feminist. Not only are dog shows
such as Crufts creepy, they also encourage people to breed dogs purely for
their physical appearance, commonly
at the expense of their health.?
While attacking puppy farms, the US
blog also said that while ?breeders may
churn out fewer litters than puppy mills
. . . they still treat female dogs as moneymaking commodities. And unlike many animal shelters,
most breeders don?t
ers,
screen their buyers,
instead handing overr
a living, thinking,
feeling animal to
anyone with a
credit card.?
The post adds
that ?even ?hobby
breeders? force female dogs to bear
litter after litter off
puppies, who will be
d off
taken away and sold
for a quick buck?.
atedly exPeta has repeatedly
ion to dog shows
pressed its opposition
such as Crufts, though not typically in
feminist terms. Peta organised a protest
at the event in Birmingham this month,
with two activists running into the
Frances Gibb Legal Editor
The UK?s most senior judge is going
from tort to torte. Baroness Hale of
Richmond, the first female president of
the Supreme Court, will feature on
MasterChef in an unprecedented television appearance.
The only problem? She is not particularly fond of ? or good at ? cooking.
Lady Hale, 73, is making a VIP
appearance on the semi-finals of the
BBC cookery show, where she will
judge which of seven budding chefs go
forward to the final. However, she is the
first to admit that cooking is not high on
her list of skills. ?At school?, she once
said, ?I excelled at everything, except
art, gym and domestic science. My
cookery teacher would sigh when I
walked in.?
At home it is her husband, the former
law commissioner Julian Farrand, who
usually cooks. ?He?s a good cook and his
signature dishes are roast pork belly
and casseroles ? so there?s plenty of
margin for error,? she told The Sunday
Times in 2015. Her only nod to culinary
skills is jam-making. If food and cookBaroness Hale of
Richmond admits
she is a poor cook
Female dogs are sexually exploited for profit, Peta has argued in a post that says buying pets is an anti-feminist choice
arena during the Best In Show award
ceremony.
A spokeswoman for the Kennel Club,
which runs Crufts, said there was generally a balance between male
and femal
female dogs on show,
and ad
added that many
owne
owners entered their
own beloved pets.
P
Peta has called on
pe
people to ?end the
se
sexual exploitati
tion of female
aanimals? by adoptin
ing from shelters
an
and rescue centres.
?N
?No breeding and
sell
selling of companion
anim
animals can be considered ?responsible?,? it
said, while
whil there were milllions
ions of pets iin shelters.
Dog lovers attacke
attacked the post online.
Lucie Jayne Betts, an author, tweeted:
?I didn?t buy mine, I rescued him, so
according to Peta, I apparently get to
keep my feminist card. Though besides,
Rights and wrongs
Others have used
feminist arguments or
motifs in contexts not
typically associated
with women?s rights:
female smokers used to
be frowned upon, but
that they could now
smoke freely with a
?women-only? brand.
6 Virginia Slims
capitalised on the
women?s liberation
movement in the
1960s with a cigarette
advert that read,
?You?ve come a long
way, baby?. They said
6 Swiffer, the cleaning
product company,
provoked anger in 2013
with an advert that
featured a woman
holding a steam cleaner
based on the feminist
icon ?Rosie the riveter?
there?s a HUGE difference between
reputable breeding and puppy farms.
Likening dog breeding to human sexual
exploitation is absurd. Utter drivel.?
Caroline Kisko, secretary of the Kennel Club, said: ?All breeders, from individuals who only ever breed one litter
through to large-scale breeding estab-
from a Second World
War poster.
6 Academics said this
week that Jesus Christ
should be considered a
part of the #MeToo
movement of women
sharing their stories of
sexual harassment,
because he too was a
victim of sexual abuse
when he was stripped
before his crucifixion.
lishments, should be adhering to the
Animal Welfare Act and prioritising
the health and wellbeing of dogs above
all else. It is crucial for anyone considering getting a dog to do their research
and go to a responsible breeder or a rescue organisation to avoid unknowingly
supporting the puppy farming trade.?
ing are not close to her heart, however,
women?s rights certainly are, which is
why she has agreed to take part in the
programme, becoming the first serving
judge to do so.
In a special edition to be broadcast
next Thursday on BBC One, the semifinalists ? who have been whittled
down from 56 competitors ? will be
creating a three-course fish lunch to
celebrate 100 years of women?s suffrage.
Lady Hale will be rating the dishes
along with other VIP diners, including
Helen Pankhurst, the great-granddaughter of the suffragette leader
Emmeline Pankhurst, the space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock and several
leading women broadcasters as well as
chefs and restaurateurs ?at the forefront of dining trends?.
Lady Hale will soon be involved in selecting justices to fill three forthcoming
vacancies on the court and has indicated her hope that this will mean room for
more women. She was the first woman
to reach the Supreme Court; there is
now a second, Lady Black of Derwent.
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Gloomy outlook It was a misty morning at Ely cathedral yesterday, though the sun shone on hyacinths in nearby Cambridge. Clouds in Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, signalled a wet Easter ahead. Weather, page 56
Russia hits back at US by
expelling 60 diplomats
Tom Parfitt Moscow
The Kremlin has ordered the expulsion
of 60 American diplomats and closed
the US consulate in St Petersburg in
retaliation for the removal of its envoys.
In the biggest tit-for-tat round of expulsions between the two countries
since the Cold War, the Russian foreign
ministry said that 58 diplomats in Moscow and two in St Petersburg would
have to leave within a week for ?activities incompatible with diplomatic status?, a euphemism for spying.
The US expelled the same number of
Russian diplomats this week in response to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, for which Theresa May has blamed
the Kremlin.
Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign
minister, said that similar measures
would follow for those European countries that had also ejected its diplomats.
That could bring the total number expelled by Russia to 150.
Mr Lavrov said Jon Huntsman, the
US ambassador to Moscow, had been
summoned to receive a note of protest
over the American expulsions and to be
informed of the Russian retaliation.
Mr Huntsman was told that further
?hostile actions? from Washington
would provoke a response from Moscow. ?We suggest to the US authorities,
who are encouraging and fanning the
campaign of slander against our country, to come to their senses and cease
their reckless actions in destroying
bilateral relations,? the Russian foreign
ministry said.
Mr Skripal, 66, a former MI6 double
agent, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were
found slumped on a bench outside a
shopping centre in Salisbury on March
4. They had been poisoned with a Russian-made nerve agent.
Mr Lavrov said: ?We are not going to
simply react to what the Anglo-Saxon
nexus is doing to us, forcing everyone to
follow an anti-Russian course. We want
to find out the truth.?
His announcement that the St
Petersburg consulate would have its
permit removed came after the Russian
embassy in Washington carried out a
survey on Twitter asking users which
US diplomatic mission should be
closed: St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg or
Vladivostok. More than 57,000 people
voted, with the former tsarist capital
the ?winner? on 47 per cent.
The US closed Russia?s consulate in
Seattle, apparently because of its proximity to the Kitsap-Bangor naval base.
The St Petersburg consulate must be
vacated by the end of tomorrow.
Russia continues to deny that it had
anything to do with the attack on the
Skripals, claiming instead that Britain
staged the poisoning in an attempt to
discredit the Kremlin.
In an interview with RBC, a Russian
TV station, Mr Huntsman said that the
US might yet seize Russian assets in
America over the case. Russia?s foreign
ministry warned yesterday that that
could lead to ?a further serious degradation in our relations?.
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Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter may
have suffered brain damage and that he
was not communicating, while she was
unable at that point to communicate in
?any meaningful way?.
Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a chemical weapons expert, said: ?It does seem
remarkable she is off the critical list.?
Patricia Lewis, research director at
Chatham House, the foreign affairs and
security think tank, said it could indi-
cate that Ms Skripal was not exposed to
as much of the poison as her father. ?It
is amazing news. It tells us there may be
hope for Sergei as well.? She said the
suspicion that the nerve agent had been
put on the door handle would fit with
the theory that it was absorbed through
the skin, which would explain the delay
in it taking effect from the pair leaving
home to being found on the bench.
Christine Blanshard, medical director of Salisbury District Hospital, said
of Ms Skripal: ?She has responded well
to treatment but continues to receive
expert clinical care 24 hours a day.?
Ms Skripal and her father collapsed a
day after she arrived from Moscow for
a visit. Detectives initially investigated
whether Ms Skripal could have unwittingly brought over the nerve agent
concealed in a present for her father.
Traces of nerve agent were also found
at a Zizzi restaurant and a pub that were
visited by the Skripals.
Tory U-turn
over housing
payments
Lucy Fisher
Senior Political Correspondent
The government performed a U-turn
yesterday on a controversial decision to
scrap automatic housing benefit for
people aged 18 to 21.
Esther McVey, the work and pensions secretary, said the reversal of the
year-old policy was designed to reassure young people that support was in
place if they required it.
David Cameron announced a plan to
end automatic entitlement to the housing element of universal credit in 2014.
The proposal was expected to hit
10,000 young people and save up to
� million by the end of 2020. Critics,
including several charities, warned that
it could leave several thousand young
people at risk of becoming homeless.
After the policy?s introduction in
April last year was accompanied by a
series of exemptions, figures published
in January revealed that only 90 people
? or 4 per cent of the 2,090 people who
applied ? were turned down for the
benefit. Young people who were
parents, carers or could not afford to
live with their own parents, were still allowed to claim.
Ms McVey said: ?As we roll out universal credit, we have always been clear
we will make any necessary changes
along the way.?
Labour welcomed the U-turn, which
Jeremy Corbyn?s party had pledged to
enact in its election manifesto last year.
Margaret Greenwood, the shadow
work and pensions secretary, issued a
caveat, however. ?Housing support has
been frozen until 2020 and young
people still face major problems in finding affordable housing.?
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Editor admits job clash
The editor of the Financial Times
admitted he will face a conflict of
interest with his new role as
chairman of Tate. Lionel Barber
will ?recuse? himself from
editorial decisions that clash with
fundraising. Tate?s donors include
Deutsche Bank, Accenture and
EY, all of which would expect to
be scrutinised by the FT.
Boy, 3, killed by lorry
A boy aged three was killed when
he was hit by a Sainsbury?s lorry
at a pedestrian crossing. He had
been with his family in Wareham,
Dorset, and was pronounced
dead after being taken to Dorset
County Hospital. The driver, a
man aged 43 from Basingstoke,
Hampshire, was arrested.
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City boss in bloody revenge after affair
David Brown Chief News Correspondent
A millionaire hedge fund director who
attacked her husband when she discovered that he was having an affair with
her friend has been jailed and ordered
to stay away from the couple.
Nasreen Knight, 37, slashed her estranged husband Julian with a knife as
his mistress hid under the stairs at the
family?s �million farmhouse.
The mother of four, who had two
affairs herself, also threatened to kill
the mistress, Erika Hillyer, 37, a former
equestrian friend of hers, after turning
up drunk at the farmhouse despite
being on bail with a condition not to
contact her husband.
Knight, who had been a director of
the US-based Striquer fund, was jailed
for 15 months last week after she admitted injuring her husband. She has now
been banned for five years from contacting him or his new partner and from
entering the Lincolnshire village of
Hough-on-the-Hill, where they live.
Judge Simon Hirst told Knight: ?If you
breach the terms of the order you are
likely to face up to five years? imprisonment.?
Knight had been involved in a previous incident at the house with her husband, a retired investment fund boss,
eight days before the knife attack. She
had lunged at him, smashed his glasses
and rammed his Land Rover Defender
with her Nissan. When Ms Hillyer arrived Knight had pulled her hair so
hard that she feared it might come out.
Knight was charged and placed on bail
by magistrates.
Mark Achurch, for the prosecution,
Inquiry into
motorway
petrol prices
Nadeem Badshah
Nasreen Knight, left, attacked Julian Knight with a knife and then threatened Erika Hillyer who was hiding under the stairs
told Lincoln crown court that on the
day of the knife attack Knight had
arrived at the house clutching a bottle
of vodka after a road crash. She had demanded that her husband drop the
charges over the earlier attack so that
she could get a job with Bloomberg, the
financial news and services company.
He had let her in because she had
been concerned about her facial injuries and had been ?incomprehensible
either through drink or the accident or
both?, Mr Achurch said. Knight grab-
bed a kitchen knife from a drawer and
cut her husband?s hand before he wrestled it away while bleeding profusely.
She then ran through the house shouting that she was going to kill Ms Hillyer,
who was able to call police.
Knight, of Frieston, Lincolnshire, admitted assault by beating and criminal
damage arising from the first incident,
and affray and causing actual bodily
harm in the second attack.
Her husband said there had been
marital difficulties because his wife was
having affairs, the court was told. Clarkson Baptiste, in mitigation, said Knight
was of previously good character. ?Her
whole life had been turned upside
down,? he added. ?She feels that she had
been usurped by another.?
Judge Hirst told her: ?You are a highly educated woman. These offences occurred at a very difficult time during
the breakdown of your marriage. There
was a degree of goading.? He said that
the violence and use of a weapon made
a custodial sentence unavoidable.
Motorway service stations are to face
an inquiry into the prices they charge
for fuel. Chris Grayling, the transport
secretary, has asked the Competition
and Markets Authority (CMA) to
investigate the three biggest service
station operators, Moto, Welcome
Break and Roadchef, which control the
majority of motorway services.
Figures showed that their average
price for unleaded fuel was 137.7p per
litre, compared with a UK average of
120.11p and a supermarket average price
of 116.74p.
In a letter to Andrea Coscelli, the
head of the CMA, Mr Grayling accused
service stations of ?exploiting? drivers.
Moto claims that its prices ?start to
make sense? when the cost of providing
facilities and services is considered.
The Easter getaway is set to be blighted by a rail strike today. Some 26 million cars are expected to be on the roads
over the bank holiday, while strike
action will affect South Western Railway for all four days.
6 Good Friday may become Black Friday as retailers lure shoppers with
Easter discounts of up to 70 per cent.
Some stores are using ?mega sales? to
encourage consumers back to the high
street for the four-day weekend. Shoppers are forecast to spend �2 billion, up
6.7 per cent on last Easter, by the market
researcher IbisWorld.
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NHS will gain cash Generous share of bitter experience
in Brexit, vows May
Patrick Kidd
Political Sketch
Sam Coates Deputy Political Editor
Theresa May has insisted that EU withdrawal will mean more money for the
NHS and schools, despite Treasury
forecasts of slower growth leading to
lower tax revenues after Brexit.
As she conducted whistle-stop visits
to the four nations of the United Kingdom to mark a year until Brexit day, the
prime minister called on Britons to
?come together? to seize the ?great opportunities? she expects as a result of
EU withdrawal.
She said that additional resources
would be available for hospitals and education once Britain stopped sending
?vast sums? annually to Brussels.
In a BBC interview she steered clear
of repeating Boris Johnson?s term
?Brexit dividend? but did appear to say
that cash would be freed up by Brexit.
?There?s going to be money that otherwise we would have been sending to the
European Union that we?re going to be
able to spend on priorities in the UK,?
she said.
This is challenged by economists,
who say that the economy will grow
more slowly after Brexit, wiping out
any gains to the Exchequer from the
end of contributions to Brussels. The
UK may also agree to voluntary contributions worth billions of pounds in
order to ensure a close economic partnership with the EU after Brexit.
Mrs May also dismayed some Brexiteers when she twice ducked the ques-
tion of whether she believes Brexit will
be ?worth it?.
?I think there are real opportunities
for the United Kingdom,? she said. ?I
think it?s a bright future out there. And
yes, I think Brexit is going to deliver a
country that will be different but I think
there are real opportunities for us as an
independent nation for the future.?
She kicked off her tour with a visit to
a textile company in Ayr before attending a mother and toddler group in Newcastle and taking lunch with farmers
near Belfast.
Mrs May was pressed on why she had
not taken the opportunity to visit communities closer to the Irish border,
given the acute concerns held by many
in that area about Brexit.
She said: ?I think it?s not a question of
just whether I actually go and stand on
the border, it?s a question of: do I understand the impact that has for people?
?What I am doing here today is actually listening to farmers here in Northern Ireland.?
The prime minister then went to
south Wales for a discussion with businesses before completing her tour in
west London with Polish citizens.
Meanwhile Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, refused to rule
out a transition period stretching beyond the end of 2020 but said that it was
?not likely to happen?. He told BBC
Radio 4?s Today programme: ?I
wouldn?t like to see that, nor would I
support an extension.?
T
he will of the people is
fickle. Stars rise and fall
and so do political causes.
When Tony Blair talks
about people growing
disillusioned with politicians who
fail to deliver a bright tomorrow, he
speaks from experience. Ironically,
the thing that could be most likely
to shore up national opinion in
favour of Brexit is Mr Blair saying
that we should reject it.
That will not stop him trying.
Yesterday, with a year to go until
B-Day, when supporters of Brexit
claim that the stain of Brussels? rule
will be washed away by the douche
of democracy, the former prime
minister kicked off a conference on
Britain?s place in a changing Europe
by demanding a second referendum.
His call went down well inside the
hall but most of these seemed to be
believers already. A women sitting
next to me wore blue mittens with
gold stars across the knuckles. Mr
Blair would have needed only to sing
?Freude, sch鰊er? to this crowd and
a cry of ?G鰐terfunken? would have
come in reply as sure as armagnac
follows cheese at lunch with
Jean-Claude Juncker.
The problem for Mr Blair is
winning over those who sent him to
Downing Street three times with a
huge majority but now consider him
to be as trustworthy as an Australian
cricketer with a sheet of sandpaper.
Like Cassandra standing beside the
Trojan horse and asking if anyone
could hear bouzouki music, Mr
Blair predicted disaster ? but how
many will believe him?
His voice now rather gravelly, his
grey hair receding so he has begun
to resemble Alec Douglas-Home,
Mr Blair said that Britain was too
small to prosper on its own in the
21st century. ?To give up a huge
alliance on our doorstep is an
extraordinarily self-defeating act,?
Tony Blair says that Brexit will pave
the way for a Corbyn government
he said. The EU had been created by
his father?s generation to ensure
peace in Europe; now it was needed
to preserve the old world?s power.
?We shouldn?t kid ourselves. The
rest of the world do not see [Brexit]
as globally ambitious. They really
don?t. They think: ?Brits, you guys
were always commonsense people.? ?
The idea that Britain can get the
benefits of the single market without
following its rules is for the birds.
?It?s known as cakeism,? he
explained. ?And the EU is not going
to agree to that. At some point, it
will become clear that cakeism is
not on the menu.?
So parliament should reject
whatever deal the prime minister
could get, he advised, because it
wouldn?t be all that good, and then
Mrs May, far from resigning after a
defeat, should use this rejection as
an excuse to give the final decision
back to the public on the question of
?take the deal or stay in the EU?.
It would be the Conservatives? best
chance of winning the next general
election, he added. If Brexit is to
happen, let the public own it,
knowing exactly what it means.
?I?ve got a feeling that the
17 million who voted to leave are
going to be short on gratitude [come
the election in 2022],? Mr Blair said,
?and the 16 million who voted to
remain are going to be long on
memory.? If the Tories pushed
Brexit through without a
referendum on the final deal, it
would create bitterness against them
and be the ?gateway to a Corbyn
government?. This, he implied,
would be almost as ghastly as Brexit.
That Mr Blair is giving strategic
advice on winning elections to the
Tories may be one reason that he
never gets invited to karaoke night
at the Labour Party conference
these days, but there was some logic
to his argument. He believes that
everyone can have second thoughts.
After all, when he first stood to be
an MP in 1983 his own manifesto
said that he wanted to leave the
European Economic Community.
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Game of Thrones star steals Netflix?s Crown from acting royalty
Matthew Moore Media Correspondent
An English actor best known for his
roles in Outlander and Game of Thrones
has been cast as the Duke of Edinburgh
in The Crown after Netflix failed to
strike deals with more famous stars.
Tobias Menzies, 44, will play Prince
Philip in series three and four, taking
over from Matt Smith. He will share the
screen with Olivia Colman, who was
announced as Claire Foy?s successor in
the part of the Queen late last year.
They will portray the royal couple from
the 1960s to the 1980s. Netflix executives hope the drama will eventually
run to six series, taking the story of the
Queen?s reign right up to the present
day, meaning that several actors will get
the chance to play the leading roles.
Confirmation of Menzies?s casting
was met with some surprise in television circles, given that he is less well
known than both Smith and Colman.
He is an acclaimed stage actor but his
biggest screen roles have been as Edmure Tully in Game of Thrones and the
two characters of Frank Randall and
Black Jack Randall in Outlander, a series about time travel.
Paul Bettany, the Iron Man star, was
in talks to play the next Prince Philip
but withdrew earlier this year because
of a scheduling conflict, according to
Deadline Hollywood. Hugh Laurie, the
British comic actor who has earned
global fame as the star of the US drama
House, was also linked to the part.
The casting of a less prominent actor
may help Netflix and The Crown?s
producers to avoid another gender pay
row. Smith was paid more than Foy for
Tobias Menzies succeeds Matt Smith
their work on the drama, even though
she played the Queen. Smith?s higher
salary is understood to have been connected to his Doctor Who fame, and
Menzies is unlikely to have been able to
command a similar premium. Left
Bank Pictures, which produces The
Crown, apologised and said Smith and
Foy were unaware of the gap. ?Going
forward, no one gets paid more than the
Queen,? Suzanne Mackie, the executive producer, said.
Filming for series three is expected to
start this summer. Helena Bonham
Carter is said to have been lined up to
play Princess Margaret. The release
date is yet to be announced, but previous series have been released in November or December.
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Hip trouble
means duke
misses out
on Maundy
T
he Duke of
Edinburgh
pulled out of a
Maundy service
with the Queen
yesterday because of a
hip problem (Valentine
Low writes).
It was the second time
in a week that the duke
had failed to attend
an event. Prince Philip,
96, who has retired
from royal duties,
was hoping to join
the Queen at the
centuries-old event
staged this year in St
George?s Chapel at
Windsor Castle.
It is understood that
he decided not to take
part after experiencing
some trouble with his
hip. It was not thought
to be a serious issue. He
had been named as a
guest in the order of
service and was seen
driving in Windsor
Great Park on
Wednesday. Last week
he failed to attend a
ceremony at Windsor
Castle because he was
?feeling under the
weather?.
Buckingham Palace
declined to comment on
his health although it
issued a brief statement
after it became apparent
that he would not
attend. A Palace
spokeswoman said: ?The
order of service was
printed some weeks ago
when it was hoped the
duke would be able to
take part. His Royal
Highness has since
decided not to attend.?
Prince Philip officially
retired from public
duties last year. Since
then he has spent
most of his time at
Windsor Castle or Wood
Farm, a private retreat
on the Sandringham
Airport-style security for
Windsor wedding crowds
Valentine Low
Windsor will be cordoned off for the
wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan
Markle with airport-style security
checks and plans to close parts of the
town if they become too congested.
Steel barriers will also be in place to
deter terrorist vehicle attacks as more
than 100,000 people are expected to
travel to Windsor for the wedding on
May 19.
The security operation, likely to be
the largest in the history of Thames
Valley police, has been estimated as
costing up to � million. Thames Valley is in talks with the Home Office as to
how the cost will be shared. All leave
has been cancelled for the force?s 4,200
officers.
Prince Harry and Ms Markle, who is
on the cover of the new edition of Tatler
and also on television this week in Suits,
the final series of the drama in which
she will appear, will marry at noon in St
George?s Chapel and then be driven by
carriage around the town centre and
Meghan Markle with Patrick J Adams
in Suits, which returns to TV this week
along the Long Walk. All visitors to the
town centre and the processional route
will have to go through screening process with scanners and bag searches.
Motorists also face being stopped and
searched.
Police said that large items deemed a
security risk would be banned in the
town. This would include tents, following plans by groups on social media to
stage a ?sleepover? protest against removing rough sleepers from the streets.
With the threat level from terrorism
at ?severe?, security chiefs are acutely
aware of the possibility of a vehicle
attack. A number of so-called ?hostile
vehicle mitigation barriers? will be put
up around the processional route and at
key entrances to the town.
Armed officers will be on the streets
as well as dogs and mounted patrols,
and police snipers posted on rooftops.
Contingency plans to stop trains
from stopping at Windsor?s two stations
if the crowds become a ?public safety
risk? have also been discussed. The
town is expected to be full by 9am.
A police spokesman said: ?Local businesses and visitors to the town can expect to see an increased police presence, with police officers, both armed
and unarmed, search dogs, the mounted section, the roads policing unit and
the National Police Air Service.?
Shops will be searched in the days
leading up to the wedding, and marine
officers will conduct searches along the
Thames. Other forces will be involved,
including the Met, British Transport
Police and Surrey police.
The Queen at St George?s
Chapel, Windsor Castle,
after the Maundy service
that the Duke of Edinburgh
was unable to attend
because of a sore hip
estate. The engagement
last Thursday was a
ceremony at Windsor
Castle to hand over his
role as Colonel of the
Grenadier Guards to the
Duke of York.
The Queen appeared
in good spirits during
yesterday?s service,
which is a firm fixture in
her calendar. She
distributed Maundy
money to 92 men and 92
women to mark turning
92 this year.
The recipients were
given two purses ? one
red and one white. The
red purse contained a �coin, commemorating
four generations of
royalty, and a 50p piece
honouring 100 years
since women gained the
right to vote. The white
purse contained Maundy
money worth 92p.
In an Easter message
today, the Prince of
Wales will say that ?his
heart goes out? to
people of all faiths who
are persecuted for
their beliefs. He will say
that he has been
?humbled? by their
courage. The message
was inspired by recent
meetings with Christian
leaders from the Middle
East.
Cornish wine set to sparkle
for Harry and Meghan?s day
Sean O?Neill
A Cornish vineyard planted on fields
where sheep once grazed has become
the first English sparkling wine producer to be granted a royal warrant.
Camel Valley, which has supplied
award-winning English fizz for royal
occasions for several years, has been
granted the warrant by the Prince of
Wales.
The vineyard is run by the Lindo
family on south-facing slopes of the
River Camel valley near Wadebridge
and can begin printing the prince?s coat
of arms and the words ?by Royal Appointment? on its labels next week.
There will be hopes that an order for
Cornish fizz might be placed for the
wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan
Markle on May 19.
?We?re very honoured and very
lucky,? said Bob Lindo, 68, who began
planting vines at his son Sam?s behest
almost 30 years ago. ?When we started
out in 1989 there wasn?t an English
sparkling wine industry, so it?s been a
long journey.?
The accolade places Camel Valley on
a list of wine suppliers that features
some of the most famous champagne
houses, including Bollinger and Krug.
The vineyard?s royal connection was
established with an encounter on the
concourse at Paddington station in the
early 2000s. Mr Lindo said: ?Sam was in
his twenties and a bit naive, but he was
manning our stall at Paddington for an
event promoting Cornish produce
when the royal couple came along.
?They asked if they could come and
visit and Sam said, ?We?re open Monday
to Friday 9am to 5pm and the vineyard
tour is at 2.30pm?. Then he gave them a
brochure and the whole entourage
burst out laughing. We had our first
royal visit a few years afterwards.?
Camel Valley wines have been served
at numerous royal events, including a
banquet at Buckingham Palace in honour of the King and Queen of Spain in
July. The vineyard?s 2013 pinot noir ros�
and Cornwall brut were served at a
reception to celebrate the Duchess of
Cornwall?s birthday at Clarence House
the following day.
The duchess, who is president of the
trade body WineGB, has visited the
vineyard twice and is an enthusiast for
English wines.
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Corbyn is failing to tackle
antisemitism, say his MPs
Sam Coates Deputy Political Editor
Lucy Fisher
Thirty-nine Labour MPs and peers
have declared that Jeremy Corbyn?s
response to antisemitism complaints is
unsatisfactory in the party?s biggest
rupture since the general election.
Three members of the party?s front
bench are among those who are angry
that the Labour leader?s team is shielding his ally Christine Shawcroft from
calls to resign from the ruling national
executive committee (NEC).
Yesterday, The Times revealed a
leaked email showing Ms Shawcroft
had defended a council candidate, Alan
Bull, who was suspended for posting an
article calling the Holocaust a hoax.
Her reason was that he had a chance of
winning a seat in the May elections and
the complaint was a ?partisan dispute?.
Mike Kane, a shadow schools minister, Jonathan Reynolds, shadow Treasury minister, and Lord Hunt of Kings
Heath, a shadow health minister,
signed a letter delivered to Mr Corbyn
last night. They are upset because
although Ms Shawcroft stood down as
chairwoman of the internal disputes
panel on Mr Corbyn?s orders, he and his
team are not calling for her to resign
from the NEC because ?it is an elected
position?. She would be replaced by Eddie Izzard, a moderate, if she did so.
Ms Shawcroft can continue to adjudicate on disputes, including those involving antisemitism, and will remain
on the NEC until June when she is due
to stand down. Mr Corbyn wrote to
members to say: ?Zero tolerance for antisemitism means what it says. We will
not accept it.? In other developments:
6 A Labour member in Sheffield, Mari-
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anne Tellier, was suspended as branch
secretary after tweeting a picture of a
Job Centre Plus sign doctored to read
?Arbeit Macht Frei?, or Work Sets You
Free, referring to a sign at Auschwitz.
6 Mr Bull had been proposed as a candidate by a councillor who knew he had
shared an antisemitic Facebook post,
according to the website Buzzfeed.
6 Labour?s new general secretary Jennie Formby shared and later deleted an
article on Facebook defending Labour
members suspended for antisemitism,
according to the Red Roar website.
6 Mr Corbyn?s team told a meeting of
shadow cabinet advisers that those who
continued to leak would be sacked.
6 John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, appeared to blame Iain McNicol,
Labour?s general secretary who has just
stood down, for its problems in dealing
with antisemitism.
Labour frontbencher starts holiday early
Matt Chorley Red Box Editor
Patrick Maguire
A shadow minister failed to question
ministers in parliament because he had
gone on holiday to New Zealand
despite the Commons being in session.
Barry Gardiner, the shadow international trade secretary, missed the
monthly session with Liam Fox, his
opposite number, on the last day before
the Easter recess.
The Times understands that Mr Gardiner, a senior ally of Jeremy Corbyn
and a former minister, left Westminster
early for a personal visit to New Zealand. Bill Esterson and Judith Cummins
deputised. Labour?s whips had to plead
with other shadow ministers to turn up
to pad out the party?s front bench.
A Labour spokesman said the party
would not comment on Mr Gardiner?s
absence. When floods spokesman in
2014, Mr Gardiner was in Cancun,
Mexico, during the Somerset floods.
He did not respond to a request for
comment.
Opening act A shortened hour-long adaptation of Tchaikovsky?s Swan Lake,
aimed at young ballet fans, opened last night at the Peacock Theatre, London
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Hundreds of pledges quietly forgotten
times investigation
All talk? Consultations that have yet to conclude
Paul Morgan-Bentley
Head of Investigations
waiters? tips
Leaning on the dispatch box in the
House of Commons, Sajid Javid made
an impassioned pledge.
It was September 2015 and the new
business secretary had been questioned about high street restaurants
taking tips from their waiters.
?When a diner leaves a tip, they rightly expect that to go to the staff,? he said.
?Recent reports have suggested that
some restaurants are not doing that,
which is unacceptable. I have already
launched a call for evidence. I will see
whether the government needs to take
any action. If they do, nothing is off the
dining table.?
Eight months later, Mr Javid released
an official statement, headlined: ?Government takes action on tipping practices to secure a fair deal for workers.?
There would be an eight-week consultation seeking the public?s views on proposals to ban restaurants from taking
waiters? tips.
The following day Anna Soubry, who
was then the minister for small business, congratulated Mr Javid ?on rightly launching this consultation, as when
someone pays a tip, they expect the person to receive it ? all of it.?
That was almost two years ago, and
yet the tips consultation page on the
government?s website still reads: ?We
are analysing your feedback. Visit this
page again soon to download the outcome.?
It is among 1,661 consultations that
have been launched by the Tories since
they formed the government in 2015.
Whitehall guidelines say there
should be an official response within
three months outlining steps for new
policy or legislation. However, the government website shows that almost a
third of the Tories? consultations have
had no such response and 202 out of
898 that started before the end of 2016
remain incomplete.
Campaigners who have fought for
tips to be protected are furious. Stella
Creasy, the Labour MP, has asked four
parliamentary questions since December 2016 to try to push the government
to act. ?Millions of people in the hospitality industry that need better protection from being ripped off are not getting it,? she told The Times. ?This is a
government that does not like making
decisions and the public are suffering as
a result.?
Research by The Times suggests
that Mr Javid has been prolific in
this area. In January 2016 he
vowed to ban ?closed shop?
recruitment in the public
sector, the practice of internal-only advertising
of vacancies for jobs
such as train driving.
The proposed crackSajid Javid has
promised action on
tips and small print
Consultation launched:
May 2016
Sajid Javid, then the
business secretary, said:
?We?ve been very clear.
As a one-nation
government we want
workers who earn a tip
to be able to keep it. I?m
setting out our
proposals to make
tipping fairer, clamping
down on unfair practices
and securing a better
deal for millions of
workers.?
Status: ?We are
analysing your
feedback.?
The announcement of a consultation generates
newspaper headlines, but the Times analysis
suggests that the process is often left open-ended
the culture secretary,
said: ?We want it to be as
easy as possible for
consumers to spot the
best deal for them, and
switch providers
quickly and easily if they
want to. In those cases
when things don?t go
right, automatic
compensation will be
paid out.?
Status: ?We are
analysing your
feedback.?
compensation
for soldiers
Launched: Dec 2016
Sir Michael Fallon, as
defence secretary, said:
?Our armed forces put
their lives on the line to
keep us safe. I want
more generous
payments to anyone
injured, or the families of
those who are killed, in
combat and to remove
the stress of lengthy
legal action.?
Status: ?We are
analysing your
feedback.?
public sector?s
?closed shop?
Status: ?We are
analysing your
feedback.?
Launched: January 2016
Mr Javid said:
?Restricted recruitment
in the public sector is
the last closed shop and
it?s time it was brought
into the 21st century.
Everyone should have
the opportunity to apply
for these good well-paid
jobs and it?s unfair that a
large number of people
currently can?t.?
Status: ?We are
analysing your
feedback.?
switch mortgage
in a week
crackdown on
letting agents
Launched: May 2016
John Whittingdale, then
Launched: October 2017
Mr Javid, now the
tackling the
small print
Launched: March 2016
Mr Javid said: ?It seems
like everything we buy
these days comes with
the line ?Terms and
Conditions apply?. If
terms and conditions
were clearer consumers
would be able to make
better informed
choices.?
Status: ?We are
analysing your
feedback.?
package
holidays
Launched: August 2017
Margot James, then the
consumer minister, said:
down, which would also have applied to
the civil service, has not happened.
In March of that year, Mr Javid
promised to ?tackle the small
print? by fining companies that
tricked consumers with terms
and conditions printed in tiny
type. Two months later Mr
Javid and John Whittingdale, then the culture
secretary, announced
plans to force banks to
let homeowners switch
mortgages in seven days.
In each case consultations were opened and
closed but two years later
?The proposals will
ensure that an extra
22 per cent of holidays
can be booked online
with holidaymakers safe
in the knowledge they
will get their hard-earned
money back if something
does go wrong.?
officials are still ?analysing feedback?.
One of the more emotive promises
made in 2016 was from Sir Michael Fallon as defence secretary, who vowed
that soldiers injured in battle would no
longer have to go to court to claim compensation. He announced a 12-week
consultation on changes to policy to
pay out to anyone injured, even if there
was no fault by the Army. Sir Michael
said there was an ?urgent need to reform the current system?. There has
been no update since.
In August last year, Margot James, as
consumer minister, announced a consultation on proposals to better protect
travellers booking holidays online. She
said changes would ensure that they
?get their hard-earned money back if
something does go wrong?. The
deadline for responses was six months
ago, but the government has not said
what, if anything, will now change. Officials said they would be responding
?shortly?.
The Department for Business,
Energy and Industrial Strategy declined to comment. On tipping, it is understood that legal changes are now
unlikely as officials were satisfied that
some restaurants had changed their
policies. Officials insist they will still respond to the consultation on restricted
recruitment and a green paper will be
communities secretary,
said: ?This is supposed
to be the age of the
empowered consumer,
yet in property
management, we?re still
living in the past. Our
proposed changes to
regulate the industry will
give landlords, renters
and leaseholders the
confidence they need to
know that their agents
must comply with the
rules.?
Status: ?We are
analysing your
feedback.?
fake sickness
claims
Launched: October 2017
David Lidington, then
the justice secretary,
pledged: ?Our message
to those who make false
holiday sickness claims
is clear ? your actions
are damaging and will
not be tolerated. This
government is
absolutely determined
to tackle the
compensation culture
which has penalised the
honest majority for too
long.?
Status: ?We are
analysing your
feedback.?
launched shortly to make consumer
markets fairer.
The government insists it is going to
take action on holiday sickness claims
and rogue lettings agents, despite it
being more than 12 weeks since the
consultations closed. The lettings call
for evidence received almost 2,000 responses. On soldiers? compensation, a
spokesman for the Ministry of Defence
said: ?We are considering the views expressed during the consultation carefully and will publish a response in due
course.? Sir Michael said: ?We finalised
proposals for faster and better compensation but they still await legislation.?
Mr Javid declined to comment.
More than 1,600 consultations in the past three years
Continued from page 1
response. Some of the consultations are
recent enough for this to be understandable. However, there were 898
consultations in the year and a half to
December 2016 and 202 of them are
also listed as ?analysing feedback?. The
data shows almost one in four held
more than two years ago have still had
no government response.
Last year there were 536 consultations and 182 ? 34 per cent ? are still
being assessed despite ending more
than 12 weeks ago.
Whitehall sources say that consultations can each cost as much as �,000,
suggesting that 1,661 will have cost
more than � million since 2015 ?
more than � million per year. This
also suggests that the 511 that are still
incomplete will have cost as much as
� million.
The coalition government also used
consultations prolifically, with 604
held in 2013 and another 731 in 2014.
Mr Jenkin said: ?I am grateful for the
work The Times is doing on this and will
be putting it in front of the committee
as we complete our inquiry on civil service effectiveness. If the government
makes an announcement of a new
policy, the public are entitled to ask,
?Why the delay?? ?
Jon Trickett, the shadow Cabinet
Office minister, said: ?Theresa May is
the do-nothing prime minister running
a zombie parliament. These endless reviews and consultations are a huge
waste of time and money. We need a
government that will act now, on the
crisis in our NHS, our schools and
social care, instead of kicking things
into the long grass.?
Andrew Haldenby, director of the Reform think tank, said: ?Consultations
that go nowhere waste the time not only
of government officials but the many
businesses and individuals that respond
to them. Efficient government is realistic about the amount of work it can
undertake and able to make decisions.?
A Cabinet Office spokesman said: ?It
is right that the public and other stakeholders should be involved in the
policy-making process. Public consultations are an essential tool for developing government policy that works for
the ordinary citizen.?
paul.morgan-bentley@the-times.co.uk
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Armed watch thieves posed as customers
DORSET POLICE/BNPS
Simon de Bruxelles
Two smartly dressed robbers posed as
customers before holding up a jeweller
at gunpoint and escaping with watches
worth hundreds of thousands of
pounds.
The men were captured on CCTV as
they smashed cabinets at the shop in
Bournemouth with lump hammers and
grabbed the contents. They fled but
were quickly arrested after a passer-by
noted their registration number and
both have been given long prison sentences.
The pair shook hands with BenSimon Charles at Franses jewellers
before sitting down to be shown two
Patek Philippe watches worth �,000
each. The video footage showed that
one of the robbers stood up and produced a pistol from beneath his jacket
before putting Mr Charles and then Jeff
Franses, the owner of the shop, in headlocks so tight that they struggled to
breathe. Mr Charles?s assistant was
then threatened with a hammer that
was used to smash open locked display
cabinets.
The robbers were caught by armed
police less than a mile from the shop
after Ellis Spiers, a member of the
public, took down the numberplate of
their getaway car. When officers
stopped the car they discovered two
imitation hand guns, two hammers and
a bag of stolen watches.
Bournemouth crown court was told
that the two men had called Franses
Jewellers on January 31 last year and
arranged to look at the watches.
Mustafi Ali, 25, and Michael Adiat,
Mother hit
by falling
bricks dies
Nadeem Badshah
A young mother who was hit by a pallet
of bricks that fell from a building site
crane has died. Michaela Boor, 29,
known as Kayla, had dropped her child
off at school when she was knocked
unconscious outside a housing development in Mile End, east London.
The bricks fell five storeys. Officers
attended at 9.38am on Tuesday after
bystanders spotted her lying in a pile of
rubble and broken wood. A man was
Michaela Boor had
just dropped off
her child at school
Mustafi Ali and Michael Adiat booked a viewing at Franses, Bournemouth, where they threatened staff and smashed cases
23, both from east London, were jailed
this month for 16 years and 12 years
respectively.
Franses was the fourth jeweller?s Ali
had targeted in a month during which
he stole more than �0,000 worth of
jewellery from shops in Buckingham-
shire, Bedfordshire and Essex. Judge
Brian Forster described the pair as
ruthless and said that he would
recommend Mr Spiers to the high sheriff of Dorset for an award.
Detective Constable Jo Regan of
Dorset police said: ?This was a violent
offence and a very frightening ordeal
for the victims, who all showed considerable bravery in the circumstances.
I hope the sentence imposed by the
court will send out a clear message that
this kind of offending will not be tolerated.?
treated for shock. Ms Boor, who lived in
Bromley, south London, was a jewellery
designer and had recently got engaged.
She died in hospital yesterday and a
post-mortem examination will be
carried out, police said.
A Health and Safety Executive
spokesman said: ?As the investigation is
ongoing we are unable to comment further at this time.?
A fund set up to raise money for her
family had received nearly �000 towards its �,000 target last night. Colleagues of Ms Boor?s father Matthew at
Maytrix Construction set up the JustGiving page.
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Accept some blame
for Worboys fiasco,
justice secretary told
Richard Ford Home Correspondent
The former head of the Parole Board
has said that the justice secretary
should take some of the blame over the
John Worboys case fiasco.
Nick Hardwick, who resigned on
Wednesday, said that he had taken responsibility for the board?s failings but
that David Gauke should accept his
share of responsibility for mistakes
made by the Ministry of Justice.
He refused to say that he had been
?scapegoated?, as has been suggested
by lawyers representing victims of
Worboys. ?I do think the secretary of
state should, as I?ve done, accept responsibility for the mistakes made
because that is the only way that things
will be put right,? he said.
Mr Hardwick said that in serious
cases Mr Gauke should be represented
at parole board hearings by senior officials. In some hearings a lawyer should
appear on behalf of the justice secretary, he added. ?In cases, including terrorism cases, prisoners are often represented by able barristers,? he said. ?We
need to have equality of arms here.?
Mr Hardwick was forced to resign
after the High Court overturned the
board?s decision to order the release of
Worboys, the black cab rapist.
The three judges found failings by
the Parole Board and the Ministry of
Justice. The ministry had failed to
include all relevant evidence in the
parole dossier and the board did not
consider other allegations against Worboys. They also said that the minister?s
representative asked few questions
about whether Worboys might be minimising the gravity of his offending.
Mr Gauke met Mr Hardwick for only
the second time on Tuesday when it
was made clear that he wanted the
parole board chairman to resign.
Worboys, 60, was convicted of sex
and drug offences against 12 women.
He has served ten years of an indefinite
term for public protection and will stay
in prison until a new parole hearing.
Figures disclosed by the Parole Board
to the High Court show that 63 prisoners in Category A high-security prisons
were released directly into the community in the year to March 31, 2017. Mr
Gauke has demanded a list of all such
prisoners released without having
spent time in an open prison, according
to The Daily Telegraph.
Mr Gauke?s supporters have claimed
that David Lidington should shoulder
some of the blame for the MoJ?s failure
to provide a full dossier on Worboys
because he was justice secretary when
the hearing took place in November.
Letters, page 24
Standing tall Posters by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, left and right, are among the exhibits at a show at the Kelvingrove Art
Gallery and Museum to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the artist, ?Glasgow?s greatest cultural icon?. It opens today
E-check failed to spot wrong passport
Richard Ford
A passenger passed through an electronic border check on arrival at Stansted airport despite using her cousin?s
passport, the immigration watchdog
has disclosed.
The inspection report said: ?A passenger managed to gain entry via an
e-passport gate using her cousin?s passport. However, when the cousin tried to
use the first passenger?s passport, she
was rejected, twice, at different gates. At
this point, the first passenger returned
to the gates to hand the correct passport to her cousin.? A monitoring officer intervened and re-directed them to
a staffed desk. It is not known if there
have been similar incidents.
The gates use facial-recognition
technology to compare the passenger
with a digital image recorded in their
passport. Details are also checked
against a range of watchlists.
A Home Office spokeswoman said:
?Border Force carries out regular
checks to ensure the performance of the
technology meets our security needs.?
Yesterday it was revealed that a separate inspection of border checks found
that the Home Office had no idea whether more than 600,000 foreigners who
should have left the UK had departed.
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Being a couch potato harms your health in two weeks
Kat Lay Health Correspondent
The lure of the sofa can be hard to resist
over a bank holiday weekend, but a new
health study is likely to leave couch
potatoes feeling uncomfortable.
Academics have found that it takes
only two weeks for a lack of physical
activity to start damaging a person?s
health. Everyday choices such as
driving to work, sitting at a desk all day,
taking lifts rather than stairs and relaxing in front of the TV may quickly sow
the seeds for future disease, a team from
the University of Liverpool warned.
Those who reduced their activity
levels from 10,000 to 1,500 steps a day
had fat levels and waist size increase, as
other health markers declined. However, the ill effects could be reversed
just as speedily, the academics found.
Daniel Cuthbertson, the lead researcher, said: ?Through various advances, our society has become a lot
more sedentary. Our grandparents did
washing manually, they did manual
labour. Now many of us are based at
desks tapping away. We don?t even go
out to do our shopping.? Researchers
followed 45 people with an average age
of 36, all of whom walked at least 10,000
steps a day but did not regularly do
active exercise such as jogging.
They were asked to become inactive
for a fortnight ? taking public transport or driving to work, using lifts or escalators instead of stairs, reducing their
step-count to about 1,500 a day and
spending the weekend at home, watching TV or playing computer games.
Researchers used a tracker to check
participants? activity levels, and asked
them to keep a food diary to make sure
they had not changed their diets.
Tests two weeks later showed that fat
levels and waist sizes had increased.
They also revealed signs of muscle loss
and lower cardio-respiratory fitness.
The participants? bodies were also less
able to respond to the hormone insulin,
a symptom that can be a precursor to
developing diabetes.
Dr Cuthbertson said: ?Even in two
weeks, the transition from being a busy
bee to a couch potato provoked subtle
changes which over months or years
would predispose people to certain diseases. While these small changes would
TMS
diary@thetimes.co.uk | @timesdiary
Monstrous lie
at Loch Ness
During the end-of-term debate in
the Commons yesterday, the
SNP?s Drew Hendry was singing
the praises of the Highlands when
Colonel Bob Stewart, a Tory
backbencher, felt it was time to
come clean about a family secret.
His uncle, he said, had been at
school at Loch Ness in 1931 and,
caught sneaking in after curfew,
claimed that he had just seen a
monster. ?This grew big,? Stewart
said. It made all the papers and
tourism took off as a result. ?It
was only at his funeral,? Stewart
admitted, ?that his son said it was
a fake.? Hendry was aghast. ?That
is a scurrilous attack on one of my
constituents,? he said. Stewart
apologised. ?I believe there is a
Loch Ness monster,? he insisted.
Brexit is going so well that David
Davis could joke about being under
Michel Barnier?s thumb at an event
on Wednesday. Asked by Andrew
Neil if � billion would be the final
divorce bill, Davis said: ?I think so.?
Pressed on it, he upgraded it to: ?I
know so.? See, Neil told him, that
wasn?t very hard. ?That?s what
Michel always says,? Davis replied.
edwina currie, revenge of
Yesterday was National Indexing
Day, an event run by the Society
of Indexers (or, as Keith
Waterhouse once wrote, ?Indexers,
Society of?). Sam Leith, its
president, says one advantage of
an index is that it can ?save a
bookshop-browsing cabinet
minister from having to buy a
former colleague?s memoirs?. And
sometimes it can provoke
revenge. Edwina Currie said
that a motivation for
writing about her affair
with John Major was that
she read his autobiography
and found ?I wasn?t even
in the
index?.
Jeremy Corbyn is on to his fourth
shadow Northern Ireland secretary
after dismissing Owen Smith last
week. The staff at HQ have stayed
the same, though, and one
long-serving adviser was praised by
a senior Corbyn aide. ?You are the
continuity needed in Northern
Ireland,? he told him. The adviser,
mindful of IRA connotations, replied
that it was probably best never to
use the word continuity when
talking about the province.
those were the days
The latest issue of The Oldie has a
story about Wynford VaughanThomas, the celebrated BBC
reporter, being sent to interview
David Lloyd George after the 1935
general election. Vaughan-Thomas
arrived at the hotel where the
former PM was staying and found
him in bed with two topless
women. ?Unpack your equipment
and get on with it,? Lloyd George
commanded, which is what the
women may have said to him a
little earlier. When he returned to
Broadcasting House, VaughanThomas told his boss. ?That?s none
of the BBC?s business,? he replied.
?The interview is all we need.?
In a positive move, Donald Trump
has appointed Caroline Sunshine
(22, blonde) as a press assistant.
How apt, observes Iain Wilton, a
reader, given all the trouble that the
president has with Stormy Daniels.
the brexit bounce
Giving a valedictory address,
Alexander Downer, the Australian
high commissioner, spoke of the
opportunities after Brexit and
said that David Cameron and Sir
Mark Sedwill, the national
security adviser, were both
fans of a brand of Australian
boots, which would become
cheaper under a free-trade
deal. He encouraged Theresa
May to buy Aussie too. ?A pair
of kangaroo-hide shoes
would look great,? he said.
And put a spring in her step.
patrick kidd
not cause disease in their own right in
two weeks, imagine this over a longer
period of time where there may be a
cumulative effect.?
After participants had resumed their
normal activity levels for 14 days, the
negative effects were reversed.
Kelly Bowden Davies, a fellow researcher, said: ?People really underestimate how simple things like increasing
their daily steps or changing the
amount of time they spend sitting
around can change their health. We?re
always told to exercise and go to the
gym but we?ve shown that these subtle
changes also have quite an effect.?
Government guidance says that as
Get off the sofa . . .
6 Walk to work, get off the bus a
stop early, or park away from the
office to force yourself to walk
6 Take the stairs rather than a lift
6 Move the water cooler or printer
further away from your desk
6 Go to the supermarket for your
weekly shop, rather than having
online groceries delivered
6 Don?t just flop on the sofa at the
weekend ? add in activities such as
cleaning or going for a walk
well as daily activity adults should aim
for 150 minutes of moderate intensity
activity each week. Figures from Sport
England suggest a quarter of people fail
to do even 30 minutes a week.
Dr Bowden Davies said: ?We saw this
effect in young, healthy individuals
who were normally active so we need to
think about what happens to people
who are sedentary all the time or who
are 20 years older.?
The results also suggested being
physically active could be even more
important for those who had an immediate relative with type 2 diabetes. The
research, published in the journal Diabetologia, was funded by Diabetes UK.
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Shadow minister gave job to
husband who abused elderly
David Brown
Labour?s families spokeswoman gave
her husband a job in her parliamentary
office after he was found to have mistreated elderly people.
Emma Lewell-Buck employed
Simon Buck as a researcher when he
was suspended from his job as a carer
and lost his place on a nursing course
following the allegations of abuse.
Senior members of her constituency
party have written to Jeremy Corbyn
urging him to suspend Mr Buck
because of ?deep concerns? about his
permanent, part-time role in the MP?s
office, for which he was paid between
�,000 and �,999 last year. The
Labour leader appointed Ms LewellBuck, 39, as a shadow minister in 2016.
Her husband was suspended from his
work at a care agency in July 2014 after
Emma Lewell-Buck and husband Simon
being accused of swearing at an elderly
couple. This led to further allegations
from another care worker, while the
family of an elderly man complained
about Mr Buck?s behaviour and his failure to replace an incontinence pad.
Mr Buck denied any wrongdoing but
inquiries by two safeguarding panels
found that he was responsible for the
abuse of the two elderly men.
Details of the previously secret hear-
ings have been revealed after Mr Buck
complained to the Local Government
and Social Care Ombudsman about the
handling of the allegations against him.
It ruled there was no ?vendetta?
against the MP or her husband by the
Labour-controlled South Tyneside
council, which ordered the investigations. It did however find breaches in
the process of the inquiries for which it
ordered the council to apologise and
pay Mr Buck �0 compensation for
?avoidable delay, distress, uncertainty?.
In a highly unusual move councillors
this week unanimously voted to refuse
to apologise or pay compensation to
what the council described in a statement as a ?perpetrator of elder abuse?.
Ms Lewell-Buck has complained to
Labour of bullying by councillors.
A party spokeswoman said all complaints are investigated.
Facebook moves to protect personal data
Mark Bridge Technology Correspondent
Fight knight Horsemen from four countries will compete in the Easter jousting
tournament at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, from today until Monday
Facebook is scrapping a deal with datamining companies that allows them to
target people based on highly specific
information such as the value of their
house or make of their car.
It is the latest step taken by Facebook
to improve privacy after the Cambridge
Analytica scandal, in which the British
company gained information about
50 million users without their consent.
It came after Tim Cook, the Apple chief
executive, was asked what he would do
if he were in the situation of Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook co-founder. He
said: ?I wouldn?t be in that situation.?
Facebook says its ?partner categories? service is common industry practice. It is understood, however, that the
company is concerned by its lack of
control over how data-miners obtain
and use information. The feature
allows advertisers to identify audiences
with great precision. A Facebook
spokesman said that shutting down the
?partner categories? service would
improve users? privacy.
Elizabeth Denham, the information
commissioner, welcomed the move.
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BEN PHILLIPS/HARRODS ESTATES
Heist suspect is son
of biology pioneer
John Simpson, Georgie Keate
Albert Hall box on sale
for princely sum of �
A
box for 12 at the
Royal Albert
Hall could be
Britain?s most
expensive property, after
going on sale for
�million (David Brown
writes).
The seats in the Grand
Tier are two boxes away
from the royal box. The
price will reinforce
concerns about the
financial interests of seat
owners who in effect run
the venue. The hall has
been criticised over seat
owners reselling tickets,
potentially earning
thousands of pounds a
year. Jake Irwin-Brown,
the sales negotiator for
Harrods Estates, which is
marketing the box, said
one that sold last year for
�76 million was bought
by ?a true lover of the
arts?. He added: ?I would
anticipate that this will go
to a similar investor.?
The right to a seat was
granted to people who
helped to fund the hall,
which opened in 1871.
The 350 owners of almost
a quarter of the hall?s
The view of the Royal Albert
Hall stage from the Grand
Tier, where the Queen sits
5,272 seats have a
majority in elections to
the ruling council of the
charity that runs the
venue. The attorneygeneral is considering
whether the Charity
Commission can seek a
ruling on this. All these
seats are held privately,
the remainder belong to
the charity.
A jewellery designer believed to be the
mysterious tenth man in the Hatton
Garden heist is the son of a pioneering
Cambridge biophysicist, The Times can
reveal.
Michael Seed, 57, appeared in court
yesterday accused of being the fugitive
dubbed ?The Ghost? and known only
as Basil to his alleged co-conspirators in
the � million raid.
The shadowy tenth gang member
has been wanted for almost three years
after nine gangsters, some of whom
were in their seventies, drilled into the
vault at the Hatton Garden Safety
Deposit Centre in central London.
Mr Seed?s father, Dr John Seed, was a
biophysicist at Cambridge University
who published several papers on DNA
in the 1960s after the discovery of its
double-helix structure. He was a leading figure in the emerging discipline of
microbiology and received a postdoctoral award from Cambridge. He
died of a brain tumour in 1972, aged 44.
His son was arrested on Tuesday at a
flat in Islington, north London. The
next day he was charged with conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to conceal
or disguise criminal property.
James Reilly, representing Mr Seed,
told Westminster magistrates? court
that his client designed jewellery. He
said that Mr Seed denied any involvement in the raid or having had any
?knowledge or belief of a conspiracy? to
break into the vault in April 2015. Relatives said that Mr Seed, who is unmarried, also worked on computers.
His aunt, Kathleen Seed, said last
night that her nephew had studied sciences at the University of Nottingham.
?The thought of Michael being a bank
robber is remote,? she said. ?The idea of
him being a safebreaker is outlandish.?
Another relative said that Mr Seed,
along with his brother Paul, 54, had
been the victim of an assault recently in
which his jaw was broken.
Mr Seed was described by this relative as a ?clever, articulate individual?
Michael Seed, a
jewellery designer,
had also studied
science
who kept fit and enjoyed walking.
Twice a year he took his elderly mother
to see family in Penzance, Cornwall.
The relative said: ?He doesn?t seem
like the sort of character to be involved
in anything like this. I don?t think he?s
ever been married.?
Detectives yesterday raided the
home of his mother, Dorothy Seed, 89,
in Great Shelford, outside Cambridge.
Mr Seed confirmed his name, age
and address in court. He is due to
appear before Woolwich crown court
on April 26.
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Soldier sells his gallantry
medal to afford a house
A former soldier who was shot in the
throat by a Taliban sniper is selling
his bravery medal for �0,000 so he
can buy a house in his home town.
Simon Moloney, 27, was a lance
corporal in the Household Cavalry
when he was wounded in Afghanistan.
He spent ten minutes ?preparing for
death? before a medic patched him up
and he was able to continue fighting
for 90 minutes, saving the lives of
other members of his unit.
He was awarded the Conspicuous
Gallantry Cross, only 59 of which
have been awarded since it was
instituted in 1993. The London
auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb
will sell it on May 9, with an
estimate of between �,000 to
Simon Moloney was
shot in the throat by
the Taliban. Above
left, his Conspicuous
Gallantry Cross
�0,000. Mr Moloney, who
lives in St Albans and now
runs his own company,
described the decision to sell
the medal as logical. ?The
money I hope to raise is
life-changing and I will use it
to get on the property ladder,?
he said. ?I am incredibly proud
of my medals and what they
represent. It has been a big
decision to sell them.?
St Albans, in Hertfordshire, is
one of the most expensive
places to live outside London,
with an average property price of
about �0,000.
Part of the citation for his medal
reads: ?Without his gallantry and skill
in the ruthless suppression of the
enemy, it is likely his troop would
have sustained multiple casualties.?
Kay announces Car Share
children?s charity special
Peter Kay has announced a charity
screening of new episodes of his
BBC sitcom Peter Kay?s Car Share to
raise money for the Lily Foundation,
which helps children with
mitochondrial disease. Kay, 44, who
in December cancelled a stand-up
tour for family reasons, said that he
had ?first-hand experience? of the
foundation, adding: ?I?m proud to
raise both awareness and much
needed funds to help with the
inspiring work they provide to
children and their families.? The
disease is an incurable condition with
symptoms including seizures and
muscle weakness. The charity
screening will be at Blackpool Opera
House on April 7.
Sahara has expanded by a tenth over the past century
The Sahara is 275,000 square miles
larger than it was in 1920, according
to a study which concludes that manmade climate change is partly
responsible. The 10 per cent increase
represents an area about three and a
half times the size of Great Britain.
The desert fluctuates throughout the
seasons, but its northward creep
during the winter is expanding into
Libya, Algeria, Mauritania and
Western Sahara. During the spring
and autumn the desert intrudes
further into Niger, Chad and Mali.
Scientists at the University of
Maryland in the US said that about
two thirds of the expansion could be
explained by natural climate cycles
over the Atlantic and Pacific but the
rest was likely to be from climate
change caused by industrialisation.
Writing in Journal of Climate, Sumant
Nigam, professor of atmospheric and
oceanic science, said the results had
implications for other deserts. The
two natural causes are cycles lasting
between 40 and 70 years in the
Atlantic and Pacific which affect how
much air rises at the Equator and falls
at the subtropics. The phenomenon is
known as the Hadley circulation.
?Climate change is likely to widen the
Hadley circulation,? Professor Nigam
said, causing the northward advance.
The southward creep suggested other
mechanisms were also at work.
Afghan interpreter given
sanctuary raped girl, 14
Teachers? injuries cost
millions in compensation
An Afghan interpreter who worked
with the British Army has been jailed
for seven and a half years after he
admitted drugging and raping a
14-year-old girl. Asadullah Najibullah,
28, gave the girl and two of her
friends vodka and cannabis at his flat
in Leamington Spa on Boxing Day
2015. He raped her while she was
unconscious. The Ministry of Defence
had brought him to Britain that year
after he said he feared for his safety.
Judge Anthony Potter at Warwick
crown court said it was sad that he
had ?chosen to repay that support by
behaving in the way [he] did?.
A teacher who suffered concussion
when she slipped on food and liquid
on a school floor was awarded
�,000. The case in Essex was one of
a number of incidents in which
millions of pounds in compensation
was paid out. More than 170 injury
claims were handled by one teaching
union, the NASUWT. A vice-principal
in Northern Ireland was paid �,000
for a shoulder injury after she was
assaulted by a pupil. A teacher from
London who was forced out of her
training after becoming pregnant
received �,000. The union secured
�.5 million damages last year.
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BBC
Charging
what for
a photo
with Who?
Oliver Moody Science Correspondent
C
hristopher
Eccleston
has been
accused of
cashing in on
his Doctor Who fame
after fans were quoted
� to obtain his
autograph (Matthew
Moore writes).
Science fiction
enthusiasts are also
being charged � to
have their photo taken
with the actor or �5
for a ?diamond pass?
with guaranteed
autograph, photo and
commemorative mug.
Eccleston is the
most expensive guest
who will be appearing
at the London Film
and Comic Con in
July, an annual
convention devoted
to popular culture.
Charging fans for
pictures and
autographs is central
to the business
model of these
conventions, with
payment usually
split between the
star and the
organisers.
However, the prices
quoted for Eccleston,
54, have prompted a
backlash from many
die-hard ?Whovians?.
Colin Baker, who
played the sixth
Doctor in the 1980s, is
charging � for an
autograph, and his onscreen companion
Fans who want an autograph from Christopher Eccleston will have to pay �, more than the � Megan Fox charges
Bonnie Langford
charges �.
Other celebrities at
the event include the
singer Meat Loaf (�
for an autograph), the
Blackadder star Sir
Tony Robinson (�)
and the US actress
Megan Fox (�).
Eccleston, who was
the ninth Doctor for
one series in 2005, has
previously declined
most convention
invitations, allowing
organisers to charge a
premium. Many fans
welcomed the chance
to meet their hero, but
others were angry at
being forced to pay
more than �0 to
guarantee getting an
Signature style
Colin Baker
� autograph
� photo, or � with
the Tardis.
Bonnie Langford
� autograph
� photo, or � with
Colin Baker.
Pearl Mackie
� autograph
� photo.
autograph.
One tweeted: ?It?s
events like this you
realise how disgusting
and greedy these
people are. This is
nothing short of
exploiting fans.?
Previous years:
Michael J Fox (2015)
�5 for the ?diamond
package?, which
included an autograph
and several photos.
Hayley Atwell
� for autograph.
Neve Campbell (2015)
� for an autograph
� for a photo.
Another added: ?I love
Christopher Eccleston,
he was my first Doctor
and I love his acting . . .
but there?s no way I?m
paying that much.?
Eccleston?s publicist
declined to reveal how
Top pupil ?hanged herself
after snub on WhatsApp?
Lucy Bannerman
The parents of a teenager found
hanged in the grounds of one of the
country?s top grammar schools last year
feared that she was being bullied.
Elena Mondal, 14, was discovered by
a teacher in a wooded area at Henrietta
Barnett School in Hampstead, north
London, in June and died in hospital.
She had felt snubbed by friends on
social media, Barnet coroner?s court
was told this week.
A psychiatrist told the hearing that
Elena, who had ambitions to be a doctor, may have hoped that she would be
found before she died. Another mental
health professional had told the school
that Elena, who had had counselling for
eating problems and self-harm, felt excluded by other pupils when she was
not added to WhatsApp group.
Her parents, Shyamal and Moushumi, told the inquest they had feared
that their daughter was being bullied at
the girls? grammar school, which was
the top performing state school in 2016
and 2017 and where the average A-level
grade is an A.
The school has no catchment area so
competition for places is fierce, with
We?ve cracked
it: why your
knuckles pop
2,400 applications for 100 places last
year. It held a music festival last July in
memory of Elena.
Elena had often been top of her classes, the court was told, but had been
struggling emotionally. She once fled a
classroom in tears clutching a pair of
scissors, before collapsing in a corridor
and cutting her arms in a lavatory.
Kelly Barry, operations and wellbeing manager at the school, said that
Elena Mondal was
found in the
grounds of the
Henrietta Barnett
School in June
Elena had been referred to the school
counsellor after missing meals and
complaining of depression, but had
missed several appointments.
Asked whether the ?hothouse culture? of the school could put pupils at
risk of mental health problems, Ms
Barry said: ?It is not unusual for teenage
girls at different points to engage in
experiments with food or self-harm.?
One in ten of her pupils could have
issues with eating or self-harm, she
added, which she said was a typical
proportion.
Cathy Wainhouse, a consultant psychiatrist, said Elena may not have intended to die and may have hoped instead to be found before her ?dramatic
statement? went too far.
Police had searched for Elena before
she was found by the teacher, but had
focused on the wrong location because
they had faulty mobile phone data, the
Daily Mail reported. Police said she had
made ?minimal? use of her phone on
the day of her death, although they said
that deleted text messages would not
appear on phone records.
Elena had been receiving counselling
from Barnet?s child and adolescent
mental health service and had been
assessed at the Royal Free Hospital in
Hampstead.
However, no one believed she was at
imminent risk of suicide, the inquest
was told. Another psychiatrist said she
believed that Elena had felt pushed
away by her friends after she was not
included in a WhatsApp group.
The inquest was adjourned to allow
an expert psychiatrist to assess the care
that was provided to Elena.
much he was being
paid for appearing or
what percentage of the
fees he would receive.
?Christopher has no
involvement in
establishing fees for
London Comic Con.
These are set by the
organisers,? he said.
Showmasters, the
company behind the
convention, defended
the fees and said that
they were in line with
other recent Doctors.
Peter Capaldi, the 12th
Doctor, is signing
autographs at the
event for �, or �5
for a ?diamond pass?.
A spokesman said that
conventions were
?luxury items?.
Two scientists believe that they have
identified the source of the noise made
when people crack their knuckles.
The academic argument about the
phenomenon has been going on since
the Second World War. While the latest
study is unlikely to be the last word on
the subject, it does back a theory that
dominated for 40 years, only to be
knocked off its perch in 2015.
Experts at the 蒫ole Polytechnique
in Paris and Stanford University in California found that the effect was probably caused by the collapse of bubbles
in the fluid inside the knuckle joint.
The gap between the metacarpal
bone and the phalanx of each finger is
full of synovial fluid, a viscous substance that resembles egg white. When
the knuckle is cracked, the pressure in
the synovial fluid drops and carbon dioxide and other gases dissolved in it
form bubbles through a process called
cavitation. As the pressure rises again,
these tiny bubbles are supposed to pop
with a small cracking sound.
The scientific wrangling began in
1947 when JB Roston and R Wheeler
Haines, doctors at St Thomas?s Hospital in London, argued that it was due to
vibrations in the tissue around the joint.
Three years ago researchers claimed
that it was not the collapse of the bubbles that was noisy but their formation.
The latest study by Abdul Barakat
and Vineeth Chandran Suja, published
in Scientific Reports, backs a theory
from Leeds University in 1971 in which
academics tested the bubble-popping
theory with a specially designed machine on real subjects.
The scientists in the most recent research built a detailed computer simulation of a cracking knuckle ? which
can be as loud as 83 decibels, the sound
of diesel train 100ft away travelling at
45mph ? and found that the imploding
bubbles were the closest fit to the
results of the real-world experiments.
Couple killed by train in
suspected suicide named
Neil Johnston
A couple who died in a suspected
double suicide after witnesses saw
them jump in front of a train were
named by police last night as Melissa
Wood and Christopher Linley.
Ms Wood, 27, and Mr Linley, 34, who
had been in a relationship for nearly
two years, were struck by a train after
falling from the platform at Doncaster
station soon after 8pm on Tuesday.
Paramedics tried to save them but
they died at the scene.
Police are treating the incident as not
suspicious but have appealed for witnesses. They said that the pair were
seen on CCTV more than an hour and
a half before the incident. During that
time they sat in waiting rooms, moved
around the station and on to several
platforms.
Ms Wood?s devastated family said
last night that her death had left a ?huge
gap in the hearts of all?. Her mother said
that she wanted to thank everyone who
might have tried to help her daughter.
In a Facebook post a year ago, Ms
Wood said of her boyfriend: ?I have
never been so happy in my entire life,
love my home and I have the best guy
ever and a massive tub of chocolate
loving life always. Be happy and do
whatever you want. F*** whatever any-
A year ago
Melissa Wood
told of her
happiness with
Christopher
Linley
one else thinks xxx? Mr Linley replied:
?My happiness is easily explained. I
have finally found the one person on
the face of the planet who is as cool,
relaxed and totally into happiness as
me.?
Friends paid tribute on social media,
with one saying: ?RIP Melissa Wood
shocked is an understatement, fly high.?
Drew Strife said: ?RIP Melissa Wood
you crazy legend gonna be missed by all
who knew ya.?
The death of Mr Linley, believed to be
a painter and decorator, also attracted
warm tributes. Louise Murray Clarkson said: ?This is the saddest thing ever.
It?s absolutely heartbreaking.? Another
added: ?Oh my gosh so sad.?
A spokesman for British Transport
Police said: ?Officers would like to
speak to anyone who was at the station
and saw the two people. The incident is
not being treated as suspicious.?
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Fat-cat academy pay
costs pupils, say MPs
Rosemary Bennett Education Editor
School academies that pay their executives and head teachers fat-cat salaries
are depriving the front line of vital
funds, MPs say.
The lack of accountability is ?alarming? and in most cases pay packages of
more than �0,000 have not been
adequately explained, a Commons
committee has said.
Meg Hillier, chairwoman of the
public accounts committee, told
The Times that just as university vicechancellors were being held to account
for their high salaries, so should academy chain executives. ?It is not clear
why these salaries are justified, especially in a time of pay restraint for
teachers. Schools are not a business,
they are taxpayer-funded and must be
transparent and accountable,? she said.
Academies had created a ?gilded
staircase?, with boards offering higher
and higher salaries to keep up with one
another, she added.
Sir Dan Moynihan, chief executive of
the Harris Federation in London, is the
highest paid academy executive, with a
salary of �0,000. Supporters say that
by taking on numerous failing schools
the federation has saved the government millions of pounds. Critics say
that salaries of this scale are unacceptable in education.
John Tomasevic, of the Torch
Academy in the east Midlands, earns
�5,000 and the Academies Enter-
prise Trust?s Ian Comfort is on
�6,000.
The government has started to address the issue of high pay at academies
in the past year. Its first move involved
examining single academy trusts where
a member of staff was paid in excess of
�0,000. It wrote to 29 requesting a
justification and all responded, but in
two thirds of cases the government was
not satisfied with the response, the
MPs? report said.
The committee added: ?More than
two million pupils are taught by academies in England. The governance and
financial management of these schools
is fundamentally important to pupils?
educational outcomes and future life
prospects.? It called for transparent and
detailed information so that parents,
parliament and other interested parties
could hold the academies to account.
Ms Hillier said that high pay diverted
cash from the classroom. ?Excessive
trustee salaries deprive the front line of
vital funds,? she added.
Her committee?s report also criticised rules concerning awarding contracts to companies or individuals who
are related to staff at the school as being
too weak.
6 Toby Young, who was criticised for
lewd and sexist tweets, has stepped
down as a director of Knowledge
Schools Trust, which runs the west
London free school he co-founded in
2011. Last week he resigned as director
of the New Schools Network.
Sprat?s amore Male kingfishers woo females by feeding them small fish. This pair were seen on the River Test in Hampshire
Narcissistic students ?plead for better grades?
Nicola Woolcock
A narcissistic generation of university
students constantly wants to negotiate
better grades, academics have claimed.
The practice has become rife according to Raj Persaud, a consultant psychiatrist, broadcaster and visiting lecturer
at Buckingham University, and Adrian
Furnham, a professor of business psychology at UCL.
They blamed parents for making
children feel ?perfect?, adding that universities seeking ?customer? feedback
from students, who pay �250 a year in
fees, had ?exacerbated these new consumers? narcissism and aggression?.
Writing in the Times Higher Educa-
tion magazine, Dr Persaud said: ?Today
[children] are led to believe that they
are always enchanting and perfect. This
makes them increasingly likely to believe that they are above average.?
They said that universities should
give more frequent feedback to students, to convince those not as good as
they thought they were to work harder.
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Epic tale of gay love,
betrayal and tragedy
Theatre Ann Treneman
The Inheritance
Young Vic, SE1
HHHHI
This is an epic work, a world premiere
that manages to be both a panoramic
story about being gay in New York a
generation on from the Aids crisis,
and a love letter to EM Forster. The
structure of Matthew Lopez?s play
loosely follows that of Howards End:
there is a house, a betrayal, tragedy
and, of course, love. It?s a two-part
play, with one break, three intervals
and one ?pause?. That?s a lot of time
but I did fall for it.
It is destined to be compared to
Angels in America, Tony Kushner?s
mega-hit (and even longer) look at
the Aids crisis in Eighties New York,
but this feels more modern, less
stylised and more intimate. Lopez
may owe this to the presence of
Forster, a man wise about life and
love, at least in his novels, but who
could never be honest about his
own during in his lifetime.
There is something quite
fantastical about the
connection between
Andrew Burnap plays
a fame-hungry writer
playwright and muse. How did Lopez,
a child brought up in a Hicksville,
Florida, the only gay, not to mention
Puerto Rican, in the village, find
solace in a book by an Edwardian
novelist? It was the film that he saw
first. ?That day changed my life.? He
then read the novel and was smitten.
It was only when he was 26 and living
in New York that he found Maurice,
also by Forster but published after his
death, which showed that he was gay.
Stephen Daldry superbly directs an
ensemble production. A gaggle of
young gay men gather on a bare stage
that looks like a marble table. They are
free, fun, fizzing. At the centre is a
couple: Eric Glass (Kyle Soller), in his
thirties, is kind and cultured while
Toby Darling (Andrew Burnap) is
dark, fun, a writer who wants fame.
The play could do with a trim but it
has a box-set binge feel to it. It?s about
conscience and the ghosts of the past
but it?s also about fame, desire,
betrayal and, deliciously, property.
It?s an almost exclusively male
world: Vanessa Redgrave pops in
as a grieving mother but her part
feels quite expendable. However,
the themes engage. What does
one generation owe another?
Why is history, and
community, important? If
you can only see one
part, see the first. You
won?t regret it.
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Backpacker
missing in
Brazil forest
Lucinda Elliott Sao Paulo
Police and dozens of volunteers in
southern Brazil are searching for a
British backpacker who was last seen
setting out alone and barefoot to meditate in a dense sub-tropical forest.
Katherine Brewster, 27, from
London, had been staying in a remote
village, popular for its alternative retreats, near Alpestre in the southernmost state of Rio Grande dol Sul.
Concerns were first raised on Tuesday by the couple she was renting a
Katherine Brewster
was last seen
walking to a dam
Barn egg The great barn at Buckland Abbey in Devon is playing host to Andrew
Logan?s Cosmic Egg, a 4m-high sculpture commissioned for Peace Year in 1983
room from in the village of Dom Jos�.
They asked residents at an eco-resort,
Unipermacultura, if they had seen her,
later filing a missing person report.
Ms Brewster had been a guest at the
couple?s house since February 20. She
was last seen early on Sunday walking
towards a wooded area on her way to
the Foz de Chapeco dam on the Uruguay River. Lorenzo Guerra, a police officer, told The Times they had not ruled
out any ?hypothesis? as to what happened. He said police were often called
out to search for foreigners who got lost
in the forest and were later found safe.
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ALAMY
Anti-ageing vitamin
pill may bring down
high blood pressure
Oliver Moody Science Correspondent
A nutritional supplement marketed online for its supposed anti-ageing effects
may help to curb high blood pressure,
according to a pilot study.
The pill is a form of vitamin B3 that is
claimed to trigger some of the same biochemical mechanisms as fasting. While
it has been championed by some scientists, including the Harvard geneticist
David Sinclair, it has received mixed reviews online and there has been little
conclusive evidence of its benefits.
Researchers led by a team from the
University of Colorado Boulder compared the substance against a placebo
in 24 adults between the ages of 55 and
79 and found tentative signs that it may
slow the pace of cardiovascular ageing.
The study suggests that people with
mild hypertension are most likely to see
improvements in their blood pressure
after taking the supplement.
The compound, known as nicotinamide riboside (NR), is a precursor for
nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide
(NAD+), which has been touted as a
?master chemical? involved in inflammation, metabolism, stress resistance,
nerve cell function and the body clock.
A 2016 trial involving 12 people
showed that NAD+ levels rose by
270 per cent after a 1g dose of NR. The
finding was confirmed last year by a
much larger experiment at the University of Washington.
On the strength of these results, Professor Sinclair has founded a company
called ChromaDex, which manufactures a stable form of NR and sells it
under the brand name Niagen.
The Colorado scientists gave half of
their trial group two 500mg doses of
Niagen each day for six weeks, followed
by six weeks on a placebo. The rest took
the same substances in reverse order.
Their conclusion, which appears in Nature Communications, is that the Niagen
pills elevate NAD+ levels by an average
of 60 per cent in the long run.
For the 13 participants who had
hypertension, the supplement also
seemed to bring down their systolic
blood pressure by ten points, or about
7 per cent. This would equate to a 25 per
cent drop in the risk of a heart attack.
Chris Martens, the lead author, emphasised that the study was preliminary. ?We are not able to make any definitive claims that this compound is
safe or going to be effective,? he said.
Gunter Kuhnle, associate professor
of nutrition and health at Reading University, said the study was so short and
the effects so small that they were ?not
meaningful?. ?A little bit of exercise
would probably do the same,? he said.
Teenager?s
tech-savvy
route to a
free cruise
A
15-year-old boy
has learnt that it
pays to be an
early adopter of
technology, especially if
you like cruises (Valentine
Low writes). The world?s
largest cruise company
has offered the teenager a
�500 family holiday in
return for his Snapchat
handle after he claimed
the @CarnivalCruise
identity aged nine.
Darian Lipscomb, from
Prospect, Virginia, set up
the account six years ago
to share pictures of a
cruise. To track him
down, Carnival plastered
his home town with signs
featuring the basketball
player Shaquille O?Neal
Darian Lipscomb has been
offered a Carnival cruise
worth �500 in return
for his Snapchat handle
asking: ?Does anyone
know Darian??
?I walked outside
and saw my name on
a big truck,? the
teenager said.
Carnival said he and
his family would receive
customised treats during
a free trip on its newest
ship, Carnival Horizon.
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from tax demands
Ed Conway
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Comment
Let?s ask a different question about migration
Obsessing over numbers ignores the view of most Britons that migrant labour is needed so long as people pay their way
Philip
Collins
@pcollinstimes
G
overnment is hard enough
without giving yourself
impossible tasks. Of David
Cameron?s many notable
errors, setting a target for
immigration was one of the most
golden. His home secretary, Theresa
May, was unable ever to meet the
target and now Mrs May has
hamstrung her own home secretary,
Amber Rudd, on the same issue.
Expertly pressed by Yvette Cooper,
who chairs the home affairs
committee, Ms Rudd could not bring
herself to confirm the target still
existed but neither was she in a
position to abandon it.
The purpose of the target was
never to show that the government
had calculated the ?right? number
for annual immigration. There is no
?right? number; for people opposed
to immigration the number will
always be too high. The point of the
target was to signal that the
government understood that, for a
decade now, immigration has been
item number one in popular concern.
Unfortunately, the target also signals
that the government has no idea
what to do about this. It has tried
everything, all the way up to and
including leaving the European
Union. This last desperate act may
conceivably make Britain less
attractive to foreign workers but it
will do nothing to alter our economic
need for them.
Britain now has a larger cavalry of
the retired than at any time in its
history. The population, for the first
time since 1850, is growing faster
than the workforce. A diminishing
number in work will be supporting a
growing number not in work. If the
government were, somehow, to hit
its target and net immigration were
to fall to 100,000 for the ten years
between 2020 and 2030, the
consequences would be serious. The
population would have grown by 7
per cent in that time but the
workforce would have expanded by
only 3 per cent. You can hypothecate
as many taxes as you like but here is
your biggest revenue problem.
Without the people, the numbers
won?t add up.
This will present the government
of the day with a problem without an
answer. Either commit to reducing
immigration and impoverish the
country, or permit the flow of people
and flunk a strategic policy objective.
It is, in fact, rather easy to cut
immigration numbers, if that is all
We are stuck in a
binary argument: is it
a benefit or a cost?
you care about. Family entitlements
can be toughened up and fewer
permits issued. It just makes no
economic sense. It is also no longer
possible to do nothing, which is
usually an under-rated option. The
European referendum made
immigration too salient, no matter
what the squeamish fingers-in-ears
Brexit free traders believe. People are
anxious about immigration and
although a columnist can tell the
people to suck it up, no politician can
afford to be so cavalier.
The answer, therefore, must be to
change the question. Leadership on
the question of immigration means
an end to a conversation conducted
in numbers. It means breaking the
idea of ?immigration? down into the
constituent parts of which it is
composed. At the moment we are
stuck in a binary argument: is
immigration a benefit or a cost? The
answer, of course, is that it is both, to
varying degrees for different people.
Therefore, let?s attend to the costs so
we can credibly proclaim the virtues.
There is a danger at the moment
in supposing that something must be
false just because it is often said by a
prominent Brexiteer. However, it is
indeed true that the desire to take
back control of the borders is not, for
most people in Britain, the same
thing as being hostile to immigration.
For a small minority the two things
are one, but not for most people.
Indeed, no argument for more
immigration has any hope of
succeeding unless the British people
can be convinced that the borders
are well policed and that illegal
immigration is under control. The
news that the Home Office has lost
track of more than 600,000
foreigners who should have left the
UK is thus a disaster for the prospect
of a liberal immigration policy.
Thankfully, though, this is the
point at which Tony Blair rides to
the rescue. Or rather Harvey
Redgrave who, in Balanced Migration,
a new report from the Tony Blair
Institute for Global Change, has
shown how to change the terms of
the conversation. Give all citizens an
e-identity, a sort of high-tech identity
card which makes tracking people in
and out so much easier. Establish a
points-based system for selecting
entrants which places a premium on
the most highly skilled, a national
strategy for integration and a fund,
such as once existed, to alleviate
the impact on public services after
chairwoman of the home affairs
committee, the home secretary
conceded on Wednesday that the
cabinet had yet to discuss any
proposals to curb immigration, even
though the subject is supposed to be
part of the European negotiation
which has to be completed by the
autumn. Let?s hope that no such
plans ever surface. Britain needs
immigration and, contrary to the
constant claim that the public is
Politicians should
stop pandering and
start persuading
The vegetable growing industry in
Britain relies on migrant labour
an influx of new people.
The upshot of these changes
would be to reassure people that
illegal immigration was under
control. I would add to the list a
renewal of the old contributory
element in welfare so that it would
be impossible to believe the canard
that immigrants trek far from home
to take advantage of British housing
benefit. ?Immigration? is a code word
for a sense of unfairness. If it
becomes obvious that immigrants
are here legally, to work, the anxiety
would fall. ?Immigration? is also a
codeword for ?my life chances are
not great?. Although it has nothing
to do with immigration per se, the
provision of a good technical
education would be another balm in
the argument.
To the bafflement of the
deeply hostile, this is not true. The
think tank British Future found that
there was indeed a minority of
people who were inveterately
opposed and a similar minority who
would open the borders to allcomers,
The bulk of British people, however,
saw both the costs and the benefits
and were ready to be persuaded.
Politicians should stop pandering
and start persuading. The question
about immigration is not: should the
number go up or down? It is: given
that we have an economic need, and
provided we have secure borders,
that nobody is working or drawing
benefits illegally and that everyone
who comes here wants to join in, do
you think immigration is a good
idea? If you ask a non-stupid
question . . .
?Immigration? does not have to be
about immigration. The policy
demands are clear enough and none
of the tasks is beyond the wit of
administration. For solving this
problem that was never quite there
in manifest form, the economic
benefits would be clear and the
political prize would be substantial.
Now that is a target worth aiming at.
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Comment
Give the wealthy a break from tax demands
Economists on left and right want to soak the rich but there?s a better way to raise more money
Ed Conway
@edconwaysky
W
hat is the worst tax in
history? There was
the 18th-century
window tax, which
forced thousands of
homeowners to brick up their
windows. Or what about the
17th-century dog tax? This odd levy,
intended to deter poachers, taxed all
dogs except working ones with
docked tails, sparking the barbarous
fashion of amputating tails that
persists to this day.
My vote, though, has to go to the
danegeld imposed by King Aethelred
just over 1,000 years ago to bribe the
Viking invaders. In fiscal terms the
danegeld was a remarkable success:
not only was it the first universal
land tax in Europe, it raised
stupendous sums. But this was
ultimately the problem. Peasants and
landlords alike were taxed into
servitude and, to make matters
worse, after a few payments the
Danes concluded that the English
were so rich they were probably
worth conquering after all.
The moral of this story is that all
taxes have unintended consequences:
some unpredictable, some grisly.
Something to remember as we
scramble around for new sources of
revenue to fund the health service
and welfare state.
Today, a growing number of
economists are proposing new taxes
on wealth and property. We are very
good at taxing income, they say, but
our property taxes are archaic and
regressive. Time to soak the rich.
Such views are not confined to the
left. Earlier this month the former
Conservative minister David Willetts
wrote that he had ?reluctantly come
to see these kind of tax measures as
becoming necessary because the
alternatives are even worse?. The
think tank that he chairs, the
Resolution Foundation, proposed
replacing council tax with a new
property tax of 1 per cent or even 2
per cent of the home?s value.
To get some idea of the flaws in
this proposal, imagine you?re the
chancellor tasked with introducing
such a tax ? let?s call it the
homegeld.
First question: is it really fair to
Top earners pay a
near-record proportion
of all taxes in Britain
charge 1 per cent of the total home
value? Probably not: owners would
ideally only have to pay for the
chunk of property that they, rather
than the mortgage company, actually
own. So someone with a �0,000
house and a �0,000 mortgage
would pay �000 a year rather than
�500. That?s much fairer, but won?t
raise as much money. Especially
since millions of solvent
homeowners will head straight to the
bank for a new mortgage.
What about stamp duty? Let?s say
you take the economists? advice and
abolish this medieval charge on
housing transactions. Do you
temporarily let people off the
homegeld if they?ve recently paid
thousands of pounds in stamp duty?
Most importantly, how can you be
sure you?re taxing people on the
right house value? After all, council
tax rates are still based on valuations
from 1991. Britain?s long-forgotten
wealth tax, Schedule A income tax,
was still operating on 1936 valuations
when it was abolished in 1963.
Doubtless your solution is to
revalue more regularly. But how do
you ensure you?re fairly reflecting
house prices? Do you send out
surveyors to do street-by-street
visual valuations? What about the
banker at number 22 who?s just dug a
three-storey basement? Does he pay
the same homegeld as his next-door
neighbour whose house is half the
size? Ah, you say, why not use big
data from the Land Registry and
planning applications? But then you
run into further problems: some sale
prices don?t appear on the register at
all, ditto some renovations. You
could force homeowners to declare
their house price and warn them
you?ll compulsorily purchase if you
suspect they?ve lowballed it. But just
imagine the press when those cases
hit the courts. There?s a reason the
government avoids revaluations like
the plague.
Finally, what about the old
pensioner who?s lived in that London
terrace since it was a slum and now
faces a �,000 bill she can never
afford? Perhaps you let her roll over
the tax bills until she sells up or dies?
But then what?s to stop every
homeowner doing likewise in the
hope that a future government will
simply abandon the homegeld
altogether?
And ultimately, this is the problem.
Council tax is rubbish in almost
every sense. It is regressive, tricky to
collect and painful to pay. But, like
the danegeld before it, it also raises a
heck of a lot of money. Indeed, the
total share of revenues the UK
extracts from assets is greater than in
almost every developed economy.
Britain might not have a formal
wealth tax like the one the French
are busy dismantling, but we collect
proportionally more wealth-related
taxes than anyone else. Perhaps it?s
going too far to suggest cutting
wealth taxes but it?s hard to suggest
we should be raising them.
Because, surprising though it may
seem to some, Britain doesn?t have
high wealth inequality. The UK?s top
1 per cent owns about 20 per cent of
the country?s wealth. That?s not to be
sniffed at but it?s about average for
Europe, lower than in Germany (23
per cent) and is less than half the
level in the US (42 per cent). And
our top earners pay a near-record
proportion of the tax base.
So by all means let?s modernise
council tax so the rich pay more and
the poor pay less. Let?s also ensure
the self-employed can?t flout income
tax. But remember: every generation
of economists proposes new property
taxes, and nearly every generation of
politicians rejects them. As Thatcher
learnt to her cost, there is little upside
in fiddling with fiscal dynamite.
A
nother week and another
reason to ask: why do we
still have the school skirt?
How many hands have
been wrung, how much
energy wasted on a pug-ugly 2ft
square of polyester? The general
secretary of the Association of
Teachers and Lecturers says girls are
now wearing shorts under skirts
because boys are ?upskirting? them
with camera phones. I can believe it.
Recently a teenage girl told me
schoolboys deliberately drop things
so girls will bend to pick them up.
They did the same when I was young
in truth but at least that was the premobile Jurassic age.
School skirts are just more trouble
than they?re worth. If it?s not
teachers obsessing over lengths,
making girls kneel on the floor to
check the hem touches, it?s sending
them home to miss lessons because a
flash of female knee is apparently a
deadly weapon (eye roll). They are
uncomfortable, ungainly and cold in
winter ? so what is the point? Some
schools sensibly give girls the option
of wearing trousers but it would do
us all a favour if they made them
compulsory. Think of all the school
hours and arguments saved!
In an ideal world boys would stop
ogling but we may as well get real.
As long as girls have legs and
boys have eyes we?re stuck with
it. So eliminate the
troublemaker: kill the skirt.
Alabama-rottiest expanse of water
and jumped in joyfully. No wonder
my car stinks. But only partially
submerged he stopped dead: a huge
flinty-eyed heron was standing like a
statue awaiting its next victim. When
it flapped its wings he was out like a
shot, tail coiled beneath him with
only four filthy legs instead of a
whole putrid body. If herons had
hands I?d have high-fived it.
charity shops. If things don?t improve
there?ll soon be one more.
Thank herons
H
erons have had
better PR weeks. A
man in north Wales
killed one after he saw it
swallow a live duckling.
Herons also attack
rabbits, Easter or not.
(Odd, that story. How
did he slay the heron and
rip the duckling from
its stomach if not with
a knife? If so, that?s
carrying an offensive
weapon so why
no arrest?)
Anyway, to redress the
balance I can report that
grey herons do me a
favour. On a country walk
this week with my waterobsessed labrador he did the
h
usual: managed to find the
filthiest, muddiest, probably
Gone stale
A
t least a
decade late
I?ve finally
bought a bread
maker. It?s been a
disaster. Each loaf
so far, while looking
and smelling
perfect, has proved
about as light and
airy as a wet leather
football. The
middles are dank
and clay-like and my
family laugh and
pointedly buy the
bloating sliced stuff
from the corner shop.
Yet I follow the
instructions and
recipes to a T. So why
when I eat it do I feel like I?ve
swallowed a bag of hammers?
It?s baffling.
You often see bread makers in
Q
here?s one reason I find Stormy
Daniels? account of alleged sex
with Donald Trump credible:
it?s so boring. The one-position
coupling; the faux bottom-spanking
through his underpants with a
magazine. It?s so candlewickbedspread Victoria Wood it screams
?the truth?.
The kiss and tells that turn out to
be true are usually the dullest (Ulrika
Jonsson once said that sex with
Sven-Goran Eriksson was as
?functional as an Ikea instruction
manual?. That?s got to hurt.) TV sex
is rarely realistic: I mean, who really
knocks all the breakfast crockery
off the kitchen table? Twenty years
ago I attended a debate in Edinburgh
about how TV dramas, in their bid
to portray ?exciting? and ?different?
sex, usually to get a better camera
angle of the naked woman, just
made viewers laugh. Not much
has changed.
Given her experience in the porn
industry Daniels could easily have
invented a kinky titbit. That she
claimed the Trump encounter was
?textbook generic? lends it a
humdrum air of authenticity.
uick, someone fetch my
smelling salts! I have just
seen the front cover of
this month?s US
Cosmopolitan magazine.
Not only does it offer an
eyeful of the actress Mandy Moore?s
cleavage, it also holds within its pages
details of the ?Best Quickie Position
Ever!?. Yes, Cosmo, which is aimed at
18 to 34-year-old women, provides
this kind of ?hypersexualised?
content on a monthly basis, it would
seem. Which means young women
are reading articles about sexual
positions and bedroom tips. In 2018!
Luckily, the conservative nonprofit group the National Center on
Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) has
been campaigning to save us all from
such filth and, this week, is claiming
a victory. The US supermarket chain
Walmart has announced that it will
remove Cosmopolitan from its
checkouts, although it will still be
available in the magazine sections
of the stores.
A statement on NCOSE?s website
reads: ?. . . families and individuals
will no longer be automatically
exposed to Cosmo?s hypersexualised
and degrading article titles that
regularly promote pornography,
sexting, BDSM, group sex, anal sex,
and more?.
A quick look at the ?sex and love?
section of Cosmopolitan UK?s website
shows articles on tantric sex,
threesome horror stories and tips for
quickies. It?s almost as if women like
reading about sex. Considering
Cosmopolitan is one of the most
successful women?s magazines in
Britain and US (as well as having
editions in other countries too), this
would certainly seem to be the case.
NCOSE has heralded the Walmart
success as a win for the MeToo
movement. And why not? As the
MeToo craze continues, the dawn of
a new era of prudishness is one of
the unfortunate by-products. The
problem is once you buy into the
narrative of women as perpetual
victims, groups who demand that
women be protected from words and
images start to look more appealing.
Sadly, this regressive prudishness is
likely to continue if feminism
continues down this path.
The modern-day Mary
Whitehouses at NCOSE don?t think
certain literature is appropriate for
young ladies. But, as always with
censorious campaigns, they are
merely attempting to impose their
own worldview on others.
Cosmopolitan is a fashion, lifestyle
and relationships magazine written
by women for women. Clearly
NCOSE is not a fan of the sexually
liberated woman; meanwhile,
Cosmopolitan says it caters to ?fun,
fearless females?. I know which one I
think is most likely to advance the
cause of women.
@carolmidgley
Naomi Firsht is a freelance journalist
and Spiked magazine columnist
Ed Conway is economics editor of
Sky News
Carol Midgley Notebook
School skirts
should go
the way of
Grange Hill
Feminists have
gone too far with
Cosmo cover-up
Naomi Firsht
Stormy it ain?t
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Assange and his groupies backed wrong side
The Wikileaks founder persuaded his acolytes that the US was the enemy but it turned out to be Russia and Facebook
Edward
Lucas
@edwardlucas
P
ity the bien-pensants. Only
five years ago, life was so
simple. Julian Assange and
Edward Snowden were
heroes, defending individual
freedom and privacy against the
depredations of overweening state
power. Western intelligence agencies
were the arch-villains, reckless and
unaccountable snoopers. Nato was an
anachronism and worries about
Russia were strictly for scaremongers.
Facebook was a nice way of sharing
information and keeping up with
your friends. Antisemitism was bad,
and so was Israel.
Now everything looks more
complicated. Mr Assange?s hosts at
the Ecuadorean embassy in London
have removed his internet access after
he issued a series of tweets implicitly
backing the Russian approach to the
nerve-agent attack in Salisbury. Many
of his fans had already lost patience,
finding the Wikileaks founder
divisive, duplicitous and sexist.
Mr Assange?s personal qualities
aside, the self-professed
whistleblowing organisation no longer
looks like a bastion of integrity. Its
reputation is tarnished by its role in
smearing Hillary Clinton and in trying
to help Donald Trump?s election
campaign. Carelessness has not
helped either: if you are going to leak
secrets, you should do so carefully.
Wikileaks has let slip personal details
of people such as anti-Taliban activists
in Afghanistan and crime
correspondents for Russian news
outlets whose only mistake was to
trust western officials? ability to keep
their identities secure.
The Nato-bashing and Kremlinloving camp used to be an almost
wholly left-wing preserve.
Uncomfortably for outfits such as the
Trump-loathing Stop the War
Coalition, their latest bedfellows are
the US president?s most enthusiastic
supporters. For people such as Steve
Bannon, the former White House
strategist, Vladimir Putin?s Russia is
an admirable epitome of muscular
state sovereignty, and military
intervention in support of
democracy and human rights is a
waste of time.
Meanwhile, the liberal-minded
types who regard the Trump
administration with horror are
engaged in a passionate if one-sided
love affair with the intelligence and
security services. Lefties cheer when
James Clapper, the former American
spy chief, denounces Mr Trump; they
used to decry him for supposedly
misleading Congress about the scope
of the National Security Agency?s
activities. In Britain the liberal left
has stopped complaining about
GCHQ. Instead it applauds our
electronic spy agency?s diligent and
comprehensive collection of material
about the Kremlin?s cultivation of
Mr Trump?s business empire and
campaign, a picture so alarming that
the agency?s director at the time,
Robert Hannigan, flew to America to
brief the Obama-era FBI.
Many former fans find
Mr Assange sexist,
divisive and duplicitous
It is the hawkish Republicans who
think this was political overreach,
and, rumour has it, insisted that
Theresa May sack Mr Hannigan
before her visit to the White House
in January 2017. On the left, calls for
tougher oversight of cops and spooks
are forgotten; now the concern is
that politicians may muzzle them.
The same people who used to rally
round Mr Snowden are now hoping
that Robert Mueller?s investigation
will bring down the president.
Facebook has emerged as a far
bigger threat to privacy than
anything the state can get up to, at
least in western countries. The huge
data heist perpetrated by Mr
Snowden in 2013 did not reveal a
single instance of interference by
western intelligence agencies in
public life. GCHQ is allowed to
breach our privacy only when it can
prove that its activities are necessary
and proportionate; it does so under a
formidable mixture of political,
parliamentary and judicial oversight.
The constraints on Facebook are
flimsy by comparison. The worries
the Snowdenistas highlighted about
the ? theoretical ? abuse of state
power seem almost irrelevant given
the way big technology companies
really do hoover up details about the
most intimate parts of our private
lives and then sell them to make
money. The combination of tradable
data and precise targeting makes
meddling in elections, whether by the
Kremlin or by plutocrats, far easier.
To be fair to Mr Assange, he has
long been a critic of the technology
giants. So too has Mr Snowden, now
a fugitive in Moscow. But given the
problems we face in 2018 they and
their supporters have mostly been
firing at the wrong target. A fraction
of the ire, and whistleblowing zeal,
that they directed against the
mythical big brother of the
intelligence agencies might have
helped tame the real problem of
greedy and reckless technology
companies. A less gullible attitude to
Russia might have helped stiffen
spines on that front too.
The contortions of the Labour
Party over antisemitism reflect the
same muddle-headedness. Israel, like
the intelligence agencies, is open to
criticism. But an obsessive focus on
its real and imagined flaws not only
distracts attention from far graver
problems. It is a telling sign of a
skewed political agenda that drifts
into bigotry.
This is prompting (I hope) a muchneeded rethink, particularly on the
left, about the assumptions of the
post-Cold War era. Convenient,
kneejerk reflexes about goodies and
baddies are not just inaccurate but
dangerous. Racism, it turns out, is not
just a problem on the far right. If you
care about feminism and gay rights,
you need to be ready to confront
hardline Muslims who regard them as
detestable. If you dislike imperialism
you should lambast Russia for its
treatment of ex-colonies such as
Ukraine. If you want to defend
democracy, you should be a grateful
ally of our security and intelligence
services. And, as Mr Assange should
note as he skulks in his fetid squat, we
should all remember that the rule of
law is still the best guarantee of
individual liberty.
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The Worboys case fiasco and the Parole Board
Older mothers and
successful careers
Sir, I would disagree with the wholly
positive tone implied in the link made
in ?Fertile Forties? (leading article,
Mar 28) between increased figures of
conception rates in women over the
age of 40 and increased women?s
participation in the labour force.
I wholeheartedly support the
existence of a genuine choice to have
children later in life. I do, however,
feel that it is often thought that only
by choosing to delay conception and
motherhood are women able to forge
lucrative and successful professional
careers. This may well be sadly
accurate at present but the
implication is that such success is less
likely should a woman choose to have
a child at a younger age.
We should be putting into place and
supporting a society whereby,
whatever the age of a mother, her
prospects of professional achievement
are on a par with those of men of
comparable ability and her prospects
of professional success and a smooth
return to work should not be
compromised by reason of starting
a family.
Fertility treatments are improving
all the time but women do need to be
aware of the increased possibility with
age of finding themselves in the
heartbreaking situation of no longer
being able to conceive a much-wanted
child.
anna hawksley (aged 35)
London SE10
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6In our obituary of Lord Crickhowell
(Mar 27) we stated that, of the
original members of Margaret
Thatcher?s 1979 cabinet, ?only Lord
Hailsham lasted as long?. George
Younger, in fact, outlasted them both
by two years and Geoffrey Howe by
three.
6We were incorrect to describe The
Royal Gurkha Rifles as Prince Harry?s
?former regiment? (News in brief,
Mar 29). Although he served with the
Gurkhas in Afghanistan, Prince
Harry?s regiment was The Household
Cavalry (Blues and Royals).
6The survey of teenage literacy
carried out at Dundee University was
conducted by Keith Topping, not
Keith Hopper (Comment, Mar 29).
We apologise for the error.
6Lord Balfe has asked to make it
clear that he did not ?defect to the
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Sir, The mistakes made in the
Worboys case could have been
avoided if the Parole Board panel
had been chaired by a judicial
member (News, Mar 29). No serving
or retired judge would have accepted
the flawed Ministry of Justice?s
dossier, which, as the divisional court
prominently found, had omitted the
trial judge?s sentencing remarks,
the psychiatric reports from the trial
and the prosecution?s opening
statement. A judicial chairman would
also have noted the victims?
successful litigation against the police
and would have questioned the
prisoner about it.
A reduction in judicial membership
of the Parole Board by more than
100 serving or retired judges in recent
years is an issue that the current
review of the working of the Board
must investigate.
We are authors of a recent
Centre for Social Justice report
advocating greater judicial
involvement in the monitoring of
sentences, welcomed by David
Lidington. We hope that his
successor?s general review of the
Parole Board will emphasise the
need for judicial monitoring
throughout a sentence, and not
merely when the prisoner?s
possible release is under consideration.
jonathan aitken,
London SW5;
his honour john samuels, qc
London TW9
Deposit scheme
is known to be key in preventing
violence. Implementing Mr Gove?s
plans will do just this.
professor jonathan shepherd
Crime and Security Research
Institute, Cardiff University
Sir, Michael Gove?s plans for a
refundable deposit scheme that will
apply to all drinks containers
(?Pay more at the till for drinks cans
and bottles?, News, Mar 28) will do
more than tackle litter and boost
recycling.
Violence is often spontaneous ?
assailants use any weapon readily
available, including bottles and
glasses. Thousands of people injured
in this way, some seriously, are treated
in A&Es each year. Damilola Taylor
was killed with a discarded
supermarket lager bottle. In a
comparison of Cardiff and Helsinki,
my research team found that much
higher rates of assaults with glass
drinks containers in Cardiff could
largely be explained by the reverse
vending machines in Finland. As in
Germany, the streets are constantly
scoured for glass items to turn into
cash.
Reducing weapon availability
on this day march 31, 1918
THE THRUST
TOWARDS
AMIENS
The fluctuations in the battle front
notified yesterday were on the whole
in favour of the Germans, and it is
necessary to note the cumulative
effect of their daily small advances.
In the earlier stages of the offensive
the principal progress was made in
the centre, and at one time the
enemy?s line clearly emphasized the
thrust towards Amiens. More
recently efforts have been made by
the Germans to gain ground on the
Sir, The sacking of Mr Hardwick, the
chairman of the Parole Board, leaves
a bad taste in the mouth and raises
fundamental issues about the board?s
independence. Mr Hardwick has been
made the scapegoat for failings that
lie largely at the door of the secretary
of state and his department. It is
inevitable that Parole Board panels
will worry that unpopular decisions in
future will result in similar
punishment. Parliament should insist
that the board be reconstituted as a
legally independent tribunal, putting
it beyond the reach of the political
expedience that this decision has
exposed.
peter dawson
Director, Prison Reform Trust
Sir, As an independent member of the
Parole Board, appointed under Mr
Hardwick?s chairmanship, I am
disappointed and angry that he has
been forced to resign. On his watch
the Parole Board cleared the
longstanding backlog, dealing with
17,827 cases and holding more than
Family Law Act
Sir, The reason for the repeal of the
1996 Family Law Act had little to do
with its failure to deter divorce
(letters, Mar 26 and 28). The act,
which ushered in no-fault divorce,
was designed to protect lawyers from
being sued for negligence. It was
passed at a time of rising controversy
and lobbying by such groups as
Fathers4Justice over the lack of
disclosure in a large number ?
estimated to be about 100,000 ? of
divorce cases, particularly those
involving domestic violence. So, if
fault is ruled out, you can?t sue your
lawyer for negligence.
julian nettlefold
London W14
flanks of the battle, in order to
correct the tendency towards a long,
narrow, and possibly dangerous
salient. They struck simultaneously
at Montdidier and Arras, and were
successful at Montdidier, though
their left flank is now considerably
exposed, a fact of which the French
are taking advantage. In the centre
they are slowly creeping a little
nearer to Amiens, and south of the
Somme they were yesterday within
11 miles of the city. The flower of the
Crown Prince?s Army has been
drawn into the furnace between the
Somme and the Oise, and the battle
has attracted German reserves from
every part of the Western front.
The heavy fighting on Thursday
before Albert was not repeated
yesterday. We are a little farther
away from Albert, but on the whole
the position immediately north of
the Somme is hardly altered at all.
The lull in this sector will probably
be brief. The Germans are massing
more troops between Albert and
Bray and bringing up guns as fast as
the weather will permit. Signs
indicate that their celebration of
7,000 oral hearings last year while
keeping the rate of serious further
offending at less than 1 per cent. Mr
Hardwick worked tirelessly to
increase understanding of the Parole
Board?s work and pushed for greater
transparency. He championed
increased engagement with victims.
He was a powerful advocate for a
truly independent Parole Board and
we need that now more than ever.
victoria scott
London N10
Sir, The Worboys case is another
reminder of the confusion
surrounding sentences. There appears
to be no accepted terminology for
communicating the number of years
the offender must or might be in
prison, and might be out on licence. It
extends to uncertainty as to the
procedures surrounding automatic or
discretionary early release.
To maintain discipline in prisons
and as an incentive to reform, there
has to be elasticity and discretion.
There is, however, a suspicion that,
because there is a shortage of prison
places, the authorities are glad to
maintain the present confusion. It can
result in suspicion and distrust.
david brancher
Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
Seeing the light
Sir, Complaints about car headlights
dazzling oncoming drivers have been
a regular fixture of newspaper letter
pages and are always attributed to
development or modification of
design (letter, Mar 27). I suspect that
many of these complaints are voiced
by elderly drivers. As we age, the lens
in our eye scatters an increasing
amount of the light impinging on it
thus heightening our perception of
glare. It is an example of our
tendency to blame external factors
when the ?fault? lies within.
dr merrick moseley
Honorary senior research fellow,
division of optometry & visual
sciences, City University, London
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Easter will take the form of a
powerful thrust at Amiens by the
shortest possible route.
It is in the area below the Somme
that the fluctuations have been
greatest. We have lost another
village or two, which is no great
matter, but the enemy are a mile
nearer Amiens than they have been
in this offensive. Yet they have a
tangle of streams and marshes still
before them, and there are excellent
defensive positions between our
present line and the coveted city.
On Thursday the powerful French
reinforcements made a successful
attack upon the enemy?s positions
west of Montdidier. Our Allies are
fighting hard all the way from
Montdidier to Pont l?Eveque, and if
they can only increase their pressure
upon this very vulnerable part of the
enemy?s front they may materially
affect the enemy?s thrust at Amiens.
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Moore and Epstein
Sir, Although it would doubtless have
been small consolation to Barbara
Hepworth, she was not the only
fellow sculptor to fall foul of Henry
Moore during his time as a Tate
Gallery trustee (News, Mar 26).
Despite Moore?s professed admiration
for Jacob Epstein, not to mention the
latter?s tireless support of him in the
early stages of his career, it was
Moore who, in the temporary absence
of John Rothenstein, was a leading
voice in the Tate?s rejection of
Epstein?s Lucifer when it was offered
as a gift to the gallery in 1947. As a
commissioner on the Royal Fine Art
Commission he would do the same
for Ecce Homo at St Paul?s cathedral
in 1963. There seems little doubt that
Moore was an ungenerous colleague
who too often allowed personal
ambition to guide his judgment, and
was not above using his position in
the art establishment to the
disadvantage of those who might
have expected his support.
justine hopkins
Bristol
NHS waste
Sir, Your correspondent Tim Ambler
(letter, Mar 29) makes the point that
if the NHS is given all the money it
seeks, the incentive to eliminate waste
will be removed. When I attended my
local surgery recently the nurse told
me that the curtains around the bed
were thrown away after two years to
avoid the risk of contamination. She
also told me that each time she used a
pair of scissors to cut a dressing those
scissors also had to be thrown away.
Why can?t they be sterilised and
reused?
tom marshall
Bath
Border checks
Sir, Having travelled by air to more
than 30 countries in the past five
years, I have found that the UK is the
only country where my passport has
not been checked at departure (News,
Mar 29). Suggesting that passport
control and registration of travellers
can be handled by airlines and
integrated into a database at the
Home Office is a nonsense. It is time
we reintroduced passport control.
david green
Fakenham, Norfolk
In a toxic lather
Sir, Twenty years ago the nation was
alerted to the toxic dangers of PVC in
rubber ducks by the consumer affairs
commissioner Emma Bonino at the
European Commission. The latest
warning, ?Rubber ducks are so filthy
they can kill? (Mar 28), suggests
further dire consequences. I
questioned Ms Bonino?s warning at
the time in a letter to The Times citing
my survival of sharing a daily bath
with a yellow duck for half a century.
That same duck and I are still going
strong and have reached three score
years and ten without apparent harm.
oliver chastney
Norwich
Pier pressure
Sir, In the 1950s on the pier at
Teignmouth, south Devon, aged
about ten, I struck lucky on a slot
machine. My winnings: a Woodbine
cigarette. Two habits in one (letter,
?First steps to ruin?, Mar 29).
des kite
Kenilworth, Warks
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Leading articles
Daily Universal Register
UK: The National Education Union annual
conference opens in Brighton.
Ireland: Pubs sell alcohol on Good Friday
for the first time in 90 years.
Nature notes
The leaves are
opening on the
hawthorn hedges.
In some years they
are earlier than this,
but the cold
weather in March
has held them back. When the buds first
open, the leaves are packed tightly together
and look like little green whisks. They soon
open out into the small, lobed leaves. Long
hawthorn hedges consist of many individual,
but intermingled bushes. These do not all
open together and many of the long hedges
still have bare patches. Privet hedges outside
front gardens now have many green buds on
them, often among blackberries and old
leaves that linger from last year. Most of the
privet planted for this purpose is a Japanese
species that has proved very adaptable.
There is also a wild European privet, found
in this country as a shrub growing on the
slopes in chalky country. It has glossy green
leaves that are distinctly narrower than
those in the garden hedges. derwent may
Birthdays today
Countess of Sutherland,
pictured, 97; Lord
(Robert) Armstrong of
Ilminster, cabinet
secretary (1979-87), 91;
Warren Beatty, actor,
Bonnie and Clyde (1967),
and director, Reds (1981),
81; Duke of Bedford, owner, Woburn Abbey,
56; Lord (Nicolas) Browne-Wilkinson,
Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (19982000), 88; Tracy Chapman, singer, Fast Car
(1998), 54; Eric Clapton, guitarist, Wonderful
Tonight (1977), 73; Martina Cole, crime
writer, Dangerous Lady (1992), 59; Robbie
Coltrane, actor, Hagrid in the Harry Potter
films (2001-11), 68; C閘ine Dion, pop singer,
My Heart Will Go On (1997), 50; Graeme
Edge, musician, the Moody Blues, 77;
Margaret Fingerhut, classical pianist, 63;
John Gosden, racehorse trainer, 67;
MC Hammer, singer-songwriter, U Can?t
Touch This (1990), 56; Tobias Hill, poet and
novelist, What Was Promised (2014), 48;
Prof Tony Honor�, regius professor of civil
law, University of Oxford (1971-88), 97;
Norah Jones, singer, Little Broken Hearts
(2012), 39; Eddie Jordan, founder of F1
motor sport team Jordan Grand Prix, 70;
Lord (Mervyn) King of Lothbury, governor,
Bank of England (2003-13), 70; Lord (Ian)
MacLaurin of Knebworth, chairman, Tesco
(1985-97), 81; Kate Mavor, chief executive,
English Heritage, National Trust for
Scotland (2009-15), 56; Piers Morgan, writer
and broadcaster, 53; Jonathan Newhouse,
chairman and chief executive, Cond� Nast
International, 66; Klaus Schwab, founder
(1971) and chairman, World Economic
Forum, 80; Dr Cindy Sughrue, director,
Charles Dickens Museum, London, chief
executive, Scottish Ballet (2004-15), 55;
Johnnie Walker, disc jockey, Radio 1 and
Radio 2, 73.
On this day
In 1867 the US purchased Alaska from
Russia for $7.2 million dollars (less than 2
cents an acre); in 1979 Airey Neave, the
Conservative Northern Ireland spokesman,
was killed by a terrorist bomb in the
House of Commons car park.
The last word
?All things truly wicked start from an
innocence.? Ernest Hemingway, writer and
journalist, A Moveable Feast (1964).
Death?s Dominion
The Pope?s suggestion that Hell is imaginary shows his instinct to
reconcile eternal truths with the mores and understanding of the modern age
In church services today across the world,
Christians will recall the fate of a figure nailed to
a cross, flanked by two criminals, in ancient
Palestine. More than that, they will affirm their
faith that Jesus of Nazareth was both human and
divine, and that in his crucifixion he voluntarily
suffered and atoned for the sins of humanity.
In two millennia since, Christ?s followers have
wondered and reasoned about the fate of those
who are saved and those who are lost. This week
the Pope has injected a distinctive view into this
theological debate. In an interview with La
Repubblica, he appears to suggest that Hell is an
imaginary construct and that the fate of
unrepentant sinners, rather than eternal torment,
is to disappear.
If the pontiff is being accurately cited, this is not
a departure from Christian orthodoxy. It is a
reiteration of a longstanding position in the
church, and a humane one that accords with
modern mores. If there is a hereafter, it is unknown and unknowable. The justification for a
virtuous life is not the dread of an eternity of
torment but that it is the right course for adherents
of all faiths and none. Virtue is independent of
authority or the promise of reward.
Since his election in 2013, Francis has made
stumbles. The most notable is his apparent failure
to grasp the seriousness of the church?s historic
complicity in crimes of sexual abuse against
children. On a visit to Latin America in January, he
was asked about protests against a Chilean bishop.
He replied that the allegations were slander,
without evidence to support them.
This was not the right tone of inquiry, let alone
humility. Nor was it in keeping with the Pope?s
approach in other matters, spiritual as well as
temporal. The most distinctive feature of his
papacy has been his willingness to side with the
church?s flock rather than its establishment.
Francis?s illustrious predecessor John XXIII
promised, when opening the Second Vatican
Council in 1962, to ?open the windows and let in
the fresh air?. On many issues, and in many ways,
Francis has been the embodiment of that hope. He
is the first Pope to have addressed the United
States Congress, where he urged compassion for
the poor and action on the threat of climate
change. On issues of state and social ethics, he has
shown he is more aware of modern mores than his
predecessors, and a leader in moulding them.
In matters of faith, the Pope has been more
circumspect but still compassionate. He replied
rhetorically, ?who am I to judge??, when asked
about gay people living dignified Christian lives.
This willingness to accept the limits of knowledge
while affirming the foundation of faith is likely to
be an enduring mark of his papacy.
That combination of orthodoxy tempered by
curiosity has become a trademark. It is potentially
a fruitful way for the church to approach the
challenge of spreading the gospel in an age of
pluralism and scepticism. Understanding what it
means to be a Christian does change through the
ages, and there is nothing wrong in this.
Thomas Aquinas, the greatest philosopher of the
medieval church, was rendered uncharacteristically dumb when trying to imagine the pleasures of
paradise. In the Summa Theologica, he speculated
that to perfect the happiness of the saints in
Heaven, they would be ?allowed to see perfectly
the sufferings of the damned?.
To the modern mind, this is vindictive. It
conjures images of first-class passengers delighting in the discomfort of those at the back of the
aircraft. Christian leaders have since offered
St Paul?s simpler message that while ?the wages of
sin is death?, there is solace in faith. The Pope?s
clarification that there is no such thing as eternal
fire and brimstone even for those who eschew
faith should be a reassurance to everyone.
Government by Consultation
Inviting comment on a proposal is not the same as taking action
Cracking down on false sickness claims has something in common with making it easier for injured
soldiers to get compensation. Both are worthwhile
goals that warrant government time and energy.
The same is true of disciplining rogue letting
agents, making the mortgage market more
competitive and making small print fairer and
easier to understand. Unfortunately all these
policy battlefronts have something else in common as well. On each the government has ?consulted?, and done nothing.
There is nothing wrong with consultation. It is
an essential part of the policymaking process.
Without it there would be no guarantee that those
likely to be affected by new laws and regulations
have a say in their creation. Consultations are useful even if all they do is show that new legislation
is not needed. But those that are announced with
fanfare only to be shelved, unfinished, are a different matter. They waste money, leave problems to
fester and undermine trust in government. That is
why a Times investigation published today should
alarm Theresa May and cause some members of
her cabinet to blush. The investigation shows that
of 1,661 consultations launched since the start of
the Conservative government in 2015, 511 have not
been completed. In recent cases this is understandable. In older ones it may be understandable
but it is not acceptable. Of nearly 900 launched in
the 18 months before December 2016, more than
200 are now ?analysing feedback?. Translation:
gathering dust.
Some ministers, Sajid Javid, the communities
secretary, most prominent among them, seem to
have been seduced by the idea of government by
consultation. There is no such thing. Government
for its own sake is a waste and a burden; phoney
government only more so.
One of Mr Javid?s more conspicuous consultation announcements, in 2015, promised ?action on
tipping practices to secure a fair deal for workers?.
The then business secretary had spotted a genuine abuse of trust in restaurant chains that pool
tips intended for specific servers, but the consultation went nowhere. He also launched consultations on small print, mortgage switching, public
sector recruitment and unscrupulous letting
agents that all met a similar fate. Public consulta-
tions usually involve a policy proposal, a threemonth window for responses and the promise of a
government reply within a further three. The
process costs taxpayers an estimated �,000.
That equates to a � million bill for wasted
consultations.
Twenty million pounds is worth paying for good
governance, but in too many cases this money has
been spent on going through the motions. Worse,
the suspicion is often unavoidable that ministers
are simply responding to or seeking headlines, and
using consultation announcements as a way of
managing the news.
There is another explanation: these are sincere
efforts to untangle complex problems, sidelined in
the end by Whitehall departments overstretched
by Brexit. This is plausible, not least because behind the smokescreen of so many consultations
parliament is passing fewer laws than at any time
in 20 years. Mrs May is anxious to prove her government can achieve more than withdraw Britain
from the European Union. To that end she should
circulate a memo to ministers reminding them
that consultation is not the same as action.
End of a Dogfight
National security is best served when defence companies are well managed
It is easy to be sentimental about a company that
has made cannonballs for the war against
Napoleon and tanks for D-Day. GKN and its
antecedents have figured in the defence of the
realm for centuries. That pedigree turned the
company?s takeover battle with Melrose, the turnaround specialist, into a dogfight. In the end, by
the slimmest of margins, Melrose won. It must
now demonstrate that it will, as promised, improve
corporate performance, invest intelligently and
raise the value of the company.
Given GKN?s history, the efforts of Greg Clark,
the business secretary, to extract binding guaran-
tees from Melrose were understandable if lastminute. Yet ultimately the choice for investors was
about which management team could do a better
job. The judgment for government was which
would best protect the interests of national security, and of pensioners invested in the company.
Melrose promised the government that it would
plug the deficit in GKN?s pension fund and that it
would hold on, and add value to, its aerospace division for at least five years. Crucially, it will invest in
research and development. Whether it has the expertise to handle sensitive defence contracts will
now be tested, but GKN was also tested and did
not do well. It became prey to a hostile takeover
because it failed to address convincingly the question of how aerospace and automotive assets can
sit comfortably in the same company at a time of
fast-paced technological change.
It is the government?s task to ensure national
security is not compromised, but investors in a
company are best-placed to decide how it should
be run. The GKN saga has raised important questions about when and whether government
should intervene in big corporate transactions.
One lesson is that any intervention will be better
received if it is timely and transparent.
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Friday March 30 2018 | the times
World
Korean leaders to
meet but Kim will
avoid nuclear talk
North Korea
Catherine Philp
Diplomatic Correspondent
Lucy Alexander Tokyo
Kim Jong-un and President Moon of
South Korea will meet for the first time
next month as diplomatic efforts to
resolve a nuclear stand-off gather pace
despite lingering doubts over the North?s
intentions and nervousness surrounding President Trump?s involvement.
Mr Kim will become the first North
Korean leader to travel to the South
when he meets Mr Moon in Panmunjom on April 27 at the site in the demilitarised zone where the armistice that
halted the Korean War was signed in
1953. The meeting will lay the groundwork for a planned summit between Mr
Trump and Mr Kim in May.
North and South Korean negotiators
met yesterday to agree a date and discuss details but failed to finalise an
agenda or even agree that nuclear
issues would be discussed. Cho
Myoung-gyon, Seoul?s chief negotiator,
said that nuclear disarmament would
be Mr Moon?s priority but North Korean state media merely confirmed the
date, saying that the talks had taken
place ?amid mounting enthusiasm for
national reconciliation and unity?.
North Korea has ventured nothing
further on Mr Kim?s pledge to discuss
denuclearisation, made during a surprise meeting with President Xi of
China this week. That has served to
underline concerns about Mr Kim?s
intentions and whether he is seriously
considering dismantling his nuclear
arsenal or is merely buying time and
elief from sanctions while his weapons
programme matures.
Last night, in an apparent attempt to
gain more leverage in talks with Pyongyang, Mr Trump threatened to ?hold
up? a trade agreement reached with
South Korea last week until ?after a deal
is made with North Korea?. He described the trade deal as being a ?very
strong card? to employ in talks.
Much of the world was caught off
guard by the rapid acceleration of
diplomatic overtures by America and
South Korea towards the rogue regime.
Mr Kim?s offer to meet Mr Trump was
delivered unexpectedly by South Korean officials; Mr Trump accepted on
the spot without consulting advisers.
Last week, however, Mr Trump
opened a new front in his trade war on
China, authorising $60 billion in new
intellectual property tariffs. That left
China, North Korea?s traditional ally,
feeling exposed. Mr Xi summoned Mr
Kim to Beijing in an effort to stake out
its role in the looming negotiations, and
China?s top diplomat travelled to Seoul
yesterday to brief Mr Moon on what
was discussed.
Mr Moon and Mr Kim?s meeting will
be only the third between leaders of the
two Koreas. It will take place in Peace
House, just south of the demarcation
line dividing Panmunjom.
The sudden willingness of North
Korea?s enemies to meet the young dictator has left Japan isolated, prompting
a scramble in Tokyo to open its own
diplomatic channels. Mr Kim has since
been invited to visit the country, amid
fears that Mr Trump, still a diplomatic
neophyte, cannot be trusted to safeguard Japanese interests.
An aide to Shinzo Abe, the Japanese
prime minister, said yesterday that
talks were under way between the
North Korean and Japanese embassies
in Beijing. Mr Abe has also invited him-
self to Florida in April to brief Mr
Trump before his meeting with Mr
Kim. He told the Japanese parliament
he was concerned that Mr Trump
would focus only on eliminating the
long-range intercontinental ballistic
missiles that could threaten the US, and
not those that put North Korea?s neighbours in jeopardy.
He is also anxious to ensure that Mr
Trump secures a promise that North
Korea will scrap its nuclear arsenal and
not settle for a freeze.
Significant doubts remain about
whether the Trump-Kim summit will
go ahead, far less reach a deal. The
White House said that it was ?cautiously optimistic?, but no decision has been
made on a venue. The options include
the Peace House in South Korea or a
third country such as Sweden, which
maintains diplomatic relations with
both Washington and Pyongyang. Mr
Xi was said to have offered to host the
meeting in Beijing but that is not likely
to be acceptable to the Americans.
It is unclear what level of direct interaction would be necessary between
North Korean and American officials
before the meeting, or who those officials would be. Mike Pompeo, Mr
Trump?s nominee for secretary of state,
is unlikely to receive Senate confirmation in time. He and John Bolton, the
new national security adviser, are outspoken hawks on North Korea, having
advocated regime change and military
strikes. Mr Bolton has said in the past
that North Korea ?will never give up its
nuclear weapons voluntarily?.
Neither seems naturally disposed to
set up a meeting at which Mr Kim will
seek to ensure his regime?s long-term
survival by chasing American troops
out of the Korean peninsula and Japan.
No smoke without fire Heaving with tons of hay, a truck in Joypurhat, northern
Malala?s tears at return to Pakistan for first time since Taliban shot her
Pakistan
Hugh Tomlinson, Haroon Janjua
Hailing it as ?the happiest day of my
life?, the Nobel peace laureate Malala
Yousafzai broke down in tears yesterday as she returned to Pakistan for the
first time since being shot by Taliban
militants in 2012.
Under tight security, Ms Yousafzai,
now 20, landed at Benazir Bhutto airport in Islamabad accompanied by her
father, Ziauddin, before being driven to
the office of the prime minister, Shahid
Khaqan Abbasi. It was her first sight of
her homeland since she was flown to
Britain for life-saving surgery after the
attempt on her life six years ago by
Islamists infuriated by her campaign to
extend education for women.
She wiped away tears as she made a
brief televised address to the nation. ?I
don?t normally cry,? she said. ?I?m still
20 years old but I?ve seen so many
things over the course of my life.?
Mr Abbasi said: ?Welcome home,?
and then turned to the audience.
?When she went away, she was a child.
She has returned as the most prominent citizen of Pakistan.?
She was 15 when a Taliban gunman
boarded her school bus in the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan and demanded: ?Who is Malala?? before shooting
her in the head. For years she had been
keeping an anonymous diary for the
BBC?s Urdu service, detailing her life in
the Taliban-ruled area. Throughout,
she remained determined to continue
her studies even after the Taliban burnt
down her school, deeming female education ?un-Islamic?.
The murder attempt prompted an
international wave of sympathy. She
was treated in a Rawalpindi hospital
before being flown to Britain and
admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham
for more specialised care ? in
the process foiling a probable
second assassination attempt.
In 2014 she became the
youngest winner of the
Nobel peace prize and then
starred in an Oscar-nominated
documentary
about her life. Last year
she began studying for a
politics degree at Oxford University and set
up the Malala Fund with
her father, with the goal
of ?working for a world
where every girl can learn
and lead without fear?.
The itinerary for her
Malala Yousafzai remains a
controversial figure at home
four-day trip remains secret but it is
thought that Ms Yousafzai will not be
allowed to return to the Swat Valley
for her own safety. The region
today is relatively peaceful and is
even regaining popularity as a tourist destination after a sustained
military campaign to root out
the Taliban. It remains a conservative area, however, and
not all in Pakistan admire
her. Any security incident
during her visit would be
a public relations catastrophe for the government.
Hostility towards Ms
Yousafzai runs deep
among conservatives.
Pir Ijaz Ashrafi, a senior
official with the hardline
Tehreek-e Labaik party,
denounced her as a ?blas-
phemer?. Others have accused her of
being a spy for the CIA or MI6.
Just as the Taliban once denounced
her from the mosques of Swat for
spreading western ideology with her
demands for education, some in
Pakistan are suspicious of her motives.
Her continued demands for gender
equality and education for all in Pakistan inspire fear in some circles in a
country with a dismal record on
women?s rights.
?Malala Yousafzai is a blasphemer,
she met Salman Rushdie and Taslima
Nasreen and posed with those blasphemers. Malala is working against the
agenda of Pakistan,? Mr Ashrafi said.
?She came here with a Jewish agenda
and is against the ideology of Pakistan.?
However, in less conservative circles,
many have welcomed her homecoming. Social media posts have referred to
her as the ?pride of the nation?.
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Sarkozy faces trial for
?trying to bribe judge
with promotion offer?
France
Charles Bremner Paris
Nicolas Sarkozy has been ordered to
stand trial on charges of attempting to
corrupt a judge and obtain information
on an investigation.
The latest case against the former
president of France emerged from an
inquiry into his alleged receipt of
?50 million in campaign contributions
from Colonel Gaddafi, the late Libyan
dictator. Mr Sarkozy was placed under
criminal investigation over the allegations, which he denies, ten days ago.
Investigating judges have concluded
that there is sufficient evidence to show
that Mr Sarkozy, 63, attempted to bribe
Gilbert Azibert, a magistrate. His purpose, it is alleged, was to gain information on an inquiry involving his relations with Liliane Bettencourt, the late
heiress to the L?Or閍l empire. Mr Azibert and Thierry Herzog, Mr Sarkozy?s
lawyer, have also been sent for trial.
Investigators in the Libyan affair
stumbled over the communications on
the Bettencourt case through a tap on
Mr Sarkozy?s and his lawyer?s phones.
His lawyers said the investigators exceeded their powers and were on a fishing expedition by tapping his conversations with them, breaching lawyer-client privilege. They said yesterday that
Mr Sarkozy would appeal against the
order to stand trial. He already faces a
separate order over alleged offences in
the financing of his unsuccessful 2012
re-election campaign.
Mr Sarkozy was cleared a year after
he was placed under investigation on
suspicion of exploiting Bettencourt?s
mental frailty to obtain finance from
her. She was France?s richest woman.
He has denied wrongdoing in the
Bangladesh, could be just a flick of ash away from turning into a travelling bonfire, thanks to the smoker aboard, circled
Freedom costs Alwaleed $30m a month
Saudi Arabia
Richard Spencer
Middle East Correspondent
Saudi Arabia?s richest man has signed
over hundreds of millions of dollars in
annual dividends from his businesses to
the government ? nearly $30 million a
month ? after being released from
captivity in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in
Riyadh.
A statement from Kingdom Holdings, the company through which
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal holds stakes
in entertainment, hotel and new technology firms around the world, yesterday provided long-awaited details of
the deal he struck with the authorities.
The prince was one of hundreds of
royals, businessmen and officials
rounded up and held in the hotel last
November. They were accused of various forms of corruption and embezzle-
ment of state funds and, in Prince Alwaleed?s case, money-laundering.
?The prince gave up his full entitlement of his share of the proposed
annual cash distributions,? his company said. It said the disbursements totalled about $80 million per quarter.
The detention of some of Saudi Arabia?s most famous names was the most
audacious move yet by Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman in asserting
his power and demonstrating his professed determination to change the way
the country operates.
Prince Alwaleed was the major international shock. He owns the Four Seasons hotel chain and has shares in Twitter and Rotana, one of the Middle East?s
biggest television channels. His total
worth has been estimated at $17 billion.
In interviews after his release in January, Prince Alwaleed has said that he
was well treated in the hotel, though he
appeared gaunt and had grown a thin
grey beard. Last week, he admitted for
the first time to Bloomberg, the financial news service, that he had come to a
?confirmed understanding? with the
kingdom. He continued to insist that he
had not been accused of wrongdoing.
The prince refused either to confirm
or deny numerous estimates of the total
value of the ?agreement? made, the
most specific of which put the sum at $6
billion. Other reports say he has effectively lost control of the company.
The crown prince is on a tour of the
US, where he has been outlining his
plans to reform the Saudi economy and
defending his crackdown on corruption. He is also trying to show he is determined to change his country?s reputation for religious intolerance. On
Wednesday, he met American Jewish
leaders, a first for such a senior Saudi
royal in an official capacity.
Trump factions ?locked in
brutal power struggle?
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Libyan affair, his 2012 financing and the
?affair of the phone-tapping?, as the
alleged bribery case is known. The
crime with which Mr Sarkozy is now
charged ? ?active corruption and influence peddling? ? is punishable by a
ten-year prison term and ?150,000 fine.
The charge is minor compared with
what he may face for receiving Libyan
money in 2007, however.
The new case has no connection with
the Libyan affair beyond how it came to
light. Using a mobile phone in the name
of Paul Bismuth in the hope of evading
surveillance, Mr Sarkozy is alleged to
have offered Mr Azibert a post in Monaco in return for information on the
Nicolas Sarkozy
denies having
tried to bribe a
magistrate
Bettencourt inquiry. No information
was given and Mr Azibert was not given
the assignment, according to investigators? leaks to the media.
Mr Sarkozy has been under scrutiny
in ten cases since he left office in 2012.
Several are still under investigation by
examining magistrates, who can drop
charges or order suspects to trial.
Yesterday?s order to trial was the
second he has had. In February last
year, Mr Sarkozy was sent for trial over
alleged illegal finances in his 2012 campaign. No date has yet been set.
Charges have been dropped after
investigations into suspected breaches
of campaign spending limits in 2012,
and the alleged free use of private jets
from a friend?s company.
Renew state of emergency,
Macron told as tensions rise
Adam Sage Paris
President Macron is facing calls to reimpose a state of emergency as an opinion poll showed strong support for demands by opposition politicians to get
tough on Islamists.
This week ministers attended the funerals of a police officer, a butcher, a
winemaker and a supermarket shopper
killed by a terrorist last Friday.
Tensions rose again yesterday after a
vehicle was driven at soldiers out for a
morning run near their barracks in Varces-Alli鑢es-et-Risset. None was injured. Three people were arrested near
Grenoble at the foot of the Alps. Prosecutors said last night that the driver had
been drunk, had held a grudge against
the army and was not a terrorist.
But a spokesman for the centre-right
opposition Republicans party called for
a return to the state of emergency
brought in after the terrorist attacks in
Paris in November 2015 in which 130
people were killed.
Mr Macron ended the state of emergency last November, replacing it with
tough anti-terrorism laws. The Republicans spokesman said: ?We think that
was a mistake. The state of emergency
enables the forces of law and order to
move much faster and to control [Islamist suspects].?
Virginie Calmels, the deputy leader
of the Republicans, urged Mr Macron
to expel foreigners on an intelligence
agency list of suspected extremists. It
contains about 20,000 people, half of
whom are thought to have Islamist
sympathies. Ms Calmels also called for
imams to be forced to preach in French
rather than Arabic and for all Salafist
mosques to be shut.
An opinion poll published by Le Figaro found overwhelming support for the
Republicans? tough line ? 83 per cent
supported the expulsion of foreign Islamist suspects, and 87 per cent wanted
them detained without trial.
A week ago Radouane Ladkim, 25, a
Moroccan-born terrorist on the list,
killed four people near Carcassonne,
including Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud
Beltrame, 44, whose funeral on Wednesday was attended by the president.
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68 die as blaze engulfs crowded cells
Venezuela
Lucinda Elliott Sao Paulo
Scores of people died after a fire swept
through crowded cells in a police
station in northern Venezuela, leaving
grief-stricken relatives waiting yesterday to hear news of their loved ones.
Officials were yet to formally identify
the dead, but 66 bodies were believed to
belong to male prisoners who were
being held in the city of Valencia, 80
miles west of Caracas. At least two
women visitors were also among those
killed, local officials said. Dozens of
prisoners remained unaccounted for,
although many escaped in the chaos.
?I want justice for my son,? said
Rocky Varlea, 53, whose 27-year-old
child was killed in the blaze. ?Those
who did this should pay.?
The fast-moving fire is believed to
have started when rioting inmates set
fire to mattresses in an attempt to break
out. It quickly engulfed the police
station. Human rights campaigners
blamed the authorities for failing to
address deteriorating conditions in
prisons as the country slides further
into economic ruin.
Relatives desperate for information
clashed yesterday with police who fired
tear gas as they tried to keep control.
The family of Daniel Marquez, who
Relatives waited in vain yesterday for
news of inmates missing after the fire
died in the fire, claimed he called his
wife telling her that prison guards were
pouring petrol in the cellblock before
the fire started. Mr Marquez told his
wife that jailers planned to kill the prisoners and urged her to call lawyers and
other inmates? relatives. Mr Marquez?s
sister-in-law, Sorangel Gutierrez, said
that when relatives arrived at the building they were told to stay away.
Juan Miguel Matheus, an MP, told
reporters: ?For now we do not have a full
list of those who died. There are bodies
that still need to be identified because
their bodies were completely charred.?
A UN human rights spokesman said
he was ?appalled at the horrific deaths?
and urged Venezuela to quickly address
concerns including cramped quarters
that can lead to violence and riots.
Conditions have rapidly deteriorated
in Venezuela?s overcrowded jails amid
nationwide shortages of food, water and
medicine. A lack of space has forced the
authorities to put long-term prisoners
into holding cells like those in Valencia,
where they are supposed to spend a
maximum of 48 hours. There were 200
inmates registered at the station, according to the chief commander.
Window to Freedom, a group that
monitors prison conditions, said there
was evidence to suggest the riot began
when an inmate shot an officer in the
leg. The group posted images online of
inmates being taken away on stretchers.
Carlos Nieto, president of Window to
Freedom, said: ?All the police stations
in Venezuela are facing similar or worse
conditions of overcrowding, lack of
food and disease.?
I was drugged
and deported,
says politician
Kenya
Harriet Salem Nairobi
A Kenyan opposition politician has
claimed that he was beaten, drugged
and held captive in a lavatory at Nairobi?s main international airport for
three days before being dragged on to
an aircraft and deported.
Miguna Miguna, who says that he is
a dual citizen of Canada and Kenya, was
arrested when he arrived in Nairobi on
Monday. He was held for three days
before being bundled on to a plane to
the United Arab Emirates, despite
Kenya?s High Court ruling that he be
released.
In a Facebook post Mr Miguna said
that about 50 men smashed into the
lavatory where he was being held and
assaulted him. He claimed that the
?heavily armed thugs? injected him
with a substance that caused him to lose
consciousness. When he awoke he was
in Dubai.
Mr Miguna is a self-appointed ?general? of the banned National Resistance
Movement and had been a senior adviser to Raila Odinga, the opposition
leader. He was charged with treason for
attending a mock inauguration for Mr
Odinga and deported last month.
Mr Odinga lost last year?s election
but has claimed that there were inconsistencies in the ballot and that he is the
rightful president.
Mr Miguna?s attempt to return to
Kenya came after the High Court
affirmed his right to do so. The Kenyan
authorities defended his deportation as
a ?prohibited immigrant?, claiming that
he applied for a Kenyan passport illegally because he already held Canadian
citizenship. Holding dual citizenship
was illegal in Kenya at the time of his
application, they said. It is now legal.
Libyan al-Qaeda leader
killed in US airstrike
Tripoli A US airstrike has killed
an al-Qaeda leader in Libya.
The attack was the first in the
country against the terrorist
group, which is seizing territory
after the fall of Islamic State.
Musa Abu Dawud, who began his
terrorist activities in 1992, had
been training recruits and
procuring funds and weapons for
attacks on western interests in
the region, US officials said. He
was killed with one other
unknown jihadist on Saturday
near Ubari in the south.
The strike marks a change in
focus for Washington. Al-Qaeda
has had a limited presence in
Libya but is steadily expanding its
grip on the south and the east,
with affiliated groups controlling
areas around the eastern cities of
Benghazi and Derna. The US is
opening a drone base this year in
Agadez, in neighbouring Niger, to
monitor southern Libya.
Israel threatens action
over embassy protests
New York Israel has warned the
United Nations that it is ready to
defend itself on the eve of six
weeks of protests by Palestinians
in Gaza over the opening of the
new US embassy in Jerusalem in
May. Danny Danon, the country?s
ambassador to the UN, said: ?I
reiterate Israel?s right to defend its
sovereignty and protect its
citizens.? He condemned the
planned protest. The army said it
was ready to respond if the
border fence were breached. (AFP)
Coffee must come with
cancer warning label
Los Angeles Starbucks and other
coffee companies in California
must put cancer warning labels
on their products, a judge has
ruled. A non-profit group had
sued under a state law that
requires warnings on a wide
range of chemicals that can cause
cancer, including acrylamide,
which is produced in the roasting
process. Superior Court Judge
Elihu Berle said Starbucks and
others had failed to show that the
threat was insignificant. (Reuters)
Car pool very soaky:
family?s surprise dip
Miami A man and his daughter
swam to safety after their car
rolled into a swimming pool in
Okaloosa Island, Florida. It had
been left by the man?s wife who
ran to their flat to get money but
forgot to put it in park mode. (AP)
French vegan guilty of
condoning terrorism
Paris A French vegan was given a
seven-month suspended jail
sentence after offering ?zero
sympathy? in a Facebook post to
a butcher killed by an Islamist
militant last Friday. The vegan,
from Saint-Gaudens, near
where the attack occurred, was
charged with condoning
terrorism. The French
federation of butchers filed the
complaint against the author of
the post, which was removed.
(Reuters)
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Cosmo falls foul of US morality police
United States
Will Pavia New York
Walmart has removed Cosmopolitan
magazine from its checkout counters
after complaints that the self-described
?bible? of female empowerment was
targeting teenagers with explicit
material that presents women as
?sexual objects?.
The retail giant said that the move to
relegate Cosmopolitan from its aisles to
the general magazine racks was ?primarily a business decision?. However, a
spokeswoman acknowledged that
?concerns raised were heard?.
Those concerns had apparently been
raised by the National Center on Sexual
Exploitation, a group that began life as
an anti-pornography campaign called
Morality in the Media. It was founded
by a Jesuit priest named Morton Hill in
1962, the same year that Cosmopolitan?s
legendary editor Helen Gurley Brown
published a book entitled Sex and the
Single Girl and
stunned America
with the news that
unmarried women
were having sex
and enjoying it.
In recent years
the group, which
was rebranded in
2015, has targeted
both magazines
and an online
database used by
schools which it
accused of carrying
links
to
pornographic
content.
Dawn Hawk-
ins, the group?s executive director, said
that Walmart?s decision represented a
victory for the #MeToo movement
against sexual abuse and
h
harassment.
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messages
about fem
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sexuality as
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she said. ?It
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She said that the
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magazine
?targets
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girls by placing
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former
Disney stars
on its covers, despite the enclosed sexually erotic articles which describe risky
sexual acts like public, intoxicated, or
anal sex in detail. Customers should not
be forced to be exposed to this content
when they are trying to check out at the
store.?
She added: ?This is what real change
looks like in our #MeToo culture? and
said she was ?proud to work with a
major corporation like Walmart to
combat sexually exploitative influences in our society?.
In response, a spokeswoman for Cosmopolitan said the magazine was
?proud of all that the brand has
achieved for women around the world?.
However, a former editor at the
magazine expressed outrage that Ms
Hawkins and her group were trumpeting the decision as a victory for the antisexual harassment movement. ?#Me-
Too is about unwanted sex and sexual
attention, sexual assault and harassment,? said Michelle Ruiz, in an article
for Vogue. Cosmopolitan, and its encyclopedic array of sex tips, has sometimes been criticised for telling women
?how to please your man? but Ruiz said
the magazine had moved in recent
years towards advocating ?more for
women?s sexual pleasure?.
She wrote: ?Shielding women from
reading about the healthy sex they
want to have has absolutely nothing to
do with MeToo.?
Pulling the magazine from counters
?only serves to further shame women
for wanting to own their sex lives. And
that, Ms Hawkins, actually does contribute to the culture of blaming
women that #MeToo is just now tearing down.?
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?Free Hugs? family
die in cliff plunge
A
poster boy for
the Black
Lives Matter
movement
died with his
five siblings and their
adoptive parents when
their car drove over a
cliff in California (Jacqui
Goddard writes).
Devonte Hart, 15, and
his brothers and sisters
aged between 12 and 19,
were adopted by Sarah
and Jennifer Hart, both
39. Their vehicle was
found upside down at
the bottom of a 100ft
drop off the Pacific
Coast Highway.
The ?Hart Tribe? had
travelled the US
promoting unity and
offering free hugs.
Three days before the
crash social workers had
begun investigating
alleged neglect and
abuse by the parents.
?An entire family
Devonte Hart, third right, died with his family as their car crashed in California. He hugged a white officer in a celebrated 2014 photograph, left
perished,? Tom Allman,
the sheriff of Montecito
county, said. ?It was a
very confusing scene
because there were no
skid marks, no brake
marks.?
The family entered the
public eye in 2014 after a
tearful Devonte was
photographed hugging a
police officer at a rally
in Portland, Oregon,
held to protest against
the shooting of an
African-American
teenager by white police
in Ferguson, Missouri.
Devonte, then 12, was in
the crowd holding a
?Free Hugs? sign. There
was an outpouring of
compassion, but also
death threats. The
family moved to a rural
area, educated the
children at home and
rarely ventured out.
It was revealed that
child protection services
were investigating
neighbours? reports that
Devonte often begged
for food as his mothers
were not feeding him.
In 2011 Sarah Hart
had pleaded guilty to
domestic assault after
one daughter turned up
at school with bruises.
School shooting boosts NRA coffers Murder verdict is quashed
Jacqui Goddard Miami
Public donations to America?s biggest
pro-gun lobby group tripled after the
Parkland school shooting in Florida in
which 17 people were killed.
The National Rifle Association increased its digital advertising spending
sixfold after the massacre, with some of
its commercials even being placed on
a YouTube channel advertising children?s toys. Revenue for its ?political victory fund? rose steeply as sympathisers
increased support for gun rights.
?It?s a time in which gun owners feel
threatened, it?s a time in which they see
that maybe there will actually be some
political action on the issue of guns,?
said Travis Ridout, co-director of the
Welseyan Media Project at Washington State University, which tracks polit-
ical spending. ?That stokes fear, which
is a good opportunity for the NRA to
increase donations and membership.?
The shooting on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
claimed the lives of 14 students and
three staff. A further 17 were wounded.
For four days after the massacre, the
NRA fell silent. But after students at the
school launched a powerful call for gun
reform, including a ban on military-style
assault rifles of the kind that killed their
friends, the NRA fought back with an
aggressive advertising push.
In January its political victory fund
received $248,000 in donations. In February the total was $779,062. In the 24
days before the mass killing, daily advertising spending by the NRA averaged $11,300, according to Pathmatics,
a data analysis company. In the 24 days
after the four-day lull, it averaged
$47,300 a day, rising at one point to
$58,000 in a single day. Florida was the
NRA?s ninth most targeted state before
the shooting but rose to third place in
the aftermath. Having spent the past
year ranked 706th on Pathmatics? list of
top YouTube advertisers, the NRA
jumped to 92nd after the tragedy.
Its videos seeking new membership
support ? replete with images of guns
and firebrand speeches ? ran on Kids?
Toys, a YouTube channel aimed at
children, which features videos on Barbie dolls, Play-Doh, Peppa Pig, Smurfs,
Lego and Disney characters.
On Facebook alone, the association?s
daily average spending leapt from
$4,400 in the three weeks before the
shooting to $34,000 in the three weeks
afterwards.
after podcast raised doubts
Will Pavia
A man?s conviction for murdering a
former girlfriend and classmate has
been overturned and a new trial ordered after a hugely popular podcast
highlighted flaws in the case.
Adnan Syed, 37, was jailed in 2000 for
strangling Hae Min Lee, 18, at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore.
Thirteen years later Sarah Koenig, a
radio reporter, began investigating the
case, turning up weaknesses in some of
the evidence used to convict him. The
popular Serial podcast, which aired in
2014, also raised questions about the
performance of Syed?s lawyer, Maria
Gutierrez, who was known as a tena-
cious defence attorney but was said to
have been suffering from multiple sclerosis at the time of the trial and resigned
a year later. In 2016 a judge ordered a
new trial, saying his defence attorney
ought to have raised questions about
mobile phone evidence used by the
prosecution to place Syed in the park
where Ms Hae?s body was found.
Prosecutors appealed against the decision and the Maryland court of special appeals, upheld the lower court?s
ruling yesterday.
Last night Syed?s defence lawyer,
Justin Brown, said he was ?thrilled? at
the decision and added that his client
had conveyed his gratitude to those
who had supported him.
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Chinese space station plummets back to Earth
China
Didi Tang Beijing
A defunct Chinese space station is
tumbling towards Earth and while most
of the 8.5-tonne vessel will burn up in
the atmosphere, some debris is expected to hit the surface this weekend.
It is not clear where or when surviving pieces of the Tiangong 1 will land.
The European Space Agency predicts
re-entry will take place between Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon;
the Chinese space agency estimates
that it will return between Saturday
and Wednesday somewhere between
42.8 degrees north and south of the
Equator, or roughly between the latitudes of New York and Sydney.
Western space experts believe that
Beijing has lost control of the station;
Zhu Zongpeng, China?s chief space
laboratory designer, has denied this.
When it was launched in September
2011 Tiangong 1 ? the name means
Heavenly Palace ? was the pride of
China?s space programme. Some
believe that officials are reluctant to
admit to its uncontrolled demise.
?Official releases never directly use
the phrase ?out of control? but stick to
the expression of ?not functioning?, and
my guess is that the authorities want to
avoid the perception there?s been a fail-
ure,? one Chinese observer wrote. ?The
space lab, designed for two years? use,
operated for four and a half years, and
any dysfunction after two years would
only be reasonable.?
It is about the size of a double-decker
bus and only 10 per cent of it is expected
to survive re-entry. Its heavier components, such as its engines, should remain intact. The chances of a person
being hit by debris is considered to be
less than one in a trillion. Debris from
satellites, space launches and the International Space Station enters the atmosphere every few months but only
one person is known to have been hit by
any of it. Lottie Williams was struck but
not injured by a falling piece of a US
Delta II rocket while exercising in a
park in Oklahoma in 1997.
The best-known space debris was
America?s 77-tonne Skylab, which
crashed through the atmosphere in
1979, spreading wreckage near Perth,
Australia. Australia later fined the US
$400 for littering. The Columbia space
shuttle broke up on re-entry in 2003,
killing all seven astronauts and sending
more than 80,000 pieces of debris raining down on a swathe of the southern
US. No one on the ground was injured.
Tiangong 1 served as an experimental
platform for bigger projects such as the
Tiangong 2, launched in September
2016, and a future permanent Chinese
space station. It hosted two crewed missions, which included China?s first female astronauts, and served as a test
platform for perfecting docking procedures and other operations. Its last
crew departed in 2013 and contact with
it was cut in 2016.
Amazon basin
was home to
millions before
Columbus
Threats and
bribes help
Sisi to 92%
of Egypt vote
Brazil
Egypt
Lucinda Elliott Sao Paulo
Bel Trew
Parts of the Amazon basin were once
far more densely occupied by humans
and intensively farmed than was previously thought.
Archaeologists from Brazil and Britain have discovered a series of interconnected and fortified villages in unexplored parts of the Brazilian state of
Mato Grosso. The communities are
thought to have flourished between
1200 and 1500.
Using satellite imagery to identify
ancient geoglyphs ? large man-made
patterns drawn out on the ground for
ceremonies and farming ? they have
uncovered evidence that the land was
used to grow food for the settlements.
?It certainly wasn?t populated only near
the banks of large rivers, and the people
who lived there did change the landscape,? said Jos� Iriarte, at the University of Exeter, a member of the research
team. ?The area we surveyed had a population of at least tens of thousands.?
The discovery challenges the widely
held belief that only small groups of
nomadic people settled around the
Amazon River in pre-Columbian times.
Up to one million people may have
lived in the settlements, according to
the study funded by the National Geographic Society and the European Research Council. The area studied makes
up 7 per cent of the basin ? which
means that up to ten million people
may have lived in the region. Previous
estimates put the population of the entire basin at two million.
The area studied has one of the highest rates of deforestation today owing
to crop cultivation and cattle ranching,
with significant consequences for global climate change.
Jonas Gregorio de Souza, an archaeologist at the University of Exeter, said:
?The Amazon is crucial to regulating
the Earth?s climate, and knowing more
about its history will help everyone
make informed decisions about how it
should be cared for in the future.?
President Sisi of Egypt has been reelected with 92 per cent of the vote,
according to preliminary reports but
his victory has been marred by claims
of coercion at polling stations.
Mr Sisi needed a high turnout and a
resounding win to lend legitimacy to
the three-day election. Only one person, a little-known regime supporter,
was allowed to run against him.
Al-Ahram, the state-run newspaper,
said Mr Sisi had won 92 per cent of the
25 million votes cast and Moussa Mostafa Moussa took 3 per cent.
Turnout was reported to have been
40 per cent, very high for Egypt. Mr
Moussa conceded on Wednesday
night. The official result will be announced on April 2.
The vote was undermined by claims
that serious contenders were intimidated into dropping out. Seven challengers
renounced their bids or were jailed.
There were also reports of citizens bullied into voting to bolster the turnout.
Government employees including
teachers, medics and railway workers
told The Times they had been forced to
vote by managers and officials who
threatened to sack them, transfer them
or cut their salaries. Other voters said
they were bribed with money or food.
In 2014, Mr Sisi won 97 per cent of the
vote less than a year after he led the
military overthrow of the unpopular
Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi. However, his popularity has declined as
terrorism has risen, freedoms have
been curbed and inflation has hit 40 per
cent. Human rights groups fear that he
may abolish presidential term limits.
?There will be a harsher crackdown,?
one young activist said. ?Sisi wants to
leave nothing behind but his ideas, to
demolish the opposition and wipe clear
any voices against his own beliefs. This
gives him legitimacy.?
6 Bel Trew was until recently The
Times?s correspondent in Cairo. She has
been expelled for no good reason.
Crash landing
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Trump factions ?locked
in brutal power struggle?
United States
Boer Deng Washington
The latest victim of President Trump?s
purge has described a brutal power
struggle taking place within the administration as rival factions create a ?toxic,
chaotic, disrespectful and subversive?
political environment to oust dissenters.
David Shulkin, whose removal as
secretary of veterans affairs was
announced by Mr Trump via Twitter,
accused the White House of silencing
critics and claimed that his removal
was the result of a plot to privatise
services offered by the Department of
Veterans Affairs, which he tried to stop.
?Until the past few months, veteran
issues were dealt with in a largely bipartisan way,? Dr Shulkin, 58, wrote in
The New York Times hours
after he was sacked.
?Unfortunately,
the
department has become
entangled in a brutal
power struggle, with
some political appointees choosing to promote their agendas
instead of what?s best
for veterans.?
Dr Shulkin claimed
that politics prevented him
from answering questions
over an ethics scandal that
he was facing. He had been accused of
misusing money from the department
to take his wife with him on a trip to
Denmark and for visits to Britain that
appeared to have little to do with his job.
?There was nothing improper about
this trip, and I was not allowed to put up
an official statement or to even respond
to this by the White House. I think this
was really just being used in a political
context to try to make sure that I wasn?t
as effective as a leader moving forward,? he told National Public Radio.
Announcing his decision, Mr Trump
tweeted his thanks to Dr Shulkin and
nominated Ronny Jackson, his presidential physician, in his place. Dr Jackson, 50, was also physician to Barack
Obama and served as a naval doctor,
rising to rear admiral. He has never run
a government agency and veterans
groups balked at the nomination.
Joe Chenelly, of the charity Amvets, said: ?We?re highly concerned. We don?t know this guy.?
Dr Shulkin is the third cabinet
secretary
to
leave
the
administration in the 14 months
that Mr Trump has been in
office, in a White House
that has had a record
turnover. Tom Price,
the former health secPresident Trump has
lost 15 of his advisers
retary, and Rex Tillerson, the secretary
of state, are the two others.
Four communications directors, two
national security advisers, a press secretary, a chief political strategist, a chief
of staff, a White House staff secretary,
an FBI director and an acting attorneygeneral have also left. The pace of dismissal and reshuffling appears to have
risen in recent months and further
changes are expected as Mr Trump has
bridled at the restraints of the more seasoned hands on his team.
Last week he replaced HR McMaster,
a three-star general, with John Bolton,
a hawkish former diplomat, as his
national security adviser. His economics chief was switched from Gary Cohn,
a former Goldman Sachs banker, to
Larry Kudlow, a television commentator. Another TV personality, the Fox
News contributor Mercedes Schlapp, is
said to be in line to replace Hope Hicks,
the communications director and one
of Mr Trump?s longest serving aides,
whose last day was yesterday.
6 A federal judge rejected a request by
the porn film star Stormy Daniels to
question President Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen under oath. The
motion by Ms Daniels, real name
Stephanie Clifford, was ?premature and
must be denied?, a California judge said
yesterday. Mr Trump denies Ms Daniels?s claims that she had sex with him in
2006.
Clooney to
defend
Burma
journalists
A
mal Clooney,
the human
rights barrister,
is to represent two
Reuters journalists on
trial in Burma for
their reporting of a
massacre of Rohingya
men and boys. Wa
Lone, 31, and Kyaw
Soe Oo, 27, face 14
years in prison if
convicted of violating
official secrets laws.
They contend they
were set up by police
who handed them
secret papers.
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?Cult leader? charged
with sex trafficking
United States
Will Pavia New York
The head of a secretive group which
offered guidance to chief executives
and Hollywood actresses on ?ethical?
leadership was brought back to New
York yesterday to face sex trafficking
charges and allegations that he turned
female followers into sex slaves branded with his initials.
Keith Raniere, 57, was arrested at a
villa in Mexico on Sunday where he was
alleged to be hiding with several female
followers. He faces a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison if found guilty.
Once described as ?the world?s
strangest executive coach?, Mr Raniere?s business leadership group NXIVM
is said to have advised a chief executive
of Enron, the daughter of a Mexican
president and Hollywood actresses. He
also won over two young heiresses of
the Seagram whisky empire, Sara and
Clare Bronfman, who were said to have
risen quickly within the ranks. They
launched an organisation called the
World Ethical Foundations Consortium, naming Mr Raniere as its ?conceptual founder?.
The Bronfman sisters claimed the
support of Sir Richard Branson and organised an event in 2009 that they said
would be attended by the Dalai Lama.
However, a spokeswoman for Sir Richard said he had neither met Mr Raniere
nor attended any of his seminars, and
had given ?a short quote in support? of
the event only because he thought it was
to ?promote the application of compassionate ethics in the world community?.
Prosecutors said Mr Raniere established NXIVM 20 years ago as a ?pyramid scheme? in which members paid
$5,000 for a five-day workshop and
were encouraged to recruit others in
order to cover the costs of further
courses and to rise within the ranks of
the organisation. They said the
NXIVM curriculum included ?teachings about the need for men to have
multiple sexual partners and the need
for women to be monogamous?.
The actress Allison Mack is said to
have become a member of NXIVM,
along with Kristin Kreuk, her co-star in
the television series Smallville. Nicki
Clyne, who appeared in Battlestar Galactica, was also identified as a member.
?Raniere has maintained a rotating
group of 15 to 20 women with whom he
maintains sexual relationships,? they
said in court documents. ?These
women are not permitted to have
sexual relationships with anyone but
Raniere.?
In 2015 a secret group named ?DOS?
formed within the ranks of NXIVM?s
female devotees, prosecutors said, representing a Latin phrase ?Dominus Obsequious Sororium? (Master Over the
Slave Women). New initiates had to
provide ?collateral? in the form of assets
or compromising videos of themselves
which would be released if they left the
organisation.
JAKE MILMAN/CATERS NEWS
Agnostics look
on the bright
side of life
Germany
David Crossland Berlin
Open wide Freedivers in Florida are saving sharks by bravely putting their hands
into the predators? mouths to pull out fishing hooks that can hinder their hunting
German agnostics have won a battle to
screen Monty Python?s Life of Brian on
Good Friday after taking their case to
the constitutional court.
About 500 people will gather in a
nightclub in Bochum in the Ruhr region
today to watch the comedy that was accused of blasphemy on its release in 1979
and remains banned from public showing on religious days.
The event is being organised by a
group opposed to the dominance of the
churches in Germany. It wants to overturn a wider law banning dancing, sports
events and the screening of hundreds of
films on Good Friday and other Christian holidays. ?We?re going to commit the
ultimate provocation by dancing when
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
comes on,? Martin Budich, 67, a retired
teacher, said.
The group appealed to the court after
being fined for a previous screening.
The court rejected the case and told
them to seek a special permit. The city
granted one for this year only. The campaigners will fight again next year.
Mr Budich said: ?We?re not opposed
to the entire law but against the
passage that says on quiet Christian
holidays everyone has to be sad and depressed, even non-Christians. It?s outdated.? He never tires of the film. ?It
wonderfully satirises religious dogmatism,? he said.
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$2,000,000,000: Barclays fine for sale of US toxic mortgages
James Dean US Business Editor
American prosecutors fined Barclays
$2 billion yesterday as the bank agreed
to settle claims that it fraudulently missold toxic mortgage products before
the financial crisis.
The fine is the latest in a long line of
penalties issued by American and
British financial watchdogs relating to
banks? conduct before the crash in
2008. It is one of the largest to be lev-
elled against a British bank, although
smaller than last year?s $5.5 billion penalty for Royal Bank of Scotland.
Complex financial instruments
known as residential mortgage-backed
securities (RMBS), which have been
blamed for causing the financial crisis,
are at the heart of the cases. Some securities were built upon subprime mortgages ? risky loans agreed with poor
customers that had a high risk of default. When a credit squeeze forced
these customers to default in large
numbers, the value of many securities
plunged.
Barclays has substantial investment
banking operations in the US, where it
bought the remnants of Lehman Brothers after its collapse in 2008.
Richard Donoghue, US attorney for
the Eastern District of New York, said
that the ?substantial? penalty for
Barclays was ?an important step in
recognising the harm that was caused
to the national economy and to investors in RMBS?.
The Department of Justice accused
Barclays of engaging in a fraudulent
scheme to sell 36 deals to investors
between 2005 and 2007. These securities contained $31 billion of subprime
and other risky mortgages and more
than half of the loans defaulted, the DoJ
said. Barclays ?systematically and
intentionally? misled investors about
the quality of the mortgage loans in
Trade war fears
send FTSE 100
to biggest fall
in seven years
Miles Costello
Minister to rule on public interest in takeover
The government has warned that it
could block Melrose?s �billion takeover of GKN on public interest grounds
after shareholders voted to approve the
deal by a narrow margin.
After a bitter 11-week battle that has
gripped the City, Melrose, the industrial
conglomerate that has been dismissed
as an asset stripper by politicians and
trade unions, claimed victory in its bid
to buy GKN with 52. 4 per cent of shareholders voting for the deal.
Yet news of Melrose?s victory led to
calls for the company to safeguard the
future of 5,500 GKN workers in the UK
and demands for the government to
step in and protect the company.
Greg Clark, the business secretary,
said the government had a ?statutory
responsibility? to consider whether the
deal in its final form gave rise to public
interest concerns on the grounds of financial stability and national security.
Mr Clark said an assessment would be
conducted by the ?appropriate authorities? ? understood to be led by the
Ministry of Defence ? and the conclusion would be set out ?in due course?.
?Now that shareholders have made
their decision, the government has a
statutory responsibility to consider
whether the merger gives rise to public
interest concerns in the areas of media
plurality, financial stability and
national security,? Mr Clark said.
GKN has annual sales of � billion
from making aircraft and automotive
components, with customers including
Airbus and Jaguar Land Rover. It employs 60,000 people globally, though
only 10 per cent are in Britain, including
automotive workers in the Midlands
and a plant in Filton, near Bristol.
The takeover had become controversial in Westminster not only because of
GKN?s work but because it has a
�4 billion pension deficit. The trade
union Unite, which has been campaigning against the deal, said that it
would be holding Melrose?s ?feet to the
fire? over promises to keep GKN British
and would continue pressing the
government to intervene.
Melrose is a �5 billion industrial
conglomerate with a track record in
buying and shaking up underperforming companies and selling them on,
though its experience to date has been
with smaller engineering companies.
Melrose announced shortly after 4pm
yesterday that it had secured the votes
it needed from GKN investors to buy
the company.
Christopher Miller, chairman of Melrose, said that GKN would be ?entering
into very good hands?. He added: ?We
are delighted and grateful to have received support from GKN shareholders
for our plan to create a UK industrial
powerhouse with a market capitalisation of over � billion and a tremendous future. Melrose has made commitments as to investment in R&D,
skills and people and we are excited
about putting these into action.?
Shares in GKN closed last night up
nearly 10 per cent, 40p higher at 463p.
GKN released a statement after Melrose had declared victory to tell the rest
of its shareholders to accept the Melrose bid. However, the management
of GKN said: ?The board considers
the offer fundamentally undervalues
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Clark warns
Melrose over
GKN victory
Robert Lea Industrial Editor
publicly filed documents and private
communications with investors and
rating agencies, the DoJ alleged. It said
that these investors lost billions of
dollars.
Barclays denied the charges and refused to settle during negotiations with
the DoJ, prompting the department to
sue the bank in December 2016. Yesterday?s settlement will be regarded as
vindication of that strategy. Barclays
Roll of dice
to rescue
star casino
T
he Mayfair
casino where
Roger Moore
once rubbed
shoulders with Britt
Ekland, above, has
closed its doors and
could be sold (Dominic
Walsh writes). The
Clermont Club, owned
by Quek Leng Chan,
the Malaysian tycoon,
has attracted bid
interest from Brooke
Greville, a local
resident, who said he
was concerned about
the closure of ?one of
the best names in the
casino world?. He said
that he and his
associates had made
an offer and that he
planned to expand the
brand internationally.
In the 1960s Princess
Margaret and the
actors Peter Sellers
and Tony Curtis visited
the casino. Mr Quek
bought it from Rank in
2006 for � million.
Britain?s blue-chip shares suffered their
worst quarterly fall in nearly seven
years as fears of an international trade
war with the United States and a tech
market sell-off battered stocks.
After enduring intense volatility this
year, the FTSE 100 closed up 11.87
points at 7,056.61 last night. While it
marked a gain of 0.17 per cent on the
day, shares on the index have lost
8.2 per cent of their value this year.
That is the worst performance since
the third quarter of 2011 and came
despite the FTSE 100 hitting a record
high of 7,778.64 in mid-January, since
when it has fallen by 9.3 per cent.
The decline has mainly been attributed to fears that steel and aluminium
import tariffs of 25 per cent and 10 per
cent respectively, introduced by President Trump, will spark a damaging
trade war with China that could also
ensnare the European Union.
Some of yesterday?s gains were
helped by a fall in the value of the pound
against the dollar. Companies in the
FTSE 100 are heavily exposed to earnings in the dollar so the index tends to
benefit when it is performing well. Sterling, which was trading at just above
$1.402 yesterday, has risen by almost
3.8 per cent against the dollar this year
in response to economic indicators
suggesting that GDP is picking up
steam and interest rates are on the rise.
After four years of strong gains, fears
of a sharp drop in tech stocks on Wall
Street have been exacerbated in recent
weeks by a data privacy scandal that
has gripped Facebook and Google.
US markets have also endured a torrid first quarter. The Dow Jones industrial average, which closed 254.69
points higher last night at 24,103.11, is
down 2.3 per cent this year. The
S&P 500 climbed 36.92 points to
2,641.92 and is 1.2 per cent lower over
the first quarter. The technology-heavy
Nasdaq index rose 114.21 points to
7,063.44, still 2.9 per cent off this year.
Markets, page 45
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Need to know
1
GKN, one of Britain?s largest,
oldest and most important
engineering companies, has
fallen to an �billion hostile
takeover from Melrose, a smaller
UK industrial conglomerate,
pending clearance from the
government. The news, which
stunned many in the City, sparked
a hail of protests from trade
unions. Pages 2, 33
2
American prosecutors have
fined Barclays $2 billion as the
bank agreed to settle claims
that it fraudulently mis-sold toxic
mortgage products before the
financial crisis. The fine is the
latest in a long line of penalties
issued by American and British
financial watchdogs relating to
banks? conduct before the crash in
2008. Page 33
3
Britain?s premier share index
has suffered its worst
quarterly fall in nearly seven
years as fears of an international
trade war with the United States
and a tech market sell-off battered
stocks. The FTSE 100 closed up
11.87 points at 7,056.61 last night
but the index has lost 8.2 per cent
of its value this year. Page 33
4
President Trump has stepped
up his war of words with Jeff
Bezos, the founder of
Amazon, by accusing the company
of putting thousands of
independent retailers out of
business. He tweeted that Amazon
paid ?little or no taxes? and used
the US postal system as its
?delivery boy?, which caused
?tremendous loss to the US?.
GKN implosion led it to lose takeove
Robert Lea Industrial Editor
And so the recriminations begin. How
did GKN?s board get itself in such a
pickle that it has lost a takeover battle to
a company that it scorned as just one
tenth of its size ? Melrose, a curiosity
from the lower leagues that has spent
the past 15 years building up a conglomerate of unfashionable businesses and
then selling off the parts?
How did unions and politicians get
into a row about safeguarding British
jobs when a scorched-earth policy of
the GKN board put its entire 5,500
workforce at risk and Melrose was
6
Household spending, which is
considered the bedrock of
economic expansion, slowed
to its lowest annual growth since
2011 last year in the face of rising
inflation and stagnant wage
growth, even as borrowing
increased and consumers dipped
further into their savings. Page 36
7
David Ross, co-founder of
Carphone Warehouse, has
played a key role in a
� million rescue of Jigsaw, the
womenswear retailer. Page 38
8
Michael Spencer, one of the
City?s most prominent figures,
will join the board of the
American futures exchange CME
after agreeing to sell it Nex, his
electronic trading business, for
�9 billion. Page 39
9
The Financial Reporting
Council, the accountancy
watchdog, has been urged to
investigate the collapse of
Conviviality, the owner of Bargain
Booze and Wine Rack, after it
warned that it would go into
administration within days. Page 41
10
Takeda Pharmaceutical
faced questions over the
potential impact on its
finances as the Japanese
drugmaker continued to weigh
whether to launch an ambitious
takeover bid for Shire. Page 43
GKN?s succession planning for the
chief executive role was as big a disaster
as it could be. Adam Walker, the finance
director, quit when Kevin Cummings
was given the job.
When Mr Cummings was dismissed
because of an accounting scandal in his
aerospace division, the retiring chief
executive Nigel Stein was not regarded
as the right person to take charge.
Instead the job was handed to Anne
Stevens, a part-time director on its
board who hadn?t held an executive job
at a big company in the 12 years since
she left Ford.
None of this reflects well on Mike
Bid battleground
1759
Founded
2003
Engineering that moves the world
Company motto
2017
Revenues
Profits/loss
Buy, improve, sell
�.4bn
�8m
Turner, the chairman. One of Britain?s
more abrasive captains of industry, he
left his job as chief executive of BAE
Systems a decade ago amid a huge
boardroom row.
The rescue plan hatched by Mr
Turner and Ms Stevens looked like the
sort of break-up that critics feared
Melrose wanted to pursue. GKN said
that it would spin off its automotive
division, which accounts for 50 per cent
of the group, to Dana in the United
States. Dana said last night that it was
not particularly bothered that its deal
wasn?t going through.
During the bid GKN executives
GKN's aerospace
factory in Severn
Beach
�1bn
-�.6m
Melrose goes public with offer for GKN;
GKN says the proposal is hostile and will
look at demerger to prevent Melrose
takeover; GKN appoints new chief
executive Anne Stevens, below
Business select committee
chairwoman Rachel
Reeves, left, says minister
should protect GKN
JANUARY
FEBRUARY
12
16
8
GKN pension trustees
warn Melrose that any
bid must plug the
pension deficit, which is
later valued at �4bn
5
The sell-off in
cryptocurrencies has
continued with bitcoin hitting
its lowest price in nearly two
weeks as fears of a further
regulatory clampdown as well as a
social media ban on adverts drove
down their values. Bitcoin traded
below $7,500 yesterday after losing
more than 5 per cent of its value.
arguing that it would be investing in the
facilities? And how did Greg Clark, the
business secretary, manage to sound
like he was the broker in this bid battle
when he was merely a bystander
because his industrial strategy has yet
to set out a policy on takeovers?
It would be churlish to argue that the
biggest hostile takeover in Britain for a
decade was lost by GKN rather than
won by Melrose. Yet Melrose admitted
on day one that its approach had been
opportunistic, prompted by an autumn
implosion on the GKN board after
years of financial underperformance
and missed profit margin targets.
Work on wing for an
Airbus A380
15
GKN formal defence
document says Melrose bid
is ?low price and high risk?
TheTimes,
January 17
TheTimes, February 16
Trump attacks Amazon
over damage to retailers
James Dean US Business Editor
President Trump has stepped up his
war of words with Jeff Bezos, the
founder of Amazon, by accusing the
company of putting thousands of
independent retailers out of business.
Amazon paid ?little or no taxes? and
used the US postal system as its
?delivery boy?, which caused ?tremendous loss to the US?, Mr Trump said on
Twitter yesterday.
His attacks on Amazon could stem in
part from his dislike of The Washington
Post, which is owned by Mr Bezos, the
world?s richest person. The newspaper
has run a steady stream of negative stories about Mr Trump since he launched
his presidential campaign in 2015.
Amazon is the world?s largest retailer
by market value, which was about
$690 billion yesterday, and is the
second largest private employer behind
Walmart, the US supermarket chain.
Amazon makes most of its money from
online retail but also has interests in
cloud computing, consumer electronics and television and film production.
Shortly before Mr Trump?s tweet
yesterday morning, Amazon shares
were higher by 1.6 per cent in early trading in New York. On the back of his
comments the shares fell initially but
ended 1.1 per cent higher at $1,447.34 by
the close.
Mr Trump?s attack came the day after
a report suggested that he was ?obsessed? with Amazon and was seeking
to curb its power.
Citing evidence from five sources,
Axios, the US news website, reported
on Wednesday that Mr Trump was
considering changing Amazon?s tax
treatment to protect ?mom and
pop? businesses.
Sarah Sanders, the White
House spokeswoman, said that
the president was ?always
looking to create a level playing field for all businesses
and this is no different
...
he?s always
going to look at different ways, but
President Trump?s
tweet stepped up
his war of words
with Jeff Bezos
there aren?t any specific policies on the
table at this time.?
Amazon?s shares fell by as much as
7.4 per cent on Wednesday, equivalent
to $53 billion of the company?s market
value, although they recovered to close
down by 3.8 per cent.
Shares in big technology companies
including Amazon, Facebook, Apple
and Alphabet have been subject to
heavy selling all week as the Cambridge
Analytica data scandal unfolds. Early
yesterday morning Amazon shares
were down by 11 per cent for the week.
Amazon has long been accused of
failing to pay enough tax by using
complex but legal avoidance schemes.
The company paid just �4 million in
UK corporation tax
in 2016 despite its
sales rising by
more than 50 per
cent to �5 billion.
Oxfam has said
that companies
such as Amazon
?exploit flaws in global tax laws and use
tax havens to avoid paying their fair
share?.
It is unclear why Mr Trump is angry
about Amazon?s use of the US mail.
Studies overwhelmingly show, and the
postal service?s reports confirm, that
Amazon has provided a boost to
delivery companies because more
Americans are choosing home delivery
over buying goods in shops.
In May 2016 Mr Trump told Fox
News that Amazon was ?getting away
with murder tax-wise? and Mr Bezos
was ?using The Washington Post for
power so that the politicians in
Washington don?t tax Amazon like they
should be taxed?.
At the time, the Post was thought to
be investigating Mr Trump?s property
businesses. Earlier in the year he said of
Amazon and Mr Bezos at a campaign
rally in Texas: ?Believe me, if I become
president, oh do they have problems.?
Mr Bezos has said that Mr Trump?s
repeated attacks ?aren?t appropriate?
and ?erodes our democracy around the
edges?. He has also joked that he would
like to send Mr Trump to space through
his Blue Origin company.
?Will still reserve him a seat on the
Blue Origin rocket #sendDonaldtospace,? he said on Twitter.
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e battle it should have won
er
indicated that they would also consider
the sale of the powder metallurgy engineering parts business and the wings
and fuselage part of its aerospace businesses. That left just its aero engine
components operations, which account
for 10 per cent of the group?s � billion
in annual sales. That unions and MPs
were campaigning for GKN to be left
unmolested, when its executives had
plans to ditch operations that account
for all 5,500 UK jobs, is testament to a
fundamental lack of understanding of
how big companies operate.
For those demanding that Britain
reform its takeover laws, Mr Clark
amply demonstrated his lack of powers.
His own industrial strategy white paper
gives him no power to intervene, nor
does the Companies Act.
His only fallback is the Enterprise
Act and grounds of national security.
Mr Clark said last night that the Ministry of Defence would be called in to
present evidence. GKN is a tier 1 supplier, a provider of parts to original equipment manufacturers such as RollsRoyce and BAE Systems who hold all
the security-sensitive intellectual
property. If Melrose?s bid falls foul of
national security takeover provisions, it
would suggest other forces are at work.
continued from page 33
Clark warning over deal
GKN.? The deal results in GKN shareholders holding the majority of the
shares in the enlarged company, which
should in due course become a FTSE
100 conglomerate worth more than
� billion. In an attempt to block the
Melrose bid, GKN had signed a deal to
merge its automotive interests with
Dana, a US rival. Last night James
Kamsickas, Dana?s chief executive, said:
?This has always been an opportunity,
not a required or critical asset.?
GKN Westland aerospace
industrial premises on
the Isle of Wight
GKN does deal to
sell its automotive
business Driveline
to Dana of the US
TheTimes, March 10
GKN shareholders
vote on whether
to accept
Melrose?s offer
Columbia Threadneedle, the
City institution and GKN's third
biggest shareholder, says it
will reject Melrose deal
MARCH
9
12
Melrose increases its bid to �n
with bigger share offer to GKN
holders, Aviva the insurance
company and GKN shareholder, says
it backs the Melrose bid
14
19
Major GKN customer
Airbus says it has
concerns about
Melrose takeover
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29
Greg Clark, business
secretary, left,
intervenes to
extract Melrose
pledge to keep GKN
British
TheTimes,
March 28
Bitcoin driven down by Japan setback
Harry Wilson City Editor
The sell-off in cryptocurrencies continued yesterday with bitcoin hitting its
lowest price in nearly two weeks as
fears of a further regulatory clampdown as well as a social media ban on
adverts drove down their values.
The cryptocurrency market had
been worth more than $800 billion as
recently as January, but as of Thursday
the total value of bitcoin, ethereum and
other virtual currencies had fallen
below $300 billion, highlighting the
scale of the fall in their prices.
Digital or cryptocurrencies have no
physical form and exist only as strings
of computer code. Most were launched
with the goal of becoming decentralised currencies over which governments and corporations could exert no
control. However, millions of investors
across the world have bought them in
such large numbers that their prices
have soared. Financiers say that they
are now more akin to commodities
than currencies.
Bitcoin was yesterday trading below
$7,500 after losing more than 5 per cent
of its value. Hurting the digital currency was news of the closure of two Japanese cryptocurrency exchanges that
had reportedly decided to cease busi-
$7,440
Bitcoin price last night
ness as local regulators looked to get
tougher on the market.
The market had already been struggling after Twitter confirmed this week
that it would ban advertising for
cryptocurrencies over concerns that
such adverts were being used by
fraudsters to scam would-be investors.
Twitter?s move followed similar actions
by Facebook and Google, which had
already barred cryptocurrency adverts.
?Last week?s negativity hasn?t faded
away and there isn?t any significant
improvement in the bull power,? Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at
Think Markets, said.
Fears over the use of bitcoin for financial crime has led regulators and big
banks to be wary. In February, Lloyds
Banking Group banned its customers
from using their credit cards to buy
bitcoin, arguing that it exposed them to
big losses if it crashed in value.
Back then bitcoin was changing
hands at more than $11,000 but its price
has swung wildly since, as investor
sentiment towards it has ebbed and
flowed. A sell-off in early February led
its price to hover close to $7,500 but by
the beginning of March it was quoted at
more than $11,400, before beginning its
steady fall over the past three weeks.
Investor relief at Barclays? $2bn fine
Continued from page 33
shares rose by 1.4 per cent shortly after
the DoJ announced the settlement,
which was at the lower end of analysts?
forecasts. They were 0.2 per cent higher
at 206絧.
Jes Staley, Barclays chief executive,
described the settlement as ?fair and
proportionate?. He said: ?It has been a
priority for this management team
from the start to resolve these historic
issues in a timely and appropriate manner wherever possible.? The bank in-
tended to keep its promise to pay a dividend of 6.5p per share this year, he said.
Ian Gordon, an analyst at Investec,
said that the settlement was ?good
news? for Barclays and had come much
earlier than expected.
As part of the settlement, the DoJ
agreed to drop charges against two
former Barclays executives named as
defendants in the case. Paul Menefee,
of Austin, Texas, who was Barclays? top
US banker for subprime RMBS, and
John Carroll, of Port Washington, New
York, the lead US trader for subprime
loan acquisitions, agreed to pay a
$2 million settlement between them.
Lawyers for Mr Carroll and Mr Menefee said that their clients denied any
wrongdoing.
The largest fine levelled for alleged
securities mis-selling was the $16.7 billion against Bank of America in 2015,
which is also the largest banking fine in
history. Deutsche Bank paid $7.2 billion
in January last year and Credit Suisse
paid $5.3 billion in December 2016.
Melrose victory is in
nation?s interests
business commentary Alistair Osborne
I
t was close all right, closer than
it should have been. As close as
Brexit, 52:48. But contrary to
what some bonkers MPs claim
? Birmingham Erdington?s
Jack Dromey, for one ? this is no
?bleak day for British industry?.
Quite the opposite. Melrose?s
�billion bid is by far the best
outcome for GKN?s owners, workers
and pensioners. Only the most
blinkered observers could fail to
spot that ? a bandwagon that sadly
includes our hapless business
secretary Greg Clark. Indeed, the
greatest achievement of Anne
Stevens, the non-exec hastily thrust
into the GKN hot seat, was to
engineer a complete role reversal.
By the end of the 11-week tussle, it
was Melrose ? a business whose
corporate motto is ?buy, improve,
sell? ? that had emerged as the
long-term player, willing to give
five-year commitments not to sell
the aerospace business. And all after
the ridiculously late intervention of
the dozy Mr Clark.
By contrast, GKN?s overpromoted management team had
defined themselves as proper shortterm smash-up artists, so desperate
to keep their jobs that they were
happy to fire-sale businesses
representing 73 per cent of turnover
? and maybe more, too. Who can
forget the last pathetic stand of
GKN chairman Mike Turner,
lambasting Melrose for its pledge
over aerospace because it
?significantly limited? its flexibility
and so ?adversely affected? the
division?s value? And all from a man
who?d egged on Airbus, its biggest
customer, to sound off about
Melrose being short-termist.
True, Ms Stevens put up a spirited
fight. But to call her team?s defence
incoherent is far too polite. It was an
insult to most people?s intelligence.
One minute she was banging on
about her Project Boost margin
improvement plan, the next she was
splitting the business up via a
demerger, then she was flogging
control of GKN?s biggest business
Driveline for a bombed-out price to
America?s Dana for a load of USlisted shares few UK investors
wanted ? a price falling by the day,
too, thanks to Dana?s tanking shares
(only bouncing yesterday when the
deal was off). Then, powder
metallurgy was put on the block. All
topped off with finance chief Jos
Sclater telling the Financial Times
that aerostructures might go too.
Or to put it another way, the team
that had draped itself in the Union
Jack, was ready to sell nine-tenths of
GKN smartish ? for less than it
was worth. True, the Melrose team,
under executive chairman
Christopher Miller, must now
deliver on its plan to invest in
GKN?s businesses, raise their
profitability and only sell or float
them when they?ve maximised
value. And their record of total
shareholder returns topping 3,000
per cent since 2005 won?t count for
much if they screw up with by far
their biggest company to date. But
they?ve earned their chance.
Besides, Ms Stevens should look
on the bright side. Just ten days ago
she was grubbily awarded 390,634
performance shares, today worth
�7 million: a sort of insurance
policy against losing. Enough then
for a proper 70th birthday bash ?
to toast her real one in December
rather than her official one this
month, listed at Companies House.
As for Mr Clark, he?s wittering on
about examining the takeover of
one British engineering company by
another on spurious ?national
security? grounds. He should save
himself the trouble. It?s in the
nation?s interests that Melrose won.
Terry?s Nex deal
W
here?s Terry? That was the
key question at Boca 2018
? the happening event for
all aficionados of financial futures.
Terry Duffy, boss of Chicago-based
CME, had been a perennial fixture
at the annual shindig in Boca Raton,
Florida. Unsurprisingly too: he runs
the world?s biggest futures exchange.
A day after the conflab, everyone
had their answer. Mr Duffy had
been too busy working on a bid for
Nex Group, the electronic trading
platform its boss Michael Spencer
span off in 2016 from Icap ? the
outfit he founded more than 30
years ago. And, who knows, maybe
Shore Capital was right that the bid
approach, sending Nex shares up 30
per cent to 874p, sounded so good
that ?Nex should lock the CME
representatives in a room until an
offer was made? (report, page 39).
Two weeks on, Mr Spencer?s got
himself an agreed �9 billion bid at
� a share: the sole disappointment
being it?s only half in cash. The deal
combines the CME?s skills in futures
with Nex?s in the cash, over-thecounter and post-trade arenas ?
potentially delivering what Mr
Duffy calls a ?one-stop shop? for
clients. It delivers Mr Spencer, who
did attend Boca and is joining the
CME board, �0 million for his 17.6
per cent stake ? on top of the �0
million from selling Icap. Shore says
the bid equates to 44 times forecast
earnings, probably enough to deter
rival bidders, as Nex?s share price
implied ? up 1 per cent to 973p.
Mr Duffy, who has known Mr
Spencer for 25 years, has also
delivered a fair vote of confidence in
UK financial services post-Brexit.
As he put it: ?When you look at the
infrastructure London has built, it?s
second to none. I don?t see that
picking up and running off.? He can
tell Boca all about it next year.
Hangover ahead
M
ore proof of the dangers of
binge drinking. Conviviality
has gone from a
�0 million company to all but bust
in four weeks ? a spectacular
effort, even from a board mainlining
Bargain Booze (report, page 41). Yes,
bits of a business employing 2,600
people and central to the drinks
industry?s supply chains should be
rescued. But sacked chief executive
Diana Hunter, chairman David
Adams and the present and former
finance chiefs ? Mark Moran and
Andrew Humphreys ? have lots of
explaining to do. They?ll need a stiff
drink before the MPs inquiry.
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Business
IMAGEPLOTTER NEWS AND SPORTS/ALAMY
Yasmin Akrofi-Rollock, an
apprentice at Kew Gardens,
is part of a dwindling trend
Apprenticeship levy
failing its first test
B
usiness leaders
have demanded
urgent reforms to
how vocational
training is funded after
official figures revealed
a 25 per cent decline in
the take-up of
apprenticeships (James
Hurley writes).
Since the introduction
of the ?apprenticeship
levy?, which was
intended to improve
Britain?s skills base, the
number of people
starting training
schemes has fallen
markedly.
Preliminary figures
from the Department
for Education show that
194,100 apprenticeship
starts were reported in
England for the first two
quarters of the 2017-18
academic year,
compared with 258,800
a year earlier.
The decline was
revealed as the first
anniversary of the
levy approaches. The
are doing their best to
push through the
complexities of
delivering
apprenticeships, greater
employer flexibility in
using levy funds is
needed so they can
expand provision.?
The CBI has called for
businesses to be allowed
to pool more of their
levy with others near by,
or in the same sector,
and to combine with
local colleges to create
centres for excellence
for apprenticeships. The
Federation of Small
Businesses wants large
companies to be able to
share their levy
allocations with
suppliers more easily.
The Department for
Education said that the
data should be treated
with caution because
some training providers
were yet to provide
figures for this year.
?Comparisons that are
more accurate can be
made once finalised data
are published in
November 2018,? it said.
policy, which became
operational last April,
requires businesses with
an annual wage bill of
�million or more to
pay 0.5 per cent of their
payroll costs into an
apprenticeship fund that
they can access to pay
for training. The fund is
topped up with public
money.
The government
promised that the levy
would lead to a ?huge
reform? of vocational
training and provide
more skilled workers for
industry, but employers
have complained that it
is too inflexible and
difficult to navigate.
Tim Thomas, director
of employment and
skills at EEF, the
manufacturers?
organisation, said that
the figures should be
?the final signal to
government that now is
the time for a review
and change?. He said:
?Whilst manufacturers
Consumer spending slows as wages
struggle to keep up with inflation
Tom Knowles Economics Correspondent
Household spending slowed to its
lowest annual growth since 2011 last
year in the face of rising inflation and
stagnant wage growth, even as borrowing increased and consumers dipped
further into their savings.
Consumer spending is considered
the bedrock of economic growth,
having propped up the UK after the
Brexit vote when business investment
and trade waned. Higher spending also
usually coincides with confidence in
the economy, helping businesses to
decide whether to increase investment.
Figures from the Office for National
Statistics show that consumer spending
increased by 1.7 per cent last year, the
smallest rise since 2011. Households
had to deal with everyday prices rising
rapidly throughout the year, with
inflation reaching a near six-year high
of 3.1 per cent in November. At the same
time wage growth remained sluggish
and was falling in real terms for much of
the year. The ONS said that disposable
incomes rose by 0.3 per cent, the weakest rate since 2011, showing the strain
on finances.
The slowdown in spending affected
growth in the economy as the ONS
confirmed that GDP in the final
quarter of last year rose by 0.4 per cent.
This was the weakest growth recorded
for a fourth quarter since 2012 and
down from 0.5 per cent in the third
quarter. The ONS revised its growth for
the year to 1.8 per cent from the
previous estimate of 1.7 per cent,
although this remained the lowest rate
in five years.
The weaker GDP rate comes as other
countries have surged ahead and leaves
Britain with the lowest growth among
G7 economies at the end of last year.
John Hawksworth, chief economist at
PWC, said the data showed that Britain
remained ?in the slow lane of global
growth? and highlighted the ?dampening impact of Brexit-related uncertainty on UK business investment and the
squeeze on consumers?.
Economists said that consumer
spending would have been even lower if
households had not dug into their savings. The proportion of total income
saved by households dropped to 4.9 per
cent last year, its lowest level since
records began in 1963, the ONS said.
Households are also increasing borrowing to fund their spending. Separate
figures from the Bank of England
showed that the pace of consumer
credit growth increased last month due
to higher spending on credit cards.
?Household spending power has
been flatlining for the last two years.
That has forced consumers to run down
savings and borrow more just to sustain
sluggish growth in spending,? Ian Stewart, an economist at Deloitte, said.
Households are likely to enjoy some
relief this year, however, as the rate of
inflation is starting to slow and pay
growth is picking up. A survey on
family finances compiled by Asda said
that household spending power increased by �87 last month compared
with a year earlier, the first such rise
since last July.
The ONS also revealed that annual
growth in investment spending in
Britain was the highest of any G7 country last year.
Total investment spending, which
includes government and business investment, as well as spending on private
housebuilding, grew by 4 per cent compared with 2016. Business investment
alone rose 2.4 per cent, compared with
a fall of 0.5 per cent a year earlier.
Britain less reliant on the ?kindness of strangers?
Tom Knowles
Britain?s current account deficit
narrowed sharply last year according to
official figures, suggesting that the UK
has become less reliant on ?the kindness of strangers?.
The Office for National Statistics
said that the current account deficit
stood at �.4 billion in the final three
months of 2017, significantly lower
than the � billion shortfall economists had been expecting. It was also
down from �.2 billion in the third
quarter, which itself had been revised
down from an estimate of �.8 billion.
The current account measures how
much a country earns compared with
how much it spends, with any shortfall
typically covered by foreign inflows or
investments. In effect, it shows whether
the country is a net borrower
from or lender to the rest of
the world. Britain has been a
net borrower from the rest
of the world for more than 30
years.
The latest figures from the
ONS left the total current account deficit for 2017 at �.9 billion, or 4.1 per cent of GDP, the
narrowest figure as a share of the
UK economy since 2011.
The narrowing of the
deficit in 2017 is a result of the
UK earning more money
from investments abroad
than in previous quarters, as
Vivien Leigh played Blanche
DuBois in the film of A
Streetcar Named Desire
well as a decline in the amount that
the UK paid out to foreign investors. This rise in income from
overseas investments has been
boosted by a rapidly growing
world economy as well as the
fall in the pound over 2017,
which has meant that the
income from overseas assets
has gone further when converted back into sterling.
Receipts from overseas investments rose by �1 billion
and payments to foreign investors decreased by �0 million, the ONS said.
It helped to offset the UK?s
widening trade deficit in
goods, which widened to
�.7 billion in the final three
months of 2017, with exports
decreasing by �8 billion and imports
increasing by �1 billion.
This will be welcome news for the
Bank of England, which has frequently
warned that to fund its appetite for
imports the UK has, like Blanche
DuBois in Tennessee Williams?s A
Streetcar Named Desire, become increasingly dependent on the kindness
of strangers.
A large current account deficit is not
necessarily bad for the economy but it is
only sustainable as long as foreign investors wish to hold UK assets. Last
week the Bank of England?s financial
policy committee warned that the UK?s
assumption that foreign investors will
have enough confidence to carry on
making these investments, and
mitigate the trade deficit, was becoming
risky and should be watched closely.
House prices
weaker than
expected
Tom Knowles Property Correspondent
Activity in the housing market continued to be flat in March as house price
growth slowed and the number of
mortgage approvals fell to one of the
lowest levels in nearly two years.
Nationwide, the UK?s largest building society and second biggest mortgage provider, said its data showed that
property prices fell 0.2 per cent this
month and annual growth slipped from
2.2 per cent to 2.1 per cent. This was
weaker than economists had expected
and reduced the average price of a
home to �0,402 from �1,625.
House price growth has been affected by economic and political uncertainty, as well as prices reaching the
peak of affordability in some areas, and
a fall in buy-to-let purchases.
Growth in property prices has
slowed sharply over the past two years,
according to the mutual society, which
is owned by its members. In March last
year, annual price growth was at 3.5 per
cent, while in March 2016 house prices
were rising by 5.7 per cent.
Robert Gardner, Nationwide?s chief
economist, said: ?On the surface the
relatively subdued pace of house price
growth appears at odds with recent
healthy rates of employment growth, a
modest pick-up in wage growth and
historically low borrowing costs.
However, consumer confidence has
remained subdued, due to the ongoing
squeeze on household finances.?
Figures from the Bank of England
show that mortgage approvals dipped
in February, falling by 4.8 per cent from
the previous month to 63,910 which
was 7 per cent down from a year earlier.
The headline figure disguises sharp
regional variations. In the first quarter
of 2017, annual price growth in the
north of England was stronger than in
the south for the fourth quarter in a
row, according to Nationwide.
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Comment Business
Sathnam Sanghera
Raphael Hogarth
Battle to stop British
satellite sector being
cast into outer space
Want some advice? Ignore the vapid
contemplations of poor little rich kids
??
It is by no means
the worst thing a
very rich person has
done lately; that
accolade must go to
Mark Zuckerberg, who in response to
revelations that Facebook may have
subverted western democracy has
refused to give evidence to
parliament. Nor is it the most
irritating thing a very rich person has
done; that accolade must again go to
Mark Zuckerberg, who in response
other damaging revelations about his
social network has complained out
loud in self-pitying fashion about the
pressure, asking, ?Where?s the line on
hate speech? I mean, who chose me
to be the person that [decides] that??,
seemingly oblivious to the fact that
Facebook has made him worth
$64 billion and that he was until
recently hinting at political ambitions.
Still, this week?s Business Insider
feature entitled ?The 24-year-old
daughter of tech billionaire Michael
Dell shares what ?growing up Dell?
taught her about life and business?
got me more cross than anything I
have read in months. Who is this
person? Well, her name is Alexa, she
reportedly dropped out of Columbia
University to pursue a career in tech
in 2013, runs a business consulting
firm and works as an adviser to the
dating app Bumble. Apparently, as a
result of having a ?front seat to the
master class on building worldchanging technologies? as Dell?s
daughter, she is now ready to inflict
her wisdom upon the world.
What does it amount to? Well, one
of her tips, in case you have missed
every piece of official health advice
since 1727, is: ?exercise?. Alongside
pictures of her pouting in Grand
Canyon National Park in expensive
lycra, Business Insider reports
mill
that she has a treadmill
efers
desk where ?she prefers
to take conference
calls? and that she
learnt from her
parents that ?a
healthy lifestyle
can lead to
increased
productivity at
work?, and quotes
her saying: ?It?s
Alexa Dell: ready to
inflict her wisdom
upon the world
great because your blood is
circulating and you can think better
. . . That?s something I kind of learnt
from them.? Thanks dude, I was kind
of just sitting around like a beached
whale before you made me realise.
Next tip: ?It?s OK to have lots of
interests.? Apparently Alexa?s parents,
Michael and Susan, encouraged her
and her three siblings to explore their
interests and find ?what fires them
up?, and as a result she had all sorts of
interests growing up, including
photography, fashion, tech and
?editorial?, which again is useful
advice. Those of us who didn?t grow
up in a 33,000 sq ft home known as
The Castle and have had to become
good at one thing so that we could
have ?employment? and ?feed our
families? can too easily forget the
importance of casually dabbling in
things. Thank God we have the
daughter of someone worth
$24.5 billion to remind us.
Then there was this advice: ?Hard
work is the foundation of success.?
Which was not something Alexa has
learnt for herself, of course, being
mainly known until recently for
posting an image on Instagram of her
younger brother on the family jet
with the hashtag #privatejet and
getting engaged at a hotel in Hawaii
(which her father owns) to a
millionaire property investor. She
worked this one out by ?watching?
her father ?build a multinational
corporation out of a startup?. Even
though he started the company a
decade before she was born.
What drivel. And I cite it not to
bully Alexa Dell especially, but
because it illustrates a bizarre trend in
which the deluded children of
billionaires proffer unsolicited
business and life advice. Here we have
Ananya Birla, for instance,
daughter o
of the Indian
billiona Kumar
billionaire
Mang
Mangalam
Birla,
telli the readers of
telling
Bu
Business
Standard
in 2016 how she
?l
?literally
follows?
h ?heart?,
her
s
saying
that she
se her dog ?as a
sees
sister?, claiming
si
tha
that ?being an
entr
entrepreneur
every
day ssince the age of
day
17, with no support
from anyone,
anyo made me
from
grow up fast? (while admitting: ?I
never carry money anywhere. I
always ask my driver.?) and sharing
the advice that books are ?a great way
of learning? (before citing Jeffrey
Archer as her favourite author).
Then we have Ivanka Trump, of
course, first daughter and White
House adviser, who turned such
idiocy into an art form in her book
Women Who Work: Rewriting the
Rules for Success, which omitted the
main factor behind her success (be
born into immense privilege) and
which The New York Times declared
was ?full of bullet-point lists,
meaningless business speak and
inspirational quotation after
inspirational quotation?.
What is driving all this nonsense?
Well, partly it is just the result of bad
parenting among super-rich
entrepreneurs who, despite being selfmade themselves, allow wild wealth
to turn their children into narcissists
who believe that they are intrinsically
interesting. Growing up in the shadow
of successful parents can be
challenging but the examples of the
film-maker Duncan Jones, fashion
designer Stella McCartney, journalist
Ronan Farrow and prison reformer
Edwina Grosvenor show that you can
establish yourself on your own terms;
you just need to achieve something
before you start opining.
It is, however, mainly another
symptom of our continuing
fetishisation of rich entrepreneurs. I
have complained in this slot in the
past about how a new generation of
business websites is tediously
obsessed with the habits of super-rich
business people, as if you might be
able to replicate their success just by
wearing the same clothes or copying
their morning rituals or reading the
same books. This new focus on their
children, a hideous meeting of Forbes
and Tatler, is just a sick-making
extension of it. In recent weeks it
seems people might be questioning
the influence of tech moguls, and I
hope that if we finally start drawing
lines in what we are willing to accept,
it extends to a zerotolerance attitude to
unsolicited, vapid
advice from their
children.
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Sathnam Sanghera is a journalist
and author. Follow him on Twitter
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policy. Its ?Public
Regulated Service?, you
might reasonably assume
on the basis of the
exquisitely dull name, is just another
boring bureaucratic Brussels
programme. In fact this is the stuff
of Hollywood-grade melodrama.
The service, which has caused an illtempered volley of accusations
between the UK and the EU27 this
week, is the EU?s fortified, jammingresistant satellite system, to keep the
emergency services and the army
running in case of cyberattack from
criminals or a hostile foreign power.
And the UK, it emerged this week, is
set to lose access after Brexit.
Ministers are incandescent.
Belgian, Spanish and French
newspapers brimmed yesterday with
huffy quotes from David Davis, the
?The idea that the UK
can?t be trusted with
sensitive information
is nonsense?
Brexit secretary, who told them that
the decision is ?extraordinarily
unwise?, threatening not only
Britain but European security.
Worse, it comes with another, more
commercially bruising
excommunication.
During the transition period from
March 2019 to the end of 2020, UK
businesses will effectively be
prevented from bidding for any
contracts in the EU?s satellite
programme, Galileo. After all, if
British space companies such as
SSTL were allowed to keep making
the gizmos that ensure the EU?s
satellites beep at the right time,
point in the right direction for solar
power and don?t get diverted into the
wrong orbit path by solar winds,
then sensitive security information
like encryption keys might end up in
the hands of a country soon to be
outside the EU. And then how could
the EU keep tabs on it?
This, at least, is the story the
European Commission tells.
Whitehall suspects ulterior motives.
The UK, which plays host to the
likes of SSTL and some of Airbus, is
a massive player in aerospace ? but
there are competitors across the
Channel. The Franco-Italian group
Thales Alenia will be poised to take
over many of the contracts to which
British rivals lose access; OHB will
be waiting in Germany.
?It looks like the commercial
interests of one or two countries are
being put above the security
interests of all,? a senior Whitehall
source says. ?The idea we can?t be
trusted with sensitive information is
nonsense.? UK aerospace executives
point wryly to a statement made last
year by Jan W鰎ner, head of the
European Space Agency,
encouraging UK companies to set
up EU subsidiaries if they want to
keep their Galileo contracts safe.
This is the nub of the dispute. We
say that excluding Britain poses
risks to security and the EU says the
reverse, but both claims are bogus.
?Of course the UK is an extremely
trustworthy partner, and still will
be,? a senior EU diplomat concedes.
?I am quite confident that we will
sort this out, somehow.? Even the
commission is bullish if you catch it
at the right moment. Brussels
officials told member states in
January that the Public Regulated
Service could be in the ?scope? of
our agreement on security. ?The
bottom line is that this is
negotiable?, a Brussels source says.
Yet the commission outlines
technical obstacles aplenty, arguing
that the EU needs a sound legal base
to give access to a ?third country?,
as the UK will be. There has to be an
agreement on sharing security
information, it says. And an
agreement on satellite navigation
co-operation. And a formal decision
by the commission that the UK?s
security standards are up to scratch
? even though everyone already
knows they are.
That will all happen eventually.
The UK will negotiate access to the
service, and probably some access
for its firms to Galileo bidding ?
just not before EU companies have
taken advantage of a little
uncertainty during the transition.
Britain has chosen to leave Brussels?
orbit and will suffer some
uncomfortable consequences. For
the commission, versed as it is in the
EU?s legal scriptures and strictures,
third countries may as well be in
outer space. It?s chilly out here.
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Business
Carphone founder
Ross is key piece
of Jigsaw rescue
Gurpreet Narwan
The co-founder of Carphone Warehouse has played a key role in a � million rescue deal for the womenswear
retailer Jigsaw.
David Ross co-founded the mobile
phone retailer in the late 1980s and
helped to grow it into a business with
2,400 stores across Europe. Yesterday
he concluded months of negotiations
with the upmarket fashion brand
Jigsaw after it announced in October
that it was searching for a buyer to
safeguard the company?s future.
Jigsaw started out as a small venture
between its co-founders, John Robinson and Malcolm Webster, during the
David Ross has contributed �million
to the deal to secure Jigsaw?s future
early 1970s. After receiving a number of
compliments for a sheepskin coat that
he had purchased in Istanbul, Mr Robinson hired an old Post Office van and
began ferrying items between Turkey
and Britain.
Since then, the company has grown
into a multimillion-pound business
with 80 stores on the high street and a
small international presence.
Although Jigsaw reported strong
trading over the Christmas period, with
a 7 per cent uplift in sales, the retailer
admitted that it was suffering from
cashflow problems amid an industrywide struggle with rising costs and falling consumer confidence.
In October Mr Robinson, Jigsaw?s
controlling shareholder, appointed
KPMG to help find a buyer for the
business. A number of parties expressed an interest in the company,
including Foschini, the owner of
Hobbs, Whistles and Phase Eight; and
Truworths, which owns the footwear
retailer Office.
Mr Ross, a longtime friend of Mr
Robinson, came out on top. The deal
would see Mr Ross invest roughly
�million for a large stake in Jigsaw, according to Sky News. Mr Robinson is
investing a similar sum, with Secure
Trust Bank committing � million to
replace Barclays as Jigsaw?s principal
lender.
Peter Ruis, the company?s chief executive, stepped down this month as the
deal was close to being finalised.
Charles Atterton, the company?s
chairman, resumed an executive role.
Mr Ruis, who had led the business since
being brought in by Mr Robinson in
2013, said that he had not taken the
decision lightly and that the brand was
now ?well set to continue its stellar
growth in the future?.
Britain?s retailers have endured a
torrid year in which rising inflation has
pushed up costs and reduced consumers? spending power. Hundreds of jobs
have already been lost as a result of
company failures. Maplin and Toys R
Us both collapsed last month while
New Look and Select, two fashion
chains, have filed for company voluntary arrangements, an insolvency
process that allows businesses to close
unprofitable stores.
CITY
PEOPLE
The feuds, the faces and the farcical
Dominic Walsh @walshdominic
Business big shot
name jackie
callaway
age 48
position
finance
director,
devro
A
background in supply
chain logistics and the food
industry would appear to
provide a good grounding for the
new finance head at Devro, the
world?s biggest maker of collagen
casings for sausages.
Jackie Callaway has spent
much of her career working in
her native New Zealand and
in Australia, although many of
her roles have had an
international perspective.
After studying accountancy
at the University of Waikato she
mixed message from miner?s
environmental branch
It is rare in the digital era for
financial journalists to be sent hard
copies of annual reports. So there
were some bemused looks among
mining correspondents at The
Times and The Daily Telegraph,
among others, yesterday when the
Randgold Resources annual report
was couriered to their desks.
Under its achievements for the
year, the company lists ?46,000+
trees planted?. Which, as one
mining hack growled, is
?presumably to offset the printing
of its 272-page, hand-delivered
annual report?.
own
final countdown
ox,
How will Liam Fox,
the international
trade secretary,
spend the final
moments before
the UK
embarks on a
21-month race
to secure
agreements
with more than
70 nations?
Perhaps in an
airport departuree
lounge, swotting up
on the fine print of
had spells with both KPMG and
EY before moving into industry
positions.
There was a stint in the food
sector at Fonterra Co-operative
Group, the New Zealand
dairy producer. She has also
worked in the UK before as the
chief financial officer at
Consolidated Minerals, the
mining group.
Most recently she was the
financial controller at Brambles,
the Australian company which
manages thousands of pallets,
crates and containers around
the world. Ms Callaway also sits
on the Financial Reporting
Council in Australia, having
joined the body on a three-year
term in 2016.
Gerard Hoetmer, the Devro
chairman, said that her broad
base of experience would be
?invaluable?.
historical treaties and agreements
before flying off to negotiate? Er,
perhaps not. Asked in the
Commons what he would be doing
on the final day before Britain
leaves the EU next March, Dr Fox
replied: ?Watching the clock.?
get in the swing
British restaurant and bar
operators have not been notably
successful in their forays across the
Atlantic. Undeterred, though, the
Institute of Competitive Socialising
is opening its first overseas branch
of Swingers in New York. The
crazy golf, street food and cocktails
concept has teed up a site at the
new Virgin Hotel, due to open in
about 18 mo
months? time on
Broadwa
Broadway.
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WILL WINTERCROSS/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Spencer trades
places for
�0m in his
Nex big thing
Katherine Griffiths, Martin Strydom
One of the City?s most prominent
figures will join the board of the US
futures exchange CME after agreeing
to sell it his electronic trading business
Nex for �9 billion.
Michael Spencer will act as a corporate ambassador for the Chicago-based
company as it seeks to raise its profile in
Europe. As the owner of almost 17 per
cent of Nex, Mr Spencer will receive
�0 million for his stake.
London will become the official
headquarters of CME, which Mr
Spencer, 62, said was ?a signal of tremendous support for Britain?s financial
services sector?.
CME is a $56 billion giant in the trading of futures, which are bets on the
future value of assets ranging from
shares to commodities, including gold.
Nex runs markets for trading currencies, treasuries and other assets. International exchanges are vying with each
other for global dominance in a bid to
gain competitive advantage and to try
to keep down their own costs.
Shareholders will receive 500p in
cash for each Nex share they hold and
0.0444 new CME shares, valuing Nex
shares at �.
?The combination of Nex and CME
will be an industry-changing transaction,? Mr Spencer, a former Conservative Party treasurer, said.
Terry Duffy, the CME chairman and
chief executive, said: ?At a time when
market participants are seeking ways to
lower trading costs and manage risk
more effectively, the acquisition will
allow us to create significant value and
efficiencies for our clients globally.?
The CME board expects the acquisition to generate cost savings of
$200 million and to be completed later
this year. It has yet to be approved by
Nex shareholders. The takeover will
lead to 750 job losses over the next three
years in the combined business, or
16 per cent of the total workforce. The
company?s management will seek to
make the cuts in the weakest areas.
Nex has 1,900 employees globally,
including 634 in London and 42 in
Bristol. CME employs 2,800 people
worldwide, 400 of them in London.
Nex first announced that it had received an approach from CME on
March 15. It said on Wednesday night
after the market had closed that it had
received a non-binding �-a-share
proposal.
Nex shares rose 9p to 981p yesterday.
CME shares closed at $158.84 on
Wednesday night.
Mr Spencer created Nex out of his
old company Icap. In November 2015
Icap struck a deal to sell its hybrid
voice-broking and information business to its rival Tullett Prebon. The Icap
brand was transferred to Tullett
Prebon and its remaining businesses
formed a new company called Nex, of
which Mr Spencer became chief
executive.
Analysts said that Nex, which has
about 75 per cent of trades in US
Treasuries going through its Brokertec
platform, would be a good fit with CME,
which dominates the Treasury futures
market. However, there was speculation that the CME bid could trigger a
battle for control among international
exchanges.
Justin Bates, an analyst at Liberum,
said the CME bid was ?a good price? but
he added that the 50 per cent cash
component might disappoint some
investors, leaving ?the door ajar for a
competing offer with a higher cash
component?.
He said that potential bidders could
include ICE, Deutsche B鰎se and the
London Stock Exchange, with ICE the
most likely frontrunner.
Michael Spencer in 2013 with the singer Cheryl, who was one of many celebrities to attend Icap?s annual charity events
Bon vivant
with nose
for success
Profile
P
eople who think
the City is full of
strait-laced
number crunchers
have not met Michael
Spencer. A famous bon
vivant, the 62-year-old
has had a career full of
City feuds and high
politics (Katherine
Griffiths writes).
Mr Spencer has also
made a fortune for
himself and his backers.
Having entered the City
in 1976, he founded
Intercapital Brokers in
1986, which a decade
later became Icap. When
it entered the FTSE 100 in
2006 it was one of only a
small number to reach
that level with its founder
remaining as chief
executive.
The Malaysia-born
businessman also turned
the company?s annual
charity day ? when
celebrities man desks and
the firm donates the day?s
profits to good causes ?
into one of the UK?s bestknown philanthropic
events. A low came in
September 2013 when Mr
Spencer issued a public
apology after Icap was
fined $87 million by the
US Commodity Futures
Trading Commission and
Britain?s Financial
Conduct Authority for its
part in the Libor interest
rate scandal.
Mr Spencer has been
heavily involved in
politics. A close friend of
David Cameron, he was
the Conservative Party?s
treasurer from 2006 to
2010, during which time
its finances moved from a
�million deficit to a
� million surplus.
Unlike other Tory party
treasurers, Mr Spencer
did not make it into the
House of Lords. Mr
Cameron has reportedly
made three attempts to
have Mr Spencer
appointed a peer, to no
avail. The problem is
widely reported to have
been over Libor, yet Mr
Spencer was never
personally implicated in
the affair and three
former Icap staff charged
in relation to Libor were
all acquitted in 2016.
That may be behind Mr
Spencer now, although a
parliamentary honour is
no closer. At least he can
spend even more of his
fortune on the fine wine
he is so knowledgeable
about and shares so
generously with friends.
Spread-better sees high-value benefit Royal London members to
Katherine Griffiths
Banking Editor
CMC Markets is so confident that its
decision to focus on high-value clients
will pay off that it has forecast profits in
the second half will be significantly
ahead of the previous year.
Shares in the spread-betting group
surged yesterday after it said that it expects a jump in business. They finished
9 per cent, or 14p, higher at 169紁.
CMC was founded by Peter Cruddas,
chief executive, as a foreign exchange
broker with a �,000 investment in
1989. Now a spead-betting company, it
take bets on the future direction of a
range of securities from shares and
bonds to commodities and currencies.
The company has 60,000 clients
around the world and completes almost
63 million trades a year.
It has had to cope with a sector-wide
regulatory clampdown. The Financial
Conduct Authority said in January that
spread-betting firms had failed to ensure that complex and risky financial
CMC?s attempt to attract richer clients
may ease the impact of a clampdown
products (CFDs) had been sold in the
right way to the right people.
The regulator told companies selling
contracts for difference, a popular way
of betting on market movements, that it
had ?serious concerns? and that operators would have to tighten their standards or risk a formal investigation.
The European Union?s securities
watchdog added this week that it would
ban so-called binary options sales to
retail clients and restrict the sale of
CFDs to protect investors from significant losses, knocking down shares in
Britain?s spread-betters.
Active client numbers at CMC rose
year-on-year in the final quarter.
However, full-year client numbers
were still behind last year, CMC said in
a pre-close trading statement
The attempt to attract richer
customers is designed to offset some of
the impact of an imminent regulatory
clampdown.
?Net operating income for the
second half will be moderately above
the first half and significantly above the
prior year,? CMC said.
It added: ?The proportion of high
value clients has increased, driving a
significant improvement in revenue
per client compared to the prior year.?
share �2m profit payout
Miles Costello
More than one million members of
Britain?s biggest mutually owned life
and pensions provider are to share a
�2 million payout after it reported a
sharp increase in annual profits.
Royal London has been operating a
profit share scheme for policyholders
for more than a decade. This year a
further 200,000 people qualify for the
payout, which is up on the �4 million
distributed last year.
The payout, to be shared by all
1.2 million members, is an average of
�8 each. The precise amount received
will depend on the terms of their
policies and in some cases will be lower,
but for others payouts will run into
thousands of pounds.
Royal London was founded as a
friendly society in 1861 and is owned by
its members and run in their interests
rather than for shareholders, and they
tend to receive bonus payments rather
than dividends when times are good.
It has grown more recently through
acquisitions, including Scottish Life
and the Royal Liver, into one of Britain?s
biggest mutuals with 8.8 million inforce policies, �4 billion in funds
under management and 3,637 staff.
The payday comes after Royal
London reported a 17 per cent increase
in annual pre-tax operating profits to
�9 million based on the underlying
value of cash coming in from policies
sold. The value of the group?s new life
and pensions business jumped by
38 per cent to just over � billion on a
measure that assesses the worth of policies sold last year over their lifetime.
Funds under management rose by
14 per cent from last year?s �0 billion
boosted by a gross �.4 billion of new
money coming in to Royal London
Asset Management, its investment
management division.
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Business
JEAN-CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Tesla recalls 123,000 cars after steering fault is found
Entrepreneur abandons
Lloyds conspiracy case
Tesla has recalled 123,000 of its
Model S saloon cars after discovering
a power steering fault.
The recall, which is believed to be
the company?s largest and accounts
for about two fifths of all the vehicles
that its has sold, sent its shares down
by 3.1 per cent to $258.01 in afterhours trading last night.
Tesla is an electric car and battery
manufacturer run by Elon Musk, a
billionaire Silicon Valley
entrepreneur. The American
company, worth $53 billion, is seeking
to replace petrol-powered cars with
self-driving electric vehicles. The
recall adds further to its recent
A court case brought by an
entrepreneur against Lloyds Banking
Group and PWC, the accountants,
has been abandoned. The liquidators
of Premier Motor Auctions had
claimed that Lloyds conspired with
PWC to remove the founder, Keith
Elliott, and allow the bank?s private
equity unit to acquire a stake. Lloyds
said: ?This supports our long-stated
position that the case was without
merit.? Mr Elliott said. ?[Our costs
were] already at the level of
approximately � million and to add
to that was very difficult.? He said he
would ask the police to investigate.
St James?s Place reports
wide gender pay gap
St James?s Place, the FTSE 100 wealth
management business, has reported
that women earn 47 per cent less than
men and female staff receive bonuses
worth a fifth of those for male staff.
The company blamed a higher
proportion of men in senior positions
and said that ?where similar roles are
performed there is no pay gap?. The
company, which manages more than
� billion of client funds, said that it
was implementing measures to
address the ?significant challenge? of
achieving a better gender balance.
troubles. Shares have fallen by about
a fifth in the past two weeks amid
fears about repercussions from a
crash involving one of its self-driving
cars. Tesla?s credit rating was
downgraded by Moody?s, the ratings
agency, this week. An email sent to
customers said: ?Tesla plans to
replace all early Model S power
steering bolts in all climates
worldwide to account for the
possibility that the vehicle may later
be used in a highly corrosive
environment. There have been no
injuries or accidents due to this
component.? Tesla had sold 300,000
cars by the middle of last month.
Vedanta ready for $600m charge on Goa mine closure
Renault share boost over reports of Nissan merger
Renault shares rose sharply yesterday
after reports of renewed merger talks
between the French carmaker and
Nissan, its longstanding alliance
partner. Carlos Ghosn, above, the
chairman of both companies, would
run the combined entity, according to
Bloomberg, the information provider.
Renault?s stock closed 6.7 per cent
higher at ?99.56 in Paris. Nissan
shares earlier closed 0.5 per cent
lower in Tokyo. Nissan would buy a
substantial chunk of the French
government?s 15 per cent stake in
Renault, prior to an eventual merger.
?We do not comment on rumours
and speculation,? Jonathan Adashek,
a Renault-Nissan spokesman said.
Ireland?s beautiful
south west
Vedanta, the mining group controlled
by the billionaire Anil Agarwal, has
warned it will suffer an impairment
charge of up to $600 million after the
shutdown of its iron ore operation in
Goa. India?s Supreme Court ordered
the end of all mining in the state of
Goa from March 16 after a long legal
dispute. Vedanta will record a noncash charge of $500-600 million net
of taxes due to the stoppages. Judges
ruled last month that 88 licences
belonging to 20 companies in Goa
should be quashed. Iron ore mining is
one of Goa?s biggest businesses
alongside tourism but has been
tainted by corruption scandals and
environmental concerns following
allegations of widespread illegal
mining and lax controls. Court action
shut the industry in Goa for more
than two years from 2012. Goa
exported about 50 million tonnes of
iron ore a year before the ban. The
Supreme Court later capped
production in the state at 20 million
tonnes a year. Vedanta resumed
mining in 2015, following claims that
the Indian government had lost huge
sums in unpaid taxes.
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Watchdog ?must investigate Conviviality?
Gurpreet Narwan, Dominic Walsh
450p
One too many?
Conviviality share price
400
350
Jul 31, 2013
IPO at 100p
a share
Sep 8, 2015
�0m share placing to
help fund �0m Matthew
Clark acquisition
May 6, 2014
�7m acquisition
of 31 Rhythm and
Booze stores
The ?Beast from the East? that brought
heavy snow to Britain last month
appears to have provided a late boost to
SSE as it upgraded its profit guidance
for a second time.
The energy company formerly
known as Scottish and Southern said
that it expected profits from its household supply business to be ?broadly in
line? with the previous year.
Analysts said that increased demand
for gas-fired heating in the cold spell,
combined with strong performance by
wind farms as storms battered the
country, were likely to be behind the
forecasts of a better-than-expected
performance.
SSE comprises three main divisions:
wholesale, which generates electricity
from power plants and wind farms;
networks, which owns and operates
electricity cabling; and retail, which
supplies gas and electricity to households and businesses.
It has agreed to spin off its household
supply business into a new independent
company combined with Npower. The
merged company would serve about
7 million households, ranking as the
300
Dec 15, 2017
�m acquisition
of 127 convenience
stores from WSR,
part of failed
Palmer & Harvey.
Raises �m via
share placing
250
200
150
Sep 2, 2013
�65m acquisition
of Wine Rack
Q
Q3
Q4
2013
Q1
Mar 8, 2018
Warning that
full-year earnings
will be 20 per cent
below market
expectations after
forecasting error
and soft margins
Feb 4, 2015
� acquisition of
37 GTN convenience
stores
Q2
Q3
Q4
Q1
2014
the franchisers would look
out for each other. That all
changed. You got the sense
that nobody was joining up
the figures in head office.
We started asking so many
questions in 2016. I
think their accounts
need a good trawling through.?
Mr McQueen?s
Diana Hunter left
the company
this month
Beast from the East brings
a warm glow back to SSE
Emily Gosden
May 3, 2016
�m placing to fund
�m acquisition of
Bibendum
biggest electricity supplier and secondbiggest gas supplier. SSE said yesterday
that the plan ?remains on course but its
timing, if approved, is not certain?. It is
transferring the 8,800 staff who work in
the business to a new subsidiary in
preparation for the merger.
SSE said yesterday that it expected
adjusted earnings per share to be ?just
above 120p? in the year to March, up
from previous guidance in January of
between 116p and 120p, which was itself
above market expectations. The results
would be down on the 125.7p it reported
in 2016-17 but more comfortably
support SSE?s commitment to increase
its dividend at least in line with inflation. Analysts at Jefferies said: ?In our
view this is likely to be a result of better
weather conditions for renewables
generation, higher UK gas demand and
improved profitability for gas.?
Gregor Alexander, finance director
of SSE, said that it had been a challenging year but that it was ?in a good
position to deliver financial results
ahead of our expectations at the start of
this financial year?. SSE also announced it had appointed Tony Cocker,
58, the former UK chief executive of
Eon, as a non-executive director.
Q2
Q3
Q4
2015
Q1
Mar 14, 2018
Suspends
trading in shares
as it reveals
�m HMRC
liability and
cancels interim
dividend
Q2
Q3
Q4
Mar 19, 2018
Diana Hunter
quits as chief
executive
Mar 21, 2018
Launches
�5m equity
fundraising
Q1
2016
Mar 28, 2018
Considers sale
as fundraising
fails
Mar 29, 2018
Files notice to
appoint
administrators
Q2
Q3
2017
Q4
100
50
Q1
2018
0
comments were echoed by Mr Field,
who is leading an inquiry into the collapse of Carillion, the giant outsourcing
company that went bust in January,
owing more than �billion to its lenders
and suppliers.
Mr Field said KPMG, Conviviality?s
auditors, had questions to answer after
failing to flag the accounting errors.
?This is a mess. Increasingly these audit
reports aren?t worth the paper they?re
written on,? he said. ?The auditors are
taking us all for a ride and the sooner
the government decide what they?re
going to do about it the better.? In
response to the demise of Conviviality,
a spokesman for the FRC said: ?The
FRC does not comment on individual
companies, but we monitor emerging
accounting or audit issues and take
action where appropriate.?
KPMG said: ?We stand by our audit
opinion for Conviviality plc for the year
ended 30 April 2017, and our opinion
signed in respect of the prior year.?
Conviviality has been trying to raise
�5 million in an emergency cash call.
After this failed, it said it intends to
appoint administrators within two
weeks ?unless circumstances change?.
Tycoon could face
life in prison over
�n Ponzi fraud
BP limits Dudley pay rise
to avoid investor backlash
Didi Tang Beijing
Emily Gosden Energy Editor
A Chinese business tycoon known for
his $1.95 billion acquisition of the
Waldorf Astoria hotel in Manhattan
has pleaded guilty to having fraudulently raised �37 billion through a
Ponzi scheme.
Wu Xiaohui, former chairman and
general manager of Anbang Insurance
Group, expressed remorse at the end of
the trial on Wednesday. The court in
Shanghai will rule at a later date.
If convicted, Mr Wu could spend the
rest of his life in prison. The case
underlines the chaos in China?s financial market and the challenge Beijing
faces in controlling risks by stemming
rising debts. The authorities have
already seized control of Anbang, citing
concerns over the company?s solvency.
Prosecutors said Anbang, under Mr
Wu?s orders, faked documents to gain
approval to sell an investment product
in 2011. Despite an imposed cap, Anbang sold 723.8 billion yuan (�.8 billion) of products to 10 million people by
January 5, 2017, far more than was
allowed by the government. He used
�37 billion for investments, to repay
debts and to finance his luxury lifestyle.
BP awarded its chief executive a 13 per
cent pay rise to $13.4 million last year
but shied away from an even higher
payout in response to pressure from
investors.
The oil giant said that Bob Dudley?s
pay could have risen to $17.6 million
under the company?s pay policies, near
the $19.4 million level that triggered a
humiliating shareholder defeat in 2015.
$6.2bn
BP?s profits last year, compared with
$2.6 billion in 2016
Its remuneration committee exercised
?discretion? to reduce the rewards by
$3.4 million and Mr Dudley has voluntarily forgone share awards worth a
further $800,000.
Mr Dudley, 62, is an American citizen
who took charge of BP in 2010 after
Tony Hayward was forced to resign
over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill
accident, which killed 11 men and
caused an environmental disaster. The
Source: Thomson Reuters
The accountancy watchdog has been
urged to investigate the collapse of
Conviviality, the owner of Bargain
Booze and Wine Rack, after the company warned that it would fall into
administration within days.
Conviviality was ?grossly mismanaged by overpaid management,? according to one of the retailer?s former
franchise holders, while Frank Field,
chairman of the parliamentary work
and pensions committee, called the situation a ?mess? and urged the Financial Reporting Council to investigate.
The off-licence and drinks wholesaling group announced yesterday that it
plans to go into administration, weeks
after owning up to accounting errors,
including the failure to spot a � million tax bill and an ?arithmetic error? in
its profit calculations.
Founded in 1990, Conviviality listed
on Aim in 2013 and grew to become the
UK?s biggest alcohol wholesaler. It employs 2,639 people and has 370 franchise holders with more than 700
shops. A big supplier to the drinks industry, it services over 23,000 outlets,
including shops, hotels and pubs.
Three weeks ago the company admitted that it had misjudged its expected profit after an arithmetic error and
discovered a � million tax bill was
due by the end of March. As a result,
Conviviality cancelled its dividend to
save �2 million and parted company
with Diana Hunter, chief executive.
Doug McQueen, who owned 20
Bargain Booze outlets across the
north of England before selling
them last year, said he began
questioning his ?unblemished
faith in the business? in 2016,
when discrepancies appeared
between the head office?s
monthly reports into his
shops and those of
his in-house accountant. ?When I
first started in
1999 it was great,?
he said. ?We
would work as a
team and the
franchisees and
Although the company and its brand
continue to trade, analysts at Shore
Capital said suppliers ?are likely to have
stopped supplying product now for fear
of not being paid?. In a letter to suppliers, Conviviality pleaded for their ?ongoing support? and promised to pay for
orders ?on a cash on delivery basis?.
The long-established Matthew Clark
wholesale business ? whose customers include JD Wetherspoon ? could
find a buyer, with C&C Group, the owner of Magners cider, a likely prospect.
Conviviality did not respond to
requests for comment.
company has more than 70,000 employees worldwide and produces
3.6 million barrels of oil and gas per day.
Mr Dudley?s tenure had been dominated by BP?s recovery from the spill and
latterly by adjusting to lower oil prices.
Fifty-nine per cent of shareholders
voted against Mr Dudley?s bumper pay
package for 2015, a year in which BP
reported its worst loss. This led to a
sharp cut in pay for 2016 and an overhaul of the company?s remuneration
policies.
Dame Ann Dowling, chairwoman of
BP?s remuneration committee, said
that its performance last year had been
strong and that the company had the
highest total shareholder return in its
peer group over the past three years.
She cautioned that there was ?room
for further improvement and the
company has continued to incur costs
from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill payments?. BP booked a $1.7 billion charge
last year, taking the bill to more than
$65 billion.
Dame Ann said that the decision to
use discretion to reduce the payouts
was ?in accordance with the messages
we received from shareholders and the
principles that govern our new policy?.
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4.10
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2.91
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0.44
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14.74
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35.46
78.18
84.12
101.40
109.80
83.18
59.45
82.93
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46.20
82.45
56.59
64.92
76.13
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599.51
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3.49
3.41
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4.43
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535.33
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-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 ?@
513.86
?
+1.41
3.31
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+4.49
+0.06
+3.01
+4.56
+10.92
-0.01
+0.11
+1.57
+5.30
+5.34
+0.04
2.09
2.88
3.64
4.12
3.69
0.04
4.76
2.16
2.03
0.27
?
INVESCO PERPETUAL Funds
Childrens Acc ?@
440.59
Corp Bond Acc ?@
201.49
High Income Inc ?@
422.13
Income & Grth Inc ?@
406.55
Income Inc ?@
1634.16
Money Acc ?@
90.35
Monthly Inc Plus Inc ?@ 108.53
UK Aggressive Inc ?@
188.15
UK Growth Acc ?@
636.78
UK Sml Cos Eqty Acc ?@ 1209.19
UK Sml Cos Gwth ?@
82.54
American A Acc ?@
342.41
Asia ex Japan A Acc ?@ 632.07
Capital Accumulator A Acc ?@228.12
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 ?@
+8.00
+8.00
+5.30
?
4.21
?
?
?
+1.40
+4.34
+2.00
?
0.52
1.15
+/-
Yld
%
-0.01
?
+0.20
+0.40
+4.10
+2.30
-0.50
-1.00
-2.80
-1.80
2.14
2.08
3.34
3.43
3.87
3.79
0.79
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 ?
113.30
257.80
359.60
208.40
330.80
599.50
782.50
487.70
113.30
257.80
359.60
208.40
330.80
599.50
?
?
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 ?@ 7661.93
UK Eq A Acc ?@
1184.53
?
?
?
+4.24
+89.18
-0.02
1.25
1.07
1.66
?
?
?
+0.81
-3.80
?
1.95
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.10
+1.20
+2.60
+2.00
+2.70
+4.60
+2.80
2.78
1.97
5.41
2.95
3.84
3.04
3.11
+17.41
+3.11
+3.46
+0.43
+26.61
+4.79
+6.23
+11.92
-7.28
+5.72
1.40
1.13
0.22
0.56
1.38
1.12
0.24
3.11
?
3.19
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 ?@
106.70
197.80
210.70
178.70
206.80
384.00
239.20
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
1390.95
522.56
544.60
41.85
2126.25
805.94
1983.00
1270.00
1227.65
608.60
1468.02
551.51
574.78
41.85
2244.06
850.60
2092.88
1340.37
1295.67
642.32
195.80
182.40
138.20
214.70
210.60
?
?
?
?
?
0.51
1.04
1.05
0.44
0.46
2426.00
?
+23.00
0.55
305.50
179.60
?
?
+1.90
+1.20
3.02
3.10
+0.50
+0.20
+1.60
+1.00
+0.54
+1.00
+0.40
?
-1.40
-0.90
+0.60
+8.00
1.83
1.85
1.18
5.24
5.38
4.13
4.24
?
3.08
3.13
2.65
1.63
UK and Income Investment Funds
Corp Bond A Acc ?@
311.50
Corp Bond A Inc ?@
126.30
Envir Invtr A Acc ?@
276.10
Hi Inc Bond A Ac ?@
230.40
Hi Inc Bond A Inc ?@
87.36
Hi Res A Acc ?@
345.90
Hi Res A Inc ?@
130.30
Safety Plus A Acc ?@
40.49
Strat Inc A Acc ?@
200.60
Strat Inc A Inc ?@
100.10
UK Gwth A Acc ?@
179.00
UK Sel Gwth A Acc ?@ 1863.00
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
OEIC B Class
Tracker and Specialist Investment Funds
All Stks Credit A Inc ?@ 133.10
Asian Div Inc U Trst Inc @105.13
Cautious Man Fd A Acc ?@257.90
Cautious Man Fd A Inc ?@148.60
China Opp Fund A Acc ?@1433.00
Emg Mkts Opps Fd A Acc ?@206.30
Erpn Grth Fund A Acc ?@ 229.40
Erpn Sel Opps Fd A Acc ?@1593.00
Fix Int Mnthly Inc Fd Acc @28.70
Global Equity Fund Acc @2914.78
Global Equity Income A Inc ?@57.95
Global Tech A Acc ?@ 1605.00
M-Asset Abs Ret A Acc ?@139.50
M-Man Active Fd A Acc ?@217.60
M-Man Inc Grth A Inc ?@ 150.70
M-Man Inc Grth Fd A Acc ?@172.30
Sterling Bond U Trst Acc @219.99
Sterling Bond U Trst Inc @ 65.02
Strategic Bond A Inc ?@ 123.80
UK Abs Ret Fd A Acc ?@ 155.80
UK Alpha Fund A Acc ?@ 143.90
UK Index Fund A Acc ?@ 595.30
UK Irsh Sm Co Fd A Acc ?@630.00
UK Property A Acc @
227.58
UK Property A Inc @
102.40
UK Tracker Fund A Acc ?@266.80
US Growth Fund A Acc ?@954.90
?
110.44
?
?
?
?
?
?
29.95
3040.34
?
?
?
?
?
?
229.48
67.81
?
?
?
?
?
239.54
107.78
?
?
+0.10
+0.83
+1.60
+0.90
+5.00
+2.20
+2.50
+19.00
-0.01
+9.35
+0.50
-8.00
?
+0.70
-0.50
-0.50
+0.16
+0.05
?
+0.40
+1.20
+6.40
+2.20
+1.05
+0.47
+3.00
-2.50
2.47
5.71
3.30
3.37
0.44
0.29
0.84
0.57
4.67
?
3.28
?
0.43
?
2.12
2.09
2.25
2.28
4.02
?
1.88
2.13
0.42
2.91
2.97
2.16
?
JP MORGAN ASSET MGMT
OEIC
Asia A Acc ?@
204.70
Emerging Mkts ?@
221.60
Eur Dyn (ex-UK) A Acc ?@214.60
Euro Smllr Cos ?@
757.80
Europe A Acc ?@
1413.00
Gbl Hi Yld Bd A Acc ?@ 109.30
Gbl Hi Yld Bd A Inc ?@
36.54
Gl ex-UK Bd A Acc ?@ 262.80
Gl ex-UK Bd A Inc ?@
203.90
Glb Fins A Acc ?@
1077.00
Global A Acc ?@
1263.00
Japan A Acc ?@
463.50
Multi-Man Tst A Acc ?@ 961.20
Multi-Man Tst A Inc ?@ 879.50
Nat Resources ?@
574.50
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+1.70
+1.40
+1.80
+3.70
+18.00
-0.10
-0.05
?
?
+1.00
+4.00
+3.90
+5.40
+5.00
-1.50
?
?
?
?
?
4.18
5.71
0.15
0.45
1.03
?
?
?
0.54
?
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 @
71.17
243.90
61.96
39.49
106.00
126.80
59.04
151.90
174.50
249.90
277.80
158.10
432.50
295.50
71.64
243.90
62.02
39.53
106.50
127.80
59.04
151.90
174.50
252.90
277.80
158.10
432.50
295.50
+0.04
-1.30
+0.23
-1.38
-1.00
-0.10
+0.23
+1.20
+1.90
-0.10
+2.90
+1.70
-5.90
+1.70
2.69
1.15
0.71
0.23
0.17
4.96
0.83
?
3.05
?
3.15
3.23
0.82
0.70
M & G SECURITIES
Enq: 0800 390 390 Dealing Line: 0800 328 3196
Authorised Inv Funds
Charifund Inc ?
1527.20
?
+18.10
4.85
+1.04
+0.97
0.20
1.79
+8.52
+0.03
+0.01
+0.50
+0.83
?
+33.37
4.53
1.29
4.83
?
3.85
1.56
2.19
+0.02
+0.57
+0.26
+2.32
3.74
4.91
2.25
2.23
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 1
Euro Smlr Cos Acc ?@
Euro Smlr Cos Inc ?@
421.22
393.59
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 2
Extra Income Inc ?@
754.23
Gilt & Fxd Int Inc ?@
97.83
Gl Hi Yd Bd Inc ?@
50.05
Index Linked Bd Inc ?@ 141.50
Index Trckr Inc ?@
72.90
Short Dated Corp Bd Inc ?@25.70
UK Select A Inc ?@
2862.55
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 3
Corp Bd A Inc ?@
Dividend Inc ?@
Recovery A Inc ?@
Sml Cos Inc ?@
40.68
58.06
133.98
353.41
?
?
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 4
Episode Allocation A Inc ?@144.92
?
+0.63
1.93
UK Trkr B Acc ?@
UK Trkr B Inc ?@
331.30
179.00
?
?
+2.10
+1.10
3.50
3.58
+0.50
+0.20
+0.60
+8.00
2.02
2.04
2.49
1.85
+0.50
+9.00
3.00
2.06
UK and Income Investment Funds
Corp Bond B Acc ?@
320.90
Corp Bond B Inc ?@
126.20
UK Gwth B Acc ?@
191.90
UK Sel Gwth B Acc ?@ 1940.00
?
?
?
?
UK Gth C Inc ?@
132.60
UK Sel Gwth C Acc ?@ 2015.00
?
?
STANDARD LIFE INVESTMENTS
0845 279 3003
Investment Funds (OEIC) - Retail Shares
95.99
57.33
102.50
131.10
162.90
62.21
191.80
125.30
165.60
123.30
132.00
48.70
101.00
248.00
88.54
54.19
330.20
216.30
245.30
82.98
195.00
247.10
226.60
712.40
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.22
+0.13
+0.20
-0.20
+0.40
+0.18
-0.20
-0.20
-0.30
-0.10
-0.10
-0.02
+0.50
?
+0.04
+0.02
+1.10
+0.20
-0.30
-0.10
-0.60
-1.20
-1.10
-2.00
1.41
1.43
1.82
?
3.07
3.01
1.49
1.18
1.16
0.01
3.42
3.50
0.04
1.68
1.36
1.27
2.29
3.00
3.90
4.02
1.45
0.38
0.38
0.48
?
?
?
-0.28
-0.26
-0.19
1.64
1.65
1.89
SVS BROWN SHIPLEY FUNDS
Enquiries: 0141 222 1151
Balanced A Acc ?@
Balanced A Inc ?@
Cautious A Acc ?@
Yld
%
101.17
257.36
242.96
274.26
219.02
227.94
96.38
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
-0.18
-1.21
-1.14
-1.12
+0.21
+0.14
+0.06
1.91
1.03
1.03
1.09
2.88
2.67
2.72
UK Oseas Earns ?@
121.60
?
+1.72
2.00
114.30
152.70
77.38
?
?
?
+0.40
+0.80
+0.95
1.28
0.85
3.81
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.03
?
+0.25
+0.25
+1.42
+1.27
-0.01
+1.74
+0.94
+1.00
+1.51
+1.34
-1.76
1.06
3.43
2.98
2.61
4.12
3.60
4.62
1.73
4.01
4.66
1.81
1.71
0.16
679.80
219.40
+7.60
+1.00
1.62
?
Managed Funds
Def Eqty & Bd Acc ?@
Eqty & Bd Acc ?@
Mgd Income ?@
116.83
110.68
108.55
Stg Bd Ret Inc ?@
Strat Bd Ret ?@
UK Corp Bond ?@
UK Corp Ret ?@
UK Eqty Inc Ret ?@
UK Gwth & Inc Ret ?@
UK Hi Yld Bd 1 ?@
UK Inst Acc ?@
UK Mnthly Extra Inc ?@
UK Mnthly Inc Ret ?@
UK Retail ?@
UK Sel Retail ?@
UK Smaller Cos ?@
57.20
46.47
61.37
61.26
91.03
87.98
42.62
156.44
77.51
70.98
134.94
125.64
328.19
For Resolution see Ignis
TU FUND MANAGERS LIMITED
British
European
645.80
210.70
* Yield expressed as CAR (Compound Annual Return);
? Ex dividend; ?Middle price; . . . No significant data. #
Periodic charge deducted from capital; @ Exit charge
British funds
Stock
Price
Int Yld Grs rd
(�) +/?
% yld
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
104.04
361.19
117.98
355.46
111.05
114.04
129.03
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
104.69
Tr IL 2K% 20
362.13
Tr IL 1Y% 2022 * 119.05
Tr IL 2K% 24
359.41
Tr IL 0V% 24
112.53
Tr IL 0V% 26
115.83
Tr IL 1N% 2027 * 131.28
Tr IL 0V% 29
121.72
Tr IL 4V% 30
361.27
Tr IL 1N% 2032 * 149.34
Tr IL 0O% 34
144.86
Tr IL 2% 35
269.04
Tr IL 0V% 36
139.84
Tr IL 1V% 2037 * 165.96
Tr IL 0X% 40
161.99
Tr IL 0X% 42 * 171.08
Tr IL 0V% 44
158.23
Tr IL 0V% 46
162.85
Tr IL 0O% 2047 * 191.54
Tr IL 0V% 48
169.30
Tr IL 0K% 50 * 190.93
Tr IL 0N% 52
187.15
Tr IL 1N% 2055 * 251.46
Tr IL 0V% 56
195.15
Tr IL 0V% 58 * 200.47
Tr IL 0W% 62
232.62
Tr IL 0V% 65
231.98
Tr IL 0V% 68
244.55
+ .09
+ .12
+ .25
+ .64
+ .28
+ .30
+ .40
+ .42
+1.21
+ .63
+ .68
+ .88
+ .79
+ .92
+1.01
+1.16
+1.15
+1.26
+1.44
+1.40
+1.59
+1.75
+2.30
+2.09
+2.13
+2.64
+2.98
+3.26
?
1.76
1.62
1.51
?
?
1.04
?
1.79
0.84
?
0.91
?
0.71
?
0.37
?
?
0.40
?
?
?
0.55
?
?
?
?
?
?2.66
?2.16
?2.02
?1.73
?1.85
?1.72
?1.72
?1.67
?1.61
?1.70
?1.69
?1.64
?1.69
?1.69
?1.69
?1.69
?1.66
?1.64
?1.64
?1.63
?1.65
?1.65
?1.64
?1.63
?1.64
?1.66
?1.67
?1.70
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
.15
.16
.14
.19
.17
.17
.17
.15
.18
.19
.16
.21
.19
.20
.16
.24
.22
.25
3.19
3.03
?
3.09
2.91
?
2.89
?
?
2.70
?
2.60
?
2.42
?
?
?
?
1.63
1.65
1.69
1.67
1.69
1.70
1.72
1.73
1.73
1.72
1.71
1.67
1.63
1.57
1.55
1.52
1.50
1.50
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
?
.04
.02
.05
.05
.08
.09
.14
.11
.11
.14
.12
?
?
?
?
3.98
?
?
?
3.37
4.13
3.47
3.18
0.88
0.99
1.08
1.14
1.15
1.18
1.28
1.39
1.35
1.42
1.53
1.59
?
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+
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+
?
+
+
+
.04
.01
.02
.09
.04
?
.04
.02
.02
.06
.02
.05
.04
?
4.42
?
4.11
3.60
?
4.41
?
?
6.54
3.57
?
?
0.54
0.72
0.73
0.68
0.72
0.82
0.74
0.80
0.87
0.85
0.89
0.99
1.11
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
141.17
140.20
100.93
153.61
145.80
147.75
155.84
131.52
137.78
157.16
95.27
163.30
155.61
175.93
105.92
176.39
133.87
170.45
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
-0.20
+0.10
+0.20
-0.50
-0.40
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)
2452.82
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
?
?
?
1.39
1.41
2.34
2.40
3.50
3.54
2.36
2.42
3.38
3.51
1.41
1.44
2.37
2.43
Sell
HSBC Investment Funds (OEIC) - Retail Share Class
FIDELITY INTERNATIONAL
Private Clnts 0800 414161 Broker Dlgs 0800 414181
1442.00
3560.00
491.00
3.27
0.68
1.85
1.86
0.35
1.37
1.27
0.99
0.82
1.45
4.57
2.98
2.81
2.45
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 ?@
57.90
Emerging Mkts ?@
119.10
Euro Gwth & Inc 1 ?@ 1012.00
Extra Inc Bond ?@
48.58
FTSE All-Shr Track ?@ 402.70
Global Gwth SC1 ?@
194.40
High Inc Trst @
14.01
Max Inc Bond ?@
48.37
Multi Man Caut ?@
70.41
Multi Man Distr ?@
60.44
North Amer ?@
482.80
Pacific Gwth ?@
420.60
Strategic Bd ?@
195.20
UK Equity ?@
3122.00
UK Gwth & Inc Acc 1 ?@ 658.50
UK Gwth & Inc Dist ?@ 234.70
UK Smaller Cos ?@
968.70
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Eur Sel Gth A Acc ?@
+3.30
+0.32
+0.90
+0.30
+2.10
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 @
1546.25
Euro Opps R Acc @
101.29
Euro Opps R Inc @
96.51
European Growth R Acc @349.42
Global Energy R Acc @
29.31
Global Growth R Acc @ 249.37
Global Income R Acc @ 121.97
Global Income R Inc @
90.66
Global Select R Acc @
99.32
High Income R Inc @
78.87
Income R Acc @
410.68
Income R Inc @
221.76
Monthly Dist R Inc @
69.64
Strategic Assets R Acc @ 81.16
Strategic Bond R M Acc @ 95.47
Strategic Bond R M Inc @ 57.25
Strategic Bond R Q Acc @ 95.29
Strategic Bond R Q Inc @ 57.00
UK Growth R Acc @
529.01
UK Smaller Cos R Acc @ 1589.87
UK Special Sits R Acc @ 563.96
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
115.20
107.31
110.88
115.27
132.93
110.19
105.54
102.29
133.03
153.92
143.86
139.13
109.29
102.69
105.32
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
109.68
103.28
106.14
109.97
125.57
105.83
101.73
98.80
126.24
145.22
136.92
133.69
Shorts (under 5 years)
101.52
114.36
103.81
108.55
108.87
105.95
113.56
112.27
104.73
132.36
117.84
100.70
101.30
100.21
111.68
101.27
103.53
104.26
102.49
107.56
106.87
101.42
122.11
111.51
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
100.21
113.00
101.32
103.53
104.30
102.69
107.66
107.07
101.75
122.36
111.98
97.94
98.17
* 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
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should contact their fund manager.
Data as shown is
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43
1G M
Business
ALAMY
Takeda feels the
heat as Shire bid
talk hits shares
Callum Jones
Shares in Takeda Pharmaceutical hit a
13-month low yesterday as the Japanese drugmaker continued to weigh
whether to launch an ambitious takeover bid for Shire.
The company faced questions over
the impact on its finances of buying its
international London-listed rival, after
it unnerved investors by confirming
that it was considering an approach.
Tuesday?s announcement from
Takeda, which has a market value of
� billion, initially increased Shire?s
stock market value by up to a quarter to
� billion on the London market.
Shire is a specialist in rare diseases
and neuroscience and is best known for
its products for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The main
focus of the business is on North America, where more than half of its 24,000
employees are based. The company
generated $9.5 billion of its $14.4 billion
product sales in the US last year.
Takeda, which has yet to formally
approach Shire?s board, has said that
considerations are at ?a preliminary
stage?. It is understood to have hastily
announced its interest this week having
been prompted by the Takeover Panel.
The 237-year-old Osaka-based pharmaceutical company has interests in
more than 70 countries, with 30,000
employees, and focuses on oncology,
gastroenterology and neuroscience.
Analysts expressed concern over
whether the potential boost to Takeda?s
portfolio and pipeline would justify the
price tag. ?The impression . . . is that the
acquisition would be an overreach,?
Hiroshi Tanaka, analyst at Mizuho Securities, told clients.
Amid expectations that this week?s
development would flush out other bidders, industry heavyweights including
Pfizer were linked with a potential takeover battle for Shire, which rose 2 per
cent to �.70� in London yesterday.
On the Japanese stock exchange, Takeda closed down 7.5 per cent at �120.
There was considerable doubt
among brokers about whether Takeda
would buy the entirety of Shire?s business, with some analysts suggesting
that it should target specific units.
?We think neuroscience assets alone,
which Shire said are under strategic review, would be a realistic target, but we
find it hard to imagine Takeda acquiring all of Shire,? Atsushi Seki, analyst at
UBS, said.
?We think the possibility of it making
a proposal is very low, but its share price
will likely be under pressure from
concern over potential dilution.?
Roger Franklin, of Liberum, highlighted the ?obviously complementary
therapeutic area focus? of the companies, but believes that Takeda?s size is ?a
potential barrier?.
Credit Suisse said: ?We would not
assume typical deal synergies given
Shire?s lean infrastructure. Relative size
is also an obstacle, with similar market
caps but $20 billion of Shire debt.?
Last year, Takeda bought Ariad, the
US cancer drug manufacturer, in a deal
worth $5.2 billion.
Grant Thornton gives
up battle with big four
Patrick Hosking Financial Editor
Britain?s fifth largest accounting firm
has given up trying to win new bluechip audit customers after losing out in
battles to capture the audits of Marks &
Spencer and others from the big four.
Grant Thornton said it could no
longer compete against the stranglehold of the big four and would not pitch
for FTSE 350 business after coming ?a
glorious second? too many times.
The firm is the biggest of the secondline accountants in Britain with 185
partners, 4,500 staff and �0 million
of annual revenues. It is part of the
global network Grant Thornton International, with offices in 130 countries,
and traces its UK roots to 1904, when
Thornton, Webb & Co was founded.
Grant Thornton, No 5 in the UK by
revenues, said it was ?extremely difficult to penetrate? the FTSE 350, the
index of the 350 biggest listed UK companies. It would continue to pitch for
business from big public sector clients
and from smaller listed companies and
would continue to work on advisory,
non-audit work for FTSE 350 clients.
Robert Hannah, chief operating officer, said it cost as much as �0,000 to
pitch for a new blue-chip client and it
was ?frustrating? that so many audit
committee members saw choosing one
of the big four as the low-risk option.
While the firm was still welcomed by
many large public sector audit clients,
such as Birmingham city council and
NHS trusts, ?in the FTSE 350 we?re not
getting any cut-through for a variety of
reasons,? he said. He said the firm
would decide whether to re-tender for
its existing FTSE 350 clients on a case
by case basis. They are Interserve,
Sports Direct, Witan Investment Trust,
Woodford Patient Capital Trust and JD
Wetherspoon.
Reforms such as compulsory retendering of audits every ten years have failed to break the dominance of Deloitte,
EY, KPMG and PWC, which audit 99 of
the UK?s 100 biggest listed companies.
Stephen Haddrill, chief executive of
the Financial Reporting Council, the
accounting watchdog, has said it may
be time to think about breaking up the
big four and is in discussions with the
Competition and Markets Authority.
The number of firms registered to
audit large quoted companies has fallen from 50 to 33 in two years. Smith &
Williamson and Shipleys, two second
tier firms, recently pulled out. RSM,
formerly Baker Tilly, last week issued
an emphatic denial that it was doing so.
Frank Field, chairman of the work
and pensions committee, said: ?If No 5
has given up trying to compete with the
big four, what hope for the rest? It looks
ever more like government will have to
act to restore competition.?
Michael Izza, head of the Institute of
Chartered Accountants in England &
Wales, has blamed the red tape of FRC
inspections for the reluctance of some
firms to audit large listed companies.
Shop easy Australian regulators have approved a $16 billion takeover of the shopping centre giant Westfield by its French
rival Unibail-Rodamco. The owner of Westfield Stratford City in east London, above, recommended the takeover last year
From Hollywood to
Her Royal Highness
Don?t miss exclusive extracts from Andrew Morton?s new book
on Meghan Markle.
Pick up your copy of The Sunday Times this weekend.
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2G M
Business Markets
news in brief
Tempus
Buy, sell or hold: today?s best share tips
VW emissions lawsuit
Car owners in England and
Wales who want to sue
Volkswagen over the diesel
emissions scandal have seven
months to join the case at the
High Court in London. To date
60,000 claimants have signed up,
making it the largest consumer
group action in UK history. The
number could rise significantly, as
1.2 million cars from the
Volkswagen brands VW, Audi,
Skoda and Seat were equipped
with software that enabled cars to
cheat emissions tests. Volkswagen
denies that the software broke
any UK or EU laws.
Miner?s backers strike fertile ground
sirius minerals
2017 loss �m
2016 loss �m
Digging for victory
Cash at end of
2017 �8m
Share price
�
T
uk oil & gas investments
Revenue
�7,000
Pre-tax loss
�27m
U
K Oil & Gas Investments
issued a Stock Exchange
announcement yesterday with
its results for the year to the end of
December. Two hours later it issued
a second statement, noting a few
minor adjustments: ?All references to
year end 31 December should be read
as 30 September throughout.?
Whoops! Not the best start to its
annual results. Still, as its boss
Stephen Sanderson put it: ?Have you
never made a mistake??
UKOG is focused on trying to
Debt
40
8 availability
6
4
period
3
4
2
2
1
0
0
20
-2
-1
10
-6
30
Source: Thomson Reuters
hree years ago Sirius
Minerals stunned its
critics ? and delighted
shareholders ? by winning
the right to build the
biggest mining project in Britain for
decades, beneath the North York
Moors national park.
The �2 billion project to tap a
vast deposit of polyhalite, a form of
potash that is a raw ingredient for
fertiliser, may not have pleased
environmentalists but it is now
running full steam ahead.
Sirius, which ranks as a FTSE 250
company, has already raised
$1.2 billion to pay for the
construction of two 1,500m shafts at
the site. It needs to raise a further
$3 billion from banks this year and
is seeking government debt
guarantees to help fund the next
stage, which includes a 23-mile
tunnel linking its mine with a port
on Teesside for export.
Yesterday the company said that it
had awarded its first tunnelling
contract to Strabag, the Austrian
company that built the world?s
longest railway tunnel at St Gotthard
in the Alps.
Once built, in 2021, the mine will
be the deepest in Britain. By 2024
Sirius hopes to be producing
10 million tonnes per year of
polyhalite, rising to 20 million tonnes
by 2026. The company claims that
Unlevered project cashflows, left
Net debt (full repayment), right
Net debt (amortising), right
$00m
Debt
10
5
-4
-2
Full
amortisation
period
-8
2015
16
17
18
0
-10
-3
-4
-5
20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34
the deposit is big enough to last at
least 100 years and expects robust
demand from the Far East, where
fertiliser demand is being driven by
rising food production and growing
populations.
Investors who were lucky enough
to snap up shares in Sirius at 13紁
back in 2013, when Tempus first
tipped them, will have more than
doubled their money, with the stock
trading yesterday at 30絧. The
shares have had a rollercoaster ride,
though, with the price gyrating
between 7p and 43p in the interim. If
they have the stomach, investors
should hang on as Sirius remains an
attractive long-term project.
The group moved from Aim to the
London Stock Exchange?s main
market last April and joined the
FTSE 250 index the following
month. It has demonstrated that it is
capable of keeping to its promises
and turning an ambitious ? indeed
some thought outlandish ? concept
into reality. Over the past year Sirius
produce oil and gas from the Weald
Basin across the south of England. It
was launched on London?s junior
Aim market in 2013 by the serial
entrepreneur David Lenigas and in
2015 the BBC was told about
promising drilling results at its
Horse Hill well in Surrey, aka the
?Gatwick Gusher?. Mr Sanderson
said its findings suggested there
could be ?between 50 and 100 billion
barrels of oil in place in the ground?
in the Weald.
UKOG later issued a ?clarification?
playing down the find and Mr
Sanderson claimed that ?at no point?
had he sanctioned the 100 billion
number ? despite saying it on tape
to the BBC. Mr Lenigas has departed
UKOG but Mr Sanderson remains,
unrepentant. Yesterday he told The
Times it had since shown there were
in fact ?way more than 100 billion
barrels? in the Weald and the figure
was ?completely substantiated?.
UKOG has negligible production
to fund its work so has raised money
numerous times, diluting investors. It
reported a �3 million pre-tax loss
last year. Recent efforts have focused
on its Broadford Bridge well near
Billingshurst, where it has issued a
stream of releases exciting
investors with such titbits as the
discovery of a ?strong oil odour?.
Yesterday it said that despite a
promising-sounding ?oil deposit of
up to 1400 ft vertical extent?, flow
ADVICE Buy
WHY Remains a speculative
punt on global potash market,
but a company with excellent
management is executing a
complex project well
has performed fairly well and has
struck agreements to supply more
than 4 million tonnes of polyhalite
output from the mine per year,
mainly to buyers in Asia. It hopes to
increase that to up to 7 million
tonnes this year, a step that would go
a long way towards derisking the
project financially.
This month the company
announced that it had recorded a
loss of nearly � million for last
year. Clearly, since the project is in
the development phase and Sirius
will have no meaningful revenues
from its polyhalite production, this is
hardly a surprise.
Nevertheless, Sirius has a long way
to go before it fulfils its long-term
vision. Given the complexity and
scale of the project, the performance
of the company?s shares is likely to
hinge on its ability to execute the
project on time and on budget. That
remains a significant risk.
A further issue is the state of the
global potash market. The
commodity more than halved in
price between 2011 and 2016, falling
from $550 to just over $200 per
tonne, before rallying last year. It
remains a volatile, relatively
specialist commodity, so its price can
be subject to big fluctuations.
Analysts at Bernstein expect global
potash demand to grow by about
2.5 per cent this year, equating to
about 1.6 million tonnes, after rising
4 per cent last year. Given this, Sirius
remains a relatively speculative punt
but for investors with strong nerves
it could remain good value.
Walker to lead inquiry
The former director-general of
the Institute of Directors is to
oversee the finance industry?s
review into how complaints and
dispute procedures are handled
for the UK?s small and mediumsized businesses. Simon Walker
will lead a review commissioned
by UK Finance, the trade body
representing firms that provide
credit, banking, markets and
payment-related services. Its
remit is to assess the scale of
banking complaints from small
and medium-sized companies.
Homes pledge broken
The government has admitted
that it has fallen behind on its
pledge to replace council housing
sold under the Right to Buy with
new homes. The government
said that 15,981 homes had
been acquired or started as
replacements for those sold under
the Right to Buy scheme since
2012, significantly less than the
17,072 required to meet the
promise to replace all additional
homes sold within three years. In
total within this period, councils
have sold 63,518 homes.
rates were ?likely sub-commercial?.
Attention now moves back to
Horse Hill, where appraisal drilling is
planned this year. Testing in 2016
found oil flowed strongly, but further
tests are needed. If there are
commercially viable volumes, it aims
for ?stable oil production in 2019?.
Horse Hill may well produce oil
eventually. Will it ever be enough to
justify the Gatwick Gusher hype?
Don?t bet on it.
Under Armour hacked
Under Armour, the clothing
brand best known for its athletic
wear, said that some personal
details contained in 150 million
user accounts for its website and
MyFitnessPal, its food and
nutrition app, were breached last
month. The announcement of the
breach, which could be among
the largest cyberattacks, sent its
shares down 2.4 per cent to $16.35
on Wall Street. The data includes
usernames, emails and encrypted
passwords but not payment card
details, the company said.
ADVICE Avoid
WHY Questions over viability
and credibility
PRICES
Major indices
London Financial Futures
New York
Dow Jones
Nasdaq Composite
S&P 500
24103.11 (+254.69)
7063.45 (+114.22)
2640.87 (+35.87)
Tokyo
Nikkei 225
21159.08 (+127.77)
Hong Kong
Hang Seng
30093.38 (+70.85)
Amsterdam
AEX Index
Zurich
SMI Index
8740.97 (-15.15)
DJ EURO Stoxx 50
3367.26 (+36.01)
London
FTSE 100
7056.61 (+11.87)
FTSE 250
19460.47 (+103.88)
FTSE 350
3941.17 (+9.11)
FTSE Eurotop 100
FTSE All-Shares
529.52 (+2.52)
Frankfurt
DAX
Singapore
Straits
Brussels
BEL20
Paris
CAC-40
12096.73 (+156.02)
FTSE Non Financials
4510.80 n/a
4278.91 (+8.10)
3857.10 (+4.74)
US$
1.4032 (-0.0047)
Euro
1.1404 (-0.0032)
�SDR
0.96 (+0.00)
79.94 (-0.03)
FTSE100
FTSEurofirst 80
Commodities
Open
122.48
High
122.93
Low
122.48
99.100
99.010
98.930
98.850
98.780
100.32
100.32
100.30
100.27
100.19
100.73
100.71
100.67
6943.5
6898.5
99.115
99.030
98.950
98.880
98.810
100.33
100.32
100.30
100.27
100.19
100.73
100.72
100.68
7026.0
6922.0
99.085
99.000
98.910
98.840
98.770
100.32
100.31
100.30
100.26
100.18
100.72
100.70
100.66
6928.0
6898.5
Sett
122.82
122.08
99.090
99.010
98.920
98.850
98.780
100.32
100.32
100.30
100.27
100.19
100.73
100.71
100.67
6993.5
6926.0
4640.5
4635.0
Vol
230378
Open Int
712406
93370
80595
66228
95412
74665
74521
16661
28775
26004
31183
3562
2081
2226
128628
19
743815
473940
510479
374897
376550
582680
553149
569220
365614
425763
68155
73732
91273
638032
108
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Brent (9.00pm)
Crude Oils ($/barrel FOB)
May
Jun
Jul
Brent Physical
BFOE(Jun)
BFOE(May)
WTI(May)
WTI(Jun)
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69.46
70.26
64.87
64.94
+0.57
+0.60
+0.63
+0.52
+0.56
Products ($/MT)
Spot CIF NW Europe (prompt delivery)
Premium Unld
Gasoil EEC
3.5 Fuel Oil
Naphtha
CPI
104.90 Feb (2015 = 100)
RPI
278.10 Feb (Jan 1987 = 100)
RPIX
278.60 Feb (Jan 1987 = 100)
593.46 (-3.92)
Morningstar Long/Short Commod 4221.32 (-15.98)
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617.75-617.50
614.00-613.75
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1762-1728
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White Sugar (FOB)
Gas Oil
Apr
May
May
70.22-70.21
69.39-69.38
68.91-68.90
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Bank of England official close (4pm)
Morningstar Long Commodity
5167.30 (+36.86)
3-Mth Euroswiss
n/a
Exchange Index
3427.97 (+45.19)
3-Mth Euribor
3894.17 (+9.01)
Bargains
5868.90 (-30.30)
3-Mth Sterling
2798.01 (+14.83)
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1G M
Markets Business
ALAMY
Compass hit by weakness
at caterer?s leading rival
Miles Costello Market report
I
Odeon set
for market
premiere
O
deon Cinemas is
being groomed
for a London
listing that could value
it at more than
$2 billion (Dominic
Walsh writes).
AMC Entertainment
Holdings, its New
York-listed parent
company, is
understood to have
appointed Citi to
advise it on an initial
public offering within
the next 18 months.
AMC is majority
owned by Dalian
Wanda of China, which
is seeking to cut debt.
AMC acquired
Odeon & UCI Cinemas
in 2016 for �1 million
from Guy Hands? Terra
Firma private equity
firm. A few months
later it added Nordic
Cinema Group, bought
from Bridgepoint for
$929 million.
The business has
more than 360 cinemas
in countries including
the UK & Ireland,
Spain, Italy, Sweden,
Finland, Estonia,
Latvia and Lithuania,
plus Germany, Norway,
Austria and Portugal.
Odeon, which has
more than 115 million
customers a year, was
founded in 1930 by
Oscar Deutsch. In 1941
the chain was acquired
by flour mill owner and
film producer J Arthur
Rank, and was part of
the Rank Organisation
for 58 years.
Results in brief
Name
Pre-tax figure
Profit (+) loss (-)
Dividend
Bowleven (resources HY)
Chesnara (finance FY)
IP Group (finance FY)
Parkmead Group (resources HY)
Quarto Group (media FY)
Zegona Comms (telecomsFY)
-$2.8 ($3.4m)
�.6m (�.7m)
�.4m (-�.8m)
-�1m (-�5m)
-$21.2m ($13m)
-?11.2m (-?6.3m)
nil
20.07p f 13.07 p TBC
nil
nil
nil
7.8p f 3.9p p Apr 24
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
GKN Shareholders endorse bid from Melrose Industries
IP Group Reports annual profit after loss the previous year
Electrocomponents Upgraded by Peel Hunt ahead of results
Hikma US subsidiary launches treatment for cancer suffers having chemotherapy
Spectris Barclays raises price target
Renewi Sells one of its processing plants
Galliford Try Sets the terms for a rights issue
Bovis Homes Shares start trading without the right to most recent dividend
Ted Baker Jefferies downgrades to ?hold?
Capita Fails to secure potential call centre contract with British Airways
London Grain Futures
LIFFE Wheat (close �/t)
May
143.00 Jul
Jan
unq Mar
Gold/Precious
metals (US dollars per ounce)
unq
unq
Nov
144.25
Volume: 400
London Metal Exchange
15mth
6719.0-6720.0
7310.0-7320.0
Morrisons is one to check out
W
m Morrison
swam away
from a high
street awash with
gloom after analysts
at Bernstein decided
that the grocer was a
?great income stock?
and upgraded the
shares and their
target price.
The supermarket
group was among the
biggest risers on the
FTSE 100, adding 5p
to 213絧 after
Bernstein moved its
rating to an
?outperform?. Its two
retail analysts
highlighted
Morrisons? move to
increase its annual
dividend and
introduce a special
Wall Street report
A strong end to a holiday-shortened
week failed to save US markets from
enduring their worst quarterly falls
in more than two years, although the
Dow Jones industrial average rose
254.69 points on the day to 24,103.11,
a weekly gain of 2.7 per cent.
America than Sodexo, but investors
could not resist a read-across with an
eye to a potentially weaker market for
consumer spending.
Compass Group has had a rocky
quarter, marked by the death of
Richard Cousins, its chief executive,
and four members of his family in an
air crash in Australia on New Year?s
Eve. The shares have lost almost 8 per
cent of their value this year.
The wider market staged a rally
that was led by recovering miners and
a narrow victory for Melrose
Industries in its �billion hostile
takeover of GKN.
The FTSE 100 closed 11.87 points up
at 7,056.61 but still endured its worst
quarterly performance since 2011 after
it was rocked first by President
Trump?s tariffs on imported steel and
aluminium and then by a tech sell-off
sparked by privacy fears about
Facebook and Google in America.
The FTSE 250 picked up 103.88
points to close at 19,460.47, up
0.54 per cent on the day, but 5.9 per
2410.0-2412.0
n/a
Zinc Spec Hi Gde ($/tonne)
3331.0-3332.0
3309.0-3309.5
n/a
Finance House 1.0
ECB Refi 0.00
US Fed Fd 1.50-1.75
Depo CDs
0.60-0.50
0.70-0.60
0.83-0.73
0.98-0.83
1.17-1.02
Palladium $952.50 (�9.00)
Eurodollar Deps
1.70-1.88
1.97-2.17
2.28-2.48
2.41-2.61
2.63-2.83
Other Sterling
European money
deposits %
Sterling spot and forward rates
Close $1323.13-1323.59 High $1328.17
Treasury Bills (Dis) Buy: 1 mth 0.317; 3 mth 0.458. Sell: 1 mth 0.090; 3 mth 0.280
1 mth
Krugerrand $1309.00-1380.00 (�3.13-983.75)
Silver $16.34 (�.65)
Interbank Rates
2 mth
3 mth
6 mth
12 mth
0.5146
0.5946
0.6919
0.8155
1.0039
Clearer CDs
0.60-0.50
0.70-0.60
0.83-0.73
0.98-0.83
1.17-1.02
Currency
21050.0-21055.0
20675.0-20725.0
Alum Hi Gde ($/tonne)
1996.5-1997.0
2013.5-2014.0
2280.0-2285.0
Nickel ($/tonne)
13240.0-13245.0
1mth
3mth
6mth
12mth
0.13
0.20
0.29
0.55
0.51
0.69
0.82
1.00
0.10
0.15
0.20
0.50
Dollar
Sterling
Euro
13280.0-13300.0
n/a
Mkt Rates for
Copenhagen
Euro
Montreal
New York
Oslo
Stockholm
Tokyo
Zurich
Range
8.4978-8.5250
1.1441-1.1403
1.8072-1.8196
1.4019-1.4095
11.002-11.077
11.714-11.782
149.03-150.40
1.3409-1.3476
Close
8.5038-8.5088
1.1411-1.1410
1.8087-1.8089
1.4027-1.4028
11.005-11.011
11.714-11.724
149.10-149.13
1.3415-1.3417
1 month
78ds
8pr
13pr
18pr
37pr
102ds
10ds
16ds
Premium = pr
3 month
271ds
27pr
39pr
55pr
96pr
355ds
35ds
54ds
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
cent over the next few
years and a
management team
that underpromises
and overdelivers
means that Morrisons
does not deserve to be
the unloved stock
among other analysts
that it is, Bernstein
said.
?Wm Morrison is a
perennial underdog,
unloved by the
sell-side but with the
best long-term
historical total
shareholder return
and a favourite of
value investors,?
Bruno Monteyne,
an analyst at
Bernstein, said. ?We
think it makes for a
great income stock.?
jumped 6.7 per cent, or 7紁, to 114絧,
after the intellectual property group
returned an annual profit of
�.4 million that reversed last year?s
�.8 million loss and recorded a
strong rise in the value of its assets.
Electrocomponents picked up
28絧 to 600紁 as Peel Hunt
upgraded the distributor of
engineering products and electronics
to ?add? from ?hold? ahead of next
week?s results.
Hikma, the drugs group, rose 47絧
to �.08�, after its American
subsidiary, West-ward
Pharmaceuticals, launched an
injection treatment that helps prevent
nausea and vomiting in cancer
patients receiving chemotherapy.
Ted Baker lost 114p to �.00 after
a downgrade by Jefferies offset the
usually positive share buying by one
of the retailer?s directors.
Bovis Homes, the housebuilder,
shed 44p to �.39 as its shares
starting trading without the right to
receive the latest dividend.
Dollar rates
Clearing Banks: 0.50
Halifax Mortgage Rate 3.99
Bullion: Open $1326.78
Tin ($/tonne)
21100.0-21125.0
payout. They reckon
that the grocer will
soon be handing back
100 per cent of its
earnings to
shareholders and will
still cut its debts.
A dividend yield of
6.3 per cent that looks
set to rise to 9 per
cent lower since the beginning of the
year.
Among large-cap stocks, GKN put
on a late surge, ending 9.5 per cent or
40p higher at 463p, after the
turnaround experts at Melrose, up
7緋 to 231p, secured just over 52 per
cent acceptances for their offer to win
the day in the battle for the engineer.
As commodity prices rose,
including for copper, Fresnillo
increased 36p to �.68�, Anglo
American gained 44紁 to �.61, Rio
Tinto added 88p to �.11 and BHP
Billiton was lifted 26絧 to �.03�.
Among the losers was Prudential,
off 60絧 to �.78�, as new buyers of
the shares forfeited the right to
receive the latest dividend payment.
Next shed 73p to �.59 after
analysts at Berenberg lifted their
annual profit forecasts in the wake of
the retailer?s full-year results but kept
their ?sell? recommendation, arguing
that it has no star quality that sets it
apart from the rest of the pack.
Among the mid-caps IP Group
Lead ($/tonne)
2410.0-2411.0
Wm Morrison gives
investors great value,
Bernstein analysts say
Australia
Canada
Denmark
Euro
Hong Kong
Japan
Malaysia
Norway
Singapore
Sweden
Switzerland
Platinum $934.00 (�5.81)
Copper Gde A ($/tonne)
6683.0-6685.0
Base Rates
AM $1323.90 PM $1323.85
3mth
retail
Money rates %
Low $1321.40
(Official)
Cash
9.5%
6.7%
5.0%
4.1%
3.2%
-3.1%
-3.5%
-3.7%
-4.4%
-4.6%
nvestors lost their appetite for
Compass Group after one of the
caterer?s leading rivals predicted
weaker than expected profits for
the first half and cut its outlook
for both full-year sales and margins.
Shares in Compass skidded as
much as 3.6 per cent lower before
ending 29絧 down at �.55�, after
France?s Sodexo blamed weakness at
its North American business and
embarked on a full review of its costs.
Compass is the world?s biggest
catering group, followed by Sodexo,
and provides food, hospitality and
other services, including for the Six
Nations rugby at Twickenham, the
opera at Glyndebourne and racing at
Aintree and Cheltenham.
It has a much more established ?
and profitable ? operation in North
Exchange rates
1.3027-1.3028
1.2894-1.2895
6.0633-6.0643
0.8132-0.8134
7.8481-7.8486
106.31-106.32
3.8670-3.8720
7.8446-7.8506
1.3103-1.3113
8.3528-8.3545
0.9562-0.9566
28.243-28.244
1.8274-1.8276
0.5256-0.5325
4.6497-4.6539
1.1410-1.1411
11.008-11.010
91.348-91.376
19247-19265
0.4193-0.4216
5.4255-5.4326
1.9420-1.9425
1.8375-1.8395
16.576-16.590
5.1521-5.1535
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
2.010
1.750
1.980
1.720
9.140
8.020
n/a
n/a
1.250
1.090
11.890
10.450
392.220
322.690
22323.500
17806.400
5.420
4.630
161.890
140.200
2.180
1.840
12.030
10.400
5.300
4.340
87.720
73.040
18.420
15.600
12.530
11.140
1.480
1.280
6.300
5.390
1.540
1.350
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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49
1G M
Teacher who claimed to be
the world?s oldest rapper
Joy Philippou
Page 50
Register
Obituaries
Brigadier David Baines
Lives remembered
Courageous Normandy veteran who later joined MI5 and witnessed an IRA bomb attack on the Queen
Nigel Grimshaw
writes: Stephen
Hawking (obituary,
March 15) had
a donnish
appreciation of the
ridiculous. It was
shown by one
incident involving
a highly distinguished, if eccentric,
academic (now deceased) who lived
above Stephen?s apartment at
Pinehurst South, Cambridge, where
he lived between 1990 and 1994.
This don was cloistered, prickly
and abrasive, his only non-academic
interest seemingly being the
harvesting of wild mushrooms.
Noticing that Stephen had brought a
small barbecue on to his terrace, the
don sent Stephen a pompous
typewritten note pointing out that
storing ?combustible materials?
contravened the terms of their leases.
Stephen simply ignored the letter.
A further letter followed reciting
the precise clauses in the lease that
he alleged had been breached.
Stephen similarly ignored this letter.
Frustrated at the lack of response,
his neighbour sent a handwritten
note. It stated: ?I?m a professor of
mathematics, like you. I?m based in
the same department as you. I?m a
member of the same college as you. I
live in the same block as you. Surely
you know who I am?? Stephen
instructed an assistant to write ?no? in
capitals at the end of the letter and
post it back. Soon after, the neighbour
moved to another residence.
On May 9, 1981, the Queen arrived on
the royal yacht Britannia at Sullom Voe
in the Shetland Islands. There she was
met by the King of Norway, with whom
she was officially to open BP?s new oil
terminal, the largest in Europe. Then,
just as the ceremony got under way, an
IRA bomb exploded.
Fortunately, it did so in the power
station some 500 yards from where the
dignitaries were gathered. Although
the blast was strong enough to buckle
a girder no one appeared to notice
and the incident was not made public.
One person present, however, was
informed. David Baines was the MI5
officer tasked with supervising the
security of Britain?s vital network of
oil and gas installations. He had previously made detailed recommendations
to BP for countering potential terrorist
attacks, including on the power station,
but the company had balked at the
seven-figure cost of their implementation. Baines later revealed that a
40-strong police team due to search
the extensive site before the inauguration had been held up by fog and had
only a few hours to conduct checks.
When Baines was told about the
explosion he was sitting next to the
Queen?s lady-in-waiting. On inquiring
if those on Britannia should be alerted,
she advised that it would be a pity to
spoil their lunch since the Queen was
always getting bomb threats and
generally ignored them.
The police subsequently concluded
that bomb-making equipment had
been posted to a Republican militant
who had been a builder at the terminal.
A second, larger device had been held
up in the post. With the Prince of
Wales?s wedding imminent, the IRA?s
breach of royal security was hushed up.
No one could accuse Baines of not
having a strong sense of duty. As a
young army officer, he had been recommended for the George Cross when
stationed in Libya in 1947. In October
that year a bus full of civilians skidded
off the road near Homs and overturned
in a wadi that was in flood.
By the time Baines arrived at 8pm,
there were 18 Arabs stranded on top of
the vehicle, and another four precariously clinging to rocks 120 yards downstream. After rescuing those on the bus
with an improvised ropeway, he dived
into the water to carry a lifeline to the
two nearest Arabs. The current proved
too strong, but eventually a rope was
floated to them. When it was pulled in
it was found that one man had been
washed away. All attempts to float a line
to the other two victims failed and
Baines once more resorted to entering
the water himself. He could not see how
deep it was and struggled in the torrent,
often losing his footing.
He ran out of rope 50 yards short of
his objective and had to make the perilous return journey for more line.
Several times he was lost from sight as
he disappeared under water, but eventually by sheer determination and great
courage he reached the two men and
rescued them at 3am. He had been in
the water for some three hours.
His brigade commander recommended him for the George Cross.
Despite the personal intervention of
King George, who was most impressed
by the gallant deed, the awards
Brigadier Baines in West Germany in 1969 at the height of the Cold War
committee decided instead to appoint
Baines MBE (Military).
An only child, David Fitzroy Alan
Talbot Baines was born in Sutton, south
London, in 1923. His father, Michael,
served as an artillery officer in the
First World War and later on India?s
northwest frontier, rising to colonel.
David?s mother, Peggy, was thought
something of a bluestocking bohemian,
being artistic and one of the first
women to go to Cambridge. He was a
In the run-up to D-Day
he sneaked off to London
to see a striptease show
fine classical scholar at Eton and was
due to follow in his mother?s footsteps
when he joined the army at school on
his 18th birthday. In 1943 he was commissioned into 7 Medium Regiment RA
(Royal Artillery). He later recalled how,
in the run-up to D-Day, he and some
friends had gone to London without
permission to see the stripper Phyllis
Dixey at the Whitehall Theatre. They
had then missed the last train after dinner at Scott?s and had only returned to
camp minutes before an inspection.
Baines was in action in Normandy
from the day after D-Day and later in
the fighting around Arnhem in the
Netherlands. He spent his 21st birthday
trying to mend a Bren-gun carrier?s
track in the rain. In March 1945 he
had a narrow escape in Germany when
his truck hit a mine shortly after he
had got out. His signaller was killed.
Baines blamed himself for not having
taken better precautions and the death
hung over him when he had to leave
the battlefield the next day and drive
to Ghent in Belgium to apply for a regular commission.
He was accepted and in 1947 posted
to Libya. There he met Honor Coriat,
whose father, Percy, had been governor
of the Upper Nile. They were married
on Baines?s 25th birthday in 1948.
They had two sons, Jonathan
and Michael, both of whom
became cavalry officers
before having careers in the
City. Honor survives him.
Tough and firm, but a calm
and fair-minded decisionmaker, Baines felt the
highlight of his time in
the army to have
been his command of
1 RHA (Royal Horse
Artillery) on active
service in South
Arabia in 1965. He
had the difficult task
Professor Stephen Hawking
of shifting it in short order from its
comfortable routine in Germany to the
harsh desert with new guns and intensifying dangers as Aden prepared for
independence. As well as having to face
terrorists streaming in from the north
Baines also had to cope with the
problems of his soldiers? wives and
children adapting to 40C heat. It is
thought to have been the last overseas
operational tour in which a regiment
was accompanied by their families.
Baines was successful as a leader
because he understood what motivated
his troops, and they knew and appreciated that he would stand up for them,
sometimes perhaps too vociferously.
That he did not thereafter rise to higher
things was attributed by many to his
having argued with his commanding
officer about the state of the barracks
that his men were assigned.
His final post in the army, from 1972,
was chief of Brixmis, the British mission
to the Soviet forces in Berlin. With his
sharp wits and courteous manners,
Baines was well suited to this adventurous role, in which he and his wife
often worked as a team. On one occasion, ordered by the foreign secretary
Alec Douglas-Home to confine to the
Baineses? house a Soviet delegation
seeking to snatch back a KGB defector,
Honor got them to stay by rustling up
a full English breakfast. The blood
drained from the Russian officer?s face
when he then heard a helicopter passing overhead towards West Germany.
Baines retired in 1974 in the rank of
brigadier and joined MI5. He started
life in Curzon Street recording members of the Communist Party, nearly
all of whom seemed to live in Fife. Later
he took on the protection of what were
known as economic key points, such as
oil platforms and pipelines.
He spent many hours in helicopters
visiting the sites and reviewing plans to
recapture a rig should one be seized. In
1983 he left MI5 to join BP as a security
consultant. This too necessitated much
travel, although Baines revelled in it.
For many years he and Honor sailed
their yacht in the Mediterranean. They
hiked the Inca Trail in their eighties.
Baines believed that the direction of
MI5 in his time had been remote and
possibly complacent, and with a
colleague produced a paper with their
recommendations. Afraid that it would
not be considered properly, when asked
to discuss the paper in the director-general?s office he was relieved to discover
that the new head of the service was his
prep school head boy, Tony Duff.
Until it was disbanded in 2014 Baines
was president of the Normandy Veterans Association and a central figure
in their annual commemorations.
Even in old age he retained an
aura that would enrapture young
officers as he reminisced about
h
his experiences in France.
?He fought the good fight,?
observed a former army
chaplain, ?and he fought
it well?.
David Baines, soldier
and MI5 officer, was
born on December 22,
1923. He died on
March 1, 2018,
aged 94
Rear-Admiral Wilf Graham
John Hart writes:
The obituary of
Rear-Admiral Wilf
Graham (March
22) reminded me
of a true story that
epitomises his style
and qualities when
he was commander
of the naval college at Dartmouth,
where I was training in 1966.
A surprise locker search revealed
a half-full bottle of rum in the
possession of a rating selected for
officer training. The culprit was
brought before the commander on a
charge of possessing illegal alcohol on
board, which would normally result in
the termination of his career.
At the commander?s defaulters table
the bottle of rum was produced.
Having seen the evidence and heard
the recommendation as to the good
character of the offender, Wilf
Graham brought out four glasses,
poured a tot into each, passed them
to his colleagues and asked them to
report whether it really tasted of rum.
They all agreed that it did.
The commander then warned the
culprit that he would be lucky to
continue his career if he repeated the
offence. Nevertheless, he said that,
fortunately, as the offending
evidence now no longer existed, the
case would be dismissed.
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Jon Huntsman Sr
Mormon tycoon who invented the plastic clamshell container for Big Macs and once supplied Denis Thatcher with a crate of gin
BEI/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
The men in dark suits turned up at the
office and refused to give their names to
his secretary. One had a briefcase
strapped to his wrist. Jon Huntsman
assumed they were federal agents seeking to interview him about his time in
the White House as staff secretary
under President Nixon, a job he quit
shortly before the Watergate scandal.
The reality was more benign than it
looked. Inside the briefcase was nothing more sinister than a hamburgersized polystyrene container. The pair
were executives with McDonald?s and
they wanted to learn about his plan to
protect the Big Mac.
It was 1974 and Huntsman was fearful
for the future of his petrochemicals
company. In desperation he came up
with an inspired idea: create a polystyrene, closable clamshell container that
would be leakproof and keep food hotter for longer than standard wrapping.
Huntsman had not been able to
secure a meeting with the McDonald?s
management, even after making a
speculative trip to its headquarters in
Illinois, so he offered his product to its
rivals, Burger King, which was enthusiastic. McDonald?s quickly noticed and
struck a deal with Huntsman that led to
explosive growth in the food industry?s
use of plastic foam packaging.
A backlash over environmental and
health concerns emerged in the late
1980s and 1990s, and companies including McDonald?s began to return to
paper. By then, Huntsman was one of
America?s richest men and most generous philanthropists.
Although he dropped out of his
high-school chemistry class, he built
an international chemicals empire
through aggressive and heavily lever-
aged acquisitions. In one notable deal
in 1999 he acquired much of ICI. Over
the years he found himself on the brink
of bankruptcy more than once as the oil
price fluctuated, but Huntsman was a
tough and nimble negotiator who, he
believed, was underestimated by many
businessmen who expected him to be a
soft touch because he was a strait-laced
Mormon from Utah.
Jon Meade Huntsman was born in
Blackfoot, Idaho, in 1937. His mother,
Kathleen, was a Mormon missionary
and dental assistant, his father, Blaine,
was a teacher with a violent temper.
The family moved to California, where
Huntsman met Karen Haight at a Mormon church in 1950. They married in
1959. He earned an undergraduate
business degree at the University of
Pennsylvania, but money was tight. He
financed his engagement ring by betting on a horse, beating a rich fraternity
brother at poker and striking a deal with
the jeweller to sell rings on campus.
In his 2014 memoir, Barefoot to
Billionaire, Huntsman attributed his
generosity to his impoverished
He gave President Nixon
a leather-bound copy of
the Book of Mormon
upbringing, his ?memory of having
been on the outside looking in?.
A large portion of the roughly
$1.8 billion that he gave away was spent
on efforts to defeat cancer, the disease
that killed his parents. Huntsman himself had prostate cancer and bouts of
skin cancer. He also suffered several
minor heart attacks, the first, at the age
Huntsman with his wife, Karen Haight, and granddaughter Jacquelin in 2003
of 31, seemingly induced by working too
many long hours.
Around the time of his death, Huntsman?s clan of children, grandchildren
and great-grandchildren numbered
more than 80, which made for a logistical challenge because he wanted all of
them at photoshoots for the annual
family Christmas card.
Huntsman is survived by his wife and
eight of their nine children: Peter heads
the Huntsman Corporation, where
Mark, who was born with brain damage, also works; Christena and Jennifer
are involved in the family?s charitable
efforts, as was Kathleen, who died in
2010; James has worked in the film industry; Paul is owner and publisher of
The Salt Lake Tribune; David is a senior
figure in the Mormon church; Jon Jr
was governor of Utah and unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomina-
tion for the 2012 presidential election.
He is now US ambassador to Russia.
After university Huntsman worked
at a relative?s egg farm, becoming chief
financial officer and developing polystyrene egg cartons. He was recruited
by the Nixon administration in 1970 to
direct government welfare programmes. The next year he was
promoted by Nixon?s chief of staff, Bob
Haldeman, an imposing figure who
would go to prison for his role in the
Watergate affair. Haldeman was a
Christian Scientist who appreciated
that Huntsman paid tithes and did not
smoke or drink.
With Nixon so isolated that even
senior staff often could not reach him,
Huntsman acted as a gatekeeper and
go-between. One of his tasks was to
handle the fallout after Nixon read the
daily news digest. The president would
fly into a rage whenever a story quoted
?anonymous White House sources?
and would demand to know the
identity of the leaker.
As the White House grew more
paranoid, Huntsman was questioned
after he was seen handing documents
to the journalist Jack Anderson, who
was under FBI surveillance. Huntsman
told agents that he had been returning
Mormon educational materials after
filling in for Anderson as a Sunday
school teacher. Huntsman always
denied that he was one of the leakers,
but he did concede that Anderson
wanted to ?groom? him as a source.
Huntsman quit in February 1972,
four months before the break-in at the
Watergate office complex that precipitated Nixon?s downfall. As a parting gift
he gave Nixon a leather-bound copy of
the Book of Mormon.
In 1996 Huntsman hosted Baroness
Thatcher and her husband, Denis, at
his vast estate in Utah. At 9am one
morning, Huntsman recalled, he found
Denis roaming the grounds on a
fruitless search for gin. As a devout
Mormon, Huntsman was teetotal. ?He
confided that I had put him in the same
bedroom with Margaret, with whom he
had not shared a bed in more than two
decades,? Huntsman wrote. ? ?It was
dreadful,? he moaned. I immediately
dispatched a member of my own
security staff to the liquor store in
nearby Park City to purchase a case of
English gin (which was consumed
within the week.)?
Jon Huntsman Sr, industrialist and
philanthropist, was born on June 21, 1937.
He died of sepsis secondary to cellulitis
on February 2, 2018, aged 80
Joy Philippou
Eccentric mystic, artist and author renowned for a rap act that she used to try to encourage young people to stay out of trouble
Traditionally, rappers have hymned the
attractions of a life of lawlessness,
narcotics abuse and promiscuous sex.
Joy Philippou offered a more sober
alternative. Claiming to be the world?s
oldest professional rapper, she hoped
that she could use the art to encourage
young people away from delinquency
and gang violence.
?If ya f*** with me/ The police are
gonna hafta come and get me/ Off yo
ass,? rapped NWA in a typical lyric from
their celebrated album Straight Outta
Compton. Such sentiments could not be
farther from those embraced by
Philippou. In one song she advises delinquent youth: ?It ain?t no fun to carry
a gun / And if you insist on carrying a
knife/ You could lose your home and
your child and your wife/ And what is
even worse ? you could lose your life.?
Eschewing the compulsive beat
favoured by most celebrity rappers,
Philippou delivered her raps at an
ambling pace, accompanied by bongos
and a hand-clapping audience. Jay-Z
and Kanye West are unlikely to have
felt threatened.
She made it on to The X Factor in
2007, entertaining the judges with her
?nose violin?. Pressing one nostril
closed with a finger, she produced a
high-pitched nasal wail in approximation of a Hawaiian dance tune. ?I don?t
understand what you?re trying to do,?
complained Simon Cowell.
Notwithstanding Cowell?s scepticism, Philippou made it to the ?boot
camp? stage. The experience was ?absolutely horrific?, she recalled, complaining of the ?concentration camp? conditions of the contestants? hotel and
referring to Cowell as the F黨rer.
That did not stop her from competing
ITV
Philippou on The X Factor in 2007, above, and, right, as a young woman
on Britain?s Got Talent in 2011. Her aim
was to promote her movement. ?I want
young people to start writing raps to
show there are other things in life than
antisocial behaviour and being racist.?
She ran rap workshops for disadvantaged adolescents. One was held in the
House of Lords as part of her work as
the president of the Star Foundation,
which honours individuals who have
worked for their local communities.
She was born Margaret Joy Gadeloff
in Jaffa in 1928 when the city was part of
the British Mandate of Palestine. A
degree of mystery surrounds her past,
but she claimed Russian and Spanish
heritage and enjoyed giving colourful
accounts of her exploits.
As a young woman she moved to
Cyprus, where she was a ballerina and
taught dance. She married a teacher,
Anton Philippou. She was 28, her
husband was seven years younger. She
described Anton, who died in his forties
while undergoing surgery, as the love of
her life. She is survived by a brother, Eli,
and her companion of 20 years, Annie
Rogers, an amateur musician.
Her friends remember her as an enthusiast and an eccentric. In conversations she would habitually break into
song, mime and dance. She had a
passionate nature and men readily fell
in love with her. Her whimsical, ardent
character is reflected in the varied
career she had after leaving Cyprus.
She was an accomplished artist, art
restorer and charity fundraiser, as well
as an author and an expert in eastern
mysticism. She also worked as a teacher
and university lecturer. For a year she
lived in Paris, in a garret in Montparnasse. ?I was literally starving, absolutely broke.? She scraped together
enough money singing in caf閟 (in ten
languages) to hold a successful exhibition of her paintings. British tourists
took her for a gypsy troubadour.
Her artistic output ranged from
abstract painting to religious
icons and murals for restaurants. She was taught to
restore religious icons
by an exiled Russian
court painter and in the
early 1970s she landed a
job at the Grecian Gallery in
London, where she helped
to restore 14th-century
Byzantine icons. Her work
also took her to France,
where she spruced up
old masters for aristocratic families. On
one such jaunt she
stayed in a mon-
astery with the Rubens painting
she was restoring stowed under
her bed.
Educated at a Catholic convent
school, Philippou was an atheist for 15
years before a master?s degree in philosophy returned her to God. Her spiritual
practice was eclectic: she was learned in
Islam, Hinduism, Baha?i and Buddhism,
as well as Christianity. Meditation was
especially important to her and she
believed that she had attained a state of
spiritual euphoria.
An important influence for her was
Swami Muktananda, the founder of the
Siddha Yoga movement. She saw his
photograph in Delhi and ?instantly felt
he was my guru?. When she met him, he
blessed her prayer beads. She asked him
to ?put tons and tons of Shakti [cosmic
energy] in them?. He replied: ?You are
already so full of Shakti, you don?t need
any more.?
Her literary output included All You
Need to Know About Angels and Yogic
Power Secrets Never Before Revealed.
She also wrote an erotic novel, an
Arabic cookbook and a guide to English that promised to teach
French speakers 10,000
words in a day. She also published a book of rap lyrics, The
R
Rap Revolution. Friends say that
she was unfazed by the thought
of dying, so strong was her
belief in the spiritual realm.
Joy Philippou, MBE,
artist, teacher and
rapper, was born on
August 26, 1928.
She died of heart
failure on February
23, 2018, aged 89
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Judicial appointments and retirements
Appointments
The Queen has made the following
appointments on the advice of the
Right Honourable David Lidington,
the lord chancellor, and the Right
Honourable The Lord Burnett of
Maldon, the lord chief justice of
England and Wales:
6 Christopher John Butcher to be
a Justice of the High Court with
effect from 5 March, consequential
to the elevation of Sir Rabinder
Singh to the Court of Appeal. The
lord chief justice has assigned
Christopher John Butcher to the
Queen?s Bench division.
6 John David Edwards to be a
circuit judge. The lord chief
justice has deployed him to the
Northern Circuit, based at
Manchester crown court with
effect from January 22.
6 Emma Catherine Nott to be a
circuit judge. The lord chief
justice has deployed her to the
southeastern circuit, based at
Reading crown court, with effect
from February 12.
6 Matthew Justin Lowe to be a
circuit judge. The lord chief justice
has deployed him to the
southeastern circuit, based at
Peterborough crown court, with
effect from February 12.
6 Sarah Jane Campbell to be a
circuit judge. The lord chief
justice has deployed her to the
southeastern circuit, based at
Reading crown court, with effect
from February 19.
6 Nicholas Barker to be a circuit
judge. The lord chief justice has
deployed him to the northern
circuit, based at Preston
crown court, with effect from
February 19.
6 Andrew Francis Martin Easteal
to be a circuit judge. The lord
chief justice has deployed him to
the Midland circuit, based at
Lincoln crown court, with effect
from February 26.
6 Margaret McCormack to be
a district judge (magistrates?
courts). The lord chief justice has
deployed her to the northeastern
circuit, based at Doncaster
magistrates? court, with effect
from February 26.
6 Timothy David Petts to be a
circuit judge. The lord chief justice
has deployed him to the Wales
circuit, based at the county court
at Cardiff and the crown court
at Caernarfon, with effect
from March 2.
6 David Charles Wicks to be a
circuit judge. The lord chief justice
has deployed him to the Midland
circuit, based at Northampton
combined court, with effect
from March 5.
6 Philip John Grey to be a circuit
judge. The lord chief justice has
deployed him to the southeastern
circuit, based at St Albans
crown court, with effect
from March 5.
6 Katie Thomas to be a district
judge. The lord chief justice has
deployed her to the Midland circuit,
based at Walsall county court, with
effect from March 5.
6 Andrew Daniel Barcello to be a
district judge. The lord chief justice
has deployed him to the Wales
circuit, based at Pontypridd
civil and family court, with effect
from March 5.
6 Nicholas Ian Hill to be a
district judge. The lord chief
justice has deployed him to the
Midland circuit, based at
Nottingham county court, with
effect from March 12.
6 Susan Elizabeth Jacklin, QC.
The lord chief justice has deployed
her to the southeastern circuit,
based at West London family court,
with effect from March 12.
6 Claire Victoria Daniel to be a
district judge. The lord chief
justice has deployed her to the
northeastern circuit, based at
Sheffield combined court centre,
with effect from March 13.
6 Jonathan Carl Salmon to be a
circuit judge. The lord chief
justice has deployed him to the
Midland circuit, based at
Stafford crown court, with
effect from March 19.
6 Paula Sharon Bailey to be a
district judge. The lord chief justice
has deployed her to the Midland
circuit, based at Stoke-on-Trent
combined court, with effect
from March 26.
6 Timothy John Rose to be a circuit
judge. The lord chief justice has
deployed him to the western circuit,
based at Exeter combined court
centre, with effect from April 3.
6 Paul Mitchell to be a circuit
judge. The lord chief justice has
deployed him to the western circuit,
based at Plymouth combined court,
with effect from April 3.
6 Christopher Albert Simmonds to
be a circuit judge. The lord chief
justice has deployed him to the
western circuit, based at
Portsmouth combined court, with
effect from April 3.
6 Richard John Robinson to be a
circuit judge. The lord chief
justice has deployed him to the
southeastern circuit, based at
Medway county court, with effect
from April 3.
6 Alexander Julius Ralton to be a
circuit judge. The lord chief justice
has deployed him to the western
circuit, based at Bristol civil justice
centre, with effect from April 9.
6 Tacey Marguerite Cronin. The
lord chief justice has deployed her
to the western circuit, based at
Bristol civil and family justice
centre, with sittings at Swindon
combined court and Gloucester
combined court, with effect
from April 12.
Retirements
6 Lord Justice Beatson FBA retired
as lord justice of appeal with effect
from February 5.
6 His Honour Judge Charles
Lambert Purle, QC, retired as a
senior circuit judge with effect
from February 10.
6 The Honourable Sir Arthur
William Hessin Charles retired
from the High Court (Queen?s
Bench) with effect from
February 17.
TWO other men, both criminals, were also
led out with him to be executed. When
they came to the place called the Skull,
they crucified him there, along with the
criminals ? one on his right, the other on
his left. Jesus said, ?Father, forgive them,
for they do not know what they are doing.?
And they divided up his clothes by casting
lots. Luke 23.32-34 (NIV)
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Friday March 30 2018 | the times
Weather
Weather Eye
Paul Simons
Today Cold with wintry showers in the north, warmer farther south with cloud and rain. Max 10C (50F), min -4C (25F)
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
Unsettled with cloud and
spells of rain moving
northwards, becoming
warmer next week
Temperature
Tomorrow
Flood alerts and warnings
Temp C
Rain mm Sun hr*
midday yesterday
24 hrs to 5pm yesterday
Aberdeen
Aberporth
Anglesey
Aviemore
Barnstaple
Bedford
Belfast
Birmingham
Bournemouth
Bridlington
Bristol
Camborne
Cardiff
Edinburgh
Eskdalemuir
Glasgow
Guernsey
Hereford
Herstmonceux
Ipswich
Isle of Man
Isle of Wight
Keswick
Kinloss
Leeds
Lerwick
Leuchars
Lincoln
Liverpool
London
Lyneham
Manchester
Margate
Milford Haven
Newcastle
Nottingham
Orkney
Oxford
Plymouth
Portland
Scilly, St Mary?s
Shoreham
Shrewsbury
Skye
Snowdonia
Southend
Stornoway
Tiree
Whitehaven
Wick
Yeovilton
4
6
8
5
5
9
7
7
7
8
7
7
6
7
6
7
7
7
9
7
7
8
7
6
6
2
6
8
8
9
5
8
9
6
6
8
3
6
8
6
8
8
8
**
5
9
7
7
7
4
6
DU
PC
PC
PC
R
PC
PC
PC
SH
S
DU
PC
SH
S
PC
S
PC
C
PC
PC
PC
C
C
C
PC
DU
PC
PC
PC
SH
DU
PC
PC
PC
PC
PC
PC
R
PC
R
PC
PC
PC
**
DU
PC
PC
S
PC
PC
SH
0.6
1.4
5.2
0.8
4.6
0.6
0.4
0.6
13.2
2.2
4.4
8.8
3.2
0.2
0.0
0.6
**
1.8
5.2
0.6
0.2
4.4
0.0
0.0
0.0
5.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
2.8
7.0
0.6
0.2
2.2
0.6
1.0
7.0
8.0
6.8
4.8
4.6
6.2
0.2
**
2.8
0.8
1.4
0.0
0.0
1.4
6.2
0.6
6.1
5.9
2.6
**
**
4.6
**
2.8
**
3.2
7.4
5.6
5.3
1.9
1.5
**
**
1.8
0.8
5.2
**
**
4.9
**
0.0
5.3
1.5
**
1.7
2.8
3.5
0.7
**
**
3.0
0.0
**
**
**
**
1.1
1.9
**
**
1.1
2.9
8.5
2.2
**
5.2
Wintry showers in Scotland. Sunny
intervals and showers over central and
southern Engla
I
nd. Cloudy
with patchy
a
n leet in
En
Wales and
Max 10C, n
2
9
Slight
Rough
4
4
16
Aberdeen
NORTH
SEA
20
Edinburgh
Glasgow
30
2
10
Londonderry
ATLANTIC
OCEAN
Feeling cool with sunny spells and
scattered wintry showers in Scotland,
northern Engla
l
nd Ireland.
Dry at ?rst
er ,
h increasin
cloud from h
h
Max 9C, m n -
Belfast
Dublin
8
LLlandudno
Cork
68
15
59
10
50
5
41
0
32
-5
23
-10
14
-15
5
i h
Norwich
Birmingham
Swansea
8
9
Bristol
Southampton
Exeterr
Plymouth
Brighton
7
CHANNEL
1
Tides
London
6
7
General situation: Main y c oudy
with showers or longer spells of rain,
turning to snow in the north.
E Anglia, E Eng, Cen N Eng, Midlands,
NW Eng, Wales, IoM: Mostly dry with
sunny spells at ?rst, turning cloudy in
the afternoon with scattered showers,
possibly thundery. Light to moderate
southeasterly wind, increasing
moderate easterly. Maximum
10C (50F), minimum 1C (34F).
Republic of Ireland, N Ireland: Mainly
cloudy with some showery rain during
Cambridge
Oxford
Cardiff
CELTIC
SEA
Channel Islands
15
Nottingham
6
8
Cloudy with rain spreading northwards
across England, Wales and Ireland,
turning to sno n e
thern edge.
Wintry sho
tland.
Max 11C,
5
77
20
Sheffield
8
Shrewsbury
9
Mostly cloudy with showers or longer
spells of rain across much of the
country, turnin to
nd snow
over Scotla
m over
southern E g a
Max 13C, n C
25
Hull
9
ooo
Liverpool
IRISH
SEA
8
8
Tuesday
86
Yorkk
Manchester
3
11
30
7
8
12
Galway
9
F
95
Carlisle
5
7
1
C
35
Newcastle
Easter Sunday
Monday
5
5
At 17:00 on Thursday there were
six ?ood alerts and no warnings
in England and no ?ood alerts or
warnings in Wales or Scotland.
For further information and
updates, visit ?ood-warninginformation.service.gov.uk, and for
Scotland www.SEPA.org.uk
9
Shetland
Sh
4
Moderate
28 (degrees C)
8
All readings local midday yesterday
16 D
Madeira
12 B
Madrid
20 S
Majorca
18 F
M醠aga
18 F
Malta
20 S
Melbourne
Mexico City 26 S
25 C
Miami
11 M
Milan
32 B
Mombasa
5
B
Montreal
-1
C
Moscow
30 S
Mumbai
7
B
Munich
22 B
Nairobi
18 S
Naples
New Orleans 26 B
8
B
New York
15 B
Nice
21 B
Nicosia
1
F
Oslo
10 B
Paris
26 F
Perth
6
C
Prague
6
F
Reykjavik
3
F
Riga
Rio de Janeiro 30 S
36 F
Riyadh
17 B
Rome
San Francisco 21 S
26 F
Santiago
27 S
S鉶 Paulo
16 B
Seoul
30 R
Seychelles
27 S
Singapore
St Petersburg -2 B
2
F
Stockholm
28 S
Sydney
20 B
Tel Aviv
26 F
Tenerife
21 S
Tokyo
9
S
Vancouver
12 C
Venice
11 S
Vienna
2
R
Warsaw
Washington 10 DU
8
R
Zurich
ney
Orkney
Calm
4
10
23 F
8
S
14 S
23 F
32 S
32 S
30 B
15 S
19 F
21 S
16 F
7
C
17 B
12 B
9
B
10 S
9
R
25 S
22 S
35 B
28 F
18 S
10 S
0 SN
17 F
34 B
34 S
5
R
15 S
15 C
9
B
10 S
16 S
** **
2
S
25 S
26 B
8
B
20 B
22 S
31 S
23 F
22 S
24 S
13 S
19 S
25 S
e st te
(mph)
7
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
in s e d
34
ng becoming br
the morning,
brighter in the
afternoon with showers. Moderate or
fresh northeasterly wind. Maximum
9C (48F), minimum -2C (28F).
SE Eng, Cen S Eng, London, SW Eng,
Channel Is: Rather cloudy with dry
spells in southern England at ?rst,
but showers and longer periods of rain
developing. Dry in the Channel Islands
later. Light to moderate or fresh east
or southeasterly wind. Maximum
10C (50F), minimum 0C (32F).
NE Scotland, N Isles, Aberdeen: Early
21
cloud and wintry showers clearing
to leave a dry day with sunny spells.
Moderate to strong easterly wind,
turning light. Maximum 5C (41F),
minimum -1C (30F).
NE Eng, Lake District, SW Scotland,
Argyll, Edinburgh & Dundee, Glasgow,
Cen Highland, NW Scotland, Borders,
Moray Firth: Cloudy with outbreaks
of rain and snow in the east, sunny
farther west with showers. Moderate
to fresh easterly wind. Maximum
8C (46F), minimum -4C (25F).
Noon today
Tidal predictions.
Heights in metres
12
13
12
Wednesday
Cloudy with outbreaks of rain in
eastern England. Sunny intervals and
showers over st
land, Wales
and Ireland.
s
d snow
across Scot an .
Max 10C, n
5
9
10
10
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3.6
12.1
5.4
6.6
4.1
5.1
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7.3
5.4
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12.4
5.4
6.8
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5.6
9.6
7.1
2.5
7.0
9.5
6.8
6.9
3.8
5.4
4.7
6.5
4.3
9.5
5.4
2.0
OW
IGH
Cold front
Warm front
Occluded front
Trough
Synoptic situation
An area of low pressure to
the south of the British Isles
will push a set of occluded
fronts into southern England,
bringing rain. Occluded fronts
over northern Britain will be
near stationary and bring thick
cloud with outbreaks of rain.
Unsettled with low pressure
dominating much of central and
northern Europe, turning to
snow over Scandinavia.
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Newcastle
Norwich
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Coldest: Dalwhinnie, -7.0C
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Sun and moon
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Sun rises: 06.39
Sun sets: 19.29
Moon rises: 18.16
Moon sets: 07.02 Sat
Full moon: March 31
T
he Easter holiday looks as
if it will be largely cold and
wet, with some frost and
wintry showers falling as
snow mostly on northern
hills. But it will be nothing like a
widespread white Easter of snow
and bitter cold, although some
newspapers have claimed another
disruptive freeze is on the way,
calling it the third round of the
Beast from the East.
Liam Dutton, a weather presenter
for Channel 4, has been dismayed
to find that his tweets have been
misquoted to make it appear as
though Easter is going to be freezing
cold. ?Whilst it?ll still turn colder
later this week, it?s no beast, with
snow mostly over hills in the north,?
Dutton tweeted this week. His tweet
did not, however, stop some
newspapers from claiming that
temperatures will plunge to minus
7C. ?You?ve misquoted me,? wrote
Dutton. ?Can you remove it ASAP,
please?, adding in a blunt message:
?There is NOT going to be beast
from the east part 3.?
What happened to the prospects
of a widespread white Easter?
?About a week ago it did look as
though the weather was going to get
very cold and we were going to get
some more snow. But towards the
end of last week it looked as though
there wouldn?t be very much and the
likelihood dropped significantly,?
Dutton told Eddie Mair on BBC
Radio 4 on Wednesday.
To further confusion, one
newspaper headline on Wednesday
read: ?BBC warns hail and
thunder snow will hit Britain again.?
The BBC had actually tweeted:
?Rain moving eastwards, followed
by sunny spells and showers
(which could be wintry with hail
& thunder!)?
This is not the first time certain
news outlets have put out inaccurate
weather stories. Even though Dutton
and the Met Office have pointed out
that some news stories have been
seriously flawed, no corrections
appear to have been published in the
media outlets concerned. Perhaps
the sale of newspapers and clicks
online outweigh accuracy in
weather forecasts.
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Sport
Big Orange is back after scare
Mark Souster
Racing Writer, Dubai
A year after heavy rain put paid to Big
Orange?s hopes of success at the Dubai
World Cup meeting, the globe-trotting
seven-year-old returns to Meydan
tomorrow night having recovered from
an injury scare at the start of the week.
Big Orange, one of the most popular
horses in training, who won the Gold
Cup at Royal Ascot last June, suffered
from setfast, a form of cramp that
affects the muscles of a horse?s hind
quarters and back. After a breeze down
the track here yesterday, however,
Michael Bell, his trainer, said that his
horse was ready to take part in the
Dubai Gold Cup.
?He looks in very good form and,
condition-wise, he looks the best he has
ever looked in Dubai,? Bell said.
?When he returned to the barn he
rolled in the sandpit two or three times
and picked grass. We?re well past the
scare and I thought he looked in good
shape.?
Big Orange, who has twice before
been to Dubai ? finishing second two
years ago to Vazirabad and fourth
12 months ago in soft ground that he
hated ? was found to be stiff after a
canter on Monday.
?The key with setfast is immediately
3.05
Lingfield Park
Rob Wright
(�,375: 6f 1y) (9)
Sunbets All-Weather Championships
Apprentice Handicap
(�,125: 7f 1y) (14 runners)
123
G Mahon (3)
(7) 2000-1 WAHASH 6 (C) R Hannon 4-9-11
126
W Cox (3)
(6) 13-264 EARLY MORNING 20 (CD,F) H Dunlop 7-9-10
125
(10) -03415 RECKLESS ENDEAVOUR 32 (C,D,F) J Osborne 5-9-10
J Dinsmore (7)
Georgia Cox v127
4 (13) 00100- SQUATS 202 (D,BF,F,G,S) W Haggas 6-9-9
121
J Duern
5
(9) 0-2211 ELJADDAAF 35 (H,CD,F,S) D Ivory 7-9-7
120
6 (11) 03-503 SUZI'S CONNOISSEUR 20 (H,T,D,G,S) S C Williams 7-9-5
L Edmunds
97
R Scott
7
(8) 13211- EL HOMBRE 210 (F) K Dalgleish 4-9-4
119
Rossa Ryan (3)
8 (12) 32240- WAR GLORY 164 (D) R Hannon 5-9-4
117
9
(3) 650-11 MASTER SPEAKER 42 (G) A McGuinness (Ire) 8-9-4 R Downey
118
A McNamara
10 (5) 2142-4 TAKE THE HELM 18 (CD) B Meehan 5-9-3
119
11 (1) -21205 SWIFT APPROVAL 20 (B,CD,F,G,S) S C Williams 6-9-3
Cal Rodriguez
116
Sebastian Woods (5)
12 (4) 1200-2 GALLIPOLI 37 (H,D,F,G) R Fahey 5-9-2
117
13 (14) 5-4602 MYTHICAL MADNESS 13 (P,F,G) D O'Meara 7-9-2 Shelley Birkett
114
B Robinson (3)
14 (2) 1642-6 SILENT ECHO 35 (H,CD,F) P Hedger 4-9-2
6-1 Eljaddaaf, 7-1 Gallipoli, Silent Echo, 8-1 Early Morning, Master Speaker, Wahash, 10-1 Squats,
War Glory, 14-1 El Hombre, Reckless Endeavour, Suzi's Connoisseur, 16-1 others.
1
2
3
2.00
Betway All-Weather Marathon
ITV4
Championships Conditions Stakes
Wright choice: Atletico narrowly failed over five furlongs here last time
and this return to further is in his favour Dangers: City Light, Gulliver
3.40
Rob Wright?s choice: Mountain Bell appreciated a step up to this two-mile
trip at Newcastle and can follow up Dangers: Watersmeet, Funny Kid
32Red All-Weather Fillies' And
ITV4
Mares' Championships Conditions
Stakes (�,375: 7f 1y) (13)
32Red 3-Year-Old All-Weather
ITV4
Championships Conditions Stakes
(3-Y-O: �,375: 6f 1y) (10)
112
A Kirby
1
(4) 602-24 ALBISHR 27 (B,F) S Dow 9-5
2-11 BREATHLESS TIMES 13 (D) R Charlton 9-5
113
A McNamara
2
(9)
O Murphy v124
3
(6) 43-111 CORINTHIA KNIGHT (C,D) A Watson 9-5
113
J Haynes
4
(8) 013-11 COUNT OTTO 48 (H,CD,F,S) Mrs A Perrett 9-5
120
A Atzeni
5
(3) 2-1151 DESERT DOCTOR 23 (CD) E Walker 9-5
111
G Mosse
6 (10) 41-142 GLOBAL ACADEMY 8 (P,BF) Miss G Kelleway 9-5
117
C Bishop
7
(1) 4-2133 HELVETIAN 23 (D,S) M Channon 9-5
114
J Fanning
8
(5) 336-43 LAKE VOLTA 27 (D,F,G) M Johnston 9-5
121
9
(7) 21651- NEVER BACK DOWN 111 (D,F) H Palmer 9-5 Josephine Gordon
1-1111
113
ROCK
ON
BAILEYS
14
(B,C,D)
C
Dwyer
9-0
L
Edmunds
10 (2)
7-4 Corinthia Knight, 3-1 Breathless Times, 6-1 Rock On Baileys, 7-1 Never Back Down, 10-1 Count
Otto, 12-1 Desert Doctor, 20-1 Albishr, 25-1 Helvetian, Lake Volta, 33-1 Global Academy.
Wright choice: Corinthia Knight won a listed race at Chantilly despite trouble
in running and can strike again Dangers: Never Back Down, Rock On Baileys
4.10
(�,375: 1m 7f 169y) (9)
121
A Atzeni
1
(5) 6-0322 CURBYOURENTHUSIASM 20 (F,G) D Simcock 7-9-5
131
M Guyon
2
(4) 1331-2 FUNNY KID 74 (T,F) C Ferland (Fr) 5-9-5
118
R Hornby
3
(8) 605-23 HAINES 46 (P,D) A Balding 7-9-5
124
D Muscutt
4
(1) 424-14 LORD GEORGE 37 (V,D,BF,F,S) J Fanshawe 5-9-5
131
James Doyle
5
(2) 6321-1 RED VERDON 44 (C,G,S) E Dunlop 5-9-5
A Kirby v134
6
(6) 641-44 SOLDIER IN ACTION 20 (D,F,G,S) M Johnston 5-9-5
132
J Fanning
7
(7) 23-111 WATERSMEET 37 (CD,F,G) M Johnston 7-9-5
99
D Linehan
8
(3) 15-616 ROCK ON DANDY 21 (T,V,D) F Birrane (Ire) 4-9-2
121
O Murphy
9
(9) 2/441- MOUNTAIN BELL 104 (D,S) R Beckett 5-9-0
3-1 Mountain Bell, Red Verdon, 7-2 Watersmeet, 4-1 Funny Kid, 8-1 Soldier In Action, 12-1 Lord
George, 20-1 Curbyourenthusiasm, 50-1 Haines, 200-1 Rock On Dandy.
2.30
Betway All-Weather Sprint
ITV4
Championships Conditions Stakes
128
A Kirby
1
(7) 1-2222 ATLETICO 27 (D,BF,S) R Varian 6-9-5
126
T Bachelot
2
(9) 2102-1 CITY LIGHT (D,S) S Wattel (Fr) 4-9-5
132
O Murphy
3
(8) 5214-0 DOUBLE UP 55 (T,B,CD,F,S) R Varian 7-9-5
135
4
(3) 01101- GIFTED MASTER 132 (B,CD,F,G,S) H Palmer 5-9-5 James Doyle
124
Fran Berry
5
(6) 11-001 GRACIOUS JOHN 34 (C,D,G,S) P D Evans 5-9-5
131
A Atzeni
6
(1) 102-53 GULLIVER (T,B,C,D,G) H Palmer 4-9-5
133
M Harley
7
(2) 21-441 INTISAAB (P,D,F,G,S) D O'Meara 7-9-5
R Kingscote v136
8
(5) 202-11 KACHY 55 (CD,F,G) T Dascombe 5-9-5
134
P Hanagan
9
(4) 400-26 KIMBERELLA 48 (CD,F,G,S) R Fahey 8-9-5
9-4 Kachy, 7-2 Gifted Master, 4-1 Kimberella, 8-1 Intisaab, 10-1 Gracious John, 12-1 others.
1.30 Wahash
3.40 Corinthia Knight
2.00 Mountain Bell
4.10 Second Thought
2.30 Diagnostic
4.40 Star Archer
3.05 Atletico
Thunderer: 1.30 Master Speaker. 2.00 Watersmeet (nap).
Going: standard
At The Races
Draw: 5f-1m, low numbers best
1.30
after the exercise,? Bell said. ?The blood
levels go sky high and it causes massive
cramp and they can?t move ? the horse
gets completely locked up.?
Big Orange, who has seen service in
Australia twice and Hong Kong during
his career, will again have to face
Vazirabad, who has won this race for
the past two years, but finally on going
that will suit him.
Saeed bin Suroor is confident that
Thunder Snow will give a good account
of himself in the Dubai World Cup as
the trainer looks to add to his seven
previous successes in the race. ?The
draw did not help but I think he will go
well,? Bin Suroor said.
Sunbets All-Weather Mile
ITV4
Championships Conditions Stakes
(�,375: 1m 1y) (11)
R Kingscote v133
1
(3) 001-11 ARCANADA 53 (P,CD,G) T Dascombe 5-9-5
124
R P Whelan
2
(4) /336-1 CAPTAIN JOY 77 (CD) T Collins (Ire) 9-9-5
011636
122
CHEVALLIER
6
(CD,F,G,S)
A
Watson
6-9-5
O Murphy
3
(2)
124
P Hanagan
4
(8) 3-2304 GABRIAL 6 (D,F,G,S) R Fahey 9-9-5
127
C Bishop
5
(6) 611-11 GORING 34 (V,CD,F,G,S) E Houghton 6-9-5
117
O Peslier
6 (11) 3230-1 KING MALPIC (T,D,G) T Lemer (Fr) 5-9-5
119
T Bachelot
7
(7) 14-435 LUCKY TEAM (P,D,BF) J Boisnard (Fr) 6-9-5
127
A Kirby
8
(9) 40-320 MR SCARAMANGA 20 (CD,F,G) S Dow 4-9-5
127
A Atzeni
9 (10) 622-31 SACRED ACT 57 (P,D,G,S) Michael Bell 7-9-5
131
10 (1) 2651-1 SECOND THOUGHT 20 (C,D,F,S) W Haggas 4-9-5 James Doyle
114
Nicola Currie
11 (5) 514150 SPARE PARTS 3 (C,F,S) Phil McEntee 4-9-5
11-8 Second Thought, 3-1 Arcanada, 7-1 Goring, 14-1 Captain Joy, King Malpic, Sacred Act, 20-1
Gabrial, Lucky Team, Mr Scaramanga, 25-1 Chevallier, 50-1 Spare Parts.
Wright choice: Second Thought has won listed races at Kempton and
Wolverhampton on his past two starts Dangers: Arcanada, Mr Scaramanga
4.40
Betway Easter Classic All-Weather ITV4
Middle Distance Championships
Conditions Stakes (�4,500: 1m 2f) (10)
108
Josephine Gordon
1 (12) 5020-5 BINT DANDY 31 (B,CD,F) C Dwyer 7-9-0
118
S Donohoe
2
(1) 3-2214 CAROLINAE 31 (C,D,BF,F) C Fellowes 6-9-0
120
James Doyle
3
(2) 111-33 DIAGNOSTIC 79 (D) W Haggas 4-9-0
117
J Duern
4
(3) 31-115 LUCYMAI 41 (D,BF) D Ivory 5-9-0
114
R Hornby
5
(6) 24-350 MAKE MUSIC 20 (CD,S) A Balding 5-9-0
A Atzeni v121
6
(7) 0432-0 MIA TESORO 55 (F) C Fellowes 5-9-0
93
R P Whelan
7 (10) 32-211 NIVVO 21 (D) T Collins (Ire) 5-9-0
110
J Fanning
8
(9) 1-1642 PATTIE 13 (CD,F,S) M Channon 4-9-0
52-023
108
ROSE
BERRY
13
(H,C,F)
C
Dwyer
4-9-0
L
Edmunds
9 (13)
114
O Murphy
10 (11) 404-21 SOUL SILVER 49 (D,F,S) D Simcock 4-9-0
117
C Bishop
11 (5) 3-1622 SUMMER ICON 20 (CD,F) M Channon 5-9-0
109
Fran Berry
12 (4) -11540 TITAN GODDESS 13 (D,F,S) Mike Murphy 6-9-0
117
D Muscutt
13 (8) 321-31 ZEST 31 (C,F,S) J Fanshawe 5-9-0
7-2 Diagnostic, 9-2 Zest, 5-1 Soul Silver, Summer Icon, 7-1 Carolinae, Lucymai, 10-1 Mia Tesoro,
16-1 Make Music, 25-1 Pattie, 40-1 Bint Dandy, Rose Berry, Titan Goddess, 50-1 Nivvo.
125
P Hanagan
1 (10) 03-113 ABE LINCOLN 13 (T,B,CD,BF,F,S) J Noseda 5-9-5
123
D C Costello
2
(2) 6066-2 BATTALION 33J (CD,S) J Osborne 8-9-5
129
A Kirby
3
(1) 16-433 BATTLE OF MARATHON 34 (F) John Ryan 6-9-5
132
4
(9) 0120-1 MASTER THE WORLD 34 (P,CD,F,G,S) D Elsworth 7-9-5 S Levey
O Murphy v133
5
(6) 31-21d MR OWEN 34 (D,G,S) D Simcock 6-9-5
127
D Muscutt
6
(5) -32322 PACTOLUS 20 (H,T,C,D) S C Williams 7-9-5
127
Hollie Doyle
7
(8) 421-65 PETITE JACK 34 (B,CD) A Watson 5-9-5
122
8
(3) 16/113 STAR ARCHER 23 (H,BF,G) H Palmer 4-9-5 Josephine Gordon
403-16
128
UTMOST
34
(CD,F)
J
Gosden
4-9-5
A
Atzeni
9
(7)
126
James Doyle
10 (4) 012-12 VICTORY BOND 55 (D,BF,S) W Haggas 5-9-5
7-2 Master The World, Mr Owen, Victory Bond, 5-1 Utmost, 10-1 Star Archer, 14-1 Abe Lincoln,
Petite Jack, 16-1 Battle Of Marathon, 20-1 Pactolus, 33-1 Battalion.
Wright choice: Diagnostic was unsuited by a slow early pace when third at
Kempton and is capable of better
Dangers: Rose Berry, Lucymai
Wright choice: Star Archer shaped better than the result suggests when
third at Kempton and is unexposed Dangers: Pactolus, Master The World
Bath
Rob Wright
1.50 General Jack
4.00 Tony Curtis
2.20 Izzer
4.35 Moabit
2.55 Baileys Excelerate 5.05 Delagate This Lord
3.30 Quench Dolly (nb)
Going: soft Draw: no advantage At The Races
1.50
Novice Stakes
(3-Y-O: �013: 5f 160y) (10)
1 (5) 2213- LITTLE BOY BLUE 94 W G M Turner 9-8 Jason Watson (7)
K Shoemark
2 (6) 4-3 GENERAL JACK 65 E Houghton 9-2
D Brock
3 (2) 20- ROMAN RIVER 265 M Smith 9-2
J Fahy
4 (8) 2535- WHITE FEATHER 172 J Hughes 9-2
4- DAN'S DREAM 253 M Channon 8-11
F Norton
5 (1)
S W Kelly
6 (10) 66- ELLEN GATES 99 R Hughes 8-11
0- GOWER GOLD 304 J Gallagher 8-11
D Sweeney
7 (3)
0- GRANDMA TILLY 325 S Hollinshead 8-11 Toby Eley (7)
8 (4)
5- JAVELIN 283 (BF) W Muir 8-11
M Dwyer
9 (7)
TICKTOCKS R Harris 8-11
K O'Neill
10 (9)
3-1 General Jack, 7-2 Little Boy Blue, 5-1 Dan's Dream, Javelin, 8-1 others.
2.20
Conditions Stakes
(2-Y-O: �,450: 5f 10y) (8)
1 IZZER 6 (D) M Channon 9-6
F Norton
1 (7)
ARBUCKLE M Madgwick 9-2
L Keniry
2 (2)
DEEP
INTRIGUE
M
Johnston
9-2
S
De
Sousa
3 (8)
DIXIELAND R Hannon 9-2
T Marquand
4 (6)
JOHN BETJEMAN W G M Turner 9-2
W A Carson
5 (4)
WOLF HUNTER R Hughes 9-2
S W Kelly
6 (3)
YNYS MON C Hills 9-2
C Shepherd
7 (5)
NAKAKANDE J Moore 8-11
K O'Neill
8 (1)
2-1 Deep Intrigue, 5-2 Izzer, 5-1 Dixieland, Ynys Mon, 7-1 John Betjeman, 10-1
Wolf Hunter, 25-1 Nakakande, 33-1 Arbuckle.
2.55
Handicap
(3-Y-O: �,350: 1m 3f 137y) (9)
1
2
3
4
5
6
(2)
(1)
(4)
(3)
(8)
(6)
6221- LYNWOOD GOLD 156 M Johnston 9-7
F Norton
4114- RASTRELLI 167 C Appleby 9-4
G Wood (3)
3122- BAILEYS EXCELERATE 170 M Johnston 8-9 S De Sousa
162-2 YABASS 14 A Watson 8-7
T Marquand
04-11 AIYA 55 (H,D) A Balding 8-7
M Dwyer
501-4 JACKFINBAR 53 H Dunlop 8-3
K O'Neill
Josephine Gordon enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2017 when riding 100
winners for the first time and can claim
the most valuable prize of her career on
board Star Archer in the Betway Easter
Classic (4.40) on the all-weather at
Lingfield Park today.
Gordon benefited from her link-up
with Star Archer?s trainer, Hugo
Palmer, last term as the pair combined
for 33 victories. She is unbeaten in two
tries on Star Archer but was replaced by
Ryan Moore when the gelding finished
third at Kempton Park this month.
Star Archer did not get the run of the
race there, held up in a slowly run race
3.20
1.40 Requinto Dawn
3.55 Purser
2.10 Cowboy Soldier
4.25 Kodiac Dancer
2.45 Tadaawol
4.55 Arthenia
3.20 Sofia?s Rock (nap)
Going: standard
Draw: no advantage
At The Races
1.40
Betway Sprint Handicap
(�728: 5f) (14 runners)
-G Lee
1
(8) 330/0- FENDALE 223 (D,G) B Smart 6-9-12
106
E Greatrex
2
(2) 101114 CAPTAIN LARS 6 (B,D,G,S) A Watson 9-9-11
112
T Eaves
3 (14) 651250 DYNAMO WALT 15 (V,CD,F,S) D Shaw 7-9-11
105
L Morris
4
(9) 01406- TYLERY WONDER 148 (P,D,F,G,S) P Midgley 8-9-10
-D Probert
5
(6) 00066- MOVE IN TIME 163 (D,F,G,S) P Midgley 10-9-8
115
6
(1) 61255- LANDING NIGHT 115 (T,CD,BF,F,G) R Menzies 6-9-7P J McDonald
110
7 (11) 4036-0 ORIENT CLASS 15 (D,F,G,S) P Midgley 7-9-7 Connor Murtagh (5)
115
Phil Dennis (3)
8
(5) 3-1115 ORIENTAL LILLY 22 (CD,BF) J Goldie 4-9-3
101
Kevin Stott
9
(7) 0/236- TANASOQ 214 (F) P Midgley 5-9-3
109
P Mulrennan
10 (13) 12220- MARSEILLE 224 (CD) J Camacho 4-9-1
-T Hamilton
11 (3) 201d0- REQUINTO DAWN 174 (D,S) R Fahey 3-8-13
-12 (12) 41600- LEXINGTON PLACE 183 (D,F,G,S) Mrs R Carr 8-8-13 J Garritty
David Egan (3) v120
13 (10) 121024 LORD OF THE GLEN 10 (B,CD) J Goldie 3-8-9
119
J Egan
14 (4) 4616-3 KNOCKOUT BLOW 21 (D,F,S) M Johnston 3-8-5
4-1 Captain Lars, 5-1 Oriental Lilly, 6-1 Landing Night, 8-1 Marseille, 10-1 Dynamo Walt, Lord Of
The Glen, 12-1 Knockout Blow, Orient Class, Requinto Dawn, 14-1 Lexington Place, Move In Time,
16-1 Tanasoq, 20-1 Tylery Wonder, 33-1 Fendale.
2.10
32Red.com Novice Stakes
(3-Y-O: �704: 5f) (7)
51- GOWANBUSTER 127 (T,C) S Corbett 9-8
91
P Mulrennan
1
(6)
D Tudhope v104
2
(3) 066-22 BLACK SAILS 25 (P,BF,G) A Watson 9-3
2- COWBOY SOLDIER 177 (BF) R Cowell 9-2
-L Morris
3
(7)
44 ELLIOT THE DRAGON 8 (H) D Shaw 9-2
75
T Eaves
4
(5)
-P J McDonald
5
(1) 02230- HARROGATE 168 (BF) J Bethell 9-2
97
B A Curtis
6
(4) 2d22-4 MIDSUMMER KNIGHT 34 K Burke 9-2
-MAY SYMPHONIC T Easterby 8-11
D Allan
7
(2)
6-4 Black Sails, 7-4 Cowboy Soldier, 6-1 Midsummer Knight, 7-1 Harrogate, 10-1 Gowanbuster, 33-1
Elliot The Dragon, 50-1 May Symphonic.
2.45
sunbets.co.uk Handicap
Betway Handicap
ITV4
-P J McDonald
1
(2) 03020- SOFIA'S ROCK 216 (H,F,S) M Johnston 4-9-6
-David Egan (3)
2
(7) 6/003- SHABEEB 259 (F) R Varian 5-9-3
Kevin Stott v135
3
(9) 2135/2 STARGAZER 10 (S) P Kirby 5-9-2
134
J Egan
4
(1) 22-443 AL HAMDANY 25 (D,F,S) M Botti 4-9-2
134
L Morris
5
(5) 13-112 ISLAND BRAVE 14 (D) Mrs H Main 4-9-1
133
J P Spencer
6
(3) 035-21 COSMEAPOLITAN 37 (D,F,S) A King 5-9-0
133
P Makin
7
(8) 1-0322 ROYAL RESERVE 34 (P,D,F,S) D O'Meara 5-8-12
108
P Mulrennan
8 (13) 02000- NICHOLAS T 168 (F,G) J Goldie 6-8-10
-G Lee
9
(4) 41660- EURO NIGHTMARE 174 (F,G,S) K Dalgleish 4-8-10
134
E Greatrex
10 (12) 51-330 SNOWY WINTER 14 (T,CD,G) A Watson 4-8-10
133
R Havlin
11 (11) 1024-3 AMAZING RED 14 (D,G,S) E Dunlop 5-8-10
133
12 (14) 3301-1 LEXINGTON LAW 50 (P,CD) A King 5-8-10 Connor Murtagh (5)
117
D Probert
13 (10) 46040- EYE OF THE STORM 160 (D,F,S) K Dalgleish 8-8-8
131
R Tate
14 (6) 121-54 VELVET REVOLUTION 46 (F,S) M Botti 5-8-8
5-1 Cosmeapolitan, 6-1 Island Brave, 7-1 Amazing Red, 8-1 Lexington Law, Royal Reserve,
Stargazer, 10-1 Al Hamdany, 12-1 Shabeeb, Sofia's Rock, Velvet Revolution, 14-1 Snowy Winter,
16-1 Euro Nightmare, 20-1 Eye Of The Storm, 33-1 Nicholas T.
Wright choice: Sofia?s Rock was placed in group company at Newmarket
last July and can outclass this field Dangers: Island Brave, Cosmeapolitan
3.55
103
T Eaves
1
(6) 50-244 FIRMDECISIONS 22 (D,F,G) N Tinkler 8-10-3
105
P Makin
2
(8) 006-03 WELLIESINTHEWATER 51 (V,D,F,G) D Shaw 8-10-2
J Hart v108
3
(2) 42330- AMOOD 177 (P,CD,BF,G) S West 7-10-0
104
B Sanderson (7)
4
(5) 045-40 TADAAWOL 5 (P,C,D,S) R G Fell 5-9-10
107
J Garritty
5
(7) 03000- CHAPLIN BAY 185 (CD,F,G) Mrs R Carr 6-9-9
107
B A Curtis
6
(1) /3244- PALENVILLE 302 (G) G Tuer 5-9-7
-T Hamilton
7
(4) 02060- SIR REGINALD BROWN 154 (D,F) R Fahey 4-9-7
104
D Tudhope
8
(3) 5331-4 INSURPLUS 17 (CD,F) J Goldie 5-9-3
-P J McDonald
9
(9) 00120- OUTSIDE INSIDE 215 (D,S) M Johnston 3-9-1
7-2 Welliesinthewater, 5-1 Insurplus, Outside Inside, 6-1 Firmdecisions, Sir Reginald Brown, 8-1
Chaplin Bay, 10-1 Amood, Tadaawol, 14-1 Palenville.
Wright choice: Tadaawol is fitted with cheekpieces for the first time this
year and can return to form
Dangers: Outside Inside, Firmdecisions
Bath: Trainers H Palmer, 5 from 8 runners, 62.5%; M Attwater, 6
from 24, 25.0%; C Hills, 17 from 72, 23.6%. Jockeys J Uys, 4 from 13
rides, 30.8%; L Steward, 3 from 12, 25.0%.
Lingfield Park: Trainers T Collins, 3 from 4, 75.0%; W Haggas,
57 from 175, 32.6%; R Beckett, 41 from 174, 23.6%. Jockeys B
Robinson, 3 from 10, 30.0%; James Doyle, 49 from 188, 26.1%.
Newcastle: Trainers J Gosden, 18 from 48, 37.5%; J Noseda, 3 from
8, 37.5%; C Hills, 7 from 24, 29.2%. Jockeys R Havlin, 12 from 37,
32.4%; J P Spencer, 10 from 37, 27.0%; D Probert, 3 from 15, 20.0%.
ITV4
-D Tudhope
1
(4) 13231- ANOTHER BATT (S) G Scott 9-5
-David Egan
2
(7) 4143- DARK ACCLAIM 158 (S) M Botti 9-2
13 DE MEDICI 23 (D,BF) A Watson 9-2
105
E Greatrex
3
(3)
117
D Probert
4
(8) 1415-3 FORTUNE'S PEARL 23 (G) A Balding 9-2
109
P Mulrennan
5
(9) 103-03 FREESCAPE 29 D Marnane (Ire) 9-2
-T Hamilton
6
(2) 13246- GREAT PROSPECTOR 167 (F) R Fahey 9-2
J P Spencer v122
7 (10) 021-11 GRONKOWSKI 23 (B,CD) J Noseda 9-2
107
L Morris
8
(5) 2013-1 ICONIC SUNSET 46 (F,S) J Tate 9-2
120
R Havlin
9
(1) 1413- PURSER 167 (BF,F,G,S) J Gosden 9-2
-J Egan
10 (6) 16320- NYALETI 168 (F,S) M Johnston 8-11
5-2 Gronkowski, 4-1 Nyaleti, Purser, 8-1 Fortune's Pearl, Great Prospector, 12-1 De Medici, 14-1
Dark Acclaim, Freescape, 16-1 Another Batt, 20-1 Iconic Sunset.
Wright choice: Purser put up his best effort when winning impressively on
his only previous start on the all-weather Dangers: Nyaleti, Gronkowski
4.25
32Red.com Fillies'
Conditions Stakes
(2-Y-O: �,938: 5f) (12)
-COMETE A Watson 8-12
E Greatrex
1
(7)
-DEIA GLORY S Dixon 8-12
D Allan
2
(9)
-HARD FOREST M Johnston 8-12
P J McDonald
3
(8)
-HARPERELLE K Burke 8-12
B A Curtis
4
(4)
-KODIAC DANCER D O'Meara 8-12
S A Gray
5
(2)
-KYROC P Midgley 8-12
G Lee
6 (11)
-LIPPY LADY J Moore 8-12
J Egan
7
(6)
-NORTHERN SOCIETY K Dalgleish 8-12
C Beasley
8 (10)
-SNAZZY C Fellowes 8-12
P Mulrennan
9
(5)
-STYLE DANCER R G Fell 8-12
T Hamilton
10 (3)
5 TISNEVERENDING J Moore 8-12
-L Jones
11 (1)
-VIKIVAKI R Cowell 8-12
L Morris
12 (12)
3-1 Hard Forest, 4-1 Harperelle, 5-1 Vikivaki, 6-1 Comete, 8-1 Kodiac Dancer, 12-1 Snazzy, 14-1
Northern Society, Tisneverending, 20-1 Deia Glory, Kyroc, Lippy Lady, 25-1 Style Dancer.
4.55
Course specialists
32Red Burradon Stakes
(Listed: 3-Y-O: �,710: 1m 5y) (10)
ITV4
(�728: 7f 14y) (9)
32Red Casino Handicap
(3-Y-O: �728: 1m 2f 42y) (6)
11 CASEY JONES 37 (C) J Gosden 9-7
R Havlin v109
1
(6)
101
D Tudhope
2
(4) 0316-1 WE ARE THE WORLD 16 (B,F,S) A Watson 9-1
98
L Morris
3
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Doubtful
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(5) 432-14 HARMONICA 2 (BF) Sir M Prescott 8-9
96
D Probert
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(3) 02-22 DAWN DANCER 26 (BF) A Balding 8-9
063- ARTHENIA 174 C Hills 8-7
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5-4 Casey Jones, 5-2 Rude Awakening, 4-1 We Are The World, 8-1 Dawn Dancer, 10-1 Arthenia.
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Conditions Stakes
L Steward
1 (7) 6110- HYPERFOCUS 154 (W,BF) H Palmer 4-9-4
K O'Neill
2 (5) 1210- HERE'S TWO 181 R Hodges 5-8-13
D Sweeney
3 (1) 4100- QUENCH DOLLY 167 J Gallagher 4-8-13
1600UNDER
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R Da Silva
5 (2) 1203- ARROGANT (BF) J Santos 3-8-5
S De Sousa
6 (6) 24142 JOEGOGO 9 P D Evans 3-8-5
C Shepherd
7 (3) 1105- SPOOF 168 (H) C Hills 3-8-5
5-2 Spoof, 11-4 Hyperfocus, 3-1 Quench Dolly, 6-1 Under The Covers, 9-1
Joegogo, 16-1 Arrogant, 25-1 Here's Two.
Handicap
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1 (7) /042- TONY CURTIS 238 (D) R Hannon 5-9-10
and then forced wide on the home turn,
in the circumstances doing well to get
as close as he did.
The front-running Utmost should
ensure that this is a truer test and Star
Archer, who remains unexposed after
just seven starts, can regain the winning
thread.
Gronkowski, who is being prepared
for a potential tilt at the Kentucky
Derby, is favourite for the 32Red
Burradon Stakes (3.55) at Newcastle.
However, his form so far is some way
below that level and preference here is
for Purser. The latter was mightily
impressive when winning by nine
lengths at this track on his only
previous try on the all-weather.
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R Da Silva
8 (5) 06-2 BILLY RAY 16 M Channon 8-2
R Powell
9 (7) 0-33 BETJEMAN 52 H Morrison 8-2
4-1 Rastrelli, 5-1 Aiya, Baileys Excelerate, 6-1 Baghdad, Lynwood Gold, 7-1
Billy Ray, Yabass, 8-1 Jackfinbar, 16-1 Betjeman.
3.30
Star Archer can hit target
T Marquand
J Mitchell
2 (8) 050-6 FIRST SELECTION 18 (H) S Crisford 5-9-1
K Shoemark
3 (4) 066-0 EXAMINER 20 (T,D) S C Williams 7-8-13
S W Kelly
4 (1) 00-00 GOSSIPING 35 (P,D) G L Moore 6-8-12
5 (3) 50-15 CONSTANTINO 20 (B,D,BF) R Fahey 5-8-8 P P Mathers
M Dwyer
6 (6) 4010- BERKSHIRE BOY 175 (B,C) A Balding 4-8-7
F Norton
7 (9) 0050- MEDBURN DREAM 146 (D) P Hedger 5-8-3
A Jones (3)
8 (2) 41134 OUTER SPACE 9 (P) J Flint 7-8-2
K O'Neill
9 (5) 000-0 SIR RODERIC 6 (D) B Millman 5-8-1
3-1 Tony Curtis, 5-1 Berkshire Boy, 6-1 Constantino, Examiner, Outer Space,
8-1 First Selection, Medburn Dream, 10-1 Sir Roderic, 20-1 Gossiping.
4.35
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1 (2) 3522- CHAMPAGNE CHAMP 13J B Millman 6-9-12
Jason Watson (7)
S W Kelly
2 (10) 0346- SEE OF ROME 192 R Hughes 4-9-7
D Sweeney
3 (12) 1121- MOAYADD 329 N Mulholland 6-9-7
Megan Nicholls (5)
4 (7) 1216- MOABIT 7J (T) P Nicholls 6-9-7
H Crouch
5 (9) 0600/ VIVRE POUR VIVRE 529 (H) P Hide 5-9-4
K Shoemark
6 (1) 0/54- HARRY HUNT 72J G McPherson 11-9-3
G Wood (3)
7 (8) 0513- QUOTHQUAN 20J M Madgwick 4-9-3
P P Mathers
8 (5) 06-50 MUSTAAQEEM 67 (P) R Fahey 6-9-3
9 (4)
10(11)
11 (3)
12 (6)
2033- MEDBURN CUTLER 147 (P) P Hedger 8-9-2
F Norton
14/2- EDDIEMAURICE 34J J Flint 7-9-0
J Uys (7)
-1356 JACK BEAR 23 (D) R Teal 7-8-13
S De Sousa
0106- SIR PASS I AM 225 A Balding 5-8-7
M Dwyer
4-1 Moabit, 5-1 Champagne Champ, See Of Rome, 7-1 Quothquan, 8-1
Eddiemaurice, Moayadd, 10-1 Medburn Cutler, Mustaaqeem, 12-1 others.
5.05
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1460- THE DALEY EXPRESS 163 R Harris 4-9-7
F Norton
3330- BELLEDESERT 252 (P,C) S Hollinshead 5-9-5
L Keniry
1110- DELAGATE THIS LORD 174 (CD) M Attwater 4-9-4 K Fox
51-63 SEPTEMBER ISSUE 49 (P,CD) Miss G Kelleway 5-9-3
S De Sousa
G Downing
6 (2) 301-6 RED ALERT 49 A Carroll 4-9-1
7 (5) 140-0 WASEEM FARIS 41 (H,C,D) K Cunningham-Brown 9-9-1
H Crouch
S W Kelly
8 (1) 2211- JASHMA 184 (CD) R Hughes 4-8-13
T Marquand
9 (9) 1400- WAHAAB 115 (T) Mrs S Leech 7-8-12
W A Carson
10 (4) 5-315 GLORY OF PARIS 9 B Millman 4-8-11
3-1 Jashma, 4-1 Glory Of Paris, 5-1 Delagate This Lord, September Issue, 10-1
Belledesert, Major Pusey, The Daley Express, 16-1 Red Alert, 20-1 others.
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Sport Rugby union
Renamed and
rebranded but
for ever home to
attacking rugby
Tonight?s Champions Cup
quarter-final is
another test of
Scarlets? style, says
John Hopkins
was a working-class town and Stradey Park was
a cathedral,? Bennett said.
In the BBC film We Beat the All Blacks, Barry
Llewelyn, the Llanelli and Wales forward, said:
?Rugby was a religion to us. Nothing else
mattered. Of course, we had religion on a
Sunday but on a Saturday it was Stradey Park.?
Wayne Barnes, the referee, recalls a game
between Llanelli and Munster in 2007: ?The hail
was coming down sideways ? I had to stop the
game for a minute or so, just so I could see. The
tradey Park, the atmospheric ground
fans were still there in force ? even though
that was the heartbeat of a small
they did all slide up to the one side of the old
industrial town in Carmarthenshire, has
stand for shelter from the hail. I remember
gone now, sold for housing. But there,
being shown around the old clubhouse and
down the years, Llanelli beat Western
being in awe of the history of the place.?
Samoa, Romania, Fiji, Tonga, Australia (three
Nigel Owens, his fellow referee, said: ?You
times, once when they were world champions)
knew you were on a sacred rugby ground.? But
and, unforgettably, the All Blacks.
down the years the big workplaces closed
There were 126 drinking places in
and this once vibrant town shrivelled
Llanelli on the Tuesday of that
economically. There were no more
victory over the New Zealanders ?
appearances at the Candlelight
October 31, 1972 ? and that night
Cabaret on Market Street by
Scarlets
v
every one was drunk dry in
Frankie Vaughan, who arrived in a
La Rochelle
celebration of one of the most
Rolls-Royce, the Beverley Sisters
famous scorelines in Welsh rugby
and Duke Ellington.
Today, 5.30pm
history: Llanelly 9 Seland Newydd 3.
The town was on its uppers.
BT Sport 2
Barry John played for Llanelli, so
?When Dewport Steel closed in the
did Gerald Davies, Ray Gravelle, JJ
early Eighties it had a devastating
Williams, Ieuan Evans, Derek Quinnell
impact on the community,? said Jeff
and Phil Bennett, famous Lions of the past.
Edmunds, the mayor of Llanelli who was
Carwyn James played for and coached the club
taught biology at Llanelli Boys? Grammar
? most famously to that victory over New
School by John. ?Over three years, 2,500 men
Zealand.
from a population of perhaps 22,000 were laid
The old Cardiff Arms Park was, and the
off. Men of over 45 never worked again.?
present Principality stadium still is, rightly
Through it all, though, one thing remained.
hymned the world over for its singing and being
Llanelli played entertaining rugby. No team in
Britain or Ireland, and few in the world, have
the stadiums where Wales played, but Stradey
become so synonymous with attractive rugby.
Park was the core of a town given over to rugby
And never have they been doing it more than
in much the same way as St Andrews is given
at present. Having moved controversially from
over to golf.
Stradey Park to Parc y Scarlets and been
?Industry was a huge part of the history of
renamed and branded, Scarlets won the
Llanelli RFC,? Bennett, now club president, has
Guinness Pro12 last season and are now the first
said. The town had a big steelworks and a
Welsh team for six years to reach the quartertinplate works that produced the cans that beer
finals of the European Champions Cup, where
was put into and saucepans were made from. ?It
S
Llanelli?s finest
hour is still the
1972 win over
the All Blacks,
after which
Delme Thomas
was chaired
off, inset
they will play La Rochelle at home tonight.
Eleven Scarlets were in the Wales 23 against
France in the final Six Nations match.
People who were lovestruck about Llanelli,
they are now soppy about Scarlets.
?The thing about Llanelli is this,? Gareth
Davies, a former Llanelli player and now
chairman of the Welsh Rugby Union, said.
?Cardiff have beaten the All Blacks, Newport
have beaten the All Blacks, Llanelli have beaten
the All Blacks but only Llanelli have had a song
written by Max Boyce, a film made and a book
written about it.?
Perhaps this fame is born out of an
admiration for the fight a few men put up to
prevent Llanelli being subsumed in some cod
Welsh region, like the Ospreys (Swansea and
Neath) or the Dragons (Bridgend and Newport)
when club rugby in Wales was reorganised.
?We are more than a rugby club, as Barcelona
is more than a football club,? Jones, who named
his company Tinopolis after Llanelli?s nickname,
said. ?We are Llanelli, a town way out west,
heavily Welsh-speaking until recently, a rural,
farming, chapel-going community.
?We are not a Pontypridd or a Pontypool. We
were not going to be merged. We were going to
go for it or close down. When people offered to
help we asked them whether they wanted Wales
to win the World Cup or Llanelli the European
Championship. If they said Wales and the World
Cup we sent them on their way.?
Steve Graham can explain rugby?s Scarlet
fever. He has English parents, lives and works in
Suffolk and it would be nearer for him to watch
rugby in France. Instead he and his wife drive
300 miles west to support the Scarlets. Why?
?We were looking for a team to support, went
to see the Scarlets play Northampton and we
thrashed ?em. After that we were hooked.? Again
Once-mighty Saracens need best European performance
Stuart Barnes
T
he giants of Europe for the
past two seasons are recast
as this year?s giant killers.
Saracens seemed to shrink
before our eyes as Mark
McCall?s men scrambled their way
into the quarter-finals as the lowestranked seeds. It was almost
ignominious but at least they made it.
Tomorrow, the eighth seeds meet
the top seeds. And what a top club
they are. Leinster were drawn in the
so-called pool of death with
Montpellier, Exeter Chiefs and
Glasgow Warriors. It proved the
demise of the three other sides ? but
not Leinster. Twenty-seven points
from a possible 30. The manner in
which they demolished Glasgow away
in round two was an ominous sign for
everyone else. Pro14 form was left
behind as the three-times champions
upped the intensity and left Dave
Rennie?s team bruised and bemused.
It is hard to believe that any side
have ever been more impressive in
the pool stage. The quality of the
opposition cannot be dismissed: there
was good reason to call it the pool of
death. A glance at Europe?s league
tables places Leinster?s pool-stage
achievements in elevated context.
Montpellier head the Top 14, five
points clear of their nearest rivals. At
the top of the Premiership, Exeter
have an eight-point buffer, with
Saracens second, while Glasgow have
run away from their rivals in the
Pro14 Conference A. As for Leinster,
they lead Conference B by three
points. It was a desperately difficult
pool but Saracens? opponents
strolled through with ease.
When Leinster wanted to open
up, the rugby was thrilling;
when they tightened up and
took Exeter on at their own
possession game, they were
extreme in their efficiency.
When behind, they kept their
composure. I don?t think Exeter
have played a better game than
they did at the Aviva Stadium.
Barritt?s struggle for fitness has
added to Saracens? problems
before their Leinster clash
The English champions led 17-9 at
half-time but lost 22-17.
In contrast, the onceunstoppable Saracens came
off the rails in an infinitely
easier pool. Clermont
Auvergne tore through their
famed defence in Barnet to
win 46-14, and while
Saracens improved six
days later in the return,
there was only ever
one winner.
Clermont are a
lowly ninth in the Top 14. Of
the other clubs who were in
Saracens? pool, the Ospreys
are fifth of seven in their
conference yet pushed the
European champions in
England before
drawing in Wales. It
needed a hapless Northampton Saints
side to remind us how good Saracens
are on their day. If they can convince
themselves Leinster are Northampton
in another guise, they might win.
That, I suspect, is a step too far for
any sporting psychologist. There is
nothing in common between
England?s third-worst top-flight side
and Europe?s finest. Saracens are
talking up last season?s semi-final win
away to Munster. But Munster then
and Leinster now are incomparable.
Leinster are playing on another level.
And the Aviva Stadium is home in a
way that it can never be for Munster.
This is the same stadium where the
majority of Leinster players are
getting used to win after win with
Ireland. The spine of this team are
grand-slam performers whose
confidence is at an all-time high.
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Rev Phillips
was taught to
pass at speed
by James, the
iconic coach
How Scarlets stand out in Six Nations
Scarlets players played more minutes in the Six
Nations than players for any other club in any country
Scarlets
min
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Saracens
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Clermont A
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why? ?Their spectacular style and the feeling of
them overcoming the odds.?
Why and how Llanelli and now Scarlets have
always stood for up-tempo rugby is interesting.
In part it is due to the size of the Welsh, smaller
than that of Englishmen, and thus it became
important for the Welsh to play a style based
more on mind and ingenuity than physique.
The saying is that when one Welsh fly half was
injured, another was whistled up from a pit in
east and industrial south Wales. It does not bear
scrutiny. It is true that Wales has produced more
outstanding threequarters than forwards just as
the prototypical English rugby player is a four
square yeoman type forward, strong and sturdy.
It is also true that four of Wales?s fly halves since
the Second World War didn?t just play for Llanelli
but attended the same school, Gwendraeth
Grammar in Carmarthenshire, west Wales.
?It was very daunting when I walked the
corridors of the school to see all the faces on the
honours boards,? Jonathan [Jiffy] Davies, who
followed Carwyn James, Barry John and Gareth
Davies from Llanelli into the national team,
said. ?But we all had the same background. I was
taught heads-up, quick-passing rugby. I was
taught to play at pace and to our strengths.?
Wayne Pivac, the New Zealander who is the
head coach, and his colleagues have got the
Scarlets playing entertaining, successful rugby.
?When I joined as a player I was aware of the
style and that I was expected to fit into it,?
Stephen Jones, a former Llanelli and Wales
player and now a coach at Scarlets, said. ?We
played as we trained ? at speed. Ball
movement. Quick rucks. Get the ball across the
field, upskill the players. Those were Llanelli?s
principles then and they are now.?
The heritage goes back 80 years at least. Just
as Jones was coached by Gareth Jenkins in the
ever to defeat Leinster
What Saracens were in 2016, Leinster
are in 2018. The mind games favour
the home side.
If Saracens slay the Irish giant, it
will be the greatest performance
from any Saracens side in Europe.
Anywhere, ever. For the past two
years opponents have regarded them
as Europe?s finest. The very thought
of defeat didn?t cross the mind of
Saracens, their supporters, the media.
Their first final, in 2016, may have
been in Lyons against French
opposition in levelling conditions but
Saracens controlled the game from
start to finish. Last season?s final was a
tougher assignment against Clermont
but in the far north of Edinburgh the
English outplayed a fine French team.
Our minds turned to a Toulon-like
treble, little thinking that glorious day
might have been the high watermark.
In domestic rugby Saracens have
shed their aura. In recent seasons
they lost when they eased off the
accelerator during the internationals.
This campaign they have been beaten
with much greater regularity. Luckily
for Saracens, Leinster have not been
able to field a full-strength team for
months. Last week a weakened, if still
powerful, side lost to the Ospreys.
There is just a possibility that rust will
leave them vulnerable in a way that
was inconceivable pre-Six Nations.
This week has been another
struggle for Saracens; to get Owen
Farrell and Brad Barritt fit. Fully fit,
half fit, unfit, with or without Farrell,
the odds are against the European
champions. Saracens have earned the
respect of all Europe. Even that
counts against them, for Leinster will
not take the toiling champions lightly.
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1990s, so Jenkins was coached in the 1970s by
Carwyn James, who made his name with the allconquering British & Irish Lions in New Zealand
in 1971. When teaching at Llandovery College in
the 1960s, James learnt rugby from Thomas Pope
Williams, who had been in charge of rugby at
that school since before the Second World War.
I know this to be true because, returning from
the 1977 Lions tour to New Zealand, I had coffee
with James at Los Angeles airport and he gave
me a rugby masterclass, moving the salt and
pepper pots, the knives, forks and spoons
around on the table to illustrate his points.
?The great TP [Williams] told me once that he
had banned the first XV from kicking for a
whole season, no matter where they were on a
pitch,? James said. ?His philosophy was to run
with the ball and it is mine too. Rugby, after all,
is a handling game.?
The Rev Eldon Phillips has been the club
chaplain for nearly 30 years and describes
himself as a non-tackling, jinking, drop-goal
kicking, secular, beer-drinking Church of
England vicar. ?Carwyn took us for a training
session when I was at Trinity College,
Carmarthen,? Phillips said. ?He turned up in a
tracksuit, took a fag out of the corner of his
mouth and made us pass the ball from side to
side for an hour. It was all about the speed with
which we could get the ball out to the wing.?
Rupert Moon is as much a part of the Llanelli
fabric as the saucepans. A beaming Brummie, he
had 12 seasons at Llanelli, captaining sides that
won the Welsh league, the cup and beat the
Australians. He is a life member of the club and
as passionate about it as a native.
?I am shaped by the people of Wales,? Moon,
who bears with considerable 閘an the full name
of Rupert Henry St John Baker Moon, said. ?I
played in England with Martin Johnson and
Neil Back but I was reborn when I moved to
Abertillery. Then I was nurtured at Neath and
cultivated at Llanelli. I call myself a Welsh
learner rather than a Welsh speaker. My
marriage ceremony was in Welsh. My kids, Jac
Morgan and Tanwen Audrey, were born in the
Rhondda. My wife is a Welsh language teacher
and I am chairman of the governers of a Welsh
language school.
?When Gareth Jenkins gave us team talks he
stressed that we represented the jersey of a
town that had had challenging times,? Moon
continued. ?The supporters paid hard-earned
money to watch us and Gareth stressed how it
was our job to entertain them as well.?
Llanelli is en f阾e for today?s game. Tickets sold
out weeks ago. The Scarlets are expected to win.
But what about becoming champions of
Europe? Councillor Jeff Edmunds smiled at the
thought. ?Llanelli is a proud town,? he said.
?Some of that pride comes from the success of
the Scarlets and the success they bring to the
region. If they were to win in Europe, I think the
pubs would run dry in Llanelli once again.?
Solomona facing homophobia hearing
John Westerby
Denny Solomona will appear before a
disciplinary hearing on Thursday after
the Sale Sharks and England wing was
charged yesterday with verbally
abusing a Worcester Warriors player
during his side?s Aviva Premiership
victory last Saturday.
Shortly after he had tussled with
Solomona during the second half at the
AJ Bell Stadium, Jamie Shillcock, the
Worcester fly half, had alleged to the
referee that he had twice been
subjected to a homophobic slur.
Solomona was charged with conduct
prejudicial to the interests of the game
and, if he is found guilty next week,
could miss the final four games of the
season as he tries to book a place on
England?s summer tour to South Africa.
The offence of verbally abusing an
opponent about their religion, colour,
sexual orientation, or national or
ethnic origin carries the sanction of
a ban ranging from six to 18 weeks.
Mathieu Bastareaud, the Toulon
and France centre, was banned for
three weeks this year for using a
homophobic slur in a Champions
Cup game.
Solomona, who has scored
six tries in his past three
Premiership games, was a
regular presence in Eddie
Jones?s squads during the
NatWest Six Nations,
but has yet to add to the
two England caps
that he won on tour
to Argentina last
summer.
Wasps
The Sale wing has won two caps,
both last summer in Argentina
confirmed yesterday that Sam Jones,
the 26-year-old flanker, has been
forced to retire after suffering an
ankle injury in judo sessions during
England training in October 2016.
Jones had been in contention to
win his first cap in the autumn
internationals that year, but
an ankle dislocation led to
further complications that
have prevented him from
playing again.
?The injury was a
complicated one and my
rehab wasn?t progressing
the way we wanted, with
multiple setbacks along the
way,? Jones said.
?The decision [to retire]
was made for me, which was
tough to hear, but I
understand that it?s in my best
interests.?
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?Dr Evil? Hearn takes abuse
in stride as he targets US
Boxing
Hearn?s biggest rivals
Ron Lewis Boxing Correspondent
Eddie Hearn started to recognise he
was making an impact in American
boxing when the abuse started coming.
?I?m seen as the flash annoying little git
who has a rich dad,? Hearn said. ?That?s
fine by me.? He is happy to upset as
many of the old guard in boxing as
possible.
Tomorrow night Hearn will promote
his third show in less than a year in
front of a crowd of 80,000 or more,
when Anthony Joshua and Joseph
Parker clash in a world heavyweight
title unification bout at the Principality
Stadium, Cardiff. With Joshua by his
side and the might of Sky at his back,
Eddie Hearn and the Matchroom organisation built by his father, Barry, are
the biggest promoters of boxing in the
UK right now. Next on his agenda is
America.
Hearn, 38, will soon unveil plans for a
US television deal to promote 16 shows
a year on the other side of the Atlantic
to go with the Sky deal to promote 24 in
the UK. It would make Matchroom one
of the world?s biggest promoters and
Hearn is enjoying every minute of it,
even if not everyone else is.
His main clashes at the moment are
with Lou DiBella and Shelly Finkel ?
whom Hearn dubs ?Shirley Winkle? ?
the promotional team behind Deontay
Wilder, the WBC heavyweight
champion. Hearn is happy not to take
the disagreements too seriously. ?We
are like pawns in this soap opera,?
Hearn said. ?Sometimes we have to be
personalities like the fighters. Shirley is
like Cyril Sneer, and Lou is this loudmouth New Yorker. They could call me
anything and I would go, ?Great?.
?This new deal is going to drive these
people absolutely mad. You can?t get a
foothold in the US with one or two
shows, you need to do 12 to 16 a year and
to be backed by a television network.
We?ve now got that. I want us to do what
we have done in the UK over there.?
At the moment, Hearn?s US stable
consists of just Danny Jacobs, the
former WBA middleweight champion,
but he is planning a big expansion,
hinting that he could do deals with
boxers managed by Al Haymon, whose
fighters include Wilder, Errol Spence,
the IBF welterweight champion, and
L閛 Santa Cruz, the triple world
champion. ?We are going to sign a
couple of dozen guys, as high-profile as
possible,? he said.
Hearn expected his flirtation with
boxing to be very brief. In 2010 he convinced many that Audley Harrison was
a suitable challenger for David Haye?s
WBA heavyweight title. When Harrison flopped, the backlash was severe.
?After the Haye-Harrison fight I was
done,? Hearn said. ?I said to my dad,
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?I?m never doing that again, boxing?s a
shitty business.? Then Darren Barker
called me, then Kell Brook and the
week after Rob McCracken approached
me about Carl Froch. So having said I
was out, in three weeks I had signed
Barker, Brook and Froch.?
At the time, Sky worked with several
promoters, but Hearn?s next move was
to try to squeeze the rivals out.
?I said you can only make it work if it
is sexy, if you turn on and there is an
arena crowded with people jumping up
and down and a great fight,? he said. ?I
did Brook-[Matthew] Hatton, then
Froch-[Lucian] Bute ? great numbers,
great atmosphere. That was the massive turning point because without a
broadcaster you are nothing.?
Sky?s pay-per-view platform returned with Froch?s fight with Mikkel
Kessler in 2013 before Hearn took the
big plunge by booking Wembley
Stadium for the rematch between
Froch and Groves a year later.
?My dad said I was mad,? Hearn said.
?He said it would be half-empty. We
sold out in about an hour. If you ask Sky
and you look at their numbers, both
viewers and digitally, boxing is second
only to football now.?
It is not only other promoters who
Hearn?s sometime brash persona can
rub up the wrong way, but he insists that
he is easy to get along with.
?With Amir Khan, once he got over
the fact that he didn?t like me, we are
now working really well together,?
Hearn said. ?We have sold out the Echo
Arena [in Liverpool], he is going to get
great ratings on Sky, he?s going to get
$1 million and he will be thinking, ?Why
didn?t I do this before??
?But anything could happen. AJ
could lose to Parker and every now and
again you might lose a fighter.
?Joshua might go next year, ?Sorry,
I?m off,? then I?m f***ed. I?ve seen it
happen to my dad when Steve Collins
left and he nearly went bankrupt.?
He has had to get used to being booed
by fans. ?My mum said to me, ?Why do
they boo you?? That?s just how it is, my
dad has been getting booed at the darts
for years,? Hearn said. ?People have
that perception that Eddie Hearn controls boxing and is Dr Evil. But we don?t
have a monopoly, we are just the best.
?A lot of people in boxing are nuts.
My dad says it makes you that way. I?ll
probably be that way one day. It?s not a
great business to be in because it kicks
you in the nuts sometimes. I look at the
darts and the snooker and it is so simple.
?I still say I don?t know what I will be
doing in five years. These nights excite
me, but I have always said when I lose
the passion for it, I will step away.?
Murray: injury
recovery is still
going slowly
Tennis
Stuart Fraser Tennis Writer, Miami
Andy Murray offered another positive
sign yesterday by adding a further
grass-court event to his schedule, but
he has also moved to temper the
growing expectations surrounding his
comeback by revealing that he is still
rehabilitating with caution.
Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka?s struggles after injury have shown
that Roger Federer?s success after a
long absence is the exception rather
than the rule, and so it is with patience
that Murray is treating his recovery
from hip surgery as he practises at the
Mouratoglou Academy in Nice.
?I?m happy to be here training again,?
Murray said. ?I?ve missed playing, I?ve
not been fit for a long time. I am having
to go very slowly but I?m happy to be
back on the court.?
Murray?s words came shortly after it
was announced that he will play a
Wimbledon warm-up outside the UK
for the first time. The Libema Open, an
ATP 250 event in the southern Dutch
town of Rosmalen from June 11 to June
17, has secured his commitment for a
six-figure appearance fee.
Murray will also appear at the
Fever-Tree Championships at the
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Queen?s Club, where he is a five-times
champion, a week later having signed a
multimillion-pound lifetime deal with
the Lawn Tennis Association last year.
It is still possible that Murray will
return before the Libema Open. An
appearance at the Surbiton Challenger,
which starts on June 4, is unlikely, but
the new Loughborough Challenger on
indoor hard courts, starting on May 21,
is an option that he is considering.
Murray is usually content with one
grass-court event before Wimbledon
but the circumstances are, of course,
different this year, having not played a
competitive match since he lost in the
quarter-finals at Wimbledon last July.
?I am looking forward to getting back
on the grass and to play in Rosmalen for
the first time,? Murray said. ?The courts
are meant to be very good. It?s the
perfect way for me to prepare for
Wimbledon.?
Juan Mart韓 del Potro is two wins
away from back-to-back titles in Indian
Wells and Miami after reaching the
semi-finals of the latter with a 5-7, 7-6
(7-1), 7-6 (7-3) win against Milos Raonic.
Yesterday?s racing results
Chelmsford
Going: standard
2.20 (1m 2f) 1, Zephyros (Poppy Bridgwater, 71); 2, Huddersfilly Town (9-2); 3, Sharp
Operator (9-4). 4 ran. 1Kl, 4l. D Bridgwater.
2.55 (1m 2f) 1, Espadrille (James Doyle, 4-5
fav); 2, Heeyaam (9-4); 3, Amourice (5-1). 9 ran.
2Kl, 1Nl. C Appleby.
3.30 (1m 2f) 1, Nonios (M Harley, 7-2); 2,
Greatest Journey (14-1); 3, Kyllachy Gala (7-2).
7 ran. Ns, 1Kl. D Simcock.
4.05 (1m) 1, Luna Eclipse (Oisin Murphy, 15-8
fav; Rob Wright?s nap); 2, Poet?s Prince (6-1); 3,
Bobby Biscuit (10-1). 7 ran. Kl, 2Kl. A Balding.
4.35 (7f) 1, Sonnet Rose (Sebastian Woods, 7-2
fav); 2, Chetan (10-1); 3, Tellovoi (8-1). 8 ran.
NR: Haraz, Mr Andros, Palawan. 1Nl, 3Nl.
C Allen.
5.05 (1m 6f) 1, Volturnus (D C Costello, 5-1); 2,
Marshall Aid (7-1); 3, Smooth Operator (22-1).
7 ran. 8l, Kl. J Osborne.
5.35 (5f) 1, La Fortuna (Charles Bishop, 5-1); 2,
Culloden (10-1); 3, Hurricane Alert (7-1). 10 ran.
1l, 2l. C Wallis.
6.05 (5f) 1, Mighty Zip (R Da Silva, 5-1);
2, Waneen (3-1); 3, Black Truffle (11-4 fav).
10 ran. 2l, 4Kl. Mrs L Williamson.
Placepot: �1.20.
Quadpot: �.10.
Towcester
Going: heavy (soft in places)
2.10 (1m 7f 151yd hdle) 1, Phoeniciana (Maxime
Tissier, 11-4); 2, Sunday In The Park (16-1);
3, Bean Liath (28-1). 11 ran. 18l, 9l.
Mrs L Wadham.
2.45 (3m 102yd ch) 1, Dontminddboys (Jack
Quinlan, 11-4 fav); 2, Onurbike (5-1); 3,
Midnight Mustang (7-1). 8 ran. NR: Big Time
Frank. 2Nl, 26l. R Dickin.
3.20 (1m 7f 151yd hdle) 1, Llantara (Benjamin
Poste, 7-1); 2, Grams And Ounces (14-1);
3, Undisputed (7-2 fav). 10 ran. 15l, nk.
T Symonds.
3.55 (2m 20yd ch) 1, Skipping On (Patrick
Cowley, 15-8 fav); 2, Prairie Town (9-2);
3, Burrenbridge Hotel (11-4). 4 ran. 14l, 13l.
Laura Morgan.
4.25 (2m 3f 34yd hdle) 1, Dr Des (J M Davies, 4-5
fav); 2, Piton Pete (Evens). Only two finished.
3 ran. 18l. Henry Oliver.
4.55 (2m 3f 179yd ch) 1, The Bay Birch (Stan
Sheppard, 10-11 fav); 2, Indian Native (6-1);
3, Riddlestown (14-1). 5 ran. 27l, 1Kl.
M Sheppard.
5.25 (1m 7f 151yd flat) 1, Captain Drake (Mr M
Legg, 5-2 fav); 2, J?Ai Froid (16-1); 3, Yesandno
(5-1). 11 ran. NR: Chequered View, Pomme De
Nuit. 1Ol, 22l. H Fry.
Placepot: �.80.
Quadpot: �.00.
Wetherby
Going: soft (good to soft in places)
2.00 (2m hdle) 1, Cosy Club (Harry Skelton, 5-4);
2, Pirate Look (4-5 fav); 3, Specialist (20-1).
6 ran. 1l, 14l. D Skelton.
2.30 (2m 3f 154yd hdle) 1, Rock Of Leon (N Moscrop, 4-1); 2, Bygones For Coins (50-1); 3, Away
For Slates (30-100 fav). 6 ran. 19l, 1l. P Kirby.
3.05 (1m 7f 36yd ch) 1, Applaus (Sean Quinlan,
11-1); 2, Caraline (6-1); 3, Roxyfet (15-2). 8 ran.
1Nl, 1Ol. Micky Hammond.
3.40 (2m 5f 56yd hdle) 1, Allfredandnobell (Joe
Colliver, 25-1); 2, Lough Salt (14-1); 3,
Transpennine Star (8-1). 13 ran. NR: Ascot De
Bruyere. 3Nl, 1Nl. Micky Hammond.
4.15 (3m 26yd hdle) 1, Bob Mahler (R Johnson,
4-6 fav); 2, Hills Of Connemara (40-1);
3, Rhaegar (2-1). 7 ran. NR: Sunny Destination.
4l, 29l. W Greatrex.
4.45 (3m 45yd ch) 1, Gonalston Cloud (A Wedge,
14-1); 2, Goodtoknow (4-1); 3, Silver Tassie (111). 7 ran. NR: Dueling Banjos. 3Ol, 10l. N Kent.
5.15 (3m 26yd hdle) 1, Witness (Miss B Smith,
5-1); 2, Border Victor (7-1); 3, Floramoss (4-1
fav). 10 ran. NR: Aniknam. 4l, 13l. M Hammond.
Placepot: �263.70.
Quadpot: �6.10.
Wolverhampton
Going: standard
5.45 (1m 1f 104yd) 1, Casima (Edward Greatrex,
6-1); 2, Braemar (15-8 fav); 3, Cherubic (16-1).
12 ran. NR: Pact Of Steel. 1N, nk. Archie Watson.
6.15 (1m 142yd) 1, Zafaranah (J P Fahy, 3-1);
2, Ramblow (9-4 fav); 3, Hawatif (7-1). 6 ran.
Ol, 3N. Mrs P Sly.
6.45 (1m 142yd) 1, Martineo (Andrea Atzeni,
4-7 fav); 2, Grecian Spirit (3-1); 3, Teaser
(10-1). 9 ran. NR: Cashel, Deolali, New
Graduate, Shanghai Silver. Kl, Kl. W J Haggas.
7.15 (1m 1f 104yd) 1, Tha?ir (Josephine Gordon,
8-11 fav); 2, Barnaby Brook (CAN) (2-1);
3, Thecornishbarron (66-1). 6 ran. NR: Start
Seven. 1N, 1l. M Appleby.
7.45 (1m 1f 104yd) 1, Copper Baked (C Lee,
33-1); 2, My Fantasea (7-2 Co fav); 3, Rubensian
(14-1). 8 ran. NR: Mouille Point,
Woodukheleyfit. Kl, 1l. K R Burke.
8.15 (5f 21yd) 1, Something Lucky (Alistair
Rawlinson, 2-1 fav); 2, Zamjar (7-2); 3,
Yorkshiredebut (12-1). 7 ran. 1Ol, Kl. M Appleby.
Placepot: �.30.
Quadpot: �00.
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Football Sport
Referees could
be cut out of
VAR process
Martyn Ziegler Chief Sports Reporter
The Premier League is set to explore
whether it could use a ?VAR-lite?
system in which referees do not view
replays on a pitchside monitor but rely
entirely on the video official.
The proposal is expected to be raised
at a meeting of Premier League chairmen next month, when the introduction of video assistant referees will be
discussed. As previously revealed by
The Times, it is expected that the system
will be delayed until the 2019-20 season
to allow more trials to take place.
The idea of the referee not being able
to use a pitchside monitor has been
mooted among the chairmen and
Professional Games Match Officials
Ltd (PGMOL) as a way of reducing
VAR-related delays. Another suggestion is that it is used only to determine
factual decisions such as offsides.
Such a move would need the International FA Board (Ifab) to change the
VAR protocol that it agreed this month.
David Elleray, the Ifab technical
director, said that under the present
laws it would not be possible to have a
different system approved. Elleray told
The Times: ?A country will not be able to
get approval from Ifab and Fifa if they
say they won?t use a particular element
of VAR ? on-field reviews are part of
the laws of the game now. We want to
protect against a situation where you
have one country saying they will only
use it for offsides and another country
for reviewing penalty decisions.?
He added that experience had shown
that players were more willing to accept
a decision being overturned ?
especially on subjective decisions such
as penalties ? when it was the referee
rather than the VAR doing so.
Ifab will permit the system in the
Premier League to recognise that
English football is more physical than
on the continent, and what is viewed as
a foul in Spain may not be given in
England.
PGMOL insiders think that the
incident that led to Italy being awarded
a penalty against England on Tuesday
night was not clear enough for the VAR
to have intervened. Ifab, however, says
that the intervention and decision to
award a spot-kick was entirely correct.
Elleray said: ?At normal speed it was
just a tangle of legs but in slow motion
you could see it was a clear foul, and
that?s the test. It was a clear penalty.?
6 There will be no British referee at the
World Cup in Russia this summer, Fifa
has confirmed ? the first time since
1938 that there has been no home
representaton. Mark Clattenburg had
been on a long list of referees published
in 2016 but England?s leading official
forfeited his place when he left the
Premier League for a position in Saudi
Arabia last year.
Sky shows Sawyer the door after 18 years
S
ky Sports News has
parted company with
the long-serving
presenter Natalie Sawyer
(Matt Hughes writes).
Sawyer, who along with
Jim White, above, had
been promoted as the
face of the channel?s
transfer deadline day
coverage, has left the
company after 18 years.
The 38-year-old is
understood to have been
told this month that her
contract would not be
renewed and she finished
her final presenting shift
at 5pm yesterday, during
which there was no
mention of her
impending departure.
The Times has been
told that Sky Sports
executives instructed
other presenters not to
mention Sawyer?s
departure on air despite
her high-profile,
popularity and long
service, a directive at
odds with their previous
treatment of star
presenters.
In 2011, Georgie
Thompson was presented
with a bouquet of flowers
live on air, which led her
to burst into tears during
her final broadcast before
leaving to join Sky Sports
F1, a sister channel.
Sawyer?s departure is
understood to have upset
many of her former
colleagues, who have not
been given an official
explanation for her exit.
She is said to have been
emotional on her final
day at Sky and was not
available for comment
yesterday.
On transfer deadline
days, Sky asked her to
wear a bright yellow dress
to match its breaking
news banner that appears
at the bottom of the
screen.
West Ham set to stick with Hart in goal Kane may return on Sunday
Gary Jacob, Martyn Ziegler
David Moyes is strongly leaning
towards retaining Joe Hart in goal for
West Ham United?s crucial match at
home to Southampton tomorrow.
The goalkeeper spilt Johann Berg
Gudmundsson?s
effort,
allowing
Burnley to score a third goal, when he
was recalled to the starting XI nearly
three weeks ago. West Ham lost 3-0 in
a match that was overshadowed by
angry scenes involving supporters. It
was Hart?s first league start since
November 29 after he was dropped for
his performances and was replaced by
Adri醤, the Spaniard.
Moyes will make a final decision
today but he believes that Hart did
nothing wrong before his mistake,
when the game was already lost, and his
players were distracted by the
supporter unrest.
Hart was in the England
squad for the friendlies against
Holland and Italy but did not
feature. West Ham and
Southampton are 17th and
18th respectively in the
Premier League.
A West Ham fans group has said
that it will march in protest against
the club before the match while the
cost of extra stewards and police at
the London Stadium will be more
Hart made his return to the side
in the 3-0 defeat by Burnley
Results
Football
Sky Bet League One
Blackburn
(0) 2
Dack 68, Conway 80
Gillingham
Nasseri 41
5,540
Top of the table
Bradford
(0) 0
13,443
(1) 1
P
Blackburn ................... 38
Shrewsbury................38
Wigan.........................36
Rotherham.................38
Scunthorpe.................39
Peterborough .............38
Plymouth....................38
Portsmouth................38
MK Dons
(1) 2
Aneke 34
Williams 85
W D L F A GD Pts
23 10 5 72 35 37 79
23 9 6 51 28 23 78
23 8 5 68 23 45 77
20 5 13 63 45 18 65
15 14 10 56 47
9 59
15 12 11 60 48 12 57
16 9 13 47 47
0 57
17 4 17 48 47
1 55
Cricket
Women?s T20 Tri-Series
Mumbai: England 107 (A A
(S Mandhana 62 not out).
How they stand
Australia
England
India
Patil 3 for 21); India 108-2
P
4
4
4
W
3
2
1
L
NRR
1 1.323
2 -0.932
3 -0.399
Pts
6
4
2
Champion County match
Bridgetown: Second day of four Essex 187 (R J Gleeson 5
for 50) and 26-1. MCC XI 408-8dec (S R Hain 140 not out,
D M Bess 107). Essex, with nine second-innings wickets in
hand, need 195 runs to avoid an innings defeat by MCC XI.
Golf
US PGA Tour Houston Open
Early leading first-round scores (United States unless
stated): 65 L Glover, K Tway. 66 R Fowler, R Pampling
(Aus), J Suri. 67 B Cauley, K Mitchell, M Every, G Chalmers
(Aus), P Harrington (Ire), M Thompson, B Stegmaier,
S Power (Ire).
Rugby league
Betfred Super League
Wakefield
6 Castleford Tigers
11
Wakefield: Try Jones-Bishop. Goal Finn. Castleford:
Try McMeeken. Goals Gale 3. Drop-goal Gale.
Tennis
Miami Open
Semi-finals: Women S Stephens (US) bt V Azarenka
(Bela) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. Quarter-finals: Men J M del Potro
(Arg) bt M Raonic (Can) 5-7, 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-3); P Carre駉Busta (Sp) bt K Anderson (SA) 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (8-6). Women
D R Collins (US) bt V Williams (US) 6-2, 6-3.
than �,000. The additional cost,
which will be covered by London taxpayers, follows safety chiefs insisting on
extra security after the disturbances
against Burnley. There will be ?a
significant increase? in the number of
stewards, and there will be extra
police officers inside and outside
the stadium.
A barrier around the
directors? box will also be put up
as protection. David Sullivan,
the co-owner, was struck by a coin
during the match against Burnley.
The club?s �5 million-a-year
lease for the stadium includes an
agreement that security costs will
be covered by the publicly owned
stadium.
Darren Witcoop
Harry Kane could make a shock return
for Tottenham Hotspur against
Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The England striker was expected to
be sidelined for at least another
fortnight after damaging ankle
ligaments against Bournemouth on
March 11, but Kane had extensive
treatment during the international
break and is back in training.
?Harry?s very positive and he is doing
very well,? Mauricio Pochettino, the
Spurs manager, said. ?Every day he is
improving. There is a small possibility
[of him playing against Chelsea].
?He?s so determined, so positive. It?s
not about his body, it?s about his brain.
The most important muscle that he has
is his brain. We are so pleased because
after Bournemouth everyone thought
he would be out for a long time, but that
is not the case.?
While Kane, if fit, will be in the
England side to face Tunisia on June 18
in their opening World Cup group
match, the same cannot be said for Dele
Alli, with Gareth Southgate, the
England manager, warning the midfielder that his place is not guaranteed.
Pochettino believes that Alli, 21, is a
victim of his own success at an early
age. ?Younger players always have ups
and downs,? he said. ?This season the
expectation was massive, maybe too
high. For me he is one of the most
talented players in Europe.?
Fixtures
City ponder move for Isco
Cowley tipped for Ipswich
Football
Manchester City are contemplating a
summer move for Isco, the unsettled
Real Madrid midfielder (Paul Hirst
writes). Isco scored a hat-trick in
Spain?s 6-1 victory at home to
Argentina on Tuesday, but the
25-year-old has failed to hold down a
regular place in the Real team this
season. City are aware of Isco?s
frustration and while the club insist
that there has been no contact with
the player ? as has been reported in
Spain ? it is understood that they
will look at the his position in the
close season and determine whether
it is worth submitting a bid for him.
City may have to break their own
transfer record of � million, paid to
Athletic Bilbao for Aymeric Laporte,
to sign Isco. Madrid would consider
accepting a bid of about � million.
Danny Cowley, the Lincoln City
manager, and Steve McClaren, the
former England head coach, are the
early favourites to take over from
Mick McCarthy at Ipswich Town.
The Sky Bet Championship club
announced that McCarthy, 59, will
leave when his contract expires this
summer after six years in charge.
Kick-off 3.0 unless stated
Sky Bet Championship: Millwall v Nottingham Forest
(1.0); Leeds v Bolton; Norwich v Fulham; Sheffield Wed v
Preston; Barnsley v Bristol City; Brentford v Sheffield
United; Cardiff v Burton; Middlesbrough v Wolves (5.30);
Reading v QPR (5.30); Derby v Sunderland (7.45).
Sky Bet League One: Oxford v Scunthorpe (12.45); Wigan
v Oldham (1.00); AFC Wimbledon v Fleetwood; Blackpool
v Doncaster; Bristol Rovers v Bury; Northampton v
Charlton; Plymouth v Southend; Rochdale v Shrewsbury;
Rotherham v Peterborough.
Sky Bet League Two: Barnet v Crewe; Cambridge v Crawley;
Cheltenham v Carlisle; Colchester v Luton; Grimsby v Stevenage; Lincoln v Exeter; Mansfield v Accrington; Newport
v Coventry; Notts County v Wycombe; Port Vale v Chesterfield; Swindon v Morecambe; Yeovil v Forest Green.
Rugby league
Betfred Super League: Hull KR v Hull (12.50); Huddersfield
v Leeds (3.0);Salford v Catalans Dragons (3.0); St Helens
v Wigan (3.15); Warrington v Widnes (7.45).
Rugby union
European Champions Cup: Quarter-final: Scarlets v La
Rochelle (5.30).
European Challenge Cup: Quarter-finals: Newcastle v
Brive (8.0); Pau v Stade Fran鏰is (8.0).
Rivals eye 107,000 crowd
Manchester United are set to play
Liverpool at the second biggest
stadium in the world during their
pre-season tour to America in July.
Talks have been held about staging
the game at the Michigan Stadium,
also known as The Big House, which
has a capacity of 107,601.
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Sport Football
When Islam was
mentioned, the
crowd booed and
hissed loudly
Organisers insist they are not
a far-right group, but there
was a distinct undercurrent
of racism during Saturday?s
Football Lads Alliance march
Just before noon on Saturday, outside the
(closed) Woodman pub on the corner of Curzon
Sreet and New Canal Street in Birmingham, a
group of a dozen or so middle-aged men was
gathered around a table draped in the flag of St
George, drinking cans of lager, as the crowds for
the Football Lads Alliance march grew steadily
nearby. ?Ali?s tuck shop!? one of the men
shouted, repeatedly, much to the amusement of
his friends, drawling out the first of those three
words to affect the Islamic phrase, ?Allahu
Akbar?, meaning God is greater.
While it would be unfair, perhaps, to suggest
that this group of men was representative of the
3,000 or so who, an hour later, marched
through the streets of Birmingham city centre, it
was the first time the veil concealing a racist
undercurrent slipped. It would not be the last.
The FLA was founded in the wake of the
London Bridge terror attack last June by John
Meighan, a Tottenham Hotspur fan and former
hooligan, to make a stand, he says, against all
forms of extremism.
Meighan, who received a three-year football
stadium banning order in 2006, insists that the
group is anti-racist and non-violent and there
were no arrests on Saturday or during their
previous march in London in October, which
drew far greater numbers.
?People want to label us as far-right. All we
are is working-class people, and all we want is a
safer place for our children and grandchildren,?
Meighan told the gathered crowd, shortly before
handing the microphone to Anne Marie Waters,
who founded the right-wing, anti-Islam political
party, For Britain, after losing the 2017 Ukip
leadership election to Henry Bolton.
Far-right nationalism and football
hooliganism have been entwined for decades, of
course, and there can be no doubt that the two
have married under the banner of the FLA. The
make-up of those who attended on Saturday
was a mix of young and middle-aged men,
dressed in the familiar designer labels, while the
number who were non-white or female could
have been counted on two hands.
The jingoistic songs sung by England
supporters in Amsterdam less than 24 hours
earlier, in the build-up to England?s 1-0 win
against Holland, arms outstretched, invoking
the glories of Empire, were out in force once
again here too. Indeed, the FLA?s Facebook page
posted a video of some of those in Amsterdam
singing about ?Ten German bombers?, with the
message: ?Have a good one . . . We?ll be flying the
flag like you.?
As the numbers in Birmingham grew, stickers
were distributed on which the words ?Make
Britain Great Again? surrounded the image of a
red and blue lion. Placards were held aloft,
which read ?No to Sharia Law?, ?Leave the EU?
or carried the welcoming logo of For Britain, a
red and blue trident, not dissimilar to a
pitchfork.
FLA merchandise was on sale too, but a
disagreement about the money filling the FLA?s
coffers was at the heart of a recent fracture
within the group. So less than a mile away, in
Victoria Square, a separate march and rally by
the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA),
led by Phillip Hickin, Meighan?s former ally, also
took place. There were speeches there from the
Ukip interim leader Gerard Batten, the Ukip
MEP Bill Etheridge and Julie Hambleton, the
leader of Justice for the 21, a campaign for the
victims of the 1974 Birmingham bombings.
Waters, meanwhile, was joined on the FLA
platform by Aline Moras, a German who cofounded 120 Decibel, a campaign to highlight
perceived perils of sexual violence against
women by migrants. Both spoke of a weak and
corrupt establishment that has ?allowed people
to be killed and raped in the streets?. Waters?s
first utterance of the word ?Islam?, which she
nd
has described as ?evil?, was met with boos and
hisses. And a third address, by a man with a
Southampton scarf around his neck who
appeared to be trying to affect a rather
peculiar Churchillian accent, railed against
?fake refugees?, invited boos and derision forr
d
the Labour MP Diane Abbott and instigated
a chant of ?We want Trump? in support of a
visit from the US President.
However, the biggest cheers were
reserved for the far-right?s poster-boy, the
former English Defence League (EDL)
leader Tommy Robinson (real name
Stephen Lennon), who showed up at both
rallies and was greeted like a celebrity as he
made his way into the crowds among the
ke
FLA. Men rushed to grab a selfie and shake
his hand. His name was chorused with
gusto throughout the afternoon. An officerr
who has policed several EDL
nt
demonstrations said that about 60 per cent
d
of those present on Saturday had marched
with the EDL.
On Saturday, however, they marched with
flags and wreathes emblazoned with football
club crests, or displayed their allegiances with a
subtle badge on a jacket lapel. Tottenham
Hotspur, Sunderland, Newcastle United, Leeds
United, Leicester City, Southampton, Chelsea,
West Ham United, Nottingham Forest, Derby
County, the Birmingham clubs and more were
represented. They spoke of putting differences
with other ?firms? aside for a common purpose.
A Sunderland fan and a Newcastle United
supporter, both with club initials boldly inked
across their large, shirtless midriffs, shook hands
and posed for pictures to make that point.
And during the march a deep and visceral
anger came to the fore. It was evident in the
ferocity with which a group of middle-aged men
sang, ?We want our country back? while looking
pointedly at a pair of Asian men they passed on
the street.
It was clear as they bellowed ?England ?til I
die? while they passed the stalls of the bustling
Bullring market, manned largely by bemused
looking residents of ethnic minority descent.
th
It was striking in the vitriolic meeting off the
DFLA with an anti-racism counter-protest,
behind a wall of police officers.
It was at its most sinister, however, when the
FLA march reached its conclusion, and a man
moved up close to an Asian teenager surveying
the scene with a group of friends, before quietly
telling him he had ?30 seconds to leave?, several
times over. A policeman arrived, the marcher
played innocent, and soon he moved away. But
without the expert control of the police on
Saturday it would not have been hard to
envisage disturbances.
As it was, the FLA march was led to a
barricade on the pedestrianised street outside
the Bullring market.
?Within 20 minutes they get bored talking to
each other and head off for the pub,? one
policeman said. And, sure enough, 20 minutes
later the crowd had completely dispersed.
Leaving multicultural Birmingham to go
about its business on an otherwise normal
Saturday afternoon.
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?This may be worst time
in Sunderland?s history?
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George Caulkin
Northern Sports Correspondent
Sunderland and Newcastle fans put
rivalries to one side during Saturday?s
march, above left. FLA flags have been
seen at Arsenal and Crystal Palace this
season, with Kamara posing for a
picture at Selhurst Park, below
continued from back
Clubs warned over ?far-right? alliance
?
You could count
the number of
women and
non-white men
on two hands
FLA?s flags, and Piara Powar, the executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe (Fare),
which works closely with Fifa, said that the banners should not be permitted at any club?s ground.
Powar said: ?On no account should any football
club be allowing their banners into their stadium.
?There is concern about this group veering into
far-right activity. Tommy Robinson is known for
his far-right commitment and he was at the march.
This is about people using football as a vehicle to
escalate a far-right message in a way we have
seen before, going back as far as the National
Front and BNP.?
The FA has rules prohibiting discriminatory or
offensive banners, but there is no blanket ban on
political ones. Clubs can have their own policies,
and Arsenal banned an FLA flag after one was displayed at the Emirates in August, as it contravened
the club?s rules prohibiting political messages.
FLA banners have also been displayed by
Tottenham Hotspur fans at Newcastle United,
while the TV presenter Chris Kamara was photographed next to an FLA banner at Crystal Palace
in December, but it is unclear whether he knew
what it was. His spokesman declined to comment.
Newcastle said that they would take steps to
ensure that no FLA banners were displayed again
in the future. A club spokeswoman said: ?Newcastle United were not aware at the time of the nature
of the FLA and their views. We have spoken to our
head of security and we will now be vigilant to
ensure that no banners or flags promoting the FLA
or their views will be displayed at St James? Park.?
Palace also have a policy of not allowing
political banners and have instructed stewards to
confiscate them if they are displayed.
Speaking at the march on Saturday, Robinson
insisted that the FLA was not racist. ?The Football
Lads Alliance is football supporters from across
the country putting down their rivalries and
coming together to oppose the Islamisation of
Britain,? he said. ?They are demanding a change in
the way their country is going.?
Chris Coleman is laughing. It starts as a
chuckle and rolls into a deep, fullthroated eruption, not the laughter of
comedy or happiness, but a response to
the absurd. Sometimes it is the simple
things that set us off and all the Welshman had been asked was how he was, an
ice-breaker rather than a serious question. There was a pause and a little grin
and then a few moments of release.
How is he? Hell, where do you start?
There is no easy answer, even to
something as innocuous as this.
Coleman is the public face of a flailing
club, Sunderland?s tenth managerial
appointment in ten years, and he is
hurting. ?It?s brutal,? he says. ?It?s a
massive, massive struggle. It?s hard.
Draining.? Yet even now, there is a
shard of possibility. ?It won?t always
be like this. And I want to build
something.?
Surrounded
by
diggers
and
articulated trucks, Coleman could not
have picked a better place to talk about
reconstruction. He and his first-team
squad are on a field trip to the
Caterpillar plant in Peterlee, meeting
their public, understanding their anger.
?Our guys are on a fraction of the salary
footballers are on,? Phil Handley, the
facility?s managing director, says, ?but
footballers make or break their weekends. It?s important they see this effort
and connect.?
Beside the assembly lines, there are
jokes, autographs and some awkward
conversations because Sunderland
have failed their city. They are locked in
a spiral, bottom of the Sky Bet
Championship almost a year after they
plummeted from the Premier League.
They have won five league games this
season and only two at home since
December 2016. In Ellis Short, they
have a reluctant, absentee owner.
Coleman sucks up the discomfort.
?This is us facing reality,? he says.
?There?s no hiding place, on the pitch or
off it. This type of thing should be
normal. You can?t just do it when you?re
winning. Clearly we haven?t been
winning, but you?ve still got to come out
and meet people, look them in the eyes.
Sunderland is their club. We?re passing
through. These people will be here for
ever. It?s their birthright, their family.
And we have to show them that respect.
It?s the bare minimum.?
Sunderland have been a bare-bones
team, heavily in debt after years of
narrow survival, churn in the dressing
room and a witless dotting between
systems and models. Some fans have
drifted away, some protest, others cling
on, bearing witness. ?A miserable
decline,? Nick Barnes, Sunderland
reporter for the BBC, calls it. ?This is
probably the worst time in their
history.?
Sunderland had struggled to
attract a replacement manager
for David Moyes last summer
and once Simon Grayson, his
successor, was dismissed,
uncertainty
blossomed
again. There was surprise
? and pleasure ? when
Coleman arrived last
November. He had taken
Wales to the semi-finals
of the European Championship. He was highThe Sunderland midfielder
Lee Cattermole shows his
dejection after another home
defeat in a miserable season
Coleman was tooled up to address fans? concerns during the visit to Caterpillar
profile, enthusiastic. ?I remembered it
under Peter Reid, when he got the team
promoted,? Coleman, the former Swansea City, Crystal Palace, Blackburn
Rovers and Fulham centre back, says. ?I
remembered the fanbase. I spoke to
Kevin Ball, a Sunderland legend and a
friend of mine. I remembered playing
here, being an opposition manager. I remembered it in better times; big club,
big expectation, big noise, hostility. I
wanted to re-create it.
?I didn?t leave Wales to manage in the
Championship. A load of people have
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told me I was crazy, that I should have
waited for something in the Premier
League, but the reason I came here was
because of Sunderland, to manage a
club of real stature. I wasn?t put off by
what they were going through.?
Still, it was a gamble. As Coleman, 47,
says, ?there was always a chance it
could get worse before it gets better?,
and results have flatlined. Sunderland have won only four of his 22
matches in all competitions. To
put it bluntly, has he ever
thought, ?What the f***
have I done?? He laughs
again, briefly. ?Nicely
put,? he says. ?Yeah.
Once or twice. I?ve
thought maybe I?ve
bitten off more than I
can chew.?
Those episodes
are dark, but fleeting. ?The hardest
part is home games
when we?ve failed
again, when we haven?t
turned the corner,? he says. ?I
can?t hide my disappointment.
People will look at me and lis-
ten to me and it looks like the end of the
world.?
There is unlikely to be a corner, but
Coleman and his players must keep believing. ?You?re trying to keep everything positive when you?re in a place
that?s been predominantly negative for
a long time,? he says. ?We?re bottom of
the league, we?re five points adrift [of
safety] and there?s a possibility ? God
forbid ? that the unthinkable will
happen. I hope it doesn?t, but it wouldn?t
be the end of Sunderland football club.
?We would bottom out, but it?s not
the end of the world. There would be an
opportunity there, a chance to get rid of
whatever we don?t need and find what
we do need. It doesn?t mean we can?t
come back from it and it doesn?t mean
we can?t start again. It would be lower
than we would like, but we can do it.?
Within the club, there is a degree of
optimism that a buyer will be found
before next season. ?Ellis has said he
doesn?t want to be here,? Coleman says.
?He wants to sell, and it would be the
best thing for the club. The unknown is
that if there?s a new owner, what plans
have they got? I want to be the manager
who rebuilds this club, whoever the
owner is.?
Not everybody has been able to say
that. ?I?m not looking for an excuse to
get out,? he says. ?If I thought it was
going to be short term, I wouldn?t have
moved my family. As far as I see it, this
is a long-term thing. I don?t know how
a new owner would see it, but I see myself here whichever division we?re in.?
These are the darkest days and hope
is endangered, but Caterpillar offered a
different context; excellence can thrive
on Wearside. ?We?ve been so poor, our
crowds have dropped and the atmosphere hasn?t been great, but I?ve seen
glimpses of it when the noise has been
brilliant,? Coleman says.
?I?m trying to look into the future and
think about what might be. I still feel
upbeat, whichever way it goes. It?s still
Sunderland. If the worst comes to the
worst and we do drop, then I?m still the
manager of a magnificent club and I?ll
be very proud of that. It?s a chance to
build it again and put it back where it
was. We can flip this into a positive.
That?s what I hang on to.?
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Ali had to be axed ? he?s shot to bits
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A miserable winter
with bat and
ball has taken
its toll, says
Steve James
His Test averages by season
150
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Bowling
120
90
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It seems like an age ago now, and
indeed a very different world, but it was
only last July. The sun was shining.
England were about to win a Test
match and Moeen Ali could do no
wrong.
The Oval was the scene when South
Africa?s last man, Morn� Morkel,
walked to the crease to face Ali on a
hat-trick.
The beanpole left-hander pushed
forward, with the ball thudding into his
front pad. It looked out. Very out.
Initially Joel Wilson, the umpire,
disagreed, but England reviewed, and
the television evidence was damning
for South Africa and utterly delightful
for Ali and England.
Ali had a hat-trick, the first by an
England spinner since Tom Goddard in
1938, and England had the Test to take
a 2-1 lead in the series.
Smiling from one side of his beard to
the other, Ali raised his arms
triumphantly and was mobbed by his
team-mates. It was the moment of the
summer, and some summer it had been
for Ali.
It was so good that Sky Sports made
a programme about it, called Moeen?s
Moments 2017. Have a watch if you can.
It is quite wonderful.
There are ten wickets in a Test
against South Africa at Lord?s to get his
name on the honours board, that
hat-trick and a remarkable one-day
international century off just 53 balls at
Bristol against West Indies. Ah, that
night in Bristol last September. English
cricket has never been the same since.
Ali was obviously not involved in
what happened regarding Ben Stokes
that night outside a nightclub ?
because of his religious beliefs he does
not drink, for a start ? and would never
be caught up in such matters, but he too
must now look back and wish he could
be returned to a time at the end of last
summer before all that.
Those were the good times, the
happy times, not least because England
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A world away: Ali?s hat-trick against South Africa was the moment of the summer, but the off spinner has toiled on tour
were playing at home. England are
good there, as is Ali. In Tests he
averages 38.72 with the bat at home
(25.56 away) and 33.47 with the ball
(52.27 away).
Ali has been dropped for the second
Test in Christchurch, dropped for the
first time in his Test career, actually, but
it was surely the most obvious
selectorial decision that a group has
ever had to make. And it was not just
because changes had to be made after
England were dismissed for 58 in
Auckland. It was because Ali is shot to
pieces.
Sometimes a player simply has to be
withdrawn from the front line. It is no
place for Ali now. He must return to the
reserve lines and rediscover his form,
temperament and nerve.
He has had a horrible winter. Yes,
England as a side have had a horrible
winter too, but nothing quite
emphasises the horribleness like Ali?s
slide with bat and ball.
It was hoped that the gentler
surroundings of New Zealand might
provide some comforting balm but to
see him miss a full toss in the first
innings at Auckland was to see
a batsman not focusing on the
things he should be. Top-class
batsmen just do not miss full
tosses.
His bowling was ineffective
too, just as it had been in the
Ashes. Australia is not an easy
place for an off spinner to
succeed. Much better
ones than Ali have
struggled there, and
there was the problem
Ali claimed only five
wickets during the
ill-fated Ashes defeat
at the start of the tour when he had a
side strain, meaning that when he did
eventually bowl, too close to the first
Test, he injured his spinning finger on
the harsh seam of the Kookaburra ball.
But the bare statistics do not lie.
He took five wickets at 115 in the
series. Australia?s spinner, Nathan Lyon, took 21 wickets at
29.23. Ouch.
Ali?s bowling is a strange case,
and in truth through little fault of
his own. In his early days he
was always an elegant lefthanded batsman who
bowled a little. By a failure of the system as
much as anything he
ended up as England?s
frontline Test spinner.
He is inexperienced in
the art. He has only bowled
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cricket and he is 30 years old now. He
has almost had to learn to bowl in the
Test arena.
So it is little surprise that his action
appears to change regularly, that he
bowls so many bad balls for a finger
spinner and that he shuns the senior
spinner?s role, thus the curious
selection of Liam Dawson last summer
to ease the pressure.
As a batsman he has been shunted
around the order but his problem is that
he struggles against the short ball at the
highest pace. Australia exposed that
fully. He is probably only a Test No 7
against the best sides.
He is undoubtedly an excellent,
vibrant cricketer, and remains an
integral part of the ODI side. He can
return to the Test side too, but it should
be no sinecure. England must move
forwards, and, sadly, as Ali has already
discovered, time cannot stand still.
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An inevitable
ending for the
larrikin coach
Steve James
?Can you make a difference??
That was the question that Darren
Lehmann?s wife, Andrea, asked him in
2013 when Australia had been beaten
4-0 in India and failed to win a game in
the Champions Trophy, leading to him
being offered the chance to be the
team?s head coach before the Ashes,
which was barely a fortnight away.
His answer? ?I thought for a
moment,? he wrote in his book Coach,
published in 2016. ?Thought about the
results the team was having, thought
about the perception of the team in the
media and the public, thought about
my own experiences as a player, and my
conclusion was a simple one, ?What?s
the worst that could happen?? ?
Goodness. We might be nearly five
years down the line but the worst and a
whole lot more has just happened. It is
not an observation that Lehmann will
wish to revisit in any hurry.
They say that most coaching and
captaincy tenures end in tears, but this
has just been on a different level.
Lehmann was in tears, his decision to
resign after steadfastly refusing to do so
the previous day apparently prompted
by seeing Steve Smith in tears at his
press conference. This after Cameron
Bancroft had been in tears too. David
Warner? Well, he hasn?t spoken
properly yet, but he just doesn?t seem
the lachrymal type.
Lehmann also mentioned the
?abuse? that he had suffered since the
ball-tampering incident and before we
knew it his time with the Australia team
was about to end too.
Talk about a story that had run
helplessly out of control.
But this was yet more confirmation
that this has long ceased to be only
about ball tampering. The attention is
turning to the culture of this Australia
side and Lehmann knew that it was
about to shine brightly on him. As he
said: ?I am ultimately responsible for
the culture of the team.?
As I wrote yesterday I believe that
Lehmann did not know about the balltampering plan. I still think that the
captain carries the ultimate can in all of
this, but sometimes a train cannot be
stopped. Lehmann found himself
standing on the tracks in its path yesterday. It was time to jump out of the way.
Before he had done so, an article
from his predecessor, Mickey Arthur,
now coach of Pakistan, had come to
light. Remember that Arthur was the
first non-Australian to coach the
national side, brought in to change the
culture. His words raised some important and enlightening points.
First on Lehmann?s appointment.
?Darren Lehmann was brought in to
replace me,? Arthur wrote on the
PlayersVoice website. ?I?ve got a lot of
admiration for Darren. I think he?s a
damn fine coach.
?But the impression I got was, at a
period in time where they could?ve
been addressing the broader issue of
team culture, Cricket Australia were
instead intent on bringing in an Aussie
knockabout for beers at the bar at 6pm,
telling stories about yesteryear, everyone sitting around the campfire and
having a laugh and going to bed happy.?
Lehmann is indeed the archetypal
Aussie larrikin. He likes a beer and a fag.
He always played his cricket hard, with
an earthy feel. When Pat Howard,
Australia?s high-performance manager,
first asked him about taking the coaching job, his response was ?f*** off!?, such
was his surprise at the offer.
Indeed it was a surprise. But has he
made a difference, as he hoped?
Well, even though that first Ashes
series in 2013 was lost 3-0 in England,
he then oversaw the 5-0 thrashing of
England down under. His side lost 3-2
in England in 2015 but this winter won
4-0. Australia won the World Cup in
2015, and maybe his side?s finest time
Who?s next in line?
Justin Langer Age 47
The former opening
batsman has long been
touted to take over from
Darren Lehmann as the
Australia head coach. As well as
being the overwhelming favourite,
Langer also has the backing of the
Australian media. He is the Western
Australia coach but has also been an
assistant for the Test team and
coached the side on the 2016 oneday tour to the West Indies when
Lehmann was absent.
Ricky Ponting 43
Australia have been
trying to get their all-time
leading Test runscorer
more involved in their
set-up and used Pointing as an
assistant coach in the recent T20
tri-series against England and New
Zealand. If the role of head coach
were split in two, which has been
heavily mooted, Ponting would be a
frontrunner to coach Australia in
white-ball cricket.
Lehmann, left, and Smith bask in the glory of Australia?s recent Ashes success
Australia under Lehmann: better than England in all formats
ODI (win %)
1 India
Test (win %)
1 Australia
T20 (win %)
1 Afghanistan
52.6%
62.4%
2 South Africa
2 India
51%
59.4%
3 Australia
3 South Africa
57.7%
4 New Zealand
48.8%
57.3%
43.6%
37.7%
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T20s 6-2
was in their way of dealing with Phillip
Hughes?s death in 2014.
But the on-field behaviour has been
deteriorating for some time.
?I have been bitterly disappointed
watching the Australian cricket team
over the last few years,? Arthur wrote.
?The behaviour has been boorish and
arrogant. The way they?ve gone about
their business hasn?t been good for a
while. I know what my Pakistani
players were confronted with in Australia two summers ago. I heard some of
the things said to the English players
59%
5 New Zealand
53.8%
7 England
Aus v Eng
Tests 11-6
60.7%
4 Australia
5 England
5 Pakistan
68.5%
3 Pakistan
48.9%
4 New Zealand
68.8%
2 India
56.5%
12 England
40.5%
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World Cups 1-0
during the Ashes. It was scandalous.
And I have seen many incidents like
Nathan Lyon throwing the ball at AB de
Villiers in this series.
?There has been no need for the
Australians to play this way. They?re
good enough to win without being abusive and threatening their opposition.
?It was always going to end like this,
an incident so bad, so ugly, that it would
shame the leaders of the organisation
into taking drastic action.?
Strong words, but very true words,
sadly.
Jason Gillespie 42
The former Australia fast
bowler enjoyed great
success as coach at
Yorkshire, winning
successive championship titles in
2014 and 2015 before returning to
Australia in 2016 to coach the
Adelaide Strikers. He is highly
thought of by Cricket Australia,
which has used him as a consultant.
However, he recently stated his
intention to honour the three-year
deal with Sussex that he started this
year.
Brad Haddin 40
The former Australia
wicketkeeper has been
the side?s fielding and
wicketkeeping coach for
the past six months. Although his
coaching career is still in its infancy,
he has an outside chance given the
speed with which he has risen
through the ranks and the high
regard in which he is held.
Trevor Bayliss 55
The England head coach
is contracted until the end
of the 2019 Ashes series.
He could come into
contention as the white-ball coach if
CA decides to split the role.
Words by Chaka Simbeye
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Lehmann quits on day
Elizabeth Ammon
Australian cricket endured another day
of remarkable turmoil yesterday when
a sobbing Steve Smith apologised to the
nation for his part in the ball-tampering
affair, hours before Darren Lehmann
cried his own tears while announcing
his resignation as head coach.
A distraught Smith broke down
several times and was comforted by his
father as he took responsibility for the
scandal that has led to him being
stripped of the captaincy and banned
from cricket for 12 months.
?I take full responsibility,? Smith said.
?There was a failure of leadership, of my
leadership. I?ll do everything I can to
make up for my mistake and the
damage it?s caused. To all of my teammates, to fans of cricket all over the
world and to all Australians who are
disappointed and angry, I?m sorry.
?I?ll regret this for the rest of my life.
I?m gutted. I hope in time I can earn
back respect and forgiveness. Cricket is
the greatest sport in the world. It?s been
my life and I hope it can be again.?
It was Smith?s tears and anguish that
finally pushed Lehmann into announcing that he will step down from his post
at the end of the final Test of the series
against South Africa, which starts in
Johannesburg today.
Lehmann confessed to having not
slept properly since Saturday, when the
affair broke, but conceded that it was
impossible for him to stay on as head
coach given the size of the scandal.
After watching Smith and Cameron
Bancroft speak emotionally upon their
return to Australia, Lehmann said that
he hoped his resignation would help
the team and the game move on from a
?hellish five days?.
He maintained that he had no prior
knowledge of the plan to tamper with
the ball. Lehmann said that although
Cricket Australia (CA) had accepted his
version of events and given him its
backing, it had become clear that he
could not carry on in the job.
?After seeing events today with Steve
Smith and Cameron Bancroft, the feeling is that Australian cricket needs to
move forward and this is the right thing
to do,? he said. ?I really felt for Steve as
I saw him crying in front of the media
and all of the players are hurting. I had
no prior knowledge of the incident and
do not condone what happened but
good people can make mistakes.
?You think you can keep going but
the amount of abuse takes its toll.
Speaking to my family they?ve had
enough of me travelling 300 days a year
and not being home at all, so that?s also
a big reason.
continued from back
Dear Australia, that?s enough now
your cricketers have been turned into
a global scandal. It is not enough that
your political leaders have publicly
condemned them. It is not enough
that your governing body has banned
Smith and David Warner for 12
months and Bancroft for nine for
what was, according to the ICC?s code
of conduct, a level-two offence.
It is not enough that they have
been forced to fly home in disgrace. It
is not enough that they were
shepherded out of the airport like
common criminals. It is not enough
that these men have been forced to
shoulder the sins of a national side
who have been, according to some of
your most respected pundits, on the
wrong side of the ethical line for
many years.
No, this is no longer about ball
tampering. It is no longer about the
spirit of cricket. It is no longer even
?I?m responsible for the culture of the
team and I?ve been thinking about my
position for a while.?
His resignation came shortly after
the ICC announced that it would be
carrying out a full review of player
conduct. This will almost certainly
result in ball tampering being made a
more serious offence. The review will
be carried out by members of the ICC?s
cricket committee, representatives
from MCC and some prominent former
players, with Allan Border, Anil
Kumble, Shaun Pollock, Courtney
Walsh and Richie Richardson named
as those who may be invited.
Yesterday also brought the news that
Somerset had decided to pull out of the
deal to sign Bancroft as their overseas
player. The 25-year-old batsman was
due to play most of their County
Championship and Royal London
One-Day Cup fixtures. Somerset are
seeking an urgent replacement as the
season starts in two weeks? time.
The ECB has not made any public
statement on whether Smith, David
Warner and Bancroft should be
allowed to play in county cricket but it
is understood that it will respect the
8.36am BST Bancroft apologises
South Africa v Australia
in Perth
ann announces
1.01pm BST Leithm
Johannesburg
decision to qu in
The final Test starts at 9am today in
Johannesburg. Tim Paine captains
Australia, who trail 2-1 in the series
bans imposed by CA and not permit
any of them to play this season.
As with Smith, Bancroft also spoke
emotionally to the media after arriving
in Perth, admitting that he lied during
the press conference last Saturday,
when he claimed that he had used
sticky tape to try to alter the condition
of the ball. It was later confirmed to be
sandpaper.
?Yes. I lied,? Bancroft said. ?I lied
about the sandpaper and I panicked.
I?m very sorry and I will regret this for
the rest of my life.?
Warner has not yet made a formal
announcement about his role in the
affair but sent out a message on social
media in which he apologised.
?Mistakes have been made which
have damaged cricket,? he wrote. ?I
apologise for my part and take responsibility. I understand the distress this
has caused to the sport and its fans. It?s
a stain on the game we all love and I
have loved since I was a boy. I need to
take a deep breath and spend time with
my family, friends and trusted advisers.
You will hear from me in a few days.?
Warner, who led Australia in the
recent T20 tri-series, has been banned
for 12 months and told that he will never
hold a captaincy position with the
country again.
The Australian players? union has
questioned the process followed by
CA and the severity of the sanctions
imposed. It said it would be providing
full support to the trio if they chose to
challenge CA?s sanctions, which they
have the right to do.
The three players have a week in
which to appeal against the punishments and they are all expected to take
further advice from their lawyers and
the union before making any decision.
about sport. No, this is about the
primitive desire for blood, for
sacrifice, for the ritualistic shaming of
those who have sinned. ?The crowd is
only impressed by excessive
sentiments,? Gustave Le Bon, the
French polymath, wrote. ?Exaggerate,
affirm, resort to repetition and never
attempt to prove anything by
reasoning . . . in a crowd every
sentiment and act is contagious.?
The contagion has already moved
beyond your borders. The players
have been banned by the Indian
Premier League from playing in this
year?s tournament. Global brands are
turning away. Bancroft has been
dropped as overseas player for
Somerset this summer. At one point
yesterday, new stories of prohibitions
and censures were playing out on our
TV screens every few minutes. This is
not natural justice. It is the dynamics
of a baying mob.
Did your players cheat? Yes. Did a
senior player put pressure on
Bancroft, a more junior team-mate, to
carry out the act? Yes. Were they
guilty of stupidity, given the ubiquity
of cameras around the ground? Yes.
Did they lie about how they cheated,
claiming they had used tape rather
than sandpaper? Yes. Did they
deserve a ban? Yes. Did they deserve
to be publicly shamed? Absolutely ?
for it is through the chastening
process of social disapproval that we
learn, and enforce, the boundaries of
acceptable behaviour.
But for a sanction to be considered
just, it must fit the crime. And for the
process of shaming to be civilising, it
must be proportionate to the sin.
What we have today is the antithesis
of justice and the abrogation of
civility. What we have, instead, is
much of the Australian nation, from
cricket fans to the political class, and
much of the wider cricketing world,
including here in the UK, egging each
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eaks brief ly at Sydney
airport
other on, daring each other to go ever
further, a subculture lost in an
inflationary spiral of indignation.
These are young men raised in a
world in which sugary sweets are
used to shine the cherry, of throwing
the ball in on the bounce to rough it
up, of using suncream and lip balm
more liberally than medical need
might permit. Yes, your players took
the dark arts farther than they should
have, they crossed the Rubicon, but
the way many former players have
been piling in, you might not have
imagined that tampering with the
ball, sometimes illegally, has been
going on for years.
How easy to place the sins of the
world, and not just the cricketing
world, on a few shoulders. How
enjoyable to see these men squirming,
naked before our eyes. How gratifying
to see them abased, all of them
viscerally aware that this is a shadow
from which none of them shall
escape. And how apposite that this
dubious process of shaming so
accurately holds up a mirror to
ourselves.
?We are defining the boundaries of
normality by tearing apart the people
outside of it,? Jon Ronson, the author,
has noted. He was talking about the
way the social media can destroy
reputations in the time it takes a story
to go viral. But his words apply to this
scandal too. Yes, your guys behaved
badly and the crime probably goes
beyond the three batsmen, for how
could the bowlers not have known
about it? But it is surely time to lay off
Smith et al. They have been punished
enough. And so have you.
Yours sincerely
ely
Matthew
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A concerned
Peter Smith tries
to help his son
Steve to get
through his
emotional press
conference after
landing at
Sydney airport
yesterday
Smith will need father?s
support more than ever
Mike Atherton
Chief Cricket
Correspondent
T
9.47am BST
Smith breaks
down at a press
conference in
Sydney
Scandal could wipe �0m off TV deal
John Westerby
Just as Steve Smith?s fall has come at a
time when he seemed to have reached
the zenith of his career, so the commercial aftershock for Cricket Australia is
taking hold when the game was about
to rocket into another financial galaxy.
While Smith?s batting average has
taken him into ?Best since Bradman?
territory, the game?s suits have been
ratcheting their financial estimates
through the Big Bash League?s success.
The impact on CA is likely to be
greatest in the new five-year TV deal,
and the loss could amount to
A$200 million (about �0 million).
Negotiations with broadcasters over
an agreement to start this year opened
recently with the aim of securing a
jackpot A$1 billion deal. But the outrage
that has greeted the ball-tampering
scandal has been so severe, damaging
the image of the game and weakening
CA?s bargaining position, that experts
believe the figure is unlikely to exceed
A$800 million.
That figure would still be an increase
on the A$590 million deal struck five
years ago.
Michael Naraine, from the centre
for sport research at Deakin University, in Melbourne, said: ?The bids are
in, but broadcasters could now
say to Cricket Australia,
?Hold on, the public is furious with the Test team,
sponsors are dropping
out; we don?t think the
Smith has lost his
deal with Weet-Bix
rights are worth that amount any
more?.?
Sponsors have thrown in the towel in
recent days. Magellan, the title sponsor
for Test series, has ended a three-year
deal struck less than a year ago believed
to be worth A$24 million, while David
Warner has lost deals with Asics and
LG and Smith has been removed
from Weet-Bix?s online platforms.
Asics has also dropped Cameron
Bancroft.
?A conspiracy by the
leadership of the Australian
men?s Test cricket team
was so inconsistent with
our values that we are left
with no option but to
terminate our partnership,? Magellan said of
iits hurried exit.
here was something deeply
moving about Peter Smith
standing there at his son?s
back. The father of the
former Australia captain,
Steve, wasn?t going to let his boy face
the music alone after landing at
Sydney airport. He stood behind him,
supportive but in the shadows, and
when the tears came, he moved gently
to put his right hand on his son?s left
shoulder. Then he moved away again
when it was clear that his son wanted
to try to finish what he needed to say.
Smith Jr had just about been
holding things together until the
question came about children. He
apologised to them first of all, and
then moved on to explain how they
should think about the consequences
of actions upon family members and,
half-turning to his father, he said: ?To
see the way my old man has been . . .?
And then the tears came. Floods of
them, before his father helped to
usher him away.
It was a difficult watch, even, one
assumes, for those who have taken
glee in the downfall of an Australia
team and an Australian sporting hero.
The contrast with four days before,
when, in the immediate aftermath of
the third Test against South Africa in
Cape Town, Smith had not recognised
the apparent seriousness of the
situation and talked of continuing in
the job as though nothing had
happened, could not have been
clearer. After hubris comes the fall.
Almost every sporting hero owes a
debt to his or her parents, whether
through genetics or, more
significantly, opportunity, time and
resources, and to read Smith?s
recently published autobiography, The
Journey, is to recognise the extent of
that debt in this particular case.
Leaving his job at 4.30pm most days,
Peter would travel home and then
throw balls in the back garden or the
cricket club, finding crafty ways to
test his son?s reflexes by spinning the
ball this way and that.
This was a daily ritual that lasted
until Steve was 16, when he moved
into the system, although the link was
never broken ? his father was seen
giving his son throwdowns before the
South Africa series. That dedication
helped to produce an Australia
batsman who has better Test figures
than anyone bar Don Bradman. To
read the book is to recognise the best
kind of parental support: giving,
supporting, challenging but never
being exploitative. But a parent?s job is
never done: Peter will have to support
his boy again in these most difficult
days to come.
In those hours in the back garden,
Steve would never have thought
about leadership, or decision-making,
or the responsibility a captain has for
his team and the game beyond; or the
puzzling relationship that Australia
has with its sporting heroes; or the
game?s ethics; or how something that
has gone on since the game began
and, in professional times, has been
widely practised, could end in such a
mess. Rather the simple joy of ball
hitting bat was all that mattered and
in the recovery to come, it may
matter more than ever before.
Those who know Smith say that
cricket is all that has mattered
throughout his short, sweet life and
maybe there is a lesson there. An
Australian journalist I know well was
sent to interview Smith for a magazine
piece some time ago but beyond talk
of cricket there was nothing he could
latch on to to make the piece more
rounded, more human. Cricket has
been the be-all and end-all of his life,
to the exclusion of everything else. It
is easy, in those circumstances, to lose
sight of what matters and of the
fundamental point that sport is
important only because it is not.
There are many others who have
lost this sense of perspective too in
recent days. To watch Smith being
bundled through the airport by
minders was to think of someone
accused of criminal behaviour rather
than a sportsman who had made a
(big) mistake. To see the sewage of
social media rising in waves of
indignation, swaying this way and
that, changing opinion on the wind at
every unverified fact, was to recognise
something deeply unpleasant in
human nature.
Yes, these Australia cricketers
messed up big time; yes, they had it
coming, but the reaction has been
?The closest to Smith?s
breakdown that I have
seen was when Hansie
Cronje fell apart in 2000?
beyond the pale. More than 30 years
ago, another Australia captain, blond
and youthful, departed the scene in
tears. Kim Hughes stepped down in
1984 and was unable to finish his
prepared text, but it was nowhere
near as hard a watch as Smith?s mea
culpa. This was because Hughes
stepped down for cricketing reasons,
unable to cope with the pressure of
the job and the sniping of elders.
Smith did not just look beaten, but
utterly broken by his failure to
measure up to the task. Not just
broken, but bewildered too. There was
one moment when he referred to
himself as the Australia captain still.
?I take responsibility. I am captain of
the Australian team,? he said. Not any
more, and not ever again. At least, in
time, cricket can return to being a
simple game for him: bat on ball, runs
to be scored, decisions left to
someone else.
The closest to Smith?s breakdown
that I have seen was when Hansie
Cronje fell apart during the King
Commission in 2000, after the former
South Africa captain had been
revealed as a match-fixer. This was
sadness of a devastating kind too.
Smith?s transgression cannot be
considered in the same parish as
Cronje?s ? not in the same universe
? and in that gulf between the
nature of the offence and the level of
the outrage, there are questions to be
answered too.
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over ?far-right?
fans? alliance
Dear Australia,
That?s
enough
now
times investigation
An open letter to a nation in
turmoil, from Matthew Syed
It is time to take a deep breath.
Time to get a grip. Time to halt this
orgy of bloodletting. It is not the
tears of Steve Smith and Darren
Lehmann or the words of Cameron
Bancroft, all three men having given
mortifying press conferences
yesterday, that should give you
pause. No, what should trouble you
most is the sheer, sanctimonious
pleasure that so many people are
taking from the public
evisceration of your
countrymen.
This was ball
tampering, not murder.
Shades of Salem, in a
psychological sense at
least, can be glimpsed
in what has become one
of the more lurid
sporting affairs of recent
years. It is not enough thatt
the sins of a small group of
Smith is overwhelmed
by emotion as he says
sorry to Australia, a
sight that prompted
Lehmann, inset, to quit
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Referees could
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VAR process
Martyn Ziegler Chief Sports Reporter
The Premier League is set to explore
whether it could use a ?VAR-lite?
system in which referees do not view
replays on a pitchside monitor but rely
entirely on the video official.
The proposal is expected to be raised
at a meeting of Premier League chairmen next month, when the introduction of video assistant referees will be
discussed. As previously revealed by
The Times, it is expected that the system
will be delayed until the 2019-20 season
to allow more trials to take place.
The idea of the referee not being able
to use a pitchside monitor has been
mooted among the chairmen and
Professional Games Match Officials
Ltd (PGMOL) as a way of reducing
VAR-related delays. Another suggestion is that it is used only to determine
factual decisions such as offsides.
Such a move would need the International FA Board (Ifab) to change the
VAR protocol that it agreed this month.
David Elleray, the Ifab technical
director, said that under the present
laws it would not be possible to have a
different system approved. Elleray told
The Times: ?A country will not be able to
get approval from Ifab and Fifa if they
say they won?t use a particular element
of VAR ? on-field reviews are part of
the laws of the game now. We want to
protect against a situation where you
have one country saying they will only
use it for offsides and another country
for reviewing penalty decisions.?
He added that experience had shown
that players were more willing to accept
a decision being overturned ?
especially on subjective decisions such
as penalties ? when it was the referee
rather than the VAR doing so.
Ifab will permit the system in the
Premier League to recognise that
English football is more physical than
on the continent, and what is viewed as
a foul in Spain may not be given in
England.
PGMOL insiders think that the
incident that led to Italy being awarded
a penalty against England on Tuesday
night was not clear enough for the VAR
to have intervened. Ifab, however, says
that the intervention and decision to
award a spot-kick was entirely correct.
Elleray said: ?At normal speed it was
just a tangle of legs but in slow motion
you could see it was a clear foul, and
that?s the test. It was a clear penalty.?
6 There will be no British referee at the
World Cup in Russia this summer, Fifa
has confirmed ? the first time since
1938 that there has been no home
representaton. Mark Clattenburg had
been on a long list of referees published
in 2016 but England?s leading official
forfeited his place when he left the
Premier League for a position in Saudi
Arabia last year.
Sky shows Sawyer the door after 18 years
S
ky Sports News has
parted company with
the long-serving
presenter Natalie Sawyer
(Matt Hughes writes).
Sawyer, who along with
Jim White, above, had
been promoted as the
face of the channel?s
transfer deadline day
coverage, has left the
company after 18 years.
The 38-year-old is
understood to have been
told this month that her
contract would not be
renewed and she finished
her final presenting shift
at 5pm yesterday, during
which there was no
mention of her
impending departure.
The Times has been
told that Sky Sports
executives instructed
other presenters not to
mention Sawyer?s
departure on air despite
her high-profile,
popularity and long
service, a directive at
odds with their previous
treatment of star
presenters.
In 2011, Georgie
Thompson was presented
with a bouquet of flowers
live on air, which led her
to burst into tears during
her final broadcast before
leaving to join Sky Sports
F1, a sister channel.
Sawyer?s departure is
understood to have upset
many of her former
colleagues, who have not
been given an official
explanation for her exit.
She is said to have been
emotional on her final
day at Sky and was not
available for comment
yesterday.
On transfer deadline
days, Sky asked her to
wear a bright yellow dress
to match its breaking
news banner that appears
at the bottom of the
screen.
West Ham set to stick with Hart in goal Kane may return on Sunday
Gary Jacob, Martyn Ziegler
David Moyes is strongly leaning
towards retaining Joe Hart in goal for
West Ham United?s crucial match at
home to Southampton tomorrow.
The goalkeeper spilt Johann Berg
Gudmundsson?s
effort,
allowing
Burnley to score a third goal, when he
was recalled to the starting XI nearly
three weeks ago. West Ham lost 3-0 in
a match that was overshadowed by
angry scenes involving supporters. It
was Hart?s first league start since
November 29 after he was dropped for
his performances and was replaced by
Adri醤, the Spaniard.
Moyes will make a final decision
today but he believes that Hart did
nothing wrong before his mistake,
when the game was already lost, and his
players were distracted by the
supporter unrest.
Hart was in the England
squad for the friendlies against
Holland and Italy but did not
feature. West Ham and
Southampton are 17th and
18th respectively in the
Premier League.
A West Ham fans group has said
that it will march in protest against
the club before the match while the
cost of extra stewards and police at
the London Stadium will be more
Hart made his return to the side
in the 3-0 defeat by Burnley
Results
Football
Sky Bet League One
Blackburn
(0) 2
Dack 68, Conway 80
Gillingham
Nasseri 41
5,540
Top of the table
Bradford
(0) 0
13,443
(1) 1
P
Blackburn ................... 38
Shrewsbury................38
Wigan.........................36
Rotherham.................38
Scunthorpe.................39
Peterborough .............38
Plymouth....................38
Portsmouth................38
MK Dons
(1) 2
Aneke 34
Williams 85
W D L F A GD Pts
23 10 5 72 35 37 79
23 9 6 51 28 23 78
23 8 5 68 23 45 77
20 5 13 63 45 18 65
15 14 10 56 47
9 59
15 12 11 60 48 12 57
16 9 13 47 47
0 57
17 4 17 48 47
1 55
Cricket
Women?s T20 Tri-Series
Mumbai: England 107 (A A
(S Mandhana 62 not out).
How they stand
Australia
England
India
Patil 3 for 21); India 108-2
P
4
4
4
W
3
2
1
L
NRR
1 1.323
2 -0.932
3 -0.399
Pts
6
4
2
Champion County match
Bridgetown: Second day of four Essex 187 (R J Gleeson 5
for 50) and 26-1. MCC XI 408-8dec (S R Hain 140 not out,
D M Bess 107). Essex, with nine second-innings wickets in
hand, need 195 runs to avoid an innings defeat by MCC XI.
Golf
US PGA Tour Houston Open
Early leading first-round scores (United States unless
stated): 65 L Glover, K Tway. 66 R Fowler, R Pampling
(Aus), J Suri. 67 B Cauley, K Mitchell, M Every, G Chalmers
(Aus), P Harrington (Ire), M Thompson, B Stegmaier,
S Power (Ire).
Rugby league
Betfred Super League
Wakefield
6 Castleford Tigers
11
Wakefield: Try Jones-Bishop. Goal Finn. Castleford:
Try McMeeken. Goals Gale 3. Drop-goal Gale.
Tennis
Miami Open
Semi-finals: Women S Stephens (US) bt V Azarenka
(Bela) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. Quarter-finals: Men J M del Potro
(Arg) bt M Raonic (Can) 5-7, 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-3); P Carre駉Busta (Sp) bt K Anderson (SA) 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (8-6). Women
D R Collins (US) bt V Williams (US) 6-2, 6-3.
than �,000. The additional cost,
which will be covered by London taxpayers, follows safety chiefs insisting on
extra security after the disturbances
against Burnley. There will be ?a
significant increase? in the number of
stewards, and there will be extra
police officers inside and outside
the stadium.
A barrier around the
directors? box will also be put up
as protection. David Sullivan,
the co-owner, was struck by a coin
during the match against Burnley.
The club?s �5 million-a-year
lease for the stadium includes an
agreement that security costs will
be covered by the publicly owned
stadium.
Darren Witcoop
Harry Kane could make a shock return
for Tottenham Hotspur against
Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The England striker was expected to
be sidelined for at least another
fortnight after damaging ankle
ligaments against Bournemouth on
March 11, but Kane had extensive
treatment during the international
break and is back in training.
?Harry?s very positive and he is doing
very well,? Mauricio Pochettino, the
Spurs manager, said. ?Every day he is
improving. There is a small possibility
[of him playing against Chelsea].
?He?s so determined, so positive. It?s
not about his body, it?s about his brain.
The most important muscle that he has
is his brain. We are so pleased because
after Bournemouth everyone thought
he would be out for a long time, but that
is not the case.?
While Kane, if fit, will be in the
England side to face Tunisia on June 18
in their opening World Cup group
match, the same cannot be said for Dele
Alli, with Gareth Southgate, the
England manager, warning the midfielder that his place is not guaranteed.
Pochettino believes that Alli, 21, is a
victim of his own success at an early
age. ?Younger players always have ups
and downs,? he said. ?This season the
expectation was massive, maybe too
high. For me he is one of the most
talented players in Europe.?
Fixtures
City ponder move for Isco
Cowley tipped for Ipswich
Football
Manchester City are contemplating a
summer move for Isco, the unsettled
Real Madrid midfielder (Paul Hirst
writes). Isco scored a hat-trick in
Spain?s 6-1 victory at home to
Argentina on Tuesday, but the
25-year-old has failed to hold down a
regular place in the Real team this
season. City are aware of Isco?s
frustration and while the club insist
that there has been no contact with
the player ? as has been reported in
Spain ? it is understood that they
will look at the his position in the
close season and determine whether
it is worth submitting a bid for him.
City may have to break their own
transfer record of � million, paid to
Athletic Bilbao for Aymeric Laporte,
to sign Isco. Madrid would consider
accepting a bid of about � million.
Danny Cowley, the Lincoln City
manager, and Steve McClaren, the
former England head coach, are the
early favourites to take over from
Mick McCarthy at Ipswich Town.
The Sky Bet Championship club
announced that McCarthy, 59, will
leave when his contract expires this
summer after six years in charge.
Kick-off 3.0 unless stated
Sky Bet Championship: Millwall v Nottingham Forest
(1.0); Leeds v Bolton; Norwich v Fulham; Sheffield Wed v
Preston; Barnsley v Bristol City; Brentford v Sheffield
United; Cardiff v Burton; Middlesbrough v Wolves (5.30);
Reading v QPR (5.30); Derby v Sunderland (7.45).
Sky Bet League One: Oxford v Scunthorpe (12.45); Wigan
v Oldham (1.00); AFC Wimbledon v Fleetwood; Blackpool
v Doncaster; Bristol Rovers v Bury; Northampton v
Charlton; Plymouth v Southend; Rochdale v Shrewsbury;
Rotherham v Peterborough.
Sky Bet League Two: Barnet v Crewe; Cambridge v Crawley;
Cheltenham v Carlisle; Colchester v Luton; Grimsby v Stevenage; Lincoln v Exeter; Mansfield v Accrington; Newport
v Coventry; Notts County v Wycombe; Port Vale v Chesterfield; Swindon v Morecambe; Yeovil v Forest Green.
Rugby league
Betfred Super League: Hull KR v Hull (12.50); Huddersfield
v Leeds (3.0);Salford v Catalans Dragons (3.0); St Helens
v Wigan (3.15); Warrington v Widnes (7.45).
Rugby union
European Champions Cup: Quarter-final: Scarlets v La
Rochelle (5.30).
European Challenge Cup: Quarter-finals: Newcastle v
Brive (8.0); Pau v Stade Fran鏰is (8.0).
Rivals eye 107,000 crowd
Manchester United are set to play
Liverpool at the second biggest
stadium in the world during their
pre-season tour to America in July.
Talks have been held about staging
the game at the Michigan Stadium,
also known as The Big House, which
has a capacity of 107,601.
62
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Friday March 30 2018 | the times
Sport Football
When Islam was
mentioned, the
crowd booed and
hissed loudly
Organisers insist they are not
a far-right group, but there
was a distinct undercurrent
of racism during Saturday?s
Football Lads Alliance march
Just before noon on Saturday, outside the
(closed) Woodman pub on the corner of Curzon
Sreet and New Canal Street in Birmingham, a
group of a dozen or so middle-aged men was
gathered around a table draped in the flag of St
George, drinking cans of lager, as the crowds for
the Football Lads Alliance march grew steadily
nearby. ?Ali?s tuck shop!? one of the men
shouted, repeatedly, much to the amusement of
his friends, drawling out the first of those three
words to affect the Islamic phrase, ?Allahu
Akbar?, meaning God is greater.
While it would be unfair, perhaps, to suggest
that this group of men was representative of the
3,000 or so who, an hour later, marched
through the streets of Birmingham city centre, it
was the first time the veil concealing a racist
undercurrent slipped. It would not be the last.
The FLA was founded in the wake of the
London Bridge terror attack last June by John
Meighan, a Tottenham Hotspur fan and former
hooligan, to make a stand, he says, against all
forms of extremism.
Meighan, who received a three-year football
stadium banning order in 2006, insists that the
group is anti-racist and non-violent and there
were no arrests on Saturday or during their
previous march in London in October, which
drew far greater numbers.
?People want to label us as far-right. All we
are is workin
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