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Thursday August 31 2017 | thetimes.co.uk | No 72316
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May wants to fight next election
I am not a quitter, prime minister tells critics as she sets sights on full term
Francis Elliott Political Editor, Tokyo
Theresa May has vowed to remain in
No 10 for five years and fight the next
election as Conservative Party leader,
saying: ?I am not a quitter.?
The prime minister, who told Tory
MPs that she would serve only as long
as they wanted her after the party?s
election humiliation, said that she had
no intention of leaving Downing Street.
?I?m in this for the long term because
there?s a long-term challenge for the
United Kingdom,? she said yesterday
during a visit to Japan. Asked if she
wanted to fight the next election, Mrs
May said: ?Yes.?
In another interview she dismissed
as baseless a report that she would
stand down in August 2019 after the
conclusion of Brexit negotiations.
?There?s been an awful lot of specula-
tion about my future which has no basis
in it whatsoever,? she said. She made
clear that she would not resign before
the next election, effectively defying
cabinet rivals to unseat her.
Mrs May, emboldened by the lack of
a leadership challenge in the aftermath
of her bungled snap election in June, set
out what she said was an agenda beyond Brexit. Speaking to reporters en
route to Japan, she previewed her
speech to the Conservative Party conference in Manchester this October by
saying that she had a purpose beyond
delivering on the referendum mandate
to take Britain out of the EU.
?What I want to do is, yes, get on with
the job of Brexit, but it is not just about
Brexit,? she said. ?What I want to do is
a lot more in the long term, which is
about changes domestically and issues
such as social justice. But also building
these long-term relationships so we see
the UK coming out of the EU able to
build these trade deals around the rest
of the world. We have to stand up as
global Britain, and I want to take that
forward.?
Mrs May went into the election campaign with a 24-point lead over Labour
but after a series of misjudgments lost
her overall majority. She said that the
Continued on page 2, col 3
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A place for reflection The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry visited a garden at Kensington Palace planted in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, who died 20 years ago today. Page 9
Child in Muslim foster home row may be taken out of Britain
Andrew Norfolk
Chief Investigative Reporter
The grandparents of the child at the
centre of the Tower Hamlets care row
want to take her out of the country after
a judge ruled that she should be removed from her foster parents. A court
ordered on Tuesday that the five-yearold girl, who has lived for the past six
months with conservative Muslim foster carers in the east London borough,
should immediately be placed in the
interim care of her grandmother.
The move was approved by Judge
Khatun Sapnara, who stressed the need
for councils to seek ?culturally matched
placements? for vulnerable children.
Yesterday courts were ordered never
to ban the media from their buildings
after journalists covering the case were
refused entry. Security staff were told to
bar reporters from a family court after
Judge Sapnara praised this newspaper
for acting responsibly in raising ?very
concerning matters? of ?legitimate
public interest?.
The Times had revealed council reports of the girl?s distress, witnessed on
several occasions by a Tower Hamlets
employee, when she was returned to a
foster carer who concealed her face
with a burka in public. A guardian was
said to have visited the child at her foster home and found her ?settled and
well cared for?, however.
In her judgment published yesterday,
Judge Sapnara revealed details of the
?complex history and background? of
Continued on page 8, col 4
IN THE NEWS
Escape tunnel found
School ?broke law?
New migrant route
Trump?s fighting talk
Energy price cap
�m Liverpool move
A tunnel used by 83 German
officers in a little-known
escape from a Second World
War prison camp in south
Wales has been discovered by
archaeologists. Page 3
A grammar school that kicked
out underachieving pupils
midway through their A-level
courses has been told by
ministers that its action was
unlawful. Page 6
Albanian trafficking gangs are
exploiting lax Spanish laws in
an attempt to open a backdoor
migration route into Britain
via ships sailing from the port
of Bilbao. Page 7
President Trump has accused
North Korea of trying to
blackmail the West, damaging
hopes of a diplomatic solution
to the nuclear stand-off in the
region. Page 31
Two million of the most
vulnerable households will
have their energy prices
capped by January. Theresa
May had promised to help
17 million households. Page 37
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will
move from Arsenal to
Liverpool in a � million deal.
The midfielder, 24, has agreed
a five-year contract worth
�0,000 a week. Page 72
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DAVID AARONOVITCH, PAGE 25
DINNER
TONIGHT
Poached peaches with
pistachio crumbs
This is deconstructed
crumble. The crumbs
are baked to a crisp
and served as garnish,
scattered over peaches
poached in white wine
syrup. Cooled fruit is
piled over thick cream,
adding syrup, crumbs
served separately.
Serves 6 Prep 25 min
Cook 15 min
Ingredients: 75g plain
flour; 50g butter; 25g
plus 1 tbsp caster
sugar; 30g shelled
pistachios; 6 peaches
or nectarines; 150ml
sweet white wine;
Greek yoghurt or
cr鑝e fra頲he.
Sift flour into mixing
bowl. Cut butter in
scraps over top. Add
sugar. Place pistachios
in a fold of kitchen
towel or plastic bag
and crush into small
scraps with a rolling
pin. Add to mix. Work
quickly with fingertips
and rub fat into dry
ingredients until you
have damp crumbs.
Heat oven to 200C/gas
mark 6. Spread crumbs
on a parchment-lined
heavy baking sheet
and bake for 10-15 min
until crisp and golden,
stirring sides to middle
after 6 min. Tip on to
kitchen paper to cool.
Immerse fruit in
boiling water, leave
for 30 secs, drain and
whip off the skin. Slice
fruit off stone in
chunky pieces.
Dissolve sugar in white
wine with 200ml water
in a medium pan then
add fruit and juices.
Simmer gently for
5 min. Scoop fruit into
a bowl. Simmer juices,
swirling pan regularly,
until reduced to 4 tbsp
syrup. Transfer to a
small jug. Serve a
scoop of yoghurt or
cr鑝e fra頲he topped
with cooled fruit, swirl
of syrup and pass the
crumbs in a bowl.
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Recruiters will be paid up to �0 million to find enough doctors to plug
staffing gaps in the NHS as the sevenday working week comes into force.
The drive will take place over the
next three and a half years, with agencies being paid �,000 for every GP
found. It is estimated that 5,000 will be
needed, with half coming from overseas.
The NHS already has a GP shortage
and the health secretary?s pledge to
have doctors available every day of the
week has increased pressure on staffing
numbers.
NHS England published a contract
notice this month, which stated that the
drive would begin this autumn.
Eight agencies, including Hays, Reed
and Healthcare Locums, are on course
to win the recruitment contract and
work together to find the GPs. Out of
the 5,000 needed, between 2,000 and
3,000 will come from abroad. Experts
have said that it is the biggest contract
put out to tender by the NHS on hiring
staff from overseas since October 2014.
Arvind Madan, NHS England?s director of primary care, said that the
health service needed foreign workers
in order to function. ?The NHS has a
proud history of ethically employing
international medical professionals,
with one in five GPs coming from overseas,? he said.
Last year the government released
�4 billion in funding for GPs in England to find the 5,000 doctors needed.
The Royal College of GPs has estimated that out of the 34,000 GPs in
England, 2,000 are EU citizens. It
warned that they may have to leave if
the government does not protect their
immigration status after Brexit.
Mr Madan has said the majority of
new doctors would be UK-trained.
A National Audit Office report this
year found that the body responsible
for training staff in the NHS, Health
Education England, managed to fill
3,019 GP places, missing its target of
3,250 in 2016-17. The NAO also warned
that a lack of access to GPs was putting
pressure on hospitals.
It is expected that the recruitment
contract will increase concerns over
the plan to sell NHS Professionals, the
agency estimated to save � million a
year for the NHS by providing staff at a
cheaper rate than private companies.
Michelle Tempest, a partner at the
healthcare consultancy Candesic, told
the Financial Times that hiring GPs
from abroad was an ?expensive way of
building a workforce?.
6 NHS hospitals overspent by almost
�billion more than reported in last
year?s official accounts, according to a
think tank. The Nuffield Trust found
that with temporary funding boosts
and one-off savings stripped out, hospitals ended the financial year with an
underlying overspend of �7 billion,
not the �1 million reported by regulators. The Department of Health disputed the figures.
Plan to cut GP referrals ?a safety risk?
Kat Lay Health Correspondent
GPs said yesterday that NHS plans to
make them double-check colleagues?
referrals of patients for hospital care
posed a safety risk.
NHS England wrote to the local
health groups that fund care in May,
telling them that by September they
needed to ensure weekly ?clinical peer
review of all referrals from general
practice?, promising extra funds to put
schemes in place.
The aim is to slow down the growth
in numbers of patients going to hospital
for non-urgent treatment.
In a memo to clinical commissioning
groups, seen by Pulse, a GP magazine,
NHS England said it would be good
practice for GPs to review each other?s
referrals at least once a week, to make
continued from page 1
May?s election pledge
public wanted her to get on with Brexit
and secure a ?good deal?, adding: ?That
is exactly what we are doing and exactly why we are starting to set out our
position papers.?
She added: ?The other important
thing is that, looking ahead, my government isn?t just about Brexit. There is an
awful lot more that we need to be doing
in the domestic agenda and developing
our place as global Britain.?
After the election a contrite Mrs May
told Tory MPs: ?I will serve you as long
as you want me.? The lack of an obvious
challenger, divisions over Brexit and
fears that a change of leader could precipitate another election while Jeremy
Corbyn, the Labour leader, enjoyed
high levels of popularity, have helped
cement her in place since.
The backing of most Brexit-supporting Tory MPs, who believe she offers
the best hope of ensuring Britain leaves
the EU, is the most significant factor.
Yesterday Lord Hague of Richmond,
the former Tory leader, said Mrs May
had made the right decision in calling
the election but criticised the campaign. In a BBC interview he also urged
cabinet ministers not to attack the
prime minister, saying that her successor would be someone who is not a
leading contender at the moment.
Politics, pages 10-11
Leading article, page 29
sure ?all options are explored and that
patients are seen and treated in the
right place, at the right time and as
quickly as possible?.
It said: ?Published literature identifies internal peer review as a positive intervention with benefits to patients and
GPs and it could also reduce referral
rates by up to 30 per cent.?
While the guidance says the scheme
should not be an ?approval process? and
the ?referring GP retains responsibility
for the patient and makes the final decision?, doctors on social media said the
proposals could affect patient safety.
Fadi Khalil, clinical vice-chairman of
Sunderland commissioning group,
wrote on Twitter: ?Prospective peer review/referral management is a safety
risk to patients, false economy to NHS
and risks totally destabilising GP.?
Irfan Malik, a GP trainer from the
East Midlands, said: ?GPs pressurised
to refer fewer patients to hospital, to
save money! Would be better to fund
the NHS appropriately in the first
place.?
Martin Marshall, vice-chairman of
the Royal College of General Practitioners, said that reviews could be a
?constructive part of general practice?
but that he had concerns.
?These schemes can undermine the
important trust between GP and
patient ? and if decisions are being
made about patients in the absence of
their full clinical records, we do have
concerns about patient safety.?
An NHS England spokesman said:
?Clinical peer reviews are a simple way
for GPs to support each other and help
patients get the best care.?
Analysis
T
heresa May?s
claim that
she will lead
the Tories to
the next
election is sure to
induce a collective
snort of indignant
disbelief (Francis
Elliott writes).
The assumption was
that the prime
minister was, at best,
a placeholder at
No 10, allowed to
remain only for as
long as it took to
broker a Brexit deal.
Her failure even to
attempt a sincere
answer to the
question of what, on
reflection, she did
wrong in losing the
Conservatives their
majority is a reminder
of her most infamous
soundbite: ?Nothing
has changed.?
Political authority
is a mercurial
substance and sheer
bloody-minded
survival an
underrated virtue.
Having assumed,
wrongly, that she
would leave of her
own accord in the
aftermath of the
election humiliation,
her cabinet rivals and
their supporters erred
again in anticipating
her departure.
She would leave
before the Queen?s
speech, they
whispered. She didn?t.
She would leave after
a summer break
because her heart
wasn?t in it, they said.
She didn?t. She might
survive until
conference but the
?poor dear? was done
for in the week or
weeks after. Let?s see.
All prime ministers
need to govern is for
their party to believe
they have at least one
more reshuffle in
them. Mrs May won?t
need to survive much
beyond party
conference for that
belief to take hold.
The answer to the
question of whether
she really believes she
will fight the next
election is that she
can?t afford not to
pretend.
Downing Street is
littered with failed
plots against prime
ministers. John Major
saw off a full-blown
leadership contest.
Tony Blair held off
Gordon Brown well
into a third term.
Mr Brown then
survived at least three
bungled political
assassinations in as
many years. Like him,
Mrs May has the good
fortune to have
cabinet rivals in
whom ambition,
ability and political
nous are misaligned.
None of the three
main candidates to
replace her ? Boris
Johnson, David Davis
and Amber Rudd ?
has all three.
She?s hanging tough
and she?s not going
without a fight.
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The other great escape ? from
Welsh PoW camp by Germans
C&T/BNPS
Disposable
camera
trend rolls
back years
Simon de Bruxelles
David Byers
It is the great escape that no one has
ever heard of and it never stood much
chance of being turned into a
Hollywood movie.
In March 1945, 83 German officers
tunnelled out of their hut in a prisoner
of war camp in Bridgend, south Wales,
while their guards dozed.
The 12-metre long tunnel through
which they crawled to freedom has
been found by archaeologists investigating the derelict remains of Camp
198, also known as Island Farm.
Remarkably, much of the tunnel is
still intact, propped up with benches
stolen from the camp canteen and
dozens of wooden bed legs.
The breakout was an embarrassment
for the authorities who did their best to
hush it up. Unlike the breakout of 76
allied prisoners from a PoW camp in
Poland the year before when the
Germans ordered the execution of 50
allied fugitives, there were no reprisals.
Most locals blamed the sloppiness of
the sentries.
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Tunnel was
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Prisoner of war camp No 198
Pris
The German officers divided into
small groups, each equipped with a
map, homemade compass and food.
One group got as far as Southampton.
Another stole the camp doctor?s car and
made it to Birmingham. None made it
back to Germany.
It appears that many of them
regarded their brief spell of freedom as
a welcome relief from the boredom of
camp life. One of the fugitives told his
captor that it had ?been a good sport?.
The escape plan was hatched in Hut
9, the only one still standing. Like their
Allied counterparts, the German PoWs
showed considerable ingenuity. They
used tubes made from condensed milk
N
Hut 9
Fence
100m
tins to ventilate the tunnel. Air was
blown through with a hand-operated
fan. The prisoners even tapped into the
camp?s electricity supply for lighting,
and choir practice covered the sound of
the digging.
After the incident the entrance to the
Approx 12m
tunnel, which had been concealed
under furniture, was concreted.
The investigation was led by Jamie
Pringle, a senior lecturer in geosciences
at Keele University who helped locate
?Dick?, one of the three Great Escape
tunnels at Stalag Luft III in Zagan.
A group of German officers being held
at Camp 198. Eighty-three tunnelled
out, left, on March 10, 1945; one
described the attempt as ?good sport?
Hut 9, which is now a museum
owned by the local council, is still
adorned with graffiti, poetry and crude
cartoons. A false wall was found in the
shower block to conceal tonnes of clay
dug from the tunnel using cutlery and
shovels made from cans.
The researchers used groundpenetrating radar to search for the
tunnel. Unlike the much longer tunnel
at Stalag Luft III, which was 33ft below
ground to avoid detection by listening
devices, the tunnel at Camp 198 was
only 1.5m (5ft) deep.
Dr Pringle said: ?No one ever talks
about the German escapes, even though
ones like this are equally impressive and
just as important. There are lots of
similarities between the escape from
Camp 198 and the one that Allied
soldiers executed at Stalag Luft III.?
After the breakout the prisoners were
transferred to a camp in Nottinghamshire; after the war it was reopened to
hold some of Hitler?s top officers awaiting trial at Nuremberg.
The site is destined to become a listed
historic monument.
For a holidaymaker in the 1990s it was
the essential accessory. The plastic
disposable camera had its drawbacks ?
a strict limit of 27 photos on a roll that
took three days to develop at your local
pharmacy ? but was cheap enough not
to matter if it was lost or stolen.
Now instant cameras are making a
comeback with the selfie-obsessed
iPhone generation. Fujifilm expects to
sell 7.5 million around the world this
financial year, up from 6.5 million last
year and 3.9 million in 2014-15.
It says many buyers are teenage girls
or women in their early 20s who are
sick of the ?fake life? created with carefully edited smartphone pictures.
Fujifilm?s 35mm Quicksnap camera,
which costs �99, is experiencing the
biggest renaissance.
?Billions of mobile images are uploaded every day. People take multiple
pictures of the same shot and edit them
endlessly,? the company?s David Honey
said. ?The result is people are creating
perfect images of themselves. They?re
creating a fake life. People are rebelling
against that.?
It is seen as the latest stage of the antitechnology revolution which has also
led to the resurgence of the old Nokia
3310 phone and vinyl records, ?Millennials and Generation Z associate film
photography with their parents, and
they have never experienced it themselves,? Mr Honey said. ?They love
retro because they believe the past is a
beautiful place and they want to
recreate it.?
Smartphone app developers are
joining in the craze for old technology.
A South Korean developer has created
a disposable camera app for the iPhone,
Gudak Cam, which is modelled on an
old fashioned Kodak, and allows you to
take a roll of 24 photos through a tiny
viewfinder and then forces you to wait
the requisite three days to see the
results.
?Purely and utterly pointless,? said
Steven Rueter, a customer writing on
the website ProductHunt. ?Flies in the
face of reason; distorts the essential
purpose of technology ? it?s absolutely
brilliant.?
Another, Brendon Bigley, wrote: ?I
find that having a limited amount of
photos I can take in a ?roll? makes me
more selective about the moments I
intend to capture, and waiting multiple
days to see them means I don?t spend
time in my photos app checking to
make sure the framing is just right.?
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Dozens of deaths after failings by
ambulances and 999 call handlers
Kat Lay Health Correspondent
Almost two patients die a month on average after failings by the ambulance
service, including delays or a failure to
recognise the severity of symptoms, a
review of coroners? reports has found.
Coroners in England and Wales have
written to ambulance services or call
handlers 86 times since July 2013 warning them that they need to make
changes to prevent future deaths.
Forty-eight of the warnings related
to ambulance delays or problems with
call handling, according to the review
by Minh Alexander, a former whistleblower who now campaigns on patient
safety. She said the volume of reports
suggested a ?significant decline in ambulance safety in recent years?.
She added: ?Action is needed to rectify underfunding, related workforce and
skill mix issues, and pressures on the
whole NHS that spill on to ambulance
services.?
Coroners have a duty to write a
report under regulation 28 of the Coroners (Investigations) Regulations 2013
if it appears there is a risk of other
deaths occurring in similar circumstances. Dr Alexander, a psychiatrist who
raised concerns about patient deaths,
Case study
G
rant
Benson, 21,
died in a
fire
following a
car accident in
August 2014 after
making a 999 call
(Kat Lay writes).
Andrew Tweddle,
senior coroner for
County Durham and
Darlington, wrote to
the Yorkshire
ambulance service
(YAS) after the event.
He said: ?It is clear
from listening to the
recording how frantic
the driver became as
the fire began and
took hold.?
The car came off
the road near Barnard
Castle, County
Durham, but the call
handler at the YAS
was based in
Wakefield. She and
two colleagues failed
to pinpoint the crash
location so an
ambulance could be
dispatched. The
produced her report by analysing section 28 reports published by the chief
coroner.
A number of the reports highlight delays caused by slow handovers at A&E
departments, echoing warnings from
the National Audit Office earlier this
year. In many cases the delay was not
found to have caused the deaths but
coroners were sufficiently concerned
inquest heard that it
was not possible to
transfer responsibility
for calls between
emergency services,
and one ambulance
service could not send
a vehicle from
another. Emergency
services attended only
after a further call
had been made by a
passer-by.
A YAS
spokeswoman said it
had ?taken steps to
review local practice.?
by what they heard at inquest to warn
ambulance service bosses that delays
could be fatal in the future.
In April, Gilva Tisshaw, assistant coroner for Brighton and Hove, wrote to
South East Coast ambulance service
following the death of Ronald William
Bennett, warning of ?serious delays in
ambulances arriving at the scene of an
incident as a consequence of ambu-
lance crews being delayed at the accident and emergency department?.
There were also a number of cases involving call handlers without medical
training and their computer programmes failing to recognise the severity of a situation.
In June, Elizabeth Earland, senior
coroner for the Exeter and Great
Devon district, wrote to South Western
ambulance service after the death of
Colin James Sluman, 68, who had a
burst varicose vein. He called an ambulance at 1.36am, but bled to death before
an ambulance arrived at 3.03am.
Dr Earland said the protocol followed by call handlers, on which they
were ?completely reliant?, did not recognise reports of dizziness in a patient
on their own ?as important triggers for
a rapid response?.
An ambulance service spokeswoman
said the trust had taken action to address the concerns.
Martin Flaherty, managing director
of the Association of Ambulance Chief
Executives, said ambulance services
took coroners? reports ?extremely seriously? and would make changes in response where possible.
In 2016 English ambulances handled
10.7 million emergency calls.
Drones to deliver Viagra and Pill to your doorstep
Mark Bridge Technology Correspondent
You live in the back of beyond and wake
up needing a morning-after pill on the
Saturday of a bank holiday weekend.
Or you need Viagra tonight. Soon a
drone will buzz it to you ?discreetly?, a
pharmacy claims.
MedExpress says it has conducted a
drug delivery flight in Kent and is plan-
ning to dispatch medicines and contraceptives by air nationwide once regulators approve the technology.
Dwayne D?Souza, the pharmacy?s
London-based founder, said he was unashamedly ?piggybacking? on work by
Amazon, the online retailer, which
aims to make drone deliveries a reality
by the mid-2020s. Amazon made its
first drone delivery near Cambridge last
year, and MedExpress has now delivered a morning-after pill to a woman in
Broadstairs, Kent, using a quadcopter
drone carrying a medical storage box.
In both trials, the flights involved only short distances, of 700m and 500m,
respectively. The companies intend to
use drones that could fly at up to 50mph
over ten miles.
Mr D?Souza said that drone deliver-
ies would involve the same online consultations and similar discretion, and
the main advantage would be speed.
Neal Patel, spokesman for the Royal
Pharmaceutical Society, was sceptical
of the idea. ?For now, it feels like a solution looking for a problem. A lot of work
has gone into making sure that even
people in the remotest areas have access to medication when they need it.?
Two in five care home residents
do not receive regular visits from
family or friends, according to a
survey by the review website
carehome.co.uk. It said that
responses from 1,154 owners and
staff at British care homes
suggest that only in-house social
events prevent 42 per cent of
residents falling victim to a
?creeping loneliness?. The
activities include asking children
to sing for residents, or simply
listen as they share memories or
accounts of historical events.
Proctor warns inquiry
Harvey Proctor, a former Tory
MP, has warned the Independent
Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse that
he will challenge any decision to
take evidence from his accuser
into account. Mr Proctor, 70, was
cleared and received an apology
from Scotland Yard last year after
the collapse of an investigation
into allegations of Westminster
sex abuse made by a complainant
known only as ?Nick?.
Carnival police force
Scotland Yard deployed nearly a
quarter of all its officers to the
Notting Hill Carnival. About
7,500 officers were on the streets
of west London on Monday, and
about 6,000 on Sunday, Martin
Hewitt, an assistant
commissioner, said. He added
that the event had taken place
?under the shadow of an
unprecedented terrorist threat? in
London and the rest of Europe.
Ex-pupil wins payout
A 21-year-old man has accepted a
settlement of �,000 over his
claims of inadequate education,
assault and unlawful exclusion.
Andrew Evans, who is on the
autistic spectrum, said he was
restrained against a wall, dragged
along a corridor and ridiculed in
assembly at Fowey Primary
School, Cornwall. The school and
Cornwall council said they did
not comment on individual cases.
Grenfell Tower victims
Two men who died in the
Grenfell Tower fire were
identified by dental records and
DNA, Westminster coroner?s
court was told. The remains of
Hesham Rahman, 57, and Ernie
Vital, 50, were found on the 23rd
floor, the second highest. Inquests
were opened and adjourned,
bringing the total number opened
so far to 54. At least 80 people
died in the fire on June 14.
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Spa boss on trial
for rubbing client
up the wrong way
David Brown
A health spa owner sexually assaulted a
man by massaging him while wearing a
bikini despite his pleas for her to stop, a
court was told yesterday.
Kerry Brocklebank, 43, was allegedly
drunk when she was accused of bursting into a room where the man was
waiting for a male masseur.
She poured oil on the man, who was
wearing just his underpants, before
carrying out the massage with her
breasts ?just inches from his head?,
Cambridge crown court was told.
The man, who cannot be identified
because he is the victim of an alleged
Kerry Brocklebank was very drunk
and wearing a bikini, a court was told
sexual assault, later complained that
the experience left him feeling violated.
A keen runner, he had booked a massage with a therapist, Henry Godfree, at
the Huntingdon Spa and UK Sports
Massage in Cambridgeshire late last
year. When he arrived, he sat with Ms
Brocklebank in a waiting room, the
court heard. ?She sat opposite me and
just started chatting,? he said.
Ms Brocklebank left when Mr Godfree arrived and the customer was
asked to prepare for his massage in an
adjacent room. The man said he was
facedown on a massage table in his
underwear waiting for Mr Godfree
when Ms Brocklebank walked in. ?Kerry came into the room and said ?I?m
going to start your massage while Henry?s not in here? to which I replied,
?Don?t touch me, I?m here to see
Henry?,? he said.
The jury heard that she ignored his
pleas up to three times and proceeded
to pour massage oils on his right calf
before rubbing his leg and lower back.
?She eventually moved around so
that she was sat in front of me on a stool.
. . . I asked her to leave and get out,? he
said. ?I felt violated, angry and just not
at all happy about the situation at all.?
Mr Godfree, describing Ms Brocklebank?s behaviour with the customer
in the waiting room, told the court: ?It
was quite provocative, quite flirtatious.
She wasn?t dressed appropriately to be
dealing with customers. She was wearing a bikini. She was very drunk.?
The therapist said that he walked to
the massage room after hearing the
customer raise his voice, saying ?Don?t
touch me? and ?Get off me?.
?At first he sounded sort of calm and
then he sounded particularly panicked,
a sort of sense of fear,? Mr Godfree said.
?She was leant over so her breasts
would have been inches from his head.
She looked as if I was spoiling her fun.?
The alleged victim reported Ms
Brocklebank, of Huntingdon, to police.
Ms Brocklebank responded with an
email in which she wrote ?again apologies, friend?s birthday, I shouldn?t mix
business with pleasure? and offered
him a free massage, the court was told.
The spa owner was charged with perverting the course of justice by sending
?offensive and threatening electronic
messages? to Mr Godfree. They allegedly included: ?Sorry, did I interrupt
gay time??
She denies one charge of sexual
assault with an alternative of common
assault and perverting the course of
justice. The trial continues.
Entrepreneur Fathers take
David Tang
the plunge at
dies aged 63 water births
Katie Gibbons
Sir David Tang, the Hong Kong
entrepreneur who counted royalty and
celebrities including Kate Moss and
Russell Crowe among his friends, has
died.
For the past few weeks the 63-yearold founder of the Shanghai Tang
fashion chain had been at the Royal
Marsden Hospital, where he died on
Tuesday evening.
Ewan Venters, chief executive of
Fortnum & Mason, said the ?world is a
little duller? after his death.
Sir David announced weeks ago that
he would be throwing a farewell to life
party at The Dorchester in London
after receiving the news he had a few
months to live. Mr Venters said that the
event had been due to take place in the
ballroom on September 6, but that
?sadly he didn?t quite make it?.
Crowe wrote on Twitter: ??RIP dear
friend . . . witty, charming, intellectual,
salacious, hilarious.?
Obituary, page 53
A midwife has published a list of bizarre
items brought by men to the labour
ward, including a violin, snorkel and
mask, and swimming trunks.
Marie Hurworth, 26, said that she
was shocked by how ill-prepared some
parents-to-be are. The midwife, from
Newquay, Cornwall, said one man
wanted to wear a snorkel and mask for
a water birth.
One mother-to-be brought a dog
along for company. ?She was single and
said she didn?t really like people, so she
just wanted her dog with her. I kind of
got it; still a bit weird though and the
dog was freaked out.
?Another keen dad wanted to get in
the water with his wife but I was
shocked when he quickly changed into
tiny, rather revealing, Speedos.?
Ms Hurworth recalled another man
who played a violin to his partner
during the early stage of labour, while
saying: ?You knew that it would hurt
honey.? She said: ?He wasn?t all that
great and I couldn?t work out if this was
a joke or if he was being serious.?
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Mind the gap The RSPCA is caring for this African pygmy hedgehog, abandoned at Edgware Road Tube station in London
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Ejecting students in middle of
A levels breaks law, school told
Rosemary Bennett Education Editor
Ministers have told one of the country?s
top grammar schools that throwing out
A-level pupils halfway through the
course if their grades are not good
enough is unlawful.
St Olave?s in Orpington in the
London borough of Bromley is facing
legal action from parents after 16 Alevel pupils were forced out this
summer when they failed to get three
Bs in their summer exam or AS levels.
The Department for Education said
last night that excluding pupils for nondisciplinary reasons was unlawful.
?Our regulations make clear that
schools are not allowed to remove
pupils from a sixth form because of academic attainment once they are
enrolled. Excluding pupils temporarily or permanently for
non-disciplinary reasons is unlawful,? a spokesman said.
Jo Johnson, the universities
minister and MP for Orpington,
said: ?St Olave?s is a great school but
it?s hard to see this is in students? best
interests.?
Some of the pupils have
yet to find new schools
and, with the autumn
term starting next
Jo Johnson, the MP
for Orpington, has
criticised St Olave?s
week, may turn up at the school if they
have no alternative. One mother described her family?s ?terrible summer?
after her son was told he no longer had
a place at St Olave?s. He has found a
place at an alternative school, although
he must begin his A levels all over again.
?It has been such a blow to my son.
He has been humiliated and is not in a
great place. We were not aware of the
policy and he got all A* and As at GCSE
so never thought for a second he would
not finish his education at St Olave?s,?
she told The Times. She said that when
the family questioned what responsibility the school was taking for his
underperformance, the only answer
they got was that withdrawing his place
was ?school policy?.
Tony Wright-Jones, a former
governor, challenged the
policy along with fellow
board members when it
was introduced by the head,
Aydin Onac, several years
ago. ?It has to be league
table driven. Why else do it??
he said.
A hearing to determine whether a
judicial review
will be granted
to the parents
will be held on
September 20.
St Olave?s is
one of the
highest-achieving schools in the country. This summer its pupils achieved
96 per cent A* to B grades at A level and
75 per cent of all grades were A* or A,
three percentage points up on last year.
Several schools across the country
are doing the same thing to pupils who
do not achieve high enough grades, The
Guardian reports today. While the
majority are grammar schools, a handful of non-selective schools are also
carrying out the policy, according to
pupils and parents.
One student who lost their place in
the sixth form last year said that they
suffered ?physiological trauma and a
feeling of not being good enough from
being kicked out of your own school?.
Peter Read, a former head teacher,
told the paper he suspected that other
schools were implementing the policy
when he noticed a dramatic decrease in
the number of sixth-form pupils
between Year 12 and 13.
?I remain confident that the scandal
is far more rife than a few grammar
schools,? he said. ?Schools are under
pressure to deliver results. What they
are doing is forcing children out to
achieve better A-level results. There?s
something very, very wrong.?
Another former teacher in Buckinghamshire said it was standard practice
for grammar schools. ?We all know it
goes on,? she told the paper. ?It?s so
damaging to the students.?
Janice Turner, page 26
KAREN KNORR
Fine feather Karen Knorr?s Flight to Freedom, Juna Mahal, Dungarpur is on show
at Theprintspace, Shoreditch, east London in October for the Hepatitis C Trust
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Migrant backdoor into Britain from Bilbao
JULIAN RUS FOR THE TIMES
Graham Keeley Bilbao
Albanian gangs are exploiting lax
Spanish law to try to open a backdoor
route into Britain from the Spanish port
of Bilbao.
Scores of migrants are camped outside the port hoping to sneak on board
ferries or cargo ships heading for Portsmouth and Poole.
Spanish police have stopped 1,765
people trying to make the journey this
year, compared with detaining 370 during all of last year. Only 55 have made it
to Britain this year, all of whom were
returned to Spain.
The surge comes after the Jungle
camp in Calais was closed, and highh taken
lights the softer approach
ies.
by the Spanish authorities.
Unlike France, where thee
authorities toughened
the law to make it a
criminal offence to
enter Calais without
authorisation, in Spain
the migrants are guilty
only of an administrative offence, equivalentt
to a parking violation.
d as
Krist Nikaj, 20, grinned
ed away
he boasted how he stowed
ao to Poole but
on a cargo ship from Bilbao
was caught by the UK authorities and
returned to the Spanish port. ?I will try
until I get through. Nothing will stop
me. It is good money in Britain,? the
Albanian said. Almost all the migrants
are Albanian males in their teens or
twenties. About 100 have pitched tents
in makeshift camps near the 2m-high
Portsmouth Bilbao
4 passenger ferries
per week
London
Poole Bilbao
2 cargo ships
per week
200 miles
Stopped migrant
attempts from
Bilbao
2016
493
Bilbao
2017
(Jan 1 - Aug 27)
Bay of
Biscay
1,765
Young men ? mostly Albanians ? camp near the port of Bilbao waiting for a chance to slip on to a ferry
b
barbed-wire
fences
su
surrounding the port.
O
Others live rough in
the w
woods around the village of Zierbena overlooking
the port. S
Spotters in the woods
use binoculars to monitor police patrols
and tip off other migrants before they
try to scale the fences.
Police said all migrants made repeated attempts to board ferries because it
was not a crime. They break into lorries
on ferries or into cargo containers.
Some have tried to get out of containers
as the heat built up inside or been
injured when they were moved inside
the port.
Police said that of the 1,765 attempts
to stow away, Albanians had made 800,
Afghans 170, Iraqis 50 and Pakistanis
35. Moroccans, Syrians and Iranians
also tried. The rest were repeat attempts.
Albanian trafficking gangs were behind the surge, according to Spanish
police, charging migrants up to ?2,000.
One officer said it was believed that
most of the Albanians had a criminal
past and were involved with gangs.
Albanian gangs have come to domi-
nate much of the UK drug market. The
relatively low number of gang members
have a disproportionately high impact
and are known for their propensity for
extreme violence, a recent report by the
National Crime Agency warned.
Brittany Ferries, which runs four services a week from Bilbao to Portsmouth
and two cargo-only vessels to Poole,
demanded increased security. ?It is a
fact that Bilbao is being systematically
targeted by highly organised Albanian
gangs,? a spokesman said. New camera
systems, gates and extra perimeter
fences were brought in by the port
authorities. Private security guards
have been employed to watch trailers.
Mr Nikaj flew from Albania to
France to claim asylum but his application failed so he came to Bilbao. ?It is
much easier here. In France they kick
you out if they catch you,? he said.
?Albanians can move freely in Europe.?
Donald Lleshi, 22, from Tirana,
showed off the scars on his leg from trying to get over the fence during his
second attempt to break into the port. ?I
will stay here and keep trying. The best
time to go over the fence is 2am because
the police are all asleep,? he laughed.
A civil guard lieutenant said: ?This
has always been a route but since the
closure of the Jungle in France, numbers trying to get to Britain from Bilbao
have increased immensely. Now security is 24 hours and new measures have
been brought in to stop them getting
aboard ferries, like CO2 sensors to
detect humans hiding in containers.?
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Courts told never
to ban media after
Muslim foster case
David Brown Chief News Correspondent
Art of war Peter Mountain is seeking a new home for this life-size wooden sculpture, which has been shown across the UK
Courts were ordered never to ban the
media from their buildings yesterday
after journalists covering the case of a
Christian girl fostered by a Muslim
family were refused entry.
Security staff were told to bar reporters from the East London family court
the day after the judge in the case
praised The Times for acting responsibly in raising ?very concerning matters? of ?legitimate public interest?.
Journalists were given increased access to family court hearings by the
government in 2009 after an awardwinning campaign by The Times for
open justice.
The banning of reporters from the
court building yesterday led to concerns about the lack of transparency in
the family courts, which have farreaching powers including whether
children should be put up for adoption
or taken into care.
On Tuesday Andrew Norfolk, chief
investigative reporter for The Times,
was initially ordered to leave the building during the hearing. He was readmitted.
Reporters from newspapers and
broadcasters awaiting publication of
the judgment in the case were also
barred yesterday until Carol Atkinson,
a senior family judge, intervened after
being alerted by the Ministry of Justice.
A senior official at HM Courts and
Tribunal Service later wrote to managers at all courts in London telling them
that journalists must not be banned
from buildings ?under any circumstances?. ?The media plays a vital role in
how government communicates with
the public on a day-to-day basis,? the
memo said. ?It both informs and shapes
the public?s perception of government
policies and services, including those
provided by the courts and tribunals.? A
campaigner for open justice said that
judicial heads should re-examine the
issue as it appeared that the drive for
greater transparency by Sir James
Munby, the most senior family court
judge, was not working.
John Hemming, a former Liberal
Democrat MP, said: ?The East London
family court must be the most secret
court in the country. Of course people
can enter public court buildings. Members of the public are not allowed into
private family court hearings but the
rules allow media representatives to sit
on any family court case.?
He added: ?A judge decides what can
be reported ? and has the power to exclude journalists in some circumstances ? but reporters can sit in and listen
and perform a vital public watchdog
role. It is alarming that court staff do
not know the rules . . . I don?t think
the transparency message is filtering
through to local family courts.
?The danger is that privacy rules
aimed at protecting children can allow
public authorities to keep controversial
decisions out of the spotlight.?
A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman
said: ?We have acted swiftly to remind
all staff across the entire London area of
the correct processes. We recognise the
vital part the media play in ensuring
justice is seen to be done, and are committed to open justice, and access and
transparency across our courts.?
There have been repeated cases of
judges attempting to ban journalists
from courts despite them having the
legal right to attend hearings.
A district judge at Highbury Corner
youth court, in north London, barred a
news agency reporter from a case involving a 15-year-old girl in February.
The judge later admitted she had no
such powers. And a BBC journalist
overturned an apparent ban imposed
by Worcester crown court in 2011 on
journalists attending bail applications.
Letters, page 28
Mother does not want her
child taken out of Britain
Continued from page 1
the child?s family. The Times has not
previously reported such information
to protect the girl?s anonymity, and is
prevented from disclosing further details for legal reasons.
The judge said the child?s grandparents were ?of a Muslim background but
are non-practising?. The girl?s mother
?says they are of Christian heritage?.
The ruling also made clear that the
grandmother needed to have Englishlanguage documents translated and
was not born in Britain. While the fiveyear-old is British-born and a native
English speaker, it is understood that
she can also speak her grandmother?s
language. The child did not, however,
understand the Arabic that was often
spoken in the foster carer?s home.
The Times has reported that the foster carer encouraged her to learn Arabic and removed her necklace, which
had a cross. The child has Christian
parents and was christened in a church.
The judge revealed yesterday that,
having initially agreed to care for her
granddaughter in the UK, the grandmother had ?changed her position and
now wishes to return to her country of
origin?. The child?s guardian has recommended the grandmother as ?suitable?.
The girl?s mother applied in June for
the child to be removed from her foster
parents and placed in the temporary
care of her grandmother, pending the
court?s final decision on her long-term
future. Judge Sapnara said that although the mother continued to
support the interim placement of her
daughter in the UK with her grandmother, she was opposed to the child
being removed from the UK and ?wishes to resume the care of her daughter as
soon as possible?.
The ruling revealed that the child
was taken into care in March ?as a result
of police exercising their powers of protection?, and that there were subsequent criminal proceedings that led to a
conviction. It also described tests for
cocaine and alcohol carried out on the
mother at her own request.
On Tuesday, the judge said she had
not been shown the documents whose
contents were revealed by this newspaper. She noted that when the girl was
taken into care, Tower Hamlets? choice
of placement was made because ?there
was no culturally matched placement
available at the time?. Judge Sapnara
ordered the local authority to conduct
an immediate investigation into the
concerns highlighted by this newspaper
and to ?serve a statement addressing
the allegations? early next month.
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Princes pay tribute at palace gates
KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/AP
Valentine Low
The last time Prince William and
Prince Harry gazed at the flowers and
pictures left at the gates of Kensington
Palace it was during the most traumatic
period of their lives.
It was 20 years ago, their mother had
just died and, against their will they had
been paraded in public to inspect the
sea of bouquets and other offerings left
by thousands of Diana, Princess of
Wales?s admirers.
Yesterday, in a tribute to their late
mother, they revisited the gates that
had been the focus of those extraordinary scenes in 1997. As the rain came
steadily down, they looked at the flowers and posters on the palace gates
while a small crowd watched silently
from behind metal barriers.
Unlike 20 years ago, they appeared
happy to be there, the Duke of Cambridge occasionally pointing out some
tribute that caught his eye. Pointing out
where the sea of flowers had stretched
to in 1997, he told his brother: ?Last time,
it was all the way down.?
Prince Harry smiled at the sight of a
large balloon among the bouquets,
while the duke pointed out a photo of
himself and his mother in sunglasses.
?Look at my shades,? he said, laughing.
They then chatted to the people waiting there and took a handful of bouquets and placed them at the gates.
Their relaxed demeanour was in
stark contrast to how they felt when,
aged 15 and 12, they were confronted by
the mountain of flowers and notes outside the gates of Balmoral: ?I was very
touched by it but none of it sank in,? the
duke said in Diana, 7 Days, a BBC documentary shown on Sunday. ?All I cared
about was I?d lost my mother and I
didn?t want to be where I was.?
They told the programme that when
they returned to Kensington Palace
after five days they found the public
outpouring of grief peculiar. ?People
wanted to grab us, to touch us. They
were shouting, wailing at us, throwing
flowers and yelling, sobbing, people
fainted, collapsed,? the duke said. ?I
couldn?t understand why everyone
wanted to show such emotion when
they didn?t really know our mother.?
The brothers, accompanied by the
Duchess of Cambridge, also visited a
memorial garden at the palace, which
has been planted in the princess?s
memory. They were met by Sean Harkin, the head gardener, who showed
them some of Diana?s favourite flowers.
The princes also met representatives of
eight charities to which their mother
was connected. Harry told one group
that his and William?s loss had also been
theirs. ?Suddenly she?s snapped away,?
he said. ?All of us lost somebody.?
Leading article, page 29
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown around the White Garden at Kensington Palace during their visit. The garden is a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales
The key
players in
a royal
tragedy
t r e vor
r e e s - jon e s
The
bodyguard
was the only
survivor of the
crash at Pont
de l?Alma tunnell
a her
that killed Diana,
boyfriend Dodi Fayed
and their driver. Mr
Rees-Jones, 49, above,
suffered severe
fractures. He was
sedated for almost two
weeks, suffered
amnesia for many
months, and his
injuries required facial
reconstruction surgery
with more than 150
pieces of titanium.
The ex-paratrooper
was interviewed four
times by the
authorities but said he
could not remember
the crash. Although he
remained Mohamed
Al Fayed?s bodyguard
unt May 1998,
until
he later claimed
th tycoon put
the
?
?intense?
p
pressure
on
hi to recall
him
the night his son
k
was killed.
In 2000
publi
he published
The
Bodyguard?s Story:
Diana, the Crash, and
the Sole Survivor.
He denied claims
from Mr Al Fayed that
he was part of a
conspiracy to suppress
the truth that MI6
killed the princess and
Dodi Fayed.
dr f r閐閞ic
mailliez
Dr Mailliez tried to
save the still-conscious
princess as she lay in
the wreckage. The
off-duty doctor was the
first at the scene and
did not recognise her.
?I?m a part of that
tragic night,? he told
The Times. ?I know
that it surprises people
that I did not recognise
her . . . I had other
things to think about
than to know who it
was.? He left her when
the ambulance came.
?She was still alive
when I left the tunnel.?
He now works in
emergency medicine
at Charles de Gaulle
airport.
romuald rat
He was one of the first
photographers to
arrive by motorcycle.
He described how he
had opened the door
of the car and tried to
comfort her but
denied that he had
photographed her.
Rat, now 45, joined
France T閘関isions, the
state network, in 2004
and since last year has
been director of
reporting and national
news systems.
herv � st ep h an
The examining
magistrate who led the
two-year investigation
into the princess?s
death ruled in 1999
that the photographers
had no case to answer
over the crash. He is
now 62 and was made
a judge in France?s
highest appeal court
last year.
moh amed
al fay ed
The father of Dodi
Fayed has repeatedly
claimed that his son
and the princess were
victims of a security
services conspiracy.
Mr Al Fayed,
right, now 88,
was born in
Egypt and
created a
shipping
business
before moving
to London in
0s he
1974. In the 1980s
became the owner of
Harrods, which he
sold for �5 billion in
2010 to the Qatari
royal family and
bought Fulham FC in
1997, selling the club
four years ago.
The tycoon, who
has sought and failed
to gain British
citizenship, has
claimed that the
princess and his son
were killed by MI6 on
the instructions of
the Duke of
Edinburgh.
He claims that the
princess was pregnant
and the couple were
abou to announce
about
th
their
e
engagement.
l ord jay
of
o ew el me
The a
ambassador
went to the hospital
where the princess
was taken and was
the first British official
to speak publicly
about her death.
He became head of
the diplomatic
service and was
given a peerage on
his retirement in
2006.
Ratings rise well for Bake Off debut Pioneering radio show gives
Matthew Moore, Mark Bridge
Viewers may not have enjoyed the
advertising breaks, but bosses at Channel 4 were celebrating yesterday after
ratings for its first episode of The Great
British Bake Off suggested their � million gamble had paid off.
An average of 6.5 million people
watched Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood judge the cooking contest?s C4
debut on Tuesday evening, with the audience peaking at 7.7 million.
While this was four million down on
the launch of the last BBC series, it beat
the three million that Jay Hunt, C4?s
creative chief, had said was needed for
the show to break even. A typical C4
show on a Tuesday evening gets a million viewers.
Media executives suggested that the
channel could expect to generate tens
of millions of pounds over and above
the � million it paid to poach the show
from the BBC in a three-year-deal.
A Christmas special and 2018 celebrity special are in the pipeline, as well as
An Extra Slice, a spin-off fronted by Jo
Brand that starts tonight.
Reports suggested that advertisers
were quoted up to �0,000 for a 30second slot during Bake Off, with those
fees likely to increase if ratings hold up.
One media insider said that the series
would make ?tons of money?, both in
direct advertising and by boosting the
ratings of neighbouring shows in C4?s
schedule. ?If it continues to do these
numbers over the series, the deals they
will be able to strike next year will be
even better than this year?s.?
Toby Syfret, a TV specialist at Enders
Analysis, said the figures were a ?very
encouraging start? that indicated the
channel would comfortably cover the
show?s running costs.
Despite mainly good reviews, many
viewers used social media to complain
about the advertising breaks, which ran
for 17 minutes in the 75-minute episode.
Channel 4 generates money from
advertising but is publicly owned,
meaning any profits from Bake Off will
go to loss-making areas such as news.
dementia sufferers a voice
Matthew Moore Media Correspondent
A six-hour programme that blends the
voices of dementia sufferers with
classical music is to air on the BBC.
It will be broadcast uninterrupted on
the night of October 15 on Radio 3 as
part of the station?s ?slow radio? drive.
Other new commissions include a
celebration of the 500-mile walk undertaken by Johann Sebastian Bach to hear
a performance by the organist Dietrich
Buxtehude in 1705.
Slow radio and slow TV have
emerged as unexpectedly popular
broadcasting trends in recent years, as
listeners seek respite from the demands
of modern life and the relentless
distractions of social media.
The dementia broadcast, produced in
conjunction with the Wellcome Collection museum, will feature dementia
sufferers discussing their lives and
commenting on the world around
them. There will be no presenter, allowing the participants to speak for themselves. ?Dementia is the biggest killer in
England and Wales. We wanted to give
these people a voice,? said Jessica
Isaacs, head of Radio 3 production.
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Spin doctors sent
to improve image
of foreign regimes
Oliver Wright Policy Editor
Francis Elliott Political Editor
Where they are working
Whitehall is sending teams of Civil Service spin-doctors to improve the image
of governments in the Middle East,
North Africa and South America.
A unit has been created in the prime
minister?s office to offer ?consultancy
services? in areas including ?crisis communications? and establishing ?political clarity?.
Clients include Jordan, Tunisia,
Ukraine and Afghanistan, and introductory meetings have taken place with
the governments of Egypt and Algeria.
Recruitment is under way to fill up to
12 positions and there are plans to expand the knowedge and capability
building unit?s consultancy services. Its
budget last year was �million but this
is expected to increase as more civil
servants are hired.
Human rights groups questioned
whether British civil servants should be
assisting countries with repressive
censorship and little press freedom to
improve their communications.
In Jordan, where the unit has worked
extensively, a cartoonist was arrested
last year, and in Algeria journalists can
be prosecuted for offences such as
offending the president or insulting
state officials. The government has also
prosecuted labour activists who organised peaceful demonstrations.
Jon Trickett, shadow cabinet office
minister, said: ?This is astonishing and
frankly reprehensible. The Civil Service
is there to serve the UK taxpayer and
not foreign governments and regimes,
some of which are not the most attractive. At a time of austerity and with the
pressures of Brexit it needs to stop.?
Kerry Moscogiuri, Amnesty UK?s
director of campaigns, added: ?It?s concerning to learn that a Civil Service unit
is providing consultancy services to
governments that routinely restrict
freedom of expression. The government needs to provide clear and verifiable undertakings that no services will
be offered that could assist foreign governments in possibly spinning their
way out of accountability for human
rights violations.?
The unit, which was set up in 2015,
Jordan Speech critical of the king,
foreign countries, government
officials and institutions is illegal.
In its annual report, Human Rights
Watch warned that the authorities
were increasingly relying on press
gagging orders to prevent public
reporting on sensitive issues.
Last year authorities imposed
gagging orders on news stories
such as a complaint by orphans
against the Ministry of Social
Development and a security
operation in the northern town of
Irbid in which seven militants and
one policeman were killed.
Tunisia Amnesty International said
last year that authorities in Tunisia
?continued to restrict the rights to
freedom of expression and of
assembly, and used emergency
powers and anti-terrorism laws to
impose arbitrary restrictions on
liberty and freedom of movement?.
Last year two Tunisian journalists
were prosecuted under a law that
criminalises ?insulting a public
official?. A military prosecutor
charged Jamel Arfaoui, a journalist,
with ?offending the army?, under the
Code of Military Justice, which can
carry a three-year jail sentence. The
case, according to Human Rights
Watch, involves an article he
published in which he questioned
the lack of army investigation into a
military plane crash that killed two.
Ukraine Human rights campaigners
say media outlets seen as espousing
pro-Russian views, and those very
critical of the authorities, face
harassment including threats of
closure or physical violence.
Inter, a television channel, was
threatened with closure repeatedly
by the interior minister last year and
in September a group tried to enter
the station?s offices, accusing it of
pro-Russian news coverage. They
then threw petrol bombs into the
building, starting a fire.
has not been widely publicised. It is
controlled by GCS, the government?s
communication service, which provides press officers for all government
departments and co-ordinates messaging.
The unit is not mentioned in GCS?s
40-page annual communications plan
and has not been mentioned in public
by ministers. It is run by Gerald Mullally, deputy director at the prime minister?s office of communications and the
Cabinet Office.
Other staff working for the unit also
describe themselves as working for the
prime minister?s office. Bryony Taylor,
head of strategic communications
international for the government, has
posted pictures from Jordan, Tunisia
and Egypt in the past 18 months but
makes no reference to her work.
The unit is understood to be the
brainchild of Alex Aiken, executive
director for government communications. It is promoting many of the now
infamous techniques of Whitehall spin
doctors, including the government?s
news grid to plan announcements so
they get the best coverage.
A recent job advert said that the unit
was set up in response to ?unprecedented demand from foreign governments
and international organisations to replicate the award-winning UK model of
effective and efficient communications?. Another says the successful applicant must be able to ?support and
secure new business opportunities?.
The Cabinet Office insisted that the
unit had taken no money from foreign
governments and is funded by the
Foreign and Commonwealth Office in
response to a demand identified by
ambassadors.
However, a recent job advert, which
the Cabinet Office says was mistaken,
suggested that staff would ?earn fees on
government-to-government business
to capitalise on GCS IP for the benefit
of the taxpayer?.
A government spokesman said: ?The
government communications service
knowledge and capability unit was established at the suggestion of HM ambassadors. Its work helps build and
maintain diplomatic relationships and
supports broader UK foreign policy.?
Civil servants jump at sunny secondments
Profile
F
or Whitehall
press officers
facing endless
questions about
Brexit and
austerity, the internal civil
service job adverts for
?exciting international
work? must be a godsend
(Oliver Wright writes).
Over the past 18 months
GCS International has
lured some of Whitehall?s
most experienced spin
doctors for consultancy
work in countries such as
Tunisia and Jordan.
Bryony Taylor, who
describes herself as
head of strategic
communications
international for the
British government,
tweeted a picture while on
leave during her
assignment to Tunisia of a
swimming pool by
the sea and clear
blue sky. ?Rough
day ahead?, she
wrote. Ms Taylor
was previously
head of digital for
the Department for
Communities and
Local
Government.
The man
behind the initiative is
Alex Aiken, the
government?s executive
communications director.
Although a civil
servant, Mr Aiken has
long-standing links to the
Conservative Party and is
married to the Tory
leader of Westminster
council, where he
used to work.
Job adverts clearly
suggest that the plan
behind GCS
International was to
Bryony Taylor
was assigned
to Tunisia
charge foreign
governments for the
services provided.
However, a Cabinet Office
spokesman said that no
money had changed hands
and all services were paid
for by the Foreign Office.
It is unclear when the plan
to charge was dropped.
Senior civil servants
who have worked for the
unit include Richard
Caseby, director of
communications at the
Department for Work and
Pensions, who travelled to
Jordan to advise the
government on its
communications.
An interpreter
guides Theresa
May through the
tea ceremony in
Kyoto, laid on for
her by Shinzo Abe
A traditional
tea for two ?
with entrails
T
heresa May?s first day in
Japan featured a tea
ceremony, a bullet train
and some salted sea
cucumber entrails (Francis
Elliott writes). Her host, Shinzo
Abe, Japan?s prime minister, laid on
the local colour as he greeted his
guest in Kyoto.
The two leaders met at the
Royal Navy warship to
Francis Elliott, Deborah Haynes
Theresa May is to send a warship and a
small number of service personnel to
take part in Japanese military exercises
next year.
It will be the first time that non-US
armed forces staff have trained alongside Japan?s military on the country?s
soil, UK officials said. Britain will also
send cyberexperts to help Japan to
prepare for the Olympic Games in
Tokyo in 2020.
Mrs May made the announcement
before attending a meeting of Japan?s
national security council, an invitation
intended to symbolise the two countries? deepening co-operation. With the
Japanese military expanding under
Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, Britain
is keen to win defence orders. A joint
project to develop an air-to-air missile
appears to have stalled, however.
The planned military deployment is
limited, a sign of the strain on resources
felt by Britain?s armed forces after
decades of cuts and under-funding.
HMS Argyll, chosen for the mission, is
the longest-serving Type 23 frigate in
the navy, which has had the combined
number of aircraft carriers, destroyers
and frigates halve to 19 in 20 years.
The tally will nudge up to 20 by the
end of the year when HMS Queen Elizabeth, an aircraft carrier and the largest
British warship to be built, is due to be
commissioned.
The number of military personnel
taking part in the exercise in December
2018 will be only 20, officials said.
Two years ago London and Tokyo
pledged to develop training exercises
after the first UK meeting between
their defence and foreign ministers.
Last year four RAF Typhoon jets,
supported by a C-17 transport aircraft,
took part in an exercise with the Japan
Air Self-Defence Force out of Misawa
airbase in the north of the country.
Japan?s pacifist constitution has prevented its defence force from taking
part in offensive military operations
overseas. Limited humanitarian assistance missions involving Japanese
troops ? such as the deployment of
forces to Iraq after the 2003 invasion ?
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hit deadlock over
size of divorce bill
Henry Zeffman Brussels
Sarah Collins
Omotesenke teahouse in the old
imperial capital, where the
tea-making ceremony dates back
to a man called Sen no Rikyu, the
16th-century founder of the
tradition.
Mrs May, wearing red and white,
the colours of the Japanese flag,
removed her trademark leopardprint pumps before emerging at the
back of the teahouse alongside Mr
Abe, who pointed out the moss in
the garden. ?Very attractive, very
calm,? Mrs May said.
The leaders, flanked by
interpreters, sat on a low bench
behind the table while on the
opposite side of the room the
master of ceremonies and his two
assistants sat on the floor. After a
banquet that included ?salted
entrails of the sea cucumber? and
pike conger eel roe, Mrs May and
Mr Abe later boarded a Shinkansen
? bullet train ? to speed them to
Tokyo.
Discussions over the course of the
day focused on North Korea but
also touched on the impact of
Brexit.
The Brexit negotiations are deadlocked
after ?intense? talks in which both sides
refused to give ground over the size of
Britain?s divorce bill.
The latest round concludes today
with a joint press conference by David
Davis and Michel Barnier, the EU?s
chief negotiator, but the two men remain at loggerheads over the financial
settlement that the government should
pay to the EU.
The British team laid out their
approach in a 23-slide presentation and
produced an 11-page document. The
government says that it cannot agree
on a sum until October at the earliest,
but Mr Barnier and the leaders of the
remaining 27 EU countries insist that
they will not move on to talking about
a future trade deal until a fee is agreed.
Over the course of the three-hour
talks British negotiators became frustrated by the EU?s refusal to budge.
?The UK is not convinced that the
European Commission?s paper [on the
financial settlement] is satisfactory,? a
source said. ?Nobody would write a
cheque on the basis of the Commission?s four-page paper.?
Both sides are still far from haggling
over precise figures, with Britain
balking at the way Brussels
wants to calculate the sum.
Mr Barnier wants to use the
EU?s six-year budget framework to set a price, but the UK
believes that the annual
budgets are a more accurate
representation of the government?s liabilities.
The British team also
wants Brussels to agree to
offset the figure with
various assets, including
reserves. Under the
David Davis at
yesterday?s talks.
He was frustrated
by the EU?s
refusal to budge
negotiating mandate laid out by the EU,
discussions cannot move on to trade
and future relations until ?sufficient
progress? is made on the divorce bill,
Northern Ireland and citizens? rights.
The latter two issues are also proving
thorny, with different views on how to
avoid a hard border between Northern
Ireland and the Republic, and the EU
refusing to consider continuing the
EHIC scheme, under which Britons in
Europe and Europeans in Britain
receive free or discounted healthcare.
Britain?s negotiating team, which
numbered more than a hundred this
week, condemned their EU counterparts? ?rigid? approach, accusing the
leaders of the 27 nations of stifling their
negotiators by failing to give them the
authority to adjust their positions.
The source said: ?It is difficult to
negotiate with people who have
perhaps not been given the flexibility to
negotiate.?
The Times revealed earlier that
Theresa May will appeal directly to
national leaders to move the negotiating process on to trade talks in October.
As the deadline for making ?sufficient progress? to move on to talks
about Britain?s future relationship with
Brussels draws nearer, the government
is also hoping to move from weeklong negotiating sessions each
month to a more continuous process.
6 Nicky Morgan, chairwoman
of the Treasury select committee, has accused the government of avoiding scrutiny on Brexit by publishing
position
papers while the
Commons was in recess. ?The papers
should have been
published
when
parliament was sitting so that ministers could answer
questions immediately,? she
wrote in The
Times Red Box.
join exercises with Japan Doubts on piggyback trade deals
Marcus Leroux Trade Correspondent
HMS Argyll is the longest-serving Type 23 frigate in the Royal Navy at present
have each required a temporary law to
be passed.
Mr Abe is seeking to ease this ban to
allow Japan to play a more prominent
global role in diplomacy and security in
the biggest shift in policy since Tokyo
established its postwar armed forces.
Britain, a fellow island nation, is
regarded as an important ally. The two
countries? navies enjoy a strong and
growing relationship.
Cybersecurity, space and defence
equipment and technology projects are
other areas of co-operation.
Trade specialists have raised doubts
about the prime minister?s plan to
?carry over? the EU?s trade deals with
more than 50 countries, saying that
many of them will use Brexit to push for
extra concessions.
Theresa May made the comments in
Japan, with whom the EU recently
completed its largest free trade agreement to date. She said the government
was looking at the possibility of having
such deals ?brought over . . . into trade
deals with the UK? to provide certainty
for businesses.
However, trade specialists cautioned
that replicating the deals would not be
simple because other countries would
push for additional concessions and
because dividing agricultural quotas
with the EU could prove controversial.
South Africa?s trade minister said this
year that he would seek more generous
access to British markets for agricultural exporters as part of a post-Brexit deal
that otherwise used South Africa?s free
trade deal for a template. Sam Lowe, an
Potential sticking points
Spotty lemons The EU says citrus
blackspot is a threat, while South
Africa says it is a protectionist tactic
that it will push the UK to drop.
Hormone beef The EU allowed
Canadian exports of high-quality
beef to compensate for the ban on
hormone-treated beef. Its farmers
may demand a better UK deal.
Spirits The EU may want to tax gin
and Scotch heavily.
Wine ?Tawny?, ?ruby? and ?chateau?
are claimed as EU-only terms. Some
nations want the UK to end this.
independent trade analyst in London,
said: ?What we?re hearing from other
countries is, ?Yes we?re happy to use existing agreements as a baseline. However, here are a few things we would like
to change.? That completely makes
sense: they?re in a position of power rel-
ative to the UK they may not experience again and it seems an opportunity
to advance their own agendas.
?It?s difficult to see how they can all
be ready by March 2019.?
Britain taking a share of the EU?s agricultural quotas, which spell out how
much produce can be imported before
prohibitive tariffs are applied, is also
likely to prove controversial with some
countries. New Zealand has officially
complained over the plan.
Some countries may use the renegotiation to push back against perceived
acts of EU protectionism. South Africa
has raised the EU prohibition on lemons displaying a fungal infection
called citrus black spot as an area where
it would like to see Britain take a softer
approach. Yet any deviation from the
EU line would make it harder to secure
a ?frictionless? border with the EU.
Anastassia Beliakova, head of trade
policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said that seeking to roll over EU
trade deals was the ?most sensible starting point? but challenges may come
when third countries want better deals.
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Lentil crop silences
the bean counters
TMS
diary@thetimes.co.uk | @timesdiary
While Mrs May was yomping in the
Alps, Jeremy Corbyn spent part of his
summer holiday in Morecambe. The
Visitor, the town?s local newspaper,
reports that the Labour leader visited
a charity shop and bought himself a
teapot. I hope John McDonnell
doesn?t find out. The shadow
chancellor is said to hold the political
belief that proper tea is theft.
Distasteful bit
of diplomacy
Theresa May was served octopus,
urchin and salted entrails of sea
cucumber at a dinner with the
Japanese prime minister yesterday.
It reminded Bloomberg?s Rob
Hutton of when Gordon Brown was
at a G8 dinner in Hokkaido in 2008.
?What?s this?? the PM asked an aide.
?You said we would get steak.? The
aide explained that this was sushi.
Brown was not familiar with the
food but, eager not to give offence,
searched for the safest thing to try.
That green bit must be a vegetable,
right? And so he picked up a whole
lump of wasabi and popped it in his
mouth, with eye-watering effect.
It could have been far worse: in 1992
George Bush Sr vomited over his host
at a banquet in Tokyo after eating
raw salmon and caviar. As a doctor
tried to assist him, the US president
groaned: ?Just roll me under the table
until the dinner?s over.?
cat with connections
Woody Johnson, the new US
ambassador to the UK, arrived in
London on Friday and was quick to
ingratiate himself with the most
important player in the Foreign
Office. Palmerston, above, the chief
mouser, was sent the gift of a Stars
and Stripes bow tie collar. ?A symbol
of our meow-mentous relationship,?
purred the DiploMog?s Twitter.
Activate, the new Tory grassroots
organisation, may need to work on its
branding. Peter Bone, MP for
Wellingborough, has told Radio 5
Live?s Emma Barnett that he thinks
the name ?sounds like a face cream?.
taking the mickey
Good news for Michael Gove.
Perhaps. Jon Culshaw, the Dead
Ringers impressionist, has decided
that the environment secretary is
important enough to add him to the
cast of characters for his Great
British Take-Off tour. And how
does one ?do? a Gove? ?You start
off with Ronnie Corbett,? Culshaw
explains, ?then take away all the
charisma and likeability.? Well it?s
better than not being talked about...
only man for the job
The closing night of the Wagner
Festival in Bayreuth featured a
moment of history as, for the first
time, Br黱nhilde was played by a
man. No, gender fluidity hasn?t
taken over the Festspielhaus. It was
out of necessity after Catherine
Foster, the English soprano, ripped a
calf muscle while milking the
applause at the end of Act 1.
Foster agreed to sing the rest of
G鰐terd鋗merung from a wheelchair
in the wings, while an assistant
director would play her character on
stage. Just one problem: all the
backroom team were male. Andreas
Rosar, who stepped into Foster?s
shoes (and into her gold sparkly
dress), was the only option since his
two colleagues were bearded and to
cast one of them as a valkyrie would
have been a step too far. ?This is
Bayreuth,? Rosar told the German
press. ?Not a transvestite show.?
patrick kidd
Georgie Keate
The experts said it simply couldn?t be
done. At best, it wasn?t worth the hassle.
Yet a group of British growers have
surprised food experts by being the first
to harvest crops of lentils on a commercial scale, using six farms across the
country.
Josiah Meldrum, 43, co-founder of
Hodmedod?s, a beans and pulses retailer, was repeatedly told by farmers and
scientists that lentils could not be
grown on a commercial scale in Britain?s mild and wet summers.
Yesterday he harvested up to ten tonnes of puy lentils from six farms in
Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Sussex, Wiltshire and Hampshire.
?In the conventional farming community there was a lot of scepticism
but also from research organisations which we had spoken to,? he
said. ?They had been very sure it
would not be possible, that it had
been tried and it wasn?t really
worth doing . . . that it simply wasn?t hot and dry
enough to produce them
and to give up on it.?
He and his business
partners William Hudson, a farmer, and Nick
Saltmarsh, a food sysTim Gawthroup grows
pulses for Hodmedod?s on
his farm in Hertfordshire
tems specialist, were told that was nonsense by German farmers who had
successfully grown the crop.
Mr Meldrum had also visited Sweden
in 2014 to meet farmers growing beans
where he found out about a successful
lentil-growing trial.
Hodmedod?s, which is based in Halesworth, Suffolk, carried out a successful small-scale trial growing lentils in
the UK last year. Despite the lack of encouragement, Mr Meldrum found the
main trick to keeping the lentils healthy
was to keep the weeds at bay.
He said their non-split lentils had a
nutty flavour and were of a variety similar to the puy lentils grown in France.
Mr Meldrum also said they suited
non-intensive farming because they attracted few diseases or pests and did not
need as much water as other crops.
?We want to find a good East
Anglian name for them but we haven?t come up with one yet,? Mr
Meldrum said.
The lentils, which will be available in October, will come in
500g, 1kg, 3kg and 15kg packs.
There will also be an organic
range.
Despite the crop never
being grown commercially
in Britain, evidence from
prehistoric sites across
Europe and the UK
suggest that they were
one of the earliest cultivated legumes.
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Pratchett?s final
works crushed
T
en unfinished
novels by Sir
Terry Pratchett
will never see
the light of day
after they were
destroyed yesterday in
accordance with his
wishes (Kaya Burgess
writes).
Neil Gaiman, his
friend and fellow author,
told The Times in 2015
that Sir Terry wanted
?whatever he was
working on at the time
of his death to be taken
out along with his
computers and for a
steamroller to steamroll
over them all?.
The author died of
Alzheimer?s disease
aged 66 in March 2015.
Rob Wilkins, who
manages Sir Terry?s
Rob Wilkins guides
a steamroller over Terry
Pratchett?s computer
hard-drive, circled
estate, tweeted a picture
of the hard-drive next to
a steamroller and wrote:
?About to fulfil my
obligation to Terry.?
He then posted a
picture of the crushed
hard-drive with the
caption: ?There goes the
br
browsing
history.?
R
Richard
Henry,
c
curator
of the
e
exhibition
Terry
P
Pratchett:
His World
at Salisbury Museum,
wh
which
will include the
hard drive, said that the
six-t
six-tonne
steamroller
from the Great Dorset
Steam Fair had not
total obliterated it so it
totally
was then put in a
stonecrusher.
It is thought that Sir
Terry left ten unfinished
novels. Mr Henry said
that the author had not
wanted someone else to
complete them.
Stem cell hope for
treating Parkinson?s
Oliver Moody Science Correspondent
Doctors could try to regrow the
damaged brains of Parkinson?s disease
patients with grafts of skin cells after a
successful experiment in monkeys.
About 130,000 Britons are affected
by the condition, where the brain cells
responsible for producing an important
messenger chemical slowly die off, impairing patients? ability to control their
movements. There is as yet no treatment that can reverse the decay.
One of the brightest hopes for
healing the damage is to grow the lost
neurons back from transplanted stem
cells, which can form almost any kind
of body part, including brain tissue.
In a significant step towards this goal,
scientists in Japan have used injections
of neurons derived from human adult
stem cells to repair the brains of longtailed macaques with the monkey
equivalent of Parkinson?s.
The team?s achievement, described in
the journal Nature, marks the first time
that the therapy has been shown to be
safe and effective in one of our fellow
primate species, and follows a number
of similar feats in smaller mammals
such as mice and rats.
The brain relies heavily on the
substantia nigra, a pea-sized structure
at its base, to make dopamine, a
molecule that carries signals around
the motor and reward networks. As the
dopamine-making cells die off en
masse, patients develop tremors,
stiffness and difficulty with walking.
In the 1990s there were attempts to
replace these neurons with stem cells
taken from the brains of aborted foetuses, but the approach is ethically controversial and has been banned in many
countries. Jun Takahashi and his group
at the University of Kyoto have
achieved similar results with cells that
had been swabbed from the skin of four
healthy human adults and then
chemically stripped of their identity so
that they became induced pluripotent
stem (IPS) cells, which can turn into
neurons.
These were then converted into
dopamine-producing cells and transplanted into the midbrains of four male
long-tailed macaques which had been
injected with a neurotoxin to mimic the
effects of Parkinson?s.
After a year, the macaques treated
with healthy adult cells had typically
recovered 54 per cent of their motor
function, compared with 42 per cent in
four macaques that were given cells
from Parkinson?s patients and 10 per
cent in three that received a placebo.
Crucially, the transplanted brain cells
appeared to persist and thrive in their
new setting without causing any tumours. The treatment is also about as
effective as levodopa, a medicine that
involves feeding dopamine precursors
into the brain, but has the additional
benefit of giving patients their own
native source of the chemical.
The experiment raises the prospect
that doctors could give patients an unlimited source of new dopamine-producing neurons without any recourse
to scavenging the cells from foetuses.
Experts welcomed the findings but
said they would need to be repeated in
further studies. Frank Edenhofer, of the
regenerative medicine research group
at the University of Innsbruck in Austria, said: ?The results represent an important milestone in the development
of new cell therapy methods.?
NHS issues acid advice
after surge in attacks
Kat Lay Health Correspondent
NHS officials and burns surgeons have
released advice on how to help acid
attack victims after the number of
patients requiring specialist help doubled in two years.
Anyone witnessing an attack is urged
to follow ?three simple steps?: report it
by calling 999, remove contaminated
clothing, and rinse skin immediately in
running water.
According to figures from NHS England, the number of people requiring
specialist help after an attack ? including reconstructive surgery, treatment
for eye damage and long-term mental
health support ? rose from 16 in 2014
to 32 last year. The estimated average
cost of care for such a victim is �,500.
Chris Moran, clinical director for
trauma at NHS England, said: ?One
moment of thoughtless violence can
result in . . . months if not years of costly
and specialist NHS treatment.?
In July the Home Office said it was
considering beefing up laws after five
victims were attacked in a 90-minute
period. There were 720 attacks reported last year, up from 248 in 2012.
The new guidance is published in
partnership with the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons.
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Damon incredibly good as shrinking hero in big-hearted satire
Film Kevin Maher
Downsizing
Venice Film Festival
HHHHI
If not quite a bang, the Venice Film
Festival was certainly launched with
buckets of smarts, style and
swaggering ambition, by Matt Damon
and Alexander Payne. The actor and
director have brought us Downsizing,
a sci-fi comedy satire that purports to
be about environmentalism and the
end of the American consumer dream
but is actually about something much
more intimate, and simultaneously
more expansive.
?I mean, really, who am I??, asks
Damon?s luckless middle-aged
protagonist, Paul Safranek, with tears
in his eyes, late into the film, while
loudly articulating its philosophical
concerns. He is another one, perhaps
the most rounded yet, of Payne?s
loveable middle-aged losers (think
George Clooney in The Descendants,
Paul Giamatti in Sideways, or Will
Forte in Nebraska) and is here
asked to carry the director?s most
elaborate and occasionally epic
narrative vision.
Safranek, you see, has been
shrunken by science. He?s five inches
high. When we first meet him, full
sized, the Omaha-based occupational
therapist is struggling with mortgage
repayments, and failing to answer the
material demands of a modern
American lifestyle, including those of
his seemingly kindly, yet quietly
demanding, wife Audrey (Kristen
Wiig). Enter the Norwegian
environmentalist and science boffin
Jorgen Asbjornsen (Rolf Lassgard),
with his patented ?shrinking?
technology and a plan to reduce the
size of the human race?s carbon
footprint by, well, reducing the size of
the human race.
Dr Asbjornsen?s invention, handily
enough, also means that our cashstrapped couple can relocate to a
luxurious ?miniature community? in
New Mexico, and live like
millionaires, surrounded by fellow
tiny millionaires, in tiny gaudy
millionaire McMansions (basically,
Millionaire Barbie). There?s just one
catch ? the shrinking is irreversible.
It is, at this point, to Payne?s credit
(he?s also the co-writer), and to that of
his hugely compelling leading man
(Damon is exceptional at doing
normal), that the film?s genuinely
ridiculous conceit is executed with
such conviction and such aplomb.
Without relying on groundbreaking
effects work, or eye-gouging CGI
Kristen Wiig and Matt Damon become
5in high to cut their carbon footprint
DAVID YARROW/MADDOX GALLERY
set pieces (the miniature sequences
could be straight from 1957?s The
Incredible Shrinking Man), the film
instead uses complex character work
and pointed social satire (the
miniature rich white communities
immediately acquire an ethnic
underclass of blue collar workers) to
layer this utterly bizarre fantasy with
credibility. Plus it?s also fun. And not a
tiny bit silly. A pivotal sequence, for
instance, at an enormous human
shrinking facility, has distinct echoes
of Willy Wonka.
Best of all, however, is the final act
(global disaster looms) where Payne?s
fearlessness as a storyteller shines, as
does his essential compassion as a
philosopher. For beneath all the
satirical invention, and the crackpot
narrative chicanery, the central
message emerges in the emotional
education of Damon?s Safranek. And
what does it say? Be kind. Naturally.
Population is
biggest threat,
laureates say
Oliver Moody Science Correspondent
Eyes of the tigers A streak of tigers in Heilongjiang, China, photographed by David Yarrow, whose Untouchables exhibition opens at the Maddox Gallery in Mayfair
Overpopulation and destruction of the
environment are the two greatest existential threats facing mankind, according to Nobel prize-winning scientists.
Nuclear war, misinformation, drugresistant diseases, artificial intelligence
and Facebook were among the other
phenomena regarded by 50 laureates as
the most serious risks. More than a
third cited the strain placed on the planet by our growing numbers.
Sir Richard Roberts, who shared the
1993 prize in medicine for discovering
that genes could be cut and pasted, said
using genetically modified plants and
animals to feed the world should take
priority. ?To tell people that they cannot eat or grow a food type which might
stop them from starving is plain disgusting,? he told Times Higher Education, which carried out the survey with
the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, a
series of annual conferences in Bavaria.
More than half of laureates said the
resurgence of populism and the polarisation of politics were worrying, with
many mentioning President Trump.
Asked how our species could protect
its future, one said the best ?insurance
policy? would be to colonise other
planets. Another, who cited Mr Trump
as the biggest threat, said: ?I don?t think
science can do much about that.?
Suspect was tasered, run over and shot
John Simpson Crime Correspondent
A knifeman with a history of schizophrenia was tasered 11 times and run
over by a police car to no effect before
being shot as officers tried ?to prevent
him causing harm to himself or others?,
a watchdog said yesterday.
Joshua Hyde, 30, said he felt a ?pinching? after being repeatedly shocked
with the 50,000-volt weapon in an
effort to incapacitate him, according to
a report from the Independent Police
Complaints Commission yesterday.
Hyde was then run over by a marked
police car but got up and slashed the
tyres before a firearms officer took the
decision to shoot him, according to the
report, which cleared the officers
involved of any wrongdoing.
Nearly 20 officers were called to the
scene after Hyde slipped from the grasp
of a PC while armed with a bread knife,
carving knife and screwdriver.
Asked what he remembered of being
tasered, he said: ?They were zapping
me and shocking me and I heard an
officer say, ?The Taser ain?t working?.
?I also heard an officer shouting
?Higher voltage, higher voltage? and
then I felt pain. It was not bad pain, it
was like pinching and stinging, and
that?s when I cut off the Taser wires. I
remember Taser wires everywhere.?
Police were called to the hostel for
mental health patients and drug
addicts in Kilburn, northwest London,
where Hyde was staying after a fellow
resident was woken by banging on his
bedroom door.
The witness said that he heard Hyde
shouting ?Open the door? and that the
force used prompted him to call the
police.
During the call, the witness told the
call handler: ?There?s some guy at my
door shouting at me, his voice is threatening, I?m very scared . . . he?s kicking
the door as well.?
Hyde burst into the room, according
to a later statement, and slapped the
phone from the man?s hand. He admitted that he had been drinking and in an
interview with the IPCC said that he
had been ?off my rockers? and added:
?When I get tipsy I get a bit aggressive.?
The witness left the hostel and called
police again from a phone box, where
officers picked him up.
The first officer to enter the hostel
and tackle Hyde felt a large knife in his
jacket and tried to detain him, but Hyde
broke free and eventually left the build-
ing despite orders to stop, telling officers to ?F*** off?.
He had his hands in his pockets and
refused to show them to officers as he
walked off down the road. A Taser unit
arrived shortly after 3am.
A woman police constable said in a
statement: ?His eyes looked wild and I
genuinely believed he was about to go
for someone,? and a male colleague
said: ?I could see he was holding a large
shiny object in each hand,? which he
believed to be knives.
Hyde ignored repeated orders to
drop the knives and was tasered for five
seconds but was unaffected and began
to approach officers, leading to a
second officer discharging a Taser for
five seconds.
The report stated that ?not only did
the Tasers not have the effect the offi-
cers expected, Mr Hyde appeared to
become angrier and he began, according to a number of officers, to slash at
the Taser wires with the knives he was
holding?.
He was tasered three more times, to
no apparent effect, before an officer
took the decision to hit him with a
police car at a speed of about nine miles
an hour.
Again, Hyde seemed unaffected and
began slashing the tyres of the car with
a knife. He was tasered again five times
before a firearms officer known as H38
took the decision to shoot him in the
chest.
At Harrow crown court Hyde admitted possessing offensive weapons and
assault on August 12 last year. He was
given a 24-month sentence suspended
for two years.
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Police federation chief quits before vote
John Simpson Crime Correspondent
The top representative of rank-and-file
police officers has announced that he will
step down a week before a vote of no confidence was set to be put forward.
Steve White, chairman of the Police
Federation of England and Wales, said
that he was proud to have led the organisation, as the head of the federation for the
Metropolitan Police claimed there was
broad support for the motion, to be tabled
at a national board meeting next week.
Mr White, whose tenure was dominated
by austerity measures affecting pay and
pensions, denied any link to the proposed
vote and announced that he would be leav-
ing his post on December 31. His successor
will be elected in November.
The Police Federation came under intense pressure to reform during Theresa
May?s time as home secretary after questions were raised over spending and selfgovernance. Mr White was tasked with
completing a review and new regulations
will be published on the day he leaves.
Mr White was a police inspector when
he won a split vote in 2014 with the toss of
a coin. That year the federation had been
heavily criticised in a home affairs select
committee report in response to ?a profound crisis in trust among its members,
political stakeholders and the public?.
Mr White said in a statement: ?I have
Steve White denied that a
motion of no confidence
was behind his departure
been proud to lead the organisation during
a period of significant change but feel it is
time for the next stage of our continuing
reform to progress under new leadership.?
Ken Marsh, the chairman of the Met
police federation, said last night: ?He
wants to be remembered as this great reformer, that?s just complete crap.?
He claimed that Mr White had grown
too close to the Home Office during negotiations over pay, pensions and resources.
The Met federation has been embroiled
in allegations that more than �million of
members? funds was misappropriated and
a file was passed to the Crown Prosecution
Service regarding Will Riches, who lost
out to Mr White in 2014. Mr Riches has
said that he will fight any such case.
In response to Mr Marsh, Mr White told
The Times that he had planned to leave for
some time but had agreed to stay on when
another senior staff member faced personal problems. He added that the paper put
together for a vote of no confidence was
not the proper process for removing him
and contained unfounded criticism. ?This
is grasping at straws from the people who
want to replace me,? Mr White said.
Sara Thornton, chairwoman of the
National Police Chiefs? Council, praised
Mr White yesterday, calling him ?a dedicated advocate for rank-and-file police
officers?.
Caribbean hunt
for missing Briton
A British businessman
has been missing in
Barbados for more than a
week, triggering an
island-wide hunt by local
police. Steven Weare, 49,
a car salesman from
Kirkham, Lancashire, was
thought to have been
staying at Newcastle
Plantation House in the
St John area on the east
side of the Caribbean
island when he went
missing on August 23.
The businessman is
believed to be a regular
visitor to Barbados and
his family are thought to
have bought a property
on the island several
years ago. He was said to
be selling cars at the time
of his disappearance.
Arsenal stadium
shop ram-raided
Ram-raiders smashed into
the official shop at
Arsenal and made off
with a large quantity of
merchandise in a car and
on two mopeds on
Tuesday night. The
window and metal
shutters were smashed in
at Highbury House, next
to the box office at the
Emirates Stadium in
north London. No arrests
have been made.
Jail for treasurer
who stole from WI
A Women?s Institute
treasurer for the East End
branch took �,000 from
it over eight years while
suffering depression after
the death of her baby son
from pneumonia. Joanne
Kelman, 47, was jailed for
ten months after she
admitted the thefts. Her
lawyers urged the Court
of Appeal to free her as
she has two children. The
sentence was upheld.
Irish force faces
questions over
trolling inquiry
Police in Northern Ireland are facing serious questions over their handling of an
investigation into the anonymous Twitter
accounts of officers and staff allegedly involved in online racist abuse and trolling.
An inquiry was launched 12 months ago
to trace the individuals behind a number of
profiles, which also appeared to publish information about active police operations.
The accounts were disconnected last week.
It is understood that the PSNI is now
aware of the identity of the officers allegedly involved but it has emerged that
none of them have been suspended from
duty, despite growing public concern.
A security source told the Press Association that the account that began to cause
the greatest concern was being run under
the Twitter handle @DonYeeoo.
Some of the tweets under investigation,
which have since been deleted, included
comments that Saudi Arabians were ?disgusting people? with a ?horrible dirty culture? and that ?white people at Black Lives
Matter protests are the worst of the worst?.
This week the PSNI said the organisation ?will not accept any racist, sectarian,
sexist or homophobic behaviour from any
of our staff?.
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First tailored
gene treatment
offers new way
to fight cancer
Boer Deng Washington
Oliver Moody Science Correspondent
How it works
A personalised gene therapy for cancer
has been approved for use on humans
for the first time, raising hopes for a new
class of medicine.
Experts said that the ?historic? decision by American regulators to license
the treatment, in which a patient?s cells
are genetically altered to help the immune system fight leukaemia, would
pave the way for similar drugs to be
used in the UK. The approach has
yielded spectacular results in clinical
trials, including saving the life of a oneyear-old British girl at Great Ormond
Street Hospital in London, but concerns have lingered about its toxicity.
Yesterday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave its blessing for
the Swiss pharmaceutical company
Novartis to sell Kymriah, a gene-modifying therapy of last resort for children
and young adults with the most common kind of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. The white blood cell disease affects several hundred patients a year in
Britain and more than 3,000 in the US.
?We?re entering a new frontier in
medical innovation with the ability to
reprogramme a patient?s own cells to
attack a deadly cancer,? Scott Gottlieb,
the head of the FDA, said. ?New technologies such as gene and cell therapies
hold out the potential to transform
medicine.?
The treatment will not be offered
through the NHS until it has been approved by the European Medicines
Agency and the National Institute for
Health and Care Excellence, but Novartis is expected to lodge an application this year. A number of comparable
drugs are waiting in the wings.
While the treatment was largely developed in the US, in partnership with
the University of Pennsylvania, the cellular machinery for delivering the new
genes is made in the UK by a company
1. T-cells extracted
from patient
2. Cells
genetically
modified
Eton pupils
caught up in
second exam
paper leak
Rosemary Bennett
4. Lasting
protection
against
leukaemia
3. Modified
cells destroy
cancer cells
called Oxford Biomedica. The therapy
works by manipulating the genes in a
patient?s immune cells, known as T
cells, so that they will recognise and
attack specific cancer cells, but not normal ones. To make this alteration, a
patient?s T cells are collected and loaded with a harmless virus that carries the
DNA recipe for spotting proteins on the
surface of tumour cells. The resulting
?chimeric antigen receptor? (CAR) T
cells are then infused back into the
patient?s bloodstream.
The method has shown enormous
promise in cancers of the blood and
lymphatic system but has struggled to
make inroads against ?solid? tumours
such as breast and prostate cancer.
Because CAR-T cells stimulate a
storm of immune activity against the
tumour, they can cause lethal sideeffects and the medicine is only available for patients whose doctors have
exhausted all other treatments.
Another possible drawback is the cost
of the therapy, which is projected to be
more than �0,000 for a one-off dose.
Peter Johnson, chief clinician at
Cancer Research UK, said the FDA approval was nonetheless an ?exciting
step forward?.
Shipshape A Julien Macdonald model graces the Queen Mary 2 at the start of
Transatlantic Fashion Week. The Cunard liner is due in New York on September 7
Parishioners pipe up to save organ
Georgie Keate
Angry parishioners who face losing
their 110-year-old pipe organ blame
?happy clappy? evangelicals at their
church who want to install an electronic alternative.
The old organ, right, has served St
Paul?s Church in St Albans, Hertfordshire, since 1910 but is due to be ripped
out on the orders of the diocese.
Jonathan Humbert, 46, an organist
at St Paul?s, is leading a protest against
what he sees as a growing evangelical
presence in the diocese, and fears that
?happy clappy? modernisations are
?tearing the heart out of the Church of
England?.
?This church used to be a traditional
Church of England church but it?s all
changed in recent years,? he said. ?Unfortunately that modern wing don?t
care for anything that?s traditional ?
they couldn?t care less if the organ goes
because they prefer bongos and guitars.
?If the organ wasn?t working I would
understand but it plays beautifully. The
inescapable truth of the matter is that
this pipe organ is simply out of vogue
with the evangelical liturgy of St Paul?s.?
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the
Most Rev Justin Welby, was previously involved with Holy Trinity
Brompton (HTB), the UK?s
al
most famous evangelical
church, and has gonee
on a drive to recruit
worshippers
who
would not necessarily identify themselves as Christians.
The evangelical wing
is attempting to imh
prove figures which
ple
show that only 18 people
h.
per 1,000 attend church.
Former members of HTB
ches across the
have set up new churches
UK, including in Birmingham, Sheffield, Gateshead and Plymouth, which
aim to attract a younger congregation
and replace hymns and sermons with
rock music, group prayer and homilies.
The move has inevitably alienated
many traditionalists.
?It?s incumbent on the church to preserve its history and that includes the
organ,? Mr Humbert, an auctioneer,
Eva
said. ?Evangelical
music is all
very w
well but what happens
when someone dies?
Peo find solace in the
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of an organ at a
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funeral.?
Tony Hurle, the
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vicar
of St Paul?s, said
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the
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them
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cost
repa ?The time has
repair.
come for us to modernise,?
he said.
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good and certainly betw have.?
ter than the one we
The application to remove the organ
has now been stalled. The decision will
ultimately be made by Roger Kaye,
chancellor of the diocese of St Albans.
Eton College has suffered a second
blow in the exam cheating scandal after
it emerged that pupils? marks had been
disallowed in a second subject.
Eton pupils studying art history had
their marks in one paper disqualified
after the exam board, Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), investigated reports that pupils at the school
had prior knowledge of the questions.
The news follows the departure of a
deputy head teacher after he was
alleged to have circulated exam questions. Sixth formers taking economics
had their final results altered.
Both cases involve CIE?s Pre-U certificate, a popular alternative to A levels
in many independent schools.
A letter from the head master, Simon
Henderson, obtained by The Guardian,
said details of the Pre-U art history
paper were ?sent by a teacher at
another school to pupils there in advance of the examination. This communication was then forwarded to a
boy at Eton and circulated among the
majority of boys in advance of them
sitting their art history examination.?
Eton College said in a statement:
?Pupils at Eton who sat Pre-U art history this summer were deemed to be
inadvertent recipients of confidential
information in relation to one paper.
?This matter related to information
that Eton pupils had been sent via a
pupil at another school. No member of
staff at Eton was involved in any way.
Whilst the pupils had done nothing
wrong, CIE awarded them assessed
marks for that paper according to its
established method. Eton co-operated
fully with CIE?s investigation.?
An art history teacher at Winchester
College was suspended this week after
claims that he gave pupils ?prior information on exam questions? in the
Pre-U art history exam.
Chris King, head of the Headmasters?
and Headmistresses? Conference,
which represents leading private
schools, said: ?A meeting has been set
with the Cambridge International exam board to discuss this summer?s
Pre-U qualification to seek assurance
that sufficient safeguards are in place.?
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Drunk driver who blamed
?abusive? lover is spared jail
Gabriella Swerling
Northern Correspondent
A woman who was three times the limit
while drink-driving a BMW avoided jail
after claiming she had been driven to
drink by a controlling boyfriend.
Foziea Parveen, 29, was seen swerving around, mounting kerbs and
?bouncing? off the side of a building at
5am while driving through central
Manchester.
A driver who followed Parveen at the
request of police found she was ?out of
it? as if on drink and drugs when he
tried to stop her. When the law graduate pulled over, she began ranting that
someone was in the back of her empty
car and kicking the windscreen.
Police breathalysed Parveen ? who
worked for her family?s retail business
? and discovered she had another
drink-related driving conviction for
which she had been imprisoned. She
did not have insurance or a full driving
licence.
At Manchester magistrates? court
Parveen admitted drink-driving but
was spared prison. She said she had
been ?in distress? after going to police a
week earlier claiming her partner had
been abusive. She also claimed to have
called police as recently as Sunday, saying he had smashed her phone and
forced her to drive on a motorway.
He was said to be the owner of the car
in her latest incident, which occurred
on February 5 while Parveen, from
Stoke-on-Trent, was thought to have
been visiting her partner.
Parveen was handed a 20-week jail
sentence, suspended for 18 months, and
was banned from driving for four years
and four months. She was also ordered
to be electronically tagged for 20 weeks
and to pay �5 in costs and surcharges.
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Credit card limits
raised for poorest
David Byers
Credit card companies
have been accused of exploiting those in the worst
financial situations after an
investigation found that
they had raised the credit
limits of one in five struggling borrowers without
being asked to do so.
Citizens Advice found
that 18 per cent of people
struggling with debt had
their credit limit raised
without asking for it in the
past year, compared with 12
per cent of all cardholders.
Campaigners said the
figures showed companies
were targeting the most
vulnerable, and called for
all credit limit increases to
be banned without the prior consent of cardholders.
?Many of these people
need better information to
be provided by these companies, not to be taken advantage of in this way,? said
Nick Smith, a Labour MP.
The Financial Conduct
Authority (FCA) estimates
that 3.3 million people are
in persistent debt and the
British consumer credit
market is worth about
�0 billion. About a third
of this figure, � billion, is
on credit cards.
Citizens Advice said that
people with credit card
debts were statistically
more likely to be unable to
pay than those with personal loans. ?It is clear that
irresponsible behaviour by
some lenders is making
people?s situation worse,?
said Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice.
The report was published as figures from the
Bank of England showed
the monthly growth of
consumer borrowing on
credit cards, car finance
and bank loans was 9.8 per
cent in July ? the lowest
rate since April last year.
A consultation by the
FCA on the conduct of
credit card companies towards their poorest customers ended in July. The
regulator is due to make
policy proposals by the end
of this year.
Disneyland bans boy, 3,
from princess makeover
Disneyland Paris refused
to let a three-year-old boy
take part in its ?princess for
a day? experience because
he is not a girl, his mother
has said.
Hayley McLean-Glass,
from Paignton in Devon,
said her son Noah was
?buzzing with excitement?
when he found out that the
theme park offered the
chance to dress up as
princesses, including Elsa
from Frozen, but when she
tried to book via email she
was told that the activity
was not for boys.
?If there was an activity
such as a pirate dress up or
a Spiderman event, little
girls would be allowed to
do it,? she told ITV News.
Ms McLean-Glass said
that Noah was obsessed
with the 2013 film and liked
to wear his Elsa dress at
home ?from the minute he
gets up until the minute he
goes to bed?.
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One man and his dog bag 42 tonnes of rubbish on coast walk
Eighteen months ago Wayne Dixon set
out to fulfill his boyhood dream of
walking around Britain?s coastline.
Happily for the people he meets he is
cleaning up after himself ? and tidying
away everyone else?s mess too.
So far on his nationwide litter-picking mission he has used about 6,000
bags and filled them with 42 tonnes of
rubbish ? equivalent to six African elephants.
Helped by his dog Koda, a Northern
Inuit, Mr Dixon, 45, gathers the litter
bags in a big pile in a particular town or
village and rings the council to collect it.
?If I?m in towns I can bin it quite easily but in villages I will pick up the rubbish and leave the bags under the village sign before ringing the council,? he
explained. ?Liverpool was very bad for
litter but there are also really small villages that have a real problem like
Garelochhead in Argyll and Bute. The
main issue is people throwing litter out
of cars.?
Since February last year Mr Dixon
has covered more than 2,000 miles.
Starting in his home county of Lancashire, he walked up to Kinlockleven, and has conquered the
Welsh coast.
He treks with a 27kg kit bag,
containing a tent, sleeping bag, waterproofs,
stove and wind-up
radio for when the rain is
Wayne Dixon and Koda
hope to clean up Britain
too much to bear. He can carry
three litres of water and three
days? food at a time.
He uses his budget of � a
week to live off a diet of muesli,
sausage rolls, sandwiches, peanuts and pasta.
Mr Dixon, who is currently
walking to Bristol along the
River Severn, has encountered dozens of acts of kindess from members of the
public who have invited him
into their homes for food and shelter.
Recently a couple allowed him to stay
in their campervan.
Mr Dixon is hoping his trip will raise
funds for the mental health charity
Mind and raise awareness of conditions
such as bi-polar, an issue that is close to
his heart. He has suffered from depression, while his father John, who wrote
more than 30 historical walking guides,
had bi-polar. The trip is in part inspired
by his father who died suddenly of a
heart attack in 2012.
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the unusual seed-sowing
technique of Reginald
Farrer, below, who fired
them from a gun
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making a
rock garden
celebrated
Asia into a shotgun
cartridge and fired them
into a rock face.
Other ?raiders of the
lost parks? include the
Scottish botanist David
Douglas, whose legacy is
the ubiquitous Douglas
fir. He travelled to North
America in 1823 and
covered thousands of
miles on foot, on horse
and by canoe. He died in
Hawaii, aged 35, after
falling into a pit.
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the British rock
garden, who
sowed seeds by
firing them
from his shotgun, is
being celebrated at an
event remembering
famous ?plant hunters?
(Georgie Keate writes).
Harrogate Autumn
Flower Show is putting
on an exhibition
featuring Reginald
Farrer, who travelled
from his home in
Clapham, North
Yorkshire, to Asia in
search of new species.
The event?s organisers
said that his eccentric
antics would put Indiana
Jones to shame,
including an incident
where he put seeds
collected from across
heart damage seen in
When lovemaking ends in Early
obese babies fed by bottle
dying of embarrassment
Chris Smyth
Chris Smyth Health Editor, Barcelona
The French call it la petite mort and now
their scientists have shown that the
moment of climax really can be deadly:
a cardiac arrest is four times more likely
to be fatal during sex.
Parisian doctors believe that wives ?
or lovers ? are too embarrassed to call
for help, meaning that when a heart
stops in the bedroom it is more dangerous than during other exertion.
Patients who collapsed during sex
were less likely to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and
had longer delays in getting treatment,
effectively dying of embarrassment.
Cardiac arrest happens when the
heart stops beating as a result of an
irregular rhythm, and it is quickly fatal
without treatment. Heart attack, in
which blood flow to the heart is
blocked, is a different condition but can
set off a cardiac arrest.
Women, who are less likely to suffer
a cardiac arrest, should be taught how
to keep calm and rescue their partners,
the researchers said.
Sex can trigger heart problems in the
moment but, despite what soap operas
would have us believe, collapsing
during the act itself is uncommon.
Ardalan Sharifzadehgan and col-
In flagrante delicto
Nelson Rockefeller The former US
vice-president died of a heart attack
at 70 in 1979, apparently during a
dalliance with his secretary.
Pope John XII Died in 964, allegedly
of a stroke in his mistress?s arms.
John Entwistle The Who bassist, 57,
died in bed with a Las Vegas
stripper after cocaine-fuelled sex.
Lord Palmerston Rumours that he
died aged 80 in 1865 while seducing
a maid on a billiard table have never
been confirmed.
leagues at the Georges-Pompidou
European Hospital in Paris looked at
246 people who had suffered a cardiac
arrest during exercise, almost all of
them men. About half the 17 men whose
hearts stopped during sex died, compared with 12 per cent of those who had
a cardiac arrest during sport, Dr Sharifzadehgan told the European Society of
Cardiology congress in Barcelona.
This seemed to be because less than
half of those who had been having sex
were given CPR, even though ? by definition ? there was someone on hand.
Eighty per cent of those who had a
cardiac arrest during sport received
CPR and their blood stopped flowing
for an average of two minutes, compared with five for those interrupted
during sex.
?If there is a witness . . . it?s better for
you, you have a bystander to give you
CPR ? but sometimes we have a
witness who doesn?t do anything,? Dr
Sharifzadehgan said. ?They are
shocked, they don?t know how to react.
The husband is naked, they are naked,
maybe they?re afraid to call the neighbours. There?s big, big embarrassment.?
There was a serious argument for
encouraging women to react quickly,
he said. ?The first thing to do is to call
help in the building or from neighbours,? he said. Then [the woman] can
give CPR and someone else can call the
emergency services.?
Jeremy Pearson, associate medical
director of the British Heart Foundation, said the findings should not scare
people off sex which, like other forms of
exercise, can be good for the heart.
He backed the call for better education in CPR, saying: ?We want everybody to do CPR ? in whatever position
they find themselves.?
Obese children are showing signs of
heart damage by the age of five, according to research that also suggests toddlers are being harmed by their weight.
Similar warning signs were even seen
in bottle-fed babies before their first
birthday in the latest set of findings to
highlight that an unhealthy start can
set children up for a lifetime of health
problems and deadly conditions such as
cancer and heart disease.
One in five British children is now
obese by the time they leave primary
school. In response, parts of the
NHS are experimenting with showing
parents what their children might look
like as obese adults in an effort to shock
them into healthier diets.
Previously researchers have found
signs of emerging damage in eightyear-olds. Romanian scientists have
now said that these problems can
appear earlier.
They used ultrasound to measure the
thickness of the left ventricular wall of
455 children under five, 49 of whom
were obese. This is a well-established
marker of heart problems in adults,
with thicker walls increasing the risk of
difficulties with blood flow.
The heart walls of the obese children
were 31 per cent thicker, averaging
7.6mm, according to results presented
at the European Society of Cardiology
congress in Barcelona. Delia Mercea, of
the Constantin Opris hospital in Baia
Mare, said that although the children
would not notice any problems until
later in life, it was clear that the groundwork for ill health was already being
laid.
?Children tend to sit more in front of
the TV, computer, from very early age
instead of playing in the backyard or beginning a sport,? she said. ?We should
encourage healthy food and physical
exercise. Doctors should tell parents
what kind of food to give to children ?
proper food at home and natural food
like fruit and vegetables.?
Fifty-four of the children were under
the age of one and Dr Mercea said there
were signs of the same pattern even
before the introduction of solid food.
Babies who were too heavy had been
bottle-fed, she said.
Britain has some of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world, with less
than half of mothers still doing it after
two months and only 1 per cent following advice from the World Health Organisation to feed babies only breast
milk until the age of six months.
6 Spending three years at university
reduces the risk of developing heart
disease, an international study has
found. Researchers examined half a
million people and found those with
more DNA markers linked to education were 30 per cent less likely to have
heart attacks and heart failure. The
study was published in The BMJ.
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Police helped unlawfully
in hunt for tourists? killers
Judy Murray wins right to
build �m tennis hub
School tries ?detox days?
to get pupils off phones
The National Crime Agency has
admitted that it behaved unlawfully
in helping Thai police to search for
the killers of two British backpackers.
Hannah Witheridge, 23, from
Norfolk, and David Miller, 24, from
Jersey, were killed on the island of
Koh Tao in 2014. The following year
two bar workers from Burma were
convicted of their murders and
sentenced to death. Zaw Lin and Wai
Phyo have lodged their final appeals.
Lawyers in London brought an
action in the High Court against
Britain?s crime agency for assisting in
a case where the suspects may be put
to death. The case was withdrawn
after the agency accepted that it had
acted unlawfully in providing phone
data and intelligence to Thai police.
Exmoor romance The Valley of the Rocks in Lynton, Devon, provides a dramatic
set for the Pleasure Dome Theatre?s production of Lorna Doone until Saturday
Judy Murray, mother of the tennis
stars Sir Andy and Jamie, has won
approval for her plan for a � million
tennis, golf and housing centre on the
outskirts of Dunblane, central
Scotland. Kevin Stewart, Holyrood?s
housing and local government
minister, yesterday ruled in favour of
the application after examining the
findings of a lengthy public inquiry.
He said it would bring strong benefits
to Scottish sport.
Ms Murray said she wanted to
create a lasting legacy from her sons?
success: ?I want Scotland to be a
healthier and more active nation.?
The plan, which includes a Murray
tennis museum, was rejected by
councillors in 2015 after a thousand
residents said it would lead to the
destruction of Park of Keir, a beauty
spot. Inga Bullen, chairwoman of
Residents Against Greenbelt Erosion,
said it was considering appealing
against the decision. ?Celebrity
influence does not make good
planning decisions,? she said.
Pupils will be playing Trivial Pursuit
rather than Angry Birds at Brighton
College this year after the school
introduced a ban on mobile phones.
The school has banned all use of
phones in years 7, 8 and 9 while pupils
in year 10 will have three ?detox days?
a week. Year 11 pupils will have one
detox day a week. There will be a
range of board games for pupils to
play in their free time, and the school
will encourage lunchtime activities
such as debating and volleyball.
Head teachers who have already
banned mobile phones, such as at
Bishop Challoner Girls? School in east
London, say results and behaviour
have improved dramatically as a
result. However, some schools are
encouraging pupils to bring phones to
school. Caroline Jordan, headmistress
at Headington School in Oxford, said:
?We believe there is a place for
smartphones or tablets in lessons. We
want to be able to take advantage of
this powerful resource that most of
our girls carry around with them.?
Pig?s head left impaled on railings outside mosque
�,000 microhouse opens new door to the homeless
Fewer children living in
homes with no worker
The number of children living in a
household where no adult has a job
has fallen to a new low.
There are 1.3 million such children,
the Office for National Statistics has
found, a fall of 53,000 compared with
last year. At 10.5 per cent of all
children, it is the lowest proportion
since records began in 1996, when it
was 20 per cent.
Research has shown that children
from working families are almost
twice as likely as those from
non-working households to pass five
GCSEs at grade C or above.
The proportion of single parents
with a job rose to 68 per cent from
66.5 per cent over the past year and
is now up from about 57 per cent
in 2010.
Police have begun a hate crime
investigation after a pig?s head was
left on railings outside a mosque days
before the festival of Eid al-Adha.
Officers received a report that the
animal?s head had been impaled on
fencing outside the Taiyabah Masjid
in Bolton at about 3.40am on Sunday.
Greater Manchester police are
treating the incident as a hate crime.
No arrests have been made but
inquiries are continuing.
One resident, who lives opposite
the mosque and did not want to be
named, told The Bolton News: ?It is
not good for the community. I am
really shocked. There has definitely
been an increase in hate crimes.?
The force said that religious hate
crimes had quadrupled in June after
the Manchester Arena bombing: up
from 92 in 2016 to 366 this year. In
the same period (May 22 to June 19)
Islamophobic hate crime increased
from 37 to 224 incidents. Rob Potts,
an assistant chief constable, said that
the force would not tolerate hatred or
discrimination.
The first microhome designed to
provide temporary accommodation
for the homeless has been built by a
charity in Worcester. The Homeless
Foundation hopes its 186 sq ft iKozie
single-person home ? which drew
inspiration from yacht interiors and
first-class airline cabins ? will allow
occupants who have been living in
hostels to re-establish independent
lives. The �,000 unit, which is built
off-site and placed using a crane, has
a bedroom, shower room, living area
and kitchen with washing machine.
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Corbynistas set for power grab
after Scottish leader resigns
Patrick Maguire
Hamish Macdonnell
Scottish Political Editor
Kezia Dugdale?s resignation as leader of
Scottish Labour could hand supporters
of Jeremy Corbyn control of the UK
party?s ruling body and allow the leftwingers to impose radical reforms.
Ms Dugdale, a moderate, will probably be replaced on the ruling national
executive committee (NEC) by the interim chief Alex Rowley, a supporter of
Mr Corbyn who served as her deputy.
The committee will meet to finalise
arrangements for the party conference
? the culmination of a long and rancorous ground war between its rival
factions ? next month. Ms Dugdale?s
departure, announced on Tuesday
night, is a blow to moderates and is likely to hand Mr Corbyn?s backers a hitherto elusive majority.
The Unite union has already called
for a delay to the contest to choose Ms
Dugdale?s successor, which would allow Mr Rowley to take her place at the
meeting. Supporters of Mr Corbyn
could now secure radical reforms such
as changes to the way in which MPs are
selected and the creation of a second
deputy leadership post, a move mooted
as a means of neutralising the influence
of Tom Watson.
The Times revealed last month that
leftwing activists were pushing for the
change in a bid to punish Mr Watson, a
centrist, for his perceived disloyalty to
Contenders
Richard Leonard
Odds 6-4 favourite
An articulate and clever
Yorkshireman and former TUC
economist from Mr Corbyn?s wing.
Mr Leonard is member of the GMB
union, which is where he made his
name as an organiser, and is likely
to get the trade unions? support.
Anas Sarwar
Odds 2-1
A former dentist and son of the
former Labour MP Mohammad
Sarwar who has moved from the
Commons to Holyrood with ease.
The former deputy leader, 34, is
known to be hugely ambitious. As a
moderate he will attract the backing
of non-Corbynistas.
Mr Corbyn. Emily Thornberry, the
shadow foreign secretary, is touted as
the leading candidate.
The NEC will also determine the
policy focus of the conference, where
members could approve controversial
plans radically to reduce the number of
MPs required to nominate future leadership contenders ? effectively guaranteeing the left a place on the ballot.
A source close to Mr Corbyn dismissed Westminster speculation that
Ms Dugdale had been offered a peerage
in exchange for standing down before
the crucial pre-conference meeting.
Nonetheless a senior figure from the
party?s moderate wing conceded: ?The
NEC is now secured for Corbyn.?
The development was welcomed by
supporters of the Labour leader yesterday. The Skwawkbox, an influential
pro-Corbyn blog with links to several
leftwing Labour MPs, hailed Ms Dugdale?s resignation as a ?potential opportunity to remake the party in line with
its leadership and membership and to
secure permanent access for the party?s
left to any future leadership contests?.
Last night two candidates from rival
factions emerged as the likely contenders to succeed Ms Dugdale.
Richard Leonard, an MSP elected in
2016, has been talked up by Mr Corbyn?s
Scottish supporters as the standard
bearer for the left. Moderate MSPs
have pinned their hopes on Anas Sarwar, the party?s health spokesman at
Holyrood and a former MP.
Victory for either candidate would
leave women unrepresented among
Labour?s most senior elected politicians. Labour MPs warned the party it
could be about to take a retrograde step.
Jess Phillips, the MP for Birmingham
Yardley, told The Times that she ?would
not wish to see Labour go further backwards? on the representation of women
in senior positions. Harriet Harman,
Labour?s longest-serving female MP,
said: ?Please can we have another
woman and not revert back to a man??
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Drink and duels . . .
hellraising monks?
bad habits revealed
Jack Malvern
The usual view of monks as pious and
peaceful men living a secluded life has
been confounded by a study of the
Benedictine order that uncovered
examples of overindulgence, military
service and duels.
Monks in Motion, a project run by
Durham University, compiled records
of 900 monks who lived incognito in
England and Wales at a time when they
faced the death penalty for their beliefs.
The database, which can be searched
by scholars and the public, includes
such colourful characters as William
Davies (Brother Maurus), who travelled to England as a missionary but
who appears to have died fighting a
duel on Whitsun morning on June 9,
1663.
He had already established a reputation as a maverick in 1645, three years
after he joined the order at St Edmund?s
in Paris, where he was imprisoned in
the monastery?s granary for refusing to
comply with rules of abstaining from
drink. He was sprung by members of
the community and fled the monastery
but returned after a change in the rules.
His name appears in records of
Benedictine monks from the ?penal
period? ? the period from the reign of
Elizabeth I to an easing of restrictions
in 1791 ? when Catholicism was
effectively outlawed in England and
Wales.
James Kelly, of the department of
theology and religion at Durham, said
that any Catholic priest who set foot on
English soil risked being
and
hanged,
drawn
ere a
quartered. ?If you were
stlay person who assistd
ed a priest you would
simply be hanged,
not drawn and
quartered, so you
take your mercies
where you can find
them,? he said.
?Priests were covert
individuals. That?s
n?t
why historians didn?t
hey
know about them. They
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didn?t want to be found.?
The project, which compiled
w College,
College Amplerecords from Ushaw
forth Abbey, Downside Abbey and
Douai Abbey, discovered that there
were a third more Benedictine monks
than previously thought.
One was Henry Starkey (Brother
Hugh), who was expelled from his col-
BBC spends
�3m on
taxis for staff
Matthew Moore Media Correspondent
Dom P閞ignon was not the only monk to enjoy a tipple.
Charles II?s wife owned a Benedictine devotional book
le in 1639 for unrulege
lin
liness
but apologised
and was readmitted.
He fought
f
for the royalists in the English Civil
War and his leg was blown
War
canno ball. He was later
off by a cannon
a chaplain to Lord Bellasis, a noble allied to the royalists. Starkey was arrested in 1679 as part of the Oates Plot,
a supposed conspiracy by Catholics to
kill Charles II, and was sentenced to
death but was reprieved.
Another notable character that they
found was John Huddlestone (Brother
Denis), who is thought to have sheltered Charles II at Moseley Court in
Bushbury, Staffordshire, in 1651, after
the royalists had been defeated by the
parliamentarians. He later received
Charles II into the Catholic Church as
the king lay on his deathbed.
John Mannock (Brother Anselm) became a monk after accidentally killing
his brother by dropping a cannon ball
from a window. Monks in Motion notes:
?Overwhelmed with guilt, he devoted
himself to religion.?
The BBC spent more than �3 million
of licence-payers? money on taxis for
staff in the past three years, figures have
shown.
The amount spent on cab fares rose
to �1,095 last year from �1,317 in
2015-16. In 2014-15 it was �2,861.
These figures are not the total spent on
taxis by the corporation as they exclude
fares for the news and current affairs,
radio and content departments. The
Freedom of Information Act does not
oblige the BBC to publish information
relating to journalism, art or literature.
John O?Connell, chief executive of
the TaxPayers? Alliance campaign
group, said: ?Hard-pressed licence-fee
payers will be furious. The rest of the
public sector is clamping down on
unnecessary taxis and the corporation
should be no different.?
The BBC said that travelling by taxi
was often the most appropriate means
of carrying heavy broadcast equipment
or reaching places with poor public
transport links. It also said that it owed
a duty of care to staff working late to
ensure that they got home safely.
A BBC spokesperson said: ?The BBC
has strict rules which means taxis are
used only for essential business when
public transport isn?t available and as a
result costs have been brought down
over successive years. The majority of
production-related travel is to get
guests and contributors to studios.?
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Obstinate Juncker shows
we?re right to leave
Iain Martin
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How the West can defeat the Kremlin?s lies
For all the propaganda thrown at us on TV and social media, we can be confident of winning the battle of ideas
MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
David
Aaronovitch
@daaronovitch
I
n 1976, aged 22, I went with a
student delegation to Prague.
Then it lay behind an iron
curtain that few of us thought
would be lifted in our lifetimes.
We had gone to meet the members
of the secretariat of the
International Union of Students
(IUS), which had its headquarters
there. At the airport we were
conducted past the queues waiting
to be assessed by grim-looking men
at passport control, and shown
straight to a chauffeured car that
took us to an office in the city centre
to meet our hosts.
I hadn?t thought about this journey
for years, about the dreary encounter
with the forty and fifty-somethings
who supposedly ran the IUS, their
speeches about peace and solidarity,
their appeals to our internationalism,
their rooms full of dusty
publications, pennants and posters.
And then this week David Jones, or
@DavidJo52951945 as he/she/they
were known on Twitter, was outed as
a likely Russian agent who had been
spreading propaganda helpful to the
Putin government. And I realised
that this was an updated version of
what had been going on all those
years ago.
Back then, during the seemingly
endless Cold War, the battle was on
between the Soviet Union and the
West for the allegiance of developing
countries and what were known as
?progressive forces?. Being a student
I was a potential progressive force.
Women were another. Trade
unionists were a third. Youth a
fourth. Lawyers a fifth. Honestly.
Peaceniks were the best of all. And
for each of these the Soviet
apparatus created or maintained a
front organisation. The IUS was one
of them; the World Peace Council
was another.
They claimed to be doing one thing:
cementing friendship and concord
between peoples the world over while
in fact they were doing another. Their
conferences, booklets and factfinding trips all carried the foreign
policy message of the Kremlin: We
love peace and brotherhood; the
Americans love war and division.
The Soviet Union enjoyed one
advantage over the Russians who
succeeded it and who are now
prosecuting the Second Cold War. Its
advantage was that there were
millions of communists and socialists
who believed in the innate
superiority of its system or at least its
potential superiority. Except in the
Nobody who isn?t one
already could wish to
be a Russian today
very last days there were always
people who wanted to be Soviet. I
don?t think anybody in the world,
who isn?t already, wants to be
Russian.
So there is almost no positive
message that Russia can use to
beautify itself. Consequently its
propaganda effort has turned almost
entirely to the business of
denigration and disruption. He?s
gone now, but if you looked hard at
the emanations of
@DavidJo52951945 you could see a
pattern. They are like symptoms
which separately don?t tell you more
than that someone is unwell, but
which taken together suggest a
specific disease.
The symptoms are: hostility to
immigration with an emphasis on
the threat the ?influx? poses to
western values; support for President
Assad in his battle against jihadists;
denial that Syria has been
responsible for chemical attacks;
contempt for the European Union;
claims that the West provoked the
crisis in Ukraine; scepticism that the
Russians were in some way
responsible for the shooting down of
Flight MH17; talking up any
suggestion that electoral systems in
the West are rigged; emphasis on any
success by ethno-nationalist parties
in Europe; a division of the sentient
world into craven followers of the
lying ?mainstream media? on the one
hand, and discerners of the truth on
the other.
Most or all of these give you a New
Cold Warrior. Or an idiot. Because
what the Russians appear to be
engaged in is not a series of stabbing
attacks, but of judo throws. They?ll
put the stuff out there but it?s we in
the West who do their work for them.
The Republicans backed Donald
Trump last year despite his support
for the birther conspiracy, which
held that Barack Obama was not
born in the US and was therefore
ineligible to be president. Theories
such as this put any Kremlinbot or
bonkers website to shame. By
endorsing Trump, the party
essentially said that defeating the
Democratic candidate was more
important than the integrity of the
presidency. But that was their choice.
Putin didn?t force them into it. When
British MPs of all parties queried
whether there was ?proof? that
Assad had used chemical weapons,
they weren?t instructed by the
Russian foreign ministry.
A pro-Russian militant takes a break
during the Ukrainian crisis of 2014
@DavidJo52951945 can?t succeed
without our active connivance.
And there?s our weakness. As a
corollary to the freedom to be clever,
we permit our fellow citizens the
freedom to be stupid and wrong. This
week, for example, as floods swept
Houston, Trump supporters on social
media were busily repeating the
claim that during Hurricane Katrina
President Obama went golfing.
Katrina hit Louisiana in 2005.
Obama took office in 2009.
There?s no legislation that takes
out a @DavidJo52951945 and allows
continued free expression. There?s no
law on ?fake news? that wouldn?t
founder on the first attempt to create
a definition. And yet I would still bet
on our victory.
We could and should be less dumb
and more discriminating. Schools
and parents have their work cut out
teaching the young the difference
between information and
dezinformatsiya. It?s the equivalent of
knowing which adults to trust and
which to avoid at all costs. Yet we
have one big thing going for us.
A while ago I interviewed Jung
Chang, a woman who had been in
China during the Cultural
Revolution and had waved the Little
Red Book with other Maoist
militants. But something happened
when she saw Chinese propaganda
newsreels of westerners doing the
same thing. What a society, she
thought, that permitted those who
opposed the government to speak
out! She became a dissident.
Marx glowers in Highgate
cemetery because our society could
easily cope with his ideas being
expressed and debated. Putin?s
opponents fear for their lives because
his society is too fragile and
frightened for him to risk their free
expression. He is far more scared of
us than we need be of him. Oppose
him, yes. Quake because of him? No.
The second night we were in
Prague all those years ago, the aged
student leaders took us as a treat to a
nightclub. I had never been to one
before. It was Le Carr�, really. There,
under a silver ball, the gloomy but
privileged nomenklatura of the
Czechoslovak Socialist Republic
drank champagne and ogled young
female graduates of the people?s
education system.
There is only so long you can keep
a pretence going.
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Trump?s respect for voters confounds the left
Unlike the patronising Democrats, the president gives pride back to blue-collar Americans
Jenni
Russell
@jennirsl
I
am riveted by the horror of the
Trump show. It keeps me up late
at night, when I log on for an
instant and think: he?s tweeted
what? and spend the next couple
of hours compulsively reading the
reaction, hoping that this statement
or that revelation will finally bring
him down.
Yet I?ve begun to worry about the
effectiveness of the barrage of
indignation that people like me are
directing at this president. I think
he?s dangerous in unprecedented
ways; he?s encouraging Americans to
be less civilised and more cruel; if he
could subvert the checks on
presidential or ruling party power he
would. He?s a narcissist who cannot
deliver the employment and medical
care he promised.
The daily denunciations of him are
cogent and passionate. I fear they are
also, in their righteous fury,
misunderstanding what it will take to
oust or defeat him.
If liberal outrage was all that was
needed, Trump would never have
won. His opponents seem to think
they only have to prove him a
monster and a charlatan for his
shamefaced supporters to admit they
were wrong, and creep back into the
Democrat fold. That ignores the
basis for his success and why the vast
majority of his base still back him.
Trump?s appeal to his voters isn?t
just his promises of a better life; it?s
something intangible and even more
critical: respect. He promised more
than great jobs, great health and a
great America; he told his voters that
they themselves were great. That
resonated because he was mostly
addressing people who feel neglected
and overlooked by economic and
social changes, and who fear they are
losing jobs and status to immigrants
and non-white Americans.
Trump?s message was so powerful
because, as the Nobel prizewinning
economist John Harsanyi said, ?apart
from economic payoffs, social status
seems to be the most important
incentive and motivating force of
social behaviour?. Apes and chimps
crave it and so do we. We are acutely
aware of and affected by our
individual standing and the standing
Denunciations of the
president miss the
secret of his success
of our group.
The lower we perceive our status
to be, the more stressed and
depressed we are, the less likely we
are to perform well in tests, the
likelier we are to get sick and to die
early. As research by the American
academic psychologist PJ Henry
shows, low status also makes us
angrier and more defensive because
our position is so precarious that we
are constantly watching out for
social insults. Any decline in status is
likely to affect us even more deeply
since we will be agonisingly aware of
the contrast between our past and
our present.
Trump offers his voters relief from
this, which is why they are so loyal.
His praise gives them something
precious: pride and identity. It?s also
genuine. I listened to Trump
defending himself at his muchcriticised Arizona rally and was
struck by something besides dismay;
the near-reverence with which he
speaks of his voters. He told his
audience that he only minded media
attacks when they were aimed at his
honest, hardworking supporters,
?who love our nation, obey our laws
and care for our people?. He did the
same in Texas this week, telling his
crowd: ?We love you, you?re special,
we?re here to take care?.
The observers who denounce his
self-obsession are missing this
critical connection. It stems from his
own profound insecurity, and his
identification as a resentful social
outsider who has never had the
respect he craves from America?s
elite.
It electrifies his base because they
are being respected by someone who
embodies what they aspire to. The
Californian academic Joan Williams,
in her book White Working Class,
makes clear just how much this
group dislike salaried professionals
and how they feel patronised and
despised by lawyers, doctors and
government employees. They are
contemptuous of the anxious
conformity of the professionally
employed, infinitely preferring the
rugged independence of people who
are their own bosses and are free to
speak their own minds.
They don?t want to change their
culture. Their aspiration is to keep
their own network of friends, family
and way of life, but with added
wealth. Trump, with his crudity,
defence of civil war statues, fondness
for gilt furniture, burgers and
rewarding his family with highpowered jobs, represents their
dream.
Everything that incenses liberals
about that behaviour is further proof
to this group that Trump is their
man and that they are his team.
Liberals? denunciations of him are
implicit criticisms of them, their
values and their choices, and
threaten their self-respect. They
double down behind the president
and blame the media or ?the swamp?
for any setbacks. Gallup reports that
even after the chaos and scandals of
this year, Trump?s support among
Republicans has only fallen by 12
percentage points. Almost half his
base would back him even if he shot
someone.
Only a fool would assume that the
accusations of Russia or racism will
reverse the Trump tide. Michael
Moore, the leftwing filmmaker and
one of the few to predict Trump?s
victory, is warning that he?s on track
to win again in 2020. But so far the
Democrats, who lost because they
patronised or ignored the electorate
in key states, delude themselves that
moral superiority alone will win back
the White House. They are offering
nothing to those voters except
condescension and denigration. If
they cannot learn how to bind
Americans together rather than
divide them, I fear it is they who will
be humiliated again.
the contestants were exactly the
same: they all showed a kindness in
competition, sense of humour in
failure, self-deprecation in triumph
which are the finest traits in our
national character.
Indeed I realised that Bake Off is
perhaps the last oasis of that gentle,
funny, tolerant, mild-mannered,
spirit of 2012 Olympics
Britishness. Now both
our main political
parties are bitterly
riven, Brexit divides us
and public discourse is
vile, it was a deep
relief to watch a bunch
of nice people of all
ages and backgrounds
engage in the
wonderfully silly task of
creating a cake which
looked like a handbag, a
bowl of sushi, a loaf of
bread, a pie?
what everyone will do next week,
although this staggered viewing
does rather ruin the shared national
moment.
Yet years ago ads were themselves
shared events: the Smash aliens, the
Black Magic man, etc. Now I record
everything to watch it later, skip ads
on YouTube clips, install ad blockers,
time my arrival at the cinema to
avoid the ad reel. Am I fooling
myself in believing I am almost
beyond advertising?s reach?
Janice Turner Notebook
If you?re less
than perfect,
find another
school
I
magine you?re a bright
17-year-old. After two years of
sweating at GCSEs, trying to get
the obligatory 11 shining A*s, you
sit AS levels. Perhaps you?re a
little burnt out; perhaps, as is
common at this stage, you?re taking
subjects ? economics or philosophy,
say ? you?ve never studied before.
Anyway, your AS grades aren?t the
greatest. Bunch of Cs. Disappointing
but not the end of the world: you can
retake all your AS modules next year
with your A2s to improve your grades.
But what if your school, like
St Olave?s grammar in Bromley,
says: not good enough, get out. No
speckles on our apples: we can?t be
seen to produce mediocrities like you.
So at 17 it?s goodbye to teachers
who understand your strengths, to
the friends you?ve known since you
were 11, to enjoying end of school
rituals with your old gang. Let?s hope
you can find another local school
willing to take you that uses the
same exam boards and syllabus. Let?s
hope you can get through the
rejection and upheaval, on top of
those poor grades, to pull yourself
together by next June.
What St Olave?s did is nothing
new. Private schools ruthlessly eject
less starry pupils to preserve their
precious league table place and
prestige. But a state school doesn?t
have to worry about attracting fees.
So what does it say about us as a
society that our public educators,
entrusted with guiding children
through the hard terrain of
adolescence safely towards
adulthood, care more about
their ranking on a
government chart than
about ruining a young
person?s life?
Comfort food
I
hadn?t planned to watch
Bake Off in its new
Channel 4
manifestation. This is the
ultimate comfort TV and
I was worried the new
cast would upset the
blood-pressurelowering familiarity.
But it wasn?t just the
new presenters
(particularly Prue
Leith) who were more
than passable substitutes.
The main thing was that
Fast forward
B
ake Off also made
me realise how
seldom I have to
watch adverts these
days. Prue Leith got
into trouble by
suggesting we record
the programme and
fast-forward through
messages from
sponsors. And that is
Bearded ladies
A
friend was invited to a hen
party with a difference: all the
women had to come dressed as
men. There was a variety of costumes
from sheikh to Del Boy, but the most
popular trend was facial hair. My
friend, a lesbian, bought herself a vast
and enviably lush beard which she
wore with lashings of eye make-up
and jewellery. This combination, she
reports, had an oddly magnetic effect
on the straight women. Likewise
when this rowdy group came across a
stag night, another woman wearing a
huge handlebar moustache was very
popular with the men.
Perhaps the cheeky, flirtatious
bearded lady is the sexual equivalent
of salted caramel: it triggers all the
taste buds at once.
@victoriapeckham
Corrupt Rwanda
still has millions in
British aid on tap
Ian Birrell
D
iane Rwigara is a brave
woman. Her industrialist
father died in what she
believes was a politically
inspired car crash. Yet she
went back to Rwanda to challenge
Paul Kagame for the presidency,
knowing that the last woman to do
so remains in jail while other rivals
have been beheaded or strangled.
When she revealed her candidacy,
nude portraits instantly flooded the
internet. Then she was stopped from
standing by an electoral body once
funded with British aid.
Kagame won this month?s election,
of course, with a ludicrous 99 per
cent share of the vote. So having
changed the constitution to overturn
term limits, he can stay in power
until 2034. Yet the courageous
Rwigara continued to speak out.
?Rwanda is like a very pretty girl
with a lot of make-up,? she said.
?Perfect teeth, perfect hair, perfect
everything. They spend so much
time on the image because they
know the inside is dark and dirty.?
Now that filthy core has been
exposed again. Hours after I met a
prominent Rwandan dissident who
told me she would soon be ?dealt
with? for daring to confront Kagame,
she and her family were carted off by
his security goons. Later, sources told
me they were combing through their
computers and phones for contacts
and information. Rwandan police say
they are probing forgery of
signatures on documents used to
stand for election.
Britain will not be bothered. We
will keep on pumping aid
(� million this year) into this tiny
east African nation. It carries on
regardless of Kagame?s killings,
torture, corruption or wrecking-ball
interventions in other nations. Our
foolish ministers seem hypnotised by
this clever despot and his Tutsidominated regime in their desperate
search for an aid success story.
After the election Rory Stewart
MP, minister for Africa, shamefully
praised ?a result which reflected the
will of most Rwandans?. The
Department for International
Development spouts nonsense about
strengthening civil society.
Politicians of all persuasions promote
a savage regime. Charities stay silent
to keep the funds flowing. They are
all apologists for a murderer who
crushes dissent, controls every
aspect of life inside the country and
is creating potentially explosive
problems for the future.
Recently whistleblowers have
revealed that economic and health
data is being falsified, while there are
reports of widespread hunger blamed
on centralised agricultural policies.
Yet self-serving western donors
simply ignore the abuse and keep on
pouring aid into Kagame?s pocket.
Ian Birrell is a freelance writer who won
a British Press Award for his
investigation into overseas aid
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Obstinate Juncker shows we?re right to leave
An amicable Brexit deal is possible but the European Commission?s inflexibility is thwarting all attempts at compromise
Iain
Martin
@iainmartin1
T
he EU has made quite a few
mistakes on a grand scale
in the last quarter of a
century, but one of the
worst involved giving its top
job to an obscure politician from
Luxembourg three years ago.
The appointment of Jean-Claude
Juncker as president of the European
Commission in 2014 has turned out to
be even more of a failure than his
pro-EU critics feared and British
eurosceptics hoped. On his watch the
UK, the second-largest contributor to
EU funds, failed to get decent enough
terms to persuade it to stay, following
which its electorate opted to leave.
Yet Juncker is the preposterous
figure who, rather than resigning
over his historic mismanagement,
this week imperiously marked
Britain?s position papers on Brexit as
deserving of an ?F? grade. There is a
potential response that the British
government could offer, also
beginning with ?F?, but as the Brexit
talks resume in Brussels it might be
thought unhelpful to the potentially
productive outcome that Juncker?s
intransigence imperils.
?Juncker is very emotional, it
depends what time of day you get
him,? says a key figure on the British
side. ?[Martin] Selmayr [Juncker?s
eurofanatical head of cabinet] gives
him the Brexit papers at night and
nothing substantial comes back. We
think he wants to pretend Brexit isn?t
really happening.?
Juncker?s original appointment
demonstrated what is wrong with the
EU. Remember that it came at a
pivotal moment, with the
impoverishment of southern Europe
to the advantage of the north caused
by the single currency. On top of
which the failure to protect the
union?s southern external border has
perpetuated suffering and upheaval.
What was needed at the European
Commission, the central Brussels
institution that drives legislation,
regulation and enforcement of the
rules, was skilful leadership and fresh
thinking. What it did not need at the
helm was Juncker, an intransigent
and fanatical federalist with all the
diplomatic skills of a bumptious
barman calling time at a beer festival.
Indeed, a baffled David Cameron?s
doomed attempt three years ago to
block the appointment of this
unsuitable character illustrates the
Alice in Wonderland nature of a
project that infantilises grown
national leaders. They thought him
unsuitable but went ahead anyway.
So here we all are with the grumpy
europhile theocrat in a key position
while the EU and the UK attempt to
deal with Brexit and establish a new
trading relationship once the British
leave the European Union.
Echoing Juncker?s remarks about
the supposedly ?unsatisfactory?
British position papers, but wearing
the expression of a man who realises
increasingly that he may have boxed
himself in, is the EU?s suave chief
How long will France
and Germany let this
Brussels farce go on?
negotiator, Michel Barnier.
For all that the Remain side has a
weird reluctance to apply the ?well
they would say that? test to Juncker
and Barnier, what is apparent is that
Barnier is in a bind. The position
advanced by the commission, which
started out as inflexible, has become
downright ludicrous.
The problem is this. Barnier
promised the EU 27 (the EU minus
the UK) that he would get a clear idea
of the scale of exit payments from the
Brits before the talks could move on,
possibly in October, to any future
trading relationship. British officials
have pointed out all summer that in
order to agree on a figure they first
have to know the terms of a transition
deal, and the broad terms of what the
EU will agree to after that.
The commission approach is typical
of the EU in putting procedure before
common sense. Trying to show the
British who is boss in this process,
Juncker, Barnier and their officials
stick to a rigid set of daft constraints
elevated to the status of holy writ.
After the last few decades of EU
behaviour this should not come as a
surprise, but too many Brexiteers
promised that it would be easy to
overcome the Brussels mentality
after a vote to leave. It is not.
The British, more used to a
common law approach and
improvised constitutional evolution,
too often forget that the EU is a
highly legalistic, obsessively
rules-based and codified
organisation built that way for a
reason. It was designed to hold
disparate states together in a web of
ever-growing process, all the while
amassing a corpus of law and
harmonising rulings piled on top of
each other remorselessly, until it
became impossible, or too difficult,
to get out. Today, this leaves the
commission demanding money
with menaces in the most
impractical way, having trapped
both parties inside Article 50 and the
bizarre sequencing of talks.
The open question for British
officials and for Paris and Berlin, to
which there is no clear answer ahead
of the German elections in
September, is how long Germany
and France will let this Brussels farce
go on. Might they choose this
autumn to take back control, to
borrow a phrase, and order the
commission to show a little more
imagination on smoothing transition
and a new relationship? Some hints
of that, since denied, emerged from
France over the weekend. ?It should
all become clearer after the German
elections,? says a British cabinet
minister, not looking entirely
convinced.
There remains a lot at stake for
both sides. The EU budget will be an
enormous �-� billion short if
the UK crashes out without a deal
and pays nothing. That would shock
the UK economy but also France,
Germany and other states. Does the
EU want Britain?s money, or not? If
the answer is ?yes? then both parties
will have to throw away the rulebook
and experiment to co-operate.
There is an irony in the poor
handling of this tricky business by
Juncker and Barnier, wedded as they
are to absurd EU procedure. It
shows, of course, why the British
opted to leave in the first place.
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Examination system and the role of teachers
Boardroom reform
Sir, The present model of corporate
governance in Britain is outdated
(?May accused of watering down
corporate reforms?, Aug 29). With
equities now owned and traded
largely for short-term profit-taking,
and employees being most businesses?
key asset, it is no longer appropriate
for companies to be accountable only
to the interests of their shareholders.
That generates excessive pressure for
short-term returns and a failure to
engage employees properly in
decision-making ? a key factor in
raising productivity. It is no
coincidence that the UK?s investment
and productivity rates lag so far
behind those of our major European
competitors, where corporate
governance does not give
shareholders absolute primacy.
Properly reforming the UK system
? amending directors? duties in
company law to promote the longterm success of the company, putting
elected workers on boards, and
applying the rules to private as well as
listed companies ? is therefore not
just about creating better-managed
companies. It will improve long-term
economic performance. The
government should think again.
michael jacobs
Institute for Public Policy Research
commission on economic justice
School of scandal?
Sir, You report (Aug 30) that
St Olave?s Grammar School in
Bromley, Kent, has kicked out more
than a dozen pupils with less than a
year to go before their A levels
because their grades were not up to
scratch. This abdication of
educational commitment, once entry
into a sixth form has been granted, is
reprehensible and is not what true
education should be all about.
It is noteworthy that two of
neighbouring Bexley?s selective
schools have offered to accept the boy
into the upper sixth year, knowing
that there is little more than six
months to give the student the
opportunity to gain some A levels.
These schools also appear high in
A-level league tables but have their
priorities right; it is not the first time
that they have agreed to accept such a
local challenge.
david jones
Headmaster of Bexley Grammar
School 1976-95
Sir, It was disturbing to read your
report of two teachers who allegedly
leaked the contents of exam papers to
their pupils (?Teachers always cheat,
says Ofqual?, News, Aug 29). It would,
however, be wrong to conclude that
teachers should have no part in the
setting and marking of papers.
Practitioners in the classroom have a
unique advantage in assessing what is
within the capacity of the spectrum of
ability of pupils taking an exam, and
in setting questions in a manner
which will allow pupils to exhibit their
abilities. Their involvement is one of
the great strengths of our examination
system. Markers inevitably see the
papers a few weeks in advance but
should be relied on to be professional
and discreet. As a chief examiner for
many years I was setting the papers as
well, but so far in advance that it was
difficult to remember their content
when teaching the subject; and
anyway papers are scrutinised by
one?s fellow chief examiners.
It would be a great pity, a loss to
education and a disservice to the
candidates if a few isolated incidents
led to the abandonment of one of the
great strengths of our exam system.
graham jones
Former headmaster, Repton School
Sir, The best-known independent
schools provide a disproportionate
number of the country?s A-level and
GCSE moderators and senior
Foster care row
Sir, Further to your report ?Judge
rules child must leave Muslim foster
home? (Aug 30), we are pleased that
our proposal for the child to be cared
for by a family member has been
approved. It is something Tower
Hamlets council has been working
towards for some time. As a local
authority, our top priority with foster
care is ensuring that a child is placed
in a safe and loving environment.
Our foster carers are qualified
people from different backgrounds,
with vast experience of looking after
children. They represent the diverse
make-up of our borough, which is a
place where people of all backgrounds
get on with one another.
Once the decision was taken to
place the child into temporary care
we had to find the best placement
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BAGS FOR
THE WOUNDED
The response to the appeal in The
Times of Tuesday for Lady SmithDorrien?s Hospital Bag Fund
(headquarters, 26 Pont Street, SW1)
has been very satisfactory. Owing
to the holidays there was a shortage
of 30,000 bags when a demand for
an extra 10,000 a month came from
the Assistant-Director of Medical
Services in France, bringing the
number in arrear up to 40,000.
Promises to meet the greater part
of this shortage have been received
within three days. Many contained
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examiners. The vast majority of the
experienced teachers who take on
these roles are scrupulous in ensuring
that their pupils gain no advantage
from their direct engagement in the
setting or marking of exam papers.
I hope the few cases of malpractice
that have come to national attention
are dealt with proportionately and do
not lead some of our best teachers to
withdraw from offering what amounts
to an important national service. If
they do, our already creaking
examination system will lose the
support of those who are best placed
to be able to restore confidence in it.
dr joe spence
Master, Dulwich College
Sir, I went to a private school and I
always thought that this meant that
my teachers would have knowledge of
the exams that I was about to take
and some idea of the likely questions
that would be asked, and that this was
why their teaching and advice was so
valued. I see no problem with this.
dr richard primavesi, frcp
London W12
Sir, The malpractice at Eton and
Winchester will have surprised few.
Pupils, schools and teachers are under
inescapable pressure to succeed and
improve, and the unrelenting focus on
testing, examination results and
league tables is to the detriment of
high-quality teaching, learning and
available at the time. Although
cultural background is always a
significant consideration in making
this decision, so too are other factors,
including remaining in the local area
to promote contact with the child?s
family and for the child to continue at
the same school in order to give them
as much stability as possible.
debbie jones
Corporate director of children?s
services, Tower Hamlets council
Sir, Professor Alan Sokal is mistaken
(letter, Aug 30). A five-year-old (or
indeed a five-hour-old) child who has
been baptised using the Trinitarian
formula is a Christian. Article XXVII
clearly states: ?They that receive
baptism rightly are grafted into the
Church.? In other words, they are
Christians.
the right rev john s gaisford
Knutsford, Cheshire
donations, but most were orders,
and all day long Lady SmithDorrien and her voluntary helpers
have been trying to cope with them.
?People are helping us splendidly,?
said Lady Smith-Dorrien last
evening as she cut up bales of
bright chintz in lengths to meet the
day?s orders, ?and if they will only
keep it up, we shall be able to meet
all the shortages. The stuff is the
big difficulty; we want it in
thousands of yards and it is difficult
to get enough and to get it quickly.
Some ladies have been using chintz
curtains which they did not require
after changing house, washing them
first, of course, as everything for the
wounded must be scrupulously
clean. Some very big promises have
come and everyone seems to realize
that we are coping with the needs
of the wounded on every front.?
Amongst the letters was an
appeal from a lady belonging to a
well-known county family to
farmers? families and cottagers to
help her with work and promising
to supply a portion of the material;
another was from a man whose
the development of pupils. It is no
wonder that many schools have
become little more than ?exam
factories?, creating anxious and
stressed children; our mania with
league tables and results means we
are all guilty of perpetuating this
vicious circle.
charles janz
London SW14
Sir, In a chemistry O-level practical
exam we were asked to heat up the
compound provided and to perform
the appropriate tests to decide what
gas was being given off. The decision
as to what test to do was helped by
the master supervising the exam
announcing that the ?splints for the
oxygen test are on the front bench?.
Suitably encouraged, I went on to
read chemistry at university.
tony elgood
Winford, Somerset
Sir, Our O-level French oral exams in
1979 were recorded on old reel-to-reel
tapes, allowing the master to place his
finger on the tape after he had read a
question so he could check (and
correct) our responses before they
were uttered. Given that he had a
strong Belfast accent that made our
assimilation of French a touch tricky
we felt this unorthodox assistance
was only just.
richard bailey
Ryde, Isle of Wight
Farming habitat
Sir, All farming practices, whether
conventional or organic, come at a
cost to wildlife (letter, Aug 30). Twometre-wide margins of rank grass
around arable fields do little to
alleviate loss of habitats while overly
prescriptive agri-environment
schemes have failed to encourage
much wildlife, as indicated by the
decline of the turtle dove (letter, Aug
29). Our exit from a heavy-handed
CAP could now provide us with an
opportunity for more creative farmerled initiatives, such as the Game and
Wildlife Conservation Trust?s ?farmer
cluster? groups (adopted as best
practice by Natural England), to
encourage more wildlife within
productively farmed areas.
rob yorke
Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
health and age did not allow him to
go to the front and who spent part
of his time in munitions work and
in what was left of his day wished
to make bags. He is not the only
man on Lady Smith-Dorrien?s
working list. There is one old
gentleman who has already made
thousands, cutting them out on the
billiard table. The letters from
mothers are the most moving.
Many send their orders or
donations with some little personal
touch telling where and when their
boys fought and were wounded. Sir
Horace Smith-Dorrien pointed out
that one great advantage of the
bags was that pay-sheets (the loss of
which meant delay in getting pay)
were far less frequently lost when
the wounded man had a bag for his
possessions.
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Statues of liberty
Sir, Further to the row over whether
to have a statue of Emmeline
Pankhurst or Millicent Fawcett
(report, Aug 28, and letter, Aug 30),
why not put them on a plinth
together, in sororal conversation? The
Boston Women?s Memorial (2003)
depicts Abigail Adams, Lucy Stone
and Phillis Wheatley in just such an
interaction. Adams (1744-1818), the
wife of the second US president, John
Adams, wrote to him: ?If particular
care and attention is not paid to the
Ladies we . . . will not hold ourselves
bound by any Laws in which we have
no voice, or Representation.?
Lucy Stone (1818-93), the first
Massachusetts woman graduate and
founder of the Woman?s Journal, kept
her own name on marriage and
campaigned for female suffrage
across America. Phillis Wheatley
(1753-84), was the first published
African-American woman poet; her
Poems on Various Subjects, Religious
and Moral were praised by George
Washington. The memorial is a
Bostonian favourite. Pankhurst and
Fawcett could become an equally
loved and respected monument.
professor norman hammond
Harlton, Cambridge
Sir, Brian Harrison (letter, Aug 30)
makes a good case for Millicent
Fawcett?s statue to be erected in
Parliament Square rather than
Emmeline Pankhurst?s, but why not
erect two statues? This would go a
small way towards redressing the
gender imbalance in and around the
Houses of Parliament. Why make it
an either/or decision when both
women played a crucial part in the
enfranchising of women?
dr melanie lloyd
Three Crosses, Swansea
Sartorial surgeon
Sir, Perhaps Tony Narula might be
reconciled to Peter Cowling?s
strictures (letters, Aug 26 & 30) were
he to resuscitate an invention of my
father?s, who was senior surgeon to
the Royal Free and the Marsden
between the wars. He had all his
shirts made with detachable sleeves.
They were secured by four small
buttons above the elbow and,
according to my mother, were a
nightmare to launder. However the
circle of clinical hygiene was thereby
squared with sartorial elegance.
james joll
London W2
?Whitewash? roles
Sir, Ed Skrein?s decision to withdraw
from a role because it would have
required him to portray someone of
mixed Asian heritage might seem
laudable at first sight (Aug 30). But
should not white roles be open to
actors of other races? Shouldn?t it be
entirely acceptable for a black actor to
play a Danish Hamlet? Moreover, is it
not the essence of acting that it
entails the pretence of being someone
else, with wholly different personal
characteristics? There is nothing
discriminatory about this.
professor simon honeyball
Chilton Barton, Devon
Sir, Ed Skrein has turned down a role
in Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen for
fear of ?whitewashing?. Perhaps the
cast of Poldark could consider the
impact on Cornish identity of English
and Irish actors taking the place of
actors from the officially recognised
Cornish community?
tim james
Penzance
the times | Thursday August 31 2017
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Leading articles
Daily Universal Register
Japan: Theresa May, the British prime
minister, continues her visit to meet
her counterpart, Shinzo Abe.
Belgium: Jean-Claude Juncker, the European
Commission president, meets the former
UK prime minister Tony Blair in Brussels.
Nature notes
Grey seal pups are
being born on
remote sandy
beaches, mostly in
the north and west
of the country, that
are often almost
inaccessible for people, although the infant
seals and their mothers can sometimes be
watched from a clifftop. The newborn pups
have a white fur coat and flounder about
with a helpless air at first, but after a month
they are ready to go down to the sea,
where they are soon at home. Grey seals
are larger than common seals, and can be
distinguished by the big dark blotches on
their body. Common seals are a mottled
brownish grey, and are said to have more
friendly-looking faces. Their pups were
mostly born over the summer. Seals spend
most of their life at sea, often showing only
their head above water. A good place to
watch grey seals is around the Farne Islands
in Northumberland, while common seals
can easily be seen at Blakeney Point in
Norfolk. At both places there are boat trips
to take you out. derwent may
Birthdays today
Clive Lloyd, pictured,
cricketer, captain, West
Indies (1974-85), 73;
Sheenagh Adams, keeper
of the Registers of
Scotland, 60; Jerry
Allison, drummer and
songwriter, the Crickets,
That?ll Be the Day (1957), 78; Martin Bell,
Unicef UK ambassador, BBC correspondent
(1994-96) and independent MP for Tatton
(1997-2001), 79; Nicholas Bitel, chairman,
Sport England, chief executive, London
Marathon, 58; Serge Blanco, rugby union
player, France (1980-91), 59; Admiral Sir
Brian Brown, second sea lord and chief of
Naval Personnel (1988-91), 83; Tina Cook,
three-day eventer, Olympic silver medallist
(2012), 47; Rt Rev Stephen Cottrell, Bishop
of Chelmsford, 59; Susan Crewe, editor,
House and Garden (1994-2014), 68; Dame
Liz Forgan, chairwoman, National Youth
Orchestra of Great Britain, 73; Richard
Gere, actor, Pretty Woman (1990), 68;
Susan Gritton, soprano, 52; Daniel Harding,
conductor, 42; P醖raig Harrington, golfer,
winner, the Open (2007, 2008), 46;
Prof Christine King, vice-chancellor and
chief executive, Staffordshire University
(1995-2011), 73; Prof Brian Livesley, medical
historian, 81; Dr Julie Maxton, executive
director, Royal Society, 62; Sir Van Morrison,
singer, Brown Eyed Girl (1967), 72; Ed Moses,
hurdler, double Olympic gold medallist
(1976, 1984), 62; Itzhak Perlman, violinist
and conductor, 72; Chris Rogers, cricketer,
Australia (2008-15), 40; Queen Rania of
Jordan, 47; Glenn Tilbrook, singer, Squeeze,
Up the Junction (1979), 60.
On this day
In 1888 the body of Mary Ann ?Polly?
Nichols, the first victim of Jack the Ripper,
was found in London; in 1936 Elizabeth
Cowell became the first female television
announcer, speaking on the BBC; in 1997
Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Fayed
were killed in a car crash in Paris.
The last word
?The way to win atomic war is to make certain
it never starts.? Omar Bradley, American
general, speech on Armistice Day, 1948.
Stay Another Day
Theresa May says she will fight the next election as Tory leader. She should stay
long enough to deliver a Brexit deal, but the time will come for new leadership
At 3.25am on June 9, Theresa May spoke from
Maidenhead having been returned as a member of
parliament. Some constituencies had yet to
declare, but the results so far indicated a hung
parliament. The country, Mrs May said, needed a
period of stability. Her implication was clear. She
would not stand down yet. It seemed inevitable,
though, that a prime minister who had gambled
away her party?s majority would soon have to
jump, lest she be pushed.
Mrs May has pulled her premiership back from
that precipice. After months of plotting by rivals,
the rumblings of insurrection have quietened. Mrs
May now feels emboldened. ?I am not a quitter?,
she told journalists en route to Japan. She even
went so far as to say that she wants to fight the next
election as Tory leader.
That would be an error. Theresa May may have
many merits, but winning elections does not
appear to be one of them. She took on a flawed
leftwinger with scarcely two years? experience in
frontline politics, who could not even command
the support of his own MPs and who had a
prospectus that would bankrupt the country. Even
so, she could still not win convincingly. A snap
election was a good idea, but it required an
effective campaigner. If Mrs Thatcher was the
Iron Lady, Mrs May was wooden. Her ammunition
was not the force of her ideas, arguments or
personality, but a few windy mantras. ?Strong and
stable leadership in the national interest? quickly
evolved from slogan into self-satire.
In truth the prime minister probably knows
that. Asked whether she intended to stand down in
2019, she had little choice but to dig in. Any
suggestion of a time limit would have fomented
speculation and distracted from government. Mrs
May has learned from the experiences of Tony
Blair and David Cameron, both of whom spent too
much time batting away the label of ?lame duck?
once they specified windows for their departures.
In any case, now is not the time for new
leadership. Tired as Mrs May?s slogan became, it
was right. The country does need stable
leadership. Brexit negotiations are already
proving slow and difficult. The European Union
does not want to talk about trade until Britain
agrees to settle its bill. The longer this argument
goes on, the more panicked business will get. Any
disruption to the negotiating timetable would
weaken Britain?s position.
As high a priority is to keep Jeremy Corbyn out
of Downing Street. Even in times of economic
stability his proposed programme of high taxes,
unconstrained borrowing and nationalisation of
industry would impoverish the country and wreck
the UK?s global competitiveness. In a period of
immense disruption and uncertainty for business
thanks to Brexit, the chaos would be worse still.
The longer Mrs May keeps Mr Corbyn out, the
harder it will be for him to get in. Open warfare in
Tory ranks would be an invitation.
Any Conservative MPs who think themselves
worthy successors to Mrs May should therefore
stay loyal and bide their time. The moment will
come for a new leader and, if the Tories want to
win again, it will probably come before the next
election. The prospect of Boris Johnson or David
Davis does not seem a panacea, and there are few
obvious leaders-in-waiting elsewhere on the front
bench. Nevertheless, there may be untapped
reserves of talent in more junior ranks. Unfamiliar
faces will emerge at some stage.
For now the Conservatives? main concern
should be to shepherd the country through its
departure from the EU. Mrs May wants to refocus
on social justice, too. That is all well and good, but
with a working majority of zero for votes on such
issues, she will have little room for manoeuvre.
Brexit, as the prime minister was once fond of
saying, means Brexit, and probably not much else.
People?s Princes
William and Harry are the face of the royal family renewed
Twenty years ago today the nation experienced a
moment of national catharsis with the death of
Diana, Princess of Wales. The country came to a
standstill to watch her funeral procession and, at
the centre of it, two boys walking solemnly behind
their mother?s coffin.
Prince Harry has since described his
bewilderment at coming face to face with the
weeping crowds that lined the procession to
Westminster Abbey. ?I don?t think any child
should be asked to do that,? he said. The paradox
of his and his brother?s position is that any
reasonable person would agree, and yet their
public grieving was seen at the time as brave and
admirable. It was their introduction to duty.
This year the princes have led a national debate
on mental health with candid interviews about
their struggle to mourn their mother. While Diana
had to conceal her depression, her sons have
spoken out. Their courage to be openly vulnerable
and to talk about these issues is a mark of how the
royal family has changed and an example of the
role a modern royal family can play in British life.
It is no exaggeration to say that the foundations
of the monarchy were shaken by Diana?s death.
Prince Charles became a lightning rod for public
anger over her unhappiness in the years that they
were married. The Queen?s withdrawn manner
was mistaken for a lack of feeling. The distance
between the monarch and her subjects never
seemed greater.
In the two decades since, the royal family has
revived itself in the nation?s affections and as an
institution. The princes have led the way in
dispensing with the stiff upper lip against which
Diana railed. The Queen?s steadfastness has been
rewarded with two jubilees and a 90th birthday
that each became genuine festivals of thanksgiving. Her refusal to engage directly in political
life or public debate has allowed her to become a
national symbol; a vessel into which Britons pour
any meaning they choose.
The same cannot be said of her presumed
successor. Prince Charles has been rehabilitated
in the public eye since Diana?s death, but his
ascension to the throne will spell controversy if his
biographer, Jonathan Dimbleby, is right that
Charles?s instincts will lead him to be an ?activist?
monarch. He has acquired a reputation as a
meddler. A stream of unsolicited advice to
ministers from Clarence House in the late 1980s
moved Margaret Thatcher to tell him: ?I run the
country, not you, sir.? A long legal struggle subsequently led to publication of his ?black spider?
memos to members of Tony Blair?s cabinet on the
environment, herbal medicine and GM crops.
Charles will have to tread more lightly when he
becomes king. As and when his own son takes the
throne, the Duke of Cambridge would do better to
follow the example of his grandmother. Like any
family the Windsors have had good years and bad
but they have provided a seam of continuity that
many democracies, republics among them, can
only envy. The image of the princes walking the
long gauntlet of grief 20 years ago is still heartbreaking, but time heals and the family and nation
have had much to smile about since. Today?s
anniversary recalls an emotional upheaval but the
two people most affected seem now to be welladjusted adults, comfortable in their own skin and
embarking confidently on new public roles. Their
mother would be proud.
Rain, Rain, Rain
What goes up must eventually come down. Physics has a big bearing on weather
Much of Houston is under water. Cedar Bayou,
an eastern suburb, has received 52 inches of rain
since last Friday, a new record for the continental
United States. New Orleans is braced for ten
inches in 36 hours as Tropical Storm Harvey,
downgraded from hurricane status but still deadly,
sweeps ashore again after replenishing its store of
moisture over the Gulf of Mexico.
Two oceans away, much of south Asia is flooded
too. More than 1,000 people have died as a result
of this year?s monsoon. Nearly 700,000 homes
have been destroyed in Bangladesh, and
Mumbai?s streets are waterways. Two scientists
who would not be surprised if they were alive are
Beno顃 Clapeyron, a self-taught French thermodynamicist who died in 1864, and Rudolf Clausius,
a German physicist 23 years his junior. Between
them they worked out the exponential relationship between the temperature of a body of gas
such as the Earth?s atmosphere, and its capacity to
hold water vapour. Using the Clausius-Clapeyron
equation, scientists have established that for
every degree the world?s average sea surface
temperature rises, the atmosphere?s water content
should rise by 7 per cent.
That is the theory, and decades of measure-
ments by American military weather satellites
have provided proof. Since the 1970s they have
measured a 0.6 degree increase in the world?s
average sea surface temperature, which according
to Clausius and Clapeyron should mean a 4 per
cent increase in atmospheric water vapour and the
satellites have measured that as well.
Four per cent equates to an extra 500 cubic kilometres of water in the air above us. That is equivalent to all the water in Lake Erie. All of it enters the
water cycle and much of it must fall as rain. ?Nobody has ever seen anything like this,? President
Trump said, and he may well have been right.
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Families wade for their
lives amid Texas torrent
United States
Jacqui Goddard Porter, Texas
Thousands of people who survived the
worst of Hurricane Harvey in Texas are
now fleeing for their lives after the
authorities opened sluice gates to
relieve the city of Houston.
Willis Breaux and his wife, Susan,
had intended to wait out the storm in
their home in Beech Creek. Then the
Army Corps of Engineers released the
floodgates on a rapidly swelling Lake
Conroe, north of Houston.
?We went to bed and things were fine.
At 2am I woke up ? my neighbour?s
calling me. There?s water all around and
then I hear they?ve released the gates,?
he said.
?The water was right up to the door
and rushing. We were good till they
released that dam. Now here we are in
the middle of a tidal wave.?
The decision to open the sluice gates,
intended to save Houston from further
flooding, sent 73,201 cubic feet of water
a second crashing into the San Jacinto
river, into creeks and streams around
Mr Breaux?s community near Porter,
east of Houston. He grabbed the keys to
his service truck and loaded up his wife
and neighbours.
?My neighbours were freaking out
because they had a baby. I thought we
couldn?t go wrong in that big old truck
? but we did. There it is, over there,? he
said, and pointed down the flooded
road, where the water was perhaps 7ft
deep. His truck was mostly submerged.
?The truck gives out and the water?s
immediately coming in, so we get out
and now we?re in water up to here,? he
recalled, placing his hand on his neck.
Holding the baby above water they
waded to a petrol station a short distance away to reach rescue boats.
?Dark, cold, absolutely terrifying,? Mrs
Breaux said. ?The current was so
strong, you could feel it around you.
Those rescue boats really had to gun it
out of there.?
The San Jacinto river, normally
about 25 metres wide at that point,
stretched 300 metres at its worst.
A displaced shed bobbed by and fish
darted in the currents. Whirlpools
gurgled around the tops of trees.
A disorientated survivor tried to walk
into the water. Two volunteers waded
in after him, holding a rope between
them, and gently steered him back. A
Blackhawk helicopter lifted off half a
mile away, carrying another survivor to
safety.
?There?s people out there still on
roofs. It?s desperate,? Bryan Skero, a
police officer standing watch at the
edge of the floodwater, said. Two or
three miles away, he said, rescuers had
been finding bodies. ?They?ll just label
them and leave them for now. Deal with
the dead later,? he shrugged.
William Grover, 56, watched the
water come up a foot in less than three
hours in his home. ?My furniture had
started floating around, he said.
One of his neighbours, a distraught
woman wrapped in a towel and shivering, talked non-stop about needing to
go back to rescue her dogs, her cats and
. . . as deluge brings chaos to subcontinent
I
n Houston an
upredcedented 50in
of rain fell in less
than a week, but
unwelcome rainfall
records are tumbling on
the Indian subcontinent
too.
Monsoons have lashed
Nepal, Bangladesh and
India for weeks, leading
to what aid organisations
say is the worst flooding
in decades. Some 1,200
people have been killed
in the three countries and
millions have been forced
from their homes.
In Mumbai, at least 19
people including two
toddlers have been killed,
and its 20 million
residents were told to stay
at home as floods
crippled what is the
country?s commercial
centre this week. The
airport and hospitals
have been flooded and
the streets are littered
with abandoned cars as
the waters rose to waist
height in a deluge of
28cm (11in) in 12 hours.
This came on top of what
was already a heavier
than usual monsoon
that could have weeks to
run.
Climate scientists do
not claim that global
warming caused
Hurricane Harvey or the
historic monsoons on the
subcontinent. They do
believe, however, that
climate change means
Mumbai was overwhelmed by 28cm of water in 12 hours
that storms intensify
more quickly and less
predictably. Warmer
sea-surface temperatures
lead to greater
evaporation, which
contributes to rainfall
and flooding. Experts also
reckon that rising sea
levels are a factor behind
stronger storm surges.
Michael Mann, a
climate scientist at
Pennsylvania State
University, has suggested
that climate change
affects wind patterns. He
has identified a ?greatly
expanded subtropical
high pressure system?
over much of the US. This
can be linked to very
weak prevailing winds,
allowing Harvey to stall
near the Gulf of Mexico
coast, with devastating
consequences.
The US government
warned yesterday that it
was still locked in ?lifesaving, life-sustaining?
mode. Insurers have
estimated that the bill for
the clean-up could reach
$100 billion. There was
no sign, however, that Mr
Trump has altered his
view that the need to
create jobs supersedes
climate concerns.
Last year he conceded
that there was ?some
connectivity? between
human activity and
climate change, reversing
his claim that global
warning was a hoax
propagated by China.
His business has cited
?global warming and its
effects? in applying to
build a sea wall to protect
a golf course he owns in
Ireland. Two weeks ago,
however, he scrapped the
Obama administration?s
requirement for the
federal government to
take account of the effect
of climate change when
assessing new
infrastructure projects.
This week the state
department set out plans
to scrap its climate
change envoy, and in
June Mr Trump
withdrew from the
Paris climate accord,
calling it an attack on US
sovereignty. It remains to
be seen who will
represent the US when
President Macron hosts a
climate summit in
December to salvage
what he can of the deal to
cap greenhouse gas
emissions.
The US policies have
infuriated
environmentalists, but
many on the right,
including energy
producers and Congress
members from coal
mining states, echo Mr
Trump?s scepticism on
climate change. The
president has expressed
wonder at the power of
Hurricane Harvey.
Scientists are warning
him not to be surprised if
such disasters become
more frequent.
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Larry Koser, a west Houston resident,
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her birds. ?There was 2ft of water in the
house. My cats were on the roof, the
dogs ? I?m hoping they?ll climb up on
the bar stools. The birds ? I just put two
nails on the wall as high as I could and
hung their cages before I left.?
She spent more than 36 hours on her
roof with the cats and 16 other people,
including an eight-month-old baby and
her 13-year-old diabetic grand-daughter. Two neighbours stretched out a
poncho to keep the driving rain off the
baby as they awaited rescue. ?I didn?t
sleep. I was scared of how high the
water was going to come,? she said. ?I
haven?t slept for three days.?
Harvey?s death toll stood at 24 and
rising yesterday as the tropical storm
finally left the Houston area, but it
created more emergencies to the east.
?We are still in life-saving, life-sustaining mode,? Brock Long, head of the
Federal Emergency Management
Agency, said. Floodwaters are still
rising, boosted by the deluge released
by the dams.
America?s largest oil refinery, in Port
Arthur, 90 miles east of Houston, shut
down. Twelve refineries have gone offline, accounting for 23 per cent of the
nation?s capacity.
?The whole city is under water right
now,? Derrick Freeman, the mayor of
Port Arthur, said. A mother trying to
get her child to safety in Beaumont,
southeast Texas, was swept away.
When police pulled her lifeless body
from the water, her three-year-old
daughter was still clinging to her. ?It?s a
true testament to a mother?s will to save
her child in any circumstances,? Haley
Morrow, of Beaumont police, said.
More than 18,000 people have been
rescued across Texas and Louisiana. At
least 32,000 are being housed in 230
emergency shelters.
The rainfall recorded in Texas exceeded the amount of water that gushes
over Niagara Falls in 15 days. The rain
had stopped over Houston yesterday
but floodwaters in some areas were not
expected to peak for two days ? and
more rain is expected next week.
The sun came out over Houston on
Tuesday evening for the first time in
five days and yesterday sections of
Houston city were drying out. Roads
were clearing, businesses were opening
and the city?s two main airports
resumed limited service.
Art Acavedo, Houston police chief,
said: ?After the clouds pass the sun will
shine. There?s still hope.?
President
Rhys Blakely
President Trump tried to breathe new
life into his stalled domestic agenda last
night, urging a splintered Congress to
rally behind tax cuts that he promised
would create millions of new jobs and
lure trillions of dollars in corporate
profits back to America.
In a speech in Missouri he framed tax
reform as a populist cause that should
be irresistible to both Democrats and
Republicans.
?What could possibly be more bipartisan than allowing families to keep
more of what they earn?? he said. ?Our
self-destructive tax code costs millions
of jobs. We believe that ordinary people
know better than Washington how to
spend their money.?
The address was light on specifics but
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retrieves valuables from his flooded house. At least 32,000 people are being housed in shelters across Texas and Louisiana
sets tax-cut test for Republicans
the stakes for Mr Trump and his fellow
Republicans on Capitol Hill were clear.
Their attempt to overhaul the
Affordable Care Act, better
known as Obamacare, ran
aground over the summer,
leaving them without a
major legislative achievement despite controlling
the White House and
both chambers of Congress.
Larry Kudlow, an economic
pundit who advised Mr
Trump during his presidential campaign and helped to
write one of his early tax
plans, said: ?You take the
average Republican in the
Donald Trump has passed
no significant legislation
House or Senate, they know darn well
that if they come up empty-handed on
tax cuts they?re in real trouble.?
Mr Trump got a boost yesterday
when the commerce department
said that the pace of economic
growth in the second quarter of
the year had risen to 3 per
cent, up from 2.6 per cent in
the previous three months.
?We?re really on our way,?
he said.
On taxes, however, the
only fine detail he shared
was an ambition to cut
corporate rates to 15 per
cent, down from the
present 35 per cent.
He wanted to persuade businesses to repatriate profits stashed
overseas and to simplify a complex
system that he said unfairly benefited
rich Americans with expensive accountants. As a billionaire, he sat in this
bracket. ?I?m speaking against myself
when I do this,? he said. ?It?s crazy.?
He called for co-operation from Congress, but also urged the citizens of Missouri to vote against Claire McCaskill, a
Democrat senator, if she did not commit to support a tax bill that is yet to be
written.
Analysis of tax plans announced by
Mr Trump during his presidential campaign showed that the wealthy would
benefit most. Mr Kudlow was optimistic that a tax bill could be pushed
through Congress this year but admitted that Capitol Hill faced a daunting
workload.
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vehicle that cuts
out a driver
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The White House has discounted the
possibility of a diplomatic resolution to
the nuclear stand-off with North
Korea, accusing Pyongyang of trying to
blackmail the US and its allies.
President Trump distanced himself
from a resumption of talks, tweeting:
?The US has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money,
for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!?
The return to sabre rattling will raise
concerns that Mr Trump may destroy
the brittle understanding that has
helped maintain peace on the Korean
peninsula ? that neither side is willing
to use nuclear weapons first.
His tweet was quickly contradicted
by James Mattis, the US defence secretary. At a press conference in Washington Mr Mattis was standing alongside
Song Young-moo, the South Korean
defence minister, when he was told
about Mr Trump?s words. Asked whether the US was out of diplomatic solutions for North Korea, Mr Mattis responded with a curt ?No?.
He added: ?We?re never out of diplomatic solutions. We continue to work
together, and the minister and I share a
responsibility to provide for the protection of our nations, our populations,
and our interests.?
Hours earlier, Mr Mattis had clashed
with Mr Trump over the president?s call
to ban transgender troops. Mr Mattis
said he would wait for recommendations from an expert panel before moving ahead.
On paper, the US has backed a resumption of the Six Party Talks
between North Korea, South Korea,
China, Russia, Japan and the US. In
2005 negotiations produced a statement backing denuclearisation of the
Korean peninsula.
But there are now fears that Kim
Jong-un is manoeuvring to undermine
America?s relations with Japan and
South Korea. North Korea?s latest missile test, which was directed over the
Japanese island of Hokkaido on Tuesday, was not aimed at Japan, physically
or symbolically. Rather, analysts say
that the intention was to shake the confidence of Japan and South Korea that
the US will defend them if it faces the
possible loss of an American city to a
North Korean nuclear strike.
?Are we really willing to risk Los Angeles or Chicago in retaliation for an
attack?? asked Vipin Narang, a deterrence expert at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. ?Probably not.?
Observers fear that the logic behind
the militarised peace that has held since
the end of the Korean War in 1953 is
being eroded. For decades North Korea
has known that if it attacked South Korea it would be annihilated by the combined might of that country and the US.
Those allies have accepted, in turn,
that before its inevitable defeat the
North?s artillery could inflict unacceptable carnage on civilians and soldiers
alike in the South.
Two things appear to threaten this
tense status quo: North Korea?s nuclear
and missile programmes and the unpredictability of Mr Trump.
The North has threatened to retaliate for any attack, not to make a first
strike ? a nuance that often gets lost in
its verbose official communiqu閟. The
same used to be true of the US.
That balance was thrown into doubt
by remarks made by Mr Trump earlier
this month. He warned that Kim ?best
not make any more threats to the US?,
and promised that ?they will be met
with fire and fury like the world has
never seen?. The result, say analysts, is
what deterrence theorists call ?firststrike instability? ? a situation whereby Kim and Mr Trump know that if
there is a war, their best bet is to get a big
punch in first.
?Given that Kim?s ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile] arsenal might
The Hwasong-12 that flew over Japan
sent a message to America?s allies
Number of
missile tests
Source: Times research
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Short range
Medium
Intermediate
Intercontinental
2006 2 4 1 7
2009
5 2 18
2011 Kim Jong-un takes power*
2012 1 1
2013
6
6
2014
2 19
17
2015
3 15
12
2016
7
8
9
2017
8
2
5
3 18
24
*Zero tests in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
be gone in the first wave of even a conventional attack, he simply cannot afford to go second,? writes Mr Narang.
?If Kim Jong-un fears the United
States and its allies are coming after his
nuclear forces, his dominant strategic
move is to use his nuclear weapons as
quickly as he can, before he loses them.?
The US may face an agonising dilemma. Experts envisage a situation in
which Pyongyang launches a strike on
US troops in South Korea or Japan to
pre-empt what it believes, rightly or
wrongly, is an imminent attack. The
American leadership will then have to
decide whether to fulfil their treaty obligations, even at the price of suffering a
nuclear attack on one of their own
cities.
They will not say so publicly, but Japanese and South Korean strategic planners are giving thought to scenarios
such as this, and thinking through their
long-term options. Possibilities include
a closer rapprochement with China or
acquiring their own nuclear weapons.
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Syria
Richard Spencer
Middle East Correspondent
The US-led coalition bombed the route of
a convoy of Isis fighters travelling across
Syria yesterday after a controversial deal
that allowed them to escape a siege.
A statement said the coalition ?was not
party to? the deal, which allowed 300
Islamic State militants to leave an enclave
on the Lebanon-Syria border where they
had been surrounded by the Lebanese
army and Hezbollah.
Coalition forces attacked a bridge and a
road in Isis-held territory, hitting vehicles
Isis militants were allowed to escape in a deal to reveal soldiers? graves
used by Isis that were not part of the convoy. A spokesman for the coalition said it
may go further and bomb the convoy itself
if it carried on towards Iraq.
The Isis fighters were yesterday being
taken by bus across Syria under regime
protection, headed for al-Bukamal, near
the city of Deir Ezzor and the Iraqi border.
The deal was agreed this week between
Lebanon, Syria and Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shia militia, after a week-long battle
against Isis. The group had held a small
patch of territory on both sides of the
Lebanon-Syria border since 2013.
In return, Isis revealed the whereabouts
of the graves of nine Lebanese soldiers that
it had kidnapped and killed. ?I had one of
two choices,? General Joseph Aoun, the
Lebanese chief of staff, said. ?Either to go
on with the battle and not know the fate of
the soldiers or succumb and know the fate
of the soldiers.?
Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, also defended the deal. He said it had
prevented loss of life on the Lebanese side,
and had offered a ?comprehensive? solution, including on the missing soldiers.
Iraqi politicians and civilians accused
the dealmakers of putting Iraq at greater
75,000
?disappear?
under Assad
regime
Richard Spencer Beirut
More than 75,000 people
have disappeared after
being seized by the Assad
regime, according to new
figures cited by Amnesty
International as it launches a campaign to highlight
abductions in Syria.
The list of the missing
ranges from senior politicians to ordinary families
picked up at checkpoints
for routine examination of
paperwork and never seen
again. The figure of 75,000
is the estimate of the UKbased Syrian Network for
Human Rights, which
compiles monthly reports
on the number of disappeared. More than 2,000
others have been detained
by opposition groups.
?The plight of those who
have vanished after being
arrested by the authorities
or detained by armed
groups is a tragedy that has
been largely ignored internationally,? Philip Luther,
Amnesty?s Middle East research director, said. ?Tens
of thousands of families
have been desperately trying to uncover the fate of
their missing relatives.?
Abductions
without
trace have been a hallmark
of Syrian government tactics going back to the reign
of President Assad?s father.
Leaks from inside the
regime have shown what
happened to many of the
missing. A police photographer tasked with recording the victims defected to the West in 2013,
bringing with him pictures
of mutilated and starved
corpses. Eleven thousand
bodies were identified in
the pictures, from just two
?facilities? in Damascus.
risk of attack instead. Haider al-Abadi,
Iraq?s prime minister, said that Syria had
?deployed terrorists at our border?.
?Transferring terrorists to the IraqiSyrian border is worrying and an insult to
the people,? he said. ?There must be no
chance for Daesh to breathe.?
Many Iraqis online contrasted the fact
that Isis had been allowed to withdraw
with the battles for Mosul and other Iraqi
cities, where Isis fighters fought to the end,
killing thousands of soldiers and police as
well as civilians.
Others blamed Hezbollah, pointing out
that, like Isis, it was a designated terrorist
group in many countries.
Brett McGurk, the US envoy to the antiIsis coalition, also attacked the deal. ?Terrorists should be killed on the battlefield,
not bussed across Syria to the Iraqi border
without Iraq?s consent,? he said.
Colonel Ryan Dillon, the coalition?s military spokesman, confirmed the bombing
of the road and said it had not ruled out attacking the convoy but that the coalition
wanted to avoid killing civilians. This
would make a strike difficult because 331
family members and 26 wounded are with
the 308 fighters, according to Hezbollah.
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Merkel backs
EU concerns
over rule of
law in Poland
Poland
David Charter Berlin
Abduction fear
for girl, 9, lost
after wedding
France
Adam Sage Paris
More than 150 gendarmes scoured
dense Alpine woodland yesterday in
the hunt for a nine-year-old French girl
who disappeared from a wedding party.
The four-day search for Maelys de
Araujo is making national headlines
amid concern that she may have been
abducted from the celebrations in
Pont-de-Beauvoisin.
Despite a wide-ranging investigation, detectives said that they had
uncovered no leads in their attempt to
determine whether Maelys had been
murdered, kidnapped or had got lost in
the scrubland around the town in the
French Alps.
About 50 more gendarmes were
drafted into the area to search for the
girl yesterday, adding to the 100 officers
already there. They were helped by
dogs, a helicopter, divers to check
streams and rivers and speleologists to
search caves. Disused buildings were
checked, as were bins and grottos. A
drone flew overhead in the search for
any clue as to her whereabouts.
?We are going to check every bit of
grass, every corner,? a spokesman for
the police said.
Maelys was last seen at 3am on
Sunday in a room set aside for children
at the wedding. When her parents
realised that she was missing, the DJ
asked the 180 guests to look for her.
Police dogs picked up the girl?s scent
from a cuddly toy and traced it to the
car park, but stopped at the gate. Inves-
tigators say this may mean that Maelys
got into a car and was driven away,
adding to speculation that she may
have been kidnapped.
Colonel Yves Marwin, head of the
gendarmerie in the Is鑢e region, said
that sites searched on Sunday would be
checked again to ensure that clues had
not been missed.
Superintendent Philippe Guichard,
head of the Central Office for the
Repression of Violence Against People,
said that officers faced the difficulties
common to all cases involving the disappearance of a child.
?We don?t know what happened,
where or when,? he said. ?We are in the
dark. We try to imagine all the possible
hypotheses ? an accident, an unfortunate encounter, a kidnapping by a
sexual predator.?
Superintendent Guichard worked on
the case of Estelle Mouzin, a nine-yearold girl who disappeared on her way
home from school in northern France
in 2003 and who has never been found.
France is haunted by her disappearance, as Britain is by that of Madeleine
McCann. Detectives fear that Maelys?s
case could prove similar.
?These cases hit you in the guts,? Mr
Guichard said.
Under French law, a nationwide child
abduction alert can begin only if
detectives are sure that the child has
been taken. No such alert has been
issued for Maelys because officers have
yet to rule out the possibility that she
has got lost in countryside near by.
About 250 people were out in Pont-
Tracker dogs lost Maelys de Araujo?s scent at the entrance to a car park. Police
are searching woods and rivers around the Alpine village of Pont-de-Beauvoisin
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de-Beauvoisin on the night that the girl
vanished: at the local bar and in a hall in
the town as well as at the wedding celebration. More than 140 have been questioned by police, but none has provided
a lead.
Maelys and her parents and sister live
in Mignovillard, a village near the Swiss
border. Florent Serrette, the mayor of
Mignovillard, said that they were an
ordinary family who had never come to
his attention before.
Maelys?s mother and other relatives
are receiving counselling.
Angela Merkel has attacked Poland?s
nationalist government for diluting the
rule of law after it rejected EU calls to
reverse judicial reforms.
The German chancellor said she
could ?no longer remain silent . . . for the
sake of peace and quiet? about changes
to Polish law, which give ministers control over court appointments.
The European Commission has
threatened fines or a suspension of
Polish EU voting rights over new legislation giving the justice minister powers to fire judges. The commission said
it undermined the independence of the
courts and broke fundamental EU rules
on the separation of powers.
Relations between Germany and
Poland were already fraying after the
Warsaw government revived calls for
reparations for Nazi war crimes.
Mrs Merkel spoke about her concerns for Poland yesterday in Berlin
with Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president.
Poland?s ruling Law and Justice party
is resisting the EU?s demands and has
also refused to stop logging in a protected forest despite requests to do so.
?It is not about the rule of law or
sticking together,? Mrs Merkel said.
?Sticking together in the EU while
abandoning the rule of law would not
be the European Union anymore.?
Zbigniew Ziobro, the Polish justice
minister, said Mrs Merkel?s remarks
were political rather than factual.
?I am convinced that the Polish government will be executing its targets
despite political emotions that appear
in politicians? statements,? he said.
?Every country which is independent
within the EU has its own laws and
should settle its problems within democratic mechanisms.?
The Polish foreign ministry told the
commission that its reforms were in
line with European standards. It called
the commission?s concerns groundless.
?This is something that we would actually quite powerfully refute,? a commission spokeswoman said.
Tension between Germany and
Poland has heightened after politicians
in Warsaw called for Berlin to pay reparations for the Second World War.
?Poland is only asking for justice . . . The
injury has not been repaired in any way
at all. Just the opposite,? Beata Szydlo,
the prime minister, said last week.
World?s oldest migrant denied asylum France?s first lady attacks boss
Sweden
David Charter, August Graham
A 106-year-old Afghan woman believed to be the world?s oldest asylum
seeker is said to have suffered a debilitating stroke after her claim to stay in
Sweden was rejected.
Bibihal Uzbek was carried by her son
and grandsons on mountain paths from
Kunduz in northeastern Afghanistan
via Iran and Turkey in their attempt to
find sanctuary in Europe in 2015. She
was one of 17 members of her family to
make the journey through Germany,
where she was given a wheelchair, to
claim refugee status in Skaraborg county on the western coast of Sweden.
The family were told they face deportation by the Swedish migration agency
but they have appealed. Since the deci-
sion was announced Mrs Uzbek has
been lying unresponsive in bed, her son
said, adding that she could not make the
journey back.
?It is impossible. She cannot walk, see
or hear. She just lies in bed. It would be
a difficult journey for my mother,? Mohammadullah Uzbek told SVT, the
Swedish public broadcaster. He said she
was born in November 1910.
Attitudes in Sweden are hardening
towards economic migrants after a
record 163,000 people arrived in 2015.
The migration agency said it believed
the northern region of Afghanistan
where the family had lived was safe. It
said that old age was not a reason by
itself to merit asylum.
The family said they fled the Taliban
after the militants entered Kunduz.
SVT reported that Mrs Uzbek had a
stroke after the asylum decision two
months ago.
?We were so happy when we got here
and thought it was a very beautiful
country. We could sleep in peace. There
was no war and we were not risking
death. We were grateful for that,? Mr
Uzbek told SVT.
The Swedish migration agency said:
?We constantly follow the security situation in Afghanistan and our assessment is that the situation in the country
is serious and has deteriorated in the
last year. But there are still big differences between different parts of the country and our assessment is that the conflict has not reached a level where it impacts on all of the country ? in other
words, the level [of danger] required for
everyone who comes from there to
have the right to stay.?
for apprenticeship snobbery
Adam Sage
Brigitte Macron led attacks on a business executive yesterday after he undermined her husband?s attempt to
promote apprenticeships by claiming
that his own children were too ?brilliant at school? to become trainees.
Antoine Fr閞ot, the chief executive of
Veolia, the French group that claims to
be Britain?s leading waste management
business, had intended to use the radio
interview to help restore the image
of apprenticeships, which are often
ignored in favour of intellectual roles.
Mrs Macron, the president?s wife and
a former teacher, broke with the customary discretion of French presidents?
wives to lambast him in a tweet. ?Antoine Fr閞ot could not eat scallops at the
Ritz without the ?stupidity? of the great
chefs who began as apprentices,? she
said. She was joined by Val閞ie Trierweiler, President Hollande?s former
partner, who tweeted: ?Like thousands
of parents I am extremely proud that
my son is an apprentice and brilliant.?
Mr Fr閞ot?s unfortunate revelation
came after he had revealed that 70 per
cent of Veolia?s 163,000 employees entered the company as apprentices.
This month President Macron?s attempts to give his wife an official first lady title and a budget failed after a petition against the measures attracted
nearly 300,000 signatures.
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Kagame opponent missing after
?invitation? to police questioning
Rwanda
Aislinn Laing Johannesburg
A leading Rwandan opposition politician who spoke out against President
Kagame?s autocratic regime was missing last night after police raided her
home.
Friends of Diane Rwigara, 35, said
that police had ?invited? her for interrogation over allegations of tax evasion
and forgery. Ms Rwigara attempted to
challenge Mr Kagame in elections held
three weeks ago but was disqualified on
a technicality. She vowed to continue
fighting against his ?repressive? government.
Officers confirmed that they had
searched Ms Rwigara?s house on Tuesday and invited her and her relatives for
?interrogation? at the police station but
denied they were holding her. Local
media reported sources close to the
family as saying that armed men in
civilian clothing broke into the house
and held the family at gunpoint before
conducting a search. Ms Rwigara, her
mother and several sisters had not been
seen since, they said.
An uncle of Ms Rwigara said that he
had been told by domestic staff at the
house that police arrested, handcuffed
Rwigara was held
by armed officers,
local media said
and took away five of the family and put
them in cells at the CID headquarters.
?They began searching inside the
house and everybody there was handcuffed,? said the uncle, who lives in Canada. ?They had hidden their cars
somewhere so the public could not see
Pentagon gets troop numbers wrong
Washington The
Pentagon has admitted
that there are thousands
more US troops in
Afghanistan than the
official figures reflect after
President Trump said that
he would commit more
under his strategy to
support the Afghan forces
better in their fight
against the Taliban.
Under President Obama
the number was capped at
them until the night when they brought
the cars and filled them with everything they had seized. They took them
to CID headquarters and put them in
different cells. They began interrogating them and threatening them.?
Civil rights groups claim that several
political activists, journalists and civilians who have spoken out against Mr
Kagame?s government went missing in
the run-up to the election.
Violette Uwamahoro, 39, a youth
worker from Leeds who is married to an
opposition activist, told The Times that
she was abducted from a bus station by
armed men in civilian clothing after
attending a relative?s funeral. The
authorities denied any involvement in
her disappearance but after two weeks
admitted they were holding her and
allowed a consular visit by the British
high commission. She was released in
April after seven weeks in custody.
Ms Rwigara is the daughter of a
business tycoon who bankrolled Mr
Kagame but later fell out with him. He
died in a car crash; the family claimed
he was assassinated.
Ms Rwigara declared her intention to
stand against Mr Kagame in May. Soon
afterwards, nude photographs of her
started circulating on social media but
she dismissed them as ?fake?.
She was disqualified from the presidential race for allegedly failing to submit enough signatures supporting her
candidacy. She said she had collected
1,105, almost double the required 600,
but the electoral board claimed some of
the signatures were fraudulent.
Mr Kagame, who has been president
since 2000, won his third term in office
with 99 per cent of the vote in an election which featured a minimal challenge
by the opposition.
Police denied that they had arrested
Ms Rwigara.
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Deputy PM retracts praise for Hitler
Yokohama Japan?s deputy
prime minister has
apologised for saying that
even though Hitler killed
millions, his motives had
been sound.
Taro Aso, who is also
the finance minister, said
in a speech on Tuesday:
?Results are the
important thing. Hitler,
who killed millions of
people, was no good, even
if his motives were good.?
8,400 but commanders
have shuffled troops in
and out and labelled some
as temporary to hide the
fact that there are about
11,000. James Mattis, the
defence secretary, had
expressed frustration over
the system and demanded
a more accurate count
before he determined the
number to be sent in
response to Mr Trump?s
announcement. (AP)
Mr Aso said in a
statement yesterday: ?The
example I gave was of a
bad politician. It is
regrettable that it was
misinterpreted. It is clear
that Hitler?s motives were
wrong too. I want to
retract my comment.?
In 2013 Mr Aso said
that Japan could learn
from the Nazis by
changing the constitution
on the sly.
Erdogan bodyguards charged by US
German tourist: bailout covers my taxi
Washington Fifteen
Chania A German tourist
refused to pay her taxi
fare in Crete, arguing that
the billions handed over
by Berlin to keep the
Greek economy afloat
should cover it.
Her refusal, in the city
of Chania, has stoked
anti-German feeling.
?Unfortunately, such
incidents are recurring,?
members of President
Erdogan?s security detail
have been charged with
assaulting Kurdish
protesters outside the
Turkish embassy during a
state visit in May (Boer
Deng writes). The US
justice department
charged 19 people,
including 15 bodyguards,
over the attack after the
Turkish president had
returned from a meeting
with President Trump.
Video footage showed
the men beating and
kicking demonstrators.
However, they are
unlikely to face justice in
the US because the state
department has banned
them from re-entry.
Russian roulette The view from a plane about to try to land at the Russian resort of
Sochi as waterspouts tear across the Black Sea. Several take-offs were cancelled and
some incoming flights were diverted to other airports. This aircraft landed safely
the taxi drivers? union
said. The unnamed tourist
told the driver: ?Greece
already owes us a lot of
money and you should be
taking Germans to their
destinations free of
charge.? He ordered her
out. She eventually paid a
second driver after he had
threatened to call the
police.
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Maduro?s rivals can be
put on trial for treason
Venezuela
Lucinda Elliott Sao Paulo
photo at the Tomatina festival in Bu駉l, eastern Spain, where 22,000 people hurled 150 tons of ripe tomatoes at each other
President Maduro?s sham parliament is
planning to put Venezuelan opposition
leaders who backed international
sanctions against the government on
trial for treason.
The constituent assembly, created by
Mr Maduro last month to supplant the
opposition-controlled national assembly, passed a decree authorising trials
against ?those who are involved in promoting these immoral actions against
the interests of the Venezuelan people?.
Although no one was singled out,
members who took part in Tuesday?s
meeting accused the opposition leadership, in particular Julio Borges, the
Speaker of parliament, and Freddy
Guevara, his deputy. ?We know Freddy
Guevara is a delinquent and has to pay,
that Julio Borges is another delinquent
who has to pay,? Iris Varela, an assembly member, said. Her comments were
applauded by colleagues.
Maikel Moreno, the president of the
Supreme Court, which is stacked with
Maduro loyalists, said that the judges
were ready ?to facilitate any actions to
ensure the autonomy, security and
territorial integrity? of Venezuela.
Opposition leaders have already
been arrested and threatened with
prosecution over the sanctions and for
joining protests against the assembly.
Two opposition mayors in Caracas
? David Smolansky, of El Hatillo, and
Ram髇 Muchacho, of Chacao ? were
sentenced to 15 months in prison by the
Supreme Court this month for allowing
protesters to barricade streets in the
areas they govern.
The United Nations? human rights
body said yesterday that Venezuelan
security forces had committed extrajudicial killings during anti-government protests. In a report presented in
Geneva, the UN is calling for further
investigation and accountability.
More than 125 people have died in
clashes with government forces since
street protests began in March and 882
people are believed to be in custody.
China plans 600mph train to Canoeists walked 11 days after sinking
keep up with Musk hyperloop
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Hudson
Bay
Will Pavia New York
China
Didi Tang Beijing
Chinese scientists have unveiled plans
for an intercity train that will travel at
more than 600mph, rivalling the
hyperloop system proposed by the tech
billionaire Elon Musk.
China already boasts the world?s fastest train network but fears it is at risk of
falling behind the US. State media reported yesterday that the state-owned
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) eventually
plans to engineer a ?flying train? that
could travel at up to 2,500mph
(4,000km/h).
Liu Shiquan, a deputy general manager at CASC, said at an annual commercial aerospace summit that the
company was conducting research to
build next-generation trains that can
?fly on the ground?.
With close links to China?s defence
ministry the corporation has already
built spacecraft, rockets, satellites and
missiles. ?The corporation has built
rich experience and accumulated technological know-how through major
projects, and it has the capabilities in
simulation, modelling and experimentation for large-scale projects, as well as
the world-class design capability for supersonic aircraft, all of which lay the
important ground for the super-fast
train project,? the state-owned website
The Paper said.
Senior officials at CASC said that it
would join forces with more than 20
research institutes in China and abroad
to create an alliance for the ambitious
project.
China has the world?s most extensive
network of high-speed railways, with
almost 14,000 miles of track. Trains
running on the Beijing-Shanghai line
will travel at a speed of almost 220mph
from next month, exceeding the
200mph limit imposed on Japan?s
much-vaunted bullet trains.
Driving towards the remote Canadian
town of Gillam in northern Manitoba
recently, Aaron Schell spotted two
young men at the side of the road.
?I was expecting that they were local
people who had broken down,? he said.
But the men were carrying backpacks
and a paddle and spoke with German
accents, telling a wild story of a canoe
crash in a distant river and an 11-day
trek through swamps and lakes.
?It?s very marshy, very spongy, very
wet ground, and there?s an incredible
amount of mosquitoes. They were bitten up pretty bad,? said Mr Schell, a field
safety officer for the power company
Manitoba Hydro. ?In 30 years of being
up here I have never heard of anyone
walking through the bush for 11 days.?
The German tourists, Wolf Wagner,
25, and Johannes ?John? H鰊tsch, 26,
had flown into Winnipeg in mid-July
and travelled on to the town of Norway
House on Lake Winnipeg. From there
they planned to traverse 300 miles in a
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For ten days they travelled 180 miles
north and east by lake and river, negotiating dozens of rapids. On the afternoon of the 11th day they crashed and
their canoe sank. They managed to salvage most of their gear but their boat
was beyond repair. They had no mobile
reception but their GPS was still working and it informed them that they were
stuck on the Hayes River, near Swampy
Lake, far from civilisation.
They made a plan to head north,
about 65 miles to Gillam. Mr Wagner,
who works in a bank, thought it might
take five days but on the first day they
managed less than four miles. ?This
was the hardest time, I think, the evening of the first day,? he told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
?I always said to John: ?Yes, we will
make it, we are motivated?.? They
thought of their girlfriends in Dresden,
and they imagined eating pizza. ?But
deep in myself I thought we are not
going to make it,? he said.
Each morning they ate toast with
chocolate spread, another two slices for
lunch, soup each evening and listened
to a German comedy podcast.
Often they had to take off their
clothes and swim across rivers. When
Mr Schell saw them they were still
carrying a paddle from their canoe.
?They were keeping it as a souvenir.?
He drove them to a motel in Gillam,
then sat down with them for a few beers.
?The one thing that shocked me was
how good spirited they were,? he said. ?I
thought they?d be tired. They weren?t
? they were thirsty.?
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Get a pizza in
. . . and leave
the driver out
United States
Ben Hoyle Los Angeles
Top form The Italian air force?s Frecce Tricolori aerobatics squad, flying the Aermacchi MB-339, puts on a show for crowds at the Jesolo European Air Show near Venice
A glimpse of the driverless future is
about to arrive, served with extra pepperoni and a side order of garlic bread.
Over the next few weeks, Domino?s
will deliver pizzas to customers in Ann
Arbor, Michigan in an adapted Ford
Fusion Hybrid with no human interaction to see how they respond. The car
will look driverless but not be. A driver
and researchers behind tinted windows
will observe the customers.
The volunteers will have requested a
?driverless? car on the Domino?s app.
They will have been sent a unique code
and more information will be given
through speakers and screens on the
car. Their code will unlock a built-in
oven that keeps pizzas warm in the back
of the car, a rear window will open and
the pizza will be revealed.
It is yet another autonomous vehicle
experiment. Google?s spinoff Waymo
offers rides in self-driving cars in
Phoenix, and Uber does so in
Pittsburgh. Articulated lorries have
made long-distance trips without a
driver needing to intervene.
Kremlin spies build case against impresario
Russia
Tom Parfitt Moscow
Russia?s top spy agency is overseeing
the prosecution of a celebrated theatre
director for fraud ? a sign, activists say,
of growing political interference in the
case.
Kirill Serebrennikov, 47, was placed
under house arrest last week and
accused of embezzling 68 million roubles (�0,000) in government subsidies as part of a theatre project connected to the Gogol Centre in Moscow.
His supporters say the case was fabricated in response to his abrasive plays
and criticism of the Russian authorities.
Cate Blanchett, the two-time Oscar
winner, has joined dozens of international actors, directors and artists in
calling for the prosecution to be
dropped. Thomas Ostermeier, a Ger-
man theatre director, said: ?The impression that Serebrennikov?s arrest is
sending to the West is of a government
scared of criticism. And if you can?t
stand criticism, that?s usually a sign of
weakness.?
President Putin?s spokesman, Dmitry
Peskov, dismissed claims that the
Kremlin was involved, saying ?there is
no talk about censorship? and ?one
should not indulge in empty talk?.
However, the Russian RBK news
agency, citing three anonymous
sources, reported that the case was
being supervised by the Federal Security Service?s second service, the department responsible for ?protecting constitutional order and fighting terrorism?. It has been tasked with
monitoring and infiltrating theatre circles connected to Seventh Studio, the
production company run by Mr Sere-
brennikov which received the funds
that were allegedly stolen.
Alexei Mikhaylov, former head of the
FSB?s public relations centre, told RBK:
?Cultural institutions can be used by
the enemy for propaganda purposes, as structures that form a hostile
attitude towards Russia.?
He denied that Mr Serebrennikov was being prosecuted in revenge for his views.
Four other current or former
executives of the Gogol
Centre and Seventh Studio have been charged
in the case, which is
seen as part of a government crackdown
on the arts.
Kirill Serebrennikov
criticised authorities
Mr Serebrennikov is one of several
prominent cultural figures who have
accused the government of censoring
the arts by withholding funding for projects questioning the authorities, and
allowing conservative activists to
shut down ?unpatriotic? productions.
Last month a ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre about Rudolf Nureyev was cancelled at the last minute, apparently because Vladimir
Medinsky, the culture minister,
thought it ?promoted? homosexuality. Mr Serebrennikov
was the director of the
show.
In 2012 Mr Serebrennikov attended anti-government protests, saying he
?could not shout from a
stage? but he felt happy to be
among ?kindred spirits?. In a Moscow
court last week he said the charges
against him were ?incredibly absurd
and impossible?.
After Mr Putin approved a new law
introducing harsher punishments for
taking part in unsanctioned rallies in
June that year, Mr Serebrennikov wrote
on Facebook: ?We have to stop being
law-abiding citizens because a free person cannot obey absurd, fascist orders
that contradict the constitution.?
One of Russia?s best known actresses
and philanthropists, Chulpan Khamatova, who once made a video supporting
Mr Putin?s election campaign, spoke
out against the director?s arrest at an
awards ceremony yesterday. ?My colleague, my friend, is under house arrest,
in my view completely unjustly and unlawfully. I am very afraid,? she said.
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PAUL ROGERS FOR THE TIMES
Royal Mail fails
to deliver on its
FTSE 100 status
F
our years of debate
over whether Royal
Mail was mispriced at
its flotation have been
given a twist after a recent
share price fall led to the
privatised postal monopoly
being ejected from the FTSE
100 (Robert Lea writes).
Royal Mail is out after a
12 per cent slide in the
shares since the index
reshuffle in June. Its shares
closed last night at 390絧.
That is not so far above the
330p float price set by Vince
Cable as business secretary.
He was severely criticised
by commentators because
the shares rose to 615p
within three months,
entered the FTSE 100 in
December 2013 and allowed
City investors who had been
given ?priority access? to
the float to sell out for big
profits within weeks. Sir
Vince is now the Liberal
Democrats? leader.
Royal Mail last night said
that it had sold land for
housing around its Mount
Pleasant sorting office,
1.000
Aug 2
10
18
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Co-op jumps
queue with
late �0m
bid for Nisa
Marcus Leroux
above, in the fashionable
Farringdon area of London
for �0 million. The buyer
is Taylor Wimpey. Royal
Mail?s dowry of nonoperational property was
another issue in the 2013
privatisation as critics
argued the land should have
remained with the state.
Private investors are still
looking at a near 20 per cent
profit before factoring in
dividends. Royal Mail is
12 per cent owned by more
than 100,000 employees.
Ofgem powers ahead with
price cap for two million
Energy plan falls short of May?s pledge to help 17m households
Emily Gosden Energy Editor
An energy price cap for two million of
the most vulnerable households will be
fast-tracked into place by January,
under Ofgem plans to be unveiled
within weeks.
The industry regulator has told
companies that it will press ahead with
the idea and may also extend the cap to
cover hundreds of thousands more
households as it battles criticism that it
is failing to protect customers.
Ofgem wants the cap to be in place
earlier than the April start date many in
the industry had expected, in order to
cut bills through the winter.
The plan will fall significantly short
of a cap for all 17 million households on
expensive standard tariffs promised by
Theresa May before the election,
reigniting a political row.
Ofgem?s announcement is scheduled
before the end of September, putting
the ball back in the government?s court
before the Conservative party conference at the start of October.
About four million households with
pre-payment meters (PPM) are currently covered by a regulated price cap
that was introduced last April on the
recommendation of the Competition
and Markets Authority.
Mrs May vowed in May to tackle
?rip-off energy prices? by extending the
cap to all standard variable tariffs, in
a move she claimed would save households up to �0 a year.
The government has passed responsibility for implementing the plan to
Ofgem but the regulator said that such
a wide-ranging cap was a policy matter
and should be introduced through
legislation. Attempting to introduce it
through regulation could also be challenged by companies appealing to the
CMA, which has rejected the idea.
Dermot Nolan, Ofgem?s chief execu-
tive, said in July that it was considering
a more limited extension of the cap to
protect vulnerable households. It has
yet to define the term but it is likely to
include about two million homes eligible for the Warm Home Discount.
It is understood that Ofgem is
looking at including other categories of
vulnerable households such as those
receiving cold weather payments. That
could increase the number of households included in the cap to almost
three million, although not all those
may be covered immediately.
The watchdog is also examining how
data can be shared from the Department of Work and Pensions to help to
identify vulnerable customers.
Ofgem?s plans are likely to face criticism from MPs. John Penrose, the
former Tory minister, has accused the
regulator of being useless.
Senior industry sources said that
they did not expect companies to
oppose the limited extension of the cap
but that there was likely to be fierce
lobbying over its design.
In particular, companies want to
make sure it factors in the rising cost of
installing smart meters in every home,
which the PPM cap does not reflect.
A spokesman for the regulator
confirmed the plans, saying: ?Ofgem
remains committed to taking prompt
action to ensure that some of the most
vulnerable in society are not left behind
as we move towards a smarter, more
competitive market.
?We plan to publish a fast-track consultation at the end of next month on
our preferred option of introducing a
safeguard tariff for vulnerable customers early next year.?
Lawrence Slade, of Energy UK, the
industry body, said: ?The industry is
committed to doing more to ensure the
retail market works for all consumers.?
Hinkley T-pylons, page 45
The Co-op Group looks set to trump
J Sainsbury in the battle to acquire Nisa
after entering exclusive talks.
The mutual organisation is thought
to have tabled a �0 million bid for the
convenience store operator, whose
1,300 shopkeeper members run 3,000
stores.
?We can confirm that we?ve entered
into a period of exclusivity with Nisa,
which will provide the opportunity for
us to carry out more detailed due
diligence in the coming weeks,? the
Co-op said in a statement. ?Following
this period and subject to approval from
our board, we hope to be in a position
where we can put forward an offer to
Nisa members.?
It comes after Sainsbury?s, which is
under pressure to respond to Tesco?s
�7 billion merger with Booker, the
wholesaler, is thought to have paused
takeover talks with Nisa.
The supermarket group is understood to be awaiting the findings of a
Competition and Markets Authority
inquiry into the Tesco-Booker deal
before it makes its next move.
Details of the Co-op talks were also
shared with Nisa members by Peter
Hartley, the convenience store group?s
chairman.
?The board of Nisa has held a number of positive discussions with the
Co-op in recent weeks, following its
reaffirmation of interest in making an
offer for your company,? he said.
?Your board has granted the Co-op a
period of exclusive due diligence from
today. Thereafter, and subject to the
results of the due diligence, it is
anticipated that the Co-op could be in a
position to make a final offer to the
members for your consideration.?
Mr Hartley added that the talks had
been ?pragmatic and constructive? and
that Co-op wanted to move as quickly
as possible.
Nisa, which recently completed a
�0 million refinancing, has struck a
number of new contract wins recently
as a turnaround plan under Nick Read,
the chief executive, begins to bear fruit.
However, this month Wm Morrison,
which had previously been in a supply
deal with Nisa, signed a new wholesale
agreement with McColl?s, the quoted
convenience chain,
Britain?s highly competitive grocery
market is poised for a wave of mergers.
Tesco?s potential deal with Booker,
Amazon?s foray into the sector with the
acquisition of Whole Foods and the
continued rise of Aldi and Lidl has cast
the supermarket sector into a tumultuous period. Shares in Sainsbury?s closed
up 2 per cent at 235緋.
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Need to know
1
Instant cameras are making a
comeback with the selfieobsessed iPhone generation.
Fujifilm expects to sell 7.5 million
around the world this financial
year, up from 6.5 million last year
and 3.9 million in 2014-15. Page 3
2
Trade specialists have raised
doubts over the prime
minister?s plan to ?carry over?
the EU?s trade deals with more
than 50 countries because many
will use Brexit to push for extra
concessions. Mrs May made the
comments during her visit
alongside a trade delegation to
Japan, with whom the EU recently
completed its largest free trade
agreement to date. Page 11
3
Credit card companies have
been accused of exploiting
those in the worst financial
situations after an investigation
found that they had raised the
credit limits of one in five
struggling borrowers without being
asked. Citizens Advice found that
18 per cent of people struggling
with debt had their credit limit
raised without asking in the past
year, compared with 12 per cent of
all card holders. Page 18
4
An energy price cap for about
two million of the most
vulnerable households in
Britain will be fast-tracked into
place by January. Ofgem has told
energy companies that it intends
to press ahead with the idea, and
may also extend the cap to cover
hundreds of thousands more
households than first envisaged as
it battles criticism that it is failing
to protect customers. Page 37
5
The Co-op Group looks set to
trump J Sainsbury in the
battle to acquire Nisa after
entering exclusive talks. The
mutual organisation is thought to
have tabled a �0 million bid for
the convenience store operator,
whose 1,300 shopkeeper members
run 3,000 stores. Page 37
6
Four years of debate over
whether the Royal Mail was
mispriced at its flotation has
been given an added twist after a
recent share price fall led to the
privatised postal monopoly being
ejected from the FTSE 100. Royal
Mail is out after a 12 per cent slide
in the shares since the previous
index reshuffle in June. Page 37
7
Dunelm, one of Britain?s
biggest homeware retailers,
has abruptly parted company
with its chief executive less than
two years into the role amid an
apparent clash over his
management style.
8
America enjoyed its best
quarterly growth in more
than two years between
March and June as high-spending
consumers and businesses kept the
economy in rude health. Page 40
9
Shares in HSS have dived
more than 10 per cent after
the tool hire company issued
its fourth profits warning in only
30 months. Page 42
10
The tax authorities are
chasing large businesses
for �.8 billion of
potential underpayments,
�billion more than last year, as
they step up efforts to close
loopholes and stamp out
avoidance. Page 44
Sharp exit of
Dunelm boss
takes City
by surprise
Alex Ralph, Miles Costello
One of Britain?s biggest homeware
retailers has abruptly parted company
with its chief executive less than two
years into the role amid an apparent
clash over his management style.
John Browett, the experienced retailer, left Dunelm with immediate effect
after the company said yesterday that
?the next phase of growth requires different leadership?.
Mr Browett, 53, a former boss of
Dixons, the electronics retailer, and
Monsoon Accessorize, was appointed
to the board in July 2015. After spending six months getting to know the
business, directors, managers and suppliers to help him assemble a senior
management team and strategy, he
formally took up the chief executive?s
role in January 2016.
The speed of his departure took the
City by surprise yesterday, with the
shares falling 4.1 per cent to 573絧,
despite Dunelm saying that its imminent full-year results were unchanged
with more recent trading positive.
The shares have fallen by a third
since Mr Browett joined Dunelm and
dipped again last month after the
company forecast annual profits of
�9 million to �1 million, down from
�8.9 million the year before.
In an indication that he expected to
remain in charge, Mr Browett topped
up his shareholding in the group, buying about 9,000 shares last month.
It is the second time in three years
that a Dunelm chief executive has left
suddenly. Nick Wharton went with
immediate effect in September 2014
and received �2,010 for his 12-month
notice period, �3,221 in performance
shares and �7,990 compensation for
loss of office.
In a confusing statement to the stock
market yesterday, Dunelm said that
Mr Browett was leaving ?for personal
reasons?, but also said that details of his
severance terms were being finalised.
The notice period for Mr Browett, who
was paid �1,600 last year, is six
months, compared with 12 months for
Mr Wharton and Will Adderley, the son
of the founders and deputy chairman.
Mr Adderley, who had been chief
executive between 1996 and 2011 and
resumed the role after Mr Wharton?s
departure, has taken over executive
leadership of Dunelm while the company searches for a successor.
A source close to the company said
there had not been a particular event
that led to the change or a falling out
with the Adderley family, who
launched the business from a market
stall in 1979 and retain more than 50 per
cent of the shares.
The source said that, although Mr
Browett was an experienced retailer,
his style of leadership did not fit with
Dunelm?s ?people-centric? culture.
Mr Browett said in a statement released by the company that he was
?pleased to have led the development of
Dunelm over the last few years and feel
that we have achieved much in a challenging retail environment. It is, however, time to move on to a new challenge, and I am looking forward to the
next chapter of my career.? A source
close to Mr Browett said: ?It was a small
thing . . . It?s just a slight difference.?
The departure marks a sudden
change of direction for Dunelm?s board,
led by Andy Harrison, the chairman
and former boss of Whitbread and
Easyjet, who was a director of the
airline when Mr Browett was a nonexecutive.
Dunelm had wanted to bring in Mr
Browett for some time and he had been
a ?top external target? when it was
seeking a replacement for Mr Wharton
in 2014. The company had been
?delighted when John became available? and had judged him to have ?met
in full? his strategic and personal
objectives in his first year in charge.
Riding for a fall
John Browett?s merry-go-round
Tesco
Monsoon
Accessorize
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director, chief executive of
Tesco.com and latterly group
operations director
Sept 1998 to Dec 2007
Chief executive
Mar 2013 to Feb 2015
Dunelm
Chief executive
Appointed to board July
2015, became chief
executive January 2016
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Chief executive
Dec 2007 to Apr 2012
Apple
Senior vice-president
Apr 2012 to Oct 2012
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here was a
sense of
inevitability
about the
departure of John
Browett from Dunelm
yesterday, despite its
abruptness (Alex
Ralph writes).
It was the third time
he has suddenly left a
business after apparent
personality differences
at the top.
Only five years ago
Mr Browett was a star
of the retail industry
when, in his forties, he
was poached from
Dixons, the electronics
retailer, to run Apple?s
worldwide network of
stores from the US. He
was the first senior
hiring by Tim Cook
and was in line for
� million of shares
as part of a ?golden
hello?.
However, the move
to California quickly
soured and Mr Browett
departed after only six
Under-siege Petrofac cuts dividend by nearly half
Emily Gosden Energy Editor
Petrofac has almost halved its interim
dividend as it braces for continued low
oil prices and a lengthy Serious Fraud
Office bribery investigation.
Ayman Asfari, chief executive of the
troubled oil services provider, said that
it had maintained its dividend so far in
the belief that the slump in crude prices
would be temporary.
Petrofac said it was cutting the payment by 42 per cent, to 12.7 cents per
share, because the environment remained challenging and it no longer
expected a significant recovery in
prices or oil companies? spending until
2019 or 2020 at the earliest.
It reported a good operational performance in the first half but said the
dividend cut was necessary to achieve
?a sustainable reduction in net debt?,
which was $1 billion at the end of June.
Petrofac?s share price more than
halved after the SFO decided in May to
launch an investigation into alleged
bribery, corruption and money laundering in connection with its dealings
with Unaoil. The company disclosed
yesterday that by the end of June it had
$6m
Bill so far for legal fees related to
continuing SFO inquiry
racked up $6 million in legal fees
related to the inquiry.
?You can?t underestimate the impact
and the cost of responding to the SFO,?
Alastair Cochran, its finance director,
added. He said it expected the inquiry
to last ?many years?, with precedent
suggesting at least two to four years.
Petrofac said that it was impossible to
quantify the potential financial impact.
Mr Cochran denied that the dividend
cut was designed to enable the balance
sheet to absorb any potential fine,
which some estimates have suggested
could be up to $800 million.
Analysts at JP Morgan said the decision appeared prudent ?as strengthening the balance sheet is important,
given market conditions and during the
process of the SFO investigation, given
one potential outcome is a fine?.
Petrofac said that earnings before tax
and other charges fell 11 per cent to
$323 million in the first six months on
lower revenues. Underlying net profit
fell 4 per cent to $158 million but was
ahead of guidance.
The results were weighed down by a
$19 million loss in Petrofac?s integrated
energy services division, which was
launched in 2011 to develop and run oil
fields.
Mr Asfari admitted that Petrofac had
gone ?beyond our core capability? in
the division, saying it had been able to
afford to do so while prices were high.
?In a market now [where] there is no
room for error we are retracting very
much to areas where we know we can
execute flawlessly,? he said.
The company is focusing on its main
construction and engineering business.
Petrofac disclosed last week that Mr
Asfari had been fined for insider dealing in Italy. He denies the charge and
has said that he would challenge it. He
declined yesterday to identify the stock
involved but insisted the trading was
?not dodgy?.
Tempus, page 48
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months as a senior
vice-president. He was
understood to have
picked up only 5,000
shares, worth about
�million at the time,
from a potential award
of 100,000 shares.
He said of his time at
Apple that it was ?one
of those shocking
things where you?re
rejected from an
organisation for fit
rather than
competency?. Mr
Browett sought to
rebuild his career in
March 2013 by taking
mainly because of a
decline in sales.
His exit from Apple
and then Monsoon was
a ?double dosing of
humility?, he told The
Sunday Times in April
last year, by which time
he had moved to the
top job at Dunelm. ?I?m
very much a believer in
mindfulness,? he said.
?If you are able to take
the learnings from a
bad situation then, of
course, you can be
better in the future.?
Such mindfulness
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relationship with the
board of Dunelm,
however, which like
Monsoon is controlled
by a family. The
decision to part ways
after a little over two
years at the company,
founded by the
Adderleys, meant that
he was only part way
through executing an
eight-pronged strategy,
including developing
the Dunelm product
range and online
business through the
acquisition of
Worldstores last
November for
�5 million.
His appointment in
the summer of 2015
surprised retail experts
in a way that his
departure yesterday
did not. ?How far he
jumped and how far he
was pushed is unclear,?
Nick Bubb, a retail
analyst, said yesterday.
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Get ready for float, new Uber boss says
Alexandra Frean
The new boss of Uber has told staff that
the company should go public in the
next 18 to 36 months.
Dara Khosrowshahi, the incoming
chief executive, was addressing staff for
the first time since his appointment this
weekend at the company?s headquarters in San Francisco.
In a farewell memo to colleagues at
Expedia he also admitted: ?I have to tell
you I am scared. I?ve been here at Expedia for so long that I?ve forgotten what
life is like outside this place . . . but . . . you
have to move out of your comfort zone.?
Hours before he addressed Uber staff
yesterday, it emerged that the US
Justice Department is reviewing allegations that, in its rush to expand abroad,
the company may have violated the
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which
bans the use of bribes to foreign officials
to win or keep business. Uber confirmed that it was co-operating with the
investigation. The company is also understood to be facing a separate justice
department investigation into allegations that it used software called greyIranian-born Dara
Khosrowshahi said
he was moving out
of his comfort zone
ball to evade local transport regulators.
The eight-year-old start-up, valued
at $68 billion, is in the middle of a legal
battle with Waymo, the self-driving car
unit of Google?s parent Alphabet, which
has accused it of stealing trade secrets.
Mr Khosrowshahi must tackle a demoralised staff and toxic work culture
after the departure in June of the
founder, Travis Kalanick. He was
forced to resign amid allegations of an
aggressive workplace culture where
sexual harassment was rampant. Last
night Mr Kalanick won a legal ruling in
a case brought against him by Benchmark, an early Uber investor, to have
him removed from the Uber board . The
judge moved the case to arbitration.
Mr Khosrowshahi, 48, stands in stark
contrast to the volatile and aggressive
Mr Kalanick. His family escaped Iran
on the eve of the revolution in 1978.
Speaking out this year against Donald
Trump?s travel ban, he said: ?What
some Americans don?t appreciate is
how strong the brand of the American
dream is around the world. I?m an example of how powerful that product is.?
Taking things a bit
too personally
business commentary Alistair Osborne
I
t?s always an intrigue when the
chief executive leaves for
?personal reasons?. Back in the
day, it was the go-to
euphemism for illness, family
meltdowns or dipsomania. Or all
three at once.
But then along came the PR
industry, after which all precision
predictably vanished. Pretty soon,
all sorts of exits were being spun as
deeply private personal affairs ? in
the (usually vain) hope that the real
story would never emerge.
Who can forget BG Group
trotting out the weaselly phrase in
2014 to depict the ousting of ex-boss
Chris Finlayson? Nothing to do, of
course, with three stonking profit
warnings. Then there was Jeremy
Stafford?s swift exit from Menzies.
And Elizabeth Buse?s from shrink-aminute Monitise ? even if she was
gagging to return to America.
So, how refreshing to report that
John Browett really is leaving
retailer Dunelm for ?personal
reasons, with immediate effect? ?
after only two years in the job. And
what reasons are they, you ask?
Well, mainly that no one can stand
working with him any longer. Or
that, at least, is how it looks. There?s
a clue, too, on whose decision it was
to go, in ?Note 1? of the statement:
the likely ?termination payments?,
based on Mr Browett?s �0,000
salary and six-month contract.
True, Dunelm, 51 per cent owned
by the Adderley family, has form on
getting shot of chief executives. In
2014, Nick Wharton got dun over ?
exquisitely timed, too, to bring a
hard edge to soft furnishings. It was
just before his fifth anniversary on
which rode �7 million of options.
Since then, a new chairman has
pitched up in the shape of Andy
Harrison, the ex-Easyjet and
Whitbread boss, who yesterday
preferred to point out all the nonreasons for Mr Browett?s ousting. It
was nothing to do with trading. Or
strategy. Or the shares being off a
third since he arrived after a postBrexit derating ? and down
another 4 per cent yesterday to
573絧 in a tribute of sorts. Neither
was it to do with the integration of
Worldstores, bought for �5 million
last November. Nor had there been
?a big falling out? with either the
Adderleys or the board. Nor was it
anything to do with Dunelm?s big
?clearance? sale, ending Sunday.
Yet, as Mr Harrison, noted: ?We
wouldn?t have written personal
reasons if there weren?t any.? In
short, despite thanking Mr Browett
for ?his contribution to the business
and the strategic progress?, he was
seeking a ?different leadership style?.
And that from the man who helped
hire him after seeing him at close
quarters as an Easyjet non-exec.
Still, it?s not the first time anyone?s
said that sort of thing about Mr
Browett, whose friends spoke only
of a ?slight difference?. Famously,
the ex-Dixons UK chief lasted six
months at Apple, after being enticed
with a � million golden hello ?
and then apparently ?alienating?
key staff. And since then he?s had
relatively short stints at Monsoon
and Dunelm. Given all that, there?s
probably one thing he should have
avoided with his latest exit: any
reference to ?personal reasons?.
No quick fix
H
SS undersells itself. Log on to
its website and it promises:
?Always low trade prices for
tool and equipment hire.? What
about the shares? They get lower by
the week.
Yesterday makes profits warning
no 4 since February 2015?s 210p-ashare float, an occasion brought to
you by the tip-up concrete mixer
experts from JP Morgan Cazenove,
Numis and Berenberg. They know
how to stick a share price to the
floor: it?s now only 49p, off another
12 per cent (report, page 42).
And it?s tricky to spot any
immediate trigger for improvement,
despite the efforts of HSS?s third
post-IPO boss ? Steve Ashmore,
who only arrived in June and can?t
be held responsible for the latest
half-year shocker. He?s already
started a strategic review, even if it?s
unlikely to take a jack-hammer to
one big change from the previous
regime: centralising tool repair at a
distribution centre near Oxford.
Laughably, even at this level,
Numis can?t bring itself to
recommend buying the shares: it?s
got them ?under review? after
cutting full-year earnings before
interest, tax and amortisation from
�.5 million to minus �9 million.
Indeed, the sole consolation is
that most of the pain is being
suffered by Exponent: the buyout
firm that brought HSS to market
and still owns just over 50 per cent.
The other big investor, with 26 per
cent, is Toscafund ? the outfit that
kept badgering rival Speedy Hire to
buy HSS before it floated. It?s a lot
cheaper now.
Heavy water
D
o you live in Somerset? Get
yourself a boat. Those famous
weathermen from the
National Grid are preparing for
Houston-like conditions. Ofgem?s
just had a squint at their costings for
the cabling to that nuclear disaster
Hinkley Point C. And guess what?
Of the �9 million budget, there?s
�6 million for ?extreme weather
risk? (report, page 45).
Oddly enough, Ofgem thinks
that?s a bit much. Not least because
under present rules, the Grid gets to
keep half of any weather-related
costs allowed by the regulator that
don?t actually materialise. Ofgem
also thinks the Grid?s � million for
prettier ?T? pylons is a bit OTT.
Still, no doubt when they?ve
finished arguing, there?ll be floods,
pylons ? and a nuclear monstrosity.
Who?d live in Somerset?
Doorstep challenge
W
hat a day for Royal Mail
and Provident Financial.
They?ve both been axed
from the FTSE 100. So, how lucky
there?s a way back for both of them:
a merger. Why not get the posties to
collect the doorstep lender?s debts
on their letter rounds? Do come
here for free M&A advice.
alistair.osborne@thetimes.co.uk
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Business
ALAMY
Consumers
bounce back
on good news
Tom Knowles
America has enjoyed more spending on motor vehicles, mobile phones, housing and utilities than expected, while private employers created 237,000 jobs this month
US economy grows strongly as
shoppers keep the tills ringing
Philip Aldrick Economics Editor
America enjoyed its best quarterly
growth in more than two years between
March and June as high-spending
consumers and businesses kept the
economy in rude health.
Officials revised their estimate of
growth in the second quarter to 3 per
cent, up from 2.6 per cent, making it the
best three-month period since the first
quarter of 2015. Economists had expected a smaller upward revision to
2.7 per cent.
After a slow start to the year, with
growth of only 1.2 per cent in the first
quarter, the US has surged ahead on the
back of mounting confidence among
households and companies. The International Monetary Fund is forecasting
annual GDP growth of 2.1 per cent both
this year and next.
Quarterly growth of 3 per cent, an
annualised rate that equates to about
0.75 per cent in the UK, came as other
data showed private employers stepping up recruitment in August. They
added 237,000 jobs, up from 201,000 in
July.
With the US growing strongly and
the economy at almost full employment, the US Federal Reserve is expected to press ahead with plans to start
unwinding its $4.2 trillion quantitative
easing programme next month and to
raise interest rates again in December.
One risk is the impact of Hurricane
Harvey on oil-rich Texas. Gregory
Daco, chief US economist at Oxford
Economics, said: ?We expect Harvey to
cut about 0.2-0.3 percentage points
from third quarter growth.?
Even so, Mr Daco forecasts that the
economy will grow by 2.5 per cent
between June and September and meet
the International Monetary Fund?s
prediction for the full year. Despite the
bright outlook, US growth this year is
on course to fall short of President
Trump?s target of 3 per cent, well above
the economy?s cruising rate of about
2.4 per cent.
The president had hoped to propel
the economy this year with a mix of tax
cuts, deregulation and infrastructure
spending but has so far failed to pass
any economic legislation. Markets are
beginning to question if he will deliver.
Figures show that the private sector
did the heavy economic lifting in the
quarter, in spite of the president?s plan
for a fiscal stimulus. Consumer spending, worth more than two thirds of the
economy, grew at 3.3 per cent, the fastest in a year, reflecting more spending
on motor vehicles, mobile phones,
housing and utilities than estimated.
The figures was revised up from
2.8 per cent in July and accounted for
the bulk of the pick-up in the second
quarter. Businesses also helped to carry
the economy, with spending on equipment leaping at a rate of 8.8 per cent, the
fastest pace in nearly two years. Wage
growth has been sluggish, though.
?Overall, it was a solid report and
indicative of more upbeat economic
momentum heading into the latter half
of 2017,? Mr Daco said.
?Business investment and net trade
are both firmer on the heels of a firmer
global backdrop and weaker dollar.
Consumer spending is being supported
by rising employment and gently accelerating wage growth though we note
that the recent savings dip indicates
more moderate consumer outlays in
the second half.?
With GDP quickening in the second
quarter, the economy grew 2.1 per cent
in the first half of 2017, up from 1.9 per
cent before the latest revision.
Consumer confidence rebounded in
August according to a long-running
index against a more upbeat economic
backdrop on inflation, jobs and public
finances.
The GfK consumer confidence index
rose 2 points to a negative balance of
-10, marking a pick-up from July when
consumers were more pessimistic
about the state of the general economy
than in any month since July last year in
the immediate aftermath of the Brexit
referendum.
There has been several more upbeat
economic figures released in August
which are likely to have increased optimism, including inflation remaining at
2.6 per cent, the national debt shrinking
thanks to the first July surplus for 15
years, and employment surging to
record highs.
Joe Staton, head of market dynamics
at GfK, said that the pick up in August
could be due to the absence of any bad
economics news this month. ?I was as
surprised as the next man at seeing a
rise in the index. I thought we were
looking at a downward trajectory for
the rest of the year. My concern is this
is a dead cat bounce ? that the index
has righted itself but will drop as soon as
more bad news hits.?.
. . . but business
optimism fades
Confidence among businesses has fallen to a one-year low, dragged down by
pessimism among companies whose
activity is focused towards consumers,
according to a survey by Lloyds Bank.
Confidence among 200 companies
with a turnover above �million fell 13
points to a balance of 17 per cent, the
lowest since last August. The report
showed that companies were especially
downbeat about the prospects for the
UK economy in the year ahead. Economic optimism fell to the lowest level
since June 2016 and the second lowest
level since 2012.
The biggest fall was among consumer services companies, dropping to a 14month low of 3 per cent. The downbeat
assessment in the Lloyds survey reinforces figures from the Office for
National Statistics showing that business investment came to a standstill in
the second quarter.
Households curb credit card spending after inflation bites
Tom Knowles Economics Correspondent
The rapid growth in consumer credit
cooled in July amid a squeeze on household spending but mortgage approvals
have risen to their highest level in more
than a year.
Consumer credit, which includes
borrowing on credit cards, overdrafts
and car finance schemes, rose by 9.8 per
cent from a year earlier. This was down
from 10 per cent in June and the weakest increase since April 2016, according
to the Bank of England.
Credit rose by �2 billion on the
month and was below the �5 billion
that economists had been expecting,
with �0 million on credit cards and
�0 million on other loans.
Consumer borrowing has helped to
support the economy since the Brexit
vote but the slowdown suggests that
households are becoming less willing to
borrow to finance their consumption
amid rising inflation. Household
spending growth slowed to 0.1 per cent
in the three months to June in the
weakest rate in almost three years.
Consumer credit growth is also
declining because of tougher lending
conditions imposed by banks and a
slowing in the car finance sector, with
car registrations falling nearly 10 per
cent year-on-year.
However, a slight cooling in consumer credit is likely to be welcomed by
policymakers at the Bank.
Alex Brazier, director for financial
stability, warned last month of a ?spiral
of complacency? among banks, credit
card companies and car loan providers.
Consumer credit has grown four times
faster than household incomes during
the past year.
Consumer credit accounts for a
fraction of household debt but is considered more of a risk as people tend to
walk away from credit card debts,
House prices ?to fall 20 per cent?
UK house prices could
be 20 per cent lower by
2030 once adjusted for
inflation, according to
analysts at Nomura
(Tom Knowles writes).
George Buckley, an
economist at the bank,
said that although
prices have risen rapidly
mortgage payments
have dropped, meaning
that affordability in the
housing market has
remained in line with
the long-term average.
He argues that for
this to remain the case
once interest rates pick
up from their historic
lows over the next 15
years, house prices will
need to remain broadly
unchanged between
2017 and 2030. In real
terms this would result
in a 20 per cent fall.
Mr Buckley said that
over the past 30 years,
house prices had
undergone the
?recapitalisation effect?.
Interest rates have
moved from 7.5 per cent
to just less than 2 per
cent, but instead of
interest payments being
pushed down, buyers
have instead bid up the
price of housing. In
other words, lower
interest rates have
effectively been
?recapitalised? into
higher house prices.
This has meant that
the fall in mortgage
rates ?have been
completely offset by an
equivalent rise in house
prices?, so affordability
in the housing market
has actually remained in
line with its long-run
average.
Mr Buckley said that
this situation is likely to
reverse over the next 15
years because of rising
interest rates.
rather than mortgages, when in financial trouble. Since 2007 British banks?
total write-offs on UK consumer credit
have been ten times higher than on
mortgages.
The outlook for the housing market
was more upbeat, however. Lenders
approved 68,689 mortgages in July
compared with 65,318 in June, the
highest figure since March last year,
according to figures from the Bank that
showed that the figure for July was
11 per cent higher than the same month
last year.
However, this should be treated with
caution because last year?s figure was
distorted by uncertainty after the UK
voted to leave the European Union.
The Bank?s figures also showed that
businesses are borrowing more at a
time of low interest rates. Borrowing
among companies, excluding financial
corporations, rose by �9 billion in
July, the largest increase in three years.
the times | Thursday August 31 2017
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Comment Business
Simon Nixon
Ed Warner
What?s with the gloom?
Why cheeriness might
be the order of the day
In its EU talks, Britain must avoid
the road taken by a Greek ?hero?
??
If the Brexit
negotiations have
got off to a
tempestuous start
after the summer
break, blame Yanis Varoufakis. It
appears that top of the summer
reading list for some senior British
ministers was the former Greek
finance minister?s book Adults in the
Room ? his account of the Greek
debt crisis in which he played a
starring role in the first half of 2015.
For reasons that baffle many people
elsewhere in Europe, Mr Varoufakis
has become a folk hero to many in
the UK: to those on the left, he is
celebrated as a leader of the global
anti-austerity resistance; to the
eurosceptic right, he is championed as
the man who came close to delivering
their dream of destroying the euro.
Now his book is being trawled at the
highest levels of the British
government for insights into how to
handle Brexit.
For many directly involved in the
Greek crisis ? not least in Greece
itself ? this lionising of Mr
Varoufakis is surreal. They regard his
portrayal of plucky Greece brought to
its knees by an inflexible Brussels
bureaucracy, while supposed allies
stood aside terrified of alienating their
German paymasters as a gross
distortion. In essence, what actually
happened in Greece is this: a populist
government was elected on the basis
of an implausible claim that it could
persuade the rest of the eurozone to
write off its debts with no strings
attached. When the eurozone rejected
this ?have your cake and eat it?
proposal, Mr Varoufakis engaged in
six months of reckless brinkmanship,
convinced that the EU would
ultimately capitulate to prevent
wider damage to the eurozone ?
until Athens itself capitulated,
signing the deal that was on the
table all along, having achieved
nothing but damage to its own
economy.
There are indeed lessons for
the UK from the Greek crisis
but the risk is that it draws the
wrong ones. The government
published a series of Brexit
position papers this
month which Theresa
To the astonishment
of many, the former
minister is a hero
May and the Brexit minister David
Davis insist shows that the UK ? in
contrast to Greece ? is coming up
with constructive proposals to advance
the negotiations.
Yet many of these papers are as
threadbare as the papers Mr
Varoufakis circulated when similarly
seeking to win in the court of public
opinion. Some do little more than
explain why it is in both the UK?s and
EU?s interests to preserve the status
quo as far as possible. In the paper
discussing possible dispute resolution
mechanisms, the government merely
lists options without offering any
judgments. Where it does make
proposals, they are typically of the
?cake and eat it? variety, for example in
proposing that the EU should agree to
let the UK continue to sit on the EU?s
data protection rule-making body
while allowing it to write its own rules.
One UK proposal has been greeted
with incredulity by experts in the UK
and EU: the idea that Britain can
somehow leave the EU?s customs
union but retain its benefits by
attaching tracking devices to all
imports to establish whether they are
entering the domestic or EU supply
chain so that they can be taxed
accordingly. Senior government
ministers insist that serious work has
gone into this proposal but the paper
provides no evidence to back this up,
instead it acknowledges that the idea
is ?unprecedented?, ?untested? and
requires further research ?to
understand the practical complexities
in making it work?. The risk for the
UK government is that this proposal
becomes its equivalent of Mr
Varoufakis?s notorious suggestion that
the solution to endemic tax evasion
was to arm tourists with cameras to
catch VAT cheats, from which his
credibility as a negotiator never
recovered.
The British government appears
intent on following the Varoufakis
playbook in other ways too. Mr
Varoufakis and his prime minister
Alexis Tsipras wasted six months
trying to bypass Brussels to negotiate
directly with Berlin and Paris ?
which was ironic because the greatest
pressure for a deal was actually
coming from the commission itself.
Now Mrs May and Mr Davis appear
to have similarly concluded that the
key to Brexit lies in a political deal
with national leaders. Yet eurozone
governments never budged on their
insistence that Greece should stick to
the EU?s sequencing and processes ?
and neither are EU governments
likely to budge over Brexit, even after
the German elections.
The EU won?t budge because it
doesn?t need to: it believes it is strong
enough to withstand Grexit or Brexit.
Indeed, the greater risk to the EU lies
in yielding to what many regard as
blackmail. The EU draws its
legitimacy from the rule of law: giving
the UK a ?cake and eat it? Brexit deal
would undermine the legitimacy of
the EU as surely as a strings-free
fiscal transfer to Greece would have
destroyed the euro.
The real lesson which the UK can
learn from the Greek crisis is the
need to make a sober assessment of
where the negotiation is likely to end
up and then prepare public opinion
for the inevitable trade-offs and costs
? before you get locked into
positions from which there is no
escape. The good news is that
although the UK has so far not
presented many credible proposals,
nor has it ruled anything out and in
some cases ? notably in
acknowledging the possibility of
accepting continued indirect
jurisdiction of the European Court of
Justice ? has started to prepare the
ground for possible compromises.
The government still has time
to avoid repeating
tthe mistakes of
Mr Varoufakis,
though maybe
not much.
??
Simon Nixon is the chief European
commentator at The Wall Street
Journal. Twitter: @Simon_Nixon
F
or every positive item of
news there is a negative.
Hottest August bank
holiday on record? Mystery
chemical haze over Beachy
Head reduces sunbathers to tears.
Resurgent European economy?
British holidaymakers suffer
continental cash-machine shock.
The negatives make the headlines
but financial markets will more
likely be driven by the reasons to be
cheerful. North Korea fires missile
over Japan? US share prices bounce.
Investors habitually scale walls of
worry. Consciousness of risk
tempers greed and guards against an
overenthusiasm which, in the
?A strong euro will give
EU the upper hand but
a weak pound could
cushion Britain?s pain?
extreme, can spill over into
collective mania. Nine years into
rising global equities and still a
general air of despondency prevails.
The financial crisis seems like only
yesterday, a vivid memory that is
serving to keep markets in check ?
which must be a good thing. Quietly,
confounding the sceptics, economies
have been growing. Even more
quietly, corporate financiers are
whispering of busy schedules. It is as
if no one dares to celebrate for fear
of hexing the recovery.
American interest rates have been
rising this year. It will take some
time for them to reach levels
deemed normal by those who spent
their formative investing years in the
late 20th century. Maybe they won?t
even reach those heights in our
working lifetimes. The US economy
soldiers on with growth comfortably
over 2 per cent, taking rising rates
and an unconventional president in
its stride. The technology giants
prosper, adding buoyancy to the
stock market without any sense of
the craziness that marked the
dotcom era.
Europe, almost unnoticed amid its
political upheavals, immigration and
terrorism crises, has begun to build
a head of economic steam. The
currency markets, though, have
reacted. The euro hasn?t been this
strong against the dollar for three
years. President Macron may be
plumbing new depths of
unpopularity barely three months
into the post but he?s deemed good
for business. Or at least not overly
bad for business, which is all that his
nation?s industrialists require to be
getting on with their jobs. European
corporations are more active
generally, regardless of the political
weather. Low interest rates, cheap
labour and energy prices, and the
productivity benefits of new
technologies are all good for
profitability.
If the euro is a measure of
renewed confidence in Europe, the
pound?s weakness tells the reverse
story about Britain. Brexit is the
chemical haze choking Westminster
and irritating British business. In
the short term sterling?s slide
provides some relief and will
doubtless focus the minds of
negotiators on both sides. Frankly it
is in no one?s interest, ultimately, for
there not to be a deal that is vaguely
acceptable to all parties. There will
be posturing. There will be career
casualties. There will be
sensationalist headlines. A strong
euro says that Europe has the upper
hand but a weak pound could
cushion Britain?s pain.
The FTSE 250 index has risen
20 per cent since last year?s
referendum decision to leave the
European Union, keeping pace with
the FTSE 100 that is itself more a
reflection of global economic
prospects than British ones. UK
companies have strong balance
sheets and are generating healthy
dividends for shareholders. You can
be sure that they are moving to
capitalise on the opportunities
created by the fall in the pound. And
yes, they are looking to do corporate
deals. Hence the quiet confidence of
those who advise them.
The next economic reverse and
market downfall will more likely
come from an unexpected quarter
than from the negative factors that
are already well known and that
everyone has been fretting about ?
and dealing with ? for so long now.
In the meantime, cheeriness might,
with justification, be the order of the
day.
Ed Warner sits on a number of
financial services company boards;
he is writing in a personal capacity
6 Robin Pagnamenta is away
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Business
HSS stuns investors
with surprise fourth
warning on profits
Robert Lea Industrial Editor
HSS took a battering yesterday after
the business issued its fourth profits
warning on the stock market in only 30
months.
Shares in the tool hire company,
which were floated at 210p in February 2015, with 19 per cent of those being
sold taken up by private investors in a
retail offer, closed last night at a new
low of 49p, down 11.7 per cent, or 6絧,
on the session. The latest profit warn-
�m
Amount by which profits are forecast
to fall short of previous expectations
ing was more of the same from a business that has been doing its restructuring as a public company rather than
when it was in the private hands of
Exponent Private Equity.
The size of the latest shortfall reported for the first half of the year took investors aback. They had been expecting
profits at the earnings before interest,
tax and amortisation (ebitda) level of as
much as � million for this year. The
company is now warning that it could
come in � million shy. Booking a
�3 million ebitda loss at the half year,
HSS is now guiding the City to an ebitda profit for the full year of between
�million and �million.
Quite what HSS is going to look like
this time next year is anybody?s guess.
John Gill, the chief executive who was
promoted from chief operating officer
two years ago, had been had been given
the task of shaking up HSS?s 300-plus
network of outlets and moving to a
centralised distribution model.
However, despite shutting more than
50 branches, the restructuring appeared to backfire as products were not
available in store prompting business
customers to vote with their feet and
shop at rival tool hire outfits. Mr Gill left
the company in April.
Steve Ashmore, an executive at the
Brammer distribution group and
Wolseley builders merchants, was
brought in as chief executive in May.
He was forced to admit yesterday
that a recovery that was supposed to
kick in in the first quarter is happening
at a ?materially lower level of improvement? than he had expected.
He has now started another ?detailed
strategic review? of the company on
which investors won?t hear back until
November.
One option for the company is that
which has been put forward by its
Are the wheels coming off?
Feb 2015 shares
floated at 210p, valuing
the company at �5m
250p
June 2015 first profit
warning just a month
after previous trading
statement
April 2017
shares hit
new low as
Mr Gill leaves
Aug 2017 shares
hit new low of
48p after forth
profit warning
2
200
1150
Aug 2015
second
profit
warning on
softening
market
1100
5
50
Sept 2015
longstanding chief
executive Chris
Davies stands down,
replaced by John Gill
Nov 2015 third
profit warning on
delay in shake up
HSS co-sponsors
the Aprire
cycling team
0
2015
25 per cent shareholder Toscafund, the
activist investor which has been lobbying for a merger with market rival and
fellow listed company Speedy Hire, in
which Toscafund has a 20 per cent
stake. Speedy Hire which has had its
own problems but is in recovery, has
shown no appetite for such a deal.
2016
Industry sources said they believe
Mr Ashmore could draw up a plan to
focus on the segments in which HSS enjoys good market share, such as higher
margin smaller-tool rental, as well in
powered access and mobile generators.
Stephen Rawlinson, a sector analyst
at Applied Value, said: ?The business is
2017
far from settled and will be disadvantaged for some time by the misguided
and now aborted dash for growth.
?The challenge is whether investors
believe that HSS can improve sufficiently to deserve their support. For a
cautious investor the jury is still undecided.?
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into Marsters
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Mars is a training
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whose influence is felt
across the economy,
Deirdre Hipwell reports
N
ever let it be said that Mars
Group does not recruit far
and wide when looking for
top-class employees.
Andrew Austin applied to
work at the confectionery and pet food
giant while on an operational tour in
Central America for British army intelligence. The former Mars executive, who
now runs his own company Dobson
Lyle, which helps profile the psychology
of the world?s top-performing sports
stars and business leaders, said: ?I was in
a jungle in Belize in 1978 and I saw a Mars
job advert [in a British newspaper]. I
applied and was offered the job of a production shift manager in Slough.
?So I left the Army on a captain?s salary
and joined Mars on the salary of a brigadier. It was the most fantastic salary promotion. Mars always tried to pay about
10 per cent above the highest-paying
company in the area. It was one of the
reasons that made Mars so special.?
He may have left Mars many years
ago but he is one of a host of alumni, or
?Martians? as they like to call themselves, who consider their time working
at the group as critically influential in
their later careers. Mr Austin?s time
there coincided with that of Allan
Leighton and a host of top performers
who, since leaving Mars, have all gone
on to run large listed companies and
who remain part of the City?s business
elite.
Mr Leighton, chairman of the Co-operative Group, said: ?I wouldn?t be anything today if I hadn?t worked at Mars.
I was just some young oik when I
started there and I went on to work in
every function of the business for
18 years.? When he left Mars to help
Archie Norman to turn around Asda ?
in a retail revival that made the names
of both executives ? Mr Leighton raided the Mars pool for top executives to
help the grocer?s recovery. Over the
course of two years he poached: Justin
King, who went on to run Sainsbury?s;
Richard Baker, who later ran Boots and
is now the chairman of Whitbread; Paul
Mason, who ended up running Asda for
a spell; David Cheesewright, who is the
chief executive of Walmart International; Catriona Marshall, outgoing
chief executive of Hobbycraft; and
Angela Spindler, who runs N Brown,
the clothes retailer.
?They have all worked for me. When
I went to Asda we couldn?t get anybody
in retail to work for us because they all
thought Asda was going to go bust, so I
got them all over from Mars,? explains
Mr Leighton. ?It was transformational
for us. They may not have known about
retail [then] but from working at Mars
they knew about people and products
and that is what [retail] is all about.?
According to alumni, the values at the
family-owned business are fairly easy to
sum up ? quality, responsibility, mutuality, efficiency and freedom ? and it
actually adheres to them. Mars also
operates a flat management structure
making promotion transparent and
possible for ambitious executives who
are often encouraged to work across
different functions and divisions.
Mars also operates a lean business investing much of its cashflow into equipment and technology, as well as staff
development programmes. Mr Austin
says that in his day, Mars had two
manufacturing sites and roughly 1,200
people and yet maintained the same
UK market share as Rowntree ?which
had 27,000 employees and 14 manufacturing sites?.
This phenomenon of ?Martians?
rising to the top of leading organisations in Britain and worldwide means
that working at Mars is still highly
desirable. Tamsin Jones, head of talent
acquisition for Mars, says the company
still maintains the same culture today
as when its famous alumni ? which
also include Bill Ronald, chairman of
Fevertree, Martin Glenn, chief executive of the Football Association, Lord
Blyth of Rowington, former chairman
How to join the club
Mars Group?s graduate management
schemes attract about 3,500
candidates each year but only
between 40 and 50 are selected.
The company seeks applicants who
?crave? responsibility and runs
programmes across its finance,
engineering, management,
technology, procurement, sales and
research and development divisions.
Starting salaries are between
�,000 and �,000, with a
�000 joining bonus. Andrew
Sharp, from Mars?s talent team, said
Mars is a ?premium? employer that
offers graduates opportunities ?with
the right level of stretch?.
Mars favours internal
development but may recruit
externally for more senior roles. The
confectionery and pet food group
has its own de facto recruitment
agency, where potential candidates
can enquire about available roles.
of Diageo, and Adam Crozier, former
chief executive of ITV, worked there.
?We pride ourselves on how much we
invest in our people at Mars, specifically in the development of leadership
skills,? she said. ?We are quite a lean
organisation so the roles tend to be very
big and challenging.?
The management culture seems to
have worked well so far for Mars which
has annual turnover of more than
$33 billion despite challenging conditions in the global consumer sector.
It is hard to know for certain how well
the company is doing as it, like the Mars
family, is famously secretive ? the company discloses little financial information. However, employees are regularly
informed of the latest trading figures as
bonuses are linked to performance and
Mr Baker said when he worked at Mars
the key internal benchmark ? total
return on assets ? was always displayed
on a graph ?where you collected the
trays in the canteen so everyone saw it
every day?.
Ms Spindler said she believed the
secret of Mars success was the central
role played by the people & organisations division ? known as HR in most
companies: ?Recruiting the right
people . . . is why [Mars] has bred so
many people who have gone on to
succeed more widely in business.?
Mr Baker, who initially failed to get
on the Mars graduate scheme before
writing a letter and convincing the
group to change its mind, agrees: ?The
Mars philosophy was always that head
content mattered not head count.
Working at Mars was a bit like going to
Sandhurst and coming out as an officer.
They weren?t hiring rank and file, they
wanted managers and leaders of
people.?
tomorrow
Mars has annual turnover of more than $33 billion despite fierce competition
Katherine Griffiths on PWC,
business school for City jobs
Graduate scheme was out of this world for ex-Martian
Profile
As ?Martians? or ?Past Marsters? go,
Justin King is clearly one of the bestknown alumni of Mars, the
confectionery and pet food group
(Deirdre Hipwell writes). The
executive gained the attention of the
City when he took over J Sainsbury
and revived it after a poor spell.
His appointment at Sainsbury?s
marked an ascent into Britain?s
business premier league that began
when he joined Mars as a trainee in
1983 after a business administration
degree at Bath University.
?At the time the trainee scheme at
Mars was pretty famous. In my year
they picked about five or six
graduate trainees out of about
4,000 applicants,? he says. ?I
started on �012 a year ? I still
remember opening the letter and
in 1983 that was a lot of money.?
Mr King was chosen
after telephone
interviews and a twoday selection process
that involved
numerical and verbal
Justin King joined
Mars in 1983 and has
fond memories
reasoning tests, observed group
exercises and an interview with
a panel that included senior
directors.
The graduate scheme was
intense. ?On my second
Monday they said, ?Right, you
are working D shift, get here
for 6.30am and you are
taking over the Galaxy
[chocolate bar] production
line? and that?s what you
did and you learnt from
that,? Mr King says.
Graduates also had to
reapply for their position
on the two-year scheme
every six months by giving a
presentation to demonstrate the most
significant contribution they had
made to the business during that
period. ?If they didn?t think you were
contributing to the business, you
exited and left the same day. I often
tell that anecdote to young people
today. I meet a lot of young people
today full of righteous indignation
about what is not being done for
them, when they should be making
the most of their opportunities.?
Mr King worked in supply,
production, buying and sales divisions
before helping to launch H鋋genDazs ice cream in the UK and moving
on to Asda and then Sainsbury?s. He
credits Mars with teaching him
everything from how to read a
balance sheet to how to give
presentations and work effectively
with colleagues and across different
business functions.
Mr King is now vice-chairman and
head of portfolio businesses at Terra
Firma and regularly attends the
annual ?Past Marsters? to reminisce
with former colleagues. ?They [Mars]
knew that good people would leave if
a better opportunity came along,? he
said. ?That is why many people are
still in touch as there was never any
bile or resentment when people left.?
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Business
BRIAN POWERS/AP
Big businesses face �bn tax
bill as HMRC raises its targets
Philip Aldrick Economics Editor
The tax authorities are chasing large
businesses for �.8 billion of potential
underpayments, �billion more than
last year, as they step up efforts to close
loopholes and stamp out avoidance.
Investigations by the large business
directorate at HM Revenue & Customs
(HRMC) have identified the sum as tax
that might be recovered from previous
years. Similar work has brought in
� billion that would have otherwise
gone unpaid since 2010, HMRC said.
The annual estimate, disclosed after
a freedom of information request from
Pinsent Masons, the law firm , has risen
31 per cent from � billion since
2014-15. HMRC said the increase was
the result of new laws designed to stop
artificial profit shifting by multinational companies to lower their tax bill.
HMRC?s estimate is only an upper
limit. Last year, �.8 billion was under
investigation but only �billion was
found to have been underpaid. ?Tax
under consideration is not tax owed or
unpaid, it?s an estimate of what might
be at stake if we didn?t investigate,?
HMRC said. Ensuring companies and
individuals pay their taxes has been
rising up the political agenda since the
financial crisis.
The coalition government gave
HMRC extra funds to chase avoiders
and, more recently, Philip Hammond,
the chancellor, said that he hoped to
raise an extra �billion by 2022 by
targeting tax avoidance.
Heather Self, a partner at Pinsent
Masons, said: ?Another �billion rise in
the tax HMRC is querying shows that it
is broadening its horizons. The Treasury faces an unenviable choice ?
either cut public expenditure and services, or squeeze tax payers for more
money. Increasing tax revenue through
investigations is often the more politically palatable option, particularly
when the focus is on large businesses.?
HMRC?s investigations are distinct
from the ?tax gap?, which it describes as
?the tax that would be paid if all individuals and companies complied with both
the letter of the law and our interpretation of parliament?s intention.?
In 2014-15, HMRC put the tax gap at
� billion. At 6.5 per cent of total tax
revenue, it was the smallest gap on
record, down from 8.3 per cent in
2005-06.
Although big business is often singled out as the main offender, HMRC
estimates that small business avoids
more than twice as much tax. The tax
gap for small businesses in 2014-15 was
estimated at �.8 billion, compared
with �7 billion by large businesses.
In total, large business paid �5 billion in VAT, corporation tax and other
levies while small businesses paid
�0 billion. HMRC classified small
businesses as the five million firms with
turnover of less than � million and
fewer than 20 employees.
HMRC has come under fire in the
past for agreeing controversial deals
with Vodafone and Google. The sharp
increase in HMRC?s ?tax under consideration? this year reflects the complexity of new rules around ?transfer pricing?, a way in which big business has
been able to move profits between jurisdictions. Both Google and Vodafone
used transfer pricing. Since 2015, the
UK has operated a diverted profits tax
to clamp down on the practice.
Inflation increases in
Germany and Spain
Rises in inflation in
Germany and Spain
signalled that the era of
easy money could be
coming to an end after
more than two years of
large eurozone stimulus
spending. German
consumer prices rose by
1.8 per cent annually this
month, up from 1.5 per
cent in July. In Spain,
consumer prices rose by
2 per cent year-on-year
on the back of strong
growth. Data for the
19-nation eurozone will
be published today.
Ashley sues over
golf investment
Mike Ashley, chief
executive and founder of
Sports Direct, is suing a
former recruiter for
Newcastle United over a
disputed investment in a
golf course in France. Mr
Ashley alleges that he
gave Tony Jimenez
�million to invest in
return for a 5 per cent
stake in the course in the
Loire region but that the
money was not invested.
Mr Jimenez told
Bloomberg that the
allegations were untrue.
Kaura steps in to
breach at Vedanta
Vedanta Resources, the
Indian mining group, has
appointed Kuldip Kaura
as interim chief executive
while it searches for a
replacement for Tom
Albanese, who leaves
tomorrow. Mr Albanese,
59, said in March that he
intended to leave to spend
more time with his family
in the US. He will remain
chairman of Vedanta?s
Zambian copper business,
Konkola Copper Mines.
Mr Kaura was Vedanta
CEO from 2005 to 2008.
Tim Cook?s
$89m slice
of the Apple
T
he chief
executive of
Apple received a
share award worth
$89.2 million after
hitting a performance
target. The award to
Tim Cook, 56, who
succeeded Steve Jobs
in 2011, was made
after Apple shares
outperformed at least
two thirds of
companies in the S&P
500 Index for the past
three years. Apple
shares rose 0.3 per
cent yesterday to
close at a record
$163.35 after the
company beat profit
and revenue estimates
in the third quarter.
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GREENPEACE
Oil giants?
Amazon
drilling plan
hits rocks
T
otal and BP
suffered a fresh
setback in their
efforts to drill
for oil near the mouth
of the Amazon river
after Brazilian
regulators rejected
their latest
environmental
assessment (Emily
Gosden writes).
The oil companies
were awarded
exploration rights in
2013 to drill in the
Mouth of the Amazon
basin off Brazil, which
could contain up to
14 billion barrels of oil.
The plans have faced
fierce opposition,
however, after it was
confirmed last year
that there was a vast
and unique coral reef
system close to the
proposed drilling area.
limit the impact of
drilling on marine
mammals and turtles
and to clarify how oil
would disperse in the
event of a spill,
according to Reuters.
Total and its partners
spent almost
�0 million acquiring
the exploration rights
in 2013 and have spent
at least a further
$60 million since
developing drilling
plans.
A spokesman for the
French group said that
the environmental
licensing process
remained under way.
Greenpeace, the
environmental group,
has been protesting
against the drilling
plans. Helena Spiritus,
a campaigner at the
group, said: ?The only
right decision by Total
now is to give up their
plans to drill at the
Amazon mouth,
instead of trying to find
ways to convince
authorities to approve
this risky project.?
Ibama, Brazil?s
environmental
regulator, has
repeatedly refused to
accept the
environmental
assessments put
forward by Total, which
operates the blocks. BP
has a 30 per cent
interest in the licences.
Ibama has warned
Total that it will
suspend its
Mouth of
the Amazon
basin
Amazon
River
Belem
BRAZIL
200 miles
S鉶
Luis
environmental licence
application unless the
company provides
more information,
which it said it had
failed to do despite
three previous
requests.
The agency wants
Total to address how to
Need for expensive T-pylons for
Hinkley is a tall tale, says Ofgem
Emily Gosden Energy Editor
The �0 million bill for connecting up
the Hinkley Point power plant could be
cut by a fifth after Ofgem said National
Grid had failed to justify using an
expensive new pylon design and had
budgeted too much for flooding that
may never occur.
The utility giant has submitted plans
to the regulator for a new high voltage
power line to carry electricity from the
� billion-plus nuclear plant that EDF
is constructing in Somerset.
It would involve five miles of underground cable through the Mendip hills
and 29 miles of overhead power lines
crossing through the Somerset Levels.
National Grid plans to use a new
design of ?T? shaped pylons that won a
2011 government-backed competition
to replace the taller ?lattice tower? style
that has been in use for decades.
Ofgem said yesterday that the
company had ?not fully justified the
estimated additional � million cost of
the new ?T-pylon? technology it intends
to use?.
National Grid has already been
granted a development consent order
by the government to build the link
National Grid was
told it had not
justified the extra
�m for the newlook T-pylons
using the T-pylons and said that it
would have to press ahead with using
them even if Ofgem ruled it could not
recoup the extra cost.
The company told Ofgem that the
new design, which is about a third
shorter than traditional towers, was
?more visually appealing? and argued
that it might not have received the permission if it had used the old design.
However, Ofgem said National Grid
had failed to demonstrate this, or that
consumers were willing to pay so much
more for the new design. The extra
costs include � million that National
Grid spent developing the pylons and
� million for the extra steel and larger
foundations needed to build them.
Ofgem also challenged National
Grid?s budget of �6 million to cover
the ?extreme weather risk? of building
the cables through areas of the Somerset Levels that suffered severe flooding
in 2012 and again in 2014.
National Grid?s plans assumed that
the project would be ?affected by flooding and heavy rainfall on a number of
occasions during construction, causing
a significant and costly delay?.
Ofgem countered that it was ?impossible to be certain of the level of ex-
treme weather that will affect the
project? and that the company should
not assume it would definitely occur.
Normally National Grid would be
able to keep half of any unspent money
allocated to it for major projects, under
a regulatory framework designed to
encourage efficiency. Ofgem said it was
not yet decided whether National Grid
would get to keep any unspent contingency money for bad weather.
National Grid said it had proposed
changing the standard framework so
that ?additional costs related to flooding or severe weather are only passed to
bill payers if they materialise?.
In a further challenge to National
Grid, Ofgem said it was still considering
whether it should put the actual
construction of the link out to tender in
order to try to reduce costs.
New legislation to introduce competitive tenders for all such projects has
been delayed as the government
ditches large parts of its legislative programme because of Brexit.
Ofgem said it was considering either
competition via another process, or
cutting National Grid?s revenues to the
level at which it thinks a competitive
tender would have been won.
Robot as tough as rugby prop tackles gas pipes
Emily Gosden
A new robot capable of withstanding
the force equivalent to a tackle by an
England rugby prop is to be deployed
inside Britain?s high pressure gas
pipelines for the first time.
National Grid has spent almost
�million developing the device in
order to inspect previously unreachable sections of the network. It could
save the utility company � million
over the next two decades because it
should obviate the need for a number of
excavations.
National Grid is responsible for
maintaining almost 8,000km of unmit
derground pipelines that transmit
gas around the UK at high presssure. More than half of the net-work is already past its planned
40-year life, raising the risk of
corrosion and leaks.
Most of the pipes can be
inspected using sensors on
cylindrical devices known as
pigs that are swept down pipes
by the flow of the gas. However,
as
about 350km of pipelines in areas
ons
such as gas compressor stations
ot be
and import terminals cannot
inspected this way because of bends,
inclines or other obstacles that the pig
would get stuck on.
Na
National
Grid has been developing the ?mighty little robot? since
20 and it should be deployed
2017
n
next
year. The device is
e
equipped
with seven cameras
th transmit live images and a
that
m
movable
arm with electromagn
netic
sensors that measures the
th
thickness
of the pipe wall to
ide
identify
possible corrosion.
N
National
Grid believes that the
produ could prove useful globally
product
and has patents pending on aspects of
the techn
technology.
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+1.40
+1.20
+1.40
+1.00
+1.60
+0.80
+1.40
+0.90
+3.80
+2.30
-0.40
-0.39
+2.20
+1.60
Balanced Acc ?@
214.70
Balanced Inc ?@
143.70
Corp Bd Acc ?@
282.70
Corp Bd Inc ?@
126.40
Gilt & Fd Int Acc ?@
469.60
Gilt & Fd Int Inc ?@
74.26
Income Acc ?@
653.70
Income Inc ?@
331.80
Monthly Inc Acc ?@
299.30
Monthly Inc Inc ?@
150.80
UK Grth & Inc Ret B Acc ?@134.80
UK Grth & Inc Ret B Inc ?@72.66
UK Gth & Inc Acc ?@
134.80
UK Gth & Inc Inc ?@
72.66
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+0.60
+0.40
-0.10
-0.10
-0.80
-0.12
+4.30
+2.20
+1.50
+0.80
+0.80
+0.44
+0.80
+0.44
Buy
+/-
Yld
%
Cautious Managed A Acc ?@427.49
Cautious Managed A Inc ?@282.04
Diversified Growth A Acc ?@132.26
Diversified Growth A Inc ?@144.69
Diversified Income A Acc ?@302.34
Diversified Income A Inc ?@80.46
Emerging Mkts Blended Debt A Acc ?@122.76
Emerging Mkts Blended Debt A Acc Gross ?@125.82
Emerging Mkts Blended Debt A Inc ?@98.22
Emerging Mkts Equity A Acc ?@149.33
Emrg Mkts Local Curr Debt A Acc ?@192.31
Emrg Mkts Local Curr Debt A Inc ?@106.20
Emrg Mkts Local Curr Debt Gross I Acc ?@220.49
Enhanced Natural Resources A Acc ?@117.22
Global Bond A Acc ?@
139.30
Global Bond A Inc ?@
109.33
Global Bond I Gross Inc ?@1167.00
Global Dynamic A Acc ?@ 148.89
Global Energy A Acc ?@ 178.06
Global Equity A Acc ?@ 151.26
Global Franchise A Acc ?@195.71
Global Free Enterprise A Acc ?@873.83
Global Gold A Acc ?@
139.95
Global Special Situations A Acc ?@260.00
Global Special Situations A Inc ?@205.29
Managed Growth A Acc ?@231.30
Monthly High Income A Acc ?@220.58
Monthly High Income A Inc ?@70.57
Multi-Asset Protector A Acc ?@172.66
Strategic Bond A Acc ?@ 244.54
Strategic Bond A Inc ?@ 119.47
Target Return A Acc ?@ 107.19
Target Return A Inc ?@ 94.80
UK Alpha A Acc ?@
2442.33
UK Blue Chip A Acc ?@ 770.11
UK Smaller Companies A Acc ?@4494.65
UK Smaller Companies A Inc ?@4114.99
UK Special Situations A Acc ?@1197.54
UK Special Situations A Inc ?@466.92
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-0.59
-0.39
+0.37
+0.41
+0.17
+0.04
+0.24
+0.20
+0.19
+1.50
+0.11
+0.06
-0.05
+1.03
+4.03
+3.00
+29.78
+0.88
+0.81
+1.16
+1.28
+4.46
+0.76
+1.18
+0.93
+0.46
+0.07
+0.02
+0.05
+0.19
+0.09
-0.01
?
+11.52
+3.15
-2.59
-2.38
+8.42
+3.28
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0.84
0.89
3.80
5.01
4.52
4.21
6.31
0.37
5.08
6.93
5.42
0.58
0.83
0.82
1.26
0.27
1.34
0.44
1.69
0.24
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0.28
5.06
6.45
0.16
1.94
3.31
0.54
0.53
1.06
1.67
0.99
1.01
1.63
1.67
For ISIS Asset Mgmt see F&C Fd Mgmt Ltd (OEICS)
Multi-Man Tst A Inc ?@
Nat Resources ?@
New Europe A ?@
Portfolio ?@
Stg Corp Bd A Acc ?@
Stg Corp Bd A Inc ?@
UK Act 350 A Acc ?@
UK Dynamic Acc ?@
UK Dynamic Inc ?@
UK Equity A Acc ?@
UK Equity A Inc ?@
UK Eqy & Bd Inc Acc ?@
UK Eqy & Bd Inc Inc ?@
UK Higher Inc A Acc ?@
UK Higher Inc A Inc ?@
UK Sm Cos A Acc ?@
UK Str Eq Inc A Acc ?@
UK Str Eq Inc A Inc ?@
US A Acc ?@
US Sm Cos A Acc ?@
Sell
Buy
+/-
Yld
%
882.60
588.00
212.10
258.00
94.31
57.12
199.00
194.30
154.10
401.90
46.44
165.20
90.53
1044.00
553.00
442.20
184.10
111.60
966.80
554.90
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+4.80
+2.40
+1.90
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-0.01
-0.01
-2.20
+1.10
+0.90
+0.60
+0.07
+0.80
+0.46
+6.00
+2.80
+1.60
+1.20
+0.70
+2.10
+1.40
0.70
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1.93
0.65
1.90
1.92
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1.35
1.37
3.45
3.49
3.26
3.33
4.26
4.41
0.64
3.24
3.32
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JUPITER UT MGRS LTD
020 7581 3020
Absolute Return @
55.86
Distribution and Growth @131.97
Emg Euro Opps @
215.16
Euro Special Sits @
427.17
European @
2065.07
Financial Opps @
599.99
Income Trust @
553.95
Merlin Bal (Acc) @
178.32
Merlin Gwth (Acc) @
395.10
Merlin Inc (Acc) @
292.21
Merlin Wwide (Inc) @
285.21
UK Growth @
330.32
UK Special Sits (Inc) @ 187.04
Sell
American Index Retail Acc ?@484.90
American Index Retail Inc ?@416.00
Asian Gth Acc ?@
152.90
Asian Gth Inc ?@
137.00
Chinese Eq Acc ?@
558.90
Chinese Eq Inc ?@
475.70
Euro Gth Acc ?@
859.60
Euro Gth Inc ?@
747.80
58.99
139.97
228.20
451.18
2175.71
633.33
585.10
188.31
416.40
309.30
300.19
349.91
198.15
+0.10
+0.58
+2.29
-0.47
+9.60
-0.10
+4.35
-1.25
-2.86
-1.71
-1.92
+1.05
+1.25
?
3.77
1.56
0.58
?
0.27
3.72
1.76
?
2.86
?
1.19
1.12
Growth Fd Acc @
-0.02
+0.70
+1.00
?
+2.80
+0.10
+0.04
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+1.80
+4.30
+0.40
+14.00
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+4.50
2.80
?
0.85
3.21
3.08
?
4.39
3.71
3.18
3.37
?
0.52
0.77
1.09
3.25
3.34
0.25
+1.40
+1.20
+1.60
+1.40
+6.10
+5.20
+0.60
+0.50
1.47
1.49
0.52
?
0.54
?
0.85
0.83
322.55
262.17
393.13
99.69
403.88
475.71
331.53
83.98
275.04
49.06
130.89
71.96
95.54
498.71
756.24
628.94
340.42
276.69
414.92
?
426.26
502.07
349.90
88.64
290.28
51.78
138.15
76.96
100.84
526.34
798.14
663.79
-3.34
-0.93
-1.40
-0.89
-3.57
-4.21
-3.09
-0.29
-0.92
-0.03
-0.06
+0.17
-0.11
-2.81
+1.64
+1.36
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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
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+0.10
+0.19
Insigt Investment Portfolio Fund
Insight Investment Multi-Manager Funds (0800)
96.05
93.79
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-0.32
-0.36
UK Str Inc N/Trl ?@
552.10
?
+3.71
3.07
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+2.70
+0.05
+2.37
+1.35
+9.40
?
+0.02
+1.32
+5.36
+10.25
+0.04
1.96
3.19
3.32
3.64
3.16
0.08
4.56
1.82
1.96
0.36
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INVESCO PERPETUAL Funds
Childrens Acc ?@
448.31
Corp Bond Acc ?@
201.83
High Income Inc ?@
455.50
Income & Grth Inc ?@
432.95
Income Inc ?@
1780.82
Money Acc ?@
90.40
Monthly Inc Plus Inc ?@ 112.34
UK Aggressive Inc ?@
197.92
UK Growth Acc ?@
653.74
UK Sml Cos Eqty Acc ?@ 1177.97
UK Sml Cos Gwth ?@
82.54
American A Acc ?@
339.51
Asia ex Japan A Acc ?@ 629.53
Capital Accumulator A Acc ?@235.12
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 ?@
-22.00
-47.00
-5.10
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4.21
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+2.70
+7.28
+1.05
0.12
0.74
1.15
52.05
High Income
High Income Acc
UK 100 Comp Acc
UK 100 Cos
UK Select Pflo
UK Selection Port Acc
Worldwide Mgd Acc ?
Wwide Mgd ?
117.50
261.90
367.10
219.90
350.40
627.80
809.30
505.90
117.50
261.90
367.10
219.90
350.40
627.80
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-8.00
-2.70
+0.70
2.12
2.15
2.19
-0.23
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+0.30
+0.50
-3.20
-1.90
-3.60
-6.40
-0.50
-0.30
4.15
4.06
3.19
3.27
3.49
3.44
0.62
0.18
MORGAN STANLEY INVESTMENT MGMT LTD
Enquires: 0800 0961 962
The Morgan Stanley Funds (UK)
Class A Shares
Equity
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+4.24
+48.80
-0.02
1.25
1.12
1.66
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-1.92
-3.80
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2.05
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-0.20
+0.30
+0.90
+0.90
+1.50
+1.80
+1.10
2.90
1.91
4.37
3.02
3.34
2.52
2.57
+3.43
+4.50
+0.71
+0.43
+5.20
+6.87
+5.12
+7.47
-7.28
+3.63
1.64
1.02
0.16
0.56
1.61
1.03
0.22
2.90
?
2.96
Fixed Income
Stg Corp Bd A Acc ?@
UK Ind Lnkd A Acc ?@
UK Long Bd A Acc ?@
SANTANDER UNIT TST MGRS
08457 413002
Bal Pfolio Inc ?@
Bal Port Gwth Acc ?@
Equity Inc Inc ?@
N&P UK Gwth Inc ?@
Stkmkt 100 Tkr ?@
UK Growth Acc ?@
UK Growth Inc ?@
110.10
200.80
218.20
180.00
211.50
385.50
244.70
1491.75
536.27
584.74
41.85
2258.04
819.09
1938.93
1300.66
1227.65
632.17
1574.41
565.99
617.14
41.85
2383.16
864.47
2046.36
1372.73
1295.67
667.20
SCOTTISH WIDOWS UNIT TRUST MGRS
0845 300 2244
Authorised Inv Funds (OEICs)
OEIC A Class
Managed Investment Funds
Bal Port A Acc ?@
Caut Port A Acc ?@
Caut Port A Inc ?@
Opps Port A Acc ?@
Prog Port A Acc ?@
199.50
184.50
140.50
219.60
215.10
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0.51
1.13
1.14
0.45
0.47
2424.00
?
-22.00
0.90
314.10
187.90
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-2.70
-1.60
2.76
2.83
+0.20
+0.10
?
-0.10
-0.04
-2.00
-0.80
-0.14
+0.10
?
-1.50
-11.00
2.24
2.28
1.17
5.41
5.57
3.80
3.90
?
3.37
3.43
2.68
1.61
UK and Income Investment Funds
Corp Bond A Acc ?@
318.90
Corp Bond A Inc ?@
131.10
Envir Invtr A Acc ?@
284.70
Hi Inc Bond A Ac ?@
229.90
Hi Inc Bond A Inc ?@
89.70
Hi Res A Acc ?@
355.80
Hi Res A Inc ?@
137.90
Safety Plus A Acc ?@
40.17
Strat Inc A Acc ?@
203.80
Strat Inc A Inc ?@
103.50
UK Gwth A Acc ?@
183.30
UK Sel Gwth A Acc ?@ 1910.00
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OEIC B Class
Tracker and Specialist Investment Funds
All Stks Credit A Inc ?@ 136.80
Asian Div Inc U Trst Inc @110.60
Cautious Man Fd A Acc ?@262.70
Cautious Man Fd A Inc ?@153.70
China Opp Fund A Acc ?@1370.00
Emg Mkts Opps Fd A Acc ?@213.60
Erpn Grth Fund A Acc ?@ 239.50
Erpn Sel Opps Fd A Acc ?@1689.00
Erpn Spc Sits A Acc GBP ?@94.66
Erpn Spc Sits Fd I Acc EUR ?@4.84
Fix Int Mnthly Inc Fd Inc @ 22.66
Global Equity Income A Inc ?@62.15
Global Growth Fund Acc @2969.52
Global Tech A Acc ?@ 1545.00
M-Man Abs Ret Fd A Acc ?@142.60
M-Man Active Fd A Acc ?@220.30
M-Man Inc Grth Fd A Acc ?@175.00
M-Man Inc Grth A Inc ?@ 154.90
Sterling Bond U Trst Acc @223.52
Sterling Bond U Trst Inc @ 66.79
Strategic Bond A Inc ?@ 127.50
UK Abs Ret Fd A Acc ?@ 155.70
UK Alpha Fund A Acc ?@ 144.20
UK Index Fund A Acc ?@ 608.00
UK Irsh Sm Co Fd A Acc ?@639.80
UK Property A Acc @
214.86
UK Property A Inc @
98.94
UK Tracker Fund A Acc ?@273.80
US Growth Fund A Acc ?@950.50
?
116.19
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23.63
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3097.44
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233.16
69.66
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226.16
104.14
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-0.10
+0.67
+1.00
+0.50
+13.00
+1.50
+0.50
+1.00
-0.29
-0.07
+0.01
+0.10
+13.29
+10.00
+0.10
+0.30
-0.70
-0.70
-0.05
-0.01
?
+0.10
+0.70
+4.00
+0.30
+0.06
+0.02
+1.90
+2.20
2.36
6.30
3.18
3.24
?
0.58
0.90
0.56
1.05
1.52
5.07
3.25
?
?
0.07
0.39
2.00
2.03
2.09
2.11
4.34
?
1.08
1.70
?
3.10
3.16
1.62
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+1.90
+1.80
+0.20
+1.20
-1.00
?
-0.02
?
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-1.00
+3.00
-2.10
+5.20
0.24
0.17
0.73
0.05
1.09
5.75
5.92
0.64
0.64
1.08
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0.69
JP MORGAN ASSET MGMT
OEIC
Asia A Acc ?@
201.90
Emerging Mkts ?@
224.20
Eur Dyn (ex-UK) A Acc ?@227.40
Euro Smllr Cos ?@
740.80
Europe A Acc ?@
1456.00
Gbl Hi Yld Bd A Acc ?@ 109.70
Gbl Hi Yld Bd A Inc ?@
37.69
Gl ex-UK Bd A Acc ?@ 262.40
Gl ex-UK Bd A Inc ?@
204.20
Glb Fins A Acc ?@
1024.00
Global A Acc ?@
1328.00
Japan A Acc ?@
410.60
Multi-Man Tst A Acc ?@ 959.50
Euro Ind Inc @
Fixed Int Acc @
Fixed Int Dist @
Glob Gwth Acc @
Glob Health Acc @
Glob Tech Acc @
Gwth Tst Acc @
High Inc Acc @
Japan Ind Acc @
Pacific Ind Acc @
UK 100 Ind Acc @
UK Active Opps Acc @
UK Index Acc @
UK Index Dist @
US Ind Acc @
Worldwide Acc @
288.70
140.60
73.75
230.00
65.54
38.03
103.40
125.40
57.92
154.90
179.20
249.90
281.70
163.10
438.80
298.60
288.70
141.40
74.22
230.00
65.65
38.08
103.80
126.30
57.92
154.90
179.20
252.90
281.70
163.10
438.80
298.60
+0.50
-0.10
-0.05
+1.00
+0.27
+0.41
+0.90
?
-0.23
+0.90
+1.20
-0.10
+1.70
+1.00
+3.30
-0.30
2.25
2.77
2.82
1.22
1.14
0.28
0.17
5.33
1.00
2.10
2.72
?
3.02
3.09
0.89
0.60
M & G SECURITIES
Enq: 0800 390 390 Dealing Line: 0800 328 3196
Authorised Inv Funds
Charifund Inc ?
1593.99
?
+6.51
4.44
+1.43
+1.38
0.48
0.49
+3.11
-0.16
?
+0.60
+0.52
-0.01
+17.68
4.37
1.08
4.84
?
3.47
1.67
2.08
-0.04
+0.33
+0.90
+1.37
3.86
4.60
1.93
2.26
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 1
Euro Smlr Cos Acc ?@
Euro Smlr Cos Inc ?@
442.65
420.98
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Sterling Class A Investment Funds 2
Extra Income Inc ?@
788.82
Gilt & Fxd Int Inc ?@
100.14
Gl Hi Yd Bd Inc ?@
51.82
Index Linked Bd Inc ?@ 144.52
Index Trckr Inc ?@
75.71
Short Dated Corp Bd Inc ?@26.06
UK Select A Inc ?@
2925.74
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Sterling Class A Investment Funds 3
Corp Bd A Inc ?@
Dividend Inc ?@
Recovery A Inc ?@
Sml Cos Inc ?@
41.85
63.30
139.02
361.88
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Sterling Class A Investment Funds 4
Episode Allocation A Inc ?@145.76
?
+0.62
2.25
UK Trkr B Acc ?@
UK Trkr B Inc ?@
+/-
Yld
%
105.92
261.44
249.27
278.06
225.02
232.29
99.53
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+0.09
-0.56
-0.53
-0.43
+0.12
-0.02
-0.01
2.41
1.11
1.12
1.37
2.79
2.87
2.92
UK Oseas Earns ?@
127.82
?
+0.98
2.08
113.80
151.80
79.83
?
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?
+0.20
+0.39
1.31
0.88
3.83
?
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?
-0.09
+0.02
-0.02
-0.02
+0.73
+0.73
?
+1.03
+0.47
+0.54
+0.78
+0.76
+3.42
1.21
3.62
3.12
2.76
3.77
3.33
4.82
1.72
3.75
4.29
1.57
1.66
0.25
693.70
219.40
+3.00
+1.00
1.66
?
Managed Funds
Def Eqty & Bd Acc ?@
Eqty & Bd Acc ?@
Mgd Income ?@
339.70
187.20
?
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-2.80
-1.60
3.21
3.28
+0.10
+0.10
-1.60
-11.00
2.44
2.49
2.54
1.83
UK and Income Investment Funds
Corp Bond B Acc ?@
328.00
Corp Bond B Inc ?@
131.00
UK Gwth B Acc ?@
196.20
UK Sel Gwth B Acc ?@ 1986.00
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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 ?@
58.52
47.66
63.41
63.26
98.20
95.14
43.46
158.76
81.90
76.95
141.23
132.09
339.38
For Resolution see Ignis
TU FUND MANAGERS LIMITED
British
European
659.10
210.70
* Yield expressed as CAR (Compound Annual Return);
? Ex dividend; ?Middle price; . . . No significant data. #
Periodic charge deducted from capital; @ Exit charge
British funds
Stock
Price
Int Yld Grs rd
(�) +/?
% yld
Index-linked
-0.70
-0.10
?
-1.60
-1.30
Tracker and Specialist Investment Funds
JANUS HENDERSON INVESTORS
Investors Serv: 0800 832 832 Dlng: 0845 946 4646
Buy
THREADNEEDLE INVESTMENTS
Client Serv: 0800 0683000
Intermediary Serv: 0800 0684000
Institutional Shares (Class 2) (163500,000 min)
12 month
High
Low
Overseas Growth Investment Funds
UK Trkr A Acc ?@
UK Trkr A Inc ?@
Cautious A Inc ?@
Dynamic A Acc ?@
Dynamic A Inc ?@
Growth A Acc ?@
Income A Acc ?@
Sterling Bond Acc ?@
Sterling Bond Inc ?@
Sell
Retail Shares (Class 1)
2477.14
1350.60
1288.90
European Inc
Far Eastern Inc
Intl Growth Inc
Japanese Inc
Mutual European
Mutual Far Eastern
Mutual North Am
Mutual UK Eq
Nth American Inc
UK Equity Inc
2639.00
902.00
400.90
Yld
%
MARKS & SPENCER UNIT TRUST LTD
0808 005 5555
Equity Acc @
Equity Dist @
Euro Ind Acc @
IGNIS ASSET MGMT
Dlg: 0141 222 8282
American Gth Inc @
Balanced Growth @
Balanced Growth Acc @
Corporate Bond ?@
European Growth @
European Growth Acc @
Glob Gwth @
Higher Yield @
Higher Yield Acc @
Japan @
Managed @
Managed Trust @
Mngd Pfolio Inc @
Pacific Grth @
Smaller Comp @
Smaller Cos @
49.29
SCOTTISH MUTUAL INV MNGRS LTD
0141 248 6100
2616.00
893.80
400.90
+/-
MANEK INVESTMENT MGMT LTD
0844 800 9401
LEGAL & GENERAL (UT MGRS) LTD
Enquiries: 0870 050 0955 Dealing: 0870 050 0956
1.35
1.36
2.68
2.72
2.24
2.26
3.93
4.05
3.66
3.69
3.58
3.68
3.58
3.68
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
Buy
Eur (Ex UK) Eq A Acc ?@1310.92
Glob Brands A Acc ?@ 7841.16
UK Eq A Acc ?@
1184.53
HSBC Specialist Investment Funds (OEIC)
INVESTEC FUND MGRS
Broker Support and Dealing: 020 7597 1900
OEIC Series i,ii,iii, & iv
?
?
?
1.47
1.49
2.33
2.39
3.38
3.47
2.39
2.46
3.25
3.35
1.52
1.55
2.44
2.51
Sell
HSBC Investment Funds (OEIC) - Retail Share Class
FIDELITY INTERNATIONAL
Private Clnts 0800 414161 Broker Dlgs 0800 414181
1507.00
3635.00
513.30
3.41
0.70
1.85
1.95
0.31
1.44
1.33
1.05
0.97
1.43
3.80
2.52
2.42
2.55
HSBC GLOBAL ASSET MGMT (UK) LTD
Enq: 0845 745 6123 Dlg: 0845 745 6126 Mon-Fri 8-6
HSBC Index Tracker Investment Funds (OEIC)
Well Bldr Bal Acc ?@
Well Bldr Gwth Acc ?@
F & C FUND MANAGEMENT LTD (OEICS)
Enqs: 0870 601 6183 Dealing: 0870 601 6083
Share Class 1 - Retail
Corporate Bd ?@
59.92
Emerging Mkts ?@
126.40
Euro Gwth & Inc 1 ?@ 1027.00
Extra Inc Bond ?@
49.43
FTSE All-Shr Track ?@ 417.90
Global Gwth SC1 ?@
194.60
High Inc Trst @
14.55
Max Inc Bond ?@
49.20
Multi Man Caut ?@
70.41
Multi Man Distr ?@
60.44
North Amer ?@
489.80
Pacific Gwth ?@
444.10
Strategic Bd ?@
197.90
UK Equity ?@
3178.00
UK Gwth & Inc Acc 1 ?@ 658.50
UK Gwth & Inc Dist ?@ 234.70
UK Smaller Cos ?@
926.10
+/-
Eur Sel Gth A Acc ?@
+0.40
+0.31
+0.50
-0.50
+4.20
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 @
1537.79
Euro Opps R Acc @
105.09
Euro Opps R Inc @
100.12
European Growth R Acc @353.22
Global Energy R Acc @
27.30
Global Growth R Acc @ 252.46
Global Income R Acc @ 124.92
Global Income R Inc @
93.72
Global Select R Acc @
98.97
High Income R Inc @
80.28
Income R Acc @
415.83
Income R Inc @
228.71
Monthly Dist R Inc @
72.32
Strategic Assets R Acc @ 85.89
Strategic Bond R M Acc @ 94.74
Strategic Bond R M Inc @ 57.75
Strategic Bond R Q Acc @ 94.57
Strategic Bond R Q Inc @ 57.66
UK Growth R Acc @
533.15
UK Smaller Cos R Acc @ 1553.24
UK Special Sits R Acc @ 574.22
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
104.62
110.25
375.17
129.66
375.56
120.33
124.07
142.23
130.82
381.91
162.05
155.79
279.61
150.12
179.47
175.22
185.39
171.11
177.31
209.86
209.26
206.26
279.39
218.70
225.36
263.05
264.78
281.36
101.12
107.17
368.78
123.39
361.70
114.80
116.91
132.77
121.58
359.19
147.76
141.90
257.58
134.83
161.03
155.61
162.56
148.24
151.89
179.64
176.95
171.51
231.25
176.93
181.37
208.77
204.60
214.78
Tr IL 1N% 2017 * 101.12
Tr IL 0V% 19
107.32
Tr IL 2K% 20
370.45
Tr IL 1Y% 2022 * 124.68
Tr IL 2K% 24
371.46
Tr IL 0V% 24
116.96
Tr IL 0V% 26
120.07
Tr IL 1N% 2027 * 136.78
Tr IL 0V% 29
126.08
Tr IL 4V% 30
374.22
Tr IL 1N% 2032 * 154.42
Tr IL 0O% 34
148.97
Tr IL 2% 35
273.46
Tr IL 0V% 36
143.19
Tr IL 1V% 2037 * 170.42
Tr IL 0X% 40
165.76
Tr IL 0X% 42 * 174.53
Tr IL 0V% 44
160.46
Tr IL 0V% 46
165.41
Tr IL 0O% 2047 * 195.07
Tr IL 0K% 50 * 193.66
Tr IL 0N% 52
189.27
Tr IL 1N% 2055 * 254.50
Tr IL 0V% 56
197.72
Tr IL 0V% 58 * 203.28
Tr IL 0W% 62
235.76
Tr IL 0V% 65
234.37
Tr IL 0V% 68
247.40
+ ?
? .04
? .14
? .16
? .64
? .22
? .37
? .49
? .54
?1.68
? .97
?1.05
?1.94
?1.28
?1.48
?1.73
?2.02
?2.04
?2.27
?2.69
?3.02
?3.09
?4.11
?3.66
?3.85
?4.70
?5.18
?5.75
1.35
?
1.72
1.55
1.46
?
?
1.00
?
1.73
0.81
?
0.89
?
0.69
?
0.36
?
?
0.39
?
?
0.54
?
?
?
?
?
?3.66
?3.03
?2.77
?2.51
?2.20
?2.26
?2.01
?1.98
?1.88
?1.89
?1.83
?1.78
?1.76
?1.75
?1.76
?1.74
?1.72
?1.67
?1.66
?1.66
?1.66
?1.65
?1.64
?1.64
?1.65
?1.67
?1.67
?1.70
? .76
? .83
? .70
?1.01
?1.00
?1.07
?1.19
?1.11
?1.16
?1.34
? .98
?1.46
?1.39
?1.56
?1.14
?1.66
?1.38
?1.74
3.12
2.98
?
3.06
2.89
?
2.87
?
?
2.69
?
2.59
?
2.42
?
?
?
?
1.53
1.59
1.69
1.65
1.69
1.70
1.71
1.75
1.74
1.72
1.70
1.67
1.63
1.59
1.59
1.56
1.55
1.54
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
.08
.12
.16
.22
.31
.29
.34
.38
.45
.55
.61
.66
?
?
?
?
3.81
?
?
?
3.24
3.95
3.35
3.09
0.25
0.43
0.56
0.68
0.72
0.80
0.94
1.09
1.03
1.08
1.29
1.42
+
+
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
.01
.02
.04
.04
.05
.06
.05
.06
.07
.10
.12
.11
.14
?
8.75
?
4.88
?
3.99
3.49
?
4.26
?
?
6.19
3.43
?
?
0.16
0.06
0.14
0.13
0.17
0.15
0.13
0.21
0.13
0.18
0.26
0.22
0.32
0.44
0.59
Longs (Over 15 years)
156.34
154.94
102.15
169.93
160.94
163.61
173.56
146.42
153.90
176.03
104.48
183.96
176.18
200.11
106.95
200.95
153.64
195.53
137.35
134.98
93.81
146.72
138.30
139.78
147.41
122.44
128.21
146.88
86.80
152.24
143.66
161.97
94.40
160.01
117.32
150.45
Tr 4K% 34
Tr 4N% 36
Tr 1{ }% 37
Tr 4O% 38
Tr 4N% 39
Tr 4N% 40
Tr 4K% 42
Tr 3N% 44
Tr 3K% 45
Tr 4N% 46
Tr 1K% 47
Tr 4N% 49
Tr 3O% 52
Tr 4N% 55
Tr 1O% 57
Tr 4% 60
Tr 2K% 65
Tr 3K% 68
144.33
142.44
101.10
155.45
146.96
148.87
157.02
131.68
138.16
158.03
95.28
164.09
156.20
175.96
104.85
175.32
132.11
168.76
Mediums (5-15 years)
OEIC C Class
UK and Income Investment Funds
UK Gth C Inc ?@
139.40
UK Sel Gwth C Acc ?@ 2059.00
?
?
-1.10
-12.00
3.06
2.04
STANDARD LIFE INVESTMENTS
0845 279 3003
Investment Funds (OEIC) - Retail Shares
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 ?@
97.74
59.01
104.20
144.30
166.30
64.97
203.10
129.10
170.70
131.60
131.20
49.51
95.59
269.30
88.56
54.71
330.80
207.30
247.20
87.03
193.20
232.20
213.70
652.10
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.31
+0.18
+0.40
-0.20
+0.60
+0.23
-1.30
-0.30
-0.50
-0.70
?
?
-0.48
-1.20
+0.08
+0.06
-2.60
-1.50
-2.10
-0.71
-1.00
-0.80
-0.80
-1.50
1.47
1.36
1.87
?
3.12
2.85
1.50
1.22
1.18
0.01
3.94
3.74
0.05
1.71
1.54
1.33
2.35
2.52
4.07
4.21
1.52
0.30
0.30
0.55
?
?
?
-0.04
-0.04
+0.09
1.78
1.79
2.37
SVS BROWN SHIPLEY FUNDS
Enquiries: 0141 222 1151
Balanced A Acc ?@
Balanced A Inc ?@
Cautious A Acc ?@
118.82
113.91
112.31
117.77
108.87
113.12
118.18
137.45
112.88
108.27
102.29
137.98
161.00
152.07
147.95
113.38
104.78
107.79
111.25
128.78
105.19
99.90
98.71
126.26
146.95
136.21
131.34
Tr 3O% 21
Tr 1O% 22
Tr 2N% 23
Tr 2O% 24
Tr 5% 25
Tr 2% 25
Tr 1K% 26
Tr 1N% 27
Tr 4N% 27
Tr 6% 28
Tr 4O% 30
Tr 4N% 32
113.97
106.55
109.99
114.16
131.30
109.33
104.79
101.54
131.25
152.07
142.00
137.61
Shorts (under 5 years)
100.92
108.68
102.18
107.42
104.81
111.19
111.17
107.18
116.42
114.61
105.71
137.09
120.79
101.24
101.05
100.02
100.02
100.92
102.53
102.85
106.59
107.30
104.72
111.59
110.48
103.38
129.15
115.73
97.79
?
Tr 1% 17
Tr 8O% 17
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
100.02
100.02
100.99
102.53
102.98
106.59
107.30
105.17
111.61
110.74
104.20
129.17
116.48
100.29
100.91
* maturities as having a 3-month indexation lag and
which trade on a real clean price basis, excluding inflation
adjustment charge.
This is a paid for information service. For
further details on a particular fund, readers
should contact their fund manager.
Data as shown is
for information
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47
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Working Life Business
AT THE COALFACE A team of six beekeepers looks after 1,500 hives spread across the South Downs, working up to 15 hours a day in the summer
Bees are a sticky business but life is sweet
ANDREW HASSON FOR THE TIMES
There are occupational
hazards and sudden
falls in production
can sting at any time,
David Waller writes
Hive of activity
The job Beekeeper
Working hours 8am to 5pm in
winter. In summer 6am to 9pm or
10pm.
Qualifications: The Bee Farmers
Association runs an apprentice
scheme.
Salary: �,000 to �,000 a year.
Best aspect of the job ?Getting
outside,? says Roger Payne, of
Paynes Bee Farm in Hassocks, West
Sussex. ?I?m not an office guy.?
Worst aspect ?It?s not so good in
winter. There could be six inches of
snow or mud and you have to get
out there and do it.?
R
oger Payne pads across a
wet field in West Sussex in
a bright yellow bodysuit,
the cloud from his handpumped smoker dancing
around him as he walks. He looks like
an eccentric priest who has taken his
thurible to Glastonbury. There might
not be any revellers but Mr Payne has
a workforce of 35 million.
For better or worse nature has
designed honey bees to work
themselves to death in the pursuit of
sweet productivity. Officially, you
need 40 hives to register as a bee
farmer, 300 to turn it into a full-time
living. Paynes has 1,500 hives spread
over the South Downs.
Mr Payne, 39, is one of a team of six
who travel between them, checking
removable frames and making sure
that the bees are healthy and that
there?s plenty of space for their honey
stocks. ?You don?t really keep bees,?
he says. ?They?re doing it themselves.
We?re just giving them an opportunity
to keep themselves in our hives.?
Mr Payne and his team swarm in to
harvest the excess twice a year. This
is all about balance: you need to make
an income, but take too much of the
honey stocks and the bees will starve.
In winter a colony may number
20,000. In summer that could
increase to 70,000 ? mind-boggling
when you think a hive has a footprint
of a mere 18 sq in. The queen can live
two to four years, laying 2,000 eggs a
day, so those that bite the apian dust
through overwork are not missed.
?There are so many factors
determining how good a colony is
going to be,? says Mr Payne. ?The
bees, the keeper, the location, the
season, even simple timing. A colony
will collect most of its honey in a two
to three week period. If it?s in peak
condition when the weather is
perfect, they can do so much better
than two weeks later.?
Paynes was started in 1922 by
Roger?s grandfather, Fred Payne. Mr
Payne has been helping out since he
was a child. He describes it as more of
a lifestyle than a job. ?You definitely
get to know the bees and they get to
know you,? he says. He lifts a lid on
one of his hives (relatively docile in
the cold and damp), and shares an old
wives? tale which dictates that bees
must be told of any major family
events or you risk a poor season of
Roger Payne, 39, has been helping out since he was a child. ?You definitely get to know the bees and they get to know you?
honey. ?When my grandfather passed
away, the bees were told. You just go
round and keep them informed.?
These days Paynes is primarily a
wholesaler, selling honey ?
ps and
National Trust shops
mong
Whole Foods are among
ross
the 600 retailers across
Sussex, Surrey, Kentt
and London it
supplies ? and
beekeeping
equipment, which
helps to offset
any lean years in
production. These
can sting you at
any time. In 2008
the UK bee
population suffered
ver
35 per cent losses over
the winter (up from an
average of 10 to 20 per cent). The
US lost 80 per cent.
In 2013 the European Union
imposed a temporary ban on the use
of ?neonicotinoid? pesticides on crops
that are attractive to bees. There has
since been a marked recovery in bee
populations but no one yet knows the
reason for the decline.
Mr Payne says: ?Are the bees in
imminent danger? No. But it?s
something to be concerned about,
because we don?t know what caused
it. It?s many factors; it?s stress that?s
causing the bees to collapse. It could
be pesticides but it depends who you
believe. A build-up of chemicals in the
hive could put stress on the colonies.?
Beyond getting stung between 60
and 70 times a year, there are other
occupational hazards for Mr Payne.
When the bees sense that their
colony is healthy and working well
half the workforce may suddenly
swarm, moving the means of
production out of the factory and into
someone?s chimney or a hollowed-out
tree. Or they might suffer an
unexpected attack from wasps, which
can make short work of the honey,
the larvae and the bees themselves.
With so much beyond his control,
patience is imperative. ?You?re dealing
with nature,? he says. ?You can?t
control it, yo
you can?t fight it.
You have to bide your
time, ffollow your
instin ? or the
instincts
bee
bees? instincts ?
an just go with it.?
and
Mr Payne can
fi himself
find
w
working
15-hour
d
days
in summer
b he wouldn?t
but
wa to do
want
any
anything
else.
?Th
?There?s
a great
feeling being in the
o a field, tending
middle of
hiv the sun?s
to your hives,
an you just hear
shining down and
h buzz
b
i the
h air,
i looking
l
that
in
at that
glistening honey coming in. There?s
lots to do but it?s meditative when
you?re out there, focusing entirely on
the bees in front of you.?
sme alliance
Victims demand transparency over RBS restructuring scandal
James Hurley Enterprise Editor
Representatives of small companies
affected by Royal Bank of Scotland?s
restructuring unit have demanded that
the Financial Conduct Authority
publishes a report into the scandal.
The SME Alliance has written to
Andrew Bailey, the FCA?s chief executive, claiming that victims of the bank?s
Global Restructuring Group (GRG) are
being denied justice because of the
?secrecy? attached to a report commissioned by the regulator more than
three and a half years ago. The docu-
ment has been leaked to the BBC,
which reported on Friday that only one
in ten companies put into GRG ever returned to the main bank, and 92 per
cent of GRG customers were subject to
?inappropriate actions?.
This appeared to substantiate allegations aired by Lawrence Tomlinson, a
former government adviser, in 2013,
which were vigorously denied by RBS.
The details were also not included in
a brief summary of the report?s findings
published by the FCA last year,
although the regulator did note at the
time that inappropriate treatment of
small and medium-sized companies
had been widespread. RBS has since set
up a redress and complaints scheme for
customers in GRG.
The SME Alliance?s letter reads:
?Had victims of GRG had sight of your
report prior to going through any
redress scheme, complaints to the
Financial Ombudsman Service . . . and
most importantly, through costly court
cases, your findings would have lent
considerable weight to the outcomes.
?The secrecy the FCA has adopted
will have been materially detrimental
to victims and may have resulted in any
court being seriously misled by the
bank?s highly remunerated legal teams.
In short, withholding the report may
have caused multiple miscarriages of
justice.?
Promontory Financial Group led the
official inquiry on behalf of the
regulator under the FCA?s ?section
166?, which allows it to obtain a view
from a third party on a regulated firm?s
activities.
The FCA indicated that it was unlikely to publish the 361-page document
despite the leak, which is the subject of
an internal inquiry at the regulator.
In July the FCA said that it would
publish a ?very extensive summary? of
the section 166, but only after it had
completed an investigation into RBS
over the findings.
A spokesman for the FCA said: ?The
activities carried out by GRG are
largely unregulated; therefore, the
FCA?s powers are limited in this area.
However, we are investigating issues
raised by the report which fall within
our remit. We will publish the outcome
of our investigation, and a full account
of the issues contained in the report,
once the investigation is complete.?
48
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Thursday August 31 2017 | the times
Business Markets
news in brief
Katherine Griffiths Tempus
Buy, sell or hold: today?s best share tips
UK ?hacker? extradited
A British man allegedly
responsible for hacking Lloyds?
online banking system in January
has been extradited from
Germany to face charges. The
National Crime Agency said that
Daniel Kaye, 29, of Surrey is
accused of using an infected
network of computers to attack
Lloyds and Barclays. Lloyds?
services were disrupted and
Barclays fended off an assault. The
charges come after the NCA and
Germany?s federal criminal police
office launched an investigation.
Mr Kaye is appearing today at
Westminster magistrates? court.
Banks face big hit if PPI claim succeeds
petrofac
Debt $1bn
Revenue $3.13bn
Interim dividend
12 cents per share
W
hen the environment
becomes hostile, it is
sensible to go into survival
mode. That is what Petrofac is doing.
The oil services company is
hunkering down for the long haul to
cope with an investigation by the
Serious Fraud Office and a tough
market environment.
The question for the company, and
its shareholders, is whether its
troubles are likely to get worse or
recede. One big challenge for
Petrofac is that the SFO case could
Clydesdale
PPI
Facts and figures
Share price
325p
300
64 million PPI policies sold
Complaints by 12 million
individuals upheld
Source: FCA
�000 to �000
275
�7 bn National
Australia Bank
indemnity when
Clydesdale floated
Source: Thomson Reuters
T
he financial regulator
needed an advert arresting
enough to cut through the
cold-calling clamour about
payment protection
insurance to alert people that they
have just two years to make a claim.
It came up with an animatronic head
of Arnold Schwarzenegger mounted
on caterpillar tracks who hectors
shoppers in a supermarket to make
up their mind about whether they
want to claim.
The advert is repulsive and
compelling ? well done
M&C Saatchi ? and it also gets to
the nub of the matter. Everyone
knows about the huge PPI misselling banking scandal but an
astonishingly small number have
made a claim. The Financial
Conduct Authority has launched the
Arnie advertising campaign to alert
people to the fact that they have two
years to act before a deadline of
August 29, 2019.
The FCA believes 64 million
policies were sold on products
ranging from mortgages to credit
cards to credit agreements to pay for
household goods, mainly in the
1990s, but that only 12 million people
have claimed. Many among that
group have made more than one
claim each, but still there are about
30 million policies for which no
compensation has been claimed.
Some people may be quite happy
with their PPI policy, which was
officially intended to offer cover for
loan repayments in case someone
lost their job or became ill. But in
�1m Now
�8bn Total cost
to Clydesdale of
PPI so far
2016
Q1 Q2
Q4
Q1
30 million
polices not yet claimed on
Source: industry estimate
225
�.5 billion
PPI total cost to banks so far
200
Source: New City Agenda
�0 billion
2017
Q3
250
Average compensation payout
Q2
Q3
175
estimate of bill banks could face to
compensate all victims
most cases, it is widely assumed that
people do not know they had the
policy.
The key question for banks is what
the deadline will do to people?s
behaviour. Will it lead to a
manageable increase in claims for a
period of time before the shutters
finally come down on the UK?s
biggest mis-selling affair, a scenario
planned for by banks which have
recently topped up their coffers in
anticipation?
Or will it actually lead to a
stampede of new claims and very
high uphold rates, forcing banks to
take large additional provisions?
The variation of outcome is of
huge significance, both to the most
exposed ? Lloyds has already set
aside �.2 billion, including an extra
�0 million provision just in the
second quarter of this year because
of higher than expected claims.
And also to some of the smaller
banks caught up in the mess.
Clydesdale bank has so far set aside
take two to four years to resolve,
based on similar investigations.
That is unhelpful for investors, as
it is very difficult to tell whether
Petrofac will end up being punished,
or to what extent it could be
penalised, over the investigation
which centres on Unaoil, a Monacobased consultancy business.
There are other adverse conditions
too. Primarily, they are the falling
price of oil and other commodities,
which has led to a drop-off of work.
There are some smaller problems
too, such as Petrofac?s Mexican
business being undermined by a
change in the country?s rules over
ownership of its energy market.
Ayman Asfari, Petrofac?s chief
executive, said candidly yesterday
that he was ?trying to protect the
business?. The next year or two will
be about ?executing very, very well?,
focusing on the core engineering and
construction business and cutting
back the ?integrated energy services?
business.
Some believe that could lead to the
loss-making division, which manages
whole oilfield projects for clients and
has proved to be overly complex and
capital intensive, being almost
completely shut down.
Yesterday?s half-year results, which
saw underlying net profit fall 4 per
cent to $158 million, were better than
the market had expected.
Encouragingly, its ?backlog? ? the
MY ADVICE Hold
WHY Banks can easily cope
with some additional
provisions and it is likely that
the Financial Conduct
Authority?s deadline will hold
�8 billion, a hefty sum compared
with its size and half the amount that
HSBC has so far incurred.
Analysts at Goodbody yesterday
warned that the bank, which
separated from its parent National
Australia Bank and floated in
February 2016 was ?the one to
watch?. Clydesdale and Yorkshire
Bank was given a �7 billion dowry
by NAB to help it pay for a plethora
of conduct problems and has already
burned through more than �billion
of that.
Clydesdale has built up a pot of
almost �0 million for more PPI
claims. That may still turn out not to
be enough, forcing the bank to dip
into the indemnity again.
Investors might fear even that may
not be enough, forcing its
shareholders to take the hit.
Additional provisions would be a
blow for banks which, according to
the think-tank New City Agenda,
have incurred �.5 billion in
compensation and other costs. But it
is the lesser of two evils.
A claims management company
has challenged the deadline in court.
We Fight Any Claim is trying to
overturn the two-year cut-off on the
grounds that under EU law, the
Financial Ombudsman Service has
the power to resolve disputes, not
the FCA.
The company?s first attempt in
court was thrown out and it is now
gone to the Court of Appeal. Were
the claims group to be successful in
its action, it would hit banks? share
prices hard.
M&S to sell Hong Kong
Marks & Spencer is in talks to sell
its business in Hong Kong and
Macau to Al-Futtaim, its Middle
East partner. The food-to-clothes
retailer has been in Hong Kong
since 1988 and has 27 stores there.
But Steve Rowe, the group?s chief
executive, said in November after
a strategic review that M&S would
close 53 loss-making international
shops and quit 10 markets as it
moved to a franchise model. AlFuttaim has worked with M&S
since 1998 when it opened the first
store in Dubai.
Costs hit Pizza Express
Pizza Express has said business
rates, pay and food inflation have
combined to keep the UK market
challenging. In first-half results,
the chain?s like-for-like sales in the
UK and Ireland rose 1.3 per cent,
and international sales shot up
17.7 per cent but, earnings before
interest, taxes, depreciation and
amortisation fell 13.9 per cent to
�.6 million because of cost
pressures in the UK and Jinlong
Wang, chief executive, said
reorganisation would enable it to
better support growth.
pipeline of new business ?
amounted to $12.5 billion, equivalent
to about two years? revenues. New
clients have not been put off by the
SFO inquiry, Mr Asfari insisted. Key
to the company?s future will be
whether that insouciance continues.
Petrofac?s shares have halved since
the SFO investigation began, and
yesterday they fell 2.3 per cent to
413絧. Until its future becomes
clearer, they are not worth the risk.
It?s good to talk
Amazon and Microsoft will allow
their respective voice-controlled
digital assistants, Alexa and
Cortana, to communicate with
each other. The collaboration
aims to allow customers to take
advantage of the relative
strengths of each of the virtual
assistants, which have different,
but overlapping capabilities and
user profiles. Jeff Bezos, Amazon?s
chief executive, said that he
would welcome similar
collaborations with Apple and
Google?s voice assistants.
MY ADVICE Avoid
WHY Too many uncertainties
and no sure remedies
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100.33
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100.29
100.25
100.73
100.73
100.71
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99.650
99.590
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100.33
100.32
100.29
100.26
100.73
100.73
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the times | Thursday August 31 2017
49
1GM
Markets Business
RIO TINTO
Hostelworld gives investors a
thrilling ride in budget travel
Harry Wilson Market report
W
Miner makes
a major
addition
R
io Tinto has cut
the ceremonial
ribbon on its new
Silvergrass iron ore
mine in the arid
Pilbara region of
Western Australia
(Marcus Leroux
writes).
The $338 million
development was a key
part of the FTSE 100
group?s iron ore
expansion and will add
another ten million
tonnes to its capacity.
Jean-S閎astien
Jacques, the mining
company?s chief
executive, said:
?Silvergrass is a great
example of our valueover-volume approach
in action as the mine
will deliver the highquality, low-cost ore
used to maintain the
world-class premium
Pilbara blend product
our customers love so
much.?
The project will link
in with Rio?s existing
Nammuldi operation
via a five-mile
conveyor belt. The
nearby existing
infrastructure and
healthy iron ore prices
mean the project has
an estimated rate of
return higher than 100
per cent, meaning that
it will pay for itself
rapidly.
Rio shares rose 0.6
per cent to �.84.
Results in brief
Name
Pre-tax figure
Profit (+) loss (-)
BATM Advanced Comms (technology HY)
Cathay International (health HY)
James Fisher & Sons (services HY)
Gym Group (consumer HY)
HSS Hire Group (services HY)
IFG Group (finance HY)
Optibiotix (health HY)
Petrofac (resources HY)
Puretech Health (health HY)
-$2.3m (-$1.6m)
$18.3m ($2.5m)
�.6m (�.4m)
�9m (�4m)
-�.1m (-�.4m)
-�1m (�)
�1m (-�7m)
$109m ($58m)
-$62m (-$44.5m)
Dividend
nil
nil
9.4p p Nov 3
0.3p p Sept 29
nil
1.60p p Nov 27
nil
12.70c p Oct 20
nil
6 Results in brief are given for all companies valued at more than � million. f = final p = payable
The day?s biggest movers
Change
Company
Oxford Biomedica FDA approval of new treatment
Hostelworld Group recent strong results
Diploma positive trading update
Ashtead Group reversal of recent losses
ITV reversal of recent losses
Provident Financial continuing concerns over business
IG Group sector concerns
Dunelm departure of chief executive
Acacia Mining concern over Tanzanian investigation
HSS Hire Group announcement of interim loss
Gold/Precious
metals (US dollars per ounce)
London Grain Futures
LIFFE Wheat (close �/t)
Nov
May
138.75
145.25
Jan
Jul
11.3%
8.8%
5.8%
4.9%
2.6%
-1.5%
-4.3%
-3.8%
-4.9%
-11.7%
141.75
unq
Mar
148.75
Volume: 358
Bullion: Open $1308.84
Low $1305.23
(Official)
AM $1310.60 PM $1308.50
Cash
3mth
15mth
6754.0-6755.0
6784.0-6785.0
n/a
Lead ($/tonne)
2361.0-2362.0
2383.0-2384.0
1980.0-1985.0
Zinc Spec Hi Gde ($/tonne)
3118.0-3118.5
3121.5-3122.5
20535.0-20540.0
20015.0-20065.0
2085.5-2086.0
2280.0-2285.0
Nickel ($/tonne)
11550.0-11555.0
11625.0-11630.0
n/a
Australia
Canada
Denmark
Euro
Hong Kong
Japan
Malaysia
Norway
Singapore
Sweden
Switzerland
1.20-1.40 1.23-1.43 1.27-1.47 1.41-1.61 1.68-1.88
European money
deposits %
Sterling spot and forward rates
1mth
3mth
6mth
12mth
0.13
0.20
0.29
0.55
0.25
0.28
0.40
0.59
0.10
0.15
0.20
0.50
Alum Hi Gde ($/tonne)
2066.0-2066.5
Dollar rates
Base Rates Clearing Banks: 0.25 Finance House 1.0 ECB Refi 0.00 US Fed Fd 1.25
Eurodollar Deps
p
Dollar
Sterling
Euro
performance for the
same period last year.
Recent project
completions show a
steady stream of work
such as constructing
several attractions for
Dubai Parks &
Resorts.
However, Mark
Money rates %
Palladium $940.50 (�7.18)
Silver $17.44 (�.48)
Blackpool is the home
of Paragon?s Wallace
and Gromit ride
points, or 0.38 per cent, at yesterday?s
close of 7,365.26.
Leading the risers was Ashtead
Group, which ended the day up 77p at
�.72 as the equipment rental
company returned to favour after
investors sold shares recently. Also on
the rise after recent falls were G4S,
which advanced 7緋 to 292緋, J
Sainsbury, up 5p at 235緋, and ITV,
which rose 4p to 157p.
Top of the blue-chip fallers? board
was Easyjet, which dropped 24p to
�.82, followed by Provident
Financial which, after a modest rally
in its shares on Tuesday, fell 14絧 to
892p and went out of the FTSE 100.
Outside the leading index, a wellreceived trading update from
Diploma helped the technical
products maker take the top spot
among the FTSE 250?s risers. A
positive outlook for the full-year
results drove the shares up 61p to
�.89.
JD Sports Fashion and Ocado
were also big risers, up 13p and 12絧
2 mth
3 mth
6 mth
12 mth
1 mth
0.2501
0.2665
0.2784
0.4018
0.5929
0.28-0.18 0.30-0.20 0.32-0.22 0.49-0.34 0.60-0.45
0.28-0.18 0.30-0.20 0.32-0.22 0.49-0.34 0.60-0.45
Currency
20325.0-20350.0
downs in its trading since its October
2015 market debut mean that
investors who bought the stock at
flotation will have made a 77 per cent
gain in the value of their holding.
With a market capitalisation of just
under �0 million, Hostelworld is
some way off the London-listed
?unicorns?, with a valuation of
$1 billion, but recent strong interim
results have analysts factoring in at
least another 60p in the near-term
rise in the shares.
This outlook, combined with
comfortable expectations for the fullyear results, appear to have been the
driver behind yesterday?s price rise,
which puts Hostelworld on track to
meeting and possibly exceeding City
expectations. The shares closed up
28紁 at 359p.
Hostelworld?s rise came on a day
that shares in the leading index
clawed back some of Tuesday?s losses
that followed the shock waves caused
by North Korea?s latest missile test.
The FTSE 100 closed up 27.83
I
f you have visited
the Land of Lions
at London Zoo or
been on the Wallace
and Gromit ride at
Blackpool Pleasure
Beach then you have
experienced firsthand the skill of
Paragon
Entertainment.
The Aim-listed
business yesterday
published its first-half
results for the six
months to the end of
June: revenues were
up 45 per cent to
�million and
earnings before
interest, tax
depreciation and
amortisation rose to
�0,000, a little
more than double the
Interbank Rates
Clearer CDs
Depo CDs
Krugerrand $1172.00-1244.00 (�6.17-961.84)
1943.0-1948.0
Tin ($/tonne)
US markets had a positive session
as stronger-than-expected second
quarter economic growth overcame
concerns about tensions between
America and North Korea. The Dow
Jones industrial average rose
27.06 points to close at 21,892.43.
Paragon?s not all fun and games
Treasury Bills (Dis) Buy: 1 mth 0.120; 3mth 0.140. Sell: 1 mth 0.204; 3 mth 0.192
Platinum $1000.00 (�3.18)
Copper Gde A ($/tonne)
Wall Street report
leisure
Halifax Mortgage Rate 3.74
Close $1309.25-1309.32 High $1313.40
London Metal Exchange
ith the second
anniversary of its
stock market listing
in October,
Hostelworld is the
type of tech company that investors
hope they are putting their money
into when new listings promise the
next big thing in whatever industry a
business says it is hoping to
revolutionise.
In the case of Hostelworld it is the
budget travel market that is being
challenged. Shares in the Dublinbased company yesterday topped the
FTSE All Share index for much of the
day as they gained more than 19紁
and missed out on the top spot only
in the last hour of trading.
The shares have risen by 90 per
cent in 12 months, though ups and
Mkt Rates for
Copenhagen
Euro
Montreal
New York
Oslo
Stockholm
Tokyo
Zurich
Range
8.0243-8.0717
1.0852-1.0789
1.6157-1.6315
1.2882-1.2938
10.006-10.081
10.240-10.316
141.80-142.59
1.2327-1.2403
Close
8.0692-8.0709
1.0849-1.0847
1.6310-1.6314
1.2932-1.2934
10.075-10.079
10.303-10.308
142.53-142.54
1.2396-1.2398
1 month
59ds
6pr
11pr
14pr
36pr
74ds
6ds
12ds
Premium = pr
3 month
183ds
17pr
33pr
38pr
106pr
222ds
18ds
36ds
Discount = ds
respectively at 316絧 and 304p. The
heaviest faller was Acacia Mining
which appeared to dip on concerns
about its operations in Tanzania,
where officials are investigating
undeclared earnings among mining
companies. Shares closed down 10緋
at 204絧.
Also prominent among the fallers
was IG Group, with the spread
betters? stock closing down 29絧 at
636絧. However, these falls were
more than offset by the risers to leave
the FTSE 250, up 88.67 points for the
day, or 0.45 per cent, at 19,616.56.
Away from the big indices, it was
Oxford BioMedica that posted the
biggest return. The gene and cell
therapy group pipped Hostelworld for
the All Share risers? top spot after
approval in the US for its new
leukaemia treatment caused shares to
soar to close up 1p at 10p.
Mike Ashley had his cheque book
out again yesterday as Sports Direct
confirmed it had lifted its stake in
Goals Soccer Centres to 17.6 per cent.
Exchange rates
1.2649-1.2655
1.2613-1.2613
6.2396-6.2403
0.8386-0.8390
7.8240-7.8255
110.21-110.22
4.2680-4.2730
7.7907-7.7923
1.3567-1.3570
7.9666-7.9696
0.9586-0.9586
Other Sterling
Argentina peso
Australia dollar
Bahrain dinar
Brazil real
Euro
Hong Kong dollar
India rupee
Indonesia rupiah
Kuwait dinar KD
Malaysia ringgit
New Zealand dollar
Singapore dollar
S Africa rand
U A E dirham
Taylor, Paragon?s
chairman, remained
cautious and warned
that the ?volatile
global environment
should not be
underestimated?.
This somewhat
gloomy statement was
reflected in the shares
which dropped 絧, or
13 per cent, to 3絧,
valuing the company
at �3 million.
Just less than 20 per
cent of Paragon?s
shares are owned by
the fund manger
Livingbridge, and
Mark Pyrah, the
founder, owns 12 per
cent. Shares in the
business have more
than halved since its
flotation in 2012.
22.556-22.569
1.6361-1.6363
0.4845-0.4910
4.0827-4.0865
1.0847-1.0849
10.119-10.121
82.736-82.762
17236-17407
0.3888-0.3910
5.5199-5.5264
1.7942-1.7947
1.7545-1.7550
16.784-16.797
4.7500-4.7513
Australia $
Canada $
Denmark Kr
Egypt
Euro �
Hong Kong $
Hungary
Indonesia
Israel Shk
Japan Yen
New Zealand $
Norway Kr
Poland
Russia
S Africa Rd
Sweden Kr
Switzerland Fr
Turkey Lira
USA $
Bank buys Bank sells
1.770
1.540
1.760
1.530
8.600
7.540
n/a
n/a
1.170
1.030
10.880
9.570
360.710
296.770
19860.300
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5.080
4.340
152.100
131.730
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9.390
5.070
4.150
81.980
68.260
18.610
15.760
10.960
9.740
1.350
1.160
4.980
4.260
1.410
1.240
Rates for banknotes and traveller's cheques as
traded by Royal Bank of Scotland plc yesterday
Data as shown is
for information
purposes only. No offer is made by
Morningstar or this publication
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Business Equity prices
12 month
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Price
(p) +/- Yld% P/E
230K
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Shop assistant turned
singer with Soul II Soul
Melissa Bell
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Obituaries
Sir David Tang
Flamboyant Hong Kong tycoon, bon vivant and networker supreme whose friends included Mick Jagger and the Princess of Wales
GETTY IMAGES; ALAN DAVIDSON/SILVERHUB
To say that Sir David Tang was an
inveterate networker is to understate.
His must have been the fattest contacts?
book not only in London, where he
founded the China Tang restaurant at
the Dorchester Hotel, but also Hong
Kong, where his portfolio included the
fashion brand Shanghai Tang.
Although he claimed that he owned a
T-shirt emblazoned with the words
?F*** off, I have enough friends?, there
is no record of him wearing it and his
?circle? ranged from Kate Moss and
Mick Jagger to Margaret Thatcher.
Few, it seemed, were immune to his
mischievous sense of humour.
Born in Hong Kong, Tang went to
school in Cambridge and once compared himself, in rather politically
incorrect terms, to a banana ? ?yellow
on the outside, white in the middle?.
Whatever the truth of that, it could not
be denied that with his bright eyes
framed by thick-rimmed spectacles and
a cigar nearly always clamped between
his teeth, he cut a distinctive figure.
Known to his friends as Tango ?
those who met him were deemed to
have been ?Tango-ed? ? he was given
to flamboyant gestures, once arranging
for Kevin Costner, Sir Jocelyn Stevens
and Isabel Goldsmith to fly in for the
?I make Icarus look rather
unambitious. There?s no
point being mediocre?
opening of his Beijing private members?
club. Their trip included a picnic on the
Great Wall of China, served by waiters
in white gloves bearing silver cutlery
and crystal tableware.
?I sometimes make Icarus look
rather unambitious,? he would say.
?There?s no point being mediocre at
anything.? It was in this spirit that he
negotiated a deal with Fidel Castro to
became the exclusive distributor of
Cuban cigars in Asia-Pacific.
As the grandson of a Confucian
philanthropist, Tang declared his ambition to be ?the Chinese go-between . . .
I want to get together the Prince of
Wales and Deng Xiaoping.? A tireless
raconteur, he could ? without the help
of a drink ? hold forth on subjects
ranging from Alexander the Great to
fluctuations in the stock market. The
social connections he made, meanwhile, were so dizzying that he could
move from cocktails in Shanghai with
Naomi Campbell to lunch in a Saharan
tent with Colonel Gaddafi ? of whose
tasselled loafers he spoke approvingly.
With houses from Belgravia to Hong
Kong, and multiple family ski and yacht
holidays, he travelled so much that he
once sighed: ?I wish I could be faxed
through some travel machine.?
Describing his business methods,
one friend said: ?David works on the
principle that everyone has to eat. If
you invite the Queen to dinner often
enough, she will eventually accept.
Then, if you give her the best dinner she
has ever had, she will come again.?
More than that, he was invited to stay at
Sandringham, the Queen?s estate in
Norfolk, and duly taught her one of the
card tricks at which he was adept.
Coupled with this ability to charm,
was a knack for discreetly revealing
Sir David Tang in Paris in 1996. Right: with his wife, Lucy, last year
titbits of gossip, such as the contents
of a telegram that he received from
Diana, Princess of Wales, after he was
awarded an OBE: ?Many congratulations . . . it?s more than I ever got.?
An anglophile, Tang spoke in turns of
phrase that seemed to have escaped
from a PG Wodehouse novel. ?I am
already shaking like a jelly in a high
wind,? he might say, referring to his
nerves. This comment reflected
another side of his character. He once
admitted that he felt as if he had
spent his life running. ?I feel like an
outsider,? he said.
His life was not free of care in another
respect. He suffered from psoriasis so
badly that the burning sensation was
wont to keep him awake at night and he
had to cover himself in cream twice
a day. His clothes would get so greasy
with ointment he would ?get through
three washing machines a year?.
However, his work ethic never
dwindled and even in the years
after Hong Kong?s independence, when
his fortunes as the ?go-between?
waned, he forged yet another career,
writing etiquette columns in the
Financial Times. There he professed an
aversion to flip-flops, but approved of
making a packed lunch from a hotel
breakfast buffet.
David Anthony Prise Wing-Cheung
Tang ? he added the Prise when he
was knighted so he could be known as
?Sir-Prise Tang? ? was born in Hong
Kong in 1954. His grandfather was Sir
SK Tang, a Cantonese businessman
who started the Kowloon Bus Com-
pany. David arrived in England by ship
in 1967; his father opened a restaurant
on Shaftesbury Avenue in London and
they settled in Kent. As a boy he
enjoyed English poetry and horses; he
claimed he worked in the summer at
the stables of his father?s trainer. ?I fell
in love with the first English girl I saw
with horses,? he said. A lifelong passion
for Ascot followed and he once cheerfully bet and lost �500 in a day there.
His parents sent him to board at the
Perse School in Cambridge and he
recalled in later life that the only
English words he knew when he arrived
were ?My name is David Tang,?
although this may have been an example of his self-deprecation, because his
privileged background in Hong Kong
made this unlikely. ?I was lucky because
I wasn?t bullied. I mean, there were one
or two boys who were not particularly
nice, but nothing traumatic.?
One afternoon he was passing the
music room when he heard Brahms. He
saved up his pocket money to buy
Brahms?s Fourth Symphony and began
piano lessons. He reached a high
standard, although he once overreached himself when he played the
piano at the Duchess of York?s birthday
party. ?I could hardly eat,? he said
afterwards. ?I should have practised
harder. It was terrible.? He studied philosophy at King?s College London ?
but frittered away money from his
grandfather on gambling ? and then
law, and lectured at Peking University.
At one point he translated Charlie and
the Chocolate Factory into Chinese.
By 1985 he had lost interest in lecturing and philosophy ? ?I was all booked
out? ?and returned to Hong Kong,
working briefly as a Far Eastern agent
for Algy Cluff, the entrepreneur who
was a formative influence on him. He
recalled how he engineered a meeting
with Cluff in London. ?When the bill
came I went to the loo. That way I could
see Algy again as I had to invite him
back.? He also began to collect Chinese
contemporary art and ? with nowhere
to hang it ? he opened his first private
members? club in 1991 on the top floors
of the old Bank of China Building.
The China Club, his most successful
venture, was said to have the
atmosphere of 1930s Shanghai
and came with a joining fee of �,000. He
f
flew
Michael Heselt
tine
to the launch.
His rules were simple:
?The first requirement
is that you are civilised.
Then your cheque
must clear.?
Over the decade, he
opened China Clubs in
Beijing and Singapore
and his first Shanghai
Tang shop in Hong
Kong, which poked fun,
in the mildest possible
w
way,
at traditional
Chinese taste, calling
his take on it ?modern
chinoiserie?.
It was, according to
one visitor, ?a gaudy
t
treasure
box of Chinese
clothes, cushions and
t
towels
tailored to western tastes.? For his part
T
Tang
? who launched his
range with the words, ?You don?t need
Davidoff, you need Davidtang? ? said:
?When I see something that jars I tut.?
He sold the range in 2006.
At one stage he was director of 20
companies in Hong Kong and Britain.
?David is a great guy to have on your
board,? was the word among businessmen. ?His ability in dealing with the
Chinese is second to none.? He called
himself a ?mini investment banker?.
John Major was said to be among those
who sought his business advice.
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David Tang
Continued from page 53
His self-promoting attitude divided
opinion in East and West. ?An outstanding man,? declared Cluff, while
Chris Patten conceded that he was a
?great fan?. ?Full of bullshit,? said
another. Tang conceded: ?Some
Chinese see me as a British shoeshiner.?
He claimed, in his defence, that he was
doing more than anyone to revive old
culture; he held poetry clubs once a
month at the China Club where everyone was asked to write a couplet.
In Hong Kong for the handover
ceremonials in 1997, Tang was at
Patten?s final dinner as well as the Chinese celebrations: ?Right now, Hong
Kong is perhaps the most exciting place
in the world; there is all that certainty
and uncertainty,? he declared. Never
one to miss an opportunity, he marketed commemorative umbrellas: ?The
Great Hangover.? However, it was the
end of the era of his supreme influence.
Between deals, Tang had met his first
wife ? the Australian-Chinese actress,
Susanna Cheung ? at a party in 1979.
The pair married in a Catholic cathedral in Peking and had their honeymoon in Mongolia. They had two
children: Victoria, a photographer and
artistic consultant, and Edward, who
works at Phillips de Pury auction
house. The family often spent time at a
weekend waterside retreat, Sai Kung.
Tang once declared: ?My best holiday is
listening to Just a Minute in my bath at
Sai Kung on Sunday morning, or sitting
in front of the television having supper.?
The couple divorced in 1991 when
Tang met Lucy Wastnage, a model, at a
dinner party. A long courtship of opera
and the ballet followed. They married
He had planned a farewell
party at the Dorchester
for September 6
after more than ten years together, in
2003. The invitations were printed with
a shotgun ? a nod, he joked, to the gun
that Lucy was holding to his head. They
requested ?no presents, but a poem?
and the reception was drinks at
Annabel?s with Simon Sebag Montefiore, Stephen Fry and Jagger in attendance. Tang claimed ? like many things
in his life ? that their relationship was
based on humour: ?Whenever we wake
up or go to bed, we make each other
laugh. Last night, as we were switching
off the light, my wife said: ?We haven?t
laughed yet.? So I farted.?
A self-confessed snob, he remained
master of the quip: ?When you?re
between two crashing bores, it?s like
being on a blackjack table and both
your hands go bust.?
In 2005, when he set up China Tang,
he declared: ?I think opening parties
have become vulgar.? Instead, he flew in
five chefs from Hong Kong ? who he
?grilled, boiled and put under a wok?
before employing ? and threw ?small
dinners? for friends such as Jemima
Goldsmith, Hugh Grant, Thatcher,
the Parker Bowleses and a smattering
of rock stars.
After being told that he had only a
couple of months to live, Tang planned
a farewell party in the hotel?s ballroom
for September 6. He hoped to be able to
leave hospital for the day to attend.
?I am very lucky to have such a complete cross-section of friends,? he once
said. ?I think it?s because
I?ve always been the
token Chinese: the
Chinaman.?
Sir David Tang,
businessman, was born
on August 2, 1954.
He died of
liver cancer
on August
29, 2017,
aged 63
Melissa Bell
Shop assistant snubbed by Mrs Thatcher who found fame as a singer and saw her daughter win X Factor
GETTY IMAGES
If the lure of the music industry is built
on the mythology of overnight success,
Melissa Bell came from the opposite
end of the continuum labelled ?paying
your dues?. By the time she found fame
as the lead singer with the band Soul II
Soul ? sharing a stage with Stevie
Wonder, Whitney Houston and the like
? she had spent a decade working at
Marks & Spencer?s flagship store in
Marble Arch, London, as a customer
services assistant.
She credited the experience with
teaching her to overcome an inherent
shyness and learning ?how to look
people in the eye?, but shop life was
also filled with casual indignities. One
customer announced that she was
looking for a coat in a particular shade
of brown. Taking Bell?s hand, the
woman pointed to her skin and
declared: ?I?m looking for that shade.
Do you have a coat in n***er brown??
The remark ?felt like being punched in
the face?. Worried that making a
scene might result in her losing her job,
Bell simply responded: ?Of course,
madam. I will check with my colleague
as I?m not quite sure if we do coats
in n***er brown.?
On another occasion, Margaret
Thatcher ? who was once asked where
she bought her underwear and famously replied, ?Marks & Spencer, of course.
Doesn?t everyone?? ? visited the store.
Wearing a gold sash reading ?Customer
Services ? Happy To Help?, Bell was
proud to be the only black face among
the staff selected to join the line-up to
shake the prime ministerial hand. Yet
when Mrs Thatcher reached her she
greeted the employee on Bell?s right
and then walked past without acknowledgement. Real or imagined, the snub
was never forgotten.
While Bell worked in the store by day,
she joined semi-professional bands by
night, having already made her recording debut in 1987 as the vocalist on
Bobby E and the Midi City Crew?s
single Walk on the Wild Side. Her nonencounter with Mrs Thatcher reinforced her determination to make a
The singer Alexandra Burke and her mother, Melissa Bell, in London in 2012
name for herself. ?Whenever I did a gig
at festivals or stood up to sing in a
restaurant, I knew that was where I
really wanted to be,? she said.
It was another four years before she
left M&S and took the plunge as a fully
professional singer in 1991. Her debut
single, Reconsider, followed a year later
and caught the ear of Jazzie B, the
founder of the influential British R?n?B
group Soul II Soul, who invited her to
join the line-up. The group had topped
the charts with Back to Life (However
Do You Want Me), and Keep On Movin?
and won two Grammys, but had lost
their singers to solo careers. Bell took
over. Her soulful voice and smiling
demeanour were a perfect fit for a
group with the slogan ?a happy face,
a thumpin? bass, for a lovin? race?.
After singing on the hits Wish and
Be A Man, she left Soul II Soul in 1995 to
go solo, finding some success with the
singles Rumbled Sex and Mixed Up. Her
career was curbed when a long-term
diabetic condition led to kidney failure
and a life on benefits. By then her
success had been eclipsed by that of her
daughter Alexandra Burke, who first
sang on stage with her mother when
she was nine and won the fifth series of
The X Factor in 2008. The prize included a �million recording contract.
Burke hit No 1 in the charts with her
version of Leonard Cohen?s Hallelujah,
which sold more than a million copies.
Bell brought her up as a single parent
in a council house in Islington, north
London, with three other children,
Sheneice, David and Aaron, after
separating from her husband, David
Burke. Alexandra recalled watching
her mother?s fainting fits caused by
diabetes, and feeding her Mars bars to
restore her sugar levels.
When Alexandra won The X Factor
there were reports of family rows and
jealous rivalry. As Bell?s health declined,
requiring daily dialysis, the two of them
developed a close bond. Her daughter
spent �,000 on adaptating her
mother?s house so she could have
dialysis at home. She offered to donate
a kidney, but Bell refused to take it.
Bell was born Euphemia Imelda
Cecelia Ewen in London in 1964, the
daughter of Jamaican immigrants. Her
father, Ivan Ewen, worked for a dry
cleaning firm and her mother, Ivy, as a
hairdresser. Although the young
Melissa had two grown-up half-sisters,
she was brought up as an only child and
never allowed to play in the street.
She shared a bed usually with her
mother or grandmother, who taught
her to play the piano. Inspired by
seeing the child star Lena Zavaroni on
the talent show Opportunity Knocks,
Bell was singing with amateur bands by
the age of 15. She took the name Melissa
in response to the playground chant
?Euphemia?s got leukaemia? and
adopted Bell because it sounded
?more stagey?.
On leaving school at 18 she joined
M&S, rejecting her parents? suggestion
that she should train as a teacher
because she was too impatient to
contemplate ?another three years
studying and having no money?.
Having watched her mother and
grandmother die from kidney failure,
she bore her illness with fortitude.
?Some people decide that the pressure
and worry of dialysis is all too much and
they sign off from the treatment,? she
wrote in Heart and Soul: The Emotional
Autobiography of Melissa Bell. ?I would
never want to do that. Music alone is
enough reason to stay around on this
earth as long as possible.?
Melissa Bell, singer, was born on March 5,
1964. She died from kidney failure on
August 28, 2017, aged 53
Don Shepherd
Glamorgan spinner never selected for England in
spite of taking more than 2,000 first-class wickets
On the Gower Peninsula, where boys
played cricket in the streets, Don Shepherd would perfect his mastery of line
and length by measuring his run-up
from the middle of the road and bowl a
tennis ball for hours on end at a low wall
outside his family?s village shop. A full
delivery would rebound to him but anything pitched short would end up in a
blackthorn hedge. Such dedication ensured that he was miserly towards batsmen when he started playing on grass.
Shepherd was never formally
coached. His right arm would whirl
round twice in an unconventional
action and his fitness was honed in two
paper rounds a day. ?People who
watched me bowling in the road must
have thought I was mad,? he admitted.
Yet these self-taught skills were to bring
him 2,218 wickets in first-class cricket
over 23 years with Glamorgan.
He was never chosen for England.
One plausible reason was that his
career coincided with those of other
exceptional slow bowlers such as Jim
Laker, Tony Lock and Fred Titmus, but
there was a suspicion that too many of
his wickets were taken on helpful Welsh
pitches. The record books prove that he
was consistent all over England too.
Richie Benaud, the former Australian captain, reckoned Shepherd would
have played a great deal of Test cricket
had he been born down under. When
the commentator John Arlott chose the
best XI never to have played for
England, his first bowling place went to
Shepherd. It was inexplicable, Arlott
wrote, that he had never been capped.
He took more wickets than any other
uncapped bowler, at an average of 21.
When he did play for MCC against
the West Indies at Lord?s in 1957 in a
form of Test trial he failed to take a
wicket. It would not have helped that he
was a No 11 batsman in the true sense.
His 156 ducks in all cricket is a record.
Donald John Shepherd believed in
retaining fitness through bowling,
walking and fishing. He was not one for
gyms and could be argumentative at
the bar in later years about aspects of
the modern game. After leaving Gowerton School his potential was spotted
during national service with the Fleet
Air Arm. After a summer on the Lord?s
ground staff he returned to Glamorgan
in 1949 and for several years Shep, as he
was known, opened their bowling.
However, Haydn Davies, the wicketkeeper, spotted that his wrist was too
floppy to bowl really fast, so he cut
down his pace and delivered a cross
between off cutters and off breaks.
Season after season he took a stack of
Don Shepherd in action in 1969
wickets. According to Tony Lewis,
Shepherd?s captain and friend: ?Don?s
run-up and delivery came perfectly
from within: never strained, never too
fast and certainly not too slow. It was as
if someone had set a metronome ticking and left it running for over 20 years.?
In 1964 he took nine wickets when
Glamorgan beat the Australians at St
Helen?s in Swansea, his favourite
ground, and in 1968, standing in for
Lewis, he captained them to another
victory over the tourists. A year later, as
he approached 42, Shepherd helped
Glamorgan to win their first county
championship for 21 years. He took his
2,000th wicket in the clinching fixture.
His achievements brought him the
a
accolade,
rarely given to a non-Test
p
player
at the time, of Wisden Cricketer
o the Year.
of
Glamorgan did not renew his cont
tract
in 1972. Shepherd returned to the
village shop, analysed cricket for BBC
Wales, and coached Glamorgan?s
young players. He had met his wife,
Joan Evans, when she caught his eye
while serving tea at St Helen?s, where he
took so many of his wickets. ?What do
you do for a living?? she asked him. He
said he played cricket. ?But what is your
job?? she replied. The couple had four
children: Mark, who has retired from
the fire service; Vicky, who became
head of graphics for the BBC?s Welsh
language service; Debbie, who is a
retirement home manager; and Mandy,
who finds jobs for people needing to be
rehabilitated into society.
Shepherd was not the only Welshman to be overlooked by England. The
Glamorgan batsman Alan Jones was
chosen for just one Test and that was
considered unofficial as it was against a
Rest of the World X1. ?The selectors
never looked at Welsh players,? Jones
said. ?Yet all the county captains Don
played against rated him highly. I cannot explain why he never played for
England, but he never complained.?
Don Shepherd, cricketer, was born on
August 12, 1927. He died of complications
after a heart operation, on August 18,
2017, aged 90
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Law Report
Compensation uplift applies to
discrimination claims brought
in employment tribunals
Court of Appeal
Published August 31, 2017
Pereira de Souza v Vinci
Construction (UK) Ltd
Before Lord Justice Gross, Lord Justice
Underhill and Lord Justice Lindblom
[2017] EWCA Civ 879
Judgment July 4, 2017
On its true construction, section
124(6) of the Equality Act 2010
meant that the amount awarded by
an employment tribunal in respect
of a particular head of loss should
be the same as if an award in respect
of the identical loss had fallen to be
made in the county court.
The Court of Appeal so held,
inter alia, when allowing the appeal
of the claimant, Eurides Pereira de
Souza, from a decision of the
Employment Appeal Tribunal
(Judge Serota, QC) ([2015] ICR
1034) on appeal from an award of
compensation made by an employment tribunal chaired by Judge
Charlton and sent to the parties on
November 26, 2013.
Mr Thomas Cordrey for the
defendant. The claimant appeared
by video link by her McKenzie
friend and husband, Greg
O?Cathail.
Lord Justice Underhill said that
the claimant had been employed as
a cleaner at London Underground?s
premises in High Holborn. Initially
she was employed by Rentokil
Initial Facilities Services (UK) Ltd,
but her employment transferred to
the defendant, which had inherited
Rentokil?s liabilities arising out of
the employment relationship.
The claimant brought proceedings against her employers in
the employment tribunal. The
conduct complained of was originally conduct on the part of
Rentokil, but the claimant complained also of its continuation
by the defendant. They were primarily claims brought under the
Equality Act 2010 for disability
discrimination, including harassment and victimisation.
The defendant conceded liability
in respect of the entirety of three
claims, which related primarily not
to its own conduct but to that of
Rentokil, and the tribunal awarded
the claimant compensation in the
sum of �,000, plus interest. The
elements in that award were: (1)
Injury to feelings in the sum of
�000; and (2) Psychiatric injury.
The tribunal awarded �300 for
the exacerbation of a depressive
illness, which the claimant had
suffered for some months.
Two features of those awards
gave rise to the present appeals.
First, the award for psychiatric
injury incorporated a 10 per cent
uplift corresponding to that applied
in the civil courts as a result of the
decision in Simmons v Castle (Practice Note) ([2013] 1 WLR 1239). The
tribunal applied no such uplift to
the award of compensation for
injury to feelings.
Secondly, the tribunal declined
to apply any uplift to the award
under section 207A of the Trade
Union and Labour Relations
(Consolidation) Act 1992 (as
inserted by sections 3(2) and
22(1)(a) of the Employment Act
2008), which applied where an employer had failed to comply with the
provisions of a relevant ACAS code.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal dismissed the claimant?s appeal
against the failure to apply the
uplift to the injury to feelings award
and to apply any uplift under
section 207A and allowed the
defendant?s cross-appeal against
the application of the uplift to the
psychiatric injury award. The
claimant now appealed against all
aspects of that order.
In his Lordship?s judgment the
10 per cent uplift should have been
applied to both elements in the
Equality Act 2010 award.
The starting point was the language of section 124(6) of the 2010
Act. What that language meant was
that the amount awarded by an
employment tribunal in respect of a
particular head of loss should be the
same as if an award in respect of the
identical loss had fallen to be made
in the county court. That was the
natural meaning of the requirement that the two amounts should
?correspond?, but if there were any
doubt about that such a construction was necessary to give effect to
the evident statutory purpose.
The various forms of discrimination defined in Part 2 of the Act
were conceptually the same whether the acts giving rise to them fell
under Part 5 (work), over which
the employment tribunals had
jurisdiction, or under one of the
other Parts, where jurisdiction lay
with the county court.
The injury to feelings or psychiatric injury caused by an act of
discrimination in the workplace
was not inherently different from
the same injury caused by an act of
discrimination in, say, an educational context (which would fall
under Part 6).
It would be unacceptable for the
approach to compensation to be
different depending on the Part of
the Act under which liability arose
? or, more particularly, for an
injury of the same level of seriousness to attract a different award;
and it was clear that the purpose of
section 124(6) was to see that that
did not occur.
The rationale for the uplift in
Simmons v Castle had related to
success fees, and it might appear
anomalous that employment tribunal claimants should benefit from
an uplift designed to compensate
for a reduction in net recovery that
they had not suffered because they
were not entitled to recover costs,
but that did not justify qualifying
the plain words of the statute.
In any event, that apparent
anomaly was not as clear-cut as it
might appear. Simmons v Castle had
recognised that unrepresented
claimants, or those without conditional fee agreements, would get a
windfall, but had found that they
should get the uplift. Employment
tribunal claimants were therefore
not unique in getting the windfall.
Further, employment tribunals
and county courts had always
had different costs regimes, but
the discrimination legislation had
required from the start that their
compensation awards should
correspond.
There was no distinction
between awards for psychiatric
injury and injury to feelings; both
were subject to a Simmons v Castle
uplift in the county court.
The present Judicial College
Guidelines for psychiatric injury
awards incorporated the uplift, and
if employment tribunals used them
as a benchmark they would be
?Simmons v Castle-compliant?.
However, the position was not quite
so straightforward for injury to
feelings awards; but essentially the
same effect could be obtained by
applying the uplift to the compensation bands in Vento v Chief
Constable of West Yorkshire ([2003]
ICR 318), although those figures
themselves required updating for
inflation.
It would kill two birds with one
stone if fresh guidance were issued
adjusting the Vento figures both for
inflation and so as to incorporate
the Simmons v Castle uplift. That
could be done in a particular case,
but might be better done as
published guidance from the
President of the Employment
Tribunals (England and Wales)
and/or the President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, who
could consult, to the extent that
they thought necessary, about the
calculation of any inflation uplift.
However, what precise course
to follow was not something that
the court could direct. Pending
any such guidance, tribunals
could of course do their own
adjustment, which need not be
mathematically precise.
The tribunal?s award for psychiatric injury was restored, and the
award for injury to feelings was
increased by 10 per cent.
Turning to the issue of breach of
the ACAS code and section 207A of
the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992: the
defendant had expressly accepted
the claimant?s allegations of
unreasonable delay in the handling
of her grievances. The tribunal had
therefore been obliged to find noncompliance with the code. It was
not sufficient that the employer
had formally taken the steps identified in the code: unreasonable delay
was itself a breach of an express
code requirement.
To assess compensation and
decide whether to award an uplift
under section 207A of the 1992
Act, and at what level, it was
necessary for the tribunal to understand how serious the admitted
breaches were. It had erred, not by
examining the claimant?s complaint at all, but by reaching a
conclusion inconsistent with the
defendant?s concessions.
It would have been open to it,
in principle, to conclude that, although there had been non-compliance, the breaches were not very
serious and an uplift at the lower
end of the range was appropriate,
or none at all.
However, the section 207A issue
had to be remitted to the tribunal,
as it was not clear what uplift the
tribunal should have made and the
parties had not agreed to the Court
of Appeal determining the issue.
Lord Justice Gross delivered a
concurring judgment and Lord
Justice Lindblom agreed with
both judgments.
Kensington Palace
of Wales this afternoon
visited the White Garden
at Kensington Palace and
met representatives of
Diana, Princess of Wales?s
patronages.
Solicitors: Magrath LLP.
Court Circular
30th August, 2017
The Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge and Prince Henry
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JACK TAYLOR FOR THE TIMES
Is it time for
judges to
speak out?
As public scrutiny
increases, there will be
demands to know more
about our judiciary,
writes Frances Gibb
Judges should break their judicial ?code
of silence? and be prepared to join
public debate so as to maintain judicial
authority and public confidence. So
said Sir Alan Moses, the former Court
of Appeal judge and now chairman of
the Independent Press Standards
Organisation (IPSO), urging an end to
the traditional approach whereby
judges ?maintain a total and, it was
assumed, dignified silence?.
?In the past,? he said, ?it was believed
that the best way for judges to
command respect and avoid ignorant
criticism, and even abuse, was to maintain silence.? The idea was that, in
return for not being criticised, judges
would ?keep their mouths shut?.
However, writing in a report published in July by the charity Transform
Justice, he asked whether that bargain
still served the community. ?It is a bargain which is from time to time broken,
noisily and provoking judicial outrage,
as the Article 50 case illustrated,? he
wrote. ?Judicial authority can?t be
maintained by retreating behind a shell
of silence.? Judges were always taught
that they should speak only through
judgments, Sir Alan went on. Now,
however, ?we need to understand how
judges work and discuss and develop
the extent to which they can and are
willing to engage with the community?.
He is not the first to make such
comments. Liz Truss, the short-lived
lord chancellor, provoked anger when
she said that judges should speak up on
their own behalf. Having been criticised for not speaking out sooner and
more strongly for judges in the face of
tabloid attacks, she threw the ball back,
saying in effect that judges should
launch their own media offensive to
explain the importance of an
independent judiciary.
?Rules about judges not being able to
speak out were abolished in the 1980s,?
Ms Truss told a House of Lords inquiry
in March. ?There is a bit of demystifying to do.? Sometimes, she added, there
was ?a reticence? from judges to explain
their role.
Senior judges were furious. They
already give press conferences and
speeches, and occasionally interviews.
Nor are they any longer bound by the
Kilmuir rules, which prohibited judges
from speaking in public. Those were
scrapped in the 1980s by Lord Mackay
of Clashfern, who decided to leave it to
judges to decide when and where they
should speak in public, after trouble
with one judge, James Pickles, who had
a go at Lord Mackay?s predecessor,
Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone, and
attacked government policy on prisons.
Yet there is still guidance to judges
public work with the charity or resign
as a judge. He chose the latter.
Post-Brexit, judges are likely to come
under more intense scrutiny over their
views as their role expands to encompass cases now decided by the European Court of Justice. As a result,
pressure will grow to know more of who
our judges are and even involve
politicians in their selection.
Politicians such as Michael Gove and
Iain Duncan Smith are not averse to
American-style confirmation hearings.
Charles Moore, Margaret Thatcher?s
biographer, has argued that ?if they are
to decree what is ?right? and apply
slippery concepts like ?proportionality?,
rather than sticking to strictly legal
issues, we need to know their politics?.
Baroness Hale of Richmond, the
incoming president of the Supreme
Court, recognises that pressure may
grow. Most judges, she accepts, oppose
increasing political involvement in
their selection, but she does suggest
that for Supreme Court justices and
?In the past the best way
for judges to avoid abuse
was to maintain silence?
Baroness Hale, the new Supreme Court president, has suggested that politicians
from the government and opposition could be involved in picking senior judges
and they can fall foul of it. Politics are a
generally a no-go area, but this is
murky; what of issues that fall within
their own sphere ? court closures and
justice reform, legal aid, which are
clearly political, but on which they are
supremely qualified to speak?
Sir Paul Coleridge showed just how
narrow a tightrope it is to tread. As a
High Court judge, he felt strongly about
the impact of marriage breakdown, as
witnessed in the traumatic cases coming before him daily in the courts. He
set up a charity, the Marriage Founda-
tion, and made speeches and gave
interviews promoting its aims. Lawyers
and others complained that he was
jeopardising his partiality as a judge in
family disputes and Sir Paul was ticked
off by the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office and told that such
pronouncements would have to stop.
Coleridge accepted that his work with
the foundation might be ?unusual and
unconventional? for a judge, but
refused to accept that it was incompatible with his official duties. His superiors
disagreed; either he should abandon his
other senior judges, the appointments
panel could include senior politicians,
one from government and one from the
opposition ? thus introducing ?an element of democratic involvement while
preserving party-political neutrality?.
Predictably this idea has been
roundly condemned, although the
human rights barrister Adam Wagner
tweeted: ?I agree with this. As in the
USA. Judges are involved in political
issues now so it makes sense to bring
element of democratic accountability.?
Judges may or may not choose to go
down Sir Alan?s road and speak out
more than now. However, their
expanding role in policy areas will
certainly push them into the limelight,
whether they embrace that role tightlipped or otherwise. The betting is that
the higher their profile, the less they
will speak out ? even to defend their
corner. So the ball is back with the lord
chancellor. To date, at least, David
Lidington seems able and willing to
field it.
This crisis in the judiciary is unprecedented and unstoppable
Peter
Glover
The departing lord chief justice
warned in July that judicial pension
reforms risked detonating a
recruitment ?time bomb?. Lord
Thomas of Cwmgiedd told the
review body on senior salaries that
there was an unprecedented level of
judicial vacancies, with many senior
judges having warned they would
retire early to take alternative work.
He added that a record 100 circuit
judges (of 650) would need to be
recruited as a result of the changes.
There is a crisis of morale in the
judiciary. Lord Thomas highlighted
this to parliament last October
after a second survey on judicial
attitudes, which found that 42 per
cent of salaried judges would quit
now if they could, with 37 per cent
intending to go within five years.
Poor relations between
government and judges were
exacerbated by media outbursts
over Article 50 and the failure of
Liz Truss, lord chancellor at the
time, adequately to support the
judges attacked by the Daily Mail.
The breakdown is evidenced by
the case brought to the employment
tribunal by 210 judges concerning
pension reforms. They represent a
high percentage of the judges born
after April 1, 1957, who by reason of
their birth date are either being
transitioned into a less generous
pension scheme or ? in the case of
the youngest ? have seen the
scheme that applied when they were
appointed retroactively replaced.
Their readiness to sue is indicative
of the strength and depth of anger.
The problems go back to the
sacking of Lord Irvine of Lairg as
lord chancellor in 2003 and the
revolutionary downgrading of the
role into but one function of a
minister sitting in the Commons.
This subverted the relationship
between judges and government,
and the present discord is a direct,
if unforeseen, consequence. While
a constitutional ?settlement?
guaranteed judicial independence
and adequate resourcing of the
courts, there was no longer a legally
experienced lord chancellor to
prioritise such matters within
cabinet. For vote-hungry ministers,
such issues are decidedly non-sexy.
It was also inevitable that
austerity would affect the judiciary
and the courts. A cohort of highly
paid lawyers operating through an
expensive, heavily manned but
crumbling infrastructure could
hardly expect immunity. Local
justice, seen as an expensive luxury,
was unsustainable and therefore
deemed outmoded. Centralisation
and computerisation would justify
court closures and fewer judges and
staff, as would highly optimistic
assumptions concerning the
availability and affordability of
public transport. Escalating court
fees and the virtual abolition of legal
aid in civil and family cases would
deter citizens from using the courts.
The axe was thus taken to county
and magistrates? courts.
The unfair, even unconstitutional,
and discriminatory imposition of the
new pension regime should have
drawn a louder protest from the
most senior judges, but they have
tended to acquiesce in cost-cutting
?reforms? affecting the lower courts.
It seems clear that Chris Grayling
reasoned that judges were unlikely
to cause trouble, particularly
because their Irish counterparts, in
a far more severe financial storm,
had accepted swingeing pay cuts.
Until the government lost the
tribunal case against the pension
changes, unable to justify admitted
age discrimination, it had seemed
that its confrontational approach
had been vindicated. An appeal is
pending, but it would be ironic if the
challenge of the younger judges led
to the rolling back of the new
pension scheme. The executive
would, for no return, have poisoned
its relations with judges for years.
Would all this have been avoided
with a traditional lord chancellor?
As well as their disillusionment
with government and their leaders,
lower court judges are particularly
subject to stress arising from the
gap between resources and the
impossible task of providing timely
dispute resolution for litigants. This
can lead to ill-health, and local
leadership judges have been asked
to identify colleagues at risk. As
this is in addition to their full-time
judicial and other work, and no
specific training is provided, any
offer of pastoral care is likely to
come too late. Judges are unlikely
to self-report, considering such an
admission of weakness damaging to
career advancement.
The demolition of the county
court system is so far advanced that
the only remedy may be to replace
it completely with an untried and
ambitious digitised system, where
personal interaction between judge
and litigant is minimised. We must
all hope that it is successful, because
there will be no way back.
Peter Glover is a retired district judge
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A compromise deal on
civil disputes in Europe
seems more likely now,
reports Jonathan Ames
As rallying cries go, ?Remember Efta?
may not stir much romantic emotion,
but it might be exactly what the government is leaning towards by way of a
structure for settling future legal disputes with EU parties post-Brexit.
In January 1960 the UK ? with
Austria, Denmark, Norway, Portugal,
Sweden and Switzerland ? founded
the European Free Trade Association
(Efta) as an alternative group to the
then Franco-German dominated
European Economic Community.
Britain bailed out 12 years later to join
the EEC, and today Efta is populated by
the motley crew of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
However, some lawyers are predicting that government proposals last
week for cross-border co-operation in
civil law disputes signal recognition
that an Efta-like arrangement will be
needed, depending on just how close
the UK wants to remain to the EU?s
single market and customs union.
?This is beginning to look a lot like
something that looks like Efta,? says Sir
Paul Jenkins, QC, once the head of the
government?s legal service and now a
tenant at Matrix Chambers in London.
An ardent Europhile, Sir Paul has been
outspoken in his dismay at the UK?s
decision to quit the EU, but he told The
Times that he thought the government?s outline of future dispute and
enforcement measures was ?rather
good?, because it set out comprehensively the options available.
For Sir Paul, the issue boils down to a
relatively simple question that many in
Experts believe the decisions of the EU Court of Justice will still affect UK trade
the debate are overcomplicating: how
close does the UK want to remain to the
single market and the customs union?
He points out that there is an Efta court,
which pays close attention to rulings of
the Court of Justice of the EU.
?If the final Brexit treaty includes
provisions that keeps the UK close to
the single market and customs union,
then something will be needed to
resolve disputes ? a court or arbitration system,? Sir Paul says. ?And that
system is bound to look at what the
Luxembourg court does.?
Other senior lawyers agree. Bart Van
Vooren, a member of the Brexit team at
the Brussels office of the US law firm
Covington, argues that the government?s message indicated ?seeds of a
compromise? on the so far contentious
issue of the future role of the Court of
Justice. ?It seems that a soft EEA-style
Brexit is not off the books,? he says.
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However, before putting up the
bunting and celebrating detente
between London and Brussels, one
leading legal academic maintains that
the issues remain complicated.
Trevor Tayleur, an associate professor at the University of Law, points
out that if the government succeeds in
cutting a comprehensive free trade deal
with the EU, that agreement is likely to
contain wide-ranging provisions preventing the two sides from imposing
restrictions on importing each other?s
goods. Without an Efta-style court in
Queen?s
Counsel
Alex
Steuart
place, potential disputes could be
brought before the Supreme Court in
the UK and the highest court of
another member state, which would
have to refer to the EU?s Court of
Justice.
?This means that they could both
reach a different interpretation to the
Supreme Court?s,? Tayleur says. His
view is that the government?s position
paper makes valid suggestions on how
to deal with that eventuality.
One possibility is that an arbitration
panel would resolve any dispute arising
from the divergence of rulings between
the courts. And, in ?certain strictly
defined circumstances?, that panel
could be given the power to make a
voluntary reference to the EU?s top
court for an interpretation of the
UK-EU free trade agreement. ?In some
very limited situations,? Tayleur speculates, ?the Court of Justice of the EU
could be the final arbiter concerning
the interpretation of a free trade agreement. Similar considerations could
apply to the withdrawal agreement
between the UK and EU.?
Indeed, lawyers working on EU
cross-border matters were broadly
cheered by the government?s outline.
Diplomatically, they resist describing it
as a climb-down, but point out that the
mood music has changed considerably
since the heat of the referendum.
?This is a markedly different tone
from pre-referendum rhetoric,? says
William Healing, a partner at Alexiou
Fisher Phillips, a London law firm
specialising in EU cross-border family
cases. ?There appears a realisation that
in trade ? but also family law ? most
of the [EU] rules are procedural and
designed to make lives better and easier
and don?t meddle with our domestic
law. No one, apparently not even
ardent Brexiteers, seriously wants
those rules watered down.?
What were the
main challenges in
this case? The
courts below had
decided the case
against Unison on
the basis that the fees
were ?affordable?. We had to
persuade the Supreme Court
that this was the wrong test.
Many tribunal claims are
What?s the best decision you?ve
taken as a lawyer? Choosing to
be a barrister rather than a
solicitor. It felt like a big
risk at the time, but I
would never have been
happy if I had not been
an advocate.
Who has inspired you
in your career? Years
ago I heard a lecture by
Martin Gilbert, the great
historian of the
Holocaust. It was a
brilliant demonstration of the
persuasive power of understatement,
which I have never forgotten.
What?s the funniest thing that has
happened to you? I appeared in a
case with my brother, David, a
journalist, in which we were both
making submissions in favour of open
justice. He told the court: ?I agree
with everything my learned sister has
just said.? I treasure the memory of
this unique event.
What?s the best advice you?ve
received? My pupil supervisor,
Presiley Baxendale, stressed the
importance for a barrister of learning
to keep your mouth shut. I have seen
plenty of cases lost by barristers who
don?t know when to sit down.
Mention the General Data
Protection Regulation (GDPR),
which takes effect next May, and
invariably eyes glaze over. Not too
surprising, given that the title of
this EU regulation is lamentably
boring. Nonetheless GDPR is
potentially a game-changer and
requires compliance, regardless of
where we might be next spring en
route to Brexit. Hats off, then, to
Lewis Silkin, whose public
education video is commendably
lively, with slick and amusing
graphics that take you through the
?eleven things you must do to
prepare for GDPR?. It grabs your
attention by warning of the
enormous fine threatened for
those who are unprepared (up to
?20 million or 4 per cent of
annual turnover). Eleven Things is
guaranteed to stir you into action.
Patently disastrous
There was plenty of comment
about the government?s ambition
to free the UK from the
jurisdiction of the European Court
of Justice (ECJ). My favourite
came from Sally Shorthose, the
Brexit lead at Bird & Bird, who
observed that this would call into
question any possibility of the UK
remaining in the Unified Patent
Court, whose ultimate arbiter is
the ECJ. ?One wonders, therefore,
why the UK has announced that it
will ratify that system, when entry
into it followed by a hasty exit was
advised as being the worst course
of action,? Shorthose said. One
might suggest that ?following the
worst course of action? is now the
UK?s default position.
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for such modest amounts that no
sensible person would pay the
required fee to enforce their rights,
whatever their means. That is a
denial of access to justice.
Apathy cure
Editor Frances Gibb
Lawyer of the week Dinah Rose, QC
Dinah Rose, QC, of Blackstone
Chambers, acted for the trade union
Unison in the Supreme Court,
which ruled that fees of up to �200
introduced in 2013 for bringing an
employment tribunal claim were
unlawful. The government has
undertaken to reimburse
all fees paid.
The Chinese may be edging ahead
of the west in engineering, but
they have nothing to teach us in
the field of law, right? Well, not
necessarily. The latest newsletter
from Legal Futures alerts me to a
remarkable innovation in the city
of Hangzhou, an e-commerce hub,
where what is believed to be the
world?s first online court dealing
with cases linked to the internet
has been established. This means
that disputes arising from, say,
online shopping can be dealt with
by the court with all proceedings
conducted online. Typically cases
are done and dusted in 25 minutes.
Looks as if the future has arrived.
Times Law
020 7782 5000 frances.gibb@thetimes.co.uk
The Queen?s
Counsel Official
Lawyers?
Handbook,
Biteback, �.99
Court on the web
Which qualities should a lawyer
have? It is very important for a QC
leading a team to stay cheerful and
pay attention to morale, especially
in a long trial. The situation is
always pressured and everyone
works so hard.
What law would you enact?
Training for MPs in how our
constitution works. Too many seem
to lack knowledge of the rule of law
and its interaction with democracy.
How would you like to be
remembered? Very few barristers
are remembered. It is an ephemeral
profession and I am fine with that.
Linda Tsang
l_tsang@hotmail.com
Leading ladies
Closing today are nominations for
the Inspirational Women in Law
award, designed to recognise
trailblazers. Nominees can come
from any branch of the law,
including legal librarians and
barristers? clerks. They must be
working in the UK and have less
than ten years? experience. To
nominate someone visit http:/
first100years.org.uk/inspirationalwomen-in-law-award/
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Weather
Weather Eye
Paul Simons
Today A sunny start in places, but showers over western Britain will move east. Max 22C (72F), min 6C (43F)
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
Mainly dry at first, but
rain moving into western
Britain on Sunday
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
16
15
15
15
16
13
15
12
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16
13
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Britain. Many places will stay ?ne,
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At 17:00 on Wednesday there
were no ?ood alerts or warnings in
England, Wales or Scotland.
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updates, visit ?ood-warninginformation.service.gov.uk, and for
Scotland www.SEPA.org.uk
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t l winds will
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scattering of showers.
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E Anglia, E Eng: Most places will
have a dry and sunny morning, but
developing cloud will bring the risk of
scattered showers for the afternoon
and evening. Mainly light west or
southwesterly winds. Maximum
22C (72F), minimum 9C (48F).
Republic of Ireland, N Ireland: Some
reasonable sunny spells, but scattered
Brighton
CHANNEL
re also expected
showers are
expected, possibly
heavy. Light west or northwesterly
winds, more variable over southern
parts of Ireland. Maximum 18C (64F),
minimum 6C (43F).
Channel Is, SW Eng, Wales, W Mids,
NW and Cen N Eng, IoM, Lake District:
Scattered showers are expected,
expected locally
heavy with a risk of thunder, but with
some sunny intervals as well. Light
westerly winds. Maximum 19C (66F),
minimum 6C (43F).
NE Eng, Borders, Edinburgh and
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Dundee, Aberdeen, Moray Firth: A dry
and sunny start, but scattered showers
developing, heavy in places. Light and
variable winds. Maximum 19C (66F),
minimum 6C (43F).
SW Scotland, Glasgow, Cen Highland,
Argyll, NW and NE Scotland, N Isles:
A day of sunny spells and scattered
showers, the showers decreasing
from the west later. Light west or
northwesterly winds, more northerly
over the Northern Isles. Maximum
17C (63F), minimum 6C (43F).
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western Scotland, but for many places
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21
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Bristol
9
09:36
01:54
06:47
01:51
00:19
06:58
07:58
00:09
07:26
06:58
06:17
01:29
10:41
06:49
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05:30
01:24
07:06
06:41
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00:41
00:03
07:17
06:49
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11:55
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Oxford
Cardiff
6
16
Today
Aberdeen
Avonmouth
Belfast
Cardiff
Devonport
Dover
Dublin
Falmouth
Greenock
Harwich
Holyhead
Hull
Leith
Liverpool
London Bridge
Lowestoft
Milford Haven
Morecambe
Newhaven
Newquay
Oban
Penzance
Portsmouth
Shoreham
Southampton
Swansea
Tees
Weymouth
50
5
7
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Swansea
3
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15
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SEA
Channel Islands
17
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Shrewsbury
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outbreaks of rain. Brighter and drier in
the east with su
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spells.
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17
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Monday
25
Hull
19
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Liverpool
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20
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5
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Carlisle
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35
Newcastle
Galway
20
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Madeira
24
Madrid
31
Majorca
27
M醠aga
31
Malta
11
Melbourne
Mexico City 19
33
Miami
29
Milan
29
Mombasa
24
Montreal
14
Moscow
29
Mumbai
26
Munich
23
Nairobi
32
Naples
New Orleans 26
20
New York
29
Nice
31
Nicosia
16
Oslo
23
Paris
19
Perth
25
Prague
11
Reykjavik
22
Riga
Rio de Janeiro 23
40
Riyadh
31
Rome
San Francisco 19
11
Santiago
22
S鉶 Paulo
21
Seoul
29
Seychelles
29
Singapore
St Petersburg 18
21
Stockholm
16
Sydney
29
Tel Aviv
27
Tenerife
32
Tokyo
28
Vancouver
27
Venice
27
Vienna
23
Warsaw
Washington 19
29
Zurich
Sea
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(mph)
Flood alerts and warnings
1
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20 R
26 B
12 C
39 F
33 S
31 R
27 S
25 F
29 B
27 F
28 F
30 B
24 R
23 S
22 S
25 F
21 DU
31 F
34 B
12 S
14 C
21 S
18 M
31 S
31 B
42 F
17 S
25 S
34 F
27 F
30 S
24 S
24 F
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31 B
31 S
24 B
30 F
22 F
30 B
26 B
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Tomorrow
The world
Alicante
Amsterdam
Athens
Auckland
Bahrain
Bangkok
Barbados
Barcelona
Beijing
Beirut
Belgrade
Berlin
Bermuda
Bordeaux
Brussels
Bucharest
Budapest
Buenos Aires
Cairo
Calcutta
Canberra
Cape Town
Chicago
Copenhagen
Corfu
Delhi
Dubai
Dublin
Faro
Florence
Frankfurt
Geneva
Gibraltar
Harare
Helsinki
Hong Kong
Honolulu
Istanbul
Jerusalem
Johannesburg
Kuala Lumpur
Lanzarote
Las Palmas
Lima
Lisbon
Los Angeles
Luxor
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Synoptic situation
High pressure is expected to
move in from the west on
Friday, but for today a shallow
trough of low pressure is
expected to bring changeable
weather to much of Britain,
with a mixture of sunshine and
showers. Unsettled weather
is also expected across central
Europe, with a cold front
bringing showers or some
longer spells of rain.
Cold front
Warm front
Occluded front
Trough
Highs and lows
Hours of darkness
24hrs to 5pm yesterday
Aberdeen
Belfast
Birmingham
Cardiff
Exeter
Glasgow
Liverpool
London
Manchester
Newcastle
Norwich
Penzance
Shef?eld
Warmest: Helens Bay,
County Down, 19.2C
Coldest: Aboyne, 1.6C
Wettest:Achnagart,
Highlands, 15.4mm
Sunniest: Lerwick, 11.1hrs*
Sun and moon
For Greenwich
Sun rises: 06.11
Sun sets: 19.48
Moon rises: 16.20
Moon sets: 01.00
Full moon: Sept 6
20:38-05:41
20:48-06:01
20:28-05:49
20:31-05:55
20:31-05:58
20:44-05:52
20:34-05:51
20:19-05:43
20:31-05:48
20:31-05:43
20:15-05:36
20:38-06:07
20:28-05:45
H
omes across Britain are
experiencing an invasion
of great big spiders.
These are Tegenaria
gigantea and live up
to their name with legs spanning
up to 9cm (3.5in) long. They are
an arachnophobe?s nightmare
because they scurry out from
under sofas, crawl along skirting
boards or appear in plugholes.
The unwelcome guests are male
spiders looking for a mate,
a phenomenon that happens
at about this time every year.
Recently, though, the event
has spawned headlines such as
?Sex-starved spiders so big they
can set off your burglar alarm
are invading our homes?. Reports
have claimed that the spiders began
to scuttle indoors earlier than
normal this summer, around mid
August, because of the wet weather.
This is not the case, though, as
Professor Adam Hart of
Gloucestershire University
explained: ?We see this
phenomenon every year at the end
of August and early September
whatever the weather, as the spiders
roam around looking for a mate.?
Even though house spiders are
common across Britain, surprisingly
little is known about them. What
is clear is that for most of the year
the spiders usually live outdoors
in sheds, garages and gardens,
before venturing indoors in autumn.
And this isn?t the only spider
now making an appearance in
people?s homes. The smaller lace
web spider is also on the prowl
for a mate, and they are also
a common sight when heavy
rain leaves them flooded out
of their own homes.
The accolade for most terrifying
British spider seen inside homes
is probably Tegenaria parietina,
the cardinal spider, which has
been recorded with an impressive
12cm (4.7in) leg span. It lives
in southern England and for
some unknown reason is especially
common in Stamford, Lincolnshire.
It is named after Cardinal Wolsey,
who was said to be terrified
when he saw one at Hampton
Court Palace.
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Sport
CLIVE BRUNSKILL/GETTY IMAGES
Sharapova hits
back to stake
claim for title
US Open
Stuart Fraser Tennis Writer, New York
If Maria Sharapova continues to play
like she has in her first two matches at
the US Open then there are not many
players in the field capable of stopping
her.
Sharapova may have had to come
back from a set down against Timea
Babos, the world No 59 of Hungary, last
night for a 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-1 victory, but
the manner in which she was unleashing winners in the final two sets was
another ominous sign for her rivals.
There will still be doubts over her
endurance to win seven matches in a
fortnight, given the injury issues she
has experienced in recent months.
Winning back-to-back matches, for the
first time since her comeback tournament at the end of April, will provide a
confidence boost, though.
?I know I have played a lot of tennis
in the last couple of days compared to
the last few months,? Sharapova said. ?I
wanted to be the fittest player out there
at the end and I think I was.?
Sharapova lost the first tie-break she
has contested since the 2016 Australian
Open ? where she tested positive for
meldonium, which earned her a 15month ban ? to go one set down.
But Babos was left to rue a missed
opportunity to break for 4-2 in the
second set, and Sharapova hit back,
finishing the match with a total of 39
winners in two hours and 19 minutes.
?One match at a time,? Sharapova
said. ?Every chance I have to play out
here at the US Open is a special day.?
Meanwhile, Alexandr Dolgopolov
has said that he does not ?give a f***?
about the suspicious betting patterns
surrounding his recent first-round
defeat at the Winston-Salem Open and
insisted that he was giving his best
effort during the match.
Officials from the Tennis Integrity
Unit (TIU) have spoken with Dolgopol-
ov, the 28-year-old Ukrainian, after
several bookmakers suspended their
markets on the match.
A dramatic shift in odds took place
before the match in North Carolina on
August 20, caused by large amounts of
money being placed on his opponent,
Thiago Monteiro, who had initially
been the clear outsider but ended up
winning 6-3, 6-3 in just 55 minutes.
Yesterday, after winning his firstround match at the US Open against
Jan-Lennard Struff in five sets, Dolgopolov, the world No 64, was questioned
for the first time by journalists about
the controversy. Asked for his reaction
to the spike in betting before his match,
he replied: ?You want my honest
answer? I don?t give a f*** to be honest
because it?s like a circus.?
Dolgopolov confirmed that he has
handed the required information to the
TIU and is confident that no action will
be taken against him. ?I was giving my
best effort,? he said, adding that he felt
tired at the time.
Aljaz Bedene, the British No 3,
suffered a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 defeat in the first
round yesterday to Andrey Rublev, the
talented 19-year-old of Russia. After
waiting an extra 24 hours to play the
match because of torrential rain at
Flushing Meadow on Tuesday, Bedene
appeared flat, losing the first set in just
21 minutes and he failed to convert his
only break point of the match in the
third set.
John McEnroe has defended Andy
Murray for the timing of his withdrawal
from the tournament. Rafael Nadal is
among those to have suggested that the
Briton could have pulled out before the
draw was made, which would have led
to Roger Federer being placed in the
opposite half of the draw to Nadal.
?I don?t blame Murray at all because
he waited as long as he could to see if
that hip would react in a positive way, so
I think it?s just bad luck for him that it
didn?t,? McEnroe told Eurosport.
Revolutionary
drugs test for
next Olympics
continued from back
Sharapova
fought back
after losing
the first set
against Babos
stuart fraser?s us open diary
candid kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios was
candid in his press
conference after losing
6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 to
Australian compatriot
John Millman in the
first round. Asked if his
partnership with coach
S閎astien Grosjean
would continue, he
said: ?I?m not good
enough for him. I?m
not dedicated to the
game at all.?
bouchard slip
Eugenie Bouchard,
who was knocked out
in the first round
yesterday, admitted
she still has ?bad
memories? at Flushing
Meadows after slipping
in the locker room two
years ago. Her lawsuit
against the USTA has
still not reached a
settlement and looks
set to go to a trial.
parklife for roger
Roger Federer
surprised recreational
players on the courts
at Central Park by
turning up to practise
there yesterday rather
than travel out to
Flushing Meadows
Yesterday?s racing results
Musselburgh
Going: good to firm (good in places)
2.00 (7f 33yd) 1, Soldier?s Minute (Connor
Beasley, 9-2); 2, Mi Capricho (50-1); 3, Vj Day
(3-1). 8 ran. NR: Sunstorm. 2Kl, 1Kl.
K Dalgleish.
2.30 (1m 2yd) 1, Masarzain (Edward Greatrex,
15-8 fav); 2, Ellaal (10-1); 3, Relight My Fire
(10-1). 11 ran. 4Kl, nk. A Watson.
3.00 (1m 4f 104yd) 1, Mr Sundowner (Sammy Jo
Bell, 5-1); 2, Jonny Delta (9-2); 3, Tambour (2-1
fav). 7 ran. NR: Free State. Kl, 1Nl. W Storey.
3.30 (5f 1yd) 1, Kinloch Pride (P Mathers, 20-1);
2, Royal Brave (11-2); 3, Orient Class (6-1).
10 ran. Sh hd, hd. N Wilson.
4.00 (1m 208yd) 1, Alnasl (Edward Greatrex,
7-2); 2, Rosemay (11-2); 3, Prancing Oscar
(7-2). 8 ran. 2Nl, 1Ol. A Watson.
4.30 (1m 7f 217yd) 1, Adrakhan (Sammy Jo Bell,
11-4); 2, Tectonic (11-8 fav); 3, La Bacouetteuse
(13-8). NR: Kalann, Mr Davies, Slipper Satin.
Kl, 20l. W Storey.
5.00 (5f 1yd) 1, Suwaan (T Eaves, 5-2 fav);
2, Jeany (7-2); 3, Rapid Ranger (7-2). 8 ran. 1Kl,
1Kl. Mrs R Carr.
Placepot: �5.20.
Quadpot: �.30.
Lingfield Park
Going: good to firm (good in places)
1.40 (6f) 1, Malcolm The Pug (Hollie Doyle, 8-11
fav); 2, Red Trooper (6-4); 3, Head Space (33-1).
5 ran. NR: Fever Few, Tifl, Zanetto. 8l, 2Kl.
R Hannon.
2.10 (7f) 1, Gavota (James Doyle, 30-100 fav);
2, Unchaining Melody (14-1); 3, Qafilah (5-1).
9 ran. NR: Gilded Heaven, Goodnight Girl. 6l, Kl.
R Charlton.
2.40 (7f) 1, Teppal (J P Spencer, 11-4 jt-fav);
2, Awesometank (7-2); 3, Hollydaze (25-1).
10 ran. NR: Indicia. Nk, 4l. D Simcock.
3.10 (7f) 1, Dream of Delphi (Josephine Gordon,
16-1); 2, Mouchee (7-1); 3, Rock On Bertie
(5-1 jt-fav). 15 ran. 3Kl, 6l. W Haggas.
3.40 (6f) 1, Ocean Temptress (Jack Osborn,
7-2); 2, Whitecrest (5-1); 3, Major Valentine
(11-8 fav). 5 ran. NR: Under The Covers. Ol, 1l.
J Ryan.
4.10 (1m 1f) 1, Conistone (Josephine Gordon,
7-2 fav); 2, Luduamf (6-1); 3, Zoffanist (5-1).
7 ran. NR: Bed Of Diamonds. 1Ol, Ol. J Bethell.
4.40 (1m 2f) 1, Transmitting (Harry Bentley,
7-4 fav); 2, Silver Dixie (8-1); 3, Rock Icon (9-4).
7 ran. NR: Brasted, Solveig?s Song. 1Ol, nk.
E Vaughan.
5.10 (1m 3f 133yd) 1, Hermosa Vaquera (Hector
Crouch, 2-1 fav); 2, Ravenswood (11-4);
3, Halling?s Wish (7-2). 8 ran. NR: L?ami De
Rouge, Wassail. Hd, 5l. G Moore.
Placepot: �.50.
Quadpot: �.10.
Catterick
Going: good (good to firm in places)
1.50 (5f) 1, Cool Spirit (Joe Doyle, 1-2 fav);
2, Paco Escostar (40-1); 3, Feebs (50-1). 10 ran.
Kl, 2Nl. J Given.
2.20 (7f 6yd) 1, La Sioux (J Garritty, 7-2);
2, Nuns Walk (9-4 fav); 3, Eponina (11-4). 4 ran.
NR: Time Continuum. ns, 2l. R Fahey.
2.50 (1m 7f 189yd) 1, Question Of Faith (P
Hanagan, 5-2 fav); 2, Italian Riviera (11-4);
3, Bulas Belle (9-2). 6 ran. 2Kl, 5l. M Todhunter.
from Manhattan. He
will bid to beat Mikhail
Youzhny today for the
17th time in a row, the
streak stretching back
to November 2000.
boost for murray
Judy Murray was
?thrilled? after finally
receiving planning
permission for her
� million tennis
centre near Dunblane.
Her son, Andy, had
expressed fears for his
legacy in Scotland and
went to the public
inquiry into his
mother?s plans last year.
was contaminated by food or bacteria,
but that developing a saliva test would
be the next step. ?There is no point
looking for the drug, we need to look at
what is left behind,? he said. ?It can
detect the use of the drug after it has left
the system.
?Everything is in place to do this
properly. I am very optimistic. We will
do it with blood first and then move on
to testing saliva. It has been a bad few
years in terms of doping so I hope that,
with this new test, sport can come out
the other side.?
Pitsiladis?s research has included
ensuring that no ?false positives? ?
samples falsely returned as positive
even though they are drug-free ? are
produced by athletes training at
altitude. ?I have just done a large study
taking athletes from Cape Town to
Ethiopia so we can make sure that if
there is an overlap in markers we only
check for the ones produced by EPO,?
he added.
Ross Tucker, a sports scientist who
sits on World Rugby?s research panel,
said: ?If the new test can show DNA
fingerprints from taking drugs such as
EPO, then it could be a game-changer.?
A research project from the
2011 World Athletics Championships
reported that 30 per cent of athletes,
asked in an anonymous survey, said
that they had taken performanceenhancing drugs. The findings have
only just been published due to
wrangling by the IAAF and Wada over
how they should be made public.
Olivier Rabin, Wada?s science director, said that the organisation was
funding several projects looking at
saliva tests. He told The Times: ?This
project combines the interest in RNA as
a source of biomarkers and applying to
saliva as a possible alternative matrix to
urine and blood. The team of Yannis
Pitsiladis has received several grants
from Wada to develop new omic-based
biomarkers.?
The concussion trial in rugby will
require every player who has a suspected head injury to provide two millilitres
of saliva. Within ten minutes, they can
be declared injured or fit to play on.
Results
3.20 (7f 6yd) 1, Sakhee?s Return (D Allan,
8-1); 2, Lagenda (9-2); 3, Magical Effect (11-4
fav). 11 ran. NR: Michele Strogoff. Nk, nk.
T Easterby.
3.50 (5f 212yd) 1, Indian Pursuit (Jason Hart,
8-1); 2, Melaniemillie (2-1 fav); 3, Searanger
(9-4). 9 ran. 1Nl, Ol. J Quinn.
4.20 (5f 212yd) 1, Spirit of Zebedee (Jason Hart,
9-2); 2, Bold Spirit (9-2); 3, Willbeme (13-2).
8 ran. NR: Malaysian Boleh. 1l, 3Nl. J J Quinn.
4.50 (1m 4f 13yd) 1, Je Suis Charlie (Louis
Steward, 4-1); 2, Fire Leopard (7-2); 3, Mambo
Dancer (11-8 fav). 6 ran. 5l, 2Kl. M Bell.
5.20 (5f) 1, Penny Dreadful (R P Walsh, 12-1);
2, Landing Night (5-1); 3, Mininggold (8-1).
11 ran. NR: Caesar?s Comet. 3Nl, ns. S Dixon.
Placepot: �.20.
Quadpot: �.60.
Worcester
Going: good (good to firm in places)
4.35 (2m 7f ch) 1, Cuirassier Dempire (C
Gethings, 9-2); 2, Washed Ashore (10-3);
3, Doitforjoe (11-1). 7 ran. NR: Sheer Poetry.
8l, 1Ol. T George.
5.05 (2m 7f ch) 1, Sonneofpresenting (David
Bass, 15-8 fav); 2, Buachaill Alainn (7-2);
3, Gentleman Jon (7-2). 6 ran. Sh hd, 4Kl.
K Bailey.
5.35 (2m 7f hdle) 1, Katy P (C Gethings, 6-1);
2, Quarenta (4-1); 3, Vendredi Trois (7-1). 7 ran.
NR: Prince Kup. Nk, 8l. P J Hobbs.
6.05 (2m hdle) 1, Plato?s Kode (C O?Farrell, 11-8
fav); 2, Ortenzia (9-1); 3, Newt (20-1). 7 ran.
NR: Kereman. Nk, 10l. S Durack.
6.35 (2m 4f hdle) 1, Shanksforamillion (Richard
Patrick, 6-5 fav); 2, Maximus Maridius (9-1);
3, Racing Spirit (22-1). 8 ran. NR: Ring Eye. 3l, 7l.
Mrs D Hamer.
7.05 (2m hdle) 1, Horseshoe Bay (Harry
Skelton, 5-6 fav); 2, Mountain Path (5-1); 3,
Amadoue (5-2). 8 ran. 1Nl, 4l. D Skelton.
7.35 (2m 4f hdle) 1, Turn Turk (Mr H Hunt, 10-3
fav); 2, Miss Mash (5-1); 3, Milan Of Crystal
(6-1). 9 ran. 8l, nk. N Henderson.
Placepot: �.30.
Quadpot: �.50.
Kempton Park
Going: standard/slow
5.55 (1m) 1, Mahaarat (Jim Crowley, 3-1);
2, Harmonica (8-1); 3, Voicemail (4-1). 11 ran.
4l, 1Ol. Sir Michael Stoute.
6.25 (1m) 1, Mudallel (James Doyle, 2-1 fav);
2, Ventura Blues (8-1); 3, Under Control (13-2).
9 ran. Kl, 1l. E A L Dunlop.
6.55 (7f) 1, Euqranian (J P Spencer, 11-8 fav);
2, Deleyla (7-2); 3, Mooroverthebridge (33-1).
6 ran. NR: Diagnostic, Ristretto. 1Nl, 4Kl.
J Noseda.
7.25 (1m 3f 219yd) 1, Moonlight Silver
(M Dwyer, 16-1); 2, Rainbow Rising (10-1);
3, Kerrera (100-30). 8 ran. Nk, 1N. W R Muir.
7.55 (1m 2f 219yd) 1, Pivoine (T E Durcan, 7-2);
2, Tuff Rock (7-1); 3, Atkinson Grimshaw
(13-8 fav). 7 ran. 2Kl, Kl. Sir Michael Stoute.
8.25 (1m 7f 218yd) 1, Percy?s Word (S De Sousa,
3-1); 2, Nadaitak (6-5 fav); 3, Lethal Impact
(10-1). 5 ran. 1Ol, 2Kl. S Crisford.
8.55 (6f) 1, Inlawed (J P Spencer, 5-1); 2, See
You Mush (3-1 fav); 3, Vote (8-1). 10 ran.
NR: Queens Royale, Stopdworldnletmeof. 1l,
nk. Ed Walker.
Placepot: �.00.
Quadpot: �.30.
Cycling
La Vuelta
11th stage (Lorca to Calar Alto, 187.5km): 1,
M � L髉ez (Col, Astana) 5hr 5min 9sec; 2, C
Froome (GB, Team Sky) at 14sec behind; 3, V Nibali (It, Bahrain-Merida)same time. Leading
overall positions: 1, Froome 45:18:01; 2, V Nibali
(It, Bahrain-Merida) at 1min 19sec; 3, E Chaves
(Col, Orica-Scott) 2:33.
Tennis
US Open
Flushing Meadows, New York: Singles: Men: First
round: L Mayer (Arg) bt R Gasquet (Fr) 3-6, 6-2,
6-4, 6-2; B Fratangelo (US) bt I Karlovic (Cro) 7-6,
6-4, 3-6, 7-6; G Monfils (Fr) bt J Chardy (Fr) 7-6,
6-3, 6-4; T Berdych (Cz) bt R Harrison (US) 6-4,
6-2, 7-6; G Pella (Arg) bt S Darcis (Bel) 6-1, 6-2,
6-0; A Dolgopolov (Ukr) bt J-L Struff (Ger) 3-6,
6-3, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3; A Mannarino (Fr) bt R Berankis
(Lit) 6-2, 6-4, 6-2; G Dimitrov (Bul) bt V Safranek
(Cz) 6-1, 6-4, 6-2; T Daniel (Japan) bt T Paul (US)
6-1, 4-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2; M Youzhny (Russ) bt B Kavcic (Slovenia) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3; S Travaglia (It) bt
F Fognini (It) 6-4, 7-6, 3-6, 6-0; J Millman (Aus) bt
N Kyrgios (Aus) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1; D Dzumhur
(Bos) bt P Cuevas (Uru) 7-5, 7-6, 6-1; T Fritz (US)
bt M Baghdatis (Cyp) 6-4, 6-4, 6-3; V Troicki (Serbia) bt N Gombos (Slovakia) 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3;
A Rublev (Russ) bt A Bedene (GB) 6-1, 6-4, 6-4; F
Verdasco (Sp) bt V Pospisil (Can) 6-2, ret; D Goffin (Bel) bt J Benneteau (Fr) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2; J M
del Potro (Arg) beat H Laaksonen (Switz) 6-4,
7-6, 7-6; P Kohlschreiber (Ger) bt T Smyczek (US)
6-1, 6-4, 6-4; D Brown (Ger) bt T Bellucci (Br) 6-4,
6-3, 6-2; C-M Stebe (Ger) bt N Kicker (Arg) 5-7,
6-3, 6-1, 6-1; M Jaziri (Tun) bt T Monteiro (Br)
7-6, 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4; R Bautista (Sp) bt A Seppi
(It) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6. Women: First round: E Svitolina (Ukr) bt K Siniakova (Cz) 6-0, 6-7, 6-3; E
Rodina (Russ) bt E Bouchard (Can) 7-6, 6-1; T
Maria (Ger) bt A Kratzer (US) 6-1, 6-1; A Bogdan
(Rom) bt T Townsend (US) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3; S Kuznetsova (Russ) bt M Vondrousova (Cz) 4-6, 6-4,
7-6; O Jabeur (Tun) bt B Minor (US) 6-1, 7-5; S
Rogers (US) bt K Day (US) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4; N Hibino
(Japan) bt C Bellis (US) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5; D Allertova
(Cz) bt R Peterson (Swe) 6-2, 7-6; D Gavrilova
(Aus) bt A Kiick (US) 6-2, 6-1; A Radwanska (Pol)
bt P Martic (Cro) 6-4, 7-6; C Vandeweghe (US) bt
A Riske (US) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4; Y Putintseva (Kaz) bt
S Zhuk (Russ) 7-6, 6-3. Second round: M Sharapova (Russ) bt T Babos (Hun) 6-7, 6-4, 6-1.
Fixtures
Football
Kick-off 7.45
World Cup European qualifying: Group A:
Bulgaria v Sweden; France v Holland;
Luxembourg v Belarus. Group B: Hungary v
Latvia; Portugal v Faroe Islands; Switzerland v
Andorra. Group H: Belgium v Gibraltar; Cyprus v
Bosnia-Herzegovina; Greece v Estonia.
Cricket
Specsavers County Championship: Final day of
four (11.0; 80 overs minimum): First division:
Chelmsford: Essex v Somerset. Old Trafford:
Lancashire v Warwickshire. Kia Oval: Surrey v
Middlesex. Second division: Emirates Durham:
Durham v Derbyshire. Canterbury: Kent v
Leicestershire. Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire
v Northamptonshire. Worcester: Worcestershire v Gloucestershire.
Rugby league
Betfred Super League Super 8s: Leeds v Hull.
the times | Thursday August 31 2017
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1GM
Racing Sport
Chelmsford
Thunderer
1.20 To Arms
3.20 Medicean El Diablo (nap)
1.50 Almoreb
3.50 Lifeboat Lad
2.20 Piedita
4.20 Rocksette
2.50 Belle Meade 4.50 Nelson?s Touch
Going: standard
At The Races
Draw: no advantage
1.20
Novice Stakes (2-Y-O: �,291: 1m) (6)
1 AUSTRIAN SCHOOL 12 (D) M Johnston 9-7
F Norton
1 (6)
5 ASHINGTON 23 L Cumani 9-2
L Morris
2 (3)
4 CHILEAN 20 M Meade 9-2
O Murphy
3 (1)
5
KIND
ACT
13
(BF)
C
Appleby
9-2
James
Doyle
4 (2)
2 RUA AUGUSTA 20 K A Ryan 9-2
Kevin Stott
5 (4)
0 TO ARMS 14 J Gosden 9-2
R L Moore
6 (5)
9-4 Austrian School, Rua Augusta, 3-1 Kind Act, 8-1 others.
Thunderer?s choice: To Arms is bred to significantly
improve on a disappointing debut Danger: Rua Augusta
1.50
Handicap (�086: 1m) (10)
L Morris
(10) 52121 HONIARA 21 (B,D) P Cole 4-9-13
J Crowley
(5) 14612 ALMOREB 21 (D) R Hannon 3-9-8
M Harley
(2) 05600 GAMBIT 23 (V) T Dascombe 4-9-7
D Brock
(3) 06621 LONDON 154 (C,D) Phil McEntee 4-9-7
K Fox
(9) 10502 PENDO 22 (CD) John Best 6-9-7
116
GOLDEN
GOAL
16
(C,BF)
S
bin
Suroor
3-9-5
(8)
Paddy Bradley (5)
R Powell
7 (4) -1000 FLASHY SNAPPER 23 (D) S Crisford 3-9-5
D Tudhope
8 (7) 55261 FAYEZ 13 D O'Meara 3-9-3
1-55
OMEROS
50
(CD)
H
Palmer
3-9-3
James
Doyle
9 (1)
Kevin Stott
10 (6) -6210 ARMANDIHAN 33 (P) K A Ryan 3-9-2
3-1 Golden Goal, 4-1 Almoreb, Omeros, 8-1 Fayez, 10-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
Thunderer: Almoreb was beaten only by a progressive
gelding at Wolverhampton Dangers: Golden Goal, Omeros
2.20
Handicap (�175: 2m) (8)
4.50
Maiden Stakes (�175: 1m 5f 66y) (8)
62 BUMBLE BAY 13 (T) R Stephens 7-10-0
L Keniry
1 (4)
3 NELSON'S TOUCH 20 D Coakley 4-10-0
Fran Berry
2 (5)
S W Kelly
3 (6) 4032- STANLEY 303 (BF) R Hughes 4-10-0
L Morris
4 (1) 04-6 CARACAS 223 H Dunlop 3-9-5
MOBBHIJ S bin Suroor 3-9-5
O Murphy
5 (7)
6 (8) 44336 SECOND PAGE 23 (P) R Hannon 3-9-5 Rossa Ryan (7)
F Norton
7 (2) 00- FORTIA 294 D Ivory 3-9-0
James Doyle
8 (3) 02264 SILEEL 24 (V) E Dunlop 3-9-0
3-1 Mobbhij, Stanley, 9-2 Second Page, 6-1 Nelson's Touch, Sileel, 8-1 others.
Thunderer: Nelson?s Touch was encouraging when third
at Wolverhampton earlier this month Danger: Mobbhij
Bath
Thunderer
1.40 Just For The Craic 3.40 Paint
2.10 Tobouggaloo
4.10 Chalky
2.40 Snowy Winter (nb) 4.40 Oeil De Tigre
3.10 Dandilion
Going: good to firm (firm in places)
Draw: no advantage
At The Races
1.40
Handicap (2-Y-O: �264: 5f 10y) (13)
D O'Neill
1 (1) 643 DREAM PROSPECT 31 (BF) R Charlton 9-7
S Drowne
2 (10) 600 ALASKAN STAR 20 (P) Mrs A Perrett 9-5
3 (6) 35401 JUST FOR THE CRAIC 50 (D) N Mulholland 9-4 R Winston
4 (4) 4066 NOBRASSNOLASS 92 (P) T Dascombe 9-4 R Kingscote
David Egan (5)
5 (9) 04303 ZAIN SMARTS 31 P D Evans 9-4
Doubtful
6 (13) 0500 COVE BEACH 44 P Cole 9-3
Jenny Powell (5)
7 (5) 430 JONNYSIMPSON 75 B Powell 9-3
J Fortune
8 (11) 40004 GO BANANAS 16 (P) B Meehan 9-1
M Dwyer
9 (12) 060 CENT FLYING 73 W Muir 8-13
J Fahy
10 (7) 005 NAVARRA PRINCESS 15 D Cantillon 8-10
11 (3) 0040 RED FOR DANGER 9 (H) E Houghton 8-7 E Greatrex (3)
R Hornby
12 (8) 600 GO SANDY 21 Mrs L Williamson 8-7
Hollie Doyle (3)
13 (2) 006 FOLLOWING BREEZE 20 J Boyle 8-1
5-1 Zain Smarts, 11-2 Go Bananas, 6-1 Dream Prospect, 7-1 Just For The Craic,
9-1 Navarra Princess, Nobrassnolass, Red For Danger, 10-1 others.
Musselburgh
Thunderer
1.30 Brandy Station
3.30 Erinyes
2.00 Mountain Approach 4.00 Rajar
2.30 Claramara
4.35 My Girl Maisie
3.00 Raselasad
5.10 Lackaday
Going: good to firm (good in places)
Draw: no advantage
Racing UK
1.30
Novice Auction Stakes
(2-Y-O: �588: 5f 1y) (6)
B McHugh
1 (3) 0140 BRANDY STATION 8 (D) Tony Coyle 9-9
G Lee
2 (1) 66301 FUNKADELIC 17 (P,D) B Haslam 9-2
2 DEBAWTRY 14 D O'Meara 8-11
P Makin
3 (6)
J Fanning
4 (5) 330 ME BEFORE YOU 15 D O'Meara 8-11
0 PAVARELLA SHOES 15 N Wilson 8-11
P P Mathers
5 (2)
04 SITSI 17 B Smart 8-11
P Mulrennan
6 (4)
13-8 Debawtry, 3-1 Funkadelic, 4-1 Brandy Station, Me Before You, 10-1 others.
2.00
Handicap (2-Y-O: �588: 7f 33y) (11)
J Hart
(4) 403 BURNIEBOOZLE 23 J J Quinn 9-8
R Scott (5)
(5) 043 CUILLIN HILLS 31 K Dalgleish 9-7
C Beasley
(9) 40504 SITUATION 23 Richard Guest 9-6
A Mullen
(10) 03113 PLACEBO EFFECT 16 (D,BF) O Pears 9-5
(7) 0444 BIBBIDIBOBBIDIBOO 2 Mrs A Duffield 9-5
A McNamara (3)
6 (3) 064 MOUNTAIN APPROACH 23 (B) R Fahey 9-4 P Hanagan
T Eaves
7 (6) 04405 ARCHIE PERKINS 20 N Tinkler 9-2
D Allan
8 (1) 003 HAMBA MOYO 39 (B) T Easterby 9-0
R Ffrench
9 (8) 643P1 SOCIETY'S DREAM 19 K Burke 8-9
Joe Doyle
10(11) 0004 RAY PURCHASE 20 K Dalgleish 8-4
J Fanning
11 (2) 5000 LADYCAMMYOFCLARE 20 M Johnston 8-3
4-1 Placebo Effect, 11-2 Burnieboozle, 7-1 Cuillin Hills, Mountain Approach,
8-1 Hamba Moyo, Ray Purchase, Society's Dream, 12-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
2.30
Handicap (2-Y-O: �588: 7f 33y) (10)
Thunderer: Piedita had her Lingfield form franked by
Fitzwilly earlier this week
Danger: Taper Tantrum
D Muscutt
1 (6) 140-0 MAYASA 16 (B) J Flint 4-9-7
2 (5) 34216 MONSIEUR GLORY 12 (BF) T Clover 4-9-7 P Cosgrave
-3534
PASTORAL MUSIC 27 (P) H Morrison 4-9-2 R Winston
3 (2)
W Cox (7)
4 (1) 0511U TOBOUGGALOO 14 (D) W S Kittow 6-9-1
M Dwyer
5 (4) 02324 HEPPLEWHITE 2 (P,D,BF) W Muir 4-9-0
6 (3) 2-650 THE SALMON MAN 9 (V) B Powell 5-8-13 E Greatrex (3)
11-10 Tobouggaloo, 9-2 Monsieur Glory, 5-1 Hepplewhite, Pastoral Music,
12-1 The Salmon Man, 14-1 Mayasa.
A McNamara (3)
1 (10) 6654 VENTURA GOLD 40 R Fahey 9-8
S A Gray
2 (4) 4043 KYLIE RULES 21 Mrs A Duffield 9-8
3440
HERE
IN
THE
DARK
14
(P)
K
Dalgleish
9-7
G Lee
3 (5)
J Fanning
4 (8) 502 CLARAMARA 16 M Johnston 9-7
D Allan
5 (9) 454 RYEDALE ENCORE 17 T Easterby 9-5
T Eaves
6 (3) 640 FOXY LADY 24 K A Ryan 9-2
7 (2) 50261 KIKINI BAMALAAM 20 (CD) K Dalgleish 9-2 C Beasley
P Hanagan
8 (1) 006 SAXONROAD BOY 20 R Fahey 8-9
J Gormley (7)
9 (6) 50500 I AM DANDY 13 J Ewart 8-8
Joe Doyle
10 (7) 005 ORIENTAL POWER 20 J Goldie 8-3
3-1 Claramara, 7-2 Kikini Bamalaam, 4-1 Foxy Lady, 7-1 Ryedale Encore,
9-1 Kylie Rules, Ventura Gold, 10-1 Here In The Dark, 14-1 others.
2.50
2.40
3.00
Doubtful
1 (1) 1250- JACK BEAR 87J H Whittington 6-10-2
2 (2) 50222 TAPER TANTRUM 14 (P) Michael Bell 5-10-0 R L Moore
3 (8) 62145 BRACKEN BRAE 50 (CD) M Tompkins 5-9-13 J Haynes
T E Durcan
4 (5) -5434 MISTER BOB 19 (P,D) J Bethell 8-9-13
5 (3) 03/5- ARGANTE 29J (B,D,BF) H Spiller 8-9-11 Rossa Ryan (7)
L Morris
6 (7) 0-311 PIEDITA 10 (D) Sir M Prescott 3-9-5
Fran Berry
7 (4) 0601 DUKINTA 22 (V) H Palmer 3-9-3
O Murphy
8 (6) 04146 CONKERING HERO 19 J Tuite 3-9-0
5-4 Piedita, 4-1 Dukinta, 5-1 Taper Tantrum, 8-1 Bracken Brae, 10-1 others.
Fillies? Conditions Stakes
(�,013: 7f) (8)
A Atzeni
1 (8) 22-42 ALJULJALAH 54 (D) R Varian 4-9-5
S Levey
2 (6) 42011 BUMPTIOUS 22 (P,D) I Mohammed 4-9-5
G Wood
3 (1) -3054 ZEST 40 (V) J Fanshawe 4-9-5
D Probert
4 (3) 063-5 BELLE MEADE 19 A Balding 3-9-0
M Harley
5 (5) 14-64 CASTLEACRE 94 (H) J Tate 3-9-0
F Norton
6 (7) 12612 DUSKY MAID 17 (D,BF) J Given 3-9-0
O Murphy
7 (4) 02131 FLOURISHING 17 (D) Sir M Stoute 3-9-0
R L Moore
8 (2) 53113 RAVEN'S LADY 11 (D) M Botti 3-9-0
5-2 Raven's Lady, 4-1 Aljuljalah, Belle Meade, 13-2 Flourishing, 7-1 others.
Thunderer: Belle Meade, highly tried last year, should strip
fitter for her return Dangers: Raven?s Lady, Aljuljalah
3.20
Handicap (�175: 7f) (15)
1 (9) 33243 MAJOR CRISPIES 11 (T,B) D O'Meara 6-10-2 James Doyle
2 (3) 51243 SIEGE OF BOSTON 72 (T,CD,BF) J Butler 4-10-2 J Egan
J Mitchell
3 (10) 16000 CHORAL CLAN 24 (C,D) B Powell 6-10-2
D Brock
4 (1) -1162 MURDANOVA 108 (D) D Quinn 4-10-2
L Morris
5 (6) 32116 CAINHOE STAR 34 (CD,BF) A Carson 4-10-0
6 (4) 011-3 MEDICEAN EL DIABLO 49 (CD) J Fox 4-9-12 K O'Neill
S Levey
7 (7) 13060 RITA'S MAN 13 R Hannon 3-9-12
T Queally
8 (13) 52054 TOY THEATRE 33 (CD) M Appleby 3-9-12
20060
RED
GUNNER
22
(D)
D
O'Meara
3-9-11
D
Tudhope
9 (14)
10(15) -0524 THE HAPPY HAMMER 30 (CD,BF) E Stanford 11-9-7
Doubtful
Fran Berry
11 (2) 63016 ALFONSO MANANA 23 (B) J Given 3-9-7
24406
WIDNES
43
(B)
A
Bailey
3-9-7
Joshua
Bryan
(5)
12(11)
13(12) 12210 ISNTSHESOMETHING 94 (V,CD) Richard Guest 5-9-2
F Norton
S Donohoe
14 (8) 060-2 SENTINEL 229 (BF) C Fellowes 3-9-1
M Lane
15 (5) 50400 PORTO FERRO 28 (H,B) Dr J Scargill 3-9-0
9-2 Major Crispies, 5-1 Cainhoe Star, 6-1 Medicean El Diablo, 13-2 Siege Of
Boston, 8-1 Sentinel, 9-1 Toy Theatre, 10-1 Murdanova, 14-1 others.
Thunderer: Medicean El Diablo won here last year and shaped
well at Newbury Dangers: Cainhoe Star, Siege Of Boston
3.50
Handicap (�235: 1m 2f) (14)
T Queally
1 (8) 23046 THE DUKKERER 20 (CD) J Given 6-9-9
2 (13) 5-006 MIDNIGHT MOOD 22 (P,D) D Ffrench Davis 4-9-6 L Keniry
3 (9) 10600 MASTER OF HEAVEN 22 (P,CD) J Boyle 4-9-5 D Probert
Paddy Bradley (5)
4 (1) 00103 JUST FAB 24 (B,C) L Carter 4-9-5
G Wood (3)
5 (5) 3-000 LADY NAHEMA 35 M Bosley 4-9-3
A Fresu
6 (11) 05O05 KYSHONI 21 Mike Murphy 3-9-2
F Norton
7 (14) 000 LIFEBOAT LAD 66 D Ivory 3-9-1
T Clark (3)
8 (3) 62-00 LULU THE ROCKET 21 (H) J Butler 3-9-0
M Lane
9 (4) 45052 THE JUGGLER 21 (V) W Knight 4-8-13
P Sirigu
10 (6) 600-0 CHARLIE CHAPLIN 30 (T) R Eddery 3-8-12
Paula Muir (7)
11(12) 00000 COOKIE RING 37 (C) P Holmes 6-8-12
L Morris
12 (2) 5-004 UNDERSTORY 161 (D) T McCarthy 10-8-12
13(10) 40063 RIPPER STREET 21 Mrs C Dunnett 3-8-6 Jane Elliott (5)
K O'Neill
14 (7) 00006 JUMP AROUND 21 (T) Ali Stronge 3-8-5
3-1 The Juggler, 9-2 Just Fab, 13-2 Ripper Street, 8-1 Lulu The Rocket, The
Dukkerer, 10-1 Lifeboat Lad, 12-1 Lady Nahema, Understory, 16-1 others.
Thunderer: Lifeboat Lad is worth a chance up in trip on
handicap debut
Dangers: The Dukkerer, The Juggler
4.20
Handicap (�235: 1m 2f) (14)
J Duern (3)
(1) 00045 DOR'S LAW 9 (BF) D Ivory 4-9-7
(3) -0605 FIRST SUMMER 43J (P,CD) Shaun Harris 5-9-6 G Wood (3)
D Tudhope
(13) 60-43 CHILLI JAM 8 (P,BF) E De Giles 4-9-5
(5) 15560 STREET ART 22 (T,B,CD) Mike Murphy 5-9-5 S W Kelly
64460
TOMMY'S
SECRET
14
(P,C)
Jane
Chapple-Hyam
7-9-2
(6)
M Harley
6 (4) 53050 DUKES MEADOW 22 (C) R Ingram 6-9-2 Rhiain Ingram (7)
O Murphy
7 (11) 22005 CAHAR FAD 91 (T,B) S Hollinshead 5-9-1
8 (9) 0055- MASTER OF SONG 245 (P) S R Bowring 10-8-13 K Lundie (5)
L Morris
9 (12) 6400 STRAGAR 92 M Appleby 3-8-12
Milly Naseb (7)
10(14) 0-400 AVOCET 45 Miss J Feilden 4-8-12
04340
CONISTONE
16
J
Bethell
3-9-3(6ex)
T
E
Durcan
11 (7)
D Probert
12 (2) 05524 ROCKSETTE 10 P Hide 3-8-7
J Egan
13(10) 00004 SEVENTII 22 R Eddery 3-8-5
14 (8) 40-06 YORKSHIRE STAR 7 (P) W G M Turner 3-8-5 N Garbutt (3)
7-2 Chilli Jam, 9-2 Rocksette, 13-2 Stragar, 7-1 Seventii, 15-2 others.
1
2
3
4
5
Thunderer: Rocksette shaped well at Lingfield last time and
remains unexposed Dangers: Cahar Fad, Tommy?s Secret
Blinkered first time: Bath 2.10 The Salmon Man. 3.40 Captain
Kissinger. Chelmsford 1.50 Gambit. Musselburgh 2.00
Mountain Approach. Sedgefield 4.30 Lowcarr Motion. 6.30
Cooper?s Friend. Wolverhampton 6.40 Revenge, Just For Fun.
2.10
Handicap (�911: 1m 3f 137y) (6)
Handicap (3-Y-O: �911: 1m 3f 137y) (9)
M Fernandes (7)
1 (9) -6502 MY BROTHER MIKE 13 K Frost 9-8
2 (3) 0143 SNOWY WINTER 13 (T) A Watson 9-8 E Greatrex (3)
00240
HIGH WELLS 22 (B) S Durack 9-7
R Winston
3 (6)
David Egan (5)
4 (7) 05035 TRAUTMANN 16 D M Loughnane 9-2
T Ladd (7)
5 (8) 01041 AFFAIR 12 (C,D) H Morrison 9-1
P Cosgrave
6 (2) -5030 MASTERFILLY 23 E Walker 9-1
S Drowne
7 (5) -0364 HENRY DID IT 22 A Carroll 8-10
8 (4) 0503 CASEMATES SQUARE 9 I Williams 8-7 Josephine Gordon
R Hornby
9 (1) 0-00 STREET JESTER 215 R Stephens 8-7
7-2 Casemates Square, 4-1 Affair, 6-1 Snowy Winter, Trautmann, 7-1 others.
3.10
Handicap (�140: 5f 10y) (8)
1 (6) 61204 POWERFUL DREAM 27 (P,CD) R Harris 4-9-12
Josephine Gordon
01 LOOK SURPRISED 17 (D) R Teal 4-9-9
M Godwin (5)
2 (4)
3 (7) -0640 BROADHAVEN HONEY 55 (H,D) R Harris 3-9-7 S Hitchcott
S Drowne
4 (2) 31500 ARCHIMEDES 4 (T,P,CD) D Griffiths 4-9-7
5 (8) 33166 CORONATION COTTAGE 14 (C) M Saunders 3-9-6
C Bennett (3)
P Cosgrave
6 (3) 23131 DANDILION 55 (T,D) A Hales 4-9-4
7 (5) 00655 SWENDAB 6 (B,CD) John O'Shea 9-9-3 David Egan (5)
D Sweeney
8 (1) -0000 CANDELARIA 26 (P) Jonjo O'Neill 4-8-9
3-1 Dandilion, 9-2 Candelaria, Look Surprised, 13-2 Powerful Dream, 7-1 others.
3.40
Handicap (2-Y-O: �976: 1m) (10)
D O'Neill
1 (1) 430 GOLDEN FOOTSTEPS 15 E Walker 9-7
Hollie Doyle (3)
2 (10) 034 PAINT 22 R Hannon 9-6
T J Murphy
3 (6) 003 MR LARGE 26 J Osborne 9-6
R Winston
4 (7) 053 GIOVANNI MEDICI 36 S Durack 9-3
P C O'Donnell (5)
5 (9) 0065 FONT VERT 23 R Beckett 9-0
S Drowne
6 (4) 0530 FAR DAWN 23 S Crisford 8-11
C Bishop
7 (2) 53212 GIVE EM A CLUMP 6 P D Evans 8-11
D Sweeney
8 (8) 0545 CAPTAIN KISSINGER (B) J Hughes 8-8
R Da Silva
9 (5) 0040 DARK BLUE 23 M Channon 8-5
David Egan (5)
10 (3) 0002 MILAN REEF 23 D Loughnane 8-4
100-30 Paint, 4-1 Give Em A Clump, 9-2 Milan Reef, 7-1 others.
4.10
Maiden Fillies? Stakes
(�105: 1m) (6)
J Fortune
1 (6) 22- GOOD WAY OFF L Cumani 4-9-6
D O'Neill
2 (2) 6-24 AWFAA 24 (BF) Sir M Stoute 3-9-0
23 CHALKY 24 M Meade 3-9-0
D Sweeney
3 (4)
EASTERN A Balding 3-9-0
R Hornby
4 (1)
C Bishop
5 (3) 32-66 HOLIDAY GIRL 141 E Houghton 3-9-0
TRIPLE FIRST J S Mullins 3-9-0
S Drowne
6 (5)
11-4 Chalky, 3-1 Awfaa, 7-2 Good Way Off, Holiday Girl, 11-2 others.
4.40
Apprentice Handicap
(�690: 5f 160y) (9)
Finley Marsh
1 (2) 32066 SWANTON BLUE 11 E De Giles 4-9-13
2 (7) 36543 SHOWMETHEWAYAVRILO 8 (CD) M Saunders 4-9-10
Katherine Glenister
3 (9) 04136 OEIL DE TIGRE 14 (CD) A Carroll 6-9-9 Sophie Ralston (3)
David Egan
4 (3) 04011 JAGANORY 12 (P,CD) C Mason 5-9-5
5 (5) 54445 ENTERTAINING BEN 13 (T) A Murphy 4-9-3 D Keenan (3)
65535
ESSAKA 12 (D) A Carroll 5-8-10
Aled Beech
6 (1)
M Fernandes
7 (8) 41023 BURAUQ 12 (V,CD) J M Bradley 5-8-10
W Cox
8 (4) 05500 TALLY'S SONG 3 (P) G Harris 4-8-10
9 (6) -6604 AMBITIOUS BOY 20 (D) John O'Shea 8-8-10 G Malune
3-1 Jaganory, 9-2 Showmethewayavrilo, 5-1 Essaka, 11-2 Burauq, 7-1 others.
Course specialists
Bath: Trainers B Meehan, 16 from 50 runners,
32.0%; R Charlton, 18 from 57, 31.6%.
Jockey J Fortune, 13 from 58 rides, 22.4%.
Chelmsford: Trainers S bin Suroor, 27 from 73,
37.0%; Richard Guest, 7 from 25, 28.0%.
Jockey R L Moore, 24 from 55, 43.6%.
Musselburgh: Trainers W Haggas, 8 from 19,
42.1%; K A Ryan, 20 from 92, 21.7%.
Jockey C Beasley, 23 from 114, 20.2%.
Sedgefield: Trainers N Mulholland, 14 from 29,
48.3%; J Snowden, 4 from 9, 44.4%.
Jockeys A Coleman, 3 from 11, 27.3%.
Wolverhampton: Trainers A Watson, 7 from 17,
41.2%; S bin Suroor, 39 from 108, 36.1%.
Jockey Mr S Walker, 12 from 36, 33.3%.
Handicap (3-Y-O: �469: 7f 33y) (5)
R Ffrench
1 (2) 31255 RASELASAD 19 (D) Miss T Waggott 9-10
J Hart
2 (4) 41016 THE STALKING MOON 20 (CD) J J Quinn 9-7
T Eaves
3 (3) 21-00 TROOPER'S GOLD 103 (D) K A Ryan 9-4
4 (5) 14100 OUR CHARLIE BROWN 19 (CD) T Easterby 9-3 D Allan
R Scott (5)
5 (1) 03150 INGLORIOUS 8 (P,D) K Dalgleish 8-10
2-1 Our Charlie Brown, 5-2 The Stalking Moon, 4-1 Raselasad, 9-2 others.
3.30
Fillies? Handicap
(�235: 1m 4f 104y) (6)
G Lee
1 (5) 21245 LIVELLA FELLA 12 (C) K Dalgleish 4-10-0
R Scott (5)
2 (6) 00335 WOR LASS 8 (C) D Whillans 9-10-0
6-10
ERINYES
26
(P,D)
A
Watson
3-9-7
P
Mulrennan
3 (1)
P Makin
4 (2) 35310 FIRE LEOPARD 12 (H,D,BF) D O'Meara 3-9-5
J Fanning
5 (4) 33413 BONNIE ARLENE 17 M Johnston 3-9-2
6 (3) 51-55 GOLD CHAIN 5J (H,P) Mrs D Sayer 7-9-0 Phil Dennis (3)
2-1 Bonnie Arlene, 4-1 Erinyes, Fire Leopard, 5-1 Livella Fella, Wor Lass,
12-1 Gold Chain.
4.00
Fillies? Handicap (�704: 7f 33y) (6)
P Hanagan
1 (2) 3-336 RAJAR 189 (H) R Fahey 3-9-8
J Fanning
2 (1) 32111 PEACH MELBA 10 (D) M Johnston 3-9-4
3124
TIRANIA
47
W
Haggas
3-9-2
P
Mulrennan
3 (5)
D Allan
4 (3) 15242 ALPINE DREAM 20 (H,B) T Easterby 4-8-11
A Mullen
5 (4) 54054 FOREVER A LADY 6 (D) K Dalgleish 4-8-7
D Fentiman
6 (6) 46103 MAUREB 20 (P,D) Tony Coyle 5-8-7
10-11 Peach Melba, 5-1 Alpine Dream, Tirania, 6-1 Rajar, 12-1 others.
4.35
Handicap (3-Y-O: �588: 7f 33y) (8)
T Eaves
1 (3) 03000 TAGUR 23 K A Ryan 9-7
G Lee
2 (7) 45242 JACK BLANE 17 (P,D) K Dalgleish 9-5
C Beasley
3 (4) 15602 MY GIRL MAISIE 5 Richard Guest 9-2
6-065
QUIET MOMENT 24 (H) K Dalgleish 9-1
P Mulrennan
4 (8)
D Allan
5 (5) 56061 COSMIC SKY 34 (H,D) T Easterby 9-1
J Hart
6 (1) 00066 TRICK OF THE LYTE 36 J J Quinn 8-12
7 (2) 0-006 I DARE TO DREAM 34 (P) Mrs L Williamson 8-7 Joe Doyle
A Mullen
8 (6) 0-000 HOT GOSSIP 16 Mrs D Sayer 8-7
9-4 Jack Blane, 100-30 My Girl Maisie, 4-1 Cosmic Sky, 6-1 Quiet Moment,
13-2 Trick Of The Lyte, 8-1 Tagur, 25-1 I Dare To Dream, 33-1 Hot Gossip.
5.10
Handicap (�588: 5f 1y) (10)
B Robinson (5)
(4) 23231 HADLEY 16 (P) Miss T Waggott 4-9-7
B McHugh
(7) 000-0 SUNNYSIDE BOB 21 (P) N Bycroft 4-9-5
(3) 33100 SEE VERMONT 9 (B,CD) R Bastiman 9-9-5 D Fentiman
(9) 31500 LACKADAY 36 (P,D) N Wilson 5-9-5 Natalie Hambling (7)
Sean Mooney (7)
(2) 26046 GONINODAETHAT 8 J Goldie 9-9-5
(5) 00655 GROUNDWORKER 47 (T,D) P Midgley 6-9-1 P Mulrennan
(8) 22334 LADY JOANNA VASSA 6 (H,P,D,BF) Richard Guest 4-8-9
C Beasley
8 (6) 35040 THORNABY PRINCESS 55 (P,CD) C Teague 6-8-7 R Ffrench
9 (1) 00-20 RED FOREVER 24 (D) T Cuthbert 6-8-7
Rachel Richardson (3)
Joe Doyle
10(10) 00360 BRENDAN 17 (H) J Goldie 4-8-7
3-1 Hadley, 4-1 Lady Joanna Vassa, 5-1 See Vermont, 8-1 Goninodaethat,
Lackaday, Thornaby Princess, 10-1 Red Forever, 12-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Wolverhampton
Thunderer
5.40 Wolfcatcherjack
7.40 Merkava
6.10 Hyperloop
8.10 Envisaging
6.40 Sienna Says
8.40 Beadlam
7.10 Top Of The Bank
Going: standard
At The Races
Draw: 5f and 7f, low numbers best
5.40
Amateur Riders? Handicap
(�808: 1m 4f 51y) (7)
1 (5) 03205 GABRIAL THE TERROR 43 (CD) P Morris 7-11-0
Mr S Walker
2 (2) 40432 BEST EXAMPLE 14 Miss J Feilden 5-10-11 Mr R Birkett
3 (4) -3600 GABRIAL THE DUKE 33 (P,C,D) P Morris 7-10-5
Miss A McCain (3)
4 (7) 00011 WOLFCATCHERJACK 9 (D) Sir M Prescott 3-10-5
Miss S Brotherton
5 (3) 43446 ESTIBDAAD 22 (T,D) P Butler 7-10-2 Miss M Bryant (5)
6 (1) 000/ YORKSHIRE MONARCH 1202 S Hollinshead 6-9-12
Mr S Hawkins (7)
7 (6) 0/00- MADRASA 420 (H,T) K Wingrove 9-9-9
Miss L K Hammond (7)
1-2 Wolfcatcherjack, 7-2 Best Example, 10-1 Estibdaad, Gabrial The Terror,
14-1 Gabrial The Duke, 50-1 Madrasa, Yorkshire Monarch.
Russell case re-opened
Mark Souster Racing Writer
The Turf Club in Ireland yesterday
re-opened the case of the punch
administered to his horse by Davy
Russell and asked its appeals board to
review the sanction given to the jockey
on the grounds that it was too lenient.
There has been widespread consternation that Russell, who was given only
a caution on Saturday by a stewards?
panel, escaped so lightly after footage
of him striking Kings Dolly at Tramore
on August 18 appeared on social media.
The Irish Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals said that Russell?s
actions were ?completely unacceptable?, and the Turf Club responded
6.10
Maiden Stakes
(�073: 1m 1f 104y) (11)
0 CABLE CAR 28 (P) J Flint 6-9-12
D Muscutt
0 CRYSTAL SUNSTONE 22 E Houghton 3-9-5 E Greatrex (3)
FINTECH (T) Mrs I G'-Leveque 3-9-5
A Beschizza
322 HYPERLOOP 37 W Haggas 3-9-5
P Cosgrave
5 IN DREAMS 28 (P) B Meehan 3-9-5
T Marquand
5 MESBAAR 87 (BF) R Varian 3-9-5
S De Sousa
2 MILITARY PARADE 23 S bin Suroor 3-9-5
Josephine Gordon
POWER SURGE R Beckett 3-9-5
P Dobbs
8 (7)
SHANGHAI SHANE B Barr 3-9-5
Cal Rodriguez (5)
9 (2)
33 PERFECT SPY 23 L Cumani 3-9-0
H Bentley
10 (8)
40 WAITING A LOT 58 D O'Meara 3-9-0
D Nolan
11 (6)
13-8 Hyperloop, 7-4 Military Parade, 7-2 Mesbaar, 10-1 Perfect Spy,
20-1 Power Surge, 25-1 Crystal Sunstone, In Dreams, 50-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
(4)
(9)
(10)
(1)
(5)
(11)
(3)
6.40
Handicap (2-Y-O: �426: 6f 20y) (13)
1 (12) 0422 CHRISTMAS NIGHT 17 O Pears 9-7 Cal Rodriguez (5)
R Winston
2 (6) 6353 SIENNA SAYS 22 (BF) A Carroll 9-7
D Nolan
3 (4) 55060 HIGHLAND BOBBY 16 D O'Meara 9-4
P McDonald
4 (5) 350 MARSH STORM 34 K Burke 9-4
S De Sousa
5 (10) 05062 LAURA KNIGHT 9 (P) G L Moore 9-4
R Kingscote
6 (11) 5064 SILVER BULLET 9 (V) T Dascombe 9-2
T Hamilton
7 (3) 4545 JUST FOR FUN 16 (B) R Fahey 9-1
A Beschizza
8 (9) 52553 TERRI RULES 13 Miss J Feilden 9-0
J Garritty
9 (1) 640 REVENGE 101 (B) T Easterby 8-12
B A Curtis
10 (2) 54524 LLAMREI 13 J Hughes 8-12
11(13) 0060 BULLSEYE BULLET 15 (P) M Usher 8-11 Nicola Currie (7)
T Marquand
12 (7) 0646 OWEN THE LAW 41 P D Evans 8-10
A Rawlinson
13 (8) 00530 HOPE AND GLORY 19 T Dascombe 8-10
4-1 Sienna Says, 5-1 Laura Knight, 11-2 Llamrei, 7-1 Just For Fun, 15-2 Silver
Bullet, 8-1 Terri Rules, 10-1 Hope And Glory, 14-1 Highland Bobby, 16-1 others.
7.10
Handicap (�426: 6f 20y) (13)
S De Sousa
(5) 64553 COMMANCHE 14 (B,CD) C Dwyer 8-9-13
(6) 44522 INDIAN AFFAIR 13 (T,B,CD) J M Bradley 7-9-12 M Dwyer
(1) 30050 TOP OF THE BANK 20 (P,CD) K Stubbs 4-9-12 T Hamilton
(12) 66001 NEWSTEAD ABBEY 13 (P,CD) M Herrington 7-9-12
P McDonald
5 (9) -1064 MAD ENDEAVOUR 29 (B,CD) W S Kittow 6-9-10 B A Curtis
D C Costello
6 (7) 41232 TOOTY FRUITTI 21 (C) J Hughes 3-9-9
J Garritty
7 (10) 02101 BOGSNOG 20 (CD) Mrs R Carr 7-9-7
8 (4) 3-352 TRIPLE DREAM 13 (D) J M Bradley 12-9-6
Kerrie Raybould (7)
9 (8) 00-00 GAMBINO 134 (C) J Riches 7-9-6 Connor Murtagh (7)
10(11) -0263 CANADIAN ROYAL 9 (T) S C Williams 3-9-4 R Kingscote
H Bentley
11 (3) 04000 HURRICANE ROCK 21 S Dow 4-8-8
J Quinn
12(13) 60006 ODDSOCKS 9 A Carroll 5-8-7
13 (2) 0-006 DRAMATIC VOICE 22 K Cunningham-Brown 4-8-7 L Jones
4-1 Indian Affair, 9-2 Newstead Abbey, 11-2 Bogsnog, 7-1 Canadian Royal,
Commanche, Tooty Fruitti, 9-1 Triple Dream, 11-1 Mad Endeavour, 14-1 others.
1
2
3
4
7.40
Novice Auction Stakes
(2-Y-O: �426: 7f 36y) (12)
1 (7) 16363 ANOTHER DAY OF SUN 21 M Channon 9-9 S De Sousa
C Lee (3)
2 (11) 52213 STAR OF ZAAM 26 (P,BF) K Burke 9-9
GRIPPER R Beckett 9-2
P Dobbs
3 (9)
35 MERKAVA 21 R Brisland 9-2
T Marquand
4 (4)
3 MOXY MARES 26 D M Loughnane 9-2
S Drowne
5 (6)
03 OJALA 17 S Dow 9-2
Paddy Bradley (5)
6 (3)
SEABOROUGH A King 9-2
Doubtful
7 (5)
TIPI C Wallis 9-2
A Beschizza
8 (12)
5 TOMMY SHELBY 80 R Fahey 9-2
T Hamilton
9 (10)
0 CALVIN'S GAL 45 L McJannet 8-11
D Brock
10 (1)
03 EESHA BEAUTY 24 M Botti 8-11
H Bentley
11 (8)
LAYTOWN J Osborne 8-11
D C Costello
12 (2)
3-1 Eesha Beauty, 7-2 Moxy Mares, 4-1 Another Day Of Sun, 13-2 Star Of
Zaam, 10-1 Ojala, 11-1 Merkava, 12-1 Tommy Shelby, 14-1 others.
8.10
Handicap (�852: 7f 36y) (12)
T Hamilton
1 (9) 02650 FLORENCIO 19 (P,C) R G Fell 4-9-9
B A Curtis
2 (12) 10460 ZAPPER CASS 26 Tony Coyle 4-9-7
R Winston
3 (5) 23002 KINGSLEY KLARION 50 (C) J Butler 4-9-6
L Keniry
4 (11) 3-213 MEHDI 201 (D) P Morris 8-9-5
5 (2) 33-02 ENERGIA FLAVIO 51 P Morris 7-9-4 Cal Rodriguez (5)
A Rawlinson
6 (6) 55240 RED TOUCH 86 (C,D) M Appleby 5-9-4
E Greatrex (3)
7 (7) 1V000 ALKASHAAF 50 (T,P) A Watson 3-9-4
J Quinn
8 (1) 5-404 ROUGE NUAGE 14 (CD) C Allen 7-9-3
S De Sousa
9 (8) 24243 ENVISAGING 15 (T) J Fanshawe 3-9-2
10 (3) 00463 MIRACLE GARDEN 31 (P,C) I Williams 5-9-2
M Fernandes (7)
Josephine Gordon
11(10) -0000 ACCURATE 33 I Williams 4-9-2
12 (4) 05200 SOPHISTICATED HEIR 12 (C,D) K Frost 7-9-2 D C Costello
7-2 Envisaging, 5-1 Kingsley Klarion, 6-1 Energia Flavio, 13-2 Miracle Garden,
7-1 Rouge Nuage, 8-1 Zapper Cass, 10-1 Mehdi, 14-1 others.
8.40
Handicap (�426: 7f 36y) (12)
T Hamilton
(1) 01013 BEADLAM 17 (P,CD) R G Fell 4-9-10
(11) 01565 KNOW YOUR NAME 13 (CD) D McCain 6-9-10 D Nolan
S De Sousa
(8) 02232 FLOWER CUP 21 (B,BF) C Dwyer 4-9-8
C Hardie
(4) 45044 TAFTEESH 90 (D,BF) M W Easterby 4-9-7
(3) 50316 BELL HEATHER 33 (CD) P Morris 4-9-6 Cal Rodriguez (5)
(6) 32030 CALEDONIA LAIRD 17 (B,CD) J Hughes 6-9-6
Josh Quinn (7)
L Keniry
7 (10) 40330 ART'S DESIRE 31 (BF) E Walker 3-9-5
53213
ROBBIE ROO ROO 41 (T,V,C,D) Mrs I G'-Leveque 4-9-5
8 (9)
A Beschizza
9 (7) 11036 A SURE WELCOME 17 (P,CD) J Spearing 3-9-3 T Marquand
H Bentley
10 (2) -0056 IFTITAH 15 (T,B,D) G Peckham 3-9-2
11 (5) 05040 CAPTAIN HAWK 17 (P) I Williams 3-9-2 Josephine Gordon
S Drowne
12(12) 03204 JOYS DELIGHT 17 D M Loughnane 3-9-2
4-1 Flower Cup, 5-1 Robbie Roo Roo, 6-1 Caledonia Laird, 15-2 Tafteesh,
8-1 A Sure Welcome, Art's Desire, 10-1 Beadlam, Bell Heather, 14-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
last night by releasing a statement,
which said: ?The Registrar of the INHS
[Irish National Hunt Steeplechase]
Committee, using his powers under
Rule 27(i), has asked the Appeals Body
to review the sanction imposed on
Davy Russell on the grounds that it was
unduly lenient.?
Hayley Turner has three rides in
France today as she embarks on a new
career across the Channel, taking
advantage of the 2kg weight allowance
available to female riders there.
Turner, Britain?s most successful
female jockey, retired from riding in
2015 and works for ITV Racing and At
The Races, but she has made several
returns to the saddle since.
Sedgefield
Thunderer
4.30 Lady Vivona
6.30 Muwalla
5.00 Gibson Park
7.00 Bal De Rio
5.30 Stealing Mix
7.30 Shrubland
6.00 Honyktonktennessee
Going: good
At The Races
4.30
Handicap Hurdle
(�599: 2m 5f 34y) (12)
330-P HONEST INTENT 25 (H) R Thompson 6-11-12 N Moscrop (5)
-2PPP LOWCARR MOTION 43 (V,D) M D Hammond 7-11-11 H Brooke
0-014 ANGE DES MALBERAUX 5 (B,C,BF) J Ewart 7-11-10
Steven Fox (5)
4 P5P-6 EVER SO MUCH 75 (P,C,D) B Haslam 8-11-10 R McLernon
B Hughes
5 223U6 SENDIYM 29 (CD) Mrs D Sayer 10-11-2
W Kennedy
6 P6-06 IRISH HAWKE 35 (T) D McCain 5-11-0
5-43 MATHAYUS 40 Mrs S Smith 4-10-13
S W Quinlan
7
R Hogg (7)
8 000P- CULLY MAC 274 Andrew Wilson 6-10-12
9 20534 BYGONES FOR COINS 11 (T,P) K Johnson 9-10-6 T Dowson (5)
10 63P6P DAYDREAM ISLAND 40 S Walton 7-10-0 Ross Chapman (5)
11 300-5 LADY VIVONA 105 Miss L Harrison 9-10-0 L Murtagh (5)
A Nicol
12 40-P0 GASOLINE 46 M Sowersby 5-10-0
11-4 Sendiym, 7-2 Ange Des Malberaux, 7-1 Ever So Much, 8-1 Bygones For
Coins, Lady Vivona, Lowcarr Motion, 10-1 Irish Hawke, 16-1 others.
1
2
3
5.00
Novices? Hurdle (�249: 2m 178y) (7)
W Kennedy
1 0-112 MAN LOOK 15 (CD,BF) D McCain 5-11-4
H Skelton
2 01-22 GIBSON PARK 57 (D,BF) D Skelton 4-11-3
L Edwards
3 5-053 PATIENCE TONY 27 (P,C,D) L Egerton 6-10-12
EEZ EH 29F K Dalgleish 4-10-11
C Nichol
4
C Bewley (3)
5 0-430 STRONG TEAM 25 C Grant 4-10-11
STRUMMER 21F K A Ryan 4-10-11
B Hughes
6
AMERICAN HUSTLE 44F B Ellison 5-10-5
H Brooke
7
11-8 Man Look, 6-4 Gibson Park, 9-1 Strummer, 11-1 Eez Eh, 14-1 others.
5.30
Novices? Handicap Chase
(�899: 2m 77y) (5)
H Skelton
1 1-360 ASHOKA 44 (T,P,D) D Skelton 5-11-12
J Davies
2 053-2 CAPSY DE MEE 28 J Snowden 5-11-7
P Brennan
3 2F3-4 PEMBA 28 (D) F O'Brien 5-11-4
N Fehily
4 1-022 STEALING MIX 11 (T) N Mulholland 7-11-1
S W Quinlan
5 -3445 PERSEID 10 (C,D) Mrs S Smith 7-10-12
5-2 Capsy De Mee, 11-4 Stealing Mix, 7-2 Perseid, 9-2 Ashoka, 11-2 Pemba.
6.00
Handicap Hurdle
(�899: 2m 3f 188y) (8)
4231F HONKYTONKTENNESSEE 9 (P) D Skelton 8-11-12 H Skelton
/F33- ALMOST GEMINI 11F (P,CD,BF) K Slack 8-11-10 R Hogg (7)
-4213 ITS PANDORAMA 46 (BF) B Ellison 7-11-7
C King
21553 DESERT ISLAND DUSK 15 (T) M Barnes 6-11-7 D Bourke (3)
434-P DANCEINTOTHELIGHT 101 (T,C,D) D McCain 10-11-6
Mr T Gillard (7)
13-6 CAPE OF GLORY 27 (V) K Dalgleish 4-11-5
B Hughes
6
R McLernon
7 -233P HAWKHURST 46 (P) B Haslam 7-11-3
W Kennedy
8 -2343 CRAIG STAR 27 (P,D) D McCain 7-11-2
11-4 Honkytonktennessee, 5-1 Almost Gemini, 11-2 Its Pandorama, 13-2 others.
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2
3
4
5
6.30
Handicap Chase
(�899: 2m 3f 65y) (8)
1 24RP/ FRIENDLY ROYAL 508 (T,D) S England 8-11-12 J England
2 1-462 HIGHBURY HIGH 11 (T,P,D) N Mulholland 10-11-7 N Fehily
A Coleman
3 62P-5 OLIVER'S HILL 14 (T,B,D) Mrs L Hill 8-11-7
4 21232 MUWALLA 12 (T,C) Miss L Harrison 10-11-4 C Bewley (3)
5 340PP COOPER'S FRIEND 30 (B,CD) R Mike Smith 8-11-1 C O'Farrell
6 32116 BROTHER SCOTT 5 (C,D) Mrs B Butterworth 10-10-9
S W Quinlan
7 P3-40 MAHLER BAY 90 (T) K Johnson 7-10-0 Ross Chapman (5)
L Edwards
8 6P-50 MR ROBINSON 94 L Egerton 10-10-0
5-2 Highbury High, 4-1 Friendly Royal, 9-2 Muwalla, Oliver's Hill, 6-1 others.
7.00
Novices? Hurdle
(�249: 2m 3f 188y) (8)
A Coleman
1 /1-23 SHINING ROMEO 28 D Quinn 5-11-5
J England
2 -3006 ASK SHANROE 10 M Campion 5-10-12
60P- BAFANA BLUE 245 M Barnes 6-10-12
D Irving (3)
3
4 0/0-3 GROW NASA GROW 43 P Winks 6-10-12 Ryan Winks (5)
A Nicol
5 -4064 NEMEAN LION 49 (T) P Kirby 5-10-12
BAL DE RIO 24F B Ellison 4-10-10
H Brooke
6
JUNGLE GIRL J Wainwright 7-10-5
C Nichol
7
0-0P WANDAOVER 10 N Mechie 5-10-5
S Coltherd (5)
8
4-9 Shining Romeo, 5-1 Bal De Rio, Nemean Lion, 20-1 others.
7.30
Handicap Hurdle
(�599: 2m 178y) (14)
1 24-P5 TELL THE TALE 30 (T,P) N Mulholland 7-12-0 P Donovan (7)
R Day (3)
2 /1-66 TEKTHELOT 29 (D) N Richards 11-11-12
T Dowson (5)
3 13-25 ARABIAN OASIS 25 (P) P Kirby 5-11-11
A P Cawley
4 54645 WELLS GOLD 12 F O'Brien 6-11-7
B Hughes
5 05-12 PRAIRIE IMPULSE 69 (CD) R Menzies 4-11-2
H Brooke
6 4PP-3 KISUMU 56 (P) M D Hammond 5-11-2
H Skelton
7 -00P1 SHRUBLAND 32 (P) D Skelton 4-11-0
-2530
LOULOUMILLS 29 (T,C) M Barnes 7-11-0
D Bourke (3)
8
L Murtagh (5)
9 -0001 BARABOY 5 (P,CD) F Murtagh 7-10-13
A Nicol
10 F0-5P BOHERNAGORE 12 (H,D) P Kirby 8-10-11
C O'Farrell
11 0-031 FIRSTYMINI 30 (D) R Mike Smith 6-10-10
12 P/0-F JUST CHILLY 122P (H) Mrs R Dobbin 8-10-10 Mr D Delahunt (7)
A Coleman
13 5-003 UJAGAR 7 (D) K Bishop 6-10-4
C Bewley (3)
14 24544 HEY BOB 34 (T) C Grant 5-10-2
11-2 Shrubland, 13-2 Baraboy, 15-2 Prairie Impulse, 8-1 Ujagar, 9-1 Kisumu,
Tekthelot, 10-1 Firstymini, Louloumills, Tell The Tale, 11-1 others.
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Title defence is test
of Exeter?s no-star
recruitment policy
The champions actively
avoid top international
players, Owen Slot
writes. So
why do their
rivals not
follow suit?
Who will be the best signings of the
new season? We are at that point, with
the start of the Aviva Premiership only
a day away, when pundits are pressed
for predictions. So here are mine: Nic
White and Matt Kvesic. Both have
joined Exeter Chiefs. One from Australia, via Montpellier, and the other from
Gloucester. Not big, fashionable names.
Not huge money. In other words, they
are low-flying, quality talent and,
therefore, typical Exeter purchases.
Exeter bring them in every summer:
underrated Englishmen and nearlybut-not-quite superstar Australians.
Around the game, barely an eyebrow is
raised. However, you wonder whether,
among all that there is to admire about
the Chiefs, it is not their recruitment
policy that others should be copying.
Exeter won the title last season and
have stuck absolutely to their
recruitment model. Leicester Tigers, by
comparison, finished fourth and have
recruited big names who sell tickets
and turn heads. From Gloucester,
Leicester signed Jonny May, the jewel
in the crown; Exeter took Kvesic, a faded gem. You wonder: who got this right?
The international window gives
something of an answer. It is during the
autumn Tests and the RBS Six Nations
Championship that Exeter thrive. In
the past five international windows
there have been 23 rounds of Premiership games and Exeter have lost only
four. Harlequins, who lose a lot of their
players to the international game, have
won only eight. Exeter have won 18.
In each of those five windows, Saracens have been outperformed by Exeter.
Saracens also lose large numbers of
players to the international game; Exeter do not. In the 2014-15 season, seven
rounds of Premiership games were
affected by international call-ups. Exeter won all seven; Saracens won three. So
why don?t more clubs do it like Exeter?
Arguably the finest unit in English
rugby this season is the Leicester back
line starring: Telusa Veainu, May, Manu
Tuilagi, Matt Toomua, George Ford and
Ben Youngs. It is a preposterously delicious line-up, but twice this season it will
be pulled apart by international call-ups.
As far back as 2005, two American
economists, Richard Thaler and Cade
Massey, wrote a landmark paper, The
Loser?s Curse, which exposed a broad
and flawed recruitment culture in NFL
franchises of spending too big on the
early picks in the first round of the draft.
Successive studies corroborate these
findings, which show that it is the
cheaper second-round picks which
represent a greater return for money.
The huge difference is that, in the NFL,
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the franchises do not lose their expensive star players for two long stretches
every season. In that respect, is the
curse in the Premiership even greater?
Exeter have a strong academy system.
Aside from that, they appear to have
three clear recruitment strands. One is
the Australians ? there are now six,
none of them with enough caps to qualify them to play for the Wallabies while
stationed abroad. In other words, they
never lose them in the international
window. Why, for example, would you
buy a Springbok (Francois Louw at
Bath) who you might not get your
hands on until December when you can
have a Wallaby for the whole season?
The second is seeking out the twilight
troopers: players whose careers appear
to have peaked. Look at what Exeter
have, for instance, dragged out of
Thomas Waldrom and Geoff Parling,
the latter of whom is now playing in
Japan for Munakata Sanix Blues.
The third is their low-flying Englishmen. Two of their absolute triumphs
have been their wingers, Olly Woodburn and James Short, players who
were kicking their heels at other clubs
but then buffed and polished at Sandy
Park and now delivering brilliantly ?
but not quite at the level where they will
be called up by England. Perfect.
Put this to Rob Baxter, the director of
rugby, and he will set you right
quickly on one front: ?We will do
everything we can to help our Englandqualified-players to play for England.?
Fair enough. He does acknowledge,
though, that Exeter do not generally
sign ?marquee players in inverted commas? ? thus the influx of Australians.
This is his broader take on what they
look for: ?People who are just below the
level they want to be. You actively look
for players where you can get more
productivity out of them. Some people?s
view is: if you were once an international
and you are not any more, you are on the
way down. We don?t view it like that. We
feel comfortable with a group that do
still feel they have something to prove.?
This, for instance, is his take on
Kvesic: ?I?d be disappointed if we didn?t
get a lot more out of him in an
attacking sense, if we didn?t see him
with more ball in hand, a more
destructive go-forward type of player.?
Of course, every club is looking to
take on players and improve them. Yet
no Aviva title-winning club has recruited quite as strictly as Exeter. Again, why
don?t more follow? One answer is this:
you may lose your superstars to the
autumn and Six Nations, but if your
squad is strong enough to reach the top
four, then you?ll peak perfectly when
your whole squad is reunited at the
business end of the season.
Last season, though, Exeter proved
another point. If you don?t lose your
troops en masse twice a season, then
the cohesion and understanding on
which a rugby team is built gets
stronger and stronger. Maybe this was
the ultimate meaning of their success
last season: the triumph of team.
Will team triumph again this time?
Leicester will be massively disrupted
twice this season. At the end of March,
when they rebuild for the third time,
will they be stronger then than the
Chiefs who never stopped building?
Sussex victory likely to dismay rivals
Specsavers County Championship
Ollie Robinson struck Ruaidhri Smith
for two sixes, the second of them the
match-winning blow, in a nerveless
unbeaten 41 from 37 balls that swept
Sussex to a thrilling one-wicket victory
against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay.
It is a result that could yet prove
highly significant, and controversially
so, in a Division Two promotion scrap
in which four counties are fighting it
out for the one likely place available
behind Nottinghamshire, the runaway
leaders. Sussex?s three rivals for the
second promotion berth ? Worcestershire, Kent and Northamptonshire ?
will have been unimpressed that
Glamorgan rested five senior players
for the match, including their captain,
Jacques Rudolph, before Saturday?s
NatWest T20 Blast finals day.
Northamptonshire?s
promotion
hopes look certain to be dented by
defeat at Trent Bridge today. Set 417 to
win, they closed the third day on 167 for
four with both Adam Rossington and
Ben Sanderson unlikely to bat because
of injuries. Worcestershire will hope to
complete victory over Gloucestershire
at New Road, where the visiting side are
55 for three in pursuit of 401.
At Chester-le-Street, Luis Reece?s
defiant 106 helped Derbyshire to reach
305 for six as they followed on against
Durham, but they still trail by 11 runs
and face almost certain defeat.
In Division One, Essex, the leaders,
were restricted by rain to just 13 overs
against Somerset. Lancashire, their
nearest challengers, will expect to
complete victory today over Warwickshire, who are still 29 behind with only
four second-innings wickets in hand.
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back in action
for Bath after
a fine tour
with the Lions
Your guide
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Compiled by Owen Slot, Alex Lowe
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Bath
last season
5th
How will they play? Potentially
brilliantly, at least when they get the
ball. They have a luxury of
outstanding players ? not least
Taulupe Faletau, off the back of an
outstanding tour with the Lions ? in
many departments bar the front row.
Looking to catch Eddie Jones?s eye
Sam Underhill. One of Jones?s longterm projects is now coming to
fruition, and he did well on the tour to
Argentina in the summer. An
impressive, composed young man.
Slot?s verdict They have too strong a
squad not to be considered as
silverware contenders.
Exeter
last season
2nd (won the final)
How will they play? They will carry
on backing themselves and their
title-winning formula: keeping the ball
and keep recycling it until the holes
finally start to appear.
Looking to catch Eddie?s eye Harry
Williams. Crept up the rankings to
become the third choice at tight-head
prop last season.
Slot?s verdict Others will get better.
Do the Chiefs still have room for
improvement?
Gloucester
last season
9th
How will they play? Depends on
whether new coach Johan Ackermann
can stir them from seasons of underperformance. Jonny May?s last-minute
Jack Nowell and
Exeter may find
it difficult to
retain their title
run for the exit does not bode well.
Looking to catch Eddie?s eye Val
Rapava-Ruskin is a powerful loose-head
prop, though still serving a ban from
last season for pushing a referee.
Slot?s verdict For a while now, the
Premiership?s great underachievers.
Harlequins
last season
6th
How will they play? Harlequins are
fundamentally a team who want to play
quick, attacking rugby but much of last
year was spent trying to toughen up
their forward pack and tightening their
County scoreboards
First division: Essex v Somerset
Chelmsford (third day of four): Essex, with six secondinnings wickets in hand, are 153 runs ahead of Somerset
Essex: First Innings 159 (C Overton 4 for 40, P A van Meekeren 4 for 60)
Second Innings (overnight 117-3)
N L J Browne b Groenewald
83
A J A Wheater not out
58
*R N Ten Doeschate not out
0
Extras (b 1, lb 4, nb 2)
7
Total (4 wkts, 66 overs)
158
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-8, 3-39, 4-157.
Bowling: Overton 18-7-42-2; Van Meekeren 15-6-47-0;
Groenewald 12-4-29-1; Leach 15-5-25-1; Bess 6-3-10-0.
Somerset: First Innings 164 (J C Hildreth 51; J A Porter 5
for 40)
Umpires: N A Mallender and M Burns.
Lancashire v Warwickshire
Old Trafford (third day of four): Warwickshire, with four
second-innings wickets in hand, are 29 runs behind Lancashire
Warwickshire: First Innings 200 (K M Jarvis 6 for 67, R
McLaren 4 for 45)
Second Innings
A R I Umeed c Davies b Clark
19
D P Sibley c Hameed b Livingstone
57
*I J L Trott lbw b McLaren
16
I R Bell lbw b McLaren
15
M Lamb c Livingstone b Parkinson
26
?T R Ambrose not out
76
K H D Barker lbw b Parkinson
22
J S Patel not out
18
Extras (b 7, lb 4, w 1, nb 14)
26
Total (6 wkts, 85 overs)
275
Fall of wickets: 1-52, 2-91, 3-111, 4-117, 5-183, 6-229.
Bowling: McLaren 18-5-51-2; Jarvis 15-3-48-0; Livingstone 21-5-59-1; Clark 11-0-46-1; Parry 7-0-20-0; Parkinson 13-0-40-2.
Lancashire: First Innings (overnight 484-6)
L S Livingstone c Lamb b Sidebottom
224
*R McLaren c Patel b Sidebottom
21
J Clark not out
3
Extras (b 12, lb 12, nb 4)
28
Total (8 wkts dec, 125 overs)
504
K M Jarvis and M W Parkinson did not bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-32, 2-44, 3-80, 4-165, 5-376, 6-458,
7-501, 8-504.
Bowling: Barker 27-5-80-0; Stone 17-3-70-1; Sidebottom
18-4-71-3; Wright 24-2-83-2; Patel 32-2-140-1; Sibley
2-0-17-0; Umeed 5-0-19-1.
Umpires: D J Millns and R J Evans.
No play: Kia Oval: Middlesex 247; Surrey 280.
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Newcastle Falcons
last season
8th
How will they play? They have
developed a slick game suited to their
artificial surface at Kingston Park and
the service to an already potent back
line should be even slicker this season
for the acquisition of Toby Flood, who
has returned to the club where he
started his career, nine years after
departing the northeast for Leicester.
Looking to catch Eddie?s eye Mark
Wilson. The blind-side flanker enjoyed a
successful tour to Argentina in the
summer.
Slot?s verdict Incremental improvement
is set to continue. They could finish in
the top six.
Northampton Saints
last season
7th
How will they play? The game plan is
based around heavy ball-carriers but
the loss of Louis Picamoles is a huge
blow. They will need more ideas in the
back line and in Piers Francis and Rob
Horne, they have some smart recruits.
Looking to catch Eddie?s eye Francis.
Signed by Saints as a fly half, he
impressed Jones on the England tour
after a surprise call-up and won two
caps at inside centre.
Slot?s verdict Some decent back-line
recruitment, finally, to arrest their
recent slump.
Sale Sharks
last season
10th
How will they play?
Expect them to spread
their wings this
season, with the
Curry twins (Ben and
Tom) and Josh
Strauss striving to provide quick ball
for their fleet of home-grown backs,
who have been supplemented by the
signing of James O?Connor, the
former Australia international.
Looking to catch Eddie?s eye Denny
Solomona. Needs to keep up his
outstanding strike rate and add
greater defensive solidity if he is to
play his way back into Jones?s favour
after a recent disciplinary lapse.
Slot?s verdict Still building, still
spending, but not ready for step up.
Saracens
last season
3rd
How will they play? Like before but
better. The gradual expansion of their
attack has been brilliantly managed
and that is one reason why Liam
Williams, fresh from the Lions tour, is
a great signing. Their short supply of
second rows has been amended.
Looking to catch Eddie?s eye George
Kruis. That may sound a strange thing
to say of an Eddie Jones hardy
perennial but he went backwards in
the summer when the competition
among England locks further
intensified.
Slot?s verdict Ridiculously good new
recruits make Europe?s champions still
harder to beat.
Wasps
last season
1st (beaten finalists)
How will they play? The great
entertainers, rich in back-line
resources, but, after narrowly missing
out on the title last season, they will
be anxious to prove that they have
the requisite physicality too.
Looking to catch Eddie?s eye Sam
Jones. He was called up last season,
only to break his leg in judo training.
When he returns to action, the
England head coach will be keen to
see whether the flanker?s turn of
speed has survived the injury.
Slot?s verdict Many expect them to
stumble yet they have the potential to
kick on.
Worcester Warriors
defence. The newcomers Demetri
Catrakilis and Francis Saili will be key.
Looking to catch Eddie?s eye Marcus
Smith. The 18-year-old fly half is yet to
make his senior debut but has already
trained with England. He has pace and
nifty footwork but also good control.
Slot?s verdict Seasonal
underperformers. Top-six contenders.
Leicester Tigers
last season
4th
How will they play? They have a
devastating back line but last year they
struggled to build a platform up front.
Second division: Durham v Derbyshire
Emirates Durham (third day of four): Derbyshire, with four
second-innings wickets in hand, are 11 runs behind Durham
Durham: First Innings 480-9 dec (P D Collingwood 177, C T
Steel 72, P Coughlin 68, M J Potts 53 not out; G C Viljoen
5 for 130)
Derbyshire: First Innings 164 (G Onions 4 for 44)
Second Innings
B T Slater b Pringle
57
L M Reece c Burnham b Jennings
106
*B A Godleman b Rushworth
0
W L Madsen c Richardson b Steel
48
A L Hughes lbw b Potts
39
M J J Critchley lbw b Onions
19
?H R Hosein not out
7
A P Palladino not out
4
Extras (b 8, lb 12, nb 5)
25
Total (6 wkts, 96 overs)
305
Fall of wickets: 1-99, 2-100, 3-206, 4-257, 5-288, 6-298.
Bowling: Rushworth 19-4-41-1; Onions 22-6-67-1; Potts 192-73-1; Pringle 20-7-37-1; Jennings 11-0-46-1; Steel 5-0-21-1.
Umpires: N L Bainton and R J Bailey.
Glamorgan v Sussex
Colwyn Bay (third day of four): Sussex (21pts) beat
Glamorgan (5) by one wicket
Restoring their reputation as a pack to
be feared will be critical to their
chances of progression.
Looking to catch Eddie?s eye Manu
Tuilagi may well be drinking in the lastchance saloon with England. It is more
than three years since he started a Test
and he enraged Jones by going out late
and drinking during a pre-season
training camp with the national team.
However, he is 26 and remains a huge
talent. For all the injuries and
controversies, his game-changing
qualities are obvious.
Slot?s verdict A newly assembled,
fantasy back line looks very good on
paper but does not have the forwards
to feed it.
Glamorgan: First Innings 294 (C A J Meschede 87, N J
Selman 58; O E Robinson 4 for 46)
Second Innings (overnight 126-6)
C A J Meschede c and b Jordan
41
?T N Cullen c Wright b Jordan
22
R A J Smith c Brown b Jordan
15
L J Carey c Briggs b Archer
2
*M G Hogan not out
1
Extras (lb 14, w 1, nb 4)
19
Total (58.3 overs)
182
Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-69, 3-71, 4-76, 5-90, 6-104, 7-156,
8-174, 9-181.
Bowling: Archer 20-1-67-2; Robinson 19-3-48-3; Jordan
16.3-4-46-5; Wiese 3-1-7-0.
Sussex: First Innings 268 (B C Brown 77; C A J Meschede
4 for 61)
Second Innings
L W P Wells c Cullen b Carey
0
A J Robson b Hogan
7
S van Zyl lbw b Salter
38
C D Nash c Selman b Smith
68
L J Wright st Cullen b Salter
0
*?B C Brown c sub b Carey
37
C J Jordan c Cullen b Smith
4
D Wiese c sub b Carey
1
last season
11th
London Irish
last season
promoted
How will they play? The exiles will be
scrapping for every point to avoid a
return to the Championship.
Looking to catch Eddie?s eye Joe
Cokanasiga. The 19-year-old wing
toured with England in the summer
despite never having played a
Premiership game. At
6ft 4in and more than 17st he has all
the physical attributes that will
interest England.
Slot?s verdict Expect a noble but
ultimately frustrating survival battle.
O E Robinson not out
41
J C Archer lbw b Hogan
6
D R Briggs not out
3
Extras (lb 6)
6
Total (9 wkts, 54.4 overs)
211
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-10, 3-100, 4-100, 5-155, 6-157,
7-160, 8-160, 9-179.
Bowling: Carey 14-5-40-3; Hogan 14-2-43-2; Meschede
8-1-35-0; Smith 10.4-2-59-2; Salter 8-1-28-2.
Umpires: R T Robinson and G D Lloyd.
Nottinghamshire v Northamptonshire
Trent Bridge (third day of four): Northamptonshire, with
six second-innings wickets in hand, need 250 runs to beat
Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire: First Innings 213 (M H Wessels 69, S J
Mullaney 58; M Azharullah 5 for 63, R J Gleeson 4 for 38)
Second Innings (overnight 317-8)
M H Wessels c Keogh b Azharullah
116
J T Ball not out
28
Extras (b 15, lb 7, w 1, nb 8)
31
Total (9 wkts dec, 67.2 overs)
344
Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-62, 3-144, 4-176, 5-176, 6-195,
7-221, 8-227, 9-344.
Bowling: Gleeson 18-1-107-3; Sanderson 7.5-1-28-0; Azharullah 18.2-2-73-3; Kleinveldt 19.1-4-81-3; Keogh 4-0-33-0.
Tuilagi needs
a good season
to revive his
England hopes
Northamptonshire: First Innings 141
Second Innings
R I Newton c Hutton b Ball
53
D Murphy lbw b Patel
30
*A G Wakely not out
31
R E Levi c Read b Ball
4
R I Keogh c Hutton b Gurney
0
J J Cobb not out
36
Extras (lb 7, nb 6)
13
Total (4 wkts, 50 overs)
167
Fall of wickets: 1-69, 2-113, 3-117, 4-122.
Bowling: Ball 15-1-56-2; Wood 6-0-24-0; Hutton 15-256-0; Mullaney 7-2-8-0; Patel 1-1-0-1; Gurney 6-1-16-1.
Umpires: J W Lloyds and S J O?Shaughnessy.
Worcestershire v Gloucestershire
Worcester (third day of four): Gloucestershire, with seven
second-innings wickets in hand, need 346 runs to beat
Worcestershire
Worcestershire: First Innings 363 (B L D?Oliveira 93, O B
Cox 61; L C Norwell 4 for 54)
Second Innings
D K H Mitchell run out
130
B L D?Oliveira b Norwell
55
T C Fell c Roderick b Norwell
0
J M Clarke c Norwell b Smith
5
G H Rhodes lbw b Smith
45
How will they play? Francois
Hougaard, the South Africa scrum
half, is the engine that drives their
attack and they will look for Ben Te?o
to continue the form that he displayed
with the Lions.
Looking to catch Eddie?s eye
Nick Schonert. The South Africa-born
tight-head prop was chosen for
England?s tour to Argentina before a
hand injury intervened while Jack
Singleton, the hooker, made the trip
as a replacement for Tommy Taylor, of
Wasps, who damaged knee ligaments.
Slot?s verdict Tough opening fixtures.
May struggle to build momentum.
R Ashwin c Hankins b Norwell
28
?O B Cox run out
15
E G Barnard not out
3
*J Leach st Roderick b Smith
7
Extras (lb 4, w 1, nb 2)
7
Total (8 wkts dec, 71.4 overs)
295
Fall of wickets: 1-76, 2-76, 3-95, 4-209, 5-264, 6-284,
7-286, 8-295.
Bowling: Norwell 20-2-73-3; Miles 12-1-65-0; Smith
19.4-1-73-3; Noema-Barnett 5-0-10-0; Taylor 15-2-70-0.
Gloucestershire: First Innings 258 (J M R Taylor 101 not
out; E G Barnard 4 for 23)
Second Innings
C T Bancroft c Cox b Leach
14
C D J Dent c Rhodes b Ashwin
16
W A Tavare b Ashwin
0
?G H Roderick not out
17
T M J Smith not out
2
Extras (b 6)
6
Total (3 wkts, 25 overs)
55
Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-26, 3-51.
Bowling: Leach 8-4-20-1; Tongue 3-1-8-0; Ashwin
10-3-11-2; Rhodes 2-0-9-0; Barnard 2-1-1-0.
Umpires: P J Hartley and A G Wharf.
No play: Canterbury: Leicestershire 350; Kent 313-9.
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Scoreboard
Bangladesh
victory has
Australia
in a spin
First Test match
Bangladesh v Australia
Dhaka (fourth day of five):
Bangladesh beat Australia by
20 runs
Bangladesh: First Innings 260
(Shakib al-Hasan 84; Tamim
Iqbal 71)
Second Innings 221
(Tamim Iqbal 78; N M Lyon
6 for 82)
Australia: First Innings 217
(Shakib 5 for 68)
Second Innings (o/nt 109-2)
D A Warner lbw b Shakib.......112
*S P D Smith c Rahim
b Shakib.......................................37
P S P Handscomb c Sarkar
b T Islam..........................................15
G J Maxwell b Shakib................14
?M S Wade lbw b Shakib...........4
A C Agar c and b T Islam...........2
P J Cummins not out................33
N M Lyon c Sarkar b Mehedi.12
J R Hazlewood lbw b T Islam.0
Extras (b 7, lb 2)..............................9
Total (70.5 overs)..................244
Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-28,
3-158, 4-171, 5-187, 6-192, 7-195,
8-199, 9-228.
Bowling: Mehedi 19-3-80-2;
Hossain 3-2-2-0; Shakib
28-7-85-5; T Islam 19.5-2-60-3;
M Rahman 1-0-8-0.
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan)
and N J Llong (England).
Man of the match: Shakib.
6 Bangladesh lead two-match
series 1-0.
Second Test: Starts Monday
(at Chittagong).
T
he dramatic
defeat by West
Indies at
Headingley has
been a cause of
consternation over
England?s hopes of
retaining the Ashes this
winter but Australia
have concerns of their
own after their first Test
defeat by Bangladesh
(John Westerby writes).
While West Indies?
revival was seen as one
of the greatest upsets of
recent times, Australia?s
20-run defeat in Mirpur
provided more evidence
of Test cricket?s capacity
for springing surprises.
If Australia lose the
second Test in
Chittagong, starting on
Monday, they will fall to
sixth in the ICC
rankings and even a win
would leave them fifth,
two places below
England.
?We just weren?t good
enough,? was Steve
Smith?s assessment. ?We
didn?t have a tour game
[in preparation], but I?m
not making that an
excuse. Guys need to be
able to adapt better.?
A side injury
sustained by Josh
Hazlewood, the pace
bowler, has exacerbated
their problems, resulting
in a controversial call-up
for Steve O?Keefe. The
32-year-old left-arm
spinner took 12 wickets
in the victory over India
in Pune six months ago
but has subsequently
been banned from
domestic one-day
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It was Bangladesh?s tenth
Test win in 101 matches.
They have also beaten
Zimbabwe (5), West Indies
(2) and England, Sri Lanka
On a roll: Bangladesh?s
players celebrate after
beating Australia in Test
cricket for the first time.
The team has dished out
defeats to England and
Sri Lanka in recent months
cricket for drunken
behaviour at an awards
ceremony. It was his
second alcohol-related
indiscretion in nine
months, prompting him
to seek counselling.
Now there are
indications that he could
come straight into the
team for the second
Test. The decision to
summon a spin bowler
rather than a seamer
recognises Australia?s
failure to adapt to the
conditions in
Bangladesh.
?With Jackson Bird in
the squad we are
comfortable with our
fast-bowling options for
the second Test,? Trevor
Hohns, the national
selector, said.
The injury will rule
Hazlewood out of the
second Test and the oneday series in India but
he is expected to have
recovered in time for the
first Ashes Test at
Brisbane, which begins
on November 23.
After recording their
first victory over
England last October
and beating Sri Lanka
away in March,
Bangladesh were
inspired to their latest
landmark victory by
Shakib al-Hasan, who
made 84 in the first
innings and finished
with match figures of
ten for 153, taking five
for 85 as Australia fell
short of a fourth-innings
target of 265.
Is this start of a West Indies renaissance?
Caribbean cricket has
myriad issues but the
surprise Headingley
victory could be
a catalyst for
change, writes
Mike Brearley
The first Test against West Indies was
such a debacle and mismatch that some
colleagues, including Michael Holding
and Bob Willis, were in despair for the
game?s future in this once-proud
cricketing region. While Mike
Atherton reminded us of the quality of
the under-19 team, Bob saw the match
as a justification of two leagues, with
West Indies playing the likes of
Afghanistan and Ireland.
To me it sharpened the anxiety about
the threat to Test cricket overall. I
recognised that declines are cyclical but
argued that the degree of mismatch
should make us realise how critical a
new policy to invigorate Test cricket is.
A Guyanese friend, Clem Seecharan,
who knows West Indian cricket
much better than I do and has written
extensively on the topic, was more
gloomy. I raised the possibility that the
changes in personnel might make a
difference: Johnny Grave as chief
executive, Jimmy Adams as cricket
manager and Stuart Law as coach.
He wrote on Friday morning, just
before the Headingley Test began: ?As a
West Indian today, I don?t think I?m
unduly pessimistic when I say that the
generational difference in taste is vast,
its instincts radically divergent from
those that shaped me; besides, with
the board?s resources precariously
limited, the lure of the IPL (Indian
Premier League) and other such
sources of lucrative earnings is
irresistible. Therefore, I can?t envisage a
change in the personnel of the WI
board making much difference to the
fate of Test cricket in the region.?
He continued: ?Moreover, the infrastructure of the game in an archipelago
that constitutes ten sovereign states is
so decrepit that the level of club and
first-class cricket is mediocre indeed.
The framework of challenging club and
inter-county cricket that was obtained
in colonial Guyana, for instance, has
been totally destroyed. That competitive environment which made Rohan
Kanhai, Joe Solomon, Basil Butcher,
Lance Gibbs, Clive Lloyd, Roy
Fredericks, Alvin Kallicharran, Colin
Croft (even Shivnarine Chanderpaul)
no longer exists. And without it, I can
see no likelihood of recreating the complex process, requiring resolve and resources on the ground, that is the foundation for excellence at the Test level.
?Mind you, we do very well for a time,
perhaps even brilliantly, but then
quickly revert to type. And the more the
present West Indies team performs
abysmally, the more a very sensitive
people wants to disown the team ? and
the product. They are lifted by the T20
heroics, images of ?Four 6s Braff? v Ben
Stokes, Garry and the six 6s at Swansea,
the Legendary Learie, who was a strong
advocate of one-day cricket from as
early as the 1930s.
?Mike, it?s possible that my view is
overly clouded by West Indian futility. I
still harbour a reservoir of images from
the archives of Test cricket. I hope your
initiative in saving Test cricket proves
me wrong. I?ve eaten my words before
and found them palatable.?
And then, so soon after Edgbaston,
the tables are turned and the wobbly
card table has grown legs of oak, a new
solidity. There were hints of a new
purpose from the first few overs of the
Headingley match. There were signs of
a definite policy and fewer loose balls
on either side of the wicket.
Kemar Roach bowled with discipline
from round the wicket. Shannon
Gabriel, who had been left out for the
first Test because of a niggle in his back,
looked at once a meaner bowler than
anyone else in the team. A big man, like
a muscle-bound Charlie Griffith or
Sylvester Clarke, broad of chest and
face, he bowled at a good pace,
approaching 90mph. He doesn?t swing
the ball but hits the surface hard and in
the right places.
And then, of course, Kraigg
Brathwaite and Shai Hope. What performances these were. Luck, of course,
played a part, particularly against
James Anderson with a new or new-ish
ball. Hope, in particular, with an average of 18.61 before the match, was magnificent, his straight driving as good as
anything we have seen all summer.
Jermaine Blackwood and Jason
Holder played orthodox and unortho-
dox strokes with purpose, to give the
visitors a huge lead. There was also
the extraordinary business of the
almost complete rejection of Devendra
Bishoo, the leg-spinner, on a dry pitch,
a warm day, with runs in the bank.
As so often, England were rescued by
? and eventually in the ascendancy
thanks to ? their fantastic
all-rounders, and West Indies could not
quite maintain their momentum. But
then, the final act of this great drama.
Again Brathwaite and Hope played
with calm maturity.
None of this answers my friend?s
comments about infrastructure. But
West Indies? performance in this match
should generate huge admiration for
the Test team across the Caribbean and
may, just may, start a new phase in
cricket?s priorities there. A renaissance?
Or a flash in the pan? Let?s hope the
former.
A footnote: Please don?t criticise Joe
Root for his declaration. Usually
captains make the opposite mistake. No
one could have predicted this.
6 Read extracts from Mike Brearley?s
new book, On Form, in The Times this
weekend, plus Mike Atherton?s interview
with him.
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Root was right to
declare but should
have done it sooner
W
hen he gets over the
disappointment of losing an
epic Test match, Joe Root
should recognise that there is
more to be learnt from this
second defeat than any of the previous four
victories under his captaincy put together. It is
the first time that we have glimpsed him under
fourth-innings pressure and the first time that
he has seen some of his own players in the same
situation.
A passenger could have captained England to
victory at Edgbaston, so flimsy were West
Indies. Against South Africa, the matches were
very one-sided in both directions, the firstinnings deficits so massive as to reduce the
influence of the captain in the second half of the
game. Here, though, as the match ebbed and
flowed in classic Test match fashion, he will
have felt the knot in the stomach that all former
captains would remember in tight situations.
Much of the comment from our readers after
the defeat focused on his declaration. Many felt
that Root was justified in declaring on the
fourth evening; some did not. Here?s a flavour of
the latter: ?Too sporting for my taste?; ?being 1-0
up, it?s debatable if Root needed to offer West
Indies a chance to win?; ?quite a miscalculation?.
Those in favour were so because they thought it
a sporting declaration, one that put the broader
interests of the game first.
Declaring on the fourth evening was the
right thing to do, not because it was
sporting but because it gave his team
the best chance of winning the game.
If there was any criticism of Root to
be had following the defeat, it was
not for this. The process of it is
important to understand, too: it
was more of a collective decision,
the impetus for it coming as
much from other players as the
captain initially, and that
suggests both a team with an
aggressive attitude and a
captain prepared to listen.
England were 1-0 up and this
was a chance to nail the series
which Root, rightly in my view,
accepted. If there was a small
quibble, it was that six overs
was not quite enough time to
take advantage of the apparent
demoralisation of the opposition
after the aggressive batting from
Moeen Ali in the post-tea session. With Stuart
Broad off colour for his two overs, it left Jimmy
Anderson?s three overs and one from Ali. A little
longer would have been more beneficial.
This, perhaps, offers a first lesson. The
psychology of the game is always
underestimated. On the first morning at
Headingley, under blue skies and on a whitelooking pitch, Michael Holding, the former West
Indies bowler, was a lone voice in commentary,
suggesting that Root should have bowled first.
Why? Because, West Indies had just lost 19
wickets in a day at Edgbaston ? why not put
them straight back under pressure?
The conditions suggested bat, while Holding
thought the psychology of the game offered a
different route to success. Would a different
decision have changed things? Who knows, but
decisions should take in broader considerations
than the conditions alone, something
worth bearing in mind for the future.
On the final day, Root leaned heavily
on his senior bowlers, Broad and
Anderson. Fair enough, but Ben Stokes was
strangely underused. He didn?t come on
until the 47th over and bowled only five
overs in all. Root explained this by saying
the situation just never felt right to bring
him back on, which happens, although 90
overs in a day usually gives ample
opportunity. It was noticeable that,
when Stokes did come on, he
tried something different to
Kraigg Brathwaite (a short-ball
ploy), which stirred the crowd and
got them into the game for the first
time that day. Stokes is too
competitive a cricketer to underuse in
a tight contest.
After that, the impression was of
E
England
drifting to defeat. Here, I
recalled two matches, one when I captained
England to defeat in Trinidad in 1998, another
involving Kevin Pietersen. In Trinidad, West
Indies were chasing 282, the pitch was poor and
I remember thinking that a wicket was bound to
come, if we were patient enough. I waited
passively for something to happen, rather than
making it happen. A captain needs to feel at the
end of a match that he has used up all options
and I didn?t feel that in the aftermath of that
match. I felt I had messed up.
Strange neglect: Stokes was not used until the
47th over and then only for five overs in total
Call to arms: Root, right, leaned heavily on his senior bowlers, Broad, left, and Anderson on Tuesday
and with nearly 900 Test wickets between them he could have expected them to get the job done
Pietersen fell into a similar trap in Chennai in
2008 when India chased 387 in the second
innings for a famous victory. On a turning pitch,
with Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar to
hand, Pietersen set ?in/out? fields for the whole
day, a strategy that he did not change even as
the batsmen milked the ball for singles. It was as
if he had said to himself that, eventually, his two
spinners were bound to produce something on a
helpful surface. I also remember him sitting next
to Mike Brearley on the plane journey the next
day, using the opportunity to deconstruct the
innings and of him being far more proactive in
the next Test.
It would have been easy for Root to feel that
Anderson and Broad, with nearly 900 Test
wickets, would eventually dislodge a batsman,
Shai Hope, who had a Test average of 18.61.
There may be nothing that a captain can do
from time to time but a team needs to think that
he can pull a rabbit from the hat when needed
and that he has tried all possibilities.
The strategy did not seem quite right when
Roston Chase came to the crease with the game
drifting away. With Hope settled, and Chase just
arrived, the fields to both were the same, set
strongly to the leg side to encourage the bowlers
to bowl straight. This was fair enough to Hope
but seemed illogical to Chase, new to the action
as he was, and given his reputation as a more
vulnerable player outside off stump. As it
happened, an edge went between the
wicketkeeper and a solitary slip shortly
afterwards.
Captaincy was certainly not the defining
difference in the match, given England?s costly
catching, complacency in the first innings, when
batsmen drove loosely through the line of the
ball at a ground where such an approach is
asking for trouble, and indifferent bowling
throughout. They also came up against a young
batsman who was inspired to play the innings of
his life. All these factors were more important.
Nevertheless, for England?s young captain, this
great Test match and agonising defeat should be
taken as wonderful learning opportunity.
icc needs to climb down over swearing
Reports are that the ICC will reconsider the
ridiculous insistence that players receive demerit
points for swearing audibly, but to themselves,
in frustration on the field of play. Let us hope so.
Having set a precedent, match referees feel it
necessary now to impose a penalty every time a
swear word is heard by umpires or television
viewers. Both Ben Stokes and Jason Holder were
given demerit points at Headingley, as was
Kagiso Rabada in July at Lord?s.
It raises interesting questions: what about
when a match referee?s language is not the same
as the players? Will swear words in Urdu, Hindi
or Sinhalese, say, go unpunished if the referee or
umpires are English speakers, or the other way
round? And, to take the extreme example of
David ?Syd? Lawrence, who broke his knee in
half during a tour of New Zealand in 1992: as he
lay there screaming in agony, and swearing in
the middle of the pitch, would a match referee
now feel compelled to take action?
Match referees are there to make sure the
game is played in a fair spirit, to prevent abuse
directed at opponents or umpires. The
regulations have put them in a bind and should
be changed to reflect a challenging game that is
demanding of red-blooded, highly competitive
young men.
Westley gets final chance as defeat ruins plan to rest players
Elizabeth Ammon
Tom Westley will be given another
chance to prove his Ashes credentials
after England named the same 13-man
squad for the decisive third Test against
West Indies at Lord?s a week today.
Westley has made only 18 runs from
three innings in the series and averages
20.14 for England after making three
and eight as West Indies won a
remarkable second Test at Headingley.
After being pegged back in the
series,the plan to rest senior players for
the final Test of the summer has been
abandoned and Mason Crane, the
Hampshire leg spinner, will likely
make his debut only if the pitch appears
particuarly like it would favour him.
That decision means that should
the 20-year-old be selected for the
Ashes he would travel without having
played a Test, a scenario England had
hoped to avoid. ?It will be a temptation
[to play Mason Crane] definitely but
we?ll have to wait until we get to Lord?s
to look at the wicket and then that
would bring in other decisions about
who might miss out,? said Trevor
Bayliss, the England coach, who is
likely to play James Anderson, Stuart
Broad and Chris Woakes.
While Westley, the Essex batsman,
has it all to prove, Mark Stoneman and
Dawid Malan each made a half-century
at Headingley to strengthen their
claims. ?This last Test match will be
another opportunity for them to really
nail it down [a place in the Ashes squad].
They have started to look comfortable
and can both play off the back foot so
the signs are looking good,? Bayliss said.
The ECB has confirmed that Ottis
Gibson will leave his role as England?s
bowling coach at the end of the third
and final Test to join South Africa as
head coach. England are unlikely to
appoint a permanent replacement
before the one-day and T20 series
against West Indies, with Kevin Shine,
the ECB fast-bowling coach, a possible
stand-in.
Chris Silverwood, the Essex head
coach, is a strong contender to replace
Gibson but Richard Johnson, of
Middlesex, is not thought to be a front
runner. Bayliss may consider either Joe
Dawes or Geoff Lawson, two fellow
Australians, for a short-term role for
the Ashes.
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Goals England have
scored in nine games
against Malta (10 in
four) and Slovakia
(nine in five)
Gomez to
captain U21s
after return
to fitness
Steve Madeley
No hurry for Harry: Kane has yet to win a major honour with Tottenham but is happy to stay at the club and feels that he has plenty of time to collect trophies there
Kane: help teams by shutting
window before season starts
Henry Winter
Chief Football Writer
Harry Kane has urged the football
authorities to address the chaos
inflicted by the transfer window overlapping with the start of the season. The
Premier League is three games in and
some squads are riddled with uncertainty over players arriving and leaving.
The Tottenham Hotspur forward
will continue training with England at
St George?s Park this morning before
flying to Malta for the World Cup
qualifier tomorrow and some of those
alongside him, such as Alex OxladeChamberlain and Raheem Sterling are
caught up in distracting transfer sagas.
The madness of deadline day adds to
global fascination in the Premier
League show, enhancing broadcasting
rights, but clear-eyed individuals such
as Kane can see the problems it causes
managers trying to prepare sides.
?It would be better for the window to
close before the season, to help teams
settle and also on an international level,
there are players here and rumours are
going around,?? Kane said. ?It would be
better if it stopped then, so everyone
could focus on the season without
players having to worry about being
sold or moving up north or down
south.?
Kane?s sentiments echo those of
Premier League managers, including
J黵gen Klopp, Jos� Mourinho, Sean
Dyche, Paul Clement and Mark
Hughes, who want the deadline
brought forward. The subject is up for
discussion at the Premier League
shareholders? meeting a week today but
all parties are aware that it would work
only if European leagues adopted a
similar date.
Kane emphasised that the England
players were being professional, concentrating on Malta. ?We are just focusing on our job internationally,? he said.
Yet even such a sanguine character
as Kane has been shocked by the
cash-rich circus of the transfer window,
especially the �9 million move that
took Neymar from Barcelona to Paris
Saint-Germain. ?It?s been crazy, even
from a player?s point of view,? he said.
?With the Neymar situation, the
money involved has changed and
players are going for a lot more than
they may have done before.?
Tottenham are closing in on a deal
for Serge Aurier, the PSG defender,
have completed the signing of Juan
Foyth, the centre half, from Estudiantes, and are in the market for another
midfielder and striker. ?I?ll be interested
to see who we get in but I?m not that
interested in other teams,? Kane said.
He knows that his club, ably run by
Daniel Levy, have a reputation for
swooping late on deadline day.
?Daniel likes to do it on the last day to
get the best deal,? Kane said. ?Daniel is
a great businessman. He knows what
he wants, he?s been around for a long
time, he?s great for our club, he runs it in
a very good way. The facilities we?ve got
now are second to none.?
Kane, who signed an extension to
2022 in December, leaves all negotiating with Levy to his agent. ?I don?t deal
with him face to face so I wouldn?t know
how intimidating he really is.? Kane did
reveal that he has no buyout clause.
?No, I haven?t and I haven?t really
thought about it. I?m fully committed to
Spurs so there?s no reason to have one.?
He ignores speculation about him,
one day, leaving for a wealthier club.
?Sometimes my mates say, ?wonder
what you?d be worth,? but that?s not
something that?s on my mind,? he said.
?If I was someone thinking about
moving then of course, I?d think about
that, but I?m fully committed to Spurs.
?I want to start winning things. I?m 24
but there?s plenty of time for me to do
that. We?ve had two good years but
we?ve got nothing to show for it. We?re
a long way on from where we were a
couple of years ago but it?s time. We?ve
come second in the Premier League.
The only way to improve is to finish
first. And we want to win cups and to
have a better Champions League.
?Our team is extremely good and our
manager [Mauricio Pochettino] is
one of the best in the world. It?s a great
opportunity for us but in the Premier
League you?ve got six or seven very
good teams spending a lot of money on
making themselves even better.?
Kane?s club-mate, Danny Rose,
recently voiced his frustration about
wages at Spurs. ?He said what he said,
but he now just needs to concentrate on
getting himself fit and helping us again
at Spurs,? Kane said.
They need him, judging by more
disappointing performances in their
temporary home at Wembley. ?I think
it [the idea of a Wembley curse] is
overplayed. We have played very well
there,? he said. ?We?re not panicking.?
Nor is Kane worrying about his traditional lack of goals in August. ?I?ve had
two very good seasons without scoring
in August before,? he said. ?The Malta
game is on September 1, so we?ve all had
a little joke about it.?
With Wayne Rooney retired from
international football, Kane knows that
players have to take more responsibility
with England.
?There are plenty of players who can
score, make assists, beat a player one on
one,? he said. ?People look to me to
score, that?s normal, but there are
plenty of players, Dele [Alli], Rash
[Marcus Rashford], [Jesse] Lingard,
[Daniel] Sturridge, [Danny] Welbeck,
who can contribute.
?We have a good team and we want to
be one of the best in the world. Me,
[Eric] Dier, Dele, came through at similar times and now it?s about producing.
Of course I want to win a World Cup,
hopefully next year, but I don?t think by
26 I have to have won this or that. I see
where we are as a club and a country
and we?re in a good place. We?re in a
situation [with England] where we?ve
got to try and win something and
that would be one of the biggest
achievements in English history.?
In England?s last outing, they were
outclassed in Paris. ?France are an
extremely good team with a lot of good
players to choose from but so are we,?
he said. ?I wouldn?t say the gap is
massive but we can work on that.?
Defeating Malta will take England
closer to Russia on what promises to be
a hot night, with a temperature of
around 27C expected come kick-off
tomorrow. ?Any time we play a team like
Malta, it?s their cup final,? Kane said.
?They?re going to want to win, going to
want to surprise the world. But we?ve
got more than enough ability to win.?
Joe Gomez, the Liverpool defender, is
the new captain of England Under-21.
The 20-year-old, who has figured in all
three of his club?s Premier League
games
this
season,
succeeds
Southampton?s James Ward-Prowse.
The appointment is the latest
positive step for Gomez, who has made
an impressive return to the Liverpool
ranks after 15 months out with an
anterior cruciate ligament injury. Aidy
Boothroyd, the under-21 coach, said:
?He?s a senior player, he has won a trophy at under-17 level and he is a little bit
more world-wise than the other boys,
what with having a long-term injury.
?Coming through that and getting
into the Liverpool first team says a bit
about him, I think. He?s just one of those
blokes who you think, ?I could be in
the trenches with you?, and he?s well
respected in the group so he is the one.
I?ve told the players already that he will
be the captain but the leadership group
around that has yet to be decided.?
Gomez, the former Charlton Athletic
defender, opted out of the under-21s?
European Championship campaign in
the summer to ensure he was ready for
Liverpool?s pre-season programme but
Boothroyd insisted that did not count
How previous captains fared
Nigel Reo-Coker
The first Englishman to captain a
team at the new Wembley, leading
the under-21s out for a 3-3 draw with
Italy. Narrowly missed out on a
place in the 2006 World Cup squad.
Steven Taylor
Replaced Reo-Coker as England
Under-21 captain but injuries limited
his appearances. Made the senior
squad once but did not play.
Mark Noble
Captained England Under-21 to the
finals of the 2009 European
Championship but has yet to win a
full cap.
James Ward-Prowse
Captained the under-21s at this
summer?s European Championship
in Poland having won his first senior
cap three months before in a
friendly against Germany.
against him. ?I was really disappointed
Joe couldn?t come in the summer but I
totally understood why,? he said.
Gomez will lead England for the first
time tomorrow when they face Holland
in their first qualifier for Euro 2019. The
squad will travel today but Boothroyd is
ready to leave behind any player caught
up in a deadline-day transfer.
?If it was going to happen, we
wouldn?t want to stand in the way of a
player,? he said. ?Playing for England is
very important but in this squad we
have the depth to cope with that.?
Boothroyd hopes that his players are
not forgotten by clubs in the transfer
window?s final hours. ?When you?ve got
global owners and coaches, sometimes
you can?t see the wood for the trees,? he
said. ?What?s going to make you
successful could be under your nose.
That fact they?ve shown what they?re
all about in the younger age groups
means that, if somebody was to give
them an opportunity, they are going to
be successful.?
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?Ticking clock makes you pay too much?
JAMIE MCPHILIMEY/NEWS GROUP
Nothing can prepare you for
the final hours of the window,
writes Simon Jordan, the
former Crystal Palace owner,
but the selling club will win
League One club or �0 million to buy Philippe
Coutinho from Liverpool, the frustrations and
difficulties remain.
In 2001 we did a great deal in which Clinton
Morrison ? a favourite player of mine ? left to
join Birmingham City. In return we got
�5 million and Andy Johnson, who went on to
star for us and become an England
international.
But in 2005 we had a tricky situation with
Andy. That year he had just finished as the
second highest scorer in the Premier League but
we had been relegated.
Johnson?s agent went behind my back to Bob
Dowie, who was director of football, and said
that he was leaving. Once I was aware of these
attempted shenanigans, I jumped on the agent
from a great height, concentrated his mind on
everything from his birth heritage upwards and
dealt with my player.
I asked Andy to help us get back up and
offered him a new deal, with a promise to let
him leave in a season to the club of his choosing.
He stayed, we lost in the play-offs to Watford
and I sold Johnson to Everton for �million less
than Bolton and Wigan offered. With the agent
N
o matter how many deals you?ve
completed or how prepared you are,
transfer deadline day can still be 24
hours of unprecedented chaos. The
real beneficiaries in this chaos are
the sellers. Imagine trying to buy the last seat on
the last flight out of a war zone ? that scenario
is weighted in favour of the seller. Those
wanting to buy players today are made to pay
for that desperation and chaos. The clubs get a
transfer fee, players need wages and agents get
their fee. The sellers are in control.
In 2006, when we brought Shefki Kuqi to
Crystal Palace from Blackburn Rovers, the deal
went right down to the wire. That was because I
was holding out for a figure and I didn?t want to
budge. That?s when the pressure can get to you
because you know the manager ? Peter Taylor
? wants him and you know fans want to see
new signings so it?s easy for the buyer to blink
first. In the end they budged and I got close to
the deal I wanted but not before I had to dash
out of a restaurant in Marbella to fax the
documents to the FA.
We had passed the midnight deadline but
because I knew no one at the FA would be
manning the fax machine, I changed the time
on the machine so that it looked like we had got
the deal registered in time.
Fax machines were an essential tool for
transfers ten years ago, now you can email
PDFs and get them signed and sent back far
easier.
When you?re the buyer in a football transfer it
can feel like being in an auction room and
you?re the only one there, like some inane
grinning buffoon bidding against yourself ?
?First bid to Mr Jordan, second bid to
Mr Jordan?. Agents have their part to play in
that dynamic.
We had a deal in place to sign Tim Cahill
from Millwall, I agreed a fee with Theo Paphitis,
the Millwall chairman, but I always feared that
his agent was using us.
We were in a position where we had offered
five times the salary he was on at Millwall but
the agent was still not satisfied. The sum got
bigger until we were looking at a deal that was
unrecognisable from the one we started with
and far worse than we could have achieved if we
had been dealing with the player ourselves. And
then to add insult to injury the agent who had
?
We passed the midnight
deadline but I changed
the time on the fax so it looked
like we registered it in time?
Johnson was convinced to stay after Palace were relegated in 2005 before leaving a season later
got ?us? this deal turns around and asks us to
pay his fees.
I think we had agreed a deal for about
�million and the agent wanted �0,000 on
top of that. I gave that request a pretty blunt
response, as did Millwall when he asked that
they pay the fee instead, and the deal collapsed.
It?s in those situations where doing deals as an
owner is difficult. When it?s your money
requests such as the one made by Cahill?s agent
are extra hard to accept. I often found it was
best to keep me out of the detail of negotiations
and hand power to a chief executive, with a
remit and a budget and they can make a deal
work ? even when it means paying agents.
These fees sound insignificant compared to
today?s market but the metrics of a deal stay the
same. Whether it?s a �0,000 transfer at a
marginalised ? and some good faith ? deals
can happen that are right for all parties.
I have always been against the transfer
window. I feel it is a restriction of trade unlike
any you see elsewhere in business. Despite
football wanting to be an island, when you are
dealing with paying players �0,000 a week or
making signings for �0 million it is a business
and should have proper business rules.
I think transfers should be able to happen all
year round except for the final month of the
season, to stop smaller clubs losing their best
players to rivals for short-term gain.
The system at present enables and facilitates
some moderately deplorable conduct, such as
players going on strike or those signing new
five-and-a-half year contracts, like Coutinho,
and then wanting out of the door five minutes
later.
Agents and players can leverage situations in
their favour. The ticking clock will often create a
culture of paying far too much for something
whether that is a transfer fee, player?s wage or
? my particular favourite ? the agent?s fee.
So today the clock is ticking, the sellers are
ready, everyone bites down on their gum shield
and chaos reigns.
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Lured by Klopp and a desire
Six years after turning
down Liverpool, Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain
arrives with plenty to
prove, writes Paul Joyce
The last time that Alex OxladeChamberlain was inside Melwood,
Liverpool rolled out the big guns as well
as the red carpet. It was the summer of
2011 and Steven Gerrard, the then 17year-old?s boyhood idol, and Jamie
Carragher met him at the training
ground to talk up the club?s prospects in
the hope of persuading him to add some
youth and legs to their age and
experience.
As it turned out his career path took
him from Southampton to north
London and Arsenal instead, although
second time around the lure of the
iconic figure shaping the modern
Liverpool was too good to turn down.
J黵gen Klopp has got his man.
No longer do Liverpool simply beat
their rivals on the pitch but also now
in the transfer market with Klopp?s
magnetism and mystique proving a
seductive force against which Chelsea
could not compete. If anything underlines the strides that Liverpool are intent on taking, then it is the � million
deal they struck for the England international yesterday after negotiations
with an increasingly frazzled Arsenal.
Here is a player leaving a direct rival,
spurning the champions en route and
opting for a club that he sees as
England?s emerging force. Whether it
works out for him or not, he should
have no trouble endearing himself to
Liverpool supporters.
Yet this is not an easy move for
Oxlade-Chamberlain as he seeks to
breathe new life into a career which
feels as though it has stagnated under
Ars鑞e Wenger. The safer option surely
would have been to stay in the capital,
where a switch to Antonio Conte?s side
would have meant less upheaval.
What will appeal to Klopp is that the
24-year-old is ready for the challenge
and is anxious to fulfil his potential.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is another
player, like Mohamed Salah before him,
who caught Klopp?s eye while playing
against his Borussia Dortmund side in
the Champions League. Arsenal won
and lost in the group stages in 2014
and Oxlade-Chamberlain featured in
both matches. His name first came up
at Liverpool when Klopp discussed
opponents who had impressed him.
He has been signed to compete for a
Moves between big seven
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be
the first player to move between
Liverpool and Arsenal in the Premier
League era. The last player to do so
was Michael Thomas in 1991.
The table below shows the total
number of permanent moves made
by senior players between each of
the seven biggest Premier League
clubs since the league began in
1992-93.
Research by Barnaby Lane
EVERTON AND MAN UTD
13
W Rooney (2), R Lukaku, M Schneiderlin, L Saha,
M Fellaini, P Neville, J Blomqvist, T Howard,
T Cleverley, A Kanchelskis, J O?Kane, D Gibson
LIVERPOOL AND SPURS
8
R Keane (2), C Ziege, J Redknapp, N Ruddock,
R Rosenthal, J Scales, O Leonhardsen
8
MAN CITY AND CHELSEA
W Caballero, D Sturridge, W Bridge, S WrightPhillips (2), T Ben Haim, D Rocastle, T Phelan
MAN CITY AND ARSENAL
8
G Clichy, S Nasri, B Sagna, E Adebayor, K Tour�,
D Seaman, P Dickov, E McGoldrick
ARSENAL AND EVERTON
6
M Arteta, F Jeffers, M Keown, R Wright,
S Hughes, A Limpar
SPURS AND EVERTON
6
S Pienaar (2), L Saha, A Lennon, S Davies,
V Samways
LIVERPOOL AND CHELSEA
6
D Solanke, D Sturridge, F Torres, R Meireles,
Y Benayoun, A Cole
MAN CITY AND LIVERPOOL
6
R Sterling, Y Tour�, J Milner, C Bellamy,
R Fowler, N Clough
CHELSEA AND MAN UTD
5
N Matic, J Mata, M Bosnich, J Veron, M Hughes
EVERTON AND MAN CITY
5
J Stones, G Barry, J Lescott, J Rodwell, R Dunne
ARSENAL AND CHELSEA
4
P Cech, L Diarra, A Cole, W Gallas
CHELSEA AND SPURS
4
C Cudicini, N Sullivan, G Poyet, F Grodas
SPURS AND MAN UTD
4
D Berbatov, M Carrick, T Sheringham (2)
EVERTON AND CHELSEA
3
R Lukaku, T Phelan, G Stuart
MAN UTD AND MAN CITY
3
C Tevez, O Hargreaves, T Coton
SPURS AND MAN CITY
3
K Walker, E Adebayor, V Corluka
MAN UTD AND ARSENAL
3
D Welbeck, R van Persie, M Silvestre
SPURS AND ARSENAL
2
S Campbell, W Gallas
EVERTON AND LIVERPOOL
2
A Xavier, N Barmby
MAN UTD AND LIVERPOOL
LIVERPOOL AND ARSENAL
0
0
central midfield spot but Liverpool
know he can play wide in a dynamic,
pacey front three too. That he is young,
English and of good character will have
endeared him further.
Still, the size of the task awaiting
Oxlade-Chamberlain will have been
clear to him on Sunday at Anfield when
he suffered along with the rest
of those soon-to-be-former Arsenal
team-mates before being released from
trying to halt Sadio Man� from an
unfamiliar right wing-back role after 62
minutes of the 4-0 mauling.
The sight of Man�, Roberto Firmino
and Salah in full flow would have
emphasised to Oxlade-Chamberlain
that breaking into Liverpool?s front
three will be tough, while the cameos
from Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and
Georginio Wijnaldum underlined the
competition in midfield. Remember,
too, Philippe Coutinho was sulking and
Adam Lallana injured.
While it is understood that he had
reservations about moving to Chelsea
and finding himself out of position once
more, it does not follow that first-team
football is guaranteed at Anfield. That
depends on the player, although Klopp
has received glowing reports from his
England contingent, including Henderson and Lallana, on his new recruit.
Liverpool could now field two strong
teams this season and, given the demand for a high-intensity, hard-running approach, such depth is going to be
needed to ensure that they do not come
up short while fighting on four fronts in
season in which they could play more
than 60 matches. In return, OxladeChamberlain will hope that his rough
edges will be smoothed. He is joining a
team who are all about attack and a
player who has scored 30 goals in 241
games would seem to have plenty of
room for improvement in that regard.
The development of players such as
Lallana, Firmino and Coutinho under
Klopp and his staff ? OxladeChamberlain will get used to Zeljko
Buvac, the assistant manager, pushing
him into positions on the training pitch
? points to him going back to school.
At least, there should no more outings
in roles he considers alien; his dislike for
wing back was obvious even after
Arsenal?s FA Cup final success when
quizzed by Rio Ferdinand and Gerrard
in their role as pundits for BT Sport.
?I don?t mind playing wing back,
playing for Arsenal you get a lot of the
ball and I?ve had minutes,? he said. ?I?m
not one to complain but maybe the
central midfield role . . . I?ve always
wanted to be Steven Gerrard, so I?ve
still got a hope of that.?
High hopes indeed.
The vanishing British core
Carl
Jenkinson
Aaron
Ramsey
On loan at
Birmingham City in
the Championship
after two seasons
at West Ham
The midfielder is
the only one of the
five to still be a
regular under
Ars鑞e Wenger
What to watch on deadline day
Most summer deadline-day signings by Premier League clubs
9
Sunderland
Everton
8
Hull
8
Stoke
8
8
West Brom
7
Crystal Palace
West Ham
6
Tottenham
6
Sanches nears surprise loan to Swansea West Ham stall on Sakho
Steve Madeley
Swansea City are poised to pull off the
surprise signing of Renato Sanches
from Bayern Munich in what will be the
second loan coup completed in 24
hours by one of the Premier League?s
less glamorous clubs after Grzegorz
Krychowiak joined West Bromwich
Albion yesterday.
Sanches, the 20-year-old Portugal
midfielder who helped his country to
win Euro 2016, is close to completing a
move to south Wales. Paul Clement, the
Swansea head coach, used his close
links to Bayern and their manager,
Carlo Ancelotti, to land the player.
His arrival at the Liberty Stadium
will follow another unlikely switch
after Krychowiak, 27, left Paris SaintGermain, sacrificing the chance of
Champions League football to move to
the Hawthorns. Swansea and Bayern
were finalising the details of the deal
for Sanches last night, which included
agreeing a loan fee and what proportion of his wages the German club will
continue to pay.
However, confidence was growing
that the club could complete the
signing of a player who cost Bayern
?35 million (about �.2 million) a year
ago after impressing at Euro 2016.
His first season in Germany did not
work out as he hoped with his 615
Bundesliga minutes failing to yield a
goal or an assist, but his arrival at
Swansea still represents a significant
coup.
So, too, does West Brom?s signing of
Krychowiak, the Poland player who
was one of Europe?s most sought-after
midfielders during his time at Seville,
with whom he twice won the Europa
League. ?I first tried to get him two
years ago and it didn?t work out and I?ve
been trying every window since,? Tony
Pulis, the West Brom head coach, said.
Kieran Gibbs, the England left back,
also joined West Brom yesterday from
Arsenal in a deal that could cost
�million.
A lot can change in a year
Grzegorz Krychowiak
2016 Signs for Paris Saint-Germain
for � million from Seville
2017 Joins West Brom on loan
Renato Sanches
2016 Bayern Munich pay
� million to sign the 18-year-old
from Benfica
2017 Set to join Swansea on loan
as Ogbonna rejects Italy
Gary Jacob
Diafra Sakho travelled to Rennes
yesterday to try to complete an
�million move to France from West
Ham United.
The east London club claimed the
striker was not for sale last night but it
is understood that they are stalling for a
higher fee as he has entered the final
year of his contract.
Angelo Ogbonna has told West Ham
that he does not want to move to Italy.
Inter Milan asked to sign the centre
back, with Marcelo Brozovic moving in
the opposite direction. Brozovic could
address West Ham?s need for a central
midfielder after being unable to get a
deal for William Carvalho over the line.
Stoke City are to allow two players to
leave on loan. Bojan Krkic, the striker, is
expected to move to Alaves and Giannelli Imbula is likely to go to Toulouse,
while Philipp Wollscheid, the defender,
has signed a three-year deal at Metz.
Jordy Clasie, the Southampton
midfielder, has moved to Bruges on
loan. Brighton & Hove Albion have
rejected an offer for Tomer Hemed, the
striker, from Reading.
Norwich City have signed Grant
Hanley, the defender, on a four-year
deal from Newcastle United.
Burnley are in talks to sign Nahki
Wells, the striker who scored ten league
goals to help Huddersfield Town to win
promotion to the Premier League last
season.
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to emulate his hero Gerrard
Costa set for
�m move
to Atletico
Young Arsenal stars signed big contracts in 2012 but where are they now?
Gary Jacob
Jack
Wilshere
Kieran
Gibbs
Alex OxladeChamberlain
An underwhelming
loan at Bournemouth
and injuries have
stalled his career
Fell behind Nacho
Monreal as firstchoice left back.
Joined West Brom
yesterday
140 games in the
past five seasons
but now on his
way to Liverpool
STUART MACFARLANE/GETTY IMAGES
Deadline-day signings made by eventual champions
Year
Eventual champions
Signings on
deadline day
2012 Manchester United 0
2013 Manchester City
0
2014 Chelsea
0
2015 Leicester
0
2016 Chelsea
2
5
Manchester City
have not made a
deadline-day
signing since
2012, when they
made five
Biggest deadline-day deals since 2012
Player
Cost
To
Mesut 謟il
�.5m Arsenal
Anthony Martial
�m
Man United
David Luiz
�m
Chelsea
Moussa Sissoko
�m
Tottenham
Islam Slimani
�m
Leicester
Marouane Fellaini �.5m Man United
1
Newcastle have
made only one
signing on
deadline day in
the past five
years, bringing in
Christian Atsu on
loan from
Chelsea last
season
City confident of completing deal for S醤chez
Paul Hirst
Manchester City are expected to make
one last push to buy Alexis S醤chez
from Arsenal today, but their hopes of
signing Jonny Evans from West
Bromwich Albion have been hindered
by Eliaquim Mangala?s reluctance to
move in the other direction.
The news came on a day that it
emerged that Arsenal and Leicester
City had made � million bids for
Evans, even though the player wants to
move to the Etihad Stadium.
City told Arsenal yesterday that they
were willing to increase their initial bid
of � million for S醤chez, the Chile
forward. The north London club had
initially insisted that he will not be sold
but have since acknowledged privately
that they would consider selling the
28-year-old for about � million and
City are growing increasingly confident that they will agree a deal before
the transfer window closes at 11pm.
City representatives in Chile are
ready to help with the paperwork
should a deal be agreed. Juan Antonio
Pizzi, the Chile head coach, said last
night that he would consider giving
S醤chez permission to leave their camp
briefly to help to seal the transfer,
although they play Paraguay in a World
Cup qualifier in Santiago at 11.30pm
tonight. ?If a player wants authorisation, it is us [the national federation]
which takes the decision,? he said. ?He
must not lose concentration though.?
City are hopeful that their attempt to
sign S醤chez will prove successful, but
there is less certainty about their move
to bring in Evans from West Brom.
Evans, 29, was in Manchester yesterday to train with his Northern Ireland
team-mates at City?s training
ground before their World Cup
qualifier against San Marino, but is
yet to have a medical, as the two clubs
have not agreed terms.
West Brom want Mangala as part of
the deal, but he would prefer a move to
Italy. Inter Milan have cooled their
interest in the centre half, but
Roma are another destination
the Frenchman would prefer
over West Brom.
Tony Pulis, the West Brom head
coach, will not let Evans leave
until he signs a replacement, so
unless he can persuade
Mangala to sign for
him or land another
S醤chez may be allowed
to leave Chile?s training
camp to finalise a move to City
option, then his captain may end up
staying at the Hawthorns.
The Northern Ireland
squad are due to depart
from Manchester airport
to San Marino at 11am,
but City could fly Evans
there in a private jet if
they cannot agree a
deal this morning.
Jason Denayer, the
Belgium
centre
back, flew to
Istanbul last night
and is expected to sign a
season-long loan deal with
Galatasaray today.
Tosin Adarabioyo, the 19-yearold defender, could join Sunderland on loan but Fabian Delph,
the midfielder, has turned down
a move to Stoke City.
Chelsea are close to an agreement to
sell Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid in a
deal worth up to � million. The clubs
have discussed an initial payment of
about � million with the rest in additional fees for the striker, who has not
returned to the west London club this
season.
Atletico can sign the player but
cannot register him until January
because of a transfer ban imposed by
Fifa. Enrique Cerezo, the Atletico Madrid president, has said that he is
optimistic Costa will join. The Spanish
transfer window will close tomorrow,
meaning that the deal could take place
after tonight?s English deadline.
Costa has been fined by Chelsea for
not returning to pre-season training
this season. The 28-year-old has been
working alone in his home town of
Lagarto, in the east of Brazil, and wants
to rejoin Atletico, the club he left for
Stamford Bridge in 2014.
He has complained about his treatment and claimed to have received a
text message from Antonio Conte, the
Chelsea head coach, in June telling him
that he was not wanted. Chelsea have
signed 羖varo Morata from Real
Madrid to replace him and are confident of adding Fernando Llorente as
cover. The Swansea City forward was
not allowed to leave when Chelsea tried
to sign him in January but he has now
entered the final year of his contract.
Chelsea are also confident of completing a deal for Danny Drinkwater.
The England midfielder submitted a
transfer request to Leicester City, who
have been offered about � million,
as a way to force through a move.
He signed a new contract last summer until 2021, worth about �,000 a
week, but would earn more than
�0,000 with Chelsea. He would have
to compete with Cesc F郻regas, N?Golo
Kant� and Ti閙ou� Bakayoko for a
place in central midfield, but Conte
wants additional cover given the
demands of European competition.
Conte also expects to sign a right
wing back to compete with Victor
Moses. Antonio Candreva, of Inter
Milan, is one target, while another
option is Rafinha, of Bayern Munich.
Spurs close on
�m Aurier
Gary Jacob
Serge Aurier has been granted a work
permit to move to Tottenham Hotspur,
who have agreed a deal worth � million plus �8 million in bonus payments
for the Paris Saint-Germain right back.
Spurs have also completed the signing of Juan Foyth from Estudiantes for
�7 million. The 19-year-old defender
has signed a five-year contract.
Aurier was handed a suspended
two-month prison sentence last year
for assaulting a police officer and his
lawyer submitted paperwork including
a guarantee that the player would not
be jailed. The conviction prevented his
entry into the country before PSG?s
Champions League group game
against Arsenal in November.
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain turned
down Chelsea to join Liverpool
yesterday for � million and could be
followed to the club before the transfer
window closes today by Thomas Lemar
and Virgil van Dijk.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has
agreed a five-year contract worth about
�0,000 a week to leave Arsenal, was
undergoing a medical at St George?s
Park last night, where he is on
international duty with England.
The 24-year-old midfielder rejected
Chelsea after the Premier League
champions had reached an agreement
with Arsenal on Monday and instead
opted to join Liverpool and work under
J黵gen Klopp, who is hoping to pull off
two more deals today.
Liverpool are prepared to pay more
than � million for Lemar, the Monaco
midfielder, and a similar fee for Van
Dijk, the Southampton centre back,
although both clubs have indicated that
they do not want to sell.
It would amount to an unprecedented final-day spree if Klopp is successful,
with Oxlade-Chamberlain?s deal set to
be completed in time for him to travel
with England to Malta this afternoon
for tomorrow?s World Cup qualifier.
Arsenal had told Liverpool that they
would not sell to a rival but they became
unhappy with Oxlade-Chamberlain
after he entered the final year of his deal
and refused to negotiate an extension.
Klopp plans to use him primarily in
central midfield but knows that he has
the pace and versatility to form part of
Liverpool?s attacking front three.
The interest in Lemar, who is in the
France squad to play Holland tonight, is
complicated by Monaco?s reluctance
to let another of their prized assets
leave after the departures of Benjamin
Mendy and Bernardo Silva to Manchester City and Tiemou� Bakayoko?s
move to Chelsea, while Kylian Mbapp�
is expected to complete his move to
Paris Saint-Germain today. Liverpool
have medical staff ready to go to France
to conduct a medical if required.
Southampton have spent the summer insisting that Van Dijk will not
leave even though a � million bid may
be tempting for a player who has not
featured since January due to injury
and has submitted a transfer request.
Liverpool insist that Philippe
Coutinho will not be sold to Barcelona,
though the Spanish window closes 24
hours later. However, they will allow
Divock Origi to depart, with Wolfsburg
ready to pay �million to take the
striker on loan, while Lazar Markovic is
expected to leave on loan and Crystal
Palace could return with an offer for
Mamadou Sakho.
In another blow to Ars鑞e Wenger,
the Arsenal manager, Kieran Gibbs
joined West Bromwich Albion for
�million and said that he would
progress more under Tony Pulis. ?He?s
different to what I?ve had before and I
feel he can develop me in certain areas
I maybe need work on,? Gibbs said.
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before the 2020 Olympics in potentially the biggest breakthrough in the
battle against doping for a generation.
The test can identify gene markers in
blood that are produced when an
athlete takes banned drugs and
which can be spotted weeks after the
substance has been taken.
The International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency
(Wada) have awarded �0,000 in
funding to a research group at the
University of Brighton to develop a
testing system. The researchers say that
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markers in saliva. The Times revealed
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season to test saliva to determine if a
player has suffered a concussion.
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heading the research group, said: ?We
are very confident that this will be
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Anti-doping tests usually search
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blood-cell levels monitored over time
via an athlete blood passport to
measure any suspicious changes.
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genetic signature ? a genetic response
called microRNAs that are produced
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EPO (erythropoietin) or steroids.
Research has shown that hundreds of
these genetic markers are produced
and some can be identified several
weeks ? and even months ? after the
drug has been taken.
Significantly, the EPO markers are
different to the markers produced
when an athlete trains at altitude.
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Durham: First Innings 480-9 dec (P D Collingwood 177, C T
Steel 72, P Coughlin 68, M J Potts 53 not out; G C Viljoen
5 for 130)
Derbyshire: First Innings 164 (G Onions 4 for 44)
Second Innings
B T Slater b Pringle
57
L M Reece c Burnham b Jennings
106
*B A Godleman b Rushworth
0
W L Madsen c Richardson b Steel
48
A L Hughes lbw b Potts
39
M J J Critchley lbw b Onions
19
?H R Hosein not out
7
A P Palladino not out
4
Extras (b 8, lb 12, nb 5)
25
Total (6 wkts, 96 overs)
305
Fall of wickets: 1-99, 2-100, 3-206, 4-257, 5-288, 6-298.
Bowling: Rushworth 19-4-41-1; Onions 22-6-67-1; Potts 192-73-1; Pringle 20-7-37-1; Jennings 11-0-46-1; Steel 5-0-21-1.
Umpires: N L Bainton and R J Bailey.
Glamorgan v Sussex
Colwyn Bay (third day of four): Sussex (21pts) beat
Glamorgan (5) by one wicket
Restoring their reputation as a pack to
be feared will be critical to their
chances of progression.
Looking to catch Eddie?s eye Manu
Tuilagi may well be drinking in the lastchance saloon with England. It is more
than three years since he started a Test
and he enraged Jones by going out late
and drinking during a pre-season
training camp with the national team.
However, he is 26 and remains a huge
talent. For all the injuries and
controversies, his game-changing
qualities are obvious.
Slot?s verdict A newly assembled,
fantasy back line looks very good on
paper but does not have the forwards
to feed it.
Glamorgan: First Innings 294 (C A J Meschede 87, N J
Selman 58; O E Robinson 4 for 46)
Second Innings (overnight 126-6)
C A J Meschede c and b Jordan
41
?T N Cullen c Wright b Jordan
22
R A J Smith c Brown b Jordan
15
L J Carey c Briggs b Archer
2
*M G Hogan not out
1
Extras (lb 14, w 1, nb 4)
19
Total (58.3 overs)
182
Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-69, 3-71, 4-76, 5-90, 6-104, 7-156,
8-174, 9-181.
Bowling: Archer 20-1-67-2; Robinson 19-3-48-3; Jordan
16.3-4-46-5; Wiese 3-1-7-0.
Sussex: First Innings 268 (B C Brown 77; C A J Meschede
4 for 61)
Second Innings
L W P Wells c Cullen b Carey
0
A J Robson b Hogan
7
S van Zyl lbw b Salter
38
C D Nash c Selman b Smith
68
L J Wright st Cullen b Salter
0
*?B C Brown c sub b Carey
37
C J Jordan c Cullen b Smith
4
D Wiese c sub b Carey
1
last season
11th
London Irish
last season
promoted
How will they play? The exiles will be
scrapping for every point to avoid a
return to the Championship.
Looking to catch Eddie?s eye Joe
Cokanasiga. The 19-year-old wing
toured with England in the summer
despite never having played a
Premiership game. At
6ft 4in and more than 17st he has all
the physical attributes that will
interest England.
Slot?s verdict Expect a noble but
ultimately frustrating survival battle.
O E Robinson not out
41
J C Archer lbw b Hogan
6
D R Briggs not out
3
Extras (lb 6)
6
Total (9 wkts, 54.4 overs)
211
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-10, 3-100, 4-100, 5-155, 6-157,
7-160, 8-160, 9-179.
Bowling: Carey 14-5-40-3; Hogan 14-2-43-2; Meschede
8-1-35-0; Smith 10.4-2-59-2; Salter 8-1-28-2.
Umpires: R T Robinson and G D Lloyd.
Nottinghamshire v Northamptonshire
Trent Bridge (third day of four): Northamptonshire, with
six second-innings wickets in hand, need 250 runs to beat
Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire: First Innings 213 (M H Wessels 69, S J
Mullaney 58; M Azharullah 5 for 63, R J Gleeson 4 for 38)
Second Innings (overnight 317-8)
M H Wessels c Keogh b Azharullah
116
J T Ball not out
28
Extras (b 15, lb 7, w 1, nb 8)
31
Total (9 wkts dec, 67.2 overs)
344
Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-62, 3-144, 4-176, 5-176, 6-195,
7-221, 8-227, 9-344.
Bowling: Gleeson 18-1-107-3; Sanderson 7.5-1-28-0; Azharullah 18.2-2-73-3; Kleinveldt 19.1-4-81-3; Keogh 4-0-33-0.
Tuilagi needs
a good season
to revive his
England hopes
Northamptonshire: First Innings 141
Second Innings
R I Newton c Hutton b Ball
53
D Murphy lbw b Patel
30
*A G Wakely not out
31
R E Levi c Read b Ball
4
R I Keogh c Hutton b Gurney
0
J J Cobb not out
36
Extras (lb 7, nb 6)
13
Total (4 wkts, 50 overs)
167
Fall of wickets: 1-69, 2-113, 3-117, 4-122.
Bowling: Ball 15-1-56-2; Wood 6-0-24-0; Hutton 15-256-0; Mullaney 7-2-8-0; Patel 1-1-0-1; Gurney 6-1-16-1.
Umpires: J W Lloyds and S J O?Shaughnessy.
Worcestershire v Gloucestershire
Worcester (third day of four): Gloucestershire, with seven
second-innings wickets in hand, need 346 runs to beat
Worcestershire
Worcestershire: First Innings 363 (B L D?Oliveira 93, O B
Cox 61; L C Norwell 4 for 54)
Second Innings
D K H Mitchell run out
130
B L D?Oliveira b Norwell
55
T C Fell c Roderick b Norwell
0
J M Clarke c Norwell b Smith
5
G H Rhodes lbw b Smith
45
How will they play? Francois
Hougaard, the South Africa scrum
half, is the engine that drives their
attack and they will look for Ben Te?o
to continue the form that he displayed
with the Lions.
Looking to catch Eddie?s eye
Nick Schonert. The South Africa-born
tight-head prop was chosen for
England?s tour to Argentina before a
hand injury intervened while Jack
Singleton, the hooker, made the trip
as a replacement for Tommy Taylor, of
Wasps, who damaged knee ligaments.
Slot?s verdict Tough opening fixtures.
May struggle to build momentum.
R Ashwin c Hankins b Norwell
28
?O B Cox run out
15
E G Barnard not out
3
*J Leach st Roderick b Smith
7
Extras (lb 4, w 1, nb 2)
7
Total (8 wkts dec, 71.4 overs)
295
Fall of wickets: 1-76, 2-76, 3-95, 4-209, 5-264, 6-284,
7-286, 8-295.
Bowling: Norwell 20-2-73-3; Miles 12-1-65-0; Smith
19.4-1-73-3; Noema-Barnett 5-0-10-0; Taylor 15-2-70-0.
Gloucestershire: First Innings 258 (J M R Taylor 101 not
out; E G Barnard 4 for 23)
Second Innings
C T Bancroft c Cox b Leach
14
C D J Dent c Rhodes b Ashwin
16
W A Tavare b Ashwin
0
?G H Roderick not out
17
T M J Smith not out
2
Extras (b 6)
6
Total (3 wkts, 25 overs)
55
Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-26, 3-51.
Bowling: Leach 8-4-20-1; Tongue 3-1-8-0; Ashwin
10-3-11-2; Rhodes 2-0-9-0; Barnard 2-1-1-0.
Umpires: P J Hartley and A G Wharf.
No play: Canterbury: Leicestershire 350; Kent 313-9.
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Scoreboard
Bangladesh
victory has
Australia
in a spin
First Test match
Bangladesh v Australia
Dhaka (fourth day of five):
Bangladesh beat Australia by
20 runs
Bangladesh: First Innings 260
(Shakib al-Hasan 84; Tamim
Iqbal 71)
Second Innings 221
(Tamim Iqbal 78; N M Lyon
6 for 82)
Australia: First Innings 217
(Shakib 5 for 68)
Second Innings (o/nt 109-2)
D A Warner lbw b Shakib.......112
*S P D Smith c Rahim
b Shakib.......................................37
P S P Handscomb c Sarkar
b T Islam..........................................15
G J Maxwell b Shakib................14
?M S Wade lbw b Shakib...........4
A C Agar c and b T Islam...........2
P J Cummins not out................33
N M Lyon c Sarkar b Mehedi.12
J R Hazlewood lbw b T Islam.0
Extras (b 7, lb 2)..............................9
Total (70.5 overs)..................244
Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-28,
3-158, 4-171, 5-187, 6-192, 7-195,
8-199, 9-228.
Bowling: Mehedi 19-3-80-2;
Hossain 3-2-2-0; Shakib
28-7-85-5; T Islam 19.5-2-60-3;
M Rahman 1-0-8-0.
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan)
and N J Llong (England).
Man of the match: Shakib.
6 Bangladesh lead two-match
series 1-0.
Second Test: Starts Monday
(at Chittagong).
T
he dramatic
defeat by West
Indies at
Headingley has
been a cause of
consternation over
England?s hopes of
retaining the Ashes this
winter but Australia
have concerns of their
own after their first Test
defeat by Bangladesh
(John Westerby writes).
While West Indies?
revival was seen as one
of the greatest upsets of
recent times, Australia?s
20-run defeat in Mirpur
provided more evidence
of Test cricket?s capacity
for springing surprises.
If Australia lose the
second Test in
Chittagong, starting on
Monday, they will fall to
sixth in the ICC
rankings and even a win
would leave them fifth,
two places below
England.
?We just weren?t good
enough,? was Steve
Smith?s assessment. ?We
didn?t have a tour game
[in preparation], but I?m
not making that an
excuse. Guys need to be
able to adapt better.?
A side injury
sustained by Josh
Hazlewood, the pace
bowler, has exacerbated
their problems, resulting
in a controversial call-up
for Steve O?Keefe. The
32-year-old left-arm
spinner took 12 wickets
in the victory over India
in Pune six months ago
but has subsequently
been banned from
domestic one-day
10
It was Bangladesh?s tenth
Test win in 101 matches.
They have also beaten
Zimbabwe (5), West Indies
(2) and England, Sri Lanka
On a roll: Bangladesh?s
players celebrate after
beating Australia in Test
cricket for the first time.
The team has dished out
defeats to England and
Sri Lanka in recent months
cricket for drunken
behaviour at an awards
ceremony. It was his
second alcohol-related
indiscretion in nine
months, prompting him
to seek counselling.
Now there are
indications that he could
come straight into the
team for the second
Test. The decision to
summon a spin bowler
rather than a seamer
recognises Australia?s
failure to adapt to the
conditions in
Bangladesh.
?With Jackson Bird in
the squad we are
comfortable with our
fast-bowling options for
the second Test,? Trevor
Hohns, the national
selector, said.
The injury will rule
Hazlewood out of the
second Test and the oneday series in India but
he is expected to have
recovered in time for the
first Ashes Test at
Brisbane, which begins
on November 23.
After recording their
first victory over
England last October
and beating Sri Lanka
away in March,
Bangladesh were
inspired to their latest
landmark victory by
Shakib al-Hasan, who
made 84 in the first
innings and finished
with match figures of
ten for 153, taking five
for 85 as Australia fell
short of a fourth-innings
target of 265.
Is this start of a West Indies renaissance?
Caribbean cricket has
myriad issues but the
surprise Headingley
victory could be
a catalyst for
change, writes
Mike Brearley
The first Test against West Indies was
such a debacle and mismatch that some
colleagues, including Michael Holding
and Bob Willis, were in despair for the
game?s future in this once-proud
cricketing region. While Mike
Atherton reminded us of the quality of
the under-19 team, Bob saw the match
as a justification of two leagues, with
West Indies playing the likes of
Afghanistan and Ireland.
To me it sharpened the anxiety about
the threat to Test cricket overall. I
recognised that declines are cyclical but
argued that the degree of mismatch
should make us realise how critical a
new policy to invigorate Test cricket is.
A Guyanese friend, Clem Seecharan,
who knows West Indian cricket
much better than I do and has written
extensively on the topic, was more
gloomy. I raised the possibility that the
changes in personnel might make a
difference: Johnny Grave as chief
executive, Jimmy Adams as cricket
manager and Stuart Law as coach.
He wrote on Friday morning, just
before the Headingley Test began: ?As a
West Indian today, I don?t think I?m
unduly pessimistic when I say that the
generational difference in taste is vast,
its instincts radically divergent from
those that shaped me; besides, with
the board?s resources precariously
limited, the lure of the IPL (Indian
Premier League) and other such
sources of lucrative earnings is
irresistible. Therefore, I can?t envisage a
change in the personnel of the WI
board making much difference to the
fate of Test cricket in the region.?
He continued: ?Moreover, the infrastructure of the game in an archipelago
that constitutes ten sovereign states is
so decrepit that the level of club and
first-class cricket is mediocre indeed.
The framework of challenging club and
inter-county cricket that was obtained
in colonial Guyana, for instance, has
been totally destroyed. That competitive environment which made Rohan
Kanhai, Joe Solomon, Basil Butcher,
Lance Gibbs, Clive Lloyd, Roy
Fredericks, Alvin Kallicharran, Colin
Croft (even Shivnarine Chanderpaul)
no longer exists. And without it, I can
see no likelihood of recreating the complex process, requiring resolve and resources on the ground, that is the foundation for excellence at the Test level.
?Mind you, we do very well for a time,
perhaps even brilliantly, but then
quickly revert to type. And the more the
present West Indies team performs
abysmally, the more a very sensitive
people wants to disown the team ? and
the product. They are lifted by the T20
heroics, images of ?Four 6s Braff? v Ben
Stokes, Garry and the six 6s at Swansea,
the Legendary Learie, who was a strong
advocate of one-day cricket from as
early as the 1930s.
?Mike, it?s possible that my view is
overly clouded by West Indian futility. I
still harbour a reservoir of images from
the archives of Test cricket. I hope your
initiative in saving Test cricket proves
me wrong. I?ve eaten my words before
and found them palatable.?
And then, so soon after Edgbaston,
the tables are turned and the wobbly
card table has grown legs of oak, a new
solidity. There were hints of a new
purpose from the first few overs of the
Headingley match. There were signs of
a definite policy and fewer loose balls
on either side of the wicket.
Kemar Roach bowled with discipline
from round the wicket. Shannon
Gabriel, who had been left out for the
first Test because of a niggle in his back,
looked at once a meaner bowler than
anyone else in the team. A big man, like
a muscle-bound Charlie Griffith or
Sylvester Clarke, broad of chest and
face, he bowled at a good pace,
approaching 90mph. He doesn?t swing
the ball but hits the surface hard and in
the right places.
And then, of course, Kraigg
Brathwaite and Shai Hope. What performances these were. Luck, of course,
played a part, particularly against
James Anderson with a new or new-ish
ball. Hope, in particular, with an average of 18.61 before the match, was magnificent, his straight driving as good as
anything we have seen all summer.
Jermaine Blackwood and Jason
Holder played orthodox and unortho-
dox strokes with purpose, to give the
visitors a huge lead. There was also
the extraordinary business of the
almost complete rejection of Devendra
Bishoo, the leg-spinner, on a dry pitch,
a warm day, with runs in the bank.
As so often, England were rescued by
? and eventually in the ascendancy
thanks to ? their fantastic
all-rounders, and West Indies could not
quite maintain their momentum. But
then, the final act of this great drama.
Again Brathwaite and Hope played
with calm maturity.
None of this answers my friend?s
comments about infrastructure. But
West Indies? performance in this match
should generate huge admiration for
the Test team across the Caribbean and
may, just may, start a new phase in
cricket?s priorities there. A renaissance?
Or a flash in the pan? Let?s hope the
former.
A footnote: Please don?t criticise Joe
Root for his declaration. Usually
captains make the opposite mistake. No
one could have predicted this.
6 Read extracts from Mike Brearley?s
new book, On Form, in The Times this
weekend, plus Mike Atherton?s interview
with him.
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NIGEL FRENCH/PA
Root was right to
declare but should
have done it sooner
W
hen he gets over the
disappointment of losing an
epic Test match, Joe Root
should recognise that there is
more to be learnt from this
second defeat than any of the previous four
victories under his captaincy put together. It is
the first time that we have glimpsed him under
fourth-innings pressure and the first time that
he has seen some of his own players in the same
situation.
A passenger could have captained England to
victory at Edgbaston, so flimsy were West
Indies. Against South Africa, the matches were
very one-sided in both directions, the firstinnings deficits so massive as to reduce the
influence of the captain in the second half of the
game. Here, though, as the match ebbed and
flowed in classic Test match fashion, he will
have felt the knot in the stomach that all former
captains would remember in tight situations.
Much of the comment from our readers after
the defeat focused on his declaration. Many felt
that Root was justified in declaring on the
fourth evening; some did not. Here?s a flavour of
the latter: ?Too sporting for my taste?; ?being 1-0
up, it?s debatable if Root needed to offer West
Indies a chance to win?; ?quite a miscalculation?.
Those in favour were so because they thought it
a sporting declaration, one that put the broader
interests of the game first.
Declaring on the fourth evening was the
right thing to do, not because it was
sporting but because it gave his team
the best chance of winning the game.
If there was any criticism of Root to
be had following the defeat, it was
not for this. The process of it is
important to understand, too: it
was more of a collective decision,
the impetus for it coming as
much from other players as the
captain initially, and that
suggests both a team with an
aggressive attitude and a
captain prepared to listen.
England were 1-0 up and this
was a chance to nail the series
which Root, rightly in my view,
accepted. If there was a small
quibble, it was that six overs
was not quite enough time to
take advantage of the apparent
demoralisation of the opposition
after the aggressive batting from
Moeen Ali in the post-tea session. With Stuart
Broad off colour for his two overs, it left Jimmy
Anderson?s three overs and one from Ali. A little
longer would have been more beneficial.
This, perhaps, offers a first lesson. The
psychology of the game is always
underestimated. On the first morning at
Headingley, under blue skies and on a whitelooking pitch, Michael Holding, the former West
Indies bowler, was a lone voice in commentary,
suggesting that Root should have bowled first.
Why? Because, West Indies had just lost 19
wickets in a day at Edgbaston ? why not put
them straight back under pressure?
The conditions suggested bat, while Holding
thought the psychology of the game offered a
different route to success. Would a different
decision have changed things? Who knows, but
decisions should take in broader considerations
than the conditions alone, something
worth bearing in mind for the future.
On the final day, Root leaned heavily
on his senior bowlers, Broad and
Anderson. Fair enough, but Ben Stokes was
strangely underused. He didn?t come on
until the 47th over and bowled only five
overs in all. Root explained this by saying
the situation just never felt right to bring
him back on, which happens, although 90
overs in a day usually gives ample
opportunity. It was noticeable that,
when Stokes did come on, he
tried something different to
Kraigg Brathwaite (a short-ball
ploy), which stirred the crowd and
got them into the game for the first
time that day. Stokes is too
competitive a cricketer to underuse in
a tight contest.
After that, the impression was of
E
England
drifting to defeat. Here, I
recalled two matches, one when I captained
England to defeat in Trinidad in 1998, another
involving Kevin Pietersen. In Trinidad, West
Indies were chasing 282, the pitch was poor and
I remember thinking that a wicket was bound to
come, if we were patient enough. I waited
passively for something to happen, rather than
making it happen. A captain needs to feel at the
end of a match that he has used up all options
and I didn?t feel that in the aftermath of that
match. I felt I had messed up.
Strange neglect: Stokes was not used until the
47th over and then only for five overs in total
Call to arms: Root, right, leaned heavily on his senior bowlers, Broad, left, and Anderson on Tuesday
and with nearly 900 Test wickets between them he could have expected them to get the job done
Pietersen fell into a similar trap in Chennai in
2008 when India chased 387 in the second
innings for a famous victory. On a turning pitch,
with Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar to
hand, Pietersen set ?in/out? fields for the whole
day, a strategy that he did not change even as
the batsmen milked the ball for singles. It was as
if he had said to himself that, eventually, his two
spinners were bound to produce something on a
helpful surface. I also remember him sitting next
to Mike Brearley on the plane journey the next
day, using the opportunity to deconstruct the
innings and of him being far more proactive in
the next Test.
It would have been easy for Root to feel that
Anderson and Broad, with nearly 900 Test
wickets, would eventually dislodge a batsman,
Shai Hope, who had a Test average of 18.61.
There may be nothing that a captain can do
from time to time but a team needs to think that
he can pull a rabbit from the hat when needed
and that he has tried all possibilities.
The strategy did not seem quite right when
Roston Chase came to the crease with the game
drifting away. With Hope settled, and Chase just
arrived, the fields to both were the same, set
strongly to the leg side to encourage the bowlers
to bowl straight. This was fair enough to Hope
but seemed illogical to Chase, new to the action
as he was, and given his reputation as a more
vulnerable player outside off stump. As it
happened, an edge went between the
wicketkeeper and a solitary slip shortly
afterwards.
Captaincy was certainly not the defining
difference in the match, given England?s costly
catching, complacency in the first innings, when
batsmen drove loosely through the line of the
ball at a ground where such an approach is
asking for trouble, and indifferent bowling
throughout. They also came up against a young
batsman who was inspired to play the innings of
his life. All these factors were more important.
Nevertheless, for England?s young captain, this
great Test match and agonising defeat should be
taken as wonderful learning opportunity.
icc needs to climb down over swearing
Reports are that the ICC will reconsider the
ridiculous insistence that players receive demerit
points for swearing audibly, but to themselves,
in frustration on the field of play. Let us hope so.
Having set a precedent, match referees feel it
necessary now to impose a penalty every time a
swear word is heard by umpires or television
viewers. Both Ben Stokes and Jason Holder were
given demerit points at Headingley, as was
Kagiso Rabada in July at Lord?s.
It raises interesting questions: what about
when a match referee?s language is not the same
as the players? Will swear words in Urdu, Hindi
or Sinhalese, say, go unpunished if the referee or
umpires are English speakers, or the other way
round? And, to take the extreme example of
David ?Syd? Lawrence, who broke his knee in
half during a tour of New Zealand in 1992: as he
lay there screaming in agony, and swearing in
the middle of the pitch, would a match referee
now feel compelled to take action?
Match referees are there to make sure the
game is played in a fair spirit, to prevent abuse
directed at opponents or umpires. The
regulations have put them in a bind and should
be changed to reflect a challenging game that is
demanding of red-blooded, highly competitive
young men.
Westley gets final chance as defeat ruins plan to rest players
Elizabeth Ammon
Tom Westley will be given another
chance to prove his Ashes credentials
after England named the same 13-man
squad for the decisive third Test against
West Indies at Lord?s a week today.
Westley has made only 18 runs from
three innings in the series and averages
20.14 for England after making three
and eight as West Indies won a
remarkable second Test at Headingley.
After being pegged back in the
series,the plan to rest senior players for
the final Test of the summer has been
abandoned and Mason Crane, the
Hampshire leg spinner, will likely
make his debut only if the pitch appears
particuarly like it would favour him.
That decision means that should
the 20-year-old be selected for the
Ashes he would travel without having
played a Test, a scenario England had
hoped to avoid. ?It will be a temptation
[to play Mason Crane] definitely but
we?ll have to wait until we get to Lord?s
to look at the wicket and then that
would bring in other decisions about
who might miss out,? said Trevor
Bayliss, the England coach, who is
likely to play James Anderson, Stuart
Broad and Chris Woakes.
While Westley, the Essex batsman,
has it all to prove, Mark Stoneman and
Dawid Malan each made a half-century
at Headingley to strengthen their
claims. ?This last Test match will be
another opportunity for them to really
nail it down [a place in the Ashes squad].
They have started to look comfortable
and can both play off the back foot so
the signs are looking good,? Bayliss said.
The ECB has confirmed that Ottis
Gibson will leave his role as England?s
bowling coach at the end of the third
and final Test to join South Africa as
head coach. England are unlikely to
appoint a permanent replacement
before the one-day and T20 series
against West Indies, with Kevin Shine,
the ECB fast-bowling coach, a possible
stand-in.
Chris Silverwood, the Essex head
coach, is a strong contender to replace
Gibson but Richard Johnson, of
Middlesex, is not thought to be a front
runner. Bayliss may consider either Joe
Dawes or Geoff Lawson, two fellow
Australians, for a short-term role for
the Ashes.
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Goals England have
scored in nine games
against Malta (10 in
four) and Slovakia
(nine in five)
Gomez to
captain U21s
after return
to fitness
Steve Madeley
No hurry for Harry: Kane has yet to win a major honour with Tottenham but is happy to stay at the club and feels that he has plenty of time to collect trophies there
Kane: help teams by shutting
window before season starts
Henry Winter
Chief Football Writer
Harry Kane has urged the football
authorities to address the chaos
inflicted by the transfer window overlapping with the start of the season. The
Premier League is three games in and
some squads are riddled with uncertainty over players arriving and leaving.
The Tottenham Hotspur forward
will continue training with England at
St George?s Park this morning before
flying to Malta for the World Cup
qualifier tomorrow and some of those
alongside him, such as Alex OxladeChamberlain and Raheem Sterling are
caught up in distracting transfer sagas.
The madness of deadline day adds to
global fascination in the Premier
League show, enhancing broadcasting
rights, but clear-eyed individuals such
as Kane can see the problems it causes
managers trying to prepare sides.
?It would be better for the window to
close before the season, to help teams
settle and also on an international level,
there are players here and rumours are
going around,?? Kane said. ?It would be
better if it stopped then, so everyone
could focus on the season without
players having to worry about being
sold or moving up north or down
south.?
Kane?s sentiments echo those of
Premier League managers, including
J黵gen Klopp, Jos� Mourinho, Sean
Dyche, Paul Clement and Mark
Hughes, who want the deadline
brought forward. The subject is up for
discussion at the Premier League
shareholders? meeting a week today but
all parties are aware that it would work
only if European leagues adopted a
similar date.
Kane emphasised that the England
players were being professional, concentrating on Malta. ?We are just focusing on our job internationally,? he said.
Yet even such a sanguine character
as Kane has been shocked by the
cash-rich circus of the transfer window,
especially the �9 million move that
took Neymar from Barcelona to Paris
Saint-Germain. ?It?s been crazy, even
from a player?s point of view,? he said.
?With the Neymar situation, the
money involved has changed and
players are going for a lot more than
they may have done before.?
Tottenham are closing in on a deal
for Serge Aurier, the PSG defender,
have completed the signing of Juan
Foyth, the centre half, from Estudiantes, and are in the market for another
midfielder and striker. ?I?ll be interested
to see who we get in but I?m not that
interested in other teams,? Kane said.
He knows that his club, ably run by
Daniel Levy, have a reputation for
swooping late on deadline day.
?Daniel likes to do it on the last day to
get the best deal,? Kane said. ?Daniel is
a great businessman. He knows what
he wants, he?s been around for a long
time, he?s great for our club, he runs it in
a very good way. The facilities we?ve got
now are second to none.?
Kane, who signed an extension to
2022 in December, leaves all negotiating with Levy to his agent. ?I don?t deal
with him face to face so I wouldn?t know
how intimidating he really is.? Kane did
reveal that he has no buyout clause.
?No, I haven?t and I haven?t really
thought about it. I?m fully committed to
Spurs so there?s no reason to have one.?
He ignores speculation about him,
one day, leaving for a wealthier club.
?Sometimes my mates say, ?wonder
what you?d be worth,? but that?s not
something that?s on my mind,? he said.
?If I was someone thinking about
moving then of course, I?d think about
that, but I?m fully committed to Spurs.
?I want to start winning things. I?m 24
but there?s plenty of time for me to do
that. We?ve had two good years but
we?ve got nothing to show for it. We?re
a long way on from where we were a
couple of years ago but it?s time. We?ve
come second in the Premier League.
The only way to improve is to finish
first. And we want to win cups and to
have a better Champions League.
?Our team is extremely good and our
manager [Mauricio Pochettino] is
one of the best in the world. It?s a great
opportunity for us but in the Premier
League you?ve got six or seven very
good teams spending a lot of money on
making themselves even better.?
Kane?s club-mate, Danny Rose,
recently voiced his frustration about
wages at Spurs. ?He said what he said,
but he now just needs to concentrate on
getting himself fit and helping us again
at Spurs,? Kane said.
They need him, judging by more
disappointing performances in their
temporary home at Wembley. ?I think
it [the idea of a Wembley curse] is
overplayed. We have played very well
there,? he said. ?We?re not panicking.?
Nor is Kane worrying about his traditional lack of goals in August. ?I?ve had
two very good seasons without scoring
in August before,? he said. ?The Malta
game is on September 1, so we?ve all had
a little joke about it.?
With Wayne Rooney retired from
international football, Kane knows that
players have to take more responsibility
with England.
?There are plenty of players who can
score, make assists, beat a player one on
one,? he said. ?People look to me to
score, that?s normal, but there are
plenty of players, Dele [Alli], Rash
[Marcus Rashford], [Jesse] Lingard,
[Daniel] Sturridge, [Danny] Welbeck,
who can contribute.
?We have a good team and we want to
be one of the best in the world. Me,
[Eric] Dier, Dele, came through at similar times and now it?s about producing.
Of course I want to win a World Cup,
hopefully next year, but I don?t think by
26 I have to have won this or that. I see
where we are as a club and a country
and we?re in a good place. We?re in a
situation [with England] where we?ve
got to try and win something and
that would be one of the biggest
achievements in English history.?
In England?s last outing, they were
outclassed in Paris. ?France are an
extremely good team with a lot of good
players to choose from but so are we,?
he said. ?I wouldn?t say the gap is
massive but we can work on that.?
Defeating Malta will take England
closer to Russia on what promises to be
a hot night, with a temperature of
around 27C expected come kick-off
tomorrow. ?Any time we play a team like
Malta, it?s their cup final,? Kane said.
?They?re going to want to win, going to
want to surprise the world. But we?ve
got more than enough ability to win.?
Joe Gomez, the Liverpool defender, is
the new captain of England Under-21.
The 20-year-old, who has figured in all
three of his club?s Premier League
games
this
season,
succeeds
Southampton?s James Ward-Prowse.
The appointment is the latest
positive step for Gomez, who has made
an impressive return to the Liverpool
ranks after 15 months out with an
anterior cruciate ligament injury. Aidy
Boothroyd, the under-21 coach, said:
?He?s a senior player, he has won a trophy at under-17 level and he is a little bit
more world-wise than the other boys,
what with having a long-term injury.
?Coming through that and getting
into the Liverpool first team says a bit
about him, I think. He?s just one of those
blokes who you think, ?I could be in
the trenches with you?, and he?s well
respected in the group so he is the one.
I?ve told the players already that he will
be the captain but the leadership group
around that has yet to be decided.?
Gomez, the former Charlton Athletic
defender, opted out of the under-21s?
European Championship campaign in
the summer to ensure he was ready for
Liverpool?s pre-season programme but
Boothroyd insisted that did not count
How previous captains fared
Nigel Reo-Coker
The first Englishman to captain a
team at the new Wembley, leading
the under-21s out for a 3-3 draw with
Italy. Narrowly missed out on a
place in the 2006 World Cup squad.
Steven Taylor
Replaced Reo-Coker as England
Under-21 captain but injuries limited
his appearances. Made the senior
squad once but did not play.
Mark Noble
Captained England Under-21 to the
finals of the 2009 European
Championship but has yet to win a
full cap.
James Ward-Prowse
Captained the under-21s at this
summer?s European Championship
in Poland having won his first senior
cap three months before in a
friendly against Germany.
against him. ?I was really disappointed
Joe couldn?t come in the summer but I
totally understood why,? he said.
Gomez will lead England for the first
time tomorrow when they face Holland
in their first qualifier for Euro 2019. The
squad will travel today but Boothroyd is
ready to leave behind any player caught
up in a deadline-day transfer.
?If it was going to happen, we
wouldn?t want to stand in the way of a
player,? he said. ?Playing for England is
very important but in this squad we
have the depth to cope with that.?
Boothroyd hopes that his players are
not forgotten by clubs in the transfer
window?s final hours. ?When you?ve got
global owners and coaches, sometimes
you can?t see the wood for the trees,? he
said. ?What?s going to make you
successful could be under your nose.
That fact they?ve shown what they?re
all about in the younger age groups
means that, if somebody was to give
them an opportunity, they are going to
be successful.?
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?Ticking clock makes you pay too much?
JAMIE MCPHILIMEY/NEWS GROUP
Nothing can prepare you for
the final hours of the window,
writes Simon Jordan, the
former Crystal Palace owner,
but the selling club will win
League One club or �0 million to buy Philippe
Coutinho from Liverpool, the frustrations and
difficulties remain.
In 2001 we did a great deal in which Clinton
Morrison ? a favourite player of mine ? left to
join Birmingham City. In return we got
�5 million and Andy Johnson, who went on to
star for us and become an England
international.
But in 2005 we had a tricky situation with
Andy. That year he had just finished as the
second highest scorer in the Premier League but
we had been relegated.
Johnson?s agent went behind my back to Bob
Dowie, who was director of football, and said
that he was leaving. Once I was aware of these
attempted shenanigans, I jumped on the agent
from a great height, concentrated his mind on
everything from his birth heritage upwards and
dealt with my player.
I asked Andy to help us get back up and
offered him a new deal, with a promise to let
him leave in a season to the club of his choosing.
He stayed, we lost in the play-offs to Watford
and I sold Johnson to Everton for �million less
than Bolton and Wigan offered. With the agent
N
o matter how many deals you?ve
completed or how prepared you are,
transfer deadline day can still be 24
hours of unprecedented chaos. The
real beneficiaries in this chaos are
the sellers. Imagine trying to buy the last seat on
the last flight out of a war zone ? that scenario
is weighted in favour of the seller. Those
wanting to buy players today are made to pay
for that desperation and chaos. The clubs get a
transfer fee, players need wages and agents get
their fee. The sellers are in control.
In 2006, when we brought Shefki Kuqi to
Crystal Palace from Blackburn Rovers, the deal
went right down to the wire. That was because I
was holding out for a figure and I didn?t want to
budge. That?s when the pressure can get to you
because you know the manager ? Peter Taylor
? wants him and you know fans want to see
new signings so it?s easy for the buyer to blink
first. In the end they budged and I got close to
the deal I wanted but not before I had to dash
out of a restaurant in Marbella to fax the
documents to the FA.
We had passed the midnight deadline but
because I knew no one at the FA would be
manning the fax machine, I changed the time
on the machine so that it looked like we had got
the deal registered in time.
Fax machines were an essential tool for
transfers ten years ago, now you can email
PDFs and get them signed and sent back far
easier.
When you?re the buyer in a football transfer it
can feel like being in an auction room and
you?re the only one there, like some inane
grinning buffoon bidding against yourself ?
?First bid to Mr Jordan, second bid to
Mr Jordan?. Agents have their part to play in
that dynamic.
We had a deal in place to sign Tim Cahill
from Millwall, I agreed a fee with Theo Paphitis,
the Millwall chairman, but I always feared that
his agent was using us.
We were in a position where we had offered
five times the salary he was on at Millwall but
the agent was still not satisfied. The sum got
bigger until we were looking at a deal that was
unrecognisable from the one we started with
and far worse than we could have achieved if we
had been dealing with the player ourselves. And
then to add insult to injury the agent who had
?
We passed the midnight
deadline but I changed
the time on the fax so it looked
like we registered it in time?
Johnson was convinced to stay after Palace were relegated in 2005 before leaving a season later
got ?us? this deal turns around and asks us to
pay his fees.
I think we had agreed a deal for about
�million and the agent wanted �0,000 on
top of that. I gave that request a pretty blunt
response, as did Millwall when he asked that
they pay the fee instead, and the deal collapsed.
It?s in those situations where doing deals as an
owner is difficult. When it?s your money
requests such as the one made by Cahill?s agent
are extra hard to accept. I often found it was
best to keep me out of the detail of negotiations
and hand power to a chief executive, with a
remit and a budget and they can make a deal
work ? even when it means paying agents.
These fees sound insignificant compared to
today?s market but the metrics of a deal stay the
same. Whether it?s a �0,000 transfer at a
marginalised ? and some good faith ? deals
can happen that are right for all parties.
I have always been against the transfer
window. I feel it is a restriction of trade unlike
any you see elsewhere in business. Despite
football wanting to be an island, when you are
dealing with paying players �0,000 a week or
making signings for �0 million it is a business
and should have proper business rules.
I think transfers should be able to happen all
year round except for the final month of the
season, to stop smaller clubs losing their best
players to rivals for short-term gain.
The system at present enables and facilitates
some moderately deplorable conduct, such as
players going on strike or those signing new
five-and-a-half year contracts, like Coutinho,
and then wanting out of the door five minutes
later.
Agents and players can leverage situations in
their favour. The ticking clock will often create a
culture of paying far too much for something
whether that is a transfer fee, player?s wage or
? my particular favourite ? the agent?s fee.
So today the clock is ticking, the sellers are
ready, everyone bites down on their gum shield
and chaos reigns.
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Thursday August 31 2017 | the times
Sport Football
Transfer window closes Tonight 11pm
Sport
Lured by Klopp and a desire
Six years after turning
down Liverpool, Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain
arrives with plenty to
prove
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