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Tuesday 8 May 2018
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B R I TA I N ’ S B E S T - S E L L I N G Q U A L I T Y D A I LY
Rail bosses
admit it’s
cheaper to
split tickets
Amal’s gala performance
TRAIN passengers are better off buying two separate tickets for some single
journeys, rail bosses admit today as
they promise an overhaul of what they
describe as a “frustrating” system.
The Rail Delivery Group, which represents train companies and Network
Rail, conceded that passengers were
sometimes charged peak fares for offpeak journeys because of strict rules
forcing them to offer one “through
fare” at the time of purchase.
This can happen if a passenger starts
a two-leg journey during a peak
period and then changes to the second
part of the trip in off-peak hours.
The rail industry made the admission as it announced it had commissioned KPMG to help with a public
consultation to overhaul the system,
which offers 55 million different fares
on Britain’s train networks.
KPMG found that just one in three
rail passengers said they were “very
confident” that they had bought the
best value ticket for their last train
journey.
Splitting tickets to make travel
cheaper for consumers has long been
the “elephant in the room”, Transport
Focus, the independent watchdog, has
said, with past research showing passengers can save as much as 90 per cent
by buying two tickets for long journeys.
The watchdog has said it “totally undermines any overall trust in the system” as rail passengers turn to websites
for advice on how to split their fares.
The Rail Delivery Group said the result of the review will not mean that
average fares will have to increase and
will not require any extra financial support from taxpayers. It complained that
its ticketing system was underpinned
by pre-internet regulations unchanged
from the mid-Nineties, and did not
reflect the practices of modern working life.
The rail industry is pledging that the
three-month review of ticketing –
starting on June 4 – will produce a system that is transparent, predictable,
fair, trusted, easier to use and value for
money for customers.
Writing in today’s Daily Telegraph,
Paul Plummer, the group’s chief executive, pledged to “grasp the nettle” and
insisted that customers “deserve better”. He said: “Well-intentioned but ultimately frustrating regulations have
failed to keep pace with technology or
how people work and travel today.
“Long-standing anomalies are becoming bigger problems for our customers today, impacting on businesses
and the communities served by rail.”
Mr Plummer added: “Unpicking the
regulation of a £10 billion-a-year fares
system so critical to our country’s infrastructure and prosperity won’t be
easy, and there are no straightforward
solutions. Our customers and the economy deserve better. It’s time to deliver
the modern, fit for purpose fares system Britain needs.”
Campaign groups welcomed the review. Alex Hayman, the managing director of public markets at Which? said:
“Finally, the rail industry has admitted
that people could be wasting money
buying more expensive tickets than
they need to because it is so unclear
what certain tickets allow them to do.
“The rail industry and Government
must now ensure that any reforms tackle
the poor levels of passenger satisfaction.”
Anthony Smith, the chief executive of
Continued on Page 2
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found. According to their study,
people seeking a long-term
31 relationship are generally
unimpressed by extravagant vehicles,
seeing their drivers as unreliable and
sexually promiscuous. The study
suggests that people who are seeking
marriage should ditch the sports car
altogether and instead choose
something more sensible.
Page 5
JAMIE MCCARTHY/GETTY IMAGES
Industry chiefs promise end to confusing
fares that mean passengers pay too much
Amal Clooney arrives at the Met Gala, New York, for the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibition. She wore a floral bodice and train by the young British
designer Richard Quinn. The 28-year-old from Kent shot to fame in February when the Queen sat in the front row for his London Fashion Week show.
Boris challenges May to drop Stock up the freezer, vanilla
‘crazy’ customs partnership ice cream is in short supply
By Chris Dyer
TORY Eurosceptics are today expected
to vent their frustration at Theresa May
over the Government’s lack of clear vision for Britain’s future outside the EU.
Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, last night openly challenged the
Prime Minister to drop the customs
partnership deal – under which the UK
would collect tariffs for the EU after
Brexit – saying it was a “crazy system”
that would make it “very difficult to do
free trade deals”.
No 10 confirmed Mrs May’s Brexit
war cabinet had delayed a decision
from a meeting this Thursday on
whether Britain will back the customs
partnership, or adopt a more lighttouch customs arrangement.
The war cabinet is split on the decision, with Mr Johnson and others favouring the latter option. The news is
expected to inflame concerns among
members of the influential European
Research Group of 60 Eurosceptic
MPs, who meet today, that Britain will
never fully leave the EU.
Dozens of Brexiteer Conservative
MPs, together with former Tory Cabinet ministers who are now in the House
of Lords, as well as Leave donors and
Continued on Page 4
IT IS the last thing you want to hear
with the hot weather here at last, but
there is a shortage of vanilla ice cream.
Some retailers are taking the flavour
off the menu because supply issues with
vanilla pods are pushing up prices. Vanilla is already the second most expensive spice in the world after saffron.
Around 85 per cent of the world’s
supply of vanilla pods comes from
Madagascar. But natural disasters such
as last year’s Cyclone Enawo, followed
by political unrest and rioting, have
sent prices through the roof. Since
2016, the price of just over 2lbs (1kg) of
vanilla pods has gone up by 500 per
cent to around £443 ($600) per kilo,
meaning it now costs more than silver
which is around £393 per kg.
Some ice cream sellers have reported
previously paying £65 or £75 for 1kg of
vanilla pods, and are now facing a bill
of up to £580 per kg from suppliers.
Martin Orbach, who makes Shepherds ice cream, said: “Vanilla has gone
up recently, but a lot of ingredients
have gone up as well, such as nuts. I
don’t see how it’s sustainable at the
current rate. We just have to absorb the
costs and every now and then put the
price up. Some will degrade the quality
of vanilla they use.”
news
sport
world
business
Boy, 13, shot in head in How the world took
Sir Alex to its heart
drugs deal crossfire
Crop-eating army
worm could reach UK
Household debt
rising at 10pc a year
A 13-year-old boy shot in the head on a
busy London street as he walked home
from a wedding with his parents was
an innocent victim in the crossfire of a
drugs deal that had gone wrong. The
youngster had been attending a
wedding when he was hit by a stray
shotgun pellet. Police believe a
15-year-old youth also shot in the head
was the gunman’s intended target. It
was one of a spate of gun and knife
incidents over the bank holiday
weekend, including two fatalities.
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A caterpillar
that has devastated crops
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in Africa
could reach Britain,
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potentially
costing farmers millions of
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The fall army worm has
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huge damage on Africa’s
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insect
was first spotted on the
con
continent
two years ago. Now it is
bei warned it could spread into
being
sou
southern
Europe for the first time and
cou reach Britain. The destructive
could
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insect
was first spotted in Nigeria and
on the island of São Tomé in 2016.
Pag 15
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The UK’s households are borrowing
more money than they are saving for
the first time since the so-called
“Lawson boom” in the Eighties, the
credit rating agency Fitch has warned.
British families are, on average,
normally savers, but for the past nine
months households have been in
deficit, and the amount of debt
consumers are taking on is rising at
nearly 10 per cent on a year, while
average earnings are up by less than
3 per cent.
Business, Page 1
By Christopher Hope
and Steven Swinford
Jason Burt on
why nobody
in British
football
can match
Ferguson
Sport, page 5
2
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Tuesday 8 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
News
Bercow paid more than Theresa May
By Harry Yorke
POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
JOHN BERCOW is paid more than the
Prime Minister, it emerged last night,
as his allies claimed that No 10 was
attempting to “get at the Speaker” by
endorsing calls for an investigation
into bullying claims against him.
The Daily Telegraph has seen documents which show that Mr Bercow was
paid £152,896 in the 2017-18 financial
year, meaning he is paid nearly £2,000
more than Theresa May. The Speaker
accepted the increase, awarded by the
Independent Parliamentary Standards
Authority, despite Mrs May, her ministers and reportedly Jeremy Corbyn all
refusing. He is believed to be the best
paid elected politician in Britain.
Last night a spokesman for Mr Bercow said: “The Speaker voluntarily
took the government-wide pay cut during the 2010-15 parliament, even
though he is not a member of the government, and was under no obligation
to do so. Since 2015, his salary has been
independently determined and proactively published.”
It came as sources close to the
Speaker told The Telegraph that the
decision by the Prime Minister to back
an inquiry into the accusations levelled
against Mr Bercow may be because
there is an agenda to oust him.
After claims that Mr Bercow bullied
two of his former private secretaries,
No 10 last week joined calls from Tory
backbench MPs for an investigation
into his behaviour. However, friends
suggested the accusations were being
orchestrated by rivals intent on bringing about his downfall.
While the friends refused to be
named, Chris Leslie, the Labour MP for
Nottingham East, said it was clear that
the “executive have found this Speaker
to be annoying for some time”. “The ex-
ecutive have clearly been irritated by
John Bercow and his arrangements for
questions and UQs [urgent questions].
I think there is a distaste among some
for his modernisation programme, and
there is certainly a wider Brexit suspicion with a few Tory backbenchers.”
His comments were echoed by
Robin Fell, the former principal doorkeeper in the House of Commons, who
claimed that Mr Bercow may be a victim of “people settling old scores”.
A Downing Street source last night
said Mrs May expected allegations
against any individual to be investigated properly. “The Prime Minister
has said, as have others, that everyone
in a workplace has the right to be treated
with respect and dignity,” the source
said. “The idea that this is aimed at anyone in particular is simply untrue.”
Last week Mr Bercow faced accusations of bullying from Angus Sinclair,
his former private secretary, and David
Leakey, the former Black Rod. He is
also the subject of a complaint to the
parliamentary commissioner for standards, who has been asked by Tory MP
Andrew Bridgen to look into the Speaker’s conduct. He denies the allegations.
Tim Stanley: Page 17
Tourism carbon
emissions four
times worse
than thought
WEALTHY holidaymakers’ spending
on travel has contributed to a sharp
rise in tourism’s carbon footprint to a
level four times worse than previously
thought.
Scientists discovered that worldwide
tourism accounts for eight per cent of
the world’s carbon emissions – a figure
which was previously thought to be between two and three per cent.
The biggest single contributor to the
tourism carbon footprint was international air travel, which in turn was
fuelled by growing affluence. The researchers also looked at other spending abroad in the 18-month study,
delving into consumables such as eating out and private transport, as well as
the life cycle of other spending that affects the environment.
Dr Arunima Malik from the University of Sydney, the lead author of the
study, said: “If you have visitors from
high-income countries then they typically spend heavily on air travel, on
shopping and hospitality where they go
to. But if the travellers are from low-income countries then they spend more
on public transport and unprocessed
food, the spending patterns are different for the economies they come from.”
The study, published in Nature Climate Change, found that travellers
from Canada, Switzerland, Holland and
Denmark exert a much higher carbon
footprint elsewhere than in their own
countries.
Dr Ya-Yen Sun, a researcher from the
University of Queensland, said: “Given
that tourism is set to grow faster than
many other economic sectors, the international community may consider
its conclusion in the future in climate
commitments such as the Paris Accord,
by tying international flights to specific
nations.”
NEWS BULLETIN
Rescue mission as lorry
full of 200 pigs overturns
Dozens of pigs were killed yesterday
when a lorry carrying 200 of the
animals overturned at a roundabout.
Firefighters were called to the
incident at Swan House roundabout
on the A68 West Auckland Road,
Darlington, at around 10am.
The driver was rescued from the cab
and taken to hospital. His condition
was unknown last night.
A spokesman for County Durham &
Darlington Fire & Rescue Service said:
“Six appliances were dispatched in 10
minutes and there was local assistance
from farmers and two vets.
“The majority of the pigs have
survived. At least 80 per cent are still
alive.”
Lynx ‘could scare away
visitors to national park’
Releasing lynx into the wild in
Northumberland may frighten away
visitors, the national park authority
has warned.
The Lynx UK Trust has applied to
Natural England to release six of the
wild cats in Kielder Forest, hoping the
move would “breathe new economic
life into remote rural communities”.
However, in a letter to Natural
England, Northumberland National
Park Authority said: “It would be wise
to assess whether the reintroduction
of the lynx may actually deter people
from visiting Kielder or the
countryside around it.” The plans have
also raised concerns with the National
Sheep Association.
Hate crime theory over
woman in drill attack
A woman left with a hole in her skull
after she was attacked with a cordless
drill may have been a victim of a hate
crime, a court heard.
Brenda McLaughlin, 38, told officers
she believed she was targeted at
around 2am on Saturday by the alleged
male assailant, 17, in Strabane, Co
Tyrone, because she is gay, Omagh
magistrates’ court was told.
The teenager is accused of having
an offensive weapon, stealing a power
drill from Ruby’s nightclub in
Strabane and causing grievous bodily
harm to Ms McLaughlin. District Judge
Peter King remanded the teenager in
custody, to appear by video link at
Strabane magistrates’ court on May 18.
Runner in 50s dies after
Belfast Marathon effort
Lifelike art Art lovers are urged to buy a one-off postcard by a world-renowned photographer for £55, such as this one
recreating Ophelia by John Everett Millais in 1852, in the Photography on a Postcard event in aid of the Hepatitis C Trust.
It’s time to deliver a modern,
fit-for-purpose fares system
Commentary
By Paul Plummer
CEO, RAIL DELIVERY GROUP
T
ravel by train any day of the
week and the chances are most
people will be glued to a
smartphone. Yet few if any rail
customers know that the rule book
underpinning what fares they can buy
dates back to when fewer than one in
five people owned a mobile phone.
Clearly, these well-intentioned but
ultimately frustrating regulations have
failed to keep pace with technology or
how people work and travel today.
This is why the public and private
sectors in rail are working in
partnership to grasp the nettle and call
for the fares system to be dismantled
and re-engineered. We want to make it
fairer and simpler for customers, and
we’re launching a public consultation
to do just that.
The 1995 Ticketing and Settlement
Agreement spells out how fares should
be set and sold. It assumes customers
will buy their ticket at a ticket office
and sets out in detail how customers
must be able to buy a ticket from each
of the 2,500 stations in Britain to every
other station in the country.
These regulations were based on the
fares structure inherited from British
Rail. Since 1995, further layers have
been added through requirements in
franchise agreements, which assume
this underlying structure. As a result,
long-standing anomalies are becoming
bigger problems for our customers
today, impacting on businesses and
the communities served by rail.
We have already taken steps to
improve things where we can. On top
of running more services, operators
have delivered innovations such as
advance tickets, special offers and
mobile ticketing. We have also been
delivering a fares action plan to
improve the buying experience for
customers, and continued the roll-out
of smart ticketing.
But this is just the start. We want to
work with the country to create a clear
plan for reform so that we can make
the right changes for the long term.
There are some key principles, which
include being transparent,
predictable, fair, trusted, easier to use
and value for money for
customers; offering integration with
other modes of transport; and offering
personalised, flexible fares which best
serve customers in different markets.
We will be launching a public
consultation with Transport Focus,
the independent watchdog, in June,
running through the summer. This
will help the industry to inform
government about potential changes
in fares regulation and implement
improvements. Unpicking the
regulation of a £10 billion-a-year fares
system won’t be easy, and there are no
straightforward solutions. It will
require partnership working between
governments and the industry. But our
customers and the economy deserve
better. It’s time to deliver the modern,
fit-for-purpose fares system Britain
needs.
Review of ‘unfair’ rail tickets
Continued from Page 1
Transport Focus, which is advising the
review, said: “Fares and ticketing systems need to suit the way we travel
now – there is a huge demand for
smarter ticketing.”
Jane Gratton, head of business environment at the British Chambers of
Commerce, added: “Increasingly confusing, frustrating and unfair, the current system needs to be brought in line
with the more nimble and flexible way
in which firms now operate.”
A Department for Transport spokesman said: “We are investing in the biggest rail modernisation programme for
over a century to improve services…
providing faster and better trains with
more seats. We want passengers to always be able to get the best possible deal
on their ticket and we welcome the industry’s commitment to review fares.”
Off the rails Commuters’
common complaints
Two-legged
journeys
Premium fares
can be charged
for the whole
journey even if
half the trip is
on an off-peak
train.
Advanced
tickets
Companies only
release a limited
number.
Fixed travel
cards
Inflexible season
tickets can leave
commuters out
of pocket if they
are unable to
travel.
Lack of ticket
machines
Although
advanced tickets
are offered up to
15 minutes
before
departure,
lengthy queues
can result in
customers
missing
discounts – and
trains, too.
A runner collapsed during yesterday’s
Belfast Marathon and later died.
The man, in his 50s, encountered
difficulties at 9.55am, at around the
sixth mile, near Victoria Park in East
Belfast. He was taken to the Royal
Victoria Hospital in West Belfast, but
later died.
Around 17,000 people entered the
37th annual race, which was won by
Eric Koech, from Kenya.
The Belfast City Marathon is one of
the city’s showpiece events and
attracts thousands of spectators and
competitors.
In April, Matt Campbell, 29, a
MasterChef finalist, collapsed at the
London Marathon and later died.
Shoot-out in Oxford
leaves one person hurt
A street in Oxford city centre was in
lockdown last night following a
shoot-out between police and an
armed man.
Shots were fired from a residential
property in Paradise Square and
armed response officers returned fire.
Residents told of their fears after
hearing the sound of gunfire, shouting
and barking dogs yesterday afternoon.
One patient was being assessed for
“non-life threatening injuries”, South
Central Ambulance Service said.
Officers responded to a report that a
man had access to a firearm, Thames
Valley Police said, adding that the
incident was not being treated as
terrorism.
Hard-working milkman
puts pints before Palace
Britain’s hardest working milkman –
who has not had a day off in more than
30 years – has vowed to complete his
round before a visit to Buckingham
Palace to pick up an award.
Martin Court, 69, has delivered milk
seven days a week since he was a
teenager on rounds in Abergavenny
and Usk in Monmouthshire, Wales.
He gets up at 3.30am every day, and
has taken only one day off because his
truck was stuck in a blizzard.
Mr Court is being honoured for his
service to his neighbours with an
invitation to attend the Queen’s garden
party at Buckingham Palace. He plans
to start his round extra early that day
before heading to London.
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3
News
Cannes cracks down
on critics who spoil
stars’ big moment
FOR the stars of the Cannes Film Festival it is the biggest moment of their
year, as they step out on the red carpet
to celebrate the global premiere of
their long-awaited film. Before, that is,
the festival was “blown to bits” by the
rise and rise of the social media critic.
The organisers of Cannes have made
the first major changes to the festival in
decades, insisting they must move to
protect filmmakers and actors from the
indignity of knowing that their work
has received a one-star drubbing before
they set foot in the official premiere.
Saying social media had left opinions about films flying around the
world as “confetti-like strips of
rumours”, they claimed it was
ruining the festival experience for cast and hard-working crew.
Until now, the festival,
which is in its 71st year, has allowed critics to view its star
films in the morning, with a
glamorous gala premiere
in the evening. There, in
front of the world’s
cameras, the director,
producer
and
stars
walked the red carpet
and watched the film
with their peers, often to
a rapturous standing
ovation.
In years gone by, photographs from the premiere
and a review of the film would
appear in the next day’s edition of newspapers around
the world, launching the
film into the public eye
after actors had enjoyed
their moment in the
spotlight.
But as Twitter,
blogs and industry
websites have become ever more
popular, organisers said that filmmakers
were
increasingly
reading bad reviews and hearing reports of
‘As soon as a
film is
screened, the
social
networks
turn it into
confetti-like
strips
of rumours’
booing in the theatre before their big
moment.
In a long letter to the press, Cannes
Film Festival has now confirmed it has
been “necessary” to rethink the programme to better suit festival-goers.
“The schedule has not changed for
decades,” it said. “The underlying logic
was based on best practice blown to
bits by the massive incursion of digital
technologies in our professional and
personal lives over the past 15 or so
years. Basically, as soon as a film is
screened, the social networks turn it
into confetti-like strips of rumours.
“As you already know, the principle
behind the change we have introduced
this year is simple: make the gala
session, attended by the team that made
the film, the veritable first screening of
the film. When the team walks the red
carpet and enters the room… the moment will be far more powerful as no
one will have already seen the film.”
The decision follows a series of incidents at the festival where Hollywood
stars and leading directors have attended premieres after receiving onestar reviews and dramatic booing at
earlier press screenings. Last year, Sean
Penn’s The Last Face, starring Charlize
Theron, was panned as the “pompous
nadir” of his career, with Robbie Collin,
The Daily Telegraph critic, noting:
“Their story, if it can even be called
that, is a wash, an abject was
waste of time,
and a cravenly foc
focus-pulling
foreground for the whole
vain exercise.”
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By Hannah Furness
GRATUITOUS
violence
against
women in crime dramas has infuriated
critics for years, with accusations that
female corpses far outnumber the men.
Not so in Midsomer Murders, its star
has claimed, after he insists it is an
equal opportunities show.
Neil Dudgeon, who has played DCI
John Barnaby for seven years, has dismissed the criticism levelled at “Scandi
noir and its dark British equivalents”,
insisting their preference for murdering women did not extend to Midsomer.
“We’ll bump off anybody on Midsomer Murders, we’re not at all choosy,”
he told Radio Times. “We wouldn’t do
anything bad to an animal, and certainly not to children, but otherwise,
we’re very equal ops murderers.”
Asked whether television crime
drama had changed much throughout
his career, the 57-year-old actor said:
“Today, you’ve got to have several murders and serial killers. When I was a
Neil Dudgeon, who
plays DCI John
Barnaby, says
Midsomer Murders
is an equal
opportunities slayer
GC IMAGES; AFP/GETTY IMAGES/REUTERS
By Hannah Furness
ARTS CORRESPONDENT
‘We’ll bump
off anybody
on Midsomer
Murders’
Cate Blanchett
arrives at Cannes
yesterday. Far left,
Nicole Kidman, and
left, Sean Penn with
Charlize Theron,
who faced criticism
at their premieres
how the 2014 festival opening film,
Grace of Monaco, had critics “curling
up, like startled armadillos, into tight
little balls of embarrassment”.
Thierry Frémaux, the director of the
festival, has likened the publication of
reviews before the premiere to a football match, saying: “You don’t have the
result before the game.” This year, he
has also banned films by Netflix from
the competition, and issued an outright official ban on selfies from the red
carpet, claiming: “We want to restore a
bit of decency.”
Robbie Collin: Page 25
boy, watching Z-Cars and Softly, Softly,
they might have a bit of burglary, or
shoplifting.
“Now, if aliens [watched our] television, they’d think half the planet
spends all its time trying to figure out
how to kill the other half.”
Asked whether society was “scarred
by all that killing” on screen, he added:
“Nobody is watching Midsomer Murders and thinking, ‘Oh, that guy was on
the roof of his castle when he saw a
headless horseman and fell to his death
from the roof… My God, that could
have been me!’
“Or seeing people who are supposed
to have been kidnapped by aliens and
entombed in plastic shells with goo inside. No one thinks, ‘That could happen to me when I’m walking the dog!’”
Dramas including The Fall, The
Bridge and The Night Manager have
faced criticism for the level of violence
against women shown on screen.
Midsomer Murders has faced no such
problem, building a dedicated fan club
over its 20 years and noted for its high
death toll in the peaceful countryside.
4
**
Tuesday 8 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
News
Interview
By Steven Swinford
DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR
W
hen Jacob Rees-Mogg
reflects on the “hostile
environment” policy for
illegal immigrants which operated
under Theresa May and the treatment
of the Windrush generation, he does
not hold back.
“It’s a horrible policy,” he says in an
interview with The Daily Telegraph.
“My fundamental view is that there
is a complete equality of Britishness. It
doesn’t matter if you arrived
yesterday, or if your family has been
living quietly in Somerset for
hundreds of years. It’s where the
hostile environment policy was
fundamentally unBritish. In this
country we are not used to demanding
people show us their papers.”
For Mr Rees-Mogg, the rise of Sajid
Javid from son of an immigrant bus
driver to the first Asian Home
Secretary epitomises the best of the
Tory Party and the best of Britain.
Does he see Mr Javid as potential
leadership material? Mr Rees-Mogg
chooses his words carefully, but still
can’t quite resist endorsing him. “I
would hate to put the evil eye on him
by recommending him,” he said. “But
he’s a formidably able man. If you are
talking about some date in the 2030s
when Theresa May has decided she
has had enough, then he is definitely
in that group [of potential leaders].”
As head of the increasingly vocal
60-strong Eurosceptic European
Research Group, Mr Rees-Mogg’s
words carry added weight.
His group could hold the fate of the
Prime Minister in its hands – it has
more than enough members to trigger
a leadership contest – and play a
pivotal role in deciding her successor.
Mr Rees-Mogg said there was “no
desire in the Conservative Party” for a
change of leadership and the Prime
Minister “deserves from Tory MPs and
supporters trust in what she’s doing”.
However, he is fulsome is his praise
for Mr Javid. For many colleagues, the
new Home Secretary is still a deeply
contentious figure. They are still yet to
forgive him for flirting with voting to
leave EU before backing Remain.
Mr Rees-Mogg, however, has no
such qualms. “We may want to control
immigration, but the people who come
here are fabulous. Having someone
like Sajid in the Home Office is good
for Brexit.” Asked about Mr Javid’s
position on Brexit, he said: “I tend not
to hold things against people. I’m not
critical of the choices he made then.”
At the weekend Lord Adonis, a
pro-European Labour peer, tweeted a
cartoon of Mr Javid in which he was
depicted as wanting to deport his own
parents. He subsequently apologised
and deleted the tweet. Mr Rees-Mogg
is withering in his assessment of the
cartoon.
“I’m afraid Lord Adonis is so
extreme in his hostility to Brexit that
he cannot find a barrel without
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‘Amazing rise
of Javid makes
me proud to
be British’
‘I would hate
to put the evil
eye on him by
recommending him.
But he’s a
formidably
able man’
scraping the bottom of it,” he said. “It
was clearly racist, in the same way the
mural that Jeremy Corbyn commented
on was obviously anti-Semitic.”
While hailing from the Eurosceptic
wing of the Conservative Party, Mr
Rees-Mogg’s views on migration are
fundamentally liberal – more in line
with those of Boris Johnson and
Michael Gove than Theresa May.
He believes that the EU referendum
was a vote for controlling migration,
rather than pulling up the drawbridge.
Mr Javid, he believes, is a shining
example of the benefits of migration.
“If you think about what his father
did, how hard he must have worked,
what he inspired his children to do, it’s
almost a model of Conservatism,” he
said “It’s brave, it’s never making the
easy choice, it’s working the extra
hour to help your children get ahead.
It’s believing in aspiration and doing
well through your own efforts. His son
is now one of the great office holders
of state. That is just amazing. Gosh, it
should make us proud to be British,
that this is possible in this country.”
Jacob Rees-Mogg
said the EU
referendum was a
vote to control
migration, not pull
up the drawbridge,
citing Sajid Javid as
a ‘shining example
of the benefits of
migration’ and
praising the
Home Secretary’s
‘inspirational’ father
For Mr Rees-Mogg, his focus is now
very much squarely on ensuring that
Brexit remains on track.
At the weekend Greg Clark, the
Business Secretary, appeared to
resurrect Project Fear by warning that
thousands of jobs would be at risk if
the Government abandoned the
customs union option.
“Project Fear is so utterly craven
and defeatist, it is the attitude of
managing decline which is so
prevalent among the older
establishment,” Mr Rees-Mogg said.
“The customs partnership is just
membership of the customs union and
the single market by another name.”
He has a message for pro-European
Tory MPs who are preparing to rebel
against the Government in a bid to
keep Britain in the customs union.
“Any MP who stood on the
Conservative manifesto and did not
say I don’t agree with our policy on
leaving the customs union and single
market has an obligation to consider
the manifesto very carefully and the
commitments they may have made to
their constituents very carefully,” he
said. “They need to think very
carefully about whether they might
have misled their voters. They must
consider maintaining good faith with
their voters.
“Do people feel comfortable saying
one thing to their voters in June 2017
and doing something different in May
2018?”
Mr Rees-Mogg also raised the
possibility of a Boris Johnson
premiership. He said that if the
Foreign Secretary was in charge of the
Brexit negotiations he would be
“much, much more aggressive” with
Brussels than Mrs May – but that this
could play into the Prime Minister’s
hands as the EU would be inclined to
give her a better deal to avoid a
Eurosceptic Tory leader taking over.
He compared the Prime Minister to
King Solomon of Israel, who in the
Bible was less tough in his approach to
his subjects than his son and
successor, King Rehoboam.
Mr Rees-Mogg said: “I think one of
Theresa May’s strength in negotiation
is that she is Solomon to Rehoboam.
That is to say my father [Solomon]
scourged you with whips, I
[Rehoboam] will scourge you with
scorpions.
“The EU knows if they don’t support
and help Theresa May to get a deal,
there is the risk of having somebody
much, much more aggressive, which
they don’t want.”
Fear-inducing inheritance tax is ‘ripe’ for overhaul, says Treasury
INHERITANCE tax frightens people
and will be examined to establish
whether it is “fit for purpose”, a senior
Treasury adviser has said.
The Office for Tax Simplification has
started an online questionnaire into
the tax as part of a consultation that reports in October, just before the Autumn Budget. The review will examine
whether the tax, which is expected to
raise £32 billion between 2016 and
2022, is too complicated.
One concern is that because of its
complexity people do not know how to
avoid the tax legally, or how to be sure
of when the tax is triggered.
Angela Knight, the chairman of the
Office for Tax Simplification, said there
was “quite a high degree of complexity” around the tax.
Ms Knight, a former Tory MP and
Treasury minister, said the tax was
“ripe for a look at”.
She added: “This is a tax that people
fear. They think it is going to happen to
them. The fact that more people are
concerned about it than are actually
going to be liable for it puts the question mark over its operation.”
Ms Knight described how she had to
call in a financial expert when she was
an executor of a “simple estate” to ensure she had not triggered the
£325,000 threshold, above which the
40 per cent tax is payable.
The review was promised by Philip
Hammond, the Chancellor, in January.
Now, taxpayers are being asked to fill in
an online survey asking for views on
the various exemptions.
It is asking about “the ease or complexity of the legislative rules and the
processes to follow” when a relative
dies and an executor has to work out if
there is a liability for inheritance tax.
Separately, a Resolution Foundation
report proposes today that inheritance
tax should be abolished and replaced
with a lifetime limit for recipients of
£125,000 before levies kick in. Any
money raised would fund a £10,000
payment to help 25-year-olds get on the
property ladder, pay for education, invest in pensions and set up businesses.
MP accuses Corbyn of selling out
after backing Scottish separation
By Harry Yorke
POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
JEREMY CORBYN supported calls for
Scottish independence, a Scottish Nationalist MP has claimed.
Mhairi Black, 23, the youngest ever
MP elected to Parliament, has claimed
that the Labour leader has “sold his
soul over independence” after allegedly telling her in private that he
backed her party’s cause.
Last night, sources close to Mr Corbyn rejected the allegation as “complete nonsense”. However, the claims
will likely add to unease among Labour
moderates, several of whom have previously expressed concerns over his
stance on the union.
Adam Tomkins, the Tory MSP for
Glasgow, said: “This is yet more confirmation that Labour isn’t just soft on the
independence issue, it doesn’t even
care. Labour leaders on both side of the
border paid unconvincing lip service
to the importance of the union, yet be-
hind the scenes would vote Yes in a
heartbeat.”
Last year, Mr Corbyn stirred controversy among his own MPs when he said
it would be “absolutely fine” to hold a
second referendum.
He later clarified that Labour was
Mhairi Black, an
outspoken Scottish
Nationalist MP, has
raged over Jeremy
Corbyn’s stance on
independence
not in favour of another poll.
Mr Corbyn has also criticised Labour’s decision to join forces with Better Together, a cross-party group
campaigning for Scotland to stay part
of the UK, during the 2014 independence referendum.
In an interview with The Huffington
Post, Ms Black alleged that Mr Corbyn
UK plans own satnav system
as Brussels threatens ban
By Christopher Hope
CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
MINISTRY of Defence officials have
started preliminary work on a £3 billion British satellite navigation system
because the UK could be shut out of the
European Union’s Galileo network.
The move comes amid a deepening
row with Brussels over whether Britain
can still be trusted with Europe’s security information after the Brexit vote.
Galileo is Europe’s rival to the global
positioning system developed and controlled by the US, used by millions of
consumer devices around the world in
a multibillion-dollar satnav market
The Government has already started
to take legal advice on whether it can
recoup the €1.4 billion (£1.2 billion) it
has invested in the programme since
2003 after being blocked from the
most sensitive elements.
Now Gavin Williamson, the Defence
Secretary, has told The Daily Telegraph
that he has ordered experts to start
developing plans for a British system.
Mr Williamson has been lobbying
EU defence ministers and Nato allies
over the EU’s blocking of the UK. He
wants to put pressure on the EU Commission and particularly France. Writ-
ing in today’s Telegraph, he said:
“Questions over our participation in the
Galileo satellite programme are a perfect example of how there is an abundance of opportunity out there for us to
take advantage of.
“We should not fear or doubt our
ability to go it alone or to seek out new
partnerships. We have the expertise,
the technical know-how and, crucially,
the will to succeed.
“That’s why it is right our brilliant
defence scientists and military experts
have started work scoping out the possibilities of developing our own satellite system while we continue talks
with the European Commission over
our future role in Galileo. And we won’t
rule out working with other nations.”
The UK Galileo rival is likely to feature in a new defence space strategy
being developed by the MoD.
Whitehall sources said the scheme –
known as the UK Global Navigation
Satellite System – could deliver a £3 billion boost to the economy and create
5,000 jobs over the next 20 years.
Early work found that there are no
fundamental technical obstacles to a UK
system, sources have told The Telegraph.
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has sold out on his principles, as she
also attacked him for his about-turn on
scrapping Trident and failing to bring
an end to austerity.
“He is hypocritical about what arguments he applies where and when,” she
added. “I’m raging. He has totally sold
his soul, especially in terms of Scotland. He has sold out in terms of Scottish independence – because I know
that he doesn’t believe the things he
says about independence now.”
Asked to substantiate her claims, she
said that she had learned of Mr Corbyn’s support for independence “from
talking to him”.
Last night, a source close to Mr Corbyn told The Daily Telegraph the allegations were “untrue” and without
evidence, adding: “I’m sure they’ve
had conversations before. But the
claim that he’s a supporter of Scottish
independence is complete nonsense.
“Her claims are incredibly weak and
it’s not clear what conversations she’s
referring to.”
Customs deal fails
to meet key test of
‘regaining control’
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supporters are expected to attend the
meeting to express their concerns
about the direction of Brexit.
One ERG source said: “More delay is
not an encouraging sign. This is not a
difficult decision to get right: one saves
the Government; one wrecks the Government.
“We will hear people’s discontent
with Brexit [at the meeting] – of that
there is no doubt.”
Discontent is growing among Eurosceptics. Launching a volley from
across the Atlantic yesterday, Mr Johnson said the idea of a customs partnership failed to meet the key test of
Britain “taking back control”.
“It’s totally untried and would make
it very, very difficult to do free trade
deals,” he told the Daily Mail from
Washington DC.
“If you have the new customs partnership, you have a crazy system
whereby you end up collecting the tariffs on behalf of the EU at the UK frontier.
“If the EU decides to impose punitive tariffs on something the UK wants
to bring in cheaply there’s nothing you
can do. That’s not taking back control
of your trade policy.”
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Looking for love?
Steer clear of the
guy with a flashy car
By Sarah Knapton
SCIENCE EDITOR
IN HIS theory of evolution,
Charles Darwin suggested
that showy traits such as
peacock feathers, which do
not improve survival, must
give a reproductive advantage for them to persist
through natural selection.
But a study suggests similar ostentatious displays in
humans may be detrimental
to finding lasting love.
US
researchers
have
found that driving a flashy
car is a turn-off for both men
and women who are looking
for a life partner. Despite the
hefty price tag and pleasing
aesthetics, both sexes seeking a long-term relationship
are unimpressed by extravagant vehicles, viewing their
drivers as unreliable and
sexually promiscuous.
In fact, the study suggests
that people who are seeking
marriage should ditch the
sports car and instead
choose something sensible.
It follows research which
found that women believed
Porsche Boxster owners
were less likely to want a
committed relationship than
Honda Civic drivers.
“This contrasts with the
notion that men’s conspicuous resource displays are at-
tractive to women because
they reliably signal expected
future resource investment
in partners and especially in
offspring,” said Jessica Kruger, of the University of Buffalo, who co-authored the
study with her husband,
Daniel Kruger, of the University of Michigan.
Compared with women,
men have a greater tendency
to conspicuously display
their wealth. But a woman’s
preference for such displays
reflects the type of partner-
‘This contrasts with
the notion that men’s
resource displays
are attractive’
ship she is seeking. For example, physical qualities are
more important when she
has a brief fling in mind,
while a man’s wealth is more
influential when deciding on
a suitable life partner who
can provide for her children.
Researchers at the universities of Buffalo and Michigan asked 233 people of both
sexes to state their preferences in two scenarios.
In the first scenario “Frugal Dan” bought a new car
based on efficiency and reliability, which comes under
Wives think twice as
divorce pay shrinks
By Olivia Rudgard SOCIAL
AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT
WOMEN are backing out of
divorce cases because settlements are becoming less
generous, experts have said.
Fewer wives are being
awarded income for life and
they are increasingly having
their divorce settlement limited to a few years. This is
making some of them back
off from going through with
a split, law firms say.
In a landmark case in 2014,
the High Court ruled that
judges should prioritise a
“transition to independence”,
even if this involved “a degree of (not undue) hardship”.
Figures from the Ministry
of Justice last year show that
orders for ongoing payments
had fallen by five per cent
since 2011, while lump sum
orders had risen by 10 per
cent over the same period.
Hall Brown, the Manchester law firm, handled 380 divorce cases over the past
year, 30 of which were later
shelved. James Brown, man-
aging partner, said many couples “may have little genuine
insight into their true financial circumstances and might
have second thoughts when
told about the settlement
which they may receive”.
Last month divorcee Kim
Waggott lost out on a lifetime
of annual maintenance pay-
30
The number of splits dealt with
by law firm Hall Brown last year
that were eventually shelved
ments after going back to
court to challenge her 2012
settlement, which provided
her with £175,000 a year, on
top of a £9.76 million lump
sum. But the judge ruled that
her maintenance payments
should stop after three years.
Toby Hales, partner at
Seddons, said it was “very
rare now to see a maintenance order now that is to be
paid for the rest of one’s life”.
warranty for the first few
years. In contrast, “Flashy
Dave” bought a used car and
spent money on new paint,
bigger wheels and a more
powerful sound system.
The results showed that
on a scale of how attractive
the men were for a longterm relationship, Flashy
Dave was only rated as 43
points out of 80, while Frugal Dan received 67 points.
The researchers concluded that when a man
bought fancy cars, people intuitively interpreted it to
mean he was more interested
in a short-term dalliance than
a romantic commitment.
Mr Kruger said: “Participants demonstrated an intuitive understanding that
men investing in the display
of goods featuring exaggerated sensory properties have
reproductive strategies with
higher mating effort and
greater interest in shortterm sexual relationships, as
well as lower paternal investment and interest in
long-term committed romantic relationships than
men investing in practical
considerations.”
The research was published in Evolutionary Psychological Science.
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Keyes: men in
midlife crisis
are not fools
By Hannah Furness
ARTS CORRESPONDENT
AUTHORS must stop making a mockery of the male
midlife crisis, Marian Keyes,
the writer, has said.
Keyes, who has sold more
than 30 million copies of her
novels, said too many books
portrayed middle aged men
as “complete fools”.
“There are a lot of books
written about midlife crises,” she told the Love Stories With Dolly Alderton
podcast. “And they’re almost
always ones where the man
is portrayed as a complete
fool, who’s just totally lost it.
“But nobody really goes
through a midlife crisis
without experiencing real
despair. Real fear, and real
soul-searching about ‘what
have you done with your
life’.”
Keyes was discussing her
latest novel, The Break,
which tells the story of a
woman whose husband
leaves her for a six-month
trip to south-east Asia.
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Man weds his
fiancée days
after saving her
from crocodile
By Victoria Ward
A BRITISH man has described the moment he fought to save his fiancée as
her arm was bitten off by a crocodile,
five days before they got married.
Jamie Fox, 27, wed Zenele Ndlovu,
25, in a Zimbabwean hospital. “In one
week we went from shock and agony to
a truly amazing experience,” he said.
The couple were canoeing last week
in an inflatable boat on the Zambezi,
one of Africa’s longest rivers, when
they were attacked by a crocodile. Mr
Fox pulled Ms Ndlovu, a former national tennis player, out of the water
and applied a makeshift tourniquet,
but she had lost so much blood it was
feared she may die from the wound.
“I was shouting, trying to save her,”
he said. “She was not complaining of
pain when we pulled her out of the water, maybe because of the shock. We
were hoping the doctors would save
her arm but that was not to be.”
Miss Ndlovu was taken to Mater Dei
hospital in Bulawayo but lost her right
arm and suffered injuries to her left
hand. Five days later, they married in
the hospital chapel.
“We were glad we still had our lives
and managed to keep our wedding
date, although we had to do with a
much smaller venue,” Mr Fox added.
He said the wedding was “incredible”.
Miss Ndlovu was discharged from
the hospital on Monday.
REUTERS
The couple were able
to stick to their
planned wedding
date, albeit at the
hospital chapel
Smells lovely, dear The Duchess of Cornwall samples a perfume she created herself during a visit to the Parfumerie Fragonard in Eze, near Nice. The Prince
of Wales and Duchess were given a masterclass in scents and soaps during their trip to the perfumery, which was founded in 1926.
Welby’s mantra: what would Stormzy do?
Archbishop of Canterbury
says grime artist’s line is
key to calm his nerves on
Meghan and Harry’s big day
By Hannah Furness
ROYAL CORRESPONDENT
THERE are many ways the Archbishop
of Canterbury can prepare for Prince
Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.
Listening to Stormzy may not be the
most obvious, but it seems to work.
The Most Rev Justin Welby, who will
officiate at the St George’s Chapel ceremony on May 19, has disclosed he has
been listening to a song by grime artist
Stormzy to help him focus.
Speaking on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, the Church of England’s
most senior cleric said: “I’m always
nervous at weddings because it is such
an important day for any couple.”
When asked how he’s preparing
himself, the Archbishop replied that a
line from grime artist Stormzy’s song,
Blinded By Your Grace, was helping
him in the run-up to the nuptials.
Mr Welby said: “There’s a line in that
– ‘I stay prayed up and get the job done’
– I think that sort of sums it up.”
The Archbishop, who is the second
most senior figure in the Church after
the Queen, who is supreme governor of
the Church of England, has already had
an instrumental role in preparing Ms
Markle for the wedding.
In March he officiated as she was
baptised and confirmed into the
Church in a secret ceremony, describing it as “beautiful” and “very special”.
Speaking this weekend, he said:
“I’ve made a couple of cack-handed
‘Closed club’ of BBC pays lip
service to diversity, says MP
By Victoria Ward
THE BBC is a “closed club” that has
failed to improve diversity for two decades, David Lammy, the Labour MP,
has warned.
He criticised the corporation for
simply “paying lip service” on diversity
and failing to promote talented junior
staff from poorer backgrounds to the
upper echelons of management.
The MP said there had been a “consistent failure” to make the BBC more
diverse despite a host of strategies and
initiatives.
Recruitment of black and ethnic minority staff increased by just 0.9 per
cent in the four years to 2015, Mr
Lammy said. In a report on tackling injustice, he wrote: “The BBC’s 10-person
executive committee is all white.
“Yet we are supposed to be satisfied
with our national broadcaster, paid for
by each and every one of us, paying lip
service to diversity in terms of hiring
junior staff while letting diverse talent
fade away further up the food chain,
and the people who call the shots at the
top remaining a closed club.”
Mr Lammy, a former minister who
chairs the all-party parliamentary
group on race and community, said the
“big beasts” of the establishment like
15pc
The percentage target of black, Asian and
minority ethnic people the BBC is
expecting to have on staff by 2020
the BBC and Oxbridge repeatedly claim
the “talent pipeline is not there so we
will have to settle for incremental
change”. He added: “The fact is that if
social mobility is ever going to be more
than Westminster jargon, we need to
shake the roots of entrenched privilege
and tackle social apartheid.”
A BBC spokesman said: “The BBC is
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diverse and getting more so all the
time. We are committed to leading the
way. We are well on the way to hitting a
target of having 15 per cent of all staff
from a BAME background by 2020. In
fact, that figure sat at 14.5 per cent at
March 31 2017.”
A source added that it was unclear
why Mr Lammy had focused on diversity statistics from 2015 when those
from 2017 were much higher.
Mr Lammy was one of 13 MPs from
across the political spectrum to write
for a pamphlet published by the Joseph
Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and Bright
Blue think tank calling for action to
tackle the “burning injustices” highlighted by Theresa May when she became Prime Minister.
Nicky Morgan, the former education
secretary, said the Tory party was “always playing catch-up on gender issues”.
She said reforms were needed in
schools and colleges in order to help
wipe out gender inequality.
Never work with
animals (especially
not Great Danes)
By Hannah Furness
ARTS CORRESPONDENT
NEVER work with children or animals,
they say. If only the makers of A Very
English Scandal had paid attention.
Stephen Frears, the director of the
BBC’s new drama, has described filming with a Great Dane as a “nightmare”.
The drama, starring Hugh Grant and
Ben Whishaw, tells the story of Jeremy
Thorpe, leader of the Liberal Party,
who attempts to cover up a then-illegal
homosexual relationship with Norman
Scott, a young stable hand.
The three-part drama, adapted by
Russell T Davies from the book by John
Preston, includes a variety of animals,
including horses, dogs, and one particular Great Dane, named Rinka.
Frears said: “They came to me and
they said ‘Great Danes are famous for
being stupid’. So it was a nightmare. I
think we ended up with three.
“The Great Danes did not like the
rain. We needed the dog to be quite
animated and running around, but the
dog slunk to the ground or tried to get
back in the car or out of the rain.”
A Very English Scandal will be broadcast later this month.
Stormzy, a former
Mercury prize
nominee, has
previously worked
alongside Prince
Harry for WellChild
mistakes over the last couple of weddings I’ve been involved in and I’m
thinking this is probably not a good
moment to make it a hat-trick.”
He has previously admitted to fearing he might drop the ring during the
service. Earlier this year, he told ITV:
“Unlike recent weddings, I must not
drop the ring. And I must not forget to
get the vows in the right order, as I did
at a rehearsal for one of my children.
“You know, at the heart of it is two
people who have fallen in love, who are
committing their lives to each other
with the most beautiful words and profound thoughts, who do it in the presence of God.”
The Archbishop will lead Prince
Harry and Meghan Markle in making
their vows. He will offer a prayer of
blessing over the wedding rings, and
will bless the marriage. The Dean of
Windsor will conduct the service.
Like the Duchess of Cambridge, Ms
Markle is expected to omit the vow to
“obey” her husband, using the more
modern pledge to “love, comfort, honour and keep” Prince Harry.
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s
choice in music will no doubt please
Prince Harry. The Prince has worked
with Stormzy for the charity WellChild.
When he picked up awards at the MOBOs last year, Stormzy offered to play
“a little acoustic for young Harry” on
his big day.
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Boy, 13, caught
in crossfire of
drug deal that
went wrong
AN INNOCENT 13-year-old boy was
shot in the head after being caught in
the crossfire of a suspected drug deal
that went wrong during a bank holiday
weekend of violence in London.
The youngster had been attending a
wedding with his parents in Wealdstone and was walking along the High
Road on Sunday afternoon when he
was hit by a stray shotgun pellet.
Police investigating the shooting –
one of a spate of gun and knife incidents over the weekend – described it
as a “callous, reckless and brazen act”.
A 15-year-old thought to have been
the gunman’s target was also wounded
in the head, but his condition is not
thought to be life-threatening. Local
residents helped treat the 13-year-old
until police and paramedics arrived.
One resident said he had heard the
shooting had been the result of a drug
deal gone wrong.
Det Ch Supt Simon Rose said: “It
would appear that the first victim was
approached by two male suspects, one
in possession of a shotgun, and shots
were fired injuring him and an entirely
innocent member of the public.
“This was a callous, reckless and brazen act, without any thought by those
responsible for the fact there were families with children and people in the
high street enjoying their weekend.”
The incident was one of four shootings in London during the bank holiday
weekend, which left one male dead and
at least four injured.
On Saturday, Rhyiem Ainsworth
Barton, 17, a rapper and aspiring architect, was killed in what is thought to
have been a drive-by shooting near his
home in Kennington, south London. It
took the number of people murdered
in the capital this year to 62.
Pretana Morgan, 38, his mother,
wept as she called for an end to the violence. She said: “Let my son be the last
and be an example to everyone. Just let
it stop. What must be, must be.”
On Sunday evening, a 22-year-old
man was shot and wounded in New
Cross in south-east London by two suspects riding a moped. His condition is
not thought to be life-threatening.
Yesterday afternoon, a 30-year-old
man – who may have been working as a
delivery driver – was also gunned
down in New Cross, Scotland Yard said.
His condition is also not believed to be
critical.
Shortly after 9pm on Sunday, a
43-year-old man was stabbed in
Perivale, west London, following a dispute with a motorist on a quiet street.
Elsewhere, three men aged 22, 27
and 17 were left with life-changing injuries after being targeted in a suspected acid attack just after 5am on
Sunday in Dalston, east London.
In Liverpool city centre, Fatah Warsame, 20, from Cardiff, died after being
stabbed in the chest early on Sunday.
By Martin Evans
REUTERS
By Martin Evans
CRIME CORRESPONDENT
First-class
flights for Met
officers at
£3,600 a time
Green man The four-day Jack In The Green Festival was held in Hastings over the May
Day weekend, celebrating the coming of summer and culminating in a costume parade.
Editorial Comment: Page 17
Gangs use middle-class children to traffick drugs in towns across country
By Christopher Hope
CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
MIDDLE-CLASS children are being
used to traffick drugs by unscrupulous
gangs who are spreading their networks into “most towns of substantial
size” in the country, the children’s
watchdog warns today.
The gangs were using children as
young as 12 to traffick drugs using dedicated mobile phones in a strategy
known as “county lines”, Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner said.
It involves the operation of a telephone number in an area outside a
gang’s normal area, which is then used
to sell drugs directly at street level.
They set up a secure base in a more
rural area and use runners – often chil-
dren – to conduct day to day dealings.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Ms Longfield said: “The number
of lines have really increased quite rapidly over the last one to two years so
now every police area reports activity.
“What has struck and shocked me as
I have learned more is quite how fast
and how deeply systematic it is – it is a
business model. It is professionalised.”
Places such as Norfolk and Huddersfield were being caught up in an escalating problem.
She said: “People do think it is a London problem but essentially it is now
something that is a problem throughout the country and for most towns of
substantial sizes.
“If they have not already been targeted they will be targeted. There are
increased instances of middle-class
children being involved.”
Last year, a report from the All Party
Parliamentary Group on Runaway and
Missing Children and Adults said the
drug distribution model had spread
from London to the rest of the country.
The inquiry was told that children as
young as eight or nine are being regularly groomed and exploited by gangs.
SCOTLAND YARD has spent £8.5 million on flights over the past three years,
including more than £400,000 on first
class travel.
Britain’s largest police force paid for
13,763 flights between April 2015 and
December last year, with officers jetting around the world on a range of investigations.
Questions have been asked after it
emerged that the force spent almost
£5 million on non-economy flights
with £407,952 spent on first class.
The figures, which were contained
in a Freedom of Information request
obtained by the TaxPayers’ Alliance,
come at a time of rising crime and
swingeing budget cuts across policing.
According to the data, a total of 114
first class flights were booked by the
force, costing the taxpayer £407,952 –
an average of £3,579 per flight.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman
said that in all cases, the cheapest fare
that meets the traveller’s needs is purchased, with business class seats usually only considered for flights of more
than six hours.
There was no explanation regarding
the use of first class air travel.
The TaxPayers’ Alliance said it was
“inappropriate” to spend so much on
premium flights at a time when Londoners are concerned about the rise in
violent crime.
Duncan Simpson, its policy analyst,
said: “It is completely unacceptable
that we pay for luxury flights that few
of us could ever enjoy ourselves. The
police will, in the course of their duties,
have to take flights occasionally, but it
is difficult to understand why they
should be travelling so expensively, especially at a time of budget constraints.”
Height of luxury The perks
of airlines’ premium seats
u Access to
luxury lounges
at airports and
comfortable and
pampered
surroundings.
u Priority
boarding.
u Your own
spacious
suite with
entertainment
system, flat bed
and top of the
range duvet.
u Fine wines
and vintage
champagnes.
u Gourmet food
from awardwinning chefs at
any time.
u In place of
plastic trays are
bone china
plates and white
linen table
cloths.
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The sun will go
bang (but not
for 10bn years)
Rollicking in the deep Adele has celebrated turning 30 with a Titanic-themed birthday party. The singer dressed up as Rose,
Kate Winslet’s character, right, from the Oscar-winning film. In images on social media she is pictured singing and dancing with
guests wearing life jackets. “Thank you to my family and friends for entertaining my super fandom of Titanic,” the singer said.
Popular pregnancy
apps ‘encouraging
eating disorders’
By Caroline Green
POPULAR pregnancy apps
could be wrongly telling
women to cut foods from
their diet and could encourage eating disorders, health
experts have warned.
An investigation by The
Daily Telegraph found that a
number of smartphone apps,
which have been downloaded thousands of times,
are offering advice inconsistent with NHS guidance
on what to eat while pregnant. Items wrongly included on lists of ”foods to
avoid” were camomile tea,
tuna sandwiches, eggs and
pepperoni pizza.
According to the NHS,
pregnant women should
avoid raw meat, mould-ripened soft cheeses, alcohol,
certain types of fish, liver
and pâté. Canned tuna is safe
to eat but should be limited
to four cans per week.
Sarah Walford, a Londonbased nutritionist, described
the apps’ advice as “ridiculous” and warned that giving
women lists of “unsafe” produce could lead to them developing
unhealthy
relationships with food.
She said: “I am very concerned about these apps
leading to eating disorders
such as orthorexia or anxiety
in pregnant women.
“Lists of food to avoid may
lead to women endlessly
checking ingredients in
their foods. The advice for
women to be cautious to
drink camomile tea is ridiculous. Camomile tea especially is soothing.”
Dr Abigail Easter, an expert on eating disorders during pregnancy, said lists of
foods to avoid could be very
confusing for pregnant
women with a history of eat-
‘Lists of food to avoid
may lead to women
endlessly checking
ingredients’
ing disorders and lead to
anxieties.
“I have spoken to women
with a history of eating disorders who find long lists of
foods to avoid very difficult.
They become confused by
all the information, leading
to anxieties,” she said.
“For such women, it is really important to speak to a
health expert before cutting
out any foods from their diet
or look at targeted information available to them.”
Health experts have raised
concerns about the reliability of nutritional advice included in the apps.
“Many of these apps include information on nutrition but there is concern
about the scientific validity
of the nutritional content
spoken about in these apps
because the apps haven’t
been evaluated to their scientific quality or the evidence,” said Angela Flynn, a
research associate from the
Department of Women and
Children’s Health at King’s
College London.
Apps developed in other
countries, such as the US,
could be giving nutritional
advice that is different to UK
standards, Dr Flynn said.
The NHS is developing an
official list of quality approved health apps but for
now it only includes two
pregnancy apps, which do
not offer food safety advice.
The Food Standards Authority cautioned against
following the apps’ advice. It
said: “We would always recommend that expectant
mothers follow the evidence-based general advice
on the NHS Choices website.
“If pregnant mothers have
specific conditions, they
should contact their GP or
midwife for advice.”
Scientists find ocean ‘twilight
zone’ teeming with new species
AN OCEAN zone nobody
knew existed, which is home
to more than 100 new species, has been discovered by
Oxford University.
The Rariphotic Zone, or
rare light zone, extends from
226ft (130m) to 984ft (300m)
and joins five other areas
that have distinct biological
communities living and
growing within them.
The new section was discovered during a research
mission to Bermuda organised by Nekton, the British
charity for ocean exploration, and led by marine research scientists from the
University of Oxford.
As well as the new zone,
more than 100 species were
discovered including tanaids – minute crustaceans –
dozens of new algae species
and black wire coral that
stand up to 6ft (2m) high.
“Considering the Bermudian waters have been comparatively well studied for
NEKTON
By India Sturgis
and Sarah Knapton
SCIENCE EDITOR
A previously unknown coral found by the Oxford University team
many decades, we certainly
weren’t expecting such a
large number and diversity
of new species,” said Prof
Alex Rogers, of Oxford University, and the Nekton scientific director.
“The average depth of the
ocean is 4,200m,” he said. “If
life in the shallower regions
… is so poorly documented it
undermines confidence in
our existing understanding
of how the patterns of life
change with depth, [this is]
evidence of how little we
know, and how important it
is to document this unknown frontier to ensure
that its future is protected.”
The group also discovered
a major algal forest on the
summit of an underwater
mountain 15 miles off the
coast of Bermuda. Its slopes
harbour gardens of twisted
wire corals and sea fans,
communities of sea urchins,
green moray eels, yellow
hermit crabs, small pink and
yellow fish and other mobile
fauna.
THE sun’s final act will see it explode
into a ring of gas and dust in about
10 billion years’ time, scientists have
said.
British astronomers said the dramatic death would result in Earth’s parent star morphing into a planetary
nebula, essentially a massive glowing
globe of gas and dust.
Until now, the nature of the sun’s
death has been open to discussion but
the research, published in the journal
Nature Astronomy, suggests it will go
out in style.
Planetary nebulae are among the
most beautiful and striking objects
seen by astronomers, some shining
bright enough to be seen across distances of millions of light years.
But a star has to be above a certain
mass to create a visible nebula. Until
now, it was thought the sun was too
light, but after analysing data, scientists have concluded it is just large
enough to end its life in such a way.
Prof Albert Zijlstra, a member of the
international team from the University
of Manchester, said: “When a star dies,
it ejects a mass of gas and dust – known
as its envelope – into space. The envelope can be as much as half the star’s
mass. This reveals the star’s core, which
by this point in the star’s life is running
out of fuel, eventually turning off and
before finally dying.
“It is only then the hot core makes
the ejected envelope shine brightly for
around 10,000 years – a brief period in
astronomy. This is what makes the
planetary nebula visible.
“Some are so bright that they can be
seen from extremely large distances
measuring tens of millions of light
years, where the star itself would have
been much too faint to see.”
The scientists developed a new data
model that predicts the life cycle of
stars. Around 90 per cent of stars end
as planetary nebula.
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Build on the ‘green belt’ wasteland, says MP
Many designated sites are
of little environmental
value and could help solve
shortage of homes in cities
By Helena Horton
GARAGES, wasteland and refuse plants
are being wrongly designated as green
belt land, a Labour MP has warned.
Siobhain McDonagh, MP for Morden, has found multiple examples of
wasteland sitting empty and unused
within minutes of the nation’s busiest
railway stations. She argues that if such
land was developed, it would go some
way towards solving the housing crisis
as well as preserving areas of natural
beauty. “There’s a garage site a stone’s
throw away from Tottenham Hale Station in London that is designated as
green belt, but there is not a blade of
grass to be seen,” she said.
“In fact, apart from a green car
parked in the garage, there is no green
to be seen anywhere. In Durham, there
was a piece of scruffy land that was
allowed to have donkeys on it but you
couldn’t build a house there. We have
MPs from all over the country complaining about it – brownfield sites being
caught up in the green belt designation.”
Ms McDonagh is fighting for one
million more homes to be built in Lon-
City girdles The zones that
aim to stop urban sprawl
Green belt
areas, in which
local planning
authorities
cannot approve
development,
were
established in
1955 to stop
urban sprawl.
These areas,
which have
never been built
on, are designed
to conserve the
countryside
around cities.
They include 14
areas covering
13 per cent of
England.
In the year
from April 2017
there was a fall
of 790 hectares
(0.05 per cent)
in the area of
green belt.
don, where 22 per cent of the land
within the city’s boundaries is classified as green belt, meaning it cannot be
used to build new homes.
She will today submit a contribution
to the National Planning Policy Framework, asking the Government to reconsider green belt designation in
“unsuitable” places.
The proposal has support from think
tanks and cross-party MPs.
Matthew Kilcoyne, from the Adam
Smith Institute, said: “Far from rolling
hills and daisy strewn meadows, the
green belt is anything but a rural idyll.
Over 60 per cent is farmland, with herbicides and pesticides pouring air pollution into our cities.” The metropolitan
green belt was designed to prevent cities from swallowing up the countryside.
Experts have warned that any solution
to the housing crisis in cities such as Oxford, Cambridge and York can only be
done with green belt reform.
Previous plans under Sajid Javid,
when he was minister for housing, proposed forcing “Nimby” councils in the
home counties to allow developers to
build homes on their green belt.
However, Ms McDonagh said: “I have
no desire to call for building in our
countryside or on the flowing fields of
green that we should be so grateful to
have. My frustration is not with parks
and hills or areas of natural beauty. And,
of course, I have no intention of calling
for housing in areas with environmental protection. But the reality is that
there are loads of sites like the garage
site at Tottenham Hale.”
She added: “There are 128,000 children in England living in temporary accommodation, desperate for a place to
call home. In the hearts of our towns
and cities and close to public transport,
scrubland, rubbish tips and car washes
are inappropriately designated as
green belt land.
“It’s time to burst the myth that all
green belt is green and use it for the
homes our children so desperately
need. It’s time to grasp the nettle and to
stop promising new homes without the
means of providing them.”
HEATHCLIFF O’MALLEY FOR THE TELEGRAPH
Bomb raid
heroes
Artist Dan
Llywelyn
Hall painted
133 portraits
of the
“bouncing
bomb”
aircrew for
Dambusters
Reunited, an
exhibition
to mark the
75th
anniversary
of the
Second
World War
raids. It
aims to
“reunite”
Sqdn Ldr
George
“Johnny”
Johnson,
the last
surviving
British
Dambuster,
with
portraits of
617
Squadron
members at
Prospero
World in
Mayfair,
London,
from May
16-20.
Judge locks up teenager who turned her back on him in the dock
By Daily Telegraph Reporter
A JUDGE was considering sparing a
teenage criminal a custodial sentence
until she turned her back on him in the
dock.
Xena Randell, 19, was in court after
pushing a 70-year-old woman to the
ground in a row at a market. The teen-
ager, who has a string of previous convictions, was arrested and admitted
assault when she appeared at Warwick
Crown Court on Friday.
Judge Anthony Potter told her: “In
my judgment you are a bully. I have no
doubt that lady was smaller than you,
and you intimidated her as much by
your presence as by your actions.
Pushing with force a woman old
enough to be your grandmother is disgraceful. I am far from convinced you
don’t deserve a prison sentence now,
but it might be worth giving you a
chance at a stage when your mother
has given you a home.”
However, at that point Randell
turned her back to him and refused to
turn back. Judge Potter told her: “I’m
not going to read into this any desire by
you to do what you say if you are not
prepared to turn round and look at me.”
He adjourned the case and remanded
Randell, of Walsall, West Midlands, into
custody, adding: “Whatever acts the juvenile court have taken, she’s in the
crown court now, and the crown court
Driverless pods could ease Lake District congestion
By Victoria Ward
ROADS in the Lake District are notorious for being clogged with visitors. But
the beautiful rolling scenery could one
day be punctuated with futuristic driverless “pods”.
State-of-the-art self-driving vehicles
are being trialled as a potential solution
to gridlock near Grisedale or a bottleneck at Buttermere.
The Unesco World Heritage Site has
launched a feasibility study examining
how the 18 million visitors to the area
each year will get around in the future.
The electric vehicles, while are already
used to ferry passengers at Heathrow
Terminal 5, use cutting-edge technology to transport people in an environmentally friendly and safe way.
Onboard computers can ensure the vehicle brakes faster and anticipates
changes in road conditions that the human eye could not.
Richard Leafe, the Lake District National Park chief executive, said: “We’re
constantly looking at new ways to balance the needs and enjoyment of people as they visit and move around the
Lake District, whilst being mindful of
the impact on the environment.
“Driverless pods are a really interesting concept and while this is not necessarily something that will be seen on
Electric pods are being trialled
on the Lake District’s roads
the Lake District streets soon, it’s vital
we explore a range of solutions to sustainable travel.”
Julian Turner, the chief executive of
Dudley-based pod makers Westfield
Technology Group, said: “We’re identifying possible routes for the pod and
talking to the local community about
how we could meet their transport
needs.
“We’re particularly looking forward
to hearing feedback from the local residents and visitors.”
The feasibility study ends in June
and will help the park authority decide
if the pods have a future in the area and
which routes would be viable.
Thieves take
37 gnomes
from garden
Baby bomber
Tony Hooper, an
aeromodelling
enthusiast, with his
one-sixth scale
model based on
Just Jane, a
Lancaster bomber
at the Lincolnshire
Aviation Heritage
Centre museum in
East Kirkby. Just
Jane is one of three
working Lancasters
worldwide.
POLICE are investigating
the theft of 37 garden
gnomes from outside the
home of an elderly woman
and have told the thieves
“this isn’t funny”.
The victim was said to be
very upset after the thefts
from her garden in Angus,
Arbroath, last month.
Police said the gnomes,
which are described as
“small” and the “usual gardening type”, were taken in
batches from the garden between April 23 and April 30.
The owner, who has collected the gnomes over
many years, has appealed to
the suspected pranksters to
return them.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “If someone has
taken them as a prank or because they think it is funny,
we can assure them that it is
not.”
CHARLOTTE GRAHAM FOR THE TELEGRAPH
By Martin Evans
Crime Correspondent
Cycle race marshal nearly mown down by team car
By Victoria Ward
THE director of a cycling
team has promised to buy a
volunteer marshal a beer after almost mowing him down
at the Tour de Yorkshire.
Astana, the cycling team,
said it was “deeply sorry” af-
ter Philip Sullivan, a race
marshal, was forced to leap
out of the path of one of its
cars as it careered through a
traffic island where he was
standing.
Mr Sullivan, 35, said he
was “shaken but unhurt” after the incident on Sunday
during the race’s final stage
in Leeds. Astana has spoken
to Mr Sullivan and “will have
some gifts for him”. In a
statement, it said: “The sport
director that was driving the
car contacted the race organiser directly after the
race to send our apologies.
We’re sorry and want this to
never happen again.”
Mr Sullivan is understood
to have spoken to Lars Michaelsen, the Astana sports
director, and said he would
volunteer at next year’s race,
when the two will “meet for
a beer”.
will not be bullied.” Randell attacked
the woman, who suffers from osteoporosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, at Wellesbourne market,
near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warks, last
August. At the time of the attack, she
was the subject of a suspended sentence for assaulting a police officer.
Turaj Hodge, defending, said: “She
suffers an inability to cope with stressful situations because of the very difficult upbringing she’s had, and when
she perceives she’s under threat, she
reacts violently. She felt under threat
from [the 70-year-old] who accepts she
called her a selfish cow, and in response
Miss Randell pushed her because of a
perceived threat.”
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Minister backs children’s right to see grandparents
By Christopher Hope
CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
YOUNG people from broken homes
should have the right to keep in touch
with their grandparents, the children’s
minister has said.
Nadhim Zahawi, a minister at the Department for Education, said he backed
contact between grandparents and children as long as it was in the child’s best
interests. Mr Zahawi spoke out after The
Daily Telegraph revealed that the Minis-
try of Justice had pledged to examine
whether grandparents should get an effective legal right to see their grandchildren after family break-ups.
The minister told the BBC: “We all
have had cases in our surgeries of terrible tales of grandparents not being allowed to see their grandchildren, when
it is clearly in the interest of the child.
“If it is in the child’s interest, as it
may be, to see their grandparents, then
that is what should happen. If we keep
the child front and centre, we will al-
ways do the right thing.” MPs from all
parties are backing an amendment to
the Children’s Act 1989 to enshrine in
law the child’s right to have a relationship with their grandparents and other
close members of the extended family.
They complain that some “alienated”
grandparents are being investigated by
the police for harassment for sending
birthday cards to their grandchildren.
The proposed change would require
judges to put greater weight on attempts of grandparents, uncles and
aunts, to win access to their grandchildren after a family break-up.
Currently grandparents face a twostage process, first applying to court for
the right to apply for access, and then
going through the formal process of applying for “child arrangement orders”.
Two thousand grandparents applied
for orders in 2016 – up 25 per cent in
just a year. The process can cost thousands of pounds in legal fees and take
years. The review is backed by Anne
Longfield, the children’s commis-
sioner, who said that children get
“huge benefits” from having grandparents around them.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, she said: “I really want grandparents to be involved – there are huge
benefits from children who can spend
time with grandparents, especially
when parents are rushed and have
busy jobs and busy lives.
“It is a fantastic benefit. I can see the
huge hurt and loss when grandparents
can’t get access to their grandchildren
– be that because of distance or because of whatever is going on within
the family.
“It is a very important thing that
should be looked at and I am pleased
that the Government has said they are
going to look at it.”
Ms Longfield also said parenting lessons could form part of a long-planned
overhaul of the sex education curriculum because many new mothers and
fathers were picking up tips from television programmes such as Supernanny.
Changes to data
protection laws ‘will
force local papers
out of business’
It’s behind you …
A photographer
snapped the selfie
of a lifetime with a
giant stingray.
Jim Catlin caught
the moment his
friend Mark Tilley
was enveloped by
the creatures. He
then took a selfie
with one ray
looming behind
him. Mr Catlin, 35,
said his friend lured
the rays at Stingray
City in the
Caribbean island of
Grand Cayman by
attaching pieces of
squid to the back of
his diving mask
strap during the
sunrise shoot last
month.
CATERS NEWS AGENCY
u Labour’s calls for “draconian”
changes to data protection laws will
cause “irreparable damage” to local
newspapers and could force some out
of business, MPs will be told today.
In the run-up to a crucial vote in
Parliament this week, newspaper
editors have warned that amendments
to the Data Protection Bill, put forward
by Ed Miliband and Tom Watson, are
designed to cripple local journalism.
Leaders from small and medium
sized publishers today urge MPs to
reject the changes, which would force
media organisations to pay the costs of
legal action, even when they win.
If passed, the amendment put
forward by Mr Miliband, the former
Labour leader, would also pave for
way for a “second Leveson inquiry”,
which the publishers say would only
“embolden those” intent on keeping
their activities “hidden from scrutiny”.
Speaking on behalf of the industry,
editors said they were “deeply
concerned” by the proposals, which
they describe as “anti-press” and an
attack on an independent journalism
and “free speech”.
It comes after a number of
Conservative MPs told The Sunday
Telegraph that the amendments could
stifle investigative journalism and
deter newspapers from “telling the
truth” amid fears of costly legal action.
MPs are due to vote on the
amendments tomorrow.
‘Pay out junior doctors in jobs blunder’
Paraglider killed in mid-air collision
Motson honoured with his own emoji
u Hundreds of junior doctors who
were told to reapply for jobs after a
recruitment blunder led could be due
compensation, the Royal College of
Physicians has said.
The process to fill hundreds of
hospital positions must be re-run after
an error gave candidates incorrect
scores, meaning some were offered
the wrong jobs. On the Today
u A paraglider was killed and another
seriously injured following a
suspected mid-air collision yesterday.
Cambridgeshire Police said officers
were called to the scene in the village
of Northborough, near Peterborough,
at 8.50am “following reports of a
collision of two paragliders at that
location who crashed into the ground”.
Pictures showed fragments of
uAfter a 50-year career as one of
Britain’s greatest broadcasters, John
Motson’s legacy is to be honoured with
a Twitter emoji in his image.
BBC Two is dedicating a night of
programmes to the retiring football
commentator on May 19, alongside a
special addition to Twitter, which will
see a picture pop up when particular
hashtags are used. The BBC said: “A
programme on BBC Radio 4, Professor
Jane Dacre, the president of the RCP,
said that those “severely” financially
affected should receive compensation.
“We hope the majority of people
will get the same or similar jobs. But
there are likely to be a smaller number
who have made life decisions,” she
said. “We’re desperately sorry. This is
the last thing that anybody wanted.”
paragliding equipment scattered
across a field. One of the paragliders
was airlifted to hospital in Nottingham
with potentially life-changing injuries.
“The second pilot sadly died at the
scene. The incident has been referred
to the Air Accidents Investigation
Branch, which has asked the UK
paragliding association to investigate,”
the police spokesman said.
special Twitter emoji will give fans a
unique way to celebrate John’s
remarkable career.”
On hanging up his microphone for
the last time, Motson said: “I’ve been
very lucky to have witnessed some
incredibly special moments in football
and I look forward to sitting down
with my family, and many football
fans, to look back on the past 50 years.”
FINAL
The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 8 May 2018
13
World news
By Rozina Sabur in Washington
MELANIA TRUMP announced her formal agenda yesterday as she signalled
her intention to take up a more prominent profile as First Lady.
Almost 16 months into her tenure,
Mrs Trump announced her new initiative for children – the “Be Best Campaign” – in a public launch at the White
House.
The three-pronged programme will
focus on children’s well-being, using
social media in a positive way and combating opioid abuse, Mrs Trump said.
“I believe our responsibility lies in
the critical time before a child reaches
adulthood,” she said.
It was a major step for the First Lady,
who has been eager to remain out of
the spotlight in recent months while
Donald Trump faced a string of allegations of extramarital affairs.
Mrs Trump called her husband to
the stage at the end of her speech to
sign a proclamation announcing May 7
as “Be Best Day”, giving her campaign
official backing.
Spectators were quick to criticise the
campaign slogan, with Mr Trump reportedly laughing after one audience
member asked him if it was grammatically correct. Social media users also
saw fit to comment, with one Twitter
user saying: “Is proper grammar from
the first lady too much to ask?”
Others pointed out that the slogan
was similar to a phrase Michelle
Obama, Mrs Trump’s predecessor, has
previously used.
Asked what men could do during an
event about women’s empowerment in
2016, Mrs Obama told the audience:
“Be better ... be better at everything.”
The joint appearance by the Trumps
followed a major report from The
Washington Post suggesting the pair
lead separate lives and spend very little
time together in private.
The couple are reported to sleep in
separate rooms and even eat their
meals apart, White House staff told the
newspaper.
It reported that Mrs Trump has
“erected a de facto wall” between the
East Wing, where the residency is located, and the West Wing, where her
husband and Ivanka Trump, her eldest
stepdaughter, have offices.
The White House has dismissed the
claims as “outrageous and ridiculous”
tabloid speculation.
Sitting in the front row, feet from his
wife at the podium, the president listened as the First Lady cautioned
against the “destructive behaviour”
such as “bullying”. Representatives
from Microsoft, Google, Twitter as well
REUTERS
Melania Trump
takes spotlight
to launch child
welfare scheme
Melania Trump announces her agenda as First Lady from the White House rose garden, criticising bullying on social media and urging children to ‘be best’
as members of Mr Trump’s cabinet
were present for the announcement.
Turning to his wife, Mr Trump said:
“Melania, you are an inspiration.”
The pair returned to the White
House holding hands – an unusual display of intimacy between the couple.
The First Lady has declined to comment on the allegations surrounding
her marriage, but has begun increasing
her profile in recent weeks. The role of
First Lady, an unpaid position, has varied between administrations but Mrs
Trump has been perceived to take a
relatively back-seat approach in comparison with Mrs Obama.
Her decision not to move into the
White House full-time until six months
after her husband was elected was met
with raised eyebrows and she taken a
Nuclear deal pullout ‘could spark arms race’
By Josie Ensor
MIDDLE EAST CORRESPONDENT
and Rozina Sabur in Washington
BORIS JOHNSON appealed again to
Donald Trump not to back out of the
Iran nuclear deal yesterday in the most
direct way he knew – appearing on Fox
and Friends, the US president’s news
show of choice.
The Foreign Secretary is on a two-day
trip to Washington to meet senior
Trump administration officials in an
attempt to persuade the president to recertify the deal before a May 12 deadline.
Mr Trump said on Twitter last night
that he will be announcing his decision
on the Iran deal today from the White
House, at 7pm British time.
Mr Johnson began by saying the US
president was “right to see flaws” in the
current deal. “He’s set a very reasonable challenge to the world,” Mr Johnson said.
But he warned that without the accord, Iran could develop a nuclear
weapon and would spark “an arms race
in the Middle East”.
“You’re going to have the Saudis
wanting one, the Egyptians, the Emiratis. It’s already a very, very dangerous
state at the moment; we don’t want to
go down that route,” he told Brian
Kilmeade, the Fox News host.
Mr Johnson said a key flaw was the
so-called “sunset clause”, which currently allows Iran to develop enrichment programmes after 2025 without
economic sanctions.
But he argued that the solution was
to “fix the flaws in the deal”, adding
“There doesn’t seem to me at the moment to be a viable military solution”.
Mr Johnson later told Sky News that
Mr Trump would be “in line for the
‘It’s already a very, very
dangerous state at the
moment; we don’t want to
go down that route’
Nobel Peace Prize if he can fix the Iran
nuclear deal”.
Mr Trump has called the deal “the
worst ever made”. It was signed in 2015
by the US, UK, France, Germany, China
and Russia, and eased international
sanctions in return for verifiable limits
President confirms support for CIA nominee
By Rozina Sabur in Washington
DONALD TRUMP has defended his
nominee to lead the CIA after she
offered to withdraw over questions
about her role in the agency’s interrogation unit.
The US president said Gina Haspel
had “come under fire because she was
too tough on terrorists”.
Ms Haspel, who will be grilled by
senators during her confirmation hearing tomorrow, has decided not to withdraw after receiving encouragement
from Mr Trump’s key aides.
The 61-year-old was nominated for
the top position after Mike Pompeo,
the former CIA director, was appointed
secretary of state. If confirmed, she will
Gina Haspel, a career
spymaster who led a
‘black site’ involved
in torture, would be
the first woman to
lead the CIA
be the first woman to lead the CIA.
Her colleagues said she was “widely
respected” within the agency. But
she faces questions about her involvement in a George Bush-era extreme
interrogation unit.
Ms Haspel is a career spymaster,
spending most of her 33 years at the
CIA working under cover until her appointment as deputy director last year.
She was in charge of the “black site”
when al-Qaeda suspects Abu Zubaydah
and Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri were waterboarded in 2002. She also helped
carry out an order to destroy videos
that led to an investigation by the US
justice department, although it ended
with no charges being brought.
Mr Trump has previously indicated
his support for waterboarding terrorist
suspects. He reiterated his support for
Ms Haspel yesterday, tweeting: “Gina
Haspel has come under fire because
she was too tough on terrorists.”
The Washington Post reported that
Ms Haspel told White House officials
she was interested in withdrawing,
fearing the Senate questioning could
damage her reputation and the CIA’s.
WORLD BULLETIN
Driver surprised by
Wife of Korean Air boss
‘432mph’ speeding fine faces ‘tantrum’ inquiry
Cambodian newspaper
sale leads to walk-out
A Belgian motorist received a letter
saying he had been fined for speeding
in a Vauxhall Astra at 432mph.
The motorist send the letter back
to the Belgian transport authorities,
who acknowledged it was a
computer glitch. In fact he had been
doing 37mph – but that was still over
the 31mph limit.
One figure that did accelerate was
shares of his Facebook status.
A newspaper regarded as Cambodia’s
last independent English daily has
been sold to a Malaysian investor
whose PR firm reportedly had links to
Hun Sen, the prime minister, accused
of cracking down on independent
media ahead of elections in July.
Yesterday, several journalists quit
the Phnom Penh Post, saying that its
new owner had demanded that a story
regarding the sale be removed.
The matriarch of the Korean Air
dynasty is being investigated by police
after a video emerged that allegedly
showed her shoving and berating
hotel construction employees in 2014.
Lee Myung-hee, the wife of Cho
Yang-ho, chairman of Hanjin which
owns Korean Air, follows her
daughters – Hyun-ah and Hyun-min
– in being accused of throwing
tantrums in the workplace.
on Tehran’s nuclear programme.
The president got into a public spat
yesterday with John Kerry, the former
secretary of state and lead negotiator of
the deal for the Obama administration,
who has been quietly promoting the
nuclear agreement.
Mr Trump said on Twitter: “The US
does not need John Kerry’s possibly illegal shadow diplomacy on the very
badly negotiated Iran deal. He ... created
this MESS in the first place!”
Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president,
said yesterday his country would stay in
the deal even if the US pulled out, provided that the other parties remained
involved. “We are not worried about
America’s cruel decisions,” he said.
William Hague: Page 16
longer time then her predecessors to
announce an initiative.
While Mrs Trump has highlighted issues facing children since last September, this is the first time she has
formally outlined how she will carry
that forward. She announced her campaign from the White House’s Rose
Garden, her first speech from the location, saying it was “our generation’s
moral imperative to take responsibility
and help our children”.
“As a mother and as First Lady, it
concerns me that in today’s fast-paced
and ever-connected world, children
can be less prepared to express or manage their emotions and oftentimes turn
to forms of destructive or addictive behaviour such as bullying, drug addiction or even suicide,” she said.
Iran-backed Hizbollah hails
‘victory’ in Lebanon election
By Josie Ensor and Joseph Haboush
in Beirut
HIZBOLLAH yesterday hailed a “great
victory” in Lebanon’s election, after
the Iran-backed group and its allies
looked set to secure a majority in parliament.
Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hizbollah, said that the results of Sunday’s
vote were a “great political and moral
victory for the resistance option that
protects the sovereignty of the country”, as he refers to the movement,
formed in the Eighties to fight Israel.
In a televised address made before
the official results were announced, he
said the significant gains made by Hiz-
bollah and its allies vindicated the
group’s military activities.
The Shia movement, grouped with
the Christian party of Michel Aoun, the
president, and the Shia Amal movement, is set to secure at least 67 seats in
the 128-seat parliament.
Hizbollah supporters flew the group’s
yellow and green flag in downtown Beirut on Sunday night and some shouted:
“Beirut has become Shia.”
With backing from Iran, Hizbollah
has grown from a fledgling resistance
group to one of the most powerful militias in the region.
However, Saad Hariri still leads the
biggest Sunni bloc in parliament and is
expected to stay on as prime minister.
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World news
Putin sworn in as president after hundreds arrested
By Alec Luhn in Moscow
VLADIMIR PUTIN has been sworn in
as Russian president for another six
years in a lavish Kremlin ceremony
days after police detained hundreds at
protests against his continued rule.
The 65-year-old, who has been in
power for 18 years, took the oath of
office with his hand on a gold-embossed
copy of the constitution, in front of
5,000 guests in the Grand Palace.
After striding through the huge
gilded doors of the hall to be sworn in,
Mr Putin promised in a speech that
“Russia will continue to strengthen
its might, and people will live better”.
He reiterated his call during the election
for improved living standards and “economic and technological breakthroughs” while warning against social
unrest.
“In more than 1,000 years of history,
Russia has suffered through epochs of
troubles and trials, and always was resurrected like a phoenix,” he said. “It
achieved heights that were beyond the
strength of others, that were thought to
be unobtainable, but for our country
became, on the contrary, a new springboard, a new historic frontier for a further powerful leap forward.” Mr Putin
was re-elected in March with 77 per
cent of the vote, giving him a clear
mandate, despite allegations of ballotstuffing in some regions.
Alexei Navalny, the opposition
leader and his most outspoken critic,
was barred from running over a politicised embezzlement conviction.
On Saturday, thousands demonstrated against the president’s fourth
term under the slogan “he’s not our
tsar”. Police detained Mr Navalny and
some 1,600 other protesters, according
to OVD Info, the independent monitor.
Before the election, Mr Putin called
for economic growth and increased
government spending but also announced hypersonic nuclear weapons
to overcome US missile defence,
continuing the bellicose rhetoric of recent years.
Although Russia’s economy has
emerged from a recession and is expected to grow 1.7 per cent this year, it
has suffered from volatile oil prices and
Western sanctions, and 22 million are
now living below the poverty line.
In one of his ambitious “May decrees”, Mr Putin ordered the government yesterday to halve the poverty
level and increase average life
expectancy from 72 to 78.
According to the constitution, Mr
Putin cannot run for president again,
casting uncertainty over Russia’s future after 2024.
After the inauguration, Mr Putin
re-nominated Dmitry Medvedev, who
kept the presidential seat warm for him
in 2008-12, to continue his duties as
prime minister.
Among the guests of honour at the
Kremlin yesterday was Steven Seagal,
the American action film star who
received a Russian passport from Mr
Putin in 2016.
Social media users poked fun at the
pompous inauguration ceremony,
Second Indian
girl is set
on fire after
being raped
especially when the head of the constitutional court appeared to mix up similar-sounding Russian words and
declare Mr Putin’s new term a “crime”
rather than an “appointment”.
Angela Merkel, the German leader,
will meet with Mr Putin in Sochi later
this month, a Kremlin aide said yesterday.
This week, Mr Putin will receive
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli
leader, who is expected to push back
against Russia’s announcement that it
will deliver S-300 surface-to-air missiles to Syria following American,
French and British air strikes there.
Warring Italian
parties push
for another
election in July
By Our Foreign Staff
By Nick Squires in Rome
A 17-YEAR-OLD Indian girl was fighting
for her life yesterday after being raped,
doused in kerosene and set alight, the
second such case to shake the country
last week after a series of brutal sexual
assaults.
The teenager was attacked on Friday
– the same day that a 16-year-old was
raped and burnt to death, also in the
eastern state of Jharkhand. The two
incidents have shone another spotlight
on the treatment of rape in India, where
authorities are facing pressure to act on
sex crimes after the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl.
India’s supreme court yesterday ordered the trial of eight men accused in
the eight-year-old’s murder to be moved
to another state after her family and
lawyer said they had received death
threats.
The cases are some of the most notorious since the 2012 rape and murder of
a student on a New Delhi bus that triggered mass protests.
“The girl has suffered 70 per cent
first-degree burns. There is a chance
that she will survive,” Shailendra Barnwal, police superintendent of Pakur
district, told AFP. The victim has been
moved to a private hospital with specialist facilities for “proper treatment
and recovery”, he said.
Police have arrested a 19-year-old
man who lives in the same neighbourhood as the victim.
Fifteen people have been detained in
the case of the 16-year-old, who was
torched to death in the state’s Chatra
district. The main suspect in that case
is said to have been angered by a village
council punishment of 100 sit-ups and
a £554 fine for raping the girl. He attacked her parents before setting their
house on fire with the teenager inside.
A LAST-DITCH effort to form a new
Italian government after an inconclusive election two months ago failed
yesterday, with the leading parties demanding that the country go back to
the polls in July.
The failure to break the impasse
came after a long day of talks between
all the parties and Sergio Mattarella,
Italy’s president, who said that he favoured the creation of a “neutral” government that would remain in place
until December at the latest, with another election to be held in 2019.
If there is not enough parliamentary
support for such an administration,
EPA
Sergio Mattarella, the
Italian president,
proposed a neutral,
interim government
Red peril Lava consumes one home and threatens to destroy another near Pahoa, Hawaii, as eruptions from the Kilauea
volcano continue. At least 26 homes have been destroyed and about 1,700 people have been evacuated since Thursday.
Australia pledges £25m to rescue declining koala population
AUSTRALIA yesterday announced a
£25 million plan to help its koala population recover, following a rapid decline in the marsupial’s fortunes.
The Australian Koala Foundation estimates there may be as few as 43,000
koalas left in the wild. Habitat loss, dog
attacks, car strikes, climate change and
disease have taken their toll on one of
Australia’s most recognisable animals.
Studies show a 26 per cent decline in
the koala population in New South
Wales over the last 15-20 years. The
state lists the species as “vulnerable”,
while in other parts of the country they
are effectively extinct.
Under the plan, thousands of hectares will be set aside to preserve the
animal’s natural habitat, and cash will
be used to tackle diseases, fund research, upgrade roads where koalas are
regularly run over and fund a hospital
to care for sick and injured animals.
A hotline will also be set up so the
public can report koalas in trouble.
The move follows an independent report in 2016 that recommended a clearer
strategy to deal with the decline.
then fresh elections could be held in
July or the autumn, he said.
Both the anti-establishment Five
Star Movement and the hard-Right
League, who have been arguing for
weeks, had earlier rejected the idea of
an interim government led by an impartial figure and called for an election
on July 8. That would be a first for the
country – millions of Italians flock to
the beach in the summer, and since the
end of the Second World War, elections
have always been held in the spring.
“From today, we are in a new election campaign,” Luigi Di Maio, the head
of Five Star, told his supporters. “I
know we are asking for a big sacrifice
from you to go and vote again, but I
don’t see any possible alternative.”
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On the march to
Britain, the ‘army
worm’ that razed
swathes of Africa
Dispatch
By Adrian Blomfield
in Vihiga
A CROP-DESTROYING caterpillar that
has devastated agriculture in Africa is
poised to spread into southern Europe
for the first time and could reach
Britain, costing farmers hundreds of
millions of pounds in losses, experts
are warning.
Fall Army Worm, arguably the
world’s most invasive crop pest, has
inflicted huge damage on Africa’s
fragile economies since the American
insect was first spotted on the
continent two years ago, raising fears of
a humanitarian crisis among millions of
farming families.
After mysteriously crossing the
Atlantic, the insect – a caterpillar,
despite its name – was first spotted in
Nigeria and on the island of São Tomé
in 2016. Scientists believe that it may
have reached Africa, where it had
never previously been seen, aboard a
commercial passenger aircraft.
With female Fall Army Worm moths
able to fly more than 60 miles a night,
the pest spread with terrifying speed,
infesting crops in nearly 40 African
countries within just 18 months.
Now on the fringes of the Sahara
itself, experts hired by the European
Union fear it is only a matter of time
before Europe itself is infested.
Little can be done to stop the pest,
previously confined only to the
Americas, reaching Europe through
natural migration. Parts of Asia are
similarly vulnerable, raising concerns
of a worldwide infestation that could
have significant implications on the
global agricultural economy.
Distribution models developed by
experts recruited by the European
Commission say the pest could reach
southern Europe across the
Mediterranean or via the Sinai
Peninsula and the Levant into Turkey
and Greece. “Butterflies like the
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Lukas Wekesa, a plant doctor, shows a document depicting damage on maize caused by Fall Army Worms, pictured left, during a training course for farmers in the town of Vihiga
Painted Lady can fly across the Sahara,
so it is possible Fall Army Worm could
do the same,” said Regan Early, a
biologist at the University of Exeter
and one of the commission’s experts.
“If it becomes resident in Morocco
then, absolutely, it will be making
migrations into the south of Spain, up
through France as far as the UK,
potentially.”
Hundreds of millions of pounds are
spent every year in North and South
America combating the pest, which
has proved impossible to eradicate.
Europe is thought to be more
vulnerable to Fall Army Worm,
however, because it has not embraced
genetically modified crop strains,
widespread in the Americas, that have
a natural immunity to the pest.
The destructive nature of the
caterpillar on Europe’s doorstep has
been all too evident in the shrivelled
maize fields of Africa. Pulling back the
leaves on a damaged stalk on his maize
plantation near the town of Vihiga in
western Kenya, Wycliffe Ngoda
pointed to the culprit, frantically
burrowing deeper into the ear in its bid
to escape. It ruined much of his crop
last year and has returned this season.
He lost more than half of his maize, his
chief supply of food for his family.
“We were taken unawares; it was
something we had not encountered
before,” he said.
“The attack was very fast and
furious. In a short while huge swathes
of lands had been eaten.”
Last year, Kenya lost 620,000 acres
of maize, more than a fifth of a crop on
which much of its population depends
for sustenance.
Many African countries lost as much
as half of their maize crops and suffered
similar damage to other staples such as
sorghum. African farmers may have
lost more than £10 billion as a result of
the pest, according to the Oxfordshirebased Centre for Agriculture and
Bioscience International.
“It is one of the deadliest crop pests
in the world,” said Boddupalli
Prasanna, director of the Global Maize
Programme at the International Maize
and Wheat Improvement Centre.
“It attacks several crop species, not
just maize. Each female moth can lay
1,000 to 1,500 eggs and each moth
population can fly almost 100km per
night. That is the reason why it has
spread to more than 38 countries in
Africa within a span of two years. It is
one of the biggest invasions Africa has
ever experienced.”
So severe is the growing crisis that
the US has warned that progress in
eradicating hunger and poverty in
Africa could be reversed because of
the invasion. “The pest has the
potential to… put hundreds of million
at risk of hunger,” said Regina Eddy,
who heads the US government’s global
Fall Army Worm task force.
Scientists warn that a combination
of measures, ranging from using
effective pesticides to improved
farming techniques and the
introduction of the Army Worm’s
natural predators, will be needed if the
pest to be contained.
Some say that Africa, like Europe,
will have to rethink its opposition to
genetically modified crops. In subSaharan Africa only South Africa allows
the commercial planting of transgenic
crops.
“When maize is threatened … food
security is threatened,” said Paul
Ngaruiya, lead analyst at Kenya’s Pest
Control Products Board. “When there is
no maize, there is no food.”
Toddler, 3, snatched and eaten by leopard at safari lodge in Ugandan national park
By James Rothwell
UGANDAN authorities are hunting for
a leopard in Queen Elizabeth National
park after it snatched and killed a toddler. The three-year-old son of a female
ranger had been left in the care of a
nanny at the unfenced staff quarters of
a safari lodge in the park, when he was
taken by the leopard on Friday night.
Bashir Hangi, a park spokesman,
said the child had followed the nanny
outdoors. “The maid was not aware the
child followed her. She heard him
scream for help, she intervened but it
was too late – the leopard had vanished
with it into the bush and a search was
mounted until we found the skull the
next day,” he said. “The hunt is on with
the intention of capturing the leopard
and removing it from the wild because
once it has eaten human flesh, the
temptations are high to eat another human being, it becomes dangerous.”
Queen Elizabeth is Uganda’s most-visited national park, with tourists flocking
to see leopards roam the Mweya Peninsula, which lies beside Lake Edward. It
also hosts African buffalo, Nile crocodile, lions and chimpanzees.
The attack comes a week after a British safari park owner was attacked by a
lion in South Africa.
Mike Hodge, 71, suffered a broken
jaw after he was mauled in Marakele
Animal Sanctuary in Thabazimbi.
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Comment
The nightingale’s
song is drowned
out by building
– and blackbirds
melanie mcdonagh
N
ow is the time to
catch the song of the
nightingale. If you’re
in the perfect place (southeast England), in the perfect
season (right now), and in
the perfect location (sort of
wild scrubland), you’re in
with a chance of hearing the
most famous songbird in
our culture. There aren’t
many left: about 5,500
breeding pairs. But we
ticked all the boxes on the
chalklands of Lullington
Heath in East Sussex.
It would have been good
to encounter the bird any
time. But after the horror of
a journey from London
Victoria on a bank holiday
– the tension of trying to
buy a ticket when half the
ticket desks were closed;
standing room only on the
train; a queue for
replacement buses that
snaked down two whole
levels at Gatwick Airport –
you’re up for anything
Nature can throw at you.
What we got was spring
flowers and summer
weather. But I honestly
couldn’t tell you whether I
heard the bird we’d come
for. It didn’t help that I
didn’t know precisely what
a nightingale sounds like,
other than what I could
remember from Tweet of the
Day on the radio. The
medieval poem about The
Owl and the Nightingale says
its song incites women to
lechery, but that’s not
usefully specific.
I did hear a skylark (which
sounds nothing like Vaughan
Williams). The trouble is, the
other birds don’t shut up: it’s
a free-for-all out there. I may
have heard warblers,
blackcaps and even
blackbirds (which I can hear
perfectly well in my mother’s
garden): they all sounded
mellifluous to me.
Mind you, there will be
even fewer places to try to
hear nightingales if Medway
Council in Kent has its way.
While it has alluded to
creating “other land for
nature conservation”, it is
consulting on plans that
could result in thousands of
houses being built on one of
the best places in the
country for the birds to
breed. Stop them, someone.
Actually, Michael Gove is a
nice civilised man who’ll
have read his Keats on
nightingales. Over to him.

There’s a row under
way about elitism at
the English National Opera.
Is it discriminatory to ban
audiences for musicals from
bringing food and drink to
their seats, when different
rules apply for people
attending operas?
I normally go to the ENO
for opera but I went to a
musical, Chess, last week,
and I can tell you that, on
account of all the singers
having microphones and
belting it out whenever
possible, it was really, really
loud. You could have eaten
crisps during any of the big
numbers without the
person in the next seat
hearing.
By contrast, in its recent
Traviata, the heroine, sung
by Claudia Boyle, was only
occasionally audible in the
first act.
I can’t see why people
have to bring picnics into an
auditorium; there are
intervals for eating and
drinking, you know. But if
they must do it, better do it
in musicals.

John McCain, one-time
Republican
presidential candidate and
no fan of Donald Trump, is
now very ill. He has let it be
known that he doesn’t want
Trump at his funeral – he’d
prefer the vice president,
Mike Pence. Ouf!
While George Carey did
in fact attend, I recall the
rumours that the late
Cardinal Hume said of the
then Archbishop of
Canterbury: “I don’t want
that man at my funeral”.
It’s all the more wounding
because you can’t answer
back; it’s bad form to speak
ill of the dead or dying. The
ultimate snub is
posthumous.
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If Trump scraps the Iran deal, then
why should Pyongyang trust him?
The president wants to win
kudos in his talks with Kim
Jong-un, but he must first
prove the US keeps its word
william hague
ague
I
t can be difficult to admit it, but
amid all the bluster, vanity,
contradictory statements,
scandals and administrative
chaos of the Trump
administration, the president
does quite often have a point.
Sometimes he even deserves a bit of
credit for going about things in his
own idiosyncratic way.
This is certainly true on North
Korea’s nuclear missile programmes,
where his approach of threatening
war, making the issue a top priority in
relations with China and then being
prepared to take great diplomatic risks
through offering a summit with Kim
Jong-un has produced at least the
potential for some kind of agreement.
Of course, the forthcoming talks
could still be seriously mishandled by
Trump. Accustomed to snap decisions,
he could make errors when faced with
the wily North Korean leader. He
might allow a wedge to be driven
between the US and South Korea, or
the talks to fail but with Pyongyang
receiving the credit for being ready to
make concessions. He will have to get
used to the idea that Kim is almost
certainly not going to give up the
nuclear warheads he has amassed, but
that it could still be worthwhile to
strike a bargain. There could be a
freeze on North Korean nuclear and
missile developments with verifiable
limits, deliberate reductions in
military exercises and tensions,
security guarantees from the US and
its allies, and a discernible economic
opening up by the North with some
assistance from outside.
Such a deal would be a long way
from perfect, because Kim Jong-un
would still have nukes. His gross
human rights abuses would continue;
it would be difficult to police; it could
collapse in the future; and the
improved commercial links might help
the regime survive rather than
eventually bring it down. But it would
be better and more stable than the
current situation of a cornered dictator
and rampant nuclear proliferation.
It would be described as Phase One
or interim. Most of the world would
greet it with relief, and Trump would
no doubt think that, if he can preside
over a growing economy, control
immigration into the US more tightly
and survive the Mueller probe
looming over him, a deal on Korea
would give him a strong platform for
re-election.
Why, then, is Trump so opposed to
the deal with Iran, signed in 2015? It
has certain similarities to a possible
agreement with North Korea. Those of
us involved in parts of the negotiations
often thought we were more likely to
end up in armed conflict with Iran
than to reach a deal with them.
Eventually we were able to sign up to
Iran dismantling many of its nuclear
facilities and activities in return for
relief from sanctions on its oil exports.
There are three reasons why Trump
is so hostile to this, and is considering
effectively pulling America out of the
deal by the end of this week. One is
that he didn’t do it himself. This was
an Obama flagship achievement,
denounced by the Republicans in
Congress as weak, and Trump has a
campaign commitment to ditch it as
“the worst deal ever”.
Secondly, he is highly influenced by
pressure from Israel and its strong
supporters in the US. The Israelis do
not want anyone giving financial relief
to Iran or relaxing in any way about it.
And third, he – and they – do indeed
have a point. While the Iranians
appear to be implementing to the
letter the so-called Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action they
solemnly signed, they have if anything
stepped up their development of
ballistic missile technology since then,
and have intensified their bid for
power across much of the Middle East.
Wherever you look across an arc from
Lebanon through Syria, Iraq and over
to Yemen, Iran’s money or militias are
there – and for the West and its allies
they are trouble.
Furthermore, the agreement with
Iran expires in 2025 and in theory she
could return to her nuclear ambitions
having gained strength in every other
way in the meantime.
Sitting in the White House with
fingers poised on his Twitter feed, it
must be so tempting for Trump finally
to denounce all this and declare he is
fulfilling another promise and ripping
it all up. If he does so, he will be
making a very great error. Boris
Johnson is correct to be in Washington
now, warning of the consequences.
Abandonment of the Iran deal by
Trump would leave the Iranian
leadership as the all-round winners of
the events of recent years. Much of
world opinion would sympathise with
their complaints. The Western alliance
would be more divided than on any
issue since the invasion of Iraq. It
would be impossible to reassemble the
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international sanctions that brought
about the earlier negotiations and so
there would be no new or improved
deal. And Iran would be free, if it
chose, to pursue a renewed nuclear
programme, having already received
the cash owed to it when sanctions
were relaxed.
The best answer to the Iranians’
regional troublemaking is not to go
back on the one agreement made with
them. It is to maintain strong counterweights to their influence. That always
includes being fully supportive of the
security of Israel, but now also the
prospect of a reformed Saudi Arabia
under Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman. The US should be planning to
maintain its military presence in Syria,
not withdraw it as Trump has wanted.
The Gulf States, deeply divided among
themselves, should be encouraged to
settle their differences rather than
have them exacerbated by the
president’s own comments. America
and the West can have a credible and
coordinated strategy for containing
Iran without risking a nuclear arms
race in the Middle East.
It is entirely possible that Trump
will further postpone or fudge the
decision scheduled for the next few
days. If he is wavering, he should
picture himself sitting across from Kim
in the near future. Kim intends to rule
for far longer than any American
president. He is less interested in
whether Trump keeps his word than
in whether the United States does so.
Ending the Iran deal would mean
that what the US signs up to in one
year it can abrogate three years later. It
would broadcast the message that
Washington does not honour its word.
And that in turn would not bode well
for an agreement with North Korea or
the stability of the Middle East – and
thereby for the peace of the world.
Britain must rediscover its bulldog spirit
Let’s not be cowed by
Europe over the Galileo
satellite programme: we
can build our own version
gavin
williamson
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T
oday we celebrate Victory in
Europe Day and mark the
triumphant moment when
Britain defeated Nazi darkness and
brought the light of freedom to
millions. It was a momentous day in our
history but also a defining one for our
future. Crucial to that victory was not
just our strength and spirit as an
independent nation, but our ability to
build alliances by calling on old friends
and counting on new ones, too. We’ve
been building those alliances ever
since, whether that be Nato – the
cornerstone of European security – our
unrivalled partnership with the US, or
the Commonwealth and many others.
Britain has always been at the
forefront of global affairs – upholding
British values of democracy, freedom,
and justice, as well as bringing peace,
security, and salvation to millions. As
we leave the EU, some have
questioned whether this is a signal of
Britain’s retreat into isolation. They
could not be more wrong.
I speak to people around the
country about the EU referendum
result and it is clear to me that,
whether they voted to remain or leave,
they share a common goal: they want
Britain to be a beacon of liberty and
light. They share the same aspirations
for our country to increase global
prosperity, to grow international
trade, and to forge alliances with
like-minded nations all over the world.
They believe in Britain and they
believe in the British people.
Given these shared desires, we need
to focus on what unites us, not what
divides us. We are a nation of
internationalists. We are a country of
ground-breaking innovation,
unrivalled creativity and rich talent
that makes a difference to the world
every single day. From the railways to
the World Wide Web, Britain has been
bringing people closer together for
centuries, driving up living standards,
and changing the world for the better.
Britain is revered for what we have
achieved and for what we will go on to
achieve. That’s why we have to see
Brexit not as a problem but as an
opportunity.
Similarly the hangover from the
interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan
has meant there is an apprehension in
some quarters about Britain’s
willingness to act, creating a mistaken
perception of dwindling influence.
Some have even argued we should
step off the stage and stop playing our
part. But as we look to Britain beyond
Brexit, let’s not apologise for having
consistently stood up for freedom.
Britain will always do what is right.
We are again at a pivotal moment
not just in our history but for our
future. Now is not the time to be timid,
but to rediscover the bulldog spirit
that has repeatedly seen us through
good times and bad. We need to be
bold and we need to be brave.
Questions over our participation in
the Galileo satellite programme are a
perfect example of how there is an
abundance of opportunity out there.
We should not fear or doubt our ability
to go it alone or to seek out new
partnerships with countries such as
Japan, South Korea, Australia and
others. We have the expertise, the
technical know-how and, crucially, the
will to succeed.
That’s why it is right that our
brilliant defence scientists and
military experts have started work
scoping out the possibilities of
developing our own satellite system
while we continue talks with the
European Commission over our future
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role in Galileo. And we won’t rule out
working with other nations. Likewise,
I recently launched our new Combat
Air Strategy with industry to look at
our next generation of fighter jets.
This will underpin our combat
aerospace sector for a generation. For
it to succeed we need to be ambitious
and imaginative. That means exploring
all the options, not just thinking about
collaborating with traditional partners
such as France or Germany but
turning to new markets and seeking
out opportunities as they open up.
In post-Brexit Britain, innovation
has to be the rule not the exception,
expanding our global reach, and
cementing our position as a leading
international player. When you
consider what this country has
achieved in times of war, depression,
and global instability, we should be
extremely optimistic about what we
can achieve today and tomorrow.
Let’s be proud of those
achievements and ambitious about
what’s to come. It is our destiny to be a
global force for good. When critics say
something cannot be done, the British
people defy them, and today – VE Day
– is a powerful reminder of that. Let’s
seize this moment and not just build
the nation we aspire to be, but be the
Britain we know we can be.
Gavin Williamson is Defence Secretary
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The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 8 May 2018
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Letters to the Editor
A customs partnership with the EU would be a betrayal of voters’ wishes Grandparents’ rights
SIR – Both main political parties, which
together garnered over 80 per cent of
the general election vote, committed
clearly in their manifestos to leaving
both the customs union and the single
market.
The half-baked “customs
partnership” proposal (report, May 7),
even if workable, would keep us tied
to many undesirable aspects of both.
By definition, therefore, either this or
any other kind of customs union
would be a betrayal of what people
voted for, and would drag our political
process further into disrepute.
The referendum result was a vote to
take back control from Brussels, not
then to have that control snatched
away by sectional interests – or, for
that matter, by unrepresentative
politicians who are clearly intent on
subverting our decision to leave the
EU even while paying lip service to it.
Nigel Henson
Farningham, Kent
Fighting crime must
be the top priority
I
n his first week as Home Secretary, Sajid
Javid received plenty of advice from those
who see him as a potential ally. As the first
ethnic minority occupant of the post, he is
regarded as potentially more liberal on
immigration policy by campaigners who
would like to water down the tougher approach
adopted by Theresa May. They believe Mr Javid
has the credentials to adopt a softer line. But this
would be a mistake given the importance of the
issue to most voters, who want a fair immigration
system but a firm one on dealing with illegal
overstayers.
Mr Javid is also being recruited to the colours by
Brexiteers who hope that he will stiffen Mrs May’s
resolve to face down Remainers in the fight over
staying in a customs union with the EU. He is
regarded by free-marketeers as an archThatcherite who can be relied upon to counter any
interventionist tendencies apparent in Number 10.
But as Home Secretary, Mr Javid will be judged
by the public primarily on his record in dealing
with crime. That has always been the main focus of
the job, even when the old, unwieldy Home
Department included prisons, the BBC and
charities within its remit. Over the years it has
been pared back to resemble a European-style
interior ministry responsible for policing, security
and borders.
To most people, the department’s principal tasks
remain ensuring the safety of citizens and order on
the streets. While the police are the operational
arm of this function, the Home Office – together
with local crime commissioners – provides policy
oversight and direction in England and Wales. As
past home secretaries have discovered, they lose a
grip on crime at their peril. The continued spate of
violent deaths of young people in London and
other major cities is indicative of a loss of control.
Partly this is to do with the conflicting messages
the police receive from politicians. On the one
hand they are told public safety is paramount, but
on the other they are castigated for the use of stop
and search powers.
Restricting these has been a mistake. Cressida
Dick, the Met commissioner, has said the fall in
stop and search has contributed to the rise in
fatalities. She wants to increase the practice, yet
the police evidently still feel constrained from
doing so. Mr Javid needs to make it clear that, of all
the issues he faces, regaining control of the streets
is his top priority.
Rail embarrassment
I
t is extraordinary that one of our capital city’s
main airports could not be easily accessed by
rail from central London at the weekend.
Passengers travelling on Southern Rail to Gatwick
and Brighton were left stranded by a combination
of engineering works, hot weather and inadequate
replacement bus services. Thousands tempted by
the sun to head for the south coast faced long
journeys caused by the closure of part of the track
south of the airport. Travellers on their way to
Gatwick risked missing their flights as trains
became overcrowded and others were cancelled
because the rail operators had not anticipated such
demand.
Track replacement and renewal is essential and
there is no easy time to do it. During the week the
same line is used by commuters, so holidaymakers
are seen as an easier target. But foreign tourists
trying to get to Gatwick Airport must find the poor
transport links bewildering and infuriating,
especially if they miss their connections. At one
point on Sunday, Southern Rail issued a notice
advising passengers not to travel, though some will
have had no option.
These failures are all too common, and not just
on Southern. They serve to undermine public
confidence in the privatised rail network and play
into Labour’s agenda to take it back into public
ownership. Another area of concern to passengers
is the complex web of different fares, and at least
here the rail companies are proposing “root and
branch” reforms of regulations which they
consider outdated and cumbersome.
Provided this is not a cover for putting up fares,
passengers will welcome clarity and simplicity in
the system. Few people really know whether the
ticket they have bought is the cheapest or
represents value for money. But travellers want
one thing above all – to know that the train will
actually get them to where they want to go. The
operators need to sort that out.
Showing off for fun
C
harles Darwin was revolted by peacocks:
“The sight of a feather in a peacock’s tail,” he
wrote, “makes me sick.” What was the point
of this showy encumbrance? Such questioning led
to the idea of sexual selection, where female birds
choose males based on their elegance. Scientists
now claim that human peacocks – men and women
who prefer sports cars to Honda Civics – are at a
disadvantage in finding lasting love. Is this an
argument for sending the Porsche for scrap? Not a
bit of it. Unlike for peacocks, for humans beauty
doesn’t need to serve an evolutionary purpose.
SIR – Of course the CBI will campaign
to stay in the tariff-free customs union
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SIR – Many of those who voted for
Brexit claim that anybody who
questions it is anti-democratic.
I am a democrat and a Conservative
who believes in a free and tolerant
society supported by the proceeds of
capitalism. Losing our ability to trade
freely with our nearest and largest
customer will reduce those proceeds
and damage the parts of our society
that depend on them. If we split those
SIR – It is good news indeed that
grandparents may now be given
positive rights in relation to their
grandchildren (report, May 7).
For too long they have been treated
by the family courts as outsiders. I
recall attending one hearing in which
there were two young children of two
dysfunctional parents. The only and
obvious hope for them lay with a
caring and responsible grandmother
and her husband.
Legal aid was available to enable
each parent and the guardian and local
authority to be represented by
counsel. Not so the grandmother. She
was allowed only the support of a
volunteer from the Personal Support
Unit, being myself. While treated with
courtesy, she and her husband were
excluded from participation in the
proceedings.
His Honour Bertram Maddocks
Ormskirk, Lancashire
who voted to leave the EU into their
separate factions, I do not believe
there is a clear view of what was voted
for, and we therefore need to let the
Government decide what is best for
our country.
Tim Mason
London SW1
SIR – Claims that there are many
different types of Brexit are made
exclusively by Remainers, and all their
suggestions are, in practice, ways of
avoiding Brexit, not enabling it.
Brexit entails, above all else, leaving
the single market and the customs
union, as both Leave and Remain sides
made crystal clear during the
referendum campaign.
Remainers’ post-vote amnesia on
this subject is disingenuous at best.
Continued involvement in any
customs union would constitute a
straight reversal of the referendum
result. It would be an affront to
democracy.
Gregory Shenkman
London W8
Psychiatric language
SIR – Johnny Mercer, the Conservative
MP (Interview, May 7), demonstrates
an in-depth understanding of the
problems with the NHS’s mental
illness provision.
He is right to be campaigning for
mental health trusts to change their
name to mental illness trusts.
Additional changes should include
describing the recipients of treatment
as “patients” rather than “service
users”, thus showing that the NHS
takes mental illness seriously – as it did
in the decades before the Nineties.
In all areas of psychiatry, calling a
spade a spade would help focus on the
needs of those affected.
Ken Orme
Liverpool
Taxing older workers
SIR – You report (May 7) on plans to
make those who work past retirement
age pay national insurance.
This group is being unfairly
attacked, and it has got to stop. Many
of us have to continue to work in order
to keep a roof over our heads. We have
also contributed NI all our lives to
keep others, and now it is our turn.
Incidentally, those of us who were
born before 1953 get a much lower
state pension, despite paying full
contributions for 40 years. Can these
bright sparks in the Government get
their act together and target those who
pay nothing but receive everything
– and stop picking on us?
Veronica Hall
Potters Bar, Hertfordshire
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and Toyota may well threaten to pull
jobs out of Britain, as you report. The
EU is trying to blackmail us by using
businesses as its proxy, threatening to
deny them access to its markets unless
we agree to subjugation by Brussels.
It’s time we turned the tables and
made it clear to the German, French
and Italian companies who want to
sell in Britain that we will actively
support their non-EU competitors
– through favourable tax treatment
and subsidies – if the EU insists on a
punitive Brexit.
Dr David Cottam
Montauriol, Lot-et-Garonne, France
BBC gets it right
SIR – Last Thursday, after reading
Tristram Fane Saunders’s review of
Keeping Faith (Arts, May 3), I checked
on BBC iPlayer, and found that it was
only available until midnight on Friday.
I had hoped to binge watch it over the
bank holiday weekend, so I sent an
email to the iPlayer team via the BBC
website. Within 24 hours I had a reply
saying that its availability had been
extended to midnight on Monday.
This was excellent service from the
often-maligned BBC. I watched and
greatly enjoyed the eight-part series
on Saturday and Sunday – and the
whole thing came with subtitles
(Letters, May 7).
Lee Goodall
Gloucester
Stop your engines
SIR – Why do diesel car drivers, and
more especially van drivers, leave
their engines running unnecessarily?
There is no justification for doing so.
In our eco-friendly age, it seems
seriously anti-social.
John Lavender
Port Erin, Isle of Man
The only certainty
SIR – Arnold Burston (Letters, May 5) is
right that “death do us part” is not
ungrammatical as it is an example of
the subjunctive.
His point does, however, raise
another question: is it correct to use
the subjunctive, with its connotations
of doubt or uncertainty, when talking
about the certainty of death and the
concomitant parting? From this angle,
“does” is perhaps more meaningful.
Hugh Hetherington
Sandwich, Kent
Following the action: an American magazine advertisement from the Fifties
An opera production designed to provoke
SIR – Diana Crook (Letters, May 4)
describes a screening of Carmen at
the Royal Opera House, in which
Carmen appeared in a gorilla suit.
When, at the screening of this
production in Streatham, half the
audience left during the interval, I
assumed that it was a criticism of
the director lacking the artistic
integrity to have Carmen perform in
the whole (clearly essential) suit
throughout, rather than removing
the rubber animal’s head when she
started to sing.
Tim Barnsley
London SW16
SIR – I once saw a production of
Salome in which John the Baptist
indicated that he was singing from
the confines of his dungeon by
wearing a paper bag over his head.
Philip Tucker
Brighton, East Sussex
Army training must identify ill-suited recruits
SIR – Andy McNab’s article on military
training (“Go soft on recruits and you
get soft troops”, Comment, May 7) was
absolutely correct.
I joined the Army aged 15 and
served for 33 very happy years. I have
been on the receiving end of harsh
training and also had the privilege of
training new recruits.
The process has to be harsh in order
to filter out those who are not suited to
the forces. The Army has a duty of care
to ensure that people who will be
unable to cope in a conflict
environment do not progress through
training. Any new physical regime
must, at some stage, test recruits to
ensure that they can survive a tough
advance into contact; they must be
able to engage with an enemy that has
no sympathy for tears.
The corporal Mr McNab mentions,
who filmed himself shouting abuse at
a female recruit, should be disciplined
for his betrayal of one of the people in
his care. But don’t damn the whole
system because of one individual who
shouldn’t be training recruits.
Major Mike McKone (retd)
Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria
SIR – I completely agree with Andy
McNab.
At Mons Officer Cadet School in
1950, my intake was told by the
regimental sergeant major: “If you
don’t like what will happen here, you’d
best leave now.”
No one did, and we eventually went
off to fight in places like Korea and
Malaya, returning to civilian life
well-equipped for the future.
Martin Mears
East Ord, Northumberland
SIR – Britain is one of the most
prosperous countries in the world, but
we still have a problem with
homelessness, and thousands of
people are reliant on food banks.
Lifeboats, hospices and air
ambulances all depend on charities to
support them, as do schools and
hospitals.
Governments of all complexions
have been too willing to ignore these
responsibilities and rely on the
wonderful British public to run
marathons, hold coffee mornings and
fill the gaping hole they have left.
It is time for central government,
with cross-party support, to develop a
long-term programme to ensure that
the nation has all the services it needs,
and can afford to support the most
vulnerable and disadvantaged
members of society.
Relieving the burden on the third
sector will necessitate some tax rises,
but these can and should be designed
to share the cost between those best
able to afford it, rather than depending
on those most willing to shoulder it.
This doesn’t require a Communist
manifesto; it can equally form the core
of a compassionate Conservative
programme.
Michael Thomas
Uffington, Oxfordshire
Page-turner
SIR – When reading outside, what is
the best way to fold the paper so that
the pages don’t blow around in the
breeze?
Henry Pomeroy
Barton on Sea, Hampshire
SIR – Am I the only one who has to read
my favourite newspaper wearing
disposable vinyl gloves to protect my
hands from the ink?
What are the alternatives?
David Adams
Solihull
It’s time for MPs to storm John Bercow’s palace
The Speaker is one of the
last guard of the liberal
elite. And there are serious
charges against him
TIM STANLEY
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B
y tradition, the newly elected
Speaker of the House is dragged
to his seat by fellow MPs. The
current incumbent will probably
have to be dragged out of it. John
Bercow promised to step down by
June this year, but has recently said
he’d like to serve the full
parliamentary term. Who would want
to give up that lavish apartment in
Westminster Palace, where John and
Sally Bercow get to play at being a first
couple? They are our very own Juan
and Eva Peron.
All is not perfect at the Casa Rosada,
however. There have long been
rumours that Mr Bercow is a horrible
boss. During the last attempt to force
him out, in 2015, Charles Walker MP
made an off-the-cuff reference to a
“weakness” the two men share: “We
both have a temper.”
Now, to me a taste for pretty cars
and fast girls is a weakness. If guilty,
berating, belittling and abusing people
is a case for dismissal. Mr Bercow is
currently accused of all three. Kate
Emms, his former chief of staff, says
she suffered post traumatic stress
disorder after working less than a year
for him. David Leakey, former Black
Rod, described “intolerable” rudeness
and “explosive” behaviour. Angus
Sinclair, another ex-chief of staff,
spoke of physical intimidation,
mimicry and obscene language.
The Speaker has been referred to
the parliamentary watchdog and
denies everything. Robin Fell, who
served as principal doorkeeper in
the Commons, insists he always found
him “wonderful”, adding, “he does
have a reputation that he doesn’t
suffer fools gladly”. Mr Fell’s advice is
“to not be a fool”.
Well, that’s an insufferable thing to
say. What qualifies Mr Bercow to pass
judgment on anyone’s intelligence? Do
you believe that Mr Sinclair, Mr
Leakey or Ms Emms are fools? And yet
there are defenders of Mr Bercow, who
seem to think he is the victim of a
witch hunt by Tories who cannot bear
to see the son of a taxi driver sitting in
the Speaker’s chair. The Commons
chaplain points out that he is “not an
establishment figure”.
On the contrary, he is establishment
to his finger tips. Mr Bercow’s
character and politics betray him as
one of the last guard of the liberal
political elite, triangulating with the
wind. He started out on the Right of
the Conservative Party and followed
the herd to the Blairite centre.
By the end of the Brown
government, it was rumoured he
might even defect, and that political
journey was key to his success. The
man elected Speaker in 2009, in the
middle of the expenses scandal, wasn’t
spotless: he’d flipped the designation
of his main and second homes,
avoiding capital gains tax (something
he admitted and later paid). But here
was a Left-wing Tory the Tories hated.
That made him the natural choice for
many Labour MPs.
This dynamic has coloured his
speakership ever since. It doesn’t
technically matter whether or not Mr
Bercow does display bias against the
Government, although I share the
view that his tiresome, unfunny
interjections – replete with enough
name-dropping to fill a phone book
– tend to be directed against the
Tories. No, what’s crucial is that the
Speaker commands respect across the
entire House, and he clearly does not.
I’ve heard him described as a
wrecker. It might seem an odd word
for an establishment figure, but Britain
has long been dominated by elites who
are unsympathetic towards the ancient
institutions they run. The Church has
principally been ruined by its bishops;
schools by headmasters. Now we have
a Speaker of the Commons whose
instincts clash with its traditional
ethos.
I’m not talking about cutting out the
fancy gowns: these sorts of reforms
began long before Mr Bercow. No, I
mean his attempted acts of
“modernisation” such as offering the
job of Commons clerk – a role where
having an institutional memory of
House procedure is vital – to an
Australian with insufficient experience
of our system.
The goal was possibly to dilute the
authority of the clerks, increasing Mr
Bercow’s, which is how elite liberals
work: their reform projects always
happen (by sheer coincidence!) to
concentrate their power.
And, worst of all, any bullying used
to get their way is masked by Leftwing virtue. Mr Bercow has let us
know he was for Remain and against
Trump, and thus is a jolly good person
– just like Lord Adonis, whose
goodness was unimpeachable until he
tweeted a scummy cartoon about Sajid
Javid. It’s a classic equation: the more
liberal someone is in public, the more
intolerant they often are in person.
If anyone’s coming after Mr Bercow
because of who he is or where he came
from, that would be wrong, but this is
about protecting our democracy. A
democracy is composed of
institutions, and if institutions are
weakened by tinkering or scandal,
they decay.
Mr Bercow was a dangerous
appointment. His critics fear he
fancies himself to be not just the chair
of the Commons but a mini-president
of a republic he inhabits in his own
head. If he refuses to vacate the palace,
it’s time for MPs to storm it.
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Shane Watson
Why Davina
McCall et al shame
us all Page 20
Alice Riley, left,
says she has yet
to find anyone
whom she has
clicked with and
has no interest in
sleeping around
FEATURE
JULIAN SIMMONDS FOR THE TELEGRAPH
David Loftus
on the pain of
being a lone twin
Page 21
COLUMN
Workplace fables
Mentors matter when
they do it right
Page 21
Why I am proud to be
a virgin at 26 years old
MONEY
It pays to get wed
Married couples can
benefit by £190k
Page 23
As a new survey
shows millennials
are having less sex
than previous
generations, Alice
Riley explains why
women like her are
‘opting out’
I
f you met me in a coffee
shop and struck up a
conversation, these are the
things you would probably
glean: I have a decent job in
digital marketing; I have a
few close friends plus a
wider group that I socialise
with; I write a blog; I have a
fondness for avocado on toast; and I
spend way too much time on Twitter
and Instagram. So far, so millennial,
you would conclude.
And you would be right. But I also
have another trait that has been
growing among my generation. A
new study that has tracked 16,000
young people has shown that this
group is not only having less sex than
any previous generation before them
but also that one in eight of the
26-year-olds interviewed are still
virgins. I’m not that surprised. After
all, I am one.
The first thing you should know is
that this is not through lack of
opportunity. I’m not hideously
unattractive; some may say I’m
actually fairly attractive. It’s not due to
religion either. While I identify as
“Christian” when I have to tick a box
on a form, I go to church about once a
year, and there is definitely no purity
ring on my finger. I don’t have
‘Sex sounds great,
and I do want it to be
a part of my life at
some point’
crippling social anxiety or body
confidence issues. It’s not through lack
of interest in sex either. Sex sounds
great, and I do want it to be a part of
my life at some point.
I thought it would have happened
by now, but I have just never met the
right guy. I was the awkward kid in
school, the one who desperately
wanted a boyfriend but was too tall,
too thin, and too quiet to be of any
interest to the opposite sex. At 16, I
blossomed but was still too shy to
catch the attention of any of the boys I
really liked. I got admiring glances in
my direction, drunken kisses at house
parties, but the genuine attention
always went to the louder girls. When
guys liked me, it was always the ones
I didn’t like. I can count the number
of crushes I’ve had in my life on one
hand. Ultimately, I’ve just never
found anyone who I’ve really
clicked with.
By the time I started university, I
started to panic. I felt like I was the
last person on earth to not have done
anything more than kissing. But I
had also lost interest in just pulling
guys on nights out, and was looking
for a boyfriend – this didn’t endear
me to my fellow students. If I didn’t
want to kiss a guy in a club, I’d get
interrogated by the other girls as to
why not. The guys told me they
didn’t understand why I wouldn’t
just go for “a bit of foreplay”. But I
didn’t see hooking up with random
guys as essential to my “university
experience”. I went there to get a
degree. And I didn’t just want sex, I
wanted love too.
In my second year, I got a parttime job at the student bar and
became more confident with my
decision to wait – not for marriage,
but just a boyfriend rather than a
casual encounter. I found new
friends and, in my third year, I finally
got into a relationship that I thought
would lead to sex. A couple of weeks
in and he changed his mind and it
didn’t end up happening. I took it as
a sign that it wasn’t meant to be. I
graduated, went travelling and began
my career – and did a bit of dating as
Continued on page 20
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LIVING
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S H A N E WAT S O N
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19
I went. PlentyOfFish, Tinder,
Bumble, speed dating – I’ve been on
first dates, a few seconds and a
couple of thirds, but each time the
spark wasn’t there.
I’m now 26. When my birthday
approaches each year sometimes I
wonder, “Am I too old?” But you
can’t put an age deadline on life
events. Although it may be easier to
find sex than ever before, it’s often
harder to find the sex you want to
have. Every twentysomething virgin
has their own reasons. One friend
went from one disastrous fling to
another until she finally clicked with
the man of her dreams on a dating
site for like-minded people, when
she was 25. Another guy I know is
probably one of the kindest people
on the planet, but just isn’t great at
taking opportunities with girls.
There are plenty of nice men (and
women) who lack the confidence and
the ability to talk to women (or men).
Perhaps this is becoming more
prevalent in our generation, brought
up on digital media. We’re so used to
taking the time to craft an image of
our best selves on social media, or
arrange dates via Tinder, that we’ve
lost sight of how to approach
someone, or even how to have a
conversation face to face. Perhaps we
Fifty
Shaming
The seven
myths about
being 50 we
wish were
true but
probably
aren’t…
over worry about how people will
perceive the real us, with all our
flaws on display.
Ironically, our generation is also
seen as one that is “hypersexualised”,
with millennials making up 60 per
cent of Pornhub’s traffic, and dating
apps where men and women are
available at the swipe of a phone
screen. We are seen as the “hook
up” generation for whom noy calls” are just par
promise “booty
for the course. Yet as sex
becomes easier to get, love
becomes harderr to find. Some of
or a deeper
us feel a need for
ore getting
connection before
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naked with someone.
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before, has caused
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‘On my birthday
each year I wonder
am I too old?’
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stars of The Inbetweeners were
obsessed with losing their
virginity; Tina Fey and Jimmy
Carr waited until they were 24
and 26, respectively, to lose
their virginity
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being a virgin at my age is still seen as
going against the grain. In the past few
years I’ve never got to the stage with
anyone I’m dating that I would tell
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stuff with
someone I’d jjust met –
suffice to say, a second date
didn’t happen. It seems as though
previously standard behaviour, such as
not discussing your sexual preferences
with people you’ve only just met, is
now unacceptable.
Some experts have warned that a
rise in young people who haven’t had
sex signals a fear of intimacy, but I
disagree.
It’s not to do with worrying about
how we are going to perform, but has
more to do with it being harder to find
a suitable partner. We need to offer
advice, rather than ridicule. Nobody
should attack someone for making
different choices, and that goes in both
directions – promiscuous or
conservative.
I don’t define myself by my sex life,
or lack thereof, and I don’t feel that it
should affect anyone’s self-worth. To
quote a recent blog post I read:
“Whether or not you are having sex
says absolutely nothing about whether
you are worthy of it.”
Yes, sometimes I worry that I’ll
never meet the right person or I’ll
meet my dream guy and my lack of
experience will be a deal-breaker. But
it is important to do things at your own
pace. For me, it’s something I want to
get right, even if it happens a little
later than planned.
Fit at 50: Newly
single Davina
McCall is more
confident than
ever in a bikini
I
t is amazing being in
your 50s. The best.
You feel fitter, look
hotter, your
confidence is at
warp factor 10 and
building. Are you getting
this at the back? You can
wear what you like (apart
from frills, but that’s only
Alexandra Shulman’s
opinion, not Yasmin Le
Bon’s) and you are
definitely wearing a bikini.
Davina is (with thong
pants) and Mariella is
(with unspecified pants)
and even Alexandra is, or
she was on holiday in
Greece last year. It’s no
biggie, is the point,
because 50 isn’t just a
number it’s the gateway to
the best years of your
lives. There’s the Trying
20s, the Tense-making
30s, The Frying 40s and
then you burst through
the clouds into the sunny
uplands of the Fabulous
50s when you’ve never
had it so good.
This is Fifty Shaming. It
rumbles along all year and
then, come spring, bursts
on to the scene with
photographs of Liz Hurley
(52) with a hosepipe, or
Davina (50) looking like an
Olympian. It comes
dressed up as words of
hope from the front line of
feminism. It looks like
sisterly encouragement –
sex is only getting better;
speaking up at work is a
doddle; who isn’t doing a
marathon? But you may
find that your experience is
not one of improvement in
all areas, and that instead
of feeling empowered by
all this you feel inadequate.
You’re wearing adidas
trainers, you’re never
going to have a Barbara
Bush hairdo and you may
even be going to a festival
this summer but, come on,
we’re in our sixth decade.
You’d have to be on drugs
not to notice that some
things are getting worse
and to pretend otherwise
is like Photoshopping your
family holiday pictures.
So, here are a few Fifty
Shaming myths…
1
Looking 50 slim (in jeans
and exercise leggings).
Maybe. But have you seen
us with them off? These
jeans are actually the 21st
century equivalent of
corsets.
2
Being 50 fanciable.
Some people may fancy
us but not the ones we
think (younger strangers).
They don’t. If we are lucky
they think we’re OK for
our age. But they’re almost
certainly thinking nothing
about us, and if they are
it’s, ‘Ah what a nice mum’.
3
The children are on
their way. Well they’re
not really, and they may
well be worrying us more
than ever. And they never
reply to family Whatsapps
(even though they know
you can see when they
read them). Unbelievable.
4
Having better sex. Not
going into detail with
this but definitely had
more 10 years ago, and
with less faff.
5
Knowing our own
minds. We no longer
pretend we like jazz, or
saunas, and it takes us a lot
less time to pick a drink in
a pub but, then again, we
have no idea what to wear
to the lunch party on
Saturday. We might ring
someone else to check.
6
Nothing to prove. Sure.
Except when you have
people coming to supper
(only six) so you think
you’ll attempt the lambwith-sumac thing and then
you don’t sleep the night
before. We were far more
relaxed in this department
15 years ago, when people
weren’t Ottolenghi savvy
and before you were
expected to make your
own hummus. Pre Fifty
Shaming, in fact.
7
Discovered our own
style.
Well, in theory. But no one
tells you that every year
your style stash is depleted
by one item. No one owns
up that the white jeans that
made you look like
Françoise Hardy (ish) now
make you look like Tonya
Harding, and your black
velvet jacket (Brian Jones)
is now pure Camilla Parker
Bowles.
In fact, there’s lots they’re
not telling us actually.
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FEATURE
RII SCHROER FOR THE TELEGRAPH
job. I couldn’t do it after John’s death.
I needed to be with people, but in my
early photographs, without even
knowing it, I was still doing
everything in pairs. If I was
photographing flowers for Gardens
Illustrated, I never shot one. It was
always two, and they were entwined.”
Two years after John’s death, David
was introduced to someone who
could really understand the emotional
struggle that he was going through –
Tim Knatchbull.
“Tim needs David, and David needs
Tim,” a friend of both their families
told David’s mother, “so let’s
introduce them and see how it goes.”
Like David, Tim had lost his
identical twin, Nicholas, in 1979 when
the IRA blew up the boat carrying
their grandfather, Lord Mountbatten,
and his family on a fishing trip off the
coast of County Sligo in Ireland. “We
became best friends, brothers and
then godfathers to each other’s
children. I see him every week. His
mother used to introduce us to people
by explaining, ‘they’re both twins’.”
The bond with Tim, he says, is
built on “understanding that broken
DNA pathway from when an identical
twin dies. It is something that we feel
is impossible for what we refer to as
‘singletons’ – people who aren’t
identical twins – to comprehend.”
Even future happy events, like
having children of his own, were
clouded by the loss of his twin. “For a
long time,” David reflects, “it was
very hard to have children, to
‘I needed to be with
people – without
knowing it I’d do
everything in pairs’
‘I always feel empty. There
is always something gone’
After losing
his identical
twin 30 years
ago, David
Loftus tells
Peter Stanford
about the
struggle of
being a lone
twin
‘I
didn’t kill John, but I
was part of the
process that killed
him, and I live with
that every day.” David
Loftus says this very
calmly, but his words
still make the room
stand still. The death
of his identical twin 30 years ago, this
award-winning photographer
acknowledges, remains the seminal
event in his adult life.
It is why, since the start of the year,
he has been spending an hour each
day, “putting myself through the mill”,
writing down his memories of the two
of them together and reflecting on the
deep emptiness he has felt since his
death. He hopes it might even make a
book. He already has the title – The
Diary of a Lone Twin – and since he
mentioned the project on social media
a few weeks ago, he has had
publishers lining up to talk to him.
We are meeting in Loftus’s eclectic
mews house in south-west London.
This gentle, self-effacing 55-year-old
has been a successful photographer
for the past three decades, but he’s
best known for his long-running
collaboration with Jamie Oliver,
providing the sumptuous photographs
for the chef ’s bestselling cook books.
On the painted floor in front of us is
a carefully arranged – and, no doubt,
very expensive – range of handpainted ceramic tableware, waiting for
his camera to find its best angle. But
the shot will have to wait. Today, all he
wants to do is think about John.
The identical Loftus twins were the
oldest of four siblings. They grew up in
prosperous Carshalton Beeches in
south London where their mother was
a GP. “John was the oldest… by 10
minutes,” he laughs. “That was always
very important to him.”
As young boys, they dressed in
matching clothes and communicated
in their own invented shared
language. On their fourth birthday,
David remembers, on a visit to a busy
harbour they were given special spotty
handkerchiefs to wave at the big ships.
When David dropped his into the
water by accident, John immediately
threw his in after it in an act of
unconscious solidarity. The two were
still living side by side, at the family
home, when they were in their 20s.
“We had tried as teenagers to be
different,” David pleads. “John taught
himself to write with his left hand. We
had different hair lengths and different
fashion sense. He liked classical and
choral music and Ennio Morricone, so
I hated them but, of course, now that
is what I listen to all the time.”
Both chose to do graphic design at
art college. David opted for Chelsea
but John picked Kingston and had a
year off. “He was on Paros, a Greek
island, on his own and I sensed that
something was wrong. There were no
mobiles in those days, so I went to find
Reflection: when they were children, David, above,
and John were inseparable, wearing the same
clothes and speaking in their own made-up language
him. He was in a tent and in a terrible
state. He just burst into tears when I
arrived. He couldn’t bear being alone
and made me promise there and then
to never to go travelling without him.”
On graduating, they worked as an
inseparable pair – John as a designer
and David as an illustrator. The two
brothers had been opening their
presents on the morning of their 25th
birthdays, October 31 1987, when
everything would change.
Over the previous two months, John
had been successfully treated for a
brain tumour, but had then contracted
meningitis. He was on the mend, and
was down to go for a routine injection
at the hospital. David went with him to
his appointment.
“The doctor who came to give it to
him we’d already had a disagreement
with,” recalls David. “When I saw him,
I told him he couldn’t give John the
injection, but he explained there was
no one else available. So I accepted
that, and let him go ahead.”
The doctor then proceeded to inject
John, directly into his brain, with a
dose of the drug gentamicin that was
90 times stronger than the
recommended limit. Almost
immediately John threw up violently.
Soon he was in a coma. Twelve days
later, he was dead.
“My mother,” David says almost
casually, “believes if she had been
there, John wouldn’t have died. She
was a GP and would have refused.”
The doctor who gave the injection
never faced any sanctions because it
was officially deemed a terrible
accident. But David says he will never
stop feeling guilty. “I have beaten
myself up about that moment when I
said yes,” he says. “My mother was
telling the truth. That is one of the
things I am having to confront in
writing this book.”
Suicide is common amongst lone
twins, especially those in their 20s.
There were times, David admits, when
he would sit on the back of his
houseboat, “look into dark water and
think, ‘I could just drift off ’.”
What kept him going was his anger
at what had happened, and being there
for his grieving mother. But his
brother’s death continued to affect
everything he did. “Illustration is a solo
consider that you will love them as
much as you loved your twin.”
Aren’t they two different kinds of
love? “It’s a tough one to explain…”
He pauses. “And I’m not sure if I
can… the feeling is of being empty.
Always. There is something gone. It
doesn’t go away.” And it is still there
today, he says, in the everyday details
of life. “Shaving for me is really
strange. I don’t tend to look in
mirrors generally, so shaving is
always hard.”
It is hard, he says, to look at his
reflection and not see his brother. “I
was recently persuaded to take part
in a TV programme,” he explains.
“When it came out, I only saw him. I
didn’t see myself at all. I was doing
the gestures I thought only he did,
and my voice sounded just like John’s
rather than how I thought of mine. I
couldn’t cope.”
It is clear that the feelings he has
now are as raw they were 30 years
ago. Why then exacerbate the
emptiness by delving back into such
heartbreaking memories for his
writing project?
Because, he suggests, he no longer
feels so alone. He recently remarried,
to the stylist Ange Morris. “She is,” he
says simply, and redemptively, “the
love of my life. She will ask me the
right questions at the right time, is
fascinated by John, and is very
supportive of my writing. She is the
only one who has read it so far. Once
it is all out, if I could be on a desert
island with my kids, my mum and
Ange, I think I might be truly happy.”
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I
’m not sure I need a
mentor,” said the
Graduate Trainee to
the HR director. “I’m
very clear on what I
want to achieve,” she
explained confidently.
The HR director was
most insistent, explaining
there would be twists and
turns along her chosen
path and that some sound
advice from someone who
had been there before and
could act as a sounding
board would be helpful.
The Graduate Trainee
reluctantly agreed and was
paired with the CEO of a
prestigious food business.
She thought this was odd,
as she didn’t work in the
food industry and didn’t
intend to. The plan was to
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At the first meeting,
having both talked for a
while about their
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know each other a little
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“How about your other
objectives in life?” he
asked. “Your objectives for
your personal life,
relationships, family,
hobbies, places to visit,
things to learn, where you
‘What do your
objectives need
to be to achieve
your end goal?’
live, how you live?”
“I haven’t thought about
it,” she said, puzzled.
“Then for the next time
we meet I’d like you to
write out 50 objectives for
all the things you want to
achieve,” said the CEO.
At their next meeting,
four months later, the
Graduate produced the
objectives for her life list.
“I could only think of 23,”
she said, working her way
down the list. “Most
people only have that
many,” explained the CEO.
“What you have done is to
set out what your ultimate
aspiration is. What you
have not done yet is to set
out what your objectives
need to be to achieve your
end goal.”
“So if my aspiration is to
be the boss of the company,
you want me to set out
what my objectives need to
be to get there?” said the
Graduate catching on.
The CEO nodded and
explained how one
objective built on the next
until you reached your end
goal. These could be future
qualifications you needed,
or people you should meet,
or skills worth acquiring.
But these objectives at
work were also tied to your
wider objectives in life.
“And review your
objectives every three
years because as you
develop you might decide
that one set of objectives
takes precedence over
another. More midterm
objectives may be needed
or some may change to get
to your new end point.”
The Graduate had been
listening, carefully. “So I
build a path to an end
point that has fixed points
along the way, but it’s
flexible and can be
changed based on my
circumstances. That’s
helpful.”
Moral of the tale:
Having a grand plan is
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23
MONEY
Save £190k:
why it pays to
get hitched
SILVER SPLICERS
RATES ON THE RISE
Young people
are abandoning
marriage but
baby boomers
show no signs of
falling out of
love with the
institution.
Marriage
rates fell in
every age group
between 2005
and 2015 – apart
from men over
65 and women
over 55, where
they rose. The
Office for
National
Statistics found
that the number
of brides and
grooms aged
65-plus
increased by
46pc between
2004 and 2014.
Second and
third marriages
are booming.
The number of
over-55s
remarrying
grew by a
quarter in a
decade, from
25,680 in 2005
to 32,395 in 2015.
Jamie
Jenkins, of
Standard Life,
the pension and
investment
firm, said
people getting
married later in
life should take
M
odern weddings
might cost a fortune
but tying the knot
can save a couple
hundreds of
thousands of
pounds over a lifetime.
This month’s royal wedding aside,
marriage in Britain appears to be in
terminal decline. Despite same-sex
couples appearing in official data for
the first time, after gay marriage was
legalised in 2014, the number of new
marriages each year is falling
steadily. In 2015, the most recent year
with available data, 245,500 couples
married, an annual drop of 3pc.
Couples who decide against
marriage not only forgo extra tax
allowances but they risk losing out
on state benefits. Last week, the
Supreme Court heard a potentially
landmark case concerning the rights
of unmarried couples.
Siobhan McLaughlin, 46, is
fighting the Government after being
denied bereavement payments when
her long-term partner died, leaving
her and four children. If the couple
had been married, the family would
have been entitled to £2,000 plus a
weekly widowed allowance of up to
£118 a week.
Jo Edwards, a partner at law firm
Forsters, said unmarried couples
were “sleepwalking into difficulties”,
oblivious of their lack of rights “until
it is too late”. She said: “It is hoped
that different treatment of unmarried
couples on death – lack of intestacy
rights [when a person dies without
leaving a will] and inheritance tax
treatment – will also be addressed in
the longer term, to reflect
relationships in modern society.”
Elsewhere, a private members’ bill
led by Conservative MP Tim
Loughton, which aims to extend civil
partnerships to heterosexual
couples, is winding its way through
parliament. If turned into law, this
would allow couples the same rights
as married people without entering the
institution.
Cohabiting couples are the fastest
growing household group in Britain
yet, under current rules, certain tax
perks are open only to married
couples and civil partners.
Sarah Coles, of pension provider
Hargreaves Lansdown, estimated that
a typical couple married for 50 years
could benefit by as much as £190,000,
even accounting for the £27,000
average cost of a wedding.
She said: “The calculations only
work if you stay married. Once you
introduce a divorce and a remarriage
into the proceedings you’re looking at
a significant financial loss.”
Mrs Coles’ calculations assume a
couple has £230,000 of investments
between them, with dividends of 3pc a
year, and £20,000 of savings earning
2pc interest. One is a higher-rate
(40pc) taxpayer and the other a basic
(20pc) taxpayer. Allowances rise by
inflation for the next 50 years.
The marriage allowance
ance
This tax break is chronically
cally
underused. It is thoughtt only half of
the four million couples eligible for
ollectively
the allowance claim it, collectively
missing out on as much as £1.3bn.
To qualify, one of the pair must not
me tax (less
earn enough to pay income
than £11,850 in 2018-19) and the
te tax,
other must pay basic-rate
0 and
earning between £11,850
u cannot
£46,350. In Scotland you
earn more than £43,430..
dividual
The lower-earning individual
can pass £1,190 of their personal
eir
tax-free allowance to their
ax bill by
partner. This cuts your tax
im as far
£238 a year. You can claim
back as April 2015 when it was
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As the Supreme Court considers the rights
of non-married couples, Sam Brodbeck
looks at the financial perks of saying ‘I do’
Prince Harry and
Meghan Markle tie
the knot this
month; Siobhan
c aug
, be
o
McLaughlin,
below
introduced. If you qualified in each
year, you would be eligible for £900
now.
Split your assets
Marrie couples can also take
Married
advan
advantage of lower tax rates paid by a
basic o
or non-taxpayer by transferring
assets to a lower-earning spouse.
Incom
Income-generating assets, such as
compa
company shares or savings accounts
held outside
o
of Isas, can be transferred
to the lower-earners’ name.
In A
April, the dividend allowance was
cut from
fro £5,000 to £2,000. Dividends
above that amount are taxed at 7.5pc
for a basic-rate
b
payer, 32.5pc at the
higher rate and 38.1pc for the top rate.
Basi
Basic-rate payers also have a higher
“perso
“personal savings allowance”, meaning
they can
c earn £1,000 a year in interest
from assets
a
such as bonds, bank
accoun
accounts and NS&I without paying tax.
Highe
Higher-rate payers get £500 while the
additio
additional rate has no allowance.
‘Couples
who
aren’t
married
are sleepwalking
into
problems’
Moving assets to the lower-earning
spouse could save thousands in tax.
Investments outside of Isas and
rental properties attract capital gains
tax. Jointly owning these assets allows
couples to use both sets of capital
gains allowances, £23,400 combined
in 2018-19. Unmarried couples would
face a tax charge if they tried to change
ownership of an asset.
Couples can also contribute to each
others’ Isas and pensions, which
benefit from added tax relief.
Tax-free inheritance
Increasingly, married couples and civil
partners are treated as a single person
when it comes to death duties (IHT).
For several years, surviving spouses
have been able to make an extra Isa
contribution equal to the value of the
Isa assets left by their partner when
they die. As of April, the rules are even
more generous. Previously, any
investment returns or interest earned
care: savings are
likely to be
substantial and
family
structures
complex.
He advised
rewriting wills
and updating
“nominated
beneficiary”
details on
pension
policies. When
someone dies
under 75, any
unspent
pensions are
passed on
entirely tax free;
over that age,
savings are
taxed at the
recipient’s
marginal rate of
income tax. This
can go on
indefinitely,
meaning
pensions can
cascade down
the generations.
He said
couples should
have a plan for
funding future
long-term care
costs: “How
much this will
cost depends on
the level of
support you
may need, along
with your
income and
local authority
help available.”
between the death and the
administration of their estate being
completed could be subject to IHT.
Colossal tax savings can be made.
Everyone can pass on £325,000 free
of IHT, which is charged at 40pc on
assets above that threshold (there is
an extra £125,000 allowance where a
family home is involved). Surviving
spouses inherit their partner’s
allowance on their death, meaning a
couple can pass on £900,000 in
2018-19 free of tax. By April 2020,
this will rise to £1m.
Unmarried couples do not inherit
an IHT allowance. They are not
protected if their partner dies
without leaving a will – a spouse
would automatically receive all the
deceased’s assets – and may also lose
out with pensions. Final salary style
pensions, for instance, almost always
include a “spouse’s benefit”, which
continues to pay half or two thirds of
income to a widowed partner.
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rt market focus
�olin leadell
Comment telegraph.co.uk/opinion
Big money
expected at
Rockefeller
estate sale
onight in New York,
Christie’s will embark
on what promises to
T
be the most valuable
estate sale of art and
antiques ever staged.
The three-day auction comprising
the collection of Peggy and David
Rockefeller (he died a widower last
year, aged 101 and worth $3.3 billion
– £2.43 billion), is officially estimated
to fetch $650 million (£480 million),
easily beating the 2007 sale of Yves
Saint Laurent’s $484 million art
collection, which currently holds
the number one slot.
We know the Rockefeller sale will
trump that because it has all been
guaranteed to sell, either by
Christie’s themselves, or by third
parties who have agreed to buy at
certain prices.
As a result we are guaranteed
Craxton
silences his
critics

For a while, in the
early Forties, the
British artist John
Craxton painted and
drew very much like his
friend, Lucian Freud.
After the war, when he
lived and worked in
Greece, his range of
references, like many
great artists before and
record prices for paintings by
Matisse, the pointillists, Paul Serusier
and Georges Seurat, the Nabis group
artist, Armand Seguin, and JeanBaptiste-Camille Corot.
Unpublished estimates on some
paintings have been rising ever
since the sale was announced, and
guarantors moved in to back
particular lots – essentially, a private
auction before the public one.
A painting of waterlilies by
Monet, for instance, was announced
last November with a $35 million
estimate, but now has a $60$65 million guideline. As the sale
gets closer, a revised total nearer
$1 billion dollars by the end of the
week looks ever more likely.
Christie’s has cleverly marketed
the sale around a catchphrase playing
on the world’s envy of wealth: “Live
like a Rockefeller”.
And it’s more achievable than you
might think. While billionaires
compete for a $100 million rose
period Picasso of a naked young girl
holding a bunch of flowers, less
affluent buyers snap up stacks of
pictures and furnishings in a
simultaneous online sale. Many of
these were estimated at under
$1,000, but are already leapfrogging
in price.
Some works have come down
through David Rockefeller’s parents.
His father, John “Junior”, was a lover
of ceramics who famously had a
different dinner service for every
day of the week. John’s taste in art
was diehard conservative, but his
wife, Abby, was different. She sold
after, expanded – in his
case from Byzantium to
Picasso. But his distance
from the British art
world meant that on his
return, at a
retrospective exhibition
in 1967, he was
pigeonholed by
unfamiliar critics as a
“decorative” and
“derivative” artist.
These criticisms have
resurfaced in response
to the British Museum’s
current exhibition,
Charmed Lives in
Greece, in which
Craxton has a lead role.
But, in the catalogue to
John Craxton’s Three
Figures, Poros, 1950
a different show about
Craxton’s work in
Greece opening at the
Osborne Samuel Gallery
in Mayfair this week,
the former Tate curator
Richard Morphet
emphasises how the
Live like a
Rockefeller:
Monet’s
Camille assise
sur la plage à
Trouville will
be going
under the
hammer at
the sale
artist “forged an
expression that was
uniquely his own”. The
more Craxton you see,
the more you recognise
what Morphet calls the
artist’s “distinctive
visual language”. The
market has understood
this for over a decade
since Craxton prices
first exceeded £100,000
at auction. That record
now stands at £277,000;
and at Osborne Samuel,
where prices range
from £9,000 to
£350,000, 20 exhibits
have already been sold
before the show opens.
Spanish
sleeper at
Sotheby’s

Working within the
orbit of Caravaggio
and an influence on the
young Velazquez, the
Baroque painter Juan
Bautista Maíno is cited
as one of the more
important Spanish
artists of the early 17th
century. In 2009, the
Prado Museum devoted
an exhibition to him and
his contemporaries.
Had it been focused
solely on him it would
have been small; only
40 paintings by Maino
are known and details of
his life as a Dominican
monk are hard to find.
On the art market
only six works have sold
at auction in the last 40
years according to the
Blouin Art Sales Index.
But last week, the
venerable Old Master
dealership, Colnaghi,
thought they spotted
one (a “sleeper”) in a
small sale at Sotheby’s.
one of their New York houses to
build the Museum of Modern Art
(MoMA) in 1929 and kept a private
gallery of modern art at home.
David inherited his father’s
conservative taste, but found in his
wife, Peggy, whom he married in
1940, a more adventurous artistic
spirit.
Their first house, in upstate New
York’s Pocantico Hills, was
American Georgian in style, and so
suitable for the 18th-century English
furniture and portraits he liked.
But when his mother died in 1948,
and David took over as a trustee of
MoMA, things changed.
With encouragement from Alfred
Barr, the director of MoMA, he and
Peggy bought their first
Impressionist and postImpressionist paintings by Pissarro
and Bonnard.
By 1951 they had acquired their
first major Impressionist work, a
seated girl in sunlight by Renoir,
estimated tonight at $7 million.
These paintings suited their more
relaxed lifestyle. Peggy didn’t like
her houses to look like museums,
she was an interior designer and
wanted things that felt homely and
uplifting. The overriding impression
one gets is of these paintings hung
against warm yellow, crimson or
wood panelled walls, invariably
above a piece of classic 18th-century
furniture or fireplace.
So, “Live like a Rockefeller” is not
an invitation just to spend but to
take refuge in the comforting beauty
of modern, figurative art.
Juan Bautista Maíno’s
‘sleeper’ sold for almost
£200,000
Since it merged three
years ago with Spanish
art specialists Jorge Coll
and Nicolás Cortés,
Colnaghi has become a
force to be reckoned
with. The Sotheby’s
painting of Saints James
the Great and Teresa of
Avila with a Spanish
coat of arms was
catalogued as Madrid
School and estimated at
£20,000. At least one
other bidder had
spotted potential and it
rose to almost £200,000
before Colnaghi bought
it – a record for the
artist at auction.
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25
Arts
exuberance comes out very clearly in
his camellia garden paintings. And
some are clearly paintings with
reference to good old Cornish mist,
with a bit of grey and wateriness.”
Heron had recently taken the
plunge into abstract painting. As
azaleas followed the camellias in the
garden, the rain of green, pink, blue,
white strokes and dabs of paint turned
brighter, lighter. Though never
representational, these paintings are
full of the “warmth and radiance of
flowers” – the “miracle” that had
delighted Hepworth. Katharine and
Susanna, meanwhile, roller-skated
through the excitingly vast spaces of
their new home, freshly painted white
in readiness for the installation of
English country
garden: after first
visiting Eagles Nest,
left, as a child,
Patrick Heron
couldn’t resist the
urge to buy it when
it became available
A garden
loved to
abstraction
TROMPETELER; DAVID WARD
‘My mother was very
hospitable. People came to
lunch, stayed for dinner,
and stayed the weekend’
A move to Cornwall made Patrick Heron’s
life more colourful, writes Michael Bird
I
n the spring of 1956, the artist
Patrick Heron left London
and moved with his wife and
two young daughters to the
far west of Cornwall. As a
career move, it didn’t make
obvious sense. In the art
world, for the first time ever,
people were saying that
London rather than Paris was the place
to watch. If you’d asked anyone about
up-and-coming artists on the London
scene, they’d have mentioned names
like Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and
Elisabeth Frink. They would also have
mentioned Patrick Heron.
Heron was a precociously talented
painter. Today he is regarded as one of
the greatest abstract artists Britain has
ever produced, and probably its finest
colourist. Then in his mid-30s, he’d
already had a string of solo shows. He
organised exhibitions, wrote for
magazines; as the house was packed
up around him, he was finishing his
first book.
Yet the clues to why he quit town
are there in the paintings he produced
after his move. It’s the colour that
strikes you first of all, with a clarity
and intensity utterly different from the
khaki greens and sandbag browns that
so many British painters went on using
throughout the austerity years. In
Cornwall, Heron was convinced,
colours are mysteriously heightened
because the air “contains more light
than in England”, reflected upwards
from all sides by the sea.
This summer will see the first
full-scale exhibition of Heron’s
paintings since his death in 1999, in
the new gallery at Tate St Ives. The
location, a few miles along the coast
from where Heron lived, makes the
connection between art and place
absolutely clear. In Heron’s case, it
wasn’t only the “white brilliance” of
the light (on a good day) that attracted
him to Cornwall. There was a history,
too. The house he moved into, known
as Eagles Nest, had featured in many
lives, including his own.
In May 1950, for instance, Barbara
Hepworth had written to a friend that
she’d knocked off early in her St Ives
studio for “the chance of a proffered
lift up to the Eagles Nest”. The drive
would have taken her – as it does today
– along a switchback road that skirts
the seaward slope of the Penwith
Moors. Just before you drop down to
the village of Zennor sits the steepgabled Victorian bulk of Eagles Nest,
on a granite outcrop. It “looks so bleak
on its crag”, mused Hepworth, ringed
by “massive stones weighing 50–
70 tons”. But tucked among the
boulders, was “the loveliest garden I
have ever seen”.
The garden was the creation of Will
Arnold-Forster, artist and author of
Shrubs for the Milder Counties, who
had lived at Eagles Nest since 1920,
welcoming a steady stream of A-list
guests, including Virginia Woolf, Ivor
Novello and the deposed Ethiopian
emperor Haile Selassie. Tom Heron, an
idealistic entrepreneur from Leeds,
then running a factory in St Ives
With many big names missing, will
Han Solo steal the show at Cannes?
Amid a legal battle and a
Netflix exodus, there’s
plenty left on the festival’s
line-up, says Robbie Collin
N
ever mind Avengers:
Infinity War. The biggest
cinematic cliffhanger of
the season is playing out
on a Boulevard de la
Croisette near you. The
Cannes Film Festival is being taken to
court by the prolific Portuguese
producer Paulo Branco, who wants to
have Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who
Killed Don Quixote struck from its
closing night slot. Branco is already
embroiled in a legal feud with Gilliam
over the rights to his passion project of
19 years, which was previously beset
by floods, disease, vanishing actors
and a shrivelling budget.
Last week, the festival shot back in
a catty press release that they “calmly
await” the results of a legal hearing on
Wednesday that will determine
whether or not the screening can go
ahead. That insouciance is Cannes to
the core, though there’s something
very Gilliam-esque about a festival
only finding out if it will be able to
close the day before it opens.
Besides, the 2018 edition of Cannes
has plus gros poissons à frire,
particularly since some of the
biggest fish in the business
won’t be present. Britain’s
two-time Palme d’Or
winner Mike Leigh, Call
Me By Your Name director
Luca Guadagnino, French
provocateur Claire Denis,
and Italian master Paolo
Sorrentino are all
unexpectedly
absent.
Then there was
the great Netflix
exodus, in which
the streaming
Everybody Knows:
Penélope Cruz and
Javier Bardem
service withdrew its entire slate from
the programme – including the latest
from Paul Greengrass and Alfonso
Cuarón, and (this really stings) the
once lost but now painstakingly
reconstructed final film from Orson
Welles – when their ongoing tiff with
the festival couldn’t be resolved.
So what’s left? Well, Cannes has
assembled a line-up of new names and
rising stars from all over the place,
with the expected mix of blockbusting
and button-pushing saved for
elsewhere in the programme. Things
ignite on Tuesday with a bit of both:
Everybody Knows, a psychological
thriller starring real-life couple
Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, and
directed by Iran’s Asghar Farhadi, the
setter of such prickly moral puzzles as
A Separation and The Past.
While a Cruz-Bardem red carpet
sounds like a glitzy pinnacle of
Euro-art-house glamour, for sheer
media noise it will be drowned out by
Solo: A Star Wars Story, the troubled
fourth instalment in the franchise’s
post-George Lucas period. After a
change of directors and extensive
reshoots – according to one account,
80 per cent of the film had
to be redone from
scratch – there will
be a high premium
on early reactions
to the film, which
delves into the
origins of that
galaxy far, far
away’s
stuck-up,
halfwitted,
scruffy-looking pilot-for-hire.
At the other end of the familyfriendly scale, though no less hotly
awaited, is The House that Jack Built, a
reportedly unsparing Matt Dillon/
Uma Thurman serial killer drama,
which marks the Cannes return of Lars
von Trier. You’ll recall the Danish
director’s expulsion from the festival
in 2011 when he jokingly professed
Nazi sympathies at a press call. Seven
years on, this is his comeback.
The name David Lynch is already
being approvingly murmured in
connection with Under The Silver
Lake, a noir-tinged mystery from
David Robert Mitchell (It Follows), in
which Andrew Garfield stars as a Los
Angeles hipster whose pretty young
neighbour disappears overnight.
Mitchell’s film is one of only two
English-language productions in
competition: the other is Spike Lee’s
BlacKkKlansman, which chronicles
the absurd-but-true infiltration of the
Ku Klux Klan by an African-American
detective in the 1970s.
Alas, there’s no British contender to
cheer for. Mike Leigh’s historical epic
Peterloo was expected to be there, but
will almost certainly now crop up at
Venice. Out of competition, there are
three UK productions: Don Quixote (if
Gilliam makes it) along with two
documentaries, Kevin Macdonald’s
Whitney, made with input from the
Houston clan, which promises new
revelations from the troubled singer’s
personal life, and The Eyes of Orson
Welles, a cine-portrait from Mark
Cousins that delves into the great
director’s personal papers.
Cannes’s changing status
might have lost them the
maestro’s own swan
song, but where there’s
a Welles, there’s a way.
The Cannes Film
Festival runs from
today until Saturday
May 19. For full
coverage, please visit
telegraph.co.uk/
cannes-film-festival
Patrick Heron, above, painted
Five Discs, main, in 1963 after
moving his family out of
London. Left, his 1955 work
Interior with Garden Window
printing artist-designed silk fabrics,
stayed there with his seven-year-old
son, Patrick. After Arnold-Forster died,
in 1951, Patrick learned that the house
was standing empty. Eventually, on an
impulse that even he couldn’t quite
fathom, he bought it. Was Eagles Nest
“objectively extraordinary” he asked
his wife, Delia, or was he “just going
back to the womb, to a childhood
magic garden”? Metropolitan and
international in his outlook, Heron
found that Cornwall had never lost its
gravitational pull. And was it such a
mad decision? At that time, Hepworth
and Ben Nicholson were both working
in St Ives, along with a motley but
ambitious crowd of younger artists.
Heron’s art-school friend, Bryan
Wynter, was leading an alternative
creative life in a hovel on the high
moors, a few hundred yards above
Eagles Nest. At some deep level, it all
made sense.
When Patrick, Delia and their two
young daughters, Katharine and
Susanna, moved in during the Easter
holidays of 1956, the camellias were in
bloom. “It was absolutely thrilling for
him,” recalls Katharine. “The
contemporary art.
Heron talked about “soaking up the
landscape through the soles of his feet,”
says Katharine. “He’d absolutely absorb
it. And then he’d go and paint.” In a big
downstairs room, Heron pinned his
large canvases straight to the wall.
After the Garden series came the stripe
paintings, often compared with Mark
Rothko, although for anyone who’d
watched the sunset over the sea from
Eagles Nest, their roots were much
closer to home. Paintings hung in
every room, ranging from Heron’s
precocious schoolboy landscapes in
the style of Cézanne to his large,
abstract realisations of “colour-inspace”. Visitors were invariably treated
to a tour. “My mother was very
hospitable,” says Katharine. “People
would come for lunch, stay for dinner,
and stay the weekend.”
The house was often full to bursting,
but there was only one lavatory. You’d
be woken at night, recalls the architect
Leon van Schaik, by fellow guests
furtively battling with the obstinate
chain-pull cistern, and, once, at 3am,
an exultant cry: Hooray! “On a clear
evening he would summon us out to
the croquet lawn in quest of the green
flash” – an elusive, momentary
incandescence in the sunset sky. “He
always saw it, and under his
persuasion we did too.”
Painting, said Heron, was all about
creating “a vibrant picture surface.
And this vibration is colour”. He wasn’t
thinking of the toned-down London
palette of his contemporaries but of
the vivid, shifting colour world that
surrounded him at Eagles Nest –
“endless oceanic blues, harsh
Prussian, soft cobalt, indigo or sunny
warm ultramarine” or “heavy, hot,
dark greens”, all irradiated by “vibrant,
whitish sea-light”.
The timing of the new exhibition
couldn’t be better. It opens at Tate St
Ives on May 19, just in time for the
azaleas.
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Court & Social
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CLARENCE HOUSE
7th May, 2018
The Prince of Wales and The
Duchess of Cornwall this morning
departed from Royal Air Force
Brize Norton for France and were
received later upon arrival at Nice
International Airport by Her
Majesty’s Ambassador to the
French Republic (His Excellency
the Lord Llewellyn of Steep).
The Prince of Wales,
accompanied by The Duchess of
Cornwall, this afternoon visited
the Memorial for the Victims of
the 14th July 2016 Terrorist Attack
and laid a wreath, Villa Massena,
Nice.
The Prince of Wales and The
Duchess of Cornwall afterwards
visited the Laboratory Factory,
Fragonard Perfumery, Eze.
Their Royal Highnesses
subsequently visited the Exotic
Today’s birthdays
Miss Heather Harper, soprano,
88; Lord Hoffmann, a former
Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, 84;
Viscount Falkland 83; Mr David
W. Kendall, former company
chairman, 83; Mr Jack Charlton,
former England footballer and
Manager, Republic of Ireland
team, 1986-95, 83; Lord Blyth of
Rowington, company chairman,
78; Lord Lamont of Lerwick,
former Conservative Cabinet
Minister, 76; Mrs Pat Barker,
novelist, 75; Dame Felicity Lott,
soprano, 71; Lord Reid of
Cardowan, former Labour
Cabinet Minister, 71; Mr Justice
Cohen 67; Mr Paul Roy,
Chairman, British Horseracing
Authority, 2007-13, 71; the Duke
of Rutland 59; Mr Robin
Budenberg, First Crown Estate
Commissioner and Chairman, The
Crown Estate, 59; Mr Simon
Lewis, Group Director, Corporate
Affairs, Vodafone plc, 2004-09;
Communications Secretary to the
Queen, 1998-2000, 59; Miss
Viviana Durante, ballerina, 51;
and Mr Jonathan Searle, former
rower; Olympic gold medallist
coxed pairs, Barcelona 1992, 49.
Sir David Attenborough,
broadcaster and naturalist, is 92;
Today is the anniversary of VE
Day in Britain, 1945.
but with rain at times over England
and Wales. The provisional UK
mean temperature was 8.4°C,
which is 1.0°C above the 1981 to
2010 long-term average. Mean
maximum temperatures were
between 0 and 1°C above average
in most areas, while mean
minimum temperatures were also
between 0 and 1°C above in
Scotland and Northern Ireland, but
were more than 2°C above in East
Anglia, central southern and South
East England. The mean minimum
temperature for England was the
second highest in a series from
1910. Rainfall was 119% of average
and most places had near or rather
above average rainfall. Sunshine
was 90 per cent of average and it
was a sunny month in the northern
half of Scotland, but generally dull
elsewhere.
The UK monthly extremes
were: a maximum temperature of
29.1°C was recorded at London St
James’s Park on the 19th; a
minimum temperature of -8.8°C
was recorded at Tulloch Bridge,
Inverness-shire, on the 1st; in the
24 hours ending at 9am on the 3rd,
41.4 mm of rain fell at Capel Curig,
Gwynedd; wind gusts of 64 knots
(74 mph) were recorded at South
Uist, Western Isles, on the 17th and
a snow depth of 18 cm was
recorded at Nunraw Abbey, East
Lothian, on the 5th.
Garden, Eze. The Prince of Wales
and The Duchess of Cornwall this
evening attended a Reception at
Villa Massena to celebrate
UK-France relations.
Mr. Clive Alderton, Mr. Scott
Furssedonn-Wood, Mr. Julian
Payne, Dr. Anton Borg, Major
Harry Pilcher and Mrs. Belinda
Kim are in attendance.
The Prince of Wales, President,
The Prince’s Foundation, was
represented by the Earl of Rosslyn
at the Memorial for Mr. Hank
Dittmar (formerly Chief
Executive, The Prince’s
Foundation for Building
Community) which was held at
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace,
London N1, this afternoon.
KENSINGTON PALACE
7th May, 2018
The Duchess of Gloucester this
afternoon attended a Service of
Evensong, in support of the
Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir,
in Westminster Abbey, London
SW1.
April Weather
April started off cold and wet with
snow for some, mainly on high
ground, and notably low daytime
maxima, continuing the theme
dominant throughout March.
The first half of the month
continued unsettled and generally
cloudy, although it was generally
less cold after the 5th and there
was a fair amount of dry, sunny
weather in northern Scotland.
There was a hot spell from the 18th
to the 21st, which produced the
highest temperatures in April
since 1949. However, progressively
cooler, unsettled weather returned
from the 22nd; it was
predominantly bright and showery
in Scotland and Northern Ireland,
FIRST WORLD WAR
Mr S. James and
Miss I. Haskett
The engagement is announced
between Scott, son of Peter and Joy
James, and Imogen, daughter of
Simon Haskett and Isobel Barber.
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The Week in
Westminster
Thursday, May 10
Commons: Oral questions:
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
(including Topical Questions);
Attorney General. Select
Committee Statement: Third
Report of the Health and Social
Care Committee and the Sixth
Report of the Education
Committee, The Government’s
Green Paper on mental health:
failing a generation, HC 642.
Backbench Business: Debate on a
Motion on Redress for Victims of
Banking Misconduct and the FCA;
Debate on a Motion on
Compensation for Victims of
Libyan-sponsored IRA Terrorism.
Adjournment: Crossrail extension
to Ebbsfleet.
Westminster Hall: Debates on:
First Report of the Transport
Committee, Community
Transport and the Department for
Transport’s proposed
consultation, HC 480, and the
Government response, HC 832;
Relocation of Channel 4.
Lords: Royal Assent. Oral
questions: Stopping children
being recruited into gangs;
Ensuring there is sufficient
funding for local government
children’s services; Government
amendments to the wording on
patient responsibilities to the NHS
in the NHS Constitution
Handbook. Legislation: Modern
Slavery (Victim Support) Bill (HL),
Third reading; Civil Liability Bill
(HL), Committee stage (Day 1).
Short debate: Effectiveness of the
Prompt Payment Code.
Legal news
Judge Marks Moore retired as a
Circuit Judge with effect from
April 28, 2018.
District Judge Jackson retired
from the Bench with effect from
April 28, 2018.
Ms Anna Isabel Poole, QC, to be
appointed a Salaried Judge of the
Upper Tribunal assigned to the
Administrative Appeals Chamber
with effect from April 30, 2018.
Employment Judge Harper
retired with effect from May 1,
2018.
LONDON, WEDNESDAY MAY 8, 1918
GENERAL MAURICE AND
THE GOVERNMENT.
SERIOUS CRISIS.
QUESTION OF CONFIDENCE.
Another Parliamentary situation of an even more acute character
than the last has suddenly arisen in connection with General Maurice’s grave charges against the Government of having made “misstatements giving a totally misleading impression of what
occurred” recently on the Western front. The method in which the
Government propose to deal with the .matter was explained to the
Commons yesterday by the Leader of the House, but it did not satisfy Mr. Asquith, who, later in the day, gave notice of the following
motion:
That a Select Committee of this House be appointed to
inquire into the allegations of incorrectness in certain statements of Ministers of the Crown to this House, contained in
a letter by Major-General Sir Frederick Maurice, late Director of Military Operations, and published in the Press on May
7.
This will come up for discussion to-morrow, and unless the Government agree to abide by the verdict of the House they will necessarily have to treat it as a direct Vote of Confidence.
Mr. Bonar Law assured the House that the Government had
no desire to burke the question, but entirely agreed that the
charges ought to be met at once. They proposed, therefore,
that two judges should act as a Court of Honour and report as
soon as possible. So anxious was Mr. Bonar Law that the
House should be united on the subject that he offered to place
the selection of the judges in the hands of Mr. Asquith. Mr.
Asquith, however, was not to be moved from his purpose by
compliments. His only answer was that the matter required
to be discussed on a formal motion, and he asked for a day.
His attitude was cautious and reserved. Evidently he wanted
to explore the ground before committing himself, and his
motion was the result of taking counsel with his friends.
telegraph.co.uk/news/ww1-archive
Appointments in the Clergy
Revv Lesley Anne Atkins, p-in-c,
St Barnabas, Hattersley, Mottram
(Chester), to be v, St Paul, Marton,
Blackpool (Blackburn); Graham
Bowkett, r, Upper Itchen
(Winchester), to be v, St Mary’s,
Charlton Kings (same dio); Shona
Hoad, v, Atworth w Shaw and
Whitley (Salisbury), to be h for d i,
Whitewater benefice
(Winchester); Asa Humphreys,
asst c, Talbot Village (Salisbury), to
be p-in-c, United Benefice of
Heybridge, St Andrews and
Langford St Giles (Chelmsford);
Gary Kennaugh, asst c, St Mark,
Lache cum Saltney (Chester), to be
i, Holy Trinity, Stalybridge,
Mottram (same dio); Oliver
Learmont, p-in-c, Fosse Group of
Parishes (Southwell and
Nottingham), to be v, North
Bradley, Southwick, Heywood and
Steeple Ashton (Salisbury);
Virginia Luckett to be assoc p,
Golden Cap team (Salisbury); Rod
Paterson, v, Holy Apostles,
Charlton Kings, and p-in-c, St
Michael, Whaddon (Gloucester), to
be r, West Cheltenham (same dio).
PERSONAL
HEWITT.—On 4th May 2018, to Sophie
(née Lubbock) and James, a son, Archie
James Henry.
Online ref: A224050
WHEELER.—On 3rd May, to Alsi (née
Bowden) and Jonathan, a daughter,
Posie Imogen Michaela, a sister for
Alette and Frith.
Online ref: A224074
ALLERTON.—David Mason, 85, of
Polstead Heath, formerly of Chattisham,
peacefully on 2nd May 2018. Beloved
husband of Juliet, father of Toby and
Charlotte, and grandfather of seven.
Service of Thanksgiving, 11 a.m. on
Monday 14th May at St Mary’s
Church, Polstead. Family funeral
private. No flowers please. Donations if
wished to Tools with a Mission
(www.twam.uk).
Online ref: A224071
GLOVER.—Pamela (née Mackern)
passed away on 29th April 2018, aged 88
years. Widow of Norman Glover, will be
sadly missed by all family and friends.
Funeral Service to take place at
Bushbury Crematorium,
Wolverhampton, on Tuesday 15th May
at 2.30 p.m. Donations to Compton
Hospice.
Online ref: A223974
HARRIES.—Group Captain WJL
Harries (Jimmy) OBE FRCS. Jimmy died
peacefully on 2nd May 2018, aged 96.
Widower of Monica and much loved
father of Jim (and Denise), Jon (and
Susie), grandpa of Christian, Tom and
Georgina. A Service will be held at The
Chiltern Crematoriun on 16th May at
2.30 p.m. No flowers please but
donations, if desired, to the RAF
Benevolent Fund or Florence
Nightingale Hospice.
Online ref: A224077
JARRATT.—Lady Philomena, much
loved wife, mother, grandmother and
great grandmother of Sir Alex Jarratt,
their three children, seven
grandchildren and great grandchild,
died peacefully on 2nd May 2018 at
Grove Court Care Home, Woodbridge,
Suffolk, aged 94. A private funeral in
Ipswich will be followed on a date to be
announced by interment of ashes at St
Mary the Virgin, Fryerning, Essex.
Online ref: A224051
OAKLEY.—Ula, died peacefully on 2nd
May, aged 87 years. Beloved and loving
wife of David, mother of Jonathan and
Nicholas, sister of Barry, grandmother of
Michael and Christopher. Funeral to be
held on 19th May at St. James’s Church,
Elstead at 2.30 p.m. No flowers please.
Online ref: A224078
WHEN ISRAEL was a child, I loved
him, and out of Egypt I called my son.
The more I called them, the more they
went from me; they kept sacrificing to
the Baals, and offering incense to idols.
Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
I took them up in my arms; but they did
not know that I healed them.
Hosea 11.1-3
HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY to our
mother, daughter, partner, sister and
friend. Always there when needed with
wisdom and poise! Miss Sophia (Sophie)
Morris, born 8th May 1978. Daughter of
Christine Morris, mother of three
Tysharn, D'jai and E'naisha and sister to
Jason, Shemiah and Saphire. Have a
wonderful birthday. All our love x
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27
Obituaries
Graham Corbett
Abi Ofarim
Israeli-born singer who with his
Inaugural chairman of Postcomm who oversaw the most turbulent period in the Royal Mail’s history wife sang Cinderella Rockefella
G
A
JOHN DOWNING
RAHAM CORBETT, who has
died aged 83, was, from 2000
to 2004, the first chairman of
Postcomm, the postal services
regulator, during which time
he became involved in a series
of bruising battles with the Royal Mail,
postal unions and politicians; none the less,
he succeeded in limiting Royal Mail’s price
increases while overseeing the orderly
introduction of competition to Britain’s
postal markets at a pace ahead of most other
European countries.
The Royal Mail had enjoyed a monopoly
for 350 years, but at the time Corbett was
appointed, this was expected to end under
EU plans to drive through liberalisation of
postal services across Europe. Postcomm
was set up by the Labour government to
meet the challenge of opening up the postal
market to competition, improve the poor
service provided by the Royal Mail – and
keep the whole process at a distance from
ministers.
As Corbett, a wheelchair-using former
accountant, observed to the Lords
Constitution Committee in June 2003: “One
of the reasons for wanting to set us up in the
first place was that the government simply
had no appetite for having to take the rather
disagreeable decisions that were necessary
to move the Royal Mail forward … in so far
as we can do things which government was
not readily able to do.”
His first crisis surfaced a few months
after his appointment, in late 2000, when
he discovered that the Government had
been holding secret talks with the Dutch
postal service with a view to selling it to the
Royal Mail, then (briefly) known as
Consignia. Regulating a postal service that
had been sold to foreign owners had not
been part of his job description, and he
moved quickly to establish the authority of
his new office by opposing the sale on the
grounds that there was no evidence that it
would produce benefits for users.
A turning point in his relationship with
the DTI, by his account, came when Patricia
Hewitt, the trade and industry secretary,
asked him if he and the other members of
the Postcomm board intended to resign. “I
said, ‘We won’t resign, you will have to sack
us’, ” Corbett recalled.
In his four years at Postcomm, Corbett
oversaw one of the most turbulent periods
in the history of the Post Office. In 2001
Royal Mail incurred a loss of £1.2 billion. As
a result the government called in new
management led by Allan Leighton, the
combative former boss of Asda, to revive
the loss-making company.
While Leighton and Adam Crozier, the
chief executive, launched an ambitious
recovery programme involving a cull of
30,000 jobs, Corbett drove through the first
stages of opening up the postal services
market to competition, his bitter clashes
with Leighton over price controls and the
pace of liberalisation becoming the stuff of
City legend.
Leighton pressed for Britain to follow the
European route to liberalisation – lowering
the monopoly bulk mail weight limit in
stages; it was a strategy that would have
played into the hands of the incumbent
operator. Corbett maintained that the
customer would be better served by
Corbett (2004): a wheelchair-using former accountant, he thought the customer would be better served by opening up the market to competition
abolishing the monopoly altogether – then
licensing rival operators to enter the market
in stages.
For three years he largely resisted the
public relations barrage mounted by the
Royal Mail and its unions, and withstood
arm twisting from the government and
backbenchers to go easy on the postmen. In
2003 he demonstrated Postcomm’s muscle
by fining the Post Office £7.5 million (a
record for any regulator at the time)
because it was unable to meet the 2002/3
target set for postage paid business post.
The whispering campaign against Corbett
culminated in newspaper reports in early
2003 that Patricia Hewitt had succumbed to
pressure from Leighton to sack him. In fact
the government had agreed to extend his
three-year term by another year – to March
2004, Robert Peston speculating in the
Telegraph that Corbett had probably been
“duffed up by some insidious spinning,
presumably by a political genius at the DTI
who thought that undermining the
regulator would win a few cheers from the
Communication Workers Union.”
In 2003 around 30 per cent of the market
– the biggest bulk mailouts by businesses of
letters costing less than £1 to post – was
liberalised and by the time Corbett stepped
down plans were in hand for a full
liberalisation of the mail market. Even
Leighton grudgingly conceded that the
struggle had had a positive outcome, telling
an interviewer that Corbett had “battled
along the way and adjusted some of the
thinking. We’ve ended up at the right place
but it wasn’t where he started and it wasn’t
where I started.”
Graham Corbett was born on November
6 1934 to John and Greta Corbett. After
education at Stowe, he trained as a
chartered accountant and in 1959 joined the
accountancy firm Peat Marwick. Over
nearly 30 years with the company he
became heavily involved in the
development of the accountancy
profession’s auditing and accounting
standards. From 1975 to 1987 he was the
Senior Partner of Peat Marwick’s
Continental European firm based in Paris.
He then moved to the commercial world,
becoming chief financial officer and a main
board director of Eurotunnel, the UK’s most
challenging construction project of modern
times, arriving there on November 2 1987,
one week after Black Monday and two
weeks before a prospectus for a massive
£770 million share offer was to be launched.
By winning the confidence of underwriters
who were facing enormous losses as a result
of the BP privatisation and persuading them
to underwrite the Eurotunnel rights issue
Corbett was largely instrumental in getting
the equity the project needed to proceed.
With his dry sense of humour and calm
demeanour, he was the perfect foil to his
explosive chief executive, Alastair Morton.
From 1997 until his appointment as
chairman of Postcomm Corbett was deputy
chairman of the Competition Commission.
During his teens, Corbett had suffered a
spinal injury from a bad fall which only
became obvious in his 40s when it caused
terrible pain and, after a series of painful
treatments and therapies, in the 1990s he
was eventually forced to use a wheelchair
which, he found, somewhat unexpectedly,
afforded him extra freedom.
He developed a small boy enthusiasm for
new gadgets and cars adapted for the
disabled and from 1998 to 2016 served as
chairman of the Research Institute of
Consumer Affairs (Rica), which conducts
consumer research for older and disabled
people. In 1998 he was behind the change of
Rica practice to ensure testing went through
a panel of those with the disabilities the
equipment was intended to target.
Rica can now call on more than 700
people for such panels. He was also
instrumental in lobbying for transport to be
designed to be accessible to all, instead of
the disabled having to rely on modifications.
And he was a non-executive director of the
disabled employment placement service
Remploy at the time it was switching from
factory employment to open employment.
His retirement from Postcomm allowed
him to devote more time to Rica and to relax
at a retreat he owned in Provence.
Corbett was appointed CBE for services
to transport in 1994.
He married, in 1964, Anne (née James),
who survives him with their two sons.
Graham Corbett, born November 6 1934,
died April 27 2018
Theo Ramos
Genial Spanish-born artist and Anglophile whose portraits were popular with the Royal family
T
HEO RAMOS, who has died aged
89, was an artist who in a career of
more than half a century painted
over 800 formal portraits in oils
that hang in palaces, boardrooms and
homes worldwide.
Starting with a commission in 1960 to
copy a portrait of George VI for the Indian
government, Ramos painted most of the
Royal family and was said to be the late
Queen Mother’s favourite painter. Though
he found it difficult to converse and paint at
the same time and the Queen Mother was
“not an easy subject, volatile and talkative”,
she allowed him unlimited sittings.
He recounted how, when she was in her
late nineties and he was many months into a
commission, he ventured to ask if she was
going to live long enough for him to
complete his work, earning the swift
response: “Oh yes, Mr Ramos, I am
expecting a telegram from my daughter.”
Ramos said that most portraitists only
had 10 decent pictures in them, adding
mischievously: “It is why we admire da
Vinci, because he painted so few.” He listed
among his personal Top 10 his portraits of
Anita Leslie (1985) and Lord Thorneycroft
(1989), both in the National Portrait Gallery.
His early studies of architecture showed
in the detail of many of his portraits. He
admired the works of Diego Velázquez, and
he preferred his subjects in uniform or
regalia of office, traits that resulted in an
innovative, Velázquez-style portrait of the
Duke of Edinburgh (1974).
Ramos’s hallmark was not only in
achieving likeness, which he always said
was easy, but in bringing out the essence of
the sitter while painting textures, lace,
braids and tiaras in exquisite detail. As a
Renaissance man he also worked on
landscapes, architectural drawings,
still-lifes, and calligraphy, and was a
consultant on graphics to numerous
organisations. He illustrated Chinese art for
Penguin Classics and drew many posters
and catalogues for the Royal Academy.
He copied many old masters, his major
work being a full-scale replica of Raphael’s
Transfiguration (1979-81) for the Distillers
Company’s restoration of 20-21 St James’s
Square as its London headquarters. He
spent the best part of two years in the
Vatican studying how Raphael’s original
had been achieved, and felt himself “very
much in touch with the history of art”.
All his work was accomplished through
hours of dedicated self-discipline.
Ramos, left, was
commissioned to
copy a portrait of
George VI: he was
said to have been the
late Queen Mother’s
favourite painter
“Inspiration”, he said, “is the luxury of the
amateur or dilettante. If, however, it does
find you, just make sure you have a paint
brush in your hand and not a glass of wine.”
In Ramos’s case a glass of champagne would
not have been far away.
Theodore Sanchez de Piña Ramos was
born in Oporto on October 11 1928, though
his date of birth was mistakenly registered
as October 30 and in later life he claimed
that like the Queen he had two birthdays.
His father was a Spanish diplomat and a
liberal who had fled unrest in Spain and
eventually brought his family as refugees to
England. Aged 12, young Theo spoke
Portuguese, Spanish and Latin, which had
been drummed into him at school in
Portugal, but within a short time he was
speaking flawless English, and he wrote it
in beautiful copperplate.
Ramos embraced all things English, not
least his membership of MCC, and he
attended Lord’s dressed as though for a
bullfight, in characteristic checked shirt,
well-equipped with champagne and quail
eggs and a book by Cervantes in case it
rained. He was not naturally sporting
himself, though he thought that painting
was “quite a sport, one is moving around all
the time and the mind is fully occupied”.
From 1943 to 1945 he studied at the
Northern Polytechnic Institute, Holloway,
and for a further two years at Hornsey
School of Art. Within two weeks of
becoming a naturalised British citizen,
Ramos was conscripted into the Army, after
which he taught at the Royal Academy from
1954 to 1975, at Brighton College of Art from
1956 to 1970 and at Harrow School of Art
from 1960 to 1969.
Though he had received the Royal
Academy silver medal in 1953, he eschewed
membership of artists’ associations, and by
the 1990s had ceased to submit work to
exhibitions.
He was a Painter-Stainer from 1979 and,
when he had satisfied himself that he had
learned sufficient metalworking skills, a
Founder from 1996. He also formed his own
societies: for many years he was “Thor”
(chairman) of the Thunderers; other dining
clubs, like the Crocks, the Bucks & Berks,
and the Devonshire, which he chaired for
40 or 50 years, gave him great pleasure.
The last of those was named after the
subject of another of his “Top 10” portraits,
the 11th Duke of Devonshire (1974), and its
members were past or potential subjects of
his portraiture, an eclectic mix of authors,
booksellers, fellow artists and engravers,
financiers, heralds, judges, peers, and Army
and naval officers, all bound into a
peripatetic circle of friends bonded by
Ramos’s geniality.
In 1950 Ramos married Julia Rushbury,
daughter of the Keeper of the Royal
Academy, Sir Henry Rushbury, and they
lived in Lewes, where they brought up four
sons. Ramos, however, gradually withdrew
to his tiny studio in Chelsea, where the
storage was double-banked and it was
always immaculately tidy. This became part
monk’s cell in which he enjoyed working;
part gallery and Aladdin’s cave of books,
paintings and music; and, when he had a
commission for a portrait, part an intimate
salón de noche, where he entertained with
tapas and more champagne.
There were other sides to his nature, and
alone in the privacy of his studio he learnt
by heart the works of Auden, Eliot,
Housman and Shakespeare, while his more
frivolous side enjoyed the music-hall
repertoire. He danced light-footedly and
could repeat Groucho Marx’s routines
remembered from films. Once, when
invited to a concert and poetry evening by
the flamenco singer Pepe Linares and the
performer faltered over the words of a
poem by Lorca, Ramos took up the refrain
and was welcomed on the stage with a
standing ovation.
Ramos was the titular Conde de
Codevilla, who with the manners of his
ancestors would treat the doorman or the
waitress with the same courtesy and charm
as a fellow-guest at a cocktail party. He was
hospitable and generous, and whenever he
heard the suggestion that a meal might be
paid for by going Dutch, he would jest that
Holland used to be Spanish “and I know
why they gave it back”.
He stoically endured a decade of illness
without telling his many friends or
consulting doctors too much, while
continuing to be an excellent host. Though
a professed Roman Catholic he was not
confirmed until his last days, when he
insisted on the Latin rite.
Theo Ramos is survived by his wife and
their three sons: his eldest son, a major in
the Irish Guards, predeceased him in 1986.
Theo Ramos, born October 11 1928, died
April 11 2018
BI OFARIM, the
Israeli-born folk and
pop musician who has
died in Munich aged 80,
enjoyed notable if brief
success in Britain in the late
1960s with his singer wife
Esther, reaching No 1 with
the catchy novelty record
Cinderella Rockefella.
The couple met in Israel
in 1959 when appearing on
stage together: he was 21 and
she 18. Esther’s crystalline
voice (and equally striking
looks) soon gained her a part
in the film Exodus, as well as
the admiration of Frank
Sinatra. None the less, the
pair married in 1961, adopted
the stage name Ofarim
(“fawn”), and after Esther
won the Tel Aviv song
festival left to make their
careers in Europe.
In 1963, representing
Switzerland, she came
second in the Eurovision
Song Contest amid
controversy. Accompanied
on guitar and backing vocals
by Abi, her rendition of T’en
vas pas appeared to have
garnered the most votes,
until the Norwegians
changed theirs, handing
victory to nearby Denmark.
Having been awarded a
Silver Rose at the Montreux
television festival, the
Ofarims settled in Germany,
scoring big hits with Noch
einen Tanz and with a song
by the Bee Gees, Morning of
My Life. Then in 1967, they
recorded a tune by the
comedy writers Nancy
Ames and Mason Williams
(best known for his
instrumental Classical Gas).
With its trad jazz feel and
whimsical lyrics – the
refrain “You’re the lady”
was sounded like a yodel,
“yo-de-la-dee” – Cinderella
Rockefella was somehow
exactly of the moment,
absurd but irresistible
(rather like Queen’s
Bohemian Rhapsody in its
time). A short film made to
promote it captures the
dandyish feel of London
fashion of the period, all
bowler hats and miniskirts.
Britain was then receptive
to international folk-style
acts such as Sonny & Cher,
and Nina & Frederik (Little
Donkey), and after the
Ofarims sang on The
Eamonn Andrews Show the
ditty raced to the top of the
charts in February 1968. It
stayed there for three
weeks, succeeding Manfred
Mann’s Mighty Quinn. They
followed up by releasing an
English version of their first
German hit as One More
Dance, which got to No 13.
Thereafter they appeared
regularly on the BBC
alongside the likes of Tom
Jones, played concerts and
Ofarim: his folk-pop style went
down well in 1960s Britain
were presented to the
Queen. Abi Ofarim recalled
that she asked if he had
been in the Army, to which
he replied, to laughter: “Yes.
And you?” He was wellknown enough to be
impersonated by a
notorious fraudster calling
himself “Bobby Ofarim”,
who was revealed to be one
Norbert Knoche,
shoemaker.
The duo then embarked
on a world tour, but there
were already cracks in their
marriage. Abi became
involved with the German
actress Iris Berben, and in
1970 he and Esther went
their separate ways both
musically and
matrimonially.
He was born Avraham
Reichstadt on October 5
1937 at Safed, in what was
then British-administered
Palestine. His gifts were
precociously apparent, and
after ballet school he made
his stage debut in Haifa at 15
and had his own dance
studio at 18 before doing
military service.
Not perhaps as relaxed or
as dedicated a performer as
Esther (whose voice remains
under-appreciated), Ofarim
attempted a solo career with
less success than her. He
did, however, find a niche in
Germany as a manager,
arranger and composer,
claiming 59 gold records.
Yet these achievements
were overshadowed by his
not-very-private life, and
stories emerging of drink
and drugs and car crashes.
In 1979 he was arrested for
possession of narcotics and
suspected tax evasion and
sentenced to a year on
probation. Thereafter, he
stayed clean and in 2009
released his first LP for 27
years, Too Much for
Something. Latterly, he had
started a drop-in centre for
elderly people.
He was divorced from his
third wife, Sandy, and is
survived by their two sons,
who are both in
showbusiness.
Abi Ofarim, born October 5
1937, died May 4 2018
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Tuesday 8 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Television & radio
Last night on television
What to watch
Ad-libbed Car Share was
hilarious – and touching
I
W
Off the cuff comedy: Peter Kay and Sian Gibson in ‘Car Share Unscripted’
hat a lovely
amuse-bouche this
was as we eagerly
await the main
course – the very
last episode of the
Bafta award-winning Car Share, which
is broadcast later this month.
The will-they-won’t-they story of
car-sharing colleagues John (Peter
Kay) and Kayleigh (Sian Gibson) has
played out over two series, and Kay
has said it’s definitely coming to an
end. For disappointed fans, however, he
released this delicious ad-libbed treat,
he said in an introduction: “We decided
to try something special. What would
it be like if we filmed a whole journey
without a script, just making it up and
basically seeing what happened?”
And so, in Peter Kay’s Car Share
Unscripted (BBC One), John and
Kayleigh sat in his beloved red Fiat
500, singing, gossiping and teasing
each other as they rode home from
work, with the fictional Forever FM –
with its playlist of Eighties hits, cheesy
presenters and rubbish
advertisements – on the radio.
As John and Kayleigh lustily sang
along to the Fine Young Cannibals’
version of Buzzcocks classic Ever
Fallen in Love (With Someone You
Shouldn’t’ve), she suddenly piped up:
“I can do Heather Small” – breaking
into One Night…, which sounded
exactly the same as her Roland Gift.
Kay rejoined with: “That is Miss
Piggy!” before nearly losing it.
It could have been horribly
indulgent (and corpsing was never far
away) but this was no out-takes reel in
the making. Kay and Gibson stayed in
character throughout and have an
obvious rapport that threw up some
superb comedy.
Kayleigh, one slice short of a loaf
herself, mused at length about the
constituents of a club sandwich.
“What does the ‘u’ stand for?” she
asked a mystified John. “I mean, in a
BLT there’s bacon, lettuce and tomato,
and in a club sandwich there’s chicken,
lettuce and bacon. What’s the ‘u’?”
Food played a large part in the
episode, as they also discussed what
they might have for their tea that
evening. “Chicken Kiev with a fried
egg,” said John, causing Kayleigh to
shriek that he couldn’t have chicken
and an egg on the same plate – “Why
not? It’s the same family.”
Written down, this may sound
mundane, but Kay and Gibson have
created an entirely believable universe
for their characters, making the
everyday interaction between sweet,
innocent Kayleigh and curmudgeonly
but kind John raucously funny and
heartbreakingly tender by turns.
Our appetites are suitably whetted
for the finale. Veronica Lee
f the greatness of a work can be
judged by the number of
adaptations, then Wilkie Collins’s
enduring psychodrama The Woman
in White (BBC One) is near the top of
the pantheon. Each version has had
something to recommend in it – even
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ill-fated
musical had its moments – and this
interpretation by Fiona Seres has shown
admirable fidelity to the original while
teasing out contemporary themes.
These came to a head in the finale,
as Laura (Olivia Vinall) and Marian
(Jessie Buckley), for so long the victims
of gaslighting, coercive relationships,
physical and psychological abuse,
struck back. Sir Percival (Dougray
Scott) met a fiery fate while attempting
to destroy evidence of his illegitimacy,
while Fosco’s (Riccardo Scamarcio)
past betrayals caught up with him and
he was bumped off by Walter’s old
friend Pesca (Ivan Kaye) for betraying
a nationalist brotherhood. The two
climaxes, each brilliantly handled,
with Art Malik’s wounded yet dignified
Erasmus Nash on hand to ensure fair
play where possible and clarity in the
labyrinthine narrative. Nash was a
Seres invention, but worked
handsomely as a canny tool to
negotiate the slabs of exposition while
maintaining pace and tension.
The casting, too, was startlingly
good, as actors of the calibre of Kerry
Fox, Ruth Sheen and Joanna Scanlan
made do with walk-on parts while the
leads feasted on Collins’s prose. Charles
Dance reined in his natural stentorianism
for a joyously quavering Frederick
Fairlie; Scott has become a character
actor of genuine breadth; Vinall and Ben
Hardy found added dimensions to the
potentially pallid Laura and Walter.
Most impressive of all was Buckley.
Already the best thing about both
Taboo and War & Peace, and currently
starring in the acclaimed film Beast,
she portrayed Marian as both
forthright and ambiguous.
For the full-on Gothic atmosphere,
this was perhaps the best since the
2006 Jane Eyre that gave Ruth Wilson
her big break. While it’s dangerous to
call any adaptation definitive, this one
came very close. Gabriel Tate
Peter Kay’s Car Share Unscripted
★★★★
The Woman in White ★★★★
vast labyrinth of crumbling
tunnels, bunkers and
towers in northern Poland,
once a cutting-edge
oil refinery, reveals its
former role as a pivotal
part of Hitler’s war
machine. GO
Back to the Land with
Kate Humble
BBC TWO, 7.00PM

There aren’t many TV
shows that merit the
word “inspirational” but
Kate Humble’s series
looking at the lives and
work of entrepreneurial
countryside pioneers
around the UK does. Here
she returns for another
12-part run, beginning by
visiting four new start-ups
in Cornwall which were
prompted by a perceived
gap in the market. Her
clear favourites – she
returns again and again to
check on their progress –
are free-diving seaweed
harvesters Caro and Tim.
This sustainability-aware
pair were looking to work
locally when they realised
that, despite seaweed
becoming more
fashionable as a cooking
ingredient, no one was
harvesting the plentiful
supply in the sea near
them. Much hard work
and ingenuity later, it’s an
unlikely business idea that
looks set to be a winner.
Humble also meets a
couple who reversed their
farm’s declining fortunes
by taking a leap of faith
into free-range duck
breeding, two best friends
who supply native-flower
bouquets to Cornwall’s
booming high-end
Drama
The Split
BBC ONE, 9.00PM
 Abi Morgan’s legal
drama hurries on apace
with further revelations
drawing us deeper into
the lives of Hannah (Nicola
Walker) and her
dysfunctional family of
lawyers. Tonight, things
get heated in a case
involving frozen embryos,
and matriarch Ruth
(Deborah Findlay) is evasive
over finances. GO
Entertainment
Eurovision Song Contest
2018
BBC FOUR, 8.00PM
 The Eurovision song
contest circus kicks off
tonight in Lisbon with the
Inspirational: Kate Humble (right) with alpaca farmer Emma
wedding market and a
lavishly bearded brewer
whose wild foraging in
the local fields and
Arts
hedgerows supplies the
ingredients for his
uniquely flavoured “wild”
beers. Gerard O’Donovan
Documentary
Danceworks: Street to
Stage
The Secret Life of
5 Year Olds
BBC FOUR, 7.30PM
CHANNEL 4, 8.00PM
 Rising British star
Dickson Mbi displays a
range of talents in this film
following him and his
hip-hop popping team, Fiya
House, competing in an
international street dance
competition. GO
 The first in a two-part
special exploring how
children learn the difference
between right and wrong,
as another class of
five-year-old children
are challenged to decide
if it’s OK to cheat and what
to do when someone tells
you a secret. GO
Current affairs
Prince Harry & Meghan
Markle – The Engagement
Interview
BBC ONE, 11.40PM; NI/WALES, 12.05AM;
SCOTLAND, 12.45AM
 In case you won’t catch
Danceworks: Street to Stage
the endless clips in royal
wedding-related
programming over the next
10 days, here’s a repeat of
the interview the couple
gave Mishal Husain at
Kensington Palace last year
on the day they announced
their engagement. GO
Abandoned Engineering
YESTERDAY, 8.00PM
 The series exploring
mysterious abandoned
buildings returns for a
second series. This week, a
Eurovision Song Contest 2018
first semi-final featuring 19
countries (including
Ireland) of the recordequalling 43 competing
this year. UK fans have
to wait for Saturday’s
Grand Final to hear SuRie
sing our entry, Storm. GO
Later Live – with
Jools Holland
BBC TWO, 10.00PM
 Returning for a 52nd
series, Jools Holland
welcomes more acts to
play live in studio. Among
them are Snow Patrol,
Plan B, Bettye Lavette,
and rising stars Shame
and Jade Bird. GO
Radio choice Charlotte Runcie
Rumpole and the Golden
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Mortimer’s eminent London
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as the end approaches, after
15 years on radio: the
beloved Horace Rumpole is
wrongfully arrested in
Africa and his colleague
Phyllida (Cathy Sara) is sent
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whether Rumpole will leave
his wife Hilda (Jasmine
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programme, featuring Snow Patrol,
and Plan B See What to watch (S)
10.30 Newsnight (S)
10.00 News; Weather (S)
10.30 Regional News; Weather (S)
10.45 Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport
Passenger experience manager
Demi deals with some disgruntled
passengers (AD) (R) (S)
10.00 Genderquake: The Debate A panel
of guests discuss what gender
means in 2018 (S)
10.00 Our Secret World: Circus Kids
Documentary following the lives of
children performing in circuses (R)
(S)
11.15 Love In the Countryside 12.15am
Sign Zone: Stephen: The Murder
That Changed a Nation 1.15 Sign
Zone: Secret Agent Selection: WW2
2.15 - 6.00am This Is BBC Two
11.15 Prince Harry’s Story: Four Royal
Weddings 12.10am The Durrells 1.00
Jackpot247 3.00 Loose Women
3.45 ITV Nightscreen 5.05 - 6.00am
The Jeremy Kyle Show
11.40 Prince Harry & Meghan Markle –
The Engagement Interview See
What to watch 12.05- 6.00am
News
S4C
BBC Four
Northern Ireland
BBC One:
10.40pm Spotlight 11.10
Back to School with Mum and
Dad 12.05am Prince Harry &
Meghan Markle – The
Engagement Interview 12.25
- 6.00am BBC News
BBC Two:
No variations
ITV3
FV 10 FS 115 SKY 119 VIRGIN 117
7.00 pm Beyond 100 Days
7.30 Danceworks: Street to
Stage See What to watch
8.00 Eurovision Song Contest
2018 See What to watch
10.00 Extinct: A Horizon Guide to
Dinosaurs
11.00 Timeshift: Penny Blacks &
Twopenny Blues – How
Britain Got Stuck on Stamps
12.00 Crash Test Dummies: A
Smashing History
1.00 am Top of the Pops: 1983
1.30 Top of the Pops: 1983
2.05 Danceworks: Street to Stage
2.35 - 3.35am Extinct: A Horizon
Guide to Dinosaurs
10.20
12.30
1.35
2.40
3.15
3.45
4.20
4.55
5.25
6.00
7.00
8.00
10.00
11.00
12.05
1.20
2.25
2.30
ITV2
10.05 Inside Out Homes 11.05 24
Hours in A&E 12.10am Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA 1.05 My Floating Home
2.10 24 Hours in A&E 3.15-3.55am 8
Out of 10 Cats Uncut
10.20am The Bachelorette 12.15pm
Emmerdale 12.45 Coronation Street
1.45 The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2.35
The Jeremy Kyle Show 6.00 Take Me Out
7.30 You’ve Been Framed! Gold 8.00
Two and a Half Men 8.30 Superstore
9.00 FILM: Hot Fuzz (2007) Action
comedy starring Simon Pegg See Film
choice 11.25 Family Guy 12.25am
American Dad! 1.20 Celebrity Juice 2.00
Two and a Half Men 2.30-6.00am
Teleshopping
E4
Noon The Goldbergs 1.00pm The Big
Bang Theory 2.00 How I Met Your
Mother 3.00 New Girl 4.00 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine 5.00 The Goldbergs 6.00 The
Big Bang Theory 7.00 Hollyoaks 7.30
Black-ish 8.00 The Big Bang Theory 9.00
Gotham 10.00 Supernatural 11.00 The
Big Bang Theory 12.00 Tattoo Fixers
1.00am Gotham 2.00 Supernatural 2.45
First Dates 3.40-4.05am First Dates
Abroad
More4
11.35am Four in a Bed 2.10pm Come
Dine with Me 4.50 A Place in the Sun:
Winter Sun 5.55 A New Life in the Sun
6.55 The Secret Life of the Zoo 7.55
Grand Designs 9.00 My Floating Home
ITV2, 9.00PM ★★★★
11.00 Flight HS13 12.00 First Dates
1.00am One Born Every Minute 1.55
Our Wildest Dreams 2.50 The
Channel: The World’s Busiest
Waterway 3.45 Gok’s Fill Your House
for Free 4.40 Steph and Dom’s One
Star to Five Star 5.10 - 6.00am
Fifteen to One
11.05 Our Secret World: Gypsy Kids
12.05am Celeb Trolls: We’re Coming
to Get You 1.00 SuperCasino 3.10
GPs: Behind Closed Doors 4.00
Tribal Teens – Here Comes Trouble
4.45 House Doctor 5.10 Wildlife SOS
5.35 - 6.00am Nick’s Quest
am A Touch of Frost
pm The Royal
Heartbeat
Classic Coronation Street
Classic Coronation Street
On the Buses
On the Buses
You’re Only Young Twice
George and Mildred
Heartbeat
Murder, She Wrote
Agatha Christie’s Poirot
Scott & Bailey
Scott & Bailey
am The Street
The Street
ITV3 Nightscreen
- 6.00am Teleshopping
Dave
Noon American Pickers 1.00pm QI XL
2.00 Top Gear 3.00 World’s Most
Dangerous Roads 4.00 Steve Austin’s
Broken Skull Challenge 5.00 Top Gear
6.00 Taskmaster 7.00 QI XL 8.00
Scrappers – Back in the Yard 9.00 Mock
the Week 11.00 Taskmaster 12.00 QI
12.40am Mock the Week 2.00 QI 2.40
The Last Man on Earth 3.25-4.00am
Mock the Week
Sky Sports Main Event
11.00am Live ATP Masters Tennis. The
Mutua Madrid Open 3.00pm Live Indian
Premier League. Rajasthan Royals v Kings
XI Punjab. Coverage of the match from
Sawai Mansingh Stadium 7.30 Live
Premier League. Swansea City v
Southampton (Kick-off 7.45pm).
Coverage of the top-flight fixture, which
takes place at the Liberty Stadium 10.15
The Debate 11.15 Premier League
Highlights 11.45 PL Greatest Games
12.00 Sky Sports News 1.00am Live
WWE Late Night Smackdown.
Spectacular wrestling action 3.006.00am Sky Sports News
 Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s
follow-up to the cult comedy-horror
Shaun of the Dead (and the second
chapter in the Cornetto Trilogy)
reunites Pegg with Nick Frost in the
story of two policemen who uncover a
conspiracy in a Somerset village.
Timothy Dalton is a sinister triumph as
a millionaire baddy. Sharp, funny and
with explosive action scenes, it’s a very
British action-comedy that does
everything it should.
Hollow Man (2000)
5SPIKE, 11.00PM ★★★
UTV:
10.45pm UTV Up Close 11.45
Prince Harry’s Story: Four
Royal Weddings 12.40am The
Durrells 1.30 - 3.00am
Teleshopping
Scotland
BBC One:
8.00 - 9.00pm River City
10.45 Holby City 11.45 Back
to School with Mum and Dad
12.45am Prince Harry &
Meghan Markle – The
Engagement Interview 1.10 6.00am BBC News
BBC Two:
No variations
STV:
10.30pm Scotland Tonight
11.05 Prince Harry’s Story:
Four Royal Weddings
12.05am Teleshopping 2.05
After Midnight 3.30 ITV
Nightscreen 4.05 The Jeremy
Kyle Show 5.00 - 6.00am
Teleshopping
Wales
BBC One:
10.40pm The Wedding Guru
11.10 Back to School with
Mum and Dad 12.05am
Prince Harry & Meghan Markle
– The Engagement Interview
12.35 - 6.00am BBC News
BBC Two:
1.45pm First Minister’s
Questions 2.35 Home Away
from Home 3.20 Digging for
Britain 4.20 Tudor Monastery
Farm 5.20 - 6.00pm Coast
ITV Wales:
6.00 - 6.30pm ITV News
Wales at Six 10.45 - 11.15pm
Give It a Year
ITV Regions
No variations, except:
ITV Channel:
1.00 - 3.00am ITV
Nightscreen
FV Freeview FS Freesat (AD) Audio description (R) Repeat (S) Subtitles (SL) In-vision signing
Freeview, satellite and cable
FV 9 FS 107 SKY 116 VIRGIN 107
 “Did she? Didn’t she?” ponders
stricken hero Philip Ashley about the
titular character and the possible
murder of her husband/his cousin.
This is based on Daphne du Maurier’s
1951 novel, but there was also a film
version in 1952, an Eighties BBC
version, on radio, and on the stage.
Young Philip, the heir to a fortune,
is played in Roger Michell’s stylish
but sexless adaptation by a rakish
Sam Claflin.
Hot Fuzz (2007)
7.30 Devon and Cornwall Cops Prince
William visits one of the region’s
fishing ports (AD) (R) (S)
Variations
6.00am Cyw 12.00 Newyddion S4C a’r Tywydd
12.05pm Y Ty Cymreig 12.30 Cwymp yr
Ymerodraethau 1.30 Only Men Aloud 2.00 Newyddion
S4C a’r Tywydd 2.05 Prynhawn Da 3.00 Newyddion S4C
a’r Tywydd 3.05 Yr Ocsiwniar 3.30 Gwyllt ar Grwydr
4.00 Awr Fawr 5.00 Stwnsh 6.00 Newyddion S4C a’r
Tywydd 6.05 04 Wal 6.30 Rownd a Rownd 7.00 Heno
7.30 Pobol y Cwm 8.00 Ffit Cymru 9.00 Newyddion 9
a’r Tywydd 9.30 Y Ditectif 10.00 Wil ac Aeron: Taith
Rwmania 10.30 - 11.35pm Cyfrinachau’r Meirw
SKY CINEMA PREMIERE, 2.30PM AND 11.30PM ★★★
7.00 MotoGP Highlights The Spanish
Grand Prix
7.00 Channel 4 News (S)
7.00 Emmerdale Charity tries to move
on (AD) (S)
7.30 EastEnders A suspicious car is
spotted in the Square (AD) (S)
My Cousin Rachel (2017)
British Airways: 100 Years in the Sky
7.00 Back to the Land with Kate
Humble New series. Return of the
show championing the UK’s most
inspirational rural entrepreneurs See
What to watch (AD) (S)
7.00 The One Show Live chat and topical
reports (S)
Film choice
ITV4
FV 24 FS 117 SKY 120 VIRGIN 118
11.35
12.45
1.50
2.50
3.50
4.55
6.00
7.00
7.30
8.00
9.00
11.45
1.40
2.30
3.00
am The Avengers
pm Ironside
Quincy ME
Minder
The Saint
The Avengers
Cash Cowboys
Pawn Stars
Pawn Stars
River Monsters
FILM: Executive Decision
(1996) Action thriller
starring Kurt Russell
pm FILM: Swordfish (2001)
Crime thriller starring John
Travolta and Hugh Jackman
am Ax Men
The Protectors
- 6.00am Teleshopping
Sky Sports Premier
League
Noon Premier League Highlights
1.30pm Premier League 100 Club 2.00
PL Best Goals 93/94 3.00 Premier
League Review 4.00 Premier League 100
Club 4.30 Premier League Highlights
6.00 Premier League Review 7.00
Premier League 100 Club 7.30 Live
Premier League. Swansea City v
Southampton (kick-off 7.45pm) 10.15
The Debate 11.15 Premier League
Highlights 11.45 PL Greatest Games
12.00 Premier League Review 12.30am
Premier League Highlights 1.00 The
Debate 2.00 Premier League Highlights
2.30 Best PL Goals: Manchester Derby
3.00-4.00am The Debate
BT Sport 1
11.30am Bundesliga 2 12.30pm
Premier League Review 1.30 NBA High
Tops: Plays of the Month 2.00 NBA 3.45
NBA 5.30 Serie A Show 6.00 Premier
League Reload 6.15 BT Sport Goals
Reload 6.30 6.45 Live WSL. Liverpool
Ladies v Manchester City Women
(kick-off 7.00pm) 9.15 MotoGP Rewind
9.30 Toyota AFL Highlights Show 10.00
Uefa Champions League Magazine
10.30 Serie A Show 11.00 Game of
the Week 11.30 30 for 30 1.00am Live
NBA. Action from the NBA playoffs, a
best-of-seven elimination tournament
Sky One
SKY 106 VIRGIN 110
Noon
1.00
3.00
4.00
5.00
5.30
6.30
8.00
9.00
10.00
11.00
12.00
1.00
2.00
3.00
NCIS: Los Angeles
pm Hawaii Five-0
NCIS: Los Angeles
Stargate SG-1
The Simpsons
Futurama
The Simpsons
The Flash
The Blacklist
The Late Late Show with
James Corden: Best of the
Week
The Force: Manchester
Brit Cops: Rapid Response
am Ross Kemp: Extreme
World
Most Shocking
- 4.00am Duck Quacks Don’t
Echo
among the season’s 16 best teams.
The two winners (one from each
conference) will go on to contest the
finals 3.30-4.00am NBA Reload
History
Noon Ultimate Vehicles 1.00pm Pawn
Stars 2.00 American Pickers 3.00
Counting Cars 4.00 Storage Wars 5.30
Pawn Stars 6.00 Forged in Fire 7.00
American Pickers 8.00 Project
Impossible 9.00 Kingpin. Whitey Bulger,
a prominent figure in Boston’s organised
crime scene 10.50 Ancient Aliens 11.50
The Curse of Civil War Gold 12.50am
Project Impossible 1.50 Homicide
Hunter 2.50 Ancient Aliens 3.555.00am Forged in Fire
Sky Arts
Noon The Eighties 1.00pm Discovering:
Bing Crosby 2.00 Watercolour Challenge
2.30 The Art Show 3.30 Tales of the
Unexpected 4.00 Classic Albums 5.00
The Eighties 6.00 Discovering: Vivien
Leigh. A profile of the Gone with the
Wind star 7.00 The Nineties 8.00
Portrait Artist of the Year 2017 9.00
Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks 10.00
Discovering: Jack Palance 11.00 Urban
Myths: Alice Cooper and Salvador Dali
11.30 Passions 12.30am Tate Britain’s
Great Art Walks 1.30-4.30am The
Shadows: The Final Tour
Sky Atlantic
SKY 108
Film4
FV 15 FS 300 SKY 313 VIRGIN 428
House
pm Without a Trace
Blue Bloods
The West Wing
House
CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation
Blue Bloods
FILM: The Wizard of Lies
(2017) Drama starring
Robert De Niro
The Circus: Inside the
Wildest Political Show on
Earth
am Westworld
West:Word
The Sopranos
High Maintenance
- 4.10am Happyish
11.00 am The Black Knight (1954)
Adventure with Alan Ladd
12.45 pm We’re No Angels (1955)
Comedy starring Humphrey
Bogart
2.55 Three Faces West (1940, b/w)
Drama with John Wayne
4.30 The War Wagon (1967)
Western with John Wayne
6.35 Iron Man 2 (2010)
Superhero adventure sequel
with Robert Downey Jr
9.00 Captain America: The First
Avenger (2011) Adventure
with Chris Evans
11.25 Killing Them Softly (2012)
Thriller starring Brad Pitt
1.15 - 3.55am Nostalgia (1983)
Drama with Oleg Yankovskiy
Sky Cinema Premiere
Clear and Present Danger (1994) Action
thriller starring Harrison Ford 9.00
GoodFellas (1990) Crime drama with Ray
Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci
11.55 Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
2.55am Conspiracy Theory with Jesse
Ventura 3.50-4.50am Hollywood’s Best
Film Directors
Noon
1.00
2.00
3.00
5.00
7.00
8.00
9.00
11.30
12.05
1.15
1.45
3.00
3.35
24 hours, including at:
4.20pm Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long
Haul (2017) Comedy sequel starring
Jason Drucker 6.10 Everything,
Everything (2017) Romantic drama
starring Amandla Stenberg and Nick
Robinson 8.00 Dunkirk (2017) Drama
starring Kenneth Branagh 9.50 Girl Flu
(2016) Comedy starring Katee Sackhoff
11.30 My Cousin Rachel (2017) Drama
starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin
See Film choice 1.20am Brawl In Cell
Block 99 (2017) Crime thriller starring
Vince Vaughn 3.35-5.30am Austin
Found (2017) Comedy
PBS America
11.00am The Victorians 12.15pm
Search for the Super Battery 1.30
Galileo’s Battle for the Heavens 2.50
Ancient Worlds 3.55 The Victorians 5.15
Search for the Super Battery 6.30
Galileo’s Battle for the Heavens 7.50 The
War at Sea 9.00 Ancient Worlds 10.15
The Victorians 11.35 The War at Sea
12.50am Ancient Worlds 2.00-6.00am
Teleshopping
TCM
24 hours, including at:
4.30pm Fort Worth (1951) Western
drama starring Randolph Scott 6.05
GOLD
11.20am You Rang, M’Lord? 12.20pm
Are You Being Served? 1.00 Hi-de-Hi!
1.40 Porridge 2.20 The Green Green
Grass 3.00 Last of the Summer Wine
5.00 Are You Being Served? 5.40 You
Rang, M’Lord? 6.45 Dad’s Army 7.20
Hi-de-Hi! 8.00 Dad’s Army 8.40 Porridge
9.20 The Royle Family 10.40 Live at the
Apollo 11.40 The Thick of It 1.00am
Live at the Apollo 2.00 Parrot Sketch Not
Included: 20 Years of Monty Python
3.25-4.00am Nurse
Vintage TV
11.00am Turn It Up Tuesday 1.00pm
My Mixtape 2.00 Shades Of The ‘60s
5.00 Tune In… To 1992 6.00 Tune In…
To 1989 7.00 Tune In… To 1982 8.00
Thomas Dolby At Electric Dreams 9.00
Eyed Soul 10.00 Women in Harmony
10.30 Neil McCormick’s Needle Time
11.30 The Big Apple: Greenwich Village
12.30am The Night Shift 3.00-6.00am
Neil McCormick’s Needle Time
 Brilliant but arrogant scientist
Sebastian Caine (Kevin Bacon)
volunteers to become the test subject
for an experiment in human
invisibility in this update on The
Invisible Man from Paul Verhoeven.
The experiment is a success, but
bringing Caine home again proves
more difficult. Soon our hero starts
to unravel mentally. Unfortunately,
by the end, the film is little more than
an above-average slasher.
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Weather and crosswords
Nature notes
Woods turn blue,
but a month late
While 2018 saw an early start to spring,
the “beast from the east” delayed the
blooming of bluebells in British woods
by more than a month, the Woodland
Trust has said.
Carpets of the flowers are now
turning the ground blue in woods
across the UK, but the first record of
bluebells flowering came 39 days later
than it did last year.
By April 20 2017, there had been 716
records of bluebells flowering
submitted to the trust’s Nature’s
Calendar scheme, in which members
of the public help record the changing
seasons, but by the same time this year
there had only been 73.
This year the first report of bluebells
flowering was on March 20 in southeast England, compared with Feb 9 in
south-west England last year, the trust
said. It came after the early spring,
brought on by mild conditions was
stopped in its tracks in March by the
freeze dubbed the beast from the east.
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