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daily newspaper of the year
Tuesday November 21 2017 | thetimes.co.uk | No 72386
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Charles Manson
His life and crimes
How to do
the perfect
press-up
Obituary, pages 57-58
News, page 13
Times2
Scottish Labour leader: I?ll support England at football and rugby
Hamish Macdonell Scottish Political Editor
It is a revelation that will test even the
most loyal Scottish Labour voter. The
party?s new leader said yesterday that
he would always support England in
matches against Scotland.
Richard Leonard, the Yorkshire-born
trade unionist who was elected at the
weekend to lead Scottish Labour, said
that although he had lived north of the
border since university, his sporting
heart resided with his birth country.
Asked about football and rugby, Mr
Leonard said: ?If it?s England v Scotland, I do support England. Every other
game I will support either Scotland or
England. I?m not going to make up
something which would be inaccurate
. . . my wife, who is Scottish, would bear
that out. We watch football together.?
In the leadership race, Mr Leonard,
55, had to defend his birthplace and
private education. The MSP for Central
Scotland, an ally of Jeremy Corbyn, was
brought up in Yorkshire and has kept
his accent. He went to Pocklington
School near York before studying at
Stirling University.
The question of sporting loyalty is
often thrown at Scottish politicians
and sportsmen. Alex Salmond said
that he would support England in
some of the games at the 2014 football
World Cup finals. Jack McConnell, his
predecessor as first minister, backed
England?s 2006 group stage opponents
Trinidad and Tobago because of the
number of Scottish-based players in
their squad.
Gordon Brown was ridiculed when
he appeared to seek English votes while
prime minister by highlighting a Paul
Gascoigne goal against Scotland as
one of his most memorable footballing
moments.
Mr Leonard?s remarks on BBC Radio
Five Live came as he said that his predecessor, Kezia Dugdale, 36, was not given
permission to join I?m a Celebrity . . . Get
Me Out of Here! She is to make her first
appearance in the ITV show this week.
It is filmed in Australia. The MSP?s decision to leave her constituency for three
weeks has angered some in the party.
May told to exploit Merkel
crisis to reduce Brexit bill
Russians buy
life of luxury
with stolen
UK air miles
Tories claim German instability strengthens PM?s hand in divorce talks
Mark Bridge Technology Correspondent
AXEL SCHMIDT/REUTERS
added that from a government perspective the upheaval in Germany was
irrelevant to the need to make progress
in the Brexit negotiations next month.
?It was a wide-ranging discussion on
our approach of which money was only
one small part,? the source said.
A Downing Street source added: ?It
Russian cybercriminals are enjoying
five-star holidays at knockdown prices
using reward points stolen from
unwitting Britons, a report says.
The fraudsters buy flights, hotels and
car-hire at discounts of up to 75 per cent
from crooked ?travel agents? on the
dark web, who have obtained them
using reward points and air miles
hacked from airline user accounts and
bank accounts. These intermediaries
have sleek online stores resembling
those of legitimate agents, and grateful
customers post photos and reviews of
their illegally subsidised trips.
Flashpoint, the research company
that revealed the trade, said yesterday
that the problem was so serious that
one US-based bank with British customers had quietly blocked the
purchase of flights in Russia using its
rewards scheme. Flashpoint specialises
in monitoring activity on the dark web,
a part of the internet promising
anonymity and dealing in bitcoins. It is
widely used for the sale of drugs and
stolen property.
The middlemen in the ploy typically
deal in sales of flights above $500 or
hotel bookings above $200, saying that
their margins would be too small otherwise. Customers often buy businessclass flights and stay in four and fivestar hotels, according to the report.
Comments on internet forums such as
Reddit and Flyertalk detail the stories
of British victims, such as a couple who
found their Avios points had been used
to pay for a room in Spain under the
names of Olga and Dmitry. Avios
manages air miles on behalf of several
airlines and is owned by the parent
company of British Airways.
Liv Rowley, of Flashpoint, said criminals believed that it was too risky to buy
flights with stolen credit card details
but felt safe using reward points associated with the same accounts. She said:
?One advantage for criminals of using
reward points is that the legitimate
owner might not notice for months that
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Continued on page 2, col 3
Francis Elliott Political Editor
Oliver Wright, Henry Zeffman
Senior Tory Brexiteers demanded last
night that Theresa May exploit Angela
Merkel?s political weakness and suspend
plans to offer billions of pounds more to
the European Union.
The prime minister?s allies said
that she had bound her cabinet to
Britain?s negotiating stance, including
the offer of more money at a meeting
before the European Council next
month.
The German chancellor?s admission
yesterday that she might be forced
back to the polls had tipped Brexit
negotiations into chaos, said Iain
Duncan Smith, the former Conservative leader and a prominent Brexiteer.
He urged Mrs May to ?sit tight?.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, Tory MP for
North East Somerset, said that it would
be ?foolish? to improve the offer at a
time when Mrs Merkel needed to
reassure German voters that they
would not have to foot the bill if Britain
left without an agreement.
Germany descended into political
instability yesterday after weeks-long
talks to form a coalition collapsed.
Mrs Merkel said that she was ready for
a rerun of the September election
as most parties refused to return to
negotiations.
Brexit-supporting ministers were
said to be pressing Mrs May to use the
turmoil of the EU?s most powerful
nation to reduce Britain?s ?divorce bill?
before yesterday?s meeting of the
cabinet sub-committee overseeing the
negotiations.
It appears, however, that Mrs May
has secured agreement from Boris
Johnson, Michael Gove and other
Leave-supporting cabinet figures to
table an improved offer before the
European Council meeting next
month. The government will not put a
figure on the total but it is likely to
include commitments in the region of
� billion on top of the � billion
Angela Merkel arriving for coalition talks in Berlin yesterday. Their collapse raised the chances of another German election
already acknowledged as owed in Mrs
May?s Florence speech.
The Times understands that yesterday?s meeting ended in agreement on a
broad negotiating strategy for the talks,
including an improved financial offer.
A government source suggested that
Mr Johnson and Mr Gove had signed
up to Mrs May?s plan. She is likely to
put the offer forward informally when
she meets Donald Tusk, president of
the European Council, on Friday.
Any additional financial commitments would be conditional on the
EU agreeing the broad outlines of its
approach to an ?ambitious? future trade
deal with Britain, covering goods and
services, it is understood. The source
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T O D AY ? S E D I T I O N
Cancer checks
in car parks
Hunt member
hit saboteur
Secret moves
to save budget
Mobile CT scanners
will be sent to
supermarket car parks
to check people for
lung cancer to try to
save thousands of lives
by spotting the disease
earlier. Page 4
New calls for tighter
policing of hunt
protests have been
issued after a video
appeared online of a
hunt member hitting a
saboteur with her
riding crop. Page 5
Tory MPs have said
that the party?s whips
ran a covert campaign
to stop the Treasury
from announcing
plans in the budget
that could face defeat
in parliament. Page 8
COMMENT
The Secret Life of Cows should not fool us into
thinking that animals have human feelings
MELANIE PHILLIPS, PAGE 30
Mugabe in talks
to stand aside
Peer faces new
Mitie inquiry
Australia?s
Ashes warning
President Mugabe of
Zimbabwe and his
sacked vice-president
are negotiating a
handover of power
amid fears that the
impasse could spark
civil unrest. Page 37
The Tory peer
Baroness McGregorSmith is to face a
second inquiry by City
regulators over her
final months running
the troubled outsourcer
Mitie Group. Page 41
The Australian
off spinner Nathan
Lyon has said his team?s
pace attack would aim
during the Ashes series
to destroy the Test
careers of England?s
batsmen. Page 72
WORLD 34
BUSINESS 41
REGISTER 57
SPORT 62
CROSSWORD 72
TV & RADIO TIMES2
COMMENT 29
LETTERS 32
LEADING ARTICLES 33
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DINNER
TONIGHT
Leek and Ebly
chicken big soup
Ebly is a useful store
cupboard ingredient
for bulking up soups
and stews or making
quick faux risotto. Be
warned though: this
pearl barley lookalike
goes on soaking up
liquid so you will need
more stock if this
hearty soup is left to
sit. Serve with hot,
garlicky bread.
Serves 4 Prep 25 min
Cook 35 min
Ingredients: 2 red
onions; 2 garlic cloves;
1 tbsp olive oil; 1 tbsp
butter; 1 red chilli;
150g trimmed leek;
125g carrot; 1 sweet
potato; 2 chicken thigh
fillets; 1 lemon; 1 tbsp
flour; 2 chicken stock
cubes; 100g Ebly;
50g flat-leaf parsley.
Boil the kettle. Halve,
peel and finely chop
the onion. Crack the
garlic and slice in thin
rounds. Melt the butter
in the oil in a pan. Stir
in the onion and garlic
and cook for a few
minutes while you
finely dice the chilli,
slice the leek in 1cm
rounds, remove zest
from half the lemon in
thetimes
paper-thin leaves,
scrape and thinly
slice the carrot,
peel and chunk
the sweet potato
and chop the chicken
in small pieces. Stir
chilli, leek and zest into
the onion. Cook,
stirring often, for
5 min. Increase the
heat, brown the
chicken in the pan,
dust with flour, stirring
until gone. Add stock
cubes dissolved in
1� litres boiling water.
Stir occasionally. When
boiling, add carrot,
sweet potato and Ebly.
Simmer for 15 min until
veg and Ebly are
tender. Season to taste
with salt and lemon
juice. Chop the parsley
and stir in to serve.
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Keep closer eye on 20,000
suspects, says terror review
Fiona Hamilton Crime & Security Editor
John Simpson Crime Correspondent
Spies are to increase monitoring of up
to 20,000 terrorism suspects by paying
closer attention to activity such as travel and international purchases after
four fatal attacks in the past year, it is
understood.
The changes come after it emerged
that counterterrorism police officers
and MI5 are expected to be cleared of
any serious failings in official reviews of
the attacks at Westminster, London
Bridge, the Manchester Arena and
Finsbury Park in north London.
The reviews, overseen by a barrister,
were held after concerns were raised
about whether opportunities were
missed to intervene in the attacks, in
which 36 people were killed.
It emerged that the terrorists in as
many as three of the attacks had previously come to the attention of the
security services. According to The
Guardian, however, none of the reviews
has found evidence of failings that
might have stopped the attacks but recommendations for improvements have
been made. Among the concerns was
the case of Khuram Butt, the suspected
ringleader in the London Bridge attack,
who was an avowed Islamist extremist
and follower of the hate preacher
Anjem Choudary.
The Times revealed that Butt was on
police bail at the time of the attack in
June and was on an MI5 watch list with
20,000 others deemed lower priorities.
About 3,000 jihadists and other terrorKhuram Butt was
on police bail when
he led the London
Bridge attack
ism suspects are under investigation by
counterterrorism officers and MI5.
Recommendations are expected to
include improvements to intelligence
handling and better co-operation
between MI5 and the police.
In response to the ability of Butt to
form the three-man cell that plotted
the van-and-knife attack despite the
Britain loses its seat at
UN court for first time
Oliver Wright Policy Editor
Britain will not have a judge on the
International Court of Justice in the
Hague for the first time since the body
was created in 1946.
Sir Christopher Greenwood, the
UK?s candidate, withdrew after being
defeated in the first round of a run-off
election against Dalveer Bhandari, the
Indian justice.
Sir Christopher, who has served one
nine-year term on the court, which is
the primary judicial branch of the
United Nations, will now step down
from the election process.
The defeat will be interpreted as a
blow to the UK?s international standing
in the wake of the vote for Brexit.
?The UK has concluded that it is
wrong to continue to take up the valuable time of the security council and the
UN general assembly with further
rounds of elections,? Matthew Rycroft,
the British ambassador, said yesterday.
?We are naturally disappointed, but it
was a competitive field with six strong
candidates.?
The election had turned into a stalemate between Mr Greenwood, who
enjoyed support in the UN security
council, and Mr Bhandari, who won the
vote in the general assembly. It will be
continued from page 1
Stolen air miles
their points have gone. They?re confident enough to travel in their own
names using the stolen points.?
The report said that the hackers obtained the points from bank accounts
with linked reward schemes that were
compromised in phishing scams ?
where criminals trick people into revealing their passwords using phoney
?official? emails. Attackers also hacked
people?s accounts with airlines to access
their accrued miles. Reward points are
not generally transferable but the researchers indicated that criminals had
found ways to overcome the curbs and
travel using their real names.
The company would not name the
the first time that India has been represented on the court that hears disputes
over sovereignty and international
borders from around the world.
In June the general assembly voted to
refer the legal status of the British-ruled
Chagos Islands to the ICJ.
Sir Christopher, 62, was previously
professor of international law at the
London School of Economics. His most
controversial public role was in the runup to the invasion of Iraq. He was
instructed by Lord Goldsmith, attorney-general at the time, to examine the
arguments over the legality of using
force against Saddam Hussein, and
concluded that its use was justified.
To be elected, a candidate must gain
a majority of 97 votes or more in the UN
general assembly and a majority of
eight votes in the security council.
Voting continues until five candidates
obtain the required majorities.
Last week Ronny Abraham of
France, Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf of
Somalia, Antonio Augusto Cancado
Trindade of Brazil and Nawaf Salam of
Lebanon were elected to the panel.
Established by the UN Charter in
1945, the court began work the following year as the successor to the
Permanent Court of International Justice. It is comprised of 15 judges.
point schemes and airlines affected but
said that ?major? British names were
involved. Researchers have previously
found Avios traded on the dark web.
Although the Russian-speaking
underground is the biggest market for
such criminality, the researchers said
that English and Spanish-speaking
criminals were increasingly involved.
Some 3,600 customers used one illicit
hotel and car rental service on the
Alphabay dark web marketplace
between March 2015 and December
last year. Alphabay was closed in July
after an investigation by police forces
led by the FBI but Flashpoint said that
similar services were sold on Englishlanguage marketplaces still online.
Illicit travel services are offered
alongside hacked accounts from com-
authorities being aware of him, closer
monitoring of the vast number of
extremists in the lower tier is expected
to include tracking travel movements
and online purchases.
In the case of Salman Abedi, the
?lone wolf? bomber who killed 22
people at an Ariane Grande pop concert in Manchester in May, his travel to
and from Libya is thought to have been
crucial in both his radicalisation and
bombmaking abilities.
The specific intelligence held on him
is not known but he had links to radicals
in Manchester who had either travelled
to join Islamic State or helped in
recruiting fighters for the group.
David Anderson, QC, the former
independent reviewer of counterterrorism legislation, was responsible
for the independent scrutiny of the
reviews. They do not demand controversial changes in the law or a call for a
return to control orders, it was
reported.
Mr Anderson submitted his report to
the home secretary this month and a
redacted version is to be made public in
the coming weeks.
continued from page 1
Brexit divorce bill
remains our position that nothing?s
agreed until everything?s agreed in
negotiations with the EU.?
Mr Rees-Mogg, a leading pro-Brexit
MP, said: ?Approving a higher divorce
bill at this stage would be foolish . . . As
for Germany, its domestic political concerns make it less likely that it would
want to risk the damage that could be
done to its industry from the UK imposing tariffs on its exports.?
Mr Duncan Smith said: ?When you
look at what is going on in Europe the
idea that out of that chaotic situation can
come any sort of understanding is clearly
not right, so we will have to sit tight.?
Separately Michel Barnier, the EU?s
chief Brexit negotiator, warned the
government that Europe would block a
future trade deal if Britain tore up EU
regulations on banking, industry, food
and the environment.
He reminded ministers that any
future trade agreement with the EU
must be ratified in at least 38 national
and regional parliaments, as well as by
MEPs, before it could enter into force.
In a stark warning to Tories and Brexit
supporters, he said that Britain?s choice
between President Trump?s vision of a
deregulated economy or the ?European
model? of social and environmental protection would determine the shape of a
final Brexit deal.
EU agencies to leave London, page 9
Leading article, page 33
Wounded Merkel, pages 34-35
panies such as Amazon and Deliveroo
that are linked to the victim?s credit card
and can be used to buy goods or food.
The International Air Transport
Association estimates that the airline
industry loses more than $1 billion a
year as a result of the fraudulent online
purchases of flight tickets. Europol, the
EU law enforcement agency, recently
targeted online agencies that specialise
in buying airline tickets with stolen or
fake credit card details.
Alan Woodward, of the University of
Surrey, said: ?The whole area of crime
as a service is common on the dark
markets . . . The part that is unclear is
why there isn?t more cross-checking:
you would have thought that loyalty
points would be usable only by those to
whom the points belong.?
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By ?eck! England?s destiny was
decided at a Doncaster lay-by
BRIDGEMAN IMAGES; PHIL YEOMANS/BNPS
MI6 chief?s
�m fund
for black ops
is revealed
Simon de Bruxelles
It was the battle that secured the destiny of England, a bloody clash between
a combined army of Vikings, Scots and
wild Northumbrians defeated by
Anglo-Saxons under the leadership of
the grandson of Alfred the Great.
Historians agree the Battle of Brunanburh in AD937 was the bloodiest and
most important on British soil until the
Battle of Hastings in 1066. What they
cannot agree on is where it took place.
More than 30 places had been suggested as possible sites before the consensus settled on Bromborough on the
Wirral, Merseyside. Now the historian
Michael Wood, professor of public history at the University of Manchester
and a TV presenter, says this is wrong.
He believes the Battle of Brunanburh
took place in what is now a lay-by on
the A1 near Doncaster in Yorkshire.
The battle was a decisive moment in
history. Had Athelstan, Alfred?s grandson, been defeated it would have been
the end of Anglo-Saxon England.
The poem Battle of Brunanburh in
the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle recounted that there were ?never yet as many
people killed before this with sword?s
s
edge . . . since from the east
Angles and Saxonss came
up over the broad sea?.
Bromborough was
ns
chosen by historians
d
as it used to called
Brunanburh. But
Professor Wood,
69, says a squiggle
on an AngloSaxon
manuscript has led to a
misreading of the
battle?s name. He
believes the name
was Brunnanburh,
spelt with a doublee
d
n, which would
make it ?the fort by
etely
the spring?, completely
nburh,
different to Brunanburh,
ort.
meaning Bruna?s fort.
He thinks the spring
pring is Robin
Hood?s Well near the
off Burghh village
ill
B h
wallis, population 300, about seven
miles north of Doncaster. The well was
on the route of the A1 but moved a few
hundred yards south in the 1960s when
the road became a dual carriageway.
Professor Wood said that a site on the
main route from York to England?s
heartland in Mercia was always a more
likely location for the battle. ?The evidence clearly points to the Battle of
Brunanburh taking place in the region
Valentine Low
Had Athelstan lost the battle, possibly at Robin Hood?s Well, it would have been the end of Anglo-Saxon England
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A1
south of York, wh
which was the centre of
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conflict
the Northumbrians
and the West Saxon kings during the
second quarter of the 10th century.?
Charles Insley, senior lecturer in
medieval history at Manchester University, said: ?The poem seems to imply
some kind of hill or hilltop enclosure
near to a river and it?s hard to fit this implied geography to the area around
Bromborough, which is very flat.?
In 927, Athelstan invaded Northumbria, occupied York and expelled the
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Burghwallis
1,000ft
kinsmen of Anlaf Guthfrithson, the
king of Ireland. Anlaf and Constantine,
the king of Scotland, launched an invasion in the summer of 937 with ?the biggest Viking fleet seen in British waters?.
Later that year Athelstan advanced
out of Mercia and attacked around
Brunanburh in a battle described as
?immense, lamentable and horrible?.
Professor Wood said that the case for
Bromborough being the location of the
battle ?rests on the name alone?. ?There
has been a controversy for 300 years. It
is strange the site could be forgotten for
an event which was so famous and recorded in so many sources.
?Bromborough has become the consensus but this is all because of a form of
its name which appears to derive from
Bruna?s Fort.? Bromborough was not
mentioned in the Domesday Book of
1086 and there were no references to it
until the 12th century, he added.
?There is no other evidence to
support Bromborough but plenty to
suggest the battle was elsewhere.?
The head of MI6 ran a secret slush fund
in the late 1940s that was used for
bribes, black propaganda and plans to
assassinate foreign officials, according
to documents in the National Archives.
The fund, worth as much as � million at today?s value, was kept from the
government and even MI6?s finance
director. The secret bank account was
revealed only when Sir Stewart Menzies was about to retire as head of the
Secret Intelligence Service in 1952.
Evidence of the fund was discovered
by Rory Cormac of the University of
Nottingham, and broadcast last night
on BBC Radio 4?s investigative history
programme, Document.
Sir Stewart?s account was held at
Holt?s bank on Whitehall, the BBC said.
The MI6 chief, who was also known as
C, would leave his office at 54 Broadway
and make withdrawals using a false
name, Captain Theo Spencer.
He revealed the existence of the fund
in a meeting with the two most senior
officials from the Treasury and the
Foreign Office just as he was about to
hand over the reins of MI6 to his successor.
?He drops a bombshell of an inheritance,? Mr Cormac said. Sir Stewart had
been running the fund, which would
become known as the ?unofficial reserve? for close to a decade, but no one
knew about it. ?Not the Treasury or
the Foreign Office. Certainly not ministers. And not even MI6?s own finance
director,? said Mr Cormac.
MI6 archives are closed but the
document appears in a file that was declassified as part of a recent release
from the cabinet secretary?s secret and
personal archive.
Sir Edward Bridges, the permanent
secretary to the Treasury, told C that if
the fund was large it might raise questions of accountability, because MI6
was supposed to be under the political
control of the foreign secretary.
C told the officials that the money
might be used for ?a very large inducement? to someone ? bribery, in other
words ? or in case MI6 funds were cut
in a political emergency.
The document does not reveal where
the money came from, other than that
it was the result of donations from
?well-wishers? of the service ?including
a particularly large sum from an
American?.
Later the fund was combined with
smaller, official reserves and used to
pay for secret operations.
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Adam Sage Paris
Richard Ford Home Correspondent
Britain has agreed to give France more
money to improve security in Calais as
evidence shows a rise in the number of
people being smuggled across the
Channel, French officials say.
The Home Office refused to be
drawn on how much money it would
give the French but it is believed to be
tens of millions of pounds. Amber
Rudd, the home secretary, met G閞ard
Collomb, the French interior minister,
in London last week. French officials
said that Ms Rudd was prepared to
meet their demands for more money.
They said that British taxpayers had
given France �4 million since 2015.
Ministers are also looking to renew a
security contract to support operations
at Eurotunnel terminals at Coquelles
and at Calais and Dunkirk, which could
cost � million, although the Home
Office believes the cost will be less.
During the French presidential campaign this year Emmanuel Macron
threatened to tear up the Le Touquet
treaty, which allows the British police to
check and stop migrants in Calais. The
administration in Paris is now pushing
to reform the treaty, interior ministry
sources say. In return Britain would be
expected to pay for tighter security.
A Home Office spokesman said:
?We work closely with the French
authorities at all levels to reduce migrant pressures and target criminal
gangs involved in people trafficking.?
People-traffickers have recently
switched tactics in an attempt to defeat
police. The new ?saturation? technique
involves sending up to half a dozen vans
to a French port at the same time in the
hope that although one might get
stopped, the others will reach Britain,
Pascal Pascal Marconville, the state
prosecutor in Boulogne-sur-Mer,
whose court covers Calais, said.
6 Millions of pounds in aid has been
given to a chain of private schools in
Africa that use tablet computers in
lessons. The Department for International Development is being urged
by MPs to examine whether Bridge
International Academies offers value
for money. MPs who visited Bridge
schools in Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda
said the teaching was innovative but
varied in quality and was poor in places.
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Stillbirth sleep risk
Women are being urged to sleep
on their side rather than their
back at the end of pregnancy
after research found that it could
cut off the baby?s blood supply
and doubled the risk of stillbirth.
About 130 babies a year could be
saved, according to experts who
believe that it is as big a risk as
smoking. The study of 1,000
women by the Tommy?s Stillbirth
Research Centre, Manchester,
was published in BJOG: An
International Journal of Obstetrics
and Gynaecology.
Sailors on their guard
Sailors from the Royal Navy will
perform their first changing of
the guard at Buckingham Palace.
A total of 86 sailors have been
learning the intricate routines
and drill movements for
guarding duties at the Palace on
November 26. They are also
preparing for ceremonial
guarding at Windsor Castle, St
James?s Palace and the Tower of
London.
Corbyn?s saddest task
Rank and file Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards formed the guard of honour for the visit of Florence Parly, the French armed forces minister, to Admiralty House
Lung scanners in supermarket
car parks catch cancer earlier
Chris Smyth Health Editor
Patients will be checked for lung cancer
in supermarket car parks in an effort to
save thousands of lives by spotting the
disease earlier.
Mobile CT scanners will be sent to
shopping centres and high streets to
make it easier for older smokers to
attend checks after a pilot scheme in
Manchester found that four times as
many tumours were spotted early
enough to offer the chance of a cure.
The project will now be expanded to
London, the northeast and parts of
Yorkshire and Lincolnshire as the first
stage of a national programme.
In a second initiative, men suspected
of having prostate cancer have been
promised faster diagnoses as hospitals
combine MRI scans with same-day
biopsies. Simpler home tests for bowel
cancer will also be introduced to a
screening scheme that aims to spot
1,500 cancers sooner each year.
The changes are part of a �0 million push for earlier cancer diagnosis.
Britain?s survival rates lag behind the
best in Europe and one of the reasons is
thought to be that tumours are picked
up later, when they are harder to treat.
Simon Stevens, chief executive of
NHS England, said: ?NHS cancer care
is the best it?s ever been, with cancer
survival increasing every year. Over the
next 18 months the NHS will be rolling
out new mobile and home screening
kits to detect cancers earlier, when they
can be treated best.?
He will fund five areas to copy the
success of lung cancer detection in
poorer areas of Manchester, where
mobile checks spotted 80 per cent of
cancers at an early stage, compared
with 20 per cent normally.
Lung cancer is Britain?s biggest
cancer killer, claiming 36,000 lives a
year. Only one in ten patients survives
for five years after a diagnosis because
by the time symptoms appear it is often
too late for surgery to succeed.
Under the pilot scheme, patients
aged 55 to 74 who smoked were urged to
come for checks in Tesco and Asda car
parks. The demand was so great that
people had to be turned away. They
were given a breath test and questioned
about their symptoms and smoking,
with half given an immediate CT scan.
One case of lung cancer was picked up
for every 33 scans.
Paula Chadwick, chief executive of
the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, praised the expansion of the
scheme. ?Early detection is key to
improving cancer survival rates. It?s
working for breast, bowel and cervical
cancer. Now it is time to finally focus on
lung cancer,? she said.
?The average prognosis for a person
with lung cancer is just 200 days. But we
know that when lung cancer is caught
early survival rates significantly improve, so scanning high-risk patients
means we are able to identify patients
earlier and offer curative treatment.?
She said that lung cancer was stigmatised because its main cause was smoking, with the shame felt by patients
hampering efforts to fight it.
?Lung cancer is the only disease
where the first thing out of someone?s
mouth is not ?That?s awful?, ?I?m so
sorry? or ?Is there anything I can do?? ?
it?s ?Did you smoke?? It?s something the
majority of our patients experience and
it?s not right,? she said. ?They are people
first and foremost and they should
expect better. And this news that the
NHS is funding a national programme
means they can start to do just that.?
After a trial found that MRI scans
were twice as effective at spotting prostate cancer as biopsies, three hospitals
in London are testing ways to make this
standard practice in the NHS.
Men with suspicious blood test results are sent for scans and a third of
these are given the all-clear. The rest
are given biopsies on the same day, with
early results suggesting that this can
cut diagnosis times from two months to
eight days. ?I would be surprised if in
two to three years there are any centres
that don?t do MRI before prostate biopsy,? said Hashim Ahmed, a urology
professor at Imperial College London,
who is leading the pilot scheme.
Jeremy Corbyn has said that
collecting his brother?s body after
he died on a Pacific island and
taking it to his family in Australia
was ?one of the most horrifying
and horrific things? he has done.
In a television interview with the
comedian John Bishop the
Labour leader said his brother
Andrew, a geologist, died from a
brain haemorrhage in Papua New
Guinea in 2001.
Child-killer father jailed
A taxi driver who killed his two
children by smothering them with
a petrol-soaked rag has been been
jailed for life with a minimum
term of 33 years. Endris
Mohammed, 47, was convicted by
Birmingham crown court last
week of the murders of Saros
Endris, eight, and Leanor, six. He
was also given a concurrent
ten-year sentence for the
attempted murder of his wife.
Gnawing doubt solved
The first fish had no teeth and
simply sucked up their prey, but
400 million years ago that
changed. One disputed theory is
that their scales hardened and
moved into the mouth, and now
Andrew Gillis, from Cambridge
University, has published
research in Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences
proving that teeth and scales in
skate have a common root.
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BRIGHTON HUNT SABOTEURS
Hunt rider
lashes out at
saboteur who
grabbed horse
Katie Gibbons
Renewed calls for tighter policing of
hunt protests have been made after a
video of a hunt member whipping a
saboteur with a riding crop emerged
online.
Brighton Hunt Saboteurs recorded
the unknown rider striking one of their
members on Saturday. The woman is
heard screaming, ?Get off my horse? as
she hits a masked man who tries to grab
her reins. He was then allegedly
whipped 17 times, according to message
posted with the video, which was
viewed 417,000 times before being
removed. The incident is being investigated by Sussex police.
The Countryside Alliance condemned the ?balaclava-clad animalrights activists? that they claimed
intimidated and provoked legal hunts.
Foxhunting was banned in 2004 but
trail hunting for an artificial scent remains legal. However, hunt saboteurs
believe that trail hunts are a pretext to
hunt foxes.
The Brighton group was protesting
against East Sussex and Romney Marsh
(ESRM) Hunt in Herstmonceux. In the
30-second clip, the woman is seen
riding towards the saboteurs, who were
on private land, shouting at them to ?get
back to the road? before appearing to
ride her horse into one man to push him
back.
Another masked man runs towards
her and grabs her horse?s bridle. She begins to strike him with her whip, shouting: ?Get off my horse, get off my horse.?
Still gripping the horse while trying
to shield his face the man shouts at the
woman to ?stop using it as a weapon?.
Then a hunt steward pushes him away
and shouts: ?Get off the f***ing horse.
Don?t grab horses.? Warning that they
are recording, the protesters tell the riders: ?Don?t charge horses into people.
You cannot ride people down.?
The man suffered bruising to the face
and head but did not require hospital
treatment. A second clip posted by the
group appeared to show the same
woman charging her horse at saboteurs
from behind.
A member of a separate hunt, who
The hunt member raises her whip after a saboteur grabs at her horse?s bridle during the weekend clash in East Sussex
Behind the story
V
iolent
clashes
between
hunters
and
saboteurs have
become increasingly
frequent as hunt
protests are now often
recorded and the
footage circulated on
social media (Katie
Gibbons writes).
Police in West
Yorkshire are
investigating an
attack on a group of
hunt saboteurs
protesting against the
Badsworth and
Bramham Moor Hunt
on Saturday. Video
shows masked
attackers on a quad
bike hurling rocks at
the hunt saboteurs?
vehicle and smashing
its windscreen.
In January 2015
Mike Lane, the jointmaster and huntsman
of the Tedworth Hunt,
wished to remain anonymous, said that
saboteurs saw themselves as ?vigilantes?.
He added: ?They turn up with balaclavas on and deliberately provoke us
and the police are of no help. If someone grabs your horse?s reins you are
was left unconscious
after being kicked in
the head by masked
attackers armed with
iron bars. Less than
two weeks ago a
female member of
the West Midlands
Hunt Saboteurs
needed hospital
treatment after she
was punched by hunt
supporters while
recording the
Warwickshire Hunt
in Birdingbury.
going to react. If you get pushed so far
you snap.?
Yesterday Brighton Hunt Saboteurs
said online: ?[We] stood our ground and
will be seeing the ESRM very soon.?
The National Trust recently had to
abandon plans to publish the routes of
legal hunts after police warnings that
this would attract saboteurs.
The incident adds to the list of clashes
between hunters and saboteurs. Brighton Hunt Saboteurs have received donations and inquiries about joining since
posting the clip, a member said.
Martin Shaw, 28, a saboteur at Saturday?s hunt, said that the woman?s reaction was beyond the usual aggression
displayed by hunters. ?It seemed like
she lost the plot.? He claimed that other
riders has been shocked by her actions.
Mr Shaw defended the group?s presence on private land as a way to prevent
suspected illegal hunting. ?They?re still
killing foxes and getting away with it,?
he said. Last night a message on the
Brighton group?s website said that the
woman should be expelled.
However, many people have condemned the saboteur for trespassing
and touching the woman?s horse. A
spokesman for the ESRM said: ?We do
not condone violence, even when [provoked] . The hunt acts within the Hunting Act 2004 and takes every measure
to ensure the law is adhered to.?
Tennis champion Novotna dies at 49 Wife with dementia ?killed
Stuart Fraser Tennis Writer
Jana Novotna, the 1998 Wimbledon
champion who was known for her tears
after losing the final five years earlier,
has died at the age of 49 after a long battle with cancer.
Novotna, from the Czech Republic,
had kept the disease private. Less than
two months ago she attended the Laver
Cup event in Prague. A statement from
the Women?s Tennis
Association said that
she ?died peacefully,
surrounded by her
family? on Sunday.
The greatest triumph of Novotna?s
career was her Wimbledon title but it was her defeat in 1993 that produced
one of the most abiding images in the
history of the Championships. So distraught was Novotna after letting slip a
4-1 lead in the deciding set against Steffi
Graf, the top seed, from Germany, that
she broke down in tears during the presentation ceremony and cried on the
shoulder of the Duchess of Kent. Consoling her the duchess said: ?I know you
will win it one day, don?t worry.?
In 2015 Novotna told the
BBC World Service: ?The
next day, even though I
was sad and disappointed, I opened the
newspaper and my picture with the Duchess of Kent was on
Jana Novotna
finally claimed
her Wimbledon
title in 1998
the front pages. For a moment it felt like
I was the winner and that was a great
feeling. I still have the newspapers,
they?re beautiful pictures and I think it
showed the human side of professional
tennis.?
The All England Club led the tributes. Philip Brook, the club chairman,
said: ?She was a true champion in all
senses of the word, an individual who
was not deterred by the challenges put
in front of her, but used them as inspiration for her success.?
Novotna was accomplished on all surfaces and ended her career in 1999 on a
milestone mark of 100 titles. In recent
years she provided insight as part of the
BBC?s commentary team at Wimbledon. ?A sweeter, nicer and more talented
athlete you would never meet,? said Pat
Cash, the 1987 Wimbledon champion.
Obituary, page 58
by overwhelmed husband?
Georgie Keate
A husband suffocated his wife who had
dementia after he became overwhelmed by caring for her, a court was
told.
Douglas Addison, 88, who also has
dementia, denies murder but is too ill to
attend court. Anna Vigers, QC, for the
prosecution, told Exeter crown court
that Mr Addison was a ?proud man?
who rejected help for his frail wife.
Ms Vigers said that Avis Addison, also 88, was found suffocated in the bedroom of their bungalow in St Merryn,
Cornwall, in February. Pathologists believe that she was also struck with a
blunt instrument. The jury was told
that a walking stick was found near her
body. Their GP and a care worker saw
Mr Addison through a window peering
down at his wife. He let them in and
said: ?I was thinking about calling you.
She can?t get up.?
They found Mrs Addison dead with
face, neck and arm injuries. There had
been an attempt to strangle her and her
right shoulder was dislocated.
Neighbours previously told the court
how the pair were often seen walking
around their village holding hands.
The couple?s GP had earlier found Mr
Addison ?defensive and aggressive
towards his wife?, the jury was told. The
doctor saw a bruise on her head and
thought she was ?the subject of abuse or
neglect?.
The trial continues.
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ANGLIA PRESS AGENCY
University under
fire for handling
of excessive pay
Bath University has been heavily criticised for its handling of excessive vicechancellor pay by the sector?s watchdog, which said that the row had damaged its reputation.
The Higher Education Funding
Council for England (Hefce) made 13
separate recommendations on how the
university needed to change its paymaking structure and described a
meeting on pay in February as flawed.
Dame Glynis Breakwell, vice-chancellor of Bath University, attracted
widespread criticism for the �1,000
salary and benefits she received in
2015-16. She was awarded a 3.9 per cent
pay rise in the past academic year,
taking her salary and benefits to
�8,000 for this year.
Applications to Bath University have
suffered a sharp fall in the first stage of
the 2018 admissions process. The biggest decline has been among students
from India, China and other countries
outside the EU, where applications
have fallen by 18.5 per cent. In contrast
there has been an 11.5 per cent rise for
Bath?s closest six rivals in the period.
Dame Glynis has attracted criticism
for presiding over an opaque and oldfashioned pay structure. Hefce was investigating these criticisms and in
particular a meeting of the governing
court in February to discuss a motion
censuring the remuneration committee for allowing Dame Glynis?s pay to
escalate. The court voted 33 to 30 not to
censure the committee. The vice-chan-
cellor and members of the remuneration committee took part in the vote.
Hefce said that the members of the
committee who took part in the censure vote were clearly ?conflicted? and
that had they not voted their committee would have been censured. It called
the meeting flawed. ?In our view, it resulted in damage to the reputation of
the university,? it said.
Lord Adonis, the former education
minister, who asked Hefce to investigate the meeting and pay at Bath said
its conclusion suggested that Dame
Glynis should now go.
Staff at the University of Bath called
the Hefce report damning. Michael
Carley, president of the Bath branch of
the University and College Union, said:
?The vice-chancellor and governing
body inspire no confidence and should
step aside.?
Thomas Sheppard, chairman of the
Council, the university?s governing
body, apologised for the shortcomings
highlighted in the report, particularly
the February meeting. ?We further accept that this could have led to negative
perceptions of this aspect of our governance, which is something we take very
seriously,? he said. He added that they
were ?committed to ensuring our university is well led and well governed?.
6 The vice-chancellor of Cardiff University has disclosed after five years in
the job that he is bisexual, saying he
fears that people like him are invisible.
Professor Colin Riordan, 58, who has
two grown up daughters, said he never
intended to keep his sexuality secret.
Student died
after taking
legal high
Graduates will
no longer be
overcharged
A Cambridge University student died
after falling naked down a wooden
stairwell after taking an LSD-like legal
high, an inquest jury heard yesterday.
Thomas Millward, 19, a first-year
engineering student, was declared
brain dead in hospital after suffering
?unsurvivable? head injuries at Girton
College on March 6 last year.
Mr Millward, who played rugby for
Cambridge and had suffered concussion during a match three days before
his death, was taken to Addenbrooke?s
Hospital shortly after 9.30pm.
His girlfriend, Daniella Mieloszyk,
Oliver Wright Policy Editor
Rosemary Bennett Education Editor
Hue and cry Owners of beach huts at Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, can now paint them any shade or pattern after rules were relaxed
Thomas Millward
sustained severe
injuries after falling
down a stairwell
21, also a Cambridge student, had been
arrested on suspicion of possession
with intent to supply but was released
without charge. She told the hearing
that they had taken two tabs of ?a legal
equivalent to LSD? at about 3pm. Mr
Millward was found to have 180th of the
amount of LSD in his blood expected
five hours after taking the drug.
At Huntingdon law courts, Simon
Milburn, assistant coroner for Cambridgeshire, said that the substance was
probably ?something known as 1p
LSD?. The inquest continues.
Graduates will no longer be overcharged when they repay their student
loans after the tax authorities finally
agreed to share their data with the company that oversees the loans.
The plan, due to be announced by
Philip Hammond in the budget on
Wednesday, comes after growing complaints of widespread overcharging.
Last year 86,000 people with a student
loan overpaid by an average of �2.
The chancellor is expected to say that
by 2019 HM Revenue & Customs
(HMRC) and the Student Loans Company (SLC) will have set up a system to
regularly share data so that repayments
automatically stop when the loan has
been repaid.
Jo Johnson, the education minister,
told the Commons that the government had realised that it was a problem
that needed to be addressed. ?We do
take the issue of overpayments extremely seriously,? he said.
The Times revealed last week that
HMRC had previously blocked a move
to stop graduates from inadvertently
overpaying.
Steve Lamey, former head of the SLC,
said that he had asked for tax information from HMRC to eliminate � million in annual overpayments but had
been told that it was not possible. Mr
Lamey was dismissed from his job this
month after he spoke out in public
about the organisation?s problems.
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?Intimacy directors? on set could protect actors from harassment
David Sanderson Arts Correspondent
A dossier of sexual harassment committed against actors during sex scenes
is being compiled as industry figures
call for an ?intimacy director? to be
employed on all productions.
Performers on stage and screen need
to be supported during sex scenes to
stop the psychological scarring that can
occur, according to the compilers of the
dossier. They said there were instances
of performers being molested during
scenes and feeling vulnerable after dir-
ectors changed agreed camera angles
and lighting.
Ita O?Brien, a movement director on
television and theatre productions, has
drawn up the Sex on Set guidelines,
which she says should be followed by
directors and producers. They include
the banning of nudity and simulated
sex during auditions, using closed sets
for sex scenes and the employment of
an intimacy director.
Ms O?Brien said that during the
recent Channel 4 series Philip K Dick?s
Electric Dreams one programme had
featured ?alien porn? with a female pole
dancer being employed for the scene.
Ms O?Brien said that practical measures such as ensuring that a dressing
gown was always available, having a
skeleton crew on set and using a female
boom operator had ensured that it was
a ?beautiful scene?.
She said: ?It all helped to ensure that
she was not being objectified and to
make sure that she felt taken care of, felt
supported and that she was respected.?
The Personal Managers? Association, the organisation for agents repre-
senting actors and directors, has lent its
support to the scheme and Pact, the
trade association representing television and film companies, is being lobbied to enshrine the guidelines.
Sam Dodd, from the casting agency
Carey Dodd Associates, said: ?There is
an expectation for an actor on set to do
what they are told and not to worry
about it. If it is not well choreographed
or well talked-through then the actor
can be left feeling vulnerable and they
can be left with psychological scarring.?
Ms Dodd added that during the film-
ing of brothel sequences on television
where extras had mixed with actors and
there was a ?huge volume of people to
look after, incidents have and can
happen with performers being molested or sexually abused?.
The call for intimacy directors comes
after allegations of sexual bullying and
harassment made against leading
figures in the entertainment industry.
Ms O?Brien said she was ?not advocating for no sex, just for it to be done in
a safe environment? and with ?agreement and consent throughout?.
KELVIN BRUCE; CONSTANT MEDIA
A quiet royal dinner
party for 150 guests
T
here are quiet
celebrations
and there are
quiet
celebrations.
Last night the Queen
and Duke of Edinburgh
celebrated 70 years of
marriage with a modest
family get-together that
involved European
royalty and a sit-down
dinner for 150. It is also
thought that live music
was on the programme
(Valentine Low writes).
The anniversary was
marked without the
public festivities seen for
their golden and
diamond celebrations.
The Queen gave the
duke an anniversary
present in the form of an
appointment as a Knight
Grand Cross of the
Royal Victorian Order,
an honour that
recognises services to
the monarch.
All of their close
family attended the
party in the Waterloo
Chamber of Windsor
Castle, including the
Prince of Wales, who
had flown back from
Antigua. Several
The Duke of Edinburgh took guests carriage riding before the anniversary party for their close friends and family
European royals
attended, including
Constantine, the exiled
King of Greece.
While the evening,
which was organised by
the Queen?s cousin, the
party planner Lady
Elizabeth Anson, was
more lavish than most
couple?s platinum
anniversaries, a
concession was made to
the pair?s age ? The
Queen is 91 and Philip
96 ? by ending earlier
than royal parties tend
to. ?Neither the duke
nor the Queen like late
nights any more,? a
friend told the Daily
Mail. ?They still like
parties, however.?
As if to underline the
message that slowing
down is a relative
matter, the duke was
photographed carriage
driving with friends
yesterday in the grounds
of Windsor Castle. It was
the third time in recent
weeks that Philip, who
was wrapped up against
the autumnal chill in a
green jacket and
woollen cap, has been
seen carriage driving.
Dickie Arbiter, a
former Palace press
secretary, said that the
couple still had the same
chemistry after 70 years
of marriage.
?They?ve got humour.
They?ve got affection for
each other,? he said.
?She does make him
laugh. What you see in
public is very different
from the person that you
see in private. They are
two people that are
pretty much wrapped up
in each other, although
they do give each other
space. She?s got a job to
do. He?s got a role and
they allow each other to
get on with it.?
Describing Elizabeth
and Philip as ?pretty
much a normal married
couple?, he said: ?The
fact that the Queen is
head of state and head
of nation is neither here
nor there when they?re
sitting across the table
from each other.?
Theresa May tweeted
congratulations to the
couple. ?They have
devoted their lives to the
service of the UK and
the Commonwealth ?
my best wishes to them
both on this special
occasion,? the prime
minister wrote.
Congratulations also
came from the Women?s
Institute, of which the
Queen has been a
member longer than she
has been married,
having joined in 1943.
Gaia Pope lived in fear of sex offender
Simon de Bruxelles
John Simpson Crime Correspondent
Gaia Pope had been living in fear
because a sex offender she had accused
of being the ringleader of a gang that
she said sexually assaulted her was
about to be released from prison.
Ms Pope, 19, who suffered from epilepsy and had a seizure almost every
day, was found dead in a gorse thicket
near her home in Swanage, Dorset, on
Saturday, 11 days after she had been
seen in a ?distressed and agitated? state.
Her complaint to police two years
ago about the 19-year-old man, whose
name cannot be published for legal reasons, did not lead to charges and officers did not pursue the case but he was
later convicted of other sexual offences.
On Sunday police said that there was
no indication that anyone else was involved in Ms Pope?s death and that three
members of a family arrested on suspicion of murder were no longer suspects.
Hannah Sutherland, Ms Pope?s aunt,
said that her niece had been anxious
that her alleged assailant could be
released from prison and her nerves
were compounded by her illness.
?There was a traumatic incident a
couple of years ago and some people
were convicted ? not for that incident,
but there was a conviction,? she said.
?And because of her epilepsy, prior to
a seizure she could get very anxious
and that was apparently part of
what came out as some of
the anxiety. She was anxious
there could potentially be
some parole or something
coming up.?
Richard Sutherland, Ms
Pope?s father, said that his
daughter had been worried
about seeing the ?ringleader? of a gang she said
assaulted her when she
Gaia Pope was on the
verge of a breakdown,
it was claimed
was 17. ?This had a devastating effect. I
think this had been coming back into
her head. She was scared, confused,? he
said.
Rosemary Dinch, 71, her son Paul
Elsey, 49, and her grandson Nathan
Elsey, 19, have threatened to sue Dorset
police after their arrests on suspicion of
murder. Mrs Dinch had been the last
person to speak to Ms Pope, who had
knocked on her front door in a ?distressed state?.
Mrs Dinch, who walks with a
frame and needs an oxygen cylinder to breathe because she has
emphysema, was later released
under investigation, meaning
that she was still a potential
suspect.
Her former husband,
Greg Elsey, 69, said that
his former wife, son and
nephew had not received an apology from
Dorset police. ?They
decided my family
were involved when all they did is show
kindness,? he said. ?I would like a letter
of apology but I don?t think I will get
one. I am considering legal action.?
He said that it was obvious that Ms
Pope was in a bad way when she visited
Mrs Dinch. ?She knew that Gaia was on
the verge of a nervous breakdown. She
had one before, two years ago,? he said.
?If that had come out at the beginning I think a bigger search would have
taken place immediately. They could
have put helicopters up and they may
have found her alive.?
A senior officer confirmed that all
three members of the Dinch family had
been released because there was no
evidence that anyone else was involved
in Ms Pope?s death.
Detective Superintendent Paul Kessell said: ?I appreciate our inquiries
would have caused these individuals
stress and anxiety. However, we have
an obligation in any missing person
investigation to explore every possible
line of inquiry. The public would expect
Dorset police to fully investigate the
sudden disappearance of a teenage girl.
Our aim was not only to find Gaia but to
find out what happened to her.?
Mr Elsey accused the force of not
taking the investigation seriously until
they arrested Mrs Dinch and Nathan
Elsey on suspicion of murder. He said
that detectives asked Nathan only ten
questions but kept him in custody for
24 hours. ?I understand the police had
to investigate but I think they have
gone about it totally the wrong way,? he
added.
To seek damages the family would
have to prove that the force did not have
reasonable grounds to believe that Ms
Pope had been murdered and, specifically, to suspect their involvement.
Colin Sutton, a former detective at
Scotland Yard, said: ?It?s one of the
hardest decisions a senior investigating
officer has to make, but there are
powers to take evidence and forensic
samples which become live only when
an arrest has been made.?
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Tory whips rushing to sabotage
Lucy Fisher
Senior Political Correspondent
Sam Coates, Francis Elliott
Tory whips have mounted a covert
campaign to stop the Treasury announcing high-risk plans in the budget
that could face defeat in parliament.
Conservative MPs told The Times
that they were urged to put their name
to private petitions seeking to relax the
planning rules to allow more housebuilding. Lists of names were drawn up
to show to the Treasury in an attempt to
stop ideas that could result in a rebellion bringing down the budget in the
Commons.
Philip Hammond faces the most
difficult budget of any chancellor in
recent decades because of the Tory
minority government and lack of economic flexibility.
The Treasury has made clear that
reforms to encourage housing development are a key part of tomorrow?s budget but a reluctance by Mr Hammond
to borrow significant amounts to invest
in housebuilding and the prime minister?s nervousness about building on the
green belt have constrained options.
Conservative MPs revealed extraordinary moves by the whips to try to
head off any potential rebellion by
making clear the scale of opposition to
any relaxing of the planning rules.
At least one whip drew up an informal petition to heap pressure on the
chancellor last week, telling a Tory MP
that proposals they were hearing from
the Treasury were ?mad? and asking
Railcard
age limit
rises to 30
P
hilip
Hammond
will
announce
plans in the
budget for cut-price
rail travel for millions
more young people
(Lucy Fisher writes).
He will unveil
proposals for a new
discounted railcard
for those aged 26 to
30, similar to the 16 to
25 railcard, as part of
the government?s
efforts to reduce the
cost of living for
younger people.
The existing
railcard costs � a
year and entitles the
holder to a third off
the normal fare. Mr
Hammond will say
that ministers are
working with the
industry with a view
to launching the new
card in the spring of
next year.
The chancellor will
also announce a
review to look at
better consumer
protection for airline
passengers.
The Tories have lost
further support
among the under-30s
since the election,
new polling shows.
whether they could be named as a likely
opponent if the Treasury asked.
The MP said: ?The whip said they
themselves knew it was madness, but
made clear that it would be useful if
they were able to add my name to the
list of people opposed to this, to feed
back to the Treasury.?
Another Conservative MP said that
the whips had targeted members representing seats in the south of England
and ?encouraged us to make it known
Analysis of almost
5,000 respondents to
YouGov surveys
showed a sharp drop
in those willing to
vote Conservative.
In June, 22 per cent
of under-30s backed
Theresa May but that
has fallen to 15 per
cent in November.
Labour support
among this age group
has risen from 63 per
cent to 66 per cent.
The Conservatives
have seen support
drop among every age
group apart from the
over-70s, where
60 per cent say they
would vote for
Theresa May?s party,
up from 59 per cent
in June.
that liberalising the planning regulations would be a divisive move and
would affect us disproportionately?.
The MP said: ?This isn?t normal. It?s a
function of perceived weakness in
No 11, as was shown on [The Andrew
Marr Show]. Hammond says things that
set hares running, he lacks political
antennae. This may be an attempt to
inject some political thinking into the
operation.?
Allies of the whips denied that there
was a concerted attempt to change
Treasury policy on the green belt. The
issue is understood not to have been
raised at any whips? meetings in the
past fortnight. There is unlikely to be
building on the green belt, but other
moves to liberalise planning rules remain the biggest mysteries of the budget. It is suggested there are one or two
rogue operatives in the whips? office.
?There are 14 whips,? a source said.
In a further sign of tension between
whips and the Treasury, a key aide to
the chancellor is understood to have
convened a dozen Tory MPs from the
2015 intake to defend Mr Hammond
and his budget after he delivers it.
The chancellor?s team has been
forced to organise its own band of outriders because they believe the whips
have done little to prepare a ready supply of MPs to hit the airwaves in the
aftermath of the statement.
Kwasi Kwarteng, the parliamentary
private secretary to Mr Hammond, is
said to have urged fellow private secretaries to get behind the chancellor at a
recent meeting. The whips were
present at the meeting but noticeably
remained silent.
There are signs that the whips also
want to shape the budget and appear to
be expecting a series of popular measures. Tory MPs report that they have
been given freedom to sign a letter calling for cash to protect the UK?s amphibious capability and to back calls for a
stamp duty cut for first-time buyers.
Rachel Sylvester, page 29
Leading article, page 33
Chancellor resists pay increases for public sector
Sam Coates Deputy Political Editor
There will be no money for public
sector pay in tomorrow?s budget despite
Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Justine
Greening and Sir Patrick McLoughlin
all arguing after the election that public
sector pay needed to rise after seven
years of restraint.
The chancellor had been expected to
announce that the government would
reform nurses? pay but was not
expected to give any additional cash at
the outset. No other public sector group
will get any extra money either.
A month ago Mr Hunt said that Mr
Hammond had made clear that ?if we
can have a negotiation and look at
some of the ways that we could improve
productivity? then he would be ?willing
to have a discussion? about more
money.
Cabinet colleagues said that Mr
Hammond should not reward some
public sector jobs over others, fearing a
backlash in areas such as the military
and local government.
Mr Hammond has argued that he
wanted to keep to his fiscal rules. ITV
News reported last night that the Treasury would still be able to say that it
would hit its target for the structural
deficit to be below 2 per cent of GDP by
2020-21.
Mr Hammond wants nurses and the
government to negotiate a more productive system. Money will be available
to nurses once these talks have ended,
which could be at least a year away.
The chancellor has scrapped the 1 per
cent public-sector pay cap but refused
to give more Treasury cash for the rises.
Prison officers got a 1.7 per cent rise, and
police were given a 1 per cent pay rise
plus a 1 per cent bonus. All others have
had 1 per cent pay increases or less.
Yesterday the TUC said that the pay
cap had reduced spending power in
England by �5 billion this year, or
� billion since 2010. The analysis
found that public sector workers were
earning on average more than �000
less today than if their pay had risen in
line with the consumer prices index.
6 The government received �0 million in stamp duty from first-time buyers last year, less than 10 per cent of the
total, suggesting that the expected cut
to the tax to help people on to the housing ladder would be an easy give-away
for the chancellor. The estate agents
Savills said that it would save first-time
buyers an average of �700, or more
than �,000 in London.
Theresa May and Philip Hammond at
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ANDREW YATES/REUTERS
London loses two
lucrative agencies
Bruno Waterfield Brussels
Graham Keeley Madrid
Marcus Leroux
an engineering training centre in the West Midlands yesterday to promote increased spending on research and development
Two of the European Union?s most
important regulatory agencies were
relocated from London to Paris and
Amsterdam after their names were
chosen in a lucky dip following tied
votes and acrimonious divisions
between East and West.
Amsterdam beat Milan to take the
European Medicines Agency (EMA).
It was drawn by lot from a bowl in a
tiebreaker that Italy compared to the
World Cup being awarded by the toss of
coin.
After a second tied vote to secure the
European Banking Authority (EBA),
Paris was selected over Dublin when
Matti Maasikas, Estonia?s Europe
minister, holding the EU?s rotating role
as president, dipped his hand into the
bowl a second time. ?It was a big
transparent bowl with two small lots. It
fell to me to draw the lots,? he said.
There was fierce competition to
attract the skilled staff and the pharmaceutical and financial services companies that want European headquarters
near them. Twenty-three European
cities in 19 countries competed in a
race that was marred by bitterness
and geographical divisions because no
large EU agencies have been located in
eastern or central Europe.
?I think this is like losing a World Cup
when you toss a coin,? Sandro Gozi,
Italy?s rueful Europe minister, said.
Winning the EMA and EBA are the
first spoils of Brexit as both agencies,
based at Canary Wharf in Docklands,
are legally required to leave Britain
after the vote to withdraw from the EU.
They employ more than a thousand
mainly highly paid professionals, who
will leave a void amounting to hundreds of millions of pounds in the UK
economy. ?The relocation of these two
agencies is a direct consequence ? and
the first visible result ? of the UK?s decision to leave the EU,? the European
Commission said.
Britain will be asked to pay for
the removals, which must take place
before it leaves the EU in March 2019.
Included in the bill will be ?582.5 million for relocating the EMA arising
from a botched rental contract for the
agency?s Canary Wharf offices.
The decision came as the chief
executive of Goldman Sachs demanded
swift action to end the uncertainty over
Brexit. ?Everyone needs a script, and
fast,? Lloyd Blankfein told the French
newspaper Le Figaro.
He warned that his investment
bank would shift jobs from London to
Paris and Frankfurt because of Britain?s
decision to quit the EU.
The EMA, based in London since
1995, supervises medicines for human
and animal use. It employs 890 people.
The EBA, created in 2011, has 169
employees and is best known for its
banking ?stress tests?.
The economic boost delivered by the
EMA has been calculated at ?180 million and the agency paid ?111 million in
salaries last year alone. The ?multiplier?
effect of the agency is amplified by its
role as a hub for more than 4,500 professionals around Europe who work for
national health authorities.
John Hardy, professor of neuroscience at UCL, warned that Britain
would lose further jobs with the EMA?s
move: ?This is likely to lead to a disinvestment in the UK of pharmaceutical
industry jobs and this has been a major
source of revenue and employment.?
Eastern and central European
countries were angered after the EU
snubbed Prague, Bratislava, Zagreb,
Sofia, Warsaw and Bucharest, none of
which made it past the first round.
Tomas Drucker, Slovakia?s health
minister, said: ?It?s not a good message,?
adding that it ?definitely will not help
the pro-European mood?.
Novice minister left unscathed by debut at the sharp end
Patrick Kidd
Political Sketch
T
he first bottle of Ch鈚eau
Tory 2015, a vintage on
which many Conservative
hopes rest after a couple of
seasons of sour grapes and
bitter whines, was uncorked in
Westminster yesterday as Victoria
Atkins made her debut at the
dispatch box.
Wearing a jacket of the deepest
Thatcher blue, with just a hint of
sparkle, and a determined look, Ms
Atkins rose at Home Office
questions as the pioneer of the next
generation, the first of those elected
two years ago to have a ministerial
red box, and was greeted with a loud
?hyah hyah?, especially from those
who would soon like to follow her.
?No pressure,? she muttered. In
fact, she had already been spared
that by the home secretary. The first
question of the day had been on
knife crime and Ms Atkins is
minister responsible for knifings (I
know, I thought it was Michael Gove
too) but Amber Rudd generously
offered to take it, allowing the
novice time to let the nerves settle.
Politics runs in her veins. Her
father, Sir Robert, is a former sports
minister and was an MP and MEP
for 33 years. When Ms Atkins, 41,
first fought her Louth & Horncastle
seat, now with a majority of almost
20,000, Sir John Major came to
campaign for her and told voters
that he had known their candidate
since she was in nappies. Since her
predecessor, the stately Sir Peter
Tapsell, had been in the Commons
since Gladstone, it at least made her
look fresh.
She cast an early impression on
the home affairs select committee,
where her training as a criminal
barrister was put to good use in
skewering first Tom Watson and
then Jeremy Corbyn over his
meetings with Muslim hate
preachers, while from the back
benches in the chamber she has
displayed an admirably
theatrical manner. Solid of
chin, rigid of spine, she all but
clutches the lapels of an
imaginary gown as she
addresses MPs as if they
were a jury at the Old
Bailey.
If a criticism could be
made, it is that she has
been a bit too eager to
ask toadying questions
on the big occasions.
The ?does the prime
minister agree with
me that she provides
strong and stable
leadership in the
national interest? sort
of witless sycophancy
that we see too often,
but if that is what you
Victoria Atkins, 41, was
assured at the dispatch
box. Her father, Sir
Robert, was also an MP
have to do to get ahead these days,
who can blame her?
Her first chance yesterday came
with a question from Stephen
Hammond (C, Wimbledon),
one of those Europhile Tories
branded a ?mutineer? last
week, but he had no desire to
make the new minister
walk the plank. He
asked about the
closure of his local
police station and
even gave her the
answer. Is it all
Sadiq Khan?s fault?
he suggested. Why,
yes it is, Ms Atkins
replied.
Barry Sheerman
(Lab,
Huddersfield) was
next to come at
her, but even he
did so in, as he put
it, ?a kindly spirit?,
observing that a
few more policemen
on the street would
be helpful. Ms Atkins evaded the
question like an old pro.You don?t
want to make any spending
commitments on your first outing,
especially not in budget week.
She also deftly handled a couple of
other staples from How to be a
Minister, reading out a list of
statistics from her folder in response
to a question about sexual assaults
and agreeing to meet a Labour
backbencher to discuss a local issue,
always a safe option when you
haven?t the foggiest what to say.
By the end, she appeared so
comfortable on the front bench that
she even tried to take one of her
boss?s questions when Alex Norris
(Lab, Nottingham North) asked
about modern slavery. Ms Atkins
bounced out of her seat at the same
time as Ms Rudd. The home
secretary gave her eager apprentice
a look that said ?I can handle this?
and then informed Mr Norris that
slavery was bad. ?I was going to say
that,? Ms Atkins thought, but she
deferred to the cabinet minister. Her
time may come one day.
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Inquiry into student?s �5,000 Brexit fund
Oliver Wright Policy Editor
The electoral watchdog has re-opened
its investigation into the funding of the
main pro-Brexit referendum campaign
after finding new evidence that it
breached election law.
The Electoral Commission said that
it now had ?reasonable grounds to suspect an offence may have been committed? by the Vote Leave campaign
and two other organisations that it
gave money to.
The inquiry is understood to be
related to two donations totalling
�5,000 that were given to Darren
Grimes, a 23-year-old fashion design
student and Brexit supporter, and a
group called Veterans for Britain in the
final days of the campaign. Veterans for
Britain and Mr Grimes then used the
money to run expensive online targeted advertising campaigns through
AggregateIQ, a Canadian IT company
also used by Vote Leave in the campaign.
Under election law once Vote Leave
made its donation it should have had
no controlling influence on how the
money was spent. Vote Leave could not
have spent the money itself because it
was coming close to reaching its �million spending limit.
If found guilty it would be embar-
rassing for Michael Gove and Boris
Johnson, who were both leading
figures in the Vote Leave campaign.
Dominic Cummings, campaign director of Vote Leave, has written since
the referendum that the money spent
with AggregateIQ played a key role in
winning the referendum.
He said: ?Without a doubt, the Vote
Leave campaign owes a great deal of its
success to the work of AggregateIQ.
We couldn?t have done it without
them.?
The announcement of the inquiry
came as the anti-EU millionaire Arron
Banks, chairman of the separate
Leave.EU organisation, threatened
legal action against the commission
over its investigation into his Brexit
campaign. The commission is looking
into whether overseas donations had
been made to Leave.EU.
Mr Banks told the watchdog: ?Unless
you set out in the next 21 days the
source of these allegations and why
you find them credible we intend to
seek a judicial review of the decision to
investigate our campaign and the political reasons why.?
Electoral Commission figures show
that Mr Grimes received donations
totalling �5,000 from Vote
Leave, which, along with �,000
from an individual donor,
allowed him to spend �5,000
on the BeLeave social media
campaign to encourage young
people to vote to leave the EU in
last year?s referendum.
Veterans for Britain received
a donation of �0,000
from Vote Leave
before the vote.
Vote Leave reported spending totalling
almost �8 million
on the referendum,
bringing it close to
the �million limit
Darren Grimes used
the �5,000 gift to
fund a large social
media campaign
for the designated lead campaign. Registered campaigners, such as Mr
Grimes and Veterans for Britain, were
permitted to spend �0,000.
In a statement the commission said it
was looking at whether Mr Grimes and
Veterans for Britain had ?delivered a
return that was incorrect in relation to
a donation it received from Vote Leave
and related campaign spending?.
It said it was also looking at whether
Vote Leave had ?exceeded its spending
limit in the referendum?.
?There is significant public
interest in being satisfied
that the facts are known
about Vote Leave?s spending
on the campaign, particularly
as it was a lead campaigner
with a greater spending limit
than any other campaigners
on the ?Leave? side,? Bob Posner,
the Electoral Commission?s
director of political finance and regulation
and its legal counsel,
said.
?Legitimate questions over the funding provided to
campaigners risk
causing harm to
voters? confidence
in the referendum
and it is therefore
right that we
investigate.?
No 10 policy ?Tired? May
chief quits
mocked by
with warning Putin media
Patrick Maguire
Marc Bennetts Moscow
The chairman of Theresa May?s policy
board has left in a bid to lead internal
reform of the party, he said yesterday.
George Freeman, the Conservative
MP for Mid Norfolk, said he was quitting to focus on grassroots work. He
called for Sir Patrick McLoughlin, the
Tory chairman, to step down and said
that ?ambitious? internal reform was
needed to help the government to reconnect with young voters after its ?illconceived? election campaign.
Mr Freeman, a junior business minister under David Cameron, was made
chairman of Mrs May?s policy unit last
year. Writing on the ConservativeHome website, he said that he would
focus on his role as chairman of the
grassroots Conservative Policy Forum.
The move is little more than symbolic. It is understood that the board was
not reconstituted after the election,
suggesting that he had in effect announced his resignation from a post
that no longer exists. His attack will
compound calls for internal reform
amid fears that the party lacks the organisational clout to compete with Labour at the next election.
Mr Freeman said that it did not have
a coherent economic programme and
urged it to reach out to disillusioned
voters. In a letter to the prime minister
before the party conference he told her
that the party risked being seen as ?a
narrow party of nostalgia, hard Brexit,
public sector austerity and lazy
privilege?.
Jon Trickett, Labour?s shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, said that the
departure showed the government?s
weak state. Mr Freeman replied on
Twitter: ?I agreed with No 10 in July to
review the role of the policy board after
conference, and last week we agreed to
wind up the board in No 10 and focus on
my work as chair of the Conservative
Policy Forum on party renewal.?
Russian state media has made a vicious
personal attack on Theresa May in retaliation for a recent speech in which
she accused the Kremlin of meddling in
western elections.
Dmitry Kiselev, presenter of the current affairs show Vesti Nedeli on Russian state television, mocked the silk
gown that Mrs May wore to the lord
mayor?s banquet last week as well as
what he said was her lack of decorum.
?She generously spiced up her most
aggressive anti-Russian speech with
the whiteness of her tired flesh,? Kiselev
sneered.
In an eight-minute diatribe broadcast on Sunday evening , he accused the
?weak and ineffective? prime minister
of lacking manners, providing as evidence a picture of her drinking wine.
Mrs May?s comments at the banquet
were her toughest on Russia, which she
accused of attempting to sow discord in
the international community through
fake news and cyberespionage. Kiselev
denied the allegations and advised Mrs
May to focus on Brexit.
Kiselev once said that President
Obama?s hair had gone grey because he
was afraid of Russia?s nuclear arsenal
and that gay people?s hearts should be
burnt or buried after their deaths, as
they were ?not fit? for transplants.
6 Google is to change its algorithms to
push Russian propaganda down users?
newsfeeds. Eric Schmidt, executive
chairman of Alphabet, the search and
publishing giant?s parent company,
announced the change as scrutiny
intensifies of the way Silicon Valley
companies have enabled the spread of
Kremlin disinformation, including
interference in the Brexit referendum.
Critics complain that Google News
gives as much prominence to Russian
state media as to stories from respected
independent western news outlets.
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has help pouring in
TMS
diary@thetimes.co.uk | @timesdiary
Grouches with
a bit of class
Andy Hamilton, the comedian and
author of such series as
Outnumbered, has written his first
novel. At a promotional event he
said that he preferred to write for
Radio 4 rather than television or
stage because of the quality of
complaints. ?You never get heckled,
you just get strongly worded letters,?
Hamilton, right, said. ?Usually a few
weeks afterwards, saying: Dear
Andy, a satisfactory performance,
but I was appalled by your use of the
word ?opaque?.? TMS readers can be
similar. Grant, my hobbit, is proud of
the email he got from one reader
who complained that not only was
one of his anecdotes old hat but
?much funnier in the original Polish?.
Arriving at Downing Street for the
Brexit sub-committee?s discussion of
the divorce bill from the EU, David
Davis was asked by an impertinent
hack if he?d brought his chequebook.
?No,? Davis shouted back. ?Yours.?
hawaiian torture
Every newsreader has nightmares
about messing up a polysyllabic
name. But when Radio 4?s Neil
Sleat had a story about a Hawaiian
woman called Janice Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele, he not
only put the time into mugging up
the pronunciation but insisted on
reading it out twice in the bulletin.
According to his colleague Robin
Lustig, Sleat came out of the studio
after a flawless performance with
arms held aloft. ?I DID IT!? he said.
?Did what?? his editor asked. ?That
long Hawaiian name.? At which his
editor looked surprised then
admitted: ?Oh, I missed it.?
That reminds me of Johnny Dennis,
the actor who used to be the public
address announcer at England cricket
matches. When Sri Lanka visited in
the 1990s, he was terrified he would
mispronounce their names and spent
ages learning his Wijegunawardenes
and his Hathurusinghas. At the end
of a perfect day, he told the crowd: ?I
hope you?ve all enjoyed your time at
the Oval.? Just one problem: they
were at Trent Bridge.
ceremonial spam sarnies
The Queen and Prince Philip had a
?low-key? 70th wedding anniversary
yesterday, according to the Palace.
Just a three-hour peal of bells from
Westminster Abbey and a modest
set of stamps to mark the occasion.
I received an email from Chris
Crowcroft about his father being
part of the fanfare team for their
wedding in 1947. During a break in
the rehearsal at the abbey, someone
brought out some Spam sandwiches
and asked if anyone had a knife. An
eye fell on the ceremonial Sword of
State laid out at the altar . . . ?He did
have the grace to wipe it
afterwards,? Chris adds.
Janet Fife has sent in a new entry for
our irregular Apt Names series. The
chairman of the Church of England?s
co-ordinating group on sexuality is
the Bishop of Coventry: one
Christopher Cocksworth.
death of a good time
Simon Callow is very concerned by
the puritanism of millennials. ?They
remind me of what Field Marshall
Montgomery said to Churchill,? the
actor tells Radio Times. ?He said: ?I
don?t drink, I don?t smoke, I eat
moderately and I?m celebrating my
80th birthday tomorrow.? And
Churchill said: ?How?? ?
patrick kidd
Kaya Burgess
The desperate search by the family of
an autistic boy for a discontinued
model of a baby cup has prompted a
worldwide project to find rare items for
other children hurt by the loss of a treasured object.
Ben Carter, who turned 15 on Sunday,
has severe autism and would only drink
from a specific type of blue Tommee
Tippee cup, below, a design that had not
been produced by the company for
almost 20 years. He would end up in
A&E with extreme dehydration rather
than drink from anything else.
When the cup began to wear out, his
family launched a ?life-saving? appeal
to anyone who might have the exact
model at home, a search that soon went
viral. Tommee Tippee tracked down a
mould for the model at a factory in
China and made 500 of the cups for
upply.
the family as a lifetime supply.
Ben?s father, Marc, 43,
who launched the ?Littlee
Blue Cup? appeal, has
now turned his son?s
search into a worldwide project for other
parents, mostly of
children with autism
and special needs, who
are facing similar crises.
dThe loss of a beloved tedurite
dy bear or the day a favourite
matic for
toy breaks can be traumatic
any child, but for some with autism it
can mean they struggle to eat, sleep or
play. A year on, the project has found
more than 2,000 items through appeals
on its website and social media pages,
and it has branches in Australia, the US
and Canada and more than 15,000
Facebook followers.
One appeal is for a girl called Erin,
nine, from Wirral, who has autism and
cerebral palsy. She has a cuddly cat that
she won from an arcade machine and it
is now so fragile that her mother is
afraid to wash it in case it falls apart.
One of the project?s success stories
came after helping a boy called Isaac,
who was devastated when he lost his favourite spotty trilby hat. A video on the
project?s site shows him overwhelmed
with joy when opening a package to
find someone had found an identical
hat and sent it to him. In the video he
shouts: ?It?s my hat! We got it back!?
before adding: ?Thanks.?
Mr Car
Carter, from Devon, said
that, ffor the first time last
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week, a year on from his
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appeal, his son Ben had
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their stress relief or it
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Manson thought he would live for ever
POLARIS/EYEVINE
Bogeyman
still lurks in
public?s mind
Will Pavia New York
The film star Sharon Tate and six other
victims of the Manson family were
mourned yesterday nearly half a
century after they were murdered as it
was announced that the cult leader who
ordered the killings had died.
Charles Manson died of natural
causes in a hospital at Bakersfield, California, on Sunday evening. He was 83.
Debra Tate, sister of the actress who
was eight months pregnant with
Roman Polanski?s baby when she was
stabbed to death, said prison officials
called her 15 minutes after Manson
died.
?One could say I?ve forgiven him, but
there?s a difference between forgiving
and forgetting,? she told the New York
Daily News. ?I said a prayer, shed a tear,
stuck a flower under my cross in my
bedroom and emailed Roman.?
Mia Farrow, a friend of Ms Tate, bid
Manson ?good riddance?.
On August 9, 1969, Manson?s followers broke into the home of Ms Tate
where she was entertaining friends
while Polanski was away. They killed
the actress as well as Abigail Folger,
heiress to a big coffee brand, a hairdresser named Jay Sebring; and a film
director, Voytek Frykowski. Steven
Parent, 18, whose father was the
caretaker of the house, was also killed.
Manson was not there, but according
to Vincent Bugliosi, who wrote a book
about the ?family?, he sent them to the
house with orders to ?totally destroy
everyone in [it], as gruesome as you
can?.
The following night he and some of
his followers arrived outside the home
of a supermarket mogul named Leno
LaBianca and his wife Rosemary. Linda
Kasabian, one of the cult?s members
who was the driver that night, said
Manson tied up the couple and ordered
his followers to kill them. Prosecutors
cast Manson as a manipulative character, who seemed to retain a hold on his
followers even as they were tried alongside him. He was sentenced in 1971.
He grew up in a relatively poor area
of Ohio and was sent to live with relatives when his mother was jailed after a
botched robbery. During his twenties,
after several thefts and armed robberies, he was more or less a permanent
resident of the prison system, where he
studied tenets of Scientology.
On his release in 1967, he ended up in
San Francisco, where he began to recruit young women as his acolytes, and
a few men, while predicting an apocalyptic race war. With his newfound
?family?, he retreated to a farm in
Death Valley, where they planned the
murders, intending to leave signs at the
scene that they hoped would cause
police to pin the blame on the Black
Panthers.
Until the end of his life he denied ordering the murders, while apparently delighting in his hold on the national consciousness. He made several television appearances with a swastika
carved between his eyebrows.
In 2014 it was announced that
Manson was engaged to Afton
Burton, 26 at the time, but a
wedding ceremony never
took place. She planned to
gain custody of his body
upon his death and exhibit it in a glass
crypt, according to Daniel
Simone, a journalist. Manson is
said
to
have
baulked at this, not
least because he
considered himself
immortal.
Obituary, page 57
Behind the story
C
Charles Manson planned to marry Afton Burton, a woman who often paid him visits in jail, but a wedding never took place
The fate of the family
The members of Charles
Manson?s ?family? were
sentenced to death and
then to life in jail after
California abolished capital
punishment. Most have
expressed regret for their
actions at parole hearings.
Hinman, a music teacher,
and Donald Shea, a ranch
hand. He has also been
recommended for parole
but had his release blocked
by Governor Brown. He has
earned a doctoral degree in
the philosophy of religion.
Susan Atkins was 21 when
she held down and stabbed
Sharon Tate, the pregnant
wife of Roman Polanski.
In prison she renounced
Manson and apologised.
Diagnosed with brain
cancer, she died in
prison in 2009 aged 61.
Bobby Beausoleil, now 70,
was said to have joined the
Aryan Brotherhood gang in
prison. He has been
repeatedly
denied parole.
p
Patricia Krenwinkel was
also 21 at the time and
has said that it was not
until she was alone on
death row that she broke
her allegiance to Manson,
describing it as ?the most
difficult thing I had ever
done, because I would now
have to be fully responsible
for the damage and the
wreckage and the horror?.
Said by officials to be a
model inmate, she was
denied parole for the
14th time in June.
Leslie Van Houten
was 19 at the time
and the youngest of
the followers. She said
she came to believe
that Manson was
Jesus Christ. She told
a parole board in
Lynette Fromme was not
Ly
charged with the killings.
ch
In 1975 she was jailed for
attempting to assassinate
a
President Ford. Released
P
on parole aged 60 in
2009, she is said to live in
200
upstate New York.
ups
Atkins, Patricia
Susan Atkins
Pattricia
tricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten
at their trial in 1970 for the murder of Sharon Tate, left.
Circled, the Manson family women in 2009, 2015 and 2016
2002 that she was ?deeply
ashamed? of the killings.
She was recommended for
parole in April but Jerry
Brown, the governor of
California, blocked her
release, writing that it
remained unclear how a
?homecoming princess? had
transformed into a member
of ?one of the most
notorious cults in history?.
Charles ?Tex? Watson was
23 at the time and
described himself as
Manson?s ?right-hand man?.
He became a Christian in jail
and was ordained as a
minister in 1981. A website
said to be composed of
letters Watson sent from
prison declares that
?Manson offered a utopia?
but made his followers part
of a history that he ?deeply
regrets?. Now 71, he was
denied parole for the 17th
time in October.
Bruce Davis, now 75, was
convicted of killing Gary
Steve Grogan, now 66, was
Stev
convicted of murder but
was found by a judge to be
?too stupid and too hopped
up [on drugs]? to have
made any decision on his
own. Released in 1985, he
has since played in jazz and
blues bands.
Linda Kasabian, now 68,
received immunity from
prosecution for her trial
testimony. By 1994 she was
said to have moved to the
east coast and raised four
children, but then moved
west again. A film-maker
found her a decade ago
living in a trailer park.
harles Manson?s hold on
the public imagination as
a bogeyman has persisted
since his incarceration
46 years ago and is likely
to experience a resurgence after his
death (Jack Malvern writes).
Last week, Sony confirmed that it
would be financing a Quentin
Tarantino film set in Los Angeles at
the time of the Manson cult?s
murders, which are said to be a
?backdrop to the main story?.
Deadline, a film industry website,
claimed that Margot Robbie was
being considered to play Sharon
Tate, the cult?s most famous victim.
The murders, carried out by
Manson?s commune at his behest,
came to represent either the loss of
innocence espoused by the hippy
movement or a vindication for
people who regarded the counterculture as a dangerous rejection of
moral standards.
The story was told afresh in 2015
in Aquarius, an American television
series that ran for two seasons on
Sky Atlantic with David Duchovny
as a fictional detective and Gethin
Anthony, a former member of the
Royal Shakespeare Company, as
Manson.
Manson has also inspired more
than 30 books. The most successful,
with seven million sales, was
Vincent Bugliosi?s Helter Skelter,
named after the Beatles song that
Manson interpreted as a portent of a
race war. Bugliosi was Manson?s
prosecutor in the 1971 trial.
Simon Wells, author of a Manson
biography, Coming Down Fast,
predicted that Manson would
continue to inspire speculation long
after his death. ?The fascination
with him will be as long as
fascination with the 1960s and the
Beatles,? he said.
Wells said that many people
continued to believe that Manson
ordered a murder in Britain despite
a lack of evidence. Stephen Kay, one
of Manson?s prosecutors, is
convinced that he was responsible
for the death of Joel Pugh, an
American tourist found dead in his
room at the Talgarth Hotel in
London in December 1969.
Pugh had been romantically
involved with Sandra Good before
she became a member of the
Manson Family cult and he was
rumoured to be the father of her
child.
Wells said that there was no
reason to dispute the coroner?s
conclusion that it was suicide. The
body was found leaning against the
bedroom door, which had been
locked from the inside.
However, rumours persist that
Pugh was murdered by Bruce Davis,
another member of the cult, who
was living in Britain at the time
while investigating Scientology at
that group?s base in East Grinstead.
Manson told a BBC interviewer in
1994: ?I sent some people to
England, I couldn?t go myself, but I
sent some people there, to do some
certain things to make an effect, to
cause an awakening of an
awareness . . .?
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Boaty McBoatface firm imports
foreign workers to fill skills gap
Will Humphries
The company building the �0 million
ship dubbed Boaty McBoatface blamed
a ?chronic engineering skills shortage?
in Britain for hiring more than 300
European workers to complete the
polar research vessel.
The welders and platers have been
hired by Cammell Laird to work on the
RRS Sir David Attenborough. It is Britain?s biggest commercial shipbuilding
project in 30 years.
Despite Boaty McBoatface winning a
public vote for the name of the new
research ship, the second-placed name
was chosen. Officially Boaty McBoatface is the name of one of the vessel?s
underwater vehicles.
Construction of the 128m-long ship
was heralded as a jobs boost for British
workers. Cammell Laird had said that
about 500 local jobs would be created
when it signed the contract to build it in
Birkenhead, Merseyside. However, it
has struggled to find enough British
marine engineers to fill the roles after
conducting an advertising campaign.
Nearly 250 British workers have been
recruited and more than 300 European
engineers have been brought in to fill
the gap.
One worker from Liverpool claimed
that Britons were not hired because
foreign labour was cheaper. He told The
Sun: ?Bosses are paying Romanians �an hour. Local lads get � so they don?t
want us. The government thinks this
The RRS Sir David Attenborough was
heralded as a boost for British jobs
Overseas recruitment
Olympic Park About 40 per cent of
the 46,000 construction workers
employed for the 2012 Games came
from abroad.
Forth Bridge No Scots companies
applied for the steel contract.
During construction a row broke out
over migrant workers being paid
below industry rates.
Crossrail A fifth of its core jobs were
done by non-UK citizens in 2013, just
after politicians had said that it
would provide 55,000 new jobs.
Lindsey Oil Refinery The plant in
Lincolnshire suffered several strikes
in 2009 over the employment of
foreign workers.
ship is being built by British workers,
but they couldn?t be more wrong.?
A shipbuilding source told The Times
that the EU workers were paid a lower
hourly wage, but that when agency fees
were taken into account the hiring of an
EU worker would cost Cammell Laird
about as much as a Briton.
John Syvret, Cammell Laird?s chief
executive, said in May that the ship
would be ?a showcase for what Merseyside and British industry is capable of?.
It was commissioned by the Natural
Environment Research Council and
will be operated by British Antarctic
Survey when it enters service in 2019.
A spokesman for the company said it
had recruited Europeans through a
British employment agency because
there was a ?chronic local and national
engineering skills shortage? in the UK.
He said: ?The facts are that Cammell
Laird has employed all of the people
currently available to us locally and
nationally with the requisite engineering skills we require for the complex
projects. We employ more than 1,300
local people on our contracts.?
The Department for Education said
that it was trying to ensure that more
pupils take up the study of Stem subjects (science, technology, engineering
and mathematics) that are needed for
skilled jobs. A spokesman said that its
investment in this rose ?to over half a
billion pounds a year for 16 to 19 yearolds to deliver 15 new technical education routes to skilled employment?.
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Stellar singing reigns
supreme in Rossini?s
Babylonian mishmash
Opera Richard Morrison
Semiramide
Covent Garden
HHHHI
Beethoven?s advice to Rossini was,
roughly, ?stick to comic operas,
laddie?. Semiramide rather proves his
point. This
melodramma
tragico,
Rossini?s last
Italian opera,
has hours of
wonderful
music. Yet
there?s
something so
contrived about its
tragico element,
which fleshes out
known facts about the
Babylonian queen Semiramide
(ie, nothing at all) by mashing
together bits of Hamlet (spooky
intervention from dead king),
Macbeth (murderess unhinged by
guilt) and Oedipus Rex (mother
inadvertently lusting after son).
You feel that Rossini was more
titillated than deeply moved by the
story?s possibilities, and especially by
being able to toy with the delicious
taboo of depicting incest on stage
(only toy with it, mind; it took
Wagner to go the full Monty). Either
way, I don?t think many in the
audience would have protested if the
Royal Opera had saved several
hundred thousand pounds and
presented it as a concert performance.
We could still have enjoyed
what makes the show worth
seeing, or rather hearing. Which
is? First, terrific singing. We
know what Joyce
DiDonato can do, but
the challenge of this
title role is to make
coherent the apparent
contradictions in
Semiramide?s
personality ?
imperiousness,
desperation,
guilt and
loneliness ?
and DiDonato
does this
vocally as
much as
visually.
She has the
surging
Joyce DiDonato offers power and gentleness; Lawrence Brownlee is also superb
power, but also the nous to use that
sparingly, and deliver much of her
music with affecting gentleness in a
honeyed sotto voce.
Daniela Barcellona doesn?t have the
low-register whoomph to do full
justice to the trouser role of
Semiramide?s long-lost son, yet her
sublime final duet with DiDonato ?
two voices floating symbolically in
parallel thirds that never converge ?
is a heart-stopping moment.
Lawrence Brownlee hits the tenor
stratosphere effectively as a random
Indian suitor. And, in an
unprogrammed bonus, we got two
basses for the price of one as the
baddie Assur, since Michele Pertusi
fell ill in the interval and was
seamlessly replaced by the excellent
Mirco Palazzi.
When the voices aren?t
commanding attention, the Royal
Opera orchestra is.
I have rarely heard a Rossini score
invested with such finesse and fizz as
Antonio Pappano?s players do here.
Even the most rum-ti-tum
accompaniment is given an
invigorating lilt. It?s a masterclass in
subtlety and surprise.
Sadly, that?s just what David
Alden?s staging isn?t. In Paul
Steinberg?s overbearingly satirical sets
? the giant statues and
hagiographical portraits of a modern
dictatorship ? it?s a lazy mishmash of
Soviet and modern Middle Eastern
clich閟 that neither offends nor
engages, though occasionally it
baffles. One puzzle is why the
Princess Azema (a minor love
interest) is depicted as an autistic
museum exhibit, though frankly I was
too busy enjoying the music to care.
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school
Woman bound and killed at home Girls?
pupils ?more
?was obsessive? about her security abuse-aware?
John Simpson Crime Correspondent
A former civil servant found bound,
gagged and stabbed to death at her
home had become extremely security
conscious after a burglary three years
ago, friends have said.
Cathy Burke, 55, had increased
security measures and was wary of unsolicited visits at her home in Muswell
Hill, north London.
Ms Burke is thought to have been
found gagged and tied up downstairs in
her terrace house by police on Thursday night. The lack of any sign of forced
entry, coupled with her caution over
security, suggests that she may have
known her killer.
Lesly Gregory, 62, a neighbour, said:
?I?ve never known anyone like Cathy to
be so concerned about home security.
She got broken into about three years
ago. Since then she would never answer
the door to someone she didn?t know.
She would always look through the
curtain. If she left the house she would
check everything was locked five or six
times. She got extra security and was
obsessed, so how the hell did they get
in? We are terrified.?
Ms Burke, a mother of one from Co
Galway, has been praised as a warm and
generous person. She had not been
seen walking her dog for days, prompting neighbours to fetch a ladder to peer
in through an upstairs window.
There has been speculation that she
may have been killed during a botched
burglary, but gagging and binding of
victims is more commonly associated
with robberies of high-value items that
attackers are expecting to find hidden
in a property.
Ms Gregory added: ?She wouldn?t
hurt a fly. She didn?t keep valuables in a
safe, she was just getting by on her pension. She was private in her own house
but would love to come out with us for
Cathy Burke, 55,
?never opened the
door to strangers?
a party. She would give her last fiver to
you if you asked.?
Ms Burke?s son, Nial, has returned
from university in Brighton and is said
to be ?beyond distressed?. He is staying
with his grandmother and father near
by while his mother?s house is searched.
Ms Gregory said: ?Her son told me to
do everything I can to find her killer
but they are still out there. We are
really scared. My neighbour has
boarded up her windows since Cathy
was killed.
?I was waiting outside for the police
to kick the door down. They spent ages
downstairs and came up looking white
as a sheet. We thought she had died of
pneumonia or something.?
The Metropolitan Police initially
treated the death as suspicious and only
launched a murder investigation on
Saturday after a post-mortem examination established stab wounds the
cause of death.
Dave Bolton, an acting detective
chief inspector, said: ?At this stage we
are keeping an open mind as to any motive and whether Catherine knew her
attacker or attackers. What we are asking for is for anyone who may have seen
Catherine on Wednesday or Thursday
to get in touch. We are aware that her
daily routine included walking her dog
locally and would be interested to speak
with anyone that knew her.?
A statement released on behalf of the
family read: ?Catherine will be deeply
missed by family and close friends. We
urge anyone with any information to
come forward to police.?
Riots to rites: new London church is first in 40 years
Kaya Burgess
Religious Affairs Correspondent
More than 1,500 Anglican churches in
England are no longer used as places of
worship or have been demolished in the
past 50 years, but one housing estate is
bucking that trend.
A new church will open today at the
heart of a new estate in Tottenham
Hale, round the corner from where the
London riots started in 2011. The
Bishop of Edmonton, the Right Rev
Rob Wickham, said that this was the
St Francis church has been built in the
middle of a new estate in Tottenham
first time in four decades that a church
and parish had been founded at a site
where there had been no church before.
St Francis church is built into the
fabric of the Hale Village estate, which
opened on former industrial land and
has 1,200 homes and 1,200 student flats.
The church, whose congregation has
been based in temporary premises
since it was founded in 2013, will also
have space for the Engine Room community centre, a caf�, a bakery and a
nursery.
The bishop called on developers of
estates to consider integrating a church
into their developments to forge a sense
of community among residents. He
said: ?When there is new housing being
created, how do you create that sense of
community? There needs to be a catalyst to bring different people together.?
The Diocese of London is one of the
few in the Church of England where
attendances have not declined. The
Bishop of Burnley warned last year that
the church was ?dying very quickly? on
council estates because it had a bias
towards affluent middle-class parishes.
Rosemary Bennett Education Editor
Women who had attended all-girl
schools are more likely to challenge
sexual harassment than those who
were educated alongside boys, a leading headmistress has suggested.
Charlotte Avery, head of St Mary?s
School in Cambridge, said that there
was no sense of harassment being
?normalised? in girls? schools.
This means that if pupils encountered unwanted approaches later in life,
they were more likely to challenge it,
she said, because they regard it as harassment, not flirting or banter.
Ms Avery, who is also president of the
Girls? Schools Association, which was
holding its annual conference in Manchester, was asked if being spared unwanted attention from male classmates
influenced girls? confidence and their
sense of what was normal behaviour.
?I think that there isn?t any sense of it
being normalised, because they don?t
see it, because it is simply not there. So
I think they are then possibly surprised
when they hear about it,? she said.
She said all-girls? schools were a
?privileged space? where young women
got a chance to grow up. ?And then
when they go out and they are involving themselves . . . in adult life, when
they go out and meet men and indeed
women who have been at co-ed
schools, they have the confidence to be
able to call it out in a way, because it is
something that is different to them.?
The cross-party Commons? women
and equalities committee recently
found that sexual harassment of girls by
male classmates was widespread, with
almost a third of 16 to 18-year-old girls
saying that they had experienced unwanted sexual touching at school.
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Diesel tax anger as new models
beat petrol in pollution tests
Ben Webster Environment Editor
Some new diesel cars are much less
polluting than new petrol cars, according to research.
Independent tests have identified
11 diesel models, including the Volkswagen Golf SV, Mercedes-Benz E Class
and BMW 5 Series, that emit very low
levels of toxic nitrogen oxides (NOx).
The findings by Emissions Analytics,
a testing company that helped to expose the health threat from diesels,
raise questions about the wisdom of tax
increases on diesel vehicles.
The 2016 3.0 litre BMW 5 Series, the
least polluting diesel, emits only 23 milligrams of NOx per kilometre, less than
a third of the legal limit of 80mg/km.
The 2016 petrol Renault Kadjar 1.2 litre
emits 130mg/km, almost six times as
much as the diesel BMW.
The results lend support to calls by
motoring groups to Philip Hammond,
the chancellor, not to target diesels
with indiscriminate new taxes in the
budget tomorrow.
The cleanest 10 per cent of new diesel
cars emit an average 70mg of NOx per
kilometre whereas the dirtiest 10 per
cent of the petrol models emit 129mg/
km, according to the tests, which involve driving on roads in contrast to the
official tests that are conducted under
laboratory conditions.
Several councils have introduced
higher parking charges for diesel cars
regardless of their emissions. Islington
Least polluting diesels
2016 BMW 5 Series 3.0 litre
23mg NOx/km
2016 Mercedes E-Class 2.0 litre
42mg/km
Petrols compared
2015 DS 3 1.2 litre
99mg/km
2016 Renault Kadjar 1.2 litre
130mg/km
Source: Emissions Analytics
council in London plans a �per hour
surcharge from January for diesel vehicles of any age using short-stay parking.
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London,
plans to extend the toxicity charge introduced last month to cover all pre2016 diesels from April 2019 and increase the daily fee from � to �.50.
Nick Molden, founder of Emissions
Analytics, said many new diesel models
were still highly polluting but the results showed that it was wrong to ?demonise? all cars with diesel engines.
?These real-world findings cast
doubt on blanket taxes on diesels being
the best policy,? he said. ?It makes no
sense to punish or tax diesel as a technology per se, just dirty cars whatever
their type.? He said car companies had
reduced NOx emissions on the cleanest diesels by fitting more effective pollution controls. These tend to be selective catalytic reduction systems, which
involve injecting urea solution into the
exhaust fumes to neutralise NOx. They
require a 10-20 litre tank for AdBlue,
the commercial name for the solution.
Mr Molden said many car companies
had previously opted for cheaper systems, such as lean NOx traps, which
were less effective, partly to save money
but also because they thought drivers
would object to having a urea tank,
which needs to be regularly refilled and
takes up space in the boot.
Edmund King, president of the AA,
said 17 years after the Labour government had ignored air pollution issues by
encouraging diesel, there was a danger
of going too far in the opposite direction.
?We could be shooting ourselves in the
foot again,? he said. ?For the next ten years
we will need a range of fuels including
diesel because for heavy trucks and
towing vehicles it is still king and there
is nothing better.
?If you don?t live in a city centre and
do a lot of motorway miles, a clean new
diesel can be the best bet overall for the
environment, balancing climate change
and air pollution. New diesel taxes are a
kneejerk reaction.?
He said that there was no need to
heap more penalties on diesel owners.
Sales of new diesels fell 30 per cent last
month compared with October last
year, with discounts 25.6 per cent
higher on average than for diesels?
petrol counterparts, according to data
from What Car?
Sadiq Khan, Thunderer, page 30
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TV chef gets the chop
from own restaurant
David Brown
Shaun Rankin has cooked up a reputation as one of the most popular television chefs, but he was suddenly
dropped yesterday by his own Michelin-starred restaurant.
Rankin, 45, who won BBC Two?s
Great British Menu in 2009, blamed new
shareholders for changing the restaurant in a way that was opposed to his
?food philosophy?.
The chef received a Michelin star
four months after opening Ormer in St
Helier, Jersey, in 2013 and last year
oversaw the opening of a second Ormer
restaurant in Mayfair, London. He is a
regular guest on Saturday Kitchen on
BBC One and his restaurant has featured on Masterchef.
He seemed unaware of his dismissal
when contacted yesterday morning
and there was confusion after the hotel
where the London restaurant is
based later said that it would continue working with him. ?I am extremely sad that after more than
20 years in Jersey I will be leaving this wonderful island,?
Rankin said last night.
The owners of Ormer in
Jersey announced that
Rankin was being removed as a director of the
restaurant and all its subChildren in Need. This is Britain includes a misty woodland walk; a father?s 7am wake-up call; and early-morning swimmers
Shaun Rankin set up
Ormer in Jersey in 2013
sidiaries and that they were terminating their commercial relationship. ?It is
time to move forward with a refocused
vision for Ormer and Shaun Rankin
does not form part of our plans for the
future,? a statement from the restaurant stated.
Ormer said that its existing team
under Lee Smith, the head chef, would
remain and the neighbouring delicatessen would be converted into an
?unfussy modern dining experience?.
Henrik Muehle, the general manager
of Flemings Mayfair, which hosts the
newer restaurant, said: ?We have a separate agreement regarding Shaun
Rankin?s consultancy service for Ormer Mayfair and it is our full intention to
continue working with him.?
A source claimed that Rankin had
been in negotiations with Ormer?s
management for weeks, saying: ?There
is something else behind the scenes
that people are not happy about.?
Rankin moved to Jersey in 1994
when he started work at Longueville Manor, the five-star hotel
where he stayed for eight years.
He gained his
first Michelin
star in 2005
while working
at the Bohemia
restaurant in Jersey. He is also head
chef at 12 Hay Hill, a
private members? club
in Mayfair.
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British Gas to scrap
costly variable tariff
Robin Pagnamenta
Deputy Business Editor
Britain?s biggest energy supplier has become the latest company to pledge to
scrap standard variable tariffs for gas
and electricity customers as the government threatens to impose price caps
on the industry.
Centrica, the owner of British Gas,
said it would drop its tariff, known as an
SVT, by the end of March next year and
replace it with a 12-month ?emergency?
default rate for those customers who
failed to switch to a better deal.
Iain Conn, its chief executive, insisted that the announcement was not a
pre-emptive strike to stave off the government?s threat of energy price caps
but he argued that if the entire industry
abolished the tariffs, which tend to be
more expensive than discounted fixedterm deals, then ?it must have an influence on the government?s intention of
[imposing] . . . price controls.?
About 60 per cent of UK households
are on SVTs. The Big Six ? British Gas,
SSE, Scottish Power, Eon, Npower and
EDF Energy ? have traditionally used
discounted fixed tariffs to entice new
customers but once their deals expire
they are pushed on to costly SVTs.
Many customers remain on these for
years, paying more than necessary
because they are disengaged from the
market. Centrica has more SVT customers than any other supplier and
about 70 per cent of its profits come
from them. ?Ending the SVT will clearly
increase customer engagement and
choice,? Mr Conn said. ?We hope that
these proposals will be met with a constructive response from the government and [the regulator] Ofgem.?
Ofgem welcomed the proposals but
said that they ?must lead to inactive
customers genuinely benefiting from a
significantly better deal?. Mr Conn acknowledged that the new tariffs would
have to be carefully structured so as to
be ?unattractive but not punitive?.
Big Six suppliers including Scottish
Power and German-owned Eon have
already announced plans to drop SVTs.
Centrica set out other proposals to
improve Britain?s energy market, including a call for ?social policy costs?,
such as green energy tariffs, worth
about �0 on the average annual
household bill, to be stripped out and
raised from general taxation. Mr Conn
said: ?We need a fairer way to pay for
the changing energy system by removing government policy costs from
energy bills. This will be fairer for
everyone and especially those who
struggle most with their bills.?
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Fishermen?s lines blamed for killing off albatrosses in South Atlantic
Ben Webster Oceans Correspondent
It glides for hundreds of miles without
flapping its mighty wings and can live
for 50 years, but the albatross is being
killed in large numbers by fishing vessels known as longliners, which trail
thousands of baited hooks.
The population of three threatened
species of the bird has halved in the past
35 years at one of their most important
breeding sites on a tiny British island in
the South Atlantic.
Destructive fishing methods are the
main threat to the wandering, blackbrowed and grey-headed albatrosses of
Bird Island, beside South Georgia, the
research found.
Thousands drown each year after
trying to seize bait from hooks and the
threat from longliners increased during
the El Ni駉 weather phenomenon, ac-
cording to scientists from the British
Antarctic Survey. El Ni駉, a cyclical
warming of the ocean, reduced the
amount of food available to the albatrosses so they spent more time feeding
behind fishing vessels, resulting in
more becoming caught on the hooks.
Longliners are supposed to reduce the
risk to albatrosses by using mitigation
measures, which include weighting
lines to make them sink more quickly,
attaching streamers to the lines to scare
birds away and fishing at night when
the birds cannot see the bait. Many ves-
sels ignore these requirements, however, and the authors of the study in
Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences said that there was little monitoring or enforcement.
Deborah Pardo, a research associate
at Cambridge and one of the authors,
said that the best way of saving albatrosses would be to require longliners to
pay, via their fishing licences, for onboard observers to check compliance.
TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER RICHARD POHLE
Jehovah?s
Witnesses
?hushed up
child abuse?
Kaya Burgess
Religious Affairs Correspondent
Best foot forward A new bronze cast of Physical Energy, a sculpture by GF Watts that was first exhibited in 1904, is unveiled at the Royal Academy in London
Paperchase
apologises
for Mail offer
Shoulder surgery no better
than placebo, experts warn
Georgie Keate
Kat Lay Health Correspondent
The stationery chain Paperchase has
apologised to campaigners who protested against a promotion with the
Daily Mail.
It said it was ?truly sorry? for giving
away two rolls of wrapping paper with
the newspaper on Saturday. The move
came after hundreds of people complained, encouraged by the campaign
group Stop Funding Hate. The Daily
Mail said it was ?deeply worrying? that
the company had let itself be ?bullied
into apologising? by ?internet trolls?.
Stop Funding Hate tries to stop companies placing adverts in newspapers it
deems to be divisive, namely the Daily
Mail, The Sun and Daily Express. Last
year Lego dropped a promotion in the
Mail after a campaign by the group.
Stop Funding Hate tweeted on Saturday: ?After a torrid few weeks of divisive
stories about trans people, is a Daily
Mail promotion what customers want??
Paperchase asked customers for their
views and later said.?We?re truly sorry
and we won?t ever do it again.?
Shoulder surgery used on 21,000
patients a year is no better at reducing
pain than placebo surgery, according to
a study published in The Lancet.
Surgeons are now talking to health
service managers about whether to reduce shoulder decompression surgery
for people with impingement, a condition in which the tendon rubs and
catches in the joint.
The study also found only a small difference between the results of either
type of surgery and no treatment at all.
Placebo, or sham, surgery is a faked intervention that omits the step thought
to be clinically necessary.
In the study, which involved 32 hospitals and 51 surgeons, 274 people who
had shoulder pain for at least three
months had decompression surgery,
placebo surgery or no treatment.
The keyhole surgery involves removing a small area of bone and soft tissue
in the joint to prevent rubbing or catching when the arm lifts. In the placebo
group, surgeons inspected the inside of
the joint but did not remove anything.
Patients? responses about their pain
and function six and twelve months
later showed no statistical difference
between the two surgery groups.
They showed a small benefit over no
treatment, but the researchers said that
that was unlikely to result in a noticeable difference in symptoms but could
be down to factors such as a placebo
effect related to surgery. It could also be
because the surgery groups were given
physiotherapy and told to rest.
David Beard, of Oxford University,
co-chief investigator of the study with
Andrew Carr, said that its rapid rise in
popularity had made the procedure a
good target for research. ?I think people
might be surprised that we haven?t
always validated as well as we should
have done some of the interventions
out there,? he said. ?It doesn?t mean it
doesn?t work, or it?s bad, but it behoves
us to make sure that what we are funding and providing is effective, useful
and provides benefit.?
Professor Beard said that the findings
should change practice, perhaps push-
ing patients towards painkillers, physiotherapy and steroid injections, but he
did not support a total halt to NHS provision, because some patients still
potentially benefited.
There has been attention on whether
treatments funded by the NHS have a
good evidence base. NHS England said
in March that 18 products were being
considered a low priority for NHS
funding. They cost �1 million a year
and include homeopathic items, travel
vaccines, Omega 3 fatty acid compounds, certain painkillers and muscle
pain relieving rubs and ointments.
In October last year the Academy of
Medical Royal Colleges issued a list of
40 treatments and procedures that
were of little or no benefit.
A spokesman for the Royal College of
Surgeons said: ?This valuable study
provides strong evidence that shoulder
surgery may be offering little benefit to
some patients. We will discuss the findings with NHS England to assess
whether this procedure should be better targeted and no longer offered routinely in the NHS.?
Men and women who were abused by
Jehovah?s Witnesses as children have
alleged that the organisation told them
not to report incidents to the police.
Victims have revealed that they were
regularly abused and claimed that the
religion?s guidelines protected those
who carried it out.
The organisation has described
allegations that Jehovah?s Witnesses
covered up abuse as ?absolutely false?
and said that victims and parents had
an ?absolute right? to report any such
incidents to the authorities.
One victim, Louise Palmer, waived
her right to anonymity and said that she
was born as a Jehovah?s Witness, as was
her brother, Richard Davenport, who
went on to start raping her when she
was four. In 2015 he was jailed for 14
years, later reduced to 10.
Ms Palmer, 41, who lives in Evesham,
Worcestershire, said that she was instructed not to go to the police. ?I asked
[the organisation]: ?What should I do?
Do you report it to the police [or] do I
report it to the police?? ? she told the
BBC. ?And their words were that they
strongly advised me not to go to the
police because it would bring reproach
on Jehovah.?
Another woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said that she had
been sexually abused and later raped by
a friend of her brother. She said she had
told her parents and elders in her Jehovah?s Witness congregation but they
advised her not to report it.
Kathleen Hallisey, a child-abuse lawyer, claimed that the Jehovah?s Witnesses insisted on having ?two witnesses to the abuse? before taking allegations further. The organisation denied
this, stating that reporting abuse to the
authorities was ?not contingent on the
number of witnesses to the offence?
and going on to describe child abuse as
a ?heinous crime and sin?.
The organisation said in a statement
that its congregations did not ?shield
abusers? and added that elders provided victims ?with spiritual comfort from
the Bible?.
The Charity Commission is running
an inquiry into safeguarding issues in
the UK?s main Jehovah?s Witness
organisation, the Watch Tower Bible
and Tract Society of Britain.
A report by the commission earlier
this year found that one congregation
in Manchester had allowed a convicted
paedophile to cross-examine two
women he had abused as children
before they would expel him.
The Watch Tower society said in a
statement in July: ?All allegations of
abuse are thoroughly investigated and
appropriate restrictions are imposed
on any person who is guilty of child
sexual abuse.?
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Northern cities beaten to Oxbridge by 12 schools in south
Rosemary Bennett Education Editor
Nicola Woolcock
Education Correspondent
A dozen private schools in London and
the Home Counties secure more places
at Oxford and Cambridge universities
than Birmingham and all the major
cities in the north combined, a Times
investigation has found.
The schools, which charge up to
�,000 a year in fees, clinch just under
500 places for their pupils ? an
estimated one in 14 of those available ?
according to the latest figures.
Offers from Oxbridge were made to
88 pupils from Westminster School and
48 from King?s College School in
Wimbledon last year. St Paul?s Girls
School took 41 and Magdalen College
School took 33.
According to research by The Times
using the most recent figures provided,
the 12 schools secured 483 places at the
two universities. Although some of the
schools? latest data is for previous years,
the number of offers can be expected to
be similar for 2017. Oxford had about
3,200 places and Cambridge accepted
3,457 undergraduates in 2016.
The 483 figure is more than the combined offers made to teenagers in Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Birmingham, Sheffield, York, Liverpool, Hull,
Oxbridge entries
Northern cities*
12 southern schools
Westminster School
Eton College
St Paul?s School
King?s College School
City of London Boys
St Paul?s Girls? School
Magdalen College School
North London Collegiate
Charterhouse
Dulwich College
City of London Girls
Wycombe Abbey
pupils
398
483
88
68
53
48
46
41
33
30
24
18
17
15
*Middlesbrough, Bradford, Liverpool, Bolton, Sheffield,
York, Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Hull, Birmingham
Bradford, Bolton and Middlesbrough in
2015, according to separate data provided by David Lammy, the Labour MP.
Offers to applicants in those cities totalled 398. Mr Lammy said the Times
data was ?yet more evidence? that systemic change was needed at Oxbridge
to address ?an abject failure on access?.
?It is simply not acceptable for these
institutions to take �0 million in taxpayers? money from people in every
city, town and village when they are not
reflective of our nation outside the
wealthiest areas of the southeast of
England,? he said.
However, Sir Michael Wilshaw,
former head of Ofsted, identified poor
educational standards in northern
secondary schools as a key problem. He
said not only were secondary schools
?not firing on all cylinders? but appeared to be ?going into reverse?.
A spokesman for the University of
Cambridge said: ?Success rates for applicants from the north of England are
close to the Cambridge average but we
need more students to apply. We are
working hard with brilliant teachers,
students and charities to help make this
happen.? A spokesman for Oxford University said: ?When students from the
north of England apply to Oxford, they
tend to be very successful. What we
need are more applications.?
SWNS
Moment a nightclubber was shot from feet away
Footage has shown the moment a
man was attacked by three men
armed with a machete, knife and gun
outside a nightclub in Leeds. The
42-year-old male victim was shot in
the chest with a sawn-off shotgun
from a distance of a few feet shortly
before 1am on August 29 last year.
The victim also had knife wounds and
underwent surgery after the attack
outside Nite Trax nightclub in the city
centre.
Three men have been jailed by
Leeds crown court for attempted
murder. Shaquille Liddie, 24, of Leeds,
the gunman, admitted attempted
murder and possession of a firearm
with intent to endanger life and was
jailed for 14 years. Kemar Ricketts, 29,
and Seion Allen, 33, both also of
Leeds, were found guilty of attempted
murder after a trial last week. They
were each sentenced to 19 years?
imprisonment.
Detective Chief Inspector Jim
Griffiths, of West Yorkshire police,
said: ?We hope the significant
sentences they received will send a
clear message about the penalties
people can expect.?
Camerman filming stunt for BBC drama is killed by car
A British cameraman has died in
Ghana while he was filming a stunt at
night for a new BBC drama. Mark
Milsome, 54, from Norton Canon,
Herefordshire, is thought to have
been hit by a car during the making
of The Forgiving Earth, a drama
about international war crimes.
Mr Milsome, who was
married with a daughter,
had worked on Downton
Abbey, Game of Thrones and
Sherlock as well as films
including Saving Private
Ryan and Pirates of the
Caribbean. Sarah Prince,
his agent, said: ?All I have been told is
they were filming a car roll . . . Mark
was one of the nicest, kindest,
incredibly talented cameramen but
completely humble with it. The family
are completely and utterly torn
apart, totally devastated.?
His wife, Andra, 55, wrote on
Facebook: ?My heart is
crushed, Alice?s life shattered.?
A BBC spokesman said: ?We are
deeply shocked and saddened
to hear this terrible news.
Mark Milsome was hugely
talented and a much
respected colleague.?
Stalked vicar calls for
changes in police action
Babies more tuned in to
language than we think
A vicar who was stalked by a woman
had to wait 13 months for police to
take action despite making repeated
complaints. The Rev Graham Sawyer,
56, of St James?s church in Burnley,
who was accused of wasting police
time, called for changes to the way
stalking cases are handled. ?They
made things exponentially worse for
me, my congregation and for my
stalker,? he said. ?I would never go to
Lancashire police again for help.? His
stalker was eventually issued with a
harassment notice in December 2015.
The force has since apologised.
Babies understand more speech than
parents think and can link words to
objects, a study has found. At six
months they recognise that the
meanings of some words, such as car
and stroller, are more alike than
others, such as car and juice, and can
distinguish between images of objects.
Professor Elike Burgelson, of Duke
University in the US and author of the
study in Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences, said: ?Even
though there aren?t many overt signals
of language knowledge in babies,
language is developing furiously.?
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VAL GARDENA
Porsche ski lifts and
heated seats let you
hit the piste in style
Ben Clatworthy
Ski lifts designed by luxury car brands,
wifi on the slopes and heated chairlifts
? glitzy ski resorts have become
technology battlegrounds as they
compete to lure rich holidaymakers.
Over the summer more than 80 new
chairlifts and gondolas were installed at
ski resorts across the Alps and North
America. Such is the demand for sleek
new lifts ? the cost of which typically
runs into the tens of millions of pounds
? that traditional manufacturers are
forging partnerships with sports car
designers to try to win lucrative contracts from resorts.
?There has certainly been a shift in
recent years, with the onus no longer
simply about having bigger and faster
lifts,? said Patrick Thorne, who runs
Save Our Snow, a campaign against climate change. ?Now resorts want to be
first to install any new technology and,
increasingly these days, with more
emphasis on designer touches as well.?
Leitner Ropeways, the Italian ski lift
manufacturer, has renewed its partnership with Pininfarina, the design studio
credited with shaping Ferrari?s style, to
create the new ?Symphony 10? gondola
cabin, complete with leather car-style
seats and LED strips to ?light the gondola?s contours?. Val Gardena, the Ital-
ian resort, will open the lift this winter
at a cost of ?18 million. The 77 ten-seater cabins will be capable of transporting
up to 3,450 skiers an hour.
?Given the number of new lifts built
over the summer, you might think we
are in the midst of a 1980s-style economic boom,? said Colin Nicholson,
editor of Ski+board, the magazine of the
Ski Club of Great Britain. ?Resorts are
also investing heavily in snowmaking
technology and other major infrastructure projects.?
In the French resort of Samo雗s,
sif ski
part of the Grand Massif
hed
area, workers have finished
tthe world?s longest six-seater chairlift, covering almost 3km, and ascending
from 1,161m to the T阾e
des Saix at 2,105m.
In Alpe d?Huez a gondola to Vaujany has
been upgraded with Porsche-designed, all-black
cabins at a cost of moree
than ?6 million.
rter
Despite fears of shorter
hange,
seasons and climate change,
ge Alpine
there is no sign of the huge
owing down.
construction projects slowing
The mayor of Val d?Is鑢e, the resort
known for its British clientele, has announced plans for a five-year,
Bake Off?s
Hollywood in
marriage split
David Sanderson Arts Correspondent
Porsche ski cabins, left, and Val Gardena?s new lift
P
?2 million
?200
red
redevelopmen of the
ment
town. In Italy, a
Porsche
gondola
in
will be installed
at
San Domenico ne
next summer,
as will a huge cable car in Zermatt,
Switzerland.
The race to innovate is not limited to
resorts. A flurry of new apps and websites have hit the market in recent years.
Skadi has been nicknamed ?Pok閙on
Go for snow? because it uses augmented reality to allow users to collect crystals and animals such as marmots as
they ski. FatMap allows users to download 3D ski maps and RopedUp allows
skiers to split the cost of ski instructors
and guides with others at their resort.
The Great British Bake Off presenter
Paul Hollywood is separating from his
wife after almost 20 years of marriage.
?It is with sadness that we have decided to separate,? the pair said in a joint
statement yesterday. ?Our focus continues to be the happiness of our son,
and we would ask the press and public
to allow us privacy as a family during
this very difficult time.?
Last month Hollywood, 51, denied
claims of an affair after he was pictured
kissing Candice Brown, 32, the winner
of the show?s seventh season, saying it
was an ?innocent kiss on the cheek?.
He split from his wife Alex, 53, once
before ? in 2013 after he admitted an
affair with Marcela Valladolid, 39, his
co-presenter on The American Baking
Competition.
Before news of the split broke yesterday the presenter had criticised an ?older generation? that was reluctant to
watch shows if they were not on BBC
One. Bake Off moved from BBC One to
Channel 4 this summer. The judge suggested in an interview with Radio Times
that he was annoyed with those who
had deserted the show.
?There are people who can?t get past
channel one, the older generation, who
don?t understand how that works . . . It
takes three clicks to watch Channel 4.?
This season?s finale attracted 8.9 million viewers compared with about
13 million when it was on BBC One.
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Acid attack scar treatment
is ?stuck in Victorian era?
Kat Lay Health Correspondent
Surgeons have called for better treatment of scars because of an increase in
the number of people disfigured by acid
attacks.
According to the Metropolitan Police,
the number of attacks rose from 73 in
2012 to 469 in 2015 and there is a lack of
evidence that existing treatments work.
Brendan Eley, chief executive of the
Scar Free Foundation, a charity that
aims to deliver ?scar-free healing within a generation?, said: ?Acid is a hideous
form of attack; the burns can be deep
and leave life-changing scars. We must
invest now to develop new and more
effective treatments to stop these horrible wounds from becoming scars.
?Whether it is cutting away badly
burned tissue or suppressing scar formation with pressure garments, treatments have moved on very little from
the Victorian age.?
Some people heal better than others
and researchers are looking into the
role that genes may play in scarring.
Certain animals, such as the salamander, do not scar and can regenerate lost
tissue, and young human embryos also
heal without a mark, offering potential
avenues for research.
Extreme solutions such as face transplants have caught the public imagination, but campaigners say that they are
a long way from being a miracle fix.
They have been performed only about
Isabelle Dinoire received the first face
transplant after being bitten by her dog
50 times worldwide, and never in the
UK where there have been debates
about whether they should receive
NHS funding.
The complex surgery involves transplanting skin, blood vessels, nerves,
bone, muscle and more, and the recipient must take drugs to stop their body
rejecting the new face.
The Frenchwoman Isabelle Dinoire
received the first face transplant in
2005, to restore features she lost when
her labrador bit her. She died last year,
aged 49, because the immunosuppressive drugs she was taking to stop her
body rejecting the new skin left her
vulnerable to cancer, two types of
which had developed. According to Le
Figaro, her body rejected the transplant
in 2015.
Mr Eley said: ?We are much better at
saving the lives of those affected by
major burns, trauma or military injuries, and surgical techniques and clinical
care have also improved, at least in the
developed world. But once the emergency has passed or the congenital condition has been surgically repaired, for
far too long, the issues around lifelong
scarring have been ignored.?
Lottie Pollak, 52, from west London,
has scarring from gunshot wounds to
the face and the removal of a tumour on
her neck. She said people should not
forget the physical effects of scarring. ?I
have lost a large proportion of movement in my lower jaw. What I wouldn?t
give to eat a triple decker sandwich,? she
said. ?I can?t eat an apple. I will never
feel the crunch of a fresh apple again.?
Naiem Moiemen, a consultant plastic
surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, said that a systematic review of available evidence for treatment of scarring had found none that
was ?validated and proven effective?.
While this did not mean that no
treatments worked, it did make it harder to spread best practice, because hospitals were unwilling to invest in treatments without a proven evidence base.
Research can be co-opted by the
more lucrative cosmetic surgery sector,
Mr Moiemen added. He said that laser
therapy improved scarring, but
?because this went into market and the
cosmetic world very quickly and profitably there is no appetite to do a trial [or]
proper research to see how this works,
if it does work. There is no randomised
controlled trial to see the benefit.?
GEOFFREY SWAINE/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Let there be light Garter Tower at Windsor Castle is illuminated with stained-glass
projections from St George?s Chapel. Other images include designs by local pupils
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Lost masterpiece is
found after 150 years
on Welsh castle wall
Valentine Low
A 17th-century portrait that has hung in a
Welsh castle for nearly 150 years has been
established as a lost masterpiece that could
be worth millions.
The portrait of a writer was assumed to
be a copy of a Spanish master and the
National Trust, which owns Penrhyn
Castle near Bangor, believed it to be of no
great value. Even experts in the works of
Bartolom� Esteban Murillo, one of the
great Spanish painters, were convinced
that the painting was a copy.
Now a Spanish art scholar has established that it is a genuine portrait by
A detail of the
Murillo painting,
which was ?hidden
in plain sight? at
Penrhyn Castle
near Bangor
Murillo, who died in Seville in 1682. Benito
Navarrete Prieto, who suspected that
the painting was the real thing, travelled
from Seville to north Wales to examine
it, The Guardian reported. ?It is an absolute masterpiece,? Mr Navarrete said.
?Magnetic.?
The portrait, which depicts Don Diego
Ortiz de Ziga, author of a history of Seville, was attributed to Murillo when it was
bought by Lord Penrhyn in the 1870s, but
had been downgraded by 1901.
It is now being shown in an exhibition on
Murillo at the Frick Collection in New
York, before transferring to the National
Gallery in London in February. Xavier
Salom
Salomon, one of the exhibition?s curators, said he went along with the assum
sumption
that it was a copy even
th
though his first impression on seein
ing it was that it was ?really good?.
He said: ?I thought, ?People
h
have always said it?s a copy, it?s got
to be a copy?. Which is, of course, a
m
mistake art historians should
ne
never make. Go with your gut feeling and you should follow up. I
didn
didn?t. Benito went to Wales and realised h
how great the painting was and
that every
everyone had been wrong in calling it
a copy. Th
The mistake is just that no one, myself included,
includ bothered to go there. It was
hidden in plain sight. The house was open
to the public.?
The painting was added to the exhibition at the last minute after it was discovered to be genuine.
Mr Salomon said: ?I literally found out
about this painting on the Friday and the
exhibition was opening on the Monday.
There was an insane weekend. I started
calling everyone in Wales and Spain to
find out more. I hadn?t seen it and I wanted
to be sure it was absolutely right. The picture arrived here and we hung it. It?s absolutely fantastic.?
Murillo?s Ecce Homo, a depiction of
Christ wearing the crown of thorns, was
sold in July by Sotheby?s in London for
�75 million. James Macdonald, the senior
director of old masters at Sotheby?s, said
that he had sold works by the artist privately for ?substantially more?.
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How I could have been a
Bitcoin millionaire
Hugo Rifkind
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Comment
The Tories can?t afford to let ?Fiscal Phil? fail
With the City getting nervous, cabinet disrupters need to stop undermining the government?s one figure of stability
Rachel
Sylvester
@rsylvestertimes
P
hilip Hammond is being
asked to produce a
?game-changing? budget
tomorrow but this is an
impossible task because the
real match is being played on
another pitch. Whatever the
chancellor has to say about housing,
electric cars or public-sector pay will
have far less impact on the country?s
economic fortunes than the terms of
the UK?s departure from the EU.
Tweaks to the tax system will be
insignificant compared with the
future of Angela Merkel following the
collapse of German coalition talks.
Any extra money for the NHS will be
a fraction of the additional billions the
government must offer to unblock the
Brexit negotiations. The decisions
that really matter for the nation?s
finances in the coming decade will
not be contained in the chancellor?s
red box but made in Berlin and
Brussels over the next few months.
It is no coincidence that Mr
Hammond?s personal future is being
deliberately entangled with the
political success of the budget. The
Brexiteers want the cabinet?s leading
Remainer dispatched to an early
political grave. In a recent memo to
Theresa May, Boris Johnson and
Michael Gove suggested that some
parts of the government lacked
?sufficient energy? in their
preparations for Brexit ? a thinly
veiled criticism of Mr Hammond.
Conservative social reformers are
equally keen to see off the
chancellor. Nick Timothy, the prime
minister?s still influential former
chief of staff, claimed in an
extraordinary attack last week that
he ?lacks a burning desire to change
people?s lives for the better? and
?stops any proposals that would
improve economic justice?. Tory
radicals including Sajid Javid, who
has called for the government to
borrow more to fund a massive
house-building programme, are
frustrated by the instinctive
conservatism of ?Fiscal Phil? and his
promises of a ?balanced? budget
rather than a brave one.
Another senior Conservative
points to Mr Hammond?s suggestion
at the weekend that there was ?no
unemployment? as yet more
evidence of his tin ear. ?He may be a
good chancellor but he just isn?t a
good politician,? he said. ?The Tory
party will be thumped at the next
election if we stick to austerity for
another five years.?
It would be unfair though to blame
Mr Hammond alone for the
government?s problems. As a
Hammond is the one
sticking to the ?strong
and stable? mantra
Treasury source puts it, pointedly:
?He is a perfectly good chancellor to a
prime minister that does the other
half of the gig.?
The whispering campaign against
Mr Hammond highlights the tension
in the cabinet between the
disrupters, who favour a dose of
?creative destruction? to jolt the
country out of its complacency, and
the stabilisers who want to minimise
the economic shocks. The Brexiteers
are willing to risk everything to
shake off the shackles of Brussels:
?They see Brexit as the equivalent of
the Big Bang [the deregulation of
financial markets] in the 1980s,? one
Downing Street adviser says. ?They
think it?s a necessary disruption that
will be brilliant in the end.?
There is an equivalent ?throw it all
up in the air? radicalism to the
Conservative modernisers who want
the government to reshape
capitalism and borrow to invest. By
contrast the chancellor cares most
about maintaining the confidence of
the markets and is worried about any
upheaval. He is the only one sticking
to the ?strong and stable? mantra
with which the Tories fought the
election campaign.
It?s a temperamental as well as an
ideological clash. Yesterday, Mr
Hammond sensibly avoided being
photographed in a driverless car,
which would have provided too
perfect a metaphor for the
government, but his own driving
style is emblematic of his approach
to office. He leaves nothing to
chance: he once admitted to me that
he even wants to seize the wheel
when he is being driven by his
government chauffeur. Cautious and
meticulous, he prides himself on
keeping his Jaguar immaculately tidy,
in contrast to his wife?s sweet-strewn
vehicle, preferring to drive in silence
and on his own.
If there is something of the Alan
Partridge about the chancellor then
Mr Johnson and Mr Gove are more
like Thelma and Louise, heading off
on an exciting adventure that may or
may not end up with them driving
the country over the edge of a cliff.
The foreign secretary once
predicted that the trajectory of the
British economy would resemble a
Nike tick after Brexit ? a short dip
followed by a prolonged period of
growth ? but no chancellor could
ever endorse a policy that risks a
downturn, however temporary, for
organism.? Of Whitehall, he says:
?The system is stuck in a vicious
circle, held in place by feedback loops
between people, ideas and
institutions?. But voters, particularly
those in the poorest parts of Britain
who voted for Brexit, cannot afford
the UK economy to get sick.
In the City, there are growing
worries about what is perceived as
the Tories? feverish irrationality on
Corbyn received a
warmer welcome at
the CBI than May
Cabinet enemies hope tomorrow?s
budget will be the chancellor?s last
fear that this will turn into a spiral of
decline. There is also an institutional
element to the disagreement, with the
Treasury wedded to order over chaos.
One of the main problems with
Brexit is that it is a revolution that
must be delivered by reactionary
forces: the civil service, the Treasury,
the Bank of England, the European
Commission and a team of
bureaucratic trade negotiators. This
is a populist revolt that depends for
survival on the very experts it so
despises, a category clash between
disrupters and stabilisers as much as
a battle of ideas.
Dominic Cummings, the creative
genius of the Vote Leave campaign,
describes how one official told Mr
Gove?s team when they arrived at the
Department for Education: ?You?re a
mutant virus. I?m the immune system
and it?s my job to expel you from the
Europe. ?Were Theresa May to sack
Philip Hammond and replace him
with a Brexiteer you would find
consternation and dismay,? one
senior figure at a major global
financial institution says. ?People are
unsettled by the lack of grown-ups in
the cabinet and Hammond is seen as
a pragmatist. In the old days the City
could rely on the Conservative Party
to put the national interest first but
the great worry now is that a chunk
of it is driven by ideology instead.?
It was striking that Jeremy Corbyn
received a warmer welcome at the
recent Confederation of British
Industry conference than Mrs May.
John McDonnell, the Marxist
shadow chancellor whose ambition is
to overthrow capitalism, has been
actively wooing business leaders,
promoting himself as a pragmatist
and promising to listen to their
concerns. ?At a time of great
international insecurity the Tories
are engaged in an inward-looking
nervous breakdown,? says one City
source. ?There?s the beginnings of
business people saying: is hard Brexit
worse than Corbyn Labour?? The
Conservative disrupters should be
careful what they wish for.
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Comment
Animals should never be treated as our equals
The Secret Life of Cows should not fool us into thinking that other species have feelings
Melanie
Phillips
@melanielatest
T
he surprise publishing
bestseller of the autumn is
the slim volume The Secret
Life of Cows. The author,
Rosamund Young,
chronicles the life of Stephanie, Ivor,
Olivia, Alice, Jake and the rest of the
herd on her Worcestershire organic
farm. She regards every bovine as an
individual with a distinctive character
and a full range of emotions and
experiences. Their lives, she writes,
are as full and varied as our own.
Other than eating (which she
admits occupies much of their day),
the cows can always find time ?for
babysitting for a friend, blackberrypicking, fighting a tree or bank of
earth, playing tag with a group of
youngsters or quietly discussing
an impending confinement with
a daughter?.
First published in 2003 by a tiny
farming imprint, the book has been
updated and reprinted. It is part of a
vogue for books claiming that a
concealed sense of purpose animates
the denizens of the world of nature.
Other titles in the same genre
include Peter Wohlleben?s The Hidden
Life of Trees, Jonathan Balcombe?s
What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of
our Underwater Cousins and Erica
McAlister?s The Secret Life of Flies.
The strength of Young?s charming
book, which is packed with sensible
observations about good animal
husbandry, is the impassioned case
she makes for treating animals with
respect and kindness.
However, she goes much further
than that. Animal intelligence, she
writes, should not be judged by
human standards. ?If a cow?s
intelligence is sufficient to make her
a success as a cow, what more could
be desired?? Yet she repeatedly
makes the analogy between cows
and humans, stating that cows are
just as individual and varied as
people and depicting them with
human characteristics: bossiness,
hurt feelings, cleverness, wisdom,
politeness, philosophical nature,
obstinacy, and so on.
Ever since Charles Darwin set the
ape among the humanoids, so to
speak, Britain has displayed a marked
tendency to anthropomorphism.
Our age has decided
that emotion trumps
reason and knowledge
Anti-vivisectionists in the 19th
century thought the capacity for
affection among dogs made them
morally superior to people. Darwin
himself thought dogs had a
conscience, although he doubted they
could commit suicide.
Last week, the People?s Dispensary
for Sick Animals awarded a British
Army dog the Dickin Medal, said to
be the animal equivalent of the
Victoria Cross, for displaying
?outstanding courage in the face of
fire? in combat in Afghanistan. And
let?s not forget the BBC TV smash hit
Blue Planet II, which is just a touch
manipulative in the way it
consistently shows animals
displaying human-style emotions
such as tenderness, jealousy or grief.
We hardly need to be told, though,
that animals are conscious of pain
and pleasure. We know also that
certain animals exhibit powers of
memory, the ability to co-operate
and even intention.
The question of what actually
constitutes consciousness in the
animal kingdom is, however, one that
has vexed countless thinkers. What, if
anything, differentiates it from
consciousness in human beings?
The philosopher Sir Roger Scruton
says the key distinction is selfconsciousness. Human beings are
aware of themselves and their own
state of mind. He writes: ?Although
other animals are individuals, with
thoughts, desires and characters that
distinguish them, human beings are
individuals in another and stronger
sense in that they are self-created
beings. They realise themselves
through freely chosen projects and
through an understanding of what
they are and ought to be.?
As a result, Sir Roger concludes,
animals don?t have rights; instead,
mankind has a duty of stewardship
towards the natural world. This is
clearly anathema to animal rights
campaigners, who assert that
animals are the equivalent of
humans in moral worth. Now
science is being harnessed to bolster
their cause.
In 2012, a group of Cambridge
scientists issued a Declaration on
Consciousness. They wrote that ?the
weight of evidence indicates that
humans are not unique in possessing
the neurological substrates that
generate consciousness. Non-human
animals, including all mammals and
birds, and many other creatures,
including octopuses, also possess
these neurological substrates?.
In similar vein, the website of the
journal Animal Sentience boasts
titles such as ?The emotional brain
of fish?, ?The inconvenient truth
about thinking chickens? and ?Dogs
consciously experience emotions.
The question is, which??
?Sentience? is the current
buzzword in the animal rights
universe. Last week, the government
refused to accept a Green Party
amendment to the EU (Withdrawal)
Bill which would have enshrined the
EU?s legal recognition of animal
sentience in domestic law.
?Sentience? means awareness and
feelings. Across the board, our age
has decided that subjectivity,
sensation and emotion trump truth,
reason and knowledge. Emphasising
the importance of feelings among
animals thus inevitably puts them on
the same level as humans.
Such equivalence means toppling
Homo sapiens from the pinnacle of
the natural order. That opens the
way to destroying the respect for
human life which sets us above the
savagery of the animal world.
The secret life of cows may be
richer than we realise. The secret life
of humans, however, is more brutish
than we care to admit. Ascribing
human characteristics to animals
won?t mean treating them more
kindly. It means treating human
beings rather worse.
show in a little town called Aurora
where, rather deliciously, the
Pudding River flows near by.
Here, spread across a bed at the
country museum, was a patchwork
quilt from the early 1900s. It was
made by the friends and neighbours
of a woman with the truly unique
name of Alma Ossaphine Prichard.
They had embroidered their
own names on various quilt
patches. Vera. Maud.
Louise. Thula. Brownie.
Avis. Maje. Della. Hazel. I
feel I know them
already.
Both are vintage, and I mean that
in a good way. At the weekend, I saw
the film Murder on the Orient
Express. I know it was schlock but it
was highly enjoyable schlock. The
film is chock-full of celebs, with
Kenneth Branagh leading the way as
Poirot. For me, the Oscar for best
worst over-acting (if you know what
I mean) has to go to Branagh?s
ludicrous handlebar moustache,
more pet than facial hair. I can only
imagine that it demanded its own
dressing room.
Ann Treneman Notebook
Tick, tock!
My family
past catches
up with me
T
here is a new sound in our
house, the delicate hourly
ding-ding of my family?s old
grandfather clock, which
now stands in the dining
room, polished and proud. Keith, the
restorer, delivered it on Saturday and
since then I have spent quite a lot of
time just sitting near it. I know it?s
bonkers but I can?t quite get over the
fact that I am sharing a room with
an object that has been seen by so
many generations of my family.
It?s been more than a year since
shippers packed it in my mother?s
hallway in Oregon, ready for its
5,000-mile journey across America,
the Atlantic and then, most fraught
of all, the M1 to Bakewell. It took
some time (that?s one thing clocks
have) but eventually made it to
Keith?s workshop. There were a few
anxious months when the pendulum
was lost but, eventually, like a
wayward cat, it turned up.
Clocks can only tock, not talk, but
they tell stories in their own way.
Family lore has it that the clock was
built in Cornwall in the mid-1700s
before making its way to North
America. But actually it turns out it
was made around 1825, by a man
named William Paddon in a little
place called Modbury in Devon. Its
dial-face, painted with delicate
seashells and algae, was from Walker
and Hughes of Birmingham. I am
particularly taken with the dainty
filigree hands which would have
been made, probably by a
youngster, by candlelight. Now
I?m going to head to Modbury
to find out more.
The name game
T
he whole clock
experience has
made me
think of the power
of names. William
Paddon now lives
with us for ever
more. It does
seem to me
that names
from the
past
were so much
h more
inventive (how
interesting to have
been named Renewed,
as one of my relatives was). When I
was last in Oregon, I went to a quilt
Schlock it to ?em
A
gatha (now
there?s a name
and a half)
Christie is definitely
having a moment. She
has two plays in the
W End which,
West
frankly, is two more than a
guy named Will
Shakespeare does at the
moment. There?s The
Mousetrap, which has been
snapping shut for 65 years.
I saw it a few years ago
and gave it four stars.
There?s also Witness
for the Prosecution,
which is being staged
i the brilliant setting of Old
in
County Hall.
Not so nouveau now
D
o you remember what a huge
deal the arrival of the yearly
batch of beaujolais nouveau
used to be? It was the Eighties,
surely the naffest decade, and
impossible to escape the hype.
?Beaujolais nouveau est arriv�!?
screamed the headlines, as the
race began to get bottles of the
distinctly thin red stuff across the
Channel.
Well, it seems that the great day
came and went over the past week
without anyone really noticing. I
am not sure that anyone cares any
more except, I read, the Japanese,
who love it so much that you can
even swim in it at a wine spa. Isn?t
that just so Eighties?
@anntreneman
Hammond must
join the fight
against filthy air
Sadiq Khan
A
ir pollution is the biggest
public health emergency
we face, causing 40,000
premature deaths
nationwide. London is
taking the boldest action of any city
in the world but the government is
not playing its part. The chancellor
should use his budget tomorrow to
announce a new Clean Air Act that
meets the scale of the challenge; the
very least we need to see is a targeted
diesel scrappage fund to help people
ditch their diesel vehicles.
I?m leading the way on clearing up
our toxic air in London but without
any help from the government. Our
best practice needs to be spread
nationwide. This is just one area that
shows how, amid its chaotic handling
of Brexit, the government has taken
its eye off the ball on the key
domestic challenges facing Britain.
Brexit is a defining moment but we
can?t afford for everything else to be
forgotten. The budget is the
government?s chance to get back on
The government has
taken its eye off key
domestic challenges
track, in some cases the last chance.
Take Britain?s housing crisis: warm
words from ministers must finally be
translated into action. Government
spending on affordable housing in
London is still less than a third of
what the Tories inherited in 2010
and less than a fifth of what experts
say we actually need. The
government must finally return
investment to 2010 levels and give
councils the freedom to invest in
new social homes.
The same goes for infrastructure,
where investment is crucial to future
growth, weathering economic
instability and giving businesses and
investors confidence. Yet the
government has failed to deliver.
We?ve dropped to 24th in the
international league table for
infrastructure spending. The
chancellor must announce progress
on Crossrail 2, Northern Powerhouse
Rail and the Midlands rail hub.
London has met the government?s
challenge of funding half of Crossrail
2: ministers now have more money
to spend elsewhere.
The challenge is most urgent on
policing. After years of falling crime,
it?s rising again under the Tories at
the exact moment that cuts to
policing are biting hardest. Without a
real-terms increase in police funding
tomorrow, I will have no choice but
to drop the strategic target for
32,000 police officers that London
has had since 2012.
On all of these issues, the country
desperately needs the chancellor to
match rhetoric with real action
tomorrow.
Sadiq Khan is mayor of London
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How I could have been a Bitcoin millionaire
My foray into the internet currency market was a little too cautious but has been an education in the future of finance
Hugo
Rifkind
@hugorifkind
I
n almost every respect bar one,
Bitcoin is a failure. Conceived as
a secure form of money, it has
become perhaps the easiest way
to lose your shirt on the internet.
Try to buy or sell this ?internet
currency? and there?s a decent
chance you will be scammed or
ripped off by some enterprising chap
in Lagos. For its founder, who has
never been identified, Bitcoin was
supposed to be money for which you
didn?t need a bank. Instead, it has
become a plaything of off-duty
bankers, who manipulate its markets
for bucks and kicks.
There?s worse. Bitcoin was also
supposed to be a cheap, fast way of
sending money. Today it can cost
you well over a tenner (in pounds) to
send anything anywhere, and take
hours. It was also supposed to be
peer-to-peer, reliant only on an
infinite army of normal PCs. Instead
it is now controlled by expensive
specialist, massive equipment too fast
to give normal PCs a look-in. One
recent study estimated that the
various rigs required to keep the
currency going are using more
electricity than the state of Ecuador.
All of this is insane, and none of it
was ever the plan. Bitcoin has
become a farce, a parody and a
monster. And yet all of that is
irrelevant because it is still going to
change the world.
As of yesterday, the price of one
Bitcoin went over �000; not just a
record high, but the third or fourth
such record this month. Had you
heard of this made-up digital
non-thing in 2011, one would have
cost you about 20p. Even a year ago
you could have bought one for about
�0. Yet it is also irrelevant ? even
What would once have
bought two pizzas is
now worth � million
if it really doesn?t feel it ? that
Bitcoin has made some people
incredibly rich.
Sadly, I?m not one of them. I bought
about half a dozen Bitcoins when they
were each worth about �, mainly
out of curiosity. About half I simply
lost, thanks to dodgy storage websites
that vanished in the night. Most of the
rest, I spent on mundane things,
including a Netflix subscription and a
kids? bunkbed off Amazon, back when
their value was around a tenth of
what it is now and nobody bar a
lunatic could have expected it to go
higher. The entire endeavour probably
left me with enough profit to buy a
secondhand car. Had I kept them all
until now they would be worth the
deposit on a small flat. I am not bitter.
Famously, the first thing ever to be
purchased for Bitcoins was pizza,
when one programmer paid another
10,000 to fetch two from Papa John?s.
At the time, this was about what pizza
cost. Today, those Bitcoins would be
worth � million.
Numerous economists have called
Bitcoin a bubble. Jamie Dimon, the
head of JP Morgan, declared two
months ago that he?d sack anybody
trading it, although any of his staff
who ignored him would have nearly
doubled their money by now. Warren
Buffett has said something similar,
and for investment advice I?d
probably go to him before asking an
essentially satirical columnist in your
favourite newspaper. I do wonder,
though, if they and others like them
are rather missing the point.
Of course Bitcoin is a bubble. It
has soared in price for reasons
wholly unconnected with any utility
it may have. Does that not, though,
sound a little familiar? Take your
house. Sure, that has utility, because
you live in it. Is that utility even
remotely connected to house prices,
though? Or are they, in fact, based
on quantitative easing, low interest
rates, and a hundred other factors
wholly unconnected to what it is
actually worth to have a place to lay
your head?
We could say the same about
shares, or savings, or gold in a vault,
or money itself. It all feels safe, based
on real, solid, fundamentals. Is it,
though, when governments can
Organised criminals
have used Bitcoin for
hitmen and extortion
pillage them all at will? Is anything?
Before the speculators weighed in,
Bitcoin was a political project. Its
founder, whoever he was, embedded
a headline from this newspaper in
the source code. It reads, ?The Times
03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of
second bailout for banks?. The idea,
almost certainly, was to create a
means of storing wealth that a
government, any government, could
not get its teeth into.
Almost unnoticed among the
technical lurches and the speculatory
hysteria is the way that this side of
things has worked like a charm. This
is why organised criminals love
Bitcoin, and have used it for drug
deals, hitmen and extortion. It is why
the Chinese government has
launched numerous crackdowns on
Bitcoin platforms, yet has still not
managed to prevent a vast and
largely underground Bitcoin market,
that by some estimates may account
for more than three-quarters of the
global market in the currency.
It is why, right now in Zimbabwe, a
Bitcoin costs roughly double its value
anywhere else, as Zimbabweans ?
expensively but successfully ? get
their money the hell out.
Bitcoin will collapse eventually. I?m
pretty sure. For all the reasons up
top, and other more technical ones I
shall not bore you with (and don?t
really understand) it cannot possibly
last. When it does implode, bankers
and economists will smirk and
opine about Dutch tulip mania,
completely missing the significance
of the abortive revolution they have
just seen.
Forget profits and pizza, and all the
rest of it. For all its faults, Bitcoin is
still money that needs no bank or
state. It is easy to hide, hard to tax,
and almost impossible to keep in any
country it would rather leave. Once,
this sort of thing couldn?t be done by
anybody without a lawyer friend on
a distant island. Bitcoin has put us
right on the cusp of it being
something that can be done, easily,
by anybody. Then what?
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Roger Scruton and pride in our island roots
Reform of divorce
Sir, When I stood down as a High
Court judge to drive forward the work
of Marriage Foundation it was not to
undermine marriage or make divorce
easier (letters, Nov 18 & 20). Quite the
contrary: it was to combat family
breakdown and protect the children
affected. Unfortunately there is a
perception that the present system is a
genuine fault-based system. In reality
it is no such thing. It is a legal fiction at
best and, at worst, a dishonest charade.
It enables parties who want to move
with indecent haste to obtain a divorce
in two to three months. It does
nothing to promote, protect or prolong
marriage, as research by the Nuffield
Foundation recently demonstrated.
Those of us who advocate reform
across the five areas discussed in The
Times (including Lord Mackay of
Clashfern, Baroness Butler-Sloss,
Baroness Deech and Baroness
Shackleton of Belgravia) want a
wholesale review so that this vital
area of national life is framed by
mature, thoughtful and modern laws.
Only a system that forces couples
to slow down and take stock, both
before they enter into a lifelong
commitment and also if they
contemplate separation, will promote
the attractiveness of marriage as the
norm for parental relationships. This
is the chief aim of reform and it is in
the end a matter of social justice. The
Times is to be congratulated for
grasping this nettle. It is to be hoped
that the government will follow suit.
sir paul coleridge
Chairman, Marriage Foundation
Sir, Andrea Minichiello Williams
(letter, Nov 20) argues that no-fault
divorce would ?gut marriage of its
meaning?. It is preferable, surely, to
allow a married couple who have
found simply that they do not love
each other any more to end the
marriage with dignity and minimal
acrimony than to force one of them
to either blame the other or wait two
years to put the empty shell of the
marriage out of its misery? I struggle
to see what good the latter serves.
alex woolley
Winckworth Sherwood LLP
Sir, Roger Scruton?s piece on Brexit
contains his usual brew of Blut und
Boden nationalism admixed with cod
history and cod law (?Brexit will give
us back pride in our island roots?, Nov
18). It is written as though the year
were 1939: like many people in this
country, Scruton is still mentally
fighting the Second World War. He
shows no understanding of the global
problems facing us today, above all
the challenges of climate change and
inequality. These challenges will not
be met if we retreat inside the UK
border and gaze lovingly on Magna
Carta. The UK itself came into
existence because of political and
economic necessity, and now those
very same pressures are telling us that
it is time to move on. Far more unites
us Europeans than divides us: we are
the continent that created humanism,
the Enlightenment, that bred Cicero
and Lessing and Locke and Voltaire.
Nationalism may or may not have
served Europe well, but its day is
done. Europe badly needs a vision
and a leader who can articulate that
vision: that is its future.
Britain could be part of that project;
instead we are retreating into a ghetto
of monoglot isolationism.
richard gaskin
Professor of philosophy,
University of Liverpool
Sir, Patriots, Roger Scruton says, ?are
simply those who identify with their
Chinese superbank
Sir, Britain?s decision to invest
� million as a 3 per cent shareholder
in the Chinese Asian Infrastructure
Investment Bank (AIIB) is the right
decision and a valuable investment
both for the benefit of Britain and for
the poorest, particularly in Asia.
The bank?s investment in green
energy, power and infrastructure will
make a significant difference to the
lives of millions of the world?s poorest.
I hope that the government will
consider increasing our stake in the
AIIB as the bank?s interests and
activities develop. The work we are
doing with China and other countries
in this respect is a good example of
global Britain in action. The support
for the AIIB by many arises partly
because of the American insistence
on maintaining a stranglehold over
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on this day november 21, 1917
BRITISH
AIRMAN LOST
IN THE MIST
From our Special Correspondent, war
correspondents? headquarters.
One of our flying men recently had
an extraordinary experience when
he was lost in one of the thick mists
which sometimes come so suddenly
over Flanders.
When out in company with
another machine, he saw two enemy
aeroplanes, and rose into a higher
stratum of clouds to attack from
above. There he lost his companion
country and recognise the need to
make sacrifices for the common good?;
yet he seems to be claiming that only
those who voted for Brexit possess this
quality. The millions who voted to
remain in the EU no doubt did so for
motives as various as those who voted
to leave, but no less than the latter
they did so because they thought it
was the best thing for their country.
Earlier in his essay Professor Scruton
glories in the multiple identities that
we enjoy, but seemingly does not
recognise that we can regard ourselves
as committed Europeans too, with no
conflict of loyalties. Nor does he seem
willing to recognise that our fellow
Europeans may be just as proud of
their own distinctive ways, multiple
identities, and roots as we are.
william doyle
Professor emeritus of history,
University of Bristol
Sir, Roger Scruton seems to root
British patriotism in our relationship
to a sense of home and to ?this spot of
earth?. Is he sure that most people
below the age of 30 share that
relationship when they are unable to
find a council house to rent, let alone
a modest ?spot of earth? to buy?
david rose
Farnham, Surrey
Sir, In his article Roger Scruton hopes
that bonds will be stronger within our
society when we all come to terms
the presidency of the World Bank.
This is unjustifiable and I hope that
future World Bank presidential
appointments will be based on merit
rather than nationality.
andrew mitchell, mp (con)
Former international development
secretary
BBC and censure
with Brexit. I take issue with this
notion because the quality of the
Brexit ?experience? will determine
how, when and if this is indeed a
realistic outcome. A bad Brexit, in
whatever form that might take, could
corrode any sense of shared values for
generations. And it could make it all
but impossible to develop trust across
the divisions both within the UK and
with our European neighbours.
nic oatridge
Twickenham
Sir, The essay by Roger Scruton
perfectly encapsulates all the reasons
why I, and I suspect many others,
voted to leave the EU. It should be
compulsory reading for all our
politicians, be translated into all
European languages and distributed to
all EU politicians and bureaucrats.
slawomir rakowski
Coleford, Glos
Sir, Does Roger Scruton imagine we
are the only country with pride and
patriotism? I have a great admiration
for European countries that lived
under Soviet control for decades and
came out scathed but the same people,
with the same pride and patriotism.
We should pay more attention to our
near neighbours across the channel:
they are far closer to us in history and
culture than the US.
monty bryden
Dunoon, Argyll & Bute
in the music industry and is allowed
to remain a BBC broadcaster by
issuing a worthless ?apology? that his
comment ?could have been
interpreted? as offensive.
It is time for the BBC to explain its
criteria for unacceptable behaviour
and its own prejudices.
tom bower
London NW3
Sir, The BBC has clearly lost its moral
compass. Contrast two reports in
yesterday?s edition of The Times: Aled
Jones will not be appearing on the
BBC while it investigates a single
allegation by a woman about a text he
sent ten years ago. Jones denies the
text amounted to harassment and the
public is no wiser. By contrast, Reggie
Yates, a DJ, utters a blatant
antisemitic attack on ?random fat
Jewish guy from northwest London?
Ah?m blootert
and, as the mist thickened below
him, he failed to get in touch with
the enemy. He tried to fly west by
the compass in order to get home,
but evidently his compass was quite
wrong.
He came to a big town with a river
by it, and saw parties of Germans
working by the river. Supposing
them to be gangs of prisoners, he
circled round the town and finally
chose a landing place on the
common. Wisely, he remained in his
seat and kept his engine running till
a peasant came along, when he
asked whether he was in the French
or the British area. To his
astonishment, he found he was in
Germany, and the peasant indicated
the direction of the front.
Without waiting to ask any more
questions the airman rose, and had
to fly over the town to get away. By
this time he had been seen, and antiaircraft guns and machine-guns
opened on him. There was a great
hue and cry, and unfortunately he
had no bombs to drop. He could
only run for it, which he did.
He passed by enemy aeroplanes in
the mist, but was himself undetected
by them. At intervals he dipped
down close to the ground, but
wherever he came down there were
still German uniforms on the roads
and in the fields, so he had to rise
again. Guiding himself by the
direction of the wind as it drifted the
smoke of the chimneys below him,
he kept on his course, and at last
came to a town which he recognized
as Tournai. Thence it was easy to get
to Lille, and so back over our lines at
Armenti鑢es. Here to his joy he saw
men in khaki. He was almost at his
last drop of petrol, and came down
on the first favourable spot he saw.
Where he had been neither he nor
anybody else knows, but the incident
shows, with our airmen as
adventurous as they are, how simple
is the explanation when you read in
the communiqu� that ?one of our
machines is missing.?
Sir, Melanie Reid (Notebook, Nov 20)
provides an extensive list of Scottish
terms to express being drunk but
omits my own favourite of ?pickled?,
which I?ve always felt describes
admirably both the state of being
intoxicated and the effect that state
has on one?s liver.
david bloomfield
Old Basing, Hants
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Teaching is ?brutal?
Sir, Lucy Kellaway (?Still standing ?
my first term as a maths teacher?,
Times2) gives a somewhat idealistic
view of becoming a teacher. The main
problem that newly qualified (and
even established) teachers face is
discipline. However expert in his or
her subject, a teacher facing a class of
30 or so unruly comprehensive pupils
who are unwilling or unable to learn
can find this a problem. This has been
likened by some to ?crowd control?. It
is not until a teacher (however bright)
finds a way of dealing with this issue
that teaching becomes the rewarding
profession described.
sheila taylor
Pevensey Bay, E Sussex
Online child safety
Sir, Tanya Byron?s description of the
government?s new internet safety
strategy as ?half-baked and insulting?
must be heeded by Karen Bradley, the
culture secretary (? ?Fine tech firms
that fail on child safety? ?, Nov 20). For
years Professor Byron has been a
powerful force in addressing the
alarming rise in online abuse, bullying
and sexual exploitation of children.
That the government appears to have
taken so little notice ten years after
Professor Byron?s report is a disgrace.
Requiring social media companies
merely to give voluntary commitment
to vital initiatives to safeguard our
children is weak and further
endangers the wellbeing and safety of
the most vulnerable.
lucy elphinstone
Headmistress, Francis Holland
School, London SW1
So and so
Sir, I have read with interest the
correspondence (Nov 17, 18 & 20) on
the increased use of ?So? to start
sentences. Here in Ireland we use it
the opposite way. I?ll email this letter
off to you, so.
john darlington
Drumsna, Co Leitrim
Sir, The first line of Lord Byron?s
poem So We?ll Go No More a Roving
begins with ?So?. And The Great
Gatsby has the best closing line in
American fiction: ?So we beat on,
boats against the current, borne back
ceaselessly into the past.?
john o?byrne
Dublin
Secret of wedlock
Sir, What, asks Libby Purves
(Comment, Nov 20), keeps long
marriages solid? I recall a news item
concerning an octogenarian couple
who sought a divorce, claiming that
they had cordially disliked each other
for half a century. Granting it, the
judge asked why, in that case, they
had remained together for so long.
Well, they explained, they wanted to
wait till the children were dead.
john julius norwich
London W2
A good catch
Sir, Michael Williamson?s memory of
an engagement notice (letter, Nov 18)
reminded me of the following
announcement that appeared in The
Times in July 1991: ?Lord Bolton &
Mrs L. Fenton. The marriage took
place on July 24, between Lord Bolton
and Mrs Lavinia Fenton at Dunoon,
during a lull in the fishing.?
sir jeremy elwes
Sevenoaks, Kent
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Leading articles
Daily Universal Register
UK: David Davis, the Brexit secretary, leads
a committee stage debate (day three) on the
European Union (Withdrawal) Bill; the
shortlists for the Costa Book Awards will
be announced on BBC Radio 4?s Front Row.
Nature notes
Some wildflowers
can now be found
more in towns
and cities than
elsewhere, no
doubt helped by
the relative warmth
of the streets. One such flower that is
flourishing is yellow corydalis, which
originally came from among rocks in the
southern Alps. It grows on walls and at the
edge of pavements, and has a line of narrow
golden trumpets along the stem, all facing
in the same direction. It has numerous
bright green leaves. Both of the common
dead-nettles, the white and the red, are at
present easily found. They have nettle-like
leaves, but do not sting, and grow in colonies
in waste places. The white dead-nettle has
creamy-white flowers, with a hood and a lip,
half-hidden among the leaves. They are rich
in nectar, which children used to ? and
perhaps do still ? suck out of them. The
red dead-nettle has a bunch of similar red
flowers at the top, with a ring of pink leaves
immediately beneath them. derwent may
Birthdays today
Dame Kathryn Thirlwall,
pictured, Lady Justice of
Appeal, deputy senior
presiding judge of
England and Wales, 60;
Bj鰎k, singer, It?s Oh So
Quiet (1995), 52; Ken
Block, rally driver, 50;
Tina Brown, founder (2010) and chief
executive, Tina Brown Live Media, and
editor-in-chief, The Daily Beast (2008-13),
64; Andrew Caddick, England cricketer
(1993-2003), 49; Lord (Mervyn) Davies of
Abersoch, banker, chairman of Corsair
Capital and of the Royal Academy Trust, 65;
Sir Charles Dunstone, founder (1989),
Carphone Warehouse, and chairman, the
Prince?s Trust (2009-15), 53; Nickolas Grace,
actor, Brideshead Revisited (1981), 70; Goldie
Hawn, actress, Private Benjamin (1980), 72;
Amelia Freedman, founder (1964) and
artistic director, Nash Ensemble, 78; Alex
James, bass guitarist with Blur, and
cheesemaker, 49; Lord (Stanley) Kalms,
president, Dixons Carphone (formerly
Dixons Retail), 86; Peter Kyle, chairman,
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, 69; Jacques
Laffite, Formula One driver (1974-86), 74;
Justin Langer, cricketer, Australia (19932007), 47; Natalia Makarova, prima
ballerina and choreographer, 77; Juliet Mills,
actress, Avanti! (1972), 76; Susan Philipsz,
artist, Turner prizewinner (2010), 52; Fiona
Pitt-Kethley, poet, Sky Ray Lolly (1986), 63;
Tim Robinson, umpire, England cricketer
(1984-89), 59; Prof Sir Peter Rubin,
chairman, General Medical Council
(2009-14), 69; Nicollette Sheridan, actress,
Desperate Housewives (2004-09), 54; Liza
Tarbuck, actress, The Best Exotic Marigold
Hotel (2011), 53; Georgie Twigg, hockey
player, Olympic gold medallist (2016), 27.
On this day
In 1974 two bombs exploded in central
Birmingham pubs, killing 19 people and
injuring more than 180.
The last word
?Get the advice of everybody whose advice is
worth having ? they are very few ? and
then do what you think best yourself.?
Charles Stewart Parnell, Irish nationalist
leader (1846-91).
Budget Bucket List
The chancellor should not become obsessed with saving money.
He must invest it to prepare Britain for Brexit and the opportunities beyond
The long drumroll for Philip Hammond?s second
budget ends tomorrow. Throughout the Treasury
has insisted that it has no spare money for
profligate government departments. On Sunday
Mr Hammond mocked them for threatening
?Armageddon? if their demands for extra funding
were not met. He has worked hard to lower
expectations of this budget, but they are still high.
His political task is to steady a ship of state with
too many officers competing for command on the
bridge, and to save his own career. His economic
task is to deliver what one business leader has
called a protein boost to UK plc. There is no ?silver
bullet?, as Mr Hammond says, but he has plenty of
conventional ammunition and he should not be
afraid to use it. This is no time to be firing blanks.
In an article in The Times yesterday, Theresa
May promised an industrial strategy that ?will
propel Britain to global leadership of industries of
the future?. The trouble with such strategies is that
they stifle innovation as often as they galvanise it.
Mr Hammond?s instincts are sounder. He would
like to deliver a budget that shrinks the state and
liberates business to create high-paying jobs and
rising tax revenues. Within the realm of reality this
should still be his aim, but given the uncertainties
of Brexit he must be bold on three key fronts.
The first is the infrastructure on which business
will depend more than ever outside the EU. Britain?s
airports and road and rail networks are straining
at the seams and there are nearly a million fewer
homeowners under 45 than in 2010. The chancellor
should commit unequivocally to completing HS2,
HS3 and Crossrail 2 to ease congestion in Greater
London and connect it to the North and Midlands
with the kind of rail links taken for granted in
the Far East and in western Europe. His target of
300,000 new homes a year is welcome, but voters
will want to hear precisely who will build them and
how they will be funded.
Second, the chancellor should identify sufficient
funds for apprenticeships and skills training in
manufacturing and engineering to end a situation
in which skilled jobs in these sectors attract mainly
overseas applicants. That 80 per cent of the
workforce building the country?s next polar
research ship is Romanian points to a domestic
skills shortage that is one of the root causes of
Britain?s stubborn productivity puzzle.
Third, Mr Hammond must accept the CBI?s
challenge to ensure that 2.4 per cent of GDP is
spent on research and development by 2027. Mrs
May has called this an ?ambition?. That is too
vague if she wants Britain?s best universities to
remain in the world?s top ten, where they belong.
Cash-flow crises loom in the NHS. The
Treasury will need to be able to ease them
for the sake of patients and because bottlenecks
in hospitals are another brake on productivity
growth. Mr Hammond must also make reasonable
contingency plans for Brexit, including for a nodeal scenario and whatever price tag is ultimately
attached to continuing access to EU markets.
Mrs May has promised to keep taxes low. That
must remain her goal. The tax system as a whole
needs to be simplified and stamp duty must be
reformed to prevent it killing the housing market,
with a deadening impact on the wider economy.
This is not, however, the time to cut the overall
tax burden. Corporation tax should be held at its
current rate, already among the lowest in the
West. A new tax on noxious diesel vehicles should
be introduced at a higher rate than the �0-percar that Mr Hammond is said to be considering.
Even ?clean? diesels are unacceptably dirty. The
proceeds should fund a world-class charging network for hybrid, electric and driverless vehicles.
Mr Hammond wants to make Britain ?match fit
for Brexit?. That is within his grasp if he understands the scale of the task. If not, Britain risks
being left to atrophy on the bench.
Angela?s Agonies
Merkel?s failure to form a government harms Germany and Europe
Angela Merkel has joined the long line of Europe?s
walking wounded. The German chancellor
narrowly won a poorly contested election in
September but it was widely assumed that as leader
of the largest party, the Christian Democrats, she
would be able to weave together a stable coalition
government. Instead she faces the worst political
crisis of her 12-year reign. Her days are numbered.
The challenge facing Mrs Merkel was to find
common ground between her Christian Democrats,
its Bavarian sister party the Christian Social
Union (CSU), the pro-business Free Democrats
and the Greens. With a compelling vision it
should have been possible. The three centre-right
parties have successfully governed Germany in
the past. And the Green agenda of clean air,
climate change management and investing in
renewable energy has long since entered the
mainstream. Yet the chancellor, despite long
nights of negotiation, displayed remarkably little
enthusiasm for the task. Commentators sense
that she has grown tired of office.
That is bad news for Europe. The reform plans
of President Macron of France are dependent on
a strong Germany supporting a newly dynamic
Paris-Berlin axis. If Mrs Merkel goes, he will be
left flapping in the wind. Domestic uncertainty
hampers Britain, Spain and Italy. The central
Europeans inhabit an increasingly Eurosceptical
cocoon. Yet Mrs Merkel has become the prisoner
of past mistakes and is no longer the undisputed
leader of Europe.
She opened Germany?s frontiers to more than
a million refugees and, while some have been
sent back, the country struggles to integrate those
left behind. A key issue in the negotiations, one
that divided the CSU and the Greens, was whether
an upper limit should be set on the number of new
immigrants and whether family members should
be allowed to follow them. The suggested figure
for new entrants of 200,000 merely highlighted
to ordinary Germans how far the outgoing
government had lost control of the numbers.
Mrs Merkel assumed that these and other
differences would be overcome as centre parties
closed ranks against the far-right Alternative for
Germany, which is now represented in parliament.
She was wrong. Until the refugee problem is more
openly addressed at all levels of German society,
it will fuel the ultra-nationalists and gnaw away
at the centre. The Free Democrats stormed out
of the coalition talks precisely because they
calculated that in a new election they would
be able to present themselves as the moderate
champion of immigration control.
Those new elections are likely to be on the
agenda sooner rather than later. President
Steinmeier?s initial reaction to the crisis has been
to call on the Free Democrats to return to the table
and persuade the Social Democrats to take a less
stubborn approach to reviving a grand coalition
with Mrs Merkel. The outcome, if this fails,
could be an unstable minority government or
the dissolution of parliament. Either way, the
chancellor will have to throw in the towel. She has
run Germany out of a sense of duty and despite
some misjudgments has done so creditably. If
she has a hunger for power, she has concealed
it. She has, however, convinced herself of her
own indispensability and has failed to groom a
successor. The politician once called the Queen of
Europe looks today to be very close to abdication.
Educational Experience
Schools would benefit from an influx of older people retraining as teachers
Among the most influential ideas in education,
offered by the American philosopher John Dewey,
is that schooling is an accumulation of experiences
that stimulate growth. Teachers with a wealth
of experience from the world of work should
be ideally suited to encourage children in their
mental development.
Yesterday we published an account by Lucy
Kellaway, a former journalist who has become a
maths teacher at the age of 57, of the challenges of
embarking on a new career. She observed: ?Before
I started, every teacher I came across issued the
identical warning: this will be the hardest thing
you have done.? And so it has proved. Teaching,
says Ms Kellaway, is brutal. Yet her reflections
inspired many readers. The satisfactions of
imparting knowledge and the habits of critical
inquiry are incomparably rewarding.
Last year Ms Kellaway co-founded an
organisation called Now Teach to encourage
people who have already had success in one career
to retrain as teachers. This initiative can only help
children and the public, and it deserves to succeed.
The House of Commons education select
committee called in February for a long-term plan
to address the problems of recruiting teachers.
Figures released last year showed that almost a
third of new teachers who started in English state
schools in 2010 had left within five years.
Older people who have already acquired career
success are a rich resource for schools. They offer
much not only in the sense of making up depleted
numbers, or even of teaching difficult technical
disciplines, but in providing guidance to young
minds on how to cope with life. As George Eliot
put it, the middle-aged should be a sort of natural
priesthood, helping those in younger years. Now
Teach has shown that it can also be the time for a
fresh start. More professionals should make it.
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World
Wounded Merkel opens
door to new German poll
Germany
David Charter Berlin
Angela Merkel said last night that she
was ready to fight a re-run of the German election as most parties rejected
the president?s appeal to get back
around the table after coalition talks
collapsed. She said she preferred an
election to a minority government.
The German chancellor said she had
no intention of standing down after the
pro-business Free Democratic Party
(FDP) caused the failure of four-party
talks on forming a new government.
Yesterday most of the blame for the
breakdown of talks was being heaped
on Christian Lindner, 38, the brash
leader of the FDP, who quit theatrically
just before midnight on Sunday
declaring that he had lost trust in the
process.
Leading figures from the other parties involved ? Mrs Merkel?s Christian
Democratic Union (CDU), their Bavarian conservative allies and the Greens
? accused him of plotting his withdrawal at a time when a deal was near.
Some in the CDU believe that his antics
were aimed at bringing her down so
that the FDP could pick up more votes
against a different candidate.
CDU sources believe that this would
backfire and focus voters? minds on
supporting the chancellor of 12 years in
a poll rather than the FDP newcomer
who has been likened by some to a German Emmanuel Macron.They admitted that it could take until March to
form the government given that FrankWalter Steinmeier, the president, was
clearly opposed to a poll and wanted
talks to continue.
?I do not have a minority government in my plans,? Mrs Merkel, 63, told
ARD television yesterday evening. ?I
do not want to say never today, but I am
very sceptical and I think that new elections would then be the better way.?
She made clear that her pre-election
pledge to serve another full term still
stood: ?I was always asked in the election campaign, ?Will you be ready to
serve Germany as chancellor for four
years?? Two months have passed [since
the election] so it would be very strange
. . . to say that what I told voters during
Best hope
for Brexit
in peril
Analysis
G
ermany?s
woes could
be bad
news for
Theresa
May, with the
pragmatic liberals
excluding themselves
from the next
government (David
Charter writes).
Angela Merkel?s
fall would not mean a
new leader willing or
able to make more
concessions in Brexit
talks. Mrs Merkel
wants to drive a hard
bargain, but fears
pushing too much in
case it forces Mrs May
out and leads to her
being replaced by a
radical Brexiteer.
The Free
Democrats were
regarded by some as
the best hope for a
more generous
German approach.
Christian Lindner,
their leader, has
opposed plans by
President Macron of
France for greater EU
integration. He is
more focused on the
economic potential of
the EU than its
political project, but
there seems little
chance he will be in
the next government.
German diplomats
insist that the country
is not taking a harder
line than other EU
members over the
terms of a deal with
the UK and does not
want Mrs May?s exit
or a cliff-edge Brexit.
One option for Mrs
Merkel would be a
minority government
with the left-wing
Greens, the most
pro-EU party, who
would claim the
foreign ministry and
take day-to-day
charge of Brexit.
German support for
Mrs May was shown
last week when
Manfred Weber, an
MEP who leads Mrs
Merkel?s Christian
Democrats in the
the whole election campaign doesn?t
stand anymore.?
Mrs Merkel, who remains caretaker
chancellor, said that her conservatives
had ?left nothing untried to find a solution?. She said that she would ?do everything to ensure that this country is well
led through these difficult weeks?.
The Social Democrats (SPD), who
came second in the election but suffered a historically low result, said they
would not budge from their refusal to
join the next government.
The political manoeuvring seemed
to infuriate Mr Steinmeier, 61, a former
European parliament,
met her at No 10. He
said: ?I saw today that
there is a willingness
to go further, there is
a willingness to
contribute to a
positive outcome.?
Britain had a
?credible? position
and ?there are good
arguments on the
table from both sides?,
he added, in a
dramatic change from
his tough rhetoric
before the meeting.
Brexiteer MPs such
as Jacob Rees-Mogg
were hopeful that a
weaker Germany and
a wounded Mrs
Merkel who is forced
to concentrate on
domestic affairs will
have less time or
inclination to push for
a tough Brexit deal.
Any chancellor will
put German interests
first and that means
supporting the EU. No
mainstream German
politician believes
that Brexit is anything
but a disaster for
Europe and will do
their best to protect
the EU.
SPD candidate for chancellor who lost
to Mrs Merkel in 2009. ?We now face a
situation that we have not had in the
history of the Federal Republic of Germany, so in nearly 70 years,? he said
after meeting Mrs Merkel yesterday
morning. ?This is the moment at which
all parties should pause and reconsider
their position. I expect from everyone
readiness to talk, in order to make the
formation of a government possible in
the foreseeable future.?
In remarks seemingly targeted at the
FDP and SPD he added: ?Inside our
country, but also outside, in particular
in our European neighbourhood, there
would be concern and a lack of understanding if politicians in the biggest and
economically strongest country [in
Europe] did not live up to their responsibilities.?
The anti-immigrant Alternative for
Germany (AfD), which came third in
September, welcomed the debacle.
?Merkel has failed,? Alexander Gauland, its co-parliamentary leader, said.
?We think it is time for her to go.?
A new poll was unlikely much before
March, MPs warned yesterday, given
the time-consuming checks and balances built into the postwar constitution
to prevent one party seizing power.
?There is a 60-day deadline between
the president deciding on the election
and the day of the election but there is
no deadline on how long the president
could take to come to a conclusion,? Kai
Whittaker, a CDU Bundestag member,
said. ?It could be the end of February or
March until we have new elections.?
He said Mrs Merkel?s vote had decreased in September because of
immigration but also because voters
took her for granted. ?People knew she
is going to be the stronger party and
would continue to be chancellor and
the focus went to the smaller parties,?
he said. ?Now the focus is back on who
is actually going to govern Germany.
Now we have a good argument to say
we need every vote to keep Angela
Merkel as chancellor in Germany and
to keep stability in Europe.?
The traditional parties turned on Mr
Lindner. Julia Kl鯿kner, a senior CDU
figure, derided his ?well-prepared
spontaneity? and J黵gen Trittin, a
senior Green MP, said that the FDP had
hardened its approach to immigration
as the talks went on. ?As we put a last
compromise on the table the FDP had
their prepared statement in their pocket,? he said, adding that it was part of a
plan to bring down Mrs Merkel.
The Frankfurter Allgemeine said that
the FDP was now going after voters
who had deserted Mrs Merkel but did
not want to vote for the AfD. S黡deutsche Zeitung added that Mr Lindner
may think he can emulate the rise of
Sebastian Kurz, 31, in Austria.
Leading article, page 33
Choose from safe pair of hands or regional wine queen
wolfgang
sch鋟ble, 75
The ultimate
safe pair of
hands. Longserving finance
cently
minister who recently
became Speaker of the
Bundestag. He would not be
regarded as a long-term
successor but as a way of
steadying the ship and giving
the next generation a chance
to prove themselves. Was
voted Germany?s most
popular politician by a long
way, with Mrs Merkel second,
in an ARD Deutschlandtrend
survey this month.
ursula von
der leyen, 59
First woman
to become
Germany?s
defence minister,,
eld for nearly
a post she has held
four years. Her star has
waned after several
controversies, the latest being
the failure to ensure that any
of the navy?s six submarines
was seaworthy. Mrs von der
Leyen, a mother of seven, has
a strong record in introducing
social policy. She is a fervent
pro-European who believes
in a United States of Europe
and an EU army.
jens spahn, 37
Able deputy to
Wolfgang
Sch鋟ble at
the Ministry of
Finance and
rising star of the Christian
Democratic Union. Has
called for ?hate speech? laws
to be used to prosecute
Muslim preachers who refer
to non-believers as infidels.
The gay Roman Catholic
criticised Mrs Merkel?s
welcome to 1.2 million asylum
seekers as a ?disruption of the
state?. He wants a register of
mosques to determine how
they are funded.
julia
kl鯿kner, 44
Popular
regional leader
and Mrs
Merkel?s most
or if only she
obvious successor
had won last year?s state
election in the wine-growing
Rhineland-Palatinate region,
rather than the Social
Democrats. She was a
German ?wine queen?: a
young woman chosen to be
the face of the industry for a
year. She became an MP in
2002 and was minister for
food, agriculture and
consumers from 2009 to 2011.
annegret
krampkarrenbauer, 55
Another
popular regional
utside chance
leader with an outside
of landing the national job. A
former member of the
Bundestag, she became the
first female head of
government in the tiny
western state of Saarland in
2011. She has campaigned for
a higher tax rate for high
earners and is a conservative
Catholic who opposed full
adoption rights for same-sex
couples.
Angela Merkel leaving Bellevue Castle,
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Four routes that all lead
to months of uncertainty
David Charter
German politics looks likely to
remain paralysed for several months
with little chance of a government
until well into next year.
Further elections remain the most
likely and most drawn-out prospect
for resolving the crisis with the
country?s president far from ready to
agree to a new poll this side of
Christmas. Frank-Walter Steinmeier?s
refusal to accept the end of
negotiations on forming a coalition
based on the result of September?s
elections means that several other
scenarios remain on the table:
minority government
Angela Merkel?s Christian Democratic
Union alliance with the Bavarian
conservatives, the Christian Social
Union (CDU/CSU), with 246 of the
Bundestag?s 709 seats, could attempt a
minority government with the Greens
and their 67 seats. There are
indications from Free Democratic
Party (FDP) sources that they would
lend their 80 votes to get this through
a confirmation vote. But Mrs Merkel
knows that it would be a weak
government subject to ambushes
from opposition parties. There has
not been a minority government
since the war and Mrs Merkel said
yesterday that she was very sceptical
that it could work. Minority rule has
been tried at state government level
but is regarded as too unstable for a
full four-year national term. Similarly
there has never previously been a
four-party coalition at national level.
failed coalition talks restart
The president?s plea for talks to
continue could bring a change of
heart by the FDP and they could go
back into ?Jamaica? talks, the
nickname for the four-party coalition
based on the colours black for
conservatives, yellow for FDP and
green. Some commentators think that
the FDP leader Christian Lindner?s
walkout could be part of a high-stakes
Q&A
Does Germany have a
government now?
Yes, the pre-election grand coalition
between Angela Merkel?s
conservatives and the centre-left
Social Democrats continues with
Mrs Merkel as caretaker chancellor
until a new government is formed.
Why is it so complicated
to form a coalition?
Six parties won seats in the
Bundestag, the German lower house
of parliament, in the election in
September, compared with four
before. Finding a governing majority
from these is more complicated,
especially as no one will work with
the populist Alternative for Germany
(AfD), which was third with 94 seats.
Why does it take such a long time
to form a coalition in Germany
even when the partners agree?
Once there is general agreement on
the compromises needed for a deal
the tradition is to produce a detailed
programme for the entire four-year
term where each policy proposal is
explained, so there can be no
backsliding. The latest talks
collapsed during the initial phase,
not the detailed policy manifesto.
What will happen to the
German economy?
Despite the drama it is doing well,
with third-quarter GDP growth of
0.8 per cent, twice the UK rate, and
a full-year forecast of 2 per cent,
compared with 1.7 per cent forecast
by the Bank of England for Britain.
The German economy has
developed a momentum that is
unlikely to be damaged by the
political problems, although if Mrs
Merkel were to quit it could change.
attempt to win more concessions. The
mood in Berlin has turned against
him, however, for pushing the
country into political turmoil so it
would take weeks to rebuild trust.
a new grand coalition
Mr Steinmeier?s appeal for more
negotiations was as much aimed at
his own party, the Social Democrats
(SPD), as the FDP. The SPD is
currently in a ?grand coalition? with
the CDU/CSU. The SPD came
second in September but with such a
historically low result that it vowed
not to re-enter the government as a
junior partner. It is very reluctant to
reverse that position, especially as this
would hand the job of official
opposition party to the populist
Alternative for Germany (AfD).
There is a high level of agreement
across the SPD that the party needs
to have time in opposition to rebuild
its brand and develop new policies.
Senior figures feel that the party was
not given credit for some big policy
successes in the grand coalition, such
as the introduction of a minimum
wage and quotas for women on
company boards. Just before the
election Martin Schulz, the party
leader, proposed legalising gay
marriage but it was Mrs Merkel who
received most of the credit.
last chance bundestag
compromise
The path to new elections is long and
tortuous, involving three votes in the
Bundestag. Mr Steinmeier must
nominate a chancellor who needs to
win an outright majority of
Bundestag members. If that fails then
the parliament has 14 days to elect a
candidate of its own choosing by an
absolute majority. After that Mr
Steinmeier would propose a candidate
for another vote, this time on a simple
majority of those present. Only after
all these measures are exhausted
could he call for new elections. MPs
warn that this could take until March,
with more coalition talks to follow.
Hard right sees chance to gain support
David Charter
Berlin, the presidential residence. She was urged to continue trying for a coalition
Germany?s anti-immigrant party called
for elections yesterday in the hope of
picking up more support from voters
disillusioned by political in-fighting.
The Alternative for Germany (AfD)
stormed into the Bundestag in September?s elections with 12.6 per cent of the
vote and 94 seats, complicating the process of forming a coalition.Its call for a
poll and for Angela Merkel to quit
comes a fortnight before a meeting to
choose a new co-leader amid claims
that the AfD?s far right is aiming to gain
total control of the party.
?We think it is good that Jamaica [the
potential four-party coalition] is not
coming because it would have been a
coalition of the status quo,? Alexander
Gauland, the AfD parliamentary coleader, said. ?Mrs Merkel has failed and
it is time for her to go as chancellor.?
Senior AfD figures regarded the
walkout from the coalition talks by
Christian Lindner, leader of the rightleaning Free Democrats, as an attempt
to establish his party?s own credentials
as being tough on immigration. Analysts believe that the Free Democrats
are trying to attract CDU voters who
see Mrs Merkel as too liberal, but the
AfD as extreme.
?Mr Lindner is close to the AfD?s criticism of refugee policy but we are the
originals,? Mr Gauland said.
Opinion polls suggest that support
for the AfD has shifted little since the
election. The party is confident that the
spectacle of collapsing talks and bitter
recriminations among the established
parties will encourage more support.
The AfD has moved to the right since
being founded in 2013 to oppose eurozone bailouts for Greece.
One member critical of the ?policy of
memory? for the Holocaust is considering a bid at a special party conference
on December 2 to be national co-leader. Bj鰎n H鯿ke, 45, leader of the AfD in
the eastern state of Thuringia, has Mr
Gauland?s backing, even though he was
condemned over comments this year
regretting Germany?s culture of memorialising the Holocaust.
?Germans are the only people in the
world who plant a monument of shame
in the heart of the capital,? Mr H鯿ke
said in a speech to young party members in Dresden in January. This referred to the Memorial to the Murdered
Jews of Europe, a striking five-acre site
near Berlin?s Brandenburg Gate
covered with 2,711 grey concrete slabs.
?This laughable policy of coming to
terms with the past is crippling us. We
need a 180-degree turnaround in our
policy of memory,? Mr H鯿ke added.
Mr H鯿ke has refused to confirm
speculation that he is planning to try to
become the national co-leader at the
conference in Hanover. Some party
sources say he could simply run for the
ruling board, the body supposed to pass
judgment on his Holocaust speech.
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Russia admits
nuclear leak
near site of
1957 disaster
Russia
Marc Bennetts Moscow
Fallen hero Mounties attend the funeral of John Davidson, a colleague who formerly served in Northumbria and was shot on duty in the Canadian town of Abbotsford
Missing sub reported fault a week ago
Argentina
Buenos Aires
Lucinda Elliott Sao Paulo
A submarine missing in the South
Atlantic reported a malfunction last
week and was ordered back to port, the
Argentine navy revealed yesterday,
adding that the crew was running out of
oxygen.
Two ships looking for the San Juan
reported detecting noises that might
have come from members of the 44
crew seeking help. However, after analysing the sounds using special software, the navy said last night that they
were not related to the boat.
Officials admitted that the crew had
reported short circuits in the submarine?s batteries last Wednesday and she
was told to return to her base of Mar del
Plata. It was the first confirmation that
the authorities had known since the
submarine disappeared that she was
experiencing a malfunction.
The search by 17 ships and 11 military
ARGENTINA
Possible
route
Search
area
CHILE
Ushuaia
300 miles
Mar del
Plata
Last contact
7.30am
Nov 15
Southern
Atlantic
Ocean
Falkland Islands
aircraft from Argentina, Brazil, Britain,
Chile and the US has been hindered by
extreme winds and high waves.
?We had communication with the
commander, who said he was heading
to Mar del Plata,? Gabriel Galeazzi, a
naval commander, told reporters. The
submarine had surfaced and reported
the electrical malfunction before she
disappeared 268 miles off Argentina?s
Patagonia coast. This type of damage
Eliana Krawczyk: first female submariner
was considered routine and the crew
was reported safe last Wednesday, he
added.
The navy said that satellite signals
detected over the weekend had not
come from the San Juan, which is a 65m
diesel-electric boat made in Germany.
A spokesman said that she had enough
oxygen for seven days.
Naval experts believe that a power
cut, like the one described by the ship?s
commander, would cause difficulties
with communications. Emergency procedures would call for the submarine to
surface once communication was lost.
President Macri travelled to Mar del
Plata yesterday where two psychologists had accompanied 200 family
members of the crew, which includes
Eliana Krawczyk, 35, the country?s first
female submarine officer.
The San Juan has been in service
since the 1980s and, according to La
Nacion newspaper, had a refit in 2008
that was expected to extend her life for
30 years. She was returning from Ushuaia, Argentina?s southernmost port,
when contact was lost north of the
Falkland Islands.
Erik Reynolds, a US Navy spokesman, said that harsh weather was hampering the search. ?You?re talking about
44 sailors out there. If they?re in trouble,
there?s a finite amount of time to get to
them, so there is a great deal of concern
by the international community.?
After denying a nuclear leak for several
months, Russia admitted yesterday
that ?extremely high? concentrations of
radioactive pollution were detected in
the southern Urals in late September.
The level of ruthenium-106, a radioactive isotope that does not occur naturally, had reached 986 times the normal level of pollution at a monitoring
station about 20 miles from the Mayak
nuclear facility, where in 1957 an explosion exposed at least 272,000 people to
dangerous levels of radiation.
Russian officials had denied any
knowledge of an accident in September
or October. The state nuclear corporation Rosatom said then that ?radiation
around all objects of Russian nuclear
infrastructure is within the norm and at
the level of background radiation?.
The French nuclear safety institute
the IRSN said this month, however,
that it had detected a radioactive cloud
over Europe between September 27 and
October 13 and that it suspected that it
had come from Russia or Kazakhstan.
Jean-Christophe Gariel, director for
health at the IRSN, said that the two
countries could be reported to the
United Nations if they failed to reveal
where the contamination had originated. He ruled out an accident at a
nuclear reactor.
The IRSN said that the levels of radioactive pollution were so high that had
they been released in France the
authorities would have evacuated
several kilometres around the site of
the accident. It emphasised, however,
that the cloud was no longer deemed a
danger to human health by the time it
had reached France and other European countries. Mr Gariel said that,
according to IRSN data, ?no ruthenium-106 was detected in the UK?.
The Mayak nuclear facility was built
in 1948 as part of the Soviet atomic
bomb project. Dozens of accidents have
been reported at the site since its construction, including the September 1957
explosion that was classified the third
most serious nuclear catastrophe in history, after Chernobyl and Fukushima.
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Students want
first lady to
lose her PhD
Harry Davies
A protest at Zimbabwe University yesterday where students demanded that Grace Mugabe be stripped of the sociology PhD she earned after two months of study
The campaign to oust President Mugabe spread to Harare?s biggest university campus yesterday as students
demanded the president?s resignation
and that a doctorate dubiously awarded
to his wife be removed.
Grace Mugabe was awarded a PhD in
sociology in 2014, only two months
after enrolling at the University of
Zimbabwe, the country?s oldest and
most reputable university. Its students
called for the resignation of Levi Nyagura, the vice-chancellor, for his part in
the farce.
Mr Mugabe, who is chancellor of all
Zimbabwe?s universities and who has
achieved seven undergraduate degrees,
capped his wife himself. Her thesis
never appeared in the library and it was
widely seen as a sham that made a
mockery of the institution.
Zimbabweans have a reputation of
being among Africa?s most literate
people, and academic credentials are
sought as a status symbol.
One science undergraduate said: ?It?s
time for the old man to go. We struggle
to pay our fees to come here and there
are no jobs for us when we are done.?
A dentistry student added: ?We?ve all
spent so much time working so hard at
this university. To see [Mrs Mugabe]
spend so little time and do no work
there and walk away with a PhD, it
makes it all seem like a joke. It makes it
seem like the degrees we are getting
from there are not legitimate.?
Mugabe in talks to surrender power
Zimbabwe
Aislinn Laing, Jan Raath
Harry Davies Harare
President Mugabe and his sacked vicepresident are negotiating a handover of
power amid fears that the prolonged
impasse could spark civil unrest.
Emmerson Mnangagwa is due to
return to Zimbabwe after fleeing
abroad when he was sacked, and a deal
between the two men will be announced ?shortly?, the armed force
commander who seized power last
week said.
Constantine Chiwenga, who mounted the coup last Tuesday to quell a
succession battle between Mr Mnangagwa and Mr Mugabe?s wife, Grace,
called on Zimbabweans to remain calm
and be patient.
?The security services are encouraged by new developments which include contact between the president
and the former vice-president, comrade Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, who is expected in the country
shortly,? General Chiwenga said.
?Thereafter, the nation will be
advised of the outcome of talks
between the two. The Zimbabwean
defence and security services further
urge Zimbabweans to remain calm and
patient? while a ?solution and road map
is found for the country?.
The terse statement came after Mr
Mugabe sparked confusion when, in a
televised broadcast on Sunday night
during which he had been expected to
announce his resignation, he vowed
instead to redouble efforts to address
?concerns? among his people.
Some sources claim that Mr Mugabe
had at the last minute swapped an
agreed resignation speech for one he
drafted himself. Others suggested that
the generals knew Mr Mugabe would
Q&A
Did President Mugabe
dupe the generals when he
failed to resign?
Some have claimed that he
had two statements: one
agreed with the military in
which he resigned and
another swapped at the last
minute. Others claim that
the armed forces knew Mr
Mugabe would not resign
but were eager for him to
confirm that he viewed the
intervention as
constitutional, and were
banking on impeachment
removing him.
Outflanked Sitting next to Mr Mugabe during his TV address were: Paradzayi Zimondi, the
prison service head; Air Marshal Perence Shiri; Gen Phillip Valerio Sibanda, the army chief;
Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri; and Gen Constantine Chiwenga, head of forces
Has the coup failed?
Mr Mugabe?s departure
seems inevitable but how
and when is unclear. Either
he accepts reality and
resigns or is impeached.
Either way, the military?s
action started change.
unpopular. President Zuma
of South Africa faces
criticism and attempts to
remove him over a
corruption scandal. He is
seeking to install his ex-wife
as his successor.
Why do southern African
leaders support him?
They are nervous. Many
have been in office for a
long time and are
How long will
impeachment take?
It involves sittings of the
national assembly and
senate. Opponents believe
only affirm that their coup was within
constitutional bounds.
The political wrangling came as it
was confirmed that a senior commander had been detained, accused of
assembling a militia and plotting an
insurrection to keep Mr Mugabe in
it could be done in 24 hours
if MPs make themselves
available. Mr Mugabe could
try to delay it through legal
challenges.
Is Zimbabwe heading for a
coalition government?
Before the intervention,
aides to Emmerson
Mnangagwa, the sacked
vice-president picked by
Zanu (PF) to take over,
power. Major-General Douglas Nyikayaramba was the chief of administration staff for the army.
Earlier, the ruling Zanu (PF) party
resolved to bring a motion in parliament today to impeach Mr Mugabe,
after a noon deadline expired for him to
acknowledged that there
were talks, including with
Morgan Tsvangirai?s
Movement for Democratic
Change. These have been
supported by the influential
War Veterans Association
and the international
community. Some senior
Zanu (PF) figures suggested
that it is a party issue and
order could be restored
without the input of rivals.
resign after nearly four decades in
power. Impeachment could result in
Mr Mugabe being kicked out in days,
bringing an ignominious end to the
career of the world?s oldest leader, once
lauded as an anti-colonial hero.
In the draft motion, the party ac-
cused Mr Mugabe of being a ?source of
instability?, flouting the rule of law and
presiding over an ?unprecedented economic tailspin? in the past 15 years.
It also said he had abused his constitutional mandate to favour Mrs Mugabe, 52, whose tilt at power triggered a
backlash from the army. Mr Mnangagwa?s removal was meant to boost her
chances of succeeding her husband.
Her stark reversal of fortune was
highlighted when the state-run Herald
newspaper, which in August proclaimed her ?A loving mother of the
nation?, ran a piece headlined ?Youth
League slams ?uncultured? First Lady?.
?Grace Mugabe lacked grooming and
true motherhood as shown by her foul
language,? the paper quoted the ruling
party?s youth wing as saying.
The impeachment process is longwinded, involving a joint sitting of the
senate and national assembly, a ninemember committee of senators, then
another joint sitting to confirm his dismissal with a two-thirds majority.
However, constitutional experts said
that Zanu (PF) could push it through
quickly. ?They can fast-track it. It can
be done in a matter of a day,? John Makamure, executive director of the Southern African Parliamentary Support
Trust, said.
The negotiated exit touted by the
army could pre-empt the impeachment
proceedings and allow Mr Mugabe to
hand over to his former deputy and ally
at the party?s congress next month.
Zimbabwe?s association of war veterans, which is close to the military, said
the generals were in an awkward position because their role required them to
protect Mr Mugabe from protesters.
The army should step back and let
parliament and, if necessary, demonstrators, remove the leader, Chris Mutsvangwa, head of the veterans, said.
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Israel excavates giant necropolis
as coveted burial sites run out
ABIR SULTAN/EPA
Israel
Anshel Pfeffer Jerusalem
Jerusalem is well known as perhaps the most contested city on
earth, and now, alongside Jews,
Muslims and Christians all
battling for primacy, the dead are
also staking their claim.
According to Orthodox Jewish
tradition, cremation is forbidden
and graves must be outside the
city and never be built over. As
Jerusalem and its population
have grown, so have its cemeteries. Jerusalem?s largest, Har
HaMenuchot (the mountain of
rest), is almost at full capacity.
Since 1999, many of the new
graves have been dug into the
steep mountainside, in multistoried sections, but even these
spaces are now running out.
The burial society, which manages the cemetery is now build-
Kenyan court upholds
president?s victory
Nairobi Kenya?s Supreme Court
dismissed two legal challenges to
President Kenyatta?s victory in
the election re-run, which the
opposition boycotted. The
decision means that Mr Kenyatta
may be inaugurated next week.
Raila Odinga, the main
opposition leader, said that the
decision had been taken under
duress. Some of the judges had
not attended a hearing about
delaying the re-run because of
alleged intimidation. The deputy
chief justice?s bodyguard had been
shot by assailants on a motorcycle
days before. Mr Kenyatta won
98 per cent of the vote after
judges annulled the first poll
because of irregularities. (Reuters)
Trump?s confusion
Wellington President Trump
The underground complex is designed to provide space for 23,025 separate graves, top right, and will be air-conditioned
ing the resting place of the future
? a � million underground
complex designed to provide
space for 23,025 graves.
The 21st century necropolis is
50 metres deep and will be the
size of a 15-storey building.
Whereas ancient catacombs
were dark and dank affairs, the
subterranean cemetery will be
air-conditioned and lit. Three
lifts will give access to wide
causeways for use by burial parties and people who want to visit
their family?s graves or choose
one for themselves.
The state in Israel funds burial
plots for every citizen in their
home town but the holiness of
Jerusalem attracts many families
from out of town. Many nonIsraelis are also interested in
burying their relatives near Judaism?s holiest sites and are willing
to pay, in some cases thousands
of pounds, for the privilege. For
many Orthodox Jews who believe in resurrection at the com-
ing of the Messiah, the proximity
to the Temple Mount, where the
Jewish people are to come together, is another attraction.
Spots with a view of the city or
close to famous figures are at a
premium and cost hefty sums.
With space in the cities scarce
and many secular families eager
for less traditional burial ceremonies, kibbutzim and other rural
communities have also turned
cemetery management into profitable commercial activities.
Iran builds Shia ?arc of influence?
after capture of Isis border town
Syria
Richard Spencer Beirut
Assad-regime troops and Iranbacked Shia militias have taken
the last significant Syrian town
held by Islamic State, completing
what Tehran claims will be an
?arc of influence? from its borders
to the Mediterranean.
Reports from the town of alBukamal, near the Iraqi border,
said that Isis was still putting up
some resistance. The capture of
the town and the nearby border
post links regime-held areas of
Syria to areas of Iraq where Shia
militias controlled by Iran are
also present.
Qasem Soleimani, the head of
the al-Quds Brigade, the international arm of Iran?s Revolutionary Guard, was said to have
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an 閙inence grise in the Middle
East, has ?gone public? during
the Syrian conflict, in which Iran
has supported President Assad,
and then in the battle against Isis
in Syria and Iraq. Iran has backed
Shia militias in Iraq. General Soleimani has been photographed
on battlefronts in Iraq and Syria.
?The defeat of the IsraelArabian-western triangle is
achieved with the completion of
the corridor from Tehran to the
Mediterranean,? Mashregh News,
a newspaper loyal to the Revolutionary Guard, declared. ?We
now have to wait for a change of
equilibrium in western Asia and
the world.?
Major-General James Jarrard
of the US army said last month
that he hoped that the presence
of US troops and western-trained
government forces in western
Iraq would prevent Iranian control of both sides of the border.
Since then, however, Iranianbacked militias have taken part in
liberating al-Qaim, the town
opposite al-Bukamal on the Iraqi
side, and crossed the border to
help to liberate al-Bukamal itself.
US adds N Korea to list of terrorist states
North Korea
Rhys Blakely Washington
Donald Trump designated North
Korea a state sponsor of terrorism yesterday, a decision that he
said was part of a ?maximumpressure campaign? that would
continue until Kim Jong-un
brought an end to his nuclear and
missile programmes.
North Korea was taken off the
list of countries that the US regarded as terrorist sponsors by
George W Bush in 2008 in a deal
that was supposed to halt Pyongyang?s pursuit of such weapons.
Mr Trump said: ?In addition to
threatening the world by nuclear
devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism, including
assassinations on foreign soil.?
He added: ?This designation
will impose further sanctions and
penalties on North Korea and
related persons and supports our
maximum-pressure campaign to
isolate the murderous regime.?
The US president also cited the
case of Otto Warmbier, a student
who was held for 17 months by
North Korea for an act of petty
theft. He fell into a coma while in
imprison and died days after
being returned to the US in June.
Rex Tillerson, the secretary of
state, conceded that the designation was symbolic: ?The practical
effects may be limited . . . This will
close a few additional loopholes.?
North Korea joins Sudan, Syria
and Iran as states that the US
identifies as having repeatedly
provided support for terrorism.
confused Jacinda Ardern, New
Zealand?s prime minister, with the
wife of Canada?s leader at a recent
meeting, a friend of Ms Ardern
has claimed. Tom Sainsbury, a
New Zealand comedian, claimed
that during the Asia-Pacific
Economic Co-operation (Apec)
summit in Vietnam Mr Trump
had for some time thought Ms
Ardern, a brunette, was Sophie
Gr間oire Trudeau, a blonde.
Indonesia?s Speaker held
Jakarta Setya Novanto, Speaker of
the Indonesian parliament, has
been detained by the corruption
eradication commission over his
alleged role in causing state losses
of $170 million linked to an
electronic identity card scheme.
Mr Novanto, who has denied
wrongdoing, was arrested on
Friday but his detention was
delayed while he was treated for
injuries suffered in a car crash the
day before. (Reuters)
?Slave auction? in Libya
Ouagadougou Burkina Faso has
recalled its ambassador to Libya,
General Abraham Traore, over a
report that black African migrants
were being auctioned as slaves
there. It followed the broadcast by
CNN of footage of what it said
was an auction of men offered to
Libyan buyers as farmhands and
sold for $400. Alpha Barry,
foreign minister for the West
African nation, announced the
decision yesterday. (Reuters)
Racy pop star detained
Cairo Egyptian prosecutors have
ordered the detention for seven
days of a pop singer accused of
promoting debauchery in a racy
video clip. Shaimaa Ahmed, 25,
known by her stage name Shima,
appears in her underwear and
sings while suggestively eating
an apple and a banana before a
class of young men. The video
caused a stir on social media and
brought a flurry of complaints
that led to her arrest. (AP)
Plane crashes on road
Miami Drivers, an aircraft pilot
and his passenger had a narrow
escape when a light aircraft
crash-landed on a road in Florida.
Cars scattered across a dual
carriageway as a four-seat 1975
Rockwell International 112A
single-engine aircraft came down
on the road then smashed into
the concrete barrier. It had flown
about 50 miles before having
engine trouble above the town of
Clearwater. No one was injured.
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Politician offers bounty
to murder Indian actress
India
Hugh Tomlinson Delhi
A price has been placed on the head
of one of India?s biggest female film
stars as Hindu nationalists become
increasingly angry at the release of a
Bollywood blockbuster that they
claim distorts history.
Suraj Pal Amu, a senior official
with the ruling Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP), has offered a reward for
the murder of Deepika Padukone, the
star of Padmavati, a historical epic
about a 14th-century queen of
legendary beauty.
The BJP had demanded a delay
in the film?s release, claiming that
historical inaccuracies it contained could inflame religious
tensions before elections next
month.
After weeks of threats and
pressure, the film?s producers confirmed yesterday
that they would postpone the release indefinitely.
Mr Amu had
offered a bounty
of 100 million rupees (�2 million)
on Padukone?s head
and that of Sanjay Leela
Deepika Padukone?s
role has angered
Hindu nationalists
Bhansali, the director. The BJP official threatened to break the legs of
Ranveer Singh, the leading man, who
is Padukone?s off-screen partner.
The Hindu right had hounded the
film, with cast and crew receiving
death threats from online zealots for
weeks, sets being burnt down and the
director assaulted, but the threats
escalated sharply in recent days.
After one man offered 50 million
rupees to murder Padukone and Mr
Bhansali last week, Mr Amu doubled
it. ?We will reward those who behead
them with 10 crore [100 million
rupees] and also take care of their
family?s needs,? he told a cheering
crowd at the weekend.
Based on an epic poem, Padmavati retells events of 1303,
when, according to legend,
Alauddin Khilji, the sultan of
Delhi, laid siege to Chittor Fort in
Rajasthan, obsessed by tales
of Padmavati?s beauty
and determined to
claim her for himself. With her
husband killed
in a duel and
the fort about to
fall, the queen set
herself on fire to avoid
the sultan?s clutches.
Much of the story has
been debunked but Padmavati remains an icon
to Hindu nationalists
for preserving her honour before the
Muslim invader.
Since filming started, rumours
spread that Mr Bhansali was determined to bring one of Bollywood?s
most high-profile couples together
on screen so had added a romantic
plotline or dream sequence between
Padmavati and Khilji. Despite persistent denials by Mr Bhansali and his
stars, a Hindu mob raided the set.
A BJP official distanced his party
from Mr Amu?s comments yesterday,
saying: ?The party has nothing to do
with such statements . . . no one can
issue such fatwas.?
With money on offer to a hit-man,
many feel that the damage has been
done, however. India has a history of
religiously motivated killings and last
week Hindu hardliners unveiled a
bust of Nathuram Godse, who murdered Mahatma Gandhi in 1948.
Whether Padmavati can be released is unclear. It seems a guaranteed hit and already-high interest has
been stoked by the controversy. Its
trailer has been watched more times
on YouTube than that of the forthcoming Star Wars movie, The Last
Jedi. Local governments warn of a
risk of riots in cinemas if Padmavati is
shown.
Mr Amu was unrepentant. Condemning Mr Singh for defending his
director at the weekend, he added: ?If
you do not take your words back, we
will break your legs.?
Monaco reclaims land US opioid
from sea for luxury flats epidemic
Monaco
Charles Bremner Paris
Workers are sinking 10,000-tonne
blocks of concrete in the Mediterranean off Monaco as the tightly
packed principality extends its living
space for millionaires.
A 15-acre peninsula that is under
construction on the eastern edge of
the city state will support 150 of the
world?s most expensive apartments.
On completion in 2025 the flats will
sell for more than $100,000 a square
An artist?s impression of the
proposed ?2 billion development
metre, higher than the priciest new
properties in London and New York.
Prince Albert authorised the
?2 billion project after blocking a
more ambitious scheme in 2008 that
prompted outrage from ecologists
over the threat to sea life. The latest
scheme, which includes a marina and
an extension of the Grimaldi Forum
conference centre, was designed to
cause minimum ecological damage.
Prince Albert said: ?I will pay particular attention to make sure that the
project conforms to the strong environmental constraints that I am imposing during the construction
work.?
The French construction giant
Bouygues undertook to move seabed
species to a new reserve. Environmentalists, however, are still worried
about the scheme. ?The project is
certainly ecological but it is going to
have a significant impact on the richest zones of the marine environment,? Alexandre Meinesz, a biologist at Nice-Sophia-Antipolis university, said.
The reclaimed area, equivalent to
eight football pitches, follows a push
seawards by the Mediterranean tax
haven that began under the late
Prince Rainier in the 1950s. The
former ruler earned the nickname
?the Builder Prince? after the construction of the 54-acre Fontvieille
business and residential district in
the 1960s. In the past 150 years Monaco has gained 40 per cent more territory by reclaiming land from the sea.
The new quarter of luxury flats, an
increase in the principality?s surface
area of 3 per cent, will soak up evermounting demand for property in the
haven of the super-rich. More than 30
per cent of Monaco residents are millionaires. With 38,000 residents ?
who, except for the French citizens
among them, pay no income tax ?
Monaco has run out of space to take
in more on its existing 500 acres. The
new district is being designed by the
architectural firm Valode & Pistre.
costs $500bn
United States
Rhys Blakely Washington
America?s epidemic of opioid addiction is far more severe than thought
and cost the country $500 billion in
2015, almost 3 per cent of GDP, the
White House said yesterday.
It was more than six times previous
estimates, which the White House
said had not fully accounted for the
economic impact of tens of thousands of overdose deaths caused by
prescription painkillers, heroin and
very strong synthetic opioids. It included medical and addiction treatment costs incurred by the criminal
justice system, lost wages and a fall in
productivity among drug users.
The Council of Economic Advisers
said that drug overdoses related to
opioids had been underreported in
recent years by as much as 24 per
cent. That would raise the estimated
number of fatal opioid overdoses in
2015 to more than 40,000. Anecdotal
evidence suggests that the crisis has
since swelled.
Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, and its
analogues killed about 20,000 last
year, an increase of more than six
times since 2013. Government estimates suggest that more than 64,000
died from drug overdoses last year.
About 50,000 of those were due to
fentanyl, its analogues, heroin or prescription opioids.
Drug overdose is the main cause of
US injury death, above traffic crashes
or gun-related deaths. The American
Society of Addiction Medicine estimates that 2.6 million are addicted to
heroin and prescription painkillers.
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Unruffled feathers Claims that some models had been refused entry visas to China
were forgotten yesterday as the Victoria?s Secret fashion show began in Shanghai
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Uber in deal
for 24,000
driverless
Volvo cars
Robert Lea Industrial Editor
Britain propping up the pyramids
A small engineering company from south Wales is using giant inflatable sacks to
save the 4,700-year-old ceiling of a step pyramid in Egypt. Working Life, page 51
Former Mitie chief faces
new inquiry into accounts
City regulators query conduct of ?prickly peer?
Robert Lea Industrial Editor
Baroness McGregor-Smith, the Conservative peer, is to be the subject of a
second investigation by City regulators
over her final months running the
troubled outsourcer Mitie Group.
The Financial Reporting Council has
announced that it is to hold an inquiry
into the ?preparation and approval? of
Mitie?s accounts for the year to the end
of March 2016.
Lady McGregor-Smith, who was
Mitie?s chief executive until quitting at
the height of a crisis at the company 13
months ago, is a chartered accountant.
The FRC?s remit is to regulate the
actions of accounting firms and the
members of professional bodies. It is
understood that its investigation also
covers Suzanne Baxter, Mitie?s former
finance director, also a chartered
accountant, who resigned four months
after Lady McGregor-Smith. The conduct of both is already under investigation by the City?s senior watchdog,
the Financial Conduct Authority.
In August, the FCA said that it was investigating the ?manner of preparation
and content of the company?s financial
information, position and results? for
the 2015-16 accounts. The FCA said it
had also ?commenced an investigation
in connection with the timeliness of a
profit warning announced by the
company on September 19, 2016?.
That profit warning marked the
beginning of the end at Mitie for Lady
McGregor-Smith, who earned �5 million a year as chief executive. She also
served as a government trade and business ambassador and was given a life
peerage in 2015 by David Cameron. The
warning ended months of speculation
by analysts over Mitie?s accounting and
its struggles with the rising labour costs
of its tens of thousands of minimum
wage cleaners, catering staff, security
guards and caretakers, as well as a
financial crisis in the homecare health
sector, where Lady McGregor-Smith?
had made a key acquisition.
Mitie?s shares crashed 30 per cent on
the day of the warning and within the
month Lady McGregor-Smith had
announced that she would be leaving.
The company?s half-year results six
weeks later reported a �0 million loss.
The events around the 2015-16
accounts preparation also prompted
Mitie?s board to instigate proceedings
to claw back around �million of
bonuses paid for that year to Lady
McGregor-Smith and Ms Baxter.
Mitie?s board also ruled that share
options worth more than �million to
Lady McGregor-Smith should lapse.
During her ten years at Mitie, Lady
McGregor-Smith had been feted in the
press as Britain?s leading Asian female
executive. Mr Cameron, when prime
minister, had asked her to write a report
into the black and minority ethnic
communities in business.
Her style won her few friends in the
City, where she was dubbed ?the prickly
peer?. Lady McGregor-Smith did not
comment yesterday.
The FRC is already investigating the
role of Mitie?s former auditor Deloitte,
which signed off the 2015-16 accounts.
Mitie reported yesterday that its halfyear revenues had risen by 4 per cent to
�9.7 million, missing its forecasts in
September of more than �billion. Reported pre-tax profits fell by more than
half to �1 million.
Alistair Osborne, page 43
Uber has unveiled plans to order tens of
thousands of autonomous, driverless
Volvos that could ? local regulations
permitting ? be on the streets of cities
around the world by 2019.
The car hire service said yesterday
that it had signed a deal to take initial
delivery of 24,000 Volvo XC90 4x4s
built by Geely, the brand?s Chinese
owner, between 2019 and 2021.
The two companies have carried out
trial runs for autonomous Volvos in San
Francisco and Pittsburgh, although
local regulations stipulate at present
that a driver needs to be at the wheel.
The trials suffered a setback this year
when an early version was involved in
an accident in Tempe, Arizona, but this
was blamed later on the human error of
a driver of another vehicle.
While Google?s Waymo company
has been making bold claims that it has
created a fully autonomous car, industry leaders in the technology ? such as
Toyota ? do not believe engineers will
have perfected a vehicle for public use
until the mid-2020s. Instead, the technology used over the next eight years
will mean the vehicles? computers can
take over during dull driving ? in traffic jams, for example ? or in extreme
circumstances to avoid a collision.
Uber said that the deal with Volvo
was a leap forward for the company and
the industry. ?This new agreement puts
us on a path towards mass-produced
self-driving vehicles,? Jeff Miller, an
Uber director, said.
Volvo said that the deal put it at the
forefront of the coming driverless
revolution, even if the kit being employed was not all its own, as the vehicles will incorporate Uber sensors and
communications technology.
?Our aim is to be the supplier of
choice for autonomous drive ride-sharing service providers globally,? H錵an
Samuelsson, president and chief
executive of Volvo Cars, said.
While many still believe that the
ascent of driverless vehicles will remain
science fiction, the automotive industry believes that perceptions will
change during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, at which the Japanese
motor giants are expected to use fleets
of self-driving vehicles on the streets.
Uber is the subject of a wrangle in
Britain after Transport for London refused to renew its taxi licence because
of the way it recruits and monitors
drivers. Uber is allowed to continue operating as it appeals against the ruling.
The order is a huge boost for Volvo. It
would be valued at more than $1 billion
and would account for about 5 per cent
of the company?s car production.
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Tuesday November 21 2017 | the times
Business
Need to know
1
Two of the European Union?s
most important regulatory
agencies have been relocated
from London to Paris and
Amsterdam in the wake of the
Brexit vote. The cities were chosen
in a lucky dip after tied votes.
Amsterdam beat Milan to take the
European Medicines Agency,
while Paris beat Dublin for the
right to host the European
Banking Authority. Page 9
2
Some new diesel cars are
much less polluting than new
petrol cars, according to
research by Emissions Analytics, a
testing company that helped to
expose the health threat from
diesels. Its tests have identified
11 diesel models, including the
Volkswagen Golf SV, MercedesBenz E Class and BMW 5 Series,
that emit very low levels of toxic
nitrogen oxides. Page 18
3
Centrica, the owner of British
Gas, Britain?s biggest energy
supplier, has become the latest
company to pledge to scrap
standard variable tariffs for gas and
electricity customers. Pages 20, 47
4
Baroness McGregor-Smith is
to be the subject of a second
investigation by City
regulators over her final months
running Mitie Group, the troubled
outsourcer. The Financial
Reporting Council has said that it
will hold an inquiry into the
?preparation and approval? of
Mitie?s accounts for the year to the
end of March, 2016. Page 41
5
Uber, the ride-hailing app, has
unveiled plans to order tens of
thousands of autonomous,
driverless Volvo vehicles that could
be ready ? local regulations
permitting ? to be on the streets
of cities worldwide by 2019. Page 41
6
As losses at HBOS spiralled in
early 2009, attending both its
audit committee and then an
audit committee for Lloyds
Banking Group was ?one of the
worst moments of my professional
life?, Jan du Plessis, one of the
City?s most experienced operators,
has told the High Court.
7
The government has come
under fire after Carillion won
new contracts, despite
Whitehall rules designed to limit
taxpayer exposure to ?financially
distressed? companies. Carillion
issued its third profit warning in
only four months on Friday.
8
Mediclinic, the South African
private hospital group that
already owns almost 30 per
cent of Spire, has walked away
from a takeover of the
pharmaceuticals company, saying
that the two sides had failed to
reach an agreement. Page 44
9
Accrol, a Blackburn-based
toilet paper maker, returned
to the market more than a
month after its shares had been
suspended and embarked on an
attempt to raise � million in
fresh funding. Page 46
10
Non-executive directors
at the London Stock
Exchange have brought in
a City law firm to advise them on
what to tell shareholders about
disagreements between Xavier
Rolet, the exchange group?s chief
executive, and Donald Brydon, its
chairman. Page 48
HBOS crisis
worst time in
career, says
City grandee
Katherine Griffiths Banking Editor
As losses at HBOS spiralled in early
2009, attending both its audit committee and then an audit committee for
Lloyds Banking Group was ?one of the
worst moments of my professional life?,
Jan du Plessis, one of the City?s most
experienced operators, has told the
High Court.
Giving evidence in a court action
brought by shareholders in Lloyds over
its acquisition of HBOS, the South
African businessman has laid bare the
challenges he faced as audit committee
chairman at Lloyds during the financial
crisis.
Almost 6,000 shareholders allege
that Lloyds management did not give
them enough information about its
parlous state at the time of the deal in
2008. Lloyds denies this and any
wrongdoing.
Mr du Plessis, who is appearing on
behalf of Lloyds, has not been accused
of anything. In a statement to the court,
he said it was ?particularly worrying?
that HBOS?s growing problems could
have hurt the enlarged bank.
When Lloyds began its bid for HBOS
in September 2008, Mr du Plessis said
that he and other directors had backed
the deal. ?I felt this could be a tremendous opportunity to create value for
shareholders? in a deal that was ?lowrisk, considering the potential opportunity,? he said.
He added in his statement: ?I recall
feeling that the risks were manageable
after hearing the executive team?s
reports during the course of that meeting [on September 17, the day before the
deal was announced]?.
Mr du Plessis, a chartered accountant by training, joined Lloyds? board in
October 2005 and became chairman of
its audit committee in May 2008. He
left the company in April 2009.
In spiky exchanges with Richard
Hill, QC, the shareholders? barrister, he
said that it was ?very hard? to respond
to specific points about the changing
picture of HBOS?s liabilities.
He also defended Lloyds? decision to
offer a premium for the smaller bank,
saying that in a ?practical world? a
buyer had to propose a price that the
seller could accept, and he disagreed
that HBOS?s shareholders might
otherwise have been wiped out.
Nationalisation
?
which
the
government had warned could
happen ? was different from
appropriation, he said.
Lloyds? management team and the
market as a whole did not appreciate
how serious the problems were in midOctober 2008, when the government
told several large banks that they would
have to raise billions of pounds in new
money to ?bullet-proof? themselves,
Mr du Plessis said.
Lloyds? management was ?discussing
the restrictions the government was
seeking to impose on director bonuses
and remuneration? as part of the
recapitalisation?, Mr du Plessis said.
That ?would perhaps have been less of
a focus had they been able to foresee
how bad the economy was?.
The government told Lloyds that if it
ditched HBOS and decided to remain
independent, it would have to raise
�billion. Mr du Plessis recalled that
Matthew Greenburgh, of Bank of
America Merrill Lynch, who advised
Lloyds, said that it was ?not possible? for
it to proceed alone and to raise �billion
in the public market.
The case continues.
Get it? Eurotunnel?s new
business is game-changer
T
hirty years on
from the first
spade breaking
ground on the
construction of a fixed
rail link under the
English Channel, the
company created to
run it is to change its
name and start making
significant sums of
money from not
running trains (Robert
Lea writes).
Groupe Eurotunnel
emerged as a company
a decade ago after a
period of
administration, a
multibillion-pound
write-off of its debts
and a move across the
Channel, from the
London Stock
Exchange to the
Euronext bourse in
Paris. Now it is to
become Getlink.
The new name has
been conjured up to
reflect that in time it
expects to make a
substantial amount of
money from its
?580 million
construction of a new
energy interconnector
between France and
Britain. The superwire
will have the capacity
to bring 1,000
megawatts of
electricity into Britain,
enough to power more
than a million homes
in Kent and the
southeast of England.
The company insists
that the Eurotunnel
brand will continue to
exist but as a
subsidiary of Getlink,
operating the three
31-mile cross-Channel
tunnels ? which
contain tracks each
way, plus a service
tunnel ? and Le
Shuttle trains,
ferrying more than
four million passenger
cars and freight lorries
a year.
According to
Jacques Gounon, chief
executive, the
interconnector
subsidiary, which is to
be called Eleclink, will
generate up to
?100 million of annual
revenues from power
companies purchasing
capacity. With
minimal maintenance
costs, Mr Gounon said
that the company
could be making
operating profits of as
Carillion in ?high-risk? contracts row Water firms
Alex Ralph
The government has come under fire
after Carillion continued to win new
contracts, despite Whitehall rules
designed to limit taxpayer exposure to
?financially distressed? companies.
Cabinet Office policy states that
departments and agencies should
reduce ?where possible? the additional
work given to ?strategic suppliers?
designated ?high-risk? under existing
contracts to ?contain the risk to the taxpayer?.
Carillion issued its third profit
warning in only four months on Friday
and said that it was in danger of breaching its banking covenants, triggering a
renewed sell-off in its shares in the City.
Under the rules, suppliers may be
deemed high-risk if they issue a profit
warning.
The outsourcer, whose recapitalisation plans are complicated by a
�7 million pension deficit, has been
awarded a string of multimillion-pound
government contracts since issuing the
first in its recent series of profit warnings in July.
Carillion, which generated a third
of its �2 billion revenue from the
government last year, said yesterday
that it had been relisted as a possible
provider of school buildings by the
Education and Skills Funding Agency.
Keith Cochrane, Carillion?s interim
chief executive, said it showed that the
company ?retained the confidence of
key customers?.
The week after its July warning,
Carillion said that its joint ventures had
been awarded contracts on the HS2
high-speed rail project and two further
facilities management contracts worth
�8 million with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, part of the
Ministry of Defence.
Carillion also announced this month
two contracts with Network Rail for the
Midland mainline worth about
�2 million, one of which was with a
joint venture partner.
The Cabinet Office has declined to
clarify whether Carillion has been des-
ignated high-risk, triggering concerns
among politicians.
Meg Hillier, chairwoman of the
Commons public accounts committee,
said that it raised questions over whether ?some of these suppliers were too
big to fail?, as any failure of Carillion
would be ?catastrophic? on some government projects.
Sir Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat leader and a former business secretary, called for a ?proper explanation
from the government on why Whitehall contracts are frequently being
awarded to what is patently the very
definition of high-risk supplier?.
Rebecca Long-Bailey, Labour?s
shadow business secretary, said that
there were ?serious concerns about the
government?s procurement policy?.
A spokeswoman for the Cabinet
Office said: ?We take due diligence of
our suppliers very seriously to ensure
the best service and value for money for
taxpayers.?
Shares in Carillion fell 1.2 per cent to
21紁 and are 91 per cent down this year.
?washed away
by 2025?
Robert Lea Industrial Editor
Imagine a world in which you don?t
have to deal with your water company
directly or search for the best energy
rate on the internet. That is the vision
that will be conjured today by Cathryn
Ross, chief executive of Ofwat, in her
last speech in the role before heading to
work for BT.
In a speech in which she had been
expected to talk about the tough customer price-cap settlement for water
companies from 2019, Ms Ross instead
will tell utility providers that this is the
least of their worries: by 2025, they may
not even exist.
Ms Ross told The Times that the
utilities market and technology were
moving so quickly that existing customer relationships could be washed
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JACQUES LANGEVIN/SYGMA/GETTY; GETLINK
Centrica?s late move
tries to cap it all
business commentary Alistair Osborne
W
much as ?90 million, a
significant boost for a
group that last year
had operating profits
of ?400 million on
revenues of ?1 billion.
Margaret Thatcher and Fran鏾is
Mitterrand ratify the Channel tunnel
treaty after workers from both
countries broke through in 1990,
enabling Eurotunnel to run frequent
high-speed trains through the link
away. By 2025, she said, it was more
likely that households would be managing their water bills and services
alongside their gas, electricity, mobile
and internet contracts and insurance
policies through a single intermediary
? not unlike Flipper, an online business already continuously moving its
energy customers to cheapest tariffs.
Asked whether this was a re-run of
previous attempts by companies to
become ?multi-utilities? and bundle
services, Ms Ross said that new technology meant that such intermediaries
also would be able to control household
energy and water consumption remotely. ?This isn?t about selling utilities,? she said. ?It?ll be about selling
peace of mind and convenience.?
The effect would be an overhaul of
water company structures if they did
not have a direct retail function, leading to questions about what that would
mean for regulators such as Ofwat. ?It
will be a very specific challenge to regulators to stop thinking in our silos about
[utility] bill payers . . . and start thinking
about ?home services? customers,? she
said. ?Or better still, as human beings
with busy lives and competing demands on their money and time.?
?This will be very
significant for the
future of this company
and will enable us to
increase our dividend
policy,? Mr Gounon
said.
The new Getlink
name also will be used
to promote a
?100 million
investment in
telecommunications
connections in the
tunnels.
Mr Gounon said
that the spectre of
Brexit-related customs
deadlock at ports on
both sides of the
Channel had hastened
the group?s plans to
introduce new IT to
help exporters and
freight companies
using the tunnel to
clear any future
border controls via
the internet
beforehand.
?The question is not
what Brexit means for
us, because at the
moment we cannot see
the future,? he said.
?The question is how
we deal with the new
rules. My issue is to
comply with the new
rules and overcome
disruption and the new
constraints.?
Britain faces block on bids for
contracts, trade expert warns
Marcus Leroux Trade Correspondent
World Trade Organisation members
may block British companies? ability to
bid for overseas government contracts
worth $1.7 trillion as leverage in highstakes agriculture negotiations.
Liam Fox, the trade secretary, met
members of the organisation last week
to discuss plans by Britain and European Union to divide between them the
agricultural quotas that set limits on
the amount of produce that can be
exported before prohibitive tariffs kick
in.
Other countries, including the
United States and New Zealand, are
furious at not being consulted over the
plans, which they say will reduce the
value of their exporters? access to European and British markets.
Sources in Geneva said that the talks
were beginning to contaminate other
negotiations at the organisation, including the permissible level of farming
subsidies that Britain can apply after
Brexit and its accession to the Government Procurement Agreement. Britain
is a member of the GPA through the EU
but has no independent membership.
The subject was on the agenda of Dr
Fox?s meetings last week.
The UK requires the unanimous
approval of the 19 GPA members if
British businesses are to avoid being
frozen out of public procurement after
Brexit. Peter Ungphakorn, a former
information officer at the World Trade
Organisation, said: ?If the UK alienates
other members, they may be tougher
on future free-trade agreements and
prioritise negotiations elsewhere.?
The Department for International
Trade said: ?The GPA provides access
to public procurement opportunities
across 47 countries worth �3 trillion a
year, both for UK exporters and for foreign companies selling into the UK, and
so it is in everyone?s interest that the
UK?s participation continues.?
ho says energy
price caps don?t
work? No sooner
does the
government publish
some draft legislation than look
what happens. Up pops Centrica
boss Iain Conn, gagging to scrap his
rip-off standard variable tariffs ?
and just days before the budget, too.
And nothing to do, of course, with
any new law from Theresa May?s
strong and stable administration:
one triggered by all those Big Six
price rises, not least September?s
12.5 per cent hike from the Centricaowned British Gas. No, as Mr Conn
said: ?We have long advocated that
the end of the standard variable
tariff [SVT] is the best way to
encourage customers to shop
around for the best energy deal.?
Which must be why British Gas
has been flogging such tariffs since
its 1986 privatisation. In fact, SVTs
are its bestselling product: the
choice, if that?s the right word, of
4.6 million of its 8.4 million
customers (report, page 47).
So the timing of Centrica?s
announcement does look a little
suspicious, even if, in fairness to Mr
Conn, this isn?t the first time he?s
suggested abolishing SVTs. The
man running Centrica since January
2015 proposed the move two years
ago when the Competition and
Markets Authority was rooting
around the energy market. Not that
anything happened. Instead, the
CMA concluded that the problem
wasn?t the tariffs but lazy Brits:
people like business secretary Greg
Clark, too idle to switch and save
themselves an average �0 on the
gas and ?leccy bills.
So now Mr Conn is ?unilaterally?
forcing the issue from next March at
the latest, withdrawing SVTs for
new customers: a move that should
see the gradual disappearance of
?evergreen? tariffs, the sort that roll
on indefinitely. Mr Conn wants a
market more like car insurance or
short fixed-term mortgages, where
the looming end of a contract
prompts customers to shop around.
Anyway, that was just one of Mr
Conn?s 14 ideas yesterday: half for
Centrica, the rest a wishlist for the
government and regulator Ofgem.
The other eye-catcher was
removing David Cameron?s ?green
crap? from energy bills ? the
renewable energy bungs that make
up about �0 of an average �100
a year bill. Mr Conn is right, too. It
does amount to a regressive tax that
disproportionately hits the poor.
And it would be more fairly funded
via income tax ? just the sort of
thing Philip Hammond wants to
hear on the eve of his budget.
Still, much of Mr Conn?s 14-point
plan made sense, even if the shares
fell 1 per cent to 161絧. Ofgem
hailed Centrica?s SVT phase-out as a
?step in the right direction? as long
as customers are shifted to a ?better
deal?. And even the government
found it an ?encouraging first step?.
Mr Conn is also right that his plan
beats price caps, which see prices
?cluster around the cap?, so cutting
consumer choice ? as maximum
university tuition fees show.
Even so, he has left it a bit late.
Pity he didn?t pop up before Mrs
May?s electrifying ?Tariff Cap? bill.
Accrol?s pulp fiction
N
ot for nothing is Accrol a
famous bog roll maker. It?s
even come up with a product
should you ever run out: May 2016?s
Aim float prospectus.
The 116-pager, brought to you by
nominated adviser and broker Zeus
Capital, looks just the thing for the
khazi ? given the goings-on over
the past six weeks. When it floated
at 100p, Accrol was valued at
� million, with the founding
Hussain family, Northedge Capital
and a few execs flogging � million
of shares. And, true, it started
trading well, with the shares ticking
up to 132p (report, page 46).
But nothing in the risk factors
could have prepared investors for
what?s just happened: shares
suspended for six weeks and now a
rescue � million fundraiser
(including �0,000 fees) at 50p, renegotiated HSBC banking
covenants and the shares coming
back 66 per cent lower at 44絧.
Nowhere in the prospectus was a
looming Health and Safety
Executive fine that could cost
Accrol as much as �9 million and
which has had such a ?material?
impact on cashflow. And now we
learn of another 11 incidents, even if
the board reckons it?s ?unlikely?
there?ll be further prosecutions.
Neither was anyone warned how
quickly rising pulp prices could flush
the profits away. Before the float,
adjusted ebitda was �.3 million in
ten months. Now the best Accrol
can offer is a forecast �13 million
for the year to April 2019. For all
this Zeus earned �2 million at the
float, plus a decent chunk of the
latest fees. It?s got its work cut out
proving the Accrol prospectus was
anything more than pulp fiction.
A Mitie clear failing
P
eople who don?t work for the
Financial Reporting Council
are universally thick. So no
surprise that so many failed to
understand yesterday?s crystal-clear
press release on Mitie from the
outfit with the mission to ?promote
transparency?.
In fact, even Mitie had to issue a
?clarification? statement ? much to
the Financial Reporting Council?s
annoyance. Mitie was concerned
that the council had ?failed to
state . . . expressly? that the company
was not the subject of the regulator?s
latest investigation. No, this one?s
into the ?preparation and approval?
of the 2016 accounts by ex-boss
Ruby McGregor-Smith and former
finance chief Suzanne Baxter. Not
that the council put it like that.
Tunnel vision
E
ven after 30 years, no one has
the faintest idea what
Eurotunnel does. So, with
Getlost already taken, no wonder it?s
changing the group name to Getlink
to reflect ?the challenges of new
forms of mobility?. Should have
done it years ago.
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Business
ALAMY
Yo! Sushi has outlets
across the UK, including
this one at Heathrow
Yo! adds
Canadian
chain to
sushi menu
N
orth America
has not always
proved the
easiest of
hunting grounds for
British restaurant
chains, as the likes of
Belgo and Pizza Express
can testify, but the
appetite for breaking
into one of the world?s
biggest markets remains
(Dominic Walsh writes).
Yo! Sushi announced the
C$100 million
acquisition of the
Toronto-based Bento
Sushi chain yesterday.
The conveyor-belt
sushi chain, with
backing from Mayfair
Equity Partners, its
private equity owner, is
acquiring a business that
runs more than 600
outlets across Canada
and America, mainly
quick service
restaurants and kiosks
in supermarkets and
food-service locations. It
also supplies sushi to
1,700 grocery and
contract catering sites.
As part of the deal,
Ken Valvur, the Bento
founder and chairman,
and Glenn Brown, its
chief executive, will join
the Yo! board and
become ?significant
shareholders?. The
combined business will
have a turnover of about
�5 million based on
figures for the past 12
months.
A source close to the
deal said it was too early
to say whether the
Bento brand would be
brought to the UK, but
added: ?There are
numerous potential
synergies to having a
multi-format, multi-
brand strategy in the
Japanese casual dining
sub-sector.?
Yo! made a stuttering
start to its transatlantic
expansion, after
apparently falling out
with its first franchisee
and closing its restaurant
in Washington. It quickly
signed up a new partner
and now has four of its
conveyor-belt
restaurants in the United
States. It also has 77
across the UK and 17
other overseas outlets
The Bento deal marks
the latest step in the
turnaround of Yo! since
it was sold by Quilvest
Private Equity to
Mayfair Equity Partners
two years ago for a
knockdown � million.
Since then, Robin
Rowland, who retook
the reins as chief
executive after a brief
period as chairman, has
reinvigorated the
business.
Sweetened deal is not enough
for Spire to swallow takeover
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Alex Ralph
The biggest shareholder in Spire
Healthcare has walked away from
takeover talks after its sweetened
offer was rejected.
Mediclinic, the South African
private hospital group that already
owns almost 30 per cent of Spire, had
until 5pm yesterday to make a firm
offer. However, it said that the two
sides had failed to reach an agreement.
Spire?s board said that the revised
proposal of 165p in cash and 0.271 new
Mediclinic shares per Spire share
undervalued the British chain and
its prospects. Mediclinic shares fell
by 3 per cent to 538絧 and those of
Spire dropped by 8.4 per cent to 247p.
The latest proposed offer valued
Spire at 315.5p a share on Friday, up
from an initial 298.6p-a-share proposal that some analysts and investors had called opportunistic.
The approach came after a difficult
time for Spire, which has thirty-nine
private hospitals, ten clinics and two
specialist cancer care centres. It
suffered a sharp decline in its share
price in September amid signs of a
slowdown in revenue since July,
driven by fewer referrals from GPs.
First-half profits dropped by 75 per
cent, weakened by a �.6 million
compensation
settlement
over
botched surgery by a disgraced surgeon.
The fresh approach came after a
period of boardroom upheaval at
Spire. Justin Ash, former boss of the
dental company Oasis, formally
joined Spire as chief executive a week
6 Shire has appointed Thomas
Dittrich as its new chief financial
officer (Alex Ralph writes). The
finance boss at Sulzer, the Swiss
industrial group, will succeed Jeff
Poulton, who is joining Indigo, a
Boston-based start-up.
after the first approach emerged and
has begun a review of its portfolio.
Spire, which reiterated yesterday
that it was on course to hit its full-year
profit guidance, said that it was planning a capital markets day in the first
quarter of next year to outline its
strategy to the City.
?The company has invested
significantly in the business in recent
years, including the acquisition of
St Anthony?s [in Surrey] and the
opening of two new hospitals in
Manchester and Nottingham in 2017,
and expects to benefit from the
returns on these investments over
the coming years,? Spire said in a
statement.
Signs that the two sides were
struggling to agree a price emerged
near the end of last week after
Mediclinic said that it considered it
?appropriate to take into account the
movement in its share price since
October 17, 2017, when considering its
position?.
Mediclinic, whose shares have
fallen by 16.5 per cent since its bid was
revealed and by almost 30 per cent so
far this year, also has had a turbulent
period. In 2016 it expanded in the
United Arab Emirates by acquiring
Al Noor Hospitals Group, but it has
faced problems integrating the business. Last week Danie Meintjes, chief
executive, insisted that the company
was capable of another sizeable deal.
Mediclinic said it was disappointed
that it could not reach an agreement
with Spire?s independent directors,
but added: ?Mediclinic has every
intention of remaining a supportive
shareholder of Spire.?
Time Warner takeover runs into a wall
James Dean US Business Editor
AT&T?s hopes to create a $280 billion
media empire by buying Time
Warner were dealt a severe blow last
night when the Department of Justice moved to block the merger.
Announcing a decision that will be
seen by many as politically motivated, Makan Delrahim, the department?s new competition chief, said
that he would challenge the $85.4 billion bid in court because a merger
would ?greatly harm American
consumers?.
It is Mr Delrahim?s first big decision
since President Trump appointed
him to the post this year. The president is a fierce critic of CNN, the news
network owned by Time Warner, and
stated his opposition to the merger
shortly after it had been announced
in October last year.
A merged AT&T and Time Warner
would create a media titan spanning
television, film, broadband, mobile
and fixed telecoms. AT&T?s core
business is content distribution,
whereas Time Warner?s is content
creation. As such, analysts were confident that justice officials would see
the deal as a ?vertical? merger that
would not remove a competing company from the market.
AT&T called the lawsuit an ?inexplicable departure from decades of
[competition law] precedent?. It was
?confident that the court will . . .
permit this merger?.
Mr Delrahim said that the deal
would mean ?higher monthly television bills and fewer of the new,
emerging innovative options that
consumers are beginning to enjoy?.
Shares in AT&T rose 0.3 per cent to
$34.70 in after-hours trading on Wall
Street last night, while Time Warner
fell 0.4 per cent to $87.40.
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Comment Business
Patrick Hosking
Philip Aldrick
Piggybacking on proven
winners is not the same
as backing the right horse
Glint of gold is merely another sign
that cash is reaching its sell-by date
Glint offers a
digitised return
to the gold
standard
T
here are two ways to cure
Britain of its debilitating
productivity illness. The
first is to turbo-charge
industries where
productivity is already strong, such
as technology and finance. The
second is to raise the performance
of laggards, like retail and
hospitality. Either way, the effect is
to increase average productivity. A
third way, of course, is to do both
simultaneously, but Britain needs to
walk before it can run.
As everyone knows, Britain takes
a day longer than leading G7
economies to deliver the same
outcome. In the nine years since the
financial crisis, productivity has
barely improved and is now a fifth
lower than it would have been on
past trends. Productivity has stalled
everywhere, but, in an unfortunate
R&D spending as a percentage of GDP
Government financed
Non-government financed
3.5%
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made using cash now account for
fewer than half of all transactions by
number in the UK and only 23 per
cent by value ? and the proportion is
dropping fast. Swiping a contactless
card or smartphone at a reader saves
time, shortens queues and allows
people to keep perfect track of their
spending.
This is a technology in the sweet
spot of exponential growth. The
young are on board. The time-poor
love it. More cautious shoppers are
gaining confidence as they discover
that their worst fears about fraud are
unfounded. Retailers and other
merchants are discovering how
contactless can produce significant
savings at the checkout, whether it?s
manned or unmanned.
Ross Clark, author of the polemical
The War Against Cash, makes the
opposite case, arguing that one day
we will regret surrendering the right
to pay by cash. Loss of privacy and
choice, the risk of fraud or a disuptive
IT blow-up and the danger of
allowing ourselves to be intruded on
and manipulated are all advanced as
arguments. I suspect that for most
people the sheer convenience will win
out and cash use will continue to
dwindle fast. No one is proposing to
scrap it altogether. Like cheques,
reprieved in 2011 after a plan to
abolish them in 2018 was greeted with
public fury, cash will live on for as
long as people want to use it.
However, it will become a minority
sport, and one with a stigma. Why
would anyone have large chunks of
the folding stuff, or demand to be paid
in cash, unless they were dodging tax
or laundering ill-gotten revenues or
trying to remain anonymous in some
way? As businesses take in less and
less of the stuff, they will have to
make difficult decisions about how
they treat cash customers, whose coin
habit becomes ever more costly to
indulge as their numbers fall. A few
trendy caf閟 catering to millennials
already refuse to accept cash.
Paying with digitised gold may not
catch on, but other payment methods
will. It won?t be too long before
retailers demand a
surcharge from
customers proffering
those quaint artefacts,
notes and coins.
Source: OECD
??
Glint, a Londonbased financial
technology
company, yesterday
launched a new type
of Mastercard that allows customers
to buy, store, send and pay for goods
and services using gold by weight.
More than a century after the British
stopped using the precious metal as a
medium of exchange, Glint envisages
a sort of digitised return to the gold
standard.
According to Jason Cozens, its chief
executive, Glint is reintroducing ?gold
as money?. The actual physical gold is
stored in a Swiss vault. Cardholders
buy electronic rights to it, which they
can spend, by the gram or milligram,
by sending it to other Glint users via a
mobile phone app.
Gold, which for millennia has been
seen as a safe store of value, could
start to reclaim its additional
role as a medium of
exchange, and without the
drawbacks of the past. In
digitised form, there?s no
risk of hijack by passing
highwaymen and no
need to bite notches
out of a sovereign
for smaller
transactions.
This is not as
nuts as it all
sounds.
Speculators are
piling into
crypto-
currencies such as Bitcoin, which is
underpinned by nothing more than
an algorithm that restricts supply. The
currency stored on a Glint card is at
least backed by a rare metal that has
reassured investors for centuries.
Sound money is a powerful selling
point. There is no shortage of people
suspicious of governments that
routinely debase their currencies. The
Bank of England?s 2 per cent inflation
target may be perfectly sensible for
other reasons, but it institutionalises a
halving of the purchasing power of
the pound every 30 years.
Even so, it?s hard to see digital
gold?s appeal as a means of exchange
going much wider than a few gold
bugs, along with ethnic minorities
such as Indians and Chinese who love
to give gold as presents.
It would take a mighty inflationary
shock for shops to start pricing in
terms of the precious metal. The gold
price, like the Bitcoin price, is far too
volatile to suit most consumers or
businesses.
Sterling and other conventional
currencies aren?t about to be
supplanted any time soon. Moreover,
any serious threat to them would be
resisted by governments, which, in
order to borrow and collect taxes and
to set monetary policy, like to have
control of their currencies.
They can have good reason to. An
earlier attempt at launching gold as a
currency, E-Gold, was shut down by
the US Department of Justice in 2008
with its owners pleading guilty to
running an illegal money
transmission business and
moneylaundering
offences.
Mr
C
Cozens
emphasises that
Glint is
regulated by the
Financial Conduct
Authority.
Glint?s idea, along
with scores of recent
innovations from fintech
companies, do start to
make you wonder how
much cash we will use in
f
future.
Boku, which allows
people to buy goods and have
the cost added to their mobile
phone bills, floated in London
yesterday and went to a 27 per
cent premium. Payments
Ge
Customer enters bakery: A loaf of
bread, please.
Shopkeeper: There you go, sir, that?ll be
37 milligrams.
Customer: I?m sorry?
Shopkeeper: 37 milligrams. Of gold.
That?s �15 in old money. But we prefer
to price and take payment in gold
nowadays, if you don?t mind. Electronic
gold, obvs. As available on all good
debit cards.
Customer (huffily fishes out fistful of
notes and coins): Well, I think I?ll settle
in good old-fashioned pounds and
pence, thank you very much.
Shopkeeper (sucks teeth doubtfully): Oh
dear, sterling, eh? I?m afraid there?s a
surcharge for cash payments, sir.
0.5
example of exceptionalism, in the
UK it has slowed more.
For some, and I?m thinking of
Philip Hammond, this weakness is a
national advantage. Britain?s
productivity shortfall means that
there is ?remarkable potential for us
as a nation?, he said last year. If the
regions halve their productivity gap
with London, this would add
�0 billion to GDP ? equivalent to
�600 of increased national wealth
for every man, woman and child. So
much for the Eeyore chancellor.
There?s the small problem of
getting there. To address that, the
government has the industrial
strategy. Its white paper, published
next Monday, could have a more
lasting impact on the nation?s
prosperity than this week?s budget,
hamstrung as the chancellor is by
the effect of weak productivity on
the public finances. Because the
other thing we all now know about
productivity is that it is the only
sustainable way of delivering better
living standards by ensuring aboveinflation pay rises. In The Times
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yesterday, Theresa May hinted that
the government would focus on
high-productivity companies rather
than the laggards. The industrial
strategy would ?help young people
to develop the skills to do the highpaid, high-skilled jobs of the future
. . . and [identify] the industries that
are of strategic value?. Self-driving
cars, artificial intelligence, life
sciences, aerospace and
pharmaceuticals will be at the
forefront of this strategy.
The prime minister?s unambitious
goal is to raise investment in
research and development to that of
leading economies in a decade,
promising �3 billion extra for
2021-22 and to boost public and
private R&D spending by � billion
by 2027. The key phrase there is
?private spending?.
Britain should celebrate the smart
tech being developed in the country.
In areas such as AI, life sciences and
fintech, the UK is at the cutting
edge. But how much state help do
they need? The companies aren?t
struggling for backers. By throwing
a bit extra at the sector, the
government is piggybacking on its
success to bask in the reflected glory
rather than dealing with the UK?s
deep-seated problems.
Besides, as the chancellor noted,
productivity gains are to be made by
fixing underperformance, not
doubling down on outperformance.
Productivity is ?output per hour?
worked, so the opportunity is in
industries where there are a lot of
people working a lot of hours, such
as retail and hospitality. Not in tech.
Lifting productivity requires
better management practices ? a
goal that is being pursued by the
private sector through ?Be The
Business?, an initiative led by Sir
Charlie Mayfield, the John Lewis
chairman.
The government?s productivity
efforts are derisory. The �7 billion
investment for transport links
between city centres and suburbs in
places such as Manchester is a tenth
of that for London?s Crossrail
scheme. Let?s hope there is more to
the strategy than outsourcing the
hard grind to the private sector.
Backing success is like gambling on
the favourite: the rewards are thin.
Philip Aldrick is Economics Editor of
The Times
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Business
Toilet roll maker?s
shares tank after
trading resumes
Harry Wilson
More than a month after its shares were
suspended, a Blackburn-based toilet
paper maker returned to the market
yesterday and embarked on an attempt
to raise � million in fresh funding.
Shares in Accrol dropped by more
than 60 per cent after trading resumed.
The stock had been suspended on
October 5 after the company warned of
a series of challenges, including a
?material? fine from the Health and
Safety Executive related to an accident.
The Aim-listed company, which has
persuaded HSBC not to withdraw
financial support, said that it hoped to
raise a gross � million before fees
Shares in Accrol dropped by more
than 60 per cent as trade restarted
were taken into account from selling
new shares.
Northedge Capital, its largest
individual shareholder and its former
private equity backer, said that it would
subscribe to 5.5 million shares at 50p
per share. However, the Hussain family,
which founded Accrol and retains
shareholdings in the company, has
declined to back the fundraising and is
putting no new money into the business. Accrol?s directors are set to invest
�0,000.
Some of Britain?s biggest fund
managers own shares in Accrol, including Schroders. A spokeswoman for the
company could not confirm whether all
the institutional investors were backing
the fundraising.
Accrol had claimed previously that
its problems were prompted by the
prospect of a large fine from the Health
and Safety Executive over an accident
that ended with one of its workers
losing part of a finger when it became
caught in machinery.
In its update yesterday, Accrol said
that the fine could set it back between
�0,000 and �9 million, although it
would get a one third discount because
of an early guilty plea. The company
said that the executive wanted to
impose a minimum penalty, before discount, of �1 million. ?Any such fine is
likely to have a material impact on the
company?s cash position,? Accrol said.
The company is facing a civil claim from
its injured employee and could give no
assurances that it would not face further
investigations and prosecutions.
HSBC has agreed to keep in place a
� million revolving credit facility,
under which � million has already
been drawn, as well as a � million
invoice discounting facility. However,
the loan covenants have been revised
and new earnings before interest, tax,
depreciation and amortisation levels
set.
In addition to the Health and Safety
Executive fine, which will be set in
January, Accrol warned about the outlook for its business. It said that it would
not make a profit for the year to the end
of next April.
Accrol shares closed down 87絧 at
44絧 yesterday, down 66 per cent since
they were last traded in early October.
CITY
PEOPLE
The feuds, the faces and the farcical
Dominic Walsh @walshdominic
Business big shot
name andy
clarke
age 53
position
chairman,
immodulon
therapeutics
H
e was pushed out of the
chief executive?s seat at
Asda last year as the
grocer?s sales fell, but now
Andy Clarke is looking forward
to an ?exciting shift in focus?
(Deirdre Hipwell writes).
He has been appointed nonexecutive chairman of
Immodulon Therapeutics, a biopharmaceuticals company that is
pioneering immunotherapy
treatments, in particular for
cancer.
Mr Clarke will be joined at
quoting the example of
premium beer falls flat
Jan du Plessis, the boardroom
veteran who had the misfortune to
be chairman of Lloyds? audit
committee during the financial
crisis, was educating the High
Court on the reality of takeover
battles yesterday. It ?almost never
happens? that one company buys
another without paying a big
premium, he said, in an attempt to
put the premium the British bank
paid for HBOS in context. He cited
the example of SAB Miller, the
brewing group he chaired, for
which AB Inbev paid a 50 per cent
mark-up. But, inquired barrister
Richard Hill, was not SAB on the
verge of nationalisation? ?No, it
was an excellent company held in
high regard,? the indignant South
African shot back.
scrum down
Pat Sanderson, the
former Worcester
and England rugby
captain, is making
a decent fist of his
second career.
Sanderson, who
won 16 England
caps before retiring
six years ago, is
joining RBC Investor &
Immodulon, which was founded
in 2007, by Jerome Zeldis and
Graham Burton, who are moving
over from Celgene as executive
chairman and chief operating
officer, respectively.
Mr Clarke said that he would
help to spearhead the
development of a ?growing
company looking to
commercialise truly innovative
products in immunotherapy and
tackle some of the world?s
deadliest illnesses?.
Hugo Mackenzie-Smith, a
director at Immodulon, said that
Mr Clarke?s ?business acumen
and retail sector experience will
afford . . . invaluable insight and a
fresh perspective?.
Mr Clarke was recently made
non-executive chairman of Spoon
Guru, a start-up that helps
consumers to find foods that
match their dietary needs.
Treasury Services as head of global
client coverage for the UK, moving
on from JP Morgan. The City can
be a cut-throat world, but the
former flanker is a veteran of the
school of hard knocks: he has
suffered damaged knees, a
fractured shoulder and a prolapsed
disc in his time.
holding out for a hero
It?s amazing how budget lobbying
continues right up to the day
before the chancellor gets to his
feet. Do decisions on things like
beer duty really get made at the
last minute? The 50 Tory MPs who
signed an open letter to Philip
Hammond yesterday calling for a
duty cut clearly think so. Perhaps
the promise that he ?would
instantaneously become a hero of
the pub trade? will sway him.
all smiles in the city
Is there no limit to the types of
business flogging wares on
the cheap on Black
Friday? Bishopsgate
Dental Care, in the
City, is offering
30 per cent off for
t
tooth
whitening and
a mouth-numbing
�0 off Invisalign clear
braces.
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Centrica boss gambles on averting price cap
Robin Pagnamenta
Deputy Business Editor
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Since taking over at the owner of
British Gas nearly three years ago, Iain
Conn has fiercely denied allegations
that the energy supply industry has
been profiteering. Yesterday the Centrica boss made his boldest bid yet to
quieten a furore that shows no sign of
abating.
By pledging to scrap the standard
variable tariffs blamed for so many of
the industry?s troubles, he has gone
further than before. But will it be
enough to placate Theresa May and
avert government threats to impose
price caps on the industry?
The abolition of standard variable
tariffs, used by 60 per cent of Centrica?s
8.3 million customers, was the most
eye-catching of more than a dozen
voluntary measures proposed by the
company to improve the domestic
energy market. Mr Conn insisted that
the proposals, some of which he said
would be implemented at the end of
March, were unrelated to the threat of
price controls, but it was difficult not to
see them in that context.
After all, they came only two days
before the budget and a month after the
prime minister had pledged to fix
Britain?s ?broken energy market? with
price caps lasting until 2023. The draft
energy bill, published last month but
not expected to come into force until
2019, has crushed Centrica?s share price
amid fears that it could prune the
operating profits of the big energy
companies by at least a combined
�billion.
Centrica?s proposals are a significant
gesture. Much, though, will hinge on
the detail and whether the government
accepts that Centrica?s suggested
measures to remove standard variable
tariffs will have the desired effect of
forcing enough customers to seek out
discounted deals.
Under particular scrutiny will be
Centrica?s admission that it will have to
replace standard variable tariffs with
something very similar: a 12-month
?emergency? default tariff for customers who still fail to switch. Yesterday
that admission triggered claims that
this would be little different.
Mr Conn himself acknowledged that
the new default product would have to
be carefully structured in order to be
?unattractive but not punitive? to ensure that an incentive exists for consumers to shop around.
Seven of the 14 measures are
unilateral and can be introduced by
Centrica on its own account. The others
are measures that would have to be
agreed and adopted by the entire
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Getting it
to homes
As one investigation at SSE closes, another one opens
Shareholders in SSE were
offered the briefest of
respites yesterday, after
Ofgem said that it had
closed one investigation
while opening another into
the energy supplier?s
treatment of customers
(Robin Pagnamenta writes).
The regulator said that it
would examine whether the
FTSE 100 company had
made misleading
statements about its
cheapest tariffs in annual
statements sent to
prepayment customers.
Under Ofgem rules,
energy companies must
give accurate information
about the tariffs that
customers are on, details of
their spending and tell them
how much they could save
by switching to another
tariff.
?This gives customers
the crucial information they
need to manage their
account and helps
prompt them to switch
supplier for a better deal.
Suppliers are also required
to take all reasonable steps
to provide information that
is complete, accurate and
not misleading,? Ofgem
said.
The investigation will
examine whether SSE failed
to provide all of this
information about the
cheapest tariffs that
customers could choose.
The regulator said that
opening the inquiry did not
imply that it had findings of
non-compliance.
The announcement came
as Ofgem said that it had
dropped an investigation,
launched in July 2016, into
SSE?s processes around
switching about 1,800
customers to prepayment
meters in 2014 and 2015.
Ofgem found that SSE had
not carried out the required
processes in switching the
customers. The
investigation was closed
after SSE said that it had
changed its training
procedures and offered
compensation to more than
300 customers. Ofgem said
that it had not taken formal
enforcement action.
SSE?s shares, which
recently announced merger
talks with Npower closed
15p lower at �.31.
industry, as well as by regulators and
ministers.
It?s not only his rivals who he will
need to persuade. Mr Conn will have his
work cut out selling the new strategy to
investors. Shares in Centrica drifted
slightly lower yesterday, having halved
since 2013 amid growing pessimism
that the industry can continue to
deliver reliable returns for shareholders.
At the back of his mind Mr Conn may
have another, graver concern. While
price caps would be unpalatable, an
even bigger fear for Centrica is the
threat of wholesale renationalisation as
proposed by John McDonnell, the
shadow chancellor. Companies such as
Centrica may yet need to make further
concessions if they are to convince
politicians and the public that the
market is working as it should.
Jurys reaches verdict on Swedish bid Glencore trio stand down
Dominic Walsh
A Swedish hotel investment firm has
been selected as the preferred bidder in
the auction of Jurys Inns after putting an
offer of about �0 million on the table.
According to EG magazine, the
Stockholm-listed Pandox fought off
competition from rival property
investment suitors including Queensgate Investments and London & Regional.
Jurys is being sold by Lone Star
Funds, an American private equity
firm, which in May appointed Credit
Suisse and Eastdil Secured to advise on
a �billion-plus sale of thirty-six Jurys
Inns and six Hilton-branded hotels.
However, the agreed deal includes only
one of the six Hiltons, the Hilton Garden Inn, at Heathrow.
Pandox owns 122 hotels, mainly in
Jurys Inns is set to switch to Swedish
ownership after Pandox made an offer
Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland,
Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany,
Switzerland, Austria and Canada.
It has long been keen to make a big
move in Britain, but so far has bought
only the Hilton London Heathrow
Airport.
It is said to have teamed up with
Leonardo Hotels, a Berlin-based operator of three and four-star hotels controlled by Fattal Hotels, of Israel. It runs
six hotels in Scotland plus the Leonardo
Hotel London Heathrow Airport.
Lone Star bought Jurys in 2015 for
�0 million and sold some hotels, rebranded others and completed a
�0 million investment programe.
Separately, it emerged yesterday that
Barcel� had launched a preliminary bid
for NH Hotel Group, valuing its Spanish rival at about ?2.2 billion. Barcel�
said it would control about 60 per cent
of the enlarged group of about 600 hotels and planned to maintain NH?s listing. NH?s biggest shareholder is HNA,
of China.
amid Congo copper inquiry
Marcus Leroux
One of the executives who became a
billionaire when Glencore floated on
the stock exchange in 2011 has stood
down from the board of a Congolese
subsidiary after it found ?material
weaknesses? in its financial reporting.
Glencore said that Telis Mistakidis,
its copper chief, as well as Liam
Gallagher and Tim Henderson would
step down from the board of Katanga
Mining, a Toronto-listed company that
is majority-owned by the commodities
group and through which it controls a
big copper operation in the Democratic
Republic of Congo.
Steven Kalmin, Glencore?s chief
financial officer, will join the board,
alongside Tony Moser, a lieutenant of
his, and Mike Ciricillo, who has led
Glencore?s copper operations in Peru.
Katanga is being investigated by the
Ontario Securities Commission for
possible ?risk disclosure? failures
relating to ?international bribery, government payment and anti-corruption
laws?, the company said yesterday.
Glencore said that the review did not
have a material impact on the group?s
consolidated income or cashflow and
that it would take steps to strengthen
accounting practices at Katanga. Katanga said in August that it would restate
some past financial statements to correct inaccuracies in copper production
records during 2014 and 2015.
Glencore shares rose 6絧 to 360p.
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Business
Lawyers try to keep things above
Martin Waller
Non-executive directors at the London
Stock Exchange have brought in a City
law firm to advise them on what to tell
shareholders about its boardroom upheaval, in a move that appears to lower
the chances of a public airing of dirty
laundry.
Reports at the weekend suggested
that the full details of disagreements
between Xavier Rolet, the exchange
group?s chief executive, and Donald
Brydon, its chairman, would have to
come out ahead of the shareholders?
meeting. The exchange will set out its
version of events in a circular convening an extraordinary shareholder
meeting, which must be called by the
end of next week, after a demand from
TCI Fund, an activist shareholder.
Five of the non-executives, including
Paul Heiden, senior independent
director, are drawing up the circular
and have brought in Schillings, the City
law firm, to assist.
It is understood that they want to
ensure that the document is legally
bomb-proof and does not prolong the
row. The detail that comes out could be
limited to a brief explanation of the
main facts.
TCI called the meeting, which needs
to take place before the new year, to
have Mr Brydon removed as chairman
and to secure Mr Rolet?s retention.
Such a move would require a majority
of investors? votes.
The fund has a stake of more than
5 per cent in the exchange and support
from another fund with less than 3 per
cent. No other shareholders have publicly indicated that they will support the
rebels.
Reports have focused on friction
between Mr Brydon and Mr Rolet,
whose departure after eight years was
announced last month and had been
portrayed as amicable.
Insiders have said that boardroom
disagreements over policy were no
more than could be expected at a
business that has changed greatly
under Mr Rolet?s leadership, with a
string of big deals to lessen its reliance
on trading in equities and a failed
attempt to merge with Deutsche B鰎selast year. Mr Rolet had planned to step
down once this merger was complete.
These deals were challenged by
others on the board, but sources suggested that Mr Rolet?s record, raising
the London Stock Exchange?s market
value from �0 million to more than
� billion, spoke for itself.
Mr Rolet, a former investment
banker, is known to be forthright and
convinced of his strategy. One person
who has worked with him said: ?He was
not looking for advice. He was looking
for people to execute on his view.?
The former colleague said that Mr
Rolet, on his arrival in 2009, had
already planned most of the deals that
he wanted to carry out. His strategy
included gaining a majority of
LCH.Clearnet, a failed attempt to buy
the Toronto stock exchange and gaining full control of the FTSE indices
business, but not the $2.7 billion purchase of Russell Investments in 2014,
which moved the exchange group further into the field of providing indices.
TCI has set out a series of questions,
including whether Mr Rolet had
stepped down by choice, whether he
had received any payment for loss of
office and whether Mr Rolet was bound
by a confidentiality agreement.
The exchange has refused to comment on details of the row.
Extra funding for banks
?clashes with rate rise?
Philip Aldrick Economics Editor
The Bank of England has been accused
of ?mishandling? part of its post-Brexit
stimulus package after extending a
cheap funding scheme for the banks by
an extra � billion, a move that
appeared to fly in the face of this
month?s interest rate rise.
In a letter to the chancellor, Mark
Carney, the Bank?s governor, asked for
an extension to the term funding
scheme because demand for cheap
money by banks and building societies
6 Workers are less likely demand
bigger pay rises owing to
uncertainty caused by Brexit, the
Bank of England?s new deputy
governor claimed. Dave Ramsden
said that he had voted against an
interest rate rise because Brexit
negotiations had made staff more
cautious about wage demands,
giving the economy more room to
grow without pushing up inflation.
had overshot forecasts. It is the second
time that the scheme has been
extended, taking it to �0 billion.
When it was launched in August last
year, the Bank said that it had been
carefully ?calibrated? and ?could reach
around �0 billion?.
Economists queried the move
because it clashed with the decision this
month to reverse last year?s rate cut to
0.25 per cent. At the time, the Bank said
that the scheme?s ?primary objective?
was to ?reinforce the transmission of
the reduction in bank rate to the real
economy?. Only � billion had been
drawn before the Bank raised rates on
November 2.
Simon Ward, chief economist at
Janus Henderson, said that the funding
scheme, which operates like quantitative easing, had been ?mishandled?.
He added: ?The normal sequence is to
stop QE, raise rates, then contract the
balance sheet. The Bank is still expanding the balance sheet after raising rates.
This doesn?t seem very sensible.?
When the Bank launched the funding scheme, it argued that a rate cut
with rates so close to zero would hit the
profit that banks make on customer
savings and would force them to raise
rates on loans, threatening to undermine policy. The scheme was designed
to counter that with subsidised taxpayer funding, which protected more
than �0 million of commercial bank
profits.
Banks took the cheap money, but few
have raised rates for savers since the
rate increase, angering consumer
groups.
Philip Shaw, UK economist at Investec, said: ?The purpose of the scheme
has morphed somewhat. It is now effectively giving the banking sector a relatively inexpensive way of funding.?
Mr Ward said that the Bank had left
itself few options: ?They should have
delivered the [term funding scheme] in
phases rather than a full 18 months and
not allowed themselves to get boxed in.
I can?t believe anyone in the Bank
thinks it?s a good idea to extend the
scheme after rate rises.?
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Business
board at stock exchange
Will the
non-execs
rock the
boat?
Mary Schapiro
Independent non-executive director.
Her appointment to the LSE board in
2015 was seen as a coup for the
exchange. As chairwoman of the
Securities and Exchange Commission,
appointed by President Obama, she
took a tough line with the banks,
blaming deregulation for the financial
crisis. Her career, spent mostly in the
United States, has included stints on
the boards of several US corporates,
including Kraft Foods.
Prospect for making waves: 6/10
Jacques Aigrain
Independent
non-executive director
and chairman of the
remuneration
committee. Mr Aigrain
was chairman of LCH.Clearnet, which
is majority-owned by the LSE, from
2010 to 2015. Before that, he was
chief executive of Swiss Re from 2006
to 2009. He is at present a partner at
Warburg Pincus, the private equity
firm.
Prospect of making waves 4/10
Stephen O?Connor
Chairman of the risk
committee. He worked
at Morgan Stanley in
London and New York
from 1988 to 2013, in
fixed-income management and overthe-counter client clearing. He was a
member of the stakeholder group for
the government?s review of the future
of computer trading in financial
markets. He is chairman of Quantile
Technologies.
Prospect for making waves: 5/10
Paul Heiden
Senior non-executive
director and chairman
of audit committee.
Mr Heiden was chief
executive of FKI, the
engineer, from 2003 to 2008. Before
that he was finance director at RollsRoyce for four years. He has just
presided over an orderly succession
for the chief executive at Meggitt, the
engineer, but has no obvious history
of bruising boardroom battles.
Prospect of making waves: 6/10
Lex Hoogduin
Non-executive
director. He is
chairman of
LCH.Clearnet and has
held economic
advisory positions, including adviser
to the first president of the European
Central Bank, Wim Duisenberg. From
2009 to 2011, he was a director of De
Nederlandsche Bank and is professor
of complexity in financial markets at
Groningen University.
Prospect for making waves: 4/10
Andrea Sironi
Independent nonexecutive director.
Chairman of the
Italian stock exchange
since last year, he is
also a professor of banking at Bocconi
University, Milan. He has held visiting
positions in the research and statistics
department of the Federal Reserve
board of governors in Washington
and the Stern School of Business of
New York University.
Prospect of making waves: 4/10
David Nish
Independent nonexecutive director.
Chief executive of
Standard Life from
2010 to 2015. He has
been a non-executive at a number of
other companies and now serves on
the boards of Vodafone, Zurich
Insurance and HSBC. Standard Life
has a relatively good record on
corporate governance and he was
known for speaking his mind there.
Prospect for making waves: 8/10
Nex looks
past reverse
at halfway
Martin Waller
A profit warning issued by Nex Group
six weeks ago was followed yesterday
by disappointing halfway figures and a
promise that results would improve in
the second half.
Trading operating profit before oneoff items fell by �million to � million
in the six months to the end of September, reflecting a sharp reverse at Nex
Optimisation, a division providing
companies with a variety of post-trade
services, including analytics and help
with regulatory reporting.
Shares in Nex, the bonds trader and
services provider to financial institutions formerly known as Icap, fell by 5p
to 592p. They have slid from nearly �in
August.
Statutory profits before tax fell from
� million to � million. The halfway
dividend is down from 11.5p last time to
3.5p, but the reduction was expected
and reflects the fact that Nex is now a
much smaller business, having sold its
voice-broking operations to Tullett
Prebon, now renamed TP Icap, at the
end of last year.
Michael Spencer, chief executive,
said that the second-half performance
at Optimisation would be ?a jolly sight
better?. In the company?s Markets
division, which allows institutions to
deal in bonds and other financial
instruments, operating profits for the
six-month period rose by 12 per cent to
� million.
Mr Spencer said that Nex had
identified � million of annualised
cost savings to be achieved over the next
three years, up by � million on the
� million target announced in May.
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74.35
Health Acc ?@
1800.00
Jap Smlr Co Ac @
62.56
Managed Inc ?@
145.30
Monthly Inc Inc ?@
266.60
UK Growth Inc ?@
208.60
UK Select Opps Inc ?@ 1892.00
UK Sml Cos Inc ?@
283.90
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211.80
78.24
?
66.09
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-2.70
+0.10
-0.39
+19.00
-0.19
+0.10
+0.50
+0.80
+5.00
-0.60
4.43
1.08
1.09
?
0.30
4.94
4.29
1.48
0.21
0.04
AXA FUND MANAGERS LTD
Admin & Enq 0117 989 0808
AXA Trusts
Gen Acc ?@
Gen Inc ?@
2101.00
1079.00
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?
+6.00
-2.00
2.64
2.70
UK/Global Investment Companies
Euro Acc A ?@
Extra Inc Inc B ?@
Global Gwth Acc R ?@
Japan Acc A ?@
Pac Gwth Acc A ?@
255.20
90.38
213.60
166.40
475.40
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150.80
566.80
571.80
229.00
1.61
1.92
0.94
1.21
1.83
153.10
?
580.50
232.50
+1.00
+2.60
+2.50
+0.20
0.31
1.18
1.49
4.42
CLOSE FUND MANAGEMENT LTD
0870 606 6402
Beacon Inv ?
84.88
?
+0.35
0.01
Dealing: 020 7426 6232
Winchester ?
2736.66
?
-49.97
1.36
EDENTREE INV MGMT LTD
0800 358 3010
Amity European A ?
Amity International A ?
Amity Sterling Bond A ?
Amity UK A Inc ?
Higher Income A ?
UK Equity Growth A ?
275.40
275.20
108.20
239.40
138.10
284.60
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-1.10
-1.40
+0.10
+0.30
-0.40
+0.60
1.44
1.18
4.60
1.33
4.21
1.22
Corporate Bond ?@
Ethical ?@
European ?@
Far Eastern ?
Fund of Inv Tst ?@
Intl Gwth ?
Japanese ?
North Amer ?
Smaller Cos ?@
Special Sits ?@
UK Equity Inc ?@
UK FTSE 100 IT ?@
UK FTSE All-S IT ?@
UK Growth ?@
Yld
%
2251.00
27.97
3864.00
1893.00
149.50
373.10
50.50
327.60
78.13
37.06
105.38
3862.00
69.75
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327.60
?
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72.18
-11.00
+0.01
-19.00
?
+0.20
-0.40
-0.07
-0.10
+0.04
+0.03
-0.13
-1.00
+0.53
1.14
3.02
0.05
?
0.08
?
3.89
0.21
2.39
2.93
2.33
0.88
0.44
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15.21
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35.56
80.45
88.87
105.90
113.40
87.03
62.40
86.94
110.10
48.00
84.50
59.08
67.10
78.00
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+0.55
-0.01
+0.50
-0.60
+0.55
+0.35
+0.77
-0.20
+0.10
+0.28
+0.58
+0.24
+0.29
Amer Ind Acc ?@
Amer Ind Inc ?@
Euro Ind Acc ?@
Euro Ind Inc ?@
FTSE 100 Ind Acc ?@
FTSE 100 Ind Inc ?@
FTSE 250 Ind Acc ?@
FTSE 250 Ind Inc ?@
FTSE All-S Acc ?@
FTSE All-S Inc ?@
Jap Ind Acc ?@
Jap Ind Inc ?@
Pac Ind Acc ?@
Pac Ind Inc ?@
503.70
432.10
881.00
633.90
223.00
120.60
262.90
181.00
572.70
344.60
122.90
104.90
389.70
277.10
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+4.00
+3.40
+1.90
+1.40
+0.90
+0.50
+0.90
+0.70
+2.10
+1.30
+0.60
+0.60
+0.70
+0.50
Balanced Acc ?@
216.40
Balanced Inc ?@
144.90
Corp Bd Acc ?@
278.30
Corp Bd Inc ?@
123.60
Gilt & Fd Int Acc ?@
460.10
Gilt & Fd Int Inc ?@
72.36
Income Acc ?@
657.10
Income Inc ?@
333.60
Monthly Inc Acc ?@
299.50
Monthly Inc Inc ?@
149.60
UK Grth & Inc Ret B Acc ?@136.10
UK Grth & Inc Ret B Inc ?@73.34
UK Gth & Inc Acc ?@
136.10
UK Gth & Inc Inc ?@
73.34
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+0.80
+0.50
?
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+0.60
+0.10
+1.00
+0.60
+0.30
+0.20
+0.20
+0.12
+0.20
+0.12
Buy
+/-
Yld
%
Cautious Managed A Acc ?@422.58
Cautious Managed A Inc ?@278.80
Diversified Growth A Acc ?@132.56
Diversified Growth A Inc ?@145.00
Diversified Income A Acc ?@303.95
Diversified Income A Inc ?@80.07
Emerging Mkts Blended Debt A Acc ?@118.81
Emerging Mkts Blended Debt A Acc Gross ?@125.82
Emerging Mkts Blended Debt A Inc ?@93.53
Emerging Mkts Equity A Acc ?@153.11
Emrg Mkts Local Curr Debt A Acc ?@182.79
Emrg Mkts Local Curr Debt A Inc ?@99.10
Emrg Mkts Local Curr Debt Gross I Acc ?@220.49
Enhanced Natural Resources A Acc ?@117.67
Global Bond A Acc ?@
139.30
Global Bond A Inc ?@
109.33
Global Bond I Gross Inc ?@1167.00
Global Dynamic A Acc ?@ 151.36
Global Energy A Acc ?@ 190.63
Global Equity A Acc ?@ 156.07
Global Franchise A Acc ?@198.31
Global Free Enterprise A Acc ?@919.68
Global Gold A Acc ?@
124.88
Global Special Situations A Acc ?@268.58
Global Special Situations A Inc ?@212.07
Managed Growth A Acc ?@235.49
Monthly High Income A Acc ?@222.06
Monthly High Income A Inc ?@70.15
Multi-Asset Protector A Acc ?@174.70
Strategic Bond A Acc ?@ 244.54
Strategic Bond A Inc ?@ 119.47
Target Return A Acc ?@ 106.18
Target Return A Inc ?@ 93.61
UK Alpha A Acc ?@
2448.08
UK Blue Chip A Acc ?@ 770.11
UK Smaller Companies A Acc ?@4519.94
UK Smaller Companies A Inc ?@4097.87
UK Special Situations A Acc ?@1186.03
UK Special Situations A Inc ?@455.61
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+0.84
+0.55
+0.02
+0.02
-0.04
-0.01
-0.16
+0.20
-0.13
+0.27
-0.28
-0.15
-0.05
-0.23
+4.03
+3.00
+29.78
-0.95
+0.02
-1.12
+0.29
-5.17
+0.63
+0.28
+0.23
+0.45
+0.33
+0.11
+0.19
+0.19
+0.09
+0.09
+0.08
-3.46
+3.15
+17.17
+15.57
+3.88
+1.49
?
?
0.83
0.87
2.94
4.37
4.60
4.21
6.44
0.36
5.19
7.11
5.42
0.60
0.83
0.82
1.26
0.27
1.29
0.42
1.68
0.23
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0.08
5.21
6.54
0.15
1.94
3.31
0.67
0.67
1.56
1.67
0.93
0.94
1.47
1.50
For ISIS Asset Mgmt see F&C Fd Mgmt Ltd (OEICS)
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
%
209.50
264.80
92.88
55.97
199.00
196.10
155.60
401.90
46.44
165.60
89.81
1052.00
557.50
459.10
184.30
110.50
1017.00
591.60
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-1.10
-0.10
+0.07
+0.04
-2.20
?
+0.10
+0.60
+0.07
-0.20
-0.11
-1.00
-0.40
-0.50
-0.10
-0.10
-4.00
-0.40
1.81
0.62
1.90
1.92
?
1.33
1.34
3.45
3.49
3.24
3.31
4.19
4.33
0.60
3.41
3.49
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JUPITER UT MGRS LTD
020 7581 3020
Absolute Return @
54.40
Distribution and Growth @129.75
Emg Euro Opps @
210.93
Euro Special Sits @
423.55
European @
2137.97
Financial Opps @
597.60
Income Trust @
560.00
Merlin Bal (Acc) @
181.48
Merlin Gwth (Acc) @
402.11
Merlin Inc (Acc) @
294.67
Merlin Wwide (Inc) @
291.43
UK Growth @
318.62
UK Special Sits (Inc) @ 187.32
57.48
137.55
223.62
447.58
2251.75
631.14
591.47
191.66
423.86
311.96
306.73
337.89
198.38
-0.13
+0.51
+0.56
+0.92
+17.09
+5.74
+2.02
-0.32
-0.95
-0.28
-1.10
+0.60
+0.68
?
3.96
1.48
0.58
?
0.26
3.63
1.72
?
2.90
?
1.21
1.23
LEGAL & GENERAL (UT MGRS) LTD
Enquiries: 0870 050 0955 Dealing: 0870 050 0956
Equity Acc @
Equity Dist @
Euro Ind Acc @
Euro Ind Inc @
Fixed Int Acc @
2616.00
893.80
401.30
289.00
138.30
2639.00
902.00
401.30
289.00
139.00
-8.00
-2.70
+0.80
+0.50
?
2.12
2.15
1.80
1.83
2.71
1.32
1.34
2.65
2.69
2.25
2.27
3.88
4.00
3.69
3.64
3.52
3.62
3.52
3.62
Sell
American Index Retail Acc ?@503.70
American Index Retail Inc ?@432.10
Asian Gth Acc ?@
159.20
Asian Gth Inc ?@
142.00
Chinese Eq Acc ?@
590.00
Chinese Eq Inc ?@
501.00
Euro Gth Acc ?@
862.40
Euro Gth Inc ?@
739.20
-0.01
+1.60
+6.00
+0.06
+1.50
+1.60
+0.03
+0.12
?
?
+5.10
+3.10
-0.20
+13.00
?
?
+1.60
2.88
?
0.82
3.22
3.00
?
4.72
3.73
3.18
3.37
?
0.92
0.78
1.09
3.25
3.34
0.33
?
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+4.00
+3.40
+1.30
+1.20
+4.20
+3.50
+1.60
+1.30
1.42
1.44
0.40
0.49
0.20
0.21
1.38
1.42
322.55
262.17
393.13
99.69
403.88
475.71
331.53
83.98
275.04
49.06
130.89
71.96
95.54
498.71
756.24
628.94
340.42
276.69
414.92
?
426.26
502.07
349.90
88.64
290.28
51.78
138.15
76.96
100.84
526.34
798.14
663.79
-3.34
-0.93
-1.40
-0.89
-3.57
-4.21
-3.09
-0.29
-0.92
-0.03
-0.06
+0.17
-0.11
-2.81
+1.64
+1.36
?
1.52
1.49
4.77
2.18
2.24
0.12
4.43
4.32
0.94
0.66
1.30
0.58
1.34
0.15
0.21
INSIGHT INVESTMENT FDS MANAGEMENT LTD
Client Servs: 0800 124 314
Insight Investment Global Investment Funds
Mthly Inc Bd Inc ?@
Mthly Inc Bd N Inc ?@
48.44
91.99
?
?
+0.10
+0.19
Insigt Investment Portfolio Fund
Insight Investment Multi-Manager Funds (0800)
96.05
93.79
?
?
-0.32
-0.36
UK Str Inc N/Trl ?@
546.23
?
-0.63
3.07
?
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-0.36
+0.08
+0.02
-1.10
-0.63
+0.01
-0.03
-0.44
-0.35
+1.31
+0.04
1.91
3.17
3.33
3.57
3.43
0.03
4.58
1.75
1.88
0.26
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INVESCO PERPETUAL Funds
Childrens Acc ?@
457.07
Corp Bond Acc ?@
201.72
High Income Inc ?@
454.95
Income & Grth Inc ?@
434.82
Income Inc ?@
1742.65
Money Acc ?@
90.37
Monthly Inc Plus Inc ?@ 111.42
UK Aggressive Inc ?@
197.97
UK Growth Acc ?@
657.76
UK Sml Cos Eqty Acc ?@ 1212.07
UK Sml Cos Gwth ?@
82.54
American A Acc ?@
351.31
Asia ex Japan A Acc ?@ 667.14
Capital Accumulator A Acc ?@233.86
0.01
?
0.25
0.14
0.12
INVESCO FUND MGRS LTD
Dling: 0800 085 8571 Inv Serv: 0800 085 8677
Brkr Serv: 0800 028 2121
INVESCO Funds
Amer Spec Sits ?@
American ?@
Euro Opps ?@
-6.00
-21.00
-1.70
?
4.21
?
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-1.53
+4.08
+0.86
0.12
0.70
1.12
+/-
Yld
%
+0.43
?
-0.50
-1.20
-2.20
-1.30
-0.80
-1.40
+1.90
+1.20
3.06
2.97
3.26
3.35
3.44
3.39
0.61
0.17
MANEK INVESTMENT MGMT LTD
0844 800 9401
Growth Fd Acc @
43.15
45.52
MARKS & SPENCER UNIT TRUST LTD
0808 005 5555
High Income
High Income Acc
UK 100 Comp Acc
UK 100 Cos
UK Select Pflo
UK Selection Port Acc
Worldwide Mgd Acc ?
Wwide Mgd ?
115.20
259.60
371.00
217.70
354.20
634.50
813.10
508.30
115.20
259.60
371.00
217.70
354.20
634.50
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MORGAN STANLEY INVESTMENT MGMT LTD
Enquires: 0800 0961 962
The Morgan Stanley Funds (UK)
Class A Shares
Equity
Eur (Ex UK) Eq A Acc ?@1310.92
Glob Brands A Acc ?@ 8009.10
UK Eq A Acc ?@
1184.53
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+4.24
-9.15
-0.02
1.25
1.07
1.66
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+1.56
-3.80
?
1.95
?
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+0.50
+0.90
+0.80
+0.80
+1.70
+1.10
2.97
1.88
5.55
2.94
3.77
3.03
3.10
+4.65
+4.33
+3.60
+0.43
+7.11
+6.68
+14.70
+4.38
-7.28
+2.13
1.35
1.17
0.16
0.56
1.34
1.16
0.25
2.81
?
2.87
Fixed Income
Stg Corp Bd A Acc ?@
UK Ind Lnkd A Acc ?@
UK Long Bd A Acc ?@
Bal Pfolio Inc ?@
Bal Port Gwth Acc ?@
Equity Inc Inc ?@
N&P UK Gwth Inc ?@
Stkmkt 100 Tkr ?@
UK Growth Acc ?@
UK Growth Inc ?@
107.50
201.90
219.20
181.80
213.90
390.90
243.50
SCOTTISH MUTUAL INV MNGRS LTD
0141 248 6100
European Inc
Far Eastern Inc
Intl Growth Inc
Japanese Inc
Mutual European
Mutual Far Eastern
Mutual North Am
Mutual UK Eq
Nth American Inc
UK Equity Inc
1467.62
552.74
595.87
41.85
2243.43
852.47
1967.06
1329.04
1227.65
645.97
1548.94
583.37
628.89
41.85
2367.74
899.70
2076.05
1402.68
1295.67
681.76
201.40
184.60
140.10
224.70
219.00
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0.50
1.05
1.06
0.43
0.46
2454.00
?
-7.00
0.88
317.20
186.50
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-0.30
-0.10
2.97
3.04
+0.40
+0.10
-1.50
+0.20
+0.10
-0.30
-0.10
?
+0.90
+0.50
-0.30
-7.00
1.95
1.97
1.15
5.31
5.46
3.93
4.03
?
3.20
3.26
2.59
1.57
UK and Income Investment Funds
Corp Bond A Acc ?@
314.00
Corp Bond A Inc ?@
128.30
Envir Invtr A Acc ?@
284.40
Hi Inc Bond A Ac ?@
231.20
Hi Inc Bond A Inc ?@
89.00
Hi Res A Acc ?@
355.40
Hi Res A Inc ?@
136.10
Safety Plus A Acc ?@
40.49
Strat Inc A Acc ?@
202.70
Strat Inc A Inc ?@
102.30
UK Gwth A Acc ?@
184.80
UK Sel Gwth A Acc ?@ 1935.00
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OEIC B Class
Tracker and Specialist Investment Funds
All Stks Credit A Inc ?@ 133.90
Asian Div Inc U Trst Inc @108.85
Cautious Man Fd A Acc ?@262.50
Cautious Man Fd A Inc ?@152.20
China Opp Fund A Acc ?@1488.00
Emg Mkts Opps Fd A Acc ?@209.00
Erpn Grth Fund A Acc ?@ 240.60
Erpn Sel Opps Fd A Acc ?@1680.00
Fix Int Mnthly Inc Fd Inc @ 22.55
Global Equity Income A Inc ?@62.38
Global Growth Fund Acc @2976.26
Global Tech A Acc ?@ 1698.00
M-Man Abs Ret Fd A Acc ?@141.10
M-Man Active Fd A Acc ?@223.20
M-Man Inc Grth Fd A Acc ?@176.00
M-Man Inc Grth A Inc ?@ 155.80
Sterling Bond U Trst Acc @220.44
Sterling Bond U Trst Inc @ 65.50
Strategic Bond A Inc ?@ 126.40
UK Abs Ret Fd A Acc ?@ 157.90
UK Alpha Fund A Acc ?@ 148.20
UK Index Fund A Acc ?@ 615.00
UK Irsh Sm Co Fd A Acc ?@651.50
UK Property A Acc @
219.00
UK Property A Inc @
100.09
UK Tracker Fund A Acc ?@276.60
US Growth Fund A Acc ?@975.80
?
114.35
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23.53
?
3104.47
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229.95
68.32
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230.52
105.35
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+0.69
+0.20
+0.20
+12.00
+1.90
-0.80
+4.00
+0.06
+0.22
+31.93
+23.00
?
-0.30
-0.10
-0.10
+0.01
?
+0.10
+0.20
+0.20
+2.70
+1.70
+0.12
+0.05
+1.10
+9.50
2.37
6.56
3.04
3.10
?
0.57
0.82
0.55
5.01
3.23
?
?
0.43
0.38
2.04
2.07
2.23
2.26
4.11
?
1.82
1.66
?
2.84
2.89
1.58
?
JP MORGAN ASSET MGMT
OEIC
Asia A Acc ?@
218.30
Emerging Mkts ?@
234.00
Eur Dyn (ex-UK) A Acc ?@230.20
Euro Smllr Cos ?@
761.80
Europe A Acc ?@
1473.00
Gbl Hi Yld Bd A Acc ?@ 110.20
Gbl Hi Yld Bd A Inc ?@
37.33
Gl ex-UK Bd A Acc ?@ 263.10
Gl ex-UK Bd A Inc ?@
204.70
Glb Fins A Acc ?@
1063.00
Global A Acc ?@
1351.00
Japan A Acc ?@
449.20
Multi-Man Tst A Acc ?@ 990.90
Multi-Man Tst A Inc ?@ 911.40
Nat Resources ?@
595.50
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-0.10
+0.90
-0.90
-3.20
-5.00
?
-0.01
+0.20
+0.10
-5.00
-4.00
-1.30
-2.90
-2.70
?
0.23
0.16
0.70
0.04
1.04
5.89
6.11
0.44
0.44
1.04
?
?
0.67
0.67
?
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 @
72.08
235.20
65.23
41.32
106.00
127.60
61.41
158.30
180.90
249.90
285.00
162.30
452.40
305.90
72.48
235.20
65.35
41.37
106.50
128.50
61.41
158.30
180.90
252.90
285.00
162.30
452.40
305.90
?
+1.10
+0.30
+0.38
-1.00
+0.50
+0.34
+0.40
+0.70
-0.10
+1.00
+0.60
+1.90
+1.00
2.75
1.17
0.57
0.24
0.17
5.17
0.83
2.29
2.65
?
3.07
3.14
0.86
0.57
M & G SECURITIES
Enq: 0800 390 390 Dealing Line: 0800 328 3196
Authorised Inv Funds
Charifund Inc ?
1589.73
?
+0.24
4.47
+3.94
+3.69
0.19
1.74
+0.43
-0.06
+0.15
+0.46
+0.27
?
+13.52
4.34
1.24
4.96
?
3.40
1.64
2.03
?
+0.30
+0.22
-0.87
3.81
4.62
1.92
2.19
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 1
Euro Smlr Cos Acc ?@
Euro Smlr Cos Inc ?@
436.99
408.32
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 2
Extra Income Inc ?@
791.30
Gilt & Fxd Int Inc ?@
97.57
Gl Hi Yd Bd Inc ?@
51.18
Index Linked Bd Inc ?@ 140.27
Index Trckr Inc ?@
76.60
Short Dated Corp Bd Inc ?@26.00
UK Select A Inc ?@
2992.37
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 3
Corp Bd A Inc ?@
Dividend Inc ?@
Recovery A Inc ?@
Sml Cos Inc ?@
41.07
63.32
140.83
364.27
?
?
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 4
Episode Allocation A Inc ?@147.55
?
+0.17
2.15
UK Trkr B Acc ?@
UK Trkr B Inc ?@
343.40
185.60
?
?
-0.30
-0.20
3.44
3.52
+0.30
+0.10
-0.30
-7.00
2.13
2.16
2.44
1.78
-0.20
-7.00
2.94
1.99
UK and Income Investment Funds
Corp Bond B Acc ?@
323.10
Corp Bond B Inc ?@
128.20
UK Gwth B Acc ?@
197.90
UK Sel Gwth B Acc ?@ 2014.00
?
?
?
?
UK Gth C Inc ?@
140.80
UK Sel Gwth C Acc ?@ 2089.00
?
?
STANDARD LIFE INVESTMENTS
0845 279 3003
Investment Funds (OEIC) - Retail Shares
96.13
57.86
102.50
145.10
163.90
63.55
201.20
130.50
172.60
132.70
132.30
49.49
104.10
268.60
88.28
54.35
337.30
217.30
251.90
86.61
196.20
244.30
224.00
684.40
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
-0.02
-0.01
-0.10
-0.70
+0.10
+0.05
-0.90
?
?
-0.30
?
+0.01
-0.50
-0.50
+0.05
+0.03
-0.10
?
-0.30
-0.12
-0.30
-0.10
-0.10
-0.20
1.41
1.30
1.82
?
3.09
2.81
1.46
1.17
1.15
0.01
3.61
3.41
0.04
1.67
1.45
1.24
2.27
2.78
3.87
3.99
1.44
0.39
0.39
0.50
?
?
?
-0.32
-0.31
-0.06
1.68
1.70
2.04
SVS BROWN SHIPLEY FUNDS
Enquiries: 0141 222 1151
Balanced A Acc ?@
Balanced A Inc ?@
Cautious A Acc ?@
Yld
%
104.69
266.37
252.30
281.54
224.61
229.15
97.56
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
-0.07
-1.38
-1.30
-1.15
-0.39
-0.21
-0.09
2.06
1.03
1.04
1.09
2.81
2.68
2.72
UK Oseas Earns ?@
127.09
?
+0.30
1.92
113.00
151.60
79.40
?
?
?
+0.20
+0.40
+0.14
1.30
0.87
3.84
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
-0.04
+0.02
-0.01
-0.01
+0.14
+0.18
+0.06
+0.48
+0.06
+0.23
+0.71
+0.41
+3.84
1.05
3.54
3.04
2.68
3.93
3.41
4.69
1.68
3.75
4.33
1.75
1.67
0.15
710.60
219.40
+3.80
+1.00
1.48
?
Managed Funds
Def Eqty & Bd Acc ?@
Eqty & Bd Acc ?@
Mgd Income ?@
120.05
114.50
111.49
Stg Bd Ret Inc ?@
Strat Bd Ret ?@
UK Corp Bond ?@
UK Corp Ret ?@
UK Eqty Inc Ret ?@
UK Gwth & Inc Ret ?@
UK Hi Yld Bd 1 ?@
UK Inst Acc ?@
UK Mnthly Extra Inc ?@
UK Mnthly Inc Ret ?@
UK Retail ?@
UK Sel Retail ?@
UK Smaller Cos ?@
56.77
47.12
62.27
62.13
96.94
93.25
43.36
160.94
81.12
76.18
140.28
131.29
350.17
For Resolution see Ignis
TU FUND MANAGERS LIMITED
British
European
675.10
210.70
* Yield expressed as CAR (Compound Annual Return);
? Ex dividend; ?Middle price; . . . No significant data. #
Periodic charge deducted from capital; @ Exit charge
British funds
Stock
Price
Int Yld Grs rd
(�) +/?
% yld
104.16
110.25
375.17
129.11
375.56
120.33
123.71
141.49
130.56
380.69
160.84
155.43
279.09
150.12
179.24
175.22
185.39
171.11
177.31
209.86
209.26
206.26
279.34
218.70
225.36
263.05
264.78
281.36
100.01
105.87
366.69
121.47
361.70
113.76
116.42
131.92
121.38
359.19
147.76
141.90
257.58
134.83
161.03
155.61
162.56
148.24
151.89
179.64
176.95
171.51
231.25
176.93
181.37
208.77
204.60
214.78
Tr IL 1N% 2017 * 100.01
Tr IL 0V% 19
105.90
Tr IL 2K% 20
367.41
Tr IL 1Y% 2022 * 121.96
Tr IL 2K% 24
366.83
Tr IL 0V% 24
114.58
Tr IL 0V% 26
117.64
Tr IL 1N% 2027 * 133.51
Tr IL 0V% 29
123.35
Tr IL 4V% 30
368.19
Tr IL 1N% 2032 * 151.02
Tr IL 0O% 34
145.92
Tr IL 2% 35
271.14
Tr IL 0V% 36
140.12
Tr IL 1V% 2037 * 166.58
Tr IL 0X% 40
162.12
Tr IL 0X% 42 * 170.84
Tr IL 0V% 44
157.26
Tr IL 0V% 46
161.95
Tr IL 0O% 2047 * 190.97
Tr IL 0K% 50 * 189.41
Tr IL 0N% 52
185.26
Tr IL 1N% 2055 * 250.03
Tr IL 0V% 56
193.56
Tr IL 0V% 58 * 198.79
Tr IL 0W% 62
230.70
Tr IL 0V% 65
229.77
Tr IL 0V% 68
242.18
? .01
+ .01
+ .07
+ .07
+ .42
+ .12
+ .20
+ .28
+ .37
+1.14
+ .70
+ .79
+1.46
+1.00
+1.16
+1.45
+1.79
+1.93
+2.16
+2.59
+2.95
+3.29
+4.38
+4.12
+4.50
+5.54
+6.13
+6.86
1.37
?
1.73
1.58
1.48
?
?
1.02
?
1.75
0.83
?
0.90
?
0.71
?
0.37
?
?
0.40
?
?
0.55
?
?
?
?
?
?1.32
?2.72
?2.55
?2.25
?2.02
?2.02
?1.83
?1.79
?1.73
?1.76
?1.72
?1.68
?1.69
?1.66
?1.67
?1.66
?1.65
?1.61
?1.60
?1.60
?1.60
?1.60
?1.60
?1.60
?1.61
?1.63
?1.64
?1.67
+ .56
+ .61
+ .54
+ .72
+ .73
+ .79
+ .83
+ .78
+ .84
+ .94
+ .70
+1.11
+1.26
+1.50
+1.11
+1.70
+1.53
+1.91
3.19
3.05
?
3.13
2.96
?
2.94
?
?
2.76
?
2.66
?
2.48
?
?
?
?
1.69
1.74
1.82
1.79
1.82
1.83
1.84
1.87
1.87
1.85
1.83
1.79
1.75
1.70
1.68
1.66
1.64
1.63
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
.03
.07
.09
.12
.14
.14
.17
.18
.21
.25
.37
.45
?
?
?
?
3.91
?
?
?
3.32
4.06
3.43
3.16
0.60
0.75
0.88
0.98
1.01
1.08
1.19
1.32
1.28
1.33
1.49
1.59
+
?
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
.01
.01
.01
?
?
.02
.01
.02
.03
.02
.06
.07
.09
?
4.93
?
4.04
3.54
?
4.33
?
?
6.35
3.50
?
?
0.41
0.26
0.48
0.45
0.44
0.52
0.44
0.51
0.57
0.56
0.65
0.76
0.91
Longs (Over 15 years)
145.88
144.09
102.52
157.27
148.88
150.88
159.30
133.83
140.40
160.53
97.05
166.78
159.09
179.39
107.38
179.15
135.86
173.27
137.35
134.98
93.81
146.72
138.30
139.78
147.41
122.44
128.21
146.88
86.80
152.24
143.66
161.97
94.40
160.01
117.32
150.45
Tr 4K% 34
Tr 4N% 36
Tr 1{ }% 37
Tr 4O% 38
Tr 4N% 39
Tr 4N% 40
Tr 4K% 42
Tr 3N% 44
Tr 3K% 45
Tr 4N% 46
Tr 1K% 47
Tr 4N% 49
Tr 3O% 52
Tr 4N% 55
Tr 1O% 57
Tr 4% 60
Tr 2K% 65
Tr 3K% 68
140.94
139.18
98.90
151.62
143.49
145.28
153.07
128.50
134.64
153.79
92.51
159.79
151.98
171.34
101.88
170.68
128.50
164.24
Mediums (5-15 years)
OEIC C Class
UK and Income Investment Funds
AAA Inc CAT Acc ?@
AAA Inc CAT Inc ?@
AAA Income Acc ?@
Amer Eq Gth Acc ?@
Corp Bond Acc ?@
Corp Bond Inc ?@
Euro Eq Gth Acc ?@
Glb Advtg CAT Acc ?@
Glob Advtg Acc ?@
Glob Eq Uncstrd Acc ?@
Higher Inc Acc ?@
Higher Inc Inc ?@
Japan Eq Gth Acc ?@
Managed Acc ?@
Select Inc Acc ?@
Select Inc Inc ?@
UK Eq Gth Acc ?@
UK Eq Hi Alpha ?@
UK Eq Hi Inc Acc ?@
UK Eq Hi Inc Inc ?@
UK Ethical Acc ?@
UK Opps Acc ?@
UK Opps Inc ?@
UK Smlr Cos Acc ?@
+/-
Index-linked
-0.20
+0.10
?
-0.30
-0.30
Tracker and Specialist Investment Funds
JANUS HENDERSON INVESTORS
Investors Serv: 0800 832 832 Dlng: 0845 946 4646
Buy
THREADNEEDLE INVESTMENTS
Client Serv: 0800 0683000
Intermediary Serv: 0800 0684000
Institutional Shares (Class 2) (163500,000 min)
12 month
High
Low
Overseas Growth Investment Funds
UK Trkr A Acc ?@
UK Trkr A Inc ?@
Cautious A Inc ?@
Dynamic A Acc ?@
Dynamic A Inc ?@
Growth A Acc ?@
Income A Acc ?@
Sterling Bond Acc ?@
Sterling Bond Inc ?@
Sell
Retail Shares (Class 1)
2453.52
1350.60
1288.90
SANTANDER UNIT TST MGRS
08457 413002
Bal Port A Acc ?@
Caut Port A Acc ?@
Caut Port A Inc ?@
Opps Port A Acc ?@
Prog Port A Acc ?@
IGNIS ASSET MGMT
Dlg: 0141 222 8282
American Gth Inc @
Balanced Growth @
Balanced Growth Acc @
Corporate Bond ?@
European Growth @
European Growth Acc @
Glob Gwth @
Higher Yield @
Higher Yield Acc @
Japan @
Managed @
Managed Trust @
Mngd Pfolio Inc @
Pacific Grth @
Smaller Comp @
Smaller Cos @
Buy
SCOTTISH WIDOWS UNIT TRUST MGRS
0845 300 2244
Authorised Inv Funds (OEICs)
OEIC A Class
Managed Investment Funds
HSBC Specialist Investment Funds (OEIC)
INVESTEC FUND MGRS
Broker Support and Dealing: 020 7597 1900
OEIC Series i,ii,iii, & iv
?
?
?
1.42
1.44
2.26
2.32
3.29
3.38
2.33
2.39
3.17
3.26
1.43
1.46
2.37
2.43
Sell
HSBC Investment Funds (OEIC) - Retail Share Class
FIDELITY INTERNATIONAL
Private Clnts 0800 414161 Broker Dlgs 0800 414181
1518.00
3707.00
509.00
3.36
0.69
1.78
1.88
0.30
1.39
1.26
1.02
0.90
1.39
4.12
2.73
2.59
2.74
HSBC GLOBAL ASSET MGMT (UK) LTD
Enq: 0845 745 6123 Dlg: 0845 745 6126 Mon-Fri 8-6
HSBC Index Tracker Investment Funds (OEIC)
Well Bldr Bal Acc ?@
Well Bldr Gwth Acc ?@
F & C FUND MANAGEMENT LTD (OEICS)
Enqs: 0870 601 6183 Dealing: 0870 601 6083
Share Class 1 - Retail
Corporate Bd ?@
58.77
Emerging Mkts ?@
123.50
Euro Gwth & Inc 1 ?@ 1045.00
Extra Inc Bond ?@
49.32
FTSE All-Shr Track ?@ 415.60
Global Gwth SC1 ?@
202.40
High Inc Trst @
14.46
Max Inc Bond ?@
49.31
Multi Man Caut ?@
70.41
Multi Man Distr ?@
60.44
North Amer ?@
507.90
Pacific Gwth ?@
446.50
Strategic Bd ?@
196.70
UK Equity ?@
3213.00
UK Gwth & Inc Acc 1 ?@ 658.50
UK Gwth & Inc Dist ?@ 234.70
UK Smaller Cos ?@
954.30
+/-
Eur Sel Gth A Acc ?@
+0.60
+0.06
+1.40
+1.10
+3.00
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 @
1566.90
Euro Opps R Acc @
106.25
Euro Opps R Inc @
101.23
European Growth R Acc @353.83
Global Energy R Acc @
29.98
Global Growth R Acc @ 261.95
Global Income R Acc @ 126.60
Global Income R Inc @
94.98
Global Select R Acc @
102.87
High Income R Inc @
80.12
Income R Acc @
417.79
Income R Inc @
225.59
Monthly Dist R Inc @
72.16
Strategic Assets R Acc @ 83.87
Strategic Bond R M Acc @ 95.43
Strategic Bond R M Inc @ 57.70
Strategic Bond R Q Acc @ 95.26
Strategic Bond R Q Inc @ 57.59
UK Growth R Acc @
545.15
UK Smaller Cos R Acc @ 1626.78
UK Special Sits R Acc @ 582.93
European ?@
Extra Income ?@
Glob Spec Sits ?@
Global Focus ?@
International ?@
Japan ?@
Moneybldr Bal ?@
Moneybldr Glob
Moneybldr Gwth ?@
Moneybldr Inc ?@
Moneybldr UK Ind ?@
Special Sits ?@
Wealthbuilder
Sell
115.39
107.31
110.88
115.27
132.93
110.19
105.54
102.29
133.03
153.92
143.86
139.13
111.72
104.33
107.25
111.00
127.35
105.19
99.90
98.24
126.26
146.44
136.21
131.34
Tr 3O% 21
Tr 1O% 22
Tr 2N% 23
Tr 2O% 24
Tr 5% 25
Tr 2% 25
Tr 1K% 26
Tr 1N% 27
Tr 4N% 27
Tr 6% 28
Tr 4O% 30
Tr 4N% 32
111.81
104.70
107.73
111.61
127.97
106.85
102.57
99.35
127.88
147.84
138.45
134.34
Shorts (under 5 years)
101.91
106.28
104.21
109.99
109.89
106.05
114.56
112.70
104.73
133.46
118.04
100.70
101.30
100.54
101.39
102.10
105.22
105.90
103.82
109.81
108.97
102.71
126.06
114.01
97.79
?
Tr 1N% 18
Tr 5% 18
Tr 1O% 19
Tr 4K% 19
Tr 3O% 19
Tr 2% 20
Tr 4O% 20
Tr 3O% 20
Tr 1K% 21
Tr 8% 21
Tr 4% 22
Tr 0K% 22
Tr 0O% 23
100.56
101.39
102.12
105.22
105.91
103.92
109.82
108.98
102.91
126.08
114.18
98.83
99.13
* maturities as having a 3-month indexation lag and
which trade on a real clean price basis, excluding inflation
adjustment charge.
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the times | Tuesday November 21 2017
51
1G M
Working Life Business
TIPPING POINT An engineering company in Newport, south Wales, has built a worldwide reputation repairing ancient structures, reports David Waller
TIM GRAHAM/GETTY
So how did they build them?
Despite standing for 4,500
years, captivating
everyone from Herodotus
to Muhammad Ali, no one
has worked out how the
the pyramids were built
(David Waller writes).
A common view is that
construction involved
hauling stones up a long
ramp. To Peter James,
below, chief executive of
Cintec International,
that?s ?nonsense . . . The
natural angle of repose for
the local sand is 14
degrees. The ramp would
have needed that angle to
be self-supporting, so
would have stretched
back 1,200 metres
and have been bigger
than the pyramid
itself.?
Mr James has
his own theory:
?The
pyramids
were built
from the
corners
and from the inside out.
They began building [nonstructural] curtain walls
and, as they went up, they
built a network of shallow
ramps inside, from quarry
waste, building the internal
chambers as they went.
And then they built the
limestone outer casing
from the top down.?
The Great Pyramid was
in the news after a hidden
?chamber? was found.
Mr James says this is
simply a gap where its
rougher fill stones have
slipped. ?I?ve offered to drill
30 metres into the
masonry and tell people
exactly what?s in there,
but the Egyptian
authorities don?t want
to do too much. The
more mystery
there is,
the more
income
the
pyramids
generate.?
Djoser?s step pyramid at Saqqara, below, and the fire that struck Windsor Castle in 1992 presented special challenges to Cintec International
Emergency service for the
world?s great old buildings
I
n 2006, Peter James stood
inside the burial chamber of
the step pyramid of Djoser in
Saqqara, Egypt, and looked up
at its 4,700-year-old ceiling.
What he saw struck him as
considerably more ominous than
the threat of any pharaoh?s curse.
There was, he says, ?a 150-tonne
jigsaw of stones, held together by
friction and soil?.
Such hair-raising experiences
aren?t exactly unusual for Mr James.
He?s the founder of Cintec
International, an engineering
company that has built a reputation
as an ?orthopedic surgeon? for
cherished buildings, brought in
when they need reconstructive
work. Having started out on one of
Brunel?s bridges in Reading, the
south Wales-based Cintec repaired
a fire-ravaged Windsor Castle and
went on to work on the
Wailing Wall in
Jerusalem and thee
ple
Konark Sun Temple
in India.
?It?s surprising
how little is
known in these
places of how
to restore them
Our guys go
across and know
it can be done.?
Mr James was
brought to the
Saqqara pyramid to
solve the problem of
rs, clearly,
that ceiling. Others,
n the course of
had tried before: in
their work, his team removed a
plank used in antiquity to shore up
the structure and found it to be an
ancient coffin lid, covered in images
from the Egyptian Book of the
Dead.
Cintec?s approach to maintenance
is more sensitive. The company has
developed technology for anchoring
structures using ductile stainless
steel poles, which are fed into holes
drilled through the walls and
reinforce the building from the
inside out. It?s particularly suited to
heritage buildings because it?s not
visible from outside.
Mr James? first go at a pharaonic
structure was the Temple of Hibis, a
2,500-year-old complex set among
the palm trees of the Kharga Oasis,
west of Luxor. Local authorities had
planned to dismantle it and move it
half a mile to better foundations,
but when they tried to handle the
blocks they simply crumbled.
?There?s always a worry with this
line of work. Our solutions can?t
come out of a textbook, but we?re
used to these problems. Even a job
like Windsor Castle was jerry-built
behind the fa鏰de ? get scratching
and you?ll find this patchwork of
bricks. Every job is bespoke. It?s
about looking at what?s there and
putting a sympathetic
solution to
together.?
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always
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in the
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maintenance
of
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structures.
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st
started
out as a
c
civil
engineer in
W
Welsh
st
steelworks
in
th
the early 1960s
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and went on to
dev
develop his ideas
for us
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reinfor
reinforce walls while
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30s
The compan
company, which has
its headquarters in N
Newport, has
offices in Ottawa, Baltimore, Delhi
and Newcastle, Australia, while its
28-strong British operation focuses
on manufacturing and uses a large
network of sub-subcontractors and
consultant partners to do the work.
Its most recent accounts showed a
turnover of �5 million, but, as the
work is bespoke and contractdriven, it varies year-by-year.
The Saqqara adventure began
when a consultant on the Windsor
Castle restoration brought him to
Cairo to help the city to rebuild
mosques after the 1992 earthquake.
It was a different world: Mr James
found himself leading a team
working in 45-degree heat with a
round-the-clock police guard.
His men discovered mummies in
the course of their work, though
there were more mundane cultural
quirks, too. ?On our first contract
we waited 18 months until we knew
we?d got it. Our agent spent the
whole year saying it?d happen in
?two weeks?. I can only imagine
what he must have been doing to
win the contract, all the baksheesh.?
For the step pyramid ceiling, he
landed on a left-field solution:
propping it up using giant inflatable
sacks, which the company had
developed as a bomb-protection
system for Nato and the US
government. ?Everyone laughed at
me, calling me Indiana James. We
were supporting one of the oldest
ceilings in the world with the latest
anti-blast technology.? But it wasn?t
all high-tech: his solution even
included a mesh wall, so that the
spirit of the pharaoh could pass
through it to the afterlife.
Cintec is in talks to apply its
expertise to other problems,
reinforcing everything from the
white cliffs around Brighton to the
inside of a 60-metre 19th-century
chimney in Baku, Azerbaijan, to
protecting the 928-metre-high
Dubai Creek Tower, still under
construction, from bomb attacks.
Yet Mr James admits he?s been
well and truly bitten by the pyramid
bug: he?s now scratching his head
over the limestone casing at the cap
of the pyramid of Khafre, behind
the Sphinx at Giza, which needs
securing. How would they even get
the scaffolding up there? ?We?re
now asking whether we can use
military helicopters to drop it on
like a crown.?
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Tuesday November 21 2017 | the times
Business Markets
news in brief
Tempus
Buy, sell or hold: today?s best share tips
Bitcoin breaks $8,000
Bitcoin has hit a record high after
breaking through the $8,000 level
for the first time, marking a climb
of almost 50 per cent in eight days.
The new high came after Square,
an American payments company,
said last week that it had started
to allow some customers to buy
and sell bitcoins on its Cash app.
Bitcoin traded as high as $8,197.81
on the Luxembourg-based
Bitstamp exchange, up more than
2 per cent on the day. The ?market
cap? of all cryptocurrencies hit a
record high of more than
$242 billion on Monday, the
Coinmarketcap trade website said.
No seeds, but some low-hanging fruit
Amount to be
raised �0m
A bumpy ride
william hill
UK betting shops
2,345
Employees
16,000
A
mid the furore over fixed-odds
betting terminals and the
myriad other regulatory and
legal hurdles facing the big bookies,
it is easy to forget sometimes that
these are businesses that, for the vast
majority of punters, provide a
harmless leisure pursuit.
The big question that investors in
William Hill wanted to know from
yesterday?s 43-week trading update
was whether, in the event of a
worst-case scenario of a cut in the
maximum stake for fixed-odds
95p
share price
20%
*Comparable trust managed
by Standard Life
O
90
16
85
12
80
8
75
Source: Thomson Reuters
ne of the most exciting
areas in the property
world in recent years has
been logistics, in
particular in those ?big
boxes? used by online retailers as
regional distribution hubs and ?lastmile? facilities that get the goods to
our homes.
However, the supply of such
properties is not keeping pace with
demand as more and more of our
shopping goes online. They are
unsophisticated buildings compared
with the average office block and can
be in out-of-the-way locations such
as industrial parks, which makes
sourcing the land relatively easy.
Up to now, investors have had the
opportunity to buy property
companies specialising in this area
such as Segro, the old Slough Estates,
and Tritax Big Box. Shares in these
have been hit along with the rest of
the sector by post-referendum falls,
but have held up better than less
specialist real estate investment
trusts, or Reits. The shares, therefore,
tend to trade at or above the net
asset value, while the commercial
property developers are at significant
discounts.
Aberdeen Standard Investments,
part of the merged Standard Life
Aberdeen and the second largest
European real estate investment
Online retail sales growth 2016-2021
UK Commercial Property Trust*
Dividend yield
5.5%
4
70
65
2016
2017
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
60
0
Ge UK
rm
an
Fr y
an
ce
Sp
ai
n
Ne Ita
th
l
er y
lan
ds
Eu
ro
pe
aberdeen standard european
logistics income
manager, has launched Aberdeen
Standard European Logistics
Income, an investment trust that will
give access to the returns from such
properties in Europe.
The issue, which is expected to be
worth about �0 million, is targeted
at retail investors and will be
available through intermediaries
used to dealing with them, such as
AJ Bell Securities, Barclays Bank and
Redmayne Bentley.
Unusually, there are no seed
investments already within the fund
? other specialist vehicles such as
infrastructure funds tend to come to
market already holding a few seed
investments, which provides a degree
of certainty. That said, a comparable
trust managed by Standard Life, UK
Commercial Property Trust, is
strong, given the uncertainties in the
sector. Aberdeen is pledged to put a
maximum of � million of its own
into European Logistics Income. The
management fees are modest. There
are no fees until 75 per cent of the
terminals from �0 to � it would
still have a sustainable business. The
answer, according to Philip Bowcock,
its chief executive, is a definitive yes.
It may be too early to crack open
the bubbly, but the group?s
troublesome online business seems to
have turned the corner. Net revenues
in the year to date were up by 5 per
cent, with amounts wagered up 12 per
cent. Since the half-year, growth in
net revenues has accelerated to 6 per
cent, while wagering was 13 per cent
better, or 14 per cent in its core UK
market. The win margin is also up.
The shares have risen from a low of
240p in August to close yesterday at
274p, down just under 2p on the day.
Mr Bowcock said that the second-
half improvement represented good
progress given the ?fierce
competition? for customers from
online-only rivals including Bet365
and Sky Bet. Its retail business has
had a decent second half, with net
revenues up 3 per cent, helped by a
higher gross win margin, although it
was also helped by a temporary
absence of live racing coverage in the
shops of Ladbrokes Coral, its big
rival, which has now been resolved.
Internationally, trading was a
mixed bag. In America, second-half
revenues jumped by 28 per cent, but
Australia fell by 2 per cent and the
market ?remains challenging? amid
moves to ban credit betting and to
introduce a point-of-consumption tax.
ADVICE Buy
WHY The indicated dividend
yield is an attractive one, even
if this is a largely untried
investment with no assets on
board as yet
money is invested; it is all expected
to be spent within 12 months.
It is an income fund and the
targeted return is 7.5 per cent a year,
with an expected dividend yield of
5.5 per cent. These are set in euros
because the assets will be outside the
UK, but dividends are to be paid
quarterly in sterling and hedging is
used to limit foreign exchange risk.
In terms of online buying,
continental Europe is some way
behind Britain, which means that
demand for logistics assets of the
sort that the fund plans to buy will
remain strong. A study from
Citigroup cited in the prospectus
suggests another 900 million sq ft of
warehousing space will be needed by
2035, while ecommerce apparently
needs about three times as much
space as traditional retailing.
The European market, therefore,
offers long leases with fixed rental
uplifts, high yields and a good
premium over the financing costs of
the assets. Those continental
economies are expected to outpace
Britain over the next couple of years,
given the Brexit uncertainty and
their continuing recovery from the
financial crisis.
There is, typically, authority to buy
back up to 14.99 per cent of the share
capital to align the net asset value
with the share price. There are a
couple of caveats: that return is
reliant on the ability of the Aberdeen
team to find the right properties; and
while the fund will aim to be
diversified, the demise of a single big
retailer could have an impact.
Sale is sitting pretty
The � million acquisition of a
rival by Britain?s largest sofa seller
has been approved by the
Competition and Markets
Authority. DFS said that
its takeover of the privately
owned Sofology could now
proceed with no conditions
attached. DFS boasts 117 stores
from Aberdeen to Plymouth to
Limerick in the Republic of
Ireland, while the fast-growing
Sofology has a total of 37 shops in
the UK. Shares in DFS rose 2p to
192絧.
M&S clothing sales fall
Clothing and fashion sales at
Marks & Spencer fell by 5.7 per
cent year-on-year in the 12 weeks
to October 22, according to
Kantar. The retailer was one of
the worst performers tracked in
the clothing data by the
consultancy, beating only
New Look, where sales were
down 10.6 per cent, and Arcadia,
which was 6.7 per cent lower.
Debenhams and Primark were
the main winners in the past 12
weeks, with both recording
increases in sales.
Overall, group net revenues in the
first 43 weeks rose by 3 per cent (they
were up 4 per cent in the second half)
and Mr Bowcock said that the
company was ?in a very different
place to 12 months ago?.
His demeanour might have been
different, though, if Floyd
Mayweather had lost his boxing
match against Conor McGregor,
which would have cost it �million.
City pubs celebration
The City Pub Group shrugged off
a choppy market for new shares
to raise � million for expansion
via a listing on Aim, the junior
stock exchange. The operator of
34 pubs across London and the
south of England said that it had
lifted its original � million
target after ?strong institutional
demand?. A further �.6 million of
shares are being sold by existing
investors. The shares, which will
start trading on Thursday, are
being placed at 170p, valuing the
company at � million.
ADVICE Hold
WHY An adverse outcome to
the gambling review would
make an M&A deal odds-on
PRICES
Major indices
New York
Dow Jones
Nasdaq Composite
S&P 500
London Financial Futures
23430.33 (+72.09)
6790.71 (+7.92)
2582.14 (+3.29)
Tokyo
Nikkei 225
22261.76 (-135.04)
Hong Kong
Hang Seng
29260.31 (+61.27)
Amsterdam
AEX Index
Zurich
SMI Index
9299.61 (+116.00)
DJ EURO Stoxx 50
3561.41 (+13.95)
London
FTSE 100
7389.46 (+8.78)
FTSE 250
19871.29 (+73.46)
FTSE 350
4109.31 (+6.64)
FTSE Eurotop 100
FTSE All-Shares
539.71 (+3.09)
Frankfurt
DAX
Singapore
Straits
Brussels
BEL20
Paris
CAC-40
13058.66 (+64.93)
FTSE Non Financials
4749.32 (+11.13)
4557.80 (+4.17)
3962.24 (+8.20)
US$
1.3232 (+0.0031)
Euro
1.1264 (+0.0016)
�SDR
0.93 (+0.00)
77.90 (+0.40)
FTSE100
FTSEurofirst 80
Open
124.85
123.94
99.460
99.390
99.280
99.200
99.160
100.33
100.32
100.32
100.31
100.28
100.76
100.74
100.72
7375.5
7310.0
High
124.98
124.07
99.470
99.400
99.290
99.210
99.160
100.33
100.33
100.32
100.31
100.28
100.76
100.75
100.72
7393.5
7328.0
Commodities
Low
124.53
123.65
99.460
99.380
99.270
99.180
99.120
100.33
100.32
100.31
100.30
100.27
100.75
100.74
100.71
7342.5
7310.0
Sett
124.96
124.07
99.470
99.390
99.280
99.190
99.130
100.33
100.32
100.32
100.30
100.28
100.76
100.74
100.72
7385.0
7326.5
4949.5
4940.5
Vol
119864
2673
53077
50160
48380
59722
71797
11503
29622
10451
16829
15798
534
304
450
89075
5
Open Int
699000
15503
494990
502654
462740
367941
345685
418452
480967
479017
409892
541483
34243
35433
33597
643301
7793
ICIS pricing (London 7.30pm)
Brent (9.00pm)
Crude Oils ($/barrel FOB)
Jan
Feb
Mar
Brent Physical
BFOE(Dec)
BFOE(Nov)
WTI(Jan)
WTI(Feb)
61.85
62.15
62.28
56.53
56.42
-0.34
-0.49
-0.50
-0.28
-0.29
Products ($/MT)
Spot CIF NW Europe (prompt delivery)
Premium Unld
Gasoil EEC
3.5 Fuel Oil
Naphtha
581.00
549.00
336.50
567.00
582.00
551.00
338.50
571.00
-5.00
-6.75
-5.50
-5.00
Bank of England official close (4pm)
CPI
104.20 Oct (2015 = 100)
RPI
275.30 Oct (Jan 1987 = 100)
RPIX
276.00 Oct (Jan 1987 = 100)
Morningstar Long Commodity
5340.45 (+21.28)
3-Mth Euroswiss
n/a
Exchange Index
3386.59 (+4.21)
3-Mth Euribor
4058.05 (+6.27)
Bargains
6028.00 (-10.30)
3-Mth Sterling
2961.14 (+19.18)
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Sydney
AO
Long Gilt
Period
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Mar 18
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Dec 18
Dec 17
Mar 18
Jun 18
Sep 18
Dec 18
Dec 17
Mar 18
Jun 18
Dec 17
Mar 18
Dec 17
Mar 18
576.96 (+8.36)
Morningstar Long/Short Commod 4096.28 (+36.97)
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Mar
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1688-1560
1647-1695
LIFFE
Cocoa
Dec
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May
Jul
Sep
Dec
RobustaCoffee
Nov
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2150-1831
1810-1809
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1807-1792
Reuters
558.25-558.00
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560.25-559.75
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2039-1812
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Volume: 11729
White Sugar (FOB)
Gas Oil
Dec
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53
1G M
Markets Business
KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS
Thomas Cook enjoys rare
day basking in the sun
Callum Jones Market report
A
Alibaba deal
opens door
to stores
A
libaba is to push
deeper into
bricks-andmortar retailing by
taking a $2.9 billion
stake in China?s largest
hypermarket chain
(James Dean writes).
The giant
ecommerce company
is to buy 36 per cent of
Sun Art Retail, which
operates 400 stores.
The purchase comes
not long after
Amazon, Alibaba?s
rival, bought Whole
Foods, the upmarket
American grocer, for
$13.7 billion.
Alibaba, China?s
largest ecommerce
company, which is
listed in New York,
has invested more
than $9 billion in
physical stores since
2015. Like Amazon,
Alibaba believes that it
needs a substantial
presence in the real
world to complement
its online operations
and to ensure growth
in the future.
Daniel Zhang, chief
executive, said:
?Physical stores serve
an indispensable role
during the consumer
journey and should be
enhanced through
data-driven technology
and personalised
services in the digital
economy.?
Alibaba is buying its
stake in Sun Art from
Ruentex, a Taiwanese
conglomerate.
Alibaba will own the
same proportion of
Sun Art as Auchan, the
French supermarket
chain.
Shares in Alibaba
were 1.6 per cent
higher at $188.13 in
New York yesterday.
Results in brief
Name
Pre-tax figure
Profit (+) loss (-)
Bonmarch� (retailing HY)
Diploma (services FY)
Mitie (services HY)
Nex (finance HY)
�2m (�)
�.8m (�m)
�1m (�.8m)
�m (�m)
Dividend
2.5p p Jan 22
23p f 16p p Jan 24
1.33p p Feb 7
3.5p p Feb 2
6 Results in brief are given for all companies valued at more than � million. f = final p = payable
The day?s biggest movers
Company
Diploma Investors encouraged by strong results and forecasts
Thomas Cook Panmure Gordon drops ?sell? rating
ZPG RBC initiates coverage with ?outperform? rating
Computacenter Berenberg lifts target price from � to �.50
Barclays Bank of America Merrill Lynch upgrades from ?underperform? to ?buy?
SSE Energy stocks struggle
Shire Rival haemophilia treatment shown to significantly reduce bleeds
Mediclinic International Discussions with Spire Healthcare close without agreement
Talktalk Citi lowers target from 180p to 150p
Spire Healthcare Talks with Mediclinic International conclude without agreement
London Grain Futures
LIFFE Wheat (close �/t)
Nov
140.00 Jan
140.50
May
143.00 Jul
unq
Gold/Precious
metals (US dollars per ounce)
Mar
148.75
Volume: 563
London Metal Exchange
3mth
15mth
6783.0-6785.0
Lead ($/tonne)
2429.0-2429.5
2436.0-2438.0
n/a
Zinc Spec Hi Gde ($/tonne)
3197.5-3199.5
3164.0-3165.0
n/a
19400.0-19425.0
18985.0-19035.0
Alum Hi Gde ($/tonne)
2067.0-2067.5
2081.5-2082.0
2280.0-2285.0
Nickel ($/tonne)
11500.0-11510.0
Dollar rates
Australia
Canada
Denmark
Euro
Hong Kong
Japan
Malaysia
Norway
Singapore
Sweden
Switzerland
Silver $16.92 (�.78)
2 mth
3 mth
6 mth
12 mth
1 mth
0.4935
0.5101
0.5255
0.5856
0.7788
0.52-0.42 0.54-0.44 0.57-0.47 0.69-0.54 0.87-0.72
0.52-0.42 0.54-0.44 0.57-0.47 0.69-0.54 0.87-0.72
Palladium $995.00 (�1.74)
Eurodollar Deps
1.26-1.46 1.36-1.56 1.42-1.62 1.60-1.80 1.88-2.08
European money
deposits %
Sterling spot and forward rates
1mth
3mth
6mth
12mth
0.13
0.20
0.29
0.55
0.49
0.53
0.59
0.78
0.10
0.15
0.20
0.50
Dollar
Sterling
Euro
11540.0-11550.0
n/a
litigation risk and
potential other
dangers, such as a
4 per cent base rate
and a 27 per cent fall
in sterling.
RBS?s settlement
with the justice
department is
expected to cost it
Base Rates Clearing Banks: 0.50 Finance House 1.0 ECB Refi 0.00 US Fed Fd 1.25
Interbank Rates
Clearer CDs
Depo CDs
Currency
Royal Bank of Scotland
may struggle in stress
tests, analysts claim
shrugged off initial concerns about
Angela Merkel?s future as German
cheancellor to close higher. In
London, the FTSE 100 rose 8.78
points, or 0.12 per cent, to 7,389.46.
Britain?s biggest defence company
led the way. BAE Systems was
boosted by Bernstein, which
reiterated its ?outperform? rating and
inched up its target price from 790p
to 795p. International contract
victories are possible in the near term,
it said. BAE?s shares rose 9p to 544絧.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
upgraded Barclays from
?underperform? to ?buy? and lifted its
target price from 180p to 220p,
pushing the bank up 3緋 to 188緋.
At the other end of the index, Shire
suffered after a late-stage study
showed that a rival haemophilia
treatment produced by Roche
significantly reduced bleeds. Shire?s
shares fell 99絧 to �.79.
The FTSE 250 advanced 73.46
points, or 0.37 per cent, to 19,871.29.
Diploma, which distributes
Treasury Bills (Dis) Buy: 1 mth 0.450; 3 mth 0.370. Sell: 1 mth 0.338; 3 mth 0.335
Krugerrand $1263.00-1334.00 (�4.22-1007.86)
Tin ($/tonne)
19535.0-19555.0
?tussled with competing drivers? for
some time when approaching
Thomas Cook?s trajectory. ?On the
one hand, growth initiatives provide
the basis for an attractive upside
scenario, transferring enterprise value
from debt to equity-holders,? he said.
?On the other hand, Thomas Cook?s
transition to higher-quality revenueled growth has been slower than
initially hoped at a time of
challenging demand/supply dynamics
for traditional tour operators.?
Mr Irvine-Fortescue argued that
?fundamentals have appreciably
improved?, but Panmure still harbours
some concern. The broker noted that
margins in the UK and the Nordic
regions have peaked at 6.5 per cent
and 9.8 per cent, respectively,
?limiting profit growth scope beyond
recovery in Condor and Continental
Europe?. It mentioned the departure
of Michael Healy as chief financial
officer in the spring.
Having endured a sluggish start to
a new week, European markets
R
oyal Bank of
Scotland could
perform poorly
in the Bank of
England?s stress tests
to be published next
week, analysts have
warned (Katherine
Griffiths writes).
The lender?s dispute
with the US
Department of Justice
over its sale of toxic
mortgage bonds in
the run-up to the
financial crisis could
drag down its
performance in the
tests, according to
analysts at JP Morgan
Cazenove.
The Bank, which is
assessing banks?
strength over the past
year, is looking at
Halifax Mortgage Rate 3.99
Platinum $928.00 (�1.12)
n/a
With few companies reporting this
week and a shortened trading period
with the Thanksgiving holiday on
Thursday, US markets made a quiet
but positive start. The Dow Jones
industrial average rose 72.09 points
to close at 23,430.33.
Stress shows over settlement
Money rates %
AM $1292.35 PM $1286.20
Copper Gde A ($/tonne)
6751.0-6752.0
10.5%
5.1%
4.5%
3.8%
2.0%
-1.1%
-2.7%
-3.1%
-4.0%
-8.4%
Wall Street report
banking and finance
Close $1276.71-1277.17 High $1293.88
Low $1276.71
(Official)
Cash
Bullion: Open $1293.32
Change
recent Thomas Cook
promotional video
charted the travel
company?s 176-year
history, starting with a
12-mile train journey to
Loughborough in 1841. ?Today we?re
taking you all over the world,? it
finished, ?but who knows what the
future will bring?? It omitted to
mention its chequered story on the
London market, where the mid-cap
stock flew south from 288緋 shortly
after its 2007 float to only 8緋 a little
over four years later.
Yesterday, Thomas Cook spent a
rare day basking in sunshine after
Panmure Gordon ditched its ?sell?
rating. Its shares rose 5緋 to 117p.
Mark Irvine-Fortescue, of
Panmure, told clients that he had
Mkt Rates for
Copenhagen
Euro
Montreal
New York
Oslo
Stockholm
Tokyo
Zurich
Range
8.3571-8.4014
1.1292-1.1232
1.6867-1.6978
1.3186-1.3274
10.892-10.989
11.127-11.238
147.65-149.10
1.3033-1.3149
Close
8.3848-8.3860
1.1270-1.1266
1.6927-1.6929
1.3235-1.3236
10.964-10.967
11.217-11.220
148.92-148.93
1.3129-1.3135
1 month
76ds
7pr
8pr
10pr
5pr
93ds
6ds
14ds
Premium = pr
3 month
257ds
24pr
33pr
41pr
32pr
375ds
28ds
52ds
Discount = ds
equipment including hydraulic seals
and scalpels, surged 112p to �.82. In
its annual results it projected ?solid
underlying growth in the year ahead?,
adding that it aimed to unlock ?valueenhancing acquisition opportunities?.
On the junior market, Boku, which
allows shoppers to charge purchases
of digital goods and services to their
mobile phone bills, ended its first day
of trading at 73絧, having been placed
at 59p.
Zinc Media, the Aim-listed owner
of television production companies
that work with the likes of Paul
Hollywood and Jeremy Paxman,
came under pressure after reporting
another year in the red. Shares in
Zinc fell 6 per cent to 0.78p.
Updates to London Stock
Exchange?s technology had teething
problems that produced phantom falls
in the prices of shares in companies
such as Shire, Rio Tinto and ITV. The
broadcaster?s shares apparently
dipped to 1絧, but its true value at the
close was 148絧, down 2p.
Exchange rates
1.3239-1.3240
1.2789-1.2791
6.3351-6.3358
0.8514-0.8515
7.8116-7.8121
112.52-112.53
4.1380-4.1430
8.2845-8.2858
1.3569-1.3579
8.4755-8.4766
0.9922-0.9922
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
between �billion and
�billion. Ross
McEwan, chief
executive, said
recently that he was
optimistic RBS would
settle the matter
before its annual
results are published
in February.
RBS, whose shares
dipped 緋 to 273絧,
could still pay
dividends next year,
as the tests are
retrospective,
JP Morgan said: ?We
don?t expect a
potentially weak
performance to weigh
on dividend or capital
return expectations.?
Lloyds and HSBC
are likely to perform
well in the tests.
23.115-23.117
1.7522-1.7528
0.4968-0.5036
4.3098-4.3137
1.1268-1.1270
10.339-10.340
86.076-86.102
17904-17922
0.3986-0.4008
5.4768-5.4834
1.9437-1.9442
1.7964-1.7969
18.569-18.581
4.8622-4.8635
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
1.900
1.650
1.830
1.590
8.960
7.850
n/a
n/a
1.220
1.070
11.070
9.740
384.650
316.460
20563.300
16402.400
5.100
4.350
161.110
139.530
2.150
1.820
11.750
10.160
5.240
4.300
85.080
70.840
20.820
17.630
11.840
10.530
1.440
1.240
5.700
4.870
1.440
1.260
Rates for banknotes and traveller's cheques as
traded by Royal Bank of Scotland plc yesterday
Data as shown is
for information
purposes only. No offer is made by
Morningstar or this publication
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Business Equity prices
12 month
High Low Company
Price
(p) +/- Yld% P/E
223K
Banking & finance
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14 ACHPv
2178
1732 Admiral
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311Y
2K
32K
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200Y Aldermore Gp
1W Ambrianv
9K Amedeo Resv
1V Amphion Innovsv
27
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11548X 8425W Aon Corpn
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274 Ashmore Gp?
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361K
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1669 Brooks Macv
4K Camp & Nichs Marv
259
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245K 72Y Silence Therapv
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captured hearts with tears
Jana Novotna
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Obituaries
Charles Manson
Cult leader responsible for the murder of the pregnant actress Sharon Tate and eight others in 1969 ? and the end of the hippy era
AP; HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY
was back in prison. His son later
changed his name to Jay White. Unable
to cope with the family history, White
committed suicide in the 1990s.
Manson married again in 1959. His wife
was Candy Stevens, a prostitute he was
pimping. She also gave birth to a
son, Charles Luther Manson, whose
whereabouts are unknown. They
divorced in 1963.
By then Manson was back in prison,
serving a seven-year sentence from
which he emerged in the spring of 1967,
just as the summer of love was about to
burst forth in all its messy, psychedelic
glory. He moved to San Francisco, the
flower-powered epicentre of the
burgeoning movement. ?He?d never
seen such a thing before,? Rolling Stone
observed many years later when the
magazine interviewed him in prison.
?Free love, pot and acid, girls, so many
girls, many of them lost girls just looking for someone to tell them they?d
been found. Charlie was their man.?
He was soon living in a commune
with 18 women, including Mary
Brunner, 23 ? a library assistant who
gave him another son, Valentine Michael ? and became a familiar figure on
San Francisco?s hippy scene. He drove
an old school bus painted in psychedelic
colours, with coloured rugs and scatter
On the 25th anniversary of the mass
murders that were committed by
Charles Manson?s followers, Vincent
Bugliosi, the prosecutor who secured
guilty verdicts, was asked why the case
has endured in the public mind for so
long. ?The very name ?Manson? has
become a metaphor for evil, and evil
has its allure,? he replied.
The brutal murders that Manson
ordered were certainly shocking
enough to live in the memory. On
August 9, 1969, he sent a group of
followers from his doomsday cult to an
address in a wealthy enclave of Los Angeles with the order to ?totally destroy
everyone, as gruesome as you can?.
The house was the home of the actress Sharon Tate and her husband, the
director Roman Polanski, who was in
London working on a film. However, it
was owned by Terry Melcher, a record
producer who had rejected Manson?s
overtures for a contract. In 25 minutes
of carnage, 102 stab wounds were inflicted as Tate, who was pregnant; Jay
Sebring, a celebrity hairstylist; Voytek
Frykowski, a screenwriter; and the
heiress Abigail Folger were butchered.
Steven Parent, an 18-year-old student,
was shot dead in the driveway. The next
night Manson dispatched his followers
again. This time they went to the home
of Leno LaBianca, the wealthy owner of
a chain of grocery stores, and his wife,
Rosemary. They died in a frenzied
attack involving 67 stab wounds.
The sense of shock in the era of peace,
love and the Woodstock generation,
was dramatically amplified when
Manson and his followers, known as
?the family?, were arrested. He was a
charismatic 34-year-old with shoulderlength hair, pretentions to be a singersongwriter, and was an integral part of
California?s bohemian hippy fringe.
He was friends with Dennis Wilson
of the Beach Boys, who thought he had
potential and allowed him to stay in his
house, and he knew the singer Neil
Young as well as Melcher, who was
Doris Day?s son. Manson lived with his
mostly female followers in a commune,
Throughout the trial
he was truculent
and unrepentant
Manson and his followers
killed the spirit of
the ?summer of love?
Charles Manson being taken to court in 1969 and, below, Sharon Tate with Roman Polanski on their wedding day in 1968
where they indulged in a freewheeling
life of sex and drugs. The realisation
that the ?tune in, turn on and drop out?
counterculture contained within it a
dark underbelly of blood-soaked assassins was a body blow from which the
hippy idealism of the time never recovered. Manson and his followers had not
only committed murder, they had also
killed the spirit of the ?summer of love?.
In place of its naive optimism, a new era
of fear and paranoia dawned.
A few months later the Rolling
Stones played on at the notorious
Altamont festival while Hell?s Angels,
who were employed as ?security?, beat
to death an 18-year-old black man in
the audience. Within little more than a
year such icons of the counterculture as
Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim
Morrison were all dead from drug
overdoses. The hippy era was over ?
but it was Manson who had dealt the
first, and fatal, blow.
Manson had been able to mingle
freely with California?s rock?n?roll aristocracy. Neil Young recalled lending
him a guitar on which Manson played
him his songs. ?Kind of like Dylan, but
different because it was hard to glimpse
a true message in them, but the songs
were fascinating. He was quite good,?
Young wrote in his autobiography. He
recommended him to the president of
his record company, Reprise, gave him
a motorcycle and detected nothing to
suggest that Manson was a psychopath.
If anybody had cared to look, the
warning signs were there, however.
Manson was a career criminal who had
spent more than half his life in prisons
of one sort or another. His charge sheet
included armed robbery, forging
cheques, car theft and pimping. Various
evaluations
described
him
as
?aggressively antisocial?, ?dangerous?
and exhibiting a ?tremendous drive to
call attention to himself?.
Charles Milles Manson was born in
n
Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1934. His life wass
dysfunctional from the outset. Hiss
n
mother, Kathleen Maddox, was an
unmarried 16-year-old when he wass
born and the boy never knew his bio-o
logical father. He was registered as No
Name Maddox, but took the surnamee
of Manson after his mother brieflyy
r..
married William Manson, a labourer.
He claimed she was a heavy drinkerr
who once sold her son to a childlesss
waitress for a pitcher of beer. The boyy
was retrieved some days later. Thee
story is uncorroborated, but what iss
undisputed is that she lived on thee
n
margins of society and was in prison
me
for robbing a petrol station by the time
he was five. As a teenager he gained a
reputation for criminality and was sent
to a reform school. On one occasion,
according to The New York Times, he is
said to have threatened a boy with a
razor and raped him.
d wass placed
plac
l ed
d iin
n a
He ran away and
more secure children?s institution and
then in an adult prison. While on parole
in 1955 he married Rosalie Jean Willis,
a waitress, but by the time she gave
birth to his son, Charles Manson Jr, he
cushions in place of the removed seats.
He also began inculcating his ?disciples? into a bizarre quasi-religious cult,
telling them they were the equivalent,
or even the reincarnation, of the original Christians and were being repressed
by ?the Romans? in the form of the
American political ?establishment?.
By 1968 Manson and his entourage
had settled in Los Angeles. Some of his
?family? stayed for a while in Dennis
Wilson?s rock-star home, but the cult?s
main base was a ranch in Topanga Canyon. The farmer who had purchased
the property allowed them to stay rentfree in return for doing odd jobs. It was
from there that Manson sent his followers forth to kill on those fateful nights in
August 1969.
By then Manson?s philosophy had
t
ta
taken
a more sinister and messianic
tu
u He began to identify himself as
turn.
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Jesus
and became obsessed with the
B
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Beatles?
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cu
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r
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preted
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p
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w
whites
in which the Manson Family
w
would
emerge as ?the chosen people?,
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with
te
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telling
the youth to rise up against the
es
establishment.
Why blame it on me? I
di
didn?t
write the music,? he later told the
co
court
during his trial.
What exactly motivated the mass
ki
killings
is disputed. Bugliosi, the chief
pr
prosecutor
whose book about the case,
H
Helter
Skelter, sold more than seven
m
million
copies, believed that Manson
had grown tired of waiting for his
predicted war to start. When he ordered the murders he told his followers
to leave signs and portents. Words such
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Charles Manson
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as ?pig? and ?death to pigs?, as well as
?Helter Skelter? were scrawled in blood
at the scenes of the murders, with the
intention of implying that it was the
work of the Black Panthers.
Manson was arrested in the autumn
of 1969 after one of his followers
bragged about the crimes. He went on
trial in June 1970 with the three women
who had carried out his orders: Leslie
Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel and
Susan Atkins. A further conspirator,
Charles Watson, had fled to Texas and
was convicted at a later date. Another
of Manson?s followers, Linda Kasabian,
who had kept watch outside the Tate
property, became the main prosecution
witness. She was given immunity in
exchange for detailed testimony.
Throughout the trial, which lasted
nine months, Manson was truculent
and unrepentant. On day one he
appeared with an ?X? carved into his
forehead as a protest against the
proceedings. The symbol was copied by
his co-defendants and his supporters,
who gathered outside. He punched his
attorney and at one point attempted to
attack the judge, screaming, ?In the
name of Christian justice, someone
should cut your head off,? before he was
wrestled to the ground by bailiffs. After
adopting the pose of Christ on the cross
earlier in the trial, he later shaved his
head, trimmed his beard to a fork and
announced: ?I am the Devil.?
All four defendants were condemned
to death in April 1971, but their sentences were commuted to life imprisonment when the California Supreme
Court abolished the death penalty.
Manson was subsequently found guilty
of two further killings and ordered to
serve nine concurrent life sentences.
In jail he proved to be an incorrigible
inmate. He converted the X on his forehead into a swastika and was charged
on numerous occasions with assaulting
prison guards and concealing weapons
and drugs. After he had smuggled a
mobile phone into his cell, a recording
emerged of his rasping, high-pitched
voice singing: ?I?ve seen the world
spinning on fire, I?ve danced and sang
in the Devil?s choir.?
Yet against all logic he continued to
attract followers and in 2014 was granted a licence to marry 26-year-old Afton
Elaine Burton, who had spent seven
years visiting him. It was reported that
even he balked at her plans to put his
body on show in a glass case and the
marriage licence expired before the
ceremony could take place.
His infamy also cast a long shadow
over popular culture. His crimes were
commemorated in films, books and on
the internet, in an opera by the composer John Moran and even a South Park
episode titled ?Merry Christmas,
Charlie Manson?. His songs were recorded by Guns N? Roses and by Marilyn Manson, who took his name.
With no hope of parole, he remained
impenitent throughout the long
decades that he spent behind bars. ?You
put me in a dark solitary cell, and to you
that?s the end,? he said. ?To me it?s the
beginning. There?s a world in there,
and I?m free.?
Charles Manson, cult leader and
murderer, was born on November 12,
1934. He died of natural causes on
November 19, 2017, aged 83
Manson in 2014, when he was granted
a licence to marry Afton Elaine Burton
Jana Novotna
Wimbledon champion who endeared herself to the crowds as much by the way she lost as won
PA; AFP/GETTY
Jana Novotna lost the ladies singles
final at Wimbledon in 1993, but her
post-match tears, spilled on the
shoulder of the Duchess of Kent, won
over the British people.
It was no disgrace to lose to Steffi
Graf, then the best player in the world,
but the manner of the Czech player?s
defeat was painful. Leading 4-1 in the
deciding set and serving at game point
for a 5-1 lead, Novotna double-faulted.
Graf went on to break her serve and
Novotna lost her nerve, throwing away
the next five games in 20 minutes to
hand the title to Graf and earn Novotna
an unwanted reputation as a ?choker?.
Novotna was clearly distraught, but
as the ball boys and girls formed a guard
of honour for the presentation ceremony,
she composed herself. ?I wanted to
handle myself well,? she recalled, ?but
when she [the duchess] smiled at me I
just let go.? While allowing Novotna to
dry her tears on her pristine white
There were whispers that
she lacked the mental
strength of a champion
jacket, the duchess smiled radiantly
and said: ?One day you will do it. I know
you will do it, don?t worry.?
True to the duchess?s promise, the
shy and understated Novotna returned
to Centre Court to claim the Venus
Rosewater Dish in 1998, when she beat
the French player Nathalie Tauziat in
the Wimbledon final. This time there
were tears of joy and there has arguably
never been a more popular winner.
Jana Novotna was born in Brno in
communist Czechoslovakia (now the
Czech Republic) in 1968, two months
after Soviet tanks rolled into the capital
to crush the Prague Spring.
Her father, Frank, was an engineer;
her mother, Libuse, a schoolteacher.
Their daughter?s first love was football
and she did not pick up a tennis racket
until she was eight.
As a promising teenager, playing on
the other side of the Iron Curtain was
not as difficult as it had been for her
compatriot Martina Navratilova, who
had defected to America in 1975.
Novotna was given free rein to play
across Europe. After she had emerged
on the women?s tour in the late 1980s,
she was viewed as primarily a doubles
player. That changed when Hana
Mandlikova, a former Wimbledon
finalist and fellow Czech, became her
coach in 1990.
It was a partnership that became
personal as well as professional, with
the couple setting up home together in
Belgium for a time. Every time the
houseproud Novotna won, she would
think of something to buy for their
home in Antwerp.
Mandlikova tuned up Novotna?s natural serve and volley game, which was
suited to the grass of Wimbledon. The
improvement was instant and Novotna
reached the final of the Australian
Open in 1991, losing to Monica Seles.
By the time of the Wimbledon championships in 1993, Novotna had developed a formidable all-court game in
which she attacked relentlessly with
the aid of one of the best second serves
in women?s tennis, a fine return of serve,
which she would hit early at the top of
the bounce, and a delicate touch at the
net. Powerful and graceful, the 5ft 9in
Novotna was popular with tennis
purists, but there were already whispers
within the game that she lacked the
mental strength to be a champion.
Off court, Novotna was not without
her quirks. Prone to excitability, she had
a keen sense of mischief and a penchant
for smutty jokes, but in other moods she
could be timid, even skittish. When not
Jana Novotna wins Wimbledon in 1998. Below, with the Duchess of Kent in 1993
with Mandlikova, she continued to live
with her parents in a small town near
Brno. She admitted that she would ?feel
lost? in a big city and was scared of
flying. Instead, she preferred to clock up
thousands of miles driving to tennis
tournaments all over Europe.
She felt uncomfortable playing in the
US Open because of ?the madness? of
New York City and was similarly unimpressed with Paris and Melbourne, the
venues of the French and Australian
opens. Wimbledon was the only grand
slam tournament at which she felt at
home. In 1993 Novotna played the best
tennis of her career there, beating the
Argentinian Gabriela Sabatini in the
quarter final and Navratilova in the
semi-final ? two players she had never
beaten before.
She was also playing beautifully in
the final against Graf, narrowly losing
the first set on a tie-break, easily win-
Her tears were hailed as
a victory for lesbianism
in the women?s game
ning the second 6-1, and moving to
within two games of victory in the
decider. ?It was the way I was moving
and serving and using the court, which
is so important on grass,? Novotna
recalled. ?Everything just came
together,? she said. Until, that is, she put
a second serve three feet too long and
then missed an easy volley, after which
her game fell apart. Graf sensed it, and
crushed her ruthlessly.
The next day, the still-dazed Novotna
was amazed to find her tearful face on
the front pages of newspapers all over
the world and realised that something
bigger than losing a tennis match
had occurred.
?For a moment it felt like I was the
winner and that was a great feeling. I
still have the newspapers, they?re beautiful pictures and I think it showed the
human side of professional tennis,
which most of the people came to
remember instead of me losing.?
Her tears were also hailed as a victory
for lesbianism in the women?s game.
Players who had ?come out?, such as
Navratilova and the Dutchwoman
Betty Stove, suffered years of discrimination, while many others simply
remained silent about their sexuality.
In a quiet and undemonstrative way
Novotna was openly gay, but she was
left traumatised before the Wimbledon
final in 1993 when reporters asked her
to confirm whether she and Mandlikova
had exchanged rings in a ?gay ceremony?.
However, her popularity and the fact
that she was widely known to be
gay has been cited as playing a part
in winning acceptance for lesbian
tennis players.
The defeat had a more negative
impact in that from then on Novotna
would be known as a ?bottler?. ?It took
me some time to get over that,? she later
recalled in an interview with the World
Service. ?It was more about fighting this
label on my back for years to come . . . no
matter how well I did, nobody saw that
and there was always this negativity and
criticism. I struggled with that.?
Novotna found support among
fellow gay tennis stars on the women?s
tour, including players such as Stove,
Billie Jean King and Navratilova who
worked on building up her confidence.
Before a match Novotna would play upbeat songs by Madonna to put her in the
mood. Towards the end of her career
she became calmer and less intense on
court, and started to enjoy playing
more. She became less concerned
about how she was perceived. Before
each Wimbledon tournament she took
to kneeling down and talking to the
grass. ?I say, ?Hi, I?m here so please be
good to me again this year.?
She made it to the final again in 1997.
By this point she had a stomach injury,
but she still took the 16-year-old world
number one Martina Hingis to a final
set. The Duchess of Kent gave her
another pep talk, but in her heart
Novotna thought her chance had gone.
The next year she defeated the highly
favoured newcomer Venus Williams
and the draw became wide open.
Novotna lined up for the 1998 final
against the Frenchwoman Tauziat, a
fellow veteran. By her own admission
Novotna served poorly, but she won an
unremarkable match in straight sets to
become, at the time, the oldest firsttime winner of a grand slam at 29 years
and nine months.
She fell to her knees before climbing
up to the players? box to embrace her
mother. Wreathed in smiles, she was so
overwhelmed that she could not
remember the championship point, a
forehand winner down the line, and
had to ask the tournament referee Alan
Mills to remind her of the shot she had
just played.
Later that evening at the champions?
dinner at the Savoy Hotel, Novotna lost
track of how much she was drinking. ?I
was drunk totally. I got there and it was
whup, whup, whup. One after another.?
She somehow managed to deliver
a speech. ?I swayed and stumbled
around. I thought this is going to be an
interesting walk, high heels, carpet,
everyone looking at me.?
She retired from playing in 1999 with
her Wimbledon singles title, 12 grand
slam doubles titles, more than
$10 million in prize money, and ?peace
of mind?. She was a popular figure at the
All England Club in later years, as a
commentator for the BBC and playing
invitational doubles in which she
remained a graceful figure, with her
long blond hair still held in place by
a headband.
In recent years she became a mentor
to Marion Bartoli, another player
suspected of having a fragile temperament. Novotna was thrilled when
Bartoli also proved the doubters wrong
and won Wimbledon in 2013.
Above all, Novotna treasured sharing her final triumphant moment in
1998 with the Duchess of Kent, who she
called a ?special lady?.
?What was the big thing?? the duchess teased Novotna. ?I told you last year
that if you make it to the finals for the
third time, it will be third-time lucky.?
Jana Novotna, tennis player, was born
on October 2, 1968. She died of cancer
on November 19, 2017, aged 49
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Law Report
Births, Marriages and Deaths
Keeping records of transgender
person?s history proportionate
GOD did not call us to live in immorality,
Supreme Court
Published: November 21, 2017
Regina (C) v Secretary of State for
Work and Pensions
Before Baroness Hale of Richmond,
Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore, Lord Wilson,
Lord Carnwath and Lord Hughes
[2017] UKSC 72
Judgment: November 1, 2017
It was a serious infringement of the
right to privacy of transgender
persons that the Department for
Work and Pensions retained sensitive information about their gender
history on its database. However, that
interference was a proportionate
means of achieving the legitimate
objectives of calculating entitlement
to state benefits and identifying and
detecting benefit fraud.
The Supreme Court so held,
dismissing the appeal of C, from the
dismissal by the Court of Appeal
(Lord Justice Elias, Lord Justice Patten and Lady Justice Black) ([2016]
PTSR 1344) of C?s appeal from the refusal by Mr Justice Simon ([2014]
EWHC 2403 (Admin)) of C?s application for judicial review of a decision of
the secretary of state for work and
pensions not to remove information
about C?s gender change and historical gender data about transgender
customers from the database of the
Department for Work and Pensions.
Ms Stephanie Harrison, QC,
Ms Michelle Brewer and Ms Claire
McCann for the claimant; Mr
Charles Bourne, QC, Ms Heather
Emmerson and Mr Rupert Paines
for the secretary of state. The
Equality Network intervened by
written submissions only.
Lady Hale, with whom the other
members of the court agreed, said
that C had undergone full gender
reassignment surgery from male to
female. Her gender recognition
certificate was one of the first to be
issued under the Gender Recognition
Act 2004. The Gender Recognition
Panel notified both the Inland
Revenue and the Department for
Work and Pensions of the change.
C had been in receipt of jobseeker?s
allowance, a benefit administered by
the department through Jobcentre
Plus offices. As a condition of
receiving the allowance C had to
attend a Jobcentre Plus office in
person every two weeks.
Her principal concern was with the
way in which her history was
recorded by the department and the
effect that could have on her interactions with its officials. She had had
some distressing experiences, which
indicated that department policies
did not effectively protect the privacy
of her status, but rather tended to
draw attention to it.
The department had a centralised
database, the customer information
system, to record information relating to each of its ?customers? and
everyone else who had a national
insurance number. The database
interfaced or linked to a number of
other computer systems within
government and quasi-government
departments.
The database recorded information about a customer, including his
or her present sex and the fact that he
or she was previously recorded as
having a different sex, present and
former names and titles and the fact
that a person had a gender recognition certificate, the date of issue and
the reason for change of recorded sex
being gender reassignment. That
data was held for the life of the
individual concerned and for 50
years and one day thereafter.
An extra layer of protection was
achieved through the department?s
special customer records policy,
which set out special procedures for
dealing with the records of certain
categories of customers who required
extra protection. For example,
because unauthorised disclosure of
their records could result in substantial distress or physical harm.
That policy was applied automatically to all those recorded on the
database as having a gender recognition certificate, unless and until the
customer asked for it to be disapplied.
The protection was therefore
optional, but without it a person?s
gender history would be readily
discernible by staff who needed
access to the database.
Under the special customer
records policy, an individual?s records
received a protected marking ranging
from private, restricted, confidential,
secret to top secret. Transgender
records were marked restricted. Staff
processing a jobseeker?s allowance
claim were bound to learn that the
customer was subject to the special
policy. They would not usually know
why that was the case, but might well
be able to put two and two together.
C challenged the department?s
policies on three grounds: (1) inconsistency with sections 9 and 22 of the
Gender Recognition Act 2004; (2)
incompatibility with rights under
articles 8 and 14 of the European
Convention on Human Rights; and
(3) discrimination under the Equality
Act 2010.
Her Ladyship said that section 9 of
the 2004 act clearly contemplated a
change in the state of affairs: before
the issue of the gender recognition
certificate a person was of one gender
and after the issue of the certificate
that person ?becomes? a person of
another gender. There was nothing in
section 9 that required that the
previous state of affairs be expunged
from the official records.
Section 22 of the 2004 act protected from disclosure by officials of
information concerning a person?s
gender before it became the acquired
gender. It contained several exceptions, including one for the purpose
of the social security system or a pension scheme.
Obviously therefore section 9
contemplated that the previous
history might be kept on record,
because otherwise there would be no
need for the protection given by section 22. Therefore the retention and
special customer record policies were
not inconsistent with or prohibited by
any provision of the 2004 act.
In her Ladyship?s view the
retention and special customer
records policies were an interference
with the right of C, and all people who
had undergone gender reassignment,
to respect for their private lives under
article 8 of the Human Rights
Convention.
The special customer records
policy was designed to protect the
privacy of their deeply private
information, but it had the consequence of drawing the attention of
frontline staff, and possibly others in
the office, to it. That was a very
serious interference, which went to
the heart of how C, and others in her
situation, related to the world and the
world related to them.
The real question was whether
that interference could be justified by
the operational needs of the benefits
system. Two legitimate aims were put
forward by the department for the
retention policy. The first was the
need to retain the information for the
purpose of calculating entitlement to
state retirement pension.
A transgender person had pension
rights in the acquired gender from
the date of the gender recognition
certificate. That meant the date of the
certificate would be material to the
calculation of the entitlement of
certain customers. The department
would need to know the date for the
purpose of checking entitlement at
the time and for checking and
maintaining claims thereafter.
The second aim put forward by the
department was to identify and
detect fraud. There was a particular
risk of identity theft in the case of
transgender customers. The department argued that the frontline staff
were at the forefront of detecting
fraud. They could sense when
something was not right and needed
to have access to information to
investigate and detect that.
In her Ladyship?s view the
database retention policy was a
proportionate means of achieving its
legitimate aims.
As to discrimination, it was not
clear in what way transgender customers were treated less favourably
than others on the database because
of their transgender status. The
present names and titles and any
previous names and titles of all customers were recorded. Customers
changed their names and titles for
a variety of reasons, including
marriage and divorce. All were
treated in the same way. The
retention and special customer
records policies were not unlawful
under either the Human Rights Act
1998 or the Equality Act 2010.
Solicitors:
Bindmans
LLP;
Treasury Solicitor.
and welcomed His Excellency on
behalf of The Queen.
Mrs Amanda Thirsk was
in attendance.
Clarence House
20th November, 2017
The Prince of Wales this morning
arrived at Gatwick Airport, London,
from Antigua and Barbuda.
Mr Scott Furssedonn-Wood,
Mr Julian Payne, Mrs Eva Williams
and Dr Suzanne Farrar were
in attendance.
Buckingham Palace
20th November, 2017
The Countess of Wessex,
Vice-Patron, The Queen
Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee
Trust, this morning visited
Sher-e Bangla Medical College,
South Alekanda, Band Road,
Barisal, Bangladesh.
Her Royal Highness,
Vice-Patron, The Queen Elizabeth
Diamond Jubilee Trust, afterwards
visited community education
projects at Textile More and
Dobdobia Bridge, Fultola, Barisal.
The Countess of Wessex,
Global Ambassador, International
Agency for the Prevention of
Blindness, this evening attended
a Reception for Orbis at the
Radisson Blu Hotel, Shahid
Saifuddin Road, Chittagong.
Court Circular
Buckingham Palace
20th November, 2017
Today is the Seventieth
Anniversary of the Marriage of The
Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.
Her Majesty invested His Royal
Highness with the Insignia of a
Knight Grand Cross of the Royal
Victorian Order.
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(Baroness in Waiting) was present
at Heathrow Airport, London, this
morning upon the Arrival of The
President of the Republic of Ghana
Kensington Palace
20th November, 2017
Prince Henry of Wales
this morning received Mr
Christopher Parker
(Chairman, Oak Foundation).
Buckingham Palace
20th November, 2017
The Duke of York this afternoon
arrived at Heathrow Airport,
London, from Mexico.
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Weather
Weather Eye
Paul Simons
Today A cloudy day for much of the UK with rain at times, heaviest in the north. Max 14C (57F), min 3C (37F)
Around Britain
Five days ahead
Key: b=bright, c=cloud, d=drizzle, pc=partly cloudy
du=dull, f=fair, fg=fog, h=hail, m=mist, r=rain,
sh=showers, sl=sleet, sn=snow, s=sun, t=thunder
*=previous day **=data not available
A cloudy, mild but wet
start. Becoming colder
later in the week and into
the weekend
Temperature
Tomorrow
Flood alerts and warnings
Temp C
Rain mm Sun hr*
midday yesterday
24 hrs to 5pm yesterday
Aberdeen
Aberporth
Anglesey
Aviemore
Barnstaple
Bedford
Belfast
Birmingham
Bournemouth
Bridlington
Bristol
Camborne
Cardiff
Edinburgh
Eskdalemuir
Glasgow
Guernsey
Hereford
Herstmonceux
Ipswich
Isle of Man
Isle of Wight
Keswick
Kinloss
Leeds
Lerwick
Leuchars
Lincoln
Liverpool
London
Lyneham
Manchester
Margate
Milford Haven
Newcastle
Nottingham
Orkney
Oxford
Plymouth
Portland
Scilly, St Mary?s
Shoreham
Shrewsbury
Skye
Snowdonia
Southend
Stornoway
Tiree
Whitehaven
Wick
Yeovilton
7
12
13
4
12
11
12
12
13
10
11
13
12
6
10
6
13
14
13
11
13
13
11
5
11
3
7
12
12
13
10
14
12
12
10
12
6
11
13
13
13
12
14
9
13
12
7
11
11
6
13
R
FG
PC
C
DU
DU
PC
D
DU
C
R
PC
D
DU
R
D
PC
PC
DU
DU
PC
DU
R
C
D
PC
DU
PC
PC
DU
DU
C
PC
DU
R
C
C
DU
PC
DU
PC
PC
PC
C
C
PC
PC
M
PC
PC
R
11.0
2.4
3.8
16.2
1.4
1.8
6.6
1.6
0.0
8.0
2.2
0.0
9.4
7.8
17.8
12.0
**
0.2
1.8
1.2
6.7
0.8
12.2
8.4
8.8
0.2
10.6
2.2
3.2
1.8
1.0
1.6
2.0
11.2
9.8
1.2
0.0
0.8
0.4
0.2
0.0
2.0
0.6
**
22.0
1.4
16.6
11.6
5.0
4.6
0.2
5.3
2.2
0.8
0.2
**
**
0.0
**
3.4
**
3.4
0.0
3.4
3.0
3.3
0.4
**
**
5.1
6.9
0.4
**
**
0.5
**
2.5
3.3
5.3
**
3.4
4.1
4.2
5.4
**
**
4.3
4.3
**
**
**
**
3.5
1.4
**
**
7.0
0.6
0.0
**
**
2.4
Some bright spells in the southeast,
but for much of the UK it will be
another cloud
day with
outbreaks o
Max 16C,
8
S
F
S
F
S
F
B
S
S
S
SN
DU
B
F
C
F
S
C
S
R
FG
C
F
B
S
B
S
F
F
S
F
C
SN
R
S
C
SN
B
B
F
S
R
F
S
C
C
S
0
Slight
7
Moderate
Rough
28 (degrees C)
10
At 17:00 on Monday there was
one ?ood alert in England, but no
?ood alerts or warnings in Wales
or Scotland.
For further information and
updates, visit ?ood-warninginformation.service.gov.uk, and for
Scotland www.SEPA.org.uk
10
22
Aberdeen
NORTH
SEA
32
Edinburgh
Glasgow
16
10
Londonderry
ATLANTIC
OCEAN
Thursday
Cloudy over western Britain with
another spell of rain. Drier across
much of Englan w
hy cloud an
some sunshi .
Max 15C,
Belfast
LLlandudno
14
13
Cork
2
12
Bristol
23
14
-15
5
General situation: Some r ghter spells
over eastern England, but for many
places it will be cloudy with rain.
Channel Is, SW, Cen S and SE Eng,
London, E Anglia: A cloudy day with
some occasional light rain or drizzle,
but there will also be a few brighter
and drier spells. Light to moderate
southwesterly winds, fresher through
the Channel. Maximum 14C (57F),
minimum 10C (50F).
E Mids, E and NE Eng: Early spots
of drizzle clearing, then drier and
Tides
London
Southampton
Exeterr
Brighton
CHANNEL
brighter forr a time before rain returns
towards evening. Mainly moderate
southwesterly winds. Maximum
13C (55F), minimum 10C (50F).
Wales, W Mids, NW and N Eng,
IoM, Lake District, SW Scotland,
Borders: Cloudy and misty through
morning with rain or drizzle. Some
more persistent rain developing in
the afternoon. Moderate to strong
southwesterly winds. Maximum
13C (55F), minimum 8C (46F).
Republic of Ireland, N Ireland: Cloudy
Noon today
Ht
4.1
12.6
3.4
11.8
5.4
6.6
3.9
5.1
3.5
3.9
5.5
7.1
5.3
9.0
6.9
2.4
6.8
9.0
6.5
6.8
4.0
5.4
4.6
6.1
4.4
9.1
5.1
2.1
Eight days
half-board*
from
14:46
20:50
12:39
20:36
19:16
12:34
13:01
18:52
13:59
13:10
--:-19:47
16:09
12:37
15:22
23:08
19:48
12:38
12:28
18:39
19:06
18:12
12:56
12:35
12:28
19:57
17:06
20:15
Ht
4.2
12.3
3.6
11.6
5.2
6.4
4.0
4.8
3.7
3.9
-7.3
5.3
9.1
7.1
2.5
6.5
9.1
6.5
6.6
3.9
5.2
4.6
6.0
4.5
8.9
5.2
1.9
27
in the morning with outbreaks of
rain, becoming brighter and drier in
the afternoon. Light to moderate
southwesterly winds. Maximum
14C (57F), minimum 7C (45F).
Argyll, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh
and Dundee, NW and NE Scotland,
Cen Highland, Moray Firth, N Isles:
Cloudy with outbreaks of rain, heavy
and persistent at times. Strong to near
gale-force easterly winds in the north,
lighter elsewhere. Maximum
12C (54F), minimum 3C (37F).
W
Tidal predictions.
Heights in metres
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13
2
7
0
-5
-10
12
Cardiff
14
Another day with a mixture of sunny
spells and scattered showers, the
showers most f q
the north
and west.
Max 11C,
41
Cambridge
Oxford
Plymouth
Sunday
50
5
18
Birmingham
Swansea
4
14
02:38
08:35
00:22
08:21
07:00
00:20
00:48
06:37
01:36
00:53
11:43
07:36
04:02
00:20
03:03
11:00
07:32
00:24
00:17
06:22
06:58
05:59
00:46
00:27
00:20
07:42
04:58
07:58
59
10
i h
Norwich
CELTIC
SEA
Channel Islands
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
68
15
Nottingham
12
13
Rather cloudy over England and Wales
with outbreaks of rain, Brighter over
Ireland and Sco
b
ith wintry
showers in t
.
Max 13C,
7
77
20
Sheffield
12
Shrewsbury
28
4
25
Hull
13
ooo
Liverpool
IRISH
SEA
Dublin
A chilly northwesterly wind will
bring a mixture of sunny spells and
scattered show s
over
Scotland an
nd.
Max 9C, mi
86
Yorkk
Manchester
Saturday
30
12
13
26
4
F
95
Carlisle
12
Galway
Friday
C
35
Newcastle
13
15
6
7
16
8
21
Madeira
15
Madrid
18
Majorca
19
M醠aga
19
Malta
29
Melbourne
Mexico City 16
27
Miami
8
Milan
30
Mombasa
-1
Montreal
2
Moscow
29
Mumbai
4
Munich
20
Nairobi
14
Naples
New Orleans 16
11
New York
16
Nice
18
Nicosia
-6
Oslo
7
Paris
22
Perth
5
Prague
-4
Reykjavik
3
Riga
Rio de Janeiro 30
26
Riyadh
13
Rome
San Francisco 13
27
Santiago
25
S鉶 Paulo
4
Seoul
31
Seychelles
31
Singapore
St Petersburg 1
-1
Stockholm
21
Sydney
23
Tel Aviv
27
Tenerife
9
Tokyo
7
Vancouver
10
Venice
7
Vienna
3
Warsaw
Washington 9
3
Zurich
ney
Orkney
Calm
11
All readings local midday yesterday
19 F
5
R
16 S
21 S
31 S
31 S
30 S
14 F
7
F
23 S
7
F
6
B
24 S
11 S
6
S
6
B
6
S
24 F
23 F
30 B
23 F
18 S
1
B
5
F
15 S
18 B
29 F
13 D
19 F
10 F
4
R
6
S
18 S
28 F
1
R
19 S
27 S
9
R
23 B
25 F
32 S
22 S
24 F
21 DU
14 F
22 C
26 S
e st te
(mph)
1
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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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34
1
W
10
Cold front
Warm front
Occluded front
Trough
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Moon rises: 09.52
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Sport
The All Blacks are losing their aura
GARY HUTCHISON/SNS
Huw Jones?s
late try helped
Scotland push
New Zealand
to the limit
Owen Slot
Chief Rugby
Correspondent
U
sual practice tends to be that, when
the All Blacks are given a close
game, the rest of the world responds
with a fist-pump emoji and the
slightly-too-keen recommencing of
the conversation about whether rival nations are
catching up with them. Scotland did not beat
them on Saturday but the last-minute
cliffhanger brought us right back on to topic.
Naturally, Steve Hansen, the All Blacks coach,
was asked about it afterwards. ?Everyone back
home was telling us they were getting bored
with us being dominant,? he said. ?Maybe they
need to go and have a cup of tea and think
about that.?
When asked whether those in New Zealand
just have to become accustomed to a changing
international landscape, he replied: ?We don?t
have too many choices about accepting it
because it?s a fact.?
Justin Marshall, the Kiwi commentator with
81 caps to his name, was on the same lines in the
New Zealand Herald on Sunday: ?Some will look
back and ask, ?Has the rest of the world got
better or have the All Blacks buttoned off??
Arguments could be made on both sides but I
think other nations have improved.?
You can rummage through the evidence as
you wish, but if you look at fixtures between the
All Blacks and the home nations, including the
British & Irish Lions, since November 2016, the
results read: played six, won three, lost two,
drawn one. The narrow defeat of Scotland is
hardly a statement of All Black supremacy; this
is the Scotland that finished fourth in the Six
Nations ? yes, they were unfortunate to lose
Stuart Hogg to injury against England, but they
also didn?t have a single player apart from Hogg
close to making the Lions Test squad. The
unlucky full back was forced home early after a
facial fracture against the Crusaders.
So are the home unions, in particular, finding
a way to negotiate this fixture?
From a Kiwi point of view, there has been
some ?buttoning off?. The first Lions Test was a
return to their accustomed heights, but aside
from the 57-0 annihilation of South Africa in
Albany and a superlative opening 50 minutes
against Australia in Sydney, they have definitely
looked slightly unbuttoned.
Before we undress them completely, context
and perspective are required. There has been
experimentation and squad rotation, so Hansen
hasn?t always selected his absolute first XV. That
is temporary. Players such as the full back Ben
Smith (sabbatical), the hooker Dane Coles
(injured), and the lock Brodie Retallick (family
reasons) are all arguably the best in the world in
their positions and will come back next year.
The damage that is permanent is the player
drain. The All Blacks hate to acknowledge that
is a threat yet an increasing number of players
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6 As he continues to play with his back-row
permutations, the kind of player Eddie Jones is
still missing is a flanker of real pace to do the
link work with the backs. Someone physical,
with real lineout presence too. Someone, in
other words, like Tom Croft.
Croft announced his retirement last week,
though it was no surprise; he hasn?t played
since March and hasn?t started a Premiership
game since November 2016. He has retired
aged 32 but he hasn?t been a regular starter for
England since he was 26. His international
career took place before, athletically, he
should have been reaching his peak. Injury
saw to that.
He won 40 England caps and five Lions caps,
and that is such a good run that it seems
extraordinary to say that England never quite
got enough out of Croft ? and, really, are still
left wanting more.
6 When Eddie Jones says that Australia are
bending the rules, or when Michael Cheika
says that England are playing close to the line,
their words are reported diligently in the
press. It is all good ?he said, she said? stuff;
great for headlines.
We all know the subtext, though, don?t we?
Those coaches, indeed any coaches, are not
interested in headlines, not remotely. They are
interested in sending a message to the referee
of the day. The Australians were outstanding
at this during the last World Cup; they won the
headlines, they won the referee, and they won
their specific area of attack, too, the scrum.
We had this chorus of complaint endlessly
throughout the Lions tour. It is all
premeditated. All done with a purpose. A very
bizarre form of communication.
And it always makes you wonder about
rugby and about human nature, and the
extent to which a referee?s decisions are
likely to be influenced by what they read in
the press when, surely, they shouldn?t be
influenced at all.
are now leaving in their prime rather than as an
end-of-career pension payment. If you could
field a New Zealand overseas XV in the next
World Cup, they would be quarter-finalist
quality and fighting for a place in the semifinals.
Put all that together and, yes, they have been
stripped of their aura of invincibility. Where the
All Blacks fixture was one that would, too
recently, play with the minds of some
opposition, Scotland showed what can be
achieved when teams rise to their biggest
challenge and genuinely believes that it is
winnable. Wales will do themselves an injustice
this weekend if their approach is not the same.
Yet this closing of the gap is not just the
psychological edge. Scotland employed tactics
on Saturday that they had seen in the Lions last
summer, and that the Lions had adapted from
Ireland?s 40-29 win last year. The line speed of
European defences has become the greatest
challenge for the All Blacks and, on occasion,
they haven?t been equal to it. This has become
something of a blueprint for European
opposition. Too often for All Black comfort this
year, their best attacking moves have stemmed
from set pieces when the laws, and not the
opposition, give them space.
Of course, this may give heart to Wales in
Cardiff on Saturday, though my suspicion is that
the Welsh will be meeting them on the wrong
day and the Kiwis will rise up to make a big,
global statement. This is their last game of the
2017 season. As Sam Cane, the flanker, said
yesterday: ?We are really keen to finish the
season on the right note.?
As a rider to any smug conclusion that the All
Blacks are losing their lead, I am reminded of
how Hansen interpreted the status quo when I
spoke to him at the start of the autumn. In years
to come, when we look back at this All Blacks
team, he said we would identify 2017 as the year
that was the making of them.
I get Hansen?s logic completely. They have
played with selection, blooded new players and
tinkered with tactics as never before. Next year,
they will consolidate. That is the threat and,
given how this team operates, they will probably
be true to their word.
For now, though, they are fallible. How close
is the gap? What we really need is to see the
world No 1 team against the world No 2. More is
the shame that there is no England-All Blacks
fixture this autumn and we won?t find out.
Lions tour abuse has made me mentally tougher, says Gatland
Steve James
Warren Gatland?s experiences as the
head coach of the British & Irish Lions
in New Zealand last summer have made
him stronger, he said yesterday, even if
the treatment handed out by the local
media still hurts.
Gatland?s Wales team face New
Zealand in Cardiff on Saturday looking
for a first victory since 1953 and, while
Gatland was eager to play down any
animosity towards his opposite
number, Steve Hansen ? ?there are no
issues between Steve and me, I have a
huge amount of respect for what he has
achieved in the game? ? his feelings
towards the New Zealand media are
very different.
?There was some pretty underhand
stuff going on,? he said of the tour in the
summer. ?There are one or two people
I would like to get into a corner of a
room on their own with me.
?I was a little bit surprised by it and
that might have been me being naive ?
I had not expected that personal
criticism right from day one. It made
me stronger, dig deeper, made me more
resilient, want to fight harder in New
Zealand as the Lions coach.
?I got mentally tougher. I kind of felt
like I was in a boxing match and was
going to come out on top of this.?
Gatland expects more of the same
from his countrymen this week. ?If
there is criticism of me this week I won?t
be responding to it because there is no
point, you cannot win,? he said. ?I will
be dressed up as a clown again, I will
just take it on the chin and move on.?
Wales can take heart from Scotland?s
narrow 22-17 defeat by the All Blacks on
Saturday but Gatland, understandably
given he has lost ten Tests against them
as Wales coach, urged caution, especially when the word ?vulnerable? was
mentioned. ?If you utter those words it
comes back to bite you,? he said. ?I?ve
never seen an All Blacks team that?s
been vulnerable. The quality and depth
they have, they?ll be hurting and
disappointed they didn?t play better.
?We can take some positives out of
that performance. But we can?t expect
New Zealand not to improve. We?ve got
to build from the second half against
Australia, when I thought we were
pretty good, and go and play against the
best team in the world and put them
under some pressure.?
Gatland said that Wales would wait
48 hours to decide on the fitness of
Liam Williams, who was injured in the
13-6 victory against Georgia last Saturday. ?It was a bit of an abdominal thing,?
he said. Justin Tipuric, the back row, is
expected to be fit after a thigh injury but
Samson Lee, the prop, has again been
ruled out with an Achilles injury.
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Jones ready to put Robshaw back at No 7
Alex Lowe
Deputy Rugby Correspondent
Eddie Jones is sizing up Chris Robshaw
for a return to the open-side flanker
position after Sam Underhill was
ruled out of England?s final autumn
international against Samoa with
concussion.
Underhill, the hard-hitting Bath
flanker, suffered his second concussion
of the season during England?s 30-6
victory over Australia on Saturday
and he has been stood down by Jones
with a warning to improve his tackle
technique.
With Tom Curry recovering from a
wrist injury and James Haskell no
longer in the squad, Jones?s options for
the open-side role against Samoa on
Saturday are restricted to Robshaw,
Maro Itoje and Sam Simmonds.
Jones, the England head coach, has
only ever selected Robshaw at blindside flanker, having written a disparaging newspaper column about his ability
on the open side during the World Cup.
?Chris Robshaw wears No 7, but he is a
six-and-a-half at best,? Jones wrote.
?He?s a useful player but he?s not an
out-and-out open-side flanker.?
H Teal (7)
1 51P00 STATION CLOSED 56 (T,P) M Attwater 9-12-6
T Whelan
2 65160 DIZZEY HEIGHTS 5 (H,T,C) N King 5-11-12
R Johnson
3 6P-52 SAUCYSIOUX 85 (T,B) O Murphy 7-11-10
4 /046- THE GOLDEN HOUR 260 Miss Z Davison 7-11-9 J Bowen (5)
C Ring (3)
5 d44FP JONJOELA 41 T Leeson 6-11-8
B Hughes
6 2-245 BROADWAY BELLE 24 C Grant 7-10-7
8-11 Saucysioux, 100-30 Broadway Belle, 7-1 Station Closed, 10-1 The Golden
Hour, 12-1 Dizzey Heights, 20-1 Jonjoela.
12.50 Nautical Nitwit 2.20 Holbrook Park
1.20 Maid Of Milan
2.50 Broadway Belle
1.50 Chilli Romance
3.20 Mercian King
Thunderer: 1.20 Kayfleur (nap). 1.50 Bardd.
Going: good to soft
At The Races
12.50 Selling Handicap Hurdle
(�899: 2m 4f 1y) (5)
34336 NAUTICAL NITWIT 10 (D) P Kirby 8-11-12
J Bowen (5)
13512 CLIFFSIDE PARK 15 (C) O Murphy 8-11-0
R Johnson
/F-P2 SERENITY NOW 16 (D) B Ellison 9-10-11
K Wood (5)
-0300 MINSTREL ROYAL 17 (T) P Kirby 7-10-9
N Moscrop (5)
4-551 OCCASIONALLY YOURS 7 (CD) A Blackmore 13-10-1
J Quinlan
7-4 Nautical Nitwit, 3-1 Cliffside Park, 4-1 Occasionally Yours, Serenity Now,
10-1 Minstrel Royal.
1
2
3
4
5
Rob Wright?s choice: Nautical Nitwit can make the most of
this hefty drop in class
Danger: Cliffside Park
Mares' Handicap Chase
(�198: 3m 38y) (4)
J Bowen (5)
1 13-13 MAID OF MILAN 18 (BF) C Mann 6-11-12
R Johnson
2 3F24- KAYFLEUR 220 H Daly 8-11-6
3 /05-2 ARMEDANDBEAUTIFUL 159 (P) T Gretton 9-10-0 J Davies
T Whelan
4 U3-P2 FRANK N FAIR 15 (D) Miss Z Davison 9-10-0
5-4 Maid Of Milan, 7-2 Kayfleur, 4-1 Armedandbeautiful, 5-1 Frank N Fair.
Wright choice: Maid Of Milan has run well on both starts
over fences and remains unexposed
Danger: Kayfleur
Amateurs' Novices' Handicap
Hurdle (�743: 2m 3y) (4)
22-34 BARDD 17 (D,BF) N Henderson 5-11-12
Mr H Hunt (3)
300-3 MULLAGHBOY 32 (H,T) O Murphy 6-11-4 Mr L Stones (7)
5P-35 CHILLI ROMANCE 12 (T) F O'Brien 6-10-12
Miss A Stirling (3)
Mr A Ferguson (3)
4 /535- COCKER 406 A Blackmore 5-10-9
6-4 Bardd, 9-4 Chilli Romance, 7-2 Mullaghboy, 11-2 Cocker.
1
2
3
Wright choice: Chilli Romance was a fair fifth at Ludlow
and can land this uncompetitive contest Danger: Bardd
2.20
Mares' Handicap Hurdle
(�422: 2m 7f 95y) (6)
Rob Wright
1.50
Underhill has been ordered to
improve his tackling technique
after a second concussion
2.50
Fakenham
1.20
Jones has since apologised for those
comments and come to realise Robshaw?s value to the England back row.
That ?six-and-a-half? jibe has become a
joke in the squad, with Haskell arranging for special shirts to be printed for
himself and Robshaw afterr
England won the 2016 grand slam.
The Harlequins player has filled
in at times over the past two
years, including against
Australia on Saturday after
Underhill was removed 16
minutes into the game,
and would appear to be
the frontrunner for the
role.
?Robshaw might get
the
six-and-a-halff
jersey out again,
ne down,?
d
Haskell sent me one
Jones said.
?We can roll that out, or we can
play Maro at No 7. We can experiment with it because, again, in the
World Cup we might have to do
that. It?s a great opportunity.?
Beginners' Chase
(�798: 3m 38y) (4)
T Whelan
1 4242- HOLBROOK PARK 239 (P) N King 7-11-3
2 4-060 KINGSTON MIMOSA 58 (P) M Gillard 5-11-3 Mr T Gillard (7)
H Cobden
3 P2-25 RED HANRAHAN 158 (T) P Nicholls 6-11-3
D Crosse
4 45-15 THE LION DANCER 21 C Mann 5-11-3
4-5 Red Hanrahan, 5-4 Holbrook Park, 25-1 Kingston Mimosa, The Lion Dancer.
Wright choice: Holbrook Park, useful over hurdles, can
make a winning start over fences Danger: Red Hanrahan
Course specialists
Fakenham: Trainer H Daly, 5 from 10 runners, 50.0%.
Jockey B Hughes, 8 from 20 rides, 40.0%.
Lingfield Park: Trainer L Cumani, 18 from 61, 29.5%.
Jockey Kevin Stott, 5 from 21, 23.8%.
Southwell: Trainer T George, 21 from 62, 33.9%.
Jockey K Edgar, 5 from 10, 50.0%.
Wright choice: Broadway Belle is consistent and can open
her account in this weak race
Danger: Saucysioux
3.20
Handicap Chase
(�549: 2m 59y) (6)
P21-3 MOVIE LEGEND 30 (P,D) Mrs L Wadham 7-11-12
L Aspell
-1324 BACH DE CLERMONT 30 (D,BF) E Williams 6-11-11 A Wedge
21013 MERCIAN KING 20 (CD) A Murphy 6-11-10
J Quinlan
F-106 LAND LEAGUE 30 (D) S Edmunds 6-11-10
B Powell
46653 CHESTNUT BEN 13 (D) P Winks 12-10-8
Ryan Winks (5)
43U4- BROTHER BENNETT 239 (T,D) Miss Z Davison 7-10-0
T Whelan
5-2 Bach De Clermont, 7-2 Chestnut Ben, 4-1 Mercian King, Movie Legend, 5-1
Land League, 20-1 Brother Bennett.
1
2
3
4
5
6
Wright choice: Mercian King was third in a stronger contest
over course and distance
Danger: Bach De Clermont
Lingfield Park
Rob Wright
12.40 Kassar
2.40 Nezar
1.10 Ding Ding (nap) 3.10 Joegogo
1.40 Rose Berry
3.40 I?m Running Late
2.10 Middle Kingdom
Going: standard
At The Races
Draw: 5f-1m, low numbers best
Simmonds has excelled for Exeter
Chiefs at No 8 this season and it was
there that he played after coming off
the bench against Australia to win his
second cap, but Jones believes his international future is on the open side. ?He
did well on Saturday. He certainly
comes into consideration,? Jones said.
?I was really impressed with him.
He can play No 7 or No 8.?
England are taking no risks
with Underhill, who was
knocked out on his Aviva
Premiership debut for
Bath against Northampton Saints in September
and suffered a blow to the
head in the European
Champions Cup game
a
against
Benetton last
m
month.
?We have 35 players in camp
and the only player unavailable
f selection is Sam Underhill,?
for
Jones said. ?That was his
second concussion in the last
six or eight weeks and we just
f it is in his best interests to
feel
h
have
a rest. He definitely needs
to look at his technique in tackling. We have spoken to him
about that and I am sure that is
something he will attend to.?
England should have Mike Brown
available again after he missed the
Australia game with concussion,
having landed dangerously as he
claimed a high ball in the win against
Argentina. Anthony Watson, who
started at full back last weekend,
expects Brown to compete ferociously
to reclaim the No 15 jersey against
Samoa and heading into the NatWest
Six Nations. ?He is a fierce competitor.
He always gives it 110 per cent in training. It will be no different,? Watson said.
Danny Care, Joe Marler, Charlie
Ewels and Jamie George could start
against Samoa as Jones considers shuffling his deck. ?We?ve always said 2017
was the year to continue to increase the
depth of the squad and nothing has
changed about that,? he said, while
guarding against complacency.
?That is always there sitting next to
you. We?re treating this as a very
important Test. We need to be at our
absolute best.?
World Rugby announced last night
that Samoa?s claim to have gone
bankrupt was false. Jones avoided the
politics but underlined how much the
W Cox (7)
9 (1) 63003 WINTOUR LEAP 48 (P) R Stephens 6-9-5
10 (7) 64044 COLOR FORCE 17 (T) D Kubler 4-9-0 Josephine Gordon
C Bishop
11 (8) 20/0- DING DING 15J Sheena West 6-9-0
12 (4) 20004 BUMBLE BAY 14 (H,T,P) R Stephens 7-8-12 C Shepherd (3)
3-1 Ding Ding, 100-30 Shan Dun na nGall, 11-2 Marshall Aid, 13-2 others.
4 (4) 46264 GLOBAL ACADEMY 14 (P) Miss G Kelleway 9-2
Josephine Gordon
M Cosham (3)
5 (3) 51000 BROCKEY RISE 63 P D Evans 9-0
Nicola Currie (7)
6 (1) 56441 INUK 38 (P) R Hughes 8-5
11-4 Dotted Swiss, Joegogo, 7-2 Inuk, 5-1 Deviate, Global Academy, 14-1
Brockey Rise.
1.40
2.10
(2-Y-O: �911: 1m 1y) (12)
Handicap (�246: 1m 2f) (14)
(2) 1-13 MIDDLE KINGDOM 12 (T,D,BF) J Gosden 3-9-4 R Havlin
T Marquand
(1) 30000 BREX DRAGO 52 (B) M Botti 5-9-3
S Cummins (7)
(9) 11200 BELIEVE IT 73 (P,C) R Hughes 5-9-2
Fran Berry
(6) 24603 RED TEA 18 P Hiatt 4-9-2
(11) 00000 VETTORI RULES 54 (D) Miss G Kelleway 4-9-1
Josephine Gordon
L Morris
6 (5) 13242 CAPE PENINSULAR 63 (B,BF) J Tate 4-9-0
7 (14) 60044 FIRST FLIGHT 13 (D) Mrs H Main 6-9-0 Hollie Doyle (3)
14513
FAYEZ
28
D
O'Meara
3-9-0
D
Tudhope
8 (7)
9 (8) 56660 COILLTE CAILIN 31 (CD) D O'Meara 7-9-0 K Shoemark
S De Sousa
10(10) 30303 EMENEM 51 (CD) S Dow 3-9-0
11(13) 21-51 CELESTIAL SPHERES 18 (P,D) C Appleby 3-8-11 W Buick
S Levey
12 (4) 65501 AY AY 41 (C,D) D Elsworth 3-8-10
R Tate
13(12) 00504 GOTHIC EMPIRE 27 R Rowe 5-8-8
B A Curtis
14 (3) 11200 SIR TITAN 10 M Tregoning 3-8-8
3-1 Middle Kingdom, 4-1 Celestial Spheres, 6-1 Emenem, 7-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
2.40
12.40 Novice Stakes
Handicap (�690: 6f 1y) (11)
1 (1) 10000 HIGHLAND ACCLAIM 4 (H,D) D O'Meara 6-9-9 S Levey
A Kirby
2 (7) -6055 KODILINE 35 (V,D) Clive Cox 3-9-8
C Bishop
3 (10) 11520 SUPER JULIUS 19 (P) E Houghton 3-9-7
T Marquand
4 (11) 40006 SIR OTTOMAN 15 (P,D) I Furtado 4-9-6
S De Sousa
5 (4) -0346 SHAMSAYA 72 (D) S Crisford 3-9-5
L Morris
6 (6) 1-042 GORGEOUS NOORA 19 (D) L Cumani 3-9-5
B A Curtis
7 (3) 03640 MEDICI BANCHIERE 24 K Burke 3-9-5
D Tudhope
8 (8) 31131 SHORT WORK 21 (B,D) D O'Meara 4-9-5
9 (5) 20200 DIAMOND LADY 34 (CD) W Stone 6-9-4 Hollie Doyle (3)
10 (2) 53655 ROSE BERRY 14 (H,C) C Dwyer 3-9-2 Nicola Currie (7)
S Donohoe
11 (9) 04300 JUST AN IDEA 28 (CD) H Dunlop 3-9-1
100-30 Short Work, 7-2 Gorgeous Noora, 11-2 Kodiline, 10-1 others.
Claiming Stakes (�264: 7f 1y) (12)
1 KASSAR 48 (D) R Charlton 9-9
K Shoemark
1 (7)
BEDIVERE W Jarvis 9-2
Doubtful
2 (4)
ELHAFEI J Gosden 9-2
J Crowley
3 (12)
25 KEY PLAYER 33 E Houghton 9-2
C Bishop
4 (10)
RAJAAM R Hannon 9-2
S Levey
5 (2)
5
RHODE ISLAND 13 (BF) J Gosden 9-2
R Havlin
6 (8)
04 SPRING ABILITY 20 Mrs L Mongan 9-2 C Shepherd (3)
7 (5)
VISOR (H) J Fanshawe 9-2
D Muscutt
8 (3)
0 DAWN DASH 35 R Beckett 8-11
R Kingscote
9 (9)
OUTLANE L Cumani 8-11
L Morris
10 (6)
SWEET CHARITY D Coakley 8-11
Fran Berry
11 (1)
VILLA MARIA K Burke 8-11
B A Curtis
12(11)
5-2 Kassar, 11-4 Rhode Island, 3-1 Elhafei, 8-1 Rajaam, 10-1 others.
A Kirby
(9) 0-001 UNFORGIVING MINUTE 73 (D) J Butler 6-9-7
J Osborn (7)
(4) 24202 NEZAR 14 (D) D Ivory 6-9-6
(8) 11440 LUNAR DEITY 12 (T,C) S C Williams 8-9-5 Milly Naseb (7)
(7) 33206 LETMESTOPYOUTHERE 10 (D) P D Evans 3-9-4
M Cosham (3)
D C Costello
5 (2) 66005 OUTER SPACE 12 (D) J Osborne 6-9-3
B A Curtis
6 (12) 53004 YEEOOW 69 (V,C) K Burke 8-8-13
S De Sousa
7 (5) 50505 DUTIFUL SON 14 (D) S Dow 7-8-12
Kevin Stott
8 (3) 02560 AL KHAN 21 (T,P,CD) K A Ryan 8-8-11
T Marquand
9 (1) 00010 BINGO GEORGE 8 (T) M Rimell 4-8-11
10(10) 41303 MORACHE MUSIC 29 (P,D) P Chamings 9-8-11 L Keniry
11 (6) 03-00 FULLON CLARETS 29 (P,C) Mrs L Mongan 5-8-9
Nicola Currie (7)
K O'Neill
12(11) 00-05 PLAY THE BLUES 91 (C) R Ingram 10-8-6
6-4 Unforgiving Minute, 5-1 Letmestopyouthere, 11-2 Al Khan, 7-1 others.
1.10
3.10
Handicap (�264: 1m 7f 169y) (12)
R Tate
1 (10) 00000 VICTOR'S BET 14 (C) Ralph J Smith 8-9-11
2 (12) 14-10 SHAN DUN NA NGALL 272 (T,CD,BF) A Murphy 6-9-10
Nicola Currie (7)
L Keniry
3 (3) 33044 MARSHALL AID 155 M Usher 4-9-10
4 (5) 0023- CANFORD THOMPSON 340 (BF) D Steele 4-9-10
Rossa Ryan (7)
Paddy Bradley (5)
5 (6) 65000 HATSAWAY 14 P Phelan 6-9-8
L Morris
6 (9) -2640 CHESTNUT STORM 29 B Barr 4-9-7
60-00
LAKE
SHORE
DRIVE
63
J
Farrelly
5-9-6
S Donohoe
7 (11)
8 (2) 5-050 MEETINGS MAN 56 (P,CD) Ali Stronge 10-9-5 T Marquand
1
2
3
4
Nursery Handicap
(2-Y-O: �911: 5f 6y) (6)
1 (6) 12623 DEVIATE 57 (D) T Dascombe 9-10
2 (5) 100 DOTTED SWISS 13 (C) R Hannon 9-7
3 (2) 63031 JOEGOGO 10 (D) P D Evans 9-6
P Pilley (3)
S Levey
Fran Berry
Blinkered first time: Fakenham 2.50 Saucysioux. Lingfield
Park 2.10 Brex Drago, Cape Peninsular. Southwell 1.30
Tunnel Creek. 2.00 Playful Prince. 3.00 Sandy Cove.
3.40
Apprentice Handicap
(3-Y-O: �264: 1m 4f) (10)
1 (5) 0051 WHAT A WELCOME 19 (C) P Chamings 10-0 C Bennett
J Duern
2 (1) 61005 I'M RUNNING LATE 34 (C) D Ivory 9-13
P Pilley
3 (10) 44252 RELEVANT 17 (P) K Burke 9-12
4 (4) 23326 ODE TO GLORY 45 (BF) Rae Guest 9-12
Sebastian Woods (7)
5 (6) 00-16 KOHINOOR DIAMOND 40 (P,BF) Sir M Prescott 9-9
H Crouch
K Shoemark
6 (2) 160 ENOLA 132 (D) A Murphy 9-9
T Clark
7 (3) 64004 WIDNES 28 (B) A Bailey 9-8
Paddy Bradley (3)
8 (9) 06002 DESERT SONG 27 P Phelan 9-3
Nicola Currie (5)
9 (7) 00541 BIRD FOR LIFE 13 (D) M Usher 8-9
10 (8) 30040 RIPPER STREET 19 (H) Mrs C Dunnett 8-7 Jane Elliott (3)
11-4 Kohinoor Diamond, 3-1 What A Welcome, 4-1 Desert Song, 7-1 Bird For
Life, 10-1 Ode To Glory, Relevant, 14-1 I'm Running Late, 16-1 others.
Southwell
Rob Wright
12.30 Captain Mowbray 2.30 Passing Call
1.00 Stowaway Magic 3.00 Hallingham (nb)
1.30 Royal Beekeeper 3.30 Everlanes
2.00 Bekkensfirth
Going: good (good to soft in places)
At The Races
12.30 Handicap Chase
(�899: 2m 4f 62y) (7)
653F2 CAPTAIN MOWBRAY 27 (P,BF) R Menzies 6-11-12 T Kelly
2/PP- MONDO CANE 532 (B,C,D) C Pogson 10-11-9
A Pogson
320-2 MANWELL 15 (T) S England 7-11-9
J England
4U21- CHASMA 252 (T,D) M W Easterby 7-11-8
H Bannister
-0311 PRETTY RECKLESS 12 (D) D Skelton 4-11-5
H Skelton
6211/ GLOBAL DOMINATION 690 (C,D) Mrs C Bailey 9-10-11
S Bowen
B Poste
7 256-6 THE JUGOPOLIST 16 (B,D) J Cornwall 10-10-8
11-10 Pretty Reckless, 9-2 Captain Mowbray, 11-2 Chasma, 6-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
1.00
Novices' Chase
(�330: 2m 4f 62y) (5)
1 5111U WORK IN PROGRESS 52 (T,D,BF) D Skelton 7-11-11
H Skelton
K K Woods
2 22-P1 POPELYS GULL 34 (D) Mrs P Sly 5-11-7
3 111-5 FOUNTAINS WINDFALL 17 (D) A Honeyball 7-11-1
A Coleman
4 1512- STOWAWAY MAGIC 206 (D) N Henderson 6-11-1
N De Boinville
J J Burke
5 115-4 FORTH BRIDGE 47 (T) C Longsdon 4-10-7
2-1 Stowaway Magic, 7-2 Fountains Windfall, Work In Progress, 9-2 others.
1.30
Handicap Hurdle
(�899: 2m 4f 62y) (14)
1
2
3
4
5
31P-5 SCOOBY 23 G McPherson 6-11-12
K K Woods
d3-P3 COURTLANDS PRINCE 79 (T) N Mulholland 8-11-12 N Fehily
-2120 SUTTER'S MILL 28 (P) E Williams 6-11-12 M Bastyan (5)
604-4 WHIN PARK 26 B Pauling 5-11-12
C Deutsch (3)
1256- WALSINGHAM GRANGE 24F Mrs P Sly 4-11-12 J Bargary (3)
Seventh man at open side?
When Eddie Jones took over as the
England coach in November 2015,
he suggested that Chris Robshaw
was not a No 7. England under Jones
have started with six players there:
James Haskell .......... 11 appearances
Tom Wood ............................................. 4
Sam Underhill ...................................... 3
Teimana Harrison ............................... 2
Jack Clifford .......................................... 1
Tom Curry .............................................. 1
Four men wore the No 7 shirt during
Stuart Lancaster?s three years in
charge:
Chris Robshaw ....... 42 appearances
Matt Kvesic ........................................... 2
Calum Clark, Haskell .......................... 1
game needs strong Pacific Island
nations.
?It?s important to keep island rugby
strong because they bring a uniqueness
to the game as they?ve got these
fantastic natural skills that, when its
galvanised together, produces this
game that no one else can play,? he said.
P Brennan
6 26012 TOWERING 26 (B,D) C Dore 8-11-10
H Skelton
7 P-541 ROYAL BEEKEEPER 19 (P) D Skelton 4-11-10
8 035-P HOKE COLBURN 40 (C) H Whittington 5-11-10 H Bannister
00145
TUNNEL
CREEK
20
(B,D,BF)
O
Murphy
5-11-10
F
Gregory
(7)
9
I Popham
10 4304- MIDNIGHT MERLOT 211 N Williams 5-11-9
A Blakemore (10)
11 3-430 CHILLY MISS 26 J M Jefferson 8-11-7
A Coleman
12 1-6UP SEVEN KINGDOMS 26 (T,P) D Dennis 5-11-3
R McLernon
13 34P0/ THECORRUPTOR 750 P Webber 7-11-2
A Nicol
14 631-0 SUGGESTION 13 (C) P Kirby 5-11-2
5-1 Royal Beekeeper, Tunnel Creek, 13-2 Towering, 8-1 Whin Park, 9-1 Scooby,
10-1 Sutter's Mill, 12-1 Chilly Miss, Courtlands Prince, 14-1 others.
2.00
Novices' Hurdle
(�574: 2m 7f 209y) (6)
1-1 EQUUS SECRETUS 16 B Pauling 5-11-5
D Jacob
1
T Dowson (5)
2 4/1-P ALLMYOWN 38 P Kirby 6-10-12
3 42-U2 ANOTHER STOWAWAY 23 T George 5-10-12 A P Heskin
H Skelton
4 3012/ BEKKENSFIRTH 696 (BF) D Skelton 8-10-12
5 PU/P PLAYFUL PRINCE 9 (B) M Scudamore 6-10-12 L Treadwell
062- ROLLERBALL ROCCO 219P C Pogson 5-10-12
A Pogson
6
6-4 Another Stowaway, 11-4 Equus Secretus, 3-1 Bekkensfirth, 8-1 others.
2.30
Mares' Novices' Hurdle
(�574: 1m 7f 153y) (7)
D Noonan
1 4332- BANJO GIRL 246 (H) Mrs L Wadham 5-10-12
D England
2 00-00 BISOUBISOU 9 O Murphy 5-10-12
GHINIA 35F Mrs P Sly 6-10-12
K K Woods
3
56- LADY MASTER 218 Mrs C Bailey 4-10-12
S Bowen
4
Jonjo O'Neill
5 10-25 MOUNTAIN PATH 52 Jonjo O'Neill 4-10-12
333 OKSANA 121 (H) B Case 4-10-12
D Jacob
6
W Hutchinson
7 342-2 PASSING CALL 18 A King 4-10-12
7-4 Banjo Girl, Passing Call, 9-2 Mountain Path, 10-1 Ghinia, 16-1 others.
3.00
Conditional Jockeys' Handicap
Hurdle (�249: 1m 7f 153y) (10)
0-060 VADO FORTE 13 (H) T Lacey 4-11-12
C Gethings
0P-65 FRANZ KLAMMER 19 C Longsdon 5-11-12 C H Davies (10)
04340 SANDY COVE 31 (B) O Murphy 6-11-9
F Gregory (8)
-U63P MAID OF TUSCANY 18 (P,D) N Mulholland 6-11-8
P Donovan (8)
K Moore
5 56-P0 WINDY WRITER 49 (T) S England 7-11-1
6 133-2 HALLINGHAM 20 (D) K Cunningham-Brown 7-11-0 M Bastyan
600P/
HONOUR A PROMISE 734 (H) P Webber 9-10-9
7
M Kendrick (3)
K Edgar
8 54506 CLAUDE CARTER 49 (P,D) A Whillans 13-10-8
J Bargary
9 006-P EARLY BOY 49 Andrew Crook 6-10-6
C Bewley
10 54450 HEY BOB 69 (T) C Grant 5-10-0
3-1 Hallingham, Vado Forte, 6-1 Franz Klammer, 7-1 Windy Writer, 8-1 Maid
Of Tuscany, Sandy Cove, 14-1 Claude Carter, Honour A Promise, 20-1 others.
1
2
3
4
3.30
NH Flat Race (�949: 1m 7f 153y) (13)
0 CODED MESSAGE 188 B Case 4-10-12
M Kendrick (7)
1
2 DIVA DU MAQUIS 189 N Williams 4-10-12 W Hutchinson
2
EVERLANES A Honeyball 4-10-12
A Coleman
3
0-0 FLEUR DU POMMIER 23 G Maundrell 4-10-12 Mr Z Baker (5)
4
0- FLORAL QUEEN 218 N Mulholland 4-10-12
N Fehily
5
0 HURLSTONE POINT 27 P Hobbs 4-10-12
T O'Brien
6
23- JANE LAMB 212 (BF) D Skelton 4-10-12
H Skelton
7
MIGHTY ELSA R Phillips 4-10-12
I Popham
8
PORTASH G Deacon 5-10-12
M D Grant
9
40- QUINE DES CHAMPS 276 (T) A Ralph 5-10-12
S Bowen
10
4 SHORELINE 199P (H) J Barber 4-10-12
N Scholfield
11
42- TIERRA VERDE 212 H Whittington 6-10-12
H Bannister
12
K K Woods
13 500 ZARA'S REFLECTION 26 B Case 4-10-12
3-1 Jane Lamb, 7-2 Tierra Verde, 11-2 Diva Du Maquis, 7-1 others.
Yesterday?s racing results
Leicester
Going: good to firm (firm in places)
12.50 (2m 6f 151yd ch) 1, Running Wolf (Kielan
Woods, 7-2 jt-fav); 2, High Counsel (5-1); 3,
Trojan Star (5-1). 8 ran. 7l, 12l. A Hales.
1.20 (1m 7f 113yd hdle) 1, Old Harry Rocks (N P
Madden, 1-3 fav); 2, Sky of Stars (16-1); 3,
Searching (9-2). 6 ran. 10l, 5l. H Fry.
1.50 (1m 7f 113yd hdle) 1, High Expectations (R
Johnson, 9-4 fav); 2, Quids In (8-1); 3, General
Ginger (10-1). 9 ran. 6l, 1Ol. G Elliott (Ire).
2.20 (1m 7f 201yd ch) 1, Tommy Silver (Harry
Cobden, 2-5 fav); 2, Cultivator (2-1); 3, Ocean
Bentley (200-1). 4 ran. 3Kl, 31l. P Nicholls.
2.50 (1m 7f 113yd hdle) 1, Hillcrest Fire (Joshua
Moore, Evens fav); 2, Shee?s Lucky (33-1); 3,
Glorvina (7-2). 7 ran. 4Kl, 1Nl. Stuart Edmunds.
3.20 (1m 7f 201yd ch) 1, Rhythm Of Sound
(Jamie Hamilton, 8-1); 2, No No Cardinal (14-1);
3, Mr Jim (9-2). 9 ran. 6l, 3Nl. Micky Hammond.
3.50 (1m 7f 113yd hdle) 1, Destrier (Harry
Skelton, 7-2); 2, Doc Carver (6-1); 3, Melangerie
(7-4 fav). 8 ran. 1Kl, 5l. D Skelton.
Placepot: �.40.
Quadpot: �.40.
Plumpton
Going: good to soft (soft in places)
1.10 (2m 4f 114yd hdle) 1, Tikkanbar (N Fehily,
5-6 fav); 2, Landin (15-8); 3, Book Of Gold (6-1).
8 ran. 19l, 1Nl. N Mulholland.
1.40 (2m 3f 164yd ch) 1, Benatar (J E Moore, 4-9
fav); 2, Keeper Hill (2-1). 3 ran. 9l. G L Moore.
2.10 (2m 2f hdle) 1, Dalaman (N Fehily, 4-9 fav);
2, Kastani Beach (5-1); 3, Keppel Isle (20-1). 5
ran. NR: Minella Voucher. 24l, 34l. N Mulholland.
2.40 (2m 4f 114yd hdle) 1, Sandhurst Lad (Mr A
Elias, 12-1); 2, Rothman (5-2); 3, Flanagans
Field (11-2). 8 ran. Sh hd, sh hd. W Greatrex.
3.10 (2m 3f 164yd ch) 1, Master Burbidge (N
Fehily, 4-1); 2, Mr Muddle (7-1); 3, Little
Windmill (7-1). 8 ran. 4Kl, 1Nl. N Mulholland.
3.40 (3m 217yd hdle) 1, Miss Mayfair (Aidan
Coleman, 11-2); 2, Mab Dab (9-4); 3, Filatore
(12-1). 5 ran. NR: Hold The Bucks, Landscape.
23l, 27l. Mrs L Hill.
Placepot: �.30.
Quadpot: �60.
Sousa, 2-1); 2, Meccabah (11-10 fav); 3, Ladies
First (28-1). 12 ran. Ol, 1Ol. J Ryan.
Wolverhampton
2.30 (7f 36yd) 1, Makaarim (R Kingscote, 7-2
fav); 2, Twin Appeal (6-1); 3, Easy Tiger
(7-1). 11 ran. NR: Phalaborwa. Nk, 1Nl.
H Morrison.
Going: standard
1.00 (1m 142yd) 1, Ciaoadiosimdone (S De
1.30 (1m 1f 104yd) 1, Mouchee (Matt Cosham,
4-1); 2, Progressive Jazz (5-1); 3, Ahfad (12-1).
13 ran. Nk, 1l. P D Evans.
2.00 (7f 36yd) 1, Our Man In Havana (William
Cox, 5-1); 2, Central City (7-4 fav); 3, Escape The
City (9-4). 5 ran. NR: Picture No Sound,
Reverberation. Nk, sh hd. R Price.
3.00 (5f 21yd) 1, Swendab (Rossa Ryan, 8-1);
2, Gorgeous (66-1); 3, Eternalist (10-1). 11 ran.
1Nl, Kl. J O?Shea.
3.30 (6f 20yd) 1, Invincible Ridge (Jason Hart,
6-1); 2, Arnarson (8-1); 3, Hamish Mcgonagain
(7-1). 12 ran. NR: Kachess. Hd, 1Ol. E Alston.
4.00 (6f 20yd) 1, Rapid Ranger (D Tudhope, 5-1);
2, Lady Cristal (14-1); 3, Don?t Blame Me (11-2).
13 ran. Ol, nk. D O?Meara.
4.30 (2m 120yd) 1, Omotesando (Charlie
Bennett, 12-1); 2, Hallstatt (20-1); 3, Alternate
Route (15-8). 12 ran. NR: Regal Gait. 1l, 4l.
Oliver Greenall.
Placepot: �.00.
Quadpot: �.00.
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Sport
Henry Winter
Chief Football Writer
The football project that saves lives
W
hen politicians next fulminate
about the greed and moral
vacuum of modern football,
consider this: an innovative,
life-changing project exists in
London that stages training sessions and games
kicking off at 2pm because participants are still
lying in bed in the morning, unable to get their
day started because of medication. Football gets
to parts that government can never reach.
Football is leading the crusade to help some
of society?s most vulnerable: men suffering with
mental health issues, some schizophrenic,
some suicide risks, some who have been
sectioned. Football is their route to
recovery. Coping Through Football is run
by the London Playing Fields Foundation
(LPFF) and its dynamic chief executive,
Alex Welsh. ?We looked at the fact that
far too many young men are killing
themselves, and asked how can we
transform community mental
health?? Welsh says.
His organisation takes referrals
from the NHS and hosts daily
sessions in four London
boroughs, ?not just relying on
medication to suppress
symptoms, but using the
football experience so people
get their lives back?. They
have to be afternoon
sessions. ?We can?t do it in
the morning because
they?d still be in bed;
the medication just
knocks you out,?
Welsh explains. ?These
nt
are people with significant
issues, 40 per cent are schizophrenic, probably
been sectioned at some point.?
Some hate the prospect of heading to a clinic,
a hospital, anywhere official, but they love this,
hurrying towards a pitch, playing the national
game. The NHS provides a qualified
occupational therapist and Leyton Orient Trust
supplies the coaches. ?Yes, Orient are in the
National League but, when it comes to this kind
of work, they are Champions League,? Welsh
says.
For many, it is the easy camaraderie as well as
the exercise that helps most. ?The warmth
envelops you,? Welsh continues. ?The clinician
will say, ?It?s good to see you, you?re looking
sharp today.? ?? Clinicians and coaches interweave
their work. Before beginning an extended
warm-up designed to stimulate the endorphins,
all the players are politely asked to put out their
cigarettes (?They all smoke like chimneys,?
Welsh says). Orient?s coaches then go through
skill sessions, working on technique. During
every break in training, the clinician chats away
The achievements of
Kane, the Tottenham
Hotspur and England
striker, are a glowing
example of what can be
achieved from growing up
playing on park pitches
in a low-key way, making suggestions on
lifestyle, encouraging them, lifting spirits.
The sporting setting removes the fear that
some feel about opening up to health
professionals. Every six months, each player gets
a review, addressing fears, building hope, as well
as simple medical practice such as measuring
blood pressure. One of the many encouraging
outcomes is that 80 per cent of those dependent
on drugs and alcohol have cut back.
?We have people who say it saved their lives,?
Welsh says. With their confidence and social
skills enhanced, 44 per cent progress into
education, jobs, volunteering or on to computer
courses. ?One went off and worked for Arsenal,
delivering a mental-health project for them,?
Welsh says. ?Another guy, who was really
struggling, we put him through his [coaching]
badges, and now he?s working on the
project.?
Coping Through Football targets
teenagers with mental-health
p
problems,
too, working on their selfe
esteem.
?If we can prevent them
fa
falling
off the cliff early, we can prevent
them having a terrible living death of a life,?
Welsh says. So impressed is the FA with the
scheme that it will host an event at Wembley
next month to mark the project?s manifold
achievements. With the NHS similarly
appreciative, organisers hope that Coping
Through Football will be rolled out across the
country.
Welsh?s charity is better known for
passionately defending park pitches against
greedy developers and cash-strapped councils. A
football pitch close to Twickenham is the latest
patch of the capital?s greensward threatened,
about to be claimed by the concrete jungle.
It is an insidious development that menaces
the future sporting prowess of the nation as well
as its health. Local authorities own 85 per cent
of London playing fields but leisure is a nonstatutory service, so it leaves these fields of
dreams vulnerable. Councils can sell them off
to generate funds, save money on
maintenance, and meet government housing
targets. With 420,000 new homes required by
2025, pitches are
disappearing. Roofs
over heads replace
grass under feet; a
difficult debate for
government but one
going
the way of the
g
developers.
d
Bowling greens were
th
the first to be sold off. In
the past 25 years, L
London has lost 41 per cent of
its cricket pitches and 20 per cent of its football
pitches. The impact is frightening. A third of
the nation?s children are now ?overweight
Top riders criticise Sutton for TUE abuse
Cycling
Martyn Ziegler Chief Sports Reporter
Elite cyclists have condemned Shane
Sutton after the former British Cycling
coach admitted manipulating exemptions on banned drugs to give riders an
edge.
Katie Archibald, an Olympic gold
medallist, and the multi-Paralympic
champion Jody Cundy reacted with
disgust to Sutton?s comments in a BBC
Two documentary that therapeutic use
exemptions had been part of a
?marginal gains? strategy in the past.
The circumstances surrounding TUEs
for the corticosteroid triamcinolone
obtained by Sir Bradley Wiggins before
his three biggest races have raised suspicions since they were revealed by the
hacking group Fancy Bears last year.
Cundy said that he was pleased that
Sutton, who was also coach at Team
Sky, had now left to become head coach
of the China team. ?I saw about the
TUEs and him saying it was a bendable
thing. If that?s the attitude people are
taking to medical things, then I?m glad
he?s gone,? said Cundy, 39.
?I don?t think it?s just our country
that?s abused it, it?s the whole world and
it was seen as, ?If they?re doing it we?ll do
it.? I don?t care who it is, if they are
fiddling the system they are cheating.
?It just pisses me off that there are
people out there who are willing to
abuse it to get an advantage.?
Archibald, 23, said that the admission
was ?outrageous? and criticised
Sutton for linking the manipulation of
TUEs to the ?marginal gains? system.
?It?s completely against the ethics of the
sport,? she said.
Julie Harrington, who took over as
British Cycling?s chief executive in the
summer, said that the sport had now
made it much tougher to obtain an
exemption. ?As a national governing
body our own medics have not
supported any applications for our
current GB athletes,? she said.
6 Former England footballers of a black, Asian
and minority ethnic (BAME) background will
be embedded in national age-group sides as
part of their coaching experience and also to
better reflect the diversity of English teams.
The likes of Rio Ferdinand and Jermaine Jenas
would be among the first to be considered
should they wish to accelerate their coaching
development.
The plan, considered for some time, was
effectively confirmed deep in yesterday?s latest
report from Kick It Out. Point 34 confirmed
that ?the FA has indicated that it is actively
considering how best to deal with the underrepresentation of BAME and women coaches
in the 16 national teams and the eight
disability teams and has opened dialogue with
the PFA about the numbers of qualified BAME
and women coaches who could make the grade
and who would benefit from achieving
enhanced qualifications and experience in
working with elite international players?.
All BAME players will be considered but the
target is those with international experience.
?This initiative will have to be introduced
within a co-ordinated manner, involving all the
other bodies involved in coach development
and recruitment,? Kick It Out said.
or obese?, as are 57 per cent of London?s adults,
according to Sport England. The drain of
inactivity on the NHS is put at �billion
annually, according to Better Health for London
2015.
The capital, the host of the 2012 Olympics
and home to famous stadiums, risks acquiring a
reputation of becoming an increasingly
sedentary city. To combat this, the LPFF draws
on the expertise of enlightened sports people
such as Bob Wilson, Martin Bayfield, John
Hollins and Kate Hoey, and Londoners such as
Harry Kane and Christine Ohuruogu who
benefited from local facilities, to assist them in
the fight.
As a child, Kane developed his craft on the
football (and cricket) pitches of the Peter May
Sports Centre in Leytonstone, one of the LPFF?s
main venues. ?Harry represents what can be
achieved by having the right attitude,? Welsh
says. ?Here?s a humble kid, driven to be the best
he can be, did that extra running, worked hard,
and now kids at Peter May are saying, ?We?re
playing on the same playing fields where Harry
Kane scored goals.? ?Eighty per cent of the Essex
[cricket] squad that won Division One came
through the Peter May. David Beckham played
at Peter May. So did Jordan Archer [the
goalkeeper] at Millwall. We have to protect
these places.? Places that also protect some of
society?s most afflicted, those with mentalhealth issues, at last coping through football.
inside today
While allowing Jana
Novotna to dry her tears
on her pristine white jacket,
the duchess
smiled and
said: ?One
day you will
do it. I know
you will do
it, don?t
worry.?
News, page 5
Obituary, page 58
Haye vows to fight Bellew
next year after injury blow
Boxing David Haye says that he will
return to the ring despite being forced
to pull out of his rematch with Tony
Bellew (Ron Lewis writes). The former
WBA heavyweight champion has
undergone surgery to repair a torn
bicep, suffered when he fell over while
running up stairs in training. Haye, 37,
who ruptured an achilles tendon
during their first fight in March, which
Bellew won in the 11th round, believes
that he will be fit for the bout to be
staged on March 24 or May 5. ?My
doctor and physiotherapist have no
doubt that not only will I make a full
recovery but will be able to be back in
the gym to start my arm rehabilitation
in two weeks,? he said.
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They should
have had a
penalty, says
Shawcross
2
0
2
1
2
Brighton
Gross 44, Izquierdo 60
Stoke City
Choupo-Moting 28, Zouma 45+1
Ian Winrow
Ryan Shawcross reinforced Brighton &
Hove Albion?s sense of injustice when
the Stoke City captain admitted the
home side had wrongly been denied a
first-half penalty following his
challenge on Glenn Murray.
Chris Hughton?s side twice recovered
after falling behind, first through
Pascal Gross after Eric Maxim
Choupo-Moting put the visitors ahead
and then again when Jos� Izquierdo
cancelled out Kurt Zouma?s header to
extend their unbeaten run to five
games. There remained, however, a
lingering sense of what might have
been had Lee Mason, the referee, and
his assistant viewed Shawcross?s
39th-minute challenge on Murray
differently.
?I think I clipped him. The referee
didn?t have the best angle. It probably
was a penalty,? Shawcross said.
?It?s one of those and hopefully it all
evens itself out,? Murray, the Brighton
forward, said, before admitting that
this was a night when he wished video
assistance had been available to the
match officials.
Hughton, the Brighton manager, was
understandably in agreement with
Shawcross?s assessment. ?I had a very
good view of it and straight away I
thought it was a penalty,? he said.
?There are two officials who can make
a judgment on that. I was 50 yards away
and I could see it, the linesman was
right there. It makes it tougher to take.
It?s a penalty, my view hasn?t changed.?
Predictably, Mark Hughes, the Stoke
manager, took a different view and the
outcome was that while both managers
had grounds for disappointment, they
could both take positives. For Hughes,
there was the additional satisfaction
that a point meant that his side avoided
matching the club?s worst start to a
Premier League season after 12 games.
They remain three places clear of the
relegation zone though and Hughes,
whose position has come under growing scrutiny, is all too aware that,
following Tony Pulis?s dismissal from
sterday,
West Bromwich Albion yesterday,
w his
four of the five clubs below
ers
have changed their managers
u
already this season. ?If you
don?t get results in this
game you get sacked
unfortunately,? Hughes
said when that statistic
was highlighted.
A win would have
strengthened his position
but he took some satisfaction from the outcome. ?It?ss
an away point and you have to
ghes
be happy with that,? Hughes
ntrol of
said. ?Overall we were in control
the game. We are resilient,, that?s two
hout being
away games in a row without
beaten.?
Hughton has warned his side they
are entering a period that could define
their season, with this game the first of
11in 42 days, and while he had cause to
How they stand
P
Man City..........12
Man United....12
Chelsea............12
Tottenham.....12
Liverpool........12
Arsenal.............12
Burnley............12
Watford............12
Brighton..........12
Hudd?field......12
Newcastle.......12
Leicester.........12
B?mouth...........12
So?hampton...12
Stoke.................12
Everton............12
West Brom.....12
West Ham.......12
Swansea..........12
C Palace...........12
W
11
8
8
7
6
7
6
5
4
4
4
3
4
3
3
3
2
2
2
1
D
1
2
1
2
4
1
4
3
4
3
2
4
1
4
4
3
4
3
2
2
L F AGDPts
040 7 33 34
2 27 6 21 26
3 23 10 13 25
3 20 9 11 23
2 24 17 7 22
4 22 16 6 22
2 12 9 3 22
4 19 21 -2 18
4 13 13 0 16
5 8 17 -9 15
6 11 14 -3 14
5 16 18 -2 13
7 11 14 -3 13
5 9 14 -5 13
5 15 24 -9 13
6 12 24 -12 12
6 9 18 -9 10
7 11 25 -14 9
8 7 15 -8 8
9 6 24 -18 5
Izquierdo is mobbed by
team-mates after scoring
but earlier Brighton had
been denied a penalty,
inset, when Shawcross
brought down Murray
Premier League
Brighton
(1) 2
Gross 44, Izquierdo 60
29,676
Stoke
(2) 2
Choupo-Moting 28
Zouma 45+1
Cricket
First Test: India v Sri Lanka
Calcutta (final day of five): Match Drawn
India: First Innings 172 (C A Pujara 52; R A
S Lakmal 4 for 26)
Second Innings (overnight 171-1)
K L Rahul b Lakmal
79
C A Pujara c Perera b Lakmal
22
*V Kohli not out
104
A M Rahane lbw b Lakmal
0
R A Jadeja c Thirimanne b Perera
9
R Ashwin b Shanaka
7
?W P Saha c Samarawickrama b Shanaka 5
B Kumar c Perera b Gamage
8
M Shami not out
12
Extras (b 7, lb 1, w 3, nb 1)
12
Total (8 wkts dec, 88.4 overs)
352
Fall of wickets: 1-166, 2-192, 3-213, 4-213, 5249, 6-269, 7-281, 8-321.
Arsenal have appointed Sven
Mislintat as their head of
recruitment. The 45-year-old will
leave Borussia Dortmund to start
at the Emirates next month.
Steve Rowley, Arsenal?s chief
scout, has stood down from his
post after 25 years with the north
London club, although he will
continue in a consultancy role.
Mislintat had been at
Dortmund for almost a decade,
during which time the Bundesliga
club recruited Robert
Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick
Aubameyang, Shinji Kagawa and
Ousmane Demb閘�.
?We are delighted that Sven is
joining us,? Ars鑞e Wenger, the
Arsenal manager, said.
?Identifying and developing
talent is a core part of our
philosophy and Sven has an
outstanding track record over
many years. We look forward to
him taking our existing
recruitment approach forwards.
?We would like to thank Steve
Rowley for all his hard work over
many years for the club. We wish
him well for the future.?
Leeds facing FA action
regret the failure to claim all three
points, the Brighton manager acknowledged his side are still coming to terms
with life in the Premier League.
?When you have been behind twice
you have to show character and we did,?
he said. ? Stoke are a very manly team,
we had to stand up to that. We have to
be realistic. We are playing against better teams and better players and if you
can?t win games then don?t lose them.?
Brighton?s progress before the international break meant Hughton named
an unchanged line-up for the fourth
successive game while Stoke?s approach
to the game also reflected their recent,
more positive results. Shawcross drew a
good save from Mathew Ryan, the
Brighton goalkeeper, while Davy
Propper did the same at the other end.
The breakthrough came from Stoke
in the 28th minute when Xherdan
Shaqiri floated a perfectly weighted ball
over the home defence into the path of
Choupo-Moting, who found space
between Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk,
the Brighton centre backs, and pro-
duced a superb first touch that set the
forward up for a steady finish past Ryan.
Eleven minutes later, Shawcross
brought down Murray in the penalty
area but Brighton?s minds were quickly
refocused with Propper setting up
Gross for the 44th-minute equaliser
following a powerful run through
midfield. Hughton?s side, though,
switched off two minutes later, allowing Zouma to head home after the
home side had failed to clear a corner.
Brighton equalised for the second
time on the hour when Murray set up
Izquierdo, who finished at the second
attempt.
Brighton & Hove Albion (4-4-2): M Ryan 8 ? Bruno 6,
S Duffy 6, L Dunk 5, G Bong 6 ? A Knockaert 6 (sub:
E Schelotto 84min), D Stephens 7, D Pr鰌per 8,
J Izquierdo 6 (sub: S March 74) ? P Gross 7 (sub:
I Brown 84), G Murray 7. Substitutes not used T Krul,
M Suttner, T Hemed, C Goldson. Booked Murray.
Stoke City (3-4-3): L Grant 6 ? K Zouma 6, R Shawcross
7, K Wimmer 6 ? M Diouf 5, D Fletcher 7, J Allen 6,
E Pieters 6 ? X Shaqiri 8 (sub: P Crouch 73),
E-M Choupo-Mouting 7, R Sobhi 6. Substitutes not used
J Haugaard, B Martins Indi, C Adam, S Berahino, Jes�,
I Afellay.
Referee L Mason.
Results and scoreboard
Football
Mislintat joins Arsenal
as head of recruitment
Leeds United face possible
disciplinary action from the FA
after objects were thrown from
the stands during Sunday?s 2-1
win at home to Middlesbrough.
The governing body has
launched an investigation after
the referee Keith Stroud?s
controversial decision to award
Middlesbrough a 77th-minute
penalty, which Britt
Assombalonga converted,
resulted in missiles landing near a
linesman.
A section of the home support
were incensed that Daniel Ayala
had not been penalised for
hauling down Luke Ayling, who
retaliated by grabbing the
Middlesbrough defender?s leg.
Christie decries abuse
Cyrus Christie, the Republic of
Ireland player who suffered racial
abuse online after the World Cup
play-off defeat by Denmark, has
hit back at his internet trolls.
In a statement last night,
Christie said: ?It is deeply
saddening that racism is still part
of the game we all enjoy and love.
?I strongly believe we need to
stand up against these individuals
who do not belong in football or
any other sport. These comments
are not representative of our fans
or our sport. We were all deeply
upset to not reach the World Cup
finals and are hurting just as
much as everyone else.?
Police are investigating the
incident.
Italy fallout continues
Bowling: Lakmal 24.4-4-93-3; Gamage 23-297-1; Shanaka 22-1-76-3; Perera 13-2-49-1;
Herath 6-1-29-0.
Sri Lanka: First Innings 294 (H M R K B Herath
67; A D Mathews 52; H D R L Thirimanne 51;
B Kumar 4 for 88; M Shami 4 for 100).
Second Innings
W S R Samarawickrama b Kumar
0
F D M Karunaratne b Shami
1
H D R L Thirimanne c Rahane b Kumar
7
A D Mathews lbw b Yadav
12
*L D Chandimal b Shami
20
?D P D N Dickwella lbw b Kumar
27
M D Shanaka not out
6
M D K Perera b Kumar
0
H M R K B Herath not out
0
Extras (lb 1nb 1)
2
Total (7 wkts, 26.3 overs)
75
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-2, 3-14, 4-22, 5-69, 669, 7-75.
Bowling: Kumar 11-8-8-4; Shami 9.3-4-34-2;
Yadav 5-0-25-1; Jadeja 1-0-7-0.
Umpires: R A Kettleborough and N J Llong.
American football
NFL: Philadelphia Eagles 37 Dallas Cowboys
9; Cincinnati 20 Denver 17; New England 33
Oakland 8; LA Chargers 54 Buffalo 24; Tampa
Bay 30 Miami 20; Jacksonville Jaguars 19
Cleveland Browns 7; Baltimore 23 Green Bay
0; Houston Texans 31 Arizona Cardinals 21;
Minnesota 24 LA Rams 7; Detroit Lions 27
Chicago Bears 24; New Orleans 34
Washington 31 (OT); NY Giants 12 Kansas
City 9 (OT).
Snooker
Waterfront Hall, Belfast: Northern Ireland
Open: First round (England unless stated):
K Doherty (Irl) bt P Lines 4-2; O Lines bt Xu Si
(China) 4-3; L Highfield bt M Davis 4-3; B
Castle bt D Brennan 4-2; S Craigie bt K Wilson
4-1; A Duffy bt R McLeod 4-2; R Milkins bt
A Burden 4-3; A Borg (Pol) bt P Ebdon 4-3;
Niu Zhuang (China) bt I Burns 4-3; A Hugill bt
J Boileau (Irl) 4-2; H Vafaei (Iran) bt
A Hamilton 4-1; Chen Zifan bt S Murphy 4-1;
J Whit bt D Dale (Wal) 4-3; Thepchaiya
Un-Nooh (Thai) bt A Taylor 4-2; N Robertson
(Aus) bt J Jones (Wal) 4-1; Noppon
Saengkham (Thai) bt Hamza Akbar
(Pakistan) 4-3; R Hull (Fin) bt E Sharav (Sco)
4-3; Li Hang (China) bt Cao Yupeng (China)
4-3; J Curtis Barrett bt I Preece (Wal) 4-1;
Tian Pengfei bt Soheil Vahedi (Iran) 4-2; Yu
Delu (China) bt C Steadman 4-1; R Walden bt
H Miah 4-0; R Muir (Sco) bt Thor Chuan Leong
(Malaysia) 4-3; Mei Xiwen (China) bt J Brown
4-0; L� Haotian bt J Swail 4-3; M Allen (N Irl)
bt S Lam 4-2; E Slessor bt K Dunham (Aus)
4-0; K Maflin (Nor) bt A Higginson 4-1.
Fixtures
Football
(7.45 unless stated) Champions League:
Group E: Seville v Liverpool. Group F: Man City
v Feyenoord. Group H: B Dortmund v Spurs.
Sky Bet Championship: Aston Villa v
Sunderland; Barnsley v Cardiff; Bolton v
Reading (8.0); Brentford v Burton; Bristol
City v Preston; Derby v QPR; Millwall v Hull;
Nottm For v Norwich; Sheff Utd v Fulham.
League One: Blackpool v Gillingham; Bradford
v Scunthorpe; MK Dons v Southend; Bury v
Shrewsbury; Charlton v Rochdale; Oldham v
AFC Wimbledon; Oxford Utd v Blackburn;
Peterborough v Portsmouth; Plymouth v
Northampton; Walsall v Fleetwood; Wigan v
Doncaster. League Two: Accrington v
Wycombe; Cheltenham v Cambridge Utd;
Chesterfield v Forest Green; Colchester v
Lincoln; Crawley v Exeter; Grimsby v Swindon;
Luton v Carlisle; Morecambe v Crewe; Newport
v Barnet; Port Vale v Mansfield; Stevenage v
Coventry; Yeovil v Notts Co.
National League: Fylde v Guiseley; Bromley v
Aldershot; D & Redbridge v Dover; Eastleigh v
Maidenhead; Gateshead v Barrow; Hartlepool
v Halifax; L Orient v Chester; Macclesfield v
Tranmere; Maidstone v Boreham Wood;
Sutton v Torquay; Woking v Ebbsfleet;
Wrexham v Solihull Moors.
National League North: Telford v Tamworth;
Kidderminster v North Ferriby.
National League South: Bognor v Oxford City;
Braintree v Truro; Dartford v Wealdstone;
East Thurrock v Gloucester; Havant v
Chelmsford.
Carlo Tavecchio has resigned as
president of the Italian Football
Federation.
The 74-year-old is the second
high-profile departure from the
federation in the past week,
following the sacking of head
coach Gian Piero Ventura last
Wednesday, after Italy missed
out on qualifying for the World
Cup finals for the first time since
1958.
Having been elected president
in 2014, Tavecchio received bans
from Fifa and Uefa for allegedly
making racist comments about a
hypothetical African player who
?previously ate bananas and then
suddenly becomes a first-team
player with Lazio?.
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Liverpool?s test of new maturity
RICHARD HEATHCOTE/GETTY IMAGES
Reined-in team are
chasing the win they
need to qualify, writes
Paul Joyce in Seville
Seville will know all the names ?
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Man�, Philippe
Coutinho et al ? and they will
remember many of the moves from the
last meeting just 69 days ago. Yet,
when Liverpool stride out at a frenzied
Ram髇 S醤chez Pizju醤 Stadium
tonight, pursuing the victory that
would smooth their passage into the
Champions League knockout stages,
J黵gen Klopp will expect his side to be,
in so many other ways, unrecognisable.
Rewind to that opening group E
meeting on September 13 and
Liverpool?s approach in an absorbing
2-2 stalemate, which signalled their
return to the competition after a yawning wait, was helter-skelter verging on
crash-bang-wallop or be-walloped.
They fell behind, surged ahead and
proceeded to trip themselves up.
Exhilarating one moment and exasperating the next, no one seemed to mind
too much, least of all the manager.
Then came Tottenham Hotspur
away last month, a 4-1 embarrassment
at Wembley so galling that even Klopp
appreciated something had to change.
The clamour was for some players to be
jettisoned; instead the penny dropped.
The Liverpool manager has reined in
his attacking instincts since and the
team which he hopes will now confront
Seville is one a little less prone to
attempting to play in fifth gear for 90
minutes. The attacking triumvirate of
Salah, Man� and the underrated
Roberto Firmino will take risks ? and,
increasingly, the chances ? but those
behind will seek to exert more control.
These days Alberto Moreno, back on
home territory this evening, talks
about being a defender first and
foremost. The full backs can still
push on but their default position is not
inside the opposition half.
If Tottenham was the nadir, then it
might prove a turning point. The ferocity of Klopp?s debrief left his players in
no doubt that he had found the end of
his tether as well as discovering a plan
for progression. Since that game, the
tale of the tape reads: P4, W4, F13, A1.
?Everyone realised that we have to
do everything together,? Ragnar Klavan, who is again likely to deputise at
centre back for the injured Jo雔 Matip,
said. ?If we defend, then we defend
together. If we attack, then we are there.
?Tottenham wasn?t a good game but,
after that, we made our corrections and
Klopp rotation
J黵gen Klopp manages to keep
strike trio Sadio Man�, Mohamed
Sala and Roberto Firmino fresh by
reducing playing time within
matches with careful substitutions
Man�
Firmino
Salah
2017-18 season
After 19 games in all competitions
Games started
11
17
17
Number of times played full match
2*
4
8
Number of times substituted
8
13
9
Minutes played
845
1,391
1,423
Minutes missed after substitution
Turning point: Liverpool players trudge off at Wembley after the 4-1 defeat by Tottenham that led to a change of approach
Seville v Liverpool
Group E
Ram髇 S醤chez Pizju醤, kick-off 7.45pm
TV BT Sport 2. Highlights on The Times App
Referee F Brych (Germany)
Seville (probable; 4-3-3)
Rico
Mercado
Kjaer
Lenglet
Escudero
Banega
Nzonzi
Pizarro
Sarabia
Ben Yedder
Correa
Salah
Firmino
Man�
Coutinho
Can
Moreno
Klavan
Henderson
Lovren
Gomez
Karius
Liverpool (probable; 4-3-3)
the last four games have been all right.
We have a lot of quality in attack and we
know for sure that the players in front
are going to get chances in every game.
?It has always been defence first
and then attack, and the manager has
always tried to tell us that. But maybe in
recent games he has put a little bit more
emphasis on that. You can see that
everybody is investing more defensively and that during those matches we
were really compact. The main focus is
to defend together, get the ball and start
attacking.?
It has been an overdue recalibration
of approach, but one Seville, who have
not lost at home since Juventus won
here a year ago tomorrow, will put
under rather more scrutiny than
Huddersfield Town, Maribor, West
Ham United and a supine Southampton have managed.
Chelsea also arrive at Anfield on
Saturday and only after this week can
we say with conviction that this is
Klopp?s Liverpool Mk II. Eduardo
Berizzo?s side should have to work
harder than they had to for their goals
at Anfield ? when Emre Can initially
lost a midfield duel before Dejan
Lovren kicked thin air, rather than the
ball, allowing Wissam Ben Yedder to
tap in. Later, Seville unhinged the hosts
straight from a throw-in, cutting a
swathe through the middle with
Joaqu韓 Correa profiting.
There has to be a little less thrash of
heavy metal as Liverpool seek to reach
the last 16 for the first time since 2009
and, if they are to continue to rub shoulders with the elite, the progress must be
maintained.
?Our new maturity will have to show
itself 100 per cent in this atmosphere,?
said Klopp, who recalled how his first
visit to this cavernous bowl with FC
Mainz ended in a 0-0 draw and the accompanying soundtrack was barbs of
?typical Allemagne?.
?We do not need to run in only one
direction and win in the first second.
Huddersfield had no counterattacks
and, while people might say they didn?t
want to counterattack, that is not true,
92
156
136
*Man� missed 53 minutes
after red card away to
Manchester City
they wanted to. That was the first really
important step for us.
?Maribor was the next challenge for
us. That week was not only a very
important week for us results-wise. If we
are really dominant in a game then we
need to control it. What we need is to be
100 per cent focused in these moments.
That is defending ? being focused.
?When we have the ball, be an option
to receive it or, if you cannot be an
option, then you give protection. It is
not about counterpressing all the time.
If we can counterpress, then do it. If not,
then go back and defend together.?
Seville are a point behind Liverpool,
who have included Adam Lallana in
their 23-man squad, and can also
qualify with a win. Yet for Klopp there is
added motivation, fuelled by the
memory of the Europa League final
defeat by the Spaniards in 2016.
Does that reverse, a 1-0 lead evaporating inside 17 seconds of the second
half as Seville ran out 3-1 victors, still
grate? ?Yeah, yeah, yeah,? he added
before taking a bite out of an apple.
Alli warned to take care not to ruffle ?gesture? referee
Matt Hughes Deputy Football
Correspondent, Dortmund
Mauricio Pochettino has warned Dele
Alli to be on his best behaviour during
Tottenham Hotspur?s Champions
League tie against Borussia Dortmund
this evening because of the identity of
the match official.
Cl閙ent Turpin, who reported Alli to
Fifa for making a middle-finger gesture
during England?s World Cup qualifier
against Slovakia in September, will referee the match at Signal Iduna Park
with Tottenham seeking a win to guarantee qualification as group H winners.
Pochettino will make several
changes to Tottenham?s starting lineup from last weekend?s defeat by
Arsenal and Alli could be rested after
struggling at the Emirates Stadium, but
is likely to be involved at some stage.
The 21-year-old received a one-match
ban from Fifa for an ?offensive gesture?
at Wembley and has been told that
Turpin may have an eye on him.
?It?s important to be aware,? Pochettino said. ?I will tell Dele to be careful if
he plays. Always it?s important. The
referee moves on and I?m sure there?s
nothing in his mind to ban him for that
situation. But it is always good to know.
I will tell Dele.?
Danny Rose will return to the team if
he suffers no ill effects from training
last night after being left out completely
against Arsenal, and Pochettino has
again insisted that there are no
problems between the pair.
The left back is understood to have
returned from England duty last week
feeling drained and with Tottenham
still
managing
his
workload
following last season?s knee
ligament injury, he was given a few
days off before being put through an
intensive training session on Saturday.
?Danny is doing well,?
Pochettino said. ?The
training session on
Saturday was tough for
him and he will train
with the group and
then decide if he
will play or not. There?s
no issue with him.?
Pochettino claimed to
be happy with the criticism
that Tottenham received
Alli was banned for his
behaviour at Wembley
following the 2-0 defeat against
Arsenal on the grounds that it
demonstrated the increased
expectations facing his players.
?I am happy with the pressure
and criticism,? he said. ?It means
people expect more of us.
People consider us at this level.
We?re so calm and we know
very
well
we
have
improved a lot in every single
aspect.
?Every club in the top
six has trouble to compete away from home. If
you look on the internet to see what
happened with the other clubs you
will be surprised because we?re
better than others away from
home.?
Dortmund are facing plenty of
criticism themselves after winning just
one of their past eight matches in all
competitions and suffering three
successive defeats in the Bundesliga,
and their only realistic remaining ambition in this competition is to beat
Apoel Nicosia to third place in the
group to secure a Europa League place.
?Of course there?s irritation in the
team,? Peter Bosz, the Dortmund
coach, said. ?We lost a lot of matches
and if you?re such a big club as
Dortmund, you have to win.?
Borussia Dortmund (probable; 4-3-3): R Burki ?
J Toljan, D-A Zagadou, M Bartra, M Schmelzer ?
M G鰐ze, J Weigl, S Kagawa ? C Pulisic,
P-E Aubameyang, M Philipp.
Tottenham (probable; 3-4-3): H Lloris ? E Dier,
D S醤chez, J Vertonghen ? S Aurier, M Sissoko,
H Winks, D Rose ? C Eriksen, H Kane, D Alli.
Referee C Turpin (France).
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Foden ready to
take City bow,
says Guardiola
Steve Madeley
Pep Guardiola is confident that Phil
Foden is ready for his Manchester City
debut as he considers deploying the
England Under-17 star against Feyenoord in the Champions League tonight.
With City having qualified for the
last 16 and facing 13 games in all competitions by January 2, the head coach is
contemplating several changes to his
line-up for the home game against the
Dutch side. That could mean Foden,
who has been an unused first-team
substitute this season, being given a role
at some stage alongside his fellow
midfielder Brahim D韆z, 18, and the
defender Tosin Adarabioyo, 20.
The trio have trained with the first
team this season but it is Foden ? who
was named player of the tournament
after England won the Under-17 World
Cup last month ? whose name will
most excite City supporters.
?They are ready, otherwise they
would not be training here every day
with us,? Guardiola said. ?In the high
level, we try to help the young players
but they have to have quality to train
with us. It?s not just to have fun or be
gentle. They are there because they
have a chance to play with us.
?They have the mentality because
they are guys who want to become
football players. It is not easy to find
that. They live for their profession.
?I never saw one guy [among them]
who when he went on the pitch didn?t
want to win a match or do well. I think
they are guys who are not scared to
play. They are going to try well.
?They have to be protected by people
with experience, and with Phil, Brahim
and Tosin playing with Nicol醩
[Otamendi], with Vincent [Kompany],
with Kevin [De Bruyne], with [David]
Silva, with Sergio [Ag黣ro] they are
going to be protected more than if they
play with six young players.
?We cannot expect Phil and Brahim
to go out there and be important
players to win titles. They have to join
us and help us. It?s all steps for them.?
With John Stones ruled out for up to
six weeks through injury and Kompany, his fellow central defender, working
his way back to fitness, Guardiola faces
several selection dilemmas. He has
warned his side that they face their
toughest spell of the season after going
18 games unbeaten.
?We have to play 12 games [after
tonight] in a short space of time with
only three central defenders, and
Vincent Kompany only just back from
injury,? he said. ?It is not easy but, on the
other side, I want to see . . . which players
can play in positions they are not used
to and how can they react? Always
when you are champions you have to
handle the tough situations.?
One option not being considered is
deploying Ag黣ro and Gabriel Jesus as
a two-pronged strike force. The
forwards have been used together this
season, but Guardiola says that losing
the full back Benjamin Mendy to a knee
injury has forced him to abandon the
idea for the time being.
?When you have Mendy, he can play
wide and the winger can go inside,?
Guardiola said. ?Fabian Delph
[Mendy?s understudy] cannot do that.
Without Mendy, Leroy San� has to go
wide, which is why [Ag黣ro and Jesus]
don?t play together.?
How the English clubs stand
What to watch out for during
tonight?s round of Champions
League matches
Group E
Liverpool
Seville
S Moscow
Maribor
P W D L F A GD Pts
4 2 2 0 13 3 10 8
4 2 1 1 8 8 0 7
4 1 2 1 8 5 3 5
4 0 1 3 1 14 -13 1
Liverpool will qualify tonight if
they win away to Seville, or if they
draw and Spartak Moscow lose at
home to Maribor. Liverpool will
secure first place in the group if
they win and Spartak fail to do so.
Group F
Man City (Q)
S Donetsk
Napoli
Feyenoord
Foden, left, may start tonight while first-team regulars such as Jesus are rested
Why Mendy?s injury has forced Guardiola to change line-up
Injured Benjamin Mendy hugs the touchline while Fabian Delph likes to drift
inside, below. Leroy San� ? an attacking winger ? has come in, forcing Pep
Guardiola to choose one of Sergio Ag黣ro or Gabriel Jesus as his striker
Mendy v Watford
63 touches
Delph v West Brom
105 touches
P W D L F A GD Pts
4 4 0 0 12 3 9 12
4 3 0 1 7 5 2 9
4 1 0 3 7 9 -2 3
4 0 0 4 3 12 -9 0
Manchester City have already
qualified. They will be assured of
top spot tonight if they gain more
points than Shakhtar Donetsk
manage away to Napoli. The
Italian league leaders will be
knocked out tonight unless they
beat Shakhtar Donetsk by any
scoreline other than by a one-goal
margin from 3-2 or higher.
Group H
Spurs (Q)
R Madrid
B Dortmund
A Nicosia
P W D L F A GD Pts
4 3 1 0 10 3 7 10
4 2 1 1 8 5 3 7
4 0 2 2 4 8 -4 2
4 0 2 2 2 8 -6 2
Tottenham Hotspur have already
qualified. They will guarantee first
place in the group tonight if they
match or better the number of
points that Real Madrid gain away
to APOEL. Borussia Dortmund,
the Champions League runners-up
in 2013, will be eliminated from the
competition unless they beat
Tottenham and Real Madrid fail
to win away to APOEL.
champions league
highlights
Manchester City (possible; 4-2-3-1): Ederson ? Danilo,
E Mangala, N Otamendi, F Delph ? I G黱dogan, Y Tour�
? B Silva, D Silva, R Sterling ? S Ag黣ro.
Feyenoord (possible; 4-5-1): B Jones ? B Nieuwkoop,
J St Juste, R Tapia, R Haps ? S Berghuis, S Amrabat,
J Toornstra, T Vilhena, J-P Boetius ? N Jorgensen.
Referee I Kruzliak (Slovakia).
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from all tonight?s games at full-time
on The Times smartphone app
No more Mr Wise Guy as Dennis shows us his refined side
ITV/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Giles Smith
Sport on
television
I
t?s extremely early doors, we
know, but who is this Dennis
Wise that we?re seeing on I?m a
Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here!?
The weapons-grade irritant of
Premier League legend? The tinyfused fire-starter? The widely
acknowledged master of the crafty,
blind-side thigh-pinch? Simply
nowhere to be seen.
It?s a whole other Wisey out there
in Australia right now: sweet-natured,
modest, considerate ? courtly, even.
Funny, too. Confronting his lack of
parachuting experience, just before
gamely completing the obligatory
skydive into the jungle from
6,000 feet, Wise despairingly mused,
?I?ve only been up a double ladder,? a
line which, in its comic bathos, would
not have disgraced Tony Hancock.
One hesitates to ask, but is this the
moment the nation finally learns to
love the former Chelsea captain?
Jennie McAlpine, left, and Wise took part in the Dingo Dollar Challenge together
Stranger things have happened in
ITV?s camera-infested clearing down
the years. OK, we can?t name any
right now. But they definitely have.
It certainly looks more promising
for the footballer at present than it
does for the boxer. It fell to Amir
Khan to perform the annual pretournament ritual in which a
contestant declares a litany of
personal phobias which is also,
coincidentally, a complete checklist of
the show?s most prominent features.
?I don?t like spiders, I don?t like
snakes, I don?t like heights,? Khan
said. You would have assumed the
boxer had never watched the
programme ? and you would have
been right, Khan unabashedly making
this clear the moment Ant and Dec
stepped forward to shake his hand in
welcome.
Credit to the presenters for
spinning this sly insult into humour
? and for not raising the sensitive
matter of Khan?s tweet from 2012 in
which he described the show as ?for
has-beens?. Khan?s negligence is
clearly unprofessional and, frankly, in
the 17th series of this competition, the
fans have a right to expect more.
Once the promoters had confirmed
their offer, a serious fighter would
have sat down with his team, gone
over the tapes, looked for weaknesses
to exploit, adapted his training
regimen accordingly, and generally
ensured that as few surprises as
possible awaited him in that jungle.
Politically speaking, too, one has to
wonder how well disdain for the show
plays with the audience, who
responded by nominating Khan to
crawl into a dark hole for last night?s
first Bushtucker Trial, which he
miserably failed. Khan, one senses,
has ground to make up to avoid
becoming this year?s Nigel Benn, who
was second out after Uri Geller, the
spoon-bender, in 2002.
Mind you, it?s a learning curve, too,
for Stanley Johnson, who was made
the bookies? favourite yesterday
despite being heard to ask, ?What is a
reality show?? Soon after this, the
father of Boris was gently introduced
by Rebekah Vardy to the idea, clearly
intriguing to him, that some people
don?t go to boarding schools.
What the viewers are wrestling
with right now is the extent to which
the father resembles the son, albeit
(and this really is confusing) in a
slightly younger, less fogey-ish
version. Indeed, the series may
confirm the 77-year-old as, in many
ways, the ideal Johnson ? amusingly
posh, good value for an antiquated
expletive or a photogenic prank
involving a zip-wire, and 9,000 miles
away from the levers of power.
Meanwhile, sociologists are
pondering the presence among this
year?s line-up of Jack Maynard, a
YouTube vlogger, the selectors clearly
coming under pressure to
acknowledge the growing influence of
streaming services and social media
on the celebrity landscape. With so
many competitive computer gamers
and superstars of Instagram emerging
at grass roots and staking a claim for
those precious ten sleeping bags, one
wonders for how much longer it will
be deemed enough to have lifted the
FA Cup on three occasions or to
have represented your country at
cricket.
Indeed, one day, crazy as it may
seem, even having sung with The
Saturdays may not be enough to
guarantee you a place on I?m a
Celebrity. We should enjoy this
simpler, clearer era while we can.
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Pulis knew the
battle was lost
? he had to go
Henry Winter
Comment
T
ony Pulis reacted with
dignity to his dismissal by
West Bromwich Albion
yesterday, saying all the
right things and praising
everyone. The statement was the
usual League Managers Association
template, partly and understandably
written with protection of the payoff
in mind. Yet contrary to some
managers? bland and fond farewells,
Pulis?s valediction cast a revealing
searchlight on the modern game. His
statement was a financial one, but not
about his own fortunes.
Nobody could really dispute his
exit. Albion?s football, never
exhilarating under Pulis, had become
stale. West Brom lacked joy and goals
and, when the players? determination
and tactical discipline ebbed, Pulis
was doomed. The fans, some of the
elite division?s more realistic
inhabitants, had long turned with
gates falling for the past two seasons.
As a keen student of military
history, Pulis will have detected the
battle was lost. His utterances after
the weekend defeat by Chelsea
signalled a man knowing that the exit
door was opening. But his statement
was a work of art in painting a picture
of the demands on the modern
manager. He emphasised that his job
was about generating pounds as well
as points, a claim that will be greeted
with sighs and nods of agreement in
dugouts the length of the land.
Pausing for the reader to locate a
larger violin, Pulis said that ?my remit
was to develop the squad and ensure
we delivered results which would in
turn improve the club?s financial
position?. The inference was that Pulis
was due additional sympathy because
he was not only shaping the side but
also the wealth of others.
This is the life of the modern
manager, not only looking after 25
players, but one owner, and the name
of the game is money. For an
old-school type such as Pulis, a real
football man, a person born into a
socialist stronghold in south Wales,
this trend towards owners? profiting
continued from back
�0m bid to buy Newcastle
past month and the FA has been made
aware of the group?s interest in buying
the Tyneside club through a combination of Staveley?s equity and that of her
investors, which include significant
funds based in the Middle East.
The prerequisite ?fit and proper
persons test? for potential new owners
has been scheduled but, with a deal still
to be agreed, a period of exclusivity
over the purchase has not been entered
into.
Staveley held informal talks with
Newcastle officials after attending the
1-1 draw with Liverpool at St James?
Park last month. The Dubai-based
businesswoman has an influential
track record in football club ownership,
having helped to broker the sale of
Manchester City to Sheikh Mansour?s
Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008.
When the goals dry up
PETER NICHOLLS/REUTERS
2
Premier League
wins in West Brom?s
past 21 games, against
Bournemouth and
Burnley in August
37%
West Brom?s average
possession this season
is the lowest in the
Premier League
All Premier League teams with
fewer goals per game during Tony
Pulis?s time at West Brom (which
began in January 2015), have been
relegated.
Goals Games G/G
Middlesbrough 27
38
0.71
Aston Villa
47
56
0.84
Hull
50
56
0.89
Burnley
62
68
0.91
Sunderland
90
94 0.96
West Brom
105
106 0.99
Teams that have played more than 20 games
from clubs was anathema (although
he himself always knew his price).
Pulis then gave another insight into
his profession?s changing demands.
?Our final league position in the last
three seasons has represented the
accomplishment of our targets as a
club; sustaining our status in the
Premier League and delivering
stability, throughout the club?s
transition of ownership,? he wrote.
So the game was not about the
glory but about preserving status so
that the value of the club would not
drop, and that the progression from
one rich owner to another would be
smooth. Taking the financial accounts
into account, Pulis has done a better
job than perceived. He kept his side of
the bargain, enhancing the financial
wellbeing of the club until this slide.
He is the fifth top-flight manager to
leave this season, and Paul Clement?s
position at Swansea City is under
threat, highlighting the impatience of
the modern game, and the need for
owners to stay on the elite gravy
train. Some may voice a frustration
that underperforming players remain
while the manager pays the price.
This overlooks the reality that the
West Brom dressing-room is home to
some of the most honest professionals
in the game ? Chris Brunt, Craig
Dawson, Ben Foster, Gareth McAuley
and Hal Robson-Kanu, among others.
Pulis had to go as his ideas were
failing to inspire players, and because
people became twitchy about the
financial impact on the club of a
continued decline. Money talks and, if
results dip, a manager walks.
PCP Capital Partners has been
carrying out due diligence on
Newcastle?s finances, with a thorough
review of the figures going back over
the past 25 years.
Ashley, the founder of Sports Direct,
bought the club for �4.4 million in
2007 and has more than doubled that
investment in the ensuing decade in an
often rocky stewardship that has twice
seen the team relegated from the
Premier League.
Ashley, 53, confirmed his intention to
sell last month in a statement that
indicated he hoped a deal to end his
association with the club could be
concluded by Christmas. Even with the
confirmation of a bid, such a timescale
appears ambitious at this stage. Rafa
Ben韙ez, the Newcastle manager, is
being kept up to date with
developments by Lee Charnley, the
club?s managing director.
The timing of any takeover is crucial
Pulis?s parting
statement
gave an insight
into modern
management
continued from back
Pulis sets sights on rapid return
was sacked by Everton last month, is
among those West Brom view as a
potential successor to Pulis, as is Alan
Pardew.
Pulis is experienced enough to
recognise the repercussions of the
club?s form but, while his parting was
amicable
enough,
there
was
disappointment that he was not told of
his dismissal face to face by the
chairman John Williams. West Brom
have placed Gary Megson, Pulis?s
assistant, in temporary charge and face
games with Tottenham Hotspur at
Wembley on Saturday and Newcastle
United at home a week today before
matches against the bottom two.
The club are aiming for a swift
appointment but ideally want a manager with Premier League experience, so
the pool of candidates will be relatively
small. Koeman, who topped a fans? poll
in a local newspaper, suffered a
chastening final three months with
Everton before being sacked in October
but officials at The Hawthorns are
impressed by his CV and especially his
successful two-year stint with Southampton ? a similar-sized club.
There are doubts, however, about
to the Spaniard?s hopes of securing
significant funds for the January
transfer window to strengthen a squad
that remains short on top-flight
quality following promotion from the
Championship in May.
Newcastle have been defeated in
each of their past three games, increasing the threat of a relegation battle in
the second half of the season. They are
presently in 11th place, five points above
the bottom three.
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How The Times forecast the sacking
of Pulis after Albion?s slide continued
whether he could be tempted so soon
after managing Everton. Similar
questions could be asked about Sam
Allardyce, who also has strong
firefighting credentials.
The former England manager would
be a strong contender if he were interested, not least as he worked at Blackburn Rovers with Williams. However,
he effectively retired when leaving
Crystal Palace in the summer and he is
thought unlikely to reverse that decision for a club with similar aspirations.
Allardyce would also face a difficult
time winning over fans because of his
style of football and his acrimonious
departure from his spell as assistant
manager to Brian Talbot in the 1990s.
That leaves Pardew as a serious candidate, due in part to his links with Nick
Hammond, West Brom?s technical
director, from their time with Reading.
The 56-year-old left Crystal Palace
almost a year ago after an alarming
slump in form, but is keen to return to
work, has a history of starting well at
new clubs and has a more attacking
style of play that would appeal to fans.
Nigel Pearson, the former Albion
assistant manager, ticks the ?Premier
League experience? box but has not
managed in the top flight since leaving
Leicester City more than two years ago
and has just moved to Belgium with OH
Leuven. Derek McInnes, the former
West Brom captain and Aberdeen
manager, is the bookmakers? favourite
while Michael O?Neill, the Northern
Ireland manager, was touted at the
weekend but neither is thought to be
under consideration at present.
After the next two matches, West
Brom host Palace, and travel to
Swansea the following week.
Pulis guided West Brom to safety
having inherited a team languishing in
17th place when he took over in January
2015 and lifted them into tenth place
last season, their best finish in four
years. The downturn in results since
has left them just one point above the
bottom three.
Coleman at his ?biggest club?
Jason Mellor
Chris Coleman insisted he had no
regrets at not biding his time for the
offer of a job in the Premier League
after describing Sunderland as
probably ?the biggest club I will ever
manage?.
The Welshman was yesterday confirmed as the club?s ninth permanent
manager in six years, but rather than
infer he was doing the Sky Bet Championship?s bottom side a favour by succeeding Simon Grayson, he suggested
it was more the other way around.
Midway through his first press
conference, the former Wales head
coach was informed that his compatriot
Tony Pulis had been sacked by West
Bromwich Albion. Asked if he wished
he had waited to be considered for the
vacancy, his response was emphatic.
?People expected me to wait for a
Premier League job but if one had come
up, it would have been with a club that
was struggling,? he said.
?Let?s say I take it and they are then
relegated and we?re in the Championship and we?re in the same division as
Sunderland, with a smaller club. There
aren?t too many Premier League clubs
who are bigger than this one. People are
surprised I?ve come to Sunderland.
Why? Three or four years ago I would
never have got this job. It?s the biggest
club I?ve ever managed, and could be
the biggest club I ever manage.?
Coleman?s first match in charge will
be away to fifth-placed Aston Villa
tonight.
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Cricket Sport
Batting guru put Cook back on track
Gary Palmer?s radical
approach should be
welcomed down under,
writes Simon Hughes
There was quiet celebration in the
coaching fraternity this week as Gary
Palmer, a man with a non-conformist
view, was finally allowed into the inner
sanctum. He has arrived in Australia to
work with England Lions.
The former Somerset all-rounder is
one of a select band of cricket coaches
who have been challenging traditional
methods for a while. It has kept them on
the periphery of the professional game.
Resident coaches watch their backs
even more than players.
But the inclusion of Palmer in the
official party down under suggests a
lowering of the drawbridge. When your
premier private client is England?s
leading Test runscorer, Alastair Cook,
you certainly have the credentials.
After his lean start to the tour, Cook will
be pleased to see him, too.
Batsmen have a precarious existence
and are notoriously fragile creatures.
They are acutely superstitious and
sometimes so meticulous as to be verging on OCD. They have evolved a specific practice and preparation routine,
often honed alongside a personal coach
? like golfers or tennis players. They
will revert back to these private advisers
for a check-up, a batting MOT if you
like. Graham Gooch had his former
Essex colleague Alan Lilley; Kevin Pietersen used Graham Ford; others have
employed John Inverarity, the Australian, or Andy Wagner, the master in
charge of cricket at Radley College.
Cook swore by Palmer after Gooch,
his original mentor, recommended him
in 2015. The results were impressive.
Cook scored 635 runs in seven Tests
against Sri Lanka and Pakistan the
following summer at an average of 63
(his career average is 46) and has had
regular sessions with Palmer ever since.
Palmer, 52, played for Somerset
between 1982 and 1989, where he had a
first-class batting average of 15.30. His
father, Ken, is a retired umpire who
played one Test for England in 1965.
There has always been a layer of
coaching beyond the ECB?s remit. This
has caused a certain tension. These
personal coaches often had their own
How his stance has changed
After working with Palmer since
2015, Cook has played with a more
open stance, with his feet pointing
more down the crease
Early career
Back foot
facing point
Front foot
facing cover point
Now
Back foot
pointing
toward cover
Cook, with his changed stance and exaggerated follow-through, at Palmer?s ?lab?
theories and techniques at odds with
the governing body?s accredited beliefs,
and there was suspicion and mistrust.
Careful not to upset official England
(or Essex) coaches, Cook was obliged
to be quite secretive about his work
with Palmer and was unable to give
him official credit. Despite working
with a number of other high-profile
batsmen, Palmer felt reluctant to
declare his allegiances, preventing him
from getting national recognition.
The resistance to his methods has
slowly dissipated, partly through
Cook?s persuasion and also after Andy
Flower saw him at work and bought
into his ideas. It is also a realisation ?
given the paucity of prolific run-makers
that England seem to unearth ? that
the ECB needs to be more open-minded about the way they develop batsmen.
Palmer is different. He has set up his
own academy ? what he calls a ?lab? ?
on a farm just north of Oxford. I took
Front foot
pointing to
extra cover
that the essence of batting is playing
straight and that that is easier front-on
than side-on.
He gives players his ?four angles?
treatment. He sets up a bowling
machine to propel four different
deliveries: inswing and outswing from
right arm over the wicket, and the same
for a left-arm over-the-wicket bowler.
He is looking for what he calls the ABCs
of batting ? Alignment, Balance,
Completion.
First he sets the machine for inswing
from left arm over the wicket. He
encourages the player to have the left
shoulder (for a right-hander) pointing
to mid-on, and to make sure that the
front toe goes towards the line of the
ball. He gets Nancy hitting a few balls
chest-on with feet close together, left
foot slightly in front of the right but
both pointing down the wicket. ?I want
to see both sets aligned down the pitch
towards me! The idea of this drill,? he
says, ?is to get the head forward of the
body and create good alignment?.
Traditional coaching might have the
leading shoulder and foot pointing
more towards mid-off.
He encourages an exaggerated
follow-through, bat staying on the line
of the shot and body shuffling down the
pitch behind the shot, holding the
position. Each time he encourages the
batsman to hit as straight as possible
from a slightly open stance, ensuring
that the head, and therefore the weight,
is always going towards the ball. After
her session Nancy scored 170 runs for
once out in her next three innings,
having had a mixed season before.
Cook?s movements on to the front
foot (perennially his weakness) have
been smoother and more pronounced
after these sessions. Jos Buttler is
another who has worked with him. And
now Palmer is going to be let loose on
the Lions and perhaps the Ashes squad,
too. Given England?s habit of being 70
for four, it is not before time.
Nancy, my 15-year-old daughter and a
batsman in the England junior setup, for a session with him recently.
His radical philosophy is that
batting is actually not a ?sidewaysgame?. He recommends a more
open, ?two-eyed? stance,
feet pointing more
down the pitch
towards
the
bowler,
believing
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has been
working
with
Palmer
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Australia talk the talk, but
Mike Atherton
Chief Cricket
Correspondent
There has not been quite the level of
trash talk that you might expect to hear
before a heavyweight boxing contest,
and it has been coming from one side
only. But the message from Australia is
clear. Crystal clear. If they do not
unleash all manner of hell with the
ball, there will be 40,000 sorely
disappointed cricket fans at the Gabba
on Thursday, and some surprised
England batsmen, who have all been
put on notice.
There has been talk of bouncers and
barrages, of Mitchell Johnson, of old
wounds and of England?s petrified batsmen ? and some of that talk from the
normally understated Nathan Lyon.
(Seven years ago, even Andrew Strauss,
captain sensible, was minded to refer to
the contest as a war. It can get to everyone.) The off spinner is one of three
Australian survivors from the most
recent Ashes series in Australia and the
lesson has not been forgotten. Lyon saw
England?s batsmen broken last time ?
often from close up ? and would like to
take in the view again.
To say Australia are excited about the
potential of their new pace attack is
an understatement. They expect
England?s batsmen to be charred, as if
on a barbie, by the end of the series and
there is something in the national character that enjoys the physicality, even
brutality, of the spectacle. It may be a
country of wrist spinners, too, but
Shane Warne?s dominance was the
exception rather than the rule. Australia is more comfortable when its cricket
team is hurling itself at the opposition,
no holds barred.
They have waited a long time to see
this triumvirate come together and
expectations are at fever pitch. Lyon
was intent on not downplaying them,
either, at one point making Josh Hazlewood sound like a combination of
Malcolm Marshall, Dennis Lillee and
Curtly Ambrose. Swing, seam, pace,
bounce, accuracy, you name it. The
No 1? You better believe it.
It?s not just the players who are sweet
on Australia?s pace attack, either. The
newspaper The Australian, in partisan
sabre-rattling mood yesterday, reckons
the three to be ?our greatest Ashes pace
attack?, conveniently forgetting that, as
of now, Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and
Pat Cummins have never played a Test
together, and only joined forces for
their state for the first time this year.
continued from back
?We?re going to end Test careers?
with interest to see how he goes. I hope
he lets his cricket do the talking now.?
Lyon said that Starc and Cummins
had been in fearsome form in the nets.
?To have two guys bowling that fast, I
know, especially on my birthday, I?m
not getting in the nets this [afternoon]
to face them because they are bowling
way too quick for my liking,? he said.
?They are class bowlers . . . In the nets
they are definitely quicker. I saw Steve
Smith land on his backside the other
day [facing a ball], and Johnson didn?t
do that. It?s good isn?t it??
Of Hazlewood, the right-armer who
has earned comparisons with Glenn
McGrath, Lyon said: ?He can swing the
new ball in and out, he can seam it, he
can bowl fast, he can bowl a nice
bouncer, he can reverse an old ball. His
You would be a brave man to bet on
them lasting the course. It would also be
news to the 2013-14 cohort of Johnson,
Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle and Shane
Watson, who together applied pressure
over a sustained period as well as any
Australian attack that I have seen.
News, indeed, to Glenn McGrath,
Jason Gillespie and Brett Lee, who
propelled Australia through the glory
years, or to Lillee and Jeff Thomson, the
original terror twins. This trio have a lot
to live up to and that history will spur
them on.
That Starc and Cummins are seriously quick is not in doubt. As quick as
Johnson? It was not just Johnson?s pace
that unsettled England, but the unorthodoxy of his action, his low arm coming from beyond the edge of the return
crease when bowling round the wicket,
and from in front of the stumps when
bowling from over. It was a wicked combination.
Sometimes a bowler?s action makes
him seem quicker than he actually is.
Starc can bowl over and round, too, and,
as a left-armer, the comparisons are
inevitable, but he does not look quite
the awkward customer that Johnson
was, rapid though he is. Two years ago,
at the Waca, on a steamy day and on (for
the Waca) a slowish surface, he was
James Anderson......................506 wickets
in 129 matches
3.9
Stuart Broad................................388 wickets
in 109 matches
3.6
Chris Woakes.................................50 wickets
in 18 matches
2.8
clocked on the speed gun at a little over
99.4mph, That was the same speed that
Thomson was timed at 40 years earlier
by researchers at the University of
Western Australia in a competition
designed to discover the world?s quickest bowler.
Although Thomson?s action was
unique in the way that he catapulted
the ball, Starc has a long, winding arc of
his bowling arm, too. At 27 years of age,
he is in that sweet spot, his body having
come through the difficult growing
years but not yet entered the thirties,
when most quick bowlers start to slow
down. ?The Mop? is his new nickname,
based on his ability to clean up the tail,
as witnessed by his double hat-trick in a
state game this month, and he will pose
the main challenge to England?s traditional lower-order strength.
Cummins hurls himself into the fray.
He looks like one of those old-fashioned types, heavy boned and burly,
who simply likes to bowl as quickly as
he can and damn the consequences to
his body. That is why he has only played
five Tests, and not one in Australia. He,
too, enjoys a little bloodlust, noting
today on more than one occasion how
England?s batsmen hang back in their
crease, unlike Australia?s, who come at
you on the front foot. The implication
was clear enough.
And then to Hazlewood, who will act
as the counterbalance to these two,
doing the type of job that Siddle and
Harris did for Johnson. He is highly
rated here and maybe we did not see the
best of him in England last time, but
comparisons with McGrath are wide of
the mark so far. Still, it is vital at the
Gabba not to get carried away with the
bounce, and given how the crowd will
be egging Starc and Cummins on,
Hazlewood?s metronomic accuracy on
the first morning will be vital.
The battle lines have been drawn and
in many ways they are the traditional
ones between these two teams, reflecting national differences of character
and temperament. England have been
quietly going about their business,
deflecting rather than attracting attention. Trevor Bayliss, the New South
Welshman who knows the three Aussie
quicks as well as anyone, has been
reminding his players that, beneath the
bluster, the gentlest souls on the
Australian team are the quick bowlers.
Australia have pace and aggression;
England have skill and control. For all
that history suggests the former wins
more often than not down under, and
for all the talk, one statistic is undeniable: between them, James Anderson
and Stuart Broad have 607 Test wickets
more than Starc, Hazlewood and
Cummins combined. That should
count for something.
consistency and the way he controls the
game is incredible. In my book he?s the
No 1 bowler in the world.?
Lyon saved special heat for Joe Root,
his former club-mate at Prospect in
Adelaide. He describes Root as ?a good
friend of mine? but hopes to prey on the
England captain who, he says, underestimates his bowling.
?Root got dropped last time [in
Sydney] when he was here, so it?d be
good to get him dropped again,
wouldn?t it?? Lyon said. ?There?s a lot of
scars for the English guys, especially
coming over here, especially when we
have two guys bowling 150km/h
[93mph], not just one now.?
Lyon, who is Australia?s all-time leading finger spinner having taken 269
wickets in 69 Tests, says that he relishes
being underestimated and hopes that
England come after him.
?It?s part of the game being a tiny little
off spinner who bowls at 86km/h, not
150,? he said. ?I love being the underdog,
I love flying under the radar and the
challenges that lie ahead.?
Lyon said that it is ?harsh to start
comparing [Dawid] Malan and [James]
Vince to Kevin Pietersen?, but says his
team ?will respect the new guys? but
look to exploit their inexperience. ?We
are looking forward to putting these
guys under pressure and then if we do
that, there will be more pressure on
Cooky [Alastair Cook] and Joe.
?I?ve been sitting around talking to a
lot of the younger fellas who haven?t
played an Ashes series about the excitement around the series, what it?s like
from the media point of view, the pressures from the fans and your family.
Being part of that [2013-14] squad was
unbelievable, and it?s one of my fondest
series. Seeing Mitchell Johnson scare
all the Poms was unbelievable.?
No holding back down under
The Australian hailed their seam trio as
the best of all time, above. Here are the
statistics that show how they compare
to Lillee, Thomson, and Walker ? and to
England?s line-up at the Gabba.
Dennis Lillee.................................355 wickets
in 70 matches
5.1 wickets per Test
Jeff Thomson.............................200 wickets
in 51 matches
3.9
Max Walker...................................138 wickets
in 34 matches
4.1
Mitchell Starc...............................148 wickets
in 36 matches
4.1
Josh Hazlewood.........................118 wickets
in 31 matches
3.8
Pat Cummins...................................21 wickets
in 5 matches
4.2
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ODI at new Perth Stadium
The Waca is hosting one final Ashes
Test next month and it has been
confirmed that the new 55,000-seat
Perth Stadium, across the Swan River
in Burswood, will stage Australia?s
one-day international against England
on January 28. England Lions will play
two T20s against Perth Scorchers
before that ? behind closed doors on
December 11 and two days later inviteonly. Scorchers will play their regular
season games at the Waca, but
February?s Big Bash League finals will
be at Burswood if they host them.
Hazlewood aims for Root
Having dominated the agenda of the
tour?s opening week, talk of reopening
the scars of 2013-14 ? is that even
possible? ? had gone quiet in recent
days. But fear not! Scars, and the
reopening thereof, are back. Josh
Hazlewood is the scar reopener this
time, and it?s Joe Root?s scars that he?s
targeting. ?We?ll certainly bring it up,?
Hazlewood said, about Root being
dropped in Sydney in 2014, ?and
hopefully open up a few scars of the
guys who did tour here last time.?
Paine told to expect ducks
Tim Paine ? no centuries for 11 years
and only three Sheffield Shield games
as wicketkeeper in the past two years ?
might appear an odd pick as Australia?s
keeper. And he got some odd advice,
too, from Chris Rogers, the former
Australia opener. ?He told me to set my
standards low and expect to get six
ducks and anything after that is a win,?
Paine said.
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Ball puts his hand up
for Gabba selection
trip, has not faced Mitchell Starc, Josh
Hazlewood or Pat Cummins, nor
Jake Ball has declared himself fit and played at a ground the size of the
England are leaning towards throwing Gabba, let alone the MCG. But he
him into the first Ashes Test in Brisbane believes that England will not be
on Thursday in front of Somerset?s caught off guard as they were four years
Craig Overton, despite a shortage of ago. Joe Root, the England captain, has
match practice.
been impressing on his players the
Ball began the tour in fine fettle but importance of the series opener.
slipped in his delivery stride 12 days ago
?Mitchell Johnson took the boys by
in Adelaide, straining ligaments in his surprise a bit,? Malan said. ?I spoke to
right ankle and missing the rest of that Rooty about his first Test here and he
game and the match in Townsville. He said the occasion really got to him. He
is bowling at full tilt again, getting said the first innings he had was all a bit
through 17 overs in practice and a ses- of a blur and his adrenaline got going
sion of fielding on the final day in with the crowd and he ended up playing
Townsville ? a remarkable recovery, a shot he wouldn?t have played in a norhaving been wearing a moonboot just mal situation, so it is about managing
over a week ago. He is still wearing your emotions when you?re out there.?
strapping on his ankle and is likely to do
Vince believes that Australia?s forso throughout the tour as a precaution. midable record at the ground ? they
?There was a split-second where I felt last lost a Test here in 1988 ? could play
something wasn?t quite right,? he said. on their minds. ?I?m sure they are confi?I had my eyes closed and I was think- dent playing here,? he said. ?But, at the
ing, ?Does it hurt?? All sorts of thoughts same time, they won?t want to be the
go through your head. It was a bit group of players that loses that record.
gutting, especially with bowling so well It?s something we?d like to try to change,
in the first couple of games. But the obviously, and it will be a great
medical staff have been amazing.
challenge, one we are all really looking
?The last couple of days in Townsville forward to.?
went really well and I got through 17
England have looked to keep their
overs at full pace and a couple of ses- counsel as local players fired off barbs
sions of fielding. I?m now 100 per cent about scars and wars, but the touring
confident that I can get through a fiveside have turned the talk back on
day Test.?
Australia, with Vince and Malan
Trevor Bayliss, the
agreeing that the hosts need to
??back up their chat? in the first
England coach, believess
o
that Ball is perfectly suited to
Test. If they do not, with Austrao
Australian conditions due to
lian expectations sky-high,
the awkward bounce he finds. Thee
England believe that the
bowler used his time on the sidecrowds could turn on them.
lines to work with James Anderson
?If they don?t come out and
h
on ?wobble seam? deliveries with
start well, they put themselves
w
the Kookaburra ball. England know
under a lot of pressure,? Vince
full well that, just as they must be
said. ?They?ve got to back up
brave with the bat, they must be
their chat and, if they don?t, the
brainy with the ball.
crowd might wonder why they
h
Ball was visiting the
haven?t
done what they said they
Gabba for the firstt
were going to do. I quite enjoy
time on Monday,
sitting back and taking it in.?
alongside James Vincee
Responding to Nathan Lyon?s
and Dawid Malan, who will also
comments that Australia are
line up in their first Ashes Tests on
looking to end English careers,
Thursday. Malan and Mark Stoneman
Malan said: ?I think there are not
have been England?s most accommany Test series where a
plished batsmen on tour so far, and the
career doesn?t end either way,
only centurions ? both in Townsville.
so I think it is inevitable that
Beyond the bluster, Malan is in little
people?s careers end, but we
doubt about what awaits him this week.
as an England team are
He had not visited Australia before this
going about our business
quite quietly and letting
Lyon says Australia want to ?end careers?
t Aussies do the talking.?
the
Will Macpherson Brisbane
New kit for Smith?
They might look like giant plaster casts
but the Australia captain Steve Smith
isn?t injured. The star batsman was
using a compression device to aid his
recovery after training but also showed
off his designer Givenchy slides, a type
of sandal, circled, worth around �0
Hayden the rabble-rouser
Now it?s Matthew Hayden?s turn to have
his say on the Ashes. The former
Australia opener?s take is: ?The Poms
are a rabble. I look down the list and I
don?t know who half the guys are. I?d be
saying break any of those four [Joe
Root, Alastair Cook, James Anderson,
Stuart Broad] and they?ve got no hope.
And I don?t think they?ve got a hope
anyway.? Thanks Matthew.
England trio test the water
Even golfers target Broad
The people of Brisbane don?t like Stuart
Broad. We know that. But this time they
have gone too far. Spending his day off
at Brisbane Golf Club, Broad was on the
green when a stray ball ? hit by a
member ? struck him on the lower
back. Fear not, the seamer is fine. He
posted a photo of the damage caused,
above, with a smile on his face. His
assailant?s golf, you sense, is not so
dandy.
Dawid Malan, James Vince and Jake Ball
? is there a selection hint in there
somewhere? ? had the honour of
posing poolside at the Gabba yesterday.
There is a ?pool deck? for selected fans
to lounge by. Given that only the
indefatigable Jonny Bairstow trained, it
was a chance for Malan, Vince and Ball
to get an early sense for the stadium, as
none of them have played here before.
Among their first impressions would
have been the cramped feeling created
by the steep stands.
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Sussex have named Jason Gillespie as
head coach after Mark Davies left the
role last month. The former Australia
bowler signed a three-year deal and will
take up his post in the new year.
Gillespie, 42, led Yorkshire to County
Championship titles in 2014 and 2015
and had a stint as assistant coach at
Kent last season. He has been in charge
of Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash
League for the past two seasons.
?I am thrilled to be given the opportunity of taking the reins at such a
proud and traditional club like Sussex,?
he said. ?Having spoken with Keith
Greenfield [director of cricket] and Rob
Andrew [chief executive] I know that
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there is some excitement around the
capabilities of the playing group.?
Sussex had a disappointing 2017,
failing to win promotion to Division
One or qualify for the knockout stages
of the limited-overs competitions. Luke
Wright stood down as captain and
Chris Nash left for Nottinghamshire.
Andrew said: ?Jason is exactly the
experienced head coach we hoped we
would attract. He has enormous experience of the English county game.?
Anthony McGrath has been named
as the new head coach of Essex. As The
Times revealed last week, McGrath, 42,
has been promoted from assistant
coach to replace Chris Silverwood, who
takes over as England?s bowling coach
in the new year.
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?We?re going
to end your
Test careers?
Paul Joyce, Steve Madeley
Tony Pulis wants to step straight back
into Premier League management
after being sacked with a payoff of
about �million by West Bromwich
Albion. He was dismissed in a telephone call yesterday after Saturday?s
4-0 home defeat by the champions
Chelsea, West Brom?s tenth successive
league match without a win.
Pulis, 59, spent almost three years at
The Hawthorns and the payment does
not preclude him from returning to
Premier League management straight
away. The Welshman is keen to find a
job quickly.
Swansea City, who are secondbottom and are considering the future
of their head coach Paul Clement, are
well aware of Pulis?s record of
never having been relegated as a
manager. Ronald Koeman, who
Australia warn England over pace attack
before adding ?one to 11? when
asked which batsmen were
most fearful of Johnson. ?I
was at leg slip and I nearly
had to push a couple of the
guys back towards the
stumps. It was good fun.?
Speaking on his 30th
birthday, Lyon said that
Starc and Cummins are
quicker than Johnson was,
but that Hazlewood is the
best bowler that Australia
have. When asked whether
the trio would end England
careers, Lyon said: ?Hope so.?
In 2013-14, Prior was dropped
for the final two Tests and played
only four more after that, while
several other England players? careers
never recovered. But Prior said: ?That?s
absolutely laughable. If I was scared,
why didn?t I go home then? I have no
idea where this has come from.
?All I can do is laugh. It?s wholeheartedly untrue. I stayed out there and what
hurt me more was that I got dropped for
the last two Tests because I wasn?t playing well. I think Nathan Lyon has got
other things to worry about without
thinking about me. I hope the first Test
goes really well for him because otherwise I?d suggest he?s concentrating on
the wrong things. I will be watching
Will Macpherson Brisbane
Nathan Lyon has launched a scathing
attack on England?s batsmen and
claimed that Australia?s pace attack will
be aiming to destroy the Test careers of
Joe Root?s line-up.
In a sustained offensive three days
before the first Test in Brisbane, the off
spinner said that the England team who
toured Australia in 2013-14 had been
?broken? by Mitchell Johnson?s fast
bowling, leaving the wicketkeeper Matt
Prior ?scared? and seeking to fly home
after two Tests.
Lyon, one of three survivors from
the team who whitewashed England
four years ago, said that Australia?s
three-pronged attack for this series ?
Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and
Pat Cummins ? is even more intimidating than Johnson. His comments,
apparently part of a concerted effort to
intimidate England before the match at
the Gabba, drew an angry rebuttal from
Prior, who said that Lyon should be
concentrating on his own performance.
?It?s an unbelievable feeling,? Lyon
said, ?knowing that they are broken.
Leading into Perth we knew that they
were broken; we knew Matt Prior
wanted to fly home before the game
started and he was one of the senior
players.?
Lyon said of Prior: ?He was scared,?
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formal bid of almost �0 million for
the club from PCP Capital Partners, the
private investment firm fronted by the
financier Amanda Staveley.
The figure falls significantly short of
the �0 million that Mike Ashley, the
club?s billionaire owner, is holding out
for after signalling his willingness to sell
his controlling interest.
Sources close to the negotiations
suggest that the offer, which was made
at the end of last week, is ?take it or
leave it?, although it remains to be seen
whether this is the case. As of last night,
Staveley, 44, was awaiting a response
from Ashley?s representatives, who are
said to be disappointed that details of
the bid have been made public.
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Football
(7.45 unless stated) Champions League:
Group E: Seville v Liverpool. Group F: Man City
v Feyenoord. Group H: B Dortmund v Spurs.
Sky Bet Championship: Aston Villa v
Sunderland; Barnsley v Cardiff; Bolton v
Reading (8.0); Brentford v Burton; Bristol
City v Preston; Derby v QPR; Millwall v Hull;
Nottm For v Norwich; Sheff Utd v Fulham.
League One: Blackpool v Gillingham; Bradford
v Scunthorpe; MK Dons v Southend; Bury v
Shrewsbury; Charlton v Rochdale; Oldham v
AFC Wimbledon; Oxford Utd v Blackburn;
Peterborough v Portsmouth; Plymouth v
Northampton; Walsall v Fleetwood; Wigan v
Doncaster. League Two: Accrington v
Wycombe; Cheltenham v Cambridge Utd;
Chesterfield v Forest Green; Colchester v
Lincoln; Crawley v Exeter; Grimsby v Swindon;
Luton v Carlisle; Morecambe v Crewe; Newport
v Barnet; Port Vale v Mansfield; Stevenage v
Coventry; Yeovil v Notts Co.
National League: Fylde v Guiseley; Bromley v
Aldershot; D & Redbridge v Dover; Eastleigh v
Maidenhead; Gateshead v Barrow; Hartlepool
v Halifax; L Orient v Chester; Macclesfield v
Tranmere; Maidstone v Boreham Wood;
Sutton v Torquay; Woking v Ebbsfleet;
Wrexham v Solihull Moors.
National League North: Telford v Tamworth;
Kidderminster v North Ferriby.
National League South: Bognor v Oxford City;
Braintree v Truro; Dartford v Wealdstone;
East Thurrock v Gloucester; Havant v
Chelmsford.
Carlo Tavecchio has resigned as
president of the Italian Football
Federation.
The 74-year-old is the second
high-profile departure from the
federation in the past week,
following the sacking of head
coach Gian Piero Ventura last
Wednesday, after Italy missed
out on qualifying for the World
Cup finals for the first time since
1958.
Having been elected president
in 2014, Tavecchio received bans
from Fifa and Uefa for allegedly
making racist comments about a
hypothetical African player who
?previously ate bananas and then
suddenly becomes a first-team
player with Lazio?.
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Liverpool?s test of new maturity
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Reined-in team are
chasing the win they
need to qualify, writes
Paul Joyce in Seville
Seville will know all the names ?
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Man�, Philippe
Coutinho et al ? and they will
remember many of the moves from the
last meeting just 69 days ago. Yet,
when Liverpool stride out at a frenzied
Ram髇 S醤chez Pizju醤 Stadium
tonight, pursuing the victory that
would smooth their passage into the
Champions League knockout stages,
J黵gen Klopp will expect his side to be,
in so many other ways, unrecognisable.
Rewind to that opening group E
meeting on September 13 and
Liverpool?s approach in an absorbing
2-2 stalemate, which signalled their
return to the competition after a yawning wait, was helter-skelter verging on
crash-bang-wallop or be-walloped.
They fell behind, surged ahead and
proceeded to trip themselves up.
Exhilarating one moment and exasperating the next, no one seemed to mind
too much, least of all the manager.
Then came Tottenham Hotspur
away last month, a 4-1 embarrassment
at Wembley so galling that even Klopp
appreciated something had to change.
The clamour was for some players to be
jettisoned; instead the penny dropped.
The Liverpool manager has reined in
his attacking instincts since and the
team which he hopes will now confront
Seville is one a little less prone to
attempting to play in fifth gear for 90
minutes. The attacking triumvirate of
Salah, Man� and the underrated
Roberto Firmino will take risks ? and,
increasingly, the chances ? but those
behind will seek to exert more control.
These days Alberto Moreno, back on
home territory this evening, talks
about being a defender first and
foremost. The full backs can still
push on but their default position is not
inside the opposition half.
If Tottenham was the nadir, then it
might prove a turning point. The ferocity of Klopp?s debrief left his players in
no doubt that he had found the end of
his tether as well as discovering a plan
for progression. Since that game, the
tale of the tape reads: P4, W4, F13, A1.
?Everyone realised that we have to
do everything together,? Ragnar Klavan, who is again likely to deputise at
centre back for the injured Jo雔 Matip,
said. ?If we defend, then we defend
together. If we attack, then we are there.
?Tottenham wasn?t a good game but,
after that, we made our corrections and
Klopp rotation
J黵gen Klopp manages to keep
strike trio Sadio Man�, Mohamed
Sala and Roberto Firmino fresh by
reducing playing time within
matches with careful substitutions
Man�
Firmino
Salah
2017-18 season
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Games started
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1,391
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Turning point: Liverpool players trudge off at Wembley after the 4-1 defeat by Tottenham that led to a change of approach
Seville v Liverpool
Group E
Ram髇 S醤chez Pizju醤, kick-off 7.45pm
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Referee F Brych (Germany)
Seville (probable; 4-3-3)
Rico
Mercado
Kjaer
Lenglet
Escudero
Banega
Nzonzi
Pizarro
Sarabia
Ben Yedder
Correa
Salah
Firmino
Man�
Coutinho
Can
Moreno
Klavan
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Lovren
Gomez
Karius
Liverpool (probable; 4-3-3)
the last four games have been all right.
We have a lot of quality in attack and we
know for sure that the players in front
are going to get chances in every game.
?It has always been defence first
and then attack, and the manager has
always tried to tell us that. But maybe in
recent games he has put a little bit more
emphasis on that. You can see that
everybody is investing more defensively and that during those matches we
were really compact. The main focus is
to defend together, get the ball and start
attacking.?
It has been an overdue recalibration
of approach, but one Seville, who have
not lost at home since Juventus won
here a year ago tomorrow, will put
under rather more scrutiny than
Huddersfield Town, Maribor, West
Ham United and a supine Southampton have managed.
Chelsea also arrive at Anfield on
Saturday and only after this week can
we say with conviction that this is
Klopp?s Liverpool Mk II. Eduardo
Berizzo?s side should have to work
harder than they had to for their goals
at Anfield ? when Emre Can initially
lost a midfield duel before Dejan
Lovren kicked thin air, rather than the
ball, allowing Wissam Ben Yedder to
tap in. Later, Seville unhinged the hosts
straight from a throw-in, cutting a
swathe through the middle with
Joaqu韓 Correa profiting.
There has to be a little less thrash of
heavy metal as Liverpool seek to reach
the last 16 for the first time since 2009
and, if they are to continue to rub shoulders with the elite, the progress must be
maintained.
?Our new maturity will have to show
itself 100 per cent in this atmosphere,?
said Klopp, who recalled how his first
visit to this cavernous bowl with FC
Mainz ended in a 0-0 draw and the accompanying soundtrack was barbs of
?typical Allemagne?.
?We do not need to run in only one
direction and win in the first second.
Huddersfield had no counterattacks
and, while people might say they didn?t
want to counterattack, that is not true,
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they wanted to. That was the first really
important step for us.
?Maribor was the next challenge for
us. That week was not only a very
important week for us results-wise. If we
are really dominant in a game then we
need to control it. What we need is to be
100 per cent focused in these moments.
That is defending ? being focused.
?When we have the ball, be an option
to receive it or, if you cannot be an
option, then you give protection. It is
not about counterpressing all the time.
If we can counterpress, then do it. If not,
then go back and defend together.?
Seville are a point behind Liverpool,
who have included Adam Lallana in
their 23-man squad, and can also
qualify with a win. Yet for Klopp there is
added motivation, fuelled by the
memory of the Europa League final
defeat by the Spaniards in 2016.
Does that reverse, a 1-0 lead evaporating inside 17 seconds of the second
half as Seville ran out 3-1 victors, still
grate? ?Yeah, yeah, yeah,? he added
before taking a bite out of an apple.
Alli warned to take care not to ruffle ?gesture? referee
Matt Hughes Deputy Football
Correspondent, Dortmund
Mauricio Pochettino has warned Dele
Alli to be on his best behaviour during
Tottenham Hotspur?s Champions
League tie against Borussia Dortmund
this evening because of the identity of
the match official.
Cl閙ent Turpin, who reported Alli to
Fifa for making a middle-finger gesture
during England?s World Cup qualifier
against Slovakia in September, will referee the match at Signal Iduna Park
with Tottenham seeking a win to guarantee qualification as group H winners.
Pochettino will make several
changes to Tottenham?s starting lineup from last weekend?s defeat by
Arsenal and Alli could be rested after
struggling at the Emirates Stadium, but
is likely to be involved at some stage.
The 21-year-old received a one-match
ban from Fifa for an ?offensive gesture?
at Wembley and has been told that
Turpin may have an eye on him.
?It?s important to be aware,? Pochettino said. ?I will tell Dele to be careful if
he plays. Always it?s important. The
referee moves on and I?m sure there?s
nothing in his mind to ban him for that
situation. But it is always good to know.
I will tell Dele.?
Danny Rose will return to the team if
he suffers no ill effects from training
last night after being left out completely
against Arsenal, and Pochettino has
again insisted that there are no
problems between the pair.
The left back is understood to have
returned from England duty last week
feeling drained and with Tottenham
still
managing
his
workload
following last season?s knee
ligament injury, he was given a few
days off before being put through an
intensive training session on Saturday.
?Danny is doing well,?
Pochettino said. ?The
training session on
Saturday was tough for
him and he will train
with the group and
then decide if he
will play or not. There?s
no issue with him.?
Pochettino claimed to
be happy with the criticism
that Tottenham received
Alli was banned for his
behaviour at Wembley
following the 2-0 defeat against
Arsenal on the grounds that it
demonstrated the increased
expectations facing his players.
?I am happy with the pressure
and criticism,? he said. ?It means
people expect more of us.
People consider us at this level.
We?re so calm and we know
very
well
we
have
improved a lot in every single
aspect.
?Every club in the top
six has trouble to compete away from home. If
you look on the internet to see what
happened with the other clubs you
will be surprised because we?re
better than others away from
home.?
Dortmund are facing plenty of
criticism themselves after winning just
one of their past eight matches in all
competitions and suffering three
successive defeats in the Bundesliga,
and their only realistic remaining ambition in this competition is to beat
Apoel Nicosia to third place in the
group to secure a Europa League place.
?Of course there?s irritation in the
team,? Peter Bosz, the Dortmund
coach, said. ?We lost a lot of matches
and if you?re such a big club as
Dortmund, you have to win.?
Borussia Dortmund (probable; 4-3-3): R Burki ?
J Toljan, D-A Zagadou, M Bartra, M Schmelzer ?
M G鰐ze, J Weigl, S Kagawa ? C Pulisic,
P-E Aubameyang, M Philipp.
Tottenham (probable; 3-4-3): H Lloris ? E Dier,
D S醤chez, J Vertonghen ? S Aurier, M Sissoko,
H Winks, D Rose ? C Eriksen, H Kane, D Alli.
Referee C Turpin (France).
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Foden ready to
take City bow,
says Guardiola
Steve Madeley
Pep Guardiola is confident that Phil
Foden is ready for his Manchester City
debut as he considers deploying the
England Under-17 star against Feyenoord in the Champions League tonight.
With City having qualified for the
last 16 and facing 13 games in all competitions by January 2, the head coach is
contemplating several changes to his
line-up for the home game against the
Dutch side. That could mean Foden,
who has been an unused first-team
substitute this season, being given a role
at some stage alongside his fellow
midfielder Brahim D韆z, 18, and the
defender Tosin Adarabioyo, 20.
The trio have trained with the first
team this season but it is Foden ? who
was named player of the tournament
after England won the Under-17 World
Cup last month ? whose name will
most excite City supporters.
?They are ready, otherwise they
would not be training here every day
with us,? Guardiola said. ?In the high
level, we try to help the young players
but they have to have quality to train
with us. It?s not just to have fun or be
gentle. They are there because they
have a chance to play with us.
?They have the mentality because
they are guys who want to become
football players. It is not easy to find
that. They live for their profession.
?I never saw one guy [among them]
who when he went on the pitch didn?t
want to win a match or do well. I think
they are guys who are not scared to
play. They are going to try well.
?They have to be protected by people
with experience, and with Phil, Brahim
and Tosin playing with Nicol醩
[Otamendi], with Vincent [Kompany],
with Kevin [De Bruyne], with [David]
Silva, with Sergio [Ag黣ro] they are
going to be protected more than if they
play with six young players.
?We cannot expect Phil and Brahim
to go out there and be important
players to win titles. They have to join
us and help us. It?s all steps for them.?
With John Stones ruled out for up to
six weeks through injury and Kompany, his fellow central defender, working
his way back to fitness, Guardiola faces
several selection dilemmas. He has
warned his side that they face their
toughest spell of the season after going
18 games unbeaten.
?We have to play 12 games [after
tonight] in a short space of time with
only three central defenders, and
Vincent Kompany only just back from
injury,? he said. ?It is not easy but, on the
other side, I want to see . . . which players
can play in positions they are not used
to and how can they react? Always
when you are champions you have to
handle the tough situations.?
One option not being considered is
deploying Ag黣ro and Gabriel Jesus as
a two-pronged strike force. The
forwards have been used together this
season, but Guardiola says that losing
the full back Benjamin Mendy to a knee
injury has forced him to abandon the
idea for the time being.
?When you have Mendy, he can play
wide and the winger can go inside,?
Guardiola said. ?Fabian Delph
[Mendy?s understudy] cannot do that.
Without Mendy, Leroy San� has to go
wide, which is why [Ag黣ro and Jesus]
don?t play together.?
How the English clubs stand
What to watch out for during
tonight?s round of Champions
League matches
Group E
Liverpool
Seville
S Moscow
Maribor
P W D L F A GD Pts
4 2 2 0 13 3 10 8
4 2 1 1 8 8 0 7
4 1 2 1 8 5 3 5
4 0 1 3 1 14 -13 1
Liverpool will qualify tonight if
they win away to Seville, or if they
draw and Spartak Moscow lose at
home to Maribor. Liverpool will
secure first place in the group if
they win and Spartak fail to do so.
Group F
Man City (Q)
S Donetsk
Napoli
Feyenoord
Foden, left, may start tonight while first-team regulars such as Jesus are rested
Why Mendy?s injury has forced Guardiola to change line-up
Injured Benjamin Mendy hugs the touchline while Fabian Delph likes to drift
inside, below. Leroy San� ? an attacking winger ? has come in, forcing Pep
Guardiola to choose one of Sergio Ag黣ro or Gabriel Jesus as his striker
Mendy v Watford
63 touches
Delph v West Brom
105 touches
P W D L F A GD Pts
4 4 0 0 12 3 9 12
4 3 0 1 7 5 2 9
4 1 0 3 7 9 -2 3
4 0 0 4 3 12 -9 0
Manchester City have already
qualified. They will be assured of
top spot tonight if they gain more
points than Shakhtar Donetsk
manage away to Napoli. The
Italian league leaders will be
knocked out tonight unless they
beat Shakhtar Donetsk by any
scoreline other than by a one-goal
margin from 3-2 or higher.
Group H
Spurs (Q)
R Madrid
B Dortmund
A Nicosia
P W D L F A GD Pts
4 3 1 0 10 3 7 10
4 2 1 1 8 5 3 7
4 0 2 2 4 8 -4 2
4 0 2 2 2 8 -6 2
Tottenham Hotspur have already
qualified. They will guarantee first
place in the group tonight if they
match or better the number of
points that Real Madrid gain away
to APOEL. Borussia Dortmund,
the Champions League runners-up
in 2013, will be eliminated from the
competition unless they beat
Tottenham and Real Madrid fail
to win away to APOEL.
champions league
highlights
Manchester City (possible; 4-2-3-1): Ederson ? Danilo,
E Mangala, N Otamendi, F Delph ? I G黱dogan, Y Tour�
? B Silva, D Silva, R Sterling ? S Ag黣ro.
Feyenoord (possible; 4-5-1): B Jones ? B Nieuwkoop,
J St Juste, R Tapia, R Haps ? S Berghuis, S Amrabat,
J Toornstra, T Vilhena, J-P Boetius ? N Jorgensen.
Referee I Kruzliak (Slovakia).
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No more Mr Wise Guy as Dennis shows us his refined side
ITV/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Giles Smith
Sport on
television
I
t?s extremely early doors, we
know, but who is this Dennis
Wise that we?re seeing on I?m a
Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here!?
The weapons-grade irritant of
Premier League legend? The tinyfused fire-starter? The widely
acknowledged master of the crafty,
blind-side thigh-pinch? Simply
nowhere to be seen.
It?s a whole other Wisey out there
in Australia right now: sweet-natured,
modest, considerate ? courtly, even.
Funny, too. Confronting his lack of
parachuting experience, just before
gamely completing the obligatory
skydive into the jungle from
6,000 feet, Wise despairingly mused,
?I?ve only been up a double ladder,? a
line which, in its comic bathos, would
not have disgraced Tony Hancock.
One hesitates to ask, but is this the
moment the nation finally learns to
love the former Chelsea captain?
Jennie McAlpine, left, and Wise took part in the Dingo Dollar Challenge together
Stranger things have happened in
ITV?s camera-infested clearing down
the years. OK, we can?t name any
right now. But they definitely have.
It certainly looks more promising
for the footballer at present than it
does for the boxer. It fell to Amir
Khan to perform the annual pretournament ritual in which a
contestant declares a litany of
personal phobias which is also,
coincidentally, a complete checklist of
the show?s most prominent features.
?I don?t like spiders, I don?t like
snakes, I don?t like heights,? Khan
said. You would have assumed the
boxer had never watched the
programme ? and you would have
been right, Khan unabashedly making
this clear the moment Ant and Dec
stepped forward to shake his hand in
welcome.
Credit to the presenters for
spinning this sly insult into humour
? and for not raising the sensitive
matter of Khan?s tweet from 2012 in
which he described the show as ?for
has-beens?. Khan?s negligence is
clearly unprofessional and, frankly, in
the 17th series of this competition, the
fans have a right to expect more.
Once the promoters had confirmed
their offer, a serious fighter would
have sat down with his team, gone
over the tapes, looked for weaknesses
to exploit, adapted his training
regimen accordingly, and generally
ensured that as few surprises as
possible awaited him in that jungle.
Politically speaking, too, one has to
wonder how well disdain for the show
plays with the audience, who
responded by nominating Khan to
crawl into a dark hole for last night?s
first Bushtucker Trial, which he
miserably failed. Khan, one senses,
has ground to make up to avoid
becoming this year?s Nigel Benn, who
was second out after Uri Geller, the
spoon-bender, in 2002.
Mind you, it?s a learning curve, too,
for Stanley Johnson, who was made
the bookies? favourite yesterday
despite being heard to ask, ?What is a
reality show?? Soon after this, the
father of Boris was gently introduced
by Rebekah Vardy to the idea, clearly
intriguing to him, that some people
don?t go to boarding schools.
What the viewers are wrestling
with right now is the extent to which
the father resembles the son, albeit
(and this really is confusing) in a
slightly younger, less fogey-ish
version. Indeed, the series may
confirm the 77-year-old as, in many
ways, the ideal Johnson ? amusingly
posh, good value for an antiquated
expletive or a photogenic prank
involving a zip-wire, and 9,000 miles
away from the levers of power.
Meanwhile, sociologists are
pondering the presence among this
year?s line-up of Jack Maynard, a
YouTube vlogger, the selectors clearly
coming under pressure to
acknowledge the growing influence of
streaming services and social media
on the celebrity landscape. With so
many competitive computer gamers
and superstars of Instagram emerging
at grass roots and staking a claim for
those precious ten sleeping bags, one
wonders for how much longer it will
be deemed enough to have lifted the
FA Cup on three occasions or to
have represented your country at
cricket.
Indeed, one day, crazy as it may
seem, even having sung with The
Saturdays may not be enough to
guarantee you a place on I?m a
Celebrity. We should enjoy this
simpler, clearer era while we can.
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Pulis knew the
battle was lost
? he had to go
Henry Winter
Comment
T
ony Pulis reacted with
dignity to his dismissal by
West Bromwich Albion
yesterday, saying all the
right things and praising
everyone. The statement was the
usual League Managers Association
template, partly and understandably
written with protection of the payoff
in mind. Yet contrary to some
managers? bland and fond farewells,
Pulis?s valediction cast a revealing
searchlight on the modern game. His
statement was a financial one, but not
about his own fortunes.
Nobody could really dispute his
exit. Albion?s football, never
exhilarating under Pulis, had become
stale. West Brom lacked joy and goals
and, when the players? determination
and tactical discipline ebbed, Pulis
was doomed. The fans, some of the
elite division?s more realistic
inhabitants, had long turned with
gates falling for the past two seasons.
As a keen student of military
history, Pulis will have detected the
battle was lost. His utterances after
the weekend defeat by Chelsea
signalled a man knowing that the exit
door was opening. But his statement
was a work of art in painting a picture
of the demands on the modern
manager. He emphasised that his job
was about generating pounds as well
as points, a claim that will be greeted
with sighs and nods of agreement in
dugouts the length of the land.
Pausing for the reader to locate a
larger violin, Pulis said that ?my remit
was to develop the squad and ensure
we delivered results which would in
turn improve the club?s financial
position?. The inference was that Pulis
was due additional sympathy because
he was not only shaping the side but
also the wealth of others.
This is the life of the modern
manager, not only looking after 25
players, but one owner, and the name
of the game is money. For an
old-school type such as Pulis, a real
football man, a person born into a
socialist stronghold in south Wales,
this trend towards owners? profiting
continued from back
�0m bid to buy Newcastle
past month and the FA has been made
aware of the group?s interest in buying
the Tyneside club through a combination of Staveley?s equity and that of her
investors, which include significant
funds based in the Middle East.
The prerequisite ?fit and proper
persons test? for potential new owners
has been scheduled but, with a deal still
to be agreed, a period of exclusivity
over the purchase has not been entered
into.
Staveley held informal talks with
Newcastle officials after attending the
1-1 draw with Liverpool at St James?
Park last month. The Dubai-based
businesswoman has an influential
track record in football club ownership,
having helped to broker the sale of
Manchester City to Sheikh Mansour?s
Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008.
When the goals dry up
PETER NICHOLLS/REUTERS
2
Premier League
wins in West Brom?s
past 21 games, against
Bournemouth and
Burnley in August
37%
West Brom?s average
possession this season
is the lowest in the
Premier League
All Premier League teams with
fewer goals per game during Tony
Pulis?s time at West Brom (which
began in January 2015), have been
relegated.
Goals Games G/G
Middlesbrough 27
38
0.71
Aston Villa
47
56
0.84
Hull
50
56
0.89
Burnley
62
68
0.91
Sunderland
90
94 0.96
West Brom
105
106 0.99
Teams that have played more than 20 games
from clubs was anathema (although
he himself always knew his price).
Pulis then gave another insight into
his profession?s changing demands.
?Our final league position in the last
three seasons has represented the
accomplishment of our targets as a
club; sustaining our status in the
Premier League and delivering
stability, throughout the club?s
transition of ownership,? he wrote.
So the game was not about the
glory but about preserving status so
that the value of the club would not
drop, and that the progression from
one rich owner to another would be
smooth. Taking the financial accounts
into account, Pulis has done a better
job than perceived. He kept his side of
the bargain, enhancing the financial
wellbeing of the club until this slide.
He is the fifth top-flight manager to
leave this season, and Paul Clement?s
position at Swansea City is under
threat, highlighting the impatience of
the modern game, and the need for
owners to stay on the elite gravy
train. Some may voice a frustration
that underperforming players remain
while the manager pays the price.
This overlooks the reality that the
West Brom dressing-room is home to
some of the most honest professionals
in the game ? Chris Brunt, Craig
Dawson, Ben Foster, Gareth McAuley
and Hal Robson-Kanu, among others.
Pulis had to go as his ideas were
failing to inspire players, and because
people became twitchy about the
financial impact on the club of a
continued decline. Money talks and, if
results dip, a manager walks.
PCP Capital Partners has been
carrying out due diligence on
Newcastle?s finances, with a thorough
review of the figures going back over
the past 25 years.
Ashley, the founder of Sports Direct,
bought the club for �4.4 million in
2007 and has more than doubled that
investment in the ensuing decade in an
often rocky stewardship that has twice
seen the team relegated from the
Premier League.
Ashley, 53, confirmed his intention to
sell last month in a statement that
indicated he hoped a deal to end his
association with the club could be
concluded by Christmas. Even with the
confirmation of a bid, such a timescale
appears ambitious at this stage. Rafa
Ben韙ez, the Newcastle manager, is
being kept up to date with
developments by Lee Charnley, the
club?s managing director.
The timing of any takeover is crucial
Pulis?s parting
statement
gave an insight
into modern
management
continued from back
Pulis sets sights on rapid return
was sacked by Everton last month, is
among those West Brom view as a
potential successor to Pulis, as is Alan
Pardew.
Pulis is experienced enough to
recognise the repercussions of the
club?s form but, while his parting was
amicable
enough,
there
was
disappointment that he was not told of
his dismissal face to face by the
chairman John Williams. West Brom
have placed Gary Megson, Pulis?s
assistant, in temporary charge and face
games with Tottenham Hotspur at
Wembley on Saturday and Newcastle
United at home a week today before
matches against the bottom two.
The club are aiming for a swift
appointment but ideally want a manager with Premier League experience, so
the pool of candidates will be relatively
small. Koeman, who topped a fans? poll
in a local newspaper, suffered a
chastening final three months with
Everton before being sacked in October
but officials at The Hawthorns are
impressed by his CV and especially his
successful two-year stint with Southampton ? a similar-sized club.
There are doubts, however, about
to the Spaniard?s hopes of securing
significant funds for the January
transfer window to strengthen a squad
that remains short on top-flight
quality following promotion from the
Championship in May.
Newcastle have been defeated in
each of their past three games, increasing the threat of a relegation battle in
the second half of the season. They are
presently in 11th place, five points above
the bottom three.
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How The Times forecast the sacking
of Pulis after Albion?s slide continued
whether he could be tempted so soon
after managing Everton. Similar
questions could be asked about Sam
Allardyce, who also has strong
firefighting credentials.
The former England manager would
be a strong contender if he were interested, not least as he worked at Blackburn Rovers with Williams. However,
he effectively retired when leaving
Crystal Palace in the summer and he is
thought unlikely to reverse that decision for a club with similar aspirations.
Allardyce would also face a difficult
time winning over fans because of his
style of football and his acrimonious
departure from his spell as assistant
manager to Brian Talbot in the 1990s.
That leaves Pardew as a serious candidate, due in part to his links with Nick
Hammond, West Brom?s technical
director, from their time with Reading.
The 56-year-old left Crystal Palace
almost a year ago after an alarming
slump in form, but is keen to return to
work, has a history of starting well at
new clubs and has a more attacking
style of play that would appeal to fans.
Nigel Pearson, the former Albion
assistant manager, ticks the ?Premier
League experience? box but has not
managed in the top flight since leaving
Leicester City more than two years ago
and has just moved to Belgium with OH
Leuven. Derek McInnes, the former
West Brom captain and Aberdeen
manager, is the bookmakers? favourite
while Michael O?Neill, the Northern
Ireland manager, was touted at the
weekend but neither is thought to be
under consideration at present.
After the next two matches, West
Brom host Palace, and travel to
Swansea the following week.
Pulis guided West Brom to safety
having inherited a team languishing in
17th place when he took over in January
2015 and lifted them into tenth place
last season, their best finish in four
years. The downturn in results since
has left them just one point above the
bottom three.
Coleman at his ?biggest club?
Jason Mellor
Chris Coleman insisted he had no
regrets at not biding his time for the
offer of a job in the Premier League
after describing Sunderland as
probably ?the biggest club I will ever
manage?.
The Welshman was yesterday confirmed as the club?s ninth permanent
manager in six years, but rather than
infer he was doing the Sky Bet Championship?s bottom side a favour by succeeding Simon Grayson, he suggested
it was more the other way around.
Midway through his first press
conference, the former Wales head
coach was informed that his compatriot
Tony Pulis had been sacked by West
Bromwich Albion. Asked if he wished
he had waited to be considered for the
vacancy, his response was emphatic.
?People expected me to wait for a
Premier League job but if one had come
up, it would have been with a club that
was struggling,? he said.
?Let?s say I take it and they are then
relegated and we?re in the Championship and we?re in the same division as
Sunderland, with a smaller club. There
aren?t too many Premier League clubs
who are bigger than this one. People are
surprised I?ve come to Sunderland.
Why? Three or four years ago I would
never have got this job. It?s the biggest
club I?ve ever managed, and could be
the biggest club I ever manage.?
Coleman?s first match in charge will
be away to fifth-placed Aston Villa
tonight.
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Batting guru put Cook back on track
Gary Palmer?s radical
approach should be
welcomed down under,
writes Simon Hughes
There was quiet celebration in the
coaching fraternity this week as Gary
Palmer, a man with a non-conformist
view, was finally allowed into the inner
sanctum. He has arrived in Australia to
work with England Lions.
The former Somerset all-rounder is
one of a select band of cricket coaches
who have been challenging traditional
methods for a while. It has kept them on
the periphery of the professional game.
Resident coaches watch their backs
even more than players.
But the inclusion of Palmer in the
official party down under suggests a
lowering of the drawbridge. When your
premier private client is England?s
leading Test runscorer, Alastair Cook,
you certainly have the credentials.
After his lean start to the tour, Cook will
be pleased to see him, too.
Batsmen have a precarious existence
and are notoriously fragile creatures.
They are acutely superstitious and
sometimes so meticulous as to be verging on OCD. They have evolved a specific practice and preparation routine,
often honed alongside a personal coach
? like golfers or tennis players. They
will revert back to these private advisers
for a check-up, a batting MOT if you
like. Graham Gooch had his former
Essex colleague Alan Lilley; Kevin Pietersen used Graham Ford; others have
employed John Inverarity, the Australian, or Andy Wagner, the master in
charge of cricket at Radley College.
Cook swore by Palmer after Gooch,
his original mentor, recommended him
in 2015. The results were impressive.
Cook scored 635 runs in seven Tests
against Sri Lanka and Pakistan the
following summer at an average of 63
(his career average is 46) and has had
regular sessions with Palmer ever since.
Palmer, 52, played for Somerset
between 1982 and 1989, where he had a
first-class batting average of 15.30. His
father, Ken, is a retired umpire who
played one Test for England in 1965.
There has always been a layer of
coaching beyond the ECB?s remit. This
has caused a certain tension. These
personal coaches often had their own
How his stance has changed
After working with Palmer since
2015, Cook has played with a more
open stance, with his feet pointing
more down the crease
Early career
Back foot
facing point
Front foot
facing cover point
Now
Back foot
pointing
toward cover
Cook, with his changed stance and exaggerated follow-through, at Palmer?s ?lab?
theories and techniques at odds with
the governing body?s accredited beliefs,
and there was suspicion and mistrust.
Careful not to upset official England
(or Essex) coaches, Cook was obliged
to be quite secretive about his work
with Palmer and was unable to give
him official credit. Despite working
with a number of other high-profile
batsmen, Palmer felt reluctant to
declare his allegiances, preventing him
from getting national recognition.
The resistance to his methods has
slowly dissipated, partly through
Cook?s persuasion and also after Andy
Flower saw him at work and bought
into his ideas. It is also a realisation ?
given the paucity of prolific run-makers
that England seem to unearth ? that
the ECB needs to be more open-minded about the way they develop batsmen.
Palmer is different. He has set up his
own academy ? what he calls a ?lab? ?
on a farm just north of Oxford. I took
Front foot
pointing to
extra cover
that the essence of batting is playing
straight and that that is easier front-on
than side-on.
He gives players his ?four angles?
treatment. He sets up a bowling
machine to propel four different
deliveries: inswing and outswing from
right arm over the wicket, and the same
for a left-arm over-the-wicket bowler.
He is looking for what he calls the ABCs
of batting ? Alignment, Balance,
Completion.
First he sets the machine for inswing
from left arm over the wicket. He
encourages the player to have the left
shoulder (for a right-hander) pointing
to mid-on, and to make sure that the
front toe goes towards the line of the
ball. He gets Nancy hitting a few balls
chest-on with feet close together, left
foot slightly in front of the right but
both pointing down the wicket. ?I want
to see both sets aligned down the pitch
towards me! The idea of this drill,? he
says, ?is to get the head forward of the
body and create good alignment?.
Traditional coaching might have the
leading shoulder and foot pointing
more towards mid-off.
He encourages an exaggerated
follow-through, bat staying on the line
of the shot and body shuffling down the
pitch behind the shot, holding the
position. Each time he encourages the
batsman to hit as straight as possible
from a slightly open stance, ensuring
that the head, and therefore the weight,
is always going towards the ball. After
her session Nancy scored 170 runs for
once out in her next three innings,
having had a mixed season before.
Cook?s movements on to the front
foot (perennially his weakness) have
been smoother and more pronounced
after these sessions. Jos Buttler is
another who has worked with him. And
now Palmer is going to be let loose on
the Lions and perhaps the Ashes squad,
too. Given England?s habit of being 70
for four, it is not before time.
Nancy, my 15-year-old daughter and a
batsman in the England junior setup, for a session with him recently.
His radical philosophy is that
batting is actually not a ?sidewaysgame?. He recommends a more
open, ?two-eyed? stance,
feet pointing more
down the pitch
towards
the
bowler,
believing
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Australia talk the talk, but
Mike Atherton
Chief Cricket
Correspondent
There has not been quite the level of
trash talk that you might expect to hear
before a heavyweight boxing contest,
and it has been coming from one side
only. But the message from Australia is
clear. Crystal clear. If they do not
unleash all manner of hell with the
ball, there will be 40,000 sorely
disappointed cricket fans at the Gabba
on Thursday, and some surprised
England batsmen, who have all been
put on notice.
There has been talk of bouncers and
barrages, of Mitchell Johnson, of old
wounds and of England?s petrified batsmen ? and some of that talk from the
normally understated Nathan Lyon.
(Seven years ago, even Andrew Strauss,
captain sensible, was minded to refer to
the contest as a war. It can get to everyone.) The off spinner is one of three
Australian survivors from the most
recent Ashes series in Australia and the
lesson has not been forgotten. Lyon saw
England?s batsmen broken last time ?
often from close up ? and would like to
take in the view again.
To say Australia are excited about the
potential of their new pace attack is
an understatement. They expect
England?s batsmen to be charred, as if
on a barbie, by the end of the series and
there is something in the national character that enjoys the physicality, even
brutality, of the spectacle. It may be a
country of wrist spinners, too, but
Shane Warne?s dominance was the
exception rather than the rule. Australia is more comfortable when its cricket
team is hurling itself at the opposition,
no holds barred.
They have waited a long time to see
this triumvirate come together and
expectations are at fever pitch. Lyon
was intent on not downplaying them,
either, at one point making Josh Hazlewood sound like a combination of
Malcolm Marshall, Dennis Lillee and
Curtly Ambrose. Swing, seam, pace,
bounce, accuracy, you name it. The
No 1? You better believe it.
It?s not just the players who are sweet
on Australia?s pace attack, either. The
newspaper The Australian, in partisan
sabre-rattling mood yesterday, reckons
the three to be ?our greatest Ashes pace
attack?, conveniently forgetting that, as
of now, Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and
Pat Cummins have never played a Test
together, and only joined forces for
their state for the first time this year.
continued from back
?We?re going to end Test careers?
with interest to see how he goes. I hope
he lets his cricket do the talking now.?
Lyon said that Starc and Cummins
had been in fearsome form in the nets.
?To have two guys bowling that fast, I
know, especially on my birthday, I?m
not getting in the nets this [afternoon]
to face them because they are bowling
way too quick for my liking,? he said.
?They are class bowlers . . . In the nets
they are definitely quicker. I saw Steve
Smith land on his backside the other
day [facing a ball], and Johnson didn?t
do that. It?s good isn?t it??
Of Hazlewood, the right-armer who
has earned comparisons with Glenn
McGrath, Lyon said: ?He can swing the
new ball in and out, he can seam it, he
can bowl fast, he can bowl a nice
bouncer, he can reverse an old ball. His
You would be a brave man to bet on
them lasting the course. It would also be
news to the 2013-14 cohort of Johnson,
Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle and Shane
Watson, who together applied pressure
over a sustained period as well as any
Australian attack that I have seen.
News, indeed, to Glenn McGrath,
Jason Gillespie and Brett Lee, who
propelled Australia through the glory
years, or to Lillee and Jeff Thomson, the
original terror twins. This trio have a lot
to live up to and that history will spur
them on.
That Starc and Cummins are seriously quick is not in doubt. As quick as
Johnson? It was not just Johnson?s pace
that unsettled England, but the unorthodoxy of his action, his low arm coming from beyond the edge of the return
crease when bowling round the wicket,
and from in front of the stumps when
bowling from over. It was a wicked combination.
Sometimes a bowler?s action makes
him seem quicker than he actually is.
Starc can bowl over and round, too, and,
as a left-armer, the comparisons are
inevitable, but he does not look quite
the awkward customer that Johnson
was, rapid though he is. Two years ago,
at the Waca, on a steamy day and on (for
the Waca) a slowish surface, he was
James Anderson......................506 wickets
in 129 matches
3.9
Stuart Broad................................388 wickets
in 109 matches
3.6
Chris Woakes.................................50 wickets
in 18 matches
2.8
clocked on the speed gun at a little over
99.4mph, That was the same speed that
Thomson was timed at 40 years earlier
by researchers at the University of
Western Australia in a competition
designed to discover the world?s quickest bowler.
Although Thomson?s action was
unique in the way that he catapulted
the ball, Starc has a long, winding arc of
his bowling arm, too. At 27 years of age,
he is in that sweet spot, his body having
come through the difficult growing
years but not yet entered the thirties,
when most quick bowlers start to slow
down. ?The Mop? is his new nickname,
based on his ability to clean up the tail,
as witnessed by his double hat-trick in a
state game this month, and he will pose
the main challenge to England?s traditional lower-order strength.
Cummins hurls himself into the fray.
He looks like one of those old-fashioned types, heavy boned and burly,
who simply likes to bowl as quickly as
he can and damn the consequences to
his body. That is why he has only played
five Tests, and not one in Australia. He,
too, enjoys a little bloodlust, noting
today on more than one occasion how
England?s batsmen hang back in their
crease, unlike Australia?s, who come at
you on the front foot. The implication
was clear enough.
And then to Hazlewood, who will act
as the counterbalance to these two,
doing the type of job that Siddle and
Harris did for Johnson. He is highly
rated here and maybe we did not see the
best of him in England last time, but
comparisons with McGrath are wide of
the mark so far. Still, it is vital at the
Gabba not to get carried away with the
bounce, and given how the crowd will
be egging Starc and Cummins on,
Hazlewood?s metronomic accuracy on
the first morning will be vital.
The battle lines have been drawn and
in many ways they are the traditional
ones between these two teams, reflecting national differences of character
and temperament. England have been
quietly going about their business,
deflecting rather than attracting attention. Trevor Bayliss, the New South
Welshman who knows the three Aussie
quicks as well as anyone, has been
reminding his players that, beneath the
bluster, the gentlest souls on the
Australian team are the quick bowlers.
Australia have pace and aggression;
England have skill and control. For all
that history suggests the former wins
more often than not down under, and
for all the talk, one statistic is undeniable: between them, James Anderson
and Stuart Broad have 607 Test wickets
more than Starc, Hazlewood and
Cummins combined. That should
count for something.
consistency and the way he controls the
game is incredible. In my book he?s the
No 1 bowler in the world.?
Lyon saved special heat for Joe Root,
his former club-mate at Prospect in
Adelaide. He describes Root as ?a good
friend of mine? but hopes to prey on the
England captain who, he says, underestimates his bowling.
?Root got dropped last time [in
Sydney] when he was here, so it?d be
good to get him dropped again,
wouldn?t it?? Lyon said. ?There?s a lot of
scars for the English guys, especially
coming over here, especially when we
have two guys bowling 150km/h
[93mph], not just one now.?
Lyon, who is Australia?s all-time leading finger spinner having taken 269
wickets in 69 Tests, says that he relishes
being underestimated and hopes that
England come after him.
?It?s part of the game being a tiny little
off spinner who bowls at 86km/h, not
150,? he said. ?I love being the underdog,
I love flying under the radar and the
challenges that lie ahead.?
Lyon said that it is ?harsh to start
comparing [Dawid] Malan and [James]
Vince to Kevin Pietersen?, but says his
team ?will respect the new guys? but
look to exploit their inexperience. ?We
are looking forward to putting these
guys under pressure and then if we do
that, there will be more pressure on
Cooky [Alastair Cook] and Joe.
?I?ve been sitting around talking to a
lot of the younger fellas who haven?t
played an Ashes series about the excitement around the series, what it?s like
from the media point of view, the pressures from the fans and your family.
Being part of that [2013-14] squad was
unbelievable, and it?s one of my fondest
series. Seeing Mitchell Johnson scare
all the Poms was unbelievable.?
No holding back down under
The Australian hailed their seam trio as
the best of all time, above. Here are the
statistics that show how they compare
to Lillee, Thomson, and Walker ? and to
England?s line-up at the Gabba.
Dennis Lillee.................................355 wickets
in 70 matches
5.1 wickets per Test
Jeff Thomson.............................200 wickets
in 51 matches
3.9
Max Walker...................................138 wickets
in 34 matches
4.1
Mitchell Starc...............................148 wickets
in 36 matches
4.1
Josh Hazlewood.........................118 wickets
in 31 matches
3.8
Pat Cummins...................................21 wickets
in 5 matches
4.2
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James Vince, left,
Jake Ball, centre, and
Dawid Malan cool off
before things get
heated at the Gabba
DIGEST
DOWN
UNDER
By Will Macpherson
ODI at new Perth Stadium
The Waca is hosting one final Ashes
Test next month and it has been
confirmed that the new 55,000-seat
Perth Stadium, across the Swan River
in Burswood, will stage Australia?s
one-day international against England
on January 28. England Lions will play
two T20s against Perth Scorchers
before that ? behind closed doors on
December 11 and two days later inviteonly. Scorchers will play their regular
season games at the Waca, but
February?s Big Bash League finals will
be at Burswood if they host them.
Hazlewood aims for Root
Having dominated the agenda of the
tour?s opening week, talk of reopening
the scars of 2013-14 ? is that even
possible? ? had gone quiet in recent
days. But fear not! Scars, and the
reopening thereof, are back. Josh
Hazlewood is the scar reopener this
time, and it?s Joe Root?s scars that he?s
targeting. ?We?ll certainly bring it up,?
Hazlewood said, about Root being
dropped in Sydney in 2014, ?and
hopefully open up a few scars of the
guys who did tour here last time.?
Paine told to expect ducks
Tim Paine ? no centuries for 11 years
and only three Sheffield Shield games
as wicketkeeper in the past two years ?
might appear an odd pick as Australia?s
keeper. And he got some odd advice,
too, from Chris Rogers, the former
Australia opener. ?He told me to set my
standards low and expect to get six
ducks and anything after that is a win,?
Paine said.
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will they walk the walk?
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Ball puts his hand up
for Gabba selection
trip, has not faced Mitchell Starc, Josh
Hazlewood or Pat Cummins, nor
Jake Ball has declared himself fit and played at a ground the size of the
England are leaning towards throwing Gabba, let alone the MCG. But he
him into the first Ashes Test in Brisbane believes that England will not be
on Thursday in front of Somerset?s caught off guard as they were four years
Craig Overton, despite a shortage of ago. Joe Root, the England captain, has
match practice.
been impressing on his players the
Ball began the tour in fine fettle but importance of the series opener.
slipped in his delivery stride 12 days ago
?Mitchell Johnson took the boys by
in Adelaide, straining ligaments in his surprise a bit,? Malan said. ?I spoke to
right ankle and missing the rest of that Rooty about his first Test here and he
game and the match in Townsville. He said the occasion really got to him. He
is bowling at full tilt again, getting said the first innings he had was all a bit
through 17 overs in practice and a ses- of a blur and his adrenaline got going
sion of fielding on the final day in with the crowd and he ended up playing
Townsville ? a remarkable recovery, a shot he wouldn?t have played in a norhaving been wearing a moonboot just mal situation, so it is about managing
over a week ago. He is still wearing your emotions when you?re out there.?
strapping on his ankle and is likely to do
Vince believes that Australia?s forso throughout the tour as a precaution. midable record at the ground ? they
?There was a split-second where I felt last lost a Test here in 1988 ? could play
something wasn?t quite right,? he said. on their minds. ?I?m sure they are confi?I had my eyes closed and I was think- dent playing here,? he said. ?But, at the
ing, ?Does it hurt?? All sorts of thoughts same time, they won?t want to be the
go through your head. It was a bit group of players that loses that record.
gutting, especially with bowling so well It?s something we?d like to try to change,
in the first couple of games. But the obviously, and it will be a great
medical staff have been amazing.
challenge, one we are all really looking
?The last couple of days in Townsville forward to.?
went really well and I got through 17
England have looked to keep their
overs at full pace and a couple of ses- counsel as local players fired off barbs
sions of fielding. I?m now 100 per cent about scars and wars, but the touring
confident that I can get through a fiveside have turned the talk back on
day Test.?
Australia, with Vince and Malan
Trevor Bayliss, the
agreeing that the hosts need to
??back up their chat? in the first
England coach, believess
o
that Ball is perfectly suited to
Test. If they do not, with Austrao
Australian conditions due to
lian expectations sky-high,
the awkward bounce he finds. Thee
England believe that the
bowler used his time on the sidecrowds could turn on them.
lines to work with James Anderson
?If they don?t come out and
h
on ?wobble seam? deliveries with
start well, they put themselves
w
the Kookaburra ball. England know
under a lot of pressure,? Vince
full well that, just as they must be
said. ?They?ve got to back up
brave with the bat, they must be
their chat and, if they don?t, the
brainy with the ball.
crowd might wonder why they
h
Ball was visiting the
haven?t
done what they said they
Gabba for the firstt
were going to do. I quite enjoy
time on Monday,
sitting back and taking it in.?
alongside James Vincee
Responding to Nathan Lyon?s
and Dawid Malan, who will also
comments that Australia are
line up in their first Ashes Tests on
looking to end English careers,
Thursday. Malan and Mark Stoneman
Malan said: ?I think there are not
have been England?s most accommany Test series where a
plished batsmen on tour so far, and the
career doesn?t end either way,
only centurions ? both in Townsville.
so I think it is inevitable that
Beyond the bluster, Malan is in little
people?s careers end, but we
doubt about what awaits him this week.
as an England team are
He had not visited Australia before this
going about our business
quite quietly and letting
Lyon says Australia want to ?end careers?
t Aussies do the talking.?
the
Will Macpherson Brisbane
New kit for Smith?
They might look like giant plaster casts
but the Australia captain Steve Smith
isn?t injured. The star batsman was
using a compression device to aid his
recovery after training but also showed
off his designer Givenchy slides, a type
of sandal, circled, worth around �0
Hayden the rabble-rouser
Now it?s Matthew Hayden?s turn to have
his say on the Ashes. The former
Australia opener?s take is: ?The Poms
are a rabble. I look down the list and I
don?t know who half the guys are. I?d be
saying break any of those four [Joe
Root, Alastair Cook, James Anderson,
Stuart Broad] and they?ve got no hope.
And I don?t think they?ve got a hope
anyway.? Thanks Matthew.
England trio test the water
Even golfers target Broad
The people of Brisbane don?t like Stuart
Broad. We know that. But this time they
have gone too far. Spending his day off
at Brisbane Golf Club, Broad was on the
green when a stray ball ? hit by a
member ? struc
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